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Top 5 Heal Care Stocks To Buy Right Now

Wall Street analysts expect At Home Group Inc (NYSE:HOME) to post $256.45 million in sales for the current quarter, Zacks reports. Four analysts have made estimates for At Home Group’s earnings. The lowest sales estimate is $256.00 million and the highest is $256.80 million. At Home Group reported sales of $211.84 million during the same quarter last year, which would suggest a positive year-over-year growth rate of 21.1%. The company is expected to issue its next quarterly earnings report after the market closes on Thursday, June 7th.

According to Zacks, analysts expect that At Home Group will report full-year sales of $1.16 billion for the current financial year, with estimates ranging from $1.16 billion to $1.17 billion. For the next financial year, analysts anticipate that the business will report sales of $1.41 billion per share, with estimates ranging from $1.39 billion to $1.43 billion. Zacks’ sales averages are an average based on a survey of analysts that follow At Home Group.

Top 5 Heal Care Stocks To Buy Right Now: Markel Corporation(MKL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Wells Fargo & Company MN cut its stake in Markel Co. (NYSE:MKL) by 7.5% in the 1st quarter, HoldingsChannel reports. The fund owned 72,437 shares of the insurance provider’s stock after selling 5,832 shares during the quarter. Wells Fargo & Company MN’s holdings in Markel were worth $84,768,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

  • [By Matthew Frankel]

    But, of course, first, we’re going to start talking about insurance more generally, then we’ll be talking about two of our favorite insurance companies, Markel (NYSE:MKL) and Berkshire, and comparing them a little bit to White Mountains and understanding the interplay between those different investments, and how we tend to approach investing in this particular area of the market.

  • [By Motley Fool Staff and Michael Douglass]

    Douglass: Right. I think that’s one of the key things to keep in mind here as a difference between this and a Markel(NYSE:MKL) or a Berkshire. This is a company that really isn’t necessarily trying to find the next great investments that are going to beat the market. What they’re mostly looking to do is invest in sectors through ETFs.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Employers (NYSE: EIG) and Markel (NYSE:MKL) are both finance companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, dividends, profitability, valuation and risk.

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    Accordingly, as required by the new accounting standard, Markel Corp. (NYSE:MKL) recognized a pre-tax loss of $122.1 million as a result of the decline in the fair value of its equity securities since December 31, 2017.

  • [By Steve Symington, Travis Hoium, and Neha Chamaria]

    So we asked three top Motley Fool investors to each discuss a growth stock that successful investors can appreciate. Read on to learn why they like Markel (NYSE:MKL), Mastercard (NYSE:MA), and Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL).

Top 5 Heal Care Stocks To Buy Right Now: Starbucks Corporation(SBUX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Starbucks Corp. (NASDAQ: SBUX) traded down about 3.6% Thursday and posted a new 52-week low of $50.36 after closing Wednesday at $52.22. The stock’s 52-week high is $61.94. Volume totaled about 25 million, approaching triple the daily average of around 9 million. The company said this Wednesday that it will close 150 stores, and make other changes.

  • [By Billy Duberstein]

    Recently, Starbucks (NASDAQ:SBUX)had its second fiscal quarter earnings report, with a muted reaction from the market. Sales increased 14%, but that figure was boosted an extra 5% from the consolidation of the East China business, along with foreign currency tailwinds. While earnings per share grew only 4.4%, that number was negatively impacted by restructuring costs associated with closing Teavana stores, as well as impairments in Switzerland; however, stripping those factors out, EPS was up a strong 17.8% on a non-GAAP basis.

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    Starbucks (Nasdaq: SBUX) has long had its eye on China growth as critical to its continued success. The company acquired the remaining 50% interest in its joint venture with the East China company last December for full control of over 1,400 stores for $1.4 billion.

  • [By Demitrios Kalogeropoulos]

    Dunkin’ Brands Group(NASDAQ:DNKN) is set to announce its fiscal second-quarter results on July 26. And, unlike the case with industry peers like Starbucks(NASDAQ:SBUX), investors are optimistic that they’ll hear news of accelerating sales growth for the coffee and doughnut specialist.

Top 5 Heal Care Stocks To Buy Right Now: Superior Industries International Inc.(SUP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Here are some of the news articles that may have impacted Accern Sentiment Analysis’s rankings:

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    Brokerages Anticipate Superior Industries International, Inc. (SUP) to Post $0.18 EPS (americanbankingnews.com) Superior and Mimico create NZ partnership (khl.com) Superior Industries Rides On Volumes & UNIWHEELS Buyout (zacks.com) Superior Industries International (SUP) Upgraded to Buy by Zacks Investment Research (americanbankingnews.com) B. Riley Research Analysts Raise Earnings Estimates for Superior Industries International, Inc. (SUP) (americanbankingnews.com)

    Superior Industries International stock opened at $17.25 on Friday. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.43, a quick ratio of 1.27 and a current ratio of 2.15. Superior Industries International has a 12 month low of $16.90 and a 12 month high of $17.30. The firm has a market cap of $425.10 million, a PE ratio of 15.68 and a beta of 1.16.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Superior Coin (CURRENCY:SUP) traded up 28.5% against the US dollar during the one day period ending at 0:00 AM E.T. on June 14th. During the last seven days, Superior Coin has traded up 26.1% against the US dollar. Superior Coin has a market cap of $0.00 and $1,434.00 worth of Superior Coin was traded on exchanges in the last day. One Superior Coin coin can now be purchased for $0.0010 or 0.00000015 BTC on popular cryptocurrency exchanges including BTC-Alpha and SouthXchange.

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Liberty TripAdvisor Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: LTRPA) shares jumped 31.6 percent to $12.18 following TripAdvisor Q1 earnings beat.
    ZAGG Inc (NASDAQ: ZAGG) rose 26.5 percent to $14.55 after the company posted better-than-expected Q1 earnings.
    OPKO Health, Inc. (NASDAQ: OPK) shares gained 25 percent to $4.0234 following Q1 beat.
    Axon Enterprise, Inc. (NASDAQ: AAXN) jumped 23.5 percent to $55.12 following a big Q1 beat. The company raised its fiscal 2018 sales growth guidance from 16-18 percent to 18-20 percent.
    Penn Virginia Corporation (NASDAQ: PVAC) gained 23.3 percent to $59.00 after reporting Q1 results.
    TripAdvisor, Inc. (NASDAQ: TRIP) rose 22.5 percent to $47.51 after the company reported stronger-than-expected results for its first quarter on Tuesday.
    Sears Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ: SHLD) shares surged 21.7 percent to $3.36. Amazon.com's partnership with Sears started in 2017 with an agreement to sell Kenmore-branded appliances online. On Wednesday, the companies announced an extension of their relationship to now include tire delivery and installations.
    EP Energy Corporation (NYSE: EPE) jumped 21.3 percent to $2.68 following Q1 results.
    LendingClub Corporation (NYSE: LC) surged 20.4 percent to $3.395 following better-than-expected Q1 earnings.
    Superior Industries International, Inc. (NYSE: SUP) gained 19 percent to $15.82 after reporting Q1 results.
    Bellicum Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: BLCM) shares rose 18.5 percent to $8.13 following Q1 results.
    Twilio Inc. (NYSE: TWLO) rose 18.3 percent to $52.47 after the company posted strong quarterly results.
    Cerus Corporation (NASDAQ: CERS) shares jumped 18.3 percent to $6.47 following quarterly results.
    IEC Electronics Corp. (NYSE: IEC) shares climbed 17 percent to $4.68 after reporting better-than-expected quarterly earnings.
    New Relic, Inc. (NYSE: NEWR) rose 16.8 percent to $90.10 following Q4 results.
    Gulfport Energy Corporation (NASDAQ: GPOR)

Top 5 Heal Care Stocks To Buy Right Now: Liberty Broadband Corporation(LBRDK)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Media headlines about Liberty Broadband Corp Series C (NASDAQ:LBRDK) have trended somewhat positive this week, according to Accern Sentiment. The research firm identifies positive and negative press coverage by monitoring more than 20 million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Liberty Broadband Corp Series C earned a coverage optimism score of 0.14 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news stories about the company an impact score of 46.2592060171908 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the near future.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Liberty Broadband Corp Series C (NASDAQ: LBRDK) and Roku (NASDAQ:ROKU) are both consumer discretionary companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, risk, institutional ownership, profitability, earnings, dividends and valuation.

Top 5 Heal Care Stocks To Buy Right Now: MarketAxess Holdings, Inc.(MKTX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Polen Capital Management LLC grew its holdings in MarketAxess Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:MKTX) by 42.5% during the 1st quarter, according to the company in its most recent disclosure with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The firm owned 1,852 shares of the financial services provider’s stock after purchasing an additional 552 shares during the period. Polen Capital Management LLC’s holdings in MarketAxess were worth $403,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    MarketAxess (NASDAQ: MKTX) and Gleacher & Co. Ltd. (OTCMKTS:GLCH) are both finance companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, profitability, earnings, risk, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership and dividends.

Top 10 Heal Care Stocks To Watch For 2019

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Top 10 Heal Care Stocks To Watch For 2019: PDC Energy, Inc.(PDCE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    News articles about PDC Energy (NASDAQ:PDCE) have trended somewhat positive this week, Accern reports. The research firm scores the sentiment of press coverage by analyzing more than 20 million blog and news 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. PDC Energy earned a news impact score of 0.12 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news articles about the energy producer an impact score of 46.6251700229584 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the immediate future.

  • [By Max Byerly]

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Top 10 Heal Care Stocks To Watch For 2019: Sapiens International Corporation N.V.(SPNS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Sapiens International (NASDAQ: SPNS) and NetSol Technologies (NASDAQ:NTWK) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, profitability, valuation, institutional ownership, earnings, dividends and risk.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Shares of Sapiens International Co. (NASDAQ:SPNS) have earned a consensus rating of “Hold” from the six brokerages that are presently covering the firm, MarketBeat.com reports. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, three have given a hold rating and two have assigned a buy rating to the company. The average 1-year price objective among brokers that have updated their coverage on the stock in the last year is $12.50.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

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  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Sapiens International Co. (NASDAQ:SPNS) – William Blair boosted their Q2 2018 earnings per share estimates for Sapiens International in a report issued on Tuesday, May 8th. William Blair analyst B. Suri now forecasts that the technology company will post earnings of $0.11 per share for the quarter, up from their prior forecast of $0.10. William Blair currently has a “Market Perform” rating on the stock. William Blair also issued estimates for Sapiens International’s FY2018 earnings at $0.47 EPS and FY2019 earnings at $0.54 EPS.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Sapiens International (NASDAQ: SPNS) and Alteryx (NYSE:AYX) 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, risk, earnings, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, profitability and dividends.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Sapiens International (NASDAQ:SPNS) issued its quarterly earnings results on Monday. The technology company reported $0.13 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.10 by $0.03, Briefing.com reports. Sapiens International had a net margin of 0.13% and a return on equity of 6.81%. The business had revenue of $71.09 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $67.68 million. During the same quarter in the prior year, the business posted $0.02 EPS. Sapiens International’s revenue for the quarter was up 25.8% compared to the same quarter last year.

Top 10 Heal Care Stocks To Watch For 2019: Occidental Petroleum Corporation(OXY)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Occidental Petroleum Corp.s (NYSE: OXY) short interest decreased to 6.42 million shares from the previous reading of 8.60 million. Shares recently traded at $84.10, in a 52-week range of $58.44 to $87.67.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Occidental Petroleum Corp.s (NYSE: OXY) short interest decreased to 11.44 million shares from the previous reading of 11.77 million. Shares recently traded at $69.65, in a 52-week range of $57.20 to $78.09.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Occidental Petroleum (NYSE:OXY) last released its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, May 8th. The oil and gas producer reported $0.92 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $0.71 by $0.21. The company had revenue of $3.83 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $3.63 billion. Occidental Petroleum had a net margin of 13.47% and a return on equity of 6.15%. Occidental Petroleum’s revenue for the quarter was up 28.4% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter in the previous year, the business posted $0.15 EPS. equities research analysts expect that Occidental Petroleum will post 4.01 EPS for the current year.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Occidental Petroleum (NYSE:OXY) has received an average recommendation of “Hold” from the twenty-two analysts that are covering the stock, MarketBeat reports. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a sell recommendation, eleven have issued a hold recommendation and eight have issued a buy recommendation on the company. The average 12 month price target among brokers that have issued a report on the stock in the last year is $76.94.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Occidental Petroleum (NYSE:OXY) was upgraded by investment analysts at Jefferies Financial Group from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note issued on Monday, MarketBeat reports. The firm presently has a $98.00 target price on the oil and gas producer’s stock, up from their previous target price of $87.00. Jefferies Financial Group’s price target would indicate a potential upside of 15.39% from the company’s current price.

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    While that’s bad news for some companies, it’s a boon to others. One of the beneficiaries of the Permian pipeline shortage is Occidental Petroleum (NYSE:OXY), which has twice as much space as it needs. As a result, the company has been able to reap a windfall by using that excess capacity to its advantage.

Top 10 Heal Care Stocks To Watch For 2019: MER Telemanagement Solutions Ltd.(MTSL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    News stories about MER Telemanagement Solutions (NASDAQ:MTSL) have trended somewhat positive on Sunday, according to Accern. The research group identifies negative and positive news coverage by reviewing more than 20 million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. MER Telemanagement Solutions earned a media sentiment score of 0.12 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news articles about the technology company an impact score of 45.5243579518781 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the immediate future.

Top 10 Heal Care Stocks To Watch For 2019: Synnex Corporation(SNX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Steve Symington]

    But several individual companies couldn’t keep up. Read on to learn why Under Armour (NYSE:UA) (NYSE:UAA), Telecom Argentina (NYSE:TEO), and Synnex (NYSE:SNX) underperformed the market today.

  • [By Garrett Baldwin]

    We have you covered. This week, we did our digging into the numbers, and we have found three stocks that could surge 80% or more in the months ahead. Let’s dig into them as the market opens… right here.

    The Top Stock Market Stories for Thursday
    A leaked report from a Chinese government think tank warned of “financial panic” across the country. In addition to concerns about the ongoing trade battle with the United States, the National Institution for Finance & Development warned about the ongoing use of leverage in the stock market. The think tank argued that China’s central bank must be ready to step in and support the nation’s markets (the Shanghai Composite is off 20% since January) in the event of a liquidity crisis. This morning, the U.S. Department of Commerce said that Q1 gross domestic product (GDP) growth slowed far more than analysts had expected. During January through March, we saw the weakest levels of consumer spending in roughly five years. GDP clocked in at just 2.0%, a downturn from the 2.2% reported by the agency last month. Markets appear to believe that the economy has rebounded during the second quarter thanks in part to the massive tax cuts in January. However, ongoing trade tensions and increasing uncertainty around the globe could potentially spur a panic at any time. In 2018, major telecom carriers will begin rolling out 5G networks across the country, and the development could be one of the biggest ever. This technological leap is creating some incredible profit opportunities fortech stocks. According to Swedish network equipment manufacturer Ericsson ADR (Nasdaq:ERIC), new 5G-related features could produce as much as $1.3 trillion annually in additional revenue for carriers by 2026. Just imagine how much money you could make if you get in early and invest right now in the top 5G stocks. It would be a fortune. Today, we show you the undervalued stock that is going to lead this revolution, and it could make you rich.
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  • [By Max Byerly]

    Synnex (NYSE: SNX) and Presidio (NASDAQ:PSDO) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, risk, analyst recommendations, earnings, valuation, profitability and institutional ownership.

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    This company flies somewhat under the radar, but it is way off its highs and offers a great entry point. SynnexCorp. (NYSE: SNX) is a business process services company that provides a range of distribution, logistics and integration services for the technology industry and providing outsourced services focused on customer engagement strategy.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Cross Research lowered shares of SYNNEX (NYSE:SNX) from a buy rating to a hold rating in a report released on Friday morning.

    Other research analysts have also recently issued research reports about the stock. Stifel Nicolaus reduced their price target on shares of SYNNEX from $140.00 to $130.00 and set a buy rating for the company in a report on Friday. Pivotal Research reduced their price target on shares of SYNNEX from $135.00 to $130.00 and set a buy rating for the company in a report on Friday. Needham & Company LLC reiterated a buy rating and issued a $135.00 price target (down previously from $151.00) on shares of SYNNEX in a report on Monday, April 2nd. They noted that the move was a valuation call. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of SYNNEX from a sell rating to a hold rating in a report on Tuesday, June 5th. Finally, ValuEngine cut shares of SYNNEX from a hold rating to a sell rating in a report on Wednesday, May 2nd. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, three have issued a hold rating and five have issued a buy rating to the stock. The stock has a consensus rating of Hold and a consensus target price of $141.14.

