There have been rumors Sears Holdings (NASDAQ: SHLD) will close its Kmart division. Sears has denied them as it continues to close scores of stores. Moody’s has observed Sears cannot survive without outside capital. The situation is dire enough that poor holiday results will likely ruin the company, which was formed in 2005.
Eddie Lampert, who created Sears Holdings via a merger of Sears and Kmart, is the only financial lifeline the company has had recently. He has sold off brands and continues to try to leverage the company’s real estate portfolio. However, the best measure of Sears is its stock price, which is down 72% in the last five years.
The company’s recent results have been dismal:
Net loss attributable to Holdings’ shareholders of $395 million ($3.70 loss per diluted share) for the second quarter of 2016 compared to net income attributable to Holdings’ shareholders of $208 million ($1.84 per diluted share) for the prior year second quarter.Adjusted for significant items, we would have reported a net loss attributable to Holdings’ shareholders of $217 million ($2.03 loss per diluted share) for the second quarter of 2016 compared to a net loss attributable to Holdings’ shareholders of $256 million ($2.40 loss per diluted share) in the prior year second quarter. Adjusted EBITDA of $(191) million in the second quarter of 2016, improved from $(226) million in the prior year second quarter. Kmart and Sears Domestic comparable store sales declined 3.3% and 7.0%, respectively, in the second quarter of 2016. During the second quarter of 2016, the Company generated cash proceeds of $176 million from the sale of real estate properties and other asset sales. We received an offer from ESL Investments, Inc. (“the ESL proposal”) to provide $300 million of additional debt financing secured by a junior lien against our inventory, receivables and other working capital, which offer has been accepted.
Top 5 Financial Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Old Second Bancorp Inc.(OSBC)
- [By Lisa Levin]
Friday afternoon, the financial sector proved to be a source of strength for the market. Leading the sector was strength from Wins Finance Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: WINS) and Old Second Bancorp Inc. (NASDAQ: OSBC).
Top 5 Financial Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Nuveen Municipal Value Fund Inc.(NUV)
- [By Donald van Deventer]
The latest implied forward rate forecast from Kamakura Corporation shows projected 10-year U.S. Treasury yields differing -0.07% to 0.03% from last week while fixed rate mortgage yields varied by -0.01% to 0.08%. Mortgage yields, determined by the Monday through Wednesday weekly survey of the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation, lag Treasury movements simply because of the 3-day yield calculation used in the Primary Mortgage Market Survey. The 10-year U.S. Treasury yield is projected to rise from 2.92% at Thursday’s close (down 0.06% from last week) to 3.374% (down 0.06% from last week) in one year. The 10-year U.S. Treasury yield in ten years is forecast to reach 4.639%, 1 basis point lower than last week. The 15-year fixed rate mortgage rate is forecast to rise from the effective yield of 3.69% on Thursday (down 0.001% from last week) to 4.222% (down 0.006% from last week) in one year and 6.29% in 10 years, up 0.038% from last week. We explain the background for these calculations in the rest of this note, along with some mortgage servicing rights metrics. The forecast allows investors in exchange traded U.S. Treasury funds (TLT) (TBT), total return bond funds (BOND), municipal bonds (NUV) and exchange traded mortgage funds (REM) to assess likely total returns over the next 120 months. Treasury-related exchange traded funds affected by the forward rates include:
Top 5 Financial Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Credit Suisse Group(CS)
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The latest credit default swap (CDS) data from BMO Capital Markets indicate a number of investors are growing increasingly concerned about the one-year outlook for capital markets. In a new report, analyst Mark Steele discussed the recent surge in one-year CDS activity, and what it means for the market.
- [By Paul R. La Monica]
European banks worse off than 2008? Lamensdorf is concerned about the exposure to bad loans (especially energy company debt) held by big banks such as Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS), Credit Suisse (CS) and Deutsche Bank (DB). He’s shorting all three.
- [By Diane Alter]
The head underwriters for the ZTO IPO are Morgan Stanley (NYSE: MS) and Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (NYSE: GS). Also working on the deal are China Renaissance, Citigroup Inc. (NYSE: C), Credit Suisse Group AG (NYSE ADR: CS), and JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM).
Top 5 Financial Stocks To Invest In Right Now: KKR(KKR)
- [By Jon C. Ogg]
The long saga regarding Pandora Media Inc. (NYSE: P) has finally come to a head. Well, maybe. Rather than KKR & Co. L.P. (NYSE: KKR) investing $150 million, Sirius XM Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: SIRI) will be investing up to $480 million in the streaming music rival. With its ticketing unit sale taking place as well, it might seem that Pandora is getting a great deal and helping to bolster its books.
- [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]
In the Lightning Round, Cramer was bullish on Kohlberg Kravis Roberts (KKR) , Opko Health (OPK) and Allergan (AGN) .
Cramer was bearish on Kimberly-Clark (KMB) , Novartis AG (NVS) , Chemours (CC) and Gulfport Energy (GPOR) .
Top 5 Financial Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Barclays PLC(BCS)
- [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]
Banco Santander (SAN) : “I prefer Barclays (BCS) , but let’s wait and see what the other banks have to say”
ProLogis (PLD) : “I am not a fan of that group right now, but that one is best of breed.”
- [By Jon C. Ogg]
Barclays PLC (NYSE: BCS) was raised to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley. Its American depositary sharesclosed up 2.6% at $11.36 on Thursday and were indicated up 1.2% at $11.50 on Friday. The52-week range is $6.76 to $12.05.