|Bid||104.20 x 800|
|Ask||104.99 x 800|
|Day's Range||103.86 - 105.84|
|52 Week Range||73.91 - 108.80|
|Beta (5Y Monthly)||0.92|
|PE Ratio (TTM)||11.42|
|Earnings Date||Jan 30, 2020|
|Forward Dividend & Yield||N/A (N/A)|
|1y Target Est||110.40|
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Activision Blizzard (ATVI) is benefiting from franchise strength. The introduction of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Battle Pass is expected to boost revenue growth.
Producers of The Game Awards on Thursday will lead into that event with a new offering called The Game Festival, an opportunity for gamers to try out new games. Today I'm introducing a brand new aspect of #TheGameAwards It's called #TheGameFestival, and tomorrow for 48 hours, you'll get to play 12 new game demos for the first time on @Steam. Other games that will be part of the trial are "Röki," "Wooden Nickel," and "Haven," according to organizer Geoff Keighley.
Electronic Arts shows rising price performance, earning an upgrade to its IBD Relative Strength Rating
To say Cliff Asness is a smart guy is an understatement. He earned his PhD in finance from University of Chicago – while building up the quantitative investment team at Goldman Sachs. He built a successful quant team, even though he won’t describe himself as a fan of that investment strategy.In 1997, after leaving Goldman, Asness founded AQR Capital Management with a somewhat different approach. AQR aims to build diverse portfolios containing as many stocks as possible. Some would say this is foolhardy, but the unorthodox approach has paid off handsomely. In its last 13F filing, AQR showed $84.9 billion in managed securities – some one-third of its total assets under management. A firm that size can be many things, but foolhardy is not one of them.It’s hard to pin down any one factor as a key to Asness’ success. One of his consistent views, however, has been to avoid value stocks. These are equities that look cheap, with an oversized upside, and give the appearance of being a smart investment – but as Asness points out, they have underperformed the market in the last decade. It’s not that he won’t buy them; rather, he suggests caution on them.Last month, Asness started breaking his own rule. In comments on market conditions, he said it may be time to add “a modest extra amount” of weight to the value factor. He adds, referring to buying up value stocks, “It is indeed time to ‘sin a little."So, when Cliff Asness sins, which stocks does he sin with? We found three in his last 13F that showed major purchases. Asness and AQR went big on them, to a tune of nearly $1 billion. According to the TipRanks database, all three hold Strong Buy ratings and show solid upside potential. Let’s delve a little deeper and find out why Wall Street Agrees with Cliff Asness on these stocks.Electronic Arts (EA)Gaming is big business. Gamers – of all stripes – are notorious for their loyalty to favored games, and their quickness to upgrade, especially in the video game segment. They’re a prickly customer base, but a company that engages their loyalty will be well-rewarded. Electronic Arts has managed this and grown to be the second largest gaming company in the US and Europe, with a market cap of $30 billion and annual revenues exceeding $5 billion.For fiscal Q2 2020, the company reported earnings 78 cents per share compared to the 85-cent estimate. Year-over-year, EPS was down 6%. Despite the earnings miss, top-line revenues were up almost 5% yearly, to $1.35 billion. Investors were nervous at first about the EPS drop, but reassured by the top-line gains. EA stock is up 29% in 2019, slightly ahead of the S&P gain of 25%.The overall picture for Electronic Arts is of a company with a solid base – and room to grow. Both aspects drew in Asness, whose firm picked up more than 1.1 million shares of the stock. It was a 65% increase in AQR’s holding, boosting the total to 2,806,027 shares.Writing on EA from Credit Suisse, 5-star analyst Stephen Ju is optimistic about the stock’s mid-term horizon. After a series of investor meeting with the company’s Chief Studios Officer, Ju notes, “1) EA has implemented a more agile development process to its non-sports franchises to ensure quality and rapid adjustments throughout the development cycle; 2) this new development process is supported by a more centralized technology platform… with the aim of providing more user-friendly tool sets for developers; 3) mobile remains a key area of attention … given the potential for global audience expansion.”Shedding the industry-specific shop talk, Ju sums up the bottom line for EA’s future: “These factors in the aggregate do present a different picture of self-directed efforts to improve product quality versus what investors may have seen/concluded as creative talent drain away from the company.”Ju backs his belief in EA’s potential with a Buy rating and a $118 price target, suggesting a 15% upside to the stock. (To watch Ju’s track record, click here)The analyst consensus on EA is a Strong Buy, based on no less than 20 ratings. These include 16 Buys against 4 Holds, indicating that there is a slight caution toward this stock in an otherwise strong picture. Shares sell for $101, and the $111 average price target suggests a 9% upside. (See Electronic Arts stock analysis on TipRanks)Norwegian Cruise Line (NCLH)Along with gaming, cruise lines are a leisure niche. The current rising economic tide in the US has given them a general boost recently. It’s a highly competitive industry, however, as evidenced by Norwegian’s position. The company is the world’s third largest cruise line – but controls only 9% of the market. That market share still translates to a lot of money, as the company saw over $6 billion in revenue in calendar year 2018.In the recent third quarter, Norwegian beat the forecast with total revenues of $1.91 billion. EPS also beat the estimates, coming in a $2.23 against a forecast of $2.15. Year-over-year saw an EPS drop of 4 cents. That hasn’t phased investors -- like EA above, Norwegian has posted 29% share appreciation this year.It's clear that Asness saw value in Norwegian as he purchased 2,585,517 shares in Q3. His firm spent over $132 million on the buy-up, and increased the holding by 111% to over 4.9 million shares.A pair of 4-star analysts have given Norwegian positive reviews recently. Tim Conder of Wells Fargo stated, “We reiterate our Outperform rating as NCLH should benefit from ongoing rotation into value names. NCLH should continue to aggressively, but opportunistically, repurchase shares in Q419, but could also initiative a token quarterly dividend in early 2020 to broaden its investor base.” Along with his Buy stance, Conder gives NCLH a $70 price target, suggesting a 28% upside. (To watch Conder’s track record, click here)Barclays analyst Felicia Hendrix is even more bullish on NCLH. Reviewing the stock last week, she wrote, “We believe shares of NCLH are undervalued and do not reflect the company's strong positioning for 2019 and beyond. Our upside case is based on a 100bps upside to our current net yield assumptions for each 2019 and 2020…” That upside case includes and Buy rating and a price target of $73, implying an upside of 33%. (To watch Hendrix’ track record, click here)Norwegian’s Strong Buy consensus rating is unanimous – 12 analysts have given the stock positive reviews in the past few weeks. It’s a clear sign of confidence in the company and the stock. NCLH currently trades for $54, and the $65 average price target implies room for 18% growth on the upside. (See Norwegian Cruise Line stock analysis on TipRanks)United Airlines (UAL)Airlines frequently get a bad rap, with (admittedly, frequently justified) accusations of poor service, crowded flights, and price gouging clouding the industry’s reputation. That said, the airlines also operate in a difficult niche, with enormous overhead and thin margins. For the successful companies, however, the air travel industry can bring in great profits, too. United, the world’s largest airline company, demonstrated that in October, when it beat Q3 earnings estimates and revised full-year guidance upward.By the numbers, UAL showed a 23% gain in net income for the quarter, to $1.02 billion, with revenues of $11.38 billion. EPS, at $4.07, was 10 cents higher than the $3.97 forecast. The gains came even as the airline continues to feel pressure from the long-term grounding of Boeing 737 MAX aircraft.Shares in UAL have been volatile this year, ranging from $78 to $95, and the stock has recorded a year-to-date gain of only 3.3%, but that hasn’t stopped Asness from making it the largest purchase of the stocks in this list. AQR bought more than 3.53 million shares of the stock. On a percentage basis, it was a 249% gain in the firm’s holding of UAL. AQR’s total holding in UAL is 4,957,369 shares, worth $428.9 million.Asness must have seen the same upside to UAL that Wall Street sees. 5-star analyst Myles Walton of UBS has recently initiated coverage of UAL, noting “We view improving op performance with load factor growth, on-time performance, and cancellation rates converging to and/or eclipsing industry averages as a positive…”Looking ahead, Walton sees up to 20% upside over the next five years. Backing up his Buy rating, Walton gives UAL a $110 price target, implying a robust 26% upside potential in the next 12 months. (To watch Walton’s track record, click here.)Overall, UAL has inspired faith from Wall Street analysts. The stock has a consensus rating of Strong Buy, based on 5 Buys and 1 Hold. The average price target of $111 implies a 29% premium from the current share price of $86. (See United Airlines stock analysis on TipRanks)
Activision Blizzard (ATVI) is likely to benefit from portfolio strength with the launch of Hearthstone's Descent of Dragons expansion pack despite intensifying competition.
Oakland University in Michigan recently announced it will launch a varsity esports program next fall, investing $100,000 into the program, which will offer partial scholarships to student gamers. The team will play “Super Smash Bros.,” “Rocket League” and “League of Legends,” the school said during a press conference. Oakland University is just the latest to officially sanction esports as an intercollegiate competitive program, joining more than 150 other schools that are members of the National Association of Collegiate Esports and about 170 that have varsity esports programs.
Take-Two (TTWO) is likely to benefit from portfolio strength with the launch of Kerbal Space Program Enhanced Edition: Breaking Ground expansion pack despite intensifying competition.
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(Bloomberg) -- Playrix Holding Ltd., a mobile-game developer that made billionaires of its Russian founders, has bought into about a dozen studios to take on the likes of Activision Blizzard Inc. and Electronic Arts Inc.Brothers Igor and Dmitry Bukhman said in an interview that by 2025 they want Playrix’s sales to catch up with those of the U.S. gaming giants. Over the past year they’ve spent more than $100 million on acquisitions and are planning to more than quadruple their portfolio of titles from about four that are available now.While the gaming industry is awash in investors from KKR & Co. to Zynga Inc., the Bukhman brothers are determined to go it alone. They told Bloomberg News in April that while Wall Street dealmakers such as Goldman Sachs Group Inc. had been in touch, they wanted to expand the business themselves.Since then, the brothers haven’t been persuaded of the merits of giving up control over Playrix in favor of a bigger pot of cash to spend. They prefer to leverage their understanding of the industry to act as a consolidator and nurture smaller players.“Many firms are seeking acquisition targets to add to their revenue and show growth to investors,” Igor said. “We don’t have this pressure and are taking a more long-term approach -- we are helping our portfolio companies to grow. We are sharing our experience and playing a role in their growth.”Playrix said 2019 revenue is likely to reach $1.5 billion, as much as 30% more than the previous year’s, from sales of existing games including Gardenscapes. It was the ninth-biggest publisher last year, according to independent gaming data provider App Annie.New TitlesThe Bukhman brothers are betting their new titles, to be released over the next two years, will push sales into the realm of rivals such as Activision, which reported $7.5 billion in revenue for 2018.“Within five years, we are seeking to join the same league as Activision Blizzard or NetEase Inc., but in the European region,” said Igor, without specifying a revenue target.Playrix’s purchases include studios in Ukraine, Serbia, Russia, Croatia and Armenia, and the 600 people added boost its headcount by more than 50%. The investments range from 30% holdings to controlling stakes in companies that will continue to operate independently. These include Nexters, based in Cyprus and one of Europe’s 10 top-grossing game developers, and Vizor Games, based in Belarus.The brothers are valued at about $1.4 billion each by the Bloomberg Billionaires Index. They landed in the rankings by creating a new variety of match-3 games, which involve completing rows of at least three elements to progress through an animated storyline. The latest acquisitions will allow expansion into gaming genres such as hidden object and simulation.The mobile gaming business is set to exceed $68 billion in revenue this year, according to researcher Newzoo, and have been attracting attention from investors. Playrix will have to compete against these deep-pocketed players if it’s to achieve its goals.Zynga acquired Finnish developer Small Giant Games for $560 million last year, while Israeli Playtika Ltd bought Germany’s Wooga and Austria’s Supertreat. KKR-backed AppLovin invested in Belarusian developer Belka Games and two other firms in September.“Capturing lightning in a bottle twice is the true challenge for a creative firm,” said Joost van Dreunen, managing director of SuperData, Nielsen’s game research arm. “With the popularity of Gardenscapes, Playrix has finally established itself as a force to be reckoned with. However, to build a legacy it will need to repeat this trick.”(Adds analyst comment in last paragraph.)To contact the reporters on this story: Ilya Khrennikov in Moscow at firstname.lastname@example.org;Alex Sazonov in Moscow at email@example.comTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Rebecca Penty at firstname.lastname@example.org, Jennifer Ryan, Thomas PfeifferFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.
Moody's Investors Service ("Moody's") downgraded Playtika Holding Corp.'s ("Playtika") Corporate Family Rating (CFR) to B1 from Ba3 and also downgraded its Probability of Default Rating (PDR) to B1-PD from Ba3-PD in connection with revised terms for the company's proposed $2.5 billion first lien term loan B. Elevated pricing for the term loan and increased original issue discount and transaction costs are expected to increase the company's pro forma interest expense by $50 million annually and reduce opening cash balances by approximately $37 million. The resulting reduction in free cash flow and opening liquidity reduces Playtika's expected financial flexibility over the next 12-18 months as the company executes on its M&A driven growth strategy and debt repayment plans.
