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Top 10 Industrial Conglomerate Companies To Invest In Right Now: Enbridge Inc(ENB)
Enbridge Inc. operates as an energy transportation and distribution company in the United States and Canada. Its Liquids Pipelines segment operates common carrier and contract crude oil, natural gas liquids (NGL), and refined products pipelines and terminals. The companys Gas Distribution segment operates as a natural gas utility that serves residential, commercial, and industrial customers in Central and Eastern Ontario, and Northern New York State, as well as in Quebec and New Brunswick. Its Gas Pipelines, Processing and Energy Services segment has interests in natural gas pipelines, including the Vector Pipeline and transmission and gathering pipelines in the Gulf of Mexico, as well as holds an interest in Aux Sable, a natural gas fractionation and extraction facility. This segment is also involved in the renewable energy projects, such as wind, solar, and geothermal projects with a generating capacity of approximately 2, 800 MW. The companys Sponsored Investments segment is involved in renewable and alternative power generation; crude oil and liquid petroleum transportation and storage; and natural gas and NGL gathering, treating, processing, and transportation. Enbridge Inc. has a strategic partnership with EDF Group for the development, construction, and operation of three French offshore wind farms. The company was formerly known as IPL Energy Inc. and changed its name to Enbridge Inc. in October 1998. Enbridge Inc. was founded in 1949 and is headquartered in Calgary, Canada.
- [By Callum Turcan]
Bridging the way
Enbridge (NYSE: ENB ) currently carries 2.2 million barrels of crude oil and liquidseach day through its vast 15,372 thousand mile pipeline system.Enbridge has recently undergonea $6.2 billion program to grow shipping capacity in Western Canada and the Bakken by 400,000 bpd. Western Canada is home to the booming oil sands play, so Enbridge is trying to capitalize on two high-growth markets.
Top 10 Industrial Conglomerate Companies To Invest In Right Now: Alon USA Energy, Inc.(ALJ)
Alon USA Energy, Inc. engages in refining and marketing petroleum products, primarily in the South Central, Southwestern, and Western regions of the United States. It operates in three segments: Refining and Marketing, Asphalt, and Retail. The Refining and Marketing segment operates sour crude oil refinery located in Big Spring, Texas; light sweet crude oil refinery located in Krotz Springs, Louisiana; and heavy crude oil refineries located in Paramount, Bakersfield and Long Beach, California with a crude oil throughput capacity of approximately 217,000 barrels per day. This segment refines crude oil into petroleum products, such as gasoline, diesel fuel, jet fuel, petrochemicals, petrochemical feedstocks, asphalt, and other petroleum-based products. It also markets motor fuels to third-party distributors under the Alon brand; licenses Alon brand name; and provides payment card processing services, advertising programs, and lo yalty and other marketing programs to licensed locations. The Asphalt segment sells paving asphalt to road and materials manufacturers, and highway construction/maintenance contractors as ground tire rubber, polymer modified, or emulsion asphalt. The Retail segment operates convenience stores that offer various grades of gasoline, diesel fuel, food products and services, tobacco products, non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages, and general merchandise, as well as money orders to the public primarily under the 7-Eleven and Alon brands. As of December 31, 2014, this segment operated 295 owned and leased convenience store sites primarily in Central and West Texas, and New Mexico. Alon USA Energy, Inc. was founded in 2000 and is based in Dallas, Texas.
- [By Manikandan Raman]
Additionally, Cheng also downgraded Delek US Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: DK) to Equal Weight from Overweight, while upgrading Alon USA Energy, Inc. (NYSE: ALJ) to Equal Weight from Underweight.
- [By Tom Dorsey]
Over a several day period, I submitted questions and Mr. Eisman, President, Chief Executive Officer and Director of Alon USA Energy Inc. (ALJ) and the parent company of Alon USA Partners LP Inc. (ALDW) responded. He provided some key insights to some challenges the company faces, where the company is going, and the opportunities available in the future. This insight should provide investors with additional information to understand the value of the company and the opportunity as an investor in the company.