Top 10 Heal Care Stocks To Watch For 2019: TAL International Group Inc.(TAL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Dustin Parrett]

    Our analysis from May 2013 found the VQScore tool identified 48 triple-digit winners, including a staggering 2,573% gainer in TAL Education Group ADR (NYSE: TAL).

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Flow Traders U.S. LLC purchased a new stake in shares of TAL Education Group (NYSE:TAL) during the 1st quarter, according to its most recent 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The fund purchased 6,570 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $244,000.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Tarena International (NASDAQ: TEDU) and TAL Education (NYSE:TAL) are both business services companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, risk, earnings, analyst recommendations, valuation, dividends and institutional ownership.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

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Top 10 Heal Care Stocks To Watch For 2019: Tower International, Inc.(TOWR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

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  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Tower International (NYSE:TOWR) was downgraded by analysts at ValuEngine from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating in a report released on Wednesday.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Tower International Inc (NYSE:TOWR) has received a consensus recommendation of “Buy” from the eight brokerages that are presently covering the company, MarketBeat Ratings reports. Three equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold recommendation and four have assigned a buy recommendation to the company. The average twelve-month target price among analysts that have issued a report on the stock in the last year is $37.33.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Here are some of the news articles that may have impacted Accern’s analysis:

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    Bridging North America will build Gordie Howe International Bridge (windsorstar.com) Woods Bagot Unveils Design of Firm’s First Grade a Office Tower in Manila (dexigner.com) Gordie Howe International Bridge will be longest cable-stayed bridge in North America (clickondetroit.com) China Tower Is Said to Start Gauging Demand for Hong Kong IPO (bloomberg.com) Brokerages Expect Tower International Inc (TOWR) Will Announce Earnings of $1.08 Per Share (americanbankingnews.com)

    TOWR has been the topic of several recent analyst reports. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Tower International from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $30.00 target price on the stock in a research report on Saturday, May 5th. ValuEngine downgraded Tower International from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Wednesday, May 2nd. Finally, Roth Capital initiated coverage on Tower International in a research report on Thursday, May 24th. They set a “buy” rating and a $41.00 target price on the stock. Three analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and four have issued a buy rating to the company. The company currently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $35.50.

Top 10 Heal Care Stocks To Watch For 2019: Albemarle Corporation(ALB)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Garrett Baldwin]

    While that is happening in the Middle East, trouble is brewing in Washington. In addition to reports that a Russian Oligarch paid Trump’s lawyer $500,000, a U.S. telecom giant is now caught up with the same lawyer. AT&T Corporation (NYSE: T) confirmed Tuesday night that it paid Trump lawyer Michael Cohen for information on the administration. AT&T stock is up 0.6% in premarket hours.
    Four Stocks to Watch Today: TRIP, MTCH, FOXA, DIS
    Shares of TripAdvisor (Nasdaq: TRIP) popped nearly 20% after the company crushed earnings after the bell. In addition, the CFO Ernst Teunissen projected strong guidance for the rest of the year. The firm reported EPS of $0.30 on top of $378.0 million in revenue. Wall Street expected $0.16 per share on $360.84 million in revenue.
    Shares of Match Group (Nasdaq: MTCH) popped 3% after the company reported earnings after the bell. The dating site operator reported stronger than expected earnings and revenue figures on Tuesday. Overall, revenue jumped 36% compared to the same period in 2017. The firm also reported stronger than expected guidance. Of course, all anyone is talking about how Facebook Inc. (Nasdaq: FB) could impact the dating industry with its new plugin.
    Shares of 21st Century Fox (NYSE FOXA) are in focus as the firm prepares to report earnings before the bell. However, investors are more likely focused today on the expected bidding war between the Walt Disney Co. (NYSE: DIS) and Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA) to purchase key assets of the company. Fox is also tied up in a bidding war with Comcast to purchase British television provider Sky (OTC MKTS: SKYAY).
    Look for additional earnings reports from Booking Holdings (Nasdaq: BKNG), com International (Nasdaq: CTRP), Sina Corp. (Nasdaq: SINA), Albermarle Corp. (NYSE: ALB), Mylan Inc. (NYSE: MYL), SolarEdge Technologies (Nasdaq: SEDG), Wolverine World Wide (NYSE: WWW), IAC Interactive Corp. (NYSE: IAC), and Cavium Inc. (Nasdaq: CAVM).

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  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Check out these big penny stock gainers and losers

    Losers
    Nevro Corp. (NASDAQ: NVRO) fell 11.6 percent to $81.58 in pre-market trading after reporting wider-than-expected Q1 loss.
    Hertz Global Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: HTZ) shares fell 8.3 percent to $20.33 in pre-market trading after the company reported a wider-than-expected loss for its first quarter.
    Zillow Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: Z) fell 7.5 percent to $51.74 in pre-market trading. Zillow reported upbeat earnings for its first quarter, but issued weak sales guidance for the second quarter.
    Sanchez Energy Corporation (NYSE: SN) fell 7.2 percent to $3.11 in pre-market trading after reporting wider-than-expected Q1 loss.
    Atossa Genetics Inc. (NASDAQ: ATOS) shares fell 5.5 percent to $4.14 in pre-market trading after rising 11.17 percent on Monday.
    Albemarle Corporation (NYSE: ALB) fell 5.1 percent to $95.00 in pre-market trading. Albemarle declared a quarterly dividend of $0.335 per share.
    Tata Motors Limited (NYSE: TTM) fell 4.8 percent to $23.80 in pre-market trading.
    Ormat Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: ORA) fell 4.5 percent to $57.14 in pre-market trading after reporting Q1 results.
    Kitov Pharma Ltd (NASDAQ: KTOV) shares fell 4.3 percent to $2.25 in pre-market trading after gaining 1.73 percent on Monday.
    51job, Inc. (NASDAQ: JOBS) shares fell 4.2 percent to $93 in pre-market trading after rising 3.55 percent on Monday

