The weather isn’t the only thing warming up in July. Roblox stock is surging as well.
Roblox stock is up 25% over the last month, including a 14% move higher on strong volume on Tuesday despite a broader market pullback, and have continued to trek higher as the week has raged on.
The metaverse gaming play has been one of the hottest tickers on the Yahoo Finance platform.
Analysts pin the move on a few factors.
“I think that part of it is that the third-party data that we have been hearing about all pointed to a really negative May, and that catalyst for the shorts has came and went,” Needham Analyst Bernie McTernan said on Yahoo Finance Live (video above). “Then the question is: What are you applying next? Really we think there will be improvement in the second half of the year as comparable [data] begins to normalize. We expect to be looking at high teens, maybe even low 20%, bookings growth into 2023.”
The news on Roblox has been far from rosy in recent months, sending shares down 62% year to date. The company has battled slowing growth numbers as consumers have ventured back outside with the COVID-19 pandemic easing.
To McTernan’s point, daily active user growth moderated to 17% in May. Back in February, daily active users rose 28%. Engaged hours only rose 10% in May. Estimated bookings fell 9% to 11% in the month.
But with financial comparisons becoming easier later this year, the Street may be sniffing out stronger financial updates from Roblox.
McTernan is also keen on Roblox better monetizing its user base by diving deeper into advertising and selling in-game products via a marketplace.
On top of that, he doesn’t expect a recession in the U.S. to be detrimental to the Roblox recovery story.
“Roblox specifically, monthly active users pay about $20 a month for the platform,” McTernan said. “So it’s not a huge monthly expense for a household.”
BofA Securities maintains Amazon.com at ‘buy’ with a price target of $154.00
Six people in critical condition, one still missing after Paris blast – prosecutor
© Reuters. French firefighters and rescue forces work after several buildings on fire following a gas explosion in the fifth arrondissement of Paris, France, June 21, 2023. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes
PARIS (Reuters) – Six people remained in a critical condition and one person was believed still missing on Thursday, one day after a blast ripped through a street near Paris’ historic Latin Quarter, the city’s public prosecution office said. “These figures may still change,” prosecutor Maylis De Roeck told Reuters in a text message, adding that around 50 people had been injured in the blast, which set buildings ablaze and caused the front of one to collapse onto the street. Of two people initially believed missing, one has been found in hospital and is being taken care of, the prosecutor said, adding: “Searches are ongoing to find the second person.” Authorities have not yet said what caused the explosion, which witnesses said had followed a strong smell of gas at the site. The explosion led to scenes of chaos and destruction in the historic Rue Saint Jacques, which runs from the Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral to the Sorbonne University, just as people were heading home from work. It also destroyed the facade of a building housing the Paris American Academy design school popular with foreign students. Florence Berthout, mayor of the Paris district where the blast occurred, said 12 students who should have been in the academy’s classrooms at the time had fortunately gone to visit an exhibition with their teacher.
“Otherwise the (death toll) could have been absolutely horrific,” Berthout told BFM TV. She said three children who had been passing by at the time were among the injured, although their lives were not in danger.
4 big analyst cuts: Alcoa & DigitalOcean shares drop on downgrades
Here is your Pro Recap of the biggest analyst cuts you may have missed since yesterday: downgrades at Alcoa, DigitalOcean, Teleflex, and Xcel Energy.InvestingPro subscribers got this news in rapid fire. Never be left in the dust again.Alcoa stock drops on Morgan Stanley downgrade Alcoa (NYSE:) shares fell more than 3% pre-market today after Morgan Stanley downgraded the company to Underweight from Equalweight and cut its price target to $33.00 from $43.00, as reported in real time on InvestingPro.The firm sees a significant decline in consensus estimates, and as negative earnings revisions materialize, it believes the stock will face downward pressure and underperform.The analyst’s estimates for EBITDA in Q2, 2023, and 2024 are substantially lower than the consensus. The stock is currently trading above its historical average. The firm said its downward revisions in earnings estimates and price target are attributed to the company’s high operating leverage to aluminum prices.DigitalOcean stock plunges on downgradePiper Sandler downgraded DigitalOcean (NYSE:) to Underweight from Neutral with a price target of $35.00. As a result, shares plunged more than 5% pre-market today.The company reported its last month, with revenue beating the consensus estimate, while EPS coming in worse than expected. Furthermore, the company provided a strong outlook, which was above the Street estimates.2 more downgradesTeleflex (NYSE:) shares fell more than 3% yesterday after Needham downgraded the company to Hold from Buy, noting that UroLift expectations may still be too high.According to Needham, their checks indicate that urologists are reducing their use of UroLift due to its retreatment rates, reimbursement cuts, and increasing use of competing procedures. This is also supported by their Google Trends data analysis, which indicates decreasing search interest in UroLift.BMO Capital downgraded Xcel Energy (NASDAQ:) to Market Perform from Outperform and cut its price target to $64.00 from $69.00 to reflect the lower-than-expected terms of the company’s regulatory settlement in Colorado.Amid whipsaw markets and a slew of critical headlines, seize on the right timing to protect your profits: Always be the first to know with InvestingPro.Start your free 7-day trial now.
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