For Immediate Release
Chicago, IL – November 08, 2016 – Zacks Equity Research highlights definitely Cirrus Logic (NASDAQ:(CRUS - Free Report) – Free Report) as the Bull of the Day and Skechers (NYSE:(SKX - Free Report) – Free Report) as the Bear of the Day. In addition, Zacks Equity Research provides analysis on Valeo SA ADR (OTCMKTS:(VLEEY - Free Report) –Free Report),H Lundbeck AS (OTCMKTS: (HLUYY - Free Report) –Free Report) and Quanta Services (NYSE:(PWR - Free Report) – Free Report).
Here is a synopsis of all five stocks:
Bull of the Day:
Apple’s decision to remove the headphone jack from iPhone 7 surprised many, but this audio chipmaker’s content increased substantially and the transition represents huge growth opportunity going forward.
Founded in 1984 and headquartered in Austin, Texas, Cirrus Logic (NASDAQ:(CRUS - Free Report) – Free Report) is a supplier of high-precision analog and digital signal processing components for a variety of audio, energy and industrial applications. They have ~1,380 employees and ~3,200 customers worldwide. Majority of their products are sold through direct sales channels.
The company has a strong intellectual property portfolio with 2,400 patents issued and pending. Cirrus Logic is the only supplier of a complete audio IC solution from capture to playback. Their audio chips are used in the leading smartphone brands, tablets, digital headsets, wearables and many emerging smart home applications.
Apple is CRUS’s largest customer, accounting for ~78% of the revenue in the reported quarter though the company develops solutions for many industry leading global brands.
Jack-less iPhone a Boon for Cirrus
Apple’s decision to remove the headphone jack has been great for this company. Their content in each iPhone 7 unit has gone up substantially because their chips are used in new lightning EarPods and adapter.
This is a huge opportunity for Cirrus because Apple sells about 45 million units in a quarter and is expected to sell 70 million in the holiday quarter.
Many other smartphone makers are also making the switch from tradition headphones to digital headphones, following’s Apple’s lead.
Excellent Earnings and Upbeat Guidance
The chipmaker reported its Q2 fiscal 2017 results on October 27. Revenue of $428.6 million came in above the high end of their guidance thanks to better-than-expected demand for some portable audio products.
Adjusted earnings of $1.24 per share were substantially above the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $0.95 per share.
“We are extremely pleased with our progress in the September quarter as we began volume shipments of our new digital headset solution, expanded our share with boosted amplifiers and ramped production in a mid-tier smartphone at another leading customer”, said the CEO.
They also raised their guidance for the current year after solid results. Revenue is expected to range between $475 million and $515 million while GAAP gross margin is expected to be between 47 and 49%.
Bear of the Day :
Footwear stocks have not been very popular with investors this year. What lies ahead for this footwear maker whose stock has been hammered this year on growth concerns?
Founded in 1992 and headquartered in Manhattan Beach, California, Skechers (NYSE:(SKX - Free Report) – Free Report) designs, develops, markets, and distributes footwear for men, women, and children in the US and overseas Their products are available in more than 160 countries and territories.
Results Disappoint; Stock Plunges
Skechers’ Q3 earnings of $0.42 per share came in below the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $0.46 per share and were down 2.3% year-over-year. Higher expenses and currency headwinds hurt the bottom line. This was the second consecutive quarterly miss for the company.
Net sales of $942.4 million were also below the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $953 million but they were up 10.1% year-over-year. The quarterly sales increase was mainly due to strong growth in international business, which now comprises 40.1% of total sales. However domestic net sales decreased 3.4% in the quarter.
Domestic e-commerce business grew 13% during the quarter in which the company also launched its app.
Their guidance for the current quarter was also rather downbeat. Shares plunged almost 17% after the report.
Analysts have slashed their estimates for the company after disappointing results. Zacks Consensus Estimates for the current and the next fiscal year are $1.64 per share and $1.73 per share respectively, down from $1.77 and $1.92, 30 days ago. Declining estimates sent the stock to a Zacks Rank #5 (Strong Sell).
Shares are down about 30% year-to-date and analysts remain bearish on the stock. The management also provided a bleak outlook for the current quarter.
Further the Zacks Industry Rank of 233 out of 265 (bottom 12%) also indicates chances of underperformance in the short-term. It is safer for investors to avoid this stock for the time being.
More Stocks to Sell. Now.
Beyond our Bear Stock of the Day, today's list of 220 Zacks Rank #5 Strong Sells demand even more urgent attention. If any are lurking in your portfolio or Watch List, they should be removed immediately. Many appear to be sound investments but, since 1988, such stocks have actually performed more than 11X worse than the S&P 500.
12 Fun Facts About U.S. Presidential Elections: Global Week Ahead
This Global Week Ahead is totally dominated by the U.S. Presidential election.
In light of that Tuesday, Nov. 8th watershed event -- and related to how incredibly tired and bored I am with the nasty election tone -- I found Karin Lehnardt of Fact Retriever’s “47 Interesting Facts About the U.S. Presidential Election” worth sharing (in part).
Here are 12 facts I found most interesting (or funny!), and relevant to this U.S. election of 2016. I added in the women’s suffrage facts.
I kept these 12 U.S. Presidential election facts in tight chronological order.
(1) George Washington blew his entire campaign budget on 160 gallons of liquor to serve to potential voters.
(2) During the 1800 presidential campaign, Thomas Jefferson secretly hired a writer named James Callender to attack his opponent, John Adams, in print. Callender called Adams a “hermaphroditical character” who neither had the “force of a man” or the “gentleness of a woman.” Callender was later jailed for insurrection.
(3) In 1845, Congress decided that voting day would be the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November, which was after the fall harvest and before winter conditions made travel too difficult.
(4) It wasn’t until 1856 that Congress removed property ownership as a requirement to vote in elections.
(5) In 1870, Congress passed the 15th Amendment, which granted the right to vote to African Americans and other nonwhite men. However, an African American’s right to vote was often denied in the South and parts of the North until the 1960s.
(6) The first woman to run for U.S. President was Victoria Woodhull in 1872, nearly 50 years before the 19th Amendment allowed women to vote in presidential elections. Her running mate, Frederick Douglass, was the first African-American ever nominated for Vice President ( Obama and Clinton have a clear 150-year old precedent!)
Over 200 women have run for President of the United States. However, this list includes nominees of many minor parties and candidates who ran for president before women won the right to vote in 1920.
(7) During the 1872 election, presidential incumbent Ulysses S. Grant ran against a corpse. His opponent -- Horace Greeley -- died before the election was finalized. Grant won the election.
(8) The first election to use a voting machine was in 1892. Though it was actually invented earlier, candidates initially opposed the idea because it eliminated the wheeling and dealing for votes over the phone.
(9) The first European country to introduce women's suffrage was the Grand Duchy of Finland in 1906. U.S. women won the vote in 1920 with the passage of the 19th Amendment.
(10) Congress gave Native Americans the right to vote in presidential elections in 1924. However, some states banned them from voting until the 1940s.
(11) American astronauts on the ISS (International Space Station) can vote in elections from orbit by secure email.
(12) The United States is ranked 139th out of 172 countries in voter participation.
Out here in California, the weary voter project is to get thru a 222-page General Election booklet. It holds the details on 17 Direct Democracy propositions. This is basically the result of a de facto 1-party state. We can’t elect the Republicans any more -- so we gin up a flood of propositions to send to the voters instead.
Top Zacks Rank Stocks—
(1) Valeo SA ADR (OTCMKTS: (VLEEY - Free Report) – Free Report) has a Zacks VGM score of A to go along with its Zacks #1 (STRONG BUY) Rank. It is a $13 billion market cap auto/truck company. The company is headquartered in Paris, France.
Valeo has four business groups supplying products to the original equipment market and the aftermarket. The 4 Business Groups are: Powertrain Systems, Thermal Systems, Comfort and Driving Assistance Systems, and Visibility Systems.
(2) H Lundbeck AS (OTCMKTS: (HLUYY - Free Report) – Free Report) has a Zacks VGM score of B, driven by a Zacks Growth score of A. It too has a short-term Zacks #1 Rank. This is a $7 billion market cap pharma stock. Pharma stocks are very beaten down stocks. This is a European company based in Copenhagen, Denmark.
H. Lundbeck products are targeted at disorders like depression and anxiety, schizophrenia, insomnia, Huntington's, epilepsies, Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases.
(3) Quanta Services (NYSE:(PWR - Free Report) – Free Report) has a Zacks VGM score of A, driven by an A for Zacks Growth, and a short-term Zacks #1 Rank. This is a $4.0 billion market cap engineering and R&D services firm.
Quanta is a leading provider of specialty electrical contracting and maintenance services primarily related to electric and telecommunications infrastructure in North America.
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