GE Jul 2019 17.000 call

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  • Why 3M Stock Is Untouchable
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    There's no denying 3M (NYSE:MMM) stock is, despite all of its woes, still a dividend champ. With February's increased payout now on the books, the annual payout of 3M stock has climbed for 61 consecutive years. And, with a dividend of $5.76 per share of 3M stock scheduled for 2019, there's tons of wiggle room for 3M, since analysts, on average, are calling for full-year earnings of $9.40 per share.Source: Shutterstock But even with 3M stock price beaten down to near $173 and MMM stock yielding 3.26%, the shares aren't appealing. This company's got problems, and its China headwind may be the least of them. * 8 Stocks to Buy That Are Growing Faster Than Amazon The foremost challenge facing 3M stock may be its ultra-diversified business model itself, followed closely by waning loyalty towards its brand.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips A Symptom of a Bigger IllnessThis coming Thursday, 3M will reveal its second-quarter results. For better or worse, the bar for its Q2 results is set low. After 3M lowered its full-year profit outlook when it released its weaker-than expected Q1 results, analysts, on average, are only calling for Q2 income of $2.06 per share of 3M stock. The company reported EPS of $2.59 in the same quarter a year earlier.China received the lion's share of the blame for the Q1 EPS miss. Though 3M's year-over-year sales fell by higher percentages in Europe, Middle East and Africa, China is a much bigger market than they are. The Q1 revenue of 3M's Asia-Pacific unit fell 7.4% YoY.That decline, however, wasn't offset by its North American revenue., as its U.S. sales inched up a paltry 0.1%. Perhaps worse, its total organic sales volume fell somewhat dramatically.That's an indirect sign that 3M may not command the same kind of pricing power it enjoyed just a few years ago.That certainly jives with data indicating that consumers and corporations aren't as loyal to particular brands as they used to be. They don't have to be. The advent of the internet has given rise to transparency. With equivalent alternatives now readily available at lower prices, buyers of all ilks are choosing options besides 3M.More than that, though, 3M is arguably ill-equipped to restore the kind of brand loyalty that can meaningfully improve its pricing power and sales volume. Conglomerates Are BrokenThere was a time when conglomerates worked. Dissimilar organizations under the same umbrella could at least share shipping costs, while similar products could be cross-promoted. Think Procter & Gamble (NYSE:PG) selling detergent to the same customers who usually buy its paper towels.Once again though, the advent of the internet has largely negated that edge. Anyone can start a business and reach P&G's customers all over the world. Indeed, smaller outfits like Dollar Shave Club have capitalized on doing one thing incredibly well: utilizing clever marketing to chip away at dominant names in the business like Gillette and Schick.Noteworthy is the fact that Dollar Shave, along with similarly small startups like Harry, have been acquired by big conglomerates. Equally noteworthy is the fact that the conglomerates that acquired them have largely left them alone.That, in turn, has lead some owners of 3M stock to wonder if the company's office-supply arm would be better served by operating on its own.As for 3M's more industrial-oriented product lines, rival brands haven't been the problem as much as size and saturation. A lack of focus, however, could still be a key liability for 3M.That's certainly been the case for General Electric (NYSE:GE).For decades it successfully managed to operate businesses ranging from light bulbs to locomotives to life sciences. It could do so because the world moved slowly, and competition wasn't everywhere. With China now fully industrialized, digitalized and capitalized, though, speed matters. Saturated markets matter. The large amount of manpower needed to manage such complex enterprise now gets in the way. There's a reason GE is now selling assets. The Bottom Line on 3M StockNone of this means that 3M can't move past its hurdles, restore pricing power and optimize its conglomerate in a way few other companies are even willing to try anymore. Anything's possible.Even before it's fully addressed its more philosophical challenges, though, it's making itself even more complicated. 3M announced in early May that it would be acquiring wound-care company Acelity for a hefty $6.7 billion as a means of ramping up the growth of its healthcare business, whose 2018 results were disappointing. But if the company can't sell what it already makes, what assurance can it offer investors that it can sell Acelity's products any more effectively?There may be a legitimate answer to the question, but if there is, it wasn't passed along to the owners of MMM stock.Meanwhile, investors may be cheering for a turnaround, but there are reasons 3M stock price continues to make lower lows. There's a lot of work, longer-term initiatives, and tough decisions that 3M needs to make at this point, but it doesn't appear the company is ready for that just yet.As of this writing, James Brumley did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities. You can learn more about him at his website, or follow him on Twitter, at @jbrumley. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 10 Tech Stocks That Are Still Worth Your Time (And Money) * 7 Marijuana Stocks With Critical Levels to Watch * 7 of the Best Smart-Beta ETFs to Target Right Now The post Why 3M Stock Is Untouchable appeared first on InvestorPlace.

