Akio Toyoda faces a difficult choice as leader of the world’s most profitable carmaker: ramp up incentive spending to ward off rivals in a shrinking U.S. market, or try to preserve margins.
Toyota Motor Corp. is scheduled to report annual earnings on Wednesday, with a stronger yen also among concerns for the chief executive officer. The report is scheduled for 1:25 p.m. in Tokyo, followed by Chief Financial Officer Koji Kobayashi’s presentation for journalists and investors. CEO Toyoda will then outline the company’s longer-term strategy from 2:30 p.m. Previously, Toyota published its earnings reports after market close.
Here are the key themes to watch for:
1. U.S. Competition
Toyota relies heavily on the U.S., and intensifying competition in a shrinking market is putting pressure on its profitability. To lure buyers, Toyota boosted incentive spending by almost 6 percent in the first three months of the year, in line with the overall industry and less than the 10 percent increase by General Motors Co., according to Autodata Corp.
Best Warren Buffett Stocks To Buy For 2021: Celadon Group, Inc.(CGI)
Celadon Group, Inc. (Celadon), incorporated on July 24, 1986, is a truckload freight transportation provider. The Company’s segments are asset-based, asset-light, and equipment leasing and services. Its services involve point-to-point shipping for its customers within the United States, between the United States and Mexico, and between the United States and Canada. The Company’s primary asset-based services include the United States domestic dry van, refrigerated and flatbed service; cross-border service between the United States and each of Mexico and Canada; intra-Mexico and intra-Canada service; contract service; regional and specialized short haul service, and rail intermodal service.
The Company’s primary asset-light services include freight brokerage, warehousing, less-than truckload consolidation and supply chain logistics services. Through its Quality Companies subsidiaries, the Company provides tractor leasing and ancillary services to owner-operators who contract with it or with other trucking companies. Celadon’s equipment leasing and services segment consists primarily of leasing activities with independent contractors and other trucking fleets. The equipment leasing and services segment also focuses on insurance, maintenance and other ancillary services that it provides for, or makes available to, independent contractors.
The Company provides warehousing and dedicated trucking services through Celadon Dedicated Services. It also transports the manufacturing component parts to its warehouses and sequences those parts for its customers. It transports completed units from its customer’s plants. It also offers less-than-truckload, intermodal and refrigerated services to its customers. As of June 30, 2016, the Company operated 5,547 tractors and 15,369 trailers. The Company’s primary transportation subsidiaries include Celadon Trucking Services, Inc.; Celadon Logistics Services, Inc.; Servicio de Transportation Jaguar, S.A. de C.V., and Celadon Canada, Inc.
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Russell Investments Group Ltd. boosted its position in shares of Celadon Group, Inc. (NYSE:CGI) by 26.7% in the 1st quarter, according to its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The fund owned 1,347,089 shares of the transportation company’s stock after purchasing an additional 283,476 shares during the quarter. Russell Investments Group Ltd. owned about 4.76% of Celadon Group worth $4,983,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
- [By Ethan Ryder]
Scopus Asset Management L.P. reduced its holdings in shares of Celadon Group, Inc. (NYSE:CGI) by 57.5% in the 1st quarter, according to the company in its most recent 13F filing with the SEC. The institutional investor owned 900,000 shares of the transportation company’s stock after selling 1,218,285 shares during the quarter. Scopus Asset Management L.P. owned approximately 3.18% of Celadon Group worth $3,330,000 as of its most recent filing with the SEC.
