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Global Stocks Trending in the News for February 4th, 2019

Feb 04, 2019

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Global Consumer Stocks Trending in the News

  • Adidas AG (DB: ADS) shares fell after UBS wrote in a note to clients that increased competition and promotional activity in 4Q will hurt the company's product margins. UBS cut Adidas from buy to neutral for this reason. UBS sees Adidas’ gross margins falling by about 20 basis points while consensus calls for a 30 basis point increase. Adidas is rated “Attractive” in our European Large-Cap Global Top Stock Ideas. 
  • Amazon (AMZN) reported fourth quarter 2018 EPS of USD$6.04, above consensus of USD$5.55.  Amazon fourth 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.
  • Clorox (CLX) reported second quarter 2019 adjusted EPS of USD$1.40 beating consensus of USD$1.30.  Clorox second quarter 2019 revenue came at USD$1.47 billion, in line with consensus of USD$1.47 billion.  Clorox works gave fourth quarter 2019 EPS guidance of USD$6.20-6.40, in line with consensus.  Clorox is rated “Neutral” in our US Large-Cap and “Attractive” in our US Consumer Discretionary 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.
  • Sony (TSE: 6758) reported a 14% drop in operating income to 73 billion yen (USD^666 million).  Sony’s weak results came from weak PlayStation sales, Sony sold only 8.1 PS4 consoles this holiday season, down from 9 million a year ago.  Analysts comments have generally been negative with Macquarie downgrading the stock to hold from buy.  Sony is rated is rated “Top Buy” in our European Large-Cap Global Top Stock Ideas.
  • Tesla (TSLA) is estimated to have delivered 6,500 Model 3 sedans to US customers in January.  Tesla delivered a total 63,150 Model 3s in 4Q2018 globally.  For 2019, Tesla plans to deliver between 360,000 and 400,000 vehicles across all models.  Tesla is rated “Top Short” in our US Large-Cap and “Neutral” in our US Consumer Discretionary Global Top Stock Ideas.

Global Information Technology & Communication Services Stocks Trending in the News

  • Booz Allen Hamilton Holding Corporation (BAH) announced strong FY3Q2019 financials and offered FY2019 guidance that misses analyst expectations. Booz Allen observed an adjusted EPS of USD$0.72 in FY3Q2019 while analyst expectations called for USD$0.59. Booz Allen sees FY2019 adjusted EPS between USD$2.65 and USD$2.75, the midpoint of which slightly misses consensus of USD$2.71. Booz Allen is rated “Top Buy” in our US Large-Cap and “Top Buy” in our US Information Technology 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.
  • Diodes (DIOD) is buying a wafer fabrication facility in Scotland from Texas Instruments (TXN).  Diode said it expects the deal to be accretive but did not disclose terms of the deal.  Diodes will continue to manufacture Texas Instruments’ Analog products.  Diodes is rated “Attractive” in our US SMID-Cap and “Attractive” in our US Information Technology Global Top Stock Ideas.  Texas Instruments is rated “Top Buy” in our US Large-Cap and “Top Buy” 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Wirecard AG (XTRA: WDI) shares tanked after the Financial Times reported that an external law firm found evidence indicating, “serious offenses of forgery and/or of falsification of accounts.” Wirecard has since denied the report, calling it, “inaccurate, misleading, and defamatory.” Wirecard is rated “Neutral” in our European Large-Cap Global Top Stock Ideas.  
  • Wirecard (XTRA: WDI) is denying reports of fraud, saying “we fundamentally contradict” press reports fraud in Singapore.  Last week the Financial Times reported that an external law firm found evidence indicating, “serious offenses of forgery and/or of falsification of accounts.”  Authorities in Singapore have launched an investigation.  Wirecard is rated “Attractive” in our European Large-Cap Global Top Stock Ideas.

