Companies exhibiting massive trading volumes are a starting point for investors looking for big stock price swings in the near-term. In the last week of Feb. 2012, tech companies representing a wide-array of sub-industries experienced higher-than-average trading volume. Investors should expect these companies to move widely in the trading sessions ahead.
Zynga Inc (NASDAQ:ZNGA)
Temporary short-covering that began at the beginning of February helped push shares up over 9% in a single day. Bearishness is still high: short-interest increased from 13.15 million shares on Jan. 31 to 25.94 million shares on Feb. 15. Zynga reported quarterly earnings that exceeded bearish analyst expectations. Zynga reported a 24% increase in monthly active users in its fourth quarter. Though daily bookings per user declined 17% to $0.051, Zynga cut costs to reflect its shrinking business in the last quarter. Zynga Inc (NASDAQ:ZNGA) reduced research expenses by 70% to around $132 million. Operating expenditures declined to $273.6 million, a drop of 66%.
Zynga ended its last quarter with $1.65 billion in cash and cash equivalents. With 784.21 million shares outstanding, Zynga has $2.10 in cash per share. Zynga traded recently at around $3.43, which means investors are paying just $1.33 above the liquidation value of the company.
Zynga Inc (NASDAQ:ZNGA) could move higher. The company has a number of top titles on Facebook, including Farmville 2. Plans for real-money gambling are progressing, and although it would be start out as a small part of Zynga’s business, it will likely grow steadily.
Universal Display Corporation (NASDAQ:PANL)
Universal Display shares rose 11.4% after the company reported quarterly results. The company sells materials used for OLED. When Samsung Galaxy S IV is announced on Mar. 14, this OLED maker will benefit. More importantly, the use of OLED in televisions remains pivotal in the company’s growth. More material is needed for the larger display, which in turn would justify a higher valuation for Universal Display Corporation (NASDAQ:PANL). TV makers like LG Electronics and Sony are ramping up research and development spending to bring OLED televisions to market by 2014.
In Universal Display Corporation (NASDAQ:PANL)’s last quarter, the company provided revenue guidance of $110 million to $125 million for 2013. This is below the $122.5 million consensus. Sales for materials declined 7% from the previous year, but gross margins were 93%. The company increased R&D spend by 34% to $8 million.
3D Systems Corporation (NYSE:DDD)
3D Systems Corporation sold-off by around 10% after reporting its gross margin declining 10 basis points to 51.7%. The company continued to grow its backlog by 23% from the previous quarter. The backlog now stands at $11.4 million. R&D increased 70% compared to last year, and represents 8% of revenue.