If you were looking for the market to find a direction today, well, keep on waiting.
The S&P 500 finished little changed at 2,050.63, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 0.1% to 17,660.71. The Nasdaq Composite dipped 0.2% to 4,717.09.
Guild Investment Management’s Monty Guild and team expect a spring pull back to be followed by a summer bounce:
Many world markets look toppy, with the U.S., Canada, and Brazil looking most attractive to buy after a short correction that is coming. While we are not bullish on most world stock markets, we believe that the U.S. market will experience a spring pull back, which could lead to a summer rally. The U.S. market is overbought from a technical perspective, with a high proportion of overbought stocks in the S&P 100. This overbought position makes the U.S. market vulnerable to a short-term decline of perhaps a few percent. This decline will provide a buying opportunity as stocks get a little cheaper. We believe that a combination of a lower Dollar and stronger economic growth will lead to an uptick in U.S. corporate profits in the second half of 2016. The weaker Dollar is highly significant, and we do not believe markets have fully digested its implications. We also see prospects for further appreciation in the Brazilian and Canadian currencies, as well as gold and oil, be fore year end.
Top 10 Integrated Utility Companies To Invest In 2016: Move Inc.(MOVE)
Move, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates an online network of Websites for real estate search, finance, and moving and home enthusiasts in North America. The company operates REALTOR.com, a Web site that offers property listings and neighborhood profiles; and consumers information and tools designed to assist the customers in understanding the value of their home, preparing the home for sale, listing and advertising the home, home affordability, the offer process, applying for a loan, understand the mortgage options available, closing the purchase, and planning the move. REALTOR.com provides showcase listing enhancements; display ad products; and a series of template Websites primarily for agents and brokers. The company also offers 8i solution, a Web-based customer relationship management software application for real estate agents. In addition, it provides Market Snapshot and Market Builder products that allow real estate professionals to offer real-time mult iple listing services market updates and trend analysis to their online prospects and clients; and Move Rentals that displays rental listings. Further, the company provides graphical display advertisements, text links, sponsorships, and directories for advertisers for mortgage companies, home improvement retailers, moving service providers, and other consumer product and service companies. Additionally, it offers quotes from moving companies, truck rental companies, and self-storage facilities, as well as other move-related information on Moving.com Website. Move, Inc. also operates as an online real estate listing syndicator and provider of performance reporting solutions for the purpose of helping to drive an online advertising program for brokers, real estate franchises, and individual agents. The company was formerly known as Homestore, Inc. and changed its name to Move, Inc. in June 2006. Move, Inc. was founded in 1993 and is headquartered in Westlake Village, Californ i a.
- [By Renu Singh]
Aruba Networks (ARUN) is a leading provider of next-generation network access solutions for mobile enterprise. The company’s Mobile Virtual Enterprise (MOVE) architecture unifies wired and wireless network infrastructures into one seamless access solution for corporate headquarters, mobile business professionals, remote workers and guests. This unified approach to access networks enables IT organizations and users to securely address the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) phenomenon, dramatically improving productivity and lowering capital and operational costs.
Top 10 Integrated Utility Companies To Invest In 2016: Hibbett Sports Inc.(HIBB)
Hibbett Sports, Inc. operates sporting goods stores in small to mid-sized markets primarily in the southeast, southwest, Mid-Atlantic, and Midwest regions of the United States. Its stores offer an assortment of merchandise, including athletic footwear, team sports equipment, athletic and fashion apparel, and related accessories. The company also provides its merchandise directly to educational institutions and youth associations. As of January 28, 2012, it operated 832 stores consisting of 812 Hibbett Sports stores, 19 smaller-format Sports Additions athletic shoe stores, and 1 larger-format Sports & Co. superstore in 26 states. The company was formerly known as Hibbett Sporting Goods, Inc. and changed its name to Hibbett Sports, Inc. in January 2007. Hibbett Sports, Inc. was founded in 1945 and is headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama.
- [By Lisa Levin]
Hibbett Sports, Inc. (NASDAQ: HIBB) reported better-than-expected earnings for its fourth quarter on Friday.
The Birmingham, Alabama-based company posted a quarterly profit of $0.76 per share, on revenue of $245.7 million. However, analysts were expecting earnings of $0.73 per share on revenue of $246.2 million.
