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Trade: Citigroup (C)

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In preparation of the second portion of the CCAR results that will be announced tomorrow, I refilled my position in Citigroup today, purchasing shares at $66.  Unfortunately, I didn't get shares purchased yesterday when the stock was in the $64s and then I pulled the trigger a little too early today, as the market started making a massive swing to the down side around the time of my purchase.  My reasoning for purchasing the stock was that it was near the price target area I've been hoping for since I sold up in the $72 range and we now have a catalyst which I believe will charge all bank stocks in the second half of the year. 


The CCAR results have been an inflection point for bank stocks, historically, as they are then allowed to start to distribute their excess capital as per agreement with the Fed.  I believe that Citi's captial distribution plan will be well received by the Fed, enabling them to distribute approximately $20B in dividends and stock buybacks over the ye…

Stock Initiation: Raytheon (RTN)

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After much contemplation, I decided it was time to move into a new position today and purchased half of my position in Raytheon at $188.50.  Raytheon is a defense company primarily known for the production of Patriot Missiles - a surface to air anti-missle defense system.  However, they also produce other items, play in cyber security and deep analytical analysis as well.  My theory is related to the fact that the US is looking to bolster their own military capabilities, to which Trump's declaration for a space force added to, but also the fact that the US is no longer spending as much of its money to protect its allies.  This means they need to increase their own purchases and Trump is using defense as something he's trying to push in all of his trade discussions.  These situations, I believe, spell out a strong runway towards ongoing profits in what is generally a robust global economy right now.  It is true that the Trade war pressures has the potential to strain some of th…

Earnings Analysis: Pepsico (PEP)

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Back on April 30 (yeah, I'm way behind), Pepsico announced their first quarter financial earnings for 2018.  Earnings came in at $0.96, beating consensus by three cents and sales were $12.56B also ahead of analyst expectations of $12.35B.  Finally, organic growth came in line with company guidance at 2.3%.  In all, the quarter was solid.  Maybe not perfect, but definitely solid.

As has been the case for a couple quarters already, North American Beverages (NAB) under performed the overall company.  There were operating and raw material inflation costs as well as some one-time bonus impacts.  That said, NAB did improve performance quarter over quarter for the third quarter in a row.  Guidance has been that this is the path they're on and that it will continue, so I see that as a positive at this point.  There are worries among the analyst community about competition and pricing wars, particularly in the sports drink section, but management seems to have the facts to back up their…

Trade: Pepsico (PEP)

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Today I increased my position in Pepsico by 25% at a price of $97.25.  While I haven't had a chance to complete my homework and post my review on the company's first quarter results, I do know the company beat expectations and provided a solid set of results for the quarter.  The one thing that I noted to like, in particular, was the fact that North American Beverages (NAB) didn't do as bad as analysts expected.  While there is some concern on all of the China and Tariff talks impacting the stock and the fact that the company is seeing more competition against the 10-year treasury, we've now seen the stock drop roughly 21% from its 52 week highs.  This selloff is getting to be over done and any good news could sent the stock higher.  If the stock drops to $92.75 we'll see the stock yielding 4% and that's far from typical for this consistent player.  I do have more room in my position and cash levels to take advantage of more down side - and I do see potential f…

Earnings Analysis: Honeywell (HON)

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Back on April 20, Honeywell announced the results of their first quarter operations.  Results were strong, with earnings coming in a $1.95 and sales coming in at $10.4B - both of which were beats against expectations of $1.90 and $10.02B respectively.  Organic sales also beat guidance of 2% - 4%, by resulting in 5% along with 40 basis points of margin expansion and $1B of cash flow.  Additionally, the company spent $1.4B in share repurchases ($950M) and dividends since there weren't ideal investment opportunities to go after.  Growth was led by the aerospace division with 8% organic growth along with 6% organic growth from the Safety and Productivity solutions division.  Home and Business Technologies and Performance Materials and Technologies grew 2% and 3% organically, respectively.  

