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(Bloomberg) -- President Donald Trump, who has repeatedly lashed out at technology giants and their leaders, announced on Friday evening that he would be dining with Apple Inc. Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook.“Having dinner tonight with Tim Cook of Apple,” Trump, who is staying at his golf resort in Bedminster, New Jersey, wrote on Twitter. “They will be spending vast sums of money in the U.S. Great!”He did not elaborate, and Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the meeting.Heads of other major technology companies, including Amazon.com Inc., Alphabet Inc.’s Google and Facebook Inc. have not fared as well in the president’s tweets and public remarks.He and his political allies have made unsupported claims that social media companies muzzle conservative views. Trump has assailed Amazon for edging out brick-and-mortar retailers and criticized its founder Jeff Bezos, who owns the Washington Post.Pressure on tech companies is increasing in Washington as congressional Republicans examine accusations of bias against conservatives; Democrats in the House conduct an antitrust inquiry and officials at the Justice Department and the Federal Trade Commission divvy up oversight of Google, Facebook, Apple, and Amazon.Earlier this week, FTC Chairman Joe Simons said in an interview that he wouldn’t let Trump’s complaints about the size and political inclinations of large technology platforms affect his agency’s decisions.Cook visited the White House in June to discuss the Trump administration’s efforts to develop job training programs that meet the changing demands of U.S. employers. The meeting was part of the American Workforce Policy Advisory Board, a working group that includes many corporate leaders. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and Trump’s daughter and adviser Ivanka Trump unveiled the initiative earlier this year.\--With assistance from Alistair Barr.To contact the reporter on this story: John Harney in Washington at firstname.lastname@example.orgTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Kevin Whitelaw at email@example.com, John HarneyFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.
Bakkt, the Bitcoin futures trading platform, is finally opening its doors in September. And the institutional investment dream is alive.
Veeva Systems, Paycom Software and HubSpot, leaders from the No. 1 software sector, are near buy points. Zscaler and Atlassian are near highs.
Google has announced that by 2022, all their “Made By Google” products will include recycled material. What Goes Around The search engine giant is making a commitment to sustainability by using recyclable material seemingly as much as possible. Going forward, it will use reused material in all of its Pixelbook computers and phones, and has already begun using recycled plastic in its Chromecast streaming sticks. And by next year, all of its product shipments will be carbon neutral. The company also will prioritize the use of cargo ships over air delivery, thus lowering overall emissions. Make It Last Another sustainability initiative is that Google’s designers will now ensure that all of their products last as long as possible (as the less products one needs to buy, the less overall plastic one is consuming), and to be easier to recycle once the ghost finally gives out. Another Green World Google’s moves to emphasize recyclability and sustainability is yet more proof that corporations now realize that customers and shareholders are demanding that companies do more to combat climate change, and that working to be more green and sustainable is quickly becoming a requirement for all companies now, especially technology companies. Apple uses recycled plastic, recycled aluminum, and recycled tin in its products, and reuses old iPhone batteries when making new ones. Microsoft proudly flaunts that it has been Carbon neutral since 2012, and Intel has recently committed to restoring local watersheds located near its facilities as a way to make up for the large quantities of water it uses while manufacturing its computer chips. -Michael Tedder Photo by REUTERS
Friday was a big day for investors. On Thursday, we said bulls would have liked to see a bigger rebound following Wednesday's brutal beating. But Friday proved strong, with U.S. stocks posting impressive gains across the board. * 10 Cheap Dividend Stocks to Load Up On Let's look at a few top stock trades going forward.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips Top Stock Trades for Tomorrow: Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) Advanced Micro Devices (NASDAQ:AMD) has been all over the map lately. Luckily, we're getting new levels to work with on the charts.For now, the 100-day moving average is buoying the stock, with short-term uptrend support also helping to guide AMD higher. Ideally, bulls will see shares reclaim prior uptrend support (blue line), as well as the 20-day and 50-day moving averages.If AMD stock can do that, a test of resistance between $34 and $34.50 is on the table. If it can't reclaim these levels, they may act as resistance going forward. That puts the 100-day back on the table.If it falls below the 100-day, the $29.21 lows and the $27.65 lows are possible. Bank of America (BAC)Is Bank of America (NYSE:BAC) a safe buy? It's hard not to like the stock down here. Not only has this $26.25 to $26.50 area proven to be solid-range support for all of 2019, but BAC stock has put in three straight days with almost identical lows.The fact that these lows held gives longs a great risk/reward situation. $26 can be a stop out point for longs, while they look for a rebound higher. $27.50 is a conservative target, but $28 doesn't seem to be out of the picture.A rebound up to the 50-day and 100-day confluence near $28.75 also seams reasonable. Remember, this stock was at $31 a few weeks ago and these big shakeouts have usually been good buying opportunities. Near range support, it's a worthy risk. Facebook (FB)Alphabet (NASDAQ:GOOG, NASDAQ:GOOGL) is holding trend right now, while Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) has quite a bit of support nearby too. Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) though? Shares are looking suspect at the moment.So far, support is holding near $179 to $180, but downtrend resistance (blue line) is squeezing FB lower. Falling below most of its major moving averages isn't helping the bulls' case either.Over downtrend resistance will help, but for FB stock to really have upside potential, it needs to clear its 50-day and 100-day moving averages. Below $180, and range support at $160 is in play. General Electric (GE)What a wild ride this one has been on the past two days. Shares of General Electric (NYSE:GE) were pulverized on Thursday after a whistleblower cited concern over the company's accounting. The CEO shot back and put his money where his mouth is, buying $2 million worth of stock.The recent lows held well, as GE stock charges back toward $9. Now though, it's key to see if General Electric can reclaim the $9 to $9.25 area or if this zone acts as resistance. Deere (DE)Deere (NYSE:DE) stock is up almost 4% heading into the weekend after the company reported its quarterly results after the close. I don't love the set up in Deere, particularly given the current trading environment. However, shares did test roughly the same low for three straight sessions, all of which held.Anyone taking a long flyer on DE should note that level -- approximately $141 -- as their potential stop out mark. If shares break out over short-term downtrend resistance (blue line), a run to the 200-day is possible. If $142.50 holds as support, bulls can stay long.A breakdown below $141 could send DE stock down to $132.Bret Kenwell is the manager and author of Future Blue Chips and is on Twitter @BretKenwell. As of this writing, Bret Kenwell is long BAC, AMZN and GOOGL. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 10 Cheap Dividend Stocks to Load Up On * The 10 Biggest Losers from Q2 Earnings * 5 Dependable Dividend Stocks to Buy The post 5 Top Stock Trades for Monday: AMD, BAC, FB, GE, DE appeared first on InvestorPlace.
Despite a rough few weeks in the tech sector, graphics chip maker Nvidia (NASDAQ:NVDA) may be set for a bounce. Reporting both revenue growth and an increased net income, the Nvidia stock price rose 7% after the company released second-quarter earnings today that beat analysts' estimates. And those estimates were already on the optimistic side.Source: Shutterstock Yet, despite the strong operating performance, NVDA stock has somewhat lagged the market for most of the year, and even now, with this surge, isn't impressing too much. Nvidia stock is now trading at $159, showing about an 19% increase for the year. That compares to the 15% gain year to date for the S&P 500 Index and 20% for the Nasdaq Composite.Nvidia reported adjusted earnings per share of $1.24 for its fiscal second quarter, versus the Wall Street consensus of $1.15. Revenues increased slightly from $2.222 billion in the first quarter to $2.58 billion for the quarter ending July 29. The overall improved performance suggests that the recent slump in orders of high-end graphic chips has eased. The chip market may be headed towards a revival in demand from video game makers as well as large data centers.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsSo are we set for a longer-term rebound in NVDA stock? The fundamentals certainly look strong. * 10 Cheap Dividend Stocks to Load Up On Here are three reasons why Nvidia may be a buy after the recent solid earnings release. Strong Revenues for Nvidia StockRevenues across all business units increased from the previous quarter, according to Nvidia's earnings release. Chief Executive Officer Jensen Huang explained on the earnings call that the recent slowdown in sales of video-gaming chips and processors for artificial intelligence computing was temporary. In recent quarters, revenues had shrunk slightly for three straight quarters. Huang attributes this to the fact that customers had been working through stockpiles of unused inventories.But now, Huang sees that customers are starting to buy again. The Hugh Bet on AI May Soon Pay OffThe often overlooked driver of future NIDIA stock price is it's up and coming product offerings in artificial intelligence (AI), a gargantuan market that is only beginning to take off. Nvidia's is carefully investing in domination in the AI market, which may be worth over $15 trillion by 2030.Indeed, the AI sector faces brutal competition, particularly from rival chip markets such as Advanced Micro Devices (NASDAQ:AMD) and the giant Intel (NASDAQ:INTC), who are all aggressively investing in offering products in the AI market.However, the AI market will grow to such an enormous size, that there will undoubtedly be room for more than one winner. "The competition should show up with something," CEO Huang said. "AI is going to be a large market for everybody, and the growth is ahead of us. The bottom is behind us."To some extent, NVDA has a bit of a first-mover advantage. For