Here are 10 things you should know for Friday, Feb. 7:
1.– U.S. stock futures were pointing to gain on Wall Street ahead of January nonfarm payrolls data.
European stocks were higher. Asian shares ended the session with gains. Japan’s Nikkei 225 index surged 2.2%.
2.– The economic calendar in the U.S. Friday includes the nonfarm payrolls report for January at 8:30 a.m. EST, and consumer credit for December at 3 p.m.
3.– U.S. stocks on Thursday rose as jobless claims came in lower than expected, suggesting the labor situation was improving despite recent data weakness in other sectors. The S&P 500 closed up 1.24% to 1,773.43, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 1.22% — its first close up 1% this year — to 15,628.46. The Nasdaq increased 1.14% to 4,057.12.
Best Safest Stocks To Invest In 2015: iShares MSCI Germany ETF (EWG)
iShares MSCI Germany Index Fund (the Fund) seeks to provide investment results that correspond generally to the price and yield performance of publicly traded securities in the aggregate in the German market, as measured by the MSCI Germany Index (the Index). The Index seeks to measure the performance of the German equity market. The Index is a capitalization-weighted index that aims to capture 85% of the (publicly available) total market capitalization. Component companies are adjusted for available float and must meet objective criteria for inclusion in the Index. The Index is reviewed quarterly.
The Fund invests in a representative sample of securities included in the Index that collectively has an investment profile similar to the Index. The Fund’s investment advisor is Barclays Global Fund Advisors.
- [By Matthew McCall]
iShares MSCI Germany ETF (NYSE: EWG)
The mess in the Ukraine has spread to Western Europe. Germany led the region lower with a three percent loss this morning. The German economy is the largest in Europe and with their trading ties to Eastern Europe, it is not surprising to see the country falling on the news. Many Western Europe ETFs have gotten ahead of themselves in the short-term and the pullback on the conflict could result in a great buying opportunity by the end of the week, depending on how the situation plays out.
- [By Mary Anne & Pamela Aden]
If you’re a new buyer and concerned that it’s too late to buy, consider buying on weakness. If you want to buy, and or, add to your positions, we’d stick with our strongest stocks, which are: the Powershares NASDAQ (QQQ), the MSCI Germany ETF (EWG), Microsoft (MSFT), and Market Vector Retail ETF (RTH).
- [By Tom Aspray]
A few weeks ago, I focused on some of the euro countries’ debt levels, as well as the improvement in some of their manufacturing data. Their stock markets have continued to rally sharply as the iShares MSCI France (EWQ) is up over 13% since early July and is doing just slightly better than Germany (EWG).
Best Safest Stocks To Invest In 2015: Cadiz Inc.(CDZI)
Cadiz Inc. engages in the acquisition and development of land and water resources in the United States. It focuses on water resource, agricultural, and solar energy development operations. The company owns approximately 35,000 acres of land in the Cadiz and Fenner valleys of eastern San Bernardino County; and approximately 10,800 additional acres in the eastern Mojave Desert, including the Piute and Danby Lake properties. It also engages in the cultivation of lemons, grapes/raisins, and spring and fall plantings of vegetables. Cadiz Inc. was founded in 1983 and is based in Los Angeles, California.
- [By James E. Brumley]
At first glance, today’s action from Cadiz Inc. (NASDAQ:CDZI) just looks like a little bad luck, or a well-deserved break following a very strong, uninterrupted runup. The longer one looks at CDZI, however, the more red flags start to wave… red flags suggesting a substantial pullback may have just begun.
Best Safest Stocks To Invest In 2015: Changyou.com Limited(CYOU)
Changyou.com Limited develops and operates online games in the People?s Republic of China. It involves in the development, operation, and licensing of massively multi-player online role-playing games (MMORPGs), which are interactive online games that might be played simultaneously by various game players. The company operates seven MMORPGs that include its in house developed Tian Long Ba Bu; and licensed Blade Online, Blade Hero 2, Da Hua Shui Hu, Zhong Hua Ying Xiong, Immortal Faith, and San Jie Qi Yuan. As of December 31, 2010, Changyou?s games in China had approximately 111.4 million aggregate registered accounts; 1.0 million aggregate peak concurrent users; and 2.7 million aggregate active paying accounts. The company was founded in 2003 and is based in Beijing, the People?s Republic of China. Changyou.com Limited is a subsidiary of Sohu.com Inc.
- [By Jake L’Ecuyer]
Changyou.com (NASDAQ: CYOU) shares tumbled 11.75percent to $26.02 after the company issued a weak Q1 guidance and announced the resignation of its CFO.
- [By Yiannis Mostrous]
A subsidiary of Internet portal Sohu.com, video game developer Changyou.com specializes in massively multiplayer online role-playing games (MMORPG).
- [By Kevin Chen]
To be fair, these revenues come from their stake in game company Changyou (NASDAQ: CYOU ) . Because Sohu owns a majority stake in Changyou, Sohu must consolidate all financials into its statements — even as Changyou is independently listed on stock exchanges. Whatever the case, Sohu actually created Changyou — it started as a business unit in 2003, then was spun out in 2007. In any case, Sohu should do some serious soul-searching.
- [By Seth Jayson]
Changyou.com (Nasdaq: CYOU ) is expected to report Q2 earnings on July 29. Here’s what Wall Street wants to see:
The 10-second takeaway
Comparing the upcoming quarter to the prior-year quarter, average analyst estimates predict Changyou.com’s revenues will increase 24.3% and EPS will expand 1.5%.
Best Safest Stocks To Invest In 2015: Powershares Dynamic Large Cap Value Portfolio (PWV)
The PowerShares Dynamic Large Cap Value Portfolio is based on the Dynamic Large Cap Value Intellidex Index. The Fund focuses on providing capital appreciation while maintaining consistent and stylistically accurate exposure.
The Style Intellidexes apply a rigorous ten factor style isolation process to objectively segregate companies into their appropriate investment style and size universe. PowerShares Capital Management LLC is the investment advisor to the Fund.
- [By Jim Lowell]
PowerShares Dynamic Large Cap Value (PWV) seeks investment results that correspond to the price and yield performance of the Dynamic Large Cap Value Intellidex Index, which seeks to provide capital appreciation while maintaining large cap value exposure.
Best Safest Stocks To Invest In 2015: Ford Motor Credit Company(F)
Ford Motor Company primarily develops, manufactures, distributes, and services vehicles and parts worldwide. It operates in two sectors, Automotive and Financial Services. The Automotive sector offers vehicles primarily under the Ford and Lincoln brand names. This sector markets cars, trucks, and parts through retail dealers in North America, and through distributors and dealers outside of North America. It also sells cars and trucks to dealers for sale to fleet customers, including daily rental car companies, commercial fleet customers, leasing companies, and governments. In addition, this sector provides retail customers with a range of after-sale vehicle services and products in the areas, such as maintenance and light repair, heavy repair, collision repair, vehicle accessories, and extended service contracts under the Ford Service, Lincoln Service, Ford Custom Accessories, Ford Extended Service Plan, and Motorcraft brand names. The Financial Services sector offers vari ous automotive financing products to and through automotive dealers. It offers retail financing, which includes retail installment contracts for new and used vehicles; direct financing leases; wholesale financing products that comprise loans to dealers to finance the purchase of vehicle inventory; loans to dealers to finance working capital, purchase real estate dealership, and/or make improvements to dealership facilities; and other financing products, as well as provides insurance services. Ford Motor Company was founded in 1903 and is based in Dearborn, Michigan.
- [By Analyse360Degree]
The second Detroit automaker Ford (F) saw its sales volume plummet 0.7% to 211,126 units from 212,584 recorded in the last year comparable period. This sales slip is attributable to its passenger cars and the Lincoln brand, both of which registered fall of 8.5% and 11%, respectively. In fact mid-size cars sales remained a weak point for all the Detroit automakers. But as far as pickups sales are concerned, like fellow player GM the Blue Oval too saw its truck sales rise.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
Citigroup’s Itay Michaeli and team believe Ford Motor (F) and General Motors (GM) aren’t necessarily involved in a “zero-sum game.” They explain why:
Full-size pickup truck sales outperformed the industry again (+6% vs. +4%) with healthy pricing. Importantly, GM’s share rebounded ~300bp MoM to ~35%—even, as we believe, transaction prices held most of last month’s exceptional gains. Did Ford have a bad month? No, Ford reported strong truck pricing gains even as share eased. Did Chrysler have a bad month? No, segment share seemed to hold recent gains. So what’s going on? In the recent sell-side debates about GM’s and Ford’s respective truck stories, what’s often been missed, in our view, is the demand side of the equation. Is anyone asking why pickup truck prices have risen more than $4k since 2011 with sales concurrently outperforming? Or why used pickup prices are similarly as strong? What we’re witnessing, in our view, is the release of grossly overlooked pent-up demand—and this isn’t about housing…As pent-up demand continues to come alive (and GM’s pickup population share = ~41%), we’re s eeing it come through both in sales and pricing, leading to months like April where everyone “wins”. And we think this can continue. It’s not a zero sum game.
