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10 Best Clean Energy Stocks To Invest In 2016: Apache Corporation(APA)
Apache Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, engages in the exploration, development, and production of natural gas, crude oil, and natural gas liquids. The company has exploration and production interests in the Gulf of Mexico, the Gulf Coast, east Texas, the Permian basin, the Anadarko basin, and the Western Sedimentary basin of Canada; and onshore Egypt, offshore Western Australia, offshore the United Kingdom in the North Sea, and onshore Argentina, as well as on the Chilean side of the island of Tierra del Fuego. Apache Corporation sells its natural gas to local distribution companies, utilities, end-users, integrated oil and gas companies, and marketers; and crude oil to integrated oil companies, marketing and transportation companies, and refiners. As of December 31, 2009, it had total estimated proved reserves of 1,067 million barrels of crude oil, condensate, and natural gas liquids, as well as 7.8 trillion cubic feet of natural gas. The company was founded in 1954 and is based in Houston, Texas.
- [By Wayne Duggan]
Bernstein maintains Outperform ratings on the following oil stocks:
Apache Corporation (NYSE: APA) Anadarko Petroleum Corporation (NYSE: APC) Cobalt International Energy, Inc. (NYSE: CIE) Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation (NYSE: COG) ConocoPhillips (NYSE: COP) Devon Energy Corp (NYSE: DVN) EOG Resources Inc (NYSE: EOG) Range Resources Corp. (NYSE: RRC) Southwestern Energy Company (NYSE: SWN)
GMP analyst Bob Bakanauskas went long E&Ps back on February 3. He predicts that the oil market will transition from oversupply to undersupply in 2017. From that point forward, the world will once again require shale production growth.
- [By Jon C. Ogg]
Apache Corp. (NYSE: APA) was downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS.
Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) was downgraded to Neutral from Buy by Bank of America’s Merrill Lynch. Credit Suisse also downgraded Apple to Neutral from Outperform with a $525 price target. Canaccord Genuity reiterated its Buy rating and raised its price target on Apple to $550 from $530. UBS downgraded Apple to Neutral from Buy.
- [By Shauna O’Brien]
Oppenheimer reported on Tuesday that it has raised its rating on energy company Apache Corporation (APA).
The firm has upgraded APA from “Perform” to “Outperform,” and has given the company a $100 price target. This price target suggests a 12% increase from the stock’s current price of $87.57.
Analysts believe that the current stock price already reflects risks and the company is repurchasing shares and debt.
Apache shares were up 79 cents, or 0.91%, during Tuesday morning trading. The stock is up 12% YTD.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
Wells Fargo’s David Tameron and team note that oil exploration & production stocks are “trading well ahead of historical levels” but they find some stocks–includingApache (APA), Anadarko Petroleum (APC), and Gulfport Energy (GPOR)–that still trade at attractive valuations. They explain:
10 Best Clean Energy Stocks To Invest In 2016: Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc.(REGN)
Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company, discovers, invents, develops, manufactures, and commercializes medicines for the treatment of serious medical conditions worldwide. Its marketed products include EYLEA injection for the treatment of neovascular age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and macular edema; ZALTRAP, an injection for intravenous infusion for the treatment of patients with metastatic colorectal cancer; and ARCALYST, an injection for subcutaneous use for the treatment of cryopyrin-associated periodic syndromes comprising familial cold auto-inflammatory syndrome and muckle-wells syndrome in adults and children. The companys trap-based clinical product candidates comprise EYLEA for the treatment of AMD and diabetic macular edema; and ZALTRAP for oncology. Its antibody-based clinical programs include various human monoclonal antibody product candidates, such as REGN727 for low-density lipopro tein cholesterol reduction and for the prevention of cardiovascular events; REGN88 for rheumatoid arthritis and non-infectious uveitis; REGN668 for atopic dermatitis, asthma, nasal polyposis, and eosinophilic esophagitis; REGN2222 for respiratory syncytial virus; REGN1033 for skeletal muscle disorders; and REGN2176-3 and REGN910-3 antibodies for use in ophthalmology. The company is also developing REGN1908-1909, REGN1154, REGN1500, and REGN1193 antibody product candidates; REGN1400, REGN1979, and REGN2810 for oncology; and REGN475 for the treatment of pain. It has collaborations with Sanofi and Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma Corporation; license and collaboration agreement with Bayer HealthCare; and Avalanche Biotechnologies, Inc., as well as Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The company was founded in 1988 and is headquartered in Tarrytown, New York.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
Biotech stocksRegeneron Pharmaceuticals (REGN),Biogen (BIIB),Amgen (AMGN) and Celgene (CELG), among themhave staged nice rallies during the past three months but are still down for 2016. Now, Piper Jaffray’s Joshua Schimmer and team ask: “What’s the trade for the rest of the year?” They answer their own question:
Investors are generally lukewarm on biopharma, and many think we’re finally moving towards a ‘stock-pickers’ environment and away from the group trade that has dominated for much of the past year. Some valuations are viewed as more attractive than others, but with few obvious shorts to be found. Much discussion is on M&A target.