example, Nvidia pioneered the use of graphics chips to run AI software in the data centers that offer cloud computing. Its line of GeForce processors have proven to be the top choice for PC gamers demanding the highest performance and the highest resolution. Timing in Chips is Everything -- and Now May Be the Time for NVDAThe chip market is notoriously cyclical. Between the specter of a trade war with China, concerns about an upcoming consumer recession in the US, to the feast or famine culture of computer hardware supply chain - particularly in the video gaming industry -- chip stocks are highly volatile.For example, last year, Nvidia stock dropped from a high of $292 in September down to $129 just three months later. More recently, the NVDA stock price went from $178 in late July to $147 just before the earnings release. At the present level of $149, Nvidia stock has probably bottomed out for the time being. With whatever doubts about a chip market slow down behind it, the stock may now be at the beginning of an upcycle.Certainly, Nvidia is operating in a tough market with formidable rivals. However, most all the bad news about a market slow down, and aggressive pricing by its rivals is now baked into the price. Investors in chip stock focus on cycles and are well prepared for a ride. For Nvidia stock, we may have passed the market bottom and set for an eventual upswing.As of writing, Theodore Kim has no exposure to any of the above-mentioned stocks. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 10 Cheap Dividend Stocks to Load Up On * The 10 Biggest Losers from Q2 Earnings * 5 Dependable Dividend Stocks to Buy The post With Solid Q2 Results, Nvidia May Bounce Back appeared first on InvestorPlace.
As both Nvidia and AMD compete to create the next best AI and cloud computing GPUs, the tech is only going to proliferate in performance and both companies stand to gain.
NVIDIA (NVDA) stock soared 6% in today’s trading session as its Q2 earnings for fiscal 2020 beat estimates. However, its guidance missed estimates.
(Bloomberg) -- Intercontinental Exchange Inc., the parent of the New York Stock Exchange, won an approval that clears the way for its Bakkt unit to allow investors to buy derivatives that pay out with Bitcoins for the first time.The New York State Department of Financial Services on Friday granted a charter to Bakkt Trust Co. to hold custody of customers’ tokens. The futures had already gotten a green light from the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission under a self-certification process. The first contracts will be offered Sept. 23.“We believe that the availability of a benchmark that can be referenced globally will create confidence in the true price of Bitcoin,” Kelly Loeffler, Bakkt’s chief executive officer, said in a telephone interview. “It’s an important step in creating more trust.”Despite its status of the world’s most valuable cryptocurrency, Bitcoin is known for wild price swings that some say are the result of manipulation. Digital tokens trade on platforms that face far less regulatory scrutiny than exchanges for stocks or derivatives. Many of the venues are also located outside the U.S.According to Loeffler, the fragmented nature of Bitcoin trading means that there’s a lack of confidence of prices. She said that ICE’s futures contracts will lead to a new one-year price curve for Bitcoin that traders can use to express views on the cryptocurrency as they would with other asset classes.Some of the brokerages who already work with ICE to trade futures have agreed to also handle the crypto contracts, according to Bakkt.ICE has said its ultimate goal is to create an ecosystem that would encourage pension funds, endowments and other institutions to invest more money in cryptocurrencies, and make it much easier for consumers to buy products with the cryptocurrency. The venture, announced to much fanfare in August 2018, has lined up big-name backers, including Starbucks Inc. and Microsoft Inc.The goal is to have Bakkt serve as backbone of digital payment infrastructure at retailers starting in 2020, Loeffler said.Bakkt had faced months of delays amid skepticism from the CFTC officials around how clients’ tokens would be stored, and thus safeguarded from possible theft and manipulation, according to people familiar with the matter. The concerns prompted ICE to seek the license from New York.While ICE’s Bakkt futures won’t be the first Bitcoin futures to be listed on a major U.S. derivatives exchange, they could be the most significant for the burgeoning crypto industry. CME Group Inc. and Cboe Global Markets Inc. launched contracts in December 2017 that pay out in U.S. dollars on expiration, not actual Bitcoin. The Cboe no longer offers them.When Bakkt’s one-day and one-month contracts expire they would pay out in Bitcoin tokens instead of U.S. dollars. The futures will be exchange-traded on ICE Futures U.S. and cleared on ICE Clear US, which are federally regulated by the CFTC.Bitcoin erased losses of as much as 6% to trade little changed at about $10,400 after the announcement. The largest cryptocurrency has dropped about 13% this week. It traded around $7,400 when the the venture was first announced.(Adds comments from Bakkt CEO in fourth and fifth paragraphs.)\--With assistance from Olga Kharif.To contact the reporter on this story: Ben Bain in Washington at firstname.lastname@example.orgTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Jeremy Herron at email@example.com, Dave Liedtka, Gregory MottFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.
