India’s finance minister isn’t worried about jobs being lost in the country’s manufacturing sector despite warnings that industrial robots will dramatically reduce the need for factory workers in coming decades.
“I still have faith in human ingenuity, that even when jobs are lost in certain sectors … more jobs will be created because of that increased economic activity in other sectors,” Arun Jaitley told CNN’s Fareed Zakaria on Sunday at the CNN Asia Business Forum in Mumbai.
Economists are increasingly concerned that developments in artificial intelligence and robotics will disrupt the business world in a similar way to previous industrial revolutions, leading to job losses.
Robots are likely to be performing 45% of manufacturing tasks by 2025, versus just 10% today, according to a study by Bank of America. And the rise of artificial intelligence will only accelerate that process as the number of devices connected to the Internet doubles to 50 billion by 2020.
10 Best Performing Stocks To Own For 2016: Dow Treasuries(DV)
DeVry Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides educational services worldwide. The company operates various institutions, including Advanced Academics, American University of the Caribbean, Becker Professional Education, Carrington College and Carrington College California, Chamberlain College of Nursing, DeVry Brasil, DeVry University, and Ross University. These institutions offer an array of programs in business, healthcare, and technology, as well as serve students in middle school through postsecondary education, and accounting and finance professionals. It offers career-oriented associate, bachelor?s, and master?s degree programs in technology, science, business, arts, and nursing; medical and veterinary medical education; and undergraduate and graduate programs focused in business management, nursing, law, and engineering, as well as online learning solutions for middle and high school education. The company also prepares students for careers in healthcare th r ough certificate, associate, and bachelor?s degree programs; and candidates for the certified public accountant examination, chartered financial analyst professional certification examinations, and the project management professional certification examination, as well as provides continuing professional education programs and seminars in accounting and finance. DeVry Inc. was founded in 1931 and is headquartered in Downers Grove, Illinois.
- [By Lisa Levin]
Shares of DeVry Education Group Inc (NYSE: DV) were down 14 percent to $15.61. DeVry Education named Patrick Unzicker as its Chief Financial Officer. Credit Suisse downgraded DeVry from Outperform to Neutral and lowered the price target from $25.00 to $17.00.
- [By Lisa Levin]
Friday afternoon, the industrial shares gained by 0.09 percent. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included The GEO Group Inc (NYSE: GEO), and DeVry Education Group Inc (NYSE: DV).
10 Best Performing Stocks To Own For 2016: PDC Energy, Inc.(PDCE)
PDC Energy, Inc., an independent exploration and production company, acquires, explores for, develops, and produces crude oil, natural gas, and natural gas liquids in the United States. The company operates in two segments: Oil and Gas Exploration and Production, and Gas Marketing. The Oil and Gas Exploration and Production segment produces and sells natural gas to midstream service providers, marketers, and utilities; crude oil; and natural gas liquids. The Gas Marketing segment purchases, aggregates, and resells natural gas; and purchases natural gas produced by third party producers for resale. This segment markets natural gas to third-party marketers and natural gas utilities, as well as to industrial and commercial customers. As of December 31, 2014, it had approximately 250 million barrels of crude oil equivalent of proved reserves; and owned an interest in approximately 2,900 gross producing wells. The company was forme rly known as Petroleum Development Corporation and changed its name to PDC Energy, Inc. in June 2012. PDC Energy, Inc. was founded in 1969 and is headquartered in Denver, Colorado.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
Names which screen well on a combination of attractive valuation and equitized capital structure, include Outperform rated Apache, Anadarko Petroleum,Gulfport Energy as well as Market Perform rated QEP Resources (QEP) and PDC Energy (PDCE).
