Susquehannas Pablo Zuanic takes a look at consumer food companies in the wake of Brexit, and writes that Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE), Mondelez (MDLZ) and SodaStream (SODA) have the most exposure to the British pound and euro, which are falling today.
For bargain hunters, he recommends Mondelez over CCE, given soda taxes and the fact that Cokes (KO) 48% stake means it wont be acquired. But overall he says that M&A in Europe is not more likely, as companies with plenty of U.S. dollar assets will have fertile hunting ground for acquisitions.
In general, he writes that consumers have to be selective, with an eye toward how this vote could impact the U.S. election:
Self-help and NA exposure now even more attractive. We think our guiding thesis of buying self-help stories with mainly NA exposure becomes even more relevant in this new context. Our top picks are, not coincidentally, Kraft Heinz (KHC), Treehouse Foods (THS), and Molson Coors (TAP). Re our other Positive-rated stock BUD, we remind investors after the SAB deal NA is less than 30% of EBITDA pro forma. Even taking the aggressive guidance of 16% synergies and cost savings (of target company revenues) the EPS accretion may be in the mid/high teens.
10 Best Chemical Stocks To Buy For 2016: Roper Technologies, Inc.(ROP)
Roper Technologies, Inc., a diversified technology company, designs and develops license and software-as-a-service software, and engineered products and solutions. The companys Medical and Scientific Imaging segment offers diagnostic and laboratory software solutions; patient positioning devices and related software, 3-D measurement technology, and diagnostic and therapeutic disposable products; non-invasive instruments and video laryngoscopes; and a cloud-based financial analytics and performance software platform. This segment also provides electron filters; charged couple device; and complementary metal oxide semiconductor cameras, detectors, and related software. Its RF Technology segment offers radio frequency identification communication technology and software solutions that are used primarily in toll and traffic systems, security and access controls, campus card systems, card readers, software-as-a-service in the fre ight matching and food industries, and metering and remote monitoring applications, as well as management software for legal and construction firms. The companys Industrial Technology segment offers fluid handling pumps, materials analysis equipment and consumables, leak testing equipment, flow measurement and metering equipment, and water meter and automatic meter reading products and systems. Its Energy Systems and Controls segment provides control systems, fluid properties testing equipment, industrial valves and controls, vibration sensors and controls, and non-destructive inspection and measurement products and solutions. Roper Technologies, Inc. serves healthcare, transportation, food, energy, water, education, and academic research markets in the United States, Canada, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and internationally. The company was formerly known as Roper Industries, Inc. and changed its name to Roper Technologies, Inc. in April 2015. Roper Technologies, Inc. wa s founded in 1981 and is based in Sarasota, Florida.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
Aside from Outperform-rated Roper Technologies (ROP) SaaS platforms, which account for over +50% of earnings today, GEs Digital business strategy is the most ambitious ramp within the industrials sector. GE has made a bold bet on its game-changing Predix operating system for the Industrial IoT, which was launched in Feb-2016
- [By Monica Gerson]
Analysts are expecting Roper Technologies Inc (NYSE: ROP) to have earned $1.46 per share on revenue of $895.87 million in the latest quarter. Roper Technologies shares declined 0.05 percent to close at $178.63 on Friday.
10 Best Chemical Stocks To Buy For 2016: Reinsurance Group of America, Incorporated(RGA)
Reinsurance Group of America, Incorporated engages in reinsurance business. It offers individual and group life and health insurance products, including term life, credit life, universal life, whole life, group life and health, joint and last survivor insurance, critical illness, disability, and longevity products, as well as asset-intensive and financial reinsurance products. The company also provides reinsurance for mortality, morbidity, and lapse risk associated with products; and reinsurance for investment-related risks, as well as develops and markets technology solutions for the insurance industry. It serves life insurance companies in the United States, Latin America, Canada, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and the Asia Pacific. Reinsurance Group of America, Incorporated was founded in 1973 and is headquartered in Chesterfield, Missouri.
- [By David Sterman]
My favorite insurers: AIG (NYSE: AIG) (which I discussed a few months ago), Protective Life (NYSE: PL) and Reinsurance Group of America (NYSE: RGA).
