Arkema http://so-l.ru/tags/show/arkema Mon, 22 Oct 2018 05:46:27 +0300 <![CDATA[Bet on These 6 Stocks with Solid Net Profit Margin]]> Investors eye businesses that report profits on a regular basis. In order to gauge the extent of profit, there is no better metric than net profit margin.

A higher net margin reflects a company’s efficiency in converting sales into actual profit. Moreover, this metric lends an insight into how well a company is run and the headwinds confronting it.

Net Profit Margin = Net profit/Sales * 100.

In simple terms, net profit is the amount a company retains after deducting all costs, interest, depreciation, taxes and other expenses. In fact, net profit margin can turn out to be a potent point of reference to gauge the strength in a company operations and cost-control measures.

Also, higher net profit is essential for rewarding stakeholders. Further, strength in the metric not only attracts investors but also draws well-skilled employees that eventually add to the value of the business.

Moreover, a higher net profit margin compared to its peers lends the company a competitive edge.

Pros and Cons

Net profit margin helps investors gain clarity on a company’s business model in terms of pricing policy, cost structure and manufacturing efficiency. Hence, a strong net profit margin is preferred by all classes of investors.

However, net profit margin as an investment criterion has its own share of pitfalls. The metric varies widely from industry to industry. While net income is a key metric for investment measurement in traditional industries, it is not that important for technology companies.

Moreover, the difference in accounting treatment of various items — especially non-cash expenses like depreciation and stock-based compensation — makes comparison a daunting task.

Further, for companies preferring to grow with debt instead of equity funding, higher interest expenses usually weigh on net profit. In such cases, the measure is rendered ineffective to analyze a company’s performance.

The Winning Strategy

A healthy net profit margin and solid EPS growth are the two most sought-after elements in a business model.

Apart from these, we have added a few criteria to ensure maximum returns from this strategy.

Screening Parameters

Net Margin 12 months – Most Recent (%) greater than equal to 0: High net profit margin indicates solid profitability.

Percentage Change in EPS F(0)/(F-1) greater than equal to 0: It indicates earnings growth.

Average Broker Rating (1-5) equal to 1: A rating of #1 indicates brokers’ extreme bullishness on the stock.

Zacks Rank less than or equal to 2: Stocks with a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) or 2 (Buy) generally perform better than their peers in all types of market environment.

VGM Score of A or B: Our research shows that stocks with a VGM Score of A or B when combined with a Zacks Rank #1 or 2 offer the best upside potential.

Here are six of the 28 stocks that qualified the screen:

Camp Hill, PA-based Harsco Corporation HSC is a provider of industrial services and engineered products serving global industries that are fundamental to worldwide economic growth and infrastructure development. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for 2018 earnings has increased 22.2% to $1.10 per share in the last 30 days. The stock has a Zacks Rank #1 and a VGM Score of A. You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.

Singapore based Kulicke and Soffa Industries, Inc. KLIC is a leading provider of semiconductor packaging and electronic assembly solutions supporting the global automotive, consumer, communications, computing and industrial segments. The stock sports a Zacks Rank #1 and has a VGM Score of A. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for 2018 earnings has remained steady at $2.23 per share in the last 30 days.

St. Louis, MO-based Post Holdings, Inc. POST is a manufacturer, marketer and distributor of branded ready-to-eat cereals in the United States and Canada. The stock sports a Zacks Rank #1 and has a VGM Score of B. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for 2018 earnings has remained steady at $4.52 per share in the last 30 days.

Headquartered in Racine, WI, Modine Manufacturing Company MOD is a designer, manufacturer and distributor of thermal management systems and components for several end markets. The stock has a Zacks Rank #1 and a VGM Score of B. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for fiscal 2018 earnings has remained steady at $1.50, over the last 30 days.

Chicago-based SP Plus Corporation SP provides professional parking, ground transportation, facility maintenance, security, and event logistics services to property owners and managers in the real estate industry. The stock carries a Zacks Rank #2 and has a VGM Score of A. Further, the Zacks Consensus Estimate for 2018 earnings has increased 18.8% to $2.21 over the last 30 days.

France-based Arkema SA ARKAY is engaged in the manufacturing and marketing of vinyl, industrial chemicals and performance products. The stock has a Zacks Rank #2 and a VGM Score of A. Moreover, the Zacks Consensus Estimate for 2018 earnings has increased 10.2% to $11.44 in the last 30 days.

 

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http://so-l.ru/news/y/2018_03_19_bet_on_these_6_stocks_with_solid_net_pro Mon, 19 Mar 2018 17:07:00 +0300
<![CDATA[Celanese (CE) to Increase Prices of Acetyl Intermediates]]> Celanese Corporation CE will raise the list and off-list selling prices of the acetyl intermediates product — vinyl acetate monomer. The price hike will be effective immediately or as contracts permit. 
 
The company will raise the price of vinyl acetate monomer by ¥200/MT in China and $50/MT in Asia outside China, respectively. 
 
The company is taking appropriate pricing actions amid a volatile raw material pricing environment. Celanese’s strategic measures including operational cost savings through productivity actions and pricing initiatives are likely to provide an impetus to its earnings in 2018.
 
In the last six months, shares of the company have gained 9.4%, modestly outperforming the industry’s 9.2% growth.
 
 
 
Celanese kept its earnings streak alive with a beat in fourth-quarter 2017. The company logged adjusted earnings per share of $1.98 in the quarter, up 30.3% from $1.52 a year ago. The figure surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $1.86.
 
In the fourth quarter, revenues of $1,593 million were up roughly 21.5% year over year. The top line outpaced the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $1,530 million.
 
Celanese recently raised its earnings guidance for 2018, citing a stronger start to the year across its Acetyl Chain and Advanced Engineered Materials businesses. The company now envisions its adjusted earnings per share to grow in the 12-16% range year over year in 2018, up from its earlier view of 10-14% growth.
 
Celanese is witnessing better-than-expected performance in each of its businesses. The company noted that its Acetyl Chain unit continues to build momentum globally while improved pricing and strong demand trends in its Advanced Engineered Materials business are contributing to its earnings strength. Celanese plans to provide more details during its first-quarter 2018 earnings call.
 
Celanese Corporation Price and Consensus
 
 
Celanese currently carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).
 
Some better-ranked stocks in the chemical space are LyondellBasell Industries N.V. LYB, Arkema S.A. ARKAY and Methanex Corporation MEOH.
 
LyondellBasell has an expected long-term earnings growth rate of 9% and sports a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy). The company’s shares have moved up 24.5% in a year. You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.
 
Arkema has an expected long-term earnings growth rate of 8% and flaunts a Zacks Rank #1. The company’s shares have moved up 41.6% in a year.
 
Methanex has an expected long-term earnings growth rate of 15% and carries a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy). Its shares have gained 20.5% over a year. 
 
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http://so-l.ru/news/y/2018_03_12_celanese_ce_to_increase_prices_of_acet Mon, 12 Mar 2018 14:07:00 +0300
<![CDATA[ECB Economic Outlook Bright: Grab 4 European Stocks Now]]> The European Central Bank (ECB) indicated that it will normalize its monetary policy for the 19-nation euro area. This reflects the bank’s underlying confidence on the economic state of the Eurozone.

The bank lifted its growth forecast for the Eurozone on soaring economic confidence across the 19 nations. Europeans continue to feel confident about their financial health, while political risks subside.

Given such a bright assessment of the Eurozone’s economic condition, European stocks leapt to a one-week high on Mar 8. This calls for investing in sound European stocks that can make the most of this optimism.

ECB Makes Positive Change to Policy Outlook

Until now, the ECB has been saying that it is ready to increase the level of quantitative easing (QE) program in both duration and size in order to stimulate the Eurozone economy.

But, this time, it removed such a statement from their communiqué, indicating that stimulus measures will soon come to an end in the Eurozone, a sign that the economy is improving. For now, the ECB’s net asset purchases will continue at a monthly pace of €30 billion until the end of September 2018.

