The crowd piled into investment-grade bonds last week as economic worries triggered an exodus out of risky assets. Reviewing the major asset classes for the week just passed through an ETF lens reveals sharply divided results. The safe-haven trade generated handsome gains for several ETFs representing broad measures of the global fixed-income realm for the five trading days through Feb. 5. Even the usually weak corner of emerging-market government bonds caught a break. Stocks, REITs, and commodities, by contrast, suffered hefty losses.
Last week’s big winner: SPDR International Treasury Bond (BWX), which posted a strong 2.6% total return. At the opposite end of last week’s performance ledger: US equities, based on Vanguard Total Stock Market (VTI), which tumbled 3.1%.
Top 5 Dow Dividend Companies To Watch In Right Now: Synta Pharmaceuticals Corp.(SNTA)
Synta Pharmaceuticals Corp. focuses on the research, development, and commercialization of novel oncology medicines for cancer patients. Its clinical stage drug candidate in oncology is ganetespib, an Hsp90 inhibitor, which is in Phase II clinical trials to evaluate the combination of ganetespib and paclitaxel versus paclitaxel in patients with platinum-resistant ovarian cancer; and in Phase I/II trial in combination with the mTOR inhibitor sirolimus in patients with refractory sarcoma, including malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumors. The companys drug candidate in its Hsp90-inhibitor Drug Conjugate program is STA-12-8666, which is in preclinical trials for chemotherapy irinotecan. Synta Pharmaceuticals Corp. was incorporated in 2000 and is based in Lexington, Massachusetts.
- [By Lisa Levin]
Synta Pharmaceuticals Corp. (NASDAQ: SNTA) shares were also up, gaining 61 percent to $0.393. Synta Pharmaceuticals announced plans to merge with privately-held Madrigal Pharmaceuticals.
Top 5 Dow Dividend Companies To Watch In Right Now: Banner Corporation(BANR)
Banner Corporation operates as the bank holding company for Banner Bank and Islanders Bank, which provides commercial banking and financial products and services to individuals, businesses, and public sector entities primarily in the United States. It offers deposit products, including demand checking accounts, interest-bearing checking accounts, money market deposit accounts, regular savings accounts, certificates of deposit, cash management services, and retirement savings plans. The company also provides loan products, including commercial and multifamily real estate loans; residential mortgage loans; residential construction and land loans for professional home builders and developers; consumer loans, such as home equity lines of credit, automobile loans, boat and recreational vehicle loans, and loans secured by deposit accounts; commercial business loans; and agricultural loans. In addition, it engages in mortgage banking operations through the origination and sale of one- to four-family and multi-family residential loans. As of December 31, 2015, Banner Bank operated 199 branch offices and 9 loan production offices in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho; and Islanders Bank conducted business from 3 locations in San Juan County, Washington. Banner Corporation was founded in 1890 and is based in Walla Walla, Washington.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
The twenty stocks in Worth’s basket are: Ameriprise Financial (AMP) Bank of America, Banner (BANR), Citigroup, Citizens Financial Group (CFG), East West Bancorp (EWBC), First NBC Bank Holding (FNBC), HFF (HF), KeyCorp(KEY), Legacy Texas Financial Group (LTXB), Lincoln National (LNC), Morgan Stanley, Old National Bancorp (ONB), PacWest Bancorp (PACW), PNC Financial Services Group (PNC), Principal Financial Group (PFG), Stifel Financial (SF), SVB Financial Group (SIVB), TCF Financial (TCB), and Wells Fargo.
Best Trucking Companies To Buy For 2016: Alliance Fiber Optic Products, Inc.(AFOP)
Alliance Fiber Optic Products, Inc. designs, manufactures, and markets various fiber optic components and integrated modules for communications equipment manufacturers and service providers in the United States, North America, Europe, and Asia. It offers connectivity products, including connectivity modules; optical connectors, adapters, and cable assemblies; fused and planar fiber optical splitters and couplers; optical tap couplers and ultra low polarization dependent loss tap couplers; amplifier wave division multiplexers (WDM) couplers; optical fixed attenuators; fused fiber WDM couplers; and fiber array units. The company also provides optical passive products comprising filter WDMs, dense wave division multiplexers (DWDMs), coarse wavelength division multiplexers, compact coarse wavelength division multiplexers, add/drop DWDM filters, optical isolators, optical bypass switches, and automatic variable optical attenuators. Alliance Fiber Optic Products, Inc. was founded in 1995 and is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California.
- [By Lisa Levin]
Alliance Fiber Optic Products Inc (NASDAQ: AFOP) shares shot up 19 percent to $18.47 after the company agreed to be acquired by Corning Incorporated (NYSE: GLW) for $18.50 per share.
- [By Monica Gerson]
Alliance Fiber Optic Products (NASDAQ: AFOP) shares rose 7.21% to $21.70. The volume of Alliance Fiber Optic Products shares traded was 397% higher than normal. Alliance Fiber Optic lifted its Q3 revenue outlook.
Top 5 Dow Dividend Companies To Watch In Right Now: TravelCenters of America LLC(TA)
TravelCenters of America LLC operates and franchises travel centers primarily along the United States interstate highway system. The company offers diesel fuel and gasoline, and diesel exhaust fluid; and operates full service restaurants under the Iron Skillet and Country Pride brands, as well as quick service restaurants primarily under Arby’s, Burger King, Dunkin’ Donuts, Godfather’s Pizza, Pizza Hut, Popeye’s Chicken & Biscuits, Starbuck’s Coffee, Subway, and Taco Bell brand names. It also operates truck repair and maintenance facilities that offer maintenance and emergency repair, and road services, such as oil changes, wheel alignments, and tire repair; and specialty services, including diagnostics and repair of air conditioning, brakes, and electrical systems. In addition, the company provides RoadSquad, a roadside truck service program; RoadSquad Connect, a centralized call center; and RoadSquad OnSite, a service progra m, as well as operates travel stores that offer packaged food and snack items, beverages, non-prescription drug and beauty supplies, batteries, automobile accessories, and music and video products. Further, it offers additional driver services, including specialized business services, which include information center; Reserve-It parking program; a banking desk; Wi-Fi Internet access; video game room; a laundry area; private showers; exercise facilities; and a theater or big screen television room. The company serves long haul trucking fleets and their drivers, independent truck drivers, and motorists. As of August 4, 2015, it operated 256 convenient full-service locations under the TravelCenters of America and Petro Stopping Centers brands in 43 states of the United States and Canada. The company also operated gasoline/convenience stores primarily under the Minit Mart brand. TravelCenters of America LLC was founded in 1992 and is headquartered in Westlake, Ohio.
- [By Lisa Levin]
In trading on Monday, energy shares dipped by 0.70 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included TravelCenters of America LLC (NYSE: TA), down 18 percent, and Alon USA Energy, Inc. (NYSE: ALJ), down 8 percent.
Top 5 Dow Dividend Companies To Watch In Right Now: CRB Futures Index(CR)
Crane Co. manufactures and sells engineered industrial products in the United States and internationally. The company operates in five segments: Aerospace & Electronics, Engineered Materials, Merchandising Systems, Fluid Handling, and Controls. The Aerospace & Electronics segment offers pressure, fuel flow, and position sensors and subsystems; brake control systems; coolant, lube and fuel pumps; and seat actuation products. This segment also provides power supplies and custom microelectronics for aerospace, defense, medical, and other applications; and electrical power components, power management products, electronic radio frequency, and microwave frequency components and subsystems for the defense, space, and military communications markets. The Engineered Materials segment manufactures fiberglass-reinforced plastic panels for the truck trailer and recreational vehicle markets, industrial markets, and the commercial construction industry. The Merchandising Systems segmen t offers vending solutions, such as food, snack, and beverage vending machines; and vending machine software and online solutions, as well as payment solutions, including coin accepters and dispensers, coin hoppers, coin recyclers, bill validators, and bill recyclers. The Fluid Handling segment manufactures and sells various industrial and commercial valves and actuators; provides valve testing, parts, and services; manufactures and sells pumps and water purification solutions; distributes pipe, pipe fittings, couplings, and connectors; and designs, manufactures, and sells corrosion-resistant plastic-lined pipes and fittings. The Controls segment produces ride-leveling, air-suspension control valves for heavy trucks and trailers; pressure, temperature, and level sensors; ultra-rugged computers, measurement and control systems, and intelligent data acquisition products; and water treatment equipment. Crane Co. was founded in 1855 and is based in Stamford, Connecticut.
- [By Monica Gerson]
Crane Co. (NYSE: CR) is expected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.86 per share on revenue of $644.60 million.
Oceaneering International (NYSE: OII) is projected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.35 per share on revenue of $641.85 million.