As the latest China data showed some softening at the end of an upbeat year, reports for this month are looking likely to show the economy keeping pace despite slowing industrial profits.
The earliest indicators for January show momentum remains intact, with sales managers the most upbeat since July, financial experts more optimistic, and satellite imagery signaling manufacturing conditions are improving for the first time in four months. That reading is in line with forecasts that both main factory gauges remained at solidly expansionary levels.
"The strong momentum will likely be carried over to the first quarter, with the economy being supported by strong external demand and domestic consumption," said Xia Le, chief Asia economist at Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria SA in Hong Kong. "The risk factor is deleveraging, as the market is still underestimating how tough it could be as China shifts its focus to the quality rather than speed of the growth."
Top Heal Care Stocks To Invest In 2019: SunTrust Banks, Inc.(STI)
- [By Ben Levisohn]
We believe investors should continue to own three types of bank stocks: “Return of Capital (RC) Stocks”, “Risk On (RO) Stocks”, and “Multiple Revaluation (MR) Stocks.” RC stocks include M&T Bank (MTB), PNC Financial Services Group (PNC), and SunTrust Banks (STI); RO stocks include Bank of America, Popular (BPOP), Citigroup, JPMorgan, and KeyCorp (KEY); and MR stocks include BB&T (BBT) and PNC Financial Services Group (PNC).
- [By Garrett Baldwin]
Shares of General Electric Co. (NYSE: GE) are in focus after the company reported earnings before the bell. GE stock popped 5.6% after the firm topped earnings per share (EPS) estimates by $0.05 and backed its 2018 outlook. The firm reported EPS of $0.16 on top of $28.66 billion in revenue. GE stock had been off nearly 18% from its last earnings report on January 24 due to ongoing financial and legal problems.
Crude oil prices dipped Friday after U.S. President Donald Trump took aim at OPEC. Trump accused the cartel of keeping oil prices “artificially high” despite “record amounts of oil all over the place.” Brent crude and WTI crude oil both hit three-year highs this week after Saudi Arabia suggested that it was working to press oil prices back above $100 per barrel.
Three Stocks to Watch Today: PM, MO, WFC
Shares of Philip Morris International Inc.(NYSE: PM) fell this morning after the firm experienced its worst trading day since its spin-off from Altria Group Inc. (NYSE: MO). Shares of PM fell as much as 16% after the firm fell short of revenue expectations after the bell. MO stock fell roughly 6% on the day.
Shares of Wells Fargo & Co. (NYSE: WFC) are under pressure after The New York Times reported that the firm may be facing a $1 billion fine. The fines would cover a variety of “alleged” misdeeds that include the firm’s push on customers to purchase auto insurance they didn’t need and charging mortgage customers fees for services that they were not using. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency will most likely announce the fine today. Money MorningCapital Wave StrategistShah Gilani weighed in on the topic this week, and he offers a scorching indictment.
Qualcomm Inc. (Nasdaq: QCOM) is on the move today after the semiconductor giant announced plans to lay off 1,500 employees. The cuts are expected to hit employees in California and cities around the globe. The cuts are part of the fi
- [By Matthew Frankel]
Michael Douglass:Welcome to Industry Focus, the podcast that dives into a different sector of the stock market every day.It’sMonday, April 23rd,and we have a round-up of financials news: yetanother Wells Fargofine, Morgan Stanley(NYSE:MS) and Goldman Sachs(NYSE:GS) earnings, and a data breach atSunTrust (NYSE:STI). I’m your host,Michael Douglass, and I’m joined by Matt Frankel. Matt,welcome back! Let’s hop right in,because really, quite a bit of interesting newsfor us to talk about today. First off,Wells Fargo was fined $1 billion from theConsumer Financial Protection Bureau.
- [By Motley Fool Staff]
It seems like we’re hearing about new data breaches on a regular basis, and SunTrust’s (NYSE:STI) recent one affecting 1.5 million customers could seem alarming. Here’s what investors — and consumers — need to know about it and how this one is different from some of the other high-profile data breaches we’ve heard about.
Top Heal Care Stocks To Invest In 2019: Ultra Petroleum Corp.(UPL)
- [By Ben Levisohn]
Our peer group is up an average of 46% over the past 4 weeks in response to a 30% rebound in the 12-month strip NYMEX oil price. Some of the largest gainers include Hold and Sell rated stocks that we would not chase such asDenbury Resources (Sell, +138%), Halcon Resources (HK) (Sell, +147%), Jones Energy (JONE) (Hold, +166%), Rex Energy (REXX) (Sell, +60%), Sanchez Energy (SN) (Hold, +93%), Ultra Petroleum (UPL) (Sell, +61%), andWhiting Petroleum (Hold, +103%), which have outperformed the E&P Index (+32%) over the same time period. Balance sheets and/or well level returns remain challenged for these companies despite improved oil prices. While we believe oil markets should re-balance over the next 12 to 15 months, the recent recovery to $40 could reverse during 2Q16 as bloated inventories continue to rise, new volumes from Iran pressure an oversupplied market, and a highly anticipated decline in non-OPEC supply (especially in the U.S.), is not as steep as expected. The risk of an oil price retracement, which would significantly pressure the recent out-performers, outweighs the upside in these stocks, in our view. However, we are raising our target prices on Buy ratedAnadarko Petroleum ($54 from $48), Concho Resources (CXO) ($120 from $109), Matador Resources (MTDR) ($22 from $21),Noble Energy (NBL) ($40 from $34), SM Energy (SM) ($22 from $15), Rice Energy ($14 from $12), Pioneer Natural Resources (PXD) ($155 from $135),Continental Resources ($32 from $28), and Parsley Energy (PE) ($24 from $23). We believe our Buy-rated stocks are better positioned to weather challenging oil markets.
- [By STOCKPICKR]
As energy commodity prices have sold off in recent months, so too have the E&P stocks that pull those resources out of the ground. And Ultra Petroleum (UPL) has been no exception. The good news is that you don’t need to be an expert technical trader to figure out why this stock looks toxic here — the setup in shares of Ultra Petroleum is about as simple as they get.
UPL is bouncing its way lower in a textbook downtrending channel, a price setup that’s formed by a pair of parallel trendlines that have kept UPL range-bound since April. The price channel in UPL identifies the high-probability range for shares to stay within, and so, with shares pressing up against resistance for the eighth time since this price channel kicked off, it makes sense to be a seller on the next bounce lower.
Top Heal Care Stocks To Invest In 2019: ADTRAN Inc.(ADTN)
- [By Monica Gerson]
ADTRAN, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADTN) is projected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.08 per share on revenue of $141.07 million.
Layne Christensen Company (NASDAQ: LAYN) is estimated to post a quarterly loss at $0.35 per share on revenue of $156.10 million.
- [By Monica Gerson]
Benzinga's newsdesk monitors options activity to notice unusual patterns. These large volume (and often out of the money) trades were initially published intraday in Benzinga Professional . These trades were placed during Thursday’s regular session.
Top Heal Care Stocks To Invest In 2019: Accenture plc.(ACN)
- [By Lisa Levin]
Accenture Plc (NYSE: ACN) reported upbeat earnings for its second quarter.
Five Below Inc (NASDAQ: FIVE) reported better-than-expected earnings for its fourth quarter on Wednesday.
PVH Corp (NYSE: PVH) posted upbeat earnings for its fourth quarter and issued a strong earnings forecast.
Conagra Brands Inc (NYSE: CAG) reported stronger-than-expected earnings for its third quarter.
- [By Money Morning News Team]
The companies that participated in the demo included Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO), Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT), Accenture Plc. (NYSE: ACN), Fujitsu Ltd. (OTCMKTS: FJTSY), and Deutsche Telekom AG (OTCMKTS: DTEGY).
- [By Laurie Kulikowski]
The company, on the basis of net income growth from the same quarter one year ago, has significantly underperformed compared to the IT Services industry average, but is greater than that of the S&P 500. The net income increased by 5.2% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, going from $701.02 million to $737.63 million.
Top Heal Care Stocks To Invest In 2019: Grupo Aval Acciones y Valores S.A.(AVAL)
- [By Logan Wallace]
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