Stocks fell the most since February as investors decided that maybe the market had come too far than justified by fundamentals.
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The S&P 500 rose 1.2% to 2,041.91 today, its biggest decline since Feb. 23, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 174.09 points, or 1%, to 17,541.96. The Nasdaq Composite tumbled 1.5% to4848.37, its biggest drop since Feb. 8
The only news today was good news: U.S. jobless claims fell to 267,000, below forecasts for 268,000, and the 57th straight week that claims remained below 300,000.
So why is the market slipping? JPMorgan’sDubravko Lakos-Bujas blames “technical factors having already run their course.” He explains:
The market has weathered one of the most volatile first quarters in recent years. Since February lows recession fears appear to have faded, with the US market rallying 13% since then, the forward equity multiple re-rating back to its 2015 highs of ~17.5x, and the VIX back below 14. We think this recovery has been largely driven by fundamentally insensitive strategies and broad based short covering. Our high-frequency Utilization Ratio for stocks and ETFs has almost fully normalized to pre sell-off levels, implying little room left for further short covering. Positioning wise, trend-following strategies (CTAs) have covered most of their shorts and are currently close to being neutral equities. Risk parity portfolios and macro funds are long equities with their exposure approaching levels seen late last year. Long/short equity strategies exposures remain above average levels, and if anything have started to come off their mid March highs. With most of the technical factors h aving already run their course and with equity valuation at elevated levels, we believe a re-acceleration in earnings growth and weaker USD are needed to warrant a more constructive view on US equities.
Top 10 Restaurant Stocks To Buy For 2016: Formula Systems (1985) Ltd.(FORTY)
Formula Systems (1985) Ltd. provides a range of information technology (IT) solutions and services, and develops and markets proprietary software solutions. It offers software solutions and services, such as outsourcing and developing customized software; computer systems management infrastructures, Web world content management, database and data warehouse mining, application integration, database and systems, data management, and software development tools; computer and telecommunication infrastructure solutions; and professional training courses and advanced professional studies. The company also sells personal computers, portable computers, Intel servers, peripheral equipment, operating systems, servers, and workstations; provides computer and peripheral equipment maintenance services, lab, and helpdesk services; and sells and markets cloud based solutions. In addition, it offers Sapiens ALIS, an L&P software solution for i ndividual, group, and worksite insurance products; Sapiens Retirement Services for record-keeping management; Sapiens Closed Books, a solution to administer policies and claims relating to closed books of business; and Sapiens TOPAZ to handle L&P activities and regulations. Further, the company provides Sapiens IDIT for general insurance carriers; Sapiens Insight for business demands at the insurer level and regulatory needs at the state level; Sapiens Reinsurance that enables property and casualty/general insurance carriers and brokers to handle reinsurance activities on a single platform; and Sapiens DECISION, a business decision management solution. Additionally, it supplies professionals in the areas of accounting and finance, administrative, customer service, clinical, scientific and healthcare, engineering, manufacturing and operations, human resources, IT technology, LI/MFG, and marketing and sales. The company was founded in 1985 and is headquartered in Or Yehuda, Is rael.
- [By Lisa Levin]
On Friday, technology shares rose by 0.26 percent. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included Applied Materials, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMAT), up 9 percent, and Formula Systems (1985) Ltd. (ADR) (NASDAQ: FORTY) up 19 percent.
- [By Lisa Levin]
In trading on Thursday, technology shares fell by 0.32 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Mitek Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: MITK), down 13 percent, and Formula Systems (1985) Ltd. (ADR) (NASDAQ: FORTY), down 8 percent.
Top 10 Restaurant Stocks To Buy For 2016: Intrepid Potash, Inc(IPI)
Intrepid Potash, Inc. engages in the extraction, production, and sale of potassium containing products in the United States. It produces muriate of potash and langbeinite, a low-chloride potassium fertilizer that contains sulfate and magnesium. The company also offers salt, magnesium chloride, and metal recovery salts. It serves agricultural, industrial, and animal feed markets. The company was incorporated in 2007 and is based in Denver, Colorado.