ECB President Mario Draghi, in the meanwhile, added that the Eurozone economy is set to expand at a faster pace than expected. Mike Bell, global market strategist at J.P. Morgan Asset Management, added that due to solid economic growth, “the ECB is likely to feel comfortable ending QE in September.”

The ECB for a long period has maintained the bond purchasing program to keep the Eurozone economy from slipping into recession. However, this time around, the ECB has lifted its 2018 growth forecast to a healthy 2.4%, from 2.3% estimated last December.

Europe is Charging Ahead

The Eurozone economy has, in fact, enjoyed faster growth than the United States in 2017. The Eurozone economy grew 2.4% last year, compared with 2.3% growth in the United States, according to preliminary data from Capital Economics. Stephen Brown, economist at Capital Economics, further added that “the latest business sentiment surveys generally point to a touch stronger growth in the Eurozone than the U.S. at the moment.”

Economic confidence across the 19 nations is currently at its highest in more than 17 years, per a survey published by the European Commission. Carsten Hesse, European economist at Berenberg, added that “confidence levels surged in all surveyed sectors and industrial confidence reached the highest level since the survey started in 1985”.

Jobless rate in the Eurozone continues to fall at a steady clip. In fact, jobless rates fell to 8.7% last November, the lowest since January 2009. Currently, Eurozone has nearly 1.6 million fewer unemployed people than a year ago.

Political Risks Ebb

Europeans are gaining confidence in their economic situation despite political turmoil in several major countries. Germany hasn’t been able to form a new government since its election last September. But, German economic sentiment recently scaled the highest level since 2011, just below the all-time high reached in 1990 when the country had reunified after the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Spain is grappling with the crisis in Catalonia, but the country’s economic confidence is at its highest since early 2001. Italians will vote this month, raising chances of chaos in the region. Yet, Italians are confident about the country’s economic growth.  And when it comes to France, Macron’s promise to relax the country’s labor laws, trimming corporate taxes and bringing down the budget deficit bodes well for overall economic growth.

4 European Stocks to Buy Now

With the ECB saying that the Eurozone is no longer in danger, investing in solid stocks from the region seems judicious. We have, thus, selected four stocks that flaunt a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) or 2 (Buy) and a VGM Score of A or B.  Here, V stands for Value, G for Growth, and M for Momentum, and the score is a weighted combination of these three metrics. Such a score allows you to eliminate the negative aspects of stocks and select winners.

Daimler AG DDAIF engages in the development, production, and distribution of passenger cars, trucks, vans, and buses in Germany and internationally. Founded in 1886, Daimler is headquartered in Stuttgart. The company has a Zacks Rank #2 and a VGM Score of A. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for its current-year earnings increased 14.1% in the last 60 days. Daimler is expected to yield a return of a steady return of 4% this year.

Arkema S.A. ARKAY, incorporated in 2003, produces and sells chemical products worldwide. The company is based in Colombes, France. The stock has a Zacks Rank #1 and a VGM Score of A. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for its current-year earnings increased 14.1% in the last 60 days. The company’s expected growth rate for the current year is a solid 22.7%.

Peugeot S.A. PUGOY engages in automotive, automotive equipment, and finance businesses, mostly in Europe. The company is based in Rueil-Malmaison, France. The company has a Zacks Rank #1 and a VGM Score of A. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for its current-year earnings rose 21.7% in the last 60 days. Peugeotis expected to yield a return of a stellar return of 56.7% in 2018. You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.

Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria, S.A. BBVA provides retail and wholesale banking, asset management, and private banking services. It was founded in 1857 and is headquartered in Madrid, Spain. The stock has a Zacks Rank #2 and a VGM Score of B. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for its current-year earnings increased 9.1% in the last 60 days. The company’s expected growth rate for the current year is a superb 15.1%.

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<![CDATA[Kraton (KRA) Completes Amendments to Term Loan Facility]]> Kraton Corporation KRA along with its fully-owned subsidiaries announced the closing of an amendment to its existing senior secured term loan facility.
 
The amendment increased borrowings under the Euro denominated tranche of this term loan by 150 million euros to 350 million euros. It also repriced the current term loans under the facility and extended maturity date of the term loan facility by roughly three years to Mar 8, 2025.
 
Proceeds from the additional borrowings under the Euro denominated tranche along with available cash in hand were used prepay $185 million of the then outstanding $485 million balance under the U.S. dollar denominated tranche.
 
Shares of Kraton have moved up 39.1% over the last six months, outperforming the 0.7% upside recorded by its industry.
 
 
 
Kraton swung to a profit in the fourth quarter of 2017. The chemical maker logged a profit of $69.6 million or $2.17 per share in the reported quarter against a loss of $3.7 million or 12 cents a year ago. Barring one-time items, adjusted earnings came in at 67 cents per share for the quarter, missing the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 79 cents.
 
Notably, the company’s long-term debt was $1,574.9 million at the end of 2017, down around 7% year over year. It also reduced net debt by $163 million in 2017.
 
Kraton expects adjusted EBITDA for 2018 to be roughly $400 million. The company also expects to cut net debt, excluding the net debt of its KFPC joint venture, by around $125 million this year.
 
Kraton Corporation Price and Consensus
 
 
Kraton currently carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).
 
Some better-ranked stocks in the chemical space are LyondellBasell Industries N.V. LYB, Arkema S.A. ARKAY and Methanex Corporation MEOH.
 
LyondellBasell has an expected long-term earnings growth rate of 9% and sports a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy). The company’s shares have moved up 21.8% in a year. You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.
 
Arkema has an expected long-term earnings growth rate of 8% and flaunts a Zacks Rank #1. The company’s shares have moved up 40.5% in a year.
 
Methanex has an expected long-term earnings growth rate of 15% and carries a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy). Its shares have gained 18.8% over a year. 
 
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<![CDATA[DowDuPont (DWDP) to Roll Out Ecofast Pure at AATCC Conference]]> DowDuPont Inc.’s DWDP subsidiary, The Dow Chemical Company is launching the Ecofast Pure Sustainable Textile Treatment — the company’s breakthrough technology — at the American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists (“AATCC”) International Conference.
 
The technology significantly improves resource efficiency during the dyeing process and enables unique, brighter colors on natural textiles. Dow Chemical’s technology also allows for the uptake of reactive, direct and acid dyes on natural fibers and fabrics, used in products from apparel to home goods. Additionally, Ecofast Pure improves color fastness to provide long lasting products.
 
With products like Ecofast Pure, Dow Chemical will be able to create a more sustainable supply chain which requires lesser resources for essential textiles.
 
DowDuPont has underperformed the industry it belongs to over a year. The company’s shares have gained around 10.4% over this period, compared with roughly 17.3% gain recorded by the industry.
 
 
 
DowDuPont reported a loss from continuing operations of 52 cents per share for fourth-quarter 2017, compared with a loss from continuing operations of 3 cents per share logged in the year-ago quarter. The company’s adjusted earnings came in at 83 cents per share for the quarter, which surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 67 cents.
 
The company raked in net sales of $20,066 million in the quarter. It also trumped the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $19,371 million.
 
DowDuPont is seeing strong leading indicators of broad-based growth across developed economies including the United States, Germany and France. Moreover, the emerging middle class in developing economies, especially in China and India, continues to support sustainable growth. This augurs well for the company’s products and technologies.
 
The company realized more than $800 million in annual cost synergy run-rate from its cost synergy programs. It raised its cost-synergy commitment from $3 billion to $3.3 billion. DowDuPont will remain committed to achieve the increased cost synergy target and deliver new products from growth investments and strong innovation pipeline.
 
Zacks Rank & Stocks to Consider
 
DowDuPont currently carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).
 
Some better-ranked stocks in the chemical space are LyondellBasell Industries N.V. LYB, Arkema S.A. ARKAY and Methanex Corporation MEOH.
 
LyondellBasell has an expected long-term earnings growth rate of 9% and sports a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy). The company’s shares have moved up 22.2% in a year. You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.
 
Arkema has an expected long-term earnings growth rate of 8% and flaunts a Zacks Rank #1. The company’s shares have moved up 41.6% in a year.
 
Methanex has an expected long-term earnings growth rate of 15% and carries a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy). Its shares have gained 16.3% over a year. 
 
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<![CDATA[Ashland (ASH) to Hike Price of Selective Products in Americas]]> Ashland Global Holdings Inc. ASH will increase prices of 1-4 butanediol (BDO) and several derivative products in the Americas. The price hike will be effective from Apr 1, 2018 or as contracts permit. 
 
The company will raise the price of 1-4 butanediol (BDO) by 10 cents per pound or 22 cents per kg. Prices of BLO butylrolactone, n-methyl-pyrrolidone, tetrahydrofuran, n-hydroxyethyl-2-pyrrolidone, n-ethyl-2-pyrrolidone, 2-pyrrolidone, n-cyclohexyl-2-pyrrolidone and specialty solvents will increase by 15 cents per pound or 33 cents per kg, each.
 
Ashland is taking appropriate pricing actions in response to raw material cost inflation. The latest move follows a series of price increases announced last month. 
 
Shares of Ashland have moved up 13.7% over the past six months, significantly outperforming the industry’s 0.1% upside.
 
 
 
 
Ashland missed earnings and sales estimates in first-quarter fiscal 2018 (ended Dec 31, 2017). In the quarter, the company’s adjusted earnings came in at 46 cents per share, trailing the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 47 cents.
 
Revenues increased roughly 19.6% year over year to $842 million. The figure, however, lagged the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $860 million.
 
For fiscal 2018, Ashland updated its adjusted earnings outlook to a range of $2.90-$3.10 per share owing to changes in the company’s effective tax rate. Also, the company raised its effective tax rate expectation for the fiscal as a result of the recently enacted tax reform. This, in turn, is expected to reduce fiscal 2018 adjusted earnings by roughly 30 cents per share.
 
For second-quarter fiscal 2018, Ashland projects adjusted earnings in the range of 80-90 cents per share compared with 70 cents in the prior-year period. The company expects the benefit of its pricing actions to be partly offset, in the fiscal second quarter, by the impact of the planned maintenance shutdown in the Marl, Germany, facility.
 
Ashland Global Holdings Inc. Price and Consensus
 
 
Ashland has a Zacks Rank #5 (Strong Sell).
 
Some better-ranked stocks in the chemical space are LyondellBasell Industries N.V. LYB, Arkema S.A. ARKAY and Methanex Corporation MEOH.
 
LyondellBasell has an expected long-term earnings growth rate of 9% and sports a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy). The company’s shares have moved up 22.2% in a year. You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.
 
Arkema has an expected long-term earnings growth rate of 8% and flaunts a Zacks Rank #1. The company’s shares have moved up 41.6% in a year.
 
Methanex has an expected long-term earnings growth rate of 15% and carries a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy). Its shares have gained 16.3% over a year. 
 
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<![CDATA[Zacks.com featured highlights include: Kulicke&Soffa, SP, Arkema and Modine Manufacturing]]> For Immediate Release

Chicago, IL – March 7, 2018 - Stocks in this week’s article Kulicke&Soffa KLIC, SP Plus Corporation SP, Arkema SA ARKAY and Modine Manufacturing Company MOD.

Bet on 4 High-Flying Stocks with Increasing Cash Flows

 If achieving profit is a company’s goal then having healthy cash flow is most essential to its existence, development and success. This is because cash offers strength, vitality and flexibility to make investment decisions as well as the fuel to run its growth engine.

Admittedly, investors flock to companies that earn profits, but even a profitable business can succumb to failure if its cash flow is irregular and eventually file for bankruptcy. But a company’s resiliency can be fairly judged when its efficacy in generating cash flows is assessed. This is because cash not only shields a company from market mayhem but also indicates that profits are being channelized in the right direction.

To figure out this efficiency, one needs to consider a company’s net cash flow. While in any business cash moves in and out, net cash flow explains how much money the company is actually making.

If a company is experiencing a positive cash flow then it denotes an increase in its liquid assets, which gives it the means to meet debt obligations, shell out for expenses, reinvest in business, endure downturns and finally return wealth to shareholders. On the other hand, a negative cash flow indicates a decline in the company’s liquidity, which in turn lowers its flexibility to support these moves.

However, having a positive cash flow merely does not secure a company’s future growth. To ride on the growth curve, a company must have its cash flow increasing because that indicates management’s efficiency in regulating its cash movements and less dependency on outside financing for running its business.

Therefore, this earnings season and beyond, don’t look at profits only before picking stocks. Make sure to look for stocks with dependable and increasing cash flows.

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http://so-l.ru/news/y/2018_03_07_zacks_investment_research Wed, 07 Mar 2018 16:41:00 +0300
<![CDATA[Ashland (ASH) Relaunches Color Tinting Service Instint]]> Ashland Global Holdings Inc. ASH relaunched Instint — its color tinting service. The product will meet the growing demand for digital matching. Leveraging the portable color sensor NIX, the company can now scan any color of the rainbow and instantly and precisely create gelcoat in any desired color. 
 
Instint has been providing high-quality gelcoats to 50 Instint machines across Europe and dispensed more than 4,000 colors over the past two decades. The product comes with a huge database of colors and offers customers with the exact shade of their choice. The portable Nix PRO color sensor enables measurement the color of any item, match it instantly and provide accurate color information to a smartphone. 
 
Instint can use used together with the company’s broad product portfolio of gelcoats and also can help minimize inventory costs. 
 
Shares of Ashland have moved up 17.1% over the past six months, significantly outperforming the industry’s 0.6% dip.
 
 
 
Ashland missed earnings and sales estimates in first-quarter fiscal 2018 (ended Dec 31, 2017). In the quarter, the company’s adjusted earnings came in at 46 cents per share, trailing the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 47 cents.
 
Revenues increased roughly 19.6% year over year to $842 million. The figure, however, lagged the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $860 million.
 
For fiscal 2018, Ashland updated its adjusted earnings outlook to a range of $2.90-$3.10 per share owing to changes in the company’s effective tax rate. Also, the company raised its effective tax rate expectation for the fiscal as a result of the recently enacted tax reform. This, in turn, is expected to reduce fiscal 2018 adjusted earnings by roughly 30 cents per share.
 
For second-quarter fiscal 2018, Ashland projects adjusted earnings in the range of 80-90 cents per share compared with 70 cents in the prior-year period.
 

Ashland Global Holdings Inc. Price and Consensus
 
 
Ashland has a Zacks Rank #5 (Strong Sell).
 
Some better-ranked stocks in the chemical space are LyondellBasell Industries N.V. LYB, Arkema S.A. ARKAY and Methanex Corporation MEOH.
 
LyondellBasell has an expected long-term earnings growth rate of 9% and sports a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy). The company’s shares have moved up 22.2% in a year. You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.
 
Arkema has an expected long-term earnings growth rate of 8% and flaunts a Zacks Rank #1. The company’s shares have moved up 39.6% in a year.
 
Methanex has an expected long-term earnings growth rate of 15% and carries a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy). Its shares have gained 16.7% over a year. 
 
Breaking News: Cryptocurrencies Now Bigger than Visa
 
The total market cap of all cryptos recently surpassed $700 billion – more than a 3,800% increase in the previous 12 months. They’re now bigger than Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs and even Visa! The new asset class may expand even more rapidly in 2018 as new investors continue pouring in and Wall Street becomes increasingly involved.
 
Zacks has just named 4 companies that enable investors to take advantage of the explosive growth of cryptocurrencies via the stock market.
 

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<![CDATA[Eastman Chemical Hits New 52-Week High on Upbeat Prospects]]> Shares of Eastman Chemical Company EMN scaled a fresh 52-week high of $106.32 on Mar 6, before eventually closing the day at $105.82.
 
Eastman Chemical has a market cap of roughly $15.1 billion. Average volume of shares traded in the last three months is around 1,252K. The company has an expected long-term earnings per share (EPS) growth of 8.9%.
 
