When it comes to their retirement plans, what investors don’t know definitely can hurt thema lot.
That’s why the U.S. Department of Labor thought it was necessary to step in recently with new rules that will require all financial professionals to adhere to the fiduciary standard when they’re doling out recommendations to their clients about how to handle their qualified retirement plans and individual retirement accounts.
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These new rules are being phased in and won’t be in effect completely until January 1, 2018. But they could help investors make better decisions when choosing their financial professionals from the onset simply by bringing the subject to everyone’s attention.
After all, even if the DOL had taken no action, even if the issue had never found its way into the news, people should know whether their adviser is a fiduciary.
Hot Financial Companies To Watch For 2016: Jabil Circuit Inc.(JBL)
Jabil Circuit, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides electronic manufacturing services and solutions worldwide. The company offers electronics and mechanical design, production, product management, and after-market services to companies in the aerospace, automotive, computing, consumer, defense, industrial, instrumentation, medical, networking, peripherals, solar, storage, and telecommunications industries. Its services comprise integrated design and engineering; component selection, sourcing, and procurement; automated assembly; design and implementation of product testing; parallel global production; enclosure services; and systems assembly, direct-order fulfillment, and configure-to-order services. The company also provides set-top boxes, mobility products, and display products, as well as peripheral products, such as printers and point of sale terminals; and aftermarket services consisting of warranty and repair services. Jabil Circuit, Inc. was founded in 196 6 and is headquartered in St. Petersburg, Florida.
- [By Monica Gerson]
Jabil Circuit, Inc. (NYSE: JBL) is projected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.60 per share on revenue of $4.50 billion.
Guess?, Inc. (NYSE: GES) is expected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.58 per share on revenue of $657.59 million.
Hot Financial Companies To Watch For 2016: American Express Company(AXP)
American Express Company, together with its subsidiaries, provides charge and credit payment card products, and travel-related services worldwide. The company?s product portfolio consists of charge and credit card products; expense management products and services; consumer and business travel services; stored value cards, including travelers cheques and other prepaid products; network services; merchant acquisition and processing, point-of-sale, servicing and settlement, and marketing and information products and services for merchants; and fee services comprising market and trend analyses and related consulting services, fraud prevention services, and the design of customer loyalty and rewards programs. In addition, it publishes luxury lifestyle magazines; business and travel resources; general interest, cooking, travel, wine, cocktail, financial, and time management books; and international and electronic editions. The company sells its products and services to consumer s, small businesses, mid-sized companies, and large corporations through direct mail, on-line applications, targeted direct and third-party sales forces, and direct response advertising worldwide. American Express Company was founded in 1850 and is headquartered in New York, New York.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
Shares of American Express (AXP) opened up 3% this morning after reporting a big earnings beat but have since given back a big chunk of those gains. Credit Suisse analyst Moshe Orenbuch and Serena Hong explain why its earnings weren’t necessarily as good as they looked:
American Expressreported 1Q16 EPS of $1.45 ($1.50 excluding restructuring charge), beating our forecast of $1.27 and consensus estimates of $1.33…
Billed business growth accelerated on an FX adjusted basis, we believe, as a result of the extra day in the quarter as well as faster new account growth since mid-2015. However, the company indicated that a significant percentage of the ~2 million excess new accounts were converted Costco cardmembers who could switch to the Citi Costco card which carries higher rewards when those cards are mailed in June.
Revenues and expenses helped: Revenues were up 2% y/y and up 4% y/y on an FX adjusted basis and was helped by the leap year as well as spending from new accounts. Expenses were up 5% y/y, including the $84MM of restructuring charges, and the $127mm JetBlue sale gain. Management noted that there would be less “excess spending” than previously guided and 2Q operating expenses are expected to be down significantly as Amex books its gain from the US Costco sale. Long-term, revenue growth will still be negatively impacted by discount rate pressure, and credit costs will be rising.
Shares of American Express have gained 1% to $65.69 at $11:37 a.m. today, while Costco Wholesale (COST) has dropped 0.9% to $151.40, and JetBlue Airways (JBLU) is off 2.4% at $20.48.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
Berkshire’s QTD returns primarily reflected outperformance in technology and financials (International Business Machines (IBM), Moody’s (MCO), U.S. Bancorp (USB), and American Express (AXP)), partly offset by underperformance within energy, healthcare, and consumer-nondurables (Phillips 66 (PSX), Coca-Cola (KO), and DaVita HealthCare Partners (DVA)).
Top Medical Companies To Invest In Right Now: Pampa Energia S.A.(PAM)
Pampa Energia S.A., through its subsidiaries, engages in the generation, transmission, and distribution of electricity in Argentina. It has an installed hydro electricity generation capacity of approximately 2,217 megawatts. The company also joint-controls the operation and maintenance of the high-tension transmission network covering 10,613 kilometers (km) of own lines, as well as 6,110 km of high-tension lines belonging to Empresa de Transporte de Energa Elctricapor Distribucin Troncal de la Provincia de Buenos Aires Sociedad Annima Transba S.A. It distributes electricity to approximately 3.5 million residential, commercial, and industrial customers. The company was formerly known as Pampa Holding S.A. and changed its name to Pampa Energia S.A. in September 2008. Pampa Energia S.A. was incorporated in 1945 and is headquartered in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
- [By Lisa Levin]
Utilities shares gained by 0.68 percent in trading on Thursday. Top gainers in the sector included Pampa Energia S.A. (ADR) (NYSE: PAM), Empresa Distribuidora y Cmrz Nrt SA(ADR) (NYSE: EDN), and Consolidated Water Co. Ltd. (NASDAQ: CWCO).
- [By Lisa Levin]
In trading on Monday, utilities shares rose by just 0.1 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Atlantic Power Corp (NYSE: AT), down 2 percent, and Pampa Energia S.A. (ADR) (NYSE: PAM), down 4 percent.
- [By Lisa Levin]
On Thursday, utilities shares jumped by 0.50 percent. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included American Midstream Partners LP (NYSE: AMID), up 5 percent, and Pampa Energia S.A. (ADR) (NYSE: PAM), up 3 percent.