Earlier today, an item over at TheFly highlighted a comment on D.R. Horton by Credit Suisse, one that was described as "cautious." I'll tell you, being cautious might indeed be the correct position to take in this situation. The last time I wrote about the stock was back in the fall. The price at that point was around the $11.48 level. With less than two hours to go in today's session, I'm seeing a quote of $11.24.
Bank of America (BAC) is a pretty big player in its industry; it's got brand equity -- everyone has heard of it. How is its stock looking these days?
At the time of writing, shares could be had for $13.44. The 52-week low for the company is $10.91; the 52-week high is $19.86. That's a tight range, and as one might imagine, this company has been a vehicle for traders trying to ride whatever volatility is available at any given time.
According to TheFly, Pacific Crest believes the valuation on the shares is attractive. And at first glance, one might be inclined to agree with such a sentiment. In fact, considering the relatively tight 52-week range, I could easily imagine the stock rising after making what could theoretically turn out to be a bottom.
The 52-week low is $62.88, so those who were brave enough to buy at that point have been amply rewarded. Of course, you've also got to be brave to buy after a run-up.
Phillips-Van Heusen (PVH) reported earnings for the fourth quarter earlier this week. How does the stock look now that the latest numbers are out?
Well, from a fundamental point of view, things are looking pretty good. According to Reuters, the apparel concern made an adjusted 93 cents per share. Talk about a beat: that number was ten pennies above the consensus projection. In terms of guidance, management expects to bring in an adjusted profit between $4.70 and $4.95 per share over the next fiscal year; Wall Street was thinking that $4.75 per share was likely.
According to the Associated Press, the company made 14 cents per share during the fiscal first quarter -- when the projection called for a loss of 5 cents per share. Great performance, right? And furthermore, this time last year at there was a Q1 loss of 4 cents per share. I mean, that has to be worth a bid, correct?
Time Warner (TWX) probably thought it had the weekend all wrapped up. Sucker Punch looked like it would debut at the top in its opening frame. I don't blame the execs behind this fantasy piece; in theory, it should have brought in all the youthful demographics hungry for a big spring hit to feast upon.
Didn't happen. Instead, News Corp.'s (NWS) Diary of Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules was number one with a gross of well over $23 million, according to domestic-theater data at Box Office Mojo. Punch came in second with $19 million.
Well, I'm assuming a deal in China, as mentioned over at TheFly, helped to catalyze the bullish reaction by the market. In addition, our Analyst Calls piece highlights an upgrade that was sent the company's way. Are you ready to get on the IMAX bandwagon?
According to the corporate press release, adjusted profit increased 27% to 65 cents per share. The Associated Press says that expectations were set at 59 cents per share. Furthermore, same-store sales appear healthy: They expanded by 3.8%.
ConAgra Foods (CAG) was trading higher at the time of this writing in reaction to an earnings report. Shares were up 1.8% to $23.35. Volume was active.
The stock has been in a very narrow range. The 52-week low is $21.02 while the 52-week high is $26.22. The one-year chart reflects the inability of the stock to break out to new levels. What should investors think about the company at this point now that some new numbers are out?
When it comes to credit-card businesses, I'm partial to Visa, Inc. (V). Even so, I have to give my respect today to Discover Financial Services (DFS). At the time of this writing, the stock was up 4.5% to $23.26. Volume was strong. Furthermore, a new 52-week high of $23.46 was recorded earlier in the day (by the time this is published, it's possible the high quote will be different).
The stock has been a good holding over the last twelve months. The 52-week low is $12.11, and the one-year chart shows strength. This name is heading for a double. Is it too late to buy?
Adobe Systems (ADBE) closed Tuesday at $32.88. The 52-week low for the shares is $25.45 and the 52-week high is $37.30. That puts the stock roughly in the middle of the range, which isn't here nor there.
I usually like a quote to give me as much information as it can. I can usually tell more about the market's opinion if the price is closer to either the low or the high, and if the range isn't so tight.
Not much is going on with the stock while I'm writing this. With about ninety minutes to go before the end of the session, I'm seeing a quote of $36.59, a price that represents a gain of 0.6%. In addition, volume isn't impressive. The stock did, however, hit an intraday high of $37.16 earlier in the day.
On Wednesday, General Mills (GIS) will report earnings results for the fiscal third quarter. The cereal maker is expected to do okay. According to Earnings.com, net income is projected to be around 56 cents per share. If the company hits that number, then it will represent a decent bottom-line growth rate.
The stock has a couple things going in its favor. The 52-week high is currently set at $38.98. Shares closed on Monday at a price of $37.12, not far from the peak. In addition, the dividend yield of 3% is attractive.
Netflix, Inc. (NFLX) has pulled back from its 52-week high of $247.55. At the time of this writing, shares were exchanging hands for about $215. The 52-week low for the stock is $70.05.
We know that this company has been a great performer. Investors who bought at the lower end of the chart have been amply rewarded. But for those who don't own the name, is it time to buy? And, likewise, for those who do own it, is it time to sell?