The Cheesecake Factory (CAKE) has been challenged in 2017 to maintain its multi-year winning streak of uninterrupted growth in terms of both comparable sales and operating profits. As with other casual dining chains and the restaurant industry overall, the company continues to face headwinds on both the demand and the cost sides of the equation.
Yet even as challenging industry dynamics are unlikely to soon lift, The Cheesecake Factory has numerous advantages that should enable it to continue to fundamentally outperform peers into 2018 and beyond. Here I explain why I am now adding to existing holdings of this solid dividend-growth name.
Best Dividend Stocks To Buy Right Now: Microchip Technology Incorporated(MCHP)
- [By Lee Jackson]
This company is a huge Internet of Things benefactor. Microchip Technology Inc. (NASDAQ: MCHP) is a leading provider of microcontroller, mixed-signal, analog and flash-IP solutions, providing low-risk product development, lower total system cost and faster time to market for thousands of diverse customer applications worldwide.
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Crutcher added that TI’s own chip manufacturing teams have been pushing equipment suppliers to make their machinery smarter. “We want it to tell us sooner if there’s an issue with the [chip] wafer that’s going through that machine,” he said as an example. Fellow analog chip and microcontroller (MCU) suppliers such as Analog Devices (ADI) and Microchip (MCHP) also have strong industrial exposure.
- [By Lisa Levin] Companies Reporting Before The Bell
Dean Foods Company (NYSE: DF) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.11 per share on revenue of $1.85 billion.
Discovery, Inc. (NASDAQ: DISCA) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.44 per share on revenue of $1.99 billion.
Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. (NYSE: JEC) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $0.89 per share on revenue of $3.63 billion.
Henry Schein, Inc. (NASDAQ: HSIC) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.92 per share on revenue of $3.17 billion.
Gartner, Inc. (NYSE: IT) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.57 per share on revenue of $926.18 million.
The AES Corporation (NYSE: AES) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $0.24 per share on revenue of $2.98 billion.
Expeditors International of Washington, Inc. (NASDAQ: EXPD) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.64 per share on revenue of $1.71 billion.
US Foods Holding Corp. (NYSE: USFD) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.32 per share on revenue of $5.98 billion.
DISH Network Corporation (NASDAQ: DISH) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.7 per share on revenue of $3.50 billion.
Zebra Technologies Corporation (NASDAQ: ZBRA) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $2.06 per share on revenue of $936.98 million.
Camping World Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: CWH) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.42 per share on revenue of $1.06 billion.
Perrigo Company plc (NYSE: PRGO) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $1.14 per share on revenue of $1.21 billion.
Petróleo Brasileiro S.A. – Petrobras (NYSE: PBR) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $0.28 per share on revenue of $23.80 billion.
JD.com, Inc. (NYSE: JD) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.18 per share on revenue of $15.65 billion.
Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc. (NYSE: VRX) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.6 per share o
Best Dividend Stocks To Buy Right Now: 3M Company(MMM)
- [By JJ Kinahan]
Earnings appear to be helping equities futures, if slightly, with six Dow Jones Industrial Average ($DJI) components reporting this morning. Leading the way was construction equipment maker Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE: CAT), which reported solid earnings of $2.82 a share versus analyst consensus of $2.11. CAT shares rose more than 4 percent in pre-market trading. Other Dow components advancing on this morning's earnings include Verizon Communications inc. (NYSE: VZ), Coca-Cola Company (NYSE: KO) and United Technologies Corporation (NYSE: UTX). The $DJI’s advance appears to have been muted, however, on weaker earnings by 3M Co. (NYSE: MMM), which fell nearly 4 percent on lower company guidance, and insurance giant Travelers Companies Inc. (NYSE: TRV), which fell short of analyst estimates.
- [By Benzinga News Desk]
U.S. 10-year Treasury yields will move in a 3 percent to 3.5 percent range for the rest of the year as the Federal Reserve continues raising interest rates, said Robert Mead, co-head of Asia-Pacific at Pacific Investment Management Co: Link $
US MBA mortgage applications w.e. 11 May -2.7% vs -0.4% prior
US Housing Starts (MoM) for Apr -3.70% vs -0.70% Est; Prior 1.90%. US Building Permits (MoM) for Apr -1.80% vs -2.30% Est; Prior 4.40%
Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta President Raphael Bostic is set to speak at 8:30 a.m. ET.
Data on industrial production for April will be released at 9:15 a.m. ET.
The Energy Information Administration’s weekly report on petroleum inventories in the U.S.is schedule for release at 10:30 a.m. ET.
St. Louis Fed President James Bullard will speak at 6:30 p.m. ET.
