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May 6, 2012
12:54 EDTWNR, HIG, AFL, GM, STX, HFC, LNC, MET, HPQ, MPC, GNW, DALRanking The Barron's 500 by P/E could show what stocks are inexpensive
Companies in the Barron's 500 are ranked by Credit Suisse's HOLT on the basis of changes in sales and return on cash flow. Seeking to gauge the prospects for their stocks, Barron's asked FactSet to re-rank the companies by their price/earnings ratios, based on profit estimates for the current fiscal year. A low P/E is often a simple way to tell that a company is out of favor with investors. Thus, it is a metric beloved by value investors, who often profit by heading in the opposite direction from the crowd. Out-of-favor stocks, including General Motors (GM) and Delta Air Lines (DAL), with their mid-single-digit P/Es, just might beckon such investors, Barron's contends. The periodicals’ list of the 30 stocks with the lowest P/Es also has a fair concentration of insurance names, including No. 9-ranked MetLife (MET), Aflac (AFL), Genworth Financial (GNW), Lincoln National (LNC) and Hartford Financial Services (HIG). Oil refiners also are well represented, with Marathon Petroleum (MPC), HollyFrontier (HFC), and Western Refining (WNR) sporting cheap stocks. Investors fear profits will decline if oil prices fall. In tech, Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) isn't the cheapest tech stock on our list; that dubious distinction goes to Seagate Technology (STX). Reference Link
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January 21, 2015
19:18 EDTGMLower oil prices could boost car and truck sales, CNBC reports
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13:54 EDTGMJPMorgan could lose $1.5B as a result of 2008 error, Reuters says
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13:53 EDTGMGoldman cuts rating on auto dealers citing below consensus U.S. sales view
Goldman Sachs lowered its outlook on auto dealers to Cautious from Neutral, citing several factors, including its belief that U.S. auto sales growth will be "essentially flat" this year. The firm also downgraded its rating on one of the companies in the sector, AutoNation (AN), to Neutral from Buy and removed the stock from its Americas Buy List. WHAT'S NEW: U.S. auto sales will probably rise less than 1% this year on a seasonally adjusted basis, Goldman analyst Patrick Archambault wrote in a note to investors today. Archambault indicated that his U.S. auto sales estimate is significantly below analysts' consensus outlook. Incentive deals and sales to subprime customers last year will probably negatively affect sales growth this year, the analyst stated. Additionally, the growth of dealers' revenue from parts and service is likely to slow this year after a series of major auto recalls were carried out last year, Archambault warned. Dealers may also be hurt by the regulation of auto lenders by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, since lenders and dealers split the profits from interest rate markups, the analyst stated. Finally, dealers are trading at a valuation that is 13% above their ten year average, according to Archambault. The analyst cut his rating on AutoNation to Neutral from Buy, based partly on valuation and his belief that the stock's near-term catalysts have diminished after it implemented a rebranding strategy and enhanced its digital systems. Over the medium term, the company's growth prospects will be limited by weak U.S. auto sales growth this year, added Archambault. However, the analyst continues to identify AutoNation as his favorite auto dealer stock. Other auto dealers covered by the analyst include Penske (PAG), which he rates Neutral, and Group 1 (GPI) and Sonic Automotive (SAH), both of which are rated Sell by the analyst. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Automakers whose shares could be negatively affected if the analyst's forecast for anemic U.S. sales growth proves to be accurate include Fiat Chrysler (FCAU), Ford (F), General Motors (GM), Honda (HMC), Nissan (NSANY), Toyota (TM) and Volkswagen (VLKAY). PRICE ACTION: In mid-afternoon trading, AutoNation lost 1.2% to $57.12, Sonic Auto lost 1% to $25.18, Group 1 fell 2.5% to $77.40, and Penske climbed 1% to $47.09.
08:03 EDTHPQHP PC market share, sales seem to have risen, says Argus
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07:14 EDTMPC, HFCCitgo scraps auction process, to raise debt instead, WSJ reports
The auction for Venezuela’s Citgo Petroleum, which drew interest from Marathon Petroleum (MPC), HollyFrontier (HFC), Valero Energy (VLO) and private equity firms, has been called off, said The Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the matter. Citgo will still seek to raise $2.5B in debt at this point and could restart its sales process later, the report added. Reference Link
January 20, 2015
12:55 EDTHPQThousands of HP employees protest new China head, China Daily says
About 2,500 employees of HP's (HPQ) China based subsidiary, H3C Technologies, have signed a petition against HP's new China chairman, Mao Yu'nan, according to China Daily. The employees fear that Mao will endanger H#C's autonomy and torpedo an employee stock option plan that has been in the works for some time, the newspaper stated. Reference Link
11:13 EDTHPQHP looks to boost sales with specific tablets for professionals, Bloomberg says
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11:01 EDTDALDelta Air Lines sees pricing pressure from decline in fuel prices
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10:50 EDTDALDelta Air Lines sees capacity up 2%-3% in 2015
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10:25 EDTDALDelta Air Lines sees Q1 CapEx approx. $700M
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10:19 EDTDALDelta Air Lines sees Q1 revenue up 7%, consensus $9.24B
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09:11 EDTDALOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:59 EDTGMGM receives 108 new ignitition claims, $400M earmarked for cases, Reuters says
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07:43 EDTDALDelta Air Lines up 3.6% after Q4 earnings report
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07:42 EDTDALDelta Air Lines sees double-digit earnings growth in 2015
"Our 2014 performance – an industry-leading operation, superior customer service, and a 70 percent increase in profits – shows that Delta is focused on delivering growing value for its employees, customers and investors. As we begin 2015, we have a significant opportunity from lower fuel prices, which will drive more than $2B in fuel savings over 2014. Through our capacity discipline, pricing our product to demand, and the fuel savings, we expect to drive double-digit earnings growth, along with increased free cash flow and a higher return on invested capital in the upcoming year," said Delta CEO Richard Anderson. FY15 EPS consensus $4.88.
07:39 EDTDALDelta Air Lines sees year-over-year fuel benefit of $500M in Q1
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07:37 EDTDALDelta sees Q1 system capacity up about 5%, operating margin 11%-13%
For the March 2015 quarter, Delta Air Lines sees operating margin of 11%-13%; fuel price, including taxes, settled hedges and refinery impact, of $2.45-$2.50; consolidated unit costs, excluding fuel expense and profit sharing to be flat to up 2% compared to 1Q14; system capacity to be up about 5% compared to 1Q14; and system capacity excluding the impact of 2014 winter storms to be up about 3% compared to 1Q14.
07:33 EDTDALDelta Air Lines reports Q4 EPS ex-items 78c, consensus 77c
Reports Q4 revenue $9.65B, consensus $9.58B. Q4 traffic increased 4.0% on a 3.7% increase in capacity. Delta's average fuel price was $2.62 per gallon for the December quarter, which includes $180M in settled hedge losses. At December 31, Delta had $925M in hedge margin posted with counterparties. Operations at the refinery produced a $105M profit for the December quarter, a $151M improvement year-over-year.
06:39 EDTDALU.S. airlines may buy back shares amid cheap oil, WSJ reports
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January 19, 2015
12:56 EDTHPQHP-Autonomy investigation closed by U.K.'s Serious Fraud Office
The Director of the Serious Fraud Office has closed the SFO's investigation into the sale of Autonomy to the Hewlett-Packard company in 2011. This investigation was commenced in early 2013, following a referral from HP.In respect of some aspects of the allegations, the SFO has concluded that, on the information available to it, there is insufficient evidence for a realistic prospect of conviction.In respect of other aspects and on the application of well-established principles, jurisdiction over the investigation has been ceded to the US authorities whose investigation is ongoing. Reference Link
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