(Bloomberg Opinion) -- Two years ago, 10 sailors died when the U.S. Navy’s guided missile destroyer USS John S. McCain collided with a chemical tanker off Singapore. An investigation has determined that insufficient training and inadequate operating procedures were to blame, and both factors were related to a new touch-screen-based helm control system. The Navy has decided to revert its destroyers back to entirely physical throttles and helm controls.It’s worth exploring the Navy’s rationale for installing touch-screens (“Just because you can doesn’t mean you should,” says Rear Admiral Bill Galinis), as well as its rationale for getting rid of them:Galinis said that bridge design is something that shipbuilders have a lot of say in, as it’s not covered by any particular specification that the Navy requires builders to follow. As a result of innovation and a desire to incorporate new technology, “we got away from the physical throttles, and that was probably the number-one feedback from the fleet – they said, just give us the throttles that we can use.”There are lessons here — including a prescient one from 50 years ago — for other, more mundane transport-control interfaces as well.Large, interactive touch-screens are becoming increasingly prevalent in passenger cars; in the case of Tesla, they’re the only control interface. They’re lovely to look at, but as the Navy’s experience suggests, they might be more confusing than physical controls. That confusion isn’t academic, either: Distracted driving is an increasingly dangerous problem. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 10% of all fatal crashes from 2012 to 2017 involved distracted drivers. Mobile phones are a major cause of distraction, as we’d expect, but they’re an even bigger problem for younger drivers.Almost 50 years ago, robotics professor Masahiro Mori wrote an extraordinary essay, “The Uncanny Valley,” on people’s reactions to robots as they became more and more humanlike. As Mori said, our affinity for robots rises as they more closely resemble humans. That affinity plunges, becoming negative and finally rising again once a robot reaches the (possibly unattainable) full likeness of a human being.Something similar is at work in our current touch-screen-filled vehicles. To an extent, adding more screen real estate give us more information, and with it more safety — until it begins to provide an overwhelming amount of information and an overly complex set of choices for visual navigation. And moving from one information-rich interface to another is increasingly difficult, as another Navy rear admiral said in reviewing the John S. McCain collision:When you look at a screen, where do you find heading? Is it in the same place, or do you have to hunt every time you go to a different screen? So the more commonality we can drive into these kind of human-machine interfaces, the better it is for the operator to quickly pick up what the situational awareness is, whatever aspect he’s looking at, whether it’s helm control, radar pictures, whatever. So we’re trying to drive that.There are two ways our in-car screens could evolve. The first is that, for safety’s sake, they’ll move back down the curve, so to speak, and be less ambiguous and more full of knobs and dials and physical throttles. That’s the Navy’s new approach. The second, though, is that we won’t go back, at least in passenger applications, to a more tactile interface of specific controls. We’re probably going to get more screens, with more information. Maybe the only way out of this valley is to shift the interface completely to voice or, in the very long run, to obviate the issue by having cars drive themselves. That could be how we navigate this uncanny valley of vehicle interfaces — the removal of any need to control the vehicle at all, and the chance to fill our cars’ screens with pure entertainment. Weekend readingA greener energy industry is testing investors’ ability to adapt. One coal CEO says “make money while you can” in an industry that is in terminal decline. The venture capital arm of Royal Dutch Shell Plc has invested in Corvus Energy, a maritime and offshore battery systems company. America’s obsession with beef is killing leather. A look at how Phoenix comes alive at night, and how other cities might too in a hotter world. An exploration of how extreme climate change has arrived in America. The Anthropocene is a joke. On a geological time scale, human civilization is an event, not an epoch. 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You’ll receive our unmatched global news coverage and two in-depth daily newsletters, the Bloomberg Open and the Bloomberg Close.To contact the author of this story: Nathaniel Bullard at firstname.lastname@example.orgTo contact the editor responsible for this story: Brooke Sample at email@example.comThis column does not necessarily reflect the opinion of the editorial board or Bloomberg LP and its owners.Nathaniel Bullard is a BloombergNEF energy analyst, covering technology and business model innovation and system-wide resource transitions.For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com/opinion©2019 Bloomberg L.P.
Shares of Micron (NASDAQ:MU) have been volatile, which is no surprise given the current landscape of the stock market right now. Take virtually any news headline and it's easy to see its impact on the stock market.Source: Shutterstock The yield curve, slowing national economies like Germany, the market and currency implosion in Argentina and of course, the trade war, can all impact stocks. But the trade war is the big one for Micron stock because the conflict has a huge impact on semiconductor companies.In the case of MU, sometimes the impact of the conflict is direct and other times it's indirect. But if MU's semi, memory and chip peers -- like Applied Materials (NASDAQ:AMAT), Lam Research (NASDAQ:LRCX), Advanced Micro Devices (NASDAQ:AMD) and Western Digital (NASDAQ:WDC) -- are struggling, there's a good chance that MU stock will struggle too.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsMoreover, supply/demand issues have weighed on memory manufacturers like MU as well. That's why we've slowly seen estimates for MU's top and bottom lines dwindle over the last nine months. * 10 Cheap Dividend Stocks to Load Up On There has been optimism that MU and its peers have reached a bottom. If that's the case, it would be quite a powerful positive catalyst for MU stock price. Valuing Micron StockThe one thing investors have always pounded the table on when it comes to MU is its low valuation. But that low valuation is there for a reason; specifically, MU operates in a boom-bust business cycle. When the climate is right, its sales and earnings surge. But when demand dries up or supply builds too much (or both), its earnings and revenue are hammered.No one wants to pay an average price=earnings multiple for that, let alone a premium. Some analysts, however, have said that if Micron stock traded with the same multiple as the S&P 500, then MU stock price would be much higher than it is.But modeling a price target on a stock based on the assumption that investors will dramatically raise its valuation is a fool's game. That doesn't happen often and when it does come to fruition, there's no way of knowing what the final valuation will be. Investors really need to analyze each stock based on its own merit and history.In Micron's case, it has a low valuation, and that probably won't change unless a modification of its underlying business alters its outlook. Analysts, on average, expect MU to generate earnings per share of $6.22 this year, leaving Micron valued at 6.75 times the average EPS estimate.However, the average EPS estimate for 2020 is just $2.50. If the average estimates prove correct, MU's EPS will sink 60% year-over-year in 2020, and MU stock is trading at 16.8 times its 2020 EPS. Moreover, the average estimates call for MU's sales to fall 24% this year and another 15% in 2020.The average estimates for 2020 may be too bearish, but that emphasizes exactly what we're talking about: Micron's business is too volatile to command a higher valuation. Trading MU Stock Click to EnlargeThe wild swings of MU's earnings and revenue are too much for many investors. For those who do want to buy Micron stock, perhaps it's best to accumulate it when the news has worsened considerably and sell the shares when it seems like blue skies for MU.On Tuesday, MU stock fired higher, briefly eclipsing $45. However, the prior resistance zone between $44 and $45 held it in check. It didn't help that Micron's 38.2% retracement level is near $44 as well, while its declining 20-day moving average was $43.11.We have been highlighting this resistance zone for months now, and there's currently a lot of resistance in this area.The rhetoric about MU is improving, but investors are still pretty cautious on the name. Luckily for the owners of Micron stock, the charts have somewhat definitive levels.Bulls either need to see Micron stock price overcome its resistance or get cheaper before buying Micron stock. Bulls who are waiting for the shares to overcome resistance should look for a close north of the $44-$45 zone. If that happens, MU stock can reach its July highs near $49.Aggressive bulls waiting for MU to get cheaper may feel confident near $41. There, MU stock price will be near the 50% retracement level and the 50-day moving average, which is trending higher. Conservative bulls may wait for a correction down into the $39 area. There it will encounter prior support from July, as well as the 200-day moving average. Further, the 61.8% retracement level near $38 should help boost MU stock.In either scenario, buyers need to use extreme caution below $38. If this level give way, MU can decline into the low- to mid-$30s.Bret Kenwell is the manager and author of Future Blue Chips and is on Twitter @BretKenwell. As of this writing, Bret Kenwell did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 10 Cheap Dividend Stocks to Load Up On * The 10 Biggest Losers from Q2 Earnings * 5 Dependable Dividend Stocks to Buy The post A Low-Risk Way to Trade Micron Stock appeared first on InvestorPlace.
