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Urban Outfitters (URBN) tumbled to the bottom of the S&P 500 today after Standard & Poor’s said late Friday that it would be getting bumped out of the S&P 500 in to the mid-cap S&P 400 on March 20.

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Urban Outfittersdropped 3.8% to $24.21, while the S&P 500 finished little changed at 2,373.47.

MKM’s Roxanne Meyersees downside risk to same-store sales at Urban Outfitters’ Anthropologie stores:

Anthropologie: uptick in clearance depth vs. LY; we see comp (and margin) risk vs. positioning Anthro as potentially performing in line with the -2.9% comp achieved in 4Q. In-store apparel inventory continues to be notably lean, with just two item promotions in the front of the store. Incremental new arrivals this week do not look improved vs. prior weeks, and in our view it could take months before we begin to see even modest improvement. While management believes that Anthropologie could comp in line with 4Q levels in 1Q, we see downside risk. Over the weekend, clearance was an additional 30% off (on top of 50-60% off hard marks), vs. a total average discount of 45% off LY. Online, there were 778 SKUS on sale; of those, 309 were apparel (surprised it wasn’t higher), with 244 SKUs in the home category, followed by 177 in shoes/accessories and 18 in beauty. Within apparel, the largest categories marked down were dresses (51), intimates (54) and tops (88), though with this diversity, appears to us that merchandise issues span across categories.

invest online: Xenon Pharmaceuticals Inc.(XENE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    On Monday, our Under the Radar Moversnewsletter suggestedgoing long on small cap orphan biopharmaceutical stock Xenon Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: XENE):

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Xenon Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: XENE) shares dropped 51 percent to $4.80 after the company disclosed that XEN801 did not meet efficacy endpoints in Phase 2 trial.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Xenon Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: XENE) shares dropped 53 percent to $4.68 after the company disclosed that XEN801 did not meet efficacy endpoints in Phase 2 trial.

invest online: Corning Incorporated(GLW)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Laurie Kulikowski]

    We believe 4K TV demand is ramping strongly, and management execution has been solid in our opinion. We also note the company’s focus on increased shareholder returns. Overall, we see the stock as undervalued on an ex-cash P/E basis despite growing EPS faster than peers. 

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Back on December 5th of 2013, we added Corning (GLW) to our list around $16 and change. The stock ended up moving to a high of just over $25 per share early last year for roughly a 50% gain. Well, the stock has since come off again trading all the way back down to under $16 per share back in August of last year, before finding its way back up above $18 just yesterday. The context here is two-fold. First, the valuation metrics for GLW are once again suggesting another undervalued opportunity for a Company that is the clear leader in specialty glass and ceramics.

  • [By John Bromels]

    2016 was a good year to be a Corning(NYSE:GLW) investor. The company’s stock rose 35.5% over the course of the year, handily outpacing the broader market.

invest online: URS Corporation(URS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Fidelty’s John Mirshekaritook a look at URS(URS) today at the Value Investing Congress.His takeaway: The stock could double in two years.

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    His analysis started with URS’s use of its free cash. During the past, it hasn’t been pretty. They spent 6.3 billion on eight acquisitions, they’ve bought companies at valuations higher than own stock and return-on-equity has dropped from high teens to just 6%.

    The problem hasn’t been its business: Its return on tangible capital is 17%. Instead, the problem is that its management hasn’t maximized value through capital allocation. URS has lowest valuation: 9x 2013 cash earnings in its industry.

    Part of the problem: Management incentives are based on net income. This year, however, relative total shareholder return was added., something Mirshekari calls”a step in the right direction.” In May, URS filed an amended proxy which says it will look to change incentives from net income to return on equity and earnings per share. More importantly, it said acquisitions would end.

    If all goes right, URS could double in two years,Mirshekari says, comparing it to AECOM Technology (ACM).

    Looks a lot like AECOMM, which did something similar and rallied.

  • [By Ian Wyatt, Publisher & Chief Investment Strategist, Wyatt Investment Research]

    Fund manager John Mirshekari, of the Fidelity Low-Priced Stock Fund, recommended shares of URS (URS), an engineering and construction contractor.

invest online: Glu Mobile Inc.(GLUU)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows that Zynga Inc peaked after the IPO, but has at least been less volatile since then compared to the performance of remaining small cap mobile gaming stockGlu Mobile Inc (NASDAQ: GLUU) and large capActivision Blizzard:

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    Glu Mobile Inc. (NASDAQ: GLUU) was started with a Neutral rating and a $2.30 price objective at Mizuho. The Wall Street estimate is$2.56. The 52-week range is $1.73 to $4.00, and the stock closed yesterday at $2.10.

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    The gaming space has a reputation for beingdominated by male gamers and full of big-budget combat and action orientated games geared for men. However, thats not necessarily the case. Last December, Glu Mobile Inc (NASDAQ: GLUU)bought CrowdStarfor $45 million acquiring a game publisher that has had rare success with female gamers throughitsCovet Fashionwhile its last independently produced title, Design Home, has also proved to be another hit with women (about 90% ofDesign Homesplayers are female who are a little older than the Covet Fashion audience).

  • [By Harsh Chauhan]

    Mobile gaming specialist Glu Mobile’s (NASDAQ:GLUU) net loss almost tripled in the first quarter despite a slight jump in revenue from the prior-year period. Its adjusted net loss of $0.15 per share was more than twice than Wall Street’s expectations of a $0.07-per-share loss.

invest online: SoftBank Group Corp. (SFTBY)

Advisors’ Opinion:


    In 2015, Alibaba and Ant invested $680 million in Paytm, India’s mobile payments scheme, giving it a 40 percent share at the time. Last month, they poured another $177 million into it, upping its ownership stake to more than 50 percent. Just last week, Softbank (OTCPK:SFTBY) – Alibaba’s largest shareholder – was reported to be pondering a $1 billion investment in Paytm, which sources say could allow it to hive off its separately branded Paytm eCommerce marketplace. It’s also been suggested that having a Softbank investment that large in Paytm could assuage regulator concerns over China’s possible lock on the Indian market – Paytm currently has 200 million users in India. In December, a company vice president said that Paytm was doing more transactions – 7 million a day – than all of the combined debit and credit transactions in India.


    While I sold the stock above $5 a short while ago, I didn’t expect the stock to take such a plunge right after the merger was announced. This means that the market is giving another chance to buy the stock at a very deep discount compared to where SoftBank (OTCPK:SFTBY) and OneWeb will be buying.


    Softbank Group Corp. (SFTBY) shares gained in afternoon trading in Tokyo Monday, after it unveiled better-than-expected earnings for the three months ended in June.


    I also really like stories where there are multiple business lines, where one segment is breakeven, or perhaps losing money and obscuring consolidated financial results. These often result in a high sum of the parts valuation. I call it complexity arbitrage. Even professionals are often too lazy to dig into segment results, or JV accounting to figure it out. But its a common theme in my research, from SoftBank (OTCPK:SFTBY), to Vodafone (NASDAQ:VOD) to Fox (NASDAQ:FOX) or even Sinclair and Fortress.


    Synchronoss Technologies (NASDAQ:SNCR) is a global leader in enterprise mobility cloud solutions, and software-based activation platforms for some of the largest global telecommunication providers, cable/broadband operators, and OEM’s (with a growing presence across a variety of different sectors such as Retail, Finance, and Healthcare). With over 3.5 Billion global subscribers (300 out of the Fortune 500), SNCR is providing customers cloud-based solutions that enable people to securely connect, synchronize, manage, and back up data across applications through connected devices such as mobile phones, tablets, and PCs. In-turn they enable the ability for employees to bring their own device “BYOD”, to work using their cloud based platform and embedded security features such as multi-factor authentication to target Enterprise based solutions (the focal point of their future). Their secure mobility and cloud-based enterprise solutions have significantly grown, and continue to evolve into a world class platform enabling enterprises to save money on hardware costs, improve operational efficiency, while driving significant productivity in a secure manner. With stable heavy weight telecommunication customers such as Verizon (NYSE:VZ), AT&T (NYSE:T), T-Mobile (NASDAQ:TMUS), America Movil (NYSE:AMX), Orange (NYSE:ORAN), Telefonica S.A. (NYSE:TEF), Vodafone (NASDAQ:VOD), and Softbank (OTCPK:SFTBY), just to name a very few, SNCR is looking to diversify (70% of revenue still comes from VZ and T) across providers through cloud-based offerings, while leveraging their learning curve. With a valuable niche expanding horizontally and vertically in a high growth developing global market, producing healthy gross margins (60+%), an impressive list of market opportunities, and very reasonable valuation metrics relative to peers and estimated growth, SNRC is a great play every growth seeking, value oriented investor should consider.

invest online: Lennox International, Inc.(LII)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Greg Williamson]

    Watsco’s current P/E of 24.5 is in the same ballpark as its competitor Lennox International (NYSE: LII  ) (NYSE: LII  ) (NYSE: LII  ) , whose P/E is 23.8. Lennox is a manufacturer of HVAC equipment and components, and will also benefit from HVAC industry tailwinds.

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