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Marchex, Inc. MCHX Stock News

Marchex, Inc. (NASDAQ: MCHX)

Marchex is having an incredibly strong day in the market today. When the trading session opened, the stock was already trading on incredible gains. While it has corrected a bit since the opening bell, the stock is still trading with impressive profits. Below, we’ll talk about what we’re seeing from MCHS, why, and what we’ll be watching for ahead.





What We’re Seeing From MCHX

As mentioned above, Marchex climbed dramatically in pre-market trading. As a result, when the opening bell rang, the stock was already seeing incredible gains. Since then, we’ve seen some downward movement, bringing the price to a more realistic point. Nonetheless, the stock is still holding onto impressive gains. At the moment (10:12), MCHX is trading at $2.98 per share after a gain of $0.43 per share (17.13%) thus far today.

Why The Stock Is Gaining

As is almost always the case, our partners at Trade Ideas were the first to inform us of the movement on MCHX. As soon as they did, the CNA Finance team started digging to see exactly what was causing the movement. In this case, it didn’t take long to dig up the story. The gains are the result of an announcement of a partnership with Facebook.




Early this morning, it was announced that company entered into a partnership agreement surrounding their social analytics solution. The partnership is designed to turn the solution into an industry-leading analytics platform known as Marchex Omnichannel Analytics Cloud. As a result of the partnership, Facebook hopes to ensure that the most reliable and advanced call analytics are available to marketers using their platform. In a statement, Doug Weiss, Product Partner Manager at Facebook, had the following to offer about the MCHX partnership:

At Facebook, we know how powerful a mobile device is, and we’re proud to have created one of the most powerful platforms for global brands to reach their audiences…With that power comes an acute responsibility to provide accurate data that enables brands to understand how this engagement on Facebook might be driving interactions off of Facebook. Partnering with Marchex to couple rich call analytics with Facebook’s own data is a significant step forward for marketers who must understand their audience and make sound, real-time decisions to increase their revenue.”

What We’ll Be Watching For Ahead

Moving forward, the CNA Finance team will be keeping an incredibly close eye on MCHX. In particular, we’ll be watching for details with regard to the progression of these plans and both how and when this equates to dollars for the company. We’ll be watching the story closely and bringing it to you as it breaks!

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Aehr Test Systems AEHR Stock News

Aehr Test Systems (NASDAQ: AEHR)

Aehr Test Systems wasn’t off to the best of days in the market today. At the open, the stock was in the red, throughout the day, it maintained slightly in the red. That is, until about a half hour ago. That’s when the company announced the receipt of a large order. Below, we’ll talk about what we’re seeing from AEHR, why, and what we’ll be watching for ahead.





What We’re Seeing From AEHR

As mentioned above, Aehr Test Systems wasn’t having the best of days in today’s trading session. When the opening bell rang, the stock was in the red, where it stayed throughout the majority of the morning. However, minutes ago, the company broke news of a large order. As a result, the stock went skyward. At the moment (11:27), AEHR is trading at $3.18 per share after a gain of $0.97 per share or 43.89% thus far today.

Why The Stock Is Climbing

As is usually the case, our partners at Trade Ideas were the first to alert us of the spike on AEHR. As soon as they did, the CNA Finance team started digging to see exactly what was causing the movement. It didn’t take long to dig up the story. At the end of the day, the gains are being caused by the announcement of a large sale.




About a half hour ago, Aehr Test Systems announced that it has received an order from a subcontractor to it’s lead customer for its FOX-XP test and burn-in system products. The company announced the order as the first step towards a high-volume production appli9cation. In a statement, Gayn Erickson, President and CEO at AEHR had the following to offer…

We remain very actively engaged with this lead customer and are excited to receive this order to suppport the quality and reliability testing of their devices. We believe our high power and high capacity FOX-XP test and burn-in system is a perfect fit for this application and represents a significant new opportunity as the customer’s devices move into high volume manufacturing burn-in.”

