This week, investors are trying to figure out the tech trade after shares of Amazon slipped on Monday taking them about 10% lower since the firm reported earnings last week.
Considering Akamai , IAC/Interactive and Expedia all report this week, what must you know?
Shares of Amazon fell another 2 percent on Monday after plunging 9 percent on Friday, due to a sharp drop in second-quarter profits and a modest third-quarter outlook. The lackluster results prompted one brokerage to downgrade the stock.
Collins Stewart, which lowered its rating on the stock to "hold" from "buy," said at current valuation levels it did not see any material upside for Amazon.
What’s the trade?
I’d be a small buyer on this dip, counters Citi analyst Mark Mahaney, and if the stock drops below $80 I’d be a big buyer. There’s been no slowdown in Amazon's business over the last 3 quarters. For them it’s as if there’s no recession.
Ahead of earnings, Goldman Sachs cut the softwaremaker to “sell” from “neutral” due to aggressive competition.” Also, both D.A. Davidson and Wedbush say the firm will likely struggle in the near term amid a challenging economy and intense pricing pressure from competitors.
What's the trade?
This stock is a strong hold, says Citi analyst Mark Mahaney. However if the business stabilizes and the stock drops below $18, I’d become a buyer.
Stifel Nicolaus upgraded shares of IAC/InterActiveCorp to Buy from Hold on Monday with a $22.50 price target. Analysts speculate that IACI could soon announce a share buyback program, pointing out that the media company has about $2 billion in net cash.
According to the website Market Intelligence Center, technical indicators for Expedia appear bullish. They add that the stock has been showing support around 17.60 and resistance in the 18.96 range.
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Citigroup Is A Market Maker in Shares of (AKAM)
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