On Feb. 17, 2017, the U.S. total market cap / gross domestic product ratio reached 130%, a critical milestone as valuations remain significantly overvalued. Most of Warren Buffett (Trades, Portfolio)’s portfolio holdings as of Dec. 31, 2016, have price-sales valuations greater than the 80th percentile of the industry. Such companies include The Coca-Cola Co. (NYSE:KO), International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE:IBM), Delta Air Lines Inc. (NYSE:DAL), Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) and Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE:LUV).
Buffett indicator reaches critical milestone
Buffett pointed out that the ratio of the Wilshire 5000 full-cap index over the gross domestic product is “probably the best single measure of where valuations stand at any given moment.” The total market index is currently $24513.4 billion, about 130% of the last reported U.S. GDP. Such market valuations seldom appeared since the dot-com bubble of 2000, when the Buffett indicator reached nearly 150%. Figure 1 shows the historical trendline of the Buffett indicator since 1970.
Hot Warren Buffett Stocks To Own Right Now: BlackRock, Inc.(BLK)
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JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPM) , Citigroup Inc. (C) Wells Fargo & Co. (WFC) and BlackRock Inc. (BLK) reported first-quarter earnings on Thursday and Friday. Here are five things the reports show about the economic impact of President Donald Trump’s tax cuts and how the Federal Reserve’s interest-rate hikes are affecting consumers.
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Here are just a few of the companies we’ve discussed:
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Tactically, though, the situation is very different.
- [By Garrett Baldwin]
The Dow was flat this morning as major banks report earnings. Shares of JPMorgan Chaseadded nearly 1% after the company reported a record Q2 profit. The company also reported stronger results from its trading division, which likely benefited from recent market volatility. Its earnings per share of $2.29 was $0.07 above the average estimate of $2.22. China’s trade surplus against the United States hit a new record in June. Many economists are concerned that this news could cause U.S. President Donald Trump to escalate his tariff battle with China. Earlier this week, President Trump threatened to hit another $200 billion in Chinese goods with a 10% tariff. Trump has demanded that China cut down on its surplus. One of the biggest issues formarijuanacompanies right now is setting up a bank account. Because cannabis is still illegal under federal law, banks are afraid of federal crackdowns. That means a marijuana dispensary can’t deposit cash or take out a loan to help grow its business. However, that could soon change… Today, we take you into what could be one of the biggest breaks in the legal marijuana business. Check it out here.
Three Stocks to Watch Today: C, BLK, TGT
Shares of Citigroup Inc. (NYSE: C) were on the move after the investment bank reported earnings before the bell. The bank reported a stunning 16% jump in quarterly profits for the second quarter. The firm cited the recent tax law, increased fees, and better banking business in Mexico. The firm reported earnings per share of $1.63. That figure easily beat average expectations of $1.56 per share. It’s worth noting that the bank’s income tax provision declined by $351 million thanks to tax reform. This will likely ignite Democratic Senators who are critical of Wall Street. Shares of BlackRock Inc. (NYSE: BLK) pushed higher Friday thanks to an upgrade from investment research firm Keefe, Bruyette and Woods Inc. The upgrade from “market perform” to “outperform” came after analysts sa
- [By Logan Wallace]
GFI Investment Counsel Ltd. lessened its position in BlackRock, Inc. (NYSE:BLK) by 0.6% in the first quarter, according to the company in its most recent 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The firm owned 45,817 shares of the asset manager’s stock after selling 264 shares during the period. BlackRock comprises about 12.5% of GFI Investment Counsel Ltd.’s portfolio, making the stock its 4th largest holding. GFI Investment Counsel Ltd.’s holdings in BlackRock were worth $24,819,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.
- [By Chris Lange]
BlackRock Inc.’s (NYSE: BLK) fourth-quarter earnings resultswill be compared with consensus estimates of $5.97 in earnings per share (EPS) and $3.3 billion in revenue. Its shares closed trading at $525.57 apiece on Friday. The consensus price target is $542.00, and the 52-week trading range is $365.83 to $525.94.
- [By Alexander Bird]
BlackRock Inc. (NYSE: BLK), the world’s largest asset manager, announced earlier this year that it was purchasing $3.7 billion worth of funds that invest in pipelines, wind farms, and power plants.
Hot Warren Buffett Stocks To Own Right Now: Riverview Bancorp Inc(RVSB)
- [By Stephan Byrd]
Charter Financial (NASDAQ: CHFN) and Riverview Bancorp (NASDAQ:RVSB) are both small-cap finance companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, dividends, earnings, profitability, risk and valuation.
