The week started with big news as Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ) agreed to acquire Yahoo! Inc. (NASDAQ:YHOO), confirming the rumors that have been trending last week. Nevertheless, as the earnings season continues, the market opened lower.
Without further ado, let’s take a closer look at the Yahoo/Verizon deal, as well as analyze some other stocks in the spotlight today, particularly, Nintendo Co., Ltd (ADR) (OTCMKTS:NTDOY), AMC Entertainment Holdings Inc (NYSE:AMC), and Carmike Cinemas, Inc. (NASDAQ:CKEC). In addition, we are going to take a look at what the investors from our database think about the companies in question.
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Verizon is the Winner
The Yahoo! Inc. (NASDAQ:YHOO) internet property sweepstakes is over and Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ) is officially the winner. According to a press release, the phone giant officially announced today that it will buy Yahoo’s operating business for $4.83 billion in cash in a deal that is expected to close in the first quarter of 2017. Although the transaction includes Yahoo’s real estate (traders did not expect the deal to include patents or real estate), the sale does not include Yahoo’s cash, the stake Yahoo Japan, Yahoo’s convertible notes, or Yahoo’s non-core patents. Yahoo intends to return much of the net cash raised from the deal to shareholders at the appropriate time, while Verizon intends to unlock substantial synergies between Yahoo’s core properties and Verizon’s AOL division. Yahoo shares are down 0.7% in the pre-market while Verizon shares are in the green on relatively light volume on the news.
According to our data, the number of elite funds with holdings in Yahoo! Inc. (NASDAQ:YHOO) jumped by 13 quarter-over-quarter to 97 at the end of March while the number of top funds with stakes in Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ) rose by nine quarter-over-quarter to 61 at the end of March.
On the next page, we examine Nintendo, AMC Entertainment Holdings and Carmike Cinemas.
Japanese Traders Ask Whether Pokemon Go is a Fad
Momentum stock Nintendo Co., Ltd (ADR) (OTCMKTS:NTDOY) is in the spotlight today after shares of the company fell by around 17% in Japan on Monday. Japanese traders sold shares of the game maker after Nintendo warned that Pokemon Go’s financial impact on the company’s bottom line would be ‘limited’ and that it was not necessary to change annual guidance despite the game’s continued popularity. According to a Bloomberg article, analysts at Macquarie estimate that Nintendo has an ‘effective economic stake’ of 13% of the app.