5 Best Freight Stocks For 2016

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On CNBC's Options Action, Dan Nathan spoke about unusually high options activity in McDonald's Corporation (NYSE: MCD).

Options trading volume on Wednesday in McDonald's was three times higher than the average daily options volume. When the stock was trading at $119.50 a trader bought 50,000 contracts of the January 2017 125 call options for $3.15. The breakeven for the trade is at $128.15 or approximately 7 percent higher from the closing price on Wednesday.

Nathan thinks it's a good idea to limit risk with calls because there is a risk of McDonald's trading lower to its breakout level from October 2015.

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5 Best Freight Stocks 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.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [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.

5 Best Freight Stocks For 2016: Regions Financial Corporation(RF)

Regions Financial Corporation, incorporated on February 13, 2004, is a financial holding company. The Company conducts its banking operations through Regions Bank, an Alabama state-chartered commercial bank, which is a member of the Federal Reserve System. The Company operates in three segments: Corporate Bank, Consumer Bank and Wealth Management. The Company provides traditional commercial, retail and mortgage banking services, as well as other financial services in the fields of asset management, wealth management, securities brokerage, insurance brokerage, trust services, merger and acquisition advisory services, and other specialty financing. The Company operates approximately 1,960 automated teller machines (ATMs) and over 1,630 banking offices in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia.

The Company’s total loans amount to approx imately $81,162 million. Its investment securities available for sale include the United States Treasury securities, Federal agency securities, Obligations of states and political subdivisions, Mortgage-backed securities (MBS), Corporate and other debt securities, and Equity securities. The Company’s total securities amount to approximately $22,710 million. Deposits are the Company’s primary source of funds. The Company’s deposits consist of non-interest-bearing demand deposit, savings deposit, interest-bearing transaction deposit, money market-domestic deposit, money market-foreign deposit, time deposits and corporate treasury time deposits. Its total deposits amount to approximately $98,430 million.

In addition to its banking operations, the Company provides additional financial services through its subsidiaries. Regions Insurance Group, Inc., a subsidiary of the Company, is an insurance broker that offers insurance products through its subsidiaries, which inc lude Regions Insurance, Inc., Trilogy Risk Specialists, Inc.! and Regions Insurance Services, Inc. Through its insurance brokerage operations in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas, Regions Insurance, Inc. offers insurance coverage for various lines of personal and commercial insurance, such as property, vehicle, casualty, life, health and accident insurance. Regions Insurance, Inc. also provides services related to employee benefits. Trilogy Risk Specialists, Inc. operates as a wholesale insurance broker assisting retail insurance brokers in placing insurance coverage for the retail brokers’ customers with risk bearing entities. Regions Insurance Services, Inc. offers various insurance products, such as crop, life and environmental insurance.

Regions Equipment Finance Corporation and Regions Commercial Equipment Finance, LLC provide equipment financing products, focusing on commercial clients. Regions Investment Services, Inc., a subsidiary of Regions Bank, offers investments and insurance products to Regions Bank customers. In addition, Regions Bank and Regions Investment Services, Inc. also maintain an agreement with Cetera Investment Services, LLC to offer securities, insurance and advisory services to Regions Bank customers through dually employed financial consultants. Regions Securities LLC, a subsidiary of the Company, serves as a broker-dealer to commercial clients and acts in an advisory capacity to merger and acquisition transactions.

Corporate Bank Segment

The Corporate Bank segment represents the Company’s commercial banking functions, including commercial and industrial, commercial real estate and investor real estate lending. The segment also includes equipment lease financing. Corporate Bank customers are corporate, middle market and commercial real estate developers and investors.

Consumer Bank Segment

The Consumer Bank segment represents the Company’s br anch network, including consumer banking products and servic! es relate! d to residential first mortgages, home equity lines and loans, small business loans, indirect loans, consumer credit cards and other consumer loans, as well as the corresponding deposit relationships. The segment’s services are also provided through alternative channels, such as the Internet and telephone banking.

Wealth Management Segment

The Wealth Management segment offers individuals, businesses, governmental institutions and non-profit entities a range of solutions to enable transfer of wealth. Its offerings include credit related products, trust and investment management, asset management, retirement and savings solutions, estate planning and personal and commercial insurance products.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Lee offers 22 stocks that could benefit from the correlation trade: Western Digital (WDC), Xerox (XRX), First Solar, Ford Motor, Best Buy (BBY), PulteGroup (PHM), AutoNation (AN), Textron (TXT), Jacobs Engineering Group (JEC), Mosaic, BB&T (BBT), Fifth Third Bancorp (FITB),Loews (L), Regions Financial (RF), KeyCorp (KEY), Comerica (CMA), Leucadia National (LUK), Zions Bancorp (ZION), Valero Energy (VLO), Marathon Oil, Cardinal Health (CAH), and Pepco Holdings (POM).

  • [By Matthew Smith]

    We also think that Regions Financial (RF) should be bought on the weakness in their share price right now. The shares trade roughly $1/share below their 52-week high right now but with what we see happening in the financial space over the next few months and few years we think that this name is a deal under $10/share. Like the discount brokers, as the yield curve steepens the company’s profits shall increase and with that taking place and the continued improvement in the company’s balance sheet we think share buybacks and dividends will be carried out and even raised.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Who is positioned for the most capital return? We expect Morgan Stanley, Regions Financial (RF), Goldman Sachs, Fifth Third Bancorp (FITB), PNC Financial Services Group (PNC), and U.S. Bancorp (USB) to be approved for the most amount of capital return during 2016 (ranging between 80-100% of estimated 2016 earnings).

Top 5 Beverage Companies To Invest In 2016: Infinity Pharmaceuticals, Inc.(INFI)

 

Infinity Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a drug discovery and development company, discovers, develops, and delivers medicines to patients with difficult-to-treat diseases. Its lead product candidate includes IPI-145, an oral inhibitor of the delta and gamma isoforms of phosphoinositide-3-kinase (PI3K) for the treatment of hematologic malignancies. The company is developing DYNAMO, which is in Phase II study to evaluate the safety and efficacy of IPI-145 dosed at 25 mg; CONTEMPO that is in the Phase Ib/II study of IPI-145 in combination with obinutuzumab or rituximab in patients with untreated follicular lymphoma; BRAVURA, which is in Phase III study to evaluate the safety and efficacy of IPI-145 plus rituximab and bendamustine; and FRESCO that is in Phase II study to evaluate the safety and efficacy of IPI-145 plus rituximab. It is also developing DYNAMO+R, which is in Phase III randomized study to evaluate IPI-145 dosed at 25 mg in c ombination with rituximab, a monoclonal antibody treatment; DUO that is in randomized Phase III monotherapy study evaluating IPI-145 dosed at 25 mg in patients with relapsed or refractory chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL); and SYNCHRONY, which is in the Phase Ib study of IPI-145 in combination with obinutuzumab in CLL patients. In addition, the company is conducting a Phase Ib/II trial of IPI-145 in combination with venetoclax, a B-cell lymphoma 2 inhibitor; and developing IPI-549 that is in Phase I study for patients with various solid tumors, including melanoma and non-small cell lung cancer. The company has collaboration and license agreement with AbbVie Inc. to develop and commercialize IPI-145 in oncology; and development and license agreement with Intellikine, Inc. to discover, develop, and commercialize pharmaceutical products targeting the delta and/or gamma isoforms of PI3K. Infinity Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Infinity Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ: INFI) shares dropped 70 percent to $1.32. Infinity announced plans to cut 21 percent of the workforce. The company also reported that DYNAMO Phase 2 monotherapy study evaluating the efficacy and safety of duvelisib met its primary endpoint.

5 Best Freight Stocks For 2016: Intrepid Potash, Inc(IPI)

 

Intrepid Potash, Inc. engages in the extraction, production, and sale of potassium containing products in the United States. It produces muriate of potash and langbeinite, a low-chloride potassium fertilizer that contains sulfate and magnesium. The company also offers salt, magnesium chloride, and metal recovery salts. It serves agricultural, industrial, and animal feed markets. The company was incorporated in 2007 and is based in Denver, Colorado.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jon C. Ogg]

    Gains are being seen elsewhere as well, except in shares of The Mosaic Company (NYSE: MOS). AgriumInc. (NYSE: AGU) was up almost 3% at $91.95 in late Monday trading, although this one held up much better in the destructive news phase when the alarming news roiled these stocks. The big winner is Intrepid Potash, Inc. (NYSE: IPI), with a gain of 7% to $16.20 in late-Monday trading.

5 Best Freight Stocks For 2016: Blue Buffalo Pet Products, Inc.(BUFF)

 

Blue Buffalo Pet Products, Inc., through its subsidiary, Blue Buffalo Company, Ltd., operates as a pet food company in the United States, Canada, Japan, and Mexico. The company develops, produces, markets, and sells dog and cat food under the BLUE Life Protection Formula, BLUE Wilderness, BLUE Basics, BLUE Freedom, and BLUE Natural Veterinary Diet lines. It also produces and sells cat litter under the BLUE Naturally Fresh line. The company sells its products to retail partners and distributors in specialty channels, including national pet superstore chains, regional pet store chains, neighborhood pet stores, farm and feed stores, ecommerce retailers, military outlets, hardware stores, and veterinary clinics and hospitals. Blue Buffalo Pet Products, Inc. was founded in 2002 and is headquartered in Wilton, Connecticut.

Advisors’ Opinion:

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