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Barings LLC increased its stake in Albemarle Co. (NYSE:ALB) by 21.5% during the first quarter, according to its most recent filing with the SEC. The fund owned 144,800 shares of the specialty chemicals company’s stock after buying an additional 25,620 shares during the quarter. Barings LLC owned 0.13% of Albemarle worth $13,429,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Ladenburg Thalmann Financial Services Inc. grew its position in Albemarle Co. (NYSE:ALB) by 47.7% during the first quarter, according to the company in its most recent disclosure with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The firm owned 27,401 shares of the specialty chemicals company’s stock after purchasing an additional 8,844 shares during the quarter. Ladenburg Thalmann Financial Services Inc.’s holdings in Albemarle were worth $2,539,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    It should be noted that FMC Corp together with Albemarle Corporation (NYSE: ALB) and Chiles Sociedad Quimica y Minera de Chile (NYSE: SQM) forma so-called lithium oligopoly that tends to dominate global production. A recent Bloomberg article noted that Albemarle Chief Executive Officer Luke Kissam had said in March that hes also eager to see how the value settles for the FMC lithium spinoff. Iftheprice-to-earnings ratio is high enough,then they would look to create a pure-play lithium business byselling off non-lithium units. If FMC Corp and Albemarle Corporation do end upcompletingthese spin-offs, thatwill be good news for the valuations of all lithium players as the market will put clear valuation numbers onthese larger pure play lithium businesses which will help provide valuation benchmarks for other small cap lithium players.

  • [By Maxx Chatsko]

    Albemarle (NYSE:ALB), the world’s top lithium producer, said it expects lithium prices to actually rise by high single digits this year compared to last year’s averages. That will help the specialty chemicals leader deliver a full-year adjusted EBITDA margin of over 40% for its lithium segment, which continues to carry the business.

Top 10 Heal Care Stocks To Watch For 2019: Starbucks Corporation(SBUX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jeremy Bowman]

    For a long time, Starbucks Corporation(NASDAQ:SBUX) has billed itself as a “third place” for customers — a place aside from the home and workplace where they can feel welcome. However, that notion came under assault just weeks ago when two black men were arrested for “trespassing” in a Philadelphia Starbucks as they refused to order anything, though they were waiting for a friend in the cafe. The two men were detained for nine hours, and the news sparked outrage and calls for boycotts against the coffee chain.

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    Other crypto projects like Ripple serve to transfer fiat currencies around the world. Crushing legacy systems like SWIFT regarding time and cost, Ripple is the leading player in the conversion of money transfer systems into the digital age. Rumors abound that even Starbucks (NYSE: SBUX) has plans to accept Ripple and Litecoin as payment within the next five years. Should Starbucks come on board, expect a massive move by retailers in this direction.

  • [By Casey Wilson]

    This entirely new technology is being built across the globe from the ground up. Starbucks Corp. (Nasdaq: SBUX) has already installed its own version of it. Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) is rumored to be secretly equipping its iPhones to be compatible with it. And major airports, like JFK and LAX, have started to implement it, too.

  • [By Adam Levy]

    Starbucks (NASDAQ:SBUX) has an incredibly strong brand in the United States. It’s only a slight exaggeration to say there’s a Starbucks on every corner in some cities, and you have to have a strong brand to support over 17,000 stores in the Americas.

Top 10 Heal Care Stocks To Watch For 2019: CF Industries Holdings, Inc.(CF)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Canaccord Genuity Group Inc (TSE:CF) Director Dvaipayan Ghose sold 20,000 shares of Canaccord Genuity Group stock in a transaction on Thursday, June 14th. The stock was sold at an average price of C$7.17, for a total transaction of C$143,400.00.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Canaccord Genuity (TSE:CF) had its price target raised by Cormark from C$8.25 to C$9.00 in a report released on Friday.

    Shares of Canaccord Genuity opened at C$6.77 on Friday, Marketbeat.com reports. Canaccord Genuity has a 1-year low of C$4.08 and a 1-year high of C$7.49.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Brookfield Asset Management Inc. boosted its stake in CF Industries (NYSE:CF) by 137.2% during the 1st quarter, according to the company in its most recent filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The institutional investor owned 46,247 shares of the basic materials company’s stock after purchasing an additional 26,747 shares during the quarter. Brookfield Asset Management Inc.’s holdings in CF Industries were worth $1,745,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The stock posting the largest daily percentage loss in the S&P 500 ahead of the close was CF Industries Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: CF) which fell about 3% to $43.04. The stocks 52-week range is $27.27 to $46.20. Volume was about 2.6 million compared to the daily average volume of 2.6 million.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    CF Industries Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:CF) has earned an average recommendation of “Hold” from the twenty-one ratings firms that are covering the firm, MarketBeat Ratings reports. Four investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell recommendation, twelve have assigned a hold recommendation and four have assigned a buy recommendation to the company. The average twelve-month price objective among analysts that have updated their coverage on the stock in the last year is $39.09.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Neuburgh Advisers LLC cut its stake in CF Industries (NYSE:CF) by 21.1% in the 1st quarter, according to its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The institutional investor owned 9,200 shares of the basic materials company’s stock after selling 2,464 shares during the quarter. Neuburgh Advisers LLC’s holdings in CF Industries were worth $347,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

Top 5 Performing Stocks To Watch Right Now

Ford (NYSE: F) is up 5.3% since the close on August 31st, 2017. On the day of the monthly sales news, the stock soared by 3% from $11.03 to $11.35. Other auto manufacturers such as GM also gained 2.23% on September 1st, 2017. In previous months, F was underperforming the domestic automakers regarding monthly sales. Continuing with the monthly analysis, I would like to discuss Ford’s auto sales to determine if an investment in Ford is plausible now.