Large cap focus: Investors are generally sticking to more liquid names, although we are slowly seeing a return of interest to select small-caps. The general agreement is that fundamentals have changed, biopharma pricing power has eroded, payors/PBMs are wielding considerable power and more uncertainty exists for product outlooks.
Gilead Sciences’ (GILD) 7x P/E plus potential to engineer some form of EPS CAGR seems to resonate strongly with investors despite lingering questions on the HCV franchise and underwhelming pipeline, but the HIV franchise and Genvoya launch appear to be in good shape with potential to finally drive the kind of earnings beats that can drive shares higher in our view.
Most investors seeBiogen as a company that has deteriorated in quality but offers very attractive valuation optionality around LINGO (despite low expectations), Alzheimer’s (readthrough from Solanezumab), and they see a theoretically strategic fit with Roche (aligned on the CD20 and MS franchises). Many felt that a likely large bid/ask spread over the value of the Alzheimer’s program may be difficult to reconcile should there be real interest there. Investors are also wondering if the hemophilia spin is actually in response to
- [By Monica Gerson]
Benzinga's newsdesk monitors options activity to notice unusual patterns. These large volume (and often out of the money) trades were initially published intraday in Benzinga Professional . These trades were placed during Friday's regular session.
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- [By Ben Levisohn]
The technicians love the biotech sector–and the iShares Nasdaq Biotechnology ETF (IBB)–today. Earlier today, we discussed Cornerstone Macro’s Carter Worth, who predicts big upside for the health-care sector generally, and some biotech stocks specifically, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals (REGN) and Amgen (AMGN) among them. Now, the folks at Bespoke Investment Group have published their own now–Biotech Breakout?–about the sector. They write:
- [By Ben Levisohn]
Do we need to remind you how hard biotech stocks have been hit this year? If you read this blog, probably not, but we’ll do it anyway. The iShares Nasdaq Biotechnology ETF (IBB) has fallen 24%, while Gilead Sciences (GILD) has declined 8.7%, Biogen (BIIB) has fallen 17%, Celgene (CELG) has dropped 16%, and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals (REGN) has plunged 32%. Yet despite these drops–and the decline in valuation that accompanied them–the Janus Equity Team contends nothing has changed for the sector:
Top 5 Internet Companies To Buy For 2016: Pacific Ethanol Inc.(PEIX)
Pacific Ethanol, Inc. produces and markets low carbon renewable fuels in the United States. It sells ethanol to gasoline refining and distribution companies; provides ethanol transportation, storage, and delivery services in the Western United States, primarily in California, Arizona, Nevada, Utah, Oregon, Colorado, Idaho, and Washington; and markets ethanol co-products, including wet distiller grains and syrup to dairy operators and animal feed distributors. The company also provides operations, maintenance, and accounting services to a cellulosic integrated bio-refinery in Boardman, Oregon. Pacific Ethanol, Inc. was founded in 2003 and is headquartered in Sacramento, California.
- [By Lisa Levin]
Shares of Pacific Ethanol Inc (NASDAQ: PEIX) got a boost, shooting up 30 percent to $5.47 after the company reported stronger-than-expected earnings for its fourth quarter.
10 Best Clean Energy Stocks To Invest In 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 Clean Energy Stocks To Invest In 2016: Key Tronic Corporation(KTCC)
Key Tronic Corporation, doing business as KeyTronicEMS Co., together with its subsidiaries, provides electronic manufacturing services (EMS) to original equipment manufacturers primarily in the United States, Mexico, and China. Its EMS services include product design, surface mount technologies for printed circuit board assembly, tool making, precision plastic molding, liquid injection molding, automated tape winding, prototype design, and full product builds. The company also manufactures keyboards and other input devices for personal computers. Key Tronic markets its products and services primarily through its direct sales department aided by field sales people and distributors. The company was founded in 1968 and is headquartered in Spokane Valley, Washington.
