|Bid||170.10 x 3200|
|Ask||170.44 x 1000|
|Day's Range||169.00 - 175.63|
|52 Week Range||153.78 - 284.22|
|Beta (3Y Monthly)||1.20|
|PE Ratio (TTM)||13.25|
|Earnings Date||Feb 21, 2019|
|Forward Dividend & Yield||N/A (N/A)|
|1y Target Est||233.18|
Investing.com - Markets will be keeping abreast of the next round of trade discussions between the U.S. and China in Washington this week, as the two sides race to reach a deal that would avert a tariff increase on Chinese goods by March 1.
China's leading search engine and the country's largest streaming platform provider report fourth-quarter results on Thursday. Both stocks can use a boost.
Editor's note: InvestorPlace's Earnings Reports to Watch is updated weekly. Please check back next week for our latest earnings picks.Earnings season has peaked. To be sure, a few major companies report key earnings next week. But we've already seen fourth-quarter earnings reports from most of the biggest and most important stocks in the market.It has been a strong season. Per Factset data, as of last week over 70% of S&P 500 companies posted earnings that came in ahead of analyst estimates and 62% beat consensus expectations on revenue.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsThose strong results have boosted U.S. stocks. The S&P 500 trades at a 10-week high, and has gained 15% so far this year. But trading could get bumpier in the coming weeks.Retail sales disappointed, leading markets down on Thursday. With fiscal Q4 numbers from most retailers on the way, investors will be paying close attention to commentary in that sector. * 10 Hot Stocks Leading the Market's Blitz Higher That includes an earnings report next week from the world's largest retailer. It's one of several that will address key questions facing the market right now. Is retail healthier than this week's report suggests? Will the rebound in Chinese stocks continue? And what kind of tolerance do investors have for risk in this market? Next week, including these three important earnings reports to watch, should give some much-needed clarity.Source: Shutterstock Walmart (WMT)Earnings Report Date: Tuesday, Feb. 19, before market openParticularly after Thursday's report, fiscal Q4 earnings from Walmart (NYSE:WMT) could move the market. As the biggest retailer in the U.S. -- and the world -- Walmart will give retail investors the first look at consumer confidence over the important holiday season.Earnings next week are key for WMT stock itself as well. WMT has seen whipsaw trading in recent months as investors gauge the health of its omnichannel efforts. The Q4 earnings report should show not only whether Walmart's demand trends are heading in the right direction, but if its infrastructure was able to handle the holiday crush, allowing Walmart to back off its spending.But it's not only Walmart shareholders who will be watching the report closely. Walmart clearly is trying to fend off Amazon.com (NASDAQ:AMZN), and strong numbers Tuesday could impact that high-flying (and dearly valued) stock. Target (NYSE:TGT) is making its own improvements, and trying to position itself as the best large-cap retail stock to buy.Indeed, all investors need to keep a close eye on this report. Good numbers from Walmart should help the sector and tell the market that the weak retail sales report can be safely ignored. Disappointing sales from this retail giant, however, could lead to market-wide concerns that consumer confidence is fading. That new narrative could be enough to knock the market as a whole off recent highs, particularly with a slew of retail reports on the way over the next few weeks.Source: Shutterstock Bausch Health (BHC)Earnings Report Date: Wednesday, Feb. 20, before market openBausch Health (NYSE:BHC), formerly known as Valeant Pharmaceuticals, almost seems forgotten these days. What was a battleground stock in 2016-2017 now is just another drug manufacturer trying to navigate a tough industry with a challenged balance sheet.Indeed, 30-day average daily volume in BHC has dropped from over 30 million at 2016 peaks to barely 4 million -- its lowest levels in over three years. But Bausch Health will regain the spotlight on Wednesday. And its earnings represent an interesting test case for the pharmaceutical sector.After all, drug stocks typically haven't performed that well in recent years. The sector saw more volatility earlier this month after the federal government proposed ending rebates to PBMs (pharmacy benefit managers).Bausch should be the first major manufacturer to speak to the import and impact of those potential rules. And the reaction to its earnings could signal investor attitudes toward the sector -- and toward high-debt stocks in general. In the low interest rate environment of the past few years, many companies took on heavy leverage. * Should You Buy, Sell, Or Hold These 7 Medical Cannabis Stocks? If investors are willing to look past Bausch's balance sheet, they may be similarly forgiving elsewhere. But if the reaction to Bausch earnings next week is negative, that could be a sign that the market is again looking to get away from risk and that worries about higher interest rates could again pressure U.S. stocks.Source: Shutterstock Baidu (BIDU)Earnings Report Date: Thursday, Feb. 21, after market closeBut of all the earnings reports on the earnings calendar next week, none will better highlight investors' risk appetite than Baidu (NASDAQ:BIDU). Chinese stocks were absolutely hammered in 2018 -- but they've rallied in 2019. Of 39 U.S.