|Bid||190.79 x 800|
|Ask||190.85 x 800|
|Day's Range||189.23 - 191.37|
|52 Week Range||133.93 - 214.17|
|Beta (5Y Monthly)||0.92|
|PE Ratio (TTM)||34.35|
|Earnings Date||Jul. 21, 2020 - Jul. 27, 2020|
|Forward Dividend & Yield||1.20 (0.63%)|
|Ex-Dividend Date||May 13, 2020|
|1y Target Est||200.50|
A recent survey released by Piper Sandler, which assessed consumer behavior changes amidst COVID-19, concluded that most respondents were generally optimistic about the economy, more than half are spending less since mid-March, and 55% of consumers don’t expect to return to normal spending behavior for 6 months after COVID-19 concerns fade. The Final Round panel breaks down the survey and discusses what the survey means for retailers in a post-coronavirus world.
The key characteristics of companies that can stand the test of time include a long runway for growth, a dominant market position, and a large and untapped addressable market. Amazon clocked up net sales of $75.5 billion during the previous quarter, up 26.6% year over year, while generating trailing twelve-month free cash flow of $24.3 billion. Amazon's dominance should allow it to continue to grow over the long term, as more countries industrialize and more consumers switch to e-commerce.
Whether it was for the tax deduction and deferred taxable gains of a traditional IRA or the future tax-free gains of a Roth IRA (after you wait five years and reach age 59 and a half, of course), that contribution will yield rich rewards down the road. Three options that could be great for your IRA are salesforce.com (NYSE: CRM), Visa (NYSE: V), and Alibaba (NYSE: BABA). For years now, cloud computing has been picking up steam and fueling "digital transformation" -- a catch-all phrase for organizations looking to update their operations for the 21st century.
On May 15, some of the world's best investors -- including the "Oracle of Omaha," Warren Buffett himself -- had to file their quarterly 13F forms with the Securities and Exchange Commission. It offers a window into what top investors have been buying, selling, and leaving alone. Here are three stocks that top investors have recently been buying, and some reasons why you might want to do the same.
(Bloomberg Opinion) -- After a prolonged shutdown, Ford Motor Co. officially resumed production at its North American factories this week. It hasn’t been as smooth a process as the company might have hoped: Ford had to temporarily close two critical facilities this week to allow for a deep cleaning after workers tested positive for the coronavirus. An Explorer SUV plant in Chicago was closed a second time after an employee at a nearby supplier facility tested positive for the virus, causing a parts shortage.This is the reality of manufacturing for the time being as companies fret about worker safety and the legal and reputational risks of not doing enough to protect employees. Unlike Ford, whose products fall into a category of consumer spending that’s become even more discretionary amid the pandemic, wide swaths of the industrial sector were deemed essential and allowed to remain operational. Those companies, too, have had their share of growing pains as they adjust to a new way of working.Boeing Co. temporarily closed its factories in the Puget Sound area in March after a worker died of the coronavirus and later briefly shuttered work at its 787 plant in South Carolina. CBS Minnesota reported earlier this month that a Honeywell International Inc. facility in Minneapolis had closed after a worker tested positive. Whirlpool Corp. closed its Amana, Iowa, refrigerator plant at least twice after employees tested positive for the virus, according to the Gazette local paper. Deere & Co. and Altria Group Inc.’s Philip Morris USA are among the many others that have had to close plants on a limited basis to avoid outbreaks among workers. Lockheed Martin Corp., meanwhile, said this week it will temporarily slow production of the F-35 fighter jet because of delays at suppliers. It’s a lot harder, though, to bring factories back to life than it is to just figure it out as you go along. Ford may be a manufacturer, but because it’s one of the few to have experienced an extended lockdown, it’s arguably a better benchmark for the non-industrial economy. You better believe that office-based companies that have sent most of their workers home are keeping a close eye on how the likes of Ford fare in flipping the switch back on. Seeing the automaker’s setbacks this week, companies that can operate without their employees clustered in the same place may be less keen to rush back. They’re getting a more continuous stream of work out of their employees now than they would if they had to hit the pause button and clear out the office every few