By Geoffrey Smith
Investing.com — Stocks in focus in premarket trade on Tuesday, 14th January. Please refresh for updates.
8:46 AM ET: GameStop (NYSE:) stock was down 12.9% at a four-month low after reporting late Thursday that sales in the nine-week holiday season fell 28% from a year earlier. Comparable sales were down 25%. The company also forecast a loss for the current fiscal year, when it reports at the end of March.
- 8:40 AM ET: Aecom Technology (NYSE:) stock was up 4.1% at a new all-time high after a Bloomberg report saying that Canadian professional services company WSP Global had approached it about a deal.
8:32 AM ET: Citigroup (NYSE:) stock was up 0.5% after its fourth-quarter revenue and earnings came in 3% ahead of expectations. The results were driven by a 49% rise in fixed-income trading revenue in the quarter. The bank’s global consumer division also posted an $8.5 billion increase in revenue.
8:27 AM ET: Microsoft (NASDAQ:) stock was down 0.1% after reports that Amazon.com (NASDAQ:) is seeking a court order to block it from working on a $10 billion Cloud computing contract from the Pentagon.
According to Reuters, who cited a court filing, Amazon (NASDAQ:) plans to file a motion for a temporary restraining order on Jan. 24 and a federal court will issue its decision on Feb. 11.
8:21 AM ET: Beyond Meat (NASDAQ:) rose another 10.3%, extending a rally that has already seen it rise 50% since the end of last year.
There’s been no single catalyst for the increase, but a number of analysts have flagged what they see as an inevitable march toward mainstream status for plant-based meat alternatives in their outlooks for 2020.
The stock is still over 50% below where it peaked in the euphoria after its IPO last year.
8:17 AM ET: Visa (NYSE:) stock was up 0.2%, on course for a fifth straight record high, after announcing the acquisition of fintech startup Plaid for $5.3 billion. The acquisition reflects the company’s efforts to ensure that its dominant position in global payments today isn’t eroded by new technologies that bypass cards.
- 8:10 AM ET: JPMorgan Chase (NYSE:) stock was 1.1% higher, coming back off earlier highs, after convincingly beating forecasts for fourth-quarter revenue and earnings. Earnings per share rose nearly 30% on the year, a comparison flattered by volatility in global markets at the end of 2018, but 8% annual growth in consumer loans showed the bank’s core business was still going strong.
- Wells Fargo (NYSE:) stock was down 2.8% after missing expectations on both top and bottom lines, as litigation-related expenses drove it to an operating loss. Income from the bank’s core business also fell in the fourth quarter, while risk provisioning rose.
- Delta Air Lines (NYSE:) stock was up 3.4% after strong demand for travel and lower fuel costs helped it to beat forecasts for fourth-quarter earnings per share by over 20%. The company has escaped disruption to its schedules by virtue of not having the grounded Boeing (NYSE:) 737 MAX in its fleet. However, the midpoint of its earnings guidance range for 2020 – $7.25 a share – represents a slight drop from 2019’s $7.31.
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