Just as a rising tide lifts all boats, an ebb tide, while it doesn’t sink them, makes the going a bit tougher. For natural gas producers, a relatively mild winter so far has left storage caverns at elevated levels and weighed on the commodity price of the fuel.
From a high of around $3.80 per million BTUs at the beginning of the year, natural gas for April delivery closed Friday at $2.83, but gas has traded as low as $2.45 in the first two months of the year.
Analysts at Jefferies have lowered their 2017 natural gas price forecast from an average of $3.50 per million BTUs to $3.15, even though the firm said it believes that prices will improve over the long term due to a tighter supply/demand balance, excluding the effects of weather on demand.
Costs for well completions are expected to rise more than drilling costs, and overall costs are projected to increase by about 10% to 15%. The analysts stuck with their long-term natural gas price of $3.50 per million BTUs.
stock market value: Crestwood Equity Partners LP(CEQP)
- [By Lisa Levin]
Crestwood Equity Partners LP (NYSE: CEQP) shares shot up 45 percent to $18.54 following the announcement of a new joint venture with Consolidated Edison, Inc. (NYSE: ED). Subsidiaries of both companies entered into an agreement on Thursday to form a joint venture in which they will jointly own and develop Crestwood’s existing natural gas pipeline and storage business in norther Pennsylvania and southern New York.
stock market value: Silver Wheaton Corp(SLW)
- [By Rich Duprey]
Silver Wheaton (NYSE:SLW), of course, is a streamer like Sandstorm and Franco, but it is the largest in the precious-metals industry, and arguably the best-known, because its business model came to define what streaming is. Although it is known primarily for its silver contracts, Silver Wheaton also has sizable gold production that makes it worth your attention.
stock market value: Bavarian Nordic A/S (BVNKF)
- [By SEEKINGALPHA.COM]
Leuven, Belgium-based Tigenix (OTC:TGXSF) filed to go public in the U.S. in late 2015, only to become entangled with Bavarian Nordic (OTC:BVNKF) and Basilea Pharmaceutica (OTC:BPMUF) as the European drugmakers pulled back from NASDAQ. Tigenix subsequently increased its bank account following a 23.75 million placement in Belgium, and added an additional 25 million via a relationship with Takeda, before coming back to Wall Street in October 2016 with a revamped slate of underwriters.
stock market value: Eagle Materials Inc(EXP)
- [By Maxx Chatsko]
Shares of construction materials leader Eagle Materials (NYSE:EXP) set new all-time highs earlier this year, although the stock’s recent surge was catalyzed by the announcement of fiscal second-quarter 2017 results in late October. At the time, the company set record revenues and more than doubled earnings per share from the prior-year period. That was followed by a new high watermark for quarterly sales in the fiscal third quarter of 2017, which ended in December, marking the third consecutive quarter in which record revenue was established.
- [By Lisa Levin]
In trading on Thursday, basic materials shares fell by 1.10 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Mechel PAO (ADR) (NYSE: MTL), down 8 percent, and Eagle Materials, Inc. (NYSE: EXP), down 6 percent.
- [By David Sterman]
Of course, in many cyclical industries, it’s impossible to maintain very strong growth rates when the economy slumps. And that was a lesson learned by Eagle Materials (NYSE: EXP(link is external)), a maker of drywall, cement and other materials used in homebuilding. Eagle experienced solid growth a decade ago, but when the housing market tanked, so did Eagle’s revenue base. Sales fell by half from fiscal 2007 through fiscal 2011 (to around $460 million).
Yet even before the pace of home construction returns to normal levels, Eagle is again experiencing solid growth: Sales are now growing at a 30% pace and are expected to surpass $1.1 billion in the current fiscal year, which began this month. That’s 25% higher than the peak in fiscal 2007, and it’s setting the stage for solid profit growth: Earnings per share (EPS) are growing at a 50% pace these days, a pace which could be sustained for an extended period if the housing market finally starts to grow at a solid clip.
stock market value: Principal Financial Group Inc(PFG)
- [By Ben Levisohn]
The twenty stocks in Worth’s basket are: Ameriprise Financial (AMP) Bank of America, Banner (BANR), Citigroup, Citizens Financial Group (CFG), East West Bancorp (EWBC), First NBC Bank Holding (FNBC), HFF (HF), KeyCorp(KEY), Legacy Texas Financial Group (LTXB), Lincoln National (LNC), Morgan Stanley, Old National Bancorp (ONB), PacWest Bancorp (PACW), PNC Financial Services Group (PNC), Principal Financial Group (PFG), Stifel Financial (SF), SVB Financial Group (SIVB), TCF Financial (TCB), and Wells Fargo.
stock market value: iShares Core S&P 500 (IVV)
- [By WWW.GURUFOCUS.COM]
For the details of CNO Financial Group, Inc.’s stock buys and sells, go to www.gurufocus.com/StockBuy.php?GuruName=CNO+Financial+Group%2C+Inc.
These are the top 5 holdings of CNO Financial Group, Inc.iShares Core U.S. Aggregate Bond (AGG) – 1,103,454 shares, 31.92% of the total portfolio. Shares added by 6.16%iShares Core S&P 500 (IVV) – 394,837 shares, 25.38% of the total portfolio. Shares added by 4.50%iShares iBoxx $ Investment Grade Corporate Bond (LQD) – 529,049 shares, 16.84% of the total portfolio. iShares U.S. Preferred Stock ETF (PFF) – 918,000 shares, 9.5% of the total portfolio. New PositionTCP Capital Corp (TCPC) – 2,011,900
- [By Todd Shriber, ETF Professor]
Passive ETFs continuing to top active rivals is not all about the performance of U.S. stocks this year. Yes, the S&P 500 is up 5.5 percent year-to-date, but that is not a jaw-dropping performance. Much of the ongoing out-performance of passive ETFs over active counterparts this year is attributable to fees. Just look at the rock-bottom fees on ETFs such as the SPDR S&P 500 ETF (NYSE: SPY) and the iShares S&P 500 Core ETF (NYSE: IVV).
- [By WWW.GURUFOCUS.COM]
For the details of SWISS RE LTD’s stock buys and sells, go to www.gurufocus.com/StockBuy.php?GuruName=SWISS+RE+LTD
These are the top 5 holdings of SWISS RE LTDiShares Core S&P 500 (IVV) – 1,274,000 shares, 41.43% of the total portfolio. Shares added by 114.84%SPDR S&P 500 (SPY) – 1,192,350 shares, 38.52% of the total portfolio. Shares added by 158.64%iShares MSCI EAFE (EFA) – 1,043,001 shares, 8.7% of the total portfolio. Shares added by 12.39%iShares Floating Rate Bond (FLOT) – 1,000,000 shares, 7.33% of the total portfolio. NewStar Financial Inc (NEWS) – 3,000,000 shares, 4.01%
- [By WWW.KIPLINGER.COM]
If youre not familiar, the VOO is one of three S&P 500-tracking ETFs the other two are the SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust (SPY) and the iShares Core S&P 500 ETF (IVV). Each operates slightly differently, but at the end of the day, each provides very honest, tight tracking of the S&P 500. The VOO is simply the cheapest at just 0.05% in expenses, which accounts for most of the slight performance edge over its ETF brethren.