U.S. stock futures inched higher today in the wake of a terror attack in France and a string of strong earnings from banks. The big question today remains whether the S&P 500 can hit a new record high for the fifth straight day. That would mark the first perfect week for the index since 1998.
The S&P futures inched 0.02% to 2157.75. The Dow futures climbed 0.04% and the Nasdaq gains 0.01%.
Herbalife (HLF) surged 12.1%. The WSJ reports that the company is to pay $200 million in a settlement with the FTC that will allow it to avoid being classified as a pyramid scheme. The deal would be a victory in its long-running battle with activist investor William Ackman.
In the financial world, several megabanks posted quarterly financial results. Citigroup (C) rose 0.8% after the megabank reported quarterly earnings and revenue that easily beat analysts’ expectations on Friday.
Wells Fargo (WFC) fell 1% after revenue missed expectations amid low interest rates, overshadowing inline EPS of $1.01.
Top 10 Life Sciences Stocks To Invest In Right Now: United Natural Foods, Inc.(UNFI)
United Natural Foods, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, distributes and retails natural, organic, and specialty foods and non-food products in the United States and Canada. The company offers grocery and general merchandise, produce, perishables and frozen foods, nutritional supplements and sports nutrition, bulk and foodservice products, and personal care products. It is also involved in importing, roasting, packaging, and distribution of nuts, dried fruit, seeds, trail mixes, granola, natural and organic snack items, and confections. In addition, the company offers Blue Marble Brands products on wholesale basis through third-party distributors in organic, natural, and specialty food brands, as well as directly to retailers. Further, it provides Field Day brand products primarily to customers in its independent natural products retailer channel. The company serves independently owned natural products retailers, supernatur al chains, conventional supermarkets, and mass market chains, as well as foodservice and international customers outside Canada. It operates 13 natural products retail stores primarily in Florida. The company was founded in 1976 and is headquartered in Providence, Rhode Island.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
United Natural Foods (UNFI) has dropped 2.4% to$36.15 after getting cut to Underweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley.
Hatteras Financial (HTS) has jumped 9.4% to $15.60 after agreeing to be purchased byAnnaly Capital Management (NLY) for $1.5 billion.Annaly Capital Management has dropped 1.1% to $$10.30.
- [By Lisa Levin] Related UNFI United Natural Foods Just Posted A 6-Month High Off Strong Earnings Report 4 Stocks Moving In Monday's After-Hours Session United Natural Foods' (UNFI) CEO Steve Spinner on Q3 2016 Results – Earnings Call Transcript (Seeking Alpha) Related BBRY Tesla's Gigafactory: Are Other Auto Manufacturers About To Experience Their 'Blackberry Moment?' BlackBerry Just Has 'Too Many Headwinds'; Macquarie Starts Coverage At Underperform The Vetr community has upgraded $BBRY to 5-Stars. (Vetr)
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- [By Paul Ausick]
Big Earnings Movers: Ulta Salon, Cosmetics & Fragrance Inc. (NASDAQ: ULTA) is up 17.3% at $117.49, after posting a new 52-week high of $118.27 today. United Natural Foods Inc. (NASDAQ: UNFI) is up 12.9% at $67.72 after posting a new 52-week high of $69.35 earlier.
Top 10 Life Sciences Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Sinovac Biotech Ltd.(SVA)
Sinovac Biotech Ltd., a biopharmaceutical company, engages in the research, development, manufacture, and commercialization of vaccines against the hepatitis A, hepatitis B, and influenza viruses in the People’s Republic of China. It offers Healive, an inactivated hepatitis A vaccine; Bilive, a combination of hepatitis A and B vaccine; Anflu, a split virus influenza vaccine; and Panflu, a vaccine against the influenza A H1N1 virus. The company’s pipeline vaccine candidates include a split viron vaccine, which completed Phase II clinical trials for the H5N1 influenza virus; and a SARS vaccine, which completed Phase I clinical trials for the SARS virus. In addition, its pipeline vaccine candidates that completed the pre-clinical trials comprise human vaccines for EV71, pneumococcal conjugate, haemophilus influenzae type b, meningitis, Japanese encephalitis, chickenpox, mumps, and rubella diseases, as well as rabies vaccine for humans and animals. The company markets and sell s its vaccine products directly to the provincial and municipal disease control and prevention centers. It has a patent license agreement with the National Institutes of Health; distribution agreements with LG Life Sciences, Ltd. and Glovax C.V.; and a pandemic influenza vaccine co-development agreement with the China Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Sinovac Biotech Ltd. was founded in 1999 and is headquartered in Beijing, the People’s Republic of China.
