Oppenheimer put out a note yesterday called “Retail Bloodbath Continues,” which focused on the extreme drops in Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF) and Chico’s FAS (CHS) yesterday. Today, all that seems forgotten, as companies that sell and make retail products like Big Lots (BIG), Ulta Salon, Cosmetics & Fragrance (ULTA) and Deckers Outdoor (DECK) have surged today following earnings releases. Are there any conclusions that can be drawn from their outperformance?
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Lesson #1: Buy Beauty. That’s the takeaway from Cowen’s Oliver Chen and team after seeing Ulta’s earnings beat. And for Ulta, they see growth in beauty continuing. “ULTA owns a small amount of the overall beauty market in the US (~3%), which is a testament to the long pipeline for growth,” they write. “Ulta’s very compelling proposition of modern marketing, brand partnerships, and service offerings also strongly appeals to millennials.” Ulta’s shares have climbed 8.4% to $231.56 at 1:27 p.m. today.
Top 10 Long Term Stocks To Watch For 2016: Gas Natural Inc.(EGAS)
Gas Natural Inc., incorporated on July 1, 2010, is a natural gas company. The Company operates through three segments: Natural Gas; Marketing and Production, and Corporate and Other.
The Natural Gas segment annually distributes approximately 20 billion cubic feet of natural gas to its customers through regulated utilities operating in Maine, Montana, North Carolina and Ohio. The Company’s operations in Maine provide natural gas service to customers in Bangor, Brewer, Old Town, Orono, Bucksport, Hermon, Veazie and Lincoln. Its operations in Montana provide natural gas service to customers in Cascade, Gallatin and Glacier counties. Its North Carolina operations provide natural gas service to customers in Ashe, Surry, Warren, Watauga, Wilkes and Yadkin counties. The Company’s Ohio operations provide natural gas service to customers in Ashland, Ashtabula, Carroll, Columbiana, Coshocton, Cuyahoga, Fairfield, Franklin, Geauga, Guernsey, Harr ison, Hocking, Holmes, Huron, Knox, Lake, Lorain, Mahoning, Medina, Portage, Richland, Stark, Summit, Trumbull, Tuscarawas, Washington and Wayne counties. The Company’s natural gas utility subsidiaries include Bangor Gas Company, LLC (Maine), Brainard Gas Corp (Ohio), Cut Bank Gas Company (Montana), Energy West Montana, Inc. (Montana), Frontier Natural Gas, LLC (North Carolina), Northeast Ohio Natural Gas Corp (Ohio) and Orwell Natural Gas Company (Ohio).
Marketing and Production
The Company’s Marketing and Production segment annually markets approximately 1.5 billion cubic feet of natural gas to commercial and industrial customers in Montana, Wyoming and Ohio through its subsidiaries, Energy West Resources, Inc. (EWR) and Gas Natural Resources, LLC (GNR). The Company also manages midstream supply and production assets for transportation customers and utilities through its subsidiary, EWR. EWR owns interest in approximately 160 natural gas producing wells in operation on state lease mineral rights in Glacier! and Toole Counties in Montana.
The Company competes with Northern Utilities Inc., Maine Natural Gas, Northwestern Energy, Montana-Dakota Utilities Co., Dominion East Ohio, Columbia Gas of Ohio and National Gas & Oil.
- [By Monica Gerson]
Gas Natural Inc (NYSE: EGAS) is projected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.23 per share.
Caleres Inc (NYSE: CAL) is expected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.23 per share on revenue of $632.89 million.
Top 10 Long Term Stocks To Watch For 2016: Cliffs Natural Resources Inc.(CLF)
Cliffs Natural Resources Inc., a mining and natural resources company, produces iron ore pellets, lump and fines iron ore, and metallurgical coal products. The company operates six iron ore mines in Michigan, Minnesota, and eastern Canada; two iron ore mining complexes in Western Australia; five metallurgical coal mines located in West Virginia and Alabama; and one thermal coal mine located in West Virginia. It also owns a 45% economic interest in a coking and thermal coal mine located in Queensland, Australia; and a 30% interest in Amapa, a Brazilian iron ore project in Latin America, as well as chromite properties in Ontario, Canada. The company, formerly known as Cleveland-Cliffs Inc, was founded in 1847 and is headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
Cliffs Natural Resources (CLF) has gained 1.2% to $5.16 after getting upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Macquarie.
Mattress Firm (MFRM) has plunged 14% to $29.00 after missing earning forecasts and lowering its guidance.
- [By Lisa Levin]
On Monday, basic materials shares surged by 1.1 percent. Top gainers in the sector included Cliffs Natural Resources Inc (NYSE: CLF) and Endeavour Silver Corp (NYSE: EXK).
- [By Monica Gerson]
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Hot Transportation Companies To Buy Right Now: Exelon Corporation(EXC)
Exelon Corporation, a utility services holding company, engages in the energy generation and delivery businesses in the United States. It owns electric generating facilities, such as nuclear, fossil, and hydroelectric generation facilities, as well as wind and solar photovoltaic facilities. The company also sells renewable energy and other energy-related products and services; and engages in the natural gas and oil exploration and production activities, as well as sells electricity and natural gas to wholesale and retail customers. In addition, it engages in the purchase and regulated retail sale of electricity, and the provision of electricity transmission and distribution services to retail customers in northern Illinois, southeastern Pennsylvania, and central Maryland. Further, the company is involved in the purchase and regulated retail sale of natural gas, and the provision of gas distribution services to retail customers in the Pennsylvania counties surrounding the City of Philadelphia, as well as in central Maryland, including the City of Baltimore. It serves distribution utilities, municipalities, cooperatives, and financial institutions, as well as commercial, industrial, governmental, and residential customers. The company was founded in 1887 and is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois.
- [By Horizon Investments]
For the past year, Exelon Corp. (EXC) has had a roller coaster ride, with the stock having plummeted 15% since September 2012 – the company had announced a dividend cut of 41%, which led to a drop in the share price. Separately, the recent weak PJM auction prices did not bode well for the company. However, I believe the worst is priced in the stock price, and the company’s management is committed to improving its financial flexibility and cost structure in order to strengthen its financial performance. Also, the company is planning to incur capital expenditure (CAPEX) in the upcoming years, which will result in rate base growth for Exelon.
- [By Monica Gerson]
Exelon Corporation (NYSE: EXC) is expected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.68 per share on revenue of $7.52 billion.
CST Brands Inc (NYSE: CST) is projected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.22 per share on revenue of $2.30 billion.
- [By Monica Gerson]
Analysts are expecting Exelon Corporation (NYSE: EXC) to have earned $0.68 per share on revenue of $7.52 billion in the latest quarter. Exelon shares rose 0.34 percent to close at $35.38 on Thursday.
Top 10 Long Term Stocks To Watch For 2016: comScore Inc.(SCOR)
comScore, Inc. provides a range of digital analytics solutions primarily in the United States, Europe, and Canada. The company offers its customers with information regarding usage of their online properties and those of their competitors, coupled with information on consumer demographic characteristics, attitudes, lifestyles, and offline behavior solutions through its digital media measurement platforms. Its digital media measurement platforms consist of proprietary databases and a computational infrastructure that measures, analyzes, and reports on digital activity. The company also provides audience analytics tools that measure the size, behavior, and characteristics of Internet users on PCs, mobile devices, and tablets, as well as insight into online advertising; and advertising analytics products, such as AdEffx, Media Planner 2.0, and Campaign Essentials, which provide solutions for developing, executing, and evaluating online advertising campaigns, as well as valida ted campaign essentials that provide intelligence regarding validated impressions. In addition, it offers Web analytics products and solutions, as well as Web analytics platform that integrates data from multiple sources, including Web, mobile, video, and social media interactions; and mobile and network analytics products, such as comprehensive market intelligence and network solutions to mobile carriers with information on network optimization and capacity planning, customer experience, and market intelligence. The company serves Internet service providers, investment banks, media and digital agencies, consumer banks, wireless carriers, pharmaceutical makers, credit card issuers, and consumer packaged goods companies. comScore, Inc. was founded in 1999 and is headquartered in Reston, Virginia.
