Something unusual is happening in volatility markets: Europe’s measure of stock swings has stayed below the U.S.’s for the longest time since just before the global financial crisis.
This anomaly, which has been ongoing since March and typically doesn’t last more than a day or two, underscores an obvious trade: bet on the spread returning to positive territory, or, in other words, long volatility in Europe and short it in America.
But it’s not as simple as it sounds.
There are reasons why expected equity swings in Europe have drifted below levels in the U.S. First of all, Europe’s fundamentals have brightened, with its biggest sector — banks — emerging from crisis mode still awash with easy money from an accommodative European Central Bank. And then, firms that issue structured products tied to European indexes — popular in the region — need to hedge their exposure by selling volatility, further dampening the VStoxx Index.
Best Bank Stocks For 2018: Ideal Power Inc.(IPWR)
- [By Logan Wallace]
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Ideal Power (IPWR) Expected to Announce Quarterly Sales of $390,000.00 (americanbankingnews.com) -$0.15 EPS Expected for Ideal Power (IPWR) This Quarter (americanbankingnews.com) Ideal Power Receives 1.1 Megawatt Purchase Order for its SunDial Plus Inverters (investingnews.com) Ideal Power Receives 1.1 Megawatt Purchase Order for its SunDial Plus Inverters from NEXTracker for One of the Largest Solar-and-Storage Installations in Iowa (finance.yahoo.com)
A number of equities analysts have commented on the stock. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Ideal Power from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $1.50 price target for the company in a research note on Wednesday, January 10th. HC Wainwright reissued a “buy” rating and issued a $4.00 price target on shares of Ideal Power in a research note on Wednesday, March 7th. Roth Capital reissued a “hold” rating and issued a $1.00 price target on shares of Ideal Power in a research note on Wednesday, March 7th. Finally, B. Riley cut shares of Ideal Power from a “buy” rating to a “neutral” rating and cut their price target for the stock from $5.00 to $2.50 in a research note on Wednesday, March 7th. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, three have issued a hold rating and two have assigned a buy rating to the stock. Ideal Power currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $3.00.
- [By Logan Wallace]
Ideal Power (NASDAQ: IPWR) and Hollysys Automation Technologies (NASDAQ:HOLI) are both small-cap industrial products companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, institutional ownership, dividends, analyst recommendations, profitability, risk and earnings.
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Best Bank Stocks For 2018: Yingli Green Energy Holding Company Limited(YGE)
- [By Paul Ausick]
Yingli Green Energy Holding Co. Ltd. (NYSE: YGE) slipped about 1.2% to post a new 52-week low of $1.68 Friday after closing at $1.70 on Thursday. The 52-week high is $3.35. Volume of about 5.9 million was more than 15 times the daily average of around 88,000. The company had no specific news.
Best Bank Stocks For 2018: CenturyLink, Inc.(CTL)
- [By Dan Caplinger]
Telecom stocks have historically given investors a great combination of relative business stability and ample dividend income. CenturyLink (NYSE:CTL) and AT&T (NYSE:T) are two very different companies in terms of the scope and breadth of their respective businesses, but they share the common goal of trying to serve their customers with the combination of voice, data, and video services that have become their bread-and-butter offerings.
- [By Lisa Levin]
Companies Reporting After The Bell
Booking Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: BKNG) is projected to post quarterly earnings at $10.67 per share on revenue of $2.87 billion.
CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE: CTL) is expected to post quarterly earnings at $0.19 per share on revenue of $6.00 billion.
Albemarle Corporation (NYSE: ALB) is projected to post quarterly earnings at $1.21 per share on revenue of $803.36 million.
Spectra Energy Partners, LP (NYSE: SEP) is estimated to post quarterly earnings at $0.81 per share on revenue of $751.57 million.
IAC/InterActiveCorp (NASDAQ: IAC) is expected to post quarterly earnings at $0.8 per share on revenue of $923.80 million.
Open Text Corporation (NASDAQ: OTEX) is projected to post quarterly earnings at $0.62 per share on revenue of $691.75 million.
Tutor Perini Corporation (NYSE: TPC) is expected to post quarterly earnings at $0.29 per share on revenue of $1.09 billion.
Twenty-First Century Fox, Inc. (NASDAQ: FOXA) is projected to post quarterly earnings at $0.54 per share on revenue of $7.41 billion.
ICU Medical, Inc. (NASDAQ: ICUI) is estimated to post quarterly earnings at $1.84 per share on revenue of $346.28 million.
TechnipFMC plc (NYSE: FTI) is expected to post quarterly earnings at $0.33 per share on revenue of $3.13 billion.
Synaptics Incorporated (NASDAQ: SYNA) is projected to post quarterly earnings at $0.91 per share on revenue of $401.76 million.
The Dun & Bradstreet Corporation (NYSE: DNB) is expected to post quarterly earnings at $1.07 per share on revenue of $386.91 million.
Matrix Service Company (NASDAQ: MTRX) is estimated to post quarterly earnings at $0.07 per share on revenue of $285.16 million.
Maiden Holdings, Ltd. (NASDAQ: MHLD) is projected to post quarterly earnings at $0.21 per share on revenue of $739.31 million.
tronc, Inc. (NASDAQ: TRNC) is expected to post quarterly earnings at $0.65 per share on revenue of $428.25 million.
- [By Anders Bylund]
Globalstar CEO and chairman Jay Monroe is consolidating his business empire here. Monroe is also the CEO and majority shareholder of investment firm The Thermo Companies, which is stepping in to take over Globalstar here in a deal worth $1.65 billion. The merger will fortify Globalstar’s struggling core business by combining it with regional fiber network FiberLight and injecting some fresh capital into its balance sheet. The resulting company, which will be known as Thermo Companies but should continue to trade under Globalstar’s GSAT ticker until further notice, will gain a $100 million cash boost along with 15.5 million shares of CenturyLink (NYSE:CTL), currently worth about $280 million.
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2. Century Link (NYSE: CTL)
This communications company fits the profile of a stock being bought by insiders but lacking visible outperformance. Shares are lower by close to 30% over the last 52 weeks.
Best Bank Stocks For 2018: Key Technology Inc.(KTEC)
- [By Ethan Ryder]
Press coverage about Key Technology (NASDAQ:KTEC) has been trending somewhat positive on Monday, according to Accern Sentiment. The research firm identifies positive and negative media coverage by monitoring more than 20 million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Key Technology earned a coverage optimism score of 0.11 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news coverage about the industrial products company an impact score of 47.5851902672258 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the near future.
Best Bank Stocks For 2018: TransAlta Corporation(TAC)
- [By Joseph Griffin]
TransAlta (NYSE: TAC) is one of 69 publicly-traded companies in the “Electric services” industry, but how does it contrast to its peers? We will compare TransAlta to similar businesses based on the strength of its valuation, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, profitability, earnings, risk and dividends.
- [By Stephan Byrd]
Shares of TransAlta (TSE:TA) (NYSE:TAC) have been given a consensus rating of “Hold” by the eight brokerages that are currently covering the firm, MarketBeat Ratings reports. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, four have assigned a hold rating and one has given a buy rating to the company. The average 12-month target price among analysts that have covered the stock in the last year is C$8.25.