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Global Stocks Trending in the News for January 25th, 2019

Jan 25, 2019

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Global Consumer Stocks Trending in the News

  • Burberry Group Plc (LSE: BRBY) reported FY3Q2018 financials that missed analyst estimates. Burberry saw net sales of GBP719mm in FY3Q2018, missing analysts’ consensus of GBP719mm by more than 10%. Burberry’s same store sales growth of just 2% in FY3Q2018 missed analyst expectations of 3.25%. Burberry is rated “Neutral” in our United Kingdom All-Cap Global Top Stock Ideas.
  • Carrefour S/A (ENXTPA: CA) reported CY4Q2018 EBIT that may signal a turnaround for the company’s financials, according to Bernstein. Bernstein analyst Bruno Monteyne said in a note to clients that, “The slight beat in French like-for-like and the confirmation of EU1.93bn EBIT will reassure markets that Carrefour is stable and could be at the start of a turn around.” Carrefour is rated “Top Short” in our European Large-Cap Global Top Stock Ideas.
  • Colgate-Palmolive (C) reported fiscal second quarter EPS of 74 cents while consensus was for 73 cents.  Colgate-Palmolive fiscal second quarter revenue came at USD$3.81 billion, missing consensus of USD$3.77 billion.  Colgate-Palmolive gave guidance for 2019 revenue 2-4% growth in sales.  Colgate-Palmolive is rated “Top Buy” in our US Large-Cap and “Top Buy” in our US Consumer Staples Global Top Stock Ideas
  • Kimberly-Clark (KMB) announced a full-year adjusted EPS forecast that missed analysts’ consensus while reporting CY4Q2018 adjusted EPS that also missed analyst estimates. Kimberly-Clark expects full-year adjusted EPS between USD$6.50/share and USD$6.70/share while analysts’ consensus called for USD$6.79/share. Kimberly-Clark's CY4Q2018 adjusted EPS of USD$1.60/share also missed analyst expectations of USD$1.65/share. Kimberly-Clark is rated “Neutral” in our US Large-Cap and “Neutral” in our US Consumer Staples Global Top Stock Ideas.
  • Las Vegas Sands (LVS) reported fourth quarter 2018 adjusted EPS of 77 cents, well below consensus of 85 cents.  Las Vegas Sands fourth quarter net revenue came at USD$33.48 billion versus USD$3.53 billion expected.    Las Vegas Sands is rated “Unattractive” in our US Large-Cap and “Attractive” in our US Consumer Discretionary Global Top Stock Ideas “Attractive” in our US Consumer Discretionary Global Top Stock Ideas.
  • Proctor & Gamble (PG) reported fiscal second quarter 2019 EPS of USD$1.25 while consensus was for USD$1.21.  Proctor & Gamble fiscal second quarter revenue came at USD$17.44 versus USD$17.16 billion expected.  Proctor & Gamble guidance for all of fiscal 2019 is EPS growth of 3-8%.  Proctor & Gamble is rated “Attractive” in our US Large-Cap and “Attractive” in our US Consumer Discretionary Global Top Stock Ideas “Attractive” in our US Consumer Staples Global Top Stock Ideas.
  • Restaurant Brands International Inc. (QSR) reported accelerating same-store sales growth in its Burger King and Tim Hortons chains while announcing that it named a new Chief Executive Officer. Jose Cil, an individual with 18 years of experience at Burger King, will assume the CEO position from Daniel Schwartz, who will become the company’s executive chairman and co-chairman of the board of directors. Restaurant Brands is rated “Attractive” in our Canada All-Cap Global Top Stock Ideas.  
  • Starbucks (SBUX) reported fourth quarter EPS of 69 cents while consensus was for 65 cents.  Starbucks fourth quarter revenue came at USD$6.63 billion while consensus was for USD$6.48 billion.  Starbucks is rated “Attractive” in our US Large-Cap and “Attractive” in our US Consumer Discretionary Global Top Stock Ideas “Top Buy” in our US Consumer Discretionary Global Top Stock Ideas.

Global Information Technology and Communication Services Stocks Trending in the News

  • Amphenol (APH) reported adjusted EPS guidance for FY2019 that missed the average analyst estimate. Amphenol forecasts adjusted EPS between USD$3.88/share and USD$3.96/share while analysts’ consensus called for USD$3.97/share. Amphenol also reported adjusted EPS of USD$1.05/share in FY4Q2018 while analysts expected just USD$0.97/share. Amphenol is rated “Top Buy” in our US Large-Cap and “Top Buy” in our US Information Technology Global Top Stock Ideas.  
  • ASML Holding N.V. (ENXTAM: ASML) reported CY4Q2018 financials that surpassed analyst estimates and CY1Q2019 guidance that missed analyst estimates. ASML generated 788mm euros of net income in CY4Q2018 while analysts expected 758.7mm euros. ASML sees net sales of about 2.1bn euros in CY1Q2019, missing the lowest analyst estimates that range between 2.58bn euros and 2.92bn euros. ASML is rated “Attractive” in our European Large-Cap Global Top Stock Ideas.
  • Citrix Systems (CTXS) reported fourth quarter 2018 adjusted EPS of USD$1.67 while consensus was for USD$1.60.  Lam Research fourth quarter revenue came at USD$801.9 million versus USD$791.2 million expected.   Citrix Systems gave 1Q19 adjusted EPS guidance of ~USD$1.15-1.20, below USD$1.37 consensus.  Citrix Systems is rated “Top Buy” in our US Large-Cap and “Top Buy” in our US Information Technology Global Top Stock Ideas.
  • Comcast (CMCSA) reported fourth quarter EPS of 64 cents while consensus was for 62 cents.  Comcast fourth operating cash flow came at USD$5.8 billion.  NBCUniversal has 4Q revenue of USD$9.4 billion.  Comcast is rated “Attractive” in our US Large-Cap and “Top Buy” in our US Consumer Discretionary Global Top Stock Ideas.
  • Ingenico Group (ENXTPA: ING) issued a profit warning that caps a tumultuous year of weak financials, multiple guidance reductions, a CEO change, and M&A speculation. Although Ingenico said on a call that its retail division will continue to grow in 2019, it is likely to issue weak or flat 2019 revenue growth guidance for its terminals market segment. Ingenico is rated “Neutral” in our European SMID-Cap Global Top Stock Ideas.
  • Intel (INTC) reported fiscal second quarter EPS of USD$1.28 while consensus was for USD$1.22.  Intel fiscal second quarter revenue came at USD$18.66 billion, missing consensus of USD$19.01 billion.  Intel gave guidance for 1Q19 revenue of ~USD$16 billion, well below consensus of USD$17.34 billion and EPS guidance of 87 cents, well below USD$1.22 consensus.  Intel is rated “Attractive” in our US Large-Cap and “Top Buy” in our US Information Technology Global Top Stock Ideas.
  • International Business Machines Corporation (IBM) reported CY4Q2018 earnings that was the, “cleanest quarter in years,” according to Morgan Stanley. IBM reported revenue of USD$21.8bn for CY4Q2018, beating analyst consensus of USD$21.7bn. IBM’s EPS of USD$4.87/share in CY4Q2018 also surpassed analyst expectations, which called for USD$4.82/share. IBM is rated “Top Buy” in our US Large-Cap and “Top Buy” in our US Information Technology Global Top Stock Ideas.
  • Mediaset (BIT: MS) and ProSiebenSat.1 (XTRA: PSM) shares surged after Italy’s MF Milano Finanza newspaper reported that the two companies could reach a potential deal as early as next month. The report cites people familiar with the matter while saying that Mediaset could review an offer at their next meeting, planned for early February. Mediaset is rated “Attractive” in our European SMID-Cap Global Top Stock Ideas. ProSiebenSat.1 is rated “Neutral” in our European Large-Cap Global Top Stock Ideas.
  • Nokia OYJ (HLSE: NOKIA) will receive CAD$40mm in funding from the government of Canada for research. The research will likely pertain to 5G research as Canada weighs a ban on Nokia rival Huawei. Nokia is rated “Neutral” in our European Large-Cap Global Top Stock Ideas.
  • Telia Company AB (OM: TELIA) announced CY4Q2018 financials the largely missed analyst expectations. Telia reported adjusted EBITDA of 6.74bn Swedish krona in CY4Q2018, missing the lowest analyst estimates that ranged between 6.94bn Swedish krona and 7.36bn Swedish krona. Telia’s CY4Q2018 net sales of 22.21bn Swedish krona also missed analyst expectations of 22.42bn Swedish krona. Telia is rated “Attractive” in our European Large-Cap Global Top Stock Ideas.
  • Texas Instruments (TXN) reported fourth quarter 2018 EPS of USD$1.27  while consensus was for USD$1.23s.  Texas Instruments fiscal second quarter revenue came at USD$3.72 billion in line with USD$3.75 billion expected.    Texas Instruments gave 1Q19 EPS guidance of USD$1.02-1.21.  Texas Instruments is rated “Top Buy” in our US Large-Cap and “Top Buy” in our US Information Technology Global Top Stock Ideas.
  • Vodafone Group Plc (LSE: VOD) officially suspended its equipment purchases from Huawei Technologies Co Ltd. Vodafone CEO Nick Read said on a call with reporters Friday, “We have decided to pause further Huawei in or core whilst we engage with the various agencies and governments and Huawei.” Vodafone is rated “Neutral” in our United Kingdom All-Cap Global Top Stock ideas.
  • Xilinx Inc. (XLNX) reported FY3Q2019 financials that largely surprised analyst expectations. Xilinx generated an EPS of USD$0.92 in FY3Q2019 while analysts expected just USD$0.86/share. The earnings surprise, fueled by growth in the company's 5G business, prompted Raymond James analyst Chris Caso to comment in a note to clients, “Boy do we feel dumb for missing this stock.” Xilinx is rated “Attractive” in our US Large-Cap and “Attractive” in our US Information Technology Global Top Stock Ideas

Global Industrials Stocks Trending in the News

  • Air Products & Chemicals (APD) reported fiscal first quarter EPS of USD$1.50 while consensus was for USD$1.86.  Air Products & Chemicals fourth quarter revenue came at USD$2.24 billion while consensus was for USD$2.26 billion.  Air Products & Chemicals is rated “Top Buy” in our US Large-Cap Global Top Stock Ideas.
  • DR Horton (DHI) reported fourth quarter EPS of 76 cents while consensus was for 78 cents.  DR Horton fourth quarter revenue came at USD$3.51  billion while consensus was for USD$3.49 billion.  DR Horton is rated “Neutral” in our US Large-Cap and “Attractive” in our US Consumer Discretionary Global Top Stock Ideas.
  • Ford (F) reported fourth quarter 2018 adjusted EPS of 32 cents while consensus was for 30 cents.  Ford posted a USD$116 million loss versus USD$1.27 billion net was expected.    Ford is rated “Neutral” in our US Large-Cap and “Attractive” in our US Consumer Discretionary Global Top Stock Ideas “Attractive” in our US Consumer Staples Global Top Stock Ideas.
  • Norfolk Southern (NSC) reported fourth quarter EPS of USD$2.57 while consensus was for USD$2.28.  Norfolk Southern fourth quarter revenue came at USD$2.896 billion while consensus was for USD$2.84 billion.  Norfolk is rated “Attractive” in our US Large-Cap and “Attractive” in our US Industrials Global Top Stock Ideas.
  • RPC Group Plc (LSE: RPC) will be acquired by Apollo Global Management for GBP3.32bn, or USD$4.3bn. The acquisition comes amid public backlash against RPC’s sector regarding plastic waste. RPC shares traded as much as 5.5% higher on the news. RPC is rated “Neutral” in our United Kingdom All-Cap Global Top Stock Ideas. 
  • United Technologies (UTX) reported fourth quarter EPS of USD$1.95, well above consensus of USD$1.53.  United Technologies  fourth quarter revenue came at USD$18.04 billion, well above USD$16.87 billion.  United Technologies is rated “Attractive” in our US Large-Cap and “top buy” in our US Industrials Global Top Stock Ideas.
  • Waters Corporation (WAT) reported adjusted EPS guidance for its full-year that surpassed the average analyst estimate. Waters sees adjusted EPS of between USD$9.20/share and USD$9.45/share for FY2019 while analysts’ consensus called for USD$9.19/share. Further, Waters offered adjusted EPS guidance of between USD$1.65/share and USD$1.75/share for FY1Q2019 while analysts expected USD$1.74/share. Waters is rated “Neutral” in our US Large-Cap Global Top Stock Ideas.

 

 

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Global Financials Stocks Trending in the News

  • Deutsche Bank AG (DB: DBK) is reportedly the subject of a probe by the US Federal Reserve that will examine how the German bank handled billions of dollars in suspicious transactions from Danske Bank A/S (CPSE: DANSKE). The fed probe is in its early stages but is reportedly critical of how Deutsche Bank’s US operations monitored funds from an Estonian branch of Danske. Deutsche Bank is rated “Neutral” in our European Large-Cap Global Top Stock Ideas. Danske Bank is rated “Top Short” in our European Large-Cap Global Top Stock Ideas.
  • Discover Financial Services (DFS) reported fourth quarter EPS of USD$2.03 while consensus was for USD$2.05.  Discover Financial Services fourth quarter revenue came in line at USD$2.8 billion while consensus was for USD$2.8 billion.  Discover Financial Services is rated “Unattractive” in our US Large-Cap Global Top Stock Ideas.
  • E-Trade Financial Services (ETFC) reported fourth quarter EPS of USD$1.07 while consensus was for USD$1.03.  E-Trade Financial Services fourth quarter revenue came at USD$735 million while consensus was for USD$744 million.  E-Trade Financial Services is rated “Neutral” in our US Large-Cap Global Top Stock Ideas.
  • Mastercard (MA) will acquire Earthport (AIM: EPO), the UK payments company, for 33 pence per share, besting an offer by Visa (V) by 10%.  Mastercard is valuing Earthport at 233 million pounds.  Mastercard is rated “Top Buy” in our US Large-Cap and “Attractive” in our US Information Technology Global Top Stock Ideas.  Visa is rated “Top Buy” in our US Large-Cap and “Attractive” in our US Information Technology Global Top Stock Ideas.  Earthport is not rated in our Global Top Stock ideas.
  • Metro Bank Plc (LSE: MTRO) shares fell the most in its trading history after the company reported that it incorrectly applied low risk weighting to parts of its loan book. Metro Bank said that the mistake was a, “misinterpretation of the rules,” and that it is an, “isolated incident.” Metro Bank is rated “Top Short” in our United Kingdom All-Cap Global Top Stock Ideas.  
  • Northern Trust (NTRS) reported disappointing CY4Q2018 financials. Northern Trust reported assets under management of USD$1.07tn, missing the lowest analyst estimates that ranged between USD$1.08tn and USD$2.80tn. Northern Trust is rated “Neutral” in our US Large-Cap Global Top Stock Ideas.
  • Synchrony Financial (SYF) reported fourth quarter EPS of USD$1.09 while consensus was for 91 cents.  Synchrony Financial fourth quarter net earnings came at USD$783 million.  Loan-loss provisions were USD$1.45billion, just below USD$1.49 billion expected.  Synchrony Financial is rated “Unattractive” in our US Large-Cap Global Top Stock Ideas.
  • The Progressive Corporation (PGR) reported fourth quarter EPS of USD$0.44/share, widely missing the lowest analyst estimates that ranged between USD$0.90/share and USD$1.12/share.  Progressive also reported net premiums earned of USD$8.19bn and net premiums written of USD$7.94bn.  Progressive is rated “Attractive” in our US Large-Cap Global Top Stock Ideas.

Global Commodities Stocks Trending in the News

  • NextEra Energy (NEE) reported CY4Q2018 operating revenue of USD$155mm while analysts expected USD$270.7mm. NextEra also provided full-year adjusted EBITA guidance between USD$1.2bn and USD$1.38bn, surpassing analysts’ consensus of USD$1.12bn.  NextEra Energy is rated “Neutral” in our US Large-Cap Global Top Stock Ideas 
  • RPC Inc. (RES) became the latest US oilfield services provider to say that it is feeling the impact of a slowdown in fracking. In a statement on Wednesday, Chief Executive Officer Richard Hubbell said that several of the company’s customers are reconsidering their 2019 budgets and current operations. RPC is rated “Neutral” in our US SMID-Cap Global Top Stock Ideas. 
  • RWE AG (DB: RWE) shares moved higher after Metzler said the proposals related to Germany’s plan to phase out coal-generated power could work in the company’s favor. Metzler said in its note to clients that it is, “becoming apparent that the phaseout period will extend well beyond 2030,” and that it expects, “adequate compensation,” for short-term removal of lignite-fired plants. RWE is rated “Unattractive” in our European Large-Cap Global Top Stock Ideas.  

Global Healthcare Stocks Trending in the News

  • Abbott Laboratories (ABT) reported CY1Q2019 adjusted EPS from continuing operations guidance that missed analyst expectations. Abbott sees adjusted EPS from continuing operations between USD$0.60/share and USD$0.62/share in FY1Q2019 while analysts expected USD$0.64/share. Abbott’s CY4Q2018 adjusted EPS from continuing operations came in-line with analyst expectations of USD$0.81/share. Abbott is rated “Neutral” in our US Large-Cap Global Top Stock Ideas.
  • AbbVie (ABBV) announced CY4Q2018 adjusted EPS that missed analyst estimates while providing full-year guidance that also missed analyst estimates. AbbVie reported an adjusted EPS of USD$1.90/share in CY4Q2018 while analysts’ consensus called for USD$1.94/share. AbbVie sees CY2019 adjusted EPS between USD$8.65/share and USD$8.75/share, the midpoint of which misses analysts’ consensus of USD$8.73/share. AbbVie is rated “Top Buy” in our US Large-Cap Global Top Stock Ideas.
  • Walgreens Boot Alliance (WBA) has agreed to pay USD$269.2mm in order to settle claims that the drugstore chain defrauded federally-funded health care programs and a consumer-discount initiative. The USD$269.2mm payment spans across two settlements; one for USD$209.2mm that relates to billed Medicare, Medicaid, and other programs, and one for USD$60mm that concerns not disclosing lower drug prices offered in a discount program. Walgreens is rated “Neutral” in our US Large-Cap and “Attractive” in our US Consumer Staples Global Top Stock Ideas.