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Yelp Inc YELP Stock News

Yelp Inc (NYSE: YELP) was off to a relatively normal day in the market today. There wasn’t much by way of gains or declines. However, that changed minutes ago when a rumor caused excitement among investors. The stock quickly shot upward, leading to an alert from our partners at Trade Ideas. At the moment (10:39), YELP is trading at $29.99 per share after a gain of $0.63 per share (2.15%) thus far today.





YELP Gains On Takeover Rumors

As mentioned above, Yelp was off to a relatively normal day in the market this morning until minutes ago when a rumor broke and excited investors. The rumor is that the company may soon be taken over. However, it is an overwhelmingly vague rumor. The rumor doesn’t mention who the potential buyer is, nor at what price the potential takeover would take place. The rumor is simply that the company will be taken over soon.




It’s important to remember that rumors are common in the market. In fact, in the first half of this year, we’ve already seen several takeover rumors surrounding YELP; none of which, might I add, have proven to be valid. With that said, I’d be willing to bet my bottom dollar that this is just another invalid rumor. So, if you’re going to trade on it, please do so with caution.

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What We’ll Be Watching For Ahead

Moving forward, the CNA Finance team will be keeping a close eye on YELP. In particular, we’ll be following the rumor to see if a takeover does indeed come to fruition. While our opinion is that the rumor is invalid, anything can happen in the market. Nonetheless, we’ll continue to follow the story closely and bring the news to you as it breaks!

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Netflix, Inc. NFLX Stock News

Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ: NFLX) is off to an incredibly strong run in the market at the moment, and for good reason. There’s a rumor that a billionaire investor has a stake in the stock. Of course, this led to excitement among investors, causing gains and prompting our partners at Trade Ideas to alert us to the movement. At the moment (10:16), NFLX is trading at $154.47 per share after a gain of $2.42 per share (1.59%) thus far today.





NFLX Gains On Buffet Stake Rumor

As mentioned above, Netflix is making a run for the top at the moment as the result of a rumor that’s surfacing on social media. The rumor is that Warren Buffet has taken a stake in the company. However, the rumor doesn’t suggest what type of stake it is (activist or passive), nor does the rumor suggest the size of the stake that Buffet supposedly has in NFLX.




It’s important to remember that rumors are abundantly common in the market. In most cases, these rumors prove to be invalid. While it’s understandable that Buffet may be interested in NFLX at the moment, there is no confirmation, no SEC filing, and nothing else that suggests that this rumor is true. So, if you’re going to trade on this one, please be sure to do so with caution.

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What We’ll Be Watching For Ahead

Moving forward, the CNA Finance team will be keeping a close eye on NFLX. In particular, we’re interested in following the news surrounding Warren Buffet’s potential stake in the company. We’ll continue to follow the story closely and bring the news to you as it breaks!

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Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. AMD Stock News

Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMD) is having a great morning in the market this morning, and for good reason. The company released details with regard to its newest offering, one that’s likely to cause some pain for Intel (INTC). Of course, our partners at Trade Ideas were the first to alert us to the gains. Currently (9:37), AMD is trading at $13.47 per share after a gain of $0.83 per share or 6.60% thus far today.





AMD Takes On Xeon With Epyc

As mentioned above, yesterday proved to be a great day for Advanced Micro Devices as the company launched its newest processor, known as Epyc. The company’s goal with this processor seems to be to take market share from Intel in the data center and enterprise server space, and if you look at how the stock is reacting, it’s clear that investors believe that AMD has a fighting chance in the industry, but why wouldn’t they?




The new Epyc processors are, well, epic. The processor has been built around Zen architecture. The processors will range from Epyc 7251, which is an 8 core, 16 thread chip running between 2.1 and 2.9 GHz in a 120W power invelope, to the Epyc 7601, which is a 32 core, 64 thread chip running at 2.2 to 3.2GHz with a 180W design power. For those of you who aren’t sure what all that means, it simply means that AMD has created the best processor on the market today, stepping on Intel’s toes in the data center and enterprise server space.

Intel Vows To Top Epyc

While Epyc has investors clamoring for more AMD, Intel is hoping to make this a short term trend. In fact, the company released a statement, vowing to top the Epyc processors. Here’s what they had to say…

We take all competitors seriously, and while AMD is trying to re-enter the server market segment, Intel continues to deliver 20+ years of uninterrupted data center innovations while maintaining broad ecosystem investments. Our Xeon CPU architecture is prove and battle tested, delivering outstanding performance on a wide range of workloads and specifically designed to maximize data center performance, capabilities, reliability, and manageability. With our next-generation Xeon Scalable processors, we expect to continue offering the highest core and system performance versus AMD. AMD’s approach of stitching together 4 desktop die in a processor is expected to lead to inconsistent performance and other deployment complexities in the data center.

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What We’ll Be Watching For Ahead

Moving forward, the CNA Finance team will be keeping a close eye on AMD. In particular, we’re interested in following the Epyc processor takeoff. While Intel has pointed out what they believe to be an issue, the overall consensus is that Epyc is the best thing on the market to date. Nonetheless, it will be interesting to see what INTC comes up with to compete with Epyc. We’ll continue following the story closely and bringing the news to you as it breaks!

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Snap Inc SNAP Stock News

Snap Inc (NYSE: SNAP) was off to a relatively rough day in the market early on today. However, minutes ago, the stock started to spike to the green. The gains seem to be associated with a a deal that is taking place. Of course, our partners at Trade Ideas were the first to alert us to the gains. At the moment (11:22), SNAP is trading at $17.71 per share after a gain of $0.17 per share (0.97%) thus far today.





SNAP Gains On Deal With TWX

As mentioned above, Snap wasn’t off to the best of days in the market early on, but that all changed minutes ago as the stock spiked to the green. The gains seem to be the result of a deal the company has signed with Time Warner (TWX). While the details surrounding the deal are largely unavailable at the moment, there are a couple of things we know:




  • Time Warner and Snap have signed a deal to work together.
  • The deal is valued at approximately $100 million.
  • The deal surrounds shows as well as advertising.

Once again, news on this deal is still breaking, and the details surrounding it are slim to none, but we do know something big is happening here.

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What We’ll Be Watching For Ahead

Moving forward, the CNA Finance team will be keeping a close eye on both SNAP and TWX. In particular, we’re interested in learning more about the deal signed between the two companies and excited to see the results of the value returned to shareholders. We’ll continue to follow the story closely and bring the news to you as it breaks!

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Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. AMD Stock News

Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMD) is having a relatively strong start to the trading session today. With a strong position to win market share in the gaming and cloud servers market, it’s understandable. However, the real value proposition may be just around the corner. Before we get into that, we’d like to give special thanks to our partners at Trade Ideas for alerting us to the movement. At the moment (10:14), AMD is trading at $11.94 per share after a gain of $0.51 per share (4.41%) thus far today.





Is A Bidding War Involving AMD On The Horizon?

There’s no doubt that AMD is in a good position at the moment. With a strong product offering, the company’s chips have been chosen by Alienware, breaking it into the top-of-the-line gaming industry. That’s a very high-dollar industry as well. On top of that, the company is also well-positioned to take a good chunk of the cloud server market share, which is also a high-dollar market. In fact, with growing interest surrounding artificial intelligence in cloud computing, demand for high-end chips for this arena is soaring. However, these are just the tip of the iceberg. The real value proposition is a potential takeover.




Is AMD Setting Up For A Bidding War?

As mentioned above, AMD is in a great spot when it comes to gaming and cloud computing. These are two areas where not only is money being made now, but growth in these industries is expected to be exponential!

Considering the above, take a look at the company’s market cap. At the moment, Advanced Micro Devices has a market cap of around $11.9 billion. While that’s a relatively large market capitalization, in the world of technology, it’s actually not so big. Think about companies like Intel, Google, Apple, and other behemoths in the tech industry; most of them could easily take the company over.

