Argentina’s new president ‘rushing’ to fix poverty Argentina and a group of American hedge funds may soon end a 15-year battle.
Negotiating through a mediator, Argentina offered to pay six hedge funds that own the country’s debt a total of $6.5 billion of the $9 billion it owes.
The hedge funds are referred to as “vultures” in Latin America because they buy bonds extremely cheaply, sue the countries for full repayment and often make a big profit once they’re paid.
Two firms, Montreux Partners and Dart Management, agreed in principal to the terms of the deal Friday, according to the Argentine finance ministry. The firms could not be immediately reached for comment.
Hot Cheap Stocks To Own Right Now: Wendy’s/Arby’s Group Inc.(WEN)
- [By Monica Gerson]
Analysts expect Wendys Co (NASDAQ: WEN) to report its quarterly earnings at $0.06 per share on revenue of $352.08 million. Wendys shares rose 1.79 percent to $11.38 in after-hours trading.
- [By Rich Duprey]
And that’s despite Burger King and Wendy’s (NASDAQ:WEN) posting higher quarterly comps for years. The restaurant industry itself may be experiencing a slowdown, and fast food is falling with it after having been one of the few areas notching consistent gains, but it means McDonald’s growth was merely an aberration.
- [By Jim Jubak, Senior Markets Editor, MoneyShow.com]
It’s hard for any company to raise prices in the current non-inflationary environment. But it’s especially hard right now for operators of fast food restaurants, given the intense price competition in a very crowded marketplace. McDonald’s sales growth in recent quarters has been driven by the success of its Dollar Menu, so raising prices in that segment are a big deal for the company. In addition, pushback from franchisees who say they can’t afford to refurbish their stores, given higher charges from McDonald’s hits at one of McDonald’s key advantages in its market—it’s ability to refresh stores more frequently than competitors. A McDonald’s refresh at $600,000 on average, according to the company, costs substantially more than a remodel at Burger King (BKW) at $300,000 or Wendy’s (WEN) at $375,000 for the least expensive version. McDonald’s restaurants average $2.5 million in annual sales.
Hot Cheap Stocks To Own Right Now: International Business Machines Corporation(IBM)
- [By Vikram Nagarkar]
For starters, the data center space has been dominated by AMD’s arch-rival Nvidia for a long time now. By virtue of its early lead, Nvidia has found its way into some of the most popular cloud platforms, like Amazon’s (NSDQ:AMZN)AWS, andMicrosoft’s (NSDQ:MSFT)Azure and IBM’s (NYSE:IBM)Bluemix. The Google deal represents AMD’s first breakthrough among US based cloud biggies. It’s also AMD’s first move in deep learning or machine learning, which is expected to play an increasingly important role in shaping the future of technology and its applications.
- [By Paul Ausick]
The X-Force Incident Response and Intelligence Services (IRIS) team at International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE: IBM) published a report on Wednesday related to the Shamoon malware attacks against thousands of computers in the Gulf states in the 12 months from November 2015 to November of 2016. Shamoon is designed to destroy computer hard drives by wiping the master boot record (MBR) and data irretrievably, unlike ransomware, which holds the data hostage for a fee.
- [By Money Morning Staff Reports]
A nearly 9% rally on Oct. 18 gave International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE: IBM) shareholders a long-awaited reprieve from the bear market that was 2017. It was the stock’s single best day in nine years.
- [By Paul Ausick]
International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE: IBM) reported fourth-quarter and full-year 2017 results after markets closed Thursday. For the quarter, the technology giant company posted adjusted diluted earnings per share (EPS) of $5.18 on revenues of $22.54 billion. In the same period a year ago, the company reported EPS of $5.01 on revenues of $21.77 billion. First-quarter results compare to the Thomson Reuters consensus estimates for EPS of $5.17 and $22.05 billion in revenues.
- [By Lisa Levin]
Shares of International Business Machines Corporation (NYSE: IBM) were down 8 percent to $148.75 despite reporting a first quarter earnings beat. The company reaffirmed its FY18 outlook of EPS of at least $13.80 and free cash flow of $12 billion.
- [By Danny Vena]
H&R Block, Inc. (NYSE:HRB) is hoping to change all that. This year, it’s partnering with IBM’s (NYSE:IBM) Watson to bring the capabilities of artificial intelligence (AI) to tax return preparation. This would seem a natural fit for theJeopardy!-winning supercomputer.
Hot Cheap Stocks To Own Right Now: USG Corporation(USG)
- [By Jon C. Ogg]
USG Corp. (NYSE: USG) was reiterated as Hold but the price target was raised to $35 from $29 (versus a $34.23 close) at Jefferies.
Thursday’s top analyst upgrades and downgradesincluded Biogen, Goldcorp, GoPro, Oracle, Sirius XM, Tyson Foods, Ciena and many more.
- [By The Ticker Tape]
Homebuilders like Lennar, PulteGroup, Inc. (NYSE: PHM), and D.R. Horton, Inc. (NYSE: DHI) could benefit from a strengthening housing recovery. If you’re bullish on housing, you might want to take a step back and think about other companies in that space. Home improvement stores like Home Depot Inc (NYSE: HD) and Lowe's Companies, Inc. (NYSE: LOW) could get a boost as well as companies that supply products for new homes like Whirlpool Corporation (NYSE: WHR) and USG Corporation(NYSE: USG).
Hot Cheap Stocks To Own Right Now: UnitedHealth Group Incorporated(UNH)
- [By Ben Levisohn]
Second, how will the Dow get to that big magic number? Well, the six biggest stock weightings in the DJIA are: Goldman Sachs (GS), 3M (MMM), International Business Machines (IBM), UnitedHealth Group (UNH), and Boeing (BA). What you will notice looking at a day like yesterday is that tech led the way sector wise. If the Dow is going to outperform, we need mega caps to outperform. We need those six stocks to outperform. So we need a day where financials and industrials outperform to get there. Given the trends in sector leadership, that is bound to happen…We are one Trump tweet talking about how yuuuuuuge Goldman Sachs is away from 20k.
- [By Lee Jackson]
UnitedHealth Group Inc. (NYSE: UNH) is another health care stock that saw some insider action on the sell side. A director at the company sold some50,000 shares at prices between $167.30 and $167.65. The total for the trade was set at $8 million. The stock closed the day last Friday at $169.98, in a 52-week range of$122.22 to $169.36. The consensus price objective is $183.95.
- [By Chris Lange]
UnitedHealth Group Inc. (NYSE: UNH) is expected to report its most recent quarterly results on Tuesday. The consensus analyst estimates are $2.56 in EPS and revenue of $50.35 billion. Shares of UnitedHealth were at $192.52 on Fridays close. The consensus price target is $211.22, and the 52-week range is $133.03 to $200.76.
- [By Paul Ausick]
UnitedHealth Group Inc. (NYSE: UNH) traded down 0.93% at $171.71. The stock’s 52-week range is $128.53 to $176.14. Volume was about half the daily average of around 3.5 million. The company had no specific news Friday.
- [By Paul Ausick]
The DJIA stock posting the largest daily percentage gain ahead of the close Thursday was UnitedHealth Group Inc. (NYSE: UNH) which traded up 0.87% at $222.34. The stock’s 52-week range is $156.09 to $231.77. Volume was about a two-thirds less than the daily average of around 3 million shares. The company had no specific news.
- [By Keith Speights]
Top Medicaid stocks to buy in 2017 include Aetna (NYSE:AET), Centene (NYSE:CNC), and UnitedHealth Group (NYSE:UNH). Here’s why these three stand out.