William Patalon III
Let me share a couple of news items that offer up two very different views of the burgeoning drones business.
In the first item, France’s Parrot SA (EPA: PARRO), the second-largest maker of civilian unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), said it’s slashing a third of its staff because profit margins on the cheap consumer drone category it pioneered were “insufficient to deliver profitable growth.”
In the second, China’s SZ DJI Technology Co., the global goliath in the market for consumer and commercial drones, reportedly bought out Hasselblad Group, the Swedish maker of high-end professional cameras. DJI had purchased a small piece of Hasselblad in 2015 – and has now snapped up most of the rest it didn’t already own.
Here’s the problem with these two stories.
Everyone – and by “everyone,” I mean all the supposed “experts” out there – is focusing on stories of the first ilk… the stories that “illustrate” the supposed cooling of the white-hot market for drones.
Hot Cheap Stocks For 2019: Wendy’s/Arby’s Group Inc.(WEN)
- [By Ethan Ryder]
A.R.T. Advisors LLC lowered its stake in Wendys Co (NASDAQ:WEN) by 19.3% during the 1st quarter, according to the company in its most recent disclosure with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The institutional investor owned 150,664 shares of the restaurant operator’s stock after selling 36,036 shares during the period. A.R.T. Advisors LLC owned 0.06% of Wendys worth $2,644,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.
- [By Joseph Griffin]
Hsbc Holdings PLC lowered its position in shares of Wendys Co (NASDAQ:WEN) by 91.6% during the 1st quarter, according to the company in its most recent filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The institutional investor owned 27,590 shares of the restaurant operator’s stock after selling 299,154 shares during the quarter. Hsbc Holdings PLC’s holdings in Wendys were worth $484,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission.
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Throughout its history, Starbucks has mostly had a company-owned model for its retail locations, a strategy that is at odds with a trend of activist investors pushing fast food, restaurant and coffee companies to franchise locations out to raise cash for stock buybacks and debt reduction. In recent years, activists have targeted Jamba Juice (JMBA) , Potbelly (PBPB) , Jack in the Box (JACK) , Wendys Co. (WEN) , McDonald’s (MCD) and elsewhere. In addition, Starbucks has a one-share, one-vote structure, which can make it vulnerable to an activist investor seeking to elect dissident director candidates as it pursued the strategy.
- [By Leo Sun]
However, the fast casual market became increasingly crowded with rival chains like Panera Bread and Chipotle, and Zoe’s got squeezed between traditional dine-in restaurants like Darden’s Olive Garden and evolving fast food players like Wendy’s (NASDAQ:WEN) and McDonald’s (NYSE:MCD).
Hot Cheap Stocks For 2019: Sirius XM Radio Inc.(SIRI)
- [By Rick Munarriz]
Shares of Sirius XM Holdings (NASDAQ:SIRI)hit another 12-year high on Monday. The country’s lone satellite radio provider would go on to improve its fundamentals, announcing that it’s laying to rest a pending legal matter by settling with SoundExchange.
- [By Rick Munarriz]
Two of the hottest media distributor stocks in recent years are joining forces for a comedy radio channel. Sirius XM Holdings (NASDAQ:SIRI)announced on Wednesday that it will be teaming up with Netflix (NASDAQ:NFLX) for an exclusive satellite radio channel that will feature content from the streaming video service’s growing catalog of stand-up comedy.
- [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
TherapeuticsMD, Inc. (NASDAQ: TXMD) rose 7.3 percent to $6.90 in pre-market trading after the company reported the FDA approval of TX-004HR: IMVEXXY (estradiol vaginal inserts) for moderate to severe dyspareunia due to menopause.
Net 1 UEPS Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: UEPS) rose 6.1 percent to $10.50 in pre-market trading after falling 1.20 percent on Tuesday
Movado Group, Inc. (NYSE: MOV) shares rose 5.7 percent to $44.60 in pre-market trading after the company reported better-than-expected Q1 results and raised its guidance.
salesforce.com, inc. (NYSE: CRM) rose 5.4 percent to $133.67 in pre-market trading after the company reported better-than-expected earnings for its first quarter and raised its forecast for the full year.
