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The S&P 500 index was trading lower by just 0.12 percent Monday afternoon. Should the market stay relatively calm and quiet, the index will end the trading session within 1 percent of where it started in the morning for the thirtieth straight day.
According to The Irrelevant Investor, the lack of volatility in the market may be puzzling to some. After all, 2016 is a presidential election year and the Volatility Index is lower than 93 percent of all days dating back all the way to 1990.
Top 5 Solar Companies To Buy Right Now: Pan American Silver Corp.(PAAS)
Pan American Silver Corp. engages in the exploration, development, extraction, processing, production, refining, reclamation, and operation of silver properties. The company also produces and sells gold, zinc, lead, and copper. As of April 27, 2011, it had seven silver mining operations in Mexico, Peru, Argentina, and Bolivia. The company was founded in 1979 and is headquartered in Vancouver, Canada.
- [By Javier Hasse]
Other stocks moving in Friday’s after-hours session included:
A. O. Smith Corp (NYSE: AOS), down 2.5 percent Pan American Silver Corp. (USA) (NASDAQ: PAAS), down 2.1 percent Stamps.com Inc. (NASDAQ: STMP), up 1.87 percent
Disclosure: Javier Hasse holds no positions in any of the securities mentioned above.
Top 5 Solar Companies To Buy Right Now: Constellation Brands Inc(STZ)
Constellation Brands, Inc., incorporated on December 4, 1972, is an international beverage alcohol company. The Company is a producer and marketer of beer and wine the United States and Canada. The Company’s segments include Beer, Wine and Spirits, and Corporate Operations and Other. The Company’s wine portfolio is complemented by select spirits brands and other select beverage alcohol products. It is a multi-category supplier (beer, wine and spirits) of beverage alcohol in the United States.
The Company owns principal facilities, including the Nava Brewery in Nava, Coahuila, Mexico; the glass production plant in Nava, Coahuila, Mexico; wineries in California, which include the Woodbridge Winery in Acampo and the Mission Bell winery in Madera; the Canandaigua winery in Canandaigua, New York, and the distillery in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada. It operates over four facilities in the San Diego, California area that produce its Ballast Point brand, including Miram ar, which serves as the primary production site for the brand. In the United States, the Company operates over 20 wineries using varieties of grapes grown in the Napa, Sonoma, Monterey and San Joaquin regions of California. It also operates approximately eight wineries in Canada, over four wineries in New Zealand and approximately five wineries in Italy. The Company’s Canadian whisky requirements are produced and aged at its Canadian distillery in Lethbridge, Alberta.
The Company sells a number of brands in the import and craft beer categories. Within the imported beer category, the Company has rights to import, market and sell its Mexican Beer Brands in over 50 states of the United States, which include Corona Extra, Corona Light, Modelo Especial, Pacifico, Negra Modelo and Victoria. It also includes Modelo Especial Chelada, which is a blend of beer with flavors of tomato, salt and lime. Its craft beer products are primarily sold under the Bal last Point brand. Ballast Point produces over 40 different s! tyles of beer.
Wine and Spirits
The Company is a producer and marketer of wine. It sells a number of wine brands across various categories, including table wine, sparkling wine and dessert wine, and across all price points, such as popular, premium and luxury categories. The Company owns, leases or has interests in approximately 13,300 acres of vineyards in California (the United States), over 5,800 acres of vineyards in New Zealand, approximately 1,700 acres of vineyards in Canada and over 900 acres of vineyards in Italy.
The Company’s wine produced in the United States is primarily marketed domestically and in Canada. Wine produced in Canada is primarily marketed domestically. Wine produced in New Zealand and Italy is primarily marketed in the United States and Canada. In addition, the Company exports its wine products to other major world markets. Some of its wine and spirits brands sold in the United States include Arbor Mist, Black Box, Blackstone, Clos du Bois, Estancia, Franciscan Estate, Inniskillin, Kim Crawford, Mark West, Mount Veeder, Nobilo, Ravenswood, Rex Goliath, Robert Mondavi, Ruffino, Simi, Toasted Head, Wild Horse, Black Velvet Canadian Whisky and SVEDKA Vodka. In its spirits business, SVEDKA Vodka is imported from Sweden and is the imported vodka brand in the United States.
The Company competes with Anheuser-Busch InBev, MillerCoors, Heineken, Pabst Brewing Company, The Boston Beer Company, E&J Gallo Winery, The Wine Group, Trinchero Family Estates, Treasury Wine Estates, Ste. Michelle Wine Estates, Deutsch Family Wine & Spirits, Jackson Family Wines, Andrew Peller, Kruger Wines and Spirits, Diageo, Beam Suntory, Brown-Forman, Sazerac Company and Pernod Ricard.
- [By Teresa Rivas]
A better than expected first quarter is fueling gains forConstellation Brands (STZ) on Thursday.
The spirits maker said it earned $1.54 a share on revenue that climbed 14.8% to $.187 billion. Analysts were expecting earnings of $1.52 a share on revenue of $1.83 billion. Constellation also reaffirmed its full year guidance for earnings per share between $6.05 and $6.35, compared to the $6.27 consensus estimate.
Wells Fargos Bonnie Herzog reiterated an Outperform rating on the stock following the report:
Strong pricing growth and mix benefits drove 54bps gross margin and 72bps in operating margin expansion in beer resulting in a record 35.6% beer op margin.Wineshipment volumes were up a solid 4.5% with net pricing of 3.7%, both above our expectations. Mix benefits helped drive a solid 164bps of wine & spirits operating margin expansion.Overall we are encouraged by STZ’s results in both segments, as they reflect the benefits of its strategic investments and strong execution.As planned, STZ completed the next phase of its Nava brewery expansion to provide 20M hl of capacity. Outlook Maintained:Despite the earnings beat, and impressive EPS growth,STZ maintained its guidance for FY17, which we continue to believe remains very conservative, given it implies only 8.1% – 15.3% EPS growth on average for the remaining 3 quarters of the year.Bottom Line: We continue to think STZ has excellent momentum and are encouraged by this quarter’s impressiv e results. While we were somewhat disappointed that management did not raise guidance, we believe underlying trends should support strong results above the current outlook.The stock’s reaction to STZ’s earnings beat could be tempered by guidance being maintained.
The shares are up 2.4% to $163.14 in recent trading.
- [By Monica Gerson]
Darden Restaurants, Inc. (NYSE: DRI) is estimated to report its quarterly earnings at $1.08 per share on revenue of $1.81 billion. ConAgra Foods Inc (NYSE: CAG) is expected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.52 per share on revenue of $2.89 billion. Paychex, Inc. (NASDAQ: PAYX) is projected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.49 per share on revenue of $751.52 million. Micron Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: MU) is expected to post a quarterly loss at $0.09 per share on revenue of $2.95 billion. McCormick & Company, Incorporated (NYSE: MKC) is estimated to report its quarterly earnings at $0.74 per share on revenue of $1.06 billion. Constellation Brands, Inc. (NYSE: STZ) is expected to report its quarterly earnings at $1.51 per share. Schnitzer Steel Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCHN) is estimated to report its quarterly earnings at $0.18 per share on revenue of $356.41 million. Franklin Covey Co. (NYSE: FC) is expected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.08 per share on revenue of $49.89 million. Lindsay Corporation (NYSE: LNN) is projected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.99 per share on revenue of $148.43 million.
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Top Machinery Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Broadcom Corporation(BRCM)
Broadcom Corporation (Broadcom), incorporated in August 16, 1991, provides semiconductor solutions for wired and wireless communications. The Company offers a portfolio of system-on-a-chip solutions (SoCs) that deliver voice, video, data and multimedia connectivity in the home, office and mobile environments. The Company operates in two segments: Broadband and Connectivity, and Infrastructure and Networking. The Companys solutions are used globally by manufacturers and are embedded in an array of communications products.
Broadband and Connectivity
The Companys Broadband and Connectivity segment includes set-top box solutions, broadband modem solutions, connectivity solutions and a range of other technologies. The Companys products include set-top boxes (STBs), central office broadband access equipment, residential gateways, stand-alone broadband access modems and a range of consumer devices, including smartphones and tablets, wearable dev ices, personal computers (PCs), laptops and access points, among others. Set-top box solutions include transcoding, digital video recording functionality, networking capabilities, and tuners to enable channel change and simultaneous recordings. The Company offers platform solutions for cable, satellite, Internet Protocol and terrestrial STBs. The Company also offers platform solutions for digital subscriber line (DSL), cable and fiber for both central office deployments and consumer premise equipment (CPE).
Broadcoms connectivity solutions include integrated and discrete Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and near field communication (NFC) solutions. The Company offers its wireless connectivity solutions to devices, such as smartphones; tablets; laptops and related peripherals; wireless home routers and gateways; printers; handheld media devices; home gaming systems; smart TVs and connected STBs, as well as a range of wearable and connected devices, including watches and glass es, smoke alarms and thermostats. The Company also offers hi! gh performance, low power Wi-Fi chipsets. The Company supports a range of value added features on top of its Wi-Fi solutions, including WiFi Direct, WiFi Display and Miracast.
The Company offers Bluetooth silicon and software solutions. The Companys other broadband and connectivity technologies include small cell/femtocell solutions, location (GPS) and touch controllers. It offers third generation (3G) or fourth generation (4G) platform solutions for femtocells and small and residential cells. The Company also offers a family of GPS, assisted GPS (A-GPS) and GNSS semiconductor products, software and data services. Its location-based services technology delivers data to its GNSS devices. In addition, the Company offers touch controllers to one customer, which are integrated circuits designed to process signals from touch screens on mobile devices.
Infrastructure and Networking
The Companys Infrastructure and Networking segment incl udes Ethernet switches and PHYs, which includes switches and fabrics; copper and optical transceivers; backplane and optical front-end physical layer devices; processors, including multicore processors. It offers other Infrastructure and Networking technologies, including knowledge-based processors, voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) solutions, microwave backhaul solutions and radio head digital front ends. The Company also offers a family of Ethernet controllers. The Companys products include service provider metro equipment; edge and core routers, wireless infrastructure and wireless access points; switches and routers; servers and workstations; network interface cards; local area network (LAN) on motherboard applications; optical networks and dense wave division multiplexing applications; security appliances; storage controllers; microwave links for wireless backhaul; cellular remote radio heads; automobile Ethernet networks; point-of-sale equipment, and other embedde d system-on-a-chip (SoC) subsystems.
The Compan! y offers ! a set of Ethernet switching products that are optimized for service provider networks, data center implementations, and enterprise and small-and-medium businesses. The Companys service provider switch portfolio enables carrier or service provider networks to support a number of services in the wireless backhaul, access, aggregation and core of their networks. For enterprise applications, the Company offers product families that combine multi-layer switching capabilities and wire-speed Gigabit, 10, 40 and 100 gigabits per second (Gbps) Ethernet switching performance for unified wired and wireless enterprise business networks. Its ethernet copper transceivers are used for high-speed network connections and support energy efficient Ethernet, data encryption and time synchronization at one or 10 Gbps.
Broadcoms BroadR-Reach automotive solutions allow multiple in-vehicle systems, such as infotainment, on-board diagnostics and automated driver assistance to simu ltaneously access information over unshielded single twisted pair cable. Its automotive Ethernet product portfolio consists of five devices, including three integrated switches with embedded PHYs and two stand-alone PHY solutions. The Company offers a portfolio of 10G and 40G Ethernet transceivers, 100 Gbps gear boxes, forward error correction solutions, and chips for backplanes and optical interconnect to address data traffic both in data centers and service provider networks.
The Company provides multicore processors, integrated processors and networking solutions. The Company offers Ethernet controllers for servers, workstations and desktop and notebook computers, supporting multiple generations of Ethernet technology. It also supplies application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC) controllers through a relationship with QLogic Corporation. Broadcoms knowledge-based processors enable decision-making for packet processing in a variety of devices in the ente rprise, metro, access, edge and core networking spaces. The ! Company! s family of microwave and millimeter modems and radio frequency (RF) chip sets allows its customers to build wireless backhaul and LAN extension products for service providers. Its family of VoIP solutions allows its customers to build VoIP-enabled telephony products for the enterprise environment. The Company offers a family of remote radio head digital front-end processors (DFE) products that can be found in wireless infrastructure deployments. In addition, the Company offers customers a range of custom ASIC products.
The Company competes with Intel Corporation, Marvell Technology Group Ltd., Mediatek Inc., Qualcomm Incorporation, STMicroelectronics NV, Cavium, Inc., Freescale Semiconductor,Ltd. and Mellanox.
- [By Shauna O’Brien]
Susquehanna reported on Tuesday that it has raised its rating on Broadcom Corporation (BRCM).
The firm has upgraded BRCM from “Neutral” to “Positive,” and has lifted the company’s price target from $33 to $35. This price target suggests a 23% upside from the stock’s current price of $26.91.
Analyst Chris Caso commented: “Our downgrade of BRCM in May was predicated on already high Street expectations on handsets and no notable improvement in networking to drive upside. We think expectations and the stock price have now been sufficiently reset ahead of what we expect to be catalysts in 2014 including the iPhone 6 product cycle, potential improvement in networking and the impact from the recent Renesas acquisition. In addition, after several years of overspending on their handset initiatives, we think we are now closer to the point where the company either captures a return on that investment or is forced to moderate spending either of which benefit profitability. We see the upcoming December analyst meeting as a potential intermediate catalyst.”
Broadcom shares were up 38 cents, or 1.41%, during pre-market trading Tuesday. The stock is down 19% YTD.
Top 5 Solar Companies To Buy Right Now: Seres Therapeutics, Inc.(MCRB)
Seres Therapeutics, Inc., a microbiome therapeutics platform company, focuses on the development of biological drugs designed to restore health by repairing the function of a dysbiotic microbiome. Its lead product candidate is SER-109, a bacterial spore ecology, which has completed open label Phase Ib/2 clinical study for the prevention of further recurrences of Clostridium difficile infection (CDI). The company also develops SER-287 that is in phase Ib clinical study to treat inflammatory bowel disease, including ulcerative colitis. Its product candidates in pre-clinical development comprise SER-262, an Ecobiotic microbiome therapeutic designed to be used following antibiotic treatment of primary CDI; and SER-155 for the prevention of transplant-related mortality. Seres Therapeutics, Inc. has a strategic collaboration with Nestle Health Science. The company was formerly known as Seres Health, Inc. and changed its name to Sere s Therapeutics, Inc. in May 2015. Seres Therapeutics, Inc. was founded in 2010 and is headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
- [By Lisa Levin]
Seres Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: MCRB) shares dropped 70 percent to $10.69 after the company reported interim results from SER-109 Phase 2 ECOSPOR study in multiply recurrent clostridium difficile infection. The study did not achieve primary endpoint.
Top 5 Solar Companies To Buy Right Now: The Joint Corp.(JYNT)
The Joint Corp., incorporated on March 10, 2010, develops, owns, operates, supports and manages chiropractic clinics through direct ownership, management arrangements, franchising and the sale of regional developer rights throughout the United States. The Company is franchisor and operator of chiropractic clinics that uses a private pay, non-insurance, cash-based model. The Company offers its patients the opportunity to visit its clinics without an appointment and receive prompt attention. The Company offers extended hours of operation, including weekends.
The Company has approximately 310 franchised, company-owned, or managed clinics in operation in over 30 states. In addition to its approximately 310 operating clinics, the Company has granted franchises either directly or through its regional developers for an additional over 170 clinics. The Company offers a range of membership and wellness packages. Each patient’s records are digitally updated for ready re trieval in its data storage system by its chiropractors in compliance with various applicable medical records security and privacy regulations.
The Company competes with HealthSource Chiropractic and ChiroOne.
- [By Monica Gerson]
Joint Corp (NASDAQ: JYNT) is estimated to post a quarterly loss at $0.28 per share on revenue of $4.13 million.
Synacor Inc (NASDAQ: SYNC) is projected to post a quarterly loss at $0.03 per share on revenue of $30.00 million.