Credit Suisse Maintains Apple Stock At ‘Outperform’ Citing Strong iPhone Sales
Apple (NSDQ:AAPL) could be heading for a solid finish to the year. This will be in stark contrast to the first 9 months of 2016, which included Apple’s three consecutive quarters of revenue and top line decline. The muted performance of Cupertino has taken a toll on AAPL stock, which is up 4.5% for the year, underperforming both the Nasdaq Composite (INDX:COMPX), which has gained 6.5%, as well as the S&P 500 (INDX:SPAL) which is up 8.2% in the same period.However, Apple now seems to be on track to return to growth in the holiday quarter with its iPhone segment leading the charge.
iPhone Builds To Hit All-Time Record In December Quarter
Credit Suisse analyst Kulbinder Garcha, in a recent investor note, stated that the demand for the iPhones is good and Apple is heading for record shipments. The analyst maintained an ‘Outperform rating’ on the stock while also holding his $150 price target. As reported by Barron’s this is what he had to say:
top penny stocks: Smithfield Foods Inc.(SFD)
- [By John Udovich]
Thanksgiving is almost here but the exit of both Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation (NYSE: PPC) and Smithfield Foods (NYSE: SFD) to focus on their chicken or pork businesses (the latter was also acquired by the Chinese) leaves just two big Thanksgiving turkey stocks, Hormel Foods Corporation (NYSE: HRL) and Seaboard Corporation (NYSEAMEX: SEB), for investors to consider. According to the American Far Bureau, a 16-pound turkey will (on average) come in at a total of $22.74 this year or roughly $1.42 per pound for a decrease of 2 cents per pound or a total of 30 cents per whole turkey, compared to 2015. The price drop may be a transition back to the norm as the significant bird flu outbreak last year hurt the nations supply of both turkey and eggs.
top penny stocks: Tesoro Corporation(TSO)
- [By Benzinga News Desk]
U.S. oil refiner Tesoro (NYSE: TSO) said it would buy Western Refining (NYSE: WNR) for $4.1 billion to add refineries in Texas, New Mexico and Minnesota. The combined company will have refining capacity of over 1.1 million barrels per day. Tesoro has refineries in California, Washington, Alaska, Utah and North Dakota.
top penny stocks: The Kraft Heinz Company(KHC)
- [By Bradley Seth McNew]
Shares ofThe Kraft Heinz Company(NASDAQ:KHC) rose 20% in 2016, according to data provided byS&P Global Market Intelligence. Iconic snack and food product brands Kraft and Heinz merged in 2015, and shares grew in 2016 as the newly merged company reported solid earnings growth throughout the year.
- [By Sarfaraz Khan]
There are dozens of major companies that could be on Warren Buffetts radar, ranging from food company General Mills (NYSE:GIS)valued at $36 billion to discount retailer Dollar General (NYSE:DG)valued at $20.5 billion. Rumors are also abound that the Oracle of Omaha backed Kraft Heinz (NSDQ:KHC), which is Berkshire Hathaways largest stock position, could make a bid for snack giant Mondelez International (NSDQ:MDLZ)valued at almost $65 billion, although these might just be rumors since Buffett himself ruled out the possibility of a Mondelez deal in mid-2015.
- [By Daniel Miller]
The Kraft Heinz Company (NASDAQ:KHC) made headlines Friday morning after it announced a proposed $143 billion merger with Unilever in what would potentially be one of the biggest deals in history. Unfortunately, at least for now, the latter has declined, as it doesn’t see strategic or financial merit at this time. But surely Kraft has no plans to give up on this match made in heaven that could place key parts of your fridge under one company umbrella. The combined company would combine Hellmann’s mayo, Heinz ketchup, Kraft Mac & Cheese, Oscar Mayer hot dogs, Philadelphia cream cheese, and among many other products, Ben & Jerry’s ice cream.
- [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]
For his “Executive Decision” segment, Cramer sat down with Paul Polman, CEO of Unilever (UL) , home to such brands as Dove soaps and shampoos, Lipton tea, Hellmann’s mayonnaise and Vaseline, among dozens of others. On Feb. 17, Unilever rejected a hostile takeover bid from Kraft Heinz (KHC) and vowed to bring out more value as a standalone company.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
Susquehanna’s Pablo Zuanic and team note that Keurig’s business in K-cups has been slowing ever since it was bought by JAB, a problem that could be solved in a very convoluted way by a Mondelez International (MDLZ)-Kraft Heinz (KHC) merger. They explain:
- [By Money Morning Staff Reports]
Represented are Wells Fargo & Co. (NYSE: WFC), Coca-Cola Co. (NYSE: KO), and Kraft Heinz Co. (Nasdaq: KHC), just to name a few.
The Berkshire portfolio has 34 dividend stocks in total; of those, eight yield dividend returns in excess of 3% annually, according to Buffett’s latest SEC 13F filing on Feb. 14, 2017.
top penny stocks: Natural Gas(NG)
- [By Money Morning Staff Reports]
Canadian gold mining company NovaGold Resources Inc. (NYSE: NG) shows an even starker change in sentiment. In the last 12 months, the volume of short bets on the stock declined 79%, to 522,400.
- [By James E. Brumley]
When an investor thinks of Canadian gold mining stocks, NovaGold Resources Inc. (USA) (NYSEMKT:NG) and Yamana Gold Inc. (USA) (NYSE:AUY) are often the first names to come to mind. And well they should. Yamana Gold is a $2.5 billion giant, and NovaGold Resources seems to have been around forever.
Those two icons aren’t the only way to tap into Canada’s sizeable gold mining industry though. There’s a small, up-and-coming player called Taranis Resources Inc. (OTCMKTS:TNREF, TSX:TRO) that could end up becoming another key fixture of the country’s mining landscape.
Taranis develops mineral deposits into mine-ready projects. Its primary project right now — and it’s enough to keep the company plenty busy for the next several years — is the Thor property located near Trout Lake, British Columbia. NI 43-101 resource reports (indicated and inferred)suggest Thor contains 6.9 million ounces of silver, 35,000 ounces gold, 57 million pounds of lead, 79.4 million pounds of zinc and 3.3 Million pounds of copper (roughly a 14 million ounce silver equivalent (“AgEq”) deposit*) laying in wait in a way that lends itself to the establishment of a low-cost, open pit mining operation. That’s roughly $300 million worth of marketable metals, and the estimates have been steadily getting bigger as Tanaris does more survey work.
And 2017 could be a real breakout year for Taranis, as a lot of the work that’s been done to date starts to mean something. It’s got big exploration plans for this year… this spring/summer to be exact.
The Phase 1 program was completed in September of last year, setting the stage for a more defined and much bigger Phase 2 definition-drilling within the next several weeks. This Phase 2 definition drilling slated for the middle of this year will drill down to between 6000 m and 10,000 m.
These so-called first generation target areas are generally well understood areas based on sound geological information includ
- [By William Romov]
Over the last year, the number of short positions on gold stocks has fallen. One of these stocks is a Canadian gold mining company called NovaGold Resources Inc. (NYSE: NG). In the last 12 months, the volume of short bets on the stock declined 79%, to 522,400. This shows a shift in sentiment from bearish to bullish for gold.
top penny stocks: Summer Infant Inc.(SUMR)
- [By Peter Graham]
A long term performance chart shows shares of Childrens Placeoutperforming last year before leveling off into a range while mid cap peerCarter’s, Inc (NYSE: CRI) is nearing previous highs againand small cap Summer Infant, Inc (NASDAQ: SUMR) is well below previous highs: