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Stock market: the earnings of McDonald’s, Microsoft, Amazon and more
The earnings season in the United States is in full swing. This means that stocks of the largest American companies will likely make big moves. Below we have gathered some important information for those who want to trade on these releases. You can trade these stocks with FBS (learn more) and make money!
Tuesday, October 22
EPS forecast: $2.21
Revenue forecast: $5.49B
Analysts expect the financial results of McDonald’s to show positive dynamics. The company is doing a lot to boost sales. For instance, it customized menus to local tastes, threw itself into promotion, incorporated technology, arranged delivery, etc. The effort is paying off, especially in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, and Italy. At the same time, the world’s largest hamburger chain has been fighting the declining frequency of customer visits to its restaurants. In addition, McDonald’s was slow to react to the meatless trend in the US. The earnings report will show whether this had financial consequences.
The stock remains within a multiyear uptrend. In August, the price has set the record high in the $220.00 area but met the channel resistance line from 2015. Since then it has formed some lower highs. Currently, it’s trading below the 50- and 100-day MAs at $213.55 and $211.25 respectively, so these lines will act as resistance. The decline below $205.00 will open the way down to $200.00 and $196.80 (50-week MA).
All in all, the upcoming figures will show whether McDonald’s is capable to resume the bullish trend now or it needs a bigger pause. The fact that the stock is rather expensive (its P/E ratio is above the industry’s average) speaks in favor of the second option.
Wednesday, October 23
EPS forecast: $0.26
Revenue forecast: $36.73B
Ford has been going through a hard time during the past few years as the demand for its cars, particularly sedans, fell. Now one of America’s largest automakers is undertaking an $11 billion restructuring plan which implies layoffs, closing factories overseas, and building capacity to manufacture electric and driverless cars. As a result, investors will want to see what progress the company made in these areas.
The stock has been within the general downtrend since 2014. In the first half of 2019, the price tried to recover but met resistance around $10.50, formed a double top and turned lower. In October, Ford managed to show a bullish correction recovering from $8.45 to the 200-day MA at $9.30. Last week the stock closed above the 50-week MA ($9.214). All in all, if the financial results are decent enough, there’s technical potential for an extension to $9.64 (September high) and $10.00 (resistance line, 200-week MA). This area, in turn, will be a great obstacle for buyers. Support lies at $8.70 and $8.45.
EPS forecast: $1.24
Revenue forecast: $32.14B
According to analysts’ forecasts, Microsoft’s earnings will rise by 9%, while revenue will increase by 10.5% y/y. Noticed that during previous quarters, the company tended to beat expectations. Microsoft has a variety of products that generate solid income. Pay special attention to the dynamics of Azure, its cloud computing service - the figures should once again be pretty impressive as the tech giant added new capabilities to its product.
The stock has been trading sideways between $142 and $131 since the end of June. The price consolidated after a long-term uptrend. Currently, it’s in the $137 area, near the middle of the horizontal range. Its edges, mentioned earlier, are the initial targets.
EPS forecast: $-0.45
Revenue forecast: $6.47B
Tesla is expected to show the third unprofitable quarter in a row despite selling a record number of cars. At this point, bad figures will be a surprise to no one, so investors, on the contrary, will look for glimpses of light: a forecast for future profit, a positive free cash flow, evidence that demand remains solid. If the electric vehicle maker doesn’t provide these sources of hope, the negative pressure on the stock will mount.
After the selloff in the first half of the year, Tesla bottomed in June and then managed to stabilize. Most recently, the price met the resistance of the July high ($266). On the upside, there are also obstacles at $268 and $273.6 (50- and 200-period MAs) ahead of $278 (50% Fibo retracement of the 2018-2019 decline). Support lies at $235 and $231 (daily MAs) as well as $225 (support line).
EPS forecast: $0.64
Revenue forecast: $2.65B
Analysts have positive expectations about eBay’s financial results. The company’s putting a lot of effort into the technological enhancement of its core e-commerce business. On the downside, the increased investment may hurt earnings. In addition, notice that the competition with Amazon and Wal-Mart is a big challenge for eBay. Investors will also look for the news regarding the potential sale of StubHub or eBay Classifieds, a contentious issue for the company that provoked the departure of its CEO last month.
The stock has been on the rise since the end of 2018. However, at the end of September, the price slipped below $39 - this level tends to be an important border for eBay during the whole year. A return above $39.50 (100- and 50-day MAs) is needed to open the way up to $41 and 42.50 (78.6% Fibo retracement of the 2018 decline). Support is at 37.65 (200-day MA), $36.50 and $35.50.
Thursday, October 24
EPS forecast: $4.59
Revenue forecast: $68.82B
According to Wall Street, Amazon’s adjusted earnings will decline by about 20% y/y showing the first decline in nine quarters. The company’s revenue, however, is seen increasing by 22%. During the last few months, Amazon was pressured by lower-than-expected earnings, volatile equity markets, political criticism, and antitrust allegations. In this report, investors will look at the numbers for Amazon Web Services (the company’s cloud segment), the signs that the Prime delivery speed increase is boosting sales growth in North America as well as Amazon’s guidance for the next quarter.
Although Amazon remains one of the best long-term performers among both tech and consumer goods stocks, it is behind other the other so-called FAANG stocks during the past year. In August, the stock violated the uptrend from the end of 2018. The price then started trading below $1,835/50, limited by the 100- and the 50-day MAs. The most recent attempt of the price to get higher ran into an obstacle just below $1,800, near the 200-day MA. All the mentioned levels will act as resistance. Below $1,740 support is at $1,700 and $1,670 (June low).
EPS forecast: $1.23
Revenue forecast: $18.02B
During the previous quarter, Intel benefited from rising demand for personal computers and sales of higher-priced server chips. Investors will want to see whether the positive trend continues and what the semiconductor producer projects for the rest of the year. So far, the stock has been resilient enough despite the trade war between the United States and China, an important market for the chipmaker, although the threat of higher tariffs has obviously limited its upside.
The stock of Intel is trading within an ascending triangle. The resistance that has been keeping the price from getting higher lies at $53.20 (61.8% Fibo retracement of the April-May decline). The break above this obstacle will open the way up to $55 and $56 (78.6% Fibo). Support lies at $50 (200-day MA, support line) and $49.20/00. The loss of 48.50 will make the price vulnerable for a decline to $46.75.
EPS forecast: $1.43
Revenue forecast: $6.08B
For years, Visa’s stock has been slowly but surely appreciating - a reflection of the fact that digital payment is replacing cash. This tendency has all the chances to continue pushing the price higher, although there may be corrections on the way. This time, Wall Street sees Visa earnings rising by 18% y/y and revenue grows at 12%. Notice that Visa has a tendency to beat forecasts during the earnings releases.
Visa’s long-term uptrend ran in September into the resistance at $187.00. Since then, the price has consolidated around $175.00. The further resistance is at $190 and $200. On the downside, support lies at $169.00 and $163.80 (200-day MA). The fall below $160 will question the uptrend.
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