The Federal Reserve kept its benchmark interest rate unchanged Wednesday but acknowledged that inflation is beginning to creep higher.
In a widely expected move, the central bank’s Federal Open Market Committee held the funds rate at a target of 1.5 percent to 1.75 percent.
However, there were several tweaks to the post-meeting statement that market participants likely will find instructive. Markets that already were anticipating that the Fed would move to a more aggressive posture this year got more to chew on.
Perhaps most significantly, the committee noted that “overall inflation and inflation for items other than food and energy have moved close to 2 percent.” That was an upgrade from the March meeting in which the FOMC said the indicators “have continued to run below 2 percent.”
Hot Energy Stocks To Watch Right Now: Cliffs Natural Resources Inc.(CLF)
- [By Tyler Crowe]
At first glance, Cleveland-Cliffs’ (NYSE:CLF) most recent earnings report might make shareholders want to push the sell button as fast as they can open their brokerage accounts. But before you precipitously sour on this iron miner, take a deeper look at its results. Even though its revenue and earnings were down drastically, those declines were largely a product of its moves to shut down unprofitable assets.
- [By Garrett Baldwin]
Shares of General Electric Co. (NYSE: GE) are in focus after the company reported earnings before the bell. GE stock popped 5.6% after the firm topped earnings per share (EPS) estimates by $0.05 and backed its 2018 outlook. The firm reported EPS of $0.16 on top of $28.66 billion in revenue. GE stock had been off nearly 18% from its last earnings report on January 24 due to ongoing financial and legal problems.
Crude oil prices dipped Friday after U.S. President Donald Trump took aim at OPEC. Trump accused the cartel of keeping oil prices “artificially high” despite “record amounts of oil all over the place.” Brent crude and WTI crude oil both hit three-year highs this week after Saudi Arabia suggested that it was working to press oil prices back above $100 per barrel.
Three Stocks to Watch Today: PM, MO, WFC
Shares of Philip Morris International Inc.(NYSE: PM) fell this morning after the firm experienced its worst trading day since its spin-off from Altria Group Inc. (NYSE: MO). Shares of PM fell as much as 16% after the firm fell short of revenue expectations after the bell. MO stock fell roughly 6% on the day.
Shares of Wells Fargo & Co. (NYSE: WFC) are under pressure after The New York Times reported that the firm may be facing a $1 billion fine. The fines would cover a variety of “alleged” misdeeds that include the firm’s push on customers to purchase auto insurance they didn’t need and charging mortgage customers fees for services that they were not using. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency will most likely announce the fine today. Money MorningCapital Wave StrategistShah Gilani weighed in on the topic this week, and he offers a scorching indictment.
Qualcomm Inc. (Nasdaq: QCOM) is on the move today after the semiconductor giant announced plans to lay off 1,500 employees. The cuts are expected to hit employees in California and cities around the globe. The cuts are part of the fi
- [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
AGM Group Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: AGMH) shares climbed 30.3 percent to $11.05 after climbing 34.60 percent on Thursday.
Limelight Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: LLNW) jumped 21.2 percent to $4.9699 following a first-quarter earnings beat. The company also raised its fiscal 2018 estimates.
Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) shares climbed 18.8 percent to $7.89 after reporting strong Q1 earnings.
Farmers Capital Bank Corp (NASDAQ: FFKT) gained 15.4 percent to $48.75. WesBanco Inc (NASDAQ: WSBC) announced an agreement and plan of merger with Farmers Capital Bank Corporation.
TransUnion (NYSE: TRU) climbed 10.2 percent to $66.76 after the company posted upbeat Q1 results and issued a strong forecast for the second quarter. TransUnion announced plans to acquire Callcredit.
Myomo, Inc. (NYSE: MYO) shares gained 9.2 percent to $3.9299 after rising 8.11 percent on Thursday.
Pinnacle Foods Inc (NYSE: PF) gained 8.8 percent to $60.04 after a 13-D filing from Jana Partners showed an increased stake in the comapny, from 1.42 million shares at the end of last quarter to 10.83 million shares, or a 9.3-percent stake.
Associated Banc-Corp (NYSE: ASB) shares climbed 8.8 percent to $26.70 following upbeat Q1 earnings.
OFG Bancorp (NYSE: OFG) gained 8.5 percent to $12.80 after reporting Q1 results.
Cleveland-Cliffs Inc. (NYSE: CLF) climbed 7.5 percent to $7.73 following Q1 results.
Seaspan Corporation (NYSE: SSW) shares climbed 6.7 percent to $7.50. Deutsche Bank upgraded Seaspan from Hold to Buy.
General Electric Company (NYSE: GE) shares rose 4.6 percent to $14.63 after the company reported better-than-expected earnings for its first quarter.
Ionis Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: IONS) rose 4.3 percent to $47.80. Biogen and Ionis have expanded their strategic collaboration to develop drug candidates for a broad range of neurological diseases.
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Hot Energy Stocks To Watch Right Now: CVS Health Corporation(CVS)
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The space that could come under the most pressure are the pharmacy benefit management players, an industry that thrives on the rebate system. Stocks to watch include: CVS Health (CVS) (owns PBM Caremark) and Express Scripts (ESRX) (and by extension Cigna (CI) , which is trying to acquire Express Scripts).
- [By Paul Ausick]
CVS Health Corp. (NYSE: CVS) traded down about 1.8% Tuesday and posted a new 52-week low of $60.50 after closing Monday at $61.60. The stock’s 52-week high is $84.00. Volume totaled about 5 million, about half the daily average. The company had specific news.
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Robbins made the comment during his presentation at the Sohn conference, adding that he was refuting speculation that he was opposed to the deal. Glenveiw Capital owns a 1.2% of Cigna, according to FactSet. Robbins added that he likes Express Scripts, CVS (CVS) and McKesson Corp. (MCK) .
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“Alexa, order me my Lipitor” are five words that could prove financially devastating to pharmacies such as Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA) , CVS Health (CVS) and Rite Aid (RAD) .
- [By Trey Thoelcke]
CVS Health Corp. (NYSE: CVS) is set to report its most recent quarterly results early on Wednesday. Analysts are calling for $1.41 in earnings per share (EPS) and $45.78 billion in revenue. Shares closed the week at $69.95, with a consensus price target of $88.57 and a 52-week trading range of $60.14 to $84.00.
- [By Todd Campbell, Rich Smith, and Neha Chamaria]
Dividend paying stocks historically outperform non-dividend paying stocks, but that doesn’t mean that all dividend paying companies are created equal. Some businesses are better than others, and the best businesses offer the greatest opportunity for future dividend increases. If you’re hunting for top dividend stocks that offer more than just a high yield, it could be time to consider buyingCVS Health (NYSE:CVS), Welltower (NYSE:WELL), and STORE Capital (NYSE:STOR).
Hot Energy Stocks To Watch Right Now: PHH Corp(PHH)
- [By Max Byerly]
PHH (NYSE:PHH) is scheduled to be announcing its earnings results after the market closes on Tuesday, May 8th. Analysts expect the company to announce earnings of ($0.94) per share for the quarter.
- [By Max Byerly]
Orix (NYSE: IX) and PHH (NYSE:PHH) are both finance companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, analyst recommendations, profitability, earnings, dividends, risk and institutional ownership.
- [By Logan Wallace]
PHH (NYSE: PHH) and Orix (NYSE:IX) are both finance companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their risk, institutional ownership, earnings, dividends, valuation, analyst recommendations and profitability.