The stock market performed well on Tuesday, responding to steady improvement among many companies as earnings season kicked into high gear. Although political issues are likely to remain in the spotlight for some investors for the foreseeable future, many market participants are looking to economic and business issues in driving their investing decisions. Major market benchmarks finished the day with gains of 0.5% to 1%, but some stocks did much better. Among the best performers on the day were Allegheny Technologies (NYSE:ATI), II-VI (NASDAQ:IIVI), and Beazer Homes (NYSE:BZH). Below, we’ll look more closely at these stocks to tell you why they did so well.
Image source: Allegheny Technologies.
Allegheny gets a pipeline boost
Allegheny Technologies soared 31% in the wake of better-than-expected performance in its fourth-quarter and full-year 2016 financial results. The supplier of specialty metal products finished 2016 with a 16% decline in revenue from 2015 and a massive net loss, but its fourth-quarter bottom line was positive. What many investors watched even more closely was President Trump’s decision to sign an executive order paving the way for the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines to go forward. In the order, there was a requirement that the pipeline builders must use U.S. steel, and that boosted steelmakers across the board. If a manufacturing boom does materialize, Allegheny Technologies is well-positioned to be in the middle of it.
Top 5 Stocks To Watch Right Now: Union Pacific Corporation(UNP)
- [By Ben Levisohn]
A strange turn of events has sent shares of CSX (CSX)–and other railroads, including Union Pacific (UNP) and Canadian Pacific Railway (CP)–soaring today. It all started when Hunter Harrison announced that he would leave Canadian Pacific ahead of schedule to team up with activist investor for the turnaround of another railway company. That company is thought to be CSX.
Top 5 Stocks To Watch Right Now: Opexa Therapeutics, Inc.(OPXA)
- [By Lisa Levin]
Opexa Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: OPXA) shares were also up, gaining 66 percent to $1.08 after the company announced plans to acquire Acer Therapeutics.
- [By Elizabeth Balboa]
Opexa Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: OPXA) and Acer Therapeutics announced a merger that will result in 11.2-percent ownership by current Opexa shareholders and 88.8-percent ownership by current Acer shareholders.
- [By Lisa Levin]
Opexa Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: OPXA) shares dropped 70 percent to $1.02 after the company disclosed that its top-line results from Phase 2b Abili-T trial evaluating Tcelna did not meet primary endpoint.
Top 5 Stocks To Watch Right Now: Lincoln National Corporation(LNC)
- [By Lee Jackson]
Lincoln National Corp. (NYSE: LNC) also had the man at the top selling stock last week. Dennis Glass, the CEO of this insurance and retirement focused company, sold a block of 75,000 shares at between $71.00 and $71.28 apiece. The total for the sale was posted at $5 million. Shares closed Friday at $71.69, in a 52-week rangeof $34.16 to $73.71. The consensus price target is $73.17.
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* The market bent yesterday but today it stabilized. (A good showing, all things being considered–but in no way decisive going forward).
* Gold +$5/oz.
* Crude oil +$0.50 and the rise is taking up some energy stocks.
* The Russell returned to the spotlight.
* Life insurance–particularly Lincoln National (LNC) (on an upgrade). Hartford Financial Services (HIG) gets a small lift.
* Retail returned from the depths. The standouts–L Brands (LB) , Kohl’s (KSS) , Bed Bath (BBBY) , Nordstrom (JWN) and Gap (GPS) .
* Ag equipment–after an analyst upgrade yesterday.
* Homebuilders catch a bid.
* Day one of the Masters Golf Tournament.
Top 5 Stocks To Watch Right Now: Buenaventura Mining Company Inc.(BVN)
- [By Alex McGuire]
You see, Money Morning Resource Specialist Peter Krauth expects gold prices to gain 15.4% from their current $1,213 level to $1,400 an ounce this year. This rise will lead to an even bigger rally for gold stocks. Since the beginning of 2017, gold prices are up 5.1%. But the gains in gold stocks like Agnico Eagle Mines Ltd. (NYSE:AEM) and Compania de Minas Buenaventura SAA (NYSE ADR: BVN) have doubled and quadrupled the year-to-date gold price return.
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Top 5 Stocks To Watch Right Now: United Parcel Service Inc.(UPS)
- [By JJ Kinahan]
While we’re on the subject of holiday shopping, the huge influx of online purchases apparently is causing problems for carriers such as United Parcel Service, Inc. (NYSE: UPS) and FedEx Corporation (NYSE: FDX), the Washington Post reported. UPS warned last week that some deliveries would be delayed one or two days as staffers worked extended hours to manage the rush. UPS expects its holiday load to rise 5 percent, to 750 million packages, this holiday season, while FedEx says it’s planning for up to 400 million parcels. Amazon.com Inc’s (NASDAQ: AMZN) deliveries are also experiencing delays. Americans spent a record $6.59 billion online on Cyber Monday.
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At the beginning of May, after taking a look at the bizarre circumstances surrounding United Parcel Service’s (NYSE: UPS) most recent earnings “beat,” I warned that the stock was set to drop. Despite numerous positive headlines praising the company’s Q1 “win,” the company was suffering from declining profits and operating margins that had been deteriorating for three consecutive quarters.
- [By Demitrios Kalogeropoulos]
Meanwhile, earnings season produced large price swings in a few stocks individual stocks, including Under Armour (NYSE:UA) (NYSE:UAA) and UPS (NYSE:UPS).