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|52 Week Range||38.97 - 52.11|
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For the most part, video game stocks are performing well in 2019. Shares of Electronic Arts (NASDAQ:EA), one of the largest U.S.-based video game makers, are up 24% year-to-date, but the industry also has some laggards. Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ:ATVI), one of EA's most direct competitors, sees its shares lower by 2% this year.Globally, the video game industry is a $140 billion business and it is growing."Video game revenue in 2018 reached a new peak of $43.8 billion, up 18 percent from the previous years, surpassing the projected total global box office for the film industry, according to new data released by the Entertainment Software Association and The NPD Group," reports TechCrunch.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsThe video game industry, while expansive, is also highly fragmented. So while there are a growing number of thematic exchange-traded funds (ETFs) on the market today, the number of video game ETFs, as readers will see here, is quite low. In fact, there are just two funds resembling dedicated video game ETFs. * 10 Best Stocks to Buy and Hold Forever With that in mind, let's look at some of the funds, including some stretches, that have credibility as video game ETFs. ETFMG Video Game Tech ETF (GAMR)Expense Ratio: 0.75%, or $75 annually per $10,000 investedThe ETFMG Video Game Tech ETF (NYSEARCA:GAMR) turned three years old last month and is the first dedicated video game ETF to list in the U.S. For an ETF focused on a somewhat narrow niche, GAMR has been relatively successful as highlighted by the fund's $100 million in assets under management. Home to almost 80 stocks, this video game ETF tracks the EEFund Video Game Tech Index.GAMR is reflective of the global nature of the video game industry as the fund provides exposure to 14 countries. The video game ETF's largest geographic weights will not surprise seasoned gamers. The U.S., Japan, South Korea and China combine for almost 78% of the fund's weight. GAMR provides exposure to several compelling video game themes, including mobile gaming and digital downloads."The percentage of digitally downloaded video games rose from 31% in 2010 to 74% in 2016," according to ETFMG. "This is expected to climb to nearly 93% by 2021."This video game ETF is up nearly 17% year-to-date. VanEck Vectors Video Gaming and eSports ETF (ESPO)Expense Ratio: 0.55%In the video game ETF realm, the VanEck Vectors Video Gaming and eSports ETF (NYSEARCA:ESPO) is the most direct competitor to the aforementioned GAMR. ESPO, which debuted last October, is not just a video game ETF. The fund is one of the best avenues for exposure to the booming e-sports market.ESPO tracks the Global Video Gaming and esports Index. Many of the dedicated esports companies are not yet publicly traded, so ESPO's 25 holdings run the gamut of video game makers, such as Activision Blizzard and Electronic Arts, semiconductor makers and console makers. ESPO's components must derive at least half their sales from video games or esports to be included in the fund.Up 20.28% this year, this video game ETF has recently been hitting new highs, reflecting investors' expectations for the growing esports market. * 6 Cheap Stocks That Cost Less Than $10 "Competitive video gaming audience expected to reach 454 million people globally in 2019," according to VanEck. "Esports revenue growth has increased almost 40% yearly since 2015, supported by a young, affluent audience." iShares PHLX Semiconductor ETF (SOXX)Expense Ratio: 0.47%No, the iShares PHLX Semiconductor ETF (NASDAQ:SOXX) is not a video game ETF, but remember, there are not many video game ETFs and some semiconductor makers are heavily involved in the video game and competitive gaming markets. That includes Nvidia (NASDAQ:NVDA), the largest holding in SOXX.Nvidia rival Advanced Micro Devices (NASDAQ:AMD) is also making inroads in the video game space, having recently reported that its chips will power Google's online gaming platform known as Stadia. Shares of Nvidia and AMD combine for about 13% of SOXX's weight.While that is not enough to make this chip fund a video game ETF, it is enough to make SOXX an appropriate option for investors looking for indirect video game exposure via the ETF wrapper. SOXX is higher by 29% this year. First Trust Cloud Computing ETF (SKYY)Expense Ratio: 0.60%Some of the largest companies in the U.S., such as Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) and Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN), have significant video game exposure, but because video games are not the primary drivers of those companies' revenue, they do not reside in video game ETFs.While it is not a proper video game ETF, the First Trust Cloud Computing ETF (NASDSAQ:SKYY) has some legitimated video game credibility. Mobile game maker Zynga (NASDAQ:ZNGA) is SKYY's largest holding at a weight of 6.18%. Facebook (NASDAQ:FB), a platform for social gaming, represents nearly 5% of SKYY's weight while Amazon and Microsoft combine for nearly 7% of the fund's weight. Additionally, there are myriad cloud applications in the video game universe. * 10 Dividend Growth Stocks You Can't Miss "On trend with community gaming, the increasing preference for multiplayer gaming is pushing momentum in the cloud gaming industry," according to ETMG. "Cloud gaming allows gamers access to supercomputers that can render high-end games, exceeding the processing power that normal hardware players are capable of." iShares Expanded Tech-Software Sector ETF (IGV)Expense Ratio: 0.47%As its name implies, the iShares Expanded Tech-Software Sector ETF (CBOE:IGV) is a software fund, not a dedicated video game ETF. However, IGV does have ample video game exposure because many companies in this space are software makers.Microsoft is IGV's largest holding at a weight of just over 8% … a relevant point because the company is the maker of the Xbox console. Additionally, a point that gets overlooked because of Microsoft's sprawling businesses, including business software and the cloud, is that the company is actually the fourth-largest video game company in the U.S.Video game makers Activision, Electronic Arts and Take-Two Interactive Software (NASDAQ:TTWO) combine for nearly 7% of IGV's weight. Global X Social Media ETF (SOCL) Expense Ratio: 0.65%The Global X Social Media ETF (NASDAQ:SOCL) is a valid alternative for a traditional video game ETF for several reasons. China's Tencent Holdings (OTC:TCEHY) is SOCL's largest holding at a weight of nearly 13% and that company is a significant footprint in China's growing video game market. In fact, China is the world's largest video game market.Bolstering the case for video game growth in China is that the government there approved nearly 800 games in the first quarter, most of which were not traditional poker or gambling-related board games. SOCL's video game ETF status is boosted by exposure to Alphabet (NASDAQ:GOOG, NASDAQ:GOOGL), Facebook and Zynga, among others.With so many gamers turning to multi-player games and using these games to interact with friends and make new acquaintances, the intersections of social media and gaming are potentially limitless and highly lucrative for advertisers and game makers. Simply put, SOCL is a social media fund, but its video game ETF credentials have the potential to exponentially grow in the years ahead. Communication Services Select Sector SPDR (XLC)Expense Ratio: 0.13%The Communication Services Select Sector SPDR (NYSEARCA:XLC) is the first ETF dedicated to the communication services sector, which debuted last year. As such, this fund features massive exposure to Facebook and the two share classes of Alphabet. Those stocks combine for almost 43% of XLC's weight, giving this fund video game ETF viability.Activision Blizzard is also a top 10 holding in XLC and Electronic Arts and Take-Two also reside in this fund. XLC would see its video game ETF credentials increase if Netflix (NASDAQ:NFLX) and Walt Disney (NYSE:DIS), which combine for 10.26% of the fund's weight, bolster their video game exposure.Ultimately, XLC has some video game exposure, but the average market value of its 26 components is $358.69 billion, meaning many of these companies' bottom lines are not going to be materially altered by video game exposure over the near to medium term.As of this writing, Todd Shriber did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 5 Dividend Stocks Perfect for Retirees * 7 Reasons the Stock Market Rally Isn't Over Yet * 10 S&P 500 Stocks to Weather the Earnings Storm Compare Brokers The post 7 Video Game ETFs That Will Make You a Winner appeared first on InvestorPlace.
Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ) is one of the world's largest telecommunications companies. While the telecommunications sector transitions into the communication services sector, Verizon and rival AT&T (NYSE:T) remain two of the group's sleepier giants. This delayed start has held Verizon stock back.Source: Via FlickrVerizon is up 4.48% this year compared to a gain of 13.13% for the Dow and a 18.65% gain for the Communication Services Select Sector SPDR (NYSEARCA:XLC), a fund in which Verizon is a top 10 holding.There are avenues for Verizon to shed its laggard status and deliver more upside for investors. In terms of near-term catalysts, there is Verizon's first-quarter earnings report, slated for Tuesday, April 23. Analysts expect the company to earn $1.17 per share on revenue of $32.19 billion. In recent quarters, Verizon has delivered modest earnings surprises, slightly beating Wall Street estimates over the last four quarters.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips * 10 S&P 500 Stocks to Weather the Earnings Storm Calling On 5GAnother possible catalyst is the 5G rollout. As you know, 5G is the next generation of wireless communication systems, which is a significant deal for the likes of AT&T and Verizon because about 90% of Americans have mobile phones."The U.S. carriers have begun to move to next-generation 5G wireless networks, which promise faster data speeds and lower latency than earlier technologies," reports Barron's. "Verizon already has a limited commercial network up and running in some areas of Chicago and Minneapolis and is planning to cover parts of another 15 cities later this year."The company's early push into 5G could payoff for VZ stock eventually, but there are still kinks that need to be ironed out, including coverage areas and upload speeds. Download and upload speeds are not be underestimated as important data points for Verizon. Mobile phone users increasingly rely on their phones for a variety of functions and with corporate customers representing significant parts of carriers' businesses, data speeds are crucial.According to Business Insider:"Fast speeds are important for consumers -- 81% identified a high-speed network as a must-have mobile offering, according to Business Insider Intelligence's Telecom Competitive Edge Report (enterprise only) -- and consumers could be unwilling to pay for 5G if it's not consistently better than the current 4G LTE offering" Verizon Versus AT&TFor better or worse, shares of AT&T and Verizon are often joined at the hip in the eyes of investors. That said, Verizon has a market value of almost $243 billion, about $9 billion ahead of its rival. Additionally, Verizon's debt burden is $110 billion, or about $60 billion less than AT&T's.Those data points aside, investors are clearly favoring AT&T this year. Shares of that company are outperforming Verizon by a roughly 3-to-1 margin since the start of 2019. For now, AT&T has the more diverse revenue streams than Verizon and that may well be one reason the former is outpacing the latter this year."This year, Verizon is expected to generate 71% of sales from wireless services. Wireless-related business will probably be about 40% of AT&T's revenue," according to Barron's. Bottom Line on Verizon StockVerizon stock remains a valid choice for conservative income investors. The shares yield 4.10%, more than double the yield on the S&P 500. Verizon stock currently pays a quarterly dividend of 60.25 cents a share, representing dividend growth of just over 20% since 2012. Over the past 15 years, Verizon stock's dividend has grown by about 50%.Still, investors should probably temper expectations that Verizon stock will suddenly start acting like a growth stock, a style that is very much in favor right now. Investors may be more apt to reward Verizon stock if 5G shows a material impact for the company's bottom line or if defensive, low volatility fare comes back into style.Todd Shriber does not own any of the aforementioned securities. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 7 Stocks to Buy for Spring Season Growth * This Is How You Beat Back a Bear Market * 7 Dental Stocks to Buy That Will Make You Smile Compare Brokers The post The Rise of 5G and Fading Headwinds Make Verizon Stock a Buy appeared first on InvestorPlace.
Headquartered in Santa Monica, California, Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ:ATVI) is one of the most important interactive software and content developers, holding the keys to some of the biggest video game franchises. After being a darling among investors from 2014 to the last quarter of 2018, ATVI stock has dropped more than 40% from its early October highs.Source: Shutterstock The group is expected to report quarterly earnings on May 2. So what kind of price performance can we expect from the company around its earnings release? And will ATVI stock ultimately become a strong buy-candidate in the second quarter?Although I would not bet against ATVI stock's future, between now and the earnings release date, I expect to see further volatility and possible price weakness in Activision Blizzard stock. Here is why:InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips Current Headwinds for Activision Blizzard StockIncreased Competition: The global gaming market has been growing at a rapid rate and is expected to exceed $180 billion in revenues in 2021. The success of mobile gaming, which accounts for half of the gaming revenue, is one of the most important drivers behind this growth. * 7 AI Stocks to Watch with Strong Long-Term Narratives Going forward, analysts believe eSports will become a major disruptive force, with a market that will exceed $1 billion this year and with a revenue increase of 26.7% year-over-year. Most of the revenues for the companies in this segment currently come from North America and China.Such a growth industry inevitably attracts global competition. For example, Fortnite, an apocalyptic survival video game developed and marketed by the privately held Epic Games, generated $2.4 billion in revenue last year, more than any single game in 2018. The free-to-play game has become a worldwide champion among gamers of all ages.Earnings Season Worries: ATVI is one of the largest gaming companies globally in terms of revenue and market cap. The company has five core divisions: * Activision, which produces franchises such as Call of Duty and Destiny and focusing on console gaming; * Blizzard, which produces franchises such as World of Warcraft and Overwatch and focusing on online PC games with an emphasis on subscription-based business models; * King Digital, which produces mobile games; * Activision Blizzard Studios, a television and film studio that produces original content based on ATVI's existing franchises; and * MLG, which is an online eSports broadcasting network which produces titles like the Overwatch League.Activision Blizzard is currently franchise-reliant, whereas competition like Fortnite tends to focus on video game volume. In other words, if ATVI's core franchises were to lose popularity, the company would face fiscal and market consequences and the stock price would suffer.When Activision Blizzard reported earnings on Feb. 12, Wall Street was hoping to see the company to dispel fears of Fortnite and other competition. However, the company's fourth-quarter financial results left some investors raising an eyebrow as the number of monthly active users (MAUs) showed a steady decline in 2018 -- a possible sign that Fortnite has indeed been luring away ATVI fans.While Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 has done well, the Destiny franchise has been underperforming. Finally, Activision Blizzard's 2019 guidance that was less than impressive, with a forecasted drop in revenue to $6.3 billion from $7.5 billion in 2018. The company is also decreasing the global headcount by 8%.Analysts have also been concerned about the impact of several high-profile exits among Activision executives. The industry would rather report the company's successful franchises and positive player experiences than worries over the managerial void. For example, Activision Blizzard is continuing to bet big on eSports and investors are hoping that a bigger fan base would also translate into larger live events and merchandise sales. However, the numbers to positively affect the bottom line are not there yet.In short, most investors are likely to wait on the sidelines until they have more have a chance to analyze the balance sheet. Unless the numbers and the rest of the 2019 guidance are exceptional in May, investors may decide not to invest in the stock for several more weeks -- or even months. Short-Term Technical Analysis of ATVI StockDespite the broader market rally of 2019 which has pushed the prices of many tech stocks significantly higher, year-to-date, Activision Blizzard stock is up only around 2%. On the other hand, the stock price of Electronic Arts (NASDAQ:EA), one of ATVI's main competitors, is up 27% in 2019.ATVI stock's 52-week price range has been $84.68 (Oct. 1, 2018)-$39.85 (Feb. 11, 2019) and its 2019 gains have come mostly in March. Therefore, its short-term technical indicators have now become overextended. Investors who pay attention to short-term oscillators should note that ATVI's technical message has also become "overbought."Nonetheless, ATVI's current price is still under the 200-day moving average, a long-term trend-following technical indicator, which currently is at $53.3. While long-term investors would like to see ATVI stock go over the $50 level, traders are likely to keep the range between $47.50 and $42.50. Ultimately, ATVI's price will need to stabilize and build a base again before a long-term sustained leg up can occur.If you already own ATVI stock, you might want to hold your position. However, within the parameters of your portfolio allocation and risk/return profile, you may consider placing a stop loss at about 3%-5% below the current price point.If you are an experienced investor in the options market, you may also consider using a covered call strategy with approximately a six-week time horizon. In that case, you may, for example, buy 100 shares of ATVI at a limit price of $47.17 (the closing price on Apr. 11) and, at the same time, sell a ATVI May 31 $47.5 call option, which currently trades at $2.7.The $47.50 option is almost at-the-money, offering downside protection in case of volatility and a decline in Activision Blizzard stock. This call option would stop trading on May 31, 2019, and expire on June 1.After the upcoming earnings call, if you still believe in the bull case for Activision Blizzard stock, then you might consider waiting for a better time to buy, such as when the share price is around the low $40's, or even high $30's. The Bottom Line on ATVI StockWith its strong franchise focus, Activision Blizzard is an important company that is likely to weather the ebbs and flows of the industry. The rise of the digital gaming revolution is here to stay, and I believe the long-term fundamental story of ATVI stock is still intact.Investors who are interested in companies in the interactive software, entertainment or communication services but do not want to commit all their capital to a single stock such as ATVI may also consider investing in various exchange-traded funds (ETFs) that have Activision Blizzard as a holding. Examples of such funds would include the Invesco Dynamic Software ETF (NYSEARCA:PSJ), the VanEck Vectors Video Gaming and eSports ETF (NYSEARCA:ESPO) or the Communication Services Select Sector SPDR (NYSEARCA:XLC).As of this writing, Tezcan Gecgil did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * FAANNG Stocks, Ranked From Cheapest to Most Expensive * 7 Stocks With a Lot on the Line This Earnings Season * 7 Marijuana Companies: Which Pot Stocks Should You Buy? Compare Brokers The post Should You Consider Buying Activision Blizzard Stock Before Earnings? appeared first on InvestorPlace.
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5G -- the next generation of wireless communication systems -- doesn't officially rollout until 2020, but there are sprinklings of the move happening around the world this year and major economies are already holding 5G spectrum auctions.While 5G is often viewed as a communications theme (and it is), it also has widespread implications for dozens of other industries. Energy, financial services, healthcare, media, retail and transportation are among the everyday industries that will be affected by the deployment of 5G systems.Of course, there are multiple avenues for investors looking to participate in the 5G boom. Not surprisingly, those avenues include 5G ETFs. While the notion of 5G investing is still in its formative stages, there are already some funds that can accurately be deemed "5G ETFs."InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips * 7 Marijuana Stocks to Play the CBD Trend Here are some if the 5G funds to consider right now. Pacer Benchmark Data & Infrastructure Real Estate SCTR ETF (SRVR)Expense ratio: 0.60% per year, or $60 on a $10,000 investment.Source: Shutterstock There are significant real estate demands associated with the 5G rollout, enhancing the 5G ETF status of the Pacer Benchmark Data & Infrastructure Real Estate SCTR ETF (NYSEARCA:SRVR). Data and infrastructure real estate investment trusts (REITs) are pivotal pieces of the 5G puzzle and SRVR is the only fund explicitly dedicated to those REITs. While some of SRVR's largest holdings also reside in traditional REIT benchmarks, such as the Dow Jones U.S. Real Estate Index, SRVR's exposure to those names is considerably higher. This 5G ETF allocates nearly 48% of its combined weight to American Tower (NYSEARCA:AMT), Equinix (NASDAQ:EQIX) and Crown Castle International (NYSE:CCI). Conversely, those stocks combine for just over 15% of the Dow Jones U.S. Real Estate Index.SRVR had a dividend yield of 3.67% at the end of last year, indicating investors are not sacrificing income to get involved with this REIT/5G ETF. More importantly, SRVR is delivering in terms of performance. This year, SRVR is thumping the largest U.S. REIT ETF by nearly 400 basis points. Defiance Next Gen Connectivity ETF (FIVG)Expense ratio: 0.30% per year, or $30 on a $10,000 investment.The Defiance Next Gen Connectivity ETF (NYSEARCA:FIVG) is one of the first pure-play 5G ETFs and it is also one of the newest ETFs highlighted here after debuting earlier this month. FIVG tracks the BlueStar 5G Communications Index.Holdings in FIVG "are part of the following categories: core carrier grade networking equipment including cellular antennas and routers, mobile network operators, satellite-based communications, enhanced mobile broadband chips, new radio technology, wireless network test and optimization equipment, cloud computing equipment, software defined networking or network functions virtualization, fiber optic cables, or cell tower and/or data center real estate investment trust," according to Defiance ETFs. * 7 Beaten-Up Stocks to Buy as They Reverse Course Beyond an exciting investment thesis, one of the primary sources of allure with FIVG is its expense ratio of 0.30% per year. Among thematic ETFs, of which FIVG is certainly one, that fee is downright cheap. Global X Internet of Things ETF (SNSR)Source: Shutterstock Expense ratio: 0.68% per year, or $68 on a $10,000 investment.The Internet of Things (IoT) is fertile ground for 5G, giving the Global X Internet of Things ETF (NASDAQ:SNSR) plenty of chops as a 5G ETF. Many IoT applications are enhance connectivity, making its intersection with 5G expected and practical."5G is expected to help businesses more effectively manage the ever-increasing quantities of information produced by the Internet of Things, as well as improve the near-instantaneous communication necessary for mission critical services like robotics-assisted surgery or autonomous driving," according to Global X research.SNSR holds 50 stocks with an average market value of nearly $28 billion. Over 30% of the fund's holdings are semiconductor stocks and while IoT, like 5G, is considered a growth theme, the average earnings multiples on SNSR's holdings are reasonable. The ETF's price-to-earnings ratio of 19.80 is just slightly higher than the same ratio on the Nasdaq-100 Index. Communication Services Select Sector SPDR (XLC)Source: Shutterstock Expense ratio: 0.13% per year, or $13 on a $10,000 investment.These days, communication services funds, such as the Communication Services Select Sector SPDR (NYSEARCA:XLC), command more attention for their exposure to stocks such as Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) and Netflix (NASDAQ:NFLX) than they do what these funds used to be. And what they used to be were more traditional telecom funds.Some of that tradition remains as Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ) and AT&T (NYSE:T) combine for over 9% of XLC's weight, giving this fund some credibility as 5G ETF. Verizon is already offering 5G service in some U.S. Cities. By next year, AT&T expects its 5G service to cover more than 60% of the U.S. Population. * 7 Dual-Class Stocks That Will Outperform Enterprise demand for 5G-related services is expected to be lucrative for AT&T, Verizon and rival carriers, a theme that could enhance XLC's positioning as a 5G ETF. First Trust Nasdaq Smartphone Index Fund (FONE)Source: Moment Expense ratio: 0.70% per year, or $70 on a $10,000 investment.For the time being, the First Trust Nasdaq Smartphone Index Fund (NASDAQ:FONE) is a smartphone fund, but its time as such is limited. On or around May 29, FONE will become a 5G ETF known as the First Trust Indxx NextG ETF and begin tracking the Indxx 5G & NextG Thematic Index."The Index is designed to track the performance of companies that have devoted, or have committed to devote, material resources to the research, development and application of fifth generation ("5G") and next generation digital cellular technologies as they emerge. By utilizing higher frequency radio waves, 5G networks enable significantly increased data rates, reduced latency and high-density connections that were previously unavailable in preceding technological generations," according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). FONE's new ticker will be "NXTR." The filing did not include mention of an expense ratio reduction, meaning the new 5G ETF will be pricey relative to its rivals unless the issuer cuts fees down the road.Todd Shriber does not own any of the aforementioned securities. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 7 Dual-Class Stocks That Will Outperform * 7 Reasons Why Apple Streaming Won't Move the Needle for Apple Stock * 7 A-Rated Stocks to Buy in the Second Quarter Compare Brokers The post 5 ETFs for the 5G Phenomenon appeared first on InvestorPlace.
Shares of Viacom Inc. dropped 4.2% in morning trade Wednesday, to pace decliners in the communications services sector, in the wake of the media company's warning of a disruption in service for those accessing its TV networks through AT&T Inc.'s DirecTV. Viacom's stock has now shed 5.8% this week. Meanwhile, AT&T's stock has lost just 0.6% this week. Viacom said Tuesday that despite "a series of offers" made to AT&T-DirecTV to reach a new carriage agreement, which expires March 22, AT&T's "unwillingness to engage in constructive conversations" could force a disruption of service. BTIG analyst Richard Greenfield said history suggests that DirecTV, not Viacom, has more to lose if DirecTV drops Viacom networks. The last time DirecTV dropped Viacom networks in 2012, it lost subscribers and market share to competitors. Viacom's stock has gained 2.4% year to date and AT&T shares have climbed 6.8%, while the SPDR Communications Services Select Sector ETF has rallied 13.3% and the S&P 500 has rallied 12.7%.
Market watchers will gauge the pulse of the manufacturing sector when the ISM manufacturing data for February is released Friday morning.
Nearby resistance on charts of various communication services companies will be in focus this week. Breakouts will signal major moves higher.
The once hot Communication Services Select Sector SPDR Fund (XLC) , the first ETF dedicated to the communication services sector, is cooling off in February and that has some traders concerned about the state of the FANG trade. While Amazon.com Inc. (AMZN) is not a member of XLC's lineup, Facebook Inc. (FB), Google parent Alphabet Inc. (GOOGL) and Netflix, Inc. (NFLX), three of the four FANG stocks, are major holdings in XLC. Accounting for both classes of Alphabet shares, Facebook, Alphabet and Netflix are XLC's top four holdings and combine for about 47% of XLC's weight.
With the Federal Reserve on hold for rate increases, that means earnings growth will be increasingly important in setting share prices. From the end of 2016 through last Dec. 31, earnings per share for S&P 500 companies probably rose about 40% — the same amount the S&P gained from just before the election through its October 2018 all-time high. In fact, the companies in the S&P (SPX) just completed three consecutive quarters of 20%-plus year-over-year earnings per share growth.
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Electronic Arts (NASDAQ:EA) slumped 12% after its results numbers came in lower than expected, while Take-Two (NASDAQ:TTWO) shares sank 10% after its forecasts fell short of estimates.
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With dozens of new exchange-traded funds (ETFs) coming to market every month, the industry has begun 2019 with momentum to keep growing. While the field is dominated by a handful of major issuers, including iShares, Vanguard and Schwab, comparably smaller players are constantly vying for investor attention as well.
The apps on your smartphone know a lot about you. Though some apps, websites, and services have long allowed you to download the data they collect from you, many companies just began offering a feature that lets users do this — even if they don’t live in the European Union. Yahoo Finance's Ethan Wolff-Mann joins Dan Roberts, Julia LaRoche, and Kristin Myers to explain what he learned from the data he downloaded from Instagram, Spotify, and Uber.
Senator Elizabeth Warren has proposed a bill she says would make it easier to criminally prosecute executives. Yahoo Finance's Jessica Smith in Washington D.C. joins Dan Roberts, Akiko Fujita, and Myles Udland to explain what this could mean for executives whose companies are accused of wrongdoing.