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FAANG Stocks are Bleeding after Google’s Quarterly Results

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Wall Street’s coveted ‘FAANG’ complex plunged on Tuesday, capping off a volatile month for technology shares. The rout, which was sparked by rising 10-year yields, was exacerbated by a noisy earnings call from Alphabet that revealed a bigger than expected rise in spending.

Alphabet’s Q1 Earnings Report

Revenues and earnings at the Google-parent company came in better than expected during the first quarter, but a spending binge on new business ventures made it more difficult to assess the company’s future.

Alphabet’s Q1 statement was clouded by the acquisition of HTC, which added more than 2,000 workers to the company’s payrolls., as well as a significant markup in the company’s $3 billion investment stake in Uber. Alphabet’s spending boost not only dampened investor sentiment toward the stock, it ignited fresh concern over competition.

Alphabet’s new business outlays suggest the company is trying to compete on multiple fronts with some of its biggest rivals. For example, the company lost $621 million expanding its Nest smart home business while making only $726 million in revenue last year. With products like Google Home and Nest, Alphabet faces clear competition from Amazon’s Echo line.

With HTC, Alphabet is competing in an entirely different tech industry dominated by Apple and Android devices. Then there’s Pixelbook and other Chrome-based laptops, which pits the Google parent against Microsoft.

FAANG Rollover

The FAANG universe of stocks, which includes Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Netflix and Google-parent Alphabet, declined sharply on Tuesday. In fact, four of the five companies (minus Apple) shed $85 billion in market cap on Tuesday.

STOCK DAILY PERFORMANCE
Facebook (F) -3.7%
Amazon (AMZN) -3.8%
Apple (AAPL) -1.4%
Netflix (NFLX) -3.7%
Alphabet (GOOGL) -4.8%

With the exception of Apple, the FAANG category underperformed the stock market on Tuesday. The S&P 500 Index fell 1.3%, while the technology-heavy Nasdaq closed down 1.7%.

The recent selloff wasn’t the first time this year that FAANG stocks rolled over. In fact, it wasn’t even the biggest. The stock category declined a whopping $324 billion over a three-week stretch ending in early April. The declines contributed to Wall Street’s worst second-quarter start since the Great Recession.

In terms of earnings, Facebook and Amazon are scheduled to report their first-quarter results this week. Facebook has been mired in controversy since the Cambridge Analytica scandal shed light on the company’s data-collection practices. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg struck a positive tone with investors when he testified before Congress earlier this month. However, investors may need more convincing should Q1 results fail to deliver.

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Does this Chart Spell Doom for the S&P 500 Index?

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It has been an impressive eight-week stretch for the U.S. stock market, with the S&P 500 Index staging one of its best relief rallies of the past three decades. Investors expecting to ride out another bull market should tread carefully now that the latest earnings forecasts are in.

Scary Chart

Following a painful entry into bear-market territory on the eve of Christmas Eve, the S&P 500 Index has recovered an astounding 18%. On Friday, it closed at 2,775.60, its highest since Dec. 3.

The recent run of good fortune has come largely on the back of better than expected corporate earnings as well as signs of progress on U.S.-China trade talks. But these catalysts could become headwinds in the near future.

Case in point: FactSet recently issued grim guidance for S&P 500 companies, forecasting a year-over-year drop in earnings during the first quarter of 2019. The research firm’s rationale for the downgrade comes from the so-called bottom-up earnings per share (ESP), which is “an aggregation of the median EPS estimates for all the companies” in the S&P 500 Index. This figure declined by 4.1% in January, a much bigger decline than the five-year, ten-year and 15-year averages.

All 11 primary sectors tracked by the S&P 500 recorded a decline in their bottom-up EPS estimate during the month of January. The biggest losses were reported by energy and information technology, the S&P’s largest and fifth largest sectors, respectively.

That leads us to the following scary chart, which appeared on the Quoth the Raven Twitter feed on Friday:

Forward earnings are a forecast of a company’s next-period earnings, usually to completion of the current fiscal year or next fiscal year.

Related reading: The January Stock Rally Could Face a Painful Reversal.

Watch Out for 2,800

Morgan Stanley, one of America’s largest banks, is warning investors not to “get caught up in price momentum” of the latest rally. The warning comes as the S&P 500 is once again approaching 2,800, a level where rallies come to die.

While valuation isn’t a reliable predictor for market timing, the headwinds posed by 2,800 are compelling. Combined with dismal earnings guidance, it’s likely that market fundamentals will detract from the latest rally attempt.

If the S&P 500 does go beyond 2,800, its valuation based on 2019 average per-share earnings will be 16.5 times forward earnings. As Bloomberg notes, that’s the average reading of the past five years and a strong sign that stocks are becoming overvalued.

“Don’t get caught up in the price momentum, as if the market is telling you something that may happen,” Mike Wilson, a strategist at Morgan Stanley, told Bloomberg TV. “The data isn’t improving, and the data probably isn’t going to improve over the next two to three quarters, and that’s going to create uncertainty again when you’re trading at 2,750-2,800.”

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Traders Buying Activision Blizzard Options

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By Dmitriy Gurkovskiy, Chief Analyst at RoboMarkets

With the S&P 500 having recovered most of its Christmas losses, there are still stocks that have not even started to move away from their lows. Today we are going to analyze one of those.

Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ: ATVI) is a US based company that produces and sells game consoles, PC and mobile gaming content. Headquartered in Santa Monica, CA, ATVI is one of the largest gaming and entertainment companies in the world. It was founded in 2008 after the Vivendi Games and Activision merger, and currently owns such brands as Call of Duty, Quake, and World of Warcraft, among others.

