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|52 Week Range||15.05 - 24.55|
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Under Armor Inc., the Baltimore-based athletic apparel company, on Wednesday said it is stepping up to partner with the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) to offer free CTA bus and train rides to all Chicago elementary and high school students and their accompanying adults on the first day of classes on Sept. 3. The “First Day, Free Rides” partnership gives Under Armour (NYSE: UAA) some welcome publicity and burnishes the company's profile in a city where it has a large retail presence on North Michigan Avenue opposite one of its fiercest competitors Nike Inc. (NYSE: NKE). Noted Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, “We are committed to improving the lives of Chicago’s children by providing them with the tools and resources necessary to keep them on the path to success.
Nike, Under Armour, Skechers, and Columbia Sportswear fell 3.4%, 6.5%, 6.1%, and 2.8%, respectively, after a new 10% tariff was announced.
The NBA’s famous big man is back to selling affordable kids' shoes, this time with a new partner who has international ties.
The stock market was on track for its worst day of the year after China's central bank allowed the value of the yuan to weaken against the U.S. dollar.
Under Armour's search for a new president for North America is ongoing and the company is also looking for a new regional head of stores.
When the best thing you can say about your quarter is that it could have been worse, you can't be shocked when investors run from your stock.
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Goldman Sachs has just revealed a valuable investing strategy that’s worth keeping a close eye on in the coming months. The firm is now recommending stocks with the fastest expected return-on-equity growth (or ROE). That’s because market upside is increasingly limited from current levels, says Goldman Sachs. “We forecast flat S&P 500 margins through 2020, with risks tilted to the downside. ... Amid concerns about the growth and profitability outlook this year, investors have assigned a premium to companies able to expand ROE,” the firm’s chief US equity strategist David Kostin said. He directed investors to the firm’s basket of 50 S&P 500 stocks with the highest consensus estimates of ROE growth. This basket is already proving its worth and is currently beating the index by 5 percentage points year-to-date. In essence, ROE reflects the return a company generates on capital that is owned by the shareholders.“The basket typically outperforms in weakening growth environments as investors assign a scarcity premium to firms that are able to expand ROE despite index-level headwinds,” Kostin told investors. So with this outlook in mind, here are five stocks that feature on the firm’s ROE basket list: 1\. Under Armour (UA)Athletic apparel retailer Under Armour has had a volatile time recently. Shares plunged 20% after the company reported disappointing revenue, on weaker-than-expected North American sales. Rising trade tensions haven’t helped either, although shares are still trading up 23% year-to-date.Don’t give up yet, says top Stifel Nicolaus analyst Jim Duffy. He has just reiterated his buy rating on the stock with a $30 price target (56% upside potential). He remains adamant that the bullish investing thesis ‘remains in-tact’ and advised investors to focus on UA’s ‘green pasture opportunities’ and ‘capacity for margin improvement and multi-year earnings power’. “Bears will cling to concerns over growth in North America… [but] we remain confident that Under Armour is building a healthier revenue base in North America, upon which it can grow more meaningfully in future periods, and continue to believe North America revenue can accelerate into 2020 and beyond,” Duffy wrote. Citigroup analyst Paul Lejuez also focuses on the long-term picture: “With Under Armour in the early stages of its five-year plan, choppiness quarter-to-quarter is not unexpected,” he wrote. The analyst upgraded UA from Hold to Buy back in April, stating at the time “Under Armour has grown up, with a renewed focus on driving profitability and return on invested capital.” From the Street’s top analysts, UA shows a cautiously optimistic Moderate Buy analyst consensus. That’s with 3 buy ratings vs 1 hold rating and 1 sell rating. Meanwhile the average analyst price target stands at $26 (35% upside potential). 2\. Apple (AAPL)iPhone maker Apple is another key stock highlighted by Goldman Sachs for its ROE potential. Investors rejoiced as Apple reported excellent 3Q:FY19 results and served up a strong outlook. Although the iPhone portfolio continued to struggle in the quarter, Apple grew its non-iPhone revenue by 17% with notable strength in Wearables and further progress in Services. Following the quarter, five-star Monness analyst Brian White increased estimates, while raising his 12-month price target from $245 to $265 (30% upside potential). “We found the tone of the call upbeat with Apple serving up a strong outlook and voicing enthusiasm around the innovation pipeline” cheered White. He also noted that the launch of a 5G iPhone in 2020 has the potential to drive a healthy upgrade cycle. Meanwhile Daniel Ives tells investors not to panic about President Trump’s latest tariff tweets. While AAPL remains the "poster child" for the US/China UFC trade battle, “seeing the forest through the trees the fundamental impact on iPhone production and the potential cost increases are thus far containable in our opinion” Ives said. Best performing analysts score the stock a ‘Moderate Buy.’ In the last three months, AAPL has received 12 buy ratings and 8 hold ratings. These 20 top analysts have a $228 average analyst price target, indicating 12% upside potential for AAPL stock. 3\. Cisco Systems (CSCO)Worldwide IT leader Cisco has just announced a $2.6 billion deal to buy high-speed optical components maker Acacia Communications. The acquisition should reinforce Cisco’s position as the leader in enterprise networking, enthuses five-star Robert W Baird analyst Jonathan Ruykhaver. “With the explosion of bandwidth in the multi-cloud era, optical interconnect technologies are becoming increasingly strategic” explained Cisco’s executive VP, David Goeckeler. He added: "The acquisition of Acacia will allow us to build on the strength of our switching, routing and optical networking portfolio to address our customers’ most demanding requirements.”However, as Ruykhaver points out, the deal will have to go through the standard regulatory process, which includes a Chinese review. He has a buy rating on the stock and $57 price target. Even though Emerging Markets (~20% of revenue) continues to be an area of inconsistency, the analyst believes Cisco remains very well positioned. That’s as the company makes important strides towards a recurring revenue model, which today account for 30% of the company’s revenue.Like Apple, Cisco shows a Moderate Buy consensus with 12% upside potential from the $60 average price target. Twelve top analysts have published buy ratings on the stock recently, with 5 analysts staying on the sidelines. 4\. Sempra Energy (SRE)Serving approximately 40 million consumers worldwide, California-based Sempra Energy focuses on electric and natural gas infrastructure. RBC Capital’s Shelby Tucker has a buy rating on Sempra with a $145 price target. He made the bullish call despite the company’s recent earnings miss, noting that Sempra maintained its guidance for full year 2019.“The main driver of the miss to our estimate comes from weaker-than-expected results at SoCalGas and the Texas utilities, partially offset by stronger performance at Sempra LNG. Despite the miss, SRE has reaffirmed its 2019 adjusted EPS guidance range of $5.70-$6.30” noted Tucker. Only a couple of analysts have published recent ratings on Sempra stock- with the consensus working out at Moderate Buy. Their average price target works out at $147 (8% upside potential). 5\. Global Payments (GPN) Last but not least comes fintech giant Global Payments. The stock is buzzing right now following solid earnings results. Analysts responded with a wave of positive sentiment and price target hikes. Notably, SunTrust analyst Andrew Jeffrey raised his price target to $190.00 (from $175), while Susquehanna’s James Friedman now has a Street-high price target of $200.00 (up from $170 previously).“The quarter represents yet another beat-and-raise as Global Payments continues to deliver upside on both the top and bottom-line, and we view the updated FY19 targets as likely conservative based on our belief that there is margin upside for the [fiscal year] even beyond the upwardly revised margin outlook,” wrote Jefferies’ Trevor Williams, who rates the stock a buy with a $190 target price. “While the bar for the quarter was relatively high given the run in shares, we think that the results will be enough to sustain the momentum in the stock.” What’s more the massive $21.5 billion merger with Total System Services (TSS) is now fast-approaching. “Importantly, the TSS merger is set to close as early as the beginning of 4Q19 and preliminary work has led to mgmt. being incrementally more confident in delivering and potentially exceeding targets” commented Deutsche Bank’s Bryan Keane on July 31. Out of all the stocks highlighted by Goldman Sachs, GPN is the only stock with a ‘Strong Buy’ Street consensus. Indeed, 14 of 15 top analyst ratings in the last three months are a ‘buy.’ Meanwhile the average analyst price target of $180 suggests 11% upside potential lies ahead. Discover Wall Street's best-rated Trending Stocks over the last week
The presence of one golfer may have a significant effect on TV viewership of this weekend's Wyndham (NYSE: WH) Championship. Jordan Spieth will be here, and he's in contention to win. Spieth shot 3-under-par 67 in Friday's second round for a 9-under 131 total at Sedgefield Country Club.
It's not an immediately intuitive course of action; however, despite the robust trading in the broader markets, investors may want to analyze the most shorted stocks. After all, the recent record-breaking moves in the major indices practically endorse contrarian strategies.Source: Shutterstock You can make a strong case that Wall Street has gotten well ahead of itself. Currently, we're riding the longest bull market in history. But even those who have no interest in the finer details of investing can tell you the obvious truth: sentiment moves in cycles. Therefore, this rally will cool at some point, and that's no bull.For most folks who aren't nearing retirement, the best move is to ride out the coming storm. Over the long run, staying in the markets and not panicking has produced robust gains.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsYet some people aren't built to sit and wait. In this case, short selling provides a channel to profit from the bearishness. And to help mitigate the inherent and dangerous risks involved in this activity, you may consider the names that have attracted substantial pessimism. * 10 Monster Growth Stocks to Buy for 2019 and Beyond With that, here's a deeper look at some of the most shorted stocks in the markets right now: Tesla (TSLA)Source: Mike Lau via Flickr (Modified)Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA) is a situation that mixes the most shorted stocks with one of the most celebrated. Led by one of the greatest minds of our generation in Elon Musk, TSLA stock skyrocketed a few years ago. But recently, Wall Street has asked tough questions regarding the viability of the company's electric vehicle business.At the most recent count, 35% of the float in TSLA stock is held short. Among the big names in the market, only one company features a higher short float. Further, the dollar volume of this short selling amounts to $9.44 billion. In this category, Tesla takes home the dubious top spot.So why do folks hate TSLA stock so much? Although the underlying company's EV technology impresses, Wall Street is in the numbers business. According to their latest second quarter of 2019 earnings report, Tesla missed on both the top and bottom line.But in my opinion, TSLA stock faces pressure from short selling because the overall infrastructure doesn't support EVs. Instead, we're in the golden age of fossil-fueled cars. Thus, I see shares as a viable nearer-term candidate for a negative play. Don't be surprised if TSLA falls below $200. Under Armour (UA, UAA)Source: Hillel Steinberg via Flickr (Modified)Another publicly traded company in a frustrating dichotomy is Under Armour (NYSE:UA, NYSE:UAA). On the consumer level, Under Armour appeals to a broad base thanks to its stylish athletic apparel. However, that doesn't necessarily translate to higher prices for UA stock. In fact, the equity is one of the most shorted stocks.As of mid-July, a little over 21% of the float for UAA stock was held short. Additionally, the dollar amount of the short selling comes out to $1.07 billion.Since hitting rock bottom near the end of 2017, UA stock has trended very positively. Last year, the sports-apparel maker returned 21% to beleaguered stakeholders. And in the first half of this year, UAA stock gained over 45%. * 7 A-Rated Stocks Under $10 But if you're one of the lucky souls to have profited from the resurgence, it's time to secure those gains. From the latest read, sales in the critical North American market have weakened more than analysts expected. Plus, sports sponsorships are ridiculously expensive and will threaten Under Armour's earnings picture for years to come. iQiyi (IQ)Source: Shutterstock On the surface, streaming giant iQiyi (NASDAQ:IQ) should decisively outperform the broader markets. After all, this is China's Netflix (NASDAQ:NFLX). But after an extremely strong start to the year, IQ stock finds itself in an ugly bearish trend channel. Subsequently, iQiyi is also one of the most shorted stocks of 2019.From the latest data, just under 21% of the float in IQ stock is held short. In terms of dollar volume, we're talking $1.24 billion in bearish "value." To put this metric in context, iQiyi generated top-line sales just a hair over $1 billion in Q1.This segues into the reason why many people are negative on IQ stock. Primarily, I believe it's because iQiyi is supposedly a growth stock. Fundamentally, though, revenues appear to have peaked since Q2 2018. Therefore, investors need some reason to justify the risk in holding shares.But even though IQ is among the most shorted stocks, I'd be very careful about gambling on the "dark" side. Strong support exists at the $18 level. Furthermore, a positive Q2 earnings report could blow up your short position in a bad way. H&R Block (HRB)Source: Mike Mozart via FlickrI actually like tax-preparation and services company H&R Block (NYSE:HRB). In fact, I recently included HRB stock on my list of services companies to buy. So why are shares now on this list of most shorted stocks? Because not including it would subject me to accusations of perpetuating "fake news."Seriously, though, market participants generally have a dim view on HRB stock. On the latest count, over 20% of the float is held short. In addition, the volume of the short selling amounts to $1.15 billion. For perspective, on their quarter ending April 30, 2019, the company generated $2.33 billion.So why are people heaping pain on HRB stock? Despite taxes being a universal inevitability -- the other is death -- H&R Block can't spark momentum. On a year-over-year basis, revenue dipped 2.5%. * The 10 Best Stocks to Invest in for August But speaking of fake news, the Trump administration made our tax code incredibly complicated, in my humble opinion. Therefore, the longer-term narrative for HRB stock is positive. Still, I don't begrudge a short-term negative trade as long as you know what you're doing. Match Group (MTCH)Source: Bixentro via FlickrIn my view, Match Group (NASDAQ:MTCH) represents one of the top services companies you can buy today. Namely, I'm bullish on MTCH stock because the underlying culture has changed dramatically. People just don't view online dating with the same stigma and ridicule that they used to. Unfortunately, that sentiment alone isn't enough to take MTCH off the list of most shorted stocks.In fact, as of mid-July, Match Group leads all other negatively traded securities. Dubiously, 38.5% of the float in MTCH stock is held short. The volume of short selling amounts to $1.5 billion. That's significant considering that its Q1 2019 revenue totaled $465 million.Still, why does Wall Street hate MTCH stock so much? I believe it's a combination of technical and fundamental dynamics. Since its initial public offering in 2015, shares have produced some massive annual returns. But the revenue trend appears to have matured. This suggests MTCH stock will eventually cool down.However, compared to the most shorted stocks, the bearish play here is risky. Essentially, Match Group owns the major relationship-centric social media brands. Since the search for love is universal, I don't want to get too cute with MTCH stock. Zillow Group (Z, ZG)Source: Shutterstock On the surface, real estate database company Zillow Group (NASDAQ:Z, NASDAQ:ZG) should rank among the best publicly traded companies. And to be fair, Z stock has performed very well this year, gaining over 58% year-to-date. A strong labor market and economy bolsters the bullish case for this organization. So why then is Zillow one of the most shorted stocks this year?Before I provide my answer, let's take a look at some key statistics. Nearly 22% of the float in ZG stock is held short. The volume of short selling equals $1.29 billion. For perspective, the company's Q1 revenue totaled $454 million.Despite outward appearances, I'm not terribly surprised that the bears are chomping at the bit for Z stock. Sure, the economy and the labor market look great on paper. However, real estate in key markets such as Los Angeles is only available to the affluent and the privileged.Plus, ZG stock may have a demographic problem. Although millennials represent the largest workforce in America, they're buying homes later and at lower rates than prior generations. And if we have a recession, this trend will worsen. * The 10 Best Stocks to Invest in for August Based on these facts, you might have a good shot at profitability in short selling Z stock. Advanced Micro Devices (AMD)Over the trailing year, semiconductor firms have become a mixed bag. But Advanced Micro Devices (NASDAQ:AMD) represents the positive end of that mix. With newfound vigor, the company has taken the fight to established industry leaders Nvidia (NASDAQ:NVDA) and Intel (NASDAQ:INTC). But despite what appears to be a strong case for AMD stock, the equity is on the list of most shorted stocks.I know we have a lot of passionate buyers of AMD stock, so don't kill the messenger. But as of the last count, 12.6% of its float was held short. Compared to the most shorted stocks, that doesn't sound too bad. However, the volume of short selling amounts to nearly $4 billion. For perspective, AMD generated $1.27 billion in sales for Q1 2019.But if the underlying company is enjoying a celebrated recovery, why is it compared to the most shorted stocks? Primarily, I believe that the technical enthusiasm has outpaced the broader market fundamentals. Although AMD stock has nearly doubled since the start of this year, we still have a worrying situation with the U.S.-China trade war.Also, AMD stock has moved higher while the competition remains relatively deflated. Thus, investors are seeking the better deal in the semiconductor space, which is probably not AMD. Western Union (WU)Source: Shutterstock Based purely on the print, Western Union (NYSE:WU) presides over a solid business. Money transfers, especially international ones, require specialized acumen. And for conservative investors, WU stock pays a generous dividend with a yield of 3.8%. However, these attributes have not helped shares from falling into the list of most shorted stocks.According to the most recent data, 12.5% of the float in WU stock is held short. The volume of short selling totals $1.14 billion. These states place Western Union roughly in the middle of the pack compared to the most shorted stocks.And while the company may have a solid business, I'm not taken aback that the Street has gone negative. For one thing, Western Union's services are expensive. More critically, new technologies will allow competitors to seriously disrupt WU stock and steal market share. * 7 Recession-Proof Stocks to Buy as the Boom Ends But my biggest longer-term concern? That would be the blockchain and the resultant cryptocurrencies. Of course, the prices of these digital assets have incurred volatility recently. Still, that doesn't take away from the fact that the blockchain offers a radical solution to monetary transfers. Therefore, I don't think this is a bad short sell if you can stomach the risk.As of this writing, Josh Enomoto did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities. 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What made Jordan Spieth decide to make a final-hour commitment to play in this weekend's Wyndham Championship at Sedgefield Country Club? With some work to do to qualify for the season-ending Tour Championship, Wyndham presented an opportunity for Spieth to move up in the FedEx Cup standings. With three major titles since 2015 and a shoe line with Under Armour, Spieth is the biggest star in the field.
Shares of Under Armour extended their declines on Wednesday after the company reported quarterly results the previous day. The stock stock closed with the biggest one-day percentage decline since October 2017 as it continues to struggle in North America against competition from rivals Nike and Adidas. Jen Rogers, Brian Sozzi and Dan Roberts discuss what the company's quarterly performance means for the rest of the year.