Apple (AAPL) Offering Possible 9.17% Return Over the Next 3 Calendar Days

Apple's most recent trend suggests a bearish bias. One trading opportunity on Apple is a Bear Call Spread using a strike $285.00 short call and a strike $292.50 long call offers a potential 9.17% return on risk over the next 3 calendar days. Maximum profit would be generated if the Bear Call Spread were to expire worthless, which would occur if the stock were below $285.00 by expiration. The full premium credit of $0.63 would be kept by the premium seller. The risk of $6.87 would be incurred if the stock rose above the $292.50 long call strike price.

The 5-day moving average is moving down which suggests that the short-term momentum for Apple is bearish and the probability of a decline in share price is higher if the stock starts trending.

The 20-day moving average is moving down which suggests that the medium-term momentum for Apple is bearish.

The RSI indicator is at 45.07 level which suggests that the stock is neither overbought nor oversold at this time.

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Mon, 16 Mar 2020 09:56:59 +0000
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Mon, 16 Mar 2020 09:51:00 +0000
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Mon, 16 Mar 2020 08:49:38 +0000
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Tencent’s Set for Fastest Growth Since 2018 After Outbreak
Mon, 16 Mar 2020 07:38:00 +0000
(Bloomberg) — Tencent Holdings Ltd. picked up millions of new gamers during the global coronavirus outbreak — yet that surge in mobile play may be slowing as the world’s No. 2 economy goes back to work.The quest for entertainment among millions confined to home translated into a big boost for Tencent’s marquee games, Honor of Kings and Peacekeeper Elite. That helped the company gain $25 billion of market value up to March 5, before a global market rout torpedoed the stock along with the rest of the market. WeChat operator Tencent is now expected to report its fastest pace of revenue growth since 2018 when it unveils fourth-quarter results on Wednesday, and investors will look for assurances it can sustain that pace of topline expansion.But the outlook may be less clear-cut than anticipated and any gains from the pandemic may prove short-lived. While the bread-and-butter Peacekeeper Elite showed strong growth in the first days of March, sales from other major games dwindled and overall revenue fell for the sixth straight week, according to Sensor Tower data. Tencent’s social and video ad businesses are also expected to take a hit this quarter when merchants and brands tighten their budgets. And any blow to China’s economy will of course pummel the consumer and marketing spending Tencent relies on.The Chinese social media giant had been outperforming arch-foe Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. till as recently as last Thursday, when optimism that Tencent would outshine its logistics-dependent rival dissipated in the face of a widening pandemic.Read more: Virus Outbreak Exposes $46 Billion Rift in China’s Tech IndustryWhat Bloomberg Intelligence SaysTencent’s sales fell for a sixth consecutive week, declining 3% sequentially. Peacekeeper Elite’s 12% gain failed to offset Honour of Kings’ 34% tumble. NetEase’s overseas sales surged 41% after its prior 55% gain, driven by Knives Out International’s season 10 release. Downloads for NetEase rose 8% on the release of Eclipse Isle.\- Vey-Sern Ling and Matthew Kanterman, analystsClick here for the research.To be sure, Tencent can rely to an extent on cash cows Honor of Kings and battle royale shooter Peacekeeper Elite to cushion any economic shocks, while awaiting government approval to release potential smashes like Call of Duty Mobile domestically. Investors also hope many of the first-time users that gravitated toward Tencent’s games will remain once the pandemic subsides.Tencent’s stock began climbing in February after the outbreak exposed the dichotomy of the world’s second largest tech economy. While virtual denizens like Tencent rode a surge in social media and entertainment, other companies like Alibaba with outsized footprints in the material world struggled to contain the fallout.Tencent owed its gains to people like Huang Sihao who, for almost a month, was glued to his smartphone before going back to work. For as long as seven hours a day, the 28-year-old Shanghai resident hacked and slashed through the virtual battle arena of Honor of Kings — until the game’s anti-addiction system eventually booted him. “I had nothing better to do,” he said.Daily active users on the game have surged 7% to two million players on Chinese iOS devices since late January, while users on its super app WeChat have increased by 1.4 million, according to Apptopia data. Surprise hits included Tencent’s mahjong and poker titles, both of which have replaced the real-world versions played among friends and family.The pandemic may have also boosted Tencent’s nascent cloud division, which is closing the gap with Alibaba in terms of revenue. Tencent’s two collaborative office apps — Tencent Conference and WeChat Work — rank among the most downloaded free apps on Apple’s iOS Store in China, closely trailing Alibaba’s DingTalk.In the longer term, the bigger problem may be ByteDance Inc. The world’s largest startup has been luring users and advertisers away to its addictive apps like news aggregator Toutiao and video platform Douyin, TikTok’s Chinese twin. Now, ByteDance is trying to diversify its revenue stream into arenas such as paid music services and full-fledged video games, posing potential threats to Tencent’s online content empire.“With ByteDance’s combined user base approaching Tencent’s, media buyers aren’t just keen to hear what new apps or functions Tencent has in the pipeline, but how it’s making digital ad spend go further,” said Michael Norris, research and strategy manager with consultancy AgencyChina.(Updates with Bloomberg Intelligence report from the fourth paragraph)To contact the reporter on this story: Zheping Huang in Hong Kong at zhuang245@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Edwin Chan at, Colum MurphyFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.

Gambling limitations, elderly shopping hours; coronavirus changes business
Mon, 16 Mar 2020 07:17:27 +0000
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