5 Best Industrial Conglomerate Stocks To Watch Right Now

Gilead Sciences (GILD) posted better-than-expected fourth-quarter financial results as sales of its hepatitis C drugs exceeded forecasts. Still, the biotech giant gave back after-hour gains as full-year sales forecasts failed to impress.

Gilead also boosted its dividend and almost doubled its share repurchase plan.

At a recent $83, the shares were up 0.4% after earlier climbing more than 2% in after-hour market action. As of todays closing bell, the stock fell 1.6% in todays regular market action to end at $82.71.

Per share profit beat the Streets expectations by 35 cents. Gilead earned $3.32 a share as revenue grew `6% to $8.41 billion during the quarter that ended in December. Analysts surveyed by S&P Capital IQ expected Gilead to earn $2.98 a share on revenue of $8.16 billion.

Sales of hepatitis C drugs Sovaldi and Harvoni totaled $4.9 billion compared to the $4.54 billion expected by the Street.

Gileadincreased its quarterly dividend by 4 cents share, or 9.3% to 47 cents a share. Gilead also announced plans to commence with a $12 billion share repurchase plan after completing its existing $15 billion buyback program authorized in January 2015.

5 Best Industrial Conglomerate Stocks To Watch Right Now: Clarke(t)

T.Clarke plc, a building services contractor, provides electrical and mechanical installation services and supplies associated equipment. The company offers information communications technology (ICT) services in the areas of structured cabling and connectivity, network infrastructure and security, networked energy management, data centre infrastructure, and managed and support services; facilities management services, such as preventative, reactive, and planned maintenance solutions; and green technologies services, which comprise photovoltaics, rainwater harvesting, biomass boilers, ground source heating, air source heating, wind turbines, lighting, and carbon reduction audit services. It also provides massive reading station redevelopment, cross rail, border rail link, and underground power upgrade services for the rail sector; lifecycle building services combining mechanical and electrical works with ICT for utilities and technologies sectors; lifecycle services for ho tel and residential sectors, which include electrical, ICT, and mechanical systems design, installation, commissioning, and maintenance; and mechanical and electrical contracting services for education, healthcare, government/local authority, retail and leisure, stadiums, transport, towers, media, and residential sectors. In addition, the company manufactures and prefabricates elements of an installation, as well as engineering components. T.Clarke plc was founded in 1889 and is headquartered in London, the United Kingdom.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shauna O’Brien]

    Wireless provider AT&T Inc. (T) announced on Wednesday that it has agreed to collaborate with Mexico-based America Movil in order to expand its Latin American connectivity.

    With this partnership, AT&T will be able to provide services in 15 countries in Latin America. Previously, AT&T only had presence in Mexico and Brazil.

    AT&T currently holds a 9% stake in America Movil and has executives on its board of directors. The two companies have had a long standing business relationship.

    AT&T shares were mostly flat during pre-market trading Wednesday. The stock has been mostly flat YTD.

  • [By Andrea Tse]

    “For Verizon to offer services in that area, makes sense,” said Randy Warren, chief investment officer of Warren Financial Service. “They certainly have the knowledge, the communications, the network, the backup facilities, all of the things that you need to guarantee cloud communications, cloud technology.” Warren said this view also applies to AT&T (T), which also has its hand in the cloud. With total control of the wireless group, Verizon Communications may now have the increased opportunity to bundle its Verizon Terremark offerings from the wireline division with wireless services, potentially adding an important lock-in component that further disincentivizes retail postpaid customers from defecting to a competitor. Even though Verizon’s monthly churn rate remains at impressively low levels, the company can’t afford to become complacent on working hard to keep every one of its customers loyal given that raising prices in the oligopoly type structure of the U.S. telecom world hasn’t really been an option. Retail postpaid customers make up a majority of Verizon Wireless’ customer base and include corporate accounts. The firm has not been disclosing any specific revenue numbers for its cloud business, but in some ways the amount may not be as relevant if the business was viewed solely as an anti-churn tool or a loss leader. [Read: Robots and 3D Printing] “Cost controls are paramount given the saturation of the market and the high costs of rolling out new technologies like 4G,” said Brian Frank, portfolio manager at Frank Capital. “In a commodity-like business, the company with the lowest costs is at a large advantage. It makes sense they would be happy to spend money on cloud as a loss-leader if it helped lower customer churn.”

