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

Mar 01, 2019

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Global Consumer Stocks Trending in the News

  • Amazon (AMZN) has launched Project Zero, its effort to limit counterfeit sellers on its platform.  Project Zero lets brand owner delete product it deems are fakes.  This marks a shift in the way Amazon functioned in the past and it cedes responsibility for fighting counterfeiters to a third party, the brand owners.  Amazon is rated “Unattractive” in our US Large-Cap Global Top Stock Ideas and “Top Buy” in our US Consumer Discretionary Global Top Stock Ideas.
  • Anheuser-Busch Inbev (BUD, ENXTBR:ABI) reported fourth quarter adjusted EPS of USD$0.80 missing consensus of USD$1.00.  Anheuser-Busch Inbev reported fourth quarter adjusted ebitda growth of 10% (6.5% was expected) with USD$6.17 billion, above consensus of USD$6.05 billion.  Anheuser-Busch Inbev  sees   Anheuser-Busch Inbev is rated “Top Short” in our European Large-Cap Global Top Stock Ideas.
  • Aston Martin Lagonda Global Holdings Plc (LSE: AML) shares tanked after the company announced CY4Q2018 financials and missed production targets, leading investors to doubt its October IPO valuation. CEO Andy Palmer discussed that Aston Martin’s IPO valuation was based on plans to double output to 14,000 vehicles by FY2023, but the company will not be able to notably lift production until a new plant begins deliveries next year. Aston Martin is rated “Neutral” in our United Kingdom All-Cap Global Top Stock Ideas.
  • Booking Holdings (BKNG) reported fourth quarter adjusted EPS of USD$22.49 beating consensus of USD$19.39.  Booking Holdings reported fourth quarter adjusted ebitda of USD$1.26 billion in line with consensus of USD$1.22 billion.  Gross travel bookings grew 9% in the quarter.  Booking Holdings gave first quarter EPS guidance of USD$10.90-11.20.  Booking Holdings is rated “Top buy” in our US Large-Cap Global Top Stock Ideas and “Top Buy” in our US Consumer Discretionary Global Top Stock Ideas.
  • Carrefour SA (ENXTPA: CA) shares traded higher after the company told investors it will begin to deepen some cost-cutting measures and lessen its retail store sales space in a move to address the trend towards e-commerce. Overall, Carrefour plans to decrease store sales space by about 10% and to trim its annual cost by 2.8bn euros by 2020 (USD$3.2mm) -- Carrefour’s initial cost cutting plan was to reduce costs by 2bn euros by 2020. Carrefour is rated “Unattractive” in our European Large-Cap Global Top Stock Ideas.
  • Cars.com Inc. (CARS) shares moved slightly higher after it announced CY4Q2018 EPS of USD$0.50, missing the lowest analyst estimates that ranged between USD$0.51 and USD$0.65. Cars.com also told analysts that it expects revenue growth between -5% and 2% and an adjusted Ebitda margin between 30% and 31% in FY2019. Cars.com is rated “Neutral” in our US SMID-Cap Global Top Stock Ideas and “Neutral” in our US Information Technology Global Top Stock Ideas.
  • Foot Locker (FL) shares surged after the company delivered CY4Q2018 earnings that beat the highest analyst estimate. Foot Locker reported CY4Q2018 adjusted EPS of USD$1.56, beating the highest analyst estimates that ranged between USD$1.32 and USD$1.49. Foot Locker also reported robust comparable sales growth of 9.7% in CY4Q2018, more than double consensus of 4.6% Foot Locker is rated “Neutral” in our US Large-Cap Global Top Stock Ideas and “Attractive” in our US Consumer Discretionary Global Top Stock Ideas.
  • Gap (GPS) announced it will split into 2 companies, with Old Navy being spun off as a standalone company.  Gap reported fourth quarter 2019 adjusted EPS of USD$0.72 matching consensus of USD$0.72.  Gap reported fourth quarter 2019 adjusted revenue of USD$4.62 billion missing consensus of USD$4.7 billion.  Gap gave fiscal 2019 EPS guidance of USD$2.11-2.26 with flat to slightly up sales.  Gap is rated “Top Short” in our US Large-Cap Global Top Stock Ideas and “Attractive” in our US Consumer Discretionary Global Top Stock Ideas.
  • JC Penney Co. Inc. (JCP) shares soared after the retailer announced adjusted EPS of USD$0.18 in CY4Q2018, dwarfing analyst expectations of USD$0.10. JC Penney’s net sales of USD$3.67bn in CY4Q2018 slightly missed consensus for USD$3.71bn. JC Penney is rated “Unattractive” in our US SMID-Cap Global Top Stock Ideas and “Top Short” in our US Consumer Discretionary Global Top Stock Ideas.
