As the world shifts from legacy distribution to mobile and over-the-top viewing, both Time Warner (NYSE:TWX) and AT&T (NYSE:T) face a slowing growth long-term outlook, but in different ways. It’s totally understandable that these companies would consider solving their perceived problems and resolving their issues via mergers. Big Phone has a need for content to fill its massive distribution pipelines in mobile, Internet, and DirectTV and to compete with the likes of Netflix (NASDAQ:NFLX), Verizon (NYSE:VZ), and Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN). On the other side, Time Warner, having slimmed down to core content production assets in films, television production, and cable nets including HBO and Turner, needed a high-price buyer to justify a sale.
For Mr. Bewkes, Time Warner’s CEO, the price of around $107 half cash and half stock appears to surpass his probable $100 a share threshold for dealing. (Note: On completion of the deal, it has already been speculated that Mr. Bewkes might even be Disney’s next CEO after Bob Iger “retires” in June 2018). At about 13 times cash flow, a decent premium to the other major media companies’ multiples, Mr. Bewkes cannot be blamed for enthusiasm on the offer’s value. The only problem is that Big Phone’s shares and bonds will be burdened (and maybe battered) by an extra $85 billion in debt on top of around $120 billion already on its books.
Top 5 Growth Stocks To Own For 2018: MEDIFAST INC(MED)
- [By Peter Graham]
Although obesity is widespread, small cap dieting stocks havetended to causeinvestor portfolios to loose weight. A long term performance chart shows small cap weight loss or dieting stocks Weight Watchers International and Reliv International, Inc (NASDAQ: RELV) stillbelow or at breakeven for longer term investors whileMedifast Inc (NYSE: MED)has performed better and NutriSystem Inc (NASDAQ: NTRI) hasfinally begun to take offearly last year:
- [By Lisa Levin]
In trading on Friday, non-cyclical consumer goods & services shares rose by just 0.3 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Medifast Inc (NYSE: MED), down 5 percent, and Bridgford Foods Corporation (NASDAQ: BRID), down 6 percent.
- [By Lee Jackson]
These companies also reported insider buying last week: Carrizo Oil and Gas Inc. (NASDAQ: CRZO), Medifast Inc. (NYSE: MED), Medley Capital Corp. (NYSE: MCC), Occidental Petroleum Corp. (NYSE: OXY) and Sothebys (NYSE: BID).
- [By Peter Graham]
A long term performance chart shows small cap weight loss or dieting stocks Weight Watchers International and Reliv International, Inc (NASDAQ: RELV) still underperforming whileNutriSystem Inc (NASDAQ: NTRI) and Medifast Inc (NYSE: MED) began taking off early last year:
Top 5 Growth Stocks To Own For 2018: Buffalo Wild Wings Inc.(BWLD)
- [By Peter Graham]
A long term performance chart shows Dave & Busters Entertainment being a pretty steady performer up until June while potential peer, upscale gentlemen’s clubs and restaurant ownerRCI Hospitality Holdings, Inc (NASDAQ: RICK), took off last yearand Buffalo Wild Wings (NASDAQ: BWLD) has started to fall off:
- [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]
Meanwhile, over on Real Money, Cramer looks at the heated battle at Buffalo Wild Wings (BWLD) and says activism still lives. Get his insight strategies with a free trial subscription to Real Money.
- [By Hilary Kramer]
We welcome host of Fox Business Network’s Making Money with Charles Payne to this year’s contest. When he’s not on air, the rags-to-riches financial guru is editing his free weekly newsletter, Charles Payne’s Smart Talk, as well as his new newsletter, Charles Payne’sSmart Investing, which allows individuals insights into picks that were formerly only available to institutions.
Payne is going with the owner, operator and franchiser of a wildly popular sports and wings bar for this year’s pick: Buffalo Wild Wings (BWLD).
With commodities prices in the dumps, BWLD stands to benefit as Americans have more cash lining their pockets thanks to lower gas prices. That’s cash, Charles reasons, that Buffalo Wild Wings will be able to claim a chunk of. Not to mention the fact that if chicken prices remain subdued, it’ll mean a beefier bottom line.
- [By Peter Graham]
A long term performance chart shows Dave & Busters Entertainmenttripling in valuebefore falling back whilesmall cap upscale gentlemen’s clubs and restaurant ownerRCI Hospitality Holdings, Inc (NASDAQ: RICK) began taking off in 2016 and small capBuffalo Wild Wings (NASDAQ: BWLD) is being acquired by Arbys Restaurant Group:
Top 5 Growth Stocks To Own For 2018: Nordstrom Inc.(JWN)
- [By Rich Duprey]
An increasing number of retailers have announced their intention to drop Ivanka Trump’s merchandise line. From Nordstrom (NYSE:JWN) and Belk to Neiman-Marcus and Burlington, there’s a growing movement for retailers to distance themselves from the Trump brand.
- [By Jim Robertson]
Nordstrom’s (JWN) is one name we did well shorting back in May of this year, and although we made another attempt at shorting the stock for a minor loss from September to November, our net gain between the two ended up being about 16%. Not bad all things considered. However, we’re still convinced JWN is a stock that’s going to move substantially lower when it’s all said and done.
- [By Micheal Brown]
Nordstrom (JWN) is a high end department store that is well known in the United States of America. It was founded by John W. Nordstrom and Carl F. Wallin in the year 1901. It began as a shoe retail store but has expanded over the years to retailing clothing’s, fragrances, accessories, handbags, jewelry and cosmetics.
In the first quarter of this year, Nordstrom had amazing miss and ugly guidance reduction; its stock even plunged low about 30% in the last month. It was reported in the first quarter of the year that Nordstrom had earnings of 26 cents per share versus forecasts for 46 cents per share. Its sales were totaled to be $3.19 billion compared to the $3.28 billion which had earlier been estimated. Comparable-store sales fell 1.7%. For the remainder of the year, Nordstrom now foresees earnings of about $2.50 to $2.70 cents a share, down from $3.10 to $3.65 a share previously.
- [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]
Bonds behaved poorly. The 10 year and long bond rose by between 3-4 basis points in yield. I bought a trading position in iShares Barclays 20+ Yr Treas.Bond ETF (TLT) in front of a possible yearend pension rebalance. Big pharma stinks up the joint, again. Spec biotech is weakening again (Portola Pharmaceuticals PTLA, ACADIA Pharmaceuticals ACAD, etc.) Retail cant get out of its way. I am long JC Penney (JCP) and have trading positions in Kohl’s (KSS) and Macy’s (M) . (Nike (NKE) , Nordstrom (JWN) , Lowe’s (LOW) are downside features).
- [By Craig Jones]
Mark Sebastian of Option Pit shared with the viewers of Bloomberg Markets a bearish options trading idea in Nordstrom, Inc. (NYSE: JWN).
The stock traded 5.74 percent higher after the company reported strong Q4 earnings, but Sebastian thinks the rally isn't sustainable and he wants to make a bearish trade in the name.
Top 5 Growth Stocks To Own For 2018: Intuitive Surgical Inc.(ISRG)
- [By Benzinga News Desk]
Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) Reports Q4 EPS $0.69 vs. Est. $0.58, Rev. $22.64B vs. Est. $22.14B
Intuitive Surgical (NASDAQ: ISRG) Reports Q2 GAAP EPS $4.71, Adj. EPS $5.62 vs $4.97 Est., Sales $670.1M vs $540.7M Est.
Halliburton (NYSE: HAL) Q2 EPS ($0.14) vs ($0.19) est, Revenue $3.84B vs $3.75B est
Morgan Stanley (NYSE: MS) Q2 EPS $0.75 vs $0.59 est, Revenue $8.9B vs $8.3B est
- [By Ashley Moore]
Here is a table of the 10 most expensive stocks trading on U.S. markets today:
Company (Ticker)Price per ShareMarket CapBerkshire Hathaway Inc. (NYSE: BRK-A)$ 257,227.52$ 419.50 billionSeaboard Corp. (NYSEMKT: SEB)$ 3,760.00$ 4.48 billionNVR Inc. (NYSE: NVR)$ 1,944.23$ 7.19 billionThe Priceline Group Inc. (Nasdaq: PCLN)$ 1,727.94$ 80.82 billionMarkel Corp. (NYSE: MKL)$ 978.51$ 13.78 billionWhite Mountains Insurance Group Ltd. (NYSE: WTM)$ 935.01$ 4.25 billionAmazon.com Inc. (Nasdaq: AMZN)$ 846.08$ 408.27 billionAlphabet Inc. (Nasdaq: GOOGL)$ 844.06$ 582.85 billionAutoZone Inc. (NYSE: AZO)$ 744.26$ 21.04 billionIntuitive Surgical Inc. (Nasdaq: ISRG)$ 735.63$ 28.41 billion
- [By Chris Lange]
The S&P 500 stock posting the largest daily percentage loss ahead of the close Monday was Intuitive Surgical, Inc. (NASDAQ: ISRG) which traded down over 6% at $369.95. The stocks 52-week range is $203.57 to $405.05. Volume was1.9 million versus the daily average of about half a million shares.