- [By Jon C. Ogg]
Gains are being seen elsewhere as well, except in shares of The Mosaic Company (NYSE: MOS). AgriumInc. (NYSE: AGU) was up almost 3% at $91.95 in late Monday trading, although this one held up much better in the destructive news phase when the alarming news roiled these stocks. The big winner is Intrepid Potash, Inc. (NYSE: IPI), with a gain of 7% to $16.20 in late-Monday trading.
Top Long Term Stocks To Own Right Now: Pampa Energia S.A.(PAM)
Pampa Energia S.A., through its subsidiaries, engages in the generation, transmission, and distribution of electricity in Argentina. It has an installed hydro electricity generation capacity of approximately 2,217 megawatts. The company also joint-controls the operation and maintenance of the high-tension transmission network covering 10,613 kilometers (km) of own lines, as well as 6,110 km of high-tension lines belonging to Empresa de Transporte de Energa Elctricapor Distribucin Troncal de la Provincia de Buenos Aires Sociedad Annima Transba S.A. It distributes electricity to approximately 3.5 million residential, commercial, and industrial customers. The company was formerly known as Pampa Holding S.A. and changed its name to Pampa Energia S.A. in September 2008. Pampa Energia S.A. was incorporated in 1945 and is headquartered in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
- [By Lisa Levin]
Utilities shares gained by 0.68 percent in trading on Thursday. Top gainers in the sector included Pampa Energia S.A. (ADR) (NYSE: PAM), Empresa Distribuidora y Cmrz Nrt SA(ADR) (NYSE: EDN), and Consolidated Water Co. Ltd. (NASDAQ: CWCO).
- [By Lisa Levin]
On Thursday, utilities shares jumped by 0.50 percent. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included American Midstream Partners LP (NYSE: AMID), up 5 percent, and Pampa Energia S.A. (ADR) (NYSE: PAM), up 3 percent.
Top 10 Restaurant Stocks To Buy For 2016: Home Federal Bancorp Inc.(HOME)
Home Federal Bancorp, Inc. operates as the holding company for Home Federal Bank that provides financial products and services to consumers and businesses. The company?s deposit products include checking accounts, money market deposit accounts, savings accounts, and certificates of deposits. Its loan products portfolio comprises one-to-four family residential real estate, real estate construction, and commercial and multifamily real estate loans; commercial business loans for various business purposes, such as working capital and equipment financing, and capital and general investment; and consumer loans, including home equity loans and lines of credit, savings account loans, automobile loans, recreational vehicle loans, and personal unsecured loans. The company offers its products and services in the Treasure Valley region of southwestern Idaho, including Ada, Canyon, Elmore, and Gem counties; the Tri-County region of Central Oregon comprising the counties of Crook, Desc hutes, and Jefferson, as well as the communities of Eugene, Grants Pass, and Medford; and Lane, Josephine, Jackson, and Multnomah counties in Western Oregon. As of January 27, 2012, it operated 28 full-service banking offices. The company was founded in 1920 and is headquartered in Nampa, Idaho.
- [By Sofia Horta e Costa]
Sanofi fell 2.6 percent after withdrawing a U.S. application for a diabetes drug. Cie. Financiere Richemont (CFR) SA dropped 2.3 percent as revenue missed analysts estimates. Vivendi SA advanced 2.7 percent after saying it will begin a formal study to separate its French phone unit from its media businesses. Home Retail Group Plc (HOME) surged 5.4 percent to a two-year high as sales exceeded projections.
Top 10 Restaurant Stocks To Buy For 2016: Accenture plc.(ACN)
Accenture plc provides management consulting, technology, and outsourcing services worldwide. Its Communications, Media & Technology segment provides professional services that help clients accelerate and deliver digital transformation, and enhance business results through industry-specific solutions; and serves clients in communications, electronics, high technology, media, and entertainment industries. The companys Financial Services segment offers services that help clients enhance cost efficiency, grow their customer base, manage risk, and transform their operations; and serves clients in banking, capital markets, and insurance industries. Its Health & Public Service segment provides research-based insights and offerings, including digital solutions to help clients deliver better social, economic, and health outcomes; and serves healthcare payers and providers, as well as government departments and agencies, public servi ce organizations, educational institutions, and non-profit organizations. Its Products segment helps clients enhance their performance in distribution, sales, and marketing; in research and development, and manufacturing; and in business functions, such as finance, human resources, procurement, and supply chain. This segment serves clients in consumer goods, retail, and travel services industries; automotive manufacturers and suppliers, freight and logistics companies, industrial and electrical equipment, consumer durable and heavy equipment companies, and construction and infrastructure management companies; and pharmaceutical, medical technology, and biotechnology companies. Its Resources segment enables clients to develop and implement new business strategies, improve operations, manage complex change initiatives, and integrate digital technologies; and serves clients in chemicals, energy, forest products, metals and mining, and utilities and related industries. Accenture plc was founded in 1989 and is based in Dublin, Ireland.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
Technology and Industrials are our favorite ways to buy cyclical MO. Specifically, we see the Technology Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLK) as an attractive pre-breakout idea and a likely candidate to lead the S&Ps secular advance over the coming years. Buy ideas at the stock level include: Accenture (ACN), Broadcom (AVGO), Microsoft , Texas Instruments (TXN),Visa (V),Yahoo! (YHOO). We also recommend buying the Industrial Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLI) which is reversing its year-long downtrend and in position for new highs over the coming months, in our view. Buy ideas at the stock level include: Honeywell International, Ingersoll-Rand (IR), Illinois Tool Works (ITW), 3M, Southwest Airlines (LUV), Xylem (XYL). Underlined stocks are fundamentally-rated Outperform at Oppenheimer.
- [By Andr茅s Cardenal]
Accenture (NYSE: ACN ) is being hurt by the same factors affecting IBM, lackluster corporate spending has produced disappointing sales growth at this global leader in consulting and technology services. However, just like IBM, Accenture has a remarkably profitable business model which generates plenty of cash flows for shareholders, operating margin increased to more than 14% of sales in the last quarter.
- [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
Top 10 Restaurant Stocks To Buy For 2016: Simulations Plus, Inc.(SLP)
Simulations Plus, Inc. designs, develops, and markets drug discovery and development software for mechanistic modeling and simulation. It offers GastroPlus that simulates the absorption, pharmacokinetics, and pharmacodynamics of drugs administered to humans and animals; DDDPlus, which simulates in vitro laboratory experiments that measure the rate of dissolution of the drug and additives in a dosage form; and MembranePlus that simulates laboratory experiments. The company also provides PKPlus, a standalone program that provides the functionality needed by pharmaceutical industry scientists to generate the analyses and outputs to satisfy regulatory agency requirements for NCA and compartmental pharmacokinetics; ADMET Predictor, a chemistry-based computer program that takes molecular structures as inputs and predicts their properties; and MedChem Designer, a molecule drawing program or sketcher that integrates with MedChem Studi o and ADMET Predictor. In addition, it offers MedChem Studio, a tool for data mining and designing new molecules; and KIWI, a cloud-based Web application that organizes, processes, maintains, and communicates the volume of data and results generated by pharmacologists and scientists over the duration of a drug development program. Further, the company provides consulting services ranging from early drug discovery through preclinical and clinical trial data analysis, and reporting to regulatory agencies; and population modeling and simulation contract research services for the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. It offers software and services to pharmaceutical, biotechnology, agrochemical, and food companies, as well as regulatory agencies in North America, South America, Europe, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, India, Singapore, and the Peoples Republic of China. Simulations Plus, Inc. was founded in 1996 and is headquartered in Lancaster, California.
- [By Monica Gerson]
Simulations Plus, Inc. (NASDAQ: SLP) is estimated to post its quarterly earnings at $0.07 per share on revenue of $5.00 million.
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- [By Benzinga News Desk]
UBS (NYSE: UBS) Q2 EPS $0.83, Revenue $5.45B; Q2 EPS Up ~4% YoY, Revenue Up ~8% YoY
PNC (NYSE: PNC) Q2 EPS $1.82 vs $1.75 est, Revenue $3.79B vs $3.81B est
Simulations Plus (NASDAQ: SLP) Reports Q3 EPS $0.11 vs. Est. $0.12, Rev. $6.01M vs. Est. $6.57M
Top 10 Restaurant Stocks To Buy 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.
Top 10 Restaurant Stocks To Buy For 2016: BorgWarner Inc.(BWA)
BorgWarner Inc. develops, manufactures, and sells engineered automotive systems and components primarily for powertrain applications worldwide. The companys Engine segment offers turbochargers; turbo actuators; and timing systems, such as timing chains, variable cam timing products, crankshaft and camshaft sprockets, tensioners, guides and snubbers, HY-VO front-wheel drive transmission chains, and four-wheel drive chains. This segment also provides emissions and systems products comprising electric air pumps and exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) modules, EGR coolers, EGR tubes, and EGR valves; thermal systems products consisting of viscous fan drives, polymer fans, and coolant pumps; and ignition systems, such as glow plugs and instant starting systems, pressure sensor glow plugs, and ignition technology. The Drivetrain segment develops and manufactures friction and mechanical products, including dual clutch modules, friction clutch modules, friction and steel plates, transmission bands, torque converter clutches, one-way clutches, and torsional vibration dampers. This segment also offers control products comprising electro-hydraulic solenoids, transmission solenoid modules, and dual clutch control modules. In addition, this segment provides torque management products, including rear-wheel drive/all-wheel drive (AWD) transfer case systems, front wheel drive-AWD coupling systems, and cross-axle coupling systems. The company sells its products to original equipment manufacturers of light vehicles consisting of passenger cars, sport-utility vehicles, vans, and light trucks; commercial vehicles, such as medium-duty and heavy duty trucks, and buses; and off-highway vehicles, including agricultural and construction machinery, and marine applications, as well as to tier one vehicle systems suppliers and the aftermarket for light, commercial, and off-highway vehicles. BorgWarner Inc. was founded in 1987 and is headquartered in Auburn Hills, Michigan.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
Shares of auto-part makers like Delphi Automotive (DLPH), BorgWarner (BWA), and Tenneco (TEN) are getting killed today, ostensibly due to an article in Automotive News. Wells Fargo’s Richard Kwas and team think Tesla Motors (TSLA) and its Model 3 deserve at least some of the blame:
Top 10 Restaurant Stocks To Buy For 2016: Petroleo Brasileiro S.A.- Petrobras(PBR)
Petroleo Brasileiro S.A. primarily engages in oil and natural gas exploration and production, refining, trade, and transportation businesses. The company?s Exploration and Production segment involves in the exploration, production, development, and production of oil, liquefied natural gas (LNG), and natural gas in Brazil. This segment supplies its products to the refineries in Brazil, as well as sells surplus petroleum and byproducts in domestic and foreign markets. Its Supply segment engages in the refining, logistics, transportation, and trade of oil and oil products; export of ethanol; and extraction and processing of schist, as well as holds interests in companies of the petrochemical sector in Brazil. The Gas and Energy segment involves in the transportation and trade of natural gas produced in or imported into Brazil; transportation and trade of LNG; and generation and trade of electric power. In addition, the segment has interests in natural gas transportation and d istribution companies; and thermoelectric power stations in Brazil, as well engages in fertilizer business. The Distribution segment distributes oil products, ethanol, and compressed natural gas in Brazil. The International segment involves in the exploration and production of oil and gas, as well as in supplying, gas and energy, and distribution operations in the Americas, Africa, Europe, and Asia. Further, the company involves in biofuel production business. Petroleo Brasileiro was founded in 1953 and is based in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
- [By Manikandan Raman]
ADRs of Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras (ADR) (NYSE: PBR) have underperformed, despite a recent upgrade from JPMorgan.
Rating And Justification
JPMorgan upgraded the stock to Neutral from Underweight on potential for lower credit risk, asset sales momentum, favorable regulatory environment and foreign exchange gains.
Top 10 Restaurant Stocks To Buy For 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).