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Top 5 Consumer Companies To Invest In 2016

Kimberly-Clark (KMB) is lower Monday, following a downgrade from Deutsche Bank, on the heels of its first-quarter earnings.

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Analyst Bill Schmitz cut his trading on the stock from Buy to Hold, with a $130 price target. He writes that while the companys transformation in the past few years has been a thing of beauty its categories are slowing , as are its market share gains, and the majority of favorable commodity pricing is already baked into the stock.

He writes that the long-term story of continued emerging market penetration is compelling, but sees slowing earnings momentum in the near-term that sends him to the sidelines.

More detail from the note:

Organic sales growth of 2% (+5% KCI) was driven by volumes below our 3.7% estimate with negative f/x impact of 7 pts. GM of 36.6% was up 1 point YoY with EBIT margin up 0.9 pts. EBIT of $818m missed Street estimates by 1.7%. By segment, organic growth was 5% in Personal Care, flat in Tissue, and 1% in KCP. Consumer tissue margins were up 0.2 pts YoY while Personal care margins were up 0.6 pts YoY, with KCP margins up 2.8 pts YoY. Below the line, a lower tax rate helped by over $0.06. CFFO of $553m for the quarter was up YoY due to pension plan contributions but well below our estimate. FY16 guidance maintained at $5.95-$6.15 with organic growth of 3-5%.

Top 5 Consumer Companies To Invest In 2016: Avid Technology Inc.(AVID)

Avid Technology, Inc. provides digital media content-creation products and solutions for audio, film, video, broadcast professionals, artists, and creative enthusiasts in the Americas, the Asia-Pacific, Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. The company offers various software and hardware professional video-editing solutions, including Media Composer product line, which is used to edit television programs, commercials, and films; NewsCutter and iNews Instinct editors for news production; and Avid Symphony Nitris DX and Avid DS, which are used during the online or finishing stage of post production. It also provides Pinnacle Studio and Avid Studio, which provide consumers and entry-level videographers with the ability to create professional-looking videos; broadcast newsroom graphics, ingest, play-to-air, and automation device control solutions that assist broadcasters as they bring programs from concept to air; and Avid ISIS shared storage system to store, share and manage large quantities of digital media assets. In addition, Avid Technology, Inc. offers Pro Tools digital audio software and workstation solutions that facilitate the audio production process; a range of complementary open audio and video control surfaces and consoles; ICON system for tactile control of Pro Tools software and hardware; VENUE, a family of console products for mixing audio for live sound reinforcement. Further, the company provides Fast Track recording interface products to deliver audio quality plus hands-on controls; MIDI keyboards/controllers and digital pianos, which are used by musicians in the recording studio and for live performances; speakers for use with desktop computer systems and in studios; and Sibelius-branded software allows users to create, edit, and publish musical scores. Additionally, it also offers project management, installation, integration, planning, training, and support services. The company was founded in 1987 and is headquartered in Bu rlington, Massachusetts.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Avid Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: AVID) is estimated to post its quarterly earnings at $0.36 per share on revenue of $144.02 million.

    Consolidated Water Co. Ltd. (NASDAQ: CWCO) is expected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.11 per share on revenue of $15.15 million.

Top 5 Consumer Companies To Invest In 2016: Christopher & Banks Corporation(CBK)

 

Christopher & Banks Corporation, through its subsidiaries, operates as a retailer of womens apparel and accessories in the United States. The company designs, sources, and sells womens apparel and accessories to customers ranging in age from 45 to 60. Its stores offer womens apparel consisting of knit tops, woven tops, jackets, sweaters, skirts, denim bottoms, bottoms made of other fabrics, leisure wear, and dresses in missy, petite, and women sizes, as well as jewelry and accessories. As of August 1, 2015, the company operated 529 stores, including 82 Christopher & Banks stores, 73 CJ Banks stores, 309 MPW stores, and 65 outlet stores. It also operates e-commerce Web sites, such as christopherandbanks.com and cjbanks.com. The company was formerly known as Brauns Fashions Corporation and changed its name to Christopher & Banks Corporation in July 2000. Christopher & Banks Corporation was founded in 1956 and is headquar tered in Plymouth, Minnesota.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Christopher & Banks Corporation (NYSE: CBK) shares were also up, gaining 40 percent to $2.64. Christopher & Banks reported a Q4 loss of $0.24 per share on revenue of $94.6 million. The company projects Q1 revenue of $93 million to $98 million.

