The benefit of being a conglomerate is that some businesses may offset weakness in other units over the course of the business cycle. Without argument, the conglomerate can also prevent a company from being taken down by a single business unit. In the case of General Electric Co. (NYSE: GE), it turns out that breaking up the conglomerate is the new strategy now that it has been kicked out of the Dow Jones industrial average.
GE has completed its strategic review and the conglomerate’s path forward is to focus on Aviation, Power and Renewable Energy. GE has also confirmed that the company is spinning off its Healthcare unit to shareholders. Approximately 20% of the new equity will remain at GE, and the other 80% or so will go directly to shareholders.
GE Healthcare is now led by Kieran Murphy, who comes from a background in the faster-growing biological production equipment. It is also no secret that GE has been an acquirer of health care assets and companies over the years.
Best Safest Stocks To Invest In 2021: Francesca's Holdings Corporation(FRAN)
Francesca’s Holdings Corporation, through its subsidiaries, operates a chain of retail boutiques. It offers fashion apparel, jewelry, accessories, and gifts primarily for women between the ages of 18 and 35. The companys apparel products comprise dresses, fashion tops, sweaters, cardigans and wraps, bottoms, outerwear and jackets, tees and tanks, and intimates; and jewelry includes necklaces, earrings, bracelets, and rings. Its accessories consist of handbags, clutches, wallets, shoes, belts, hats, scarves, sunglasses, watches, and hair accessories; and gifts include fragrances, candles, bath and body, home accessories, books, wall art, nail polish, and miscellaneous items. As of March 23, 2016, the company operated 626 boutiques in 48 states and the District of Columbia. The company also sells its products through its Website at francescas.com. Francesca’s Holdings Corporation was founded in 1999 and is headquartered in Houston, Texas.
- [By Joseph Griffin]
Francesca’s Holdings Corp (NASDAQ:FRAN) has been given an average recommendation of “Hold” by the seven ratings firms that are covering the company, Marketbeat reports. Five analysts have rated the stock with a hold recommendation and one has given a buy recommendation to the company. The average 1-year price objective among brokers that have covered the stock in the last year is $3.50.
- [By Joseph Griffin]
Francesca’s (NASDAQ:FRAN) was upgraded by equities research analysts at ValuEngine from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note issued on Thursday.
- [By Shane Hupp]
Francesca’s Holdings Corp (NASDAQ:FRAN) fell 8.3% during mid-day trading on Wednesday following a dissappointing earnings announcement. The stock traded as low as $3.80 and last traded at $3.54. 74,559 shares were traded during mid-day trading, a decline of 93% from the average session volume of 1,082,174 shares. The stock had previously closed at $3.86.
- [By Jeremy Bowman]
Shares of Francesca’s Holdings Corp. (NASDAQ:FRAN) were tumbling today after the mall-based specialty retailer posted another underwhelming earnings report, this one for the second quarter. Shares of the chain, which sells apparel, jewelry, and accessories, was trading down 31.8% as of 11:06 a.m. EDT after the company missed analyst estimates across the board and lowered its full-year outlook.
Best Safest Stocks To Invest In 2021: Eagle Bulk Shipping Inc.(EGLE)
Eagle Bulk Shipping Inc. engages in the ocean transportation of bulk cargoes in the dry bulk industry. The company primarily transports iron ore, coal, grain, cement, and fertilizer along worldwide shipping routes. As of December 31, 2009, it owned and operated a fleet of 27 oceangoing vessels with a combined carrying capacity of 1,412,535 deadweight tons. The company was founded in 2005 and is headquartered in New York, New York.
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Eagle Bulk Shipping Inc (NASDAQ:EGLE)Q4 2018 Earnings Conference CallMarch 06, 2019, 8:00 a.m. ET
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- [By Joseph Griffin]
Eagle Bulk Shipping Inc. (NASDAQ:EGLE) major shareholder Goldentree Asset Management Lp acquired 84,969 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Monday, February 11th. The shares were bought at an average cost of $4.02 per share, for a total transaction of $341,575.38. The acquisition was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available at this link. Large shareholders that own at least 10% of a company’s shares are required to disclose their transactions with the SEC.
