Top Gold Stocks For 2017

Big banks kick off earnings season Friday, and many analysts expect robust results after a post-election stock-trading frenzy that may have provided stronger revenue.

Lined up for tomorrow are Bank of America Corp(NYSE: BAC), JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM), and Wells Fargo & Co (NYSE: WFC), and there’s plenty of enthusiasm going into the results. The financial sector overall appears to have been a big benefactor of what traders are calling the “Trump rally,” a market surge that began almost immediately after the November presidential elections. BAC shares have swelled some 35% since Nov. 8 to reach an eight-year high, while JPM shares are higher by nearly 29% after reaching record peaks. WFC is up by 20% after tapping an 18-month high.

Analysts expect these banks (as well as Morgan Stanley (NYSE: MS), Goldman Sachs Group Inc (NYSE: GS), and Citigroup Inc (NYSE: C), which are expected to report next week) to turn in robust results thanks to stronger trading revenues and higher yields on Treasury notes. They could also be bolstered by a handful of products like credit cards, and student and consumer loans. Trading revenue, particularly in fixed income, currency and commodities, had been a sore spot for banks up until about Q2. That started to stabilize last year and apparently was buttressed further with the post-election trading extravaganza.

Top Gold Stocks For 2017: Wendy’s/Arby’s Group Inc.(WEN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Michael Flannelly]

    Argus Research upgraded fast food restaurant operator The Wendy’s Co (WEN) on Thursday, noting that the company’s store remodeling and new menus should help drive higher sales.

    The analysts upgraded WEN from “Hold” to “Buy” and see shares reaching $10. This price target suggests a 21% upside to the stock’s Wednesday closing price of $8.25.

    Wendy’s shares were up 24 cents, or 2.91%, during early morning trading on Thursday. The stock is up 54.19% year-to-date.

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Wendys Co (NASDAQ: WEN) is expected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.06 per share on revenue of $352.08 million.

    Canadian Solar Inc. (NASDAQ: CSIQ) is estimated to report its quarterly earnings at $0.14 per share on revenue of $663.74 million.

  • [By Jim Jubak, Senior Markets Editor, MoneyShow.com]

    It’s hard for any company to raise prices in the current non-inflationary environment. But it’s especially hard right now for operators of fast food restaurants, given the intense price competition in a very crowded marketplace. McDonald’s sales growth in recent quarters has been driven by the success of its Dollar Menu, so raising prices in that segment are a big deal for the company. In addition, pushback from franchisees who say they can’t afford to refurbish their stores, given higher charges from McDonald’s hits at one of McDonald’s key advantages in its market—it’s ability to refresh stores more frequently than competitors. A McDonald’s refresh at $600,000 on average, according to the company, costs substantially more than a remodel at Burger King (BKW) at $300,000 or Wendy’s (WEN) at $375,000 for the least expensive version. McDonald’s restaurants average $2.5 million in annual sales.

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Analysts expect Wendys Co (NASDAQ: WEN) to report its quarterly earnings at $0.06 per share on revenue of $352.08 million. Wendys shares rose 1.79 percent to $11.38 in after-hours trading.

  • [By Michael Flannelly]

    KeyBanc analysts upgraded fast food restaurant operator The Wendy’s Co (WEN) on Friday, noting that the company has a number of positive developments that could provide a floor for the stock.

    The analysts upgraded WEN from “Underweight” to “Hold.”

    KeyBanc analyst Christopher O’Cull said, “We are raising our rating for The Wendy’s Company to HOLD as we believe: 1) Wendy’s SRS performance will diverge from the industry for the foreseeable future as new products are supported by more effective use of marketing dollars; 2) better menu and promotional management will lead to improved franchisee profitability (a focus of the new CFO Todd Penegor); and 3) the opportunity to extend the re-franchising program will provide a floor on the stock.”

    Wendy’s shares were up 7 cents, or 0.81%, during pre-market trading on Friday. The stock is up 57.01% year-to-date.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Upgrades had a big impact on stocks today. Wendy’s (WEN), for instance, gained 4.5% to $8.62 after being upgraded to Buy at Argus, while Cash America (CSH) advanced 3.7% to $44.32 after being upgraded to Market Outperform from Market Perform at JMP Securities. Walgreen (WAG) proved the big winner in the S&P 500 afterGoldman Sachs called the stock a Conviction Buy.

Top Gold Stocks For 2017: Sealed Air Corporation(SEE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Sealed Air(SEE) has fallen 0.7% to $28.35 after the food-safety company was downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight atBarclays.

    Towers Watson(TW) has dropped 0.5% to $102.49 after it was cut to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan. It was also upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank.

  • [By Benzinga News Desk]

    Morgan Stanley downgraded Chipotle (NYSE: CMG) to Equal-Weight.
    UBS downgraded AMC Networks (NASDAQ: AMCX) to Sell.
    Citi upgraded Sealed Air (NYSE: SEE) to Buy.
    Goldman Sachs upgraded Reinsurance Group (NYSE: RGA) to Buy.

Top Gold Stocks For 2017: Territorial Bancorp Inc.(TBNK)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Territorial Bancorp (NASDAQ: TBNK) shares touched a new 52-week low of $21.31. Territorial Bancorp shares have dropped 9.43% over the past 52 weeks, while the S&P 500 index has gained 16.18% in the same period.

Top Gold Stocks For 2017: C.H. Robinson Worldwide, Inc.(CHRW)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Gary Jakacky]

    Only one company convincingly jumped thru all the hoops: C.H. Robinson Worldwide, Inc. (CHRW).

    If only one of the companies in IYT appear to be undervalued, it might give you pause about how brightly the ETF will shine in the very near future.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of C.H. Robinson Worldwide, Inc. (NASDAQ: CHRW) were down 4 percent to $71.69. UBS downgraded C.H. Robinson Worldwide from Neutral to Sell.

  • [By Chad Tracy]

    As it's known today, C.H. Robinson (Nasdaq: CHRW) has again changed with the times.

    Unlike transportation industry titans FedEx (NYSE: FDX) or UPS (NYSE: UPS), C.H. Robinson does not own a fleet of trucks that transport goods. Instead, it specializes in logistics. Other companies hire C.H. Robinson to make their transportation services more efficient.

Top Gold Stocks For 2017: NetApp Inc.(NTAP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    NetApp Inc. (NASDAQ: NTAP) is estimated to post its quarterly earnings at $0.58 per share on revenue of $1.40 billion.

    PVH Corp (NYSE: PVH) is expected to post its quarterly earnings at $1.43 per share on revenue of $1.90 billion.

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    NetApp Inc. (NASDAQ: NTAP) is the only hardware stock to be a top pick. The company commands a 14.9% market share in terms of revenue in the total data storage market, and it derives around 60% of its total revenue from its network attached storage segment. The virtual storage market is a pot of gold valued at $10 billion currently, with NetApp being one of the known players in this market. Deutsche Bank has placed a $50 target on the stock. The consensus stands at $45. Investors are paid a 1.4% dividend.

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Analysts expect NetApp Inc. (NASDAQ: NTAP) to post its quarterly earnings at $0.58 per share on revenue of $1.40 billion. NetApp shares rose 0.36 percent to $25.30 in after-hours trading.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    NetApp (NTAP) was upgraded to buy from hold at Drexel Hamilton. $52 price target. The company continues to execute a successful business transition, Drexel said. 

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Breaking news

    Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT) reported better-than-expected EPS and revenue for the second quarter. The company updated its EPS forecast for the full year. To read the full news, click here. Cisco Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CSCO) reported stronger-than-expected results for its fourth quarter, but issued a weak earnings forecast for the current quarter. Cisco also said it will reduce its current 73,104 person workforce by up to 5,500. To read the full news, click here. Hormel Foods Corporation (NYSE: HRL) released its financial results for the third quarter that exceeded the Street estimates. The company also boosted its forecast for the fiscal year above expectations. To read the full news, click here. NetApp Inc. (NASDAQ: NTAP) reported better-than-expected earnings for its fiscal first quarter on Wednesday. To read the full news, click here.

  • [By Brian Mathews]

     NetApp Inc. (NASDAQ: NTAP) is the third-largest vendor in the external-controller-based storage market that has been suffering from flat revenue growth the last two years. NetApp has shown growth opportunities related to the flash and clustered Data ONTAP in 2015. NTAP also demonstrates its technical superiority with newer technologies such as object storage and all-flash arrays. In fact, the company is developing FlashRay, which will be in high demand due to its compatibility with the Data ONTAP products. Also, the storage industry is expected to grow due to further security, control and regulations that limit data being held off-premise. Investors can see NTAP growing to $36 in next year.

Top Gold Stocks For 2017: CIENA Corporation(CIEN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Ciena (NASDAQ: CIEN) shares gained 2.02% to create a new 52-week high of $25.82. Ciena shares have jumped 77.37% over the past 52 weeks, while the S&P 500 index has gained 16.18% in the same period.

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    Ciena Corp. (NYSE: CIEN) is another tech company that saw insider selling last week. The president and CEO of the optical giant, Gary Smith, sold a reported 114,318 shares at $24.67 per share. The total for the trade was set at a solid $2,820,225. Shares closed last Friday at $24.41, in a 52-week range of $15.62 to $25.19. The consensus price target is $28.36.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Ciena Corporation (NYSE: CIEN) posted downbeat earnings for its fourth quarter.

    Ciena posted Q4 adjusted earnings of $0.44 per share on revenue of $716.2 million. Analysts were expecting earnings of $0.46 per share on revenue of $716.5 million.

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    Ciena Corp. (NASDAQ: CIEN) is seeing a huge improvement in its U.S and European business from the carriers for its 100G transport, OTN and packet networking portfolio. The Deutsche Bank price target is $27, and the Thomson/First Call estimate is also $27.