In the recent times, Aviation stocks have suffered a serious crash. Covid-19 shut down the entire business. But US aviation stocks, such as United Airlines and Delta Airlines, are on the rise again. European aviation stocks are also doing well. Air France-KLM ended 2020 with a loss of €7.1 billion, but the share is rising again. And one of the best airline stocks is Ryanair. The Irish airline’s share is already above pre-corona levels. The optimism of investors must be sought in the rollout of the vaccinations and also the introduction of a kind of vaccine passport, which apparently more and more politicians are in favor.If vaccinations gain speed and everyone who wants to go on holiday by plane must be able to present proof of vaccination, more people will be triggered to actually get vaccinated.
For Bank of America, an oil price of $100 is realistic within this and a few years. The drivers would be better fundamentals and monetary policy. Futures prices in the future are priced considerably more dearly and open interest has also risen sharply for options with a strike $100. Open interest has increased from 500 to 3,950 option contracts in one week.The rising open interest indicates an increasing number of open option contracts, a significant increase and interest from market participants. In the meantime, there are voices that OPEC + must increase production to meet (future) demand.
It looks like Warren Buffett has been busy last year. On the one hand, Berkshire Hathaway has more than double the volume (purchases and sales) compared to 2019. This will likely have been mainly due to sector rotation, as Warren Buffett is known for its long-term investing. Unless he has suddenly become a day trader. But let’s not assume this. Berkshire Hathaway further repurchased $24.7 billion of its own shares.In the newsletter sent out by Berkshire Hathaway this weekend, it is also noticeable that the amount of cash has increased quarter after quarter in recent years. In Q4 2020, Berkshire Hathaway was on a cash mountain of $138.3 billion. In 2020, the share of financial institutions in the holding decreased their portfolio from 41% to 24%. Warren Buffett and his partner Charly Munger appear to be seeing something in the energy and telecommunications sector. A large interest was taken in Chevron and Verizon Communications.
Today Top Movers
NIO Limited (NIO) stock soared 5.9% to $48.48 in the pre-market trading.
SOS Limited (NYSE: SOS) shares are trading up 28.3% at $6.12 at the time of writing.
electroCore Inc. (ECOR) grew over 58.06% at $3.43 in pre-market trading today after declaring an exclusive distribution agreement with Medistar following regulatory approval in Australia.
Socket Mobile Inc. (SCKT), a Computer Hardware company, rose about 42.72% at $15.0 in pre-market trading Monday. The firm today reported it has licensed SpringCard SAS core contactless technology.
Top Upgrades & Downgrades
JP Morgan turned bullish on Plug Power Inc. (PLUG), upgrading the stock to “Overweight” and assigning a $65.0 price target, representing a potential upside of 34.35% from Friday’s close.
CME Group Inc. (CME) has won the favor of Keefe Bruyette’s equity research team. The firm upgraded the shares from Underperform to Market Perform and moved their price target to $197.
Spirit AeroSystems Holdings Inc. (SPR) received an upgrade from analysts at Morgan Stanley, who also set their one-year price target on the stock to $50. They changed their rating on SPR to Overweight from Equal Weight in a recently issued research note.
Earlier Monday JP Morgan reduced its rating on Agios Pharmaceuticals Inc. (AGIO) stock to Neutral from Overweight and assigned the price target to $54.
Morgan Stanley analysts reduced their investment ratings, saying in research reports covered by the media that it’s rating for TechnipFMC plc (FTI) has been changed to Equal-Weight from Overweight and the new price target is set at $8.8.
Analysts at RBC Capital downgraded Pactiv Evergreen Inc. (PTVE)’s stock to Sector Perform from Outperform Monday.
Latest Insider Activity
ContextLogic Inc. (WISH) Chief Accounting Officer Just Brett announced the sale of shares taking place on Feb 24 at $19.65 for some 36,901 shares. The total came to more than $0.73 million.
Walmart Inc. (WMT) Director WALTON S ROBSON sold on Feb 26 a total of 356,175,368 shares at $130.64 on average. The insider’s sale generated proceeds of almost $92.81 million.
Macy’s Inc. (M) Director VARGA PAUL C declared the purchase of shares taking place on Feb 26 at $15.25 for some 13,115 shares. The transaction amount was around $0.2 million.
Coeur Mining Inc. (CDE) Chairman (non-executive) MELLOR ROBERT E bought on Feb 24 a total 185,233 shares at $10.53 on average. The purchase cost the insider an estimated $10,530.
Top US earnings releases scheduled for today include Workhorse Group Inc. (NASDAQ: WKHS). It will announce its Dec 2020 financial results. The company is expected to report earnings of -$0.13 per share from revenues of $1.32M in the three-month period.
Analysts expect Perrigo Company plc (PRGO) to report a net income (adjusted) of $1.00 per share when the company releases its quarterly results shortly. Revenue for the fiscal quarter ended Dec 2020 is predicted to come in at $1.32B.
Inovio Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (INO), due to announce earnings after the market closes today, is expected to report earnings of -$0.22 per share from revenues of $1.11M recently concluded in a three-month period.