Microsoft Lower on Artificial Intelligence Growth Not Until Next Year

Software giant Microsoft reported weaker than expected June 2022 (Q4F23) quarterly earnings Tuesday, MSFT also issued worse-than-expected quarterly revenue guidance. The company made $56.2 billion in revenue and a net income of $20.1 billion during Q4. Microsoft’s cloud businesses are really driving the company’s revenue. Windows and devices revenue have been hit hard again this quarter, but Xbox has rebounded on the content side. Microsoft’s cloud, office, and server businesses continue to make up for a weaker PC market. Investors … Continue reading “Microsoft Lower on Artificial Intelligence Growth Not Until Next Year”

The Beat Goes On; America’s 23 Biggest Banks Pass Federal Reserve Stress Tests

The Federal Reserve on Wednesday announced the 23 largest US lenders had passed the Central Banks Stress Tests. The banks showed they can withstand a severe global recession and turmoil in real estate markets. The Fed released the hypothetical scenarios for its annual bank stress tests back in March before the New York and California regional bank turmoil. The 23 banks were tested against a severe global recession with heightened stress in both commercial and residential real estate markets, as … Continue reading “The Beat Goes On; America’s 23 Biggest Banks Pass Federal Reserve Stress Tests”

Federal Reserve Hypotheticals For 2023 Bank Stress Tests have Unemployment at 10%

The Federal Reserve on Thursday released the hypothetical scenarios for its annual bank stress tests. This year, 23 banks will be tested against a severe global recession with heightened stress in both commercial and residential real estate markets, as well as in corporate debt markets. Last year the Fed found all 34 large banks tested remained well above their risk-based minimum capital requirements, and the Fed announced no restrictions relating to dividends and buybacks. These test results will be keenly … Continue reading “Federal Reserve Hypotheticals For 2023 Bank Stress Tests have Unemployment at 10%”

Take Two Stock Bounces on Developemnt Pipeline Including Grand Theft Auto VI.

Take Two Interactive Software stock took a tumble after it announced disappointing earnings, missing EPS by $0.07 and missing on top line after the close Monday. TTWO also guided FY23 EPS and net bookings below consensus. However, from bring down at a low of $106.31 the stock soared to a high of $115.21 and closed up just under 8%. The bounce came from a look past the earnings picture towards the future “highlighted a FY2023-’25 line-up that features 87 games, … Continue reading “Take Two Stock Bounces on Developemnt Pipeline Including Grand Theft Auto VI.”

Activision Blizzard Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Record Sales but Expenses Soar

Video game publisher Activision Blizzard reported better than expected fourth quarter earnings after the close Monday and updated on a pending acquisition of the company by Microsoft Corporation ($MSFT). Activision Blizzard ended the fourth quarter with 389 million monthly active users. Released in October “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II” was the fastest-selling title in the history of the franchise. $ATVI saw growth from World of Warcraft Classic and core games include Overwatch, Call of Duty, and Candy Crush mobile … Continue reading “Activision Blizzard Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Record Sales but Expenses Soar”

Vicious Microsoft 20 percent Stock Gyrations After Lowers Cloud Guidance Reversing Gains to Losses

Software giant Microsoft stock took a whirlwind ride after it reported weaker than expected December 2022 (Q2 23) quarterly earnings Tuesday, with the market initially ignoring it on better cloud revenue (+38% constant currency vs +37% CC) However, that all fell apart after the earnings call. $MSFT lowered guidance, $50.5 billion to $51.5 billion in fiscal Q3 revenue vs analysts’ expectations for $52.43 billion. The stock gave back the entire initial earnings jump to go green to red, down over … Continue reading “Vicious Microsoft 20 percent Stock Gyrations After Lowers Cloud Guidance Reversing Gains to Losses”

Microsoft to Acquire 4% Stake in London Stock Exchange in Cloud Migration Deal

Microsoft on Monday announced they are to acquire a 4% equity stake in the London Stock Exchange Group, which owns the London Stock Exchange. The deal is part of a ten-year commercial deal with the $LSEG to migrate the exchange operator’s data platform into the cloud. MSFT will enable digital transformation of LSEG’s technology infrastructure and Refinitiv platforms on to the Microsoft Cloud. Microsoft will buy LSEG shares from the Blackstone/Thomson Reuters consortium, the British exchange operator said. The transaction … Continue reading “Microsoft to Acquire 4% Stake in London Stock Exchange in Cloud Migration Deal”

US Tech Billionaires Added $59 Billion in Richest Day Ever as Nasdaq Surged 7.5%

The markets reacted dovishly to the US CPI moderating after resurging in August with aggressive Fed interest rate rises. The repricing of risk was furious, plunging Treasury yields a weakening dollar and big gains in mega cap stock. The Vanguard Mega Cap Growth ETF (MGK) closed up 8.0%. The Nasdaq soared +654.23 or 6.36%. The big winners were the big Techs, Amazon, Google, Microsoft, Apple and even beaten down Tesla. US tech Bloomberg billionaires’ fortunes rose $59 billion, a one-day record … Continue reading “US Tech Billionaires Added $59 Billion in Richest Day Ever as Nasdaq Surged 7.5%”

Take Two Stock Falls 15% After Cuts Guidance as it Digests Zynga Merger

Take Two Interactive Software stock took a tumble after it announced disappointing second-quarter 2023 results Monday after the closing bell. $TTWO traded at $90.55▼ 17.85 or 16.47% after hours at a new 52 week low. TTWO incurred a loss of $257 million or $1.54 per share in the September quarter, compared to a profit of $10.2 million or $0.09 per share in the prior-year quarter. Clearly the lofty premium the gaming company paid for Zynga is still impacting. The two companies merged … Continue reading “Take Two Stock Falls 15% After Cuts Guidance as it Digests Zynga Merger”

Activision Blizzard Earnings and Revenue Higher with Diablo, Call of Duty and Candy Crush

Video game publisher Activision Blizzard reported better than expected third quarter earnings after the close Monday and updated on a pending acquisition of the company by Microsoft Corporation ($MSFT). Activision Blizzard ended the third quarter with 368 million monthly active users with its segment seeing revenue up double-digits thanks to the launch of “Diablo II: Resurrected” and “Diablo Immortal.” Released in October “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II” was the fastest-selling title in the history of the franchise. $ATVI saw … Continue reading “Activision Blizzard Earnings and Revenue Higher with Diablo, Call of Duty and Candy Crush”