Here come the tariffs. Is a trade war next?
President Trump signed an order Thursday imposing tariffs on steel and aluminum from nearly all countries, raising fears of a trade war. Trump exempted Mexico and Canada for now. But if NAFTA talks keep moving at a sluggish pace, Trump warned, those countries could be hit, too. From China to the European Union, the tariffs are expected to be met with retaliation against US goods. Many American industries are worried about being caught in the crossfire. Meanwhile, 11 nations revived and officially signed the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a sweeping trade agreement that was considered dead when Trump pulled the United States out last year. Patrick Gillespie
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Cohn quits, market loses its ‘security blanket’
Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein (left) smiling with Gary Cohn, who stepped down as the firm’s president and chief operating officer to become President Trump’s top economic adviser.
Of all the high-profile exits from the White House, none mattered to Wall Street quite like the abrupt resignation of Gary Cohn. The presence of Cohn, a former top Goldman Sachs (GS) exec who served as Trump’s top economic adviser, long comforted investors. Wall Street viewed him as a powerful angel on Trump’s shoulder, guarding against dangerous policy ideas. Cohn’s resignation immediately raised jitters about Trump’s trade policies, especially on tariffs. And investors may be left with less confidence in Trump’s entire economic agenda. Or as Cowen’s Chris Krueger put it: “Wall Street just lost its security blanket.” – Matt Egan
Best China Stocks To Invest In 2019: Cinemark Holdings Inc(CNK)
- [By Monica Gerson]
Cinemark Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: CNK) is projected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.46 per share on revenue of $699.23 million.
Aecom (NYSE: ACM) is expected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.72 per share on revenue of $4.55 billion.
- [By Shane Hupp]
A number of institutional investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the business. Victory Capital Management Inc. increased its position in Cinemark by 73.2% during the fourth quarter. Victory Capital Management Inc. now owns 6,081,823 shares of the company’s stock worth $211,768,000 after buying an additional 2,570,923 shares in the last quarter. Rivulet Capital LLC increased its position in Cinemark by 88.0% during the fourth quarter. Rivulet Capital LLC now owns 2,859,216 shares of the company’s stock worth $99,558,000 after buying an additional 1,338,000 shares in the last quarter. River Road Asset Management LLC increased its position in Cinemark by 1.9% during the fourth quarter. River Road Asset Management LLC now owns 2,312,832 shares of the company’s stock worth $80,533,000 after buying an additional 42,982 shares in the last quarter. Bank of New York Mellon Corp increased its position in Cinemark by 4.0% during the fourth quarter. Bank of New York Mellon Corp now owns 1,728,543 shares of the company’s stock worth $60,187,000 after buying an additional 66,700 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Dimensional Fund Advisors LP increased its position in Cinemark by 3.4% during the third quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP now owns 1,334,140 shares of the company’s stock worth $48,310,000 after buying an additional 43,606 shares in the last quarter. 94.03% of the stock is owned by institutional investors.
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- [By Jon C. Ogg]
24/7 Wall St. covers many of the top analyst upgrades and downgrades each morning of the week. The downgrade brigade included a Credit Suisse report on Cinemark Holdings Inc. (NYSE: CNK) that effectively gave the movie cinema chain the equivalent of a “Sell” rating. It was actually a negative view on the entire movie chain sector.
Best China Stocks To Invest In 2019: Atkore International Group Inc. (ATKR)
- [By Spencer Israel]
3. Atkor International Group Inc (NYSE: ATKR) – Five of the six analyst ratings on the manufacturing holding company have been bullish. With the stock showing very strong technical support at $16, and currently trading at $16.68, Stockal's confidence meter is at 90%.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
Flexing the barbell strategy to balance Safe Havens with more cyclical exposures. In our view, industrials investors should be positioning their portfolio with a barbell strategy, with half of the exposure in Safe Havens like General Electric, Xylem (XYL), Danaher, Honeywell International, Roper Technologies (ROP), and AMETEK (AME), and the other half selectively in the cyclical names that are better positioned today, such as Pentair, HD Supply Holdings (HDS),Actuant (ATU), Atkore International Group (ATKR), Ingersoll-Rand, and Eaton (ETN). We still believe risk-reward is mostly balanced and that the macro will remain choppy into 2017, supporting a positioning in the defensive names. But if investor sentiment improves on not-worse news and earnings results, the more cyclical names could fare better.
Best China Stocks To Invest In 2019: Bayer Aktiengesellschaft (BAYZF)
- [By SEEKINGALPHA.COM]
Online Direct Sales – Once only consumer electronics and mobile handsets, the products it offers has grown to include 15 different categories, including home appliances and a wide array of general merchandise.
In April, JD.com became a certified member of the American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA), the trusted public policy and political voice of the apparel and footwear industry, a first for a Chinese e-commerce company. In the first quarter of 2017, Avene, the leading demo-cosmetic brand for sensitive skin in European pharmacies, and three brands under Georgio Armani launched flagship stores on JD.com’s direct sales platform. JD Worldwide, a cross-border e-commerce platform set up in April 2015 to provide access to international brands (including those not available in China), has retail contracts with international brands such as Wal-Mart (NYSE:WMT), Phillips, Barcelona FC, and GNC (NYSE:GNC). Recently, it’s partnered with ASDA, a leading UK retailer under the Wal-Mart umbrella, as well as Bayer (OTCPK:BAYZF) and Cetaphil. As of March 2017, it operates 263 warehouses covering a gross floor area of 5.8 million square meters. GMV from the online direct sales business was RMB107.9 billion in the first quarter of 2017, up 42% from the first quarter of 2016. Net revenues from online direct sales increased by 40% in the first quarter of 2017 as compared to the first quarter of 2016. Fulfilled orders in the first quarter of 2017 were 477.1 million, an increase of 39% from 342.1 million in the same period in 2016. Fulfilled orders placed through mobile accounted for approximately 81% of total orders fulfilled in the first quarter of 2017, an increase of 56% compared to the same period in 2016.
Online Marketplace – Third-party sellers offer products to customers and pay a commission to JD.com. They provide transaction processing and billing services on all orders on the online marketplace and leverage their own nationwide fulfillment infrastructu
- [By SEEKINGALPHA.COM]
For the third quarter, the company reported cash and equivalents of $470.4 million, while net income came in at $50 million (includes a gain of $78.7 million from the Immunomedics’ warrant). Without the one-time gain, its loss of $28.7 million would still be an improvement over net loss of $31.8 million for the same quarter last year. For the fourth quarter, the company is guiding for ADCETRIS sales in the range of $82 million to $84 million (total revenue of $128 million to $130 million). In addition to the growing opportunity for ADCETRIS (peak sales in excess of $1 billion) and the intriguing prospects of tucatinib, the company has a promising pipeline of ADC candidates and immuno-oncology assets. Partnered programs with the likes of AbbVie (NYSE:ABBV), Astellas (OTCPK:ALPMY), Genmab (OTCPK:GMXAY), Bayer (OTCPK:BAYZF), Genentech and many more also lend additional credibility to the story.
- [By SEEKINGALPHA.COM]
And this is pretty important ground. Hepatocellular carcinoma can be managed with local therapy (surgery, embolization, etc.), but at its most advanced stages, the options quickly start to thin out. For a decade, the only option in systemic therapy was Bayer’s (OTCPK:BAYZF) sorafenib. Recently, the effective systemic treatment armamentarium was doubled with the approval of regorafenib for second-line therapy.
- [By SEEKINGALPHA.COM]
We believe that the pharmaceutical sector has received too much negative attention. Despite the risks, a few companies offer good entry opportunities. In our previous article, we recommended Akorn. Today, we have analyzed Teva. We believe that the company is in a position to thrive in the generic market, and that it is priced very attractively. Yet, we don’t like management’s aggressive M&A strategy. We don’t like very aggressive companies since large acquisitions rarely create value for the shareholders. Contributors argue that Teva has overpaid for Actavis (its latest and largest acquisition) by at least $14B. This does not surprise us since most M&A deals are too expensive. Previous corruption issues add further doubts. Unfortunately, there is no amount of profit that can convince us to invest in a company where we do not like the management. We have sold our positions in Bayer (OTCPK:BAYZF) for similar reasons. We like Bayer, but we have sold our shares because of the Bayer-Monsanto (NYSE:MON) acquisition.
- [By SEEKINGALPHA.COM]
Other R&D products in Regeneron’s pipeline that we are interested in
Fasinumab: Antibody against nerve growth factor, being developed for pain treatment like osteoarthritis. It is partnered with Teva Pharmaceutical (NASDAQ:TEVA) (for osteoarthritis, in phase 3), and is also being developed for treatment of chronic back pain. It is licensed to Mitsubishi Tanabe for the Japan territory. REGN2222: For prevention of RSV virus infection in infants, competing with Synagis from AstraZeneca (NYSE:AZN). Nesvacumab: Angiopoetin 2 antibody, being tested in combination with Eylea (in phase 2, partnered with Bayer (OTCPK:BAYZF)). Rinucumab (anti-PDGF): Being tested in treatment of wet AMD in combination with Eylea. Phase 2 trial was not successful, but the treatment duration was less (only 12 weeks versus 24 weeks for rival Ophthotech (NASDAQ:OPHT)). 28-week and 52-week data will be released later. With Ophthotech’s phase 3 failure with Fovista, we are bullish on Rinucumab’s commercial potential in wet AMD. Immuno-oncology pipeline: Checkpoint inhibitors and novel CAR-T; still in early stage.
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