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Hasbro Inc: the real toy story


Hasbro Inc. (HAS)

It’s the battle of the 80s toymakers, and pretty much like Optimus Prime, Hasbro has transformed into a force to be reckoned with over the decades.

Hasbro vs Mattel

By looking at the chart below, it's clear who finally collected their $200 when they went passed "GO" and who was stuck at Community Chest. From humble beginnings to the largest toymaker in the world by market capitalisation, Hasbro has outlasted its competition.

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Mattel, which has some of the most iconic brands in its staple, couldn't keep up with the times. This might change if they can replicate the film success Hasbro has had with their own brands. Mattel is set to release earnings on the 29th of October (post-market), which might see the same outcome on the share price as Hasbro. One thing to note is that Mattel has lagged behind Hasbro and does look cheap at the moment, especially with some analyst price targets set at $13.96 per share. 

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Hasbro Fundamentals

The effects of the U.S-China tit-for-tat tariffs are taking effect on enterprise, which was evident by Hasbro’s latest earnings, released on October 22nd 2019. The third-quarter revenues missed by a country mile which saw the stock plummet by 16.8%, the worst decline since December 2000.

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It’s not over yet as another round of planned tariffs, which were delayed, are now expected on December 15th, which will influence direct import shipments by retailers. We might see more downside on the share price, which should be taken note of by investors.

There is at least a silver lining to this ordeal: its time for dividends again this week as Hasbro has declared a $0.68 per share dividend. The ex-dividend date is scheduled for October 31st 2019 and payment date set for November 15th 2019.

Chart Life

The Hasbro price action has been volatile of late, which shows how the trade disputes between the U.S and China have influenced the stock. If the price can remain above the 95.29 support level, then we might expect new buyers to enter and drive the price higher to 115.58 resistance level.

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Portfolio particulars:

  • Portfolio Hold (Current)*
  • Portfolio Buy opportunity: Neutral**. 
  • WhatsTheBeef long term target price: Neutral. 

Know your company: Hasbro Inc 

  • The Hassenfeld Brothers company was founded in 1923, selling textiles at the time. The company only became a toy company in 1942.
  • The company name, Hasbro Inc is an abbreviation of its original name, Hassenfeld Brothers and is today the largest toymaker in terms of stock market value.
  • Some of its famous brands and products are the Transformers, Marvel, G.I. Joe, Power Rangers, Monopoly, Twister and My Little Pony.

*Portfolio Hold (Current) refers to investors who already hold the stock within their portfolio.

**Portfolio Buy opportunity refers to Technical level crossed which might imply that the markets behaviour would support the outlook and Close above refers to a share price close above a Technical Resistance level.

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