- [By Lisa Levin]
Computer Peripherals: This industry rose 2.21% by 10:15 am ET. The top performer in this industry was Key Tronic (NASDAQ: KTCC), which gained 0.3%. Key Tronic’s trailing-twelve-month ROE is 14.57%.
10 Best Clean Energy Stocks To Invest In 2016: Nu Skin Enterprises Inc.(NUS)
Nu Skin Enterprises, Inc. develops and distributes anti-aging personal care products and nutritional supplements worldwide. The company sells its personal care products under the Nu Skin brand; and nutritional supplements under the Pharmanex brand. Its personal care product line includes core systems, targeted treatments, total care, cosmetic, and Epoch, a product formulated with botanical ingredients. The company?s nutritional supplements product line comprises micronutrient supplements, targeted solution supplements, and weight management products. It also sells Vitameal, which are nutritious meal products for starving children or purchased for personal food storage. In addition, the company offers other products and services consisting of digital content storage, water purifiers, and other household products. It sells its products primarily through a network of independent distributors in north Asia, the Americas, Greater China, Europe, and the south Asia/Pacific. The c ompany also operates retail stores to sell its products in China. As of December 31, 2010, Nu Skin Enterprises operated 40 stores throughout China. The company was founded in 1984 and is headquartered in Provo, Utah.
- [By Roberto Pedone]
Nu Skin Enterprises (NUS) is a direct selling company, which develops and distributes personal care products and nutritional supplements that are sold under the Nu Skin and Pharmanex brands. This stock closed up 5.4% at $92.96 in Monday’s trading session.
Monday’s Volume: 2 million
Three-Month Average Volume: 900,802
Volume % Change: 85%
From a technical perspective, NUS ripped higher here right above some near-term support at $85 with heavy upside volume. This move pushed shares of NUS into breakout and new 52-week-high territory, since the stock took out some near-term overhead resistance levels at $88.20 to $89.69. This move also pushed shares of NUS above the upper-end of its recent range that saw the stock trend between $82 to just above $89.
Traders should now look for long-biased trades in NUS as long as it’s trending above support at $85 and then once it sustains a move or close above Monday’s high of $93.33 with volume that this near or above 900,802 shares. If we get that move soon, then NUS will set up to enter new 52-week-high territory, which is bullish technical price action. Some possible upside targets off that move are $100 to $105.
- [By Scott Rubin]
Stock gainers included Mercadolibre Inc (NASDAQ: MELI), up almost 14 percent, and Nu Skin Enterprises, Inc. (NYSE: NUS), which added 12 percent. The positive gains in both stocks were due to strong earnings reports. Shares of Liberty Interactive Group (NASDAQ: QVCA) plunged almost 22 percent on Friday due to disappointing sales growth in its fiscal second quarter. Pharmaceutical giant Bristol-Myers Squibb Co (NYSE: BMY) lost 16 percent after a disappointing study involving its Opdivo drug.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
Citigroup’s Beth Kite calls Nu Skin Enterprises’ (NUS) earnings and guidance “awfully disappointing.” She explains why:
“Frustrating” Describes 4Q15 & 2016 Guidance:Nu Skin (i) reported 4Q15 EPS of $0.62, 11 cents below consensus and us, and (ii) lowered 2016 EPS guidance, from $3.25-$3.40 to $2.40-$2.60.Nu Skin had three LTO’s in 4Q152 succeeded and 1 failed. The failure had far less to do with the product than with the sales strategy…
Is Guidance Too Conservative or Is It Really This Bad? We get that Me failed to sell well in South Korea with the 12-month cartridge commitment. But given the strength in reps globally, the strength of Youth from its two LTOs in 2H15, and good results from Me when sold in Japan without the 12-month commitment, we wonder if guidance is aggressive to the downside. Indeed, the word “conservative” was said a lot by mgmt on the brief earnings call when describing guidance revisions.
