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Global Stocks Trending in the News for February 1st, 2019

Feb 01, 2019

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Global Consumer Stocks Trending in the News

  • Amazon (AMZN) reported fourth quarter 2018 EPS of USD$6.04, above consensus of USD$5.55.  Amazon fiscal first quarter revenue came at USD$72.4 billion, beating consensus of USD$71.9 billion.  This is Amazon's third record earnings report in a row.  Amazon gave guidance for first quarter 2019 net sales of USD$56-60 billion, below consensus that is presently USD$60.9 billion.  Amazon is rated “Neutral” in our US Large-Cap and “Top Buy” in our US Consumer Discretionary 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.
  • Ferrari NV (RACE) shares surged after the company announced that it expected profit to jump in its fiscal year. Ferrari sees ebit growing by 10% in FY2019 to as much as 1.25bn euro (USD$1.43bn). CEO Louis Camilleri also told investors that strong book orders may lead the company to boost its financial targets for the full-year . Ferraris is rated “Neutral” in our European Large-Cap 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

  • Charter Communications Inc. (CHTR) shares rose by double-digits after the company reported a gain in its broadband business, a sign that acquisitions of Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks are paying off.  Charter added 289,000 new internet customers in CY4Q2019, up 9.88% from 263,000 new internet customers a year prior. Charter is rated “Neutral” in our US Large-Cap and “Attractive” in our US Consumer Discretionary Global Top Stock Ideas.  
  • Cypress Semiconductor (CY) reported fourth quarter 2018 adjusted EPS of USD$0.35 missing consensus of USD$0.32.  Cypress Semiconductor fourth quarter revenue came at USD$604.5 million slightly beating consensus of USD$598.9 million.  Cypress Semiconductor gave guidance for first quarter 2019 EPS of USD$0.22-0.26.  Cypress Semiconductor is rated“Attractive” in our US Large-Cap and “Attractive” in our US Information Technology Global Top Stock Ideas.
  • Electrolux (OM:ELUX B) announced a comprehensive overhaul of its production of appliances in America.  Electrolux also announced it will spin off a division that makes professional appliances.  Electrolux will close a plant in Memphis and move other production to Chile.  Electrolux reported results above consensus.  Electrolux is rated “Neutral” in our European Large-Cap 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.
  • Facebook (FB) is facing seven different data privacy investigations by Irish and EU authorities in the wake of new privacy rules.  Irish authorities said the investigations “are centered on the activities of very big internet companies and their users”. Facebook also reported fourth quarter 2018 adjusted EPS of USD$2.38 beating consensus of USD$2.18.  Facebook is rated “Neutral” 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.
  • Nintendo Co. (TSE: 7974) saw its largest single-day drop since launching the Switch console in early 2017 after slashing forecasts for FY2019 Switch shipments from 20 million units to 17 million units. Junko Yamamura, an analyst with Nomura Holdings, said that, “Titles that introduce new ways of playing aren’t going viral like before.” Nintendo is not rated in our 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.
  • ServiceNow Inc. (NOW) shares gained after the company announced subscription sales that topped analyst expectations. ServiceNow told investors that it sees FY2019 subscription revenue growth between 34% and 35%, blowing past consensus of 31%. ServiceNow also said that it sees its subscription billings business growing by between 31% and 32% in FY2019, higher than consensus of 27%. ServiceNow is rated “Unattractive” in our US Large-Cap and “Unattractive” in our US Information Technology Global Top Stock Ideas.  
  • Symantec (SYMC) reported third quarter 2019 adjusted EPS of USD$0.44, beating consensus of USD$0.39.  Symantec third quarter 2019 revenue came at USD$1.21 billion, in line with consensus of USD$1.18 billion.  Symantec works gave fourth quarter 2019 EPS guidance of 37-41 cents, in line consensus.  Symantec 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.

Global Industrials Stocks Trending in the News

  • 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.
  • Fortune Brands (FBHS) reported fourth quarter 2018 adjusted EPS of USD$0.86, below consensus of USD$0.93.  Fortune Brands fourth quarter revenue came at USD$1.42 billion, missing consensus of USD$1.47 billion.  Fortune Brands gave guidance for 2019 EPS of USD$3.53-3.77, below consensus of USD$3.78.  Fortune Brands is rated “Attractive” in our US Large-Cap and “Top Buy” 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.
  • Honeywell International (HON) reported fourth quarter 2018 adjusted EPS of USD$1.91, edging past consensus of USD$1.89.  Honeywell fourth quarter 2018 revenue came at USD$9.73bn, in line with consensus of USD$9.70bn.  Honeywell sees FY2019 EPS between USD$7.80 and USD$8.10, the midpoint of which surpasses analyst consensus of USD$7.89. Honeywell is rated “Attractive” in our US Large-Cap and “Attractive” in our US Industrials Global Top Stock Ideas.
  • Johnson Controls International (JCI) reported fiscal first quarter 2019 adjusted EPS from continuing operations of USD$0.26, above consensus of USD$0.24.  Johnson Controls fiscal first quarter 2019 revenue came at USD$5.46bn, in line with consensus of USD$5.48bn.  Johnson Controls FY2019 EPS between USD$1.75 and USD$1.85, the midpoint of which matches analyst consensus for USD$1.80. Johnson Controls is not rated in our Global Top Stock Ideas.
  • Roper Technology (ROP) reported adjusted fourth quarter 2018 EPS of USD$3.22 a touch below consensus of USD$3.13.  Roper Technology fiscal first quarter revenue came at USD$72.4 billion, beating consensus of USD$71.9 billion.  Roper Technology gave guidance for first quarter 2019 EPS USD$12-12.40.  Roper Technology is rated “Neutral” in our US Large-Cap and “Top Buy” in our US Consumer Discretionary Global Top Stock Ideas.

 

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Global Financials Stocks Trending in the News

  • Deutsche Bank AG (DB: DBK) executives fear that they are down to their last 60 days to turnaround the struggling German bank. According to reports, executives at Deutsche Bank believe that the company’s performance in CY1Q2019 could decide if the bank will be forced into a government-brokered merger with Commerzbank AG (DB: CBK). “If this is true, the economic situation at Deutsche Bank must be worse than seen by the outside,” said M.M. Warburg analyst Andreas Plaesier. Deutsche Bank is rated “Neutral” in our European Large-Cap Global Top Stock Ideas. Commerzbank is rated “Unattractive” in our European Large-Cap Global Top Stock Ideas.  
  • KKR & Co. Inc. (KKR) announced fourth quarter 2018 adjusted EPS of USD$0.55, in line with consensus of USD$0.51.  KKR & Co. Reported assets under management of USD$194.7bn as of December 31st, 2018 compared to consensus for USD$191.1bn. KKR & Co. is rated “Neutral” 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.
  • Stifel Financial (SF) announced CY4Q2018 financials that surpass analysts estimates. Stifel observed USD$1.57 of EPS, beating the highest analyst estimates that ranged between USD$1.42 and USD$4.52. Stifel generated USD$793.4mm of adjusted revenue in CY4Q2018, beating analyst expectations of USD$764.3mm. Stifel is rated “Attractive” in our US SMID-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$2 billion. Ball Corp. is rated “Neutral” in our US Large-Cap Global Top Stock Ideas.
  • Chevron Corp. (CVX) posted earnings for CY4Q2019 that beat analysts’ consensus. Chevron reported a production increase to 3 million barrels of oil equivalent per day for the first time in its history, despite falling crude oil prices. Chevron sees fiscal first quarter 2019 EPS between USD$ and USD$. Chevron is rated “Neutral” in our US Large-Cap Global Top Stock Ideas. 
  • Dominion Energy Inc. (D) reported fourth quarter 2018 operating EPS of USD$0.89, in line with consensus of USD$0.90.  Dominion Energy fourth quarter 2018 operating revenue came at USD$3.36bn, slightly above consensus of USD$3.27bn.  Dominion Energy sees fiscal first quarter 2019 EPS between USD$1.05 and USD$1.25, the midpoint of which is slightly above consensus of USD$1.13. Dominion Energy is rated “Attractive” 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 billion. 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. 
  • Exxon Mobil Corporation (XOM) reported financials for CY4Q2018 that crushed analyst estimates. Exxon generated an EPS of USD$1.41 in CY4Q2018, largely surpassing consensus of USD$1.08 and beating the highest analyst estimates that ranged between USD$0.89 and USD$1.26.  Exxon also announced that it repurchased USD$425mm of common stock in CY2018. Exxon is rated “Neutral” 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Vallourec SA (ENXTPA: VK) creditors are beginning to cut their exposure to the French steel tube maker as concerns over meeting debt commitments have become more prevalent, according to people familiar with the matter. As per reports, at least two Vallourec lenders are seeking to sell off revolving-credit facilities at as little as 75% of face value. Vallourec is rated “Top Short” in our European Large-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.
  • 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.
  • Cigna Corp. (CI) reported fourth quarter 2018 adjusted EPS of USD$2.46, in line with consensus of USD$2.45.  Cigna Corp. fourth quarter 2018 revenue came at USD$13.75bn, matching consensus.  Cigna Corp. sees 2019 EPS between USD$20 and USD$21. Cigna Corp. is rated “Top Buy” in our US Large-Cap Global Top Stock Ideas.
  • Merck & Co. Inc. (MRK) reported fourth quarter 2018 adjusted EPS of USD$1.04, in line with consensus of USD$1.03.  Merck & Co. fourth quarter 2018 revenue came at USD$11.00bn, edging past consensus of USD$10.95bn.  Merck & Co. Inc. sees FY2019 EPS between USD$4.57 and USD$4.72, the midpoint of which slightly missed analyst consensus of USD$4.69. Merck & Co. Inc. is rated “Top Buy” in our US Large-Cap Global Top Stock Ideas.