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Toward the end of trading Thursday, the Dow traded up 0.18 percent to 17,821.51 while the NASDAQ climbed 0.21 percent to 4,962.80. The S&P also rose, gaining 0.16 percent to 2,102.65.
Leading and Lagging Sectors
Thursday afternoon, the healthcare sector proved to be a source of strength for the market. Leading the sector was strength from Keryx Biopharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: KERX) and Amicus Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: FOLD).
Top 10 Healthcare Technology Stocks To Buy For 2016: Container Store (The)(TCS)
The Container Store Group, Inc. engages in the retailing of storage and organization products in the United States. It operates in two segments, TCS and Elfa. The companys retail stores provide various lifestyle products, including bath, box, closets, collections, containers, food storage, gift packaging, hooks, kitchen, laundry, office, shelving, storage, trash, and travel, as well as elfa branded products. It also designs, manufactures, and sells component-based shelving and drawer systems that are customizable for any area of the home, such as closets, kitchens, offices, and garages, as well as made-to-measure sliding doors. As of July 7, 2015, the company operated 72 store locations with an average of 25,000 square feet each. It also offers its products directly to customers through its Website and call center, as well as sells to various retailers and distributors, and on a wholesale basis. The company was founded in 19 78 and is headquartered in Coppell, Texas.
- [By Monica Gerson]
Container Store Group Inc (NYSE: TCS) is expected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.21 per share on revenue of $230.53 million.
J & J Snack Foods Corp (NASDAQ: JJSF) is estimated to post its quarterly earnings at $0.78 per share on revenue of $231.58 million.
Top 10 Healthcare Technology Stocks To Buy For 2016: Arista Networks, Inc.(ANET)
Arista Networks, Inc. provides cloud networking solutions. The company offers extensible operating systems, a set of network applications, and Ethernet switches. It serves a range of industries, including Internet companies, service providers, financial services organizations, government agencies, media and entertainment companies, and others. Arista Networks, Inc. markets its products through direct sales force and channel partners, such as distributors, value-added resellers, systems integrators, and original equipment manufacturer partners. The company was formerly known as Arastra, Inc. and changed its name to Arista Networks, Inc. in October 2008. Arista Networks, Inc. was founded in 2004 and is headquartered in Santa Clara, California.
- [By Lisa Levin]
Arista Networks Inc (NYSE: ANET) shares shot up 11 percent to $64.37 after the company reported upbeat results for its fourth quarter.
Shares of The Chefs Warehouse, Inc (NASDAQ: CHEF) got a boost, shooting up 18 percent to $18.36 on Q4 results. Chefs’ Warehouse reported Q4 modified pro forma earnings of $0.26 per share on revenue of $299.7 million.
- [By Monica Gerson]
Arista Networks Inc (NYSE: ANET) reported upbeat results for the first quarter and issued a strong revenue forecast for the current quarter. Arista Networks shares gained 3.84 percent to $66.02 in the after-hours trading session.
Top 10 Penny Companies To Buy For 2016: Werner Enterprises, Inc.(WERN)
Werner Enterprises, Inc., incorporated on September 14, 1982, is a transportation and logistics company. The Company is engaged in transporting truckload shipments of general commodities in both interstate and intrastate commerce. The Company operates through two segments: Truckload Transportation Services (Truckload) and Value Added Services (VAS). The Company also provides logistics services through its VAS division. The Company has a fleet of approximately 7,450 trucks, of which over 6,640 are Company-operated and over 810 are owned and operated by independent contractors. Its VAS division operates over 60 additional intermodal drayage trucks.
Truckload Transportation Services
Truckload segment comprises the One-Way Truckload and Specialized Services units. Its One-Way Truckload unit’s operating fleet includes the regional short-haul (Regional) fleet, which transports a variety of consumer non-durable products and other commodities in truckload quantities within geographic regions across the United States using dry van trailers; the medium-to-long-haul van (Van) fleet, which provides comparable truckload van service over irregular routes, and the expedited (Expedited) fleet, which provides time-sensitive truckload services utilizing driver teams. Its Specialized Services unit provides truckload services for a retail distribution center or manufacturing facility, including services for products requiring specialized trailers, such as flatbed or temperature-controlled trailers.
