RBC’s Simos Simeonidis and Matthew Eckler try to find the right comparison for Pfizer’s (PFE) purchase of Medivation (MDVN):
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We were obviously wrong with our Sector Perform rating: while we knew an M&A transaction was definitely a good possibility, we just could not get to this level of valuation using a realistic Xtandi model and thus could not recommend the stock. The only way for us to get to $81.50 (or even to $60-$70/share) would have been to assign very significant value to talazoparib. And we could not do that given the amount of available clinical evidence.Medivation shareholders who held on to their shares past the $50′s, did just that, were proven right and are now rewarded for it, since they believed that someone would be willing to pay for this asset just months ahead of Phase III data. The key question is why would a company be willing to part with what they claim/think may be a multibillion dollar drug that works in multiple cancers. We believe the obvious answer is because they’re smart and understand drug development risk better than most. We’ll know in a matter of months whether Pfizer/Medivation is like Amgen (AMGN)-Onyx (carfilzomib) or not.
Top 10 Cheapest Companies To Own For 2017: Packaging Corporation of America(PKG)
Packaging Corporation of America produces and sells containerboard and corrugated products in the United States. Its corrugated packaging products, include conventional shipping containers used to protect and transport manufactured goods; and multi-color boxes and displays with strong that help to merchandise the packaged product in retail locations. The company also offers meat boxes and wax-coated boxes for the agricultural industry. Packaging Corporation sells its products through direct sales and marketing organization. The company was founded in 1867 and is headquartered in Lake Forest, Illinois.
- [By David Sterman]
That was precisely the rationale behind Packaging Corp. of America's (NYSE: PKG) just-announced $2 billion (in cash and assumed debt) acquisition of rival Boise (NYSE: BZ). The deal will create a $6 billion (in sales) behemoth in the cardboard box industry.
Top 10 Cheapest Companies To Own For 2017: Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Inc.(CBRL)
Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc., through its subsidiaries, engages in the development and operation of the Cracker Barrel Old Country Store restaurant and retail concept in the United States. Its restaurants provide breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The company?s gift shops offer various decorative and functional items, such as rocking chairs, holiday and seasonal gifts, apparel, toys, music CD?s, cookware, old-fashioned-looking ceramics, figurines, a book-on-audio sale-and-exchange program, and various other gift items, as well as candies, preserves, pies, cornbread mixes, coffee, syrups, pancake mixes, and other food items. As of November 22, 2011, it operated 608 company-owned locations in 42 states. The company was formerly known as CBRL Group, Inc. and changed its name to Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. in December 2008. Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. was founded in 1969 and is headquartered in Lebanon, Tennessee.
- [By Monica Gerson]
Analysts are expecting Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. (NASDAQ: CBRL) to have earned $1.80 per share on revenue of $705.65 million in the latest quarter. Cracker Barrel shares gained 0.67 percent to $152.50 in after-hours trading.
- [By Monica Gerson]
Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. (NASDAQ: CBRL) is projected to report its quarterly earnings at $1.80 per share on revenue of $705.65 million.
Best Dow Dividend Companies To Invest In 2017: Kinross Gold Corporation(KGC)
Kinross Gold Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, engages in the acquisition, exploration, development, and production of gold properties. The companys gold production and exploration activities are carried out principally in Canada, the United States, the Russian Federation, Brazil, Chile, Ghana, and Mauritania. It also produces and sells silver. As of December 31, 2015, its proven and probable mineral reserves included 34.0 million ounces of gold, 41.0 million ounces of silver, and 1.4 billion pounds of copper. The company was founded in 1972 and is headquartered in Toronto, Canada.
- [By Monica Gerson]
Kinross Gold Corporation (USA) (NYSE: KGC) is projected to post a quarterly loss at $0.01 per share on revenue of $808.09 million.
