FB Sep 2019 140.000 call

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The letter seeks information on executives’ discussions of major acquisitions including ad technology company DoubleClick, YouTube and Android.Asked about the request, Google pointed to a Sept. 6 blog post by top lawyer Kent Walker, who said the company’s “services help people, create more choice, and support thousands of jobs and small businesses across the United States.”The other companies didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment.The panel asked for details about 12 of Apple’s products and services, including its App Store, Apple Watch, iPhone, Mac and Siri. It wants to see communications to and from Apple Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook and 13 other executives about policies and decisions involving the company’s App Store, such as the algorithm that determines the search ranking of apps and whether to allow other app stores on the iPhone. 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The only iPhone news I saw trending on Twitter (NYSE:TWTR) the night of the reveal is how the new phone is triggering people with trypophobia. According to Wikipedia, is an "aversion to the sight of irregular patterns or clusters of small holes, or bumps." That's not exactly a bullish read on forthcoming iPhone 11 sales. * 10 Battered Tech Stocks to Buy Now In other words, AAPL stock is soaring to 2019 highs in spite of the fact that most people think the iPhone 11 will be a bust. How is that possible?One word: services.Apple's Services business has been the talk of the town for several years now. Broadly, Apple is no longer hyper-focused on growing its ecosystem of hardware users. Instead, the company is focused on deeply engaging and monetizing that ecosystem through subscription-style software services. The launch event showed that these services are on the up and up, with Apple TV+ and Apple Arcade set to launch soon at compelling price points.And that was enough to get investors to buy AAPL stock. But will this rally continue? I think so. Here's why: Services Are on the Up and UpApple's Services business is on the up and up. That's hugely important for AAPL stock, because it is the key to big profit growth in the long run.Here are the numbers: Apple's Product business has grown revenues at a choppy 2% rate over the past three years, is down about 6% so far in 2019. It currently runs at 33% and produces shrinking gross margins.Apple's Services business, meanwhile, has grown revenues at a steady 20%-plus pace over the past three years. It's up about 15% so far in 2019, and runs at 63% and is expanding gross margins.To be sure, the Products business is far bigger today. It accounts for about 80% of overall revenues. But the Services business is clearly the big growth driver here.Fortunately, that Services business is on the up and up. By the end of 2020, Apple will have a streaming TV service (Apple TV+), a video game streaming service (Apple Arcade), a music streaming service (Apple Music), and a news subscription service (Apple News+). It will also still own the App Store and iCloud.Here's the big picture: Apple's Services business will continue to grow at a double-digit pace for a lot longer. That will push Apple's overall margin profile higher in the long run, because the Services business runs at nearly double the margins as the Products business.Thus, so long as the Services growth trajectory remains on track, Apple will reasonably project as a steady revenue and profit grower in the long run. Apple Stock Has RunwayThe big bear argument against Apple stock is that it trades at 19-times forward earnings. That is both significantly above the historically average multiple for AAPL stock, and a decade high valuation for the stock.The response to the bearish argument? This isn't the Apple stock of 2015. It's the Apple stock of 2019, with the big difference being the Services business.Come 2025, there's a reasonable chance for Apple's Services business to account for about a third of overall revenues. Thus, by that time, Apple will be two parts stable growth, low margin hardware business, and one part hyper-growth, high margin software business.That former characteristic wasn't there back in 2015. Back then, this was 100% a stable growth, low margin hardware business. As such, it makes sense that during this big Services push, Apple stock is being re-rated higher, to account for bigger growth and a more attractive and sustainable margin profile.Indeed, relative to other large capitalization software growth stocks of this ilk, Apple stock is still pretty cheap. Facebook (NASDAQ:FB), Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT), and Alphabet (NASDAQ:GOOG, NASDAQ:GOOGL) all trade well north of 20-times forward earnings. I'm not saying Apple stock should be as richly valued as those stocks. It shouldn't. Facebook, Microsoft, and Alphabet are all growing more quickly.But I am saying that at 19-times forward earnings, AAPL stock isn't overvalued. Instead, the valuation seems fair. A fair valuation coupled with healthy fundamentals is a combination which should keep the stock on a winning path. Bottom Line on AAPL StockI don't love Apple stock here. But I do think it can head higher. So long as the outlook in the Services business remains robust -- which it does today -- then AAPL stock should benefit from a dual tailwind of upward estimates revisions and multiple expansion.As of this writing, Luke Lango was long FB and GOOG. 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As we all know, President Trump loves using the social media platform. Perhaps it suits his personality. Perhaps because he's a former reality TV star, he's a master of the soundbite.Of course, it's difficult to quantify the impact the executive office has had on Twitter, and some experts have stated Trump imposes a negative influence on the company because of issues like bullying and harassment.Still, I'm going to argue that overall, this administration has provided a net positive impact on Twitter stock. Primarily, every time Trump makes a groundbreaking announcement or posts a controversial statement, it's almost always done through Twitter. When various media outlets report on the subject, the company gets free advertising.Further, Twitter caters to a younger audience, ultimately helping the company's revenue-generation efforts. Since late last year, social media has transitioned into the leading news source, besting newspapers. And Trump's tweets of consciousness inspire other politicians to respond. In many ways, Twitter is a real-time, dynamic news source. That very well might benefit Twitter stock. Political Rancor Is Good for Twitter StockRecently, Oppenheimer analysts upgraded media behemoth Comcast (NASDAQ:CMCSA). Although Comcast suffers under the broader framework of cord cutting, CMCSA has moved up significantly this year.Interestingly, one of the reasons analysts there are so optimistic is the upcoming 2020 elections. The last presidential election was a golden moment for cable TV, lifting the dying traditional news media sector. With an even more contentious political environment, cable providers like Comcast should benefit.I don't really see it that way. According to the Pew Research Center, a significant percentage (22%) of the under-50 crowd get their news from social media. Moreover, a whopping 36% of the under-30 folks get their news from sources like Twitter. Right there, you have a good reason to consider Twitter stock: the underlying company will eventually replace other sources (TV, radio, and print) for news distribution.If that doesn't convince you to think about TWTR stock, also note millennials' political engagement behaviors. Nobody in this group is writing to their Congressional representatives. Instead, they're on Twitter.This isn't just a nice little statistic. Advertisers know these trends firsthand and are willing to pay big bucks for this lucrative exposure. While we'll see many winners come November 2020, one of the biggest could be Twitter stock. Twitter Is More Open Than FacebookOne common criticism against TWTR stock is that Twitter appears a permanent number two to Facebook. As everyone knows, Facebook has well over two billion active users. On the other hand, Twitter has somewhere around 320 million active users. It's not even close.But that's not where the argument ends, at least for this comparison. In recent years, Facebook has incurred multiple scandals involving privacy violations. As a result, CEO Mark Zuckerberg has attempted to shift his organization into a more privacy-friendly platform.I don't think that's necessarily a bad move for Facebook. But compared to Twitter, this shift doesn't lend itself well to distributing political opinions. In contrast, Twitter has always encouraged openness and engagement within reason. Thus, in the 2020 elections, we should find more robust debate occurring on Twitter than on other social media networks.Coming full circle, I think that's beneficial to Twitter, and not just from the eyeball count. More young people have used social media in politically meaningful ways than any other generation. And it's young people whom advertisers most wish to target.As of this writing, Josh Enomoto did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities. 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