Shares of General Motors have ticked up 0.1% to $34.94, while Ford Motor has dropped 0.3% to $15.87.
Best Safest Stocks To Invest In 2015: Societe Generale (GLE)
Societe Generale SA is a financial services company. The Company offers advisory and other services to individual customers, companies and institutions. The Company operates in five divisions: French Networks, International Retail Banking, Corporate and Investment Banking, Specialised Financial Services and Insurance, and Private Banking, Global Investment Management and Services. It operates Retail Banking in France under the Societe Generale, Credit du Nord and Boursorama brands. Its International Retail Banking is present in Central and Eastern Europe, Russia, the Mediterranean Basin, Sub-Saharan Africa, Asia and in the French Overseas territories. Private Banking, Global Investment Management and Services consist of four activities: Private Banking, Asset Management, Societe Generale Securities Services and Brokers. Advisors’ Opinion:
- [By Alexis Xydias]
Banks led the rally over the past four months, with Paris-based Societe Generale SA (GLE) and UniCredit SpA (UCG), Italy’s biggest lender, surging more than 45 percent.
- [By Ruth David]
Block sales in western Europe reached $31.8 billion in the three months through September as Groupama SA sold shares in Societe Generale (GLE) SA and Sweden exited a stake in Nordea Bank (NDA) AB, data compiled by Bloomberg show. At the same time, investors poured about $22.2 billion into the region’s stock funds in the 15 weeks through Oct. 9, according to data from research firm EPFR Global Inc.
- [By Sarah Jones]
HSBC, Europe’s biggest bank, Societe Generale SA (GLE), France’s second-largest lender, and Germany’s Commerzbank AG each climbed at least 2.6 percent after posting results. Allianz gained 3.6 percent after Europe’s largest insurer reported a jump in profit. Alstom SA (ALO) sank 12 percent after the power-equipment maker cut its profit forecast.
Best Safest Stocks To Invest In 2015: Burberry Group PLC (BURBY)
Burberry Group plc (Burberry) is a holding company. The Company designs and sources luxury apparel and accessories, selling through a diversified network of retail (including digital), wholesale and licensing channels worldwide. The Company’s Retail/wholesale channel is engaged in the sale of luxury goods through Burberry mainline stores, concessions, outlets and digital commerce, as well as Burberry franchisees, prestige department stores globally and multi-brand specialty accounts. The Company’s retail channel includes approximately 206 mainline stores, 214 concessions within department stores, digital commerce and 49 outlets. The Company’s wholesale channel includes sales to department stores, multi-brand specialty accounts, Travel Retail and franchisees who operates approximately 65 Burberry stores. Advisors’ Opinion:
- [By Ben Levisohn]
Rambourg’s favored luxury stocks include Burberry (BURBY), Richemont, Coach (COH)…and Tiffany, whose “higher-end repositioning, along with lower raw material prices, should continue to support the stock,” he says.
- [By Reuters]
Peter Foley/Bloomberg via Getty ImagesBurberry Group CEO Angela Ahrendts. LONDON — Christopher Bailey, the designer credited with restoring the cachet to fashion brand Burberry, is to become chief executive next year when long-standing boss Angela Ahrendts will move to Apple. The 157-year-old British fashion house, famous for its camel, red and black check pattern, said Tuesday that Ahrendts would step down by mid-2014 after which Bailey would combine his role as chief creative officer with chief executive. News the 42-year-old Yorkshireman would hold both positions sparked concern among some analysts that he might be taking on too much, and sent shares in the group down 6 percent in early trading, valuing the business at 6.6 billion pounds. “There will undoubtedly be relief that Mr. Bailey, the driving force behind the brand for the last 12 years, is staying,” Morgan Stanley (MS) said in a note to clients. “But we anticipate some investor concern about combining the chief creative officer and CEO roles, which are both time consuming and require very different skill sets.” Ahrendts, who has been Burberry (BURBY) boss for eight years, during which time its share price has soared about 250 percent, will take up a newly created position at Apple as a senior vice president with oversight of retail and online stores. She will report directly to CEO Tim Cook. Ahrendts will be looking to do better than the last chief executive of a British company who left London to join Apple (AAPL) — John Browett who quit Dixons to lead the iPad and iPhone maker’s global retail expansion in 2012. He left six months later. Bailey joined Burberry in 2001 and has held the major creative role for six years, helping to rebuild the group after it became a victim of its own success in the 1990s when its trademark pattern was embraced by the mass market, losing its appeal to its core wealthy clientele. Under Ahrendts and Bailey, the group has refocused on the luxury market, inc
Best Safest Stocks To Invest In 2015: Vantiv Inc (VNTV)
Vantiv, Inc., formerly Advent-Kong Blocker Corp., incorporated on March 25, 2009, is a holding company that conducts its operations through its majority-owned subsidiaries, Vantiv Holding, LLC (Vantiv Holding) and Transactive Ecommerce Solutions Inc. (Transactive). The Company held 50.9% interest in the subsidiaries. The Company operates in two segments: Merchant Services and Financial Institution Services. The Company provides electronic payment processing services to merchants and financial institutions throughout the United States of America. The Company markets its services through diverse distribution channels, including a direct sales force, relationships with a range of independent sales organizations (ISOs), merchant banks, value-added resellers and trade associations as well as arrangements with core processors. In December 2012, the Company acquired Litle & Co.
