Futures for U.S. markets were higher late Thursday, but they have provided little guidance to Wall Street’s performance in regular trade in the final week of the year as both the Trump and Santa rallies wilted.
Both the Dow Jones Industrials and S&P 500 were up 0.07% while Nasdaq gained 0.12% at 9:28 p.m. EST.
Investors likely won’t push the Dow over the much-sought-after 20,000 mark on the last trading day of the year Friday, but they also won’t be distracted by large government bond auctions, as they were Wednesday and Thursday. Low volumes and a dearth of news are also likely to temper any market-related fireworks.
All three indices closed lower Thursday with the Dow off 0.07%, the S&P 0.03% and Nasdaq 0.12%. Europe, by comparison, was mixed with Germany’s Dax off 0.21% and the Cac in Paris down 0.2% while London’s FTSE added 0.2%.
great stocks under 10: Omeros Corporation(OMER)
- [By Monica Gerson]
Omeros (NASDAQ: OMER) shares fell 2.80% to $8.32 in the pre-market trading. Omeros shares have dropped 9.80% over the past 52 weeks, while the S&P 500 index has gained 16.18% in the same period.
- [By Paul Ausick]
Stocks on the move: Boise Inc. (NYSE: BZ) is up 26% at $12.55 following the companys acquisition by Packaging Corporation of America Inc. (NYSE: PKG) for $12.55 a share ($1.28 billion). Omeros Corp. (NASDAQ: OMER) is up 68.2% at $8.56 following an analyst upgrade. Northern Dynasty Minerals Ltd. (NYSEArca: NAK) is down 33.3% at $1.48 following an announcement from Anglo American plc that it was withdrawing from a massive copper mining project in Alaska.
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Gainers Corrections Corp Of America (NYSE: CXW) shares rose 16.3 percent to $16.50 in pre-market trading following Donald Trump's victory. SAExploration Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: SAEX) shares rose 15.4 percent to $7.26 in pre-market trading after the company reported a new $35 million deep water ocean-bottom marine project award. The GEO Group Inc (NYSE: GEO) shares rose 12.9 percent to $26.95 in pre-market trading following Donald Trump's victory. Cloud Peak Energy Inc. (NYSE: CLD) rose 12.3 percent to $7.40 in pre-market trading after gaining 0.30 percent on Tuesday. Ariad Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: ARIA) rose 11.7 percent to $10.35 in pre-market trading. Ariad Pharmaceuticals disclosed that its Phase 1/2 trial data on investigational drug brigatinib were published in The Lancet Oncology. AK Steel Holding Corporation (NYSE: AKS) rose 11.2 percent to $6.75 in pre-market trading after gaining 3.23 percent on Tuesday. Pretium Resources Inc (NYSE: PVG) rose 11 percent to $10.50 in pre-market trading after declining 1.66 percent on Tuesday. First Majestic Silver Corp (NYSE: AG) rose 9.3 percent to $8.90 in the pre-market trading session. First Majestic reported Q3 earnings of $0.07 per share on revenue of $79.3 million. Silver futures gained 2.2 percent to $18.77 an ounce. Dicerna Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: DRNA) rose 9.2 percent to
great stocks under 10: Barclays PLC(BCS)
- [By Wayne Duggan]
According to the 1/5 year CDS ratio, the banks that are most concerning to the market at the moment are Deutsche Bank AG (USA) (NYSE: DB), Credit Suisse Group AG (ADR) (NYSE: CS), Standard Chartered PLC (which trades on the LON exchange under the ticker “STAN”) and Barclays PLC (ADR) (NYSE: BCS).
- [By Javier Hasse]
Also popular in July were dividend-paying companies likeWells Fargo & Co (NYSE: WFC), Barclays PLC (ADR) (NYSE:BCS), Bank of America and Ford Motor Company (NYSE: F).
- [By Maureen Farrell]
Shortly after Lehman declared bankruptcy, Barclays (BCS) paid $1.3 billion for most of the firm’s North American operations, its Times Square headquarters, and about 9,000 employees. Nomura Holdings (NMR) paid roughly $200 million for Lehman’s operations in Asia.
great stocks under 10: Barracuda Networks, Inc.(CUDA)
- [By Chris Lange]
Barracuda Networks Inc. (NYSE: CUDA) is scheduled to release its fiscal second-quarter financial results after the markets close on Tuesday. Thomson Reuters consensus estimates are calling for $0.13 in earnings per share (EPS) on $85.27 million in revenue. In the same period oflast year,Barracuda Networksposted EPS of$0.10 and$78.37 million in revenue.
- [By Peter Graham]
The Q3 2017 earnings report for small cap security and storage solutions stock Barracuda Networks Inc (NYSE: CUDA) is scheduled for after the market closes onMonday (October 9th) with shares rising 9% the last time around on a good earnings report.
- [By Lisa Levin]
Barracuda Networks Inc (NYSE: CUDA) reported stronger-than-expected results for its third quarter on Monday.
Barracuda reported Q3 adjusted earnings of $0.22 per share on revenue of $88.8 million. Analysts were expecting earnings of $0.14 per share on revenue of $86.6 million.
- [By Peter Graham]
The Q2 2017 earnings report for small cap security and storage solutions stock Barracuda Networks Inc (NYSE: CUDA) is scheduled for after the market closes onTuesday (October 11th).
great stocks under 10: Constellation Brands Inc(STZ)
- [By Teresa Rivas]
A better than expected first quarter is fueling gains forConstellation Brands (STZ) on Thursday.
The spirits maker said it earned $1.54 a share on revenue that climbed 14.8% to $.187 billion. Analysts were expecting earnings of $1.52 a share on revenue of $1.83 billion. Constellation also reaffirmed its full year guidance for earnings per share between $6.05 and $6.35, compared to the $6.27 consensus estimate.
Wells Fargos Bonnie Herzog reiterated an Outperform rating on the stock following the report:
Strong pricing growth and mix benefits drove 54bps gross margin and 72bps in operating margin expansion in beer resulting in a record 35.6% beer op margin.Wineshipment volumes were up a solid 4.5% with net pricing of 3.7%, both above our expectations. Mix benefits helped drive a solid 164bps of wine & spirits operating margin expansion.Overall we are encouraged by STZ’s results in both segments, as they reflect the benefits of its strategic investments and strong execution.As planned, STZ completed the next phase of its Nava brewery expansion to provide 20M hl of capacity. Outlook Maintained:Despite the earnings beat, and impressive EPS growth,STZ maintained its guidance for FY17, which we continue to believe remains very conservative, given it implies only 8.1% – 15.3% EPS growth on average for the remaining 3 quarters of the year.Bottom Line: We continue to think STZ has excellent momentum and are encouraged by this quarter’s impressiv e results. While we were somewhat disappointed that management did not raise guidance, we believe underlying trends should support strong results above the current outlook.The stock’s reaction to STZ’s earnings beat could be tempered by guidance being maintained.
The shares are up 2.4% to $163.14 in recent trading.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
As the stock market has rallied sinceDonald Trump’s election in November, Constellation Brands (STZ) has basically sat it out, weighed down by concerns that a new tax plan would hurt the multinational alcoholic beverage company’s profits.
- [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]
Is it time to crown a new king of beers? After speaking with Constellation Brands (STZ) CEO on Thursday night’s show, Cramer said it was time to take a fresh look at the beer sector to see if a reshuffling is in order.
- [By Monica Gerson]
Darden Restaurants, Inc. (NYSE: DRI) is estimated to report its quarterly earnings at $1.08 per share on revenue of $1.81 billion. ConAgra Foods Inc (NYSE: CAG) is expected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.52 per share on revenue of $2.89 billion. Paychex, Inc. (NASDAQ: PAYX) is projected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.49 per share on revenue of $751.52 million. Micron Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: MU) is expected to post a quarterly loss at $0.09 per share on revenue of $2.95 billion. McCormick & Company, Incorporated (NYSE: MKC) is estimated to report its quarterly earnings at $0.74 per share on revenue of $1.06 billion. Constellation Brands, Inc. (NYSE: STZ) is expected to report its quarterly earnings at $1.51 per share. Schnitzer Steel Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCHN) is estimated to report its quarterly earnings at $0.18 per share on revenue of $356.41 million. Franklin Covey Co. (NYSE: FC) is expected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.08 per share on revenue of $49.89 million. Lindsay Corporation (NYSE: LNN) is projected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.99 per share on revenue of $148.43 million.
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great stocks under 10: Valmont Industries, Inc.(VMI)
- [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]
In the Lightning Round, Cramer was bullish on Masco (MAS) , American Electric Power (AEP) and Valmont Industries (VMI) .
Cramer was bearish on Wisconsin Energy (WEC) .
great stocks under 10: Liquidity Services Inc.(LQDT)
- [By Roberto Pedone]
Liquidity Service (LQDT) is an online auction marketplace for surplus and salvage assets. This stock closed up 14.9% at $34.44 in Monday’s trading session.
Monday’s Volume: 1.60 million
Three-Month Average Volume: 402,622
Volume % Change: 336%
From a technical perspective, LQDT skyrocketed higher here right off its 50-day moving average of $30.94 with strong upside volume. This move briefly saw shares of LQDT trend back above its 200-day moving average at $34.60, before it closed just below that level at $34.44. Shares of LQDT are now quickly moving within range of triggering a big breakout trade. That trade will hit if LQDT manages to take out Monday’s intraday high of $35.21 and then once it clears some more near-term overhead resistance at $35.71 with high volume.
Traders should now look for long-biased trades in LQDT as long as it’s trending above $32.67 or above $31.60 and then once it sustains a move or close above those breakout levels with volume that hits near or above 402,622 shares. If we get that breakout soon, then LQDT will set up to re-test or possibly take out its next major overhead resistance levels at $38 to $40.90.
- [By Jon C. Ogg]
Liquidity Services Inc. (NASDAQ: LQDT) was raised to Buy from Underperform, and the price target was raised up to $45 from $28.50, at Merrill Lynch.