- [By Ethan Ryder]
Fj Capital Management LLC disclosed that they own 5.6% of Riverview Bancorp Inc (NASDAQ:RVSB) in a Form 13G disclosure that was filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on Thursday, May 24th. The investor owns 1,273,912 shares of the stock valued at approximately $10,981,121. The reporting parties listed on the disclosure included Financial Opportunity Fund LLC, Financial Opportunity Long/Short Fund LLC, FJ Capital Management LLC and Martin S Friedman. The disclosure is available through EDGAR at this link.
Hot Warren Buffett Stocks To Own Right Now: Union Pacific Corporation(UNP)
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Railroad behemoth Union Pacific’s (NYSE:UNP)second-quarter 2018 earnings filing was characterized by a healthy bump in volumes, and related advances in revenue and earnings per share. However, the rail freight transportation provider continues to leave some profits on the table, as its efficiency metrics could use some improvement — a point that management readily acknowledges. Below, I’ll assess the company’s raw results, examine the details that drove performance during the quarter, and discuss the state of its rail productivity.
- [By Lisa Levin] Companies Reporting Before The Bell
General Motors Company (NYSE: GM) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $1.24 per share on revenue of $34.66 billion.
Bristol-Myers Squibb Company (NYSE: BMY) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $0.85 per share on revenue of $5.24 billion.
United Parcel Service, Inc. (NYSE: UPS) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $1.55 per share on revenue of $16.44 billion.
Time Warner Inc. (NYSE: TWX) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $1.74 per share on revenue of $7.91 billion.
ConocoPhillips (NYSE: COP) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.74 per share on revenue of $8.81 billion.
PepsiCo, Inc. (NYSE: PEP) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.93 per share on revenue of $12.4 billion.
American Airlines Group Inc. (NASDAQ: AAL) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $0.72 per share on revenue of $10.42 billion.
Southwest Airlines Co (NYSE: LUV) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.74 per share on revenue of $5.01 billion.
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. (NYSE: FCAU) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $0.8 per share on revenue of $34.52 billion.
Union Pacific Corporation (NYSE: UNP) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $1.66 per share on revenue of $5.38 billion.
D.R. Horton, Inc. (NYSE: DHI) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.85 per share on revenue of $3.76 billion.
The Hershey Company (NYSE: HSY) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $1.4 per share on revenue of $1.94 billion.
Praxair, Inc. (NYSE: PX) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $1.56 per share on revenue of $2.94 billion.
Altria Group, Inc. (NYSE: MO) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.92 per share on revenue of $4.63 billion.
Shire plc (NASDAQ: SHPG) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $3.54 per share on revenue of $3.72 billion.
Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE: OSK) is projected to report quarter
- [By Garrett Baldwin]
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The Top Stock Market Stories for Thursday
This morning, the U.S. Department of Labor said that weekly jobless claims came in at 207,000 for the week. That figure is below the 220,000 jobless claims expected by economists and brings U.S. unemployment claims to a 48.5-year low. It’s a big day of earnings reports, as dozens of blue chip companies will report results from the June-ending quarter. The biggest name today will be Microsoft Corp.(Nasdaq: MSFT), which reports earnings after the bell. Wall Street expects that the technology giant will report earnings of $1.07 per share. Analysts project quarterly revenue of $29.17 billion.
Three Stocks to Watch Today: PM, IBM, AA
International Business Machines (NYSE: IBM) stock added 2.5% in pre-market hours after Big Blue topped Wall Street earnings and revenue expectations. The tech giant continues to post positive results as it accelerates its turnaround efforts. IBM reported earnings per share of $3.08, a figure that beat estimates by $0.04 per share. It also reported quarterly revenue of $20.0 billion, a figure that surpassed estimates of $19.85 billion. Shares of Alcoa Corp. (NYSE: AA) fell 2% this morning. The aluminum manufacturer slashed its 2018 outlook due to falling prices and the recent round of metals tariffs introduced by the Trump administration. But there could be more pain in sight. Today, the U.S. Justice Department will hold a hearing that aims to determine whether vehicle and light truck imports present a national security threat to the United States. The hearing is due to President Trump’s pledge to hit European auto man
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Reilly Financial Advisors LLC lifted its position in Union Pacific Co. (NYSE:UNP) by 0.9% in the 1st quarter, according to the company in its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The institutional investor owned 92,617 shares of the railroad operator’s stock after acquiring an additional 859 shares during the quarter. Union Pacific accounts for approximately 1.7% of Reilly Financial Advisors LLC’s holdings, making the stock its 13th largest position. Reilly Financial Advisors LLC’s holdings in Union Pacific were worth $12,451,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.
