Warren Buffett, Wells Fargo’s biggest fan, says the Federal Reserve is making him reduce his stake in the embattled bank.
Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway (BRKB) disclosed in a regulatory filing on Wednesday that it sold 7.1 million shares of Wells Fargo (WFC) for $384 million this week. It intends to sell an additional 1.7 million shares of Wells soon.
Berkshire’s stake in the bank had climbed above 10%. That would trigger Fed restrictions on how much business Berkshire can do with the bank. The company is selling stock to bring its stake back below 10%.
Shares of Wells Fargo fell slightly in after-hours trading Wednesday following the disclosure. They fell even more in pre-market trading Thursday after the company reported flat earnings in the first quarter.
Wells has been hammered in the last year, since the bank admitted that its employees created millions of unauthorized accounts for clients in order to meet sales quotas at the bank. Buffett has stood by the bank, calling it an “incredible institution” that had made a “terrible mistake.”
Top 5 Bank Stocks To Watch For 2018: Sack Lunch Productions (SAKL)
- [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
Top 5 Bank Stocks To Watch For 2018: Opexa Therapeutics, Inc.(OPXA)
- [By Lisa Levin]
Opexa Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: OPXA) shares dropped 70 percent to $1.02 after the company disclosed that its top-line results from Phase 2b Abili-T trial evaluating Tcelna did not meet primary endpoint.
- [By Elizabeth Balboa]
Opexa Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: OPXA) and Acer Therapeutics announced a merger that will result in 11.2-percent ownership by current Opexa shareholders and 88.8-percent ownership by current Acer shareholders.
- [By Lisa Levin]
Opexa Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: OPXA) shares were also up, gaining 66 percent to $1.08 after the company announced plans to acquire Acer Therapeutics.
Top 5 Bank Stocks To Watch For 2018: GlobalSCAPE, Inc.(GSB)
- [By Jim Robertson]
On Wednesday, our Under the Radar Moversnewsletter suggested going long on small cap sofware stockGlobalSCAPE, Inc (NYSEMKT: GSB):
As for Globalscape, this one’s a little more straightforward, and obvious. GSB shares pushed up and off of their 200-day moving average line last week, and are making higher highs this week. What you can’t see on the chart is how this has been a pretty reliable pattern for Globalscape for years now. The upper edge of the rising trading range is nearing $6.00, though it would take some time to get there.
Top 5 Bank Stocks To Watch For 2018: Crescent Point Energy Corp (16)
- [By Kana Nishizawa]
China Coal Energy Co., the countrys second-largest producer of the fuel, sank 3.1 percent after the government said it will cut coal consumption. Sun Hung Kai Properties Ltd. (16), the worlds second-biggest developer, fell 1.4 percent after trimming its sales target. Gold producers led materials companies lower as the precious metal headed for its steepest weekly loss since June amid expectations the U.S. Federal Open Market Committee will next week decide to reduce stimulus.
Top 5 Bank Stocks To Watch For 2018: Veeco Instruments Inc.(VECO)
- [By Lisa Levin]
Thursday afternoon, the information technology sector proved to be a source of strength for the market. Leading the sector was strength from QuickLogic Corporation (NASDAQ: QUIK) and Veeco Instruments Inc. (NASDAQ: VECO).
- [By WWW.GURUFOCUS.COM]
VECO (NASDAQ:VECO) contributed 1.16% to the Fund’s quarterly return, nearly equaling AAN’s contribution in the quarter. VECO appreciated over 48% in the quarter due to an acceleration of orders for its key MOCVD tools. These tools are the main manufacturing equipment used to produce LEDs, whether they are for display screens or, increasingly, for lighting products. We estimate that VECO currently has roughly 80% global market share for MOCVD tools used to make LEDs.
- [By Paul Ausick]
Veeco Instruments Inc. (NASDAQ: VECO) dropped nearly 26% Friday to post a new 52-week low of $10.85 after closing at $14.65 on Thursday. The 52-week high is $34.38. Volume was around 5.8 million, about 10 times the daily average of around 584,000. The company reported late yesterday that it had received an unfavorable patent ruling in China.