Are stocks a bargain right now? Stop me if you’ve heard this before. Investors are scared.
But instead of running for the hills, one fund manager is suggesting that people flock to shares of stable, mundane infrastructure companies. Stuff like office building owners, water utilities, cell phone tower operators and airports.
They may not be the most exciting companies in the world. But exciting isn’t in right now. The Nasdaq is down 13% this year.
“When there is fear in the market, boring is very comfortable,” said Todd Briddell, the CEO and chief investment officer of CenterSquare Investment Management. “There are all these amazing global assets that people don’t appreciate.”
Top 10 Supermarket Companies To Own For 2016: Molex Incorporated(MOLX)
Molex Incorporated, together with its subsidiaries, engages in the design, manufacture, and sale of electronic components worldwide. It offers micro-miniature connectors, B-to-B connectors, SIM and SD card sockets, keypads, electromechanical subassemblies, internal and on-ground antennas, standard antennas, magnetic jacks, and subsystems for the telecommunications market; and power, optical, and signal connectors and cables for end-to-end data transfer, linking disk drives, controllers, servers, switches, and storage enclosures for the info-tech market. The company also designs and manufactures connectors for home and portable audio, digital still and video cameras, DVD players, and recorders, as well as devices that combine multiple functions in the consumer market, earphones, jumpers, and components for gaming machines. In addition, it provides network interface cards, software for industrial networks, cord sets, electrical solutions, and I/O connectors for industrial pr oduction equipment, as well as portable lighting to power distribution solutions for commercial construction, utility, petrochemical, and food and beverage industries; and cable assemblies, sealed and panel mount connectors, and other products for use in the infotainment and navigation, powertrain, safety and chassis, and body electronics in the automotive market. Further, the company offers connectors and custom integrated systems for diagnostic and therapeutic equipment used in hospitals, including x-ray, magnetic resonance imaging, and dialysis machines; and solid-state lighting products. Additionally, it provides manufacturing services to integrate specific components into a customer?s product. The company sells its products directly to original equipment manufacturers, contract manufacturers, and distributors. It markets its products through direct sales force and a network of distributors. Molex Incorporated was founded in 1938 and is based in Lisle, Illinois.
- [By Shauna O’Brien]
Shares of electronic connector maker Molex Incorporated (MOLX) skyrocketed on Monday morning after reports that the company will be acquired by Koch Industries.
Koch Industries has agreed to acquire Molex for a total of $7.2 billion. This deal will include all outstanding shares of the company’s Common Stock, Class A Common Stock and Class B Common Stock for $38.50 per share.
The deal has been approved by the board of directors of both companies. Molex will continue to maintain its current management team and its current headquarters in Lisle, IL.
Molex shares were up $9.15, or 31.17%, during Monday morning trading. The stock is up 41% YTD.
Top 10 Supermarket Companies To Own For 2016: United States Steel Corporation(X)
United States Steel Corporation produces and sells flat-rolled and tubular steel products in North America and Europe. It operates through three segments: Flat-Rolled Products (Flat-Rolled), U. S. Steel Europe (USSE), and Tubular Products (Tubular). The Flat-Rolled segment offers slabs, rounds, strip mill plates, sheets, and tin mill products. This segment serves customers in the automotive, consumer and the combined industrial, service center, and mining commercial markets. The USSE segment provides slabs, sheets, strip mill plates, tin mill products, and spiral welded pipes, as well as heating radiators and refractory ceramic materials. This segment serves customers in the construction, service center, conversion, container, transportation, appliance and electrical, oil, gas, and petrochemical markets. The Tubular segment offers seamless and electric resistance welded steel casing and tubing; and standard and line pipe and m echanical tubing products primarily to customers in the oil, gas, and petrochemical markets. The company also provides railroad services; and owns, develops, and manages various real estate assets. United States Steel Corporation was founded in 1901 and is headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
We highlighted Jefferies’ upgrade of U.S. Steel (X), Baird’s downgrade of Regeneron Pharmaceuticals (REGN), and wondered if Chesapeake Energy (CHK) has turned the corner.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
Barclays’ Matthew Korn and team upped their targets prices on AK Steel (AKS) and US Steel (X) thanks to rising steel prices but contend they’re still expensive:
Top 5 Industrial Disributor Companies To Own In Right Now: Rockwell Automation, Inc.(ROK)
Rockwell Automation, Inc. (Rockwell Automation), incorporated on August 29, 1996, is a provider of industrial automation power, control and information solutions for manufacturers. The Company operates through two segments: Architecture & Software and Control Products & Solutions. In the United States, Canada and certain other countries the Company sells primarily through the independent distributors. In the remaining countries, the Company sells through a combination of direct sales and sales through distributors. The Company sells large systems and service offerings through its direct sales force.