Crocs, Inc. (NASDAQ: CROX) is expected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.05 per share on revenue of $265.90 million.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
Given revised commodity deck forecasts (particularly for Steel and Gold) and improved Balance Sheet health (Steels, Precious and Industrials Metals) we are upgrading our ratings on several stocks in our coverage. We generally favor companies that have already initiated specific self-help, have low-cost assets and are less exposed to China supply and demand dynamics. In Steels, we have increased our rating from Hold to Buy on Nucor (NUE) and from Sell to Hold on US Steel. We have also upgraded Kinross Gold (KGC) to a Hold on valuation…On higher-than-peer valuations, we reiterate Sell-rated Coeur Mining (CDE), Franco-Nevada (FNV), Goldcorp (GG), Teck Resources (TCK) and highly leveraged AK Steel given preference to issue further equity if possible.
- [By Lee Jackson]
Kinross Gold Corp. (NYSE: KGC) may be the stock that give investors the most amount of leverage on a gold rebound. Management reduced the company’s annual capital expenditures forecast to $1.45 billion from $1.6 billion, saving $180 million from its cost restructuring initiatives. Cancellation of its upcoming semiannual dividend payment to its shareholders will save $182 million per year. Kinross expects to produce gold at a cost of $1,000 to $1,200 an ounce this year. The Merrill Lynch target is $7.00, and the consensus target is $6.55. The dividend, which soon will be cancelled, has a yield of 2.9%.
- [By Wayne Duggan]
Citi also placed Neutral ratings on Goldcorp Inc. (USA) (NYSE: GG), Kinross Gold Corporation (USA) (NYSE: KGC) and Silver Standard Resources Inc. (USA) (NASDAQ: SSRI).
Top 10 Cheapest Companies To Own For 2017: Amira Nature Foods Ltd(ANFI)
Amira Nature Foods Ltd. engages in processing, distributing, and marketing packaged Indian specialty rice, primarily basmati rice; and other food products. The company provides various types of basmati rice, specialty rice and value add meals, ready-to-eat snacks, ready to heat meals, edible oils, and organic products for retailers under the Amira brand; and non-basmati rice. It also sells bulk commodities, including wheat, barley, legume, maize, sugar, soybean meal, onion, potato, and millets to trading firms. Amira Nature Foods Ltd. sells its products to buyers in the Asia Pacific, the Middle East, Europe, North Africa, and North America; and distributors and retail chains in India. The company was founded in 1915 and is based in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates.
- [By Roberto Pedone]
Another earnings short-squeeze prospect is packaged specialty rice and other food products distributor Amira Nature Foods (ANFI), which is set to release numbers on next Monday after the market close. Wall Street analysts, on average, expect Amira Nature Foods to report revenue of $132.37 million on earnings of 32 cents per share.
The current short interest as a percentage of the float for Amira Nature Foods is extremely high at 26.6%. That means that out of 17.70 million shares in the tradable float, 4.72 million shares are sold short by the bears. The bears have also been increasing their bets from the last reporting period by 8.2%, or by 356,000 shares. If the bears get caught pressing their bets into a bullish quarter, then shares of ANFI could easily rip sharply higher post-earnings as the shorts move fast to cover some of their trades.
From a technical perspective, ANFI is currently trending above its 200-day moving average and just below its 50-day moving average, which is neutral trendwise. This stock just recently bounced higher off some near-term support at $15.25 a share. That bounce is starting to push shares of ANFI within range of triggering a near-term breakout trade post-earnings.
If you’re bullish on ANFI, then I would wait until after its report and look for long-biased trades if this stock manages to break out above some near-term overhead resistance levels at $17 to $17.98 a share and then above more resistance at $18.52 a share with high volume. Look for volume on that move that registers near or above its three-month average action of 174,102 shares. If that breakout develops post-earnings, then ANFI will set up to re-test or possibly take out its next major overhead resistance levels at $19.86 to $20.29 a share, or even its 52-week high at $25 a share.
I would simply avoid ANFI or look for short-biased trades if after earnings it fails to trigger that breakout and then drops back below some key near-term supp
Top 10 Cheapest Companies To Own For 2017: QC Holdings Inc.(QCCO)
QC Holdings, Inc. provides various retail consumer financial products and services in the United States. The company offers payday loans that provide cash to the customers in exchange for a promissory note with a maturity of two to three weeks. It also provides financial products and services, such as installment loans, credit services, check cashing services, title loans, money transfers, and money orders. In addition, QC Holdings operates as a credit services organization that arranges a third-party lender to make a loan to the consumer and for providing related services to the consumer, including a guarantee of the consumer?s obligation to the third-party lender. Further, the company sells used vehicles and earns finance charges from the related vehicle financing contracts; and provides reconditioning services on its inventory of vehicles, and repair services for its customers. As of As of December 31, 2010, the company operated 523 short-term lending branches in 24 sta tes; and 5 buy here, pay here lots located in Missouri and Kansas. QC Holdings, Inc. was founded in 1984 and is headquartered in Overland Park, Kansas.
