This week included lots of volatility, as earnings season continued and the overall stock market fell more than 2% before recovering by the end of the week. Though the S&P 500 was down over 2% during intraday trading on Thursday, the index climbed sharply on Friday, leaving stocks about where they started.
Amid this volatile week, three stories in tech stood out.
Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) stock soared to new highs after a solid second quarter and as Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathawayrevealed a larger stake in the company. Snap (NYSE:SNAP) stock plummeted as the company’s recent redesign for Snapchat dragged on results. Financial technology company Square (NYSE:SQ) saw its revenue growth accelerate again.
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Apple stock jumps
On Tuesday afternoon, Apple announced the results for its second quarter of fiscal 2018, or the period ending March 31.The results beat expectations, sending shares about 5% higher on Wednesday. Apple’s second-quarter results highlighted strength across the company’s business as iPhone revenue climbed 14% year over year, services revenue jumped 31%, and other products revenue soared 38%.These strong drivershelped Apple’s total revenue and earnings per share rise 16% and 30%, respectively.
Top Warren Buffett Stocks To Watch Right Now: NXP Semiconductors N.V.(NXPI)
- [By Paul Ausick]
The offer has two caveats. First, Qualcomm’s bid for NXP Semiconductor N.V. (NASDAQ: NXPI) must either be completed at that price or rejected. Second, Qualcomm may not delay or cancel its scheduled annual meeting set for March 6.
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The path has been beset with challenges, from a hostile takeover attempt by Hock Tan’s Broadcom Corp. (AVGO) to an epic IP battle with Apple Inc. (AAPL) and a landmark acquisition of NXP Semiconductors NV (NXPI) that faced an activist campaign by Elliott Management Corp. and a protracted review by regulators in China.
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These are the top 5 holdings of Burren Capital Advisors LtdMonsanto Co (MON) – 77,300 shares, 36.53% of the total portfolio. Shares added by 26.41%NXP Semiconductors NV (NXPI) – 49,500 shares, 23.46% of the total portfolio. New PositionDell-VMWare Tracking Stock (DVMT) – 57,930 shares, 17.17% of the total portfolio. Shares added by 5.52%Time Warner Inc (TWX) – 30,800 shares, 11.8% of the total portfolio. Shares added by 3.77%Bunge Ltd (BG) – 25,050 shares, 7.5% of
- [By Paul Ausick]
NXP Semiconductor NV (NASDAQ: NXPI) fell by about 3.7% Friday to post a new 52-week low of $103.19 after closing at $107.17 on Thursday. The 52-week high is $125.93. Volume of about 11.3 million was nearly triple the daily average of about 4.5 million. The company’s proposed merger with Qualcomm has hit a roadblock with Chinese regulators.
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Shares of NXP Semiconductors NV (NXPI) trended lower again Tuesday, April 24, registering their ninth day of losses in 10 trading sessions.
By the market close, shares of the chipmaker were down 1.42% to $101.71. During the previous session, the stock clocked in its lowest closing price since April 2017. Over the last five sessions, NXP stock is down nearly 10%, while it remains lower more than 15% in the last three months.
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Top Warren Buffett Stocks To Watch Right Now: Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Inc.(ARE)
- [By Todd Campbell]
It’s not just tech companies that can trace their roots back to a garage. According to co-founder Joel Marcus,Alexandria Real Estate Equities (NYSE:ARE)– a real estate investment trust specializing in life sciences laboratory and office space — got its start in a garage, too. Since its founding in 1994, Alexandria Real Estate has grown into an $18 billion commercial real estate Goliath with $1.1 billion in annual revenue. Can this company’s success continue?I recently spoke with Marcus to learn more about the company and its opportunities.
- [By Stephan Byrd]
Aecon Group Inc. (TSE:ARE) – Stock analysts at Desjardins cut their FY2018 earnings estimates for Aecon Group in a research note issued to investors on Thursday, May 24th. Desjardins analyst B. Poirier now forecasts that the company will post earnings of $0.96 per share for the year, down from their prior forecast of $1.14. Desjardins currently has a “Buy” rating on the stock.
Top Warren Buffett Stocks To Watch Right Now: Pacific Gas & Electric Co.(PCG)
- [By Paul Ausick]
PG&E Corp. (NYSE: PCG) dropped more than 18% Thursday to post a new 52-week low of $41.61 after closing at $51.12 on Wednesday. The 52-week high is $71.57. Volume was around 47 million, nearly 8 times the daily average of around 6 million. The giant utility suspended its quarterly dividend this morning in order to set aside funds to deal with potential liability resulting from wildfires earlier this year in Northern California.
- [By Jon C. Ogg]
PG&E Corp. (NYSE: PCG), the parent of Pacific Gas & Electric, has been the focus of many regulatory actions in California over time. And power lines have been targeted, and PG&E shares dropped after the 2017 wildfires in the state.
- [By Logan Wallace]
Pacific Gas and Electric (NYSE: PCG) and Unitil (NYSE:UTL) are both utilities companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, dividends, earnings, risk, analyst recommendations, valuation and institutional ownership.
- [By Chris Lange]
The S&P 500 stock posting the largest daily percentage loss ahead of the close Thursday was PG&E Corp. (NYSE: PCG) which traded down about 13% at $44.43. The stocks 52-week range is $41.61 to $71.57. Volume was 52 million versus the daily average of 6 million shares.
- [By Chris Lange]
The stock posting the largest daily percentage gain in the S&P 500 ahead of the close Tuesday was PG&E Corp. (NYSE: PCG) which rose about 6% to $45.08. The stocks 52-week range is $37.30 to $71.57. Volume was nearly 13 million compared to the daily average volume of 6.8 million.
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PG&E Corporation (NYSE: PCG) has spent most of the last five weeks consolidating into a tight range, but it looks to have finally broken out on April 5. Since then the stock is up about 7 percent, and despite Friday's weakness VantagePoint's indicators are pointing to that bullish trend remaining intact.
Top Warren Buffett Stocks To Watch Right Now: Aimia Inc. (GAPFF)
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Aimia (OTCPK:GAPFF) (TSX: AIM, AIM.PR.A, AIM.PR.B, AIM.PR.C)
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Top Warren Buffett Stocks To Watch Right Now: Noble Energy Inc.(NBL)
- [By Ethan Ryder]
Victory Capital Management Inc. trimmed its stake in Noble Energy (NYSE:NBL) by 0.2% in the first quarter, according to the company in its most recent disclosure with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The institutional investor owned 2,009,700 shares of the oil and gas development company’s stock after selling 4,440 shares during the quarter. Victory Capital Management Inc. owned approximately 0.41% of Noble Energy worth $60,894,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.
- [By Ethan Ryder]
Noble Energy (NYSE:NBL) – Jefferies Group lifted their FY2018 earnings estimates for Noble Energy in a report issued on Thursday, May 3rd. Jefferies Group analyst M. Lear now forecasts that the oil and gas development company will earn $0.88 per share for the year, up from their previous estimate of $0.87. Jefferies Group currently has a “Buy” rating and a $40.00 target price on the stock. Jefferies Group also issued estimates for Noble Energy’s Q4 2018 earnings at $0.13 EPS, Q1 2019 earnings at $0.15 EPS, Q1 2020 earnings at $0.55 EPS and FY2020 earnings at $2.52 EPS.