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Sum-Of-The-Parts Analysis Leads MKM To Raise Alibaba Price Target To $130

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Sum-Of-The-Parts Analysis Leads MKM To Raise Alibaba Price Target To $130

Alibaba Group Holding Ltd (NYSE: BABA) is worth $130 per share, at least according to a sum-of-the-parts analysis conducted by Rob Sanderson of MKM Partners.

Sanderson’s calculations derived a value for Alibaba’s Commerce business at $94 per share, the Cloud business at $18 with a marked-to-market or book value for other assets.

“We remain bullish on the stock and think Alibaba will be the best performing large-cap in the Internet sector over the next 12-months,” Sanderson noted.

Core Commerce

Sanderson noted that he values Alibaba’s core commerce segment at 25x his calendar year 2017 net profits forecast, which is still considered “low for a growth asset” within the e-commerce segment. The analyst also assumed “little” margin expansion through next year — an assumption which “may be conservative.”

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Cloud Business

Sanderson’s valuation model also assumes the Chinese cloud total addressable market will become a $20 billion market within five years and the company controls a “dominant” 65 percent share. At a 28 percent operating margin, the analyst expects Alibaba to realize $3 billion in net profit over the time frame.

Also, Sanderson is assuming a 30x forward multiple for the segment in four years and, when discounted, back at 25 percent to 2017.

Other Segments

Ant Financial is a “gem” given recent valuation rounds, which valued the company at $60 billion and contributes $8 per share.

The marked-to-market value of publicly traded companies in Alibaba’s portfolio are worth $12.7 billion today, or $5 per share.

Finally, Alibaba holds interests in over 100 private companies, “many” of which could prove to be long-term winners. However, the analyst valued these companies as contributing zero value toward Alibaba’s stock for the time being.

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Credit Suisse Assesses Risk At St. Jude Medical

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Credit Suisse Assesses Risk At St. Jude Medical

An investor short shares of St. Jude Medical, Inc. (NYSE: STJ) and published a report in Muddy Waters Research citing vulnerabilities in the company’s cardiac rhythm management [CRM] remote monitoring system. A complete stoppage of St Jude Medical’s worldwide CRM sales seems unlikely, although there is risk to 2017 sales and EBITDA, Credit Suisse’s Matthew Keeler said in a report.

Analyst Keeler maintains a Neutral rating on the company, with a price target of $81.

Where The Risk Lies

The report published by the investor mentions that the company’s Merlin@Home remote monitoring platform is less secure than those used by competitors due to a lack of encryption and authentication and that “hackers were able to gain access to STJ devices and as a result were able to deplete batteries/cause devices to pace at unsafe levels,” Keeler mentioned.

Related Link: St. Jude’s Abbot Merger On Track For Q4

St Jude Medical’s shares could remain under pressure until the company addresses the matter, the analyst stated. He added, however, that the report by the investor was unlikely to result in the St Jude Medical’s products being removed from the US market, since there had been no related patient events to date.

“In our view, a complete stoppage of WW CRM sales for STJ is unlikely (contrary to the case described in the report) given what we know now (STJ’s platform is not causing/facilitating patient harm). Assuming STJ disables RF communication capability in its devices (to prevent hacks while a software patch is developed) we suspect that it could retain meaningful market share,” the Credit Suisse report noted.

However, St Jude Medical may suffer an estimated CRM share loss of ~300bps in the US and ~170bps outside the US, translating to ~$225 million in sales risk, comprising of ~6-7 percent of 2017 EBITDA.

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St. Jude’s Abbott Merger On Track For Q4

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St. Jude Medical, Inc. (NYSE: STJ) expects to complete its merger with Abbott Laboratories (NYSE: ABT) by yearend 2016. Argus’s David Toung maintained a Hold rating on St. Jude, citing the pending acquisition.

St. Jude reported its Q2 adjusted EPS at $1.06, up from $1.03 a year earlier. GAAP net income came in at $238 million, or $$0.83 per share, representing a y/y decline from $290 million, or $1.02 per share. The company posted net sales of $1.562 billion, up 11 percent. EBIT margin came in at 23.0 percent, down 130bps from 2Q15.

Pending Merger

St. Jude remains on track to completing its merger with Abbott by the end of Q4, analyst Toung mentioned. The deal is valued at about $85 per share of the company, to be paid in cash and Abbott stock. Due to the pending deal, St. Jude has withdrawn its financial guidance for 2016.

Standalone Assumptions

The adjusted EPS estimates for St. Jude on a standalone basis is $4.00 for 2016 and $4.30 for 2017.

“STJ shares are trading at 18.0-times our 2017 EPS estimate, slightly below the average multiple of 18.7 for our coverage universe of med-tech stocks,” Toung stated. He added that the Hold rating has been maintained due to the pending merger.

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Jul 2016 Wedbush Downgrades Outperform Neutral
Jul 2016 Leerink Swann Downgrades Outperform Market Perform
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Can Sears Survive? CEO Eddie Lampert Made A $300 Million Bet It Can

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Can Sears Survive? CEO Eddie Lampert Made A $300 Million Bet It Can

Struggling retailer Sears Holdings Corp (NASDAQ: SHLD) received a new lifeline this week when its CEO and largest shareholder, Edward “Eddie” Lampert, provided a $300 million loan on Thursday.

As noted by Bloomberg, “It’s Eddie to the rescue once again at Sears” — because other capital raise initiatives have failed. For instance, Sears raised cash over the past few years by selling assets, including spinning off 235 stores into a real estate investment trust, and sold or spun various business segments, including its Lands’ End clothing line.

Bloomberg cited Matt McGinley of Evercore ISI who pointed out that the cash Sears raised just offset the company’s mounting losses of $9 billion over the past four years.

McGinley, one of the few Wall Street analysts who still cover Sears, told Bloomberg that Sears’ woes “comes down to cash burn.” He added that without Lampert’s $300 million lifeline, navigating the holiday season would be “problematic” for the company.

Related Link: Sears CEO Lampert Says, “We Continue To Face A Challenging Competitive Environment”

The analyst also pointed out that Sears’ stores are now holding just 61 percent of the average inventory found in other big box stores. Less items for sale naturally translates to less sales.

Finally, McGinley suggested that Lampert is in a difficult position. In addition to being the company’s largest shareholder, he also holds around $673 million worth of its debt. Simply closing all stores and liquidating the entire company would cost billions of dollars in lease-termination fees, pensions and other obligations — and that is even before factoring in Lampert’s equity losses.

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Susquehanna Sees A Road To 20% Upside In CarMax Shares

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Susquehanna expects CarMax, Inc (NYSE: KMX) shares to witness a potential upside of 20 percent from current levels on long store growth runway and a potential near-term positive comp inflection.

“We view KMX as a best-in-class retailer with a promising long-term unit growth story and a favorable near-term setup,” analyst Ali Faghri wrote in a note.

“In the near-term, we believe comps are near an inflection point into positive territory, which we view as an important psychological moment for shares after a streak of flat to negative comps in recent quarters,” Faghri continued.

Faghri, who initiated the coverage of KMX with a Positive rating and $70 price target, noted that CarMax is benefiting from the rising industry stopsales, which have contributed to elevated inventory levels and reduced sales at franchised dealer peers. This is turn likely driving a near-term share shift to CarMax.

Moreover, the analyst pointed to recent industry data points to improving SUV/truck availability at wholesale auctions over the last few months, reversing a headwind for KMX comps in recent quarters.

Longer term, Faghri sees two factors supporting mid-single digit comps:

1) “a widening gap between used to new vehicle prices due to rising off-lease supply, which should drive strong volumes as KMX holds margin”; and

2) “reinvigorated traffic growth from a website redesign and new omni-channel initiatives.”

Faghri, who expects full –year EPS of $3.33, said the company to set to report a sharp sequential acceleration in comps when it report its second quarter results on September 21. The analyst’s +3.5 percent used unit comp estimate for the second quarter and +4.0 percent in the second half stands above consensus of +2.2 percent and +3.3 percent, respectively.

“While we acknowledge concerns about KMX’s third-party subprime volatility and a more demanding valuation recently, investors have been historically rewarded by buying KMX shares ahead of comp reacceleration periods, justifying a Positive rating in our view,” Faghri added.

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Mid-Day Market Update: U.S. Stocks Turn Lower; Bottomline Technologies Shares Rise Following Q4 Results

Courtesy of Benzinga.

Midway through trading Friday, the Dow traded down 0.31 percent to 18,391.35 while the NASDAQ declined 0.12 percent to 5,205.98. The S&P also fell, dropping 0.18 percent to 2,168.54.