  • JD.com Inc. (JD) shares appreciated after the company posted CY4Q2018 revenue results ahead of analyst estimates, citing Singles’ Day promotions as a notable driver. JD.com’s sales in CY4Q2018 came in at 134.8bn yuan (USD$20.2bn), surpassing consensus of 132.5bn yuan. JD.com expects FY1Q2019 revenue of between 118bn yuan and 122bn yuan, the midpoint of which edges past consensus of 118.9bn yuan. JD.com is rated “Unattractive” in our China All-Cap Global Top Stock Ideas.  
  • Keurig Dr. Pepper Inc. (KDP) shares fell after the company announced CY4Q2018 sales that and FY2019 EPS were slightly below analyst expectations. Keurig Dr. Pepper generated net sales of USD$2.81bn in CY4Q2018, slightly below consensus of USD$2.84bn. Keurig Dr. Pepper told analysts that it expects FY2019 adjusted EPS of between USD$1.20 and USD$1.22, missing consensus of USD$1.23. Keurig Dr. Pepper is rated “Unattractive” in our US Large-Cap Global Top Stock Ideas and “Top Buy” in our US Consumer Staples Global Top Stock Ideas.
  • L Brands (LB) reported fourth quarter 2019 adjusted EPS of USD$2.14 beating consensus of USD$2.08.  L Brands reported fourth quarter 2019 adjusted revenue of USD$4.85 billion in line with consensus of USD$4.92 billion.  L Brands gave EPS gave for the first quarter of USD$2.20-2.60  L Brands is rated “Top Short” in our US Large-Cap Global Top Stock Ideas and “Neutral” in our US Consumer Discretionary Global Top Stock Ideas.
  • LKQ Corp. (LKQ) reported fourth quarter adjusted EPS of USD$0.48 in line with consensus of USD$0.49.  LKQ reported fourth quarter revenue of USD$3.0 billion in line with consensus of USD$3.02 billion.  LKQ gave 2019 EPS guidance of USD$2.34-2.46  LKQ is rated “Unattractive” in our US Large-Cap Global Top Stock Ideas and “Neutral” in our US Consumer Discretionary Global Top Stock Ideas.
  • Nordstrom (JWN) reported fourth quarter EPS of USD$1.48 beating consensus of USD$1.42.  Nordstrom reported fourth quarter revenue of USD$4.48 billion trailing consensus of USD$4.6 billion.  Nordstrom saw 0.1% same store sales growth, well below the 1.2% consensus.  Nordstrom gave 2019 sales growth guidance of 1-2%, with EPS guidance of USD$3.65-3.90, above consensus of USD$3.67.  Nordstrom is rated “Neutral” in our US Large-Cap Global Top Stock Ideas and “Attractive” in our US Consumer Discretionary Global Top Stock Ideas.
  • Moncler (BIT: MONC) shares jumped by double-digits after the Italian jacket maker reported FY2018 that broadly beat analyst expectations. Jefferies analyst Flavio Cereda wrote in a note to clients that Moncler is establishing itself as a, “go-to brand,” for the millennial demographic. Jefferies raised its price target for Moncler from 37 euros/share to 39 euros/share while maintaining its buy recommendation for the stock. Moncler is rated “Unattractive” in our European Large-Cap Global Top Stock Ideas.
  • SeaWorld (SEAS) reported fourth quarter adjusted loss of USD$0.13 per share matching consensus.  SeaWorld reported fourth quarter adjusted revenue of USD$280 million in line with consensus of USD$275.5 million.  Attendance grew 8% in the quarter.  SeaWorld upped its share buyback program by USD$158 million.  SeaWorld is rated “Neutral” in our US Large-Cap Global 
  • Tesla (TSLA) CEO Elon Musk said the company probably won’t post a profit in the first quarter.  Musk said Tesla will have a number of one-time charges that will see it not post a profit.  He said Tesla is cutting costs by closing some stores and cutting its workforce, and it will focus on selling cars online going forward.  Tesla is rated “Top Short” in our US Large-Cap Global Top Stock Ideas and “Neutral” in our US Consumer Discretionary Global Top Stock Ideas.
  • Zalando (XTRA:ZAL) said it is giving itself 5 years to become the same size as H&M (OM:HM B).  It seeks to grow over 3 times its revenue during that time targeting 20 billion euros in revenue with profitability greater than H&M.  Zalando reported strong fourth quarter sales posting 25% sales growth.  Zalando is rated “Neutral” in our European Large-Cap Global Top Stock Ideas.

Global Information Technology and Communication Services Stocks Trending in the News

  • Autodesk (ADSK) reported fourth quarter adjusted EPS of USD$0.46 beating consensus of USD$0.42.  Autodesk reported fourth quarter adjusted revenue of USD$737.3 million beating consensus of USD$706.5 million.  Autodesk gave first quarter EPS guidance of 44-48 cents per share.  Autodesk is rated “Neutral” in our US Large-Cap Global Top Stock Ideas and “Neutral” in our US Information Technology Global Top Stock Ideas.
  • Dell (DELL) reported fourth quarter 2019 adjusted EPS of USD$0.52 matching consensus of USD$0.52.  Dell reported fourth quarter 2019 adjusted revenue of USD$14.7 billion missing consensus of USD$14.9 billion.  Dell gave second quarter EPS guidance of 50-53 cents per share.  Dell is rated “Top Short” in our US Large-Cap Global Top Stock Ideas
  • HP Inc (HPQ) reported first quarter 2019 adjusted EPS of USD$0.52 matching consensus of USD$0.52.  HP Inc reported first quarter 2019 adjusted revenue of USD$14.7 billion missing consensus of USD$14.9 billion.  HP Inc gave second quarter EPS guidance of 50-53 cents per share.  HP Inc is rated “Top buy” in our US Large-Cap Global Top Stock Ideas and “Top Buy” in our US Information Technology Global Top Stock Ideas
  • Square (SQ) reported fourth quarter adjusted EPS of USD$0.14 matching consensus of USD$0.14.  Square reported fourth quarter adjusted revenue of USD$2.22 billion in line with consensus of USD$2.26 billion.  Square gave first quarter EPS guidance of USD$0.06-0.08, well below 11.5 cents per share consensus.  Square is rated “Top Short” in our US Large-Cap Global Top Stock Ideas and “Neutral” in our US Information Technology Global Top Stock Ideas.
  • WPP Plc (LSE: WPP) shares soared after the company dodged another results shock and reported stronger than expected earnings following a year plagued by client losses. Low expectations for WPP Plc were driven by weak results at rival Publicis Groupe SA (ENXTPA: PUB), who blamed ad spending cuts by consumer goods manufacturers in North America for its downturn. WPP Plc is rated “Neutral” in our United Kingdom All-Cap Global Top Stock Ideas. Publicis Groupe SA is rated “Neutral” in our European Large-Cap Global Top Stock Ideas. 

Global Industrials Stocks Trending in the News

  • Airbus (ENXTPA:AIR) has offered to build its newest jet, the A330Neo, in the country in exchanges for orders for the place from China.  Airbus presently build A320 jets in the country at a plant in Tianjin.  China is expected to be the largest market for jets over the next 20 years with 8,000 jets worth USD$1.2 trillion to be bought.  Airbus previously offered to build the A380 in China but that never came to fruition.  Airbus is rated “Neutral” in our European Large-Cap Global Top Stock Ideas.
  • Nielsen Holdings Plc (NLSN) announced CY4Q2018 financials slightly better than consensus and FY2019 guidance that edges past expectations. Nielsen Holdings reported an adjusted EPS of USD$0.51 in CY4Q2018, beating consensus of USD$0.49. Nielsen Holdings told analysts that it sees FY2019 adjusted EPS between USD$1.63 and USD$1.66, the midpoint of which is slightly better than consensus of USD$1.68. Nielsen Holdings is rated not rated in our Global Top Stock Ideas.
  • Rheinmetall (DB: RHM) shares popped after the company delivered better than expected CY4Q2018 financial results for both its defensive and automotive division. Bankhaus Lampe analyst Gordon Schoenell wrote in a note to clients that Rheinmetall’s CY4Q2018 financial indicate, “surprisingly strong margins,”. Rheinmetall’s adjusted Ebit in CY4Q2018 blew past consensus by ~20%. Rheinmetall is rated “Neutral” in our European SMID-Cap Global Top Stock Ideas.
  • Rolls-Royce Holdings (LSE: RR.) shares fell after the jet engine maker missed its delivery targets, booked 1.3bn pounds in charges, and withdrew a bit to power a new aircraft platform. Rolls-Royce missed production targets and cited testing issues, supplier issues, and incurred costs from job cuts as reasoning. Rolls-Royce also existed Boeing’s New Midsize Aircraft project, explaining that its new engine technology will not be ready for the 2025 deadline. Rolls-Royce is rated “Unattractive” in our United Kingdom All-Cap Global Top Stock Ideas.

 

 

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Global Financials Stocks Trending in the News

  • Jupiter Fund Management Plc (LSE: JUP) shares surged the most intraday in more than 5 years after it announced a higher than expected dividend following a, “tough year,” for asset managers. Jupiter Fund Management trimmed its FY2018 dividend to 28.5 pence/share, a 13% cut from the prior year. Jupiter Fund Management is rated “Unattractive” in our United Kingdom All-Cap Global Top Stock Ideas.
  • London Stock Exchange Group Plc (LSE: LSE) CEO David Schwimmer announced plans to cut roughly 5% of its workforce to spur growth. London Stock Exchange Group Plc also told investors that it is well positioned to weather any fallout from the potential UK exit from the European Union. London Stock Exchange Group Plc is rated “Attractive” in our United Kingdom All-Cap Global Top Stock Ideas.
  • Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group Inc. (TSE: 8306) announced that it’s agreed to acquire DZ Bank’s (UNQ: 834310) aviation finance division, one of the largest acquisitions in the company's history. As part of the acquisition, Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group will receive a loan portfolio worth 5.6bn euros (USD$6.4bn) and the unit’s employees. Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group is rated “Attractive” in our Japan Large-Cap Global Top Stock Ideas. DZ Bank is not rated in our Global Top Stock Ideas. 

Global Commodities & Energy Stocks Trending in the News

  • Engie SA (ENXTPA: ENGI) shares fell notably lower after the company announced a 3-year earnings plan that missed analyst consensus. Engie told investors that it plans to grow net recurring income by between 7% per annum and 9% per annum until 2021, which RBC Capital Markets analyst Olly Jeffery said was, “a disappointment.” Engie is rated “Neutral” in our European Large-Cap Global Top Stock Ideas.
  • Linde (XTRA:LIN) unit Praxair will build a hydrogen plant in Louisiana.  Praxair will supply a major refinery will hydrogen under a long-term contract.  Praxair will build, own and operate the steam methane reformer, which will supply 170 million standard cubic feet of high-purity hydrogen each day.  Linde is not rated in our Global Top Stock Ideas.

Global Healthcare Stocks Trending in the News

  • Akorn Inc. (AKRX) shares slipped lower after the company announced Cy4Q2018 net revenue of USD$153.4mm that missed consensus of USD$164.7mm. Akorn told analysts on its conference call that it will focus on rebuilding shareholder value and move forward following its terminated merger agreement with Fresenius Kabi AG (MUN: FKB). Akorn is rated “Neutral” in our US SMID-Cap Global Top Stock Ideas. Fresenius Kabi is rated not rated in our Global Top Stock Ideas.
  • Bristol-Myers (BMY) shares traded higher after it told investors that its combination with Celgene (CELG) will deliver, “substantial benefits,” to holders. The move by Bristol-Myers is in response to a letter from activist investor Starboard urging the company to oppose the deal. Bristol-Myers is rated “Neutral” in our US Large-Cap Global Top Stock Ideas. Celgene is rated “Neutral” in our US Large-Cap Global Top Stock Ideas.  
  • Novavax (NVAX) shares plummeted by more than 50% after a pair of analysts from JPMorgan and Piper Jaffray downgraded the small-cap drugmaker following a failed late-stage study of its ResVax vaccine. Novavax’s ResVax vaccine, designed to prevent respiratory syncytial virus disease in infants via maternal immunization, did not show any statistical benefit in the study. Novavax is rated “Top Short” in our US SMID-Cap Global Top Stock Ideas.  

 

 

 

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