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The majority of families still get health insurance through their employers, and the average cost of health care for a family of four with employer coverage is $25,826, according to the 2016 Milliman Medical Index. Thats a 4.7% increase in the past year and triple the cost in 2001, when Milliman first conducted the study and average health care costs were $8,414.
Employers still cover the bulk of the cost, paying an average of $14,793 while the employee pays $11,033, which includes the employees share of the premiums and out-of-pocket costs. Employees pay a larger share than in the past; they paid 39% of the total health care costs on average when Milliman first did the study in 2001. This year, their share accounts for 43% of the total.
Top 5 Undervalued Stocks To Own For 2016: Johnson Controls Inc.(JCI)
Johnson Controls, Inc. engages in building efficiency, automotive experience, and power solutions businesses worldwide. Its building efficiency business designs, produces, markets, and installs integrated heating, ventilating, and air conditioning systems, as well as building management systems, controls, and security and mechanical equipment. This business also provides technical services, energy management consulting, and operations of real estate portfolios for the non-residential buildings market. In addition, this business offers residential air conditioning and heating systems, and industrial refrigeration products. The company?s automotive experience business designs and manufactures interior products and systems for passenger cars and light trucks, including vans, pick-up trucks, and sport/crossover utility vehicles. It offers seating systems and components; cockpit systems comprising instrument panels and clusters, information displays, and body controllers; overh ead systems, such as headliners and electronic convenience features; floor consoles; and door systems. This business also produces automotive interior systems for original equipment manufacturers. Its power solutions business produces lead-acid automotive batteries serving automotive original equipment manufacturers and the general vehicle battery aftermarket. This business produces lead-acid batteries, as well as offers absorbent glass mat and lithium-ion battery technologies to power hybrid vehicles. The company was formerly known as Johnson Electric Service Company and changed its name to Johnson Controls, Inc. in 1974. Johnson Controls, Inc. was founded in 1885 and is headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
- [By Ian Sayson]
The Jakarta Composite Index (JCI) capped the biggest rally since 2011, while the Philippine Stock Exchange Index jumped 1.6 percent. Stocks in Thailand and Malaysia also gained.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
While the direct revenue exposure to the UK is relatively small across our coverage (aside fromTyco and Idex), the potential impact from Brexit is much more widespread across the continent and the world. The impact should be most negative for our companies with larger industrial exposure to Europe, just as we have begun to hear incrementally positive commentary regarding Europe.Idex andTyco have some of the highest direct exposures to UK and Europe but Tyco’s business should be relatively more stable and in any case theJohnson Controls (JCI) synergies loom large. Eaton (ETN) and Emerson Electric, though with slightly smaller exposure, are more involved with industrial spending.Danaher andHoneywell have high revenue exposure, but we believe that their more benign end market exposure should mitigate some of the negative consequences they face. We rate Allegion (ALLE), Danaher, Dover (DOV), Fortive (FTV), Honeywell, Ingersoll-Rand (IR), Pentair (PNR) andTy co Outperform; Emerson Electric, Eaton, General Electric (GE),Idex and 3M (MMM) Market-Perform; Rockwell Automation (ROK) Underperform.
Top 5 Undervalued Stocks To Own For 2016: Pinnacle Entertainment Inc.(PNK)
Pinnacle Entertainment, Inc. owns, develops, and operates casinos, and related hospitality and entertainment facilities in the United States. It operates casinos, such as L’Auberge du Lac in Lake Charles, Louisiana; River City Casino and Lumiere Place in St. Louis, Missouri; Boomtown New Orleans in New Orleans, Louisiana; Belterra Casino Resort in Vevay, Indiana; Boomtown Bossier City in Bossier City, Louisiana; and Boomtown Reno in Reno, Nevada. The company also operates River Downs racetrack in southeast Cincinnati, Ohio. As of May 26, 2011, it operated seven casinos and one racetrack. The company was formerly known as Hollywood Park, Inc. and changed its name to Pinnacle Entertainment, Inc. in February 2000. Pinnacle Entertainment, Inc. was founded in 1935 and is based in Las Vegas, Nevada.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
Pinnacle Entertainment (PNK) has gained 56% this year; Las Vegas Sands (LVS) has climbed 38%. And Deutsche Bank has nice things to say about both today.
First Pinnacle. Deutsche Bank’s Carlo Santarelli ponders the stock’s big move and comes away still seeing value in its shares. He writes:
When we upgraded PNK in April, our thesis centered on the FCF strength of the combined entities [Pinnacle completed its acquisition of Ameristar Casinos on Aug. 14], a handful of favorable catalysts, easing regional gaming comps, & an inexpensive relative valuation. Given the shares’ sizeable move since then, we believe it is worth revisiting the investment case. Post the announcement of several asset sales and the closing of the transaction, we are adjusting our estimates, raising our PT to $30 from $24, and maintaining our bullish view at current levels given what we still believe to be an attractive free cash flow valuation, meaningful potential synergy realization beyond the $40 mm of announced benefits, and a free option on a lagging regional recovery.
Santarelli also revisited Las Vegas Sands and there too, he likes what he sees. He writes:
With…LVS at [a share price level] that have been challenging to break from over the last year plus, we believe this time is different and hence we see continued upward momentum…In the case of LVS, we see; 1) meaningful mass market strength continuing through year end, setting the stage for upward company and market estimate revisions for 2014, 2) continued cash flow appreciation and capital returns serving as downside protection and positive catalysts, and 3) continued shared gains, largely driven by table optimization and mass market strength, driving both estimates and sentiment.
