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Activision Blizzard Plans to Lay Off Hundreds of Employees

13 February 2019
Activision Blizzard Plans to Lay Off Hundreds of Employees

Bank of Nova Scotia now owns 234,800 shares of the company's stock worth $10,935,000 after purchasing an additional 11,033 shares during the last quarter. The Stock price down move to its 20 SMA, getting attention form Day Traders as 20-SMA is the last stop on the bus for short-term traders. Activision Blizzard, Inc.'s latest closing price distance was -34.44% from the average-price of 200 days while it maintained a distance from the 50 Day Moving Average at -8.6% and -7.34% compared with the 20 Day Moving Average. On February 8th, 2019, volume rose to about 1,420,728 transactions.

RSI after the last trading period was 39.96. A stock with a beta more than 1 means high volatile and less than 1 means low volatile. The stock decreased 7.60% or $3.3 during the last trading session, reaching $40.11. The company hit the analysts' consensus on earnings, but missed the mark on revenues for the quarter, bringing in $2.84 billion, short of the $3.04 billion expected. All in all, the trends of the stock market were shifting slowly but surely.

Analysts are already responding to the bad news, with Benchmark dramatically cutting its price target to $68 from $87. Is it a worthwhile investment opportunity?

Investment analysts at JP Morgan published a research note on January 4th, 2019 where it informed investors and clients that Coty Inc.

This entire situation has been a sad one to see play out throughout today although it likely doesn't come as a surprise after some of the recent executive changes and other shakeups that have transpired at Activision-Blizzard over the past few months. Analysts at Goldman, started covering the stock on January 30 with a Neutral rating. Now the security holds 15 "strong buy" ratings, two "buys", five "holds", and not a single "sell". (NASDAQ:ATVI) rating. Barclays Capital has "Overweight" rating and $86 target.

And how do Wall Street experts think this company is performing in this arena?

Although the company reported that 2018 was their "best in history", Blizzard Activision still feel that they could have produced more in the year. Activision Blizzard, Inc. now has a market cap of $30.99B, while its P/E ratio stands at 25.43, while its P/E earnings growth sits at 4.33, with a beta of 0.88. During the past three months the stock gain -38.38%, however six months performance of the stock remained at -43.11%. The company has a quick ratio of 2.01, a current ratio of 2.09 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.25.

Now let's turn our focus toward the near-term: the current quarter's financial results.

In the wake of Activision Blizzard cutting costs, it looks like they may be laying off hundreds of staff members, many of whom are still unaware of their fate.