5 Best Industrial Conglomerate Stocks To Watch Right Now: Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage, Inc.(NGVC)

Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage, Inc., incorporated on April 9, 2012, is a retailer of natural and organic groceries and dietary supplements. The Company offers a selection of natural and organic food, dietary supplements, body care products, pet care products and books. It operates in the natural and organic retail stores segment. The Company operates within the natural products retail industry, which includes conventional supermarkets, natural, gourmet and specialty food markets, mass and discount retailers, warehouse clubs, independent health food stores, dietary supplement retailers, drug stores, farmers’ markets, food cooperatives (co-ops), mail order and online retailers, and multi-level marketers. The Company offers a range of cosmetics, skin care, hair care, fragrance and personal care products. The Company’s offerings include hypo-allergenic and fragrance-free household products, including cleaning supplies, paper products, dish and laundry soap, and other comm on household products, including diapers. Its other products include books and handouts. The Company stocks approximately 400 titles in each store’s book department. Its titles cover various approaches to diet, lifestyle and health. It offers various handouts on health topics and dietary supplements.

The Company offers a selection of natural and organic grocery products with a focus on minimally processed and single ingredient products. The Company also carries a range of products associated with special diets, such as gluten free, vegetarian and non-dairy. The Company’s grocery products include bulk food and private label products; dry frozen and canned groceries; meats and seafood; dairy products and dairy substitutes; prepared foods; bread and baked goods, and beverages. Its bulk food and private label products include nuts, water, pasta, canned seafood, dried fruits, grains, granolas, honey, eggs, herbs, spices and teas. It also offers self-serve filtered dr inking water that is dispensed into one gallon or larger con! tainers provided by its customers. Its natural and organic dry, frozen and canned groceries include cereals, soups, baby foods, frozen entrees and snack items. In addition, it offers a selection of natural chocolate bars, and energy, protein and food bars. The Company offers dairy products, such as milk, eggs, cheeses, yogurts and beverages, as well as non-dairy substitutes made from almonds, coconuts, rice and soy. It also offers refrigerated prepared fresh food items, such as salads, sandwiches, salsa, humus and wraps. The Company’s dietary supplement department sells name-brand supplements, as well as a line of private label dietary supplements.

The Company offers its customers an average of approximately 20,700 stock keeping units (SKUs) of natural and organic products per store, including an average of approximately 6,500 SKUs of dietary supplements. It sells peanut and almond butters, freshly ground in-store under the Natural Grocers brand. The Company own s and operates approximately 110 stores in over 20 states, including Colorado, Arizona, Arkansas, Idaho, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wyoming. It also operates a food repackaging facility and distribution center in Colorado. The Company contracts with third-party manufacturers to produce groceries and dietary supplements under its private labels, which include the Natural Grocers and Vitamin Cottage brands.

The Company competes with Kroger, Safeway, Wal-Mart, Target, Whole Foods, The Fresh Market, Sprouts, Trader Joe’s, Sam’s Club and Costco.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage Inc (NYSE: NGVC) were down 32 percent to $13.90 as the company reported weak preliminary results for the second quarter.

Top 5 Railroad Stocks To Watch Right Now: Phillips 66(PSX)

Phillips 66, incorporated on November 10, 2011, is an energy manufacturing and logistics company with midstream, chemicals, refining and marketing, and specialties businesses. The Company operates its business through four segments: Midstream, Chemicals, Refining, and Marketing and Specialties (M&S).

