|Bid||87.10 x 800|
|Ask||87.49 x 800|
|Day's Range||87.47 - 89.41|
|52 Week Range||73.91 - 148.00|
|Beta (3Y Monthly)||1.20|
|PE Ratio (TTM)||26.28|
|Forward Dividend & Yield||N/A (N/A)|
|1y Target Est||N/A|
In the latest trading session, Electronic Arts (EA) closed at $87.50, marking a -1.89% move from the previous day.
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Electronic Arts (NASDAQ:EA) closed up slightly on Wednesday, gaining 0.17% on the day. Pretty calm and sedate. That was a far cry from Tuesday's performance. EA stock opened the day at $92.32 but was worth $89.55 at close, for a 3% loss. So what happened to spook EA investors?Source: Shutterstock Blame it on soccer. EA Stock Takes a Hit on Soccer LossSoccer has been making headlines in this country in recent weeks after the U.S. women's soccer team won the Women's World Cup. That was big news, but otherwise professional soccer doesn't really have the same sort of presence in the American market as other sports. Football, baseball, basketball and hockey tend to dominate.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips * 3 Food Stocks to Buy for Fast and Big Profits However, professional soccer is a huge, globally, and it's also a big deal for Electronic Arts.The American video game company happens to be behind the FIFA soccer franchise and it's a solid performer. As of last fall, FIFA games had sold a total of 260 million copies worldwide, making it the best-selling sports game of all time.In addition, the mobile version had been installed 193 million times. With those kind of numbers, it's safe to say that soccer is a big deal for EA stock.That importance came into focus on Tuesday. Electronic Arts announced that it had lost the rights to use Juventus -- an Italian soccer club -- in the next version of its game, FIFA 20. As a result, Electronic Arts stock tumbled, losing as much as 4% on the day before recovering slightly to close down 3%.The reason for the market reaction is that Cristiano Ronaldo plays for Juventus, and Ronaldo happens to be one of the -- if not the -- most popular professional soccer players in the world.EA's next FIFA game will be missing its star player, the guy that was on the game cover for the past two versions. The timing also means that Electronic Arts will need to scramble to scrub Juventus from FIFA 20 prior to its scheduled September 27 release. Konami ScoresWhen talking about big video game companies that compete against Electronic Arts, the usual suspects are Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ:ATVI), Take Two (NASDAQ:TTWO) or Ubisoft. But the company that signed the Juventus deal that hit EA stock was Japan's Konami.Konami publishes a video game franchise called Pro Evolution Soccer (or PES) that competes against EA's FIFA series. But PES has never had the kind of numbers FIFA scored. Last summer, it was estimated that latest version of FIFA had been outselling its PES counterpart by close to an 18 to 1 margin.When it was announced that Konami had signed Juventus -- stealing the club from Electronic Arts -- it was headline news, especially in Europe where soccer rules and the vast majority of EA's FIFA sales are generated. Ronaldo has been on the cover of the past two FIFA games, but this year one of soccer's most recognizable stars will instead be gracing the cover of PES 2020. That's going to turn this fall's annual competition between FIFA and PES into a more interesting match.And an interesting match is not what you want if you own EA stock. The company said in a May securities filing that FIFA games represent 14% of its total net revenue. As InvestorPlace contributor James Brumley points out, Electronic Arts stock is well positioned to recover from last year's epic selloff that saw the EA stock price cut in half. * 7 Stocks Top Investors Are Buying Now However, with Juventus and Ronaldo jumping to the competition, the company is going to have to deal with a speed bump in its planned launch of FIFA 20 in the fall. As of this writing, Brad Moon did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 7 Stocks Top Investors Are Buying Now * The 10 Best Cryptocurrencies to Keep on Your Radar * 7 Marijuana Penny Stocks That Could Triple (But You Won't Make Money) The post EA Stock Drops on Loss of Ronaldo in FIFA 20 appeared first on InvestorPlace.
Electronic Arts (NASDAQ:EA) has yet to make it convincingly clear it can cultivate the opportunity to its fullest. But if EA stock is to move higher again, the company requires subscriptions and streaming to jumpstart this recovery.Source: Shutterstock The game publisher already has a presence on both (and sometimes overlapping) arenas, to be fair. It has been a modest, seemingly experimental effort to date though. However, EA experienced a wake-up call last year. That was when a horrendous selloff cut the EA stock price in half. With this painful lesson still fresh, the company finally appears motivated to embrace all the new norms in video gaming. Electronic Arts Stock Pays for Missing the First BoatLong-term investors of Electronic Arts stock know the story all too well. Once a powerhouse within the gaming industry, EA lost its shine. Last year's delays in releasing its most recent Battlefield title angered gamers. Plus, the company imposed multiple micro transactions for consumers to enjoy 2017's Star Wars entry created a revolt.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips * 10 Best Dividend Stocks to Buy for the Rest of 2019 and Beyond Finally, the unexpected, disruptive success of rival game Fortnite contributed to heaping pain on top of Electronic Arts stock.A fatal shooting at a competition last year involving one of its Madden NFL games only exacerbated the doubt that suddenly surrounded the company. This tragedy contributed to driving the EA stock price from July's high near $150 to December's low of around $75.However, the game-related stumbling blocks were microcosms of bigger, more philosophical problems. The industry -- and how people consume games in particular -- has been changing. But EA hadn't fully changed with it.One of those shifts has been the democratization of game distribution. The advent of downloaded games has proven to be a mixed blessing for EA stock as well as rivals like Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ:ATVI) and Take-Two (NASDAQ:TTWO). By selling directly to consumers, publishers can bypass middlemen like GameStop (NYSE:GME) and Walmart (NYSE:WMT), retaining more profits for themselves.The very same high-speed internet connections and consoles with hard drives, though, facilitated the creation of game repositories like Steam. These technologies also sparked the rise of a countless number of indie game developers.And as it turns out, some of those independently developed games - including Fortnite -- are pretty good.Electronic Arts answered, launching EA Access in 2014, followed by a more robust subscription service called Origin Access.And with last year's release of "Project Atlas," EA hopes to set a framework for future relevancy in the gaming business. Uncanny InsightThe game-streaming and subscription business is far from fully gelled. Electronic Arts stock may have potential competition from Alphabet (NASDAQ:GOOG, NASDAQ:GOOGL) entering the fray. Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) is already there.However, EA is in a unique position, having learned from past failures (and successes) within the subscription business. Keep in mind they don't have a console system to lean on.EA's subscription chief, Senior Vice President Mike Blank, has demonstrated some important even if subtle savvy on this front. Last month, Blanked stated, "We need to be where the players are and not every player is going to be on every service or device, just like not every viewer is on Netflix."It's a seemingly obvious statement, but it's a realization rivals don't seem to have fully embraced.Blank further recognized that "We're evolving from a publisher of games to a connector."In other words, just because they build it doesn't mean players will come.EA has yet to fully decide if it will cultivate its own streaming/subscription service (more than it already has). A meaningless "maybe" is all Blank is willing to offer at this point. That leaves investors and gamers alike wondering exactly how monetization will occur with Project Atlas going forward.Electronic Arts knows, however, that it also needs to rethink more than just delivery. Its portfolio of games, while respectable, is aging with little innovation. A Rethink for Gaming RelevancyA subscription-based model will dramatically help on that front by supplying a steady revenue stream rather than forcing the development of nothing but blockbuster titles that sell tens of millions of copies.Blank goes on to say "The value of a subscription is ultimately, from a business standpoint, how much do players engage with the subscription. If you can provide them with new and different experiences they might stay for longer. I think we will build new and different games that will fit within the subscription itself."It wasn't a direct allusion to more indie and indie-like games. But it's noteworthy that Electronic Arts has stepped up its efforts -- in a big way -- to work with independent game developers. Last month, the company announced Zoink Games, Glowmade and Hazelight Studios will each soon see one of their games published with an EA label on it.It's a largely unprecedented pace, suggesting the organization is rethinking everything from the top down.It also aligns with recent comments from EA's VP of strategic growth Matt Bilbey. He told GameIndustry.biz earlier this month "The conversation now can flip from platform holder to game creator because they are so intertwined. The game that creators are going to make is going to evolve based on what people are consuming on." Looking Ahead for EA StockWhat Electronic Arts exactly has in mind for the new era of video games remains at least a little unclear. Indeed, it's possible that even EA doesn't precisely know where it's going, even as it moves forward.It is clear, however, that Electronic Arts has pushed itself through a pretty significant rethinking of its place in the video game industry. Also, it appears it's had some tough conversations about relevancy where subscriptions are the norm and players are growing more interested in less-touted titles. The so-called "long tail" of video game choices is getting longer and wider.It's far from an assurance that EA stock will make a full recovery in the near future. But it certainly doesn't hurt the bullish argument.As of this writing, James Brumley held a long position in EA stock. You can learn more about him at his website jamesbrumley.com, or follow him on Twitter, at @jbrumley. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 10 Stocks to Buy for Less Than Book * 7 Marijuana Stocks With Critical Levels to Watch * The 10 Best Dividend Stocks to Buy for the Rest of 2019 and Beyond The post Subscriptions, Streaming Integral to the Bull Case for EA Stock appeared first on InvestorPlace.
Electronic Arts (EA) closed the most recent trading day at $92.82, moving -0.72% from the previous trading session.
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Electronic Arts Inc NASDAQ/NGS:EAView full report here! Summary * Bearish sentiment is low * Economic output for the sector is expanding but at a slower rate Bearish sentimentShort interest | PositiveShort interest is extremely low for EA with fewer than 1% of shares on loan. This could indicate that investors who seek to profit from falling equity prices are not currently targeting EA. Money flowETF/Index ownership | NeutralETF activity is neutral. The net inflows of $5.96 billion over the last one-month into ETFs that hold EA are not among the highest of the last year and have been slowing. Economic sentimentPMI by IHS Markit | NegativeAccording to the latest IHS Markit Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) data, output in the Consumer Goods sector is rising. The rate of growth is weak relative to the trend shown over the past year, however, and is easing. Credit worthinessCredit default swapCDS data is not available for this security.Please send all inquiries related to the report to firstname.lastname@example.org.Charts and report PDFs will only be available for 30 days after publishing.This document has been produced for information purposes only and is not to be relied upon or as construed as investment advice. To the fullest extent permitted by law, IHS Markit disclaims any responsibility or liability, whether in contract, tort (including, without limitation, negligence), equity or otherwise, for any loss or damage arising from any reliance on or the use of this material in any way. Please view the full legal disclaimer and methodology information on pages 2-3 of the full report.
