It wasn’t a sweet day for Hershey workers.
The candy maker said Tuesday that it’ll cut its global workforce by about 15%, which likely amounts to about 2,700 people. The company employs about 18,000 people worldwide, according to public filings last December.
The cuts will be “driven primarily by its hourly headcount outside of the United States,” the company said in a statement.
Hershey (HSY) said the layoffs are part of a plan to help its international businesses “return to profitability as soon as possible,” Hershey CEO Michele Buck said in a press release, and to boost profits.
The company said in its most recent earnings release on February 3 that weighing on its foreign business are unfavorable currency exchange rates and other “macroeconomic challenges…especially in China.”
Hershey has been beating Wall Street estimates with its recent earnings reports, and its stock is up 4.8% so far in 2017. But the company says it’s taking cost-cutting measures in order to continue driving net sales and profit.
what to buy stock in: Heico Corporation(HEI)
- [By Monica Gerson]
Heico Corp (NYSE: HEI) is estimated to post its quarterly earnings at $0.54 per share.
Exa Corp (NASDAQ: EXA) is projected to post a quarterly loss at $0.08 per share on revenue of $16.68 million.
- [By Shauna O’Brien]
Heico Corp (HEI) announced on Thursday that it has agreed to purchase Lucix Corp, a manufacturer of military satellite, airborne, and ground systems.
The terms of the deal were not disclosed, but HEI revealed that the acquisition could be completed within 60 days. The deal is expected to impact HEI’s earnings within the first year.
Heico shares were up 67 cents, or 1.04%, during Thursday morning trading. The stock is up 46% YTD.
what to buy stock in: iShares Core S&P 500 (IVV)
- [By WWW.GURUFOCUS.COM]
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These are the top 5 holdings of SWISS RE LTDiShares Core S&P 500 (IVV) – 1,274,000 shares, 41.43% of the total portfolio. Shares added by 114.84%SPDR S&P 500 (SPY) – 1,192,350 shares, 38.52% of the total portfolio. Shares added by 158.64%iShares MSCI EAFE (EFA) – 1,043,001 shares, 8.7% of the total portfolio. Shares added by 12.39%iShares Floating Rate Bond (FLOT) – 1,000,000 shares, 7.33% of the total portfolio. NewStar Financial Inc (NEWS) – 3,000,000 shares, 4.01%
- [By Todd Shriber, ETF Professor]
Passive ETFs continuing to top active rivals is not all about the performance of U.S. stocks this year. Yes, the S&P 500 is up 5.5 percent year-to-date, but that is not a jaw-dropping performance. Much of the ongoing out-performance of passive ETFs over active counterparts this year is attributable to fees. Just look at the rock-bottom fees on ETFs such as the SPDR S&P 500 ETF (NYSE: SPY) and the iShares S&P 500 Core ETF (NYSE: IVV).
- [By WWW.KIPLINGER.COM]
If youre not familiar, the VOO is one of three S&P 500-tracking ETFs the other two are the SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust (SPY) and the iShares Core S&P 500 ETF (IVV). Each operates slightly differently, but at the end of the day, each provides very honest, tight tracking of the S&P 500. The VOO is simply the cheapest at just 0.05% in expenses, which accounts for most of the slight performance edge over its ETF brethren.
what to buy stock in: Skyworks Solutions, Inc.(SWKS)
- [By Ben Levisohn]
Skyworks Solutions (SWKS) soared to the top of the S&P 500 today after beating first-quarter earnings forecasts, and offering above-consensus second-quarter guidance.
Skyworks Solutions gained 13% to $88.67, while the S&P 500 rose 0.3% to 2,271.31.
Oppenheimer’s Rick Schafer and team argue that Skyworks’ “growth [is] back on track.” They explain:
We expect Skyworks to deliver above-market growth driven by 1) continued smartphone content gains; 2) China share gains through strengthening baseband partnerships and demand for integrated (vs. discrete) RF solutions; 3) seasonal uptick at Samsung; and 4) continued double-digit RF complexity increases. With its “one-stop-shop” systems-level approach, we seeSkyworks uniquely positioned to benefit from rising RF content. We reiterate Outperform and raise PT to $105 from $100.
Skyworks Solutions’ market capitalization rose to $16.5 billion today from $14.6 billion yesterday.
- [By Lisa Levin]
Shares of Skyworks Solutions Inc (NASDAQ: SWKS) got a boost, shooting up 12 percent to $87.70 after the company reported upbeat results for its first quarter and issued a strong outlook for the second quarter. The company also announced a $500 million buyback plan.
- [By Arie Goren]
Semiconductor companies have done very well in the last year. In fact, in the last 52 weeks, the average price change for the sixteen semiconductor stocks which are included in the S&P 500 index was 35.62%. In this period the price change of the S&P 500 was 11.94%, and of the Nasdaq Composite Index was 8.99%. Moreover, only two S&P 500 semiconductor companies Skyworks Solutions (NSDQ:SWKS)and First Solar (NSDQ:FSLR)have seen their stock prices decline in the last 52 weeks.
- [By Leo Sun]
If you think that Apple still has room to run, you should also check out three of its top suppliers — Cirrus Logic (NASDAQ:CRUS), Analog Devices (NASDAQ:ADI), and Skyworks Solutions (NASDAQ:SWKS) — which could all be lifted by the tech giant’s rally.
- [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.
what to buy stock in: Vanguard Extended Duration Treasury ETF (EDV)
- [By Todd Shriber, ETF Professor]
The 11 ETF fee cuts unveiled by Vanguard include a significant portion of the issuer's fixed income lineup. All of the following saw annual fees reduced to 0.07 percent from 0.1 percent:
Vanguard Extended Duration Treasury ETF (NYSE: EDV). Vanguard Intermediate-Term Bond ETF (NYSE: BIV). Vanguard Intmdte Tm Govt Bd ETF (NASDAQ: VGIT). Vanguard Long Term Corporate Bond ETF (NASDAQ: VCLT). Vanguard Lg Term Govt Bd ETF (NASDAQ: VGLT). Vanguard Mortgage Bkd Sects ETF (NASDAQ: VMBS).
and the Vanguard Short Term Corporate Bond ETF (NASDAQ: VCSH).