Midstream

The Company gathers, processes, transports and markets natural gas, and transports, fractionates and markets natural gas liquids (NGLs) in the United States. In addition, this segment also transports crude oil and other feedstocks to its refineries and other locations, and delivers refined and specialty products to market, and provides storage services for crude oil and petroleum products. The Midstream segment includes, among other businesses, the Company’s equity investment in DCP Midstream , LLC (DCP Midstream) and its investment in Phillips 66 Partners LP. The Midstream segment consists of three business lines: Transportation, DCP Midstr eam and NGL.

The transportation business line transports crude oil and other feedstocks to its refineries and other locations, and delivers refined and specialty products to market, and provides storage services for crude oil and petroleum products. The operations of its master limited partnership, Phillips 66 Partners LP, are included in the transportation business line. The DCP Midstream business line gathers, processes, transports and markets natural gas, and transports, fractionates and markets NGL.

The Company owns or leases assets to provide delivery and storage of crude oil, refined products, natural gas and NGL. These assets include pipeline systems; petroleum product, crude oil and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) terminals; a petroleum coke handling facility; marine vessels, and railcars and trucks. Its transportation business manages over 18,000 miles of crude oil, natural gas, NGL and petroleum products pipeline systems in the United States , including those partially owned or operated by affiliates.! The Company owns or operates over 40 finished product terminals, 40 storage locations, five LPG terminals, 20 crude oil terminals and one petroleum coke exporting facility. It has interest in Rockies Express Pipeline LLC (REX). The REX natural gas pipeline runs over 1,710 miles from Meeker, Colorado, to Clarington, Ohio, and has a natural gas transmission capacity of over 1.8 billion cubic feet per day (BCFD), with most of its system having a pipeline diameter of over 40 inches. The REX pipeline is designed to enable natural gas producers in the Rocky Mountain region to deliver natural gas supplies to the Midwest and eastern regions of the United States.

The Company owns a limited partner interest in Phillips 66 Partners, which is a master limited partnership formed to own, operate, develop and acquire primarily fee-based crude oil, refined petroleum product and NGL pipelines and terminals, as well as other transportation and midstream assets. Phillips 66 Partn ers’ assets consist of crude oil and refined petroleum product pipeline, terminal, rail rack and storage systems in the Central, Gulf Coast, Atlantic Basin and Western regions of the United States. Its vessels are used primarily to transport feedstocks or provide product transportation for certain of its refineries, including delivery of domestic crude oil to its Gulf Coast and East Coast refineries. Truck and rail operations support the Company’s feedstock and distribution operations. Rail movements are provided via a fleet of over 12,300 owned and leased railcars. Truck movements are provided through approximately 170 third-party truck companies, as well as through Sentinel Transportation LLC, in which the Company holds an equity interest.

Midstream segment includes the Company’s equity investment in DCP Midstream. DCP Midstream owns or operates over 64 natural gas processing facilities, with a net processing capacity of approximately 8.0 BCFD. DCP Midstream’s owned or operated natural gas pipeline systems include gath! ering ser! vices for these facilities, as well as natural gas transmission, and totaled approximately 68,000 miles of pipeline. DCP Midstream also owns or operates over 10 NGL fractionation plants, along with natural gas and NGL storage facilities, a propane wholesale marketing business and NGL pipeline assets. The residual natural gas, primarily methane, which results from processing raw natural gas, is sold by DCP Midstream at market-based prices to marketers and end users, including industrial companies, natural gas distribution companies and electric utilities.

The Company’s NGL business includes its equity interest in Gulf Coast Fractionators, which owns an NGL fractionation plant in Mont Belvieu, Texas. The Company has equity interest in a fractionation plant in Mont Belvieu, Texas, and its net share of capacity is over 30,250 barrels per day. The Company has equity interest in a fractionation plant in Conway, Kansas, and the Company’s net share of capacity is approx imately 43,200 barrels per day. It also has one-third interest in both the DCP Sand Hills and DCP Southern Hills pipeline entities, connecting Eagle Ford, Permian and Midcontinent production to the Mont Belvieu, Texas market.

