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Defending IndyCar Champion Scott Dixon weighs in on how traditional sports are 'in limbo' as viewers gear up to tune into the IndyCar Grand Prix of Monterey.
Media and communications giant Comcast Corp has struck a distribution deal with digital global sports provider DAZN Group, further blurring the line between traditional television operators and streaming services that have disrupted them. Starting Thursday, Comcast's internet customers who use its Xfinity Flex box for streaming apps - its answer to the Amazon Fire Stick and Apple TV - will gain access to the DAZN app, according to Ben King, DAZN's SVP of Global Distribution and Business Development.
Roku (ROKU) shares closed down almost 14% on Wednesday as social media giant Facebook (FB) announced that they would be jumping on the streaming bandwagon.
Comcast today announced that Xfinity Flex is now included with an Xfinity Internet-only subscription, providing millions of new and existing customers with the ability to easily access their favorite streaming services and manage their connected home devices right on the TV. Xfinity Flex leverages Xfinity X1 technology to deliver a truly differentiated platform and add incredible value for streaming-first Internet customers. Xfinity Flex comes with an Internet-connected, 4K UHD streaming TV device, the award-winning Xfinity Voice Remote, a redesigned guide, and nearly 10,000 free movies and TV shows.
The S&P 500 ended marginally higher on Wednesday after Federal Reserve policymakers cut interest rates by a quarter of a percentage point, as expected, but gave mixed signals about their next move. With continued economic growth and strong hiring "the most likely outcomes," the Fed nevertheless cited "uncertainties" about the outlook and pledged to "act as appropriate" to sustain the expansion. Stocks sold off immediately after the Fed's announcement but rebounded during Chairman Jerome Powell's press conference.
After a couple of quiet days for equity investors, we finally got some action in the stock market today. The move comes after the Federal Reserve announced a 25 basis point reduction in the Fed Funds rates.Just the day before, we had noted that the likelihood went from a sure-fire rate cut a few weeks ago to a coin toss. Well, the Fed delivered with lower rates and Fed Chair Jerome Powell said the Fed will be accommodating in the future.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsThe SPDR S&P 500 ETF (NYSEARCA:SPY) climbed 0.1%, the SPDR Dow Jones Industrial Average ETF (NYSEARCA:DIA) rallied 0.2% and the Invesco QQQ Trust (NASDAQ:QQQ) slipped 0.04%. Fed CutsWhile the Fed statement says it will be accommodating, the group does not seem interested in a spree of rate cuts. That's according to the voting members and where they stand in regards to cutting rates both this month and throughout the rest of the year.That's not to say they will not cut rates -- the Fed overall sees at least one more rate cut this year -- but the group's stance caused some dovish investors to recoil initially. * 7 CBD Stocks to Buy That Are Still Worth Your Investment Dollars Have no fear, though. While Powell said he doesn't anticipate negative interest rates, such as in the European Union, he also said the Fed may have to raise its balance sheet sooner than expected. Further, the Fed will only stop taking accommodating action once it is warranted.If anything, it was a reassuring meeting where equity investors got the rate cut they wanted and heard the Fed has their back. Powell called it an "insurance" move, and that's exactly what it was. Roku WreckedDespite the accommodating stance of the Fed, Roku (NASDAQ:ROKU) was smashed on the day. Shares had already declined notably from its highs near $176, but they were holding up pretty well between $140 and $150 as the 20-day moving average was buoying the stock.That is, until today.Despite Guggenheim analysts maintaining their "buy" rating and moving their price target from $119 to $170, the stock plunged more than 14% at one point. The stock came within this close of hitting its 50-day moving average on the decline.From a trading perspective, it's got some investors wondering if ROKU will test and hold this mark, or if it will knife right through it like so many other red-hot tech stocks did earlier this month.In any regard, the decline comes as both Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) and Comcast (NASDAQ:CMCSA) announce over-the-top products and platforms. Increasing competition, especially from these juggernauts, dealt a blow to Roku today. Let's see where it ends up finding support. Movers in the Stock Market TodayAdobe Systems (NASDAQ:ADBE) initially took a tumble after reporting earnings. The company beat on earnings and revenue expectations, but provided lower-than-expected guidance for next quarter. As such, shares sank 1.8% on the day.