Top 5 Warren Buffett Stocks To Invest In Right Now

When 3G and Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.B) got together to merge Kraft with Heinz to form Kraft Heinz (KHC), they argued that they could cut expenses to create a more efficient business. But if today’s earnings–which appeared, at least on the surface, to be pretty good–demonstrated anything, it’s that Kraft Heinz might be running out of synergies to juice profitability. Susquehanna’s Pablo Zuanic and Aatish Shah explain:

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KHC delivered cumulative cost savings of $1.2Bn over five quarters (thru 4Q16), or about 7% of KRFT sales, and EBITDA margins in the US unit increased 800bp from 4Q14 proforma to 4Q16. Supply chain and footprint savings and trade spending efficiencies have to kick in but should come, so it is reasonable to assume the new synergy target of $1.7Bn by end of 2017 may prove conservative. But based on the slowing synergy realization momentum (the $335M quarterly pace in 4Q16, including the $125M from 4Q15, is in line with the 2Q and 3Q gains), increased challenges (macro, FX, competition), need to increase trade spending as in 4Q (when this is supposed to be a source of savings), and unexpected offsets to gross cost savings ($310M over the five quarters offset the $1.5Bn gross savings; in the US EBITDA grew $176M yoy in 4Q16 only while incremental synergies were $210M), we are less bullish now. We project a $2Bn EBITDA gain from 2015 to 2018 to $8.7Bn vs. $10.3Bn before. We also think that these challenges together with uncertainty on the political/regulatory/tax front will make 3G and Berkshire delay any sizable M&A deal-making in the year ahead (to some extent that was also the read between the lines of the 5pm call on Wednesday). At $91 KHC trades at 26x our new FY17 EPS estimate of $3.51 (vs. $4.01 before; consensus is at $3.91), which is a 30% premium to the S5CONS PE. So with slower EBITDA growth and delayed deal-making we see little upside in the year ahead.

Top 5 Warren Buffett Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Hawaiian Holdings, Inc.(HA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Adam Levine-Weinberg]

    While most of its fellow airline stocks were grounded last year, Hawaiian Holdings (NASDAQ:HA) soared to new heights. Shares of Hawaiian Airlines’ parent company rose 61% during 2016, according to data from S&P Global Market Intelligence.

  • [By Adam Levine-Weinberg]

    Investors had high expectations for Southwest Airlines (NYSE:LUV) and Hawaiian Holdings (NASDAQ:HA) leading up to their earnings reports last week. Between late June 2016 and mid-January, shares of Hawaiian Holdings climbed 50%. Southwest Airlines stock was close behind, with a gain of more than 35% over that period.

  • [By Adam Levine-Weinberg]

    Not surprisingly, shares of Hawaii-focused airline company Hawaiian Holdings (NASDAQ:HA) fell last Wednesday, following Kelly’s comments about Southwest Airlines expanding to Hawaii. However, while Southwest’s entry into the Hawaii market could cause some short-term disruption, it isn’t likely to hurt Hawaiian Airlines’ positioning in the long run.

Top 5 Warren Buffett Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Motorola Solutions, Inc.(MSI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows large caps Cisco Systems and Motorola Solutions Inc (NYSE: MSI) giving roughly the same performance whileQualcomm, Inc (NASDAQ: QCOM) began going in the other directionaround 2015:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows large caps Cisco Systems and Motorola Solutions Inc (NYSE: MSI) giving roughly the same positive albeit sometimes bumpy performance whileQualcomm, Inc (NASDAQ: QCOM) has fallen in and out of negative territory:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows Qualcomm breaking even whilepotential peers Cisco Systems, Inc (NASDAQ: CSCO) and Motorola Solutions Inc (NYSE: MSI) have performed better albeit they have seen their share of volatility:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows large caps Cisco Systems and Motorola Solutions Inc (NYSE: MSI) giving roughly the same positive performance whileQualcomm, Inc (NASDAQ: QCOM) began going in the other directionaround 2014/2015:

Top 5 Warren Buffett Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Bellerophon Therapeutics, Inc.(BLPH)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By William Romov]

    Before we show you our pick, here are the top 10 penny stocks to watch this week

    Penny Stock Current Share Price Nov. 27-Dec. 1 Gain (as of Dec. 1)
    Pyxis Tankers Inc. (Nasdaq: PXS) $4.10 122.83%
    Ohr Pharmaceuticals Inc. (Nasdaq: OHRP) $1.28 68.42%
    Cerecor Inc. (Nasdaq: CERC) $1.74 47.46%
    Proteostasis Therapeutics Inc. (Nasdaq: PTI) $2.52 37.71%
    UT Starcom Holdings Corp. (Nasdaq: UTSI) $5.20 37.20%
    WMIH Corp. (Nasdaq: WMIH) $0.96 33.46%
    PhaseRx Inc. (Nasdaq: PZRX) $0.90 30.29%
    Bellerophon Therapeutics Inc. (Nasdaq: BLPH) $2.04 29.94%
    EV Energy Partners LP (Nasdaq: EVEP) $0.86 27.76%
    Catalyst Pharmaceuticals Inc. (Nasdaq: CPRX) $4.40 25.71%

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  • [By Alex McGuire]

    Here’s a list of the top 10 penny stocks to watch in March, which includes the biggest gainers last month…

    Penny StockCurrent Stock PriceFebruary 2017 ReturnZosano Pharma Corp. (Nasdaq: ZSAN)$2.56+123.3%Bellerophon Therapeutics Inc. (Nasdaq: BLPH)$1.25+113.8%Peregrine Pharmaceuticals (Nasdaq: PPHM)$0.59+101.7%Galectin Therapeutics Inc. (Nasdaq: GALT)$1.79+91.9%Bioanalytical Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: BASI)$1.58+90.6%CymaBay Therapeutics Inc. (Nasdaq: CBAY)$3.50+89.8%Vermillion Inc. (Nasdaq: VRML)$2.56+86.3%Naked Brand Group Inc.(Nasdaq:NAKD)$2.16+76%Eyegate Pharmaceuticals Inc. (Nasdaq: EYEG)$2.63+73.9%Benitec Biopharma Ltd. (Nasdaq ADR: BNTC)$2.60+59.9%

    The best-performing penny stock – Zosano Pharma Corp. – soared an incredible 123.3% from Feb. 1 to Feb. 28. To put those gains into perspective, that’s more than five times the S&P 500’s 23% climb in the last 12 months.

Top 5 Warren Buffett Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Koppers Holdings Inc.(KOP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Koppers Holdings Inc. (NYSE: KOP) is estimated to report its quarterly earnings at $0.09 per share on revenue of $364.50 million.

    DENTSPLY SIRONA Inc (NASDAQ: XRAY) is expected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.63 per share on revenue of $734.75 million.

Top 5 Warren Buffett Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Lexicon Pharmaceuticals, Inc.(LXRX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Lexicon Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ: LXRX) dropped about 12.3% Wednesday to post a new 52-week low of $12.93 after closing at $14.74 on Tuesday. The stock’s 52-week high is $19.62. Volume of around 2.8 million was nearly 5 times the daily average. The company had no specific news.

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