Asian shares were mostly lower on Wednesday after major indexes ended mixed on Wall Street.
Benchmarks fell in Tokyo, Shanghai and Taiwan but rose in Sydney. Markets in South Korea and Hong Kong were closed for holidays.
The Bank of Japan kept its ultra-supportive monetary policy unchanged, as expected.
Investors are waiting to see the Federal Reserve’s latest assessment of the economy and keeping an eye on troubled Chinese developer Evergrande, which is struggling to meet debt payments.
A late-afternoon burst of buying on Wall Street faded in the final minutes of trading Tuesday, leaving the major stock indexes mixed. The S&P 500 ended down a bit less than 0.1%, and the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 0.1%.
Tokyo’s Nikkei 225 index NIK, -0.43% lost 0.6%, while the Shanghai Composite index SHCOMP, +0.13% declined 0.5%. Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 XJO, -0.80% gained 0.7%. Shares fell 2.4% in Taiwan Y9999, -0.98% and also declined in Singapore STI, -1.75%. But benchmarks rose in Indonesia JAKIDX, +0.53% and Malaysia FBMKLCI, +0.61%.
Top Heal Care Stocks To Buy Right Now: MGE Energy Inc.(MGEE)
Regulated electric utility operations – generating, purchasing, and distributing electricity through MGE.
Regulated gas utility operations – purchasing and distributing natural gas through MGE.
Nonregulated energy operations – owning and leasing electric generating capacity that assists MGE through MGE Energy’s wholly owned subsidiaries MGE Power Elm Road and MGE Power West Campus.
Transmission investments – representing our investment in American Transmission Company LLC, a company engaged in the business of providing electric transmission services primarily in Wisconsin.
All other – investing in companies and property that relate to the regulated operations and financing the regulated operations, through its wholly owned subsidiaries CWDC, MAGAEL, MGE State Energy Services, NGV Fueling Services, and Corporate functions. Advisors’ Opinion:
- [By Reuben Gregg Brewer]
Utility stocks are generally considered conservative investments that reward shareholders over the long term with sizable dividends that grow slowly and steadily over time. With the S&P 500 Index’s yield hovering around 2%, the bar for yield is set pretty low today. That said, investors should think twice before jumping at utilities like UGI Corporation (NYSE:UGI), Atmos Energy Corporation (NYSE:ATO), and MGE Energy, Inc. (NASDAQ:MGEE), which offer little if any yield advantage over an S&P 500 Index fund.
- [By Max Byerly]
MGE Energy (NASDAQ:MGEE) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a buy rating to a strong-buy rating.
Minerva Neurosciences (NASDAQ:NERV) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a hold rating to a buy rating.
Top Heal Care Stocks To Buy Right Now: Quanta Services, Inc.(PWR)
Quanta Services, Inc. (Quanta) is a leading provider of specialty contracting services, offering infrastructure solutions primarily to the electric power and oil and gas industries in the United States, Canada and Australia and select other international markets. The services we provide include the design, installation, upgrade, repair and maintenance of infrastructure within each of the industries we serve, such as electric power transmission and distribution networks, substation facilities, renewable energy facilities, pipeline transmission and distribution systems and facilities, and infrastructure services for the offshore and inland water energy markets.
We report our results under two reportable segments: (1) Electric Power Infrastructure Services and (2) Oil and Gas Infrastructure Services. This structure is generally focused on broad end-user markets for our services. Advisors’ Opinion:
- [By Max Byerly]
Sanders Morris Harris LLC decreased its position in shares of Quanta Services Inc (NYSE:PWR) by 56.0% in the third quarter, according to its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The fund owned 7,481 shares of the construction company’s stock after selling 9,527 shares during the period. Quanta Services accounts for 3.5% of Sanders Morris Harris LLC’s holdings, making the stock its 6th biggest position. Sanders Morris Harris LLC’s holdings in Quanta Services were worth $748,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.
- [By Joseph Griffin]
Quanta Services Inc (NYSE:PWR) shares hit a new 52-week low during mid-day trading on Monday . The company traded as low as $31.95 and last traded at $32.39, with a volume of 37850 shares trading hands. The stock had previously closed at $32.41.
- [By Shane Hupp]
Commonwealth Bank of Australia increased its position in shares of Quanta Services Inc (NYSE:PWR) by 26.1% during the second quarter, HoldingsChannel.com reports. The fund owned 33,333 shares of the construction company’s stock after acquiring an additional 6,900 shares during the quarter. Commonwealth Bank of Australia’s holdings in Quanta Services were worth $1,110,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.
- [By Max Byerly]
Meadow Creek Investment Management LLC reduced its holdings in Quanta Services Inc (NYSE:PWR) by 71.7% during the second quarter, according to the company in its most recent 13F filing with the SEC. The fund owned 12,188 shares of the construction company’s stock after selling 30,844 shares during the quarter. Meadow Creek Investment Management LLC’s holdings in Quanta Services were worth $407,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.
Top Heal Care Stocks To Buy Right Now: BankUnited, Inc.(BKU)
BankUnited, Inc., incorporated on April 28, 2009, is the bank holding company of BankUnited, National Association (the Bank). The Bank provides a range of banking services to individual and corporate customers through approximately 100 branches. The Bank also provides commercial lending products on a national platform.