weeks. And the mixed messages from the White House aren't helpful: President Donald Trump is due to visit a Ford factory in Michigan that’s been converted to ventilator production and has been wishy-washy on whether he will adhere to the company’s face-mask requirements. Already, American Express Co. CEO Steve Squeri and Visa Inc. CEO Al Kelly said this week that most of their employees would work from home for the rest of the year. Some 28% of employers recently surveyed by Challenger, Gray & Christmas said they would make work-from-home arrangements permanent for at least some employees. Cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase and social media site Twitter Inc. are among those who have publicly said remote working will be their indefinite default option. Facebook Inc. said Thursday it would follow suit and move to a more permanent remote workforce.At the end of the day, manufacturing or non-manufacturing, it's all interconnected. How permanent this shift to work from home will be is debatable, but if companies end up needing less office space, by default that means fewer HVAC systems, commercial lighting, fire and security products or even 3M Co.’s Post-it notes. And if workers aren’t going to be commuting, do they still need to buy cars from Ford? There's a lot riding on getting reopening right. This column does not necessarily reflect the opinion of the editorial board or Bloomberg LP and its owners.Brooke Sutherland is a Bloomberg Opinion columnist covering deals and industrial companies. She previously wrote an M&A column for Bloomberg News.For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com/opinionSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.
GoodData®, a leading global analytics company, announced today an investment and strategic partnership with Visa Inc. (NYSE:V), the world’s leader in digital payments. The investment further bolsters Visa’s commitment to providing access to aggregated data and analytics that help Visa clients and partners understand the impact and effectiveness of the critical decisions they are making today.
The world's largest payments network is looking at bringing employees back to offices on a site-by-site basis in stages, said Kelly in a LinkedIn post on Tuesday. Rival firm American Express Co said on Monday that a majority of their employees can continue working remotely for the rest of the year, while payments technology company Square Inc offered most of its workforce the option to work from home permanently.
American Express CEO Stephen Squeri lays out his vision for how employees will return to work after COVID-19 quarantines lift.
Investors who are looking for good dividend stocks don't have to forgo the possibility of earning capital appreciation along the way. While many dividend stocks may sometimes offer mediocre returns, some have real potential. Eli Lilly (NYSE: LLY) is up 20% since the start of 2020, as the drug manufacturer's been a stable buy during a very volatile year thus far.
Visa (NYSE: V) is pushing deeper into the ever-growing digital payments sphere by signing up a raft of global players in that segment to be part of its Visa Token Service. The card giant announced Wednesday that it had added 28 partners for the service, including prominent Russian internet company Yandex's Yandex.Money and other international "gateway" payment service providers. Once these partners are certified, they will be able to tokenize all transactions effected by and through their clients on Visa cards.
Visa Inc. (NYSE:V) today announced that 28 new partners will be joining Visa Token Service as credential-on-file (COF) token requestors. These new partners will help make digital transactions more secure by tokenizing both one-time and recurring payments made with Visa credentials. Tokenization replaces a cardholder’s 16-digit Visa account number with a token that only Visa can unlock, protecting the underlying card number from fraudsters.
AGNC Investment Corp. (NASDAQ: AGNC) is a mortgage real estate investment trust (mREIT) that specializes in mortgage-backed securities guaranteed by the U.S. government. Like every other mortgage REIT over the past couple months, AGNC has taken its lumps as margin calls have forced it to deleverage.
The Visa Foundation today announced its approval of $2 million in COVID-19 relief grants for organizations in the U.S. and Canada.
In this episode of Motley Fool Money, Chris Hill chats with Motley Fool analysts Jason Moser, Andy Cross, and Aaron Bush about the latest news from Wall Street and they go through some earnings reports from a variety of industries. To catch full episodes of all The Motley Fool's free podcasts, check out our podcast center. Chris Hill: We're going to begin, once again, with the big macro.
Investing in stocks by itself is risky, but stocks can also make you filthy rich if you can cherry-pick the right ones and own them for long periods of time. When it comes to risk, stocks in defensive sectors, with strong competitive advantages, financial fortitude, and a commitment to shareholders, stand a better chance to survive a downturn. Water is a necessity, and that's exactly what makes American States Water (NYSE: AWR) a no-brainer low-risk stock.
Shares of Eros International (NYSE: EROS) were climbing higher on Friday after announcing a new partnership with Visa (NYSE: V) in India, strengthening its leadership position in the country. The Visa partnership is the only news specific to Eros explaining the stock's move. Eros International offers a top streaming service in India called Eros Now.
Visa (NYSE: V) got 2020 started right. During the first three months of the year (the company's fiscal 2020 second quarter), revenue increased 7% year over year to $5.85 billion, and adjusted earnings per share grew 9% to $1.
(Bloomberg) -- Shares of PayPal Holdings Inc. rallied as much as 13%, reaching a record high in early trading on Thursday, with analysts zeroing in on the payments company’s strong April trends and growth in electronic transactions across the board.Square Inc. rose as much as 8.6% to the highest since early March, as it benefited from some of that, too. But worries about credit and its small-and-medium sized business market factored in as well.Both are outperforming the market so far this year, with PayPal soaring 34% and Square up 19%, even as the S&P 500 has shed 11%, stung by the economic impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic.Here’s a sample of the latest commentary:Morgan Stanley, James FaucetteFor PayPal, “April really took off,” Faucette wrote in a note, “as consumers settled into modified behaviors.”Surging online activity and changes in behavior mean there’s a chance the firm can boost offline acceptance, which is key to maintaining its “pole position in the development of digital wallet services,” he said. That’s along with a big jump in new account activations, which quickened the pace of existing business growth.On the other hand, the downturn “makes Square look like a bank,” Faucette said, with loss reserves wiping out profit. Plus, there’s a looming “bank-like fall in loans to merchant borrowers,” while Cash App, which offers consumers bank-like services, had good results. He added that the Paycheck Protection Program gave Square Capital revenues “minor relief.”Faucette rates PayPal shares overweight and Square equal-weight.MoffettNathanson, Lisa EllisEllis flagged PayPal’s disclosure that May 1 was the company’s single largest volume day in its history, topping last Black Friday and Cyber Monday, while April core checkout button volumes rose more 43%, more than double pre-crisis growth rates.“In a sea of quite depressing payments results,” with Visa Inc. and Mastercard Inc. global card volumes trending down 20% to 25% through April, “God Bless the PayPal Checkout Button,” she said. “How goes the Checkout Button, goes PayPal.” She rates shares buy, with a target price of $170.Compass Point, Michael Del GrossoPayPal’s “April update was all that mattered and it didn’t disappoint,” Del Grosso wrote. Also, management commentary pointing to “durable” consumer shifts to online spending bolstered his view that the “current crisis only accelerated the longer-term, secular, consumer shift to e-commerce.”Del Gross sees PayPal as a “longer-term winner post-Covid.”However, Square’s expenses were materially higher than forecast due to a higher loan loss provision, and April’s worse-than-expected gross payment volume update signaled “material deceleration.” Plus, April’s Cash App new user growth may be “transitory once the effects of stimulus payments wane,” he added.He rates PayPal shares buy, with a target of $150; rates Square sell, with a target of $50.Guggenheim, Jeff Cantwell“Payment flows are shifting to e-commerce and digital as the world economy reorganizes in response to Covid-19,” Cantwell wrote, leaving PayPal “extremely well-positioned to grow TPV rapidly.”Bullish developments included adding a record number of net new active users in April at 7.4 million and record levels of customer engagement on the platform. Cantwell raised his PayPal price target to $152 from $123 and rates shares buy.KBW, Sanjay Sakhrani“We believe the payments industry is a beneficiary of the post Covid-19 changes society will implement, which will include a diminishing dependence on cash and check usage,” Sakhrani wrote. “Within that paradigm, PayPal should be a disproportionate beneficiary.” He rates shares outperform and lifted his price target to $152 from $120.(Updates first through third paragraphs for trading.)For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.