President Donald Trump introduced his 2019 budget blueprint on Monday. He makes some pretty unrealistic claims about how his current proposals would reduce deficits.
His budget proposes to slash them by more than $3 trillion over the next decade, bringing the annual deficit down from 4.4% of GDP this year to 1.1% by 2028.
How? Largely by proposing severe spending cuts combined with optimistic growth projections of roughly 3% a year.
Never mind that he recently signed into law two deficit-increasing bills. The federal tax overhaul plus a two-year increase in spending caps will push the country to start running $1 trillion-plus annual deficits next year.
“The depth of the budgetary hole that has been dug over the past year is made clear by the fact that the administration could not produce a balanced budget even with unrealistic growth assumptions and scoring gimmicks,” said Robert L. Bixby, executive director of The Concord Coalition, a nonpartisan fiscal watchdog.
Hot Medical Stocks To Watch For 2021: El Paso Electric Company(EE)
El Paso Electric Company (the “Company”) is a public utility engaged in the generation, transmission and distribution of electricity in an area of approximately 10,000 square miles in west Texas and southern New Mexico. The Company also serves a full requirements wholesale customer in Texas. The Company owns or has significant ownership interests in several electrical generating facilities providing it with a net dependable generating capability of approximately 2,055 MW. For the year ended December 31, 2015, the Company’s energy sources consisted of approximately 47% nuclear fuel, 34% natural gas, 6% coal, 13% purchased power and less than 1% generated by Company-owned solar photovoltaic panels and wind turbines. The Company continues to expand its portfolio of renewable energy sources, particularly solar photovoltaic generation. As of December 31, 2015, the Company has power purchase agreements for 107 MW from solar photovoltaic generation facilities. Advisors’ Opinion:
- [By Stephan Byrd]
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Korea Electric Power (NYSE: KEP) and El Paso Electric (NYSE:EE) are both utilities companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, institutional ownership, valuation, profitability, risk, analyst recommendations and dividends.
- [By Ethan Ryder]
Shares of El Paso Electric (NYSE:EE) have been assigned a consensus recommendation of “Hold” from the seven ratings firms that are covering the company, MarketBeat reports. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell recommendation, four have assigned a hold recommendation and one has issued a buy recommendation on the company. The average 1 year price target among brokers that have updated their coverage on the stock in the last year is $51.33.
Hot Medical Stocks To Watch For 2021: Itron Inc.(ITRI)
Itron, Inc. provides products and services for the energy and water markets worldwide. It produces standard electricity, natural gas, and water meters for residential, commercial, industrial, and transmission and distribution customers. The company also offers advanced and smart electronic, gas, and water meters, as well as communication modules; handheld, mobile, and fixed network collection technologies; meter data management software; prepayment systems comprising smart key, keypad, and smart card communication technologies; data warehousing; and knowledge application solutions. It provides communication technologies, which include telephone, radio frequency, global system for mobile communications, power line carrier, and Ethernet devices. In addition, the company offers professional services, including implementation, installation, consulting, system management, and analysis. It markets its products through direct sales, distributors, representative agencies, partners , and meter manufacturer representatives. The company was founded in 1977 and is headquartered in Liberty Lake, Washington.
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Hot Medical Stocks To Watch For 2021: Enersis S A(ENI)
Enersis S.A., an electric utility company, engages in the generation, transmission, and distribution of electricity in Chile, Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, and Peru. It owns and operates hydroelectric, thermal, and wind power plants. As of December 31, 2010, it had 14,833 megawatts of installed capacity with 195 power plants; and 13.3 million distribution customers covering approximately 50 million inhabitants. The company was formerly known as Compania Chilena Metropolitana de Distribucion Electrica S.A and changed its name to Enersis S.A. in August 1988. Enersis S.A. was founded in 1889 and is headquartered in Santiago, Chile. Enersis S.A. is a subsidiary of Endesa Latinoamerica S.A.
- [By Shane Hupp]
JPMorgan Chase & Co. set a €15.00 ($17.44) price objective on ENI (ETR:ENI) in a report published on Thursday morning. The firm currently has a sell rating on the stock.
- [By Stephan Byrd]
Morgan Stanley set a €16.70 ($19.42) price objective on ENI (ETR:ENI) in a report issued on Wednesday morning. The firm currently has a sell rating on the stock.
