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Germany’s biggest industry is again facing tough questions about how it does business.

Still struggling to move on from the “dieselgate” scandal sparked by Volkswagen’s 2015 admission that it rigged engines to appear cleaner than they were, the country’s top car manufacturers now stand accused of operating a huge cartel since the 1990s.

News magazine Der Spiegel dropped the bombshell on Friday, citing a letter it said Volkswagen (VLKAY) had written to German antitrust officials last summer in which it admitted to possible anti-competitive behavior.

The article alleges that hundreds of executives from Volkswagen (VLKAY) (and its subsidiaries Audi and Porsche), Mercedes-Benz owner Daimler (DDAIF), and BMW (BMWYY) had participated in 60 secret industry working groups over decades.

The alleged aim? To suspend competition in everything from vehicle development and engines, to suppliers and diesel emissions systems.

European antitrust officials, who are responsible for ensuring that big business plays fair in the European Union, were quick to respond to the report.

investment websites: Bunge Limited(BG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Steve Symington]

    Shares ofBunge Ltd.(NYSE:BG)rose 10% on Wednesday after the agribusiness and food company released strong fourth-quarter 2016 results.

    So what

    Quarterly revenue grew 8.6% year over year, to $12.1 billion, and translated to 14.1% growth in adjusted earnings per share, to $1.70. Analysts, on average, were only expecting Bunge to report revenue of $11.4 billion and adjusted earnings of $1.57 per share.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Bunge (BG) has dropped 1.5% to $76.14 after getting cut to Underweight from Neutral at JPMorgan.

    L Brands (LB) has jumped 3.9% to $44.80 despite reporting weaker than expected same-store sales.

  • [By Casey Wilson]

    Many companies provide the infrastructure needed for farmers to move crops from the farm to the grocery store. Among those are Bunge Ltd. (NYSE: BG), an agribusiness and food company that specializes in the purchase, storage, processing, and transport of agricultural goods. BG is up over 8% year to date and has grown over 1.5% in the past 30 days.

investment websites: Calumet Specialty Products Partners L.P.(CLMT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Calumet Specialty Products Partners, L.P (NYSE: CLMT) was down, falling around 9 percent to $7.65. Janney Capital downgraded Calumet Specialty from Buy to Neutral.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Friday, energy shares fell 1.02 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Whiting Petroleum Corp (NYSE: WLL), down 8 percent, and Calumet Specialty Products Partners, L.P (NASDAQ: CLMT) down 7 percent.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Friday, energy shares tumbled by 1.25 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Southwestern Energy Company (NYSE: SWN), down 16 percent, and Calumet Specialty Products Partners, L.P (NASDAQ: CLMT), down 14 percent.

investment websites: M&T Bank Corporation(MTB)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    We believe investors should continue to own three types of bank stocks: “Return of Capital (RC) Stocks”, “Risk On (RO) Stocks”, and “Multiple Revaluation (MR) Stocks.” RC stocks include M&T Bank (MTB), PNC Financial Services Group (PNC), and SunTrust Banks (STI); RO stocks include Bank of America, Popular (BPOP), Citigroup, JPMorgan, and KeyCorp (KEY); and MR stocks include BB&T (BBT) and PNC Financial Services Group (PNC).

investment websites: CTI BioPharma Corp.(CTIC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ashley Moore]

    Here is a list of the top 10 best small-cap stocks based on price gains per share so far in 2017:

    Company (Ticker)Price per Share% Change AquaBounty Technologies Inc. (Nasdaq: AQB)$14.338,646.99%Rennova Health Inc. (Nasdaq: RNVA)$3.133,333.73%China Gengsheng Minerals Inc. (OTCMKTS: CHGS)$0.021,718.18%Sunshine Heart Inc. (Nasdaq: SSH)$3.851,071.43%CTI BioPharma Corp. (Nasdaq: CTIC)$4.30991.76%Catalyst Biosciences Inc. (Nasdaq: CBIO)$6.22853.85%TearLab Corp. (Nasdaq: TEAR)$4.20707.85%Pulmatrix Inc. (Nasdaq: PULM)$3.86566.10%Real Goods Solar Inc. (Nasdaq: RGSE)$1.43498.75%Calithera Biosciences Inc. (Nasdaq: CALA)$11.70281.54%

investment websites: Honeywell International Inc.(HON)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    According to a report at Bloomberg News, some of the companies sending representatives along include General Electric Co. (NYSE: GE), Honeywell International Inc. (NYSE: HON), Boeing Co. (NYSE: BA), and Qualcomm Inc. (NASDAQ: QCOM). One company that has said it is not participating in the trip is Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE: CAT).

  • [By Laurie Kulikowski]

    We rate HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC as a Buy with a ratings score of A+. This is based on the convergence of positive investment measures, which should help this stock outperform the majority of stocks that we rate. The company’s strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, good cash flow from operations, solid stock price performance and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. 

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    General Electric (GE) , Exxon (XOM) and Honeywell (HON) are among those to have announced or re-announced agreements. The Wall Street Journal estimates Saudi Arabia and the U.S are expected to agree to business deals and potential investments worth $300 billion over the course of Trump’s visit. The White House reached a more than $100 billion arms deal with the Saudis ahead of the trip.

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    Rockwell Collins, Inc. (NYSE: COL) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $1.31 per share on revenue of $1.33 billion.
    General Electric Company (NYSE: GE) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.17 per share on revenue of $26.46 billion.
    Honeywell International Inc. (NYSE: HON) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $1.60 per share on revenue of $9.32 billion.
    Interpublic Group of Companies Inc (NYSE: IPG) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.03 per share on revenue of $1.76 billion.
    Schlumberger Limited. (NYSE: SLB) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $0.26 per share on revenue of $7.02 billion.
    SunTrust Banks, Inc. (NYSE: STI) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.83 per share on revenue of $2.21 billion.
    ManpowerGroup Inc. (NYSE: MAN) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $1.11 per share on revenue of $4.68 billion.
    Kansas City Southern (NYSE: KSU) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $1.15 per share on revenue of $593.82 million.
    Stanley Black & Decker, Inc. (NYSE: SWK) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $1.19 per share on revenue of $2.74 billion.
    WABCO Holdings Inc. (NYSE: WBC) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $1.44 per share on revenue of $721.89 million.
  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Who are the likely candidates for the next round of upgrades? Cramer said he’s betting that 3M (MMM) will be in the mix, along with Walmart (WMT) and especially Home Depot (HD) , which should have a strong spring planting season with good comparisons to last year. Investors might also see upgrades on Honeywell (HON) and Nike (NKE) , Cramer suggested.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Shares of General Electric have dropped 3.8% so far this year, with everything from its accounting to weaker margins being blamed for its weakness. Barclays’ Scott Davis and team, however, spoke with a source they call the “smartest man in the room,” who just so happens to be “nibbling” on General Electric now. They explain why and offer his views on Honeywell International (HON), Emerson Electric (EMR), and ITT (ITT) as well:

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