Best Warren Buffett Stocks To Buy For 2021: PetSmart Inc(PETM)
PetSmart, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates as a specialty retailer of products, services, and solutions for pets in the United States, Puerto Rico, and Canada. The company offers consumables, such as pet food, treats, and litter; and hardgoods, which include pet supplies and other goods comprising collars, leashes, health care supplies, grooming and beauty aids, toys, apparel, and pet beds and carriers, as well as aquariums and habitats, accessories, dcor, and filters for fish, birds, reptiles, and small pets. It also provides fresh-water fish, small birds, reptiles, and small pets; and pet services, such as grooming, including precision cuts, baths, nail trimming and grinding, and teeth brushing, as well as training, boarding, and day camp services. In addition, the company operates PetsHotels that offer boarding for dogs and cats; provides personalized pet care, an on-call veterinarian, temperature controlled rooms and suites, daily specialty treats and p lay time, and day camp services for dogs; and operates veterinary hospitals, which offer services comprising routine examinations and vaccinations, dental care, a pharmacy, and surgical procedures. As of January 29, 2012, it operated 1,232 retail stores; 192 PetsHotels; 791 veterinary hospitals under the trade name of Banfield, The Pet Hospital; and 8 hospitals operated through other third parties in Canada. The company also offers its products through an e-commerce and community site, PetSmart.com. PetSmart, Inc. was founded in 1986 and is based in Phoenix, Arizona.
- [By Shane Hupp]
An issue of PetSmart, Inc. (NASDAQ:PETM) bonds fell 1.5% against their face value during trading on Tuesday. The high-yield issue of debt has a 7.125% coupon and is set to mature on March 15, 2023. The debt is now trading at $71.75 and was trading at $74.97 one week ago. Price changes in a company’s bonds in credit markets often predict parallel changes in its share price.
- [By Shane Hupp]
An issue of PetSmart, Inc. (NASDAQ:PETM) debt rose 1% against its face value during trading on Monday. The high-yield debt issue has a 8.875% coupon and is set to mature on June 1, 2025. The debt is now trading at $67.50 and was trading at $66.25 last week. Price moves in a company’s debt in credit markets often anticipate parallel moves in its share price.
Best Warren Buffett Stocks To Buy For 2021: Carriage Services, Inc.(CSV)
Carriage Services, Inc. provides death care services and merchandise in the United States. It operates through two segments, Funeral Home Operations and Cemetery Operations. The Funeral Home Operations segment offers burial and cremation services, as well as related merchandise to meet a familys death care needs, including consultation; the removal and preparation of remains; the sale of caskets, urns, and related funeral merchandise; the use of funeral home facilities for visitation and services; and transportation services. The Cemetery Operations segment provides products and services, such as interment services; the rights to interment in cemetery sites comprising grave sites, mausoleum crypts, and niches; and related cemetery merchandise, including memorials and vaults. As of February 9, 2016, the company operated 167 funeral homes in 27 states; and 32 cemeteries in 11 states. Carriage Services, Inc. was founded in 1991 and is headquartered in Houston, Texas.
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Carriage Services, Inc. (NYSE:CSV) insider Shawn R. Phillips sold 6,500 shares of Carriage Services stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, September 27th. The shares were sold at an average price of $21.65, for a total transaction of $140,725.00. Following the transaction, the insider now owns 106,946 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $2,315,380.90. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this hyperlink.
Best Warren Buffett Stocks To Buy For 2021: Vanguard Short-Term Government ETF(VGSH)
Vanguard Short Term Government Bond ETF (the Fund) seeks to track the performance of a market-weighted government bond index with a short-term, dollar-weighted average maturity. The Fund employs a passive management or indexing investment approach designed to track the performance of the Barclays Capital U.S. 1-3 Year Government Float Adjusted Index (the Index). This Index includes fixed-income securities issued by the United States Treasury (not including inflation-protected securities) and the United States Government agencies and instrumentalities, as well as corporate or dollar-denominated foreign debt guaranteed by the United States Government, all with maturities between 1 and 3 years. The Fund invests by sampling the Index, meaning that it holds a range of securities that, in the aggregate, approximates the full Index in terms of key risk factors and other characteristics. The Funds investment advisor is Vanguard Fixed Income Group. Advisors’ Opinion:
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- [By Logan Wallace]
FDx Advisors Inc. bought a new stake in Vanguard Short-Term Government Bond ETF (NASDAQ:VGSH) during the 2nd quarter, according to its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The institutional investor bought 24,799 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $1,486,000.
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Here’s the same chart, with theVanguard Short-Term Govt Bond ETF(NASDAQ:VGSH) added for context. While the Total Bond Market fund invests in both long- and short-term funds, the Short-Term Government Bond ETF maintains a dollar-weighted average maturity between one and three years. This reduces the fund’s exposure to day-to-day price volatility: