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3 Takeaways for Activision Stock Following Q4 Earnings

Amid the vast technology sphere, the video game segment is usually a no-brainer. Worldwide growth and mainstream acceptance have fueled gaming developers and publishers like Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ:ATVI). Unfortunately, Activision stock received a hammering due to competitive threats, disappointing revenues and broader market weaknesses. Things got even worse for the gaming giant earlier this month. Fears that management had no real answer for the free-to-play (FTP) Fortnite rattled ATVI stock. Moreover, competitors like Take-Two (NASDAQ:TTWO) suffered sharp volatility during this time despite posting relatively strong results. Additionally, the latest DLC (downloadable content) expansion from Activision’s prized franchise, Destiny, failed to live up to expectations. This, from Activision chief operating officer, Coddy Johnson:
"We have not yet seen the full core re-engage in Destiny, which has kind of led to the underpeformance against our expectations to date. Some players we think are still in wait-and-see mode. So when you're in, you're deeply engaged. If you're not, we're hoping now's the time to bring players back in and win them back."
While this latest disappointment played a role in Bungie's split with Activision, the two companies have had bad blood for years. It was reported that Bungie employees "cheered and popped champagne." Now game developer Bungie gets to keep Destiny. While the fallout wasn’t surprising considering the years of tension, it leaves Activision stock with a critical content gap. Besides these headwinds, we haven’t yet discussed the category five hurricane. In a rumor that was later confirmed, ATVI will cut 775 jobs, or 8% of its workforce. Typically, companies don’t announce massive layoffs following a record revenue-generating year. However, disappointments have sadly become the norm for ATVI stock. That said, embattled shareholders and speculators saw some reason for optimism. Despite reporting mixed results for its fourth-quarter fiscal 2018 earnings report beating on earnings per share but missing on revenue -- Activision stock gained 3% on Tuesday’s after-hours session, and is still trading 3% higher going into the open. Still, discount-diving ATVI has substantial risks. While the earnings print was okay, the company’s guidance was decidedly awful. For both the upcoming Q1 and full-year 2019, management badly undercut analysts’ expectations. [ipm_internal_ad_list ipm_ad__post_id_1="1327366" ipm_ad_copy_1="9%20U.S.%20Stocks%20That%20Are%20Coming%20to%20Life%20Again" ipm_ad_url_1="https://investorplace.com/2019/02/9-u-s-stocks-that-are-coming-to-life-again/" /] Can ATVI stock break out of its rut, or is the gaming giant merely setting up a bull trap? Here are my three main takeaways: Read Article

UnitedHealth Stock Is a Buy, but Keep an Eye on the External Risks

UnitedHealth's strong performance can move UNH stock higher. But external headwinds present a risk worth watching. Read Article

Men’s Yoga Is Yet Another Reason to Buy Nike Stock

The only athletic apparel market that Nike doesn't dominate is yoga, but Nike stock is starting to make moves there too Read Article

Why Shopify Stock Could See $200 in 2019

Shopify continues to impress with huge revenue and profit growth, and that winning combination will power Shopify stock to $200 in 2019. Read Article

Hanesbrands Stock Turnaround Has Runway After Year-End Beat Down

After a rough 2018, HBI stock has started off 2019 with a bang, and Hanesbrands fundamentals imply this rally is far from over. Read Article

8 Small-Cap Stocks to Buy for Big-Time Growth Potential

Some investors might see small-cap stocks as too risky, but these small caps have significant growth potential in the markets. Read Article

The GrokStyle Buyout Is Another Sign of a Facebook Stock Turnaround

After bleeding out for the second half of 2018, Facebook stock starts a new chapter with its GrokStyle acquisition. Read Article

If You Liked Tesla Stock Then, You Have to Love Nio Stock Now

Nio stock hasn't been a great performer since its September U.S. IPO. But NIO Inc stock looks more attractive than Tesla's stock was Read Article

The 3 Best Chinese Stocks to Buy for a Long-Term Portfolio

Chinese stocks will likely continue to experience volatility in the coming weeks, but they still offer robust long-term prospects. Read Article

The 7 Best Video Game Stocks to Power Up Your Portfolio!

While competitive pressures have pushed video game stocks down, fundamental strengths imply a resurgence in the sector. Read Article

Is Leadership a Problem for Facebook Stock?

Facebook and FB stock will benefit from keeping its dynamic duo intact.  FB will not be helped by a leadership change at this point. Read Article

Is Nio — the Tesla of China — for You?

Electric vehicle maker is off to a fast start in 2019. Read Article

Why All the Jobs Cuts Are Actually Good for Tesla Stock

Cutting jobs is part of Tesla's long-term strategy to democratize the EV market, and that means job cuts are actually good for Tesla stock. Read Article

3 Big Tech Stocks to Watch In an Edgy Market

With the proverbial walls of earnings season closing in on us, expectations are diminishing. These three stocks are drawing heavy interest. Read Article

7 Forever Stocks to Buy for Long-Term Gains

Long-term investors don't just want to buy and hold long-term winners. They want to buy and hold "forever stocks." Read Article

5 High-Growth Stocks Undervalued by the Market

These high-growth stocks trade at reasonable valuations given their growth rates and should surge higher once the market takes notice. Read Article

3 Reasons to Buy United Airlines Stock

United Airlines stock could be sitting on the cusp of a breakout, but that's not the only reason to consider UAL on the long side. Read Article

3 Cheap Stocks to Buy (Before They Skyrocket)

These cheap stocks offer a low multiple, high growth rates, and a catalyst that should take them higher in the coming months and years. Read Article

Thanks to Apex Legends, Electronic Arts Stock Is Back in the Game

Fortnite finally has as competitor in Apex Legends -- and it could send Electronic Arts stock its 52-week high and beyond. Read Article

10 Stocks That Every 20-Year-Old Should Buy

Young people have a long-term horizon, so they can afford to take risks. But it's also crucial for 20-somethings to build wealth reliably. These stocks do just that. Read Article