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By Dmitriy Gurkovskiy, Chief Analyst at RoboMarkets

Below are the latest stock picks for July 10, 2018.

Ford (NYSE:F)

Ford Inc. is a US automotive company founded by Henry Ford back in 1903. Currently, it is in fourth place by the number of cars manufactured ever, after General Motors, Toyota, and Volkswagen.

Ford Inc. owns Troller, the Brazilian SUV brand, as well as 8% of Aston Martin (UK) shares and 49% of Jiangling Motors (China) shares. Additionally, Ford is involved in a number of joint companies, such as Changan Ford in China, Ford Lio Ho in Taiwan, Ford Otosan in Turkey, and Ford Sollers in Russia.

On June 7, the company announced its sales had fallen significantly in China. Compared to last year, the demand decreased by 38%, reaching just 62,057 cars. General Motors, on the other hand, managed to boost their sales in China by 4.4% over the same period.

China is overcrowded with car manufacturers, both small ones and large, with the competition being fierce. At this rate, the winner is the one that can update the model range on time and meet the average Chinese customer needs.

In 2015, Ford started selling Kuga (Chinese version of Ford Escape), and consumers got quite interested in it, with as many as 67,767 cars sold within 6 months. The company assumed the demand would stay the same, and just re-styled the exterior design a bit, but eventually, this was not enough. As such, in the first half of 2018, only 25,155 Kugas were sold, as the average consumer already considered it outdated and found some more innovative solutions in other companies.

Ford management say they were ready for this failure and launched new Mustang and Ranger Wildtrak sales in order to keep the demand high. Besides, they are going to present new Ford Focus and Ford Escort later this year, which could also boost the sales. By 2025, Ford want to launch 50 renewed or whole-new models.

This could well help to recover the sales indeed, but for the force majeure obstacles created by Donald  Trump. The US President initiated a trade war against China, which lead to increased customs duty for both cars and farm machinery. In this situation, the only hope for investors is Changan Ford, a joint company that could boost the sales again and make them reach the previous results. Further on, automotive companies will have to take some measures regarding in-depth local marketing strategy in China, in order not to lose this market totally.

China has already increased car customs duties, but this is not the only bad news for the US automotive companies. If the trade war continues, the EU may blow another strike against them, by imposing the same duties.

An old joke says a businessman can start a successful company and many jobs even in the middle of a desert, but if the government comes in, the results will be totally unpredictable. This is what is actually happening now, with the government actively trying to ‘help’ businesses.

The current situation does not allow any conclusions, and whenever an investor is in doubt, the best option for them is cash.

Technically, Ford is experiencing a downtrend, with the price being below the 200-day SMA. The trendline that was supporting the price since February is already broken out, which is a negative signal.

The most recent resistance is at $11.60, and in case the price bounces off it, it may well go further down. The downtrend is now prevailing, but at the same time the Short Float is quite low, at 3.18%, which means few traders want to be bullish right now.

Ford

 

Marvel Technology Group (NASDAQ:MRVL)

Marvel Technology Group was founded in 1995 and is based in Santa Clara, CA. The company focuses on data storage devices, high performance processes, broadband and wireless transceivers, memory controllers, and LED processors. The company was also responsible for supplying Wi-Fi chips for Apple iPhone 1. Currently, Marvel produces over 1 billion chips per year.

Last week, Marvel finalized its merger with Cavium Inc., a semiconductor device and system-on-chip producer. This merger will lead to the birth of a leading semiconductor manufacturer offering unique data storage and processing devices, wireless devices, and security products to its customers.

The board is expecting a rise in demand from automotive manufacturers that are in need of high processing speed and low energy consumption.

After the Cavium acquisition, Marvel got three new directors on the board: Syed Ali, Brad Buss, and Dr. Edward Frank.

Syed Ali was the Co-founder, President, Chief Executive Officer, and the Board Chairman in Cavium Inc. since its inception.

Brad Buss was a Director at Cavium since 2016, serving as a Financial Director at Cypress Semiconductor and Solar City before. Currently, he is also a member of Tesla Motors and Advance Auto Parts Boards.

Dr. Edward Frank also has been a Director at Cavium since July 2016, being also the co-founded of Cloud Parity, a startup company. Before that, he was the Vice President at Macintosh Hardware Systems Engineering, Apple. He also served as an R&D Vice President at Broadcom Corporation.

