Archive for February, 2012

As from reports on RTTNews.com

HollyFrontier Corp (NYSE:HFC) – Has released that its Q4 net income to stock holders has surged to $223.38 Million or $1.06 a share from $14.72 Million or $0.13 per share in previous year. The increase in  net income came from the effects of increased operating scale from the recent merger, and historically strong Q4 refining margins. The Overall gross margins were set at $15.32 per barrel produced. This was a staggering 95% increase from last year. Other key things to note is Sales as well as other revenues for Q4 had tremendous gains of $4.97 Billion from $2.21 Billion in the same quarter from a year prior. These revenues of which were mainly from the El Dorado, and Cheyenne refineries, and as well as 19 percent  increase in Q4 year over year product sale prices.

Mike Jennings, President & CEO of the company said, “We are delighted with our fourth quarter results as we conclude our first fiscal year as a combined company. Although overall product crack spreads narrowed during the quarter as the WTI crude differentials compressed, we generated solid profits for the quarter and remained near the top of our peer group in profitability per barrel.”

“Looking forward, the differentials between inland and coastal crudes are fairly robust, which should contribute favorably to our first quarter results,” Jennings added.

To some up the Quarter, HollyFrontier Corp. stated it currently has a $350 Million Share repurchase program in place, and will continue to pay out its regular quarterly dividend of $0.10 a share.

HollyFrontier Corp. (NYSE:HFC) – Currently is trading down $-1.03 (3.26%) at $32.07.

Currently Shares of HFC are rated a HOLD, and a Year Target of $35.00.

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DirecTV (NASDAQ:DTV) – As from Q4 2011 reports U.S. Net customer additions dropped! However on another note it had rapid growth in Latin America. Currently in Brazil DirecTV remains the top market in both current base, and future. However there was talk that the subscriber growth will be not only slower for 2012, but the revenue made from each user will decline as well.

Now after all that is said what is there to expect out of DirecTV for 2012?

There is talk that growth in Latin America will continue, but not at the Rapid Rate it did in 2011 as other competitors have stepped into the market. DirecTV will surely push HD & DVR Services, but have great opportunities in Brazil. DirecTV has stated that they expect subscribers to grow by only 20% which is down 15% from 2011 growth rate of 35%.

“We expect that Brazil will continue to remain a dominating market. The pay-TV penetration in Brazil stood at little over 21% of the total households in 2011. The satellite companies gained close to 2.5 million subscribers in Brazil in 2011 with DirecTV leading the pack. It is clear that there is still plenty of opportunity to expand as almost 80% of the households do not have pay-TV subscription.” – Trefis.com

At the end of it all there is still a vary tough market out there for DirecTV (NASDAQ:DTV) – Not only do the have to compete with other companies such as  Dish Network (NASDAQ:DISH) and Comcast (NASDAQ:CMCSA) in the U.S. and local pay-TV service providers in Latin America,Brazil. DirecTV also has to worry about the ones who have decided to do away with actual live Cable/TV. Many have now moved and shifted to use streaming Movie,TV series technology like Hulu, Netflix.

At this Time there is no PoulTrend Alert out on shares of DirecTV. Shares are Rated a HOLD, and current August Target Price is $49.00

Over the past 52 weeks DirecTV(NASDAQ:DTV) has traded as low as $39.82-$53.40. Closing today at $45.15 +0.17 (0.38%).

Currently I do not hold any Positions of  DirecTV (NASDAQ:DTV), Dish Network (NASDAQ:DISH) or Comcast (NASDAQ:CMCSA) and have no plans to in the next 3 trading days.

 

 

HollyFrontier Corporation (NYSE: HFC) – Announced today that its Board of Directors declared a special cash dividend in the amount of $0.50 per share, payable on March 13, 2012 to holders of record of common stock on March 5, 2012.

The Board of Directors also approved the regular dividend of $0.10 per share. This dividend will be paid on April 3, 2012 to all holders of record of common stock on March 16, 2012.

After the News was Released

“Our Board has just declared the Company’s third regular and special dividend since the merger formation of HollyFrontier in July 2011. In total, these dividends represent approximately $375 million or $1.79 per share. We believe these dividends represent a valuable component to build shareholder value and increase shareholder returns and we will continue to evaluate additional distributions with our Board of Directors on a quarterly basis.” – CEO + President, Mike Jennings.
HollyFrontier Corp (NYSE:HFC) – Finished the day off closing up 3.52% +1.17.

Currently I hold a Long Position in HFC, and have no plans to re position myself within the next 3 business days.

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) – is a company engaged in designs, manufactures and markets mobile communication and media devices. Also makes personal computers including laptops, and portable digital music players, and also sells a wide range of related software services, and third party digital content + applications. Some of Apples products include iPhone, iPad, Mac, iPod, and the Apple TV. Apple also sells digital content via their iTunes Store, App Store, iBookstore, and the Mac App Store.

Today Shares of Apple popped on News of iPad 3 of which may be coming out next month. Since the New Year Apple Shares have climbed in dramatic fashion. On 12/30/2012 Apple closed close to $403.00 a share. At close today Apple closed at $493.73 up $16.49 (3.46%). Not only have these shares climbed over $90.00 a share since the new year, but are on the way to set new all time highs. Over the past 52 weeks Apple has traded as low as $310.50, and as high as $496.75.  Current P/E is on 14.05 which surprisingly is not as high as many would expect.

Facts are since 2008

EPS have climbed from 6.78 a share, to 27.68 as of 52 weeks ending September, 24th, 2011.

Gross Profit has climbed from $13.197 Million 2008 to $43.818 Mill 2011.

Total Revenue has climbed from $37.491 Million 2008 to $108.249 2011.

Not only has this company made a fortune during a deep recession but, as the expand and grow on a global basis the potential for growth is unimaginable. Not only will iPhone, and iPad be one of there biggest sellers, but iTV, and iCloud will be phenomenal products.

Currently I have Apple Rated a Hold, and a $510.00 Target Price for June 2012.

Currently I do not own any Shares of Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:APPL)  – and have no plans to make a position within the next 3 trading days.

 

 

Over the past year Starbucks Corporation (NASDAQ:SBUX) has made headline news in future plans for the company. Not only did the acquire Evolution Fresh, Inc. to tap into the fruit drinks, healthy shakes market but have most recently reported that they will be making there way into India by the end of August 2012. Starbucks, along with Asia’s largest publicly traded coffee grower, Tata Coffee Ltd, have plans to open close to 50 stores spreading Frappuccino aromas to the two largest cities in India Mumbai and India’s Capital city Delhi. There has been talk of the coffee outlets opening in shopping malls, office parks, universities, train stations, and even airports.

Most recently Starbucks Coffee Company has now made headlines of announcing an agreement to form a joint venture with Ai Ni Group. Ai Ni Group of which is China‘s most established coffee operators, and agricultural companies in the city of Yunnan. This joint venture will be controlled by Starbucks.

Currently Starbucks Corporation (NASDAQ:SBUX) – Has a 52 week moving average of $32.17  – $48.62. Since PoulTrend Alert back on 10/3/2011, Starbucks has climbed over 30%. Not only is Starbucks a dividend payer, it has a P/E of 29 Times Earnings which may suggest that investors feel there is great potential in the future outlook for Starbucks.

In a recent Blog Post by Scaeffer’s Research  BMO boosted its price target to $57 from $51.

Currently I Love this company however think there will be some time before we see Starbucks Corporation (NASDAQ:SBUX) trading up at or around $57.00 a share. Many have concerns on Starbucks and there expansion to other countries like India, and China. Not only is this market hard to please, but they are always looking for a bargain prices. There may be some time before Starbucks can pull in profits from the expansion to these countries, OR there could be the possibility that it just does not work out for them as they are expecting.

Currently I still have Starbucks Corporation (NASDAQ:SBUX) Rated a HOLD. I would recommend trying to wait, and see if you can get this stock at a better value as  over $45.00 a share is a little to pricey in my eyes.

Currently I do not own any Shares of Starbucks Corporation (NASDAQ:SBUX) and have no plans to make a position within the next 3 trading days.

Here are some Upgrades & Downgrades as of January 31st,2012

Upgrades

Downgrades

  • Monster Beverage (MNST) downgraded by CLSA from Buy to Outperform
  • Potash (POT) downgraded by Goldman from Buy to Neutral
  • Barclays (BCS) downgraded by WestLB from Buy to Add
  • Plum Creek Timber (PCL) downgraded by UBS from Neutral to Sell
  • Pep Boys (PBY) downgraded by Benchmark Co. from Buy to Hold

 

Out of all the above talked about stocks out there the ones that catch my eye the most are (NKE), (UA), (MNST), (POT).

Currently I do not own any Shares of the above talked about investments and have no plans to make a position within the next 3 trading days.