BMO Capital Markets analyst M. IanSomaiya and team take a look at the “clinical readouts through the end of 2016″ and find upside catalysts for Celgene (CELG), Amgen (AMGN), Biogen (BIIB), and Gilead Sciences (GILD) They explain:
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Celgene: We believe positive data from the mongersen Phase 2 endoscopy study should move shares higher if the trial demonstrates a benefit on CDAI (the Phase 3 primary endpoint) in line with the IGON-1 Phase 2 trial and endoscopic improvement correlated with therapy duration.
Amgen: We believe positive data from the GLAGOV vascular imaging trial could provide a positive read-through to the success of the ongoing FOURIER CV outcomes trial (data expected 2017).
Biogen: We believe positive titration data from the ongoing Phase 1b study of aducanumab in Alzheimer’s disease could de-risk the ongoing Phase 3 trials.
Best New Stocks To Invest In 2017: Fox Factory Holding Corp.(FOXF)
Fox Factory Holding Corp., incorporated on December 28, 2007, designs, engineers, manufactures and markets performance ride dynamics products for customers across the world. The Company’s brand ride dynamics products are used primarily on bicycles (bikes), side-by-side vehicles (Side-by-Sides), on-road vehicles with off-road capabilities, off-road vehicles and trucks, all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), snowmobiles, specialty vehicles and applications, and motorcycles. The Company’s brands include FOX, FOX RACING SHOX and RACE FACE. The Company’s products include 34 Factory Series FLOAT FIT4, which provides external adjustability with its fourth-generation FOX Isolated Technology and closed-cartridge damper, and includes a self-adjusting negative chamber air spring; X2 technology, utilized in its Factory Series FLOAT and DH rear shocks; PODIUM Internal Bypass, and FLOAT iCD, which provides riders the ability to adjust modes for different skills, terrains and activity levels on mo untain bikes.
The Company holds interests in Sport Truck USA, Inc., which designs, markets, and distributes lift kit solutions primarily through its brands, BDS Suspension and Zone Offroad Products. The Company holds interests in Race Face Performance Products, Inc. and Easton Cycling (USA), Inc. (together Race Face/Easton), which designs, manufactures, and distributes performance mountain and road bike wheels, and other performance cycling components, including cranks, bars, stems and seat posts. The Company offers front fork and rear suspension products designed for cross-country, trail, all-mountain, free-ride and downhill riding primarily for the mountain bike market. Its mountain bike products are sold in various series, including Performance series, Performance Elite series and Factory series. Its suspension component products in the powered vehicle category range from two inch aluminum bolt-on shocks to its position sensitive internal bypass shocks. It al so offers suspension systems, or lift kits, containing its s! uspension components, for use in trucks.
The Company competes with SRAM Corporation, A-Pro, HB Performance Systems, SR Suntour, Vereinigte Drahtwerke AG, Cane Creek Cycling, DVO Suspension, Bos-Mountain Bike Suspensions, Ohlins Racing AB, Amer Sports Corporation, Shimano, Kayaba Industry Co., Ltd., Walker Evans Racing, Works Performance Products, Inc., Penske Racing Shocks, ZF Friedrichshafen AG, Elka Suspension Inc., ThyssenKrupp Bilstein Suspension GmbH, King Shock Technology, Inc., Icon Vehicle Dynamics, Sway-A-Way, Tenneco, TransAmerican Wholesale, Rough Country Suspension Systems, TeraFlex, ReadyLIFT Suspension, Tuff Country EZ-Ride Suspension and Rusty’s Off-Road.
- [By Javier Hasse]
Fox Factory Holding Corp (NASDAQ: FOXF) was down 1.8 percent after posting a 2.16 percent rise over the day.
Finally, Groupon Inc (NASDAQ: GRPN) gained 1.3 percent, continuing with the 3.85 percent spike it experienced on Friday trading.
Best New Stocks To Invest In 2017: MEDIFAST INC(MED)
Medifast, Inc., through its subsidiaries, engages in the production, distribution, and sale of weight management and disease management products, and other consumable health and diet products in the United States. The company?s product lines include weight and disease management, meal replacement, and vitamins. It also operates weight control centers that offer Medifast programs for weight loss and maintenance, customized patient counseling, and inbody composition analysis. The company markets its products under the Medifast and Essential brand names, including shakes, appetite suppression shakes, women?s health shakes, diabetics shakes, joint health shakes, coronary health shakes, calorie burn drinks, calorie burn flavor infusers, antioxidant shakes, antioxidant flavor infusers, bars, crunch bars, soups, chili, oatmeal, pudding, scrambled eggs, hot cocoa, cappuccino, chai latte, iced teas, fruit drinks, pretzels, puffs, brownie, pancakes, soy crisps, crackers, and omega 3 and digestive health products. Medifast Inc. sells its products through various channels of distribution comprising Web, call center, independent health advisors, medical professionals, weight loss clinics, and direct consumer marketing supported via the phone and the Web; Take Shape for Life, a physician led network of independent health coaches; and weight control centers. The company was founded in 1980 and is headquartered in Owings Mills, Maryland.
- [By Lisa Levin]
In trading on Friday, non-cyclical consumer goods & services shares rose by just 0.3 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Medifast Inc (NYSE: MED), down 5 percent, and Bridgford Foods Corporation (NASDAQ: BRID), down 6 percent.
Top Diversified Bank Companies To Watch For 2017: BioPharmX Corporation(BPMX)
BioPharmX Corporation, a specialty pharmaceutical company, focuses on the development of novel drug delivery products for women’s health, dermatology, and otolaryngology markets. The company offers prescription, over-the-counter (OTC), and supplement products in oral, topical, inhalant, and/or injectable forms. It provides VI2OLET iodine, an OTC dietary supplement molecular iodine tablet that promotes overall breast health and for the alleviation of benign breast pain associated with fibrocystic breast condition. The companys clinical-stage product candidates include BPX03, a molecular iodine tablet for the treatment of benign breast pain associated with FBC and cyclic mastalgia; and BPX01, a non-lipophilic topical antibiotic for the treatment of acne. It serves pharmaceutical companies; physician’s practices, including OB-Gyn’s, dermatologists, and general practioners; and retail customers through retail sales channels and/ or pharmacy outlets. The company has collaboration and licensing agreement with Iogen LLC for the development of molecular iodine products; and collaboration and supply agreement with NuTech Medical, Inc. to develop products in the field of dermatology. BioPharmX Corporation is headquartered in Menlo Park, California.
- [By Lisa Levin]
Shares of BioPharmX Corp (NYSE: BPMX) were down 31 percent to $1.02 after the company announced the pricing of 3.6 million share common stock.
Puma Biotechnology Inc (NYSE: PBYI) was down, falling around 22 percent to $27.53 after the company issued an update to the timeline for the filing of a new drug application. Puma Biotechnology will submit the NDA for neratinib in mid-2016. According to a press release, the decision was based on the company’s recent meetings with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
Best New Stocks To Invest In 2017: Equity Residential(EQR)
Equity Residential, incorporated on July 21, 1992, is a real estate investment trust. The Company is focused on the acquisition, development and management of apartment properties in various markets of the United States. The Company’s segments include Boston, New York, San Francisco, Seattle, Southern California, Washington D.C., Non-core – South Florida, Non-core – Denver, and Non-core – other. ERP Operating Limited Partnership (Operating Partnership) conducts the multifamily residential property business of the Company. The Company’s property ownership, development and related business operations are conducted through the Operating Partnership. The Company holds interests in approximately 390 properties located in over 10 states and the District of Columbia, consisting of approximately 109,650 apartment units.
The Company’s properties are of various building types, such as garden, mid/high-rise and military housing. The Company’s non-core properties are loca ted in various areas, such as South Florida; Denver, and Inland Empire, California. The Company’s core properties are located in various areas, such as New York, Washington D.C., San Francisco, Los Angeles, Boston, Seattle and San Diego. The Company’s projects under development include Potrero 1010 and One Henry Adams in San Francisco, California; 455 I Street in Washington, DC, and Cascade in Seattle, Washington.
- [By Jim Powell]
Steve Halpern: Another real estate position that you own is Equity Residential (EQR), which is a real estate investment trust. What’s your outlook for that?
Best New Stocks To Invest In 2017: Herman Miller, Inc.(MLHR)
Herman Miller, Inc. engages in the research, design, manufacture, and distribution of office furniture systems, seating products, other freestanding furniture elements, textiles, and related services in the United States and internationally. It provides modular systems under the Canvas Office Landscape, Locale, Metaform Portfolio, Public Office Landscape, Action Office, Ethospace, and Resolve names; seating products under the Embody, Aeron, Mirra2, Setu, Sayl, Celle, Equa, and Ergon names; and storage products under the Meridian and Tu names. The company also offers wooden casegoods under the Geiger name; freestanding furniture products under the Abak, Intent, Sense, and Envelop names; and healthcare products under the Palisade, Compass, Nala, and Nemschoff names, as well as provides Thrive portfolio of ergonomic solutions and textiles. Its products are used in institutional environments, including offices and related conferen ce, lobby, and lounge areas, as well as general public areas, such as transportation terminals; health/science environments comprising hospitals, clinics, and other healthcare facilities; industrial and educational settings; and residential and other environments. The company markets its products through its sales staff, own dealer network, independent dealers and retailers, and independent contract office furniture dealers, as well as through Internet. Herman Miller, Inc. was founded in 1905 and is headquartered in Zeeland, Michigan.
