If bull markets are born on pessimism, grow on skepticism, mature on optimism and die on euphoria, as famed investor John Templeton once said, then recent research from Bank of America Merrill Lynch offers cause for concern.
Optimism reached its highest level on Wall Street since 2011 in June, according to strategists at BofA Merrill Lynch, including equity and quantitative strategists Savita Subramanian and Dan Suzuki. The banks so-called sell-side indicator, which BAML says has been a reliable contrarian indicator, hit 56.4, rising 2.4 percentage points, and perhaps signaling that the bull market in U.S. stocks that is in its ninth year may be on its last legs (see chart below):
Top 10 Bank Stocks For 2018: CPI Aerostructures, Inc.(CVU)
- [By Lisa Levin]
Shares of CPI Aerostructures, Inc. (NYSE: CVU) got a boost, shooting up 25 percent to $7.10 after the company posted upbeat Q1 results.
Wayfair Inc (NYSE: W) shares were also up, gaining 25 percent to $63.71 after first-quarter earnings boasted a 2.7-percent sales beat and 46-percent year-over-year increase in active customers.
- [By Lisa Levin]
Shares of CPI Aerostructures, Inc. (NYSE: CVU) were down around 14 percent to $7.30 on downbeat quarterly results.
IDT Corporation (NYSE: IDT) was down, falling around 15 percent to $15.88 following Q2 results. IDT reported fiscal second-quarter earnings of $875,000.
Top 10 Bank Stocks For 2018: Halliburton Company(HAL)
- [By Brett Hershman]
Halliburton Company (NYSE: HAL) talked about the acceleration of data and services integration, an increased focus on improving margins and made no commitment toward price increases in the first quarter.
- [By Lisa Levin]
Halliburton Company (NYSE: HAL) reported better-than-expected earnings for its first quarter on Monday.
Halliburton posted adjusted earnings of $0.04 per share in the quarter on revenue of $4.28 billion; Analysts were expecting the company to earn $0.03 per share on revenue of $4.26 billion.
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But what really differentiates SLB from rivals such as Halliburton Company (HAL) is its client list.
Instead of focusing on North America, Schlumberger has a global portfolio, and thus its revenues are well, worldlier. Thats important, because state-owned energy firms can have a different mandate than publicly traded energy stocks. They often drill despite losses. Plus, the multitude of operating regions means some could be profitable, covering for when others are not.
- [By Wayne Duggan]
Trump is particularly enthusiastic about shale oil & gas and clean coal, which is good news for stocks such as Chesapeake Energy Corporation (NYSE: CHK), Halliburton Company (NYSE: HAL) and CONSOL Energy Inc. (NYSE: CNX).
Top 10 Bank Stocks For 2018: URS Corporation(URS)
- [By Ben Levisohn]
Fidelty’s John Mirshekaritook a look at URS(URS) today at the Value Investing Congress.His takeaway: The stock could double in two years.
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His analysis started with URS’s use of its free cash. During the past, it hasn’t been pretty. They spent 6.3 billion on eight acquisitions, they’ve bought companies at valuations higher than own stock and return-on-equity has dropped from high teens to just 6%.
The problem hasn’t been its business: Its return on tangible capital is 17%. Instead, the problem is that its management hasn’t maximized value through capital allocation. URS has lowest valuation: 9x 2013 cash earnings in its industry.
Part of the problem: Management incentives are based on net income. This year, however, relative total shareholder return was added., something Mirshekari calls”a step in the right direction.” In May, URS filed an amended proxy which says it will look to change incentives from net income to return on equity and earnings per share. More importantly, it said acquisitions would end.
If all goes right, URS could double in two years,Mirshekari says, comparing it to AECOM Technology (ACM).
Looks a lot like AECOMM, which did something similar and rallied.
- [By Ian Wyatt, Publisher & Chief Investment Strategist, Wyatt Investment Research]
Fund manager John Mirshekari, of the Fidelity Low-Priced Stock Fund, recommended shares of URS (URS), an engineering and construction contractor.
