Amazon.com Inc. (NSDQ:AMZN)stock fell by more than 5 % over the last week. There were a series of service announcements last week by Amazons cloud-computing business, AWS, but they also didn’t do much to support the falling AMZN stock. However, AWS re:Invent 2016 has reaffirmed that AWS is one strong reason to buy AMZN stock now. AWS is expected to top $12 billion in revenue this year, compared with $7.9 billion last year. The public cloud pioneer has gone from being the largest, most dominant public cloud service for web developers and startups to providing the most important technology to businesses: the enterprise cloud. Amazon has sustained its aggressive cloud approach, even though competitors like Microsoft (NSDQ:MSFT) and Alphabet (NSDQ:GOOGL) are trying to catch up, using their deep pockets. Here’s why AWS is not slowing down anytime soon and will continue to drive AMZN stock to greater heights.
investment options: Church & Dwight Company, Inc.(CHD)
- [By Monica Gerson]
Church & Dwight Co., Inc. (NYSE: CHD) shares rose 7.32 percent to $104.10 in pre-market trading. Negocios.com reported that Reckitt Benckiser will offer $23 billion for Church & Dwight.
- [By Shauna O’Brien]
Deutsche Bank announced on Tuesday that it has upgraded Church & Dwight Co., Inc. (CHD).
The firm has raised its rating on CHD from “Hold” to “Buy,” and has increased the company’s price target from $64 to $66. This price target suggests an 8% upside from the stock’s current price of $60.36.
Analyst Bill Schmitz commented: “Sustainable growth algorithm of 3-4% organic sales, high single digit EBIT and double-digit EPS growth intact, with upside from fast growing Avid vitamin business joining the base and highly flexible balance sheet enabling further M&A or more aggressive cash flow redeployment providing upside to total shareholder return profile.
“With shares underperforming the group and market over the last year and tempered Street outlook for CY14 versus long-term trend, we see an opportunistic window to own the shares at a reasonable entry point.”
Church & Dwight shares were mostly flat during pre-market trading Tuesday. The stock is up 13% YTD.
- [By Wayne Duggan]
U.S. retailers performed poorly during the Christmas holiday season, but companies in the Valentine’s Day business are hoping that Americans will spend generously in the name of love this year. These names include flower delivery company 1-800-Flowers.Com Inc (NASDAQ: FLWS), L Brands Inc (NYSE: LB) (owner of both Victoria’s Secret and Bath & Body Works), Church & Dwight Co., Inc. (NYSE: CHD) (owner of Trojan brand condoms), candy giant Hershey Co (NYSE: HSY) and luxury jeweler Tiffany & Co. (NYSE: TIF).
- [By Ben Levisohn]
Remember when companies used to split their stock to keep individual shares affordable? No longer. Credit Suisse strategistsAna Avramovic andVictor Lin note that Church & Dwight (CHD) upcoming stock split will be just the fourth by an S&P 500 stock this year:
investment options: Knight Transportation, Inc.(KNX)
- [By Rich Smith]
Knight Transportation (NYSE:KNX) is merging with Swift Transportation (NYSE:SWFT) to build a $5 billion trucking behemoth — and Wall Street thinks that’s a good thing.
investment options: Global Eagle Entertainment Inc.(ENT)
- [By Lisa Levin]
Shares of Global Eagle Entertainment Inc (NASDAQ: ENT) were down around 31 percent to $4.30. Global Eagle named Jeff Leddy as Chief Executive Officer. Dave Davis resigned as CEO effective February 20, 2017.
- [By Paul Ausick]
Global Eagle Entertainment Inc. (NASDAQ: ENT) dropped about 1.4% Tuesday, to post a new 52-week low of $14.29 after closing at $14.49 on Friday. The stock’s 52-week high is $19.92. Volume was about 7 times the daily average of around 420,000 shares. The company’s CEO and CFO both resigned unexpectedly this morning.
investment options: Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc.(MMC)
- [By Reuters]
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NEW YORK — Walgreen is moving 120,000 employees to a private health insurance exchange from coverage provided directly from carriers, the company will announce Wednesday.
The pharmacy chain will join 17 other large employers on the Aon Hewitt Corporate Health Exchange as part of a growing movement to offer employees fixed dollar amounts to purchase their own plans on such exchanges.
The end-cost to employees depends on the plan chosen, but they typically get more options than under traditional arrangements. Private exchanges mimic the coverage mandated as part of the Affordable Care Act. Enrollment in the public exchanges starts Oct. 1.
“What happens to employer contributions over time? Will they put in as much as they put in the past? These are unanswered questions but potential negatives,” says Paul Fronstin, a senior research associate with the Employee Benefit Research Institute. The benefit to Walgreen and other employers is unknown at this point, as their cost-savings aren’t clear.
Of the 180,000 Walgreen (WAG) employees eligible for health care insurance, 120,000 opted for coverage for themselves and 40,000 family members. Another 60,000 employees, many of them working part-time, weren’t eligible for health insurance.
Aon Hewitt (AON) says other participants in its program include retailer Sears Holding (SHLD) and Darden Restaurants (DRI). These new additions raise enrollment to 330,000 from 100,000 last year, and Aon Hewitt estimates enrollment will jump to 600,000 next year, a fivefold increase from 2012.
By 2017, nearly 20 percent of employees nationwide could get their health insurance through a private exchange, according to Accenture Research (ACN). A recent report by the National Business Group on Health said that 30 percent of large employers are considering moving active employees to exchanges by 2015.
Other major providers of private exchanges include Mercer, a division of Marsh & Mc
investment options: Motorola Solutions, Inc.(MSI)
- [By Peter Graham]
A long term performance chart shows large caps Cisco Systems and Motorola Solutions Inc (NYSE: MSI) giving roughly the same positive albeit sometimes bumpy performance whileQualcomm, Inc (NASDAQ: QCOM) has fallen in and out of negative territory:
- [By Peter Graham]
A long term performance chart shows Qualcomm breaking even whilepotential peers Cisco Systems, Inc (NASDAQ: CSCO) and Motorola Solutions Inc (NYSE: MSI) have performed better albeit they have seen their share of volatility:
- [By Peter Graham]
A long term performance chart shows large caps Cisco Systems and Motorola Solutions Inc (NYSE: MSI) giving roughly the same performance whileQualcomm, Inc (NASDAQ: QCOM) began going in the other directionaround 2015: