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The 45th anniversary of the moon landing is on Sunday, and here on Earth, these space stocks are taking off. 

Forty-five years ago this Sunday, the Apollo 11 lunar module landed on the moon with two of the most famous astronauts in US history. The mission was a success on two fronts: it achieved President John F. Kennedy's objective of putting a man on the moon, and it placed the US ahead of the Soviet Union in the space race.

Today NASA is no longer sending astronauts to the moon, instead focusing its efforts on deep space exploration. Earlier this month, the agency signed a $2.8 billion contract with Boeing (BA) for the development of the core stage of the Space Launch System (SLS). The SLS, which will be most powerful rocket ever built, will transport cargo, including the Orion spacecraft, and crew to near-Earth asteroids and, eventually, Mars.

The upcoming anniversary of the moon landing inspired us to look for investment opportunities amongst space stocks. We began by creating a universe of space stocks, which we pulled from NASA's list of its top 100 contractors in 2013 as well as press releases announcing contracts awarded this year. Then we screened that group for stocks that are rallying above their 20-day, 50-day, and 200-day moving averages (SMA). This indicates that these stocks have strong upward momentum and may soon be taking off like a rocket. 

Next, we took a look at past performance and screened for stocks that have outperformed over the last quarterwith at least a 10% return. While past performance isn't indicative of future success, a solid performance in the previous quarter combined with the current momentum may lead to another strong quarter.

We were left with three space stocks on our list. Do you think these stocks have significant upside potential? Use this list as a starting point for your own analysis, and let us know what you think in the comments. 

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1. Air Products & Chemicals Inc. (APD, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Provides atmospheric gases, process and specialty gases, performance materials, equipment, and services worldwide. Market cap at $25.15B, most recent closing price at $118.73.

 


2. General Dynamics Corp. (GD, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Provides business aviation, combat vehicles, weapons systems and munitions, military and commercial shipbuilding, and communications and information technology products and services worldwide. Market cap at $38.12B, most recent closing price at $108.76.

 


3. URS Corporation (URS, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Provides engineering, construction, and technical services to public agencies and private sector clients worldwide. Market cap at $3.38B, most recent closing price at $45.91.

 


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After Carl Icahn ditched Netflix last week, maybe it's better to own a Netflix account than actual shares.

Shares of Netflix (NFLX) defied gravity and reached $706.24 earlier this year before pulling back. The stock then closed at $651.62 last week after Carl Icahn, a famous activist investor, sold whatever he had left in the company and netted $1.6 billion.

Icahn tweeted about his sale:

 

Sold last of our $NFLX today. Believe $AAPL currently represents same opportunity we stated NFLX offered several years ago.

— Carl Icahn (@Carl_C_Icahn) June 24, 2015

Apple and Netlifx are not comparable, and both represent opposite ends of the spectrum when it comes to valuation. Investors are paying a huge premium for Netflix. The belief is that the online movie streaming giant will grow exponentially for years to come. Netflix has a forward P/E over 70. Apple’s forward P/E, on the other hand, is only 14:

Apple is generating enormous profits from the iPhone, but the company has two problems. First, its new music streaming business is late to the market. The initiative keeps the company relevant in streaming music but is unlikely to add meaningfully to profits. Second, the Apple Watch has yet to prove it is successful. The first generation wearable has limited battery life (of less than one day) and requires an iPhone.

Netflix is a $39.5 billion company. Its upcoming share split will boost liquidity and attract smaller investors.

Those considering an investment in Netflix should exercise caution. The share split changes nothing in the valuation of the stock: the market cap stays the same (number of shares x stock price). Even though the Apple comparison may not be apt, investors might consider following Icahn and selling the stock today.

Written by Chris Lau


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1. Apple Inc. (AAPL, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Designs, manufactures, and markets personal computers, mobile communication and media devices, and portable digital music players, as well as sells related software, services, peripherals, networking solutions, and third-party digital content and applications worldwide. Market cap at $730.21B, most recent closing price at $126.75.

 

2. Netflix Inc. (NFLX, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Provides subscription-based Internet services for TV shows and movies in the United States and internationally. Market cap at $39.50B, most recent closing price at $651.62.

 

 

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Banks are closed, capital controls are in place and the Greek crisis is sending markets down worldwide.  

