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After hours: 4:45PM EDT
|Bid||1,130.68 x 900|
|Ask||1,131.16 x 800|
|Day's Range||1,129.62 - 1,151.14|
|52 Week Range||970.11 - 1,289.27|
|Beta (3Y Monthly)||0.99|
|PE Ratio (TTM)||28.35|
|Forward Dividend & Yield||N/A (N/A)|
|1y Target Est||1,275.00|
U.S. tech giants are working hard to continue to sell to Huawei after the company was put on the Entity List.
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(Bloomberg) -- Tinder joined a growing backlash against app store taxes by bypassing Google Play in a move that could shake up the billion-dollar industry dominated by Google and Apple Inc.The online dating site launched a new default payment process that skips Google Play and forces users to enter their credit card details straight into Tinder’s app, according to new research by Macquarie analyst Ben Schachter. Once a user has entered their payment information, the app not only remembers it, but also removes the choice to swap back to Google Play for future purchases, he wrote.“This is a huge difference," Schachter said in an interview. “It’s an incredibly high-margin business for Google bringing in billions of dollars," he said.The shares of Tinder’s parent company, Match Group Inc., spiked 5% when Schachter’s note was published on Thursday. Shares of Google parent Alphabet Inc. were little changed.Apple and Google launched their app stores in 2008, and they soon grew into powerful marketplaces that matched the creations of millions of independent developers with billions of smartphone users. In exchange, the companies take as much as 30% of revenue. The app economy is expected to grow to $157 billion in 2022, according to App Annie projections.As the market expands, a growing revolt has been gaining steam over the past year. Spotify Technology SA filed an antitrust complaint with the European Commission earlier this year, claiming the cut Apple takes amounts to a tax on competitors. Netflix Inc. has recently stopped letting Apple users subscribe via the App Store and Epic Games Inc. said last year it wouldn’t distribute Fortnite, one of the world’s most popular video games, through Google Play.Match declined to answer questions about whether the company was also investigating bypassing Apple’s App Store. Match is expected to discuss the payment flow change with analysts and investors during its next earnings call on Aug. 6.“At Match Group, we constantly test new updates and features to offer convenience, control and choice to our users," Justine Sacco, a spokeswoman for Match, wrote in an email. “We will always try to provide options that benefit their experience and offering payment options is one example of this."Google didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment.Of the high-profile companies that have shunned the App store, Match is the only one that has changed the payment method in-app, Schachter noted. Others have instead forced subscribers back to their own websites to enter payment information.Tinder’s move could spark a domino effect.“Tinder is relatively small and it won’t have a massive impact, but the concern is if this grows and gets into gaming apps as it starts moving forward," Schachter said. “We’re going to see a lot of other companies potentially trying to experiment with this."\--With assistance from Mark Bergen.To contact the reporter on this story: Olivia Carville in New York at firstname.lastname@example.orgTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Jillian Ward at email@example.com, Molly Schuetz, Andrew PollackFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.
