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Toward the end of trading Friday, the Dow traded up 0.87 percent to 18,511.69 while the NASDAQ climbed 1.02 percent to 5,218.84. The S&P also rose, gaining 0.71 percent to 2,179.59.
Leading and Lagging Sectors
Top 10 Information Technology Companies To Watch For 2016: Rockwell Medical Technologies Inc.(RMTI)
Rockwell Medical Technologies, Inc. manufactures, sells, and distributes hemodialysis concentrate solutions and dialysis kits primarily in the United States, Latin America, Asia, and Europe. The company?s hemodialysis product duplicates kidney function in patients with failing kidneys, known as end stage renal disease, an advanced stage of chronic kidney disease; and dialysis solutions are used to maintain life, remove toxins, and replace nutrients in the dialysis patient?s bloodstream. Its products include Renal Pure and CitraPure liquid acid concentrate, Dri-Sate dry acid concentrate and mixing systems, RenalPure powder bicarbonate concentrate, and SteriLyte liquid bicarbonate concentrates; and various ancillary products comprising blood tubing, fistula needles, specialized custom kits, dressings, cleaning agents, filtration salts, and other supplies. The company also has a license to manufacture and sell soluble ferric pyrophosphate (SFP), a Phase III clinical trial p r oduct to improve the treatment of dialysis patients with iron deficiency. Rockwell Medical Technologies sells its products to domestic hemodialysis providers through direct sales people and independent sales representation companies, as well as through independent sales agents and distributors internationally. The company was founded in 1995 and is based in Wixom, Michigan.
- [By Lisa Levin]
Thursday morning, the healthcare sector proved to be a source of strength for the market. Leading the sector was strength from Keryx Biopharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: KERX) and Rockwell Medical Inc (NASDAQ: RMTI).
Top 10 Information Technology Companies To Watch For 2016: Rowan Companies Inc.(RDC)
Rowan Companies, Inc. provides onshore and offshore oil and gas contract drilling services in the United States and internationally. The company offers its contract drilling services through its fleet of 28 self-elevating mobile offshore drilling platforms and 30 deep-well land drilling rigs. The company was founded in 1923 and is headquartered in Houston, Texas.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
4) Saudi Dayrates Steady. The lack of further dayrate erosion on the bulk of the Saudi jackup contracts was a pleasant surprise (rates held flattish). Noble, Ensco, Hercules Offshore, Rowan (RDC) saw pricing revised flat to down 5% (we view this as a win). With these contracts set to revert back to previous levels in 2017 (up 10-40%) we have our doubts barring a sharp recovery in the jackup market.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
Oh, and offshore drillers got smacked again following earnings from Rowan (RDC) and Atwood Oceanics (ATW).
We highlighted JPMorgan’s argument that the S&P 500, which has been trading like a bond, is headed for a fall, and looked at today’s drop here and here.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
Offshore drillers likeAtwood Oceanics (ATW), Diamond Offshore Drilling (DO), Ensco (ESV), Noble (NE), Rowan Companies (RDC), Ocean Rig UDW (ORIG), and Transocean (RIG) have been on fire this week–and Evercore ISI’s James West and team credit a “2 sigma short interest unwind.” They explain:
10 Best Valued Stocks To Own Right Now: Cullen/Frost Bankers, Inc.(CFR)
Cullen/Frost Bankers, Inc. operates as the holding company for Frost Bank that offers commercial and consumer banking services in Texas. The company operates in two segments, Banking and Frost Wealth Advisors. It provides commercial banking services to corporations and other business clients, including financing for industrial and commercial properties, interim construction, equipment, inventories, and accounts receivable; acquisition financing; commercial leasing; and treasury management services. The company also offers consumer banking services, such as checking accounts, savings programs, automated-teller machines (ATMs), overdraft facilities, installment and real estate loans, home equity loans and lines of credit, drive-in and night deposit services, safe deposit facilities, and brokerage services. It international banking services comprise accepting deposits, making loans, issuing letter of credits, handling foreign col lections, transmitting funds, and dealing in foreign exchange. In addition, the company acts as correspondent for approximately 247 financial institutions; offers trust, investment, agency, and custodial services for individual and corporate clients; provides capital market services consisting of sales and trading, new issue underwriting, money market trading, and securities safekeeping and clearance; and supports international business activities. Further, it offers insurance and securities brokerage services; holds securities for investment purposes; and provides loans to qualified borrowers, as well as offers investment management services to Frost-managed mutual funds, institutions, and individuals. The company operates approximately 126 financial centers and approximately 1,200 ATMs in Texas. It serves energy, manufacturing, services, construction, retail, telecommunications, healthcare, military, and transportation industries. Cullen/Frost Bankers, Inc. was founded in 1868 and is headquartered in San Antonio, Texas.
