investment meaning

A new day, a new political scandal adding pressure to U.S. stocks. But who needs to worry about what President Donald Trump will say next or who he will fire? Investors looking to hedge their positions against the political landscape should look global, that’s who — at least according to Ben Beneche of AMG Pictet International Fund.

Speaking as a guest on CNBC’s “Squawk Box” segment Wednesday, Beneche pointed out an overlooked fact many American investors tend to forget: Investment opportunities exist outside of the U.S. borders.

One of Beneche’s top global picks is Sony Corp (ADR) (NYSE: SNE). The Japan-based company has “dramatically” changed over the past few years from operating divisions that deliver losses in mobile, PC and TV to now making profits in “great” franchises such as PlayStation and music with plenty of secular drivers ahead.

investment meaning: W&T Offshore Inc.(WTI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    W&T Offshore Inc. (NYSE: WTI) had a big buy hit the tape last week. CEO Tracy Krohn picked up a massive 1,180,888 shares of the independent oil and natural gas producer at $1.94 per share. The total for the trade came in right at the $2 million level.The company engages in the acquisition, exploration and development of oil and natural gas properties in the Gulf of Mexico. The stock closed Friday at $2.67, so outstanding timing, indeed.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    On Wednesday, the energy sector proved to be a source of strength for the market. Leading the sector was strength from SM Energy Co (NYSE: SM) and W&T Offshore, Inc. (NYSE: WTI).

  • [By John Bromels]

    Shares of oil and gas drillerW&T Offshore(NYSE:WTI) fell throughout April, finishing the month at $2.04 per share, down 26.4%.

    W&T is a small company primarily focused on natural gas liquids production in the Gulf of Mexico. In April, its market cap dropped about $100 million to $280 million. Huge swings like that aren’t uncommon for small companies, but what was unusual was the apparent lack of rationale for the drop.

investment meaning: Staples, Inc.(SPLS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Staples, Inc. (NASDAQ: SPLS) got a boost, shooting up 7 percent to $9.25 on chatter that the company is targeted for an acquisition. Sycamore Partners, a private equity giant, is reportedly in advanced talks to acquire the office supply retailer, Reuters reported. The deal could value Staples at more than $6 billion, a premium to Staples' valuation of $5.60 billion as of Wednesday's market close.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The S&P 500 stock posting the largest daily percentage loss ahead of the close Tuesday was Staples, Inc. (NASDAQ: SPLS) which traded down 5.3% at $8.49. The stocks 52-week range is $7.24 to $11.37. Volume was more than double the daily average of 6.05 million shares. The company saw its shares drop following its most recent earnings report.

  • [By Casey Wilson]

    Struggling office supply giant Staples Inc. (Nasdaq: SPLS) may have just found a way out of its imminent demise… Sort of.

    The Wall Street Journal reported today (April 4) that Staples is exploring a sale and is “in talks with potential private-equity bidders,” roughly one year after a federal judge blocked its proposed $6 billion tie-up with Office Depot Inc. (Nasdaq: ODP).

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Staples (SPLS) soared to the top of the S&P 500 today on reports that the office-supplies retailer was considering selling itself.

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    Staples gained 9.8% to $9.51 today, while the S&P 500 ticked up 0.1% to 2,360.16.

    CFRA’s Efraim Levy doesn’t see a “natural buyer” for Staples but remain Buy rated anyway:

    Shares are higher on an unconfirmed WSJ report that SPLS is looking at the possible sale of the company. Our fundamentally valued 12-month target of $11, applies a below historical average P/E of 12.1X our FY 18 EPS estimate, given office industry challenges. Our target has 11% upside, plus a 5.5% yield. We don’t see a natural buyer for a large physical store office supply presence, although an activist/private-equity buyer is a possibility. To make an acquisition worthwhile, a buyer would have to be more aggressive in cost cutting and use of cash flow than SPLS’s existing plan.

    Staples’ market capitalization rose to $6.2 billion today from $5.7 billion yesterday. It reported a net loss of $459 million on sales of $18.2 billion in fiscal 2017.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Staples, Inc. (NASDAQ: SPLS) posted weaker-than-expected earnings for its fourth quarter.

    Staples reported Q4 adjusted earnings of $0.25 per share on revenue of $4.56 billion. Analysts were expecting earnings of $0.26 per share on revenue of $5 billion.

