Citigroup’s Wendy Nicholson and Beth Kite argue that the once “untouchable” Avon Products (AVP) “has become intriguing.” They explain why:
After Avon was the worst performing stock in the HPC group in 2015 (down nearly 60%), Avon has been the best performing stock in our coverage universe year-to-date in 2016 (up ~65%). While we have no explanation specifically for the recent strength in the stock (and especially heavy trading volume), we think there are several factors that help explain why the stock has out-performed the market so handily so far this year, above and beyond the fact that the stock entered the year at an awfully depressed price. Specifically, Avon now seems to be more of an investable name than it had been previously, owing to (i) refinancing of debt has allayed bankruptcy concerns, (ii) investment by Cerberus has boosted confidence in managements execution-ability, (iii) the sale of the U.S. business has eliminated a previous drag to profits, (iv) the relative stabilization of U.S. dollar has tempered f/x headwinds, and (v) AVPs organic sales growth trends improved to ~+4% YoY in 1H16.
Hot Performing Stocks To Watch For 2017: Fastenal Company(FAST)
- [By Monica Gerson]
Shares of Alcoa Inc (NYSE: AA) dropped over 7 percent in pre-market trading after the company reported Q3 results. Alcoa posted Q3 adjusted earnings of $0.32 per share on sales of $5.2 billion. Fastenal Company (NASDAQ: FAST) released third quarter financial results, reporting an earnings miss while revenue came in line with Street estimates. To read the full news, click here. Twilio Inc (NYSE: TWLO) announced preliminary results for the third quarter that came in above the Street estimates. To read the full news, click here. According to the Associated Press, Samsung Electronics (OTC: SSNLF) said it will no longer manufacturer its Galaxy Note 7 smartphones. The permanent discontinuation follows a round of reports saying customer's replacement phones have caught fire. To read the full news, click here.
- [By Monica Gerson]
Fastenal Company (NASDAQ: FAST) is estimated to report its quarterly earnings at $0.45 per share on revenue of $988.60 million.
Perry Ellis International, Inc. (NASDAQ: PERY) is projected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.35 per share on revenue of $214.26 million.
Hot Performing Stocks To Watch For 2017: Inovio Pharmaceuticals, Inc.(INO)
- [By Ben Levisohn]
Shares of Inovio Pharmaceuticals(INO) are climbing today after the biotech company announced that it would begin testing a Zika vaccine in Puerto Rico. Maxim’sJason McCarthy andJason Kolbert have the details:
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Inovio announced the initiation of a small clinical study (N=160) of its Zika vaccine, GLS-5700 (being developed with GeneOne Life Sciences), in Puerto Rico. It is estimated by the CDC that the Zika virus could infect more than 25% of the population of Puerto Rico by YE16.The study will evaluate safety, immunogenicity and early signs of efficacy in preventing Zika infection. Data are expected in 2017, and if positive, Inovio will discuss with regulators the best path forward.
In addition, the phase I study of GLS-5700 (N=40) in the U.S. and Canada, which is the first in-human Zika vaccine study, is now fully enrolled. Data evaluating safety and immunogenicity are expected by YE16.
Conclusion. With the Zika virus spreading, including to the U.S., there remains an urgent need for a vaccine. Inovio continues to demonstrate that the company’s DNA-based vaccine approach is safe and can rapidly transition to human studies.
Shares of Inovio Pharmaceuticalshave gained 4.3% to $9.24 at 2:50 p.m. today, while the iShares Nasdaq Biotechnology ETF (IBB) has dipped 0.3% to $284.29.
- [By William Patalon III]
In a Private Briefing report in late July, we told you that tiny biotech Inovio Pharmaceuticals Inc. (Nasdaq: INO) had dosed its first patient in a Phase I clinical study to evaluate its synthetic vaccine for the Zika virus.
Hot Performing Stocks To Watch For 2017: CenturyLink, Inc.(CTL)
- [By WWW.MONEYSHOW.COM]
Originally a rural telecom, CenturyLink (CTL) has grown via acquisitions to become a major provider of broadband, voice, video, and data.
It now provides services residential and business customers over a 250,000-route-mile US fiber network and a 300,000 mile international network.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
Very strong results across the board for Dycom, with spending from its top customers only further accelerating. We’re not surprised that FQ3 guidance came in slightly ahead of expectations, as many investors had viewed their initial guidance as conservative. We are encouraged to see organic growth re-accelerating in FQ4 to the mid-teens, with its acquired Goodman asset contributing $15MM of expected revenue (up from $13.4MM in FQ2). Dycom also procured new customer awards in the quarter from AT&T (T), Comcast (CMCSA), CenturyLink (CTL) and Windstream Holdings (WIN) to support further growth. Dycom also repurchased $25MM of shares during FQ2 and authorized an additional $75MM over the next 18 months, giving Dycom $150MM of incremental repurchase authorization through August 2018
Hot Performing Stocks To Watch For 2017: Ryerson Holding Corporation(RYI)
- [By Dan Caplinger]
Among the worst performers on the day were GameStop (NYSE:GME), Hovnanian Enterprises (NYSE:HOV), and Ryerson Holding (NYSE:RYI). Below, we’ll look more closely at these stocks to explain why they did so poorly.
Hot Performing Stocks To Watch For 2017: Syngenta AG(SYT)
- [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]
Syngenta AG (SYT) CEO Erik Fyrwald said Wednesday that he was “entirely confident” the company’s $43 billion takeover by China National Chemical Corp. would close in the second quarter of this year and dismissed suggestions it would be disrupted by a third party.