Gilead Sciences (GILD) posted better-than-expected fourth-quarter financial results as sales of its hepatitis C drugs exceeded forecasts. Still, the biotech giant gave back after-hour gains as full-year sales forecasts failed to impress.
Gilead also boosted its dividend and almost doubled its share repurchase plan.
At a recent $83, the shares were up 0.4% after earlier climbing more than 2% in after-hour market action. As of todays closing bell, the stock fell 1.6% in todays regular market action to end at $82.71.
Per share profit beat the Streets expectations by 35 cents. Gilead earned $3.32 a share as revenue grew `6% to $8.41 billion during the quarter that ended in December. Analysts surveyed by S&P Capital IQ expected Gilead to earn $2.98 a share on revenue of $8.16 billion.
Sales of hepatitis C drugs Sovaldi and Harvoni totaled $4.9 billion compared to the $4.54 billion expected by the Street.
Gileadincreased its quarterly dividend by 4 cents share, or 9.3% to 47 cents a share. Gilead also announced plans to commence with a $12 billion share repurchase plan after completing its existing $15 billion buyback program authorized in January 2015.
Top 10 China Stocks To Own For 2016: Nuveen Municipal Value Fund Inc.(NUV)
Nuveen Municipal Value Fund, Inc. is a closed-ended fixed income mutual fund launched by Nuveen Investments, Inc. The fund is managed by Nuveen Asset Management. It invests in the fixed income markets of the United States. The fund also invests some portion of its portfolio in derivative instruments. It invests in undervalued municipal securities and other related investments the income, exempt from regular federal income taxes that are rated Baa or BBB or better. It employs fundamental analysis with bottom-up stock picking approach to create its portfolio. The fund benchmarks the performance of its portfolio against the Standard & Poor?s (S&P) National Municipal Bond Index. Nuveen Municipal Value Fund, Inc. was formed on April 8, 1987 and is domiciled in the United States.
- [By Donald van Deventer]
The latest implied forward rate forecast from Kamakura Corporation shows projected 10-year U.S. Treasury yields differing -0.07% to 0.03% from last week while fixed rate mortgage yields varied by -0.01% to 0.08%. Mortgage yields, determined by the Monday through Wednesday weekly survey of the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation, lag Treasury movements simply because of the 3-day yield calculation used in the Primary Mortgage Market Survey. The 10-year U.S. Treasury yield is projected to rise from 2.92% at Thursday’s close (down 0.06% from last week) to 3.374% (down 0.06% from last week) in one year. The 10-year U.S. Treasury yield in ten years is forecast to reach 4.639%, 1 basis point lower than last week. The 15-year fixed rate mortgage rate is forecast to rise from the effective yield of 3.69% on Thursday (down 0.001% from last week) to 4.222% (down 0.006% from last week) in one year and 6.29% in 10 years, up 0.038% from last week. We explain the background for these calculations in the rest of this note, along with some mortgage servicing rights metrics. The forecast allows investors in exchange traded U.S. Treasury funds (TLT) (TBT), total return bond funds (BOND), municipal bonds (NUV) and exchange traded mortgage funds (REM) to assess likely total returns over the next 120 months. Treasury-related exchange traded funds affected by the forward rates include:
Top 10 China Stocks To Own For 2016: Intuit Inc.(INTU)
Intuit Inc. provides business and financial management solutions for small businesses, consumers, and accounting professionals primarily in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, India, and Singapore. The companys Small Business segment provides QuickBooks financial and business management online services and desktop software; QuickBooks technical support services; financial supplies; and QuickBooks Accountant, QuickBooks Accountant Plus, and QuickBooks Online Accountant, as well as the QuickBooks ProAdvisor Program for the accounting professionals. This segment also offers small business payroll products and services, including online payroll offerings, such as Quickbooks Online Payroll and Intuit Online Payroll; desktop payroll offerings comprising QuickBooks Basic Payroll and QuickBooks Enhanced Payroll; and full service payroll offerings, such as Intuit Full Service Payroll and QuickBooks Assisted Payr oll. In addition, it provides merchant services, including credit and debit card processing; Web-based transaction processing services for online merchants; online payment services; GoPayment mobile payment processing services; and QuickBooks point of sale solutions. Its Consumer segment provides TurboTax income tax preparation products and services; and electronic tax filing services. The companys Professional Tax segment offers Lacerte, ProSeries, ProFile, and Intuit Tax Online professional tax products and services; and electronic tax filing services, bank product transmission services, and training services. The company sells its products and services through various sales and distribution channels, including Websites, promotions, call centers, retail locations, and online mobile application stores, as well as through alliance partners, such as banks, credit unions, and other financial institutions. Intuit Inc. was founded in 1983 and is headquartered in Mountain View, California.
