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Global Stocks Trending in the News for January 22nd, 2019

Jan 22, 2019

 

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Global Consumer Stocks Trending in the News

  • Casino, Guichard-Perrachon (ENXTPA:CO) announces it will see properties worth 501 million Euros to Fortress Investment Group.  The portfolio of properties has an implied yield of 53.9% and includes 13 Casino hypermarkets, 3 Casino hypermarkets and 10 Casino supermarkets. Casino is rated “Neutral” in our Europe Large-Cap Global Top Stock Ideas.   
  • Henkel AG (XTRA:HEN3) releases 4Q results in-line with market forecasts.  Total revenues reached 19.9 billion Euros in CY2018 while organic sales growth was +2.4%.  The consolidated operating margin dropped 30 basis points to 17.6%.  Henkel AG is rated “Attractive” in our Europe Large-Cap Global Top Stock Ideas.  
  • Hugo Boss AG (DB: BOSS) announced CY4Q2018 financials that largely surpassed analyst estimates. Hugo Boss reported CY4Q2018 sales of 783.0mm euros, beating the highest analyst estimates that ranged between 744.0mm euros and 775.0mm euros. Hugo Boss is rated “Attractive” in our European SMID-Cap Global Top Stock Ideas.
  • Tesla (TSLA) plans to acquire batteries for its new China factory from Panasonic (TSE: 6752), according to Nikkan Kogyo.  The new arrangement will be an expansion of their existing relationship.  Presently, Panasonic is the main supplier of batteries to Telsa.  Tesla is rated “Unattractive” in our US Large-Cap Global Top Stock Ideas and “Attractive” in our US Information Technology Global Top Stock Ideas.  Panasonic Tesla is rated “Top Buy” in our Japan Large-Cap Global Top Stock Ideas 

Global Information Technology and Communication Services Stocks Trending in the News

  • Allegheny Technologies Inc. (ATI) reported CY4Q2018 earnings that fell short of analyst estimates despite reporting sales that beat the highest analyst estimate. Allegheny generated USD$1.04bn of sales in CY4Q2018 while analyst estimates ranged between USD$956.0mm and USD$1.03bn. Allegheny’s CY4Q2018 EPS of USD$0.30/share missed analysts’ consensus of USD$0.34/share. Allegheny is rated “Neutral” in our US Large-Cap Global Top Stock Ideas. 
  • Facebook (NASDAQ: FB) announces it is in the process of limiting the number of forwards that can be sent of a WhatsApp message.  This decision is part of Facebook’s attempt to fight fake and misleading news from going viral on its different platforms.  Facebook is rated “Attractive” in our US Large-Cap Global Top Stock Ideas and “Top Buy” in our US Info Tech Global Top Stock Ideas.
  • Just Eat (LSE:JE.) announces CEO Peter Plumb is stepping down immediately.  Chief Customer Officer Peter Duffy has been appointed interim CEO.  Just Eat now sees FY revenue of £780 million (vs. A previous guidance range of £740 to £770 million).  Just Eat is rated “Neutral” in our UK Large-Cap Global Top Stock Ideas. 
  • Soitec SA (ENXTPA: SOI) reported revenue growth guidance that surprised investors amid a weaker broad semiconductor industry. Soitec raised its revenue growth outlook to 40%, guidance that Jefferies analysts believe is, “reasonable.” Jefferies cited overwhelming content per device/use cases as the driver for Soitec’s projected revenue growth. Soitec is rated “Neutral” in our European SMID-Cap Global Top Stock Ideas.

Global Industrials Stocks Trending in the News

  • BAE Systems (LSE:BA) announces the sale of its armored vehicles unit, which includes the Challenge 2 tank, to a German rival Rheinmetall for £30 million.  BAE Systems is rated “Neutral” in our UK Large-Cap Global Top Stock Ideas. 
  • SGS SA (SWX: SGSN) reported full-year adjusted operating income that came in-line with the average analyst estimate. SGS generated adjusted operating income of 1.05bn Swiss francs in its fiscal year while analyst estimates called for 1.06bn Swiss francs. SGS’ full-year revenue of 6.71bn Swiss francs fell slightly short of analysts’ consensus, which called for 6.75bn Swiss francs. SGS is rated “Neutral” in our European Large-Cap Global Top Stock Ideas.
  • Stanley Black & Decker (SWK) reported fourth quarter EPS of USD$2.11 while consensus was for USD$2.10.  Stanley Black & Decker fourth quarter revenue came at USD$3.63 billion versus USD$3.62 billion expected.  Stanley Black & Decker sees 2019 EPS coming at USD$8.45-8.65.  Stanley Black & Decker is rated “Attractive” in our US Large-Cap Global Top Stock Ideas.
  • Steel Dynamics (STLD) reported fourth quarter EPS of USD$1.31 while consensus was for USD$1.21.  Steel Dynamics fourth quarter revenue came at USD$2.9 billion while USD$2.93 billion was consensus .  Steel Dynamics is rated “Neutral” in our US Large-Cap Global Top Stock Ideas.
  • Thor Industries' (NYSE:THO) expected acquisition of Erwin Hymer Group is expected to exclude Hymer’s North American operations.  The combination of Thor and Erwin Hymer will create the world largest RV manufacturer with operations presence in both the United States and Europe.  Thor Industries is a “Top Short” in our US Large-Cap Global Top Stock Ideas and “Unattractive” in our US Consumer Discretionary Global Top Stock Ideas. 

Global Financials Stocks Trending in the News

  • SoftBank Group Corp (TSE: 9484) will invest USD$400 million in First Cry, according to a report in the Eastern Times.  FirstCry, the omni-channel retailer of baby and mother related goods, is being valued at USD$600-700 million.  Softbank is rated “Top Buy” in our Japan Large-Cap Global Top Stock Ideas.      
  • Fifth Third Bancorp (FITB) reported fourth quarter adjusted EPS of 69 cents while consensus was for 66 cents.   Fifth Third Bancorp fourth quarter loan loss provisions came at USD$95 million, up from USD$84 million a year earlier.  Fifth Third Bancorp is rated “Unattractive” in our US Large-Cap Global Top Stock Ideas.
  • Travelers (TRV) reported fourth quarter EPS of USD$2.13 while consensus was for USD$2.08.  Travelers fourth quarter revenue came at USD$7.8 billion while USD$7.7 billion consensus .  Travelers return on equity in the fourth quarter was 10.9%.  Travelers is rated “Neutral” in our US Large-Cap Global Top Stock Ideas.
  • UBS (SWX: UBS) reported USD$13 billion withdrawals by its customers.  UBS said it saw USD$8 billion withdrawn from its wealth management unit while USD$5 billion was withdrawn from its asset management unit.  UBS comments that it does not believe the weakness of the fourth quarter has completely passed.  UBS Travelers is rated “Neutral” in our European Large-Cap Global Top Stock Ideas.

Global Commodities Stocks Trending in the News

  • Halliburton (HAL) reported fourth quarter EPS from continuing operations of 41 cents while consensus was for 37 cents.  Halliburton fourth quarter revenue came at USD$5.9 billion while USD$5.87 billion was consensus .  Halliburton is rated “Attractive” in our US Large-Cap Global Top Stock Ideas.

Global Healthcare Stocks Trending in the News

  • Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) reported adjusted fourth quarter EPS of USD$1.97 while consensus was for USD$1.95.  Johnson & Johnson fourth quarter revenue came at USD$20.4 billion while USD$20.2 was consensus .  Johnson & Johnson is rated “Attractive” in our US Large-Cap Global Top Stock Ideas.
  • Takeda Pharma (TSE: 4502) is considering the sale of up to USD$3 billion in emerging markets assets as it seeks to lower its debt load.  Takeda is in early talks to gauge interest in some of these assets in the wake of its USD$62 billion takeover of Shire Plc.   Takeda had its credit rating cut after increasing its debt load to complete the Shire deal.  Takeda is rated “Unattractive” in our Japan Large-Cap Global Top Stock Ideas.

 


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