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Best Value Stocks To Buy For 2019

Gradient Investments LLC increased its stake in shares of Mcdonald’s Corp (NYSE:MCD) by 8.7% during the second quarter, according to the company in its most recent disclosure with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The firm owned 58,459 shares of the fast-food giant’s stock after acquiring an additional 4,689 shares during the period. Gradient Investments LLC’s holdings in Mcdonald’s were worth $9,160,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

Several other large investors also recently modified their holdings of MCD. Rainier Group Investment Advisory LLC acquired a new stake in shares of Mcdonald’s during the first quarter worth $102,000. Elmwood Wealth Management Inc. acquired a new stake in shares of Mcdonald’s during the first quarter worth $104,000. CX Institutional acquired a new stake in shares of Mcdonald’s during the second quarter worth $109,000. Quad Cities Investment Group LLC acquired a new stake in shares of Mcdonald’s during the second quarter worth $110,000. Finally, Country Trust Bank increased its stake in Mcdonald’s by 518.9% in the 1st quarter. Country Trust Bank now owns 755 shares of the fast-food giant’s stock valued at $118,000 after buying an additional 633 shares during the last quarter. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 68.56% of the company’s stock.

Best Value Stocks To Buy For 2019: Primo Water Corporation(PRMW)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Motley Fool Transcribers]

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  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Primo Water (NASDAQ:PRMW) had its price objective hoisted by analysts at BMO Capital Markets from $15.00 to $16.00 in a research note issued on Thursday. The firm currently has a “market perform” rating on the stock. BMO Capital Markets’ price target points to a potential upside of 0.88% from the company’s current price.

  • [By Jon C. Ogg]

    Primo Water Corp. (NASDAQ: PRMW) was started with an Outperform rating at William Blair. BMO Capital Markets maintained its Market Perform rating but the price target was raised to $16 from $15.

  • [By Andy Pai]

    Primo Water Corporation (Nasdaq: PRMW) appears to be the most undervalued stock in the fund. The company has a blended upside of 31.1 percent relative to its current trading price.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

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  • [By Max Byerly]

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    A number of equities research analysts have commented on PRMW shares. Barrington Research lifted their target price on shares of Primo Water from $20.00 to $21.00 and gave the stock an “outperform” rating in a research report on Wednesday, August 8th. William Blair started coverage on shares of Primo Water in a research report on Thursday, May 24th. They issued an “outperform” rating for the company. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Primo Water from a “hold” rating to a “strong-buy” rating and set a $16.00 target price for the company in a research report on Tuesday, May 15th. BidaskClub raised shares of Primo Water from a “buy” rating to a “strong-buy” rating in a research report on Friday, June 1st. Finally, ValuEngine raised shares of Primo Water from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Wednesday, May 2nd. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and five have assigned a buy rating to the stock. The stock presently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $20.75.

Best Value Stocks To Buy For 2019: Wellesley Bancorp, Inc.(WEBK)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Wellesley Bancorp Inc (NASDAQ:WEBK) CEO Thomas J. Fontaine sold 1,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Monday, August 13th. The shares were sold at an average price of $33.26, for a total transaction of $33,260.00. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is accessible through the SEC website.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Media stories about Wellesley Bancorp (NASDAQ:WEBK) have trended somewhat positive recently, according to Accern Sentiment. Accern identifies positive and negative news coverage by reviewing more than 20 million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Wellesley Bancorp earned a news sentiment score of 0.10 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave headlines about the bank an impact score of 46.9511251966149 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the near term.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    News articles about Wellesley Bancorp (NASDAQ:WEBK) have trended somewhat positive on Tuesday, according to Accern Sentiment. Accern rates the sentiment of news coverage by reviewing more than 20 million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Wellesley Bancorp earned a daily sentiment score of 0.02 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news coverage about the bank an impact score of 46.4011157327553 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the near future.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Wellesley Bancorp Inc (NASDAQ:WEBK) announced a quarterly dividend on Thursday, August 23rd, Wall Street Journal reports. Investors of record on Wednesday, September 5th will be paid a dividend of 0.055 per share by the bank on Wednesday, September 19th. This represents a $0.22 annualized dividend and a yield of 0.65%. The ex-dividend date is Tuesday, September 4th.

Best Value Stocks To Buy For 2019: Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd.(NCLH)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. (NCLH) is a global cruise company. The Company operates the Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises brands. The Company had 25 ships with approximately 50,400 Berths, as of May 1, 2017. The Company’s brands offer itineraries to various destinations around the world, including Europe, Asia, Australia, New Zealand, South America, Africa, Canada, Bermuda, Caribbean, Alaska and Hawaii.

  • [By ]

    Meanwhile, TheStreet will drop a podcast with Carnival Corp. (CCL) CEO Arnold Donald this weekend. Donald and I talked Wednesday afternoon about his rise to the top gig at Carnival and overall cruise line industry trends. Similar to what I learned from talking to Norwegisn Cruise Line (NCLH) CEO Frank Del Rio last week, I came away thinking Carnival is also undervalued here (stock is down 5% this year). While there are a good number of new ships hitting waters in 2019 and beyond, the consumer demand is such that more ships are warranted. Risks: surging oil prices (it takes a lot of fuel to run a cruise ship) and a recession (meaning somewhat empty new ships).

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. (NCLH) is a global cruise company. The Company operates the Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises brands. The Company had 25 ships with approximately 50,400 Berths, as of May 1, 2017. The Company’s brands offer itineraries to various destinations around the world, including Europe, Asia, Australia, New Zealand, South America, Africa, Canada, Bermuda, Caribbean, Alaska and Hawaii.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. (NCLH) is a global cruise company. The Company operates the Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises brands. The Company had 25 ships with approximately 50,400 Berths, as of May 1, 2017. The Company’s brands offer itineraries to various destinations around the world, including Europe, Asia, Australia, New Zealand, South America, Africa, Canada, Bermuda, Caribbean, Alaska and Hawaii.

Best Value Stocks To Buy For 2019: Platinum Group Metals Ltd.(PLG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Platinum Group Metals Limited (NYSEAMERICAN:PLG) (TSE:PTM) saw a large drop in short interest during the month of August. As of August 15th, there was short interest totalling 4,828,659 shares, a drop of 3.2% from the July 31st total of 4,990,069 shares. Based on an average daily volume of 1,660,003 shares, the short-interest ratio is presently 2.9 days.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Platinum Group Metals Limited (TSE:PTM) (NYSE:PLG) insider Hosken Consolidated Investment acquired 433,804 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, August 28th. The stock was acquired at an average price of C$0.10 per share, with a total value of C$43,380.40.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Platinum Group Metals Limited (NYSEAMERICAN:PLG) (TSE:PTM) shares shot up 0% during mid-day trading on Thursday . The stock traded as high as $0.18 and last traded at $0.16. 1,355,167 shares were traded during mid-day trading, an increase of 7% from the average session volume of 1,262,726 shares. The stock had previously closed at $0.16.

Best Value Stocks To Buy For 2019: Attunity Ltd.(ATTU)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

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  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Get a free copy of the Zacks research report on Attunity (ATTU)

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  • [By Daniel Sparks]

    Shares of data integration and big data management software company Attunity (NASDAQ:ATTU) jumped on Thursday, rising as much as 19.1%. As of 1:25 p.m. EST, the stock was up 18.7%.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Attunity Ltd (NASDAQ:ATTU) has earned an average recommendation of “Buy” from the six ratings firms that are currently covering the firm, Marketbeat reports. Four investment analysts have rated the stock with a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the company. The average 1 year price target among analysts that have covered the stock in the last year is $12.33.

Best Value Stocks To Buy For 2019: Euronet Worldwide Inc.(EEFT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Euronet Worldwide (NASDAQ:EEFT) had its overweight rating reaffirmed by analysts at Piper Jaffray Companies. The firm currently has a $141.00 price target on the stock, up from their previous price target of $111.00.

  • [By Travis Hoium]

    Shares of financial services company Euronet Worldwide, Inc. (NASDAQ:EEFT) jumped as much as 14.8% in early trading Monday after the company announced a big expected jump in 2019 earnings. Shares were maintaining a 12.5% gain on the day as of 11:20 a.m. EDT. 

