Stocks rose today as Fed Chief Janet Yellen’s dovish comments today pretty much took an April rate hike off the table.
The S&P 500 gained 0.9% to 2,055.01 today, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 97.72 points, or 0.6%, to 17,633.11. The Nasdaq Composite climbed 1.7% to 4,846.62.
Despite the Nasdaq’s big gain, it was the Dow and the S&P 500 that hit new 2016 highs today. The Dow has gained 1.2% so far this year, while the S&P 500 has advanced 0.5%. The Nasdaq has dropped 3.2%.
It wasn’t that long ago that members of the FOMC were talking up an April rate hike (Barron’s Randall W. Forsytheven wrote about it in this week’s issue). No Longer. Citigroup’s William Lee puts the message from Yellen’s speech in all-caps, just in case anyone might have missed it:
Best US Companies To Buy For 2016: BioAmber Inc.(BIOA)
BioAmber Inc., an industrial biotechnology company, produces and sells bio-succinic acid to various chemical market customers in the United States. Its proprietary technology platform combines industrial biotechnology and chemical catalysis to convert renewable feedstocks into chemicals that are replacements for petroleum-derived chemicals. The companys bio-succinic acid is used in various applications, including plasticizers, polyurethanes, personal care products, resins and coatings, de-icing and coolant solutions, fine chemicals, lubricants, and food additives, as well as anti-freeze solutions, coolants solvents, water treatment chemicals, laundry tablets and bath salts, artificial leather products, and foams made with recycled polyethylene terephthalate. Its product pipeline also includes bio-succinic acid derivatives, such as 1, 4 butanediol, gamma-butyrolactone, and succinic acid based polyesters; and C6 building block chemicals comprising adipic acid, caprolactam, and hexamethylenediamine. The company sells its products directly to its customers and commercial partners, as well as indirectly through distributor in the Asia-Pacific region. It has strategic relationships with various companies, including PTTMCC Biochem Company Limited, Vinmar International Ltd., and Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation. The company was formerly known as DNP Green Technology, Inc. and changed its name to BioAmber Inc. in September 2010. BioAmber Inc. is headquartered in Montreal, Canada.
- [By Markus Aarnio]
BioAmber (BIOA) is a sustainable chemicals company. Its proprietary technology platform combines industrial biotechnology and chemical catalysis to convert renewable feedstock into chemicals for use in a wide variety of everyday products including plastics, resins, food additives and personal care products.
Best US Companies To Buy For 2016: Wells Fargo & Company(WFC)
Wells Fargo & Company, through its subsidiaries, provides retail, commercial, and corporate banking services primarily in the United States. The company operates in three segments: Community Banking; Wholesale Banking; and Wealth, Brokerage, and Retirement. The Community Banking segment offers deposits, including checking, market rate, and individual retirement accounts; savings and time deposits; and debit cards. Its loan products comprise lines of credit, auto floor plans, equity lines and loans, equipment and transportation loans, education loans, residential mortgage loans, health savings accounts, and credit cards. This segment also provides equipment leases, real estate financing, small business administration financing, venture capital financing, cash management, payroll services, retirement plans, loans secured by autos, and merchant payment processing services; purchases sales finance contracts from retail merchants; and a family of funds, and investment managemen t services. The Wholesale Banking segment offers commercial and corporate banking products and services, including commercial loans and lines of credit, letters of credit, asset-based lending, equipment leasing, international trade facilities, trade financing, collection services, foreign exchange services, treasury and investment management, institutional fixed-income sales, commodity and equity risk management, insurance, corporate trust fiduciary and agency services, and investment banking services. This segment also provides banking products for commercial real estate market, and real estate and mortgage brokerage services. The Wealth, Brokerage, and Retirement segment offers financial advisory, brokerage, and institutional retirement and trust services. As of December 31, 2010, the company served its customers through approximately 9,000 banking stores in 39 States and the District of Columbia. Wells Fargo & Company was founded in 1929 and is headquartered in San Franc i sco, California.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
Baird’s David George and team argue that it’s too “early to buy the dip in bank stocks if longer-term interest rates remain this low.” They explain how low interest rates could hit JPMorgan Chase (JPM), Wells Fargo (WFC), and Bank of America (BAC):
- [By Ben Levisohn]
The Financials Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLF) is little changed at $22.38 at 3:06 p.m. today, even as the SPDR S&P 500 ETF (SPY) has gained 0.8% to $204.98. The SPDR KBW Bank ETF (KBE), meanwhile, has dropped 0.4% to $30.23, pulled down by Bank of America’s (BAC) 2% fall to $13.35 and Wells Fargo’s (WFC) 1.5% decline to $47.07.
- [By Matt Egan]
Big banks are bracing for losses: It’s never a good sign when the country’s financial lifelines are under stress. Large U.S. banks JPMorgan Chase (JPM) and Wells Fargo (WFC) that helped bankroll the energy boom are already setting aside billions to cover potential loan losses in the oil industry. Investors are worried about imploding energy loans for European banks like Deutsche Bank (DB). High yield bonds in your investing portfolio wont be looking good either — Standard & Poor’s warned that half of all energy junk bonds are at risk of defaulting.
Best Energy Stocks To Invest In 2016: Moneygram International, Inc.(MGI)
MoneyGram International, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides money transfer and payment services in the United States and internationally. The company operates in two segments, Global Funds Transfer and Financial Paper Products. The Global Funds Transfer segment provides money transfer and bill payment services primarily to unbanked and underbanked consumers. Its bill payment services allow consumers to make bill payments, pay routine bills, or load and reload prepaid debit cards with cash at an agent location, company-operated locations, or through moneygram.com with a credit or debit card, as well as through kiosks, ATMs, prepaid cards, and direct-to-bank account products. The Financial Paper Products segment provides money orders to consumers through its retail agents and financial institutions; and offers official check outsourcing services for financial institutions. This segment sells its money orders under th e MoneyGram brand and on a private label or co-branded basis with retail and financial institution agents. MoneyGram International, Inc. was founded in 1926 and is headquartered in Dallas, Texas.
- [By Lisa Levin]
Moneygram International Inc (NASDAQ: MGI) shares were also up, gaining 21 percent to $5.74 after the company reported upbeat Q4 earnings.
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Best US Companies To Buy For 2016: J.B. Hunt Transport Services Inc.(JBHT)
J.B. Hunt Transport Services, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates as a surface transportation, delivery, and logistics company in North America. It operates in four segments: Intermodal (JBI), Dedicated Contract Services (DCS), Full-Load Dry-Van (JBT), and Integrated Capacity Solutions (ICS). The JBI segment provides intermodal freight solutions, including origin and destination pickup and delivery services in the continental United States, Canada, and Mexico. This segment operates 45,666 pieces of company-controlled trailing equipment; and manages a fleet of 2,592 company-owned tractors. The DCS segment involves in the design, development, and execution of supply chain solutions, which support various transportation networks. This segment offers final mile delivery, replenishment, and specialized services supporting private fleet conversion, fleet creation, and transportation system augmentation. As of December 31, 2010, it operated 4,259 company-owned trucks, 357 customer-owned trucks, and 23 independent contractor trucks. The JBT segment provides full-load, dry-van freight services by utilizing tractors operating over roads and highways. It operated 1,697 company-owned tractors. The ICS segment provides non-asset, asset-light, and transportation logistics solutions. It offers flatbed, refrigerated, expedited, and less-than-truckload, as well as various dry-van and intermodal solutions. The company transports a range of freight, including general merchandise, specialty consumer items, appliances, forest and paper products, building materials, soaps and cosmetics, automotive parts, electronics, and chemicals. J.B. Hunt Transport Services, Inc. was founded in 1961 and is headquartered in Lowell, Arkansas.
- [By Lisa Levin]
Here is the list of stocks going ex-dividend on August 3, 2016.
J B Hunt Transport Services Inc (NASDAQ: JBHT) – $0.2200 dividend, 1.0791 percent yield Johnson Controls Inc (NYSE: JCI) – $0.2900 dividend, 2.6250 percent yield FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE: FE) – $0.3600 dividend, 3.9680 percent yield Sunoco LP (NYSE: SUN) – $0.8255 dividend, 10.7347 percent yield Wells Fargo & Co (NYSE: WFC) – $0.3800 dividend, 3.1588 percent yield BP plc (ADR) (NYSE: BP) – $0.6000 dividend, 6.8768 percent yield American Airlines Group Inc (NASDAQ: AAL) – $0.1000 dividend, 1.1442 percent yield Heidrick & Struggles International, Inc. (NASDAQ: HSII) – $0.1300 dividend, 2.9834 percent yield Alcoa Inc (NYSE: AA) – $0.0300 dividend, 1.1321 percent yield Sensient Technologies Corporation (NYSE: SXT) – $0.2700 dividend, 1.5341 percent yield
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Best US Companies To Buy For 2016: Apache Corporation(APA)
Apache Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, engages in the exploration, development, and production of natural gas, crude oil, and natural gas liquids. The company has exploration and production interests in the Gulf of Mexico, the Gulf Coast, east Texas, the Permian basin, the Anadarko basin, and the Western Sedimentary basin of Canada; and onshore Egypt, offshore Western Australia, offshore the United Kingdom in the North Sea, and onshore Argentina, as well as on the Chilean side of the island of Tierra del Fuego. Apache Corporation sells its natural gas to local distribution companies, utilities, end-users, integrated oil and gas companies, and marketers; and crude oil to integrated oil companies, marketing and transportation companies, and refiners. As of December 31, 2009, it had total estimated proved reserves of 1,067 million barrels of crude oil, condensate, and natural gas liquids, as well as 7.8 trillion cubic feet of natural gas. The company was founded in 1954 and is based in Houston, Texas.
- [By Matt Egan]
Before Tuesday, Big Oil’s credit ratings had been left largely intact by S&P. But with oil sinking back to $30 a barrel, the ratings firm took action by downgrading Chevron (CVX), EOG Resources (EOG), Apache (APA), Devon Energy (DVN), Hess (HES), Marathon Oil (MRO), Murphy Oil (MUR), Continental Resources (CLR) and Southwestern Energy (SWN).
- [By Shauna O’Brien]
Oppenheimer reported on Tuesday that it has raised its rating on energy company Apache Corporation (APA).
The firm has upgraded APA from “Perform” to “Outperform,” and has given the company a $100 price target. This price target suggests a 12% increase from the stock’s current price of $87.57.
Analysts believe that the current stock price already reflects risks and the company is repurchasing shares and debt.
Apache shares were up 79 cents, or 0.91%, during Tuesday morning trading. The stock is up 12% YTD.
- [By Shauna O’Brien]
On Wednesday, oil and gas company Apache Corporation (APA) announced that it has agreed to sell some of its gas producing properties in Canada for $112 million.
The company will sell its Hatton, St. Lina, Marten Hills, Snipe Lake, Valhalla and a part of its Hawkeye properties. These properties are primarily located in Saskatchewan and Alberta and total approximatly 4,000 operating wells and 1,300 non-operating wells. The average daily production for these locations is about 38 million cubic feet of natural gas and 750 barrels of oil.
The sales will be made in two separate deals. Both of these deals are expected to close in the fourth quarter.
Apache shares were mostly flat during pre-market trading Wednesday. The stock is up 12% YTD.