Small SUVs are the hottest segment in the new car market right now. So maybe it shouldn’t be surprising that a big chunk of the new vehicle unveilings at the Los Angeles Auto Show were little crossover SUVs.
It seemed like there was an SUV popping out every time you turned around. For starters, Ford unveiled its new EcoSport just before the show with DJ Khaled doing the honors.
The Jeep Compass is another example of the car market’s madness for small-sized SUVs. The current version is a strong seller despite abysmal reviews. Consumer Reports gave it the lowest rating of any compact SUV and Car & Driver awarded it a mere 1.5 out of a possible five stars.
And yet, as of last month, Jeep Compass sales for the year were up 44%. According to Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCAM), which makes Jeeps, the sales jump reflects the Compass’s relatively low price given all the desirable SUV features that it offers.
DJ Khaled unveils new Ford EcoSport on Snapchat
It’s too soon to know, of course, how good the new Compass is but it should at least be a vast improvement over the outgoing model. Since it’s a Jeep, engineers took off-road capability seriously in creating the new Compass. Two different full-time all-wheel-drive systems are available including a super-slow off-road “crawl” gearing ratio. “Trail Rated” versions can wade through 19 inches of water and climb over steep hills and out of tight ditches. At the same time, Jeep also promises better on-road behavior.
Top Low Price Stocks To Buy Right Now: Guess?, Inc.(GES)
- [By Leo Sun]
Several apparel retailers recently disproved the bears, who believed that sluggish mall traffic, e-tailers, and fast fashion players would bury older clothing stores. That list of winners includes Abercrombie & Fitch (NYSE:ANF), Guess (NYSE:GES), and Ralph Lauren (NYSE:RL), which rallied 81%, 116%, and 106%, respectively, over the past 12 months.
- [By Ethan Ryder]
Guess?, Inc. (NYSE:GES) – Equities research analysts at Jefferies Financial Group raised their FY2019 earnings estimates for shares of Guess? in a research note issued on Thursday, August 30th. Jefferies Financial Group analyst J. Stichter now forecasts that the company will post earnings of $1.03 per share for the year, up from their previous estimate of $0.98. Jefferies Financial Group also issued estimates for Guess?’s Q4 2019 earnings at $0.72 EPS and FY2020 earnings at $1.46 EPS.
- [By Dan Caplinger]
Wall Street saw mixed performance in the stock market on Tuesday, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average setting a record high even as other indexes gave up ground. Weak performances from the small-cap Russell 2000 and the tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite reflected concerns about whether rallies in those areas of the market have become overextended, but investors in the larger global companies in the Dow like the more favorable trade environment that’s emerged in recent days. Even so, some individual stocks suffered setbacks. Advanced Micro Devices (NASDAQ:AMD), Roku (NASDAQ:ROKU), and Guess? (NYSE:GES) were among the worst performers on the day. Here’s why they did so poorly.
- [By Garrett Baldwin]
Three Stocks to Watch Today: CRM, GOOGL, DKS
Salesforce.com Inc. (NYSE: CRM) will report earnings after the bell. The cloud computing giant is expected to report earnings per share of $0.47 on top of $3.23 billion in revenue. With strong cloud-computing demand from businesses, expect a lot of anticipation around the company’s third-quarter forecast and full-year outlook. Investors will also be looking for an update on the impact of its acquisition of MuleSoft, the largest deal in Salesforce history. The White House is pressuring Alphabet Inc. (Nasdaq: GOOGL) after President Trump accused the team behind the Google search engine of selective bias. Trump believes that Google has been hiding positive news about him, but he failed to provide any evidence to his claims. Trump’s top economic advisor, Larry Kudlow, said the White House is “having a look” at Google, but didn’t provide any details on the plan. Shares of Amazon.com Inc. (Nasdaq: AMZN) are on the move thanks to a big upgrade from Morgan Stanley (NYSE: MS). Analysts at the investment bank hiked their price target for AMZN stock to $2,500 per share. That figure would push the e-commerce giant’s market capitalization to a whopping $1.2 trillion. This is the highest price target among the 41 analysts covering the stock, according to data from FactSet. Look for additional earnings reports from Dick’s Sporting Goods Inc. (NYSE: DKS), American Eagle Outfitters Inc. (NYSE: AEO), PVH Corp. (NYSE: PVH), Guess? Inc. (NYSE: GES), Express Inc. (Nasdaq: EXPR), and Tilly’s Inc. (Nasdaq: TLYS).
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- [By Steve Symington]
Shares of Guess? Inc. (NYSE:GES) fell 19.4% on Thursday after the clothing retailer announced solid fiscal first-quarter 2019 results but followed with underwhelming forward earnings guidance.
Top Low Price Stocks To Buy Right Now: CACI International, Inc.(CACI)
- [By Max Byerly]
Travelzoo (NASDAQ: TZOO) and CACI (NYSE:CACI) are both retail/wholesale companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, risk, earnings, dividends, institutional ownership, profitability and valuation.
- [By Lou Whiteman]
CACI (NYSE:CACI) earlier this year fell short in its audacious bid to steal CSRA from the arms of General Dynamics, but the company did walk away with an attractive consolation prize from the deal.
- [By Lou Whiteman]
That reasoning has fueled the rush of consolidation and explains why we are likely to see further deals in the quarters to come. Specifically, there’s CACI International (NYSE:CACI), the rumored runner-up for Engility. CACI also made an unsuccessful attempt to break up General Dynamics’ deal for CSRA, and will now face a landscape with three pure-play companies — plus a General Dynamics that is significantly larger than CACI — and seems destined to act.
- [By Lou Whiteman]
Kratos Defense & Security Solutions (NASDAQ:KTOS) and CACI International (NYSE:CACI) are two very different companies who rely on a common customer: The U.S. government. Kratos is a onetime wireless-infrastructure vendor who in recent years has focused on microwave electronics, satellite communications, and, most recently, drones. CACI meanwhile was founded in the 1960s by a pair of RAND Corp. alums interested initially in commercializing a software programming language.
Top Low Price Stocks To Buy Right Now: Northern Oil and Gas, Inc.(NOG)
- [By Ethan Ryder]
Northern Oil and Gas Inc. (NYSEAMERICAN:NOG) has received a consensus recommendation of “Hold” from the eight research firms that are presently covering the firm, MarketBeat.com reports. Seven investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and one has issued a buy rating on the company. The average 12 month price target among brokers that have covered the stock in the last year is $2.20.
- [By Garrett Baldwin]
Markets are cheering a major development in efforts to fix the ongoing trade conflict between the United States and China. According to Reuters, Chinese telecom giant ZTE has signed an agreement to get back into business with its American partners. The agreement will lift a ban by the U.S. Commerce Department that prevented China’s No. 2 telecommunications equipment from buying from U.S. suppliers. This is a major development, and one that signals progress among trade officials from both nations. There are now more job openings in the United States than available workers. This is the first time that the Department of Labor has documented this phenomenon. There are 6.7 million openings compared to the 6.4 million workers available to fill those positions. As a result, U.S. companies have been forced to increase compensation in order to attract talent. All of the positive economic development could come to a screeching halt should the U.S. experience the largest labor strike in a decade. Reports indicate that the Teamsters and the United Parcel Service (NYSE: UPS) are on a collision course that could result in a general strike. The union has announced that 260,000 UPS employees have authorized a strike should both sides fail to reach a labor deal by August 1. UPS is responsible for the transport of 6% of the nation’s gross domestic product.
Three Stocks to Watch Today: TSLA, NOG, WFC
Tesla Inc. (Nasdaq: TSLA) investors remain committed to giving Chairman Elon Musk more of their money. On Tuesday, shareholders struck down proposals that would have removed Musk from the chairman role and shaken up the board of directors. Both proposals failed. At the same shareholder event, Musk announced plans for Tesla to open a production facility in Shanghai and projected that his firm will likely produce 5,000 Model 3 vehicles per week by the end of June. In deal news, defense contractor Northrop Grumman (NYSE: NOG) has won U.S. antitrust approval to purchase rocket moto
- [By Ethan Ryder]
Northern Oil & Gas, Inc. (NYSEAMERICAN:NOG) – Equities research analysts at Imperial Capital cut their FY2019 earnings estimates for Northern Oil & Gas in a note issued to investors on Wednesday, June 13th. Imperial Capital analyst J. Wangler now anticipates that the energy company will post earnings per share of $0.33 for the year, down from their previous forecast of $0.34. Imperial Capital has a “Hold” rating and a $3.00 price objective on the stock.
- [By Shane Hupp]
Northern Oil & Gas (NYSEAMERICAN:NOG) last released its quarterly earnings data on Monday, May 7th. The energy company reported $0.17 EPS for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $0.12 by $0.05. The business had revenue of $66.61 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $77.25 million.
- [By Logan Wallace]
Northern Oil & Gas, Inc. (NYSEAMERICAN:NOG) – Seaport Global Securities lowered their Q3 2019 earnings per share estimates for shares of Northern Oil & Gas in a research report issued on Thursday, June 28th. Seaport Global Securities analyst M. Kelly now forecasts that the energy company will earn $0.12 per share for the quarter, down from their prior estimate of $0.13. Seaport Global Securities currently has a “Buy” rating and a $4.00 target price on the stock. Seaport Global Securities also issued estimates for Northern Oil & Gas’ FY2019 earnings at $0.51 EPS.
Top Low Price Stocks To Buy Right Now: ABAXIS Inc.(ABAX)
- [By Chris Lange]
Abaxis Inc. (NASDAQ: ABAX) shares hit an all-time high early on Wednesday after it was announced that Zoetis Inc. (NYSE: ZTS) would be acquiring the firm. The acquisition is expected to enhance Zoetis’ presence in veterinary diagnostics, a category of the animal health industry with approximately 10% compound annual growth over the past three years.
- [By Joseph Griffin]
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- [By Max Byerly]
Tiedemann Advisors LLC bought a new position in shares of Abaxis (NASDAQ:ABAX) in the first quarter, according to the company in its most recent 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The fund bought 3,000 shares of the medical research company’s stock, valued at approximately $213,000.
- [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
Blink Charging Co. (NASDAQ: BLNK) shares jumped 26.5 percent to $6.9042. Blink Charging reported Q1 net income of $2.2 million, versus a year-ago net loss of $3.1 million.
Eleven Biotherapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: EBIO) shares climbed 17.4 percent to $3.11. Eleven Biotherapeutics posted a Q1 loss of $0.11 per share.
Flanigan's Enterprises, Inc. (NYSE: BDL) shares jumped 17 percent to $27.97 following Q2 results. Flanigan's Enterprises posted Q2 earnings of $0.75 per share on sales of $29.456 million.
Borqs Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: BRQS) rose 15.8 percent to $8.05 after reporting Q1 results.
Abaxis, Inc. (NASDAQ: ABAX) jumped 15.3 percent to $82.75. Zoetis Inc. (NYSE: ZTS) announced plans to acquire Abaxis for $83 per share in cash.
21Vianet Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: VNET) gained 15.1 percent to $6.33.
Gemphire Therapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ: GEMP) rose 13.8 percent to $6.27.
Enphase Energy, Inc. (NASDAQ: ENPH) gained 12.8 percent to $5.98. H.C. Wainwright initiated coverage on Enphase Energy with a Buy rating.
PetIQ Inc (NASDAQ: PETQ) shares surged 12.1 percent to $21.68 after reporting a first-quarter sales beat.
NF Energy Saving Corporation (NASDAQ: NFEC) climbed 11.6 percent to $2.399.
Allied Healthcare Products, Inc. (NASDAQ: AHPI) surged 11.4 percent to $3.0643.
Boot Barn Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: BOOT) gained 11.1 percent to $24.40 after the company reported upbeat results for its fourth quarter and issued strong first-quarter earnings guidance.
Ascena Retail Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: ASNA) rose 10.9 percent to $3.16.
Sea Limited (NYSE: SE) gained 10.1 percent to $11.71 after reporting Q1 results.
GEE Group, Inc. (NYSE: JOB) climbed 7.9 percent to $2.61 following Q2 results.
The ONE Group Hospitality, Inc. (NASDAQ: STKS) gained 7.6 percent to $2.41 after reporting Q1 results.
Biolinerx Ltd/S ADR (NASDAQ: BLRX) rose 7.3 percent to $0.8798 after the company was granted a patent approval. The clinical-st