- [By Shane Hupp]
ENI (ETR:ENI) has been assigned a €18.50 ($21.76) price objective by equities researchers at Deutsche Bank in a note issued to investors on Tuesday. The brokerage currently has a “buy” rating on the stock. Deutsche Bank’s price objective points to a potential upside of 13.26% from the stock’s current price.
Hot Medical Stocks To Watch For 2021: Spok Holdings, Inc.(SPOK)
Spok Holdings, Inc., incorporated on March 5, 2004, is a holding company. The Company, through its indirect subsidiary, Spok, Inc., provides critical communication solutions for enterprises. The Company offers critical communication for healthcare, government, public safety and other industries. The Company’s segment is critical communication business. The Company offers paging services and selected software solutions in the United States and abroad, generally in Europe, Canada, Australia, Asia and the Middle East. The Company offers its services and products primarily to three market segments: healthcare, government and large enterprise. The Company also offers implementation services for its products.
The Company offers subscriptions to one-way or two-way messaging services for a periodic (monthly, quarterly, semi-annual, or annual) service fee. A subscriber to one-way messaging services select coverage on a local, regional or nationwide basis as per their messaging needs. Two-way messaging is offered on a nationwide basis. In addition, subscribers either lease a messaging device from the Company for an additional fixed monthly fee or own a device, having purchased it either from the Company or from another vendor. The Company also sells devices to resellers who lease or resell devices to their subscribers and then sell messaging services utilizing the Company’s networks. The Company also offers ancillary services, such as voicemail and equipment loss or maintenance protection.
The Company offers a range of solutions, providing its customers with the ability to communicate anywhere, anytime across a number of situations. Its solutions are used for contact centers, clinical alerting and notification, mobile communications and messaging and for public safety notifications. The Company’s critical communication solutions are grouped under four product categories: Contact Center, Clinical Alerting, Mobile Communications and Publ! ic Safety.
The Contact Center category includes Spok Healthcare Console, Spok Web-Based Directory, Spok Web-Based On-Call Scheduling, Spok Speech, HigherGround Call Recording and Quality Management, and Eclipse Call Accounting. Spok Healthcare Console provides operators with the information needed to process calls using their computers. This solution integrates with the customers’ existing phone systems and is used by the operator group to answer incoming calls to the contact center. Operators can perform directory searches and code calls, as well as messaging and paging by individual, groups and roles using the Spok Healthcare Console’s computer telephony integration (CTI) and directory capabilities.
Spok Web-Based Directory provides employee contact information and enables staff to send messages from the directory. Authenticated users can log on to perform updates to contact information and on-call schedules, search the directory and send important messages. Spok Web-Based On-Call Scheduling keeps personnel, calendars and on-call scheduling information updated, using a Web portal to maintain and allow password-protected access to the latest on-call schedules and personnel information.
Spok Speech enables the organization to process routine phone requests, including transfers, directory assistance, messaging and paging, without live operators. HigherGround Call Recording and Quality Management records, monitors and scores operators’ conversations. Eclipse Call Accounting provides information about every call being made and received. The information can be formatted and used to analyze voice network resources, employee telephone usage and bill-back information.
The Company’s Clinical Alerting category includes Spok Messenger and Fusion, Spok e.Notify and Spok Critical Test Results Management. Spok Messenger and Fusion provides the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k)-cleared solution that connects virtually all alert systems, includi! ng nurse ! call, fire, security, patient monitoring and building management to mobile staff through their wireless communication devices. Spok e.Notify enables organizations to notify and confirm team member availability during emergency situations. This solution automatically delivers messages, collects responses, escalates issues to others and logs all activities for reporting and analysis purposes. Spok Critical Test Results Management automates the process of delivering critical test results to the right clinicians. This solution can send messages from the cardiology, laboratory and radiology departments by means of encrypted smartphone communications, two-way paging, secure e-mail, secure text, images, annotations and voice to a range of endpoints, such as workstations, laptops, tablets, smartphones, pagers and other wireless devices.
The Company’s Mobile Communications category comprises Spok Mobile, Spok Pagers and Transmitters, and Spok Device Preference Engine. Spok Mobile uses smartphones and tablets for secure code alerts, patient updates, lab results, and consult requests, among others. It allows users to access the directory of contact information, to send messages, photos and videos to smartphones and other devices. Spok Pagers and Transmitters provide communications through paging system. Spok Device Preference Engine facilitates voice conversations among doctors and caregivers based on their schedules by enabling users to choose the desired communication method based on the situation, urgency, time and date.
