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U.S. stock futures are adding to Friday's sharp rebound. The recovery is likely being aided by the action in the bond market. Bond prices are weakening, and yields are starting to snap-back from their record low levels.Source: Shutterstock Ahead of the bell, futures on the Dow Jones Industrial Average are up 0.1.09% and S&P 500 futures are higher by 1.06%. Nasdaq-100 futures have added 1.33%.In the options pits, call volume led the way ahead of the weekend while overall volume racked up to above-average levels. Approximately 21.2 million calls and 19.2 million puts changed hands on the session.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsWith buyers returning to the field, the CBOE single-session equity put/call volume ratio plunged back down to 0.67. Friday's market recovery and this morning's strong follow-through proves once again that spikes seen in this metric like last week are reliable signals that fear is overdone and a bottom is nigh. The 10-day moving average dropped to 0.76.Options activity was hopping in companies reporting quarterly reports. Applied Materials (NASDAQ:AMAT), Alibaba (NYSE:BABA) and Nvidia (NYSE:NVDA) all saw heavy volumes amid volatile trading sessions.Let's take a closer look: Applied Materials (AMAT)Applied Materials shares saw a sharp uptick in volatility Friday after the release of third-quarter earnings. Early morning weakness took AMAT stock down as much as 5.4% before buyers emerged and pushed it back to finish down 1.1%. * 10 Best High-Growth Stocks to Buy for Young Investors The semiconductor company posted earnings per share of 74 cents on sales of $3.56 billion. Although both metrics marked a double-digit, year-over-year decline (29% and 14%, respectively), they still beat the Street's estimates.AMAT bulls should be pleased with Friday's price performance for two reasons. First, the stock rallied back to close above the 50-day moving average, which kept its intermediate uptrend intact. Second, it also closed above its prior pivot low after trading below it throughout the morning. Both successes suggest buyers aren't ready to relinquish control, and the path of least resistance remains higher.On the options trading front, puts outpaced calls by over two to one. Total activity swelled to 299% of the average daily volume, with 92,107 contracts traded; 67% of the trading came from put options alone.Premiums were baking in a gap of $2.54 on earnings so with the stock closing down only 53 cents, volatility sellers came out victors. Implied volatility dropped to 19%, and premiums are only pricing in daily moves of 99 cents or 2.1%. Alibaba (BABA)Alibaba stock is on the mend after reporting earnings numbers worth celebrating last week. For the fiscal first quarter, China's e-commerce juggernaut posted revenues of $16.74 billion, marking a 42% increase versus the year-ago quarter. The robust top-line growth helped drive adjusted income per share to $1.83.Wall Street analysts were forecasting earnings of $1.46 per share on revenue of $15.8 billion.A strong two-day rally carried BABA stock into the weekend and shares are up another 1.8% premarket. Its price trend has been a hot mess for months, but it's at least now back above all major moving averages. Overhead resistance looms close at $180, so that's the ceiling that needs to be smashed for the upside momentum to really fire up.On the options trading front, traders came after calls with a vengeance. Activity swelled to 192% of the average daily volume, with 346,809 total contracts traded. Calls claimed 76% of the session's sum.With earnings now in the rearview mirror, implied volatility sank to 31% placing it at the 19th percentile of its one-year range. Premiums are pricing in daily moves of $3.46 or 2%. Nvidia (NVDA)Nvidia shares have spent much of 2019 mired in a trading range, but improving earnings may finally give bulls much-needed firepower. The graphics-chip giant released second-quarter earnings for fiscal 2020 after the bell Thursday and investors were pleased with the performance.Although the year-over-year numbers saw double-digit percentage declines, they surpassed the Street's estimates. For the quarter, revenue came in at $2.58 billion, and EPS arrived at $1.24. * 15 Growth Stocks to Buy for the Long Haul The beat was enough to push NVDA stock up by 7.3%. Unfortunately, the price trend remains as uninspiring as ever. NVDA remains in the middle of its range and needs to break through $180 resistance before a bona fide uptrend takes root. Friday's rally was a big first step, but many more are required before it can reclaim its former uptrend's glory.On the options trading front, traders favored calls throughout the session. Activity rose to 246% of the average daily volume, with 95,629 total contracts traded. Calls added 64% to the day's take.Implied volatility plunged to 38% or the 17th percentile of its one-year range. Premiums are now pricing in daily moves of $3.79 or 2.4%.As of this writing, Tyler Craig didn't hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities. Check out his recently released Bear Market Survival Guide to learn how to defend your portfolio against market volatility. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 10 Cheap Dividend Stocks to Load Up On * The 10 Biggest Losers from Q2 Earnings * 5 Dependable Dividend Stocks to Buy The post Monday's Vital Data: Applied Materials, Alibaba and Nvidia appeared first on InvestorPlace.
