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Tesla TSLA Stock News

Tesla TSLA Stock NewsTesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ: TSLA)

Tesla Motors is giving investors yet another reason to invest in the stock with their most recent announcement. The company is moving from the road to the home! The new product announcement came after the trading day yesterday. Today, we’ll chat about what the new product is, how investors reacted to it, and what it could mean for Tesla in the future.

The New Tesla Product Making Waves

Yesterday Tesla announced that it had developed a new product designed to power homes. The product is called “Powerwall” and is designed to reduce the cost of powering your home. The Powerwall should be hitting the US market this summer and is designed for storing solar energy. Here’s what Elon Musk had to say about it…

Powerwall is a home battery that charges using electricity generated from solar panels, or when utility rates are low, and power your home in the evening. It also fortifies your home against power outages by providing a backup electricity supply. Automated, compact and simple to install, Powerwall offers independence from the utility grid and security of an energy backup.”

How TSLA Investors Reacted

While the Powerwall is sure to be a profitable product; giving investors good reason to invest, we’re not quite seeing the reaction in the market that I had expected. Personally, I think that’s because investors were expecting the new product to be a battery powered car. Nonetheless, the stock is actually down today. It has closed the day at $226.03, after a loss of 0.01%.

What We Can Expect Moving Forward

While it would be nice to see Tesla advance in the driverless car space, I have to say that I’m pretty impressed with this new product; and I don’t seem to be the only one. If you search Google for Tesla right now, chances are that 3 out of every 4 articles you find will have something to do with the Powerwall. Also considering the fact that solar is still a growing industry (even with oil values down), this can prove to be an incredibly lucrative venture. With all of that in mind, I have to say that I’m expecting big things from Tesla moving forward!

What Do You Think?

Where do you think Tesla is headed and why? Let us know in the comments below!

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CRM Stock News

CRM Stock NewsThere has been enormous action in stock of Salesforce.Com (NASDAQ: CRM) this week, based on takeover rumors.

Nothing is going to happen.

Here is why my own “spidey sense” indicates. Oracle (NASDAQ: ORCL) is interested in buying the company. Salesforce is a big customer for Oracle software and hardware. It is more successful in selling that combination as “cloud” than Oracle itself. It would make a great bold-on acquisition. And it’s very possible that people at that company were preparing a bid this week.

But Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff does not want to sell. Why should he, at least until the company starts turning a profit, which it hasn’t done since 2011, when it was less than half the size it is now. You can’t calculate a P/E ratio on a company with no earnings. At its current price the Price/Sales ratio is close to 10.

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So some strategic leaks, simple non-denial denials, were all that was necessary for Bloomberg to go off to the races, with a story claiming the company was talking to its bankers about a possible acquisition. Immediately a list of names came up as potential buyers, led by Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT), which has been working to get Salesforce business onto its Azure cloud and which, with its $397 billion market cap, could actually buy a company worth about $50 billion in today’s market.

But it’s not happening. While Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella may be interested, he’s not going to chase a money-losing acquisition at any price. Salesforce merely played the rumor of Microsoft (and anyone else the media wanted to name) against the potential of an Oracle bid, got the stock price above what any bidder could pay, and then went back to work.

If you have the nerve, short CRM today.

GoPro GPRO stock News

GoPro GPRO stock NewsGoPro, Inc. (NASDAQ: GPRO)

GoPro released their first quarter earnings report yesterday after the closing bell; and while after hours reactions were a bit mixed, there’s no doubt that investors are happy today! Below, we’ll take a look at what we saw from the earnings report, what we saw in the market following the news, and what we can expect from GPRO moving forward. So, let’s get right to it!

GoPro Earnings Beat Both Top Line & EPS Expectations

If you’d like to learn about the GPRO earnings report in detail, click here. However, here are the main points from the report…

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  • Earnings Per Share – In the first quarter, GoPro generated an EPS of $0.24; 6 cents above what analysts expected to see.
  • Revenue – Revenue came in at $363 million; far exceeding the $340.99 million analysts expected.
  • Gross Margin – Gross Margin came in at 45.2%; also beating analyst expectations.

All in all, the earnings report was overwhelmingly positive.

How The GPRO Reacted To The News

Strangely, the stock was relatively bearish in after hours trading following the news, however investors seem to be excited today. After a large climb in the morning, the market has corrected and moved toward stable growth; still with impressive gains. Currently (2:08) GPRO is trading at $52.85 per share after a gain of 12.40% so far today!

Moving Forward

If you follow my writing, you know that I love to see great earnings reports. They show that a company is not only on track, but beating expectations and most likely to succeed long term. With that being said, I would expect to continue to see gains on both the short and long term outlooks.

What Do You Think?

Where do you think GPRO is headed and why? Let us know in the comments below!

Apple stock news

Apple stock newsThe Expectations for Apple (AAPL) Earnings

As many people are probably quite aware, the red hot tech giant, Apple Inc. (AAPL) is having their Q2 2015 Earnings Release this Monday, April 27 at 4pm EST. The current analyst consensus is $2.16 a share. This is up from the same period last year where consensus was $1.66 a share. In January, Apple announced earnings guidance and a gross margin expectation between 38.5% and 39.5% The revenue is forecasted at $56.1 billion compared with last years Q2 at $45.6 billion. In other words, Apple is still making money and growing their piggy bank, but, will that be enough to satiate the over enthusiastic investors and keep the big money bears away, looking to pounce and scalp any short term, perceived weakness?

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Apple has a few key metrics that many people will be looking out for during the call. What are iPhone sales doing? Is China still one of their fastest growing markets? What are the numbers looking like for the new Apple Pay service? Will there be an update or timeline announced for Apple’s new television service? It has been reported that pre sales of the Apple Watch have exhausted supply chains and that demand is driving backorders and shipping delays, which one would think is generally a good thing. Then there are the dividend and share buyback plans. Apple announced in 2012, that it would pay out $130 billion in dividends and share buybacks through the end of 2015. So far, they have kept good on their word and have paid out $103 billion. At the end of 2014, Apple was sitting on $178 billion in cash. By all accounts, fairly astounding numbers.

Many investors, analysts and speculators suggest that Apple will be the first company ever with a trillion dollar valuation. Currently, it sits around $750 billion in market cap. Numbers like these draw savvy investors and novice retail traders to the market like moths to a flame. But, is Apple really a buy and hold here? Or is there a smarter way to trade around the numbers on Monday.

Trading the Event

As a long time trader and investor, I have definitely followed Apple’s story over the years. In 2015, I have traded Apple several times, and with 100% success thus far. After watching this company release new products and go through earnings calls in the past, it isn’t as simple as buying and holding and waiting it out. Sure, if you have time and aren’t an active trader, you can buy and hold Apple, collect your dividend, and cash in your shares 20 years from now if that suits you. However, if you have ever seen Apple’s previous earnings events and the subsequent price action in the stock, there is more going on that meets the eye.

Due to the extreme hype and pressure to constantly wow the investors, if Apple reports anything less than blowout numbers, beating on every level and increasing guidance forecasts, Apple generally tends to see a sharp sell off. It is the downside of being the king. All eyes are on you, and when you don’t give the people what they want, they riot, picket, complain, sell and short the stock. As a trading educator and active trader, I do not recommend playing Apple long or short through any volatile event. I can recommend however, if you are so inclined to trade this and want to be a part of the action, to consider a more conservative strategy that will help you manage your risk with this giant. You can see here where I traded around the events, not through them. I am a huge proponent of risk management and risk management techniques and in my opinion, a straddle or strangle options strategy is going to be the safest bet.

In a short, swing trade video recap from last week, I explained how I traded Apple most recently. There is no reason that even novice investors with capital looking to profit can’t take advantage of the price action in Apple and see 100% success rates too. Keep an eye for my trade alerts on Twitter and StockTwits, cause once we know what the numbers end up being, you can bet I am going to look for an entry on this goliath for another quick profit.

Where do you think we will see Apple in the coming weeks and months? Leave your comments below!

As always, if you have any questions about trading, education or anything discussed in this article, feel free to contact me jeff@warriortrading.com

Amazon Stock NewsINTO THE TRADING WEEK, 27.04.15  via <PREMIUM> www.YourPersonalTrader.com

A lot of negativity, complaining this weekend continued in regards to the S&P and Nasdaq move to record highs with many commenting on the narrow scope of sectors/groups participating in the move. Basically saying it was only a handful of stocks driving the market. That’s an all nice after the fact recap, but here we prefer to lead, “Luckily for us at YPT, we can trade forward… earnings get in gear!..Luckily, the earnings(Shadowlist plays) deluge this week may possibly perk them back up quite quickly”.  YES it did!

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At the end of the week, the group driving the market was YPT’s earnings linked growth stocks (Shadowlist) and our market momentum gauge the Nasdaq Internet Index +4%/wk, so there’s no complaining here. Last week ITTW said the market had no reason to break higher, this week it got some tailwind from exceptional MegaCap Internet earnings, which we noted as the ‘anticipation’ early week strength, the QNET new highs and the eventual strong reports from EBAY AMZN GOOG to go with NFLX earlier report.

In all, 25% of YPT Shadowlist stocks had gains of 5% or higher on the week making it the ‘handful of stocks’ for the week. 

As far as the S&P, yes its a pretty subtle move at the moment, but we already knew that into last Friday’s trade, “What makes this QNET led trade a reality is today the Semi’s, Homebuilders, Capital Goods stocks and sectors were all weak off earnings. It is strictly a QNET (Growth) led market from start to finish (hopefully) this week. The question now is can QNET burden the load?”.  

Can it burden the load?. Well now thanks the QNET breaking 2014 highs as noted Wednesday, the QNET index ETF links FDN PNQI SOCL are all of a sudden getting a lot of play with the gapper on Friday, which should help some.  A who’s who list of notable Nets report this week may also (ie LNKD BIDU..) or AAPL, but nothing may help as much as some strong M&A activity to start the week to escalate the ‘pain’ trade.

All in, ITTW the premise remains the same as another plethora of earnings in our niche hits, remember the pre-earnings runs are trumping the reactions as far as follow through post good reports. Not worrying about the S&P and whether this is the breakout, the Shadowlist will most likely tell you as the week progresses.

GOOD TRADING!

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Into the trading week

Into the trading weekINTO THE TRADING WEEK, 20.04.15  

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As market trading dust settled on the week, a lot had happened, but at the end nothing new materialized. The whipsaw continues within the S&P trading range after another rejection near the top of the range. A dip on Monday, a dip on Friday and a 2 day ‘Incinerator Rally’ on Oil links in between. The framework expressed into last week played out as seen below, U.S couldn’t ride the coattails of Europe/Asia as one or both would eventually tire leaving U.S stocks with nothing to go on. There is no change to the outlook this week, you can re-read the last 5 daily journals or just go by a few of the items below. 

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Simply, the Black Sheep (U.S equities) stopped sitting and idling in jealousy and caught a tailwind finally off the Asian/European markets with the help of “bustling M&A activity” to close off the week. Other then ‘drafting’ behind Global Markets and a flurry of M&A activity this market has little reason to break out of the 2000-2100 range with vigor (to SPX 2150) unless this Global wave continues and/or we see a break of the QNET 2014 top. To be honest, don’t think it happens just yet unless a massive pile on into stocks comes beginning of the week.. In all, prefer to see a market dip from here or from a little higher back to mid range (2050)…”

Weekend crowd anticipation for strong markets out of the gate flopped today. Giddiness consisting of all time highs in MSCI All Countries Index, SPX poking its head over 2100k after a strong close to the week, index charts near highs and anticipation for Merger Monday ended in disappointment as a wave of fresh ‘chaser’ bids never materialized..

