Ford Motor Co. (NYSE: F) management and the car company’s new initiatives have been nearly ubiquitous the past few days. First with the goal of a fully autonomous car by 2021. Then the shifting of small car production to Mexico (which Donald Trump did not like). Also, a rock star video of company management. The markets have not been impressed. Ford’s shares have dropped over 4% in the five days, and 14% year to date (the S&P is up over 4% for the same period).
The reason for the drop is anxiety about Ford’s present, and the fact that its future endeavors look like those of many other large global manufacturers. Ford’s U.S. sales are up only 1.7% so far this year to 1,773,849. Ford brand car sales are down 11.3% to 478,777 for the same period. There is rising evidence that the recently red-hot American market has peaked.
Ford’s position in Europe is a very modest 6.6% of the EU market, and is not gaining. China is the world’s largest car market. Ford lags badly there well behind GM and Volkswagen. Ford’s market share is pegged below 4% well behind the two market leaders each of which has almost 15%. Every large car company is devoting substantial investment to catch pieces of the Chinese market. In the meantime, the growth of car sales in the country appears to have slowed.
Top 5 Safest Stocks To Buy Right Now: Kohl’s Corporation(KSS)
- [By Shanthi Rexaline]
Here are the number of stores at the end of the third quarter of 2016 compared to the number of stores in 2007:
J C Penney Company Inc (NYSE: JCP): 1,014 vs. 1,067. Kohl’s Corporation (NYSE: KSS): 1,155 vs. 929. Macy’s Inc (NYSE: M): 880 vs. 853. Nordstrom, Inc. (NYSE: JWN): 348 vs. 157. TJX Companies Inc (NYSE: TJX): 582 vs. 2,500. Wal-Mart Stores Inc (NYSE: WMT)*: 4,574 vs. 4,141.
Source: SEC Filings
- [By Money Morning Staff Reports]
2017 Retail Death No. 2: Kohl’s Corp. (NYSE: KSS): Kohl’s slashed its full-year forecast of earnings per share to $3.60-$3.65 just yesterday (Jan. 5) – down from $3.80-$4.00 roughly two months ago in November 2016. Its reason for doing so was comparable holiday sales, which fell 2.7% in 2016 from fourth-quarter 2015.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
The trifecta of headwinds that plagued UA last year (overexposure to sporting goods, overexposure to NA, and overexposure to performance apparel) has not abated, in our opinion. While UA is working to diversify its channel mix as evidenced by its recent entry into Kohl’s (KSS) (and forthcoming entry into DSW (DSW) and Famous Footwear later this year), our checks suggest the apparel segmentation efforts have fallen short of expectations. In addition, we are concerned about the lackluster trends in footwear (and Curry) as it is a key element to the growth story. Specifically, we believe the combination of a lack of newness/differentiation in the Curry 3 coupled with too many releases too soon at a higher price point ($140) resulted in tepid Q1 sales. The latest Curry 3Zero release at $120 appears to be doing modestly better. We highly regard the brand and its long-term growth prospects; however, the product and geographic diversification occurring now will take time to yield results. As such, we remain cautious on UA heading into its 1Q17 report on Thursday, April 27 BMO.
Top 5 Safest Stocks To Buy Right Now: ePlus Inc.(PLUS)
- [By Monica Gerson]
ePlus Inc. (NASDAQ: PLUS) is estimated to post its quarterly earnings at $1.21 per share on revenue of $284.62 million.
Tilly’s Inc (NYSE: TLYS) is expected to post a quarterly loss at $0.07 per share on revenue of $119.93 million.
Top 5 Safest Stocks To Buy Right Now: JAKKS Pacific, Inc.(JAKK)
- [By Peter Graham]
A long term performance chart shows shares of Hasbro, Inc largely going in one direction while shares of peers likemid cap Mattel, Inc (NASDAQ: MAT)and small cap JAKKS Pacific, Inc (NASDAQ: JAKK) have gone in the other direction:
- [By Roberto Pedone]
One under-$10 toy player that’s trending very close to triggering a major breakout trade is Jakks Pacific (JAKK), which is a producer and marketer of children’s toys and other consumer products. This stock has been destroyed by the bears so far in 2013, with shares off sharply by 60%.
If you take a look at the chart for Jakks Pacific, you’ll notice that this stock has been downtrending badly for the last two months and change, with shares plunging from its high of $11.75 to its recent low of $4.82 a share. During that downtrend, shares of JAKK have been consistently making lower highs and lower lows, which is bearish technical price action. That said, shares of JAKK look like they might be ready to see an end to its downside volatility in the short-term if the recent lows can hold. I believe this due to the fact that JAKK has started to move sideways and trend within range of triggering a major breakout trade.
Traders should now look for long-biased trades in JAKK if it manages to break out above some near-term overhead resistance levels at $5.08 to $5.27 a share with high volume. Look for a sustained move or close above those levels with volume that hits near or above its three-month average action of 695,817 shares. If that breakout triggers soon, then JAKK will set up to re-test or possibly take out its next major overhead resistance levels at $5.68 to its 50-day moving average at $6.07 a share. Any high-volume move above its 50-day will then put $7 to $8 into range for shares of JAKK.
Traders can look to buy JAKK off weakness to anticipate that breakout and simply use a stop that sits right below some key near-term support levels at $4.87 to $4.82 a share. One can also buy JAKK off strength once it clears those breakout levels with volume and then simply use a stop that sits a comfortable percentage from your entry point.
- [By Peter Graham]
A long term performance chart shows shares of Hasbro, Inc largely trending upward while shares of peers like mid cap Mattel, Inc (NASDAQ: MAT) and small cap JAKKS Pacific, Inc (NASDAQ: JAKK) have largely trended downward:
Top 5 Safest Stocks To Buy Right Now: Huntington Ingalls Industries, Inc.(HII)
- [By Rich Smith]
Huntington Ingalls’ (NYSE:HII) Ford-class supercarrier seems one likely suspect — and at $14 billiona pop, this gigantic aircraft carrier offers a big potential target for Trump’s next tweet storm.
- [By WWW.MONEYSHOW.COM]
Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) is the largest repairer and ship builder for the U.S. Navy and U.S. coast guard, giving the company a near monopoly on these government contracts (which is why their return on equity is north of 27%).
- [By Rich Smith]
As details about the Pentagon’s plan have emerged, it’s become clear that this will be a sizable program, amounting to perhaps $1 trillion in spending over 30 years — not just to upgrade the Minuteman missiles, but also to buy new B-21 stealth bombers from Northrop Grumman (NYSE:NOC)and have General Dynamics (NYSE:GD) and Huntington Ingalls (NYSE:HII) design an entirely new class of ballistic missile submarines (to be known as the “Columbia class.”)
Top 5 Safest Stocks To Buy Right Now: Constellation Brands Inc(STZ)
- [By Casey Wilson]
Constellation Brands Inc. (NYSE: STZ), which owns popular beer brands like Corona, is the latest company to realize the profit potential of the legal marijuana industry.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
Constellation Brands (STZ) has rallied 4.7% to $169 after beating earnings forecasts and offering optimistic guidance.
Greenbrier Cos. (GBX) has advanced 2.1% to $48.25 after getting upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA Merrill Lynch.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
As the stock market has rallied sinceDonald Trump’s election in November, Constellation Brands (STZ) has basically sat it out, weighed down by concerns that a new tax plan would hurt the multinational alcoholic beverage company’s profits.