With the second half of the year comes another busy earnings season. Although broader indices stand around the levels where they were at the end of April, May and June were volatile both for the indices and many individual stocks.I am going to discuss the short-term outlook for three stocks, namely Disney (NYSE:DIS), Electronic Arts (NASDAQ:EA), and Boeing (NYSE:BA), and encourage our readers to do due diligence prior to their upcoming quarterly reports.All three stocks have shown robust performance in 2019, especially since early June. However, I believe there will be further volatility and some profit-taking with these names in the coming weeks. Investors may consider waiting on the sidelines if they do not currently have any positions open in DIS, EA or BA stocks.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips * 7 A-Rated Stocks to Buy for the Rest of 2019 Alternatively, if they already own shares, investors may either consider taking some money off the table during this market bounce or hedging their positions. As for hedging strategies, covered calls or put spreads with Aug. 16 expiry could be appropriate. Straight put purchases could be expensive due to heightened volatility. Any short-term decline in these shares may offer better entry points for long-term investors. Disney (DIS)Source: Baron Valium via FlickrDisney stock is expected to report earnings on August 6. Wall Street will want to see whether the group's diversified revenue streams remain robust for the second half of 2019.Four segments generate Disney's revenue: * Media Networks (such as ABC and ESPN; 41% of revenue) * Parks & Resorts (such as Disneyland and cruise lines; 34% of revenue) * Studio Entertainment (including Lucasfilm and Marvel; 17% of revenue) * Consumer Products & Interactive Media (including Disney Store and ESPN+; 8% of revenue)On May 8, the company reported earnings for its second fiscal quarter. It logged revenues of $14.9 billion on earnings per share of $1.61 and beat analysts' estimates on both the top and bottom line.Results from Disney's operating segments varied. CEO Bob Iger highlighted higher affiliate revenues from ESPN, as well as the popularity of its domestic theme parks. DIS also said that it would be repositioning itself towards direct-to-consumer services.Shareholders would like to see another strong quarter when Disney reports earnings in a few weeks. Meanwhile, Netflix (NASDAQ:NFLX) earnings are expected on July 17. Wall Street's reaction to NFLX stock's earnings may also affect the share price of DIS stock in the second half of July.In 2019, DIS stock is up 31% year-to-date. Let us briefly remember how the stock has traded since early April: On Apr. 11, prior to Disney's investor day presentation, the share price closed at $116.60. The next morning, DIS stock gapped up to open at $127.91. Then, on April 29, DIS stock reached what was then an all-time high of $142.37.In early May, Disney stock gave back some of its April gains, mirroring the stock market's volatility. On May 31, the stock saw $130.78. June has once again been good to shareholders, as the stock reached an all-time high of $145.51 on June 18.However, it may now be appropriate for current investors to take some of their impressive paper profits in Disney shares. In the next several weeks, I expect DIS stock to be volatile and its price to decline toward the $130 level, possibly until the company's next quarterly report. Electronic Arts (EA)Source: Shutterstock As a leader in the competitive video game industry, Electronic Arts develops and distributes esports games. Several of its well-known franchises include Madden, FIFA, and Battlefield.The group is expected to report earnings on July 30, when Wall Street will be able to gauge the financial health of the company. EA is one of the largest gaming companies globally in terms of revenue and market cap. The group has two key sources of revenues: * Products (i.e., digital or physical sale of games and additional content); and, * Services (i.e., recurring revenue sources such as subscription-based models and in-game transactions)On May 7, the video game publisher reported fiscal 2019 fourth-quarter financial results. Analysts were not impressed with the fact that sales and profits have been dented by intense competition from rival game makers.In-game transactions which include "microtransactions" (such as new player skins or weapons) and "loot boxes" (whose contents players do not know prior to purchase) are lucrative yet somewhat controversial sources of revenue. Indeed, many gamers resent the idea of spending more money on games they already bought. Electronic Arts stock took a hit after some backlash from its microtransaction business practices.In 2013, EA stock was trading at just over $10. Over the next few years, it became a darling among long-term investors. Then Electronic Arts stock had a rough second half of the year in 2018. In 2019, although EA stock is up 17%, it has been a roller coaster ride. Similarly, the stock price of Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ:ATVI), one of EA's main competitors, has also suffered over the past year, mostly due to the competitive headwinds in the industry.EA stock's 52-week price range has been between $151.26 (July 13, 2018) and $73.91 (Dec. 26, 2018). Despite the price strength this year, I don't think long-term investors should rush to buy into the shares just yet. While I would not bet against EA stock's future, I expect to see further volatility and possible price weakness toward $90 in July. * 7 Retail Stocks to Buy That Are Down in 2019 Most investors are likely to wait on the sidelines until they have a chance to analyze EA's balance sheet to see if the shares might be somewhat overvalued. They will also want to see if there is any growth fatigue or major trend changes in the industry. In an industry that offers both free-to-play titles and full-price games, investors do not yet know what the right mix of business models for Electronic Arts will be. Boeing (BA)Source: Phillip Capper via FlickrAs the manufacturer of commercial and defense products, Boeing is one of the most important names in many portfolios.Boeing, along with its main competitor Airbus (OTCMKTS:EADSY), are the world's two largest commercial aerospace manufacturers.However, Boeing stock price has been falling since early March, when Ethiopian Airlines suffered a fatal accident involving a Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft. The March 10 crash was, unfortunately, the second deadly incident of the same model plane, one of Boeing's most popular, in less than six months.Following the tragedy, countries closed their airspace to Boeing's 737 Max 8 one by one, until finally the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) also grounded the top-selling jets. It's likely that the grounding may continue for several more months.The present concern regarding the safety of Boeing's 737 Max planes offers plenty of questions. Later in the year, if Boeing is found to be at fault regarding pilot training or if the company cannot fix the hardware problems completely, BA stock may suffer further.Boeing also needs to rebuild customer confidence. In other words, this disaster has raised serious questions about the the company's design of these high-tech airplanes and the corporate actions -- or lack thereof -- after the crashes.The on-going U.S.-China trade war worries have also added to the stock price decline of BA. The company has become one of the proxy names for the conflict. Over the past decade, the growth of China's airline industry has created a massive export market for Boeing. In fiscal year 2018 alone, Boeing generated about $13.7 billion in revenue from world's second-largest economy.So what should investors think about BA shares right now? Long term, I would not bet against Boeing. Despite the problems, year-to-date BA stock is still up almost 11%.Eventually the U.S. and China will come to a mutually beneficial trade agreement. And Boeing is likely to make its planes safer and gain consumer trust again. Sometime in 2020, its best-selling jet will probably return to the skies.During the Paris Air Show that took place in June, Boeing secured an order for 200 737 Max jets from the British Airways parent International Consolidated Airlines Group (OTCMKTS:ICAGY). Although the full amount of the order is not yet known, it is suspected that BA offered a big discount to ICAGY. This purchase intent is not only a show of confidence in BA's grounded planes, it is also a signal to shareholders that 2020 is likely to be a better year for the group.Short-term, though, things could be choppy and somewhat of a mixed bag. A couple of sour trade headlines or Boeing 737 Max-related news in the next few weeks could drive BA stock further down.Eventually, Boeing will have to foot the bill for the losses incurred by many airlines due to cancelled flights. On July 3, management also announced a compensation scheme for the survivors of the fatal crashes.I'd say hold off investing in Boeing shares until the release of the full crash reports as well as BA's next quarterly statement on July 24 to re-evaluate the financial impact of the crashes and the trade wars on the balance sheet.At the time of writing, the author did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities. 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Welcome to the latest episode of the Full-Court Finance podcast from Zacks Investment Research where Associate Stock Strategist Ben Rains dives into the latest news from the world of legalized sports gambling and esports.
The bulls tried their best, but the valiant effort to finish last week on a high note failed. The S&P 500 lost 0.18% of its value on Friday, though the broad market is still in record-high territory.Source: Allan Ajifo via Wikimedia (Modified)Nvidia (NASDAQ:NVDA) proved to be the biggest drag on the overall market, sinking 1.6% as part of a general malaise among other tech names. Advanced Micro Devices (NASDAQ:AMD), as expected, lowered its pricing in response to planned product launches from it as well as from rival Nvidia. Samsung helped set the pessimistic tone too, warning investors that its next quarterly report's bottom line could be down by more than half. * 10 Stocks That Should Be Every Young Investor's First Choice But, those names aren't of a great deal of interest as the new trading week gets going. Rather, it's the stock charts of Royal Caribbean Cruises (NYSE:RCL), Electronic Arts (NASDAQ:EA) and United Airlines Holdings (NASDAQ:UAL) that are of the most interest. Here's why.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips United Airlines Holdings (UAL)United Airlines shares have been soaring since late May, and thanks to a renewed rally effort since the latter part of June, UAL is knocking on the door of a multi-week high.On the flipside, as of last week, the recent highs essentially aligns with the peak prices seen since February, which is paired with a corresponding horizontal support line. If the trading range breaks, it could begin a significant move. That's a big "if" though. Click to Enlarge * The range in question lies between $91 and $77.20, marked in yellow and red, respectively, on both stock charts. * The weekly chart's stochastic lines also verify that UAL is overbought, and has reached an inflection point. It will have to begin pulling back, or have to finally push into multi-week high territory. * The current advance has an edge previous ones didn't. That is, in late June, United Airlines shares were able to push up and off of the purple 50-day average and the gray 100-day line. Electronic Arts (EA)A week ago, Electronic Arts was a rock-solid trading prospect. After weeks of attempts to clear a couple of major resistance lines, the stock finally poked through, and then followed through.The effort completely unraveled in the latter part of last week, however, with a stumble that dragged the stock almost back to its starting point for the bullish thrust. In many regards though, the setback is actually a bullish event in that it gives the stock a chance to validate the breakout move from two weeks ago. * 7 A-Rated Stocks to Buy for the Rest of 2019 Click to Enlarge * Friday's low was suspiciously in line with the lows booked since May, suggesting the bulls have drawn a mental line in the sand. EA was pushing up and off that floor later in Friday's session. * Friday's volume spike, when paired with a partial intraday turnaround, implies a shift from a net-bearish back to a net-bullish environment. * It couldn't be said two weeks ago, but as of Friday, the purple 50-day moving average line has crossed above the white 200-day moving average line. That "golden cross" is seen as a buy signal for some traders, despite the selloff that took shape the day the signal was made. * The sudden pullback is less surprising considering it materialized right as the 38.2% retracement line was encountered. That ceiling at $103.66 could prove to be a major battleground. Royal Caribbean Cruises (RCL)With nothing more than a quick glance, shares of Royal Caribbean Cruises simply look like they're going through a patch of volatility. That's nothing new for RCL.A closer look at some of the daily chart's nuances, however, says there may be more underway here than a little choppiness. Zooming out to a look at the weekly chart suggests the same thing … that a pattern is repeating itself. Lower lows may be more likely than it seems on the surface. Click to Enlarge * For the second time in two weeks, as of Friday, Royal Caribbean shares are back below the white 200-day moving average line. This time though, resistance at the purple 50-day line (highlighted) prompted the pullback. * It has been inconsistent, though there's still clear growth in the amount of bearish volume that has started to materialize. There are a lot of would-be selling waiting on the sidelines. * Backing out to look at the weekly chart clarifies an up and down pattern that has been accurately signaled by MACD lines that have already turned bearish.As of this writing, James Brumley did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities. You can learn more about James at his site, jamesbrumley.com, or follow him on Twitter, at @jbrumley. 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You've saved $1,000 from your part-time job while going to school to get that college degree you've always wanted. You want to invest it. The question is where to safely put it so that it grows to be worth more than $1,000 in a few years. Do you look for stocks to buy? Do you purchase a simple fund-of-funds mutual fund or an exchange-traded fund? Or, do you put it in a high-interest savings account where the principal is guaranteed?These are some of the possible ideas facing young investors unfamiliar with the options available to them. To help you grow your hard-earned savings, I've put together a collection of seven ways you can hit the ground running in your pursuit of a suitable investment. InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsBut remember this: The most important message I can give you is that the investment itself isn't nearly as important as the amount of time your savings are in the market. * 10 Best Stocks for 2019: A Volatile First Half With all of that in mind, here are seven stocks to buy for young investors. Electronic Arts (EA)Source: Shutterstock An essential part of investing is understanding why you own a particular stock. In the case of Electronic Arts (NASDAQ:EA), I'm recommending its stock for two reasons. The first reason is that young people generally understand and play video games. Electronic Arts is one of the world's largest publishers of video games. In fiscal 2019, Electronic Arts had annual net revenues of $5 billion, operating cash flow of $1.5 billion and $1 billion in net income. Highlights of fiscal 2019 include launching free-to-play game Apex Legends, repurchasing 11 million of its shares, and growing its net bookings by 5% to $3.7 billion. Thanks to EA's free-to-play franchise, analysts are high on EA stock. On July 2, BMO Capital Markets analyst Gerrick Johnson raised its price target by $14 to $130, 30% higher than where it's currently trading. A big reason for the rise in price has to do with the early hype for the second season of Apex Legends. According to reports, more than three million views of the trailer for the second season were viewed in the first four days of its release with a 95% like-to-dislike ratio. If you already play the games, why not own the stock? Scotts Miracle-Grow (SMG)Source: Shutterstock As you're likely to notice, all seven of these stocks are trading around $100. I chose to recommend stocks around this dollar amount so you could buy 10 shares of whichever stock you select. As I write this, Scotts Miracle-Gro (NYSE:SMG) is trading just below $100. If you're not familiar with Scotts, it is in the business of making your lawn and gardens look fantastic. In business since 1868, it is North America's leading company in the consumer lawn and garden industry with 2018 sales of $2.7 billion. If you're looking for a stable company, SMG is it, targeting 2-4% sales growth each year, 4.6% growth in operating income and 8-10% earnings-per-share growth, delivering 10-12% annual returns for shareholders. In fiscal 2019, Scotts expects sales growth of at least 13% with non-GAAP EPS rising by at least 13% to $4.20. Since 2014, Scotts has grown its free cash flow by 77% to $274 million in 2018, which means it has a free cash flow yield of 3.5% based on an enterprise value of $7.9 billion. * 7 of the Best Emerging Markets Stocks to Buy Furthermore, as the cannabis industry grows, Scotts' Hawthorne Gardening subsidiary will continue to benefit from that growth. Owning SMG is an excellent way to make a side bet on the cannabis industry. Columbia Sportswear (COLM) Source: McArthurGlen Designer Outlets via Flickr (modified)You would think with the success of Canada Goose (NYSE:GOOS) in recent years that Columbia Sportswear (NASDAQ:COLM) would be suffering a sales outage. Not so. In fact, COLM stock is trading within 10% of its all-time high, which it hit in March. However, the demand for warm outdoor wear continues to grow, leaving plenty of revenue for upstarts like Canada Goose and legacy brands such as Columbia and the North Face. Today, consumers expect their winter coats