Japanese shares rose, with the Nikkei 225 Stock Average (NKY) climbing above 15,000 for the first time since May, after the yen weakened past 100 to the dollar on the outlook for U.S. stimulus.
Sony Corp. (6758), which gets about 70 percent of its revenue from outside Japan, jumped 3.4 percent. Dai-Ichi Life Insurance Co. added 6.6 percent after raising its profit forecast. Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group Inc., the nation’s biggest bank by market value, gained 2 percent after boosting its net-income outlook. Japan Airlines Co. fell 2.3 percent, with the sector the only decliner among the Topix’s 33 industry groups.
The Nikkei 225 gained 1.9 percent to 15,165.92 in Tokyo, its first close above 15,000 since May 22. The gauge jumped 7.7 percent this week, the biggest weekly advance since December 2009. The Topix index increased 1.7 percent to 1,239.04, its highest close since May 22. The yen fell to as low as 100.31.
“The risk-on flow is helping the yen weaken to 100 to the dollar, a big driver for exporter shares,” said Juichi Wako, a Tokyo-based equity strategist at Nomura Securities Co., Japan’s biggest brokerage. “Compared to the Nikkei 225 at 15,000 in May, there isn’t any sense of overheating in today’s market.”
Hot Canadian Stocks To Own Right Now: E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company(DD)
E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company operates as a science and technology company worldwide. It operates in seven segments: Agriculture & Nutrition, Electronics & Communications, Performance Chemicals, Performance Coatings, Performance Materials, Safety & Protection, and Pharmaceuticals. The Agriculture & Nutrition segment provides hybrid seed corn and soybean seed, herbicides, fungicides, insecticides, value enhanced grains, and soy protein under the Pioneer brand name. The Electronics & Communications segment supplies materials and systems for photovoltaic products, consumer electronics, displays, and advanced printing. The Performance Chemicals segment offers fluorochemicals, fluoropolymers, specialty and industrial chemicals, and white pigments for various markets, such as plastics and coatings, textiles, mining, pulp and paper, water treatment, and healthcare. The Performance Coatings segment supplies high performance liquid and powder coatings for motor vehicle origi nal equipment manufacturers (OEM); the motor vehicle after-market; and general industrial applications, such as such as coatings for heavy equipment, pipes and appliances, and electrical insulation. The Performance Materials segment provides polymers, elastomers, films, parts, and systems and solutions for the automotive OEM and associated after-market industries, as well as electrical, electronics, packaging, construction, oil, photovoltaics, aerospace, chemical processing, and consumer durable goods. The Safety & Protection segment primarily offers nonwovens, aramids, and solid surfaces for the construction, transportation, communications, industrial chemicals, oil and gas, electric utilities, automotive, manufacturing, defense, homeland security, and safety consulting industries. The Pharmaceuticals segment represents its interest in the collaboration relating to Cozaar/Hyzaar antihypertensive drugs. The company was founded in 1802 and is headquartered in Wilmington, Del a ware.
- [By Teresa Rivas]
DuPont (DD) slipped on Thursday after its first quarter missed analysts’ estimates.
The conglomerate said it earned $1.44 billion or $1.54 a share; excluding one-time items, per-share earnings were $1.58 a share, up two cents from the year-ago period but a penny below the $1.59 consensus.
Revenue slipped 2.7% to $10.1 billion, also below the $10.45 analysts were expecting.
The company noted that the extraordinarily harsh winter in many parts of the country hurt the results, to the tune of seven cents a share, as farmers delayed buying seeds and other agricultural products. Political uncertainty also disrupted sales in Ukraine, one of the world’s largest corn and wheat exporters.
S&P Capital IQ’s Christopher Muir was downbeat about the prospect of DuPont’s outlook improving in the near term, lowering his rating on the stock to Sell from Hold, and lowered his target price by $1 to $64. “We negatively view the 3.4% year-over-year drop in sales, though the drop was more than offset by strong cost control efforts. Q1 recurring EPS of $1.58, vs. $1.56, missed our $1.76 estimate and the $1.59 Capital IQ consensus. The shares are yielding 2.7%.
By contrast, Citigroup’s P.J. Juvekar reiterated a Buy rating and $78 price target, noting that the company executes as well as could be expected in poor weather conditions, and that its full-year guidance and share repurchase plan are positives: “DD reported 1Q14 EPS of $1.58 vs. our $1.56 and consensus of $1.58. The company explicitly called out a 7c/share impact from adverse weather conditions in 1Q, reflecting a combination of higher operating costs and lost sales. 2014 EPS guidance of $4.20-$4.45 was reaffirmed, with an estimated 70% of FY14 EPS expected in 1H. DD repurchased ~$1B of stock in 1Q, more than we anticipated, and is well-positioned to complete the targeted $2B of stock this year. The Perf Chemicals separation is on track for mid-2015, with physical separation o
- [By Monica Gerson]
E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company (NYSE: DD) is projected to report its Q1 earnings at $1.58 per share on revenue of $10.45 billion.
AutoNation (NYSE: AN) is estimated to report its Q1 earnings at $0.73 per share on revenue of $4.32 billion.
- [By Monica Gerson]
E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company (NYSE: DD) is expected to report its Q1 earnings at $1.58 per share on revenue of $10.45 billion. DuPont shares gained 1.23% to close at $67.72 yesterday.
Hot Canadian Stocks To Own Right Now: Plains All American Pipeline L.P.(PAA)
Plains All American Pipeline, L.P., through its subsidiaries, engages in the transportation, storage, terminalling, and marketing of crude oil, refined products, and liquid petroleum gas (LPG) products in the United States and Canada. The company operates in three segments: Transportation, Facilities, and Supply and Logistics. The Transportation segment transports crude oil and refined products on pipelines, gathering systems, trucks, and barges. As of December 31, 2011, this segment owned and leased 16,000 miles of active crude oil and refined products pipelines and gathering systems; 23 million barrels of above-ground tank capacity used primarily to facilitate pipeline throughput; 67 trucks and 382 trailers; and 82 transport and storage barges, and 44 transport tugs. The Facilities segment provides storage, terminalling, and throughput services for crude oil, refined products, and LPG and natural gas, as well as offers LPG fractionation and isomerization, and natural gas processing services. The Supply and Logistics segment purchases crude oil at the wellhead, and pipeline and terminal facilities; waterborne cargoes at their load port and various other locations in transit; and LPG from producers, refiners, and other marketers. This segment also resells or exchanges crude oil and LPG; and transports oil and LPG on trucks, barges, railcars, pipelines, and ocean-going vessels to various delivery points. It has 622 trucks and 731 trailers, and 2,453 railcars. The company also owns and operates natural gas storage facilities. Plains All American Pipeline, L.P. was founded in 1998 and is headquartered in Houston, Texas.
- [By David Dittman]
Answer: I think Kinder Morgan Energy Partners is a compelling long-term value at these levels, and management has reiterated 2014 distribution growth targets.
Enterprise Products Partners is the gold standard for US MLPs as far as consistent distribution growth is concerned. And Plains All American Pipeline Partners LP (NYSE: PAA) has a great collection of assets and a great management team.
I like Northeast Utilities for transmission-investment-driven dividend growth. Brookfield Renewable Energy Partners is great for wind and hydro asset and dividend growth. ARC Resources Ltd (TSX: ARX, OTC: AETUF) has posted really incredible production-per-share growth recently.
- [By David Dittman]
Answer: Growth: Magna International, Ag Growth International Inc (TSX: AFN, OTC: AGGZF), NextEra Energy Inc (NYSE: NEE), Aqua America Inc (NYSE: WTR) and, at these levels, Chevron Corp (NYSE: CVX). I like Verizon too.
Income: Brookfield Renewable Energy, Northeast Utilities (NYSE: NU), Enterprise Products Partners LP (NYSE: EPD), Plains All American Pipeline Partners LP (NYSE: PAA), Pembina Pipeline.
Hot Canadian Stocks To Own Right Now: PennyMac Mortgage Investment Trust(PMT)
PennyMac Mortgage Investment Trust is based in the United States.
- [By Marc Bastow]
PennyMac Mortgage Investment Trust (PMT), a REIT involved in mortgages and mortgage-related assets, raised its quarterly dividend 4% to 59 cents per share, payable Jan. 28 to shareholders of record as of Jan. 14. At more than 10%, PMT is the highest yielder of this week’s list of dividend stocks.
PMT Stock Dividend Yield: 10.15%
- [By Sally Jones] ng>Current Shares: 3,570,000
Down 9% over 12 months, PennyMac Mortgage Investment Trust, a residential REIT, has a market cap of $1.61 billion; its shares were traded at around $22.94 with a P/E of 7.30. The dividend yield is 10%.
PMT is not ranked for business predictability.
Track historical data:
Guru Action: As of Sept. 30, 2013, Kyle Bass made a new buy of 3,570,000 shares at an average price of $21.84 per share, for a gain of 4.3%.
The GuruFocus analysis of PMT shows five warning signs.
Vodafone Group PLC (VOD)
Current Shares: 1,349,200
Up 55% over 12 months, Vodafone Group PLC has a market cap of $189.2 billion; its shares were traded at around $39.14 with a P/E of 273.80. The dividend yield is 4.00%.
Vodafone Group PLC is a provider of mobile communications services and products in Germany, Italy, Spain, UK, Europe, India and Africa, Middle East and Asia Pacific.
GuruFocus ranked VOD with one out of five stars for business predictability.
Track historical data:
Guru Action: As of Sept. 30, 2013, Kyle Bass made a new buy of 1,349,200 shares at an average price of $31.01 per share, for a gain of 25.9%.
The GuruFocus analysis of VOD shows nine warning signs.
Microsoft Corporation (MSFT)
Current Shares: 1,500,000
Up 38% over 12 months, Microsoft Corporation has a market cap of $309.54 billion; its shares were traded at around $37.45 with a P/E of 13.70. The dividend yield is 2.60%.
GuruFocus ranked MSFT with three out of five stars for business predictability.
Track historical data:
Guru Action: As of Sept. 30, 2013, Kyle Bass made a new buy of 1,500,000 shares at an average price of $32.90 per share, for a gain of 12.7%.
The GuruFocus analysis of MSFT shows two go
Hot Canadian Stocks To Own Right Now: Encana Corporation(ECA)
Encana Corporation and its subsidiaries engage in the exploration for, development, production, and marketing of natural gas, oil, and natural gas liquids. The company owns interests in resource plays that primarily include the Greater Sierra, Cutbank Ridge, Bighorn, and Coalbed Methane resource plays located in British Columbia and Alberta, as well as the Deep Panuke natural gas project offshore Nova Scotia in Canada. It also holds interests in resource plays comprising the Jonah in southwest Wyoming, Piceance in northwest Colorado, Haynesville in Louisiana, and Texas resource play, including east Texas and north Texas. The company serves primarily local distribution companies, industrials, energy marketing companies, and other producers. Encana Corporation was founded in 1971 and is headquartered in Calgary, Canada.
- [By Bruce Kennedy]
The EIA examined annual reports from 42 oil and natural gas companies, from giants like Brazil’s Petrobras (NYSE: PBR) and ExxonMobil (NYSE: XOM) to smaller firms like Talisman Energy (NYSE: TLM) and Encana (NYSE: ECA) – companies that reportedly made up about 40 percent of non-OPEC production last year, and that had combined market capitalization of over $2.4 trillion.
- [By Monica Wolfe]
Manning & Napier’s fifth largest holding is in Ecana. The guru holds on to 27,376,066 shares of Unilever, representing 2.4% of their total holdings and 3.71% of the company’s shares outstanding. Over the past quarter, Manning & Napier increased their position 0.22% by purchasing 60,930 shares. They purchased these shares in the first quarter price range of $17.25 to $21.42, with an estimated average quarterly price of $18.90. Since then the price per share has increased approximately 21.8%.
Hot Canadian Stocks To Own Right Now: Gildan Activewear Inc.(GIL)
Gildan Activewear Inc. engages in the manufacture and sale of apparel products primarily in the United States, Canada, and Europe. It sells T-shirts, fleece, and sport shirts to wholesale distributors under the Gildan brand name. The company also provides its activewear products for work and school uniforms and athletic team wear, and other purposes to convey individual, group, and team identity. In addition, it offers undecorated products to branded apparel companies and retailers; and underwear products. Further, the company markets its sock products under the various brands, including Gold Toe, PowerSox, SilverToe, Auro, All Pro, GT, and the Gildan brand. The company was formerly known as Textiles Gildan Inc. and changed its name to Gildan Activewear Inc. in March 1995. Gildan Activewear Inc. was founded in 1984 and is headquartered in Montreal, Canada.
- [By Eric Volkman]
Gildan Activewear (NYSE: GIL ) just bought itself a new wardrobe. The company announced it has acquired “substantially all of the assets” of privately held screen printing and apparel decoration specialist New Buffalo Shirt Factory for around $7 million.
- [By Tom Stoukas]
Deutsche Lufthansa AG (LHA) and Allianz SE (ALV) led airlines and insurers lower, retreating at least 1.5 percent. Bayerische Motoren Werke AG (BMW) slid 1.6 percent. Deutsche Bank AG (DBK) rose after JPMorgan Chase & Co. boosted its recommendation on the shares. Gildemeister AG (GIL) added 3.4 percent after Deutsche Bank upgraded the maker of cutting tools.
Hot Canadian Stocks To Own Right Now: CommonWealth REIT (CWH)
CommonWealth REIT is a real estate investment trust launched and managed by Reit Management & Research LLC. The fund invests in the real estate markets of the United States. It seeks to invest in office buildings, industrial buildings, and leased industrial land. CommonWealth REIT was founded in 1986 and is domiciled in United States.
- [By John Kell var popups = dojo.query(“.socialByline .popC”); popups.forEach(func]
Corvex Management LP and Related Fund Management LLC called for an earlier special meeting to replace CommonWealth REIT’s(CWH) entire board, with the activist investors criticizing the company’s former board for leaving without engaging in a transition process.
- [By Canadian Value]
Real estate guru thinks that shareholders at CommonWealth REIT (CWH) have very little say in what is going on.
In this case there is an outside manager looking after assets they don’t own.
- [By Bill Stoller]
After a banner 2013, the overall market has had a challenging start to 2014. However, these four companies have been crushing it: Alexander Real Estate (NYSE: ARE ) , BioMed Realty Trust (NYSE: BMR ) , CommonWealth REIT (NYSE: CWH ) , and Sun Communities (NYSE: SUI ) early on in 2014 vs. the S&P 500. Their relative out-performance can also be seen when compared to the Vanguard REIT Index ETF (NYSEMKT: VNQ ) a good yardstick to measure sector performance.
- [By Tess Stynes]
CommonWealth REIT sa(CWH)id Monday that it had invited activist investor Keith Meister of Corvex Management LP to join its board as the company also appointed two independent directors to the board.