The Walt Disney Co. (NYSE: DIS) reported fourth fiscal quarter and full-year 2013 earnings after markets closed Thursday. For the quarter, the entertainment giant posted diluted earnings per share (EPS) of $0.77 on revenues of $11.57 billion. In the same period a year ago, the company reported EPS of $0.68 on revenues of $10.78 billion.Fourth-quarter results compare to the Thomson Reuters consensus estimates for EPS of $0.76 and $11.4 billion in revenues.
For the full year, adjusted EPS totaled $3.39 on revenues of $45.04. The consensus estimate had called for EPS of $3.38 on revenues of $44.87 billion.
For the quarter, revenues rose in each of the company�� five operating segments, with a jump of 14% in the consumer products segment and a doubling of revenues in the interactive segment.
The story was not as positive in operating income, where the media networks segment showed a decline of 8% year-over-year. Cable networks were down 7% and broadcasting was down 18%. Broadcasting income was hit by an unfavorable comparison on syndication sales and higher marketing costs for the company�� fall season. ABC, the broadcast network, also spent more on primetime programming, replacing inexpensive reality shows with more costly original programming.
Top 10 Retail Stocks To Invest In 2015: Gabriel Resources Ltd (GBU)Gabriel Resources Ltd. (Gabriel) is focused on permitting and developing its Rosia Montana gold and silver project located in western central Romania. The Rosia Montana Project is owned through RMGC, in which Gabriel holds an 80.69% interest, with reaming 19.31% interest held by CNCAF Minvest S.A., a mining enterprise. The Rosia Montana Project consists of one exploration concession covering approximately 2388 hectares. Its Bucium project consists of the Rodu-Frasin and Tarnita deposits, which can be considered as advanced and early stage exploration. Bucium project is located approximately five kilometers south-east of the Rosia Montana Project. As of December 31, 2011, three styles of mineralization had been identified in the Bucium Project: epithermal, epithermal to mesothermal gold-silver mineralization and mesothermal copper-gold mineralization. In July 2011, the Company acquired a 0.23% interest in RMGC. Advisors' Opinion:
- [By Eric Lam]
Gabriel Resources Ltd. (GBU) plunged 18 percent to C$1.39 as a potential referendum on a mine it is developing in Romania could delay what would be Europe�� largest gold mine.
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PowerShares Dynamic Energy Sector Portfolio (the Fund) seeks investment results that correspond generally to the price and yield of an equity index called the Dynamic Energy Sector Intellidex Index (the Index). The Index consists of stocks of 60 United States energy companies. These are companies that are principally engaged in the business of producing, distributing or servicing energy-related products, including oil and gas exploration and production, refining, oil services, pipeline, and solar, wind and other non-oil-based energy. Stocks are selected principally on the basis of their capital appreciation potential as identified by the AMEX (the Intellidex Provider) pursuant to an Intellidex methodology. The Fund�� investment adviser is PowerShares Capital Management LLC.
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- [By Todd Shriber, ETF Professor]
Unusual volume (at least 5X ADV): QuantShares US Market Neutral Anti-Beta ETF (NYSE: BTAL), iShares 10+ Year Credit Bond ETF (NYSE: CLY), iShares Morningstar Small Value ETF (NYSE: JKL) and the PowerShares Dynamic Energy ETF (NYSE: PXI).
Hot Integrated Utility Companies To Watch In Right Now: United States Gasoline Fund LP (UGA)
United States Gasoline Fund, LP (UGA) is a commodity pool that issues limited partnership interests (units). The investment objective of UGA is for the changes in percentage terms of its units��net asset value (NAV) to reflect the changes in percentage terms of the spot price of gasoline (also known as reformulated gasoline blendstock for oxygen blending (RBOB)) for delivery to the New York harbor, as measured by the changes in the price of the futures contract for gasoline traded on the New York Mercantile Exchange (the NYMEX) that is the near month contract to expire, except when the near month contract is within two weeks of expiration, in which case the futures contract will be the next month contract to expire, less UGA�� expenses. UGA seeks to achieve its investment objective by investing in a mix of Futures Contracts and Other Gasoline-Related Investments. United States Commodity Funds LLC (USCF) is the general partner of UGA and is responsible for the management of UGA.
The net assets of UGA consist primarily of investments in futures contracts for gasoline, but may also consist of investment contracts for other types of gasoline, crude oil, heating oil, natural gas and other petroleum-based fuels that are traded on the NYMEX, ICE Futures or other United States and foreign exchanges (collectively, Futures Contracts). UGA may also invest in other gasoline-related investments, such as cash-settled options on Futures Contracts, forward contracts for gasoline, cleared swap contracts and over-the-counter transactions that are based on the price of gasoline, crude oil and other petroleum-based fuels, Futures Contracts and indices based on the foregoing (collectively, Other Gasoline-Related Investments).Advisors' Opinion:
- [By Aaron Levitt]
All in all, these moves should help EPD continue with its rich tradition of rising cash flows and dividends. EPD currently yields a very healthy 3.9%.United States Gasoline Fund (UGA)
One of the best ways to hedge against rising gas prices is to directly bet on that happening. The exchange-traded fund boom has made it easy for anyone with a brokerage account to hedge their gasoline consumption.
