Biotech stocks have climbed steadily higher over the past few weeks. Still, the iShares Nasdaq Biotechnology ETF (IBB) has remained range bound between $240 and $290 for much of 2016.
So with major stock indices hitting new record highs, can biotech stocks break free? Perhaps, says Michael Yee, the industry analyst for RBC Capital Markets. But first, the market wants the political rhetoric surrounding drug prices to calm down, new positive clinical data and, finally, M&A activity.
Weve said a HC rotation from well owned and big outperforming defensive lower risk yield stocks like med tech should eventually shift a bit into underperforming biotech but generalists feel no rush to do that and think we need visibility on an election and whether the political rhetoric on drug pricing will calm down after the general election is won. As PMs position for 2017, defensive outperformers in 2016 may not be the big winners from a risk/reward standpoint vs underperformers like biotech as we enter and think about 2017 so a rotation is possible.
Top Managed Healthcare Companies To Watch For 2017: Student Transportation Inc(STB)
Student Transportation Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides student transportation solutions in North America. The company offers contracted, managed, special needs transportation, direct-to-parent, and charter services. As of October 1, 2015, it operated approximately 13,000 vehicles. The company delivers its services through drivers, dispatchers, maintenance technicians, terminal managers, information technology professionals, and members of local communities. The company was formerly known as Student Transportation of America Ltd. and changed its name to Student Transportation Inc. in November 2009. Student Transportation Inc. was founded in 1997 and is headquartered in Barrie, Canada.
- [By Monica Gerson]
Student Transportation Inc (NASDAQ: STB) is estimated to post its quarterly earnings at $0.04 per share on revenue of $167.40 million.
Exar Corporation (NYSE: EXAR) is projected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.09 per share on revenue of $38.38 million.
Top Managed Healthcare Companies To Watch For 2017: Geo Group Inc (The)(GEO)
The GEO Group, Inc. provides government-outsourced services specializing in the management of correctional, detention, and re-entry facilities, and the provision of community based services and youth services in the United States, Australia, South Africa, the United Kingdom, and Canada. It operates through four segments: U.S. Corrections & Detention, GEO Community Services, International Services, and Facility Construction & Design. The company owns, leases, and operates a range of correctional and detention facilities, including maximum, medium, and minimum security prisons; immigration detention centers; minimum security detention centers; and community based re-entry facilities. It offers correctional and detention management services that involves the provision of security, administrative, rehabilitation, education, and food services primarily at adult male correctional and detention facilities; engages in the supervision of adult parolees and probationers, as well as the provision of temporary housing, programming, employment assistance, and other services; and provides residential, detention, shelter care, and community based services with rehabilitative and educational programs. The company also provides monitoring services, and evidence-based supervision and treatment programs for community-based parolees, probationers, and pretrial defendants; and services to immigration and customs enforcement for the provision of services to improve the participation of non-detained aliens in the immigration court system. In addition, it offers transportation services for offender and detainee populations; and prisoner escort and custody services. As of February 21, 2013, the company owned and/or managed 100 facilities totaling approximately 73,000 beds. The GEO Group, Inc. was founded in 1984 and is headquartered in Boca Raton, Florida.
- [By Scott Rubin]
Gainers included The GEO Group (NYSE: GEO), which jumped almost 22 percent a day after plunging nearly 40 percent on news that the U.S. government is ending its private prison program. The stock remains down sharply from previous levels. Agricultural giant Deere & Company (NYSE: DE) climbed almost 14 percent on Friday after a strong Q3 earnings report. Losers included Pure Storage Inc (NYSE: PSTG), which fell 13 percent on a downgrade, and AK Steel Holding Corporation (NYSE: AKS), which lost around 10 percent on the day.
Best Airline Companies To Watch In Right Now: PACCAR Inc.(PCAR)
PACCAR Inc, together with its subsidiaries, designs, manufactures, and distributes light-, medium-, and heavy-duty trucks and related aftermarket parts worldwide. The company offers its trucks for use in the over-the-road and off-highway hauling of freight, petroleum, wood products, construction, and other materials to independent dealers under the Kenworth, Peterbilt, and DAF nameplates. It also provides finance and leasing products and services, such as inventory financing for independent dealers; and retail loan and lease financing for new and used trucks, as well as other transportation equipment; and full service leasing under the PacLease trade name. In addition, it manufactures and sells industrial winches under the Braden, Carco, and Gearmatic nameplates. PACCAR Inc was founded in 1905 and is headquartered in Bellevue, Washington.
- [By Monica Gerson]
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PACCAR Inc (NASDAQ: PCAR) Aug16 52.5 Puts: 10000 @ ASK $1.70: 10k traded vs 335 OI: Earnings 7/26 $54.94 Ref Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: REGN) Jul16 345 Puts: 949 @ ASK $8.70: 1003 traded vs 55 OI: Earnings 8/2 $360.20 Ref NVIDIA Corporation (NASDAQ: NVDA) Fri 6/24 47.0 Puts (Wkly) Sweep: 689 @ ASK $1.12: 3758 traded vs 136 OI: Earnings 8/4 $46.69 Ref Medivation Inc (NASDAQ: MDVN) Sep16 55.0 Puts: 4000 @ Above Ask! $3.40: 5303 traded vs 716 OI: Earnings 8/4 $59.44 Ref Expeditors International of Washington (NASDAQ: EXPD) Aug16 47.0 Puts Sweep: 950 @ ASK $1.35: 973 traded vs 381 OI: Earnings 8/2 $48.15 Ref
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Top Managed Healthcare Companies To Watch For 2017: Luby's, Inc.(LUB)
Lubys, Inc., through its subsidiaries, operates as a multi-brand restaurant company in the United States. The company operates in three segments: Company-Owned Restaurants, Franchise Operations, and Culinary Contract Services. Its primary brands include Lubys Cafeteria, Fuddruckers – Worlds Greatest Hamburgers, and Lubys Culinary Contract Services; and other brands comprise Cheeseburger in Paradise and Bob Lubys Seafood. The company also offers culinary contract services consisting of contract arrangements to manage food services for clients operating in healthcare, higher education, and corporate dining businesses. As of December 3, 2015, it operated 94 Luby’s Cafeterias, 76 Fuddruckers restaurants, 8 Cheeseburger in Paradise full service restaurants and bars, and 1 Bob Luby’s Seafood Grill; and franchised 106 Fuddruckers franchise locations across the United States, including Puerto Rico, as well as Canada, Mexico, Italy, Poland, Chile, and the Dominican Republic. In addition, the company provides food service management to 21 sites. The company, formerly known as Lubys Cafeterias, Inc., was founded in 1947 and is headquartered in Houston, Texas.
- [By Monica Gerson]
Luby’s, Inc. (NYSE: LUB) is expected to post earnings for the latest quarter.
Simulations Plus, Inc. (NASDAQ: SLP) is estimated to post its quarterly earnings at $0.07 per share on revenue of $5.00 million.
Top Managed Healthcare Companies To Watch For 2017: Deutsche Bank AG(DB)
Deutsche Bank Aktiengesellschaft provides investment, financial, and related products and services. The company?s Corporate and Investment Bank division engages in the origination, sale, structuring, and trading of bonds, equities and equity-linked products, exchange-traded and over-the-counter derivatives, foreign exchange, money market instruments, securitized instruments, and commodities to sovereign countries and multinational organizations; and medium-sized companies and multinational corporations. It also offers mergers and acquisitions advisory, corporate finance, and transaction banking, as well as trade finance, cash management, and trust and securities services for financial institutions and other companies. The company?s Private Clients and Asset Management division provides mutual funds and alternative investment products; manages real estate and infrastructure investments and private equity funds; offers advisory and portfolio management services to insurance companies; and provides investment solutions to institutional customers, high net worth individuals, and families. This division also offers a range of banking products and services, including current accounts, deposits and loans, and investment management and pension products to private and self-employed individuals, and small to medium-sized businesses. Its Corporate Investments division?s principal investment activities comprise private equity and venture capital investments, corporate real estate investments, a minority stake in Deutsche Postbank AG, credit exposures, and other non-strategic investments. As of December 31, 2010, the company operated 3,083 branches in approximately 74 countries worldwide, including 2,087 in Germany. Deutsche Bank Aktiengesellschaft was founded in 1870 and is headquartered in Frankfurt am Main, Germany.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
…global markets continue to stumble around in a tight band, unable to break out or just plain break, it seems. Yesterday we saw a nice rally driven by bullish oil inventories and talk of an OPEC meeting before the meeting next week. That was undone by chatter that the German government was seeking discreet talks with the U.S. authorities on Deutsche Bank (DB). Thats code for they need to fix that before everyone gets sick, and fixing things means short term pain.
- [By Matt Egan]
Big banks are bracing for losses: It’s never a good sign when the country’s financial lifelines are under stress. Large U.S. banks JPMorgan Chase (JPM) and Wells Fargo (WFC) that helped bankroll the energy boom are already setting aside billions to cover potential loan losses in the oil industry. Investors are worried about imploding energy loans for European banks like Deutsche Bank (DB). High yield bonds in your investing portfolio wont be looking good either — Standard & Poor’s warned that half of all energy junk bonds are at risk of defaulting.
- [By Wayne Duggan]
According to the 1/5 year CDS ratio, the banks that are most concerning to the market at the moment are Deutsche Bank AG (USA) (NYSE: DB), Credit Suisse Group AG (ADR) (NYSE: CS), Standard Chartered PLC (which trades on the LON exchange under the ticker “STAN”) and Barclays PLC (ADR) (NYSE: BCS).
- [By Reuters]
Justin Sullivan/Getty Images RICHMOND, Calif. — Richmond, Calif.’s leaders approved Wednesday morning a plan for the city to become the first in the nation to acquire mortgages with negative equity in a bid to keep local residents in their homes. The power of ’eminent domain’ allows governments to seize private property for a public purpose. Critics say the plan threatens the market for private-label mortgage-backed securities. Richmond’s city council voted 4 to 3 for Mayor Gayle McLaughlin’s proposal for city staff to work more closely with Mortgage Resolution Partners to put the plan crafted by the investor group for the city to work. Richmond can now invoke eminent domain if trusts for more than 620 delinquent and performing “underwater” mortgages reject offers made by the city to buy the loans at deep discount pegged to their properties’ current appraised prices to refinance them and reduce their principal. A mortgage is under water when its unpaid balance is greater than its property’s market value. Mortgage Resolution Partners has failed to get similar plans approved by local governments elsewhere — most recently in North Las Vegas, Nev., and earlier this year in San Bernardino County in Southern California — as the mortgage industry and local real estate businesses rallied against them. But in Richmond, Mortgage Resolution Partners found an ally in a Wall Street-bashing Green Party mayor of one of the San Francisco region’s poorest cities who sees working with the investor group to acquire mortgages as a public purpose if it makes the loans more affordable, averts foreclosures and alleviates blight. Richmond’s residents have been “badly harmed by this housing crisis,” McLaughlin said, defending the plan and partnership with Mortgage Resolution Partners during an often contentious city council meeting that began Tuesday evening and ended early Wednesday morning. “Too many have already lost their homes.” City council members opposed to the pl