Goldman Sachs strategist David Kostin and team note that stocks with high operating leverage–Amazon.com (AMZN), Whole Foods Market (WFM), ConocoPhillips (COP), Yahoo! (YHOO), and FedEx (FDX) among them–will outperform if the U.S. economy strengthens:
Client discussions this week focused on economic growth, operating leverage, and wage inflation. The Goldman Sachs Economics US Current Activity Indicator (CAI) is a proxy for real-time GDP growth and the metric has slowed to 1.3%. Our economics colleagues expect GDP growth will accelerate to a 3.2% pace in 2Q and average 2.3% during 2H 2016. Companies with the highest operating leverage stand to benefit most from accelerating GDP growth and the associated pickup in sales growth. Conversely, investors who fear the economy is decelerating and view last weeks dismal 38K jobs report as a harbinger of weakening activity should own stocks with the lowest degree of operating leverage.
A company with a high degree of operating leverage has high fixed costs relative to variable costs. We calculate each companys degree of operating leverage (DOL) as the ratio of revenue after variable operating costs to revenue after variable and fixed operating costs [DOL = (Sales COGS) / (Sales COGS SGA Depreciation)]. Operating leverage has trended down since 1990, but recently has risen to the long-term average…
Top 5 Gold Stocks To Invest In 2016: GAIN Capital Holdings, Inc.(GCAP)
GAIN Capital Holdings, Inc. provides trading services and solutions to retail and institutional customers worldwide. The company operates in three segments: Retail, Institutional, and Futures. It specializes in over-the-counter (OTC) and exchange-traded markets. The company offers access to a range of financial products, including spot foreign exchange (forex), precious metals trading, and contracts for differences (CFD) on currencies, commodities, indices, individual equities, bonds, and interest rate products; and spread bets and OTC options on forex, as well as supports the trading of exchange-traded futures and options. It offers services to retail customers through FOREX.com and Cityindex.com, as well as through introducing brokers and white label partners. The company also provides agency execution services; and access to markets and self-directed trading in foreign exchange, commodities, equities, options, and futures t o institutional customers through an electronic communications network, as well as offers touch services. In addition, it operates GTX platform, an electronic communications network that provides liquidity in spot and forward foreign exchange and precious metals to buy-side and sell-side firms, including banks, brokers, hedge funds, commodity trading advisors, and asset managers. Further, the company provides execution and risk management services for exchange-traded futures and futures options on U.S. and European futures and options exchanges. As of December 31, 2015, it had 173,738 funded retail accounts. GAIN Capital Holdings, Inc. was founded in 1999 and is headquartered in Bedminster, New Jersey.
- [By Monica Gerson]
Gain Capital Holdings Inc (NYSE: GCAP) is estimated to post its quarterly earnings at $0.07 per share on revenue of $100.39 million.
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Top 5 Gold Stocks To Invest In 2016: Nabors Industries Ltd.(NBR)
Nabors Industries Ltd., together with its subsidiaries, provides drilling and rig services. It offers equipment manufacturing, rig instrumentation, optimization software, and directional drilling services; and patented steering systems and rig instrumentation software systems, including ROCKIT directional drilling system that provides data collection services to oil and gas exploration and service companies, and RIGWATCH software, which monitors a rigs real-time performance and daily reporting for drilling operations. The company also manufactures and sells top drives, catwalks, wrenches, draw works, and other drilling related equipment; and offers well-site services, such as engineering, transportation and disposal, construction, maintenance, well logging, directional drilling, data collection, and other support services. As of December 31, 2015, it marketed approximately 430 rigs for land-based drilling operations in the U nited States, Canada, and approximately 20 other countries worldwide; and 42 rigs for offshore drilling operations in the United States and internationally; and 6 jackup units. The company was founded in 1968 and is headquartered in Hamilton, Bermuda.
- [By Monica Gerson]
Nabors Industries Ltd. (NYSE: NBR) is expected to post a quarterly loss at $0.33 per share on revenue of $630.85 million.
Sohu.com Inc (NASDAQ: SOHU) is projected to report a quarterly loss at $0.57 per share on revenue of $406.50 million.
Top 5 Cheap Companies To Buy Right Now: Intrepid Potash, Inc(IPI)
Intrepid Potash, Inc. engages in the extraction, production, and sale of potassium containing products in the United States. It produces muriate of potash and langbeinite, a low-chloride potassium fertilizer that contains sulfate and magnesium. The company also offers salt, magnesium chloride, and metal recovery salts. It serves agricultural, industrial, and animal feed markets. The company was incorporated in 2007 and is based in Denver, Colorado.
