|Bid||1,147.21 x 800|
|Ask||1,147.49 x 900|
|Day's Range||1,139.40 - 1,149.13|
|52 Week Range||970.11 - 1,289.27|
|Beta (3Y Monthly)||0.99|
|PE Ratio (TTM)||28.80|
|Forward Dividend & Yield||N/A (N/A)|
|1y Target Est||1,275.00|
Amazon may be in the middle of its Prime Day shopping bonanza, but that doesn’t mean the stock is without risk.
Democratic presidential candidate and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) voiced her support for Amazon (AMZN) warehouse workers expected to go on strike on Monday, the kickoff of the company’s annual sale known as Prime Day.
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The death of a British YouTube star in an electronic scooter accident is raising more questions about the safety of this popular form of alternative transportation. Emily Hartridge, who presented the online series “10 Reasons Why,” was killed in a collision with a truck on Friday in the U.K.’s first death involving an e-scooter. The city’s almost 1 million people currently have access to about 14,000 dockless electric scooters, and the new study counted 192 e-scooter-related injuries during those three months alone.
(Bloomberg) -- Two key Republican senators pressed the Federal Trade Commission to investigate how Facebook Inc., Alphabet Inc.’s Google and Twitter Inc. decide what content appears on their social media platforms, calling the companies’ power a potential threat to democracy. Senators Ted Cruz of Texas and Josh Hawley of Missouri made their demand in a letter sent to the FTC on Monday, a day before a hearing by a Senate panel into social media bias that will feature testimony from a top Google executive. The letter and hearing come just days after President Donald Trump aired similar grievances at a White House summit of conservative tech critics, fringe social media voices and GOP lawmakers including Hawley. “Big tech companies like Google, Facebook, and Twitter exercise enormous influence on speech,” the two Republican senators wrote in the letter, which Hawley’s office provided. “They control the ads we see, the news we read, and the information we digest. And they actively censor some content and amplify other content based on algorithms and intentional decisions that are completely nontransparent.”The request comes as Republicans increasingly allege that the companies engage in systematic anti-conservative bias, an unsupported claim. But the possibilities for abuse “are alarming and endless,” including potentially swaying elections, the senators said.Like Trump, both senators have been vocal about claims that social media silences conservatives. Cruz, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, is scheduled to hold a hearing Tuesday on Google’s “censorship.” The company’s global policy chief, Karan Bhatia, will testify, he said in a Monday opinion piece.“We go to extraordinary lengths to build our products and enforce our policies in such a way that political leanings are not taken into account,” Bhatia wrote in Fox News.All three companies have previously said they don’t make content decisions based on politics, though they have acknowledged occasional mistakes in taking down or limiting the reach of content or accounts of conservatives.“Importantly, these mistakes have affected both parties and are not the product of bias,” Bhatia wrote in his opinion piece. Spokesmen for Facebook and Twitter declined to comment on Monday.Cruz has said his views are based on anecdotes rather than rigorous data, which he blames on the opaque nature of the companies’ decisions regarding content.Hawley has previously proposed legislation that would require tech platforms to prove to the FTC that they’re politically neutral in their content decisions if they want to keep a key liability shield that protects them from lawsuits over content that third parties post on their platforms. Hawley was the featured speaker during Trump’s summit, during which the president called his bill “very important.”Almost 65% of Republicans or those who lean Republican believe big tech companies support liberal views over conservative ones, and 85% think it’s at least somewhat likely the companies are intentionally censoring political viewpoints, according to a Pew Research Center survey from last year.The FTC has authority to collect non-public information from companies and study matters related to competition and consumer protection, even if the issue isn’t related to a law enforcement matter. It has opened an investigation into how Internet service providers collect and use consumer data, and the agency has also started a task force to probe potentially anti-competitive conduct by tech giants.The Justice Department and FTC also have taken the first steps toward specific investigations of four big tech firms for antitrust violations. The Justice Department has taken responsibility for Google and Apple Inc., while the FTC will oversee Facebook and Amazon.com Inc.(Updates with Google response from fifth paragraph)\--With assistance from David McLaughlin.To contact the reporter on this story: Ben Brody in Washington at firstname.lastname@example.orgTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Sara Forden at email@example.com, Mark Niquette, Linus ChuaFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.
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Second-quarter earnings are usually pretty sleepy, with forecasts for the back-to-school and holiday periods tucked away for later review amid summer vacation schedules. You may want to pay attention this year, though.
The technology is huge, it's changing the automotive industry, and it's already integrated into nearly every device around you.
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Walt Disney (NYSE:DIS) stock had been consolidating for years near the $100 mark. Last quarter, though, Disney stock finally broke out, as DIS has been delivering on various fronts. As a result, the owners of DIS stock are now looking toward the future, rather than at the rear-view mirror.Source: Shutterstock Disney's success has also brought DIS stock to the attention of many new investors who are considering a position in the name. Let's have a look at some pros and cons of Disney stock. * 5 EV Stocks to Buy for Big Gains Over the Next Decade Streaming Into the FutureThe first pro of Disney stock is the company's foray into streaming. While DIS didn't intend to end up controlling Hulu, that's exactly what has happened. Hulu is not a close competitor of Netflix (NASDAQ:NFLX), although Hulu TV is a close competitor of Alphabet's (NASDAQ:GOOGL, NASDAQ:GOOG) YouTube TV.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsHowever, because of Disney's ESPN+ streaming-sports platform and its upcoming streaming- entertainment platform, Disney+, bundling could propel Disney toward the top of the streaming world.Consumers are clamoring for Disney+, as it will be a hit for those who have kids and are looking for top-line entertainment. As Friends and The Office --Netflix's top two shows -- leave the platform in 2020, and with Disney+ and other options coming online, bundling may help DIS win over customers looking for new or added services, boosting Disney stock price in the process.Disney's streaming business will not be profitable at first, but it should drive bottom-line gains for the company in the future. giving Disney stock price a positive catalyst. Disney's Diversified LineupAs attractive as Netflix is, with its multi-billion free-cash flow deficit, it's not quite as well-rounded as Disney.Sarcasm aside, Disney's studio, theme parks and networks have kept its bottom line humming right along. Its diversification is another pro to consider. Imagine how attractive Netflix stock would be if NFLX had other profitable businesses under its umbrella to help absorb the costs of building a world-leading content-streaming platform.Meanwhile, Disney's movie-studio business is pumping out blockbuster hit after blockbuster hit. Captain Marvel, Avengers, Aladdin and Toy Story 4 have all done incredibly well this year, while Lion King is set to hit theaters on July 19. And Frozen 2 and another Star Wars film are due to arrive later this year.Add that to the company's theme parks unit and its still-profitable TV networks , and Disney stock is supported by a very strong company. Trading Disney Stock Click to EnlargeThis third point is both a pro and a con.Disney stock price spent years consolidating before bursting higher. In mid-2015, DIS stock hit $115. Almost four years later, in the first quarter of 2019, that level was still acting as resistance. It wasn't until early April, when Disney unveiled its streaming plans, that Disney stock price rocketed above $115.The stock consolidated nicely for a few months before resuming its climb, hitting a new all-time high on Friday.If the markets can hold up, I would imagine sentiment towards DIS stock will remain quite bullish heading into Disney's earnings in August. On the weekly chart above, you can see also see that the 10-week moving average is guiding DIS stock price higher. DIS stock looks poised to have continued momentum over the next 12 to 24 months, making it quite attractive from a technical perspective.So what's the negative aspect of the charts?Many investors feel that they've missed the boat on Disney stock. After all, Disney stock price has gone from $110 to almost $145 very quickly, relative to the history of Disney stock price. And with the shares up more than 35% so far on the year. many investors feel like they've missed the bulk of the gains of DIS stock.It's true that the so-called "easy money" is gone now, and nothing short of a big pullback of DIS stock will bring it back. Those willing to wait out the turbulence of Disney stock and its potential sluggish action in the short- to intermediate-term should be rewarded, though. Profit Growth and ValuationThis last section is a two-part con, consisting of growth and valuation.While Disney has a great,diversified business and is propelling itself into the future with various streaming platforms, it doesn't have the most attractive earnings growth or valuation.The shares trade at about 22 times analysts' consensus 2019 earnings per share estimate, which is far from nauseating on its own. But considering that average estimates call for a 7.6% decline in EPS this year and another 1% fall in 2020, some investors may feel that DIS stock's valuation should not be above average levels. Further, the stock has a dividend yield of just 1.2%.On the plus side, analysts, on average. are calling for 20% revenue growth this year and 18% growth in 2020. If Disney's revenue is expected to grow so much, why are analysts predicting that its earnings will drop?The answer is that building streaming platforms and investing in theme-park overhauls are not cheap But thanks to Disney's popular movies and its other successful businesses, its ballooning revenue is largely offsetting those costs. Once its streaming business starts picking up, the company's bottom line should accelerate, too.While I love the company and its decision to invest in its longer-term future, it would be foolish not to point out the fact that its earnings are expected to decline and that its stock has an above-market valuation. That said, I am bullish overall on DIS stock.Bret Kenwell is the manager and author of Future Blue Chips and is on Twitter @BretKenwell. As of this writing, Bret Kenwell is long GOOGL and DIS. 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 3 Pros, 3 Cons on Disney Stock appeared first on InvestorPlace.