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    After a big rally, General Electric (NYSE:GE) stock has stalled out. General Electric stock has traded sideways for about a four and half months now, staying mostly in a range between $9 and $10.25.Source: Shutterstock It's not terribly difficult to see why that is. After a long decline over the last few years - including two dividend cuts - investors and analysts don't entirely trust General Electric stock. To some, including InvestorPlace columnist Dana Blankenhorn, GE's debt and pension liabilities suggest years of pain ahead. To others, the long-awaited turnaround is at hand. * 7 Stocks Top Investors Are Buying Now Increasingly, it seems like it will be GE Aviation that determines whether the bulls or bears will prove correct. That's not terribly surprising, of course: Aviation is GE's most profitable, and likely its most valuable, business. It generated roughly 60% of the company's segment-level profit last year, according to General Electric's 10-K filing.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsBut the gap between bulls' and bears' views of what Aviation truly is worth appears to be widening. The issues at Boeing (NYSE:BA) add a dose of uncertainty to the debate. Skeptics and believers see the unit's performance at the recent Paris Air Show very differently. Indeed, they see the future of the unit very differently.Heading into the second half of 2019, with GE's Q2 earnings two weeks away, it seems likely that the continuing argument over GE stock is going to come down to GE Aviation. A Big Win for GE AviationOn its face, the Paris Air Show last month - the industry's biggest event - seems like a win for General Electric. GE Aviation and its joint venture booked a record combined $55 billion in orders, per a company press release. That was up from $31 billion the year before.Obviously, that $55 billion isn't turning into revenue in 2020 or even necessarily by 2025. But with commercial aircraft demand still strong, it suggests that GE Aviation at worst is keeping pace with competing engine builders. That notably includes United Technologies (NYSE:UTX) unit Pratt & Whitney, which has taken market share in recent years.Meanwhile, the merger of UTX and Raytheon (NYSE:RTN) potentially creates a more formidable competitor on the defense/military side as well. And the delays of GE's new GE9x turbine engine hampered Boeing's launch of its 777x. After that news, and with its competition improving, GE Aviation needed a strong showing - and got it.Right? General Electric Stock Stays StuckPerhaps. But GE stock bears weren't so sure and apparently, neither were investors. Even as stock markets raced to all-time highs, the lid stayed on GE stock.And two noted skeptics cast doubt on the headline. Stephen Tusa, who has been a prescient bear on GE stock for years now, went as far as to call the order figure "a smoke screen." He argued that new engines - including the GE9x and the LEAP, the latter of which is manufactured in a joint venture with Safran SA (OTCMKTS:SAFRY) - might not be as profitable as GE's past models.John Inch of Gordon Haskett seemed to agree. Both analysts argued that the unit's 2018 earnings - and remember, 2018 was a disastrous year for GE as a whole - were likely above its long-term averages. As a result, Tusa argued that GE Aviation was worth potentially less than $40 billion, with Inch citing a $50 billion ceiling.Of course, as Barron's noted, other analysts saw it differently. Both Citigroup and Barclays saw the order growth as impressive. Those analysts are among the bulls who value GE Aviation in the range of $80 billion -$100 billion.Those differing valuations have an enormous impact on GE stock. What Aviation Means for GE StockWhat seems to be a $30 billion-$60 billion discrepancy on Aviation's valuation leads to very different views on GE stock. On its own, that range suggests a $3.40-$6.80 per share impact to a "sum of the parts" model.But that's not the only impact. Again, GE has a huge amount of debt. A stronger Aviation business will produce more cash flow that can be used to pay down that debt. It also gives GE more ways to raise money; a spin-off or partial sale of the unit can be used to raise capital, for instance.A weaker Aviation business, however, leaves GE in something close to trouble. The Power business still is a mess. GE Healthcare's profits are coming down after the company sold GE Biopharma to Danaher (NYSE:DHR) for $21 billion. Aviation matters not just in terms of paper valuation; it has to drive much of the growth and cash flow that GE needs to create.The importance of Aviation can be seen in the relative price targets of the four analysts, as Barron's pointed out. Tusa and Inch value General Electric stock at $5 and $7, respectively. Barclays sees GE stock getting to $13, and Citigroup estimates that GE stock is worth $14 per share. On the SidelinesA weaker Aviation business would be bad news for GE stock. I argued last year in a detailed analysis that GE, in a breakup, likely was worth at most $14-$16 per share. Including the costs of a breakup, its value is something closer to $9-$11. That was based on an estimated valuation of Aviation, using its 2017 results, of nearly $100 billion.Not all that much has changed since then, though the arrival of new CEO Larry Culp has sparked optimism towards the company's future. But if Aviation "really" is a $50 billion or a $70 billion business, it gets tougher to argue that GE stock can rise. And given that I'm skeptical that the 737 MAX issues - which already are expected to hit GE's cash flow by $200-$300 million - will be resolved soon, I'm not expecting investors' sentiment towards the unit to improve much as the year goes on.As I've written before, I'm rooting for GE stock. It's an iconic American company, and I'd love for long-suffering shareholders to see a rebound.But its problems are real. Its current collection of businesses isn't all that attractive anymore. General Electric stock needs Aviation to be a big winner - and if there are any signs at all that it won't be, it gets very difficult to pound the table for GE stock.As of this writing, Vince Martin has no positions in any securities mentioned. 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    The Big Comeback for GE Stock Is Going to Keep Stalling

    Long-beleaguered shares of General Electric (NYSE:GE) would have to climb less than one dollar for nearly everything, including the rhetoric surrounding GE stock, to change for the better. But, in football parlance, that last few inches to a first down may as well be forty yards. Falling short is falling short. Click to Enlarge Source: Shutterstock And analysts aren't helping.On the verge of a breakout, UBS analyst Damian Karas lowered his stance on General Electric stock this week, from a "Buy" to "Neutral." Karas believes the 40% rebound from the late-2018 low is about as much as GE stock is capable of rallying right now, without more progress on the cash flow front. The analyst is also suspicious of the company's power arm, which has proven to be dead weight for years.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsHe may be right. But, the right nudge could readily change not just how the market interprets information about General Electric, but change the criteria being used to judge GE. * 7 Stocks Top Investors Are Buying Now GE Stock and the Failing ComebackIt's an idea that's been posed before, but merits repeating. General Electric shares aren't a typical equity at this time. They're a psychological chess match.Players are aiming to figure out how other players will feel about the most plausible headlines anywhere from six weeks to six months from now, including the potential sale of assets like last year's sale of its locomotive business to Wabtec (NYSE:WAB), or this year's planned sale of its life sciences division to Danaher (NYSE:DHR).Everyone's playing the game too, including the media, and including analysts. Most don't know they're playing the game, but 'being right' about General Electric would be a nice feather in someone's career cap.To that end, the chart's been largely leading the rhetoric, rather than the other way around. It's arguable that UBS' Karas would have remained bullish and raised his target had GE stock started July as bullishly as it ended June. The downgrade didn't take shape until General Electric shares had decidedly stalled.That chart, however, is still oh-so-close to the technical breakout that could serve as a paradigm shift.There are actually two lines in the sand to watch. One of them, $10.53, where GE shares peaked several times since February. It's plotted in red on the daily chart.The other is $10.73, marked as a blue dashed line on the image. That's where General Electric shares peaked a couple of times late last month. GE stock actually traded above levels in late February, but the two aforementioned lines have been highs multiple times.Though unable to clear either ceiling yet, that's the direction things are moving. GE has made a string of higher lows since the end of last year, and that effort is relatively well organized. That is, the key lows are lined up, creating a technical floor that's likely to halt any pullback. That floor is marked as a yellow dashed line.The shape of the chart itself, however, is bullish.The converging support and resistance lines are squeezing GE stock into the tip of a wedge pattern bullishly, building up pressure the entire time. If-and-when General Electric is finally forced out of the confines of the wedge, traders could make up for lost time.If that break is pointed upward, look for a slew of upgrades. Look for the headlines to suddenly change their tone and timbre. Look for cash flow to matter just a little less. Looking Ahead for GE stockDespite a handful of respectable efforts, General Electric are having trouble with a tough ceiling.Still, it's noteworthy that Karas' newest ho-hum opinion of GE came with a clear escape plan:"We expect new management to make the right decisions, which will take time…Much of the risk is now priced in and we think the stock will take a breather on a relative basis until we get more clarity on individual assets. In particular, we flag Power, which hardly contributes to GE's equity value today but we think could dominate sentiment into 2020."He's absolutely right in that regard -- sentiment remains the key.As of this writing, James Brumley did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities. You can learn more about him at his website, or follow him on Twitter, at @jbrumley. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 7 Stocks Top Investors Are Buying Now * The 10 Best Cryptocurrencies to Keep on Your Radar * 7 Marijuana Penny Stocks That Could Triple (But You Won't Make Money) The post The Big Comeback for GE Stock Is Going to Keep Stalling appeared first on InvestorPlace.

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    The Outlook of GE Stock Remains Positive

    General Electric (NYSE:GE) stock fell modestly on Monday after UBS downgraded GE stock. This comes on the heels of Stephen Tusa at JPMorgan Chase (NYSE:JPM) reiterating his bearish $5 per share target on GE stock. It's true that GE is facing issues at its Power and Aviation units and may have some self-inflicted wounds.Source: Shutterstock UBS lowered its price target on GE stock to $11.50, but that's well above the current $10-plus per share level where GE stock currently trades. UBS believes that General Electric stock will "take a breather," rather than fall to JPMorgan's price target. Still, despite concerns, the speculative buy case on GE appears to still be valid. * 8 Penny Stocks That Have Fallen From Grace UBS analyst Damian Karas cited a "notable decline in interest rates and ongoing power market weakness" as reasons for the downgrade of GE stock. However, Karas went on to say that he thinks the company is on the road to a "multi-year turnaround."InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips GE Stock Remains SpeculativeThis downgrade highlights the point that CEO Larry Culp and General Electric stock bulls have pointed out: GE is in the midst of a multi-year turnaround. Investors should not expect GE stock to return to its $600 billion market cap. Nor should they expect it to regain its place on the Dow 30 anytime soon. The journey from the world's largest market cap to the near-destruction of the company took years. By the same token, nobody can expect GE to recover overnight.InvestorPlace columnist Vince Martin noted many of the setbacks GE has faced, including "confusion" about the growth of the orders received by its Power unit. Moreover, GE Aviation, often regarded as one of the company's more stable divisions, has faced issues with its GE9X aircraft engine.Further, the U.S.-China trade war and the possibility that toxic assets remain on the balance sheet of GE Capital remain on the minds of some investors. One only has to study the history of Pan American World Airways or Enron to know that once-respected large companies can disappear, so the owners of General Electric stock are facing considerable risk. The UBS Downgrade Changes Almost NothingHowever, I do not think the buy case has changed for General Electric stock since the start of the year. It remains a speculative stock. I do not believe any of its known challenges will derail its recovery.But investors do need to consider that GE has risen by around 38% since the start of the year, so a pause or pullback wouldn't be very surprising.Still, if GE does recover, the owners of General Electric stock would make a great deal of money. As a result, speculating on GE stock could be worthwhile. As recently as two and a half years ago, GE traded at triple the price at which it stands today. Moreover, analysts, on average, expect the company's earnings to resume rising in fiscal 2020. They also believe that its profit will increase at least 10% annually from fiscal 2020 through 2022. Assuming the company can maintain that growth rate for the foreseeable future, the price of General Electric stock would probably rise meaningfully. GE Stock Remains a Speculative BuyAmid the news, I still see GE stock as a speculative buy. Neither the UBS downgrade nor the continued $5 per share price target from JPMorgan's Tusa has brought GE stock down recently. Moreover, the forward price-earnings (PE) ratio of General Electric stock now stands at just above 14. I consider that a low multiple for a company that looks set to experience double-digit-percentage profit growth.GE could fall significantly if the worst fears about it come true or if the major indexes enter a bear market. However, as long as GE's profit rebounds and its setbacks seem manageable, General Electric stock still looks to be on the path to recovery.As of this writing, Will Healy did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned stocks. You can follow Will on Twitter at @HealyWriting. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 9 Retail Stocks Goldman Sachs Says Are Ready to Rip * 7 Services Stocks to Buy for the Rest of 2019 * 6 Stocks to Buy and 1 to Sell Based on Insider Trading The post The Outlook of GE Stock Remains Positive appeared first on InvestorPlace.

  • Why $70 Looks Like a Floor for Exxon Stock
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    Why $70 Looks Like a Floor for Exxon Stock

    From a capital appreciation standpoint, Exxon Mobil (NYSE:XOM) stock has been a disappointment. Over the last decade, the XOM stock price has gained 12.5%. During that period, Exxon Mobil stock has badly lagged the S&P 500, which has returned a sizzling 223%.Source: Shutterstock But for investors focused on income, XOM actually hasn't been a terrible play. Exxon Mobil's dividends have more than doubled from a total of $1.66 per share in 2009 to what should be $3.48 in 2019. Investors' total return from Exxon Mobil stock has averaged 4.3% per year. * 8 Penny Stocks That Have Fallen From Grace That's still disappointing, since the S&P 500 has returned almost 15% annually, including dividends. But it's not terrible in an environment in which U.S. Treasuries have yielded less than 3% most of the time.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsWe're still in that environment, with the 10-year Treasury yielding just 2.1%.It's true that buying a stock just for its yield can be very dangerous, as previous income darlings like General Electric (NYSE:GE), Kraft Heinz (NASDAQ:KHC), and Anheuser-Busch InBev (NYSE:BUD) all have cut their dividends recently.But Exxon Mobil doesn't have the debt problem those companies did (and still do) have. And while XOM stock has exposure to crude oil prices, it also uses a hedge to protect its profits. As a result, XOM stock price probably won't fall below $70 for long. And that makes XOM stock, currently at $75.50, an interesting play for income-focused investors in general and value-oriented, income-focused investors in particular. Why $70 Is a Key Level for XOM Stock PriceXOM hiked its quarterly dividend to $0.87 in May. That, in turn, suggests that investors are receiving $3.48 per share of XOM stock annually. And so, if the XOM stock price reaches $69.60, the stock would offer a yield of exactly 5%.It's difficult to see Exxon Mobil stock consistently yielding more than 5% for a few reasons. First, that type of yield is noticeable and usually not offered by relatively safe stocks. Of the Dow Jones Industrial Average stocks, only Dow (NYSE:DOW) and IBM (NYSE:IBM) offer higher yields. Both companies have real challenges (Dow is facing cyclical pressure and IBM has long-running growth problems).In the S&P 500, there are 35 components with higher yields. All have warts, among them AT&T (NYSE:T) and its debt load and Altria (NYSE:MO) which is facing concerns about long-term demand for its products.The second reason is that, historically, XOM stock has hardly ever yielded 5%. Its yield peaked at 5.5% during the 1987 market crash and touched 5% a few times through the early 1990s.But that was a very dark time in the crude oil markets, which had crashed after their early 1980s boom. Meanwhile, interest rates were much, much higher; investors could get 7% to 9% yields from10-year Treasuries.Without that alternative, a 5% yield from XOM stock is going to look very attractive. Indeed, in late May, as XOM and other oil stocks sold off, XOM stock bottomed just above $70. A bounce in crude prices helped, but it's likely that at least some investors saw the yield nearing 5% and pounced. Exxon Mobil Stock Is Safer Than It AppearsOf course, the question is whether Exxon Mobil stock really is safe. A 5% yield - or even a 4% yield - is attractive in this market. But what happens when crude prices plunge?The answer is that XOM's earnings will decline, but in a mostly manageable fashion. As I've written before, Exxon Mobil's "downstream'" operations - notably in refining - and its chemicals business provide an internal hedge. That's why XOM stock actually is a poor play on oil prices. But it's also why XOM stock didn't fall that far when the shale bust hit in 2016 - and why the company was relatively unscathed during the fourth quarter of 2018, which was disastrous for many oil and gas companies.If oil prices rise, XOM's upstream business will thrive and its downstream business will take a hit. When oil prices fall, the reverse is (usually) true. Despite this hedge, the XOM stock price is boosted by higher crude prices, as seen in 2014 when XOM stock hit an all-time high. But even amid a plunge in prices two years later, Exxon Mobil's dividend continued to rise,.XOM stock isn't risk-free. But Exxon's earnings easily cover the current dividend of XOM stock. The odds of XOM executing a GE-style dividend cut are slim, even with crude and natural gas prices relatively low. And this is an environment where, as I noted just last week, investors usually have to stretch for yield. If XOM is yielding 5% and 10-year Treasuries have a 2.1% yield, many investors are going to buy XOM stock. The TradeFor income investors, then, XOM looks reasonably attractive at $75.50. Its valuation is reasonable, at 14.4 times analysts' average forward earnings estimate. And XOM still looks poised to deliver further growth, as its CEO, Darren Wood, last year set a target of doubling the company's earnings by 2025.For traders, there's an intriguing option trade to be made as well. A bull put spread at $70 (selling the $70 put and buying a lower-priced put for protection) can offer double-digit returns or better, depending on the expiration date. That's essentially a bet that the XOM stock price won't be under $70 at expiration, which seems a nice bet to make at the moment.But there are some risks facing XOM stock at the moment. The U.S. presidential election could pressure XOM stock if a "green" Democrat was to win or even starts to gain momentum. A plunge in oil prices is another risk: Exxon Mobil does have hedges, but XOM stock still fell when crude collapsed in 2016.But there's risk everywhere when the market is at all-time highs, particularly for income investors. Getting a 4%+ yield from Exxon Mobil stock is one of the better risk-reward options out there at the moment. And that's precisely the point: investors aren't going to let a yield above 4% last for long. XOM stock isn't going to be the biggest gainer in the market over the next six months or the next three years. But, at the right price, it's an attractive dividend play.As of this writing, Vince Martin has no positions in any securities mentioned. 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  • Investing.com5 days ago

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