Architecture & Software
The Architecture & Software segment contains various hardware, software and communication components of the Company’s integrated control and information architecture capable of controlling the customer’s industrial processes and connecting with their manufacturing enterprise. Architecture & Software has a portfolio of products, including Control platforms that perform multiple control disciplines and monitoring of applications, including discrete, batch and continuous process, drives control, motion control and machine safety control. Its platform products include controllers, electronic operator interface devices, electronic input/output devices, communication and networking products, and industrial computers. The information-enabled Logix controllers provide integrated multidiscipline control that is modular and scalable; Software products that include configuration and visualization software used to operate and supervise control platforms, process control software and manufacturing execution software (MES), and Other products, including rotary and linear motion control products, sensors and machine safety components.
Control Products & Solutions
The Control Products & Solutions segment combines a portfolio of intelligent motor control and industrial control products, ap plication expertise and project management capabilities. Thi! s portfolio includes low and medium voltage electro-mechanical and electronic motor starters, motor and circuit protection devices, alternate current (AC)/direct current (DC) variable frequency drives, push buttons, signaling devices, termination and protection devices, relays and timers; solutions ranging from packaged solutions, such as configured drives and motor control centers to automation and information solutions where the Company provides design, integration and startup services for custom-engineered hardware and software systems primarily for manufacturing applications, and Services to provide total lifecycle support, including technical support and repair, asset management, training, predictive and preventative maintenance, and safety and network consulting.
The Company competes with Siemens AG, ABB Ltd, Honeywell International Inc. Schneider Electric SA, Emerson Electric Co., Mitsubishi Electric Corp. and Honeywell International Inc.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
Industrial companies like Dover (DOV), Emerson Electric (EMR), Eaton (ETN), 3M (MMM) and Rockwell Automation (ROK) are calling for earnings growth to get better during the second half of the year. Bernstein’s Steven Winoker and team aren’t feeling as confident:
Top 10 Supermarket Companies To Own For 2016: Leucadia National Corporation(LUK)
Leucadia National Corporation, through its subsidiaries, engages in manufacturing, land based contract oil and gas drilling, gaming entertainment, real estate, medical product development, and winery operations in the United States and internationally. Its manufacturing operations include remanufacturing, manufacturing, and/or distribution dimension lumber, home center boards for retailers, pine decking, and other specialty wood products; and manufacturing and marketing lightweight plastic netting used in building and construction, erosion control, packaging, agricultural, carpet padding, filtration, and consumer products. The company?s land based contract oil and gas drilling operations include the provision of drilling services to independent oil and natural gas exploration and production companies in the Mid-Continent region of the United States, including Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, and Kansas. As of December 31, 2010, it had 38 drilling rigs. The company?s g aming entertainment operations consist of owning the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Biloxi located in Biloxi, Mississippi, which consists of 325 rooms and suites, 1,268 slot machines, 52 table games, 6 live poker tables, 5 restaurants, and spa. Its real estate activities include investment in commercial properties, residential land development projects, and other unimproved land. The company?s medical product development operations comprise the development of MP4OX that has completed a phase II proof of concept clinical trial and is a solution of cell-free hemoglobin, administered intravenously to provide oxygen delivery to oxygen deprived tissues. In addition, Leucadia National Corporation engages in the production and sale of wines; and investment and evaluation of gasification projects to convert various types of low grade fossil fuels into energy products. The company was founded in 1854 and is based in New York, New York.
- [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).
- [By Michael Hooper]
When compared with similar companies, Berkshire Hathaway carries a premium over Markel (NYSE: MKL ) , valued at 1.15 times book value and a 20 forward P/E ratio; and Leucadia National (NYSE: LUK ) , valued at 1.10 times book value and a 7.16 trailing P/E.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
We delved into Kraft Heinz’s (KHC) earnings beat, and explained the impact of Leucadia National’s (LUK) investment in National Beef on its earnings.
Top 10 Supermarket Companies To Own For 2016: SodaStream International Ltd.(SODA)
SodaStream International Ltd. develops, manufactures, and markets home beverage carbonation systems and related products. The company operates through four segments: The Americas; Western Europe; Asia-Pacific; and Central and Eastern Europe, Middle East, and Africa. It offers sparkling water makers and exchangeable carbon-dioxide cylinders, which enable consumers to easily transform ordinary tap water into carbonated soft drinks and sparkling water; and consumables, such as carbon-dioxide refills, reusable carbonation bottles, and flavors to add to the carbonated water. The company also sells accessories, including bottle cleaning materials and ice cube trays; and Brita water filtration systems in Israel. It markets its products under the SodaStream and Soda-Club brand names. The company sells its products through individual retail stores and local distributors, as well as directly to customers. The company was formerly known as Soda-Club Holdings Ltd. and changed its name to SodaStream International Ltd. in March 2010. SodaStream International Ltd. was founded in 1903 and is headquartered in Airport City, Israel.
- [By P.I.A.]
There are considerations. The Coca-Cola Company (KO), an outsized peer, has been underperforming, though it maintains one of the highest industry multiples. Its results may not bode well for DPS. It also is not clear how much of an effect Soda Stream International (SODA), which offers homemade carbonated beverages, might have on the future revenues soft drink companies.
- [By Monica Gerson]
Sodastream International Ltd (NASDAQ: SODA) is projected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.11 per share on revenue of $89.00 million.
Snyder’s-Lance Inc (NASDAQ: LNCE) is estimated to report its quarterly earnings at $0.23 per share on revenue of $470.33 million.
- [By David Sterman]
Dubious Plans For Growth
During a meeting with analysts Sept. 10, management ran through a series of new niches the company may pursue. One such rumored move: Products that mimic SodaStream's (Nasdaq: SODA) carbonated beverage dispensers.
Top 10 Supermarket Companies To Own For 2016: Heartware International, Inc.(HTWR)
Heartware International, Inc., incorporated on June 29, 2008, is a medical device company. The Company develops and manufactures miniaturized implantable heart pumps or ventricular assist devices to treat patients suffering from advanced heart failure. The Company operates in the segment of design and manufacture of medical devices. The HeartWare Ventricular Assist System (HVAD System), which includes a ventricular assist device (VAD) or blood pump, patient accessories and surgical tools, provides circulatory support for patients in the advanced stage of heart failure. The HVAD System is designed to be implanted adjacent to the heart, avoiding abdominal surgery. The HVAD System features the centrifugal pump designed to be implanted in the chest, directly adjacent to the heart.
The HeartWare HVAD System
The HVAD System consists of HVAD pump, a permanently implantable VAD, patient accessories and surgical tools. The HVAD pump is capable of generatin g over 10 liters of blood flow per minute. With a displaced volume of approximately 50 cubic centimeters and a mass of over 140 grams, the HVAD pump is implantable in the pericardial space, directly adjacent to the heart. The pump’s inflow cannula is integrated with the device itself, providing proximity between the heart and the pumping mechanism, facilitating ease of implant and helping to ensure optimal blood flow characteristics. The use of a wide-bladed impeller and the clear flow paths through the pump are designed to help reduce the risk of pump-induced damage to blood cells.