Hot Defensive Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Sony Corp Ord(SNE)

Sony Corporation designs, develops, manufactures, and sells electronic equipment, instruments, and devices for consumer, professional, and industrial markets worldwide. The company offers consumer products and devices, including televisions, video cameras, compact digital cameras and interchangeable single-lens cameras, Blu-ray Disc players/recorders, DVD-video players/recorders, home theaters and audio systems, and portable audio and car audio products. It also provides charged coupled devices, complementary metal-oxide semiconductor image sensors, system LSIs, small- and medium-sized LCD panels, and other semiconductors; and components, such as batteries, optical disk drives, chemical products, audio/video/data recording media, storage media, and optical pickups. In addition, the company develops, produces, markets, and distributes games, such as PlayStation3, PlayStation Portable, and PlayStation 2 hardware and related software; and PCs and flash memory digital audio pl ayers, as well as manufactures broadcast- and professional-use products, Blu-ray discs, DVDs, and CD discs. Further, it produces and distributes motion pictures and television programs, and home entertainment; creates and distributes digital content; operates television networks and studio facilities; and develops entertainment products, services, and technologies. Additionally, the company engages in the music publishing business, as well as provision of various financial services, including insurance, savings products, loans, and credit financing services; and a network service business and an advertising agency business. It also involves in research, development, design, production, marketing, sales, distribution, and servicing mobile phones, accessories, services, and applications. The company was formerly known as Tokyo Tsushin Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha and changed its name to Sony Corporation in 1958. Sony Corporation was founded in 1946 and is based in Tokyo, Japan.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jack Grant]

    Currently, “Transformers 7” is the only inhabitant of its June 29, 2019 release date, although that would sandwich it between Walt Disney Co (NYSE: DIS’s “The Incredibles 2” and Sony Corp (ADR) (NYSE: SNE)’s “Bad Boys 4.”

  • [By Brian Stelter]

    Other companies, including Dish Network (DISH) and Sony (SNE), are already selling a cable-like bundle of channels via the Internet, but the prospect of Apple has garnered an outsized amount of attention.

Top 5 Consumer Companies To Invest In 2016: TravelCenters of America LLC(TA)

 

TravelCenters of America LLC operates and franchises travel centers primarily along the United States interstate highway system. The company offers diesel fuel and gasoline, and diesel exhaust fluid; and operates full service restaurants under the Iron Skillet and Country Pride brands, as well as quick service restaurants primarily under Arby’s, Burger King, Dunkin’ Donuts, Godfather’s Pizza, Pizza Hut, Popeye’s Chicken & Biscuits, Starbuck’s Coffee, Subway, and Taco Bell brand names. It also operates truck repair and maintenance facilities that offer maintenance and emergency repair, and road services, such as oil changes, wheel alignments, and tire repair; and specialty services, including diagnostics and repair of air conditioning, brakes, and electrical systems. In addition, the company provides RoadSquad, a roadside truck service program; RoadSquad Connect, a centralized call center; and RoadSquad OnSite, a service progra m, as well as operates travel stores that offer packaged food and snack items, beverages, non-prescription drug and beauty supplies, batteries, automobile accessories, and music and video products. Further, it offers additional driver services, including specialized business services, which include information center; Reserve-It parking program; a banking desk; Wi-Fi Internet access; video game room; a laundry area; private showers; exercise facilities; and a theater or big screen television room. The company serves long haul trucking fleets and their drivers, independent truck drivers, and motorists. As of August 4, 2015, it operated 256 convenient full-service locations under the TravelCenters of America and Petro Stopping Centers brands in 43 states of the United States and Canada. The company also operated gasoline/convenience stores primarily under the Minit Mart brand. TravelCenters of America LLC was founded in 1992 and is headquartered in Westlake, Ohio.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Monday, energy shares dipped by 0.70 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included TravelCenters of America LLC (NYSE: TA), down 18 percent, and Alon USA Energy, Inc. (NYSE: ALJ), down 8 percent.

Top 5 Consumer Companies To Invest In 2016: Caesars Entertainment Corporation(CZR)

 

Caesars Entertainment Corporation, through its subsidiaries, provides casino-entertainment and hospitality services in the United States and internationally. It operates in four segments: Caesars Entertainment Resort Properties, Caesars Growth Partners Casino Properties and Developments, Caesars Interactive Entertainment, and Caesars Entertainment Operating Company. The company owns, operates, or manages casinos, such as land-based and riverboat or dockside casinos. It operates 55,000 slot machines and 3,600 table games, as well as other games comprising keno, poker, and race and sports books; and buffets, restaurants, bars, nightclubs, and lounges located throughout the company’s casinos, as well as banquets and room service. As of September 18, 2015, the company owned, operated, or managed 50 casinos in the 13 states of the United States, as well as in 5 countries. It also operates online gaming business that provides social games on Facebook and other social media Websites and mobile application platforms, certain real money games in Nevada and New Jersey, and ‘play for fun’ offerings. In addition, the company owns the World Series of Poker tournaments and brand, and licenses trademarks for various products and businesses related to this brand. Further, it engages in the third-party leasing of retail, dining, and entertainment outlets featured in the company’s casinos. The company was formerly known as Harrah’s Entertainment Inc. and changed its name to Caesars Entertainment Corporation in November 2010. Caesars Entertainment Corporation was founded in 1937 and is based in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By AlphaStreetResearch]

