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Voce Capital Management disclosed on Oct. 15 that it held 1,863,557 shares of the property and casualty insurer, equal to 5.4% of Argo’s outstanding stock. Its recommendations include the removal of the five longest-serving directors, the election of independent directors to at least partially fill the vacated seats, and the creation of a special committee that “will respond to the SEC subpoena” and conduct a “comprehensive investigation, with the assistance of an outside law firm, into any misappropriation of corporate assets,” along with any other misconduct.
Most of the talk about Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ:ATVI) in recent days has revolved around the controversy created by banning one of its esports tournament players for supporting Hong Kong's anti-Beijing protesters, and Activision stock took the punishment. Source: Lauren Elisabeth / Shutterstock.com Investors didn't like the move, which forced the cancellation of an Overwatch event in New York City and had gamers calling for bans of ATVI products. Who knew video gaming could be so controversial?InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsAs I thought about a subject for my latest article about ATVI stock, I considered some sort of angle to do with the protest, but quickly concluded that I have little appetite for discussing the pros and cons of companies standing with or against Mainland China. * 7 Reasons to Buy Canopy Growth Stock I'll leave that to the politicians and protesters. However, a news piece that came across my computer on Oct. 16 gave me inspiration. Brick and Mortar and Activision StockWhile Nintendo (OTCMKTS:NTDOY) has a flagship retail store in New York City, and recently opened a second in Tel Aviv, the majority of video game revenues today are generated online rather than in brick and mortar retail stores. Hence, why GameStop (NYSE:GME) is continually "rightsizing" its business right out of business. Another company bound for the retail scrapheap; the "retail apocalypse" alive and well. So, it would seem the last thing Activision Blizzard needs to do is open up its own retail stores, whether we're talking one or two flagships in the same vein as Nintendo, or an entire network of them. However, when I saw what Five Below (NASDAQ:FIVE) is planning for some of its stores, I couldn't help but think Activision's move into wouldn't be nearly as wasteful as some might think. Here's why… The Five Below Model and Activision StockRecently, Five Below, in partnership with Comcast (NASDAQ:CMCSA), SeventySix Capital, Elevate Capital and angel investor George Miller, gave Nerd Street Gamers $12 million in Series A funding. Nerd Street Gamers are all about esports events, whether hosting them at its own Localhost esports arenas in Denver, Philadelphia, and Huntington Beach, or helping others host them elsewhere. If Nerd Street Gamers isn't an indication esports are for real, I don't know what is. The really exciting part of the $12 million investment in the company, if you're a Five Below shareholder, is the fact it will be opening 3,000 square-foot Localhost locations within some of the discount retailer's stores. The pilot will start in 2020, and if successful, should see as many as 70 stores hosting live, in-person events. "The partnership with gaming expert Nerd Street Gamers is a unique opportunity to engage with an important and growing community of gamers in many of our locations across the country," CEO Joel Anderson said announcing the partnership. "Gaming is a trend our younger customers are actively enjoying."In terms of generating traffic for its retail locations (Five Below has a large contingent of younger customers) the move is brilliant in my opinion. How Does This Help Activision Blizzard Stock?It doesn't unless ATVI leverages the Five Below initiative to move further into esports events and content. One way to do this is to open retail locations that feature your esports content such as Overwatch and Call of Duty. In Philadelphia, Comcast is spending $50 million in partnership with Cordish Companies, a Baltimore-based real estate developer, to build Fusion Arena, a 3,500 seat venue with 2,000 square feet of LED screens, training facilities, and private rooms. Located adjacent to where the Eagles, 76ers, and Phillies play, it will be the place to be for Philadelphia gaming enthusiasts. Of course, Activision Blizzard doesn't want to step on the toes of its Overwatch League franchise owners. Comcast owns the Philadelphia Fusion and its Xfinity brand is a big sponsor of the league itself, but I'm sure it can figure out the best way to balance the interests of all its stakeholders including the gaming equipment manufacturers, etc. The reality, as Fusion Arena demonstrates, is that esports are here to stay. With close to $2 billion in annual free cash flow generated each year, Activision's got plenty of money to inject into the esports business including putting its name on a few flagship retail locations. Activision stock really could benefit from this kind of change.At the time of this writing Will Ashworth did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 7 Reasons to Buy Canopy Growth Stock * 7 Restaurant Stocks to Leave on Your Plate * 4 Turnaround Plays to Buy Now The post At This Point, Going Retail Would Be a Tailwind for Activision Stock appeared first on InvestorPlace.