Reportedly, Alibaba Group Holding (BABA) has agreed to acquire an e-commerce company, Kaola Unit, from NetEase Inc. for approximately $2 billion.
United Airlines' (UAL) supplementary services to Tokyo's Haneda airport, ahead of the Olympic Games 2020, should attract substantial traffic.
Chinese internet search giant Baidu (NASDAQ:BIDU) is set to report second-quarter numbers after today's bell and I'm not too optimistic on BIDU stock ahead of the print.Source: StreetVJ / Shutterstock.com From a high-level perspective, it does appear that China's economy is rebounding. Economic data coming out of China has meaningfully improved over the past several months. Meanwhile, Chinese tech heavyweights Alibaba (NYSE:BABA), JD.Com (NASDAQ:JD) and Tencent (OTCMKTS:TCEHY) all recently reported strong quarterly numbers.But two of those three companies -- JD and Tencent -- said on their earnings calls that the ad market in China remains incredibly challenging. Tencent's ad business actually slowed this quarter. Baidu gets most of its revenue from its ad business. As such, with the broad read from recent reports being that China's ad business remains under tremendous pressure, the chance of Baidu reporting favorable numbers is not great.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsThat's why I'm avoiding BIDU stock this earnings season. This stock is in a big secular decline because its numbers have consistently disappointed investors. Those numbers will likely continue to disappoint for the foreseeable future. Thus, while Baidu stock is pretty cheap, it's still too risky to try and catch this falling knife.The big implication here? Stay until away until there's reason to come back. Baidu's Numbers Likely Won't Be GoodThe big reason to avoid BIDU stock ahead of the Q2 print is because it looks like the numbers won't be that good. * 7 Safe Dividend Stocks for Investors to Buy Right Now Baidu has a lot of moving parts. But, at its core, this is the Alphabet (NASDAQ:GOOG, NASDAQ:GOOGL) of China. As such, Baidu is an advertising business. Specifically, this is a search advertising business. But, the whole digital ad market in China -- and specifically the search ad market -- is dramatically slowing, mostly because it's oversaturated and because the entire economy is slowing.In these slowing markets, Baidu is also losing share. This share erosion has two drivers. One, alternative ad formats are more compelling (like in-feed and social). Two, Baidu is staring at elevated competition in the search game.Net net, Baidu is losing share in a slowing market. This has caused core revenue growth rates to slow from 50%-plus a few years ago, to under 20% last quarter. At the same time, Baidu is aggressively investing in alternative growth arenas to re-stimulate growth. This big spend is killing margins. Slowing growth plus falling margins equals tumbling profits. That's exactly what's happening. BIDU stock's earnings per share is expected to be cut in half this year.It does not appear that the Q2 print will have anything in it that will change the course of this downbeat narrative. JD said in its recent conference call that the China ad market remains under great pressure. Tencent had a similar tone in its conference call, citing a challenging digital ad macro environment as the reason why their digital ad business slowed from 25% growth in Q1 to 16% growth in Q2.If JD and Tencent -- two companies whose ad businesses have been relatively strong -- struggled this past quarter on the ad front, then it's pretty likely that Baidu -- a company whose ad business has been in free-fall -- struggled too. Continued bad numbers from Baidu won't be enough to shake BIDU stock out of its multi-quarter downtrend. Baidu Stock Is Cheap -- But the Worst May Not Be OverZooming out, Baidu stock is unequivocally very cheap in the big picture.Revenue growth trends are falling flat this year. But they