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Regulators Pose a Bigger Threat to Comms Than COVID-19

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Alphabet (NASDAQ: GOOG) (NASDAQ: GOOGL), Twitter (NYSE: TWTR) and Facebook (NASDAQ: FB) have changed our everyday life for good. Besides its enormous ecosystem, Alphabet’s Google is indisputably the most popular search engine across the globe.  Twitter’s platform has become a soapbox for politicians, celebrities, and journalists. With their tweets, it became the source of real-time news. Facebook dominates generalized social media in the U.S. but it has not unseated Twitter in the microblogging universe. All three have dealt with positives in engagement and negatives in reduced ad spending during the pandemic. But the bottom line is each of these stocks have been pandemic-resilient.

Facebook

With a market cap of $700 billion, Facebook remains the 800-pound gorilla that is several multiples larger than Twitter, Pinterest (NYSE: PINS), and Snap (NYSE: SNAP) combined. Its umbrella of sites host 2.7 billion monthly active users, with 1.79 billion of them engaging daily. To further growth, Facebook gained a first mover advantage in VR. The 40% year-over-year increase in non-ad revenue in the second quarter confirms Facebook has capitalized on this lead. Facebook just announced its Messenger API has also been updated to allow businesses to manage their communications across Instagram, in addition to Messenger. Businesses using the API can also manage their Instagram presence, including their Profile, Shops and Stories, proving Facebook has also done a good job in catching the e-commerce wave.

Alphabet

Alphabet’s stock has risen nearly 30% over the past 12 months. Alphabet’s revenue rose 18% to $161.9 billion last year. Google’s ad revenue expanded 16% with non-ad revenue increasing by 21% but the ultimate winner being Google Cloud’s revenue that skyrocketed 53%. But during the first half of the year, that image was significantly altered. Alphabet’s revenue rose merely 6% year-over-year as it amounted to $79.5 billion. Google’s ad revenue grew less than 1% as ad spending was hampered by the pandemic. But, Google Cloud’s revenue surged 47% and even Google’s non-ad revenue expanded 24%.

Wall Street expects Alphabet’s revenue to rise 7% this year with a decline of 10% in earnings. But analysts also expect its revenue and earnings to rise 21% and 28% next year, under the assumption of a rebound in ad spending and the end of the pandemic. But Google’s antitrust challenges across the world remain, and they could significantly limit its ability to expand its ecosystems.

Twitter

Over the past 12 months, Twitter’s stock rose approximately 15%. Twitter generated 83% of its revenue from online ads in the first half of 2020, with the rest being generated by its “data licensing and other” business. But despite its popularity, Twitter has faced growth struggles as it must compete with Facebook, comparing to which is tiny in terms of market cap with its $31 billion.

Twitter’s business model was quite exposed to the pandemic. Revenue shrank 19% compared to the same quarter last year, leading to a quarterly loss of $1.56 per diluted share. It’s quite a difference compared to $1.43 per share it earned one year ago.

Revenue rose 14% to $3.46 billion last year, with advertising revenue rising 14% due to demand in the U.S. and its data licensing and other revenue also rising 10%. But 2020 brought an entirely different picture. During the first half of the year, revenue fell 8% YoY to $1.49 billion. Ad revenue dropped 12% as corporations needed to cut on ad spending. The drop has offset the 11% growth of its data licensing and other business segment. The operating margin turned negative and resulted in a net loss of $1.39 billion which is quite different from last year’s profit of $1.31 billion for the same period.

Analysts expect Twitter’s revenue to decline 5% this year and its earnings to stay in the red. But if the pandemic ends next year, revenue is expected to rebound 24% with a full-year profit. The slowdown could be short-lived but as the upcoming U.S. election could also bring more users to Twitter, despite the fact the platform banned political ads.

Outlook – the regulatory barrier

Facebook, Alphabet, and Twitter once again find themselves on the target of regulators. They seem to find themselves in the crosshairs of regulators, both in the U.S. and abroad, over and over again. They are constantly being criticized regarding antitrust and privacy issues. Although Big Tech has already proven its mighty power, hefty fines and new protocols could be costly and, consequently, erode profit margins. More importantly, being closely watched upon can hamper their growth prospects.

