|Bid||0.00 x 1800|
|Ask||0.00 x 800|
|Day's Range||44.01 - 44.32|
|52 Week Range||24.66 - 44.89|
|Beta (3Y Monthly)||0.28|
|PE Ratio (TTM)||130.62|
|Earnings Date||Jan 22, 2020 - Jan 27, 2020|
|Forward Dividend & Yield||N/A (N/A)|
|1y Target Est||44.71|
With the S&P 500 at record highs, investors are facing an unusual problem: too many places to put their money. A strong jobs report and good news on the US-China trade front have helped to boost the markets; as noted by investment bank Goldman Sachs, in the last week of October over $6.1 billion went back into global stock funds.But where is the smart money going? Goldman economist Silvia Ardagna favors US stocks, but he is careful to hedge his recommendation: “The de-escalation of trade tensions between the U.S. and China has triggered the question whether investors have been too negative and there could be some positive surprises.” He adds that the ongoing US-China trade talks, and the good feelings they have engendered, have his wealthy clients eager to get their money working again. And with that background, we can better understand some of the surprising recommendations that have come from Goldman’s financial research team in recent days. Oneok (OKE)Based in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Oneok is a $12 billion dollar-a-year midstream pipeline company for the natural gas industry in the American West. The company provides midstream services – gathering, processing, storing, transporting, and marketing – for natural gas producers in the Mid-Continent, Permian, and Rocky Mountain production regions. Oneok netted $305.5 million in income in 2018.In its last quarterly report, released on October 30, OKE showed EPS in-line with the estimates, at 74 cents. Revenues, however, missed the forecast by 4.2%, coming in at $2.26 billion against the expected $2.36 billion. The revenue miss was impacted by a combination of expenses due to expanded operations and higher operating costs. While cash flow was down roughly 12% year-over-year, cash on hand was up. Oneok had an impressive $673.3 million in cash and cash equivalents available at the end of September, compared to just $12 million nine months earlier.Goldman analyst Michael Lapides notes the company’s mixed results, but also points out that ‘expanded operations’ specifically means two major pipeline projects expected to come on-line next year. Lapides writes, “OKE is in the late stages of a signiﬁcant capex cycle, with two large-scale pipeline projects expected to ramp up over the next 6-9 months per management, driving stronger returns, and deleveraging... Given OKE’s asset integration and our wet gas production estimates, we believe there is good visibility to volume growth for these two pipeline projects…”In line with his outlook, Lapides upgrades OKE to a Buy rating, and sets an $81 price target, suggesting an upside of 16% to the stock. (To watch Lapides' track record, click here)OKE is not widely covered by the Street’s analyst corps; among those who do cover the stock, however, the consensus is a Moderate Buy. OKE shows an average price target of $79.33, implying room for about 13% upside from the current trading value of $69.77. (See Oneok's stock analysis on TipRanks)Vir Biotechnology (VIR)This biotech research company, founded in 2016 as a clinical-stage immunology company focusing on the eradication of infectious diseases, had its IPO last month. Since then, it is up 12% in the markets; in its first few weeks of trading, volumes have been modest, and the stock has been volatile.Vir is backed by the Gates Foundation, and has two main projects past the pre-clinical testing phase. A hepatitis B treatment, in collaboration with Alnylam, is in Phase 2 testing, while an Influenza A treatment is in Phase 1 testing. Three more drugs, for TB, HIV, and another for Hep-B, are in the pre-clinical phase. The Gates Foundation is supporting the TB and HIV research. For a small biotech, Vir has a varied pipeline with strong potential.As a new company, Vir hasn’t got a long public record to lean on. That hasn’t stopped Goldman Sachs analyst Paul Choi from initiating coverage of the stock with a Buy rating and an aggressive price target of $37, which implies an impressive upside potential of 133%. (To see Choi's track record, click here)In his initiation report, Choi says, “While we acknowledge that much of the pipeline is early stage, we see signiﬁcant upside to the stock driven primarily by upcoming Phase 2 HBV and inﬂuenza data in 2020, which we think could increase investor conﬁdence in VIR’s platform approach to infectious diseases…” Choi acknowledges that this company is in its early stages, and that the clinical research, while promising, has only just begun. He adds, “…we acknowledge that VIR is several years away from the commercial launch of any of its clinical candidates. We therefore anticipate focus will remain on clinical data over the near-term…”How does Choi's bullish bet weigh in against the Street? It appears the analyst is not the only one enthusiastic on this biotech company's prospects, with TipRanks analytics demonstrating VIR as a Strong Buy. Out of 4 analysts polled by TipRanks in the last 3 months, all 4 are bullish. With a return potential of nearly 100%, the stock’s consensus target price stands at $29. (See Vir's stock analysis on TipRanks)Tal Education Group (TAL)And now we get to a Chinese company. TAL, based in Beijing, describes itself as “a leading education and technology enterprise.” The company’s core focus is on improving science and technology education through integration of internet-based tech in the classroom. TAL has had success in China’s tier-1 cities, and is in process of shifting its priorities to the so-called tier-2 cities.TAL trades on the NYSE, where it has shown a 61% year-to-date gain, nearly triple the S&P gain of 22%. In the company’s most recent quarterly release, for Q2 fiscal 2020, it showed a drop in EPS to 2 cents per share, despite a 33% year-over-year gain in revenues to $936 million. The jump in revenue was attributed to a 54% increase in enrolled students from the year-ago quarter. TAL also boosted Q3 guidance by 41%, to $826 million. Shares spiked after the earnings release, gaining 13%.In a recent report, Goldman’s Christine Cho revisited her firm’s earlier review of TAL and upgraded the rating from Neutral to Buy. Cho wrote, “TAL’s learning center (LC) expansion beyond the top 5 cities has become a key focus in its capacity expansion in recent years. In fact, TAL entered 14/13 new cities in FY19/FY1H20, reaching a footprint of 69 cities as of FY1H20, and learning centers in non-top 5 cities have grown to 52% of the total LC base… We strongly view effective penetration into lower-tier cities as key to long term growth…” Cho’s $50 price target on TAL suggests room for a 15% upside. (To watch Cho's track record, click here)The online education company now looks like a very compelling investing opportunity, as TipRanks analytics showcasing TAL as a Strong Buy. (See Tal Education's stock analysis on TipRanks)
TAL Education earnings missed Thursday, but TAL stock soared. On Tuesday, New Oriental Education earnings beat, but the China stock reversed sharply lower.
- Net Revenues up by 33.8% Year-Over-Year - Non-GAAP Income from Operations down by 0.2% Year-Over-Year - Net loss Attributable to TAL was US$14.4 million , compared to net income attributable to TAL of ...
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(Bloomberg) -- Sign up for Next China, a weekly email on where the nation stands now and where it's going next.For decades, NetEase Inc. has been the perennial runner-up to the likes of Tencent Holdings Ltd. in China’s evolving internet landscape. Now it’s betting on a bookish computer scientist to catapult it to the top of the class in the nation’s $36 billion online education market.Zhou Feng, chief executive officer of NetEase Youdao, is charged with helping NetEase escape from under Tencent’s enormous shadow and find life beyond video games. The U.S.-trained software coder handpicked by billionaire founder William Ding Lei is creating an all-in-one learning platform to tap the lucrative space where education and technology overlap. To bankroll that expansion, the company could float Youdao, last valued at $1.1 billion, as soon as this year.Zhou is counting on a decades-old custom. Every summer, millions of Chinese high school students sit through a grueling two-day college entrance exam, or gaokao, that helps determine the course of their lives. That’s why China’s tiger moms and dads have long sent their kids from as early as kindergarten age to private tutoring classes for English, math and sciences.Intense competition has fueled an education boom, particularly targeting the K-12 group that includes students from kindergarten through high school, creating a coterie of multi-billion-dollar corporations. Leading players like New Oriental Education & Technology Group Inc. and TAL Education Group that still rely mainly on in-class teaching have gone public in the U.S. and seen their shares soar. Online startups such as the Tencent-backed VIPKid are still trying to convince parents that digital instruction can be as good, if not better than brick-and-mortar classrooms.Through combining content with the latest technology, Zhou sees a business chance for Youdao, whose name loosely translates to “there’s a way”. Courses can be taught through high-speed live-streaming, enabling smooth communication between teacher and student. Artificial intelligence-powered “tutors” can grade homework and use data to evaluate student test results, he said.