May 1, 2017: Markets opened higher on Monday following an agreement that keeps the federal government solvent through the end of September. Blue chips have shown very little gain today, with telecom and utilities performing worst and tech and financials performing best. WTI crude oil for June delivery settled at $48.84 a barrel, down 1% on the day. June gold also dropped 1% for the day to settle at $1,255.50. Equities were headed for a narrowly higher close shortly before the bell as the DJIA traded up 0.06% for the day, the S&P 500 traded up 0.35%, and the Nasdaq Composite traded up 0.84%.
The DJIA traded very near the break-even line just minutes before the closing bell. The closing tally could finish with either a small gain or a small loss for any or all of the indexes.
The DJIA stock posting the largest daily percentage gain ahead of the close Monday was Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: APPL) which traded up 2.38% at $147.07. The stock’s 52-week range is $89.47 to $147.09, a new high posted this afternoon. Volume was about equal to the daily average of around 24.8 million shares. The tech giant is set to post quarterly earnings after markets close on Tuesday, and analysts and investors are expecting good news.
Hot Blue Chip Stocks To Buy Right Now: Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (BRK-A)
- [By Jon C. Ogg]
Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (NYSE: BRK-A) has released its public equity holdings as of September 30, 2016. Outside of WarrenBuffett being one of the richest men alive and being considered the greatest investor of modern times, there have been many key changes in the Buffett stocks over recent quarters.
- [By Shanthi Rexaline]
Buffett was quoted as saying, without empowering women, America would be effectively playing with one hand tied behind its back. Being true to his word, Buffett said Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (NYSE: BRK-A) (NYSE: BRK-B) then had three members on its board.
- [By Matthew Frankel]
I’ve said before that if I could only own one stock, it would have to be Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE:BRK-A) (NYSE:BRK-B).
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Hot Blue Chip Stocks To Buy Right Now: Timken Company (The)(TKR)
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Timken (TKR) was downgraded to neutral from buy at Bank of America/Merrill Lynch. $40 price target. The valuation is less attractive, as the stock is up 35% year-to-date, analysts said.
Hot Blue Chip Stocks To Buy Right Now: Advance Auto Parts Inc(AAP)
- [By Spencer Israel]
Riot Blockchain Inc (NASDAQ: RIOT) – The Jan. 2015 high of $15.72 is the only resistance it has.
General Electric Company (NYSE: GE) -The low of the move is a double bottom at $17.46 and $17.50. That’s support.
Overstock.com Inc (NASDAQ: OSTK) – The February 2005 high was $58.24, which is the only relevant resistance up here. On weakness, keep an eye on the all-time closing high of $56.65 made on Monday.
Advance Auto Parts, Inc. (NYSE: AAP) – Is trying to fill the gap from earnings between $82.82 and $94.75.
Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ: TSLA) – It needs to clear Friday’s close of $315.05 and Monday’s high of $315.50 to find support.
Urban Outfitters, Inc. (NASDAQ: URBN) – There was a double close at $27.90 from Friday and $28.27 from Monday, so that’s resistance.
DSW Inc. (NYSE: DSW) -The premarket low was $18.40. There are also four daily lows at the $18.40 area from early November, and the low of the move is $17.89.
Signet Jewelers Ltd. (NYSE: SIG) – the premarket low was $61.50, which was the low of the move. There’s daily lows at the $61 area from mid-August, and another pair of lows at $60. Below that, there’s a gap area down to $52.95.
Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (NYSE: LOW)- The Friday low was $79.17, and a pair of lows from Wednesday and Thursday at $78.27 and $78.23.
Campbell Soup Company (NYSE: CPB) – The buy zone is between $45-$46. The low of the move was $44.99, flanked by the $45.14 low the following day.
Dollar Tree, Inc. (NASDAQ: DLTR) – $99.93 and a big psychological number at $100.
Burlington Stores Inc (NYSE: BURL) – The Monday low was $104.55. The all-time high and all-time closing high are $106.55 and $106.89, respectively.
Exxon Mobil Corporation (NYSE: XOM) – Big triple bottom at $80.
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3. Advance Auto Parts (NYSE: AAP)
A leader in the consumer auto parts space, Advance boasts over 5,200 stores, 100 Worldpac branches, and serves more than 1,300 independently owned CARQUEST branded shops.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
Advance Auto Parts (AAP) surged to the top of the S&P 500 today after releasing better-than-expected third-quarter earnings.
Shares of Advance Auto Parts gained 15% to $164.33, while the S&P 500 rose 0.8% to 2,180.39.
Credit Suisse analyst Seth Sigman and team explain why shares of Advance Auto Parts are soaring:
Advance Auto Parts’ Q3 and strategic update was one of the better scenarios for this stock with better than expected comps, positive commentary on Q4, a roughly in line 2017 outlook, and a new sense of direction on how this new management team will narrow the margin gap with peers. Management guided to a 500 bps long-term margin improvement, which wasnt a surprise to investors, and other specifics were still limited. However, timed with Q3/4′s improvement, this should help instill some early confidence in this team. We are adjusting our 2016 and 2017 EPS modestly, to $7.30 (from $7.23) and to $7.65 (from $7.60) respectively.
Advance Auto Parts market capitalization rose to $12.1 billion today from $10.7 billion yesterday.
- [By Lee Samaha]
The key issue to focus on is automotive group comparable sales, which can be seen in the chart below. I’ve also included the most directly applicable sales numbers for its peers,O’Reilly Automotive Inc (NASDAQ:ORLY), AutoZone, Inc (NYSE:AZO) and Advance Auto Parts, Inc. (NYSE:AAP). The disappointing sales performance of Advance Auto Parts is largely due to the effects of integrating a troublesome acquisition.