Global Industrials Stocks Trending in the News

  • 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.
  • 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) announced CY4Q2018 financials and CY1Q2019 guidance that surpasses analyst estimates. Roper generated adjusted EPS of USD$3.22 in CY4Q2018 while analysts expected USD$3.13. Roper sees CY1Q2019 adjusted EPS between USD$2.74 and USD$2.80, the midpoint of which beats consensus of USD$2.72. Roper is rated “Top Buy” in our US Large-Cap and “Attractive” in our US Industrials Global Top Stock Ideas.
  • Spirit Airlines (SAVE) shares traded higher after the company reported FY2019 guidance 4% above the average analyst estimate. Spirit sees FY2019 revenue between USD$8.0bn and USD$8.2bn while consensus called for USD$7.79bn. Spirit generated an adjusted EPS of USD$1.85 in CY4Q2018 while consensus was for USD$1.80. Spirit is rated “Neutral” in our US Large-Cap and “Unattractive” in our US Industrials Global Top Stock Ideas.

 

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Global Financials Stocks Trending in the News

  • Danske Bank A/S (CPSE: DANSKE) shares traded higher after the company told investors that it does not expect to sustain financial losses as a result of clients leaving due to the company’s money laundering scandal. Last year alone, Danske lost about 11,000 retail customers in Denmark. Danske is rated “Top Short” 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.
  • Nasdaq (NDAQ) formally confirmed its plans to bid for the Oslo Bors for 152 kronor per share.  Nasdaq is besting Euronext’s (ENXTPA: ENX) offer by 5%.  With the formal publication of Nasdaq’s offer, Euronext said it is assessing its original offer.  Nasdaq is rated “Neutral” in our US Large-Cap Global Top Stock Ideas.  Euronext is rated “Top Buy” in our European SMID-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

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Impala Platinum Ltd. (JSE: IMP) shares rose the most in 3 months after the company announced a rebound in its FY1H2019 profit. The world's second-largest producer of platinum said on Monday that a rally in palladium prices that offset near decade-low prices in platinum drove the company’s larger-than-expected profit in FY1H2019. Impala Platinum is not rated in our Global Top Stock Ideas.
  • Nyrstar (ENXTBR: NYR) lowered its profit outlook on Friday and said it faces tough liquidity conditions this year.  Nyrstar is trying to restructure debt coming due later in the year.  Nyrstar said it continues to explore ways to improve liquidity.  Nyrstar is rated “Unattractive” in our European SMID-Cap Global Top Stock Ideas.
  • Vale (VALE) said the closures that are affecting its iron ore mines will not affect its nickel mines as they do not utilize these types of dams.  Vale is presently the largest producer of nickel and last year produced 288,200 tons of the metal.  Vale is rated “Neutral” in our Brazil All-Cap Global Top Stock Ideas.

Global Healthcare Stocks Trending in the News

  • Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (ALXN) announced CY4Q2018 financials and CY2019 earnings guidance that beat consensus. Alexion generated an adjusted EPS of USD$2.14 in CY4Q2018, beating the highest analyst estimates that ranged between USD$1.69 and USD$1.96. Alexion sees an adjusted EPS of between USD$9.10 and USD$9.30, the midpoint of which surpasses analyst estimates for USD$8.79. Alexion is rated “Neutral” in our US Large-Cap Global Top Stock Ideas.
  • Bristol Myers Squibb Co. (BMY) shares gained after activist investor hedge fund Starboard Value said it took a position in the drug maker. Shares of Bristol Myers sank last month after the company acquired Celgene Corp. (CELG) for a record USD$74bn. Bristol Myers 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.
  • HCA Healthcare (HCA) completed the purchase of Mission Health of North Carolina for USD$1.5 billion.  Mission Health is a 6-hospital network that HCA will add to its 1800 healthcare sites.  HCA Healthcare is rated “Attractive” 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.

Global REITs Trending in the New

  • Colliers International (TSX: CIGI) was upgraded to outperform from market perform at JMP Securities.  An improved outlook for the next year was cited in the upgrade.  Colliers International is not rated in our Global Top Stock Ideas.

 

 

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