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Oct 28, 2016

On this special, short earnings edition of the Zacks Friday Finish Line podcast, Editor Maddy Johnson and Content Writer Ryan McQueeney take on the hottest tech earnings of the week.

The hosts started off the episode with a breakdown of e-commerce giant Amazon.com Inc.’s (AMZN) third quarter earnings results. The company beat top line estimates but swung to a miss on the bottom line, marking the company's second miss in the last four quarters, despite Q3 sales rising 29%. One of Amazon’s most notable earnings aspect was the latest data from Amazon Web Services, which grew 55%.

Read more here: Amazon (AMZN) Q3 Earnings In-Depth: AWS Grows 55%

Maddy and Ryan moved on to Alphabet’s third quarter earnings. Google’s parent company beat estimates for both the top and bottom lines. Some of the most anticipated stats analysts look for in Alphabet’s earnings release include ad clicks, which grew by 33%, as well as Google segment revenues, which hit $22 billion for the quarter.

Check out more for that story here: Alphabet (GOOGL) Q3 Earnings: Ad Clicks Grow By 33% and Alphabet (GOOGL) Q3 Earnings: Google Revenues at $22 Billion

Next, the hosts discussed iPhone maker Apple Inc.’s fourth quarter earnings results. While the company’s top and bottom lines beat expectations, both figures fell significantly from the prior year’s numbers, down 9.9% and 15%, respectively. This marked the third consecutive quarter in which both income and revenue were down year-over-year.

Click here for more: Apple (AAPL) Tops Q4 Earnings and Revenue Estimates

Maddy and Ryan then talked about electric car maker Tesla Motor’s (TSLA) third quarter results. The company its first profit in three years, with earnings of 15 cents per share (accounting for non-stock based compensation and BNRI). Revenues also beat expectations, growing 145% year-over-year.

For more on Tesla’s earnings, check out: Tesla Posts Huge Q3 Profit, Investors Rejoice: Stock Spikes 6%

The hosts wrapped up with Twitter Inc.’s (TWTR) third quarter financial results, and the struggling social networking company incurred a narrower-than-expected loss of 10 cents a share, beating expectations. Revenues also came in above estimates, while Twitter’s users grew to 317 million MAUs, up 1.3% sequentially.

Check out that full story here: Twitter (TWTR) Incurs Narrower than Expected Loss in Q3

Thanks for checking out this special edition of the Zacks Friday Finish Line, and make sure to check back next week for even more news from the investment and financial world!

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Oct 28, 2016

On today’s episode of the Zacks Friday Finish Line podcast, Content Writer Ryan McQueeney and Editor Maddy Johnson take on this week’s biggest news from the investment and financial world.

While the World Series has dominated headlines, this has been a major week for earnings. The hosts started off the episode by discussing athletic retailer Under Armour’s (UA) third quarter earnings results. Despite a beat on both its top and bottom lines, UA stock plunged as much as 14% following the report’s release.

Read more here: Under Armour (UA) Q3 Earnings, Revenues Top; View Intact

Maddy and Ryan also covered car manufacturing giant General Motors’ (GM) third quarter financial results. Like UA stock, share of GM were acting sluggish shortly after its report was released, down around 3.8% in midday trading Tuesday. Despite impressive earnings, investors showed fear of a slowdown in U.S. vehicle sales, currency instability in Europe, and uncertainly about China, in turn negatively affecting GM stock.

Check out that full story here: Here’s Why General Motors (GM) Stock is Sluggish Today

Last on this episode’s earnings docket was Chipotle Mexican Grill (CMG). Our favorite burrito maker reported disappointing earnings and revenue results, as well as weak comparable restaurant sales and transactions. Chipotle went on to blame the decline in comps on the fall in the number of transactions at its restaurants, and also a decline in average check.

Click here for more on that story: Chipotle (CMG) Slips on Weak Earnings, Comps Fall 21.9%

Finally, the featured story of the week surrounded perhaps one of the biggest deals of the year: AT&T’s (T) takeover of media giant Time Warner (TWX). Both companies are behemoths in their own industries, a fact which has made consumers, lawmakers, and politicians wary. Will the deal be able to pass all of the inevitable regulatory hoops?

For all the latest on the AT&T-Time Warner deal, check out: After Time Warner Deal, AT&T Could Become One Mean Media Machine

As always, thanks for checking out this week’s episode of the Zacks Friday Finish Line, and make sure to check back next week for even more news from the investment and financial world!

Stocks that Aren't in the News…Yet

You are invited to download the full, up-to-the-minute list of 220 Zacks Rank #1 "Strong Buys" free of charge. Many of these companies are almost unheard of by the general public and just starting to get noticed by Wall Street. They have been pinpointed by the Zacks system that nearly tripled the market from 1988 through 2015, with a stellar average gain of +26% per year. See these high-potential stocks now >>

Oct 21, 2016

In a special edition of Zacks Friday Finish Line, Content Writer Ryan McQueeney and Editor Maddy Johnson are joined by technology analyst James Hayward of IDTechEx, a provider of independent market research based in Cambridge, U.K. 

James is one of IDTechEx’s resident experts on wearable technology, and together, we discussed notable consumer-level wearables products like Apple’s (AAPL) Apple Watch at Fitbit’s (FIT) fitness tracking devices, growth within the industry, and the future of wearable technology.

Oct 14, 2016

On today’s episode of the Zacks Friday Finish Line podcast, Content Writer Ryan McQueeney and Editor Maddy Johnson take on this week’s biggest news from the investment and financial world.

The first story of the week included a resolution to the ongoing drama with Mylan (MYL) regarding its price hikes on the EpiPen. On Monday, shares of the controversy-ridden pharmaceutical company gained around 8.5% after settling to pay $465 million to the U.S. government over claims that it overcharged federal programs for the allergy medication.

Read more here: Mylan Stock Gains on $465 Million Settlement Over EpiPens

Maddy and Ryan also updated listeners about the current state of the Twitter (TWTR) buyout rumors. New reports indicate that several previously-interested suitors, including Salesforce (CRM), Alphabet Inc. (GOOGL), and Disney (DIS), are no longer interested in the company.

For all the latest on Twitter, check out: Face It, Twitter: They Just Weren't That into You

While Twitter may not have found a match, the hosts filled us on in the budding relationship between Tesla (TSLA) and SolarCity (SCTY). Tesla announced this week that shareholders will have an opportunity to vote on its proposed buyout of SolarCity next month.

Check out that full story here: Tesla & SolarCity Shareholders Set to Vote on Merger on Nov. 17

Finally, the featured story of the week surrounded the viewership of the most recent presidential debate. Interestingly enough, a new report indicated that YouTube’s livestream smashed the total television numbers for overall views. Twitter and Facebook (FB) also got into the action with livestreams of their own.

Maddy and Ryan talked about what this new surge in livestreaming means for the cord-cutting market. Is this just another death signal for traditional television? Should Netflix (NFLX) and Amazon (AMZN) be looking to add live events to their libraries?

Go here for more on this story: YouTube Crushes TV Debate Viewership

As always, thanks for checking out this week’s episode of the Zacks Friday Finish Line, and make sure to check back next week for even more news from the investment and financial world!

You are invited to download the full, up-to-the-minute list of 220 Zacks Rank #1 "Strong Buys" free of charge. Many of these companies are almost unheard of by the general public and just starting to get noticed by Wall Street. They have been pinpointed by the Zacks system that nearly tripled the market from 1988 through 2015 with a stellar average gain of +26% per year. See these high-potential stocks free >>

Oct 7, 2016

On today’s episode of the Zacks Friday Finish Line podcast, Content Writer Ryan McQueeney and Editor Maddy Johnson take on this week’s biggest news from the investment and financial world.

The hosts started the show with a look at a big story for all the hunters and fishers out there. On Monday, Bass Pro Shops announced that it was acquiring Cabela’s Inc. (CAB) for $5.5 billion. The combined company will create an outdoor retail giant consisting of 180 stores and 40,000 employees.

For all the details on the merger, go here: Bass Pro Shops Will Acquire Cabela's in $5.5 Billion Deal

Maddy and Ryan also touched on Amazon’s decision to ban incentivized reviews. After a recent study discovered that customers who received products for free or at a reduced cost were creating noticeably bias reviews, Amazon moved quickly to shut the practice down.

Find out more here: Amazon Finally Bans Reviews for Free or Discounted Products

On the topic of e-commerce, the hosts took a look at Facebook’s new “Marketplace” re-selling platform. The social media giant launched its Craigslist competitor this week, only for its debut to be marred by numerous posts advertising drugs, animals, and adult services.

You can find that story here: Facebook Blames "Technical Issue" for Illegal Listings on Marketplace

Finally, Maddy and Ryan covered Google’s big hardware-announcing event this week. The hosts looked at all the new products, including the Google Home the Pixel phone. It’s clear that Google is ushering in its newest era of software and hardware integration, but will it work?

Here’s our full coverage on all of Google’s new toys:

  1. Don't Forget About These Other 3 New Google Devices
  2. Google's New "Home" Internet of Things Device Challenges Amazon Echo
  3. Here's What You Need to Know About Google's Pixel Smart Phone

As always, thanks for checking out this week’s episode of the Zacks Friday Finish Line, and make sure to check back next week for even more news from the investment and financial world!

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