Marathon Peotroleum Corporation (NYSE:MPC) is a refining and midstream company. Recently, the company reported a very decent quarterly report, with approximately $801 million in net income. This result comes in a time where the crack spread, which refiners depend on, faces strong headwinds. Regardless, the strong net income dwarfs its dividend payment of $150 million per quarter, and that will likely keep its dividends safe. However, the company’s price earnings ratio, at 12.0, is significantly higher than those of their peers. As a result, the author recommends investors to look for alternatives to Marathon Petroleum.
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stock market today news: Allot Communications Ltd.(ALLT)
- [By Lisa Levin]
Telecommunications services shares gained around 0.98 percent in trading on Thursday. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included Telefonica S.A. (ADR) (NYSE: TEF), and Allot Communications Ltd (NASDAQ: ALLT).
stock market today news: Extra Space Storage Inc(EXR)
- [By Matthew Frankel]
The final REIT type I like right now is self-storage, particularly Extra Space Storage (NYSE:EXR).
First, I should mention that this could prove to be the most volatile company on the list. Self-storage isn’t as defensive as retail or healthcare simply because of its lease structure. Generally, you don’t sign a multi-year lease on a storage unit — you just pay each month that you want to keep it. This makes it easier for tenants to vacate the properties during tough times.
stock market today news: Frontier Communications Corporation(FTR)
- [By Paul Ausick]
Frontier Communications Corp. (NASDAQ: FTR) on Thursday matched a 52-week low of $2.49 posted on Wednesday. The stock’s 52-week high is $5.75. Volume was more than double the daily average of around 25.8 million shares. The company had no specific news Thursday but is on its way to posting a gain of more than 5% for the day.
- [By Paul Ausick]
Frontier Communications Corp. (NASDAQ: FTR) dropped about 4.2% on Wednesday to record a new 52-week low of $2.51 against a high of $5.75. The stock closed at $2.62 on Tuesday. Volume was about a third higher than the daily average of around 25 million shares. The company had no specific news Wednesday, but the struggling company continues getting slaughtered.
- [By Chris Lange]
The S&P 500 stock posting the largest daily percentage loss ahead of the close Tuesday was Frontier Communications Corp. (NASDAQ: FTR) which traded down 5.1% at $2.62. The stocks 52-week range is $2.57 to $5.77. Volume was about 175% above the daily average of around 25 million shares. The telecom company had no specific news but was continuing its fall after its fourth quarter earnings.
stock market today news: Fortinet, Inc.(FTNT)
- [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]
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- [By Jim Robertson]
On Wednesday, our Elite Opportunity Pronewsletter suggestedmid cap cyber security solutions stock Fortinet Inc (NASDAQ: FTNT) as a new long term idea because:
stock market today news: Statoil ASA(STO)
- [By Cameron Swinehart]
Going forward I will be looking to add investments on my watchlist and trim other positions. It will be interesting to see how an overweight commodity portfolio will perform relative to the rest of the market.
Cost Basis# SharesCurrent Price% of PortfolioCurrent ValueReturnMetal/Miners Sprott Physical Gold Trust (PHYS)$12.4985$11.043.75%$938.40-13.13%Sprott Physical Silver Trust (PSLV)$7.95125$8.744.37%$1,092.509.04%FreePort-McMoran (FCX)$31.6731$33.874.20%$1,049.976.50%Ishares MSCI Global Gold Miners ETF (RING)$13.0695$10.644.04%$1,010.80-22.74%Energy Statoil ASA(STO)$21.7940$22.683.63%$907.203.92%Vanguard Natural Resources LLC (VNR)$27.5636$27.874.01%$1,003.321.11%ConocoPhillips (COP)$63.6822.43$71.006.37%$1,592.5310.31%Agriculture CVR Partner LP (UAN)$26.3630.9$18.932.34%$584.94-39.25%Adecoagro$6.78125$7.443.72%$930.008.87%Archer-Daniels Midland (ADM)$34.80 30$37.244.47%$1,117.206.55%Mixed Commodity Powershares DB Commodity Index (DBC)$26.3540$25.954.15%$1,038.00-1.54%Sprott Resource Corp$3.34400$2.714.34%$1,084.00-23.25% Total % of portfolio49.40% Cost Basis12,666.00 Current Value12,348.86 Return-2.50% Source: Investing For The Future Surge In Commodity Prices
Disclosure: I am long ADM, FCX, UAN, AGRO, RING, VNR, SCPZF.PK, COP, DBC, PHYS, PSLV. I wrote this article myself, and it expresses my own opinions. I am not receiving compensation for it (other than from Seeking Alpha). I have no business relationship with any company whose stock is mentioned in this article. (More…)
- [By Jayson Derrick]
BP plc (ADR) (NYSE: BP), Royal Dutch Shell plc (ADR) (NYSE: RDS-A) (NYSE: RDS-B) and Statoil ASA(ADR) (NYSE: STO) are expected to outperform their peers by offering: 1) the greatest rate of change in cost reduction through technology and innovation, 2) upstream portfolios with an attractive risk to reward profile and 3) sufficient liquidity to invest in future growth.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
Should oil prices recover, we believe that deepwater drilling activity growth should lag growth in US shale activity, as project economics is generally better in US shales, and E&Ps involved in US shales are generally quicker to react. Deepwater activity is largely comprises a handful of companies (Petrobras (PBR), Statoil (STO), Total (TOT), Shell (RDS.A), BP (BP), ONGC, ExxonMobil (XOM) and Chevron (CVX)) and it is unlikely that these companies can meaningfully increase their rig demand in a short period of time to absorb the current oversupply. Thus, should oil prices rise in 2018, rig demand may increase, but likely not enough to tighten the market, given that supply equaling 43% of current working rig count is stacked and new supply equaling 25% of working rig count is under-construction and should be entering the market in the coming years. As a result, while we expect some improvement in rig utilization owing to rig retirements, it will unlikely be strong enough to meaningfully improve rates in 2018 above spot levels. Any demand increase in the interim could slow rig retirements materially, and be self-defeating. We thus are Sell rated on Transocean, Atwood and Noble.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
We believe that the equity market has neutralised much of its underweight energy positioning in 4Q/1Q, but was caught by the sharp rally in crude from end-January. Our base-case sees oil prices still higher by end-2016 (we see >$50/bbl), albeit with a choppy 2Q likely ahead. In this scenario a modest, rather than fully-fledged price-recovery we continue to place a lot of importance on self-help in driving ROE expansion (as opposed to relying simply on oil-leverage). Value-adjusted, we like the self-help stories around Total, Chevron, Statoil (STO), Royal Dutch Shell and Eni (E) in the group. Total is on the Citi European Focus list.
- [By Todd Shriber, ETF Professor]
NORW reflects Norway's oil exposure. The ETF allocates nearly 28.8 percent of its weight to the energy, 870 basis points more than it devotes to its second-largest sector exposure, financial services. State-run Statoil ASA(ADR) (NYSE: STO) is NORW's largest individual holding at a weight of 15.3 percent, or 560 basis points more than NORW allocates to its second-largest holding.