As the third-quarter earnings season continues, stocks to buy keep marching higher, helped by solid results, hopes surrounding a draft Brexit deal, and good economic data.Ten of 11 S&P 500 sector groups are trading higher and the Dow Jones Industrial Average is challenging the 27,000 level once again. * The 7 Best Penny Stocks to Buy A number of familiar but troubled stocks are rounding higher as a result. Here are four to watch:InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips Gamestop (GME)Gamestop (NYSE:GME) shares have been troubled in recent years as video game sales increasingly turn to the digital format and away from physical discs purchased in stores. But efforts to reorient the retailer into a lifestyle destination for video game and pop culture fans are starting to gain traction ahead of the critical holiday shopping season.The company will next report results on Nov. 26. Analysts are looking for earnings of 17 cents per share on revenues of $1.6 billion. Tesla (TSLA)Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA) shares are emerging from below their 200-day moving average for the first time since January as the company secures approval to begin manufacturing vehicles in China. The company is breaking ground on a battery factory there as well. This shrugs off the bad vibes from a downgrade by JMP Securities earlier in the month on worries surrounding delivery data. * 10 Hot Stocks Staging Huge Reversals The company will next report results on Oct. 23 after the close. Analysts are looking for a loss of 28 cents per share on revenues of $6.5 billion. Sirius XM Holdings (SIRI)Shares of Sirius XM (NASDAQ:SIRI) are emerging from a two-year consolidation range to return to levels not seen since the summer of 2018 -- rising more than 15% off of their recent low. Coverage was recently initiated by The Benchmark Company, which noted that it is the largest audio entertainment company with 34 million Sirius XM customers and roughly 70 million Pandora users.The company will next report results on Oct. 31 before the bell. Analysts are looking for earnings of six cents per share on revenues of nearly $2 billion. Roku (ROKU)Roku (NASDAQ:ROKU) shares are climbing back above their 50-day moving average, setting up a run back towards the prior high near $170, which would be worth a gain of more than 20%. Earlier this week, the company announced that Apple's (NASDAQ:AAPL) Apple TV app would be available on its streaming devices with support for the Apple TV+ service coming in November.The company will next report results on Nov. 6 after the close. Analysts are looking for a loss of 25 cents per share on revenues of $256.8 million.As of this writing, William Roth did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * The 7 Best Penny Stocks to Buy * 7 Bank Stocks to Avoid Now at All Costs * The 10 Best Mutual Funds for Your 401k The post 4 Turnaround Plays to Buy Now appeared first on InvestorPlace.
Often times the best performing stocks in the stock market are "reversal" stocks, or beaten up stocks that have been down for a long time, and then suddenly turn on a dime and shoot higher. These reversal stocks can often rally 20%, 40%, or 60%-plus in a matter of months while the market moves up a few percentage points during that stretch.In other words, if you're looking for a big winner in a short period of time, look for reversal stocks.Finding these reversal stocks, however, can be hard, mostly because momentum is a very real thing in the market. Stocks that have been trending higher, usually continue to trend higher. Stocks that have been trending lower, usually continue to trend lower. According to research from Professor Hendrik Bessembinder of Arizona State University, the top 4% of listed companies have accounted for the entire net gain of the U.S. stock market since 1926 (in other words, winning stocks do all the winning).InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsAs such, finding stocks that go from trending lower, to breaking out higher, can be a tall order. * 7 Beverage Stocks to Buy Now But, you needn't worry about that. I've done the leg work for you, and have put together a list of 10 reversal stocks that have been staging huge reversals in 2019. Some of them will stay hot. Others won't. Let's take a deeper look, and find out of which of these reversals are worth buying, and which are worth skipping. Hot Stocks Staging Huge Reversals: CVS (CVS)Source: Shutterstock 5-Year Peak-to-Trough Drop: 55%Recent Rally (Duration): 20% (7 months)Shares of pharma retail giant CVS (NASDAQ:CVS) have been stuck in a secular decline over the past five years, dropping 55% from their mid-2015 highs to their early 2019 lows, as the company has run up against multiple operational headwinds, including legislation working to lower drug prices, a big opiod crisis, and competition from Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) and Walmart (NYSE:WMT), among a few other things.But, in early 2019, CVS stock got too cheap to ignore, with a decade-low forward earnings multiple of 8 and a decade-high dividend yield of