The Company offers a range of lending products, including small business loans, commercial real estate loans, equipment loans and leases, term loans, formula-based loans, municipal loans and leases, commercial lines of credit, letters of credit and consumer loans. It also purchases performing residential loans through established correspondent channels on a national basis. The Company’s loan portfolio includes approximately $15.8 billion in loans originated or purchased, or new loans, including approximately $12.8 billion in commercial and commercial real estate loans, approximately $2.9 billion in residential loans and over $35 million in consumer loans. The Company’s commercial loans, which are made to growing companies and middle-market businesses, include equipment loans, secured and unsecured commercial and working capital lines of credit, formula-based loans, mortgage warehouse lines, taxi medallion loans, letters of credit, Small Business Administration (SBA) product offerings and business acquisition finance credit facilities. The Company offers term financing for the acquisition or refinancing of properties, rental apartments, mixed-use commercial properties, industrial properties, warehouses, retail shopping centers, free-standing single-tenant buildings, office buildings and hotels. Other products that it provides include real estate secured lines of credit, acquisition, development and construction loan facilities and construction financing.
The Company makes commercial real estate loans secured by both owner-occupied and non-owner occupied properties. Through the Bank’s commercial lending subsidiaries, it provides municipal and equipment financing on a national basis. Pinnacle Public Finance, Inc. (Pinnacle) offers essential use equipment financing to municipalities through both loan and direct finance lease structures. United Capital Business Lending, Inc. (UCBL) offers small business equipment leases and loans with a focus on franchise equipment finance. Bridge Capital Leasing, Inc (Bridge) provides transportation equipment finance through loan, direct finance lease and operating lease structures. The Company’s portfolio of one- to four-single family residential loans includes approximately $2.4 billion of purchased loans and approximately $475 million of originated loans. It offers consumer loans to its customers for personal, family and household purposes, including auto, boat and personal installment loans. The Company services SBA loans originated and sold into the secondary market. The Company’s total loans are approximately $16.6 billion.
The Company’s investment securities are classified as investment securities available for sale and investment securities held to maturity. Its investment securities available for sale include the United States treasury securities, the United States Government agency and sponsored enterprise residential mortgage-backed securities, the United States Government agency and sponsored enterprise commercial mortgage-backed securities, resecuritized real estate mortgage investment conduits, private label residential mortgage-backed securities and collateralized mortgage obligations, private label commercial mortgage-backed securities, single family rental real estate-backed securities and collateralized loan obligations, among others. Its total investment securities available for sale are approximately $4.8 billion. Its investment securities held to maturity consists of a State of Israel bond with a carrying value of over $10 million.
Sources of Funds
The Company’s sources of funds include management fees and dividends from the Bank, access to public debt and capital markets and available for sale securities portfolio. It offers deposit products, including checking accounts, money market deposit accounts, savings accounts and certificates of deposit with various terms and rates. The Company’s total deposits are approximately $16.9 billion.
The Company competes with Bank of America, BB&T, BBVA Compass, HSBC, JPMorgan Chase, PNC, Regions Bank, Santander, Sabadell, SunTrust Banks, TD Bank, Wells Fargo, Capital One, Signature Bank, New York Community Bank, Valley National and M&T Bank.
- [By Shane Hupp]
Shares of BankUnited (NYSE:BKU) have received an average rating of “Hold” from the thirteen research firms that are presently covering the stock, Marketbeat.com reports. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell recommendation, six have issued a hold recommendation and five have assigned a buy recommendation to the company. The average 1 year price objective among analysts that have issued ratings on the stock in the last year is $40.70.
- [By Peter Graham]
1) Mid cap BankUnited, Inc (NYSE: BKU) seems well positioned to cash in on the migration from high tax states to Florida. With total assets of $32.2 billion at December 31, 2018, the Miami Lakes based bank has 80 banking centers in 15 Florida counties and 5 banking centers in the New York metropolitan area.
Top Heal Care Stocks To Buy Right Now: Blackrock Health Sciences Trust(BME)
BlackRock Health Sciences Trust (the Trust) is a non-diversified, closed-end management investment company. The Trust’s investment objective is to provide total return through a combination of current income and capital appreciation. BlackRock Health Sciences Trust seeks to achieve this objective by investing primarily in equity securities of companies engaged in the health sciences and related industries and equity derivatives with exposure to the health sciences industry. Trust will invest at least 80% of its total assets in equity securities of companies engaged in the health sciences and related industries and equity derivatives with exposure to the health sciences industry.
BlackRock Health Sciences Trust invests in various sectors, which include pharmaceuticals, healthcare products, biotechnology, healthcare services, electronics, retail and distribution/wholesale. It operates in countries, such as United States, Switzerland, China, France, Germany, Canada and United Kingdom.
- [By Logan Wallace]
Shares of BME traded up $0.60 during midday trading on Monday, hitting $40.92. The company had a trading volume of 34,700 shares, compared to its average volume of 35,130. Blackrock Health Sciences Trust has a 52 week low of $32.00 and a 52 week high of $44.00.
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About Blackrock Health Sciences Trust
- [By Logan Wallace]
Shares of B&M European Value Retail SA (LON:BME) have been assigned an average recommendation of “Buy” from the sixteen research firms that are currently covering the company, MarketBeat.com reports. Five investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and eleven have issued a buy rating on the company. The average 12-month price target among brokerages that have updated their coverage on the stock in the last year is GBX 451.36 ($5.88).