- [By Shauna O’Brien]
Morgan Stanley reported on Wednesday that it has downgraded financial management solution provider Intuit Inc. (INTU).
The firm has cut its rating on INTU to “Underweight,” and has given the company a $62 price target. This price target suggests a 6% decline from the stock’s current price of $66.30. This downgrade reflects the company’s slowing growth of its tax business.
Intuit shares were mostly flat during pre-market trading Wednesday. The stock is up 11% YTD.
Google Inc. maintains an index of Web sites and other online content for users, advertisers, and Google network members and other content providers. It offers AdWords, an auction-based advertising program; AdSense program, which enables Web sites that are part of the Google Network to deliver ads from its AdWords advertisers; Google Display, a display advertising network that comprises the videos, text, images, and other interactive ads; DoubleClick Ad Exchange, a real-time auction marketplace for the trading of display ad space; and YouTube that provides video, interactive, and other ad formats for advertisers. The company also provides Google Mobile that optimizes Google?s applications for mobile devices in browser and downloadable form; and enables advertisers to run search ad campaigns on mobile devices, as well as Google Local that provides local information on the Web; and Google Boost for small businesses to participate in the ads auction. In addition, it offers And roid, an open source mobile software platform; Google Chrome OS, an open source operating system; Google Chrome, a Web browser; Google TV, a platform for the consumers to use the television and the Internet on a single screen; and Google Books platform to discover, search, and consume content from printed books online. Further, the company provides Google Apps, a cloud computing suite of message and collaboration tools, which includes Gmail, Google Docs, Google Calendar, and Google Sites; Google Search Appliance that offers real-time search of business and intranet applications, and public Web sites; Google Site Search, a custom search engine; Google Commerce Search for online retail enterprises; Google Checkout to make online shopping and payments streamlined and secure; Google Maps Application Programming Interface; and Google Earth Enterprise, a firewall software solution for imagery and data visualization. Google Inc. was founded in 1998 and is headquartered in Mountain View, California.
- [By Nick Taborek]
The Dows price-weighting system has proven a barrier to inclusion for some of Americas most-heavily traded technology stocks. Apple Inc. (AAPL) and Google Inc. (GOOG), which change hands above $500, have been left out. At the same time, the three companies to be removed had the lowest prices in the average.
Top 10 China Stocks To Own For 2016: Nustar Energy L.P.(NS)
NuStar Energy L.P. engages in the terminalling, storage, and transportation of petroleum products primarily in the United States, Canada, the Netherlands, St. Eustatius in the Caribbean, the United Kingdom, and Mexico. The company operates in three segments: Storage, Transportation, and Asphalt and Fuels Marketing. The Storage segment operates terminal and storage facilities for petroleum products, specialty chemicals, crude oil, and other liquids; and crude oil storage tanks. Its terminals also offer pilotage, tug assistance, line handling, launch, emergency response, and other ship services. The Transportation segment transports refined petroleum products, crude oil, and anhydrous ammonia. This segment operates refined product pipelines in Texas, Oklahoma, Colorado, New Mexico, Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa, South Dakota, North Dakota, and Minnesota; and owns anhydrous ammonia pipelines located in Louisiana, Arkansas, Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, and Nebraska. The Asphalt and Fuels Marketing segment refines crude oil to produce asphalt and other refined products. This segment also purchases gasoline and other refined petroleum products for resale. As of December 31, 2010, the company had 65 terminal and storage facilities providing approximately 80.4 million barrels of storage capacity; 5,605 miles of refined product pipelines with 21 associated terminals that offer storage capacity of 4.6 million barrels, as well as 2 tank farms providing storage capacity of 1.2 million barrels; 2,000 miles of anhydrous ammonia pipelines; 812 miles of crude oil pipelines with 16 associated storage tanks comprising storage capacity of 1.9 million barrels; and 2 asphalt refineries with a combined capacity of 104,000 barrels per day, as well as 2 associated terminal facilities with a combined storage capacity of 5.0 million barrels. Riverwalk Logistics, L.P. serves as the general partner of the company. NuStar Energy L.P. was founded in 1999 and is based in Sa n Antonio, Texas.
- [By Roberto Pedone]
One technology player that insiders are active in here is Jive Software (NS), which provides a social business software platform to businesses, government agencies, and other enterprises. Insiders are buying this stock into massive weakness, since shares are down sharply by 43% so far in 2014.
Jive Software has a market cap of $446 million and an enterprise value of $365 million. This stock trades at a fair valuation, with a price-to-sales of 2.68 and a price-to-book of 5.67. Its estimated growth rate for this year is 45.5%, and for next year it’s pegged at 30%. This is a cash-rich company, since the total cash position on its balance sheet is $98.18 million and its total debt is $6.60 million.
A director just bought 260,819 shares, or about $1.71 million worth of stock, at $6.53 to $6.60 per share.
From a technical perspective, JIVE is currently trending just above its 50-day moving average and below its 200-day moving average, which is neutral trendwise. This stock recently pulled back off its short-term high of $7.14 a share with heavy downside volume flows. That drop has now pushed the stock to right above its 50-day moving average at $6.10 a share.
If you’re bullish on JIVE, then I would look for long-biased trades as long as this stock is trending above its 50-day at $6.10 a share and then once it breaks out above some key near-term overhead resistance levels at $7.14 a share to its 200-day moving average of $7.43 a share with high volume. Look for a sustained move or close above those levels with volume that hits near or above its three-month average action of 557,678 shares. If that breakout triggers soon, then JIVE will set up to re-test or possibly take out its next major overhead resistance levels $8.50 to $9 a share, or even $9.50 to $10 a share.
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Top 10 China Stocks To Own For 2016: Euro/Yen(EJ)
E-House (China) Holdings Limited, through its subsidiaries, operates as a real estate services company in China. It provides primary real estate agency services, secondary real estate brokerage services, real estate information and consulting services, real estate advertising services, real estate promotional event services, real estate online services, and real estate investment fund management services. The company offers primary real estate agency services to real estate developers. Its secondary real estate brokerage services include offering advisory services on choices of properties; accompanying potential buyers on house viewing trips; drafting purchase contracts; negotiating price and other terms; and providing preliminary proof of title, as well as coordinating with the notary, the bank, and the title transfer agency. The company also provides real estate information services comprising data subscription services and data integration services; and real estate cons ulting services, including land acquisition consulting, development consulting, marketing consulting, and comprehensive solution consulting. In addition, it offers real estate advertising services consisting of advertising design and sales in print and other media; and real estate promotional event services, including securing venues, hiring caters and other various service providers, formulating event themes, and inviting speakers and guests for real estate promotional events. Further, the company provides real estate online services, including real estate news, information, property data, and access to online communities to real estate consumers and participants through local Web sites; and involves in real estate investment fund management activities that consist of investments in China?s real estate sector. E-House (China) Holdings Limited was founded in 2000 and is headquartered in Shanghai, the People?s Republic of China.
- [By Belinda Cao]
E-House China Holdings Ltd. (EJ), a real estate brokerage, gained 9.2 percent to $9.70, extending it advance to a third week. Its American depositary receipts retreated 3.1 percent Sept. 20 from the highest level since May 2011.
Top 10 China Stocks To Own For 2016: Apache Corporation(APA)
Apache Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, engages in the exploration, development, and production of natural gas, crude oil, and natural gas liquids. The company has exploration and production interests in the Gulf of Mexico, the Gulf Coast, east Texas, the Permian basin, the Anadarko basin, and the Western Sedimentary basin of Canada; and onshore Egypt, offshore Western Australia, offshore the United Kingdom in the North Sea, and onshore Argentina, as well as on the Chilean side of the island of Tierra del Fuego. Apache Corporation sells its natural gas to local distribution companies, utilities, end-users, integrated oil and gas companies, and marketers; and crude oil to integrated oil companies, marketing and transportation companies, and refiners. As of December 31, 2009, it had total estimated proved reserves of 1,067 million barrels of crude oil, condensate, and natural gas liquids, as well as 7.8 trillion cubic feet of natural gas. The company was founded in 1954 and is based in Houston, Texas.
- [By Jon C. Ogg]
Apache Corp. (NYSE: APA) was downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS.
Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) was downgraded to Neutral from Buy by Bank of America’s Merrill Lynch. Credit Suisse also downgraded Apple to Neutral from Outperform with a $525 price target. Canaccord Genuity reiterated its Buy rating and raised its price target on Apple to $550 from $530. UBS downgraded Apple to Neutral from Buy.
- [By Matt Egan]
Before Tuesday, Big Oil’s credit ratings had been left largely intact by S&P. But with oil sinking back to $30 a barrel, the ratings firm took action by downgrading Chevron (CVX), EOG Resources (EOG), Apache (APA), Devon Energy (DVN), Hess (HES), Marathon Oil (MRO), Murphy Oil (MUR), Continental Resources (CLR) and Southwestern Energy (SWN).
- [By Shauna O’Brien]
On Wednesday, oil and gas company Apache Corporation (APA) announced that it has agreed to sell some of its gas producing properties in Canada for $112 million.
The company will sell its Hatton, St. Lina, Marten Hills, Snipe Lake, Valhalla and a part of its Hawkeye properties. These properties are primarily located in Saskatchewan and Alberta and total approximatly 4,000 operating wells and 1,300 non-operating wells. The average daily production for these locations is about 38 million cubic feet of natural gas and 750 barrels of oil.
The sales will be made in two separate deals. Both of these deals are expected to close in the fourth quarter.
Apache shares were mostly flat during pre-market trading Wednesday. The stock is up 12% YTD.
Top 10 China Stocks To Own For 2016: SK TELECOM ADR EACH REP 1/9 KRW500(CIT)
SK Telecom Co., Ltd. provides wireless telecommunications services using code division multiple access (CDMA) and wide-band CDMA technologies. It offers cellular voice services, such as wireless voice transmission services; and wireless global roaming services. The company also provides wireless data transmission services, such as wireless Internet access services, which allow subscribers to access online digital contents and services, as well as to send and receive text and multimedia messages. In addition, it offers broadband Internet and fixed-line telephone services, such as video-on-demand and IP TV services; and local, domestic, and international long-distance fixed-line telephone services to residential and commercial subscribers. Further, the company provides wireless entertainment-related contents and services, wireless finance-related contents and m-commerce services, and wireless news and search services; and international calling services, such as direct-dial, pre and post paid card calling services, bundled services for corporate customers, voice services using Internet protocol, Web-to-phone services, and data services. Additionally, it offers satellite digital media broadcasting services; telematics services; and fixed-line and online community portal services. The company also operates 11th Street, an online shopping mall; and T Store, an online open marketplace for mobile applications. As of March 31, 2011, SK Telecom Co. had 26 million wireless subscribers. It has strategic alliances with Bridge Alliance; Orange SA; Telecom Italia Mobile S.p.A.; T-Mobile International AG & Co; and Teliasonera Mobile Networks AB. The company was formerly known as Korea Mobile Telecommunications Co., Ltd. and changed its name to SK Telecom Co., Ltd. in March 1997. SK Telecom Co., Ltd. was founded in 1984 and is based in Seoul, South Korea.
- [By Lisa Abramowicz]
There was this maturity wall that people were terrified of, said Neil Wessan, the group head of New York-based CIT Group Inc. (CIT)s capital markets unit. Thats been spread out over a much broader period of time.
