Small cap robotics stock iRobot Corporation (NASDAQ: IRBT) reported Q2 2017 earnings after the market closed Tuesday with shares surging more than 21% in after hours trading. In a separate press release, iRobot Corporation announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire privately-held Robopolis SAS (Robopolis), based in Lyon, France. This followsiRobot Corporationsrecent acquisition of its distributor in Japan. In addition, Bloomberg also reported on Tuesday afternoon that Japanese giant Softbank Group Corp. had taken a stake in the Company.
Revenue was $183.1 million versus $148.7 million for the second quarter of 2016 while in the U.S., consumer revenue grew more than 45% year over year. The earnings report stated:
On July 11, 2017, Amazon Prime Day and the biggest selling day in Amazon’s history, we sold more than twice the volume sold on Prime Day in 2016, which was twice what the volume sold in 2015. The Roomba 652 was ranked #1 in robotic vacuum cleaners, #1 in all floor care and #2 in all home & kitchen for 2017 Prime Day.
Top 10 Small Cap Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Achillion Pharmaceuticals Inc.(ACHN)
- [By Paul Ausick]
Achillion Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ: ACHN) dropped about 6.9% Friday to post a new 52-week low of $2.69 after closing at $2.89 on Thursday. The 52-week high is $5.66. Volume was around 6.2 million, more than three times the daily average of around 1.9 million. The company had no specific news.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
We updated our annual U.S. Hep C survey in early July, in order to gauge the future for Gilead, AbbVie/Enanta Pharmaceuticals (ENTA), Merck, and J&J/Achillion Pharmaceuticals (ACHN). In conjunction with script trends, physicians indicate that the market for treatment-eligible, easily accessible Hep C patients is shrinking, but that Gilead’s share of the shrinking pie is continuing to grow. With no end to script declines in sight, we are left wondering where the Hep C will bottom…
Top 10 Small Cap Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Panera Bread Company(PNRA)
- [By Ben Levisohn]
Keurigs plight (actually, JABs) is worsening, with the K-cup market slowing to almost no growth now, and Keurig continuing to lose own brands share. Starbucks (SBUX) echoed the notion of a K-cup market slowdown at its seminar on Wednesday (and is guiding for its [consumer packaged goods, or CPG,] growth below recent trends), but it expects to increase its share of total CPG coffee to 20% from 15%. Come early February it will be a year since the closing of the Keurig deal for JAB Holdings. The pressure on JAB is more significant if we take into account the high leverage of the deal (JAB contributed one fourth of the $12Bn price tag). It is a tough predicament. On the one hand we argue that to make that deal work, they need to buy more (own) brands either from the retail channel (that can be extended to CPG: Dunkin (DNKN)? Panera (PNRA)?), or outright buy CPG brands (like the entire Kraft Heinz portfolio, and or Tata Groups Eight OClock brand). But can/how do they fund these deals? Maybe Mars and Warren Buffett (Mars is involved in office coffee with Starbucks), private equity, and or 3G can help? While this note is not about Positive-rated Mondelez, we have mentioned before a scenario where Kraft Heinz buys Mondelez and partly funds the deal by selling its own CPG coffee business (~$3Bn we say) to JAB as well as divests the Mondelez 20% plus stakes in Keurig (North America) and Jacobs Douwe Egberts (Western Europe), which together at this stage are worth ~$7-8Bn. But, yes, JAB will need deep-pocket partners and generous lenders. Net, JAB needs to do something soon.
- [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]
Then there’s Panera Bread (PNRA) , a company that had lost its way. But after interviewing Panera’s CEO Ron Shaich, Cramer learned that at its new, remodeled “Panera 2.0” stores, the lines were out the door. As the rollout continued, earnings only got stronger. Never underestimate the power of a restaurant redo, Cramer concluded.
- [By Motley Fool Staff]
In this segment fromMarket Foolery, host Chris Hill is joined by Motley Fool analystDavid Kretzmann as they break down how coffee-and-pastry focused JAB Holding Company will fit a fast casual brand into its privately held portfolio. With the acquisition, the JAB is expected to give thePanera Bread(NASDAQ:PNRA)team even more autonomy than usual.
- [By Billy Duberstein]
In late March, the company informed investors that after a two-year undertaking, it had finally removed all preservatives from its tortillas, making the Chipotle menu completely preservative-free. The company also called out competitors McDonald’s (NYSE: MCD) and Panera Bread (NASDAQ: PNRA) for marketing their menus as “natural,” as Chipotle insisted these other restaurants still use preservatives made in a lab.
Top 10 Small Cap Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Rackspace Hosting Inc(RAX)
- [By Monica Gerson]
Rackspace Hosting, Inc. (NYSE: RAX) reported better-than-expected earnings for the first quarter, but the company missed analysts’ sales estimates. Rackspace shares dropped 7.72 percent to $20.80 in the after-hours trading session.
Top 10 Small Cap Stocks To Invest In Right Now: FuelCell Energy Inc.(FCEL)
- [By Peter Graham]
The Q1 2017 earnings report for small cap fuel cell stockFuelCell Energy Inc (NASDAQ: FCEL) is scheduled forbefore the marketopens onThursday (March 9th). Last December,FuelCell Energy announced a business restructuring to reduce costs and align production levels with current levels of demand in a manner that is consistent with the Companys long-term strategic plan.The Company said it cut 96 jobs, or 17% of its workforce, and has halved production to 25 megawatts a year in order to position for delays in order flow.
- [By Jim Robertson]
Fuel cell power solutions stock FuelCell Energy Inc (NASDAQ: FCEL)sank 28.13% after pricing an underwritten public offering of (i) 12,000,000 shares of its common stock, (ii) Series C warrants to purchase 12,000,000 shares of its common stock and (iii) Series D warrants to purchase 12,000,000 shares of its common stock, for gross proceeds of approximately $15.4 million at a public offering price of $1.28 per share and accompanying warrants.However, shares are rising by a double digit percentage in Monday premarket trading:
- [By Lisa Levin]
FuelCell Energy Inc (NASDAQ: FCEL) shares dropped 33 percent to $1.08. FuelCell Energy priced its $15.4 million underwritten public offering of common stock and warrants.
- [By Paul Ausick]
The North American subsidiary of Toyota Motor Corp. (NYSE: TM) is teaming up with alternative energy supplier Fuel Cell Energy Inc. (NASDAQ: FCEL) to build a fuel cell power generation unit and hydrogen fueling station at Toyota’s facilities at the Port of Long Beach, California. The new plant, which is forecast to come online in 2020, was unveiled Friday at the Los Angeles Auto Show.
- [By Peter Graham]
A long term performance chart shows Ballard Power Systemsalong with alternative energy or fuel cell stock peers like small capsFuelCell Energy Inc (NASDAQ: FCEL), Hydrogenics Corporation (NASDAQ: HYGS) and Plug Power Inc (NASDAQ: PLUG) all peaking in 2014 before falling back; but BLDP and PLUG have picked up steam earlier this year: