The major indexes rose to new highs this week as investorsignored the chaos in Washington and refused to let the market fall.
The S&P 500 rose 1.5% this week after advancing 0.2% to 2,351.16 today, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 1.7% this week after ticking up 4.28 points to 20,624.05. The Nasdaq Composite climbed 1.8% this week after today.
There were all sorts of reasons for the market to drop this week: Fed chief Janet Yellen was more hawkish than expected when she testified to Congress this week, while President Donald J. Trump was busy defending himself, rather than proposing business friendly legislation.
But the market refused to take a loss for an answer. Today, for instance, the Dow had been down as much as 87.16 points, before rallying back, while the blue chip benchmark rallied back from a 55.03 decline. In fact, that’s been the pattern all year in the S&P 500, explains the folks at Bespoke Investment Group:
Hot Blue Chip Stocks To Watch For 2018: Just Hold Your Nose and Dive Into Under Armour Inc (UAA)
- [By Anders Bylund, Tyler Crowe, and Demitrios Kalogeropoulos]
Demitri Kalogeropoulos (Nike):Rival Under Armour (NYSE:UA) (NYSE:UAA) lost over 50% of its value in 2017, but you don’t have to worry about seeing Nike go through a similarly painful experience anytime soon. In fact, the athletic apparel and footwear giant’s business is healthy enough that shareholders can feel comfortable that this investment will hold up over the long term.
- [By Leo Sun]
Under Armour (NYSE:UA) (NYSE:UAA) was once hailed as the “next Nike,” but 37% of its class A shares were being shorted as of April 10. Both classes of the stock have stumbled more than 60% over the past two years.
- [By Chris Lange]
Under Armour Inc. (NYSE: UAA) reported its fourth-quarter financial results before the markets opened on Tuesday. The company said that it had less than $0.01 in earnings per share (EPS) on $1.37 billion in revenue, which compares with consensus analyst price targets that are calling for breakeven earnings and $1.31 billion in revenue. In the same period of last year, the company said it had EPS of $0.23 and $1.31 billion in revenue.
- [By Jeremy Bowman]
Under Armour(NYSE:UA) (NYSE:UAA) has gone from stock market darling to pariah in just a few short months. Two consecutive weak earnings reports, the end its 26-quarter streak of 20% revenue growth, and management’s decision to pull back from its 2018 guidance of $7.5 billion revenue have combined to push the stock down 50% since October.
Hot Blue Chip Stocks To Watch For 2018: Sigma Designs, Inc.(SIGM)
- [By Steve Symington]
Data source: Silicon Laboratories.
What happened with Silicon Labs this quarter?
Revenue was above the high end of guidance provided in late January, which called for a range of $196 million to $202 million. On an adjusted (non-GAAP) basis, which excludes items like equity compensation and acquisition costs, net income was $38.3 million, or $0.87 per share — also above guidance for adjusted earnings per share of between $0.73 and $0.79. IoT revenue grew 17% year over year to $103 million. Infrastructure revenue jumped 37% year over year to $49 million. Broadcast revenue declined 3% to $36 million. Access revenue fell 6% to $17 million. Subsequent to the end of the quarter, on April 18, 2018, Silicon Labs closed its $240 million acquisition of Sigma Designs’ (NASDAQ:SIGM) Z-Wave business. Silicon Labs had initially agreed to acquire all of Sigma Designs this past December for $282 million, but amended the deal last quarter to include only its Z-Wave business after certain closing conditions weren’t met. In any case, the purchase significantly expands Silicon Labs’ position in mesh networking for smart homes.
What management had to say
Silicon Labs CEO Tyson Tuttle said:
Hot Blue Chip Stocks To Watch For 2018: Globalstar Inc.(GSAT)
- [By Paul Ausick]
Globalstar Inc. (NASDAQ: GSAT) fell by about 3.6% Thursday to post a new 52-week low of $0.53 after closing at $0.55 on Wednesday. The 52-week high is $2.59. Volume of about 5.2 million was around 30% above the daily average. The company had no specific news and shares are on now track to post a gain of around 3% for the day.
- [By Anders Bylund]
Shares of Globalstar Inc. (NYSEMKT:GSAT) went on a roller coaster ride this morning. The satellite communications specialist’s stock bottomed out in a 16% drop just after 10 a.m. EDT, recovering to a less dramatic 7% decline an hour later. The company is the target of a complicated merger deal today, and investors on the open market are not loving the idea.
- [By Paul Ausick]
Globalstar Inc. (NYSEAMERICAN: GSAT) traded down about 12.5% Tuesday and posted a new 52-week low of $0.77 after closing Monday at $0.88. The stock’s 52-week high is $2.59. Volume was about 70% above the daily average of around 3.7 million shares. The had no specific news.
Hot Blue Chip Stocks To Watch For 2018: Versum Materials, Inc. (VSM)
- [By Logan Wallace]
News headlines about Versum Materials (NYSE:VSM) have been trending somewhat positive recently, Accern reports. The research group identifies negative and positive press coverage by analyzing more than 20 million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Versum Materials earned a media sentiment score of 0.12 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media headlines about the basic materials company an impact score of 46.4354866491979 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the next several days.
Hot Blue Chip Stocks To Watch For 2018: CSX Corporation(CSX)
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Here’s everything you must know before Wednesday’s opening bell:
IBM (IBM) said revenue for the three months ended in March rose 5% to just more than $19 billion. A preliminary examination of the blown jet engine of a Southwest Airlines (LUV) reportedly showed evidence of ‘metal fatigue.’ CSX (CSX) reported a top-and bottom-line beat for the first quarter, driven by lower costs and restructuring expenses. The IRS is giving taxpayers an extra day to file due to major outages on its website yesterday. U.S. stock futures pointed modestly higher on a strong beginning to corporate earnings season.
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- [By Garrett Baldwin]
Market fears of an escalating Middle Eastern conflict abated thanks to last week’s military strikes against the Syrian government. On Friday, April 13, U.S. forces joined the United Kingdom and France in retaliation for a chemical gas attack carried out by the Syrian government. The military exercise came at a time that tensions are also rising in the Middle East between Saudi Arabia and Iran.
Today, several members of the U.S. Federal Reserve will be speaking at events around the globe, including San Francisco Fed President John Williams and Chicago Fed Bank President Charles Evans. But no one will be more watched today than Fed Gov. Randal Quarles, who will testify before the U.S. House Financial Services Commission. Quarles will provide testimony on the central bank’s plans to regulate and oversee the financial system. Expect a wealth of questions about the Fed’s plans to raise interest rates and manage its massive balance sheet. Money MorningLiquidity SpecialistLee Adler offers you advice on how to play the Fed’s problems, right here.
Four Stocks to Watch Today: GS, NFLX, TSLA, and ROKU
Shares of Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (NYSE: GS) added 0.6% after the Wall Street bank easily topped Q1 earnings and revenue estimates. The firm reportedearnings per share (EPS) of $6.95 on top of more than $10 billion in revenue. Analysts projected EPS of $5.67 on top of $8.89 billion. The investment bank hiked its quarterly dividend and said that revenue from equity trading rallied thanks to an uptick in recent market volatility.
Shares of Tesla Inc. (Nasdaq: TSLA) are flat on the news that the firm will suspend production of its Model 3 vehicles. The firm said the temporary halt in production will aim to “improve automation” and address ongoing bottlenecks in its production process.
Shares of Roku Inc. (Nasdaq: ROKU) popped more than 8.2% on news that Steven Cohen’s family office has taken a passive 5.1% stake in the company. The streaming device manufactur
- [By Motley Fool Staff]
In this segment from theMarketFoolery podcast, host Chris Hill and Motley Fool Asset Management’s Bill Barker take a gander at the results from freight railroad giant CSX (NASDAQ:CSX), which earned almost $700 million in its first quarter — a huge beat relative to expectations, with bottom-line growth of more than 50% annually.
- [By Dan Caplinger]
The railroad industry has gone through a lot in recent years, as turbulent conditions in many of the end markets that key railroad customers serve have led to volatile levels of volume and revenue. CSX (NASDAQ:CSX) has also had to deal with an unexpected CEO transition in the middle of turnaround efforts that the railroad company had hoped would be able to pull it out of a long funk.