essentially 4%. At the same time, pressure from Washington eased as proposed adverse changes for CVS failed to gain traction. CVS also started reporting better numbers -- the company has now reported five straight double-beat earnings reports -- amid a broad HealthHUB roll-out which provided differentiation from competitors.Against the backdrop of these various fundamental improvements, CVS stock has rattled off a 20% gain over the past seven months.Will the rally continue? Very likely, yes. The fundamental backdrop continues to improve. The numbers should remain solid. And, importantly, the stock is still dirt cheap, at almost 9-times forward earnings versus a five-year-average forward earnings multiple of 13. As such, CVS stock still has all the firepower necessary to stay in rally mode. GameStop (GME)Source: Shutterstock 5-Year Peak-to-Trough Drop: 94%Recent Rally (Duration): 67% (2 months)Five years ago, physical video game retailer GameStop (NYSE:GME) was considered just another a fairly strong retailer that had a choke-hold on the secular growth video game industry. Since then, everything has changed. Above all else, the video game industry has shifted from physical to digital. So, instead of buying games at their local GameStop, gamers can now just download games at home through the cloud. This has led to secular erosion in GameStop's core video game business, which has resulted in a 94% wipe-out in GME stock.But, this secular decline has sharply reversed course over the past two months. Since August 2019, GME stock has rattled off a near 70% gain thanks to a few things. First, "The Big Short" guy -- hedge fund manager Michael Burry, famously played by Christian Bale in "The Big Short" movie -- threw his hat into the ring, and said his fund owned a sizable stake in GameStop. Second, it became widely known that next year's next-gen video game consoles will still have physical disk drives. Third, investors started to get really excited about next year's video game console upgrade cycle: just look at the stocks of Activision (NASDAQ:ATVI), Electronic Arts (NASDAQ:EA), and Take-Two (NASDAQ:TTWO) over the past few months. * 10 Tech Stocks to Buy Now for 2025 Will GME stock stay hot? I think so. The valuation is still attractive -- $450 million market cap, with an estimated $480 million in cash sitting on the balance sheet -- and the numbers should improve meaningfully in 2020, as the first next-gen console upgrade cycle in seven years creates a rising tide across the entire video game industry. Investors will likely continue to buy ahead of that big catalyst, so long as the valuation remains ostensibly attractive, so GME stock will likely continue to rebound for the foreseeable future. Facebook (FB)Source: Ink Drop / Shutterstock.com 5-Year Peak-to-Trough Drop: 45%Recent Rally (Duration): 50% (10 months)Social media giant Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) was hit hard in 2018 by the Cambridge Analytica scandal, which turned into a global hot topic regarding how the company uses data to make billions of dollars in ad revenue. As the company's business model and practices were put under the microscope last year, FB stock got slaughtered on concerns that this close look would result in legal or consumer action that would ultimately cause Facebook's secular growth narrative to dry up. FB stock dropped 45% at the time.Fast forward to late 2019. None of that happened. Governments across the world and mainstream media took a very close look, and that's about all that actually happened. Consumers didn't leave the platform. Advertisers didn't pull money. Legislation didn't get enacted which materially restricted the company. Facebook maintained its 20%-plus revenue growth trajectory, all of its users, and most of its profits. In response, FB stock has rebounded 50% over the past 10 months.Will FB stock stay hot? Yes. If 2018 proved anything, it's that Facebook's digital properties are sticky -- consumers don't just use them and like them, they need them and can't go without them. Thus, usage and ad revenue growth for the foreseeable future will remain robust. That means Facebook will remain a 20%-plus revenue and profit grower for a long time. At just 19-times forward earnings, FB stock is very attractively valued considering the company's robust growth profile. Stage Stores (SSI)Source: WhisperToMe via Wikimedia Commons5-Year Peak-to-Trough Drop: 98%Recent Rally (Duration): 280% (2 months)The stock which has staged the biggest reversal on this list is department store operator Stage Stores (NYSE:SSI). For the past five years, Stage Stores has been thrown into the bucket of "retailers going extinct thanks to Amazon," as the company was a largely undifferentiated retailer in a hyper-competitive retail industry that had become over-crowded and was due for some consolidation. Comps, margins, and profits were all wiped out. SSI stock dropped a whopping 98%.Then, a turnaround strategy emerged in 2019. There are two businesses under the Stage Stores umbrella -- the full-price Stage Stores department stores, and the off-price Gordman's