Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Top Japanese Companies To Own In Right Now


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Recently the headlines across U.S. media outlets haven't been pleasant for Boeing (NYSE: BA  ) . Between its lithium-ion batteries smoldering and threatening to catch fire and accusations of lower quality parts from Japanese�suppliers there is a lot of fuel for the fire. There's at least one positive headline for Boeing and its investors: the recent flight test of its X-51A hypersonic aircraft. Let's take a look at why this overlooked headline means much more to the company's future.

Military cuts
Boeing derives about 60% of its revenues from its commercial operating segment while defense brings in nearly all the rest. Boeing has a significant backlog of orders worth $392 billion, yet only $70 billion of that is from its defense segment. U.S. military spending dropped 6% in 2012 and there is an additional $87 billion to be cut this year.�Meanwhile, Russia's military spending rose 16% in 2012, as did China's spending by 7.8%.�

Top 5 Solar Companies For 2015: PetSmart Inc(PETM)

PetSmart, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates as a specialty retailer of products, services, and solutions for pets in the United States, Puerto Rico, and Canada. The company offers consumables, such as pet food, treats, and litter; and hardgoods, which include pet supplies and other goods comprising collars, leashes, health care supplies, grooming and beauty aids, toys, apparel, and pet beds and carriers, as well as aquariums and habitats, accessories, d�or, and filters for fish, birds, reptiles, and small pets. It also provides fresh-water fish, small birds, reptiles, and small pets; and pet services, such as grooming, including precision cuts, baths, nail trimming and grinding, and teeth brushing, as well as training, boarding, and day camp services. In addition, the company operates PetsHotels that offer boarding for dogs and cats; provides personalized pet care, an on-call veterinarian, temperature controlled rooms and suites, daily specialty treats and p lay time, and day camp services for dogs; and operates veterinary hospitals, which offer services comprising routine examinations and vaccinations, dental care, a pharmacy, and surgical procedures. As of January 29, 2012, it operated 1,232 retail stores; 192 PetsHotels; 791 veterinary hospitals under the trade name of Banfield, The Pet Hospital; and 8 hospitals operated through other third parties in Canada. The company also offers its products through an e-commerce and community site, PetSmart.com. PetSmart, Inc. was founded in 1986 and is based in Phoenix, Arizona.

Advisors' Opinion:
  • [By ABN]

    PetSmart Inc. (PETM) is the largest specialty retailer for the needs of pets. The company employs approximately 52,000 associates and operates more than 1,289 pet stores in the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico, over 196 in-store dog and cat boarding facilities, and is a leading online provider of pet supplies and pet care information.

  • [By Andr茅s Cardenal]

    Investors in PetSmart (NASDAQ: PETM  ) stock were wagging their tails on Tuesday after the close, as the company delivered improving financial performance for the third quarter of 2014 and an encouraging outlook for fiscal 2015. Let's go over the main numbers and considerations regarding PetSmart's latest earnings report.

  • [By Garrett Cook]

    PetSmart (NASDAQ: PETM) shares shot up 12.76 percent to $67.43 on news that activist investor Barry Rosenstein had acquired a 9.9 percent stake and will seek a review of strategic alternatives.

  • [By Steven Russolillo]

    WATCH FOR:� No major economic data on dap. American Eagle, Booz Allen, Eaton Vance(EV), Hormel Foods(HRL), L Brands(LB), Lowe's(LOW), NetApp, PetSmart(PETM), Renren(RENN), Sina, Target, Tiffany, Trina Solar(TSL) and Williams-Sonoma(WSM) are among companies scheduled to report quarterly results.

Top Japanese Companies To Own In Right Now: Home BancShares Inc.(HOMB)

Home BancShares, Inc. operates as a holding company for the Centennial Bank that provides various commercial and retail banking, and related financial products and services to businesses, real estate developers, investors, individuals, and municipalities. It offers various deposit products, including checking, savings, and money market accounts, as well as certificates of deposit. The company also offers commercial real estate, construction and land development, commercial and industrial, residential real estate, agricultural, and consumer loans. In addition, it provides Internet banking and voice response information, cash management, overdraft protection, direct deposit, safe deposit boxes, the United States savings bonds, and automatic account transfers services. Further, the company provides trust services focusing on personal trusts, corporate trusts, and employee benefit trusts, as well as writes insurance policies for commercial and personal lines of businesses. As of December 31, 2010, it operated 49 branches in Arkansas, 9 branches in the Florida Keys, 6 branches in central Florida, 3 branches in southwest Florida, and 29 branches in the Florida Panhandle. Home BancShares, Inc. is headquartered in Conway, Arkansas.

Advisors' Opinion:
  • [By Sean Williams]

    What: Shares of Home BancShares (NASDAQ: HOMB  ) , the holding company of Centennial Bank, jumped as much as 13% after receiving an analyst upgrade.

Top Japanese Companies To Own In Right Now: Howard Hughes Corp (HHC)

The Howard Hughes Corporation, incorporated on July 1, 2010, is a developer and operator of master planned communities and mixed use properties. The Company operates three segments: master planned communities, operating assets and strategic developments. The Company specializes in the development of master planned communities and ownership, management and the redevelopment or repositioning of real estate assets generating revenues, also called operating assets, as well as other strategic real estate opportunities in the form of entitled and unentitled land and other development rights, also called strategic developments. In August 2012, the Company purchased 70 Corporate Center office building, located in downtown Columbia, MD.

