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Global Stocks Trending in the News for February 21st, 2019

Feb 21, 2019

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Global Consumer Stocks Trending in the News

  • Bunge (BG) reported fourth quarter EPS of USD$0.08 well below consensus of USD$0.20.  Bunge reported fourth quarter adjusted revenue of USD$11.54 billion is in line with consensus of USD$11.66 billion.  Bunge said its strategic review and CEO search are progressing well.  Bunge is rated “Neutral” in our Large-Cap Global Top Stock Ideas and “Attractive” in our US Consumer Staples Global Top Stock Ideas.
  • Domino's Pizza Inc. (DPZ) shares plunged after reporting CY4Q2018 adjusted EPS of USD$2.62 while analysts expected USD$2.69. Domino's Pizza observed total system-wide domestic comparable sales growth of 5.6% in CY4Q2018, missing consensus of 7.2%. Domino’s Pizza generated domestic company-owned sales growth of 3.6% in CY4Q2018, missing consensus of 6.6%. Domino's Pizza is rated "Attractive” in our US Large-Cap Global Top Stock Ideas and “Top Buy” in our US Consumer Discretionary Global Top Stock Ideas.
  • Garmin (GRMN) shares soared after reporting adjusted EPS of USD$1.02, beating the highest analyst estimates that ranged between USD$0.77 and USD$0.84. Garmin expects FY2019 adjusted EPS of roughly USD$3.70, also beating the highest analyst estimates that ranged between USD$3.41 and USD$3.56. Garmin is not rated in our Global Top Stock Ideas.  
  • Herbalife Nutrition (HLF) reported fourth quarter adjusted EPS of USD$0.63 beating consensus of USD$0.60.  Herbalife Nutrition reported fourth quarter sales of USD$1.19 billion matching consensus of USD$1.19 billion.  Herbalife Nutrition is not rated in our Global Top Stock Ideas.
  • Hormel Foods Corp. (HRL) announced FY1Q2019 adjusted EPS of USD$0.44, matching consensus of USD$0.44. Hormel Foods Corp. reported net sales of USD$2.36bn in FY1Q2019 while analysts expected USD$2.39bn. Hormel Foods Corp. also reaffirmed its FY2019 guidance. Hormel Foods Corp. is rated "Neutral” in our US Large-Cap Global Top Stock Ideas and “Attractive” in our US Consumer Staples Global Top Stock Ideas.
  • J Sainsbury PLC (LSE: SBRY) shares tanked on reports that the UK supermarket chain’s prospective merger with Walmart’s (WMT) Asda is near collapse. Reports cite that antitrust regulators are requiring harsher-than-expected conditions for the prospective merger to be approved. Sainsbury is rated “Attractive” in our United Kingdom All-Cap Global Top Stock Ideas. Walmart is rated “Attractive” in our US Large-Cap Global Top Stock Ideas and “Attractive” in our US Consumer Staples Global Top Stock Ideas.
  • Jack in the Box (JACK) reported fourth quarter adjusted operating EPS of USD$1.35 beating consensus of USD$1.28.  Jack in the Box reported fourth quarter sales of USD$290.8 million matching consensus of USD$286 million.  Same store sales fell 0.1% in the quarter.  Jack in the Box is rated “Neutral” in our Global Top Stock Ideas and “Neutral” in our US Consumer Discretionary Global Top Stock Ideas.
  • Lululemon (LULU) was downgraded to by Nomura Instinet to neutral from buy.  Nomura Instinet made the downgrade based solely on valuation after the stock ran 24%.  The price target was hiked to USD$157 from USD$140 together with the rating drop.  Lululemon is rated “Attractive” in our Large-Cap Global Top Stock Ideas.
  • Nike (NKE) has been the subject of ridicule in the social media realm after a basketball player sprained his knee after his Nike sneakers split open in the middle of a game.  The player from Duke University limped off the court and immediately Nike became the butt of endless jokes about the poor quality of its products.  Nike is rated “Unattractive” in our Large-Cap Global Top Stock Ideas and “Top Buy” in our US Consumer Staples Global Top Stock Ideas.
  • Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings (NCLH) reported CY4Q2018 adjusted EPS of USD$0.85, surpassing consensus of USD$0.79. Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings generated net sales of USD$1.38bn in CY4Q2018, slightly missing consensus of USD$1.40bn. Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings expects FY2019 adjusted EPS between USD$5.20 and USD$5.30, the midpoint of which beats consensus of USD$5.15. Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings is rated "Attractive” in our US Large-Cap Global Top Stock Ideas and “Attractive” in our US Consumer Staples Global Top Stock Ideas.
  • Scientific Games Corp. (SGMS) reported CY4Q2018 adjusted EPS of USD$0.30 blowing past consensus of USD$0.08. Scientific Games Corp. generated net sales of USD$885.70mm in CY4Q2018, beating consensus of USD$871.95mm. Scientific Games Corp. is rated "Unattractive” in our US Large-Cap Global Top Stock Ideas and “Neutral” in our US Consumer Discretionary Global Top Stock Ideas.

Global Information Technology and Communication Services Stocks Trending in the News

  • Analog Devices Inc. (ADI) announced FY1Q2019 adjusted EPS of USD$1.33 while consensus was for USD$1.28. Analog Devices Inc. reported net sales of USD$1.54bn in FY1Q2019 while analysts expected USD$1.51bn. Analog Devices Inc. sees FY2Q2019 adjusted EPS between USD$1.23 and USD$1.37. Analog Devices Inc. is rated "Attractive” in our US Large-Cap Global Top Stock Ideas and “Attractive” in our US Information Technology Global Top Stock Ideas.
  • Apple Inc. (AAPL) sales weakness in China is, “likely to continue beyond the short-term,” as they, “go beyond price points,” according to HSBC. HSBC also reaffirmed its hold rating for Apple and maintained its USD$160/share price target. HSBC cited an internal survey of Chinese customer preferences in explaining the expected weakness in China. Apple is rated “Neutral” in our US Large-Cap Global Top Stock Ideas and “Neutral” in our US Information Technology Global Top Stock Ideas.
  • Arris International PLC (ARRS) announced CY4Q2018 adjusted EPS of USD$0.76 while consensus was for USD$0.74. Arris International PLC reported net sales of USD$1.79bn in CY4Q2018 while analysts expected USD$1.78bn. Arris International PLC told investors, “We anticipate 2019 to be a stronger year than 2018, with the first quarter expected to be the lowest quarter of the year.” Arris International PLC is rated "Neutral” in our US Large-Cap Global Top Stock Ideas and “Attractive” in our US Information Technology Global Top Stock Ideas.
  • CommScope (COMM) reported fourth quarter EPS of USD$0.51 above consensus of USD$0.43.  CommScope reported fourth quarter adjusted revenue of USD$1.06 billion in line with consensus of USD$1.06 billion.  CommScopegave first quarter 2019 EPS guidance of 41-46 cents.  CommScope is rated “Neutral” in our Large-Cap Global Top Stock Ideas and “Neutral” in our US Information Technology Global Top Stock Ideas.
  • Dialog Semiconductor Plc (XTRA: DLG) shares fell after Bankhaus Laumpe analyst Karsten Iltgen warned clients of likely, “weakish,” FY1Q2019 revenue of about USD$280mm, below consensus of roughly USD$300mm. Iltgen explained that fairly strong iPad production in the quarter will likely be offset by iPhone weakness. Dialog is not rated in our Global Top Stock Ideas.  
  • Gannett Co Inc. (GCI) reported CY4Q2018 adjusted EPS of USD$0.44, slightly missing expectations for USD$0.46. Gannett Co Inc. generated net sales of USD$751.4mm in CY4Q2018, missing consensus of USD$764.3mm. Gannett Co Inc. is rated "Attractive” in our US SMID-Cap Global Top Stock Ideas and “Neutral” in our US Consumer Discretionary Global Top Stock Ideas.
  • Wix.com (WIX) shares fell sharply lower after the customized web developer projected FY2019 revenue and free cash flow that missed consensus expectations. Wix.com also projects just 550k net premium additions in FY2019, down from the 760k net premium additions in FY2018. Wix.com is not rated in our Global Top Stock Ideas.

Global Industrials Stocks Trending in the News

  • Air France (ENXTPA: AF) shares spiked after CEO Ben Smith struck a compromised with Pieter Elbers, easing a growing rift within the airline. Smith will back Elbers to remain as head of the airline’s Dutch arm, securing Elbers with a critical seat on the division's board. Air France is rated “Neutral” in our European Large-Cap Global Top Stock Ideas.
  • Avis Budget Group (CAR) reported fourth quarter adjusted EPS of USD$0.53 beating consensus of USD$0.37.  Avis Budget Group reported fourth quarter sales of USD$2.1 billion matching consensus of USD$2.05 billion.   Avis Budget Group is rated “Neutral” in our Global Top Stock Ideas and “Unattractive” in our US Industrials Global Top Stock Ideas.
  • BAE Systems Plc (LSE: BA.) shares dropped after saying that German limits on arms exports to Saudi Arabia will impact its business with the country. BAE Systems told investors that Germany’s current position on export licensing, “may affect the group’s ability to provide the required capability.” BAE Systems is rated “Neutral” in our United Kingdom All-Cap Global Top Stock Ideas.
  • Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd. (SEHK: 293) shares jumped after the company forecasted an end to its record two-year streak of losses. Cathay Pacific Airways told investors that it expects to report a profit for FY2018, driven by a strong year for its cargo business and growth from additional routes and seats. Cathay Pacific Airways is rated “Neutral” in our China All-Cap Global Top Stock Ideas.
  • Owens Corning (OC) reported CY4Q2018 adjusted EPS of USD$1.38 while analysts expected USD$1.26. Owens Corning generated net sales of USD$1.72bn in CY4Q2018, beating consensus of USD$1.68bn. Owens Corning is rated "Neutral” in our US Large-Cap Global Top Stock Ideas and “Neutral” in our US Industrials Global Top Stock Ideas.
  • Southwest Airlines Co. (LUV) shares fell after the company cut its CY1Q2019 outlook due to lingering effects of the US government shutdown. Southwest now sees CY1Q2019 revenue USD$60mm below previous guidance. Southwest also told investors that, “the company has continued to experience softness in passenger demand and bookings as a result of the government shutdown.” Southwest is rated "Neutral” in our US Large-Cap Global Top Stock Ideas and “Top Buy” in our US Industrials Global Top Stock Ideas.  

 

 

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Global Financials Stocks Trending in the News

  • LendingClub Corp. (LC) shares slumped after the marketplace lender offered disappointing guidance for its CY4Q2018 earnings. LendingClub CEO Scott Sanborn said on a conference call with analysts, “So far in 2019, market conditions are similar to last quarter. We demonstrated resilience last year, and we will be enhancing that resilience given the uncertain macroeconomic outlook for 2019.” LendingClub is rated “Neutral” in our US SMID-Cap Global Top Stock Ideas.  
  • Lloyds Banking Group Plc (LSE: LLOY) shares jumped after the British lender announced a share buyback worth 1.75bn pounds (USD$2.3bn). The share buyback signals that Lloyds has enough capital to ride out any uncertainty relating to Brexit, to which it has high exposure through its UK consumer loan book. Lloyds Banking Group is rated “Neutral” in our United Kingdom All-Cap Global Top Stock Ideas.
  • Swedbank AB (OM: SWED A) shares tanked following reports that the bank may have handled more than USD$4.3bn in laundered money. From 2007 to 2015, some 50 customers may have transferred about 40bn kronor (USD$4.3bn) between Swedbank and Danske Bank A/S (CPSE: DANSKE). Swedbank spokesman Gabriel Francke Rodau has since responded to the reports saying that the bank, “doesn’t recognize,” those numbers. Swedbank is rated “Attractive” in our European Large-Cap Global Top Stock Ideas. Danske Bank is rated “Top Short” in our European Large-Cap Global Top Stock Ideas.
  • Swiss RE (SWX: SREN) shares edged higher after a proposed CHF2bn buyback program offset a FY2018 net income miss. Swiss RE proposed a buyback program spanning two separate tranches, each worth up to CHF1bn, to be executed prior to the 2020 AGM. Swiss RE also announced FY net income of USD$421mm, largely missing consensus of USD$788.7mm. Swiss RE is rated “Unattractive” in our European Large-Cap Global Top Stock Ideas.
  • UBS Group AG (SWX: UBSG) will pay a fine worth 4.5bn euros, or USD$5.1bn, mandated by a French court that found the bank guilty of helping wealthy French clients stash funds in undeclared Swiss accounts.  The court accuses UBS of illegally providing French customers with banking services to hide assets from tax authorities. UBS is rated “Neutral” in our European Large-Cap Global Top Stock Ideas.

Global Commodities & Power Stocks Trending in the News

  • Centrica Plc (LSE: CNA) shares plunged to their lowest levels in nearly two decades after the company announced a bleak outlook for FY2019. Centrica attributed tougher trading conditions in the UK energy market as reasoning for the outlook. Centrica also explained that its average adjusted operating cash low , “is under some pressure.” Centrica is rated “Unattractive” in our United Kingdom All-Cap Global Top Stock Ideas.
  • Devon Energy (DVN) reported fourth quarter core EPS of USD$0.10 well below consensus of USD$0.30.  Devon Energy will be separating its Canadian and Barnett assets and expects to complete that by the end of 2019.  Devon Energy increased its quarterly dividend to 9 cents per share from 8 cents and increased its share buyback program to USD$5 billion from USD$4 billion.  Devon Energy is rated “Neutral” in our Large-Cap Global Top Stock Ideas.
  • Diamondback Energy (FANG) reported fourth quarter adjusted EPS of USD$1.21 missing consensus of USD$1.58.  Diamondback Energy reported fourth quarter adjusted ebitda of USD456.5 million missing consensus of USD485.3 million.  Diamondback Energy saw production of 16,816 mboe/day in the fourth quarter.  Devon Energy is rated “Unattractive” in our Large-Cap Global Top Stock Ideas.
  • Newmont Mining (NEM) reported fourth quarter adjusted operating EPS of USD$1.35 beating consensus of USD$1.28.  Newmont Mining reported fourth quarter sales of USD$290.8 million matching consensus of USD$286 million.  Same store sales fell 0.1% in the quarter.  Newmont Mining is rated “Unattractive” in our US Large-Cap Global Top Stock Ideas.
  • Targa Resources Corp. (TRGP) announced CY4Q2018 adjusted EPS of USD$0.35 while consensus was for a loss of USD$0.02. Targa Resources Corp. reported net sales of USD$2.60bn in CY4Q2018, missing consensus of USD$2.91bn. Targa Resources Corp. is rated "Top Short” in our US Large-Cap Global Top Stock Ideas. 
  • The Southern Co. (SO) reported CY4Q2018 adjusted EPS of USD$0.25 while analysts expected USD$0.23. The Southern Co. generated net sales of USD$5.34bn in CY4Q2018, beating consensus of USD$4.96bn. The Southern Co. is rated "Neutral” in our US Large-Cap Global Top Stock Ideas.

Global Healthcare Stocks Trending in the News

  • Agilent Technology (A) reported first quarter 2019 core EPS of USD$0.76 beating consensus of USD$0.73. Agilent Technology reported first quarter 2019 sales of USD$1.28 billion matching consensus of USD$1.27 billion.  Agilent Technology gave 2Q 2019 EPS guidance of USD$0.70-0.72.  Agilent Technology is rated “Neutral” in our Large-Cap Global Top Stock Ideas.
  • Bausch Health Cos Inc. (BHC) reported CY4Q2018 adjusted EPS of USD$1.04 while analysts expected USD$0.84. Bausch Health Cos Inc. generated net sales of USD$2.12bn in CY4Q2018, beating consensus of USD$2.08bn. Bausch Health Cos Inc. expects FY2019 adjusted Ebitda between USD$3.35bn and USD$3.50bn, the midpoint of which is slightly above consensus of USD$3.39bn. Bausch Health Cos Inc. is not rated in our Global Top Stock Ideas.
  • CVS Health Corp. (CVS) shares slipped after the company announced FY2019 guidance that missed the lowest analyst estimates. CVS Health Corp. told investors that it expects adjusted EPS to come between USD$6.68 and USD$6.88 in FY2019 while analyst estimates ranged from USD$6.99 and USD$7.78. CVS Health Corp. Announced CY4Q2018 adjusted EPS of USD$2.14, beating consensus of USD$2.08. CVS Health Corp. is rated "Neutral” in our US Large-Cap Global Top Stock Ideas.
  • Fresenius SE (DB: FRE) shares rose after the German health conglomerate promised investors that new deals and new drugs will accelerate growth, beginning next year. Fresenius also told investors that it will target 7% per annum sales growth and 9% per annum net income growth from 2020 to 2023. Fresenius is rated “Neutral” in our European Large-Cap Global Top Stock Ideas.
  • Henry Schein Inc. (HSIC) announced CY4Q2018 adjusted EPS of USD$1.12 while consensus was for USD$1.11. Henry Schein Inc. reported net sales of USD$3.38bn in CY4Q2018 while analysts expected USD$3.46bn. Analysts expect Henry Schein Inc. to report an adjusted EPS of USD$0.96 in CY1Q2019. Henry Schein Inc. is rated "Top Buy” in our US Large-Cap Global Top Stock Ideas.
  • Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) said it has received subpoenas and inquiries from the US Justice Department and Securities and Exchange Commission relating to its talc baby-powder products.  Some allege there is asbestos in the talc powder that can cause cancer.  Johnson & Johnson faces 13,000 claims alleging the baby powder causes cancer.  Johnson & Johnson is rated “Neutral” in our US Large-Cap Global Top Stock Ideas.

Global REITs Trending in the New

  • Agilent Technology (A) reported first quarter 2019 core EPS of USD$0.76 beating consensus of USD$0.73. Agilent Technology reported first quarter 2019 sales of USD$1.28 billion matching consensus of USD$1.27 billion.  Agilent Technology gave 2Q 2019 EPS guidance of USD$0.70-0.72.  Agilent Technology is rated “Neutral” in our Large-Cap Global Top Stock Ideas.
  • Realty Income Corp. (O) reported fourth quarter FFO of USD$0.73 per share in line with consensus of USD$0.74.  Realty Income Corp reported fourth quarter adjusted revenue of USD$344.4 million in line with consensus of USD$342 million.  Realty Income Corp sees 2019 FFO of USD$3.23-3.29 per share.  Realty Income Corp is rated “Attractive” in our Large-Cap Global Top Stock Ideas.
  • Vereit Inc. (VER) reported CY4Q2018 adjusted funds from operations per share of USD$0.156 while analysts expected USD$0.171. Vereit Inc. expects FY2019 adjusted funds from operations per share between USD$0.68 and USD$0.70, the midpoint of which edges past consensus of USD$0.68. Vereit Inc. is rated "Neutral” in our US Large-Cap Global Top Stock Ideas.

 

 

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