Global financial markets became reacquainted with volatility today as a series of concerning developments led to a selloff of risk assets, from stocks to oil. The Dow dropped by 317 points or 1.88 percent while the Nasdaq and SP500 were off by approximately 2 percent. West Texas crude oil sank under $100 to as low as $97.66. The selloff was triggered by Argentina’s default, a crisis involving Portuguese lender Banco Espirito Santo, rising inflation and monetary tightening fears driven by a strong uptick in the U.S. employment cost index, and concerns about the U.S. stock market’s high valuation.
After such a steep decline, stocks tend to rebound for a few days as market participants reevaluate the situation and take advantage of cheaper prices. The Dow is currently right above its 16,500 support level that has played an important role for the past eight months, making a rebound from this level likely. A break below this support level, however, would be a reason to worry.
Top 5 China Companies For 2015: Yanzhou Coal Mining Company Limited(YZC)
Yanzhou Coal Mining Company Limited engages in the underground mining, preparation, and sale of coal. It involves in manufacturing, washing, processing, and selling steam coal used in the electricity power sector; and metallurgical coal used with coking coal in the process of pulverized coal injection, as well as operates six coal mines. The company also engages in the provision of railway transportation services; production and sale of coal chemicals, primarily methanol; and generation of electricity and heat. In addition, it involves in the manufacture and sale of mining machinery and engine products; and development of integrated coal technology. Further, the company engages in the transportation via rivers and lakes; sale of construction materials; and trading and processing of mining machinery. It has operations primarily in China, Japan, South Korea, and Australia. The company was founded in 1973 and is based in Zoucheng, the People’s Republic of China. Yanzhou Coal Mining Company Limited is a subsidiary of Yankuang Group Corporation Limited.
- [By Robert Rapier]
China dominates global coal production, producing 47% of the world’s coal in 2013 and consuming just over 50%. Even so, Chinese coal companies have not managed to escape the market carnage experienced by major US coal producers like Peabody Energy (NYSE: BTU) and Arch Coal (NYSE: ACI), which have seen their share prices decline by 80% and 90% respectively since early 2011. For instance, the stock of major Chinese coal producer Yanzhou Coal Mining (NYSE: YZC), has also dropped nearly 80% since 2011.
- [By MarketWatch]
Treasurer Joe Hockey said Yanzhou Coal Mining Co. (YZC) no longer needed to meet a Dec. 31 deadline for reducing its stake in Yancoal Australia Ltd. (YAL.AU) below 70%, citing the downturn in global coal prices. Yanzhou, which owns 78% of Yancoal Australia, had made the commitment in 2009 to complete its 3.5 billion Australian dollar (US$3.2 billion) takeover of Felix Resources Ltd.
- [By Belinda Cao]
Yanzhou Coal Mining Co. (YZC), China’s fourth-largest coal producer, lost 3.6 percent last week to $10.33. The company posted its eighth weekly slump, the longest stretch of declines since August 1998. Bank of America Corp. cut the stock to the equivalent of sell from neutral May 3.
- [By Roberto Pedone]
Yanzhou Coal Mining (YZC) engages in the underground coal mining, as well as preparation, processing, sale and railway transportation of coal. This stock closed up 7.6% to $7.31 in Thursday’s trading session.
Thursday’s Range: $7.14-$7.31
52-Week Range: $6.68-$18.57
Thursday’s Volume: 391,000
Three-Month Average Volume: 370,383
From a technical perspective, YZC bounced sharply higher here right off some near-term support at $6.77 with above-average volume. This stock has been downtrending badly for the last six months, with shares plunging from its high of over $14 to its recent low of $6.68. During that move, shares of YZC have been consistently making lower highs and lower lows, which is bearish technical price action. That said, shares of YZC have recently formed a double bottom chart pattern at $6.68 to $6.77. This stock now looks ready to reverse that downtrend and possibly trigger a near-term breakout trade. That trade will hit if YZC manages to take out some near-term overhead resistance levels at $7.76 to $8 with high volume.
