It was a wild week filled with big moves both up and down yet the major index managed to finish the week higher ahead of next week’s Fed meeting.
The S&P 500 rose 0.5% this week after declining 0.4% to2,139.16 today, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average advanced 0.2% this week after falling 88.68 points, or 0.5%, to 18,123.80 today. The Nasdaq Composite climbed 2.3% this week after dipping 0.1% to 5,244.57 today.
It was a weak that was filled with disappointing economic data that once again crushed the hopes of those expecting a pickup in economic growth. Citigroup’s Tobias Levkovich and team contend that investors have “demonstrated their acceptance of the secular stagnation thesis.” They explain:
The combination of low bond yields, high equity risk premiums and continued US equity fund outflows make a convincing argument that the Street buys into a very slow growth environment that is unlikely to get better. The term uncertainty is heard often describing why few believe in a return to normalcy after the Global Financial Crisis, with government dysfunction being offset by aggressive central bank policy attempting to generate business and consumer activity…
Hot Cheapest Companies To Watch In Right Now: Laboratory Corporation of America Holdings(LH)
Laboratory Corporation of America Holdings operates as an independent clinical laboratory company in the United States. The company offers a range of testing services used by the medical profession in routine testing, patient diagnosis, and in the monitoring and treatment of disease, as well as specialty testing services. Its routine tests include blood chemistry analyses, urinalyses, blood cell counts, thyroid tests, Pap tests, HIV tests, microbiology cultures and procedures, and alcohol and other substance-abuse tests. The company?s specialty tests and related services comprise viral load measurements, genotyping and phenotyping, and host genetic factors for managing and treating HIV infections; cytogenetic, molecular cytogenetic, biochemical, and molecular genetic tests for diagnostic genetics; oncology tests for diagnosing and monitoring certain cancers and treatments; clinical trials testing for pharmaceutical companies, which conducts clinical research trials on diag nostic assays; forensic identity testing used in criminal proceedings and parentage evaluation services, as well as testing services in reconstruction cases; allergy testing; and occupational testing for the detection of drug and alcohol abuse. Its customers include independent physicians and physician groups, hospitals, managed care organizations, governmental agencies, employers, pharmaceutical companies, and other independent clinical laboratories. The company operates a network of 51 primary laboratories and approximately 1,700 patient service centers. In addition, it delivers a co-branded electronic health records Lite solution for physician practices. The company works with university, hospital, and academic institutions, such as Duke University, The Johns Hopkins University, the University of Minnesota, and Yale University to license and commercialize new diagnostic tests. Laboratory Corporation of America Holdings was founded in 1971 and is headquartered in Burlingt o n, North Carolina.
- [By Monica Gerson]
Laboratory Corp. of America Holdings (NYSE: LH) is estimated to report its quarterly earnings at $1.96 per share on revenue of $2.19 billion.
Roper Technologies Inc (NYSE: ROP) is projected to report its quarterly earnings at $1.46 per share on revenue of $895.87 million.
- [By Monica Gerson]
Analysts expect Laboratory Corp. of America Holdings (NYSE: LH) to report its quarterly earnings at $1.96 per share on revenue of $2.19 billion. Laboratory Corp shares rose 0.64 percent to close at $121.77 on Friday.
Hot Cheapest Companies To Watch In Right Now: Tanger Factory Outlet Centers Inc.(SKT)
Tanger Factory Outlet Centers, Inc. operates as a real estate investment trust (REIT). The company, through its subsidiary, Tanger Properties Limited Partnership, engages in acquiring, developing, owning, operating, and managing factory outlet shopping centers. As of September 30, 2005, Tanger owned and operated 33 factory outlet centers in 22 states totaling 8.7 million square feet of gross leasable area. It also provides development, leasing, and management services for its outlet centers. The company has elected to be taxed as a REIT under the Internal Revenue Code. As a REIT, it would not be subject to Federal income taxes provided it distributes at least 90% of its taxable income to its shareholders. Tanger Factory Outlet Centers was founded by Stanley K. Tanger in 1981. The company is headquartered in Greensboro, North Carolina.
- [By Shauna O’Brien]
Jefferies announced on Wednesday that it has cut its rating on Tanger Factory Outlet Centers Inc. (SKT).
The firm has downgraded SKT from “Buy” to “Hold,” and has lowered the company’s price target from $40 to $35. This price target suggests an 8% upside from the stock’s current price of $32.22.
Analyst Omotayo Okusanya commented: “We expect near-term headwinds for the mall and outlet mall segment as tenant sales growth appears to be slowing.”
“At SKT, development yields on two projects have also been reduced. Further, rising interest rates negatively impact our DDM-derived PT. Our lowered PT of $35 represents a 10% total return over the next-twelve-months (NTM); we are downgrading to Hold,” added the analyst.
Tanger Factory Outlet shares were mostly flat during pre-market trading Wednesday. The stock is up more than 5% YTD.
Top Shipping Stocks To Own For 2017: Microchip Technology Incorporated(MCHP)
Microchip Technology Incorporated, together with its subsidiaries, develops, manufactures, and sells semiconductor products for various embedded control applications. It offers a family of microcontroller products that include 8-bit, 16-bit, and 32-bit PIC microcontrollers; and 16-bit dsPIC digital signal controllers, which feature on-board flash memory technology. The company also provides a set of application development tools that enable system designers to program a PIC microcontroller and dsPIC DSC for specific applications. In addition, it offers analog and interface products, which consist of various families with approximately 600 power management, linear, mixed-signal, thermal management, safety and security, and interface products. Further, the company provides memory products comprising serial electrically erasable programmable read-only memory. Its products are used in various applications in automotive, communications, computing, consumer, and industrial contr ol markets. Microchip Technology Incorporated markets its products primarily through a network of direct sales personnel and distributors in the Americas, Europe, and Asia. The company was founded in 1989 and is based in Chandler, Arizona.
- [By Beth Piskora]
They are listed below:
Altera (ALTR)yielding 1.7%
Apple (AAPL)yielding 2.5%
Applied Materials (AMAT)yielding 2.6%
Cisco (CSCO)yielding 2.9%
EMC Corp. (EMC)yielding 1.5%
International Business Machines (IBM)yielding 2.0%
KLA-Tencor (KLAC)yielding 3.2%
Microchip Technology (MCHP)yielding 3.6%
Oracle (ORCL)yielding 1.5%
Qualcomm (QCOM)yielding 2.1%
Texas Instruments (TXN)yielding 2.9%
Xilinx (XLNX)yielding 2.3%
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Hot Cheapest Companies To Watch In Right Now: China Automotive Systems, Inc.(CAAS)
China Automotive Systems, Inc., (China Automotive), incorporated on June 23, 1999, is a holding company. The Company, through its subsidiary, Great Genesis Holdings Limited (Genesis), owns interests in over eight Sino-joint ventures and over five subsidiaries in the People’s Republic of China (PRC), which manufacture power steering systems and/or related products for various segments of the automobile industry. Genesis also owns interests in a Brazil-based trading company, which engages mainly in the import and sales of automotive parts in Brazil. Henglong USA Corporation (HLUSA), which is a subsidiary of the Company, engages in marketing of automotive parts in North America, and provides after sales service and research and development support. The Company’s geographical segments include the United States, China and other foreign countries.
The Company’s subsidiary, Shenyang Jinbei Henglong Automotive Steering System Co., Ltd., focuses on power steering parts for light duty vehicles; Jingzhou Henglong Automotive Parts Co., Ltd. engages in the production of rack and pinion power steering gears for cars and light-duty vehicles; Shashi Jiulong Power Steering Gears Co., Ltd. mainly engages in the production of integral power steering gears for heavy-duty vehicles; Universal Sensor Application Inc. engages in the production and sales of sensor modules; Hubei Henglong Automotive System Group Co., Ltd engages in the production and sales of automotive steering systems; Chongqing Henglong Hongyan Automotive System Co., Ltd designs, develops and manufactures both hydraulic and electric power steering systems and parts; CAAS Brazil’s Imports And Trade In Automotive Parts Ltd. engages in the design, development and manufacture of both hydraulic and electric power steering systems and parts, and Fujian Qiaolong Special Purpose Vehicle Co., Ltd. manufactures and distributes drainage and rescue vehicles with mass flow, drainage vehicles with v ertical downhole operation, crawler-type mobile pump station! s, high-altitude water supply and discharge drainage vehicles, long-range control crawler-type mobile pump stations and other vehicles. Its Wuhan Chuguanjie Automotive Science and Technology Ltd. engages in research and development, manufacture and sales of automobile electronic systems and parts.
The Company competes with SAIC, ZF Germany, First Auto Group, Koyo Company and Nexteer.
- [By Monica Gerson]
China Automotive Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CAAS) is projected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.20 per share on revenue of $108.22 million.
Affimed NV (NASDAQ: AFMD) is projected to post a quarterly loss at $0.18 per share on revenue of $1.71 million.
Hot Cheapest Companies To Watch In Right Now: Nordstrom Inc.(JWN)
Nordstrom, Inc., a fashion specialty retailer, offers apparel, shoes, cosmetics, and accessories for women, men, and children in the United States. It offers a selection of brand name and private label merchandise. The company sells its products through various channels, including Nordstrom full-line stores, off-price Nordstrom Rack stores, Jeffrey? boutiques, treasure & bond, and Last Chance clearance stores; and its online store, nordstrom.com, as well as through catalog. Nordstrom also provides a private label card, two Nordstrom VISA credit cards, and a debit card for Nordstrom purchases. The company?s credit and debit cards feature a shopping-based loyalty program. As of September 30, 2011, it operated 222 stores, including 117 full-line stores, 101 Nordstrom Racks, 2 Jeffrey boutiques, 1 treasure & bond store, and 1 clearance store in 30 states. The company was founded in 1901 and is based in Seattle, Washington.
- [By Kristen Scholer]
Nordstrom Inc.(JWN) shares are on saleagain.
Shares of the department store are down as much as 12% to $46.65Friday after Nordstrom reported holiday-quarter earnings and sales that missed expectations and gave a downbeat outlook for the full year. The stock is set for its worst intraday drop since it last reported earnings in November, when shares fell as much as 21% after the retailer posted disappointing results and cut its profit and sales forecasts.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
While all retailers with an e-commerce business are exposed to these secular changes to some degree, those with a higher e-commerce penetration are more exposed, sooner. On the brick & mortar operations side, those retailers with the lowest wage rates are likely to be most impact by the essentially industry-wide wage increases brought on by Wal-Mart Stores (WMT); these retailers may see more incremental growth in their SG&A dollars from increased wage pressure. While Macy’s (M) appears to be in the worst challenged position, earlier this year the company announced initiatives to decrease their cost base by $400 mn, along with their longer term goal of reducing expenses by $500 mn by ’18. Even Nordstrom (JWN) appears to have begun to react with a major layoff recently in their technology team. Dillard’s (DDS) is likely least impacted, as it has a low e-commerce penetration as well as fairly competitive average wages.