will probably improve over the next several years as Baidu adapts its ad business to be more relevant in China's double-digit growth ad market. Thus, Baidu should be able to start stabilizing market share over the next several years, which should lead to renewed and consistent double-digit revenue growth. Revenue growth consistency will allow the company to pull back on big growth-related investments, so margins should improve too.Realistically, Baidu could grow revenues at a roughly 10% rate from 2019 into 2025, while adjusted operating margins could bounce back to 20% (where they were in 2018). Those assumptions make $15 in EPS seem doable for Baidu by 2025. Based on a market average 16-forward multiple, that implies a 2024 price target for BIDU stock of $240. Discounted back by 10% per year, that equates to a 2019 price target of roughly $150.That's more than 50% higher than where Baidu stock trades today. Thus, BIDU stock is undervalued.But, it will remain undervalued until investors have reason to believe that Baidu will stabilize its share in China's slowing digital ad market. That won't happen this quarter. As such, for the foreseeable future, BIDU stock will likely remain undervalued. Bottom Line on BIDU StockAt some point, Baidu stock will stage a huge, rip-your-face-off rally. But not today. That rally won't happen until Baidu proves that it can stabilize share in the slowing China digital ad market, and thereby, stabilize margins and profits. Baidu won't prove that this quarter. Until it does, it's best to stay away from this falling knife.As of this writing, Luke Lango was long BABA, JD and GOOG. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 10 Cheap Dividend Stocks to Load Up On * The 10 Biggest Losers from Q2 Earnings * 5 Dependable Dividend Stocks to Buy The post Baidu Stock Looks Risky Ahead of Earnings appeared first on InvestorPlace.
When folks think of the Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.B) portfolio and its collection of holdings, most of which were selected by Chairman and CEO Warren Buffett, the companies that most readily come to mind are probably American Express (AXP), Coca-Cola (KO) and, more recently, Apple (AAPL).But a deep dive into Berkshire Hathaway's equity holdings reveals a more complicated picture.Berkshire Hathaway held positions in 47 separate stocks as of June 30, according to the most recent regulatory filing (Aug. 14) with the Securities and Exchange Commission - down from 48 in the first quarter of this year, as he dumped USG Corp. (USG). But the portfolio of "Buffett stocks" isn't as diversified as the number might suggest. In some cases, BRK.B holds more than one share class in the same company. Some holdings are so small as to be immaterial leftovers from earlier bets the Oracle of Omaha has yet to completely exit.And perhaps most importantly, Berkshire Hathaway's equity portfolio is actually pretty concentrated. The top six holdings account for almost 70% of the portfolio's total value. The top 10 positions comprise 80%. Banks and airlines, to cite a couple of sectors, carry quite a load in this portfolio. Then there's the fact that several Buffett stocks actually were picked by portfolio managers Todd Combs and Ted Weschler.Here, we examine each and every holding to give investors a better understanding of the entire Berkshire Hathaway portfolio. SEE ALSO: 50 Top Stocks That Billionaires Love
Yandex, a Russian equivalent to Google, said it is considering expanding its fleet of self-driving cars to up to 1,000 within the next two years in order to speed up tests on the fledgling technology. Yandex hopes to start testing more than 100 of its self-driving cars on roads by the end of this year. Research published by HSBC bank in January said that Yandex's autonomous driving software put it on a par with global leaders in the technology and that it was catching up with Google's Waymo.
