The parent company of Sears and Kmart, which has been paring costs and hoarding cash in a bid to survive, said Tuesday that it will put off repaying much of a $500 million loanto help shrink its debt.
Subsidiaries of Sears Holdingnow have a deal that will allow them to pay back $100 million of a $500 million loan in July, the initial date of maturity. But the remaining $400 million will not come due until January, 2018, with Sears having the option to push the maturity date out even further to July of next year.
The iconic retailerhas been taking numerous steps to restore its bottom line, which has suffered amid management stumbles, and a retail landscape full of more nimble retailers and shoppers increasingly more interested in shopping online.
After announcing at the start of the year that it would shutter 150 under performing stores, it has recently added at least 30 more locations to the list. The retailer has also been selling off chunks of its extensive real estate holdings, borrowing money, and even putting some of its cherished brands up for sale.
Top 5 Performing Stocks To Buy Right Now: 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.
Top 5 Performing Stocks To Buy Right Now: Roche Holding AG (RHHBY)
- [By SEEKINGALPHA.COM]
AstraZeneca’s forward EV/EBITDA (2017E) of 9.73 is lower than rivals like Novartis (NYSE:NVS) and Roche (OTCQX:RHHBY) (comparing companies with strong immune-oncology assets). The 10-year range for the company’s EV/EBITDA is 3.6 to 20.9. The dividend yield is also attractive at 4.6%.
- [By Keith Speights]
Eisai (NASDAQOTH:ESALY), Novo Nordisk (NYSE:NVO), and Roche Holding Ltd. (NASDAQOTH:RHHBY) fit that description well. Each of these companies markets obesity drugs, but each also sells a broad array of other products with multiple pipeline candidates potentially on the way. Here’s why Eisai, Novo Nordisk, and Roche rank as the three best obesity-drug stocks to buy in 2017.
- [By SEEKINGALPHA.COM]
As the graphic below shows, ImmunoGen’s product pipeline is potentially significant. Furthermore, it is impressive to see the involvement and partnerships in these early stage compounds by some of the world’s leading pharmaceutical and biotech companies. This includes firms like Amgen (NASDAQ:AMGN), Roche (OTCQX:RHHBY), Bayer (OTCPK:BAYRY), Sanofi (NYSE:SNY), Eli Lilly (NYSE:LLY), and Novartis (NYSE:NVS).
Top 5 Performing Stocks To Buy Right Now: Transocean Inc.(RIG)
- [By Ben Levisohn]
Shares of Noble have jumped 12% to $7.41 at 2:58 a.m. today, and it’s success has helped boost offshore drillers across the board. Transocean (RIG) has advanced 1.6% to $13.41, Ensco (ESV) has gained 5.8% to $10.73, and Diamond Offshore Drilling (DO) has risen 4.5% to $17.43.
- [By Jon C. Ogg]
Transocean Ltd. (NYSE: RIG) was last seen trading up 17.1% at $12.91. Its volume of more than 42 million shares equated to right at 3 times normal volume. Transocean has a consensus analyst price target of $9.72 and a 52-week trading range of $7.67 to $14.50. The company has a total market cap of $4.7 billion.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
Go back a year, and offshore drillers like Noble (NE), Rowan (RDC), Transocean (RIG) and Atwood Oceanics (ATW) had been all but written off–until they weren’t anymore. Since then, investors have been rewarded for picking winners in the group from the losers, as Atwood Oceanics has more than doubled, Transocean has gained 34%, and Rowan has risen 42%, while Noble and Diamond Offshore Drilling (DO) have dropped 13%.
- [By Paul Ausick]
Transocean Ltd. (NYSE: RIG) dropped about 6.3% Wednesday to post a new 52-week low of $8.68 after closing Tuesday at $9.26. The 52-week high is $6.96. Volume rose to about 50% more than the daily average of about 12 million shares. The company had no specific news, but consolidation in the offshore drilling business is not a positive for Transocean or any other driller still standing by itself.
- [By Teresa Rivas]
Transocean (RIG) is rising Thursday afternoon, thanks to an upbeat fourth quarter.
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The oilfield services company said it earned 63 cents a share (a figure that excludes $13 million in net unfavorable items), well ahead of the nickel a share in earnings analysts expected. Revenue fell 47.4% year over year to $974 million, also above the $806 million consensus estimate. Transocean said its contract backlog was $11.3 billion as of its February fleet status report. Raymond Jamess Praveen Narra and J. Marshall Adkins reiterated an Underperform rating on the stock following the report. They praised the companys ongoing cost controls and strong revenue efficiency, which they expect to continue. But still arent ready to recommend the stock amid a difficult macro backdrop. More detail from their note:
Transocean continued to minimize costs and maximize efficiency amid a challenging offshore environment, reporting 4Q16 adjusted EBITDA of $414 million, higher than our estimate of $363 million and consensus of $394 million. The beat was driven by lower than expected costs of $344 million (adjusting for favorable litigation), which came in ~12% lower than our estimate of $385 million and guidance of guidance of $375-385 million. Total revenue efficiency came in at 100.3%, as it was boosted by bonus incentives and possibly effective results from the new contracting model, particularly in the high-spec jackup market. The beat to our estimates was also driven by higher than anticipated revenues, which came in at $805 million, above our estimate of $788 million, but below the consensus estimate of $812 million. We note, our adjusted revenue excludes $169 million in early termination fees during the quarter.
The shares are up 6.6% to $14.16 in recent trading, although theyre down 4% year to date.
- [By Todd Shriber, ETF Professor]
None of SQZZ's equity positions account for more than 1.9 percent of the new ETF's weight. Those positions include Dow component General Electric Company (NYSE: GE), Sprint Corp (NYSE: S), Chesapeake Energy Corporation (NYSE: CHK) and Transocean LTD (NYSE: RIG).
Top 5 Performing Stocks To Buy Right Now: 8×8 Inc(EGHT)
- [By Peter Graham]
A long term performance chart shows small cap magicJack VocalTec Ltd underperforming versus VOIP related peers Vonage Holdings Corp (NYSE: VG)and 8×8, Inc (NASDAQ: EGHT) which have been volatile, but have been heading higher:
- [By Lisa Levin]
Telecommunications services shares climbed 0.56 percent in trading on Thursday. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included Frontier Communications Corp (NASDAQ: FTR), and 8×8, Inc. (NASDAQ: EGHT).
- [By Anders Bylund]
Shares of 8×8 (NASDAQ:EGHT) rose 26.6% in 2016, according to data from S&P Global Market Intelligence.
The provider of internet-based voice and communications services put together a remarkable financial record last year. 8X8 beat Wall Street’s earnings and sales estimates handily in each one of the year’s quarterly reports,citing strong organic revenue growth among larger customers along the way. Large-scale corporate customers accounted for 53% of the company’s total sales in the recently reported second quarter, and these big clients are also showing strong loyalty to the 8×8 brand by renewing their service contracts.
- [By Peter Graham]
A long term performance chart shows small cap magicJack VocalTec Ltd hitting lower highs and lowerlows for some years now but also leveling off while VOIP related peers Vonage Holdings Corp (NYSE: VG)and 8×8, Inc (NASDAQ: EGHT) have been volatile, but also largely heading higher:
Top 5 Performing Stocks To Buy Right Now: Tsakos Energy Navigation Ltd(TNP)
- [By John Stevens]
Tsakos Energy Navigation Limited (TNP) is a Greek tanker company founded in 1993 that provides international seaborne crude oil and petroleum product transportation services worldwide. It offers marine transportation services to national, major, and other independent oil companies and refiners under long, medium, and short-term charters.
As of April 5, 2016, it operated a fleet of 50 vessels, including 47 crude oil and petroleum product tankers, 1 liquefied natural gas carrier, and 2 shuttle suezmax tankers. Tsakos Energy Navigation Limited (TNP) has a strategic partnership with Statoil for the crude oil tanker new buildings. The company was formerly known as MIF Limited but in July 2001 its name was changed to Tsakos Energy Navigation Limited.