Credit Suisse analyst Curt Woodworth and team explain why they raised their price targets on U.S. Steel (X) and AK Steel (AKS) before the release of their earnings:
Over the past several years domestic integrated steel mills have made substantive improvements to their cost base through asset optimization, overhead cost reductions, closure of inefficient or underutilized assets, and raw material cost reduction. Unfortunately, most of these benefits have been masked by very weak utilization rates driven by until recently sharply higher flat rolled imports and severe weakness in energy markets. We believe 2Q-16 will mark a clear inflection point for integrated cash costs.
We are increasing estimates to reflect better conversion costs, which we view as sustainable. We have increased our target price on US Steel to $29 from $26 and our price target on AK Steel to $8 from $7. We remain significantly above consensus for 2016 and 2017 EBITDA estimates.
Best Low Price Companies For 2016: Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc.(TTWO)
Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. develops, publishes, and markets interactive entertainment for consumers worldwide. The company offers its products under the Rockstar Games and 2K labels. It develops and publishes action/adventure products under the Grand Theft Auto, Max Payne, Midnight Club, and Red Dead names through developing sequels; offering downloadable episodes, and content and currency; and releasing titles for smartphones and tablets. The company also develops brands in other genres, including the L.A. Noire, Bully, and Manhunt franchises. In addition, it publishes various entertainment properties across platforms and a range of genres, including shooter, action, role-playing, strategy, sports, and family/casual entertainment under the BioShock, Mafia, Sid Meier’s Civilization, and XCOM Enemy Unknown series, as well as Borderlands and Evolve franchises; and various sports simulation titles, including its flagship NBA 2K series, a basketball video game and the WWE 2K series. The companys portfolio of brands also comprise Carnival Games, Rockstar Games Presents Table Tennis, Sid Meier’s Pirates!, Spec Ops, and Top Spin. Its products are designed for console gaming systems, such as Sony’s PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4, and Microsoft’s Xbox 360 and Xbox One; handheld gaming systems; and personal computers comprising smartphones and tablets. The company delivers its products through physical retail, digital download, online platforms, and cloud streaming services. Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. was founded in 1993 and is headquartered in New York, New York.
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On Tuesday, Rockstar Games, a subsidiary of Take-Two Interactive Software (TTWO), released its much anticipated Grand Theft Auto V. The game allows players to navigate a large city, interacting with various unsavory and often violent criminals as they carry out missions. Players get to take part in car chases, shoot-outs and assorted examples of mayhem. The game’s latest edition remains true to the spirit of gleeful carnage found in its previous iterations, USA TODAY notes.
Best Low Price Companies For 2016: Integrated Device Technology, Inc.(IDTI)
Integrated Device Technology, Inc. designs, develops, manufactures, and markets a range of semiconductor solutions for the communications, computing, and consumer industries worldwide. It operates in two segments, Communications, and Computing and Consumer. The Communications segment offers communication timing products, such as clocks and timing solutions; flow-control management devices comprising Serial RapidIO switching solutions; multi-port products; telecommunications products; static random access memory products; first in and first out memories; digital logic products; radio frequency products; and MEMS oscillator solutions. The Computing and Consumer segment provides clock generation and distribution products, programmable timing devices, computing timing solutions, high-performance server memory interfaces, PCI Express switching solutions, power management solutions, and signal integrity products. The company markets its products primarily to original equipment manufacturers through various channels, including direct sales, distributors, electronic manufacturing suppliers, and independent sales representatives. Integrated Device Technology, Inc. was founded in 1980 and is headquartered in San Jose, California.
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Benzinga's newsdesk monitors options activity to notice unusual patterns. These large volume (and often out of the money) trades were initially published intraday in Benzinga Professional . These trades were placed during Monday's regular session.
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5 Best Oil Stocks To Invest In 2016: JA Solar Holdings, Co., Ltd.(JASO)
JA Solar Holdings Co., Ltd., together with its subsidiaries, designs, develops, manufactures, and sells solar power products based on crystalline silicon technologies. The companys principal products include monocrystalline and multicrystalline solar cells and modules. It also provides monocrystalline and multicrystalline silicon wafers; solar product processing services; and solar power plant project construction and development, and electricity generation services. The company sells its products primarily under the JA Solar brand name, as well as produces original equipment for manufacturers or customers under their brand names. JA Solar Holdings Co., Ltd. sells its solar cell and module products to module manufacturers, system integrators, project developers, and distributors worldwide. The company was founded in 2005 and is based in Shanghai, the Peoples Republic of China.
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JA Solar Holdings Co., Ltd. (ADR) (NASDAQ: JASO) is estimated to report its quarterly earnings at $0.68 per share on revenue of $683.29 million.
Leju Holdings Ltd (ADR) (NYSE: LEJU) is projected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.14 per share on revenue of $194.20 million.
Best Low Price Companies For 2016: 21Vianet Group, Inc.(VNET)
21Vianet Group, Inc. provides carrier-neutral Internet data center services to Internet companies, government entities, blue-chip enterprises, and small- to mid-sized enterprises in the Peoples Republic of China. It offers hosting and related services to house servers and networking equipment in its data centers, and connects them through a data transmission network; and other hosting related value-added services. The companys hosting and related services include managed hosting services that offer data center space to customers servers and networking equipment and provide tailored server administration services; and interconnectivity services that allow customers to connect their servers with Internet backbones and other networks through its border gateway protocol network or single-line, dual-line, or multiple-line network. Its hosting and related services also comprises content delivery network services; cloud service s that enable businesses to run their applications over the Internet using its IT infrastructure; virtual private network services; and value-added services, such as firewall, server load balancing, data backup and recovery, data center management, server management, and backup server services. In addition, the company provides traffic charts and analysis, gateway monitoring for servers, domain name system setup, defense mechanism against distributed denial of service attacks, basic setting of switches and routers, and virus protections; managed network services that allow customers to transmit data across the Internet through its hosting area network and data transmission network; route optimization services; and wired broadband services. As of December 31, 2014, it operated 16 self-built and 73 partnered data centers located in approximately 30 cities in China with 21,522 cabinets. It has strategic partnerships with Microsoft Corporation and IBM. The company was founded in 1999 and is headquartered in Beijing, the Peoples Republi! c of China.
- [By Monica Gerson]
21Vianet Group Inc (NASDAQ: VNET) shares rose 5.88 percent to $15.30 in the pre-market trading session as the company reported a $388 million investment by TUS Holdings.