In the last 6 months of 2018 ATVI experienced its most negative period in history, having lost around 50%.

Fundamentally, this was sudden, as all quarterly reports exceeded expectations.

The chart shows revenue went down in early 2018, but this is okay given the seasonal factor, and Q4 is sure to yield nice profits to ATVI.

With the reports being so good, then, what made the stock plunge so much? First, the market went down overall, but there were some other reasons, too. One of them is the lower expectations on Q4 2018 earnings. They were first forecast at $3.06B, but in November, the company lowered them down to $3.04. Another reason was the news of fewer users in Q3.

Then, four top managers got fired, including the CEO and president, as they were unable to create a new game during 2018; this was followed by Michael Morhaime, the former Blizzard CEO, leaving the company. He stopped being president in October and became an adviser, but he will definitely have left by April 2019.

Done with firing? Not really. In February, someone let slip the company is getting ready for a massive job cut, firing over 100 employees, in order to reduce costs.

Breaking off with Bungie added fuel to the fire, with the stock plunging by 7%. Activision Blizzard and Bungie worked together on Destiny, but this did not prove fruitful. In November, Activision Blizzard provided Destiny 2 for free just to ramp up the number of users, which means the sales were not very good. At Bungie, however, people reacted positively, as they were very happy to get rid of the strict Activision Blizzard schedule.

For ATVI, however, this not only caused the stock to plunge, it may have also led to trials initiated by investors. A few companies are already considering legal action because of the loss of potential profits. All these negative reasons are still keeping the stock near its lows. The reasons are already priced in the market, though, as the news on legal actions were known in January, while the firing campaign may be good for the company.

In December, we mentioned General Motors (NYSE: GM), where the management decided to cut jobs, and the stock went finally up, forming an uptrend.

Once Activision Blizzard is able to reduce costs, this may happen to this company as well. The market is expecting a positive Q4 report, which may change investor sentiment, which is now negative.

The P/E is currently at 17.54, with the average being 18.91, which means the stock does have some potential.

With such a large stock fall, the short float is quite low, 2.23%, meaning there are few people who want to capitalize on the fall.

Another important factor that may signal a rise is the news on buying 16,000 call options at $46, with the expiry on Feb 15. Traders have to pay a premium in order to buy options, and the price must rise above the strike ($46 in this case) for them to get profits; this means the price is very much expected to rise above $46 by Friday.

Technically, there is a descending trend, with the price being below the 200-day SMA. Once the price approaches $45, however, the volumes go up, which shows the traders’ interest.

A good report may well push the stock above $50, but the price should stay there for a while before one could start taking midterm longs. The target may be at around $65 or $70.

Those who bought calls hoped for a good report, but the options will expire in a couple of days (or sooner), and this support will come to an end. In order to understand whether one should continue holding longs on ATVI, one should monitor the number of new users and management speeches. The rising number of users may change the current negative trend, and, in this case, even the legal actions won’t be a big deal.

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Netflix’s Unstoppable Economics

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Right now, we are seeing the next stage of the evolution of Netflix, as it hits an escape velocity that seems to make it the perfect replacement for much of its competition. They recently announced a $2 price increase, and it is not expected to hurt the companies revenues in the least.

It seems like everybody in Silicon Valley is always talking about “network effects” and how all the best companies have them. For those of you who don’t know, network effects refer to the decreasing effort required to get each additional user for a service. Another way of putting it is: people are attracted to what’s popular.

Netflix does benefit from these effects, but also utilizes a model that has much more complex implications. It is able to win over supply at a lower cost because of the large number of expected viewers. This is similar to network effects, but applied to the supply-side.

Supply-Side Domination

One solid indicator of Netflix’s juggernaut capabilities is the success of Bird Box. Released in early January, the movie is reported to have been watched in 80 million households. Although these users technically got the movie “free”, unlike if they’d gone to a movie theatre, the implications are still very powerful.

With one single movie, Netflix is able to entertain current customers, win over new customers, and retain existing customers that might have been considering leaving. All that is to say, the product is the marketing. So as more suppliers come to the platform, there is a perpetual cycle of more customers being drawn there by the “inventory”.

And there are several big reasons why suppliers are starting to find Netflix more appealing. First, they are available worldwide, which gives them greater purchasing power to work with. And this purchasing power is further increased by Netflix’s projected growth. Unlike a movie theater, the product is going to be available to all future users as well. Finally, much like how biotech companies have tons of projects underway at once so they can benefit from the risk distribution, Netflix has many projects vying for the attention of users. This means that no movie or TV show is monetized in isolation. Therefore, the upside potential is big (Bird Box), but there is lower downside when a flop occurs. This risk profile further increases Netflix’s purchasing power.

The Price Increase

Perhaps this is why Netflix is confident in their ability to increase the price of their subscription service. Analysts expect the user growth to slow down a bit, but the increase in customer value to compensate for that. As Netflix reaches some level of saturation in markets like the U.S.A., it becomes harder to go after the marginal customer, and instead makes sense to increase customer value. If this allows them to syndicate more content, the growth will compound in the long-term.

The final point to make is that Netflix customers are very price elastic. Paying $15/month for a service that essentially replaces cable and many other entertainment needs is seen as a bargain. As the value of the platform continues to increase, users have no dispute with paying more.

The conclusion is that subscribers are given more content and suppliers are paid more for their work. Netflix gets to sit in the middle and increase their revenue, which makes it a great long-term buy based on this economic model.

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