The Auto Segment

In August 2017, auto sales totaled 523,000 units, Figure 1. Unit sales declined by 9.8% on a YOY basis largely due to a decline of 14% in imported auto sales according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis. Domestic auto sales only fell by 8.2%. To put the data in perspective, auto sales for August 2016 dropped by 13.4% compared to August 2015, Figure 2.

In September 2016, the domestic and import automakers sold 555,500 units, representing a decline of 7.1% YOY. Therefore, I would like to see auto units sold of more than 516,615 for September 2017 so that the decline YOY is less than 7.1%. However, if the decline is less than 7.1% in September, we need to be careful because any surge in auto demand could be masked due to the extraordinary events of hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

Top 5 Performing Stocks To Watch Right Now: Harte-Hanks, Inc.(HHS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Harte Hanks Inc (NYSE: HHS) were down 19 percent to $2.95. Harte Hanks entered into a new $110 million credit facility over 5 years.

    TravelCenters of America LLC (NYSE: TA) was down, falling around 18 percent to $7.75. TravelCenters of America reported a Q4 loss of $0.04 per share on revenue of $1.35 billion.

Top 5 Performing Stocks To Watch Right Now: Starbucks Corporation(SBUX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By SEEKINGALPHA.COM]

    There are obvious similarities between McDonald’s (MCD) and Starbucks (SBUX). The global fast serve giants are ubiquitous from U.S. to China and nearly everywhere in between.

  • [By Seth McNew]

    For those looking for individual stocks that could make for great long-term Roth IRA holdings, here’s whyApple(NASDAQ:AAPL), Starbucks(NASDAQ:SBUX), andWalt Disney Co.(NYSE:DIS) could be prime targets.

  • [By Stark Merrifield]

    Another company Fitz-Gerald is watching is Starbucks Corp. (Nasdaq: SBUX).

    The company is expanding its presence in China — it plans to have more than 5,000 stores opened by 2021 — a 1,150% increase from the 400 SBUX stores local to China in 2011. It also intends to install a 30,000-square-foot premium roaster on West Nanjing Road in Shanghai’s shopping district.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Last week, people widely panned Starbucks’ (SBUX) quarter, but look out as it is now nicely above where it reported. That’s pretty monumental given that the company didn’t do the U.S. comp number people were looking for.

Top 5 Performing Stocks To Watch Right Now: Texas Roadhouse, Inc.(TXRH)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jon C. Ogg]

    Texas Roadhouse Inc. (NASDAQ: TXRH) was raised to Buy from Neutral at BTIG Research.

    USG Corp. (NYSE: USG) was reiterated as Hold but the price target was raised to $35 from $29 (versus a $34.23 close) at Jefferies.

  • [By Joe Tenebruso]

    Fortunately, well-chosen dividend-growth stocks can help you accomplish both of these goals. And with its powerful wealth-building combination of increasing dividend payouts and share-price appreciation, Texas Roadhouse (NASDAQ:TXRH)is one of the best available in the market today.

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    Steakhouse chain Texas Roadhouse (NASDAQ:TXRH) has had to deal with an extremely difficult business environment for restaurant companies, and investors know all too well how tough times can hurt major players in the industry. Last quarter, Texas Roadhouse disappointed investors with sluggish results, and the company wanted to start 2017 on a better footing.

  • [By Teresa Rivas]

    Texas Roadhouse(TXRH) tumbled more than 12% on Wednesday as itsfourth-quarter earningsand revenue fell short of expectations.

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    The restaurant chain said it earned 29 cents a share on revenue of $484.7 million. Analysts were expecting earnings per share of 38 cents on revenue of $497.3 million.

    Same-restaurant sales grew 1.2% at company restaurants and 2% at domestic franchises. For the first 55 days of the first quarter, Texas Roadhouse said that same-store sales rose 1.5%.

    The company also raised its dividend 10.5% to 21 cents a share.

    Some analysts urged investors to keep the faith in the stock.Barclay’s JeffreyBernsteinreiterated an Overweight rating and $47 price target on thestock:

    We believe TXRH fundamentals remain best-in-class. That said, the near-term focus remains on directional comps. And not unlike the broader industry, TXRH comps eased significantly to close 2016. Such led to disappointing 4Q16 results from top to bottom. Importantly, while the brand ‘is not immune’ to industry comp headwinds, the relative outperformance to the category was maintained. Looking to 2017, key guidance metrics were reiterated. While questions remain on whether the recent easing of industry comps will persist, we remain comforted by TXRH’s relative outperformance and easing comps as we move through 2017.

    Maxim’s Stephen Andersonreiterated a Buy rating, although he took his price target down $4, to $52:

    In our view, TXRH is not immune to the broader slowdown in Casual Dining, but we believe the company will emerge stronger than peers in the next few quarters.TXRHs disappointing 4Q16 comp of +1.3% (blended) was pulled down by a rare negative comp month in December (-2.1%), marking the first time this occurred in almost four years. Comps were +3% or better in both October and November, and comps so far in 1Q17 are positive despite a stormy start to the quarter in

  • [By Demitrios Kalogeropoulos]

    As for individual stocks, Texas Roadhouse (NASDAQ:TXRH) and Garmin (NASDAQ:GRMN)made large moves following their quarterly earnings announcements.

Top 5 Performing Stocks To Watch Right Now: NCI Building Systems, Inc.(NCS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    On Thursday, the industrial sector proved to be a source of strength for the market. Leading the sector was strength from Envirostar Inc (NYSE: EVI) and NCI Building Systems Inc (NYSE: NCS).

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    Yesterday, small cap NCI Building Systems (NYSE: NCS) sank 20.54% after the maker of metal products for the nonresidential building industry reported disappointing Q3 results and cut its sales outlook. NCI Building Systems is one of North America’s largest integrated manufacturers and marketers of coatings, components and metal buildings for the nonresidential building industry and is comprised of a family of companies operating manufacturing facilities across the United States, Canada, Mexico and China (with additional sales and distribution offices throughout the United States and Canada).

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    NCI Building Systems Inc (NYSE: NCS) posted upbeat results for its second quarter on Tuesday. NCI Building Systems shares rose 1.24 percent to $16.30 in the after-hours trading session.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    NCI Building Systems Inc (NYSE: NCS) was down, falling around 14 percent to $15.27. NCI Building Systems reported Q3 adjusted earnings of $0.33 per share on revenue of $462.4 million.

  • [By Scott Rubin]

    Equity gainers on the day included Chico's FAS, Inc. (NYSE: CHS), which surged more than 12 percent on the day, and Himax Technologies (NASDAQ: HIMX), which climbed almost 9 percent in the wake of an afternoon rally. Losers included NCI Building Systems Inc. (NYSE: NCS), which fell 15 percent after earnings, and H&R Block inc (NYSE: HRB), which fell almost 11 percent on the day after its Q1 results.

Top 5 Performing Stocks To Watch Right Now: Brooks Automation Inc.(BRKS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Friday, technology shares fell 3.59 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Ultra Clean Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: UCTT), down 5 percent, and Brooks Automation, Inc (NASDAQ: BRKS), down 10 percent.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Technology sector was the top gainer in the US market on Monday. Top gainers in the sector included Aviat Networks Inc (NASDAQ: AVNW), Cohu, Inc. (NASDAQ: COHU), and Brooks Automation, Inc (NASDAQ: BRKS).

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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

Go Heavy On Diversified Restaurant Holdings: A Deleveraging Story

Diversified Restaurant Holdings (NASDAQ:SAUC) is the largest franchisee of Buffalo Wild Wings (NASDAQ:BWLD). It has been exactly a year since Diversified Restaurant Holdings (DRH) spun off its underperforming segment, Bagger Dave’s (OTCQB:BDVB) and became a pure-play Buffalo Wild Wings (BWW) holding company with 65 locations in 5 states. Bagger Dave’s was a drag on DRH’s profits, and the spin-off significantly reduces the risk. David Burke, who previously served as CFO, was named CEO in early 2016. He has given guidance on a 3-year plan that will maximize cash flow to pay down debt. Unfortunately, the company was hit with numerous headwinds in 2017 such as rapidly rising wing prices and declining traffic. In Q4, wing prices have begun to stabilize, and brand revitalization from Roark Capital should improve traffic in 2018. For investors that can see past the temporary headwinds, the stock is very cheap.

In 2015, DRH acquired 18 locations in a fullylevered $54 million acquisition. At the time, it was 40% of DRH’s size. The company managed to significantly scale the business and delever administration costs at a low rate of capital with little cash. Value creation at these locations is a result of multiple expansion, debt to equity conversion, and increased cash flow. The value proposition has not changed, but the temporary headwinds have caused the stock to fall significantly from its peak in May 2017.

Roark Capital’s Acquisition Of BWW And What It Means For DRH

Roark Capital Group, a private equity firm based in Atlanta, recently made an acquisition of BWLD for $157/share, at roughly 11x EBITDA (Source: CNBC News). Buffalo Wild Wings will be a subsidiary of Arby’s, with Paul Brown remaining CEO of the combined company (Source: Business Insider). Roark Capital has invested in many of America’s popular brands across industries – car washes, waste management, pet shops, fitness centers, and restaurants (Source: Star Tribune). The group turned around the Arby’s franchise due to the leadership of Brown. Roark also recently exited Wingstop after improving its operations and revitalizing the brand. Arby’s CEO and Roark’s experience with Wingstop should prove to help not only the franchisor but also the franchisees, like DRH.

Example 1: Arby’s

Before Paul Brown took over as CEO in 2013, the Arby’s franchise was suffering, and sales had been in a downward spiral for years. In 2010, a JPMorgan analyst said, “Arby’s performance is amongst the worst in modern restaurant history” (Source: Daily News). After Paul took over, Arby’s has grown same-store sales consistently for over 3 years. Arby’s restaurant-level revenue increased 25% on average under Brown’s leadership (Source: Forbes). If all of BWW locations grew 25% in 4 years, it would be an $8m EBITDA impact for SAUC. Arby’s CEO repositioned the brand with innovative marketing and higher-margin, traffic-driving menu changes. Brown has helped turn Arby’s into one of the best chain restaurants in the industry (Source: Business Insider). The Roark Capital influence will be positive for the BWW brand as a whole and will drive growth through innovative marketing strategies and menu changes.

Example 2: Wingstop

When Roark acquired Wingstop in 2010, the group set four pillars to increase the chains overall ROI: top-line sales, operating costs, development cost, and leverage. If Roark approaches BWLD in a similar way, there will be a benefit for franchisees like DRH from the first two pillars. The first pillar, to increase top-line sales, was achieved by increasing traffic through marketing strategy and menu changes. The launch of new products, such as Wingstop’s Glider Chicken Sandwich, was very successful in driving traffic and increasing sales. The concept worked on further developing Wingstop’s social media and marketing strategy. Menu editions, marketing improvements, and brand repositioning were key to improving the brand image. The second pillar, development cost, could also help both BWW and DRH. In 2010, wing prices were soaring, and Roark reviewed strategies to make the menu more stable. The company moved toward the increased use of boneless wings to offset the past several years of high bone-in chicken wing costs. Boneless wings are significantly cheaper and less volatile than traditional wings. Adding and promoting new menu items that use boneless wings would help stabilize margins at DRH. Roark’s experience running Wingstop should translate well with the Buffalo Wild Wings franchise (Source: Fast Casual).