Top 10 China Stocks To Own For 2016: Activision Blizzard, Inc(ATVI)
Activision Blizzard, Inc. develops and publishes online, personal computer (PC), video game console, handheld, mobile, and tablet games worldwide. The company develops and publishes interactive entertainment software products through retail channels or digital downloads; and downloadable content to a range of gamers. It also publishes online subscription-based games in the massively multiplayer online role-playing game category; and real-time strategy and role-playing games. In addition, the company maintains a proprietary online-game related service, Battle.net that facilitates the creation of user generated content, digital distribution, and online social connectivity in its games. Further, it provides warehousing, logistical, and sales distribution services to third-party publishers of interactive entertainment software; and manufacturers of interactive entertainment hardware products. The company serves retailers and distr ibutors, including mass-market retailers, consumer electronics stores, discount warehouses, game specialty stores, and consumers through third-party distribution, licensing arrangements, and direct digital purchases. Activision Blizzard, Inc. is headquartered in Santa Monica, California.
- [By Javier Hasse]
The top losers in the index were:
Activision Blizzard, Inc. (NASDAQ: ATVI), down 7.86 percent Tripadvisor Inc (NASDAQ: TRIP), down 1.92 percent
Disclosure: Javier Hasse holds no positions in any of the securities mentioned above.
- [By Manikandan Raman]
Gameloft said it will issue a statement after the board meeting, which has been convened for next week. Until then, no further comments will be made regarding this unsolicited bid. Both Gameloft and Ubisoft compete with Activision Blizzard, Inc. (NASDAQ: ATVI) and Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: EA).
Top 10 China Stocks To Own For 2016: Jazz Pharmaceuticals Inc.(JAZZ)
Jazz Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a specialty pharmaceutical company, engages in the identification, development, and commercialization of pharmaceutical products to meet unmet medical needs. The company markets Xyrem, a sodium oxybate oral solution for the treatment of both cataplexy and excessive daytime sleepiness in patients with narcolepsy; and Luvox CR extended-release capsules for the treatment of obsessive compulsive disorder. Its product candidates under clinical development include JZP-6, a Phase III pivotal clinical trials completed product for the treatment of fibromyalgia; and JZP-8, an intranasal formulation of clonazepam, which has completed Phase II clinical trial for the treatment of acute repetitive seizures in epilepsy and solid oral dosage forms of sodium oxybate. The company sells its products through specialty sales force targeting sleep specialists, psychiatrists, neurologists, and pulmonologists. Jazz Pharmaceuticals, Inc. was founded in 2003 and is headq uartered in Palo Alto, California.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
Long-Term BucketBuy and hold; we consider these to be high-quality names that we see outperforming the group both in the current market and longer term: Celgene (CELG), Alexion Pharmaceuticals (ALXN), Jazz Pharmaceuticals (JAZZ).
Top 10 China Stocks To Own For 2016: Protective Life Corporation(PL)
Protective Life Corporation and its subsidiaries engage in the production, distribution, and administration of insurance and investment products in the United States. Its Life Marketing segment markets universal life, variable universal life, level premium term insurance, and bank-owned life insurance products primarily through a network of independent insurance agents and brokers, stockbrokers, and independent marketing organizations. The company?s Acquisitions segment focuses on acquiring, converting, and servicing life insurance policies and annuity products sold to individuals, which are acquired from other companies. Its Annuities segment markets variable annuity products that offer the policyholder the opportunity to invest in various investment accounts; and fixed annuity products, such as modified guaranteed annuities, single premium deferred annuities, single premium immediate annuities, and equity indexed annuities primarily through broker-dealers, financial ins titutions, and independent agents and brokers. The company?s Stable Value Products segment offers guaranteed funding agreements to special purpose entities; fixed and floating rate funding agreements directly to the trustees of municipal bond proceeds, institutional investors, bank trust departments, and money market funds; and guaranteed investment contracts to qualified retirement savings plans. Its Asset Protection segment primarily markets extended service contracts, and credit life and disability insurance to protect consumers? investments in automobiles, watercraft, and recreational vehicles; and markets a guaranteed asset protection product primarily through a national network of approximately 3,750 automobile, marine, and recreational vehicle dealers. The company was founded in 1907 and is headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama.