Have you ever read something in the financial media and thought: is this even news?
I know. Every day, right?
I had that feeling on March 21, when I read a Bloomberg story saying that one type of stock—dividend growers—outperforms all others as interest rates rise.
To back it up, Bloomberg and Goldman Sachs (GS) looked at the performance of 50 stocks the bank sees as likely to hike their payouts by an average of 12% this year. (I’ll reveal—and rank—the 4 strongest names from this list in just a moment.)
The verdict? The “Goldman 50” beat the market between the end of June 2016 and March 21 of this year—a period that saw the Fed drop two quarter-point rate hikes on us.
It wasn’t even close. The dividend growers were up 10 points on the S&P 500 on March 21—and on March 15, they were up 11.9%, the widest spread in any 8.5-month period since the financial crisis.
Top Bank Stocks To Buy For 2017: BiondVax Pharmaceuticals Ltd.(BVXV)
- [By Chris Lange]
BiondVax Pharmaceuticals Ltd. (NASDAQ: BVXV) reported that the scientific journal “Vaccine” published an article citing results from its flu vaccine. The “Vaccine” article, Back to the future: Immunization with M-001, reports that blood plasma samples from people who received M-001 in 2011 (as part of BiondVax’s BVX-005 clinical trial in the elderly) showed significantly increased protective antibodies against the new epidemic 2014/15 flu strain (A/Swiss) – a strain which did not exist when M-001 was administered to the BVX-005 participants.
Top Bank Stocks To Buy For 2017: SPDR S&P 500 ETF (SPY)
- [By WWW.GURUFOCUS.COM]
For the details of Cougar Global Investments Ltd’s stock buys and sells, go to http://www.gurufocus.com/StockBuy.php?GuruName=Cougar+Global+Investments+Ltd
These are the top 5 holdings of Cougar Global Investments LtdSPDR MidCap Trust Series I (MDY) – 134,036 shares, 37.74% of the total portfolio. Shares added by 9.81%SPDR S&P 500 (SPY) – 150,252 shares, 31.92% of the total portfolio. Shares added by 359.35%iShares Core S&P Small-Cap (IJR) – 374,523 shares, 23.35% of the total portfolio. Shares added by 283.37%iShares MBS (MBB) – 37,334 shares, 3.59% of the total portfolio. Shares added by 109.88%iShares Core U.S. Aggregate Bond (AGG) – 34,781 shares, 3.4% of the
- [By WWW.MONEYSHOW.COM]
This happens to be the lowest number since 2005. My expectation is similar to the consensus; a low single digit advance this year. As such, I believe a long-term covered call position, in the SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust (SPY) — with a 7.8% profit potential — may be an appropriate strategy this year.
- [By Craig Jones]
Joe Tigay of Equity Armor Investments spoke on Bloomberg Markets about an options trading strategy in SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust (NYSE: SPY).
He said the market is trading at its all-time highs and it seems to him that it's better to sell put options in SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust than to have a long stock exposure. Tigay would sell the April 234 put for $2.25. The trade starts to lose money below $231.75 or 2.5 percent below the current market price. If the stock stays above $234 at the April expiration, he's going to collect the premium, which is around 1 percent of the current market price.
- [By WWW.GURUFOCUS.COM]
For the details of CTC LLC’s stock buys and sells, go to http://www.gurufocus.com/StockBuy.php?GuruName=CTC+LLC
These are the top 5 holdings of CTC LLCAmazon.com Inc (AMZN) – 55,335 shares, 49.45% of the total portfolio. Shares added by 112.04%SPDR S&P 500 (SPY) – 93,871 shares, 22.62% of the total portfolio. Shares reduced by 17.63%PowerShares QQQ Trust Series 1 (QQQ) – 154,682 shares, 20.9% of the total portfolio. Shares reduced by 37.46%SPDR Gold Trust (GLD) – 58,223 shares, 7.03% of the total portfolio. Shares reduced by 50.39%iShares MSCI Brazil Capped Index Fund (EWZ) – 0 shares, 0% of the to
- [By Craig Jones]
On CNBC's Options Action, Dan Nathan spoke about a possible decline in the S&P 500 and he recommended a hedging options strategy in SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust (NYSE: SPY) as a way to limit losses in case of a correction.
Top Bank Stocks To Buy For 2017: ServiceNow, Inc.(NOW)
- [By Lee Jackson]
ServiceNow Inc. (NYSE: NOW) had a director at the enterprise cloud-based solutions provider selling stock last week. Frederic Luddy sold a total of 101,500 sharesat $76.84 apiece. The total for the sale was $7,799,376. The consensus price target is $93.41, and shares were trading last Friday at $76.02.
