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Activision Blizzard (ATVI) Hits New Lifetime High

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Trade-Ideas LLC identified Activision Blizzard (ATVI) as a new lifetime high candidate. In addition to specific proprietary factors, Trade-Ideas identified Activision Blizzard as such a stock due to the following factors:

  • ATVI has an average dollar-volume (as measured by average daily share volume multiplied by share price) of $133.6 million.
  • ATVI has traded 229,790 shares today.
  • ATVI is trading at a new lifetime high.

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More details on ATVI:

Activision Blizzard, Inc. publishes online, personal computer (PC), video game console, handheld, mobile, and tablet games. The company operates through three segments: Activision, Blizzard, and Distribution. The stock currently has a dividend yield of 0.9%. ATVI has a PE ratio of 23.1. Currently there are 16 analysts that rate Activision Blizzard a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

The average volume for Activision Blizzard has been 6.4 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Activision Blizzard has a market cap of $15.7 billion and is part of the technology sector and computer software & services industry. The stock has a beta of 1.05 and a short float of 3.7% with 2.78 days to cover. Shares are up 23.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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TheStreetRatings.com Analysis:

TheStreet Quant Ratings rates Activision Blizzard as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, attractive valuation levels, expanding profit margins, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • Compared to its closing price of one year ago, ATVI's share price has jumped by 54.81%, exceeding the performance of the broader market during that same time frame. Regarding the stock's future course, although almost any stock can fall in a broad market decline, ATVI should continue to move higher despite the fact that it has already enjoyed a very nice gain in the past year.
  • The gross profit margin for ACTIVISION BLIZZARD INC is currently very high, coming in at 76.33%. It has increased from the same quarter the previous year. Regardless of the strong results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of 26.37% trails the industry average.
  • ATVI's debt-to-equity ratio of 0.62 is somewhat low overall, but it is high when compared to the industry average, implying that the management of the debt levels should be evaluated further. Despite the fact that ATVI's debt-to-equity ratio is mixed in its results, the company's quick ratio of 2.38 is high and demonstrates strong liquidity.
  • ACTIVISION BLIZZARD INC reported flat earnings per share in the most recent quarter. The company has suffered a declining pattern of earnings per share over the past year. However, we anticipate this trend reversing over the coming year. During the past fiscal year, ACTIVISION BLIZZARD INC reported lower earnings of $0.95 versus $1.00 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($1.30 versus $0.95).

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