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In a note out Thursday, Mint Partners analyst Bill Blain discusses the ECB decision to cut its primary interest rate to 0 percent. According to Blain, the rate cut and further easing will continue to work wonders for European financial markets while doing very little to support the real underlying economy.
“I am absolutely sure M. Draghi is well aware of the gapping difference between the real European economy and the ECB’s make-believe financial economy. Hope is not a strategy. Problem is, the structures and strictures of the Euro and the ECB political masters don’t allow him to acknowledge the inherent contradictions and likely failure of the current set up and policies,” Blain writes.
Top Quality Companies To Watch For 2017: Calumet Specialty Products Partners L.P.(CLMT)
Calumet Specialty Products Partners, L.P. produces and sells specialty hydrocarbon products in North America. It operates in two segments, Specialty Products and Fuel Products. The Specialty Products segment processes crude oil and other feedstocks into various customized lubricating oils, white mineral oils, solvents, petrolatums, gelled hydrocarbons, cable fillers, natural petroleum sulfonates, waxes, and compressor lubricants. Its products are used in applications in a range of industries, such as industrial goods, including metal working fluids, belts, hoses, sealing systems, batteries, hot melt adhesives, pressure sensitive tapes, electrical transformers, refrigeration compressors, and drilling fluids; consumer goods, including candles, petroleum jelly, creams, tonics, lotions, coating on paper cups, chewing gum base, automotive aftermarket car-care products, lamp oils, charcoal lighter fluids, camping fuel, and various aerosol products; and automotive goods, such as motor oils, greases, transmission fluid, and tires. The Fuel Products segment processes crude oil into various fuel and fuel-related products, such as gasoline, diesel, jet fuel, and heavy fuel oils. This segment also offers fuel-related products, including fluid catalytic cracking feedstock, asphalt vacuum residuals, and mixed butanes. Calumet GP, LLC serves as the general partner for Calumet Specialty Products Partners, L.P. The company was founded in 1916 and is headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana.
- [By Lisa Levin]
In trading on Friday, energy shares tumbled by 1.25 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Southwestern Energy Company (NYSE: SWN), down 16 percent, and Calumet Specialty Products Partners, L.P (NASDAQ: CLMT), down 14 percent.
Top Quality Companies To Watch For 2017: Mallinckrodt plc(MNK)
Mallinckrodt public limited company develops, manufactures, markets, and distributes specialty pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical products, and nuclear imaging agents in the United States, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and internationally. The companys Specialty Brands segment markets branded pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical products for autoimmune and rare diseases; immunotherapy and neonatal respiratory critical care therapies; and central nervous system drugs. This segment offers Acthar, an injectable biopharmaceutical drug for various indications, such as neurology, rheumatology, nephrology, and pulmonology; Ofirmev, an intravenous formulation of acetaminophen for pain management; Inomax for inhalation; Therakos, an immunotherapy treatment platform; and Exalgo, a form of hydromorphone. Its Specialty Generics segment provides specialty generic pharmaceuticals and active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) consistin g of hydrocodone and hydrocodone-containing tablets; oxycodone and oxycodone-containing tablets; methylphenidate HCl extended-release tablets; and other controlled substances, including acetaminophen products. The companys Nuclear Imaging segment offers Ultra-Technekow DTE, a Tc-99m radioisotope generator; and Octreoscan, a molecular imaging agent for the localization of primary and metastatic neuroendocrine tumors. Mallinckrodt public limited company markets its products to physicians, pharmacists, pharmacy buyers, hospital procurement departments, ambulatory surgical centers, specialty pharmacies, radiologists, and radiology technicians through wholesale drug and specialty pharmaceutical distributors, retail pharmacy chains, hospital networks, ambulatory surgical centers, and governmental agencies. It also sells and distributes APIs directly or through distributors to other pharmaceutical companies; and markets and distributes nuclear imaging products to radio-pharmacies and hospitals. The company is based in Chesterfield, the Un! ited Kingdom.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
Allegations that Mylan (MYL) overcharged the government for EpiPens have put specialty pharmaceutical companies like Endo International (ENDP), Valeant Pharmaceuticals International (VRX), and Mallinckrodt (MNK) under pressure today, as drug pricing proves to be the source of pain that just won’t go away. Guggenheim’s Louise Chen and team discuss the takeaways from a Henry Kaiser Family Foundation call yesterday that focused on the drug pricing controversy:
- [By Ben Levisohn]
Endos ’16 guidance re-basing, which comes afterPerrigo (MP) provided a similar rebasing (4/25), may provide read-through for companies with high exposure to (1) significant 2014-15 US generic price hikes; (2) disproportionately high 2015 generic gross margins another indicator of price and tough Y/Y comparable. While we expect the broader spec pharma group to trade down on theEndo (MP) print, we see the most direct read-through toAkorn (MP),Perrigo (MP) and TEVA (OP), moderate read-through to Allergan (AGN) (OP) and Mallinckrodt (MNK) (OP) and limited read-through to Mylan (MYL) (OP) and Sandoz who have already reported. Our sector view is that generic price deflation will be most acute in pockets of the market, mainly opioids and one-off niche alternative dosage products while the bigger diversified players seem relatively insulated and 1Q results for Sandoz andMylan provide some support that view.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
Specialty pharmaceuticals Shire (SHPG) and Mallinckrodt (MNK) soared today following their better-than-expected earnings, while Morgan Stanley worried about Valeant Pharmaceutical International’s (VRX) ability to sell its unwanted assets.
Top 5 Clean Energy Stocks To Invest In 2017: Container Store (The)(TCS)
The Container Store Group, Inc. engages in the retailing of storage and organization products in the United States. It operates in two segments, TCS and Elfa. The companys retail stores provide various lifestyle products, including bath, box, closets, collections, containers, food storage, gift packaging, hooks, kitchen, laundry, office, shelving, storage, trash, and travel, as well as elfa branded products. It also designs, manufactures, and sells component-based shelving and drawer systems that are customizable for any area of the home, such as closets, kitchens, offices, and garages, as well as made-to-measure sliding doors. As of July 7, 2015, the company operated 72 store locations with an average of 25,000 square feet each. It also offers its products directly to customers through its Website and call center, as well as sells to various retailers and distributors, and on a wholesale basis. The company was founded in 19 78 and is headquartered in Coppell, Texas.
- [By Monica Gerson]
Container Store Group Inc (NYSE: TCS) is expected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.21 per share on revenue of $230.53 million.
J & J Snack Foods Corp (NASDAQ: JJSF) is estimated to post its quarterly earnings at $0.78 per share on revenue of $231.58 million.