Tax reform has led to massive cash savings for corporate entities of all sizes. Those massive cash savings have fueled a red-hot M&A market, and an even hotter rumored M&A market. It seems every analyst keeps throwing their biggest and best M&A idea out there. Then, another acquisition happens, and more M&A rumors pop up.
Most recently, Media Tech Capital Partners’ Porter Bibb predicts that blue-chip tech giant Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) is going to try to acquire red-hot streaming company Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ:NFLX).
Talk about a bold prediction. Microsoft is a big player in cloud. Netflix is the big player in streaming. Both companies are huge, and an acquisition would surely cause huge ripple effects everywhere.
But will Microsoft buy Netflix? I doubt it. Here’s why:
Will Microsoft Buy Netflix? Why It Could Happen
Bibb’s logic for the acquisition thesis is pretty straight-forward.
Everyone wants to get into the red-hot streaming space, Microsoft included. But Microsoft, unlike its other big-tech peers Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN), Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) and Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL), hasn’t made any moves in the space.
Top 10 Stocks To Own Right Now: Entercom Communications Corporation(ETM)
- [By Joseph Griffin]
Entercom Communications (NYSE:ETM) was downgraded by research analysts at Noble Financial from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report released on Wednesday, The Fly reports.
- [By Daniel Sparks]
Shares of radio broadcasting company Entercom Communications (NYSE:ETM) were slammed on Tuesday, falling as much as 24.1%. At the time of this writing, shares are down about 19%.
- [By Ethan Ryder]
Entercom Communications (NYSE:ETM) saw unusually large options trading activity on Thursday. Stock investors acquired 31,151 call options on the stock. This is an increase of 1,443% compared to the typical volume of 2,019 call options.
- [By Money Morning News Team]
Entercomm Communications Corp. (NYSE: ETM) is a Pennsylvania-based broadcasting and radio network corporation that was founded in 1968.
The company owns 235 radio stations across 48 media markets and is the second-largest radio company in the United States. The company began its digital marketing arm in 2014 and announced the acquisition of Lincoln Financial Media the same year.
- [By Lisa Levin]
Entercom Communications Corp. (NYSE: ETM) shares dropped 18 percent to $8.75 following Q1 earnings.
Shares of Hertz Global Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: HTZ) were down 17 percent to $18.505 after the company reported a wider-than-expected loss for its first quarter.
Top 10 Stocks To Own Right Now: Calavo Growers, Inc.(CVGW)
- [By Peter Graham]
Small cap avocado and fresh food stock Calavo Growers (NASDAQ: CVGW) has elevated short interest of 33.51% according to Highshortinterest.com. Founded in 1924, Calavo Growers is a global avocado-industry leader and an expanding provider of value-added fresh food serving retail grocery, foodservice, club stores, mass merchandisers, food distributors and wholesalers worldwide. The Companys Fresh segment procures and markets fresh avocados and select other fresh produce (tomatoes) while the Renaissance Food Group segment (RFG) creates, markets and distributes a portfolio of healthy, fresh foods, including fresh-cut fruit, fresh-cut vegetables and prepared foods. The Foods segment manufactures and distributes guacamole and salsa. Fresh food products are sold under the respected Calavo brand name as well as Garden Highway, Chef Essentials and a variety of private label and store brands.
Top 10 Stocks To Own Right Now: Ryman Hospitality Properties, Inc.(RHP)
- [By Ethan Ryder]
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- [By Shane Hupp]
Ryman Hospitality Properties (NYSE:RHP)’s share price hit a new 52-week high and low during mid-day trading on Monday . The company traded as low as $80.07 and last traded at $79.93, with a volume of 191025 shares. The stock had previously closed at $79.56.
- [By Joseph Griffin]
Ryman Hospitality Properties (NYSE:RHP) – Equities research analysts at SunTrust Banks boosted their Q2 2018 earnings per share (EPS) estimates for Ryman Hospitality Properties in a research note issued on Wednesday, May 2nd. SunTrust Banks analyst P. Scholes now expects that the real estate investment trust will earn $1.80 per share for the quarter, up from their previous estimate of $1.74. SunTrust Banks has a “Outperform” rating and a $70.00 price target on the stock. SunTrust Banks also issued estimates for Ryman Hospitality Properties’ Q3 2018 earnings at $1.18 EPS, Q1 2019 earnings at $1.44 EPS, Q2 2019 earnings at $2.10 EPS, Q3 2019 earnings at $1.42 EPS, Q4 2019 earnings at $2.13 EPS and FY2019 earnings at $7.09 EPS.
Top 10 Stocks To Own Right Now: Carnival Corporation(CCL)
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Investors should book a trip on Carnival Corp.’s (CCL) stock.
Shares of the cruise line known for its hot party scenes and general affordability, have tumbled 4% this year on multiple concerns. Chief among them is a coming industry uptick in new ships set to sail the waters. That has prompted Wall Street to fear a discount war among the major cruise lines, especially if the U.S. economy slows sharply in 2019 as many speculate.
- [By Max Byerly]
Carnival (NYSE: CCL) is one of 24 publicly-traded companies in the “Water transportation” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its competitors? We will compare Carnival to similar companies based on the strength of its dividends, earnings, analyst recommendations, risk, profitability, valuation and institutional ownership.
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That type of reaction is a bearish signal. What’s not bearish: the CEOs of Carnival Corp. (CCL) and Norwegian Cruise Line (NCLH) telling TheStreet they see no signs of recession anywhere in their business, and don’t understand why their stocks are being penalized.
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Meanwhile, TheStreet will drop a podcast with Carnival Corp. (CCL) CEO Arnold Donald this weekend. Donald and I talked Wednesday afternoon about his rise to the top gig at Carnival and overall cruise line industry trends. Similar to what I learned from talking to Norwegisn Cruise Line (NCLH) CEO Frank Del Rio last week, I came away thinking Carnival is also undervalued here (stock is down 5% this year). While there are a good number of new ships hitting waters in 2019 and beyond, the consumer demand is such that more ships are warranted. Risks: surging oil prices (it takes a lot of fuel to run a cruise ship) and a recession (meaning somewhat empty new ships).
- [By Chris Lange]
Carnival Corp. (NYSE: CCL) fiscal first-quarter report is scheduled for Thursday. The consensus forecast is $0.43 in EPS on $4.11 billion in revenue. Shares closed at $66.91 apiece. The consensus price target is $76.94, and the 52-week range is $57.09 to $72.70.
Top 10 Stocks To Own Right Now: Canadian Pacific Railway Limited(CP)
- [By Ethan Ryder]
Canadian Pacific Railway (TSE:CP) (NYSE:CP) last announced its earnings results on Wednesday, April 18th. The company reported C$2.70 EPS for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of C$2.76 by C($0.06). Canadian Pacific Railway had a return on equity of 101.93% and a net margin of 89.03%. The firm had revenue of C$1.66 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of C$1.68 billion.
- [By Stephan Byrd]
State of Wisconsin Investment Board increased its stake in Canadian Pacific Railway (NYSE:CP) (TSE:CP) by 12.6% in the 1st quarter, according to the company in its most recent filing with the SEC. The institutional investor owned 253,898 shares of the transportation company’s stock after acquiring an additional 28,507 shares during the quarter. State of Wisconsin Investment Board owned approximately 0.18% of Canadian Pacific Railway worth $44,744,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.
- [By Garrett Baldwin]
Morgan Stanley (NYSE: MS) leads a busy day of earnings reports. The company reported earnings per share (EPS) of $1.37 on top of $11.08 billion in revenue. Analysts projected EPS of $1.28 on top of $10.45 billion in revenue. Shares of MS stock popped 2.4% thanks to stronger profits (a 26% jump) from the company’s trading division. Recent market volatility has benefited the trading operations of Wall Street investment banks. Here’s how you can tap into volatility for big profits this week. Once again, markets are keeping a close eye on ongoing issues between the United States and its largest trading partners. According to reports, trade problems are expected to offset any gains projected from recent tax reform. The news comes as China is looking to get other U.S. trade partners to stand on their side and oppose American protectionism. Meanwhile, NAFTA officials are set to meet in Washington in order to accelerate the renegotiation of the three-nation trade agreement. This news comes the same morning that U.S. President Donald Trump took to Twitter to bash the Trans-Pacific Partnership. “While Japan and South Korea would like us to go back into TPP, I don’t like the deal for the United States,” he tweeted. Trump recently raised the possibility that the United States could join the 11-nation deal. Farming groups have been pushing Trump to rejoin the treaty due to the competitive disadvantage they will face against farmers in Canada, Mexico, and Australia, three member states of the deal.
Three Stocks to Watch Today: MS, AXP, AXP
International Business Machines Corp.(NYSE:IBM) shares plunged more than 5.4% in pre-market hours after the company reported weaker-than-expected forward guidance after the bell on Tuesday. The company reported EPS of $2.45, a figure that beat analysts’ expectations by $0.03. Its $19.1 billion in revenue also topped Wall Street expectations. However, the firm fell short on its annual profit outlook. People are lining up again to gi
- [By Tyler Crowe]
After an incredible fourth quarter,the first quarter of 2018 wasn’tCanadian Pacific’s (NYSE:CP) finest showing. While carloads and revenue continue to increase, operating costs are growing faster. If that weren’t enough of a concern, management has been notified that its union workers intend to strike in the coming days.
- [By Logan Wallace]
The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Monday, April 30th. Stockholders of record on Friday, March 23rd will be given a $0.4473 dividend. This is a positive change from Canadian Pacific Railway’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.44. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, March 22nd. This represents a $1.79 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 1.02%. Canadian Pacific Railway’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 19.93%.
