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Argus analyst David Coleman downgraded Noble Corporation Ordinary Shares (UK) (NYSE: NE) shares to a Hold Rating from Buy, citing a weak outlook. The analyst believes that while the company should continue to gain from its fleet of high-spec rigs, he sees a further drop in offshore drilling activity as pressurizing. He also cited the loss of the big drilling contract with Freeport-McMoRan Inc (NYSE: FCX) representing 11 percent of its backlog.
Top 10 Services Companies To Buy Right Now: Brown(n)
N Brown Group plc operates as an Internet and catalogue home shopping company in the United Kingdom. The company principally offers womenswear, menswear, footwear, household, and electrical products, as well as provides insurance services. It also operates in the Republic of Ireland, Germany, and the United States. The company was founded in 1859 and is based in Manchester, the United Kingdom.
- [By Alex Jordon]
He already owns a good chunk of NetSuite (N), whose revenue grew 35% last quarter, beating earnings estimates by $0.03 a share. Ellison’s been profiting from the cloud while dismissing its significance. With the Salesforce agreement his company is, too. (Fool)
Top 10 Services Companies To Buy Right Now: H&R Block, Inc.(HRB)
H&R Block, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides tax preparation, banking, and other services to the general public primarily in the United States, Canada, and Australia. The company offers assisted income tax return preparation and related services through a system of retail offices operated directly by the company or by franchisees; and online tax services, such as tax advice, professional and do-it-yourself (DIY) tax return preparation, and electronic filing services through its Website hrblock.com. It also develops and markets DIY desktop income tax preparation software; and develops and provides applications for mobile devices, which offer tax and related services. In addition, the company provides refund anticipation checks, H&R Block Emerald Advance lines of credit and Prepaid MasterCard, and Peace of Mind Extended Service Plan, Tax Identity Shield, and Cash Back refund discount programs. Further, it offers tradition al retail banking services primarily to its assisted and DIY tax clients. The company was founded in 1946 and is headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri.
- [By Monica Gerson]
Shares of H & R Block Inc (NYSE: HRB) surged over 12 percent on Friday as the company reported better-than-expected results for its fourth quarter and lifted its quarterly dividend to $0.22 per share. H & R Block shares gained 0.29 percent to $24.30 in the after-hours trading session.
Hot Internet Companies To Own For 2016: Canterbury Park Holding Corporation(CPHC)
Canterbury Park Holding Corporation conducts pari-mutuel wagering operations and hosts unbanked card games at its Canterbury Park racetrack and card room facility in Shakopee, Minnesota. The company operates in three segments: Horse Racing, Card Room, and Concessions. The Horse Racing segment operates year-round pari-mutuel wagering on simulcast horse races, and live thoroughbred and quarter horse races held on a seasonal basis. The Card Room segment offers unbanked card games, which include poker and casino games. The Concessions segment provides food and beverage services for simulcast and live racing, and the card room, as well as for the special events. The company also offers facilities for special events, such as snowmobile races, arts and crafts shows, trade shows, concerts, fundraisers, automobile shows and competitions, vehicle and boat storage, and private parties. In addition, it provides advertising signage space; leases excess parking lot space for various aut omotive activities and vehicle storage; and sells various daily pari-mutuel publications. Canterbury Park Holding Corporation was founded in 1994 and is based in Shakopee, Minnesota.
- [By Sally Jones]
Canterbury Park Holding Corporation (CPHC) Market Cap $46.35 Million
Canterbury Park Holding Corporation is up 2% over 12 months. The company has a market cap of $46.35 million; its trades around $11.16 with a P/E ratio of 59.30 and a P/B of 1.70.
Top 10 Services Companies To Buy Right Now: Trinity Industries Inc.(TRN)
Trinity Industries, Inc. provides products and services to the industrial, energy, transportation, and construction sectors primarily in the United States, Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom, Singapore, and Sweden. The company?s Rail Group manufactures and sells railcars, including auto carrier, box, gondola, hopper, intermodal, specialty, and tank cars; and railcar components, such as couplers and axles. This group also offers repair and coating services. It primarily serves railroads, leasing companies, and industrial shippers of various products. Trinity Industries? Railcar Leasing and Management Services group leases tank cars and freight cars to industrial shippers and railroads operating in petroleum, chemical, agricultural, and energy industries with a fleet of 54,595 owned or leased railcars; provides management and administrative services; and manages railcar fleets on behalf of third parties. The company?s Construction Products group produces ready mix concret e; produces and distributes construction aggregates, including crushed stone, sand and gravel, asphalt rock, and specialty sands and gravel; manufactures highway products and other steel products for infrastructure related projects; supplies ready mix concrete; and provides hot-dip galvanizing services for fabricated steel materials. It primarily serves contractors and subcontractors in the construction and foundation industry. Trinity Industries? Inland Barge group manufactures inland barges; and fiberglass reinforced lift covers. It serves commercial marine transportation companies. The company?s Energy Equipment group manufactures structural wind towers, tank containers, and tank heads for pressure vessels; fertilizer containers; and tank heads for non-pressure vessels, LPG tanks, and utility, traffic, and lighting structures. It serves turbine producers, as well as industrial plants, utilities, residences, and small businesses. The company was founded in 1933 and is he adq uartered in Dallas, Texas.
- [By Lisa Levin]
Shares of Trinity Industries Inc (NYSE: TRN) were down 23 percent to $16.30 after the company issued weak earnings guidance for 2016. Trinity Industries reported upbeat earnings for the fourth quarter, but the company’s revenue missed analysts’ expectations.
- [By Shauna O’Brien]
On Friday, Trinity Industries Inc (TRN) announced that it has raised its dividend by 15.4%.
The company’s board has approved an increase in its quarterly dividend from 13 cents to 15 cents per share, or 60 cents annually.
The dividend will be paid on October 31 to shareholders of record on October 15. The stock will go ex-dividend on October 10.
Trinity Industries shares were mostly flat during premarket trading Friday. The stock is up 20% YTD.
Top 10 Services Companies To Buy Right Now: Foot Locker, Inc.(FL)
Foot Locker, Inc. operates as an athletic shoes and apparel retailer. The company operates in two segments, Athletic Stores and Direct-to-Customers. The Athletic Stores segment retails athletic footwear, apparel, accessories, and equipment under various formats, including Foot Locker, Lady Foot Locker, Kids Foot Locker, Champs Sports, Footaction, and SIX:02, as well as Runners Point, and Sidestep. As of January 30, 2016, it operated 3,383 primarily mall-based stores in the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand. The Direct-to-Customers segment sell athletic footwear, apparel, equipment, team licensed products, and private-label merchandise through Internet Websites, mobile sites, and catalogs. This segment operates sites for eastbay.com, final-score.com, eastbayteamsales.com, and sp24.com, as well as footlocker.com, ladyfootlocker.com, six02.com, kidsfootlocker.com, champssports.com, footaction.com, footlock er.ca, footlocker.eu, runnerspoint.com, and sidestep-shoes.com. The company also provides franchise licenses to operate its Foot Locker stores in the Middle East and the Republic of Korea; and Runners Point Germany. It operates 64 franchised stores. The company was founded in 1879 and is headquartered in New York, New York.
- [By Jeroen Jongbloed]
Foot Locker (FL) is a retailer of athletic shoes and apparel which operates 3369 stores in the US, Canada, Europe, Australia and New-Zealand. On July 10th 2013, it completed its acquisition of Runners Point Group. In today’s article, I will be looking at FL’s revenue, net income, dividend and valuation. At certain points, I will use DSW, Inc. (DSW) and Shoe Carnival, Inc. (SCVL) for comparison.
- [By Manikandan Raman]
Foot Locker, Inc. (NYSE: FL) is expected to report its first-quarter numbers on May 20, and Susquehanna expects EPS of $1.38, a penny below the Street's view. The brokerage also noted that the retailer is the least affected by Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) within the retail sector.
- [By Monica Gerson]
Foot Locker, Inc. (NYSE: FL) reported in-line quarterly earnings, but the company’s revenue came in slightly short of analysts’ expectations.
Foot Locker’s quarterly earnings advanced 7.8 percent to $1.39 per share from $1.29 per share in the same quarter preceding year. Street analysts also predicted the company to earn $1.39 a share.
Top 10 Services Companies To Buy Right Now: Caesars Entertainment Corporation(CZR)
Caesars Entertainment Corporation, through its subsidiaries, provides casino-entertainment and hospitality services in the United States and internationally. It operates in four segments: Caesars Entertainment Resort Properties, Caesars Growth Partners Casino Properties and Developments, Caesars Interactive Entertainment, and Caesars Entertainment Operating Company. The company owns, operates, or manages casinos, such as land-based and riverboat or dockside casinos. It operates 55,000 slot machines and 3,600 table games, as well as other games comprising keno, poker, and race and sports books; and buffets, restaurants, bars, nightclubs, and lounges located throughout the company’s casinos, as well as banquets and room service. As of September 18, 2015, the company owned, operated, or managed 50 casinos in the 13 states of the United States, as well as in 5 countries. It also operates online gaming business that provides social games on Facebook and other social media Websites and mobile application platforms, certain real money games in Nevada and New Jersey, and ‘play for fun’ offerings. In addition, the company owns the World Series of Poker tournaments and brand, and licenses trademarks for various products and businesses related to this brand. Further, it engages in the third-party leasing of retail, dining, and entertainment outlets featured in the company’s casinos. The company was formerly known as Harrah’s Entertainment Inc. and changed its name to Caesars Entertainment Corporation in November 2010. Caesars Entertainment Corporation was founded in 1937 and is based in Las Vegas, Nevada.
