Zacks Investment Research Zacks is the leading investment research firm focusing on equities earnings estimates and stock analysis for the individual investor, including stock picks, stock screening, portfolio stock tracker and stock screeners. http://so-l.ru/news/source/zacks_investment_research Sun, 22 Jul 2018 16:09:04 +0300 <![CDATA[Is Amazon's (AMZN) Jeff Bezos Helping Usher in the Next Space Race?]]>

Blue Origin is a privately funded aerospace manufacturer and spaceflight service company based in Kent, Washington, and is the brainchild of Amazon AMZN CEO Jeff Bezos. Founded in 2000, the company aims to take private consumers to space.

Blue Origin made headlines earlier this week when it performed a successful high-altitude emergency abort test. The company launched its “New Shepard” rocket and capsule to a record-high altitude, and then simulated a catastrophic failure in the escape pod’s motor. The motor is located at the bottom of the crew capsule and is meant to quickly lift it away from the rocket in the event of an emergency. Even after igniting the engine at record altitudes, both the capsule and rocket were able to land and be recovered safely.

Out of this World

Bezos, who was named Time magazine’s “Person of the Year” in 1999, turned his attention to space the following year when he quietly founded Blue Origin.

Blue Origin came under fire in 2011 when it reported a failure in its suborbital rocket, which went out of control and had to be destroyed. Still, Bezos and his team continued to work hard, and each of the nearly dozen tests that have taken place since then have been successful.

Until Blue Origin relaunched New Shepard, no space rocket had ever been used twice. It marked what could historically be remembered as a key turning point in space exploration. For Bezos, it was the ultimate sign that his dream of lowering the cost of access to space is on the right track. Today, it remains an expensive endeavor, which Bezos reportedly funds by annually liquidating $1 billion in Amazon assets.

A growing amount of people believe in Bezos’ dream as well. NASA first gave the company $3.9 million in funding in 2009 and then $22 million in 2011. Since then, NASA has continued to provide it with support. The company is also currently in the running to receive military funding from the U.S. Air Force for support of new orbital-class rockets. Its proposal puts it up against Orbital ATK, United Launch Alliance, and Tesla TSLA founder Elon Musk’s SpaceX. The contract is expected to be announced in late 2019.   

A 21st Century Space Race?

Space exploration was initially a government-only venture. But the turn of the 21st century has given rise to multiple public and privately-owned firms which seek to bring regular citizens to the great beyond.

On the public side, large firms such as Boeing BA and Lockheed Martin LMT already have exposure to space-related ventures and are investing to expand their offerings. Boeing collaborated to help create the International Space Station, which saw its first component launched into orbit 20 years ago — ISS is expected to operate for another decade. These firms also invest in GPS technology, satellites, and other space-related technology. Meanwhile, European power Airbus EADSY is developing the Gaia scope, a billion-pixel camera that the company hopes will allow it to create a detailed 3-D map of the Milky Way.

Other players in the burgeoning industry include Virgin Galactic, Rocket Lab, Made in Space, and Orbex. In Britain, Orbex raised $40 million in funding and plans to develop a launch vehicle using a government-backed spaceport that will be built in Northern Scotland with the help of Lockheed Martin. Virgin also plans to launch from the UK, and like Blue Origin, hopes to take customers into space.

It would be incorrect to assume that space-related activity is only taking place in America and Europe. Ten private rocket companies have formed in just the last three years, according to the China Global Television Network. Russia’s space program has fallen on hard times due to budget restrictions, meaning that it will not be as active as it was during the first space race. Regardless, the 21st century iteration of the race appears to have already begun.

Looking Forward

“The first trillionaire there will be is the person who exploits the natural resources on asteroids,” astrophysicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson said three years ago on NBC. He went on to say that “there’s this vast universe of limitless energy and limitless resources.”

There is no timeline yet for any of these seemingly sci-fi endeavors. But in the meantime, investors can take a look at the companies currently helping advance the field.

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<![CDATA[Honeywell (HON) or GE: Which Conglomerate Had a Better Earnings Report?]]> Both General Electric GE and Honeywell HON topped earnings estimates Friday, but the situations behind these two storied firms couldn’t be more different. Let’s take a closer look at what’s going on with these two giants, and see which company is on track for solid growth.

General Electric

GE already had plenty of sources for concern heading into its earnings release, with its shares down over 21% year-to-date. Late last year, the company decided to back out of its engagements in transportation and lighting to focus on what were its three biggest revenue gainers: aviation, healthcare, and power.  

The issue, however, has been that these should-be money grabbers have themselves also underperformed. In Q4 2017, GE’s legacy insurance business alone accounted for a $0.91 per share loss, causing investors to pressure the company to spin off its various segments and return some of their capital. The power segment, which has long been one of the focal points of GE, also saw an over $3.5 billion year-over-year revenue decrease.

GE has continued to suffer in the ensuing two quarters. In Friday’s report, it posted earnings of $0.19 per share on revenues of $30.1 billion. While EPS beat expectations and represented an earnings surprise of 5.6%, it also reflected a 10% year-over-year decline. The two biggest culprits are decreasing margins and challenges in lighting and renewable energy.

Oil and gas revenues increased 85% to $5.5 billion thanks to improved benefits secured from Baker Hughes (BHGE). However, this was offset by the operating profit collapse across GE’s power (-58%), renewable energy (-48%), and transportation (-15%) groups. The company is following stringent cost-cutting and simplification initiatives, but that didn’t make much the figures any easier for investors to digest.

GE reiterated its guidance for 2018 but stated that earnings will fall on the lesser end of the previously-given $1.00-$1.07 range.

At a time when GE needed to build strong momentum, it was only able to apply a bandage to a wound that needs stitches.

Honeywell

Honeywell has also faced difficulties, with its shares shedding nearly 3.8% year-to-date. However, HON’s outperformed its industry peers, which have seen their shares lose an average of about 8% in value.

Like GE, Honeywell recently underwent internal restructuring, merging its transportation and aerospace segments together. It also took its automation and control solutions segment and broke it into two groups: home and building technologies, and safety and production solutions. It currently operates in four segments overall, with its performance materials and technologies segment remaining in its original form.

Coming into Friday’s report, Honeywell had notched 9 quarters of successive earnings beats. This was made possible due to strength across all four segments, each of which captured short and long-term market trends in U.S. defense growth, maintenance services, global distribution, and plus the successful spinoff of its transportations systems business.

On Friday, Honeywell posted earnings of $2.12 per share on revenues of $10.92 billion. Whereas GE lost revenue year-over-year, Honeywell saw 8% improvement. The strongest performing segments were safety and productivity solutions along with aerospace, which saw 13% and 10% respective year-over-year growth. Demand for the company’s products, along with the reduction of low-margin initiatives helped provide robust performance during the quarter.

In its strong report, the company raised its full-year guidance accordingly: organic sales growth between 5 and 6 percent, segment margin expansion of 40 to 60 basis points, earnings per share between $8.05 and $8.15, and free cash flowof between $5.6 and $6.2 billion.

Honeywell is on track to continue growing on the back of a shrewd investment strategy, greater operational efficiency, and stronger demand for its diversified products.

Looking Ahead

While Honeywell had the better earnings report, both firms have their work cut out for them. Honeywell has built strong momentum in the right direction, but needs to keep it up. GE is still rebuilding and rethinking its new identity, but that isn’t not to say that its glory days are over.

Honeywell’s current Zacks Rank #2 (Buy) rating makes it appear to be the more attractive venture over the next 3-6 months, but GE has weathered numerous storms in the past and managed to regain a position of strength. Still, its Zacks Rank #4 (Sell) is a strong indication that this isn’t the time to make a play on it.

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<![CDATA[eBay Drags Down Internet ETFs]]> Shares of e-commerce giant eBay Inc. EBAY plunged about 10% on Jul 19, marking its biggest single-day decline in nearly two years. Sluggish growth in its marketplace business in Q2 and a reduction in the revenue forecast for the rest of the year led to this massacre.

eBay’s second-quarter 2018 earnings beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate by 2 cents. Pro-forma earnings of 53 cents improved 18% year over year. Gross revenues of $2.64 billion increased 9.1% year over year (up 6% on an Fx-neutral basis) and were at the lower end of the guided range of $2.64-$2.68 billion. Revenues, however, missed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $2.66 billion.

Inside the Weak Guidance

eBay lowered its full-year revenue guidance for 2018. The company now expects full-year revenues between $10.75 billion and $10.85 billion versus previous guided range of $10.9-$11.1 billion. The Zacks Consensus Estimate was $10.97.

For the upcoming quarter, eBay expects revenues to grow 5-7% on an Fx-neutral basis to $2.64-$2.69 billion.The Zacks Consensus Estimate for third-quarter revenues was pegged at $2.73 billion. Non-GAAP earnings are expected within 54-56 cents while the Zacks Consensus Estimate was 56 cents.

ETFs in Focus  

The stock has a Zacks Rank #4 (Sell) at the time of writing. The stock belongs to a bottom-ranked Zacks industry (bottom 26%). The VGM Score is C. Investors should also note that the pain in the stock has spread to some e-Bay heavy internet ETFs.

Invesco Nasdaq Internet ETF PNQI

This fund gives investors exposure to the broad Internet industry. The fund holds about 95 stocks in its basket while charging 60 bps in fees per year.

The in-focus eBay occupies the seventh position with 3.75% allocation while Netflix takes the top position with about 7.95%. In terms of industrial exposure, internet software and services make up for 56% of the basket, followed by internet retail (33.6%).

Both eBay and Netflix led the fund to shed about 1.4% on July 19, 2018. Investors should note that the video streaming giant Netflix too missed its own subscriber forecast for the first time in five years by more than a million (read: Netflix Sinks on Weak Q2 Subscriber: ETFs to Watch).

First Trust Dow Jones Internet Index FDN

This is one of the most popular and liquid ETFs in the broad technology space. The fund charges 53 bps in fees per year. In total, it holds 42 stocks in its basket with the in-focus e-Bay taking the eighth spot with 3.18% share. From a sector look, information technology accounts for about 70% of the portfolio while consumer discretionary makes up 20%. Netflix took the third spot with about 5.81% exposure. The fund was down about 1.2% on July 19, 2018 (read: A Spread of ETFs to Tap the Dip in FANGs).

Amplify Online Retail ETF IBUY

This ETF comprises stocks that are into online retailing. eBay accounts for about 2.62% of the product and Netflix takes about 3.32% of the fund. IBUY was down 0.8% on July 19, 2018.

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<![CDATA[Can eBay Survive in the Age of Amazon?]]> On Thursday, eBay EBAY stock had one of its poorest trading days in history, dropping 10.1% after a mainly disappointed Q2 earnings report and soft guidance.

The company reported fiscal second-quarter gross revenues of $2.64 billion, which missed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $2.66 billion. Furthermore, eBay guided for 2018 revenue of $10.75 billion to $10.85 billion, significantly below the consensus estimate of $10.95 billion.

It seems as if the poor results couldn’t have come at a worse time, as competition is continuously heating up in the e-commerce space, and eBay seems to be falling behind. Since eBay mainly operates as an online marketplace, nearly any retailer, particularly ones with online shopping platforms, can be considered competition. For instance, retail behemoth Walmart WMT recently partnered with Microsoft MSFT to boost its e-commerce platform.

While the number of competitors continues to grow for eBay, Amazon AMZN, which is likely eBay’s main rival, is only becoming bigger over time and winning over more consumers. Amazon engages in similar online retail of consumer products and also offers products through third-party sellers.

However, Amazon has an infrastructure and other business channels that eBay can’t come close to at all. Amazon stock has soared 55.3% in this YTD, while eBay has actually fallen in the same time period by -9.62%—a staggering difference in performance.

One of the factors bringing eBay down is poor reception to its new initiatives. The company’s aim was to revamp the brand through structured data, AI, and product-based experiences. However, analysts from Raymond James stated that these initiatives are “ramping slower than expected.”  In a space where digital innovation is key, eBay can’t afford to miss on advancements.

To go along with the struggles eBay is experiencing with its main marketplace, the company’s adjacent ticket platform, StubHub, has also contributed to the downfall of the stock. On a call with analysts Wednesday evening, CEO Devin Wenig described it as a “tough landscape” for sports and that showed as revenue growth slowed to 5% in Q2 from 12% in Q1.

Although we can only speculate, it would be interesting to see where eBay would be if it never spun off PaypalPYPL in 2015 and instead kept the payment service platform. While eBay’s decision to narrow its focus on just being a marketplace hasn’t been too favorable, PayPal has performed strongly since it began trading as its own independent company.

PayPal is set to release its second-quarter results on July 25. And if the payment services company topping its Zacks Consensus Earnings Estimates in the last four quarters is any indication, then its results will likely be superior to what eBay just delivered.

While eBay is losing to its peers in the e-commerce business, there are some minor signs of hope for the company. The stock is currently trading at a pretty noticeable discount compared to other players in the space, with a forward P/E of 14.96 compared to Amazon’s forward P/E of 142.83.

EBay’s niche in the industry also differentiates it from other retailers and e-commerce platforms to a degree. The company is known for providing used merchandise and vintage goods, which even its rival Amazon doesn’t get as much recognition for.

Bottom Line

A few glimpses of hope but a greater general trend downwards is part of the reason why eBay currently holds a Zacks Rank #4 (Sell).

The company is in a competitive space that is marked by digital innovation and major companies like Amazon. Its unique niche as more of a discount online marketplace may not be enough to push the company forward and stand out from the crowd. In order to survive, eBay needs to be able to make progress with its initiatives and keep up with the industry.

This may not be the end just yet, but eBay likely won’t ever be the e-commerce pioneer and market leader that it once was.

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<![CDATA[Bank ETFs Rise on the Wave of Big Releases]]> The financial sector, which accounts for around one-fifth of the S&P 500 index, is now busy with Q2 earnings releases. The going is great so far, with five big banks crushing estimates on both lines and one reporting mixed results. The backdrop should favor the banks along with the course of oil, the stance taken by the Fed and the proposed policies of Trump (read: How Financial ETFs Look After Fed Stress Test).

Though ongoing trade war tensions and a flattening of the yield curve are concerns for the financial funds, the underlying earnings strength has been steady. Let’s take a look at major banking earnings in detail:

Big Bank Earnings in Focus

JP Morgan JPM reported earnings of $2.29 per share, beating the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $2.22 in the second quarter of 2018. Also, the figure reflected a 26% rise from the year-ago period.

Net revenues as reported were $27.8 billion in the quarter, up 8% from the year-ago quarter. Also, the tally topped the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $27.6 billion. Rising rates, loan growth and increase in Markets’ revenues drove the results.

Wells Fargo WFC earned $1.08 per share in Q2, missing the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $1.12 and matching the prior-year quarter earnings. The quarter’s total revenues came in at $21.6 billion, outpacing the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $21.5 billion. However, the reported figure compared unfavorably with the prior-year quarter tally of $22.2 billion.

Citigroup Inc.’s C earnings per share of $1.62 for Q2 came ahead of the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $1.54. Also, earnings were up 28% year over year. Revenues increased 2% year over year to $18.5 billion. Higher revenues from the global consumer banking and institutional clients were satisfactory. The revenue figure surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $18.4 billion.

Bank of America Corporation’s BAC second-quarter 2018 earnings of 63 cents per share surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 57 cents. Also, the figure was 43% higher than the prior-year quarter number. Net revenues amounted to $22.6 billion, beating the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $22.5 billion. However, the top line dipped 1% from the year-ago quarter.

Reflecting the highest second-quarter net revenues in nine years, Goldman Sachs’ GS came up with a positive earnings surprise of 28.1%. The company reported earnings per share of $5.98, comfortably beating the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $4.67. Further, the bottom line witnessed 51.4% year-over-year improvement. Goldman’s net revenues were up 19% in the quarter under review. The figure of $9.4 billion handily outpaced the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $8.7 billion.

Morgan Stanley’s MS) second-quarter 2018 earnings from continuing operations of $1.30 per share beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $1.08. Net revenues amounted to $10.6 billion, reflecting a rise of 12% from the prior-year quarter. In addition, it surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $10 billion.

