Related ENZL Rate Cut No Elixir For New Zealand ETF A Look At 4 ETFs From The 4 'Least Corrupt' Countries Q2 2016 – Plenty Of Fireworks (Seeking Alpha)
Forty-two (42) exchange-traded funds hit all-time highs on Thursday, and nearly all of those were U.S.-focused funds. One of the small number of international ETFs to touch a new high Thursday was the iShares MSCI New Zealand Capped ETF (iShares Trust(NASDAQ: ENZL)).
Geographics Don’t Always Equal Correlation
ENZL is now up nearly 18 percent year-to-date, and it is a quiet 18 percent at that. Logically, some global investors believe Australian and New Zealand stocks are tightly correlated. That has not been the case this year, as the iShares MSCI Australia Index Fund (ETF) (NYSE: EWA) is higher by just 1.5 percent. A rebounding New Zealand dollar is helping ENZL trek higher.
Top 5 Wireless Telecom Stocks To Buy For 2016: Ionis Pharmaceuticals, Inc.(IONS)
Ionis Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a RNA-targeted drug discovery and development company, develops drugs for patients with severe and rare diseases in the United States. The company markets KYNAMRO for the treatment of homozygous familial hypercholesterolemia, and Alicaforsen for ulcerative colitis and pouchitis. Its drugs in Phase III development include Nusinersen for the treatment of patients with spinal muscular atrophy; IONIS-TTRRx for the treatment of patients with various forms of TTR amyloidosis, including familial amyloid polyneuropathy, familial amyloid cardiomyopathy, and wild-type TTR amyloidosis; volanesorsen for the treatment of patients with familial chylomicronemia syndrome and familial partial lipodystrophy; Custirsen to treat cancer; and Plazomicin for the treatment of severe bacterial infection. The companys products under development also include IONIS-DMPK-2.5 for myotonic dystrophy type 1; IONIS-HTT for hunti ngton’s disease; ATL1103 for acromegaly; IONIS-SOD1 for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis; IONIS-FXI (BAY 2306001) for clotting disorders; IONIS-APO(a)-L for high Lp; IONIS-ANGPTL3-L for mixed dyslipidemias; Apatorsen (OGX-427) and IONIS-STAT3-2.5 (AZD9150) for cancer; EXC 001 (PF-06473871) for scarring; ATL1102 for multiple sclerosis; RG-101 for hepatitis C virus infection; IONIS-GCGR and IONIS-PTP1B for type 2 diabetes; and IONIS-FGFR4 for obesity. In addition, it is developing IONIS-GCCR for cushing’s syndrome; IONIS-PKK for hereditary angioedema; RG-012 for alport syndrome; IONIS-AR-2.5 (AZD5312) for prostate cancer; IONIS-GSK4-L for ocular disease; IONIS-HBV and IONIS-HBV-L for hepatitis B virus infection; and IONIS-DGAT2 for nonalcoholic steatohepatitis. The company was formerly known as Isis Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and changed its name to Ionis Pharmaceuticals, Inc. in December 2015. Ionis Pharmaceuticals, Inc. was founded in 1989 and is headquartered in Carlsbad, Californi a.
- [By Lisa Levin]
Shares of Ionis Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: IONS) were down 40 percent to $21.30 after the company issued an update on the IONIS-TTR program. The company is evaluating IONIS-TTRRx in an ongoing Phase 3 study currently, NEURO-TTR, in patients with transthyretin (TTR) familial amyloid polyneuropathy. According to Ionis, GSK, which has an option to license IONIS-TTRx, has decided not to initiate the stage three outcome study, CARDIO-TTR that was planned to assess IONIS-TTRx in patients with TTR armyloid cardiomyopthy.
Top 5 Wireless Telecom Stocks To Buy For 2016: Black Box Corporation(BBOX)
Black Box Corporation provides technology solutions that assist its customers to design, build, manage, and secure their IT infrastructure. It offers IT infrastructure, specialty networking, multimedia, and keyboard/video/mouse switching products. The company also provides communications lifecycle, unified communications, structured cabling, video/AV, in-building wireless, and data center services. It distributes its products primarily through value-added resellers, direct marketing manufacturers, mass merchandisers, Web retailers, and others; and services through value-added resellers, manufacturers, large system integrators, and other technical services companies. It serves government, healthcare, business services, manufacturing, retail, technology, banking, and other industries worldwide. Black Box Corporation was founded in 1976 and is headquartered in Lawrence, Pennsylvania.
- [By Monica Gerson]
Black Box Corporation (NASDAQ: BBOX) is expected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.26 per share on revenue of $218.41 million.
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Best Retail Stocks To Invest In Right Now: J.M. Smucker Company (The)(SJM)
The J. M. Smucker Company manufactures and markets branded food products worldwide. It operates through four segments: U.S. Retail Coffee; U.S. Retail Consumer Foods; U.S. Retail Pet Foods; and International, Foodservice, and Natural Foods. The company provides various consumer food and beverage products, including coffee, peanut butter, fruit spreads, shortening and oils, baking mixes and ready-to-spread frostings, canned milk, flour and baking ingredients, juices and beverages, frozen sandwiches, toppings, syrups, pickles, condiments, grain products, and nut mix products; and pet products comprising dry and wet dog food, dry and wet cat food, dog snacks, and cat snacks. It markets its products under the Folgers, Dunkin Donuts, Smuckers, Jif, Crisco, Pillsbury, Uncrustables, Douwe Egberts, Folgers Gourmet Selections, Millstone, Cafe Bustelo, Cafe Pilon, K-Cup, Adams, Laura Scudders, Hungry Jack, Eagle Brand, Magnolia, Robin Hood, Five Roses, Santa Cruz Organic, R. W. Knudsen Family, truRoots, Meow Mix, Milk-Bone, Kibbles n Bits, Natural Balance, 9Lives, Pup-Peroni, Gravy Train, and Natures Recipe brand names. The company sells its products through direct sales and brokers to food retailers, food wholesalers, drug stores, club stores, mass merchandisers, discount and dollar stores, military commissaries, and pet specialty stores; and through retail channels, foodservice distributors and operators, and natural foods stores and distributors. The J. M. Smucker Company was founded in 1897 and is headquartered in Orrville, Ohio.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
J.M. Smucker (SJM) has climbed 4.4% to $138.60 after reporting higher-than-forecast revenue.
Francesca’s Holdings (FRAN) has jumped 5.4% to $11.00 after beating earnings forecasts.
Top 5 Wireless Telecom Stocks To Buy For 2016: Yum! Brands, Inc.(YUM)
YUM! Brands, Inc. (YUM), incorporated on May 30, 1997, is engaged in restaurant business. The Company develops, operates, franchises and licenses an across the world system of restaurants, which prepare, package and sell a menu of food items, primarily through the three concepts of KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell (the Concepts). YUM operates through four segments: YUM China (China Division), which includes all operations in mainland China; The KFC Division, which includes all operations of the KFC concept outside of China Division; The Pizza Hut Division, which includes all operations of the Pizza Hut concept outside of China Division, and the Taco Bell Division, which includes all operations of the Taco Bell concept. The Company has over 42,000 restaurants in over 130 countries and territories. The Company’s three Concepts focus on the chicken, pizza and Mexican-style food categories, respectively.
The Company’s China Division, based in Sh anghai, China, comprises approximately 7,180 units, primarily Company-owned KFCs and Pizza Huts. It also owns non-controlling interests in Chinese entities operating in a manner similar to KFC franchisees and a meat processing entity that supplies lamb to the Little Sheep business.
KFC operates in approximately 130 countries and territories throughout the world. KFC has over 5,000 units in China, approximately 370 units in India and over 14,580 units within the KFC Division. KFC restaurants across the world offer fried and non-fried chicken products, such as sandwiches, chicken strips, chicken-on-the-bone and other chicken products marketed under a range of names. KFC restaurants also offer a range of entrees and side items suited to local preferences and tastes.
Pizza Hut is a restaurant chain specializing in the sale of ready-to-eat pizza products. The Company’s Pizza Hut operates in approximately 90 countri es and territories throughout the world. Pizza Hut has appro! ximately 1,900 units in China, over 430 units in India and approximately 13,730 units within the Pizza Hut Division. Pizza Hut operates in the delivery, carryout and casual dining segments around the world. Pizza Hut features a range of pizzas, which are marketed under varying names. Each of these pizzas is offered with a range of different toppings suited to local preferences and tastes. Pizza Huts also offer pasta and chicken wings, including approximately 5,900 stores offering wings under the brand WingStreet in the United States. Outside the United States, Pizza Hut casual dining restaurants offer a range of core menu products other than pizza, which are suited to local preferences and tastes.
Taco Bell operates in over 20 countries and territories throughout the world. There are over 6,400 Taco Bell units within the Taco Bell Division, primarily in the United States, and approximately seven units in India. Taco Bell specializes in Mex ican-style food products, including various types of tacos, burritos, quesadillas, salads, nachos and other related items. Taco Bell offers breakfast items in its the United States stores.
- [By AnnaLisa Kraft]
AFC Enterprises has grown its Popeye’s and Popeye’s Louisiana Kitchen restaurants so now competes with the big boys likeYum! Brands (NYSE: YUM ) . Yum! Brands as a global chicken restaurant.
Top 5 Wireless Telecom Stocks To Buy For 2016: Portola Pharmaceuticals, Inc.(PTLA)
Portola Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company, develops and commercializes therapeutics for patients in the areas of thrombosis, other hematologic disorders, and inflammation. Its lead compound, Betrixaban, is an oral, once-daily Factor Xa inhibitor in Phase III clinical trial for venous thromboembolism prophylaxis in acute medically ill patients in-hospital and post discharge. The companys other lead development candidate, Andexanet alfa, a recombinant protein that is in Phase III registration studies designed to reverse the anticoagulant activity in patients treated with a Factor Xa inhibitor who suffer an uncontrolled bleeding episode or undergo emergency surgery. It has collaboration agreements with Biogen Idec Inc.; Bristol-Myers Squibb Company; Pfizer Inc.; Bayer Pharma, AG; Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; Daiichi Sankyo, Inc.; and Lees Pharmaceutical (HK) Ltd. The company is also developing Cerdulatinib, which is in Phase I/IIa proof-of-concept study, an orally available kinase inhibitor that inhibits spleen tyrosine kinase and janus kinases enzymes, which regulate signaling pathways, as well as for hematologic, or blood, cancers, and inflammatory disorders. In addition, it is involved in the development of PRT2607, a selective Syk inhibitor. Portola Pharmaceuticals, Inc. has a collaboration with Bristol-Myers Squibb and Pfizer Inc. to develop and commercialize apixaban, an oral anticoagulant. The company was founded in 2003 and is headquartered in South San Francisco, California.
- [By Lisa Levin]
Portola Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: PTLA) shares dropped 23 percent to $21.92 after announcing Phase III Betrixaban results.
Shares of Spark Energy Inc (NASDAQ: SPKE) were down 16 percent to $20.43. Spark Energy reported Q4 GAAP EPS of $(0.01) and adjusted EBITDA of $16.3 million.
- [By Lisa Levin]
Portola Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: PTLA) shares dropped 30 percent to $20.08 after announcing Phase III Betrixaban results.
Shares of Spark Energy Inc (NASDAQ: SPKE) were down 14 percent to $20.96. Spark Energy reported Q4 GAAP EPS of $(0.01) and adjusted EBITDA of $16.3 million.