The HeartWare MVAD System
The MVAD System consists of similar components, surgical tools and peripherals, as the HVAD System, but is differentiated by the MVAD pump. The MVAD pump is a miniaturized blood pump intended for patients with chronic heart failure. The device is a full-output axial-flow pump with a fully suspended rotor and a displacement volume of less than on e-half of that of the HVAD pump.
The CircuLite ! System
The CircuLite Surgical System is designed to be implanted through a right, mini-thoracotomy procedure and does not require a sternotomy or cardiopulmonary bypass. The CircuLite Circulatory Support System offers interventional options to earlier-stage heart failure patients.
The Company competes with St. Jude Medical, Inc., Jarvik Heart, Inc., ReliantHeart Inc., Berlin Heart GmbH and Sunshine Heart, Inc.
- [By Spencer Israel]
4. HeartWare International Inc (NASDAQ: HTWR) – The heart device maker agreed to be acquired by Medtronic for $58 per share in cash two weeks ago. Prior to that the stock had been trading just above $30.
Top 10 Supermarket Companies To Own For 2016: Cellcom Israel Ltd.(CEL)
Cellcom Israel Ltd. provides cellular communications services in Israel. It offers basic and advanced cellular telephone services, text and multimedia messaging services, and advanced cellular content and data services. The company?s basic cellular telephony services include voice mail, cellular fax, call waiting, call forwarding, caller identification, collect call, conference calling, ?Talk 2?, additional number services, and collect call services; and outbound and inbound roaming services. It also provides value-added services comprising Cellcom volume that includes downloadable content, such as music, games, on-net-reality programs, drama series, and video games; SMS and MMS services to send and receive text, photos, multimedia, and animation messages; access to third party application providers for notification of roadway speed detectors, mange vehicle fleets, and enable subscribers to manage and operate time clocks and various controllers for industrial, agricultural , and commercial purposes; video calls to communicate with each other through video applications; zone services for calls initiated from a specific location; location-based services; voice-based information services; text-based information services and interactive information services, including news headlines, sports results, and traffic and weather reports; and data services to access handsets, cellular modems, laptops, tablets, and cellular routers, as well as Internet based payment services. In addition, the company sells handsets, modems, routers, tablets, and laptops, as well as provides repair and replacement services; and offers landline telephony, transmission, and data services through its approximately 1,500 kilometers of inland fiber-optic infrastructure and complementary microwave links to selected business customers. As of March 31, 2011, it provided its services to approximately 3.395 million subscribers. The company was founded in 1994 and is headquartered i n Netanya, Israel.
- [By Monica Gerson]
Cellcom Israel Ltd. (NYSE: CEL) is estimated to post its earnings for the latest quarter.
Quotient Ltd (NASDAQ: QTNT) is projected to post a quarterly loss at $0.59 per share on revenue of $4.75 million.
Top 10 Supermarket Companies To Own For 2016: RXI Pharmaceuticals Corporation(RXII)
RXi Pharmaceuticals Corporation, a biotechnology company, focuses on discovering and developing therapies primarily in the areas of dermatology and ophthalmology. The company develops therapies based on siRNA technology and immunotherapy agents. Its clinical development programs include RXI-109, a self-delivering RNAi compound, which is in Phase IIa clinical trial that is used to prevent or reduce dermal scarring following surgery or trauma, as well as for the management of hypertrophic scars and keloids; and Samcyprone, an immunomodulation agent, which is in Phase IIa clinical trial for the treatment of various disorders, such as alopecia areata, warts, and cutaneous metastases of melanoma. The companys preclinical program includes the development of products for ocular indications with RXI-109, including retinal and corneal scarring. Its discovery stage development programs include a dermatology franchise for the discovery of collagenase and tyrosinase targets for its RNAi platform; and ophthalmology franchise, a program for the discovery of sd-rxRNA compounds for oncology indications, including retinoblastoma. The company was incorporated in 2011 and is headquartered in Marlborough, Massachusetts.