Top Bank Stocks To Buy For 2017: Roadrunner Transportation Systems, Inc(RRTS)
- [By Dan Caplinger]
Tuesday was another down day for the Dow Jones Industrials, which fell more than 100 points to drop further below the 20,000 level. But broader market measures were mixed, and the Nasdaq Composite even managed to gain ground. Continued uncertainty about the impact of new policies from the U.S. federal government have kept markets a bit turbulent, and the beginning of a two-day meeting of the Federal Reserve’s Open Market Committee could set the tone for monetary policy in 2017. Some stocks had bad news that sent them lower today, and among the worst performers were Seadrill (NYSE:SDRL), Roadrunner Transportation Systems (NYSE:RRTS), and Tempur Sealy International (NYSE:TPX). Below, we’ll look more closely at these stocks to tell you why they did so poorly.
Top Bank Stocks To Buy For 2017: DigitalGlobe, Inc(DGI)
- [By Lisa Levin]
In trading on Wednesday, telecommunications services shares rose by just 0.03 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Internet Initiative Japan Inc. (ADR) (NASDAQ: IIJI), down 4 percent, and DigitalGlobe Inc (NYSE: DGI), down 2 percent.
- [By Scott Rubin]
Stock gainers included DigitalGlobe (NYSE: DGI), which jumped almost 17 percent on a strong earnings report, and B&G Foods, Inc.(NYSE: BGS) which added 13 percent after its Q2 report. Shares of Western Digital (NASDAQ: WDC) lost more than 11 percent after its quarterly earnings results disappointed Wall Street.
Top Bank Stocks To Buy For 2017: Universal Health Services, Inc.(UHS)
- [By Ben Levisohn]
Universal Health Services (UHS) tumbled to the bottom of the S&P 500 today after BuzzFeed published an investigative story alleging that the company’s psychiatric hospitals put profits ahead of people.
Shares of Universal Health Services dropped 12% to$111.30 today, while the S&P 500 rose 1.3% to 2,241.35, a record high.
Universal Health Services’ stock had been minding its business for most of the day–it was up 1.1% at $127.76 at 3:10 p.m. today–when the story by BuzzFeed’s Rosalind Adams went live. Here’s the gist:
Millwood Hospital is part of Americas largest psychiatric hospital chain, Universal Health Services, or UHS. Its more than 200 psychiatric facilities across the country admitted nearly 450,000 patients last year. The result was almost $7.5 billion in revenues from inpatient care last year and profit margins of around 30%. More than a third of the companys overall revenue from both medical hospitals and psychiatric facilities comes from taxpayers through Medicare and Medicaid.
A yearlong BuzzFeed News investigation based on interviews with 175 current and former UHS staff, including 18 executives who ran UHS hospitals; more than 120 additional interviews with patients, government investigators, and other experts; and a cache of internal documents raises grave questions about the extent to which those profits were achieved at the expense of patients.
Universal Health Services market capitalization dropped to $10.7 billion today from $12.3 billion yesterday. It reported net income of $680 million on sales of $9 billion in 2015.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
Universal Health Services (UHS), yesterday’s biggest loser, soared to the top of the S&P 500 today as it rebounded from the massive selloff.
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Universal Health Servicesgained 6.9% to $108.57 today, while the S&P 500 rose 0.4% to 2,262.03.
Weakness in Universal Health Services began when Buzzfeed ran an article last week, contending the companys psychiatric hospitals put profits ahead of people. Yesterday, it tumbled when Raymond James cut its rating on the stock due to problems that could be caused by a potential Senate investigation.
Universal Health Services’ market capitalization rose to $10.5 today from $9.8 billion yesterday, nearly recouping its drop from $10.6 billion on Dec. 13.
It reported net income of $680 million on sales of $9 billion in 2015.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
Universal Health Services (UHS) slumped to the bottom of the S&P 500 today after getting downgraded by Raymond James.
Universal Health Servicesdropped 6.8% to $101.55 today, while the S&P 500 fell 0.8% to 2,253.28.
Raymond James analyst John Ransom and team explain why they cut Universal Health Services to Market Perform from Outperform:
We are lowering our rating onUniversal Health Services to a Market Perform (from an Outperform) due to an escalation in events surrounding last weeks Buzzfeed article. Last Friday (12/9), Senator Grassley, Chair of the Judiciary Committee, sent a letter…to the office of inspector general regarding details of the current federal investigation into Universal Health Services. Specifically, the letter rehashes the Buzzfeed article and requests an update on the investigation by Dec. 23. Our view is that – even ifUniversal Health Services management is correct on the legalities – we think the entrance of the venerable Senator Grassley into the mix takes the political risk to a more dangerous level. Plus – even if “suicide ideation” doesn’t generate additional revenues per admission, we think it’s possible that the heightened political scrutiny could invite more caution and/or red tape into the admissions process – eith er externally or from self-policing. Add in the ongoing OIG investigation, and we think the risk-reward is no longer compelling.
Universal Health Services’ market capitalization fell to $9.8 billion today from $10.6 billion yesterday. It reported net income of $680 million on sales of $9 billion in 2015.