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What happened

Shares of Ternium SA (NYSE:TX) jumped on Wednesday: up more than 10% by 2:30 p.m. EST. While the steelmaker reported weaker-than-expected earnings after the closing bell yesterday, it provided optimistic guidance and announced a compelling acquisition.

So what

Ternium reported a rather mixed quarter. Revenue was $1.85 billion, which was flat sequentially, though it was up 2.2% year over year and about $40 million ahead of expectations. Net income, meanwhile, was $144.8 million, or $0.60 per share, which was a vast improvement from the fourth quarter of last year, when the company reported a loss of $126.5 million or $0.64 per share. However, it was a step back from last quarter’s $264.3 million profit, and it missed expectations by $0.10 per share.

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That said, while Ternium’s fourth-quarter results were lackluster, its guidance was much brighter. The company stated that it expects operating income to rise in the first quarter of this year, thanks to increasing shipments and operating margins.

share market tips: PetroShare Corp. (PRHR)

Advisors’ Opinion:


    Just one company joined the calendar, micro-cap gunshot detector ShotSpotter (Pending:SSTI), and one micro-cap company filed, DJ Basin E&P PetroShare (OTCQB:PRHR). We had expected more JOBS-Act filers this week as Monday marked the first day to file for companies preparing for post-Memorial Day launches.

share market tips: LinkedIn Corporation(LNKD)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Alex McGuire]

    For example, LinkedIn Corp. (NYSE: LNKD) fell 16.1% to $79.03 from its IPO date on May 19, 2011, to Aug. 19, 2011. But LNKD stock has since recovered 148% to today’s share price of $195.96.

  • [By Andres Cardenal]

    The most powerful investment ideas are the ones that can be easily explained and understood. LinkedIn(LNKD) is an undisputed market leader in remarkably promising areas such as professional networking and online employment opportunities, and this makes the company a top name to buy in 2016 and hold for years to come.

    As of the third quarter of 2015, LinkedIn(LNKD) had 396 million registered members around the world, a big increase of 20% versus the same quarter the previous year, and 39,726 corporate solutions customers on the platform, a year-over-year increase of 31%. Individuals and corporations attract each other to LinkedIn in search of opportunities, and this creates a virtuous cycle driving sustainable growth over the long term.

    Management is also translating the company’s massive opportunities into rapid revenue growth. Total sales grew 37% to $780 million last quarter, with the acquisition of online learning platform representing $41 million of that. LinkedIn’s three growth engines are firing on all cylinders: Talent solutions for corporations grew 46%, while premium subscription sales increased 21%, and online advertising revenue jumped 28%.

    LinkedIn(LNKD) is actively investing for growth, so profit margins are hard to predict in the short term. However, the company should be able to combine solid revenue growth and expanding profit margins in the years ahead.

  • [By Benzinga News Desk]

    Microsoft has offered concessions to EU antitrust regulators over its $26.2 billion, $196 per share offer for LinkedIn (NYSE: LNKD), according to the European Commission. The EU regulator had expressed concerns to Microsoft executives about the deal, which was announced in June.

share market tips: Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. (SSNLF)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ashraf Eassa]

    A little while back, Qualcomm (NASDAQ:QCOM) formally announced its latest premium smartphone platform, known as the Snapdragon 835. The Snapdragon 835 offers performance, power, and feature improvements over the company’s prior-generation Snapdragon 820/821 processors by both architectural enhancements as well as a transition to Samsung’s (NASDAQOTH:SSNLF) 10-nanometer LPE manufacturing tech.


    Intel (NASDAQ:INTC) and Samsung (OTC:SSNLF) are the two major competitors in the semiconductor industry, accompanied by players such as Texas Instruments, AMD (NASDAQ:AMD), Qualcomm (NASDAQ: QCOM), and Nvidia (NASDAQ: NVDA) occupying smaller shares of the market. Although companies such as Texas Instruments and Nvidia occupy a smaller portion of the aggregate semiconductor market, they make up major portions of the niche markets that they operate in, such as analog semiconductors and graphics processing units.


    According to PYPL S-1, its list of competitors is far too large to list in this article. Payments is a very competitive market. We believe the TAM is large enough for many players to reach sufficient scale and succeed. We also believe PYPL will continue to succeed for the following reasons:

    PYPL has a massive two-sided network, including consumers and merchants. PYPL was as also voted one of the best global brands by Interbrand for 2015. There has been a slew of large-tech companies introducing payment offerings in recent years. The list includes Apple Pay (NASDAQ:AAPL), Android Pay (NASDAQ:GOOG) (NASDAQ:GOOGL) and Samsung Pay (OTC:SSNLF) to name a few. These companies don’t have direct payment relationships with both consumers and merchants. These large-tech companies typically leverage off existing infrastructure; most of the time, Braintree is providing the back-end processing. User engagement has continued to grow and shown in the below chart (Source: PYPL). Venmo and Xoom (NASDAQ:XOOM) has strengthened PYPL consumer platform. Braintree and Paydiant have strengthened PYPL merchant platform, and Braintree is taking on Stripe (Private:STRIP).

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  • [By Leo Sun]

    Sony’s profitability has declined in recent quarters due to the weak performance of its mobile and movie making units. However, the stock trades with an EV/Sales ratio of 0.5 — making it very cheap relative to peers like Samsung (NASDAQOTH:SSNLF), which has anEV/Sales ratio of 1.


    A recently updated map from ranking the world’s most valuable brands by country in 2017 shows that Apple Inc. (AAPL) lost its spot as the US’s most valuable brand. Of these, the top 10 most valuable brands with shares or ADRs traded in the US are:

    US-based search engine and Google parent Alphabet Inc (GOOG) (NASDAQ:GOOGL) Swiss food giant Nestle (OTCPK:NSRGF) Korea’s Samsung Electronics (OTC:SSNLF) – part of a larger group of Samsung brands China’s (and the world’s) largest bank ICBC (OTCPK:IDCBF) Japanese automaker Toyota (TM) Irish medical equipment maker Medtronic (MDT) Royal Dutch Shell, the oil company (RDS.A) Royal Bank of Canada (RY) Spanish bank Santander (SAN), and Hong Kong-based insurer AIA (OTCPK:AAGIY)

    In 11th and 12 place, by market cap, are British telecom Vodafone Plc (VOD) and German automaker BMW (OTCPK:BMWYY), whose brands are valued at 2-4x AIA’s according the map, but whose market caps trade at significantly lower multiples in the current market environment.

share market tips: Westport Innovations Inc(WPRT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Westport Fuel Systems Inc (USA) (NASDAQ: WPRT) shares were also up, gaining 16 percent to $3.48 on upbeat Q3 results.

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