This summer has been arguably the quietest and least volatile for the U.S. markets, but that hasn’t kept investors from making money. Ask the fund managers who study precious metals and emerging markets, they are sure to agree.
During the fourteen-week period between the Memorial Day and the Labor Day, better known as the “sell in May and go away” period, mutual funds from the aforementioned categories returned around 20% this year. Such a staggeringly high return was possible mostly due to low interest rates, which benefits such asset classes. Emerging markets have also seen dramatic GDP growth this year, while fears of an economic downturn in China have ebbed.
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Weak global economic scenario coupled with Brexit induced volatility compelled the Fed to keep rates low in the short term. Add to this, weak service sector growth, contraction in manufacturing activity and slowdown in pace of hiring in August, and we all know that the Fed may not hike rates any time soon.
Top 10 Gold Stocks To Own For 2018: Computer Sciences Corporation(CSC)
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Some of the stocks that may grab investor focus today are:
- [By R. Chandrasekaran]
Some of the outperforming stocks:
NVDIA Corp (NASDAQ: NVDA) trading up about 5.7 percent with a range between $69.50 and $71.72.
Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) is gaining about 4 percent. The stock ranged between $770.94 and $787.73.
Computer Sciences Corporation (NYSE: CSC) is gaining about 3.3 percent with the stock trading between $56.10 and $58.01.
Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ: MSFT) is adding about 3 percent with the stock ranging $59.78-$60.52.
Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ: GOOGL) is gaining about 2.9 percent with the stock trading between $792.90 and $805.
Intel Corporation (NASDAQ: INTC) is adding approximately 2.9 percent with shares trading in the range of $34.15-$34.60.
Cisco Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CSCO) is gaining about 2.8 percent as the stock traded between $30.61 and $31.05.
Salesforce.com, inc. (NYSE: CRM) is adding about 2.8 percent with the shares traded in the range of $75.41-$77.00
Top 10 Gold Stocks To Own For 2018: Tableau Software, Inc.(DATA)
- [By Monica Gerson]
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 Monday’s regular session.
Pier 1 Imports Inc (NYSE: PIR) Dec16 5.0 Puts Sweep: 1191 @ ASK $0.80: 1354 traded vs 102 OI: $5.32 Ref
Alcoa Inc (NYSE: AA) Jul16 9.5 Puts Sweep: 1494 @ ASK $0.13: 14k traded vs 6682 OI: $10.09 Ref
Sarepta Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: SRPT) Jul16 10.0 Puts: 3536 @ ASK $0.50: 5506 traded vs 54k OI: Earnings 8/4 $22.50 Ref
Tableau Software Inc (NYSE: DATA) Jul16 47.5 Puts Sweep: 837 @ ASK $0.30: 995 traded vs 37 OI: Earnings 8/3 $50.60 Ref
Yandex NV (NASDAQ: YNDX) Aug16 18.0 Puts Sweep: 532 @ ASK $0.30: 2143 traded vs 78 OI: Earnings 7/28 Before Open $22.02 Ref
Wolverine World Wide, Inc. (NYSE: WWW) Aug16 22.5 Puts: 719 @ ASK $1.35: 1032 traded vs 0 OI: Earnings 7/19 $22.22 Ref
Conn's Inc (NASDAQ: CONN) Jan17 5.0 Puts Sweep: 605 @ ASK $0.85: 1355 traded vs 3132 OI: $7.16 Ref
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Top 10 Gold Stocks To Own For 2018: Reliance Steel & Aluminum Co.(RS)
- [By Elizabeth Balboa]
This is mostly triggered by artificial boosts in steel prices caused by trade regulation. Rising costs are positive for the steel industry and players like United States Steel Corporation (NYSE: X), AK Steel Holding Corporation (NYSE: AKS) and Reliance Steel & Aluminum Co (NYSE: RS), but they’re ultimately injurious to those reliant on steel products manufacturers of canned goods, farm equipment, machinery and appliances.
Top 10 Gold Stocks To Own For 2018: Terex Corporation(TEX)
- [By Ben Levisohn]
Shares of Terex (TEX) had surged 32% as of the close of trading last Thursday–but dropped 14% the next day after China’s Zoomlion announced that it wouldn’t be pursuing a purchase of the U.S. crane maker after all. In the aftermath of the scuttled deal, Morgan Stanley’s Mili Pothiwala and Nigel Coe cut Terex to Equal Weight from Overweight:
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On Friday morning, Zoomlion announced it had terminated its bid for its proposed acquisition of Terex for $31/ share. This was a clear negative for Terex shares, which traded down ~15% on Friday to $20, given the absence of an event-driven catalyst (following the sale of MHPS to Konecranes, which we assume will be completed). However, we think that the stock’s current discount to the Machinery group on a P/E basis (20%+) is justified, given a still challenged underlying operating environment for the RemainCo, as well as historically uneven company execution – both of which return to the forefront of the investment debate following the removal of the M&A bull case.
To which all we can say is: Oops.
Shares of Terex have dropped 0.5% to $20.78
- [By Ben Levisohn]
Third and a trigger for the change: China becomes an active bidder in the space. Chinas Zoomlion bid for Terex (TEX) ($3.3B) along with Haier/General Electric (GE) ($5.4B) and several ChemChina proposed deals in industrials changes the upside/downside skew, particularly on lower quality/more challenged names. The Terex bid does not appear to be one-off. Chinese outbound M&A announcements rose to record highs in 15; to $112B (up 57% from 2014) in total acquisitions. Industrials formed a large and rising portion, at ~12B completed. Thats roughly equal to the 3 prior years industrials deals combined, and is the highest on record. Energy and materials accounted for ~15% of 15 spend vs. ~83% in 2011. Even lower quality or more currently challenged machinery franchises have distribution which could be highly attractive to new entrants…
- [By Ben Levisohn]
RBC’sSeth Weber and team offer their thoughts on Zoomlion’s revised bid for Terex (TEX):
After the close today, Terex announced that it is moving forward in its negotiations with Zoomlion Heavy Industry Science and Technology Co. following receipt of a non-binding proposal from the Chinese company to acquire all outstanding shares for $31/share in cash.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
Yesterday, Terex (TEX) announced that it would sell its ports business to Konecranes for $1.3 billion. Today, Baird’s Mircea Dobre and Joseph Grabowski upgraded Terex to Outperform from Neutral, arguing that the sale makes a takeover by China’s Zoomlion that much easier. They explain:
Balint Porneczi/Bloomberg News
The sale of MHPS to Konecranes is a positive catalyst on multiple fronts: shareholders got an attractive multiple for what historically has been a challenged business with further upside possible given 25% equity ownership in Konecranes, execution risk is diminished as new CEO can focus on operational improvement without the effort required to integrate the Terex and Konecranes businesses, and finally, the MHPS sale makes it easier for Zoomlion to acquire remaining Terex.
While our upgrade is not reliant on Zoomlion acquiring Terex, the MHPS transaction could make a firm Zoomlion offer more likely.
At the margin, a Zoomlion deal appears easier to get done: 1) the remaining businesses fit better with Zoomlions existing product portfolio of construction equipment, cranes, and various commercial and municipal equipment, 2) given the attractive terms of the MHPS sale, the funding hurdle required to acquire Terex is lowered, 3) many of the CFIUS issues center around national security concerns regarding the nations ports, no longer a concern given MHPS sale.
Dobre and Grabowski also raised their price target on Terex to $30, up from $24. With Terex off 0.1% at $24.88 today, that leaves 21% upside in the stock to Baird’s target.
In February, I wrote about Chinese demand for U.S. companies, including Terex.
- [By Reuben Gregg Brewer]
Ever walk past a construction site? It’s hard not to be enthralled by all the heavy construction machinery moving things around. With the world’s developing economies still building at a relatively fast pace and developing economies, like the United States, in desperate need of upgrading their aging infrastructure, the companies behind that construction machinery could be just as exciting as a construction site in the years ahead. Which is why Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE:CAT), Cummins Inc. (NYSE:CMI), and Terex Corporation (NYSE:TEX) are three of the top construction machinery stocks to look at right now.