- [By Monica Gerson]
Sinovac Biotech Ltd. (NASDAQ: SVA) is expected to post its quarterly earnings.
Supercom Ltd (NASDAQ: SPCB) is estimated to post its quarterly earnings at $0.15 per share on revenue of $9.03 million.
10 Best Gas Utility Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Reinsurance Group of America, Incorporated(RGA)
Reinsurance Group of America, Incorporated engages in reinsurance business. It offers individual and group life and health insurance products, including term life, credit life, universal life, whole life, group life and health, joint and last survivor insurance, critical illness, disability, and longevity products, as well as asset-intensive and financial reinsurance products. The company also provides reinsurance for mortality, morbidity, and lapse risk associated with products; and reinsurance for investment-related risks, as well as develops and markets technology solutions for the insurance industry. It serves life insurance companies in the United States, Latin America, Canada, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and the Asia Pacific. Reinsurance Group of America, Incorporated was founded in 1973 and is headquartered in Chesterfield, Missouri.
- [By Benzinga News Desk]
Morgan Stanley downgraded Chipotle (NYSE: CMG) to Equal-Weight.
UBS downgraded AMC Networks (NASDAQ: AMCX) to Sell.
Citi upgraded Sealed Air (NYSE: SEE) to Buy.
Goldman Sachs upgraded Reinsurance Group (NYSE: RGA) to Buy.
- [By David Sterman]
My favorite insurers: AIG (NYSE: AIG) (which I discussed a few months ago), Protective Life (NYSE: PL) and Reinsurance Group of America (NYSE: RGA).
Top 10 Life Sciences Stocks To Invest In Right Now: J.B. Hunt Transport Services Inc.(JBHT)
J.B. Hunt Transport Services, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates as a surface transportation, delivery, and logistics company in North America. It operates in four segments: Intermodal (JBI), Dedicated Contract Services (DCS), Full-Load Dry-Van (JBT), and Integrated Capacity Solutions (ICS). The JBI segment provides intermodal freight solutions, including origin and destination pickup and delivery services in the continental United States, Canada, and Mexico. This segment operates 45,666 pieces of company-controlled trailing equipment; and manages a fleet of 2,592 company-owned tractors. The DCS segment involves in the design, development, and execution of supply chain solutions, which support various transportation networks. This segment offers final mile delivery, replenishment, and specialized services supporting private fleet conversion, fleet creation, and transportation system augmentation. As of December 31, 2010, it operated 4,259 company-owned trucks, 357 customer-owned trucks, and 23 independent contractor trucks. The JBT segment provides full-load, dry-van freight services by utilizing tractors operating over roads and highways. It operated 1,697 company-owned tractors. The ICS segment provides non-asset, asset-light, and transportation logistics solutions. It offers flatbed, refrigerated, expedited, and less-than-truckload, as well as various dry-van and intermodal solutions. The company transports a range of freight, including general merchandise, specialty consumer items, appliances, forest and paper products, building materials, soaps and cosmetics, automotive parts, electronics, and chemicals. J.B. Hunt Transport Services, Inc. was founded in 1961 and is headquartered in Lowell, Arkansas.
- [By Lisa Levin]
Here is the list of stocks going ex-dividend on August 3, 2016.
J B Hunt Transport Services Inc (NASDAQ: JBHT) – $0.2200 dividend, 1.0791 percent yield Johnson Controls Inc (NYSE: JCI) – $0.2900 dividend, 2.6250 percent yield FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE: FE) – $0.3600 dividend, 3.9680 percent yield Sunoco LP (NYSE: SUN) – $0.8255 dividend, 10.7347 percent yield Wells Fargo & Co (NYSE: WFC) – $0.3800 dividend, 3.1588 percent yield BP plc (ADR) (NYSE: BP) – $0.6000 dividend, 6.8768 percent yield American Airlines Group Inc (NASDAQ: AAL) – $0.1000 dividend, 1.1442 percent yield Heidrick & Struggles International, Inc. (NASDAQ: HSII) – $0.1300 dividend, 2.9834 percent yield Alcoa Inc (NYSE: AA) – $0.0300 dividend, 1.1321 percent yield Sensient Technologies Corporation (NYSE: SXT) – $0.2700 dividend, 1.5341 percent yield
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Top 10 Life Sciences Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Advanced Semiconductor Engineering, Inc.(ASX)
Advanced Semiconductor Engineering, Inc., incorporated on March 23, 1984, is a provider of semiconductor packaging and testing services. The Company offers a range of semiconductors packaging, testing and electronic manufacturing services (EMS). The Company’s segments include Packaging, Testing, EMS and Others. The Company provides services in packaging bare semiconductors into finished semiconductors with a range of electrical and thermal characteristics, as well as testing services, including front-end engineering testing, wafer probing and final testing services. It also sells goods from EMS. The Company engages in other activities, such as substrate production and real estate business.
The Company offers a range of package types to meet the requirements of its customers, including flip-chip ball grid array (BGA), flip-chip chip scale package (CSP), advanced chip scale packages (aCSP), quad flat packages (QFP), thin quad flat packages (TQFP), bump chip carrier (BCC), quad flat no-lead (QFN) packages, advanced QFN (aQFN) and Plastic BGA. In addition, the Company provides three dimensional (3D) chip packages, such as MAP package on package (POP) and aMAP POP (advanced, laser ablation type). It also offers other forms of stacked die solutions in various package types, such as stacked die QFN and hybrid BGAs containing stacked wire bond. It also provides automotive product development and production using copper wire in its services to customers. In addition, the Company offers the fan-out wafer-level packaging (FOWLP) solution for radar products. The Company provides integrated circuit (IC) wirebonding, including leadframe-based packages and substrate-based packages. It assembles system-in-package (SiP) products, which involve the integration of a one chip into the same package. Its end-use applications for modules include cellular phones, wireless local area network (LAN) applications, Bluetooth a pplications, camera modules, automotive applications, toys, ! networking, storage and power management. The Company produces substrates for use in its packaging operations.
The Company provides front-end engineering testing services, including customized software development, electrical design validation, and reliability and failure analysis. The Company conducts final tests of a range of logic/mixed-signal/radio frequency (RF)/(2.5D/3D) module and SiP/micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS)/discrete semiconductors. The Company provides a range of additional test-related services, such as electric interface board and mechanical test tool design, program conversion, program efficiency improvement, burn-in testing, module and SiP testing, and tape and reel. It offers drop shipment services for shipment of semiconductors directly to end users designated by its customers.
Electronic Manufacturing Services
The Company provides integrated solutions for electronic manufacturi ng services in relation to computers, peripherals, communications, industrial, automotive, and storage and server applications. The Company’s products and services in this category include computers, such as motherboards for server and desktop personal computer (PC), peripheral, port replicator, network attached storage and technical services; communications, such as wireless fidelity (Wi-Fi) and SiP; consumer products, such as control boards for flat panel devices and SiP; automotive electronics, such as automotive electronic manufacturing services, car light emitting diode (LED) lighting, regulator/rectifier, and industrial products, such as point-of-sale systems and smart handheld devices.
The Company competes with Hon Hai Precision Ind. Co., Ltd.
- [By STOCKPICKR]
We’re starting things off with Advanced Semiconductor Engineering (ASX), a Taiwan-based chipmaker. Overwhelmingly, overseas stocks have been lagging the broad market here at home — but that hasn’t been the case at Advanced Semiconductor. In fact, this $10 billion chip stock is up more than 30% since the calendar flipped to January. But investors should think about taking their gains here; ASX is starting to look toxic for your portfolio.
That’s because ASX is currently forming a descending triangle pattern, a bearish price setup that’s formed by downtrending resistance above shares, and horizontal support to the downside at $5.80. Basically, as ASX bounces in between those two technical price levels, it’s getting squeezed closer to a breakdown below its $5.80 price floor — if that line in the sand gets violated, then Advanced Semiconductor is a sell.
For short sellers, the most recent high at the $6.40 level is a logical place to park a protective stop.
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Top 10 Life Sciences Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Female Health Company (The)(FHCO)
The Female Health Company develops, manufactures, and markets consumer health care products. It offers the FC2 female condom that provides women dual protection against unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections, including HIV/AIDS. The company sells its products to global agencies, non-government organizations, ministries of health, and other government agencies directly, as well as through distribution agreements and other arrangements with commercial partners. It operates in South Africa, Angola, Uganda, Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, the United States, the United Kingdom, Brazil, Malaysia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and internationally. The Female Health Company was founded in 1896 and is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois.
- [By Lisa Levin]
Shares of Female Health Co (NASDAQ: FHCO) were down 15 percent to $1.46 as the company reported that it has entered into a merger agreement with Aspen Park Pharma.
