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Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas is pushing to keep alive the idea of including a repeal of the Affordable Care Act individual mandate in the tax overhaul plan, even as House Republicans struggle with how to address an issue that threatens to complicate the tax debate.

At a news conference Tuesday, Cruz said it’s vital to use the tax legislation to end the mandate that all Americans have health insurance or pay a penalty. If nothing else, he said, doing so will in effect be a tax cut for the 6.5 million Americans who now pay a penalty because they don’t have health insurance coverage.

“I think it’s critical to make this end,” he said of the mandate.

(Related: Cruz Pitches GOP Leaders to Allow Cheap Insurance in Health Bill) 

House Speaker Paul Ryan told “ Fox News Sunday” that the GOP was considering adding the mandate’s repeal to the bill. Republicans have some incentive, because doing so is estimated to raise $416 billion over a decade, which could be used to offset tax-rate cuts. Repealing the mandate would result in increasing the number of people who are uninsured, thus cutting federal spending on subsidies for insurance coverage, according to the Congressional Budget Office.

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  • [By Charles Mizrahi, President and CEO, Hampton Investors, Inc.]

    Parker Hannifin (PH) generates strong revenue from its aerospace division, while its primary industrial segment is lagging.

    Overall, we like the company’s balanced portfolio. PH had solid order rates this past year with backlog of $3.6 billion between its industrial and aerospace segments.

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Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jon C. Ogg]

    USG Corp. (NYSE: USG) was reiterated as Hold but the price target was raised to $35 from $29 (versus a $34.23 close) at Jefferies.

    Thursday’s top analyst upgrades and downgradesincluded Biogen, Goldcorp, GoPro, Oracle, Sirius XM, Tyson Foods, Ciena and many more.

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    Homebuilders like Lennar, PulteGroup, Inc. (NYSE: PHM), and D.R. Horton, Inc. (NYSE: DHI) could benefit from a strengthening housing recovery. If you’re bullish on housing, you might want to take a step back and think about other companies in that space. Home improvement stores like Home Depot Inc (NYSE: HD) and Lowe's Companies, Inc. (NYSE: LOW) could get a boost as well as companies that supply products for new homes like Whirlpool Corporation (NYSE: WHR) and USG Corporation(NYSE: USG).

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Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    The Dow stock posting the largest daily percentage gain ahead of the close Monday was UnitedHealth Group Inc. (NYSE: UNH) which traded up 3.19% at $231.43. The stock’s 52-week range is $164.96 to $250.79. Volume was about 20% lower than the daily average of around 4 million shares. The company had no specific news, but is set to report earnings before markets open Tuesday morning.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    UnitedHealth Group Inc. (NYSE: UNH) will share its most recent quarterly results on Tuesday. The consensus estimates call for earnings per share (EPS) of $2.07 and $47.13 billion in revenue. Shares were at $161.80 at the close on Friday, in a 52-week trading range of $107.79 to $164.00. The stock has a consensus analyst price target of $181.90.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    UnitedHealth Group Inc. (NYSE: UNH) traded down 0.80% at $224.07. The stock’s 52-week range is $156.09 to $231.77. Volume was about 40% below the daily average of around 3 million shares. The company had no specific news Wednesday

  • [By Garrett Baldwin]

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    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.
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  • [By Paul Ausick]

    UnitedHealth Group Inc. (NYSE: UNH) traded up 2.46% at $238.63. The stock’s 52-week range is $156.09 to $238.95, a new 52-week high set this afternoon. Volume was about 33% above the daily average of around 3 million shares. The company had no specific news Wednesday.

  • [By David Zeiler]

    Of the three classes of healthcare stocks, the insurers reflected this uncertainty the most the day after the election. Aetna Inc. (NYSE: AET) was up almost 5%, while UnitedHealth Group Inc. (NYSE: UNH) fell a bit under 1%, and Molina Healthcare Inc. (NYSE: MOH) plunged almost 16%.

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Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Money Morning Staff Reports]

    2017 Retail Death No. 2: Kohl’s Corp. (NYSE: KSS): Kohl’s slashed its full-year forecast of earnings per share to $3.60-$3.65 just yesterday (Jan. 5) – down from $3.80-$4.00 roughly two months ago in November 2016. Its reason for doing so was comparable holiday sales, which fell 2.7% in 2016 from fourth-quarter 2015.

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    In the mid-level, Boss said that Urban Outfitters (URBN) is recovering, along with Kohl’s Stores (KSS) . He also liked PVH (PVH) and Lululemon Athletica (LULU) .

  • [By JJ Kinahan]

    Stocks to watch for possible Black Friday impact include Best Buy Co Inc (NYSE: BBY), Wal-Mart Stores Inc (NYSE: WMT), Target Corporation (NYSE: TGT), Macy’s Inc (NYSE: M), Kohl’s Corporation (NYSE: KSS), and, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN), among many others. Infotech also could jump into the ring because electronic goods seem to be high on many peoples’ lists. Even though Cyber Monday has yet to dawn, early analysis from some of the major analytic firms suggested a major jump in online sales as of late Thursday, and stock indices moved higher in pre-market trading.

  • [By Money Morning Staff Reports]

    Retail stocks have been on a tear lately, causing investors to question whether the retail sector really is doomed. But that could not be farther from the truth, even for a stock like Kohl’s Corp. (NYSE: KSS).


    Shareholders are right to be concerned about the declining revenues Kohl’s(NYSE: KSS) reported in both 2016 (-2.7%) and the first quarter of 2017 (-3.2%).Some investors may also be worried about the traffic decreases that have impacted Kohl’s, and other retailers, in recent months.


    One theme that’s become apparent is that consumers are betting that a Trump tax cut will lead to more money in their pockets. That’s good news for the so-called “trade-up” stocks like Nordstrom (JWN) and Kohl’s (KSS) .