Source: ThinkstockJanuary 3, 2017: Markets opened higher Tuesday following the beginning of promised cuts to crude oil production by OPEC members and other nations as well as a strong report on manufacturing activity in December. Telecom and healthcare were the day’s leading sector gainers while real estate and utilities were the losers. WTI crude oil for February delivery settled at $52.33 a barrel, down about 2.6% on the day after topping $55 earlier in the day. February gold added about 0.9% on the day to settle at $1,162.00. Equities were headed for a higher close shortly before the bell as the DJIA traded up 0.37% for the day, the S&P 500 traded 0.63%, and the Nasdaq Composite traded up 0.69%.
The DJIA stock posting the largest daily percentage gain ahead of the close Tuesday was Nike Inc. (NYSE: NKE) which traded up 2.26% at $51.98. The stock’s 52-week range is $49.01 to $65.44. Volume was about 20% above the daily average of around 9.1million shares. The athletic gear maker had no specific news.
Top 5 High Tech Stocks To Buy For 2018: Nestl茅 S.A. (NSRGF)
- [By SEEKINGALPHA.COM]
A recently updated map from HowMuch.net ranking the world’s most valuable brands by country in 2017 shows that Apple Inc. (AAPL) lost its spot as the US’s most valuable brand. Of these, the top 10 most valuable brands with shares or ADRs traded in the US are:
US-based search engine and Google parent Alphabet Inc (GOOG) (NASDAQ:GOOGL) Swiss food giant Nestle (OTCPK:NSRGF) Korea’s Samsung Electronics (OTC:SSNLF) – part of a larger group of Samsung brands China’s (and the world’s) largest bank ICBC (OTCPK:IDCBF) Japanese automaker Toyota (TM) Irish medical equipment maker Medtronic (MDT) Royal Dutch Shell, the oil company (RDS.A) Royal Bank of Canada (RY) Spanish bank Santander (SAN), and Hong Kong-based insurer AIA (OTCPK:AAGIY)
In 11th and 12 place, by market cap, are British telecom Vodafone Plc (VOD) and German automaker BMW (OTCPK:BMWYY), whose brands are valued at 2-4x AIA’s according the map, but whose market caps trade at significantly lower multiples in the current market environment.
- [By SEEKINGALPHA.COM]
In sum, the three companies are equally valued at generous multiples. It is difficult to choose one of them based on fundamentals or valuations, but we like the strategy of Nestl茅 and P&G more than Unilever. Therefore, we recommend investing in these companies only if someone is interested in a limited but relatively safe upside potential. Good entry prices would be as follows: Nestl茅 (OTCPK:NSRGF) at CHF 70.1 or $70.1 for the ADR , P&G at $83.6 and Unilever (OTC:UNLVF) at 34.1 or $38 for the ADR (NYSE:UN).
Top 5 High Tech Stocks To Buy For 2018: V.F. Corporation(VFC)
- [By Jeremy Bowman]
The North Face, in particular, seems like a cautionary tale. The outdoor gear and apparel maker had its IPO in 1996. By 1999 sales were falling and the company put up a $100 million loss. In 2000,VF Corporation(NYSE:VFC) acquired it for just $25.4 million, despite $238 million in sales and a once-popular brand. Today, under the guidance of VF Corp, The North Face now has more than $2 billion in annual sales.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
Today, the Wall Street Journal reported that Kate Spade & Co is considering a sale of the company, following pressure from activist investors given the volatile performance ever since Kate Spade became a mono brand company over 2 years ago. The article cites thatKate Spade has hired an investment bank and has reached out to possible buyers (including other retailers) althoughKate Spade has not responded. This comes at a time when brand houses like VF Corp. (VFC), PVH Corp. (PVH), Hanesbrands (HBI), Michael Kors Holdings (KORS), and Coach have said they are looking to make a branded acquisition, andKate Spade could be one of the strongest candidates. While other brands are seeing negative comps, pulling back on wholesale exposure or restructuring,Kate Spade continues to grow.
- [By Leo Sun]
VF Corp. (NYSE:VFC) owns a massive portfolio of apparel companies, including The North Face, Timberland, Wrangler, Lee, and Vans. It’s raised its dividend annually for over four decades — making it an elite “dividend aristocrat” which has boosted its payout for at least 25 straight years. VF currently pays a forward yield of 3.1%, which is supported by a payout ratio of 55%. The stock trades at 21 times earnings.
- [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
Aimmune Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: AIMT) shares jumped 35 percent to $34.64 in response to failed DBVT peanut allergy trial.
Exactech, Inc. (NASDAQ: EXAC) shares surged 30.9 percent to $41.88 after the company agreed to be acquired by TPG Capital for $42 per share in cash.
Dextera Surgical Inc (NASDAQ: DXTR) shares climbed 27.6 percent to $0.238 after surging 40.48 percent on Friday.
Petmed Express Inc (NASDAQ: PETS) jumped 21.8 percent to $44.73 as the company reported better-than-expected Q2 results.
SenesTech Inc (NASDAQ: SNES) shares surged 21.7 percent to $1.95 after the company disclosed that Univar will be marketing and selling ContraPest.
Yulong Eco-Materials Ltd (NASDAQ: YECO) shares gained 18.3 percent to $0.560.
One Horizon Group Inc (NASDAQ: OHGI) shares rose 18 percent to $1.18.
Atossa Genetics Inc (NASDAQ: ATOS) shares climbed 18 percent to $0.566. Atossa Genetics is schedule to host a conference call to announce preliminary results from Phase 1 study of oral Endoxifen on October 25, 2017.