What We’ll Be Watching Ahead

Moving forward, the CNA Finance team will be keeping a close eye on AEHR. In particular, we’re watching to see how the led customer continues to evolve, and what the company will do moving forward to bring on new large customers. Nonetheless, we’ll be watching the story closely and bringing it to you as it breaks!

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Motorola Solutions Inc MSI Stock News

Motorola Solutions Inc (NYSE: MSI)

Motorola Solutions was already having a bit of a rough start to the trading session today. At the opening bell, the stock was already trading slightly in the green. From there, it started to head further down on a slow, yet steady run. However, things went from bad to worse minutes ago as the stock started to spike downward. Below, we’ll talk about what we’re seeing, why, and what we’ll be watching for with regard to MSI ahead.





What We’re Seeing From MSI

As mentioned above, Motorola Solutions was having a rough day in the market to start the session. After starting the trading session off slightly in the red, the stock continued downward on a slow, yet steady pace. Moreover, things got real bad just minutes ago when the stock started to spike further down into the abyss. At the moment (10:19), MSI is trading at $79.98 per share after a loss of $2.75 per share (3.36%) thus far today.

Why The Stock Is Falling

As is almost always the case, our partners at Trade Ideas were the first to give us the alert that MSI was making a run for the bottom. As soon as we were alerted, the CNA Finance team went to work to find what was causing the movement. In this case, it took what seemed like no time at all to dig up the story.




At the moment, it seems as though the decline on Motorola Solutions is the result of comments made by Citron. In a short note on CNBC minutes ago, Citron said that now was the time to short the stock, outlining some concerns that I’m sure they will expound upon later. The concerns were largely around how the Trump presidency will affect the company. As a result, investors are concerned, pushing the stock downward.

What We’ll Be Watching For Ahead

Moving forward, the CNA Finance team will be keeping a close eye on MSI. In particular, we’re watching to see the details surrounding the cautious comments by Citron and how investors react as these details emerge. We’ll be watching the news closely and bringing it to you as it breaks!

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Himax Technologies, Inc. HIMX Stock News

Himax Technologies, Inc. (ADR) (NASDAQ: HIMX)

Himax Technologies was off to what seemed to be a relatively normal day in the market today. When the opening bell rang, the stock was trading slightly in the green. Throughout the session, the stock has seen its fair share of ups and downs, but has maintained its position in the green. However, minutes ago, things changed for the worse as the stock started spiking downward. Below, we’ll talk about what we’re seeing from HIMX, why, and what we’ll be watching for ahead.





What We’re Seeing From HIMX

As mentioned above, today seemed to be a pretty normal day for Himax Technologies. The stock started the day in the green and stayed above the breakeven point through some ups and downs. However, the stock started spiking downward minutes ago, giving up all of the gains it had seen today. Currently (12:34), HIMX is trading at $5.24 per share after no gain or loss.

Why The Stock Is Falling

As is almost always the case, our partners at Trade Ideas were the first to alert us to the downward movement on HIMX. As soon as they did, the CNA Finance team started to look for the reason for the movement. While we weren’t able to find any fundamental news released by the company that would cause such a drop, we did find an interesting rumor in the social space.




At the moment, there’s a rumor surfacing about Himax Technologies on just about every popular social network out there. The rumor suggests that Morgan Stanley will downgrade the stock. Of course, key analyst downgrades often lead to downward pressure on securities. So, it seems as though investors are reacting to the rumors.

What We’ll Be Watching For Ahead

Moving forward, the CNA Finance team will be keeping a close eye on HIMX. In particular, we’ll be watching to see if Morgan Stanley does indeed downgrade the stock, and if so, the reasons they provide for the downgrade and the new price target that’s likely to come with such news. We’ll keep a close eye on the news and bring it to you as it breaks!

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NetEase Inc NTES Stock News

NetEase Inc (ADR) (NASDAQ: NTES)

NetEase is off to a relatively strong day in the market today. When the trading session opened, the stock was trading slightly in the red. However, that didn’t last long. In fact, within about a half hour, the stock made its way to the green and continued to progress upward. Nonetheless, things went from good to great a few minutes ago when the stock started spiking toward the top. Below, we’ll talk about what we’re seeing from NTES, why, and what we’ll be watching for ahead.





