Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ) replaces Exxon Mobil this week as the worst-performing stock on the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) index, a position it last held in February. The stock has lost 8.84% for the year to date.
The shares dropped by just 9 cents last week (less than 0.2%), but that was enough to drop the stock to the bottom of the Dow 30.
Investors remain concerned about the hit to revenues that may follow the adoption of the company’s unlimited data plan. With all four major U.S. wireless carriers now offering unlimited data plans, has the industry embarked on a race to the bottom?
Analysts at Jefferies warned:
While the industry remains bullish on growth in data usage, and metered plans allow for some continued enthusiasm, the move by every carrier to unlimited plans will cause carriers to hope for less and less data usage. Almost every pricing action over the last couple of years has continued to take the roof down on ARPU growth opportunities as more and more data was offered for the same, or lower price point. Now with the advent of unlimited plans, the upside from additional usage is gone for those choosing aggressively priced unlimited plans.
Top 10 Growth Stocks For 2018: Nordstrom Inc.(JWN)
- [By Ben Levisohn]
Nordstrom (JWN) tumbled to the bottom of the S&P 500 today after getting downgraded at JPMorgan.
Nordstrom dropped 8.7% to $50.48 today, while the S&P 500 dipped 0.2% to 2,258.07.
JPMorgan’s Matthew Boss and team explain why they cut Nordstrom to Underweight from Neutral today:
Nordstroms top-line profile has moderated to low-to-mid single digits with mgmt citing tighter expense control as a near-term fix rather than long term model solution clarifying its mid-teens ROIC target as more an aspiration rather than near-term reality. Cutting FY18 EPS power to $3.00 (< Street at $3.27) based on flattish same-store sales the next two years (negative low-single digits Full-line offset by +LSD Rack) and modest SG&A deleverage (initial Manhattan pressure in FY17 building into FY18) partially offset by slight GPM expansion. With shares ofNordstrom up 57% the past 6 months (vs S&P 500 +13%), we downgrade to Underweight, lowering our price target to $48 based on 6.0x our 18 EBITDA (= 16.5x FY18 EPS).
Nordstrom’s market capitalization fell to $8.8 today from $9.6 billion yesterday. It reported net income of $600 million on sales of $14.4 billion in fiscal 2016.
Barron’s Johanna Bennett also panned Nordstrom today.
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The market remains resistant (Rs over Ss and Ns). Brokerages, banks and insurance companies continue their league-leading strength. The Russell 2000 Index is up for the 15th consecutive day. Retail extends yesterday’s strength. Nordstrom (JWN) , Macy’s (M) , Best Buy (BBY) , Target (TGT) , Walmart (WMT) , Foot Locker (FL) and JCPenney (JCP) are strong. First day down for Amazon (AMZN) . Agricultural commodities are lackluster, but soybeans are up another up $0.05 today, up substantially for three days in a row. Speculative biotech (Sage (SAGE) , FibroGen (FGEN) , Acadia Pharmaceuticals (ACAD) and Aerie Pharmaceuticals (AERI) ) stronger after recent weakness. Ag equipment up big time after the Deere (DE) beat.
- [By Douglas A. McIntyre]
The mall was created by accident, in some ways. Downtown Bloomington, Minnesota, lost its two largest corporate residents in 1982, football’s Minnesota Vikings and baseball’s Minnesota Twins. Over 78 acres became available for development. After debates about what should happen to the land, local officials decided to give it to financiers who wanted to build America’s largest home for retailers. It opened in 1992, two years before Amazon.com Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) was founded. Early tenants included Macy’s Inc. (NYSE: M), the Sears division of Sears Holdings Corp. (NASDAQ: SHLD) and Nordstrom Inc. (NYSE: JWN). All three have been injured by the current downturn in traditional retail sales.
Top 10 Growth Stocks For 2018: MEDIFAST INC(MED)
- [By Lisa Levin]
In trading on Friday, non-cyclical consumer goods & services shares rose by just 0.3 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Medifast Inc (NYSE: MED), down 5 percent, and Bridgford Foods Corporation (NASDAQ: BRID), down 6 percent.
