5 Best Regional Bank Stocks To Own For 2016

RBC’s Deane Dray and team look ahead to General Electric’s (GE) meeting next week, where it will highlight its digital platform:

General Electric Chief Executive Jeff Immelt Reuters

Outperform-rated GE is hosting an investor meeting spotlighting its GE Digital platform in San Ramon, CA on June 23. Expect Chief Digital Officer Bill Ruh to provide more specifics around GEs transformation into a Top-10 global software company by 2020. Almost every Multi-Industrial is investing in new software/IoT capabilities today, but GE clearly has a head start in this sector-wide gold rush…

Over the past year, it has become abundantly clear that building out Digital/software capabilities is among GEs highest priorities, with a stated goal of becoming a Top-10 global software company by 2020. Digital revenues are expected to total +$6 bil in 2016, up +30% Y/Y and representing 5% of the total mix, with orders on pace to exceed +$7 bil. Longer-term, management aims to expand Digital revenues to ~$15 bil by 2020, implying a ~25% CAGR. Importantly, GE has conservatively guided for only a couple of cents of Digital contribution within its +$2 EPS target for 2018, and noted that demand for Predix represents almost entirely upside. One of the challenges in marking the progress in GEs Digital build-out is the risk of double-counting, given that these software offerings are often embedded within the products and services across GEs businesses today. Our current $35 sum-of-the-parts-driven price target assumes multipleexpansion to ~20x for just 7.5 % of GEs blended P/E multiple to account for GEs digitization progress by 2018…

5 Best Regional Bank Stocks To Own For 2016: Coach, Inc.(COH)

 

Coach, Inc. provides luxury accessories and lifestyle collections in the United States. The company offers handbags, rings, charms, small leather goods, and novelty accessories for women; and business cases, computer bags, messenger-style bags, totes, wallets, card cases, belts, and time management and electronic accessories for men. It also provides footwear products; seasonal lifestyle apparel collections, including outerwear, ready-to-wear, and cold weather accessories, such as gloves, scarves, and hats; jewelries comprising bracelets, necklaces, rings, and earrings made with sterling silver, leather, and non-precious metals; sunglasses; watches; and fragrances consisting of eau de perfume sprays, eau de toilette sprays, purse sprays, and body lotions. In addition, the company offers weekend and travel accessories, travel bags, and other lifestyle products. Further, it holds licensing rights to market and distribute footwea r, eyewear, watches, and fragrances under the Coach brand name. The company markets its products to consumers through a network of company-operated stores comprising Internet in North America; and Coach-operated stores and concession shop-in-shops in Japan, Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, Singapore, Taiwan, Malaysia, South Korea, the United Kingdom, France, Ireland, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Italy, Belgium, and the Netherlands. It also sells its products to wholesale customers and distributors in approximately 45 countries. As of June 27, 2015, the company operated 258 Coach retail and 204 Coach outlet leased stores located in North America; 503 Coach-operated concession shop-in-shops within department, retail, and outlet stores internationally; and 54 Stuart Weitzman stores. Coach, Inc. was founded in 1941 and is based in New York, New York.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    But in the what-have-you-done-for-me-lately world of the stock market, that was the past, and the present and future, well they don’t look so hot. For the third quarter, the Vera Bradley, which competes against Coach (COH) and Michael Kors (KORS), among others, now expects sales between$128 million to $130 million, below forecasts for about $147 million, and a profit of 30 cents to 35 cents, below forecasts for a 48-cent profit. In 2014, Vera Bradley expects sales of$535 million to $540 million, below forecasts for $575, while its earnings should come in between$1.47 and $1.52, below expectations of $1.72.And did I mention that its margins are expected to decline too?

5 Best Regional Bank Stocks To Own For 2016: Student Transportation Inc(STB)

 

Student Transportation Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides student transportation solutions in North America. The company offers contracted, managed, special needs transportation, direct-to-parent, and charter services. As of October 1, 2015, it operated approximately 13,000 vehicles. The company delivers its services through drivers, dispatchers, maintenance technicians, terminal managers, information technology professionals, and members of local communities. The company was formerly known as Student Transportation of America Ltd. and changed its name to Student Transportation Inc. in November 2009. Student Transportation Inc. was founded in 1997 and is headquartered in Barrie, Canada.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Student Transportation Inc (NASDAQ: STB) is estimated to post its quarterly earnings at $0.04 per share on revenue of $167.40 million.

    Exar Corporation (NYSE: EXAR) is projected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.09 per share on revenue of $38.38 million.

Top Recreation Companies For 2016: Investment Technology Group, Inc.(ITG)

 

Investment Technology Group, Inc. operates as an independent broker and financial technology company in the United States, Canada, Europe, and the Asia Pacific. The company offers electronic brokerage; research, sales, and trading; platforms; and analytics solutions for asset managers and broker-dealers. It provides trade execution services and solutions for portfolio management, as well as investment research, pre-trade analytics, and post-trade analytics and processing. The company offers ITG Algorithms and ITG Smart Router that offers portfolio managers and traders to trade orders; POSIT for continuous and scheduled crossing of non-displayed equity orders and price improvement opportunities; ITG Derivatives for electronic listed futures and options trading; ITG Commission Manager, a Web-based commission management portal; and securities lending services. It also offers Execution Management System, which provides multi-asset trading opportunities; Order Management System that combines portfolio management, compliance functionality, and a financial services communications network; ITG Position Manager, a broker-neutral order management system; ITG Net, a financial communications network; ITG RFQ-hub, a platform for global-listed and over-the-counter financial instruments; and ITG Single Ticket Clearing, a broker-neutral operational service. In addition, the company offers ITG Trading Analytics, which enhances execution performance before the trade happens and during trading by providing reliable trading analytics and risk models; and ITG Portfolio Analytics that assists asset managers with portfolio decision-making tasks from portfolio construction and optimization. Further, it offers institutional broker-dealer services; data-driven investment research; and trade order and execution management technology and network connectivity services for the financial community. Investment Technology Group, Inc. was founded in 1983 and is headquartered in New York, ! New York.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jon C. Ogg]

    Investment Technology Group Inc. (NYSE: ITG) was downgraded to Market Perform from outperform by KeefeBruyette & Woods.

    Liquidity Services Inc. (NASDAQ: LQDT) was raised to Buy from Underperform, and the price target was raised up to $45 from $28.50, at Merrill Lynch.

5 Best Regional Bank Stocks To Own For 2016: Nustar Energy L.P.(NS)

NuStar Energy L.P. engages in the terminalling, storage, and transportation of petroleum products primarily in the United States, Canada, the Netherlands, St. Eustatius in the Caribbean, the United Kingdom, and Mexico. The company operates in three segments: Storage, Transportation, and Asphalt and Fuels Marketing. The Storage segment operates terminal and storage facilities for petroleum products, specialty chemicals, crude oil, and other liquids; and crude oil storage tanks. Its terminals also offer pilotage, tug assistance, line handling, launch, emergency response, and other ship services. The Transportation segment transports refined petroleum products, crude oil, and anhydrous ammonia. This segment operates refined product pipelines in Texas, Oklahoma, Colorado, New Mexico, Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa, South Dakota, North Dakota, and Minnesota; and owns anhydrous ammonia pipelines located in Louisiana, Arkansas, Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, and Nebraska. The Asphalt and Fuels Marketing segment refines crude oil to produce asphalt and other refined products. This segment also purchases gasoline and other refined petroleum products for resale. As of December 31, 2010, the company had 65 terminal and storage facilities providing approximately 80.4 million barrels of storage capacity; 5,605 miles of refined product pipelines with 21 associated terminals that offer storage capacity of 4.6 million barrels, as well as 2 tank farms providing storage capacity of 1.2 million barrels; 2,000 miles of anhydrous ammonia pipelines; 812 miles of crude oil pipelines with 16 associated storage tanks comprising storage capacity of 1.9 million barrels; and 2 asphalt refineries with a combined capacity of 104,000 barrels per day, as well as 2 associated terminal facilities with a combined storage capacity of 5.0 million barrels. Riverwalk Logistics, L.P. serves as the general partner of the company. NuStar Energy L.P. was founded in 1999 and is based in Sa n Antonio, Texas.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Roberto Pedone]

    One technology player that insiders are active in here is Jive Software (NS), which provides a social business software platform to businesses, government agencies, and other enterprises. Insiders are buying this stock into massive weakness, since shares are down sharply by 43% so far in 2014.

     

    Jive Software has a market cap of $446 million and an enterprise value of $365 million. This stock trades at a fair valuation, with a price-to-sales of 2.68 and a price-to-book of 5.67. Its estimated growth rate for this year is 45.5%, and for next year it’s pegged at 30%. This is a cash-rich company, since the total cash position on its balance sheet is $98.18 million and its total debt is $6.60 million.

     

    A director just bought 260,819 shares, or about $1.71 million worth of stock, at $6.53 to $6.60 per share.

     

    From a technical perspective, JIVE is currently trending just above its 50-day moving average and below its 200-day moving average, which is neutral trendwise. This stock recently pulled back off its short-term high of $7.14 a share with heavy downside volume flows. That drop has now pushed the stock to right above its 50-day moving average at $6.10 a share.

    If you’re bullish on JIVE, then I would look for long-biased trades as long as this stock is trending above its 50-day at $6.10 a share and then once it breaks out above some key near-term overhead resistance levels at $7.14 a share to its 200-day moving average of $7.43 a share with high volume. Look for a sustained move or close above those levels with volume that hits near or above its three-month average action of 557,678 shares. If that breakout triggers soon, then JIVE will set up to re-test or possibly take out its next major overhead resistance levels $8.50 to $9 a share, or even $9.50 to $10 a share.

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5 Best Regional Bank Stocks To Own For 2016: Atlantic Power Corporation(AT)

Atlantic Power Corporation (Atlantic Power) owns and operates a fleet of power generation assets in the United States and Canada. The Company’s power generation projects sell electricity to utilities and other commercial customers primarily under long-term power purchase agreements (PPAs). Atlantic Power operates through four segments: East U.S., West U.S., Canada and Un-Allocated Corporate. Atlantic Power’s power generation projects in operation have an aggregate gross electric generation capacity of approximately 2,140 megawatts (MW), in which its aggregate ownership interest is approximately 1,500 MW. The Company’s portfolio consists of interests in approximately 20 operational power generation projects across over nine states in the United States and approximately two provinces in Canada. The Company’s power generation projects are primarily located in California, the United States Mid-Atlantic, New York and the provinces of Ontario and British Columbia. Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Monday, utilities shares rose by just 0.1 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Atlantic Power Corp (NYSE: AT), down 2 percent, and Pampa Energia S.A. (ADR) (NYSE: PAM), down 4 percent.