By Louis Juricic
Investing.com — Here is your weekly Pro Recap on the past week’s biggest tech headlines you may have missed on InvestingPro: earnings out of Tesla and IBM; sour forecasts from Netflix and TSMC; and potential bad news for Alphabet.
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Tesla’s big miss
Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA) was sliding last week on CEO Elon Musk’s vow to continue cutting prices on the company’s electric vehicles, even though those price cuts led to a sizable earnings miss for Q1.
Musk said the price cuts are intended to heighten demand, even though they are hurting margins. More than a dozen Wall Street analysts lowered their price targets on Tesla, and at least two (Truist and Tudor Pickering) outright cut their ratings on the stock.
Shares tumbled 11.4% for the week to close at $65.08, and other automakers slid in sympathy as well.
Netflix trips on a delay
Netflix (NASDAQ:NFLX) took a fall, as well, on a disappointing forecast due to a delay in its attempt to resolve the widespread user habit of password sharing among Netflix accounts.
Still, analysts feel that the solution should ultimately yield long-term gains once it rolls out, despite the likelihood that some users may react by canceling their subscriptions.
Shares were off some 3% for the week on the news.
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Google may lose its default-search-engine status
Alphabet (NASDAQ:GOOGL) (NASDAQ:GOOG) also lost ground on Monday on a New York Times report that Samsung (KS:005930) may use for its default search engine Microsoft’s (NASDAQ:MSFT) AI-powered Bing. Currently, Samsung devices use Google as their default.
The stock lost as much as 4% Monday, although they recovered and closed fractionally higher for the week.
A ‘sigh of relief’ for IBM
On the positive side, IBM (NYSE:IBM) reported fourth-quarter earnings that beat analysts’ forecasts, driven by an uptick in margins amid demand in its software business and cost cuts.
“Investors blew a sigh of relief that IBM’s quarterly update was better than feared,” said Jesse Cohen, senior analyst at Investing.com.
BMO analysts cut the price target on IBM stock to $145 per share from the prior $155, and Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS) analysts also slashed the price and remain cautious on rich valuation.
Shares spiked higher on the news, but ended the week down by 2% at $25.73.
Apple supplier warns of a demand hit
Chipmaker Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing (BVMF:TSMC34) (NYSE:TSM) flagged slowing demand in its fourth-quarter results in January, and said it would cut its capital spending in 2023 to between $32B and $36B from $36.3B in the prior year.
The firm, which also supplies chips to Nvidia (NASDAQ:NVDA) and Advanced Micro Devices (NASDAQ:AMD), makes the most advanced semiconductor chips in the world, and is also Asia’s most valuable company.
ADRs of TSMC lost 2.7% for the week.
Yasin Ebrahim, Senad Karaahmetovic, and Ambar Warrick contributed to this report.
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