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    Euronet Worldwide Inc. (NASDAQ: EEFT) was downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman Sachs. It has a $94 price target, which compares with the consensus target across Wall Street of $105.29. The stock ended trading on Friday at $85.98.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Get a free copy of the Zacks research report on Euronet Worldwide (EEFT)

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Hot Oil Stocks To Watch For 2019

U.K. stocks on Friday pulled back from a record close, as shares of AstraZeneca declined following the heavyweight drug maker’s earnings report, and as shares in oil companies took a break from their recent rally.

What are markets doing?

The FTSE 100 index
UKX, -0.23%
 dropped 0.2% to 7,775.70, on track to break a three-day winning streak. On Thursday, that win streak helped push the London benchmark to an all-time closing high, after a solid run that was boosted by a weaker pound and a rally in oil stocks.

Hot Oil Stocks To Watch For 2019: Williams Partners L.P.(WPZ)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Loxo Oncology, Inc. (NASDAQ: LOXO) rose 17.1 percent to $163.30 in pre-market trading as the company disclosed that LOXO-292 Phase 1 trial abstract was selected for 'Best of ASCO'.
    CytomX Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: CTMX) rose 11.5 percent to $27.15 in pre-market trading after the company announced presentations at the 2018 ASCO Annual Meeting.
    Check-Cap Ltd. (NASDAQ: CHEK) rose 12.3 percent to $5.47 in pre-market trading after reporting narrower-than-expected Q1 loss.
    Flotek Industries, Inc. (NYSE: FTK) shares rose 7.1 percent to $3.62 in the pre-market trading session.
    Baozun Inc. (NASDAQ: BZUN) shares rose 5.8 percent to $47.65 in pre-market trading after reporting Q1 results.
    World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: WWE) rose 5.5 percent to $46.00 in pre-market trading.
    Williams Partners L.P. (NYSE: WPZ) rose 5.3 percent to $40.50 in pre-market trading after The Williams Companies, Inc. (NYSE: WMB) announced agreement to acquire all public equity of Williams Partners in a $10.5 billion deal.
    Koss Corporation (NASDAQ: KOSS) shares rose 4.6 percent to $2.72 in pre-market trading after surging 12.55 percent on Wednesday.
    Enphase Energy, Inc. (NASDAQ: ENPH) rose 4.5 percent to $5.85 in pre-market trading after gaining 5.66 percent on Wednesday.
    Farmer Bros. Co. (NASDAQ: FARM) rose 4.1 percent to $27 in pre-market trading after climbing 7.90 percent on Wednesday.
    Kosmos Energy Ltd. (NYSE: KOS) rose 4 percent to $7.70 in pre-market trading.

     

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Analysts at Stifel Nicolaus downgraded Williams Partners L.P. (NYSE: WPZ) from Buy to Hold..

    Williams Partners shares fell 0.63 percent to close at $41.23 on Friday.

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    Natural gas pipeline giant Williams Companies (NYSE:WMB) announced today that it agreed to acquire the rest of its master limited partnership (MLP) Williams Partners (NYSE:WPZ) that it didn’t already own in a $10.5 billion deal. Not to be outdone, Canadian energy infrastructure giant Enbridge (NYSE:ENB) made an offer to acquire its namesake MLP Enbridge Energy Partners (NYSE:EEP), along with the rest of its publicly traded entities, including Spectra Energy Partners (NYSE:SEP). These transactions have big implications not only for investors in these entities but for those who own other pipeline companies, too.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Get a free copy of the Zacks research report on Williams Pipeline Partners (WPZ)

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Hot Oil Stocks To Watch For 2019: Transocean Inc.(RIG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    D.B. Root & Company LLC acquired a new position in shares of Transocean (NYSE:RIG) during the first quarter, according to its most recent disclosure with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The fund acquired 30,040 shares of the offshore drilling services provider’s stock, valued at approximately $297,000.

  • [By Tyler Crowe, Matthew DiLallo, and Reuben Gregg Brewer]

    While we aren’t prognosticators on crude oil prices, there does appear to be a lot of value in the energy sector at this price level. So we asked three Motley Fool investors to highlight a stock in the sector they like this month. Here’s why they picked Enterprise Products Partners (NYSE:EPD), Enbridge (NYSE:ENB), and Transocean (NYSE:RIG). 

