The words get a lot of attention… But they're almost never true. They provoke greed and fear… And people's emotions get the better of them. Too often, they let themselves believe "this time is different." Over the past couple of days, we've talked about this phrase. It can lure you into making terrible decisions with your money… Or, on rare occasions, an idea behind the phrase can lead to gigantic returns. (That's why it's so tempting to believe.) On Monday, we showed you that when history provides a big, testable data set, you're usually better off betting that this time will not be different. Then yesterday, we touched on the pesky issue of timing. Sometimes, folks book thousands-of-percent returns before finding out if this time really is different. Today, we'll look at three current "this time is different" scenarios. Our goal isn't to get to the bottom of each idea… Instead, we just need the appropriate investing or trading strategies for each situation.
buy stocks: Regions Financial Corporation(RF)
- [By Jon C. Ogg]
In the super-regional banks that are not money center banks, Regions Financial Corp. (NYSE: RF) was up 6.3% at $13.22, and Zions Bancorporation (NASDAQ: ZION) was last seen up 3.8% at $38.30. They would both do better with lower regulatory costs and be able to better compete against larger banks when their stress test results had not been as strong.
- [By Sean Williams]
Income investors often turn to bank stocks when looking for a steady dividend, but few offer the dividend growth potential of Southeastern regional bankRegions Financial (NYSE:RF).
buy stocks: Square, Inc.(SQ)
- [By Travis Hoium]
2016 was a rocky year for Square Inc(NYSE:SQ), to say the least. At times, the market couldn’t tell whether the company was making a turn toward profitability or falling down a rabbit hole of losses it may never emerge from.
- [By Lee Jackson]
Square Inc. (NYSE: SQ) had the president, CEO, chairman and co-founder, Jack Dorsey, selling shares this past week. Hesurrendered a total of 381,500 shares at a share price of $14.09. The total for the sale was posted at $5,375,764. The company develops and provides payment processing, point-of-sale, financial and marketing services worldwide. Its stock ended last week$13.63. The 52-week trading range is $8.06 to $15.91. The consensus price target is $14.14.
- [By Spencer Israel]
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Marvell Technology Group Ltd. (NASDAQ: MRVL): $19.75 has been the low since the deal was rumored so that’s support. Below that ,there’s a gap down to $18.55.
Alibaba Group Holding Ltd (NYSE: BABA) has a pair of highs near $188. The premarket high was $188.07 and there are similar highs from Nov. 8 and 13, so that whole handle will be resistance.
Square Inc (NYSE: SQ): It’s at all-time high levels right now. There’s support at Friday’s close at $44.18.
Twitter Inc (NYSE: TWTR): The Dorsey sympathy move is on. The Nov. 1 high of $20.99 and post-earnings high of $21.96 are two resistance levels.
General Electric Company (NYSE: GE): Has a double top from the last two sessions at $18.47 and $18.48.
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- [By Chris Lange]
Square Inc. (NYSE: SQ) is set to release its most recent quarterly results Wednesday. The consensus estimates are a net loss of $0.05 per share, as well as $536.27 million in revenue. Shares ended the week at $26.20. The consensus price target is $23.81, and the 52-week range is $9.85 to $27.97.
- [By Garrett Baldwin]
The optimism comes a day after payment-processing giant Square Inc. (NYSE: SQ) announced it was incorporating Bitcoin into its platform.
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- [By Leo Sun]
Dorsey subsequently co-founded online payments company Square (NYSE:SQ) in 2009, and he was promoted from passive member to executive chairman of Twitter’s board in 2010, after Dick Costolo replaced Evan Williams.
buy stocks: Brink's Company (The)(BCO)
- [By Benzinga News Desk]
World Wrestling Entertainment (NYSE: WW) received a pair of downgrades after its earnings report came in below estimates.
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Baird downgraded Cardinal Health (NYSE: CAH) to Neutral.
Imperial downgraded Brinks (NYSE: BCO) to In-Line.
Jefferies upgraded AK Steel (NYSE: AKS) to Buy.
Craig-Hallum upgraded LendingClub (NYSE: LC) to Buy.
General Electric (NYSE: GE) was said to be in talks to acquire Baker Hughes (NYSE: BHI), according to sources as reported by Dow Jones. A deal could be valued at as much as $30 billion. However, Bloomberg later reported that a GE spokesperson said they're in talks with Baker Hughes regarding possible partnerships, but not an acquisition. Halliburton (NYSE: HAL) had attempted to acquire Baker Hughes in 2014, but the DoJ sued to block the deal valued at $35 billion.
- [By Lee Jackson]
Another hedge fund that is also a director at Brink’s Co. (NYSE: BCO) was busy selling stock this past week. Starboard parted with a total of 650,000 shares of the security and protection company at prices that fell between $51.47 and $52.05. The total for the sale was set at $34 million. Shares closed on Friday at $52.00. The consensus price target is $56, and the52-week range is $26.86 to $53.90.
buy stocks: Newcastle Investment Corporation(NCT)
- [By Jim Robertson]
Today, our Under the Radar Moversnewsletter suggested shortingsmall cap debt and golf course REITNewcastle Investment Corp (NYSE: NCT):
this isn’t apt to become a huge winner, but it’s a high-odds winner.
- [By Lee Jackson]
Newcastle Investment Corp. (NYSE: NCT) also had a director buying shares this past week. Wesley Edens picked up1 million shares of the stock at a price of $4.37. The total for the trade was posted at $4,370,000. The consensus price target for the stock is $4.50.The company invests in and manages real estate related and other investments. Its stock ended the weekat $4.31.
buy stocks: Insignia Systems, Inc.(ISIG)
- [By Lisa Levin]
Shares of Insignia Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: ISIG) were down 18 percent to $1.45. Insignia Systems announced a 2.313 million share common stock offering via selling holders.
buy stocks: Statoil ASA(STO)
- [By Todd Shriber, ETF Professor]
NORW reflects Norway's oil exposure. The ETF allocates nearly 28.8 percent of its weight to the energy, 870 basis points more than it devotes to its second-largest sector exposure, financial services. State-run Statoil ASA(ADR) (NYSE: STO) is NORW's largest individual holding at a weight of 15.3 percent, or 560 basis points more than NORW allocates to its second-largest holding.
- [By Paul Ausick]
Norway’s Statoil ASA (NYSE: STO) announced this morning that it has acquired stakes in two North Sea projects from France’s Total S.A. (NYSE: TOT). The transaction, valued at $1.45 billion, includes a 51% equity stake in the Martin Linge field and a 40% stake in the Garantiana discovery, both located on Norway’s continental shelf.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
Should oil prices recover, we believe that deepwater drilling activity growth should lag growth in US shale activity, as project economics is generally better in US shales, and E&Ps involved in US shales are generally quicker to react. Deepwater activity is largely comprises a handful of companies (Petrobras (PBR), Statoil (STO), Total (TOT), Shell (RDS.A), BP (BP), ONGC, ExxonMobil (XOM) and Chevron (CVX)) and it is unlikely that these companies can meaningfully increase their rig demand in a short period of time to absorb the current oversupply. Thus, should oil prices rise in 2018, rig demand may increase, but likely not enough to tighten the market, given that supply equaling 43% of current working rig count is stacked and new supply equaling 25% of working rig count is under-construction and should be entering the market in the coming years. As a result, while we expect some improvement in rig utilization owing to rig retirements, it will unlikely be strong enough to meaningfully improve rates in 2018 above spot levels. Any demand increase in the interim could slow rig retirements materially, and be self-defeating. We thus are Sell rated on Transocean, Atwood and Noble.