Best Safest Stocks To Invest In 2021: CrossAmerica Partners LP(CAPL)
CrossAmerica is a Delaware limited partnership primarily engaged in the wholesale distribution of motor fuel and the ownership and leasing of real estate used in the retail distribution of motor fuel. We also generate revenues from the operation of convenience stores. On October 1, 2014, CST completed the GP Purchase and IDR Purchase for $17 million in cash and approximately 2 million shares of CST common stock for aggregate consideration of approximately $90 million. The General Partner manages the operations and activities of CrossAmerica. The General Partner is managed and operated by the Board and executive officers of the General Partner. As a result of the acquisition of the General Partner, CST controls the General Partner and has the right to appoint all members of the Board. Therefore, CST controls the operations and activities of CrossAmerica even though CST does not own a majority of CrossAmerica’s outstanding limited partner units. Advisors’ Opinion:
- [By Logan Wallace]
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- [By Shane Hupp]
B. Riley set a $25.00 target price on Crossamerica Partners (NYSE:CAPL) in a research note published on Wednesday. The firm currently has a buy rating on the oil and gas company’s stock.
- [By Joseph Griffin]
CrossAmerica Partners (NYSE:CAPL) last released its quarterly earnings data on Monday, February 26th. The oil and gas company reported $0.06 EPS for the quarter, hitting the consensus estimate of $0.06. CrossAmerica Partners had a return on equity of 4.73% and a net margin of 0.84%. The company had revenue of $552.66 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $572.48 million. sell-side analysts anticipate that CrossAmerica Partners will post 0.24 EPS for the current year.
- [By Ethan Ryder]
CrossAmerica Partners (NYSE:CAPL) – Research analysts at Jefferies Group reduced their FY2018 earnings estimates for CrossAmerica Partners in a research note issued to investors on Wednesday, May 9th. Jefferies Group analyst C. Mandeville now forecasts that the oil and gas company will earn $0.24 per share for the year, down from their previous forecast of $0.32. Jefferies Group currently has a “Buy” rating and a $28.00 target price on the stock. Jefferies Group also issued estimates for CrossAmerica Partners’ Q1 2019 earnings at $0.07 EPS, Q2 2019 earnings at $0.13 EPS, Q4 2019 earnings at $0.14 EPS and FY2020 earnings at $0.42 EPS.
Best Safest Stocks To Invest In 2021: Brown-Forman Corporation (BF-A)
Brown-Forman Corporation (the “Company,” “Brown-Forman,” “we,” “us,” or “our” below) was incorporated under the laws of the State of Delaware in 1933, successor to a business founded in 1870 as a partnership and later incorporated under the laws of the Commonwealth of Kentucky in 1901. We primarily manufacture, bottle, import, export, market, and sell a wide variety of alcoholic beverages under recognized brands. We employ over 4,600 people on six continents, including about 1,300 people in Louisville, Kentucky, USA, home of our world headquarters. We are the largest American-owned spirits and wine company with global reach. We are a “controlled company” under New York Stock Exchange rules, and the Brown family owns a majority of our voting stock. For a discussion of recent developments, see “Item 7. Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations – Executive Summary – Overview. Advisors’ Opinion:
- [By Rich Duprey]
Although tariffs took a toll on profit margins and Brown-Forman (NYSE:BF-A) (NYSE:BF-B) missed analyst sales expectations, the owner of Jack Daniel’s Tennessee whiskey still turned in a surprisingly strong performance in its fiscal 2019 third quarter.
- [By Rich Duprey, John Bromels, and Anders Bylund]
Coupled with a solid business that points to their being able to raise their payout every year for years to come, Cintas (NASDAQ:CTAS), A.O. Smith (NYSE:AOS), and Brown-Forman (NYSE:BF-A)(NYSE:BF-B) are three Dividend Aristocrats that you can buy once for your portfolio and hold on to forever.