Operations

Diversified Restaurant Holdings is a superb operator of Buffalo Wild Wing’s locations. DRH has better margins than the BWW, net of a 5% royalty and a 3% national advertising (Company Filings). This shows DRH is focused on reducing SG&A and expanding margins. Margins were heavily impacted by wing prices hitting record highs this year. Food and packaging cost increased this year to 29.5% of sales, up from 27% of sales in 2016 (Company Q3 Presentation). Chicken wings cost were $2.16 per pound on average in the third quarter, up 26% from the $1.72 average a year ago (Source: Urner Barry Comtell). Chicken wing prices have fallen back in Q4 below their 5-year average, $1.65 a pound. If chicken wings prices continue to stay in this range, on average, it will add ~$4-5m in EBITDA through margin expansion. At an 8x multiple, $5m in $40m more in equity value compared with its current market cap of $35m. Chicken wings are going to remain popular, and supply will catch up with demand.

Wing Prices

Source: Urner Barry Comtell

Management stated the following in a presentation given at the Dougherty Conference in September: “To combat the impact of inflationary traditional wing costs, DRH implemented a number of high-value initiatives to drive down the cost of sales. DRH is targeting savings in the $3-4 million range (annualized), including the following”:

Implement a wing portioning adjustment Testing a revised Tuesday promotion in captive markets since midJune 2017 Driving down the impact of comps and promos through implementation of new guidelines and policies Introducing aggressive targets to management incentive plans that began in 2017

Source: Company Dougherty Presentation (Pg.14)

Loyalty Program

The loyalty program will not make or break the success of BWW as a brand, but it shouldn’t be counted out as a non-contributor for DRH. Think of the success of Starbucks (NASDAQ:SBUX) or Panera’s loyalty program and how it improved their business as a result. Loyalty checks are higher than regular checks and often drive traffic as the app serves as a constant reminder to the consumer. As of Q3, loyalty checks were 17% higher than regular checks (Company Q3 Presentation). DRH’s loyalty checks represented 13% of total checks in Q3, and the company is targeting a 20% loyalty attachment rate by the end of 2017. DRH has been running the program for just over a year and has made significant progress. Loyalty checks should make up 50% sales mix by the end of 2018. Since loyalty checks are 17% higher than regular checks, at 50% loyalty attachment rate, DRH could add $15m in sales from the program alone.

Rewards Members


Source: Company Q3 Presentation

Loyalty Attachment Rate

Source: Company Q3 Presentation

Valuation

DRH’s stock price has declined approximately 80% in the past 5 years to $1.35/share. The company has grown its restaurant holdings from 19 to 64 locations using their scale to increase cash flow, convert debt to equity, and as a result, expand the multiple. The following assumptions were not inputted in expected revenue or margin but influenced the probabilities of each scenario occurring: $2m EBITDA contribution from the loyalty program, $4m savings from menu changes, and $4m contribution from wing prices stabilizing. The bull case is more probable, given the contributions from stabilizations in commodity prices and management initiatives. If all of this occurred simultaneously, EBITDA would be closer to $30m. The most likely scenario, the base case, is based on the assumption that these savings could be offset by an unknown factor such as declining traffic. EBITDA should remain flat at ~$22.5m for the next several years, meaning FCF should remain at around $12-15m during that period. Management has clearly stated that its top priority is to reduce leverage. This would get the company near its leverage target of 3.5x EBITDA by the end of FY19, which is a much better position for the company that would lead to multiple expansion. It is reasonable to expect the multiple will expand if the company is able to comp positive in 2018 against softer 2017 results. Additionally, as debt is reduced, the equity will carry less risk of bankruptcy. Share price is calculated by taking an 8x EV/EBITDA multiple, which is where it trades at now; although as the company pays off debt and returns to positive comps, it should demand a higher multiple. The average multiple for similar companies is 10.2x (see references). Using conservative estimates and multiple projections, the stock would reach just over $4 in the next 3 years, 3.5x higher than where it trades today.

Share Price Estimates

Source: Company Filings & Author’s Calculations

Calculations Based on 26.9m Shares Outstanding

Balance Sheet Risk

DRH is ~5x levered, and management is targeting 3-3.5x leverage. Management is aware of the risks associated with their high amount of leverage and is committed to paying it down. Management mentioned in the most recent call that it was looking at strategic alternatives, but given its current position, paying down debt will create the most value.

Conclusion

Diversified Restaurant Holdings is a pure-play Buffalo Wild Wings franchisee that is significantly undervalued. The company’s current strategy and position are being overlooked due to temporary headwinds. The Roark Capital influence on the Buffalo Wild Wings franchise will only improve brand image and marketing strategy. Wing prices were significantly higher than their mean in 2017, which impacted margins negatively. Prices have begun to revert back to their long-term average and should add ~$4m in EBITDA. Additionally, management expects to save ~$4m from initiatives, and the rewards program has the potential to add $2m through increased check size by next year. Conservatively, EBITDA should remain flat over the next three years with the majority of free cash flow being used to pay down debt. As a result, the enterprise value should be significantly reduced, which will be reflected in the stock price; the stock is a triple in the next three years.

References

Company Comp Set

Source: Capital IQ

Expected EBITDA Value

Source: Capital IQ

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