“That’s what we have always been good at,” said Zhou, 40, a University of California at Berkeley alumnus with a penchant for blending English words into conversations. “Almost every industry in China has been transformed by the internet, but that’s not yet the case for education.”Revenue for China’s online education market is estimated to have reached around 252 billion yuan ($35.7 billion) in 2018, and is expected to more than double in 2022, with 264 million paying users, according to iResearch.But there’s yet to be a clear winner -- even for top tuition providers like New Oriental, its digital arm Koolearn in 2017 only accounted for less than 1% of the total revenue in the local online teaching market, according to Frost & Sullivan data cited in its prospectus. What sets Youdao apart is its exclusive focus on online and its expansion into education-related hardware. It has launched a slew of products from apps for note-taking and children’s stories to smart devices like a 799 yuan electronic dictionary pen, which allows students to scan printed text and translate it instantaneously.“NetEase’s technology support and the company’s online DNA and roots should make its products more sophisticated than traditional education providers,” said Bloomberg Intelligence analyst Vey-Sern Ling. Still, not having physical classrooms means it could be difficult for Youdao to expand beyond structured, standardized learning or test prep, he said.NetEase could do with a win. Founder and CEO Ding has a master plan for China’s second largest game developer to delve into three sectors including e-commerce, music streaming and online education, but the result is best described as mixed. Its music arm has grappled with rising content costs, as it has to sublicense a large chunk of songs from its much bigger rival, Tencent Music Entertainment Group. Although e-commerce has grown to become NetEase’s largest division after gaming in terms of revenue, it sold its popular import platform Kaola to Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. in a $2 billion deal.That magnifies the importance of Youdao and its leader, with whom Ding shares a long history. Back in 2004, when Zhou was pursuing his doctorate degree in computer science, NetEase’s CEO came across his paper on filtering junk emails, and, ironically, shot him a message that was mistaken as spam. It had no body text but just a subject line: “I’m Ding Lei, I have a technical question for you.”The two eventually got in touch via phone calls, and Zhou worked part-time for NetEase for three years. After earning his doctorate in 2007, he officially joined the company as lead architect for Youdao in Beijing, which at the time was trying to morph from a digital dictionary into a web search engine. To challenge the local leader Baidu Inc., Youdao’s approach was to operate a slew of vertical search services at one time, in everything from news to blogs to maps.Those efforts failed, and in 2012 Zhou decided to close the search operation. “That was when we hit our lowest point,” he said. Zhou shifted the 400-person team to develop learning apps instead.Youdao’s revenue rose 60% in 2018 from a year earlier, while sales for K-12 courses increased three-fold in the same period, he said. Online courses have surpassed advertising as Youdao’s largest income stream, Zhou said.Now of the nearly 2,000 employees Zhou oversees at Youdao, half are teachers and other staffers dedicated to building up its online class portfolio. “Learning is much more difficult than playing video games,” he said.To contact the reporter on this story: Zheping Huang in Hong Kong at firstname.lastname@example.orgTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Edwin Chan at email@example.com, Colum MurphyFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.
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SAN FRANCISCO, July 11, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Minerva Project, a leading educational innovator and global provider of top-tier educational offerings, today announced the close of its Series C round, raising US $57 million in new financing, bringing Minerva's total capital raised to date in excess of US $128 million. The round was led by Bytedance, one of the fastest growing technology companies, with participation from existing global investors TAL Education Group (TAL), a leading K-12 after school tutoring education services provider, and Yongjin Group, a holding company and private equity investor in various industries. Minerva will use the capital to accelerate access to its unparalleled learning experiences through partnerships with universities and corporations.