U.S. stocks bounced back from earlier losses, as oil and energy stocks rebounded.
Still, it was a bad day for retail as the unexpected sales slump posted by Kohls (KSS) fueled worries for the sector and concerns about consumer spending.
The Dow Industrials ended Thursday in positive territory, inching 9.4 points higher to close at 17720.5. The benchmark had its largest decline since Feb. 11 on Wednesday.
The S&P 500 fell 0.5% and the Nasdaq Composite remained almost flat, falling 0.02%.
U.S. crude prices ended the day higher, but fluctuated over much of the session.
Retailers remained the big story of the day. Kohls fell 9.2% and Macys (M) dropped 0.5%, while the SPDR S&P Retail ETF (XRT) fell 0.2% today.
In other news, General Electric (GE) has fallen 0.8% to $30.09 after JPMorgan initiated coverage of its stock with an Underweight rating.
Jack in the Box (JACK) has soared 15.17% after the fast-food chain beat earnings and sales forecasts.
Top Asian Companies For 2016: China Automotive Systems, Inc.(CAAS)
China Automotive Systems, Inc., (China Automotive), incorporated on June 23, 1999, is a holding company. The Company, through its subsidiary, Great Genesis Holdings Limited (Genesis), owns interests in over eight Sino-joint ventures and over five subsidiaries in the People’s Republic of China (PRC), which manufacture power steering systems and/or related products for various segments of the automobile industry. Genesis also owns interests in a Brazil-based trading company, which engages mainly in the import and sales of automotive parts in Brazil. Henglong USA Corporation (HLUSA), which is a subsidiary of the Company, engages in marketing of automotive parts in North America, and provides after sales service and research and development support. The Company’s geographical segments include the United States, China and other foreign countries.
The Company’s subsidiary, Shenyang Jinbei Henglong Automotive Steering System Co., Ltd., focuses on power steering parts for light duty vehicles; Jingzhou Henglong Automotive Parts Co., Ltd. engages in the production of rack and pinion power steering gears for cars and light-duty vehicles; Shashi Jiulong Power Steering Gears Co., Ltd. mainly engages in the production of integral power steering gears for heavy-duty vehicles; Universal Sensor Application Inc. engages in the production and sales of sensor modules; Hubei Henglong Automotive System Group Co., Ltd engages in the production and sales of automotive steering systems; Chongqing Henglong Hongyan Automotive System Co., Ltd designs, develops and manufactures both hydraulic and electric power steering systems and parts; CAAS Brazil’s Imports And Trade In Automotive Parts Ltd. engages in the design, development and manufacture of both hydraulic and electric power steering systems and parts, and Fujian Qiaolong Special Purpose Vehicle Co., Ltd. manufactures and distributes drainage and rescue vehicles with mass flow, drainage vehicles with v ertical downhole operation, crawler-type mobile pump station! s, high-altitude water supply and discharge drainage vehicles, long-range control crawler-type mobile pump stations and other vehicles. Its Wuhan Chuguanjie Automotive Science and Technology Ltd. engages in research and development, manufacture and sales of automobile electronic systems and parts.
The Company competes with SAIC, ZF Germany, First Auto Group, Koyo Company and Nexteer.
- [By Monica Gerson]
China Automotive Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CAAS) is projected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.20 per share on revenue of $108.22 million.
Affimed NV (NASDAQ: AFMD) is projected to post a quarterly loss at $0.18 per share on revenue of $1.71 million.
Top Asian Companies For 2016: Dover Corporation(DOV)
Dover Corporation manufactures and sells a range of equipment and components, specialty systems, and support services in the United States and internationally. The company operates in four segments: Energy, Engineered Systems, Fluids, and Refrigeration & Food Equipment. The Energy segment provides solutions and services for the production and processing of oil, natural gas liquids, and gas to drilling and production, bearings and compression, and automation end markets. The Engineered Systems segment offers precision marking and coding, digital textile, soldering and dispensing equipment, and related consumables and services; and automation components, including manual clamps, power clamps, rotary and linear mechanical indexers, conveyors, pick and place units, glove ports, and manipulators, as well as end-of-arm robotic grippers, slides, and end effectors for fast-moving consumer goods, digital textile printing, vehicle servi ce, environmental solutions, and industrials end markets. The Fluids segment focuses on the safe handling of critical fluids across the retail fueling, chemical, hygienic, and industrial markets. It also manufactures connectors for use in various bio-processing applications; and displacement and centrifugal pumps for demanding and specialized fluid transfer process applications. The Refrigeration & Food Equipment segment provides refrigeration systems, refrigeration display cases, specialty glass, commercial glass refrigerator and freezer doors, and brazed heat exchangers; and electrical distribution products and engineering services, commercial food service equipment, cook-chill production systems, custom food storage and preparation products, kitchen ventilation systems, conveyer systems, beverage can-making machinery, and packaging machines used for meat, poultry, and other food products. The company was founded in 1947 and is headquartered in Downers Grove, Illinois.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
Industrial companies like Dover (DOV), Emerson Electric (EMR), Eaton (ETN), 3M (MMM) and Rockwell Automation (ROK) are calling for earnings growth to get better during the second half of the year. Bernstein’s Steven Winoker and team aren’t feeling as confident:
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Guidance still calling for 2H pickup. Most companies left their growth forecast for the fiscal year unchanged, while about half of our coverage updated their forecast for FY16 EPS. Danaher (DHR) and Ingersoll-Rand (IR) encouragingly increased their forecasts following a better 1Q and outlook for the rest of the year. Less positively, Dover finally updated its guidance after pre-announcing this quarter’s weakness, and this recent cut was the 7th round and the worst during this downturn. Tyco International (TYC) trimmed its expectations of Global Products growth, given the continued pressure it faces from harsh and hazardous markets. For companies holding their full-year guidance, most are still expecting a 2H pick-up in the macro industrial outlook to support growth acceleration or an inflection back to positive growth.
Recall that our companies generally do not have great forward visibility in volatile markets. We see the most risk to guidance for the most cyclical and/or shorter-cycle names, particularly Dover, Emerson Electric, Eaton,3M and Rockwell Automation, as commodity prices remain low and industrial spending faces more risks of cuts.
Shares of Dover have gained 0.1% to $63.58 at 2:13 p.m. today, while Emerson Electric is little changed at $52.79, Eaton has ticked down 0.1% to $60.94,3M has advanced 0.3% to $167.61, and Rockwell Automation risen 0.5% to $111.64.
- [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.
Hot Safest Stocks For 2016: Lannett Co Inc(LCI)
Lannett Company, Inc. develops, manufactures, packages, markets, and distributes generic versions of branded pharmaceutical products in the United States. It offers solid oral, extended release, topical, nasal, and oral solution finished dosage forms of drugs that address a range of therapeutic areas, as well as ophthalmic, patch, foam, buccal, sublingual, soft gel, and injectable dosages. The company provides its products for various medical indications comprising glaucoma, muscle relaxant, migraine, anesthetic, congestive heart failure, thyroid deficiency, dryness of the mouth, gout, bronchospasms, hypertension, and gallstone. It also manufactures active pharmaceutical ingredients. Lannett Company, Inc. markets its products under the Diamox, Lioresal, Fioricet, Fiorinal, Fiorinal w/ Codeine #3, Lanoxin, Levoxyl/Synthroid, Salagen, Benemid, Brethine, Dyazide, and Actigall brands. The company sells its pharmaceutical products to generic pharmaceutical distributors, drug wholesalers, chain drug retailers, private label distributors, mail-order pharmacies, other pharmaceutical manufacturers, managed care organizations, hospital buying groups, governmental entities, and health maintenance organizations. It has development and supply agreements with Azad Pharma AG, Aenova of Switzerland, Pharma 2B, the GC Group of Israel, HEC Pharm Group, and Sunshine Lake LLC, as well as with Jerome Stevens Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Cerovene, Symplemed, Inc., and Summit Bioscience LLC. The company was founded in 1942 and is based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
But it hasn’t been all bad news. Lannett (LCI) has gained 1.9% to $16.00 after it reported a profit of 12 cents, above the 7 cents forecast by analysts. And shares of Krispy Kreme (KKD) are unchanged after the company said it would earn 59 cents to 63 cents in the slides for a presentation tomorrow. Considering what happened the last time Krispy Kreme opened its mouth, that has to be considered good news.
Top Asian Companies For 2016: KeyCorp(KEY)
KeyCorp, incorporated on December 31, 1958, is a bank holding company. The Bank operates through its subsidiary, KeyBank National Association (KeyBank), which is engaged in providing banking services. Through KeyBank and other subsidiaries, the Company provides a range of retail and commercial banking, commercial leasing, investment management, consumer finance, commercial mortgage servicing and special servicing, and investment banking products and services to individual, corporate and institutional clients. The Company’s segments include Key Community Bank and Key Corporate Bank. Its Other Segments consist of corporate treasury, principal investing unit and various exit portfolios.
The Company provides its services across the country through KeyBank’s approximately 970 full-service retail banking branches and a network of over 1,260 automated teller machines (ATMs) in approximately 10 states, as well as additional offices, online and mobile banking capabilit ies, and a telephone banking call center. In addition to the customary banking services of accepting deposits and making loans, the Company offers personal, securities lending and custody services, personal financial services, access to mutual funds, treasury services, investment banking and capital markets products, and international banking services. The Company provides investment management services to clients that include large corporate and public retirement plans, foundations and endowments, high-net-worth individuals and multi-employer trust funds established for providing pension or other benefits to employees. The Company provides other financial services both within and outside of its banking markets through various nonbank subsidiaries. These services include community development financing, securities underwriting and brokerage. It also provides merchant services to businesses directly and through an equity participation in a joint venture.
Key Comm unity Bank
Key Community Bank serves individual! s and small to mid-sized businesses by offering a range of deposit, investment, lending, credit card, and personalized wealth management products and business advisory services. These products and services are provided through the Company’s relationship managers and specialists working in its branch network, which is organized into various geographic regions, including Pacific, Rocky Mountains, Indiana, Western Ohio and Michigan, Eastern Ohio, Western New York, Eastern New York and New England.
Key Community Bank provides branch-based deposit and investment products, personal finance services, and loans, including residential mortgages, home equity, credit card, and various types of installment loans. In addition, financial, estate and retirement planning, asset management services, and Delaware Trust capabilities are offered to assist high-net-worth clients with their banking, trust, portfolio management, insurance, charitable giving and related needs. It provi des small businesses with deposit, investment and credit products, and business advisory services. Mid-sized businesses are provided products and services that include commercial lending, cash management, equipment leasing, investment and employee benefit programs, succession planning, access to capital markets, derivatives, and foreign exchange.
Key Corporate Bank
Key Corporate Bank is a full-service corporate and investment bank focused on serving the needs of middle market clients in industry sectors, which include consumer, energy, healthcare, industrial, public sector, real estate and technology. Key Corporate Bank delivers a product suite of banking and capital markets products to its clients, including syndicated finance, debt and equity capital markets, commercial payments, equipment finance, commercial mortgage banking, derivatives, foreign exchange, financial advisory and public finance. Key Corporate Bank is also a servicer of commercial mortgage loans and a special servicer of commercial mortgage! -backed s! ecurities (CMBS). Key Corporate Bank delivers its product capabilities to clients of Key Community Bank.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
For Investors With More Constructive Outlook On Rates and Economy, We
Believe Bank of America (BAC) Is Better Play The risk of downgradingJPMorgan here is that we continue to see good news on the rate front, but we preferBank of America since we view it as better positioned for higher rates and more room for multiple revaluation (Bank of America currently trades at highest implied cost of equity in our group of 11.8% vsJPMorgan at 10.5%).Bank of America does carry similar regulatory risk as JPMorgan (such as higher GSIB buffers), so for investors looking for a rate play with less regulatory risk we like Citizens Financial Group (CFG). We also view KeyCorp (KEY) as best value in the group with the most room for multiple expansion (currently 11.0% cost of equity).
- [By Ben Levisohn]
Securities account for ~23% of earning assets for our coverage and carried a median ~2.4% yield as of Q116. Banks with the highest investment securities yields as of Q116 included Fifth Third Bancorp (FITB) (3.12%),JPMorgan Chase (3.10%),Wells Fargo (3.00%), PNC Financial Services (PNC) (2.72%), and M&T Bank (MTB) (2.58%). Companies with the most securities exposure as a percentage of earning assets includeBank of America (29%), U.S. Bancorp (USB) (28%),Wells Fargo (25%), KeyCorp (KEY) (24%), and BB&T (BBT) (24%).
- [By Ben Levisohn]
The twenty stocks in Worth’s basket are: Ameriprise Financial (AMP) Bank of America, Banner (BANR), Citigroup, Citizens Financial Group (CFG), East West Bancorp (EWBC), First NBC Bank Holding (FNBC), HFF (HF), KeyCorp(KEY), Legacy Texas Financial Group (LTXB), Lincoln National (LNC), Morgan Stanley, Old National Bancorp (ONB), PacWest Bancorp (PACW), PNC Financial Services Group (PNC), Principal Financial Group (PFG), Stifel Financial (SF), SVB Financial Group (SIVB), TCF Financial (TCB), and Wells Fargo.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
Lee offers 22 stocks that could benefit from the correlation trade: Western Digital (WDC), Xerox (XRX), First Solar, Ford Motor, Best Buy (BBY), PulteGroup (PHM), AutoNation (AN), Textron (TXT), Jacobs Engineering Group (JEC), Mosaic, BB&T (BBT), Fifth Third Bancorp (FITB),Loews (L), Regions Financial (RF), KeyCorp (KEY), Comerica (CMA), Leucadia National (LUK), Zions Bancorp (ZION), Valero Energy (VLO), Marathon Oil, Cardinal Health (CAH), and Pepco Holdings (POM).
Top Asian Companies For 2016: Cullen/Frost Bankers, Inc.(CFR)
Cullen/Frost Bankers, Inc. operates as the holding company for Frost Bank that offers commercial and consumer banking services in Texas. The company operates in two segments, Banking and Frost Wealth Advisors. It provides commercial banking services to corporations and other business clients, including financing for industrial and commercial properties, interim construction, equipment, inventories, and accounts receivable; acquisition financing; commercial leasing; and treasury management services. The company also offers consumer banking services, such as checking accounts, savings programs, automated-teller machines (ATMs), overdraft facilities, installment and real estate loans, home equity loans and lines of credit, drive-in and night deposit services, safe deposit facilities, and brokerage services. It international banking services comprise accepting deposits, making loans, issuing letter of credits, handling foreign col lections, transmitting funds, and dealing in foreign exchange. In addition, the company acts as correspondent for approximately 247 financial institutions; offers trust, investment, agency, and custodial services for individual and corporate clients; provides capital market services consisting of sales and trading, new issue underwriting, money market trading, and securities safekeeping and clearance; and supports international business activities. Further, it offers insurance and securities brokerage services; holds securities for investment purposes; and provides loans to qualified borrowers, as well as offers investment management services to Frost-managed mutual funds, institutions, and individuals. The company operates approximately 126 financial centers and approximately 1,200 ATMs in Texas. It serves energy, manufacturing, services, construction, retail, telecommunications, healthcare, military, and transportation industries. Cullen/Frost Bankers, Inc. was founded in 1868 and is headquartered in San Antonio, Texas.
- [By Namitha Jagadeesh]
UniCredit SpA and Standard Chartered Plc climbed more than 2 percent each as a gauge of lenders advanced. Randgold Resources Ltd. and Polymetal International Plc jumped more than 8 percent as the price of gold rose. Cie. Financiere Richemont SA (CFR) and Swatch Group AG advanced more than 1 percent as a report showed Swiss watch exports increased last month.
- [By Sofia Horta e Costa]
Sanofi fell 2.6 percent after withdrawing a U.S. application for a diabetes drug. Cie. Financiere Richemont (CFR) SA dropped 2.3 percent as revenue missed analysts estimates. Vivendi SA advanced 2.7 percent after saying it will begin a formal study to separate its French phone unit from its media businesses. Home Retail Group Plc (HOME) surged 5.4 percent to a two-year high as sales exceeded projections.