“Charts can show you one thing (ie: coiled, near highs), but individual trader/investor psych can express something completely different. Today, it showed its a little fatigued and probably feeling its not worth much more at 2100 SPX (18x) levels with the economy losing momentum(per Q1 data) and a USD dollar back at highs, possibly doing more damage going forward. Right now the market is fairly priced..”

Luckily for us at YPT, we can trade forward without worrying about China Securities regulation news, its weekend RRR cuts or what will eventually be an 11th hour Greek agreement, as earnings get in gear!. As noted in Friday’s ITTD, despite  the outperformance of QNET-Shadowlist stocks in the previous session there was little in the way of stocks near highs. After Friday’s big dipper, maybe 10% of the single stocks remain over 9ema despite market still being near top of range. Not a very good sign to say the least as we love NCH’s, new closing highs to play. Luckily, the earnings deluge this week may possibly perk them back up quite quickly. 

MONDAY: FTNT  

TUESDAY: UA CMG URI ILMN MANH  

WEDNESDAY: NEU TYL FB

A.M Update: *RRR news is seemingly bolstering the ES_F. CHINA H-shares fell nearly 3% as sell the inevitable news seems to have taken hold here first, SCHOMP down a bit. Otherwise, ES_F riding a Europe coattail bounce. Big contract win for a YPT’s SHADOWLIST stock this morning. ALERT sent out to members.

GOOD TRADING!

Facebook Stock News

Facebook Stock NewsThis week is going to be a major week for the US market. The reality is that US stocks have had a tough time recently with the Dow Jones Industrial Average, NASDAQ, and S&P 500 all edging down last week as investors waited on reassurance from earnings reports. However, this week, the big reports are coming; and there are going to be a few key things to pay attention to. Here’s what I’ll be looking out for….

Facebook Inc (NASDAQ: FB)

Earnings Report Date – April 22nd

Facebook is one of the reports that I’ll be watching incredibly closely. When it comes to FB, we’re talking about one of the tech stocks with the most price volatility. So, no matter which way the report goes, we’re sure to see strong movement. However, I am expecting to see a good report. Throughout the past few months, we’ve seen a ton of great things from Facebook. The company has focused heavily on making the social network even more welcoming while finding ways to increase advertising revenue. The only challenge here is going to be the strong US dollar. I’ll be watching to see if poor figures from ad sales outside the US hurt the otherwise, presumably positive report.

Google Inc Class C (NASDAQ: GOOG)

Earnings Report Date – April 23rd

On the other hand, I’m not expecting much positive news from Google. Here’s the thing….investors are OK will missed revenue for a quarter here and there, but I’m expecting to see a miss for the second consecutive quarter on this report. Now, don’t get me wrong; I absolutely love Google as a long term investment. I’m not expecting to see declines because of what Google sells or how they sell it. It’s more about where Google’s sales come from. The reality is that a good amount of Google’s advertising revenue is from overseas. However, with the strengthening US dollar, the company admittedly had problems with sales in other nations in the last quarter. Unfortunately, I’m not expecting anything to be different this quarter except for the problem proving to have a wider impact on the company.

Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ: MSFT)

Earnings Report Date – April 23rd

Microsoft’s earnings report will be another one worth watching closely as it is sure to cause a strong trend in one direction or another. To be honest, I don’t have an opinion on what we’ll see in the report, but I will be watching it for sure. Throughout the past month, there have been mixed opinions about MSFT and what the company is capable of. We’ve seen analyst upgrades and downgrades, as well as heated debates in social trading areas like Stock Twits. While I’m sure the strong US dollar isn’t going to help foreign sales any, I’m interested in what US sales have done for the company in the quarter.

Will You Be Watching Any Other Big Earnings Reports?

If so, let us know in the comments below!

GoPro GPRO stock News

GoPro GPRO stock NewsGoPro, Inc. (NASDAQ: GPRO)

GoPro stock is doing incredibly well in the market today following a key analyst upgrade. Piper Jaffray’s own Erinn Murphy upgraded the stock in an after hours move last night. So, today we’ll talk about the upgrade, what we saw in the market as a result, and what we can expect from GoPro stock moving forward. So, lets get right to it.

Analyst Erinn Murphy Upgrades GPRO

Erinn Murphy of Piper Jaffray rates GPRO as “Overweight”; an upgrade from the previous rating of “Neutral”. The price target on the stock was set at $55. In the report, the primary reason Murphy upgraded the stock was a survey recently published by Piper Jaffray that suggested “increasing uptake of the company’s devices”. The survey showed that the company’s device ownership is nearing 18%; up from 13% in 2014.

How GoPro Stock Reacted To The News

As we’ve come to expect any time there is good news surrounding an asset, GoPro stock was up following the upgrade. After a pretty large incline at the open of the market, we’ve seen a bit of correction, followed by more growth and flat movement. Currently (12:52) GPRO is trading at $46.06 per share; up $1.56 or 3.51% so far.

What We Can Expect To See Moving Forward

According to the survey recently published by Piper Jaffray, GoPro device ownership is going up. So, I’m expecting to see great things from the earnings report that’s coming in 13 days. With that said, I think we’ll see slow and steady gains to the earnings report date. Following positive earnings, we should see break out activity. However, in the off chance that the earnings aren’t as good as expected, we will most likely see pretty large declines following the earnings report.

What Do You Think?

Where do you think GPRO stock is headed? Let us know in the comments below.

AIG Stock News

AIG Stock NewsAmerican International Group Inc (NYSE: AIG)

Amazon, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN)

It seems the insurance industry is stealing a page from e-commerce’s playbook. Insurance giant AIG recently announced it has received permission from the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) to use drones. In what could be a Domino effect from the FAA granting Amazon license to begin testing drones to assist in delivery, AIG has found that drones can be used in situations other than commerce.

Insurance industry exciting?

“I’ve never been as excited about the insurance industry as I am now,” said Andrew Maximow, director of client services at the drone maker 3D Robotics, in an interview with the Verge. And why shouldn’t he be? This is just the beginning of what could be a massive innovation in the insurance industry.

In AIG’s announcement, it explained it would be using the drones to help assess the damage of roofs and weak structures after storms and/or natural disasters, thereby protecting their insurance inspectors from a dangerous environment. But not only does it keep insurance inspectors out of danger, it will likely also a) take a lot less time to do an inspection and b) decrease the need for inspectors, thus saving costs for the company.

AIG put it that way in its press release, at least:

“UAVs can help accelerate surveys of disaster areas with high-resolution images for faster claims handling, risk assessment, and payments. They can also quickly and safely reach areas that could be dangerous or inaccessible for manual inspection, and they provide richer information about properties, structures, and claim events. The exemption also permits AIG to implement a robust research and development program to explore new and innovative ways to employ UAVs in support of the needs of its customers.” (Emphasis added)

Now let’s talk about that last portion. According to AIG, it also has license from the FAA to explore other ways to use drones to improve the customer experience. I’m not exactly sure what they could entail, but suffice it to say AIG is likely pouring a lot of resources into leading the insurance industry into a new age of technology.

Chief technology officer

To add to the concept of maximizing technology to innovate, AIG also announced it was creating the role of Chief Technology Officer in another attempt to modernize the company. This is a huge step for new CEO Peter Hancock, who took over for Robert Benmosche after the latter brought AIG out of the financial crisis.

There was a lot of speculation at the time whether Hancock would be able to fill Benmosche’s shoes, but it looks like he’s filling them quite nicely. Michael Brady, the newly appointed CTO, will first focus on improving the productivity of AIG’s workforce and to make sure there are as few technological obstacles as possible. That alone should make investors happy.