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Europe’s EV market is leaving the United States in its dust. According to a recent report obtained by Bloomberg News that is scheduled to be published next week, the European Commission seeks to have at least 30 million EVs on its roads by the end of the decade. This ambitious plan would require stricter emission regulations and the auto industry to massively accelerate its transformation.

At the moment, approximately 1.4 million EVs are being driven in Europe, according to BloombergNEF. Therefore, this research is forecasting there will be 28 million plug-in hybrid and battery-electric vehicles on the road by 2028. But, it’s no secret that young and old-school automakers are gearing up for the race with December being the month that the EV pioneer Tesla (NASDAQ: TSLA) will finally be included in the S&P 500.

Germany’s EV market is poised to overtake California’s

Until the end of September, Germany registered 98,370 battery-powered cars this year, according to a report by Berlin-based Schmidt Automotive Research. California is significantly behind with 73,166, as growth has slowed this year. Meanwhile, growth in Germany has been fueled by aggressive subsidies of up to 9,000 euros per car, as reported by Bloomberg News. But this is great news for Tesla who is Berlin Gigafactory Berlin is set to open in 2021 with an annual target capacity of building 500,000 vehicles annually, which is greater than its total 2019 sales. But Tesla’s entry in the backyard of automotive legends has not gone unnoticed as Volkswagen Group’s (OTC: VWAGY) CEO Herbert Diess revealed its plans is to become, on the technological basis, competitive with Tesla. The German giant has committed last month to launch approximately 70 all-electric vehicles by 2030, of which 20 are already in production.

Hyundai revealed a modular EV-only platform

By now, automakers have come to the realization that shoving electric vehicle parts into ICE built vehicles won’t do the trick. For this reason, the industry leader, Tesla, designs its own motors. Same goes for the EV startup, Lucid Motors, who just finished the first phase of its $700 million EV factory in Arizona as it invested heavily to follow Tesla’s footprints. With that in mind, Hyundai is the latest automaker to introduce an EV-only platform. It also revealed it will produce 23 battery-electric vehicles by 2025. The new Electric-Global Modular Platform (E-GMP), which stands for “Electric-Global Modular”, will be the underpinning of Hyundai and Kia’s electric future beginning next year.

The first vehicle will be the Hyundai Ioniq 5that we’ve so far only seen in concept form. Hyundai didn’t share details on battery pack size on Wednesday, but revaled that the EVs will come with a 500 kilometres driving range.

The race is just getting started

The global electric vehicle market has evolved immensely over the past decade. But even though we’ve already seen some incredible growth across the globe, these developments and industry predictions suggest that we’ve only seen a trailer of the EV blockbuster that will take place across the globe.

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EV Updates – Europe and China Are Going Full Speed Ahead

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Europe’s EV market is leaving the United States in its dust. According to a recent report obtained by Bloomberg News that is scheduled to be published next week, the European Commission seeks to have at least 30 million EVs on its roads by the end of the decade. This ambitious plan would require stricter emission regulations and the auto industry to massively accelerate its transformation.

At the moment, approximately 1.4 million EVs are being driven in Europe, according to BloombergNEF. Therefore, this research is forecasting there will be 28 million plug-in hybrid and battery-electric vehicles on the road by 2028. But, it’s no secret that young and old-school automakers are gearing up for the race with December being the month that the EV pioneer Tesla (NASDAQ: TSLA) will finally be included in the S&P 500.

Germany’s EV market is poised to overtake California’s

Until the end of September, Germany registered 98,370 battery-powered cars this year, according to a report by Berlin-based Schmidt Automotive Research. California is significantly behind with 73,166, as growth has slowed this year. Meanwhile, growth in Germany has been fueled by aggressive subsidies of up to 9,000 euros per car, as reported by Bloomberg News. But this is great news for Tesla who is Berlin Gigafactory Berlin is set to open in 2021 with an annual target capacity of building 500,000 vehicles annually, which is greater than its total 2019 sales. But Tesla’s entry in the backyard of automotive legends has not gone unnoticed as Volkswagen Group’s (OTC: VWAGY) CEO Herbert Diess revealed its plans is to become, on the technological basis, competitive with Tesla. The German giant has committed last month to launch approximately 70 all-electric vehicles by 2030, of which 20 are already in production.