Hot Japanese Stocks To Invest In 2016: Barclays PLC(BCS)
Barclays PLC provides various financial products and services in Europe, the United States, Africa, and Asia. It offers retail and commercial banking, credit cards, investment banking, wealth management, and investment management services. The company?s products include current account and savings products, Woolwich branded mortgages, unsecured loans, protection products, general insurance, credit cards, Sharia-compliant products, installment finance and commercial property finance, commercial loans, and personal loans. It also offers money transmission, international and private banking, investment management, fiduciary, and brokerage services, as well as payment solutions and mobile banking services. In addition, the company provides fixed income, currency and commodities, foreign exchange, emerging markets, money markets, and credit services; equities, which include cash and equity derivatives and prime services; investment banking products and services that comprise fi nancial advisory, and equity and debt underwriting; and advisory services. It serves individual, commercial, corporate, institutional, retail, and mass affluent customers. The company was formerly known as Barclays Bank Limited and changed its name to Barclays PLC in January 1985. Barclays PLC was founded in 1896 and is headquartered in London, the United Kingdom.
- [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 Shauna O’Brien]
Nomura Securities reported that it has upgraded financial services company Barclays PLC (BCS) to “Buy.”
The firm has lifted its rating on BCS two notches from “Reduce” to “Buy.” Normura has also raised its price target from 260p to 340p.
Analyst Chintan Joshi commented: “With growth in the developed world likely to continue well into the start of next year, stocks geared to capital markets should see macroeconomic support. Structural issues are an industry feature and Barclays could still come out better relative to peers compared with its current position. We expect 2015 ROTE of c12% and believe Barclays should be valued at a 2014E P/TB of 1x as we look for 1Q14 momentum. We set our ex-rights target price at 340p (cum rights it would be 380p), which puts the stock at a 2015E P/E of 6.4x, which is hardly demanding. Barclays is now our top pick among its IB and UK peers and a preferred way to gain exposure to the current risk rally. We upgrade our rating on Barclays to Buy from Reduce. We believe investors waiting for the infamous J curve may find that it is fairly muted for Barclays on the downside.”
Barclays shares were up 27 cents, or 1.40%, during pre-market trading Monday. The stock is up 11% YTD.
- [By Maureen Farrell]
Shortly after Lehman declared bankruptcy, Barclays (BCS) paid $1.3 billion for most of the firm’s North American operations, its Times Square headquarters, and about 9,000 employees. Nomura Holdings (NMR) paid roughly $200 million for Lehman’s operations in Asia.
Top 10 Integrated Utility Companies To Invest In 2016: Canadian National Railway Company(CNI)
Canadian National Railway Company, together with its subsidiaries, engages in the rail and related transportation business in North America. It provides transportation for various goods, including petroleum and chemicals, grain and fertilizers, coal, metals and minerals, forest products, and intermodal and automotive products. The company operates a network of approximately 20,600 route miles of track that spans Canada and mid-America, from the Atlantic and Pacific oceans to the Gulf of Mexico. It serves the ports of Vancouver, Prince Rupert (British Columbia), Montreal, Halifax, New Orleans, and Mobile (Alabama), as well as metropolitan areas of Toronto, Buffalo, Chicago, Detroit, Duluth (Minnesota)/Superior (Wisconsin), Green Bay (Wisconsin), Minneapolis/St. Paul, Memphis, and Jackson (Mississippi), with connections to various points in North America. The company was founded in 1922 and is headquartered in Montreal, Canada.
- [By Monica Gerson]
Canadian National Railway (USA) (NYSE: CNI) is estimated to post its quarterly earnings at $0.92 per share on revenue of $3.08 billion.
Container Store Group Inc (NYSE: TCS) is expected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.21 per share on revenue of $230.53 million.
Top 10 Integrated Utility Companies To Invest In 2016: Jacobs Engineering Group Inc.(JEC)
Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. provides technical, professional, and construction services to various industrial, commercial, and governmental clients. It offers project services that include engineering, design, architectural, interiors, planning, environmental, and other services; and process, scientific, and systems consulting services, including services performed in connection with scientific testing, analysis, and consulting activities, as well as information technology, and systems engineering and integration activities. The company also provides construction services comprising traditional field construction services, modular construction activities, and direct-hire construction and construction management services; and operations and maintenance services that include services performed in connection with operating facilities on behalf of clients, as well as services involving process plant and facilities maintenance. I n addition, it provides systems integration and communication, information technology, and data security solutions for supporting the intelligence community, the U.S. Department of Defense, and federal civilian customers. The companys customers include companies operating in various industries and markets, such as oil and gas exploration, production, and refining; aerospace, defense, and environmental programs; chemicals and polymers; mining and minerals; pharmaceuticals and biotechnology; infrastructure and telecommunications; buildings; power; pulp and paper; technology and manufacturing; and food and consumer products, and others. Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. provides its services through approximately 200 offices located primarily in North America, South America, Europe, the Middle East, Australia, Africa, and Asia. The company was founded in 1947 and is headquartered in Pasadena, California.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
Lee offers 22 stocks that could benefit from the correlation trade: Western Digital (WDC), Xerox (XRX), First Solar, Ford Motor, Best Buy (BBY), PulteGroup (PHM), AutoNation (AN), Textron (TXT), Jacobs Engineering Group (JEC), Mosaic, BB&T (BBT), Fifth Third Bancorp (FITB),Loews (L), Regions Financial (RF), KeyCorp (KEY), Comerica (CMA), Leucadia National (LUK), Zions Bancorp (ZION), Valero Energy (VLO), Marathon Oil, Cardinal Health (CAH), and Pepco Holdings (POM).
Top 10 Integrated Utility Companies To Invest In 2016: Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group Inc(MTU)
Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides financial services in Japan and internationally. Its Retail Banking Business Group segment offers a range of banking products and services, including financial consulting services; deposit products, such as non-interest-bearing deposit accounts; asset management and administration services; trust products; and other investment products. This segment also provides annuity, single premium whole life, flat-rate premium whole life, medical, cancer, and nursing-care insurance products; testamentary trust services; housing loans; Internet banking services; and credit cards. The companys Corporate Banking Business Group segment offers loans and fund management, and remittance and foreign exchange services; derivatives, securitization, syndicated loans, and structured finance; investment banking services; and transaction and trust banking services. Its Trust As sets Business Group segment provides asset management and administration services for products, such as pension trusts and security trusts. This segment also offers a range of services to corporate and pension funds comprising pension fund management and administration, advice on pension schemes, and payment of benefits to scheme members. The companys Global Business Group segment provides services to large corporations, financial institutions, and sovereign and multinational organizations, including project finance, export credit agency, and financing through asset-backed commercial papers; and investment banking services, such as debt/equity issuance and M&A advisory services, as well as consumer finance, investment, asset management, and other financial products and services. Its Global Markets Business Group segment offers financing, hedging, and investing solutions to retail, corporate, institutional, and governmental clients; and asset and liability management servic es. The company was founded in 1880 and is based in Tokyo, J! apan.
- [By Jim Jubak, Senior Markets Editor, MoneyShow.com]
The one currency that is running against the weak dollar tide is the Japanese yen. The yen initially climbed on the Fed’s no taper decision—rising to 97.75 on the news—but then fell all the way back to 99 yen to the dollar and finished yesterday at 99.42. (Remember that since the yen is quoted in yen to the dollar, a higher number is a sign of a weak yen and a smaller number means the yen is getting stronger.) The thinking seems to be that the recent Japanese trade deficit will push the Bank of Japan to further weaken the yen, in order to boost Japanese exports. I continue to think that the yen will finish 2013 at weaker levels than current trading, and that leads me to continue to hold positions in Japanese stocks such as Toyota Motor (TM) and Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group (MTU). Both stocks are members of my Jubaks Picks portfolio.
Top 10 Integrated Utility Companies To Invest In 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 Integrated Utility Companies To Invest In 2016: Francesca's Holdings Corporation(FRAN)
Francesca’s Holdings Corporation, through its subsidiaries, operates a chain of retail boutiques. It offers fashion apparel, jewelry, accessories, and gifts primarily for women between the ages of 18 and 35. The companys apparel products comprise dresses, fashion tops, sweaters, cardigans and wraps, bottoms, outerwear and jackets, tees and tanks, and intimates; and jewelry includes necklaces, earrings, bracelets, and rings. Its accessories consist of handbags, clutches, wallets, shoes, belts, hats, scarves, sunglasses, watches, and hair accessories; and gifts include fragrances, candles, bath and body, home accessories, books, wall art, nail polish, and miscellaneous items. As of March 23, 2016, the company operated 626 boutiques in 48 states and the District of Columbia. The company also sells its products through its Website at francescas.com. Francesca’s Holdings Corporation was founded in 1999 and is headquartered in Hou ston, Texas.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
Francesca’s Holdings (FRAN) has jumped 5.4% to $11.00 after beating earnings forecasts.
Restoration Hardware (RH) has tumbled 20% to $28.92 after slashing its full-year guidance. Restoration Hardware was also cut to Market Perform from Outperform at Telsey Advisory Group.
Top 10 Integrated Utility Companies To Invest In 2016: Unilever PLC(UL)
Unilever PLC operates as a fast-moving consumer goods company in Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Americas. It offers personal care products, including skin care and hair care products, deodorants, and oral care products under the brand names of Axe, Brylcreem, Dove, Fissan, Lifebuoy, Lux, Pond’s, Radox, Rexona, Signal & Close Up, Simple, St Ives, Sunsilk, TRESemm, Vaseline, and VO5. The company also provides home care products comprising laundry tablets, powders and liquids, soap bars, and a range of cleaning products under the Cif, Comfort, Domestos, Omo, Radiant, Sunlight, and Surf brand names. In addition, it offers food products consisting of soups, bouillons, sauces, snacks, mayonnaise, salad dressings, margarines and spreads, as well as cooking products, such as liquid margarines. The company markets its food products under the brand names of Becel/Flora, Bertolli, Blue Band, Rama, Hellmann?s, Amora, and Knorr. Further, it provides refreshment products, which includ e ice cream, tea-based beverages, weight-management products, and nutritionally enhanced staples under the brand names of Heartbrand, Lipton, and Slim Fast. Unilever sells its products through its own sales force, as well as through independent brokers, agents, and distributors to chain, wholesale, co-operative and independent grocery accounts, food service distributors, and institutions. The company, formerly known as Lever Brothers Limited, was founded in 1885 and is based in London, the United Kingdom. Unilever PLC is a subsidiary of The Unilever Group.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
Castor believes the cash has disappeared into working capital, which has grown from 23% to more than 50% since 2008. Comparable company PrestigeBrand (PBH) uses 11%; Unilever(UL) and Colgate-Palmolive(CL) far less.
- [By Benzinga News Desk]
Unilever (NYSE: UL) signed an agreement to purchase Dollar Shave Club. In 2015, DSC had turnover of $152 million and is on track to exceed US$200 million in turnover in 2016.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
Strategic Rationale of Partnership Makes A Lot of Sense We believe with Anheuser-Buschs distribution strength,Starbucks will be able to expedite its plan to double its tea business to $2B by 2019 from ~$1B in FY15, especially given a potential halo effect we anticipate from the sale of Teavana at retail. Although this will beStarbucks’ first foray into retail with teas, the company is by no means a stranger to the channel as its coffees and Frappuccinos have been distributed at retail via a very successful partnership with PepsiCo (PEP). While some might questionStarbucks’ decision to partner withAnheuser-Busch vs PepsiCo, this makes sense to us givenPepsiCo is already bound to Unilever(UL)/Lipton on teas. Further, we believe this is a huge win forAnheuser-Busch given this partnership/opportunity fills a deep void theAnheuser-Busch distributors have had since losing the distribution of Monster Beverage (MNST) brands to Coca-Cola (KO). Ove rall, we believe this is a very powerful partnership between two formidable companies.
Top 10 Integrated Utility Companies To Invest In 2016: Coeur d’Alene Mines Corporation(CDE)
Coeur d’Alene Mines Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, engages in the ownership, operation, exploration, and development of silver and gold mining properties located primarily in South America, Mexico, the United States, and Australia. The company also explores for lead and zinc ores. Its properties include the Palmarejo mine located in the state of Chihuahua, northern Mexico; San Bartolome mine located near Potosi, Bolivia; Kensington mine located north-northwest of Juneau, Alaska; Rochester mine located in northwestern Nevada; Martha mine located in Santa Cruz, Argentina; and the Endeavor mine in New South Wales, Australia, as well as Joaquin, Tornado, and Satelite properties in Santa Cruz, Argentina. The company was founded in 1928 and is based in Coeur d?Alene, Idaho.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
Given revised commodity deck forecasts (particularly for Steel and Gold) and improved Balance Sheet health (Steels, Precious and Industrials Metals) we are upgrading our ratings on several stocks in our coverage. We generally favor companies that have already initiated specific self-help, have low-cost assets and are less exposed to China supply and demand dynamics. In Steels, we have increased our rating from Hold to Buy on Nucor (NUE) and from Sell to Hold on US Steel. We have also upgraded Kinross Gold (KGC) to a Hold on valuation…On higher-than-peer valuations, we reiterate Sell-rated Coeur Mining (CDE), Franco-Nevada (FNV), Goldcorp (GG), Teck Resources (TCK) and highly leveraged AK Steel given preference to issue further equity if possible.