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PENN Gains After Susquehanna Prediction

Privately held trading and technology firm Susquehanna boosted its rating on Penn National Gaming stock to Positive from Neutral this week.

PENN has been described as a stock with a steady regional land-based casino portfolio whose most sensitive value driver is linked to the success of its emerging digital offering. It operates 44 facilities in the United States and Canada, many of them under the Hollywood Casino brand.

PENN observed a deep contraction in Q4 of 2021 along with its competitors, due to concerns of high competitive rivalry, and the Omicron variant disrupting sporting events. Analysts predict that PENN stock has a 59% chance of a rise during the next 21 trading days.

Moving forward, Susquehanna thinks PENN’s digital efforts can inflect positively on the back of new market penetrations, important integration milestones in Q3 and on the competitive landscape a view that Caesars Entertainment is likely to lower its digital investments.

Susquehanna notes a price target of $65 to rep more than 30% upside potential. Shares of Penn National Gaming gained 3.30% in premarket trading to $49.70.

In recent months, sports and pop-culture blog Barstool Sports, which PENN owns a 36% stake in has been hit with more controversy. Business Insider published a second hit piece about the leadership at Barstool, which was published just hours before the company reported quarterly earnings.

PENN CEO believes the timing of both hit pieces is suspicious.

Duane Morris Cannabis Industry Group Recognised by Business Insider

Duane Morris has been named a top law firm for cannabis law by Business Insider. The publication reached out to 29 players in the cannabis industry, from VCs to start-ups to multistate operators, to get their take on the best law firms in the industry.

Firm Profile from the Publication

Founded: 1904

Involved in cannabis: 2015

Recommended by: Panther Opportunity Fund, Salveo Capital

About: Duane Morris’ cannabis industry group, which has been around since 2015, is led by Seth A. Goldberg (Philadelphia), Tracy Gallegos (San Francisco/Las Vegas) and Paul P. Josephson (Cherry Hill, NJ).

Their clients range from those directly cultivating and selling cannabis products to investors in the industry. A spokesperson for the firm said that the group advises clients in a variety of areas, including regulatory, intellectual property, and litigation law.

If you would like to find out more information, please visit the Business Insider website (subscription required).

Is Apple Buying Netflix?

Citi analysts recently sent a note to clients saying there is a 40% chance that Apple AAPL -0.03% will buy Netflix NFLX +1.93%, according to Business Insider. This will no doubt garner headlines and will be discussed ad nauseam on the financial news networks.

The basis for the analyst’s argument is that Apple will have $252 billion in overseas cash available to repatriate, and they need to do something with it. It would be boring and obvious to tell their clients that Apple will stay the course and continue what they’ve been doing — making smaller acquisitions, increasing research & development spending and buying back shares and growing their dividends. It’s much splashier to say they’ll do something exciting like buy Netflix, Walt Disney DIS +0.43%, or Tesla TSLA -1.05%.

The Citi analysts have nothing to lose by making their prediction — if they’re wrong, they can claim they said there was a 60% chance of a deal not happening. If they’re right, they can hang their hat on it and say they were the ones who made the call that it would happen.

Apple has already committed $1 billion towards creating new shows and their largest acquisition was buying Beats for $3 billion in 2014. Why would they spend $75 billion to buy Netflix? It would be a desperation move that would raise a white flag and signal a major organisational shift in philosophy.

Netflix shares will probably get a boost from this, but they are already overvalued and overpriced. Netflix currently has a P/E ratio over 191 and negative free cash flow as it burns through cash developing new content. Competition in the streaming market is heating up considerably after Disney announced plans to pull their content from Netflix and start their own streaming service next year.

Ultimately, it’s highly doubtful that Apple would buy Netflix, especially at such a high premium. Citi probably knows that, but will be happy to have the attention, and their clients who own Netflix shares will be happy from the inevitable bump.

Netflix:

Netflix, Inc. is an American subscription streaming service and production company. Launched on August 29, 1997, it offers a library of films and television series through distribution deals as well as its own productions, known as Netflix Originals.