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Despite a slow morning, stocks battled back to finish the day nearly unchanged, as the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJINDICES: ^DJI ) closed down 5 points or 0.03%, coming back from a 100-point deficit earlier in the day. The S&P 500 and Nasdaq, meanwhile, lost 0.2% and 0.5%, respectively. The day's economic reports were mostly in line with expectations, as an ISM Services report rated last month's growth in the category at 54.0, indicating a modest expansion, while the ADP's employment report said 175,000 jobs were added in January, even with expectations for the official report due out on Friday. Atlanta Federal Reserve President Dennis Lockhart also said earlier in the day that he expects the stimulus taper to continue in increments of $10 billion as it's begun and that it should be completed by the fourth quarter. The comments may have shaken investors, as the Dow has already fallen 6% this year, and investors may have been expecting the Fed to make adjustments according to market behavior.
Top Gas Utility Stocks To Invest In Right Now: IRSA Inversiones Y Representaciones S.A. (IRS)
IRSA Investments and Representations Inc., through its subsidiaries, engages in a range of diversified real estate investment and related activities in Argentina. The company is involved in the acquisition, development, and operation of shopping centers, offices, and other non-shopping center properties primarily for rental purposes; development and sale of residential properties; acquisition and operation of luxury hotels; and acquisition of undeveloped land reserves for future development purpose. It also engages in consumer financing activities, including credit card products to its consumers at shopping centers, hypermarkets, and street stores. IRSA Investments and Representations, Inc. was founded in 1943 and is headquartered in Buenos Aires, Argentina.Advisors' Opinion:
- [By Garrett Cook]
In trading on Wednesday, financial shares were relative laggards, down on the day by about 0.24 percent. Top losers in the sector included IRSA Investments and Representations (NYSE: IRS), down 3.2 percent, and OceanFirst Financial (NASDAQ: OCFC), off 2.5 percent.
Top Heal Care Stocks To Invest In 2014: Tesco PLC (TSCDY)
Tesco PLC, incorporated on November 27, 1947, is engaged in retailing and associated activities in the United Kingdom, China, the Czech Republic, Hungary, the Republic of Ireland, India, Malaysia, Poland, Slovakia, South Korea, Thailand and Turkey. The Company also provides retail banking and insurance services through its subsidiary, Tesco Bank. The Company�� operations in the United Kingdom is the within the Company, with over 3,000 stores. The Company�� in-store picking model is complemented by a small number of specialized dotcom-only stores, which allow the Company to respond to customer demand. The Company�� Click & Collect service is a part of its multichannel offering and enables customers to pick up their shopping when and where it suits them. It has over 1,500 Click & Collect collection points for general merchandise and over 150 Grocery Drive-thrus in the United Kingdom.
The Company�� operations in India include sourcing and its service centre, as well as a franchise arrangement with Tata Group. The Company�� Hindustan Service Centre (HSC) is the global services arm for Tesco worldwide, providing business services for Tesco operations globally. Tesco HSC is engaged in creating and executing strategic initiatives covering information technology (IT), Financial, Commercial and Property, among others. The Company also provides 80% of the stock sold by Star Bazaar, both food and non-food, sourced through its distribution centre in Mumbai. This distribution centre also provides wholesale products to traditional Indian retailers, kirana stores, restaurants and other businesses, providing small farmers and other suppliers with a way to sell their wares to the local market.
The Company has an online business and 22 of virtual stores in South Korean subways and bus stops, which help time-pressed customers, shop on-the-go using their smartphones. Tesco Lotus is its international business, serving over 11 million customers every week in over 1,400 stores. Tesco Bank! offer a range of simple personal banking products, principally-mortgages, credit cards, personal loans, and savings.Advisors' Opinion:
- [By Nate Weisshaar]
LONDON -- There will be plenty of numbers flying around when�Tesco� (LSE: TSCO ) (NASDAQOTH: TSCDY ) releases its year-end numbers tomorrow. Chris Nials and Motley Fool analyst Nate Weisshaar highlight the bits they'll be watching.
- [By Royston Wild]
LONDON -- I am backing supermarket leviathan�Tesco� (LSE: TSCO ) (NASDAQOTH: TSCDY ) to put the difficulties of the past 12 months behind it and return to growth in the medium term. Shares in the firm have risen 15% since the start of 2013, and I am expecting them to gain traction as its strategy to rebuild its British operations comes to fruition.
- [By David O��ara]
LONDON -- Tesco
After trading as high as 385 pence in May, shares in�Tesco� (LSE: TSCO ) (NASDAQOTH: TSCDY ) were today down at 328 pence. That's a 15% fall in just one month. However, Tesco's low price-to-earnings ratio and significant dividend yield will now be attracting value and income investors.
Top Heal Care Stocks To Invest In 2014: Templeton Emerging Markets Fund (EMF)
Templeton Emerging Markets Fund (the Fund) is a diversified, closed-end investment company. The Fund seeks long-term capital appreciation by investing at least 80% of its net assets in emerging country equity securities. It makes investments in China, Brazil, South Korea, Turkey, Russia, Thailand, India, Taiwan, Hungary and South Africa. The Fund invests in sectors, such as metals and mining, commercial banks, diversified financial services, semiconductors and semiconductor equipment, wireless telecommunication services, and oil, gas and consumable fuels.
Templeton Asset Management Ltd. (TAML) serves as the Fund�� investment manager. Its administrative manager is Franklin Templeton Services, LLC. The Fund may invest in the Franklin Institutional Fiduciary Trust Money Market Portfolio (the Sweep Money Fund), an open-end investment company managed by Franklin Advisers, Inc. (an affiliate of TAML).Advisors' Opinion:
- [By George Putnam, Editor, New Generation Research, Inc.]
Templeton Emerging Markets Fund (EMF) is also actively managed. Currently, the fund is Asian-centric with about 71% of assets from Asian markets, mostly China and Thailand.
Top Heal Care Stocks To Invest In 2014: Phillips-Van Heusen Corporation(PVH)
PVH Corp. designs and markets branded dress shirts, neckwear, sportswear, footwear, and other related products worldwide. The company?s Calvin Klein Licensing segment licenses Calvin Klein Collection, ck Calvin Klein, and Calvin Klein brands for sportswear, jeanswear, underwear, fragrances, eyewear, men?s tailored clothing, women?s suits and dresses, hosiery, socks, footwear, swimwear, jewelry, watches, outerwear, handbags, leather goods, home furnishings, and accessories; and to operate retail stores. Its Wholesale Dress Furnishings segment markets dress shirts and neckwear principally under the ARROW, Calvin Klein, ck Calvin Klein, Calvin Klein Collection, IZOD, Eagle, Sean John, Donald J. Trump Signature Collection, Kenneth Cole New York, Kenneth Cole Reaction, JOE Joseph Abboud, DKNY, Tommy Hilfiger, Elie Tahari, J. Garcia, and MICHAEL Michael Kors brands. The company?s Wholesale Sportswear and Related Products segment offers sportswear, including men?s knit and w oven sport shirts, sweaters, bottoms, swimwear, boxers, and outerwear principally under the IZOD, Van Heusen, ARROW, Geoffrey Beene, Timberland, and Calvin Klein brands; and women?s sportswear, including knit and woven sport shirts, sweaters, bottoms, and outerwear under the IZOD brand. Its Retail Apparel and Related Products segment provides men?s dress shirts; neckwear and underwear; men?s and women?s suit separates; men?s and women?s sportswear, including woven and knit shirts, sweaters, bottoms, and outerwear; men?s and women?s accessories; sportswear; and men?s fragrance. The company?s Retail Footwear and Related Products segment offers casual and dress shoes for men, women, and children; and apparel and accessories. The company was formerly known as Phillips-Van Heusen Corporation and changed its name to PVH Corp. in June, 2011. The company was founded in 1881 and is headquartered in New York, New York.Advisors' Opinion:
- [By Ben Levisohn]
Over at the S&P 500, HCP (HCP) has dropped 2.8% $40.62, making it the biggest loser in the benchmark, after the healthcare REIT fired its CEO. PVH (PVH), meanwhile, has gained 5.7% to $124.06, making it the S&P 500′s biggest winner at 9:48 a.m., after the company said it would sell its GH Bass division.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
Shares of PVH (PVH) are flying off the shelves after the owner of Calvin Klein and other brands easily topped estimates, with CEO Emanuel Chirico giving some of the credit to a revamped JC Penney (JCP).REUTERS
PVH reported a profit of $1.51 a share, topping the Street consensus for $1.43. PVH also said it would earn between $2.45 and $2.50 during the third quarter, straddling forecasts for $2.48. Gross margins increased to 53.4% to 52.2%.
Citigroup’s Kate McShane calls PVH’s financial results a “nice fall kick-off.” She explains why:
Though PVH shares up ~8% over the past month, we expect the stock to move up on the beat & maintained guidance, indicating mgmt confidence in the back half of the year, despite continued macro caution. Recall that PVH has a long history of guiding conservatively, & we still see potential upside from ongoing strength in CK, Heritage imprvmts, & Europe.
In an interview with Jim Cramer, CEO Chirico gave some of the credit to improvements at JC Penney–”back on track”–and Kohl’s (KSS), where he said PVH sales were firming.
Shares of PVH have gained 9.3% to $128.03 at 11:23 a.m., while JC Penney has risen 4.1% to $11.05 and Kohl’s has advanced 1.9% to $60.28.
- [By Wallace Witkowski]
PVH Corp. (PVH) �fell 0.7% to $126.50 on moderate volume after the clothing company issued muted guidance for the fourth quarter.
- [By Rick Munarriz]
PVH (NYSE: PVH ) dresses up for its fresh financials on Wednesday. The company behind Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger, and other popular apparel brands is expected to earn $1.35 a share in its latest quarter, just ahead of the $1.30 it posted a year earlier. PVH has landed ahead of analyst profit targets in each quarter over the past year, so don't be surprised if it earns more than the $1.35 the market is settling for this time around.