Traders should now look for long-biased trades in YZC as long as it’s trending above its recent low of $6.77 and then once it sustains a move or close above those breakout levels with volume that hits near or above 370,383 shares. If that breakout triggers soon, then YZC will set up to re-test or possibly take out its next major overhead resistance levels at $9 to $10. Any high-volume move above those levels will then give YZC a chance to tag its next major overhead resistance levels at $10.67 to $11.11
Top 5 China Companies For 2015: Baidu Inc.(BIDU)
Baidu, Inc. provides Chinese and Japanese language Internet search services. Its search services enable users to find relevant information online, including Web pages, news, images, multimedia files, and blogs through the links provided on its Websites. The company also offers online community-based products and entertainment platforms; an instant messaging service; and a consumer-oriented e-commerce platform. In addition, it designs and delivers online marketing services and auction-based P4P services that enable its customers to reach users who search for information related to their products or services. The company serves online marketing customers consisting of small and medium sized enterprises, large domestic corporations, and Chinese divisions or subsidiaries of multinational corporations primarily operating in the medical, machinery, education, franchising, electronic products, e-commerce, ticketing, tourism, information technology, consumer products, real estate, entertainment, and financial services industries. It sells its online marketing services directly, as well as through its distribution network. The company was formerly known as Baidu.com, Inc. and changed its name to Baidu, Inc. in December 2008. Baidu, Inc. was founded in 2000 and is headquartered in Beijing, the People?s Republic of China.
- [By MONEYMORNING.COM]
Baidu Inc. (Nasdaq: BIDU), another Chinese e-commerce firm, demonstrated this could be done. The company made its U.S. debut in 2005. And the stock has surged 1,600% from its first-day closing price. Over the past nine years, in fact, the stock has outrun Apple, Amazon.com, and Google Inc. (Nasdaq: GOOG). And it’s still growing: When it reported its second-quarter earnings back in July, Baidu said earnings grew 34% on a sales advance of 58.5%.
- [By Brian Nichols]
Baidu (NASDAQ: BIDU ) is considered by many to be the Google of China, and given the country’s large population, it is a company with high expectations. However, while Baidu’s stock continues to trade around all-time highs, and analysts praise its growth, there are real concerns lingering around the search giant. Specifically, three big problems.
- [By Daniel Sparks]
“Chinese companies are starting to dream,” said early investor in Baidu (NASDAQ: BIDU ) and managing partner at GGV Capital Jixun Foo. Foo’s proclamation was made in an in-depth article by MIT Technology Review, which examined the Chinese search giant’s new effort to change the world with artificial intelligence. The company’s new AI lab does, indeed, accompany some lofty aspirations — ones big enough to hopefully help Baidu become a global Internet powerhouse and to compete with the likes of Google in increasingly important emerging markets where the default search engine hasn’t yet taken the throne.
- [By MONEYMORNING.COM]
As of early last week, we’d pulled down gains of 10% with NetEase Inc. (Nasdaq ADR: NTES), 28% with Qihoo 360 Technology Co. Ltd. (NYSE: QIHU), and 37% with Baidu Inc. (Nasdaq ADR: BIDU).
Top 5 China Companies For 2015: Changyou.com Limited(CYOU)
Changyou.com Limited develops and operates online games in the People?s Republic of China. It involves in the development, operation, and licensing of massively multi-player online role-playing games (MMORPGs), which are interactive online games that might be played simultaneously by various game players. The company operates seven MMORPGs that include its in house developed Tian Long Ba Bu; and licensed Blade Online, Blade Hero 2, Da Hua Shui Hu, Zhong Hua Ying Xiong, Immortal Faith, and San Jie Qi Yuan. As of December 31, 2010, Changyou?s games in China had approximately 111.4 million aggregate registered accounts; 1.0 million aggregate peak concurrent users; and 2.7 million aggregate active paying accounts. The company was founded in 2003 and is based in Beijing, the People?s Republic of China. Changyou.com Limited is a subsidiary of Sohu.com Inc.
- [By Jake L’Ecuyer]
Changyou.com (NASDAQ: CYOU) shares tumbled 11.75percent to $26.02 after the company issued a weak Q1 guidance and announced the resignation of its CFO.
- [By Yiannis Mostrous]
A subsidiary of Internet portal Sohu.com, video game developer Changyou.com specializes in massively multiplayer online role-playing games (MMORPG).
- [By Kevin Chen]
To be fair, these revenues come from their stake in game company Changyou (NASDAQ: CYOU ) . Because Sohu owns a majority stake in Changyou, Sohu must consolidate all financials into its statements — even as Changyou is independently listed on stock exchanges. Whatever the case, Sohu actually created Changyou — it started as a business unit in 2003, then was spun out in 2007. In any case, Sohu should do some serious soul-searching.
- [By Seth Jayson]
Changyou.com (Nasdaq: CYOU ) is expected to report Q2 earnings on July 29. Here’s what Wall Street wants to see:
The 10-second takeaway
Comparing the upcoming quarter to the prior-year quarter, average analyst estimates predict Changyou.com’s revenues will increase 24.3% and EPS will expand 1.5%.
Top 5 China Companies For 2015: Home Inns & Hotels Management Inc.(HMIN)
Home Inns & Hotels Management Inc. develops, leases, operates, franchises, and manages a chain of economy hotels in the People?s Republic of China. The company operates its hotels under the Home Inn brand name. As of April 28, 2011, it had approximately 800 Home Inns in operation and 1,000 Home Inns sealed in franchise agreements. The company was incorporated in 2001 and is headquartered in Shanghai, the People?s Republic of China.
- [By Jim Jubak]
We’ve been down this road with Home Inns and Hotels Management (HMIN) before. Which doesn’t make it any less scary.
The stock is down 22.2% in the last ten days—despite solid—but certainly not spectacular—results for the fourth quarter, reported on March 12.
- [By Monica Gerson]
Home Inns & Hotels Management (NASDAQ: HMIN) is estimated to post its Q4 earnings at $2.18 per share on revenue of $1.54 billion.
Qiwi plc (NASDAQ: QIWI) is expected to report its Q4 earnings at $0.28 per share on revenue of $50.00 million.
- [By Belinda Cao]
The Bloomberg China-US Equity Index (CH55BN) of the most-traded Chinese companies in the U.S. slumped 3.4 percent last week to a seven-month low of 89.04. The gauge traded at 13.5 times estimated earnings, 3.6 percent below the S&P’s valuation, data compiled by Bloomberg show. China Southern Airlines Co. (ZNH) and China Eastern Airlines Corp. (CEA) lost more than 6 percent April 5, while Home Inns & Hotels Management Inc. (HMIN) tumbled 16 percent in the week.
Top 5 China Companies For 2015: Bona Film Group Limited(BONA)
Bona Film Group Limited distributes films in the People?s Republic of China. It distributes films to movie theaters, as well as to non-theatrical distribution channels, including DVD and Blu-ray and other home video products; Internet and digital distribution; in-flight entertainment; and cable, satellite, and broadcast televisions. The company also invests in the production of Chinese and Hong Kong films in order to obtain the distribution rights for movie theaters and non-theatrical channels. In addition, Bona Film Group operates six movie theaters in five cities of the People?s Republic of China; operates a talent agency business that represents artists; and involves in film advertising and television production businesses. The company was founded in 2003 and is headquartered in Beijing, the People?s Republic of China.
- [By Bryan Murphy]
It’s certainly no The Walt Disney Company (NYSE:DIS). It’s not even a Lions Gate Entertainment Corp. (NYSE:LGF). Yet, Bona Film Group Ltd (NASDAQ:BONA) is a solid company in its own right, and BONA shares are looking more compelling right now than DIS or LGF are here, even though all three companies are in the same industry.
- [By Seth Jayson]
Calling all cash flows
When you are trying to buy the market’s best stocks, it’s worth checking up on your companies’ free cash flow once a quarter or so, to see whether it bears any relationship to the net income in the headlines. That’s what we do with this series. Today, we’re checking in on Bona Film Group (Nasdaq: BONA ) , whose recent revenue and earnings are plotted below.