The Greek crisis, now well in its fifth year after the initial credit rating downgrade, has escalated. Negotations between Greece and its creditors broke down yet again this past weekend, bringing the debt-ridden country closer to a near inevitable default and possible exit from the eurozone. Stocks around the world were down in early-morning trading as a result of the latest developments (or lack thereof).

On Saturday, finance ministers from the 19-member currency bloc rejected Greece's request for a one-month extension to its bailout. That same day Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras unexpectedly called for a referendum on July 5—five days after Greece's International Monetary Fund debt is due—so Greek voters can decide whether or not to accept the terms of the European Central Bank, European Commission and IMF's bailout deal. Following Tsipras's announcement, the ECB decided on Sunday not to increase its emerging liquidity assistance to Greece, which was helping Greek banks operate in the midst of endless withdrawals.

This led the Bank of Greece to recommend that banks remain closed and capital controls be implemented in order to prevent a collapse. Banks will be closed until July 7, and ATM withdrawals will be capped at €60 per day and €1800 per month. Though the Athens Stock Exchange is closed, the Global X FTSE Greece 20 ETF (GREK) and National Bank of Greece (NBG) trade in the US and have plunged since market open on Monday, down 15.28 percent and 22.63 percent, respectively, at 10:00AM EST.

But Tuesday, June 30, is the big deadline: that's when Greece's bailout agreement expires and the country is supposed to make a €1.55 billion loan payment to the IMF. There's very little chance of that happening now. Plus, Tuesday's bill is only one of several that the cash-strapped government is on the hook for in the coming weeks. There's the €2 billion owed to Treasury bill holders on July 10, and another €452.6 million to the IMF on July 13.

The Greek crisis certainly brought the drama this weekend, but the fears of financial instability aren't limited to the streets of Athens or Brussels. The Wall Street Journal reports that the Stoxx Europe 600 index fell 2.3 percent in early trade and markets in Italy and Spain slid more than 3 percent in the morning. Yields on benchmark 10-year Treasury notes fell to their lowest levels since October on Monday, which means prices are rising due to increased investor interest. Meanwhile, US stocks tumbled at market open.

So what's an investor to do? In a morning appearance on Bloomberg's "Market Makers," bearish Swiss investor Marc Faber, who also edits the Gloom Boom & Doom Report, recommended investing in precious metals. Here's a list of the top-performing government bond and precious metals exchange-traded funds (ETFs) pulled from ETFdb.com. Each of the stocks has returned 1 percent on more year to date.

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1. AdvisorShares Garman Gold/Euro ETF (GEUR, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Provides investors with exposure to gold denominated in euros. Assets under management at $3.44M, most recent closing price at $13.13.

Performance YTD: 5.80%.

 

2. AdvisorShares Gartman Gold/Yen (GYEN, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Provides investors with exposure to gold denominated in Japanese yen. Assets under management at $3.89M, most recent closing price at $38.99.

Performance YTD: 1.98%.

 

3. SPDR Barclays 0-5 Year TIPS (SIPE, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Tracks a market value weighted index of TIPS that mature in 0-5 years. Assets under management at $3.44M, most recent closing price at $19.55.

Performance YTD: 1.24%.

 

 

(List compiled by Mary-Lynn Cesar. All data sourced from ETFdb.com)

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The Supreme Court has ruled that same-sex marriage must be legal nationwide. That's how you kick off Pride. 

In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court ruled on Friday that same-sex marriage is a constitutional right and officially overturned marriage bans in 14 states. The landmark decision in Obergefell v. Hodges comes—as Bloomberg points out—11 years after Massachussets became the first state to legalize same-sex marriage. It's also just in time for Pride in New York, San Francisco and other cities.

Justice Anthony Kennedy, the court's swing vote, sided with the court's liberal wing and wrote the majority opinion:

 

The last paragraph of Justice Kennedy's opinion is a powerful piece of writing. pic.twitter.com/8d2r5dFU9b

— Kevin Pang (@pang) June 26, 2015

 

Back in March, we wrote about the then-impending Obergefell v. Hodges case. In that article, we screened for stocks among the nearly 400 companies and employer organizations that had signed a friend-of-the-court brief in support of same-sex marriage.

Specifically, we looked for stocks that were rallying above their 20-day, 50-day and 200-day simple moving averages (SMA) and had an average analyst recommendation of buy or better as indicated by an assigned numerical value under 3. The stocks below still satisfy the above criteria. 

But, ultimately, today isn't about corporations or stocks; it's about the U.S. making significant progress on an incredibly important civil rights issue. America should be very proud indeed.

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1. Aramark (ARMK, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Provides food, facilities, and uniform services to education, healthcare, business and industry, sports, leisure, and corrections clients primarily in North America. Market cap at $7.56B, most recent closing price at $31.56.

The stock is rallying 0.80% above its 20-day SMA, 1.09% above its 50-day SMA and 5.36% above its 200-day SMA.

Average analyst recommendation is 2.

Aramark has returned -1.76% in the three-and-a-half months since our last article on same-sex marriage and the Supreme Court.

 

2. CVS Health Corporation (CVS, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Operates as a pharmacy services company in the United States. Market cap at $119.10B, most recent closing price at $105.01.

The stock is rallying 2.75% above its 20-day SMA, 3.81% above its 50-day SMA and 10.99% above its 200-day SMA.

Average analyst recommendation is 1.7.

CVS Health has returned 1.87% in the three-and-a-half months since our last article on same-sex marriage and the Supreme Court.

 

3. Facebook Inc. (FB, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Operates as a global social networking company. Market cap at $245.79B, most recent closing price at $87.98.

The stock is rallying 5.66% above its 20-day SMA, 7.44% above its 50-day SMA and 11.04% above its 200-day SMA.

Average analyst recommendation is 1.8.

Facebook has returned 8.76% in the three-and-a-half months since our last article on same-sex marriage and the Supreme Court.

 

 (List compiled by Mary-Lynn Cesar. Monthly return data sourced from Zacks Investment Research. All other data sourced from FINVIZ.)

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Autodesk's foray into the world of subscription services is off to a lukewarm start. Can the firm turn it around?

Design software maker Autodesk (ADSK) is yet another tech firm that is switching its revenue flow from up-front licenses to subscriptions. The change could lead to a temporary slowdown in earnings growth, which means there is a good chance that Autodesk’s stock may fall in the quarters ahead.

Nuance Communications (NUAN) is undergoing the same transition, but it is taking a long time for the company’s subscription revenue to exceed license sales. Adobe Systems (ADBE), on the other hand, is doing well. The maker of Photoshop and other image processing tools is rapidly increasing its subscription, and during its second quarter earned $0.48 per share on revenue of $1.16 percent.

Autodesk is still in the early phases of selling software subscriptions for its CAD and 3D printing offerings, so its revenue model may face obstacles in the coming months. First, the company would charge less for subscription than it does for licensing. Second, its customer base may not feel the need to switch to subscriptions. In the second quarter, subscriptions for PC software totalled 95,000; this is down from the 100,000 in Q1. Autodesk has a total of 2.33 million subscriptions. Looking ahead, customers' delay in upgrading will also likely cause the company's revenue growth to slow.

The slower pace in billings, up only 3 percent year-over-year in the last quarter, along with expectations for earnings of $0.95 - $1.10 per share for fiscal 2016 suggests the stock is too expensive, considering its 49.47 forward P/E.

Written by Chris Lau

 

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1. Adobe Systems Incorporated (ADBE, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Operates as a diversified software company in the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia. Market cap at $39.87B, most recent closing price at $79.70.

 

 

2. Autodesk Inc. (ADSK, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Provides design software and service solutions to customers in architecture, engineering, and construction; manufacturing; and digital media and entertainment industries. Market cap at $12.20B, most recent closing price at $53.57.

 

 

3. Nuance Communications Inc. (NUAN, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Provides voice and language solutions for businesses and consumers worldwide. Market cap at $5.71B, most recent closing price at $18.20.

 

 

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The highest court in the land handed the Obama administration a huge win by upholding Obamacare subsidies.

On Thursday morning, the Supreme Court voted in a 6-3 ruling to uphold tax subsidies in the Affordable Care Act that allowed millions of Americans to buy health insurance. Opponents of the healthcare law had argued that a four-word phrase in the 20,000-page bill—"established by the state"—meant that Obamacare subsidies shouldn't exist in the 34 states where the federal government operates insurance marketplaces, or exchanges, since the states decided to not set up their own. 

"Not so fast," cried the Supreme Court. Chief Justice John Roberts, writing for the majority opinion in King v. Burwell, stated, "Congress passed the Affordable Care Act to improve health insurance markets, not to destroy them." Roberts went on to add that Obamacare subsidies play an integral role in the success of federal exchanges and are necessary to "avoid the type of calamitous result that Congress plainly meant to avoid."

"Not so fast," cried Justice Antonin Scalia, who dissented alongside Justices Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito, as he shared his disapproval from the bench. Scalia argued that it was hard to see why "established by the state" would be present in the law if the subsidies didn't strictly apply to state exchanges. And in a sick burn that only the funniest Supreme Court Justice could give, he said, "We really should start calling the law SCOTUScare." 

But at the end of day, as President Obama declared in his victory press conference shortly after the ruling, Obamacare is "here to stay"—which could actually be a good thing for the healthcare industry. Reuters reports that health service providers and insurers as well as hospital operators were rallying after the decision. As of 1:00PM EST, the iShares Dow Jones US Healthcare ETF (IYH) is up 0.58 percent today.

And as The New York Times noted back in October, the insurance industry has actually benefited immensely from the law due to greater demand for private insurance. Paul Heckley, managing director at the Navigant Center for Healthcare Research and Policy Analysis, told the Times, "The irony is if you look sector by sector, the A.C.A. has resulted in pretty substantial earnings across the board."

With that in mind, here is a list of health care providers that have experienced greater growth in earnings per share (EPS) and revenue than the industry average over the last five years, which is how long it's been since Obamacare was signed into law. Do you think these companies can attribute any of their growth in earnings and sales to Obamacare subsidies? Take a look at the links to their earnings and financials to get a better picture, and let us know what you think in the comments.

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1. Cigna Corp. (CI, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Operates as a health service organization. Market cap at $39.96B, most recent closing price at $155.26.

EPS growth over the past five years at 10.61% vs. an industry average of 8.12%.

Sales growth over the past five years at 13.60% vs. an industry average of 12.26%.

 

2. Centene Corp. (CNC, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Operates as a multiline healthcare company in the United States. Market cap at $9.45B, most recent closing price at $79.48.

EPS growth over the past five years at 18.12% vs. an industry average of 8.12%.

Sales growth over the past five years at 32.19% vs. an industry average of 12.26%.

 

3. Molina Healthcare Inc. (MOH, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Provides Medicaid-related solutions to meet the health care needs of low-income families and individuals, as well as assists state agencies in their administration of the Medicaid program. Market cap at $3.85B, most recent closing price at $68.87.

EPS growth over the past five years at 10.38% vs. an industry average of 8.12%.

Sales growth over the past five years at 21.38% vs. an industry average of 12.26%.

 

4. WellCare Health Plans Inc. (WCG, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Provides managed care services for government-sponsored healthcare programs in the United States. Market cap at $3.90B, most recent closing price at $88.54.

EPS growth over the past five years at 8.67% vs. an industry average of 8.12$.

Sales growth over the past five years at 13.51% vs. an industry average of 12.26%.

 

(List compiled by Mary-Lynn Cesar. EPS and sales data sourced from Fidelity. Monthly return data sourced from Zacks Investment Research. All other data sourced from FINVIZ.)

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A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, people loved Star Wars. The new film could reignite that passion.

May the Force be with you indeed. And by you, we mean every movie studio that isn't The Walt Disney Co. (DIS) since Disney is poised to see a huge payday when Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens hits theaters on December 18. According to a Morgan Stanley report cited by Deadline, the latest Star Wars installment is on track to make $1.95 billion in global box office sales, a figure only topped by James Cameron's Avatar and Titanic.

In the report, Morgan Stanley's Benjamin Swinburne revises his previous forecast upward by almost 22 percent and predicts Disney will pocket $1.03 billion in profits from the movie. Overseas sales—which studios frequently blame for the lack of diversity in movies despite the success of the Fast and Furious franchise—are once again playing a big role: Swinburne expects ticket buyers to spend $1.3 billion abroad versus $650 million here in the US.

Disney won't be alone in its efforts to bring Star Wars excitement to the masses. Less than a year after acquiring Lucasfilm for $4 billion in 2012, the company expanded its merchandising agreement with toymaker Hasbro (HAS) for its Marvel and Star Wars titles through 2020. Per the terms of the deal, Hasbro has to pay Disney up to $225 million: $75 million was paid at the contract signing, and the remainder will be due when the next three Star Wars films come out (including The Force Awakens).

Then there's Electronic Arts (EA). The gaming studio signed a 10-year contract with Disney back in November 2013 that includes the creation of games that tap into the larger Star Wars universe mythology. This means that EA can make all of the games it and Disney want rather than solely focusing on games with explicit movie tie-ins. And EA is doing just that in November, one month ahead of the release of The Force Awakens, with the launch of Star Wars: Battlefront. The multiplayer game will be available for PC, PlayStation and Xbox. 

Disney, EA and Hasbro all have a lot to gain from The Force Awakens's success. The stocks are already showing encouraging signs of life with positive momentum as illustrated by their 50-day simple moving averages (SMA) exceeding their 200-day SMAs. This means that the stocks' upward movement is picking up steam, resulting in a higher average price over a shorter time frame.

Of course, Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens isn't coming out for another six months, so there's a lot of time for that trend to reverse. But if anticipation for the film continues to build and analysts keep raising their forecasts, anything is possible.

Do you think The Force Awakens is driving these stocks higher? If so, will it continue to do so through opening weekend?

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1. The Walt Disney Company (DIS, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Operates as an entertainment company worldwide. Market cap at $193.70B, most recent closing price at $114.41.

SMA50 at 110.51 vs. SMA200 at 103.56.

 

2. Electronic Arts Inc. (EA, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Develops, markets, publishes, and distributes game software and content for video game consoles, personal computers, mobile phones, tablets and electronic readers, hand held game players, and the Internet. Market cap at $21.26B, most recent closing price at $66.58.

SMA50 at 62.86 vs. SMA200 at 56.02.

 

3. Hasbro Inc. (HAS, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Engages in the design, manufacture, and marketing of games and toys. Market cap at $9.73B, most recent closing price at $77.76.

SMA50 at 72.64 vs. SMA200 at 63.49.

 

(List compiled by Mary-Lynn Cesar. Monthly return data sourced from Zacks Investment Research. SMA data sourced from Yahoo! Finance. All other data sourced from FINVIZ.)

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Are these rallying, outperforming space stocks about to take off?

The 45th anniversary of the moon landing is on Sunday, and here on Earth, these space stocks are taking off. 

Forty-five years ago this Sunday, the Apollo 11 lunar module landed on the moon with two of the most famous astronauts in US history. The mission was a success on two fronts: it achieved President John F. Kennedy's objective of putting a man on the moon, and it placed the US ahead of the Soviet Union in the space race.

Today NASA is no longer sending astronauts to the moon, instead focusing its efforts on deep space exploration. Earlier this month, the agency signed a $2.8 billion contract with Boeing (BA) for the development of the core stage of the Space Launch System (SLS). The SLS, which will be most powerful rocket ever built, will transport cargo, including the Orion spacecraft, and crew to near-Earth asteroids and, eventually, Mars.

The upcoming anniversary of the moon landing inspired us to look for investment opportunities amongst space stocks. We began by creating a universe of space stocks, which we pulled from NASA's list of its top 100 contractors in 2013 as well as press releases announcing contracts awarded this year. Then we screened that group for stocks that are rallying above their 20-day, 50-day, and 200-day moving averages (SMA). This indicates that these stocks have strong upward momentum and may soon be taking off like a rocket. 

Next, we took a look at past performance and screened for stocks that have outperformed over the last quarter, with at least a 10% return. While past performance isn't indicative of future success, a solid performance in the previous quarter combined with the current momentum may lead to another strong quarter.

We were left with three space stocks on our list. Do you think these stocks have significant upside potential? Use this list as a starting point for your own analysis, and let us know what you think in the comments. 

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1. Air Products & Chemicals Inc. (APD, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Provides atmospheric gases, process and specialty gases, performance materials, equipment, and services worldwide. Market cap at $25.15B, most recent closing price at $118.73.

 

2. General Dynamics Corp. (GD, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Provides business aviation, combat vehicles, weapons systems and munitions, military and commercial shipbuilding, and communications and information technology products and services worldwide. Market cap at $38.12B, most recent closing price at $108.76.

 

3. URS Corporation (URS, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Provides engineering, construction, and technical services to public agencies and private sector clients worldwide. Market cap at $3.38B, most recent closing price at $45.91.

 

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