Jefferies upgraded Lyondell Basell (NYSE: LYB) from Hold to Buy
Susquehanna upgraded AMD (NASDAQ: AMD) from Negative to Neutral
Jefferies downgraded 3M (NYSE: MMM) from Buy to Hold
KeyBanc downgraded Vipshop (NYSE: VIPS) from Overweight to Sector Weight
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- [By Paul Ausick]
3M Company (NYSE: MMM) traded down 1.74% at $202.18. The stock’s 52-week range is $191.44 to $259.77. Volume was about 40% below the daily average of around 2.9 million shares. The company had no specific news Tuesday.
- [By Paul Ausick]
3M Company (NYSE: MMM) traded down 5.05%% at $232.79. The stock’s 52-week range is $173.90 to $259.77. Volume was around 4.8 million shares, more than double the daily average of about 2 million. The company had no specific news.
- [By Paul Ausick]
3M Company (NYSE: MMM) traded down 0.64% at $216.35. The stock’s 52-week range is $192.36 to $259.77. Volume was about half the daily average of around 2.7 million shares. The company reports quarterly results before the opening bell Tuesdary.
Best Dividend Stocks To Buy Right Now: P.T. Telekomunikasi Indonesia Tbk.(TLK)
- [By Max Byerly]
Telekomnks Indn Prsr Tbk Prshn Prsrn (NYSE:TLK) was upgraded by equities research analysts at Macquarie from a “neutral” rating to an “outperform” rating in a research report issued to clients and investors on Wednesday, The Fly reports.
- [By Lisa Levin]
Tuesday afternoon, the telecommunication services shares climbed 1.18 percent. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included Intelsat S.A. (NYSE: I), up 7 percent, and Telekomnks Indn Prsr Tbk Prshn Prsrn-ADR (NYSE: TLK), up 3 percent.
Best Dividend Stocks To Buy Right Now: Cellcom Israel Ltd.(CEL)
- [By Lisa Levin]
Check out these big penny stock gainers and losers
Natural Health Trends Corp (NASDAQ: NHTC) fell 7.8 percent to $19.80 in pre-market trading after rising 1.46 percent on Friday.
Endocyte, Inc. (NASDAQ: ECYT) shares fell 6.6 percent to $11.41 in pre-market trading after climbing 4.18 percent on Friday.
Quorum Health Corporation (NYSE: QHC) shares fell 6.2 percent to $5.15 in pre-market trading after tumbling 11.45 percent on Friday.
Arcadia Biosciences, Inc. (NASDAQ: RKDA) fell 6.1 percent to $7.31 in pre-market trading after declining 3.35 percent on Friday.
Boston Scientific Corporation (NYSE: BSX) fell 5.6 percent to $28.30 in pre-market trading.
Evofem Biosciences, Inc. (NASDAQ: EVFM) fell 5.3 percent to $6.06 in pre-market trading after gaining 2.73 percent on Friday.
Xerox Corporation (NYSE: XRX) shares fell 5.2 percent to $28.60 in pre-market trading. Xerox terminated its transaction agreement with Fujifilm and entered into a new agreement with Carl Icahn and Darwin Deason. JP Morgan downgraded Xerox from Overweight to Neutral.
Cellcom Israel Ltd. (NYSE: CEL) fell 5.2 percent to $7.02 in pre-market trading. Cellcom is expected to release Q1 results on May 30, 2018.
Perrigo Company plc (NYSE: PRGO) fell 4.5 percent to $74 in pre-market trading.
Nabriva Therapeutics plc (NASDAQ: NBRV) shares fell 4 percent to $4.66 in pre-market trading
- [By Lisa Levin]
Thursday afternoon, the health care shares rose 1.79 percent. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included Partner Communications Company Ltd. (NASDAQ: PTNR), up 8 percent, and Cellcom Israel Ltd. (NYSE: CEL) up 7 percent.
Best Dividend Stocks To Buy Right Now: Littelfuse Inc.(LFUS)
- [By Joseph Griffin]
Littelfuse (NASDAQ:LFUS) Director John E. Major sold 1,648 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, May 11th. The shares were sold at an average price of $215.86, for a total value of $355,737.28. Following the completion of the transaction, the director now directly owns 26,254 shares in the company, valued at approximately $5,667,188.44. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this hyperlink.
- [By Ethan Ryder]
Littelfuse (NASDAQ:LFUS) was upgraded by stock analysts at ValuEngine from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report issued on Thursday.
- [By Stephan Byrd]
Littelfuse (NASDAQ: LFUS) and ABB Group (NYSE:ABB) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, risk, analyst recommendations, profitability, institutional ownership, dividends and earnings.