The technology sector continues to benefit from strong demand environment for digital transformation. Notably, cloud computing, predictive analysis, artificial intelligence (AI), self-driving vehicles, digital personal assistants and Internet of Things (IoT) have been key drivers in this regard.
Increasing use of the Internet, courtesy of the ubiquitous social media, has been a key driver for technology stocks. Naturally, focus on video streaming has been driving user engagement that is, in turn, attracting advertising dollars.
However, weakness in semiconductors primarily due to intensifying trade tensions, slowing demand from the automotive market and component supply shortage doesn't bode well for the sector. Moreover, increasing regulations for social media companies like the implementation of EU's General Data Protection Regulation is an overhang.
Let's take a sneak peek into three tech companies that are set to report quarterly earnings on Nov 13:
Shanghai, China-based SINA Corporation SINA
is expected to get negatively impacted by stricter regulations faced by its micro-blogging platform, Weibo in the domestic market. Moreover, intensifying competition within the online advertising business doesn't bode well for this Zacks Rank #4 (Sell) stock.
The company is unlikely to deliver a positive earnings surprise in third-quarter 2018 as according to the Zacks model, only a company with a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy), 2 (Buy) or 3 (Hold) has a good chance of beating estimates, if it also has a positive Earnings ESP
. Meanwhile, Sell-rated stocks (Zacks Rank #4 or 5) are best avoided.
The Zacks Consensus Estimate for third-quarter revenues is currently pegged at $561.5 million, reflecting year-over-year growth of 26.7%. However, the consensus mark for earnings has been steady at 76 cents over the past seven days and reflects 1.3% decline.
Sina Corporation Price and EPS Surprise
Sina Corporation Price and EPS Surprise | Sina Corporation Quote
Meanwhile, SVMK 's SVMK third-quarter 2018 results are expected to benefit from its growing registered user base and dominating position in the survey software products market.
However, the San Mateo-based company has an unfavorable combination of a Zacks Rank #3 and an Earnings ESP of 0.00%. You can uncover the best stocks to buy or sell before they're reported with our Earnings ESP Filter .
The Zacks Consensus Estimate for third-quarter revenues is currently pegged at $62.7 million. The consensus mark has been steady at a loss of 5 cents over the past seven days.
SVMK Inc. Price and EPS Surprise
SVMK Inc. Price and EPS Surprise | SVMK Inc. Quote
Tel Aviv, Israel-based Wix.com WIX is expected to benefit from portfolio strength. Also, sturdy conversion and retention in its user cohorts are positives. Further, the company is benefiting from retail's rapid transition to mobile and social sales channels.
However, Wix also has an unfavorable combination of an Earnings ESP of 0.00% and a Zacks Rank #3. You can see the complete list of today's Zacks #1 Rank stocks here .
The Zacks Consensus Estimate for third-quarter revenues is currently pegged at $69.4 million, reflecting year-over-year growth of 10.8%. Moreover, the consensus mark for earnings has been steady at 3 cents over the past seven days.
Wix.com Ltd. Price and EPS Surprise
Wix.com Ltd. Price and EPS Surprise | Wix.com Ltd. Quote
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