The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJINDICES: ^DJI ) is down following the release of a disappointing retail sales report. As of 1:15 p.m. EDT the Dow is down 28 points, or 0.19%, to 14,836. The S&P 500 (SNPINDEX: ^GSPC ) is down 0.45% to 1,586.
Last week’s terrible jobs report showed the U.S. added just 88,000 jobs in March, with the biggest loss of jobs occurring in the retail sector. Analysts worried that the payroll tax increase was beginning to affect consumers’ willingness to spend and that the loss of retail jobs was an early sign. We had to wait for today’s retail sales report from the U.S. Census Bureau to find out. Unfortunately for the economy, the retail sales report was even worse than expected. After growing 1% in February, retail sales were down 0.4% in March. That’s the worst drop in nine months and below analyst expectations of a slight 0.1% drop. While March’s retail sales were still 2.8% above last year’s retail sales, many investors had hoped that the strong growth from the past few months would continue throughout this year.
Top 5 Clean Energy Stocks To Watch For 2014: Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation (PPC)
Pilgrim’s Corp. produces, processes, markets, and distributes fresh and frozen chicken products to retailers, distributors, and foodservice operators primarily in the United States. Its fresh chicken products consist of refrigerated (non-frozen) whole or cut-up chicken; and pre-marinated or non-marinated, as well as prepackaged case-ready chicken, which includes various combinations of freshly refrigerated, whole chickens, and chicken parts. The company also offers a range of prepared chicken products, including portion-controlled breast fillets, tenderloins and strips, delicatessen products, salads, formed nuggets and patties, and bone-in chicken parts. In addition, it exports whole chickens and chicken parts to approximately 95 countries, including Mexico, Russia, Puerto Rico, and China. The company was formerly known as Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation. Pilgrim’s Corp. was founded in 1945 and is headquartered in Greeley, Colorado. Pilgrim’s Corp. operates as a subsidiary of JBS USA Holdings, Inc.
- [By Arturo Cuevas]
It looks like you and I will be eating more chicken this 2014. Retail beef prices remain at record highs, and we consumers will likely be driven more toward comparatively cheaper chicken meat in 2014. Given this trend, loading up on shares of Sanderson Farms (NASDAQ: SAFM ) , Pilgrim’s Pride (NASDAQ: PPC ) , and Tyson Foods (NYSE: TSN ) should be worth considering.
- [By Dan Caplinger]
Finally, beyond the Dow, Pilgrim’s Pride (NASDAQ: PPC ) soared 22% on apparent speculation that the poultry giant might be next on the chopping block as a target for a big acquisition. The proposed buyout of pork producer Smithfield Foods (NYSE: SFD ) by a Chinese company was controversial in large part because of the geopolitical implications of international buyers purchasing U.S. food-industry assets, but business analysts have rightly looked instead at the implications for further consolidation in the industry. With no formal announcement from Pilgrim’s Pride, today’s move could invite scrutiny from the SEC and other regulators should any sort of definitive buyout bid materialize in the days to come.
Top 5 Clean Energy Stocks To Watch For 2014: Canada Bread Company Ltd (CBY)
Canada Bread Company, Limited is a manufacturer and marketer of flour-based products in its various markets, including fresh bread in Canada, frozen partially baked bread in the United States and Canada, specialty bakery products, including fresh pasta and sauces, sweet goods and snack cakes in Canada, and bagels, croissants and other specialty baked goods in the United Kingdom. It operates in two segments: Fresh Bakery business includes pantry breads, rolls, flatbreads, artisan breads, sweet goods and snack cakes sold under a number of brands, including Dempster’s, Villaggio, POM, Bon Matin and Ben’s, and Frozen Bakery segment consists of frozen par-baked bakery products sold in North America and the United Kingdom bakery business, which specializes in bagels, croissants, and specialty breads. In November 2013, the Company clearanced and closed the sale of Olivieri Foods, to Ebro Foods SA. Advisors’ Opinion:
- [By Gerrit De Vynck]
The Toronto-based food producer, which owns 90 percent of Canada Bread Co. (CBY), said in October it would explore options for the stake, including a possible sale as it divests assets to focus on its meat business. With several suitors evaluating the company, a sale is looking more likely, said one of the people, who asked not to be named because the talks are private. Maple Leaf hired Centerview Partners LLC and Royal Bank of Canada to look for buyers, the people said.
Top 5 Clean Energy Stocks To Watch For 2014: TomTom NV (OEM)
TomTom NV is a Netherlands-based supplier of location and navigation products and services. The Company’s structure consists of four customer facing business units, namely Consumer, Automotive, Business Solutions and Licensing. The first three business units provide targeted solutions for the Company’s customers, including private consumers, car manufacturers and fleet owners. Licensing sells its content and services to multiple customer groups including portable navigation devices (PNDs) and wireless companies, governments and enterprises. The Company’s business units embed 11 product units, such as digital maps, traffic intelligence, navigation software, PNDs, automotive systems, fleet management services (FMS), smart phone applications, sports watches, points of interest, location based services (LBS) and speedcam intelligence. As of December 31, 2011, the Company was active in 35 countries. In July 2013, it acquired Coordina (Gestion Electronica Logistica, S.L.). Advisors’ Opinion:
- [By victorselva]
In a macro view, revenues in the electronic equipment and instrument sub-industry will remain strong due to the rise in equipment and instrument manufacturers. Distributors, electronic manufacturing service (EMS) companies and original equipment manufacturers (OEM) are going to increase orders as the economy improves in the future. With this promising outlook, let’s take a look at Gabelli´s last trade and try to explain to investors the reasons of this appealing investment opportunity.
Top 5 Clean Energy Stocks To Watch For 2014: WESCO International Inc. (WCC)
WESCO International, Inc. engages in the distribution of electrical, industrial, and communications maintenance, repair, and operating (MRO) products; and original equipment manufacturers products and construction materials. It also provides supply chain management and logistics services. The company offers general and industrial supplies, such as wiring devices, fuses, terminals, connectors, boxes, enclosures, fittings, lugs, terminations, tapes, splicing and marking equipment, tools and testers, safety and security, personal protection, abrasives, cutting tools, consumables, fasteners, janitorial, and other MRO supplies. It also provides wires, cables, raceway, and metallic and non-metallic conduits; and communications products, such as structured cabling systems, broadband products, low voltage specialty systems, specialty wire and cable products, equipment racks and cabinets, access controls, alarms, cameras, and paging and voice solutions. In addition, the company off ers power distribution equipment, such as circuit breakers, transformers, switchboards, panel boards, metering products, and busway products; lighting and controls, including lamps, fixtures, ballasts, and lighting control products; and motor control devices, drives, surge and power protection, relays, timers, pushbuttons, operator interfaces, switches, sensors, and interconnects. Further, it provides value added services in the areas of construction, e-business, energy, engineering services, green and sustainability, production support, safety and security, supply chain optimization, training, and working capital. The company serves industrial and commercial businesses, contractors, governmental agencies, institutions, telecommunications providers, and utilities. It operates in North America and internationally. WESCO International, Inc. was founded in 1922 and is headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
Citigroup’s Deane Dray and team took a long hard look at the U.S. economy and the their ratings on diversified industrial like United Technologies (UTX), Honeywell (HON), Tyco (TYC) and Wesco International (WCC) and decided it was time to makes some changes.
- [By Seth Jayson]
WESCO International (NYSE: WCC ) reported earnings on April 18. Here are the numbers you need to know.
The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended March 31 (Q1), WESCO International met expectations on revenues and missed estimates on earnings per share.
Top 5 Clean Energy Stocks To Watch For 2014: Piedmont Office Realty Trust Inc.(PDM)
Piedmont Office Realty Trust, Inc. engages in the acquisition and ownership of commercial real estate properties in the United States. Its property portfolio primarily consists of office and industrial buildings, warehouses, and manufacturing facilities. As of December 31, 2007, the company owned interests in 83 properties that are wholly owned and controlled through consolidated joint ventures. It has elected to be taxed as a real estate investment trust and would not be subject to federal income tax, if it distributes approximately 90% of its taxable income to its shareholders. The company was incorporated in 1997 and is headquartered in Norcross, Georgia.
- [By alicet236]
Piedmont Office Realty Trust Inc. (PDM) Reached the Five-Year Low of $16.73
The prices of Piedmont Office Realty Trust Inc. (PDM) shares have declined to close to the 5-year low of $16.73, which is 32.6% off the five-year high of $21.32. Piedmont Office Realty Trust, Inc. is owned by one Guru we are tracking. Among them, 0 have added to their positions during the past quarter. One reduced their position. Piedmont Office Realty Trust Inc., a Maryland corporation was incorporated in 1987. Piedmont Office Realty Trust Inc. has a market cap of $2.7 billion; its shares were traded at around $16.73 with a P/E ratio of 33.10 and P/S ratio of 5.02. The dividend yield of Piedmont Office Realty Trust Inc. stocks is 4.78%. Piedmont Office Realty Trust Inc. had an annual average earnings growth of 27.60% over the past five years.
- [By Brad Thomas]
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