Top 5 US Companies To Watch For 2017

Shares of Tesla Motors (TSLA) are falling in after-hours trading after the upstart automaker announced that it would sell more shares.

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According to a filing today, Tesla will sell 6.8 million shares and raise some $1.4 billion. The money will be used to “start volume production and deliveries of Model 3 in late 2017 and to accelerate our 500,000 vehicle build plan from 2020 to 2018,” according to the prospectus.

Elon Musk is selling 2.8 million shares, with the proceeds used to pay taxes for options he exercised.

In the Goldman Sachs upgrade of Tesla today, analystPatrick Archambault and team predicted that Tesla would need to raise more capital but limited to about $1 billion:

Using Teslas target for vehicle production of 500k units in 2018, we believe the company would need to invest $7.5bn, requiring $1bn in additional capital. Using publicly available comps from past OEM projects as well as conversations with some leading industry experts in production we break down the companys capital requirements to get to managements delivery goal. This entails the physical capital expenditures required to get the Model 3 off the ground ($3.2bn), other capex needed to support the ongoing Model S/X programs ($1.8bn), and increased net working capital to support the companys delivery goals of 500k units by 2018 ($2.4bn). On our estimates these components add up to a cash use of $7.5bn, which would be partially offset by the companys ABL program ($785mn in remaining availability as of April 2016), as well as increased cash generation if the company meets its delivery targets ($5.7bn). Netting these together we estimate an incremental capital n eed of approx. $1bn.

Top 5 US Companies To Watch For 2017: 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.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    How good were UnitedHealth Group’s (UNH) earnings today? So good its stock has jumped the most in more than six years–and lifted competitors like Humana (HUM), Cigna (CI), Aetna (AET), and Anthem (ANTM) as well. Leerink’s Ana Gupte explains why the market is in love with UnitedHealth’s earnings:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Clinton 15 stock basket (DBUSCLNT): UnitedHealth Group (UNH), Humana (HUM), McKesson (MCK), Aecom (ACM), Quanta Services (PWR), ExxonMobil (XOM), Alcoa (AA), NextEra Energy (NEE), Cree (CREE), First Solar (FSLR), Facebook (FB), Netflix (NFLX), Prudential Financial (PRU), Citigroup (C), Union Pacific (UNP).

  • [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 US Companies To Watch For 2017: Visteon Corporation(VC)

Visteon Corporation supplies automotive systems, modules, and components to automotive original equipment manufacturers worldwide. The company offers a range of electronics products, including audio/infotainment systems and components, such as base radio/CD head units, infotainment head units, audiophile systems and amplifiers, rear seat family entertainment systems, digital and satellite radios, HD and DAB broadcast tuners, MACH voice link technology, and connectivity solutions for portable devices; driver information systems comprising instrument clusters and displays to assist driving; and powertrain and feature control modules, including controllers for fuel pumps, transfer cases, tuning valves, and security and voltage regulation systems. It also provides electronic climate controls, such as single zone manual electronic and automatic multiple zone modules, as well as integrated audio and climate control assemblies; and lighting products consisting of headlamps, stop lamps, and fog lamps. In addition, the company offers integrated heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems, which include evaporators, condensers, heater cores, climate controls, compressors, air handling cases, and fluid transport systems; and components and modules that provide cooling and thermal management for the vehicle?s engine and transmission, as well as for batteries and power electronics on hybrid and electric vehicles. Further, it provides interior products, including cockpit modules, which incorporate structural, electronic, climate control, mechanical, and safety components; door panels/modules and interior trim products; and console modules, which deliver storage options. The company was founded in 2000 and is headquartered in Van Buren Township, Michigan.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Citigroup’s Itay Michaeli and Justin Barell argue that the race to create the car of the future is accelerating, something that will benefit suppliers like Mobileye (MBLY), Delphi Automotive (DLPH), Visteon (VC), Magna International (MGA), and Lear (LEA), as well as automakers like General Motors (GM). They explain:

Hot New Stocks To Own For 2017: United States Cellular Corporation(USM)

United States Cellular Corporation operates as a wireless telecommunications service provider in the United States. The company offers wireless voice and data services to retail consumer and business customers. It provides wireless services in postpaid service plans with voice, messaging, and data services; and prepaid service plans with minutes, messaging, and data services for a monthly fee. The company also offers various additional features, including caller ID blocking, call forwarding, voicemail, call waiting, and three-way calling; and data usage features consisting of Web browsing, email services, instant messaging, text messaging, and picture and video messaging. As of December 31, 2010, it provided wireless voice and data services to 6.1 million customers in 26 states. In addition, the company operates retail stores that sell a range of wireless devices, including handsets, modems, and tablets, as well as accessories, such as carrying cases, hands-free devices, b atteries, battery chargers, memory cards, and other items to consumers and small businesses. Further, it sells wireless devices to agents and other third-party distributors for resale; operates service facilities that provide servicing and repair for wireless devices; and enables customers to activate service and purchase wireless devices online. The company?s business customers include small-to-mid-size businesses in various industries, including construction, retail, professional services, and real estate. It offers its products and services through retail sales and service centers, direct sales, and independent agents. The company was founded in 1983 and is based in Chicago, Illinois. United States Cellular Corporation is a subsidiary of Telephone and Data Systems, Inc.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    United States Cellular Corp (NYSE: USM) is projected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.26 per share on revenue of $975.54 million.

    Koppers Holdings Inc. (NYSE: KOP) is estimated to report its quarterly earnings at $0.09 per share on revenue of $364.50 million.

Top 5 US Companies To Watch For 2017: DIRECTV(DTV)

DIRECTV provides digital television entertainment in the United States and Latin America. The company provides direct-to-home (DTH) digital television services, as well as multi-channel video programming distribution services in the United States. It offers various channels of digital-quality video entertainment and CD-quality audio programming directly to subscribers’ homes or businesses, as well as video-on-demand services; and approximately 160 national high-definition television channels and 4 3D channels. The company also provides premium professional and collegiate sports programming, such as the NFL SUNDAY TICKET package, which allows subscribers to view the NFL games. In addition, it offers DTH digital television services in Latin America and the Caribbean, including Puerto Rico. The company provides its local and international programming under the DIRECTV and SKY brand names. As of December 31, 2010, it served approximately 19.2 million subscribers in the United States; and 8.9 million subscribers in Latin America. The company was founded in 1990 and is based in El Segundo, California.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Christopher Freeburn]

    Service disruptions on DirecTV’s (DTV) website temporarily interfered with subscribers’ ability to stream National Football League (NFL) games online for the last two Sundays.

Top 5 US Companies To Watch For 2017: Female Health Company (The)(FHCO)

 

The Female Health Company develops, manufactures, and markets consumer health care products. It offers the FC2 female condom that provides women dual protection against unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections, including HIV/AIDS. The company sells its products to global agencies, non-government organizations, ministries of health, and other government agencies directly, as well as through distribution agreements and other arrangements with commercial partners. It operates in South Africa, Angola, Uganda, Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, the United States, the United Kingdom, Brazil, Malaysia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and internationally. The Female Health Company was founded in 1896 and is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Female Health Co (NASDAQ: FHCO) were down 15 percent to $1.46 as the company reported that it has entered into a merger agreement with Aspen Park Pharma.