Another day, and another proposed plan on what to do with Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. The latest plan from a group of Congressmen aims to wind down the two entities and potentially turn them into private insurers, while keeping the governement’s hand in housing finance via Ginnie Mae. Would this new plan help or hurt the investors holding the preferred and commons shares?
In this segment of The Motley Fool’s everything-financial show, Where the Money Is, Matt Koppenheffer and David Hanson discuss the new plan and share what they think is the most important thing to watch going forward.
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Top 10 High Tech Companies To Buy For 2015: Mitsubishi Motors Corp (MMTOF)
MITSUBISHI MOTORS CORPORATION is engaged in the development, production and sale of general and small-sized passenger vehicles, mini-vehicles, sport utility vehicles (SUVs), trucks and automobile parts, as well as the inspection and maintenance of new vehicles. In addition, the Company is also engaged in the financing business including automobile leasing and sales finance. Advisors’ Opinion:
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LOS ANGELES (MarketWatch) — Japanese stocks rose Wednesday after a lower open, managing solid gains with most other Asian markets were closed for the Christmas holiday. The Nikkei Stock Average (JP:NIK) climbed 0.8% to 16,009.99, its first close above the 16,000 level since late 2007. The broader Topix ended with a more modest 0.1% rise. Seven & I Holdings Co. (JP:3382) (SVNDF) , operators of the 7-Eleven convenience-store chain, rose 1.5% as a Nikkei Asian Review report said it planned to pay about ¥5 billion yen to purchase nearly half of Bals, which runs home-and-kitchen-furnishings retailer Francfranc. Chip maker Renesas Electronics Corp. (JP:6723) (RNECY) was a strong performer, rallying 6.5% after suffering a sizeable drop in the previous session. On the downside, shares of Softbank Corp. (JP:9984) (SFTBF) fell 0.5%, after a separate article in the Nikkei saying that previously reported plans by the firm to buy T-Mobile US Inc. (TMUS) through its newly acquired Sprint (S) unit would value the transaction at more than 2 trillion yen ($19 billion) and would take place as early as next spring. Auto-maker stocks were mostly higher after trading mixed following the release of Japanese car-sales data for November. Toyota Motor Corp. (JP:7203) (TM) added 0.2%, Honda Motor Co. (JP:7267)
- [By MARKETWATCH]
LOS ANGELES (MarketWatch) — Japanese stocks rose Wednesday after a lower open, with action quiet as most other Asian markets were closed for the Christmas holiday. The Nikkei Stock Average (JP:NIK) gained 0.4% to 15,948.04, but with the broader Topix 0.4% lower. Seven & I Holdings Co. (JP:3382) (SVNDF) , operators of the 7-Eleven convenience-store chain, rose 1.3% as a Nikkei Asian Review report said it planned to pay about ¥5 billion yen to purchase nearly half of Bals, which runs home-and-kitchen-furnishings retailer Francfranc. Chip maker Renesas Electronics Corp. (JP:6723) (RNECY) was a strong performer, rallying 5.3% after suffering a sizeable drop in the previous session. On the downside, shares of Softbank Corp. (JP:9984) (SFTBF) fell 0.9%, after a separate article in the Nikkei saying that previously reported plans by the firm to buy T-Mobile US Inc. (TMUS) through its newly acquired Sprint (S) unit would value the transaction at more than 2 trillion yen ($19 billion) and would take place as early as next spring. Auto-maker stocks were mixed after the release of Japanese car-sales data for November, with Toyota Motor Corp. (JP:7203) (TM) flat, Honda Motor Co. (JP:7267) (HMC) down 0.4%, Mitsubishi Motors
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LOS ANGELES (MarketWatch) — Japanese stocks opened sharply higher Monday, with the Nikkei Stock Average (JP:NIK) advancing 1.1% to 14,242.86 after falling 2.8% Friday, as end-of-the-week gains for U.S. shares and some earnings news helped lift the market. The Topix also saw solid gains, up 0.8% in early moves. Major advances included a 2.5% rise for Hitachi Ltd. (JP:6501) (HTHIF) , a 4.1% surge for Mitsubishi Motors Corp. (JP:7211) (MMTOF) , and a 2.6% improvement for KDDI Corp. (JP:9433) (KDDIF) after the Nikkei business daily said the telecom will report a 50% increase for operating profit in the fiscal first half compared to a year earlier. Sony Corp. (JP:6758) (SNE) added 2% after scoring a Credit Suisse upgrade to outperform. Shares of NTT DoCoMo Inc. (JP:9437) (NTDMF) traded 1.1% higher after posting above-forecast quarterly results Friday, while JFE Holdings Inc. (JP:5411) (JFEEF) fell 3.2% after the steel producer also reported earnings.