- [By Benzinga News Desk]
Morgan Stanley downgraded Chipotle (NYSE: CMG) to Equal-Weight.
UBS downgraded AMC Networks (NASDAQ: AMCX) to Sell.
Citi upgraded Sealed Air (NYSE: SEE) to Buy.
Goldman Sachs upgraded Reinsurance Group (NYSE: RGA) to Buy.
Best Safest Companies For 2016: L Brands, Inc.(LB)
L Brands, Inc. operates as a specialty retailer of womens intimate and other apparel, beauty and personal care products, and accessories. The company operates in three segments: Victorias Secret, Bath & Body Works, and Victoria’s Secret and Bath & Body Works International. Its products include loungewear, bras, panties, swimwear, athletic attire, fragrances, shower gels and lotions, aromatherapy, soaps and sanitizers, home fragrances, handbags, jewelry, and personal care accessories. The company offers its products under the Victorias Secret, Pink, Bath & Body Works, La Senza, Henri Bendel, C.O. Bigelow, White Barn Candle Company, and other brand names. L Brands, Inc. sells its merchandise through company-owned specialty retail stores in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom, which are primarily mall-based; through its Websites; and through franchises, licenses, and wholesale partners. As of January 31, 2016, the company operated 2,721 retail stores in the United States; 270 retail stores in Canada; and 14 retail stores in the United Kingdom. It also operated 221 La Senza stores in 29 countries; 125 Bath & Body Works stores in 30 countries; 19 Victoria’s Secret stores in 7 Middle Eastern countries; and 373 Victorias Secret Beauty and Accessories stores, and various small-format locations in approximately 75 countries. The company was formerly known as Limited Brands, Inc. and changed its name to L Brands, Inc. in March 2013. L Brands, Inc. was founded in 1963 and is headquartered in Columbus, Ohio.
- [By Monica Gerson]
L Brands Inc (NYSE: LB) shares fell 5.02 percent to $60.53 in pre-market trading. L Brands reported upbeat quarterly earnings, but missed analysts' sales estimates. The company also lowered its full-year earnings guidance.
10 Best Chemical Stocks To Buy For 2016: National Steel Corporation(SID)
Companhia Siderurgica Nacional primarily operates as an integrated steel producer in Brazil and Latin America. The company principally produces carbon steel and various steel products. Its products include slabs, which are semi-finished products used for processing hot-rolled, cold-rolled, or coated coils and sheet products; hot-rolled products that comprise heavy-gauge hot-rolled coils and sheets, and light-gauge hot-rolled coils and sheets; cold-rolled products, including cold-rolled coils and sheets; and galvanized products consisting of flat-rolled steel coated with zinc or a zinc-based alloy. The company also offers tin mill products, which consist of flat-rolled low-carbon steel coils or sheets, such as tin plate, tin free steel,low tin coated steel, and black plate products. In addition, it engages in mining business by owning iron ore, limestone, dolomite, and tin mines comprising the Namisa property, Casa de Pedra mine, Arcos mine, and Santa Barbara mine; and invo lves in logistics business that includes railway and port facilities. Further, the company produces and sells cement; and engages in the generation of power plants. It sells its steel products as a raw material for various manufacturing industries, including the automotive, home appliance, packaging, construction, and steel processing industries. The company offers its products to customers directly through its sales force, as well as through distributors for subsequent resale. It also exports its products to Europe, Latin America, Asia, and North America. Companhia Siderurgica Nacional was founded in 1941 and is headquartered in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
- [By Lisa Levin]
In trading on Thursday, basic materials shares fell by 0.45 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Companhia Siderurgica Nacional (ADR) (NYSE: SID), down 13 percent, and Dominion Diamond Corp (NYSE: DDC), down 9 percent.
- [By Lisa Levin]
On Thursday, basic materials shares rose by 3.08 percent. Top gainers in the sector included Cliffs Natural Resources Inc (NYSE: CLF), Companhia Siderurgica Nacional (ADR) (NYSE: SID), and Teck Resources Ltd (USA) (NYSE: TCK).
10 Best Chemical Stocks To Buy For 2016: Prestige Brand Holdings Inc.(PBH)
Prestige Brands Holdings, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, engages in marketing, selling, and distributing over-the-counter healthcare and household cleaning products primarily in North America. The company?s Over-The-Counter Healthcare segment offers a portfolio of OTC products under nine core OTC brands, including Chloraseptic sore throat remedies, Clear Eyes eye drops, Compound W wart removers, Dramamine motion sickness products, Efferdent and Effergrip denture products, Little Remedies pediatric healthcare products, Luden’s cough drops, PediaCare pediatric healthcare products, and The Doctor?s brand of oral care products. This segment also provides other significant brands that include Dermoplast first-aid products, Murine eye and ear care products, NasalCrom allergy relief product, New-Skin liquid bandage, and Wartner wart removers. Its Household Cleaning segment markets household cleaning products, such as abrasive and non-abrasive tub and tile cleaner, scrubb i ng pads and sponges, dilutables, anti-bacterial hard surface spray for counter tops, and glass cleaners under the Comet, Chore Boy, and Spic and Span brands. Prestige Brands Holdings distributes its products through various retail channels, including drug, food, dollar, and club stores, as well as supermarkets and mass merchandisers. The company was founded in 1996 and is headquartered in Irvington, New York.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
Castor believes the cash has disappeared into working capital, which has grown from 23% to more than 50% since 2008. Comparable company PrestigeBrand (PBH) uses 11%; Unilever(UL) and Colgate-Palmolive(CL) far less.
10 Best Chemical Stocks To Buy For 2016: Sun Life Financial Inc.(SLF)
Sun Life Financial Inc., a financial services organization, provides protection and wealth products and services to individuals and corporate customers worldwide. It operates through five segments: Sun Life Financial Canada, Sun Life Financial United States, Sun Life Financial Asset Management, Sun Life Financial Asia, and Corporate. The company offers life and health, long-term and short-term disability, medical stop-loss and dental, and accidental death insurance services; long-term care, medical coverage, and guaranteed income and death reinsurance services; and investment funds, as well as third-party mutual funds. It also provides life, dental, drug, extended health care, disability, and critical illness benefits programs; and voluntary benefits solutions directly to individual plan members, including post-employment life and health plans to plan members. In addition, the company offers group retirement products and servi ces, including investment-only segregated funds and fixed rate annuities, stock plans, group life annuities, and pensioner payroll services, as well as solutions for de-risking defined benefit pension plans. Further, it provides asset management services for retail and institutional investors through mutual and commingled funds, separately managed accounts, institutional products, and retirement strategies; and customized fixed income solutions, including liability-driven investment products, as well as alternative asset classes, such as private fixed income, real estate, and commercial mortgages. The company markets and distributes its products through independent insurance and mutual fund licensed brokers, broker-dealers, benefits consultants, and sales representatives. Sun Life Financial Inc. was founded in 1999 and is headquartered in Toronto, Canada.
- [By Monica Gerson]
Sun Life Financial Inc (NYSE: SLF) is expected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.91 per share on revenue of $4.56 billion.
ScanSource, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCSC) is projected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.65 per share on revenue of $871.06 million.
10 Best Chemical Stocks To Buy For 2016: Starz(STRZA)
Starz, through its subsidiaries, operates as a media and entertainment company. It operates through Starz Networks, Starz Distribution, and Starz Animation segments. The Starz Networks segment provides premium subscription video programming to U.S. multichannel video programming distributors (MVPDs), including cable operators, satellite television providers, and telecommunications companies. Its networks include Starz and Encore, which air film content, as well as original series and specials without advertisements; and MoviePlex that offers various art house, independent films, and classic movie library content. This segment also provides online access to the content that air on their linear networks through STARZ PLAY, ENCORE PLAY, and MOVIEPLEX PLAY. The Starz Distribution segment sells or rents DVDs under the ANCHOR BAY brand; and acquires and licenses various titles from third parties and also develops and produces certai n of its content. This segment also distributes content on pay-per-view, video-on-demand, subscription video-on-demand, electronic sell-through, and other digital formats to MVPDs, online/mobile distributors, game developers/publishers, and consumer electronics companies; and distributes movies, television series, documentaries, childrens programming, and other video content. The Starz Animation segment develops and produces two-dimensional animated content for various third party entertainment companies. Starz was incorporated in 2007 and is headquartered in Englewood, Colorado.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
Starz (STRZA) has jumped 14% to$32.16 after agreeing to be purchased by Lions Gate Entertainment (LGF) in a deal that values Starz at about $4.4 billion. Lions Gate has climbed 9.4% to $22.90.