Market Impact

Investors, who still have their hopes pinned on a decent earnings season, Trump’s promises for deregulation and faster Fed policy tightening, must be keen on knowing how financial ETFs like iShares U.S. Financial Services ETF IYGiShares US Financials ETF IYF, Invesco KBW Bank ETF KBWBFinancial Select Sector SPDR XLF and Vanguard Financials ETF VFH responded to earnings releases. These funds have considerable exposure to the aforementioned stocks (see all Financial ETFs here).

Goldman and Morgan Stanley are not that prominent in the afore-mentioned ETFs, rather they are heavy on iShares U.S. Broker-Dealers & Securities Exchanges ETF (IAI).

ETF Performance

Most of these ETFs gave decent performances in the last five days (as of Jul 18, 2018), in the peak of banking earnings releases.

The funds added in the range of 1.95% to 3.25%. Morgan Stanley’s blockbuster performance at the end of the big-banks reporting season charged up the space.

Apart from the earnings, Fed chair Powell’s testimony drove financial ETFs materially. He sees “the economy growing faster than we currently anticipate.” His testimony has steepened the Treasury yield curve slightly in recent trading (read: Welcome Powell Era With These ETFs).

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<![CDATA[Better Buy: Amazon (AMZN) vs. Facebook (FB) Stock]]> Both Facebook FB and Amazon AMZN report their quarterly financial results during the week of July 23. The question is should investors consider buying shares of either Facebook or Amazon? And is either tech giant a clear winner at the moment?

Business Overview

Facebook closed the first quarter with 1.45 billion daily active users, which marked a 13% jump from the year-ago quarter. Meanwhile, the social media company’s MAU’s also popped by 13% to hit 2.2 billion. And investors should note that these user totals don’t even include the hugely popular and quickly expanding WhatsApp or Instagram—which recently surpassed 1 billion monthly active users. Facebook’s photo-sharing app alone crushes Twitter TWTR and Snapchat’s SNAP combined user totals .

The company’s massive user base has helped it gain a large share of advertising dollars. Plus, Facebook, along with Google GOOGL, are set to continue to grab a ton of ad revenue, especially as traditional TV fades. And this is highly important since roughly 99% of Facebook’s total Q1 revenues came from advertising.

Meanwhile, Amazon’s e-commerce dominance has forced the likes of Target TGT, Walmart WMT, and nearly every other retailer to revamp their business models. Amazon’s AWS cloud hosting business is also successful, helping the company compete against Microsoft MSFT, Google, and IBM IBM.

Furthermore, Amazon has spent more money on its Amazon Prime Video service as it aims to take on Netflix NFLX, Hulu, and soon enough Disney DIS and Apple AAPL.

Stock Movement

Shares of Amazon have outpaced FB over the last three years, having climbed 272% compared to Facebook’s roughly 113% surge. This trend continued over the last 24 months, with AMZN stock up 144% against FB’s 74% climb. Amazon stock has topped Facebook since the start of the year as well. Still, despite this disparity, investors should note that both stocks currently sit near their all-time highs.

 

Valuation

Moving on to valuation, investors will once again see a big difference, but this time in Facebook’s favor. AMZN is currently trading at 107.4X forward 12-month Zacks Consensus EPS estimates, which marks a massive premium compared to the S&P 500’s 17.3X. However, it is worth noting that Amazon and its management team don’t care much about its valuation picture, as they have pursued rapid growth and expansion over almost everything else.  

On the other hand, Facebook stock is currently trading at 24.1X forward 12-month Zacks Consensus EPS estimates, which represents a substantial discount compared to its industry’s 32.5X average. Furthermore, FB has traded as high as 31.5X over the last year, with a one-year median of 27X.

 

Investors will also see that Facebook is currently trading above its five-year low of 20X. But, Facebook stock looks rather attractive at its current level compared to its own historical standards.

Outlook

Facebook, which is set to release its Q2 financial results after market close on Wednesday, July 25, is projected to see its revenues climb by over 44% to touch $13.43 billion, based on our current Zacks Consensus Estimate. Looking a bit further ahead, Facebook’s full-year revenues are expected to climb by nearly 41% to touch $57.29 billion.

FB’s adjusted quarterly earnings are projected to pop by 32.6% to reach $1.75 per share, while its full-year EPS figure is expected to expand by more than 25%.

Amazon is set to release its second-quarter earnings results following the closing bell on Thursday, July 26. And its growth picture looks similarly stellar. 

AMZN is expected to see its Q2 revenues soar by nearly 41% to $53.46 billion. Amazon’s full-year sales are projected to reach $237.93 billion, which would mark nearly 34% growth.

Meanwhile, AMZN’s quarterly earnings are expected to skyrocket 522% from $0.40 per share in the year-ago period to $2.49 per share. Amazon’s fiscal 2018 earnings are expected to expand by nearly 179%.

Bottom Line

Amazon has seen its earnings estimate revision activity trend in the wrong direction over the last 60 days, for both the quarter and the current year, which helps contribute to Amazon’s Zacks Rank #3 (Hold). Meanwhile, Facebook has earned four upward earnings estimate revisions for both Q2 and the full year, with 100% agreement to the upside, all within the last 30 days.

Facebook is currently a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy) and sports an “A” grade for Growth in our Style Scores system. Therefore, FB stock looks like it is clearly the better buy over Amazon at the moment given its growth outlook, positive earnings revision trends, and its solid valuation picture—especially compared to AMZN.

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<![CDATA[Laser Systems and Components Industry Outlook: Growth Prospects Dull]]> The Zacks Laser Systems and Components Industry has been negatively impacted by the ongoing tariff dispute between the United States and China. This is because the industry participants have significant exposure to the fast-growing industrial laser market in China.

The ongoing shift in the U.S. trade policy and the tariff war doesn’t bode well for the industrial market, which is the primary end-market for the Laser Systems and Components industry participants.

The trade war between the United States and China is likely to increase demand for certain components or lead to shortage, thereby rising price. Both the scenarios are expected to negatively impact companies that form the Laser Systems and Components industry.

Moreover, volatility in foreign currency exchange rates against the U.S. dollar is a headwind for the industry participants.

Industry Returns Positive

The ongoing transition from legacy laser solutions to high-powered lasers, particularly for industrial uses, is improving productivity at a lower cost.

Investors’ growing confidence in the industry’s prospects is driven by solid demand and increasing utilization of lasers in verticals like industrial, manufacturing, consumer-electronics, Internet of things (IoT), optics, aerospace & defense and 5G high speed communication.

The Zacks Laser Systems and Components Industry, within the broader Zacks Computer And Technology Sector, has outperformed both the S&P 500 and its own sector over the past year.

While the stocks in this industry have collectively gained 25.7% over the past year, the Zacks S&P 500 Composite and Zacks Computer and Technology Sector have rallied 14.3% and 18.1% over the same period, respectively.

One-Year Price Performance


 

The Valuation Picture

The Zacks Laser Systems and Components Industry has mostly growth companies, which call for increased spending on research & development. Sales & marketing costs are also high, thereby denting profits.

However, an increase in revenues indicates the growing demand for the products of these players.

One might therefore get a handle on the industry’s relative valuation by looking at its price-to-sales ratio (P/S), which essentially shows how much an investor is willing to pay for each unit of sales.

Notably, a lower P/S ratio is typically better.

The Zacks Laser Systems and Components industry’s valuation picture has improved relative to the recent past, but still remains above historical levels. The industry currently has a TTM P/S ratio of 5.46X, which represents a premium to the broader market. 

The chart below shows the industry's one-year valuation performance relative to the S&P 500 index

Price-to-Sales Ratio (TTM)



Moreover, a comparison of the group’s P/S ratio with that of its broader sector shows that the group is trading at a significant premium. The Zacks Computer And Technology Sector’s TTM P/S ratio of 3.70X and the one-year median level of 3.55X are way below the Zacks Laser Systems and Components industry’s respective ratios.

Price-to-Sales Ratio (TTM)


 

Earnings Outlook Not So Positive

The ongoing trade tensions between the United States and China and increasing foreign exchange volatility are expected to hurt shareholder returns in the near term.

However, what really matters to investors is whether this group has the potential to perform better than the broader market in the quarters ahead.

One reliable measure that can help investors understand the industry’s prospects for a solid price performance going forward is its earnings outlook. Empirical research shows that earnings outlook for the industry, a reflection of the earnings revisions trend for the constituent companies, has a direct bearing on its stock market performance.

The Price & Consensus chart for the industry shows the market's evolving bottom-up earnings expectations for it and the industry's aggregate stock market performance.

Price and Consensus: Zacks Lasers Systems and Components



This becomes even clearer by focusing on the aggregate bottom-up EPS revisions trend. The chart below shows the evolution of aggregate consensus expectations for 2018.

Please note that the current-year $2.54 EPS estimate for the industry is not the actual bottom-up estimate for every company in the Zacks Laser Systems and Components industry, but rather an illustrative aggregate number created by our proprietary analytics model. The key factor to keep in mind is not the EPS of the industry for 2018, but how this projection has evolved recently.

As you can see here, the EPS estimate for 2018 has remained steady from the end of June, but declined from $2.75 at the end of March. In other words, the sell-side analysts covering the companies in the Zacks Laser Systems and Components industry have been pessimistic about raising their estimates.

Current Fiscal Year EPS Estimate Revisions


 

Zacks Industry Rank Indicates Bleak Prospects

The group’s Zacks Industry Rank, which is basically the average of the Zacks Rank of all the member stocks, indicates continued outperformance in the near term.

The Zacks Laser Systems and Components industry currently carries a Zacks Industry Rank #174, which places it at the bottom 32% of 256 Zacks industries. Our research shows that the top 50% of the Zacks-ranked industries outperforms the bottom 50% by a factor of more than 2 to 1.

Long-Term Growth Prospects Strong

The long-term (3-5 years) EPS growth estimate for the Zacks Laser Systems and Components industry appears promising. The group’s mean estimate of long-term EPS growth rate of 15.55% is better than 9.8% for the Zacks S&P 500 composite.

Mean Estimate of Long-Term EPS Growth Rate



The Zacks Laser Systems and Components industry is expected to benefit from emerging applications like additive manufacturing, facial-recognition and gesture recognition and IoT.

Advanced lasers, especially lasers equipped with 3D sensing (3DS) capabilities are shaping the way we interact with technology. 3DS technology is gaining traction as major smartphone makers are looking to equip the technology in their products.

Moreover, going forward, 3D technology is expected to make its way into Smartphone cameras, which enables a wide range of applications. The technology allows users to, create 3D printable objects, control games with body gestures, and help measure objects.

As industries are increasingly adopting automation techniques it would make perfect sense for lasers to be coupled with IoT. This process not only reduces costs in the long run but increases flexibility and reliability manifold by enabling material handling capabilities from different remote sources.

Additionally, strong demand from semiconductor and allied markets, which is seeing an increasing shift toward production of micro and nano devices, is a positive for the Laser Systems and Components industry participants.

These factors are sustain the sweeping growth in the top line since the end of 2014.


 

Bottom Line

A slow market growth rate and looming tensions over a trade war could weigh on the prospects of the Laser Systems and Components industry.

Below is a stock that carries a bearish Zacks Rank that we would recommend investors to stay away from for the time being.

MicroVision (MVIS): Redmond, WA-based MicroVision carries a Zacks Rank #4 (Sell). The stock has lost 52.9% over the past year. The consensus estimate for the company has remained steady at a loss of 32 cents per share for the current year, over the last 30 days.

Price and Consensus: MVIS


 

Below are two stocks from the same space with a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.

IPG Photonics (IPGP): Oxford, MA-based IPG Photonics stock has returned 57.3% in the past year. The consensus EPS estimate for the company has remained steady at $8.48 for the current year, over the last 30 days.

Price and Consensus: IPGP


 

Lumentum Holdings (LITE): Milpitas, CA-based has lost 6.3% over the past year. The consensus estimate for the company has remained steady at $3.53 for the current year, over the last 30 days.

Price and Consensus: LITE


 

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<![CDATA[Q2 Earnings Season Showing Strong Revenue Momentum]]> We are off to a strong start in the Q2 earnings season, with all around positive surprises and plenty of momentum on the revenue side. Importantly, estimates for Q3 and beyond are holding up nicely.

With results from 87 S&P 500 members that combined account for a quarter of the index’s total capitalization, we can say with a fair level of confidence that the Q2 earnings season is on track to be as good as what we saw in 2018 Q1. Please recall that Q1 earnings growth had reached the highest level in more than 7 years, with many seeing that growth pace representing a peak.

The blended Q2 earnings growth (blending the reported with the unreported) at present of +21% is below the preceding quarter’s +24.6% level. But given the momentum we have seen from the 87 S&P 500 members that have reported already, both in terms of growth as well as positive surprises, we can see Q2 earnings growth steadily moving towards the Q1 level as the remainder of this earnings season unfolds.

This week is particularly busy in that respect, with more than 750 companies reporting results, including 175 S&P 500 members. This week’s reporting docket has representation from a cross section of the business world, from Alphabet (GOOGL) and Facebook (FB) to 3M (MMM), Boeing (BA), Exxon (XOM) and plenty in between.

Let me share one standout feature the Q2 results thus far before we get into the scorecard. This standout feature pertains to revenues, with the proportion of companies beating revenue Q2 estimates tracking significantly above any other recent period. You can see this in the chart below which shows that the proportion of companies beating revenue estimates is tracking 20 percentage points above the average over the last twelve quarters.

Q2 Earnings Season Scorecard (as of July 20th, 2018)

We now have Q2 results from 87 S&P 500 members that combined account for 25.7% of the index’s total market capitalization, with total earnings for these 87 companies up +20.9% from the same period last year on +10.3% higher revenues, with 86.2% of the companies beating EPS estimates, and 77% surpassing revenue estimates.

The comparison charts below put results from these 87 index members in a historical context.

As you can see, the growth pace is a tad bit below prior-quarter’s level, but materially above the 4- and 12-qurater averages. The proportion of positives surprises, as earlier pointed out, is tracking materially above historical periods.

The chart below zooms in on the revenue side of the results thus far.

Please note that the Q2 revenue growth comparison (left-hand chart above) moves above the preceding quarter’s level when seen on an ex-Finance basis.

Overall Expectations for 2018 Q2

Looking at Q2 as a whole, combining the actual results from the 87 index members with estimates from the still-to-come 413 companies, total earnings are expected to be up +21% from the same period last year on +8.3% higher revenues, with double-digit earnings growth for 11 of the 16 Zacks sectors. This would follow +24.6% earnings growth in 2018 Q1 on +8.7%, the highest growth in almost 7 years.

The table below shows the summary picture for Q2, contrasted with what was actually achieved in Q1.

The Earnings Growth Peak

The chart below compares current Q2 earnings growth expectations with what was actually achieved in the preceding 5 quarters and what is expected in the following 4 quarters.

When market commentators talk about earnings growth peak, it is the growth comparison in this chart they are referring to. Looking at this chart, it is obvious that growth has peaked already, with the pace decelerating going forward.

We should keep in mind however that actual results typically come in better than expected, with actuals exceeding estimates in the 3% to 5% range. This means that the 21% growth pace currently expected in Q2 will likely be closer to the 2018 Q1 tally when all is said and done.

The chart below shows the growth pace on trailing 4-quarter basis, which tends to smooth out the quarter-to-quarter jumps.

The two charts above provide different answers to the ‘peak earnings’ question. The first chart shows that the growth rate likely peaked in 2018 Q1, while second chart shows the expected to ‘peak’ to arrive in the last quarter of the year.

We should keep in mind that this earnings cycle got underway back in 2009 when the U.S. economy got out of its last recession. By this time, earnings growth should have come down to the historical ‘normalized’ pace in the mid-single digits level. The reason we have these impressive growth numbers is thanks mostly to the effect of the tax cuts, which will start wearing off towards the end of 2019.

In other words, earnings likely haven’t peaked yet. But with this cycle so long in tooth, we are steadily moving towards that stage.

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Here is a list of the 668 companies including 175 S&P 500 and reporting this week.


 

Company Ticker Current Qtr Year-Ago Qtr Last EPS Surprise % Report Day Time
LUXOTTICA ADRLUXTYN/AN/AN/AMondayN/A
HALLIBURTON COHAL0.590.230.00%MondayBTO
HASBRO INCHAS0.30.53-67.74%MondayBTO
ILL TOOL WORKSITW1.981.662.70%MondayBTO
LINCOLN ELECTRCLECO1.230.971.85%MondayBTO
OPUS BANKOPB0.340.51-20.93%MondayBTO
BANK OF MARINBMRC1.020.84-2.15%MondayBTO
NETGEAR INCNTGR0.520.49-37.29%MondayBTO
PETMED EXPRESSPETS0.640.4513.64%MondayBTO
KONINKLIJKE PHLPHGN/A0.2N/AMondayBTO
BANK OF HAWAIIBOH1.31.054.07%MondayBTO
POPULAR INCBPOP0.970.9412.66%MondayBTO
CADENCE BANCORPCADE0.490.352.22%MondayBTO
COMMNTY BK SYSCBU0.810.7313.89%MondayBTO
LENNOX INTL INCLII3.562.834.63%MondayBTO
OLD NATL BCPONB0.260.2917.24%MondayBTO
SCORPIO BULKERSSALT0.03-0.18-166.67%MondayBTO
CAL-MAINE FOODSCALMN/A-0.5110.00%MondayBTO
ALPHABET INC-AGOOGL9.515.017.82%MondayAMC
CADENCE DESIGNCDNS0.230.2530.00%MondayAMC
WHIRLPOOL CORPWHR3.633.35-3.77%MondayAMC
ZIONS BANCORPZION0.920.7331.33%MondayAMC
AMER CAMPUS CTYACC0.530.53-1.59%MondayAMC
CRANE COCR1.351.173.15%MondayAMC
FB FINANCIAL CPFBK0.720.494.76%MondayAMC
NBT BANCORP INCNBTB0.620.490.00%MondayAMC
OWENS-ILLINOISOI0.750.751.72%MondayAMC
VALMONT INDSVMI1.942.014.47%MondayAMC
AGREE RLTY CORPADC0.710.670.00%MondayAMC
TD AMERITRADEAMTD0.790.441.39%MondayAMC
ENTERPRISE FINLEFSC0.860.56-2.33%MondayAMC
EQUITY LIFESTYLELS0.90.810.00%MondayAMC
FIRST BK HAM NJFRBA0.270.16-8.00%MondayAMC
HELIX EGY SOLUTHLX0.06-0.0466.67%MondayAMC
HOMESTREET INCHMST0.350.42-25.00%MondayAMC
HNI CORPHNI0.340.42233.33%MondayAMC
HEARTLAND FINCLHTLF0.910.81-12.64%MondayAMC
HEXCEL CORPHXL0.760.671.49%MondayAMC
KAISER ALUMINUMKALU1.581.476.67%MondayAMC
MOELIS & COMC0.570.66-7.14%MondayAMC
MERIT MEDICALMMSI0.40.366.90%MondayAMC
STEEL DYNAMICSSTLD1.490.635.49%MondayAMC
VERITEX HLDGSVBTX0.440.230.00%MondayAMC
VERACYTE INCVCYT-0.27-0.22-8.00%MondayAMC
WESBANCO INCWSBC0.730.68.57%MondayAMC
BROWN & BROWNBRO0.270.2513.79%MondayAMC
HEALTHSTREAMHSTM0.070.0883.33%MondayAMC
INDEP BANK GRPIBTX1.150.82-4.63%MondayAMC
RBB BANCORPRBBN/A0.62N/AMondayAMC
SIMMONS FIRST ASFNC0.580.4211.76%MondayAMC
WERNER ENTRPRSWERN0.50.322.70%MondayAMC
WSFS FINL CORPWSFS0.810.632.70%MondayAMC
OUTOKUMPO OYOUTKYN/A0.14N/ATuesdayN/A
TELEKOM AUSTRIATKAGYN/A0.44N/ATuesdayN/A
AVERY DENNISONAVY1.561.317.46%TuesdayBTO
HARLEY-DAVIDSONHOG1.411.4821.57%TuesdayBTO
KIMBERLY CLARKKMB1.61.490.00%TuesdayBTO
3M COMMM2.592.580.00%TuesdayBTO
BIOGEN INCBIIB5.265.042.02%TuesdayBTO
CENTENE CORPCNC1.761.5913.02%TuesdayBTO
QUEST DIAGNOSTCDGX1.751.550.00%TuesdayBTO
INTERPUBLIC GRPIPG0.430.27-25.00%TuesdayBTO
SHERWIN WILLIAMSHW5.594.5213.69%TuesdayBTO
UTD TECHS CORPUTX1.851.8517.22%TuesdayBTO
VERIZON COMMVZ1.140.965.41%TuesdayBTO
WATERS CORPWAT1.921.762.58%TuesdayBTO
IQVIA HOLDINGSIQV1.141.093.33%TuesdayBTO
LILLY ELI & COLLY1.311.1118.58%TuesdayBTO
LOCKHEED MARTINLMT3.893.2320.00%TuesdayBTO
PACCAR INCPCAR1.431.0610.69%TuesdayBTO
CONSTELLIUM NVCSTM0.30.160.00%TuesdayBTO
MEDIDATA SOLUTNMDSO0.190.1833.33%TuesdayBTO
PAC PREMIER BCPPPBI0.620.51-1.59%TuesdayBTO
NEOGENOMICS INCNEO0.030.020.00%TuesdayBTO
POLYONE CORPPOL0.720.634.62%TuesdayBTO
UBS GROUP AGUBSN/A0.31N/ATuesdayBTO
AVANGRID INCAGR0.480.46-1.27%TuesdayBTO
ALLEGHENY TECHATI0.360.0933.33%TuesdayBTO
AUDIOCODES LTDAUDC0.070.0683.33%TuesdayBTO
BANKUNITED INCBKU0.790.66.94%TuesdayBTO
CIT GROUPCIT0.970.9-22.92%TuesdayBTO
COMMVAULT SYSTMCVLT-0.02-0.06-57.14%TuesdayBTO
FLAGSTAR BANCPFBC0.840.7115.38%TuesdayBTO
FRANKLIN ELECFELE0.70.5818.42%TuesdayBTO
FNB CORPFNB0.270.230.00%TuesdayBTO
GRAPHIC PKG HLDGPK0.20.1511.76%TuesdayBTO
JETBLUE AIRWAYSJBLU0.360.6422.73%TuesdayBTO
LIBERTY PPTY TRLPT0.650.654.84%TuesdayBTO
NORSK HYDRO ADRNHYDYN/A0.1330.77%TuesdayBTO
PEOPL BNCP-OHIOPEBO0.610.53-6.67%TuesdayBTO
SYNOVUS FINL CPSNV0.880.610.26%TuesdayBTO
SENSATA TECHNOLST0.930.811.19%TuesdayBTO
TRANSUNIONTRU0.550.4315.22%TuesdayBTO
ASBURY AUTO GRPABG1.951.585.46%TuesdayBTO
NEW ORIENTAL EDEDUN/A0.35N/ATuesdayBTO
HUBBELL INCHUBB1.781.510.72%TuesdayBTO
PEABODY ENERGYBTU1.06-0.18-1.19%TuesdayBTO
UPM-KYMMENE ADRUPMKYN/A0.42N/ATuesdayBTO
WABTECHWAB0.940.82.22%TuesdayBTO
STRYKER CORPSYK1.731.535.00%TuesdayAMC
TOTAL SYS SVCTSS1.020.8217.02%TuesdayAMC
CHUBB LTDCB2.632.54.46%TuesdayAMC
EQUITY RESIDENTEQR0.80.77-1.28%TuesdayAMC
ROBT HALF INTLRHI0.850.649.59%TuesdayAMC
AT&T INCT0.850.79-2.30%TuesdayAMC
AMERIPRISE FINLAMP3.512.86.63%TuesdayAMC
TEXAS INSTRSTXN1.331.039.01%TuesdayAMC
COMPANHIA BRASLCBD0.150.4523.08%TuesdayAMC
CARLISLE COS INCSL1.661.678.60%TuesdayAMC
IDEX CORPIEX1.311.084.03%TuesdayAMC
SUPERIOR ENERGYSPN-0.22-0.412.86%TuesdayAMC
UMB FINL CORPUMBF1.130.911.32%TuesdayAMC
BERKLEY (WR) CPWRB0.820.6512.36%TuesdayAMC
ACADIA RLTY TRAKR0.330.37-2.94%TuesdayAMC
BRIGHT SCHL-ADRBEDUN/AN/AN/ATuesdayAMC
BLACKSTONE MRTGBXMT0.590.54-1.72%TuesdayAMC
CDN NATL RY COCNI1.051-1.25%TuesdayAMC
COSTAR GRP INCCSGP1.070.7723.08%TuesdayAMC
FIRST COMW FINLFCF0.260.210.00%TuesdayAMC
FLUSHING FINLFFIC0.480.46-17.78%TuesdayAMC
HAWAIIAN HLDGSHA1.261.5832.93%TuesdayAMC
HANMI FINL CPHAFC0.540.45-14.81%TuesdayAMC
HIGHWOODS PPTYSHIW0.860.93.66%TuesdayAMC
INPHI CORPIPHI-0.230.0914.71%TuesdayAMC
IROBOT CORPIRBT0.170.2732.00%TuesdayAMC
KNOWLES CORPKN0.090.06-33.33%TuesdayAMC
MANHATTAN ASOCMANH0.350.4723.08%TuesdayAMC
MKS INSTRUMENTSMKSI2.221.414.02%TuesdayAMC
NATIONAL BK HLDNBHC0.480.3330.56%TuesdayAMC
RENAISSANCERERNR3.012.7925.46%TuesdayAMC
SLM CORPSLM0.230.1612.50%TuesdayAMC
STERLING BANCPSTL0.480.330.00%TuesdayAMC
SPIRIT OF TX BCSTXB0.29N/AN/ATuesdayAMC
TERADYNE INCTER0.490.97.14%TuesdayAMC
UTD CMNTY BK/GAUCBI0.540.41-1.96%TuesdayAMC
CHEMICAL FINLCHFC0.950.755.43%TuesdayAMC
FCB FINL HLDGSFCB0.910.712.41%TuesdayAMC
FIRST MIDWST BKFMBI0.390.35-13.16%TuesdayAMC
HERSHA HOSPTLYHT0.660.77250.00%TuesdayAMC
NAVIENT CORPNAVI0.480.43-2.44%TuesdayAMC
BANK OF NT BUTRNTB0.890.673.85%TuesdayAMC
PS BUSINESS PKSPSB1.581.556.00%TuesdayAMC
RUSH ENTRPRS-ARUSHA0.720.5448.94%TuesdayAMC
TRUSTMARK CPTRMK0.550.478.00%TuesdayAMC
TRANSCAT INCTRNS0.170.1217.39%TuesdayAMC
WASTE CONNECTNWCN0.630.550.00%TuesdayAMC
SMARTFINANCIALSMBK0.360.2-2.86%TuesdayAMC
DEUTSCHE BK AGDBN/A0.08N/AWednesdayN/A
GLAXOSMITHKLINEGSK0.710.7-2.86%WednesdayN/A
TURKCELL IL-ADRTKCN/A0.23N/AWednesdayN/A
LONZA GROUP AGLZAGYN/AN/AN/AWednesdayN/A
SEMPRA ENERGYSRE1.161.1-14.37%WednesdayBTO
BOSTON SCIENTIFBSX0.340.326.45%WednesdayBTO
GENL DYNAMICSGD2.492.457.29%WednesdayBTO
COCA COLA COKO0.60.592.17%WednesdayBTO
PENTAIR PLCPNR0.6916.02%WednesdayBTO
TE CONNECT-LTDTEL1.371.244.41%WednesdayBTO
ANTHEM INCANTM4.193.3712.01%WednesdayBTO
SMITH (AO) CORPAOS0.620.533.45%WednesdayBTO
BOEING COBA3.482.5540.54%WednesdayBTO
DTE ENERGY CODTE0.931.071.06%WednesdayBTO
FREEPT MC COP-BFCX0.540.17-20.69%WednesdayBTO
FLIR SYSTEMSFLIR0.490.4211.63%WednesdayBTO
HESS CORPHES-0.32-1.4646.00%WednesdayBTO
LABORATORY CPLH2.922.475.30%WednesdayBTO
NASDAQ INCNDAQ1.161.025.08%WednesdayBTO
NEXTERA ENERGYNEE1.991.868.99%WednesdayBTO
ROCKWELL AUTOMTROK2.031.765.00%WednesdayBTO
THERMO FISHERTMO2.632.33.31%WednesdayBTO
T ROWE PRICETROW1.751.285.45%WednesdayBTO
UTD PARCEL SRVCUPS1.921.580.65%WednesdayBTO
WASTE MGMT-NEWWM1.010.8110.98%WednesdayBTO
AMER ELEC PWRAEP0.840.75-3.03%WednesdayBTO
AMPHENOL CORP-AAPH0.850.813.75%WednesdayBTO
CORNING INCGLW0.370.423.33%WednesdayBTO
GENERAL MOTORSGM1.881.8917.21%WednesdayBTO
HUNTINGTON BANCHBAN0.290.260.00%WednesdayBTO
HCA HOLDINGSHCA2.141.7512.56%WednesdayBTO
HILTON WW HLDGHLT0.70.527.84%WednesdayBTO
INGERSOLL RANDIR1.721.4912.90%WednesdayBTO
NORFOLK SOUTHRNNSC2.311.719.04%WednesdayBTO
NORTHROP GRUMMNNOC3.833.1515.98%WednesdayBTO
DANA INCDAN0.770.6813.64%WednesdayBTO
FIAT CHRYSLERFCAU0.910.7617.39%WednesdayBTO
TUPPERWARE BRNDTUP1.121.213.41%WednesdayBTO
BRINKS CO THEBCO0.750.648.33%WednesdayBTO
DASSAULT SY-ADRDASTY0.720.61-1.59%WednesdayBTO
EURONET WORLDWDEEFT1.261.01-2.94%WednesdayBTO
INTEGRA LIFESCIIART0.60.4518.37%WednesdayBTO
LITHIA MOTORSLAD2.982.28-13.75%WednesdayBTO
OWENS CORNINGOC1.441.2-16.67%WednesdayBTO
STEPAN COSCL1.371.32-6.16%WednesdayBTO
SILGAN HOLDINGSSLGN0.520.3516.67%WednesdayBTO
VODAFONE GP PLCVODN/AN/AN/AWednesdayBTO
WATSCO INCWSO2.52.070.00%WednesdayBTO
ATTUNITY LTDATTU-0.06-0.17120.00%WednesdayBTO
AVX CORPAVX0.180.190.00%WednesdayBTO
NATUS MEDICALBABY0.260.340.00%WednesdayBTO
CHECK PT SOFTWCHKP1.191.140.00%WednesdayBTO
CENTRAL PAC FINCPF0.470.39-2.04%WednesdayBTO
CONS PORTFOLIOCPSS0.150.17-36.84%WednesdayBTO
EVERCORE INCEVR1.41.0635.76%WednesdayBTO
FIRST BNCRP P RFBP0.140.1355.56%WednesdayBTO
FORRESTER RESHFORR0.290.34-233.33%WednesdayBTO
FIRSTSERVICE CPFSV0.540.5-10.71%WednesdayBTO
HESS MIDSTREAMHESM0.30.213.45%WednesdayBTO
M/I HOMES INCMHO0.930.73-7.04%WednesdayBTO
MARKETAXESS HLDMKTX1.0514.10%WednesdayBTO
MARINE PRODUCTSMPX0.210.1829.41%WednesdayBTO
NEXTERA EGY PTRNEP0.490.24202.50%WednesdayBTO
NEW YORK CMNTYNYCB0.20.220.00%WednesdayBTO
PROSPERITY BCSHPB1.150.99-6.14%WednesdayBTO
RYDER SYSR1.2913.41%WednesdayBTO
RPC INCRES0.290.2-14.29%WednesdayBTO
ROLLINS INCROL0.320.250.00%WednesdayBTO
SANTANDER CNSMRSC0.740.767.50%WednesdayBTO
SIX FLAGS ENTMTSIX0.930.596.33%WednesdayBTO
SILICON LAB INCSLAB0.590.5722.64%WednesdayBTO
STMICROELECTRONSTM0.30.173.70%WednesdayBTO
TENNANT COTNC0.510.680.00%WednesdayBTO
TRIVAGO NV ADSTRVG-0.07-0.01-250.00%WednesdayBTO
UNVL STAINLESSUSAP0.430.1721.74%WednesdayBTO
USG CORPUSG0.610.44-21.95%WednesdayBTO
WIX.COM LTDWIX-0.2-0.26-2.44%WednesdayBTO
BOK FINL CORPBOKF1.711.355.92%WednesdayBTO
GRUBHUB INCGRUB0.310.2262.96%WednesdayBTO
HERITAGE FIN CPHFWA0.440.39-6.82%WednesdayBTO
KEMET CORPKEM0.440.322.56%WednesdayBTO
LAKELAND FINLLKFN0.740.61.43%WednesdayBTO
LAMB WESTON HLDLW0.620.5113.75%WednesdayBTO
SIRIUS XM HLDGSSIRI0.060.0420.00%WednesdayBTO
POLARIS INDUSPII1.621.1621.84%WednesdayBTO
DUKE REALTY CPDRE0.330.323.33%WednesdayAMC
FORD MOTOR COF0.370.564.88%WednesdayAMC
MONDELEZ INTLMDLZ0.540.481.64%WednesdayAMC
UNIVL HLTH SVCSUHS2.391.94-5.41%WednesdayAMC
CITRIX SYS INCCTXS0.970.8334.12%WednesdayAMC
EQUIFAX INCEFX1.541.64.38%WednesdayAMC
TECHNIPFMC PLCFTI0.390.45-12.50%WednesdayAMC
MATTEL INCMAT-0.32-0.14-53.85%WednesdayAMC
MOHAWK INDS INCMHK3.913.720.00%WednesdayAMC
O REILLY AUTOORLY4.043.10.56%WednesdayAMC
PACKAGING CORPPKG1.971.521.31%WednesdayAMC
PAYPAL HOLDINGSPYPL0.410.369.76%WednesdayAMC
QUALCOMM INCQCOM0.580.721.82%WednesdayAMC
RAYMOND JAS FINRJF1.641.260.00%WednesdayAMC
TORCHMARK CORPTMK1.491.192.05%WednesdayAMC
VISA INC-AV1.080.869.90%WednesdayAMC
VARIAN MEDICALVAR11.048.49%WednesdayAMC
VERTEX PHARMVRTX0.40.192.86%WednesdayAMC
XILINX INCXLNX0.730.630.00%WednesdayAMC
ADV MICRO DEVAMD0.1-0.0133.33%WednesdayAMC
FACEBOOK INC-AFB1.751.3224.26%WednesdayAMC
F5 NETWORKS INCFFIV1.861.554.05%WednesdayAMC
GILEAD SCIENCESGILD1.452.51-16.97%WednesdayAMC
ALIGN TECH INCALGN1.090.8519.39%WednesdayAMC
AGNICO EAGLEAEM0.090.26-11.76%WednesdayAMC
BUENAVENTUR-ADRBVN0.280-38.89%WednesdayAMC
CORE LABS NVCLB0.590.520.00%WednesdayAMC
DDR CORPDDR0.470.613.04%WednesdayAMC
NEW GOLD INCNGD0.010.02-250.00%WednesdayAMC
QTS REALTY TRSTQTS0.550.639.68%WednesdayAMC
WASHINGTN PRIMEWPG0.370.45.41%WednesdayAMC
BARRICK GOLD CPABX0.130.220.00%WednesdayAMC
ALLEGIANT TRAVLALGT2.662.9414.00%WednesdayAMC
ASGN INCASGN1.050.7810.67%WednesdayAMC
COUSIN PROP INCCUZ0.150.160.00%WednesdayAMC
EMPIRE STATE REESRT0.230.255.26%WednesdayAMC
ETHAN ALLEN INTETH0.40.420.00%WednesdayAMC
FERRO CORPFOE0.430.372.86%WednesdayAMC
FIRST INDL RLTYFR0.40.390.00%WednesdayAMC
GOLDCORP INCGG0.080.12-27.27%WednesdayAMC
JOHN BEAN TECHJBT1.050.58-5.56%WednesdayAMC
RETAIL OPPURTUNROIC0.290.273.45%WednesdayAMC
UNIVEST CORP PAUVSP0.120.444.76%WednesdayAMC
AGNC INVESTMENTAGNC0.650.67-1.64%WednesdayAMC
ANIKA THERAPEUTANIK0.290.76-56.00%WednesdayAMC
APERGY CORPAPY0.31N/AN/AWednesdayAMC
AQUANTIA CORPAQ-0.06N/A0.00%WednesdayAMC
APOLLO COMMERCLARI0.410.46-7.32%WednesdayAMC
ATN INTL INCATNI-0.20.36-357.14%WednesdayAMC
AXT INCAXTI0.080.0516.67%WednesdayAMC
BRIDGEPOINT EDUBPI0.140.21-91.67%WednesdayAMC
BROOKLINE BCBRKL0.260.28.33%WednesdayAMC
CABOT MICROELECCCMP1.210.8113.33%WednesdayAMC
COEUR MININGCDE-0.05-0.01100.00%WednesdayAMC
CHEMED CORPCHE2.682.1514.77%WednesdayAMC
CORELOGIC INCCLGX0.720.6527.27%WednesdayAMC
CYBEROPTICSCYBE0.020.1533.33%WednesdayAMC
DOLBY LAB INC-ADLB0.690.753.08%WednesdayAMC
ENCOMPASS HLTHEHC0.830.7114.81%WednesdayAMC
EMPLOYERS HLDGSEIG0.560.676.00%WednesdayAMC
ENSCO PLCESV-0.33-0.1-28.00%WednesdayAMC
FIRST INTST MTFIBK0.740.59-1.45%WednesdayAMC
FRANKLIN FNL NWFSB0.640.6410.61%WednesdayAMC
HERITAGE-CRYSTLHCCI0.20.19-112.50%WednesdayAMC
KNIGHT-SWIFT TRKNX0.560.3510.00%WednesdayAMC
KRATON CORPKRA1.090.82-6.45%WednesdayAMC
KILROY REALTYKRC0.90.874.44%WednesdayAMC
LEGG MASON INCLM0.780.6622.86%WednesdayAMC
LAS VEGAS SANDSLVS0.790.7320.93%WednesdayAMC
MONOLITHIC PWRMPWR0.590.36-1.96%WednesdayAMC
MSA SAFETY INCMSA1.140.8521.69%WednesdayAMC
INGEVITY CORPNGVT0.990.7829.51%WednesdayAMC
SERVICENOW INCNOW-0.1-0.25300.00%WednesdayAMC
ORIGIN BANCORPOBNK0.45N/AN/AWednesdayAMC
OCEANEERING INTOII-0.260.02-24.24%WednesdayAMC
PCMI INCPCMI0.50.4420.00%WednesdayAMC
PEBBLEBROOK HTLPEB0.730.75-54.69%WednesdayAMC
QEP RESOURCESQEP-0.12-0.12-11.11%WednesdayAMC
SMART&FINAL STRSFS0.110.1227.27%WednesdayAMC
SJW CORPSJW0.720.680.00%WednesdayAMC
SLEEP NUMBER CPSNBR00.1-7.14%WednesdayAMC