Sirius XM Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: SIRI) rose 5.3 percent to $7.35 in pre-market trading.
PagSeguro Digital Ltd. (NYSE: PAGS) rose 5.3 percent to $33.50 in pre-market trading after reporting Q1 results.
SpartanNash Co (NASDAQ: SPTN) rose 4.9 percent to $19.80 in pre-market trading after the company reported upbeat earnings for its first quarter on Tuesday.
Groupon, Inc. (NASDAQ: GRPN) rose 4.9 percent to $4.95 in pre-market trading. Dalian Wanda will set up a joint venture with Tencent and Groupon's former local unit, Reuters reported.
Okta, Inc. (NASDAQ: OKTA) rose 4.4 percent to $56 in pre-market trading after gaining 3.43 percent on Tuesday
Elbit Systems Ltd. (NASDAQ: ESLT) rose 4.3 percent to $120.92 in pre-market trading after gaining 2.05 percent on Tuesday.
STMicroelectronics N.V. (NYSE: STM) shares rose 3.7 percent to $23.78 in pre-market trading after falling 4.70 percent on Tuesday.
EVINE Live Inc (NASDAQ: EVLV) shares rose 2.7 percent to $1.14 in pre-market trading after reporting Q1 results.
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- [By Paul Ausick]
The more than 206.74 million Sirius XM Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: SIRI) shares that were short after the last two weeks of this month amounted to just 0.1% or so more than on the previous settlement date. This was the third-lowest level of short interest in the past year, and it totaled 15.8% of the available float. The average daily volume has shrunk in seven of the past eight periods, and the number of days to cover inched up to nearly 13. Sirius’ stock price was $7.22 at the trading day’s close yesterday. Its 52-week low is $5.09 and the 52-week high is $7.33, a multiyear high posted this week.
Hot Cheap Stocks For 2019: Rent-A-Center Inc.(RCII)
- [By Chris Lange]
Rent-A-Center Inc. (NASDAQ: RCII) shares made an incredible gain on Monday after the company announced that it would be taken private by Vintage Rodeo Parent, an affiliate of Vintage Capital Management.
- [By Logan Wallace]
AerCap (NYSE: AER) and Rent-A-Center (NASDAQ:RCII) are both finance companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, dividends, institutional ownership, earnings, risk, analyst recommendations and valuation.
- [By Dan Caplinger]
Monday was a weak day for the stock market, with most major benchmarks losing ground. Further concerns about the potential for a deepening divide between the U.S. and China weighed on sentiment, and some also fear that steadily rising interest rates could eventually put pressure on stocks. Yet some companies still had good news that sent their individual shares higher. Rent-A-Center (NASDAQ:RCII), PTC Therapeutics (NASDAQ:PTCT), and Dropbox (NASDAQ:DBX) were among the best performers on the day. Here’s why they did so well.
Hot Cheap Stocks For 2019: Express-1 Expedited Solutions Inc.(XPO)
- [By Rich Duprey, Daniel Miller, and Steve Symington]
It will help you, too, and your children for that matter. So we asked three Motley Fool contributors for stocks that meet that description. They choseTesla (NASDAQ:TSLA), iQiyi (NASDAQ:IQ), and XPO Logistics (NYSE:XPO). Read on to learn why your kids could one day have these stocks in their brag book.
- [By Rich Duprey]
XPO Logistics (NYSE:XPO) has been a phenomenal growth story: Over the past decade, its shares have returned 2,000% to investors as demand for freight transportation and logistics services skyrocketed.
- [By Jeremy Bowman]
Somebody’s got to deliver all of those products that we’re ordering online, and increasingly, that somebody isXPO Logistics(NYSE:XPO). The freight and logistics company has become the leader in last-mile delivery of heavy goods like furniture and appliances, making it a key partner of retailers like Amazon, IKEA,Wayfair, and Home Depot.
- [By Rich Duprey, Nicholas Rossolillo, and Maxx Chatsko]
Yet finding the best stocks to buy and hold isn’t easy. So to help get you started, we asked three Foolish investors to pick a growth stock that they believe investors would be wise to buy now and hold for the long term. Read on to learn why they like SunPower (NASDAQ:SPWR), salesforce.com (NYSE:CRM), and XPO Logistics (NYSE:XPO).
Hot Cheap Stocks For 2019: International Business Machines Corporation(IBM)
- [By Michael A. Robinson]
I confess: I’d always hated IBM Corp. (NYSE: IBM); never could stand Big Blue. The company was always too unfocused for my taste.
Its boardroom underwhelmed, too, allowing Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) and Amazon.com Inc. (Nasdaq: AMZN) to outmaneuver and shut it out of the outrageously lucrative cloud.
- [By Timothy Green]
International Business Machines’ (NYSE:IBM) return to growth after five years of declining revenue has been driven by a few different things. A weakening U.S. dollar has boosted the top line thanks to currency translation effects, the continued double-digit expansion of IBM’s growth businesses has offset slumping sales in some legacy businesses, and the launch of the newest z14 mainframe system has provided a boost to the hardware business.
- [By Chris Lange]
International Business Machines Corp.’s (NYSE: IBM) most recent results are due on Thursday as well. The consensus estimates call for EPS of $5.16 and $22.07 billion in revenue. Shares ended the week at $163.14 apiece. The consensus price target is $161.95, and the 52-week range of $139.13 to $182.79.
- [By Todd Campbell]
Fortunately, Berkshire Hathaway reveals which stocks the Oracle of Omaha is selling in itsquarterly 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The company’s latest filing shows he sold shares in Verisk Analytics, Inc.(NASDAQ:VRSK), IBM (NYSE:IBM), and Phillips 66 (NYSE:PSX). Is it time for these stocks to exit your portfolio, too?
- [By Anders Bylund]
Computing giant IBM (NYSE:IBM) reported first-quarter results on Tuesday. Currency exchange effects and a large bundle of tax credits led to mixed results, as Big Blue continued to restructure around its so-called strategic imperatives.
- [By Anders Bylund, Leo Sun, and Demitrios Kalogeropoulos]
IBM (NYSE:IBM) is the market leader in blockchaintechnologies, but its core business is filled with legacy operations offsetting the higher growth of its cloud, mobile, analytics, security, and social businesses. As a result, analysts expect IBM’s revenue and earnings to only rise about 1% this year.
Hot Cheap Stocks For 2019: Kohl’s Corporation(KSS)
- [By JJ Kinahan]
Adding to positive sentiment, Kohl’s Corporatrion (NYSE: KSS) reported better-than-expected earnings and revenue, and same-store sales were up 3.6 percent. It’s interesting that the company was able to do this despite wintery weather, particularly in areas where Kohl’s stores are concentrated. The company’s shares were up more than 5 percent in premarket trading.
- [By Jim Crumly]
As for individual stocks, shares of Kohl’s Corporation (NYSE:KSS) suffered a setback after the company beat earnings expectations but sowed some concern about sales in the second half, and The TJX Companies (NYSE:TJX) bucked the retail trend, rising after reporting a strong quarter.
- [By Jeremy Bowman]
The relationship between the P/E ratio and the dividend yield is important to understand here. The lower a company’s valuation is, the more valuable the dividend becomes as the dividend yield increases. For instance, with a P/E ratio of about 12,Kohl’s(NYSE: KSS) could be considered a value stock, and itsdividend yields a respectable 3.9%. Its payout ratio — the percentage of earnings that go to its dividend or dividend per share divided by earnings per share — is also modest at 48%. Eighty percent is considered the maximum that dividend stocks should aim for in order to leave adequate cash flow for other needs.
- [By Adam Levine-Weinberg]
After initially declining following the company’s first-quarter earnings report, shares of Kohl’s (NYSE:KSS) went on a furious rally beginning in late May. Kohl’s stock jumped 30% in the span of just three weeks, hitting a new all-time high around $80 last week.
- [By Joe Tenebruso]
But with the prices of many retailers down sharply in recent years, could there be some interesting bargains for investors? In this regard, let’s take a look at Kohl’s (NYSE:KSS) and J.C. Penney (NYSE:JCP) to see which of these retailers is the better buy today.