department stores. The full-price stores are struggling. The off-price stores are doing much better. Management's plan? Close a bunch of full-price stores, and convert the rest to off-price stores. In this sense, management is trying to turn Stage Stores into a mini TJX (NYSE:TJX) or Ross Stores (NASDAQ:ROST). Investors have bought into the turnaround hype. Shares are up an insane 280% over the past two months. * 7 of the Best Stocks to Buy for Growth Investors Can SSI stock stay in rally mode? Tough to say. If the off-price pivot works, then yes. SSI stock is really cheap relative to TJX or ROST stock. But, if the off-price pivot doesn't work, this huge 280% rally over the past two months could be just a head-fake. As such, at this point, SSI stock remains a high-risk, high-reward situation, and I don't have sufficient clarity to say that the risks outweigh the rewards, or vice versa. The stock truly feels like a wild-card here. JD.com (JD)Source: testing / Shutterstock.com 5-Year Peak-to-Trough Drop: 62%Recent Rally (Duration): 53% (11 months)Chinese e-retailer JD.com (NASDAQ:JD) was hit hard in 2018 amid a broad and rapid slowdown in China's economy, which resulted in JD's growth rates slowing dramatically at the same time that the company was investing big into improving and expanding operations (so margins were taking a hit, too). In response to slowing growth and declining margins, investors sold JD stock in droves. Shares dropped more than 60% from their peak in early 2018, to their trough in late 2018.But, over the past 11 months, JD stock has rattled off a 53% gain as the tide has turned. Specifically, China's economy has shown signs of life recently, particularly on the consumer and digital fronts (which are what matters most to JD). As China's economy has come back to life, JD's revenue growth rates have stabilized and even improved some. At the same time, 2018's big investments haven't continued in 2019, so margins have taken a big leg up this year, too.Can JD stock stay strong? I think so. China's digital and consumer economies have long runways for growth, and JD is becoming a bigger and more important player in those economies. Improving trade relations between the U.S. and China will also help things. JD's margins also seem positioned to keep marching higher. Thus, at this point in time, JD projects as a big revenue grower with strong upside margin drivers -- and that growth profile should ultimately keep JD stock on a long term march higher. Snap (SNAP)Source: dennizn / Shutterstock.com 5-Year Peak-to-Trough Drop: 82%Recent Rally (Duration): 200% (10 months)Social media company Snap (NYSE:SNAP) went public in early 2017 to a bunch of fanfare, and the stock spiked to $27 in just a few days. That fanfare died quickly, though, as the company's user growth flattened out and turned negative, while the revenue growth narrative lost momentum and the company's losses widened. From its post-IPO peak to late 2018, SNAP stock shed more 80% of its value.Then, everything changed. It all started with an Android app revamp and a cool face swap filter, which re-ignited user growth. Re-ignited user growth led to advertisers putting more money into the app, which led to recharged revenue growth. Recharged revenue growth led to more scale, which allowed the company to leverage opex and dramatically improve the margin profile. Snap turned into a user-growth, big revenue-growth, and strong margin-expansion company in 2019, which has led to SNAP stock essentially tripling over the past 10 months.Unfortunately, I'm not convinced that this big rally in SNAP stock can go on much longer. User growth trends are healthy, but relatively muted, and it increasingly appears that Snap will end up as a niche, direct photo-sharing app with no more than 300 million users. It also appears that the demographic will overwhelmingly remain the 16-to-24-year-old crowd, implying that the amount of ad dollars the platform can attract will be limited. Margins are improving, sure, but a lot of that improvement is because of huge stock comp -- and if you exclude that comp, the margin story becomes much more bleak. * 7 of the Worst IPO Stocks in 2019 All things considered, the big rally in SNAP stock in 2019 seems slightly overdone. The stock will likely go higher, but at a much less robust rate than it has over the past 10 months. Bed Bath & Beyond (BBBY)Source: Shutterstock 5-Year Peak-to-Trough Drop: 90%Recent Rally (Duration): 70% (2 months)Much like Stage Stores, general merchandise retailer Bed Bath & Beyond (NASDAQ:BBBY) has been thrown into the bucket of "retailers going extinct thanks to Amazon" over the past five years. That's because Bed Bath & Beyond is a largely undifferentiated physical retailer of products which Amazon, Walmart, and others are increasingly selling. Bed Bath & Beyond's comps, margins, and profits have all gone in the wrong direction -- and as they have, BBBY stock took a 90% tumble.Over the past two months, however, BBBY stock has staged a huge 70% rally from its multi-year lows thanks to three things. First, the stock just got way too cheap