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Why Roku Stock Climbed 14.1% in July

By Keith Noonan - Aug 9, 2019 at 9:22AM

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The streaming video company's share price is now up nearly 300% year to date.

What happened

Shares of Roku (ROKU 11.82%) gained 14.1% in July, according to data from S&P Global Market Intelligence. The stock benefited from increasing bullish sentiment driven by strong results and broader market momentum. 

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Stocks rallied in July. Roku stock has been hot thanks to strong performance for the business's ad-driven streaming network segment and the strong position in the streaming hardware market. Momentum in July helped the stock reach a record price, and the company's strong earnings report in August has once again pushed the stock to a new record. 

A Roku 3 set-top box and remote control

Image source: Roku.

So what

With the market having posted big gains since the sell-offs in 2018's final quarter and strong momentum for Roku's business, it's been a terrific year for the streaming company's stock. Roku has managed to turn its streaming content network into a formidable growth engine, and partnerships with television manufacturers and strong sales for its stand-alone set-top boxes are helping the business deliver rapid sales growth. The company has strung together a series of impressive earnings reports, and investors are betting that the company will continue to be a big beneficiary of the consumer transition to streaming services.

Now what

Roku published second-quarter earnings on Aug. 7, and its stock is up roughly 18% in the month's trading so far. 

ROKU Chart

ROKU data by YCharts.

Sales for the quarter rose 59% year over year to reach $250.1 million and top the average analyst estimate call for revenue of $224 million. The company's loss per share arrived at $0.08 -- improving from a $0.10 in the prior-year quarter and trouncing the average analyst estimate's target for a loss per share of $0.23. Platform revenue rose 86% year over year, hitting $167.7 million, average revenue per user rose $2 compared to the first quarter of 2018, and the company added 1.4 million active accounts in the quarter -- bringing its total to 30.5 million at the end of June. 

For the third quarter, Roku is targeting revenue between $250 million and $255 million and a net loss between $34 million and $40 million. The company also raised its annual revenue growth rate target to 46% (up from 40%), working out to a midpoint revenue target of $1.085 billion.

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