SUNCOR ENERGYSU0.550.096.67%WednesdayAMC
INTERFACE INC ATILE0.420.334.17%WednesdayAMC
CVR PARTNERS LPUAN-0.24-0.03-30.77%WednesdayAMC
ATLANTIC CAP BCACBI0.280.1711.76%WednesdayAMC
AXIS CAP HLDGSAXS1.191.3120.66%WednesdayAMC
BANNER CORPBANR0.860.7817.11%WednesdayAMC
CURTISS WRIGHTCW1.281.1311.36%WednesdayAMC
FORWARD AIR CRPFWRD0.750.645.26%WednesdayAMC
GETTY REALTY CPGTY0.450.53-10.64%WednesdayAMC
INTRICON CORPIIN0.10.08400.00%WednesdayAMC
KIRBY CORPKEX0.710.488.06%WednesdayAMC
LANDSTAR SYSTEMLSTR1.520.890.74%WednesdayAMC
MARTIN MIDSTRMMMLP0.050.03-5.88%WednesdayAMC
MERITAGE HOMESMTH1.10.9844.59%WednesdayAMC
EXTENDED STAYSTAY0.340.3111.76%WednesdayAMC
SUN CMNTYS INCSUI1.050.960.00%WednesdayAMC
TRINITY INDS INTRN0.380.3336.36%WednesdayAMC
BIOTELEMETRYBEAT0.310.2356.00%WednesdayAMC
CVR REFINING LPCVRR0.7-0.13391.67%WednesdayAMC
ECHO GLOBAL LOGECHO0.310.1273.68%WednesdayAMC
GRACO INCGGG0.50.4617.07%WednesdayAMC
IMAX CORPIMAX0.180.08180.00%WednesdayAMC
METHANEX CORPMEOH1.70.85-2.40%WednesdayAMC
BRITISH AM TOBBTI1.85N/AN/AThursdayN/A
DAIMLER AGDDAIF1.882.516.97%ThursdayN/A
RELX NVRENXN/AN/AN/AThursdayN/A
METSO CORP -ADRMXCYYN/A0.07N/AThursdayN/A
RELX PLCRELXN/AN/AN/AThursdayN/A
SCOR ADRSCRYYN/A0.09N/AThursdayN/A
SMITH & NEPHEWSNN0.86N/AN/AThursdayN/A
SUBSEA 7 SASUBCY0.020.43-127.27%ThursdayN/A
TOTAL FINA SATOT1.550.97-2.68%ThursdayN/A
ALASKA AIR GRPALK1.622.5127.27%ThursdayBTO
AIR PRODS & CHEAPD1.841.651.79%ThursdayBTO
CELGENE CORPCELG1.861.68-9.55%ThursdayBTO
D R HORTON INCDHI1.080.765.81%ThursdayBTO
INVESCO LTDIVZ0.670.640.00%ThursdayBTO
PRAXAIR INCPX1.71.465.77%ThursdayBTO
AMER AIRLINESAAL1.591.921.35%ThursdayBTO
ALLERGAN PLCAGN4.124.0211.31%ThursdayBTO
ALLEGION PLCALLE1.211.11-4.76%ThursdayBTO
BRISTOL-MYERSBMY0.860.7410.59%ThursdayBTO
BORG WARNER INCBWA1.110.966.80%ThursdayBTO
COMCAST CORP ACMCSA0.610.525.08%ThursdayBTO
CME GROUP INCCME1.721.230.54%ThursdayBTO
EQT CORPEQT0.370.060.00%ThursdayBTO
HELMERICH&PAYNEHP0.03-0.180.00%ThursdayBTO
HERSHEY CO/THEHSY1.111.090.00%ThursdayBTO
INTL PAPERIP1.090.655.62%ThursdayBTO
KIMCO REALTY COKIM0.360.382.78%ThursdayBTO
SOUTHWEST AIRLUV1.251.240.00%ThursdayBTO
MASTERCARD INCMA1.531.119.05%ThursdayBTO
MCDONALDS CORPMCD1.931.737.19%ThursdayBTO
MCKESSON CORPMCK2.892.46-1.41%ThursdayBTO
MARSH &MCLENNANMMC1.1116.15%ThursdayBTO
ALTRIA GROUPMO1.010.852.15%ThursdayBTO
MARATHON PETROLMPC1.941.03-42.86%ThursdayBTO
NEWMONT MININGNEM0.240.466.06%ThursdayBTO
NIELSEN HOLDNGSNLSN0.590.49-43.18%ThursdayBTO
PG&E CORPPCG0.950.86-11.65%ThursdayBTO
PULTE GROUP ONCPHM0.740.4734.09%ThursdayBTO
S&P GLOBAL INCSPGI2.131.721.01%ThursdayBTO
UNDER ARMOUR-CUA-0.09-0.0322.22%ThursdayBTO
VALERO ENERGYVLO1.931.237.53%ThursdayBTO
XCEL ENERGY INCXEL0.470.4511.76%ThursdayBTO
XEROX CORPXRX0.920.87-2.86%ThursdayBTO
ALEXION PHARMAALXN1.491.3118.60%ThursdayBTO
BAXTER INTLBAX0.710.6312.90%ThursdayBTO
CMS ENERGYCMS0.350.334.88%ThursdayBTO
L3 TECHNOLOGIESLLL2.292.2117.59%ThursdayBTO
RAYTHEON CORTN2.321.984.76%ThursdayBTO
TRACTOR SUPPLYTSCO1.61.25-1.72%ThursdayBTO
ABIOMED INCABMD0.80.4525.00%ThursdayBTO
CONOCOPHILLIPSCOP1.020.1429.73%ThursdayBTO
LKQ CORPLKQ0.580.53-6.78%ThursdayBTO
ROPER TECHNOLGSROP2.72.244.82%ThursdayBTO
UNDER ARMOUR-AUAA-0.08-0.03100.00%ThursdayBTO
ADIENT PLCADNT1.62.52-2.12%ThursdayBTO
AXALTA COAT SYSAXTA0.360.3117.39%ThursdayBTO
CNH INDUSTRIALCNHI0.20.1975.00%ThursdayBTO
H&E EQUIP SVCSHEES0.460.2823.81%ThursdayBTO
DOCTOR REDDYSRDYN/A0.06N/AThursdayBTO
SKY PLC-ADRSKYAYN/AN/AN/AThursdayBTO
TELEFONICA S.A.TEFN/A0.16-27.59%ThursdayBTO
TELEF BRASIL SAVIV0.230.1612.00%ThursdayBTO
AARONS INCAAN0.770.68-14.74%ThursdayBTO
AMBEV-PR ADRABEV0.050.04-28.57%ThursdayBTO
BEMISBMS0.620.485.00%ThursdayBTO
ANHEUSER-BU ADRBUD1.050.95-7.59%ThursdayBTO
CORESITE REALTYCOR1.241.13.25%ThursdayBTO
CARTERS INCCRI0.540.7912.37%ThursdayBTO
EQT GP HOLDINGSEQGP0.250.2411.11%ThursdayBTO
LEIDOS HOLDINGSLDOS1.051.040.00%ThursdayBTO
NETSCOUT SYSTMSNTCT-0.10.01-7.41%ThursdayBTO
ORANGE-ADRORANN/AN/AN/AThursdayBTO
TAL EDUCATN-ADRTAL0.080.05100.00%ThursdayBTO
GENTHERM INCTHRM0.530.23-16.67%ThursdayBTO
TEMPUR SEALYTPX0.640.45-8.70%ThursdayBTO
ALLEGIANCE BCSHABTX0.620.4-6.56%ThursdayBTO
ARES COMMERCIALACRE0.330.2413.79%ThursdayBTO
ALTRA INDUS MOTAIMC0.660.578.20%ThursdayBTO
ALKERMES INCALKS-0.11-0.132100.00%ThursdayBTO
ARDAGH GROUP SAARD0.540.540.00%ThursdayBTO
AU OPTRONCS-ADRAUON/A0.34275.00%ThursdayBTO
ANIXTER INTLAXE1.411.36-14.07%ThursdayBTO
ASTRAZENECA PLCAZN0.310.8771.43%ThursdayBTO
BRUNSWICK CORPBC1.551.356.32%ThursdayBTO
CANON INC ADRCAJ0.610.5712.50%ThursdayBTO
CULLEN FROST BKCFR1.631.298.05%ThursdayBTO
CONNECTONE BCPCNOB0.530.420.00%ThursdayBTO
COLUMBIA BK SYSCOLB0.660.47-14.49%ThursdayBTO
CRESCENT PT EGYCPG0.090.0580.00%ThursdayBTO
CARBO CERAMICSCRR-0.53-0.93-29.69%ThursdayBTO
CENOVUS ENERGYCVE-0.010.27-269.23%ThursdayBTO
CALIF WATER SVCCWT0.340.39-225.00%ThursdayBTO
ENDURANCE INTLEIGI-0.04-0.2950.00%ThursdayBTO
EMCOR GROUP INCEME10.9510.59%ThursdayBTO
EQT MIDSTRM PTREQM1.381.2713.38%ThursdayBTO
FTI CONSULTINGFCN0.630.460.00%ThursdayBTO
FIRST MERCHANTSFRME0.750.575.71%ThursdayBTO
GASLOG PARTNERSGLOP0.350.4520.41%ThursdayBTO
GNC HOLDINGSGNC0.140.4120.00%ThursdayBTO
GROUP 1 AUTOGPI2.181.878.97%ThursdayBTO
MARINEMAX INCHZO0.810.5778.57%ThursdayBTO
INDEP BK MICHIBCP0.390.275.56%ThursdayBTO
KKR & CO INCKKR0.860.89121.05%ThursdayBTO
LAWSON PRODUCTSLAWS0.230.225.00%ThursdayBTO
LAZARD LTDLAZ0.870.9818.87%ThursdayBTO
LEAR CORPORATNLEA4.954.393.87%ThursdayBTO
MILACRON HLDGSMCRN0.480.462.56%ThursdayBTO
MARCUS CORPMCS0.520.36-2.78%ThursdayBTO
MOBILE MINI INCMINI0.340.24-2.94%ThursdayBTO
MONRO MUFFLERMNRO0.670.556.12%ThursdayBTO
MPLX LPMPLX0.570.2645.24%ThursdayBTO
MATERION CORPMTRN0.510.4215.91%ThursdayBTO
NOMURA HLDG-ADRNMRN/A0.14N/AThursdayBTO
NOKIA CP-ADR ANOK0.040.09-33.33%ThursdayBTO
NEW RESID INVNRZ0.541.035.45%ThursdayBTO
NOVOCURE LTDNVCR-0.15-0.24-76.92%ThursdayBTO
OAKTREE CAP GRPOAK0.531.7332.86%ThursdayBTO
PATRICK INDSPATK1.250.8527.66%ThursdayBTO
PRECISION DRILLPDS-0.11-0.090.00%ThursdayBTO
PROTO LABS INCPRLB0.630.456.45%ThursdayBTO
PATTERSON-UTIPTEN-0.04-0.21-77.78%ThursdayBTO
GIBRALTAR INDUSROCK0.550.43-3.70%ThursdayBTO
SPIRIT AIRLINESSAVE1.091.142.33%ThursdayBTO
SAFEGUARD SCTFCSFE-1.08-1.4347.37%ThursdayBTO
SUPERIOR UNIFRMSGC0.250.29-38.46%ThursdayBTO
STANDARD MOTORSMP0.830.81-30.30%ThursdayBTO
SPOTIFY TECH SASPOT-0.62N/A-206.06%ThursdayBTO
SUNCOKE ENERGYSXCP0.320.13-13.33%ThursdayBTO
TECK RESOURCESTECK0.840.73-3.77%ThursdayBTO
UTD BANKSHARESUBSI0.610.370.00%ThursdayBTO
UNITIL CORPUTL0.130.2313.98%ThursdayBTO
VALLEY NATL BCPVLY0.230.18-10.00%ThursdayBTO
WEST PHARM SVCWST0.650.51-3.12%ThursdayBTO
ALLIANCEBERNSTNAB0.580.498.96%ThursdayBTO
ALLY FINANCIALALLY0.710.583.03%ThursdayBTO
BANC OF CA INCBANC0.20.2183.33%ThursdayBTO
DUNKIN BRANDSDNKN0.740.6419.23%ThursdayBTO
DIANA SHIPPINGDSX-0.02-0.2666.67%ThursdayBTO
EQUINOR ASAEQNR0.420.412.50%ThursdayBTO
FIRST AMER FINLFAF1.240.989.23%ThursdayBTO
GRACE (WR) NEWGRA0.940.8415.49%ThursdayBTO
GREAT WSTRN BCPGWB0.740.59-1.43%ThursdayBTO
ICON PLCICLR1.481.310.71%ThursdayBTO
JAKKS PACIFICJAKK-0.5-0.66-46.67%ThursdayBTO
OLD DOMINION FLODFL1.811.192.31%ThursdayBTO
PENSKE AUTO GRPPAG1.421.2711.61%ThursdayBTO
RADIAN GRP INCRDN0.590.481.72%ThursdayBTO
ROYAL DTCH SH-ARDS.A1.390.883.23%ThursdayBTO
RELIANCE STEELRS2.711.414.43%ThursdayBTO
STATE BANK FINLSTBZ0.550.39-8.33%ThursdayBTO
LENDINGTREE INCTREE0.780.76-32.00%ThursdayBTO
VISTEON CORPVC1.521.3817.51%ThursdayBTO
VALERO EGY PTNRVLP0.660.695.88%ThursdayBTO
WORLD ACCEPTANCWRLD1.951.48-2.62%ThursdayBTO
WORLD WRESTLINGWWE0.160.0738.46%ThursdayBTO
YANDEX NV-AYNDX0.260.2-19.23%ThursdayBTO
ENTEGRIS INCENTG0.450.3411.90%ThursdayBTO
FIRSTCASH INCFCFS0.650.5220.00%ThursdayBTO
OCWEN FINL CORPOCNN/A-0.36106.06%ThursdayBTO
PENN NATL GAMNGPENN0.490.1823.08%ThursdayBTO
SAFETY INC&GROWSAFE0.2N/A-28.57%ThursdayBTO
SUNCOKE ENERGYSXC0.04-0.07333.33%ThursdayBTO
CINCINNATI FINLCINF0.540.64-12.20%ThursdayAMC
LAM RESEARCHLRCX4.973.119.86%ThursdayAMC
METTLER-TOLEDOMTD4.583.92-0.53%ThursdayAMC
PRINCIPAL FINLPFG1.381.313.70%ThursdayAMC
REPUBLIC SVCSRSG0.770.617.25%ThursdayAMC
AFLAC INCAFL0.980.928.25%ThursdayAMC
GALLAGHER ARTHUAJG0.621.030.66%ThursdayAMC
AMGEN INCAMGN3.523.277.43%ThursdayAMC
AMAZON.COM INCAMZN2.490.4168.03%ThursdayAMC
DIGITAL RLTY TRDLR1.611.541.90%ThursdayAMC
ELECTR ARTS INCEA-0.120.3614.14%ThursdayAMC
EDISON INTLEIX0.890.85-11.11%ThursdayAMC
EDWARDS LIFESCIEW1.131.0810.91%ThursdayAMC
FORTUNE BRD H&SFBHS1.030.92-5.08%ThursdayAMC
FORTIVE CORPFTV0.890.715.41%ThursdayAMC
JUNIPER NETWRKSJNPR0.280.49-37.50%ThursdayAMC
LEGGETT & PLATTLEG0.610.64-6.56%ThursdayAMC
NATL OILWELL VRNOV0.03-0.14-350.00%ThursdayAMC
STARBUCKS CORPSBUX0.60.550.00%ThursdayAMC
SVB FINL GPSIVB3.822.3215.97%ThursdayAMC
WESTERN DIGITALWDC3.22.6313.13%ThursdayAMC
CHIPOTLE MEXICNCMG2.782.3238.31%ThursdayAMC
DISCOVER FIN SVDFS1.881.42.82%ThursdayAMC
EASTMAN CHEM COEMN2.21.985.69%ThursdayAMC
EXPEDIA INCEXPE0.530.6628.87%ThursdayAMC
HARTFORD FIN SVHIG1.031.0417.59%ThursdayAMC
VERISIGN INCVRSN1.030.992.11%ThursdayAMC
INTEL CORPINTC0.990.7222.54%ThursdayAMC
META FINL GRPCASH0.851.25-11.14%ThursdayAMC
8X8 INCEGHT-0.1-0.01-120.00%ThursdayAMC
FLEX LTDFLEX0.170.21-116.67%ThursdayAMC
GAIN CAP HLDGSGCAP0.180.255.88%ThursdayAMC
HFF INC-AHF0.480.49-48.44%ThursdayAMC
SUPERVALU INCSVU0.460.63-20.78%ThursdayAMC
APTARGROUP INCATR1.011.016.45%ThursdayAMC
YAMANA GOLD INCAUY0.0300.00%ThursdayAMC
BOFI HLDG INCBOFI0.610.491.27%ThursdayAMC
CIRCOR INTLCIR0.490.3925.00%ThursdayAMC
FIRST SOLAR INCFSLR0.070.641660.00%ThursdayAMC
LOGMEIN INCLOGM0.980.84.30%ThursdayAMC
NCR CORP-NEWNCR0.630.827.27%ThursdayAMC
NEWPARK RESOURNR0.090.0214.29%ThursdayAMC
CORP OFFICE PTYOFC0.50.490.00%ThursdayAMC
ONESPAN INCOSPN0.090.0650.00%ThursdayAMC
REINSURANCE GRPRGA3.182.95-34.29%ThursdayAMC
SKYWEST INCSKYW1.230.9522.62%ThursdayAMC
BRIGHTCOVEBCOV-0.12-0.263.64%ThursdayAMC
BANCO SANTAN MXBSMX0.180.1811.76%ThursdayAMC
BYLINE BANCORPBY0.27-0.18-19.23%ThursdayAMC
BEAZER HOMESBZH0.380.23111.76%ThursdayAMC
CLOUD PEAK EGYCLD-0.12-0.04-25.00%ThursdayAMC
CLEARFIELD INCCLFD0.090.06100.00%ThursdayAMC
CHAMPIONS ONCLGCSBR-0.04-0.22N/AThursdayAMC
CUBESMARTCUBE0.410.390.00%ThursdayAMC
COVANTA HOLDINGCVA-0.09-0.2257.14%ThursdayAMC
COLUMBIA PPT TRCXP0.370.265.56%ThursdayAMC
CYPRESS SEMICONCY0.250.1335.29%ThursdayAMC
COMMNTY HLTH SYCYH-0.43-0.25150.00%ThursdayAMC
CYTOKINETCS INCCYTK-0.49-0.6-5.66%ThursdayAMC
DIME COMM BNCSHDCOM0.360.322.86%ThursdayAMC
DIGI INTL INCDGII0.040.080.00%ThursdayAMC
ELDORADO GOLDEGO00.01100.00%ThursdayAMC
EHEALTH INCEHTH-0.45-0.9271.67%ThursdayAMC
ELLIE MAE INCELLI0.20.52209.09%ThursdayAMC
ENOVA INTL INCENVA0.470.3550.00%ThursdayAMC
ERIE INDEMNITYERIE1.41.1210.53%ThursdayAMC
FAIR ISAAC INCFICO1.020.7811.34%ThursdayAMC
FEDERATED INVSTFII0.590.53-7.69%ThursdayAMC
FINANCIAL INSTFISI0.570.41.82%ThursdayAMC
GREEN BANCORPGNBC0.440.35-33.33%ThursdayAMC
HARVARD BIOSCIHBIO0.040.010.00%ThursdayAMC
HILLTOP HLDGSHTH0.410.63-21.88%ThursdayAMC
IMPERVA INCIMPV-0.71-0.120.00%ThursdayAMC
WORLD FUEL SVCSINT0.450.50.00%ThursdayAMC
INVESTORS BANCPISBC0.190.145.26%ThursdayAMC
LUTHER BURBANKLBC0.2N/A11.11%ThursdayAMC
LEMAITRE VASCLRLMAT0.430.23-5.00%ThursdayAMC
LPL FINL HLDGSLPLA1.210.7446.38%ThursdayAMC
LATTICE SEMICONLSCC0.04-0.03-66.67%ThursdayAMC
LIVE NATION ENTLYV0.20.2917.24%ThursdayAMC
MATTHEWS INTL-AMATW1.141.054.49%ThursdayAMC
MITEK SYSTEMSMITK-0.020.04200.00%ThursdayAMC
MAXIM INTG PDTSMXIM0.70.635.80%ThursdayAMC
NATL INSTRS CPNATI0.250.190.00%ThursdayAMC
NEVSUN RESOURCSNSU0.03-0.15-150.00%ThursdayAMC
OMNICELL INCOMCL0.250.02500.00%ThursdayAMC
ORCHID ISLANDORCN/A-0.2618.60%ThursdayAMC
PROOFPOINT INCPFPT-0.36-0.3978.13%ThursdayAMC
POWER INTGRATIOPOWI0.50.5124.39%ThursdayAMC
PROS HOLDINGSPRO-0.34-0.35-8.82%ThursdayAMC
PEOPLES UTAH BCPUB0.520.352.08%ThursdayAMC
RETROPHIN INCRTRX-0.4-0.3423.33%ThursdayAMC
SPS COMMERCESPSC0.20.1520.00%ThursdayAMC
DEL TACO RSTRNTTACO0.140.13-20.00%ThursdayAMC
BANCORP BNK/THETBBK0.150.1119.05%ThursdayAMC
ATLASSIAN CP-ATEAM0-0.0366.67%ThursdayAMC
TYLER TECH INCTYL0.920.86-2.22%ThursdayAMC
ULTRA CLEAN HLDUCTT0.570.6215.00%ThursdayAMC
UNIVL TRUCKLOADULH0.330.113.04%ThursdayAMC
USA TRUCK INCUSAK0.27-0.3427.27%ThursdayAMC
VOCERA COMM INCVCRA-0.14-0.2140.00%ThursdayAMC
VIAD CORPVVI1.121.227.55%ThursdayAMC
WASHINGTON REITWRE0.470.480.00%ThursdayAMC
BJ'S RESTAURANTBJRI0.630.4924.07%ThursdayAMC
BOYD GAMING CPBYD0.330.2614.71%ThursdayAMC
COLUMBIA SPORTSCOLM-0.1-0.1730.51%ThursdayAMC
FIRST HAWAIIANFHB0.490.412.08%ThursdayAMC
HOULIHAN LOKEYHLI0.610.512.07%ThursdayAMC
MIDLAND STATESMSBI0.550.5115.56%ThursdayAMC
OCEANFIRST FINLOCFC0.460.418.42%ThursdayAMC
SEACOAST BKNG ASBCF0.420.292.56%ThursdayAMC
SEATTLE GENETICSGEN-0.34-0.39-52.50%ThursdayAMC
TIMKENSTEEL CPTMST0.320.03-157.14%ThursdayAMC
DMC GLOBAL INCBOOM0.420.04122.73%ThursdayAMC
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<![CDATA[3 Casino Stocks to Buy Now]]> Perhaps it is because trading stocks can often mirror the thrill of winning big at the blackjack tables, or maybe it is because Las Vegas conjures images of the world’s most flashy brands and businessmen. Regardless of the reason, it is clear that gambling stocks are always among the most popular on Wall Street.