We are still in an overall bull market and many stocks that smart money investors were piling into surged through November 22nd. Among them, Facebook and Microsoft ranked among the top 3 picks and these stocks gained 52% and 49% respectively. Hedge funds' top 3 stock picks returned 39.1% this year and beat the S&P […]
Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ:ATVI) is one of the most important developers and publishers of interactive entertainment. After being a darling among investors from 2014 to the last quarter of 2018, over the past 12 months, ATVI stock is up only about 8%.Source: madamF / Shutterstock.com On Nov. 7, Activision Blizzard stock announced Q3 financial results. Now that the earnings season is behind us, many investors are wondering if ATVI stock can end the year on a much higher price. * 7 Retail ETFs That Can't Wait for the Holidays In the coming weeks, I do not expect Activision Blizzard shares to make a strong move up. Let's take a deeper dive to see why it may take at least another quarterly result to push ATVI stock higher.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips ATVI Stock's Q3 Results Got Mixed ReceptionActivision Blizzard holds the keys to some of the biggest video game franchises. It is also one of the largest gaming companies globally in terms of revenue and market cap. The company operates through three main segments: * Activision Publishing, which produces franchises such as Call of Duty and focuses on console gaming; * Blizzard Entertainment, which produces franchises such as World of Warcraft and Overwatch and focuses on online PC games with an emphasis on subscription-based business models; and * King Digital Entertainment, which produces mobile games.When the group released financial results, it beat analyst expectations on both revenue and earnings. Yet the metrics were lower than those reported in Q3 last year.Net revenue came at $1.28 billion, compared to $1.51 billion for the third quarter of 2018. Earnings per diluted share were 38 cents, as compared with 42 cents for Q3 2018.However, Activision Blizzard's monthly active users (MAUs), one of the primary metrics used to analyze gaming companies, continued to slide. Management aims to achieve a high number of unique users who participate in ATVI's ecosystem at least once a month. For Q3, the number came at 345 million active users. Wall Street was not impressed.In general, Activision Blizzard stock price is highly sensitive to quarterly earnings and revenue performance. Since Nov. 7, it is down about 5%. Activision Blizzard Stock Faces Increased CompetitionThe poor performance of ATVI's MAU numbers is in fact an indication of the competitive forces in the industry. Globally, video gaming is expected to grow at 4.8% compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) to reach $90 billion by 2020.As a growth industry, gaming inevitably attracts competition that may also challenge the business models of companies like Activision Blizzard. For example, Fortnite, an apocalyptic survival video game developed and marketed by the privately held Epic Games, generated $2.4 billion in revenue last year, more than any single game in 2018. The free-to-play game has become a worldwide champion among gamers of all ages.In recent quarters, earnings of ATVI stock, as well as those of major industry players like Electronic Arts (NASDAQ:EA) and Take-Two Interactive (NASDAQ:TTWO), have suffered because of Fortnite's success. In October, ATVI shares were downgraded as Bernstein analyst Todd Juenger cut the price target for the stock from $43 to $41.Inevitably, the whole industry suffered on the day of the downgrade. Therefore, investors should appreciate that another similar downgrade of ATVI stock or any of its peers could happen again in the weeks to come.This is an industry where developers like Activision Blizzard live and die by the continued popularity of their titles and franchises. The company has to constantly renovate and update its offerings. Long-term investors may want to wait for Q4 results, expected in early February 2020, before committing any capital into ATVI stock.Unless the numbers and the 2020 guidance are exceptional at the time, investors may decide not to invest in the stock for several more weeks -- or even months. Short-Term Technical Analysis of ATVI StockDespite the broader market rally of 2019 which has pushed the prices of many tech stocks significantly higher, year-to-date, Activision Blizzard stock is up only around 16%. On the other hand, the stock price of Electronic Arts (NASDAQ:EA) is up 25% in 2019.ATVI stock's 52-week price range has been $57.52 (Sept. 12, 2019)-$39.85 (Feb. 11, 2019). Activision shares have spent most of September, October, and November in a tight range between $57.5 and $52.5. Currently, the shares are hovering around $53.Before long, I expect ATVI stock to break out of this current range, possibly to the downside, toward its 200-day moving average, a long-term trend-following technical indicator, which currently is at $48.47.If you already own ATVI stock, you might want to hold your position. However, within the parameters of your portfolio allocation and risk/return profile, you may consider placing a stop loss at about 3%-5% below the current price point.If you are an experienced investor in the options market, you may also consider using a covered call strategy with approximately a two-month time horizon. In that case, you may, for example, buy 100 shares of ATVI at a limit price of $53.73 (the closing price on Nov. 26) and, at the same time, sell a ATVI Jan 17 $52.5 call option, which currently trades at $3.The $52.5 option is slightly in-the-money, offering downside protection in case of volatility and a decline in Activision Blizzard stock. It would also enable you to participate in a potential up move in ATVI share price. This call option would stop trading on Jan. 17, 2019, and expire on Jan. 18. The Bottom Line on Activision Blizzard StockATVI stock price is in general affected by holiday season shopping numbers. A recent investment thesis by Andrew Ravan at Johns Hopkins University concludes that "Q4 is historically ATVI's strongest quarter - the holiday season brings in huge sales, as video games are bought on a large scale."Therefore, in the coming weeks, any trading update from either Activision Blizzard or any of its competitors would likely affect the price of ATVI stock.With its strong franchise focus, Activision Blizzard is an important company that is likely to weather the ebbs and flows of the industry. The rise of the digital gaming revolution is here to stay, and I believe the long-term fundamental story of ATVI stock is still intact.However, due to tough competition in the industry, Activision Blizzard is no longer a high growth stock. Therefore, long-term investors may want to re-visit their growth expectations. And they may regard any pull toward $50 or even $45 level as a good entry point.As of this writing, Tezcan Gecgil did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 7 Strong Buy Stocks That Are Bargains Right Now * 7 Excellent Bank Stocks Worth an Investment * 4 Small-Cap, Big-Dividend Stocks The post Should Investors Consider Buying Activision Blizzard Stock in December? appeared first on InvestorPlace.
Electronic Arts (EA) and Firemonkeys Studio's licensing partnership with Formula 1 likely to enhance EA's gaming portfolio with the upcoming content updates on Real Racing 3.
Today Electronic Arts Inc. (EA), Respawn Entertainment and Lucasfilm announced that the critically acclaimed Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order™ is the fastest-selling digital launch for a Star Wars game in its first two weeks. The game is also now EA’s top-selling Star Wars title on PC in its initial launch window.
Procter & Gamble is elevating its presence in electronic sports via a sponsorship deal involving gaming tournaments with more than $3 million in prize money.
Electronic Arts (NASDAQ: EA) and Firemonkeys Studio today announced their new and first-time licensing partnership with Formula 1®. On November 26, Real Racing 3 will launch its newest update, bringing players an experience unlike anything that has been in-game ever before. Representing the first F1 content integration of its kind in the mobile gaming space, the update will include the following:
Take-Two (TTWO) is likely to benefit from portfolio strength with the launch of Sid Meier's Civilization VI despite intensifying competition.
Friday's three big stock charts focus on stocks that look a bit wobbly at the moment. That seems fitting because the broad market suddenly looks that way as well.Source: Shutterstock It's not time to panic yet. The S&P 500, for instance, is down half a percentage point for the week after closing Friday at an all-time high. Still, the index has finished in the red for three consecutive sessions, and the same has been true for the Dow Jones Industrial Average. * 7 Companies Using Artificial Intelligence to Outperform the Market In this week's trading, there's a case for at least modest caution. The impeachment inquiry in the House of Representatives is kicking off a year of political news served to a sharply divided populace. Valuations look stretched in some sectors of the market. Earnings this week have not been impressive, particularly on the retail front. A whiff by Home Depot (NYSE:HD) raises concerns about the key construction sector, while department stores Kohl's (NYSE:KSS) and Macy's (NYSE:M) declined ahead of a compressed holiday shopping season.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsAgain, a sell-off isn't necessarily imminent, but the market suddenly seems more uncertain than it has at any point in the last few months. Friday's big stock charts look at stocks in a similar situation. All three have done reasonably well of late. But both technically and fundamentally, there's a real possibility that all three could pull back. Micron Technology (MU)Source: Provided by Finviz I wrote this week that Micron Technology (NASDAQ:MU) could be headed for a fall, and the first of Friday's big stock charts is just one reason why: * The technicals look concerning for several reasons. MU stock has broken out to the downside of both a sideways triangle and a longer-term ascending narrowing wedge. Both moves usually are bearish and signal further weakness ahead. Combined with low volume and the recent dip below the 20- and 50-day moving averages, and MU stock at the moment seems to have a clear path to the 200 DMA closer to $42, about 7% further downside. * There's also the fact that the rest of the semiconductor sector mostly has soared. Advanced Micro Devices (NASDAQ:AMD) has broken out. Nvidia (NASDAQ:NVDA) has gained over 40% since early August. Meanwhile, Micron stock and fellow memory play Western Digital (NASDAQ:WDC) are moving in the wrong direction. Investors are buying chip stocks -- just not memory chip stocks. Indeed, WDC's bearish chart was highlighted in this space last week, and it's kept slipping since. MU stock looks like it's on a similar path. * Fundamentally, MU stock is cheap enough if earnings are at a bottom. But there's some indication that memory pricing isn't set to revert quite as quickly as bulls hope. The recent weakness in Micron stock may be a reflection of that realization, and it might be a harbinger of more disappointment ahead. International Paper (IP)Source: Provided by Finviz There have been quite a few beaten-down potential value names like International Paper (NYSE:IP) that have rallied of late. AT&T (NYSE:T) might qualify, even if its rally admittedly began in December. IBM (NYSE:IBM) has had a few bounces. Kohl's stock gained nicely before wiping out after earnings this week. Rite Aid (NYSE:RAD), which had fallen over 90% in three years, has almost doubled from summer lows.There are other examples as well that show what looks like a shift from growth to value that began in late August. But many of those names have weakened of late, and the second of our big stock charts suggests IP might be next: * IP stock stalled out before returning to past highs at $48, creating a narrowing wedge pattern of lower highs. Shares now are below the 20-day moving average, with the 200DMA and 50DMA next up. * Click to Enlarge Source: Provided by Finviz Moving out to the weekly chart, the same trend seems to hold. IP stock remains in a downtrend that commenced at the beginning of last year. * Fundamentally, IP stock admittedly looks more attractive. The forward price-to-earnings multiple looks cheap at under 12x. A 4.6% dividend yield could draw income investors, particularly with 10-year Treasuries yielding under 2%. * But these high-dividend value stocks too often have been value traps in this market. IBM and KSS have provided negative total returns over most holding periods. Even AT&T stock has underperformed the market including dividends and the recent rally. It does seem like stocks like IP drew in investors looking for value at the end of the summer -- and that those investors may have realized that a cheap multiple and a high dividend alone aren't enough. There's some evidence in the chart that IP may resume the downward trend of other potential yield traps. Electronic Arts (EA)Source: Provided by Finviz The range keeps narrowing for video game developer Electronic Arts (NASDAQ:EA). That usually suggests a breakout in one direction; at the moment, the third of Friday's big stock charts does lean bullish, but the fundamentals raise some concern: * EA stock definitely has a setup that could lead to a bullish breakout. A move back above $100 would break the sideways wedge. Unsurprisingly given trading since February, moving averages are tightly grouped, and they could provide support in coming sessions. Low volume is a concern in terms of expecting anything like a parabolic move higher, but EA stock has ground in the right direction since late July and there's some evidence on that chart to suggest that trend can continue. * At the same time, however, the technicals highlight a fundamental issue: EA stock desperately needs a catalyst, as I wrote this week. Its core franchises all are long in the tooth. 'Battle royale' game "Apex Legends" has disappointed after an auspicious beginning, and the new "Star Wars" game looks well-reviewed but not big enough to move the needle. The fundamentals too don't yet suggest a compelling case for EA stock unless and until something changes. * That said, there are worse plays in this market -- and it's possible that both technically and fundamentally EA stock is in a better position than it might first appear. EA stock is cheap enough to rally. Peers Take-Two Interactive (NASDAQ:TTWO) and Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ:ATVI) both have had breakouts of their own in 2019; Electronic Arts stock might be 'due' to follow. If investors are seeking value in a market just off all-time highs, but worried about weaker names and/or leveraged balance sheets, a stock like EA could be just what they're looking for, with or without a near-term catalyst.As of this writing, Vince Martin has no positions in any securities mentioned. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 7 Companies Using Artificial Intelligence to Outperform the Market * 7 Earnings Reports to Watch Next Week * 6 Retail Stocks Dropping Hard Ahead of Black Friday The post 3 Big Stock Charts for Friday: Micron, International Paper, and Electronic Arts appeared first on InvestorPlace.