- [By Chris Hill]
In this episode of MarketFoolery, host Chris Hill talks with Motley Fool analyst Emily Flippen about the market’s biggest news. Abercrombie & Fitch (NYSE:ANF) is up huge on a deeply lame quarter. Was there some gold hidden between the lines, or was this yet another case of bad results beating terrible expectations? Dollar Tree (NASDAQ:DLTR) saw a little pop after its earnings report, but more interestingly, the company announced some big changes regarding its Family Dollar acquisition. Brown-Forman (NYSE:BF-A) (NYSE:BF-B) fell about 7% after reporting earnings. Could it be that they just have too many brands? Chinese automaker NIO (NYSE:NIO) tanked, but investors probably want to resist the “China is too scary” narrative that’s cropping up as a result. Tune in to find out more.
Best Safest Stocks To Invest In 2021: Crestwood Equity Partners LP(CEQP)
Crestwood Equity Partners LP, incorporated on March 7, 2001, is a holding and master limited partnership (MLP) company. The Company develops, acquires, owns or controls, and operates assets and operations within the energy midstream sector. The Company’s segments include gathering and processing (G&P), which includes its natural gas, crude oil and produced water G&P operations; storage and transportation, which includes its natural gas and crude oil storage and transportation operations, and marketing, supply and logistics, which includes its natural gas liquid (NGL) supply and logistics business, crude oil storage and rail loading facilities and fleet, and salt production business. The Company provides infrastructure solutions to service natural gas and crude oil shale plays across the United States. It owns and operates a portfolio of crude oil and natural gas gathering, processing, storage and transportation assets.
The Company’s operating assets are owned by or through its subsidiary, Crestwood Midstream Partners LP (Crestwood Midstream). Its operating assets include natural gas facilities with approximately 2.6 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d) of gathering capacity, over 480 million cubic feet per day (MMcf/d) of processing capacity, approximately 40.9 Bcf of certificated working gas storage capacity and over 1.3 Bcf/d of firm transmission capacity. It also includes NGL facilities with approximately 24,000 barrels per day (Bbls/d) of fractionation capacity and over 2.8 million barrels of storage capacity, as well as its portfolio of transportation assets (consisting of truck and rail terminals, truck/trailer units and rail cars), and crude oil facilities with approximately 125,000 Bbls/d of gathering capacity, approximately 1.5 million barrels of total storage capacity, over 48,000 Bbls/d of transportation capacity and 160,000 Bbls/d of rail loading capacity.
Gathering and Processing
The Company’s G&P segment operations provide gathering, compression, trea! ting and processing services to producers in various unconventional resource plays across the United States. Its G&P segment operations include Bakken Shale, Marcellus Shale, Barnett Shale, Fayetteville Shale, Delaware Permian, and other owned and operated systems. It owns and operates an integrated crude oil, natural gas and produced water gathering system (the Arrow system) on Fort Berthold Indian Reservation in the core of the Bakken Shale in McKenzie and Dunn Counties, North Dakota. The Arrow system consists of approximately 590 miles of low-pressure gathering pipeline capable of gathering over 100 MMcf/d of natural gas, approximately 120 thousand Bbls/d (MBbls/d) of crude oil and over 40 MBbls/d of produced water. It also has approximately 266,000 barrels of crude oil working storage capacity at the Arrow central delivery point.
The Company owns and operates low-pressure natural gas gathering system with a gathering capacity of approximately 420 MMcf/d of gas produced by its customers in Hood and Somervell Counties, Texas, which delivers the gas to its processing plant where NGLs are extracted from the natural gas stream, and low-pressure gathering systems with a gathering capacity of over 530 MMcf/d of dry natural gas produced by its customers in Tarrant and Denton Counties, Texas. It owns and operates approximately five low-pressure gas gathering systems with a gathering capacity of approximately 510 MMcf/d of dry natural gas produced by its customers in Conway, Faulkner, Van Buren, and White Counties, Arkansas.
The Company owns and operates low-pressure dry gas and natural gas systems with a primary focus on the Willow Lake system that includes a gathering and processing system with approximately 50 MMcf/d of capacity to serve its customers in Eddy County, New Mexico (Willow Lake system). It owns and operates a low-pressure natural gas gathering system with a gathering capacity of approximately 40 MMcf/d of gas produced by its customers in Roberts County, Texas, and a p! rocessing! plant that extracts NGLs from the natural gas stream (Granite Wash system), and high-pressure natural gas gathering pipelines with a gathering capacity of approximately 100 MMcf/d that provide gathering and treating services to its customers located in Sabine Parish, Louisiana (Haynesville/Bossier system).
Storage and Transportation
The Company’s Storage and Transportation segment consists of its natural gas storage and transportation assets, which include Northeast Storage and Transportation; COLT Hub; PRBIC, and Tres Holdings LLC (Tres Holdings). The Company has approximately four natural gas storage facilities (Stagecoach, Thomas Corners, Steuben and Seneca Lake) and over three transportation pipelines (North/South Facilities, MARC I and the East Pipeline) located in the Northeast in or near the Marcellus Shale. Its storage facilities provide approximately 40.9 Bcf of certificated firm storage capacity and over 1.3 Bcf/d of firm transportation capacity to producers, utilities, marketers and other customers.
The Company owns and operates the COLT Hub, which is the crude oil rail terminal in the Bakken Shale based on actual throughput. It is located at approximately 60 miles away from Arrow’s central delivery point and interconnects with the Arrow system through the Hiland and Tesoro pipeline systems. The hub, which can be sourced by various pipeline systems or truck, is capable of loading approximately 160,000 Bbls/d and has over 1.2 million barrels of total crude oil storage capacity. PRBIC owns an integrated crude oil loading, storage and pipeline terminal, located in Douglas County, Wyoming, which provides a market for crude oil production from the PRB Niobrara. PRBIC includes approximately 20,000 Bbls/d of rail loading capacity and over 380,000 barrels of crude oil working storage capacity.
Marketing, Supply and Logistics
The Company’s marketing, supply and logistics segment consists of its NGL supply and logistics business and US S! alt. The ! Company utilizes its over-the-road and rail fleet, processing and storage facilities, and contracted pipeline capacity on a portfolio basis to provide integrated supply and logistics solutions to producers, refiners and other customers. Its NGL supply and logistics business serves producers, refiners and other customers that produce or consume natural gas liquids, including propane, butane and natural gasoline. To provide these services, it utilizes its portfolio of third party NGL processing, fractionation, storage, terminal and trucking assets, including its fleet of rail and rolling stock, rail-to-truck terminals, West Coast processing, fractionation and storage operations, NGL storage facilities and contracted capacity (including leased storage capacity at hubs and leased transportation capacity on NGL pipelines).
The Company’s crude oil and produced water trucking fleet has approximately 48,000 Bbls/d of crude oil and produced water transportation capacity. It provides hauling services to customers in North Dakota, Montana, Wyoming, Texas and New Mexico. Its salt production business, which has a plant near Watkins Glen, New York, is capable of producing approximately 400,000 tons of evaporated salt products annually. US Salt’s solution mining process creates underground caverns that can be developed into natural gas and NGL storage capacity.
- [By Matthew DiLallo]
Crestwood Equity Partners (NYSE:CEQP) offers an even more attractive yield at 7.5%, which it can comfortably cover with cash flow. However, unlike the others on this list, Crestwood Equity doesn’t expect to increase its payout this year. That’s because the MLP currently plans to plow all its excess cash into its growing slate of expansion projects, which should give the company the fuel to grow its cash flow at a more-than-15% annual rate through 2020. Once it’s past this heavy investment phase, Crestwood Equity should be in a better position to return more cash to investors. In the meantime, it offers a sustainable high yield with some enticing upside.
- [By Matthew DiLallo]
Crestwood Equity Partners (NYSE:CEQP) is in the midst of a multi-year strategy to improve its financial profile even as it restarts its growth engine. That plan has already paid dividends for investors as the company generated high-end results in 2018, which enabled it to deliver market-crushing total returns.
- [By Matthew DiLallo]
Crestwood Equity Partners (NYSE:CEQP) was the top-performing master limited partnership (MLP) of 2018 by a landslide. The midstream company generated a total return of 17% last year, which was well ahead of the negative-12.7% total return of the average MLP as measured by the Alerian MLP ETF. That outperformance has continued in 2019, as Crestwood has generated a more than 23% total return through the first month and a half, which has outpaced the 18% total return of its peers in the Alerian MLP ETF.
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Crestwood Equity Partners LLC (NYSE:CEQP)Q4 2018 Earnings Conference CallFeb. 19, 2019, 9:00 a.m. ET
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