Top 10 Bank Stocks For 2018: Trinity Industries Inc.(TRN)
- [By Craig Jones]
On CNBC's "Fast Money Halftime Report", Pete Najarian spoke about high options activity in Trinity Industries Inc (NYSE: TRN).
He said that options traders bought 5,200 contracts of the January 36 calls for $1.15 in the first half of the trading session. The trade breaks even at $37.15 or 3.17 percent above the closing price Monday. Najarian believes the stock is going to break out on the upside and he decided to follow the trade and buy the January calls. He is going to hold the position for two weeks.
- [By Jon C. Ogg]
Also seen aswinners are equipment and fixtures makers, from construction to rail to transports. Trinity Industries Inc. (NYSE: TRN), largely considered a rail winner, was up 1.4% at $27.20 late on Monday.
- [By Lisa Levin]
Benzinga's newsdesk monitors options activity to notice unusual patterns. These large volume (and often out of the money) trades were initially published intraday in Benzinga Professional . These trades were placed during Thursday’s regular session.
Top 10 Bank Stocks For 2018: Winnebago Industries Inc.(WGO)
- [By Peter Graham]
Small cap motor home or RV stock Winnebago Industries (NYSE: WGO) reported fiscal Q4 2017 earnings before the market opened in Thursday with shares up in premarket trading on better than expected results and on a stock buyback program. Revenues for the fiscal Q4 ended August 26, 2017 increased72.8% to $454.9 million asrevenues for the Motorized segmentfell 4.4% to$226.2 million while revenues for the Towable segment rose $202.1 million to$228.7 million (driven by the addition of $193.4 million in revenue from the Grand Design acquisition and continued strong organic growth in Winnebago-branded Towable products, which increased 33% compared to last year).Q4 net incomeincreased 89.6% to$24.9 million.
- [By Dan Caplinger]
Friday was a good day on Wall Street, as the stock market responded favorably to encouraging news on the employment front. The U.S. unemployment rate dropped on fairly strong job creation during the month of February, and that helped push the Dow, S&P 500, and Nasdaq Composite to modest gains of roughly between a quarter percent and a half percent. Yet even with a positive mood among market participants, some stocks weren’t able to participate in the end-of-week rally. Finisar (NASDAQ:FNSR), Zumiez (NASDAQ:ZUMZ), and Winnebago Industries (NYSE:WGO) were among the worst performers on the day. Below, we’ll look more closely at these stocks to tell you why they did so poorly.
- [By Peter Graham]
The Q2 2017 earnings report for small cap motor home or RV stock Winnebago Industries, Inc (NYSE: WGO) is scheduled for before the market opens onWednesday (March 22nd). Back in2014, Winnebago Industries was in our SmallCap Network Elite Opportunity (SCN EO) portfolioas we believed the company would benefit from lower gas pricesalong with aBaby Boomer generation whos recreational retirement spending will increase. OurSCN EO newsletter noting at the time:
Top 10 Bank Stocks For 2018: American Superconductor Corporation(AMSC)
- [By William Romov]
According to S&P Capital IQ, shares of TTOO have an average price target of $5.75, representing 40.24% upside from current levels.
Penny Stocks to Buy for December 2017, No. 4: American Superconductor Corp. (Nasdaq: AMSC)
Massachusetts-based American Superconductor Corp. (Nasdaq: AMSC) makes two-megawatt wind turbines under the Windtec Solutions brand. The company also sells products and services to connect electricity-generating equipment with the power grid.
- [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
Marathon Patent Group Inc (NASDAQ: MARA) shares surged 30.2 percent to $5.01 after dropping 40.86 percent on Tuesday. Marathon Patent Group filed for sale of 1.85 million shares of common stock by selling stockholders.
Capricor Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: CAPR) shares jumped 17.2 percent to $2.25 after the company reported the FDA clearance of Investigational New Drug application for CAP-1002.
Rite Aid Corporation (NYSE: RAD) gained 13.2 percent to $2.15 following 16.5 percent rally on Tuesday.
Photronics, Inc. (NASDAQ: PLAB) shares climbed 11.8 percent to $10.45 after the company reported stronger-than-expected earnings for its fourth quarter.