The Company’s Public Safety category consists of Spok pc/psap and Spok Enterprise Alert. Spok pc/psap is used for emergency dispatch by giving the Public Service Answering Point (PSAP) call-takers standards-based, graphical interface that integrates the underlying phone system, mapping systems and other resources for critical information availability. Spok Enterprise Alert directs emergency personnel to a 9-1-1 caller’s exact location, such as building, floor and room.! The E9-1! -1 software provides real time, onsite notification when 9-1-1 is dialed.
The Company competes with American Messaging Service, LLC, AT&T Mobility LLC, Sprint Nextel Corporation, T-Mobile USA, Inc. and Verizon Wireless, Inc.
- [By Shane Hupp]
News stories about Spok (NASDAQ:SPOK) have trended somewhat positive recently, Accern Sentiment reports. The research group rates the sentiment of news coverage by analyzing more than 20 million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Spok earned a coverage optimism score of 0.07 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news articles about the Wireless communications provider an impact score of 46.0015198315013 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the next few days.
- [By Logan Wallace]
Spok (NASDAQ: SPOK) and Mobil’nye Telesistemy PAO (NYSE:MBT) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, analyst recommendations, earnings, dividends, profitability, risk and institutional ownership.
Hot Medical Stocks To Watch For 2021: BankUnited, Inc.(BKU)
BankUnited, Inc., incorporated on April 28, 2009, is the bank holding company of BankUnited, National Association (the Bank). The Bank provides a range of banking services to individual and corporate customers through approximately 100 branches. The Bank also provides commercial lending products on a national platform.
The Company offers a range of lending products, including small business loans, commercial real estate loans, equipment loans and leases, term loans, formula-based loans, municipal loans and leases, commercial lines of credit, letters of credit and consumer loans. It also purchases performing residential loans through established correspondent channels on a national basis. The Company’s loan portfolio includes approximately $15.8 billion in loans originated or purchased, or new loans, including approximately $12.8 billion in commercial and commercial real estate loans, approximately $2.9 billion in residential loans and over $35 million in consumer loans. The Company’s commercial loans, which are made to growing companies and middle-market businesses, include equipment loans, secured and unsecured commercial and working capital lines of credit, formula-based loans, mortgage warehouse lines, taxi medallion loans, letters of credit, Small Business Administration (SBA) product offerings and business acquisition finance credit facilities. The Company offers term financing for the acquisition or refinancing of properties, rental apartments, mixed-use commercial properties, industrial properties, warehouses, retail shopping centers, free-standing single-tenant buildings, office buildings and hotels. Other products that it provides include real estate secured lines of credit, acquisition, development and construction loan facilities and construction financing.
The Company makes commercial real estate loans secured by both owner-occupied and non-owner occupied properties. Through the Bank’s commercial lending subsidiaries, it provides mu! nicipal and equipment financing on a national basis. Pinnacle Public Finance, Inc. (Pinnacle) offers essential use equipment financing to municipalities through both loan and direct finance lease structures. United Capital Business Lending, Inc. (UCBL) offers small business equipment leases and loans with a focus on franchise equipment finance. Bridge Capital Leasing, Inc (Bridge) provides transportation equipment finance through loan, direct finance lease and operating lease structures. The Company’s portfolio of one- to four-single family residential loans includes approximately $2.4 billion of purchased loans and approximately $475 million of originated loans. It offers consumer loans to its customers for personal, family and household purposes, including auto, boat and personal installment loans. The Company services SBA loans originated and sold into the secondary market. The Company’s total loans are approximately $16.6 billion.
The Company’s investment securities are classified as investment securities available for sale and investment securities held to maturity. Its investment securities available for sale include the United States treasury securities, the United States Government agency and sponsored enterprise residential mortgage-backed securities, the United States Government agency and sponsored enterprise commercial mortgage-backed securities, resecuritized real estate mortgage investment conduits, private label residential mortgage-backed securities and collateralized mortgage obligations, private label commercial mortgage-backed securities, single family rental real estate-backed securities and collateralized loan obligations, among others. Its total investment securities available for sale are approximately $4.8 billion. Its investment securities held to maturity consists of a State of Israel bond with a carrying value of over $10 million.