What We’re Seeing From NTES

As mentioned above, NetEase was off to a relatively strong day in the market early on today. When the opening bell rang the stock was trading slightly in the red; where it stayed for the first 20 or 30 minutes. However, it quickly made it to the green and has been heading up all day. Then, minutes ago, the stock started to spike. Currently (12:09), NTES is trading at $259.61 per share after a gain of $4.61 per share or 1.81% thus far today.

Why the Stock Is Spiking

As is almost always the case, our friends at Trade Ideas were the first to inform us of the spike on NTES. As soon as they did, the CNA Finance team started digging to see exactly what was causing the movement. While the company itself hasn’t released any fundamental news that would result in such gains, we did come across an article written by a third party that may be the culprit.




The article was released by an outlet known as The Information. In the article, the author suggests that there may be a partnership between NTES and Google relatively soon, pointing out that the company could offer Google a way back into China. After 7 years of trying to find its way back into the market, Google may have it an open door through NetEase.

What We’ll Be Watching For Ahead

Moving forward, the CNA Finance team will be keeping a close eye on NTES. In particular, we’ll be watching for any news associated with a potential partnership between the company and Google. Of course, if this did happen, it could be a big win for both sides. Nonetheless, we’ll be watching the news closely and bringing it to you as it breaks.

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Amazon.com Inc AMZN Stock News

Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN)

As expected Amazon.com just reported its earnings in after-hours trading. Although the company beat expectations with regard to both revenue and earnings, the stock is falling in after-hours. Below, we’ll talk about what we saw from the earnings report, what we’re seeing from AMZN, and what we’ll be watching for ahead.





What We Saw From The AMZN Earnings Report

As mentioned above, Amazon.com reported its earnings for the fourth quarter minutes ago, as expected. The company beat earnings but missed revenue. Here’s what we saw from the report:

  • Top-line Revenue – In terms of revenue, AMZN generated a total of $43.74 billion in the fourth quarter. During the quarter, analysts expected that the company would produce revenue in the amount of $44.7 billion.
  • Earnings – When it comes to earnings per share, the figure proved to be a positive. During the quarter, analysts expected that AMZN would generate earnings in the amount of $1.37 per share. However, the company actually generated earnings in the amount of $1.54 per share, beating analyst expectations.

How The Stock Reacted To The Report

As investors, we know that earnings reports can cause quite a bit of movement in the market. This report was no different. As a result of the missed revenue, the stock is trading down in after-hours. Currently (4:11), AMZN is trading at $810.00 per share after a loss of $29.95 per share (3.57%) thus far in after-hours.

What We’ll Be Watching For Ahead

Moving forward, the CNA Finance team will be keeping a close eye on AMZN. In particular, we’ll be digging further into the report, following the company’s work to move into the international space, tracking AWS, and more. We’ll be watching the news closely and bringing it to you as it breaks!

Update – Guidance for Q1 revenue was reduced from $35.95 billion to between $33.25 and $35.75 billion.

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Helios and Matheson Analytics Inc HMNY Stock News

Helios and Matheson Analytics Inc (NASDAQ: HMNY)

Helios and Matheson Analytics is having an incredibly strong day in the market today. When the trading session opened for the day, the stock was trading well into the green. From there, it was on a steady decline for most of the morning, but seems to have hit support well above the break even point. Now, it’s on its way back up. Below, we’ll talk about what we’re seeing form HMNY, why, and what we’ll be watching for ahead.





What We’re Seeing From HMNY

As mentioned above, Helios and Matheson Analytics was off to a relatively strong day in the market today. At the open of the session, the stock was trading with incredibly strong profits. Throughout the day, we’ve seen a bit of a correction from highs, but the stock has stayed well above the break even point all day. Now, it’s headed back up. Currently (11:10), HMNY is trading at $4.39 per share after a gain of $0.12 per share or 2.80% thus far today.

