Best Freight Companies For 2016

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Best Freight Companies For 2016: Helen of Troy Limited(HELE)

Helen of Troy Limited, together with its subsidiaries, engages in the design, development, import, marketing, and distribution of brand-name consumer products primarily in the United States and Canada, as well as in Europe, Asia, and Latin America. It operates in three segments: Personal Care, Housewares, and Healthcare/Home Environment. The Personal Care segment offers hair dryers, straighteners, curling irons, hair setters, shavers, mirrors, hot air brushes, home hair clippers and trimmers, paraffin baths, massage cushions, footbaths, body massagers, brushes, combs, hair accessories, liquid and aerosol hair styling products, men?s fragrances, men?s and women?s antiperspirants and deodorants, liquid and bar soaps, shampoos, conditioners, hair treatments, foot powder, body powder, and skin care products. The Housewares segment provides kitchen tools, cutlery, bar and wine accessories, household cleaning tools, food storage containers, tea kettles, trash cans, storage an d organization products, hand tools, gardening tools, kitchen mitts and trivets, barbeque tools, and rechargeable lighting products, as well as baby and toddler care products, including convertible high chair. The Healthcare/Home Environment segment offers humidifiers, de-humidifiers, vaporizers, thermometers, air purifiers, fans, portable heaters, heating pads, and electronic mosquito traps. The company sells its products primarily through mass merchandisers, drugstore chains, warehouse clubs, home improvement stores, catalogs, grocery stores, specialty stores, beauty supply retailers, e-commerce retailers, wholesalers, and various types of distributors, as well as directly online to end user consumers. Helen of Troy Limited was founded in 1968 and is based in Hamilton, Bermuda.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Teresa Rivas]

    Helen of Troy (HELE) is trading lower Friday, after reporting a mixed first quarter.

    The personal care products company said it earned $1.27 a share on revenue that rose 0.8% to $347.9 million. Analysts were expecting earnings of $1.17 per share on revenue of $356.1 million. Gross profit margin increased 2.3 percentage points to 43.8%, while cash flow from operations climbed from $37.8 million in the year ago period to $41.7 million.

    For the full year, Helen of Troy expects to earn between $5.85 to $6.35 a share on revenue of $1.57 billion to $1.62 billion. Analysts are modeling for earnings of $6.12 a share on revenue of $1.6 billion. However the company also warned that it expects a decline in sales for its nutritional supplement division.

    Jefferies Trevor Young reiterated a Buy rating and $114 price target on the stock today:

    Despite the 1Q revenue miss and ~30bps (~$4m) expected incremental FX headwinds, management maintained its FY revenue and adjusted EPS guidance (GAAP EPS came down $0.23 on the high and low end due to $6.6m of after tax non-cash asset impairment and patent litigation charges). Embedded in this guidance is the assumption of beauty coming in at the low end of the previous -7% to -12% range, and nutritional declining MSD (vs. flat to LSD positive growth previously). We believe this implies that housewares (MSD positive growth guidance previously) and health & home (LSD positive growth previously) would have to perform incrementally better than prior expectations, which we view as a positive.

    The shares are down 3.3% to $99.31 in recent trading.

Best Freight Companies For 2016: Culp, Inc.(CFI)

Culp, Inc., incorporated on March 16, 1972, is a producer of mattress fabrics in North America. The Company is engaged in the manufacture, sourcing and marketing of mattress fabrics and sewn covers used for covering mattresses and box springs, and upholstery fabrics, including cut and sewn kits used in production of upholstered furniture. The Company operates through two segments, including mattress fabrics (Culp Home Fashions) and upholstery fabrics. The Company markets a range of fabrics in the categories, including fabrics produced at its manufacturing facilities and fabrics produced by other suppliers to the customers across the globe. As of May 3, 2015, the Company had 13 manufacturing plants and distribution facilities located in North and South Carolina; Quebec, Canada, and Shanghai, China. The Company operates its distribution centers in North Carolina and Shanghai, China.

Mattress Fabrics Segment

The Company’s mattress fabrics segment man ufactures and markets mattress fabric and mattress covers to bedding manufacturers. The Company’s products include products include woven jacquard fabrics, knitted fabrics, and some converted fabrics. The mattress fabrics segment operates four manufacturing plants, with two located in Stokesdale, North Carolina, and one each in High Point, North Carolina, and St. Jerome, Quebec, Canada. Its Stokesdale plant and the St. Jerome plant manufacture and finish jacquard (damask) fabric. Its Stokesdale plant also finishes knitted fabric. Its High Point and St. Jerome facilities are engaged in the manufacture of knitted mattress fabrics. Its second plant in Stokesdale is engaged in the production of cut and sewn mattress covers. The Company’s sourcing capacity is located in Turkey and China. The Company, through Culp-Lava Applied Sewn Solutions (CLASS), is engaged in production and marketing of sewn mattress covers. The mattress fabrics segment sells fabrics in roll form and as sewn mattress covers.

