Can Twitter Inc (NYSE:TWTR) surprise investors with its Q1 earnings numbers? San Francisco, California-based Twitter Inc (NYSE:TWTR)is scheduled to report its quarterly results for Q1 2017 on Wednesday, 26th April, before markets open. Twitter is expected to come out with its latest set of earnings numbers at 7 A.M. Eastern Time, or 4 A.M. Pacific Time. While expectations from the micro-blogging platform are quite low going into Q1 earnings, it has been a very eventful quarter for the company nonetheless. Can Twitter surprise investors with its results this time around? Let’s look at analyst estimates and key events that unfolded during Q1 2017. Analyst Estimates For Twitter’s Q1 2017 Earnings Release.
As you’d expect, analyst expectations are rather subdued. The consensus expectations are for the company to report revenue of $511.9 million, representing a near 14% drop Year-over-Year (YoY). Analysts’ expectations indicate the possibility of what could be the first instance of a YoY decline in top line numbers for the social media platform. What’s more, the decline is expected to be sharp, compared to the low single digit growth rates the company registered last year. Twitter’s management has abstained from offering any revenue guidance for the quarter.
Top 10 Stocks To Watch For 2018: CSX Corporation(CSX)
- [By Ben Levisohn]
A strange turn of events has sent shares of CSX (CSX)–and other railroads, including Union Pacific (UNP) and Canadian Pacific Railway (CP)–soaring today. It all started when Hunter Harrison announced that he would leave Canadian Pacific ahead of schedule to team up with activist investor for the turnaround of another railway company. That company is thought to be CSX.
That activist interest, more than anything CSX revealed in its earnings report on Tuesday, was enough to get Morgan Stanley’sRavi Shanker and team to upgrade its share to Equal Weight from Underweight. They explain:
The blue-sky potential is likely to continue with the news today that Mr. E. Hunter Harrison will retire from Canadian Pacific and with the WSJ reporting that he is close to teaming up with an activist investor to target CSX…In the near term, given the potential activist interest, the stock is not likely to trade on fundamentals until a resolution, which drives our upgrade from UW to EW. Our PT goes from $24 to $37 or ~18x our FY18e EPS above the peer group but close to the mid-point of the $56 bull scenario and $24 bear scenario amongst the outcomes outlined above.
Shares of CSX have jumped 18% to$43.55 at 11:35 a.m. today, whileCanadian Pacific Railway has climbed 4% to $151.01, and Union Pacific, which released better-than-expected earnings today, has gained 2.4% to $106.21.
- [By Craig Jones]
Dan Nathan suggested on CNBC's Options Action a bearish trading idea in CSX Corporation (NASDAQ: CSX). He explained that the stock jumped 80 percent from its 52-week low in February and it gained around 20 percent since the election. It has significantly outperformed the Dow Jones Transportation index in that period and Nathan thinks that it is reasonable to expect a pull back.
- [By Craig Jones]
On CNBC's Fast Money Halftime Report, Jon Najarian spoke about unusually high options trading activity in CSX Corporation (NASDAQ: CSX). The stock traded around 15 percent higher since the Presidential election and options traders are betting that it is going to jump additional 8 percent. Traders were buying the February 38 calls on Wednesday for approximately $0.80. Najarian decided to follow the trade and he bought a call spread in CSX. He's going to be in the position for a month or two.
- [By Demitrios Kalogeropoulos]
As for individual stocks, American Express (NYSE:AXP) and CSX (NASDAQ:CSX)both beat the market following quarterly earnings news.
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- [By Brett Hershman]
The Swiss bank said it was raising first-quarter estimates on four of the six rails it covers, with updated estimates above consensus on Canadian National Railway (USA) (NYSE: CNI), CSX Corporation (NASDAQ: CSX) and Kansas City Southern (NYSE: KSU), which is seen to show upside against low expectations.
- [By Rich Duprey]
I ran a screen to identify the best-performing stocks from the S&P 500 in January. The top three performers during the month were Alcoa (NYSE:AA), CSX (NASDAQ:CSX), and NRG Energy (NYSE:NRG). Let’s see why they were the big standouts and whether they can keep it going.
Top 10 Stocks To Watch For 2018: Natera, Inc.(NTRA)
- [By Cory Renauer]
Shares of Natera Inc. (NASDAQ:NTRA), a leader in non-invasive DNA analysis, finished Wednesday’s session 17.6% higher following Tuesday afternoon’s earnings call. Strong uptake across the board gave investors a reason to cheer.
Top 10 Stocks To Watch For 2018: Concord Medical Services Holdings Limited(CCM)
- [By Jim Robertson]
On Wednesday,our Under the Radar Moversnewsletter suggested going long on small cap China basedhealthcare equipment and management services stock Concord Medical Services Holdings Ltd (NYSE: CCM):
Top 10 Stocks To Watch For 2018: iShares MSCI Europe Financials Sector Index Fund(EUFN)
- [By Wayne Duggan]
Investors looking to set up a pair trade to capitalize on the divergent paths of U.S. and European banks should consider going long the iShares Dow Jones US Financial (ETF) (NYSE: IYF) and short the Ishares MSCI Europe Fincls Sctr Indx Fd (NASDAQ: EUFN).
Top 10 Stocks To Watch For 2018: Carnival Corporation(CUK)
- [By Rick Munarriz]
Carnival Corporation & plc (NYSE:CCL) (NYSE:CUK)shareholders have to be feeling pretty good these days. The stock hit yet another new high on Friday, and the stock is trading 13% higher so far in 2017.It’s been smooth sailing so far this year, but the first big test comes on Tuesday morning when the world’s largest cruise line operator reports financial results for its fiscal first quarter.
Top 10 Stocks To Watch For 2018: Safe Bulkers Inc(SB)
- [By Ben Levisohn]
StarBulk Carriers (SBLK) and Safe Bulkers (SB) have more than tripled during the past 12 months, while Golden Ocean Group (GOGL) has more than doubled. So it must be time for an upgrade right?
- [By Elizabeth Balboa]
Meanwhile, Safe Bulkers, Inc. (NYSE: SB) rose $0.73 throughout the 2016, Seanergy Maritime Holdings Corp. (NASDAQ: SHIP) fell $1.69 and Navios Maritime Partners L.P. (NYSE: NMM) dropped $0.93.
Top 10 Stocks To Watch For 2018: Black Diamond, Inc.(BDE)
- [By Jim Robertson]
At the beginning of the week, our Under the Radar Moversnewsletter suggested small cap sporting & outdoor goods stock Black Diamond Inc (NASDAQ: BDE) as a short/bearish trade:
Top 10 Stocks To Watch For 2018: Intrexon Corporation(XON)
- [By WWW.MONEYSHOW.COM]
Intrexon (XON) has made a small yet strategic acquisition in buying GenVec (GNVC); with the purchase, XON gets AdenoVerse, a platform of adenovirus vectors for delivering drugs and vaccines that dovetails nicely with its existing suite of gene therapy technologies, suggests John McCamant, editor of The Medical Technology Stock Letter.
Top 10 Stocks To Watch For 2018: Wells Fargo & Company(WFC)
- [By JPMorgan]
We recommend Wells Fargo into 2016 for several reasons: 1) a safe haven stock in a choppy, uncertain time period; 2) some benefit from acquisitions from GE Capital; 3) continued growth in several other areas – investment banking, credit cards, and payments; and 4) continued sizable capital return.
- [By Jeremy Bowman]
As for individual stocks,Wells Fargo(NYSE:WFC) was the leader among the big banks that posted earnings today, which also includedJPMorgan ChaseandBank of America.
- [By Teresa Rivas]
Wells Fargo (WFC) is lower Monday, after the board of directors released the results of its internal investigation of the firms sales practices scandal.
The company is clawing back some $75 million in pay from former Chief Executive JohnStumpfand former retailbankleaderCarrie Tolstedt, which the bank, in its 113-page report, holds largely responsible for the problems.
The Wall Street Journal has more details on Wells Fargos conclusions:
The boards results cap a six-monthindependent investigation that has not only rocked the countrys third-largest bank by assets but also the broader banking industry, with dozens of firms examining their own sales practices at the behest of regulators.
Many directors on the San Francisco banks board now face their own scrutiny. Last week, proxy advisory firmInstitutional Shareholder Services Inc. suggested Wells Fargo investorsvote against 12 of the banks 15 directorsat the firms annual meeting April 25.The bank also continues to face federal and state investigations about its sales practices.
A couple of analysts are weighing in on the stock today. Evercore ISIs John Pancari reiterated an Outperform rating and $64 price target on the stock:
We reiterate our constructive thesis onWFCfrom a long term perspective as we expect abating headline risk (in part due to the conclusion of this investigation), still-intact above-peer ROE (despite our modeled expectation for a $0.25 per share go-fwd annual impact from the sales practice issue), and solid competitive position to drive a return of the stock’s premium valuation over time. While we acknowledge concerns around a potential CCAR failure (quantitative and/or qualitative), the broader fundamental impact could prove quite manageable asWFCmay still be permitted to deploy capital at the prior year (2016) level – just not increase deployment, while the related operational costs have
- [By Jim Cramer]
WELLS FARGO & CO’s earnings per share improvement from the most recent quarter was slightly positive. The company has demonstrated a pattern of positive earnings per share growth over the past two years. We feel that this trend should continue. During the past fiscal year, WELLS FARGO & CO increased its bottom line by earning $4.10 versus $3.89 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($4.16 versus $4.10).
Top 10 Stocks To Watch For 2018: SolarWindow Technologies, Inc. (WNDW)
- [By SEEKINGALPHA.COM]
SolarWindow Technologies, Inc. (OTCQB:WNDW) is another third-party currently engaged in research and development to incorporate one of GLW’s glass products in an innovative manner. WNDW, a leading developer of transparent electricity-generating coatings for glass windows and flexible veneers, announced its plan to develop electricity-generating flexible glass. In particular, WNDW’s scientists and engineers recently applied layers of its liquid coatings onto GLW’s Willow Glass and laminated them under conditions that simulate the high pressure and temperatures of the manufacturing processes used by commercial glass and window producers. The result was a bendable glass “veneer” which generates electricity. WNDW anticipates installing these sheets of electricity-generating glass veneers over existing office tower windows, turning buildings into vertical power generators and helping decrease their carbon footprint. The company also believes that such veneers could be applied t o flat and curved surfaces on automobiles, trucks, buses, airplanes, and boats to generate onboard electrical power. WNDW’s veneer products are being developed in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory in an effort to commercialize WNDW’s products. While we saw no specific timeline for when WNDW would offer its products incorporating Willow Glass, we are once again excited by this innovative use of a GLW product.