Semis Continue To Tower Over Market

Semiconductors continue to dominate the market and thus dominate our headlines. With that said, today we’ve got a fresh stock breaking out and another setting up, so stick with us. 👇

First up is Tower Semiconductor, an Israeli chip manufacturer that reported results today. The company’s revenue fell 13% YoY to $351.7 million during the fourth quarter but topped the $350 million expected by analysts. Its earnings per share were down about 30% YoY to $0.48, but again, better than anticipated. 🔺

Looking ahead, management affirmed the message we’ve heard from many companies in the space: the consumer technology chip glut is ending, and growth should pick up from here. As a result, it’s targeting notable QoQ growth throughout the year, with a first-quarter revenue target of $325 million (+/-5%). 

The stocktwits community is bulled up on the stock, with message volume and sentiment surging after the results. 🐂

The positive news also boosted other stocks in the sector, with Stocktwits user upsidetrader highlighting Advanced Micro Devices, which looks to be on the verge of a breakout.

With prices looking to reaccelerate after a multi-week pullback, traders have this one on their radars for the coming days. 👀

The next major hurdle for the sector will be Nvidia’s earnings after the bell on February 21st. But for now, the investor/trader appetite for these stocks feels insatiable. 🤷

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Buyers Move Beyond Tech

Animal spirits have been a big theme of this newsletter since October, and boy, are things getting wild. While the mainstream media continues focusing on tech giants like Nvidia, investors and traders are searching far and wide for new opportunities to squeeze the shorts and make a killing. 🕵️‍♂️

Today’s surefire sign of this speculative fervor building in the market is everyone’s favorite non-meat meat stock, Beyond Meat. 🫨

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Headline Vs. Reality (Media Edition)

One of the perplexing things about markets is that sometimes headlines don’t necessarily match the reaction in markets. And that was certainly the case today in struggling media giant Warner Bros. Discovery. 📰

The Hollywood Reporter wrote an article boasting that Warner Bros became the first Hollywood conglomerate to turn a full-year streaming profit ($103 million).  

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Lyft’s IR Department Just Whiffed

Investor relations departments are the silent heroes of a public company, receiving little recognition for the critical role they play. When they do receive a lot of attention, it’s generally not for good reason. That’s unfortunately what Lyft’s team is finding out today. 😵‍💫

After the bell, ridesharing company Lyft reported fourth-quarter results that were good, not great. But the stock immediately shot up and notched as high as a 60% gain before anyone realized what happened. Did the company just invent a cure for rare diseases? Are they pivoting to crypto or semiconductors? What was the cause of this?

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Zoom Avoids Doom (Again)

Zoom Video Communications hasn’t made headlines for many good reasons lately, scraping the bottom of its range as a public company as investors look for other opportunities. However, the stock is jumping today on better-than-expected results, so let’s take a look. 👇

The video chat software vendor’s adjusted earnings per share of $1.22 on $1.15 billion in revenues topped expectations of $1.15 and $1.13 billion. Revenue growth remains anemic, rising just 3% YoY, but the company’s cost-cutting has helped it drive positive earnings vs. last year’s loss. 

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