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  • Looking Ahead of Wall Street: Workday Inc (WDAY), Seadrill Ltd (SDRL), Abercrombie & Fitch Co. (ANF)

    By Carly Forster

    Earnings season is starting to slow down, but three big companies are slated to announce earnings this week. What should investors look for?


  • Goldman Believes Airline Stocks Offers Compelling Risk Reward

    Airlines stock are under pressure since last week over the concerns around pricing and capacity discipline. Investors were disappointed that Southwest Airlines raised its 2015 capacity growth to 8% from 7%. They were also worried because of American Airlines comments that it will compete aggressively on price with low cost carriers to defend market share.

    Goldman Sachs analyst Tom Kim thinks this correction is a buying opportunity for investors and airline stock offers compelling risk reward. In a recent investor note, he wrote:


  • Ross Stores Is Still A Buy Despite The Competition Heating Up

    Ross Stores (ROST) is one of the leading off-price retailers of apparel and home fashion goods in the U.S. The retailer’s Ross Dress for Less stores sell its products at everyday savings of 20% to 60% off department and specialty store regular prices and dd’s DISCOUNTS stores sell its products at everyday savings of 20% to 70% off moderate department and discount store’s regular prices.

    The off-price retailer started fiscal 2015 on a positive note by posting estimate-beating first-quarter results last week. Comparable-store sales, or comps, jumped 5% year over year. This, in combination with new store addition, fueled 9.6% year-over-year growth in sales to clock $2,938.1 million, beating estimates by $50 million. On the back of solid sales growth, earnings grew 19.1% year over year to $1.37 per share, beating estimates by $0.05 per share.


  • Sterne Agee Upgrades Dick’s Sporting Goods

    Sterne Agee analyst Sam Poser recently upgraded Dick's Sporting Goods (DKS) from Neutral to Buy with a price target of $62. In his research note, he wrote:


  • Consider Exposure To Onshore Rig Stocks

    For the week ended May 22, 2015, Baker Hughes rig count overview has some encouraging data. In one week, the rig count declined by just 3 in the United States and by 5 rigs in Canada. Since the same period last year, the rig count has declined by 972 and I am of the opinion that the rig count is likely to stabilize at current levels in line with stabilization in oil prices.

    While I advised gradual exposure to selected onshore rig companies in the past, I am of the view that investors can consider further exposure to onshore rig companies as the downside momentum in rig count has stalled and the worst has been discounted by onshore rig stocks.


  • Hewlett-Packard Company (HPQ): All Eyes on Company Split

    By Sarah Roden

    Hewlett-Packard Company (NYSE: HPQ) released second quarter earnings for fiscal year 2015 on May 21, beating the estimate for earnings per share but narrowly missing revenue expectations. The top analyst consensus for the stock was a Moderate Buy before earnings, but now the consensus has turned to Hold.


  • U.S. Wireless Carriers Offer Promotional Options To Entice Customers

    The wireless carriers in the U.S. have been trying to impress the U.S. consumers with their new deals and the two famous rivals T-Mobile US Inc. (TMUS) and Sprint Corp. (S) were the first to entice new subscribers during this Memorial Day weekend. The deals floated by both these carriers were comparable as they aimed at improving the pre-paid subscriber count during this summer season which traditional remains the time when such wireless carriers compete to win the majority of the subscription base in any region in the U.S. Let’s quickly have a look at what offers are being provided by either of these carriers in the U.S. around this time of the year.

    The offers are similar


  • Insiders are buying General Motors Shares

    In the last couple of months, three different insiders have purchased General Motors’ (GM) stock. While the company’s directors Patricia F Russo and Linda R Gooden purchased 1500 and 1000 shares, respectively in April, 2015; another director James J Mulva purchased 28,343 shares in May, 2015.

    It’s not only insider who are getting bullish on GM of late. General Motors' stock is also seeing significant interest from fund managers off late. Last quarter, David Einhorn (Trades, Portfolio) and Leon Cooperman (Trades, Portfolio) initiated a position in the company while several other fund managers including George Soros (Trades, Portfolio), David Tepper (Trades, Portfolio), Ken Heebner (Trades, Portfolio), Paul Tudor Jones (Trades, Portfolio), Louis Moore Bacon (Trades, Portfolio), Mario Gabelli (Trades, Portfolio) increased their holdings in the company.


  • Strong Results To Take RSP Permian Higher

    Among the relatively small names in the oil and gas industry, RSP Permian (RSPP) is a stock worth considering for the near-term as well as the long-term. This article discusses the reasons to be bullish on this $2.2 billion market capitalization company.

    For oil and gas stocks, my first analysis in the recent past has been leverage. In times of low oil prices, high leverage can be negative for the company’s growth and also for stock upside. I would therefore analyze the company’s balance sheet before moving to other positive.


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  • Agrium is Considering Sale of its Phosphate Business

    Recently, at a BMO conference, Agrium’s (AGU) CFO Steven Douglas said that the company is considering sale of its phosphate business in the next three-to-five years. He termed Phosphate business difficult and expensive and also talked about the potential for further industry consolidation. Of late, Agrium is taking a lot of strategic steps to enhance shareholder value. In February, Agrium raised its target dividend pay out ratio to 40%-50% of free cash flow and also disclosed its plans to buy back up to 5% of its common shares over the next 12 months. Divesture of Phosphate business will further increase cash availability for dividends and buy backs. I believe Agrium is a good buy at current levels given its low valuations and plans to enhance shareholder value.

    Agrium is a retailer of agricultural products and services in the United States, Canada, Australia, Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Uruguay, as well as a multi-national producer and wholesale marketer of nutrients for agricultural and industrial markets. Agrium’s strategy is to invest and operate across the agricultural inputs value chain (fertilizer, crop protection and seed), through production, distribution and retail sales. This integrated strategy allows the company to generate both strategic and operational synergies. For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2014, Agrium reported its business through two business units and a non-operating segment for Corporate and inter-business unit eliminations. The two business units are Retail and Wholesale.


  • Workday Q1 Earnings – What To Look For?

    Workday Inc. (WDAY) is slated to report its first quarter results for fiscal 2016 on 26th May 2015. The company, which has quickly asserted itself as a Software-as-a-Service (SAAS) has progressively transitioned into the cloud computing and Big Data markets. The company’s rivals include Oracle Corp (ORCL), Inc. (CRM) and Europe's biggest software group SAP SE (SAP). With Inc posting better-than-expected results for Q1 2015, all eyes are on rival Workday to see if the company follows suit.

    For the fourth quarter of fiscal 2015, Workday reported non-GAAP loss of $0.06 a share on revenues of $226.3 million, up 59% compared to the year-ago quarter. While earnings were in line with the consensus estimate, revenues beat the estimate of $222.85 million by a small margin. Further, the company saw a 64% year-over-year growth in subscription revenues to $181.9 million in Q4 2015. For the full fiscal 2015, Workday posted 68% year-over-year growth in revenues to $787.9 million, while the company’s non-GAAP loss came in a $0.33 a share. While the company announced plans to expand its global footprint, especially in Japan and Europe, Workday also provided guidance for revenues of around $242-$245 million for Q1 2016, indicating an expected 51%-53% year-over-year growth. The company also expects to narrow its earnings loss from $0.13 a share in the year-ago quarter to a loss of $0.08 a share. The company further projected 42%-45% year-over-year revenue growth to $1.115-$1.140 billion for the full fiscal 2016. Workday shares are currently down 2.1% since the company’s last earnings release.


  • Why White Mountain Titanium's Shares Were Up on Friday

    White Mountain Titanium Corporation's (OTCQB:WMTM) shares closed over 116 percent higher on Thursday following the approval of its Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for its Cerro Blanco titanium project in the Atacama Region of northern Chile. From $0.38, the company's share price closed at $0.44 on Thursday and extended its gains up to Friday, up 4.55 percent to $0.46.

    A statement issued by the company revealed that its EIS was "approved, signed and delivered to the company" during a formal meeting on Wednesday last week in Copiapo, the capital of the Atacama region. Officials from the State and Regional Government, the Chilean Environmental Authority, Ministry, and White Mountain Titanium were present at the meeting.


  • AerCap added to Goldman’s list of most held hedge fund names

    Goldman Sach’s recently released a list of top 50 stocks which most frequently appear among the largest ten holdings of hedge funds. AerCap Holdings (AER) is one of the new additions to the list. Seventeen funds tracked by Goldman had AerCap as one of their top ten holdings, as of last quarter end. Here’s a look at the company in detail.

    AerCap's business is providing aircraft to customers in major geographical regions. The company was incorporated in 2006. In December 2013, the company entered into a definitive agreement with American International Group (AIG) to acquire 100% of the common stock of ILFC, a wholly owned subsidiary of AIG. This acquisition helped the company become an industry leader with a more diversified customer base and wider geographic coverage.


  • Why Amur Minerals Corporation's Stocks Were Up on Friday

    Amur Minerals Corporation's (OTC:AMMCF) stocks got a much-needed boost on Friday following the approval of its 20-year exploration and production license to mine its Kun-Manie nickel copper sulphide project in the Russian Far East. Amur's stocks closed at 18.50p, 85 percent higher than its previous close.

    According to a report on Interactive Investors, shares of Amur soared to 21.5p from Thursday's close of 10p during Friday's morning session. The market intelligence site noted that this was Amur's "highest level since the beginning of 2011," and that while Amur only "briefly held the gains" until lunchtime, the company's shares finished higher by three-quarters.


  • Amgen Inc.’s Cholesterol Fighting Drug Destined To Improve Its Sales Pitch, Receives EU Approval

    The biopharmaceutical company, Amgen Inc.(AMGN), has been bringing several drugs into the U.S. market which have aided to improve its sales down the years. On similar lines and with the interest of serving the community, Amgen has filed for its cholesterol fighting drug named Repatha with the U.S. FDA. This drug is expected to be a revolutionary achievement for the pharmaceutical firm, if it receives the required approval from the FDA which is expected to be released by August 27. This drug would aid in competing better with its immediate rival Sanofi SA (SNY) that has also filed for approval of a similar drug catering to patients having high levels of cholesterol which is not manageable by administration of statins. Let’s find out how this new drug could bring a turnaround in Amgen’s future sales and how it works to provide better aid to high-cholesterol suffering patients. Also let’s take a look at what are the chances of Repatha getting approved in the U.S. this year.

    The EU approval adds an accolade


  • Why Should This Footwear Retailer Be Considered?

    Finish Line (FINL) is a mall based specialty shoe retailer and specializes in athletic footwear. Its shares have risen by 5% since the beginning of the year. Because of increasing demand for athletic shoes and apparel, such retailers have witnessed a growth in the business. For instance, people wear athletic apparel for their casual work also. This has created more demand for such products.

    Finish Line, therefore, managed to register a great fourth quarter due to this rise in demand. The numbers were in line with the Street’s estimates, sending its share prices higher. Let’s take a closer look at it.


  • Why Did Tiffany Fail To Shine This Time?

    The luxury jeweler Tiffany (TIF) is one of the leading jewelers in the U.S. Its shares have been suffering from the last one year and have dropped 22% since January. The inability of the company to attract adequate customers is the primary reason behind this. The jeweler’s fourth quarter results were indeed disappointing since both the top line and the bottom line numbers were below the Street’s expectations. Let’s dig in deeper.

    The inside story


  • Weekly 3-Year Low Highlights: TDC, HK, WTW, SBLK

    According to GuruFocus list of 3-year lows, Teradata Corp, Halcon Resources Corp, Weight Watchers International Inc, and Star Bulk Carriers Corp have all reached their 3-year lows.

    Teradata Corp (TDC) Reached $39.57


  • Blackberry Drives Hard On Business Consolidation With Global Job Cuts

    Blackberry to lay off employees across the world in its device business, will impact global operations says company spokesperson.

    Blackberry Inc. (BBRY) is cutting jobs across the globe, mostly in its smart phone device operations, the company said on Friday. The move comes as the company tries to move away from its loss making smart phones division and shifts focus to higher profit margin businesses like making smart appliances, Security & Privacy software & building enterprise applications.


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