Perhaps more importantly, there’s a good reason for a takeover to happen. With expectations of exceptional growth in the industry, there’s no doubt that big tech has a keen focus on both gaming and cloud computing – the two areas where AMD seems poised to excel. If any of the larger tech companies plan on taking a chunk of market share in these areas, they could purchase AMD for a head start. As a result, the company may be a prime target for many, which could set a bidding war into place relatively soon.

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What We’ll Be Watching For Ahead

Moving forward, the CNA Finance team will be keeping a close eye on AMD. In particular, we’re interested in following the company’s work in both the cloud computing and gaming arenas, as the momentum is starting to build. Considering the timing, we’re also interested in watching to see if a takeover bidding war takes place any time soon. At the end of the day, now would be the time for big tech to move in. After all, if they wait until AMD commands the industries it is tackling, well, the cost of a takeover could be exponentially higher. Nonetheless, we’ll continue to follow the story closely and bring the news to you as it breaks.

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salesforce.com, inc. CRM Stock News

salesforce.com, inc. (NYSE: CRM) is having an incredibly strong start to the trading session this morning, and for good reason. The company is the center of a takeover rumor that seems to be exciting investors. Of course, our partners at Trade Ideas were the first to alert us to the gains. At the moment (10:01), CRM is trading at $86.67 per share after a gain of $0.40 per share or 0.46% thus far today.





CRM Takeover Chatter

As mentioned above, salesforce.com is having a strong time in the market at the moment, spiking upward as I write this. The gains are ultimately the result of takeover chatter surrounding the stock. These rumors are like most rumors. Unfortunately, there’s not much information as of yet. The rumor simply suggests that the company will be taken over with no insinuation of who the buyer might be or at what price.




Nonetheless, this is definitely causing a bit of movement in the stock. However, it’s important to keep in mind that we see takeover rumors all the time. Very few of these rumors ever come to fruition. Given the lack of information associated with the CRM rumor, we believe that it lacks validity. Nonetheless, we’ll continue to follow the story closely and bring the news to you as it breaks!

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What We’ll Be Watching For Ahead

Moving forward, the CNA Finance team will be keeping a close eye on CRM. In particular, we’ll be following the rumor closely to see if the takeover does happen. While we don’t believe it to be valid, anything can happen in the market. Nonetheless, we’ll continue to follow the news closely and bring it to you as it breaks!

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Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. AMD Stock News

Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMD) is having a rough day in the market today. Fueled by recent declines in the tech industry thanks to a report by Goldman Sachs that was launched earlier this week, the stock is once again in the red. In fact, today’s declines led to an alert from our partners at Trade Ideas. While this fall may be scaring some, it’s likely an opportunity for the masses. At the moment (10:01), AMD is trading at $11.34 per share after a loss of $0.43 per share or 3.65% thus far today.





Why Investors Shouldn’t Be Worried About The Dip

The great Warren Buffet once said that the time to buy is when fear is high. Due to a report that bashed the tech industry as a whole by Goldman Sachs earlier this week, fear is high. However, simply buying a stock because the price is down could be a recipe for disaster. At the end of the day, there’s got to be more to it, and for AMD, there is.




In fact, just yesterday, the company received yet another nod of approval for its Ryzen Threadripper CPU. Before we get into what happened, it’s important that you know what Ryzen is. Ryzen is the latest and greatest CPU offered by AMD. In fact, many argue that this CPU is a much more capable option than that provided by the leader in the space, Intel (INTC).

Well, if you ask Dell, they happen to agree. Yesterday, Dell announced a partnership with Advanced Micro Devices. The most important part of this partnership is simple. Throughout 2017, AMD’s Ryzen Threadripper CPU will have Alienware OEM exclusivity.

