May could be another turbulent month on the stock market with continued volatility in the US indexes and more inflation data on the agenda. But rest assured, this can create opportunities! Here are some stocks and events to watch this week.
Ready Player One? EA and Ubisoft report earnings
Get your controllers ready. The video game industry is in the spotlight this week with two crucial quarterly reports.
The gaming sector enjoyed a huge boost during the pandemic, as many people stayed at home and played video games! The industry grew by 23% in 2020 but Bloomberg explains that this growth rate is unlikely to continue this year. However, research firm Newzoo still predicts that revenues will reach $219 billion by 2024.
On Tuesday May 10, the American gaming group Electronic Arts will present its quarterly figures. EA is expected to post revenue of $1.49 billion, an increase of 18.8% year-on-year. The outlook is also positive for the group, which is now banking on cryptocurrency microtransactions to boost in-app purchases in its various games.
French video game company Ubisoft will report the following day, Wednesday May 11th. Analysts expect revenue of €2.18 billion euros, which is down slightly year-on-year. Some analysts are also watching Ubisoft closely after Microsoft recently acquired Activision Blizzard. Could Ubisoft be the next gaming company to get acquired by a bigger tech giant? Incidentally, Ubisoft has just created a buzz by bringing the iconic game Adibou back to life in a mobile version for children.
Will the streaming war impact Disney’s numbers?
You probably saw the disappointing subscriber numbers at Netflix last month, which dropped for the first time in ten years. Now, all eyes are on Walt Disney. Indeed, revenue from Disney+ helped carry the company through the pandemic while cinemas shut down and theme parks closed their doors. But with stiff competition in the streaming world, Disney is also struggling as the stock is down 43% from its all-time high.
Unlike Netflix, however, subscriber growth continues to increase for the group, which bodes well. At the same time, amusement park attendance is also on the rise: spending in parks had already increased by 40% last quarter (year-on-year). Finally, strong growth is expected on the group’s earnings per share (EPS) for this quarter: Disney should post an EPS of $1.20, which would represent a +51.9% growth year-on-year. The full results are due on Wednesday May 11th.
Economic and earnings calendar
Tuesday – Inflation rate in the Netherlands (April). Industrial production in Italy and Belgium (March). ZEW index of economic sentiment in the euro zone (May). Quarterly results from Bayer, Electronic Arts.
We’ll be back next week with another edition of the BUX Breakdown. In the meantime, have a great week on the markets!
The BUX Breakdown was written by Clémentine Pougnet.
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