-listed Chinese stocks with a market capitalization over $2 billion, all 39 are positive this year. BIDU stock actually has lagged the group, gaining "just" 10%.That sets up a key earnings report from Baidu on Thursday. Will investors react to good numbers and send BIDU higher? Or are the trade war and macro fears that plagued Chinese stocks last year set to return? iQiyi (NASDAQ:IQ), in which Baidu still owns a substantial stake, also reports on Thursday afternoon, and should provide another test for the market.If BIDU and IQ can rally in Friday trading, the rebound in Chinese stocks should continue. If they disappoint -- or worse, if investors sell the news -- then the group simply may have had a "dead cat bounce," with Thursday's reports sparking a return to the lows.As of this writing, Vince Martin has no positions in any securities mentioned. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * Should You Buy, Sell, Or Hold These 7 Medical Cannabis Stocks? * 7 Strong Buy Stocks With Over 20% Upside * 7 Reasons Stock Buybacks Should Be Illegal Compare Brokers The post 3 Earnings Reports to Watch Next Week appeared first on InvestorPlace.
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Japan's government plans to set up a new watchdog to scrutinise big tech companies like Facebook and Google amid growing concerns about monopoly practices and the handling of personal data. The new regulator will examine competitive practices, the protection of personal data, and make anti-trust recommendations, according to a presentation made at a government advisory panel on Wednesday. The new body will also draw up new guidelines to evaluate whether mergers and acquisitions will lead to a monopoly on messaging data or personal data.
Full-blown autonomous driving won't be here tomorrow, but it's certainly on the way. The technology has drawn mixed emotions from consumers. Some don't trust it and aren't excited for a computer to navigate the vehicle that they're in. Others are embracing the technology and can't wait for it to happen. That's one reason they're looking for self-driving car stocks.For all the doubters out there though, please realize this technology is coming. I know this for two reasons: that it will save lives and save money. Almost 40,000 people die in the United States each year due to automotive accidents, an unacceptable level of fatalities. My hope is that one day we look back and say we can't believe how high that number used to be.Ultimately, self-driving cars will cut that number down. It's why we have hundreds of companies collectively pouring billions of dollars into the solution. It will increase productivity, improve safety and decrease logistics costs. Simply put, it would be crazy to ignore this opportunity.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips * Buy These 5 Stocks to Play the Megatrend of the Century With that said, let's examine some autonomous car stocks.Source: Waymo Alphabet (GOOGL,GOOG)Alphabet (NASDAQ:GOOGL, NASDAQ:GOOG) should be considered the leader of the self-driving car movement. It's the first major company that devoted major dollars to establishing a program for an autonomous fleet and it's no surprise that it's still the leader a decade later.After launching its own segment, Waymo, the company has seen the unit's valuation soar. More than one analyst has pegged its valuation at more than $100 billion. Morgan Stanley analysts hold the top valuation mark for now, saying Waymo could be valued at up to $175 billion.It operates the only commercial autonomous vehicle program in the country and has plans to expand globally. Waymo is also eyeing the semi truck market for its autonomous vehicle services and licensing to automakers isn't out of the question down the road.Simply put, this company is leading the pack. If you want exposure to just one company with a rock-solid balance sheet and exposure to self-driving car stocks, GOOGL is the pick.Source: Shutterstock General Motors (GM)Widely considered in second place for autonomous driving commercial services in the U.S. is Cruise, a subsidiary of General Motors (NYSE:GM).GM acquired Cruise for roughly $1 billion in August 2016. Following investments from SoftBank and Honda (NYSE:HMC) in 2018 though, the valuation has soared all the way up to $14.6 billion. Talk about a return on investment. GM CEO Mary Barra has proven she can lead an innovative