This is incredible news. First and foremost, Dell’s Alienware is one of the most well-known, if not THE most well-known gaming computer in the world Considering this, gaining exclusivity here not only acts as a nod of confidence toward the product, but will play a key role in branding AMD in the overwhelmingly profitable PC gaming division. The added publicity is surely a good thing for the Ryzen brand, and the Ryzen Threadripper, will get its time in the limelight.

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What We’ll Be Watching For Ahead

Moving forward, the CNA Finance team will be keeping a close eye on AMD. In particular, we’re interested in seeing how the company leverages the Ryzen name in the PC gaming space following the release by Dell yesterday. Nonetheless, we’ll continue to follow the story closely and bring the news to you as it breaks!

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MoSys Inc. MOSY Stock News

MoSys Inc. (NASDAQ: MOSY) is off to an incredibly strong day in the market today. This comes following various reports that paint the company as a prime candidate for a takeover. However, is a takeover of the company likely? Before we get too deep into that answer, we’d like to give thanks to our partners at Trade Ideas for being the first to alert us to the gains. At the moment (11:17), MOSY is trading at $2.58 per share after a gain of $1.09 per share or 73.15% thus far today.





What Is MOSY

For those of you who haven’t been following the company, MoSys is a semiconductor company. In particular, the company is focused on selling integrated circuits (ICs) for high-speed networking, communications, storage, and computing markets. Ultimately, the company is focused on providing high performs ICs for packet processing and improved signal integrity. This type of product is most interesting to IC distributors as well as semiconductor manufacturing companies.

However, for MOSY, it’s not necessarily about product manufacturing and sales, the story is more of an IP story. In fact, about 45% of the company’s revenue in 2015 and 24% in 2016 was the result of agreements surrounding their intellectual property. In fact, by the end of the year 2016, the company owned 67 United States patents as well as 36 foreign patents. The expiration dates on these patents range from 2018 to 2035.




The Value Proposition

At the end of the day, the big value proposition with regard to MOSY is these patents. After all, what company in the industry wouldn’t want to get their hands on more than 100 patents, many of which are already driving revenue through IP agreements? Not to mention, in order to make the value proposition an even stronger one, the company is working on a massive restructuring plan.

Under the restructuring plan MoSys will be implementing a reduction of workforce. This is an attempt to conserve cash through reducing operating expenses and realigning resources.

MOSY Is Up For A Takeover

Now that we know the value proposition, what about the company? Is MOSY interested in selling? The answer here is yes as well! In fact, the company recently informed investors that its Board of Directors has engaged an investment bank to act as a strategic financial advisor. In particular, the company is hoping that the bank will explore and review a range of strategic alternatives. Of course, when investors hear strategic alternatives, the first thing that comes to mind is “takeover”, and that idea is clearly not off of the table.

Would Anyone Be Interested In Buying The Company

In order for a takeover to happen, there has to be interested buyers. Well, here again, we find that MOSY is in a perfect position for this to take place. After all, the semiconductor industry as a whole is one that is restructuring. We’ve seen several mergers and acquisitions as of late as companies in the sector vie for power. Considering this, if MOSY did put itself up for sale, it likely wouldn’t take long to find an interested buyer.

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Is A Takeover Going To Happen?

This is the $26 million question my friends, and the truth is that I don’t have an answer. At the end of the day, it looks promising that a takeover could indeed happen. However, promise doesn’t always turn into reality. Nonetheless, with strong assets, a decent value to revenue ratio, and a willingness to sell, anything is possible here. We’ll continue to follow the story and bring the news to you as it breaks!

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Apple Inc AAPL Stock News

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) is having a rough day in the market along with the rest of the technology industry. While this may be scaring some away, the declines are presenting a buying opportunity for others. Today, we’ll talk about APPL from both the bullish and bearish sides of the equation.