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Top 10 Stocks To Own Right Now: iShares Nasdaq Biotechnology Index Fund(IBB)
- [By Benzinga News Desk]
After eking out a modest gain in the week ended April 27, the iShares NASDAQ Biotechnology Index (ETF) (NASDAQ: IBB) pulled back this week amid some not-so-encouraging earnings reports and negative regulatory decisions: Link
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The SPDR S&P Biotech ETF (NYSE:XBI) a good measure of small-cap biotech stocks gained almost 6% yesterday. Meanwhile, the large-cap iShares Nasdaq Biotechnology ETF (NASDAQ:IBB) jumped almost 4%. The biotech buying frenzy helped lift the Nasdaq Composite to a gain of almost 1% in Mondays session.
- [By Jim Crumly]
Biotech stocks had a big day, with theiShares NASDAQ Biotechnology ETF (NASDAQ:IBB) jumping 2.8%. The broad technology sector slipped, and theTechnology Select Sector SPDR ETF (NYSEMKT:XLK)lost 0.1%.
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October was not kind to the biggest names in biotech. While smaller, more speculative biotech names consolidated, the big kids fell off a cliff. The biotech slide accelerated midway through the month, with both the large-cap iShares Nasdaq Biotechnology ETF (NASDAQ:IBB) and the smaller SPDR S&P Biotech ETF slipping more than 5%.
- [By Brian Feroldi, Keith Speights, and Sean Williams]
The iShares Nasdaq Biotechnology ETF (NASDAQ:IBB)– which is an exchange-traded fund that holds nearly 200 biotech stocks — has drastically underperformed the S&P 500 over the last three years. That fact suggests that there are bargains to be found in the biotech space.
Top 10 Stocks To Own Right Now: Papa Murphy's Holdings, Inc.(FRSH)
- [By Stephan Byrd]
Wall Street brokerages expect Papa Murphy’s Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:FRSH) to post $28.61 million in sales for the current quarter, according to Zacks Investment Research. Two analysts have provided estimates for Papa Murphy’s’ earnings, with estimates ranging from $28.46 million to $28.75 million. Papa Murphy’s posted sales of $31.99 million in the same quarter last year, which would indicate a negative year over year growth rate of 10.6%. The company is expected to report its next earnings report after the market closes on Wednesday, May 9th.
Top 10 Stocks To Own Right Now: Farmers National Banc Corp.(FMNB)
- [By Joseph Griffin]
Farmers National Banc (NASDAQ:FMNB)‘s stock had its “hold” rating reissued by equities researchers at Keefe, Bruyette & Woods in a note issued to investors on Thursday. They presently have a $18.00 price target on the bank’s stock. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods’ price target would indicate a potential upside of 21.62% from the company’s previous close.
Top 10 Stocks To Own Right Now: Ossen Innovation Co., Ltd.(OSN)
- [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
Biostar Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: BSPM) shares jumped 29.86 percent to close at $2.87 on Friday.
Commercial Vehicle Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: CVGI) shares gained 28.87 percent to close at $8.75 after reporting upbeat Q1 earnings.
Mexco Energy Corporation (NYSE: MXC) gained 27.02 percent to close at $5.4744.
Carbon Black, Inc. (NASDAQ: CBLK) climbed 26 percent to close at $23.94. Carbon Black priced its IPO at $19 per share.
Portola Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: PTLA) rose 25.64 percent to close at $42.44 after the FDA approved the company's Andexxa, the only antidote indicated for patients treated with rivaroxaban and apixaban.
Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage, Inc. (NYSE: NGVC) rose 23.19 percent to close at $8.50 after reporting Q2 results.
California Resources Corporation (NYSE: CRC) shares gained 22.45 percent to close at $31.58 following upbeat Q1 earnings.
Atomera Incorporated (NASDAQ: ATOM) gained 22.31 percent to close at $6.25 after reporting Q1 results.
Medifast, Inc. (NYSE: MED) shares jumped 22.27 percent to close at $121.46 after the company reported strong Q1 results and raised its FY18 guidance.
Jerash Holdings (US), Inc. (NASDAQ: JRSH) gained 20.86 percent to close at $8.46.
Pandora Media, Inc. (NYSE: P) rose 19.83 percent to close at $6.89 after reporting strong quarterly results.
Shake Shack Inc (NYSE: SHAK) rose 18.01 percent to close at $55.95 on Friday after the company reported upbeat results for its first quarter and raised its FY18 guidance.
Super Micro Computer, Inc. (NASDAQ: SMCI) rose 17.73 percent to close at $21.25 after reporting strong preliminary results for the third quarter.
Schmitt Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ: SMIT) rose 17.41 percent to close at $2.36.
Titan International, Inc. (NYSE: TWI) shares gained 16.78 percent to close at $12.25 following Q1 earnings.
Integer Holdings Corporation (NYSE: ITGR) shares rose 14.23 percent to close at $63.40 following Q1 result
Top 10 Stocks To Own Right Now: BP Prudhoe Bay Royalty Trust(BPT)
- [By Joseph Griffin]
News headlines about BP Prudhoe Bay Royalty Trust (NYSE:BPT) have been trending somewhat positive this week, Accern Sentiment reports. Accern identifies negative and positive news coverage by monitoring more than 20 million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. BP Prudhoe Bay Royalty Trust earned a daily sentiment score of 0.09 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media headlines about the oil and gas company an impact score of 46.2072909143413 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the next several days.