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Global Stocks Trending in the News for February 11th, 2019

Feb 11, 2019

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Global Consumer Stocks Trending in the News

  • Coty Inc. (COTY) announced FY2Q2019 adjusted EPS of USD$0.24 while consensus was for USD$0.22.  Coty Inc. reported revenue of USD$2.51 billion in FY2Q2019 while analysts expected USD$2.46 billion. Coty Inc. declared a quarterly dividend of ISD$0.125 per share. Coty Inc. is rated “Top Short” in our US Large-Cap and “Unattractive” in our US Consumer Staples Global Top Stock Ideas.
  • Geely Automotive (SEHK: 175) announced a total sales increase of 2% y/y in January to a record 158,393 units. The January sales number represents a 70% increase in unit sales from December and includes sales of its Lynk & Co. premium brand, sold by a 50% joint venture. Geely Automotive is rated “Unattractive” in our China All-Cap Global Top Stock Ideas.
  • Goodyear Tire & Rubber (GT) announced CY4Q2018 adjusted EPS of USD$0.51 while consensus was for USD$0.60. Goodyear Tire & Rubber observed net sales of USD$3.88bn in CY4Q2018 while analysts expected USD$3.88bn -- the company cited, “unfavorable currency translation,” as reasoning for the revenue miss. Goodyear Tire & Rubber is rated “Unattractive” in our US Large-Cap and “Neutral” in our US Consumer Discretionary Global Top Stock Ideas.
  • Hasbro Inc. (HAS) announced CY4Q2018 adjusted EPS of USD$1.33 widely missing consensus of USD$1.71. Hasbro Inc. reported revenue of USD$1.39 billion in CY4Q2018 while analysts expected USD$1.71. Hasbro Inc. Hiked its quarterly dividend to 68 cents per share, up from 63 cents, but below 69 cents expected.. Hasbro Inc. is rated “Neutral” in our US Large-Cap and “Top Buy” in our US Consumer Discretionary Global Top Stock Ideas. 
  • Leoni (DB: LEO) shares tanked the most intraday since October 2015 after the company suspended a dividend payment due to falling earnings and issued a profit warning. Metzler cut its recommendation for Leoni from buy to hold on the news and told clients that the company’s announcement is, “is one warning too much -- and too hefty.” Leoni is rated “Unattractive” in our European SMID-Cap Global Top Stock Ideas.
  • Mattel (MAT) reported fourth quarter adjusted EPS of USD$0.04, strongly beating consensus of 14 cents per share loss. Mattel fourth quarter revenue came at USD$1.52 billion beating consensus of USD$1.44 billion.  Mattel posted its first beat on quarterly earnings in 3 years, seeing better than expected sales in Barbie and Hot Wheels.  Mattel is rated “Unattractive” in our US Large-Cap and “Neutral” in our US Consumer Discretionary Global Top Stock Ideas.
  • Playtech (LSE: PTEC) was downgraded by Bank of America Merrill Lynch to underperform from neutral.  Bank of America Merrill Lynch sees a lack of visibility in Asia in the near term and was cited as a primary reason for the downgrade.  Playtech is rated “Unattractive” in our United Kingdom All-Cap Global Top Stock Ideas 
  • Tesla (TSLA) has successfully ramped up the production of Model 3s but is still have challenges servicing them.  The Wall Street Journal highlight today that owners are having to wait weeks or months to get their vehicles serviced due to the limited number of locations. Tesla is rated “Top Short” 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

  • Apple (AAPL) saw a 20% plummet in iPhone shipments in the fourth quarter of 2018, according to a report from research firm IDC.  IDC estimates the market as a whole or phones contracted 9.7% in China in the fourth quarter.  IDC highlights that Apple has not been able to adjust its offerings in China fast enough for the pace of change of customers.  Apple is rated “Neutral” in our US Large-Cap and “Neutral” in our US Information Technology Global Top Stock Ideas.
  • DXC Technology (DXC) reported adjusted third quarter 2019 EPS of USD$2 23 beating consensus of USD$2.05.  DXC Technology third quarter 2019 revenue came at USD$5.18 billion, in line with consensus of USD$5.16 billion.  DXC Technology is rated “Attractive” in our US Large-Cap and “Attractive” in our US Information Technology Global Top Stock Ideas.
  • Electronic Arts Inc. (EA) shares surged the highest intraday since 2017 on Friday after the company announced its new free-to-play battle royale game, Apex Legends, reached 10mm users in 72 hours. Electronic Arts is hailing the new game as a competitor to Epic Games Inc.’s Fortnite. Electronic Arts is rated “Unattractive” in our US Large-Cap and “Neutral” in our US Information Technology Global Top Stock Ideas.
  • Electronic Arts (EA) was upgraded by Bank of America Merrill Lynch to buy from neutral.  Electronic Arts had its price target hiked to USD$110 from USD$95 while the average price target is USD$93.66.  The hike comes in the wake of weak earnings in February 5th.  Electronic Arts is rated "Unattractive" in our US Large-Cap and "Neutral" in our US Information Technology Global Top Stock Ideas. 
  • Fiserv (FISV) reported fourth quarter adjusted EPS of USD$0.84 in line with consensus of USD$0.86.  Fiserv fourth quarter revenue came at USD$1.55 billion matching consensus of USD$1.55 billion.  Fiserv saw internal revenue growth of 4.5% in the fourth quarter.  Fiserv is rated “Top Buy” in our US Large-Cap and “Attractive” in our US Information Technology Global Top Stock Ideas.
  • Motorola Solutions (MSI) reported fourth quarter adjusted EPS of USD$2.63 beating consensus of USD$2.54. Motorola Solutions fourth quarter revenue came at USD$2.25 billion in line with consensus of USD$2.22 billion.  Motorola Solutions is rated “Top Buy” in our US Large-Cap and “Top Buy” in our US Information Technology Global Top Stock Ideas.
  • Sprint (S) is suing AT&T (T) for the use of a “5G E” symbol on the screens of phones on its networks that are near an enhanced 4G cell tower.  AT&T calls this “5G Evolution”,  hence the 5G E symbol on screens while Sprint is suing, calling this deceptive.  Sprint is rated “Top Short” in our US Large-Cap Global Top Stock Ideas.  AT&T is rated “Neutral” in our US Large-Cap Global Top Stock Ideas
  • Wirecard AG (XTRA: WDI) shares continued to plunge despite the company fighting back against allegations of financial irregularities, money laundering, and forgery at its Asian unit. Wirecard CEO Markus Braun said on a phone call Friday, “This whole issue will be resolved quickly.” Wirecard is rated “Attractive” in our European Large-Cap Global Top Stock Ideas.  

Global Industrials Stocks Trending in the News

  • Arconic Inc. (ARNC) announced plans to break into two separate companies while also announcing that it will slash its dividend by two-thirds. Arconic will split into an Engineered Products & Forging company and a Global Rolled Products business company. Arconic cut its dividend from USD$0.06 to USD$0.02, citing a need to trim costs. Arconic Inc. is rated “Unattractive” in our US Large-Cap and “Unattractive” in our US Industrials Global Top Stock Ideas.
  • Deutsche Post (DB: DPW) may get a hike in postage rated more than expected, according to a report in Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung today.  Deutsche Post may get a hike to 0.90 euro, up from 0.70 presently.  The hike will take effect in early summer and not in April as originally thought.  Deutsche Post is rated “Unattractive” in our European Large-Cap Global Top Stock Ideas.
  • GrafTech International (EAF) announced CY4Q2018 adjusted EPS of USD$0.79 while consensus was for USD$0.71. GrafTech International reported revenue of USD$532.8mm in CY4Q2018 while analysts expected USD$476.8mm. GrafTech International’s CEO said on a call with analysts, “Looking ahead to 2019, demand for our products remains solid and we expect to have continued robust cash.” GrafTech International is rated “Neutral” in our US SMID-Cap and “Attractive” in our US Industrials Global Top Stock Ideas.
  • Univar Inc. (UNVR) announced CY4Q2018 adjusted EPS of USD$0.33 while consensus was for USD$0.32. Univar Inc. reported net sales of USD$1.97 billion in CY4Q2018 while analysts expected USD$2.01 billion. Univar Inc. sees FY1Q2019 adjusted EPS between USD$0.27 and USD$0.29. Univar Inc. is rated “Unattractive” 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

  • CBOE Global Markets Inc. (CBOE) announced CY4Q2018 adjusted EPS of USD$1.54 while consensus was for USD$1.37. CBOE Global Markets Inc. reported revenue of USD$334.4mm in CY4Q2018 while analysts expected USD$324.5mm. CBOE Global Markets Inc. told analysts that it sees FY2019 capital expenditures between USD$50mm and USD$55mm. CBOE Global Markets Inc. is rated “Attractive” in our US Large-Cap Global Top Stock Ideas.
  • The potential merger of Duetsche Bank AG (DB: DBK) and Commerzbank AG (DB: CBK) appears to be supported by German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz after he said at a Bloomberg event in London on Friday that it is, “important to have a strong banking sector that is able to do what national champions are able to do.” Scholz also added, “We are happy to have a lot of international banks acting in Germany, but also to have a stable banking sector in Germany that is able to go with any company abroad.” Duetsche 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 (KKR) is acquiring 60% of Indian waste-collection company Ramky Enviro Engineers Ltd in its impact fund.    The deal is valued at USD$510 million.  This is KKR’s biggest deal in the impact fund.  KKR is rated “Unattractive” in our US Large-Cap Global Top Stock Ideas.
  • Euronext (ENXTPA:ENX) has hiked its offer for the Oslo Stock Exchange to 158 kronor per share, topping by 4% Nasdaq’s (NDAQ) offer for the Oslo exchange.  Nasdaq’s offer was already accepted by the Oslo Exchange and today Nasdaq said it is moving ahead with the deal, giving no hint if it plans to up its offer.  Euronext is rated “Top Buy” in our European SMID-Cap Global Top Stock Ideas.  Nasdaq is rated “Neutral” in our US Large-Cap Global Top Stock Ideas.
  • Morgan Stanley (MS) announced the acquisition of Solium Capital (TSX: SUM) for about USD$900mm. Morgan Stanley will pay about CAD$19.15/share for Solium Capital, a provider of stock-plan administration services, which represents a 43% premium on the company’s closing price. Morgan Stanley is rated “Neutral” in our US Large-Cap Global Top Stock Ideas. Solium Capital is not rated in our Global Top Stock Ideas.

Global Commodities & Power Stocks Trending in the News

  • Avista Corp. (AVA) announced CY4Q2018 adjusted EPS of USD$0.70 while consensus was for USD$0.65. Avista Corp. sees FY2019 adjusted EPS between USD$2.78 and USD$2.98. Avista also said that it will issue USD$165mm of long-term debt and up to USD$50mm of equity to refinance its debt, fund capex , and maintain its capital structure in FY2019. Avista Corp. is rated “Attractive” in our US Large-Cap Global Top Stock Ideas.
  • Clevland-Cliffs Inc. (CLF) announced CY4Q2018 adjusted EPS from continuing operations of USD$2.03 while consensus was for USD$0.59. Clevland-Cliffs Inc. reported revenue of USD$693.3mm in CY4Q2018 while analysts expected USD$715.7mm. Clevland-Cliffs Inc. is rated “Neutral” in our US Large-Cap Global Top Stock Ideas.
  • Exelon Corp. (EXC) announced CY4Q2018 adjusted EPS of USD$0.58 while consensus was for USD$0.57. Exelon Corp. sees FY2019 adjusted EPS of between USD$3.00 and USD$3.30, the midpoint of which slightly misses analyst expectations of USD$3.17. Exelon Corp. is rated “Neutral” in our US Large-Cap Global Top Stock Ideas.
  • Phillips 66 (PSX) announced CY4Q2018 adjusted ebitda of USD$309.00mm while analysts expected USD$282.7mm. Phillips 66 generated earnings per unit of USD$1.09 in CY4Q2018 while consensus was for USD$1.02.  Phillips 66 is rated “Neutral” in our US Large-Cap Global Top Stock Ideas.
  • Vale (VALE) has lost its license to operate the tailings dam that collapsed.  The Brazilian Mines and Energy Minister has opened an administrative proceeding to collect information related to the rupture of Vale's tailings dam.  Vale announced the evacuation of 500 residents downstream of a different dam at another of Vale’s mines due to fears of a potential collapse.  Vale is rated “Neutral” in our Brazil All-Cap Global Top Stock Ideas.

Global Healthcare Stocks Trending in the News

  • Smith & Nephew Plc (LSE: SN) shares fell on news of deal talks with NuVasive Inc. (NUVA). A deal would reportedly be worth more than USD$3bn, according to the Financial Times. Last week, Smith & Nephew CEO Namal Nawana said that the company is ready to pursue a large deal to expand the company’s operations to more medical devices. Smith & Nephew is rated “Unattractive” in our United Kingdom All-Cap Global Top Stock Ideas. NuVasive is rated “Neutral” in our US Large-Cap Global Top Stock Ideas.

 

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