For Immediate Release
Chicago, IL – October 10, 2016 – Zacks Equity Research highlights Micron (NASDAQ:(MU - Free Report) - Free Report) as the Bull of the Day and Fogo de Chao (NASDAQ:(FOGO - Free Report) - Free Report) as the Bear of the Day. In addition, Zacks Equity Research provides analysis on Verizon (NYSE:(VZ - Free Report) -Free Report) andYahoo’s (NASDAQ:(YHOO - Free Report) -Free Report) .
Here is a synopsis of all the four stocks:
Bull of the Day :
While the market has been chopping around near the highs, the tech-heavy NASDAQ has remained resilient. A big reason why is semiconductor stocks have been hot. With so much changing in the digital world around us, there has been huge demand for chips. One company that’s benefiting greatly from increased demand across the board is today’s Bull of the Day Micron (NASDAQ:(MU - Free Report) - Free Report).
Micron is a global leader in the semiconductor industry. The company holds over 20,000 patents and employs over 30,000 people in more than 20 countries across the globe. The company offers the industry’s broadest portfolio of silicon-to-semiconductor solutions. Their technology powers leading-edge computer, consumer, enterprise server and storage, networking, embedded, automotive, industrial and mobile products. They are the only US-based DRAM manufacturer.
The company is coming off a solid earnings beat where EPS came in at a 5 cent loss versus expectations for a 10 cent loss. The encouraging report was enough for several analysts to come out and jack up their earnings estimates for the current quarter, current year and next year. Five analysts have increased their numbers for the current quarter, pushing up our Zacks Consensus Estimate from 1 cent sixty days ago to 17 cents today. If you look at the current year numbers, the move is even more staggering. Eight analysts have increased their numbers, brining the Zacks Consensus Estimate from 52 cents to $1.08.
All of this bullish analyst behavior has helped push this stock to a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy). You can see how well the stock tracks with EPS by checking out our Price, Consensus, and EPS Surprise chart on Zacks.com. The stock peaked in 2014 just before estimates started to take a turn for the worse. Since the beginning of the year the company has really turned things around, setting the stock off on a fierce rally from under $10 to over $17 today.
Bear of the Day:
There’s been a major shift in the spending habits of Americans. Whereas a generation ago Americans were out buying cars and other goods, there’s been a shift towards spending on experiences. A higher percentage of expenditures are going towards vacations and nights out at restaurants. As a result, we saw some breathtaking rallies in restaurant stocks last year. Some of these stocks have gone out to fizzle out. I’m afraid that may be the case with today’sBear of the Day Fogo de Chao (NASDAQ:(FOGO - Free Report) - Free Report).
For those of you who are unfamiliar with the company, Fogo De Chao, Inc. owns and operates Brazilian steakhouses. It offers beef, lamb, chicken, pork and seafood items as well as liquor, beer and wine. The company operates primarily in the United States, Puerto Rico and Brazil. Fogo De Chao, Inc. is headquartered in Dallas, Texas.
The great part about these restaurants is they are all-you-can eat. You get a little chip at your table that you flip from green to red. Green means you’re ready for more food, red means you’re going to take a pass. When it comes to the stock, you may want to flip that chip over to red right now.
FOGO is a Zacks Rank #5 (Strong Sell) right now because of some very bearish analyst behavior. Over the last 60 days, four analysts have dropped their earnings estimates for the current quarter, next quarter, current year, and next year. The bearish attitude is most evident in next year’s numbers. The Zacks Consensus Estimate has dropped from $1.11 to 96 cents. This quarter, analysts are looking for 15 cents EPS out of the coming, following up on last quarter’s 17 cents.
Verizon Looking to Cut $1 Billion Off Yahoo Bid
On Friday, it was reported that telecommunications giant Verizon (NYSE:(VZ - Free Report) - Free Report) is looking to cut $1 billion off its $4.8 billion offer for Yahoo’s (NASDAQ:(YHOO - Free Report) - Free Report) core business. The New York Post originally reported the story.
This is most likely an after-effect of bad news for the web stalwart over the past few weeks. Yahoo recently revealed that in 2014, it had been hacked, and 500 million accounts—including usernames and passwords—were stolen.
And earlier this week, reports surfaced that claimed Yahoo scanned users’ incoming emails for terrorist signatures for roughly a year, on classified orders from a secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court.
According to unnamed sources, “The discount is being pushed because [Verizon] feels Yahoo’s value has been diminished,” writes the Post. However, Yahoo’s team is pushing for the deal to close sooner rather than later, as well as fighting efforts to negotiate the deal price down in any way.
As a result, YHOO stock is sliding, down just over 1% in midday trading. VZ stock is also down about 0.50% today to $50.02 per share.
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