Leading and Lagging Sectors

On Friday, energy shares gained by 0.12 percent. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included Western Refining, Inc. (NYSE: WNR), and Ballard Power Systems Inc. (USA) (NASDAQ: BLDP).

In trading on Friday, telecommunications services shares fell by 0.52 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Shenandoah Telecommunications Company (NASDAQ: SHEN), down 3 percent, and DigitalGlobe Inc (NYSE: DGI), down 2 percent.

Top Headline

Big Lots, Inc. (NYSE: BIG) reported better-than-expected second quarter earnings and boosted its full year earnings forecast.

The retailer’s net income increased from $17.64 million to $22.72 million and EPS from $0.35 to $0.51. On an adjusted basis, it would have earned $0.52 a share, which is $0.06 a share more than the analysts’ estimates of $0.46.

Big Lots’ net sales were $1.203 billion compared to $1.209 billion in the previous year quarter. Analysts expected $1.22 billion revenue. Its comparable store sales rose 0.3 percent in the second quarter.

Going forward, the retailer offered guidance of an adjusted loss of $0.04 a share – adjusted income of $0.01 a share for the third quarter. Street expects the company to suffer a loss per share of $0.01. For the full year, Big Lots boosted its adjusted EPS forecast from $3.35-$3.45 to $3.45-$3.55. Analysts are looking for an EPS of $3.47.


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Petroquest Energy Inc (NYSE: PQ) shares shot up 24 percent to $2.19 as the company reported private exchange offers and a consent solicitation for its outstanding 10% Senior Notes due 2017 and its outstanding…
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Mid-Afternoon Market Update: Dow Falls 80 Points; GameStop Shares Down After Disappointing Sales

Courtesy of Benzinga.

Toward the end of trading Friday, the Dow traded down 0.44 percent to 18,366.91 while the NASDAQ declined 0.19 percent to 5,202.37. The S&P also fell, dropping 0.37 percent to 2,164.51.

Leading and Lagging Sectors

Friday afternoon, healthcare shares gained by 0.02 percent. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included CyberOptics Corporation (NASDAQ: CYBE), and Senomyx Inc. (NASDAQ: SNMX).

In trading on Friday, utilities shares fell by 1.58 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Companhia Paranaense de Energia (ADR) (NYSE: ELP), down 4 percent, and American States Water Co (NYSE: AWR), down 3 percent.

Top Headline

Big Lots, Inc. (NYSE: BIG) reported better-than-expected second quarter earnings and boosted its full year earnings forecast.

The retailer’s net income increased from $17.64 million to $22.72 million and EPS from $0.35 to $0.51. On an adjusted basis, it would have earned $0.52 a share, which is $0.06 a share more than the analysts’ estimates of $0.46.

Big Lots’ net sales were $1.203 billion compared to $1.209 billion in the previous year quarter. Analysts expected $1.22 billion revenue. Its comparable store sales rose 0.3 percent in the second quarter.

Going forward, the retailer offered guidance of an adjusted loss of $0.04 a share – adjusted income of $0.01 a share for the third quarter. Street expects the company to suffer a loss per share of $0.01. For the full year, Big Lots boosted its adjusted EPS forecast from $3.35-$3.45 to $3.45-$3.55. Analysts are looking for an EPS of $3.47.


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Petroquest Energy Inc (NYSE: PQ) shares shot up 30 percent to $2.28 as the company reported private exchange offers and a consent solicitation for its outstanding 10% Senior Notes due 2017 and its outstanding 10% Second Lien Senior Secured Notes due 2021. The company announced an entry…
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Randstad Holdings Has Been Rapidly Gaining Market Share Through Acquisitions

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Randstad Holdings NV (OTCMKTS:RANJY), one of the world’s largest human resources providers, recently made the announcement that it was acquiring Monster Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:MWW), one of the world’s largest employment websites. The deal, valued at $429 million, will give Randstad a competitive advantage with its job placement services.

Randstad’s largest competitor is Adecco Group Inc (OTCMKTS:AHEXY), a conglomerate based in Switzerland with more than 32,000 full-time employees. Adecco has overshadowed Randstad over the last few years, a feat that Randstad is looking at putting an end to. One way to do that is with the use of technology, something the Monster.com purchase looks to accomplish.

