Call of Duty is going back to its roots. Image source: Activision Blizzard.
On its latest conference call, Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ:ATVI) confirmed that Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare fell short of expectations, yet the company turned in a great quarter. The top video game publisher posted growth in revenue and earnings, and increased its annual dividend by 15%.
Reports surfaced in December that Activision Blizzard’s latest Call of Duty installment — Infinite Warfare — was underperforming the year-ago title by as much as 50%. Those reports proved accurate, although we don’t know exactly how many units Infinite Warfare sold because the company doesn’t disclose that information. On the conference call, however, management explained that the new science fiction genre for the game’s setting didn’t resonate with the player base.
Top 5 Dividend Stocks To Watch Right Now: United Parcel Service Inc.(UPS)
- [By Casey Wilson]
Top executives at United Parcel Service Inc. (NYSE: UPS) took home outrageously high compensation last year, even though the parcel carrier missed many of its performance targets, like revenue growth and total shareholder returns.
- [By Brian Stoffel]
UPS (NYSE:UPS) has long been a proxy for the overall economy. When the economy is strong and consumers are feeling flush, they buy and sell more goods — and no one delivers more of those goods than UPS.
- [By Craig Jones]
On CNBC's "Fast Money Halftime Report", Pete Najarian spoke about unusually high options activity in United Parcel Service, Inc. (NYSE: UPS). He said that options traders are buying the January 2020, 140 strike calls. Around 20,000 call options were traded in the first half of the session and traders were paying $3.20 for them. The trade breaks even at $143.20 or 21.12 percent above the current market price. Pete Najarian owns shares of UPS and he thinks the stock is going much higher.
- [By JJ Kinahan]
While we’re on the subject of holiday shopping, the huge influx of online purchases apparently is causing problems for carriers such as United Parcel Service, Inc. (NYSE: UPS) and FedEx Corporation (NYSE: FDX), the Washington Post reported. UPS warned last week that some deliveries would be delayed one or two days as staffers worked extended hours to manage the rush. UPS expects its holiday load to rise 5 percent, to 750 million packages, this holiday season, while FedEx says it’s planning for up to 400 million parcels. Amazon.com Inc’s (NASDAQ: AMZN) deliveries are also experiencing delays. Americans spent a record $6.59 billion online on Cyber Monday.
Top 5 Dividend Stocks To Watch Right Now: Laboratory Corporation of America Holdings(LH)
- [By Monica Gerson]
Analysts expect Laboratory Corp. of America Holdings (NYSE: LH) to report its quarterly earnings at $1.96 per share on revenue of $2.19 billion. Laboratory Corp shares rose 0.64 percent to close at $121.77 on Friday.
- [By Monica Gerson]
Laboratory Corp. of America Holdings (NYSE: LH) is estimated to report its quarterly earnings at $1.96 per share on revenue of $2.19 billion.
Roper Technologies Inc (NYSE: ROP) is projected to report its quarterly earnings at $1.46 per share on revenue of $895.87 million.
Top 5 Dividend Stocks To Watch Right Now: CRB Futures Index(CR)
- [By Monica Gerson]
Crane Co. (NYSE: CR) is expected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.86 per share on revenue of $644.60 million.
Oceaneering International (NYSE: OII) is projected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.35 per share on revenue of $641.85 million.
- [By Lisa Levin]
Crane Co. (NYSE: CR) shares were also up, gaining 12 percent to $67.56 on stronger-than-expected Q3 earnings.
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Top 5 Dividend Stocks To Watch Right Now: Amphenol Corporation(APH)
- [By Darren Williams] Although the entire cannabis space has quietly taken a hit of their own medicine in recent weeks and gone to sleep, don’t think for one second the entire space isn’t going to light up again soon. That’s just what they do, right? However, knowing who the pretenders are and knowing who the contenders are is really the challenge when it’s comes right down to it.
First, anyone who claims to be a grower or a seller of cannabis can’t for one second ever make it as a public company right now, or can even legally consider being a public company for that matter, so you can scratch any of those right off your list. At least here in the U.S. anyway, because Canada is already well ahead of the curve having legalized it for medicinal purposes already.
More importantly, full legalization of marijuana in Canada appears to be on track for July 2018, which will make Canada just the second nation in the world after Uruguay to completely legalize the cultivation, sale and possession of the drug for medical and recreational purposes.
Regardless, the best time to buy any stocks in a hot growth sector is when either everyone has forgotten about them, or when the overall market landscape has turned bearish, which has yet to happen. However, the former seems to be the case for the cannabis space, despite some very favorable state legislation last Fall.
For now, as long as you have a license issued by Health Canada, you’re good to go, so there are some stocks trading in Canada already who are well on their way to making some green for investors. Canopy Growth Corporation (TSE: WEED), formerly Tweed Marijuana Inc., is a medical marijuana company based in Smiths Falls, Ontario. Aurora Cannabis Inc. (CVE: ACB), which is engaged in the production and sale of medical cannabis. There’s also Aphria Pharmaceutical Company (TSE: APH), which also is engaged in producing and selling medical marijuana through retail sales and wholesale channels.
There are many more, but those are just a
- [By Lee Jackson]
This is the top pick in the sector and has remained a favorite at RBC for some time.Amphenol Corp. (NYSE: APH) is one of the worlds largest designers, manufacturers and marketers of electrical, electronic and fiber optic connectors, interconnect systems, antennas, sensors and sensor-based products and coaxial and high-speed specialty cable.
Top 5 Dividend Stocks To Watch Right Now: S&P Smallcap 600(PH)
- [By Charles Mizrahi, President and CEO, Hampton Investors, Inc.]
Parker Hannifin (PH) generates strong revenue from its aerospace division, while its primary industrial segment is lagging.
Overall, we like the company’s balanced portfolio. PH had solid order rates this past year with backlog of $3.6 billion between its industrial and aerospace segments.