- [By Paul Ausick]
The United States Gasoline ETF (NYSEMKT: UGA) is up about 0.4%, at $60.40, in a 52-week range of $53.35 to $65.86.
The United States Brent Oil ETF (NYSEMKT: BNO) is down 0.3%, at $84.68 in a 52-week range of $73.76 to $88.71.
- [By Paul Ausick]
The United States Gasoline ETF (NYSEMKT: UGA) is down about 0.7%, at $60.48, in a 52-week range of $53.35 to $65.86.
The United States Brent Oil ETF (NYSEMKT: BNO) is up less than 0.1%, at $44.38 in a 52-week range of $36.88 to $45.05. The annual high was also set today.
- [By Paul Ausick]
The United States Gasoline ETF (NYSEMKT: UGA) is down about 0.9%, at $55.76, in a 52-week range of $53.35 to $65.86.
The United States Brent Oil ETF (NYSEMKT: BNO) is down 1.6%, at $42.47 in a 52-week range of $36.88 to $45.05.
Hot Integrated Utility Companies To Watch In Right Now: iShares Government/Credit Bond ETF (GBF)
iShares Lehman Government/Credit Bond Fund (the Fund) seeks investment results that correspond to the price and yield performance of the United States Government and investment-grade United States corporate securities of the United States bond market as defined by the Lehman Brothers U.S. Government/Credit Index (the Index). The Fund invests in a representative sample of the securities in the Index, which has a similar investment profile as the Index. Due to the use of representative sampling, the Fund may or may not hold all of the securities that are included in the Index.
The Index measures the performance of United States dollar-denominated United States Treasuries, government-related securities and investment-grade United States corporate securities that have a remaining maturity of greater than or equal to one year, and have more than $250 million or more of outstanding face value. The securities must be fixed-rate and non-convertible securities.Advisors' Opinion:
- [By Jonathan Morgan]
Bilfinger SE (GBF) climbed 3.1 percent to 74.30 euros. Germany�� second-largest builder predicted a significantly stronger second half after reporting second-quarter net income of 47 million euros ($62.5 million), which was in line with analysts�� estimates.
Hot Integrated Utility Companies To Watch In Right Now: LCY Chemical Corp (1704.TW)LCY Chemical Corporation is principally engaged in the manufacture and distribution of polypropylene (PP), solvents and other chemical products. The Company provides methanol products, including methanol, formaldehyde, paraformaldehyde and dimethyl ether, among others; solvents, including ethyl acetate, isopropyl alcohol and methyl isobutyl ketone, as well as electronic chemical products, PP related products, thermoplastic rubber and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG). Its products are applied in the manufacture of resins, agricultural pesticides, catalysts, medicines, paintings, inks, artificial leather products, shoes, industrial products, electronic components, toys and electrical appliances, among others. On June 23, 2014, it acquired a certain shares of TECHNOLOGY CORP. After that, it holds 86.65% stake of LCY TECHNOLOGY CORP. Advisors' Opinion:
- [By Anna Prior]
Kraton Performance Polymers Inc.'s(KRA) board is no longer pushing for the company’s stockholders to approve its plans to combine with LCY Chemical Corp.'s(1704.TW) styrenic block copolymer operations.
Hot Integrated Utility Companies To Watch In Right Now: Yappn Corp (YPPN)
Yappn Corp., formerly Plesk Corp., incorporated on November 3, 2010, is focusing on social media Website that will host multi-language conversations based on different topics, such as interests, brands and activities. Its platform will enable users to meet people from all over the world without any language barriers and to interact with them through online chatting and forums by providing access to topical discussion boards in almost 70 languages. This will permit real-time multiple language conversations to co-exist without the fracturing that comes as a result of many people posting in multiple languages to a single chat area or splintering the audience by segregating posts by language. Yappn is a topic or interest focused site bringing people together to discuss current events, celebrities, technology, sports, entertainment and other popular areas of conversation. On March 28, 2013, it purchased social media platform and related group of assets known as Yappn.
The Company will have gamification system that will reward users for their engagement through virtual trophies, badges, and medals for participation in selected events. The Company, with the power of Ortsbo offers a set of communication tools where users can create opportunities to meet, chat, engage and consume in their own virtual location creating global social engagement for private events and closed networks. Users can also connect to social networks and engage friends and followers on Facebook, Yahoo, Twitter and more. It will be available on all devices through mobile, portable and desktop online access. With Yappn, user generated content be closed captioned in multiple languages in minutes, using Ortsbo�� pending business processes and tools for a translation experience. Commercial enterprises can use its Website to communicate their content, their e-commerce offerings and other messaging on a global scale.