- [By Ethan Ryder]
Swedbank acquired a new position in Union Pacific Co. (NYSE:UNP) in the 2nd quarter, according to the company in its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The institutional investor acquired 731,773 shares of the railroad operator’s stock, valued at approximately $103,678,000. Swedbank owned approximately 0.10% of Union Pacific as of its most recent SEC filing.
Hot Warren Buffett Stocks To Own Right Now: LendingClub Corporation(LC)
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Shares of peer-to-peer (P2P) lending company LendingClub Corp (NYSE:LC) are down by about 15% as of 3:30 p.m. EDT after the Federal Trade Commission charged the company with deceiving customers.
- [By Nicholas Rossolillo]
Tech-savvy young people are helping foster the sharing economy, but at this point there are very few pure-play “sharing” stocks. However, many companies are using the trend to start new business segments and transform existing operations. Here are two doing just that,Booking Holdings (NASDAQ:BKNG) and Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F), as well as peer-to-peer lender Lending Club (NYSE:LC).
- [By Shah Gilani]
LendingClub Corp. (NYSE: LC), the first peer-to-peer lending site to go public, looked like a serious financial sector disruptor in December 2014 after its stock shot up 56% with its initial public offering (IPO).
- [By Paul Ausick]
LendingClub Corp. (NYSE: LC) dropped more than 17% Wednesday to post a new 52-week low of $2.69. Shares closed at $3.26 on Tuesday and the stock’s 52-week high is $6.56. Volume was more than double the daily average of around 6.6 million shares. The Federal Trade Commission has sued the company for deceiving customers with hidden fees.
Hot Warren Buffett Stocks To Own Right Now: NetSol Technologies Inc.(NTWK)
- [By Ethan Ryder]
NetSol Technologies (NASDAQ:NTWK) CEO Najeeb Ghauri purchased 2,500 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Friday, May 25th. The shares were acquired at an average cost of $6.20 per share, with a total value of $15,500.00. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through this hyperlink.
- [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
Precipio, Inc. (NASDAQ: PRPO) jumped 43.3 percent to $0.5447 after the micro-cap specialty diagnostics company reported preliminary first-quarter results. The company said its first quarter revenue rose 286 percent from the same quarter a year ago to $712,000.
Galectin Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: GALT) gained 34.5 percent to $4.52 after the company announced it would proceed with Phase 3 development of GR-MD-02 for NASH Cirrhosis following the FDA meeting.
Boxlight Corporation (NASDAQ: BOXL) shares rose 21.9 percent to $8.1063.
Evolus, Inc. (NASDAQ: EOLS) shares surged 16 percent to $15.65.
Myomo, Inc. (NYSE: MYO) shares jumped 15.5 percent to $3.6263 after the company disclosed that its application for Medicare codes received favorable preliminary decision.
Tandem Diabetes Care, Inc. (NASDAQ: TNDM) rose 13.7 percent to $10.12.
ProPhase Labs, Inc. (NASDAQ: PRPH) gained 13.7 percent to $4.6743.
Acacia Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: ACIA) shares gained 12.2 percent to $35.34 as optical sector is seeing strength following President Trump's announcement that he would work with China related to ZTE Corp.
Tailored Brands, Inc. (NYSE: TLRD) shares rose 11.3 percent to $35.17. Jefferies upgraded Tailored Brands from Hold to Buy.
Kona Grill, Inc. (NASDAQ: KONA) jumped 10.6 percent to $2.875.
Federated National Holding Company (NASDAQ: FNHC) shares rose 10.6 percent to $20.29. Raymond James upgraded Federated National Holding from Outperform to Strong Buy.
Renewable Energy Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: REGI) climbed 10.2 percent to $15.15. Renewable Energy will replace Synchronoss Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ: SNCR) in the S&P SmallCap 600 on Tuesday, May 15.
Stein Mart, Inc. (NASDAQ: SMRT) shares climbed 10.1 percent to $3.16. Stein Mart is expected to release Q1 earnings on May 23.
NXP Semiconductors N.V. (NASDAQ: NXPI) rose 9.7 percent to $108.60 after Bloomberg reported that the China’s Commerce Ministry has restar
- [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]
TheStreet upgraded shares of NetSol Technologies (NASDAQ:NTWK) from a d+ rating to a c- rating in a research note published on Tuesday morning.
Separately, ValuEngine raised shares of NetSol Technologies from a hold rating to a buy rating in a research report on Thursday, May 17th.
- [By Stephan Byrd]
NetSol Technologies (NASDAQ:NTWK) CEO Najeeb Ghauri acquired 2,500 shares of NetSol Technologies stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, May 30th. The stock was acquired at an average price of $6.50 per share, with a total value of $16,250.00. The purchase was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this link.