Google parent company Alphabet (toget, togetL) reported its fourth quarter 2020 results after the closing bell on Tuesday, exceeding analyst expectations Improved advertiser spending and continued growth of the cloud business

These are the key numbers from the report compared to the analysts forecast by Bloomberg

“Our strong fourth quarter performance of $ 569 billion in revenue was driven by Search and YouTube as consumer and business activity recovered from the beginning of the year,” said Ruth Porat, CFO of Alphabet, in a statement / p>

Overall, the company’s revenue rose 23% year over year in the quarter, and advertising revenue increased 21% 8%

While advertiser spending was certainly important for Alphabet in the quarter, the main draw for many analysts was the performance of the cloud business

The cloud segment consists of two parts: The Google Cloud Platform (GCP) consists of the actual cloud computing services from Google, while Google Workspace, formerly known as G Suite, the tools for productivity and collaboration of the Company includes

Segment pulled in $ 3.01 billion in the quarter, which is in line with analysts’ expectations. Segment revenue of $ 13.05 billion for the year. Alphabet is struggling to grow its cloud operations to better serve Amazon (AMZN) AWS, the market leader, and Microsoft (MSFT) Azure, which is just behind AWS, to compete for market share.These services have proven incredibly important to both companies’ stock profits, helping to increase their respective market caps to nearly $ 2 trillion / p>

The results report follows key changes to the initiative at Alphabet over the past few weeks, including the cancellation of the loon balloon-based internet service that aims to broadcast the internet via balloons to traditionally hard-to-reach regions of the world

On Monday, Alphabet announced a new strategic partnership with Ford (F) that indicates that Google Cloud Platform will be Ford’s preferred cloud service provider. The merger includes plans for Google’s Android operating system with which all infotainment systems from Ford and Lincoln are to be operated in the car by 2023

However, Alphabet is also in the process of arguing an antitrust lawsuit filed by the Justice Department in October alleging the company is an illegal monopoly.It’s not just the DOJ that hits Alphabet, a group of attorneys-general led by Ken Paxton of Texas AG filed suit against Alphabet in December. A second group of attorneys-general, led by Colorado AG Phil Weiser and Nebraska AG Doug Peterson, also filed suit against the company that month

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The Alibaba (BABA) Group announced their results for the 3rd Quarter to 31 December announced The e-commerce giant posted a year-on-year sales increase of 37% and exceeded earnings estimates

GameStop Corp. (NYSE: GME) stocks fell 511% and Nokia (NYSE: NOK) stocks fell 8% on Tuesday as the WallStreetBets-powered short squeeze appears to be easing for the time being, a flurry of large option deals in the two sharply shortened stocks were mixed on Tuesday As investors decided whether or not the short squeeze was finally over The Trades: On Tuesday morning, Benzinga Pro subscribers received dozens of option notifications on unusually large trades from GameStop and Nokia options.Here are a handful of the largest: At 9:44 am UhrMA dealer bought 3181 GameStop put options with an exercise price of $ 75 expiring on Friday at an ask price of $ 1250 The trade made $ 397 million bearish bet at 10:39 a.m. A trader bought 10000 Nokia call options with an exercise price of $ 5, which expired in January 2023 at the ask price of $ 136 The trade made a dollar36 million bullish bet At 10:45 a.m., a trader sold 381 GameStop put options with an exercise price of $ 200 expiring near $ 124 bid on Friday The trade made $ 472 million bullish bet at 11:02 a.m. A trader bought another 10000 Nokia call options with a strike price of $ 5 expiring in January 2023 at the ask price of $ 140 Trading turned out to be $ 1 million bullish bet Related Link: Why Short Sellers Help Keep the Stock Market in Check: “Pricing Mechanism broken “without them Why It Matters: Even stocks-only traders often closely monitor options market activity for unusually large deals Given the relative complexity of the options market, large options traders are typically viewed as more sophisticated than the average stock trader, many of these large options traders are high net worth individuals or institutions who may have clear information or theses about the underlying stocks. Unfortunately, stock traders often use the options market to hedge against their larger equity positions and there is no surefire way to determine Whether an option trade is a standalone position or a hedge In this case, given the relatively small institutional size of the largest PayPal stores, it probably wasn’t institutional hedge Volatility on Short Squeeze: GameStop and Nokia are two of the most popular stocks on which WallStreetBets and other retailers in the past few weeks aimed to trigger short squeeze on some of the most shorted stocks on Wall Street. Last month, Nokia stocks rose from under $ 4 to as high as $ 979 before hitting back to around $ 4 Dollar fell 50 on Tuesday GameStop, which has the highest short floating percentage of any stock in the market, was even more volatile, stocks rose as early as $ 1708 in January to new all-time highs of $ 483 this week, before a big one on Tuesday Part of those gains will be abandoned GameStop shares last traded at around $ 100 Sc hon before the pandemic, both companies struggled In 2019, Nokia reported a profit of just $ 7 million, its first positive net profit since 2015. GameStop’s 2019 revenue fell 3% and posted a net loss of $ 673 million Dollar The WallStreetBets community helped push GameStop and other stocks down for a short time, which ultimately resulted in Robinhood and several other brokers restricting or banning buying the most volatile stocks, the squeeze also hit hedge funds that were short GameStop and others extremely tough Melvin Capital reported a 53% loss for the month of January, taking in $ 2.75 billion emergency investments from Citadel and Point72 Asset Management Benzingas Take: The two largest GameStop option deals are short-term in nature, which suggests they are playing on the current short squeeze The purchases of Nokia calls, on the other hand, do not run for almost two years The $ 1 million Nokia calls purchase has a break-even price of $ 640, which suggests at least a 409% gain for the stock over the next two years For more information from Benzinga, click here for Benzinga option dealsWhy short sellers help keep the stock market in check: “Pricing Mechanism Broken” Without Them Here, how much investment, 000 in Alibaba stock would be worth 5 years ago © 2021 Benzingacom Benzinga does not offer investment advice to All rights reserved

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(Bloomberg) – Kia Motors Corp. jumped up to 145% after a local media report that Apple Inc Will Invest 4 Trillion Won ($ 3 billion) as part of a partnership with South Korean automaker to build electric vehicles The iPhone maker plans to start production with Kia and build Apple cars at the automaker’s facility in Georgia, S., DongA Ilbo reported, without quoting anyone, the companies may sign a deal on February 17 and intend to launch Apple cars in 2024, according to the newspaper, which originally stated 100000 cars to produce annuallyA Seoul automaker representative and an Apple California representative declined to commentApple’s expansion into vehicles reports have sparked speculation of potential manufacturing partners The tech giant’s auto development work is still in its early stages, and that is It will take the company at least half a decade to bring an autonomous electric vehicle to market, people aware of the effort told Bloomberg News, suggesting the company is in no rush to make partnership decisions. Last month, Hyundai Motor Co, a subsidiary of Kia, backed away from a statement referring to talks with Apple, revising it so that only potential partners had contacted them for the development of autonomous electric vehicles. The news dropped Hyundai stock that day Up nearly 20% Kia shares are now at their highest level since 1997 An Apple electric car would be matched with vehicles from Tesla Inc. and companies like Lucid Motors and China’s Nio Incas well as established manufacturers like Daimler AG and Volkswagen AG to set up an auto plant can cost billions of dollars and take years, probably why Apple is talking to potential partners, other tech companies looking to expand into automobiles have also sought partnerships with the Taiwanese iPhone Fitter Foxconn Technology Group announced last month that it had entered into a business with Chinese automaker Zhejiang Geely Holding Group Co Providing manufacturing and consulting services to global automotive companies (updates with Kia answer in paragraph 3) For more articles like this, please visit us on BloombergcomSubscribe now to stay ahead of the game with the most trusted business news source © 2021 Bloomberg LP

