In this video from Friday's edition of Investor Beat, host Alison Southwick and Motley Fool analysts Jason Moser and James Early take a deep dive into the biggest business and investment stories from the market today.
Apple CEO Tim Cook announced that the company repurchased $14 billion worth of shares in the last two weeks, most of which were part of the company's existing buyback program that will eventually total $60 billion. However, share buybacks are only as good as their execution, and some are timed very poorly. How did Apple do here? In the lead story on today's Investor Beat, Jason and James discuss how this could offset some employee stock awards and options, how much influence Carl Icahn had here, and why Apple shares look undervalued enough at the moment to make this a great move.
Then, James and Jason take a look at three stocks making moves on the market today. Shares of LinkedIn fell today after the company released its Q4 earnings report. Despite beating on earnings and revenue, 2014 guidance projected less growth than analysts were hoping. Clothing retailer GAP is up today after announcing that January sales beat expectations. Specifically, the company's Gap and Old Navy sales were up a bit, though sales were down at Banana Republic. And Activision Blizzard is up today after releasing its numbers for Q4. Profits were down 51%, but the numbers were still better than analysts were expecting.
And finally, James discusses why he likes Sabesp, a very sticky water and sewage business in Brazil that he sees as a great company that is oversold right now, while Jason looks to Hasbro, which has its earnings report coming up. After competitor Mattel didn't do so well in its earnings from the holiday season, Jason is interested in seeing where Hasbro comes out.