Conclusion

AIG is the largest insurer in the US and Canada, so you wouldn’t think it would be at the forefront of technological innovation. Yet that’s exactly the case. This presumably slow-moving giant is, as Mr. Maximow said it, making the insurance industry exciting again.

Stock News This Week

Stock News This WeekINTO THE TRADING WEEK, 13.04.15  via  YPT PREMIUM http://www.yourpersonaltrader.com/

Last week was a tale of two U. S equity markets, YPT’s growth linked QNET-SHADOWLIST stocks that began a steath flight on Tuesday and roared for 3 days and the ‘BIG BLACK SHEEP’, which meandered on the 2015 flat line for those 3 days till finally making a move on Friday. At the end of the week, YPT’s QNET market gauge gained 3.2% outperforming the SPX ~2% and everyone’s favorite market ‘strength’ indicator, but not ours, RUT Small Caps, which gained a paltry <1%. Recall, it’s been the $RUT all have been fixated on as a barometer of overall market strength, unfortunately the market majority watching this index missed a big rip in YPT small caps (SMID’s) this past week.

Part of YPT’s trading methodology is anticipating moves in broad markets, sectors and single stocks, this premise was in effect as of Monday when we began anticipating a change in market behaviour turning away from the latest dominating theme of dovish/hawkish market direction and to a reversal in thinking an upside risk trade to SPX 2100 was on the table. It definitely worked and if you were anticipating, you saw early this growth beta play was in effect. The idea centered into Tuesday’s ITTD and a list of top YPT plays for a possible ‘growth’ binge buying was given, a bid notably in CUDA QLYS CMCM NFLX (all +7-14% on week) ensued. At Wednesday’s close QNET had made a ‘stealth’ 52wk high, just under 2014 Momentum stock top.

Considering QNET is YPT’s market barometer and did not give up any gains by Friday’s close, it is not a surprise SPX finally caught a tailwind into 2100+. It’s quite humorous this weekend seeing FDN INTERNET INDEX charts and comments its near a downtrend line breakout. As said last week, this index lags in our books, we already had the rip many are looking for now in conjunction with a move higher for the Black Sheep of Global Markets. Simply, the Black Sheep (U.S equities) stopped sitting and idling in jealousy and caught a tailwind finally off the Asian/European markets with the help of “bustling M&A activity” to close off the week. Other then ‘drafting’ behind Global Markets and a flurry of M&A activity this market has little reason to break out of the 2000-2100 range with vigor (to SPX 2150) unless this Global wave continues and/or we see a break of the QNET 2014 top. To be honest, don’t think it happens just yet unless a massive pile on into stocks comes beginning of the week from those watching, not playing last week (‘institutional chasers’). In all, prefer to see a market dip from here or from a little higher back to mid range (2050) before firing on all cylinders higher. A real rip of 100 SP handles later!

At this point we really don’t care what the broad market tells us or shows us, it’s earnings season and we’ll concentrate on single stocks going forward. These stocks won’t care what the broad market is doing day to day. If a stock deserves a bid off a good report, it will get it even if the market is down 200 points to open the day. Our niche stocks didn’t care last week the SPX and RUT was meandering to move to the upside, they won’t give a hoot going forward.

If we do get an early market continuation this week, we have many stocks, a 2nd tier of plays at the cusp of putting up more points. On Friday this list included,“..yet other crawlers start poking their heads up looking good for the day ahead(s), FLT. GWRE, LXFT (USD benefactor) NEU, TYL“. Or stocks in NCH (New Closing High) or near such levels list with a preference to ie. if cyber, look to FTNT, FEYE break DT line vs. a CUDA QLYS, which already ran. URI, DDS, FTNT, CSGP are a few more to put on top for a possible play after Friday’s action, if market gets an early week bid.

In all, a little patience for new earnings plays won’t hurt…

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