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The last few Fridays haven’t been kind to the Street, with the market closing lower three weeks in a row. Will today be a different story?
Exactly one year after setting its all-time intra-day high, the S&P 500 index (SPX) starts Friday well below that level, but appeared ready to challenge the psychological 2050 mark. For a while overnight, a rally in oil futures lent a positive hand to equities overseas, but the oil rally has fizzled somewhat. And John Deere (DE) reported disappointing second-quarter earnings.
Nevertheless, the futures market pointed toward a slightly higher open. From a technical standpoint, the slide over the last few weeks means the SPX has fallen through some key support points, notably the long-standing support at 2050. The question today is whether the SPX can hold support at 2044, challenge 2050, and generate a little positive spirit to spring into next week.
One ongoing theme seems to be a lack of conviction on Wall Street, with sectors bouncing up and down. For instance, Thursday’s trading saw financials fall after rallying on Wednesday, while utilities rose after falling on Wednesday.
Top 5 Logistics Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Humana Inc.(HUM)
Humana Inc. offers various health and supplemental benefit plans in the United States. Its Government segment consists of beneficiaries of government benefit programs; and operates in three lines of businesses, including Medicare, Military, and Medicaid. The Medicare program provides hospital and medical insurance benefits to persons of age 65 and over and some disabled persons under the age of 65. The Military program offers health insurance coverage to the dependents of duty military personnel, and to retired military personnel and their dependents. The Medicaid program is a federal program that is state-operated to facilitate the delivery of health care services primarily to low-income residents. The Commercial segment consists of members enrolled in its medical and specialty products marketed to employer groups and individuals. This segment provides health maintenance organization products that offer prepaid health insurance coverage to its members through a network of independent primary care physicians, specialty physicians, and other health care providers; preferred provider organization products, which are offered primarily to employer groups and individuals; and administrative services only products that are provided to employers who self-insure their employee health plans. It also offers various specialty products, including dental, vision, and other supplemental products, as well as disease management services. As of December 31, 2010, Humana Inc. had approximately 10.2 million members enrolled in medical benefit plans; and approximately 7.1 million members enrolled in specialty products programs. The company markets its products through various channels comprising television, radio, the Internet, telemarketing, and direct mailings. In addition, it has strategic alliances with Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.; State Farm; and United Services Automobile Association to market its products. The company was founded in 1961 and is headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
The Wall Street Journal reported that government regulators are pushing back against Anthem’s (ANTM) purchase of Cigna (CI). California, however, seems to have few issues with the proposed combination of Aetna (AET) andHumana (HUM). Leerink’s Ana Gupte explains:
Top 5 Logistics Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Sony Corp Ord(SNE)
Sony Corporation designs, develops, manufactures, and sells electronic equipment, instruments, and devices for consumer, professional, and industrial markets worldwide. The company offers consumer products and devices, including televisions, video cameras, compact digital cameras and interchangeable single-lens cameras, Blu-ray Disc players/recorders, DVD-video players/recorders, home theaters and audio systems, and portable audio and car audio products. It also provides charged coupled devices, complementary metal-oxide semiconductor image sensors, system LSIs, small- and medium-sized LCD panels, and other semiconductors; and components, such as batteries, optical disk drives, chemical products, audio/video/data recording media, storage media, and optical pickups. In addition, the company develops, produces, markets, and distributes games, such as PlayStation3, PlayStation Portable, and PlayStation 2 hardware and related software; and PCs and flash memory digital audio pl ayers, as well as manufactures broadcast- and professional-use products, Blu-ray discs, DVDs, and CD discs. Further, it produces and distributes motion pictures and television programs, and home entertainment; creates and distributes digital content; operates television networks and studio facilities; and develops entertainment products, services, and technologies. Additionally, the company engages in the music publishing business, as well as provision of various financial services, including insurance, savings products, loans, and credit financing services; and a network service business and an advertising agency business. It also involves in research, development, design, production, marketing, sales, distribution, and servicing mobile phones, accessories, services, and applications. The company was formerly known as Tokyo Tsushin Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha and changed its name to Sony Corporation in 1958. Sony Corporation was founded in 1946 and is based in Tokyo, Japan.
- [By Demitrios Kalogeropoulos]
Don’t write offNintendo’s (NASDAQOTH: NTDOY ) chances for a strong holiday season just yet. Yes, even with a year’s head start, the company’s next-generation Wii U has been badly trailing sales of current-gen consoles from Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT ) andSony (NYSE: SNE ) . But that could be set to change soon.
- [By WALLSTCHEATSHEET.COM]
Sony is a provider of innovative technology products to consumers and companies worldwide. The company has set high expectations for its PlayStation 4 as it plans to sell 5 million consoles by March of next year. The stock has struggled in recent years but is now getting ready to test highs for the year. Over the last four quarters, earnings have improved while revenues have declined, however, investors have been pleased with the company. Relative to its peers and sector, Sony has been a year-to-date performance leader. Look for Sony to continue to OUTPERFORM.
- [By Jack Grant]
Currently, “Transformers 7” is the only inhabitant of its June 29, 2019 release date, although that would sandwich it between Walt Disney Co (NYSE: DIS’s “The Incredibles 2” and Sony Corp (ADR) (NYSE: SNE)’s “Bad Boys 4.”
10 Best Biotech Stocks For 2017: MercadoLibre Inc.(MELI)
MercadoLibre, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, hosts online commerce and payments platforms in Latin America. Its services are designed to provide its users with mechanisms to buy, sell, pay for, and collect on e-commerce transactions. The company principally offers MercadoLibre marketplace, an automated online commerce service, which permits businesses and individuals to list items and conduct their sales and purchases online in a fixed-price or auction-based format. Its MercadoLibre marketplace enables registered users to list and purchase motor vehicles, vessels, aircraft, real estate, and other services through online classified listings; and Internet users to browse through various products and services that are listed on its Website and to register with MercadoLibre to list, bid for, and purchase items and services. The company also provides MercadoPago, an integrated online payments solution to facilitate transactions on and off the MercadoLibre marketplace by providing a mechanism that allows its users to send and receive payments online. In addition, it offers MercadoClics advertising program that allows businesses to promote their products and services on the Internet. This program enables users and advertisers to place, display, and/or text advertisements on its Web pages to promote their brands and offerings. Further, the company provides MercadoShops on-line stores solution, a software-as-a-service, which allows users to set-up, manage, and promote their own on-line Webstores. As of December 31, 2010, the company operated online commerce platforms directed towards Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Uruguay, and Venezuela; online payments solutions directed towards Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, Venezuela, Chile, and Colombia; and a real estate classified platform that covers various areas in Florida. The company was founded in 1999 and is headquartered in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
- [By Scott Rubin]
Stock gainers included Mercadolibre Inc (NASDAQ: MELI), up almost 14 percent, and Nu Skin Enterprises, Inc. (NYSE: NUS), which added 12 percent. The positive gains in both stocks were due to strong earnings reports. Shares of Liberty Interactive Group (NASDAQ: QVCA) plunged almost 22 percent on Friday due to disappointing sales growth in its fiscal second quarter. Pharmaceutical giant Bristol-Myers Squibb Co (NYSE: BMY) lost 16 percent after a disappointing study involving its Opdivo drug.
- [By Roberto Pedone]
Mercadolibre (MELI) operates an online trading site for the Latin American markets. This stock closed up 7.1% at $128.50 in Monday’s trading session.
Monday’s Volume: 814,000
Three-Month Average Volume: 479,008
Volume % Change: 69%
From a technical perspective, MELI ripped higher here right above its 50-day moving average of $117.07 with above-average volume. This move pushed shares of MELI into breakout territory, since the stock took out some near-term overhead resistance at $125.30. Shares of MELI are now quickly moving within range of triggering another big breakout trade. That trade will hit if MELI manages to take out some more near-term overhead resistance at $130.74 with high volume.
Traders should now look for long-biased trades in MELI as long as it’s trending above $125 or $124 and then once it sustains a move or close above $130.74 with volume that’s near or above 479,008 shares. If that breakout triggers soon, then MELI will set up to re-test or possibly take out its 52-week high at $136.52.
Top 5 Logistics Stocks To Invest In Right Now: NQ Mobile Inc.(NQ)
NQ Mobile Inc. provides mobile Internet services in the Peoples Republic of China and internationally. The company provides products and services in the areas of mobile security, privacy, optimization, personalized cloud, and family protection. It operates through two segments, Consumer and Enterprise. The company offers NQ Mobile Security, a mobile security product that protects users mobile data from viruses, malware, hackers, and spyware; NQ Mobile Vault, which helps users control pictures, videos, contacts, SMS, and call logs; Android Booster and Super Task Killer that tune users smart devices to achieve optimum performance; NQ Family Guardian, which allows parents to monitor and protect their childrens smart device activities; and cloud security SDK that allows third-party developers to incorporate the function to their applications and products. It also provides mobile entertainment applications and platforms, including Showself Live Video, a live mobile social video platform, which facilitates real-time video shows, enables mobile users to interact and socialize with hosts, and offers a series of in-show mobile games; Showself Desktop, a personalized interactive and programmable mobile desktop application that offers dynamic and themed-wallpaper, and desktop applications; and Showself Music Radar, which provides automatic audio content recognition services, as well as publishes mobile games for third-parties. In addition, NQ Mobile Inc. offers enterprise mobility solutions and services, including system management, application development, business intelligence, and maintenance services, as well as provides advertising and customer support services. The company was formerly known as NetQin Mobile Inc. and changed its name to NQ Mobile Inc. in April 2012. NQ Mobile Inc. was founded in 2005 and is headquartered in Beijing, the Peoples Republic of China.
- [By Lisa Levin]
NQ Mobile Inc (ADR) (NYSE: NQ) shares dropped 16 percent to $3.88 after the company issued an update on the FL Mobile divestment. NQ Mobile is expected to report Q4 financial results on March 21, 2016.
- [By Lisa Levin]
On Thursday, telecommunications services shares gained by 0.42 percent. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included 8×8, Inc. (NASDAQ: EGHT), up 4 percent, and NQ Mobile Inc (ADR) (NYSE: NQ), up 2 percent.
Top 5 Logistics Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Markel Corporation(MKL)
Markel Corporation markets and underwrites specialty insurance products in the United States and internationally. It operates through three segments: U.S. Insurance, International Insurance, and Reinsurance. The U.S. Insurance segment writes general liability, professional liability, property, personal line, program, workers’ compensation, and other insurance product lines. The International Insurance segment provides professional liability, marine and energy, general liability, property, and other insurance product lines, such as accident and health coverage insurance. The Reinsurance segment offers various treaty reinsurance products, such as property, casualty, auto, and others. Markel Corporation was founded in 1930 and is headquartered in Glen Allen, Virginia.
- [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.