When it comes to status symbols, the dressed-up luxury pickup truck is fightingits way back to the top in the automotive world.
Driven by cheap fuel, a surging economy and a rising stock market, more buyersare willing to pay as much for a richly appointed truck as they would a fancy Mercedes-Benz or Lexus sedan.
The latest evidence of the luxe-truck phenomenoncomes from Ford, which says that71% of buyers in November opted for the higher grades of its new Super Dutyheavy-duty pickup. Those trucks range from the F-250 Lariat with a startingprice of $45,105 up to the F-250 King Ranch at $54,260 and prices can go a lot higher when options are added.
Ford had forecast the mix would be about 50-50 when the new Super Duty was launched, says Doug Scott, Ford’s TruckGroup marketing manager. As a result, he adds that executives are “pleasantly surprised” atthe results.
Top Cheap Stocks To Own Right Now: S&P Smallcap 600(PH)
- [By Charles Mizrahi, President and CEO, Hampton Investors, Inc.]
Parker Hannifin (PH) generates strong revenue from its aerospace division, while its primary industrial segment is lagging.
Overall, we like the company’s balanced portfolio. PH had solid order rates this past year with backlog of $3.6 billion between its industrial and aerospace segments.
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- [By Brian Stoffel]
It’s no surprise to see the nation’s largest healthcare insurer on the list. Not only is UnitedHealth Group (NYSE:UNH) doing brisk business in the age of the Affordable Care Act, but its subsidiary Optum is as well.In fact, 25 of the top 100 hirers last year were from the healthcare sector.
- [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.
- [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 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.
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- [By Lisa Levin]
Cisco Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CSCO) reported better-than-expected profit for its first quarter on Wednesday.
Helmerich & Payne, Inc. (NYSE: HP) posted upbeat results for its fourth quarter.
NetApp Inc. (NASDAQ: NTAP) reported stronger-than-expected results for its second quarter and issued strong Q3 guidance.
Emerson Electric Co. (NYSE: EMR) proposed to acquire Rockwell Automation (NYSE: ROK) for $225 per share in cash and stock.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
Lower WACC has moved in lockstep with higher multiples and as the rate regime shifts, we see limited excuses for another leg absent material growth. EPS growth/visibility at a reasonable price will matter, with those that are not reflecting upside today seeing multiple expansion and safety stocks that are not safe reverting. With this backdrop, our top picks are Honeywell, Ingersoll-Rand, and Danaher, with a positive bias on Neutral-rated United Technologies, while we are most negative onGeneral Electric and Rockwell Automation (ROK), with a negative bias on N-rated $51.92 Emerson Electric (EMR)…
- [By Ben Levisohn]
Shares of General Electric have dropped 3.8% so far this year, with everything from its accounting to weaker margins being blamed for its weakness. Barclays’ Scott Davis and team, however, spoke with a source they call the “smartest man in the room,” who just so happens to be “nibbling” on General Electric now. They explain why and offer his views on Honeywell International (HON), Emerson Electric (EMR), and ITT (ITT) as well:
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- [By Monica Gerson]
Compass Minerals International, Inc. (NYSE: CMP) is projected to post its quarterly earnings at $1.33 per share on revenue of $347.03 million.
MKS Instruments, Inc. (NASDAQ: MKSI) is estimated to post its quarterly earnings at $0.33 per share on revenue of $177.19 million.