1. Blame the bonds: The normally boring bond market is causing serious drama on Wall Street.
An avalanche of selling sent the Dow and S&P 500 careening 5% lower last week, one of the stock market’s worst weeks since the 2008 financial crisis.
The culprit: Rapidly rising bond yields are alarming investors who got hooked on a decade of low interest rates.
So what’s going on here? And why the focus on the bond market?
Modern financial markets function on the belief that U.S. government debt is the safest investment on the planet.
Knowing how much they can earn from “risk-free” Treasury bonds allows investors to determine the cost of stocks and other riskier assets. Treasuries serve as the benchmark for all other forms of credit, from junk bonds to mortgages.
“The 10-year Treasury sets the price for every asset in the world,” said Brent Schutte, chief investment strategist at Northwestern Mutual.
That means the surge in the 10-year yield from 2.4% earlier this year to about 2.8% now — has increased the cost of money generally.
Top 10 Safest Stocks To Own Right Now: Codexis, Inc.(CDXS)
- [By Maxx Chatsko]
While companies with lower-priced shares are often riskier than those with higher prices, some companies trading under $5 per share have intriguing potential. Investors searching for overlooked growth opportunities should consider industrial biotech BioAmber (NYSE:BIOA), pharmaceutical services company Codexis (NASDAQ:CDXS), and one-trick-pony biopharma Keryx Biopharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:KERX).
- [By Jim Robertson]
On Tuesday, our Under the Radar Moversnewsletter suggested taking a long/bullish position in small cap biocatalysts developer Codexis, Inc (NASDAQ: CDXS):
Top 10 Safest Stocks To Own Right Now: Rosetta Genomics Ltd.(ROSG)
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CorMedix Inc. (NYSE: CRMD) shares fell 27.5 percent to $1.50 after the company reported Q4 results and issued a business update.
Bioamber Inc (NYSE: BIOA) shares tumbled 23.6 percent to $2.40. BioAmber reported FY16 adjusted loss of $1.07 per share on revenue of $8.3 million.
The Medicines Company (NASDAQ: MDCO) shares dipped 20.9 percent to $41.62.
Innocoll Holdings PLC (NASDAQ: INNL) shares fell 20.3 percent to $1.49. Innocoll posted a narrower-than-expected quarter loss, but revenue missed estimates. Stifel Nicolaus downgraded Innocoll from Buy to Hold.
Rosetta Genomics Ltd. (USA) (NASDAQ: ROSG) shares declined 20.3 percent to $3.83. On Thursday, Rosetta Genomics disclosed a 1-for-12 reverse stock split.
Esperion Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: ESPR) shares dropped 19.9 percent to $23.76. Esperion Therapeutics shares have jumped 106.19 percent over the past 52 weeks, while the S&P 500 index has gained 16.70 percent in the same period.
AmTrust Financial Services Inc (NASDAQ: AFSI) tumbled 18.3 percent to $17.65. AmTrust Financial disclosed that it will delay its annual report filing for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2016.
Qualstar Corporation (NASDAQ: QBAK) slipped 17.7 percent to $6.85. Qualstar reported a Q4 loss of $0.20 per share on revenue of $2.2 milli
- [By Lisa Levin]
Shares of Rosetta Genomics Ltd. (USA) (NASDAQ: ROSG) were down 16 percent to $0.53 after the company agreed to be acquired by Genoptix for $10 million.
- [By Lisa Levin]
Shares of Rosetta Genomics Ltd. (USA) (NASDAQ: ROSG) were down 17 percent to $0.52 after the company agreed to be acquired by Genoptix for $10 million.
Top 10 Safest Stocks To Own Right Now: Actinium Pharmaceuticals, Inc.(ATNM)
- [By Lisa Levin]
Shares of Actinium Pharmaceuticals Inc (NYSE: ATNM) were down 24 percent to $1.29. Actinium priced 8 million shares at $1.25 per share.
Shineco Inc (NASDAQ: TYHT) was down, falling around 32 percent to $19.50. On Wednesday, Shineco priced IPO at $4.50 per share.
Top 10 Safest Stocks To Own Right Now: MarketAxess Holdings, Inc.(MKTX)
- [By Joe Tenebruso]
MarketAxessHoldings (NASDAQ:MKTX)reported first-quarter results on April 26. The electronic trading platform is enjoying strong gains in revenue and profits as it continues to take share of the massive global fixed-income market.
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This is why I’m bullish on a company that promises to mitigate the liquidity issues facing the bond market. The company is MarketAxess (Nasdaq: MKTX).
Top 10 Safest Stocks To Own Right Now: Freeport-McMoran, Inc.(FCX)
- [By Chris Lange]
The stock posting the largest daily percentage gain in the S&P 500 ahead of the close Wednesday was Freeport-McMoRan Inc. (NYSE: FCX) which jumped 5.1% to $12.90. The stocks 52-week range is $8.76 to $17.06. Volume was 23.36 million which is below the daily average of around 29.12 million shares.
- [By Benzinga News Desk]
Stephens (Equal-Weight) and Citi (Sell) both downgraded Atwood Oceanics (NYSE: ATW).
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Investec downgraded Anheuser-Busch (NYSE: BUD) to Hold.
Deutsche Bank downgraded Freeport McMoRan (NYSE: FCX) to Hold.
Goldman Sachs upgraded Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) to Buy.
Barclays upgraded Teck Resources (NYSE: TCK) to Overweight.
BTIG started Adobe (NASDAQ: ADBE) at Neutral.
U.S. oil refiner Tesoro (NYSE: TSO) said it would buy Western Refining (NYSE: WNR) for $4.1 billion to add refineries in Texas, New Mexico and Minnesota. The combined company will have refining capacity of over 1.1 million barrels per day. Tesoro has refineries in California, Washington, Alaska, Utah and North Dakota.
- [By Reuben Gregg Brewer]
Freeport-McMoRan Inc. (NYSE:FCX) and Barrick Gold (NYSE:ABX) rank among the largest gold and copper miners in the world. After years of retrenching, both are in better operational and financial shape than they were when commodity prices started to tumble in 2011. But now that metals prices are finally rising, there are new troubles to face. Barrick’s headwinds, however, don’t look nearly as formidable as what Freeport-McMoRan is facing.
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Major turning points like the one were seeing right now can generate spectacular comeback moves. In fact, were already witnessing several of these rallies in our commodity-centric plays. Just look at copper miner Freeport-McMoRan Inc. (NYSE: FCX).
- [By Ben Levisohn]
Freeport-McMoRan (FCX) ledthe S&P 500 today lower today after metal prices fell on concerns that President Donald J. Trump won’t be able to pass his pro-growth agenda.
Freeport-McMoRandropped 4.7% to $12.21, while the S&P 500 dipped 0.1% to 2,341.59.
Evercore ISI’s Dennis DeBusschere and team discuss the impact of the healthcare failure on risky assists like commodities:
Risk assets are lower globally as the USD continues to lead bond yields, global equities and commodity prices lower. The DXY is down -3% since March 10th and the declines accelerated overnight as investor concerns over the size, timing and likelihood of fiscal stimulus grow. In addition, PBoC Governor Zhou Xiaochuan noted that China is at the end of ultra-easing measures. The recent drumbeat of news from China noting that they are moving away from growth at all costs has helped push commodity prices lower. Declines in copper, iron ore and steel accelerated overnight.
Freeport-McMoRan’s market capitalization fell to $17.6 billion.It reported a net lossof $3.9 billion on sales of $14.6 billion in 2016.
- [By Jon C. Ogg]
The metals and mining sector has seen many winners, particularly in steel and copper. Freeport-McMoRan Inc. (NYSE: FCX) is big in copper and shares were last seen down 0.3% at $13.90 late on Monday, which might have been up more had it been less diversified. Shares of Freeport-McMoRanare up 26% in the past fivetrading days. The stock has a market cap of $18 billion.
Top 10 Safest Stocks To Own Right Now: iShares iBoxx $ High Yield Corporate Bd (HYG)
- [By WWW.KIPLINGER.COM]
When most people think high-yield bonds, theyre thinking junk as in corporate junk. So typically, most lists of must-have ETFs include a nod toward either iShares iBoxx $ High Yield Corporate Bond ETF (HYG) or SPDR Barclays High Yield Bond ETF (JNK).
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These are the top 5 holdings of Summit Rock Advisors, LLCiShares Core MSCI Emerging Markets (IEMG) – 754,105 shares, 52.51% of the total portfolio. Shares added by 8.46%iShares MSCI ACWI Index Fund (ACWI) – 516,128 shares, 45.53% of the total portfolio. Shares added by 194.10%iShares iBoxx $ High Yield Corporate Bond (HYG) – 18,330 shares, 1.96% of the total portfolio. Shares reduced by
- [By Todd Shriber, ETF Professor]
The iShares iBoxx $ High Yield Corporate Bond ETF (NYSE: HYG) and the SPDR Bloomberg Barclays High Yield Bond ETF (NYSE: JNK), the two largest junk bond ETFs by assets, are both down 2 percent over the past week. Investors are departing junk bond ETFs, but even with the recent outflows, HYG and JNK have nearly $30 billion in assets under management. Given that heft, when these ETFs cough, many traders ponder whether equity markets are getting a cold.
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Position: Long GLD small, bonds, SDS; short TLT small, SPY small .
Top 10 Safest Stocks To Own Right Now: SandRidge Mississippian Trust II(SDR)
- [By Paul Ausick]
Sandridge Mississippian Trust II (NYSE: SDR) dropped about 18% Monday to post a new 52-week low of $0.75 after closing at $0.95 on Friday. The 52-week high is $1.79. Volume was around 1.3 million, more than nine times the daily average of around 160,000. The company had no specific news.
Top 10 Safest Stocks To Own Right Now: Kering S.A. (PPRUF)
- [By SEEKINGALPHA.COM]
Kering Group (OTC:PPRUF), which operates the Gucci and YSL brands, said on February 10 that 2016 saw a same-store sales increase of 11 percent in Asia ex-Japan, which was mostly led by a rebound in China. LVMH, which owns brands such as Louis Vuitton, Bulgari, and Hennessy, also highlighted positive momentum going forward in its fourth-quarter earnings call with investors. Hugo Boss Group’s mainland China same-store sales also increased close to 20 percent during 2016, adjusted for currency.
Top 10 Safest Stocks To Own Right Now: Sociedad Quimica y Minera S.A.(SQM)
- [By Beth McKenna]
Most investors interested in gaining exposure to the lithium space should stick with investing in one or more of the large players listed on a major U.S. stock exchange:Albemarle Corporation(NYSE:ALB), FMC Corp. (NYSE:FMC), andSociedad Quimica y Minera de Chile(NYSE:SQM), or SQM. Smaller players are speculative to varying degrees, and most are unprofitable.
Top 10 Safest Stocks To Own Right Now: Daxor Corporation(DXR)
- [By Lee Jackson]
Also last week, the chairman of Daxor Corp. (NYSEMKT: DXR), Joseph Feldschuh, who is also the chief medical officer, boughta block of 172,000 shares of the stock at $8.50 per share. The listed total for the purchase was $1,462,000.