- [By Monica Gerson]
QC Holdings (NASDAQ: QCCO) shares tumbled 2.58% to reach a new 52-week low of $2.27. QC Holdings’ trailing-twelve-month profit margin is 0.60%.
NewLead Holdings (NASDAQ: NEWL) shares dipped 6.56% to touch a new 52-week low of $0.08 after the company completed the acquisition of titles in the Viking Mine located in Kentucky, USA.
Top 10 Cheapest Companies To Own For 2017: Atlantic Power Corporation(AT)
Atlantic Power Corporation (Atlantic Power) owns and operates a fleet of power generation assets in the United States and Canada. The Company’s power generation projects sell electricity to utilities and other commercial customers primarily under long-term power purchase agreements (PPAs). Atlantic Power operates through four segments: East U.S., West U.S., Canada and Un-Allocated Corporate. Atlantic Power’s power generation projects in operation have an aggregate gross electric generation capacity of approximately 2,140 megawatts (MW), in which its aggregate ownership interest is approximately 1,500 MW. The Company’s portfolio consists of interests in approximately 20 operational power generation projects across over nine states in the United States and approximately two provinces in Canada. The Company’s power generation projects are primarily located in California, the United States Mid-Atlantic, New York and the provinces of Ontario and British Columbia. Advisors’ Opinion:
- [By Lisa Levin] Related WR Earnings Scheduled For February 24, 2016 Mid-Day Market Update: Ocata Therapeutics Climbs On Acquisition News; Textura Shares Slip Related AT Mid-Morning Market Update: Markets Open Higher; Tiffany Misses Q2 Expectations PVH Corp, Atlantic Power, Carlyle Group Lead Monday's After-Hours Movers Atlantic Power's (AT) CEO Jim Moore on Q4 2015 Results – Earnings Call Transcript (Seeking Alpha)
Toward the end of trading Thursday, the Dow traded down 0.24 percent to 16,960.40 while the NASDAQ declined 0.38 percent to 4,656.49. The S&P also fell, dropping 0.17 percent to 1,985.91.
- [By Lisa Levin]
In trading on Monday, utilities shares rose by just 0.1 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Atlantic Power Corp (NYSE: AT), down 2 percent, and Pampa Energia S.A. (ADR) (NYSE: PAM), down 4 percent.
Top 10 Cheapest Companies To Own For 2017: Sinovac Biotech Ltd.(SVA)
Sinovac Biotech Ltd., a biopharmaceutical company, engages in the research, development, manufacture, and commercialization of vaccines against the hepatitis A, hepatitis B, and influenza viruses in the People’s Republic of China. It offers Healive, an inactivated hepatitis A vaccine; Bilive, a combination of hepatitis A and B vaccine; Anflu, a split virus influenza vaccine; and Panflu, a vaccine against the influenza A H1N1 virus. The company’s pipeline vaccine candidates include a split viron vaccine, which completed Phase II clinical trials for the H5N1 influenza virus; and a SARS vaccine, which completed Phase I clinical trials for the SARS virus. In addition, its pipeline vaccine candidates that completed the pre-clinical trials comprise human vaccines for EV71, pneumococcal conjugate, haemophilus influenzae type b, meningitis, Japanese encephalitis, chickenpox, mumps, and rubella diseases, as well as rabies vaccine for humans and animals. The company markets and sell s its vaccine products directly to the provincial and municipal disease control and prevention centers. It has a patent license agreement with the National Institutes of Health; distribution agreements with LG Life Sciences, Ltd. and Glovax C.V.; and a pandemic influenza vaccine co-development agreement with the China Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Sinovac Biotech Ltd. was founded in 1999 and is headquartered in Beijing, the People’s Republic of China.
- [By Monica Gerson]
Sinovac Biotech Ltd. (NASDAQ: SVA) is expected to post its quarterly earnings.
Supercom Ltd (NASDAQ: SPCB) is estimated to post its quarterly earnings at $0.15 per share on revenue of $9.03 million.
Top 10 Cheapest Companies To Own For 2017: Pacific Ethanol Inc.(PEIX)
Pacific Ethanol, Inc. produces and markets low carbon renewable fuels in the United States. It sells ethanol to gasoline refining and distribution companies; provides ethanol transportation, storage, and delivery services in the Western United States, primarily in California, Arizona, Nevada, Utah, Oregon, Colorado, Idaho, and Washington; and markets ethanol co-products, including wet distiller grains and syrup to dairy operators and animal feed distributors. The company also provides operations, maintenance, and accounting services to a cellulosic integrated bio-refinery in Boardman, Oregon. Pacific Ethanol, Inc. was founded in 2003 and is headquartered in Sacramento, California.
- [By Lisa Levin]
Shares of Pacific Ethanol Inc (NASDAQ: PEIX) got a boost, shooting up 30 percent to $5.47 after the company reported stronger-than-expected earnings for its fourth quarter.
Top 10 Cheapest Companies To Own For 2017: Turkcell Iletisim Hizmetleri AS(TKC)
Turkcell Iletisim Hizmetleri A.S. engages in establishing and operating a global system for mobile communications network in Turkey. It provides mobile voice, and Internet services over its mobile communications network; voice services, which include wireless telephone services on a prepaid and postpaid basis; mobile Internet and 3G services; consumer services; Telco services; TV and video services; music services; infotainment services; social community and other services; and mobile financial services The company also offers Turkcell enablers and platforms; corporate (B2B); corporate telco; authentication; location based; mobile marketing; machine-to-machine communications; and international roaming services. In addition, it provides Mobile Signature, a GSM service that enables customers to sign electronic documents and transactions with a legally-accepted digital signature using GSM SIM cards; and Mobile Billboard, which enables brands to reach their targeted customers . As of December 31, 2010, the company had approximately 23.3 million prepaid subscribers and 10.1 million postpaid subscribers. It sells its products and services through its distribution network consists of distributors, Turkcell distribution centers, corporate solution centers, non exclusive dealers, Turkcell communication centers, Turkcell stores, and consumer electronic Chains, as well as points of sale for prepaid airtime, including ATMs, POS, Web, call centers, supermarkets, and kiosks. The company was founded in 1993 and is headquartered in Istanbul, Turkey. Turkcell Iletisim Hizmetleri AS is a subsidiary of Turkcell Holding A.S.
- [By Lisa Levin]
In trading on Wednesday, telecommunications services shares slipped by 0.08 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Turkcell Iletisim Hizmetleri A.S. (ADR) (NYSE: TKC), down 2 percent, and Telefonica Brasil SA (ADR) (NYSE: VIV), down 2.5 percent.
Top 10 Cheapest Companies To Own For 2017: Panera Bread Company(PNRA)
Panera Bread Company, together with its subsidiaries, owns, operates, and franchises retail bakery-cafes in the United States and Canada. Its bakery-cafes offer fresh baked goods, sandwiches, soups, salads, custom roasted coffees, and other complementary products, as well as provide catering services. The company also manufactures and supplies dough and other products to company-owned and franchise-operated bakery-cafes. As of March 29, 2011, it owned and franchised 1,467 bakery-cafes under the Panera Bread, Saint Louis Bread Co., and Paradise Bakery & Cafe names. The company was founded in 1981 and is based in St. Louis, Missouri.
- [By Benzinga News Desk]
Oppenheimer downgraded Verizon (NYSE: VZ) to Perform.
Stifel downgraded Disney (NYSE: DIS) to Hold.
Argus upgraded Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ) to Buy.
Canaccord upgraded Diamondback Energy (NASDAQ: FANG) to Buy.
RBC initiated coverage on Panera Bread (NASDAQ: PNRA) at Outperform.
Argus started Charter (NASDAQ: CHTR) at Buy.