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Vetr Top Raters Upgrade Box To 4.5-Star Stock

Courtesy of Benzinga.

After losing 22.92 percent over January, shares of Box Inc (NYSE: BOX) started to recuperate. Over the past month, they have gained almost 19 percent. This probably led top Raters at the Vetr Community to upgrade their rating on the stock from 3.5 Stars to 4.5 Stars out of a possible 5.0 Stars.

It should be noted that 71 percent of the crowd’s ratings are bullish. However, the crowd has established a consensus price target of $11.93, which implies a downside of about 2.6 percent from current stock prices. On the other hand, analysts have fixed an average price target of $18.58.

Related link: Here’s How Crowdsourced Ratings Can Beat The Market

A few weeks ago, analysts at Credit Suisse reiterated an Outperform rating and $24 price target on shares of Box Inc, which are currently trading below $12.50.

Disclosure: Javier Hasse holds no positions in any of the securities mentioned above.

Latest Ratings for BOX

Date Firm Action From To
Jan 2016 Credit Suisse Maintains Outperform
Dec 2015 JMP Securities Initiates Coverage on Outperform
Nov 2015 Bank of America Upgrades Neutral Buy

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6 Stocks Moving In Monday’s After-Hours Session

Courtesy of Benzinga.

Shares of Urban Outfitters, Inc. (NASDAQ: URBN) were trading up more than 6 percent in Monday’s after-hours session, following the announcement of the company’s fourth quarter results. The retailer posted earnings of $0.61 per share, $0.05 above the Street’s consensus. Revenue of $1.013 billion came in slightly lower than estimates of $1.02 billion.

Even larger gains were registered by Linn Energy LLC (NASDAQ: LINE), which was up more than 13 percent after the bell rang. The stock had surged 95 percent during the regular trading session, along with many other energy stocks, on the back of a recuperation in energy prices. The rise seen after the bell looked like a continuation of the gains witnessed over the day.

Axiall Corp (NYSE: AXLL) was up about 11.2 percent, as Westlake Chemical Corporation (NYSE: WLK) once again reached out to the former’s shareholders, urging them to push for the latter’s corporate takeover proposal. Westlake has offered $20 per share for Axiall, which is currently trading above $21 a share.

Among the largest decliners in Monday’s after-hours session:

  • Rice Energy Inc (NYSE: RICE), down about 10.75 percent
  • Shake Shack Inc (NYSE: SHAK), down more than 9 percent
  • Trinity Industries Inc (NYSE: TRN), down 8.22 percent

Disclosure: Javier Hasse holds no positions in any of the securities mentioned above.

Posted-In: Earnings News Commodities M&A After-Hours Center Markets Movers

Benzinga’s Volume Movers

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DBV Technologies SA – ADR (NASDAQ: DBVT) shares rose 6.69 percent to $27.90. The volume of DBV Technologies shares traded was 255 percent higher than normal. DBV Technologies presented results from the OLFUS-VIPES trial at the 2016 AAAAI meeting in Los Angeles, California.

Momo Inc (ADR) (NASDAQ: MOMO) shares moved up 4.86 percent to $14.24. The volume of Momo traded was 242 percent higher than normal. Momo is expected to report Q4 results on March 15, 2016.

Rio Tinto plc (ADR) (NYSE: RIO) surged 4.39 percent to $31.65. The volume of Rio Tinto shares traded was 189 percent higher than normal. Rio Tinto shares have declined 31.28 percent over the past 52 weeks, while the S&P 500 index has dropped 3.82 percent in the same period.

Superior Industries International Inc. (NYSE: SUP) shares climbed 8.76 percent to $23.22. The volume of Superior Industries shares traded was 152 percent higher than normal. Superior Industries reported better-than-expected Q4 results.

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McDonald’s Bears Are Fighting An Uphill Battle

Courtesy of Benzinga.

According to a research note from UBS, McDonald’s Corporation (NYSE: MCD) has performed well recently, and is slated to continue in its success.

The analysts maintained their Buy rating on the issue, and raised the price target from $125 to $131, citing upward potential ahead.

“Sales drivers […] support our upside to consensus estimates, also supporting shares,” the analysts began.

Share Gains Catalyst

“We aren’t going to spend time in this note rehashing all-day breakfast momentum and the imperative for continuous value throughout the menu,” UBS stated, “These are givens.”

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Therefore, UBS emphasized the following catalyst that are likely to help usher in continued share gains.

  • Product Upgrades: Following each past ingredients’ upgrades, McDonald’s benefitted financially, “MCD saw solid improvement in sss from these upgrades even prior to the launch of all day breakfast.” Beyond those upgrades already taken place and upgrades announced by McDonald’s including Chobani Greek Yogurt parfaits and smoothies, the analysts suggest a revamp to McNuggets, “An ingredient upgrade to Chicken McNuggets, as an example, could have huge potential [emphasis omitted].”
  • Product Innovation: Similarly, the analysts highlight past innovations and suggest a few of their own ideas for menu bolstering, including “products such as the Chicken McGriddle can work on a national basis, and what about: McSpicy Chicken Sandwich, McBrunch Burger, Chicken Mac or McButter Burger?”
  • Digital Adoption: While McDonald’s digital adoption and functionality is “modest” at this point, the analysts see this area as a potential blockbuster, “Specifically, mobile order & payment and loyalty (and perhaps even delivery considerations) are two essential components of a successful digital platform that we’d like to see sooner rather than later.”
  • Remodeling: As seen in the past, McDonald’s has experienced significant success from remodeling and upgrading their physical locations; citing recent completed projects and planned remodelings, UBS stated that the “remodel program is a prudent use of capital

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    The Market In 5 Minutes: Monday, March 7, 2016

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    The Market In 5 Minutes: Monday, March 7, 2016

    Below is a tool used by the Benzinga News Desk each trading day — it’s a look at everything happening in the market, in five minutes. Apply for daily AM access by emailing

    Macro Focus

    China released its new five-year plan this weekend.

    The country set a 6.5-7.0 percent GDP growth target, supported by a growing deficit.

    China is increasing defense spending by 8 percent this year.

    Growth projections and work plan seem surprisingly lower than 2015, Deutsche Bank says.

    Iron ore up 20 percent, has its best day in history.

    ECB meeting on Thursday, easing expected.

    Hillary Clinton says gun-makers epitomize corporate greed.

    Oddsmakers now more bullish on Brexit after weekend.

    Swiss BIS sees “signs of a gathering storm” in global credit markets.

    BZ Desk Focus

    Watch fast casuals. Shake Shack (NYSE: SHAK) and Bojangles (NASDAQ: BOJA) report earnings this week.

    Urban Outfitters (NASDAQ: URBN) is the only S&P 500 company to report earnings on Monday.

    Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) Mac computers face first ever ransomware attacks.

    Apple no longer bidding for NFL streaming.

    Valeant (NYSE: VRX) CEO calls with analysts “raise disclosure questions.”

    Gogo (NASDAQ: GOGO) partners with Intelsat (NYSE: I) for “major capacity agreement.”

    Disney (NYSE: DIS)’s Zootopia has company’s best ever opening weekend for animated film.

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    10 Stocks Moving In Monday’s Pre-Market Session

    Courtesy of Benzinga.


    BioCryst Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: BCRX) shares gained 13.95 percent to $2.94 in pre-market trading as the company reported study results from Zika virus infected mice treated with BCX4430 to be presented at the WHO conference.

    Chesapeake Energy Corporation (NYSE: CHK) shares rose 8.27 percent to $5.50 in pre-market trading after surging 19.20 percent on Friday.

    Marathon Oil Corporation (NYSE: MRO) shares rose 2.63 percent to $11.30 in pre-market trading after gaining 10.43 percent on Friday.

    E I Du Pont De Nemours And Co (NYSE: DD) rose 2.48 percent to $64.75 in pre-market trading. BASF SE (ADR) (OTC: BASFY) is considering making a counter bid for DuPont, according to sources as reported by Bloomberg on Friday.

    Praxair, Inc. (NYSE: PX) shares rose 1.11 percent to $110.00 in pre-market trading after gaining 2.76 percent on Friday.

    Find out what’s going on in today’s market and bring any questions you have to Benzinga’s PreMarket Prep.


    Seadrill Ltd (NYSE: SDRL) shares fell 11.71 percent to $5.28 in pre-market trading after jumping 121.48 percent on Friday.

    Vanguard Natural Resources, LLC (NASDAQ: VNR) shares fell 6.13 percent to $2.45 in pre-market trading after the company reported weak Q4 sales and suspended common and preferred distributions.

    Micron Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: MU) shares fell 3.45 percent to $11.47 in pre-market trading. Nomura downgraded Micron from Neutral to Reduce and lowered the price target to $8.00.

    Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd (NYSE: RCL) shares fell 2.07 percent to $72.50 in pre-market trading after dropping 2.19 percent on Friday.

    Wynn Resorts, Limited (NASDAQ: WYNN) shares fell 1.69 percent to $84.00 in pre-market trading. UBS upgraded Wynn Resorts from Neutral to Buy and raised the price target to $95.00.

    Posted-In: #PreMarket Gainers #PreMarket LosersNews Movers & Shakers Pre-Market Outlook Markets Movers

    Everything You Missed In China This Weekend, Investors

    Courtesy of Benzinga.

    Everything You Missed In China This Weekend, Investors

    The Chinese government unveiled its new five-year economic plan this weekend during its annual session of the national legislature. This year’s plan was highly anticipated by investors around the world due to China’s recent growth slump and volatile equity markets and currency.

    The headline number from this weekend’s plan was that China has set a GDP growth target range of between 6.5 and 7.0 percent. Last year’s growth rate of 6.9 percent was the lowest number the emerging market had posted in 25 years.

    Related Link: MIT Researchers: Here’s Where To Look For The Next Amazon Or Facebook

    To meet its growth goals, China is prepared to expand its fiscal deficit ratio from 2.3 percent in 2015 to around 3.0 percent. M2 growth is set for around 13 percent.

    In a new analyst note, Credit Suisse reported that the 13 percent M2 growth rate was in-line with the firm’s expectations but slightly higher than the 12 percent rate called for in the PBoC’ s original plan.

    “This fits our call that the central bank is turning more accommodative as it attempts to stabilize the economy,” Credit Suisse noted.

    Others, such as economist and central bank advisor Yu Yongding, believe the plan is not as aggressive as it should be and the deficit ratio should be expanded to as high as 4.0 percent.

    So far this year, the iShares FTSE/Xinhua China 25 Index (ETF) (NYSE: FXI) is down 6.5 percent.

    Disclosure: The author holds no position in the stocks mentioned.

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    Earnings Scheduled For March 7, 2016

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    Earnings Scheduled For March 7, 2016

    Shake Shack Inc (NYSE: SHAK) is projected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.07 per share on revenue of $50.44 million.

    Del Taco Restaurants Inc (NASDAQ: TACO) is estimated to report its quarterly earnings at $0.16 per share on revenue of $133.33 million.

    Casey’s General Stores Inc (NASDAQ: CASY) is projected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.94 per share on revenue of $1.59 billion.

    Greif, Inc. (NYSE: GEF) is expected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.32 per share on revenue of $844.31 million.

    Urban Outfitters, Inc. (NASDAQ: URBN) is estimated to post its quarterly earnings at $0.56 per share on revenue of $1.02 billion.

    United Natural Foods, Inc. (NASDAQ: UNFI) is expected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.49 per share on revenue of $2.05 billion.

    Superior Industries International Inc. (NYSE: SUP) is projected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.34 per share on revenue of $190.71 million.

    Lumos Networks Corp (NASDAQ: LMOS) is estimated to post its quarterly earnings at $0.05 per share on revenue of $50.55 million.

    Quanex Building Products Corporation (NYSE: NX) is projected to post a quarterly loss at $0.12 per share on revenue of $199.62 million.

    Hill International Inc (NYSE: HIL) is expected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.11 per share on revenue of $168.60 million.

    Seaspan Corporation (NYSE: SSW) is projected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.30 per share on revenue of $218.67 million.

    Douglas Dynamics Inc (NYSE: PLOW) is estimated to post its quarterly earnings at $0.56 per share on revenue of $115.37 million.

    Jones Energy Inc (NYSE: JONE) is projected to post a quarterly loss at $0.06 per share…
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    Paul Craig Roberts: Murder Is Washington’s Foreign Policy

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    Submitted by Tyler Durden.

    Authored by Paul Craig Roberts,

    Washington has a long history of massacring people, for example, the destruction of the Plains Indians by the Union war criminals Sherman and Sheridan and the atomic bombs dropped on Japanese civilian populations, but Washington has progressed from periodic massacres to fulltime massacring. From the Clinton regime forward, massacre of civilians has become a defining characteristic of the United States of America.

    Washington is responsible for the destruction of Yugoslavia and Serbia, Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, and part of Syria. Washington has enabled Saudi Arabia’s attack on Yemen, Ukraine’s attack on its former Russian provinces, and Israel’s destruction of Palestine and the Palestinian people.

    The American state’s murderous rampage through the Middle East and North Africa was enabled by the Europeans who provided diplomatic and military cover for Washington’s crimes. Today the Europeans are suffering the consequences as they are over-run by millions of refugees from Washington’s wars. The German women who are raped by the refugees can blame their chancellor, a Washington puppet, for enabling the carnage from which refugees flee to Europe.

    In the article below Mattea Kramer points out that Washington has added to its crimes the mass murder of civilians with drones and missile strikes on weddings, funerals, children’s soccer games, medical centers and people’s homes. Nothing can better illustrate the absence of moral integrity and moral conscience of the American state and the population that tolerates it than the cavalier disregard of the thousands of murdered innocents as “collateral damage.” 

    If there is any outcry from Washington’s European, Canadian, Australian, and Japanese vassals, it is too muted to be heard in the US.

    As Kramer points out, American presidential hopefuls are competing on the basis of who will commit the worst war crimes. A leading candidate has endorsed torture, despite its prohibition under US and international law. The candidate proclaims that “torture works” — as if that is a justification — despite the fact that experts know that it does not work. Almost everyone being tortured will say anything in order to stop the torture. Most of those tortured in the “war on terror” have proven to have been innocents. They don’t know the answers to the questions even if they were prepared to give truthful answers. Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn relates that…
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    Visualizing How Much Oil Is In An Electric Vehicle?

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    When most people think about oil and natural gas, the first thing that comes to mind is the gas in the tank of their car. But, as Visual Capitalist's Nicholas LePan notes, there is actually much more to oil’s role, than meets the eye...

    Oil, along with natural gas, has hundreds of different uses in a modern vehicle through petrochemicals.

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    Assange’s new indictment: Espionage and the First Amendment

    Courtesy of Ofer Raban, University of Oregon

    Julian Assange, the co-founder of WikiLeaks, has been charged by the U.S. Department of Justice with a slew of Espionage Act violations that could keep him in prison for the rest of his life.

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    Jefferies Sees 60-Percent Upside In Aphria Shares, Says Buy The Dip

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    After a red-hot start to 2019, Canadian cannabis producer Aphria Inc (NYSE: APHA) has run out of steam, tumbling more than 31 percent in the past three months.

    Despite the recent weakness, one Wall Street analyst said Friday that the stock has 30-percent upside potential. 

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    DAX (Germany) About To Send A Bearish Message To The S&P 500?

    Courtesy of Chris Kimble.

    Is the DAX index from Germany about to send a bearish message to stocks in Europe and the States? Sure could!

    This chart looks at the DAX over the past 9-years. It’s spent the majority of the past 8-years inside of rising channel (1), creating a series of higher lows and higher highs.

    It looks to have created a “Double Top” as it was kissing the underside of the rising channel last year at (2).

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    Brexit Joke - Cant be serious all the time

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    Alistair Williams comedian nails it, thank god for good humour! Prime Minister May the negotiator. Not!

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    This is a classic! ha!

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    Cryptocurrencies are finally going mainstream - the battle is on to bring them under global control


    Cryptocurrencies are finally going mainstream – the battle is on to bring them under global control

    The high seas are getting lower. dianemeise

    Courtesy of Iwa Salami, University of East London

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    DNA as you've never seen it before, thanks to a new nanotechnology imaging method

    A map of DNA with the double helix colored blue, the landmarks in green, and the start points for copying the molecule in red. David Gilbert/Kyle Klein, CC BY-ND

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    More Examples Of "Typical Tesla "wise-guy scamminess"

    By Jacob Wolinsky. Originally published at ValueWalk.

    Stanphyl Capital’s letter to investors for the month of March 2019.

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    Friends and Fellow Investors:

    For March 2019 the fund was up approximately 5.5% net of all fees and expenses. By way of comparison, the S&P 500 was up approximately 1.9% while the Russell 2000 was down approximately 2.1%. Year-to-date 2019 the fund is up approximately 12.8% while the S&P 500 is up approximately 13.6% and the ...

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    Swing trading portfolio - week of September 11th, 2017

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