Wells Fargo’s David Maris and team call Valeant Pharmaceutical International’s (VRX) earnings and guidance “worse than feared” and contend that the struggling specialty pharmaceutical company’s “debt problem [is] coming into focus.” They explain:
Our preliminary look at 1Q results leads us to believe that Valeant is performing significantly worse than expected. New full-year 2016 adjusted EPS guidance of $6.60-$7.00 falls well below our full-year estimate of $8.81. In many key business areas, Valeant is underperforming consensus…
To give investors a sense of why this quarter was particularly challenging, $558 million in cash from operations annualizes to approximately $2.2 billion. Between now and 2020, Valeant has approximately $15 billion of debt due, as well as other obligations of approximately $480 million. If the business stays the way it is, or continues to deteriorate, we believe Valeant will be challenged in making those debt payments. Based on this quarter’s cash from operations, we do not see debt holders being enthusiastic about restructuring Valeant debt…
10 Best Performing Stocks To Invest In 2017: Core-Mark Holding Company Inc.(CORE)
Core-Mark Holding Company, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, markets fresh and broad-line supply solutions to the convenience retail industry in the United States and Canada. It provides various products, including cigarettes, other tobacco products, candy, snacks, fast food, groceries, fresh products, dairy, bread, beverages, general merchandise, and health and beauty care products; marketing programs; and technology solutions. The company distributes its products to traditional convenience stores, grocery stores, drug stores, liquor stores, and other specialty and small format stores that carry convenience products through a network of 26 distribution centers. Core-Mark Holding Company, Inc. was founded in 1888 and is headquartered in South San Francisco, California.
- [By Monica Gerson]
Core-Mark Holding Company, Inc. (NASDAQ: CORE) is projected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.27 per share on revenue of $2.92 billion.
Albemarle Corporation (NYSE: ALB) is estimated to post its quarterly earnings at $0.86 per share on revenue of $814.80 million.
10 Best Performing Stocks To Invest In 2017: Discover Financial Services(DFS)
Discover Financial Services, a bank holding company, offers direct banking and payment services in the United States. It operates in two segments, Direct Banking and Payment Services. The Direct Banking segment offers Discover card-branded credit cards to individuals and small businesses that are accepted on the Discover Network. This segment also provides other consumer banking products and services, including personal loans, student loans, and prepaid cards, as well as other consumer lending and deposit products, such as certificates of deposit, money market accounts, online savings accounts, and individual retirement account. The Payment Services segment operates the PULSE network, an automated teller machine, debit, and electronic funds transfer network; the Diners Club International network, a global payments network; and third-party issuing business, which includes credit, debit, and prepaid cards issued on the Discover Network by third parties. The company was found ed in 1986 and is based in Riverwoods, Illinois.
- [By Spencer White]
The analyst believes AmEx has a “less competitive edge” in the volume game, and concluded with a warning to avoid the stock. He recommended that investors looking for transaction or card loan exposure should look to Visa Inc (NYSE: V) and Discover Financial Services (NYSE: DFS), respectively.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
Synchrony Financial (SYF) tumbled 13% yesterday after the credit-card issuer said it was seeing more bad loans, an announcement that also rocked Discover Financial Services (DFS), Capital One Financial (COF) and American Express (AXP). Jefferies analyst John Hecht and team call the plunge in Synchrony Financial “an attractive entry point”:
- [By Javier Hasse]
The S&P 500 Index closed up 0.08 percent, with Discover Financial Services (NYSE: DFS), up 8.14 percent on its earnings, and Chesapeake Energy Corporation (NYSE: CHK), up 4.82 percent on rising oil prices, having posted the largest gains.
