Small SUVs are the hottest segment in the new car market right now. So maybe it shouldn’t be surprising that a big chunk of the new vehicle unveilings at the Los Angeles Auto Show were little crossover SUVs.
It seemed like there was an SUV popping out every time you turned around. For starters, Ford unveiled its new EcoSport just before the show with DJ Khaled doing the honors.
The Jeep Compass is another example of the car market’s madness for small-sized SUVs. The current version is a strong seller despite abysmal reviews. Consumer Reports gave it the lowest rating of any compact SUV and Car & Driver awarded it a mere 1.5 out of a possible five stars.
And yet, as of last month, Jeep Compass sales for the year were up 44%. According to Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCAM), which makes Jeeps, the sales jump reflects the Compass’s relatively low price given all the desirable SUV features that it offers.
DJ Khaled unveils new Ford EcoSport on Snapchat
It’s too soon to know, of course, how good the new Compass is but it should at least be a vast improvement over the outgoing model. Since it’s a Jeep, engineers took off-road capability seriously in creating the new Compass. Two different full-time all-wheel-drive systems are available including a super-slow off-road “crawl” gearing ratio. “Trail Rated” versions can wade through 19 inches of water and climb over steep hills and out of tight ditches. At the same time, Jeep also promises better on-road behavior.
Hot Low Price Stocks For 2018: Clarke(t)
- [By Douglas A. McIntyre]
At the other end of the iPhone 8 spectrum, wireless companies like AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) probably will price the low-end version of the iPhone 8 below $40 a month, with 24-month contracts. This kind of price plan is a usual way for large wireless carriers to get and hold customers for long periods. Even if the carrier pays a lot for the smartphone, it presumably makes that back in monthly fees and on people who renew their subscriptions for a longer period.
- [By Chris Lange]
AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) first-quarter results are scheduled for Tuesday. The consensus earnings estimate is $0.74 per share, on $40.57 billion in revenue. The shares were last seen at $39.93. The consensus price target is $42.80, and the 52-week trading range is $36.10 to $43.89.
- [By Laurie Kulikowski]
After a year of stock price fluctuations, the net result is that T’s price has not changed very much. Although its weak earnings growth may have played a role in this flat result, don’t lose sight of the fact that the performance of the overall market, as measured by the S&P 500 Index, was essentially similar. The stock’s price rise over the last year has driven it to a level which is somewhat expensive compared to the rest of its industry. We feel, however, that other strengths this company displays justify these higher price levels.
- [By Brian Stoffel]
It’s important to remember that AT&T (NYSE:T) is more than just the namesake brand. The company also owns DirecTV, and it may soon acquireTime Warner (NYSE:TWX)if regulators approve the deal.
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Of course we were familiar with the power of the compounding growth of dividend reinvestment. As you can see from the chart below, if you invested $20,000 in securities paying a 7% yield, after 10 years your portfolio would be worth $39,343 with reinvested dividends. And if your holdings happened to boost their dividends by just 5% annually — something even giant blue chip AT&T (NYSE: T) has been able to beat — your portfolio would be sitting at $46,475. That’s an increase of 132.4%. And that’s assuming zero capital gains. That isn’t bad, especially when you consider the S&P 500 Index lost 26.5% in the ten-year period ended in 2009.
- [By WWW.KIPLINGER.COM]
AT&T Inc. (T) currently yields 4.7% and pays a 48-cents-per-share quarterly dividend. Since 2008, T has been upping its quarterly dividend by $0.01 per year.
Hot Low Price Stocks For 2018: McKesson Corporation(MCK)
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McKesson Corporation (NYSE: MCK) is the largest wholesale distributor of pharmaceuticals, counting CVS and Walmart as major customers. Along with rivals Cardinal Health and AmerisourceBergen, the three control 90% of the $300 billion retail pharmaceutical distribution market.
- [By Dan Caplinger]
Drug-distribution specialist McKesson (NYSE:MCK) has had a tough year. Even as the overall stock market has climbed, the company’s shares have suffered, as investors fear that any business related to pharmaceuticals will have a political target on its back even under the current administration. Last quarter’s sluggish numbers didn’t create much enthusiasm for McKesson either.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
Clinton 15 stock basket (DBUSCLNT): UnitedHealth Group (UNH), Humana (HUM), McKesson (MCK), Aecom (ACM), Quanta Services (PWR), ExxonMobil (XOM), Alcoa (AA), NextEra Energy (NEE), Cree (CREE), First Solar (FSLR), Facebook (FB), Netflix (NFLX), Prudential Financial (PRU), Citigroup (C), Union Pacific (UNP).
- [By Ben Levisohn]
Leerink’s David Larsen and Matt Dellelo traces today’s big gain to Amerisource’s big drop following McKesson’s (MCK) earnings last week:
- [By Douglas A. McIntyre]
McKesson Corp. (NYSE: MCK), the leading pharmaceutical distributor, posted a revenue increase in the past year of $49.7 billion, up from $47.5 billion in ayear earlier. Its management offered hefty earnings for the quarter and year ahead. It continues to be a buyer of other companies, most recently Change Healthcare (which was labeled a merger with one of McKesson’s divisions). The current dividend is $1.12, or 0.61%.
Hot Low Price Stocks For 2018: Silicon Laboratories Inc.(SLAB)
- [By Lisa Levin]
Pyxis Tankers Inc. (NYSE: PXS) rose 47.48 percent to $$5.56, after the company announced it has entered into a definitive securities purchase agreement with a group of investors, which will result in gross proceeds of $4.8 million.
Sigma Designs Inc (NASDAQ: SIGM) rose 22.77 percent to $6.88. Silicon Laboratories (NASDAQ: SLAB) announced plans to buy Sigma Designs for $7.05 per share in cash.
Steadymed Ltd (NASDAQ: STDY) rose 19.35 percent to $3.70, after the company reported that no clinical trials were required for Trevyent and that the FDA had agreed to the pathway for the drug candidate's NDA resubmission.
Iteris, Inc. (NASDAQ: ITI) rose 15.73 percent to $7.06. Earlier in the week, Zacks Investment Research had upgraded the company from "Sell" to "Hold".
Science Applications International Corp (NYSE: SAIC) rose 13.71 percent to $85.77 as the company reported better-than-expected earnings for its third quarter.
Technical Communications Corporation (NASDAQ: TCCO) rose 12.41 percent to $6.07, after having risen sharply in pre-marketing trading.
Radius Health, Inc. (NASDAQ: RDUS) rose 12.41 percent to $30.81 after the company provided an update on data from the Phase 1 005 clinical study of elacestrant in patients with estrogen receptor positive breast cancer during the 2017 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium.
ForeScout Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: FSCT) rose 12.32 percent to $25.80 after the company reported its third quarter financial results.
Prana Biotechnology Limited (NASDAQ: PRAN) rose 11.36 percent to $3.43, as the company announced a research collaboration with Takeda Pharmaceuticals to study the ability of movement disorders compound, PBT434 to slow or prevent neurodegeneration of the gastrointestinal system.
Catalyst Biosciences, Inc. (NASDAQ: CBIO) rose 10.49 percent to $7.90 as the company announced the appointment of Arwa Shurrab and Jamie Ellen Siegel in its clinical hemophilia
Hot Low Price Stocks For 2018: Alphabet Inc.(GOOGL)
- [By Keith Speights, Brian Stoffel, and George Budwell]
Healthcare is changing rapidly. Which companies will emerge as the huge winners with these major changes? We asked three of our healthcare contributors to weigh in on the subject. Here’s whyAbbVie (NYSE:ABBV),Alphabet (NASDAQ:GOOGL) (NASDAQ:GOOG), Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ), and Veeva Systems (NYSE:VEEV) could represent bold bets on the future of healthcare.
- [By Sreekanth Anasa]
Shares of Mountain View, California-based Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL)have largely underperformed the FANG stocks this year. GOOGL stock did make a bright start to the year gaining more than 7% in the first two months, far better gains than that in the whole of 2016, but the stocklost momentum after the YouTube Ad controversy. The search giant Google’s parent company Alphabet’s stock is still down more than 2% compared to a month ago. It appears that the YouTube Ad controversy did weigh heavy on GOOGL stock. Alphabet stock, as of yesterday (April 18), has made marginal gains since the company’s last earnings when it had missed the estimates. With Q1 earnings around the corner, the question arises whether GOOGL stock could build some momentum and resume its uptrend ahead of the latest earnings. Let’s take a closer look.
- [By Shudeep Chandrasekhar]
At the end of Q1 2017, Microsoft had $136.932 billion cash on hand, while their total liabilities stood at $142.152 billion. Microsofts short-term debt was $14.5 billion and long-term debt was $60.15 billion. Even if Microsoft decided to bring back cash from overseas and pay 40% tax on it, they would be able to clear all their short term and long term debt and still be left with billions in hand. Apple Inc(NSDQ:AAPL), Microsoft and Alphabet Inc (NSDQ:GOOGL) – all three companies are sitting on a mountain pile of cash that will allow them to plow it back into the business when necessary, making big, bold acquisitions as and when required.
- [By Sreekanth Anasa]
Facebook Inc. (NSDQ:FB) stock has been down more than 3% over the last one month as the fake news and overstatement of metrics issue has done considerable damage to its reputation. However, advertisers are not going to flee its platform. Infact,Facebook is slowly taking the fight to industry leaderAlphabet Inc’s (NSDQ:GOOGL) YouTube in online video space and digital video-related advertising.According to aCisco Forecast, videos will represent 69% of all consumer-based Internet traffic by 2017; this is expected to rise to 80%by 2019. Facebook acknowledges this and way back in April, it announced Facebook Live, allowing people and pages to post live videos on the site. It has been working hard to undermine YouTube’s supremacy, the undisputed ruler of web video. But here’s how things may change for Facebook and FB stock.
- [By Adam Levine-Weinberg]
Last week, Brand Finance came out with its annual listing of brand valuations. In a somewhat shocking finding, the consulting group declared that Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) had lost its supremacy to Alphabet (NASDAQ:GOOG) (NASDAQ:GOOGL) subsidiary Google.