Argentina’s new president ‘rushing’ to fix poverty Argentina and a group of American hedge funds may soon end a 15-year battle.
Negotiating through a mediator, Argentina offered to pay six hedge funds that own the country’s debt a total of $6.5 billion of the $9 billion it owes.
The hedge funds are referred to as “vultures” in Latin America because they buy bonds extremely cheaply, sue the countries for full repayment and often make a big profit once they’re paid.
Two firms, Montreux Partners and Dart Management, agreed in principal to the terms of the deal Friday, according to the Argentine finance ministry. The firms could not be immediately reached for comment.
Top 10 Undervalued Stocks To Own Right Now: Affimed N.V.(AFMD)
Affimed N.V., a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company, focuses on discovering and developing cancer immunotherapies. Its lead candidate is AFM13, a natural killer cell TandAb designed for the treatment of CD30-positive (CD30+) B- and T-cell malignancies, including Hodgkin lymphoma. The companys product candidates also include AFM11, a T-cell TandAb, which is in Phase I clinical trial for the treatment of various CD19+ B-cell malignancies, including non-Hodgkin Lymphoma, acute lymphocytic leukemia, and chronic lymphocytic leukemia; and AFM21, a TandAb program in preclinical development that binds epidermal growth factor receptor variant III for solid tumors, as well as for patients with glioblastoma, hormone refractory prostate cancer, and head and neck cancer. Its AFM21 product also binds CD3, directing T-cells to destroy tumor cells that carry EGFRvIII. Affimed N.V. has license agreements with Amphivena Therapeutics, Inc . and Xoma Ireland Limited; research funding agreement with The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society; and clinical research collaboration with Merck & Co Inc. The company was formerly known as Affimed Therapeutics B.V. and changed its name to Affimed N.V. in October 2014. Affimed N.V. was founded in 2000 and is headquartered in Heidelberg, Germany.
- [By Monica Gerson]
Affimed NV (NASDAQ: AFMD) is projected to post a quarterly loss at $0.18 per share on revenue of $1.71 million.
Azure Midstream Partners, LP (NYSE: AZUR) is estimated to post its quarterly earnings at $0.10 per share on revenue of $21.26 million.
Top 10 Undervalued Stocks To Own Right Now: Lions Gate Entertainment Corporation(LGF)
Lions Gate Entertainment Corp., incorporated on April 28, 1997, is engaged in motion picture production and distribution, television programming and syndication, home entertainment, international distribution and sales, branded channel platforms, interactive ventures and games and location-based entertainment. The Company operates through two segments: Motion Pictures and Television Production. The Company’s Motion Pictures segment consists of the development and production of feature films, acquisition of North American and around the world distribution rights, North American theatrical, home entertainment and television distribution of feature films produced and acquired, and around the world licensing of distribution rights to feature films produced and acquired. The Company’s Television Production segment consists of the development, production and around the world distribution of television productions, including television series, television movies, and mini-series a nd non-fiction programming.
The Company’s Motion Pictures segment is engaged in the domestic theatrical release of motion pictures licensed to theatrical exhibitors on a picture-by-picture basis (directly distributed by it in the United States and through a sub-distributor in Canada). It is engaged in the sale and rental of its film productions and acquired or licensed films and certain television programs (including theatrical and direct-to-video releases) to retail stores and through digital media platforms. The Company distributes a library of approximately 16,000 motion picture titles and television episodes and programs. It licenses its theatrical productions and acquired films to the linear pay, basic cable and free television markets. It is engaged in the licensing of productions, acquired films, catalog product and libraries of acquired titles from its international subsidiaries and distribution to international distributors, on a territory-by-territory basis. It has an interactive ve! ntures and games division and global franchise management and strategic partnerships division. It is also engaged in the sale and licensing of music from the theatrical exhibition of its films and the television broadcasts of its productions, and licensing of its films and television programs to ancillary markets.
The Company’s Television Production segment is engaged in the licensing and syndication of approximately one-hour and approximately half-hour scripted and unscripted series, television movies, mini-series and non-fiction programming. The Company is engaged in the sale or rental of television production movies or series on packaged media and through digital media platforms.
