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Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ: MSFT) Founder Bill Gates and Heifer International recently launched a philanthropy project dubbed “Coop Dreams” in which they donate chickens to poor countries. The latest beneficiary was supposed to be Bolivia.
However, the Latin American country seems to have felt some condescendence in the offer.
Best Defense Companies To Buy For 2017: Lifetime Brands Inc.(LCUT)
Lifetime Brands Inc. designs, sources, and sells branded kitchenware, tabletop, and other products primarily in the United States. It offers kitchenware products, including kitchen tools and gadgets, cutlery, cutting boards, bakeware, and cookware; and tabletop products, such as dinnerware, flatware, and glassware. The company also provides home solutions that comprise products, such as food storage, pantry ware, spices, and home dcor products. In addition, it manufactures sterling silver products. The company owns or licenses various brands, including Farberware, Mikasa, KitchenAid, Pfaltzgraff, Cuisinart, Elements, Melannco, Wallace Silversmiths, Kamenstein, Pedrini, Towle, V&A, and Royal Botanic Gardens Kew. Lifetime Brands Inc. serves mass merchants, specialty stores, national chains, department stores, warehouse clubs, supermarkets, off-price retailers, and Internet retailers, as well as direct consumers through its Pfaltzgraff, Mikasa, Housewares Deals, and Lifetim e Sterling Internet Websites. The company was founded in 1945 and is headquartered in Garden City, New York.
- [By Lisa Levin]
On Monday, cyclical consumer goods & services shares gained by 0.41 percent. Top gainers in the sector included Kandi Technologies Group Inc (NASDAQ: KNDI), Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc (NYSE: HOT), and Lifetime Brands Inc (NASDAQ: LCUT).
Best Defense Companies To Buy For 2017: H&R Block, Inc.(HRB)
H&R Block, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides tax preparation, banking, and other services to the general public primarily in the United States, Canada, and Australia. The company offers assisted income tax return preparation and related services through a system of retail offices operated directly by the company or by franchisees; and online tax services, such as tax advice, professional and do-it-yourself (DIY) tax return preparation, and electronic filing services through its Website hrblock.com. It also develops and markets DIY desktop income tax preparation software; and develops and provides applications for mobile devices, which offer tax and related services. In addition, the company provides refund anticipation checks, H&R Block Emerald Advance lines of credit and Prepaid MasterCard, and Peace of Mind Extended Service Plan, Tax Identity Shield, and Cash Back refund discount programs. Further, it offers tradition al retail banking services primarily to its assisted and DIY tax clients. The company was founded in 1946 and is headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
H&R Block (HRB) has climbed 3.1% to $22.20 after beating earnings forecasts by a penny and hiking its dividend.
Cliffs Natural Resources (CLF) has gained 1.2% to $5.16 after getting upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Macquarie.
- [By Monica Gerson]
Shares of H & R Block Inc (NYSE: HRB) surged over 12 percent on Friday as the company reported better-than-expected results for its fourth quarter and lifted its quarterly dividend to $0.22 per share. H & R Block shares gained 0.29 percent to $24.30 in the after-hours trading session.
- [By Lisa Levin]
H & R Block Inc (NYSE: HRB) was down, falling around 14 percent to $20.42 as the company reported a disappointing tax season. The company announced plans to lower 13 percent of its workforce. Oppenheimer downgraded H&R Block from Outperform to Perform.
Top Promising Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Constellation Brands Inc(STZ)
Constellation Brands, Inc., incorporated on December 4, 1972, is an international beverage alcohol company. The Company is a producer and marketer of beer and wine the United States and Canada. The Company’s segments include Beer, Wine and Spirits, and Corporate Operations and Other. The Company’s wine portfolio is complemented by select spirits brands and other select beverage alcohol products. It is a multi-category supplier (beer, wine and spirits) of beverage alcohol in the United States.
The Company owns principal facilities, including the Nava Brewery in Nava, Coahuila, Mexico; the glass production plant in Nava, Coahuila, Mexico; wineries in California, which include the Woodbridge Winery in Acampo and the Mission Bell winery in Madera; the Canandaigua winery in Canandaigua, New York, and the distillery in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada. It operates over four facilities in the San Diego, California area that produce its Ballast Point brand, including Miram ar, which serves as the primary production site for the brand. In the United States, the Company operates over 20 wineries using varieties of grapes grown in the Napa, Sonoma, Monterey and San Joaquin regions of California. It also operates approximately eight wineries in Canada, over four wineries in New Zealand and approximately five wineries in Italy. The Company’s Canadian whisky requirements are produced and aged at its Canadian distillery in Lethbridge, Alberta.
The Company sells a number of brands in the import and craft beer categories. Within the imported beer category, the Company has rights to import, market and sell its Mexican Beer Brands in over 50 states of the United States, which include Corona Extra, Corona Light, Modelo Especial, Pacifico, Negra Modelo and Victoria. It also includes Modelo Especial Chelada, which is a blend of beer with flavors of tomato, salt and lime. Its craft beer products are primarily sold under the Bal last Point brand. Ballast Point produces over 40 different s! tyles of beer.
Wine and Spirits
The Company is a producer and marketer of wine. It sells a number of wine brands across various categories, including table wine, sparkling wine and dessert wine, and across all price points, such as popular, premium and luxury categories. The Company owns, leases or has interests in approximately 13,300 acres of vineyards in California (the United States), over 5,800 acres of vineyards in New Zealand, approximately 1,700 acres of vineyards in Canada and over 900 acres of vineyards in Italy.
The Company’s wine produced in the United States is primarily marketed domestically and in Canada. Wine produced in Canada is primarily marketed domestically. Wine produced in New Zealand and Italy is primarily marketed in the United States and Canada. In addition, the Company exports its wine products to other major world markets. Some of its wine and spirits brands sold in the United States include Arbor Mist, Black Box, Blackstone, Clos du Bois, Estancia, Franciscan Estate, Inniskillin, Kim Crawford, Mark West, Mount Veeder, Nobilo, Ravenswood, Rex Goliath, Robert Mondavi, Ruffino, Simi, Toasted Head, Wild Horse, Black Velvet Canadian Whisky and SVEDKA Vodka. In its spirits business, SVEDKA Vodka is imported from Sweden and is the imported vodka brand in the United States.
The Company competes with Anheuser-Busch InBev, MillerCoors, Heineken, Pabst Brewing Company, The Boston Beer Company, E&J Gallo Winery, The Wine Group, Trinchero Family Estates, Treasury Wine Estates, Ste. Michelle Wine Estates, Deutsch Family Wine & Spirits, Jackson Family Wines, Andrew Peller, Kruger Wines and Spirits, Diageo, Beam Suntory, Brown-Forman, Sazerac Company and Pernod Ricard.
- [By Monica Gerson]
Darden Restaurants, Inc. (NYSE: DRI) is estimated to report its quarterly earnings at $1.08 per share on revenue of $1.81 billion. ConAgra Foods Inc (NYSE: CAG) is expected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.52 per share on revenue of $2.89 billion. Paychex, Inc. (NASDAQ: PAYX) is projected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.49 per share on revenue of $751.52 million. Micron Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: MU) is expected to post a quarterly loss at $0.09 per share on revenue of $2.95 billion. McCormick & Company, Incorporated (NYSE: MKC) is estimated to report its quarterly earnings at $0.74 per share on revenue of $1.06 billion. Constellation Brands, Inc. (NYSE: STZ) is expected to report its quarterly earnings at $1.51 per share. Schnitzer Steel Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCHN) is estimated to report its quarterly earnings at $0.18 per share on revenue of $356.41 million. Franklin Covey Co. (NYSE: FC) is expected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.08 per share on revenue of $49.89 million. Lindsay Corporation (NYSE: LNN) is projected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.99 per share on revenue of $148.43 million.
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- [By Teresa Rivas]
A better than expected first quarter is fueling gains forConstellation Brands (STZ) on Thursday.
The spirits maker said it earned $1.54 a share on revenue that climbed 14.8% to $.187 billion. Analysts were expecting earnings of $1.52 a share on revenue of $1.83 billion. Constellation also reaffirmed its full year guidance for earnings per share between $6.05 and $6.35, compared to the $6.27 consensus estimate.
Wells Fargos Bonnie Herzog reiterated an Outperform rating on the stock following the report:
Strong pricing growth and mix benefits drove 54bps gross margin and 72bps in operating margin expansion in beer resulting in a record 35.6% beer op margin.Wineshipment volumes were up a solid 4.5% with net pricing of 3.7%, both above our expectations. Mix benefits helped drive a solid 164bps of wine & spirits operating margin expansion.Overall we are encouraged by STZ’s results in both segments, as they reflect the benefits of its strategic investments and strong execution.As planned, STZ completed the next phase of its Nava brewery expansion to provide 20M hl of capacity. Outlook Maintained:Despite the earnings beat, and impressive EPS growth,STZ maintained its guidance for FY17, which we continue to believe remains very conservative, given it implies only 8.1% – 15.3% EPS growth on average for the remaining 3 quarters of the year.Bottom Line: We continue to think STZ has excellent momentum and are encouraged by this quarter’s impressiv e results. While we were somewhat disappointed that management did not raise guidance, we believe underlying trends should support strong results above the current outlook.The stock’s reaction to STZ’s earnings beat could be tempered by guidance being maintained.
The shares are up 2.4% to $163.14 in recent trading.
Best Defense Companies To Buy For 2017: Synta Pharmaceuticals Corp.(SNTA)
Synta Pharmaceuticals Corp. focuses on the research, development, and commercialization of novel oncology medicines for cancer patients. Its clinical stage drug candidate in oncology is ganetespib, an Hsp90 inhibitor, which is in Phase II clinical trials to evaluate the combination of ganetespib and paclitaxel versus paclitaxel in patients with platinum-resistant ovarian cancer; and in Phase I/II trial in combination with the mTOR inhibitor sirolimus in patients with refractory sarcoma, including malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumors. The companys drug candidate in its Hsp90-inhibitor Drug Conjugate program is STA-12-8666, which is in preclinical trials for chemotherapy irinotecan. Synta Pharmaceuticals Corp. was incorporated in 2000 and is based in Lexington, Massachusetts.
- [By Lisa Levin]
Synta Pharmaceuticals Corp. (NASDAQ: SNTA) shares were also up, gaining 61 percent to $0.393. Synta Pharmaceuticals announced plans to merge with privately-held Madrigal Pharmaceuticals.