Stocks went nowhere today because, well why should they? Not everyone thinks the calm can last, however.
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The S&P 500 ticked up 0.1% to 2,037.05 today, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average advanced 19.66 points, or 0.1%, to 17,535.39. The Nasdaq Composite declined 0.1% to 4,766.79.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average traded in a range of just 90.78 points, the narrowest since Dec. 24, 2015. The S&P 500 traded in a range of less than 20 points for the sixth consecutive day, the longest such streak since August 2015.
The calm came despite weak consumer spending data that caused the Atlanta Fed’s real-time GDPNow to forecast just a 0.6% increase in GDP during the first quarter.
BlackRocks Richard Turnill contends “it’s been to quiet out there.” He explains why:
Top 5 Consumer Companies To Invest In 2016: JAKKS Pacific, Inc.(JAKK)
JAKKS Pacific, Inc. designs, develops, produces, and markets consumer products in the United States and internationally. The companys Traditional Toys and Electronics segment offers action figures and accessories based on Batman, Star Wars, and Nintendo franchises; toy vehicles and accessories under the Road Champs, Fly Wheels, and MXS names; electronics products, such as video games under the Spy Net, Plug It In & Play TV Games, Disney, and Duck Commander brands names; fashion and baby dolls, and accessories under Disney Frozen, Disney Princess, Disney Fairies, Cabbage Patch Kids, and Graco licenses, as well as plush, infant, and pre-school toys based on PBSs Daniel Tigers Neighborhood name; private label products; foot-to-floor ride-on toys, and tents and wagons based on Fisher Price, Kawasaki, and DC Comics; and pet products, including toys, consumables, and accessories under the JAKKS Pets and American Classics brand names. Its Role Play, Novelty and Seasonal Toys segment offers role and pretend play, dress-up, and novelty products for boys and girls based on Disney Frozen, Black & Decker, McDonalds, Dirt Devil, Disney Princess, Disney Fairies, and Dora the Explorer licenses; indoor and outdoor kids furniture, activity trays and tables, room d茅cor, kiddie pools, and seasonal products based on Crayola and Disney names, as well as pool floats under the Funnoodle name; Halloween and everyday costumes, and accessories under Spiderman, Iron Man, Toy Story, Sesame Street, Power Rangers, and Hasbro, Disneys Frozen, and Disney Princess brands; and balls and sport sets, and toy hoops under the Skyball, Wave Hoops, and Maui Toys brand names. The company sells its products through in-house sales staff and independent sales representatives to toy and mass-market retail chain, department, office supply, club, and toy specialty stores; and drug and grocery store chains and wholesalers. JAKKS P acific, Inc. was founded in 1995 and is based in Malibu, Cal! ifornia.
- [By Roberto Pedone]
One under-$10 toy player that’s trending very close to triggering a major breakout trade is Jakks Pacific (JAKK), which is a producer and marketer of children’s toys and other consumer products. This stock has been destroyed by the bears so far in 2013, with shares off sharply by 60%.
If you take a look at the chart for Jakks Pacific, you’ll notice that this stock has been downtrending badly for the last two months and change, with shares plunging from its high of $11.75 to its recent low of $4.82 a share. During that downtrend, shares of JAKK have been consistently making lower highs and lower lows, which is bearish technical price action. That said, shares of JAKK look like they might be ready to see an end to its downside volatility in the short-term if the recent lows can hold. I believe this due to the fact that JAKK has started to move sideways and trend within range of triggering a major breakout trade.
Traders should now look for long-biased trades in JAKK if it manages to break out above some near-term overhead resistance levels at $5.08 to $5.27 a share with high volume. Look for a sustained move or close above those levels with volume that hits near or above its three-month average action of 695,817 shares. If that breakout triggers soon, then JAKK will set up to re-test or possibly take out its next major overhead resistance levels at $5.68 to its 50-day moving average at $6.07 a share. Any high-volume move above its 50-day will then put $7 to $8 into range for shares of JAKK.
Traders can look to buy JAKK off weakness to anticipate that breakout and simply use a stop that sits right below some key near-term support levels at $4.87 to $4.82 a share. One can also buy JAKK off strength once it clears those breakout levels with volume and then simply use a stop that sits a comfortable percentage from your entry point.
Top 5 Consumer Companies To Invest In 2016: Tarena International, Inc.(TEDU)
Tarena International, Inc., through its subsidiaries, primarily provides information technology (IT) professional education services through part-time and full-time classes in the Peoples Republic of China. It offers education courses in 11 IT subjects, such as Java, .NET, C++, software testing, PHP, embedded, Android, iOS, Big Data, Web front-end development, and Linux and network engineering; and 3 non-IT subjects comprising digital art, online sales and marketing, and accounting through live distance instruction, classroom-based tutoring, and online learning modules. The company also provides two kid education programs, including Tongcheng and Tongmei. Tarena International, Inc. was founded in 2002 and is headquartered in Beijing, the Peoples Republic of China.
- [By Monica Gerson]
Tarena International Inc(ADR) (NASDAQ: TEDU) is estimated to post a quarterly loss at $0.03 per share on revenue of $39.35 million.
Ituran Location and Control Ltd. (US) (NASDAQ: ITRN) is projected to post earnings for the recent quarter.
10 Best Chemical Stocks To Watch For 2016: Gap, Inc. (The)(GPS)
The Gap, Inc. operates as an apparel retail company worldwide. It offers apparel, accessories, and personal care products for men, women, and children under the Gap, Banana Republic, Old Navy, Athleta, and Intermix brands. The company provides apparel, eyewear, jewelry, shoes, handbags, and fragrances; and performance and lifestyle apparel for use in yoga, strength training, and running, as well as seasonal sports, including skiing and tennis. The Gap, Inc. offers its products through company-operated stores, franchise stores, Websites, e-commerce and social media sites, and catalogs. The company has franchise agreements with unaffiliated franchisees to operate Gap, Banana Republic, and Old Navy stores in Asia, Australia, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, and Africa. As of January 30, 2016, it operated, 3,721 company-operated and franchise store locations. The company was founded in 1969 and is headquartered in San Franc isco, California.
- [By ANUP SINGH]
The Gap (NYSE: GPS ) is yet another apparel & accessories retailer that’s doing well and bucking the trend in the retail sector. On the back of solid top-line growth and improved margins, the company reported earnings of $0.64 a share for the second quarter of fiscal 2013. This was 30.6% more than the same quarter a year ago.
- [By Monica Gerson]
Gap Inc (NYSE: GPS) reported a 7 percent drop in its same-store sales for April. The company’s total sales declined to $1.12 billion, from $1.21 billion in the year-ago month. Gap also issued a weak forecast for the first quarter. Gap shares dipped 13.53 percent to $18.86 in the after-hours trading session.
Top 5 Consumer Companies To Invest In 2016: ARMOUR Residential REIT, Inc.(ARR)
ARMOUR Residential REIT, Inc. invests in residential mortgage backed securities in the United States. The company is managed by ARMOUR Capital Management LP. Its securities portfolio primarily consists of agency securities backed by fixed rate, hybrid adjustable rate, and adjustable rate home loans, as well as unsecured notes and bonds issued by the government-sponsored entities and the United States treasuries; and money market instruments. The company has elected to be taxed as a real estate investment trust under the Internal Revenue Code. As a result, it would not be subject to corporate income tax on that portion of its net income that is distributed to shareholders. ARMOUR Residential REIT, Inc. was founded in 2008 and is based in Vero Beach, Florida.
- [By Amanda Alix]
It was just about one year ago that QE3 made its debut, and mortgage REITs, particularly agency-only players like Annaly Capital (NYSE: NLY ) , Armour Residential (NYSE: ARR ) , and American Capital Agency (NASDAQ: AGNC ) began moaning about the increased competition for mortgage-backed securities guaranteed by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.
- [By Amanda Alix]
This development will likely give battered mREITs like Annaly Capital (NYSE: NLY ) , Armour Residential (NYSE: ARR ) , and American Capital Agency (NASDAQ: AGNC ) a huge boost as investors begin to feel less panic regarding a tapering of the current QE3 program. Markets have responded to the Summers announcement by soaring skyward, apparently feeling relief and confidence about the fate of the taper.
Top 5 Consumer Companies To Invest In 2016: The Hain Celestial Group, Inc.(HAIN)
The Hain Celestial Group, Inc. manufactures, markets, distributes, and sells organic and natural products in the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, and Europe. Its grocery products include infant formula; infant, toddler, and kids foods; diapers and wipes; rice and grain-based products; flour and baking mixes; breads, hot and cold cereals, pasta, condiments, cooking and culinary oils, granolas, granola bars, and cereal bars; canned, chilled fresh, aseptic, and instant soups; Greek-style yogurt; chilies and packaged grains; and chocolates and nut butters, as well as plant-based beverages and frozen desserts, such as soy, rice, almond, and coconut. The companys grocery products also comprise juices, hot-eating, chilled and frozen desserts, cookies, crackers, gluten-free frozen entrees and bars, frozen pastas and ethnic meals, frozen fruits and vegetables, cut fresh fruits, refrigerated and frozen soy protein meat-alter native products, tofu, seitan and tempeh products, jams, fruit spreads and jelly, honey, marmalade, and other food products. In addition, it provides snack products, such as potato, root vegetable, and other vegetable chips, as well as straws, tortilla chips, whole grain chips, pita chips, puffs, and popcorn; specialty teas, including herbal, green, black, wellness, rooibos, and chai tea lattes; ready-to-drink beverages comprising organic kombucha and chai tea lattes; personal care products consisting of skin, hair and oral care, deodorants, baby care items, acne treatment, body washes, and sunscreens; and poultry and protein products, such as turkey and chicken products. The company sells its products through specialty and natural food distributors, supermarkets, natural food stores, mass-market and e-commerce retailers, food service channels and club, and drug and convenience stores in approximately 70 countries worldwide. The Hain Celestial Group, Inc. was founded in 1993 and is headquartered in Lake Success, New York.
- [By Motif Investing]
The motif also has received some help from component Hain Celestial Group Inc (NASDAQ: HAIN), which has seen its stock rise 3.2 percent in the past month following the company’s earnings report last month, which underperformed profit expectations but no doubt helped prompt the company to announce a renewed focus on the bottom line.