Maintaining Buy: While we now have less confidence in mgmt, from an external perspective, to forecast its results accurately, and from an internal perspective, to course correct quicklyi.e., why didn’t they drop the 12-month plan for Me in South Korea when it so obviously wasn’t workingwe are still confident in Youth & Me. The rep growth in South Asia/Pacific from Youth in 3Q led to better 4Q sales than we’d expected, Youth’s Americas LTO in 4Q drove lc sales up 26% YoY, and Me not only sold through in Japan in 4Q but also drove reps higher. We imagine that investors may have little patience or confidence in Nu Skin for a while, understandably. But the bar seems set fairly low now, so we are cautiously optimistic that Nu Skin can dig itself out of this hole as we go through 2016 and Me & Youth roll out more fully.
Shares of Nu Skin have tumbled 13% to $27.31 at 2:11 p.m. today.
10 Best Clean Energy Stocks To Invest In 2016: Canadian National Railway Company(CNI)
Canadian National Railway Company, together with its subsidiaries, engages in the rail and related transportation business in North America. It provides transportation for various goods, including petroleum and chemicals, grain and fertilizers, coal, metals and minerals, forest products, and intermodal and automotive products. The company operates a network of approximately 20,600 route miles of track that spans Canada and mid-America, from the Atlantic and Pacific oceans to the Gulf of Mexico. It serves the ports of Vancouver, Prince Rupert (British Columbia), Montreal, Halifax, New Orleans, and Mobile (Alabama), as well as metropolitan areas of Toronto, Buffalo, Chicago, Detroit, Duluth (Minnesota)/Superior (Wisconsin), Green Bay (Wisconsin), Minneapolis/St. Paul, Memphis, and Jackson (Mississippi), with connections to various points in North America. The company was founded in 1922 and is headquartered in Montreal, Canada.
- [By Monica Gerson]
Canadian National Railway (USA) (NYSE: CNI) is estimated to post its quarterly earnings at $0.92 per share on revenue of $3.08 billion.
Container Store Group Inc (NYSE: TCS) is expected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.21 per share on revenue of $230.53 million.
10 Best Clean Energy Stocks To Invest In 2016: United States Steel Corporation(X)
United States Steel Corporation produces and sells flat-rolled and tubular steel products in North America and Europe. It operates through three segments: Flat-Rolled Products (Flat-Rolled), U. S. Steel Europe (USSE), and Tubular Products (Tubular). The Flat-Rolled segment offers slabs, rounds, strip mill plates, sheets, and tin mill products. This segment serves customers in the automotive, consumer and the combined industrial, service center, and mining commercial markets. The USSE segment provides slabs, sheets, strip mill plates, tin mill products, and spiral welded pipes, as well as heating radiators and refractory ceramic materials. This segment serves customers in the construction, service center, conversion, container, transportation, appliance and electrical, oil, gas, and petrochemical markets. The Tubular segment offers seamless and electric resistance welded steel casing and tubing; and standard and line pipe and m echanical tubing products primarily to customers in the oil, gas, and petrochemical markets. The company also provides railroad services; and owns, develops, and manages various real estate assets. United States Steel Corporation was founded in 1901 and is headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
- [By Michael Flannelly]
BMO Capital analysts initiated coverage on United States Steel Corporation (X) early on Wednesday, giving the stock a “Market Perform” rating because the company will be negatively impacted by lower steel prices.
The analysts see shares of X reaching $19, which suggests a 7% downside to the stock’s Tuesday closing price of $20.51.
US Steel shares were down a fraction during pre-market trading on Wednesday. The stock is down 14% year-to-date.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
Jefferies analyst Seth Rosenfeld and team explain why they upgraded U.S. Steel (X) to Hold from Underperform.
While US flat steel prices have peaked and will gradually normalise in the year ahead, steelmaker ASPs will see further upside in coming quarters as longer-term contracts reset. Imports are gradually creeping higher, but domestic supply discipline remains resolute. With annual contract negotiations nearing, our sensitivity analysis shows upside risk to base case expectations offsetting declining spot market trends, and we upgradeU.S. Steel to Hold…
While we remain concerned that U.S. Steel may de-rate on peak earnings as spot steel prices normalise in the coming year, the company deserves credit for recent cost performance, and U.S. Steel’s earnings trajectory may see more sustained upside as longer-term contracts reset into 2017. Reflecting U.S. Steel’s reduced balance sheet risk following debt refinancing and a potential bottoming of loss trajectory in Tubular, we valueU.S. Steel at its mid-cycle 5.0x EV/EBITDA, implying $24.50 fair value
But if you like U.S. Steel, you might really like ArcelorMittal (MT). Rosenfeld explains why:
Play Euro momentum via ArcelorMittal. While US prices have peaked, we see opportunity for an attractive catch-up trade in the Euro market moving into 2017 brought about by emerging protectionist trade policy and consolidation.ArcelorMittal is best leveraged to this momentum.
Shares of U.S. Steel gained 1.9% to $26.49 today, while ArcelorMittal has risen 1.8% to $6.45.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
We explored the possibility that United States Steel (X) had turned the proverbial corner, that Michael Kors Holdings’ (KORS) earnings might portend trouble for Macy’s (M), and that Valeant Pharmaceutical International’s (VRX) is on the long road to recovery.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
Credit Suisse analyst Curt Woodworth and team explain why they raised their price targets on U.S. Steel (X) and AK Steel (AKS) before the release of their earnings:
10 Best Clean Energy Stocks To Invest In 2016: Frontier Communications Corporation(FTR)
Frontier Communications Corporation, a communications company, provides regulated and unregulated voice, data, and video services to residential, business, and wholesale customers in the United States. The company offers residential services, such as fiber-to-the-home and fiber-to-the-node broadband, video, and voice over Internet protocol products, as well as traditional copper-based broadband products; and commercial services, including Ethernet, dedicated Internet, multiprotocol label switching, time division multiplexing, data transport services, and optical transport services. It also provides Frontier Secure suite of products for computer security, cloud backup and sharing, identity protection, equipment insurance, and technical support; unified messaging services comprising call forwarding, conference calling, caller identification, voicemail, and call waiting services; long distance network services; and packages of co mmunications services. In addition, the company offers switched access services that facilitate other carriers to use the companys facilities to originate and terminate their local and long distance voice traffic; satellite TV video services; a range of third-party communications equipment to small, medium, and enterprise business customers; and directories. As of December 31, 2014, it had approximately 3,214,800 residential customers; approximately 304,700 business customers; 2,373,900 broadband subscribers; and 586,600 video subscribers. The company was formerly known as Citizens Communications Company and changed its name to Frontier Communications Corporation in July 2008. Frontier Communications Corporation was founded in 1927 and is based in Norwalk, Connecticut.
- [By WilliamBriat]
Frontier Communications Corporation (NASDAQ: FTR) provides phone, Internet, and satellite TV (through a partnership with DISH Network) services to more than 25 states. The company provides an annual dividend of 9.3% and reaffirmed its full-year guidance.
10 Best Clean Energy Stocks To Invest In 2016: Jersey Elec.(a)
Jersey Electricity plc, together with its subsidiaries, engages in the generation and distribution of electricity in the Island of Jersey. It also engages in retailing; property management; building services; and has other business interests, including telecommunications and Internet data hosting. The company?s services include small works electrical services, heating systems, periodic test and inspection of electrical installations, portable appliance testing, air conditioning/heat pumps, data center/computer room cooling, commercial refrigeration, fire alarm systems, plumbing service and maintenance, multi-fuel heating, amenity lighting, building facilities management, ventilation, multi-service maintenance, and preventative planned maintenance. In addition, it provides space and water heating solutions, and design/specification, installation, and after sales service; and business consultancy, system design, development, implementation, training, and helpdesk support so lutions. The company also involves in the sale of products through its various retail outlets; and online retailing through day2dayshop.com. Further, it provides energy and environmental engineering solutions; hosting, monitoring, email solutions, disaster recovery, online data backup, distributed denial of service (DDoS) protection, and global content delivery; Internet, voice, and home services; and maintenance services for refrigeration and catering equipment. The company was formerly known as The Jersey Electricity Company Limited and changed its name to Jersey Electricity plc in March, 2010. Jersey Electricity plc was founded in 1924 and is based in St. Helier, the Channel Islands.
- [By Dave and Donald Moenning]
For those investors that like the comfort generally provided by a diversified portfolio, here’s an idea that will allow you to (a) maintain a diversified allocation in your portfolio and (b) stay out of trouble when the big, bad bears come to call on an asset class or two.