Top 10 Small Cap Companies To Own For 2017: Baker Hughes Incorporated(BHI)
Baker Hughes Incorporated supplies oilfield services, products, technology, and systems to the oil and natural gas industry worldwide. The company offers drilling and evaluation products and services, which include drill bits for performance drilling, hole enlargement, and coring; conventional and rotary steerable systems used to drill wells; measurement-while-drilling and logging-while-drilling systems to perform reservoir navigation services; drilling optimization services; tools for coil tubing drilling and wellbore re-entry systems; coring drilling systems; surface logging; emulsion and water-based drilling fluids systems; reservoir drill-in fluids; and fluids environmental services. Its drilling and evaluation products and services also comprise wire line services, such as tools for open hole and cased hole well logging to gather data to perform petro physical and geophysical analysis; reservoir evaluation coring; casing perforation; fluid characterization; production logging; well integrity testing; pipe recovery; and seismic and micro seismic services. In addition, the company provides completion and production products and services consisting of completion systems used to control the flow of hydrocarbons within a wellbore; wellbore intervention products and services to enhance the performance of existing wellbores; intelligent production system products and services to monitor and control the production from individual wells or fields; artificial lifts, such as electric submersible pump systems, progressing cavity pump systems, gas lift systems, and surface horizontal pumping systems to lift oil and water; chemicals and chemical application systems; and cementing, stimulation, and coil tubing services. Further, it offers industrial products and services to the downstream chemicals, and process and pipeline industries. The company was founded in 1972 and is headquartered in Houston, Texas.
- [By Ian Wyatt, Publisher & Chief Investment Strategist, Wyatt Investment Research]
Alexander Roepers, of Atlantic Investment Management, has returned 19.2% annually to his clients for the last 21 years—an enviable track record. He recommends Baker Hughes (BHI) and Harman International (HAR), with 25% to 50% share price upside potential.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
A Structural Favorite. Halliburton remains one of our favorite stocks in the group and the management team’s relentless pursuit of efficiency and aggressive positioning for the upcycle will likely make the stock one of the top performers in the OFS space. Within the diversified peer group, we believe Halliburtonis best positioned to benefit from the unfolding increase in oilfield services activity in North America, as it remains markedly more levered to North America compared to its competitors. Once the recovery (which is already in a nascent stage) further takes hold, NAM activity will react the quickest and the strongest, which should allow Halliburtonto see higher company-wide revenue growth and margin expansion than its peers. Internationally, and following Baker Hughes’ (BHI) decision to exit some international markets and product lines, we expect the international dominance of Halliburtonand Schlumberger (SLB) (which allowed for +20% margins pre-20 09) to return, with Halliburtonas the primary beneficiary of market share gains and better pricing. In anticipation of the upturn, the company continues to execute and gain market share through the downturn. We see a path to $4.00+ in EPS and a $60+ stock price in the not too distant future.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
FBR’s Thomas Curran and Mark Kelley contend that Halliburton (HAL) and Baker Hughes (BHI) will need General Electric’s (GE) help if their merger–blocked yesterday by the Department of Justice–is to succeed:
- [By Tony Daltorio]
The biggest oilfield service companies should get a big lift from the boom, Moors said. That includes Schlumberger Ltd. (NYSE: SLB), Halliburton Co. (NYSE: HAL), Weatherford International Ltd. (NYSE: WFT), and Baker Hughes Inc. (NYSE: BHI).
10 Best Performing Stocks To Invest In 2017: China Automotive Systems, Inc.(CAAS)
China Automotive Systems, Inc., (China Automotive), incorporated on June 23, 1999, is a holding company. The Company, through its subsidiary, Great Genesis Holdings Limited (Genesis), owns interests in over eight Sino-joint ventures and over five subsidiaries in the People’s Republic of China (PRC), which manufacture power steering systems and/or related products for various segments of the automobile industry. Genesis also owns interests in a Brazil-based trading company, which engages mainly in the import and sales of automotive parts in Brazil. Henglong USA Corporation (HLUSA), which is a subsidiary of the Company, engages in marketing of automotive parts in North America, and provides after sales service and research and development support. The Company’s geographical segments include the United States, China and other foreign countries.
The Company’s subsidiary, Shenyang Jinbei Henglong Automotive Steering System Co., Ltd., focuses on power steering parts for light duty vehicles; Jingzhou Henglong Automotive Parts Co., Ltd. engages in the production of rack and pinion power steering gears for cars and light-duty vehicles; Shashi Jiulong Power Steering Gears Co., Ltd. mainly engages in the production of integral power steering gears for heavy-duty vehicles; Universal Sensor Application Inc. engages in the production and sales of sensor modules; Hubei Henglong Automotive System Group Co., Ltd engages in the production and sales of automotive steering systems; Chongqing Henglong Hongyan Automotive System Co., Ltd designs, develops and manufactures both hydraulic and electric power steering systems and parts; CAAS Brazil’s Imports And Trade In Automotive Parts Ltd. engages in the design, development and manufacture of both hydraulic and electric power steering systems and parts, and Fujian Qiaolong Special Purpose Vehicle Co., Ltd. manufactures and distributes drainage and rescue vehicles with mass flow, drainage vehicles with v ertical downhole operation, crawler-type mobile pump station! s, high-altitude water supply and discharge drainage vehicles, long-range control crawler-type mobile pump stations and other vehicles. Its Wuhan Chuguanjie Automotive Science and Technology Ltd. engages in research and development, manufacture and sales of automobile electronic systems and parts.
The Company competes with SAIC, ZF Germany, First Auto Group, Koyo Company and Nexteer.
- [By Monica Gerson]
China Automotive Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CAAS) is projected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.20 per share on revenue of $108.22 million.
Affimed NV (NASDAQ: AFMD) is projected to post a quarterly loss at $0.18 per share on revenue of $1.71 million.
10 Best Performing Stocks To Invest In 2017: Banner Corporation(BANR)
Banner Corporation operates as the bank holding company for Banner Bank and Islanders Bank, which provides commercial banking and financial products and services to individuals, businesses, and public sector entities primarily in the United States. It offers deposit products, including demand checking accounts, interest-bearing checking accounts, money market deposit accounts, regular savings accounts, certificates of deposit, cash management services, and retirement savings plans. The company also provides loan products, including commercial and multifamily real estate loans; residential mortgage loans; residential construction and land loans for professional home builders and developers; consumer loans, such as home equity lines of credit, automobile loans, boat and recreational vehicle loans, and loans secured by deposit accounts; commercial business loans; and agricultural loans. In addition, it engages in mortgage banking operations through the origination and sale of one- to four-family and multi-family residential loans. As of December 31, 2015, Banner Bank operated 199 branch offices and 9 loan production offices in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho; and Islanders Bank conducted business from 3 locations in San Juan County, Washington. Banner Corporation was founded in 1890 and is based in Walla Walla, Washington.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
The twenty stocks in Worth’s basket are: Ameriprise Financial (AMP) Bank of America, Banner (BANR), Citigroup, Citizens Financial Group (CFG), East West Bancorp (EWBC), First NBC Bank Holding (FNBC), HFF (HF), KeyCorp(KEY), Legacy Texas Financial Group (LTXB), Lincoln National (LNC), Morgan Stanley, Old National Bancorp (ONB), PacWest Bancorp (PACW), PNC Financial Services Group (PNC), Principal Financial Group (PFG), Stifel Financial (SF), SVB Financial Group (SIVB), TCF Financial (TCB), and Wells Fargo.