“In an era of massive technological change, employers are challenged to identify better ways to source and engage talent,” said Jacques van den Broek, CEO of Randstad, in a recent press release. “With its industry leading technology platform and easy to use digital, social and mobile solutions, Monster is a natural complement to Randstad. The transaction is aligned with our Tech and Touch growth strategy and reflects our commitment to bringing labor supply and demand closer together to better connect the right people to the right jobs. We look forward to welcoming the Monster team and working together to shape the evolving global job industry.”

Randstad has been on a buying spree of late, most notably purchasing RiseSmart for $100 million in December 2015. Founded by Sanjay Sathe in 2007, RiseSmart is a coaching and outplacement services company. It continues to operate under the Randstad umbrella with Sathe as the CEO.

Recent Acquisitions by Randstad Holdings:

  • Monster Worldwide – Online job search website Monster.com acquired by Randstand for $429 million.
  • Twago – Randstad acquired online freelance marketplace Twago in June 2016. According to the company, it will use Twago to expand its clients’ freelance talent strategies.
  • Careo – Randstad purchased Careo Group in Japan for an undisclosed sum. The purchase helps expand its presence in Japan as well as in the engineering employment sector.
  • Obiettivo Lavoro – Randstad moves to the #2 largest recruiter in Italy with the acquisition of Obiettivo Lavoro.
  • RiseSmart – $100 million purchase of private U.S. outplacement


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Morgan Stanley Highlights A Cyclical Downturn In Tankers

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Morgan Stanley Highlights A Cyclical Downturn In Tankers

Fotis Giannakoulis, a tanker expert that covers the sector for Morgan Stanley, isn’t particularly positive on the sector and thinks a cyclical downturn could last through 2018.

Giannakoulis said in a research note on Thursday that there are four reasons to support his views of weak crude tanker fundamentals persisting through 2018:

    1. A slowdown in crude production.
    2. Lower refinery margins.
    3. High crude stocks leading to inventory craws.
    4. Rising fleet supply.

    Other facts to support a poor outlook include upstream operators slashing their capital expenditure budgets by over 15 percent for two consecutive years, which have led to a decrease in drilling activity. Moreover, crude supply in Latin America and West Africa has been declining, while Middle East production is expected to see its net export growth slow from 0.8 to 0.9 million barrels per day in 2016 to just 0.1 to 0.2 million barrels per day growth in 2017–2018.

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    With that said, Giannakoulis expects VLCC (very large crude carrier) rates to fall from around $40,000 in 2016 to $27,000–$30,000 in 2017 and 2018 and then rise to $36,000 in 2019 as oil production growth accelerates again.

    Finally, the analyst expects most crude tanker earnings to “disappear” over the next 1.5 to two years before the market eventually rebounds in the end of 2018. As such, the analyst is also expecting “steep” dividend cuts with companies providing an average yield of just 4 percent.

    Company Specific Targets

    • Tsakos Energy Navigation Ltd. (NYSE: TNP) remains Overweight rated with a price target lowered to $6.50 from a previous $8.00.
    • DHT Holdings Inc (NYSE: DHT) was downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight with a price target lowered to $5.50 from a previous $7.00.
    • Ardmore Shipping Corp (NYSE: ASC) was downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight with a price target lowered


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    Workday’s Guidance May Be Conservative

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    Workday's Guidance May Be Conservative

    Workday Inc (NYSE: WDAY) reported strong quarterly results, with billings ahead of expectations. Given these results, the company’s guidance appears “conservative on most metrics,” BMO Capital Markets’ Keith Bachman said in a report. He maintained a Market Perform rating on Workday, while raising the price target from $90 to $93.

    Workday reported its quarterly billings at $431 million, beating the consensus estimate of $420 million. Management raised the higher-end of its billings guidance range for FY17 by merely $5 million, which is less than the billings beat of $11 million in the quarter, analyst Bachman noted.

    Key Takeaways

    “Commentary around financial products sounds promising, consistent with our views,” Bachman wrote. He commented that although Workday had reported a beat on operating profit, this was less significant than the revenue and billings growth recorded by the company for the quarter.

    Related Link: BTIG Says Workday “Working It,” Raises Price Target

    The analyst raised the revenue and EPS estimates for FY18 from $2,058 million to $2,068 million and from $0.40 to $0.45, respectively. The FCF per share estimate for FY18 has been revised upwards from $1.01 to $1.13.