- [By Daniel Inman]
In Japan, Canon (JP:7751) (CAJ) fell 1% after it lowered its full-year net profit forecast to ¥240 billion from a previous estimate of ¥260 billion set in July. Mitsubishi Motors Corp. (JP:7211) (MMTOF) added 1.9% after the car company increased its profit outlook.
Top 10 High Tech Companies To Buy For 2015: 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.
- [By John Del, Vecchio,]
Shape up or ship out
The two companies above have done a relatively great job at staying proactive during a troubled time, and Eagle Bulk Shipping (NASDAQ: EGLE ) is doing its best to follow suit. After putting up very strong earnings last quarter, reporting $72.2 million net revenue, compared with $52.6 million for the same quarter last year, Eagle looks to be on the right track.
- [By Bryan Murphy]
September is on pace to be a banner month for shipping stocks FreeSeas Inc. (NASDAQ:FREE), DryShips Inc. (NASDAQ:DRYS), and Eagle Bulk Shipping Inc. (NASDAQ:EGLE). They’re up 290%, 62%, and 115%, respectively, month-to-date, overcoming an amazingly long dry spell. The question is, why have EGLE, FREE, and DRYS been so strong all of a sudden, and more than that, are these rallies built to last?
- [By Rebecca McClay]
And dry bulk shippers like FreeSeas Inc. (Nasdaq: FREE), Seanergy Maritime Holdings Corp. (Nasdaq: SHIP), and Eagle Bulk Shipping Inc. (Nasdaq: EGLE) are noting big gains today as shipping rates strengthen. FREE is up 8%, SHIP is up 13%, and EGLE is up 7% as capesize shipping rates increased overnight by about 10%, exceeding $20,000 for the first time since January 2012.
Top 10 High Tech Companies To Buy For 2015: Beazer Homes USA Inc. (BZH)
Beazer Homes USA, Inc. designs, builds, and sells single-family and multi-family homes. The company offers homes for entry-level, move-up, or retirement-oriented buyers. It also engages in rental of previously owned homes that are purchased and improved by the company. The company sells its homes through commissioned new home sales counselors and independent brokers. It operates in 16 states, including Arizona, California, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Maryland, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia. Beazer Homes USA, Inc. was founded in 1985 and is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia.
- [By Grace L. Williams]
Homebuilder Beazer Homes (BZH) makes the cut following a cluster buy worth $781,300. Executives including CEO Allan Merrill and CFO Robert Salomon participated at a time when shares fell on earnings that missed estimates. InsiderScore had this to say:
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Records fell on Wall Street Friday as another solid report on housing lifted the market for the second day in a row. There’s a three-day weekend coming up — something that often prompts investor caution — but the gains were broad-based even though volume was fairly light. The VIX, which measures volatility, fell to its lowest level this year. The Dow Jones industrial average (^DJI) gained 63 points, the Nasdaq composite (^IXIC) rose 31, and the Standard & Poor’s 500 index (^GPSC) added 8, topping the record high set last week. The Dow Transportation average also raced to an all-time high, lifted by airline stocks. United (UAL) soared more than 4 percent; Delta (DAL) gained more than 1 percent and Southwest (LUV) gained 2 percent. Southwest is at an all-time high, up 79 percent from a year ago. New home sales bounced back with a better than expected 6.4 percent increase last month. Lennar (LEN) and D.R. Horton (DHI) both rose 4 percent. Pulte (PHM), Beazer (BZH) and Hovnanian (HOV) also solid posted gains. Earnings continue to drive retail stocks. Gap (GPS) edged higher even though net fell. Foot Locker (FL) gained 1½ percent after topping expectations. GameStop (GME) rose 4 percent. Its net rose, helped by the rollout last year of new Xbox and PlayStation consoles. Zumiez (ZUMZ) rose 5½ percent on an earnings beat. But Aeropostale (ARO) tumbled 24 percent. Its loss widened and sales declined. The retailer continues to struggle with teen fashion trends. Also on the earnings front, TiVo (TIVO) rose 2 percent as it swung to a profit from a year ago loss. It also reported an increase in the number of subscribers. Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) rose 6 percent on news the company plans to eliminate up to 16,000 additional workers in an effort to cut costs. And several stocks extended big moves from yesterday. Best Buy (BBY) rose more than 3 percent for the second straight day after earnings beat expectations. Isis Pharmaceuticals (ISIS) jumped
- [By Rick Aristotle Munarriz]
Alamy You can never know in advance all the news that will move the market in a given week, but some things you can see coming. From the world’s largest consumer tech company posting its iEarnings to a pivotal end to the trading month, here are some of the things that will help shape the week that lies ahead on Wall Street. Monday — Growing Apples: Lately, Apple (AAPL) hasn’t been the growth stock darling that it was through most of the past decade, but it seems to be turning the corner. Apple is expected to post growth in revenue and earnings when it reports fiscal first quarter results on Monday afternoon. It’s not likely to be much. Analysts see revenue and earnings per share climbing by no more than 5 percent over last year’s holiday quarter. That may seem low given the success of the iPhone 5S and iPad Air that hit the market late last year. However, it’s been hard to overcome the slide in Mac and iPod sales. Tuesday — Comcast Stems the Bleeding: Another company showing renewed signs of life is Comcast (CMCSK). The country’s largest cable provider hasn’t had a problem growing its Internet and broadband phone services, but it’s been struggling since 2007 to keep its pay TV customers around. Comcast finally surprised investors earlier this month by announcing that it closed out the fourth quarter with more subscribers than it had three months earlier. This is the first time that Comcast has posted a sequential increase in video customers after 26 quarters of declines. Comcast reports on Tuesday. Hopefully it will shed some light on this welcome development, letting us know if the cord cutter fears are in the past. Wednesday — Are We Friends Again: It will be Facebook (FB) hoping that the market clicks “Like” on the leading social networking website’s quarterly financials on Wednesday. Facebook had a rocky start as a public company two years ago, going public at $38 and falling into the teens several months later. However, explosive top- and bottom-l
Top 10 High Tech Companies To Buy For 2015: Glacier Water Services Inc (GWSV)
Glacier Water Services, Inc. (Glacier) is primarily engaged in the operation of self-service vending machines that dispense drinking water to consumers. The machines are placed at supermarkets and other retail outlets under commission arrangements with the retailers. The Company’s machines are primarily located throughout the Sunbelt and Midwest regions of the United States.
As of January 2, 2011, the Company operated approximately 19, 100 machines in 42 states and Canada. Glacier’s indoor water vending machine was introduced especially for inside the retail store. In addition to having the same multi-stage filtration/treatment system as the outdoor machine, many retailers make available a supply of empty containers near the indoor machine. Glacier also operates a line of PureFill and Water Island equipment.
- [By John Udovich]
Small cap OTC drinking water stocks Glacier Water Services, Inc (OTCMKTS: GWSV), AWG International Water Corp (OTCBB: AWGI) and Alkaline Water Company Inc (OTCBB: WTER) all offer a product that many consumer, investors and traders alike might take for granted, but everyone needs to have. However, you can build a better mouse trap when it comes to drinking water or at least that what these three small caps are attempting to do with their own unique strategies:
Top 10 High Tech Companies To Buy For 2015: The Hain Celestial Group Inc.(HAIN)
The Hain Celestial Group, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, manufactures, markets, distributes, and sells natural and organic products in the United States and internationally. The company offers natural and organic grocery products, including non-dairy beverages and frozen desserts, infant and toddler food, flour and baking mixes, hot and cold cereals, pasta, condiments, cooking and culinary oils, granolas, granola bars, cereal bars, canned, aseptic and instant soups, yogurt, chilis, packaged grain, chocolate, nut butters, nutritional oils, juices, frozen desserts, cookies, crackers, gluten-free frozen entrees and bars, frozen pastas, and ethnic meals. It also provides snack products, such as potato and vegetable chips, organic tortilla style chips, whole grain chips, and popcorn; and specialty tea, including herbal, green, wellness, white, red, and chai teas. In addition, the company offers personal care products, including skin care, hair care, body care, oral care, deodorants, and baby care items, including acne treatment, body washes, and sunscreens. Further, it processes, markets, and distributes prepared foods, such as fresh sandwiches, appetizers, and full-plated meals for distribution to retailers, caterers, and food service providers; and develops, manufactures, markets, distributes, and sells a line of household cleaning products, including laundry detergent and fabric softener, and dish cleaners, as well as glass, bathroom, wood floor, and all purpose cleaners. The company sells its products to specialty and natural food distributors, as well as to supermarkets, natural food stores, mass-market and on-line retailers, drug store chains, food service channels, and club stores. The Hain Celestial Group, Inc. was founded in 1993 and is headquartered in Melville, New York.
- [By John Udovich]
Natural and organics food stock United Natural Foods, Inc (NASDAQ: UNFI) fell 8.09% after reporting earnings, meaning its worth taking a closer look at those earnings as well as the performance of Whole Foods Market, Inc (NASDAQ: WFM), The Hain Celestial Group, Inc (NASDAQ: HAIN) and Annies Inc (NYSE: BNNY) as stocks in the sector have been trending down lately while competition in the space has increased.
- [By Will Ashworth]
Bill Ackman’s continued attacks on Herbalife (HLF) and the FBI’s investigation into its business practices have hurt most stocks even remotely related to the health drink maker. Until the matter is cleared up, all of these stocks should be considered dead money. Even market darlings such as Whole Foods (WFM) and Hain Celestial Group (HAIN) are badly lagging the overall markets. While the healthy lifestyle trend continues, it seems investors have generally grown tired of it. Like all cyclical businesses, it might be some time before investor enthusiasm returns.
Top 10 High Tech Companies To Buy For 2015: Crumbs Bake Shop Inc (CRMB)
Crumbs Bake Shop, Inc., formerly 57th Street General Acquisition Corp., incorporated on October 29, 2009, is owner of Crumbs Holdings LLC (Crumbs), a neighborhood bakery and a retailer of cupcakes. As of November 1, 2011, Crumbs had 43 locations, including 29 locations in the New York Metro area, nine locations on the West Coast, three locations in Washington, D.C., one location in Virginia and one location in Chicago. The specialty of the house is cupcakes; however, the menu also includes a blend of baked goods. On May 5, 2011, the Company merged with Crumbs.
The Company offers a range of Signature and Taste size cupcakes. Signature cupcakes are ordered in increments of six. One can create its own individual six packs or choose a pre-selected assortment. Its Taste size cupcakes are offered by the dozen in pre-selected favorites assortments. There are more than 60 varieties of cupcakes baked fresh daily with a new cupcake of the week debuting each Monday.
- [By Lex Haris]
Crumbs (CRMB) closed all of its stores Monday, and has been struggling for some time. It began closing outlets in 2013 amid steep losses. At the end of the first quarter this year, it had 65 locations in 12 states.
- [By Jack Kramer and Nick Martell]
2. Crumbs Cupcake stock continues to drop
Pour some sugar on me, baby, because the recent performance of cupcake-makin’ chain Crumbs Bake Shop (NASDAQ: CRMB ) hasn’t tasted good for investors. The stock has fallen nearly 30% in the past month, dropped 13.4% in the last week, and dipped almost 2% Monday on growing doubts the company can even stay in business.
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Crumbs Bake Shop Inc.(CRMB) said interim Chief Executive Edward M. Slezak has been named permanently to post, while also announcing that its board has appointed Frederick G. Kraegel as chairman.
Top 10 High Tech Companies To Buy For 2015: Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc.(CMG)
Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. develops and operates fast-casual, fresh Mexican food restaurants in the United States, Canada, and England. Its restaurants primarily offer burritos, tacos, burrito bowls, and salads. As of December 31, 2011, it operated 1,230 restaurants, which includes 1 ShopHouse Southeast Asian Kitchen. Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. was founded in 1993 and is based in Denver, Colorado.
- [By Quantum Research]
The fast food giant has 35,000 outlets across the globe and most have been facing flat sales since last year. The young customers are preferring healthy options with customizable menu provided by Chipotle Mexican Grill (CMG) and Panera Bread Co. (PNRA). These companies offer organic foods rather than frozen ones.
- [By Katie Lobosco]
It has had success with its past campaigns. In May, Chipotle (CMG), Sonic (SONC) and Chili’s (EAT) restaurants folded under intense public pressure and asked customers to leave their guns at home. Target (TGT) followed suit in July.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
It’s been a very good year for Chipotle Mexican Grill (CMG), which has gained 26% so far this year. But is this as good as it gets?
Longbow’s Alton Stump thinks it is. He explains why he downgraded shares of Chipotle Mexican grill to Neutral from Buy:
Our outlook on Chipotle’s fundamentals undoubtedly remains positive. Chipotle’s impressive same-store sales recovery over the last 4-5 quarters was driven almost entirely by accelerated traffic, which we believe helped set the stage for Chipotle to implement a mid single-digit list price increase during late 2Q14.
Chipotle’s industry-leading same-store sales growth potential, cash-on-cash return profile, double-digit new store story and loyal consumer following justify a multiple well ahead of its peer average. However, with Chipotle’s shares trading ~35% higher since early May, we believe the company’s positive fundamentals are already baked into Chipotle’s share price.
Shares of Chipotle Mexican Grill have dropped 0.4% to $669.68 at 1:43 p.m. today.
- [By Suravi Thacker]
A company which provides a return of 593% in the span of 5 years is definitely worth watching. Chipotle Mexican Grill (CMG) is one such company which has been a commendable player in the restaurant space. Its share price has appreciated by 1297% since its inception in February 2006. The food company has been growing its presence not only through new store openings, but also through higher sales at the existing stores. This means that its comparable store sales growth has been amazing.
Top 10 High Tech Companies To Buy For 2015: Cree Inc.(CREE)
Cree, Inc. develops and manufactures light emitting diodes (LEDs), LED lighting, and semiconductor solutions for wireless and power applications. Its LED products include blue and green LED chips that are used in various applications, including video screens, gaming displays, function indicator lights, and automotive backlighting; LED components comprising a range of packaged LED products and LED modules for lighting applications; LED lighting products, such as LED downlights, LED troffers, and LED lamps or bulbs for construction, retrofit, and renovation projects in commercial, governmental, and residential applications; and silicon carbide (SiC) wafers, which are used in the manufacture of optoelectronics, microwave, power switching, and other applications. The company also provides semiconductor materials and devices primarily based on silicon carbide (SiC), gallium nitride (GaN), and related compounds. Its power and radio frequency (RF) products include SiC-based power products comprising 600, 1,200, and 1,700-volt Schottky diodes, as well as 1,200-volt SiC metal semiconductor field-effect transistor switches that are used in power factor correction circuits for power supplies in computer servers and other applications, such as solar inverters; and RF devices, including a range of GaN high electron mobility transistors and monolithic microwave integrated circuits for military or commercial applications, as well as 10 watt and 60 watt SiC transistors and metal semiconductor field effect transistor products. The company primarily operates in China, the United States, Europe, South Korea, Japan, Malaysia, and Taiwan. Cree, Inc. was formerly known as Cree Research, Inc. and changed its name in January 2000. Cree, Inc. was founded in 1987 and is based in Durham, North Carolina.
