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Global Stocks Trending in the News for June 24th, 2019

Jun 24, 2019

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Global Consumer Stocks Trending in the News

  • CarMax (KMX) reported fiscal first quarter same store sales and earnings that beat consensus.  CarMax reported same store sales growth of 9.5% while consensus was for 5.2%.  Fiscal first quarter EPS of $1.59 beating consensus of $1.48.  Revenue in the quarter of $5.37 billion beat consensus of $5.16 billion.  CarMax is rated “Neutral” in our US Large-Cap and “Attractive” in our US Consumer Discretionary Global Top Stock Ideas
  • Kraft-Heinz (KHC) saw its credit rating cut to one level above junk by S&P, to BBB- from BBB.  S&P said its view of Kraft’s business is “diminished,” saying it does not expect meaningful sales growth without discounts or significant innovation.  S&P also believes there are governance and internal control issues at Kraft as well as the ongoing SEC investigation to worry about.  Kraft-Heinz is rated “Top Short” in our US Large-Cap and “Neutral” in our US Consumer Discretionary Global Top Stock Ideas.
  • Tesla (TSLA) saw its price target cut to $300 from $400 at Jefferies.  In its report, Jefferies said “we got it wrong” when talking about its view this year on Tesla.  Jefferies has been one of the biggest bulls on Tesla and wrote that the price action this year for Tesla has been “humbling.”  Jefferies writes that it still sees value in Tesla despite cutting its price target by 25%.  Tesla is rated “Top Short” in our US Large-Cap and “Neutral” in our US Consumer Discretionary Global Top Stock Ideas
  • Walmart (WMT) agreed to pay $282 million to settle allegations it paid bribes around the world.  Walmart has been in negotiations for 6 years with the US government to resolve the issue.  Walmart will pay $144 million to the SEC and $138 million to the US Justice Department to resolve the situation.  The allegations involve violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.  Walmart is rated “Top Buy” in our US Large-Cap and “Attractive” in our US Consumer Discretionary Global Top Stock Ideas.

Global Information Technology and Communication Services Stocks Trending in the News

  • Apple (AAPL) is warning owners of certain MacBook Pro laptops sold between September 2015 and February 2017 to not use them due to a risk their batteries could overheat and cause injuries.  Apple has recalled the laptops in question, they can catch fire in worst case scenarios.  This is Apple’s second recall of a product this year.  Apple is rated “Neutral” in our US Large-Cap and “Attractive” in our US Information Technology Global Top Stock Ideas.  
  • Cloudera (CLDR) shares rose sharply after it announced a strategic partnership with IBM (IBM).  IBM will resell Cloudera’s Enterprise Data Hub and Coudera Dataflow products.  Cloudera will, in turn, resell IBM’s Watson Studio and BigSQL products.  Cloudera is rated “Unattractive” in our US Large-Cap and “Neutral” in our US Information Technology Global Top Stock Ideas.  IBM is rated “Attractive” in our US Large-Cap and “Top Buy” in our US Information Technology Global Top Stock Ideas
  • Micron (MU) has its price target cut to $28 from $32 at Baird.  Micron’s rating of underperform was reiterated.  Baird sees the downturn in memory chips extending into 2020 and this was cited as a reason for the downgrade.  Micron reports results on June 25th.  Micron is rated “Unattractive” in our US Large-Cap and “Neutral” in our US Information Technology Global Top Stock Ideas.  
  • Overstock.com (OSTK) shares soared on news there are 2 potential bidders for the company.  Overstock.com CEO Patrick Byrne told a conference attendees at a conference in Montauk, NY, that 2 potential bidders have emerged for the firm.  Overstock.com rose as much as 17 % in Friday’s trading session.  Overstock.com is rated “Unattractive” in our US Large-Cap and “Unattractive” in our US Consumer Discretionary Global Top Stock Ideas.
  • Weibo (WB) is not concerned about the trade war and has announced the sale of dollar-denominated bonds.  Weibo already has a $900 million convertible-bond due in 2022 but this would be the first bond offering in the syndicated bond market.  Weibo is taking advantage of the rallying bond market.  Weibo is rated “Neutral” in our China All-Cap Global Top Stock Ideas.

 

 

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Global Industrials Stocks Trending in the News

  • Caterpillar (CAT) was downgraded to underweight from neutral at Atlantic Equities.  Caterpillar saw its price target cut to $110 from $135 as well.  Caterpillar’s CEO recently said he takes a long view on the trade war, but near term, Atlantic Equities sees better opportunities and downgraded the stock.  Caterpillar is rated “Neutral” in our US Large-Cap and “Attractive” in our US Industrials Global Top Stock Ideas.  
  • General Electric (GE) won a contract to build a 2,400-megawatt hydropower project on the Zambia/Zimbabwe border.  GE will build it together with Construction Corp of China.  The contract is worth about $4 billion and has been planned for years.  General Electric is rated “Top Short” in our US Large-Cap and “Neutral” in our US Industrials Global Top Stock Ideas.  
  • JetBlue (JBLU) announced an order for 13 Airbus (ENXTPA:AIR) A321XLR, its new single-aisle long-range jet.  JetBlue plans to use the jets to launch its service to Europe.  JetBlue will launch that service in 2021 and said the A321XLR will help it expand into north, south and central Europe.  The A321XLR can fly 4,700 nautical miles.  JetBlue Airlines is rated “Unattractive” in our US Large-Cap and “Top Buy” in our US Industrials Global Top Stock Ideas.  Airbus is rated “Neutral” in our European Large-Cap Global Top Stick Ideas.  

Global Health Care Stocks Trending in the News

  • Canopy Growth (TSX:WEED) reported fiscal fourth quarter revenue that exceeded consensus.  Canopy Growth fiscal fourth quarter revenue of C$94.1 million ahead of consensus of C$92.2 million.  Canopy Growth shipped 9,326 kilograms in the fiscal fourth quarter and 24,300 for the entire fiscal year.  Canopy Growth is rated “Neutral” in our Canada All-Cap Global Top Stock Ideas.
  • CVS Health (CVS) could double its stock price in 3 years if it changed its business mix to half managed care and care delivery, according to a report by Bernstein.  CVS would need to shed assets and acquire others in those areas.  The report suggests Bernstein acquire a Medicaid managed care firms, physician practices, lab services and/or urgent care practices.  CVS Health is rated “Neutral” in our US Large-Cap Global Top Stock Ideas.
  • Merck (MRK) saw its price target hiked to $90 from $84 at Morgan Stanley while reiterating its overweight rating.  Merck held meetings with investors on its investors day and there were no major surprises in those, Morgan writes.  Investors were said to be very happy with Merck’s long-term growth prospects.  Merck is rated “Top Buy” in our US Large-Cap Global Top Stock Ideas
  • UnitedHealth Group (UNH) announced it is acquiring healthcare payments firm Equian LLC from its private equity owners.  UnitedHealth is paying $3.2 billion for the firm, according to WSJ.  Equian is focused on payment processing services for insurers and healthcare companies.  Equian claims to be able to lower mistakes in processing and lower costs.  UnitedHealth is rated “Top Buy” in our US Large-Cap Global Top Stock Ideas.

 

 

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