Amazon, Apple Soar; Autodesk Tanks (AAPL, AMZN, ADSK, CMCSA, NFLX)


Ah, the fortunes of war. Shares of Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) are up about 77% over the last 12 months, and the stock posted a new all-time high earlier this week. Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) is up about 27% in the past year, and the stock set a new all-time high of nearly $247/share earlier today.

Then there's Autodesk Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK). The design software maker actually had been outperforming Amazon until it reported dismal results after markets closed last night. The shares had been up about 35% for the past year until they lost nearly 16% of their value today. Autodesk is looking to cut costs even as its forecast plunged below previous consensus estimates.

Contrast that with Amazon's latest coup. The company has added programming from Comcast Corp.'s (NASDAQ: CMCSA) NBCUniversal group to the streaming video offerings the company makes to its Amazon Prime members.That deal also hit shares of Netflix Inc. (NASDAQ: NFLX), even though Netflix too announced a new streaming deal with film studio The Weinstein Company.

While Apple and Amazon investors are reaping rewards, Autodesk's shareholders are looking at at least several quarters of retrenchment and restructuring and all the possible nasty things that can happen during those changes.

Paul Ausick

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