Oil company ConocoPhillips (NYSE:COP) has been kicked to the curb in 2015 and 2016 on the back of a devastating energy price rout that has even pushed some companies into bankruptcy. Levered upstream companies Linn Energy, LLC (NASDAQ:LINEQ) and Breitburn Energy Partners L.P. (OTCPK:BBEPQ) filed for bankruptcy earlier this yer because of falling price realizations, and a high debt load that proved to be unsustainable.
ConocoPhillips, of course, is not at risk of bankruptcy, but the fallout in the energy sector has nonetheless highlighted the high risks for upstream-centered energy companies that don’t run downstream businesses to offset lower price realizations. Lower crude oil prices tend to work in favor of downstream businesses because crude oil is used there as an input factor. If the price for an input factor decreases, this obviously has a positive margin effect for the downstream business.
Top Energy Stocks To Invest In 2018: V.F. Corporation(VFC)
- [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
- [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.
Top Energy Stocks To Invest In 2018: Tesla Motors, Inc.(TSLA)
- [By Ben Levisohn]
Much has been made about the potential impact of competition on Tesla Motors (TSLA) from companies big–think General Motors (GM) and other auto giants–and small. Well, at least one of the smaller competitors, Faraday Future, looks like it will be competing a lot less after announcing that the factory it plans to construct in Las Vegas will be a heck of lot smaller than originally planned, and that it will be offering fewer models too. Global Equities Research’s Trip Chowdhry, who in January wrote that “Faraday Future completely misses the point,” crows:
Faraday Future, drastically shrinks Factory Plans, pretty much Toast: Link Here
On January 04, 2017,Global Equities Research published the Report “Faraday Future is DoD (Dead-on-Departure)” …
The report was published to answer numerous questions we were getting that Faraday Future will Kill Tesla
Basically, Competition is Clueless – Tesla is creating an Industry and not Autos…and competition is stuck in the rotten past; have zero chance of winning against Tesla
Shares of Tesla Motors have gained 1.1% to $252.10 at 12:52 p.m. today.
- [By Matthew Briar]
For loyal fans and shareholders of Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA), Thursday was a vindicating day. The company’s gigafactory that will make all the lithium-ion batteries that power the popular electric vehicle began production yesterday, silencing critics that had said Tesla would never be able to get that far. It did. The cells of the right size and shape for the ballyhooed Model 4 will begin production in the second quarter. The batteries being manufactured now will be used in the PowerWall and PowerPack.
At scale, the factory is expected to drive down the price of lithium-ion batteries by as much as 30%…. a much-needed cost reduction if Tesla Motors is going to have any real shot at making money by venturing into the mid-priced sedan market.
With the milestone out of the way, though, it’s time for the matter to take the next logical step forward — how is Tesla’s gigafactory going to be fed with all the materials it needs to crank out all of the batteries it needs to make? That’s where CobalTech Mining, Inc. (OTCMKTS:BNCIF, CVE:CSK) enters the picture.
Contrary to popular belief, a lack of lithium – a salt that stores electricity very well – is no longer the bottleneck for battery production. That issue was addressed and resolved adequately more than a year ago. The new bottleneck is a lack of cobalt; cobalt is needed to make rechargeable battery electrodes, including in the batteries that power electric vehicles.
As of last year, the manufacture of electric vehicles became the most prolific use of cobalt, thanks to the aforementioned Tesla Motors along with a handful of fringe competitors. Thing is, Tesla made just a few less than 100,000 electric vehicles this year, and there’s already a supply problem. When Tesla Motors is cranking out 500,000 units per year by 2019 plus truckloads of PowerWalls and PowerPacks, the lack of supply could be downright painful.
InvestorIntel crunched the numbers last year, concludi
- [By Peter Graham]
The Q4 2016 earnings report for electric vehicle (EV) stock Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ: TSLA) is scheduled for after the market closes onWednesday (February 22nd). Tesla Motorsfirst known fatality involving a Model S operating on the Autopilot system along with the controversial deal to buy Elon Musks SolarCity Corp (NASDAQ: SCTY) venture had created headwinds for the stock with thecoming earnings report being thefirst since the acquisition. A UBS analyst Colin Langan also recently commented:We continue to believe SolarCity is an unneeded distraction during a very challenging launch period.
- [By Benzinga News Desk]
One year ago this week, Tesla Inc (NASDAQ: TSLA)'s Elon Musk took to a stage to unveil his most important vehicle yet: the $35,000 Model 3. The electric five-seater accelerates as fast as the the best-selling luxury sport sedans in America—the BMW 3 Series and the Mercedes C Class—and costs about the same: Link
Top Energy Stocks To Invest In 2018: AFC Enterprises Inc.(AFCE)
- [By AnnaLisa Kraft]
AFC Enterprises (NASDAQ: AFCE ) , which owns the Popeye’s Louisiana Kitchen quick- serve chain, once an undiscovered gem, has now soared 66% over the last year.