Barron’s is Bullish on Volkswagen, Bearish on Netflix

Barron’s, the weekly publication owned by the Wall Street Journal, in its latest issue mentions several names.

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BULLISH MENTIONS

Dick’s Sporting seen as ‘bargain in retail’s wreckage’ – Value investors should warm up to Dick’s Sporting (DKS), Jack Hough writes in this week’s edition of Barron’s. While it could be a potential victim of Amazon.com (AMZN) in the long term, weaker sports chains will throw in the towel in the near term, creating cut-rate competition for Dick’s, he notes. Investors who get the timing right on Dick’s stock can profit, Barron’s says.

General Dynamics can still go higher – In a follow-up story, Barron’s writes that General Dynamics (GD) has returned more than 35%, to $198, and it is still valued below its peers. Nonetheless, the stock can go higher as it stands to benefit from new planes, military contracts, and more defense spending, the publication says.

Microsoft could rise 20% in a year – Microsoft (MSFT) has been shifting its decades-old products to the cloud and has shown it can transform itself without injuring its profit margins, Bill Alpert writes in this week’s edition of Barron’s. Additionally, the company has a “vibrant” computer-game franchise, he notes, adding that the company’s shares could rise 20% or more in a year.

Volkswagen could jump 50% – Volkswagen (VLKAY) looks inexpensive, thanks to improving operating performance, the high value of its luxury brands, a lucrative Chinese joint venture, and an attractive truck business, Andrew Bary writes in this week’s edition of Barron’s. Bulls argue that the company’s shares are worth over 50% more of their current price, he notes, adding that one tantalizing idea is a breakup of the company.

BEARISH MENTIONS

Netflix could drop more than 50% – Netflix’s (NFLX) shares could drop more than 50% as Disney (DIS) goes its own way and Amazon (AMZN) looms, Jack Hough writes in this week’s edition of Barron’s. Meanwhile, Facebook (FB) has launched a video service with niche shows covering sports, cooking and more, he points out.

Investors trapped in Teva can use options to get back some money – Teva Pharmaceuticals (TEVA) has recently reported weak earnings, offered dour financial guidance, and cut its dividend by 75%, which are reason to dump the stock, Steven Sears writes in this week’s edition of Barron’s. However, some investors are trapped in the rubble, he notes, adding that investors trapped in the stock can use options to get back some of their money.

United Technologies’ $140/share for Rockwell Collins not a bargain – In a follow-up story, Barron’s writes that reports have surfaced that United Technologies (UTX) is considering buying Rockwell Collins (COL), a move that would strengthen the conglomerate’s portfolio as a supplier to aircraft manufacturers in areas like seats, galleys, and cockpit systems. Some analysts think the price would be $140 a share for Rockwell’s stock, which would be no bargain, the publication says.


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The Fear Index Soars as Stocks Tumble

U.S. VIX Volatility Surges over 30% to clear 15.00

Buying Opportunity for Some Stocks this afternoon

VIX surges over 30% to above 15.00. See Stockwinners.com Market Radar to read more.

U.S. VIX (VIX) equity volatility surged over 30% to briefly clear 15.00 en route to 15.36, a 3-month highs after taking out 15.16 from June 29th, having cleared the 11.98 or its 200-day moving average earlier this week.

The spikes in the VIX represent a market sell-off.

That puts the double top near 16.30 from April/May within reach, ironically after recent rounds of trader layoffs in the financial sector due to persistently low volatility.

A breakout higher amid record speculative VIX short interest could put 23.01 November 2016 and 26.72 from July 2016 in scope.

Pullbacks will eye 11.98 and 11.56 session lows for support, along with all-time lows of 8.84 from July 26.

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The S&P 500 (SPX) meanwhile is fast approaching its 2,448.3 or it’s 50-day moving average support line, which has provided investors a buying opportunity for the past several months.

It appears that investors may forgive legislative impasse, but are less generous about a nuclear war!

NASDAQ is off 1.2% and the Euro Stoxx 50 is 1.2% lower.

REBOUND POSSIBLE

Based on the charts show above, we expect the sell-off to continue into late afternoon on Thursday with a recovery into close, followed by a short-covering rally on Friday August 11th. Use this afternoon sell off to buy stocks that should be sold on Friday.

STOCKS TO WATCH

NFLX, EXEL, TTD, XXII, NVDA, AAPL, PEGA, SINA, SQ, USCR, YY.

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RingCentral is For Sale

RingCentral could be acquired for mid $50s per share, says SunTrust 

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After Bloomberg reported that RingCentral (RNG) had hired an adviser after drawing buyout interest, SunTrust analyst Terry #Tillman says the company could be acquired for a price in the mid $50s per share range ” if the company’s value proposition is viewed as a knowledge worker/business productivity platform versus simply business phone systems.”

The analyst recommends that investors focused on the company’s fundamentals own the stock. “based on strong top-line growth and expanding margins and cash flow.”

RingCentral could attract interest from technology-focused private equity firms and other cloud-based software providers, two of the people said. RingCentral may choose not to proceed with a deal, the people said, asking not to be identified as the details aren’t public.

RingCentral last week reported second-quarter revenue of $119.4 million, up 30 percent from the same period a year ago.

The company, which went public in 2013, runs a platform that connects devices for corporate clients, allowing them to link employees’ smartphones, tablets, desktop computers and landline telephones to communicate via voice, text and fax.

It generates most of its revenue from subscriptions, including those sold through resellers including AT&T Inc.

Note that Stockwinners featured RNG at $36.50 and closed the position at $42 yesterday.

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Supreme Industries Sold for $364 Million

Wabash to acquire Supreme Industries for $21 per share

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Wabash National (WNC) and Supreme Industries (STS) announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Wabash National would acquire all of the outstanding shares of Supreme in a cash tender offer for $21 per share, which represents an equity value of $364M and an enterprise value of $342M.

The acquisition will combine Supreme’s extensive medium- and light-duty commercial vehicle portfolio, distribution network, and regional manufacturing locations with Wabash National’s advanced composite technologies, expertise in lean manufacturing and optimization, engineering and design proficiency and strong supplier relationships.

Wabash National expects to deliver at least $20 million in annual run-rate cost synergies by 2021.

The expected cost synergies are primarily driven by corporate and procurement expenditures, and operational improvement savings.

In addition, over time, Wabash National expects to achieve significant incremental revenue opportunities that neither company could obtain on a standalone basis. The board of Supreme, having determined that the offer and the merger are advisable, fair to, and in the best interests of Supreme and its stockholders, approved the agreement and plan of merger and the other transactions contemplated thereby, including the tender offer, and recommended that Supreme’s stockholders accept the offer and tender their shares in the offer when it is made.

The closing of the acquisition is expected to occur no later than the fourth quarter of 2017.

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Rockwell Collins Could Be Sold for $145 a share

Rockwell Collins could be acquired for $145 per share

 

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After Reuters and Bloomberg reported that United Technologies (UTX) had made an unconfirmed bid to buy Rockwell Collins (COL), RBC Capital analyst Matthew McConnell estimates that Rockwell Collins could be acquired for $145 per share.

Shares of the maker of avionics and cabin interiors spiked in late trading on Friday after Bloomberg News reported United Technologies Corp. was considering buying the $19 billion company. The idea of a Rockwell Collins purchase isn’t new. Last year, Starboard Value reportedly pushed management to pursue a sale rather than proceed with a takeover of airplane seat-maker B/E Aerospace (that deal closed in April). But it’s jarring to see United Technologies thinking seriously about it.

The analyst says that the deal would strengthen United Technologies and has “ample strategic rationale,” although he notes that airplane makers have expressed opposition to similar deals in the past.

He adds that the deal “would move” United Technologies “up the technology curve” and enable it to enter the avionics business which he says has high barriers of entry.

#McConnell thinks that there is a 50% chance of a deal taking place and raised his price target on Rockwell Collins to $133 from $120. He keeps a Sector Perform rating on Rockwell Collins.

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Barron’s is Bullish on Oil, Bearish on Tesla

Barron’s, the weekly publication owned by the Wall Street Journal, in its latest issue features several names. They include:

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BULLISH MENTIONS

Large-cap energy companies in better shape to raise dividends – With oil prices close to $50 a barrel, large-cap energy companies are in better shape to maintain or even raise their dividends than they were a few years ago, when prices collapsed, Lawrence Strauss writes in this week’s edition of Barron’s. Oneok (OKE), Valero Energy (VLO), Exxon Mobil (XOM), Phillips 66 (PSX), Marathon Petroleum (MPC) and ConocoPhillips (COP) expected to boost their payouts above 2016 levels this year, the publication said.

Delta Air Lines could rise 35% in two years. At $50, Delta’s (DAL) shares trade at about nine times estimated 2017 earnings, which is “inexpensive” for a company looking to post double-digit earnings growth in the coming years, Andrew Bary writes in this week’s edition of Barron’s. The shares could rise 35% in the next two years, Bary notes, adding that a 50% dividend hike in September will lift the yield to 2.4%.

Finisar seen as the ‘most attractive’ Apple iPhone supplier – With the next Apple’s (AAPL) iPhone expected this fall, Wall Street is starting to speculate on the winners, with CEVA (CEVA) joining Cirrus Logic (CRUS) and Skyworks Solutions (SWKS), Tiernan Ray writes in this week’s edition of Barron’s. Among the most talked-about aspects of the next iPhone is augmented reality, Ray notes, adding that possible beneficiaries include Finisar (FNSR), Lumentum Holdings (LITE), II-VI (IIVI), and Viavi Solutions (VIAV). Finisar shares surged in June when it announced quarterly results that included an order for “3-D sensing,” a code name for augmented reality, Barron’s points out.

Southern ‘a good bet’ for investors willing to take on more risk – This year has not been kind to Southern Company (SO) shares, but after Scana’s (SCG) news that it would abandon its plan to build two nuclear reactors in South Carolina, Southern could be a “good bet” for investors willing to take on a little more risk, Ben Levisohn writes in this week’s edition of Barron’s. Southern could decide to abandon the two plants it has under construction in Georgia, something that would likely be rewarded by the market, #Levisohn adds.

Voya Financial could be worth 30% more – Voya Financial (VOYA) shares have fallen over 13% in the past two years, with Wall Street penalizing the company for a “troubled” legacy variable-annuity business that had made some of the most generous benefit guarantees in the industry, Reshma Kapadia writes in this week’s edition of Barron’s. However, there are indications that Voya’s core retirement and investment business is growing, and that management is taking the right steps to reduce risk, Kapadia argues, adding that Voya could be worth at least 30% more than its current market value in the next year.

BEARISH MENTIONS

Slower growth in China could prompt retreat in Copper prices, Barron’s says – Copper is enjoying its biggest rally in months, boosted by increased confidence about global growth and a weaker U.S. dollar., Ira Iosebashvili writes in this week’s edition of Barron’s. However, some market participants urge caution, warning that the ground may shift under investors’ feet in the second half of the year, with many concerned about China, Iosebashvili adds. Publicly traded companies in the space include Freeport McMoRan (FCX), BHP Billiton (BHP), Rio Tinto (RIO), Anglo American (NGLOY), Southern Copper (SCCO), and Vale (VALE).

Chipotle (CMG) shares should be avoided, since food-safety
problems might be structural and not coincidental.

Buy Tesla car, not stock – In a follow-up story, Barron’s writes that Tesla (TSLA) shares have outrun most analysts’ reasoned cases for buying the stock. While initial reviews of the Model 3 are glowing, and Tesla reports a remarkable 450,000 in pre-orders, the company’s stock price leaves little on the table, the publication adds.

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Impinj Plunges on Guidance

Tracking tag firm Impinj implodes after guidance, large customers delays

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Shares of RFID solutions provider Impinj (PI) nose dived after reporting quarterly earnings and guidance for the current quarter.

Following the earnings report, research firm Canaccord lowered its price target. The company describes itself as a leading provider of RAIN RFID solutions.

RAIN RFID is a wireless technology that connects billions of everyday items to the internet, enabling businesses and consumers to identify, locate, authenticate, and engage each item.

The Impinj platform is made up of both hardware and software and uses RAIN RFID to wirelessly connect everyday items to the internet, delivering digital life to the physical world.

The company provides solutions to a broad base of industries including retail, healthcare, and logistics. “Impinj is helping companies around the world increase sales, improve efficiencies, and deliver compelling experiences.”

#Impinj went public on July 21 of 2016 and saw its shares rise about 28% on its first day of trading.

EARNINGS

Impinj reported second quarter financial results after the close of trading on Thursday evening. Q2 results were better than analyst expectations beating on both the top and bottom lines.

For Q2 the #RFID maker reported earnings per share of 6c on revenue of $34.1M. Analysts were modeling 2c for EPS on revenue of $33.51M. The problem with the report was in its tepid current quarter financial guidance and less robust product view for the year. The analyst provided Q3 guidance that was well shy of estimates.

The RFID tag maker is now guiding to an EPS loss for the current quarter of between (8c)-(1c) on lower revenue in a range of $31.75M-$33.25M. Analysts were predicting a profit of 8c on revenue of $37.75M. Founder and CEO Chris Diorio noted that the company will be adversely impacted by setbacks “in planned roll out expansions at several large end customers.”

The slowdown will result in fewer items being tagged with the company’s tracking chips. “We are revising our 2017 full-year endpoint IC estimated to be between 7B to 7.2Bunits,” said Diorio in a statement.

AMAZON DRIVER 

Late last year, shares of Impinj rallied after Amazon (AMZN) announced a new retail concept, Amazon Go.

Amazon said at the time that it is “a new kind of store with no check-out required… In fact, RAIN RFID can improve inventory visibility by more than 25%.”

Amazon expanded on its new store concept: “With our Just Walk Out Shopping experience, simply use the Amazon Go app to enter the store, take the products you want, and go! No lines, no checkout. Our checkout-free shopping experience is made possible by the same types of technologies used in self-driving cars: computer vision, sensor fusion, and deep learning.”

ANALYST VIEW

Adding to the selling in Impinj shares on Friday was a price target reduction out of #Canaccord.

Canaccord’s  Michael #Walkley lowered his price target on Impinj to $50 from $57 following Q2 results and lowered guidance.

The analyst noted delayed rollouts with a handful of customers in different verticals, including retail and healthcare, and said a single customer could represent several million endpoint IC’s. Management maintained its long-term guidance and Walkley said in the note that he expects re-accelerating revenue growth in 2018 and beyond.

As a result, Walkley maintained his Buy rating on Impinj shares.

PRICE ACTION

Shares of Impinj are near their day lows, trading down over 23% to $36.60 per share in Friday afternoon trading.

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Time Warner Name To Become History!

AT&T plans to drop Time Warner name after deal closes

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AT&T (T) is planning to drop the Time Warner (TWX) name after the proposed $85B takeover deal closes, The New York Post reports.

Additionally, sources say AT&T has approached potential candidates for a position that would sit above Time Warner units, including Turner, #HBO and Warner Bros., and would report to John Stankey, AT&T’s Entertainment chief; The company has hired Heidrick & Struggles (HSII) to conduct the search after media vet Peter Chernin said no to the role, sources say.

Time Warner CEO Jeff #Bewkes is expect to leave the company “as soon as the deal closes, — with a $95 million going-away prize” according to the report.

AT&T is expected to cut around two-thirds of the staff in the corporate unit, sources said. The company is also planning to create an ad tech platform across the company.

The deal is expected to be approved because AT&T and Time Warner don’t directly compete. But unlike past huge mergers such as Comcast’s purchase of NBCUniversal in 2013, this one is potentially trickier from an antitrust perspective.

That’s because AT&T has a nationwide footprint with its wireless and DirecTV satellite service, and could use that reach to demand higher fees from media companies and other cable and satellite firms.

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Genesis Energy to Buy Tronox Alkali Business for $1.33B in cash

Genesis Energy agrees to acquire Tronox Alkali Business for $1.33B in cash

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Genesis Energy (GEL) announced that it has entered into a stock purchase agreement with a subsidiary of Tronox (TROX) to acquire all of Tronox’s trona and trona-based exploring, mining, processing, producing, marketing and selling business for approximately $1.33B in cash.

The Alkali Business is the world’s largest producer of natural soda ash, also known as sodium carbonate, a basic building block for a number of ubiquitous products, including flat glass, container glass, dry detergent and a variety of chemicals and other industrial products.

The Alkali Business produces approximately four million tons of natural soda ash per year, representing approximately 28% of all the natural soda ash produced in the world and, based on current production rates, has an estimated reserve life remaining of over 100 years.

Having been in continuous operations for almost 70 years, it sells its products to a broad, industry-diverse and worldwide customer base, including numerous long-term relationships.

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Jacobs Engineering to Buy Rival CH2M for $3.27 Billion

Jacobs Engineering to acquire CH2M in $3.27B transaction

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Jacobs Engineering (JEC) and CH2M HILL Companies announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Jacobs will acquire all of the outstanding shares of CH2M in a cash and stock transaction with an enterprise value of approximately $3.27B, including approximately $416M of CH2M net debt.

Under the terms of the merger agreement, which has been unanimously approved by the Boards of Directors of both companies, CH2M’s stockholders will have the option to elect to receive either $88.08 in cash, 1.6693 shares of Jacobs common stock or a mix of $52.85 in cash and 0.6677 shares of Jacobs common stock subject to proration such that the aggregate consideration paid to CH2M stockholders will equal 60% cash and 40% Jacobs common stock.