- [By Monica Gerson]
Herman Miller, Inc. (NASDAQ: MLHR) is projected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.39 per share on revenue of $544.40 million.
Ctrip.com International, Ltd. (ADR) (NASDAQ: CTRP) is estimated to post a quarterly loss at $0.09 per share on revenue of $2.81 billion.
Best New Stocks To Invest In 2017: Phillips 66(PSX)
Phillips 66, incorporated on November 10, 2011, is an energy manufacturing and logistics company with midstream, chemicals, refining and marketing, and specialties businesses. The Company operates its business through four segments: Midstream, Chemicals, Refining, and Marketing and Specialties (M&S).
The Company gathers, processes, transports and markets natural gas, and transports, fractionates and markets natural gas liquids (NGLs) in the United States. In addition, this segment also transports crude oil and other feedstocks to its refineries and other locations, and delivers refined and specialty products to market, and provides storage services for crude oil and petroleum products. The Midstream segment includes, among other businesses, the Company’s equity investment in DCP Midstream , LLC (DCP Midstream) and its investment in Phillips 66 Partners LP. The Midstream segment consists of three business lines: Transportation, DCP Midstr eam and NGL.
The transportation business line transports crude oil and other feedstocks to its refineries and other locations, and delivers refined and specialty products to market, and provides storage services for crude oil and petroleum products. The operations of its master limited partnership, Phillips 66 Partners LP, are included in the transportation business line. The DCP Midstream business line gathers, processes, transports and markets natural gas, and transports, fractionates and markets NGL.
The Company owns or leases assets to provide delivery and storage of crude oil, refined products, natural gas and NGL. These assets include pipeline systems; petroleum product, crude oil and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) terminals; a petroleum coke handling facility; marine vessels, and railcars and trucks. Its transportation business manages over 18,000 miles of crude oil, natural gas, NGL and petroleum products pipeline systems in the United States , including those partially owned or operated by affiliates.! The Company owns or operates over 40 finished product terminals, 40 storage locations, five LPG terminals, 20 crude oil terminals and one petroleum coke exporting facility. It has interest in Rockies Express Pipeline LLC (REX). The REX natural gas pipeline runs over 1,710 miles from Meeker, Colorado, to Clarington, Ohio, and has a natural gas transmission capacity of over 1.8 billion cubic feet per day (BCFD), with most of its system having a pipeline diameter of over 40 inches. The REX pipeline is designed to enable natural gas producers in the Rocky Mountain region to deliver natural gas supplies to the Midwest and eastern regions of the United States.
The Company owns a limited partner interest in Phillips 66 Partners, which is a master limited partnership formed to own, operate, develop and acquire primarily fee-based crude oil, refined petroleum product and NGL pipelines and terminals, as well as other transportation and midstream assets. Phillips 66 Partn ers’ assets consist of crude oil and refined petroleum product pipeline, terminal, rail rack and storage systems in the Central, Gulf Coast, Atlantic Basin and Western regions of the United States. Its vessels are used primarily to transport feedstocks or provide product transportation for certain of its refineries, including delivery of domestic crude oil to its Gulf Coast and East Coast refineries. Truck and rail operations support the Company’s feedstock and distribution operations. Rail movements are provided via a fleet of over 12,300 owned and leased railcars. Truck movements are provided through approximately 170 third-party truck companies, as well as through Sentinel Transportation LLC, in which the Company holds an equity interest.
Midstream segment includes the Company’s equity investment in DCP Midstream. DCP Midstream owns or operates over 64 natural gas processing facilities, with a net processing capacity of approximately 8.0 BCFD. DCP Midstream’s owned or operated natural gas pipeline systems include gath! ering ser! vices for these facilities, as well as natural gas transmission, and totaled approximately 68,000 miles of pipeline. DCP Midstream also owns or operates over 10 NGL fractionation plants, along with natural gas and NGL storage facilities, a propane wholesale marketing business and NGL pipeline assets. The residual natural gas, primarily methane, which results from processing raw natural gas, is sold by DCP Midstream at market-based prices to marketers and end users, including industrial companies, natural gas distribution companies and electric utilities.
