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The S&P 500 Index took a slight breather this week as investors digested a mixed jobs report, tensions in Syria and minutes from the Federal Reserve that showed officials are open to cutting back the Fed’s balance sheet later this year, further reducing monetary stimulus. Despite some of the uncertainty, a handful of dividend stocks delivered clear messages with payout raises.

Six notable dividend stocks increased their payouts over the last week, including two consumer retailers, a cruise ship operator, a large beverage manufacturer and a major provider of midstream energy services.

stock certificate: Starbucks Corporation(SBUX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Adam Levy]

    A little more than a decade ago, McDonald’s (NYSE:MCD) started introducing luxury espresso drinks to its coffee menu. The move was aimed at combating the ever-growing popularity of Starbucks (NASDAQ:SBUX) as a morning ritual for millions of consumers. McCafe now generates $4 billion in U.S. sales annually for McDonald’s.

  • [By Shanthi Rexaline]

    Quoting a survey, UBS said in a note Friday Starbucks Corporation (NASDAQ: SBUX) is well positioned for continued U.S. market share gains. The firm also delved on growth at its channel development segment and Chinese opportunities.

  • [By WWW.USATODAY.COM]

    In the market for people buying a cup of coffee outside their home, it’s essentially Starbucks (NASDAQ: SBUX) and everyone else.

    While McDonald’s (NYSE: MCD) and Dunkin’ Brands’ (NASDAQ: DNKN) Dunkin’ Donuts both now sell premium espresso-based beverages along with other fancy coffee drinks, people don’t view those brands the way they see Starbucks. The Seattle-based coffee chain exists in its own world, where it can sell out of $10 cups of whisky-barrel-aged coffee while it opens more than a thousand Reserve stores selling pricier drinks than its normal, already expensive beverage lineup.

stock certificate: Matador Resources Company(MTDR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Our peer group is up an average of 46% over the past 4 weeks in response to a 30% rebound in the 12-month strip NYMEX oil price. Some of the largest gainers include Hold and Sell rated stocks that we would not chase such asDenbury Resources (Sell, +138%), Halcon Resources (HK) (Sell, +147%), Jones Energy (JONE) (Hold, +166%), Rex Energy (REXX) (Sell, +60%), Sanchez Energy (SN) (Hold, +93%), Ultra Petroleum (UPL) (Sell, +61%), andWhiting Petroleum (Hold, +103%), which have outperformed the E&P Index (+32%) over the same time period. Balance sheets and/or well level returns remain challenged for these companies despite improved oil prices. While we believe oil markets should re-balance over the next 12 to 15 months, the recent recovery to $40 could reverse during 2Q16 as bloated inventories continue to rise, new volumes from Iran pressure an oversupplied market, and a highly anticipated decline in non-OPEC supply (especially in the U.S.), is not as steep as expected. The risk of an oil price retracement, which would significantly pressure the recent out-performers, outweighs the upside in these stocks, in our view. However, we are raising our target prices on Buy ratedAnadarko Petroleum ($54 from $48), Concho Resources (CXO) ($120 from $109), Matador Resources (MTDR) ($22 from $21),Noble Energy (NBL) ($40 from $34), SM Energy (SM) ($22 from $15), Rice Energy ($14 from $12), Pioneer Natural Resources (PXD) ($155 from $135),Continental Resources ($32 from $28), and Parsley Energy (PE) ($24 from $23). We believe our Buy-rated stocks are better positioned to weather challenging oil markets.

  • [By Ezra Schwarzbaum]

    But despite positioning that would thrash other similar companies, Resolute fought through thanks to significant and efficient productivity in its Delaware Basin assets. Wangler believes the strengthening of previous concern areas will make the company a solid investment.

    Matador Resources Co (NYSE: MTDR), $32 Price Target

    Matador has grown its reserves throughout the commodity cycle, as well as its production and cash flow. Haas also likes the company’s history of identifying and acquiring acreage early and cheaply. Much of the analyst’s positive outlook is derived from Matador’s successful monetization of midstream assets and pattern of reinvestment.

stock certificate: Oxford Industries Inc.(OXM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Oxford Industries Inc (NYSE: OXM) was down, falling around 11 percent to $64.05. Oxford Industries reported a narrower-than-expected loss for its third quarter. The company projects full-year earnings of $3.50 to $3.65 per share, and revenue of $1.02 billion to $1.03 billion.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Looking at recent historical deals, we arrive at a $18-$23 potential deal range. We analyzed transactions that have been announced over the past four years and involved companies catering to a higher income customer. These deals include Southern Tide (acquired by Oxford Industries (OXM)), Joe’s Jeans (acquired by Sequential Brands Group (SQBG)), prAna (acquired by Columbia Sportswear (COLM)), The Jones Group (acquired by Sycamore Partners [private] and Juicy Couture (acquired by Authentic Brands Group [private]). The average EV/EBITDA multiple of these transactions are 12.9x (in line with KATE’s 5-year historical average of 12.1x) and implies a potential deal range of $22-$23. When taking the average of recent (F13-16) deals implies an ~10.5x EV/EBITDA multiple. When applying the ~10.5x multiples to KATE’s trailing EBITDA, we arrive at an $18- $19 potential share price.

stock certificate: Concord Medical Services Holdings Limited(CCM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    On Wednesday,our Under the Radar Moversnewsletter suggested going long on small cap China basedhealthcare equipment and management services stock Concord Medical Services Holdings Ltd (NYSE: CCM):

stock certificate: Fifth Street Asset Management Inc.(FSAM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jordan Wathen]

    Last week,The Wall Street Journal broke the news that Fifth Street Asset Management (NASDAQ:FSAM) was on the auction block, apparently for the second time.

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    Canadian Solar Inc. (NASDAQ: CSIQ) is expected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.32 per share on revenue of $690.27 million.
    General Mills, Inc. (NYSE: GIS) is projected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.71 per share on revenue of $3.84 billion.
    Coca-Cola European Partners Plc (NYSE: CCE) is estimated to report its quarterly earnings at $0.45 per share on revenue of $2.72 billion.
    Lands' End, Inc. (NASDAQ: LE) is expected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.35 per share on revenue of $459.43 million.
    Francesca's Holdings Corp (NASDAQ: FRAN) is estimated to report its quarterly earnings at $0.37 per share on revenue of $145.91 million.
    Cheetah Mobile Inc (ADR) (NYSE: CMCM) is projected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.06 per share on revenue of $178.04 million.
    Neogen Corporation (NASDAQ: NEOG) is estimated to report its quarterly earnings at $0.27 per share on revenue of $90.05 million.
    Lennar Corporation (NYSE: LEN) is projected to post earnings for its first quarter.
    Fifth Street Asset Management Inc (NASDAQ: FSAM) is expected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.14 per share on revenue of $25.12 million.

     

stock certificate: Sack Lunch Productions (SAKL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By James E. Brumley]

    Tuesday morning, Sack Lunch Productions Inc (OTCMKTS:SAKL) posted its results for the third quarter (ending September 30th) of the year. They were as strong as you might suspect, with the top line rolling in at $5.35 million, and $142,983 of that turning into net income. That top and bottom line were actually down a bit from the year-ago comparables, though investors should bear in mind that the third quarter of last year was an unusually tough comparison of $6.02 million in sales, and income of $688,845. That was a true breakout quarter for the company’s signature event – Slide the City – and many participants may have come simply to see what it was. The follow-up year (this year), SAKL may not have had the same curiosity factor compelling people to attend.

    Sack Lunch Productions, for the unfamiliar, it’s the name behind event-oriented businesses called Slide the City, Lantern Fest, The Dirty Dash, the Color Me Rad 5K run, and most recently, the Trike Riot. Those are a 1000-foot Slip-n-Slide, a flying lantern release, a mud run, a color-splashing fun run, and a tricycle riding course for kids of all ages and sizes. The events aren’t just fun – they’re FUN!

    They’re also surprisingly profitable. While attendance and per-participant revenue varies, with the average revenue of $30 per participant being at the low end of the scale ( as is the average event attendance of 2500), gross revenue of $75,000 per event is a low-end expectation…

    … not that SAKL hasn’t done some more number crunching of its own. This year, it expects to host roughly 250 events and drive $17 million worth of revenue per event, up about 80% from 2015’s top line. Some of those are being put on by Sack Lunch Productions itself, while others are being hosted by franchisees. Whatever the case, that works out to average revenue of $72,000 per event, with the franchised ones being low-cost to no-cost events for SAKL.

    Regardless, the trend is an impressive one, all

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