- [By Ben Levisohn]
Goldman Sachs analyst Brian Singer and team contend that EOG Resources (EOG), Diamondback Energy (FANG), PDC Energy (PDCE), Pioneer Natural Resources (PXD), and RSP Permian (RSPP) can benefit from greater productivity. They explain:
Hot Regional Bank Companies For 2016: Christopher & Banks Corporation(CBK)
Christopher & Banks Corporation, through its subsidiaries, operates as a retailer of womens apparel and accessories in the United States. The company designs, sources, and sells womens apparel and accessories to customers ranging in age from 45 to 60. Its stores offer womens apparel consisting of knit tops, woven tops, jackets, sweaters, skirts, denim bottoms, bottoms made of other fabrics, leisure wear, and dresses in missy, petite, and women sizes, as well as jewelry and accessories. As of August 1, 2015, the company operated 529 stores, including 82 Christopher & Banks stores, 73 CJ Banks stores, 309 MPW stores, and 65 outlet stores. It also operates e-commerce Web sites, such as christopherandbanks.com and cjbanks.com. The company was formerly known as Brauns Fashions Corporation and changed its name to Christopher & Banks Corporation in July 2000. Christopher & Banks Corporation was founded in 1956 and is headquar tered in Plymouth, Minnesota.
- [By Lisa Levin]
Christopher & Banks Corporation (NYSE: CBK) shares were also up, gaining 40 percent to $2.64. Christopher & Banks reported a Q4 loss of $0.24 per share on revenue of $94.6 million. The company projects Q1 revenue of $93 million to $98 million.
10 Best Performing Stocks To Own For 2016: Analog Devices, Inc.(ADI)
Analog Devices, Inc., incorporated on January 18, 1965, is engaged in designing, manufacturing and marketing analog, mixed-signal and digital signal processing (DSP) technology, including integrated circuits (ICs), algorithms, software and subsystems. The Company’s operating segments include United States, Rest of North/South America, Europe, Japan, China and Rest of Asia. The Company’s signal processing products help in converting, conditioning and processing real-world phenomena, such as temperature, pressure, sound, light, speed and motion into electrical signals, which are to be used in a range of electronic devices. The Company combines data converters, amplifiers and linear products, radio frequency (RF) ICs, power management products, sensors based on micro-electro mechanical systems (MEMS) technology and other sensors, and processing products, including DSP, micro controllers and other processors, into technology platforms. The Company’s products are embedded insid e various types of electronic equipment, including industrial process control systems, medical imaging equipment, factory automation systems, patient monitoring devices, instrumentation and measurement systems, wireless infrastructure equipment, energy management systems, networking equipment, aerospace and defense electronics, optical systems, automobiles and portable electronic devices.
The Company’s integrated circuits product portfolio includes both general-purpose products used by a range of customers and applications, as well as application-specific products. The Company’s Analog Products include Converters, Amplifiers/Radio Frequency, Other Analog, and Power Management and Reference. The Company is a supplier of data converter products and high-performance amplifiers. Within this product portfolio, the Company provides precision, instrumentation, high speed, intermediate frequency/RF, broadband and other amplifiers. The Company also offers a portfolio of precision voltage references that are used in various applic! ations. Its analog product line also includes a portfolio of RF ICs covering the entire RF signal chain, ranging from standalone RF function blocks, such as phase locked loops, frequency synthesizers, mixers, modulators, demodulators and power detectors, to integrated broadband and short-range single chip transceiver solutions.
The Company’s analog technology portfolio also includes products that are based on MEMS technology. The Company’s MEMS product portfolio includes accelerometers used to sense acceleration, gyroscopes used to sense rotation and inertial measurement units used to sense multiple degrees of freedom combining multiple sensing types along multiple axes. Its isolators are designed for applications, such as universal serial bus isolation in patient monitors. In smart metering applications, the Company’s isolators provide electrostatic discharge performance that helps manage meter tampering. The Company’s Power management and reference products in clude functions, such as power conversion, driver monitoring, sequencing and energy management. The Company’s Digital Signal Processing products (DSPs) complete its product portfolio. As an integrated part of its customers’ signal chain, there are various other Analog Devices products connected to its processors, including converters, audio and video codecs, and power management solutions.
The Company competes with Robert Bosch GmbH, Broadcom Corporation, Freescale Semiconductor, Inc., Infineon Technologies, Linear Technology Corporation, Maxim Integrated Products, Inc., Microchip Technology, Inc., NXP Semiconductors and Texas Instruments, Inc.
- [By Lisa Levin]
Linear Technology Corporation (NASDAQ: LLTC) shares were also up, gaining 29 percent to $62.51. Analog Devices, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADI) is in advanced talks for purchase of Linear Tech, Bloomberg reported, citing people familiar with the matter.
