It’s hard to find a broader-based healthcare company than Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ). With exposure to everything from the most sophisticated medical devices and specially formulated prescription drug treatments to the items you’ve been buying off of drugstore shelves for years, J&J has its hand in everything related to healthcare. Despite taking a substantial one-time tax hit due to recent changes in the tax laws, Johnson & Johnson has been able to produce solid earnings even with some of its most successful treatments having lost patent protection and seeing a falloff in sales.
Coming into Tuesday’s first-quarter financial report, Johnson & Johnson shareholders were optimistic that the company would see its bottom line rebound as the positive impacts of tax reform would supplement solid fundamental business performance. J&J’s numbers were largely better than most had expected, thanks in part to strong performance from some of its most important treatments in the prescription drug segment, and the healthcare giant sees reasons to be even more excited about the rest of 2018 and beyond.
Hot Medical Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Empire State Realty Trust, Inc.(ESRT)
- [By Logan Wallace]
Prudential Financial Inc. cut its stake in Empire State Realty (NYSE:ESRT) by 0.5% in the 1st quarter, according to the company in its most recent disclosure with the SEC. The institutional investor owned 1,745,889 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock after selling 8,046 shares during the quarter. Prudential Financial Inc.’s holdings in Empire State Realty were worth $29,313,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.
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For example, nobody is going to come along and build another Empire State Building. In fact, you can actually invest in this building through the Empire State Realty Trust (NYSE: ESRT).
- [By Logan Wallace]
Kempen Capital Management N.V. purchased a new stake in Empire State Realty Trust Inc (NYSE:ESRT) in the 1st quarter, according to its most recent filing with the SEC. The institutional investor purchased 602,051 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock, valued at approximately $10,108,000.
Hot Medical Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Cherokee Inc.(CHKE)
- [By Shane Hupp]
Cherokee (NASDAQ:CHKE) released its quarterly earnings data on Thursday. The company reported ($0.20) earnings per share for the quarter, missing the Zacks’ consensus estimate of ($0.09) by ($0.11), RTT News reports. Cherokee had a negative return on equity of 13.63% and a negative net margin of 130.24%. During the same quarter last year, the business posted ($0.07) earnings per share.
- [By Garrett Baldwin]
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On Thursday, the European Central Bank held its meeting in Latvia to discuss the future of its quantitative easing program. The central bank of the world’s largest economic bloc said that it will likely end its quantitative easing program in December. This represents an extension beyond the current plan to end the stimulus program in September. ECB President Mario Draghi said the program would be reduced to 15 billion euros each month during the final three months of the year. Yesterday, the U.S. Federal Reserve raised interest rates for the second time in 2018. The central bank said that economic growth has been rising at a solid rate and hinted that it could raise rates two more times this year. Fed Chair Jerome Powell did raise an alarm on Wednesday after stating that companies are holding back on investment due to ongoing concerns about U.S. President Donald Trump’s trade policies. Trump is expected to decide this week on whether to proceed with tariffs on about $50 billion in Chinese goods. Trade tensions are heating up again. This morning, China announced it would call off its deal to avoid a trade war if the Trump administration proceeds with tariffs on Friday morning. Tomorrow, the Trump team will decide if it will hit China with tariffs on roughly $50 billion in goods.
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Adobe Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: ADBE) will report earnings after the bell Thursday. The software giant is expected to report earnings per share of $1.54 on top of $2.15 billion in revenue. Insider buying is alive and well at Tesla Inc. (Nasdaq: TSLA). Chair and CEO Elon Musk purchased $25 million in company stock, according to a
- [By Max Byerly]
Cherokee (NASDAQ: CHKE) and J.Jill (NYSE:JILL) are both small-cap consumer discretionary companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, earnings, valuation, profitability, risk and dividends.
Hot Medical Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Primerica, Inc.(PRI)
- [By Max Byerly]
Great Lakes Advisors LLC bought a new position in shares of Primerica (NYSE:PRI) in the first quarter, according to the company in its most recent filing with the SEC. The firm bought 6,834 shares of the financial services provider’s stock, valued at approximately $660,000.