The Company competes with Beka! ert Textiles B.V. and Global Textile Alliance.

Upholstery Fabrics Segment

The Company’s upholstery fabrics segment markets fabrics for residential and commercial furniture, including jacquard woven fabrics, velvets, microdenier suedes, woven dobbies, knitted fabrics, piece-dyed woven products and polyurethane leather look fabrics. The Company operates one upholstery manufacturing facility in the United States and four in China. The Company also markets a range of upholstery fabrics sourced from third party producers in China. Its China facilities near Shanghai include fabric sourcing, finishing, warehousing, quality control and inspection operations, as well as a plant where sourced fabrics are cut and sewn into kits. The Company’s United States facility in South Carolina produces a range of woven upholstery fabrics, including velvets and certain decorative fabrics. The upholstery fabrics segment sells its products in roll form, and as cut and sewn kits. The Company sources unfinished and finished fabrics, as well as a portion of its cut and sewn kits, from suppliers in China.

The Company competes with Bekaert Textiles B.V., Global Textile Alliance, Richloom Fabrics, Merrimack Fabrics, Morgan Fabrics and Specialty Textile, Inc.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Our analysis around past CEO transitions shows that in the absence of an inherited bubble, or milked portfolio, both of which are factually absent here when looking at the numbers, balance sheet matters ((Danaher (DHR)) from Culp (CFI) to Joyce/3M (MMM) from Buckley to Thulin), and here incoming CEO Adamczyk has a bazooka at his disposal, a dramatic differentiator. With these resources, stepping away from the 10% EPS growth target would be unnecessarily conservative, and a major misstep early on, as we see plenty of smart ways to enhance long term growth while at the same time maintaining earnings visibility, the most important determinant of a premium multiple in this sector. Honeywell is our top pick.

Best Restaurant Companies To Invest In 2016: Kinross Gold Corporation(KGC)

 

Kinross Gold Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, engages in the acquisition, exploration, development, and production of gold properties. The companys gold production and exploration activities are carried out principally in Canada, the United States, the Russian Federation, Brazil, Chile, Ghana, and Mauritania. It also produces and sells silver. As of December 31, 2015, its proven and probable mineral reserves included 34.0 million ounces of gold, 41.0 million ounces of silver, and 1.4 billion pounds of copper. The company was founded in 1972 and is headquartered in Toronto, Canada.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Given revised commodity deck forecasts (particularly for Steel and Gold) and improved Balance Sheet health (Steels, Precious and Industrials Metals) we are upgrading our ratings on several stocks in our coverage. We generally favor companies that have already initiated specific self-help, have low-cost assets and are less exposed to China supply and demand dynamics. In Steels, we have increased our rating from Hold to Buy on Nucor (NUE) and from Sell to Hold on US Steel. We have also upgraded Kinross Gold (KGC) to a Hold on valuation…On higher-than-peer valuations, we reiterate Sell-rated Coeur Mining (CDE), Franco-Nevada (FNV), Goldcorp (GG), Teck Resources (TCK) and highly leveraged AK Steel given preference to issue further equity if possible.

Best Freight Companies For 2016: Akorn, Inc.(AKRX)

 

Akorn, Inc., a specialty generic pharmaceutical company, develops, manufactures, and markets generic and branded prescription pharmaceuticals, as well as private-label over-the-counter (OTC) consumer health products and animal health pharmaceuticals in the United States and internationally. It operates in two segments, Prescription Pharmaceuticals and Consumer Health. The Prescription Pharmaceuticals segment markets generic and branded ophthalmics, injectables, oral liquids, otics, topicals, inhalants, and nasal sprays. This segments generic products include Atropine Sulfate Ophthalmic Solution; Clobetasol Propionate Ointment; Dehydrated Alcohol Injection; Ephedrine Sulfate Injection; Hydralazine Hydrochloride Injection; Lidocaine Ointment; Methylene Blue Injection; Myorisan Soft Gelatin Capsules; Nembutal Sodium Solution; and Progesterone Capsules. The Consumer Health segment markets branded and private label animal health products, as well as OTC products for the treatment of dry eye under the TheraTears brand name. This segment also markets other OTC consumer health products, including Mag-Ox, a magnesium supplement, as well as the Diabetic Tussin line of cough and cold products. Akorn, Inc. was founded in 1971 and is headquartered in Lake Forest, Illinois.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Shares of Endo International (ENDP) have tumbled 40% today after it said profits would fall well short of analyst expectations thanks, in part, to plunging generic drug prices. Leerink’s Jason Gerberry and team look for specialty pharmaceutical companies that have similar business models–and find Akorn (AKRX), Perrigo (PRGO), and Teva Pharmaceutical Industries (TEVA). They explain:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Friday, healthcare shares fell by 0.62 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Akorn, Inc. (NASDAQ: AKRX), down 17 percent, and BioDelivery Sciences International, Inc. (NASDAQ: BDSI), down 14 percent.

Best Freight Companies For 2016: Western Union Company (The)(WU)

 

The Western Union Company provides money movement and payment services worldwide. The company operates in three segments: Consumer-to-Consumer, Consumer-to-Business, and Business Solutions. The Consumer-to-Consumer segment offers money transfer services. This segment provides various options for sending funds, including walk-in and online money transfer, as well as account based money transfer services through a network of third-party agents using multi-currency and real-time money transfer processing systems. The Consumer-to-Business segment offers options to make one-time or recurring payments from consumers to businesses and other organizations, including utilities, auto finance companies, mortgage servicers, financial service providers, government agencies, and other businesses. It also provides various products, which provide consumers choices as to the payment channel and method of payment, including Speedpay, Pago F谩ci l, and Western Union Payments. This segment offers its services primarily through the phone and Online, as well as through its agent networks and selected company-owned locations. The Business Solutions segment facilitates payment and foreign exchange solutions, primarily cross-border and cross-currency transactions for small and medium size enterprises and other organizations, as well as for individuals. This segment provides its services through the phone, partner channels, and the Internet. As of December 31, 2015, the company had a network of approximately 500,000 agent locations in approximately 200 countries and territories. The Western Union Company was incorporated in 2006 and is headquartered in Englewood, Colorado.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shauna O’Brien]

    Sterne Agee announced on Monday that it has upgraded payment services company The Western Union Company (WU).

    The firm has raised its rating on WU from “Neutral” to “Buy,” and has given the company a $22 price target. This price target suggests a 16% upside from the stock’s current price of $18.41.

    Analysts see momentum building as the company transitions.

    Western Union shares were up 46 cents, or 2.50%, during pre-market trading Monday. The stock is up 35% YTD.

Best Freight Companies For 2016: Nucor Corporation(NUE)

Nucor Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, engages in the manufacture and sale of steel and steel products in North America and internationally. It operates through three segments: Steel Mills, Steel Products, and Raw Materials. The Steel Mills segment produces hot and cold-rolled sheet steel; plate steel; structural steel comprising wide-flange beams, beam blanks, and sheet piling; and bar steel, such as blooms, billets, concrete reinforcing bar, merchant bar, and special bar quality products. The Steel Products segment offers steel joists and joist girders, steel deck, fabricated concrete reinforcing steel, cold finished steel, steel fasteners, metal building systems, light gauge steel framing, steel grating and expanded metal, and wire and wire mesh products. The Raw Materials segment produces direct reduced iron (DRI); brokers ferrous and nonferrous metals, pig iron, hot briquetted iron, and DRI; supplies ferro-alloys; and processes ferrous and nonferrous scrap metal products. The company?s operations also include various international trading companies that buy and sell steel and steel products. It sells its hot-rolled steel and cold-rolled steel to steel service centers, fabricators, and manufacturers; steel joists and joist girders, and steel deck to general contractors and fabricators; and cold finished steel and steel fasteners to distributors and manufacturers. The company?s products are used by contractors in constructing highways, bridges, reservoirs, utilities, hospitals, schools, airports, stadiums, and high-rise buildings. Nucor Corporation was founded in 1940 and is based in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Wayne Duggan]

    JPMorgan names United States Steel Corporation (NYSE: X), AK Steel Holding Corporation (NYSE: AKS), Steel Dynamics, Inc. (NASDAQ: STLD) and Nucor Corporation (NYSE: NUE) as its top steel stock picks.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Given revised commodity deck forecasts (particularly for Steel and Gold) and improved Balance Sheet health (Steels, Precious and Industrials Metals) we are upgrading our ratings on several stocks in our coverage. We generally favor companies that have already initiated specific self-help, have low-cost assets and are less exposed to China supply and demand dynamics. In Steels, we have increased our rating from Hold to Buy on Nucor (NUE) and from Sell to Hold on US Steel. We have also upgraded Kinross Gold (KGC) to a Hold on valuation…On higher-than-peer valuations, we reiterate Sell-rated Coeur Mining (CDE), Franco-Nevada (FNV), Goldcorp (GG), Teck Resources (TCK) and highly leveraged AK Steel given preference to issue further equity if possible.