Reading Mining Performances So Far in April
Last month, many miners saw their prices rise due to the revival in precious metals.
On April 19, the implied volatilities of First Majestic Silver, Royal Gold, New Gold, and Agnico-Eagle Mines stood at 60.6%, 33.5%, 54.9%, and 39.3%, respectively.
The iShares Gold Trust (IAU) and the iShares Silver Trust (SLV) have seen massive YTD (year-to-date) gains of 12.1% and 14.8%, respectively.
How Starbucks’s Valuation Compares to Peers
For the next four quarters, analysts are expecting Starbucks to post EPS growth of 12.8%.
As of April 20, 2017, Starbucks (SBUX) is trading at $60.08.
For fiscal 2Q17, analysts are expecting Starbucks (SBUX) to post EBIT (earnings before interest and tax) of $994.8 million, which represents an EBIT margin of 18.4%.
How Has Supervalu’s Stock Performed?
After falling around 30% in 2016, Supervalu’s (SVU) stock continues to be in the red in 2017.
Wall Street is quite positive on Supervalu’s (SVU) stock. Analysts are expecting a 45% rise in SVU’s stock price over the next 12 months.
After adjusting for certain one-time charges, third quarter net earnings (from continuing operations) stood at $14 million, or $0.05 per diluted share.
Analysts Expect a Decent Upside in FirstEnergy
On April 20, 2017, among the 21 analysts tracking FirstEnergy, 12 recommended it as a “hold,” five recommended it as a “buy,” and two recommended it as a “strong buy.”
FirstEnergy (FE) is trading at an EV-to-EBITDA ratio of 7.8x, while the industry average is near 10x.
On April 20, 2017, FirstEnergy stock was trading 1% and 4% below its 50-day moving average and 200-day moving average, respectively.
BlackRock’s Analyst Ratings Suggest Relative Outperformance
In April 2017, ten out of the 14 analysts (or ~71.4%) covering BlackRock (BLK) have rated it as a “buy” or a “hold.” The stock’s mean price target has risen marginally to $432.91 per share.
BlackRock (BLK) continues to command a premium compared to other traditional asset managers due to its scale, operating performance, and ETF expansion.
BlackRock (BLK) rewards its shareholders with dividends and repurchases in line with its performance. In 1Q17, BlackRock declared a total dividend of $2.50, a 9% rise over the prior year’s quarter.
OptumRx and OptumInsight May Witness Robust Growth Trends in 2017
In 1Q17, UnitedHealth Group’s (UNH) Optum business reported $21.2 billion in revenues, which represents year-over-year growth of around 7.9%.
In 1Q17, UnitedHealth Group’s (UNH) UnitedHealthcare business witnessed a 2.5 million year-over-year increase in customers.
In 1Q17, UnitedHealth Group (UNH) witnessed a year-over-year increase of 70 basis points in its medical care ratio.
Why a Majority of Analysts Advise a ‘Buy’ on CSX
Of the 29 analysts covering CSX, seven have issued a “strong buy,” 11 advise a “buy,” and ten analysts suggest a “hold” on the stock. Only one analyst issued a “sell” opinion on CSX stock.
The revenues for CSX’s Intermodal segment rose to $434.0 million in 1Q17, up 7% from $405.0 million in 1Q16.
Revenues from CSX’s Merchandise segment rose 6% to $1.8 billion in 1Q17 against $1.7 billion on a year-over-year basis.
How a Trump Presidency Could Impact US Markets
Trump recently attacked Fed rates and even talked about trying to gain more control over the independent body.
We’re nearing the end of August—many investment professionals will be watching markets from the beach. The second revision to Q2 GDP will be out on Friday.
The NAHB Wells Fargo Housing Market Index, which measures homebuilder sentiment, peaked at 71 during the height of the housing bubble in late 2005. It bottomed out at 8 in early 2009.
Gauging Comcast’s Operational Metrics before Q1 Earnings?
Comcast’s (CMCSA) capex trend has been shifting. The cost of rolling out its CPE (customer premise equipment) is decreasing as a percentage of total capex.
In this part of the series, we’ll look at some key metrics you can use to compare media companies’ valuation
On April 19, Bloomberg reported, citing Verizon Communications’ (VZ) CEO, Lowell McAdam, that Verizon is open to merger discussions with either Comcast (CMCSA), The Walt Disney Company (DIS), or CBS (CBS).
Why Is NRG Energy’s Implied Volatility Up?
On February 1, 2017, NRG Energy had the highest implied volatility among the utility companies that make up the Utilities Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLU).
On January 11, 2017, NRG Energy (NRG) had a short interest-to-equity float ratio of 6.7%—the highest among the utility stocks that make up XLU.
NRG Energy rose 45.5% in the past year. It has the highest implied volatility of all the utility companies that make up XLU. In the past week, it rose 8.2%.