Top 10 Life Sciences Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Freeport-McMoran, Inc.(FCX)
Freeport-McMoRan Inc. (FCX), incorporated on November 10, 1987, is a natural resource company with a portfolio of mineral assets, and oil and natural gas resources. The Company’s segments include the Morenci, Cerro Verde, Grasberg and Tenke Fungurume copper mines, the Rod & Refining operations and the U.S. Oil & Gas Operations. FCX has organized its operations into five primary divisions: North America copper mines, South America mining, Indonesia mining, Africa mining and Molybdenum mines. The Company’s portfolio of assets includes the Grasberg minerals district in Indonesia, mining operations in North and South America, the Tenke Fungurume (Tenke) minerals district in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in Africa, and oil and natural gas assets in the United States.
The Company’s Atlantic Copper unit in Spain smelts and refines copper concentrates, and markets refined copper and precious metals in slimes. The Company has a smelter at its Miami, Arizona, m ining operation; a cobalt chemical refinery in Kokkola, Finland; molybdenum conversion facilities in the United States and Europe; over four non-operating copper mines in North America (Ajo, Bisbee and Tohono in Arizona and Cobre in New Mexico), and other mining support entities.
North America Copper Mines
FCX has over seven operating copper mines in North America, including Morenci, Bagdad, Safford, Sierrita and Miami in Arizona, and Tyrone and Chino in New Mexico. The North America copper mines include open-pit mining, sulfide ore concentrating, leaching and solution extraction/electrowinning (SX/EW) operations. The copper produced at the North America copper mines is cast into copper rods by its Rod & Refining operations. In addition to copper, the Company’s North America copper mines also produce molybdenum concentrates and silver. The Morenci open-pit mine, located in southeastern Arizona, produces copper cathodes and copper concentrate. In add ition to copper, the Morenci mine also produces molybdenum c! oncentrate.
South America Mining
South America mining includes over two operating copper mines: Cerro Verde in Peru and El Abra in Chile. These operations include open-pit mining, sulfide ore concentrating, leaching and SX/EW operations. The Cerro Verde open-pit copper mine, located near Arequipa, Peru, produces copper cathodes and copper concentrates. In addition to copper, the Cerro Verde mine also produces molybdenum concentrate and silver.
Indonesia mining includes PT Freeport Indonesia’s Grasberg minerals district. It produces copper concentrates, which contain quantities of gold and silver.
Africa mining includes the Tenke minerals district. The Tenke operation includes surface mining, leaching and SX/EW operations and produces copper cathode. In addition to copper, the Tenke operation produces cobalt hydroxide.
Molybde num mines include the Henderson underground mine and Climax open-pit mine in Colorado. The Henderson and Climax mines produce chemical-grade molybdenum concentrates, which are processed into molybdenum chemical products.
Rod & Refining
The Rod & Refining segment consists of copper conversion facilities located in North America, and includes a refinery, over three rod mills and a copper products facility. These operations process copper produced at its North America copper mines and purchased copper into copper cathode, rod and custom copper shapes. These operations also refine copper and produce copper rod and shapes for customers on a toll basis.
United States Oil and Gas Operations
Its U.S. Oil & Gas Operations include oil and natural gas assets in the Deepwater Gulf of Mexico (GOM), onshore and offshore California, the Haynesville shale in Louisiana, the Madden area in central Wyoming and a position in the Inboard Lower Tertiary/Cretaceous natural gas trend onshore in South Louis! iana.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
Barclays analystDavid Gagliano is out with a report on his dinner meeting with Jim Flores, CEO of Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold’s (FCX) energy division.
Top 10 Life Sciences Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Select Medical Holdings Corporation(SEM)
Select Medical Holdings Corporation, through its subsidiary, Select Medical Corporation, operates specialty hospitals and outpatient rehabilitation clinics in the United States. It operates in two segments, Specialty Hospitals and Outpatient Rehabilitation. The Specialty Hospitals segment provides long term acute care hospital services and inpatient acute rehabilitative hospital care. This segment offers various medical services for the treatment of respiratory failure, neuromuscular disorders, traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries, strokes, non-healing wounds, cardiac disorders, renal disorders, and cancer. The Outpatient Rehabilitation segment operates clinics that provides physical, occupational, and speech rehabilitation services. This segment also offers medical rehabilitative services to residents and patients of nursing homes, hospitals, schools, assisted living and senior care centers, and worksites. In addition, th is segment provides specialized programs, such as functional programs for work related injuries, hand therapy, and athletic training services; and services that are designed to prevent short term disabilities from becoming chronic conditions. As of December 31, 2014, it operated 113 long term acute care hospitals and 16 acute medical rehabilitation hospitals in 28 states; and 1,023 outpatient rehabilitation clinics in 31 states and the District of Columbia. Select Medical Holdings Corporation was founded in 1996 and is headquartered in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
Overvalued companies include MWI Veterinary (MWIV) andStericycle (SRCL), while companies with attractive valuations include Cardinal Health (CAH), Selected Medical (SEM). He’s not a fan of Intrexon (XON) but callsAratana (PETX) a “hidden gem.”