to be able to handle any weather, including frigid, sub-zero conditions. "Consumers today expect technical attributes to their garments, and that means winter clothes should be able to function in extreme climates," said Edward Hertzman, the founder and president of the trade publication Sourcing Journal in February. "It's no longer a crazy idea for a T-shirt to be able to sweat-wick, have UV protection, or have cooling or moisture retention qualities. This technology already exists, and people expect it. Companies are just responding to consumer expectations."When you're trying to meet these customer expectations, it helps that you've been around since 1938 as Columbia has. Consumers have grown to trust its products whose brands include Columbia, Sorel, prAna and Mountain Hardwear. But make no mistake, the Columbia brand is what drives the company higher. In 2018, the Columbia brand accounted for 82% of the company's overall revenue with the U.S. home to 62% of its total sales. The opportunity, if you buy CLM stock, is its growth outside the U.S. for all four of its brands, including Columbia. While COLM might not be nearly as trendy as GOOS, it trades at 2.5 times sales, almost three times less than Canada's iconic brand. To me, that spells value. Nasdaq Inc. (NDAQ)Source: Shutterstock If you're going to invest in U.S.-listed stocks, I believe it makes sense to own one or more of the companies that operate the stock exchanges where these seven stocks are bought and sold. Naturally, Nasdaq Inc. (NASDAQ:NDAQ) is listed on Nasdaq, the stock exchange it's owned since its creation in 1971. In 2007, Nasdaq merged with OMX, a Scandinavian company that launched the first derivative exchange in Europe, to become known as the Nasdaq OMX Group. In 2014, the company changed its name to Nasdaq Inc.It continues to make acquisitions to grow Nasdaq Inc. beyond merely an operator of stock exchanges. On Jan. 1, 2017, Nasdaq appointed Adena Friedman as its CEO. Friedman is one of just 26 women to be the chief executive of an S&P 500 company.In the first quarter of 2019, Nasdaq continued its transition into the financial technology industry by acquiring Cinnober for $190 million. The Swedish company provides fintech services to financial institutions around the world through its TRADExpress Platform, which helps stock exchanges trade more efficiently. In 2018, Nasdaq had $2.5 billion in revenues from five different revenue streams, with 70% of it recurring in nature through subscriptions. Over the past three years, it has grown its non-GAAP EPS by 12% annually from $3.39 in 2015 to $4.75 in 2018. * 7 Education Stocks to Buy for the Future of Academia Friedman's push to fintech and data analytics will reap dividends for years to come. Medtronic (MDT)Source: U.S. Embassy Kyiv Ukraine via Flickr (Modified)My objective with this article is to provide young investors with seven different options from seven different sectors, all trading around $100 a share. Medtronic (NYSE:MDT) fits the bill for the healthcare sector. If you're not familiar with Medtronic, it got its start in 1949 as a medical equipment repair shop. Since then, it has grown to become one of the world's biggest and best manufacturers of medical devices. Whether we're talking insulin pumps, transcatheter heart valves, neurosurgery imaging and all the other medical technology it makes, Medtronic is a leader in its field. In fiscal 2019, the company had $30.6 billion in sales divided among four main operating units: Restorative Therapies ($8.2 billion), Cardiac & Vascular ($11.5 billion), Minimally Invasive Therapies ($8.5 billion) and the Diabetes Group ($2.4 billion). Each of these units in their own right would be a large company. By investing in Medtronic stock, investors get a significant diversification of revenue streams, along with a $2.16 annual dividend, which is currently yielding 2.2%. In May, Medtronic announced fourth-quarter results that were better than expected. On the top line, it had sales of $8.15 billion, $30 million higher than the consensus estimate. On the bottom line, Medtronic's non-GAAP EPS was $1.54, 7 cents better than analyst expectations. As people continue to live longer, the demand for Medtronic's products will increase, providing shareholders with above-average long-term returns. Stanley Black & Decker (SWK)Source: Mark Hunter via Flickr (Modified)Over the past 20 years, shareholders of Stanley Black & Decker (NYSE:SWK) have achieved an average annual total return of 10.6% through July 2. A $10,000 investment on July 6, 1999, is worth $75,436 today. How does that compare to the S&P 500?Well, if you use the SPDR S&P 500 ETF (NYSEARCA:SPY) as your proxy, it trounces the index by 450 basis points annually. The company's growth accelerated in 2009 when The Stanley Works merged with the Black & Decker Corporation to form one of the world's largest tool companies. A merger of equals, each share of Black & Decker stock was exchanged for 1.275 shares of Stanley common stock. The deal was valued at $4.5 billion with Stanley shareholders owning 50.5% of the merged entity -- Stanley Black & Decker -- and Black & Decker shareholders owning the rest.At the time, the two companies rationalized the deal because of the $350 million in cost synergies, two highly complementary brands, and $1 in EPS accretion within three years of closing the merger. Since the merger was completed on March 12, 2010, SWK stock is up 11.5% compounded annually through July 2. Not wanting to miss out on the popularity of online shopping, SWK has focused on e-commerce in recent years, and it has paid off, going over $1 billion in sales in 2018. Although they only accounted for 7.2% of its $13.98 billion in 2018 revenue, its e-commerce revenues are growing at double digits. * 10 Stocks That Should Be Every Young Investor's First Choice Its omnichannel focus is critical to the success of SWK stock in the years to come. Stocks to Buy: Hilton Worldwide (HLT) Source: eGuide Travel via FlickrIf you've traveled at all, you're likely familiar with the Hilton Hotels brand. Two years ago, Hilton Worldwide (NYSE:HLT) wasn't just an operator of hotels. It also owned hotels and a timeshare company. To extract greater value for its shareholders, the company decided to spin off Park Hotels & Resorts (NYSE:PK) and Hilton Grand Vacations (NYSE:HGV) into their own independent, publicly traded companies, so that each could focus on their segment of the travel market. Of the three stocks, HLT had been the best performer since the split in January 2017. Looking into the future, Hilton sees considerable growth for its all-suites brands -- Embassy Suites, Homewood Suites, Home2 Suites -- and that growth should help propel HLT higher in the next 12-24 months. In the first quarter, Hilton opened 21 all-suites properties, it signed deals for another 37 and plans to open 130 by the end of 2019. The all-suites properties account for approximately 10% of Hilton's total number of properties. In addition to the 130, its opening for the all-suites division, Hilton has a total pipeline of 600 at the current time.One country where Hilton is focusing its all-suites growth is Canada, where it continues to get record visitors combined with higher revenue per available room (RevPAR) and average daily rate (ADR). It recently opened its 30th all-suites hotel in Canada. It also sees potential in the Caribbean and Latin America.Up more than 40% year to date, Hilton stock remains a great play heading into the summer season. At the time of this writing Will Ashworth did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities. 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U.S. stock futures are crawling lower this morning amid mild profit-taking after last week's jump to new record highs. Heading into the open, futures on the Dow Jones Industrial Average are down 0.32% and S&P 500 futures are lower by 0.26%. Nasdaq-100 futures have lost 0.39%. In the options pits, the post-holiday session saw below-average volume with only 15.7 million calls and 12.7 million puts changing hands. The action at the CBOE also reflected a lack of put demand with the single-session equity put/call volume ratio sliding to 0.61. With the reading now sitting in the dead center of its summer range, it's also right on top of the 10-day moving average. InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsThe following were the three top stocks landing on the most-active options list: Roku (NASDAQ:ROKU), Electronic Arts (NASDAQ:EA) and Snap (NYSE:SNAP). Let's take a closer look: Roku (ROKU) A lackluster response to Friday's better-than-expected jobs report held the broader market under water, but Roku cared little for such shenanigans. The streaming media device company shot 5% higher on strong volume to kick-off its next upswing. The timing of ROKU stock's recent strength couldn't have come at a better time. The red-hot momentum stock had recently cooled amid valuation concerns and profit-taking following its meteoric 2019 rise. At last month's peak, ROKU had risen 253% for the year. By comparison, its 19% pullback is barely noticeable. The timing of the bounce coincided with a test of the rising 50-day moving average and reaffirmed the bulls' control of the intermediate-term trend. On the options trading front, traders favored calls on the session. Total activity grew to 178% of the average daily volume, with 130,407 contracts traded. Calls claimed 56% of the day's take. The ongoing ramp in implied volatility continued, rising to 73% or the 46th percentile of its one-year range. Premiums are pricing in daily moves of $4.50 or 4.6%. Electronic Arts (EA) Just when it looked like Electronic Arts shares had finally turned the corner, sellers staged a nasty rug-pull. The once high-flying video game company saw its breakout attempt fail miserably with a two-day 10% whack ahead of the weekend. The slide coincides with the release of season 2 of Apex Legends, the company's popular battle royale game, which appears to be tracking well behind the mass adoption of its first season. Ever since last year's 50% beatdown, EA stock has been floundering, unable to find any upside momentum. Last week's rejected breakout attempt underscores the ongoing challenge for traders trying to play EA to the long side. Critical support looms at $90. If it breaches that, watch out below. As far as options trading goes, EA topped the most-actives list with total activity rising to 346% of the average daily volume. By the closing bell, 75,626 contracts traded with calls accounting for 55% of the session's sum. Implied volatility drifted sideways to remain at 41%. That also lands it at the 40th percentile of its one-year range. The expected daily move is $2.41 or 2.6%. Snap (SNAP) Snap shares completed a textbook high base pattern Friday with a breakout to fresh 52-week highs. With the jump to $15.23, SNAP stock is officially up 176% on the year making it one of the Street's hottest stocks. It's certainly a favorite among traders shopping the few low-priced stocks that exist after a ten-year bull market. The combination of price and volume has been extremely bullish for the past six weeks. SNAP stock has remained on the north side of a rising 20-day moving average. Accumulation days litter the landscape with nary a whiff of distribution -- no need to overthink this one. The path of least resistance is higher. On the options trading front, traders came after calls like patriots to a fireworks show. Activity rose to 145% of the average daily volume, with 183,973 total contracts traded; 77% of the trading came from call options alone. Implied volatility popped to 62% and now sits at the 32nd percentile of its one-year range. Premiums are pointing toward daily moves of 59 cents or 3.9%. As of this writing, Tyler Craig didn't hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities. Check out his recently released Bear Market Survival Guide to learn how to defend your portfolio against market volatility. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 7 A-Rated Stocks to Buy for the Rest of 2019 * 7 Education Stocks to Buy for the Future of Academia * 5 Stocks to Buy as You Rebalance Your Portfolio The post Monday's Vital Data: Electronic Arts, Roku and Snap appeared first on InvestorPlace.
Just a few days ago Nick Licouris, an investment advisor with wealth management form Gerber Kawasaki, posed an interesting idea: that entertainment giant Walt Disney (NYSE:DIS) should acquire video game name Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ:ATVI).Source: Richard Stephenson via Flickr (Modified)It was a semi-self-serving suggestion. Gerber Kawasaki holds 90,000 shares of ATVI in its portfolio and would enjoy the upside of an offer that would almost certainly be above ATVI's current price near $48.The deal would also be something of an accounting wash, however, in that Gerber Kawasaki also holds 152,000 shares, or $22 million worth, of Disney stock.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsThe upside would be the synergy created in such a pairing. Not only could Disney readily leverage a large library of film and television characters ranging from Mickey Mouse to most of Marvel's superheroes to Star Wars icons, such a move would plug Disney directly into a fast-growing eSports market that could use some Disney-like polish. The video game market is, Licouris points out, a $152 billion market -- an opportunity Walt Disney might want to mull now that a 23-film series featuring most of the Marvel universe is winding down, while the marketability of its Star Wars film franchise remains in question. * 7 Retail Stocks to Buy That Are Down in 2019 Activision is hardly the only possible purchase Walt Disney may want to consider, however, if it wants to continue building the value of Disney stock. Acquisition Targets That Aren't CrazyDon't read more into the message than is intended. These are only musings -- a "what if" exercise, mostly for fun, at a time of year when little else is going on. They're far from predictions.Nevertheless, like the idea of adding Activision Blizzard to the fold, three more possibilities also have a compelling ring to them.1.Electronic ArtsIt seems obnoxiously similar to Licouris' idea of acquiring Activision, but there would be a distinct advantage in scooping up Electronic Arts (NASDAQ:EA) instead. EA is the name behind some of the most popular Star Wars game titles, as the company has licensed many of the characters and worlds. A full-blown collaborative effort could make future titles even more potent, leveraging deliberate tie-ins.There's also the possibility that, if it wanted to, Disney could do more with Electronic Arts' popular sports games -- like Madden football and its FIFA line -- on the eSports front than EA is doing for itself. The most popular eSports platforms are fantasy and fighting games, but actual sports games could attract a larger eSports crowd with a different sort of marketing approach. Indeed, perhaps some sort of partnership with its struggling ESPN brand could salvage the beleaguered sports channel.2.The Toys R Us NameThe iconic toy store chain folded for good in June, when the last of its remaining units shut their doors for the last time. Many of them did so months ago, however, after the privately-owned company succumbed to insurmountable debt. It's still a well-known and well-loved brand name, though, and certainly up for grabs to a willing bidder.This premise begs one key question: Why would Disney fare any better in the toy store business than its predecessor did?There are multiple answers, chief among them being Walt Disney has the financial wherewithal to fund inventory, remodels and operations.More than that, though, Disney has proven it knows how to turn a simple visit to a store into a full-blown experience not unlike the experience guests enjoy at its hotels, resorts and theme parks. It's already doing so in its Disney-branded stores. If it could replicate that overarching experience on a larger scale and strip away the warehouse-like feel of its stores, Toys R Us could be reborn as an exciting destination that could compete with Amazon.com (NASDAQ:AMZN) and Walmart (NYSE:WMT).3.MattelFinally, contrary to comments from MGA Entertainment CEO Isaac Larian after his organization failed to make a successful acquisition bid for the toymaker, Mattel (NASDAQ:MAT) can be salvaged. Not unlike Toys R Us a year ago, it just needs the right help.Disney is positioned to provide that level of help. It's in the toy business already, and even names Mattel as a licensee partner. Some say a recent deal with Disney's Pixar could even be the very growth engine Mattel needs to restore its former glory.That opportunity is relatively small in scale, though. With a better-managed brand that offers more control of the toy market, Disney could shape and reshape much of the toy landscape in a way that serves it better. Looking Ahead for Disney StockAgain, owners of Disney stock hoping any of these deals are going to happen may not want to hold their breath. Like economists predict far more recessions than ever actually take shape, most potential acquisitions never transpire. It's unlikely any of the aforementioned pairings will ever become a reality. * 10 Stocks That Should Be Every Young Investor's First Choice Still, it's fun to think about, particularly as we move into a period where Disney's big growth drivers are unclear. As exciting as the planned launch of Disney+ already is, at a price of $7 per month, it's not a game-changer for the company. As that reality becomes evident on the top and bottom lines, some sort of dealmaking next year becomes at least a little more plausible.As of this writing, James Brumley did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities. You can learn more about James at his site, jamesbrumley.com, or follow him on Twitter, at @jbrumley. 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