The company has an impressive earnings surprise history as it topped the Zacks Consensus Estimate in the trailing four quarters, with an average beat of 17.7%.
 
Shares of Eastman Chemical have moved up 35.1% over a year, outperforming the industry’s 14.9% growth.
 
 
 
Driving Factors
 
In the fourth quarter, Eastman Chemical’s reported earnings of $1.62 per share, up from $1.51 in the year ago-quarter. The results surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $1.06. Revenues rose around 8% year over year to $2,362 million, outpacing the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $2,289.5 million.
 
Annual estimates for Eastman Chemical have moved north over the past two months, reflecting analysts’ confidence on the stock. Over this period, the Zacks Consensus Estimate for 2018 has increased by around 3.2% to $8.47 per share. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for 2019 has also moved up roughly 2.9% over the same time frame to $9.24.
 
In 2018, the company expects to drive growth on the back of investments, innovation and high margin products. It also sees modestly lower tax rate to support earnings growth in 2018. Eastman Chemical anticipates raw material and energy prices, especially for olefins, to be volatile this year. The company expects adjusted EPS growth in 2018 to be 8-12% year over year.
 
Eastman Chemical remains focused on cost-cutting and productivity actions, which is helping it to offset raw material cost inflation and other cost headwinds. The company expects to deliver $100 million of cost savings in 2018 under its cost-reduction program. Its cost-reduction actions are expected to contribute to its earnings per share in 2018.
 
The company should also gain from its strategic acquisitions, especially Taminco. Further, it remains committed to reduce debt and boost shareholder returns leveraging strong free cash flows. Eastman Chemical returned more than $646 million to shareholders during 2017 leveraging healthy free cash flows.
 
 
Eastman Chemical Company Price and Consensus
 

 

Zacks Rank & Other Stocks to Consider

Eastman Chemical has a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy).

 
Some other top-ranked stocks in the chemical space are LyondellBasell Industries N.V. LYB, Arkema S.A. ARKAY and Methanex Corporation MEOH.
 
LyondellBasell has an expected long-term earnings growth rate of 9% and sports a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy). The company’s shares have moved up 22.2% in a year. You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.
 
Arkema has an expected long-term earnings growth rate of 8% and flaunts a Zacks Rank #1. The company’s shares have moved up 39.6% in a year.
 
Methanex has an expected long-term earnings growth rate of 15% and carries a Zacks Rank #2. Its shares have gained 16.7% over a year. 
 
Breaking News: Cryptocurrencies Now Bigger than Visa
 
The total market cap of all cryptos recently surpassed $700 billion – more than a 3,800% increase in the previous 12 months. They’re now bigger than Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs and even Visa! The new asset class may expand even more rapidly in 2018 as new investors continue pouring in and Wall Street becomes increasingly involved.
 
Zacks has just named 4 companies that enable investors to take advantage of the explosive growth of cryptocurrencies via the stock market.
 

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<![CDATA[Bet on 4 High-Flying Stocks With Increasing Cash Flows]]> If achieving profit is a company’s goal then having healthy cash flow is most essential to its existence, development and success. This is because cash offers strength, vitality and flexibility to make investment decisions as well as the fuel to run its growth engine.

Admittedly, investors flock to companies that earn profits, but even a profitable business can succumb to failure if its cash flow is irregular and eventually file for bankruptcy. But a company’s resiliency can be fairly judged when its efficacy in generating cash flows is assessed. This is because cash not only shields a company from market mayhem but also indicates that profits are being channelized in the right direction.

To figure out this efficiency, one needs to consider a company’s net cash flow. While in any business cash moves in and out, net cash flow explains how much money the company is actually making.

If a company is experiencing a positive cash flow then it denotes an increase in its liquid assets, which gives it the means to meet debt obligations, shell out for expenses, reinvest in business, endure downturns and finally return wealth to shareholders. On the other hand, a negative cash flow indicates a decline in the company’s liquidity, which in turn lowers its flexibility to support these moves.

However, having a positive cash flow merely does not secure a company’s future growth. To ride on the growth curve, a company must have its cash flow increasing because that indicates management’s efficiency in regulating its cash movements and less dependency on outside financing for running its business.

Therefore, this earnings season and beyond, don’t look at profits only before picking stocks. Make sure to look for stocks with dependable and increasing cash flows.

Screening Parameters:

To find stocks that have seen increasing cash flow over time, we ran the screen for those whose cash flow in the latest reported quarter was at least equal to or greater than the 5-year average cash flow per common share. This implies a positive trend and increasing cash over a period of time.

In addition to this we chose:

Zacks Rank 1: No matter whether market conditions are good or bad, stocks with a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) have a proven history of outperformance. You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.

Average Broker Rating 1: This indicates that brokers are also highly hopeful about the company’s future performance.

Current Price greater than or equal to $5: This sieves out low-priced stocks.

VGM Score of B or better: This score is also of great assistance in selecting stocks. Importantly, this scoring system helps in picking winning stocks in their individual industry categories.

Here are four out of eight stocks that qualified the screening:

Kulicke&Soffa KLIC, headquartered in Singapore, is a leading provider of semiconductor packaging and electronic assembly solutions supporting the global automotive, consumer, communications, computing and industrial segments. The company has a VGM Score of A.

Kulicke&Soffa has a projected long-term growth rate of 12%. The stock has experienced positive estimate revisions, with the Zacks Consensus Estimate for fiscal 2018 earnings moving 32% north in two months’ time.

SP Plus Corporation SP, based in Chicago, provides professional parking, ground transportation, facility maintenance, security and event logistics services to property owners and managers in all markets of the real estate industry. The company has a VGM score of B.

SP Plus has a projected long-term growth rate of 10%. The stock has experienced solid estimate revisions. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for full-year 2018 earnings has increased 7.5% in a month’s time.

France-based Arkema SA ARKAY is engaged in the manufacturing and marketing of vinyl, industrial chemicals and performance products. The company has a VGM Score of A.

Arkema SA has a projected long-term growth rate of 8%. Moreover, the Zacks Consensus Estimate for 2018 earnings has risen by 10.2% to $11.42 in a month’s time.

Modine Manufacturing Company MOD, headquartered in Racine, WI, is engaged in designing, manufacturing and testing of heat transfer products for a vast range of applications and markets. The company has a VGM Score of A.

The stock has experienced positive estimate revisions, with the Zacks Consensus Estimate for fiscal 2018 earnings moving 4.9% north in two months’ time.

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<![CDATA[Methanex (MEOH) Board Approves New Share Repurchase Program]]> Methanex Corporation’s MEOH board of directors approved a Normal Course Issuer Bid, per which the company will purchase for cancellation up to 6,590,095 common shares representing 10% of the public float at the time of the announcement. 
 
The repurchase under the program will start on Mar 13, 2018 and end no later than Mar 12, 2019.  Share buybacks will be made from time to time at the then current market price and all shares purchased will be cancelled. 
 
The company has a long track record of returning excess cash to shareholders. Methanex is well positioned to generate strong cash flows at a range of methanol prices. Additionally, the company has a solid liquidity position and strong balance sheet. It remains on track with its plans of capitalizing on near-term growth opportunities in Chile.
 
In the last six months, shares of Methanex have moved up 9.1%, outperforming the industry’s gain of 7%.
 
 
 
In fourth-quarter 2017, the company recorded adjusted (barring one-time items) earnings of $1.70 per share, outpacing the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $1.19. Revenues also increased roughly 47.2% year over year to $861 million.
 
Methanex generated cash flows from operating activities of $206 million in the fourth quarter compared with $66 million in the prior-year quarter. Cash and cash equivalents were $375.5 million at the end of 2017, a roughly 68% year-over-year increase. 
 
Methanex noted that methanol prices improved in the fourth quarter as well as in the early 2018 courtesy of healthy demand and methanol supply challenges. Meanwhile, the company’s Chile IV plant is progressing with its restart process and is expected to be complete by third-quarter 2018.
 
 
Methanex Corporation Price and Consensus
 

 

Zacks Rank & Other Stocks to Consider

Methanex sports a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy).