The Company’s NGL business includes its equity interest in Gulf Coast Fractionators, which owns an NGL fractionation plant in Mont Belvieu, Texas. The Company has equity interest in a fractionation plant in Mont Belvieu, Texas, and its net share of capacity is over 30,250 barrels per day. The Company has equity interest in a fractionation plant in Conway, Kansas, and the Company’s net share of capacity is approx imately 43,200 barrels per day. It also has one-third interest in both the DCP Sand Hills and DCP Southern Hills pipeline entities, connecting Eagle Ford, Permian and Midcontinent production to the Mont Belvieu, Texas market.
The Chemical segment manufactures and markets petrochemicals and plastics. The Chemicals segment consists of its equity investment in Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LLC (CPChem). CPChem’s business is structured around two primary operating segments: Olefins and Polyolefins (O&P) and Specialties, Aromatics and Styrenics (SA&S). The O&P segment produces and markets ethylene and other olefin products; the ethylene produced is primarily consumed within CPChem for the production of polyethylene, normal alpha olefins and polyethylene pipe. The SA&S segment manufactures and markets aromatics products, such as benzene, styrene, paraxylene and cyclohexane, as well as polystyrene and styrene-butadiene copolymers. SA&S also m anufactures and/or markets a range of specialty chemical pro! ducts, in! cluding organosulfur chemicals, solvents, catalysts, drilling chemicals and mining chemicals. CPChem, including through its subsidiaries and equity affiliates, has manufacturing facilities located in Belgium, China, Colombia, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea and the United States.
The refining segment buys, sells and refines crude oil and other feedstocks into petroleum products (such as gasolines, distillates and aviation fuels) at over 15 refineries, mainly in the United States and Europe. The Bayway Refinery is located on the New York Harbor in Linden, New Jersey. Bayway refining units include a fluid catalytic cracking unit, over two hydrodesulfurization units, a naphtha reformer, an alkylation unit and other processing equipment. The refinery produces a high percentage of transportation fuels, such as gasoline, diesel and jet fuel, as well as petrochemical feedstocks, residual fuel oil and home heating oil. The complex also includes an approximately 775-million-pound-per-year polypropylene plant.
The Humber Refinery is located on the east coast of England in North Lincolnshire, the United Kingdom. It produces a high percentage of transportation fuels, such as gasoline, diesel and jet fuels. Humber’s facilities encompass fluid catalytic cracking, thermal cracking and coking. This refinery has over two coking units with associated calcining plants, which upgrade the heaviest part of the crude barrel and imported feedstocks into light oil products and graphite and anode petroleum cokes. Approximately 60% of the light oils produced in this refinery are marketed in the United Kingdom, while the other products are exported to the rest of Europe, West Africa and the United States.
The Whitegate Refinery is located in Cork, Ireland. This refinery produces transportation fuels, such as gasoline, diesel and fuel oil, which are distributed to the inland market, as well as being e xported to international markets. The Mineraloelraffinerie O! berrhein ! GmbH (MiRO) refinery, located on the Rhine River in Karlsruhe in southwest Germany, is a joint venture in which the Company owns interest. Facilities include over three crude unit trains, fluid catalytic cracking, petroleum coking and calcining, hydrodesulfurization, naphtha reformer, isomerization, ethyl tert-butyl ether and alkylation units. MiRO also produces a high percentage of transportation fuels, such as gasoline and diesel fuels. Other products include petrochemical feedstocks, home heating oil, bitumen and anode- and fuel-grade petroleum coke. Refined products are delivered to customers in southwest Germany, northern Switzerland and western Austria by truck, railcar and barge.
The Alliance Refinery is located on the Mississippi River in Belle Chasse, Louisiana. The single-train facility includes fluid catalytic cracking units, alkylation, delayed coking, hydrodesulfurization units, a naphtha reformer and aromatics unit. Alliance produces a high percent age of transportation fuels, such as gasoline, diesel and jet fuels. Other products include petrochemical feedstocks, home heating oil and anode-grade petroleum coke.
The Lake Charles Refinery is located in Westlake, Louisiana. Its facilities include fluid catalytic cracking, hydrocracking, delayed coking and hydrodesulfurization units. The refinery produces a high percentage of transportation fuels, such as low-sulfur gasoline and off-road diesel, along with home heating oil. The majority of its refined products are distributed by truck, railcar, barge or major common carrier pipelines to customers in the southeastern and eastern United States. Refined products can also be sold into export markets through the refinery’s marine terminal. Refinery facilities also include a specialty coker and calciner, which produce graphite petroleum coke for the steel industry.
The Sweeny Refinery is located in Old Ocean, Texas, approximately 65 miles southwest of Houston. Refinery facilities include fluid catalytic crackin! g, delaye! d coking, alkylation, a naphtha reformer and hydrodesulfurization units. The refinery receives crude oil primarily via tankers, through wholly and jointly owned terminals on the Gulf Coast, including a deepwater terminal at Freeport, Texas. It produces a high percentage of transportation fuels, such as gasoline, diesel and jet fuels. Other products include petrochemical feedstocks, home heating oil and fuel-grade petroleum coke.
Merey Sweeny, L.P. (MSLP) owns a delayed coker and related facilities at the Sweeny Refinery. MSLP processes long residue, which is produced from heavy sour crude oil, for a processing fee. Fuel-grade petroleum coke is produced as a by-product and becomes the property of MSLP. The Company is the operator and managing partner of WRB Refining LP (WRB), which consists of the Wood River and Borger refineries. WRB’s gross processing capability of heavy Canadian or similar crudes ranges between 235,000 and 255,000 barrels per day. The Company’ s other refineries include Ponca City Refinery, Billings Refinery, Ferndale Refinery, Los Angeles Refinery and San Francisco Refinery.
Marketing and Specialties
The Marketing and Specialties segment purchases for resale and markets refined petroleum products (such as gasolines, distillates and aviation fuels), mainly in the United States and Europe. In addition, this segment includes the manufacturing and marketing of specialty products (such as base oils and lubricants), as well as power generation operations. The Company markets gasoline, diesel and aviation fuel through approximately 8,350 marketer-owned or -supplied outlets in over 50 states of the United States. Its wholesale operations utilize a network of marketers operating approximately 6,700 outlets. In addition, the Company holds brand-licensing agreements with approximately 800 sites. In addition to automotive gasoline and diesel, the Company produces and markets jet fuel and aviation ga soline, which is used by smaller piston-engine aircraft. Avi! ation gas! oline and jet fuel were sold through dealers and independent marketers at approximately 850 Phillips 66-branded locations in the United States.
The Company has marketing operations in over five European countries. The Company uses the JET brand name to market retail and wholesale products in Austria, Germany and the United Kingdom. In addition, a joint venture in which the Company has an equity interest markets products in Switzerland under the Coop brand name. The Company also markets aviation fuels, LPG, heating oils, transportation fuels, marine bunker fuels, bitumen and fuel coke specialty products to commercial customers and into the bulk or spot markets in Austria, Germany, the United Kingdom, Switzerland and Ireland. In addition, through its joint venture operations in Switzerland, the Company has interests in over 295 additional sites.
The Company manufactures and sells a range of specialty products, including petroleum coke products, waxes, solvents and polypropylene. It markets graphite and anode-grade petroleum cokes in the United States and Europe for use in the global steel and aluminum industries. It also markets polypropylene in North America under the COPYLENE brand name. The Company own an interest in Excel Paralubes, a joint venture, which owns a hydrocracked lubricant base oil manufacturing plant located adjacent to the Lake Charles Refinery. This facility produces approximately 22,000 barrels per day of hydrocracked base oils.
The Company manufactures and sells automotive, commercial and industrial lubricants, which are marketed under the Phillips 66, Conoco, 76 and Kendall brands, as well as other private label brands. It also markets Group II Pure Performance base oils globally, as well as import and market Group III Ultra-S base oils through an agreement with Korea’s S-Oil corporation. It has interests in Sweeny Cogeneration, L.P., which owns a cogeneration power plant located adjace nt to the Sweeny Refinery. The plant generates electricity a! nd provid! es process steam to the refinery, as well as merchant power into the Texas market. The plant has a net electrical output of approximately 440 megawatts and is capable of generating over 3.6 million pounds per hour of process steam.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
Berkshire’s QTD returns primarily reflected outperformance in technology and financials (International Business Machines (IBM), Moody’s (MCO), U.S. Bancorp (USB), and American Express (AXP)), partly offset by underperformance within energy, healthcare, and consumer-nondurables (Phillips 66 (PSX), Coca-Cola (KO), and DaVita HealthCare Partners (DVA)).
- [By Todd Shriber, ETF Professor]
Alright, so elevated short interest in a stock not a major factor in CRAK is not a big deal. Applying that logic, it is notable that short interest in Phillips 66 (NYSE: PSX), CRAK's largest holding at a weight of nearly 7.7 percent, remains elevated.