Why The Stock Is Gaining

As is normally the case, our partners at Trade Ideas were the first to inform us of the gains on HMNY. As soon as they did, the CNA Finance team started digging to see what was causing the movement. It didn’t take long to uncover the story in this case. It seems as though the gains are being caused by a positive PR released early this morning.


In the press release, Helios and Matheson Analytics announced the completion of beta testing of Zone’s proprietary artificial intelligence technology. The goal is to use this technology in the company’s RedZone Map app to better analyze recent crime patterns and predict criminal activity. In a state, Ted Farnsworth, CEO at HMNY had the following to offer…

Dr. Rajan’s groundbreaking AI technology will allow us to deliver a wider range of criminal data than before, including a crime forecasting feature… We expect this new AI technology to help move RedZone Map into the forefront of the crime data sector, benefiting our app users and law enforcement alik.”

What We’ll Be Watching Ahead

Moving forward, the CNA Finance team will be keeping a close eye on HMNY. In particular, we’re interested in learning more about how the AI will equate to dollars in the long run. Nonetheless, we’ll be watching the news closely and bringing it to you as it breaks!

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Apple Inc. AAPL Stock News

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL)

Apple is having an incredibly strong day in the market today, and for good reason. Yesterday, after the closing bell, the company released its earnings report. From the report, investors learned that the company not only beat analyst opinions, but had a record breaking quarter. Below, we’ll talk about what we saw from the report, how AAPL reacted in the market, and what we’ll be watching for ahead.





What We Saw From The AAPL Earnings Report

As mentioned above, Apple is having a strong day in the market today after reporting its earnings for the first quarter yesterday after the closing bell. Here’s what we saw from the report…

Earnings Per Share – In terms of earnings per share, AAPL did overwhelmingly well. During the first quarter, analysts expected that the company would generate earnings in the amount of $3.22 per share. However, the company actually reported earnings in the amount of $3.38 per share.

Revenue – In terms of revenue AAPL definitely didn’t fall short. In fact, the company hit an all time record, generating 78.35 billion in the first quarter. This figure also beat analyst expectations of $76.168 billion.

iPhone Sales – In the first quarter, Apple sold a total of 78.290 million iPhone units. On a quarter over quarter basis, that’s growth of 72%. On a year over year basis, growth comes in at 5% in both units sold and revenue earned, which came in at $54.378 billion.

Guidance – In the second quarter, AAPL said that it expects to generate revenue in the range between $51.5 billion and $53.5 billion.

Along with the release of earnings, the company’s CEO, Tim Cook had the following statement to offer…

We’re thrilled to report that our holiday quarter results generated Apple’s highest quarterly revenue ever, and broke multiple records along the way. We sold more iPhones than ever before and set all-time revenue records for iPhone, Services, Mac and Apple Watch…”


How The Stock Reacted To The News

At the end of the day, earnings have the potential to really move the market, and that’s exactly what happened in this case. At the moment (10:22), AAPL is trading at $127.90 per share after a gain of $6.55 per share or 5.40% thus far today.

What We’ll Be Watching For Ahead

Moving forward, the CNA Finance team will be watching AAPL incredibly closely. Considering the stronger than expected iPhone sales, we’ll be looking into the company’s providers as we expect for the company to be making larger orders ahead. We’ll also be watching the Apple Watch and Mac computers as these areas are growing as well. Nonetheless, we’ll keep a close eye on the news and bring it to you as it breaks!

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Apple Inc. AAPL Stock News

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL)

Apple has been an interesting stock to follow as of late. While there have been several questions about the company’s ability to maintain growth in the smartphone industry, the stock has been on an upward trend. At the moment, it seems as though investors are focused and banking on the company’s original content plans. However, is this going to be enough? Perhaps more importantly, is this even a viable option? Today, we’ll talk about the company’s plans, why I have serious questions about these plans, and what investors should be watching with regard to AAPL ahead.





AAPL Plans To Bring Original Content To The Table

There’s no doubt that original content can be overwhelmingly successful. We’ve seen this time and time again with Netflix. Considering that this is a great way to drive success for other companies, Apple seems to have taken on the “Why can’t I do the same?” attitude.

As a result, stories broke recently reporting that AAPL is working on original content. The company is reaching out to some key players in Hollywood in an attempt to drive the content to their streaming service. The idea is that, by offering original streaming content, users will be more likely to become paying members because they’re itching for that next episode.

The plan is relatively simple. While AAPL hasn’t created their strategy just yet, they do plan on acquiring a small number of high-quality original scripted TV shows. The company is also considering acquiring movies; but that’s not on the top of the list at the moment.


Is This The Right Plan For Apple?

There’s no denying the fact that the company is a force to be reckoned with. Through the years, Apple has dominated the smartphone space, leading to an ecosystem of products that consumers can’t seem to get enough of. That is, until recently. Recently, growth in iPhone sales has been concerning, and we’re seeing more and more articles online about how to escape the AAPL ecosystem. So, the company needs to do something, and do it quickly. Unfortunately, I don’t think that original content is the best opportunity here.

At the end of the day, if the company does decide to get into the original-content game, they’re going to have to spend a massive amount of money. Not only will they need to acquire the content, they will also need to market it, and it’s important that they do so in a way that brings light to their offering that outshines competition like Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Hulu, and others that already seem to have a stronghold in the space. At the end of the day, AAPL is going to need to capture it’s audience – many of whom are already trying to leave the ecosystem – as well as capture audiences that are happy with the services they already use. For me, competition makes this plan a tough sell.

What We’ll Be Watching For Ahead

Moving forward, the CNA Finance team is going to keep a close eye on AAPL. Of course, we’ll be watching for more news surrounding the original content story, but that’s not all we’re watching. In particular, we’re keeping a close eye on the iPhone and how well it performs throughout the year. 2017 could be a make it or break it year, and if it’s broken, we could see a big reversal as investors show concerns. Nonetheless, we’ll be watching the news closely and bringing it to you as it breaks!

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Viavi Solutions Inc VIAV Stock News

Viavi Solutions Inc (NASDAQ: VIAV)

Viavi Solutions looked like it was going to have an incredibly rough day in the market today. When the opening bell rang, the stock was already trading in the red. From there, the stock continued down a sharp path toward the bottom. However, things seemed to have changed minutes ago as Dealreporter released a positive note about the stock. Below, we’ll talk about what we’re seeing from VIAV, why, and what we’ll be watching for ahead.





What We’re Seeing From VIAV

As mentioned above, Viavi Solutions didn’t look like it was going to have much of a positive day in the market today. In fact, at the start of the trading session, the stock was not only already in the red, but dove further into the abyss. Nonetheless, minutes ago, the stock started spiking upward. While it is still quite a way from the breakeven point, it has made up some of the declines. Currently (9:57), VIAV is trading at $8.69 per share after a loss of $0.54 per share (5.85%) thus far today.

Why The Stock Is Spiking

As usual, our partners at Trade Ideas were the first to inform us of the gains on VIAV. As soon as they did, the CNA Finance team started working to see what was causing the news. It didn’t take too long to dig up the dirt. At the end of the day, it seems as though a positive report from Dealreporter is the culprit behind the gains.


The report from Dealreporter pointed out the fact that there is strong private equity interest in the space that Viavi Solutions is involved in. As a result, Dealreporter planted the seed that the company may be acquired and taken private down the line. Ultimately, if this happens, investors can expect to see an incredibly strong return of value. Nonetheless, this is simply a report on private equity interest. There is currently no news of an acquisition or even a potential acquisition in the works.

What We’ll Be Watching For Ahead

Moving forward, the CNA Finance team will be keeping a close eye on VIAV. In particular, we’re interested in following the company over the next quarter or so to see if anyone does take a stab at the acquisition. We’ll be following the news closely and bringing it to you as it breaks!

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