FB - Facebook, Inc.

NasdaqGS - NasdaqGS Real Time Price. Currency in USD
188.08
+1.86 (+1.00%)
At close: 4:00PM EDT
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Previous Close186.22
Open186.66
Bid0.00 x 1100
Ask0.00 x 1200
Day's Range185.54 - 188.31
52 Week Range123.02 - 208.66
Volume9,751,570
Avg. Volume15,119,298
Market Cap536.583B
Beta (3Y Monthly)1.28
PE Ratio (TTM)31.81
EPS (TTM)5.91
Earnings DateOct 28, 2019 - Nov 1, 2019
Forward Dividend & YieldN/A (N/A)
Ex-Dividend DateN/A
1y Target Est235.55
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  • 'Compare culture' online could be hurting your teenager
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    'Compare culture' online could be hurting your teenager

    It's no secret that social media has radically altered how we behave online – but are those behaviors a bad thing? VSCO CEO Joel Flory joins The Final Round to discuss the rapidly evolving digital landscape, and how mental wellness trends are being popularized online.

  • Facebook creating first ever "Supreme Court" to oversee controversial posts
    CBS News Videos

    Facebook creating first ever "Supreme Court" to oversee controversial posts

    Social media giant Facebook has announced plans to create a new oversight panel by the end of the year, something they dub its own "Supreme Court." BBC News Silicon Valley reporter Dave Lee joins CBSN to explain.

  • The highest-paying company in 2019? It's not Facebook or Google
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    The highest-paying company in 2019? It's not Facebook or Google

    Palo Alto Networks is a much smaller company, but its cybersecurity business is in demand with corporate customers increasingly at risk of breaches.

  • Facebook, Google, and Twitter to address mass violence and extremism online at Senate hearing
    Yahoo Finance

    Facebook, Google, and Twitter to address mass violence and extremism online at Senate hearing

    On Wednesday, U.S. Senators are questioning officials from those three companies at a hearing on extremism online — the latest in a string of inquiries on Capitol Hill that focuses on Big Tech.

  • Bloomberg

    Losing the Apple Battle Might Help Win the Tech Tax War

    (Bloomberg Opinion) -- Apple Inc. is squaring up with tech’s European bete noire, Margrethe Vestager, over its historical tax arrangements in Ireland at a court hearing this week. If the iPhone maker wins, Vestager may be able to use the defeat to her benefit. Back in 2016, EU Competition Commissioner Vestager imposed a 13 billion-euro ($14.4 billion) bill on Apple for unpaid taxes in Ireland, alleging illegal state aid. That case has now reached the EU General Court in Luxembourg. The losing side will be able to appeal one level higher to the European Court of Justice.Though a ruling will still take some months, either outcome could potentially play into Vestager’s hands. If the court decides in her favor, then all well and good: Apple has already placed the funds in escrow, Ireland enjoys a nice boost to its coffers and her efforts to end so-called sweetheart tax deals are rubberstamped.QuicktakeHow Europe’s ‘Digital Tax’ Plans Will Hit U.S. Tech CompaniesIf the court concludes that the arrangement was in fact above board, of course it would prove a blow to the Commission’s ability to use state aid rules to punish countries using tax breaks to prop up certain industries. But if Ireland is able to get away with taxing Apple at such a tiny rate – the Commission says it was as low as 0.005% - then the question becomes: How was this permissible under the global tax system?It could prove a useful political tool for Vestager, who in her new mandate as executive vice president in charge of digital policy will also be responsible for European efforts to change the way technology firms are taxed. It may also help pile pressure on the G-20 to finally agree an overhaul of global tax rules.  Moves to change the tax framework are reaching a climax. Back in 2013, the G-20 tasked the Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) with developing a solution to the problem known as base erosion and profit shifting, where companies are able to book profits in countries with more favorable tax regimes. The aim was to come up with a common framework that plugged some tax loopholes.  The EU has already made some progress to tackle profit shifting by multinational corporations. But G-20 finance ministers will once again consider a more comprehensive multilateral plan when they meet on the sidelines of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund meetings next month in Washington, D.C. The hope is that the proposals will then be formally adopted by the G-20 at its meeting in Riyadh next year.The bone of contention now is essentially over whether to tax revenue or profit. Traditionally, taxes have been levied on profit, but the nature of digital services means companies can more readily shift around where exactly that profit is booked. Take Facebook Inc., for instance. Is the value being generated in the country where a user clicks on an ad? Or is it in Menlo Park, California, where Facebook has its headquarters and where an engineer might have written the code to serve up that ad?In the absence of a broader agreement to combat profit shifting, the U.K. and France are pushing for digital taxes that would target the former, while the U.S. errs in favor of the latter – understandably, since that boosts its own tax revenue. The existing approach has made it easier to claim residency in lower tax regimes such as Ireland. Efforts to come up with a comprehensive European solution to take on the tech giants have so far failed, prompting France and the U.K. to advance with their own taxes on digital companies’ revenue.The OECD is looking favorably on measures that assess whether a firm has a significant economic presence in a country – a combination of its footprint and sales. It’s also likely to take into account factors such as local user contribution (for example, videos uploaded) and where the product was developed. If the OECD’s proposals aren’t adopted by the G-20, then Vestager has to find a way of convincing European member states to agree on a solution. Countries like Sweden and Luxembourg have so far stood in the way of a consensus.Whether at the G-20 or EU level, a victory for Apple would serve as the primary example of why tax reform is needed.To contact the author of this story: Alex Webb at awebb25@bloomberg.netTo contact the editor responsible for this story: Stephanie Baker at stebaker@bloomberg.netThis column does not necessarily reflect the opinion of the editorial board or Bloomberg LP and its owners.Alex Webb is a Bloomberg Opinion columnist covering Europe's technology, media and communications industries. He previously covered Apple and other technology companies for Bloomberg News in San Francisco.For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com/opinion©2019 Bloomberg L.P.

