Stocks tumbled today as oil closed below $30 a barrel and corporate leaders started mentioning the dreaded “R-Word”–recession.
The S&P 500 fell 1.9% to 1,903.03 today, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 295.64 points, or 1.8% to 16,153.54. The Nasdaq Composite tumbled 2.2% to 4,516.95.
Oil dropped 5.5% to$29.88 today, and that was a big part of the problem for stocks today. BofA Merrill Lynch technical strategist Paul Ciana contends that oil is trying to stabilize:
In our view, crude oils bear trend remains though we see reason to believe it may remain in the high $20s to low $30s for the next few weeks. The bullish momentum divergence reported on January 12 opened a parachute for price, suggesting the high-speed fall was running out of momentum. In addition, crude oil is entering its strongest seasonal period. February and March remained strong months for the past five, 10 and 30 years on average, despite volatile swings. Prices tend to peak in April. Also, the daily high to low percent distance is reaching levels similar to August 2015 where the market temporarily stabilized. And, crude oil finished January above $30/bbl, which technically shows a little strength is emerging in price.
Top 5 High Dividend Companies For 2016: Leucadia National Corporation(LUK)
Leucadia National Corporation, through its subsidiaries, engages in manufacturing, land based contract oil and gas drilling, gaming entertainment, real estate, medical product development, and winery operations in the United States and internationally. Its manufacturing operations include remanufacturing, manufacturing, and/or distribution dimension lumber, home center boards for retailers, pine decking, and other specialty wood products; and manufacturing and marketing lightweight plastic netting used in building and construction, erosion control, packaging, agricultural, carpet padding, filtration, and consumer products. The company?s land based contract oil and gas drilling operations include the provision of drilling services to independent oil and natural gas exploration and production companies in the Mid-Continent region of the United States, including Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, and Kansas. As of December 31, 2010, it had 38 drilling rigs. The company?s g aming entertainment operations consist of owning the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Biloxi located in Biloxi, Mississippi, which consists of 325 rooms and suites, 1,268 slot machines, 52 table games, 6 live poker tables, 5 restaurants, and spa. Its real estate activities include investment in commercial properties, residential land development projects, and other unimproved land. The company?s medical product development operations comprise the development of MP4OX that has completed a phase II proof of concept clinical trial and is a solution of cell-free hemoglobin, administered intravenously to provide oxygen delivery to oxygen deprived tissues. In addition, Leucadia National Corporation engages in the production and sale of wines; and investment and evaluation of gasification projects to convert various types of low grade fossil fuels into energy products. The company was founded in 1854 and is based in New York, New York.
- [By Michael Hooper]
When compared with similar companies, Berkshire Hathaway carries a premium over Markel (NYSE: MKL ) , valued at 1.15 times book value and a 20 forward P/E ratio; and Leucadia National (NYSE: LUK ) , valued at 1.10 times book value and a 7.16 trailing P/E.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
We delved into Kraft Heinz’s (KHC) earnings beat, and explained the impact of Leucadia National’s (LUK) investment in National Beef on its earnings.
- [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).
Top 5 High Dividend Companies For 2016: MGC Diagnostics Corporation(MGCD)
MGC Diagnostics Corporation designs, markets, and sells non-invasive cardiorespiratory diagnostic products under the MGC Diagnostics, MedGraphics, and Medisoft names in the United States and internationally. Its pulmonary function products comprise the Medical Graphics CPF S/D USB, and Medisoft Micro 5000 and Micro 6000 spirometers; Medical Graphics Ultima PF Series, Medisoft SpiroAir, and Medisoft HypAir; Medical Graphics Platinum Elite and Medisoft BodyBox Series; and Medisoft FeNO, FeNO+, and HypAir Muscle Study Systems. These products include applications that enable the early detection of lung disease; evaluate the effect of medication; monitor patients with chronic disease; diagnose lung diseases; manage treatment; assess the surgical risk of lung transplant and lung reduction candidates; and evaluate the impact of diseases, such as neuromuscular disease on breathing. The companys gas exchange testing products comprise the Ultima CPX metabolic stress testing system, Ultima CardiO2 gas exchange analysis system, CCM Express indirect calorimeter, VO2000 metabolic measurement system, Ergocard Clinical, Ergocard Professional gas exchange analysis system, and Ergocard ECG. These products applications consist of screening for early signs of cardiac and pulmonary dysfunction through diagnosis, establishing exercise prescriptions and training programs, evaluating the efficacy of prescribed therapy, and determining appropriate nutritional support requirements. MGC Diagnostics Corporation sells its products through direct sales force and distributors to hospitals, university-based medical centers, medical clinics, physician offices, pharmaceutical companies, medical device manufacturers, and clinical research organizations. The company was formerly known as Angeion Corporation and changed its name to MGC Diagnostics Corporation in August 2012. MGC Diagnostics Corporation was founded in 1986 and is h eadquartered in Saint Paul, Minnesota.
- [By Monica Gerson]
MGC Diagnostics Corp (NASDAQ: MGCD) is projected to post earnings for the latest quarter.
Lands’ End, Inc. (NASDAQ: LE) is estimated to report its quarterly earnings at $0.02 per share on revenue of $293.24 million.
Best Machinery Stocks To Buy For 2016: Microchip Technology Incorporated(MCHP)
Microchip Technology Incorporated, together with its subsidiaries, develops, manufactures, and sells semiconductor products for various embedded control applications. It offers a family of microcontroller products that include 8-bit, 16-bit, and 32-bit PIC microcontrollers; and 16-bit dsPIC digital signal controllers, which feature on-board flash memory technology. The company also provides a set of application development tools that enable system designers to program a PIC microcontroller and dsPIC DSC for specific applications. In addition, it offers analog and interface products, which consist of various families with approximately 600 power management, linear, mixed-signal, thermal management, safety and security, and interface products. Further, the company provides memory products comprising serial electrically erasable programmable read-only memory. Its products are used in various applications in automotive, communications, computing, consumer, and industrial contr ol markets. Microchip Technology Incorporated markets its products primarily through a network of direct sales personnel and distributors in the Americas, Europe, and Asia. The company was founded in 1989 and is based in Chandler, Arizona.
- [By Beth Piskora]
They are listed below:
Altera (ALTR)yielding 1.7%
Apple (AAPL)yielding 2.5%
Applied Materials (AMAT)yielding 2.6%
Cisco (CSCO)yielding 2.9%
EMC Corp. (EMC)yielding 1.5%
International Business Machines (IBM)yielding 2.0%
KLA-Tencor (KLAC)yielding 3.2%
Microchip Technology (MCHP)yielding 3.6%
Oracle (ORCL)yielding 1.5%
Qualcomm (QCOM)yielding 2.1%
Texas Instruments (TXN)yielding 2.9%
Xilinx (XLNX)yielding 2.3%
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Top 5 High Dividend Companies For 2016: Chesapeake Energy Corporation(CHK)
Chesapeake Energy Corporation engages in the acquisition, exploration, and development of properties for the production of oil, natural gas, and natural gas liquids (NGL) from underground reservoirs in the United States. It operates in two segments, Exploration and Production, and Marketing, Gathering and Compression. The company holds interests in natural gas resource plays, including the Haynesville/Bossier Shales in northwestern Louisiana and East Texas; the Marcellus Shale in the northern Appalachian Basin in Pennsylvania; and the Barnett Shale in the Fort Worth Basin of north-central Texas. It also holds interests in liquids-rich resource plays, such as the Eagle Ford Shale in South Texas; the Utica Shale in Ohio and Pennsylvania; the Anadarko Basin in northwestern Oklahoma and the Texas Panhandle; and the Niobrara Shale in the Powder River Basin in Wyoming. The company owns interests in approximately 43,700 oil and natur al gas wells. As of December 31, 2015, it had estimated proved reserves of 1.504 billion barrels of oil equivalent. The company also provides oil, natural gas, and NGL marketing services comprising commodity price structuring, securing and negotiating gathering, hauling, processing and transportation, contract administration, and nomination services for Chesapeake-operated wells; and marketing services for third-party producers, as well as designs, engineers, fabricates, installs, and sells natural gas compression units, accessories, and equipment used in the production, treatment, and processing of oil and natural gas. Chesapeake Energy Corporation was founded in 1989 and is headquartered in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
We have seen several dividend cuts in the recent past, including Anadarko Petroleum cutting its dividend by 81%…and we expect more companies to follow suit. Chesapeake Energy (CHK), ConocoPhillips (COP), Encana,Marathon Oil and Noble Energy (NBL) are among energy companies that have also cut dividends in the past 12 months, but dividend requirements even after several cuts will consume ~26% of 2016 estimated cash flow at current dividend rates (15% excluding Occidental Petroleum (OXY)) for the large cap E&Ps we cover. We believe most of the companies with a dividend yield of more than 1.5% should consider cutting the dividend and find the following companies more likely than not to reduce dividends:Apache (2.5% yield),Devon Energy (4%),Encana (1.5%) andMarathon Oil (2.5%). We believe Canadian Natural Resource (CNQ) (3.0%) is likely to maintain its dividend while Occidental (4.5%) has the financial strength to maintain or even increase the divide nd…
- [By Jim Jubak, Senior Markets Editor, MoneyShow.com]
On the news I’m moving my target price for Cheniere Energy to $38 from the current $34. (Cheniere is a member of my Jubak’s Picks portfolio.) Other members of that portfolio that benefit from this news, and the acceleration of construction and potential liquefied natural gas exports, include Chicago Bridge & Iron (CBI) and Chesapeake Energy (CHK).
- [By Javier Hasse]
The S&P 500 Index closed up 0.08 percent, with Discover Financial Services (NYSE: DFS), up 8.14 percent on its earnings, and Chesapeake Energy Corporation (NYSE: CHK), up 4.82 percent on rising oil prices, having posted the largest gains.
Top 5 High Dividend Companies For 2016: Olympic Steel Inc.(ZEUS)
Olympic Steel, Inc. engages in the processing and distribution of metal products in the United States. It offers flat products and tubular and pipe products, including processed carbon, coated, aluminum and stainless flat-rolled sheet, coil, and plate; and metal tubing, pipe, bar, valves, and fittings and fabricate pressure parts. The company also provides various processing services comprising cutting-to-length, slitting, sawing, and shearing; and value-added processes of blanking, tempering, plate burning, laser cutting, precision machining, welding, fabricating, bending, and painting to process metal to specified lengths, widths, and shapes. It serves metal consuming industries, such as manufacturers and fabricators of transportation and material handling equipment, construction and farm machinery, storage tanks, environmental and energy generation equipment, automobiles, food service and electrical equipment, and military vehicles and equipment, as well as general and plate fabricators and metals service centers through direct sales force. Olympic Steel, Inc. was founded in 1954 and is headquartered in Bedford Heights, Ohio.
- [By Lisa Levin]
Olympic Steel, Inc. (NASDAQ: ZEUS) was down, falling around 17 percent to $21.32. KeyBanc downgraded Olympic Steel from Sector Weight to Underweight.