Some other top-ranked stocks worth considering from the chemical space are Arkema SA ARKAY, LyondellBasell Industries N.V. LYB and Univar Inc. UNVR. All three stocks flaunt a Zacks Rank #1. You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.
 
LyondellBasell has an expected long-term earnings growth rate of 9%. The company’s shares have moved up 18.5% in a year.
 
Arkema has an expected long-term earnings growth rate of 8%. The company’s shares have moved up 17.2% in six months.
 
Univar has an expected long-term earnings growth rate of 13.6%. The company’s shares have gained 10.7% in six months.
 
Wall Street’s Next Amazon
 
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http://so-l.ru/news/y/2018_03_06_methanex_meoh_board_approves_new_share Tue, 06 Mar 2018 15:59:00 +0300
<![CDATA[Zacks.com highlights: Arkema SA, GP Strategies, Commercial Vehicle Group, MasTec and Modine Manufacturing]]> For Immediate Release

Chicago, IL – March 2, 2018 - Stocks in this week’s article include: Arkema SA ARKAY, GP Strategies Corporation GPX, Commercial Vehicle Group Inc. CVGI, MasTec Inc. MTZ and Modine Manufacturing Company MOD.

Screen of the Week of Zacks Investment Research:

5 Top Stocks with Striking Net Profit Margin

The primary motive of any investor is to generate maximum returns. Thus, investors are always on the lookout for companies that are raking in huge profits.

Net profit margin is the most effective way to measure a company’s profitability. A proper analysis of the same reveals how well a company is functioning and the headwinds confronting it.

Net Profit Margin= Net profit /Sales * 100.

In simple terms, net profit is the amount a company retains after deducting all costs, interest, depreciation, taxes and other expenses. In fact, net profit margin can turn out to be a potent point of reference to gauge the strength in a company operations and cost-control measures.

Also, higher net profit is essential for rewarding stakeholders. Further, strength in the metric not only attracts investors but also draws well-skilled employees that eventually add to the value of the business.

Moreover, a higher net profit margin compared to its peers lends the company a competitive edge.

Pros and Cons

Net profit margin helps investors gain clarity on a company’s business model in terms of pricing policy, cost structure and manufacturing efficiency. Hence, a strong net profit margin is preferred by all classes of investors.

However, net profit margin as an investment criterion has its own share of pitfalls. The metric varies widely from industry to industry. While net income is a key metric for investment measurement in traditional industries, it is not that important for technology companies.

Moreover, the difference in accounting treatment of various items — especially non-cash expenses like depreciation and stock-based compensation — makes comparison a daunting task.

Further, for companies preferring to grow with debt instead of equity funding, higher interest expenses usually weigh on net profit. In such cases, the measure is rendered ineffective to analyze a company’s performance.

And that's what we're screening for today…

For the rest of this Screen of the Week article please visit Zacks.com at: https://www.zacks.com/stock/news/294194/5-top-stocks-with-striking-net-profit-margin

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http://so-l.ru/news/y/2018_03_02_zacks_com_highlights_arkema_sa_gp_stra Fri, 02 Mar 2018 16:55:00 +0300
<![CDATA[5 Top Stocks With Striking Net Profit Margin]]> The primary motive of any investor is to generate maximum returns. Thus, investors are always on the lookout for companies that are raking in huge profits.

Net profit margin is the most effective way to measure a company’s profitability. A proper analysis of the same reveals how well a company is functioning and the headwinds confronting it.

Net Profit Margin = Net profit /Sales * 100.

In simple terms, net profit is the amount a company retains after deducting all costs, interest, depreciation, taxes and other expenses. In fact, net profit margin can turn out to be a potent point of reference to gauge the strength in a company operations and cost-control measures.

Also, higher net profit is essential for rewarding stakeholders. Further, strength in the metric not only attracts investors but also draws well-skilled employees that eventually add to the value of the business.

Moreover, a higher net profit margin compared to its peers lends the company a competitive edge.

Pros and Cons

Net profit margin helps investors gain clarity on a company’s business model in terms of pricing policy, cost structure and manufacturing efficiency. Hence, a strong net profit margin is preferred by all classes of investors.

However, net profit margin as an investment criterion has its own share of pitfalls. The metric varies widely from industry to industry. While net income is a key metric for investment measurement in traditional industries, it is not that important for technology companies.

Moreover, the difference in accounting treatment of various items — especially non-cash expenses like depreciation and stock-based compensation — makes comparison a daunting task.

Further, for companies preferring to grow with debt instead of equity funding, higher interest expenses usually weigh on net profit. In such cases, the measure is rendered ineffective to analyze a company’s performance.

The Winning Strategy

A healthy net profit margin and solid EPS growth are the two most sought-after elements in a business model.

Apart from these, we have added a few criteria to ensure maximum returns from this strategy.

Screening Parameters

Net Margin 12 months – Most Recent (%) greater than equal to 0: High net profit margin indicates solid profitability.

Percentage Change in EPS F(0)/(F-1) greater than equal to 0: It indicates earnings growth.

Average Broker Rating (1-5) equal to 1: A rating of #1 indicates brokers’ extreme bullishness on the stock.

Zacks Rank less than or equal to 2: Stocks with a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) or 2 (Buy) generally perform better than peers in all types of market environment.

VGM Score of A or B: Our research shows that stocks with a VGM Score of A or B when combined with a Zacks Rank #1 or 2 offer the best upside potential.

Here are five of the 30 stocks that qualified the screen:

France-based Arkema SA ARKAY is engaged in the manufacturing and marketing of vinyl, industrial chemicals and performance products. The stock has a Zacks Rank #1 and a VGM Score of A. Moreover, the Zacks Consensus Estimate for 2018 earnings has increased by 10.2% to $11.42 in the last 30 days. You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.

Columbia, MD-based GP Strategies Corporation GPX is a global provider of training, eLearning solutions, management consulting and engineering services. The stock has a Zacks Rank #2 and a VGM Score of B. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for 2018 earnings has remained steady at $1.43 per share in the last 30 days.

New Albany, OH-based Commercial Vehicle Group Inc. CVGI supplies interior systems, vision-safety solutions and other cab-related products to the global commercial vehicle market. The stock sports a Zacks Rank #1 and has a VGM Score of B. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for fiscal 2018 earnings has remained steady at $1.22 over the last 30 days.

MasTec Inc. MTZ is one of the largest providers of construction services to the telecommunications industry in the United States. The stock has a Zacks Rank #2 and a VGM Score of B. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for fiscal 2018 earnings has remained steady at $3.25 over the last 30 days.

Headquartered in Racine, WI, Modine Manufacturing Company MOD is a designer, manufacturer and distributor of thermal management systems and components for several end markets. The stock has a Zacks Rank #1 and a VGM Score of A. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for fiscal 2018 earnings has increased 7 cents to $1.50, over the last 30 days.

Get the rest of the stocks on the list and start putting this and other ideas to the test. It can all be done with the Research Wizard stock picking and back testing software.

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Disclosure: Officers, directors and/or employees of Zacks Investment Research may own or have sold short securities and/or hold long and/or short positions in options that are mentioned in this material. An affiliated investment advisory firm may own or have sold short securities and/or hold long and/or short positions in options that are mentioned in this material.

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<![CDATA[Eastman Chemical (EMN) to Hike Prices of Selective Products]]> Eastman Chemical Company EMN will raise the list and off-list selling prices of few products. The price hike will be effective from Mar 1 or as contracts permit. 
 
The company will increase the prices of acetic acid all grades, acetic acid dilute and acetic acid-anhydride blend by 2 cents per pound in North and Latin America. In North America, prices of methyl acetate and methyl acetate, high purity grade, will be raised by 5 cents per pound. 
 
Eastman Chemical is taking appropriate pricing actions amid an escalated raw material pricing environment. High selling prices drove revenues in the company’s Chemical Intermediates segment in fourth-quarter 2017. 
 
Eastman Chemical’s shares have rallied 30.3% over a year, outperforming the 19.7% gain of the industry it belongs to.
 
 
 
In the fourth quarter, Eastman Chemical’s reported earnings of $1.62 per share, up from $1.51 in the year ago-quarter. The bottom line surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $1.06. Revenues rose around 8% year over year to $2,362 million, outpacing the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $2,289.5 million.
 
In 2018, the company expects to drive growth on the back of growth investments, innovation and high margin products. It also sees modestly lower tax rate to support earnings growth in 2018. Eastman Chemical anticipates raw material and energy prices, especially for olefins, to be volatile this year. The company expects adjusted earnings per share growth in 2018 to be 8-12% year over year.
 
Meanwhile, Eastman Chemical continues to focus on cost-cutting and productivity actions that are helping it to offset raw material price inflation. The company should also gain from its strategic acquisitions, especially Taminco. Furthermore, it remains committed to reduce debt and boost shareholder returns leveraging strong free cash flows.
 
Eastman Chemical Company Price and Consensus
 
 
Eastman Chemical carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).
 
Some better-ranked stocks in the chemical space are Methanex Corporation MEOH, Arkema S.A. ARKAY and The Chemours Company CC
 
Methanex has an expected long-term earnings growth rate of 15% and flaunts a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy). Its shares have gained 12.5% over a year. You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.
 
Arkema has an expected long-term earnings growth rate of 13.1% and carries a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy). The company’s shares have rallied 37.7% in a year.
 
Chemours has an expected long-term earnings growth rate of 15.5% and carries a Zacks Rank #2.  Its shares have surged 51% over a year.
 
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<![CDATA[LyondellBasell Declares Hike of Quarterly Dividend by 11%]]> LyondellBasell Industries N.V. LYB declared that its Supervisory Board has authorized its management to raise quarterly dividend by 11% to $1 per share from 90 cents in fourth-quarter 2017. The dividend will be paid on Mar 12, 2018 to shareholders of record as of Mar 5, 2018, with an ex-dividend date of Mar 2, 2018. Notably, this marks LyondellBasell’s 10th dividend increase since 2011.

LyondellBasell remains committed to deliver greater value to shareholders leveraging healthy cash flows. The company returned $22.9 billion through dividends and share repurchases over the past five years.

LyondellBasell ended 2017 with cash and cash equivalents of $1,523 million, up 74.1% year over year. The company generated cash flows from operations of $5.2 billion in 2017. LyondellBasell repurchased 10 million shares in 2017, returning $866 million to shareholders. The company also paid dividend worth $1.4 billion last year.

LyondellBasell has outperformed the industry it belongs to over the past six months. The company’s shares have rallied around 23.6% over this period, compared with roughly 13.7% gain recorded by the industry.

 

LyondellBasell’s net profits from continuing operations rose more than two-fold, year over year to $1.9 billion or $4.80 per share in fourth-quarter 2017. Barring a non-cash benefit from the U.S. tax reform of $2.07 per share, adjusted earnings came in at $2.73 per share for the quarter, beating the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $2.52.

Revenues increased roughly 17.9% year over year to $9,135 million in the quarter, topping the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $8,785 million.

LyondellBasell, during fourth-quarter call, noted that strong global demand and delays in capacity additions across the industry have led to improved outlook for 2018. The company intends to realize the benefits of strong operating rates across its global portfolio of assets and continue the upward trajectory in profitability for the Houston refinery. The company expects strong contributions from its refinery in 2018, driven by the efforts to improve its reliability and performance.

LyondellBasell Industries N.V. Price and Consensus

 

 

Zacks Rank & Other Stocks to Consider

LyondellBasell currently sports a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy).

Some other top-ranked stocks in the basic materials space are Methanex Corporation MEOH, Arkema S.A. ARKAY and The Chemours Company CC.

Methanex has an expected long-term earnings growth rate of 15% and flaunts a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy). Its shares have gained 13.1% over a year. You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.

Arkema has an expected long-term earnings growth rate of 13.1% and carries a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy). The company’s shares have rallied 35.8% in a year.

Chemours has an expected long-term earnings growth rate of 15.5% and carries a Zacks Rank #2.  Its shares have surged 51.1% over a year.

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<![CDATA[Arkema reports Q4 results]]> http://so-l.ru/news/y/2018_02_22_arkema_reports_q4_results Thu, 22 Feb 2018 11:22:18 +0300 <![CDATA[5 Top Stocks With a Handsome Net Profit Margin]]> Investors flock to a business that reports profits on a regular basis. And to gauge the extent of profit there is no better metric than net profit margin.

A higher net margin reflects a company’s efficiency at converting sales into actual profit.

Net Profit Margin = Net profit /Sales * 100.

In simple terms, net profit is the amount a company retains after deducting all costs, interest, depreciation, taxes and other expenses. In fact, net profit margin can turn out to be a potent point of reference to gauge the strength in a company operations and cost-control measures.

Also, higher net profit is essential for rewarding stakeholders. Further, strength in the metric not only attracts investors but also draws well-skilled employees that eventually add to the value of the business.

Moreover, a higher net profit margin compared to its peers lends the company a competitive edge.

Pros and Cons

Net profit margin helps investors gain clarity on a company’s business model in terms of pricing policy, cost structure and manufacturing efficiency. Hence, a strong net profit margin is preferred by all classes of investors.

However, net profit margin as an investment criterion has its own share of pitfalls. The metric varies widely from industry to industry. While net income is a key metric for investment measurement in traditional industries, it is not that important for technology companies.

Moreover, the difference in accounting treatment of various items — especially non-cash expenses like depreciation and stock-based compensation — makes comparison a daunting task.

Further, for companies preferring to grow with debt instead of equity funding, higher interest expenses usually weigh on net profit. In such cases, the measure is rendered ineffective to analyze a company’s performance.

The Winning Strategy

A healthy net profit margin and solid EPS growth are the two most sought-after elements in a business model.

Apart from these, we have added a few criteria to ensure maximum returns from this strategy.

Screening Parameters

Net Margin 12 months – Most Recent (%) greater than equal to 0: High net profit margin indicates solid profitability.

Percentage Change in EPS F(0)/(F-1) greater than equal to 0: It indicates earnings growth.

Average Broker Rating (1-5) equal to 1: A rating of #1 indicates brokers’ extreme bullishness on the stock.

Zacks Rank less than or equal to 2: Stocks with a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) or 2 (Buy) generally perform better than peers in all types of market environment.

VGM Score of A or B: Our research shows that stocks with a VGM Score of A or B when combined with a Zacks Rank #1 or 2 offer the best upside potential.

Here are five of the 20 stocks that qualified the screen:

Columbia, MD-based GP Strategies Corporation GPX is a global provider of training, eLearning solutions, management consulting, and engineering services. The stock has a Zacks Rank #1 and a VGM Score of B. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for 2018 earnings has remained steady at $1.43 per share in the last 30 days. You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.

France-based Arkema SA ARKAY is engaged in the manufacturing and marketing of vinyl, industrial chemicals, and performance products. The stock has a Zacks Rank #2 and a VGM Score of A. Moreover, the Zacks Consensus Estimate for 2018 earnings has increased by 3.6% to $10.36 in the last 30 days.

New Albany, OH-based Commercial Vehicle Group Inc. CVGI supplies interior systems, vision-safety solutions and other cab-related products to the global commercial vehicle market. The stock sports a Zacks Rank #1 and has a VGM Score of A. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for fiscal 2018 earnings has increased by a nickel to $1.22 over the last 30 days.

MasTec Inc. MTZ is one of the largest providers of construction services to the telecommunications industry in the United States. The stock has a Zacks Rank #2 and a VGM Score of A. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for fiscal 2018 earnings has increased by 4.2% to $3.25 over the last 30 days.

Headquartered in Racine, WI, Modine Manufacturing Company MOD is a designer, manufacturer and distributor of thermal management systems and components for several end markets. The stock has a Zacks Rank #2 and a VGM Score of A. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for fiscal 2018 earnings has increased 7 cents to $1.50, over the last 30 days.

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<![CDATA[Zacks.com highlights: GP Strategies, Arkema SA, Commercial Vehicle Group, MasTec and Eagle Bancorp Montana]]> For Immediate Release

Chicago, IL – Jan 31, 2018 - Stocks in this week’s article include: GP Strategies Corporation GPX, Arkema SA ARKAY, Commercial Vehicle Group Inc. CVGI, MasTec Inc. MTZ and Eagle Bancorp Montana, Inc. EBMT.

Screen of the Week of Zacks Investment Research:

5 Solid Stocks with Impressive Net Profit Margin

Investors rely on net profit margin to pick stocks that ensure maximum returns from the portfolio. Net profit margin is the most effective way to measure a company’s profitability. A proper analysis of the same reveals how well a company is run and the headwinds confronting it.

A higher net margin reflects a company’s efficiency at converting sales into actual profits.

Net Profit Margin= Net profit /Sales * 100.

In simple terms, net profit is the amount a company retains after deducting all costs, interest, depreciation, taxes and other expenses. In fact, net profit margin can turn out to be a potent point of reference to gauge the strength in a company operations and cost-control measures.

Also, higher net profit is essential for rewarding stakeholders. Further, strength in the metric not only attracts investors but also draws well-skilled employees that eventually add to the value of the business.

Moreover, a higher net profit margin compared to its peers lends the company a competitive edge.

Pros and Cons

Net profit margin helps investors gain clarity on a company’s business model in terms of pricing policy, cost structure and manufacturing efficiency. Hence, a strong net profit margin is preferred by all classes of investors.

However, net profit margin as an investment criterion has its own share of pitfalls. The metric varies widely from industry to industry. While net income is a key metric for investment measurement in traditional industries, it is not that important for technology companies.

Moreover, the difference in accounting treatment of various items — especially non-cash expenses like depreciation and stock-based compensation — makes comparison a daunting task.

Further, for companies preferring to grow with debt instead of equity funding, higher interest expenses usually weigh on net profit. In such cases, the measure is rendered ineffective to analyze a company’s performance.

And that's what we're screening for today…

For the rest of this Screen of the Week article please visit Zacks.com at: https://www.zacks.com/stock/news/290579/5-solid-stocks-with-impressive-net-profit-margin

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Disclosure: Officers, directors and/or employees of Zacks Investment Research may own or have sold short securities and/or hold long and/or short positions in options that are mentioned in this material. An affiliated investment advisory firm may own or have sold short securities and/or hold long and/or short positions in options that are mentioned in this material.

About Screen of the Week

Zacks.com created the first and best screening system on the web earning the distinction as the "#1 site for screening stocks" by Money Magazine.  But powerful screening tools is just the start. That is why Zacks created the Screen of the Week to highlight profitable stock picking strategies that investors can actively use.

Strong Stocks that Should Be in the News

Many are little publicized and fly under the Wall Street radar. They're virtually unknown to the general public. Yet today's 220 Zacks Rank #1 "Strong Buys" were generated by the stock-picking system that has more than doubled the market from 1988 through 2016. Its average gain has been a stellar +25% per year. See these high-potential stocks free >>.

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Past performance is no guarantee of future results. Inherent in any investment is the potential for loss. This material is being provided for informational purposes only and nothing herein constitutes investment, legal, accounting or tax advice, or a recommendation to buy, sell or hold a security. No recommendation or advice is being given as to whether any investment is suitable for a particular investor. It should not be assumed that any investments in securities, companies, sectors or markets identified and described were or will be profitable. All information is current as of the date of herein and is subject to change without notice. Any views or opinions expressed may not reflect those of the firm as a whole. Zacks Investment Research does not engage in investment banking, market making or asset management activities of any securities. These returns are from hypothetical portfolios consisting of stocks with Zacks Rank = 1 that were rebalanced monthly with zero transaction costs. These are not the returns of actual portfolios of stocks. The S&P 500 is an unmanaged index. Visit https://www.zacks.com/performance for information about the performance numbers displayed in this press release.


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http://so-l.ru/news/y/2018_01_31_zacks_com_highlights_gp_strategies_ark Wed, 31 Jan 2018 17:10:00 +0300
<![CDATA[5 Solid Stocks With Impressive Net Profit Margin]]> Investors rely on net profit margin to pick stocks that ensure maximum returns from the portfolio. Net profit margin is the most effective way to measure a company’s profitability. A proper analysis of the same reveals how well a company is run and the headwinds confronting it.

A higher net margin reflects a company’s efficiency at converting sales into actual profits.

Net Profit Margin = Net profit /Sales * 100.

In simple terms, net profit is the amount a company retains after deducting all costs, interest, depreciation, taxes and other expenses. In fact, net profit margin can turn out to be a potent point of reference to gauge the strength in a company operations and cost-control measures.

Also, higher net profit is essential for rewarding stakeholders. Further, strength in the metric not only attracts investors but also draws well-skilled employees that eventually add to the value of the business.

Moreover, a higher net profit margin compared to its peers lends the company a competitive edge.

Pros and Cons

Net profit margin helps investors gain clarity on a company’s business model in terms of pricing policy, cost structure and manufacturing efficiency. Hence, a strong net profit margin is preferred by all classes of investors.

However, net profit margin as an investment criterion has its own share of pitfalls. The metric varies widely from industry to industry. While net income is a key metric for investment measurement in traditional industries, it is not that important for technology companies.

Moreover, the difference in accounting treatment of various items — especially non-cash expenses like depreciation and stock-based compensation — makes comparison a daunting task.

Further, for companies preferring to grow with debt instead of equity funding, higher interest expenses usually weigh on net profit. In such cases, the measure is rendered ineffective to analyze a company’s performance.

The Winning Strategy

A healthy net profit margin and solid EPS growth are the two most sought-after elements in a business model.

Apart from these, we have added a few criteria to ensure maximum returns from this strategy.

Screening Parameters

Net Margin 12 months – Most Recent (%) greater than equal to 0: High net profit margin indicates solid profitability.

Percentage Change in EPS F(0)/(F-1) greater than equal to 0: It indicates earnings growth.

Average Broker Rating (1-5) equal to 1: A rating of #1 indicates brokers’ extreme bullishness on the stock.

Zacks Rank less than or equal to 2: Stocks with a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) or 2 (Buy) generally perform better than peers in all types of market environment.

VGM Score of A or B: Our research shows that stocks with a VGM Score of A or B when combined with a Zacks Rank #1 or 2 offer the best upside potential.

Here are five of the 18 stocks that qualified the screen:

Columbia, MD-based GP Strategies Corporation GPX is a global provider of training, eLearning solutions, management consulting and engineering services. The stock has a Zacks Rank #1 and a VGM Score of B. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for 2018 earnings has increased 9 cents to $1.43 per share in the last 30 days. You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.

France-based Arkema SA ARKAY is engaged in the manufacturing and marketing of vinyl, industrial chemicals, and performance products. The stock has a Zacks Rank #2 and a VGM Score of A. Moreover, the Zacks Consensus Estimate for 2018 earnings has increased by 7.4% to $10.00 in the last 30 days.

New Albany, OH-based Commercial Vehicle Group Inc. CVGI supplies interior systems, vision-safety solutions and other cab-related products to the global commercial vehicle market. The stock sports a Zacks Rank #1 and a VGM Score of A. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for fiscal 2018 earnings has increased by a nickel to $1.22 over the last 30 days.

MasTec Inc. MTZ is one of the largest providers of construction services to the telecommunications industry in the United States. The stock has a Zacks Rank #1 and a VGM Score of A. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for fiscal 2018 earnings has increased 4.6% to $3.19 over the last 30 days.

Eagle Bancorp Montana, Inc. EBMT operates as a holding company for American Federal Savings Bank that provides retail banking services in the south central portion of Montana. The stock has a Zacks Rank #2 and a VGM Score of B. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for fiscal 2018 earnings has increased by 6 cents to $1.60 over the last 30 days.

Get the rest of the stocks on the list and start putting this and other ideas to the test. It can all be done with the Research Wizard stock picking and back testing software.

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Disclosure: Officers, directors and/or employees of Zacks Investment Research may own or have sold short securities and/or hold long and/or short positions in options that are mentioned in this material. An affiliated investment advisory firm may own or have sold short securities and/or hold long and/or short positions in options that are mentioned in this material.

Disclosure: Performance information for Zacks' portfolios and strategies are available at: https://www.zacks.com/performance.

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Arkema SA (ARKAY): Free Stock Analysis Report
 
GP Strategies Corporation (GPX): Free Stock Analysis Report
 
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http://so-l.ru/news/y/2018_01_30_5_solid_stocks_with_impressive_net_profi Tue, 30 Jan 2018 17:20:00 +0300
<![CDATA[Zacks.com highlights: Broadcom, Arkema SA, Johnson Outdoors, Modine Manufacturing and DAQO New Energy]]> For Immediate Release

Chicago, IL – Jan 15, 2018 - Stocks in this week’s article include: Broadcom Limited AVGO, Arkema SA ARKAY, Johnson Outdoors Inc. JOUTModine Manufacturing Company MOD and DAQO New Energy Corp. DQ.

Screen of the Week of Zacks Investment Research:

5 Top Stocks With Impressive Net Profit Margin

The primary purpose of a business is to generate profits that can be reinvested in the expansion or utilization of rewarding shareholders. Net profit margin is an effective tool for the measurement of profits generated by a business.

Net Profit Margin = Net profit /Sales * 100.

In simple terms, net profit is the amount a company retains after deducting all costs, interest, depreciation, taxes and other expenses. In fact, net profit margin can turn out to be a potent point of reference to gauge the strength in a company operations and cost-control measures.

Also, higher net profit is essential for rewarding stakeholders. Net margin helps investors judge the risk involved in an investment. Creditors also view it as crucial to determining a company’s ability to pay off debts.

Moreover, a higher net profit margin compared to its peers lends the company a competitive edge.

Pros and Cons

Net profit margin helps investors gain clarity on a company’s business model in terms of pricing policy, cost structure and manufacturing efficiency. Hence, a strong net profit margin is preferred by all classes of investors.

However, net profit margin as an investment criterion has its own share of pitfalls. The metric varies widely from industry to industry. While net income is a key metric for investment measurement in traditional industries, it is not that important for technology companies.

Moreover, the difference in accounting treatment of various items — especially non-cash expenses like depreciation and stock-based compensation — makes comparison a daunting task.

Further, for companies preferring to grow with debt instead of equity funding, higher interest expenses usually weigh on net profit. In such cases, the measure is rendered ineffective to analyze a company’s performance.

And that's what we're screening for today…

For the rest of this Screen of the Week article please visit Zacks.com at: https://www.zacks.com/stock/news/264251/5-top-stocks-with-impressive-net-profit-margin

Get the remaining stocks on the list and start putting this and other ideas to the test. It can all be done with the Research Wizard stock picking and back testing software.

The Research Wizard is a great place to begin. It's easy to use. Everything is in plain language. And it's very intuitive. Start your Research Wizard trial today. And the next time you read an economic report, open up the Research Wizard, plug your finds in, and see what gems come out.

Click here to sign up for a free trial to the Research Wizard today.

Disclosure: Officers, directors and/or employees of Zacks Investment Research may own or have sold short securities and/or hold long and/or short positions in options that are mentioned in this material. An affiliated investment advisory firm may own or have sold short securities and/or hold long and/or short positions in options that are mentioned in this material.

About Screen of the Week

Zacks.com created the first and best screening system on the web earning the distinction as the "#1 site for screening stocks" by Money Magazine.  But powerful screening tools is just the start. That is why Zacks created the Screen of the Week to highlight profitable stock picking strategies that investors can actively use.

Strong Stocks that Should Be in the News

Many are little publicized and fly under the Wall Street radar. They're virtually unknown to the general public. Yet today's 220 Zacks Rank #1 "Strong Buys" were generated by the stock-picking system that has more than doubled the market from 1988 through 2016. Its average gain has been a stellar +25% per year. See these high-potential stocks free >>.

Follow us on Twitter:  https://twitter.com/zacksresearch

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Zacks Investment Research is under common control with affiliated entities (including a broker-dealer and an investment adviser), which may engage in transactions involving the foregoing securities for the clients of such affiliates.

Contact: Jim Giaquinto

Company: Zacks.com

Phone: 312-265-9268

Email: pr@zacks.com

Visit: https://www.zacks.com/

Zacks.com provides investment resources and informs you of these resources, which you may choose to use in making your own investment decisions. Zacks is providing information on this resource to you subject to the Zacks "Terms and Conditions of Service" disclaimer. www.zacks.com/disclaimer.

Past performance is no guarantee of future results. Inherent in any investment is the potential for loss. This material is being provided for informational purposes only and nothing herein constitutes investment, legal, accounting or tax advice, or a recommendation to buy, sell or hold a security. No recommendation or advice is being given as to whether any investment is suitable for a particular investor. It should not be assumed that any investments in securities, companies, sectors or markets identified and described were or will be profitable. All information is current as of the date of herein and is subject to change without notice. Any views or opinions expressed may not reflect those of the firm as a whole. Zacks Investment Research does not engage in investment banking, market making or asset management activities of any securities. These returns are from hypothetical portfolios consisting of stocks with Zacks Rank = 1 that were rebalanced monthly with zero transaction costs. These are not the returns of actual portfolios of stocks. The S&P 500 is an unmanaged index. Visit https://www.zacks.com/performance for information about the performance numbers displayed in this press release.


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DAQO New Energy Corp. (DQ): Free Stock Analysis Report
 
Broadcom Limited (AVGO): Free Stock Analysis Report
 
Johnson Outdoors Inc. (JOUT): Free Stock Analysis Report
 
To read this article on Zacks.com click here.
 
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http://so-l.ru/news/y/2018_01_15_zacks_com_highlights_broadcom_arkema_s Mon, 15 Jan 2018 16:11:00 +0300
<![CDATA[Zacks.com highlights: Broadcom, Arkema SA, Nutrisystem, Gibraltar Industries and Willdan Group]]> For Immediate Release

Chicago, IL – Dec 28, 2017 - Stocks in this week’s article include: Broadcom Limited AVGO, Arkema SA ARKAY, Nutrisystem Inc. NTRI, Gibraltar Industries Inc. ROCK and Willdan Group Inc. WLDN.

Screen of the Week of Zacks Investment Research:

5 Top Stocks with Solid Net Profit Margin

The primary motive of any investor is to generate maximum returns. Investors are thus always on the lookout for companies that are raking in solid profits.

Net profit margin is the most effective way to measure a company’s profitability. A proper analysis of the same reveals how well a company is run and the headwinds confronting it.

Net Profit Margin = Net profit /Sales * 100.

In simple terms, net profit is the amount a company retains after deducting all costs, interest, depreciation, taxes and other expenses. In fact, net profit margin can turn out to be a potent point of reference to gauge the strength in a company operations and cost-control measures.

Also, higher net profit is essential for rewarding stakeholders. Further, strength in the metric not only attracts investors but also draws well-skilled employees that eventually add to the value of the business.

Moreover, a higher net profit margin compared to its peers lends the company a competitive edge.

Pros and Cons

Net profit margin helps investors gain clarity on a company’s business model in terms of pricing policy, cost structure and manufacturing efficiency. Hence, a strong net profit margin is preferred by all classes of investors.

However, net profit margin as an investment criterion has its own share of pitfalls. The metric varies widely from industry to industry. While net income is a key metric for investment measurement in traditional industries, it is not that important for technology companies.

Moreover, the difference in accounting treatment of various items — especially non-cash expenses like depreciation and stock-based compensation — makes comparison a daunting task.

Further, for companies preferring to grow with debt instead of equity funding, higher interest expenses usually weigh on net profit. In such cases, the measure is rendered ineffective to analyze a company’s performance.

The Winning Strategy

A healthy net profit margin and solid EPS growth are the two most sought-after elements in a business model.

Apart from these, we have added a few criteria to ensure maximum returns from this strategy.

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