The Company’s Truckload fleets operate across over 40 contiguous United States’ states pursuant to operating authority, both common and contract, granted by the United States Department of Transportation (DOT) and pursuant to intrastate authority granted by various United States’ states. It also operates in several provinces of Canada and provides through-trailer service into and out of Mexico. The principal types of freight it t ransports include retail store merchandise, consumer product! s, grocery products and manufactured products.
The Company’s VAS segment is a non-asset-based transportation and logistics provider. VAS comprises operating units that provide non-trucking services to its customers, which include truck brokerage (Brokerage) that uses contracted carriers to complete customer shipments; freight management (Freight Management), which offers a range of single-source logistics management services and solutions; the intermodal (Intermodal) unit, which offers rail transportation through alliances with rail and drayage providers as an alternative to truck transportation, and Werner Global Logistics international (WGL), which provides complete management of global shipments from origin to destination using a combination of air, ocean, truck and rail transportation modes. Its Brokerage unit has transportation services contracts with approximately 12,920 carriers.
- [By Monica Gerson]
Werner Enterprises (NASDAQ: WERN) shares dropped 4.83% to $23.23 in pre-market trading after the company issued a weak third-quarter profit forecast.
- [By Jake L’Ecuyer]
Equities Trading DOWN
Shares of Outerwall (NASDAQ: OUTR) were down 16.03 percent to $47.00 after the company lowered its forecast for the third quarter and full year. Werner Enterprises (NASDAQ: WERN) shares tumbled 4.71 percent to $23.26 after the company issued a weak third-quarter profit forecast. Bank of America downgraded the stock from Buy to Neutral. Pandora Media (NYSE: P) down, falling 1.71 percent to $23.58 as the company announced its plans to sell 14 million shares of common stock, including 4 million shares from current stockholders.
Top 10 Healthcare Technology Stocks To Buy For 2016: Nobilis Health Corp.(HLTH)
Nobilis Health Corp., together with its subsidiaries, acquires and manages ambulatory surgical centers (ASCs) and healthcare facilities in the United States. Its ASCs are licensed ambulatory surgery centers that provide scheduled surgical procedures in clinical specialties, including orthopedic surgery, podiatric surgery, ENT, pain management, gastro- intestinal, gynecology, and general surgery. As of March 18, 2015, the company owned and managed 10 healthcare facilities in Texas and Arizona; a surgical hospital in Houston; 6 ambulatory surgery centers; 2 MRI centers; and an urgent care center. The company was formerly known as Northstar Healthcare Inc. and changed its name to Nobilis Health Corp. in December 2014. Nobilis Health Corp. was founded in 2007 and is headquartered in Houston, Texas.
- [By Monica Gerson]
Nobilis Health Corp (NYSE: HLTH) is expected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.19 per share on revenue of $91.92 million.
Avid Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: AVID) is estimated to post its quarterly earnings at $0.36 per share on revenue of $144.02 million.
Top 10 Healthcare Technology Stocks To Buy For 2016: Transocean Inc.(RIG)
Transocean Ltd. provides offshore contract drilling services for oil and gas wells worldwide. It offers deepwater and harsh environment drilling, oil and gas drilling management, and drilling engineering and drilling project management services. The company also offers well and logistics services. In addition, it engages in oil and gas exploration, development, and production activities primarily in the United States offshore Louisiana and Texas, and in the United Kingdom sector of the North Sea. As of February 10, 2011, the company owned, had partial ownership interests in, and operated 138 mobile offshore drilling units, including 47 high-specification floaters, 25 midwater floaters, 9 high-specification jackups, 54 standard jackups, and 3 other rigs, as well as 1 ultra-deepwater floater and 3 high-specification jackups under construction. Transocean Ltd. was founded in 1953 and is based in Zug, Switzerland.
- [By Paul Ausick]
Following a November 2011 leak of about 3,600 barrels of oil from a rig offshore of Brazil, Chevron Corp. (NYSE: CVX) and driller Transocean Ltd. (NYSE: RIG) were slapped with a penalty of $17.5 billion by the governments public prosecutors office. That payment reportedly hasbeen reduced to less than $42 million as the company and the government have agreed on a settlement.
Top 10 Healthcare Technology Stocks To Buy For 2016: Newfield Exploration Company(NFX)
Newfield Exploration Company, an independent energy company, engages in the exploration, development, and production of crude oil, natural gas, and natural gas liquids in the United States. Its principal areas of operation include the Anadarko and Arkoma basins of Oklahoma, the Williston Basin of North Dakota, the Uinta Basin of Utah, and the Maverick and Gulf Coast basins of Texas. The company also holds offshore oil developments in China. As of December 31, 2015, it had proved reserves of approximately 509 million barrels of oil equivalent. The company was founded in 1988 and is headquartered in The Woodlands, Texas.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
The large cap E&Ps we cover raised ~ $6.5 billion of equity in 2015 and are likely to consider additional issuance in 2016. Pioneer Natural Resources (PXD) raised $1.3 billion on January 5th and Hess Corp. (HES) raised $1.5 billion of equity/equity-linked earlier this month. We think highly leveraged companies such as Devon Energy,Encana andRange Resources (RRC) and companies with a large deficit (before asset sales), such asAnadarko Petroleum and Devon Energy, are most likely to consider raising equity. Additionally, we believe companies such as WPX Energy (WPX), Southwestern Energy (SWN), Marathon Oil, Continental Resources (CLR),Noble Energy and Newfield Exploration (NFX) could issue equity while several levered companies may be unwilling or unable to access equity markets. We do not think Apache, Canadian Natural Resource, EOG Resources (EOG), Occidental Petroleum orPioneer Natural Resources are likely to issue equity this year.
Top 10 Healthcare Technology Stocks To Buy For 2016: Banco Santander, S.A.(SAN)
Banco Santander, S.A., together with its subsidiaries, provides various retail and commercial banking products and services for individual and corporate clients. The company offers demand and time deposits, and current accounts; mortgages and auto finance, personal loans, and loans to buy durable goods; and debit and credit cards. It also provides cash management, trade finance, financing and custody, and bond and securitization origination services; originates and distributes corporate loans and structured financings; and offers corporate finance services for mergers and acquisitions, equities markets, and investment solutions through derivatives, as well as asset and capital structuring. In addition, the company is involved in the corporate banking, treasury, and investment banking activities; sale and distribution of fixed income and equity derivatives, interest rates, and inflation; trading and hedging of exchange rates an d short-term money markets for wholesale and retail customers; and brokerage of equities, and derivatives for investment and hedging solutions. Further, it offers asset management, private banking, and payment capture and processing services, as well as mobile and online banking services. It operates through 13,030 branches worldwide. The company was formerly known as Banco Santander Central Hispano S.A. and changed its name to Banco Santander, S.A. in June 2007. Banco Santander, S.A. was founded in 1857 and is headquartered in Madrid, Spain.
- [By Alanna Petroff]
The police linked the theft at Barclays (BCS) to another attempt to steal money from a Santander (SAN) branch in London, which led to the arrest of 12 men last week.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
Just about every bank’s capital plan was given the go ahead, though a few with qualifications. M&T Bank (MTB) , for instance, “met minimum capital requirements on a post-stress basis after submitting an adjusted capital action,” according to the Federal Reserve’s press release, while Morgan Stanley (MS) will be required to “submit a new capital plan by the end of the fourth quarter of 2016 to address certain weaknesses in its capital planning processes.” The Fed “objected” to the plans submitted byDeutsche Bank (DB) and Banco Santander’s (SAN) US units.
Top 10 Healthcare Technology Stocks To Buy For 2016: H&R Block, Inc.(HRB)
H&R Block, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides tax preparation, banking, and other services to the general public primarily in the United States, Canada, and Australia. The company offers assisted income tax return preparation and related services through a system of retail offices operated directly by the company or by franchisees; and online tax services, such as tax advice, professional and do-it-yourself (DIY) tax return preparation, and electronic filing services through its Website hrblock.com. It also develops and markets DIY desktop income tax preparation software; and develops and provides applications for mobile devices, which offer tax and related services. In addition, the company provides refund anticipation checks, H&R Block Emerald Advance lines of credit and Prepaid MasterCard, and Peace of Mind Extended Service Plan, Tax Identity Shield, and Cash Back refund discount programs. Further, it offers tradition al retail banking services primarily to its assisted and DIY tax clients. The company was founded in 1946 and is headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri.
- [By Monica Gerson]
Shares of H & R Block Inc (NYSE: HRB) surged over 12 percent on Friday as the company reported better-than-expected results for its fourth quarter and lifted its quarterly dividend to $0.22 per share. H & R Block shares gained 0.29 percent to $24.30 in the after-hours trading session.
- [By Lisa Levin]
H & R Block Inc (NYSE: HRB) was down, falling around 14 percent to $20.42 as the company reported a disappointing tax season. The company announced plans to lower 13 percent of its workforce. Oppenheimer downgraded H&R Block from Outperform to Perform.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
H&R Block (HRB) has climbed 3.1% to $22.20 after beating earnings forecasts by a penny and hiking its dividend.
Cliffs Natural Resources (CLF) has gained 1.2% to $5.16 after getting upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Macquarie.
Top 10 Healthcare Technology Stocks To Buy For 2016: Stage Stores, Inc.(SSI)
Stage Stores, Inc. operates as a specialty department store retailer in small and mid-sized towns and communities in the United States. Its merchandise portfolio comprises moderately priced brand name and private label apparel, accessories, cosmetics, footwear, and home goods. The company also offers merchandise direct-to-consumer through its e-commerce Website and send program. As of January 30, 2016, it operated 834 specialty department stores in 39 states and a direct-to-consumer channel under the BEALLS, GOODY’S, PALAIS ROYAL, PEEBLES, and STAGE nameplates. The company was founded in 1988 and is headquartered in Houston, Texas.
- [By Monica Gerson]
Stage Stores Inc (NYSE: SSI) shares fell 15.11 percent to $5.00 in pre-market trading after the company reported weaker-than-expected Q1 results and lowered its full-year outlook.
Top 10 Healthcare Technology Stocks To Buy For 2016: Gas Natural Inc.(EGAS)
Gas Natural Inc., incorporated on July 1, 2010, is a natural gas company. The Company operates through three segments: Natural Gas; Marketing and Production, and Corporate and Other.
The Natural Gas segment annually distributes approximately 20 billion cubic feet of natural gas to its customers through regulated utilities operating in Maine, Montana, North Carolina and Ohio. The Company’s operations in Maine provide natural gas service to customers in Bangor, Brewer, Old Town, Orono, Bucksport, Hermon, Veazie and Lincoln. Its operations in Montana provide natural gas service to customers in Cascade, Gallatin and Glacier counties. Its North Carolina operations provide natural gas service to customers in Ashe, Surry, Warren, Watauga, Wilkes and Yadkin counties. The Company’s Ohio operations provide natural gas service to customers in Ashland, Ashtabula, Carroll, Columbiana, Coshocton, Cuyahoga, Fairfield, Franklin, Geauga, Guernsey, Harr ison, Hocking, Holmes, Huron, Knox, Lake, Lorain, Mahoning, Medina, Portage, Richland, Stark, Summit, Trumbull, Tuscarawas, Washington and Wayne counties. The Company’s natural gas utility subsidiaries include Bangor Gas Company, LLC (Maine), Brainard Gas Corp (Ohio), Cut Bank Gas Company (Montana), Energy West Montana, Inc. (Montana), Frontier Natural Gas, LLC (North Carolina), Northeast Ohio Natural Gas Corp (Ohio) and Orwell Natural Gas Company (Ohio).
Marketing and Production
The Company’s Marketing and Production segment annually markets approximately 1.5 billion cubic feet of natural gas to commercial and industrial customers in Montana, Wyoming and Ohio through its subsidiaries, Energy West Resources, Inc. (EWR) and Gas Natural Resources, LLC (GNR). The Company also manages midstream supply and production assets for transportation customers and utilities through its subsidiary, EWR. EWR owns interest in approximately 160 natural gas producing wells in operation on state lease mineral rights in Glacier! and Toole Counties in Montana.
The Company competes with Northern Utilities Inc., Maine Natural Gas, Northwestern Energy, Montana-Dakota Utilities Co., Dominion East Ohio, Columbia Gas of Ohio and National Gas & Oil.
- [By Monica Gerson]
Gas Natural Inc (NYSE: EGAS) is projected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.23 per share.
Caleres Inc (NYSE: CAL) is expected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.23 per share on revenue of $632.89 million.