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Bank Earnings Preview, & Trending Stocks: AVGO, NFLX, AMZN | Free Lunch

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On today’s episode of Free Lunch, Associate Stock Strategist Ryan McQueeney touches on the latest analyst sentiment and investor reactions to news affecting trending stocks like Broadcom (AVGO - Free Report) , Netflix (NFLX - Free Report) , and Amazon (AMZN - Free Report) . Later, he is joined by Dave Bartosiak to preview Friday morning’s big bank earnings reports.

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Up first, Ryan discusses Broadcom’s rough morning of trading after the chip behemoth announced it is purchasing CA Inc. (CA - Free Report) for $18.9 billion in cash. CA is a giant in the mainframe software industry, but that business is falling out of favor as customers continue to shift toward cloud computing.

So why would Broadcom shell out so much cash for a dated brand? Some have said desperation after its Qualcomm (QCOM - Free Report) merger fell through, while others have suggested it might be another moment of brilliance from CEO Hock Tan.

Ryan digs into these reactions and gives his own perspective on the story. Next, the host analyst notes related to Netflix and Amazon which have hogged headlines this morning.

Netflix shares dipped in early trading after analysts from UBS lowered their rating to neutral from buy, citing the video streaming giant’s stretched valuation. Eric Sheridan, the leading analyst on UBS’ note, credited Netflix’s work in content and technology, but ultimately described the goods news as “priced in” to the stock.

On the opposite end of the spectrum was Canaccord Genuity’s note on Amazon, which included a new $2,000 price target for the e-commerce stock. Ryan discusses both notes and shares his thoughts on Netflix, Amazon, and other “FAANG” stocks on the first half of today’s show.

On the second half of the episode, Ryan is joined by Zacks Strategist Dave Bartosiak to preview Friday morning’s top bank earnings reports from the likes of JPMorgan (JPM - Free Report) , Citigroup (C - Free Report) , and Wells Fargo (WFC - Free Report) .

Rising rates should be a catalyst for these big financials, but a flattening yield curve has led to apathy from analysts—a feeling that both Dave and Ryan mirror. Nevertheless, make sure to check out the episode to hear exactly what they have to say about the big banks!

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