- [By Jon C. Ogg]
Gains are being seen elsewhere as well, except in shares of The Mosaic Company (NYSE: MOS). AgriumInc. (NYSE: AGU) was up almost 3% at $91.95 in late Monday trading, although this one held up much better in the destructive news phase when the alarming news roiled these stocks. The big winner is Intrepid Potash, Inc. (NYSE: IPI), with a gain of 7% to $16.20 in late-Monday trading.
Top 5 Gold Stocks To Invest In 2016: The First of Long Island Corporation(FLIC)
The First of Long Island Corporation operates as a bank holding company for The First National Bank of Long Island that provides various financial services. It offers various deposit products, including checking, money market, savings, escrow service and interest on lawyer, time deposit, NOW, rent security, holiday club, and individual retirement accounts. The company?s loan portfolio consists of commercial and industrial loans; residential and commercial mortgage loans; home equity loans and lines; multifamily loans; construction loans; consumer loans, such as auto and home improvement loans, personal loans, overdraft checking lines, and credit cards; commercial loans, which include short-term business loans, term and installment loans, revolving credit term loans, and loans secured by marketable securities, general business assets, deposits, and surrender value of life insurance policies; and commercial and standby letters of credit. In addition, it provides account rec onciliation, ATM banking, bank by mail, bill payment, cash management, collection, drive-through banking, personal money orders, Internet and telephone banking, merchant credit card depository, lock box, night depository, payroll, remote deposit, securities transactions, signature guarantee, trust and investment management, wire transfers and foreign cables, and withholding tax depository services, as well as offers controlled disbursement accounts, travelers and counter checks, mutual funds, annuities, life insurance and securities, safe deposit boxes, and the U.S. savings bonds. Further, the company provides pension trust, personal trust, estate, and custody services; and insurance agency services, as well as owns a real estate investment trust. It offers its services to privately owned businesses, professionals, consumers, public bodies, and other organizations through its 34 branches primarily in Long Island and Manhattan. The company was founded in 1927 and is based in Glen Head, New York.
- [By Dividends4Life]
The First of Long Island Corporation (FLIC) operates as a bank holding company for The First National Bank of Long Island that provides financial services. Sept. 19, the company increased its quarterly dividend 4% to $0.26 per share. The dividend is payable Oct. 11, 2013 to shareholders of record on October 3, 2013. The yield based on the new payout is 2.7%.
Top 5 Gold Stocks To Invest In 2016: PulteGroup, Inc.(PHM)
PulteGroup, Inc., through its subsidiaries, engages primarily in the homebuilding business in the United States. The company is involved in the acquisition and development of land primarily for residential purposes; and the construction of housing on land. It offers various home designs, including single-family detached houses, townhouses, condominiums, and duplexes under the Pulte Homes, Del Webb, Centex, DiVosta Homes, John Wieland Homes, and Neighborhoods brand names. As of December 31, 2015, the company controlled 138,079 lots, which included 95,919 company owned lots and 42,160 lots under land option agreements. It also arranges financing through the origination of mortgage loans, principally for homebuyers; sells the servicing rights for the originated loans; and provides title insurance policies, and examination and closing services to homebuyers. The company was formerly known as Pulte Homes, Inc. and changed its name to PulteGroup, Inc. in March 2010. PulteGroup, Inc. was founded in 1950 and is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia.
- [By Morgan Housel]
2. Homebuilders adding to supply. Homebuilders recently discovered something that’s been elusive for years: the ability to raise prices. The balance they now need to strike is how much to ramp up supply versus holding back supply to maximize prices. PulteGroup (NYSE: PHM ) CEO Richard Dugas said earlier this year: “In a number of communities across the country, demand has been so strong that we have taken action to slow the overall pace of sales.”
- [By Ben Levisohn]
Lee offers 22 stocks that could benefit from the correlation trade: Western Digital (WDC), Xerox (XRX), First Solar, Ford Motor, Best Buy (BBY), PulteGroup (PHM), AutoNation (AN), Textron (TXT), Jacobs Engineering Group (JEC), Mosaic, BB&T (BBT), Fifth Third Bancorp (FITB),Loews (L), Regions Financial (RF), KeyCorp (KEY), Comerica (CMA), Leucadia National (LUK), Zions Bancorp (ZION), Valero Energy (VLO), Marathon Oil, Cardinal Health (CAH), and Pepco Holdings (POM).
- [By Eileen Rojas]
PulteGroup has high growth expectations
PulteGroup (NYSE: PHM ) reported $36 million, or $0.09 per share, of net income for its second quarter ended June 30. Net income included charges for several events that took place in the quarter. In the prior year’s quarter, the company reported net income of $42 million, or $0.11 per share. CEO Richard J. Dugas Jr. believes the housing market is on track to a long-term recovery. He finds that consumers see good value in the market, despite a limited supply of housing inventory, rising prices, and higher interest rates.