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Global Stocks Trending in the News for January 31st, 2019

Jan 31, 2019

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Global Consumer 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.
  • Aptiv PLC (APTV) reported fourth quarter 2018 adjusted EPS from continuing operations of USD$1.34, beating consensus of USD$1.20.  Aptiv fourth quarter 2018 revenue came at USD$3.64bn, also beating consensus of USD$3.53bn.  Aptiv sees fiscal first quarter 2019 EPS between USD$0.97 and USD$1.02, largely missing consensus for USD$1.23/share. Aptiv is not rated in our 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.
  • LVMH SE (ENXTPA: MC) announced CY4Q2018 financials that sent its stock price and other luxury goods peers higher. LVMH generated organic sales growth of 9% in CY4Q2018, meeting analyst estimates, while its fashion and leather goods business surprised analyst expectations and signaled accelerating market share gains. LVMH is rated “Neutral” in our European Large-Cap 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.
  • Silicon Labs (SLAB) announced CY4Q2018 financials and CY1Q2019 guidance that missed the lowest analyst estimates. Silicon Labs generated an adjusted EPS of USD$0.91 while analyst estimates ranged between USD$0.93 and USD$0.95. Silicon Labs sees adjusted EPS of between USD$0.42 and USD$0.52 in CY1Q2018 while analyst estimates ranged between USD$0.72 and USD$0.90. Silicon Labs is rated “Top Buy” in our US SMID-Cap and “Attractive” in our US Information Technology Global Top Stock Ideas.
  • Tractor Supply Co. (TSCO) reported fourth quarter 2018 adjusted EPS of USD$1.11, in line with consensus of USD$1.09.  Tractor Supply Co. fourth quarter 2018 revenue came at USD$2.13bn, in line with consensus of USD$2.10bn.  Tractor Supply Co. sees fiscal first quarter 2019 EPS between USD$4.60 and USD$4.75, the midpoint of which is in line with consensus of USD$4.71. Tractor Supply Co. is rated “Top Buy” in our US Large-Cap and “Top Buy” in our US Consumer Discretionary Global Top Stock Ideas.
  • Wynn Resorts (WYNN) reported fourth quarter adjusted EPS of USD$1.09 missing consensus of USD$1.31.  Wynn Resorts fourth quarter revenue came at USD$1.69 billion, above consensus of USD$1.61 billion.  Wynn Resorts works gave first quarter 2019 EPS guidance of 17-23 cents, well below consensus of 37 cents.  Wynn Resorts is rated “Attractive” in our US Large-Cap and “Attractive” in our US Information Technology Global Top Stock Ideas.

Global Information Technology and Communication Services Stocks Trending in the News

  • 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.
  • Check Point Software Technologies (CHKP) announced that it sees revenue for FY2019 between USD$1.94bn and USD$2.04bn while consensus calls for USD$1.99bn. Additionally, Check Point expects adjusted EPS between USD$5.85 and USD$6.25 in FY2019 while analysts expect USD$6.09. Check Point is not rated in our Global Top Stock Ideas.  
  • Facebook (FB) reported fourth quarter 2018 adjusted EPS of USD$2.38 beating consensus of USD$2.18.  Facebook fourth quarter revenue came at USD$16.91 billion, above consensus of USD$16.39 billion.  Facebook reported 2.32 billion monthly active users, matching consensus and 1.52 billion daily active users, also matching consensus.  Facebook is rated “Neutral” 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.
  • Mastercard Inc. (MA) reported fourth quarter 2018 adjusted EPS of USD$1.55, edging past consensus of USD$1.52.  Mastercard Inc. fourth quarter 2018 revenue came at USD$3.81bn, in line with consensus of USD$3.80bn.  Mastercard Inc. is rated “Top Buy” in our US Large-Cap and “Attractive” in our US Information Technology Global Top Stock Ideas.
  • Microsoft (MSFT) reported fiscal second quarter 2019 adjusted EPS of USD$1.10 in line with consensus of USD$1.09.  Microsoft fiscal.  Microsoft is rated “Attractive” in our US Large-Cap and “Top Buy” in our US Information Technology Global Top Stock Ideas.
  • Qualcomm (QCOM) reported fiscal first quarter 2019 EPS of USD$1.20  above consensus of USD$1.09.  Qualcomm fiscal first quarter revenue came at USD$4.82 billion, in line consensus of USD$4.9 billion.  Qualcomm gave guidance for second quarter 2019 revenue of USD$4.4-5.2 billion, in line with consensus that is presently USD$4.83 billion.  Qualcomm is rated “Neutral” in our US Large-Cap and “Neutral” in our US Information Technology Global Top Stock Ideas.
  • Visa (V) reported fiscal first quarter EPS of USD$1.30 beating consensus of USD$1.25.  Visa fiscal first quarter revenue came at USD$5.51 billion, above consensus of USD$5.41 billion.  Visa is rated “Top Buy” in our US Large-Cap and “Attractive” in our US Information Technology.
  • Wirecard AG (XTRA: WDI) shares fell as much as 25% after a report from the Financial Times suggests that one of the company’s senior executives is suspected of using forged contracts for multiple suspicious transactions. The company has since responded via a public statement that reads, “Today the Financial Times has published a false, inaccurate, misleading and defamatory article. This article lacks any substance and is completely meaningless.” Wirecard is rated “Neutral” in our European Large-Cap Global Top Stock Ideas.

Global Industrials Stocks Trending in the News

  • 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.
  • Eaton Corp. (ETN) reported fourth quarter 2018 adjusted EPS of USD$1.46, edging past consensus of USD$1.43.  Eaton Corp. fourth quarter 2018 revenue came at USD$5.46bn, beating consensus of USD$5.42bn.  Eaton Corp. sees fiscal first quarter 2019 EPS between USD$1.18 and USD$1.28, the midpoint of which is in line with consensus of USD$1.24. Eaton Corp. is not rated in our US Large-Cap 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.
  • General Electric (GE) reported fourth quarter 2018 adjusted EPS of USD$0.17, missing consensus of USD$0.22.  General Electric fourth quarter 2018 revenue came at USD$33.28bn, slightly missing consensus of USD$32.33bn.  General Electric also announced that they reached a settlement of USD$1.5bn with the DOJ related to the company’s old subprime mortgage business. General Electric is rated “Top Short” in our US Large-Cap and “Top Short” in our US Industrials Global Top Stock Ideas.
  • 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
  • Northrop Grumman Corporation (NOC) reported a FY2019 sales forecast of USD$34bn, in line with consensus of USD$34.20bn. Northrop Grumman generated USD$8.16bn of sales in the fourth quarter of 2019 while analysts expected USD$8.12bn. Northrop Grumman Corporation is rated “Top Buy” in our US Large-Cap and “Top Buy” in our US Industrials 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. 
  • Marsh & McLennan (MMC) reported fourth quarter 2018 adjusted EPS of USD$1.17, surpassing consensus of USD$1.04.  Marsh & McLennan fourth quarter 2018 revenue came at USD$3.70bn, slightly missing consensus of USD$3.73bn. Marsh & McLennan is rated “Neutral” in our US Large-Cap Global Top Stock Ideas.
  • MSCI Inc. (MSCI) reported fourth quarter 2018 adjusted EPS of USD$1.31, in line with consensus of USD$1.30.  MSCI fourth quarter 2018 operating revenue came at USD$361.7mm, beating consensus of USD$359.8mm. MSCI is rated “Top Buy” 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 & Power Stocks Trending in the News

  • BakerHughes (BHGE) reported fourth quarter 2018 adjusted EPS of USD$0.26, in line with consensus of USD$0.26. BakerHughes fourth quarter 2018 revenue came at USD$6.26 billion, in line with consensus of USD$6.07 billion.  BakerHughes is rated “Unattractive” in our US Large-Cap Global Top Stock Ideas.
  • Ball Corp. (BLL) reported fourth quarter 2018 adjusted EPS of USD$0.41, below consensus of USD$0.56. Ball Corp. fourth quarter 2018 revenue came at USD$2.8 billion, in line with consensus of USD$ 2.68 billion. Ball Corp. sees 2019 ebitda of USD$2 billion. Ball Corp. is rated “Neutral” in our US Large-Cap Global Top Stock Ideas.
  • DowDuPont Inc. (DWDP) reported fourth quarter 2018 adjusted EPS of USD$0.88, in line with consensus of USD$0.87.  DowDuPont fourth quarter 2018 revenue came at USD$bn20.10, slightly missing consensus of USD$20.93bn.  DowDuPont sees FY2019 organic sales growth between 2% and 3%. DowDuPont is rated “Neutral” in our US Large-Cap Global Top Stock Ideas.
  • Enterprise Products (EPD) reported fourth quarter 2018 adjusted earnings of USD$0.59 per unit, beating consensus of USD$0.50. Enterprise Products fourth quarter 2018 revenue came at USD$9.18 billion, below consensus of USD $ 9.43 bi llion. Enterprise Products reported a buyback of unit up to USD$2 billion. Enterprise Products is rated “Neutral” in our US Large-Cap Global Top Stock Ideas. 
  • 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.
  • International Paper Co. (IP) reported fourth quarter 2018 adjusted EPS of USD$1.65, beating consensus of USD$1.59.  International Paper Co. fourth quarter 2018 revenue came at USD$5.95bn, in line with consensus of USD$5.96bn. International Paper Co. is rated “Attractive” in our US Large-Cap Global Top Stock Ideas.
  • PG&E (PCG) has formally declared bankruptcy as expected. PG&E 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 PG&E.  PG&E is rated “Attractive” in our US Large-Cap Global Top Stock Ideas.
  • Sherwin-Williams Co. (SHW) reported fourth quarter 2018 adjusted EPS of USD$3.54, falling slightly short of consensus of USD$3.613.61.  Sherwin-Williams Co. fourth quarter 2018 revenue came at USD$4.06bn.  Sherwin-Williams Co. sees FY2019 EPS between USD$20.40 and USD$21.40, the midpoint of which misses consensus of USD$21.37. Sherwin-Williams Co. is rated “Attractive” in our US Large-Cap Global Top Stock Ideas.
  • Westrock Co. (WRK) reported fiscal first quarter 2019 adjusted EPS of USD$0.83, slightly beating consensus of USD$0.81.  Westrock fiscal first quarter 2019 revenue came at USD$4.33bn, missing consensus of USD$4.51bn. Westrock is rated “Neutral” in our US Large-Cap Global Top Stock Ideas.
  • Vale (VALE) cut production at its southern system of mines, sending iron ore prices in the global market higher.  Vale will produce more in its larger, northern system where in fact the ore is of higher grade.  The cut in production will be temporary.  The death toll from its dam accident has risen to 99 with at least 250 people still missing,  Vale is rated “Top Short” in our Brazil All-Cap 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.
  • Xcel Energy Inc. (XEL) reported fourth quarter 2018 ongoing EPS of USD$0.42, in line with consensus of USD$0.42.  Xcel fourth quarter 2018 operating revenue came at USD$2.88bn, in line with consensus of USD$2.83bn.  Xcel sees FY2019 EPS between USD$2.55 and USD$2.65, in line with consensus of USD$2.61. Xcel is rated “Attractive” in our US Large-Cap Global Top Stock Ideas.

Global Healthcare Stocks Trending in the News

  • ABIOMED Inc. (ABMD) reported fiscal third quarter 2019 adjusted EPS of USD$0.97, edging past consensus of USD$0.95.  ABIOMED observed a fiscal third quarter 2019 gross margin of 83%, falling short of consensus of 83.7%.  ABIOMED sees its FY2019 operating margin between 29.0% and 29.5%. ABIOMED is rated “Attractive” in our US Large-Cap Global Top Stock Ideas.
  • 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.  
  • Baxter International (BAX) reported fourth quarter 2018 adjusted EPS of USD$0.78, beating consensus of USD$0.73.  Baxter International fourth quarter 2018 revenue came at USD$2.84bn, in line with consensus of USD$2.81bn.  Baxter International sees fiscal first quarter 2019 EPS between USD$0.66 and USD$0.68, falling short of consensus for USD$0.73. Baxter International is rated “Top Buy” in our US Large-Cap Global Top Stock Ideas.
  • Celgene Corp. (CELG) reported fourth quarter 2018 adjusted EPS of USD$2.39, surpassing consensus of USD$2.32.  Celgene Corp. fourth quarter 2018 revenue came at USD$4.04bn, in line with consensus of USD$3.99bn.  Celgene Corp. is rated “Neutral” in our US Large-Cap Global Top Stock Ideas.
  • Lonza Group AG (SWX: LONN) surprised investors when it announced that CEO Richard Ridinger is set to step down from his position amid an overhaul to the drug maker’s product portfolio. Marc Funk, who currently heads Lonza’s pharmaceuticals and biotechnology division, will be promoted and take over as CEO. Lonza is rated “Neutral” in our European Large-Cap Global Top Stock Ideas.  
  • Stryker Corporation (SYK) reported fourth quarter earnings announced FY2019 guidance that tops analyst expectations. Stryker increased its FY2019 revenue estimate by USD$160mm to USD$14.79bn. JPMorgan analyst Robbie Marcus called the company’s 4Q results a, “picture perfect finish to 2018.” Stryker Corporation is rated “Attractive” in our US Large-Cap Global Top Stock Ideas.  
  • Thermo Fisher Scientific (TMO) reported adjusted EPS for CY4Q2018 that beat the highest analyst estimate. Thermo Fisher generated an adjusted EPS of USD$3.25 in CY4Q2018, beating the highest analyst estimates that ranged between USD$3.16 and USD$3.24. Thermo Fisher also generated revenue of USD$6.51bn while analyst estimates ranged between USD$6.19bn and USD$6.28bn. Thermo Fisher is rated “Top Buy” in our US Large-Cap Global Top Stock Ideas.