Canadian energy company Enbridge Inc said it expects to return one pipe to service between Aug. 24 and 26 on its Texas Eastern natural gas system in Kentucky that shut after an explosion on an adjacent line killed one person on Aug. 1. Texas Eastern has three lines between its Danville and Tompkinsville compressors in Kentucky that make up its 30-inch (76-centimeter) system. Enbridge said it plans to replace portions of Lines 10 and 25 in the vicinity of the incident and assess the entire length of Line 15 from Uniontown, Pennsylvania to Kosciusko, Mississippi.
Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) stock has continued to fall along with the market. For the most part, the decline is not the fault of the company. An intensified U.S.-China trade war and the yield curve inversion have made investors uneasy, weighing on AMZN stock and most other equities.Source: Shutterstock However, problems unique to AMZN have also hurt the stock. Moreover, the company does not pay a dividend, and its valuation exceeds that of other mega-tech companies. Given these factors, the price-earnings (PE) ratio of Amazon stock appears set to fall further. Beware of Falling ValuationsThe yield-curve inversion has an effect on AMZN and other hot tech stocks that receives little attention. Specifically, the inversion facilitates multiple compression.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsAmazon stock has traded at an elevated PE ratio, often reaching PE ratios of 100 or higher. Investors can attribute much of its recent swoon to the law of large numbers. However, in recessionary environments, even the hottest of companies struggle to hold onto their premium valuations. * 10 Cheap Dividend Stocks to Load Up On The forward PE of AMZN stock has now fallen to about 53. Even after the company's disappointing earnings report issued in July, analysts still, on average, expect profit growth of 16.6% this year and 41.4% next year. Typically, given the high profit-growth estimates, the elevated PE would not concern me. However, I see disturbing signs coming from the company itself.Specifically, analysts' profit estimates for AMZN continue to fall. Analysts, on average, had previously expected earnings for the fiscal year to come in at $27.46 per share. Due to AMZN's lowered guidance, they now forecast $23.49 per share. Moreover, the company's cloud unit, which accounts for the majority of its profits, has been hurt by stronger competition from Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) and Alphabet (NASDAQ:GOOGL, NASDAQ:GOOG). The cloud unit generated $8.38 billion of revenue last quarter, versus analysts' average outlook of $8.48 billion .That should worry investors because they have treated and valued AMZN more like a cloud company than an e-commerce firm. Other Challenges Facing Amazon StockThe antitrust investigation that's likely to include AMZN as well as Alphabet, Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL), and Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) will also weigh on Amazon stock.But I question whether the probe will hurt AMZN stock over the long-term. Jeffries & Co. analyst Brent Thill estimates the value of the cloud business as a standalone company at $400 billion. I think a spin off of the cloud unit would unlock a significant amount of value. But the probe will breed more uncertainty in the short-termAmazon has also been blamed by President Trump for the losses of the United States Post Office (USPS). Thus far, the decision by FedEx (NYSE:FDX) to not deliver Amazon packages has probably hurt FedEx more than it has AMZN. Still, I think FedEx's move will be worrisome for AMZN if the President criticizes the retail giant's use of the USPS again.None of these challenges will undermine the company's operations. Still, investors now have a lot more reasons to question the multiple of AMZN stock, making the shares a poor bet in the shorter-term. The Bottom Line on Amazon StockMany signs suggest that the valuation of Amazon stock will drop. First, the inverted yield curve indicates that a recession is looming. Stock valuations tend to fall when recessions are looming. Moreover, the slowing growth of the cloud unit and the underwhelming growth of other divisions could lead investors to doubt the attractiveness of Amazon stock at its current levels. .I also agree with the assertion of another InvestorPlace columnist, James Brumley that Amazon will emerge as a winner after the slowdown runs its course. I also do not expect AMZN to be broken up, despite President Trump's feelings about the company.However, since AMZN does not pay a dividend and the outlook of AMZN stock is dimming, I would not recommend buying AMZN stock at this time.As of this writing, Will Healy did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned stocks. You can follow Will on Twitter at @HealyWriting. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 10 Cheap Dividend Stocks to Load Up On * The 10 Biggest Losers from Q2 Earnings * 5 Dependable Dividend Stocks to Buy The post Amazon Stock Looks Poised to Be Hit by Multiple Compression appeared first on InvestorPlace.