Luckily for investors, now is also an interesting time to be buying gambling stocks, as continued Vegas strength, legalized sports gambling coming to the U.S., and an overall international interest in gaming has created some interesting buying opportunity.

Of course, no industries are without risk, and recently, some casino giants have been selling off as gambling data has hinted at a potential slowdown in Macau after an extended recovery in the world's top gaming hotspot.

Still, we can use Zacks’ proven stock-picking methods to find solid stocks in any industry. Check out these casino stocks today:

1. Penn National Gaming, Inc. (PENN)

Penn National Gaming is an operator of a number of casino and gambling properties in North America, specifically located in smaller markets and non-Vegas gambling hotspots. Recently, analysts at Morgan Stanley called the Supreme Court gambling verdict as a “slight positive for regional gaming stocks” and named PENN as one that could benefit the most.

Penn National is also currently holding a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy). The stock has also been one of the hottest gaming picks on Wall Street recently, surging more than 19% in the past three months and nearly 71% in the last year. Still, with new growth catalysts ahead, PENN could very well break higher.

 

2. Red Rock Resorts, Inc. (RRR)

Based in Las Vegas, Red Rock Resorts operates 22 casino and entertainment properties throughout the country. The company is also leader in the Native American gambling industry, managing such facilities in California and Michigan. In other words, RRR gives investors exposure to traditional gaming hubs and budding growth markets.

RRR is sporting a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy), as well as a “B” grade for Growth and an “A” grade for Momentum in our Style Scores system. Earnings growth is projected to hit a staggering 112% this year, and the stock has soared nearly 18% in the past three months. RRR could keep surging higher, as its EPS estimates have added 10% recently, signaling bullish analyst sentiment.

 

3. Boyd Gaming Corporation (BYD)

Also based in Vegas, Boyd Gaming is an owner and operator of 24 gaming properties in seven states. Investors will hope that these strategically-located facilities can position the company to capitalize on legalized sports gambling in the near future, and with the stock sporting a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy) right now, this stock could already be surging soon. Also, Boyd is expected to improve its EPS figures by 28% in 2018.

