Arm Surges and Disney Reaches One-Year High | Bloomberg Technology

Arm Surges and Disney Reaches One-Year High | Bloomberg Technology

Disney

  • Disney's stock surged after reporting strong quarterly results, driven by cost-cutting measures and a $1.5 billion stake in Epic Games.
  • Disney+ subscribers fell short of estimates, but the company announced a $1.5 million investment in Epic Games, which the market received positively.
  • Disney's recent success with Epic Games' social gaming model highlights the importance of adopting technology and creating a social element in gaming to attract the next generation of users.
  • Disney's strength lies in its physical theme park experiences, but augmenting them with digital experiences through streaming services and games complements their offerings and covers all aspects of entertainment.
  • Despite challenges in the film studio, Disney's legacy businesses like ABC remain profitable, and they are making strategic moves to distribute their content across multiple platforms.
  • Disney's stock is currently undervalued compared to its historical highs, making it an attractive investment opportunity.

ARM Holdings

  • ARM Holdings, a semiconductor design company, saw its shares jump over 50% after reporting a bullish outlook and increased demand for its technology in various devices beyond smartphones.
  • ARM CEO Rene Haas discussed the company's strategy and highlighted the growing demand for compute capacity driven by AI applications in various devices.
  • ARM's business model involves licensing its chip designs and architecture to other companies, and it is seeing increased demand for its technology in areas such as automotive, IoT, and smart appliances.
  • Despite smartphones accounting for only a third of ARM's business, the company is still experiencing growth in royalties from this segment due to the adoption of higher-end versions of its technology.
  • ARM's CEO discusses the increasing demand for compute power, especially for AI applications, and the company's focus on power efficiency and energy optimization.
  • China remains a strong market for ARM, despite concerns about headwinds.
  • ARM is mindful of the geopolitical landscape and the need to navigate government relations in a changing world.

Samsung

  • South Korean prosecutors are appealing a ruling that cleared Samsung executives of charges related to stock price manipulation and accounting fraud.

Siemens

  • Siemens' shares plummeted by 55% due to stagnation in its mobility and industrial units, but the company expects a recovery in China in the second half of the year.

SEC

  • The SEC warns of a jump in misleading AI-related disclosures in annual reports, cautioning companies against "AI-washing" and potential legal consequences.

Twitter

  • Bloomberg Technology's new book, "Battle for the Bird," explores the contributions of Twitter's two prominent leaders to its current challenges.
  • The book is divided into two parts: Twitter 1.0, focusing on the Jack Dorsey years, and the Elon Musk experiment, covering the past 18 months.
  • Wagner highlights the role of activist investor Elliott Management in pushing for Jack Dorsey's ouster, which ultimately paved the way for Elon Musk's takeover.
  • An excerpt from the book reveals Elon Musk's disregard for advertisers' concerns, setting the stage for his ongoing conflicts with them.
  • Musk's unpredictable behavior and controversial statements have made advertisers hesitant to associate with Twitter, impacting the platform's revenue.
  • Despite efforts to attract advertisers, such as exclusive content deals with media personalities, Twitter's unpredictability under Musk continues to deter businesses.

Tech Stocks

  • Tech firms are making fascinating cash, with dividends being given back and share buybacks being promised.
  • Money managers are cautious about tech stocks due to their high valuations but acknowledge their quality.
  • The S&P 5000 is seen as a significant psychological mark, indicating bullish sentiment among traders and investors.
  • The rally may be losing steam, with the equal-weight S&P up only 4% in the past 12 months compared to the Nasdaq's 42% gain.
  • Diversification is key, but the tech rally is not helping as the top 10 stocks in the MSCI World Index are all tech companies.

Bitcoin

  • Bitcoin topped $45,000 for the first time in a month, with ETF inflows showing signs of studying.
  • The "Newborn Nine" Bitcoin ETFs have picked up the slack from Grayscale's GBTC, which saw significant outflows.
  • The competition among Bitcoin ETFs for trading volume and liquidity is increasing.

Apple Vision Pro Headset

  • The Apple Vision Pro headset is reselling for higher prices overseas, ranging from $4,000 to $6,000, indicating excitement for the product in those markets.
  • Apple may use this information to fine-tune how they allocate supply when they eventually enter those markets.

Google

  • Google is renaming its AI product Bard to Gemini and introducing a $199/month subscription plan to demonstrate its value and potential for a business model.
  • Gemini is comparable to OpenAI

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