ReneSola Ltd. (ADR) (NYSE: SOL) shares rose 15.3 percent to $2.72
Renren Inc (NYSE: RENN) shares gained 11.9 percent to $10.71 after gaining 2.68 percent on Friday.
Kalvista Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: KALV) shares rose 11.8 percent to $12.59. KalVista Pharma 13D filing from Longwood Fund showed registration for an 8.7 percent stake.
Xunlei Ltd (NASDAQ: XNET) shares gained 9.4 percent to $7.20 after surging 25.33 percent on Friday.
VF Corp (NYSE: VFC) shares surged 7.1 percent to $71.09 after the company reported upbeat earnings for its third quarter and raised its FY2017 guidance.
CAI International Inc (NYSE: CAI) rose 6.6 percent to $39.70. Cowen & Co. upgraded CAI from Market Perform to Outperform.
Agenus Inc (NASDAQ: AGEN) shares gained 5.7 percent to $4.58 as the company disclosed that GSK's shingle vaccine received FDA approval.
Deltic Timber Corp (NYSE: DEL) shares climbed 5.6 percent to $94.11
Top 5 High Tech Stocks To Buy For 2018: Cliffs Natural Resources Inc.(CLF)
- [By Dan Caplinger]
The stock market rebounded sharply on Thursday, making up for losses earlier in the week. Major benchmarks were up around 1% following solid earnings performances from several key companies, and some optimism about the possible fate of Trump administration policy on issues like corporate tax reform also helped turn around negative sentiment from previous sessions. Strength in the labor market was also a positive, and individual stocks Select Comfort (NASDAQ:SCSS), SLM Corp. (NASDAQ:SLM), and Cliffs Natural Resources (NYSE:CLF) 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 Tyler Crowe]
No matter how much a commodity company like Cliffs Natural Resources (NYSE:CLF) tries, its fate will almost exclusively be in the hands of commodity prices. In the case of this past quarter, Cliffs was dealt a tougher hand as iron ore prices declined again. That may be enough to get some investors to head for the hills, but there were also some very promising signs that the company is setting itself up for a better long-term future.
- [By Lisa Levin]
Thursday afternoon, the basic materials sector proved to be a source of strength for the market. Leading the sector was strength from United States Steel Corporation (NYSE: X) and Cliffs Natural Resources Inc (NYSE: CLF).
- [By Elizabeth Balboa]
U.S. Steel was trading up 8.1 percent, AK Steel 4.5 percent, Cliffs Natural Resources Inc (NYSE: CLF) 7.7 percent and Steel Dynamics, Inc. (NASDAQ: STLD) 5.4 percent at the time of publication.
- [By Lisa Levin]
Friday afternoon, the basic materials shares surged 1.61 percent. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included Cleveland-Cliffs Inc (NYSE: CLF), up 9 percent, and ArcelorMittal SA (ADR) (NYSE: MT), up 8 percent.
Top 5 High Tech Stocks To Buy For 2018: Global Eagle Entertainment Inc.(ENT)
- [By Paul Ausick]
Global Eagle Entertainment Inc. (NASDAQ: ENT) dropped about 1.4% Tuesday, to post a new 52-week low of $14.29 after closing at $14.49 on Friday. The stock’s 52-week high is $19.92. Volume was about 7 times the daily average of around 420,000 shares. The company’s CEO and CFO both resigned unexpectedly this morning.
- [By Lisa Levin]
Shares of Global Eagle Entertainment Inc (NASDAQ: ENT) were down around 31 percent to $4.30. Global Eagle named Jeff Leddy as Chief Executive Officer. Dave Davis resigned as CEO effective February 20, 2017.
Top 5 High Tech Stocks To Buy For 2018: SuperValu Inc.(SVU)
- [By Steve Symington]
The stock market was flat on Thursday ahead of a key House vote on the Republicans’ healthcare bill, which was delayed until Friday as GOP lawmakers failed to gather enough votes to proceed. TheDow Jones Industrial Averagelost just 5 points, or 0.02%, while other broader market indexes saw similar small declines.But several individual stocks delivered outsized positive returns today, including FireEye (NASDAQ:FEYE), Penn National Gaming (NASDAQ:PENN), and SUPERVALU Inc. (NYSE:SVU). Read on to see what caused these unusual positive moves.
- [By Peter Graham]
The Q3 2017 earnings report for small cap grocery store stock SUPERVALU Inc (NYSE: SVU) is scheduled for before the market opens on Wednesday (January 11th). A few years ago, SUPERVALU was struggling as the most shorted grocery stock on the market; but just before the last earnings report, the Company announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement whereby an affiliate of ONEX Corporation (TSE: ONEX) will acquire itsSave-A-Lot business for $1.365 billion in cash. The President/CEO stated:
- [By Peter Graham]
Small cap grocery store stock SUPERVALU Inc (NYSE: SVU) reported Q1 2018 earnings this morning before the market opened with shares up more than 14% as Wholesale business results were outstanding. Net salesincreased 6.3% to$4.00 billion as Retail net sales were down 2.7% to $1.39 billion with the decrease reflecting identical store sales of negative 4.9% and closed stores, partially offset by sales from acquired and new stores.Total net sales within the Wholesale segment increased 12.4% to $2.56 billion primarily due to sales to new customers and increased sales to new stores operated by existing customers, partially offset by stores no longer being supplied by Supervalu and lower military sales. Retail identical store sales were negative 4.9% while fees earned under services agreements in the first quarter were $55 million versus $59 million last year. Net earnings from continuing operations was $12 million versus $20 million. The CEO commented: