Getty Images You’ve probably been seeing headlines about yet another financial crash on the horizon. It’s true, the International Monetary Fund has released grim projections for the immediate future of world finance. Why? Well, it’s complicated. Basically, the forces which were put in place to fix the last recession may just have caused another bubble in another sector. The 2008 Recession The last bubble and subsequent recession were caused when Wall Street took on huge amounts of cheap debt. This debt, as it was repaid, was meant to pay off many times over. But the reality of the situation was much different. In many cases, the debt was put on the back of private individuals who couldn’t handle it, who shouldn’t have been offered a loan in the first place. They defaulted en masse and — among many other factors — it caused the bubble to pop. Debt is only worth something if it gets paid back, plus interest. In 2008 the whole house of cards collapsed. Massive firms like Lehman Brothers went under and a lot of money just disappeared. The ‘Brittle’ 2015 Global Market Things are different this time around and Wall Street isn’t on the hook. In an attempt to stabilize global markets following the last recession, borrowing has been made extremely cheap in developed economies like the United States. Economists thought this would shock the heartbeat of the pre-Crash economy back to life, but the U.S. was never able to wean borrowers off of ultra low rates. Investors of all sizes have been snapping up this cheap debt for several years now, causing many to worry that these are exactly the same conditions that caused the 2008 crash. There are other global factors which make this scenario different from that of 2008. This time, Wall Street isn’t the one holding all of this cheap debt. This time it’s spread all around the world, in companies, private investors and world governments. Many of the nations involved are so-called “developing” economies, which have been using cheap borrowing to fund expansion. What Does This Mean for You?
Hot International Stocks To Watch For 2017: Lannett Co Inc(LCI)
Lannett Company, Inc. develops, manufactures, packages, markets, and distributes generic versions of branded pharmaceutical products in the United States. It offers solid oral, extended release, topical, nasal, and oral solution finished dosage forms of drugs that address a range of therapeutic areas, as well as ophthalmic, patch, foam, buccal, sublingual, soft gel, and injectable dosages. The company provides its products for various medical indications comprising glaucoma, muscle relaxant, migraine, anesthetic, congestive heart failure, thyroid deficiency, dryness of the mouth, gout, bronchospasms, hypertension, and gallstone. It also manufactures active pharmaceutical ingredients. Lannett Company, Inc. markets its products under the Diamox, Lioresal, Fioricet, Fiorinal, Fiorinal w/ Codeine #3, Lanoxin, Levoxyl/Synthroid, Salagen, Benemid, Brethine, Dyazide, and Actigall brands. The company sells its pharmaceutical products to generic pharmaceutical distributors, drug wholesalers, chain drug retailers, private label distributors, mail-order pharmacies, other pharmaceutical manufacturers, managed care organizations, hospital buying groups, governmental entities, and health maintenance organizations. It has development and supply agreements with Azad Pharma AG, Aenova of Switzerland, Pharma 2B, the GC Group of Israel, HEC Pharm Group, and Sunshine Lake LLC, as well as with Jerome Stevens Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Cerovene, Symplemed, Inc., and Summit Bioscience LLC. The company was founded in 1942 and is based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
But it hasn’t been all bad news. Lannett (LCI) has gained 1.9% to $16.00 after it reported a profit of 12 cents, above the 7 cents forecast by analysts. And shares of Krispy Kreme (KKD) are unchanged after the company said it would earn 59 cents to 63 cents in the slides for a presentation tomorrow. Considering what happened the last time Krispy Kreme opened its mouth, that has to be considered good news.
Hot International Stocks To Watch For 2017: Yum! Brands, Inc.(YUM)
YUM! Brands, Inc. (YUM), incorporated on May 30, 1997, is engaged in restaurant business. The Company develops, operates, franchises and licenses an across the world system of restaurants, which prepare, package and sell a menu of food items, primarily through the three concepts of KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell (the Concepts). YUM operates through four segments: YUM China (China Division), which includes all operations in mainland China; The KFC Division, which includes all operations of the KFC concept outside of China Division; The Pizza Hut Division, which includes all operations of the Pizza Hut concept outside of China Division, and the Taco Bell Division, which includes all operations of the Taco Bell concept. The Company has over 42,000 restaurants in over 130 countries and territories. The Company’s three Concepts focus on the chicken, pizza and Mexican-style food categories, respectively.
The Company’s China Division, based in Sh anghai, China, comprises approximately 7,180 units, primarily Company-owned KFCs and Pizza Huts. It also owns non-controlling interests in Chinese entities operating in a manner similar to KFC franchisees and a meat processing entity that supplies lamb to the Little Sheep business.
KFC operates in approximately 130 countries and territories throughout the world. KFC has over 5,000 units in China, approximately 370 units in India and over 14,580 units within the KFC Division. KFC restaurants across the world offer fried and non-fried chicken products, such as sandwiches, chicken strips, chicken-on-the-bone and other chicken products marketed under a range of names. KFC restaurants also offer a range of entrees and side items suited to local preferences and tastes.
Pizza Hut is a restaurant chain specializing in the sale of ready-to-eat pizza products. The Company’s Pizza Hut operates in approximately 90 countri es and territories throughout the world. Pizza Hut has appro! ximately 1,900 units in China, over 430 units in India and approximately 13,730 units within the Pizza Hut Division. Pizza Hut operates in the delivery, carryout and casual dining segments around the world. Pizza Hut features a range of pizzas, which are marketed under varying names. Each of these pizzas is offered with a range of different toppings suited to local preferences and tastes. Pizza Huts also offer pasta and chicken wings, including approximately 5,900 stores offering wings under the brand WingStreet in the United States. Outside the United States, Pizza Hut casual dining restaurants offer a range of core menu products other than pizza, which are suited to local preferences and tastes.
Taco Bell operates in over 20 countries and territories throughout the world. There are over 6,400 Taco Bell units within the Taco Bell Division, primarily in the United States, and approximately seven units in India. Taco Bell specializes in Mex ican-style food products, including various types of tacos, burritos, quesadillas, salads, nachos and other related items. Taco Bell offers breakfast items in its the United States stores.
- [By Javier Hasse]
Shares of Yum! Brands, Inc. (NYSE: YUM) rose more than 4 percent after the bell rang, driven by the company’s first quarter financial results. Although revenue of $2.62 billion, flat year-over-year, missed estimates by $40 million, EPS of $0.95 came in $0.12 above the Street’s consensus. China restaurant sales rose 6 percent over the quarter.
- [By Dividends4Life]
YUM! Brands Inc. (YUM) operates quick service restaurants in the United States and internationally. September 19th the company increased its quarterly dividend 10% to $0.37 per share. The dividend is payable November 1, 2013 to shareholders of record at the close of business on October 11, 2013. The yield based on the new payout is 2.1%.
- [By AnnaLisa Kraft]
AFC Enterprises has grown its Popeye’s and Popeye’s Louisiana Kitchen restaurants so now competes with the big boys likeYum! Brands (NYSE: YUM ) . Yum! Brands as a global chicken restaurant.
5 Best Specialty Retail Stocks For 2017: CRB Futures Index(CR)
Crane Co. manufactures and sells engineered industrial products in the United States and internationally. The company operates in five segments: Aerospace & Electronics, Engineered Materials, Merchandising Systems, Fluid Handling, and Controls. The Aerospace & Electronics segment offers pressure, fuel flow, and position sensors and subsystems; brake control systems; coolant, lube and fuel pumps; and seat actuation products. This segment also provides power supplies and custom microelectronics for aerospace, defense, medical, and other applications; and electrical power components, power management products, electronic radio frequency, and microwave frequency components and subsystems for the defense, space, and military communications markets. The Engineered Materials segment manufactures fiberglass-reinforced plastic panels for the truck trailer and recreational vehicle markets, industrial markets, and the commercial construction industry. The Merchandising Systems segmen t offers vending solutions, such as food, snack, and beverage vending machines; and vending machine software and online solutions, as well as payment solutions, including coin accepters and dispensers, coin hoppers, coin recyclers, bill validators, and bill recyclers. The Fluid Handling segment manufactures and sells various industrial and commercial valves and actuators; provides valve testing, parts, and services; manufactures and sells pumps and water purification solutions; distributes pipe, pipe fittings, couplings, and connectors; and designs, manufactures, and sells corrosion-resistant plastic-lined pipes and fittings. The Controls segment produces ride-leveling, air-suspension control valves for heavy trucks and trailers; pressure, temperature, and level sensors; ultra-rugged computers, measurement and control systems, and intelligent data acquisition products; and water treatment equipment. Crane Co. was founded in 1855 and is based in Stamford, Connecticut.
- [By Monica Gerson]
Crane Co. (NYSE: CR) is expected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.86 per share on revenue of $644.60 million.
Oceaneering International (NYSE: OII) is projected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.35 per share on revenue of $641.85 million.
Hot International Stocks To Watch For 2017: Westlake Chemical Corporation(WLK)
Westlake Chemical Corporation manufactures and markets basic chemicals, vinyls, polymers, and building products. It operates through two segments, Olefins and Vinyls. The Olefins segment offers ethylene, polyethylene, styrene monomer, and various ethylene co-products, as well as sells propylene, crude butadiene, pyrolysis gasoline, and hydrogen. The Vinyls segment provides specialty and commodity PVC, VCM, EDC, chlorine, caustic soda, and ethylene. This segment also manufactures and sells products fabricated from PVC, including pipe, fittings, profiles, foundation building products, fence and deck components, window and door components, and film and sheet products. The companys products are used in various consumer and industrial markets, including flexible and rigid packaging, automotive products, coatings, and residential and commercial construction, as well as other durable and non-durable goods. It also offers its produc ts to a range of customers, including chemical processors, plastics fabricators, small construction contractors, municipalities, and supply warehouses primarily in North America and Europe. The company was founded in 1985 and is headquartered in Houston, Texas.
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