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What Happened in the Stock Market Today

By Jim Crumly – May 8, 2019 at 4:15PM

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Lyft shares fell despite the company reporting strong growth, and Electronic Arts beat expectations.

Stocks mostly held steady Wednesday after a tweet from President Trump injected some new optimism about a trade deal with China. The Dow Jones Industrial Average (^DJI -1.62%) and the S&P 500 (^GSPC -1.72%) finished mixed.

Today's stock market

Index Percentage Change Point Change
Dow 0.01% 2.24
S&P 500 (0.16%) (4.63)

Data source: Yahoo! Finance.

As for individual stocks, Lyft (LYFT -4.76%) fell despite reporting strong growth, and Electronic Arts (EA -1.52%) beat its guidance for the quarter.

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Lyft reports first quarter as a public company

Ridesharing company Lyft reported quarterly figures for the first time since its initial public offering (IPO), but results that beat expectations weren't enough to lift the share price, which skidded 10.8%. Revenue increased 95% from the period a year ago to $776 million, above the $739.5 million analysts were anticipating. Net loss on a GAAP basis was $1.14 billion, compared with a loss of $234 million last year, but excluding stock compensation and other special charges, the loss was $228 million, or $9.02 per share.

Lyft is adding riders and the customers it has are using the service more. It added 1.9 million active riders in the quarter for a total of 20.5 million, an increase of 46% year over year. Revenue per active rider was $37.86, up from $28.27 in Q1 last year and $36.04 last quarter.

Revenue guidance was also above the analyst consensus, so why did the stock fall? The share price seesawed in after-hours trading yesterday after the report and was even up about 2% early today, so the report itself was probably fine. The imminent Uber IPO and news this morning of a driver strike may have spooked investors already worried about rapidly escalating costs and the fact that profitability is still years away.

Strong start for Apex Legends boosts EA

Video game developer Electronic Arts reported a decline in revenue and profit in its fiscal fourth quarter, but beat its guidance and gave a strong forecast for the upcoming year. Shares opened up 6.9% but settled down to a gain of 1.2% by the close.

Revenue of $1.238 billion was down 22% from the quarter a year ago, but $75 million more than the company's guidance. Earnings per share fell 65% to $0.69 but beat the forecast by $0.13. Net bookings, which is the sum of net revenue and the change to deferred revenue from online-enabled games, increased 8.7% to $1.36 billion. EA guided to 2020 revenue of $5.375 billion, above the analyst consensus of $5.16 billion.

Analysts on the conference call were happy to hear that sports games are growing, and that Apex Legends -- EA's free-to-play battle royale game -- was the fastest-growing game the company has ever had, quickly reaching 50 million players, 30% of whom were new to EA.

Jim Crumly has no position in any of the stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool recommends Electronic Arts. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

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