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Global Stocks Trending in the News for January 30th, 2019

Jan 30, 2019

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Global Consumer Stocks Trending in the News

  • GameStop Corporation (GME) shares fell the most in 16 years after the world’s largest independent video game retailer announced that it was ending an effort to sell itself. GameStop is the victim of an industry that is quickly transitioning to digital streaming. GameStop is rated “Unattractive” in our US Large-Cap and “Neutral” in our US Consumer Discretionary Global Top Stock Ideas. 
  • Harley Davidson (HOG) announced CY4Q2018 adjusted EPS that substantially missed analyst expectations. Harley Davidson reported an adjusted EPS of USD$0.17, missing the lowest analyst estimates that ranged between USD$0.19 and USD$0.42. Harley Davidson is rated “Unattractive” in our US Large-Cap and “Attractive” in our US Consumer Discretionary Global Top Stock Ideas.  
  • McDonald’s Corp. (MCD) announced CY4Q2018 financial results that largely disappointed investors. McDonald’s US comparable sales rose 2.3% in CY4Q2018, missing consensus for 2.4% growth.  McDonald’s generated adjusted EPS of USD$1.97 in CY4Q2018, edging past analyst expectations for USD$1.89. McDonald's is rated “Top Buy” in our US Large-Cap and “Top Buy” in our Consumer Discretionary Global Top Stock Ideas.
  • Royal Caribbean Cruises (RCL) reported fourth quarter 2018 adjusted EPS of USD$1.53, slightly beating consensus of USD$1.51.  Royal Caribbean fourth quarter 2018 revenue came at USD$2.33bn, beating consensus for USD$2.31bn.   Royal Caribbean gave first quarter 2019 adjusted EPS guidance of USD$1.10, higher than analyst expectations for USD$ 1.07. Royal Caribbean is rated “Unattractive” in our US Large-Cap and “Neutral” in our US Consumer Discretionary Global Top Stock Ideas.

Global Information Technology and Communication Services Stocks Trending in the News

  • Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) reported fiscal first quarter 2019 adjusted EPS of 8 cents matching consensus of 8 cents.  AMD fiscal first quarter revenue came at USD$1.42 billion, in line with consensus of USD$1.44 billion.  AMD gave first quarter 2019 revenue guidance of USD$1.2-1.3 billion, well below consensus of USD$1.47 billion.  AMD is rated “Neutral” in our US Large-Cap and “Attractive” in our US Information Technology Global Top Stock Ideas.
  • Alibaba (BABA) announced strong FY3Q2019 financials with growth in cloud computing and entertainment offsetting a slowing online retail business. Bernstein observed an adjusted EPS of 12.19 yuan in FY3Q2019 while analysts expected 11.21 yuan/share. Alibaba generated revenue growth of 41% y/y to USD$117.3bn yuan (USD$17.5bn). Bernstein analyst David Dai wrote in his report that, “Alibaba is the dominant and most profitable leader in China e-commerce.” Alibaba is rated “Unattractive” in our China All-Cap Global Top Stock Ideas.
  • Apple (AAPL) reported fiscal first quarter 2019 adjusted EPS of USD$4.18 in line with consensus of USD$4.17.  Apple fiscal first quarter 2019 revenue came at USD$84.3 billion, in line with consensus of USD$83.97 billion.  Apple’s gross margin of 38% matched consensus.  Apple reported its first holiday sales decline since 2001 with iPhone sales falling 15%.  CEO Tim Cook outlined life beyond iPhones with growing sales in services and other Apple products.  Apple gave second quarter 2019 revenue guidance of USD$55-59 billion.  Apple is rated “Top Buy” in our US Large-Cap and “Top Buy” in our US Information Technology Global Top Stock Ideas.
  • AT&T Inc. (T) reported fourth quarter 2018 adjusted EPS of USD$0.87 in line with consensus of USD$0.86.  AT&T fourth quarter 2018 revenue came at USD$47.99 billion, in line with consensus of USD$48.49 billion.   AT&T added only 134,000 wireless subscribers, below 208,000 consensus. AT&T is rated “Neutral” in our US Large-Cap Global Top Stock Ideas. 
  • Automatic Data Processing (ADP) reported second quarter 2019 adjusted EPS of USD$1.34  beating the highest analyst estimates that ranged between USD$1.16 and USD$1.23.  ADP second quarter 2019 revenue came at USD$3.51bn, beating consensus of USD$3.44bn.   ADP sees FY2019 EPS growth of 17%, falling short of consensus of 19%. ADP is rated “Attractive” in our US Large-Cap and “Top Buy” in our US Information Technology Global Top Stock Ideas.
  • Corning Inc. (GLW) announced core EPS of USD$0.59/share while consensus was for USD$0.57/share. Corning generated revenue of USD$3.08bn, beating analysts' consensus of USD$3.01bn. Corning is rated “Neutral” in our US Large-Cap and “Top Buy” in our US Information Technology Global Top Stock Ideas.
  • E-Bay (EBAY) reported fourth quarter EPS of 71 cents above consensus of 68 cents.  E-Bay fourth quarter revenue came at USD$2.88 billion, in line consensus of USD$2.86 billion.  E-Bay gave guidance for first quarter 2019 EPS of 62-64 cents, in line with consensus that is presently 61 cents.  E-Bay is rated “Attractive” in our US Large-Cap and “Attractive” in our US Information Technology Global Top Stock Ideas.
  • Juniper Networks (JNPR) reported fourth quarter adjusted EPS of 59 cents beating by a touch consensus of 57 cents.  Juniper Networks fourth quarter revenue came at USD$1.18 billion, in line with consensus of USD$1.22 billion.  Juniper Networks gave first quarter 2019 EPS guidance of 17-23 cents, well below consensus of 37 cents.  Juniper is rated “Attractive” in our US Large-Cap and “Attractive” in our US Information Technology Global Top Stock Ideas.
  • Rockwell Automation (ROK) reported FY1Q2019 EPS of USD$2.21  while consensus was for USD$2.01  Rockwell Automation fourth quarter revenue came at USD$1.64bn, in-line with consensus of USD$1.64bn.  Rockwell Automation sees FY2019 EPS of between USD$8.85/share and USD$9.25/share, the midpoint of which beats consensus of USD$8.96/share.  Rockwell Automation is rated “Neutral” in our US Large-Cap and “Neutral” in our US Industrials Global Top Stock Ideas.
  • Verizon (VZ) reported fourth quarter EPS of USD$1.12 while consensus was for USD$1.08.  Verizon fourth quarter revenue came at USD$34.28 billion, missing consensus of USD$34.44 billion.  Verizon gave guidance for 2019 EPS of ~USD$4.73.  Verizon is rated “Attractive” in our US Large-Cap Global Top Stock Ideas.
  • Xerox (XRX) reported fourth quarter EPS of USD$1.14  while consensus was for USD$1.04.  Xerox fourth quarter revenue came at USD$2.53 billion, matching consensus of USD$2.56 billion.  Xerox gave guidance for 2019 EPS of USD$3.70-3.80.  Xerox is rated “Neutral” in our US Large-Cap and “Attractive” in our US Information Technology.