Chemicals

The Chemical segment manufactures and markets petrochemicals and plastics. The Chemicals segment consists of its equity investment in Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LLC (CPChem). CPChem’s business is structured around two primary operating segments: Olefins and Polyolefins (O&P) and Specialties, Aromatics and Styrenics (SA&S). The O&P segment produces and markets ethylene and other olefin products; the ethylene produced is primarily consumed within CPChem for the production of polyethylene, normal alpha olefins and polyethylene pipe. The SA&S segment manufactures and markets aromatics products, such as benzene, styrene, paraxylene and cyclohexane, as well as polystyrene and styrene-butadiene copolymers. SA&S also m anufactures and/or markets a range of specialty chemical pro! ducts, in! cluding organosulfur chemicals, solvents, catalysts, drilling chemicals and mining chemicals. CPChem, including through its subsidiaries and equity affiliates, has manufacturing facilities located in Belgium, China, Colombia, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea and the United States.

Refining

The refining segment buys, sells and refines crude oil and other feedstocks into petroleum products (such as gasolines, distillates and aviation fuels) at over 15 refineries, mainly in the United States and Europe. The Bayway Refinery is located on the New York Harbor in Linden, New Jersey. Bayway refining units include a fluid catalytic cracking unit, over two hydrodesulfurization units, a naphtha reformer, an alkylation unit and other processing equipment. The refinery produces a high percentage of transportation fuels, such as gasoline, diesel and jet fuel, as well as petrochemical feedstocks, residual fuel oil and home heating oil. The complex also includes an approximately 775-million-pound-per-year polypropylene plant.

The Humber Refinery is located on the east coast of England in North Lincolnshire, the United Kingdom. It produces a high percentage of transportation fuels, such as gasoline, diesel and jet fuels. Humber’s facilities encompass fluid catalytic cracking, thermal cracking and coking. This refinery has over two coking units with associated calcining plants, which upgrade the heaviest part of the crude barrel and imported feedstocks into light oil products and graphite and anode petroleum cokes. Approximately 60% of the light oils produced in this refinery are marketed in the United Kingdom, while the other products are exported to the rest of Europe, West Africa and the United States.

The Whitegate Refinery is located in Cork, Ireland. This refinery produces transportation fuels, such as gasoline, diesel and fuel oil, which are distributed to the inland market, as well as being e xported to international markets. The Mineraloelraffinerie O! berrhein ! GmbH (MiRO) refinery, located on the Rhine River in Karlsruhe in southwest Germany, is a joint venture in which the Company owns interest. Facilities include over three crude unit trains, fluid catalytic cracking, petroleum coking and calcining, hydrodesulfurization, naphtha reformer, isomerization, ethyl tert-butyl ether and alkylation units. MiRO also produces a high percentage of transportation fuels, such as gasoline and diesel fuels. Other products include petrochemical feedstocks, home heating oil, bitumen and anode- and fuel-grade petroleum coke. Refined products are delivered to customers in southwest Germany, northern Switzerland and western Austria by truck, railcar and barge.

The Alliance Refinery is located on the Mississippi River in Belle Chasse, Louisiana. The single-train facility includes fluid catalytic cracking units, alkylation, delayed coking, hydrodesulfurization units, a naphtha reformer and aromatics unit. Alliance produces a high percent age of transportation fuels, such as gasoline, diesel and jet fuels. Other products include petrochemical feedstocks, home heating oil and anode-grade petroleum coke.