    Caesars Entertainment Corporation (CZR) is a highly overvalued gaming, hotel, and entertainment company with deteriorating fundamentals on all levels in a highly competitive environment. The company’s stock has seen a massive run to the upside on the coattails of other casino and entertainment companies in the space. A considerable catalyst for the push higher in these stocks is the good news coming out of Macau, but this is an area where Caesars has absolutely no exposure and will be locked out of for the foreseeable future after failing to take appropriate licensing measures. Below is our introduction into the business model, its weaknesses, and the new selling or shorting opportunity that exists for CZR after the recent appreciation in share price. Investors will soon realize that there is little upside value in this company and that there are much better opportunities in this space. The company is now amidst a major struggle from a debt standpoint with major deadlines approaching over the next year and a half. The company is in no position to thrive going forward unless major steps are taken to overhaul the company’s capital structure. Caesars Entertainment has a market cap of $3.19 Billion after the stock has moved up over 225% year to date and reports its next quarter on October 31, 2013. With this in mind, we value CZR at $21.00 by year-end of 2013 and $14.00 by August 1, 2014, a decrease of 40% from current levels. We will later highlight:

Top Supermarket Companies To Buy For 2016

Citigroup’s Beth Kite calls Nu Skin Enterprises’ (NUS) earnings and guidance “awfully disappointing.” She explains why:

“Frustrating” Describes 4Q15 & 2016 Guidance:Nu Skin (i) reported 4Q15 EPS of $0.62, 11 cents below consensus and us, and (ii) lowered 2016 EPS guidance, from $3.25-$3.40 to $2.40-$2.60.Nu Skin had three LTO’s in 4Q152 succeeded and 1 failed. The failure had far less to do with the product than with the sales strategy…

Is Guidance Too Conservative or Is It Really This Bad? We get that Me failed to sell well in South Korea with the 12-month cartridge commitment. But given the strength in reps globally, the strength of Youth from its two LTOs in 2H15, and good results from Me when sold in Japan without the 12-month commitment, we wonder if guidance is aggressive to the downside. Indeed, the word “conservative” was said a lot by mgmt on the brief earnings call when describing guidance revisions.

Top Supermarket Companies To Buy For 2016: Ctrip.com International, Ltd.(CTRP)

 

Ctrip.com International, Ltd., together with its subsidiaries, provides travel services for hotel accommodations, transportation ticketing services, packaged tours, and corporate travel management in the Peoples Republic of China. It also offers independent leisure travelers bundled packaged-tour products, including group tours, semi-group tours, and private tours or packaged tours with various transportation arrangements, such as cruise, bus, or self-driving. In addition, the company provides integrated transportation and accommodation services; various value-added services, including transportation at destinations and tickets, insurance, visa services, and tour guides; supplier management and customer relationship management services; and car rental services. Further, it offers Internet-related advertising, aviation and train insurance selling, air-ticket delivery, online check-in, and online seat selection and flight dyna mics services; and sells Property Management System, a hotel information software, as well as provides related maintenance services. Ctrip.com International, Ltd. was founded in 1999 and is headquartered in Shanghai, the Peoples Republic of China.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Ctrip.com International, Ltd. (ADR) (NASDAQ: CTRP) is estimated to post a quarterly loss at $0.09 per share on revenue of $2.81 billion.

    Cheetah Mobile Inc (ADR) (NYSE: CMCM) is expected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.87 per share on revenue of $1.14 billion.

Top Supermarket Companies To Buy For 2016: (VIAB)

Viacom Inc. operates as an entertainment content company in the United States and internationally. The company connects with audiences through compelling content on television, motion picture, Internet, and mobile platforms through various entertainment brands. It operates in two segments, Media Networks and Filmed Entertainment. The Media Networks segment provides entertainment content and related branded products to advertisers, content distributors, and retailers across various distribution platforms, such as television, Internet, and mobile devices; and through various consumer products. Its MTV Networks operates approximately 160 channels and multiplatform properties, which include MTV, VH1, CMT, PalladiaHD, Logo, Nickelodeon, Nick Jr., TeenNick, Nicktoons, Nick at Nite, Atom, Neopets, COMEDY CENTRAL, TV Land, Spike TV, Tr3s, BET, and CENTRIC, as well as a casual games business that includes Web sites, such as AddictingGames.com and Shockwave.com. This segment also op erates BET Networks, which provide entertainment, music, news, and public affairs programming to the African-American audience and consumers of Black culture; and BET channel, CENTRIC, BET Gospel, and BET Hip Hop. The Filmed Entertainment segment produces, finances, and distributes motion pictures and other entertainment content under the Paramount Pictures, Paramount Vantage, Paramount Classics, Insurge Pictures, MTV Films, and Nickelodeon Movies brands. This segment also acquires films for distribution and has a presence in the games business; and also distributes motion pictures and other entertainment content on DVD and Blu-ray, video-on-demand, subscription video-on-demand, pay and basic cable television, broadcast television, and syndicated television platforms. It has a library of approximately 3,300 motion pictures and television programs. The company is headquartered in New York, New York.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Our study shows that the greatest exposure lies with CBS (CBS), Twenty-First Century Fox (FOXA), and Viacom (VIAB) while Disney and Time Warnerfair relatively well. In our moderate scenarios, Disney and Time Warner exposure as a percentage of EBITDA was around 5% while CBS, Twenty-First Century Fox, and Viacomwas at 9%, 12%, and 10%, respectively. We note that our analysis ignores cost cutting efforts and the benefits that we believe CBS, Disney, and Time Warnerwill have with their own OTT offerings. We suspect Disney will have a non-sports OTT product by 2019.

