Should You Buy Cigna Stock Before Earnings?

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By Rob Otman

Cigna (NYSE: CI) is a large cap company that operates within the healthcare providers and services industry. Its market cap is $45 billion today, and the total one-year return is 36.46% for shareholders.

Cigna stock is beating the market, and it reports earnings on Friday. But does that make it a good buy today? To answer this question, we’ve turned to the Investment U Stock Grader. Our Research Team built this system to diagnose the financial health of a company.

Our system looks at six key metrics…

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✗ Earnings-per-Share (EPS) Growth: Cigna reported a recent EPS growth rate of 14.71%. That’s below the healthcare providers and services industry average of 40.65%. That’s not a good sign. We like to see companies that have higher earnings growth.

✓ Price-to-Earnings (P/E): The average price-to-earnings ratio of the healthcare providers and services industry is 68.12. And Cigna’s ratio comes in at 20.03. It’s trading at a better value than many of its competitors.

✓ Debt-to-Equity: The debt-to-equity ratio for Cigna stock is 33.34%. That’s below the healthcare providers and services industry average of 70.09%. The company is less leveraged.

✓ Free Cash Flow per Share Growth: Cigna’s FCF has been higher than that of its competitors over the last year. That’s good for investors. In general, if a company is growing its FCF, it will be able to pay down debt, buy back stock, pay out more in dividends and/or invest money back into the business to help boost growth. It’s one of our most important fundamental factors.

✓ Profit Margins: The profit margin of Cigna comes in at 5.78% today. And generally, the higher, the better. We also like to see this margin above that of its competitors. Cigna’s profit margin is above the healthcare providers and services average of 4.51%. So that’s a positive indicator for investors.

✓ Return on Equity: Return on equity gives us a look at the amount of net income returned to shareholders. The ROE for Cigna is 14.47%, and that’s above its industry average ROE of 14.38%.

Cigna stock passes five of our six key metrics today. That’s why our Investment U Stock Grader rates it as a Strong Buy.

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Nukes For Retirement

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By Zach Scheidt

This post Nukes For Retirement appeared first on Daily Reckoning.

The fallout from the Japanese Fukushima nuclear meltdown has been nothing short of disastrous.

Fukushima was a nuclear power plant, damaged by an earthquake and subsequent tsunami in 2011. The accident has led to radioactive material potentially spilled into the area’s groundwater leaving an environmental nightmare.

Perhaps more devastating than the accident itself was the effect Fukushima had on the global electricity market.

Today, the fallout from this event has left well over 21 million people in horrible conditions… breathing poisonous air… with contaminated clouds blocking out the sun.

So you might find it surprising that today I’m advocating a program I’m going to call “Nukes for Retirement.”

“I find it odd that our reaction to the Fukushima disaster was to stop the building of new reactors with better safeguards, and to continue generating power with older less compliant facilities.”

That’s a paraphrased quote from legendary resource investor Rick Rule as he introduced a speaker at last week’s Sprott Natural Resource Symposium in Vancouver.

The speaker was the CEO of a small uranium company. And I have to say, his presentation was one of the most thought provoking sessions of the entire week.

Take a look at the picture below. It’s one of many that you can easily find by searching the web for “Beijing air quality.”

Source: South China Morning Post

The smog you see above covers not only the city of Beijing, but numerous other cities in emerging countries like China and India.

The problem, is that these growing cities have a desperate need for electricity. But up until now, the majority of power is being produced by coal-fired power plants.

Some would argue that these are “safer” than the nuclear power plants at Fukushima. But is it really better to have populations in the tens of millions that are drowning in air contaminated by dirty coal electric plants?

The World Needs a Balanced Energy Plan

Now, more than ever, the world needs a more balanced energy plan. One that uses renewable sources such as solar and wind — along with natural gas and nuclear energy — to meet the growing demand for electricity.

Today, technology has advanced to the point where nuclear power plants have much better safeguards built in to avert disaster. And these plants are producing power much more efficiently and with essentially zero air pollution.

If you ask me, it makes absolutely zero sense to take lessons learned from the Fukushima disaster, and do absolutely nothing with them. Instead of burying our heads in the sand and writing off nuclear energy as an option, we should be working to build stronger and more robust reactors that can safely meet our power needs.

Apparently, I’m not the only one that thinks this way.

After a six-year winter of moving away from nuclear power, new plants are finally being built and coming back on the market.

According to Amir Adnani — the speaker who gave the presentation at last week’s natural resource conference — there …read more

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Argentina’s Supreme Court to hear case on Barrick’s mine

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By Valentina Ruiz Leotaud

Argentina’s Supreme Court needs to clarify who has jurisdiction over the Ministry of Environment’s case against Barrick Gold’s (TSX, NYSE:ABX) Veladero mine.

A ruling filed on Monday by the federal court currently in charge of the case shows that its judges would like the highest tribunal to elucidate who would be the right institution to decide if operations at Veladero should be halted until Barrick can guarantee that it is taking measures to protect the environment.

There is uncertainty in this regard because, despite the fact that it was the Ministry who introduced the motion to suspend Veladero following three cyanide spills in an 18-month period, mining activity is usually regulated by provincial governments.

But the Ministry has already ignored such convention, as it stood by its request following San Juan authorities’ decision to lift restrictions on leaching operations three months after Barrick’s latest incident.

“We are very respectful of the decision the Court will make. But we hope that it recognizes our right to make legal claims in the collective interests of all society,” Juan Trebino, subsecretary of environmental inspection and control in the Environment Ministry, told Reuters.

But no one knows how long it will take the Supreme Court to reach a conclusion, as there is no deadline to reach a verdict.

Veladero is Argentina’s largest gold mine and the third-largest in the portfolio of the world’s biggest gold producer.

The mine produced 544,000 ounces last year and has proven and probable mineral reserves estimated at 6.7 million ounces of gold as of December 31, 2016, according to the company’s website.

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Amazon is the New Tech Crash

By David Stockman

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It won’t be long now. During the last 31 months the stock market mania has rapidly narrowed to just a handful of shooting stars.

At the forefront has been Amazon.com, Inc., which saw its stock price double from $285 per share in January 2015 to $575 by October of that year. It then doubled again to about $1,000 in the 21 months since.

By contrast, much of the stock market has remained in flat-earth land. For instance, those sections of the stock market that are tethered to the floundering real world economy have posted flat-lining earnings, or even sharp declines, as in the case of oil and gas.

Needless to say, the drastic market narrowing of the last 30 months has been accompanied by soaring price/earnings (PE) multiples among the handful of big winners. In the case of the so-called FAANGs + M (Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Netflix, Google and Microsoft), the group’s weighted average PE multiple has increased by some 50%.

The degree to which the casino’s speculative mania has been concentrated in the FAANGs + M can also be seen by contrasting them with the other 494 stocks in the S&P 500. The market cap of the index as a whole rose from $17.7 trillion in January 2015 to some $21.2 trillion at present, meaning that the FAANGs + M account for about 40% of the entire gain.

Stated differently, the market cap of the other 494 stocks rose from $16.0 trillion to $18.1 trillion during that 30-month period. That is, 13% versus the 82% gain of the six super-momentum stocks.

Moreover, if this concentrated $1.4 trillion gain in a handful of stocks sounds familiar that’s because this rodeo has been held before. The Four Horseman of Tech (Microsoft, Dell, Cisco and Intel) at the turn of the century saw their market cap soar from $850 billion to $1.65 trillion or by 94% during the manic months before the dotcom peak.

At the March 2000 peak, Microsoft’s PE multiple was 60X, Intel’s was 50X and Cisco’s hit 200X. Those nosebleed valuations were really not much different than Facebook today at 40X, Amazon at 190X and Netflix at 217X.

The truth is, even great companies do not escape drastic over-valuation during the blow-off stage of bubble peaks. Accordingly, two years later the Four Horseman as a group had shed $1.25 trillion or 75% of their valuation.

More importantly, this spectacular collapse was not due to a meltdown of their sales and profits. Like the FAANGs +M today, the Four Horseman were quasi-mature, big cap companies that never really stopped growing.

Now I’m targeting the very highest-flyer of the present bubble cycle, Amazon.

Just as the NASDAQ 100 doubled between October 1998 and October 1999, and then doubled again by March 2000, AMZN is in the midst of a similar speculative blow-off.

Not to be forgotten, however, is that one year after the March 2000 peak the NASDAQ 100 was down by 70%, and it ultimately bottomed …read more

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This (Former) Coca-Cola Product Can Get You High

By Ray Blanco

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You’ve probably heard the old urban legend about Coca-Cola.

Back in the day, it used to be jam-packed with good old-fashioned cocaine.

Well, that’s a little bit of an exaggeration.

But there actually is some truth to it.

In the late 1800s, when Coca-Cola’s founders were perfecting their formula, they included extract of coca leaves (thus the “Coca” in Coca-Cola).

While the actual amount of cocaine in Coca-Cola is up for debate, it’s widely accepted that Coke contained a trace amount of the other kind of “coke” all the way up until 1929.

But it just wasn’t enough to give you a buzz.

Now, though, another Coca-Cola product — a former one, at least — could be getting people high.

And it has big implications for pot investors in 2017.

The product in question?

The Keurig coffee maker.