- [By Monica Gerson]
RXi Pharmaceuticals Corp (NASDAQ: RXII) is expected to post a quarterly loss at $0.05 per share.
InterOil Corporation (USA) (NYSE: IOC) is estimated to report a quarterly loss at $0.25 per share on revenue of $1.10 million.
Top 10 Supermarket Companies To Own For 2016: Pacific Gas & Electric Co.(PCG)
PG&E Corporation, through its subsidiary, Pacific Gas and Electric Company, transmits, delivers, and sells electricity and natural gas to residential, commercial, industrial, and agricultural customers primarily in northern and central California. The companys electricity distribution network consists of approximately 142,000 circuit miles of distribution lines, 58 transmission switching substations, and 603 distribution substations; and electricity transmission network comprises approximately 18,400 circuit miles of interconnected transmission lines and 91 electric transmission substations. Its natural gas system consists of approximately 42,800 miles of distribution pipelines, approximately 6,700 miles of backbone and local transmission pipelines, and various storage facilities. The company operates various electricity generation facilities, such as nuclear, hydroelectric, fossil fuel-fired, and photovoltaic. PG&E Corporat ion was founded in 1905 and is headquartered in San Francisco, California.
- [By David Dittman]
PG&E Corp (NYSE: PCG), Edison International (NYSE: EIX) and Sempra Energy (NYSE: SRE) are the parent entities of California’s investor-owned utilities.
Top 10 Supermarket Companies To Own For 2016: Ubiquiti Networks, Inc.(UBNT)
Ubiquiti Networks, Inc. provides networking products and solutions for service providers and enterprises worldwide. Its service provider product platforms provide carrier-class network infrastructure for fixed wireless broadband, wireless backhaul systems, and routing; and enterprise product platforms offer wireless LAN infrastructure, video surveillance products, VOIP phones, switches, and machine-to-machine communication components. The companys products and solutions include high performance radios, antennas, software, communications protocols, and management tools designed to deliver carrier and enterprise class wireless broadband access and other services primarily in the unlicensed RF spectrum. It provides technology platforms, such as airMAX platform, which includes proprietary protocols that contain technologies for minimizing signal noise; EdgeMAX, a disruptive price-performance software and systems routing platform ; and airFiber, a point-to-point radio system. The company also offers UniFi Enterprise Wi-Fi System that includes Wi-Fi certified hardware with a software based management controller; UniFi Video H.264 megapixel IP cameras; and UniFi Video management software controller to manage multiple UniFi Video H.264 IP cameras and digital video recorder devices. In addition, it provides UniFi VOIP Phone, an enterprise desktop smartphone designed to integrate into the UniFi Enterprise System; UniFi Switches to deliver performance, switching, and PoE+ support for enterprise networks; and mFi, which includes hardware sensors, power devices, and management software that allows devices to be monitored and controlled remotely through Wi-Fi. Further, the company provides embedded radio products; and mounting brackets, cables, and power over Ethernet adapters. The company was formerly known as Pera Networks, Inc. and changed its name to Ubiquiti Networks, Inc. in 2005. Ubiquiti Networks, Inc . was incorporated in 2003 and is headquartered in San Jose,! California.
- [By Jon C. Ogg]
Ubiquiti Networks Inc. (NASDAQ: UBNT) was given a cautious Neutral rating as well, and it had the least negative bias in Garcha’s call. He said:
- [By Mani]
Ubiquiti Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ:UBNT) shares have been in rally mode, particularly since reporting strong quarterly results in August, gaining 57 percent. Over the past three months, shares have climbed nearly 100 percent versus a 9 percent gain in the NASDAQ.