  • [By Jeremy Bowman]

    Staples Inc(NASDAQ:SPLS) stock has been on a tear over the last few days amid rumors of a potential buyout.According toThe Wall Street Journal, the company is in talks with private-equity firms to sell itself after regulators blew up its planned merger withOffice Depot(NASDAQ:ODP)last year.

investment meaning: Gilead Sciences, Inc.(GILD)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Gilead Sciences Inc. (NASDAQ: GILD) dropped about 2.2% Thursday to post a new 52-week low of $65.38 after closing Wednesday at $66.83. The 52-week high is $103.10. Volume of nearly 19 million was about double the daily average of around 10.4 million shares traded. The company had no specific news Thursday.

  • [By Keith Speights]

    Although 2016 wasn’t exactly the greatest year for healthcare stocks in general, there really aren’t very many true bargains to be found in the industry. However, three healthcare stocks do appear to be priced well below what they’re worth. Here’s why Gilead Sciences (NASDAQ:GILD), Lantheus Holdings (NASDAQ:LNTH), and Mallinckrodt (NYSE:MNK) look to be ridiculously cheap right now.

  • [By Sean Williams]

    Though drugmaker Gilead Sciences (NASDAQ:GILD) has lost 25% over the trailing-12-month period, underperforming the S&P 500 by 41 percentage points, I believe now would be the perfect time for income investors to give it a closer look.

investment meaning: Pentair plc.(PNR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    While the direct revenue exposure to the UK is relatively small across our coverage (aside fromTyco and Idex), the potential impact from Brexit is much more widespread across the continent and the world. The impact should be most negative for our companies with larger industrial exposure to Europe, just as we have begun to hear incrementally positive commentary regarding Europe.Idex andTyco have some of the highest direct exposures to UK and Europe but Tyco’s business should be relatively more stable and in any case theJohnson Controls (JCI) synergies loom large. Eaton (ETN) and Emerson Electric, though with slightly smaller exposure, are more involved with industrial spending.Danaher andHoneywell have high revenue exposure, but we believe that their more benign end market exposure should mitigate some of the negative consequences they face. We rate Allegion (ALLE), Danaher, Dover (DOV), Fortive (FTV), Honeywell, Ingersoll-Rand (IR), Pentair (PNR) andTyco Outperform; Emerson Electric, Eaton, General Electric (GE),Idex and 3M (MMM) Market-Perform; Rockwell Automation (ROK) Underperform.

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    Pentair PLC(NYSE: PNR) had a major holder and director of the company buying more shares last week. Trian Fund purchased 863,000 shares of this diversified industrial manufacturing company at prices that ranged from $65.13 to $65.41 apiece. The total for the trade was posted at a huge $56 million. The stock closed Friday at $67.11, so the purchase appears to be well timed. The52-week trading range is $53.80 to $69.03, and the Wall Street consensus price objective is $67.50.

  • [By William Patalon III]

    Water-equipment company – and Private Briefing favorite – Pentair PLC (NYSE: PNR) left investors with mixed feelings after reported its earnings on Tuesday.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    RBC’s Deane Dray and team worry that valuations of industrial stocks like General Electric (GE), Danaher (DHR), Honeywell International (HON), Ingersoll-Rand (IR) and Pentair (PNR) have gotten ahead of themselves and recommend a “barbell strategy” when playing the sector. They explain:

investment meaning: Veeco Instruments Inc.(VECO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Veeco Instruments Inc. (NASDAQ: VECO) dropped nearly 26% Friday to post a new 52-week low of $10.85 after closing at $14.65 on Thursday. The 52-week high is $34.38. Volume was around 5.8 million, about 10 times the daily average of around 584,000. The company reported late yesterday that it had received an unfavorable patent ruling in China.


    VECO (NASDAQ:VECO) contributed 1.16% to the Fund’s quarterly return, nearly equaling AAN’s contribution in the quarter. VECO appreciated over 48% in the quarter due to an acceleration of orders for its key MOCVD tools. These tools are the main manufacturing equipment used to produce LEDs, whether they are for display screens or, increasingly, for lighting products. We estimate that VECO currently has roughly 80% global market share for MOCVD tools used to make LEDs.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Thursday afternoon, the information technology sector proved to be a source of strength for the market. Leading the sector was strength from QuickLogic Corporation (NASDAQ: QUIK) and Veeco Instruments Inc. (NASDAQ: VECO).

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