Top 10 Gold Stocks To Own For 2018: Aaron's, Inc.(AAN)
- [By Lisa Levin]
Friday afternoon, the non-cyclical consumer goods & services sector proved to be a source of strength for the market. Leading the sector was strength from Align Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: ALGN) and Aaron's, Inc. (NYSE: AAN).
- [By Peter Graham]
Just this morning, small cap consumer electronics retailer Aaron’s, Inc (NYSE: AAN) reported first quarter earnings that have beat expectations. First quarter revenues were$844.6 million compared with $854.4 million for the first quarter of 2016 whilenet earnings increased to $53.3 million compared with $49.7 million in the prior year period. The CEO commented:
- [By Peter Graham]
A long term performance chart shows shares of Best Buy Co now outperforming potential peersactive in electronics retailing such asmid capAaron’s, Inc (NYSE: AAN)and small cap CONN’S, Inc (NASDAQ: CONN):
Top 10 Gold Stocks To Own For 2018: Sagent Pharmaceuticals Inc.(SGNT)
- [By Lisa Levin]
Shares of Sagent Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: SGNT) got a boost, shooting up 40 percent to $21.65 as the company agreed to be acquired by Nichi-Iko Pharmaceutical for $21.75 per share. RBC Capital downgraded Sagent Pharmaceuticals from Outperform to Sector Perform.
Top 10 Gold Stocks To Own For 2018: ConocoPhillips(COP)
- [By Matthew DiLallo, Tyler Crowe, and Jason Hall]
Oil prices haven’t gotten off to the fast start many expected, falling around 6% on average during the first quarter of the year. That slump came despite OPEC’s best efforts since producing nations have achieved fairly good compliance on their planned output cuts. That said, despite the lackluster oil market, we still see some interestingopportunities in the oil market. Three stocks we really like right now are DistributionNOW(NYSE:DNOW),Phillips 66(NYSE:PSX), andConocoPhillips(NYSE:COP), which all should do well in the current oil market.
- [By Dustin Parrett]
Big Oil stocks are the seven “oil supermajors” that do everything from oil drilling to refining to retail sales. This is a list of the Big Oil companies:
Big Oil CompanyShare PriceYTDMarket CapExxon Mobil Corp. (NYSE: XOM)$83.44-7.58%$353.13BChevron Co. (NYSE: CVX)$113.56-3.5%$217.62BConocoPhillips Co. (NYSE: COP)$48.21-3.78%$61.42BRoyal Dutch Shell Plc. (NYSE ADR: RDS.A)$52.35-3.82%$221.08BBP Plc. (NYSE ADR: BP)$34.12-8.71%$112.69BTotal SA (NYSE: TOT)$50.26-1.35%$124.6BEni SpA (NYSE: E)$31.51-2.3%$58.69B
Despite being huge global oil companies, shares of Big Oil stocks are all in the red this year. Those losses have all happened even as the Dow is smashing record highs and trading up 6.4% year to date.
- [By Jon C. Ogg]
Things have improved handily from a year ago in the energy sector. Still, even with a pro-energy White House, things are far from perfect in the oil and gas sector. Now ConocoPhillips (NYSE: COP) is delivering great news to its shareholders.
Top 10 Gold Stocks To Own For 2018: Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Inc.(GMCR)
- [By Jonas Elmerraji]
As badly as short sellers want to hate on Green Mountain Coffee Roasters (GMCR), betting against the multiyear rally in this $12.7 billion beverage stock has been about as wise as eating from a box with a skull and crossbones on it. And as a bull market continues to lift all ships, Green Mountain’s ship is going to keep floating above the others.
Green Mountain owns Keurig, the brand of beverage brewers that use self-contained K-Cups to make coffee, teas, and other drinks. While Keurig’s “fad” status has certainly helped tip the deck against GMCR, the fact remains that the firm has done most of the hard work in getting Keurig machines accepted by consumers. With brewers essentially ubiquitous at this point, the firm is able to make money on its cash cow: the K-Cups.