Results were strong enough that the company raised EPS guidance to a range of $7.85 - $8.05, raising both the lower and upper ends.  They anticipate organic growth of 3%-5% and the sales of the busi…

Weekly Portfolio Summary

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Oh how the times change so easily.  It's become apparent that the stock market of 2017 is gone and what has taken its place is one filled with uncertainty and volatility.  Repeatedly over the last number of weeks we face wild swings as our President tweets, aids calm fears, and new complications arise.  It's important to note that for the last month and a half, we've truly been in the grips of a macro environment where everything from Presidential Tweets, Fed statements, Jobs reports, and other extraneous political and macroeconomic news controls the markets.  The one thing that could potentially put some calm to the market - earnings season - only started on Friday and despite what was a strong showing out of our biggest banks, what started as strong gains were wiped out and met with losses as people got prepared for a weekend which included fears of us dropping missiles on Syria (it happened Friday night and then called a "complete success"), as well as fears t…

Earnings Analysis: Citigroup (C)

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On Friday, April 13, Citigroup announced their results for the first quarter of fiscal year 2018.  Earnings came in at $1.68, beating estimates of $1.61.  Revenues were in line with expectations of $16.86B, delivering results of $18.87B.  The earnings number was a 24% increase from a year ago whereas the revenues were a 3% increase.  It's also worth noting that operating margins were up 4% from a year ago while the efficiency ratio continues to improve for the sixth consecutive quarter, up 50 basis points to 58.4% from a year ago.

Looking deeper, Global Consumer Banking (GCB) revenues increased 6% from a year ago with solid growth in both North America and International businesses.  There is a one-time boost from the sale of the Hilton brand cards which has about a 2% impact.  Credit costs rose 3% representing both volume growth and seasoning of their cards business in both North America and International.  NCLs grew overall in GCB, but much of this is seasonality, as there is typi…

Weekly Portfolio Summary

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Once again, it's been awhile since I've provided an update or completed missing quarterly reviews.  Time to put in some extra work and get caught up.  To start out with, my portfolio has been under performing the S&P 500 this year.  As of today, I'm just over 2% behind the S&P 500.  I'm finding this to be quite frustrating and am trying to figure out what/how/why that is the case after last year's over performance.  I have yet to figure out the solution, as many of these companies are still just as great as they always have been, but they've been out of favor in the market for the last couple months.  This is potentially a temporary thing and a test to my conviction in the holdings.

That said, there are other factors to consider as well.  The US Dollar has leveled off and shown a little strength with the rise of interest rates and lack of similar actions in other reasons, for example.  And to top that off, Trump just elected Larry Kudlow as the new Econo…

Trade: iShares MCI Eurozone ETF

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Yesterday I sold my entire stake of the iShares MCI Eurozone ETF at a price of $43.825.  While I haven't been able to post my weekly summary due to technical problems, followed by a busy life, I had written that the picture for that holding has started to change pretty significantly.  First, there is a lot of Tariff talk going on.  The EU is starting to look to Tariff the US after we set tariffs on steel and aluminum.  This is taking a hit to the market, overall, and makes it difficult to see as much growth and momentum for European companies if they can't make as much off of selling product to the US.  The second big event was the appointment of Larry Kudlow as the President's Chief Economic Advisor.  Larry is well known for his stance on "King Dollar" or a strong dollar, which goes against this fund in particular, as it is unhedged and was chosen to take advantage of a strengthening Euro to Dollar.  Since all of these events haven't taken place, I felt it w…

Earnings Analysis: Ionis Pharmaceuticals (IONS)

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Back on February 27, Ionis announced their fourth quarter and fiscal year 2017 results.  Instead of diving into results, the company started out with talking about its pipeline.  As I have been anticipating, we have some updated information on the PDUFA (and thus the retail approval) for Inotersen, which will be July 6.  At the same time, their EU review has also been accelerated and things continue to go smoothly.  With approval, Ionis will be ready for immediate launch of the drug.  They also appear to be getting close to deciding on a partner to take on the drug, which is a bit of a mix on emotion.  Giving it up means that Ionis will give up revenues, in exchange for all of the sales and marketing efforts, but given where they are in the process, the company should be able to maintain relatively high royalty rates.  Similarly, we also received an update on Volanesorsen, with the FCS therapy going in front of the FDA on May 10.  Again, the process is moving forward smoothly and Akce…

Earnings Analysis: Pepsico (PEP)

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Pepsico announced their fourth quarter and fiscal 2017 year end results back on February 13.  Headline results showed a slight beat of expectations with earnings coming inline with expectations at $1.31 and sales beating expectations of $19.38B with results of $19.53B.  The company was able to return organic growth back to anticipated levels of 2.3%, most North American segments grew and took share, and the international segments saw growth of mid single digits or higher.  The down side continues to be in the North American Beverages division.  It's true that they were able to see growth quarter over quarter, which was nice to see - especially after the product placement issues last quarter.  However, the growth is still not where expected or desired with an economy in its current state.  Pepsi is now about to introduce a new fizzy water called Bubly, which they hope will help bring some life back.  Personally speaking, they brought this on much too late.  Many people wanted them …