10 Best Performing Stocks To Own For 2016: Baidu Inc.(BIDU)
Baidu, Inc. provides Chinese and Japanese language Internet search services. Its search services enable users to find relevant information online, including Web pages, news, images, multimedia files, and blogs through the links provided on its Websites. The company also offers online community-based products and entertainment platforms; an instant messaging service; and a consumer-oriented e-commerce platform. In addition, it designs and delivers online marketing services and auction-based P4P services that enable its customers to reach users who search for information related to their products or services. The company serves online marketing customers consisting of small and medium sized enterprises, large domestic corporations, and Chinese divisions or subsidiaries of multinational corporations primarily operating in the medical, machinery, education, franchising, electronic products, e-commerce, ticketing, tourism, information technology, consumer products, real estate, entertainment, and financial services industries. It sells its online marketing services directly, as well as through its distribution network. The company was formerly known as Baidu.com, Inc. and changed its name to Baidu, Inc. in December 2008. Baidu, Inc. was founded in 2000 and is headquartered in Beijing, the People?s Republic of China.
- [By Javier Hasse]
The top gainers in the index were:
Baidu Inc (ADR) (NASDAQ: BIDU), up 8.16 percent Whole Foods Market, Inc. (NASDAQ: WFM), up 5.95 percent
The top losers in the index were:
- [By Vincent Ho]
Baidu (BIDU) has made impressive gains in the last 3 months. There are some very insightful articles on SA that argue for a bullish stance based on valuations. There are other articles on SA which cover the recent acquisition of 91 Wireless. This article is different in that it offers an overview of Baidu’s business model in relation to its dependence on online advertising. Understanding the direction of the internet is important to predict future revenue growth. Significantly new competition from Qihoo (QIHU) is also something Baidu has never experienced before. There are doubts if Baidu has enough tools to clean up its act and regain market share.
- [By Motif Investing]
The most heavily weighted names in the motif are China Mobile Ltd. (ADR) (NYSE: CHL), Aibaba Group Holding Ltd (NYSE: BABA), Baidu Inc (NASDAQ: BIDU), India's HDFC Bank (NYSE: HDB) and Russia's Mobile TeleSystems PJSC (NYSE: MBT).
- [By Charles Carlson, CEO and Portfolio Manager, Horizon Investment Services]
One of my favorites is Baidu (BIDU), the Chinese search-engine company. You may recall I selected Baidu as one of my favorite turnaround stocks at the beginning of 2013.
10 Best Performing Stocks To Own For 2016: Illinois Tool Works Inc.(ITW)
Illinois Tool Works Inc. manufactures and sells industrial products and equipment worldwide. It operates through seven segments: Automotive OEM; Test & Measurement and Electronics; Food Equipment; Polymers & Fluids; Welding; Construction Products; and Specialty Products. The Automotive OEM segment produces components and fasteners for automotive-related applications. The Test & Measurement and Electronics segment provides equipment, consumables, and related software for testing and measuring of materials and structures, as well as equipment and consumables used in the production of electronic subassemblies and microelectronics. The Food Equipment segment offers commercial food equipment and related services. The Polymers & Fluids segment produces adhesives, sealants, lubrication and cutting fluids, and fluids and polymers for auto aftermarket maintenance and appearance. The Welding segment produces arc welding equipment, consu mables, and accessories for various industrial and commercial applications. The Construction Products segment produces engineered fastening systems and solutions. The Specialty Products segment provides beverage packaging equipment and consumables, product coding and marking equipment and consumables, and appliance components and fasteners. The company distributes its products directly to industrial manufacturers, as well as through independent distributors. Illinois Tool Works Inc. was founded in 1912 and is headquartered in Glenview, Illinois.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
Technology and Industrials are our favorite ways to buy cyclical MO. Specifically, we see the Technology Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLK) as an attractive pre-breakout idea and a likely candidate to lead the S&Ps secular advance over the coming years. Buy ideas at the stock level include: Accenture (ACN), Broadcom (AVGO), Microsoft , Texas Instruments (TXN),Visa (V),Yahoo! (YHOO). We also recommend buying the Industrial Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLI) which is reversing its year-long downtrend and in position for new highs over the coming months, in our view. Buy ideas at the stock level include: Honeywell International, Ingersoll-Rand (IR), Illinois Tool Works (ITW), 3M, Southwest Airlines (LUV), Xylem (XYL). Underlined stocks are fundamentally-rated Outperform at Oppenheimer.