10 Best Chemical Stocks To Buy For 2016: The Michaels Companies, Inc.(MIK)
The Michaels Companies, Inc. owns and operates a chain of arts and crafts specialty retail stores under the Michaels and Aaron Brothers names in North America. Its Michaels stores offer approximately 35,000 stock-keeping units in crafts, home d茅cor and seasonal, framing, and paper crafting. The companys Aaron Brothers stores offer approximately 6,000 stock-keeping units, including photo frames, a line of ready-made frames, art prints, framed art, art supplies, and custom framing. It also provides private brands, including Recollections, Studio Decor, Bead Landing, Creatology, Ashland, Celebrate It, Art Minds, Artists Loft, Craft Smart, and Loops & Threads. In addition, the company manufactures custom and specialty framing merchandise; and distributes gifts and decor products. As of March 17, 2016, it operated approximately 1,340 stores under the Michaels, Aaron Brothers, and Pat Catans brands in 49 states and Canada. Th e company was founded in 2013 and is headquartered in Irving, Texas.
- [By Lisa Levin]
Michaels Companies Inc (NASDAQ: MIK) reported better-than-expected results for its fiscal fourth quarter.
Michaels Companies posted quarterly earnings of $183.7 million, or $0.87 per share, compared to $146.4 million, or $0.75 per share, in the year-ago period.
10 Best Chemical Stocks To Buy For 2016: American Capital, Ltd.(ACAS)
American Capital, Ltd. is a business development company specializing in management and employee buyouts, subordinated debt, leveraged finance, mezzanine, acquisition, recapitalization, middle market, early venture, mature, industry consolidation, and growth capital investments. The firm seeks to invest in senior debt mezzanine, unitranche, and equity financing for buyouts of private equity firms and direct in private and public companies. It also invests in special situations and in government. In special situations, the firm invests in troubled situations and in distressed situations. The firm also considers smaller investments as add-on acquisitions for existing portfolio companies. In this area, it invests in acquisitions of true turnarounds, 363 auctions, portfolio add-on acquisitions, operationally challenged companies; financings in exit, ABL loans, second lien refinance, and direct lending to distressed companies. The firm invests in manufacturing, services, and distribution companies with a special focus on energy sector. The firm also invests in infrastructure and structured products. The firm also invests in business services, consumer products and services, industrial, healthcare and food companies. The firm prefers to invest in Information Technology focusing on Custom information technology solutions, Technology and software enabling headcount reduction, and Technology and software enabling cost reductions in conducting transactions with or within government. The firm also invests in digital media and entertainment, internet and consumer related, communications, mobile and wireless, security and data center infrastructure, software and services, semiconductor, and other innovative technologies. The firm also invests in a variety of industry sectors, including life science services, medical device, medical tools and equipment, and healthcare services, among others. In energy producti on sector, the firm invests in lower risk oil and gas explor! ation, production and development; natural gas liquids; coal mining and coal-fired generation; uranium mining and nuclear-fired generation; wind-powered generation; and solar-powered generation. In energy transmission sector, the firm invests in oil and gas pipelines; LNG tankers and regasification facilities; and power transmission. In energy distribution sector, it targets propane distribution; gas distribution; electricity distribution. In energy services sector, the firm invests in oil and gas services and utility services. The firm also targets investments in companies that provide services or products to federal, state or local governments. It seeks to invest in human resources/benefit administration, outsourcing, transaction processing, engineering and construction, logistics, original equipment manufacturers homeland security and component, aftermarket parts and supplies, and technology. It also invests in real estate and insurance. It invests as lead or participa tive investor and also makes equity co-investments. The firm seeks to invest globally focusing on Middle East, North Africa, South Asia, Mid-Atlantic, New England, North East Unites States, Canada, Central America & Mexico, and Caribbean. The firm and its affiliates invest between $10 million to $750 million per company in North America and 10 ($13.34 million) to 400 million ($533.99 million) per company in Europe. The