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I get the case for Roku (NASDAQ:ROKU) as a business. The concern -- or one of the big concerns, anyway -- is the ROKU stock price.Source: Shutterstock ROKU stock has risen 260% in 2019 alone. It's added some $9 billion in market value over that period. To be sure, ROKU had crashed at the end of 2018, and likely was too cheap at those lows. Still, the gains are close to staggering: none of the 720 stocks with a market cap over $10 billion have outperformed ROKU stock so far this year.Again, there is a bull case here. In fact, I've made that bull case. I also argued last month, with the ROKU stock price over $100, that the rally had gone too far. For a moment, that call looked prescient, as the stock promptly fell over 10%. But a more confident market has bid ROKU back up to an all-time high.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsAhead of earnings, coming on August 7, those highs look too high. There's value here. But to even stay at these levels, Roku will have to answer some key questions. * 7 Stocks Top Investors Are Buying Now So much success is priced in at this point that it seems difficult to get too excited. Of course, I -- and other skeptics -- have said that before. Can the ROKU Stock Price Hold the Valuation?On its face, ROKU looks expensive. The company is guiding for over $1 billion in revenue this year -- which suggests something around a 11x+ EV/revenue multiple, backing out some $285 million in cash.Of course, in this market, 11x sales -- even for an unprofitable company -- isn't all that extreme. Whether it's Shopify (NYSE:SHOP) or MongoDB (NASDAQ:MDB), growth stock investors have become accustomed to paying those types of multiples. Even streaming giant Netflix (NASDAQ:NFLX), accounting for its post-earnings decline on Wednesday, trades at 9.4x EV/revenue, based on 2019 analyst estimates, with slower growth.But, as I've written before, it's important to remember a key aspect of Roku's business. The company's player business -- the actual sales of Roku hardware -- is unprofitable. Players generated gross profit of just $7 million in the first quarter, for example. It's the platform revenue from advertising, the Roku Channel, etc., for which investors are paying.That revenue is guided to two-thirds of this year's total. That in turn means investors are paying roughly 17x platform revenue -- one of the highest multiples in the entire market. It's difficult to see that moving any higher -- and there are reasons to think it might move lower. Will Netflix and YouTube Play Ball?That multiple might seem acceptable given Roku's key position in the growth of streaming. But the problem is that Roku isn't monetizing that position all that well.Notably, per the Roku 10-K, Netflix and Alphabet's (NASDAQ:GOOG,NASDAQ:GOOGL) YouTube account "for a majority" of hours streamed on Roku devices. Roku does not get "material revenue" from YouTube, however, and still appears to receive few dollars from Netflix.That might not be a terrible thing in terms of growth. The lack of dollars from those streaming giants means that new streaming services from Disney (NYSE:DIS), AT&T's (NYSE:T) WarnerMedia, and Comcast (NASDAQ:CMCSA) subsidiary NBCUniversal all can provide catalysts to revenue and profits.But from a long-term perspective, it's hard to see how ROKU stock is a clear and easy play on streaming when it's not making money from the industry's two biggest players (at least for now). And it's difficult to see why Disney or WarnerMedia would pay Roku when they're competing against Netflix and YouTube. Who Buys Roku?These questions are largely moot if Roku gets acquired. Rumors have swirled since even before the company's IPO. At this point, Roku clearly has out-competed Alphabet and Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) in terms of streaming devices. As such, it would make sense that some company might want to acquire it as an entry into the streaming ecosystem -- or a way to profit from it.The problem at this point is: who? If anyone involved in streaming acquires Roku, it then owns a gateway for cord-cutters. But so many other companies are involved in streaming, that the new Roku owner instantly would own the distribution mechanism for its competitors.That's a sticky situation. It makes streaming providers more hesitant to deal with Roku; they might instead turn to Amazon, who is having some success licensing its Fire technology to television manufacturers. It puts Roku, at this point a subsidiary of a larger player, in an awkward position.Meanwhile, Alphabet, Amazon, and Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) all have their own hardware (Apple's platform is on the way). Disney and NBCUniversal won't be looking to provide streaming services for their competitors. Smaller media companies, at this point, might be too small given Roku's about $12 billion enterprise value.It's easy to assume that Roku will be bought out. But the same assumptions were made about TiVo (NASDAQ:TIVO). These aren't the same situations, of course, but the names of potential Roku buyers being floated around don't make all that much sense -- at least not yet. Be Careful Ahead of EarningsParticularly with Netflix's post-earnings flameout, ROKU stock simply looks dangerous here. Valuation is a question mark. Competition remains intense. An acquisition is far from guaranteed.And, as we've seen with Netflix, streaming growth isn't quite as linear as some would like to believe. For ROKU, so much success is priced in that anything short of a blowout quarter next month is going to be a problem. There's a wonderful business here, to be sure. It just might not be quite as wonderful as the ROKU stock price suggests at the moment.As of this writing, Vince Martin has no positions in any securities mentioned. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 7 Stocks Top Investors Are Buying Now * The 10 Best Cryptocurrencies to Keep on Your Radar * 7 Marijuana Penny Stocks That Could Triple (But You Won't Make Money) The post Three Key Questions for Roku Stock Ahead of Earnings appeared first on InvestorPlace.
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