- [By Lisa Levin]
Companies Reporting After The Bell
Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is projected to post quarterly earnings at $1.22 per share on revenue of $5.72 billion.
Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: EA) is estimated to post quarterly earnings at $1.04 per share on revenue of $5.68 billion.
The Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS) is projected to post quarterly earnings at $1.68 per share on revenue of $14.05 billion.
Papa John's International, Inc. (NASDAQ: PZZA) is expected to post quarterly earnings at $0.62 per share on revenue of $441.73 million.
Jazz Pharmaceuticals plc (NASDAQ: JAZZ) is projected to post quarterly earnings at $2.77 per share on revenue of $434.87 million.
Sun Life Financial Inc. (NYSE: SLF) is estimated to post quarterly earnings at $0.89 per share on revenue of $6.38 billion.
LATAM Airlines Group S.A. (NYSE: LTM) is expected to post quarterly earnings at $0.16 per share on revenue of $2.70 billion.
Liberty Global plc (NASDAQ: LBTYA) is projected to post quarterly earnings at $0.02 per share on revenue of $4.05 billion.
TripAdvisor, Inc. (NASDAQ: TRIP) is expected to post quarterly earnings at $0.16 per share on revenue of $362.11 million.
The Wendy's Company (NASDAQ: WEN) is projected to post quarterly earnings at $0.1 per share on revenue of $379.98 million.
A-Mark Precious Metals, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMRK) is expected to post quarterly earnings at $0.06 per share on revenue of $1.69 billion.
Monster Beverage Corporation (NASDAQ: MNST) is estimated to post quarterly earnings at $0.4 per share on revenue of $849.38 million.
Convergys Corporation (NYSE: CVG) is expected to post quarterly earnings at $0.4 per share on revenue of $670.10 million.
ScanSource, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCSC) is projected to post quarterly earnings at $0.7 per share on revenue of $875.91 million.
KAR Auction Services, Inc. (NYSE: KAR) is expected to post quarterly earnings at $0.76 per share on revenue of $923.13
- [By Joseph Griffin]
Primerica (NYSE:PRI) has been assigned a consensus recommendation of “Hold” from the six brokerages that are currently covering the firm, MarketBeat.com reports. Six equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating. The average 1-year target price among brokers that have issued a report on the stock in the last year is $103.00.
- [By Stephan Byrd]
Wells Fargo & Company MN boosted its stake in Primerica (NYSE:PRI) by 2.3% in the first quarter, according to its most recent disclosure with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The fund owned 838,510 shares of the financial services provider’s stock after purchasing an additional 19,142 shares during the quarter. Wells Fargo & Company MN’s holdings in Primerica were worth $81,000,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.
Hot Medical Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Tahoe Resources, Inc.(TAHO)
- [By Shane Hupp]
TheStreet lowered shares of Tahoe Resources (NYSE:TAHO) (TSE:THO) from a c rating to a d+ rating in a report published on Tuesday.
A number of other research analysts also recently weighed in on TAHO. Cantor Fitzgerald assumed coverage on Tahoe Resources in a research note on Wednesday, March 28th. They set a buy rating on the stock. Zacks Investment Research downgraded Tahoe Resources from a hold rating to a sell rating in a research note on Thursday, April 26th. ValuEngine downgraded Tahoe Resources from a sell rating to a strong sell rating in a research note on Monday, April 2nd. Finally, Credit Suisse Group downgraded Tahoe Resources from an outperform rating to a neutral rating in a research note on Friday, January 26th. Three investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, five have issued a hold rating and three have assigned a buy rating to the company. Tahoe Resources has an average rating of Hold.
- [By Shane Hupp]
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- [By Logan Wallace]
Tahoe Resources (TSE:THO) (NASDAQ:TAHO) – Equities research analysts at National Bank Financial reduced their FY2018 earnings estimates for shares of Tahoe Resources in a research report issued on Monday, April 9th. National Bank Financial analyst M. Parkin now forecasts that the company will earn $0.29 per share for the year, down from their prior forecast of $0.35. National Bank Financial currently has a “Sector Perform” rating and a $8.00 price objective on the stock.