We are seeing what looks like the beginning of a summer boom rather than the normal summer swoon.
The major indexes gapped open on Monday thanks to strong futures after gains in the European markets. This triggered some short squeezes and helped to power the indexes higher. The Dow charged off to a 145-point gain and a major new high. Apple and Goldman both gained more than 4 points and that added nearly 60 points to the Dow.
The Dow has put together a string of gains since the initial breakout on June 2nd. Today's romp is dangerous. The index gapped up 60 points at the open and that gap now needs to be filled. Whenever an index gaps higher it almost always returns to fill in that gap. We saw that after the April gaps and again after the May 25th gap.
The problem in forecasting a decline is that shorts are scrambling to cover. They did not expect a big gain ahead of the July 4th holiday and now they don't know what to do.
If the Dow does take a breather it would be better for it to happen sooner rather than later. It is always better to retrace those gains while they are still small. If the index continues to surge higher then the eventual retracement could be painful.
There is nothing to indicate any market weakness ahead but it is always the headlines we do not expect that cause the most trouble.
The S&P also surged to a big new high on short covering and it left a new gap to be filled as well. The S&P closed 3 points over resistance at 2,450, which is also the end of year target for more than 60% of the major analysts. They are going to be hiking those targets soon or they will be forced to explain why. Major companies like Goldman will probably keep their targets and begin "talking" the market down with their various forms of communication with investors.
There are quite a few portfolio managers that were caught flat footed and they are not as long as they would like to be at this level. That is the offset to the major analysts trying to talk the market back down to their targets.
Support on the S&P remains 2,420.
The Nasdaq Composite rebounded back to resistance at 6,245 and closed just under that level. The big cap tech stocks had a decent day with the exception of Tesla. However, Amazon surged to a new intraday high at $1,017 but gave most of it back to close at $995. That $1,000 level is proving tough to crack for Amazon and Alphabet (GOOGL). Priceline is having no trouble with its high stock price.
The Nasdaq gapped open to prior support at 6,200 and that is the level to watch for the rest of the week. If we fall back below it, we could be in trouble.
The financial sector helped lift the Russell to an 11 point gain. Financials account for 27% of the Russell components. If the index can remain above the 1,400 level through Friday's close, it would be very bullish. There should be some weakness on Thr/Fri with the rebalance at the close on Friday. The week after the rebalance is normally positive.
The economic calendar does not have any major market moving events. The home sales reports will be the most important but are not likely to cause any grief.
In theory, the markets could post some more gains ahead of July 4th but after the holidays we could see some weakness appear. August and September are the two weakest months of the year and portfolio managers tend to lighten up on positions ahead of that period to raise cash for buying opportunities.
If the rally is going to continue, it will require the Nasdaq to return to new highs. If the tech sector remains lackluster it could poison market sentiment.
Enter passively, exit aggressively.
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NEW DIRECTIONAL CALL PLAY
THO - Thor Industries- Company Profile
Thor Industries, Inc., through its subsidiaries, designs, manufactures, and sells recreational vehicles, and related parts and accessories primarily in the United States and Canada. It operates through Towable Recreational Vehicles and Motorized Recreational Vehicles segments. The company offers travel trailers under the Airstream International, Classic Limited, Sport, Flying Cloud, Land Yacht, and Eddie Bauer trade names, as well as Interstate and Autobahn Class B motorhomes; gasoline and diesel Class A and Class C motorhomes under the Four Winds, Hurricane, Chateau, Challenger, Tuscany, Axis, Vegas, Palazzo, Synergy, Quantum, Compass, Gemini, A.C.E, Alante, Precept, Greyhawk, and Redhawk trade names; and fifth wheels under the Redwood and DRV Mobile Suites trade names. It also provides conventional travel trailers and fifth wheels under the Montana, Springdale, Hideout, Sprinter, Outback, Laredo, Alpine, Bullet, Fuzion, Raptor, Passport, Cougar, Coleman, Kodiak, Aspen Trail, Voltage, Cameo, Cruiser, ReZerve, Sunset Trail, Zinger, Landmark, Bighorn, Sundance, Elkridge, Trail Runner, North Trail, Cyclone, Torque, Prowler, Wilderness, Shadow Cruiser, Fun Finder, Stryker, Sportsmen, Spree, Venom, Durango, SportTrek, Connect, Sportster, Sonic, Jay Flight, Jay Feather, Eagle, Pinnacle, Seismic, AR-One, Launch, Autumn Ridge, Travel Star, Highlander, Roamer, and Open Range trade names. In addition, the company offers equestrian recreational vehicle products with living quarters under the Premiere, Silverado, Ranger, Laredo, Trail Boss, and Trail Hand trade names; lightweight travel trailers and specialty products under the Camplite and Quicksilver trade names; and Class A motorhomes under the Insignia, Aspire, Anthem, and Cornerstone trade names, as well as provides aluminum extrusions and specialized component products. Company description from FinViz.com
In a weak economy Thor is kicking butt. The company reported earnings of $2.11 which rose 41.6% compared to estimates for $1.87. Revenue of $2.02 billion rose 57% beat estimates for $1.96 billion. Operating cash flow rose 26.2% and gross profits rose 45.5%.
Sales of towable travel trailers rose 52.6% and sales of motorized RVs rose 78.7%. There was no bad news in the Thor report.
Estimated earnings date September 4th.
With the company posting record earnings the stock spiked from $94 to $104 on June 6th. When the market dipped, shares only pulled back to $102. Over the last week they have returned to $106 and Monday's close was a four-month high.
Winnebago (WGO) reports earnings this week and that is going to remind investors how strong Thor's report really was. I believe we will see Thor break through that post earnings resistance and head back to the highs at $115.
Buy Aug $110 call, currently $3.30, initial stop loss $101.25.
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Check the graphic below for any new stop losses in bright yellow. We need to always be prepared for an unexpected decline. Any items shaded in blue were previously closed.
Current Position Changes
BABA - Alibaba
The long call position was stopped at $134.85 on Thursday.
ATVI - Activision
The long call position was reentered on Tuesday at $57.50.
CGNX - Cognex
The long call position was reentered on Tuesday at $90.75
SMH - Semiconductor ETF
The long call position was reentered on Tuesday at $86.02.
RH - RH Inc
The long call position was entered at the open on Tuesday.
FB - Facebook
The long call position was entered at the open on Tuesday.
Original Play Recommendations (Alpha by Symbol)
ATVI - Activision Blizzard - Company Profile
We lost the ATVI position thanks to the tech wreck. The nearly $6 decline was too much. I recommended we reload the position with a trade at $57.50. There was no news directly related to ATVI that caused the drop. It was simply a flash crash in the tech sector. That entry trigger was hit shortly after the open on Tuesday June 13th.
Original Trade Description: May 15th.
Activision Blizzard, Inc. develops and publishes online, personal computer (PC), video game console, handheld, mobile, and tablet games. The company operates through two segments, Activision Publishing, Inc. and Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. The company develops, publishes, and sells interactive software products and content through retail channels or digital downloads; and downloadable content to a range of gamers. It also publishes subscription-based massively multiplayer online role-playing games; and strategy and role-playing games. In addition, the company maintains a proprietary online gaming service, Battle.net that facilitates the creation of user generated content, digital distribution, and online social connectivity in its games. Further, it engages in creating original film and television content; and provides warehousing, logistical, and sales distribution services to third-party publishers of interactive entertainment software, as well as manufacturers of interactive entertainment hardware products. The company serves retailers and distributors, including mass-market retailers, consumer electronics stores, discount warehouses, game specialty stores, and consumers through third-party distribution, licensing arrangements, and direct digital purchases in the United States, Canada, Canada, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Sweden, Spain, the Netherlands, Australia, South Korea, China, and internationally. Company description from FinViz.com
Activision reported Q1 earnings of 56 cents, up 17%. Sales rose 19% to $1.73 billion. Activision had originally guided for 25 cents and $1.55 billion. Analysts were expecting 22 cents and $1.1 billion so it was a major blowout. For the full year they raised guidance to 88 cents and $6.1 billion, up from 72 cents and $6.0 billion.
Blizzards's monthly active users rose to 431 million. King Digital has 342 million active users. The new Overwatch game was the fastest Blizzard title to hit 25 million registered players and now has more than 30 million. Revenues from in game purchases rose 25% driven by World of Warcraft and Overwatch customization features.
Earnings August 3rd.
We just exited a profitable position on ATVI last week in order to avoid any potential earnings disappointment. Hindsight is 20:20 as shares continued to move higher. With the strong earnings and raised guidance, Activision should continue higher. Options are ridiculously cheap.
Long August $60 call @ $2.24, see portfolio graphic for stop loss.
Previously closed 6/12/17: Long August $60 call @ $1.69, exit $2.15, +.46 gain.
BABA - Alibaba - Company Profile
Sometimes if it were not for bad luck you would have no luck at all. The prior week we entered the BABA position just before the upgrade that saw it shoot up to $145. This week the second drop in tech stocks saw BABA dip to our stop loss at $134.85 on Thursday. We are out of the position. I looked at reentering it but the $4.60 spike today has exploded the option premiums and I could not come up with a play that made sense.
Original Trade Description: May 29th.
Alibaba Group Holding Limited, through its subsidiaries, operates as an online and mobile commerce company in the People's Republic of China and internationally. It operates Taobao Marketplace, an online shopping destination; Tmall, a third-party platform for brands and retailers; Juhuasuan, a sales and marketing platform for flash sales; Alibaba.com, an online wholesale marketplace; Alitrip, an online travel booking platform; 1688.com, an online wholesale marketplace; and AliExpress, a consumer marketplace. The company also provides pay-for-performance and display marketing services through its Alimama marketing technology platform; Taobao Ad Network and Exchange (TANX), a real-time bidding online marketing exchange in China; and data management platform through TANX for marketers to execute their campaigns with proprietary and tailored data. In addition, it offers cloud computing services, including elastic computing, database, storage and content delivery network, large scale computing, security, and management and application services through its Alibaba Cloud Computing platform; Web hosting and domain name registration services; payment and escrow services; and develops and operates mobile Web browsers. The company provides its solutions primarily for businesses. Company description from FinViz.com
Alibaba is the poor investor's Amazon. With shares at $125, the options are at least reasonable but not cheap. Alibaba is growing as fast or faster than Amazon and tries to copy everything Amazon does.
When the company reported earnings for the last quarter at 63 cents, they missed estimates for 68 cents. Revenue of $5.6 billion easily beat estimates for $5.2 billion. Other than the earnings miss it was a solid quarter with ecommerce up 47% and cloud computing up 102%. Digital media growth was up 234%. Mobile MAUs rose from 493 to 507 million. That is important because 90% of China's ecommerce occurs on a mobile device.
The company announced plans to buy back $6 billion in stock over a two-year period.
Earnings August 18th.
Shares dipped on the earnings miss then spiked on the guidance to $125.50, which was a new high. After a little more than two weeks of post earnings consolidation, shares have returned to that $125.50 level and closed at a new high on Monday.
There is an analyst day on Thursday and that could power the stock higher or lower so be warned. However, Jack Ma is an expert at giving only positive guidance so the outcome should be positive.
Update 6/12/17: Perfect timing on the Alibaba entry. The stock rocketed higher ahead of the analyst day and has held its gains despite the tech crash. The company guided for revenue growth of 45-49% in the current fiscal year and that was well above analyst estimates for 37% growth. MKM partners raised the price target to $177. Pacific Crest raised their price target to $160 from $137. Needham raised their target to $155. The Benchmark Company is targeting $175.
Closed 6/15/17: Long August $130 call @ $4.10, exit $10.65, +6.55 gain.
Closed 6/15/17: Short August $140 call @ $1.69, exit $5.73, -4.04 loss.
Net gain $2.51
CGNX - Cognex - Company Profile
No specific news. Shares fell from $98 to $87 in the tech wreck to stop us out the prior week. I recommended we reload this position with a CGNX trade at $90.75. The crash deflated the option positions and we can reload with just the long call. The stock hit that level on Tuesday to reenter the position.
Original Trade Description: May 22nd.
Cognex Corporation provides machine vision products that capture and analyze visual information in order to automate tasks primarily in manufacturing processes worldwide. The company offers machine vision products, which are used to automate the manufacturing and tracking of discrete items, such as mobile phones, aspirin bottles, and automobile tires by locating, identifying, inspecting, and measuring them during the manufacturing or distribution process. Its products include VisionPro, a software suite that provides various vision tools for programming; displacement sensors with vision software for use in 3D application; In-Sight vision systems that perform various vision tasks, including part location, identification, measurement, assembly verification, and robotic guidance; In-Sight vision sensors; ID products, which are used for reading codes that are applied on discrete items during the manufacturing process, as well as have applications in logistics automation for package sorting and distribution; DataMan barcode readers; barcode verifiers; vision-enabled mobile terminals for industrial barcode reading applications; and barcode scanning software development kits. The company sells its products through direct sales force, as well as through a network of distributors and integrators. Company description from FinViz.com
Cognex reported earnings of 42 cents that rose 200% and beat estimates for 28 cents. Revenue of $134.9 million rose 40% and beat estimates for $123.8 million. They guided for revenue of $165-$170 million for the current quarter and analysts were expecting $173.9 million. Shares did not decline because of the record earnings and their normally conservative guidance. Operating margins rose from 17% to 28%.
The company said the machine automation for the manufacturing sector was growing very strongly and accelerating. Revenue from that segment rose in the "mid-teens" percentages and their automotive business grew 20%.
In the San Francisco gold rush the people that made the most money were the ones that sold picks, shovels and wheelbarrows. Cognex is in the business of selling business tools that help businesses run better, cheaper and faster.
Earnings July 31st.
Shares dilled $5 in the market crash and have already rebounded to close at a new high on Monday. This should continue assuming the market cooperates.
Because of the stock price in relation to the strike price this needs to be a spread to produce the best results.
Long Aug $95 call @ $4.02, see portfolio graphic for stop loss.
Closed 6/12/17: Long Aug $95 call @ $6.17, exit $3.30, -2.87 loss.
Closed 6/12/17: Short Aug $105 call @ $2.67, exit $1.10, +1.57 gain.
Net loss 1.30.
COMM - Commscope Holdings - Company Profile
No specific news.
Original Trade Description: May 8th.
CommScope Holding Company, Inc. provides infrastructure solutions for communications networks worldwide. The company's CommScope Connectivity Solutions segment offers optical fiber and twisted pair structured cable solutions, intelligent infrastructure software, and network rack and cabinet enclosures under the SYSTIMAX, AMP NETCONNECT, and Uniprise brands; and fiber management systems, patch cords and panels, complete cabling systems, and cable assemblies for use in offices and data centers. This segment also provides fiber optic connectivity solutions, including hardened connector systems, fiber distribution hubs and management systems, couplers and splitters, plug and play multiport service terminals, hardened optical terminating enclosures, high density cable assemblies, splices, and splice closures that supports video, voice, and high-speed data services provided by telecommunications operators and multi-system operators. Its CommScope Mobility Solutions segment offers macro cell site solutions for wireless tower sites and on rooftops, such as base station antennas, microwave antennas, hybrid fiber-feeder and power cables, coaxial cables, connectors, and filters; metro cell solutions for outdoors on street poles and on other urban structures comprising radio frequency delivery and connectivity solutions, equipment housing, and concealment; and small cell and distributed antenna system (DAS) solutions consisting of DAS and distributed cell solutions that allow wireless operators to enhance efficiency, and cellular coverage and capacity in network conditions. This segment provides its solutions under the Andrew brand. CommScope Holding Company, Inc. sells its products through a network of distributors, system integrators, and resellers. The company was formerly known as Cedar I Holding Company, Inc. Company description from FinViz.com
Commscope reported earnings of 52 cents compared to estimates for 53 cents. Revenue of $1.14 billion matched street estimates. They guided for the current quarter for earnings of 62-67 cents and revenue from $1.20 to $1.25 billion. Full year earnings are expected to be $2.70-$2.80 with revenue $4.85-$4.95 billion.
The earnings were ok, the guidance was a killer. Analysts were expecting $2.95 and $5.1 billion. Shares fell from $41 to $33. Management blamed the miss on "more cautious spending patterns" at North American telecom customers. They are also experiencing some merger pains from their 2015 acquisition of TE Connectivity, which they said they were addressing aggressively. The TE products were lower margin products.
Despite the negativity, telecom spending is expected to pickup in the second half of the year.
Earnings August 3rd.
Shares are already rebounding and I believe this is a buying opportunity on a previously strong chart. If I am wrong the option is cheap and we do not have much at risk.
Long August $38 calls @ $1.25, see portfolio graphic for stop loss.
FB - Facebook - Company Profile
No specific news. Finally a nice rebound today of $2.23.
Original Trade Description: June 12th.
Facebook, Inc. provides various products to connect and share through mobile devices, personal computers, and other surfaces worldwide. Its solutions include Facebook Website and mobile application that enables people to connect, share, discover, and communicate each other on mobile devices and personal computers; Instagram, a mobile application that enables people to take photos or videos, customize them with filter effects, and share them with friends and followers in a photo feed or send them directly to friends; Messenger, a messaging application to communicate with people and businesses across platforms and devices; and WhatsApp Messenger, a mobile messaging application. The company also offers Oculus virtual reality technology and content platform, which allow people to enter an immersive and interactive environment to play games, consume content, and connect with others. Company description from FinViz.com.
Facebook also blew away earnings estimates and they are growing earnings at the fastest rate of any of the FAANG stocks. They have multiple revenue streams and sites like Instagram and WhatsApp that are just starting to accelerate earnings. They said Instagram had reached 50,000 advertisers. Facebook's problem is they do not have enough page views to monetize despite the 1.9 billion users. They have more advertisers than they have space.
Earnings August 2nd.
Facebook was setting new highs last week until Friday's flash crash. The two day decline knocked the stock back from $155.50 to $144.50, and exactly to support from the May 17th bottom. This "should" be the perfect spot to open a new position on FB. The two day decline has deflated the option premiums and once the tech sector begins to rebound, the FAANG stocks should be leaders again because of their earnings growth rates.
Long Aug $155 call @ $4.45, see portfolio graphic for stop loss.
FMC - FMC Corp - Company Profile
No specific news. FMC is no longer climbing and has traded sideways for the last three weeks. I am recommending we close the position.
Original Trade Description: April 17th.
FMC Corporation, a diversified chemical company, provides solutions, applications, and products for the agricultural, consumer, and industrial markets worldwide. The company operates through three segments: FMC Agricultural Solutions, FMC Health and Nutrition, and FMC Lithium. The FMC Agricultural Solutions segment develops, manufactures, and sells crop protection chemicals, such as insecticides, herbicides, and fungicides that are used in agriculture to enhance crop yield and by controlling a range of insects, weeds, and diseases, as well as in non-agricultural markets for pest control. The FMC Health and Nutrition segment offers microcrystalline cellulose for use in drug dry tablet binders and disintegrants, and food ingredients; carrageenan for use in food ingredients for thickening and stabilizing, pharmaceutical, and nutraceutical encapsulates; alginates for food ingredients, pharmaceutical excipients, healthcare, and industrial uses; natural colorants for use in foods, pharmaceutical, and cosmetics; and omega-3 EPA/DHA for nutraceutical and pharmaceutical uses. The FMC Lithium segment offers lithium for use in batteries, polymers, pharmaceuticals, greases and lubricants, glass and ceramics, and other industrial uses. FMC Corporation was founded in 1884 and is headquartered in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Company description from FinViz.com
FMC has been around forever as in 123 years. However, last month it entered a new phase of its life. DuPont is (DD) merging with Dow Chemical (DOW) and the EU is forcing them to divest DuPont's crop protection business in order to gain approval of the merger.
On March 31st, the companies announced that FMC will acquire DuPont's crop protection business and overnight become the fifth largest in the world. Secondly, FMC will sell its health and nutrition business to DuPont. This is a low margin, low growth business that FMC is glad to be selling. FMC will pay DuPont $1.2 billion in cash.
The transactions will be immediately accretive to FMC upon closing. FMC expects revenue from the acquired business of $1.5 billion in 2017 and $475 million in EBITDA. Total annual revenue will be $3.8 billion. The combination of the DuPont crop business with the R&D capabilities of FMC it will catapult FMC into an entirely new range of capabilities. The company will acquire multiple major brands of pesticide and herbicides. It will also expand the reach of FMC around the world where there was little market penetration in the past. FMC is gaining a global manufacturing network of four active ingredient manufacturing facilities and 10 regional formulation plants.
In one transaction FMC dumped its underperforming health business and gained a crop protection business equal or greater than its own and cleaned up their balance sheet at the same time.
Earnings are May 2nd. There is no way to play this without holding over that earnings report. With all the good news breaking out about the transaction, the earnings will be another podium to brag about their good fortune.
Update 5/8/17: FMC reported earnings of 43 cents that missed estimates for 56 cents. Revenue of $596 million missed estimates for $742 million. However, those included some discontinued operations that reduced earnings by 21 cents and revenue by $177 million. When adding those back in they beat on both numbers. Shares dipped on the initial report but rebounded once the details were known. The acquisition of the Dow assets is expected to close in Q4.
Long July $77.50 call @ $2.54, see portfolio graphic for stop loss.
GDDY - GoDaddy - Company Profile
No specific news. Shares closed at a post crash high on Monday.
Original Trade Description: May 29th.
GoDaddy Inc. designs and develops cloud-based technology products for small businesses, Web design professionals, and individuals in the United States and internationally. It provides domain name registration product that enables to engage customers at the initial stage of establishing a digital identity; hosting and presence products, such as shared Website hosting, Website hosting on virtual dedicated servers and dedicated servers, managed hosting, and security. The company also offers Website builder, an online tool that enables customers to build Websites; online store product that allows customers to create their own standalone Website with an integrated online store optimized for mobile shopping; and search engine visibility product that helps customers get their Websites found on search sites through search engine optimization. In addition, the company offers business application products, including Microsoft Office 365, email accounts, email marketing, and telephony services. Company description from FinViz.com
GoDaddy reported earnings of a penny that beat estimates for a loss of 4 cents. Revenue of $489.7 million beat estimates for $487.8 million. They guided for the current quarter for revenue in the range of $548-$553 million. Full year guidance was $2.19-$2.23 billion. The three-year-old company is growing and turning profitable.
Earnings August 1st.
On May 8th, they announced a secondary of 24 million shares held by original investors with an offering price of $38.50. The company also said it was buying back $275 million of its own limited liability units from those initial shareholders along with an equal number of class B shares at the offering price.
Shares were trading at a high of $40.39 the day before the market crash on May 17th. The drop knocked them back to $38.34. The rebound was immediate and shares closed at $42 on Friday.
There is a persistent rumor that GoDaddy is looking for an acquisition partner. It would seem to me if that was the case, those initial shareholders including KKR and Silver Lake Partners would not have sold their shares. However, it has been a rocky road since the company went public at $25 in 2015. It is possible their continued involvement was hindering the search for an acquirer. Many bidders would have questioned why GoDaddy was looking for a SugarDaddy with those deep pockets already invested.
Those investors are now gone and the market sucked up those 24 million shares without even blinking. The stock is rising sharply in a bullish market for tech stocks. This may be their time in the spotlight.
Options are cheap so I am willing to take a chance on continued good fortune.
Long August $44 call @ $1.45, see portfolio graphic for stop loss.
HAIN - Hain Celestial - Company Profile
No specific news. Hain received one last extension to file from June 15th to June 22nd. They announced they would report on the 22nd for the full year for 2016 and the first quarter of 2017. Shares declined on the news as traders apparently decided the risk was higher than they wanted to hold. It is time for them to report or be delisted.
Original Trade Description: March 20th
The Hain Celestial Group, Inc. manufactures, markets, distributes, and sells organic and natural products in the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, and Europe. Its grocery products include infant formula; infant, toddler, and kids foods; diapers and wipes; rice and grain-based products; flour and baking mixes; breads, hot and cold cereals, pasta, condiments, cooking and culinary oils, granolas, granola bars, and cereal bars; canned, chilled fresh, aseptic, and instant soups; Greek-style yogurt; chilies and packaged grains; and chocolates and nut butters, as well as plant-based beverages and frozen desserts, such as soy, rice, almond, and coconut. The company's grocery products also comprise juices, hot-eating, chilled and frozen desserts, cookies, crackers, gluten-free frozen entrees and bars, frozen pastas and ethnic meals, frozen fruits and vegetables, cut fresh fruits, refrigerated and frozen soy protein meat-alternative products, tofu, seitan and tempeh products, jams, fruit spreads and jelly, honey, marmalade, and other food products. In addition, it provides snack products, such as potato, root vegetable, and other vegetable chips, as well as straws, tortilla chips, whole grain chips, pita chips, puffs, and popcorn; specialty teas, including herbal, green, black, wellness, rooibos, and chai tea lattes; ready-to-drink beverages comprising organic kombucha and chai tea lattes; personal care products consisting of skin, hair and oral care, deodorants, baby care items, acne treatment, body washes, and sunscreens; and poultry and protein products, such as turkey and chicken products. The company sells its products through specialty and natural food distributors, supermarkets, natural food stores, mass-market and e-commerce retailers, food service channels and club, and drug and convenience stores in approximately 70 countries worldwide.
Company description from FinViz.com
We played Hain before back in the fall. Basically, they have not filed their quarterly reports since last May because of a review of accounting procedures. They have suffered over the last year and have reportedly spent $20 million in the complete accounting review for years past and a review of their procedures. They are facing class action suits and SEC probes but none of these things will have a lasting impact.
They are facing a new deadline of May for their reports or they will be in default with their lenders. While they will not say when they will file the back reports, they continue to assure investors there was no wrongdoing and these types of corporate autopsies for prior years take time.
They are so undervalued compared to their peers and their historical norms, it is silly not to have a long position. Once they file the reports this will all be behind them.
I am recommending we buy the August $40 call and forget about it. At $2 it is not a lot of money and they could quickly return to the $50s once they file the reports.
Long Aug $40 call @ $1.97, see portfolio graphic for stop loss.
RH - RH Inc - Company Profile
No specific news. In fact there was no news at all but the stock is still climbing.
Original Trade Description: June 12th.
RH, together with its subsidiaries, operates as a retailer in the home furnishings market. The company offers products in various categories, including furniture, lighting, textiles, bathware, decor, outdoor and garden, tableware, and child and teen furnishings. It provides its products through its retail galleries and Source Books, as well as online through rh.com, rhmodern.com, restorationhardware.com, rhbabyandchild.com, rhteen.com, and waterworks.com Websites. As of January 28, 2017, the company operated 85 retail galleries, including 50 legacy galleries, 6 larger format design galleries, 8 next generation design galleries, 1 RH modern gallery, and 5 RH baby and child galleries in the United States and Canada; 15 Waterworks showrooms in the United States and the United Kingdom; and 28 outlet stores. The company was formerly known as Restoration Hardware Holdings, Inc. and changed its name to RH in January 2017. Company description from FinViz.com
RH reported earnings of 5 cents that beat estimates for 4 cents. Revenue of $562.1 million beat estimates for $560.4 million. So far, so good. However, they guided for Q2 earnings of 38-43 cents and analysts were expecting 53-75 cents. No, that is not a misprint.
The company said it was ditching its prior merchandising model and switching to a membership model in order to make the company Amazon proof and enhance the customer experience. They are moving away from the highly promotional retail experience with constant sales and discounts and moving to a membership model where the focus will be on the customer experience. "Members" will pay $100 a year for the ability to shop in a high quality store where they will find only high quality merchandise.
Shares crashed 26% to $42 on the guidance but the rebound has been amazing. Apparently investors like the concept and the idea of a "Costco" model but in high quality products.
Earnings August 31st.
Long August $55 call @ $2.70, see portfolio graphic for stop loss.
SMH - Semiconductor Index - ETF Profile
The prior week the chip rally finally cracked and the semiconductor ETF collapsed to erase a month of gains. We were stopped out for a nice gain at $85.50. I recommended we reload this position. Chips lead the Nasdaq and I don't see chip companies making a lot of earnings warnings. The SMH gapped up on Tuesday to give us a terrible fill but it should work out.
Original Trade Description: May 8th.
VanEck Vectors Semiconductor ETF (SMH) seeks to replicate as closely as possible, before fees and expenses, the price and yield performance of the MVIS US Listed Semiconductor 25 Index (MVSMHTR), which is intended to track the overall performance of companies involved in semiconductor production and equipment.
The top five components are TSM 12.9%, INTC 11.4%, QCOM 5.7%, AMAT 5.34% and NVDA 5%. The rest of the components are the top names in the business.
The ETF has had a good year with a $30 gain since last June. However, electronics are the fastest selling consumer items and sales are increasing every month. The chip sector is the leading edge of the tech sector. With the iPhone 8 coming along with the 5G revolution beginning, the chip stocks are going to continue rising.
The semiconductor index always leads the Nasdaq both up and down.
Long Aug $88 call @ $2.33, see portfolio graphic for stop loss.
Previously closed 6/9/17: Long Aug $82 call @ $2.40, exit $5.50, +$3.10 gain.
SWKS - Skyworks Solutions - Company Profile
No specific news. Perfect retracement right back to support. Decent rebound underway. SWKS does not move quickly but did gain $2 today.
Original Trade Description: May 1st.
Skyworks Solutions, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, designs, develops, manufactures, and markets proprietary semiconductor products, including intellectual property worldwide. Its product portfolio includes amplifiers, attenuators, circulators/isolators, DC/DC converters, demodulators, detectors, diodes, directional couplers, diversity receive modules, filters, front-end modules, hybrids, LED drivers, low noise amplifiers, mixers, modulators, optocouplers/optoisolators, phase shifters, phase locked loops, power dividers/combiners, receivers, switches, synthesizers, technical ceramics, voltage controlled oscillators/synthesizers, and voltage regulators. The company provides its products for automotive, broadband, cellular infrastructure, connected home, industrial, medical, military, smartphone, tablet, and wearable applications. Skyworks Solutions, Inc. sells its products through direct sales force, electronic component distributors, and independent sales representatives. Company description from FinViz.com
Skyworks reported earnings of $1.45 that beat estimates for $1.40. Revenue of $851.7 million beat estimates for $840.3 million. They guided for Q2 revenue of $890 million and earnings of $1.52. Analysts were expecting $866.6 million and $1.49. Annual revenue growth os forecast at 18%.
On the conference call the company said Apple was still 40% of the company's revenue but Samsung and Huawei now exceeded 10% each. The company said the quarter just ended was normally their low point for the year and it was actually a strong quarter this year. They expect even better quarters later this year when the next generation of phones begin to ship in quantity. The Apple iPhone 7s and/or 8 will be a big boost to revenue. They are looking at double digit revenue increases for the next two quarters.
Earnings July 27th.
Shares inexplicably declined $5 after the report. Multiple analysts immediately came out claiming this was a buying opportunity. I agree.
We have to reach out to the August option cycle to get past the July earnings and keep that earnings expectation premium inflated.
Long Aug $105 call @ $4.15, see portfolio graphic for stop loss.
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