Remember when companies used to split their stock to keep individual shares affordable? No longer. Credit Suisse strategistsAna Avramovic andVictor Lin note that Church & Dwight (CHD) upcoming stock split will be just the fourth by an S&P 500 stock this year:
路 Stock splits have nearly dried up, at least among large-cap companies.
路 The split of CHD on Friday will be only the 4th of the year, which is the lowest in at least 20 years, excepting the nadir of the crisis in 2009.
路 The consequence of a lack of stock splits is that share prices have risen to all-time highs. The average price of an S&P stock is now about $87. And rising share prices generally mean wider spreads in cents, less posted liquidity, lower volume, and higher odd lot rates.
路 Generally, we recommend that traders should be more aggressive with higher-priced stocks since the midpoint will likely be more volatile and being passive will incur additional risk.
Shares of Church & Dwight have risen 0.8% to $99.85 at 3 p.m. today, while the S&P 500 has gained 0.6% to 2,181.33.
Hot Logistics Stocks To Watch Right Now: Sonoco Products Company(SON)
Sonoco Products Company (Sonoco), incorporated on May 10, 1899, is a manufacturer of industrial and consumer packaging products and a provider of packaging services. The Company operates in four segments: Consumer Packaging, Paper and Industrial Converted Products, Display and Packaging, and Protective Solutions. The Company has approximately 330 locations in over 30 countries.
The Company’s Consumer Packaging segment’s operations consist of approximately 90 plants across the world. The segment’s products and services include round composite cans; shaped rigid paperboard containers; fiber caulk/adhesive tubes; aluminum, steel and peelable membrane easy-open closures for composite and metal cans; plastic bottles, jars, jugs, cups and trays, and printed flexible packaging, rotogravure cylinder engraving and global brand management. Its products are catered to various markets, such as snacks, nuts, cookies, crackers, hard-baked goo ds, desserts, candy, gum, frozen concentrate, powdered and liquid beverages, non-carbonated beverages, ready-to-drink products, powdered infant formula, coffee, refrigerated dough, frozen entrees, processed food, vegetables, fruit, seafood, poultry, soup, pasta, dairy, sauces, dips, fresh-cut produce, pet food, home and personal care, and adhesives.
Display and Packaging
The Company’s Display and Packaging segment’s products and services include point-of-purchase displays; custom packaging; retail packaging, including printed backer cards, thermoformed blisters and heat sealing equipment; fulfillment; primary package filling; supply chain management, and paperboard specialties. The operations in this segment consists of approximately 30 plants around the world including the United States, Poland, Mexico and Brazil. The segment’s products are used in automotive, beverages, candy, electronics, personal care, baby care, food, cosmetics, fragrances, hos iery, office supplies, toys, home and garden, medical, over-! the-counter drugs, sporting goods, hospitality industry and advertising.
Paper and Industrial Converted Products
The Company’s Paper and Industrial Converted Products segment provides the primary raw material for the Company’s fiber-based packaging. The segment’s products and services include recycled paperboard, chipboard, tubeboard, lightweight corestock, boxboard, linerboard, corrugating medium and specialty grades; paperboard tubes and cores; molded plugs; reels, and collection, processing and recycling of old corrugated containers, paper, plastics, metal, glass and other recyclable materials. The segment’s products are used in converted paperboard products, spiral winders, beverage insulators, construction, film, flowable products, metal, paper mills, shipping and storage, tape and label, textiles, wire and cable, municipal, residential, customers’ manufacturing and distribution facilities.
The Pro tective Solutions segment’s products and services include custom-engineered, paperboard-based and expanded foam protective packaging and components, and temperature-assured packaging. The segment’s products are used in consumer electronics, automotive, appliances, medical devices, temperature-sensitive pharmaceuticals and food, heating and air conditioning, office furnishings, fitness equipment, promotional and palletized distribution.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
Deutsche Bank’s Debbie Jones and team contend that Sonoco’s (SON) sale of its plastic-container business to Australia’s Amcor is a sign that M&A is in the offing. They explain why:
Sonoco announced (9/1) that it is selling its Rigid Plastics Blow Molding operations to Amcor (AMC.AU) for $280M. The transaction price represents a multiple of ~8.0x LTM EBITDA. The business had annual sales of ~$210M and consisted of six production sites in the US and one in Canada. Blow molding operations represented ~10% of Sonocos Consumer Packaging segment sales and EBITDA. The transaction is expected to close in Q4. We expect the proceeds to be used to for M&A focused in flexible packaging, thermoforming and temperature-assured packaging.
We dont believe Sonoco considered its blow molding operations essential to its growth strategy. This standalone business is also more capital intensive compared to some of its other plastic packaging businesses and SON held a small position in the overall market. Ultimately, the company decided it wants to focus its capital in higher growth platforms. We do not expect the divestment to reduce resin buying scale for Sonoco’s remaining assets given different resin buying. Note that with the divestiture of blow molding and the Canton closures plant (divested in Feb. 2015), this makes the ~$100M reels business the last standalone business in the portfolio, but we do not expect this to be divested in the near-term unless cash is needed for much larger M&A.
Shares of Sonoco have gained 1.3% to $52.49 at 2:12 p.m. today.
Hot Logistics Stocks To Watch Right Now: Cummins Inc.(CMI)
Cummins Inc. designs, manufactures, distributes, and services diesel and natural gas engines, electric power generation systems, and engine-related component products worldwide. It operates in four segments: Engine, Power Generation, Components, and Distribution. The Engine segment offers a range of diesel and natural gas powered engines under the Cummins and other customer brand names for the heavy-and medium-duty truck, bus, recreational vehicle, light-duty automotive, agricultural, construction, mining, marine, oil and gas, rail, and governmental equipment markets. This segment also provides new parts and service, as well as remanufactured parts and engines. The Power Generation segment offers power generation systems, components, and services, including diesel, natural gas, gasoline, and alternative-fuel electrical generator sets for use in recreational vehicles, commercial vehicles, recreational marine applications, and home stand-by or residential applications. This segment also provides components that make up power generation systems, such as engines, controls, alternators, transfer switches, and switchgears. The Components segment supplies filtration products, turbochargers, aftertreatment systems, intake and exhaust systems, and fuel systems for commercial diesel applications. This segment offers filtration and exhaust systems for on-and off-highway heavy-duty and mid-range equipment, as well as supplies filtration products for industrial and passenger car applications. This segment also develops after treatment and exhaust systems to help customers meet emissions standards and fuel systems. The Distribution segment provides parts and services, as well as service solutions, including maintenance contracts, engineering services, and integrated products. The company sells its products to original equipment manufacturers, distributors, and other customers. Cummins Inc. was founded in 1919 and is headquartered in Columbus, Indiana.
- [By Michael Flannelly]
Early on Wednesday, analysts at both UBS and BMO Capital raised their price targets and earnings estimates on diesel engines manufacturer Cummins Inc. (CMI).
The analysts at UBS raised the numbers on CMI to reflect better growth from market positions and new products. As such, they now see shares of CMI reaching $146, which suggests a 10.6% upside to the stock’s Tuesday closing price of $131.96.
At BMO Capital, the analysts raised CMI’s earnings estimates through 2015 as distribution acquisitions should add to earnings. Furthermore, the analysts rate CMI as “Outperform” and see shares reaching $146 as well.
Cummins shares were down 20 cents, or 0.15%, during pre-market trading on Wednesday. The stock is up 21.79% year-to-date.
- [By Michael Flannelly]
Diesel Engines maker Cummins Inc. (CMI) had its price target and earnings estimates raised by analysts at Jefferies on Thursday, following a positive analyst day.
The analysts rate CMI as “Hold” and now see shares reaching $130, which suggests a slight downside to the stock’s Wednesday closing price of $133.72.
Cummins shares were up 46 cents, or 0.34%, during morning trading on Thursday. The stock is up 23.51% year-to-date.
10 Best US Stocks To Watch Right Now: Gladstone Land Corporation(LAND)
Gladstone Land Corporation, an externally-managed agricultural real estate investment trust, owns and leases farmland for independent and corporate farming operations in the United States. It owns 46 farms covering an area of 23,000 acres in 7 states across the United States. The company also leases a parcel on its property to an oil company. Gladstone Land Corporation was founded in 1997 and is based in McLean, Virginia.
- [By Cameron Swinehart]
Gladstone Land Corp (LAND) –
A U.S. based farmland investment company that currently offers a plus 9% annual distribution. It owns and leases farmland in Florida, California, Michigan and Oregon with appraised land value of $79 million. The distribution is paid monthly which should attract income investors.