Global Industrials Stocks Trending in the News

  • 3M (MMM) reported fourth quarter adjusted EPS of USD$2.31 while consensus was for USD$2.28.  3M fourth quarter revenue came at USD$7.9 billion, missing consensus of USD$7.86 billion.  3M gave guidance for 2019 EPS of USD$10.45-10.90, down from USD$10.60-11.05.  3M is rated “Attractive” in our US Large-Cap Global Top Stock Ideas “Neutral” in our US Industrials Global Top Stock Ideas.
  • Boeing (BA) announced CY4Q2018 earnings and CY2019 guidance that sent the stock price soaring. Boeing reported a CY4Q2018 core EPS of USD$5.48, blowing out consensus of USD$4.59. Boeing sees CY2019 between USD$19.90 and USD$20.10, surpassing analyst expectations of USD$18.44. Boeing is rated “Top Buy” in our US Large-Cap and “Neutral” in our US Industrials Global Top Stock Ideas.
  • General Dynamics Corp. (GD) reported fourth quarter 2018 EPS from continuing operations of USD$3.07, beating the consensus of USD$2.98.  General Dynamics fourth quarter 2018 revenue came at USD$10.38bn, edging past the consensus of USD$10.36bn. General Dynamics is rated “Top Buy” in our US Large-Cap and “Attractive” in our US Industrials Global Top Stock Ideas.
  • Harris Corp. (HRS) reported fourth quarter EPS of USD$1.88 while consensus was for USD$1.90.  Harris Corp. fourth quarter revenue came at USD$1.666 billion, in line with consensus of USD$1.64 billion.  Harris Corp. is rated “Top Buy” in our US Large-Cap and “Neutral” in our US Industrials.
  • Ingersoll-Rand (IR) reported fourth quarter 2018 adjusted EPS of USD$1.31  in line with consensus of USD$1.29.  Ingersoll-Rand fiscal first quarter 2019 revenue came at USD$3.895 billion, in line with consensus of USD$3.85 billion.  Ingersoll-Rand is not rated in our US Large-Cap Global Top Stock Idea
  • L3 Technologies (LLL) reported fourth quarter EPS of USD$3.10 beating consensus of USD$2.69.  L3 Technologies fourth quarter revenue came at USD$2.77 billion, above consensus of USD$2.66 billion.  L3 Technologies is rated “Attractive” in our US Large-Cap and “Neutral” in our US Industrials.
  • Lockheed Martin Corporation (LMT) announced CY4Q2018 EPS of USD$4.39, slightly missing analyst expectations of USD$4.40. Lockheed Martin said that it expects CY2019 EPS between USD$19.15 and USD$19.45, the midpoint of which misses analysts’ expectations of USD$19.35. Lockheed Martin is rated “Attractive” in our US Large-Cap and “Neutral” in our US Industrials Global Top Stock Ideas.  
  • Nucor (NUE) reported fourth quarter EPS of USD$2.07 beating consensus of USD$1.94.  Nucor fourth quarter revenue came at USD$6.3 billion, in line with consensus of USD$6.3 billion.  Nucor is rated “Top Buy” in our US Large-Cap Global Top Stock Ideas.
  • PulteGroup (PHM) reported fourth quarter EPS of USD$1.11 while consensus was for USD$1.10.  PulteGroup fourth quarter revenue came at USD$2.99 billion, missing consensus of USD$2.91 billion.    PulteGroup is rated “Attractive” in our US Large-Cap and “Top Buy” in our US Consumer Discretionary Global Top Stock Ideas.
  • Vale (VALE) said it will close some of its mining productions involved the recent dam disaster.  The death toll has risen to 84 people and is expected to rise further.  The price of iron ore has surged in the wake of the disaster and Vale is a significant supplier of iron ore to the world.  Vale is rated “Top Short” in our Brazil All-Cap Global Top Stock Ideas.

 

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Global Financials Stocks Trending in the News

  • Ally Financial (ALLY) announced fourth quarter 2018 adjusted EPS of USD$0.92, beating the highest analyst estimates that ranged between USD$0.79 and USD$0.88.  Ally Financials fourth quarter 2018 revenue came at USD$1.44bn, falling short of consensus of USD$1.53bn. Ally Financial is rated “Neutral” in our US Large-Cap Global Top Stock Ideas.
  • Invesco Ltd (IVZ) reported fourth quarter 2018 adjusted EPS of 44 cents well below consensus of 53 cents.  Invesco fourth quarter 2019 revenue came at USD$1.26 billion, in line with consensus of USD$1.3 billion.   Invesco’s assets under management (AUM) came at USD$888.2 billion, below USD$902 billion consensus. Invesco is rated “Unattractive” in our US Large-Cap Global Top Stock Ideas. 
  • Nasdaq (NDAQ) reported fourth quarter 2018 adjusted EPS of USD$1.26 in line with consensus of USD$1.27.  Nasdaq first quarter 2019 revenue came at USD$645 million, in line with consensus of USD$642.3 million.   Nasdaq offered to buy the Oslo Bors for NK152 per share, countering Euronext’s offer.  Nasdaq is rated “Neutral” in our US Large-Cap and “Top Buy” in our US Information Technology Global Top Stock Ideas.
  • T. Rowe Price Group (TROW) reported fourth quarter 2018 adjusted EPS of USD$1.54, falling short of consensus of USD$1.66.  T. Rowe fourth quarter 2018 revenue came at USD$1.31bn, falling just short of consensus of USD$1.33bn.   T. Rowe’s assets under management came in at USD$962bn, down 2.9% from the previous quarter. T. Rowe is rated “ Attractive” in our US Large-Cap Global Top Stock Ideas.

Global Commodities Stocks Trending in the News

  • Hess Corp. (HES) reported fourth quarter 2018 adjusted loss per share of USD$0.31, narrower than consensus for a USD$0.37 loss per share.  Hess observed a realized crude price/barrel of USD$58.11 in CY4Q2018 compared to USD$55.44 a year prior. Hess is rated “Top Short” in our US Large-Cap Global Top Stock Ideas.
  • PE&G (PCG) has formally declared bankruptcy as expected. PE&G will be reorganized and regulators have not indicated yet what time or reorganization they prefer.  Analysts expect major changes, though there is no consensus, on what may end up as the final form of PE&G.  PE&G is rated “Attractive” in our US Large-Cap Global Top Stock Ideas.

Global Healthcare Stocks Trending in the News

  • Anthem Inc. (ANTM) reported fourth quarter 2018 adjusted EPS of USD$2.15 in line with consensus of USD$2.20.  Anthem fourth quarter 2018 revenue came at USD$23.73 billion, in line with consensus of USD$23.34 billion.   Anthem gave 2019 EPS guidance of USD$19. Anthem is rated “Neutral” in our US Large-Cap Global Top Stock Ideas.
  • Biogen (BIIB) reported fourth quarter EPS of USD$6.33 while consensus was for USD$6.69.  Biogen fourth quarter revenue came at USD$3.53 billion, missing consensus of USD$3.39 billion.  Biogen gave guidance for 2019 EPS of USD$28-29.  Biogen is rated “Neutral” in our US Large-Cap Global Top Stock Ideas.
  • Danaher Corporation (DHR) announced CY4Q2018 financials that slightly edge past analyst estimates while reporting CY1Q2019 guidance better than analyst expectations. Danaher generated an adjusted EPS of USD$1.28/share in CY4Q2018 while analysts expected USD$1.27. Danaher said that it sees CY4Q2019 adjusted EPS between USD$1.00/share and USD$1.03/share while analysts’ consensus was for USD$1.03. Danaher is rated “Attractive” in our US Large-Cap Global Top Stock Ideas.  
  • Pfizer Inc. (PFE) reported fourth quarter EPS of USD$0.64 while consensus was for USD$0.63.  Pfizer fourth quarter revenue came at USD$14.0bn, missing consensus of USD$13.9 billion.  Pfizer gave guidance for 2019 EPS of between USD$2.82/share and USD$2.92/share while analysts’ consensus called for USD$3.04/share.  Pfizer is rated “Neutral” in our US Large-Cap and “Attractive” in our US Information Technology.

 

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