Kraft Heinz has put its plans to buy British and Dutch food and personal care products conglomerate Unilever back on the shelf after Unilever turned down its $140 billion bid.
But the ketchup and macaroni and cheese king could still be interested in shopping for another big maker of supermarket staples.
Kraft Heinz (KHC) is backed by Warren Buffett. His Berkshire Hathaway (BRKB) is the largest shareholder in the company, with a nearly 27% stake.
Buffett teamed up with private equity firm 3G Capital to buy Heinz in 2013 and followed that up in 2015 with the purchase of Kraft. And Buffett has made it clear that he wants to do even more deals.
“Berkshire is now a sprawling conglomerate, constantly trying to sprawl further,” Buffett wrote in his 2015 annual shareholder letter.
So what could Kraft Heinz go after next?
It may be tough for Kraft Heinz to find another company like Unilever (UL) that has a roster of both food and personal care products in its portfolio.
Top Safest Stocks To Buy Right Now: Dunkin' Brands Group, Inc.(DNKN)
- [By John Udovich]
While theMacys Thanksgiving Day parade sponsored by Macy’s, Inc (NYSE:M) is the most well known corporate sponsoredThanksgiving parade,Dunkin Brands Group Inc (NASDAQ:DNKN) and McDonald’s Corporation (NYSE:MCD) also sponsor parades in major USA cities that will help them grab some extra consumer attention and perhaps help the bottom line a bit.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
The market is treating Chipotle as if it is an Amazon, Tesla, Apple or Google, when in fact all they do is make burritos. With the money it would cost you to buy Chipotle today @ $14 billion dollars you could buy Wendy’s (WEN), Cheesecake Factory (CAKE), Papa John’s International (PZZA), and Dunkin’ Brands (DNKN). Chipotle would need to generate at least $24 in earnings per share in order to justify the current market cap — they are not even expected to generate half of that next year. Chipotle is expected to report Q1 on April 25 and the market, in my opinion, has already more than priced in good news.
- [By WWW.USATODAY.COM]
While McDonald’s (NYSE: MCD) and Dunkin’ Brands’ (NASDAQ: DNKN) Dunkin’ Donuts both now sell premium espresso-based beverages along with other fancy coffee drinks, people don’t view those brands the way they see Starbucks. The Seattle-based coffee chain exists in its own world, where it can sell out of $10 cups of whisky-barrel-aged coffee while it opens more than a thousand Reserve stores selling pricier drinks than its normal, already expensive beverage lineup.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
Dunkin’ Brands Group (DNKN) has dropped 3.5% to $54.16 after getting cut to Sell from Neutral at Goldman Sachs.
Morgan Stanley (MS) has risen 1.1% to $42.95 after getting upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank.
- [By Asit Sharma]
Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:DNKN) is currently testing a concept in 300 U.S. stores that may surprise many of its investors: a streamlined menu.
Top Safest Stocks To Buy Right Now: Identiv, Inc.(INVE)
- [By Lisa Levin]
The industries that are driving the market today are:
Cement: This industry gained 3.4 percent by 2:30 pm. The top stock within the industry was Cemex SAB de CV (ADR) (NYSE: CX), which gained 4.7 percent. Cemex’s PEG ratio is 0.16. Computer Peripherals: This industry rose 2.6 percent by 2:30 pm ET. The top performer in this industry was Identiv Inc (NASDAQ: INVE), which gained 13.5 percent. Identiv shares have climbed 44.83 percent over the past 52 weeks, while the S&P 500 index has increased 8.61 percent in the same period. Internet Service Providers: The industry gained 2 percent by 2:30 pm. The top performer in this industry was TrueCar Inc (NASDAQ: TRUE) which gained 3.4 percent. TrueCar shares have jumped 60.90 percent over the past 52 weeks, while the S&P 500 index has increased 8.61 percent in the same period. Regional – Southwest Banks: This industry moved up 1.9 percent by 2:30 pm. The top performer in this industry was Veritex Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: VBTX), which rose 6.6 percent
Top Safest Stocks To Buy Right Now: Mammoth Energy Services, Inc. (TUSK)
- [By Jack Delaney]
Mammoth Energy Services (Nasdaq: TUSK) provides drilling and related services for North American gas and oil explorers.
Even though Mammoth was just founded in 2014, it had $243 million in revenue between June 30, 2015, and June 30, 2016.
Top Safest Stocks To Buy Right Now: VIVUS, Inc.(VVUS)
- [By Keith Speights]
Arena is out of the obesity drug business, but what about Orexigen Therapeutics (NASDAQ:OREX) or VIVUS (NASDAQ:VVUS)? The problem is that they’re both too dependent on their respective obesity drugs, Contrave and Qsymia. Neither of the drugs have performed up to expectations.
- [By Peter Graham]
A long term chart shows Arena Pharmaceuticals along with its small capobesitytreatmentpeers EnteroMedics Inc (NASDAQ: ETRM), Orexigen Therapeutics, Inc (NASDAQ: OREX) and VIVUS, Inc (NASDAQ: VVUS) all causing severe weight loss for investor portfolios:
Top Safest Stocks To Buy Right Now: Core Laboratories N.V.(CLB)
- [By Matthew DiLallo]
Core Laboratories (NYSE:CLB) literally has its ear to the ground when it comes to deciphering what’s going on in the oil market. The company studies oil reservoirs, which tell it what’s happening with production, giving it a deep level of understanding on the supply side of the market. Core Labs takes what the reservoirs are saying, compares this with other data, and then blends it into an informed macro view of the oil market, which CEO David Demshur shared on the company’s recent quarterly earnings conference call. Here are five things he says the reservoirs are telling us about what’s really going on in the oil market.
- [By Lisa Levin] Gainers Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Inc. (NASDAQ: RRGB) shares rose 18.4 percent to $68.65 in pre-market trading as the company reported upbeat results for its first quarter. Jack in the Box Inc. (NASDAQ: JACK) shares rose 9.5 percent to $111.60 in the pre-market trading session after the company posted better-than-expected earnings for its second quarter. The company also disclosed that it has retained Morgan Stanley to evaluate potential alternatives for Qdoba. Coherus Biosciences Inc (NASDAQ: CHRS) rose 9.8 percent to $24.20 in pre-market trading. Coherus BioSciences disclosed that it prevailed in ‘135 IPR decision. Qiwi PLC (NASDAQ: QIWI) rose 8.1 percent to $21.49 in pre-market trading after reporting strong quarterly results. Korea Electric Power Corporation (ADR) (NYSE: KEP) shares rose 7.9 percent to $20.00 in pre-market trading after dropping 4.33 percent on Tuesday Target Corporation (NYSE: TGT) shares rose 7.5 percent to $58.60 in pre-market trading after the company reported stronger-than-expected results for its first quarter. AngloGold Ashanti Limited (ADR) (NYSE: AU) rose 4.3 percent to $11.71 in pre-market trading after falling 0.09 percent on Tuesday. Colgate-Palmolive Company (NYSE: CL) rose 4.1 percent to $74.53 in pre-market trading after the NY Post reported that the company might be up for sale for $100 per share. Harmony Gold Mining Co. (ADR) (NYSE: HMY) rose 4 percent to $2.35 in pre-market trading after declining 1.74 percent on Tuesday. Core Laboratories N.V. (NYSE: CLB) rose 3.6 percent to $109.00 in pre-market trading after gaining 0.39 percent on Tuesday. Clovis Oncology Inc (NASDAQ: CLVS) rose 3.2 percent to $51.15 in pre-market trading. JP Morgan upgraded Clovis Oncology from Neutral to Overweight.
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Top Safest Stocks To Buy Right Now: NXP Semiconductors N.V.(NXPI)
- [By Sreekanth Anasa]
Qualcomm (NASDAQ:QCOM) stock price has now fallen below the crucial 20-day, 50-day and 100-day moving averages. Its legal issues have again weighed heavy on QCOM stock of late. QCOM stock has a crucial support at the $52.66 level, which is just below the last closing price (on April 13). Qualcomm stock has not fallen below these levels in 2017.A fall below this level means QCOM stock could drop, moving close to itsone-year lows. However, two popular momentum indicators Bollinger Bands and Relative Strength Index (RSI) indicators suggest that QCOM stock is oversold. The technicals depict mixed scenario for QCOM stock. QCOM stock has lost momentum going into its Q2 earnings, with the stock losing more than 5% in the last 5 trading sessions and is still down more than 10.5% YTD. QCOM stock still makes a good long-term investment, especially with the $47B NXP Semiconductor (NASDAQ:NXPI) acquisition lined up. The smartphone chipset maker’s stock is also named the top divide nd stock with insider buying and has adividend yield of 4.27%. Long-term investors with a high-risk appetite might relish buying QCOM stock at such low levels. However, it would be prudent for risk-averse investors to stay on the sidelines till the Q2 earnings, which would give a better picture of Qualcomm’s present legal woes and its future implications.
- [By Sreekanth Anasa]
This has the potential to offset the sluggishness in demand of smartphone chips around the world. Also, certain performance benchmarks of Qualcomm’s latest flagship processor 835 are making positive waves. A lot is riding on Qualcomm’s $47B acquisition of NXP Semiconductor (NASDAQ:NXPI), which it plans to complete by the end of the year. This acquisition would open up the high potential IoT segment as well for the smartphone chipmaker. All of these positives have been overshadowed by Qualcomm Inc’s legal troubles, which could hit its licensing business hard. Qualcomm depends heavily on its licensing business to generate bulk of its pre-tax profits. In the most recent fiscal year, Qualcomm’s QTL segment accounted for 78% of its pre-tax profits. The verdicts in the legal issues faced by Qualcomm will not be out anytime soon. These tend to be long drawn courtroom battles, and have cast a spell of uncertainty over Qualcomm’s licensing business.
- [By Andrew Tonner]
One of the best ways to invest in broad-based movements such as the IoT is by buying shares in the companies that supply the hardware and infrastructure powering the trend — such asSkyworks Solutions (NASDAQ:SWKS) and NXP Semiconductor (NASDAQ:NXPI). Let’s dig into each company to see what makes them two of the top IoT investments on the market today.
- [By Sreekanth Anasa]
While Qualcomm continues to work on closing its $47 billion acquisition of automotive chipmaker NXP Semiconductor (NSDQ:NXPI), at the CES 2017, NXP showcased why the company is a major force in automotive computing.At the show, NXP partnered with several companies to demonstrate a “collective vision of safe and secure end-to-end mobility through a highly automated driving demonstration and experience.” NXP also demonstratedits so-called RoadLINK platform in collaboration with automotive parts giant Delphiand privately held start-up Savari, highlighting the traffic safety improvements one can achieve through the platform.
- [By WWW.KIPLINGER.COM]
The chipmaker has agreed to acquire NXP Semiconductors NV (NXPI) for $110 a share, or about $39 billion. That’s more than worth it for what NXP brings to the table.