- [By Namitha Jagadeesh]
UniCredit SpA and Standard Chartered Plc climbed more than 2 percent each as a gauge of lenders advanced. Randgold Resources Ltd. and Polymetal International Plc jumped more than 8 percent as the price of gold rose. Cie. Financiere Richemont SA (CFR) and Swatch Group AG advanced more than 1 percent as a report showed Swiss watch exports increased last month.
Top 10 Information Technology Companies To Watch For 2016: Reynolds American Inc(RAI)
Reynolds American Inc. (RAI), through its subsidiaries, manufactures and sells cigarette and other tobacco products in the United States. It offers cigarettes under the brand names of CAMEL, PALL MALL, WINSTON, KOOL, DORAL, SALEM, MISTY, and CAPRI; and cigarettes and other tobacco products under the NATURAL AMERICAN SPIRIT brand name, as well as manages various licensed brands, including DUNHILL and STATE EXPRESS 555. The company also provides smokeless tobacco products, including moist snuff under GRIZZLY and KODIAK brand names; pasteurized tobacco under CAMEL Snus brand name; milled tobacco under the brand name of CAMEL Dissolvables; other tobacco products, such as little cigars under WINCHESTER and CAPTAIN BLACK brand names; and roll-your-own tobacco under the brand name of BUGLER. RAI sells its products primarily through distributors, wholesalers, and other direct customers, including retail chains, as well as distributes its cigarettes to public warehouses. The compan y was founded in 1875 and is headquartered in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
Cigarette seller Altria (MO) is supposed to be a nice, safe consumer staple stock. So why is it down more than 3% today when the stock market is rallying? And why are other tobacco companies like Reynolds American (RAI) and Phillip Morris International (PM) also getting hammered? Wells Fargo’s Bonnie Herzog has an idea:
- [By Shauna O’Brien]
On Friday, tobacco company Reynolds American, Inc. (RAI) reported a public offering of $1.1 billion aggregate principal amount of senior notes.
The notes include $500 million aggregate principal amount of 4.850% Senior Notes due 2023 and $550 million aggregate principal amount of 6.150% Senior Notes due 2043.
RAI plans to use the funds obtained from the notes to buy back $200 million of the outstanding principal amount of its 7.300% notes due in 2015 and the $775 million outstanding principal amount of notes due in 2016.
Reynolds American shares were mostly flat during pre-market trading Friday. The stock is up 16% YTD.
Top 10 Information Technology Companies To Watch For 2016: Towerstream Corporation(TWER)
Towerstream Corporation, a 4G service provider, delivers high-speed wireless Internet access to businesses in the United States. The company offers broadband services to commercial customers, and delivers access over a wireless network transmitting over regulated and unregulated radio spectrum. Its service supports bandwidth on demand, wireless redundancy, virtual private networks, disaster recovery, bundled data, and video services. The company provides its services to customers in New York City, Boston, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, the San Francisco Bay area, Miami, Seattle, Dallas-Fort Worth, Nashville, Las Vegas-Reno, and the greater Providence area. It also operates Manhattan Wi-Fi network for mobile operators, retail/daily deal providers, and Wi-Fi operators. Towerstream Corporation offers its services directly, as well as through integrators, resellers, and online operators. The company was founded in 1999 and is based in Middletown, Rhode Island.
- [By Lisa Levin]
Towerstream Corporation (NASDAQ: TWER) shares were also up, gaining 9 percent to $3.49. Towerstream is scheduled to report Q2 financial results on August 9, 2016.
Top 10 Information Technology Companies To Watch For 2016: lululemon athletica inc.(LULU)
Lululemon Athletica Inc., together with its subsidiaries engages in the design, manufacture, and distribution of athletic apparel and accessories for women, men, and female youth primarily in Canada, the United States, and Australia. Its apparel assortments include fitness pants, shorts, tops, and jackets for healthy lifestyle activities, such as yoga, running, and general fitness. The company?s fitness-related accessories comprise bags, socks, underwear, yoga mats, instructional yoga DVDs, and water bottles. It sells its products through its retail stores; independent franchises; and a network of wholesale accounts, such as yoga studios, health clubs, and fitness centers, as well as directly to consumers through e-commerce. As of May 1, 2011, the company had 142 corporate-owned and franchise stores under the lululemon athletica and ivivva athletica brand names. Lululemon Athletica Inc. was founded in 1998 and is based in Vancouver, Canada.
- [By Teresa Rivas]
Safeway (SWY) was up nearly 4% after an upgrade to Outperform at Credit Suisse, which also upgraded lululemon (LULU), sending shares up 1%, and downgraded Under Armour (UA)shares were down 1.6%.
- [By Aubrey Pringle]
Barrick Gold Corp. dropped 5.5 percent as the precious metal slumped the most since July. Newmont Mining Corp. (NEM), the largest U.S. gold producer, lost 4.2 percent. Lululemon Athletica Inc. (LULU) tumbled 5.4 percent after cutting its earnings forecast. Walt Disney Co. rallied 2.4 percent after saying it would buy back as much as $8 billion in shares. Pandora Media Inc. jumped 12 percent to a record after naming digital-advertising veteran Brian McAndrews as its new chief executive officer.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
lululemon (LULU) has dropped 8.9% to $62.91 before the open of trading after it reported a profit of 39 cents a share, beating analyst forecasts by four cents, but cut its 2013 forecast.
Top 10 Information Technology Companies To Watch For 2016: Flextronics International Ltd.(FLEX)
Flextronics International Ltd. provides design and electronics manufacturing services to original equipment manufacturers. The company offers its services to a range of products in the infrastructure, mobile communication devices, computing, consumer digital devices, industrial, semiconductor capital equipment, clean technology, aerospace and defense, white goods, automotive and marine, and medical devices markets. Its services include design and engineering services, such as contract design, joint development manufacturing, and original design and manufacturing services in a range of technical competencies that include system architecture, user interface and industrial design, mechanical engineering, enclosure systems, thermal and tooling design, electronic system design, reliability and failure analysis, and component level development engineering; and systems assembly and manufacturing services, including enclosures, testing, and materials procurement and inventory mana gement services. The company also offers various component product solutions comprising rigid and flexible printed circuit board fabrication, display and touch solutions, optomechatronics, and power supplies; after market supply chain logistics services; and reverse logistics and repair services, such as returns management, exchange programs, complex repair, asset recovery, recycling, and e-waste management services for consumer and midrange products, printers, PDA’s, mobile phones, consumer medical devices, notebooks, PC’s, set-top boxes, game consoles, and infrastructure products. It has operations in Asia, the Americas, and Europe. Flextronics International Ltd. was founded in 1990 and is headquartered in Singapore.
- [By Amber Hestla, Michael J. Carr]
Among its suppliers is Flextronics International (Nasdaq: FLEX), which offers a variety of engineering services and provides supply chain management. Other Flextronics customers include Hewlett-Packard (NYSE: HPQ), LG and Google's (Nasdaq: GOOG) Motorola Mobility.
Top 10 Information Technology Companies To Watch For 2016: Yahoo! Inc.(YHOO)
Yahoo! Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides search and display advertising services on Yahoo properties and affiliate sites worldwide. The company offers Yahoo Search that serves as a guide for users to discover information on the Internet; Yahoo Mail, which connects users to the people and content; and Yahoo Messenger, an instant messaging service, which enables users to connect, communicate, and share experiences in real-time. It also provides digital content products, including Yahoo News, which gives users to discover, consume, and engage around the news, content, and video; Yahoo Sports, which serves audiences of sports enthusiasts; Yahoo Finance that offers a range of financial data, information, and tools; Yahoo Lifestyle to engage users passionate about style and fashion; and Tumblr, which provides a Web platform and mobile applications on iOS and android to create, share, and curate content, as well as Tumbl r messaging that enables users to engage with other users that share their same interests and passions. In addition, the company provides advertiser products, such as Yahoo Gemini, a marketplace for search and native advertising; and BrightRoll, which offers a suite of media-agnostic tools to enable advertisers, publishers, and partners connect with users across ad formats and devices. Further, it offers advertising formats; and digital advertising products, such as Yahoo native, Yahoo video, Yahoo premium, and Yahoo audience ads. Additionally, the company offers Yahoo Mobile Developer suite consisting of Flurry Analytics, Yahoo App Publishing, Yahoo App Marketing, and Tumblr In-App Sharing tools to measure, monetize, advertise, and improve their apps. Yahoo! Inc. was founded in 1994 and is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California.
- [By Monica Gerson]
Yahoo! (NASDAQ: YHOO) shares touched a new 52-week high of $30.47. CRT Capital initiated coverage on Yahoo with a Fair Value rating.
Viacom (NASDAQ: VIA) shares gained 1.40% to reach a new 52-week high of $84.85. Viacom’s trailing-twelve-month ROE is 31.31%.
- [By Vincent Ho]
It is worth mentioning that Baidu has lost its dominating 80% market share that many people in previous SA articles refer to. Baidu had a 63% market share in August of 2013. There is also the possibility that Google Hong Kong (GOOG) and Yahoo (YHOO) can gain more market share at Baidu’s expense. Qihoo is certainly growing in popularity. Warren Buffett has mentioned that it is hard to predict the future winners and losers with certainty in the technology sector. The recent rise of Qihoo, in a relatively short period of time, is a great example of the unpredictability of technology. It is essential that Baidu maintains its market share if they expect future earnings growth.
Top 10 Information Technology Companies To Watch For 2016: BioPharmX Corporation(BPMX)
BioPharmX Corporation, a specialty pharmaceutical company, focuses on the development of novel drug delivery products for women’s health, dermatology, and otolaryngology markets. The company offers prescription, over-the-counter (OTC), and supplement products in oral, topical, inhalant, and/or injectable forms. It provides VI2OLET iodine, an OTC dietary supplement molecular iodine tablet that promotes overall breast health and for the alleviation of benign breast pain associated with fibrocystic breast condition. The companys clinical-stage product candidates include BPX03, a molecular iodine tablet for the treatment of benign breast pain associated with FBC and cyclic mastalgia; and BPX01, a non-lipophilic topical antibiotic for the treatment of acne. It serves pharmaceutical companies; physician’s practices, including OB-Gyn’s, dermatologists, and general practioners; and retail customers through retail sales channels and/ or pharmacy outlets. The company has collaboration and licensing agreement with Iogen LLC for the development of molecular iodine products; and collaboration and supply agreement with NuTech Medical, Inc. to develop products in the field of dermatology. BioPharmX Corporation is headquartered in Menlo Park, California.
- [By Lisa Levin]
Shares of BioPharmX Corp (NYSE: BPMX) were down 31 percent to $1.02 after the company announced the pricing of 3.6 million share common stock.
Puma Biotechnology Inc (NYSE: PBYI) was down, falling around 22 percent to $27.53 after the company issued an update to the timeline for the filing of a new drug application. Puma Biotechnology will submit the NDA for neratinib in mid-2016. According to a press release, the decision was based on the company’s recent meetings with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
Top 10 Information Technology Companies To Watch For 2016: Jabil Circuit Inc.(JBL)
Jabil Circuit, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides electronic manufacturing services and solutions worldwide. The company offers electronics and mechanical design, production, product management, and after-market services to companies in the aerospace, automotive, computing, consumer, defense, industrial, instrumentation, medical, networking, peripherals, solar, storage, and telecommunications industries. Its services comprise integrated design and engineering; component selection, sourcing, and procurement; automated assembly; design and implementation of product testing; parallel global production; enclosure services; and systems assembly, direct-order fulfillment, and configure-to-order services. The company also provides set-top boxes, mobility products, and display products, as well as peripheral products, such as printers and point of sale terminals; and aftermarket services consisting of warranty and repair services. Jabil Circuit, Inc. was founded in 196 6 and is headquartered in St. Petersburg, Florida.
- [By Lisa Levin]
Shares of Jabil Circuit, Inc. (NYSE: JBL) were down 10 percent to $19.86 as the company reported weaker-than-expected results for its fiscal second quarter and lowered its full-year outlook.
- [By Monica Gerson]
Jabil Circuit, Inc. (NYSE: JBL) is projected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.60 per share on revenue of $4.50 billion.
Guess?, Inc. (NYSE: GES) is expected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.58 per share on revenue of $657.59 million.