The Bearish Side Of The AAPL Argument

There’s no denying the fact that the bears have a very valid argument when it comes to Apple. At the end of the day, it all boils down to the single largest risk factor for the company, the iPhone. At the moment, the iPhone represents about 80% of the company’s profits. However, the product likely won’t continue to sell at exorbitant rates. Ultimately, there are a few reasons for this….




  • Price – First and foremost, a big issue for AAPL when it comes to the iPhone is price. While the company offers a premium brand, demanding a premium price, the iPhone is one of the highest priced phones on the market today. While this flew years ago when the company’s technology was like nothing else on the market, today, it’s a major issue. Not to mention, the company plans on increasing its price for the next iPhone release, the iPhone 8.
  • The Competition – Another reason the bears are bears is that the landscape in the smartphone industry is changing in a big way. AAPL is no longer the only source of top of the line technology in smartphone handsets. Samsung has been climbing up the ladder, and there are plenty of other options that have the ability to do most of what the iPhone does.
  • Lack Of Innovation – Finally, the bears argue that Apple’s claim to fame was innovation. However, the company seems to be lacking in this area over the past couple of years. As a result, competition is getting closer or even surpassing the company with regard to innovative strategy.

The Bullish Argument On Apple

While there’s no doubt that the bearish argument is a valid one, there’s also a strong argument on the bullish side. Here’s what the bulls have to say…

  • CPU Performance – Many of the bulls point toward Apple’s CPU performance as a reason the iPhone, as well as other products will continue to perform. Apple’s newest generation iPhone will widen their leadership when it comes to CPU performance, and the bulls argue that this will likely lead to stronger sales.
  • Other Products – The bulls also point to products outside of the iPhone as a reason to expect gains in the value of the stock. Products like the Apple Watch, EarPods and new HomePods. While no single product in this list is a flagship product by any means, the bulls argue that over time, these products will add up to become meaningful revenue generators for AAPL.
  • Augmented Reality – Finally, with the introduction of iOS 11, Apple will be bringing augmented reality to their ecosystem with what is known as ARKit. Many believe that this is going to be a game changer as it will allow for immediate development of an entirely new class of apps. Ultimately, the bulls argue that Android will have difficulty matching these app offerings for years to come.

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Final Thoughts

At the end of the day, AAPL is a stock that really could go either way. While many believe that the stock is going to fall ahead as competition in the industry makes the offering of the iPhone less appealing, others believe that AAPL will do just fine thanks to augmented reality and strong CPU performance. Nonetheless, only time will tell where the stock is headed.

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Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. AMD Stock News

Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMD) is off to a relatively rough start to the trading session this morning, and for good reason. Goldman Sachs released a report saying that the company’s upside simply isn’t there. Of course, this led to fear among investors, leading to declines and prompting our partners at Trade Ideas to alert us to the movement. At the moment (9:14), AMD is trading at $11.84 per share after a decline of $0.44 per share (3.58%) thus far today.





AMD Falls On Goldman Sachs Report

As mentioned above, Advanced Micro Devices isn’t off to the best of days in the trading session this morning after Goldman Sachs analyst Toshiya Hari released a report about the company. In the report Hari said that gains in the stock last week had to do with reports of GPU demand for cryptocurrency miners. Howeever, Hari believes that this is not a sustainable driver of growth.




In his report, Hari said that increasing prices of cryptocurrency simply do not equate to substantial GPU growth, ASP expansion, or sustainable share gains. As a result, the Goldman Sachs says to sell the stock, giving it a price target of $10.60 per share, representing a potential downside of 14%.

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What We’ll Be Watching For Ahead

Moving forward, the CNA Finance team will be keeping a close eye on AMD. In particular, while we’ll be watching the cryptocurrency demand, we’re more interested in the ongoing growth of AMD’s products in the computer gaming industry, one that we believe Goldman Sachs may have underestimated. We’ll continue to follow the story closely and bring the news to you as it breaks!

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Gevo, Inc. (NASDAQ: GEVO) Before we get into this interview, I'd like to extend a special thanks to my friend Joey who both set up the...