- [By Monica Gerson]
Lions Gate Entertainment Corp. (USA) (NYSE: LGF) is projected to post a quarterly loss at $0.01 per share on revenue of $740.67 million.
Eaton Vance Corp (NYSE: EV) is estimated to report its quarterly earnings at $0.48 per share on revenue of $321.42 million.
- [By Monica Gerson]
Benzinga's newsdesk monitors options activity to notice unusual patterns. These large volume (and often out of the money) trades were initially published intraday in Benzinga Professional . These trades were placed during Friday's regular session.
GrubHub Inc (NYSE: GRUB) Sep16 35.0 Calls Sweep: 1054 @ ASK $1.40: 2690 traded vs 178 OI: Earnings 7/26 $30.03 Ref Macy's, Inc. (NYSE: M) Jul16 34.0 Calls Sweep: 1000 @ ASK $0.90: 13k traded vs 16k OI: Earnings 8/10 $33.14 Ref Lions Gate Entertainment Corp. (USA) (NYSE: LGF) Jul16 21.0 Calls Sweep: 714 @ ASK $1.30: 778 traded vs 53 OI: Earnings 8/4 $21.64 Ref SunPower Corporation (NASDAQ: SPWR) Sep16 19.0 Calls Sweep: 1500 @ ASK $0.66: 1967 traded vs 12k OI: Earnings 7/26 $15.05 Ref Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMD) Oct16 5.0 Calls Sweep: 4790 @ ASK $0.78: 9909 traded vs 4435 OI: Earnings 7/21 $5.01 Ref Symantec Corporation (NASDAQ: SYMC) Jul16 21.0 Calls Sweep: 2000 @ ASK $0.22: 5794 traded vs 1474 OI: Earnings 8/9 $19.98 Ref Mobileye NV (NYSE: MBLY) Fri 7/22 40.0 Calls (Wkly) Sweep: 2331 @ ASK $1.30: 2481 traded vs 36 OI: Earnings 8/4 $38.08 Ref
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- [By Ben Levisohn]
Starz (STRZA) has jumped 14% to$32.16 after agreeing to be purchased by Lions Gate Entertainment (LGF) in a deal that values Starz at about $4.4 billion. Lions Gate has climbed 9.4% to $22.90.
Top 10 Quality Companies To Watch For 2016: Huntsman Corporation(HUN)
Huntsman Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, manufactures and sells differentiated organic and inorganic chemical products worldwide. The company operates in five segments: Polyurethanes, Performance Products, Advanced Materials, Textile Effects, and Pigments and Additives. The Polyurethanes segment offers polyurethane chemicals, including methyl diphenyl diisocyanate, propylene oxide, polyols, propylene glycol, thermoplastic polyurethane, aniline, and methyl tertiary-butyl ether products, which are used to produce rigid and flexible foams, as well as coatings, adhesives, sealants, and elastomers. The Performance Products segment provides amines, carbonates, surfactants, linear alkyl benzene, maleic anhydride, other performance chemicals, ethylene glycol, olefins, and technology licenses. The Advanced Materials segment offers basic liquid and solid epoxy resins; specialty resin compounds; cross-linking, matting, and c uring agents; and epoxy, acrylic, and polyurethane-based formulations. The Textile Effects segment provides textile chemicals, dyes, and inks. The Pigments and Additives segment offers titanium dioxide, functional additives, color pigments, timber treatment, and water treatment chemicals. The companys products are used in various applications, including adhesives, aerospace, automotive, construction products, personal care and hygiene, durable and non-durable consumer products, electronics, medical, packaging, paints and coatings, power generation, refining, synthetic fiber, textile chemicals, and dye industries. Huntsman Corporation was founded in 1970 and is headquartered in The Woodlands, Texas.
- [By Michael Flannelly]
Due to a number of tailwinds that should benefit Huntsman Corporation (HUN) over the next two years, analysts at Jefferies upgraded the chemical products manufacturer on Monday.
The analysts upgraded HUN from “Hold” to “Buy” and now see shares reaching $26, up from the previous target of $20. This new price target suggests a 35% upside to the stock’s Friday closing price of $19.27.