With the company’s huge cash reserve and stock near record highs, investors may wonder why it is now in a prospectus, Apple (ticker: AAPL) said it could use part of the proceeds to build stocks buy back or pay dividends, according to FactSet, Apple is now trading at 30 times its forecast profit for the next year, which is above the historical average of 24

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Amazon announced Tuesday that Jeff Bezos, the company’s founder and CEO, will be stepping down from his position starting in the third quarter of 2021

How do we know where the markets are going? The new year started on an uptrend that almost derailed from a flash mob from Reddit – and suddenly we are faced with a surge in volatility Tony Dwyer, Chief Market Strategist, covers the markets for Canaccord and believes the “Extraordinary liquidity from new corporate bond and equity issues, an extremely friendly Fed and other fiscal stimulus should suggest that any weakness, albeit sharp, should prove temporary and be used as an opportunity to add risk” If Dwyer is right The key now is to find the best opportunities.Some of his colleagues at Canaccord are focused on biotech stocks.These names offer investors a combination of high risk and high return – should a new drug candidate prove successful, the potential for profit increases in A short time dramatically. Conversely, a mishap can lead to it n That Stocks Are Crashing We used the TipRanks database to pull up the details on two clinical-stage drug companies that Canaccord analysts have identified as likely winners – with the potential to double or increase in value in the coming year on Cortexyme , Inc (CRTX) The first Canaccord selection we’ll look at is Cortexyme, a clinical-stage drug developer researching treatments for degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s.The focal point for investors in Cortexyme’s story is the GAIN study, which is a phase 2/3 study with the drug candidate COR388 called atuzaginstat, a novel low molecular weight lysine gingipain inhibitor, for the treatment of Alzheimer’s The study follows 643 patients; The interim analysis looking to record 300 of these patients ended with positive results in December and recommended that the full 1-year study continue as planned until the final analysis, but investors hoped that the process would be stopped sooner due to futility or overwhelming effectiveness Before reading the top-line data expected in fourth quarter of 21, Canaccord analyst Sumat Kulkarni believes the time has come, and dropped the stock in response when the news broke is to pull the trigger “Given the significant unmet need and market opportunity in AD, the final GAIN pivot test display remains the single most important event for CRTX in 2021 that investors are expecting. We continue to assume a 20% probability for the approval of atuzaginstat and a discount rate of 15% for our DCF valuation (Discounted Cash Flow) au s We anticipate a possible start in 2025E and unadjusted peak sales of USD 9 billion In 2031E, “the 5-star analyst noted. To that end, Kulkarni rates CRTX with a buy heavily backed by a target price of $ 75, which indicates an increase of 108% over the coming year (Um Kulkarni’s track record to see click hereIn the past three months alone, CRTX buy recommendations have been four to one higher than “sales” and the average price target on Wall Street is $ 96 Assuming analysts are right, investors will of CRTX today to achieve ~ 166% profit next year (See CRTX stock analysis on TipRanks) Black Diamond Therapeutics (BDTX) Next, Black Diamond is a pharmaceutical company researching cancer treatments Black Diamond focuses on genetically defined cancers with limited treatment options and utilizes a proprietary technology platform, Mutation Allostery Pharmacology, to develop small molecule therapies that target specific mutations in a tumor-independent manner. The company’s pipeline currently includes two drug candidates, with lead candidate BDTX-189 in a Phase 1 study , whose conclusion for the first half of this year BDTX-189 shows promise in combating allosteric EGFR and HER2 tumors while minimizing potential toxic effects This point could prove to be key as most current cancer treatments have serious side effects Black Diamond continues to take patients into the BDTX-189 Study on to Prepare for Transition to Phase 2 later this year The MasterKey-01 dose escalation study is well advanced and has defined a maximum tolerated dose within the company’s projections. Arlinda Lee, 5-Star Analyst, reported on BDTX for Canaccord: “We continue to expect initial data to present clinical data for the leading MAP platform drug candidate BDTX-189, an inhibitor of allosteric ErbB mutations, at ASCO and initiation in Ph2 expansion cohorts in mid-21st We see the unique approach of BDTX to identify allosteric driver mutations targeting families of mutations with a single small molecule inhibitor, and making the non-tumor development strategy attractive. “With all of this, Lee sticks with the bulls Pocket 106% should that goal be achieved in the next twelve months (To see Lee’s track record, click here) Wall Street analysts can be controversial If they do agree on a stock, however, it will be a positive sign for investors, as it is here, as all recent Black Diamond reviews are on the buy side, making the consensus rating a unanimous strong buy analysts have an average price target of USD 5150, a bit more bullish than Lee above and a plus of 112% over the current share price of USD 2420 (see BDTX stock analysis on TipRanks) To find great ideas for trading biotech stocks at attractive valuations, visit TipRanks ‘Best Stocks to Buy, a newly launched tool that brings together all insights into TipRanks’ stocks Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this article are for exclusive use those of the featured analysts The content is intended for informational purposes only. 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(Bloomberg) – Mark Cuban isn’t convinced that the retail frenzy sparked by Reddit has just begun, and when trading platforms like Robinhood Markets fully reopen to shoppers, we’ll see what WSB is really made of, then you can have everything up and running Bring, ”Cuban said during a Q&A“ Ask Me Anything ”session on the Reddit forum.“ If you can afford to hold the stock, hold it I don’t own it, but I would, ”the Cuban wrote to Der Billionaire added that he has no doubt that there are funds and big players who have cut GameStop again and believe they are smarter than anyone else at WallStreetBetsRobinhood users are only allowed limited stakes in certain securities right now, for example, users can only buy Buy 100 shares of GameStop Corp and 1250 shares of AMC Entertainment Holdings Inc Currently, only five securities are subject to restrictionsImportant quotes from Cuban Q&A edited for clarity and lengthTo change broker: “Choose the broker with the strongest record. What ruined RH is that they didn’t have enough money to keep up with the growth Dealing with Accounts, Margin Loans and Volatility The same thing happens to the next broker if you don’t make sure they have a MULTI trillion dollar balance sheet to deal with these circumstances. “The only question is which broker You use”Do you stick with RH, which is going to have the same liquidity problems over and over, or, as a group, find a broker with a far better balance sheet who won’t cut you off and then ham it up? On Wall Street” What will happen next to these stocks: “I have no idea Nobody really does it I think if RH and others open up some of it will show up I just don’t know how much or if it is going to happen for sure” I think the stocks will be shorted because the shorts know that the natural buyers, the people at RH, and others who like it will be prevented from buying so the stock is highly likely to fall”On Short Selling:” I really like it when the companies I own are short selling. If it’s a company I want to own, I know the shorts can be squeezed, and when the company is really, really does well, the shorts need to be covered which creates more demand for the stock of the company I own and pushes the stock price up “As for bare short, that’s not really a thing”Yes, more shares can be trimmed than the original float. This is by design. If I borrow a share from you to sell, and if I empty it and your buddy buys it, he can loan it to someone else to sell.” to sell them etc All the people who borrowed the shares have paid for it, and they realize that if enough people buy the shares and ask about the shares, they will be called in. So the custody chain is there, the system does what it was designed to do. “Yes, there’ll be class actions, and you’ll win, And after legal fees, you’ll get your $ 4 00 payroll check. Through the Securities and Exchange Commission: The SEC is a mess I wouldn’t trust them to ever do the right thing. It’s an agency made by and.” Was built for lawyers to be lawyers and win cases instead of doing the right thing “If the SEC cares about anyone” other than Wall Street, you could go there right now and see the guidelines on Insider Trading, Shorting, What is Pump and Dump, what are the shutdown rules for buying stocks? As it was at GME et al. On advice to those who have lost money, “I learned some expensive lessons when I started trading stocks. It was painful. But I was trying to learn what I got right and wrong. Right now, right here the game is changing the hard part is wondering if what you believed in has actually changed “when i buy a stock i make sure i know why i am buying it then i keep, until I find out that something has changed The price can go up or down, but if I still believe in the logic that led me to buy the asset, I will not sell If something has changed what I was not expecting, then I look at the sale Read More: Cuban Advice for Day Traders That Get Long and Loud For more articles like this, please visit us on BloombergcomSubscribe now to keep up with the most trusted business news tenquelle to be one step ahead © 2021 Bloomberg LP

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Let’s Talk About Portfolio Defense After the manipulation of the Social Flash Mob Market for the last week, this topic shouldn’t be ignored This doesn’t mean the markets are collapsing after 2% losses to close last week’s Friday session This week’s trading on a positive note as the S&P 500 rose 1.5% and the Nasdaq climbed 25%. The underlying bullish factors – a more stable political scene that steadily drives COVID vaccination programs – still play a role, even if they do Not Quite As Strong As Investors Hoped While heightened volatility might linger with us for a while, it’s time to consider defensive stocks and that will bring us dividends by providing a steady stream of income, regardless From market conditions, a reliable dividend stock provides a pad for your investment portfolio when the stock doesn’t meh R Gains In Value With that in mind, we used the TipRanks database to pull up three dividend stocks that were yielding 8% That’s not all they offer, however; each of these stocks has got enough street praise to earn a consensus rating of “Strong Buy” New Residential Investment (NRZ) First, let’s examine the REIT sector, Real Estate Investment Trusts These companies have long been known for dividends that are both high yielding and reliable Due to the company’s tax compliance, REITs are required to return a percentage of profits directly to shareholders NRZ, a medium-sized company with a market capitalization of $ 39 billion, holds a diverse portfolio of residential mortgages, original loans, and mortgage loan service rights that are headquartered at the company in New York City NRZ holds a $ 20 billion investment portfolio that has raised $ 3 billion in dividends since the company’s inception The portfolio has been robust in the face of the corona crisis, and after a difficult first quarter last year, NRZ posted Growing Gains in Second and Third Quarter The most recently reported third quarter posted GAAP earnings of $ 77 million, or 19 cents per share. While this EPS was lower than last year, it was a sharp turnaround from the previous quarter’s reported 21 cents -Loss Rising income has enabled NRZ to raise dividends The Q3 payment was 15 cents per common share; The dividend for the fourth quarter has been increased to 20 cents per common share, at that rate the dividend annualizes to 80 cents, making an impressive 85%. In another move to return profits to investors, the company announced in November that it was buying back shares in the amount of 100 million BTIG analyst Eric Hagen is impressed with New Residential – particularly the company’s solid balance sheet and liquidity. “[We] like the ability to potentially build capital through retained earnings while maintaining a competitive payout. We believe increasing the Dividend underlines the strengthening of the company’s liquidity position We believe NRZ was able to release capital as it has raised approximately $ 1 billion in securitized debt for its MSR portfolio through two separate transactions since September, ”Hagen said in line with his comments values ​​Hagen NRZ with a buy, and its target price of $ 11 implies an upward movement of 17% for the coming year (To view Hagen’s track record, click hereIt is not often that all analysts agree on a stock If this happens, take note of it NRZ’s consensus strong buy rating is based on unanimous 7 buys The stock costs $ 11 The average target price of 25 suggests an upward movement of ~ 20% from the current share price of $ 944 (See NRZ- Share analysis on TipRanks) Saratoga Investment Corporation (SAR) With the next share we will move to the Investment Management division. Saratoga specializes in medium-sized debt securities, capital gains and investments and manages assets of over 546 million USD Saratoga’s portfolio is broad, including industrial, software, waste disposal, and home security, among others. Saratoga saw a slow but steady recovery from the corona crisis.The company’s sales declined in the first quarter of 20 and have grown slowly since early January Fiscal Year Third Quarter Report published contained $ 14.3 million at the top After adjusting for pre-tax taxes, Saratoga’s 50 cents per share net investment income exceeded 47 cents forecast by 6%, they say slowly and steadily that Race wins, and Saratoga has shown investors a generally stable hand over the past year as the stock rebounded 163% from its low after the corona last March, and the dividend, which the company cut in the second quarter, has increased twice since then The current dividend of 42 cents per common share was paid last month to a m 10 February explains The annualized payment of USD 168 results in a yield of 81%. Analyst Mickey Schleien from Ladenburg Thalmann is optimistic about Saratoga and writes: “We believe that the SAR portfolio is relatively defensive and focuses on software, IT services, and educational services CLO focused SAR’s CLO remains current and performing, and the company is committed to refinancing / improving it, which we believe could have a positive impact on our outlook. “The analyst continued,” Our model assumes that SAR is cash and uses SBA Notes to Fund Net Portfolio Growth We believe the Board of Directors will continue to increase the dividend given the performance of the portfolio, the existence of undistributed taxable income and the economic benefits of the Covid-19 vaccination program for this purpose Tench SAR a Buy together with a Ku Target of $ 25 This number implies an upward trend of 20% from current levels (To see Schleien’s track record, click here) Wall Street analysts agree with tench on this stock The other three registered ratings are buys, and the analysts’ consensus rating is a strong buy Saratoga’s shares trade for $ 2087 and carry an average price target of $ 25.50, indicating an upward movement of 22% for the next 12 months (See SAR- Share analysis on TipRanks) Hercules Capital (HTGC) Last but not least, Hercules Capital is a venture capital company. Hercules offers small client companies early stage financing with a scientific background Hercules’ clients include Life Life, Technology and Financial SaaS Since its inception in 2003, Hercules has invested over $ 11 billion in more than 500 companies The quality of the Hercules portfolio is evident from the company’s recent performance The stock has risen Fully recovered from last winter’s corona crisis and rebounded 140% from its low point last April, earnings also recovered In the first nine months of 2020, HTGC achieved a net investment income of 115 million For dividend investors, the key point here is that net investment income covered the distribution – in fact, it was 106% of the base distribution payout, and the company was confident enough to kickstart sales with an additional 2 cents payment The combined payout adds up to $ 1.28 annualized payment per common share and an 87% return in another vote of confidence, Hercules completed a $ 100 million investment grade bond offering in November and raised capital for debt repayments, new investments and corporate purposes The Bonds were in two tranches of 50 million each Covering Piper Sandler’s stock, Analyst Crispin Love sees a lot to love in HTGC. “We continue to believe that HTGC’s focus on fast-growing technology and life science companies will keep the company alive at this time Environment well positioned Furthermore, Hercules is not reliant on a COVID rebound as it does not invest in “vulnerable” sectors. Hercules also has a strong liquidity position which should allow the company to act quickly if it finds attractive investment opportunities ” , Love commented on all of the above convinced Love to rate HTGC as an outperform (ie Buy) In addition to the call, he set a price target of $ 16, indicating upside potential of 9% (To see Love’s track record, click hereThe recent appreciation of the stock has brought Hercules stock up to its average target price of $ 1521, which is only ~ 4% up from the trading price of $ 1467 However, Wall Street doesn’t seem to mind as the analysts consensus rating is one unanimous strong buy based on 6 recent buy-side ratings (See HTGC stock analysis on TipRanks) To find great ideas for trading dividend stocks at attractive valuations, visit TipRanks ‘Best Stocks to Buy, a newly launched tool that brings together all of the insights into TipRanks’ stocks Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the Featured Analysts Content is intended for informational purposes only. 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