Hyundai revealed a modular EV-only platform

By now, automakers have come to the realization that shoving electric vehicle parts into ICE built vehicles won’t do the trick. For this reason, the industry leader, Tesla, designs its own motors. Same goes for the EV startup, Lucid Motors, who just finished the first phase of its $700 million EV factory in Arizona as it invested heavily to follow Tesla’s footprints. With that in mind, Hyundai is the latest automaker to introduce an EV-only platform. It also revealed it will produce 23 battery-electric vehicles by 2025. The new Electric-Global Modular Platform (E-GMP), which stands for “Electric-Global Modular”, will be the underpinning of Hyundai and Kia’s electric future beginning next year.

The first vehicle will be the Hyundai Ioniq 5that we’ve so far only seen in concept form. Hyundai didn’t share details on battery pack size on Wednesday, but revaled that the EVs will come with a 500 kilometres driving range.

The race is just getting started

The global electric vehicle market has evolved immensely over the past decade. But even though we’ve already seen some incredible growth across the globe, these developments and industry predictions suggest that we’ve only seen a trailer of the EV blockbuster that will take place across the globe.

This article is not a press release and is contributed by a verified independent journalist for IAMNewswire. It should not be construed as investment advice at any time please read the full disclosure. IAM Newswire does not hold any position in the mentioned companies. Press Releases – If you are looking for full Press release distribution contact: press@iamnewswire.com Contributors – IAM Newswire accepts pitches. If you’re interested in becoming an IAM journalist contact: contributors@iamnewswire.com

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Snowflake Is Keeping The Magic Alive

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Snowflake Inc’s (NYSE: SNOW) September magic will go down in history as the world’s hottest software IPO. When Snowflake announced its public debut, the demand for its shares was far higher than the supply. It seems that it still is. The initial share price expectation was between $75 and $85. However, the company went public at $120 a share, and it skyrocketed to an amazing $300 on its first day of trading, breaking the record and becoming the largest company to ever double its value on its opening day. This is how Snowflake’s blockbuster debut became the largest software IPO on record.

One of Snowflake’s key innovations in keeping the data storage separate from computing, allowing the businesses to get insights from the stored data. Snowflake came out with this service before Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT), Amazon.com (NASDAQ: AMZN), and Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) offered their equivalent products, making it easier for Snowflake to grab a part of the data warehousing market.

Snowflake’s earnings report

Snowflake’s revenues jumped 119% to $159.6 million in the fiscal third quarter which ended October 31st. Revenue growth in the previous quarter was 121%. There is an improvement in the segment of losses – in the year-ago quarter, losses were $1.92 per share, whereas this time around, the company showed a loss of $1.01 per share. The company also reported an adjusted loss of 62 cents per share. Although the earnings report pulled down the share price by 16.1%, with the closing price that day at $339.89, we cannot forget that the company went public with a share price of $120.

Microsoft’s answer

The cloud data management service market is expected to be worth around $13 billion next year. Amazon has been improving its AWS cloud unit so it’s not only Snowflake who has the answer for more and more customers trying to understand all the data and information stored in the cloud and corporate data centers. Microsoft also decided to take on Snowflake and Amazon by unveiling another product designed to enable companies to analyze and keep track of data. Azure Synapse Analytics tool is already used by companies like ABN AMRO Bank N.V. (OTC: ABN.AS), Wolters Kluwer N.V. (OTC: WKL.VI), FedEx Corporation (NYSE: FDX), and The Procter & Gamble Company (NYSE: PG).

Outlook

Snowflake’s management was satisfied with the company’s performance in its first quarter as a public company. Forecasted revenues for the quarter ending in January are within a range between $162 million and $167 million. As many businesses are increasingly shifting their activities to the cloud, the demand for warehousing solutions, like Snowflake’s, will stay high, and it is safe to say that more growth is ahead of us. Having in mind that the demand is expected to increase, the cloud data management service market should follow suit. Therefore, Snowflake’s expectation to generate revenues of $540 million in fiscal 2021 seems doable.

This article is not a press release and is contributed by a verified independent journalist for IAMNewswire. It should not be construed as investment advice at any time please read the full disclosure. IAM Newswire does not hold any position in the mentioned companies. Press Releases – If you are looking for full Press release distribution contact: press@iamnewswire.com Contributors – IAM Newswire accepts pitches. If you’re interested in becoming an IAM journalist contact: contributors@iamnewswire.com

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