Credit Suisse analysts Seth Sigman and Kieran McGrath argue that both Home Depot (HD) and Lowe’s (LOW) will beat first -quarter earnings forecasts, but Home Depot is a “better way to play” earnings. They explain why:
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Home Depot/Lowe’s are positioned to deliver upside to Q1 expectations. With that relatively well known, our incremental analysis revisits the differences in housing trends and demand drivers inHome Depot vs.Lowe’s markets down to the store-level, helping explain the recent comps gap, as well as assess the sales and margin upside or recoverability inLowe’s case, as that remains a key consideration for investors and valuation.
The call: We believeHome Depot is the better way to play Q1 (even as these stocks move together on a longer term basis), as its markets have still outperformed Lowe’s, and its Pro oriented categories likely benefited more from weather. For Lowe’s, based on its market differences and more challenging seasonal trends in April, we assume the gap remains wide and similar to 4Q15. That said, our analysis supports thatLowe’s has opportunities to narrow the gap as the year goes on. And its EPS outlook on its own supports upside to its stock.
Hot Valued Companies To Invest In 2016: DIRECTV(DTV)
DIRECTV provides digital television entertainment in the United States and Latin America. The company provides direct-to-home (DTH) digital television services, as well as multi-channel video programming distribution services in the United States. It offers various channels of digital-quality video entertainment and CD-quality audio programming directly to subscribers’ homes or businesses, as well as video-on-demand services; and approximately 160 national high-definition television channels and 4 3D channels. The company also provides premium professional and collegiate sports programming, such as the NFL SUNDAY TICKET package, which allows subscribers to view the NFL games. In addition, it offers DTH digital television services in Latin America and the Caribbean, including Puerto Rico. The company provides its local and international programming under the DIRECTV and SKY brand names. As of December 31, 2010, it served approximately 19.2 million subscribers in the United States; and 8.9 million subscribers in Latin America. The company was founded in 1990 and is based in El Segundo, California.
- [By Christopher Freeburn]
Service disruptions on DirecTV’s (DTV) website temporarily interfered with subscribers’ ability to stream National Football League (NFL) games online for the last two Sundays.
Hot Valued Companies To Invest In 2016: Celgene Corporation(CELG)
Celgene Corporation discovers, develops, and commercializes therapies to treat cancer and inflammatory diseases worldwide. It markets REVLIMID, an oral immunomodulatory drug for multiple myeloma, myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS), and mantle cell lymphoma; ABRAXANE, a solvent-free chemotherapy product to treat breast, non-small cell lung, pancreatic, and gastric cancers; POMALYST/IMNOVID to treat multiple myeloma; and OTEZLA, a small-molecule inhibitor of phosphodiesterase 4 for psoriatic arthritis, psoriasis, ankylosing spondylitis, Beh莽et’s disease, atopic dermatitis, and ulcerative colitis. The companys products also include VIDAZA, a pyrimidine nucleoside analog to treat intermediate-2 and high-risk MDS, and chronic myelomonocytic leukemia, as well as acute myeloid leukemia (AML); THALOMID for the patients with multiple myeloma and erythema nodosum leprosum; ISTODAX to treat cutaneous and peripheral T-cell lymphoma; and F OCALIN, FOCALIN XR, and RITALIN products. Its clinical stage products include OTEZLA for the treatment of various immune-inflammatory diseases; sotatercept for the treatment of renal anemia, beta-thalassemia and MDS; luspatercept for beta-thalassemia and MDS; CC-486 to treat MDS, AML, and solid tumors; CC-122 and CC-220 to treat hematological and solid tumor cancers, and inflammation and immunology diseases; PDA-002 for the treat diabetic foot ulcers and peripheral neuropathy; and PNK-007 for hematological malignancies treatment. The company has collaborative agreements with Novartis Pharma AG; Acceleron Pharma; Agios Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; Epizyme Inc.; Sutro Biopharma, Inc.; bluebird bio, Inc.; FORMA Therapeutics Holdings, LLC; Acetylon Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; OncoMed Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; NantBioScience, Inc.; AstraZeneca PLC; Lycera Corp.; Juno Therapeutics, Inc.; and Triphase Accelerator Corporation, as well as a strategic collaboration with Nurix, Inc. The company was founded in 1980 and is headquartered in Summit, New Jersey.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
Importantly – it reinforces our view that large cap biotech may have gotten too cheap and big pharma companies are ready and poised to do more deals as they are flush with cash, in a low interest rate environment, and need pipeline…This is positive for other large caps as well including Celgene (CELG), BioMarin Pharmaceutical (BMRN), Vertex Pharmaceuticals (VRTX), etc.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
Do we need to remind you how hard biotech stocks have been hit this year? If you read this blog, probably not, but we’ll do it anyway. The iShares Nasdaq Biotechnology ETF (IBB) has fallen 24%, while Gilead Sciences (GILD) has declined 8.7%, Biogen (BIIB) has fallen 17%, Celgene (CELG) has dropped 16%, and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals (REGN) has plunged 32%. Yet despite these drops–and the decline in valuation that accompanied them–the Janus Equity Team contends nothing has changed for the sector:
- [By Ben Levisohn]
Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) now has a market cap of $308 billion dollars, just a smidgen less than that of Gilead Sciences (GILD), Biogen (BIIB), Mylan (MYL), Celgene (CELG) and Teva Pharmaceutical Industries (TEVA) combined. It’s time to sell, says Standpoint Research’s Ronnie Moas:
5 Best Electric Utility Stocks To Buy Right Now: Wynn Resorts, Limited(WYNN)
Wynn Resorts, Limited, together with its subsidiaries, develops, owns, and operates destination casino resorts. It operates in two segments, Macau Operations and Las Vegas Operations. The company operates Wynn Macau and Encore at Wynn Macau resort located in the Peoples Republic of China. As of February 13, 2015, its Macau resorts feature had approximately 284,000 square feet of casino space, which offered 24-hour gaming and a range of games with 498 table games and 625 slot machines, private gaming salons, sky casinos, and a poker; 2 luxury hotel towers with a total of 1,008 guest rooms and suites; casual and fine dining in 8 restaurants; approximately 57,000 square feet of retail shopping, including stores and boutiques; approximately 31,000 square feet of space for lounges and meeting facilities; recreation and leisure facilities, including two health clubs, spas, a salon, and a pool; and the Rotunda show. The company als o owned and operated Wynn Las Vegas and Encore at Wynn Las Vegas resort with a total of 4,748 hotel rooms, suites, and villas; 232 table games; 1,849 slot machines; a race and sports book and poker room in approximately 186,000 square feet of casino gaming space, including a sky casino and private gaming salons; 34 food and beverage outlets; 2 spas and salons; lounges; and approximately 99,000 square feet of retail shopping space. Its Las Vegas resorts also offer 3 nightclubs and a beach club; a Ferrari and Maserati automobile dealership; wedding chapels; an 18-hole golf course; approximately 290,000 square feet of meeting and convention space; a theater; and two showrooms, as well as a water-based theatrical production and entertainment production. Wynn Resorts, Limited was founded in 2002 and is based in Las Vegas, Nevada.
- [By Javier Hasse]
The top gainers in the index were:
Wynn Resorts, Limited (NASDAQ: WYNN), up 15.83 percent Freeport-McMoRan Inc (NYSE: FCX), up 13.09 percent
The top losers in the index were:
- [By Ben Levisohn]
He also likes Wynn Resorts (WYNN), despite its 34% gain.Santarelli writes:
As for WYNN, we believe near-term estimates continue to take a back seat to capital returns and the discounting of Cotai, though we do find near term numbers to be beatable in Macau given QTD trends, most notably on the VIP side. Net-net, we find WYNN to be the most compelling longer-term story in our coverage universe and given the scope of the Cotai development and its impact on valuation, we anticipate value attribution for the project will come well in advance of the historical rule of thumb for new openings in the space, which has generally been about one year.
Hot Valued Companies To Invest In 2016: Flowserve Corporation(FLS)
Flowserve Corporation designs, manufactures, distributes, and services industrial flow management equipment worldwide. The company operates through three segments: Engineered Product Division (EPD), Industrial Product Division (IPD), and Flow Control Division (FCD). The EPD segment offers custom and other engineered pumps and pump systems, mechanical seals, auxiliary systems, replacement parts, and related equipment and services, as well as manufactures gas-lubricated mechanical seals used in high-speed compressors. The IPD segment designs, manufactures, distributes, and services pre-configured engineered pumps and pump systems, including submersible motors for industrial markets. The FCD segment provides industrial valve and automation solutions comprising isolation and control valves, actuation, controls, and related equipment; and energy management products, such as steam traps, boiler controls and condensate, and energy re covery systems. Its products are used to control, direct, and manage the flow of liquids and gases. The company also offers aftermarket equipment services consisting of installation, advanced diagnostics, repair, and retrofitting. It primarily serves oil and gas, chemical, power generation, and water management markets, as well as general industries that include mining and ore processing, pharmaceuticals, pulp and paper, food and beverage, and other smaller applications. The company distributes its products through direct sales, distributors, and sales representatives. Flowserve Corporation was founded in 1912 and is headquartered in Irving, Texas.
- [By Damon Churchwell]
Increasing sales and margins
A second, even larger, flow technology company to consider is Flowserve (NYSE: FLS ) . The company’s flow control systems are utilized by a wide range of industries, led by oil & gas, chemicals, and power generation.
Hot Valued Companies To Invest In 2016: Imprivata, Inc.(IMPR)
Imprivata, Inc. provides information technology security and identity solutions to the healthcare industry in the United States, the United Kingdom, and internationally. Its security and identity platform provides authentication management, fast access to patient information, secure communication, and positive patient identification products to address critical security and compliance challenges faced by healthcare organizations. The company principally offers Imprivata OneSign, an integrated enterprise single sign-on, authentication management, and workflow automation platform that enables secure access and workflow optimization to workstations and applications. It also provides Imprivata Cortext, a cloud-supported secure communications platform that provides healthcare organizations and healthcare providers with secure SMS texting and messaging capabilities in compliance with applicable data privacy and security regulations. In addition, the company offers Imprivata Confirm ID that simplifies provider identity proofing, enables supervised enrollment, and enforces two factor authentication requirements, as well as integrates with electronic health record systems and offers multiple drug enforcement administration-approved two-factor authentication options for prescription signing. Further, it provides Imprivata PatientSecure, a software-based positive patient identification solution, which helps improve patient safety, revenue cycle efficiency, and patient experience by reducing duplicate medical records and overlays, as well as helps reduce the risk of identity theft and insurance fraud. Additionally, the company offers professional, customer support and education, and customer advocacy services. Imprivata, Inc. was incorporated in 2001 and is headquartered in Lexington, Massachusetts.
- [By Lisa Levin]
Shares of Imprivata Inc (NYSE: IMPR) got a boost, shooting up 31 percent to $19.01 as the company reached a definitive deal to be bought by an affiliate of Thoma Bravo, LLC, a private equity firm, for $544 million
Hot Valued Companies To Invest In 2016: Microsoft Corporation(MSFT)
Microsoft Corporation develops, licenses, and supports a range of software products and services for various computing devices worldwide. The company?s Windows & Windows Live Division segment offers PC operating system that primarily includes Windows 7 and Windows Vista operating systems; Windows live suite of applications and Web services; and Microsoft PC hardware products. Its Microsoft?s Server and Tools segment provides Windows Server operating systems, Windows Azure, Microsoft SQL Server, SQL Azure, Windows Intune, Windows Embedded, Visual Studio, Silverlight, system center products, Microsoft consulting services, and product support services. This segment also offers enterprise consulting services; and training and certification to developers and information technology professionals, as well as builds standalone and software development lifecycle tools for software architects, developers, testers, and project managers. The company?s Online Services Division segment provides online information and content through Bing, MSN portals, and adCenter, as well as Atlas online tools for advertisers. Its Microsoft Business Division segment offers Microsoft office; Microsoft Exchange; Microsoft SharePoint; Microsoft Lync; Microsoft Dynamics ERP and CRM; and Microsoft Office Web Apps, as well as office 365, an online service, offering Microsoft Office, Exchange, SharePoint, and Lync. The company?s Entertainment and Devices Division segment provides Xbox 360 entertainment platform, which includes the Xbox 360 gaming and entertainment console, Kinect for Xbox 360, Xbox 360 video games, Xbox LIVE, and Xbox 360 accessories; Mediaroom, an Internet protocol television software; and Windows Phone that provide Microsoft Office and Xbox LIVE functionality. It markets and distributes its products and services through original equipment manufacturers, distributors, and resellers, as well as through online. Microsoft was founded in 1975 and is headquartered i n Redmond, Washington.
- [By Paul Ausick]
On the operating system side of the equation, Android from Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG) and iOS from Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) continue to lead by wide margins. The Windows Phone operating system from Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ: MSFT) and BlackBerry OS from BlackBerry Ltd. (NASDAQ: BBRY) trail well behind.
- [By Jon C. Ogg]
24/7 Wall St. is a big fan of dividends, and we expect that there will be several big dividend hikes coming down the pipe from Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) components. That is particularly the case with the new DJIA components. McDonald’s Corp. (NYSE: MCD) and Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ: MSFT) both just hiked dividends this past week.
- [By Harold L. Vogel]
What a wonderful 30-year run! Cable system operators and networks have for this long time lived in the best of all business climates for growth and prosperity. This is unlike the airlines, for example, which have experienced violent ups and downs in profitability over this time (see "The Justice Department Flies in the Wrong Direction"). It’s unlike the situation for Microsoft (MSFT) and Intel (INTC) and Dell (DELL), who all rode the desktop boom and then faded to shadows in Apple’s (AAPL) sunlight. Of late, even Apple has lost considerable luster. Business history is filled with corporate ghosts from their previous dominantly-positioned pasts. But the cable industry has instead been able to power ahead with only a few bumps and scratches over an unusually long stretch of time.
- [By Michael Flannelly]
Early on Tuesday, software giant Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) announced that its board of directors has approved a 22% dividend increase and a new $40 billion share buyback program.
Microsoft will now pay out a quarterly dividend of 28 cents per share, up from the previous quarterly payout of 22 cents per share. This dividend will be paid on December 12 to shareholders of record on November 21, with an ex-dividend date of November 19.
Furthermore, the board of directors approved the new share repurchase program to replace the previous $40 billion share repurchase program that was set to expire on September 30. The new share buyback plan has no expiration date.
“These actions reflect a continued commitment to returning cash to our shareholders,” said Amy Hood, chief financial officer of Microsoft.
Microsoft shares were up 53 cents, or 1.61%, during pre-market trading on Tuesday. The stock is up 22.8% year-to-date.