Following the close of the transaction, CH2M stockholders will own 15% of Jacobs shares on a fully diluted basis based on the number of Jacobs shares outstanding. The transaction is not subject to a financing condition.

Jacobs expects to finance the $2.4B cash required for the transaction through a combination of cash on hand, borrowings under the Company’s existing revolving credit facility and $1.2B of new committed 3-year term debt arranged by BNP Paribas and The Bank of Nova Scotia.

Jacobs’ post-close liquidity is expected to remain robust at approximately $900M.

The transaction, which is expected to close in Jacobs’ fiscal 2018 first quarter, is subject to the satisfaction of customary closing conditions, including regulatory approvals and approval by CH2M stockholders.

Apollo Global Management (APO), which has an approximate 18% voting interest in CH2M, has agreed to vote in favor of the transaction.

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Barron’s is Bullish on Citi, Honeywell, Remains Bearish on Twitter

Barron’s, the weekly publication owned by the Wall Street Journal, in its latest issue is bullish on several names. They include:

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Advance Auto Parts could rally 20%-30% in two years – Advance Auto Parts (AAP) stock’s valuation seems to discount a lot of bad news, while ignoring the potential for the company to boost profit margins and spur earnings growth in coming years, Vito Racanelli writes in this week’s edition of Barron’s. The shares could rally 20%-30% in the next two years, as earnings rise and the company demonstrates it can hold its own in the face of increasing online competition, he adds.

Citi could rise by 50% – At its first investor day since 2008, Citigroup (C) laid out some ambitious financial targets and Wall Street liked what it heard, Andrew Bary writes in this week’s edition of Barron’s. While the company’s shares finished the week up 2%, there could be more upside because Citi offers the combination of a low valuation and what could be the highest earnings growth rate among its peers in the years to come, Barron’s adds. The bank is targeting $9 a share in 2020 earnings, and suggested its stock could hit $100, 48% above the current level, Bary points out.

Honeywell (HON) shares could return 15% next year – If Darius Adamczyk, Honeywell’s new CEO, delivers as expected, the company’s revenue could rise 4% next year, and earnings, 10%, leading to a higher price/earnings ratio and a 15% total return for the shares, Lawrence Strauss writes in this week’s edition of Barron’s.

Blue Chips set to boost dividends – The third quarter is shaping up to be a ‘very strong one’ for dividend growth among blue-chip names, Lawrence Strauss writes in this week’s edition of Barron’s. IHS Markit expects Mondelez (MDLZ) to announce a 10.5% dividend increase and Intuit (INTU) to declare a hike of 15%, he says. Meanwhile, Microsoft (MSFT) is expected to raise its quarterly dividend by 10.3%, Royal Caribbean Cruises (RCL) to boost its quarterly payout by nearly 15%, Yum! Brands (YUM) to increase 13.3%, and Accenture (ACN) to boost payout by 10%, Barron’s points out.

BEARISH MENTION

Amazon.com, Alphabet to likely ‘cool off for a while,’ – Last week, Alphabet (GOOG; GOOGL) and Amazon (AMZN) beat quarterly sales expectations but showed underwhelming profit and it is not surprising investors would seize upon blemishes in the report as an excuse to take profits, Tiernan Ray writes in this week’s edition of Barron’s. While there is no fundamental weakness with either company, shares will probably show less upside in the rest of this year than in the first half, he notes.

Barron’s sees ‘no relief in sight’ for Twitter – Twitter (TWTR) is nearly as expensive as Facebook (FB), whose revenue and profit are galloping higher, based on next year’s projected earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization, Jack Hough writes in this week’s edition of Barron’s. That means Twitter must bounce back quickly, or get bought, or suffer a continuing stock-price decline, perhaps to single digits, Hough argues, adding that the first two outcomes are looking increasingly unlikely.

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Rig Counts Rise Again!

Baker Hughes reports U.S. rig count up 8 to 958 rigs

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Baker Hughes (BHGE) reports that the U.S. Rig Count is up 8 rigs from last week to 958, with oil rigs up 2 to 766 and gas rigs up 6 to 192.

The U.S. Rig Count is up 495 rigs from last year’s count of 463, with oil rigs up 392, gas rigs up 106, and miscellaneous rigs down 3 to 0.

The U.S. Offshore Rig Count is up 1 rig from last week to 24 and up 5 rigs year over year.

The Canadian Rig Count is up 14 rigs from last week to 220, with oil rigs up 11 to 129 and gas rigs up 3 to 91.

The Canadian Rig Count is up 101 rigs from last year’s count of 119, with oil rigs up 69, gas rigs up 33, and miscellaneous rigs down 1 to 0.

WTI crude edged a few cents lower after the report, and though remains less than 20 cents below its earlier trend high of $49.80.

#WTI  =  West Texas Intermediate

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GE’s Immelt May Become Uber CEO

GE’s Immelt has held ‘active’ discussions with Uber search committee

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Uber is considering General Electric (GE) CEO Jeff Immelt among “a handful” of candidates for its CEO, The Wall Street Journal reports, citing a person familiar with the matter.

According to the person, Uber’s search committee has held “active” discussions with Immelt, who is stepping down as GE’s CEO at the end of the month, though he will remain chairman through the end of the year.

Uber hopes to wrap up the CEO search process by Labor Day, according to the report.

HP Enterprise (HPE) CEO Meg Whitman, who was rumored to be in contention for Uber CEO, says she is “fully committed” to HPE and she will not take the job at Uber.

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China’s Growth Forecast Boosts Miners and Basic Materials

Shares of industrial metal makers, miners surge on IMF’s China comments

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Shares of industrial metal makers and miners are surging after the latest International Monetary Fund, or #IMF, update.

GLOBAL RECOVERY

The global economic recovery is on solid ground, said the IMF in a report out Monday. “As in our April forecast, the World Economic Outlook Update projects 3.5% growth in global output for this year and 3.6% for next,” the IMF predicted.

CHINA GROWTH CONTINUES

Government policies in China have been the foundation for the recent high growth rates in the country. The IMF has raised its China growth view for 2017 and 2018 by 0.1% and 0.2% points, respectively, to 6.7 % and 6.4%. “But higher growth is coming at the cost of continuing rapid credit expansion and the resulting financial stability risks. China’s recent moves to address nonperforming loans and to coordinate financial oversight, therefore, are welcome,” added the agency.

MUTED EXPECTATIONS FOR US GROWTH

The IMF said the said globally speaking, the critical hindrance to global growth will come from the United States. “Over the next two years, U.S. growth should remain above its longer-run potential growth rate. But we have reduced our forecasts for both 2017 and 2018 to 2.1 percent because near-term U.S. fiscal policy looks less likely to be expansionary than we believed in April,” argued the IMF.

COPPER SURGES

Copper prices jumped to the highest levels since this past February. According to a Citi research note,”Sentiment towards copper from the physical market has improved as fabricators in China have replenished their inventories,” said Reuters.

STOCKS TO WATCH

Shares of metal makers and miners are all higher in afternoon trading, with copper miners Freeport-McMoRan (FCX) and Southern Copper Corporation (SCCO) up 14% and 3%, respectively. Iron ore miners Cliffs Natural Resources (CLF) is up 5%, with peers Vale S.A. (VALE) and Rio Tinto plc (RIO) both up over 4%. Aluminum makers are also jumping, with Alcoa up almost 2%, with peers Century Aluminum (CENX) up 4% and Kaiser Aluminum (KALU) up fractionally. Shares of United States Steel Corporation (X) are 5% higher.

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Cott Corp. to Sell Beverage Manufacturing Business for $1.25B

Cott Corp. agrees to sell traditional beverage manufacturing business for $1.25B

Cott Corp. to Sell beverage manufacturing business for $1.25B. See Stockwinners.com for a list of Stocks to Watch, Stocks to Buy, Stocks to Follow

Cott Corporation (COT) announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to sell its traditional beverage manufacturing business to Refresco for $1.25B.

The transaction includes Cott’s North America, U.K., and Mexico businesses.

The transaction is expected to: Improve top-line growth and stability; Enhance overall gross profit and EBITDA margins; Significantly reduce net leverage; Reduce customer concentration; Reduce commodity exposure; Shift Cott’s core focus to the growing categories of water, coffee, tea and filtration.

The transaction is expected to reduce Cott’s leverage to below 3.5x net debt to 2017 pro forma adjusted EBITDA after sale proceeds are used for the redemption of the remaining $250 million of our 10% DS senior secured notes, $525 million of our 5.375% notes, and paying off our asset-based lending facility.

As a result of the redemption of our 5.375% notes, we expect to commence asset sale proceed offers on or about the closing date of the transaction pursuant to the indentures governing our then remaining unsecured notes, pursuant to which we will offer to repurchase such notes at 100% of the principal amount thereof.

The acquisition, which is expected to close in the second half of 2017, is subject to certain closing conditions including regulatory approval, Refresco shareholder approval, and working capital adjustments.

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