“Tailwinds into 2014-2015 (butane, new PO/MTBE JV, productivity, better FCF profile, EU footprint), recent relative performance and relative valuation support outperformance into 1H14 even with a neutral resolution on TiO2,” Jefferies analyst Laurence Alexander noted regarding Huntsman Corp.’s future performance.
Huntsman Corporation shares were up 48 cents, or 2.49%, during pre-market trading on Monday. The stock is up 21.19% year-to-date.
Top 10 Undervalued Stocks To Own 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.
Top 10 Undervalued Stocks To Own Right Now: Medidata Solutions, Inc.(MDSO)
Medidata Solutions, Inc. provides cloud-based clinical development solutions for life sciences in the United States and internationally. The company offers applications and data analytics for clinical development. It offers Medidata Rave, a platform for capturing, managing, and reporting clinical data; Medidata CTMS, a clinical trial management solution that streamlines operational workflows; Medidata Designer, which enhances the efficiency of clinical trial start-up; Medidata Insights, a clinical business analytics platform; and Medidata Balance, a randomization and trial supply management solution. The company also provides Medidata Patient Cloud application for electronic patient-reported outcome; Medidata Grants Manager, which enables to develop and manage trial budgets; Medidata contract research organization (CRO) Contractor, an analytical tool for CRO outsourcing, budgeting, and negotiation; and Medidata SQM, a set of c loud-based site quality management dashboards. In addition, it offers Medidata Coder that provides medical coding and synonym management solutions; Medidata Safety Gateway, which offers a solution for collecting and transmitting adverse events and related data from the EDC system; and Medidata Targeted SDV that provides auditable and scalable solutions, as well as offers hosting, support, and professional services. Medidata Solutions, Inc. markets and sells its cloud-based solutions through direct sales force, as well as through relationships with CROs and other strategic partners. The company serves pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical device, and diagnostics companies; and academic institutions, contract research organizations, and other entities engaged in clinical trials. Medidata Solutions, Inc. was founded in 1999 and is headquartered in New York, New York.
- [By Lisa Levin]
On Wednesday, technology shares climbed by 0.94 percent. Top gainers in the sector included Marvell Technology Group Ltd. (NASDAQ: MRVL) and Medidata Solutions Inc (NASDAQ: MDSO).
Top 10 Undervalued Stocks To Own Right Now: Sun Life Financial Inc.(SLF)
Sun Life Financial Inc., a financial services organization, provides protection and wealth products and services to individuals and corporate customers worldwide. It operates through five segments: Sun Life Financial Canada, Sun Life Financial United States, Sun Life Financial Asset Management, Sun Life Financial Asia, and Corporate. The company offers life and health, long-term and short-term disability, medical stop-loss and dental, and accidental death insurance services; long-term care, medical coverage, and guaranteed income and death reinsurance services; and investment funds, as well as third-party mutual funds. It also provides life, dental, drug, extended health care, disability, and critical illness benefits programs; and voluntary benefits solutions directly to individual plan members, including post-employment life and health plans to plan members. In addition, the company offers group retirement products and servi ces, including investment-only segregated funds and fixed rate annuities, stock plans, group life annuities, and pensioner payroll services, as well as solutions for de-risking defined benefit pension plans. Further, it provides asset management services for retail and institutional investors through mutual and commingled funds, separately managed accounts, institutional products, and retirement strategies; and customized fixed income solutions, including liability-driven investment products, as well as alternative asset classes, such as private fixed income, real estate, and commercial mortgages. The company markets and distributes its products through independent insurance and mutual fund licensed brokers, broker-dealers, benefits consultants, and sales representatives. Sun Life Financial Inc. was founded in 1999 and is headquartered in Toronto, Canada.
- [By Monica Gerson]
Sun Life Financial Inc (NYSE: SLF) is expected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.91 per share on revenue of $4.56 billion.
ScanSource, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCSC) is projected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.65 per share on revenue of $871.06 million.
Top 10 Undervalued Stocks To Own Right Now: Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation(SWHC)
Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation manufactures and sells firearm products in the United States and internationally. The company operates in two segments, firearms and accessories. It offers handguns, including revolvers and pistols; long guns, such as sporting, bolt action, and single shot rifles; hunting rifles; black powder firearms; handcuffs and restraints; and firearm-related products and accessories. The company sells its products under the Smith & Wesson, M&P, Thompson/Center Arms, Caldwell Shooting Supplies, Wheeler Engineering, Tipton Gun Cleaning Supplies, Frankford Arsenal Reloading Tools, Lockdown Vault Accessories, Hooyman Premium Tree Saws, BOG-POD, and Golden Rod Moisture Control brands. It also provides metal processing and finishing services comprising tooling, forging, heat treating, finishing, plating, plastic injection molding, and engineering support services to third-party customers; and licensing of tra demarks to third parties. The company serves gun enthusiasts; collectors; hunters; sportsmen; competitive shooters; individuals desiring home and personal protection; law enforcement and security agencies and officers; and military agencies. Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation sells its products through distributors; federal, state, and municipal law enforcement agencies and officers; government and military agencies; businesses; retailers; and consumers. It also operates Websites; and an online retail store that sells hunting and shooting accessories, branded products, apparel, and related shooting supplies. The company was founded in 1852 and is based in Springfield, Massachusetts.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
Shares of Smith & Wesson (SWHC) are soaring after the gun maker beat earnings forecasts and provided optimistic guidance. Wunderlich’s Rommel Dionisio has the details:
Smith & Wesson (SWHC) reported another quarterly beat in 4Q, and surprisingly for a company which has recently under-promised and over-delivered to a significant degree, introduced initial FY17 and 1Q guidance well above current consensus forecasts. Successful recent new firearm product introductions, impressive growth in the recently acquired accessories segment, and stronger than expected gross margin drove 4Q upside, and these factors carry solid fundamental momentum into FY17. Especially given important near-term catalysts, we reiterate our Buy rating and maintain our price target of $32, derived by applying a trailing-year peer average EV/EBITDA multiple of 10x on current years estimates.
What are those catalysts you might ask? Dionisio continues:
We foresee two potential near-term catalysts for the stock. First, the U.S. Army is expected to select three finalists for its landmark handgun contract sometime around August, and we view S&W as the potential front-runner for this contract. Second, the firearms market could see another re-acceleration in demand trends in response to last weeks incident in Orlando, similar to the sharp surge in demand, particularly in handguns, seen just after the Paris and San Bernadino incidents late last year.
Wedbush analyst James Hardiman agrees:
Smith & Wesson shares should benefit from not only a sizeable 4Q beat but also a view among investors that the solid guidance given on Thursday is beatable given what is assumed to be a surge in demand in coming months following the Orlando tragedy. Beyond a short term bump in these shares, however, SWHC faces exceedingly difficult comparisons, and so investors will be watching closely beyond a strong 1Q for signs of sustainable momentum durin
Top 10 Undervalued Stocks To Own Right Now: 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 Hibah Yousuf]
In a report outlining the growing operational risks at trading exchanges, S&P said the noticeable increase in technical snafus could trigger ratings downgrades for major operators like NYSE Euronext (NYX), Nasdaq OMX (NDAQ) and BATS Global Markets over the next few years.
- [By CNNMoney Staff]
Stocks continued to rally despite the fact that options trading was temporarily halted Monday afternoon at exchanges run by CBOE Holdings (CBOE), Nasdaq OMX (NDAQ), BATS Global Markets and Miami International Holdings due to issues at the Options Price Reporting Authority (OPRA), which provides trading data and price quotes.
Top 10 Undervalued Stocks To Own Right Now: MetLife, Inc.(MET)
MetLife, Inc. provides life insurance, annuities, employee benefits, and asset management products in the United States, Japan, Latin America, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. It operates in six segments: Retail; Group, Voluntary & Worksite Benefits; Corporate Benefit Funding; Latin America; Asia; and Europe, the Middle East and Africa. The company provides variable, universal, term, and whole life products; individual disability income products; personal lines property and casualty insurance, including private passenger automobile, homeowners, and personal excess liability insurance; and variable and fixed annuities for asset accumulation and distribution needs, as well as mutual funds and other securities products. It also offers group insurance products, such as variable, universal, and term life products; dental, group short- and long-term disability, and accidental death and dismemberment coverages; and voluntary and wo rksite products consisting of personal lines property and casualty insurance, as well as LTC, prepaid legal plans, and critical illness products. In addition, the company provides annuity and investment products comprising guaranteed interest products and other stable value products, income annuities, and separate account contracts for the investment management of defined benefit and defined contribution plan assets; and structured settlements and products to fund postretirement benefits and company-, bank- or trust-owned life insurance, as well as health insurance, group medical, credit insurance, endowment, retirement, and savings products. It serves individuals and corporations, as well as other institutions and their employees. The company sells its products through sales forces, third-party organizations, independent agents, and property and casualty specialists, as well as through career agency, bancassurance, direct marketing, brokerage, and e-commerce channels. MetLi fe, Inc. was founded in 1863 and is based in New York, New Y! ork.
- [By Leslie Scism]
Last month, MetLife Inc.(MET) was the toast of the town with its bold plan to divest a big chunk of its U.S. life-insurance operations, a shareholder-friendly move driven forboth strategic and regulatory reasons.
- [By Matthew Smith]
Although we were not surprised by the move yesterday we did not take an overly aggressive stance in positioning the portfolio to benefit from the Fed not tapering. We were long, but we did not initiate any trades solely for the purpose to benefit from the announcement. We are more interested in the long-term wealth building of portfolios right now and as such believe that readers should look to our recent winners that had pullbacks yesterday as buying opportunities. Specifically, we like Ameritrade (AMTD), Charles Schwab (SCHW) and MetLife (MET) which all saw pullbacks ranging from 2.5% to a bit over 5.5% in yesterday’s session. We highlighted the discount brokers as a sector to watch right before the latest takeoff and our belief is that although rates remain unchanged the brokerage business will continue to perform strongly. The next big move up will be as rates rise, but even if one has to wait for this move it will be well worth it for one’s portfolio.
Top 10 Undervalued Stocks To Own Right Now: Interpublic Group of Companies, Inc. (The)(IPG)
The Interpublic Group of Companies, Inc. provides advertising and marketing services worldwide. It operates through two segments, Integrated Agency Networks and Constituency Management Group. The company offers consumer advertising, digital marketing, communications planning and media buying, public relations, and specialized communications disciplines. It also provides various diversified services, including public relations, meeting and event production, sports and entertainment marketing, corporate and brand identity, and strategic marketing consulting. The companys brands comprise McCann, MullenLowe, IPG Mediabrands, Carmichael Lynch, Deutsch, Hill Holliday, and The Martin Agency, as well as Foote, Cone & Belding. The company was formerly known as McCann-Erickson Incorporated and changed its name to The Interpublic Group of Companies, Inc. in January 1961. The Interpublic Group of Companies, Inc. was founded in 1902 and is headquartered in New York, New York.
- [By Michael Flannelly]
Jefferies analysts noted that Interpublic Group of Companies Inc (IPG) offers some upside, but certain factors will continue to weigh down the stock. As such, the analysts upgraded the marketing and advertising company on Wednesday, but only with a tepid rating.
The analysts upgraded IPG from “Underperform” to “Hold” and now see shares reaching $17.20, up from the previous target of $11. This new price target suggests a slight upside to the stock’s Tuesday closing price of $16.92.
Jefferies analyst David Reynolds commented, “There’s a lot to be said for IPG, robust earnings growth profile, plays well into a ‘growth’ ad spend market and perhaps it remains the key beneficiary of all things POG. Yet, issues around North American profitability and developing economy scale continue to weigh. Richly valued and thus only c.2% upside to the ‘old normal’ and demonstrably bullish 16.7x forward earnings, we think warrants a HOLD. We set our new PT at US$17.20, 16.7x FY14 earnings.”
Interpublic Group shares were inactive during pre-market trading on Wednesday. The stock is up 53.54% year-to-date.