team while also making savvy acquisitions when needed.Cruise gives GM a viable commercial autonomous taxi option for the future, while the company's own self-driving technologies -- like Super Cruise in its Cadillac line -- have proven to be an industry leader as well. GM is among those fighting for a spot at the top when it comes to autonomous driving and that shouldn't come as a surprise. * 7 Forever Stocks to Buy for Long-Term Gains Just when everyone wants to dump the automaker, it comes out with strong guidance for the quarter and for fiscal 2019. Then it tops Q4 estimates and reiterates guidance. The valuation is low with a single-digit P/E ratio and the dividend is high with a 4% yield. This one will surely be in focus if it sees a large pullback this year.Source: Shutterstock Nvidia (NVDA)Unlike GM, which has been on fire, Nvidia (NASDAQ:NVDA) has been anything but. After making its name in gaming and computer chips for years, Nvidia quickly found itself in the dog house, falling ~50% in the fourth quarter. What a brutal beating for investors.However, it gave investors -- particularly those looking for self-driving car stocks -- an opportunity to invest in a long-term theme on the cheap. Despite the drumming Nvidia has received following its inventory-related issues, there's no denying its position among the autonomous driving leaderboard.Unlike GM and Waymo though, Nvidia does not have its own autonomous taxi service. Instead, it's building hardware and software solutions for hundreds of customers focused on self-driving cars. Put simply, it requires a mind-boggling amount of input and power to operate a self-driving vehicle. Whether it's an automaker, research team or startup, many of these companies are leaning on Nvidia as the backbone to their self-driving aspirations.As such, Daimler (OTCMKTS:DDAIF), maker of Mercedes-Benz, has partnered with Nvidia for its autonomous driving and self-driving taxi ambitions. Look for automotive revenue to continue increasing for the foreseeable future for Nvidia.Source: stargazer2020 via Flickr Intel (INTC)Like Nvidia, Intel (NASDAQ:INTC) is not building its own autonomous driving platform. However, the company is working on components that will help other companies build its own self-driving systems.Various chips are on the way and Intel's $15.3 billion acquisition of Mobileye is helping lead its charge. The company made the costly acquisition in order to bolster its portfolio in the automotive segment and give itself a chance in the self-driving car race.While Intel may not get much of the spotlight, it is worth mentioning the company's advances. During the Autonomous Vehicles 2018 conference in Detroit, MI. In August, I witnessed the company's breakdown of its Responsibility-Sensitive Safety program (RSS). Acting as a reactionary system for autonomous driving, it helps improve safety and mitigate risk. It's not perfect, but it was an impressive program to watch at work.Intel also has deals in the pipeline. In 2018, Intel agreed that it will supply its relatively new EyeQ5 chip in 8 million vehicles for a so-far unnamed European automaker. The deal won't begin until 2021 and while the terms weren't disclosed, 8 million cars is a lot of vehicles. Consider that U.S. consumers buy about 17 million new models per year. * 7 Breakout Stocks In Early 2019 In other words, Intel has a future in the autonomous driving space, no question about it.Source: BlackBerry BlackBerry (BB)This list doesn't have to be five stocks long -- it could be 25 without an issue. There are so many companies involved, many don't even realize it. There's cloud and data companies, automakers, semiconductor manufacturers, OEM suppliers, chip makers and a long list of others that are involved.That said, we could have listed Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA), Baidu (NASDAQ:BIDU) for its Apollo driving program, NXP Semiconductor (NASDAQ:NXPI) and a whole host of others. But let's talks about BlackBerry (NYSE:BB) because it doesn't get much love when talking about self-driving car stocks.BlackBerry is a software and security play. After talking up Jarvis at last year's Detroit Auto Show (in 2018), the discussion has admittedly faded somewhat. However, BlackBerry is already in tens of millions of vehicles and partnered with some of the largest automakers in the world. When -- not if -- autonomous driving hits its stride, security will be one of the top concerns for automakers.With BlackBerry having an excellent reputation in this regard, it will be (and to some extent, already is) a go-to pick in automotive software security. Autonomous vehicles are essentially computers on wheels and that's a big deal for a company like BlackBerry.Bret Kenwell is the manager and author of Future Blue Chips and is on Twitter @BretKenwell. As of this writing, Bret Kenwell is long GOOGL and NVDA. Compare Brokers The post 5 Self-Driving Car Stocks to Buy appeared first on InvestorPlace.
[Editor's note: This story was previously published in December 2018. It has since been updated and republished.]Before we know it, AI will be part of our everyday lives. Market experts say artificial intelligence will lead the next wave of economic growth and productivity for at least the next couple of decades. But many AI stocks have earned a cautious outlook from the Street.We all know the up and downsides of stocks like Nvidia (NASDAQ:NVDA), Advanced Micro Devices (NASDAQ:AMD) and Tesla Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA), but their challenges are separate from some other heavily AI-influenced stocks.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsTo find the best investing opportunities in AI right now, we looked for five stocks with a "strong buy" or "moderate buy" consensus rating from the Street's top analysts. These are analysts with the highest success rate and average return. By limiting the ratings to best-performing analysts, we cut out analysts with poor track records to find recommendations investors can trust. * Buy These 5 Stocks to Play the Megatrend of the Century Stocks with "strong buy" ratings are also more likely to have significant upside potential from the current share price.Source: Shutterstock Salesforce (CRM)When cloud computing giant Salesforce.com (NYSE:CRM) launched its Einstein Analytics platform back in 2017, everyone was buzzing. "We have more customer data than ever before and we need AI to turn data into something actionable for the business user," says CRM exec Arijit Sengupta.Salesforce wants a slice of the fast-growing AI market. A report by IDC and commissioned by CRM found that AI technologies will create more than 800,000 new jobs and add $1.1 trillion to global GDP by 2021.CRM has a very strong outlook from the Street, with more-than 6% upside potential from its current share price.Source: Shutterstock Microsoft (MSFT)Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) acquired Canadian AI company Maluuba as it's primary entrance into the AI fray. Maluuba teaches machines to think and ask questions through deep learning. You may have heard of Maluuba when it made the impossible possible and used AI to beat the notoriously difficult Ms. Pac-Man arcade video game.Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella says he wants to "democratize AI" and bring the technology to more industries such as healthcare, education and manufacturing. * 10 Best Dividend Stocks to Buy for the Next 10 Months After taking a bit of a beating at the end of 2018, Microsoft is right back where it was, but on the rise in a big way.Source: Shutterstock Alphabet (GOOGL)Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) has made the most AI purchases out of any tech firm calculated research firm Quid, which shows that GOOG has made 20 acquisitions, including predictive analytics platform Kaggle in Q1 2017 alone.Google CEO Sundar Pichai long has spoken about Google's "AI first" future. At Google's developer conference, he showed the Google Lens (a camera that can recognize what it sees) and AutoML. AutoML uses neural networks to build better neural networks, essentially creating an AI that can create itself.Google is rife with "buy" ratings and very few sell or hold ratings, and it has 20.45% upside.Source: Shutterstock Baidu (BIDU)Chinese internet company Baidu Inc (ADR) (NASDAQ:BIDU), the "Google of China", has been investing heavily in AI. It thinks artificial intelligence can give it an edge over local rivals Tencent Holdings Ltd. (OTCMKTS:TCEHY) and Alibaba Group Holdings Ltd (NYSE:BABA).Baidu spent $2.9 billion on R&D in just 2.5 years, with most of this going on AI. The money has funded a 1,700-member research team and four separate research labs. Crucially, Baidu has an AI advantage because of the huge data it gains from its 665 million monthly search engine users. * 10 Monster Growth Stocks to Buy for 2019 and Beyond BIDU is a moderate buy with the trade war dragging on but it still has an impressive upside of 25.73%.Source: Shutterstock Delphi Automotive (DLPH)U.K.-based auto tech company Delphi Automotive (NYSE:DLPH) is on the rise after a tumultuous few months.Delphiv dropped its powertrain business to focus on self-driving cars and electric vehicles last year, which appears to finally be paying off. With BMW, Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC) and Mobileye NV, Delphi plans to launch self-driving cars by 2021.DLPH only has a nearly 8% upside, but is in it for the long haul.Which stocks have a strong buy rating in the sector that interests you?TipRanks tracks and ranks over 4,500 analysts from eight different market sectors. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 10 Strong Buy Stocks Trading at Killer Entry Points * 7 Healthcare Stocks Soaring on Election Results * 4 Stocks Profiting From Amazon's Decline Compare Brokers The post 5 Futuristic Artificial Intelligence Stocks to Buy appeared first on InvestorPlace.
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