    The rating has been maintained because the stock does not appear “compelling at current valuations,” Bachman added.

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    Aug 2016 Citigroup Maintains Neutral
    Aug 2016 Drexel Hamilton Maintains Buy
    Aug 2016 Canaccord Genuity Maintains Buy

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    Nigel Farage: "Trump Is The New Reagan"

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    A few days after wowing thousands of Republicans at a rally in Jackson, Mississippi, "Mr. Brexit" Nigel Farage, penned a letter (presented below) to the Daily Mail describing Trump as the "new Ronald Reagan."  Even though he stopped short of endorsing Trump, a decision he made after condemning Obama for interjecting himself into the Brexit discussion, he did note that he "would not vote for Hillary Clinton even if she paid me."

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    Boyar Value Group 2Q Letter - Some Thoughts About The Market

    By VW Staff. Originally published at ValueWalk.

    Boyar Value Group letter for the second quarter ended June 30, 2016.

    Boyar Value Group – Some Thoughts About The Market

    The two-day decline in the U.S. stock market subsequent to Great Britain’s decision to exit the European Union saw the Dow Jones Industrial Average plummet by 871 points. However, it climbed 809 points in the next four days and continued its ascent thereafter.

    This leaves investors in a familiar quandary: Questioning what catalysts could spur the market to new highs. In our last quarterly letter, we mentioned the Federal Reserve had forecasted four interest rate hikes for 2016. We opined that in all likelihood there would be only one additional rate hike, and that might not come until after the presidential election. The fragile global economic outlook coupled with anemic dome...



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    The Fed: Myths vs. Reality

     

    The Fed: Myths vs. Reality

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    Traders, bloggers, media talking heads, and pundits of all stripes went into a feverish sweat as they anticipated the comments of Federal Reserve Chairman Janet Yellen at the annual economic summit held in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. When Yellen, arguably the most dovish Fed Chairman in history, uttered, “I believe the case for an increase in the federal funds rate has strengthened in recent months,” an endless stream of commentators used this opportunity to spout out a never-ending stream of predictions describing the looming consequences of such a potential rate increase.

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    World Markets Weekend Update: Six of the Eight Post Losses ... Again

    Courtesy of Doug Short's Advisor Perspectives.

    Only two of the eight equity indexes on our global watch list posted week-over-week gains in our latest update, same as last week. The two Eurozone indexes, France's CAC and Germany's DAXK, were the two who finished in the green, a shift from the Asian advance the previous week, when the Shanghai and Hang Seng were the sole gainers. In fact, the Shanghai Composite did a complete flip from its 1.88% gain the previous week to its -1.22% finish on Friday. The average of the eight improved fractionally from -0.56% the previous week to -0.39% for the latest.

    A Closer Look at the Last Four Weeks

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    Basic Materials attempting breakout says Joe Friday

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    Epizyme - A Waiting Game

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    Epizyme was founded in 2007, and trying to create drugs to treat patient's cancer by focusing on genetically-linked differences between normal and cancer cells. Cancer areas of focus include leukemia, Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma and breast cancer.  One of the Epizme cofounders, H. Robert Horvitz, won the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 2002 for "discoveries concerning genetic regulation of organ development and programmed cell death."

    Before discussing the drug targets of Epizyme, understanding epigenetics is crucial to comprehend the company's goals.  

    Genetic components are the DNA sequences that are 'inherited.'  Some of these genes are stronger than others in their expression (e.g., eye color).  Yet, some genes turn on or off due to external factors (environmental), and it is und...



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    Swing trading portfolio - week of August 22nd, 2016

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    This post is for all our live virtual trade ideas and daily comments. Please click on "comments" below to follow our live discussion. All of our current  trades are listed in the spreadsheet below, with entry price (1/2 in and All in), and exit prices (1/3 out, 2/3 out, and All out).

    We also indicate our stop, which is most of the time the "5 day moving average". All trades, unless indicated, are front-month ATM options. 

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    Man Who Introduced Millions to Bitcoin Says Blockchain Is a Bust

     

    Man Who Introduced Millions to Bitcoin Says Blockchain Is a Bust 

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    Illusion of Choice

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    Looks like we are down to about 10 companies for our consumer goods:

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