Oil has been on a rollercoaster ride, making and stealing fortunes for and from speculators. Since mid-June, oil has plunged approximately 60%, which has been due to oversupply and slowing global economic growth, the latter of which leads to reduced demand. Earlier this year Feb. 11 to be exact oil hit a low of $26.05/barrel. Some economists and analysts feel as though the $30/barrel level can be breached once again, but not Tom Petrie.
Its possible that you have never heard of Tom Petrie, but he is the chairman of Petrie Partners, which is a boutique investment banking firm offering financial advisory services specifically to the oil and gas industry. Petrie is also the former vice chairman of Bank of America Merrill Lynch. His background proves that his opinions should be considered. (For more, see: What Determines Oil Prices?)
One of his opinions is that oil overshot to the downside, and that part of the recovery has simply been a process of getting back to a more normal adjusted price. If you want to know what Petrie thinks about the future for oil, it depends on the time frame. He doesnt rule out the possibility for the price of oil to range between the $40s and low $50s by the end of this year and into early next year. What you might find more interesting is that he expects the new normal for oil to be between $60/barrel and $80/barrel by 2018. His call is based on the assumption of a decline in oil production in North America, China and other non-OPEC nations over the next year, not to mention the elimination of current inventory.
Top 10 Life Sciences Companies To Own In Right Now: Rackspace Hosting Inc(RAX)
Rackspace Hosting, Inc. operates in the hosting and cloud computing industry. It provides information technology (IT) as a service, managing Web-based IT systems for small and medium-sized businesses, as well as large enterprises worldwide. The company?s service suite includes dedicated hosting comprising customer management portal and other management tools that manage data center, network, hardware devices, and operating system software; and cloud computing that enables customers to provide and manage a pool of computing resources, as well as delivery of computing resources to business when they need them. It offers cloud servers, cloud files, and cloud sites, as well as cloud applications, such as email, collaboration, and file back-ups; and hybrid hosting that provides a combination of dedicated hosting and cloud computing services. The company also offers customer support services. It sells its service suite through direct sales teams, third-party channel partners, an d online ordering. The company was formerly known as Rackspace.com, Inc. and changed its name to Rackspace Hosting, Inc. in June 2008. Rackspace Hosting, Inc. was founded in 1998 and is headquartered in San Antonio, Texas.
- [By Monica Gerson]
Rackspace Hosting, Inc. (NYSE: RAX) reported better-than-expected earnings for the first quarter, but the company missed analysts’ sales estimates. Rackspace shares dropped 7.72 percent to $20.80 in the after-hours trading session.
Top 10 Life Sciences Companies To Own In Right Now: Harte-Hanks, Inc.(HHS)
Harte Hanks, Inc. (Harte Hanks), incorporated on October 1, 1970, is a multi-channel marketing company. The Company operates through two segments, which include Customer Interaction and Trillium Software. The Company’s Customer Interaction segment provides a range of integrated, multi-channel, data-driven solutions for a range of brands around the globe. The Trillium Software segment is engaged in providing enterprise data quality solutions.
The Company’s Customer Interaction segment offers a range of marketing services, in media from direct mail to e-mail, including agency and digital services; database marketing solutions and business-to-business lead generation; direct mail, and contact centers. Its agency services are customer engagement agencies specializing in direct and digital communications for both consumer and business-to-business markets. The Company’s digital solutions integrate online services within the marketin g mix and include search engine management, display, digital analytics, Website development and design, digital strategy, social media, e-mail, e-commerce and interactive relationship management and a range of other services that support its core businesses.
The Company delivers a range of marketing database solutions across various industries. Its solutions are built around centralized marketing databases with the core offerings, including insight and analytics; customer data integration, and marketing communications tools. The Company is a direct marketing provider and also a mailing partner of the United States Postal Service (USPS). Its services include digital printing, print on demand, mail optimization, logistics and transportation optimization, tracking (including its prEtrak solution), commingling, shrink wrapping and specialized mailings. It also maintains fulfillment centers where it provides custom kitting services, print on demand, product recalls, and freight optimization allowing its customers to distribut! e literature and other marketing materials. It operates teleservice workstations around the globe providing contact center solutions, such as speech, voice and video chat, integrated voice response, analytics, social cloud monitoring and Web self-service. It provides both inbound and outbound contact center services and supports various languages with its global locations for both consumer and business-to-business markets.
The Company offers business solutions to solve data problems experienced by financial services, banking, retail, healthcare, manufacturing and risk professionals. The Company’s range of technologies and services include global data profiling, data cleansing, enrichment and data linking for e-business, Big Data customer relationship management, data governance, enterprise resource planning, supply chain management, data warehouse and other enterprise applications.
The Company competes with IBM, Oracle and SAP.
- [By Lisa Levin]
Shares of Harte Hanks Inc (NYSE: HHS) were down 19 percent to $2.95. Harte Hanks entered into a new $110 million credit facility over 5 years.
TravelCenters of America LLC (NYSE: TA) was down, falling around 18 percent to $7.75. TravelCenters of America reported a Q4 loss of $0.04 per share on revenue of $1.35 billion.
Hot Railroad Stocks To Watch 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 Life Sciences Companies To Own In Right Now: Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Limited(TEVA)
Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Limited develops, manufactures, markets, and distributes generic medicines and a portfolio of specialty medicines worldwide. The company operates in two segments, Generic Medicines and Specialty Medicines. The Generic Medicines segment offers generic medicines, such as sterile products, hormones, narcotics, high-potency drugs, and cytotoxic substances in various dosage forms, including tablets, capsules, injectables, inhalants, liquids, ointments, and creams. This segment also develops, manufactures, and sells active pharmaceutical ingredients. The Specialty Medicines segment provides branded specialty medicines for use in central nervous system and respiratory indications, as well as the womens health, oncology, and other specialty businesses. Its products in the central nervous system area comprise Copaxone for multiple sclerosis; Azilect for the treatment of Parkinsons disease; Nuvigil for the treatment of excessive sleepiness associated with narcolepsy and certain other disorders; Fentora庐/Effentora for the treatment of breakthrough pain in opioid-tolerant adult patients with cancer; and Zecuity, a prescription transdermal system for the acute treatment of migraine with or without aura in adults. This segments products in the respiratory market include ProAir, ProAir Respiclick, QVAR, and Duoresp Spiromax for the treatment of asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, as well as Treanda, Granix, Trisenox, Synribo, Lonquex, Myocet, Eporatio, Tevagrastim/Ratiograstim, and Trisenox products in the oncology market. This segment also offers a portfolio of products in the womens health category, which includes ParaGard, Plan B One-Step, OTC/Rx, Zoely, Seasonique, and Ovaleap, as well as other products. Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Limited has alliances and other arrangements with Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited and Procter & Gamble Company. The company was founded in 1901 and is headquartered in Petach ! Tikva, Israel.
- [By Johanna Bennett]
UBSs Marc Goodman weighed in today on Teva Pharmaceuticals (TEVA) following yesterdays run by the stocks on the heels of the better-than-expected 1Q financial results by the drug maker.
Offered up these highlight from the conference call with management, proclaiming that there are four things we believe investors need to hear.
[Management sounds] confident in the AGN deal going through and has identified buyers for the majority of products to be divested. While divestitures are higher than expected, management will cut more costs to maintain the previously expected bottom line accretion. The U.S. generic drug pricing environment has not changed, and management still sees about 4% impact in 2016, which is similar to levels last year. The underlying base business for Teva is performing as expected, and it still expects sustainable growth in the global generics business of more than 5%. That includes a 10% gain from new products offset by a 5% hit from price/volume.
Still, Goodman encourages investors to wait and see before buying the stock.
Mgt sounded confident that the AGN generics deal should move forward, and Teva needs the cost synergies to help offset the potential Copaxone generic impact. But also Teva is significantly increasing its exposure to generics, as investors are incrementally more skeptical of the sector, so we would expect investors to take a wait and see attitude on numbers. In addition to the deal, the focus is on the generic challenges to Copaxone (IPR process/Sept trial), which we think will remain an overhang on the stock.
Teva climbed more than 5% Monday and inched a bit higher today to trade at $52.85 in recent marker action. The shares have fallen 19.5% since the start of the year.
Top 10 Life Sciences Companies To Own In Right Now: Bank Of Montreal(BMO)
Bank of Montreal provides diversified financial services primarily in North America. The companys personal banking products and services include chequing and savings accounts, credit cards, mortgages, creditor insurance, and financial and investment advice; and commercial banking products and services comprise business deposit accounts, commercial credit cards, business loans and commercial mortgages, cash management solutions, foreign exchange, and specialized banking programs for small business and commercial banking customers. It also offers wealth management products and services, such as investment and wealth advisory services; online investing services; financial services and solutions to high net worth and ultra-high net worth clients; and investment management, and trust and custody services to institutional, retail, and high net worth investors. In addition, the company provides life insurance, accident and sickness insurance, and annuity products to brokers and individuals, as well as reinsurance solutions. Further, it offers investment and corporate banking services, including clients debt and equity capital-raising services, as well as loan origination and syndication, balance sheet management solutions, and treasury management services; strategic advice on mergers and acquisitions, restructurings, and recapitalizations, as well as valuation and fairness opinions; and trade finance, risk mitigation, and other operating services. Additionally, the company provides trading products comprising research and access to global markets for institutional, corporate, and retail clients; new product development and origination services, as well as risk management advice and services to hedge against fluctuations; and funding and liquidity management services to its clients. It operates approximately 1,500 bank branches. Bank of Montreal was founded in 1817 and is headquartered in Montreal, C anada.
- [By Monica Gerson]
Bank of Montreal (USA) (NYSE: BMO) is expected to report its quarterly earnings at $1.76 per share on revenue of $5.02 billion.
EVINE Live Inc (NASDAQ: EVLV) is projected to report a quarterly loss at $0.10 per share on revenue of $162.13 million.
Top 10 Life Sciences Companies To Own In Right Now: Aon Corporation(AON)
Aon Corporation provides risk management services, insurance and reinsurance brokerage, and human resource consulting and outsourcing services primarily in the United States, the Americas, the United Kingdom, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and the Asia Pacific. The company?s Risk Solutions segment offers retail brokerage products and services, including affinity products, general underwriting management services, placement services, and captive management services; and advisory services to technology, financial services, agribusiness, aviation, construction, health care, and energy industries, as well as facilitates various risk management solutions for property liability, general liability, professional liability, directors’ and officers’ liability, workers’ compensation, and various healthcare products. This segment also provides risk consulting services comprising captive management; eSolutions products that enable clients to manage risks, policies, claims, and safet y concerns through an integrated technology platform; reinsurance brokerage services, such as actuarial, enterprise risk management, catastrophe management, and rating agency advisory services; property and casualty reinsurance; and specialty lines, which include professional liability, medical malpractice, accident, life, and health, as well as capital management transaction and advisory services. Its HR Solutions segment offers human capital services in the areas of health and benefits, retirement, compensation, and strategic human capital; and benefits administration and human resource business process outsourcing services. The company was founded in 1919 and is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois.
- [By Reuters]
Wendy Maeda/The Boston Globe via Getty Images NEW YORK — Walgreen is moving 120,000 employees to a private health insurance exchange from coverage provided directly from carriers, the company will announce Wednesday. The pharmacy chain will join 17 other large employers on the Aon Hewitt Corporate Health Exchange as part of a growing movement to offer employees fixed dollar amounts to purchase their own plans on such exchanges. The end-cost to employees depends on the plan chosen, but they typically get more options than under traditional arrangements. Private exchanges mimic the coverage mandated as part of the Affordable Care Act. Enrollment in the public exchanges starts Oct. 1. “What happens to employer contributions over time? Will they put in as much as they put in the past? These are unanswered questions but potential negatives,” says Paul Fronstin, a senior research associate with the Employee Benefit Research Institute. The benefit to Walgreen and other employers is unknown at this point, as their cost-savings aren’t clear. Of the 180,000 Walgreen (WAG) employees eligible for health care insurance, 120,000 opted for coverage for themselves and 40,000 family members. Another 60,000 employees, many of them working part-time, weren’t eligible for health insurance. Aon Hewitt (AON) says other participants in its program include retailer Sears Holding (SHLD) and Darden Restaurants (DRI). These new additions raise enrollment to 330,000 from 100,000 last year, and Aon Hewitt estimates enrollment will jump to 600,000 next year, a fivefold increase from 2012. By 2017, nearly 20 percent of employees nationwide could get their health insurance through a private exchange, according to Accenture Research (ACN). A recent report by the National Business Group on Health said that 30 percent of large employers are considering moving active employees to exchanges by 2015. Other major providers of private exchanges include Mercer, a division of Marsh & Mc
- [By Javier Hasse]
In other news, Aon plc Class A Ordinary Shares (UK) (NYSE: AON) boosted its quarterly dividend from $0.30 per share to $0.33 per share, and McGraw Hill Financial Inc (NYSE: MHFI) said it would sell its unit J.D. Power to investment firm XIO Group for $1.1 billion.
Top 10 Life Sciences Companies To Own In Right Now: The Charles Schwab Corporation(SCHW)
The Charles Schwab Corporation, through its subsidiaries, provides wealth management, securities brokerage, banking, money management, and financial advisory services. The company operates through two segments, Investor Services and Advisor Services. It offers brokerage products, such as brokerage accounts; individual retirement accounts; retirement plans for small to large businesses; 529 college savings accounts; designated brokerage accounts; equity incentive plan accounts; and margin loans, as well as access to fixed income securities, equity and debt offerings, options, and futures. The company also provides no-load, proprietary, and other third-party mutual funds, as well as mutual fund trading and clearing services to broker-dealers; and third-party and proprietary exchange-traded funds. In addition, it offers advice solutions, including separately managed accounts, customized personal advice for tailored portfolios, an d specialized planning and full-time portfolio management; and trust custody services, personal trust reporting services, and administrative trustee services. Further, the company provides banking products, such as checking accounts linked to brokerage accounts, savings accounts, certificates of deposit, demand deposit accounts, first lien residential real estate mortgage loans, home equity loans and lines of credit, and personal loans and entity lending collateralized by securities. It serves individuals and institutional clients in the United States, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, London, and Hong Kong. The Charles Schwab Corporation was founded in 1971 and is headquartered in San Francisco, California.
- [By Matthew Smith]
Although we were not surprised by the move yesterday we did not take an overly aggressive stance in positioning the portfolio to benefit from the Fed not tapering. We were long, but we did not initiate any trades solely for the purpose to benefit from the announcement. We are more interested in the long-term wealth building of portfolios right now and as such believe that readers should look to our recent winners that had pullbacks yesterday as buying opportunities. Specifically, we like Ameritrade (AMTD), Charles Schwab (SCHW) and MetLife (MET) which all saw pullbacks ranging from 2.5% to a bit over 5.5% in yesterday’s session. We highlighted the discount brokers as a sector to watch right before the latest takeoff and our belief is that although rates remain unchanged the brokerage business will continue to perform strongly. The next big move up will be as rates rise, but even if one has to wait for this move it will be well worth it for one’s portfolio.
- [By Javier Hasse]
The other big earnings call of the day was that of Charles Schwab Corp (NYSE: SCHW), which delivered in-line first quarter EPS of $0.29, on revenue of $1.76 billion, which beat estimates by $10 million.
Top 10 Life Sciences Companies To Own In Right Now: Synta Pharmaceuticals Corp.(SNTA)
Synta Pharmaceuticals Corp. focuses on the research, development, and commercialization of novel oncology medicines for cancer patients. Its clinical stage drug candidate in oncology is ganetespib, an Hsp90 inhibitor, which is in Phase II clinical trials to evaluate the combination of ganetespib and paclitaxel versus paclitaxel in patients with platinum-resistant ovarian cancer; and in Phase I/II trial in combination with the mTOR inhibitor sirolimus in patients with refractory sarcoma, including malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumors. The companys drug candidate in its Hsp90-inhibitor Drug Conjugate program is STA-12-8666, which is in preclinical trials for chemotherapy irinotecan. Synta Pharmaceuticals Corp. was incorporated in 2000 and is based in Lexington, Massachusetts.
- [By Lisa Levin]
Synta Pharmaceuticals Corp. (NASDAQ: SNTA) shares were also up, gaining 61 percent to $0.393. Synta Pharmaceuticals announced plans to merge with privately-held Madrigal Pharmaceuticals.
Top 10 Life Sciences Companies To Own In Right Now: International Business Machines Corporation(IBM)
International Business Machines Corporation (IBM) provides information technology (IT) products and services worldwide. Its Global Technology Services segment provides IT infrastructure and business process services, including strategic outsourcing, process, integrated technology, and maintenance services, as well as technology-based support services. The company?s Global Business Services segment offers consulting and systems integration, and application management services. Its Software segment offers middleware and operating systems software, such as WebSphere software to integrate and manage business processes; information management software for database and enterprise content management, information integration, data warehousing, business analytics and intelligence, performance management, and predictive analytics; Tivoli software for identity management, data security, storage management, and datacenter automation; Lotus software for collaboration, messaging, and so cial networking; rational software to support software development for IT and embedded systems; business intelligence software, which provides querying and forecasting tools; SPSS predictive analytics software to predict outcomes and act on that insight; and operating systems software. Its Systems and Technology segment provides computing and storage solutions, including servers, disk and tape storage systems and software, point-of-sale retail systems, and microelectronics. The company?s Global Financing segment provides lease and loan financing to end users and internal clients; commercial financing to dealers and remarketers of IT products; and remanufacturing and remarketing services. It serves financial services, public, industrial, distribution, communications, and general business sectors. The company was formerly known as Computing-Tabulating-Recording Co. and changed its name to International Business Machines Corporation in 1924. IBM was founded in 1910 and is base d in Armonk, New York.
- [By Gregory Ness]
Most of the biggest technology payoffs have been generated by companies that drove transformations in business operations. From the mainframe era with IBM (IBM) through the PC era with Microsoft (MSFT) and the networking era with Cisco (CSCO), disruptive technologies that set new standards for business productivity established built-to-last companies with massive market capitalizations.
- [By Jonas Elmerraji]
Up first is International Business Machines (IBM), a perfect example of a mega-cap stock that hasn’t traded anything like the broad market in 2014. Since the calendar flipped to January, IBM has sold off to the tune of 14%, underperforming the S&P by a huge margin. But long-suffering shareholders could be in store for a reprieve here — IBM is showing signs of a bottom this fall.
That’s because IBM is currently forming an ascending triangle bottom, a bullish price setup that’s formed by horizontal resistance above shares (in this case at $165) and uptrending support to the downside. Basically, as IBM bounces in between those two technically important price levels, it’s getting squeezed closer to a breakout above that $165 price ceiling. When that happens, buyers are in control of shares again.
- [By Jon C. Ogg]
Visa Inc. (NYSE: V) is about to become the most important DJIA stock of them all, as it is battling International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE: IBM) as the highest stock price in the index. You just need to recall that the DJIA is price weighted, based on a stock’s nominal share price rather than on its market capitalization or economic contribution.
Top 10 Life Sciences Companies To Own In Right Now: Synacor, Inc.(SYNC)
Synacor, Inc. provides startpages and homescreens, video solutions, identity management services, and various cloud-based services for a range of devices to cable, satellite, telecom, and consumer electronics companies in the United States and Internationally. The companys technology allows customers to package a range of personalized, online content, and cloud-based services with their high-speed Internet, communications, television and other offerings. It creates, designs, and develops multi-device startpages, such as personalized contents to engage the consumers of Internet and communications providers, and device manufacturers in its media and programming library; offers digital advertising services through video, image, and text advertisements; and provides streaming video services to find TV shows, movies, and short-form videos from various genres at one place. The company also offers cloud ID products, which are ident ity management platforms for access controlling, ID usage auditing, and fraud prevention; hosting and management services for Web-based email products; and migration services to migrate from other email hosts to its email products. In addition, it provides free-to-subscriber contents and services; and paid content and premium services. The company was formerly known as CKMP, Inc. and changed its name to Synacor, Inc. in July 2001. Synacor, Inc. was founded in 1998 and is headquartered in Buffalo, New York
- [By Monica Gerson]
Synacor Inc (NASDAQ: SYNC) is projected to post a quarterly loss at $0.03 per share on revenue of $30.00 million.
VAALCO Energy, Inc. (NYSE: EGY) is expected to post a quarterly loss at $0.11 per share on revenue of $18.59 million.