The Company provides small and mid-sized clients with the solutions. In addition, it takes a consultative approach to providing services that help its clients enhance their payments-related services. The Company is also providing payment solutions for markets, such as prepaid, ecommerce and mobile payment offerings, because it processes payment transactions across the entire payment processing value chain on a single platform. The Company distributes its services through direct and indirect distribution channels. Its direct channel includes a national sales force that targets financial institutions and national merchants, regional and mid-market sales teams that sell solutions to merchants and third-party reseller clients and a telesales operation that targets small and mid-sized merchants. Its indirect channel to merchants includes relationships with a range of ISOs, merchant banks, value-added resellers and trade associations that target merchants, including small and mid-sized merchants. Its indirect channel to financial institutions includes relationships wit h third-party resellers and core processors.
M! erchant Services
The Company provides a suite of payment processing services, including acquiring and processing transactions, value-added services and merchant services for banks and credit unions. The Company authorizes, clears, settles and provides reporting for electronic payment transactions for its merchant services clients. Its client base includes over 400,000 merchant locations. The Company enables merchants of all sizes to accept and process credit, debit and prepaid payments and provide them supporting services, such as information solutions, interchange management and fraud management, as well as vertical-specific solutions in sectors, such as grocery, pharmacy, retail, petroleum and restaurants, including, quick service restaurants (QSRs).
The Company competes with Bank of America Merchant Services, Chase Paymentech Solutions, Elavon Inc., First Data Corporation, Global Payments, Inc., Heartland Payment Systems, Inc. and WorldPay US, I nc.
Financial Institution Services
The Company provides integrated card issuer processing, payment network processing and value-added services to financial institutions. Its services include a suite of transaction processing capabilities, including fraud protection, card production, prepaid cards and automated teller machine (ATM) driving and allow financial institutions to offer electronic payments solutions to their customers on a technology platform. The Company serves a diverse set of financial institutions, including regional banks, community banks, credit unions and regional personal identification number (PIN) debit networks. The Company focuses on small to mid-sized institutions. It provides a turnkey solution to such institutions to enable them to offer payment processing solutions. Its client base includes over 1,300 financial institutions. Its bank clients include Capital One Bank, Fifth Third Bank and First Niagara.
The Co mpany competes with Fidelity National Information Services, ! Inc., Fir! st Data Corporation, Fiserv, Inc., Total System Services, Inc. and Visa Debit Processing Service.
- [By Seth Jayson]
Calling all cash flows
When you are trying to buy the market’s best stocks, it’s worth checking up on your companies’ free cash flow once a quarter or so, to see whether it bears any relationship to the net income in the headlines. That’s what we do with this series. Today, we’re checking in on Vantiv (NYSE: VNTV ) , whose recent revenue and earnings are plotted below.
Best Safest Stocks To Invest In 2015: Fleetcor Technologies Inc (FLT)
FleetCor Technologies, Inc. (FleetCor) is an independent global provider of specialized payment products and services to businesses, commercial fleets, oil companies, petroleum marketers and government entities in countries throughout North America, Latin America and Europe. During the year ended December 31, 2011, the Company processed more than 215 million transactions on its networks and third-party networks. The Company operates in two segments: North American and International segments. The Company provides its payment products and services in a variety of combinations to create payment solutions for its customers and partners. In August 2011, the Company acquired Mexican prepaid fuel card and food voucher business based in Mexico City, Mexico. On December 13, 2011, the Company acquired Allstar Business Solutions Limited, a fleet card company based in the United Kingdom. In July 2012, the Company acquired a Russian fuel card company. In July 2012, the Company acquired CTF Technologies, Inc.
The Company uses third-party networks to deliver its payment programs and services. In order to deliver its payment programs and services and process transactions, it owns and operates closed-loop networks through which it electronically connects to merchants and captures, analyzes and reports information. The Company also provides a range of services, such as issuing and processing. The Company markets its payment products directly to a range of commercial fleet customers, including vehicle fleets of all sizes and government fleets. Among these customers, it provides its products and services to small and medium commercial fleets. The Company also manages commercial fleet card programs for oil companies, such as British Petroleum (BP) (including its subsidiary Arco), Chevron and Citgo, and over 800 petroleum marketers.
The Company sells a range of fleet and lodging payment programs directly and indirectly through partners, s uch as oil companies and petroleum marketers. It provides it! s customers with various card products that function like a charge card to purchase fuel, lodging and related products and services at participating locations. The Company supports these cards with issuing, processing and information services that enable it to manage card accounts, facilitate the routing, authorization, clearing and settlement of transactions. The Company provides these services in a variety of outsourced solutions ranging from an end-to-end solution (consisting issuing, processing and network services) to limited back office processing services.
In addition, the Company offers a telematics solution in Europe that combines global positioning, satellite tracking and other wireless technology to allow fleet operators to monitor the capacity utilization and movement of their vehicles and drivers. The Company offers prepaid fuel and food vouchers and cards in Mexico that may be used as a form of payment in restaurants, grocery stores and gas statio ns. Approximately 10.4% of its revenue during the year ended December 31, 2011 came from its lodging and telematics products.
During 2011, the Company owns and operates eight closed-loop networks in North America and internationally. Fuelman network is the Company’s primary fleet card network in the United States. Corporate Lodging Consultants network (CLC) is the Company’s lodging network in the United States and Canada. The CLC Lodging network covers more than 17,700 hotels across the United States and Canada. Commercial Fueling Network (CFN) is the Company’s members only unattended fueling location network in the United States and Canada. Keyfuels network is the Company’s primary fleet card network in the United Kingdom.
CCS network is the Company’s primary fleet card network in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. Petrol Plus Region (PPR) network is the Company’s primary fleet card network in Russia, Poland, Ukraine, Belarus, Lithuania, Estonia and Latvia. Mexican network is the Company’s fuel! and food! card and voucher network in Mexico. Allstar network is the Company’s fleet card network in the United Kingdom. In the United States, the Company issues corporate cards that utilize the MasterCard payment network, which includes 176,000 fuel sites and 398,000 maintenance locations across the country. The networks of locations owned by the Company’s oil and petroleum marketer partners in both North America and internationally are utilized to support the card programs of these partners.
UNION TANK Eckstein GmbH & Co. KG (UTA) operates a network of over 46,000 fleet card-accepting locations across 38 countries throughout Europe, including more than 31,000 fueling sites. DKV operates a network of over 45,000 fleet card-accepting locations across 36 countries throughout Europe, including more than 30,500 fueling sites. In Mexico, the Company issues fuel cards and food cards that utilize the Carnet payment network, which includes approximately 8,700 fueling sites and 78,890 food locations across the country.
The Company competes with Wright Express Corporation, Comdata Corporation, U.S. Bank Voyager Fleet Systems Inc., Edenred and Sodexo, Inc.
- [By MONEYMORNING.COM]
That’s why you would do well to take a look at FleetCor Technologies Inc. (NYSE: FLT). The company specializes in providing payment-processing services for businesses, commercial fleets, major oil companies, petroleum marketers, and government agencies.
- [By gurujx]
Fleetcor Technologies Inc. (FLT): President, Developing Markets Charles Richard Freund Sold 75,000 Shares
President, Developing Markets of Fleetcor Technologies Inc. (FLT) Charles Richard Freund sold 75,000 shares on 12/31/2013 at an average price of $116.07.
- [By Louis Navellier]
Editor’s note: This column is part of our Best Stocks for 2014 contest. Louis Navellier’s pick for the contest is FleetCor Technologies (FLT).
- [By Steve Sears]
New stocks in what Goldman calls the “Hedge Fund VIP list,” include Actavis (ACT), Baidu (BIDU), Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.B), Crown Castle International (CCI), Entergy Louisiana (ELB), Equinix (EQIX), Facebook (FB), Fleetcor Technologies (FLT), W.R. Grace (GRA), MetLife (MET), Macquarie Infrastructure (MIC), Micron (MU), Time Warner Cable (TWC), and Time Warner (TWX).