China Distance Education Hldgs Ltd (ADR) (NYSE: DL) shares surged 11.3 percent to $8.67. China Distance Education reported Q4 profit of $5.9 million on revenue of $41.7 million.
Cytokinetics, Inc. (NASDAQ: CYTK) shares gained 11 percent to $8.05 after falling 7.05 percent on Tuesday.
Ooma Inc (NYSE: OOMA) shares surged 8.5 percent to $10.85 as the company posted strong Q3 results.
Nuance Communications Inc. (NASDAQ: NUAN) climbed 8 percent to $17.12 after the company reported stronger-than-expected results for its fourth quarter on Tuesday.
American Superconductor Corporation (NASDAQ: AMSC) surged 7.8 percent to $3.59 after the company reported $8 million in D-VAR system orders.
Thermon Group Holdings Inc (NYSE: THR) rose 6.3 percent to $24.17. William Blair upgraded Thermon Group from Market Perform to Outperform.
Domino's Pizza, Inc. (NYSE: DPZ) surged 6.1 percent to $182.88. Nomura upgraded Domino's from Neutral to Buy.
Xencor Inc (NASDAQ: XNCR) rose 5.9 percent to $21.17. Cantor Fitzgerald initiated coverage on Xencor with an Overweight rating.
Idera Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: IDRA) gained 5.1 percent to $2.28 after the company disclosed that it has been granted FDA Fast Track designation for IMO-2125.
Regal Entertainment Group (NYSE: RGC) gained 5.1 percent to
Top 10 Bank Stocks For 2018: iShares Global Infrastructure (IGF)
- [By Wayne Duggan]
Investors who are looking to invest in the companies that will likely be playing a central role in America’s infrastructure investment may want to consider the iShares S&P Global Infrastructure Index (NYSE: IGF).
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It also helps to find funds that can make any wait bearable and even profitable. Several ETFs stand out for their relatively low cost, modest risk and reasonable yields. They include the Guggenheim S&P High Income Infrastructure ETF (GHII) , iShares S&P Global Infrastructure Index Fund (IGF) and FlexShares STOXX Global Broad Infrastructure Index Fund (NFRA) .
Top 10 Bank Stocks For 2018: Mitcham Industries Inc.(MIND)
- [By Monica Gerson]
Mitcham Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ: MIND) is projected to post a quarterly loss at $0.36 per share on revenue of $10.99 million.
Sinovac Biotech Ltd. (NASDAQ: SVA) is expected to post its quarterly earnings.
Top 10 Bank Stocks For 2018: Autobytel Inc.(ABTL)
- [By Lisa Levin]
Shares of Autobytel Inc. (NASDAQ: ABTL) were down 26 percent to $8.05 as the company posted downbeat Q2 results and lowered its FY17 outlook. Barrington Research downgraded Autobytel from Outperform to Market Perform.
Top 10 Bank Stocks For 2018: T. Rowe Price Group, Inc.(TROW)
- [By Jack Delaney]
Some of the most well-known dividend aristocrats include:
Exxon Mobil Corp. (NYSE: XOM) pays a dividend of $0.77, which is a yield of 3.75%. Aflac Inc. (NYSE: AFL) pays a dividend of $0.43, which is a yield of 2.32%. AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) pays a dividend of $0.49, which is a yield of 5.12%. T-Rowe Price Group Inc. (Nasdaq: TROW) pays a dividend of $0.57, which is a yield of 3.27%. Clorox Co. (NYSE: CLX) pays a dividend of $0.84, which is a yield of 2.50%.
If you just kept the dividends, your investment would be worth $11,147. That’s a difference of only $25. So it may not seem like a big deal at first glance.
- [By Arie Goren]
On November 5, Oracle (NYSE:ORCL)confirmed that it has finally completed the acquisition of Netsuite (NYSE:N) for $9.3 billion in cash, or $109 per share that the company had initially offered. In my previous article about Oracle, I had suggested that the acquisition of NetSuite, the cloud business application software company, is a smart move by Oracle. What’s more, it is not paying an excessive price for the deal. In fact, Oracle insisted that it will not pay more than what it had first offered despite the resistance from T Rowe Price (NSDQ:TROW)which demanded $133 per share.