ATVI, EA, TTWO Activision, Electronic Arts , Take-Two Interactive— Videogame stocks may benefit from NPD Group's latest report showing videogame industry sales rose 27 percent in September, helped by soaring sales of Take-Two's new Grand Theft Auto V game. AMZN Amazon.com – UBS upgraded Amazon shares to "buy" from "neutral", citing what it calls a "bullish secular backdrop" for Amazon's multi-channel commerce model.
ALGN Align Technology – The maker of Invisalign invisible braces reported third quarter profit of 42 cents per share, well above estimates of 30 cents, and its current quarter forecasts are above consensus as well. Shipments of the product were up 16 percent in the third quarter compared to a year earlier. GE General Electric – GE reported third quarter profit of 36 cents per share, beating estimates by one cent. Revenue was slightly below consensus, in part due to the scaling down of the GE Capital unit. MS Morgan Stanley – The investment firm earned 50 cents per share, excluding certain items, well above estimates of 40 cents, with revenue beating consensus as well. Morgan Stanley's results were helped by investment banking and equity trading, among other segments. GOOG Google – The search giant reported third quarter profit of $10.74 per share, excluding certain items, topping estimates of $10.34. Revenue also beat estimates, thanks in part to an expansion in Google's mobile ad business. LVS Las Vegas Sands – The company earned 82 cents per share for the third quarter, six cents above estimates, with revenue topping consensus as well. Results were helped by significant growth at the company's Macau resorts. The casino operator also raised its quarterly dividend to 50 cents per share from 35 cents. COF Capital One – Capital One earned $1.86 per share for the third quarter, six cents above estimates, with revenue topping consensus as well. The credit card issuer set aside $849 million to cover credit card defaults, 16 percent less than it had in the year-ago period. SLB Schlumberger– The company earned $1.29 per share for the third quarter, excluding certain items, beating estimates by five cents, and also scored a top-line beat. Like rival Baker Hughes, Schlumberger benefited from increased international business, even as U.S. offshore drilling remained stagnant.
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