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[ October 28, 2016 | Author: Admin | Views: 97350 | Weather: | Mood: normal]

Yesterday’s discouraging numbers on job growth in April via the ADP Employment Report raise doubts about a rebound in US growth for the second quarter. But if you’re looking for reasons to keep hope alive, Wednesday’s survey data for the services sector fits the bill. The ISM Non-Manufacturing ticked higher last month, rising to a four-month high and signaling that the services sector, which dominates US economic activity, continues to expand at a moderate pace at the kick-off to the second quarter. Note that the employment benchmark increased in April as well, rising to 53.0comfortably above the neutral 50 mark, as the chart below shows. [Related -World Growth: Mediocre or Pathetic?] Top Healthcare Technology Companies To Invest In Right Now: Ionis Pharmaceuticals, Inc.(IONS)   Ionis Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a RNA-targeted drug discovery and development company, develops drugs for patients with severe and rare diseases in the United States. The company markets … Continue reading

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The last twelve months haven’t been kind to Praxair (PX) and Air Products & Chemicals (APD), but UBS analyst John Roberts and team argue that’s about to change, as they upgrade their shares to Buy from Neutral arguing that their earnings can withstand a slowing global economy: In our view, the two stocks are more alike than different. NTM P/Es are within ~0.5 pts of each other. Both stocks have declined ~20% from their historical highs the largest corrections in 20+ years aside from the financial crisis… Industrial gas stocks have normally grown through changes in FX, oil & China demand within normal historical ranges. And investor concerns around China forAir Products & Chemicals may still prove much bigger than reality. Nevertheless, the combination of FX & oil sector impacts on Praxair, and FX & China issues for Air Products & Chemicals, have been much larger than previously seen. With … Continue reading

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Related AGN Keep an Eye on These 10 Stocks for May 10, 2016 Earnings Scheduled For May 10, 2016 Investing Action Plan For Tuesday: Disney, Allergan Earnings; JOLTS (Investor’s Business Daily) Mike Khouw spoke on CNBC's Options Action about unusually high options activity in Allergan plc (NYSE: AGN). He noticed that a trader paid $10.2 million in premium for 10,000 contracts of the August 210/230 call spread. The trader bought the call spread for $10.2 and the trade breaks even at $220.20 or 2.92 percent higher from the closing price on Monday. If the stock moves to $230 at the August expiration, the trade is going to make a maximal profit of $9.80. Khouw added that Allergan is going to announce earnings on Tuesday and the stock moves around 7 percent on earnings, which is equal to the amount that the market is currently implying. Posted-In: Mike Khouw Options ActionCNBC … Continue reading

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Big banks have gotten a boost today from JPMorgan Chase’s (JPM) dividend increase, and the hawkish Fed minutes, because higher rates are still expected to help banks out despite what happened last time. In a note previewing Wells Fargo’s (WFC) investor day on May 24, Jefferies analyst Ken Usdin and team write that “higher rates help, but other items weigh on longer-term net-interest-margin potential.” They explain: Spencer Platt/Getty Images WFC’s Investor Day is 5/24. We expect an upbeat message about strategy, consumer health, and loan/dep. growth, but also expect realism about the environment and changes since the ’14 meeting. In our view, the ROA target could move 10bp lower to 1.2%-1.5%, but ROE, efficiency, and cap. return targets should be unchanged. A harder review of expenses may be in order and WFC can likely find areas that can help drive better efficiency. Best Computer Hardware Companies To Watch In Right … Continue reading

[ October 27, 2016 | Author: Admin | Views: 5613 | Weather: | Mood: normal]

We’re trying out a new feature here at Barrons Stocks to Watch Today, which will look at the best-performing stock in the S&P 500 each day. Francesco Libassi/Zuma Press And no, we didn’t accidentally republish yesterday’s post about Skyworks Solutions (SWKS). Skyworks Solutions is once again today’s hottest stock. The semiconductor manufacturer–and Apple (AAPL) supplier– followed up yesterday’s 4.4% rise with 6.4% gain to $77.02, as it once again rode Apple’s coattails higher. The iPhone maker gained 3.4% to $115.57. But it wasn’t all Apple today. There was also a positive analyst note from Oppenheimer’sRick Schafer and Joshua Buchalter, who call Skyworks, which has gained just 0.2% this year, “misunderstood” and “mis-priced.” They explain why: Hot Performing Stocks To Own For 2017: Simulations Plus, Inc.(SLP)   Simulations Plus, Inc. designs, develops, and markets drug discovery and development software for mechanistic modeling and simulation. It offers GastroPlus that simulates the absorption, … Continue reading