- [By Lisa Levin]
Cyclical consumer goods & services shares gained by 0.25 percent in trading on Friday. Top gainers in the sector included Big Lots, Inc. (NYSE: BIG), Ulta Salon, Cosmetics & Fragrance, Inc. (NASDAQ: ULTA), and COMSCORE, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCOR).
- [By Frank Pallotta]
“As counter-intuitive as it seems, opening a movie over Super Bowl weekend can actually be a smart move for studios,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for comScore (SCOR). “They can take advantage of the fact that audiences may want to strike a balance between staying home all afternoon on Sunday and wanting to get out of the house earlier in the weekend.”
Top 10 Long Term Stocks To Watch For 2016: Yingli Green Energy Holding Company Limited(YGE)
Yingli Green Energy Holding Company Limited, together with its subsidiaries, designs, develops, markets, manufactures, sells, and installs photovoltaic (PV) products in the Peoples Republic of China and internationally. The company offers polysilicon ingots and blocks, polysilicon wafers, PV cells, PV modules, and integrated PV systems; and develops and operates solar projects. It primarily sells its PV modules to distributors, wholesalers, power plant developers and operators, and PV system integrators under the brand names Yingli and Yingli Solar. Yingli Green Energy Holding Company Limited was founded in 1998 and is headquartered in Baoding, the Peoples Republic of China.
- [By Monica Gerson]
Yingli Green Energy Holding Co Ltd (ADR) (NYSE: YGE) is expected to post a quarterly loss at $1.48 per share on revenue of $372.30 million.
Ameren Corp (NYSE: AEE) is estimated to post its quarterly earnings at $0.38 per share on revenue of $1.51 billion.
Top 10 Long Term Stocks To Watch For 2016: Lifetime Brands Inc.(LCUT)
Lifetime Brands Inc. designs, sources, and sells branded kitchenware, tabletop, and other products primarily in the United States. It offers kitchenware products, including kitchen tools and gadgets, cutlery, cutting boards, bakeware, and cookware; and tabletop products, such as dinnerware, flatware, and glassware. The company also provides home solutions that comprise products, such as food storage, pantry ware, spices, and home dcor products. In addition, it manufactures sterling silver products. The company owns or licenses various brands, including Farberware, Mikasa, KitchenAid, Pfaltzgraff, Cuisinart, Elements, Melannco, Wallace Silversmiths, Kamenstein, Pedrini, Towle, V&A, and Royal Botanic Gardens Kew. Lifetime Brands Inc. serves mass merchants, specialty stores, national chains, department stores, warehouse clubs, supermarkets, off-price retailers, and Internet retailers, as well as direct consumers through its Pfaltzgraff, Mikasa, Housewares Deals, and Lifetim e Sterling Internet Websites. The company was founded in 1945 and is headquartered in Garden City, New York.
- [By Lisa Levin]
On Monday, cyclical consumer goods & services shares gained by 0.41 percent. Top gainers in the sector included Kandi Technologies Group Inc (NASDAQ: KNDI), Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc (NYSE: HOT), and Lifetime Brands Inc (NASDAQ: LCUT).
Top 10 Long Term Stocks To Watch For 2016: DRDGOLD Limited(DRD)
DRDGOLD Limited, incorporated on February 16, 2015, is a surface gold tailings retreatment company. The Company operates in the central Witwatersrand (Wits) basin in Gauteng province and recovers gold from tailings. Ergo Mining Proprietary Limited (Ergo) is the Company’s operating entity. Ergo is a surface retreatment operator. Ergo’s assets cover an area approximately 62 kilometers from east to west and around 25 kilometers from north to south. The Company operates approximately two metallurgical plants, two milling and pump stations, a network of pipelines and the Brakpan tailings facility (BTF).
The Ergo plant has a total retreatment capacity of 1.8 Million tons per month. The Company’s product is dore bars. Ergo is owned by Ergo Mining Operations Proprietary Limited (EMO). The Company extracts gold through a combination of flotation, milling, carbon-in-pulp (CIP) and carbon- in-leach (CIL) processes. As of 30 June, 2015, the Company produced approximately 150,145 ounces of gold. The slime is dislodged and mixed with water and the resulting slurry is pumped to a metallurgical treatment plant for processing. The Crown and City Deep milling and pump stations partly process approximately 600 thousand tons per month. The Knights satellite plant processes approximately 200,000 to 300,000 thousand tons per month from various sites.
- [By Lisa Levin]
In trading on Wednesday, basic materials shares fell by 1.27 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included McEwen Mining Inc (NYSE: MUX), down 12 percent, and DRDGOLD Ltd. (ADR) (NYSE: DRD), down 7 percent.
Top 10 Long Term Stocks To Watch For 2016: The NASDAQ OMX Group Inc.(NDAQ)
The NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc. provides trading, clearing, exchange technology, securities listing, and public company services worldwide. It offers trading across various asset classes, including cash equities, derivatives, debt, commodities, structured products, and exchange traded funds; capital formation solutions; financial services and exchanges technology; market data products; and financial indexes, as well as clearing, settlement, and depository services. The company also provides broker services comprising technology and customized securities administration solutions, such as back-office systems to financial participants. In addition, it offers global listing services; technology solutions for trading, clearing, settlement, and information dissemination; and facility management integration, surveillance solutions, and advisory services, as well as develops and licenses NASDAQ OMX branded indexes, associated derivatives, and financial products. As of December 31, 2010 , a total of 2,778 companies listed securities on The NASDAQ Stock Market. The NASDAQ OMX Group supports the operations of approximately 70 exchanges, clearing organizations, and central securities depositories. The company was formerly known as The Nasdaq Stock Market, Inc. and changed its name to The NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc. in February 2008. The NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc. was founded in 1971 and is based in New York, New York.
- [By Maureen Farrell]
Twitter will try not to mimic Facebook’s mistakes on IPO day.
NEW YORK (CNNMoney) At the start of last year, Nasdaq (NDAQ) and Morgan Stanley (MS, Fortune 500) were on top of the tech world. Both landed key roles in Facebook’s hotly anticipated initial public offering.
But Facebook’s IPO changed that. Both companies were widely criticized for Facebook’s face plant of a debut. The problems that marred Facebook’s IPO clearly hurt the image of Nasdaq and Morgan Stanley.
- [By Jake Zamansky]
The Securities and Exchange Commission said on Wednesday afternoon it was in contact with the NASDAQ OMX Group (NDAQ) after the brief outage in the system that was at the heart of the three hour shutdown in August, according to a report by Reuters.
Top 10 Long Term Stocks To Watch For 2016: Akorn, Inc.(AKRX)
Akorn, Inc., a specialty generic pharmaceutical company, develops, manufactures, and markets generic and branded prescription pharmaceuticals, as well as private-label over-the-counter (OTC) consumer health products and animal health pharmaceuticals in the United States and internationally. It operates in two segments, Prescription Pharmaceuticals and Consumer Health. The Prescription Pharmaceuticals segment markets generic and branded ophthalmics, injectables, oral liquids, otics, topicals, inhalants, and nasal sprays. This segments generic products include Atropine Sulfate Ophthalmic Solution; Clobetasol Propionate Ointment; Dehydrated Alcohol Injection; Ephedrine Sulfate Injection; Hydralazine Hydrochloride Injection; Lidocaine Ointment; Methylene Blue Injection; Myorisan Soft Gelatin Capsules; Nembutal Sodium Solution; and Progesterone Capsules. The Consumer Health segment markets branded and private label animal health products, as well as OTC products for the treatment of dry eye under the TheraTears brand name. This segment also markets other OTC consumer health products, including Mag-Ox, a magnesium supplement, as well as the Diabetic Tussin line of cough and cold products. Akorn, Inc. was founded in 1971 and is headquartered in Lake Forest, Illinois.
- [By Lisa Levin]
In trading on Friday, healthcare shares fell by 0.62 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Akorn, Inc. (NASDAQ: AKRX), down 17 percent, and BioDelivery Sciences International, Inc. (NASDAQ: BDSI), down 14 percent.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
Shares of Endo International (ENDP) have tumbled 40% today after it said profits would fall well short of analyst expectations thanks, in part, to plunging generic drug prices. Leerink’s Jason Gerberry and team look for specialty pharmaceutical companies that have similar business models–and find Akorn (AKRX), Perrigo (PRGO), and Teva Pharmaceutical Industries (TEVA). They explain:
Top 10 Long Term Stocks To Watch For 2016: Buffalo Wild Wings Inc.(BWLD)
Buffalo Wild Wings, Inc. engages in the ownership, operation, and franchise of restaurants in the United States. The company provides quick casual and casual dining services, as well as serves bottled beers, wines, and liquor. As of July 26, 2011, it had 773 Buffalo Wild Wings locations in 45 states in the United States, as well as in Canada. The company was founded in 1982 and is headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
- [By AnnaLisa Kraft]
A chicken-wing upstart
But with success comes competition.McDonald’s (NYSE: MCD ) is debuting its own Mighty Wings nationally, chicken wings seasoned similarly to Popeye’s New Orleans style with cayenne and chili pepper. The huge quantity of wings that McDonald’s will need likely driving up prices from $1.44 a pound most recently will of course, affect the entire space including Yum! Brands, AFCE, and chicken focused Buffalo Wild Wings (NASDAQ: BWLD )
- [By CNBC]
Tony Tribble, Invision/AP Forget about Bloomin’ Onions or boneless wings, for many consumers, the choice of where to dine often comes down to a different factor: which restaurant has the best booze. “Alcoholic beverages can be a key driver of traffic, differentiation, and loyalty,” said David Decker, president of Consumer Edge Insight. According to the firm, two factors that keep customers coming back are “selection” and “pricing.” Consumer Edge Insight recently surveyed restaurant customers to find out which casual-dining spots generated the most loyalty with their alcoholic beverages. Taking the top spot for “selection” was Buffalo Wild Wings (BWLD), with 29 percent of those surveyed saying they were “most likely to visit it most often due to its good selection of alcoholic beverages.” Applebee’s (DIN) took the second spot, with 24 percent, and Outback Steakhouse (BLMN) and T.G.I. Friday’s tied for third place with 22 percent each. Prices also keep customers coming back to Buffalo Wild Wings. When asked which casual-dining brand they were “most likely to visit most often due to its good prices of alcoholic beverages,” Buffalo Wild Wings came out on top with 30 percent. Chili’s (EAT) was No. 2 at 23 percent, and Ruby Tuesday (RT) was third with 22 percent. Buffalo Wild Wings has always made alcohol a part of its experience, even making it part of its tagline: “Wings.Beer.Sports.” The chain is the No. 1 account for more than 50 different beer brands and recently launched Game Changer, a new beer in a partnership with Redhook Brewery. Priced between cheaper domestic lagers and pricier craft beers, Game Changer became the fourth-most-popular draft beer at company-owned locations within two weeks of its release. “Among casual-dining restaurants, Buffalo Wild Wings is seeing the greatest positive effect in terms of building customer loyalty with its alcohol offerings,” Decker said. “There are many steps other restaurants can take to improve their alcoho