The US Treasury market’s implied inflation forecast has surged in recent days, albeit after reaching unusually low levels last month. Nonetheless, the rollercoaster of revising expectations rolls on, and this time there’s an upside bias bubbling. The spread between the nominal 10-year yield and its inflation-indexed counterpart reached 1.48% yesterday (Mar. 1), based on daily data from Treasury.gov. That’s still a low rate relative to the roughly 1.5%-2.5% range in recent years. But the latest pop marks a sharp increase from mid-February, when the market’s inflation forecast at one point dipped to 1.18%.
The upward bias of late looks reasonable in the wake of last week’s January report on personal income and spending, which revealed a firmer inflation trend. The personal consumption expenditures (PCE) price index increased 1.3% for the year through January, the strongest annual gain since Oct. 2014. Meanwhile, the Fed’s preferred inflation benchmarkcore PCE, which excludes food and energyticked up to a 1.7% year-over-year increase, which marks the biggest advance since July 2014.
Hot Gas Utility Stocks To Buy For 2016: Albemarle Corporation(ALB)
Albemarle Corporation develops, manufactures, and markets engineered specialty chemicals worldwide. The companys Performance Chemicals segment offers brominated flame retardants under the Saytex brand; mineral-based flame retardants under the Martinal and Magnifin brands; and elemental bromine, alkyl bromides, inorganic bromides, brominated powdered activated carbon, and bromine fine chemicals that are used in chemical synthesis, oil and gas well drilling and completion fluids, mercury control, paper manufacturing, water purification, beef and poultry processing, and various other industrial applications. This segment also provides tertiary amines for surfactants, biocides, disinfectants, and sanitizers; aluminum oxides for use in various refractory, ceramic, and polishing applications; plastic and other additives comprising curatives; and supplies fine chemistry products and performance chemicals for pharmaceutical and agri cultural use, as well as offers custom manufacturing, research, and chemical scale-up services for companies. Its Catalyst Solutions Segment provides refinery catalysts, such as hydroprocessing catalysts, fluidized catalytic cracking catalysts, and additives. This segment also offers performance catalyst solutions, including organometallic co-catalysts and metallocene components and co-catalysts; single-site catalysts; Ziegler-Natta catalysts under the Advantage brand; electronic materials consisting of metal organic products and other products; and chemical catalysts used in the chemical industry. The company serves petroleum refining, consumer electronics, construction, automotive, lubricants, pharmaceuticals, crop protection, food safety, and custom chemistry service markets. Albemarle Corporation was founded in 1994 and is headquartered in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
- [By Monica Gerson]
Albemarle Corporation (NYSE: ALB) is estimated to post its quarterly earnings at $0.86 per share on revenue of $814.80 million.
Markit Ltd (NASDAQ: MRKT) is expected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.36 per share on revenue of $293.62 million.
Hot Gas Utility Stocks To Buy For 2016: Computer Programs and Systems Inc.(CPSI)
Computer Programs and Systems, Inc., a healthcare information technology company, designs, develops, markets, installs, and supports computerized information technology systems to small and midsize hospitals in the United States. Its enterprise-wide system automates the management of clinical and financial data across the primary functional areas of a hospital. The company offers services that enable customers to outsource certain data-related business processes in the areas of clinical care, revenue cycle management, cost control, and regulatory compliance. Its software products include Patient Management, which enables a hospital to identify a patient at any point in the healthcare delivery system, and to collect and maintain patient information through the process of patient care; Financial Accounting that provides various business office applications to track and coordinate information needed for managerial decision-making; and Clinical, which automates record keeping and reporting for a range of clinical functions, such as laboratory, radiology, physical therapy, respiratory care, and pharmacy. The company?s software products also comprise Patient Care that allows hospitals to create computerized patient files; and Enterprise Applications, which provide software applications that support its products for use in various areas of the hospital. In addition, it offers support and maintenance services; business management services, including electronic billing, statement processing, accounts receivable management, payroll processing, contract management, and insurance services; and system implementation and training services, such as conversion and training. Further, the company sells computer hardware, peripherals, forms, and office supplies. It serves acute care community hospitals; and small specialty hospitals that focus on medical areas, such as surgery, rehabilitation, and psychiatry. The company was founded in 1979 and is headquartere d in Mobile, Alabama.
- [By Lisa Levin]
Shares of Computer Programs & Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CPSI) were down 31 percent to $27.00 after the company posted weaker-than-expected Q2 results.
10 Best Sliver Stocks For 2016: Luby's, Inc.(LUB)
Lubys, Inc., through its subsidiaries, operates as a multi-brand restaurant company in the United States. The company operates in three segments: Company-Owned Restaurants, Franchise Operations, and Culinary Contract Services. Its primary brands include Lubys Cafeteria, Fuddruckers – Worlds Greatest Hamburgers, and Lubys Culinary Contract Services; and other brands comprise Cheeseburger in Paradise and Bob Lubys Seafood. The company also offers culinary contract services consisting of contract arrangements to manage food services for clients operating in healthcare, higher education, and corporate dining businesses. As of December 3, 2015, it operated 94 Luby’s Cafeterias, 76 Fuddruckers restaurants, 8 Cheeseburger in Paradise full service restaurants and bars, and 1 Bob Luby’s Seafood Grill; and franchised 106 Fuddruckers franchise locations across the United States, including Puerto Rico, as well as Canada, Mexico, Italy, Poland, Chile, and the Dominican Republic. In addition, the company provides food service management to 21 sites. The company, formerly known as Lubys Cafeterias, Inc., was founded in 1947 and is headquartered in Houston, Texas.
