Shares of Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN), the world’s largest retailer and cloud services provider, rose during the first quarter after the company reported strong financial results. Amazon continues to benefit from its flywheel strategy, where more participation from Prime members drives greater loyalty and purchasing on Amazon.com. Indeed, according to recent surveys, Amazon captured 53% of U.S. e-commerce sales growth in 2016 (EMarketer, Inc.) and a full 55% of U.S. online shoppers begin their product discovery right on Amazon’s site (Activate Tech and Media Outlook). Moreover, Amazon is the world’s dominant provider of cloud computing services, with its Amazon Web Services (AWS) segment achieving an over $14 billion run rate and still growing almost 50%. We believe AWS will be a significant incremental contributor to Amazon’s overall value creation. Finally, the company also continues to invest in new and potentially large business opportunities, such as TV content, voice-controlled services (Echo and Alexa), digital advertising, e-finance, business supplies and apparel. (Ashim Mehra)
Best Stocks For 2019: CryoPort, Inc.(CYRX)
- [By Ethan Ryder]
CryoPort (NASDAQ:CYRX) posted its quarterly earnings results on Thursday. The consumer goods maker reported ($0.10) EPS for the quarter, missing the Zacks’ consensus estimate of ($0.07) by ($0.03), Briefing.com reports. The company had revenue of $4.02 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $3.84 million. CryoPort had a negative return on equity of 47.36% and a negative net margin of 66.09%. The company’s revenue for the quarter was up 48.3% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter in the previous year, the company posted ($0.10) earnings per share.
Best Stocks For 2019: Noble Energy Inc.(NBL)
- [By Ethan Ryder]
Noble Energy (NYSE:NBL) – Jefferies Group lifted their FY2018 earnings estimates for Noble Energy in a report issued on Thursday, May 3rd. Jefferies Group analyst M. Lear now forecasts that the oil and gas development company will earn $0.88 per share for the year, up from their previous estimate of $0.87. Jefferies Group currently has a “Buy” rating and a $40.00 target price on the stock. Jefferies Group also issued estimates for Noble Energy’s Q4 2018 earnings at $0.13 EPS, Q1 2019 earnings at $0.15 EPS, Q1 2020 earnings at $0.55 EPS and FY2020 earnings at $2.52 EPS.
- [By Jon C. Ogg]
Noble Energy Inc. (NYSE: NBL) was raised to Buy from Hold with a $32 price target at Jefferies on December 20. The shares closed up 3.6% at $27.23 on Tuesday, in a 52-week range of $22.99 to $40.89. This call is actually almost $4 lower than the pre-call consensus price target, but Noble shares were up over 1% at $27.52 afterward.
- [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]
In his second “Executive Decision” segment, Cramer sat down with David Stover, chairman and CEO of Noble Energy (NBL) , the oil exploration and production company with acreage in all of the best regions of the U.S.
Best Stocks For 2019: MPLX LP(MPLX)
- [By Matthew DiLallo]
The biggest contributor to growth during the quarter was Enbridge Energy’s Bakken assets, where earnings jumped 77% due to the completion of the Bakken Pipeline System last June. Income also rose on the Lakehead System, though that was mostly due to the timing of operating expenses, which helped offset lower pipeline rates resulting from the impact of lower U.S. corporate taxes. The Mid-Continent System’s profitability also improved due to higher storage revenue and lower costs, which offset the impact from the sale of the Ozark Pipeline to MPLX LP (NYSE:MPLX) last year.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
JPMorgan analyst Phil Gresh and team explain what they got wrong about Marathon Petroleum (MPC), as they cut its rating to Neutral from Overweight following yesterday’s disastrous financial results from MPLX (MPLX):
- [By Tyler Crowe]
[T]his morning we announced our 2018 capital investment plans for both MPC and MPLX(NYSE:MPLX). This plan remains focus on strengthening the sustained earnings power of the business through growth and margin enhancing projects as well as expanding our more stable cash flow businesses especially Speedway and MPLX. Our capital plan for MPC for 2018 excluding MPLX is $1.6 billion. This plan spending includes $950 million for Refining & Marketing, $530 million for Speedway and $100 million to support corporate activities and other investments.
- [By Tyler Crowe]
It was looking like, for the first time in a while, we were going to be able to look at MPLX’s (NYSE:MPLX) most recent earnings report without having to consider some big transaction down the road that would fundamentally change these numbers and render them useless. Then, just a couple days before earnings were released, MPLX’s parent company,Marathon Petroleum (NYSE:MPC), announced a huge acquisition that could have a profound impact on MPLX down the road.
- [By Garrett Cook]
Lastly, Citi says Marathon Petroleum (NYSE: MPC) and MPLX LP (NYSE: MPLX) remain Buy rated the heels of benefits derived from strong product demand and the NGL recovery.