Roblox Shares Tumble After Reporting a Wider Loss as Expenses Grew
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Roblox posted a loss of 46 cents, up from 30 cents in 2022 and above the 45-cent drop analysts had expected. Bookings, which the company defines as revenue plus the change in deferred revenue during the period and other non-cash adjustments, rose 22% to $780.7 million, and that also missed estimates. Average bookings per daily active user fell 3% to $11.92.
The company warned that it anticipates continuing to post a loss for the “foreseeable future.” Shares of Roblox fell to their lowest level since January following the news.
Natural Gas Futures Jump as Labor Action Threatens Supply
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Futures contracts for natural gas jumped more than 6% Wednesday morning after workers at several liquefied natural gas (LNG) facilities in Australia threatened to strike.
Workers at three natural gas platforms operated by Woodside Energy voted in favor of “protected action options,” which could include a strike, on Wednesday. And union representatives at two Chevron Corp. (CVX) facilities filed yesterday to take a vote on such action.
Australia is one of the world’s largest producers and exporters of natural gas. Its LNG export capacity of 88.6 million tons a year was the largest in the world at the end of 2022.
Energy stocks followed gas and oil prices higher Wednesday. The sector as a whole was up 1.6% midday.
Semiconductor Stocks Slump for the Second Day
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The VanEck Semiconductor ETF (SMH) fell 1.7% Wednesday, its second day of losses as investors dial back their risk exposure and take profits after a run-up in semiconductor stocks.
Shares of Nvidia were down 3.9% midday, making it one of the S&P 500’s worst performers. Broadcom Inc. (AVGO) stock, the VanEck ETF’s third-largest holding, lost 3.4%. And shares of Dow component Intel Corp. (INTC) fell 1.3%.
Penn Entertainment Shares Jump After $2 Billion Sportsbook Deal With Disney’s ESPN
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As part of the deal, Penn agreed to sell its existing Barstool Sports brand back to founder Dave Portnoy and will launch a rebranded version of its sportsbook online with ESPN. ESPN Bet will debut in the fall of this year. Penn secured ESPN Bet’s exclusive right to trademark for 10 years, with an option to extend it for another 10.
Penn will pay $1.5 billion in cash to ESPN over the next decade and grant about $500 million worth of its shares. ESPN will also be able to designate a board member for Penn after three years.
Penn expects the deal to add about $500 million to $1 billion in annual long-term adjusted earnings potential in its interactive segment.
Shares of ESPN-parent Disney (DIS) were down 0.7% ahead of its earnings report after markets close.
Oil Continues to March Higher
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Oil prices rose Wednesday morning to their highest level this year, as production cuts by Saudi Arabia and Russia squeeze global supply.
Futures contracts for West Texas Intermediate rose 1.3% to $84 a barrel, their highest since last November. Brent crude futures gained 1.2%, climbing to $87.15, a four-month high.
Oil prices steadily declined from April to June, when they bottomed out at $67. But OPEC+ production cuts—first announced in April—have reduced supply by about 3.66 million barrels a day.
At the same time, falling prices have led U.S. oil drillers to cut back on their own production. U.S. oil output is expected to fall for the first time this year in August, according to the Energy Information Administration.
That could spell trouble for U.S. consumers. The price of crude oil accounts for 44% of the price of gasoline, and motor fuels and gasoline account for about 6% of the Consumer Price Index.
Higher oil prices will put upward pressure and gasoline and, subsequently, inflation, complicating the Fed’s fight to bring price growth down to its 2% target.
WeWork Doubts Its Own Survival, Shares Crater
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The reluctance of workers to return to the office, its checkered financial history, and considerable losses have led flexible workspace provider WeWork (WE) to express in a regulatory filing Tuesday “substantial doubt” over its ability to remain in business. The company’s shares fell as much as 26% in early trading Wednesday.
WeWork incurred losses of $0.7 billion and had a negative cash flow from operating activities of $0.5 billion for the first six months of the year.
In its latest financials, the company admitted its membership this year had been less than expected. Its ability to remain in business depends largely on whether membership agreements are renewed.
While the company still owns many large commercial buildings around the world, the rise in remote work because of the pandemic and economic softness increased WeWork’s debt while constraining cash flows.
Other than increasing revenue through membership, WeWork could remain a going concern by limiting capital expenditure and seeking capital through debt or by issuing shares.
Stocks Making the Biggest Moves Premarket
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- PENN Entertainment Inc. (PENN): Shares of the gaming company and casino operator gained 15% after it announced a $2 billion with Disney-owned ESPN to rebrand its online sportsbook as ESPN Bet while divesting its stake in media brand Barstool Sports. Shares of Disney (DIS) gained 1.4% premarket ahead of its earnings report this afternoon.
- Celsius Holdings (CELH): Shares of the energy drink maker gained 16% after the company reported a 111% increase in revenue in the second quarter. Earnings of $0.52 a share were more than quadruple the same quarter last year.
- Axon Enterprise Inc. (AXON): Shares of the Taser maker gained 13% after it reported second-quarter earnings per share of $1.11, nearly double what analysts were expecting.
- Lyft Inc. (LYFT): The ride-hailing company’s stock jumped 14% in after-hours trading yesterday after it beat earnings estimates for the second quarter. It has since reversed course and is down 6% premarket.
- DraftKings Inc. (DKNG): Shares of the online sports betting company slipped 5% on the news of competitor PENN Entertainment’s deal with ESPN.
- WeWork Inc. (WE): The workspace provider’s stock plummeted 14% after it said in an SEC filing, “Substantial doubt exists about the company’s ability to continue as a going concern.”
5 Things to Know Before Markets Open
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- Shares of Penn Entertainment (PENN) surged more than 13% after striking a deal with ESPN to brand its sportsbook as ESPN Bet.
- Burdened by a tougher lending environment, shares of fintech company Upstart Holdings (UPST) plunged 19% in pre-market trading after it delivered a lower-than-expected forecast for its current quarter.
- Sony Group Corp. (SONY) raised its full-year guidance for sales by 6% and net income by 2% after it reported strong sales for its PlayStation 5 gaming system and its entertainment operations.
- Shares of ride-sharing service Lyft (LYFT) fell more than 7% in pre-market trading after it reported second-quarter earnings that narrowed its losses to $114.3 million from $377.2 million a year ago.
- Electric vehicle maker Rivian Automotive (RIVN) beat analyst forecasts for earnings while raising its full-year production outlook to 52,000 for the year, better than the 50,000 it had previously reported.
Stock Futures Up as Investors Wade Into Risk
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Futures contracts connected to the Dow Jones Industrial Average were up 0.2% in premarket trading.
S&P 500 futures gained 0.25%.
Nasdaq 100 E-mini futures were up 0.3%.