10 Best Performing Stocks To Invest In 2017: Ionis Pharmaceuticals, Inc.(IONS)
Ionis Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a RNA-targeted drug discovery and development company, develops drugs for patients with severe and rare diseases in the United States. The company markets KYNAMRO for the treatment of homozygous familial hypercholesterolemia, and Alicaforsen for ulcerative colitis and pouchitis. Its drugs in Phase III development include Nusinersen for the treatment of patients with spinal muscular atrophy; IONIS-TTRRx for the treatment of patients with various forms of TTR amyloidosis, including familial amyloid polyneuropathy, familial amyloid cardiomyopathy, and wild-type TTR amyloidosis; volanesorsen for the treatment of patients with familial chylomicronemia syndrome and familial partial lipodystrophy; Custirsen to treat cancer; and Plazomicin for the treatment of severe bacterial infection. The companys products under development also include IONIS-DMPK-2.5 for myotonic dystrophy type 1; IONIS-HTT for hunti ngton’s disease; ATL1103 for acromegaly; IONIS-SOD1 for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis; IONIS-FXI (BAY 2306001) for clotting disorders; IONIS-APO(a)-L for high Lp; IONIS-ANGPTL3-L for mixed dyslipidemias; Apatorsen (OGX-427) and IONIS-STAT3-2.5 (AZD9150) for cancer; EXC 001 (PF-06473871) for scarring; ATL1102 for multiple sclerosis; RG-101 for hepatitis C virus infection; IONIS-GCGR and IONIS-PTP1B for type 2 diabetes; and IONIS-FGFR4 for obesity. In addition, it is developing IONIS-GCCR for cushing’s syndrome; IONIS-PKK for hereditary angioedema; RG-012 for alport syndrome; IONIS-AR-2.5 (AZD5312) for prostate cancer; IONIS-GSK4-L for ocular disease; IONIS-HBV and IONIS-HBV-L for hepatitis B virus infection; and IONIS-DGAT2 for nonalcoholic steatohepatitis. The company was formerly known as Isis Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and changed its name to Ionis Pharmaceuticals, Inc. in December 2015. Ionis Pharmaceuticals, Inc. was founded in 1989 and is headquartered in Carlsbad, Californi a.
- [By Lisa Levin]
Shares of Ionis Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: IONS) were down 40 percent to $21.30 after the company issued an update on the IONIS-TTR program. The company is evaluating IONIS-TTRRx in an ongoing Phase 3 study currently, NEURO-TTR, in patients with transthyretin (TTR) familial amyloid polyneuropathy. According to Ionis, GSK, which has an option to license IONIS-TTRx, has decided not to initiate the stage three outcome study, CARDIO-TTR that was planned to assess IONIS-TTRx in patients with TTR armyloid cardiomyopthy.
10 Best Performing Stocks To Invest In 2017: S&P GSCI(GD)
General Dynamics Corporation, an aerospace and defense company, provides business aviation; combat vehicles, weapons systems, and munitions; military and commercial shipbuilding; and communications and information technology products and services worldwide. Its Aerospace group designs, manufactures, and outfits various large and mid-cabin business-jet aircraft; provides maintenance, repair work, fixed-based operations, and aircraft management services; and performs aircraft completions for aircraft. The company?s Combat Systems group offers tracked and wheeled military vehicles, weapons systems, and munitions. Its product lines include wheeled combat and tactical vehicles; battle tanks and infantry vehicles; munitions and propellant; rockets and gun systems; and axle and drivetrain components and aftermarket parts. This group also manufactures and supplies engineered axles, suspensions, and brakes for heavy-load vehicles for military and commercial customers. The company Advisors’ Opinion:
- [By Ben Levisohn]
Deutsche Bank’s Myles Walton and Louis Raffetto explain why the cut General Dynamics (GD) to Hold from Buy:
[Gulfstream] G650 inventory and price trends quickly becoming a problem: With the bizjet malaise & the unique contribution that the G650 has to General Dynamics, weve kept a particular eye on that product as downside risk. Over the last five months, weve seen the available for sale G650s move from 9 to 22 currently (vs. 4 in Mar 15). Additionally, the continued downward asking price will start to impede on new G650 ordersif not cancellation activity (average ask ~$66M with negotiating flexibility of about $5M). With realized prices for new aircraft at $67M, we havent seen much cancellation activity and perhaps wont given sizable customer deposits; however, the inventory climb implies OEM production may be 20-30% above actual demand over the medium-term…
We remain positive onGeneral Dynamics’ defense biz (60% of ’16E seg EBIT) & while we’ve historically seen Gulfstream as a plus despite softening bizjet trends, the alarming G650 available-for-sale trends in the last few months has moved our opinion. While risks related to the G450/550 transition to the G500/600 are well known, it is the G650 that drives 2/3rds of the unit’s profit and with 2-3 G650/mo hitting the market for every 5/mo delivered, we struggle with sustainability and accordingly lower ourGeneral Dynamics EPS estimates 5% and 10% for 2017 & 2018, respectively. Downgrade to Hold on preference for select peers.
