Meta Platforms Stock Soars 20% After Initiates Dividend, Strong Engagement Trends

Social media beast Meta Platforms, owner of Facebook shares soared around 20% after earnings beats by $0.51, beats on revs and guiding Q1 revs above consensus. Meta Initiated a quarterly dividend of $0.50/share and also announced a $50 billion increase to share repurchase program. The company said it is experiencing strong engagement trends across apps and capex growth will be driven by investments in servers and data centers as it invests in AI. All the bad was forgiven at the … Continue reading “Meta Platforms Stock Soars 20% After Initiates Dividend, Strong Engagement Trends”

Amazon Stock Surges 8% After Blow Out Earnings and Raised Guidance

Retail monster Amazon.com reported much stronger June quarter revenue Thursday and raised guidance for Q3 sending the shares sharply higher. It was Amazon’s biggest earnings beat since Q4 2020 with the ongoing cost-cutting improving margins. Amazon was the last of the mega-cap tech companies to report, following Netflix, Microsoft, Apple, Intel, Meta and Alphabet. AMZN reported net income of $6.7 billion, or 65 cents a share, after recording a loss of $2 billion, or 20 cents a share, a year earlier. The year-ago loss was … Continue reading “Amazon Stock Surges 8% After Blow Out Earnings and Raised Guidance”

Apple Stock Trades 7% Lower from Record High After Earnings with Disappointing iPhone Sales

Consumer electronics giant Apple stock slumped 4.8% Friday after earnings, down 7.1% for the week (largest since November) after $AAPL closed Monday traded at an all-time high $198.23, at that point with a year-to-date return of 51.6%. The company Thursday reported fiscal Q3 Net Income of $19.881 billion, up 2% vs. Q3 2022. Revenues were down slightly year on year. The stock closed the week with a price-to-earnings ratio of 30.59. AAPL reported better than expected EPS and revenue for … Continue reading “Apple Stock Trades 7% Lower from Record High After Earnings with Disappointing iPhone Sales”

S&P 500 Mid-Year Review and Outlook for the Year Ahead (Includes AAPL NVDA XOM)

The Blue-Chip S&P 500 index shook off recession fears and a U.S. regional banking crisis to gain 15.9% in the first half. The Nasdaq Composite for its part gained 31.7% for its biggest first-half increase in four decades. Much of the rise was from climbing the wall of worry as shorting became costly with the Cboe Volatility Index hit its lowest level since early 2020. Interesting with all the headlines that the huge advance in the stock markets is being … Continue reading “S&P 500 Mid-Year Review and Outlook for the Year Ahead (Includes AAPL NVDA XOM)”

Apple Earnings and Revenue Higher Than Consensus, All Time High Services Income

Consumer electronics giant Apple reported better than expected EPS and revenue for the fiscal second quarter ended March 31 Thursday. Apple posted quarterly revenue of $94.8 billion, down 3% year-over-year and earnings-per-share came in at $1.52, unchanged year-over-year. Both ahead of analysts who were anticipating revenue of $92.96 billion and earnings-per-share of $1.43. Apple’s biggest driver of revenue, the iPhone, posted a quarterly record. Services posted a new all-time high revenue. Excitement is building for the launch of Apple’s AR/VR … Continue reading “Apple Earnings and Revenue Higher Than Consensus, All Time High Services Income”

Amazon Advertising and AWS Cloud Computing Drive Earnings Higher than Expectations

Retail monster Amazon.com reported stronger March quarter revenue Thursday and raised guidance for Q2 sending the shares sharply higher.  Amazon stock was trading at 118.19 ▲ 8.37 (7.62%) after the release. Earnings were 31 cents per share v 21 cents per share expected on revenue of $127.36 billion vs $124.71 billion expected. AWS generated operating income of $5.1 billion in the quarter, AWS determines the company’s profitability as total operating income rose to $4.77 billion. The markets were already bulled up after … Continue reading “Amazon Advertising and AWS Cloud Computing Drive Earnings Higher than Expectations”

Apple Sales Hampered by Strong Dollar, China Production and Macro Economy

Consumer electronics giant Apple reported worse than expected EPS and revenue for the fiscal first quarter ended Dec. 31 Thursday. Apple’s overall sales for the quarter were about 5% lower than last year’s and were the first year-over-year sales decline since 2019. Apple’s biggest driver of revenue, iPhone sales missed expectations of $65.78 billion vs. $68.29 billion estimated, down 8.17% year-over-year. The key services segment sales beat with $20.77 billion vs. $20.67 billion estimated, up 6.4% year-over-year. Apple CEO Tim … Continue reading “Apple Sales Hampered by Strong Dollar, China Production and Macro Economy”

S&P 500 Worst Year Since 2008 as Mega Cap Tech Stocks were Shredded

The Blue-Chip S&P 500 index had a dismal year, down 19.4% in 2022, it was the worst performance since 2008. The benchmark index saw one new high in 2022, January 3 with the now infamous January 5 FOMC minutes from the Federal Reserve putting paid to anymore for the year. By comparison the S&P 500 clocked 70 fresh record highs in 2021. Trailing only 1995 with 77 closing highs. Last year energy companies Devon and Marathon were the top two … Continue reading “S&P 500 Worst Year Since 2008 as Mega Cap Tech Stocks were Shredded”

Apple Revenue and Profit Beat but Impacted by High US Dollar

Consumer electronics giant Apple reported better than expected EPS and revenue for the September quarter earnings Thursday. Apple’s biggest driver of revenue iPhone sales however missed expectations of $42.63 billion vs. $43.21 billion forecast. The key services segment sales also missed with $19.19 billion vs. $20.10 billion estimated. $AAPL stock fell to 144.00 -0.80 or -0.55% in after-hours trading. Apple did not provide official guidance for its first fiscal quarter, which ends in December which contains Apple’s biggest sales season of the … Continue reading “Apple Revenue and Profit Beat but Impacted by High US Dollar”

More Tech Wreckage as Amazon Follows Meta Down After Misses on Revenue and Guides Lower

Retail monster Amazon.com reported weaker September quarter revenue Thursday and lowered guidance sending the shares sharply lower.  Amazon stock was trading at $90.15 -20.81 or -18.75% after the release. The markets were already jittery after the META trainwreck the night before. Amazon recorded a $3.9 billion loss on its Rivian investment which led to a reported a loss of 20 cents per share on revenue of $121.23 billion vs. $119.09 billion expected. Amazon was the last of the mega-cap tech companies … Continue reading “More Tech Wreckage as Amazon Follows Meta Down After Misses on Revenue and Guides Lower”