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After a shaky start, the vacation rental and room sharing industry is catching fire, with some analysts expecting it to surpass the hotel industry by 2020.

Valuations are already stretched with Expedia buying HomeAway for $3 billion and Airbnb valued at north of $30 billion during its more recent round of funding.

Investors have taken notice, chasing the stocks of three publicly traded companies, which have an indirect exposure to the industry. Like Trip Advisor, which owns FlipKey; Priceline.com, which owns Booking.com; and Expedia, which ownsHomeAway.

What should new investors do? Here are three strategies.

First, apply a strategy advocated by Jack Alvin (Reading Minds and Markets)–buy all major players. Strong growth, he argues, will lift all boats.

best shares: China Jo-Jo Drugstores, Inc.(CJJD)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    Today, our Under the Radar Moversnewsletter suggested small cap Chinese retail pharmacy stock China Jo-Jo Drugstores (NASDAQ: CJJD) as a bullish long trade:

best shares: L Brands, Inc.(LB)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    L Brands (LB) has fallen 2.5% to $66.25 after beating earnings forecasts but offering disappointing guidance.

    Hain Celestial Group (HAIN) has jumped 13% to $40.40 after announcing that an independent review found no evidence that accounting errors were intentional.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The stock posting the largest daily percentage gain in the S&P 500 ahead of the close Thursday was L Brands, Inc. (NYSE: LB) which rose about 7% to $56.05. The stocks 52-week range is $35.00 to $75.50. Volume was 10.3 million compared to its average volume of 4.3 million.

  • [By Teresa Rivas]

    L Brands (LB) ended at the bottom of the S&P 500 on Thursday, after disappointing guidance overshadowed better-than-expected earnings.

    L Brands slid $9.19, or 15.8%, to $48.94, its lowest close since 2013. By contrast, the S&P 500 gained 0.99 points, or 0.04%, today to 2363.81.

    Oppenheimers Anna Andreeva and Samantha Lanman reiterated an Outperform rating and $75 price target on the stock, but admit that the magnitude of L Brands downward forecast was disappointing, even with weak industry trends signaled by peers like Wal-Mart (WMT), Macys (M), and TJX Cos. (TJX).

    While they still are bullish, they admit that the bottom isnt clear:

    In the last 5 years, LB’s multiple averaged in high-teens given quality of brands/management, with 13-14x trough not seen since early ’13valuation could still compress assuming guidance isn’t conservative enough. Sticking with Outperform for now, albeit near-term visibility is worsening.

    L Brands is down 25% this year.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The stock posting the largest daily percentage gain in the S&P 500 ahead of the close Thursday was L Brands, Inc. (NYSE: LB) which jumped about 11% to $47.85. The stocks 52-week range is $43.04 to $87.16. Volume was 13.9 million which is above the daily average of around 4.2 million shares.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    L Brands Inc. (NYSE: LB) also dropped about 2.6% on Friday to record a new 52-week low of $56.01. The stock closed at $57.48 on Thursday. Volume was about 33% above the daily average of around 2.5 million shares. Wednesday’s report that ecommerce giant Amazon.com is considering competing with the company’s Victoria’s Secret stores has caused some investors to seek greener pastures.


    The next market worry is retail, with shares of Macy’s (M) falling over 14%, Kohl’s (KSS) down 19% and L Brands (LB) sinking more than 7%. 

    Cramer said the good news is that money is not leaving the stock market, it’s simply moving from the new winners back to the old winners, stocks like Facebook (FB) and Apple (AAPL) , two Action Alerts PLUS holdings.

best shares: Humana Inc.(HUM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    The Wall Street Journal reported that government regulators are pushing back against Anthem’s (ANTM) purchase of Cigna (CI). California, however, seems to have few issues with the proposed combination of Aetna (AET) andHumana (HUM). Leerink’s Ana Gupte explains:

  • [By Keith Speights]

    Although Aetna wasn’t successful in its attempted merger with Humana (NYSE:HUM), the blocked deal shouldn’t have too much residual effect. Aetna’s share price remains attractively valued, currently trading at 13 times expected earnings.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Clinton 15 stock basket (DBUSCLNT): UnitedHealth Group (UNH), Humana (HUM), McKesson (MCK), Aecom (ACM), Quanta Services (PWR), ExxonMobil (XOM), Alcoa (AA), NextEra Energy (NEE), Cree (CREE), First Solar (FSLR), Facebook (FB), Netflix (NFLX), Prudential Financial (PRU), Citigroup (C), Union Pacific (UNP).

best shares: Signet Jewelers Limited(SIG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The stock posting the largest daily percentage gain in the S&P 500 ahead of the close Tuesday was Signet Jewelers Limited (NYSE: SIG) which rose nearly 5% to $63.07. The stocks 52-week range is $46.09 to $101.46. Volume was over 2 million on the day compared to the average of 1.8 million.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The stock posting the largest daily percentage gain in the S&P 500 ahead of the close Thursday was Signet Jewelers Limited (NYSE: SIG) which jumped 8.8% to $70.06. The gain was following news that the company had a solid earnings report. The stocks 52-week range is $62.10 to $125.45. Volume was 7.48 million which is well above the daily average of around 1.69 million shares.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of Tiffany & Co heading back towards late 2014 highs while mid capSignet Jewelers Ltd (NYSE: SIG) peaked in late 2015 andhas continued to fall off since then:


    Tuesday is a huge day, with Burlington Stores (BURL) , Dollar Tree (DLTR) , Urban Outfitters (URBN) and Signet Jewelers (SIG) all reporting. Cramer was not impressed with any of the four.

invest financial

Source: Offshore Energy Today

Transocean (NYSE:RIG) reported Q4 revenue of $974 million and EPS of $0.63. The company beat on revenue by $164 million. RIG closed up over 3% after earnings were released. I had the following takeaways on the quarter.

Contract Revenue Continues To Decline

Transocean’s total revenue of $974 million was up 8% sequentially and down 47% Y/Y. Its other revenue included a $169 million early termination fee for a drilling contract. Sans the early termination fee, total revenue would have been down 11% Q/Q. That said, its core contract revenue continues to decline.

invest financial: Xilinx, Inc.(XLNX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Sreekanth Anasa]

    Further, according to recent reports, AMD, ARM (NSDQ:ARMH), Huawei Technology, International Business Machines (NYSE:IBM), Mellanox Technologies (NSDQ:MLNX), and Qualcomm (NSDQ:QCOM) have collaborated with Xilinx (NSDQ:XLNX) tobuild a homogenous interface for different CPUs to share data with FPGA accelerators, which are useful in the datacenter and deep learning space. If this collaboration is successful, it could be very bad news for Intel.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Evercore ISIs CJ Muse today offers his outlook for semiconductors in 2017, writing that hes bullish because the semiconductor cycle may see a cycle in the cycle, with positive implications for several names, but for Nvidia (NVDA) and Xilinx (XLNX) in particular…


    Coming up in tonight’s episode of Mad Money: Cramer interviews Bill Sandbrook, CEO of U.S. Concrete (USCR)  and focuses on opportunities for Xilinx (XLNX) .  Plus, don’t miss the Lightning Round. Which stocks is Cramer bullish on?

invest financial: Humana Inc.(HUM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By David Zeiler]

    Aetna is the focus of the senators’ wrath, but four of the five largest U.S. health insurers have a stake in this fight:

    No. 3 Aetna is attempting to acquire No. 5 Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM); andNo. 2 Anthem Inc. (NYSE: ANTM) is seeking to acquire No. 4 Cigna Corp. (NYSE: CI).

    Related: Why the Cost of Obamacare Plans Will Continue to Skyrocket

  • [By Alex McGuire]

    Meanwhile, the 61 healthcare stocks in the S&P 500 – such as AbbVie Inc. (NYSE: ABBV) and Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM) – offer an average yield of 1.75%.

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    The deal still needs approval from regulators, but there are fewer potential objections than the attempted tie-up between Aetna and Humana (NYSE: HUM), two insurers. While CVS does manage some drug-benefits plans for employers and insurers through its PBM, the merger wouldn’t create less competition in one particular segment of the industry like the insurance market.

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    Health care giant Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM) had a director and the chief operating officer of the company selling stock last week. The director sold 27,000 shares at prices between $204.51 and $206.43. The total for the sale was $7 million. COO Jim Murray sold 122,571 shares at prices that ranged from $204.231 to $206. The total for his trade was posted at $25 million. Shares closed on Friday at $207.28. The 52-week range is $150 to $217.80, and the consensus price target is $223.21.

  • [By Keith Speights]

    Although Aetna wasn’t successful in its attempted merger with Humana (NYSE:HUM), the blocked deal shouldn’t have too much residual effect. Aetna’s share price remains attractively valued, currently trading at 13 times expected earnings.

  • [By Craig Jones]

    On CNBC's "Fast Money Halftime Report", Pete Najarian spoke about unusually high options activity in Humana Inc (NYSE: HUM).

    He said options traders were buying aggressively the January 250 calls. Around 3,200 contracts were bought in the first half of the trading session Monday and they paid $5.60 for them. The trade breaks even at $255.60 or around 5 percent higher from the current stock price.

invest financial: Ampco-Pittsburgh Corporation(AP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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    New York (AP) — The bitter cold that followed a massive East Coast snowstorm should begin to lessen as temperatures inch up and climb past freezing next week, weather forecasters said.

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    Des Moines, Iowa (AP) — It's been a billion-dollar lottery weekend after a lone Powerball ticket sold in New Hampshire matched all six numbers and will claim a $570 million jackpot, one day after another single ticket sold in Florida nabbed a $450 million Mega Millions grand prize.

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    London (AP) — The British government said Sunday it is scrapping a promise to reconsider the ban on fox hunting, a centuries-old rural tradition contentiously outlawed more than a decade ago.

invest financial: Allison Transmission Holdings, Inc.(ALSN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    With a neutral sector rating, we are working on evaluating risks to negative calls, and identifying potential value opportunities. Last week we noted more work might be worthwhile on Wabco Holdings (WBC), Terex, Manitowoc (MTW), and Caterpillar, two of those names have rallied for other reasons but the attractive price made the upside/downside skew up. We remain positive (OW) on Allison Transmission Holdings (ALSN) & United Rentals. Our and consensus 2017Allison Transmission Holdings estimates have fallen by 2% vs. ~15% for the group, while the shares are down 10% since launch. We continue to see United Rentals as the best value in our group…

invest financial: Dunkin' Brands Group, Inc.(DNKN)

Advisors’ Opinion:


    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.

  • [By Asit Sharma]

    Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:DNKN) is currently testing a concept in 300 U.S. stores that may surprise many of its investors: a streamlined menu.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    The market is treating Chipotle as if it is an Amazon, Tesla, Apple or Google, when in fact all they do is make burritos. With the money it would cost you to buy Chipotle today @ $14 billion dollars you could buy Wendy’s (WEN), Cheesecake Factory (CAKE), Papa John’s International (PZZA), and Dunkin’ Brands (DNKN). Chipotle would need to generate at least $24 in earnings per share in order to justify the current market cap — they are not even expected to generate half of that next year. Chipotle is expected to report Q1 on April 25 and the market, in my opinion, has already more than priced in good news.

  • [By John Udovich]

    While theMacys Thanksgiving Day parade sponsored by Macy’s, Inc (NYSE:M) is the most well known corporate sponsoredThanksgiving parade,Dunkin Brands Group Inc (NASDAQ:DNKN) and McDonald’s Corporation (NYSE:MCD) also sponsor parades in major USA cities that will help them grab some extra consumer attention and perhaps help the bottom line a bit.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Keurigs plight (actually, JABs) is worsening, with the K-cup market slowing to almost no growth now, and Keurig continuing to lose own brands share. Starbucks (SBUX) echoed the notion of a K-cup market slowdown at its seminar on Wednesday (and is guiding for its [consumer packaged goods, or CPG,] growth below recent trends), but it expects to increase its share of total CPG coffee to 20% from 15%. Come early February it will be a year since the closing of the Keurig deal for JAB Holdings. The pressure on JAB is more significant if we take into account the high leverage of the deal (JAB contributed one fourth of the $12Bn price tag). It is a tough predicament. On the one hand we argue that to make that deal work, they need to buy more (own) brands either from the retail channel (that can be extended to CPG: Dunkin (DNKN)? Panera (PNRA)?), or outright buy CPG brands (like the entire Kraft Heinz portfolio, and or Tata Groups Eight OClock brand). But can/how do they fund these deals? Maybe Mars and Warren Buffett (Mars is involved in office coffee with Starbucks), private equity, and or 3G can help? While this note is not about Positive-rated Mondelez, we have mentioned before a scenario where Kraft Heinz buys Mondelez and partly funds the deal by selling its own CPG coffee business (~$3Bn we say) to JAB as well as divests the Mondelez 20% plus stakes in Keurig (North America) and Jacobs Douwe Egberts (Western Europe), which together at this stage are worth ~$7-8Bn. But, yes, JAB will need deep-pocket partners and generous lenders. Net, JAB needs to do something soon.

invest financial: Express Scripts Holding Company(ESRX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The S&P 500 stock posting the largest daily percentage loss ahead of the close Tuesday was Express Scripts Holding Co. (NASDAQ: ESRX) which traded down 11% at $59.98. The stocks 52-week range is $57.80 to $80.02. Volume was 35.4 million versus the daily average of 4.4 million shares.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Find out what's going on in today's market and bring any questions you have to Benzinga's PreMarket Prep.

    Analysts are expecting Discovery Communications Inc. (NASDAQ: DISCA) to have earned $0.47 per share on revenue of $1.69 billion in the latest quarter. Discovery Communications shares rose 0.17 percent to $29.08 in after-hours trading.
    Analysts expect T-Mobile US Inc (NASDAQ: TMUS) to report

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    Express Scripts Holding (Nasdaq: ESRX) has already stated publicly that it would be open to an acquisition. The company is the largest PBM in the United States, with more than 1.4 billion adjusted claims processed annually as well as a strong home delivery pharmaceuticals service.