The financials have had a rocky start to 2014 after starting the year strong out of the gate. I like the sector because I think the U.S. economy is on the mend and as the data improves, so will loan growth. Plus, a better economy should lead to a steeper yield curve, helping to lift Net Interest Income and Net Interest Margins - in turn, helping profitability levels.
It's been a pretty volatile last 12 months of sports apparel maker, Lululemon. After being the darling on Wall Street for many years with double digit growth, superior execution and exciting sports apparel products, the company stumbled in 2013 and shares have fallen 34% from its highs.
If you'd read some of my posts on my blog, you'll notice a pattern. I like turnaround stories, management changes, and restructurings. Companies that have been mismanaged but have a brand name and potential for market share gains, revenue upside and potential for margins to recover which in turn could lead to positive operating leverage. Based on this theme, my next idea is Diebold.
Healthcare, energy and technology have led the way as the market is back to flat on the year, following a 6% decline, while the consumer space has underperformed.
Express Scripts is one of the largest PBM (Pharmacy Benefit Management) companies in the U.S. with over 1.5 billion in administered prescriptions a year. It is an industry bellwether, has a strong new management team and a solid balance sheet. 2013 was a decent year for the company and the stock gained 30% but I think the story gets better in 2014...
I always like a good restructuring story especially where a company has good assets, a strong balance sheet and solid Free Cash Flow generation potential. Royal Dutch Shell fits the bill in my view. It is one of the largest energy producers in the world that operates in 140 countries, has a total proved reserve base of over 13 Billion Barrels of Oil Equivalent....
I like the long-term story of Panera and the price on a pullback. Earlier this week, on CNBC's Fast Money Halftime, Mike Murphy and I debated the bull vs. bear case on Panera. I was the bull. It was ahead of the company's 4Q earnings report and although I'd like to take credit for saying to buy it ahead of the print, I didn't. My positive position really was more longer term, not quarter-specific...
Chevron's strong asset base, robust balance sheet, impressive shareholder returns and exposure to rising commodity prices makes this stock a solid, longer-term position.
TheStreet's Dan Dicker and Stephanie Link reveal their stock picks as President Obama gets ready to approve the Keystone pipeline and increase CAF requirements in 2015.
Natural gas prices hit fresh highs as traders focus on a chilly forecast but there may be more to the story.