Best Stocks To Own For 2016: Seadrill Limited(SDRL)
Seadrill Limited, an offshore drilling contractor, provides offshore drilling services to the oil and gas industry worldwide. The company operates through Floaters and Jack-up Rigs segments. The Floaters segment provides drilling, completion, and maintenance services for offshore exploration and production wells. Its drilling contracts relating to semi-submersible rigs and drillships for harsh and benign environments in mid, deep, and ultra-deep waters. The Jack-up Rigs segment offers services, such as drilling, completion, and maintenance of offshore exploration and production wells. This segments drilling contracts relate to jack-up rigs for operations in harsh and benign environment. As of March 20, 2015, the company had a fleet of 899 units, including 118 drillships, 198 semi-submersible rigs, 544 jack-up rigs, and 39 tender rigs. It serves oil and gas exploration and production companies comprising integrated oil compan ies, independent oil and gas producers, and government-owned oil and gas companies. Seadrill Limited was founded in 2005 and is headquartered in Hamilton, Bermuda.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
Shares of Noble have gained 5% to $9.32 at 1:59, but that appears downright disappointing next to Seadrill (SDRL), Transocean (RIG) and Atwood Oceanics (ATW). Transocean has climbed 7.2% to $11.28, Seadrill has jumped 7.6% to $3.40, and Atwood Oceanics has soared 9.9% to $12.31.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
Shares of Noble have gained 4.2% to $7.26 at 1:53 p.m., while Transocean has dipped 0.5% to $8.57, Diamond Offshore Drilling (DO) has dropped 2.5% to $16.80, and Seadrill (SDRL) has advanced 1.2% to $1.65.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
Credit Suisse analyst Gregory Lewis and team highlight seven factors that will help sway how investors react to earnings from offshore drillers like Transocean (RIG), Noble (NE),Diamond Offshore Drilling (DO), Seadrill (SDRL), and Ensco (ESV):
Top 10 Industrial Conglomerate Companies To Invest In Right Now: 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 Ben Levisohn]
Maxim’s Stephen Anderson expects Chipotle Mexican Grill (CMG) to release its May same-store sales soon, and he expects them to disappoint. Oh, and he also cut his price target on Chipotle to $285. He explains why:
We expect May same-restaurant sales results to be released in the next week or so, and believe these results will disappoint. Based on our channel checks, the slow recovery in traffic which was boosted earlier this quarter (2Q16) by a free burrito promotion seems to have lost momentum in the past few weeks. More recently,Chipotle Mexican Grill has targeted “buy one, get one free” promotions to teachers and nurses, but we do not believe this has led to a broad-based, sustainable turnaround in traffic. As we contend that sales trends remain disappointing into June, we now believe that management will consider broader promotional activity possibly including another free burrito promotion in 2H16E.
In our view, Chipotle Mexican Grills outsized exposure to California, New York State, and now Washington, DC, will limit margin expansion in 2017E and beyond. Yesterday, the District of Columbia Council voted unanimously to raise the minimum wage to $15/hour by 2020.Chipotle Mexican Grill has 22 units in Washington, DC, that will be subject to the new mandate. When combined with earlier legislation mandating $15/hour (in the next four to five years) passed in California and New York State,Chipotle Mexican Grill will be subject to accelerated wage increases in 25% of the companys U.S. restaurants. We estimate thatChipotle Mexican Grill will need to implement menu price increases of as much as 150 bps per year just to cover mandated wage increases, assuming average mandated increases of $1.00/hour in California, New York State, and Washington, DC, and about $0.25/hour elsewhere in the United States. As we contend thatChipotle Mexican Grill is finding it more di fficult to generate non-promotional traffi
- [By Johanna Bennett]
If youre waiting for Chipotle Mexican Grill (CMG) to recover from last year’s E. coli and salmonella outbreaks, dont hold your breath.
Chipotle is expected to report second-quarter earnings in mid-to-late July. William Brinson
Thats the warning from Morgan Stanley analyst John Glass. He downgraded the fast-casual chain of Mexican eateries to an equal weight from an overweight and cut the price target to $405 from $500, citing new evidence that a sales recovery could prove to be far more protracted than the Street expects.
Glass cited the results of a consumer survey he and his team ran in June to test attitudes towards Chipotle. Six months have passed since the last reported food safety incident, and according to survey results, approximately 25% of CMGs customershave stopped going or reduced the frequency of their visits.
Key findings: six months on, still about 13% of CMG consumers say they won’t go back anytime soon, or at least not for another year similar to results seen in January. Additionally, 20% of the customers who still go (i.e., customers who returned in 2016 after having eaten at CMG in 2015) have lowered their frequency. This is much higher than the fast casual peer average of ~13%. In this context, CMG has recently launched a limited time frequency-based rewards program. And while comps should begin to improve in the 2H16, our work has compelled us to rethink the rate of improvement and commensurate margin gains in both ’16 and ’17, as well as longer term.
On the heels of these findings, Glass cut his same store sales forecasts for the third and fourth quarters, predicting a 16% drop and a 4% gain respectively. He also cut his 2017 sales growth forecast to 6% from a previous 6.5%.
Chipotle fell $2.34% today to $408.18.
To say that Chipotle has been volatile this year is an understatement. As of yesterdays closing bell, the stock had been on a week-lon
- [By Ben Levisohn]
Citigroup went full bull on Newmont Mining (NEM) and Barrick Gold (ABX), while Stifel offered more evidence that Chipotle Mexican Grill (CMG) should be trading at about half its closing price of $402.64.
Top 10 Industrial Conglomerate Companies To Invest In Right Now: iShares MSCI Europe Financials Sector Index Fund(EUFN)
iShares MSCI Europe Financials ETF, formerly iShares MSCI Europe Financials Sector Index Fund (the Fund), is an exchange traded fund. The Fund seeks investment results that correspond generally to the price and yield performance of the MSCI Europe Financials Index (the Index). The Index is a free float-adjusted market capitalization weighted index designed to measure the combined equity market performance of the financials sector of developed market countries in Europe. Component securities include those of banks, diversified financial companies, insurance companies and real estate companies. The Fund invests in a representative sample of securities included in the Index that collectively has an investment profile similar to the Index. The Funds investment adviser is BlackRock Fund Advisors. Advisors’ Opinion:
- [By Wayne Duggan]
Investors looking to set up a pair trade to capitalize on the divergent paths of U.S. and European banks should consider going long the iShares Dow Jones US Financial (ETF) (NYSE: IYF) and short the Ishares MSCI Europe Fincls Sctr Indx Fd (NASDAQ: EUFN).
Top 10 Industrial Conglomerate Companies To Invest In Right Now: GlaxoSmithKline PLC(GSK)
GlaxoSmithKline plc creates, discovers, develops, manufactures, and markets pharmaceutical products, including vaccines, over-the-counter medicines, and health-related consumer products worldwide. The company offers pharmaceutical products in the therapeutic areas, including respiratory, anti-virals, central nervous system, cardiovascular and urogenital, metabolic, anti-bacterials, and emesis, dermatology, rare diseases, immuno-inflammation, vaccines, and HIV. It also provides consumer healthcare products in wellness, oral health, nutrition, and skin health areas. The companys wellness products include Panadol and Panadol Cold & Flu for headache, joint pain, fever, and cold symptoms; ENO and Tums that are immediate relief antacids; and Nicorette (US), Nicoderm, NiQuitin CQ, and Nicabate for the treatment of nicotine withdrawal as an aid to smoking reduction and cessation. Its oral health products comprise Sensodyne to treat and prevent dental sensitivity and acid erosion; Polident, Poligrip, and Corega to enhance comfort of fitted dentures and to clean dentures; and Aquafresh for the prevention of caries, gum disease, and bad breath. The companys nutrition products include Horlicks, a nutritional beverages and food; and skin health products comprise Physiogel, a face and body care product for dry, sensitive, and irritated skin, as well as Zovirax and Abreva to treat and prevent the onset of cold sores. GlaxoSmithKline plc has a collaboration agreements with Universit茅 de Sherbrooke and Pfizer Inc.; development agreement, and R and D collaboration with Propeller Health; and collaboration and license agreement with Idera pharmaceuticals, Inc. The company was founded in 1935 and is headquartered in Brentford, the United Kingdom.
- [By James Brumley]
Ditto for the gene-mapping mania that was sparked by the Roche (RHHBY) acquisition of Illumina and the GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) purchase of Human Genome Sciences. By the time the gene-mapping M&A trend became obviously hot, the trend was over.
Top 10 Industrial Conglomerate Companies To Invest In Right Now: Dean Foods Company(DF)
Dean Foods Company, together with its subsidiaries, operates as a food and beverage company in the United States. It operates in two segments, Fresh Dairy Direct-Morningstar and WhiteWave-Alpro. The Fresh Dairy Direct-Morningstar segment manufactures, markets, and distributes various branded and private label dairy case products, including cream, ice cream mix, and ice cream novelties; creamers and other extended shelf life fluids; yogurt, cottage cheeses, sour creams, and dairy-based dips; fruit juices, fruit-flavored drinks, iced teas, and water; half-and-half and whipping creams; and items for resale, such as butter, cheese, eggs, and milk shakes. This segment sells its dairy case products to retailers, distributors, foodservice outlets, educational institutions, and governmental entities. The WhiteWave-Alpro segment manufactures, develops, markets, and sells various branded dairy and dairy-related products, such as milk and other dairy products; organic dairy products; plant-based beverages, such as soy, almond, and coconut milks; and soy food products, coffee creamers, and creamers and fluid dairy products. It also provides branded soy-based beverages and food products in Europe under the Alpro and Provamel brands. This segment sells its products to various customers, including grocery stores, club stores, natural foods stores, mass merchandisers, convenience stores, drug stores, and foodservice outlets. The company was formerly known as Suiza Foods Corporation and changed its name to Dean Foods Company on December 21, 2001 as a result of merger between the former Dean Foods Company and Suiza Foods Corporation. Dean Foods Company was founded in 1995 and is headquartered in Dallas, Texas.
- [By Monica Gerson]
Analysts are expecting Dean Foods Co (NYSE: DF) to have earned $0.38 per share on revenue of $1.89 billion in the latest quarter. Dean Foods shares slipped 0.30 percent to $18.15 in after-hours trading.
- [By Monica Gerson]
Dean Foods Co (NYSE: DF) is expected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.38 per share on revenue of $1.89 billion.
Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: EA) is estimated to post its quarterly earnings at $0.42 per share on revenue of $888.78 million.
Top 10 Industrial Conglomerate Companies To Invest In 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.
Top 10 Industrial Conglomerate Companies To Invest In Right Now: Profire Energy, Inc.(PFIE)
Profire Energy, Inc. designs, assembles, installs, sells, and services oilfield combustion management technologies for the oil and gas industry. Its products and services aid oil and gas producers in the production and transportation of oil and natural gas. The company offers burner-management systems that monitor and manage burners, as well as related products, such as flare stack igniter and nozzles, valves and fuel train components, secondary air plates, valve actuators, and solar packages. It also provides chemical-management systems to monitor and manage chemical-injection process to ensure that optimal levels of chemicals are injected. Profire Energy, Inc. sells and installs its systems in Western Canada, the United States, France, Italy, Russia, Ukraine, India, Nigeria, the Middle East, Australia, and Brazil. The company is headquartered in Lindon, Utah. Profire Energy, Inc. is a subsidiary of The Flooring Zone, Inc.
- [By Monica Gerson]
Profire Energy, Inc. (NASDAQ: PFIE) is estimated to post its quarterly earnings at $0.00 per share on revenue of $6.74 million.
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Top 10 Industrial Conglomerate Companies To Invest In Right Now: CIENA Corporation(CIEN)
Ciena Corporation provides equipment, software, and service solutions that support the transport, switching, aggregation, and management of voice, video, and data traffic on communications networks worldwide. Its product portfolio consists of packet-optical transport that includes optical transport solutions to increase network capacity and enable delivery of a broader mix of high-bandwidth services; and packet-optical switching, which comprise optical switching platforms incorporating multiservice and multi-protocol switching systems that enable automated optical infrastructures for the delivery of various enterprise and consumer-oriented network services. The company also offers carrier Ethernet solutions, including service delivery switches and service aggregation switches to support the access and aggregation tiers of communications networks, as well as to support wireless backhaul infrastructures and business data services; and software solutions to track individual s ervices across multiple product suites, facilitating planned network maintenance, outage detection, and identification of customers or services affected by network troubles. In addition, Ciena Corporation provides consulting and support services, such as project management, deployment, maintenance support, consulting, and training services, as well as network analysis, planning, design, optimization, and tuning. Its packet-optical transport, packet-optical switching, and carrier Ethernet solutions products are used individually or as part of an integrated solution in communications networks operated by communications service providers, cable operators, governments, enterprises, and other network operators. The company sells its communications networking solutions directly, as well as through strategic channel relationships. Ciena Corporation was founded in 1992 and is headquartered in Linthicum, Maryland.
- [By Lisa Levin]
Ciena (NASDAQ: CIEN) shares gained 2.02% to create a new 52-week high of $25.82. Ciena shares have jumped 77.37% over the past 52 weeks, while the S&P 500 index has gained 16.18% in the same period.
- [By Lee Jackson]
Ciena Corp. (NASDAQ: CIEN) is seeing a huge improvement in its U.S and European business from the carriers for its 100G transport, OTN and packet networking portfolio. The Deutsche Bank price target is $27, and the Thomson/First Call estimate is also $27.