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Global Stocks Trending in the News for February 5th, 2019

Feb 05, 2019

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Global Consumer Stocks Trending in the News

  • Aramark (ARMK) reported FY1Q2019 adjusted EPS of USD$0.63 in line with analyst expectations for USD$0.61. Aramark generated USD$4.3bn of revenue in FY1Q2019 while consensus called for USD$4.19bn. Aramark expects FY2019 EPS to come between USD$2.30 and USD$2.40. Aramark is rated “Attractive” in our US Large-Cap and “Attractive” in our US Consumer Discretionary Global Top Stock Ideas. 
  • Aryzta AG (SWX: ARYN) shares fell as much as 9% after Credit Suisse resumed coverage of the company and issued an underperform recommendation, citing concerns over debt levels. Credit Suisse wrote in a note to clients that the company’s turnaround pan following its capital increase is, “highly ambitious, given the relatively undifferentiated nature of Aryzta’s core product range.” Aryzta is rated “Top Short” in our European SMID-Cap Global Top Stock Ideas.
  • Church & Dwight Co. (CHD) announced CY4Q2018 adjusted EPS of USD$0.57 in line with consensus of USD$0.58. Church & Dwight Co. reported revenue of USD$1.07bn in CY4Q2018 matching consensus for USD$1.07bn. Church & Dwight Co. sees FY2019 adjusted EPS between USD$2.43 and USD$2.47, missing consensus for USD$2.48. Church & Dwight Co. is rated “Attractive” in our US Large-Cap and “Top Buy” in our US Consumer Staples 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.
  • Estee Lauder Cos. Inc. (EL) reported FY2Q2019 adjusted EPS of USD$1.86 well above analyst expectations for USD$1.55. Estee Lauder Cos. expects FY2019 EPS to come between USD$4.92 and USD$5.00. Estee Lauder Cos. is rated “Neutral” in our US Large-Cap and “Neutral” in our US Consumer Staples Global Top Stock Ideas.
  • Papa John’s International (PZZA) has received a USD$200mm investment from Starboard Value LP. As part of the investment, Starboard Value LP EO Jeffrey Smith will become the new Chairman of the Board of Directors for Papa Johns. Papa Johns is rated “Top Short” in our US Large-Cap and “Unattractive” in our US Consumer Discretionary Global Top Stock Ideas.
  • Ralph Lauren Corp. (RL) reported FY3Q2019 adjusted EPS of USD$2.32 beating analyst expectations for USD$2.14. Ralph Lauren generated USD$1.73bn of revenue in FY3Q2019 while consensus called for USD$1.66bn. Ralph Lauren’s comparable sales at constant currency grew 4% in FY3Q2019, double consensus of 2%. Ralph Lauren is rated “Neutral” in our US Large-Cap and “Attractive” in our US Consumer Discretionary 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.
  • Sysco (SYY) announced FY2Q2019 earnings that edged past analyst estimates. Sysco generated an adjusted EPS of USD$0.75 in FY2Q2019 while consensus called for USD$0.73. Sysco’s revenue in FY2Q2019 of USD$14.77bn slightly missed analyst expectations for USD$14.78bn. Sysco is rated “Attractive” in our US Large-Cap and “Neutral” in our US Consumer Staples Global Top Stock Ideas.
  • Tesla Inc. (TSLA) announced the acquisition of battery-technology company Maxwell Technologies (MXWL) for USD$218mm in stock. The acquisition for USD$4.75/share represents a ~55% premium on Friday’s closing price of Maxwell Technologies shares. Maxwell Technologies will provide Tesla with a short-term energy storage technology solution that Elon Musk has called a key to the future of electric cars in the past. Tesla is rated “Top Short” in our US Large-Cap and “Neutral” in our US Consumer Discretionary Global Top Stock Ideas. Maxwell Technologies is rated “Unattractive” in our US SMID-Cap and “Unattractive” in our US Information Technology Global Top Stock Ideas.

Global Information Technology & Communication Services Stocks Trending in the News

  • Alphabet (GOOGL) reported fourth quarter EPS of USD$12.77 missing consensus of USD$13.04.  Alphabet fourth quarter revenue came at USD$39.29 billion matching consensus of USD$38.98 billion.  Alphabet reported USD$7 billion on capital expenditures, well above USD$5.2 billion expected. Paid clicks on Google properties grew 66% y/y.   Alphabet is rated “Neutral” in our US Large-Cap and “Attractive” in our US Information Technology Global Top Stock Ideas.
  • CDK Global Inc. (CDK) announced FY2Q2019 adjusted EPS of USD$0.98 while consensus was for USD$0.91. CDK Global reported revenue of USD$590.4mm in FY2Q2019 while analysts expected USD$578.8mm. CDK Global sees FY2019 adjusted EPS at the higher end of between USD$3.70 and USD$3.80 while analysts expect USD$3.73. CDK Global is rated “Attractive” in our US Large-Cap and “Top Buy” 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.
  • Ellie Mae (ELLI) shares rose after a DealReporter story broke late Friday that the company hired Morgan Stanley to explore a sale of the company. Many analysts across the industry are questioning if Ellie Mae would fetch much of a premium if acquired. Compass Point, for example, sees Elli Mae’s best-case scenario as being acquired at a 7%-27% premium on Friday’s closing share price. Ellie Mae is rated “Top Short” in our US Large-Cap and “Neutral” in our US Information Technology Global Top Stock Ideas.
  • Entegris Inc. (ENTG) reported FY1Q2019 adjusted EPS of USD$0.47 in line with analyst expectations for USD$0.45. Entegris Inc. generated USD$401.6 mn of revenue in FY1Q2019 while consensus called for USD$391.4mn. Entegris Inc. expects FY2Q2019 EPS to come between USD$0.42 and USD$0.47. Entegris Inc. is rated “Attractive” in our US Large-Cap and “Attractive” in our US Information Technology Global Top Stock Ideas. 
  • Lumentum Holdings (LITE) announced FY2Q2019 adjusted EPS of USD$1.15 while consensus was for USD$1.17. Lumentum Holdings reported revenue of USD$373.7mm in FY2Q2019, beating analyst expectations for USD$357.4mm. Lumentum Holdings sees FY2019 adjusted EPS between USD$0.76 and USD$0.94, the midpoint of which misses concensus for USD$0.93. Lumentum Holdings is rated “Neutral” in our US Large-Cap and “Neutral” in our US Information Technology Global Top Stock Ideas.
  • Seagate Technology (STX) reported fiscal second quarter adjusted EPS of USD$1.41 beating consensus of USD$1.28.  Seagate Technology fiscal second quarter revenue came at USD$2.71 billion matching consensus of USD$2.7 billion.  Seagate Technology is not rated in our Global Top Stock Ideas
  • Ultimate Software Group (ULTI) will be acquired by an investor group led by Helman & Friedman Capital for USD$11bn. Ultimate Software Group shareholders will receive USD$331.50 of cash per share, representing a ~32% premium on the company’s average stock price over the last 30 days. Ultimate Software Group is rated “Neutral” in our US Large-Cap and “Attractive” in our US Information Technology Global Top Stock Ideas.
  • Versum Materials (VSM) reported fourth quarter EPS of USD$0.55 matching consensus of USD$0.55.  Versum Materials fourth quarter revenue came at USD$339.5 million, matching consensus of USD$341.8 million.  Versum Materials is rated “Top Buy” in our US SMID-Cap and “Attractive” in our US Information Technology Global Top Stock Ideas.
  • Viacom Inc. (VIAB) announced FY1Q2019 adjusted EPS from continuing operations of USD$1.12, beating consensus of USD$1.02. Viacom reported revenue of USD$3.09bn in FY1Q2019 while analysts expected USD$3.12bn. Viacom is rated “Unattractive” in our US Large-Cap and “Attractive” in our US Consumer Discretionary 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

  • Emerson Electric Co. (EMR) announced FY1Q2019 EPS from continuing operations of USD$0.74 while consensus was for USD$0.66. Emerson Electric reported revenue of USD$4.15bn in FY1Q2019 while analysts expected USD$4.21bn. Emerson Electric sees FY2019 adjusted EPS between USD$3.60 and USD$3.75, the midpoint of which beats consensus for USD$3.63. Emerson Electric is rated “Attractive” in our US Large-Cap and “Attractive” in our US Industrials Global Top Stock Ideas.
  • Panalpina Welttransport Holding AG (SWX: PWTN) is open to considering other acquisition offers after the company turned down a USD$4.2bn acquisition attempt by DSV AS (CPSE: DSV). Although the Ernst Goehner Foundation, who is Panalpina’s largest shareholder with 45.9% of stock , does not want a sale of the company, it said that it is obliged to look at offers and would not necessarily reject a higher bid. Panalpina is rated “Neutral” in our European SMID-Cap Global Top Stock Ideas. DSV A/S is rated “Top Buy” in our European Large-Cap Global Top Stock Ideas.
  • TransDigm Group Inc. (TDG) reported FY1Q2019 adjusted EPS of USD$3.85 largely beating analyst expectations for USD$3.43. TransDigm Group generated USD$993.3mm of revenue in FY1Q2019 while consensus called for USD$956.2mm. TransDigm Group expects FY2019 EPS to come between USD$16.42 and USD$17.10, the midpoint of which beats consensus of USD$16.58. TransDigm Group is rated “Neutral” in our US Large-Cap and “Neutral” in our US Industrials Global Top Stock Ideas.

 

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Global Financials Stocks Trending in the News

  • Lazard Ltd. (LAZ) reported CY4Q2018 adjusted EPS of USD$0.94 surpassing analyst expectations for USD$0.91. Lazard generated USD$684.5mm of operating revenue in CY4Q2018 while consensus called for USD$666.8mm. Lazard is not rated in our 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.

Global Commodities & Power Stocks Trending in the News

  • 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.
  • Vallourec SA (ENXTPA: VK) shares were downgraded by Kepler Cheurveaux from hold to reduce. Additionally, Kepler Cheurveaux slashed its price target for Vallourec from 3.40 euros/share to 0.90 euros/share, implying a 39% downside from Friday’s closing price. Vallourec is rated “Unattractive” in our European SMID-Cap Global Top Stock Ideas.

Global Healthcare Stocks Trending in the News

  • Array Biopharma Inc. (ARRY) reported FY2Q2018 adjusted loss per share of USD$0.05, better than analyst expectations for a loss per share of USD$0.15. Array Biopharma Inc. generated USD$82.5mm of revenue in FY2Q2018 while consensus called for USD$52.4mm. Array Biopharma Inc. is rated “Top Short” in our US Large-Cap Global Top Stock Ideas.
  • Becton Dickinson & Co. (BDX) reported CY4Q2018 adjusted EPS of USD$2.70 in line with analyst expectations for USD$2.61. Becton Dickinson generated USD$4.16bn of revenue in CY4Q2018 while consensus called for USD$4.11bn. Becton Dickinson expects CY2019 EPS to come between USD$12.05 and USD$12.15. Becton Dickinson is rated “Unattractive” 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.
  • Centene Corp. (CNC) announced CY4Q2018 adjusted EPS of USD$1.38 while consensus was for USD$1.32. Centene Corp. reported revenue of USD$16.6bn in CY4Q2018 while analysts expected USD$16.33bn. Centene Corp. sees CY2019 split adjusted EPS between USD$4.11 and USD$4.31. Centene Corp. is rated “Attractive” in our US Large-Cap Global Top Stock Ideas. 
  • Gilead Sciences (GILD) reported fourth quarter adjusted EPS of USD$1.44 missing consensus of USD$1.70.  Gilead Sciences fourth quarter revenue came at USD$5.8 billion beating consensus of USD$5.52 billion.  Gilead Sciences raised its quarterly dividend to 63 cents, up from 57 cents, and above 62 cents expected.  Gilead Sciences is rated “Unattractive” 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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