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Top Warren Buffett Stocks To Buy Right Now: Omega Protein Corporation(OME)
Omega Protein Corporation develops, produces, and delivers products to enhance the nutritional integrity of foods, dietary supplements, and animal feeds worldwide. It operates in two segments, Animal Nutrition and Human Nutrition. The Animal Nutrition segment produces animal nutrition products, including fish meal products that are primarily used as a protein ingredient in animal feed for swine, aquaculture, and household pets. This segment also offers fish oil for animal and aquaculture feeds, as well as additives to human food products and dietary supplements; and fish solubles to livestock and aquaculture feed manufacturers, and for use as an organic fertilizer. The Human Nutrition segment produces plant and marine based specialty oils, Omega-3 fish oils, and specialty dairy proteins and other related products. The company sells its products in the United States, Mexico, Europe, Canada, Asia, South and Central America, and others. Omega Protein Corporation was founded in 1913 and is headquartered in Houston, Texas.
- [By Lisa Levin]
Omega Protein Corporation (NYSE: OME) was down, falling around 20 percent to $17.47 after the company reported weaker-than-expected results for its fourth quarter.
Top Warren Buffett Stocks To Buy 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 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
- [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]
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:
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Top Warren Buffett Stocks To Buy Right Now: Nustar Energy L.P.(NS)
NuStar Energy L.P. engages in the terminalling, storage, and transportation of petroleum products primarily in the United States, Canada, the Netherlands, St. Eustatius in the Caribbean, the United Kingdom, and Mexico. The company operates in three segments: Storage, Transportation, and Asphalt and Fuels Marketing. The Storage segment operates terminal and storage facilities for petroleum products, specialty chemicals, crude oil, and other liquids; and crude oil storage tanks. Its terminals also offer pilotage, tug assistance, line handling, launch, emergency response, and other ship services. The Transportation segment transports refined petroleum products, crude oil, and anhydrous ammonia. This segment operates refined product pipelines in Texas, Oklahoma, Colorado, New Mexico, Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa, South Dakota, North Dakota, and Minnesota; and owns anhydrous ammonia pipelines located in Louisiana, Arkansas, Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, and Nebraska. The Asphalt and Fuels Marketing segment refines crude oil to produce asphalt and other refined products. This segment also purchases gasoline and other refined petroleum products for resale. As of December 31, 2010, the company had 65 terminal and storage facilities providing approximately 80.4 million barrels of storage capacity; 5,605 miles of refined product pipelines with 21 associated terminals that offer storage capacity of 4.6 million barrels, as well as 2 tank farms providing storage capacity of 1.2 million barrels; 2,000 miles of anhydrous ammonia pipelines; 812 miles of crude oil pipelines with 16 associated storage tanks comprising storage capacity of 1.9 million barrels; and 2 asphalt refineries with a combined capacity of 104,000 barrels per day, as well as 2 associated terminal facilities with a combined storage capacity of 5.0 million barrels. Riverwalk Logistics, L.P. serves as the general partner of the company. NuStar Energy L.P. was founded in 1999 and is based in Sa n Antonio, Texas.
- [By Roberto Pedone]
One technology player that insiders are active in here is Jive Software (NS), which provides a social business software platform to businesses, government agencies, and other enterprises. Insiders are buying this stock into massive weakness, since shares are down sharply by 43% so far in 2014.
Jive Software has a market cap of $446 million and an enterprise value of $365 million. This stock trades at a fair valuation, with a price-to-sales of 2.68 and a price-to-book of 5.67. Its estimated growth rate for this year is 45.5%, and for next year it’s pegged at 30%. This is a cash-rich company, since the total cash position on its balance sheet is $98.18 million and its total debt is $6.60 million.
A director just bought 260,819 shares, or about $1.71 million worth of stock, at $6.53 to $6.60 per share.
From a technical perspective, JIVE is currently trending just above its 50-day moving average and below its 200-day moving average, which is neutral trendwise. This stock recently pulled back off its short-term high of $7.14 a share with heavy downside volume flows. That drop has now pushed the stock to right above its 50-day moving average at $6.10 a share.
If you’re bullish on JIVE, then I would look for long-biased trades as long as this stock is trending above its 50-day at $6.10 a share and then once it breaks out above some key near-term overhead resistance levels at $7.14 a share to its 200-day moving average of $7.43 a share with high volume. Look for a sustained move or close above those levels with volume that hits near or above its three-month average action of 557,678 shares. If that breakout triggers soon, then JIVE will set up to re-test or possibly take out its next major overhead resistance levels $8.50 to $9 a share, or even $9.50 to $10 a share.
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Top Warren Buffett Stocks To Buy Right Now: Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc.(TTWO)
Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. develops, publishes, and markets interactive entertainment for consumers worldwide. The company offers its products under the Rockstar Games and 2K labels. It develops and publishes action/adventure products under the Grand Theft Auto, Max Payne, Midnight Club, and Red Dead names through developing sequels; offering downloadable episodes, and content and currency; and releasing titles for smartphones and tablets. The company also develops brands in other genres, including the L.A. Noire, Bully, and Manhunt franchises. In addition, it publishes various entertainment properties across platforms and a range of genres, including shooter, action, role-playing, strategy, sports, and family/casual entertainment under the BioShock, Mafia, Sid Meier’s Civilization, and XCOM Enemy Unknown series, as well as Borderlands and Evolve franchises; and various sports simulation titles, including its flagship NBA 2K series, a basketball video game and the WWE 2K series. The companys portfolio of brands also comprise Carnival Games, Rockstar Games Presents Table Tennis, Sid Meier’s Pirates!, Spec Ops, and Top Spin. Its products are designed for console gaming systems, such as Sony’s PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4, and Microsoft’s Xbox 360 and Xbox One; handheld gaming systems; and personal computers comprising smartphones and tablets. The company delivers its products through physical retail, digital download, online platforms, and cloud streaming services. Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. was founded in 1993 and is headquartered in New York, New York.
- [By Ahiza Garcia]
The suit against Take-Two Interactive (TTWO) is being brought by Solid Oak Sketches, a group that holds the rights to the tattoos.
Solid Oak Sketches obtained the rights from five tattoo artists by agreeing to pay royalties based on the use of the tattoos, according to the suit.
- [By Jon C. Ogg]
Take-Two Interactive Software Inc. (NASDAQ: TTWO) may not be seeing much ofa follow-on gain for its shares after the release of the notorious Grand Theft Auto 5. The reason is that shares had at one point almost doubled from the lows of the last year in anticipation. What is impressive, make that more than impressive,is that this video game launch set a record of $800 million at the launch day, and now its sales in just three days have crossed over the $1 billion mark in just three days.
- [By Christopher Freeburn]
On Tuesday, Rockstar Games, a subsidiary of Take-Two Interactive Software (TTWO), released its much anticipated Grand Theft Auto V. The game allows players to navigate a large city, interacting with various unsavory and often violent criminals as they carry out missions. Players get to take part in car chases, shoot-outs and assorted examples of mayhem. The game’s latest edition remains true to the spirit of gleeful carnage found in its previous iterations, USA TODAY notes.