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Shares of Transocean LTD (NYSE:RIG) have earned an average rating of “Hold” from the twenty-two analysts that are covering the stock, MarketBeat Ratings reports. Three research analysts have rated the stock with a sell recommendation, seven have given a hold recommendation and eleven have given a buy recommendation to the company. The average 12 month target price among brokers that have covered the stock in the last year is $12.80.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Transocean LTD (NYSE:RIG)’s share price shot up 1.5% on Thursday . The stock traded as high as $13.60 and last traded at $13.39. 771,349 shares were traded during trading, a decline of 94% from the average session volume of 13,165,396 shares. The stock had previously closed at $13.19.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Shares of Transocean LTD (NYSE:RIG) gapped down prior to trading on Thursday . The stock had previously closed at $13.41, but opened at $13.13. Transocean shares last traded at $12.81, with a volume of 16922465 shares trading hands.

  • [By Jon C. Ogg]

    Transocean Ltd. (NYSE: RIG) started as Overweight with a $15 price target, which represented an implied upside call of 25% compared with the prior day’s $11.93 closing price. Elsewhere, Wells Fargo raised it to Outperform from Market Perform with an even more aggressive $16 price target, and BTIG initiated Transocean with a Buy rating and with an $18 price target just a day earlier. The stock closed up 2.9% at $11.93 on Tuesday, and it was up 3.3% at $12.33 in Wednesday’s midday trading. The 52-week range is $8.70 to $14.34, and the prior consensus price target of $12.61 ticked up to above $13 after the calls.

Hot Oil Stocks To Watch For 2019: Marathon Oil Corporation(MRO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    Marathon Oil (NYSE:MRO) delivered exceptional operational and financial results in 2018. Not only did its U.S. oil production outperform the midpoint of its initial guidance range by 22.5%, but it also generated a boatload of free cash flow. That strong performance is one of many reasons Marathon CEO Lee Tillman believes his company checks all the boxes for investors. He laid out the case for the company on its fourth-quarter conference call, detailing four reasons Marathon is an ideal oil stock. Here’s what he said.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Melrose Industries (LON:MRO) issued its earnings results on Thursday. The company reported GBX 5.80 ($0.07) earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of GBX 4.40 ($0.06) by GBX 1.40 ($0.02), Digital Look Earnings reports. Melrose Industries had a negative return on equity of 4.75% and a negative net margin of 4.58%.

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    That ability to organically discover new shale plays has saved it a ton of money. The company was able to quietly gobble up 50,000 acres in Oklahoma over a four-year period for just $750 an acre. Contrast that with rivals Devon Energy (NYSE:DVN) and Marathon Oil (NYSE:MRO). Devon spent $1.9 billion to buy Felix Energy in late 2015 for the company’s 80,000 acres in Oklahoma, paying a whopping $23,750 an acre. Meanwhile, Marathon paid $888 million for PayRock Energy and its 61,000 acres in the state, which amounted to roughly $14,500 an acre. EOG’s deep knowledge of shale helps it know where to look so it can lock up land for next to nothing before rivals even know what’s there.

  • [By Zacks]

    Oil production is surging in Canada but producers are far from happy as their profit margin is sinking and they are striving to stay competitive with their U.S. counterparts. While upstream companies like Marathon Oil Corporation (NYSE: MRO), Hess Corporation (NYSE: HES) and others are enjoying the shale boom and rebound in prices in the United States, their Canadian counterparts like Cenovus Energy Inc. (NYSE: CVE) and others are thinking of reducing production. The primary reason behind this is the shortage of pipelines in the country. In short, pipeline construction in Canada has failed to keep pace with rising domestic oil production – the heavier sour variety churned out of the oil sands –  resulting in infrastructural bottlenecks. This has also forced producers to give away their products at a discounted rate.

  • [By ]

    Presto, West Texas Intermediate crude rose 3% to $71.18, the highest since December 2014, boosting shares of oil companies including Occidental (OXY) , which gained 4.8%, Marathon (MRO) , up 3.8%, and Apache (APA) , which gained 2.5%. Spot gasoline also rose 2.7% to $2.17 a gallon, boding ill for the summer driving season in the U.S. and potentially eroding any gains middle-class Americans received from the Trump tax cuts.

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    Marathon Oil (NYSE:MRO) based its 2019 plans on oil averaging $50 a barrel. At that price point, the company can fund its $2.6 billion capital spending plan — enough money to grow its U.S. oil production by 12% this year — and its dividend with plenty of room to spare. Marathon has so much breathing room that it can fund its 2019 budget as well as its dividend at $45 oil, which means it’s on track to produce a gusher of free cash now that oil is in the mid-$50s. Marathon currently expects to return the bulk of that money to shareholders through additional share repurchases, which sets up investors to potentially earn some high-octane total returns this year if oil keeps going higher.

Hot Oil Stocks To Watch For 2019: Magellan Midstream Partners L.P.(MMP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    Magellan Midstream Partners (NYSE:MMP) is one of the best master limited partnerships (MLPs) around. The oil and refined products pipeline and storage company boasts one of the top credit ratings and financial profiles in the sector. As a result, the company’s 5.6%-yielding distribution is on rock-solid ground.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Get a free copy of the Zacks research report on Magellan Midstream Partners (MMP)

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  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Several brokerages recently issued reports on MMP. Citigroup set a $70.00 price target on shares of Magellan Midstream Partners and gave the company a “buy” rating in a report on Saturday, February 2nd. Jefferies Financial Group downgraded shares of Magellan Midstream Partners from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Monday, January 28th. Evercore ISI initiated coverage on shares of Magellan Midstream Partners in a research report on Tuesday, February 5th. They set an “outperform” rating on the stock. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Magellan Midstream Partners from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $69.00 target price on the stock in a research report on Thursday, November 15th. Finally, Mizuho initiated coverage on shares of Magellan Midstream Partners in a research report on Wednesday, November 28th. They set a “neutral” rating and a $67.00 target price on the stock. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, twelve have given a hold rating and four have assigned a buy rating to the stock. Magellan Midstream Partners currently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $69.88.

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  • [By Tyler Crowe, Reuben Gregg Brewer, and Travis Hoium]

    With these interesting trends emerging, there’s no doubt that investors are looking at this industry. To help investors start their search for great energy investments, we asked three of our investing contributors to each highlight a stock they see as a great buy now. Here’s why they picked Magellan Midstream Partners (NYSE:MMP), Brookfield Renewable Partners (NYSE:BEP), and SunPower (NASDAQ:SPWR).

Mastek rallies 2% after HDFC Securities initiates coverage with buy call, sees 50% upside

Software firm Mastek shares gained 2 percent intraday Friday after HDFC Securities initiated coverage with a buy call on the stock and expects it to return 50 percent.

The stock gained 19 percent in last one month. It was quoting at Rs 443.35, up Rs 3.95, or 0.90 percent on the BSE, at 13:13 hours IST.

Mastek is well placed to generate revenue/EPS CAGR of 15/16 percent over FY19-21E (despite US softness and Brexit uncertainty) and is available at attractive valuations of 8.3x FY21 versus midcap average of around 13x, the brokerage house said.

Stake in Majesco US (around Rs 79 per share), net cash position (Rs 82 per share) provides additional comfort, it added.

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Hence the brokerage initiated coverage with a buy rating and a price target of Rs 660, based on 11x FY21E EPS.

HDFC Securities said Mastek’s differentiating factors are (1) UK focus (75 percent), (2) Among the top vendors for UK government and (3) Focus on high growth UK Retail & Financial services verticals.

Under the leadership of CEO, John Owen, Mastek has strengthened its relationship with UK Govt and improved operational efficiencies, it added.

Mastek is blessed with lower exposure to Legacy (Digital is around 80 percent of revenue) but generates low-teen margins (around 13 percent) due to higher on-site revenue mix (around 72 percent versus mid-cap average of around 55 percent).

Mastek, founded in 1982, is one of the oldest IT companies in India. Mastek has experience spanning over three decades but in its current version, it’s just a four-year-old organisation (demerger with Majesco happened in Q4FY15).

The company has transformed itself post the demerger, led by (1) Appointment of experienced and capable CEO, John Owen, in November-2016 (2) Direct relationship with UK government versus being a sub-contractor earlier and (3) Acquisition of TAIS Tech (SI for Oracle ATG), which marks its entry in the US.

Under the new leadership, Mastek has delivered healthy revenue CAGR of 32 percent (around 23 percent organic) and margin expansion of around 370bps over FY17-19.