for its own good. Second, there was a huge momentum-to-value shift that provided a lift to beaten up stocks like BBBY. Third, the company found a new CEO -- and a winning pick, at that -- with the former merchandise head at Target (NYSE:TGT).Can BBBY stock keep moving higher? I think the best of the rally has already played out, but yes, the stock can grind higher from here. The fundamentals look largely maxed out, but the optics here are strong enough with the new CEO hire that you could see this stock shoot up and above the fundamentals in the near-term. Crocs (CROX)Source: Wannee_photographer / Shutterstock.com 5-Year Peak-to-Trough Drop: 45%Recent Rally (Duration): 71% (4 months)Casual footwear brand Crocs (NYSE:CROX) has been on fire over the past five years. Long story short, the company reduced its SKU count, focused its efforts and resources on the signature clog, and turned that signature clog into a winner in the "ugly shoe" trend. This has produced renewed revenue and profit growth at Crocs, which has powered a huge gain in CROX stock over the past five years. But, that multi-year rally hit a snag in early 2019 after a bad Q1 print -- and CROX stock dropped almost 50% after that print caused investors to think that the Crocs rebound was over.It wasn't. Second quarter numbers were much better, and the brand has only gained momentum over the past few months. In response, CROX stock has staged a huge rebound, soaring more than 70% over the past four months.How high can CROX stock go? Not much higher. I've been a big bull on CROX stock for a long time. But, above $30, the stock seems fully valued. This is a mid-to-high single-digit revenue grower with solid upside margin drivers. That growth profile creates runway to $2.50 in EPS by fiscal 2025. Based on a consumer discretionary average 20-times forward earnings multiple and 10% discount rate, that means CROX stock is fairly valued at $31 by the end of 2019. We are already there today. Target (TGT)Source: Robert Gregory Griffeth / Shutterstock.com 5-Year Peak-to-Trough Drop: 33%Recent Rally (Duration): 83% (10 months)Shares of general merchandise retail giant Target struggled over the past five years, dropping 33% from peak-to-trough at one point, as the company fell behind Walmart and Amazon in terms of next-gen commerce investments, and was increasingly at-risk of being left in the dust.That didn't happen. Instead, while Walmart and Amazon did get a head start on the next-gen commerce front, Target has come roaring back over the past two years. They've built out a big digital business which is now the fastest-growing online retail platform in the group. They've also created a robust omni-channel retail presence that is second-to-none, have doubled down on exclusive brand launches, and have expanded their product portfolio to offer more all-in-one convenience. In doing all these things, Target has increased its competitive positioning in the retail market. Comps, traffic, and profit numbers have all materially improved, and TGT stock has rattled off an 80%-plus gain to all-time-highs over the past 10 months. * 10 Best Cloud Growth Stocks Right Now What's next for TGT stock? In the near-term, some choppiness. The stock seems fully valued up here at $110. But, in the medium to long term, more upside. This company has figured out the next-gen commerce trend, meaning that the numbers here will remain rock solid for a lot longer. Those rock solid numbers should continue to push TGT stock higher. Micron (MU)Source: Charles Knowles / Shutterstock.com 5-Year Peak-to-Trough Drop: 55%Recent Rally (Duration): 54% (10 months)The multi-year bull market in memory chip giant Micron (NASDAQ:MU) came screeching to a halt in 2018, as MU stock lost more than half of its value amid a slowdown in demand in the global memory market, a rise in supply levels, and a broad decline in Micron's revenues, margins, and profits.MU stock has bounced back in 2019, rising more than 50% over the past 10 months, as the core supply/demand fundamentals in the memory market have shown signs of improving. That is, demand is slowly ramping back up, while inventory levels are gradually dropping off record highs. Thus, it appears that the worst of Micron's revenue and profit decline is over, and investors have consequently bought the dip in MU stock.Will this dip buying dynamic persist? I think so. Trade tensions are easing, and if they continue to ease, business confidence levels will rebound. That means capex levels will rebound, and a lot of capex these days goes into the semi market. Thus, the semi market should see a demand boost over the next few quarters. That demand boost will help Micron's revenues, margins, and profits move higher -- which should ultimately power MU stock higher.As of this writing, Luke Lango was long CVS, AMZN, GME, ATVI, EA, FB, JD, and MU. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 7 Beverage Stocks to Buy Now * 10 Groundbreaking Technologies Created by Universities * 5 Semiconductor Stocks Worth Your Time The post 10 Hot Stocks Staging Huge Reversals appeared first on InvestorPlace.