Of the 21 stocks Walton covers, he Buy ratings on eight, including Boeing (BA), Northrop Grumman (NOC), and Rockwell Collins (COL).
Shares of General Dynamics have dropped 4% to $129 at 2:34 p.m. today, while Boeing has fallen 1.1% to $131.43, Northrop Grumman has declined 0.6% to $193.89, and Rockwell Collins has 0.9% $90.83.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
The 20 stocks meeting those requirements are: Ralph Lauren (RL), Time Warner(TWX), Twenty-First Century Fox(FOXA), PepsiCo(PEP), Estee Lauder(EL), Tesoro(TSO), XL(XL), Ameriprise Financial,(AMP), Unum(UNM), Merck(MRK), AbbVie(ABBV), Gilead Sciences(GILD), General Dynamics(GD), Alaska Air(ALK), United Continental(UAL), Delta Air Lines(DAL), Oracle(ORCL), eBay(EBAY), Apple(AAPL), and Centurylink(CTL).
10 Best Performing Stocks To Invest In 2017: HD Supply Holdings, Inc.(HDS)
HD Supply Holdings, Inc. operates as an industrial distributor in North America. The companys Facilities Maintenance segment offers electrical and lighting items, plumbing, appliances, janitorial supplies, hardware, kitchen and bath cabinets, window coverings, textiles and guest amenities, healthcare maintenance, and water and wastewater treatment products, as well as heating, ventilating, and air conditioning products. Its Waterworks segment provides pipes, fittings, valves, hydrants, and meters for use in the construction, maintenance, and repair of water and waste-water systems, as well as fire-protection systems; and smart meters, fusible piping solutions, and engineered treatment plant products and services. The companys Power Solutions segment distributes electrical transmission and distribution products, and power plant maintenance, repair, and operations supplies and smart-grid products; and arranges materials mana gement and procurement outsourcing for the power generation and distribution industries. Its Construction & IndustrialWhite Cap segment offers tilt-up brace systems, forming and shoring systems, concrete chemicals, hand and power tools, rebar, ladders, safety and fall arrest equipment, screws and fasteners, sealants and adhesives, drainage pipes, geo-synthetics, erosion and sediment control equipment, and other engineered materials. The company also provides floorings, cabinets, countertops, and window coverings, as well as design center services; and light remodeling and construction supplies, kitchen and bath cabinets, windows, plumbing materials, electrical equipment, and other products. It serves contractors, maintenance professionals, home builders, industrial businesses, and government entities. The company was formerly known as HDS Investment Holding, Inc. and changed its name to HD Supply Holdings, Inc. in April 2013. HD Supply Holdings, Inc. is headquartered in At lanta, Georgia.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
Flexing the barbell strategy to balance Safe Havens with more cyclical exposures. In our view, industrials investors should be positioning their portfolio with a barbell strategy, with half of the exposure in Safe Havens like General Electric, Xylem (XYL), Danaher, Honeywell International, Roper Technologies (ROP), and AMETEK (AME), and the other half selectively in the cyclical names that are better positioned today, such as Pentair, HD Supply Holdings (HDS),Actuant (ATU), Atkore International Group (ATKR), Ingersoll-Rand, and Eaton (ETN). We still believe risk-reward is mostly balanced and that the macro will remain choppy into 2017, supporting a positioning in the defensive names. But if investor sentiment improves on not-worse news and earnings results, the more cyclical names could fare better.
- [By Monica Gerson]
HD Supply Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: HDS) is projected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.24 per share on revenue of $1.63 billion.
JA Solar Holdings Co., Ltd. (ADR) (NASDAQ: JASO) is estimated to report its quarterly earnings at $0.68 per share on revenue of $683.29 million.
10 Best Performing Stocks To Invest In 2017: 1-800 FLOWERS.COM Inc.(FLWS)
1-800-Flowers.com, Inc. together with its subsidiaries, operates as a florist and gift retailer in the United States. The company offers a range of products, including fresh-cut flowers, floral arrangements and plants, gifts, popcorn, gourmet foods and gift baskets, cookies, chocolates, candy, and wine through its telephonic and online sales channels, company-owned and operated retail floral stores, and franchised stores. It provides gourmet gifts, such as popcorn and specialty treats through thepopcornfactory.com; cookies and baked gifts through cheryls.com; chocolates and confections through fanniemay.com and harrylondon.com; gift baskets and towers through 1800baskets.com; Celebrations brand party ideas and planning tips through celebrations.com; and customizable invitations, announcements, and greeting cards through finestationery.com. As of July 3, 2011, the company operated 2 floral retail stores, 1 fulfillment center, and approximately 100 franchised stores located within the United States. It has strategic online relationships with Facebook, Google, AOL, Yahoo!, and Microsoft. The company was founded in 1976 and is headquartered in Carle Place, New York.
- [By Wayne Duggan]
U.S. retailers performed poorly during the Christmas holiday season, but companies in the Valentine’s Day business are hoping that Americans will spend generously in the name of love this year. These names include flower delivery company 1-800-Flowers.Com Inc (NASDAQ: FLWS), L Brands Inc (NYSE: LB) (owner of both Victoria’s Secret and Bath & Body Works), Church & Dwight Co., Inc. (NYSE: CHD) (owner of Trojan brand condoms), candy giant Hershey Co (NYSE: HSY) and luxury jeweler Tiffany & Co. (NYSE: TIF).
10 Best Performing Stocks To Invest In 2017: Chiasma, Inc.(CHMA)
Chiasma, Inc., incorporated on April 12, 2001, is a biopharmaceutical company. The Company is engaged in developing and commercializing oral forms of therapies that are available only by injection. Using its Transient Permeability Enhancer (TPE) technology platform, the Company is developing oral therapies. The Company has completed a Phase III clinical trial of its TPE platform-based product candidate, oral octreotide capsules (trade named as MYCAPSSA) for the treatment of acromegaly, a condition that results in the body’s production of excess growth hormone. Octreotide is an analog of somatostatin, a natural inhibitor of growth hormone secretion.
The Company’s TPE technology enhances the absorption through the intestinal wall of drugs. Using its TPE technology, the Company can transiently and reversibly open the so-called tight junctions between the cells lining the inner intestinal wall, enabling drug molecules to be absorbed intact. Its TPE formulation is a suspension of water-soluble particles containing a precise combination of medium-chain fatty acid salts and drug substance in a fat-soluble medium. The Company is developing octreotide capsules as a liquid-filled solid gelatin capsule formulation, which is intended to be taken over twice a day. The Company has initiated a Phase III multi-center, open-label, baseline-controlled clinical trial to evaluate the safety and efficacy of octreotide capsules in patients with acromegaly who responded to and tolerated treatment with somatostatin analogs. The Company also focuses on developing CH2 for Orphan indication.
- [By Lisa Levin]
Chiasma Inc (NASDAQ: CHMA) was down, falling around 13 percent to $9.51 ahead of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s decision on Friday to approve or reject the company’s therapy. The status of its oral treatment for acromegaly, a capsule known as Mycapssa, will be in focus on Friday. The Street’s biotechnology expert Adam Feuerstein stated that an investor source believes the FDA will reject Chiasma’s capsules because data from a single-arm study failed to demonstrate a clinically meaningful benefit among patients.