firms investment range is between $5 million and $25 million and higher depending on the opportunity. The firm targets new investments with at least $10 million in EBITDA and enterprise values of typical transaction from $20 million and $500 million. The firm invests senior debt, subordinated debt and equity allows us to provide one-stop financing up to $500 million. The firm also has the resources to deploy over $100 million into high growth later stage companies. In special situations group, the firm invests between $20 million and $750 million per tra nsaction in a variety of investments, including: buyouts ope! rational ! turnarounds, corporate orphans and carve-outs, complex management buyouts, financings dip financings, exit financings, and mezzanine financings for sponsored buyouts. In buyouts, the firm invests in companies having Enterprise Value of up to $1600 million. In federal, state and local government, the firm invests between $10 million and $500 million in a single transaction. The firm prefers to be a majority or minority investor and makes direct minority investments of subordinated debt, senior debt and equity in middle market private and public companies. The firm prefers to take minority ownership position of up to 49%. American Capital, Ltd., formerly known as American Capital Strategies, Ltd., was founded in 1986 and is based in Bethesda, Maryland with additional offices in United States, Europe, Africa, and Asia.
- [By Monica Gerson]
American Capital Ltd. (NASDAQ: ACAS) shares rose 5.63 percent to $16.50 in the pre-market trading session as Ares Capital Corporation (NASDAQ: ARCC) reported the purchase of American Capital at $3.4 billion in cash and stock.
10 Best Chemical Stocks To Buy For 2016: GTx Inc.(GTXI)
GTx, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company, engages in the discovery, development, and commercialization of small molecules for the treatment of cancer, cancer supportive care, and other serious medical conditions. The company markets FARESTON (toremifene citrate) 60 mg tablets for the treatment of metastatic breast cancer in postmenopausal women primarily through wholesale drug distributors in the United States. It is developing selective androgen receptor modulators (SARMs), including Ostarine (GTx-024), which has completed Phase II clinical trial for the prevention and treatment of muscle wasting in patients with non-small cell lung cancer; and CapesarisTM (GTx-758), a selective estrogen receptor alpha agonist that has completed Phase IIa clinical trial for the first line treatment of advanced prostate cancer. In addition, the company is developing estrogen receptor beta agonists and other novel compounds that are in preclinical development stage for the treatment of metabo lic diseases, ophthalmic diseases, cancer, psoriasis, and/or pain. The company was founded in 1997 and is headquartered Memphis, Tennessee.
- [By Roberto Pedone]
One biopharmaceutical player that’s rapidly moving within range of triggering a major breakout trade is GTx (GTXI), which is dedicated to the discovery, development and commercialization of small molecules that selectively target hormone pathways to treat cancer, osteoporosis and bone loss, muscle loss and other serious medical condition. This stock has been hammered by the bears so far in 2013, with shares off sharply by 53%.
If you look at the chart for GTx, you’ll notice that this stock recently gapped down sharply from over $4 to below $1.50 a share with heavy downside volume. Following that gap down, shares of GTXI have rebounded sharply and started to uptrend, with the stock moving higher from its low of $1.31 to its recent high of $1.96 a share. During that move, shares of GTXI have been consistently making higher lows and higher highs, which is bullish technical price action. That move has now pushed shares of GTXI within range of triggering a major breakout trade.
Traders should now look for long-biased trades in GTXI if it manages to break out above some near-term overhead resistance at $1.96 a share with high volume. Look for a sustained move or close above that level with volume that hits near or above its three-month average action of 1.35 million shares. If that breakout triggers soon, then GTXI will set up to re-fill some of its previous gap down zone from August that started just above $4 a share. Some possible upside targets if GTXI gets into that gap with volume are $2.50 to $3 a share, or possibly even $3.50 a share.
Traders can look to buy GTXI off any weakness to anticipate that breakout and simply use a stop that sits right below some key near-term support at $1.50 a share. One can also buy GTXI off strength once it takes out $1.96 a share with volume and then simply use a stop that sits a comfortable percentage from your entry point.