Alcoa Breaks Earnings Report Tradition, Marks End of a Stock Market Era

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Kicking off this Friday is the fourth quarter earnings season that is anticipated to mark the end of a stock market era.

 This is because this Friday’s earnings reports will take off with three banking giants—JP Morgan & Co, Bank of America Corp, and Wells Fargo & Co—on the lead instead of the traditional start off by aluminum titan Alcoa Inc. that has long been starting the earnings season unofficially for years until now.

Alcoa’s sudden earnings calendar change is due to the split of the company into two separate entities—the new Alcoa Corp. housing its traditional metals business and the parent company now named Arconic Inc. that will house its aerospace vehicle and car parts made of alloys. The split took effect on November 1.

After China caused an aluminum supply glut that sent the alloy’s prices going down, Alcoa struggled to ease up, while its parent Arconic was expected to benefit from solid growth.

The split was the brain-baby of Arconic Chief Executive Klaus Kleinfeld who has been behind Alcoa’s successes since 2008.

Pittsburgh-based Alcoa has long been considered a market darling. It used to be a part of the Dow Jones Industrial Average index for 54 years before it had gone from the index in 2013. The alloy company was replaced by sports apparel maker Nike Inc.

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Arconic is scheduled to release fourth quarter earnings report on January 31. The company’s event calendar for the rest of the fiscal year showed it will report first-, second- and third-quarter earnings towards the end of the month of the quarter-end, meaning the company’s first reporter streak will now come to a close.

Alcoa on the other hand is scheduled to report on January 24 its fourth-quarter earnings on the market after-hours. The company website doesn’t have its 2017 event calendar posted.

Arconic was up 1.6% at Tuesday’s close, while Alcoa surged 5.1%.

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2017 Marks Bitcoin’s Surge To $1,000

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Bitcoin ended 2016 with a bang as the BTC/USD soared past the $1,000 mark with its steady growth over the holidays. The web-based cryptocurrency, last reached the said level three years ago, have surged past central-bank issued currencies gaining a whopping 125 percent in 2016.

Some analysts think that the unstable stance of major economies have led investors into cashing in on the Bitcoin currency.

The uncertainty in the Bitcoin value’s rise and fall has long been observed since its earliest days in 2009 where a coin is merely a penny a piece before peaking to $30—where most have thought that it was the highest the cryptocurrency can go. However, it climbed to more than $200 afterwards falling again to half of that in just a span of a week. In 2014, it unexpectedly shot up to over $1,200 then once again plunged to a fourth of that amount after a year.

For the past two years though, the movement of the cryptocurrency has been more stable.

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The recorded movements in 2016 went at around 10 percent which is still considered very volatile compared to formal currencies but relatively lower compared to 2013 trading which had price swings as high as 40 percent.

The huge demand growth in China may have propped up the Bitcoin’s value. This may be due to the 7 percent annual drop in the Chinese currency’s value in 2016—the weakest movement of the yuan over the past two decades. Recent data showed that most trading of the cryptocurrency happened in China for 2016.

The trade of Bitcoin across the globe is deemed to be faster and more confidential and does not need the regulation of any jurisdiction that is why some investors find it more attractive than regular currencies, especially those like China who want to get around capital controls.

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Thanksgiving Day Sales Soar Above $1 Billion

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Online sales racked up to over $1.15 billion on Thanksgiving Day. According to data analyzed from 21 billion visits to retail websites released by Adobe Systems Inc., the aforementioned online sales tally is 13.6 percent higher compared to last year’s numbers during the holiday season.

$449 million of the total revenue came from mobile devices. Further breaking the numbers down, $322 million of the mobile devices sales came via smartphones and $127 million thru tablets—58.6 percent more compared to the previous year. To see the figures more clearly, purchases made from mobile phones comprise 39 percent of Thursday’s revenue.

“Mobile has become a standard in the American household, and Thanksgiving has become the day where consumers “shop on the sly,” as nearly a quarter of people we surveyed said they use mobile devices so they aren’t obvious to friends and family at the dinner table,” said Adobe Digital Insights principal analyst and director Tamara Gaffney.

The remaining amount— $702 million—in online sales was produced by desktops.

And the surge in the number of online purchases is likely due to shoppers’ attempt to avoid terrible scrambles that usually happen during these times.

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According to Adobe, Thanksgiving Day profits are still on the run for hitting, or at least coming close to, $2 billion. Its analysis revealed that between November 1 and November 22, shoppers spent a total of $25.6 billion online, higher by 3.5 percent in comparison to the same period a year ago.

Despite the large numbers, revenue growth for Thanksgiving Day may lag due to heavy discounting in the early hours of Thanksgiving Day, discounts on tablets, televisions, toys and pet-care items were all bigger as compared to last year’s prices.

Shoppers keen on sales have seen discounts for tablets averaging 25.1 percent compared to last Thanksgiving’s 12.2 percent. Tablets and toys are the most discounted retail purchases. The average markdown for toys reached 16.8 percent—a double of last year’s discount. Appliances also averaged 5.7 percent higher in price decreases compared to the previous year, with televisions inching 6.9 percent and videogame consoles with 5.6 percent.

Brick-and-mortar retailers like Wal-Mart Stores Inc. have been making serious attempts to tap the growing number of e-commerce patrons, while Amazon.com Inc. started offering deals prior to the widely celebrated holiday.

The numbers are isolated to online sales only. Physical retail store revenues haven’t been tallied yet.

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Tesla Motors and SolarCity Officially Become One

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Just four days after shareholders gave their thumbs-up, SolarCity is now officially a wholly owned subsidiary of Tesla Motors Inc.

According to the filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, each SolarCity share was converted into 0.11 Tesla shares and that the former company is crossed off of the Nasdaq market quotes.

Friday marked the final trading day for SolarCity with its shares’ last trading price hitting $20.34. Tesla shares for today’s early trading slightly tripped 50 cents at $184.52. This made the original $2.6 billion pricing of the deal end up $600 million short to only $2 billion.

Tesla chief, and also SolarCity chair, Elon Musk plans to make a powerful combo out of Tesla’s alternative-powered cars and electricity storage systems and SolarCity’s current-generating solar panels.

At an attempt to further introduce renewable power to the masses, Tesla launched its integrated solar roof panels that will be available in all Tesla stores alongside their cars and electric-storage units. The said solar roof panels can be installed like the regular ones, both in new construction and replacement roofing. The panels will begin selling next summer.

Musk told Tesla shareholders after the approval on Friday, “I don’t want to 100 percent commit to this yet, but it’s looking quite promising that a solar roof will actually cost less than a normal roof before you even take the value of electricity into account.”

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“So the basic proposition would be, ‘Would you like a roof that looks better than a normal roof, lasts twice as long, costs less and by the way generates electricity?’ Like, why would you get anything else?” the electric car frontrunner added.

Skeptical analysts see the merger as a present drawback though, since the two companies have been annual money-losers. They are uncertain if the merger will be much of a synergy as these executives hope them to be.

Meanwhile, the International Energy Agency projects a decline in global gasoline consumption as the rise of the more energy-efficient electric cars from key players of the emerging industry force demand growth to halt in the next 25 years which will cause weighty consequences for the oil-refining industry as gasoline takes up one in every four barrels in consumption globally.

“Electric cars are happening,” said IEA Executive Director Fatih Birol in an interview in London. She also added that the number of these imminent innovations will likely rise above 150 million by 2040 compared to last year’s slightly above a million

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‘Netflix Might Be Overvalued’ Says Analyst

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Netflix Inc. closed with a 20 percent gain on Tuesday trade following the company’s shooting revenues in its most recent fiscal quarter earnings report that was significantly higher than previous quarterly prospects which led to several analysts increasing their estimates of the stock’s price targets. The surge was followed by another uptick on early Wednesday trade.

Despite evident gains, the online entertainment pioneer faces a swelling debt and dwindling cash flow thus propagating concerns to some analysts.

Netflix announced its plans to expand further by issuing additional debt. The scope of the planned expansion includes localizing large international markets’ service and producing their own content.

Michael Pachter, a Wedbush Securities analyst, said in a statement to clients on Tuesday that his worries go over the investors becoming oblivious to the company’s cash burn as its subscriber growth becomes overwhelming.

The analyst also repeated to give the stock an underperform rating but increased share target to $60 from $10, mirroring post-fiscal quarter report buying hysteria. He still believes that Netflix is being overvalued.

“Netflix continues to spend exorbitantly for original and exclusive content, while international profitability remains elusive and competition for both content and subscribers is becoming more fierce,” he said. “Cash burn is unacceptably high, and we are skeptical that the company can successfully build a content library that will justify its high level of spending.”

Netflix also remarked on the growing competition despite having the lion’s share of the market, with Amazon.com Inc.’s Prime Video service on the rise as well as Alphabet Inc.’s YouTube.

The company’s quarterly profit was much better than the previous quarters and even went beyond Wall Street’s expectations. But its burn rate is fast picking up as it shells out up-front expenditures to produce its own content.

Cash equivalents toppled 40 percent from $2.3 billion to $1.3 billion during the year-earlier period with the streaming giant’s operational expenses doubling to $462 million from $196 million. A downward trend on cash and equivalents has been evident for the past year with $969 million as of September 30, 2016 as opposed to the $2.1 billion worth of cash equivalents reported in the same time last year.

On the flipside, Netflix recognized that its attempt to penetrate China as part of its expansion plans still has a good long way to go. China, with a broad market potential of 1.4 billion customers, observes strict rules when it comes to the import and screening of foreign content making it hard to operate their own service in the country. However, as a contingency plan, Netflix will more likely opt for licensing their content to existing online service providers in China although this move will only earn them modest gains.

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‘Technical issue’ shuts ASX on Monday trade

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The Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) closed its trading day earlier on Monday due to technical glitches in the trading platform. Up to $3.5 billion in turnover may have been missed by the Aussie share market after a series of technical difficulties and errors disturbed and ultimately closed the first trading day of the week.

Investors and brokerages can’t help but criticize the exchange’s suspension of the day’s trading session due to the same technical error that caused a 90-minute delay to Monday’s open. The issue was earlier said to have been resolved.

ASX Ltd. gave an earlier announcement in their official website regarding the delay saying, “ASX advises that there will be a delay with the opening of the ASX equities market. We are working to resolve this matter and updates will be provided as they become available.”

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The exchange operator opened at 11:30 a.m. AEST—an hour and a half delay to the usual 10 a.m. opening—because a function that permits it to manage individual shares on its Nasdaq OMX equity trading platform was experiencing a technical issue, according to Matthew Gibbs, a spokesman for ASX in Sydney.

After a 57-minute trading and several reported operational errors, the ASX decided to close for the day. Shares only worth $1.2 billion were traded during the day, which was, according to CommSec market analyst Steven Daghlian, 20 percent of the share value traded the previous Monday.

Even before trading was halted, the ASX’s shares was already sliding by 2.4 percent in Sydney trading, while Australia’s equity gauge, the S&P/ASX 200 Index, experienced modest change.

“It’s been interrupted trade throughout the day so that’s kept the value and volume very light today,” Daghlian said. “From the ASX200 as an index, it’s just below 5,300 points still. So it’s been pretty quiet overall. If we look at the actual percentage moves so far we’re pretty flat and the market is still pretty close to its worst levels in 10 weeks. This is week six now that the market is in the red.”

With the average daily turnover for this year amounting to about $4.6 billion, ASX was unable to estimate the possible cost of the delays or the loss in overall turnover; but CMC Markets chief market analyst Ric Spooner think that traders may not have lost that much amount due to lack of market moving news on Monday morning.

“There are two drivers of how business might be lost, one is how long the market was closed for and secondly is what news has happened during the period it has been closed,” he told AAP.

“I’d say not a great deal has happened this morning, but we’ll never know.”

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With policy meetings by the Bank of Japan and Federal Reserve looming this week, and the release of Reserve Bank of Australia’s (RBA) minutes of its recently held meeting on Tuesday, the glitches’ were very untimely for the investors and traders giving a thorough assessment of their positions.

Australia’s equity market is worth $1.1 trillion, making it the sixth-largest in the Asia-Pacific region.

“I’ve never seen anything quite like this before,” Niv Dagan, the Melbourne-based executive director at Peak Asset Management LLC, said in a phone interview. “It’s frustrating because they said they’d fixed it. We’d hope the ASX sorts things out by tomorrow to allow traders to exit positions before the Fed meeting. You’ve got traders and fund managers looking to change their portfolios before that, and unfortunately, they can’t do that.”

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SNAPCHAT RAISE IN VALUATION PAVES WAY FOR POSSIBLE IPO

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Snapchat, one of the fastest growing messaging and social media platforms in terms of user base, expressed plans of going public later this year or early in 2017. In a Recode conference, May 2015, Evan Spiegel expressed this. “We need to IPO…. We plan to do this,” the Snapchat CEO and Co-founder said.

Snapchat is a VC-backed tech startup that started only as a class project by Evan Spiegel (current CEO), Reggie Brown, and Bobby Murphy—all former students of Stanford University. It was officially launched in 2012.

What separates it from its messaging and social media app counterparts is its “ephemereal” nature. The application permits its users to take photos, record videos, and add texts and drawings. It’s like your next-door Messenger only that the photos and videos disappear within seconds after the recipient views them. The length of time of the message’s appearance depends on what was set by the sender. It is mostly popular among 13-24 year-olds, the highly targeted demographic market by most tech startups.

This “self-destruct” feature is the main contributing factor to its high user base—with 100 million active users daily. This high volume of traffic attracts many advertisers which Snapchat strategically uses to their advantage. The tech unicorn charges a whopping $750,000 minimum for a day of advertising. This is a direct contrast to the traditional per click payment when advertising online. This proves to be a good strategy though, since with its advertising products being revved up comes the pump to its revenue numbers.

It is expected that in 2017 Snapchat will near $1 billion in advertising revenues. The same amount of revenue is predicted to double in 2018.

Also, the popular messaging app was able to raise $1.8B in an extension to its Series F funding round which further hiked its valuation from $16B earlier this year, to $18B.

This promising boost in revenue and the increase in valuation stress strong investor interest in the company despite freeze in IPO market.

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