- [By Lee Samaha]
Shareholders in lighting company Acuity Brands (NYSE: AYI ) were given a rude reminder of the risk of holding a highly rated stock recently. The company’s third quarter results missed estimates and the stock plunged more than 15%. But it might not all be so bad. Acuity’s management doesn’t give earnings guidance, so Fools should expect some volatility around the results. In addition, the company is attractive for a host of reasons, many of which also apply to Cree (NASDAQ: CREE ) and Hubbell (NYSE: HUB-B ) . Is this a good buying opportunity in Acuity Brands?
- [By Garrett Cook]
Cree (NASDAQ: CREE) shares were also up, gaining 3.94 percent to $52.29. Oppenheimer upgraded Cree from Market Perform to Outperform.
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LED lighting specialist Cree (CREE) was identified as one of 2014’s 50 Smartest Companies in MIT Technology Review’s annual list of the world’s most innovative technology companies. The company has been growing via breakthrough innovations and improving gross margin, however, the stock price has been inconsistent. Cree’s earnings have climbed 54% in each of the last two quarters, but the stock price hasn’t reflected this growth and is down almost 23% since August 2013. The drop may be frustrating for Cree investors, but the company’s prospects look very strong.
Top 10 High Tech Companies To Buy For 2015: Abbott Laboratories(ABT)
Abbott Laboratories engages in the discovery, development, manufacture, and sale of health care products worldwide. The company offers adult and pediatric pharmaceuticals for rheumatoid and psoriatic arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, psoriasis, and Crohn’s disease; dyslipidemia; HIV infection; prostate cancer, endometriosis and central precocious puberty, and anemia caused by uterine fibroids; respiratory syncytial virus; adult males who have low or no testosterone; secondary hyperparathyroidism; hypothyroidism; and pancreatic exocrine insufficiency, as well as anesthesia products. It also provides diagnostic products, such as immunoassay systems; chemistry systems; assays used for screening and/or diagnosis for drugs of abuse, cancer, therapeutic drug monitoring, fertility, physiological, and infectious diseases; instruments that automate the extraction, purification, and preparation of DNA and RNA from patient samples, and detect and measure infections agents; genomic-b ased tests; hematology systems and reagents; and point-of-care diagnostic systems and tests for blood analysis. In addition, the company offers a line of pediatric and adult nutritional products. Further, it provides coronary, endovascular, vessel closure, and structural heart devices, such as drug-eluting stent systems, coronary metallic stents, balloon dilatation products, coronary guidewires, vessel closure devices, carotid stent systems, percutaneous valve repair systems, and drug eluting bioresorbable vascular products. Additionally, the company provides blood glucose monitoring meters, test strips, data management software, and accessories for people with diabetes; and medical devices for the eye, including cataract surgery, lasik surgery, contact lens, and dry eye products, as well as branded generic pharmaceutical products. Abbott primarily serves retailers, wholesalers, hospitals, and health care facilities. Abbott was founded in 1888 and is headquartered in Abbott Park, Illinois.
- [By Anna Prior]
Abbott Laboratories sa(ABT)id it will sell a portion of its generics pharmaceuticals business to Mylan Inc.(MYL) in an all-stock transaction valued at $5.3 billion, another health-care deal driven in part by tax advantages. Mylan shares rose 4.1% to $52.25, while Abbott shares rose 1.9% to $42.10 premarket.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
Since Friday, three major acquisitions have been announced. AECOM Technology (ACM) said it would buy URS (URS) for $4 billion; Mylan (MYL) agreed to pay $5.3 billion for Abbott Laboratories (ABT) non-U.S. generic drug business; and Whiting Petroleum (WLL) said it would take over Kodiak Oil & Gas (KOG). And amazingly, none of them appear to be overpriced.
- [By Laura Brodbeck]
Earnings Expected: Abbott Laboratories (NYSE: ABT), US Bancorp (NYSE: USB), St. Jude Medical, Inc. (NYSE: STJ), Bank of America Corporation (NYSE: BAC), PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. (NYSE: PNC), BlackRock Inc. (NYSE: BLK), eBay Inc. (NYSE: EBAY), Yum! Brands, Inc. (NYSE: YUM), JP Morgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM), Morgan Stanley (NYSE: MS) Economic Releases Expected: US industrial production, US PPI, US oil inventory data, British unemployment rate, Italian trade balance
- [By Ben Rooney]
The ruble and Moscow stock index were stronger, continuing their recovery from sharp losses earlier this year as fears about an escalation of the crisis in Ukraine fade. A ceasefire between government forces and pro-Russian separatists declared last Friday appears to be holding. Sentiment was also improving after Abbott Laboratories (ABT) said Monday it would buy Russian pharmaceutical company Veropharm for as much as $495 million, underlining the waning threat of sanctions.
Top 10 High Tech Companies To Buy For 2015: Energizer Holdings Inc (ENR)
Energizer Holdings, Inc. (Energizer), incorporated on September 23, 1999, is the manufacturer and marketer of primary batteries, portable lighting and personal care products in the wet shave, skin care, feminine care and infant care categories. The Company manufactures and sells products in five product categories: wet shave, skin care, feminine care, infant care, battery and portable lighting products. On October 23, 2013, it completed the acquisition of the Stayfree pad, Carefree liner and o.b. tampon feminine hygiene brands in the United States, Canada and the Caribbean from McNeil PPC, Inc. and Johnson & Johnson, Inc., members of the Johnson & Johnson Family of Consumer Companies.
The Personal Care division includes wet shave products sold under the Schick, Wilkinson Sword, Edge, Skintimate and Personna brand names, skin care products sold under the Banana Boat, Hawaiian Tropic, Wet Ones and Playtex brand names, and feminine car e and infant care products sold under the Playtex and Diaper Genie brand names globally. The Company manufactures and distributes Schick and Wilkinson Sword razor systems, composed of razor handles and refillable blades, and disposable shave products for men and women. The Company markets its wet shave products globally. The Company also manufactures, distributes and sells a complete line of private label and value-priced wet shaving disposable razors, shaving systems and replacement blades. These wet shave products are sold primarily under a retailer’s store name or under value brand names such as Personna and GEM.
Energizer’s Household Products division manufactures and markets product portfolios in household batteries, specialty batteries and lighting products. In household batteries, the Company offers batteries using carbon zinc, alkaline, rechargeable and lithium technologies. The Company distributes its portfolio of househo ld and specialty batteries and portable lighting products th! rough a global distribution network, which also provides a platform for the distribution of its personal care products.
The Company competes with Duracell International, Inc., Panasonic Corporation, Procter & Gamble Company, Bic Group, Kimberly-Clark Corp., Merck & Co., Inc. and Johnson & Johnson.
- [By Anna Prior]
Energizer Holdings Inc.(ENR) will close its feminine-care products facility in Montreal by early 2017, consolidating operations in Delaware. The move is part of ongoing restructuring.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
Visa (V) gained 2.8% this week and Walt Disney (DIS) rose 2.7% to $80.31, to lead the Dow higher. Visa managed to gain despite sanctions being imposed on two Russian banks. Pepco Holdings (POM) surged 24% after it agreed to be purchased by Exelon (EXC) for $27.25 a share in an all-cash deal. Exelon dropped 1.2% this week. Energizer (ENR) jumped 17% after it said it would split itself into two companies.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
Energizer (ENR) reported earnings today, but who cares about financial results when you’ve decided to split in two?
And that’s exactly what Energizer has decided to do. Citigroup’s Wendy Nicholson and Beth Kite note that the quarter doesn’t “reflect great fundamentals” but the split-up is “great for the stock.” She explains:
We’re pleased ENR reconfirmed guidance, as while the pressure to batteries sales accelerated in the quarter, the restructuring program is once-again tracking ahead of plan. ENR has banked $96 mm in restructuring savings YTD, such that it upwardly revised its FY14 savings goal to $100-$125 mm from $100 mm, previously. Clearly, today’s results pale in comparison to the news that the company is splitting its Household Products and Personal Care segments into two stand-alone businesses. We were surprised and we think investors are likely surprised by this news, as ENR’s management has repeatedly said they think the businesses create the most value under one company.
Shares of Energizer have jumped 15% to $112.37 at 10:24 a.m. today, while Spectrum Brands (SPB) has risen 1.4% to $76.88 and Kimberly Clark (KMB) has gained 1% to $112.14.