 

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<![CDATA[Leisure and Recreation Products Industry Outlook]]> The Leisure and Recreation Products industry, representing companies providing recreational services such as swimming pools, golf courses, boats, outdoor spaces etc., primarily thrives on consumer spending. The industry is expected to gain in the near term, especially on a steady rise in wages, lower unemployment and upbeat consumer confidence. The Trump administration’s business-friendly policies such as tax cuts and repealing of regulations are other tailwinds.

Per the last reported numbers by the Bureau of Economic Analysis, the index measuring the average of real GDP and real GDI increased 2.8% in the first quarter, compared with an increase of 2% in the fourth quarter. This marked the economy’s strongest stretch of growth since the expansion started in mid-2009. Also, per a recent report by Trading Economics from the University of Michigan, consumer spending index in the next two quarters is expected to rise to 122.1 and 122.4, respectively.

Moreover, consumer demand for recreation is robust and is expected to continue as the Federal Reserve expects economic growth of 2.8% for 2018, highlighting an increase of 0.1 percentage point from the estimates issued in March. The Fed also expects the rate of unemployment rate at 3.6% for 2018.

According to a report by Statista, revenues at the sports and outdoor space are expected to see a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 9.9% from 2018 to 2022. User penetration, which is currently at 8.7%, is anticipated to touch 10.4% in 2022.

All these indicate that the industry stands to enjoy lucrative gains, going forward.

Industry Exceeds Shareholder Returns

The positive demand outlook for leisure products is evident from the industry’s exponential growth. The Zacks Leisure and Recreation Products Industry, being a 15-stock group within the broader Zacks Consumer Discretionary Sector, has outperformed the S&P 500 and its sector over the past year.

While stocks in this industry have collectively gained 24.5% over the past year, the Zacks S&P 500 Composite and the Zacks Consumer Discretionary Sector have rallied 14.3% and 10.5% respectively.

                          One Year Price Performance

Valuation

One might get a good sense of the industry’s relative valuation by looking at its price-to-earnings ratio (P/E), which essentially shows how much an investor is willing to pay for each unit of earnings. Typically, a lower P/E ratio is better, though the interpretation is not so simple for cyclical industries, like this one.

Valuation of the leisure product space looks rational when compared with the market at large, as the forward 12-month P/E ratio for the S&P 500 is 18.3X while the industry is currently trading at 17.8X forward 12-month earnings estimates. However, industry’s valuation looks fairly valued when compared with its own range. The industry’s current forward 12-month P/E ratio is same as its median level scaled over the past year. When compared with the one-year high of 22.8X, there is apparently plenty of upside potential left.

                      Forward Price To Earnings Ratio Compared With S&P

Comparison with the broader sector also ensures that the group is trading at a decent discount as the consumer discretionary sector is currently trading at 22.4X.
 

                         Forward Price To Earnings Ratio Compared With Sector

Outperformance May Continue on Solid Earnings Outlook

We have seen that robust demand for leisure and recreational products and increased consumer spending have positioned the industry on the growth trajectory. Increased health awareness among the general public is expected to drive demand for sport products. However, what really matters to investors is whether this group has the potential to perform better than the broader market in the quarters ahead. While the above valuation and price performance shows that there is a solid value driven path ahead, one should look and see if there are convincing reasons to predict a rebound in the near term.

One could get a good sense of a company’s earnings outlook by comparing the consensus earnings expectation for the current financial year with the last year’s reported number, but an effective measure could be the magnitude and direction of the recent change in earnings estimates.

The Price & Consensus chart for the industry shows the market's evolving bottom-up earnings expectations for the industry and the industry's aggregate stock market performance. The red line in the chart represents the Zacks measure of consensus earnings expectations for 2019, while the light blue line shows the same for 2018.

                    Price and Consensus: Leisure and Recreation Product Industry


 

This becomes even clearer by focusing on the aggregate bottom-up EPS revisions trend. The chart below shows the evolution of aggregate consensus expectations for 2018.

Please note that the $2.67 EPS estimate for the industry for 2018 is not the actual bottom-up dollar EPS estimate for every company in the Zacks Leisure and Recreation Product industry, but rather an illustrative aggregate number created by our proprietary analytics model. The key factor to keep in mind is not the earnings per share of the industry for 2018, but how this number has evolved recently. 

                     Current Fiscal Year EPS Estimate Revision


 

As you can see here, the EPS estimate for 2018 is up from $2.65 at the end of June 2018 and $2.35 at the end of last September. In other words, the sell-side analysts covering the companies in this Zacks industry have been steadily raising their estimates.
 

Zacks Industry Rank Indicates Solid Prospects

The group’s Zacks Industry Rank, which is basically the average of the Zacks Rank of all the member stocks, indicates outperformance in the near term.

The Zacks Leisure and Recreation Products industry currently carries a Zacks Industry Rank #29, which places it at the top 11% of more than 250 Zacks industries. Our research shows that the top 50% of the Zacks-ranked industries outperforms the bottom 50% by a factor of more than 2 to 1.

Our proprietary Heat Map shows that the industry’s rank has continually remained in the top 50% over the past few weeks.


 

Industry Promises Long-Term Growth

The long-term EPS (3-5 years) growth prospects for the industry look appealing when compared with the broader Zacks S&P 500 composite. The group’s mean estimate of long-term EPS growth rate has been increasing since May 2018 to reach the current level of 15.2%. This compares to 9.8% for the Zacks S&P 500 composite.
 

                    Mean Estimate of Long-Term EPS Growth Rate


 

In fact, the basis of this long-term EPS growth could be a steady top line that the Zacks Leisure and Recreation Product industry has shown since 2016.


 

Bottom Line

Despite increasing anxiety over the negative impact of the imposition of tariffs, U.S. consumers have enough reasons to look for leisure products. Per a recent report by Bloomberg, a survey revealed that 38% of respondents have shown clear signs of apprehension regarding the impact of levies. However, they still expect income gains of 2.4% in July, almost on par with the June gains. Such strong sentiments along with easing gasoline prices should continue to encourage consumer spending throughout 2018. Moreover, since personal income is rising modestly and not showing substantial improvement, households have enough additional funds to spend on soft leisure goods but not enough to invest in big things.

Therefore, investors could take advantage of the attractive valuation and bet on a few leisure product stocks with a strong earnings outlook.

Below are four stocks with positive earnings estimate revisions and a bullish Zacks Rank.

Johnson Outdoors Inc. (JOUT) is a leading global outdoor recreation company and flaunts a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy). Earnings estimates for the current year have increased 2.5% over the past two months to $4.05. This suggests that earnings per share will grow 31.5% year over year in 2018. The company’s shares have returned 71.5% over the past year. You can see see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here

                          Price and Consensus: JOUT


 

The developer and manufacturer of sports boats, Malibu Boats, Inc. (MBUU), has a Zacks Rank #1. The company’s shares have gained 33.1% in the past year. Earnings estimates for the current year have moved up 1.7% over the past two months to $2.44, suggesting an increase of 56.4% from the prior year.

                          Price and Consensus: MBUU

The global power sports leader, Polaris Industries Inc. (PII) flaunts a Zacks Rank #1 and its shares have returned 30.3% in the past year. Earnings estimates for the current year have increased 6.5% over the past two months to $6.54, suggesting an increase of 34.9% from the prior year.

                    Price and Consensus: PII


 

Pool Corporation (POOL), a swimming pool maker, carries a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy) and its shares have gained 52.6% in the past year. Earnings estimates for 2018 have been revised upward by 0.2% over the past 60 days to $5.53, reflecting 38.6% growth from 2017.
 

                       Price and Consensus: POOL


 

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<![CDATA[3 Secrets to Huge Profits this Earnings Season]]> The best mornings are the ones where you wake up to a positive earnings surprise and big profits.

The worst mornings are the ones where you wake up to an earnings miss and heavy losses.

It's mid-Summer and with earnings season kicking into full gear there are few things that can move a stock faster, up or down, than an earnings report.

This is especially true now given the stock market is reaching critical technical levels. The NASDAQ and the Russell 2000 Small Cap indexes are pushing on through all-time highs. These new highs have to be justified by earnings. If we don't get the positive moves in earnings, then the market could retreat.

Any stocks unfortunate enough to hiccup this earnings season will be severely punished. This will lead to devastating losses for those unlucky shareholders. However, the owners of stocks with positive surprises will be richly rewarded. So now is the perfect time to align your portfolio to profit in the month ahead.

You should already know Zacks Investment Research specializes in the coverage of corporate earnings. And more importantly, how to profit from this information. So, today I'm going to share with you 3 proven strategies to profit from earnings announcements.

(Hint: Be sure to read to the end as the 3rd strategy is by far the most profitable.)


Strategy 1: Four Leading Indicators of Positive Earnings Surprises

The most obvious strategy is the reason we are all here. The 4 leading indicators I refer to are the 4 factors of the Zacks Rank. Before you skip this section, let me share some information that you may not have known.

In the mid-1970s Len Zacks took his mathematical skills to Wall Street where his job was to discover stock picking strategies that would beat the market. He had a simple theory that was the precursor to what became the Zacks Rank.

Len focused his research on finding stocks that were more likely to have a positive earnings surprise and jump on the news. The journey led him to what we know as the 4 factors of the Zacks Rank. Each individually increases the odds of owning stocks that will enjoy a positive earnings surprise.

However, when you combine them together inside the Zacks Rank it becomes an almost obscene advantage for investors.

More . . .


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2 Stocks to Buy Monday BEFORE They Report Earnings

In the coming week, 834 companies are set to report earnings. What if you could know in advance which few look to rock Wall Street and pop in price?

Now you can. Zacks' proprietary formula predicts positive earnings surprises with previously unthinkable 80.25% accuracy. Investors following its picks have recently harvested double-digit gains in as little as 1 day.

One new stock was just posted Friday and another is coming Monday morning. Companies on our select list will be reporting as soon as Monday, after market close. You can get in on them before they report, but access is limited and this opportunity ends midnight Sunday, July 22.

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Strategy 2: Stop the Bleeding

This second strategy is simple, yet hard for most investors to do. So, I'm going to repeat it again and again...until I wear out the words!

Sell All Companies with a Negative Earnings Surprise!

Yes. Immediately. Do Not Pass Go. Do Not Collect $200. Sell! Even after it falls at the open. Even if it is for a substantial loss. Why? Better to take a 5-10% loss in the short run than a 20% to 40% loss in the long run.

Keep in mind how earnings estimates are created. Both company executives and brokerage analysts do their best to create conservative estimates that the company should easily beat. It's all about lowering the bar. So when a company falls short of those watered-down estimates it points to one of two serious problems:

• Industry conditions have deteriorated and thus they missed their forecasts. This problem most likely will not correct itself in the near-term, leading to further disappointment.

• Management is incompetent. Meaning that they are clueless when it comes to estimating their own earnings. Or growth strategies are simply ineffective.

Either reason is enough cause to abandon the stock immediately and move on to greener pastures.


Strategy 3: Harness Real "Earnings Whispers"

Consider the following chain of logic:

• Wall Street analysts create earnings estimates.

• These analysts are highly motivated to create conservative estimates that can easily be beat. Why? If they have a Buy rating on a stock, and the estimates are too high, then the stock is more likely to disappoint. This would send the stock price lower and the performance on their stock ratings would be poor (leading to lower compensation for the analysts).

• The closer to earnings season we get, the more accurate the information the analyst has at their disposal to put into the estimate since there is less time left to estimate performance.

Add it all up and there is no good reason for an analyst to increase estimates close to the date of the earnings report unless they had a DARN GOOD REASON. Focusing on those estimates closest to the earnings announcement is where we've found the "whisper that becomes a scream" ...a clear indication from the analyst community of stocks more likely to beat earnings by a wide margin. And most importantly, rise on that news.


Where to Find These Earnings Whisper Stocks?

I can't share all the details of our proprietary formula with you, but our system relies on two very under-used signals coming from the brokerage analyst community. These two whispers are then layered on top of other time-tested elements such as the Zacks Rank and Zacks Industry Rank to find only the best stocks in the best industries to profit from each earnings season.

If you would like to receive our precise whisper trading signals, then go ahead and check out the portfolio I am directing called Zacks Surprise Trader.

This is the time to do it. From 834 companies scheduled to report earnings this coming week, "Positive Surprise" signals are flashing for a select handful. Here's the timeline:

• Deadline to get into the portfolio is midnight Sunday, July 22.

• One new surprise stock was posted just this Friday and another will be revealed Monday morning so you can be among the first to take advantage.

• Companies on our recommendation list will start reporting as soon as Monday, after market close.

So it's worth looking into this right now. Remember, our signals have been right 80.25% of the time -- a rate that was once unimaginable. This has led to double-digit gains in as little as 1 day.

Don't miss the chance to beat Wall Street to the punch and make the most of these potential price pops.

As a bonus, you're invited to download our "Early Warning Alert" report free. It reveals Stocks to Sell Before They Report Earnings in the Coming Week. Our strategy works both ways, and you can use this report to avoid companies that are likely to report the worst negative surprises next week, July 23-27.

Please be advised that we can't let too many share these recommendations -- both positive and negative -- and must close the door to new investors by midnight this Sunday, July 22.

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Wishing you great financial success,

Dave

Dave Bartosiak is Zacks' resident earnings surprise and momentum expert. He selects stocks and delivers daily commentary for our Surprise Trader portfolio.


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<![CDATA[Here's Why You Should Snap Up G-III Apparel (GIII) Right Now]]> Shares of G-III Apparel Group, Ltd. GIII have not only rallied in the past three months but have also outperformed the industry and the overall sector. Notably, this Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) stock has gained 35%, outperforming the industry’s rise of 14.4% and the overall sector’s increase of 7%.

The upside has been primarily attributable to the company’s focus on acquisitions and partnerships along with its international expansion efforts. Further, the growing DKNY and Donna Karan brands are encouraging.

Let’s look at the factors driving the stock.

Growth Strategy

The company is taking several strategies to expand its product portfolio and make itself a diversified apparel and accessories company. In February 2016, the company extended its relationship with Tommy Hilfiger via a new license for womenswear including sportswear, suit separates, dresses, performance wear and denim apart from other licenses for Tommy Hilfiger dresses, men’s and women’s outerwear and luggage. Further, in December 2016, the company acquired DKI, the owner of DKNY and Donna Karan.

 

Apart from these, the company is focusing on partnerships. In August 2017, G-III Apparel partnered with Amlon Capital B.V. to produce and market women’s and men’s apparel as well as accessories under a long-term license for DKNY and Donna Karan in the People’s Republic of China, including Macau, Hong Kong and Taiwan. In May 2017, the company announced a multi-year license agreement with PVH Corp. Per the deal, PVH will design and distribute menswear for the DKNY brand in the United States and Canada.

International Strides

The company is leaving no stone unturned to drive its top line. It is putting effort to expand its business globally as well. In this regard, we note that the company has extended its reach internationally by opening two new stores in Europe, one in the Netherlands and one in Spain. Management has also expressed plans to open six more stores in Mainland China and two in the Middle East.

The company has also signed a licensing agreement with Giada to produce made in Italy premium denims. These denims are likely to be launched in 2019 spring through premier departments and specialty stores in Europe, North America, the Middle East, Africa, Japan and Korea.

Growing DKNY and Donna Karan Business

Management is optimistic about DKNY and Donna Karan brands’ performance as net sales in the categories doubled in the last reported quarter. The company is highly encouraged about the new rollouts of DKNY dresses and DKNY luggage in 200 Macy’s stores, which diversifies the brand into a lifestyle category. Per management, the company now generates significant portion of its revenues from licensing of the DKNY and Donna Karan brands.

Some prominent licensees include PVH, Estée Lauder, Hanes brand, Fossil and Luxottica. Management is looking forward to improve profits and margin of business through licensing. PVH, a DKNY men's sportswear licensee, launched the men's collection at 150 Macy's outlets. Management expressed plans to continue investing in marketing and distribution partnerships.

3 Other Stocks Hogging the Limelight

Lululemon Athletica Inc. LULU has a long-term earnings growth rate of 14.3% and sports a Zacks Rank #1. You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.

Under Armour, Inc. UAA has a long-term earnings growth rate of 20.7% and carries a Zacks Rank #1.

Guess', Inc. GES has a long-term earnings growth rate of 15% and carries a Zacks Rank #1.

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Here's another stock idea to consider. Much like petroleum 150 years ago, lithium power may soon shake the world, creating millionaires and reshaping geo-politics. Soon electric vehicles (EVs) may be cheaper than gas guzzlers. Some are already reaching 265 miles on a single charge.

With battery prices plummeting and charging stations set to multiply, one company stands out as the #1 stock to buy according to Zacks research.

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<![CDATA[Baker Hughes (BHGE) Q2 Earnings Miss, Orders Increase Y/Y]]> Baker Hughes, a GE company BHGE reported second-quarter 2018 adjusted earnings of 10 cents per share, missing the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 13 cents owing to a drop in volumes of contractual activities and Subsea Services. This was partially negated by increased pressure pumping activities and contributions from Inspection Technologies.  

However, revenues of $5,548 million marginally beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $5,547 million and also improved the year-ago $3,015 million.

Segmental Performance

Revenues from the Oilfield Services unit were recorded at $2,884 million, up 14% from the year-ago sales of $2,529 million.

Operating income at the business segment came in at $189 million, up from $26 million in second-quarter 2017.

Higher activities related to pressure pumping, artificial lift and completions & drilling primarily aided the segment.

The Oilfield Equipment unit reported revenues of $617 million, down 9% from the prior-year quarter of $681 million.

Moreover, the segment reported loss of $12 million against a profit of $17 million in the April-to-June quarter of 2017, thanks to dip in business volumes related to Subsea Services and Drilling Systems.

Revenues from the Turbomachinery & Process Solutions unit declined to $1,385 million from $1,586 million in the year-ago quarter.

Moreover, segmental income slipped to $113 million from $122 million in the second quarter of 2017 owing to fall in volumes of contractual activities.

The Digital Solutions reported revenues of $662 million, up 7% from $620 million a year ago.

Operating profit from the business segment totaled $96 million, up 56% from the year-ago level of $62 million. Higher contributions from businesses associated with Inspection Technologies supported the segmental performances.

Orders

Total orders from the all business segments through second-quarter 2018 came in at roughly $6 billion, up 9% year over year. Oilfield Services and Oilfield Equipment business units contributed to roughly $2.9 billion and $1 billion orders, respectively.

Outlook

The company foresees higher activities in the several international markets. Baker Hughes also expects higher growth in the coming quarters which will likely be backed by rising rig count and operating wells in North America.

Balance Sheet

Baker Hughes’ capital expenditure in the second quarter grossed $161 million. As of Jun 30, 2018, the company had approximately $4.9 billion in cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash and $6.3 billion in long-term debt, representing a debt-to-capitalization ratio of 16.7%.

Baker Hughes, a GE company Price, Consensus and EPS Surprise

Baker Hughes, a GE company Price, Consensus and EPS Surprise | Baker Hughes, a GE company Quote

Zacks Rank & Stocks to Consider

Baker Hughes carries a Zacks Rank #4 (Sell). However, better-ranked players in the energy space include Continental Resources, Inc. CLR, Murphy Oil Corporation MUR and Marathon Oil Corporation MRO. While Marathon Oil has a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy), Continental Resources and Murphy Oil sport a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.

Continental Resources’ earnings beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate in the last three quarters, the average positive surprise being 80.5%.

Murphy Oil’s bottom line surpassed the consensus mark in each of the last four quarters, the average positive earnings surprise being 102.5%.

We expect Marathon Oil to witness year-over-year earnings growth of 336.8% in 2018.

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<![CDATA[General Electric (GE) Q2 Earnings Beat, Down on Weak Margins]]> General Electric Company GE reported better-than-expected results in second-quarter 2018, delivering a positive earnings surprise of 5.6%. This was the company’s second consecutive quarter of recording an earnings beat. The first-quarter earnings surprise was a positive 45.45%.

This industrial conglomerate’s adjusted earnings in the reported quarter were 19 cents per share, surpassing the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 18 cents. However, the bottom line reflected 10% decline from the year-ago tally of 21 cents, due to weak margins in the quarter under review.

Revenues Improve on Industrial Segment

In the quarter under review, General Electric’s consolidated revenues totaled $30,104 million, increasing 3% year over year. The improvement came on the back of rise in Industrial revenues, partially offset by the poor performance of GE Capital. Also, the top line surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $29,823 million by 0.9%.

On a segmental basis, the company’s Industrial revenues increased 4% year over year to $28,657 million. The segment’s organic revenues declined 6% over the year-ago quarter to $25,242 million.

Performance of the Industrial segment’s components businesses are discussed below:

Oil & Gas revenues increased 85% year over year to $5,554 million, due to improved benefits secured from Baker Hughes, a GE company BHGE. Synergistic gains from Baker Hughes in the reported quarter amounted to $189 million ($700 million anticipated in 2018).

Aviation revenues grew 13% to $7,519 million on the back of 29% growth in orders, driven by growing popularity of LEAP engines and key GEnx wins. Healthcare revenues in the reported quarter totaled $4,978 million, increasing 6% on the back of 9% sales growth in emerging markets and 5% increase in sales generated from developed markets.

However, revenues from the Lighting segment were down 9% year over year to $431 million while its orders declined 28%. Renewable Energy revenues declined 29% to $1,653 million and its orders were fell 15% year over year.

Transportation revenues declined 13% year over year to $942 million while its orders grew 42% year over year on higher locomotive orders from North America. Power segment revenues were down 19% year over year to $7,579 million while orders declined 26% year over year.

GE Capital’s revenues in the reported quarter totaled $2,429 million, down 1% year over year.

Margins Suffer

In the quarter under review, the Industrial segment’s adjusted operating profit decreased 11% year over year to $2,917 million while margins fell 160 basis points year over year. Results suffered from a decline in Power (down 58%), Renewable Energy (down 48%) and Transportation (down 15%), partially offset by an improvement in profits in Oil & Gas (up 85%), Aviation (up 7%), Healthcare (up 12%) and Lighting (up 41%).

The company is following stringent cost-cutting and simplification initiatives, reducing Industrial structural costs by $322 million in the reported quarter and roughly $1.1 billion in the first half of 2018. The company remains on track to reduce Industrial structural costs in excess of $2 billion in 2018.

The GE Capital segment generated loss of $273 million versus $324 million in the year-ago quarter.

Balance Sheet and Cash Flow

Exiting the second quarter of 2018, General Electric had cash and cash equivalents of $64.3 billion, down from $69.3 billion recorded at the end of the previous quarter.

Adjusted free cash flow from GE Industrial totaled $258 million, down 30% from $369 million generated in the year-ago quarter.

Outlook

In second-quarter 2018, General Electric communicated plans to transform itself into a high-tech industrial company — focused on Aviation, Power and Renewable Energy. It will separate GE Healthcare and turn it into a stand-alone company while exiting oil and gas businesses by disposing of its 62.5% interest stake in Baker Hughes. Beside these, GE Transportation will be sold to Wabtec Corp. and efforts are on track to shrink exposure in GE Capital business.

The company reiterated its guidance for 2018, with adjusted earnings per share of $1.00-$1.07, with momentum in Aviation and Healthcare, and persistent challenges in the Power segment. Adjusted Industrial free cash flow is predicted to be roughly $6 billion.

General Electric Company Price, Consensus and EPS Surprise
 

General Electric Company Price, Consensus and EPS Surprise | General Electric Company Quote

Zacks Rank & Key Picks

With a market capitalization of $119.3 billion, General Electric currently carries a Zacks Rank #4 (Sell).

Some better-ranked stocks in the industry are Hitachi Ltd. HTHIY and Raven Industries, Inc. RAVN. These stock sport a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.  

In the next three to five years, earnings are projected to grow 13% for Hitachi and 10% for Raven Industries.

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<![CDATA[ESG ETFs: Making Money While Doing Good]]>

  • (1:30) - Can Investors Influence Companies To Be More Responsible?
  • (5:30) - The Evolution and Approach To ESG Investing 
  • (9:10) - Is ESG Investing Possible Without Sacrificing Returns?
  • (13:30) - Takeaways on Nushares Approach on ESG
  •             Podcast@Zacks.com  

In this episode of ETF Spotlight, I talked with Jordan Farris, Managing Director and Head of ETF Product Development at Nushares from Nuveen.

Nushares offers a comprehensive suite of ESG focused ETFs leveraging the expertise of its parent company TIAA. Currently, TIAA is one of the largest managers of responsible investment assets in the US.

Institutional investors were known be interested in responsible investments but in the recent years, even individual investors have shown a lot of interest in these products. 

We have seen increased inflows into Socially Responsible ETFs over the past few years. And many companies are now incorporating sustainability into their long-term strategy.

We have also seen rising consumer activism of late, thanks mainly to social media.

Do investors want to put their money where their mouth is? We discussed whether investors can influence corporate policies or encourage companies to be more responsible.

Jordan then talked about evolution of ESG Investing. Earlier ESG products followed an exclusionary approach, i.e. they excluded companies that did not follow certain environmental, social or governance principles.

 Nushares offers ESG ETFs as portfolio building blocks. Investors can use these products to build a well-diversified portfolio of companies across various market capitalizations and investment styles while giving special consideration to certain ESG criteria including low carbon impact.

Many investors think doing the right thing for society may negatively impact returns. But research shows that companies that take better care of the environment and the world actually perform better in the long run.

In fact, ESG investing is possible without sacrificing returns. Find out more in the podcast.

Jordan then explained how investors can use Nuveen ESG ETFs, as replacement for existing broad equity and fixed income allocations within the portfolio, without changing risk-return characteristics.

If you want to learn more about Nushares ETF please visit nuveen.com

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<![CDATA[3 Tech Stocks for Dividend Investors to Buy Now]]> Tech stocks have been unpredictable at times recently, but the sector has rebounded from volatility strongly, and there is no question that tech has been the leader of the market’s strong multiyear run. However, this might mean that income investors—those focused on finding companies with solid dividends—might be feeling left out, as tech stocks aren’t really known for their payouts.

Finding a strong dividend-yielding tech stock might feel like searching for a golden goose, but investors should not feel too intimidated. In fact, dividend-focused investors can search for the best tech stocks by using the Zacks Stock Screener, the perfect one-stop screening tool for investors of all kinds.

By limiting our search to companies in our “Computer and Technology” sector with Zacks Rank #2 (Buy) or better rankings, we can ensure that we are finding the highest quality stocks to buy right now. Throw in your preferred dividend yield and voila—the best tech stocks for dividend investors to target!

Check out three of these stocks to buy now:

1. Garmin Ltd. (GRMN)

Garmin is a designer of GPS navigation and wearable technology equipment. The stock is holding a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy) and presents a dividend yield of about 3.3%. Investors have to pay a slight premium for GRMN right now, but a valuation of 20.7x forward 12-month earnings and a PEG ratio of 2.5 are certainly not outrageous.

Meanwhile, Garmin generates $3.42 in cash per share and sticks out from the rest of the technology group with its net margin of 18.6%, which dramatically outpaces its industry’s average. Garmin is also an efficient company, evidenced by its RoE of 15.7%.

 

2. Texas Instruments Inc. (TXN)

Although you might recognize the brand because of its calculators, Texas Instruments is actually one of the leading suppliers of advanced semiconductors in the world. TXN is currently sporting a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy). It should be a solid year of growth for the firm, with current estimates calling for earnings to expand by 28% in 2018.

Notably, Texas Instruments is scheduled to post its latest quarterly earnings report next week. Estimates for the period have trended higher recently, suggesting analysts have grown more bullish on the firm's business.

The company is also witnessing cash flow growth of 19.5% right now. Texas Instruments is really a cash cow, bringing in a total of $5.34 in cash per share. Management uses its solid financial position to reward shareholders with a dividend yield of roughly 2.2% currently.

 

3. NetApp, Inc. (NTAP)

NetApp is a hybrid cloud, data management company. The firm provides a range of cloud data solutions, including physical drives, software, and backup storage. The stock is currently holding a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) and offers investors a dividend yield of 1.9%.

NetApp is projected to see a long-term annual EPS growth rate of nearly 14%. The stock is trading at a slight pricey 20.3x forward earnings, but that premium is reasonable considering NTAP's growth potential. Plus, looking at the stock's PEG of 1.5, we can see that investors are getting a decent price for the near-term growth outlook, at the very least.

 

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<![CDATA[Stanley Black (SWK) Tops Q2 Earnings & Sales, Reiterates View]]> Stanley Black & Decker Inc. SWK kept its earnings streak alive in the second quarter of 2018, pulling off a positive earnings surprise of 26%.

Earnings, excluding acquisition-related charges and other one-time impacts, were $2.57 per share, surpassing the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $2.04. Also, the bottom line increased 27.25% from the year-ago tally of $2.02 on the back of healthy segmental results and synergistic gains. These positives offset the adverse impacts of commodity inflation.

Revenues Improve on Segmental Strength

In the reported quarter, Stanley Black & Decker’s net sales were $3,643.6 million, reflecting year-over-year growth of 10.9%. The improvement was primarily driven by 6% volume gains, 1% positive-currency impact, 1% positive-price impact and 3% gain from acquired assets.

Also, the top line surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $3,488 million by 4.5%.

Stanley Black & Decker reports revenues under three market segments. A brief discussion of the quarterly results is provided below:

Tools & Storage’s revenues totaled $2,567.8 million, representing 70.5% of net revenues in the quarter under review. On a year-over-year basis, the segment’s revenues grew 11.3%, on the back of 9% gain from volume growth, 1% from favorable pricing and 1% from currency movements.

The Industrial segment generated revenues of $573.1 million, accounting for roughly 15.7% of net revenues in the reported quarter. Sales grew 13.8% year over year, primarily driven by 3% benefit from favorable currency movements and 11% gain from acquired assets.

Revenues from Security segment, roughly 13.8% of net revenues, increased 5.6% year over year to $502.7 million. Favorable currency impact of 3%, price gain of 1% and acquisition gains of 4% were partially offset by 2% negative impact of lower volumes.

Commodity Inflation & Forex Woes Hurt Margins

Stanley Black & Decker’s cost of sales in the second quarter increased 14.7% year over year to $2,347.7 million. Cost of sales was 64.4% of the quarter’s net sales versus 62.2% in the year-ago quarter. Gross margin slipped 210 basis points (bps) to 35.6%, as commodity inflation of $50 million and adverse currency impact of $20 million negated positive impacts of volume growth, favorable pricing and improved productivity.

Selling, general and administrative expenses increased 6.1% year over year to $780.3 million. It represented 21.4% of net sales in the reported quarter versus 22.4% in the year-ago quarter. Operating margin decreased 110 bps year over year to 14.2%.

The tax rate in the quarter under review was 7%, down from 23.5% in the year-ago quarter.

Balance Sheet & Cash Flow

Exiting the second quarter, Stanley Black & Decker had cash and cash equivalents of $385.8 million, down from $405.6 million in the previous quarter. Long-term debt (net of current portions) was roughly flat at $2,831.2 million.

In the second quarter, the company generated net cash of $198 million from its operating activities, roughly 30.4% higher than $151.8 million generated in the year-ago quarter. Capital spending totaled $111.7 million versus $122.2 million in the year-ago quarter.

Shareholder-Friendly Initiatives

During the second quarter, Stanley Black & Decker paid cash dividends of approximately $94.2 million and repurchased shares worth $201.3 million.

A couple of days ago, the company announced roughly 4.8% increase in its quarterly dividend rate. The dividend hike, from 63 cents to 66 cents per share, was approved by the company’s board of directors. On an annualized basis, the dividend increased to $2.64 from $2.52 per share.

Outlook

For 2018, Stanley Black & Decker anticipates gaining from a growing recognition for its brands — Craftsman, Lenox, Irwin and DeWalt FlexVolt. Also, business expansion in emerging markets and favorable e-commerce trends will be beneficial. Also, the buyout of Nelson Fastener Systems’ industrial business (completed on Apr 2) will strengthen the company’s Engineered Fastening business.

The company reaffirmed adjusted earnings guidance of $8.30-$8.50 per share for the year, reflecting year-over-year growth of 11-14%. However, GAAP earnings forecast has been revised down from $7.40-$7.60 to $7.00-$7.20 per share, depending on the settlement that the company reached with Environmental Protection Agency.

Organic sales growth will be roughly 7%.

Benefits from cost-saving actions and productivity enhancement initiatives, as well as favorable pricing, are anticipated to be roughly 48 cents to earnings per share. Growth in organic volumes will be 12 cents (or 1% growth) while share buyback activities of $200 million will boost earnings by roughly 10 cents. However, these positive aspects will be offset by 40 cents per share of adverse impact from foreign currency translations and 30 cents of impact from the increase in commodity inflation (including the impact of section 304 tariffs).

Free cash flow conversion is predicted to be roughly 100%.

Stanley Black & Decker, Inc. Price, Consensus and EPS Surprise
 

Stanley Black & Decker, Inc. Price, Consensus and EPS Surprise | Stanley Black & Decker, Inc. Quote

Zacks Rank & Key Picks

With a market capitalization of $21.5 billion, Stanley Black & Decker currently carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).

Some better-ranked stocks in the Zacks Industrial Products sector are Actuant Corp. ATU, Caterpillar Inc. CAT and Eaton Corp. ETN. While Actuant sports a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy), both Caterpillar and Eaton carry a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.

In the past 60 days, earnings estimates on these three stocks improved for the current year. Also, earnings surprise in the last quarter was a positive 8.33% for Actuant, 33.65% for Caterpillar and 3.77% for Eaton.

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<![CDATA[Wendy's Didn't Want papa John's, Will Anyone Else?]]>
Though both companies declined to comment on the matter, CNBC reported Thursday that Wendy’s (WEN) had been in preliminary merger talks with Papa John’s (PZZA) prior to the resignation of Papa John’s founder, John Schnatter from his position as Chairman of the Board last week amid controversy about racist language Schnatter used during a conference call with members of an outside consulting firm.


Citing an undisclosed “source familiar with the situation,” CNBC reported that the talks “cooled” after news broke about the reasons for Schnatter’s resignation.


Papa John’s stock had rallied about 5% on Wednesday on news of a possible merger or acquisition, but settled back the same amount Thursday when it was clear that a deal with Wendy’s was not in the works.


So now that we know that Papa John’s may be seeking to make a deal, will any other company be interested?


It’s difficult to speculate on the motives or desires of companies who have not made their intentions known, but Papa John’s has two distinct sets of issues that are likely to complicate any potential deal – a tarnished public image and deteriorating financials.


PR Disaster


We reported on the situation at Papa John’s after Schnatter’s resignation when they were the Zacks Bear of the Day last Friday. Read the article here>> The basic story is that Schnatter had used a racial slur while engaging in a role-playing conference call situation with the marketing firm Laundry Service - which Papa John’s had hired to help him avoid embarrassing public gaffes.


It was the second time in less than a year that Schnatter had made comments that were deemed culturally insensitive after his complaints in late 2017 about the NFL’s handling of National Anthem protests cost Papa John’s a lucrative sponsorship deal with the league and precipitated Schnatter’s resignation as CEO.


Last week, it seemed that the best way for the Papa John’s to repair the damage was for Schnatter to publicly distance himself from the company and allow management to chart the best course toward improving their reputation and reviving sales.


Unfortunately, Schnatter has done anything but disappear and instead has stayed in the news as he feuds with the existing board about pressuring him to resign and has even made a public claim that Laundry Service’s motive in discontinuing their representation of Papa John’s was to blackmail him.


In an additional blow on Thursday, Forbes – which broke the original story last week about the use of racial slurs – published an in depth piece about a history of Papa John’s management sponsoring a toxic environment at the company that included sexual harassment, confidential settlements with former employees and associates and a revolving door in the corporate suites as Schnatter and other executives summarily dismissed dissenting voices.


In addition to describing the “bro” culture at Papa John’s, the Forbes piece also quotes ex-employees complaining about the unwillingness of management to bring the company’s technology up to date.


Forbes quotes an unnamed Papa John’s franchisee as saying that the company had recently implemented more discounting than at any point in their history and that more operators than ever were positioning to sell their outlets.


A look at the business listing websites BizBuySell and Bizquest does in fact find several single and multi-unit Papa John’s franchises listed for sale by name. (It’s common for franchise owners to describe their businesses in public listings anonymously and as something like “nationally branded pizza restaurant” prior to executing a non-disclosure agreement with prospective buyers. This makes it difficult to determine whether there are actually a greater number of Papa Johns’ for sale than other similar franchises.)


McDonald’s (MCD) requires an investment of between $1 million and $2.2 million to open a new franchise and Wendy’s states that the normal investment is between $2 million and $3.5 million. On their website, Papa John’s suggests a minimum investment of $350K and is currently waiving the initial franchise fee, offering free equipment and discounting royalties for the first 6 years for new franchisees.


source: Papajohns.com


Dissappointing Financial Performance


Even before the most recent public relations disaster for Papa John’s, financial performance and the share price were already deteriorating at Papa John’s.  


The stock price is down 33% over the past year and almost 43% off al its all-time high, set in December of 2016.


Thanks to slumping same store sales, earnings estimates have been reduced lately with the company expected to earn $2.31/share in 2018, a decline of 12% from the $2.62/share they posted in 2017. Their last quarterly net was $0.50/share, 20% under the Zacks Consensus estimate of $0.62/share.



Because of the downward revisions, PZZA is a Zacks Rank #5 (Strong Sell).


Merger or Acquisition Target?


There are myriad reasons why companies enter into a merger with or acquire another company, including:


The ability to easily expand into markets or products where they don’t currently have exposure.


The acquisition of a brand that has value and pricing power with consumers.


The synergy of combining two similar businesses and eliminating redundant expenses to operate more efficiently.


The acquisition of intellectual property, processes and/or technology that improves the acquirer’s business.


It’s difficult to find a compelling reason why another company would want to merge with or acquire Papa John’s. While they are still the nation’s third largest pizza chain – behind Domino’s (DPZ) and Pizza Hut, which is a division of Yum Brands (YUM) – they don’t really offer anything to a potential partner or owner that couldn’t be built or acquired more easily. The brand has less value than ever given recent events and the processes and technology they own are considered primitive compared to their larger competitors.


There’s also the issue of Jahn Schnatter owning approximately 29% of the company’s shares. Any deal would likely require the cooperation of Schnatter and reports seems to suggest that despite his resignations from his CEO position and as Chairman, he has no intention of giving up any further control of the company.


In conclusion, the chances that Papa John’s will be acquired at a price higher than where the shares currently trade seem remote. With significant and sincere changes, the company may be able to repair its reputation and maintain its spot as the nation’s third largest pizza restaurant, but shareholders who are waiting for a merger or acquisition to improve the situation are likely to be waiting for a long time.



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<![CDATA[5 Insurers Poised to Outperform Earnings Estimates in Q2]]> A progressing rate environment, and a strengthening economy have been tailwinds for insurers. With the hike approved by the Federal Reserve in June, marking the sixth increase since December 2016, the rate currently stands at 2%. The second quarter thus continues to enjoy the positive impact of a favorable rate environment, driving the insurer’s investment results as well as the performance of life insurers.

Though insurers have lowered their exposure to interest-sensitive product lines to weather the low rate environment, the accelerated pace of rate hikes should benefit them. 

Also, courtesy of the lower tax incidence owing to the implementation of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act implemented at the start of this year, the insurers’ margin and bottom line should have got an additional boost.

Insurers, property and casualty in particular, continue to benefit from a benign catastrophe environment, albeit there were a few cat events like rain storms in the United States and Canada during the second quarter. A Morgan Stanley analyst estimates global insured cat loss of about $7.1 billion in the second quarter per a carriermanagement.com report. The analyst also noted that the count is much lower than the general tally of around $14 billion that insurers have usually suffered as a result of natural calamities in any given second quarter.

Insurers, after being badly hit in 2017 due to a number of unprecedented catastrophes, braved price hikes that remained soft for quite some time. Price hikes coupled with prudent underwriting practices and adherence to reinsurance covers are helping insurers deliver better underwriting results.

Also, a progressing economy reflects a better employment scenario with more disposable income and a better consumer sentiment. Per the CEO of Bank of America, as quoted in CNBC, GDP could be about 4% in the second quarter of 2018 given business fieldling policies.

Job growth has been solid through the second quarter of 2018 with an average of nearly 0.211 million. While unemployment rate in June was 4%.

This, in turn, might have supported more policy writings, driving the premiums higher. Premiums contribute a lion’s share to an insurer’s top line.

Also, a diversified product suite, portfolio realignment, geographic expansion, cost-control measures coupled with share buybacks and strategic integrations owing to surplus capital, should have bolstered better performances.

Ways to Pick the Perfect Insurance Stocks

With tailwinds rallying around the industry, investors can identify several stocks poised to deliver a positive earnings surprise in the upcoming reports. 

Choosing the right stock for one’s portfolio from too many participants is certainly a tough task for investors. But an easy way to streamline the list is by selecting stocks with a positive Earnings ESPand a solid Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy), 2 (Buy) or 3 (Hold), which help surpassing the estimates.

Per our proprietary methodology, Earnings ESP is the determining factor for zeroing in on stocks with the maximum chances of beating on earnings in the next announcement. It shows the percentage difference between the Most Accurate Estimate and the Zacks Consensus Estimate. Please check our Earnings ESP Filter that enables you to come across stocks with potential to outshine earnings estimates this reporting cycle.

Our research shows that the stocks with the perfect combination of the two key ingredients have 70% chances of a positive earnings surprise.

For investors seeking to apply this proven modelto their portfolios, we have highlighted four insurance stocks which might stand out from the crowd with an earnings beat in the upcoming releases. 

The Allstate Corporation (ALL)

Northbrook, IL-based Allstateengages in property and casualty insurance plus life insurance businesses in the United States and Canada.

With a Zacks Rank #3 and an Earnings ESP of +1.49%, Allstatelooks well-poised for a positive surprise. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for the secondquarter is pegged at $1.71 per share, up 23.9% year over year. With respect to the surprise trend, the company’s earnings surpassed expectations in the last four quarters. You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.

Allstatewill announce second-quarter results after the closing bell on Aug 1.

Chubb Limited (CB)

Zurich, Switzerland-based Chubb Limitedprovides insurance and reinsurance products worldwide.                                                   

The company has an Earnings ESP of +1.16% and a Zacks Rank of 3. It is therefore likely to pull off another quarter of a positive earnings surprise. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for the second quarter is pegged at $2.63 per share, up 5.2% year over year. The company outperformed expectations in the trailing four quarters.

Chubbis scheduled to report second-quarter earnings numbers after the closing bell on Jul 24.

American Financial Group, Inc. (AFG)

Based in Cincinnati, OH,American Financial provides property and casualty insurance products in the United States.

American Financialcarries a Zacks Rank #2 and an Earnings ESP of +1.69%. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for the second quarter is pegged at $1.88 per share, up 16.8% year over year. The company exceeded expectations in the preceding four quarters.

American Financialwill release second-quarter results on Aug 1 after the closing bell.

Torchmark Corporation (TMK)

Headquartered at McKinney, TX, Torchmark Corporationprovides various life and health insurance products and annuities in the United States, Canada and New Zealand.

The company has an Earnings ESP of +0.34% and is a Zacks #3 Ranked player. Torchmarklooks well set for a likely positive surprise. The consensus mark for the to-be-reported quarter stands at $1.49 per share, up 25.2% year over year. The company outpaced estimates in the last four quarters.

Torchmarkis scheduled to announce second-quarter financial figures after the market closes on Jul 25.

Health Insurance Innovations, Inc. (HIIQ)

Tampa, FL-basedHealth Insurance Innovations operates as a cloud-based technology platform and distributor of individual and family health insurance plans as well as supplemental products in the United States.

Health Insurance Innovations is a #3 Ranked stock and has an Earnings ESP of +0.41%. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for the quarter to be reported is pegged at 61 cents per share, up 15.2% year over year. The company exceeded expectations in the preceding four quarters.

Health Insurance Innovations will release second-quarter results on Aug 1 after market close.

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<![CDATA[Will HIV Sales Drive Gilead (GILD) to Beat in Q2 Earnings?]]> Biotech bigwig Gilead Sciences Inc. GILD is likely to beat expectations when it reports results for the second quarter on Jul 25, after the market closes.

Gilead has a decent track record, with the company’s earnings beating estimates in three of the last four quaters. In the last reported quarter, the company’s earnings missed expectations by 10.8%. Overall, the company delivered an average positive earnings surprise of 4.98%.

Gilead’s stock has rallied 9.2% in the year so far, outperforming the industry's decline of 1.8%.

 

Why A Likely Positive Surprise?

Our proven model indicates that Gilead is likely to beat earnings this quarter. That is because a stock needs to have both a positive Earnings ESP and a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy), 2 (Buy) or 3 (Hold) to be able to beat estimates, which is what the case is here, as you will see below.

Zacks ESP: Earnings ESP for Gilead is +0.79%. You can uncover the best stocks to buy or sell before they're reported with our Earnings ESP Filter.

Zacks Rank: Gilead currently carries a Zacks Rank #2 which when combined with a positive ESP makes us reasonably confident of an earnings beat this quarter.

Conversely, we caution against Sell-rated stocks (Zacks Rank #4 or 5) going into the earnings announcement, especially when the company is seeing negative estimate revisions.

 

Factors at Play

While the first-quarter results were disappointing, Gilead reiterated its annual guidance with the results. The company continues to expect net product sales in the range of $20-$21 billion. Adjusted R&D expenses and adjusted SG&A expenses are projected in the range of $3.4-$3.6 billion and $3.4-$3.6 billion, respectively. Adjusted product gross margin is expected in the range of 85-87%.

Strong HIV performance and other antiviral product sales are being driven by continued uptake of tenofovir alafenamide (“TAF”) based products — Genvoya, Descovy and Odefsey. We expect the trend to continue in the second quarter as well. Genvoya has already become the most-prescribed regimen for both treatment-naïve and switch patients since its launch in November 2015.

Also, Genvoya has been listed as a preferred regimen in several HIV treatment guidelines. In addition, Truvada, for use in pre-exposure prophylaxis setting, continued to maintain momentum with an estimated 167,000 patients using the drug by the end of the first quarter. HIV is one of the primary areas of focus for Gilead and the company is working to bring new HIV treatments to market to further boost sales of the franchise.

The company received a major boost when the FDA approved the company’s once-daily single tablet regimen (“STR”), Biktarvy (bictegravir 50mg/emtricitabine 200mg/tenofovir alafenamide 25mg, BIC/FTC/TAF) for HIV-1 infection. The recent approval of Biktarvy in Europe will further strengthen the company’s HIV franchise.

The Zacks Consensus Estimate for sales of Genvoya is $1.1 billion.

On the other hand, the HCV franchise continues to be under competitive and pricing pressure, leading to a massive decline in Harvoni and Sovaldi sales. Harvoni and Sovaldi have been facing competition from AbbVie’s ABBV Viekira Pak and Viekira XR among others. The franchise suffered a significant plunge in sales due to new competition and fewer patient starts.

While pricing has largely stabilized, market share will stabilize by mid-2018 and patient starts are expected to decline further. HCV revenues are projected to decline further and will constitute a smaller portion of the top line, going forward. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for sales of lead HCV drugs Sovaldi and Harvoni are $34 million and $285 million, respectively.

Given the persistent decline in HCV sales, the company is looking to newer avenues to help its top line. The Kite acquisition was a step in the right direction with the FDA approval of its chimeric antigen receptor T-cell (CAR-T) therapy, Yescarta (axicabtagene ciloleucel), for the treatment of refractory aggressive non-Hodgkin lymphoma, which includes DLBCL, transformed follicular lymphoma and primary mediastinal B-cell lymphoma.

The initial uptake of Yescarta is also encouraging in the United States. The Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) has issued a positive opinion on the company’s Marketing Authorization Application (MAA) for the therapy in Europe.

Gilead is also intending to foray into the NASH market with pipeline candidates, selonsertib and filgotinib. Both the candidates are being evaluated in late stage studies and a tentative approval will diversify Gilead’s portfolio. We expect the management to throw more light on the same during the second-quarter’s call. Investors are also likely to keep an eye on other pipeline updates.

Other Stocks to Consider

Here are some other health care stocks that you may want to consider, as our model shows that they too have the right combination of elements to post an earnings beat this quarter.

Intercept Pharmaceuticals ICPT is expected to report second-quarter results on Jul 30. The company has an Earnings ESP of +4.25% and a Zacks Rank #2.  You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.

Acorda Therapeutics, Inc. ACOR is scheduled to release second-quarter results on Aug 2. The company has an Earnings ESP of +66.7% and a Zacks Rank #2.

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