Technically, flat correction is coming to an end on W1, which could mean that uptrend will be continuing.

Marvel Technology Group

On D1, the price attempted to break out the 200-day SMA top down, but was unable to. This attempt occurred on June 25, after which the volumes went up and the price recovered, which can be easily explained by the investors trying to buy at a better price. There’s also an obvious support at $20.00, which was tested three times and was never broken out.

Marvel Technology Group

Short Float is the only thing that may make the investors wary, as it is quite high and is at 11.72%. There’s another thing, though: the insider sales in June amounted to $219,980.

Qorvo (NASDAQ:QRVO)

Qorvo Inc. is a relatively young company that appeared in 2015 after Tri Quint Semiconductor and RF Micro Device merger. It is headquartered in Greensborough, NC. This is a semiconductor manufacturer that creates and sells radio systems and app solutions enabling wireless and broadband communication. In June 2015, Qorvo became a part of the S&P 500 Index with a value of $12 billion. Currently, over 8,000 people are employed with Qorvo.
Last week, the investors got interested in this company as its shares went up sharply, appearing among the S&P 500 leaders. On July 5, Qorvo shares went up as much as by 5.60%.

Still, there is nothing special about the company, with this growth being totally based on good financial reports and the ever-high demand on Apple phones in China. Qorvo is a major supplier of iPhone parts, so this is what really makes difference for it.

The Board set a goal to increase its market share across Chinese smartphones and boost the EPS to $6.40 by 2019.

On D1, there is an uptrend, where the 200-day SMA acts as a support. The most recent resistance is at $85.00, and once it’s broken out, the price may reach $90.00.

Qorvo

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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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Stock Pick: Foot Locker Inc. (FL)

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Foot Locker Inc. (FL) is an American retailer of apparel and shoes. The company operates 3,270 stores in 27 countries in North America, Europe, and Asia. These stores come in various formats, including Foot Locker, Kids Foot Locker, Lady Foot Locker, Champs Sports, Footaction, Runners Point, Sidestep, and SIX:02. As of January 2019, the company has 15,141 employees.

Technical Analysis of Foot Locker Inc. (FL)

We like FL because it is one of the few S&P 500 stocks that has gone through a major correction and is now showing signs of reversal. After printing an all-time high of $79.43 in December 2016, the stock showed signs of bullish exhaustion. The combination of bearish divergence and a double top pattern was enough to drive FL to as low as $28.42 in November 2017.

From that point, the stock bottomed out and started its reversal process. Over a year later, we believe that FL might have reversed its trend.

Technical analysis shows that FL has breached resistance of $52 in May 2018. This triggered the breakout from the inverse head and shoulders pattern on the weekly chart. While the stock pulled back and went below $52 in July 2018, the stock remained bullish. After all, it printed a higher low setup of $44.47 in October 2018.

With a higher low in place, FL once again took out resistance of $52 and climbed as high as $58.67 this month. Now, the stock is facing resistance at the 200 moving average on the weekly chart. The expected pullback will likely send FL down to $52 and flip the resistance into support.

Fundamental Analysis of Foot Locker Inc (FL)

In addition to our technical analysis, fundamental analysis also backs our bullish view.

The third-quarter 2018 performance of Foot Locker Inc. beat analyst estimates. Analysts projected that FL will print sales of $1,846 million yet the company generated total sales of $1,860 million. Also, analysts projected earnings per share of 92 cents. However, the company came out with surprising quarterly earnings of 95 cents per share.

Lastly, the trailing twelve months price-to-earnings ratio (PE ratio TTM) of FL is 12.85. The stock is undervalued considering that the PE ratio TTM of the apparel and shoes industry is 14.42. On the surface, the difference might not be significant. However, if you take into account that the four-year maximum of FL is 19.13, then it becomes more apparent that the stock has more room to grow.

The strategy is to be patient and buy on dips as close to $52 as possible. As long as bulls hold this level, FL will likely generate the momentum to bounce to our target of $72. Take that out and the next target is $78.

The timeline for the target is more than six months.

Weekly FL Chart


Monthly FL Chart

As of this writing, the Foot Locker Inc stock (FL) is trading at $56.68.

Summary of Strategy

Buy: On dips as close to $52 as possible.

Targets:  $72 and $78.

Stop: Close below $49.50.

 

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High Risk, High Yield

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After Donald Trump became President he told investors it was he who made the stock market rise. When the market went down, however, most blamed Trump again.

In 2018, the indices reached their highs and started correcting, which meant the ascending trend faded out and the market needed a new driver to start going up again. The US is taking on a new election in 2020, and until then Trump has to create that driver for the market in order to win it. And indeed, he does have a few silver bullets to support the national economy.

The Sino-US trade wars were unable to stop the market rise at once, but sped up the reach of the highs. With the ceasefire achieved, the market went positive, as the customs duties finally started spoiling companies’ earning reports.

The tech companies were the first to suffer. Thus, Apple reported iPhone sales declines, which according to Tim Cook, happened because of the trade war.

If the US-China relations improve in the nearest future, this will help the stock market to rise again – a good move for Donald Trump. While imposing duties was quite quick, lifting them will surely require a lot of time; this will push news on various agreements between the US and China into the market, and that will help  prices to start rallying again.

With the tech segment suffering most of all, it would be reasonable to assume its rising potential is also quite high.

Among the techs, Apple is of course in focus, as it’s a leading company here. Previously, iPhone sales decline could be explained with the trade wars, but now there’s also Qualcomm that, through legal actions, managed to ban selling iPhone products in China and Germany because of patent infringements. Apple, however, is still selling iPhones in China, even at risk that its representatives may get arrested. This is why Q1 report may fall behind the expectations, and the stock may get pushed down again. The price may fall to $140, and only positive news on Qualcomm claims may change the situation to the better.

Apart from Apple, the tech sector has a lot of companies, and each of them may react differently to the improving Sino-US relations. The corporations where most revenues come from China are first to win, of course.

One of such is Skyworks Solutions (NASDAQ: SWKS), which produces mobile network components. 83% of SWKS revenue comes from China. Its P/E is 9.70, while the average figure in the tech sector is 26.30, meaning Skyworks is very much underpriced. If the US and China come to an agreement, this company is very likely to increase its revenue and get investors’ attention. Ironically, the major risk is again Apple, as this company’s orders constitute around 40% of Skyworks revenue. If, however, Apple sales are able to start rising again, Skyworks will benefit from both factors.

Whenever the price breaks out of $70 and stays above, the price could rise further to $90.

Broadcom (NASDAQ: AVGO) has over 54% of the revenue coming from China. It is an integration microchip producer that is among top 20 semiconductor selling companies. It’s P/E is 12.60%, slightly higher than that of Skyworks Solutions, but still far behind the 26.30 average.

Broadcom also depends from Apple’s orders, but its share is just 20%, so the risks are lower. Still, a slight decline in revenues is expected in Q1.

Broadcom’s outlook is overall better than that of Skyworks. Technically, the price is above the 200-day SMA, and there’s an uptrend forming. When the entire market was falling at Xmas, Broadcom barely reacted, which signals the positive investor sentiment.

Once the price goes above $270, the stock may then rise to $300.

One of the most underpriced tech companies is Micron (NASDAQ: MU), another semiconductor producer that mainly makes RAM modules, SSD drives and CMOS detectors.

It’s ‘Chinese’ share is 51%, while the P/E is at 2.90, compared to 26.30 average. Over the last six months, the earnings reports showed the highest revenue, while the stock price was going down, just because of the RAM and flash drive supply and demand imbalance. The market is still oversupplied with these devices, and Micron is expected to lose revenues for the following two quarters as well. In Q4 2018, the earnings already fell by 6% QoQ.

Considering the above, Micron decided to increase its production by only 15% instead of 20%, as planned before, which will allow it to decrease the supply. Samsung is also planning to decrease its memory card production in order to slow down the price fall. By Q3 2019, the demand for memory devices is expected to rise again, and the price should recover.

The financial market is all about expectations, and, in this case, the decrease of memory devices demand is already priced, this is why Micron stock have fallen by 50% for the last six months. The current price may prove to be the best for going long.

When $34 got broken out, the volume increased sharply, which is the first sign of the reversal. The stock is currently trading above $36, and in case it stays there, it may go as high as $50 per share.

Each of the above companies is facing some issues, which are bound to get resolved sooner or later. Still, all of them have the same problem: the Sino-US trade war that prevents them for recovering and rising. Once the relations between the two countries get better, the game is sure to change a lot.

The key risk factor here is Donald Trump being very unpredictable. However, the potential yield is quite high, too.

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