Yawn. Did I sleep through the week or did nothing really happen for the market?
The S&P 500 shed 0.01%, this week after falling 0.1% to 2,183.87 today. The Dow Jones Industrial Average 0.1% this week after dropping 45.13 points, or 0.2%, to 18,552.57 today. The Nasdaq Composite rose 0.1% this week after finishing little changed at 5,238.38 today.
Of course, a lot happened this week even if it wasn’t reflected in the indexes themselves. Prison stocks got destroyed after the DoJ said it would no longer need their services. Deere (DE) had its biggest gain since December 2008. And Target (TGT) proved that rumors of a retail renaissance might be premature.
But when it cam to the forces moving the market, it all amounted to a lot of sound, a little fury, and it definitely amounted to nothing. Gluskin Sheff’s David Rosenberg for instance described the minutes from July’s FOMC meeting, which were released on Wednesday, as “same old, same old.” He explains why:
Best Machinery Stocks To Invest In 2016: (VIAB)
Viacom Inc. operates as an entertainment content company in the United States and internationally. The company connects with audiences through compelling content on television, motion picture, Internet, and mobile platforms through various entertainment brands. It operates in two segments, Media Networks and Filmed Entertainment. The Media Networks segment provides entertainment content and related branded products to advertisers, content distributors, and retailers across various distribution platforms, such as television, Internet, and mobile devices; and through various consumer products. Its MTV Networks operates approximately 160 channels and multiplatform properties, which include MTV, VH1, CMT, PalladiaHD, Logo, Nickelodeon, Nick Jr., TeenNick, Nicktoons, Nick at Nite, Atom, Neopets, COMEDY CENTRAL, TV Land, Spike TV, Tr3s, BET, and CENTRIC, as well as a casual games business that includes Web sites, such as AddictingGames.com and Shockwave.com. This segment also op erates BET Networks, which provide entertainment, music, news, and public affairs programming to the African-American audience and consumers of Black culture; and BET channel, CENTRIC, BET Gospel, and BET Hip Hop. The Filmed Entertainment segment produces, finances, and distributes motion pictures and other entertainment content under the Paramount Pictures, Paramount Vantage, Paramount Classics, Insurge Pictures, MTV Films, and Nickelodeon Movies brands. This segment also acquires films for distribution and has a presence in the games business; and also distributes motion pictures and other entertainment content on DVD and Blu-ray, video-on-demand, subscription video-on-demand, pay and basic cable television, broadcast television, and syndicated television platforms. It has a library of approximately 3,300 motion pictures and television programs. The company is headquartered in New York, New York.
- [By Javier Hasse]
The Nasdaq 100 Index surged 0.16 percent, driven by gains at Viacom, Inc. (NASDAQ: VIAB) and Western Digital Corp (NASDAQ: WDC).
Shares of The Coca-Cola Co (NYSE: KO) lost 4.79 percent on Wednesday, after the announcement of its first quarter financial results. While EPS of $0.45 beat consensus estimates by $0.01, and revenue of $10.28 billion was in-line with expectations, shipment volumes for sodas and other products were quite weak.
- [By Jack Grant]
Over the past few years, Viacom, Inc. (NASDAQ: VIAB)’s Paramount has relied very heavily on franchises to succeed at the box office. From “Mission Impossible” to “SpongeBob SquarePants,” the Viacom-owned studio has had a ton of recognizable IP at its disposal.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
Our study shows that the greatest exposure lies with CBS (CBS), Twenty-First Century Fox (FOXA), and Viacom (VIAB) while Disney and Time Warnerfair relatively well. In our moderate scenarios, Disney and Time Warner exposure as a percentage of EBITDA was around 5% while CBS, Twenty-First Century Fox, and Viacomwas at 9%, 12%, and 10%, respectively. We note that our analysis ignores cost cutting efforts and the benefits that we believe CBS, Disney, and Time Warnerwill have with their own OTT offerings. We suspect Disney will have a non-sports OTT product by 2019.
Best Machinery Stocks To Invest In 2016: NO Name(ACI)
Arch Coal, Inc., incorporated on June 20, 1969, is a coal producer. The Company is engaged in the production of thermal and metallurgical coal from surface and underground mines located throughout the United States, for sale to utility, industrial and steel producers both in the United States and around the world. The Company operates, or contracts out the operation of over 10 active mines in the United States. The Company’s segments include the Powder River Basin, with operations in Wyoming, and the Appalachia, with operations in West Virginia, Kentucky, Maryland and Virginia. The Company also sells coal from operations in Colorado and Illinois.