The Company competes with Facebook, LinkedIn, Craigslist, Google and Apple.Advisors' Opinion:
- [By Peter Graham]
Small cap stocks Digital Caddies Inc (OTCMKTS: CADY), MEDL Mobile Holdings Inc (OTCMKTS: MEDL) and Yappn Corp (OTCMKTS: YPPN) offer different ways to potentially profit from Internet or mobile technology. However, all three small cap stocks have also been the subject of paid promotions or investor relations types of activities. So will investors actually profit from the efforts of these small caps to profit from the Internet or mobile technology? Here is a quick reality check:
Hot Integrated Utility Companies To Watch In Right Now: Fortescue Metals Group Ltd (FSUMF)Fortescue Metals Group Limited (Fortescue) is an iron ore producer and explorer operating in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. Fortescue is engaged in mining of iron ore from its Cloudbreak and Christmas Creek mine sites, the operation of an integrated mine, rail and port supply chain and the expansion of iron ore operations. Its Cloudbreak mine site is located in the Chichester Ranges in the Pilbara region of Western Australia, 263 kilometers (km) south of Port Hedland and 150km north of Newman. Its Christmas Creek is second mining operation, 50 km to the east of Cloudbreak. The Company has also designed and constructed rail and port facilities to support the development and sale of the Pilbara's stranded iron ore bodies. Its subsidiaries include The Pilbara Infrastructure Pty Limited, FMG Pilbara Pty Limited, Chichester Metals Pty Limited, Pilbara Mining Alliance Pty Limited, and Karribi Developments Pty Limited. Advisors' Opinion:
- [By MARKETWATCH]
LOS ANGELES (MarketWatch) -- Australian stocks rose modestly in early Tuesday trade, with the market reacting to a mixed batch of earnings. The S&P/ASX 200 (AU:XJO) added 0.2% to 5,391.80, with BHP Billiton Ltd. (AU:BHP) (BHP) rising 1.7% after its July-December profit almost doubled from a year earlier, beating forecasts. However, smaller rival Arrium Ltd. (AU:ARI) (ARRMF) added 2.5% after reporting a swing back to profit. Other miners got a bump up from rising commodity prices, as Newcrest Mining Ltd. (AU:NCM) (NCMGF) gained 2.3% and Fortescue Metals Group Ltd. (AU:FMG) (FSUMF) added 1.2%, though Oz Minerals Ltd. (AU:OZL) (OZMLF) slipped 0.4%. Shares of Coca-Cola Amatil Ltd. (AU:CCL) (CCLAF) slumped 5.1% after the drinks firm saw a more than 80% drop in 2013 profit, weighed by a writedown on its fruit-processing business. Packaging firm Amcor Ltd. (AU:AMC) (AMCRF) lost 4.6% after its fiscal-first-half profit fell by about a third.
- [By MARKETWATCH]
LOS ANGELES (MarketWatch) -- Australian stocks inched lower in early Friday trade, with the S&P/ASX 200 (AU:XJO) down 0.1% at 5,322.00, with weakness in miners outweighing mild strength in financials. Shares of BHP Billiton Ltd. (AU:BHP) (BHP) and Rio Tinto Ltd. (AU:RIO) (RIO) fell 1.4% apiece, while Fortescue Metals Group Ltd. (AU:FMG) (FSUMF) lost 2.2% and gold miner Evolution Mining Ltd. (AU:EVN) (CAHPF) lost 0.8%, after copper prices fell to two-week lows and Chinese steel futures also lost ground, according to Reuters. The sector could react to Chinese trade data due out later in the day, as China remains a top market for Australian commodities. Stock in Alumina Ltd. (AU:AWC) (AWCMF) retreated 2.6% after its U.S. partner Alcoa Inc. (AA) posted a quarterly loss. On the upside, the big four banks all traded higher, with Commonwealth Bank of Australia (AU:CBA) (CBAUF) up 0.1%, National Australia Bank Ltd. (AU:NAB) (NAUBF) rising 0.2%, Westpac Banking Corp. (AU:WBC) (WEBN
- [By MARKETWATCH]
LOS ANGELES (MarketWatch) -- Australian stocks advanced Tuesday, as gains in market heavyweight BHP Billiton Ltd. helped push the equity benchmark toward its sixth consecutive win. The S&P/ASX 200 index (AU:XJO) rose 0.2% to 5,364.90 on strength in the mining group after BHP Billiton (AU:BHP) (BHP) raised its fiscal-year forecast for iron-ore production to 212 million metric tons following record output from its mining site in Australia's Pilbara region. BHP shares climbed 1.7%, iron-ore producer Fortescue Metals Group Ltd. (AU:FMG) (FSUMF) rose 0.9% and Rio Tinto Ltd. (AU:RIO) (RIO) picked up 0.4%. Finance issues mostly higher as well, with Westpac Banking Corp. (AU:WBC) (WEBNF) up 0.6%. But underperforming the benchmark were shares of David Jones Ltd. (AU:DJS) (DVDJF) , down 2.8% after the upscale retailer unexpectedly said late Monday its Chief Executive Paul Zahra plans to step down after three years in the position.