He also likes Wynn Resorts (WYNN), despite its 34% gain.Santarelli writes:
As for WYNN, we believe near-term estimates continue to take a back seat to capital return
Hot Prefered Companies To Watch For 2016: NiSource, Inc(NI)
NiSource Inc., an energy holding company, provides natural gas, electricity, and other products and services in the United States. It operates through two segments, Gas Distribution Operations and Electric Operations. The company provides natural gas service and transportation to residential, commercial, and industrial customers; generates, transmits, and distributes electricity; and provides wholesale and transmission transaction services. It serves approximately 3.4 million natural gas customers and 463,000 electric customers in in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Kentucky, Maryland, Indiana, and Massachusetts. The company also owns and operates 3 coal-fired electric generating stations with a net capability of 2,540 megawatts (MW), 3 gas-fired generating units with a net capability of 196 MW, and 2 hydroelectric generating plants with a net capability of 10 MW, as well as a combined cycle gas turbine plant with a capacity of 5 35 MW. The company was formerly known as NIPSCO Industries, Inc. and changed its name to NiSource Inc. in April 1999. NiSource Inc. was founded in 1912 and is headquartered in Merrillville, Indiana.
- [By Lisa Levin]
In trading on Thursday, utilities shares fell by 2.01 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Unitil Corporation (NYSE: UTL), down 9 percent, and NiSource Inc. (NYSE: NI), down 5 percent.
Top 5 Undervalued Stocks To Own For 2016: Westar Energy, Inc.(WR)
Westar Energy, Inc. (Westar Energy), incorporated on March 6, 1924, is an electric utility in Kansas. The Company provides electric generation, transmission and distribution services to approximately 700,000 customers in Kansas. The Company provides these services in central and northeastern Kansas, including the cities of Topeka, Lawrence, Manhattan, Salina and Hutchinson. Kansas Gas and Electric Company (KGE), Westar Energy’s subsidiary, provides the services in south-central and southeastern Kansas, including the city of Wichita. Both Westar Energy and KGE conduct business using the name Westar Energy. The Company supplies electric energy at retail to customers in Kansas. The Company also supplies electric energy at wholesale to municipalities and electric cooperatives in Kansas, and has contracts for the sale or purchase of wholesale electricity with other utilities. The Company classifies it customers as residential, commercial and industrial. It has approximately 6,2 70 megawatts (MW) of generating capacity in service.
Fossil Fuel Generation
The three coal-fired units at Jeffrey energy center have an aggregate capacity of approximately 2,150 MW, of which the Company owns or consolidate through a variable interest entity (VIE) a combined share, or over 1,970 MW. The two coal-fired units at La Cygne Generating Station (La Cygne) have an aggregate generating capacity of approximately 1,400 MW, of which the Company owns or consolidate, through a VIE. La Cygne uses primarily Powder River Basin (PRB) coal but one of the two units also uses a small portion of locally mined coal. Lawrence and Tecumseh Energy Centers have an aggregate generating capacity of approximately 540 MW.
The Company uses natural gas as a primary fuel at its Gordon Evans, Murray Gill, Hutchinson, Spring Creek and Emporia Energy Centers and at the State Line facility. The Company also uses natural gas as a supp lemental fuel in the coal-fired units at Lawrence and Tecums! eh Energy Centers.
The Company uses diesel to start some of its coal generating stations, as a primary fuel in the Hutchinson No. 4 combustion turbine and in its diesel generators. The Company also purchases No. 2 diesel in the spot market.
Wolf Creek is approximately 1,170 MW nuclear power plant located near Burlington, Kansas. KGE owns an interest in Wolf Creek, or approximately 550 MW.
The Company owns approximately 150 MW of designed installed wind capacity. Also of the approximately 1,310 MW of wind power under contract, the Company has over 910 MW in operation.
- [By Lisa Levin]
On Thursday, utilities shares rose by 0.02 percent. Top gainers in the sector included Westar Energy Inc (NYSE: WR), Westar Energy Inc (NYSE: AT), and NRG Energy Inc (NYSE: NRG).
- [By Jayson Derrick]
According to a report by Bloomberg, Westar Energy Inc (NYSE: WR) is a potential takeover target from rival Ameren Corp (NYSE: AEE) and a consortium of investors, including Toronto-based Borealis Infrastructure Management and the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board.
Top 5 Undervalued Stocks To Own For 2016: Pacific Gas & Electric Co.(PCG)
PG&E Corporation, through its subsidiary, Pacific Gas and Electric Company, transmits, delivers, and sells electricity and natural gas to residential, commercial, industrial, and agricultural customers primarily in northern and central California. The companys electricity distribution network consists of approximately 142,000 circuit miles of distribution lines, 58 transmission switching substations, and 603 distribution substations; and electricity transmission network comprises approximately 18,400 circuit miles of interconnected transmission lines and 91 electric transmission substations. Its natural gas system consists of approximately 42,800 miles of distribution pipelines, approximately 6,700 miles of backbone and local transmission pipelines, and various storage facilities. The company operates various electricity generation facilities, such as nuclear, hydroelectric, fossil fuel-fired, and photovoltaic. PG&E Corporat ion was founded in 1905 and is headquartered in San Francisco, California.
- [By David Dittman]
PG&E Corp (NYSE: PCG), Edison International (NYSE: EIX) and Sempra Energy (NYSE: SRE) are the parent entities of California’s investor-owned utilities.