The Lake Charles Refinery is located in Westlake, Louisiana. Its facilities include fluid catalytic cracking, hydrocracking, delayed coking and hydrodesulfurization units. The refinery produces a high percentage of transportation fuels, such as low-sulfur gasoline and off-road diesel, along with home heating oil. The majority of its refined products are distributed by truck, railcar, barge or major common carrier pipelines to customers in the southeastern and eastern United States. Refined products can also be sold into export markets through the refinery’s marine terminal. Refinery facilities also include a specialty coker and calciner, which produce graphite petroleum coke for the steel industry.

The Sweeny Refinery is located in Old Ocean, Texas, approximately 65 miles southwest of Houston. Refinery facilities include fluid catalytic crackin! g, delaye! d coking, alkylation, a naphtha reformer and hydrodesulfurization units. The refinery receives crude oil primarily via tankers, through wholly and jointly owned terminals on the Gulf Coast, including a deepwater terminal at Freeport, Texas. It produces a high percentage of transportation fuels, such as gasoline, diesel and jet fuels. Other products include petrochemical feedstocks, home heating oil and fuel-grade petroleum coke.

Merey Sweeny, L.P. (MSLP) owns a delayed coker and related facilities at the Sweeny Refinery. MSLP processes long residue, which is produced from heavy sour crude oil, for a processing fee. Fuel-grade petroleum coke is produced as a by-product and becomes the property of MSLP. The Company is the operator and managing partner of WRB Refining LP (WRB), which consists of the Wood River and Borger refineries. WRB’s gross processing capability of heavy Canadian or similar crudes ranges between 235,000 and 255,000 barrels per day. The Company’ s other refineries include Ponca City Refinery, Billings Refinery, Ferndale Refinery, Los Angeles Refinery and San Francisco Refinery.

Marketing and Specialties

The Marketing and Specialties segment purchases for resale and markets refined petroleum products (such as gasolines, distillates and aviation fuels), mainly in the United States and Europe. In addition, this segment includes the manufacturing and marketing of specialty products (such as base oils and lubricants), as well as power generation operations. The Company markets gasoline, diesel and aviation fuel through approximately 8,350 marketer-owned or -supplied outlets in over 50 states of the United States. Its wholesale operations utilize a network of marketers operating approximately 6,700 outlets. In addition, the Company holds brand-licensing agreements with approximately 800 sites. In addition to automotive gasoline and diesel, the Company produces and markets jet fuel and aviation ga soline, which is used by smaller piston-engine aircraft. Avi! ation gas! oline and jet fuel were sold through dealers and independent marketers at approximately 850 Phillips 66-branded locations in the United States.

The Company has marketing operations in over five European countries. The Company uses the JET brand name to market retail and wholesale products in Austria, Germany and the United Kingdom. In addition, a joint venture in which the Company has an equity interest markets products in Switzerland under the Coop brand name. The Company also markets aviation fuels, LPG, heating oils, transportation fuels, marine bunker fuels, bitumen and fuel coke specialty products to commercial customers and into the bulk or spot markets in Austria, Germany, the United Kingdom, Switzerland and Ireland. In addition, through its joint venture operations in Switzerland, the Company has interests in over 295 additional sites.

The Company manufactures and sells a range of specialty products, including petroleum coke products, waxes, solvents and polypropylene. It markets graphite and anode-grade petroleum cokes in the United States and Europe for use in the global steel and aluminum industries. It also markets polypropylene in North America under the COPYLENE brand name. The Company own an interest in Excel Paralubes, a joint venture, which owns a hydrocracked lubricant base oil manufacturing plant located adjacent to the Lake Charles Refinery. This facility produces approximately 22,000 barrels per day of hydrocracked base oils.

The Company manufactures and sells automotive, commercial and industrial lubricants, which are marketed under the Phillips 66, Conoco, 76 and Kendall brands, as well as other private label brands. It also markets Group II Pure Performance base oils globally, as well as import and market Group III Ultra-S base oils through an agreement with Korea’s S-Oil corporation. It has interests in Sweeny Cogeneration, L.P., which owns a cogeneration power plant located adjace nt to the Sweeny Refinery. The plant generates electricity a! nd provid! es process steam to the refinery, as well as merchant power into the Texas market. The plant has a net electrical output of approximately 440 megawatts and is capable of generating over 3.6 million pounds per hour of process steam.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Tyler Crowe]

    For refiners, though, that spread in price led to very lucrative refining margins. As that spread has narrowed, so too has margins for refiners.

    Refining Margins Q4 2012 Q2 2013 Valero (NYSE: VLO  ) $12.27 $9.26 Phillips 66 (NYSE: PSX  ) $13.67 $9.88 HollyFrontier (NYSE: HFC  ) $24.00 $20.28 CVR Refining (NYSE: CVRR  ) $28.08 $20.30

    Source: Company Earnings releases

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Berkshire’s QTD returns primarily reflected outperformance in technology and financials (International Business Machines (IBM), Moody’s (MCO), U.S. Bancorp (USB), and American Express (AXP)), partly offset by underperformance within energy, healthcare, and consumer-nondurables (Phillips 66 (PSX), Coca-Cola (KO), and DaVita HealthCare Partners (DVA)).

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    During the past three months, Valero Energy (VLO) has fallen 7.3%, Marathon Petroleum (MPC) has dropped 17% and Tesoro (TSO) has plunged 21%. Phillips 66 (PSX) is off 13% during that period, while HollyFrontier (HFC) is down 7.7%.

  • [By Todd Shriber, ETF Professor]

    Phillips 66 (NYSE: PSX) and Valero Energy Corporation (NYSE: VLO) combine for over 15 percent of CRAK's weight and are the ETF's top two holdings. The former is up more than 7 percent this year, while Valero is off 10.7 percent.

5 Best Industrial Conglomerate Stocks To Watch Right Now: 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 Industrial Conglomerate Stocks To Watch Right Now: Newmont Mining Corporation(NEM)

 

Newmont Mining Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, operates in the mining industry. It primarily acquires, develops, explores for, and produces gold, silver, and copper. The companys operations and/or assets are located in the United States, Australia, Peru, Indonesia, Ghana, and Suriname. As of December 31, 2015, it had proven and probable gold reserves of 73.7 million ounces and an aggregate land position of approximately 20,000 square miles. The company was founded in 1916 and is headquartered in Greenwood Village, Colorado.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    M&M commodity prices rallied ~13% in 2Q16 and M&M coverage gained 24% on: 1) a view that a near-term commodity floor was formed following China’s stimulus in 1Q16; 2) which sparked a shift in investor willingness to underwrite debt/equity offerings, leading to 3) material Balance Sheet improvements (new equity + extension of maturities). This is not unique to M&M and has played out in the Energy sector too (WTI oil rallied 36% QoQ). Given the number of M&M shelves filed we expect further activity ahead. We are now less negative on Steels, but our preference remains for non-integrated companies (Minimills, Aluminum) as well as gold exposure via Newmont Mining (NEM).

  • [By Wayne Duggan]

    Hacking has a neutral overall outlook for gold miners, but his top stock picks in the space are Buy-rated Barrick Gold Corporation (USA) (NYSE: ABX) and Newmont Mining Corp (NYSE: NEM). Citigroup sees the most upside for Barrick due to its turnaround program and deleveraging efforts. The firm sees Newmont as the company with the most capital return potential due to its simplified, high-quality portfolio.

  • [By Aubrey Pringle]

    Barrick Gold Corp. dropped 5.5 percent as the precious metal slumped the most since July. Newmont Mining Corp. (NEM), the largest U.S. gold producer, lost 4.2 percent. Lululemon Athletica Inc. (LULU) tumbled 5.4 percent after cutting its earnings forecast. Walt Disney Co. rallied 2.4 percent after saying it would buy back as much as $8 billion in shares. Pandora Media Inc. jumped 12 percent to a record after naming digital-advertising veteran Brian McAndrews as its new chief executive officer.