Top 10 Life Sciences Stocks To Invest In Right Now: NiSource, Inc(NI)
NiSource Inc., an energy holding company, provides natural gas, electricity, and other products and services in the United States. It operates through two segments, Gas Distribution Operations and Electric Operations. The company provides natural gas service and transportation to residential, commercial, and industrial customers; generates, transmits, and distributes electricity; and provides wholesale and transmission transaction services. It serves approximately 3.4 million natural gas customers and 463,000 electric customers in in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Kentucky, Maryland, Indiana, and Massachusetts. The company also owns and operates 3 coal-fired electric generating stations with a net capability of 2,540 megawatts (MW), 3 gas-fired generating units with a net capability of 196 MW, and 2 hydroelectric generating plants with a net capability of 10 MW, as well as a combined cycle gas turbine plant with a capacity of 5 35 MW. The company was formerly known as NIPSCO Industries, Inc. and changed its name to NiSource Inc. in April 1999. NiSource Inc. was founded in 1912 and is headquartered in Merrillville, Indiana.
- [By Lisa Levin]
In trading on Thursday, utilities shares fell by 2.01 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Unitil Corporation (NYSE: UTL), down 9 percent, and NiSource Inc. (NYSE: NI), down 5 percent.
Top 10 Life Sciences Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Maxwell Technologies, Inc.(MXWL)
Maxwell Technologies, Inc., incorporated on August 28, 1996, develops, manufactures and markets energy storage and power delivery products for transportation, industrial, information technology and other applications and microelectronic products for space and satellite applications. The Company offers three product lines: Ultracapacitors, High-Voltage Capacitors and Radiation-Hardened Microelectronic Products.
The Company’s ultracapacitor cells and multi-cell packs, and modules provide energy storage and power delivery solutions for applications in multiple industries, including automotive, bus, rail and truck in transportation, and grid energy storage and wind in renewable energy. The Company offers ultracapacitor cells with capacitances ranging from 1 to 3,400 farads. The Company develops integration technologies, including proprietary electrical balancing and thermal management systems and interconnect technologies. The Company’ s multi-cell products incorporate from 6 to 60 of its cells to provide plug and play solutions for applications requiring 16 to 160 volts, and these modules are designed to be linked together for higher voltage applications. The Company produces electrode material for its own ultracapacitor products, and for sale to other ultracapacitor manufacturers at its Peoria facility.
The Company competes with Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd., NessCap Co., Ltd., LS Cable, Supreme Power Solutions Co., Ltd., Vina Technology Company, Ltd., Man Yue Technology Holdings, Ltd., Skeleton Technologies, Yunasko, Ltd. and Ioxus, Inc.
The Company designs and manufactures CONDIS high-voltage capacitors. These products include grading and coupling capacitors and electric voltage transformers for electric utility infrastructure and other applications involving transport, distribution and measurement of high-voltage electrical ener gy. The Company’s high-voltage capacitors are produced throu! gh an assembly and automated winding and drying process. The Company sells its high-voltage capacitor products to large systems integrators, which install and service power plants and electrical utility infrastructure across the world. The Company produces its high-voltage grading and coupling capacitors and electronic voltage transformers in its Rossens, Switzerland facility.
The Company competes with Trench Limited and Hochspannungsgerate Porz GmbH.
Radiation-Hardened Microelectronic Products
The Company’s radiation-hardened microelectronic products for satellites and spacecraft include single board computers and components, such as high-density memory and data conversion modules. These products incorporate its proprietary RADPAK packaging and shielding technology. The Company produces its radiation-hardened microelectronics products in its San Diego production facility.
The Company competes with Honeywell International I nc., BAE Systems plc, Cobham plc, Texas Instruments Incorporated, Analog Devices, Inc., Atmel Corporation, Micross Components, Microsemi Corporation and Teledyne Technologies, Inc.
- [By Monica Gerson]
Maxwell Technologies (NASDAQ: MXWL) surged 9.20% to $10.21. The volume of Maxwell Technologies shares traded was 325% higher than normal. Maxwell’s trailing-twelve-month revenue is $190.57 million.