Up until Keurig Green Mountain was acquired by private equity firm JAB Holding Co. last year, Coca-Cola was the largest shareholder in the coffee maker brand.

And enterprising pot entrepreneurs have been leveraging the popularity of Coke’s old portfolio holding to get edibles out to the masses.

In case you’re not familiar, the Keurig uses a single-serve “K-Cup,” a self-contained coffee pod that comes in a variety of flavors and drink types, to load drinks into the machine.

Pot companies have been working on developing pot-infused K-Cups, which give you something a little stronger than a caffeine buzz. One of those businesses, Brewbudz, just launched a marijuana-infused K-Cup line that includes coffee (also available in decaf), black tea and cocoa.

Each pot pod costs $7.

Other companies are joining the trend too.

Up until now, “pot edibles” conjured up images of Cheech and Chong lookalikes whipping up weed brownies in their home kitchen and selling them to dispensaries. But as edible pot companies get more commercial, manufacturing K-Cups and the like, I believe that we’ll see more acceptance of recreational pot nationwide.

Think about it…

If you’re concerned about “drug culture,” the idea of a bunch of stoners selling cookies packed with weed to dispensaries out of a tie-dye-painted VW bus doesn’t exactly send the right image to you. But marijuana edibles that are commercially packaged and come out of a factory setting?

That suddenly “feels” a lot more like alcohol or cigarettes — acceptable vices.

How voters feel about pot in 2017 has everything to do with how widespread acceptance of recreational pot becomes…

And, more importantly, how big our profit opportunity becomes in the months ahead.

In short, we’re seeing the legitimization of recreational pot in America.

And it’s happening one pot-infused K-Cup at a time.

So make sure you keep tuned in. And as the pot industry continues to strengthen its roots in the U.S. I’ll have even more ways to profit BIG!

To a bright future,

Ray Blanco
for The Daily Reckoning

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Chris Vermeulen – The Gold and Oil Guy – Tue 1 Aug, 2017

By Cory The USD and Commodities

I chat with Chris Vermeulen today about the dollar and how a potential bounce could impact commodities. Chris believes that the dollar is reaching technical support and could be in for a short term bounce. This bounce could impact commodities on a broad basis.

Click here to visit Chris’s site.

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Can Germany Be Made Great Again?

By Antonius Aquinas

When Germany Was Great!

Ever since the start of the deliberately conceived “migrant crisis,” orchestrated by NWO elites, the news out of Germany has been, to say the least, horrific. Right before the eyes of the world, a country is being demographically destroyed through a coercive plan of mass migration. The intended consequences of this – financial strain, widespread crime and property destruction, the breakdown of German culture – will continue to worsen if things are not turned around.

The Holy Roman Empire in 1789 AD. At the time, Germany was a patchwork of countless independent principalities, duchies, city states, bishoprics and other statelets. This was a glorious time, as citizens could very easily vote with their feet if they were unhappy with their rulers. Keep in mind, there were no such things as “passports” or “border controls” at the time. No-one even thought about such things – it would have been considered an inane notion. And although almost every statelet minted its own coins (displaying its own coat of arms and a portrait of its ruler), money was actually standardized across the entire region since the Middle Ages. Most of Germany used silver coins, which were minted according to standardized weights and sizes (gold coins were also used, but silver was more prevalent in day-to-day commerce). Thus all coins were accepted across the region, regardless of which principality or duchy had issued them. There were no tariffs either and no restrictions on cross-border investment. There was even a mechanism for reining in fiscally highly incompetent or plain crazy rulers through a supra-national arbitration body that only sprang into action upon special request (when such requests were deemed reasonable). Taxes as a rule didn’t exceed a level of 10%, as any attempt to impose higher taxes would lead to an exodus of people from the territory concerned. Not everything was perfect of course, but let us just note that despite a lack of democracy, there was no lack of freedom. Check out some of our previous articles on this topic for additional color: “Secession – An Alternative View” and “Are Nation States Beginning to Splinter?” [PT] – click to enlarge.

Those in opposition to the societal destruction within Germany have been harassed and persecuted by the authorities and labeled with the usual epithets by the mass media: “far right,” “neo-Nazis”, “haters,” and heaven forbid, “separatists”. Because of this and other factors, no mass movement has coalesced as of yet to truly challenge the German political establishment.

Indications of a possible reversal of German fortunes, however, have come from a recent poll of Bavarians. A survey conducted by YouGov, a market research company, found that 32% of Bavarians agreed with the statement that Bavaria “should be independent from Germany.” The percentage of secession-minded Bavarians has increased from 25% in a poll conducted in 2011. Of the around 2000 people surveyed between June 24 and July 5, most supporters of independence come from the southern portions of the country.

Whether Bavarians …read more

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