(Bloomberg) -- Want the lowdown on European markets? In your inbox before the open, every day. Sign up here.It’s a trope that’s been around roughly as long as Elon Musk has been in the car business: When a new electric vehicle is unveiled, it’s dubbed a potential “Tesla killer.”But from the flaming-out of Fisker to present day, Tesla has largely dominated the American electric-vehicle market. Musk has even managed to expand the company’s preeminence over the still small segment despite two new battery-powered luxury SUVs arriving in U.S. showrooms the last 10 months: Jaguar’s I-Pace and Audi’s e-tron.Their starts are the latest indications that legacy automakers aren’t assured instant success when they roll out new plug-in models. Tesla’s Model S and X have largely held its own against the two crossovers that offer shorter range and less plentiful public charging infrastructure. Jaguar and Audi also lack the cool factor Musk has cultivated for the Tesla brand by taking an aggressive approach to autonomy and using over-the-air software updates to add games and entertainment features.“If a customer is choosing the I-Pace over the comparable Tesla, they are making the conscious decision: I don’t want the Tesla,” said Ed Kim, an analyst at the car-market research and consulting firm AutoPacific. “You really have to be someone who doesn’t like Tesla, who doesn’t want the Tesla product, in order to go for this.”Tesla’s Model X and Model S each boast more than 300 miles of range, and the cheaper Model 3 travels 240 miles between charges. Jaguar’s $69,500 I-Pace is rated at 234 miles, and Audi’s $74,800 e-tron registers 204 miles.Formula EJaguar’s marketing team spent years laying the groundwork to introduce the I-Pace. In 2016, the brand joined Formula E, an open-wheeled, electric-powered race circuit similar to Formula One.“We had an electric car in our development plan -- the I-Pace -- at the time,” said James Barclay, Jaguar’s racing director. “We had to create an awareness about the fact that we had an electric car coming to market, firstly, and to showcase why you’d buy a Jaguar electric vehicle over something else.”Porsche and Mercedes-Benz are also joining Formula E for the 2019-2020 season to help generate buzz for the new all-electric models they have coming out. The circuit makes stops in cities including New York, Hong Kong and London, which the brands are banking on as major markets for plug-in cars.“City centers are where there’s going to be a really good application for electric vehicles,” said Kim McCullough, Jaguar Land Rover’s vice president of marketing for North America. “So having them be able to see something firsthand -- it starts the education process.”Little InfluenceBut while Formula E is drawing crowds of urban dwellers and a substantial audience on social media, all that buzz may not necessarily translate into showroom traffic.“Auto racing really comes as one of the last influencers, in terms of influencing people to buy whatever car they’re looking at,” according to AutoPacific’s Kim. If Jaguar is doing well in Formula E, it couldn’t hurt the I-Pace, he said. “But I don’t think it would have a huge positive impact on awareness of the vehicle.”Jaguar has sold an average of about 190 I-Pace crossovers a month since U.S. sales began. Tesla, by comparison, was delivering Model Xs at a clip of about 550 a month in its first year on the market, beginning in 2015, according to InsideEVs.com estimates.The Audi e-tron has been on the market in the U.S. for only four months, but during that time, it has averaged sales of about 745 units, InsideEVs estimates. In July, 3.5% of Audi’s U.S. sales were all-electric, and the company expects that number to climb to 30% by 2025.“We are confident that we are and will continue to deliver an offering that customers will want to be part of,” Cian O’Brien, the interim president and chief operating officer of Audi of America, said in an email.$3,000 IncentiveAfter initial efforts to nab electric-car buyers proved challenging, Jaguar has decided to attack Tesla head-on.The brand is offering Tesla owners a $3,000 discount on the I-Pace for the next month and a half. “This is all about capturing share of voice,” Stuart Schorr, a Jaguar Land Rover spokesman, said in an email. “The EV market is just at its infancy.”Jaguar is confident that I-Pace sales will improve.“Consumers, as a result of seeing our race program, do consider us to be a car brand they would consider for their electric car purchase,” said Barclay, the racing director. “Rome wasn’t built in a day, and for a premium automotive manufacturer with their first electric vehicle, it takes time in the market.”To contact the reporter on this story: Colin Beresford in New York at email@example.comTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Craig Trudell at firstname.lastname@example.org, Melinda GrenierFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.
(Bloomberg) -- Hong Kong demonstrators will need to look beyond mainland China for supplies of protest gear that’s defined the look of the movement.Queries on Chinese e-commerce portals such as Alibaba Group Holding Ltd.’s Taobao for umbrellas, masks and helmets would return the searches as “item not found” for buyers based in Hong Kong, while those on the mainland had positive results. Hong Kong logistics companies said a list of “sensitive items” which include black T-shirts, banners, laser pens and facial masks will be detained at customs.Protests in Hong Kong have dragged on since early June, with the government warning of the damage to the economy and the city’s reputation. Police have used tear gas and rubber bullets on demonstrators who linger after peaceful rallies ended, and the confrontations have turned increasingly violent in recent weeks.In such fights, protesters wear gas masks and helmets, and police have said some target strong laser beams at them. After entering search queries, e-commerce site JD.com showed helmets and laser pens are “out of storage for Hong Kong and Macau.” A representative of Hong Kong’s customs says it didn’t receive any directive to control the import of protest-related items, and it doesn’t know if there are any restrictions from mainland customs. Outside of business hours, a call to China’s customs went unanswered, while representatives for JD and Alibaba, which owns Taobao, didn’t immediately reply to requests for comment.According to a notice on the website of Hong Kong logistics company Dailybuyco.com, customs has strengthened controls over imports and exports. The current list of “sensitive items” also includes towels, umbrellas, glow sticks, flashlights and helmets. The list, as defined by the customs, is constantly changing, the website said, without specifying if it was Hong Kong or China authorities.Another delivery company Taopai.hk posted a similar notice earlier this month, saying that customs and the Hong Kong government are posting restrictions over imported goods, including yellow umbrellas, yellow helmets, iron pipes and knives. No “goods for riot” can be transported in freight, the post said.To contact the reporter on this story: Jinshan Hong in Hong Kong at email@example.comTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Shamim Adam at firstname.lastname@example.org, Fion LiFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.
(Bloomberg) -- A top long-only equity hedge fund is betting big on Internet dating.Helsinki-based HCP Focus, which has a slim portfolio of only 12 “high-conviction” stocks, has 16% of its funds invested in Tinder-operator Match Group Inc. The owner of subscription-based online dating websites and applications has risen 93% so far this year, with a surge in new Tinder subscribers boosting second-quarter revenue and fueling a record gain on August 7. HCP entered the stock at the beginning of 2017.“If you’re a heterosexual single guy, you don’t really care about the technical details,” Ernst Gronblom, portfolio manager at Helsinki Capital Partners, said by phone on Thursday. “When a dating platform has reached critical mass, it’s very, very hard to dislodge it. If a competing platform tries to enter the market, it’s very hard to convince people to create accounts on several dating platforms.”HCP Focus manages about 70 million euros ($78 million) and was the top long-only equity fund over the three years through the first quarter, according to BarclayHedge. It returned an average 22% a year in the past five years through July. Match is its biggest holding, followed by Amazon.com Inc., which has been one of the main holdings since the start of the fund.“It’s not overvalued,” he said. “But I don’t see an explosive upside in it anymore because it’s so huge. It has the potential to give a reasonably good return for quite some time.”Gronblom focuses on companies with network effects that can create “natural monopolies”. He also holds PayPal Holdings Inc., Alibaba Group Holding Ltd and Facebook Inc., which has the strongest network effects “of any big company on the planet,” he said.Zeroing in on just 12 stocks is the “sweet spot” for Gronblom, giving enough diversification to keep volatility in check yet concentrated enough to give the full benefits of stock-picking, he said. That’s a strategy that has outperformed in recent years, but it faces risks in the short term from a global bear market.“Most of my portfolio companies are highly valued, at least according to traditional metrics,” he said. “If there’s a panic in the market these companies will typically suffer more severe losses than regular companies.“To contact the reporter on this story: Jonas Cho Walsgard in Oslo at email@example.comTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Jonas Bergman at firstname.lastname@example.org, Stephen TreloarFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.
Beverage giants like Coca-Cola (KO) and Pepsico (PEP) continue to invest in their water brands Dasani and Aquafina, however with a new focus in mind — the environment.
Aug.18 -- Sunny Bangia, deputy portfolio manager at Antipodes Partners, talks about Asian and U.S. stocks, corporate earnings and his investment strategy. He speaks with Bloomberg's Paul Allen and Shery Ahn on "Bloomberg Daybreak: Australia."