The case for video gaming plays like Electronic Arts (NASDAQ:EA) seems reasonably simple. Gaming demand continues to rise. The transition to digital downloads has bypassed retailers like GameStop (NYSE:GME) and Walmart (NYSE:WMT), presumably boosting margins in the process. For Electronic Arts stock, in particular, dominant sports franchises provide a stable profit baseline - and perhaps a floor to valuation.Source: Konstantin Savusia / Shutterstock.com The problem at the moment is that the case has held for a few years now. And EA stock has done nothing. In fact, it's traded down 14% over the last 29 months.In other words, that bull case doesn't look like quite enough. Electronic Arts needs to show more. The problem, less than three weeks out from fiscal second-quarter earnings, is that it's not at all clear what the company can do to surprise investors.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips EA Stock Falls FlatThe problem with EA isn't just a matter of the market's reaction. Operationally, EA hasn't performed well. Net bookings actually are down 4%+ over the past twelve months, according to figures from the company's fiscal Q1 release. That includes just a 5% increase in digital net bookings, the supposed growth driver. * 10 Super Boring Stocks to Buy With Super Safe Returns EA doesn't disclose non-GAAP figures, but it does seem like earnings growth is relatively minimal. Analyst consensus for EPS this year (and the Street usually uses adjusted figures) suggests a roughly 8% increase year-over-year. There's some help from share buybacks in there as well.Even at an admittedly reasonable multiple, that doesn't look quite enough. And it's with the help from Apex Legends that spiked the stock above $100 earlier this year. I thought those gains were overdone, and that appears to have been the case. Indeed, Electronic Arts stock fell almost 10% in two sessions when Season 2 of Apex began - and hasn't recovered since. Electronic Arts Stock Lacks a DriverSo what's the bull case now? The case for just buying video game stocks seems to have run its course. Indeed, rival Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ:ATVI) similarly has fallen sharply from 2018 highs, though ATVI has rallied in recent weeks.Take-Two Interactive (NASDAQ:TTWO) did almost get back to last year's levels before a recent fade, but that's kind of the point. Unlike EA and Activision Blizzard, Take-Two isn't just reliant on older franchises. Those franchises - whether it's Call of Duty or Madden - aren't driving enough growth. It's Fortnite, and even social gaming, that look more attractive at the moment.And so the key question for Electronic Arts is: where is its new franchise? Where is its new growth driver? The company doesn't have an answer right now, which is why EA stock has traded sideways for most of this year. The Case for EA StockTo be fair, what EA can deliver might be enough to drive some upside in Electronic Arts stock. EA is cheap, at a little over 20x fiscal 2020 consensus EPS estimates. Back out the company's cash hoard (about $14 per share)and the multiple drops to a reasonable 17x.That's a multiple that likely only prices in single-digit growth - and that's what Electronic Arts can deliver. So an investor can perhaps afford to be patient here, hoping for an earnings beat later this month, an acceleration in Apex Legends, or new momentum behind one of the legacy sports franchises.At the same time, however, that's not a very compelling bull case. And it leaves the same problem: something here needs to change. The old bull case isn't working. Electronic Arts needs a new one - but it's not yet clear what it can be.As of this writing, Vince Martin has no positions in any securities mentioned. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 10 Super Boring Stocks to Buy With Super Safe Returns * 10 Winning Stocks to Buy and Stick With for the Long Haul * Don't Give Up on These 4 Cannabis Stocks The post There Doesn't Appear to Be a Clear Path Forward for EA Stock appeared first on InvestorPlace.
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GameStop (NYSE:GME) had another terrible week in a year where the retailer has had a lot of terrible weeks. A close look at GameStop stock looks like proof of the adage, "if you don't know what path to take, you already know where you're going"… which, in this case, is likely nowhere.Source: Shutterstock GME's second quarter earnings report on September 10 failed to meet already-low expectations. Not surprisingly, GME stock fell 10% the next day. For the year, GameStop stock is down 65% and over 70% since hitting its high for the year on January 18. Investors are Saying its 'Game Over'GME stock is cheap, despite all attempts at a rally. Even after its disappointing earnings report, GameStop stock has remained above its 20-day moving average with an RSI in the mid-50's. Unfortunately, the last time GME featured this combination of a stock price above its moving average and an RSI at this level was in January. The stock collapsed shortly thereafter.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsAnd what tells an even grimmer story for GME stock is that there have been only five trading days this year that saw the stock trade with significant volume. On four of those five days, the volume has been predominantly selling volume with the lone exception seen on August 22. These Stories Seem to Have the Same EndingThe last of our local video stores closed recently. I had been in the store about four months early. The only reason I went there was to find a few titles that were not on Netflix (NASDAQ:NFLX). Walking through the store with cut rate prices and a shopper experience out of the 90s, I couldn't help but wonder how it was still in business. I guess my question got answered. * 10 Stocks to Sell in Market-Cursed September Now let's fast forward to last month and the release of Madden 20. I bought it for my son as an off-to-college gift. Ironically, we bought it at GameStop, but only because it was sold out at another store. We actually had to drive into the strip mall to check if it was still open. Walking into the GameStop, I had that deja vu all over again from the video store. A cluttered shopping experience and that "hmmm" of just how was it staying in business. Oh, and the clerk couldn't find me in their system. GME's Failing Business ModelThe move to digital made renting movies from a store, and the hardware required to play them, obsolete. The same thing is happening to GameStop. More gamers are downloading online titles directly to their console. The middleman is not necessary. True, the company will still have some relevance. The new gaming consoles arriving in 2020 will still have disk drives, ensuring that popular titles will still require a disk.But GameStop lost the exclusivity of its stores as retailers like Best Buy (NYSE:BBY), Walmart (NYSE:WMT) and Target (NYSE:TGT) entered the market. The company had a brief resurgence when it began selling high-margin, pre-owned video games. But sales of those games are also falling -- upending a strategy to be one of the few places that buy video games -- and the retailer is not going to be able to rely on new hardware sales, even with the new gaming consoles. Management Pledges a New PathFacing investor pressure, management has plans for GameStop to blaze a new path. On the post-earnings conference call, CEO George Sherman said the company was going to be embracing esports in a big way, saying he hopes the company's stores will become an experience for gamers. "We are committed to creating a social and cultural hub of gaming within each GameStop store, online and within the digital environment," he told analysts. * 10 Battered Tech Stocks to Buy Now I wonder if management is committed to that path. After the disappointing earnings report there was talk about "de-densifying" its footprint (i.e., up closing as many as 200 stores) and taking other efficiency measures, such as a stock buyback program and eliminating its dividend (which it did in June), as a path back to profitability. What's Next for GME Stock?I can see a situation where GameStop becomes a major sponsor for esports events, as Zacks suggested. It does have a strong cash position and as long as management is not using the cash on a dividend, why not? But I'm less sure if the "store as a hangout" model works.Gamers today are comfortable -- more comfortable in fact -- playing their friends or strangers online in the privacy of their own home. Having gamers go to a GameStop to watch other people compete, or even to game themselves, would be kind of like watching a movie at a video store. But that's not taking a bold new path, it's trying to landscape the path they're on, and that doesn't lead anywhere I want to touch as an investor.As of this writing, Chris Markoch did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 10 Big IPO Stocks From 2019 to Watch * 7 Discount Retail Stocks to Buy for a Recession * 7 Stocks to Buy Benefiting From Millennial Money The post GameStop Stock is On a Path That Leads to Nowhere appeared first on InvestorPlace.
GameStop (GME) shares have been sliding after the video game retailer reported disappointing Q2 earnings after the closing bell on Tuesday.