Disclaimer: The above report is compiled from information available on public platforms. Moneycontrol advises users to check with certified experts before taking any investment decisions.
First Published on Mar 29, 2019 01:33 pm

Here are the biggest analyst calls of the day: Tesla, O’Reilly, Fox, & more

Here are the biggest calls on Wall Street on Monday.

RBC lowered their price target on Tesla to $210 from $245

RBC sees softer demand expectations and a delivery snag in China.

“Tesla is expected to report 1Q19 deliveries in early April… We revise down our total unit forecast by ~10% owing to meager demand and some M3 delivery issues abroad… We also incorporated lower pricing (and hence margins) on a go forward basis. Our PT moves to $210, reiterate Underperform…”

Read more about this here.

J.P. Morgan initiated Fox as 'overweight'

J.P. Morgan was impressed with the new company’s array of businesses.

“We are initiating coverage of FOX Corporation with an Overweight rating and a December 2019 price target of $46… FOXA has an impressive mix of businesses, including strong cable channels driven by live news and sports, as well as a major broadcast network with a leading local TV footprint… We believe FOXA shares will maintain a premium valuation over the average in our large-cap media universe due to its higher growth profile, implying notable upside to shares from the current level…”

J.P. Morgan added O'Reilly Automotive to the analyst 'focus list'

J.P. Morgan said the colder weather in areas of O’Reilly shops will benefit it more than Advance Auto Parts, AutoZone and Genuine Parts as the harsh winter causes more auto repairs.

“Adding ORLY to the JPM Analyst Focus List given favorable three consecutive season setup… We are adding ORLY to the JPM Analyst Focus List as growth idea as we believe ORLY is likely to regain the best comp crown in the group after yielding it to AAP in 2H18… Specific to our analysis, on geographically-weighted basis, after a favorable temperature (-3.6 degrees) and snowfall experience (+143 inches across its footprint) in 2018, ORLY ranked first in terms of summer temperature YOY (+1.6 degrees)… Moreover, the 2019 winter saw temperatures only modestly higher (+0.8 degrees, similar to peers) with snow actually up YOY (+129 inches across markets)…”

Susquehanna upgraded Hibbett Sports to 'positive' from 'neutral'

Susquehanna said the athletic-inspired fashion retailer issued impressive an impressive earnings report.

“Better than expected SSS, operating margin, inventory levels, FY20 outlook, and indications that the City Gear acquisition was a very good idea are proving out have led us to upgrade the stock… Further, strong relationships with major vendors, and initiatives to jumpstart B&M sales are evident… We are raising our FY20/FY21 EPS estimates from $1.76/$1.93 to $1.93/$2.25, and increasing our PT [on HIBB] from $20 to $27…”

Wedbush added Signature Bank to the 'best ideas' list

Wedbush said Signature is one of the better positioned banks to benefit from lower rates.

“We are adding Signature Bank to the Best Ideas List as we believe it is one of the best positioned banks to benefit from the Fed having become more dovish than the market anticipated in its most recent FOMC meeting last week. Furthermore, Trump’s nomination of Stephen Moore on Friday to the Fed board could tilt the board to be even more dovish given Moore has publicly criticized Fed chairman Powell’s interest rate policy as being too tight. Fed fund futures are now predicting a 58% probability of a rate cut by year-end 2019…”

Bernstein downgraded Texas Instruments & Analog Devices to 'market perform' from 'outperform'

Bernstein is nervous about the set-up into the second half and believes both semiconductor companies are more expensive than others in its coverage universe.

“Overall we are growing increasingly nervous about the set-up for the industry into the 2H (with inventories remaining elevated, expectations higher, and valuations less favorable).. Consequently, after the recent run we are taking the opportunity to move to the sidelines on TXN and ADI (more broadly exposed, and more expensive, in our coverage)… We wouldn’t talk anyone out of owning either for the long term (and we remain positively biased on the quality of the business franchises and execution) but given the broader set-up we might prefer to put new money to work in other parts of the space with more valuation support….”

Polaris Industries: Ready To Rally

Welcome, reader. In this article, we are going to review the state of Polaris Industries, Inc. (NYSE:PII) as they are today, following the company’s rapid expansion from $1.6B annual sales to their most recent report’s $6B sales (Polaris Industries’ FY2008 10-K, FY2018 10-K). Growth has come primarily through acquisition and expansion into the Australian market.