Best Regional Bank Stocks To Watch Right Now: Tidewater Inc.(TDW)

Tidewater Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides offshore service vessels and marine support services to the offshore energy industry through the operation of a fleet of marine service vessels. It provides services in support of offshore exploration, field development, and production, including towing of and anchor handling for mobile offshore drilling units; transporting supplies and personnel necessary to sustain drilling, workover, and production activities; offshore construction and seismic support; and various specialized services, such as pipe and cable laying. The company?s vessels include platform supply vessels, and anchor handling towing supply vessels that are used in transporting supplies and equipment from shore bases to deepwater and intermediate water depth offshore drilling rigs, platforms, and other installations; towing-supply and supply vessels used in intermediate and shallow waters; and crewboats and utility vessels that are chartered for transporti ng personnel and supplies from shore bases to offshore drilling rigs, platforms, and other installations. It also operates offshore tugs used for towing floating drilling rigs; assisting in the docking of tankers; towing barges; assisting in pipe laying, cable laying, and construction barges; and commercial towing operations, including towing barges carrying various bulk cargoes and containerized cargo. In addition, the company operates inshore tugs; production, line-handling, and various other special purpose vessels. Further, it operates two shipyards, which construct, modify, and repair vessels. As of March 31, 2011, the company had 378 vessels serving the global offshore energy industry. The company has operations in the United States, Gulf of Mexico, the Persian/Arabian Gulf, and areas offshore Australia, Brazil, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mexico, Trinidad, Venezuela, and West Africa. Tidewater Inc. was founded in 1956 and is headquartered in New Orleans, Louisi ana.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Thursday, energy shares dipped by 0.98 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Tidewater Inc. (NYSE: TDW), down 14 percent, and BP Prudhoe Bay Royalty Trust (NYSE: BPT), down 17 percent.

Logitech International is Now Over the Hump (LOGI)

To say the past twelve months have been tough ones for Logitech International SA (NASDAQ:LOGI) might be an understatement. Shares have fallen from a high of $10.29 last September to a low of $6.24 in April of this year. Though LOGI hasn’t traded lower than that since then, it’s not like the stock’s suggested it wants to stage a major recovery… unless maybe you look really, really close. Well, I did.

If the name rings a bell, it may be because you’ve got some Logitech International SA equipment attached to the device you’re using right now. The company makes computer peripherals – speakers, keyboards, cameras, etc. Their stuff is among the best in the industry. That’s not why I’m rapidly becoming a fan of LOGI, however. In fact, the organization has failed to turn a profit over the past four quarters (on a net basis). I’m rapidly becoming a fan because the chart says the worst of the company’s sales and earnings struggles are behind it.

How’s that? In simplest terms, LOGI has now made a higher high following a higher low. It’s the first time it’s happened in over a year.

Don’t discount the importance of that detail, and its technical ramifications. Logitech International SA has been working on this rebound for months, slowly logging an arc-shaped reversal (the kind that sticks) since late March. As of this week, however, that turnaround effort finally finds the undertow working in its favor.

Analysts foresee numbers that jive with the stock’s recovery. After Logitech International lost a total of $175 million over the past twelve months on $2.11 billion in sales, these pros are looking for a per-share loss of $1.11 for that timeframe to turn into a $0.27 profit per share this fiscal year. Sales are still expected to roll in at only $2.03 billion this year, but are projected to improve to $2.08 billion in fiscal 2014, when the company should earn $0.43 per share. That’s officially a turnaround.

It’s not just a pipedream either. Last quarter, LOGI beat estimates for the top line as well as the bottom line. Better still, the company is now on a mission to divest all divisions and product lines that aren’t profitable by the end of 2014. That’s music to investors’ ears, played by Logitech speakers.

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