- [By Monica Gerson]
Luby’s, Inc. (NYSE: LUB) is expected to post earnings for the latest quarter.
Simulations Plus, Inc. (NASDAQ: SLP) is estimated to post its quarterly earnings at $0.07 per share on revenue of $5.00 million.
Hot Gas Utility Stocks To Buy For 2016: Navios Maritime Holdings Inc.(NM)
Navios Maritime Holdings Inc. operates as a seaborne shipping and logistics company. It focuses on the transportation and transshipment of dry bulk commodities, including iron ore, coal, and grains. It operates in two segments, Dry bulk Vessel Operations and Logistics Business. The Dry bulk Vessel Operations segment engages in the transportation and handling of bulk cargoes through the ownership, operation, and trading of vessels, freight, and forward freight agreements. This segment charters its vessels to trading houses, producers, and government-owned entities. The Logistics Business segment operates ports and transfer station terminals; handles vessels, barges, and push boats; and operates upriver transport facilities in the Hidrovia region. This segment provides its integrated transportation, storage, and related services through its port facilities, fleet of dry and liquid cargo barges, and product tankers to mineral and grain commodity providers, as well as users of refined petroleum products. The companys fleet consists of 66 vessels totaling 6.6 million deadweight tons. It operates in North America, Europe, Asia, South America, and internationally. Navios Maritime Holdings Inc. is based in Monte Carlo, Monaco.
- [By Nickey Friedman]
Navios Maritime Holdings (NYSE: NM ) has two operating segments: shipping and logistics. Analysts have already begun to raise their profit estimates for 2014, currently at $0.11 EPS up from $0.01 a week ago. Expect that number to continue to rise dramatically. Navios pays a $0.06 per share quarterly dividend and trades around 40% below its book value. It used to trade as high as $17 back in 2007.
- [By Monica Gerson]
Navios Maritime Holdings Inc. (NYSE: NM) is expected to report a quarterly loss at $0.37 per share on revenue of $101.51 million.
Pure Storage Inc (NYSE: PSTG) is estimated to post a quarterly loss at $0.23 per share on revenue of $138.13 million.
Hot Gas Utility Stocks To Buy For 2016: PriceSmart, Inc.(PSMT)
PriceSmart, Inc. (PriceSmart), incorporated on August 17, 1994, business consists primarily of international membership shopping warehouse clubs similar to warehouse clubs in the United States. The Company owns and operates United States-style membership shopping warehouse clubs through wholly owned subsidiaries operating in Latin America and the Caribbean using the trade name PriceSmart. The Companys operating segments are the United States, Latin America and the Caribbean. The warehouse clubs sell basic high quality consumer goods at low prices to individuals and businesses. The Company ships its United States and other internationally sourced merchandise directly to its warehouse clubs or to the Company’s consolidation points (distribution centers).
The no-frills warehouse club-type buildings range in size from 48,000 to 1,00,000 square feet and are located primarily in urban areas. As of December 1, 2014, the Company had approximately 1.2 million member accounts and 2.3 million card holders. The Company had 36 consolidated warehouse clubs in operation in 12 countries and 1 U.S. territory (6 each in Costa Rica and Colombia; 4 each in Panama and Trinidad; 3 each in Guatemala, Honduras and in the Dominican Republic; 2 in El Salvador; and 1 each in Aruba, Barbados, Jamaica, Nicaragua, and the United States Virgin Islands), of which the Company owns 100% of the corresponding legal entities.
- [By Monica Gerson]
PriceSmart, Inc. (NASDAQ: PSMT) is projected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.88 per share on revenue of $775.12 million.
Ruby Tuesday, Inc. (NYSE: RT) is expected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.05 per share on revenue of $284.14 million.
- [By Monica Gerson]
Wall Street expects PriceSmart, Inc. (NASDAQ: PSMT) to post its quarterly earnings at $0.88 per share on revenue of $775.12 million. PriceSmart shares rose 0.01 percent to $82.84 in after-hours trading.
Hot Gas Utility Stocks To Buy For 2016: The NASDAQ OMX Group Inc.(NDAQ)
The NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc. provides trading, clearing, exchange technology, securities listing, and public company services worldwide. It offers trading across various asset classes, including cash equities, derivatives, debt, commodities, structured products, and exchange traded funds; capital formation solutions; financial services and exchanges technology; market data products; and financial indexes, as well as clearing, settlement, and depository services. The company also provides broker services comprising technology and customized securities administration solutions, such as back-office systems to financial participants. In addition, it offers global listing services; technology solutions for trading, clearing, settlement, and information dissemination; and facility management integration, surveillance solutions, and advisory services, as well as develops and licenses NASDAQ OMX branded indexes, associated derivatives, and financial products. As of December 31, 2010 , a total of 2,778 companies listed securities on The NASDAQ Stock Market. The NASDAQ OMX Group supports the operations of approximately 70 exchanges, clearing organizations, and central securities depositories. The company was formerly known as The Nasdaq Stock Market, Inc. and changed its name to The NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc. in February 2008. The NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc. was founded in 1971 and is based in New York, New York.
- [By Maureen Farrell]
Twitter will try not to mimic Facebook’s mistakes on IPO day.
NEW YORK (CNNMoney) At the start of last year, Nasdaq (NDAQ) and Morgan Stanley (MS, Fortune 500) were on top of the tech world. Both landed key roles in Facebook’s hotly anticipated initial public offering.
But Facebook’s IPO changed that. Both companies were widely criticized for Facebook’s face plant of a debut. The problems that marred Facebook’s IPO clearly hurt the image of Nasdaq and Morgan Stanley.