Sources of Funds
The Company’s sources of funds include management fees an! d dividen! ds from the Bank, access to public debt and capital markets and available for sale securities portfolio. It offers deposit products, including checking accounts, money market deposit accounts, savings accounts and certificates of deposit with various terms and rates. The Company’s total deposits are approximately $16.9 billion.
The Company competes with Bank of America, BB&T, BBVA Compass, HSBC, JPMorgan Chase, PNC, Regions Bank, Santander, Sabadell, SunTrust Banks, TD Bank, Wells Fargo, Capital One, Signature Bank, New York Community Bank, Valley National and M&T Bank.
- [By Shane Hupp]
Shares of BankUnited (NYSE:BKU) have received an average rating of “Hold” from the thirteen research firms that are presently covering the stock, Marketbeat.com reports. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell recommendation, six have issued a hold recommendation and five have assigned a buy recommendation to the company. The average 1 year price objective among analysts that have issued ratings on the stock in the last year is $40.70.
- [By Peter Graham]
1) Mid cap BankUnited, Inc (NYSE: BKU) seems well positioned to cash in on the migration from high tax states to Florida. With total assets of $32.2 billion at December31, 2018, the Miami Lakes based bank has80 banking centers in 15 Florida counties and 5 banking centers in the New York metropolitan area.
Hot Medical Stocks To Watch For 2021: Vera Bradley Inc.(VRA)
Vera Bradley, Inc., through its subsidiary, Vera Bradley Designs, Inc., engages in the design, production, marketing, and retail of functional accessories for women under the ?Vera Bradley? brand. Its products include a range of handbags, accessories, and travel and leisure items. The company sells its products to independent retailers located in the United States, as well as to national retailers and third party e-commerce sites. As of January 29, 2011, Vera Bradley, Inc. sold its products directly through 35 full-price stores, 4 outlet stores, verabradley.com, and an annual outlet sale in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The company was founded in 1982 and is headquartered in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
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Finally, oil prices pushed higher Wednesday thanks to a dip in exports out of Saudi Arabia and Venezuela. As we’ve noted, the Saudi government is looking to press crude prices higher by reducing OPEC output and limiting shipments to Asia. Those cuts come as economic sanctions continue to weigh on the Venezuelan oil market. The United States imported 500,000 barrels of Venezuelan crude in November 2018, but sanctions will dry up that flow of oil to the United States. With oil prices set to rise in the coming months, we’ve identified the top energy stock to buy in March. Best of all, it’s under $10 per share.
Stocks to Watch Today: EXPR, BA, TSLA
Shares of Express Inc. (NASDAQ: EXPR) are off more than 13% this morning after the retail firm issued extremely weak guidance before the bell Wednesday. Although the retail firm topped EPS estimates, it reported a 6% drop in same-store sales to complement a decline in revenue. The firm called its earnings report “disappointing” and listed a series of other challenges that face the company in 2019. Just don’t buy the stock. Shares of Boeing Co.(NYSE: BA) were off in pre-market hours as the global aviation giant continued to reel from last weekend’s Ethiopia Air crash. Countries around the globe are grounding Boeing Air MAX 9 jets until further maintenance and updates are provided by the company. China, Australia, Indonesia, and the European Union have grounded Air 737 MAX 8 flights, and investors are worried that the second crash in five months for one of these planes will cause a delay in orders. BA stock is off 11% in the last two days. Shares of Tesla Inc. (NASDAQ: TSLA) were off in pre-market hours thanks to a negative investor report from Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (NYSE: GS). Goldman issued a “Sell” rating for the stock and projected a weaker price for TSLA stock over concerns about fa
- [By Timothy Green]
Shares of Vera Bradley (NASDAQ:VRA) soared on Wednesday following a fourth-quarter report that beat expectations. The fashion specialist’s revenue and earnings came in ahead of analyst estimates, and its full-year guidance was better than expected. As of 11:55 a.m. EDT, the stock was up about 19.9%.
- [By Logan Wallace]
Vera Bradley (NASDAQ:VRA) and Capri (NYSE:CPRI) are both retail/wholesale companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, earnings, dividends, profitability, risk and valuation.