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Should Yahoo! Inc. Be Considered For The FANG Index?

Should Yahoo! Inc. Be Considered For The FANG Index?
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  • A few years ago, Jim Cramer coined the FANG acronym to refer to talk about the most popular stocks in the tech segment: Facebook Inc (NASDAQ: FB),, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN), Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ: NFLX) and Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ: GOOGL) (NASDAQ: GOOG).
  • These four stocks were among the most popular and best performing ones in 2015. Since the start of 2016, their returns have been less than satisfactory.
  • Might it be time to consider adding Yahoo! Inc. (NASDAQ: YHOO) to FANG, in an attempt to aid the performance of the group?

Year-to-date, the FANG trade has generated, in average, negative returns (about a 6.75 percent loss, imagining a portfolio where all stocks are weighed the same).

  • Facebook’s stock gained 9.1 percent
  • Amazon’s stock lost 18.3 percent
  • Netflix’s stock tumbled 20.05 percent
  • Google’s stock surged roughly 1.9 percent

Over the same time period, Yahoo’s stock lost about 14.4 percent.

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In terms of fundamental performance – for the last reported quarter:

  • Facebook delivered an earnings and revenue beat, including record profits. The stock gained about 16.5 percent since.
  • Amazon posted a huge earnings miss and a slight revenue miss. The shares lost 5.3 percent since.
  • Netflix reported a substantial earnings beat, despite a slight revenue miss. Shares have tumbled more than 12 percent since.
  • Alphabet retrieved a very ample earnings and revenue beat. The stock was up more than 2 percent since the report.

Yahoo will report its fourth quarter financial results after the market closes on Tuesday. Ahead of the report, the Street is modeling consensus earnings of $0.12 per share (down 60 percent year-over-year) on revenue of $948.68 million – down 19.5 percent.

A few questions arise now: can Yahoo outperform expectations? Where will the stock go from now? Can it help the FANG trade?

Ultimately, some analysts see Yahoo as a “financial engineering play” and are betting on a sale. Maybe Tuesday’s earnings call will shed some light on the issue.

Disclosure: Javier Hasse holds no positions in any of the securities mentioned above.

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