U.S. stock futures appear to be taking a breather this morning, after the major market indexes banked their second consecutive session of record highs on Friday. It will be a busy week for traders, as former FBI Director James Comey will testify this week before the Senate Intelligence Committee, the European Central Bank will hold a monetary policy meeting and U.K. election on Thursday could bring more questions to the Brexit front.
Against this backdrop, futures on the Dow Jones Industrial Average have dipped 0.05%, while S&P 500 futures are down 0.07% and Nasdaq-100 futures have fallen 0.1%.
On the options front, volume remained well above average on Friday, with about 17.7 million calls and 13.9 million puts changing hands. On the CBOE, the single-session equity put/call volume ratio dipped to a one-week low of 0.60, dragging the 10-day moving average lower to 0.62.
Top 5 Stocks To Buy Right Now: Chunghwa Telecom Co., Ltd.(CHT)
- [By Lisa Levin]
In trading on Friday, telecommunications services shares fell by 0.99 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Chunghwa Telecom Co., Ltd (ADR) (NYSE: CHT), down 3 percent, and Shenandoah Telecommunications Company (NASDAQ: SHEN), down 4 percent.
Top 5 Stocks To Buy Right Now: Phillips 66(PSX)
- [By Virendra Singh Chauhan]
Another piece of the Berkshire puzzle which could ride a tailwind is the investment in oil major Phillips 66 (NYSE:PSX). With OPEC recently making a move to support oil prices with supply cuts, a rising oil price will benefit the oil major which made up just over 5% of Berkshire’s stock holdings at the end of the September quarter. PSX stock price is up 11% over the last one month and could be headed further higher if the demand/supplydynamics of the oil market are brought under control. (See also: Berkshire Stock: Should Investors Worry About Warren Buffett’s Latest Investments?)
- [By Matthew DiLallo]
After facing several challenges last year, Phillips 66 (NYSE:PSX) enjoyed a bit of a bounce back in the first quarter. The refiner delivered expectation-smashing results, reporting an adjusted profit of $294 million, or $0.56 per share, which was a remarkable $0.51 per share ahead of the consensus estimate. Fueling the quarter were robust chemicals results and improving midstream earnings, which more than overcame continued weakness in the refining segment.
- [By Shanthi Rexaline]
The six companies that met the criterion are:
Oshkosh Corp (NYSE: OSK). Phillips 66 (NYSE: PSX). SpartanNash Co (NASDAQ: SPTN). Suncor Energy Inc. (USA) (NYSE: SU). Washington Federal Inc. (NASDAQ: WAFD). Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS). Oshkosh
Oshkosh is a manufacturer of specialty vehicles and vehicle bodies and is based in Wisconsin. The company operates under four business segments, namely access equipment, defense, fire and emergency, and commercial.
- [By Sarfaraz Khan]
Also note that Berkshire Hathaway has direct exposure to the US energy sector through its subsidiary Berkshire Hathaway Energy, which is a power company that also owns two interstate natural gas pipelines. Besides, Berkshire Hathaways stock portfolio also has some exposure to the energy sector. The company owns 80.7 million shares of Phillips 66 (NYSE:PSX), a major US-based refiner that is also expanding in the midstream space, valued at almost $7 billion. Phillips 66 represents more than 5% of Berkshire Hathaways stock portfolio. The conglomerate also owns 20 million shares of the pipeline giant Kinder Morgan (NYSE:KMI), valued at $414.2 million. These energy companies are positioned to benefit from Donald Trumps pro-energy policies and de-regulation.
- [By Matthew DiLallo]
After facing several challenges in 2016 that pushed down results, Phillips 66 (NYSE:PSX) bounced back big-time in the first quarter. The company trounced the consensus estimate by a whopping $0.51 per share, which was roughly 10 times higher than the $0.05 per share analysts expected.
- [By Matthew DiLallo, Tyler Crowe, and Jason Hall]
Oil prices haven’t gotten off to the fast start many expected, falling around 6% on average during the first quarter of the year. That slump came despite OPEC’s best efforts since producing nations have achieved fairly good compliance on their planned output cuts. That said, despite the lackluster oil market, we still see some interestingopportunities in the oil market. Three stocks we really like right now are DistributionNOW(NYSE:DNOW),Phillips 66(NYSE:PSX), andConocoPhillips(NYSE:COP), which all should do well in the current oil market.
Top 5 Stocks To Buy Right Now: Sandstorm Gold Ltd(SAND )
- [By Rich Duprey]
Sandstorm Gold (NYSEMKT:SAND) has outperformed the precious metal itself over the past year, with shares rising 35% year to date. Last month it reported third-quarter profits of $7 million, a big U-turn from 2015, when it suffered losses of $5.5 million. In fact, its entire operation was doing better with greater production: lower cash costs, but higher cash margins; and greater operating cash flows, all of which allowed it to pay down its revolving credit facility. That means it has no bank debt and its entire $110 million revolving credit facility is available to make acquisitions.
Top 5 Stocks To Buy Right Now: Fortress Investment Group LLC(FIG)
- [By Dan Caplinger]
The stock market continued to climb sharply on Wednesday, sending major market benchmarks to record highs yet again and propelling the Dow Jones Industrials up more than 100 points. Economic data continued to support the notion that the U.S. economy remains strong, and rising inflation levels led many to conclude that the Federal Reserve is more likely than ever to follow through on its promise to keep lifting short-term interest rates in 2017. Rising bond yields reflected investors’ reluctance to hold onto fixed-income investments in anticipation of higher rates, prompting some to shift assets into the stock market. Several companies also reported, andFortress Investment Group (NYSE:FIG), Editas Medicine (NASDAQ:EDIT), and Hertz Global Holdings (NYSE:HTZ) were among the top performers on the day. Below, we’ll look more closely at these stocks to tell you why they did so well.
Top 5 Stocks To Buy Right Now: Blue Buffalo Pet Products, Inc.(BUFF)
- [By Peter Graham]
Mid cap pet stock Blue Buffalo Pet Products Inc (NASDAQ: BUFF)reportedQ1 2017 earnings after the market closed Tuesday.Net sales increased 7.9% to $302.0 million driven primarily by volume growth. Net sales of Dry Foods increased 6.4% to $245.2 million while net sales of Wet Foods, Treats and Other Products increased15.1% to $56.8 million. Net income increased 18.1% to $44.1 million and cash and cash equivalents were $338.2 million as of March31, 2017 versus $292.7 million as of December31, 2016. The CEO commented:
- [By Monica Gerson] Related BUFF Mid-Afternoon Market Update: Crude Oil Rises 3.5%; Zagg Shares Fall Following Weak Q4 Results Mid-Day Market Update: Blue Buffalo Pet Products Rises Following Strong Q4 Results; Ocean Rig UDW Shares Slide Blue Buffalo Pet Products' (BUFF) CEO Kurt Schmidt on Q1 2016 Results – Earnings Call Transcript (Seeking Alpha) Related ARMK Earnings Scheduled For May 11, 2016 Earnings Scheduled For February 10, 2016
Some of the stocks that may grab investor focus today are:
- [By Peter Graham]
The Q3 2016 earnings report formid cap pet stock Blue Buffalo Pet Products Inc (NASDAQ: BUFF)is scheduled for after the market closes onThursday (November 10th) with earnings beating expectations the last time around.