- [By AlphaStreetResearch]
Caesars Entertainment Corporation (CZR) is a highly overvalued gaming, hotel, and entertainment company with deteriorating fundamentals on all levels in a highly competitive environment. The company’s stock has seen a massive run to the upside on the coattails of other casino and entertainment companies in the space. A considerable catalyst for the push higher in these stocks is the good news coming out of Macau, but this is an area where Caesars has absolutely no exposure and will be locked out of for the foreseeable future after failing to take appropriate licensing measures. Below is our introduction into the business model, its weaknesses, and the new selling or shorting opportunity that exists for CZR after the recent appreciation in share price. Investors will soon realize that there is little upside value in this company and that there are much better opportunities in this space. The company is now amidst a major struggle from a debt standpoint with major deadlines approaching over the next year and a half. The company is in no position to thrive going forward unless major steps are taken to overhaul the company’s capital structure. Caesars Entertainment has a market cap of $3.19 Billion after the stock has moved up over 225% year to date and reports its next quarter on October 31, 2013. With this in mind, we value CZR at $21.00 by year-end of 2013 and $14.00 by August 1, 2014, a decrease of 40% from current levels. We will later highlight:
Top 10 Services Companies To Buy Right Now: Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd.(NCLH)
Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. operates as a cruise line company that offers various itineraries. It offers cruises ranging from 1 day to 180 days itineraries to approximately 510 destinations worldwide. The company offers its products through independent travel agents, wholesalers, and tour operators. It operates 22 ships under the Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises, and Regent Seven Seas Cruises brands with approximately 45,000 Berths. The company was founded in 1966 and is headquartered in Miami, Florida.
- [By Monica Gerson]
Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd (NASDAQ: NCLH) is expected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.37 per share on revenue of $1.10 billion.
Jazz Pharmaceuticals plc (NASDAQ: JAZZ) is projected to post its quarterly earnings at $2.31 per share on revenue of $338.86 million.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
Shares of Carnival have dropped 4.2% to $43.74 at 2:39 p.m. today, while Royal Caribbean Cruise (RCL) has tumbled 5.6% to $66.15, and Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings (NCLH) is off 4.3% at $38.63.
Top 10 Services Companies To Buy Right Now: MEDIFAST INC(MED)
Medifast, Inc., through its subsidiaries, engages in the production, distribution, and sale of weight management and disease management products, and other consumable health and diet products in the United States. The company?s product lines include weight and disease management, meal replacement, and vitamins. It also operates weight control centers that offer Medifast programs for weight loss and maintenance, customized patient counseling, and inbody composition analysis. The company markets its products under the Medifast and Essential brand names, including shakes, appetite suppression shakes, women?s health shakes, diabetics shakes, joint health shakes, coronary health shakes, calorie burn drinks, calorie burn flavor infusers, antioxidant shakes, antioxidant flavor infusers, bars, crunch bars, soups, chili, oatmeal, pudding, scrambled eggs, hot cocoa, cappuccino, chai latte, iced teas, fruit drinks, pretzels, puffs, brownie, pancakes, soy crisps, crackers, and omega 3 and digestive health products. Medifast Inc. sells its products through various channels of distribution comprising Web, call center, independent health advisors, medical professionals, weight loss clinics, and direct consumer marketing supported via the phone and the Web; Take Shape for Life, a physician led network of independent health coaches; and weight control centers. The company was founded in 1980 and is headquartered in Owings Mills, Maryland.
- [By Lisa Levin]
In trading on Friday, non-cyclical consumer goods & services shares rose by just 0.3 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Medifast Inc (NYSE: MED), down 5 percent, and Bridgford Foods Corporation (NASDAQ: BRID), down 6 percent.
Top 10 Services Companies To Buy Right Now: Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc.(CMG)
Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. develops and operates fast-casual, fresh Mexican food restaurants in the United States, Canada, and England. Its restaurants primarily offer burritos, tacos, burrito bowls, and salads. As of December 31, 2011, it operated 1,230 restaurants, which includes 1 ShopHouse Southeast Asian Kitchen. Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. was founded in 1993 and is based in Denver, Colorado.
- [By Johanna Bennett] Getty Images
Shares of Chipotle Mexican Grill (CMG) fell 1.2% in after-hours market action after the troubled restaurant chain posted disappointing second-quarter financial results.
The Street did not have grand expectations for the quarter. Chipotle is struggling to recover from last years string of E. coli and salmonella outbreaks. Six months have passed since the last reported food safety incident, and according to a recent Morgan Stanley survey, approximately 25% of the chains customers have stopped going or reduced the frequency of their visits.
At 87 cents per share, earnings missed consensus estimates by three cents, while revenue fell 16.6% from last year to $998.4 million, according to data from Briefing.com. The Street had expected the company to earn 90 cents a share on revenue of $1.04 billion.
Same-store sales fell 23.6% during the quarter, against the 20.5% decline expected by the Street. Comparable sales rose 4.5% during the same span last year.
At $413.12, Chipotle remains well below the 52-week high $758.61 it hit last summer, before the first E. coli outbreak.
Investors have been waiting for the stock to find a bottom. Earlier this week, CLSA analyst Jeremy Scott argued that the risk/reward favors the bulls. He explains why:
Our $460 target price (unchanged) is based on a 30x FY18CL EPS, discounted at 8% (effective 28x multiple). We view FY18 as a more normalized operating environment. While our concerns over restaurant margins and store growth havent changed, over the next 12 months, we believe traffic recovery is the headline that matters. We think Chiptopia and Chorizo are the key catalysts.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
How do Astrachan and Chamberlin determine Starbucks’ valuation is fair? Not by comparing it to other restaurants, but by comparing it to 15 other consumer stocks with global brands, including Chipotle Mexican Grill (CMG), Colgate-Palmolive (CL), and Nike (NKE). Here’s the list of 15 companies:
- [By Johanna Bennett]
If youre waiting for Chipotle Mexican Grill (CMG) to recover from last year’s E. coli and salmonella outbreaks, dont hold your breath.
Chipotle is expected to report second-quarter earnings in mid-to-late July. William Brinson
Thats the warning from Morgan Stanley analyst John Glass. He downgraded the fast-casual chain of Mexican eateries to an equal weight from an overweight and cut the price target to $405 from $500, citing new evidence that a sales recovery could prove to be far more protracted than the Street expects.
Glass cited the results of a consumer survey he and his team ran in June to test attitudes towards Chipotle. Six months have passed since the last reported food safety incident, and according to survey results, approximately 25% of CMGs customershave stopped going or reduced the frequency of their visits.
Key findings: six months on, still about 13% of CMG consumers say they won’t go back anytime soon, or at least not for another year similar to results seen in January. Additionally, 20% of the customers who still go (i.e., customers who returned in 2016 after having eaten at CMG in 2015) have lowered their frequency. This is much higher than the fast casual peer average of ~13%. In this context, CMG has recently launched a limited time frequency-based rewards program. And while comps should begin to improve in the 2H16, our work has compelled us to rethink the rate of improvement and commensurate margin gains in both ’16 and ’17, as well as longer term.
On the heels of these findings, Glass cut his same store sales forecasts for the third and fourth quarters, predicting a 16% drop and a 4% gain respectively. He also cut his 2017 sales growth forecast to 6% from a previous 6.5%.
Chipotle fell $2.34% today to $408.18.
To say that Chipotle has been volatile this year is an understatement. As of yesterdays closing bell, the stock had been on a week-lon
- [By Monica Gerson]
Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. (NYSE: CMG) reported a 26.1 percent drop in same-store sales for February, versus a 36.4 percent decline in January. The company projected a Q1 loss of $1 or more per share. Chipotle shares fell 3.35 percent to $485.99 in the after-hours trading session.
Top 10 Services Companies To Buy Right Now: Wendy’s/Arby’s Group Inc.(WEN)
The Wendy’s Company operates as a quick-service hamburger company in the United States. The company, through its subsidiary, Wendy’s International, Inc., operates as a franchisor of the Wendy’s restaurant system. As of December 26, 2011, the Wendy’s system comprised approximately 6,500 franchise and company restaurants in the United States and the United States territories, as well as in 26 other countries worldwide. The company was formerly known as Wendy’s/Arby’s Group, Inc. and changed its name to The Wendy’s Company in July 2011. The Wendy’s Company was founded in 1884 and is headquartered in Dublin, Ohio.
- [By Jim Jubak, Senior Markets Editor, MoneyShow.com]
It’s hard for any company to raise prices in the current non-inflationary environment. But it’s especially hard right now for operators of fast food restaurants, given the intense price competition in a very crowded marketplace. McDonald’s sales growth in recent quarters has been driven by the success of its Dollar Menu, so raising prices in that segment are a big deal for the company. In addition, pushback from franchisees who say they can’t afford to refurbish their stores, given higher charges from McDonald’s hits at one of McDonald’s key advantages in its market—it’s ability to refresh stores more frequently than competitors. A McDonald’s refresh at $600,000 on average, according to the company, costs substantially more than a remodel at Burger King (BKW) at $300,000 or Wendy’s (WEN) at $375,000 for the least expensive version. McDonald’s restaurants average $2.5 million in annual sales.