(Here's how to trade Adobe stock now, by the way).Shares of FedEx (NYSE:FDX) were creamed on Wednesday and deservedly so. Revenue was flat year-over-year and in line with expectations, while earnings missed analysts' expectations. Worse, the company cut its full-year revenue and earnings outlook, with the midpoint of the latter coming in roughly 16% below consensus estimates. Shares fell almost 13% and hover just above its 52-week lows. The result is also ushering in a slew of Wall Street downgrades.Chewy (NYSE:CHWY) fell 6.2% after the company reported earnings. Revenue grew 43% year-over-year and topped expectations, while earnings missed estimates. However, margins expanded and EBITDA topped estimates. Let's see how this recent IPO does in the coming days and weeks.General Mills (NYSE:GIS) slipped 0.9% after beating earnings and missing on revenue expectations. Management reaffirmed its full-year outlook and while the quarter wasn't great, it wasn't terrible either. With that 3.6% yield and the Fed cutting interest rates again, it may be enough to keep investors going to GIS.Bret Kenwell is the manager and author of Future Blue Chips and is on Twitter @BretKenwell. As of this writing, Bret Kenwell did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 7 CBD Stocks to Buy That Are Still Worth Your Investment Dollars * 5 Stocks to Buy With Great Charts * 5 Goldman Sachs Stocks to Buy with Over 20% Upside Potential The post Stock Market Today: Federal Reserve Cuts Rates; Roku Tumbles appeared first on InvestorPlace.
Facebook has unveiled its video-streaming Portal TV and Comcast plans to offer its Xfinity Flex set-top box for free to internet customers. Roku stock dived on the news, as Facebook was flat.
With new details pouring in about forthcoming digital video services from Apple Inc. and NBCUniversal, and blockbuster licensing deals at Netflix Inc. and HBO Max, the streaming wars are heating up. Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) has thrown down the gauntlet with plans to launch on Nov. 1 at a price point of $5 per month — or free for a year for subscribers who buy an Apple device.
It has been a quiet week, but stocks were on the move Wednesday after the Fed announced it would cut interest rates by 25 basis points. Let's look at a few top stock trades going forward. Top Stock Trades for Tomorrow 1: RokuRoku (NASDAQ:ROKU) was by far the top focus on Wednesday, with shares falling more than 14% at one point. The fall comes despite the stock consolidating at its 20-day moving average and receiving a nice price target increase on the day. However, both Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) and Comcast (NASDAQ:CMCSA) announced over-the-top streaming products for its customers.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsIt seems like investors were just looking for an excuse to sell Roku. After all though, shares ran from ~$100 pre-earnings to more than $175 a month later. As if a 75% rally in one month weren't absurd enough, shares were up almost four-fold from the December lows before that rally. * 7 CBD Stocks to Buy That Are Still Worth Your Investment Dollars So what now?Shares puked right down into the 50-day moving average. Is it still enough to unwind that overbought condition? We won't know until ROKU puts in a few more sessions. Right now, it certainly looks like more losses could be on the way.Perhaps not in the next day or two, but looking forward to the intermediate term. That said, we don't have a crystal ball and we need to keep watch day by day.At $120, Roku stock would be back to its gap-up post-earnings open and at the 38.2% retracement. Should we get a Q4 swoon where the market is hit hard, one could see a scenario where Roku is back down into the $100 to $110 level.A reversal could change the tune for Roku, with bulls back in control if shares reclaim the 23.6% and the 20-day moving average. Let's start with the 50-day and see how Roku does from there. Top Stock Trades for Tomorrow 2: Adobe SystemsAdobe Systems (NASDAQ:ADBE) fell after reporting earnings, but held a very key spot. Support came into play from the 200-day moving average and uptrend support (blue line).I would love to see ADBE stock reclaim the key $277 level, as well as the 20-day moving average. In this event, look for a possible rally up to the 50-day moving average.Below Wednesday's low is cause for concern for longs. Top Stock Trades for Tomorrow 3: Beyond MeatBeyond Meat (NYSE:BYND) is on the move lower after Tim Horton's will reportedly pull BYND's products from most of its locations.So far though, BYND remains mostly range-bound. Below uptrend support near $145, and range support at $140 is on the table. Below that mark certainly raises a red flag for bulls, but if it holds, a rebound could be in store.Should support hold or should Beyond not even fall to that point, look for a possible rally to range resistance near $170 and the 50-day moving average, currently near $168. Top Stock Trades for Tomorrow 4: Bristol-Myers SquibbAfter hitting a low point in July, Bristol-Myers Squibb (NYSE:BMY) stock has been slowly but surely making its way higher. Remember it's in the midst of acquiring Celgene (NYSE:CELG) too.In any regard, look to see if we can get a move over $50. If so, it puts a run up to $53 on the table. * 7 Momentum Stocks to Buy On the Dip On the downside, I want to see prior short-term resistance near $48 act as support. Below uptrend support and/or the 20-day moving average, and BMY may need more time to setup.Bret Kenwell is the manager and author of Future Blue Chips and is on Twitter @BretKenwell. As of this writing, Bret Kenwell is long CELG. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 7 CBD Stocks to Buy That Are Still Worth Your Investment Dollars * 5 Stocks to Buy With Great Charts * 5 Goldman Sachs Stocks to Buy with Over 20% Upside Potential The post 4 Top Stock Trades for Thursday: ROKU, ADBE, BYND appeared first on InvestorPlace.
Streaming video stocks came under pressure Wednesday, led by a double-digit percentage loss in shares of Roku Inc (NASDAQ: ROKU ). The catalyst some investors are citing is Facebook, Inc. (NASDAQ: FB ...
Comcast Corp said on Wednesday it will offer internet customers a free streaming media set top box that works with other services, stepping up competition with Roku Inc in the market for a device that organizes multiple subscriptions. Roku's stock tumbled nearly 14% and was on track for its worst one-day loss since March as investors reacted to the increased competition against the Silicon Valley company's own streaming products. Roku's stock has surged over 300% in 2019 and recently traded at almost 13 times expected sales, according to Refinitiv data.
Cable is at the end of its market cycle as streaming services enter the growth phase. Media firms are pivoting to remain competitive in the evolving digital economy.
Cable is at the end of its market cycle as streaming services enter the growth phase. Media firms are pivoting to remain competitive in the evolving digital economy.
The Philadelphia-based media giant is making its Xfinity Flex streaming device free to broadband subscribers, part of its larger play to make the TV the “dashboard” of the home.
Roku's shares have fallen sharply in response to Comcast's decision to provide a free set-top to Internet-only customers. But the impact of this move on Roku's account growth will probably be limited.
Roku Inc.’s massive 2019 rally took a dent on Wednesday after a longtime media giant made a move that undercuts the makers of streaming-media players.
Roku (ROKU) shares have fallen close to 7% in early market trading today. Investors are worried after Comcast (CMCSA) announced Xfinity Flex.
Theme parks are well known for raising admission each year with Orlando's two major operators already over $100 for a single-day ticket.
Comcast Business today announced that John L. Scott Real Estate, one of the top 20 residential real estate brands in the nation, relies on Comcast’s high-speed Business Internet for quick, reliable service.
CEO Brian Roberts announced that Xfinity broadband internet-only customers would get a free Xfinity Flex streaming box included with their service.
Roku Inc. shares are off 8% in Wednesday trading after the company got some new competition in streaming video. Comcast Corp. announced that it would be giving internet-only customers a free Xfinity Flex device, which lets them watch their streaming services on a TV set. Also on Wednesday, Facebook Inc. announced its $149 Portal TV device, which supports video calls that get streamed to a TV set and also allows users to watch various programs. Roku shares have gained 356% so far this year, while the S&P 500 has risen 20%.
Goldman Sachs has a special rating for stocks which it holds in particularly high regard. This is called a ‘Conviction Buy’ rating. The firm’s prized list of Conviction Buy stocks reveals the stock picks that the investment bank's research team expects to outperform. That’s particularly useful for investors looking for fresh investing inspiration in the face of current market volatility. Here we take a closer look at four stocks that have made it to the firm’s list of top stock ideas. Does the rest of the Street have an equally bullish outlook on these names? Interestingly, all of the stocks covered have received only buy ratings from the Street in the last three months. So no hold or sell ratings here. Let’s take a closer look at what’s keeping analysts on-side now… Comcast Corporation Shares in this cable giant are up 37% year-to-date, and analysts believe further growth lies ahead. Ten analysts have published recent buy ratings on Comcast (CMCSA – Get Report), with Goldman Sachs’ Brett Feldman going so far as to double-upgrade CMCSA all the way from Hold to Conviction Buy. Thanks to "healthy fundamentals across its key businesses”, Feldman foresees "strong growth" over the next three years with annual earnings growth of 11%, free cash flow per share of 12% and dividends of 15%. At the same time, five-star Oppenheimer analyst Timothy Horan has just upgraded Comcast from Hold to Buy. Like Feldman, he has a $54 price target, which translates into upside potential of 16%. So what’s the reason behind his bullish transition on the stock? The analyst referred to a triple whammy of broadband strength, underestimated ad revenue, and secular cable improvements. “Fundamentals are healthy in the near-term, and we think 2020 is setting up to be a strong year.” Horan stated. “Cable margins should continue to expand as revenue mix shifts to higher margin broadband (estimated 70% adj. EBITDA margins) vs. video (estimated 20% margins).” Voya Financial IncBased in New York, Voya Financial (VOYA – Get Report) is a retirement, investment and insurance company serving over 13 million customers. On September 12, Goldman Sachs’ Alex Scott upgraded VOYA from Buy to Conviction Buy, citing three key reasons: 1) the possibility of a takeover; 2) potential upside to capital return from life redundant reserve refinancing; and 3) exposure to low interest rates more fully reflected in the valuation. Indeed, the analyst’s Street-high price target of $85 indicates substantial upside potential from current levels of 56%. Note that shares have already surged 35% year-to-date. Meanwhile Morgan Stanley’s Nigel Dally has just met up with Voya management. He left the meetings reassured of his bullish outlook on the company, reiterating his buy rating and $63 price target. The analyst stated "We continue to highlight Voya as one of the most compelling investment opportunities in the life and annuity industry following time on the road through Europe with management. Despite the somewhat disappointing second quarter earnings and lower earnings run-rate, we feel the future prospects for attractive growth and ROE expansion are stronger than what is reflected in the current stock price." Mastercard IncAll eighteen analysts covering Mastercard (MA – Get Report) rate the stock a buy right now. But Goldman Sachs has gone one step further. The firm’s James Schneider has now kept a Conviction Buy rating on Mastercard for over a year. He upgraded the stock to best idea status on September 17 2018, writing at the time that Mastercard is catalyzing the next growth horizon in business-to-business (B2B) payments. "We believe the B2B market represents the next growth horizon for the payments industry and think Mastercard is the best positioned given its multifaceted product approach," Schneider said in a research note. In fact, Goldman Sachs has calculated that B2B payments will represent a whopping $950 billion annualized opportunity for payment stocks. More recently, Schneider reiterated his MA buy rating after management reaffirmed its 2019 guidance. Following the recent earnings call, the analyst told investors that he is optimistic the stock will continue to soar. Shares are already up 46% year-to-date- while the average analyst price target indicates a further 15% upside lies ahead. Bio-Rad Laboratories According to the Street, Bio-Rad (BIO – Get Report) offers attractive exposure to Life Science Tools at a reasonable valuation. With annual sales of $2.2 billion, BIO is among the top five life science companies in the world. And now Goldman Sachs analyst Patrick Donnelly has upgraded Bio-Rad to the Conviction Buy list, citing improving execution and undervalued fundamentals. Looking forward, Donnelly is confident BIO can outperform second half guidance due to strong organic growth, easing comps, margin expansion initiatives, limited maco headwinds and capital deployment. He maintained a $400 price target- indicating 20% upside potential from current levels.In the last three months, only one other analyst has published a rating on BIO stock. That analyst is Barclays’ Jack Meehan. His buy rating comes with a $380 price target- up from $350 previously. “We continue to believe that Bio-Rad has substantial long-term opportunity ahead, and believe there is good visibility into high-teens EPS growth” comments Meehan. He made the call after Bio-Rad delivered solid 2Q19 results, with a notable EPS beat and strong operational discipline. Year-to-date, the stock has rallied 45%. Discover Wall Street’s most loved stocks with the Top Analysts’ Stocks tool