10 Best Performing Stocks To Own For 2016: Tyson Foods Inc.(TSN)
Tyson Foods, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, engages in the production, distribution, and marketing of chicken, beef, pork, and prepared food products, as well as related allied products worldwide. The company?s Chicken segment involves in breeding and raising chickens, as well as processing live chickens into fresh, frozen, and value-added chicken products. Its Beef segment processes live fed cattle and fabricates dressed beef carcasses into primal and sub-primal meat cuts and case-ready products The company?s Pork segment involves in the processing live market hogs; and fabricating pork carcasses into primal and sub-primal cuts and case-ready products. Its Prepared Foods segment manufactures and markets frozen and refrigerated food products comprising pepperoni, bacon, beef and pork pizza toppings, pizza crusts, flour and corn tortilla products, appetizers, prepared meals, ethnic foods, soups, sauces, side dishes, meat dishes, and processed meats. The company mark ets and sells its products to grocery retailers, grocery wholesalers, meat distributors, warehouse club stores, military commissaries, industrial food processing companies, chain restaurants or their distributors, international export companies, and domestic distributors, as well as to foodservice operations, such as plant and school cafeterias, convenience stores, hospitals, and other vendors. Tyson Foods, Inc. also offers its allied products to the manufacturers of pharmaceuticals and technical products, as well as to pork processors. The company was founded in 1935 and is headquartered in Springdale, Arkansas.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
Tyson Foods (TSN) has gained 3.5% to $76.20 after beating earnings forecasts and raising its full-year guidance.
Tesla Motors (TSLA) has fallen 1.1% to $227.50 after the auto-maker turned energy company said it would need $1.1 billion during the third quarter to fund its gigafactory and other expenses.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
BMO Capital Markets analysts Kenneth Zaslow and Patrick Chen took a look at the valuations of Tyson Foods (TSN) and Pilgrim’s Pride (PPC) and decided they were afraid of heights. They explain why they cut Tyson Foods to Market Perform from Outperform…
10 Best Performing Stocks To Own For 2016: Move Inc.(MOVE)
Move, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates an online network of Websites for real estate search, finance, and moving and home enthusiasts in North America. The company operates REALTOR.com, a Web site that offers property listings and neighborhood profiles; and consumers information and tools designed to assist the customers in understanding the value of their home, preparing the home for sale, listing and advertising the home, home affordability, the offer process, applying for a loan, understand the mortgage options available, closing the purchase, and planning the move. REALTOR.com provides showcase listing enhancements; display ad products; and a series of template Websites primarily for agents and brokers. The company also offers 8i solution, a Web-based customer relationship management software application for real estate agents. In addition, it provides Market Snapshot and Market Builder products that allow real estate professionals to offer real-time mult iple listing services market updates and trend analysis to their online prospects and clients; and Move Rentals that displays rental listings. Further, the company provides graphical display advertisements, text links, sponsorships, and directories for advertisers for mortgage companies, home improvement retailers, moving service providers, and other consumer product and service companies. Additionally, it offers quotes from moving companies, truck rental companies, and self-storage facilities, as well as other move-related information on Moving.com Website. Move, Inc. also operates as an online real estate listing syndicator and provider of performance reporting solutions for the purpose of helping to drive an online advertising program for brokers, real estate franchises, and individual agents. The company was formerly known as Homestore, Inc. and changed its name to Move, Inc. in June 2006. Move, Inc. was founded in 1993 and is headquartered in Westlake Village, Californ i a.
- [By Renu Singh]
Aruba Networks (ARUN) is a leading provider of next-generation network access solutions for mobile enterprise. The company’s Mobile Virtual Enterprise (MOVE) architecture unifies wired and wireless network infrastructures into one seamless access solution for corporate headquarters, mobile business professionals, remote workers and guests. This unified approach to access networks enables IT organizations and users to securely address the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) phenomenon, dramatically improving productivity and lowering capital and operational costs.
10 Best Performing Stocks To Own For 2016: Apollo Global Management, LLC(APO)
Apollo Global Management, LLC is a publicly owned investment manager. It primarily provides its services to endowment and sovereign wealth funds, as well as other institutional and individual investors. The firm manages client focused portfolios. It launches and manages hedge funds and mutual funds for its clients. The firm also manages real estate funds and private equity funds for its clients. The firm invests in the fixed income and alternative investment markets across the globe. Its alternative investments include investment in private equity and real estate markets. The firm’s private equity investments include traditional buyouts, recapitalization, distressed buyouts and debt investments in real estate, corporate partner buyouts, distressed asset, corporate carve-outs, turnaround, corporate restructuring, special situation, acquisition, and industry consolidation transactions. Its fixed income investments include income -oriented senior loan and bond, structured credit, opportunistic credit, non-performing loans and value oriented fixed income securities. The firm seeks to invest in chemicals; commodities; consumer and retail; oil and gas, metals, mining, agriculture, commodities, distribution and transportation; financial and business services; manufacturing and industrial; media distribution, cable, entertainment, and leisure; natural resources, energy, packaging and materials; and satellite and wireless. It seeks to invest in companies based in across North America with a focus on United States, and Europe. The firm also makes investments outside North America, primarily in Western Europe and Asia. The firm employs a combination of contrarian, value, and distressed strategies to make its investments. It conducts an in-house research to create its investment portfolio. The firm seeks to acquire minority positions in its portfolio companies. The firm seeks to make investments in the range of $200 million and $1.5 billion. Apollo Global Management, ! LLC was founded in 1990 and is headquartered in New York, New York with additional offices in Los Angeles, California; Purchase, New York; Houston, Texas; London, United Kingdom; Frankfurt, Germany; Luxembourg, Luxembourg; Hong Kong, Hong Kong; Singapore, Singapore; and Mumbai, India.
- [By Lisa Levin]
The Fresh Market Inc (NASDAQ: TFM) agreed be acquired by Apollo Global Management LLC (NYSE: APO) for $28.50 per share in cash.
In an approximately $1.4 billion in cash buyout, shareholders are set to receive $28.50 per share. This calculates to an approximately 53 percent premium over the February 10 closing price and an approximately 24 percent premium over last Friday’s closing price.
- [By Chad Tracy]
In 2008, Apollo Global Management (NYSE: APO) co-founder Joshua Harris was on a losing streak.
The firm's $430 million investment in big-box retailer Linens N' Things went south when the company filed for bankruptcy.
10 Best Performing Stocks To Own For 2016: ONEOK Partners L.P.(OKS)
ONEOK Partners, L.P. engages in the gathering, processing, storage, and transportation of natural gas in the United States. The company?s Natural Gas Gathering and Processing segment gathers and processes natural gas produced from crude oil and natural gas wells located in the Mid-Continent region; and gathers natural gas in the Williston Basin, which spans portions of Montana and North Dakota, and the Powder River Basin of Wyoming. Its Natural Gas Pipelines segment primarily owns and operates regulated natural gas transmission pipelines, natural gas storage facilities, and natural gas gathering systems for non-processed gas. It also provides interstate natural gas transportation and storage services. This segment?s interstate natural gas pipeline assets transport natural gas through FERC-regulated interstate natural gas pipelines in North Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee, Oklahoma, Texas, and New Mexico. In addition, it transports intra state natural gas through its assets in Oklahoma; and owns underground natural gas storage facilities in Oklahoma, Kansas, and Texas. Its Natural Gas Liquids segment gathers, fractionates, and treats natural gas liquids (NGLs), as well as stores NGL products primarily in Oklahoma, Kansas, and Texas. This segment owns FERC-regulated natural gas liquids gathering and distribution pipelines in Oklahoma, Kansas, Texas, Wyoming, and Colorado; terminal and storage facilities in Missouri, Nebraska, Iowa, and Illinois; and FERC-regulated natural gas liquids distribution and refined petroleum products pipelines in Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois, and Indiana that connect its Mid-Continent assets with Midwest markets, including Chicago, Illinois. ONEOK Partners GP serves as the general partner of the company. The company was formerly known as Northern Border Partners, L.P. and changed its name to ONEOK Partners, L.P. in May 2006. The company was founded in 1993 and is base d in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
- [By Garrett Cook]
Citi maintains Buy ratings on Targa Resources (NYSE: TRGP), ONEOK (NYSE: OKE) and Oneok Partners (NYSE: OKS) citing the companies stories around natural gas liquids (NGLs).