(NYSE: MTG) reported Q4 EPS of $0.19, $0.04 better than the analyst estimate of $0.15. Revenue for the quarter came in at $240.36 million versus the consensus estimate of $237.51 million. Curt S. Culver, CEO and Chairman of the Board of Mortgage Guaranty Insurance Corporation ("MGIC") and MTG, said, "I am pleased to report that in 2014 the company continued to build on the progress we have made regarding many of the challenges we have been facing. Notably we have returned to annual profitability while maintaining a solid statutory capital position and low expense ratio. For the year, new insurance written and risk in force increased while new delinquent notices, paid claims, and the delinquent inventory decreased." Culver added, "I am encouraged by the positive trends in home prices and employment and am enthusiastic about the opportunities for growth and success for MGIC, and the mortgage insurance industry in 2015 and beyond."
In Hong Kong, the Hang Seng index shed 0.5 percent. Casino operator Melco Crown was in focus after it applied for a withdrawal of its listing in Hong Kong, citing limited fundraising opportunities and compliance obligations. The gaming stock tanked nearly 7 percent at the open.
your starting to sound like a broken record, good luck with that short position
Buy cheap while you still can. Muddy Waters will start dumping if this starts moving
William Katz of Citigroup on Tuesday upgraded shares of Apollo Global Management LLC APO 0.86% to Buy from Neutral with a price target raised to $27 from a previous $24 following the company's Investor Day held on December 11.
“Three factors drive the change in thinking,” Katz wrote. “First we have greater confidence FPAUM growth is poised to accelerate. Second, we see another strong year of strong realizations in 2015 which should sustain best in class yield potential. Third, the risk/reward is more favorable reflecting the 30 percent year to date decline.”
Katz cites management's three- to five-year target asset under management of $250 billion to $300 billion (up from $164 billion), reflecting both organic and inorganic growth. The analyst adds that the “most potent” contributor will come from Credit and Real Estate as well as new products including specialty PE funds.
Katz also notes that the company's management will likely be net sellers in the short- to mid-term but “ready to step-up dry powder deployment” into sectors like Energy. Additionally, the company is a beneficiary given its contrarian, credit-oriented approach if certain industries enter early stages of a distressed cycle.
Finally, the analyst states with the stock lagging its risk/reward profile is now favorable with the company's underlying earnings power higher than previously assumed.
Top holdings Tiger Global traded in the third quarter
The fund added new positions in Bitauto Holdings (BITA), Tableau Software (DATA), Mobileye NV (MBLY), and GoPro (GPRO). The fund sold positions in Dollar General (DG), Fidelity National Information Services (FIS), Comcast (CMCSA), and Qihoo 360 Technology (QIHU). Top position increases include Hertz Global Holdings (HTZ), MasterCard (MA), and Autohome (ATHM).
Tiger Global discloses 14.9% stake in Bitauto
Tiger Global initiated a significant new position in Bitauto Holdings (BITA) that accounted for 6.79% of the fund’s third quarter portfolio. A September 12 13G filing by the fund said that it owns a 14.9% stake in Bitauto with 6,565,000 shares