- [By Peter Graham]
Although obesity is widespread, small cap dieting stocks havetended to causeinvestor portfolios to loose weight. A long term performance chart shows small cap weight loss or dieting stocks Weight Watchers International and Reliv International, Inc (NASDAQ: RELV) stillbelow or at breakeven for longer term investors whileMedifast Inc (NYSE: MED)has performed better and NutriSystem Inc (NASDAQ: NTRI) hasfinally begun to take offearly last year:
- [By Peter Graham]
A long term performance chart shows small cap weight loss or dieting stocks Weight Watchers International and Reliv International, Inc (NASDAQ: RELV) still underperforming whileNutriSystem Inc (NASDAQ: NTRI) and Medifast Inc (NYSE: MED) began taking off early last year:
- [By Lee Jackson]
These companies also reported insider buying last week: Carrizo Oil and Gas Inc. (NASDAQ: CRZO), Medifast Inc. (NYSE: MED), Medley Capital Corp. (NYSE: MCC), Occidental Petroleum Corp. (NYSE: OXY) and Sothebys (NYSE: BID).
Top 10 Growth Stocks For 2018: Intuitive Surgical Inc.(ISRG)
- [By Ashley Moore]
Here is a table of the 10 most expensive stocks trading on U.S. markets today:
Company (Ticker)Price per ShareMarket CapBerkshire Hathaway Inc. (NYSE: BRK-A)$ 257,227.52$ 419.50 billionSeaboard Corp. (NYSEMKT: SEB)$ 3,760.00$ 4.48 billionNVR Inc. (NYSE: NVR)$ 1,944.23$ 7.19 billionThe Priceline Group Inc. (Nasdaq: PCLN)$ 1,727.94$ 80.82 billionMarkel Corp. (NYSE: MKL)$ 978.51$ 13.78 billionWhite Mountains Insurance Group Ltd. (NYSE: WTM)$ 935.01$ 4.25 billionAmazon.com Inc. (Nasdaq: AMZN)$ 846.08$ 408.27 billionAlphabet Inc. (Nasdaq: GOOGL)$ 844.06$ 582.85 billionAutoZone Inc. (NYSE: AZO)$ 744.26$ 21.04 billionIntuitive Surgical Inc. (Nasdaq: ISRG)$ 735.63$ 28.41 billion
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And stocks are following suit. Intuitive Surgical (NASDAQ: ISRG) for example, has been on strong, steady climb for the better part of a year.
- [By Demitrios Kalogeropoulos]
As for individual stocks, IBM (NYSE:IBM) and Intuitive Surgical (NASDAQ:ISRG) attracted heavy investor interest following their quarterly earnings releases.
- [By George Budwell, Keith Speights, and Cory Renauer]
So, to help investors separate the wheat from the chaff, we asked our Foolish contributors which stocks they thought are worth owning until at least 2030. These three healthcare specialists recommended Medtronic (NYSE:MDT), Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ), andIntuitive Surgical (NASDAQ:ISRG). Read on to find out why.
Top 10 Growth Stocks For 2018: Buffalo Wild Wings Inc.(BWLD)
- [By Ben Levisohn]
Buffalo Wild Wings (BWLD) has dropped 3% to $157.51 after its earnings fell short of the Street consensus.
Las Vegas Sands (LVS) has declined 1.1% to $58.60 despite beating earnings forecasts.
- [By Peter Graham]
A long term performance chart shows Dave & Busters Entertainmenttripling in valuebefore falling back whilesmall cap upscale gentlemen’s clubs and restaurant ownerRCI Hospitality Holdings, Inc (NASDAQ: RICK) began taking off in 2016 and small capBuffalo Wild Wings (NASDAQ: BWLD) is being acquired by Arbys Restaurant Group:
- [By Lisa Levin]
Buffalo Wild Wings (NASDAQ: BWLD) shares were also up, gaining 20 percent to $121.75 after the company posted better-than-expected earnings for its third quarter and raised its forecast for the full year.