Powder River Basin
The Powder River Basin consists of Black Thunder and Coal Creek mines. Black Thunder is a surface mining complex located on approximately 35,800 acres in Campbell County, Wyoming. The Black Thunder complex extracts steam coal from the Upper Wyodak and Main Wyodak seams. The Black Thunde r mining complex has approximately 1.2 billion tons of proven and probable reserves. The Black Thunder mining complex consists of active pit areas and over three loadout facilities. Coal Creek is a surface mining complex located on approximately 7,400 acres in Campbell County, Wyoming. The Coal Creek mining complex extracts steam coal from the Wyodak-R1 and Wyodak-R3 seams. The Coal Creek mining complex has approximately 153.7 million tons of proven and probable reserves. The Coal Creek complex consists of active pit areas and a loadout facility.
The Company’s mines in Appalachia include Coal-Mac, Lone Mountain, Mountain Laurel, Beckley, Vindex, Sentinel and Leer. Coal-Mac is a surface and underground mining complex located on approximately 46,000 acres in Logan and Mingo Counties, West Virginia. Surface mining operations at the Coal-Mac mining complex extract steam coal primarily from the Coalburg and Stockton seams. The Coal-Mac mining complex has approximately 24.6 million tons of proven and pr! obable reserves.
Lone Mountain is an underground mining complex located on approximately 54,000 acres in Harlan County, Kentucky and Lee County, Virginia. The Lone Mountain mining complex extracts steam and metallurgical coal from the Kellioka, Darby and Owl seams. The Lone Mountain mining complex has approximately 10.2 million tons of proven and probable reserves. The complex consists of approximately three underground mines operating over six continuous miner sections.
Mountain Laurel is an underground and surface mining complex located on approximately 38,200 acres in Logan County and Boone County, West Virginia. Underground mining operations at the Mountain Laurel mining complex extract steam and metallurgical coal from the Cedar Grove and Alma seams. Surface mining operations at the Mountain Laurel mining complex extract coal from a number of different splits of the Five Block, Stockton and Coalburg seams. The complex consists of over one under ground mine operating a longwall and approximately one continuous miner sections, a preparation plant and a loadout facility.
The Beckley mining complex is located on approximately 15,400 acres in Raleigh County, West Virginia. Beckley is extracting low-volatile metallurgical coal in the Pocahontas No. 3 seam. The Vindex mining complex consists of a surface mine located on approximately 40,300 acres in Maryland and West Virginia. Mining operations extract coal from the Upper Freeport, Middle Kittanning, Pittsburgh, Little Pittsburgh and Redstone seams.
The Sentinel mining complex consists of one underground mine, a preparation plant and a loadout facility located on approximately 25,600 acres in Barbour County, West Virginia. Mining operations extract coal from the Clarion coal seam. The Leer complex, located in Taylor County, West Virginia, includes approximately 40.1 million tons of coal reserves. It has both steam and metallurgical quality coal i n the Lower Kittanning seam and is a part of approximately 7! 9,400 acr! es that is considered its Tygart Valley area.
The West Elk is an underground mining complex located on approximately 17,800 acres in Gunnison County, Colorado. The West Elk mining complex extracts steam coal from the E seam. The West Elk mining complex has approximately 53.5 million tons of proven and probable reserves. The West Elk complex consists of a longwall, continuous miner sections and a loadout facility. The Viper mining complex consists of an underground coal mine and a preparation plant located on approximately 46,500 acres in central Illinois near the city of Springfield. Mining operations extract steam coal from the Illinois No. 5 seam, also referred to as the Springfield seam. It has approximately 37.2 million tons of proven and probable reserves.
The Company competes with Alpha Natural Resources, Inc., Cloud Peak Energy, CONSOL Energy Inc. and Peabody Energy Corp.
- [By Robert Weinstein]
Lawsuit after lawsuit, a billion dollars in cost overruns, taxpayer subsidies and the most expensive coal plant to operate causing electric rates to skyrocket, if this becomes the norm. The new project is called Plant Ratcliffe by Southern Co. Plant Ratcliffe is quite the boondoggle, but proponents say it always costs more to build the first one and costs will come down as the technology improves. More plants are in the planning stages and may bring a needed shot in the arm to mining stocks. Alpha Natural Resources (ANR), Walter Energy (WLT), Arch Coal (ACI), Cliffs Natural Resources (CLF), Peabody Energy (BTU), and James River Coal (JRCC) are companies that may benefit from increased demand for coal. Not all coal or coal companies are equal, so it’s crucial to discriminate based on your investment time-horizon goals. With that said, the announcement should have been followed by a deep sell-off in coal and utility related stocks. But something happened. Or, rather, didn’t happen. The above coal stocks didn’t sell off tremendously and are largely moving along with the rest of the market today. This is noteworthy because stocks don’t bottom on good news, they reach a bottom on awful news. Let me explain: When a stock chart continues trending lower, what you’re witnessing is investors throwing in the towel and moving on. Leaving aside bankruptcies for a moment, almost all stocks have a core group of investors that are commonly known as the “strong hands.” A stock is at the bottom when the weak hands are gone. At some point, distressing news (like an unfavorable EPA announcement regarding coal) hits the wire and the related stock or stocks react with little or no movement. This is what we are witnessing right now in coal-related companies.
Top 10 Undervalued Companies To Own In Right Now: InterCloud Systems, Inc(ICLD)
InterCloud Systems, Inc. provides end-to-end IT and network solutions to the telecommunications service provider and corporate enterprise markets through cloud platforms and professional services in the United States and internationally. It operates through three segments: Applications and Infrastructure, Professional Services, and Cloud and Managed Services. The company offers cloud-based services, including platform as a service, infrastructure as a service, database as a service, and software as a service; and managed services, such as network management, 24x7x365 monitoring, security monitoring, and storage and backup services. It also provides a range of applications and services, such as unified communications, interactive voice response, and session initiation protocol based call centers, as well as offers structured cabling and other field installations. In addition, the company designs, engineers, installs, and mainta ins various types of Wi-Fi and wide-area, distributed antenna system, and small cell distribution networks for incumbent local exchange carriers, telecommunications original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), cable broadband multiple system operators, and enterprise customers, as well as designs, installs, and maintains hardware solutions for the OEMs that support voice, data, and optical networks. Further, it provides consulting and professional staffing solutions to the service-provider and enterprise market in support of IT and next-generation networks facets comprising project management, network implementation, network installation, network upgrades, rebuilds, maintenance, and consulting services. Additionally, the companys engineering, design, installation, and maintenance services support the build-out and operation of enterprise, fiber optic, Ethernet, and wireless networks. InterCloud Systems, Inc. was founded in 2006 and is headquartered in Shrewsbury, New Jersey.
- [By Monica Gerson]
InterCloud Systems Inc (NASDAQ: ICLD) is expected to post a quarterly loss at $0.14 per share on revenue of $24.00 million.
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Best Machinery Stocks To Invest In 2016: Schnitzer Steel Industries, Inc.(SCHN)
Schnitzer Steel Industries, Inc. recycles ferrous and nonferrous scrap metals; and manufactures finished steel products worldwide. It operates through two segments, Auto and Metals Recycling (AMR) and Steel Manufacturing Business (SMB). The AMR segment buys, collects, processes, recycles, sells, and brokers scrap metals, as well as processes mixed and large pieces of scrap metal into smaller pieces by crushing, torching, shearing, shredding, and sorting. This segment offers ferrous scrap metal, a feedstock used in the production of finished steel products; and nonferrous products, including aluminum, copper, stainless steel, nickel, brass, titanium, lead, high temperature alloys, and joint products. It sells ferrous and nonferrous recycled metal products to steel mills, foundries, and smelters. This segment also procures salvaged vehicles and sells serviceable used auto parts from these vehicles through its 55 self-service aut o parts stores in the United States and Western Canada, as well as sells auto bodies and parts containing ferrous and nonferrous materials, such as engines, transmissions, and alternators to wholesalers. The SMB segment produces various finished steel products using recycled metal and other raw materials. It offers semi-finished goods, which include billets; and finished goods consisting of rebar, coiled rebar, wire rods, merchant bars, and other specialty products. This segment serves steel service centers, construction industry subcontractors, steel fabricators, wire drawers, and farm and wood products suppliers. Schnitzer Steel Industries, Inc. was founded in 1906 and is headquartered in Portland, Oregon.
- [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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Best Machinery Stocks To Invest In 2016: KKR(KKR)
Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. is a private equity and venture capital firm specializing in acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, management buyouts, and mezzanine investments in large cap companies. The firm will consider investments in all industries globally, with a focus on financial services, infrastructure, and renewable energy. It seeks a board seat in its portfolio companies. The firm holds a controlling interest in its portfolio companies after they go public. It typically holds its investment for a period of five years and more and exits through initial public offerings, secondary offerings, and sales to strategic buyers. Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. was founded in 1976 and is based at New York, New York with additional offices across United States, Europe, Australia, and Asia.
- [By Monica Gerson]
KKR & Co. L.P. (NYSE: KKR) is projected to report a quarterly loss at $0.33 per share on revenue of $276.90 million.
Allison Transmission Holdings Inc (NYSE: ALSN) is estimated to post its quarterly earnings at $0.58 per share on revenue of $445.39 million.