  • Financial Times

    Smart TVs sending sensitive user data to Netflix and Facebook

    The smart TVs in our homes are leaking sensitive user data to companies including Netflix, Google and Facebook even when some devices are idle, according to two large-scale analyses. Researchers from Northeastern University and Imperial College London found that a number of smart TVs, including those made by Samsung and LG, and the streaming dongles Roku and Amazon’s FireTV were sending out data such as location and IP address to Netflix and third-party advertisers. The data was being sent whether or not the user had a Netflix account.

  • AMZN Advertising: A Key Revenue Driver
    Market Realist

    AMZN Advertising: A Key Revenue Driver

    Amazon (AMZN) has underperformed the market in 2019 and has gained just over 18% year-to-date. Comparatively, the S&P; 500 Index is up 20% this year.

  • Facebook expects to name members of new oversight board by end of year
    MarketWatch

    Facebook expects to name members of new oversight board by end of year

    Facebook says it expects to name the first members of a quasi-independent oversight board by year-end. The board will rule on thorny content issues, such as when a Facebook or Instagram post constitutes hate speech.

  • Facebook (FB) Outpaces Stock Market Gains: What You Should Know
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    Facebook (FB) Outpaces Stock Market Gains: What You Should Know

    Facebook (FB) closed the most recent trading day at $188.08, moving +1% from the previous trading session.

  • How Virtual Streamers Became Japan’s Biggest YouTube Attraction
    Bloomberg

    How Virtual Streamers Became Japan’s Biggest YouTube Attraction

    (Bloomberg) -- Kizuna Ai, the most popular streamer in Japan, is an anatomically exaggerated, perpetually adolescent girl in frilly thigh-high socks and a pink hair ribbon. She’s also an entirely virtual character, given life by the actions and voice of an invisible actress.In the home of anime and “Ghost in the Shell” futurism, millions now follow Kizuna Ai online, and that success has spawned thousands of copycat acts and a cottage industry catering to so-called virtual YouTubers, or VTubers. Defying the Western streamer blueprint of young male gamers like PewDiePie and Ninja, Japan has invented a new class of streaming star that’s equal parts digital avatar and interactive anime.“What separates VTubers from regular anime characters is that you can believe they actually exist,” said Takeshi Osaka, founder of Activ8 Inc., the Tokyo-based company behind Kizuna Ai. “That presence is an important part of what makes them so appealing.”Sidestepping the labor-intensive and time-consuming process of traditional animation -- ill-suited to the fast-paced world of YouTube content -- Activ8 uses Hollywood-grade motion capture equipment to crank out music videos, skits and game streams just about every day for more than 4 million subscribers.The technology allows Kizuna to interact with fans in real time at exhibitions, give interviews on live TV and perform in concerts. It’s a virtual influencer that can patronize real-world events.While Activ8 doesn’t disclose technical details, its product is an almost seamless combination of lifelike movements, gestures and facial expressions, all of which contribute to the suspension of disbelief.“The innovation here is in how they combine real-time 3D computer graphics, motion capture and video streaming sites like YouTube to create two-way interactions with audiences,” said Eiji Araki, a senior vice president at Gree Inc. who heads a division specializing in VTubers.Kizuna Ai debuted on YouTube in December 2016 and was responsible for coining the term “VTuber.” The technology that opened the door for its many imitators arrived that same year, in the form of the first commercial virtual reality goggles. Designed to do precise head and hand tracking, the VR kits from Facebook Inc.’s Oculus and HTC Corp.’s Vive turned out to be perfect animation rigs for VTuber aspirants on a budget. With free-to-use animation engines and 3-D models from the likes of Unity Technologies, anyone could create a virtual puppet studio for cheap in their living room.Virtual Beings Get Real With First Emmy From HollywoodIt’s no accident that VTubers found fertile ground in Japan. The country has a long history of user-generated content centered on anime, and performances by virtual idols like Hatsune Miku have drawn real-world crowds for more than a decade. While international audiences may prefer more photorealistic characters -- which are more difficult to create and animate -- their Japanese counterparts raised on comic book heroes have no problem with cartoonish looks.The VTuber phenomenon has so far been almost exclusively Japanese, however its underlying technology and formula of combining popular culture with increased interactivity -- and thus believability -- are universal. And Activ8 already has ambitions to expand its VTuber portfolio beyond Japan.While Japan’s global tech leadership may have faded since the days of the Walkman, its trendsetting habits remain strong in the gaming realm. Three out of four gaming consoles sold in the world today are made by Nintendo Co. and Sony Corp., while free-to-play mobile games are taking over the globe with monetization techniques pioneered by Japanese companies. And then there are globally beloved game series like Super Mario, Zelda, Monster Hunter and Pokémon. Anime, another major Japanese cultural export, is a $20 billion industry whose products range from Oscar-winning high-brow works by Hayao Miyazaki to action-packed light entertainment like “Battle Angel Alita,” which recently got a Hollywood remake. VTubers are a cross between these two Japanese pastimes.Market researcher User Local Inc. estimates there are now over 9,000 VTuber channels. The most popular ones are produced by a handful of professional studios like Activ8, each managing dozens of characters. In the space of less than three years, virtual streamers have morphed from an obscure subculture to a big business. Kizuna Ai can now be found in ads for instant cup noodles and eye drops, appearing at local carrier SoftBank Corp.’s launch event and helping the Japan National Tourism Organization’s promo campaigns.“There is no doubt that this will change the future of entertainment,” said Hironao Kunimitsu, the founder of Gumi Inc., an early investor in Activ8 and about 70 other VR startups. He cautions, however, that “for this type of content to resonate outside of Japan, it will have to be adapted to local tastes and sensibilities.”For now, Japanese VTubers are taking the path of least resistance and exporting their characters to China’s large and underserved anime market. Activ8 earlier this year introduced a Chinese version of Kizuna Ai, changing its dress and voice, and now it has close to 820,000 followers on the country’s Bilibili video-sharing service.Ultimate success for Activ8’s chief means making it into Hollywood, which is already a well-trodden path for Japanese gaming franchises like Resident Evil, Pokémon and Sonic the Hedgehog. Given the world’s appetite for Japanese culture, VTubers might not even have to dilute their product very much.“I started this virtual entertainer business because I believe it can be done worldwide,” Osaka said. “Our goal is to become the next-generation Disney.”To contact the reporters on this story: Pavel Alpeyev in Tokyo at palpeyev@bloomberg.net;Yuki Furukawa in Tokyo at yfurukawa13@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Edwin Chan at echan273@bloomberg.net, Vlad Savov, Colum MurphyFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.

  • Facebook is partnering up with London police to develop technology to identify terror attacks
    Quartz

    Facebook is partnering up with London police to develop technology to identify terror attacks

    Facebook needs more training data for its AI systems, which failed to detect the attack in Christchurch, New Zealand.

  • Senate panel grills Justice Department and FTC chiefs over their antitrust probes into Big Tech
    MarketWatch

    Senate panel grills Justice Department and FTC chiefs over their antitrust probes into Big Tech

    Officials from the Justice Department and Federal Trade Commission may provide more information on Tuesday afternoon about their antitrust probes that are targeting Amazon.com Inc., Apple Inc., Facebook Inc. and Alphabet Inc.’s Google.

  • Facebook oversight board won’t have mandate to change policy
    Reuters

    Facebook oversight board won’t have mandate to change policy

    Facebook Inc will allow a new outside oversight board to make final decisions on whether individual pieces of content can be displayed on the social media site, but the group won't be able to make policy changes, the company said on Tuesday. The board is meant as a type of appeals body through which users can challenge company decisions on controversial content. "The board's decision will be binding, even if I or anyone at Facebook disagrees with it," Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg said in a statement, referring to calls on specific content, such as photos and videos.

  • Facebook Releases Rules for Its Independent Content Board
    Bloomberg

    Facebook Releases Rules for Its Independent Content Board

    (Bloomberg) -- Facebook Inc., ahead of a congressional hearing on violent content, revealed the charter for an independent oversight board that will make irreversible decisions about what posts stay up and come down, even if the company disagrees.The board, which Facebook started talking about in January and which will begin to hear cases early next year, represents the first real check on Facebook’s power to decide who gets a voice on its site. Its members -- at least 11 people at any given time and fully staffed at 40 -- will be the final word on controversial cases that affect Facebook’s 2.7 billion users. The board’s charter outlines a vision that is easier said than done.The members will “exhibit a broad range of knowledge, competencies, diversity and expertise” with no “actual or perceived” conflicts of interest that would affect their decisions on user content, according to the charter revealed Tuesday. They will “collaborate in decision-making to foster an environment of collegiality, and issue principled decisions and policy recommendations using clearly articulated reasoning.” The committee deciding on cases will include one member from the region of the post in dispute.Facebook spent months deliberating with outside experts to ensure the board acts independently, even though members are paid indirectly by the tech giant. Funding is channeled through a trust and the trustees can’t fire board members if they make bad content decisions, only if their conduct is poor. At stake is the trust of Facebook’s users, who sometimes don’t understand why posts are removed, or why questionable content they report remains online.The company is also dealing with increasingly damaging types of content -- like posts to recruit terrorists or influence elections. On Wednesday, executives from Facebook, Twitter Inc. and Google will testify before a Senate committee on violent content and extremism, after a string of mass shootings, some of which were broadcast live on social media.Kate Klonick, an assistant professor at St. John’s University Law School, has been embedded at Facebook to observe the oversight board’s creation, including sitting in on meetings with staff. She described a notable update: The board can provide feedback on Facebook policies, and the company will review that and write a public statement explaining why it did or did not change a policy as a result.“That’s actually kind of a huge deal,” Klonick said. “That’s probably the most accountable we’ve ever seen Facebook.”There are still elements that are unclear, according to Klonick. The charter references “bylaws” -- the “operational procedures of the board” -- and a Code of Conduct outlining the “norms, procedures, and proper practices” expected of board members. Neither exists right now, but both will be important to start the board off in the right direction with the right set of principles, she said.To contact the reporters on this story: Sarah Frier in San Francisco at sfrier1@bloomberg.net;Kurt Wagner in San Francisco at kwagner71@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Jillian Ward at jward56@bloomberg.net, Alistair Barr, Molly SchuetzFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.

  • How To Handle IPO Stocks: Lessons From Facebook, Snap, Uber, Beyond Meat, Peloton
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    How To Handle IPO Stocks: Lessons From Facebook, Snap, Uber, Beyond Meat, Peloton

    Interested in IPO stocks like Uber, Beyond Meat, Zscaler and Peloton? Learn lessons from Facebook, Alibaba and Snap before investing in IPO stocks.

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  • Facebook's Libra will be disruptive, says ECB's Coeure
    Reuters

    Facebook's Libra will be disruptive, says ECB's Coeure

    Digital currencies such as Facebook's Libra will disrupt the financial system, either by forcing central banks to innovate or by grabbing a global role that could challenge the dominance of the dollar, ECB board member Benoit Coeure said on Tuesday. Looking to set up a cheap global payment network, Facebook announced plans earlier this year to create the Libra "stablecoin" by next year, spooking global regulators who are now scrambling to come up with the needed regulation. "Global 'stablecoin' initiatives, such as Libra, will prove disruptive in one way or another," Coeure told a conference in Luxembourg.

  • Reuters

    UPDATE 1-Facebook's Libra will be disruptive, says ECB's Coeure

    Digital currencies such as Facebook's Libra will disrupt the financial system, either by forcing central banks to innovate or by grabbing a global role that could challenge the dominance of the dollar, ECB board member Benoit Coeure said on Tuesday. Looking to set up a cheap global payment network, Facebook announced plans earlier this year to create the Libra "stablecoin" by next year, spooking global regulators who are now scrambling to come up with the needed regulation. "Global 'stablecoin' initiatives, such as Libra, will prove disruptive in one way or another," Coeure told a conference in Luxembourg.

  • 5 Stocks to Buy With Great Charts
    InvestorPlace

    5 Stocks to Buy With Great Charts

    When it comes to investing, everything matters. The fundamentals matter. The stock needs to be undervalued or fairly valued relative to its long-term growth prospects. The optics matter. There needs to be a reason why investors will want to buy the stock for the foreseeable future. And, yes, the technicals matter. The chart needs to support the bull thesis.In this gallery, we will focus on the last of those three characteristics. Specifically, we will be looking at five stocks that have great charts.But, we won't neglect the other two characteristics, either. In other words, we are going to look at five stocks that have great charts, and are simultaneously supported by favorable fundamentals and optics. Why? Because when great charts converge on favorable fundamentals and optics, you usually get a winning stock.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips * 7 Momentum Stocks to Buy On the Dip Without further ado, then, let's take a look at five stocks to buy with great charts -- and strong fundamentals and optics, too. Stocks to Buy with Great Charts: Okta (OKTA)First up, we have a momentum cloud stock, Okta (NASDAQ:OKTA), which was killed amid the massive September shift from momentum stocks to cloud stocks. And its fundamentals, optics and technicals all say it should bounce back in a big way soon.Let's start with the chart. Throughout the summer of 2019, OKTA stock was forming a bearish head-and-shoulders pattern. Indeed, that head-and-shoulders pattern ended with a big plunge at the end of the summer. But, it appears that this head-and-shoulders pattern has now fully played out. That is, the stock has retraced its way all the way back to the starting point of that head-and-shoulders pattern. OKTA stock appears to be finding support there. It also should find support at the 200-day moving average, which happens to be right around the same level.The technical picture implies that the worst of the recent OKTA selloff is over, meaning the coast is clear to buy the dip.On the fundamentals side, Okta is a big growth cloud security company. It has been, still is and will remain a big growth company with big margins, supported by secular tailwinds in cloud, cybersecurity and the internet of things. Nothing about this secular growth narrative has changed over the past few weeks. As such, the fundamentals remain robust here and support further upside in OKTA stock.On the optics side, the momentum-to-value shift which materialized in September won't last forever. History says it will end, and soon. When it does, the optic backdrop will improve and provide support for a rebound in OKTA stock. General Electric (GE)Next up, we have a beaten up industrial giant, General Electric (NYSE:GE). GE's fundamentals, optics and technicals all imply it could be on the verge of a meaningful breakout.Let's start with the chart. There is one very important thing to watch here -- the 50-day moving average. Specifically, after spending several months sharply below its 50-day moving average, GE stock is on the verge of breaking above the 50-day moving average in a meaningful way. GE stock has only done this once before, back in early 2019. That breakout above the 50-day following a long stint below the 50-day led into a big, multi-month rally in GE stock. The same thing could happen this time around.On the fundamentals side, GE's depressed fundamentals are starting to improve. This breaks down into three things. First, the global economy appears to be stabilizing, and that should provide an upward lift for economically sensitive stocks like GE. Second, GE continues to simplify its operations with asset sales and business divestitures -- moves which create more visibility towards sustained profitability in the long run. Third, GE also continues to reduce its debt load, which ultimately reduces operational risk in the long run and should result in continued multiple expansion for the stock.When it comes to the optics, those look good, too. GE is a very economically sensitive stock. No one wants to buy this stock when the economy appears to be decelerating. But, signs are starting to emerge that the global economy is actually improving, and there's a fresh wave of European Central Bank and U.S. Federal Reserve stimuli on the way which should help improve things even further. As such, over the next few months, the global economic outlook should improve. * 7 Tech Stocks You Should Avoid Now In response, investors will buy into beaten up, economically sensitive stocks like GE. The Trade Desk (TTD)Much like Okta, programmatic advertising leader The Trade Desk (NASDAQ:TTD) is a momentum growth stock which: 1) was damaged meaningfully in the recent pivot out of momentum stocks, and 2) looks ready to rebound in an equally meaningful way.The chart here looks compelling. Since January 2018, TTD stock has formed a solid uptrend. Amid this uptrend, the stock has dropped into technically oversold territory (as defined by a Relative Strength Index reading below 35) only a few times. Each time, TTD stock bounced back from those oversold conditions over the subsequent few weeks to months. Right now, TTD stock finds itself in similar oversold territory. History says what comes next is a sizable rebound rally.It helps that the fundamentals for TTD stock remain very robust. This company is a leader in the field of programmatic advertising, which automates the ad transaction process using data and algorithms. This is a secular growth industry supported by the fact that all processes across the globe are becoming data-driven, automated processes. Nothing about this favorable secular growth narrative has changed recently. Indeed, the last thing we heard from the company was a double-beat-and-raise second-quarter print that showed continued robust revenue growth, margin expansion and profit growth.When it comes to the optics with TTD stock, investor demand should return soon. As mentioned with Okta stock, history says that significant momentum-to-value shifts don't last very long, and when they come to a close, they ultimately result in a big rally for momentum stocks. I don't see this time being any different. As such, current weakness in TTD stock should end with a significant rebound rally. Pinterest (PINS)Next up, we have yet another momentum growth stock, Pinterest (NYSE:PINS). PINS has all the necessary ingredients to stage a meaningful rebound here and now.The technical picture for Pinterest looks very similar to the technical picture of Okta. That is, in late summer 2019, PINS stock was forming a bearish head-and-shoulders pattern. That head-and-shoulders pattern has now fully played out. PINS stock dropped and ultimately found support right around the same level that the head-and-shoulders pattern started. From a technical perspective, it looks like the next few months in PINS stock should be defined by a rebound bid to all-time highs.On the fundamentals side of things, PINS stock remains supported by favorable growth fundamentals. Pinterest is a unique social media platform with hundreds of millions of users. Those users don't go to Pinterest for the same reasons they go to Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) or Twitter (NYSE:TWTR). They go to Pinterest for visual discovery and inspiration -- two use cases which lend themselves particularly well to ads. As such, Pinterest should have no problem over the next several years building out its ad business. Thus, PINS stock will be supported by robust revenue and profit growth -- the sum of which should keep PINS stock on a long-term winning trajectory. * 10 Stocks to Sell in Market-Cursed September On the optics side of things, PINS stock should benefit from the fact that its last earnings report was very, very good. Over the next weeks, investors will look for opportunity in the momentum rubble by identifying stocks which most recently had strong momentum. Pinterest had that. Last quarter, the numbers were so good that PINS stock rallied 20% to all-time highs. Activision Blizzard (ATVI) Last, but not least, we have video game publisher Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ:ATVI). ATVI stock seems fundamentally, technically and optically positioned for a big breakout rally over the next 12 months.Starting with the chart, we can see that ATVI stock appears to be in the first few innings of a multi-month technical breakout. Look at the moving averages in the above chart. A golden cross pattern has emerged. The 50-day moving average has poked its head above the 200-day moving average for the first time in several months. This golden cross pattern has emerged only a few times over the past decade. Each time it has emerged in this way, it preceded a multi-month breakout in ATVI stock.2020 could be a big year for Activision. Next-generation video game consoles from Sony's (NYSE:SNY) PlayStation and Microsoft's (NASDAQ:MSFT) Xbox are launching next year, marking the first console refresh cycle in seven years. More than that, these next-gen video game consoles will have cloud gaming capabilities -- yet another huge advance in the video game industry. Also, Activision's game lineup for 2020 should be stellar.On the optics side, you have a long-term winning stock that went through a rough patch in 2018-2019. Now, the stock appears to be bouncing back from that rough patch. Importantly, it's bouncing back ahead of what is shaping up to be a big 2020. That's a pretty compelling rebound story. Thus, I think buying action in ATVI stock should outweigh selling action for the foreseeable future.As of this writing, Luke Lango was long OKTA, TTD, PINS, FB and ATVI. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 7 Momentum Stocks to Buy On the Dip * 7 Dow Titans Breaking Higher * 5 Growth Stocks to Sell as Rates Move Higher The post 5 Stocks to Buy With Great Charts appeared first on InvestorPlace.

  • Is Twitter Stock A Buy Right Now? Here's What Earnings, Charts Show
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    Is Twitter Stock A Buy Right Now? Here's What Earnings, Charts Show

    Is Twitter stock a buy now? Check out the stock's fundamental and technical metrics to figure out if the stock should be on your watchlist.

  • London police and Facebook move to stop live streaming of terror attacks
    Reuters

    London police and Facebook move to stop live streaming of terror attacks

    London police and Facebook said on Tuesday they plan to share resources to stop the live streaming of terrorist attacks like that in Christchurch, New Zealand, earlier this year. The Metropolitan Police will share video of its firearms officers training with Facebook to help the company develop technology to identify the live streaming of an attack on its platform. Social media companies are under increasing pressure to act after a gunman killed 51 people in the New Zealand attack and live-streamed it on Facebook.

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  • Will Purdue’s Bankruptcy Engulf Its Owners?
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    Will Purdue’s Bankruptcy Engulf Its Owners?

    (Bloomberg Opinion) -- The bankruptcy of Purdue Pharma LP lays bare a distinction that the internet is making it more and more difficult to maintain: that between a company and the people who own or founded it.The Sackler family owns Purdue Pharma, the maker of the opioid OxyContin, which has contributed to a crisis that has resulted in the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Americans. There are numerous charges and more than 2,000 lawsuits against the company and its owners, and some recent joint settlements. The company has now declared bankruptcy, and wants to give control of Purdue to a trust run by the states, cities and counties that have filed suit against it.But what about the personal fortune of the Sacklers, estimated at $13 billion or more? Under traditional corporate theory, there is a clear distinction between the assets of the corporation and those of the owners. The limited liability company can go under, but the assets of the company owners are safe — just as, say, holding shares of Volkswagen in your mutual fund did not expose you to any personal liability for the automaker’s actions in falsifying emissions data.It turns out that this distinction is harder to uphold, if only in the eyes of the public, when a single family owns and runs a company. Last week New York State alleged that the Sackler family drained at least $1 billion from Purdue for the purpose of avoiding penalties against the corporation and thus shielding its wealth. If it looks like the Sackler family was trying to avoid legal penalties and fines, there will be strong political pressure, possibly backed by public opinion, to go after those additional funds.More generally, if a company is endangered by lawsuits, and the suits are not settled, its owners have a rationale to extract money from the company and stash it far away. But doing so will elicit a legal and public response, and the distinction between the personal and the corporate will not always be respected.Consider the Federal Trade Commission’s recent settlement with Facebook, under which some of founder Mark Zuckerberg’s personal assets are potentially on the line if Facebook does not respect its privacy agreements with the federal government. Some FTC commissioners suggested harsher treatment yet for Zuckerberg’s personal assets.Or, to give another example, Senator Elizabeth Warren has been promoting the notion of personal criminal liability for corporate CEOs if the firms engage in wrongdoing. Her bill would extend corporate liability beyond the company itself, and of course most CEOs of major companies are also shareholders to some extent. Maybe the goal is to punish these individuals in their roles as executives rather than as shareholders. But such penalties would blur these distinctions in the mind of the public — and eventually, perhaps, under the law.So how does the internet matter in all this? First, social media is very effective at drumming up outrage, and negative news seems to have a longer lifespan than positive news. The media’s pre-existing negative bias has been amplified, creating further animosity against any actual or supposed corporate villain.More important, social media personalizes agency — in effect, making it easier to accuse particular individuals of wrongdoing. Mark Zuckerberg, Jeff Bezos, and the Koch brothers all have images or iconic photos that can be put into a social media post, amplifying any attack on their respective companies. It is harder to vilify Exxon, in part because hardly anyone can name its CEO (Darren Woods, since 2017), who in any case did not create the current version of the company. Putting the Exxon logo on your vituperative social media post just doesn’t have the same impact. With Bill Gates having stepped down as Microsoft CEO in 2000, it is harder to vilify that company as well.This personalization of corporate evil has become a bigger issue in part because many prominent tech companies are currently led by their founders, and also because the number of publicly traded companies has been falling, which means there are fewer truly anonymous corporations. It’s not hard to imagine a future in which the most important decision a new company makes is how personalized it wants to be. A well-known founder can spark interest in the company and its products, and help to attract talent. At the same time, a personalized company is potentially a much greater target.The more human identities and feelings are part of the equation, however, the harder it will be to keep the classic distinction between a corporation and its owners. As the era of personalization evolves, it will inevitably engulf that most impersonal of entities — the corporation.(Corrects second paragraph to say that hundreds of thousands of deaths have resulted from the opioid crisis, not the opioid OxyContin, in article published Sept. 16.)To contact the author of this story: Tyler Cowen at tcowen2@bloomberg.netTo contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Newman at mnewman43@bloomberg.netThis column does not necessarily reflect the opinion of the editorial board or Bloomberg LP and its owners.Tyler Cowen is a Bloomberg Opinion columnist. He is a professor of economics at George Mason University and writes for the blog Marginal Revolution. His books include "Big Business: A Love Letter to an American Anti-Hero."For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com/opinion©2019 Bloomberg L.P.

  • Happy First Day of Fall 2019: 5 Fall Quotes to Celebrate Autumn
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    Happy First Day of Fall 2019: 5 Fall Quotes to Celebrate Autumn

    The first day of fall is approaching and InvestorPlace is celebrating with a collection of fall quotes to share.Source: Artens / Shutterstock Fall isn't here quite yet. The first day of fall will take place on Sept. 23, 2019, which is next Monday. It will then last all the way through December 21, 2019. It's funny, you would think that fall is already here. What with all the pumpkin spice that has been making its way onto store shelves and cafe menus.Check out the following happy first day of fall quotes to share on Facebook (NASDAQ:FB), Twitter (NYSE:TWTR) and other forms of social media.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsHappy First Day of Fall Quotes "Fall has always been my favorite season. The time when everything bursts with its last beauty, as if nature had been saving up all year for the grand finale." -- Lauren DeStefano, Wither * 7 Momentum Stocks to Buy On the Dip Happy First Day of Fall Quotes "But when fall comes, kicking summer out on its treacherous ass as it always does one day sometime after the midpoint of September, it stays awhile like an old friend that you have missed. It settles in the way an old friend will settle into your favorite chair and take out his pipe and light it and then fill the afternoon with stories of places he has been and things he has done since last he saw you." -- Stephen King, Salem's LotHappy First Day of Fall Quotes "I cannot endure to waste anything so precious as autumnal sunshine by staying in the house." -- Nathaniel Hawthorne, The American Notebooks * 7 Tech Stocks You Should Avoid Now Happy First Day of Fall Quotes "Listen! The wind is rising, and the air is wild with leaves, We have had our summer evenings, now for October eves!" -- Humbert WolfeHappy First Day of Fall Quotes "Autumn carries more gold in its pocket than all the other seasons." -- Jim Bishop * 7 Discount Retail Stocks to Buy for a Recession As of this writing, William White did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities.The post Happy First Day of Fall 2019: 5 Fall Quotes to Celebrate Autumn appeared first on InvestorPlace.

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    UPDATE 1-Facebook briefly blocks Netanyahu chatbot on election day

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu lashed out at Facebook on Tuesday after the social network blocked a "chatbot" from his right-wing Likud party's account for violating election day rules. "They took a 100 kg hammer and brought it down on a fly, because it is a Likud fly," Netanyahu said in a video posted on social media. Israel's Central Elections Committee said the chatbot had been used to publish poll data in contravention of regulations.