Tax audits are in the news more than usual this year, since Donald Trump says the fact that hes being audited by the IRS prevents him from releasing his returns as part of his quest for the presidency.
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But if being audited blocked the release of a tax return, we never would have seen Barack Obamas or George W. Bushs or Bill Clintons or any other recent presidents. Even Richard Nixon released his returns while they were being audited (the fact that that return led to the House Judiciary Committee approving an Article of Impeachment against Nixon is another story).
Why? Because when it comes to the odds of being audited, one thing is crystal clear: If youre living in the White House, your odds are 100%. The returns of the president (and the veep) get the going over every year, as required by section 22.214.171.124 of the Internal Revenue Manual.
Top Promising Companies For 2017: TravelCenters of America LLC(TA)
TravelCenters of America LLC operates and franchises travel centers primarily along the United States interstate highway system. The company offers diesel fuel and gasoline, and diesel exhaust fluid; and operates full service restaurants under the Iron Skillet and Country Pride brands, as well as quick service restaurants primarily under Arby’s, Burger King, Dunkin’ Donuts, Godfather’s Pizza, Pizza Hut, Popeye’s Chicken & Biscuits, Starbuck’s Coffee, Subway, and Taco Bell brand names. It also operates truck repair and maintenance facilities that offer maintenance and emergency repair, and road services, such as oil changes, wheel alignments, and tire repair; and specialty services, including diagnostics and repair of air conditioning, brakes, and electrical systems. In addition, the company provides RoadSquad, a roadside truck service program; RoadSquad Connect, a centralized call center; and RoadSquad OnSite, a service progra m, as well as operates travel stores that offer packaged food and snack items, beverages, non-prescription drug and beauty supplies, batteries, automobile accessories, and music and video products. Further, it offers additional driver services, including specialized business services, which include information center; Reserve-It parking program; a banking desk; Wi-Fi Internet access; video game room; a laundry area; private showers; exercise facilities; and a theater or big screen television room. The company serves long haul trucking fleets and their drivers, independent truck drivers, and motorists. As of August 4, 2015, it operated 256 convenient full-service locations under the TravelCenters of America and Petro Stopping Centers brands in 43 states of the United States and Canada. The company also operated gasoline/convenience stores primarily under the Minit Mart brand. TravelCenters of America LLC was founded in 1992 and is headquartered in Westlake, Ohio.
- [By Lisa Levin]
In trading on Monday, energy shares dipped by 0.70 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included TravelCenters of America LLC (NYSE: TA), down 18 percent, and Alon USA Energy, Inc. (NYSE: ALJ), down 8 percent.
Top Promising Companies For 2017: Becton, Dickinson and Company(BDX)
Becton, Dickinson and Company develops, manufactures, and sells medical devices, instrument systems, and reagents worldwide. The companys BD Medical segment offers syringes and pen needles for diabetes; needles, syringes, and intravenous catheters for medication delivery; prefilled IV flush syringes; regional anesthesia needles and trays; sharps disposal containers; closed-system transfer devices; skin antiseptic products; surgical and laproscopic instrumentations; generic prefilled injectables; intravenous medication safety and infusion therapy delivery, and automated medication dispensing and supply management systems; prefillable drug delivery systems; respiratory ventilation, and diagnostics equipment and consumables; and consumables for patient monitoring and anesthesia delivery. Its Life Sciences segment provides integrated systems for specimen collection; safety-engineered blood collection, automated blood culturing a nd tuberculosis culturing, and microorganism identification and drug susceptibility systems; molecular testing systems for infectious diseases and womens health; liquid-based cytology systems for cervical cancer screening; rapid diagnostic assays; microbiology laboratory automation, and plated media products; fluorescence-activated cell sorters and analyzers; monoclonal antibodies and kits for performing cell analysis; reagent systems for life science research; molecular indexing and next-generation sequencing sample preparation for genomics research; clinical oncology, immunological, and transplantation diagnostic/monitoring reagents and analyzers; and cell culture media supplements for biopharmaceutical manufacturing. The company markets its products through independent distribution channels and sales representatives to healthcare institutions, life science researchers, clinical laboratories, pharmaceutical industry, and general public. Becton, Dickinson and Company was founded in 1897 and is headquartered in Franklin Lakes, New ! Jersey.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
Becton Dickinson (BDX) has gained 1.2% to $101.97 this morning afterPiper Jaffrayraised the stock to Overweight from Neutral. AnalystsWilliam Quirk andDavid Clairexplain why they’re optimistic about the medical technology company:
Observations from multiple diagnostic conferences all suggest significant interest inmicrobiology investment. This interest spans track systems (Kiestra), new identificationtechnologies (Maldi/BioTyper) and Molecular (gram +/- assays). When consideringAST (antimicrobial susceptibility testing) recall from Siemens, we believe BD’smicrobiology business is poised to accelerate its performance over the next several years.Combined with a delayed JNJ/Ypsomed pen needle launch and incremental Europeansafety adoption, we believe numbers for BD will continue to climb…
They also raised their price target to $117 from $91.
While Becton has gained today,Johnson & Johnson(JNJ) has dropped 0.6% to $88.50,Medtronic(MDT) has fallen 1%to $53.43,Boston Scientific(BSX) has declined 0.9% to $11.79 and Edwards Lifesciences (EW) is off 1.2% at $70.90.
Top Rising Companies To Own In Right Now: Signet Jewelers Limited(SIG)
Signet Jewelers Limited engages in the retail sale of jewelry and watches in the United States, the United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland, and the Channel Islands. Its Sterling Jewelers division operates stores in malls and off-mall locations under the Kay Jewelers, Kay Jewelers Outlet, Jared The Galleria Of Jewelry, Jared VaultTM, Jared Jewelry BoutiqueTM, Jared Vivid, JB Robinson Jewelers, Marks & Morgan Jewelers, Every kiss begins with Kay, He went to Jared, Celebrate Life. Express Love., the Leo Diamond, Hearts Desire, Artistry Diamonds, Charmed Memories, Diamonds in Rhythm, and Open Hearts by Jane Seymour names. As at January 31, 2015, it operated 1,504 stores in 50 states. The companys Zale division operates jewelry stores and mall-based kiosks in shopping malls under the Zales, Zales JewelersTM, Zales the Diamond Store, Zales the Online Diamond StoreTM, Zales Outlet, Gordon’s Jewelers, Peoples Jewellers, Peoples the Diamond Store, Peoples Outlet the Diamond Store, Mappins, Piercing Pagoda, Arctic Brilliance Canadian DiamondsTM, Candy Colored Diamonds and Gemstones, Celebration Diamond, The Celebration Diamond Collection, and Unstoppable LoveT names. As of January 31, 2015, it operated 972 jewelry stores and 605 mall-based kiosks. Its UK Jewelry division operates stores in shopping malls and prime High Street locations under the H.Samuel, Ernest Jones, Ernest Jones Outlet Collection, Leslie Davis, and Forever Diamonds names. As at January 31, 2015, this division operated 498 stores. The company also operates a diamond polishing factory, which is involved in diamond sourcing and manufacturing activities. Signet Jewelers Limited was founded in 1950 and is based in Hamilton, Bermuda.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
Cowen’s Oliver Chen and team call Signet Jewelers (SIG) a “‘must have’ stock” following yesterday’s earnings. They explain why:
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We continue to see multiple positive catalysts of sales & earnings growth over the long-term, including: agile leverage of proprietary brand portfolio (~31% of mix), inelastic bridal demand (50% of mix), and a healthy middle income consumer. Near-term, we’re encouraged by mgmt. confidence in the business with FY17 outlook for top & bottom line exceeding expectations. We acknowledge FY17 comp guide implies a 2H acceleration, but still appears achievable on: 1) momentum continuing to build with the Ever Us collection compounded by new line extensions (e.g. earrings & bracelets); 2) roll-out of Pandora shop-in-shops + new Chosen Diamond program; 3) further refining of marketing campaigns; 4) Zales synergies; and 5) cont’d investments in store ops/sales training. In terms of profitability, mgmt. expects both GM and SG&A leverage to drive strong earnings flow during the year, with GM improvement driven by higher sales & synergies, while SG&A leverage expected to flow due to marketing & organizational design efficiencies. Reit. Outperform on SIG with $165PT on 17x FY18 EPS.
Shares of Signet Jewelers gained 3.4% to $121.42 this week.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
Tiffany (TIF) is having trouble. Signet Jewelers (SIG), a down-market competitor, is not.
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Shares of Signet Jewelers have gained 3.4% to $122.10 at 11:44 a.m. today after the parent company of Zale and other mall diamond stores met earnings forecasts and offered upbeat guidance. Cowen’s Oliver Chen and team have the details:
- [By Ben Levisohn]
Cowen’s Oliver Chen and team cut their rating on Tiffany (TIF) to Market Perform from Outperform, citing “uncontrollable risks,” and stating a preference forSignet Jewelers (SIG). They explain:
- [By Johanna Bennett]
Signet Jewelers (SIG) plunged more than 14% today after an investment letter took a critical look at the company.
As Bloomberg reported, James Grants, investment letter raised concerns about the jewelry retailers credit operations and mentioned a Buzzfeed story about customers complaining that their diamonds had been swapped out for lesser-quality gems.
At a recent $92, Signets share price had fallen almost 6.9% after earlier slipping below $85, a 14.1% decline
Signet shares are down nearly 26% in 2016 compared to the 2.5% gain posted by the S&P 500 index.
Cowen analyst Oliver Chen has regarded Signet as a must have stock, calling it Un-Amazon-able. But last week, Goldman downgraded Signet neutral from buy after the company said revenue and same-store sales for the fiscal first quarter missed expectations.
Signet may be getting out of the credit businesses. Last week, Signet announced it was explore strategic options for its credit book. Thats an extremely intriguing announcement given the stocks ongoing underperformance continues to be tied to the risk around their credit operations, wrote Wells Fargo analyst Ike Boruchow in a recent note.
Boruchow opines that Signet could net $1.5 billion from the sale of its credit business, and could use the funds to repurchase as much as 20% of the shares in its float.
Given that the credit quality of SIGs portfolio is likely below TGT and JWN, but better than CONN, we believe that SIG can reach a deal somewhere in the middle. Thus, we believe that they can outsource their credit function for 0.9x book value (same as CONN), or over $1.5 billion. Given the stronger credit portfolio than CONN, we also assume SIG can enter into a profit-sharing arrangement, though likely not one as favorable as JWN/TGT (we assume 40% of EBIT, or $15 million next year).
But losing control of its credit operations would cost the company between $800 mi
Top Promising Companies For 2017: CVD Equipment Corporation(CVV)
CVD Equipment Corporation designs, develops, and manufactures custom and standard equipment and process solutions used to develop and manufacture solar, nano, and advanced electronic components, materials, and coatings for research and industrial applications in the United States and internationally. It operates through two divisions, CVD/First Nano and Stainless Design Concepts. The company offers chemical vapor deposition systems for use in the research, development, and manufacture of semiconductors, LEDs, carbon nanotubes, nanowires, solar cells, LEDs, MEMS, and other industrial applications; and rapid thermal processing systems for implant activation, oxidation, silicide formation, and other processes. It also provides annealing and diffusion furnaces for use in diffusion, oxidation, implant anneal, solder reflow, solar cell manufacturing, and other processes; and gas and chemical delivery control systems for semiconducto r fabrication processes, solar cells, LEDs, carbon nanotubes, nanowires, and various industrial applications. In addition, it provides standard and custom fabricated quartz ware used in its equipment and other customer tools. The company sells its products primarily to electronic component manufacturers, universities, government, and industrial laboratories, as well as industries, such as aerospace that require specialized coatings. CVD Equipment Corporation was founded in 1982 and is based in Central Islip, New York.
- [By Jim Robertson]
At the beginning of the week, our Under the Radar Moversnewsletter suggestedsmall cap industrial machinery stock CVD Equipment Corporation (NASDAQ: CVV) as a long/bullish trade:
Top Promising Companies For 2017: Dynamic Materials Corporation(BOOM)
Dynamic Materials Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, provides explosion-welded clad metal plates, oil field perforating equipment and explosives, and welding services worldwide. It operates in three segments: Explosive Metalworking, Oilfield Products, and AMK Welding. The Explosive Metalworking segment primarily manufactures explosion-welded clad metal plates that are used in the construction of heavy and corrosion resistant pressure vessels, and heat exchangers for oil and gas, alternative energy, chemical and petrochemical, hydrometallurgy, aluminum production, shipbuilding, power generation, and industrial refrigeration industries. This segment sells its products through senior management, direct sales personnel, program managers, and independent sales representatives. The Oilfield Products segment engages in the manufacture, marketing, and sale of perforating explosives and associated hardware, as well as seismic explosives for the oil and gas industry. Its p roducts include shaped charges, detonators, detonating cords, bidirectional boosters, and perforating guns for the perforation of oil and gas wells. This segment offers its products through direct selling, licensed distributors, independent sales representatives, and international distribution centers. The AMK Welding segment provides welding, heat treatment, and inspection services primarily to power turbine manufacturers, and commercial and military aircraft engine manufacturers. The company was formerly known as Explosive Fabricators, Inc. and changed its name to Dynamic Materials Corporation in 1994. Dynamic Materials Corporation was founded in 1965 and is headquartered in Boulder, Colorado.
- [By Andrew Efimoff]
WTI crude oil plunged 3.11 percent on Friday to $48.99 a barrel. Below are the biggest energy losers for the day:
California Resources Corporation (NYSE: CRC): -19.22% Dynamic Materials (NASDAQ: BOOM): -12.39% Clayton Williams Energy (NYSE: CWEI): -11.45% Dynergy (NYSE: DYN): -11.91% EP Energy Corporation (NYSE: EPE): -11.20% Mexco Energy (NYSE: MXC) -10.90% Whiting Petroleum (NYSE: WLL) -10.79% Southwestern Energy Company (NYSE: SWN) -10.79% SM Energy Company (NYSE: SM) -10.38% Real Goods Solar (NASDAQ: RGSE) -10.34%
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