Clockwork for sales. Gross Margins keep improving. But increased spending within Fullfilment and Tech drove losses.
Monday, October 20, 2014
Since Ginni took over earning reports have been a cluster fuck. Disappointment after disappointment, which I hate. But what i keep respecting, is Ginni's no-back-down taking-responsibility approach. She does not hide, does the right thing (however much a pre-announcement fucks with my trading) and tries to answer the obvious questions.
IBM is now at a two year low, with a multi-year low trailing multiple.
Few differences from the last time the stock was trading under such conditions:
1. EPS was growing. Currently, eps is declining.
With a declining eps, earnings and revenue there is really no justification for a market normalized PE. A lowend PE is justified.
2. Proper financial engineering is meant to make cash productive, creating a higher premium to the stock. Leveraging the obvious supply / demand dynamics caused by a lower float but a demand, caused by solid fundamentals needs to exist. Even management knew this quarter was a bust, and probably the next few quarters will be too, because there was negligible buybacks last quarter.
If the stock is going to trade at a lower multiple range (10.5-12), then IBM could trade between 163-180. This range is also supported by the monthly chart highlighted above.
The biggest differentiater IBM has going for it is the incorporation of Watson, and how it could be leveraged within the cloud, mobile and enterprise. But for now, IBM is a show me story, worthy only of trades from extremely oversold conditions.
Friday, October 17, 2014
1. Affirmation of peripheral EU bond buying by ECB.
2. Whispers of PBOC liquidity injections into china banks.
3. Goldman tells the world there really is no oil glut.
4. Central bank officials, seemingly globally, suggested / leaked a dovish stance if economic conditions shift.
1. The talks between Ukraine and Russia led to no where. (Which would suggest further economic weakness from Germany and the EU.)
Thursday, October 16, 2014
They missed. Android has yet to prove itself, financially. (At least against the cost of subsidizing an OS for all OEMs.)
Taxes have been steadily increasing to more normal levels. (Considering this is the main reason they beat the last few times beats took place.)
Growth has obviously slowed. Questions still remain as to how long the high multiple will remain. If a reversion to mean is taking place, goog will see a trailing multiple of 24-26.
Technically, there is horizontal support in the low 500s. Although the longer-term 50sma (from weekly) trend was broken.
On the monthly, if 500 breaks, settling near the 38sma makes sense. And corroborates with the trailing multiple reverting to the mean.
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
The last time the market started to test the 320-360sma support, the EU was at real risk of collapsing.
There are always concerns in the world. Currently we face severe threats of Ebola and IS. But these major society concerns, not financial concerns, that will have limited effect on economic conditions. The major financial concerns are:
1. China slow down. (But the central bank head re-confirmed his thoughts on hitting the target GDP rate.)
2. EU slow down. (Mostly tied to Russian sanctions. Real society effects, that can hit economies are the very high youth unemployment in the EU. Fiscal policy changes must act on this. Does it merit 9% decline in US markets? Questionable.)
3. Russia. (When they decide to stop being bullies, oil will probably stabilize.)
Anyway, I thought we bottomed te other day. So today I am more of a bull.
Monday, October 13, 2014
1. Ebola headline risk
2. IS continued advances
3. Russia (which facilitated the Germany slowdown)
Projecting earnings through December we can see at current SP500 levels, the market will have a multiple of high 16s. The market is either discounting lower earnings or being inefficient.
The market conditions were the same as they were a month ago: low rates, decent earnings, robust US economy. The difference, fear has allowed the market to correct.