Keurig’s individual-serving cups have big margins and a big installed base. With huge convenience and the relatively large sunk cost that consumers have put into their Keurig machines, it’s a sticky business with big switching costs. Consumers who buy a Keurig are much less likely to spend the money on a competing brand of proprietary coffee pods.
I’ve said before that GMCR is far from cheap right now. But its momentum trajectory is showing few signs of fizzling out, especially as direct competitors such as Starbucks (SBUX) continue to sell K-Cups of their own. Don’t bet against GMCR in September – buy this Rocket Stock instead.
- [By Canadian Value]
So Im going to stick my next out and share my views on four battleground stocks that are among my favorite shorts: World Acceptance (WRLD), Green Mountain (GMCR), Herbalife (HLF), and InterOil (IOC). And next week at the Value Investing Congress I will present another short, my largest.
- [By David Sterman]
But for short sellers in Green Mountain Coffee Roasters (Nasdaq: GMCR), there's another outcome: They've been badly burned as shares have surged, but they insist they've been right all along, and it's only a matter of time before the stock crashes and burns.
Top 10 Gold Stocks To Own For 2018: Coeur d’Alene Mines Corporation(CDE)
- [By Manikandan Raman]
Citing bullish outlook on silver prices, Peter Bures of Canaccord Genuity has started coverage of four silver producers: Pan American Silver Corp. (USA) (NASDAQ: PAAS), Coeur Mining Inc (NYSE: CDE), Hecla Mining Company (NYSE: HL), and Endeavour Silver Corp (NYSE: EXK). The brokerage also assumed coverage of Fortuna Silver Mines Inc (NYSE: FSM) with a Buy rating.
- [By Dan Caplinger]
Still, some stocks managed to buck the negative sentiment on Tuesday, and Sears Holdings (NASDAQ:SHLD), Plug Power (NASDAQ:PLUG) and Coeur Mining (NYSE:CDE) were among the best performers on the day. Below, we’ll look more closely at these stocks to tell you why they did so well.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
Given revised commodity deck forecasts (particularly for Steel and Gold) and improved Balance Sheet health (Steels, Precious and Industrials Metals) we are upgrading our ratings on several stocks in our coverage. We generally favor companies that have already initiated specific self-help, have low-cost assets and are less exposed to China supply and demand dynamics. In Steels, we have increased our rating from Hold to Buy on Nucor (NUE) and from Sell to Hold on US Steel. We have also upgraded Kinross Gold (KGC) to a Hold on valuation…On higher-than-peer valuations, we reiterate Sell-rated Coeur Mining (CDE), Franco-Nevada (FNV), Goldcorp (GG), Teck Resources (TCK) and highly leveraged AK Steel given preference to issue further equity if possible.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
Deutsche Bank’s Jorge Beristain and Chris Terry released their earnings preview for the gold miners–including Barrick Gold (ABX), Goldcorp (GG), Franco-Nevada (FNV), and Coeur Mining (CDE)–and conclude that only one gold miner deserves a Buy rating: Newmont Mining (NEM). They explain why:
Top 10 Gold Stocks To Own For 2018: Lexaria Bioscience (LXRP)
- [By Bryan Murphy]
At first glance, it looks like it could be trouble for Lexaria Bioscience Corp (OTCMKTS:LXRP). That is, on Wednesday, the nation’s Drug Enforcement Agency brought clarity to a rule that had been up in the air since 2011. That is, in short, the DEA’s position on all cannabis extracts, including CBD oil, is that they are all federally illegal Schedule I substances.
From a legal and logical standpoint based just on the DEA’s language published in the Federal Register yesterday, that puts Lexaria Bioscience in jeopardy. Lexaria has developed a way to improve the body’s absorption of hemp oil — which is deliberately high in cannabidiol/CBD — which was perfectly legal and legitimate since THC percentage in hemp (0.3%or less) are technically legal. Now the federal government’s drug-enforcement arm says that’s not the case. The newly-clarified law defines the illegal substance as “extracts that have been derived from any plant of the genus Cannabis and which contain cannabinols and cannabidiols.” Hemp, even though it’s not marijuana, is of the Cannabis genus.
Bad news for LXRP owners? Not quite, for a handful of reasons.
The decision (which bypassed legislature and overstepped the DEA’s authority, by the way – more on that in a second) is evidence of a long-standing problem the government agency has had in dealing with hemp and cannabis. In simplest terms, the DEA has operated and acted as if it has no real understanding of the difference between hemp and marijuana. They are of the same genus, but not of the same species. Moreover, while the former predominantly contains cannabidiol, the latter is sought out for its high tetrahydrocannabinol (or THC) for the purpose of creating a “high.”
Problem (for the DEA): The U.S. judicial system has already ruled that the DEA doesn’t have the authority to make such rules.
Attorney Robert Hoban explained yesterday evening at industry website newcannabisventures.com:
- [By Matthew Briar]
Last week — to the day, in fact — Lexaria Bioscience Corp (OTCMKTS:LXRP) announced it was teaming up with neutraceutical company NeutriSci International Inc (CVE:NU) to create a new kind of health supplement that gave consumers the ability to tap into the benefits of hemp. We hailed it as the shape of things to come. What we didn’t know, however, was how quickly those things would take shape. Just this morning the company told LXRP shareholders it was already forging another such symbiotic relationship…. this one with Hempco Food and Fiber Inc (CVE:HEMP).
Simply put, Lexaria Bioscience is focused on improving the bioavailability of the healthy stuff found in food, supplements, vitamins, and yes, even in cannabis and hemp.
It’s not widely recognized, but the bulk of the vitamins, anti-oxidants, minerals, amino acids and all the other desirable components of the pills you take and foods you eat don’t actually get absorbed into your body. Sometimes as much as 96% of the ingredient in question isn’t extracted, and instead passes right through. Not only is it a waste of time and money, it’s a bit of a hassle to swallow a big capsule — or several capsules — for little to no benefit.
Lexaria Bioscience changes this. In short, Lexaria has developed and patented a proprietary technology that makes valuable molecules taste better and absorb better in the digestive tract. This platform could be applied to a variety of nutritional and health-oriented favorites, but Lexaria is starting with hemp as it’s the most underserved market and arguably the biggest growth opportunity. Hemp, and hemp oil to be exact, can provide a lot of various medical benefits like the reduction of nausea, control of seizures, anti-cancer activity, anti-inflammation effects, and more.
The future for Lexaria Bioscience is partnerships… licensing its science and know-how to companies with existing product lines and distribution networks that can easily inject hemp
- [By Bryan Murphy]
Though they’re not the same thing, anything that’s good for marijuana is good for hemp. That’s why when eight out of nine states that had marijuana on the ballot two Tuesday’s ago approved those measures, things got a lot more compelling for owner of Lexaria Bioscience Corp (OTCMKTS:LXRP).
What’s the difference? Hemp a strains of Cannabis sativa that have been bred specifically for fiber used for clothing, construction, oils and topical ointments, nutritional benefits and a wide array of other purposes that don’t involve getting “high.” Marijuana is a slang term used to describe strains of Cannabis sativa that are bred for the potent resinous glands, or trichomes, that grow on the flowers and some leaves… the strain packed with tetrahydrocannabinol (or THC).
They would be easy to confuse, and commonly are. The potential for confusion, in fact, is the chief reason government agencies have been hesitant to support one and ban the other. With marijuana now legalized for use for one reason or another in more than half the United States though, knowledge and understanding of the difference will soon follow.
Great, but what’s that got to do with Lexaria Bioscience is on the leading edge of the movement of heightened understanding of what hemp is, and what it does.
The medical benefits of the non-psychoactive form of Cannabis sativa are impressive to say the least. Among other benefits, hempseed oil has also shown a positive effect on dermatological diseases and lipid metabolism (the process by which fatty acids are broken down in the body). Hempseed also has high levels of vitamins A, C and E and ?-carotene, and it is rich in minerals like phosphorus, potassium, magnesium, sulfur and calcium. As a food, hempseed oil is nutritious – it contains an excellent balance of polyunsaturated fatty acids – and it reportedly tastes good, too.
Problem: Hemp isn’t effectively absorbed into the body, and as such, it’s difficult to make effec
- [By Matthew Briar]
Earlier this month, some light was shed on the so-called marijuana ‘zombie’ outbreak in Brooklyn (and a handful of other places) earlier this year. As it turns out, it wasn’t a zombie outbreak at all… not that anyone really suspected the undead were lurking about. The culprit was drugs, or more specifically, chemicals and compounds that serve as drugs that weren’t meant to be utilized in that manner. In the search for a stronger, more intense high, marijuana fans got far more than they bargained for, and not in good way.
The matter inadvertently puts an up-and-coming company called Lexaria Bioscience Corp (OTCMKTS:LXRP) in the spotlight. See, Lexaria Bioscience could have sidestepped the zombie-like response of what’s now clearly been deemed a chemical-laced plant nobody would ever actually choose to smoke if they knew better. How so? Because LXRP could have provided the more intense ‘high’ being sought using its infusion science and real marijuana… not the synthetic marijuana that’s been causing unexpected results like hallucinations, extreme agitation, a rapid heartbeat and extremely high blood pressure. paranoia, anxiety, panic attacks and psychotic episodes. Those aren’t the usual responses to weed. They’re common responses to other, harsher narcotics, and are often wished avoided by recreational marijuana users.
Say what you want about the moral hazards or dangers of legalized marijuana, but nobody can deny that it’s happening… in the United States, and abroad. In November, marijuana was on the ballot for one reason or another in nine states, and the pro-marijuana movement got the green light in eight of them. Weed is now legal, either for medicinal or recreational use, in more than half the states that make up the U.S.A.
More relevant to the matter at hand, in step with the ongoing legalization of marijuana, users and sellers have — as they always do– pushed the limits of legality and science to come up with a better expe
- [By Matthew Briar]
What do you get when you cross a science that drastically improves the absorption of cannabidiol (the healthy component of cannabis) with pterostilbene (an antioxidant) tablet? It’s not a joke in search of a punch line. It’s going to be the health supplement millions of consumers have been waiting for, brought to them by a joint venture between NeutriSci International Inc (CVE:NU) and Lexaria Bioscience Corp (OTCMKTS:LXRP). The two companies announced this morning they were entering a joint venture that would utilize Lexaria Bioscience’s proprietary infusion platform and tap into NeutriSci International’s existing distribution network to create and market a whole new supplement product line.
Lexaria has developed and patented a technology that makes valuable molecules taste better and absorb better in the digestive tract. This platform could be applied to a variety of nutritional and health-oriented favorites, but Lexaria is starting with hemp as it’s the most underserved market and arguably the biggest growth opportunity.
Just to be clear, hemp and marijuana are not the same thing. Hemp doesn’t have any tetrahydrocannabinol (or THC) in it, which is the key driver of its psychoactive — the ‘high’ — response. Hemp, and hemp oil to be exact, does have cannabidiol in it though, and for those who’ve been following the saga of medical marijuana and cannabis, they’ll know cannabidiol can provide a lot of various medical benefits like the reduction of nausea, control of seizures, anti-cancer activity, anti-inflammation effects, and more.
NeutriSci International is Canadian corporation that specializes in the marketing, development and distribution of proprietary nutraceuticals. It’s got a rather wide array of products in its portfolio, but the one of immediate interest is its pterostilbene, as it fits best with the hemp-absorption technology Lexaria Bioscience brings to the table.
Pterostilbene (found in blueberries, by the way) is o
- [By Jim Robertson]
Last week, small cap food sciences stockLexaria Bioscience Corp (OTCQB: LXRP)announced a deal with Hempco Food and Fiber (OTCMKTS: HMPPF; TSXV: HEMP) that will take hemp foods to the next level. First of all, hemp is a variety of the Cannabis sativa plant species that is grown for the industrial uses of its derived products as the plant material can be refined into justabout anything,including paper, textiles, clothing, biodegradable plastics, paint, insulation, biofuel, food and animal feed: