By New Deal Democrat
August data included a downturn in industrial production, capacity utilization, and retail sales. Business inventories were unchanged, while sales declined slightly, but not enough to change the inventory to sales ratio. Consumer prices increased, while producer prices were unchanged. Consumer confidence held steady. In the distant rear view mirror, in 2015, median household income increased substantially.
My usual note: I look at the high frequency weekly indicators because while they can be very noisy, they provide a good Now-cast of the economy, and will telegraph the maintenance or change in the economy well before monthly or quarterly data is available. They are also an excellent way to “mark your beliefs to market.”
In general, I go in order of long leading indicators, then short leading indicators, and then coincident indicators.
Interest rates and credit spreads
4.20% BAA corporate bonds up +.01% 1.70% 10-year treasury bonds up +.16% 2.50% credit spread between corporates and treasuries down -.15%
Yield curve, 10-year minus 2-year:
swing trading: MBIA, Inc.(MBI)
- [By Dan Caplinger]
But some stocks managed to buck the trend and give investors more upbeat outlooks for their prospects. SandRidge Energy (NYSE: SD), MBIA (NYSE:MBI), and LivePerson (NASDAQ:LPSN) were among the best performers on the day. Below, we’ll look more closely at these stocks to tell you why they did so well.
swing trading: Teladoc, Inc.(TDOC)
- [By Lisa Levin]
Teladoc Inc (NASDAQ: TDOC) was down, falling around 6 percent to $33.70. First Baird downgraded Teladoc from Outperform to Neutral.
- [By Steve Symington, Rich Smith, and Keith Speights]
But from an investor’s perspective, that raises the question: Are there other stocks that could offer similar returns?So we asked three top Motley Fool contributors to each pick a stock they believe hasNVIDIA-like return potential. Read on to see why they chose CalAmp (NASDAQ:CAMP), Kratos Defense & Security (NASDAQ:KTOS), and Teladoc (NYSE:TDOC).
- [By Peter Graham]
Small cap telehealth stock Teladoc Inc (NYSE: TDOC) is theninth most shorted stock on the NYSE with short interest of 43.00% according toHighshortinterest.com. Teladoc calls itself the worlds largest and most trusted provider of virtual healthcare delivery services. The Company provides virtual access to high quality care and expertise with a portfolio of services and solutions inclusive of coverage of 450 medical subspecialties that spans the spectrum from non-urgent, episodic needs like flu and upper respiratory infections, to chronic, complicated medical conditions like cancer and congestive heart failure.
swing trading: NVR Inc.(NVR)
- [By Todd Shriber, ETF Professor]
The index NAIL tries to deliver triple the daily returns of is top heavy. D.R. Horton Inc. (NYSE: DHI), Lennar Corp. (NYSE: LEN), NVR Inc. (NYSE: NVR), Pulte Group Inc. (NYSE: PHM), Toll Brothers Inc. (NYSE: TOL) and Home Depot Inc. (NYSE: HD) account for a significant portion of the benchmark's weight.
- [By Ashley Moore]
Here is a table of the 10 most expensive stocks trading on U.S. markets today:
Company (Ticker)Price per ShareMarket CapBerkshire Hathaway Inc. (NYSE: BRK-A)$ 257,227.52$ 419.50 billionSeaboard Corp. (NYSEMKT: SEB)$ 3,760.00$ 4.48 billionNVR Inc. (NYSE: NVR)$ 1,944.23$ 7.19 billionThe Priceline Group Inc. (Nasdaq: PCLN)$ 1,727.94$ 80.82 billionMarkel Corp. (NYSE: MKL)$ 978.51$ 13.78 billionWhite Mountains Insurance Group Ltd. (NYSE: WTM)$ 935.01$ 4.25 billionAmazon.com Inc. (Nasdaq: AMZN)$ 846.08$ 408.27 billionAlphabet Inc. (Nasdaq: GOOGL)$ 844.06$ 582.85 billionAutoZone Inc. (NYSE: AZO)$ 744.26$ 21.04 billionIntuitive Surgical Inc. (Nasdaq: ISRG)$ 735.63$ 28.41 billion
swing trading: Harte-Hanks, Inc.(HHS)
- [By Lisa Levin]
Shares of Harte Hanks Inc (NYSE: HHS) were down 19 percent to $2.95. Harte Hanks entered into a new $110 million credit facility over 5 years.
TravelCenters of America LLC (NYSE: TA) was down, falling around 18 percent to $7.75. TravelCenters of America reported a Q4 loss of $0.04 per share on revenue of $1.35 billion.
swing trading: Green Brick Partners, Inc.(GRBK)
- [By Jim Robertson]
On Monday, our Under the Radar Moversnewsletter suggestedgoing long on small cap homebuilder stockGreen Brick Partners (NASDAQ: GRBK):
For Green Brick Partners, we’re mainly feeding off of the hammer-shaped reversal bar from last week. That long-tailed low only had to kiss the 200-day moving average line (green) at $8.45 to kick-start a reversal, and we’ve seen some nice bullish follow-through so far. Ideally we’d like to see a move above the February ceiling around $9.90, but we fear waiting that long could leave us chasing it higher. See, what you can’t see on the chart (because it’s further back) is that GRBK is no stranger to multi-point runups. Based on its past runs, Green Brick Partners could be in the high teens before you even know it.
swing trading: Lockheed Martin Corporation(LMT)
- [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]
BAE Systems, an F-35 partner of Lockheed Martin (LMT) , counts its largest customer as the U.S government, although it is a key supplier to both American and British defense departments.
- [By Rich Smith]
Much of this was based on educated guesswork, however, as we extrapolated what we knew about the finances at SpaceX rivalsBoeing(NYSE:BA),Lockheed Martin(NYSE:LMT),Orbital ATK(NYSE:OA), andAirbus(NASDAQOTH:EADSY), and applied it to what wethoughtthat might mean for SpaceX’s own finances. It would have been a whole lot easier to just take a good hard look at SpaceX’s own financial documents, and get the answers straight from the source.
- [By Alex McGuire]
That’s because SpaceX is one of the world’s most unique companies. Although it’s categorized as a traditional aerospace company like Boeing Co. (NYSE: BA) or Lockheed Martin Corp. (NYSE: LMT), SpaceX focuses on long-term goals over short-term profits. In fact, its biggest plan is to eventually colonize Mars.
- [By Rich Smith]
Orbital operates two main rocket families — Minotaur rockets for payloads ranging from less than a ton to just over three tons, and Antares rockets for payloads up to eight tons — both targeting the midrange of the rocket market. When a satellite isn’t big enough to require a SpaceX Falcon 9 (three times as powerful as Orbital’s most robust rocket), Boeing Delta IV, or Lockheed Martin (NYSE:LMT) Atlas V — but is too big for a Vector-R — that’s when Orbital ATK steps in and offers its services.
- [By WWW.KIPLINGER.COM]
Its this kind of environment that has made the iShares U.S. Aerospace & Defense ETF(ITA) one of the best-performing ETFs over the past decade. Companies like Lockheed Martin Corporation (LMT) and General Dynamics Corporation (GD) have thrived by producing solutions funded by a thick military wallet.
- [By Jim Cramer]
The company’s current return on equity greatly increased when compared to its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a signal of significant strength within the corporation. Compared to other companies in the Aerospace & Defense industry and the overall market, LOCKHEED MARTIN CORP’s return on equity significantly exceeds that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.