After reviewing the company’s financial results, which I outline below, I have to say the company appears to be in good shape. I am bullish Polaris Industries stock as I believe their operating earnings and business position are being undervalued at $84.43.

Polaris Industries’: Activity From The C-Suite

The growth through acquisition since 2008 has transformed the state of this business: From carrying no long-term debt outside of their credit facility to issuance of a couple billion in debt of which $1.95B in long-term bonds remains outstanding. The company also operates on a more global scale, coming with the commensurate risks in foreign currency incomes such as from their expansion into Australia.

Returning to favorable aspects of the business, reviewing the company’s reports from both pre and post the great recession indicate a surprisingly resilient sales number. The company made a full 80-90% as many sales or better, taking out revenues acquired during the period, during the recessionary period as they did during the years 2004-2006 and maintained profitable operations to boot.

The robust profitability of those lines is a good sign the business will continue generating enough cash to protect shareholder value from negative economic events so long as they do not become much more leveraged. Continuing their streak of strong sales is important here because the company’s growth in long-term debt will be a substantial weight on the bottom line until the bonds are retired.

All in all, because of the robustness of profits during downturns, so far, their acquisitive behavior is defensible for conservative investors.

How Threats To Polaris Have Increased Throughout This Period Of Rapid Growth

Inventory turnover has slowed down considerably from typically exceeding 8 turns per year, which the company achieved over many years, to recent reports of a turn rate at 6.6. Adding more high-cost products such as with the company’s recently closed acquisition of Boat Holdings, LLC for $805M is likely going to drag their inventory turnover lower.

The threat here is, while selling bigger and more expensive items for a healthy profit margin is great (and reduces the turnover number cited above), in the case of an economic slowdown, we’re going to see worse performance from the business as credit for big purchases dries up. So, in the case of setbacks, the stock won’t be able to avoid being depreciated due to earnings deterioration despite their history of robust earnings.

Polaris’ Top Tier Brands

As a result of the Boat acquisition, the company now owns the boating names Bennington, Godfrey, Hurricane, and Rinker. Through this acquisition, Polaris has increased their exposure to the growing popularity of the pontoon boat.

Their ATV and Snowmobile businesses are each among, if not the biggest, players in their respective industries. And, the company’s Indian Motorcycles brand is legendary among bikers. All in all, the branding picture is good, with Polaris owning top global brands in most of their lines of business.

Money Talks: I Am Bullish Polaris Industries

Polaris cleared $251M of free cash flow available to owners for 2018 after making their typical volume of capital expenditures. Hence, the maximum dividend distribution they might be able to make at today’s earnings, and stock price level attains to a theoretical dividend yield of 4.77%.

Cash from operations came in at $477M during the recent year, about $100M lower than their all-time high takes of 2016 and 2017. The stock is trading at a price to earnings ratio of 16.51x, a 27% discount to the broader market as measured by the S&P 500 and a more modest 9% discount to the DOW Industrials Index at a P/E of 16.99.

I believe the DOW Industrials is a good comparison because of the large amount of manufacturing operations (reflected in that index’s lower P/E). However, I believe Polaris deserves a premium to the DOW P/E because of their strong profit margins and industry-leading position.

Odds are good we will see the company’s cash from operations improve, in part because of the addition of more big-ticket items to their product mix via the Boat purchase. Big ticket durable products tend to generate a lot of cash upfront.

The figures are stacking up nicely, with a long track record of successful business operations, the company has built up substantial vertical integration in their product manufacturing process which helps them protect profit margins long term.

My take: Polaris is a solid pick for a long-term buy and hold from today’s price.

Supplementary Data:

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Data by YCharts

In the red line, we can see the Polaris has shrunk total shares outstanding by roughly 9% since 2015, making steady progress. Juxtaposed with their share price, it appears management has been chasing the stock price up on these purchases, which is unfavorable for long-term shareholders.

The company is in the first innings of its second decade as a leveraged corporate. At 33% debt to revenue, the company is soundly positioned, and as an investor, I’d like to see them accumulating cash while maintaining the dividend and deploying a small portion of cash to buy back stock below $100 per share.

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