Master Planned Communities

The Company�� master planned communities segment consists of the development and sale of residential and commercial land, primarily in projects in and around Las Vegas, Nevada; Houston, Texas; and Columbia, Maryland. Revenues are derived primarily from the sale of finished lots and undeveloped pads to both residential and commercial developers. Additional revenues are earned through participations with builders in their sales of finished homes to homebuyers. The Company�� master planned community in Maryland includes four separate communities that are collectively referred to as the Maryland Communities. Its master planned communities include over 12,500 acres of land remaining to be sold.

Residential sales, which are made primarily to home builders, include standard and custom parcels, as well as parcels designated for detached and attached single- and multi- family homes, ranging from entry-level to luxury homes. Commercial sales include land parcels designated for retail, office, resort, services and other for-profit activities, as well as those parcels designated for use by government, schools and other not-for-profit entities. Spanning the western rim of the Las Vegas Valley and located approximately ni! ne miles from downtown Las Vegas, its 22,500 acre Summerlin master planned community is consists of planned and developed villages and offers suburban living with accessibility to the Las Vegas Strip. With 26 public and private schools, five institutions of higher learning, nine golf courses, and cultural facilities, Summerlin was an integrated community, as of December 31, 2011. As of December 31, 2012, there were approximately 40,000 homes occupied by approximately 100,000 residents.

As of December 31, 2012, Summerlin is consisted of hundreds of neighborhoods located in 19 developed villages with nearly 150 neighborhood and village parks, all connected by a 150-mile long trail system. As of December 31, 2012, Summerlin included approximately 2.1 million square feet of developed retail space, 3.2 million square feet of developed office space and three hotel properties containing approximately 1,400 hotel rooms, as well as health and medical centers, including Summerlin Hospital and the Nevada Cancer Institute. Summerlin is divided into three regions or projects: Summerlin North, Summerlin West and Summerlin South. As of December 31, 2012, Summerlin had approximately 5,184 residential acres and 890 commercial acres remaining to be sold. Bridgeland is a master planned community near Houston, Texas consisted of approximately 11,400 acres, as of December 31, 2011. There were approximately 1,800 homes occupied by approximately 6,250 residents as of December 31, 2012.

Bridgeland�� plan includes four villages, which include Lakeland Village, Parkland Village, Prairieland Village and Creekland Village. Bridgeland�� first five neighborhoods are located in Lakeland Village. The Lakeland Activity Center is anchored by a 6,000 square foot community center and features a water park with three swimming pools, two lighted tennis courts and a fitness room. As of December 31, 2012, Bridgeland had approximately 3,635 residential acres and 1,226 commercial acres remaining to be sold. The C! ompany�� s Maryland communities consist of four distinct projects: Columbia, Gateway, Emerson and Fairwood. Columbia, located in Howard County, Maryland. As of December 31, 2012, Columbia was home to approximately 100,000 people. Columbia�� full range of housing options is located in 10 distinct, self-contained villages. Each village is consists of several neighborhoods, a shopping center and community and recreational facilities.

As of December 31, 2012, the Company owned approximately 35 net acres of land in Columbia. The land consists of raw land and subdivided land parcels readily available for new development. Gateway is a 630-acre master planned corporate community located in Howard County, Maryland. Gateway offers office space in a campus setting with approximately 63 commercial acres. Emerson is a master planned community located in Howard County, Maryland and consisted of approximately 520 acres, as of December 31, 2011. There were approximately 1,210 homes occupied by approximately 3,407 residents, as of December 31, 2012. Emerson offers a range of single-family and townhome housing, which is located in Maryland�� public school districts.

As of May, 2012, the residential component of this project has been completely sold out. In addition, 28 of its townhouse lots were under contract, as of December 31, 2012. As of December 31, 2012, it had sold 28 townhouse lots. Fairwood is a developed master planned community located in Prince George�� County, Maryland, consists of approximately 1,100 acres. As of December 31, 2012, 11 commercial acres were available for sale. There were approximately 1,200 homes occupied by approximately 2,600 residents on December 31, 2012. As of December 31, 2012, Fairwood consisted of single-family and townhouse lots, as well as undedicated open space and two historic houses. In addition to the commercial acres remaining to be sold, it owns a few undedicated open space parcels, and 24 acres of unsubdivided land. The Woodlands is a mixed-use master ! planned c! ommunity situated 27 miles north of Houston and consists of 28,400 acres. The Woodlands is a community that integrates recreational amenities, residential neighborhoods, commercial office space, retail shops and entertainment venues.

As of December 31, 2012, approximately 28% of The Woodlands land consisted of green space, including parks, pathways, open spaces, golf courses and forest preserves. As of December 31, 2012, the Woodlands has full or partial ownership interests in commercial properties totaling 436,042 square feet of office space, 201,280 square feet of retail and service space and 393 rental apartment units. It also own and operated a 440 room resort and conference center facility and a 36-hole golf and country club, as of December 31, 2012. As of December 31, 2012, The Woodlands had approximately 857 acres of unsold residential land, representing approximately 2,750 lots, and approximately 961 acres of unsold land for commercial use. The Woodlands includes a waterway, outdoor art and an open-air performance pavilion, a resort and conference center, a luxury hotel and convention center, educational opportunities for all ages, hospitals and health care facilities and office space.

Operating Assets

The Company�� operating assets segment contains 26 properties and investments, consists of commercial mixed-use, retail and office properties. As of December 31, 2012, these assets included nine mixed use and retail properties, seven office properties, a resort and conference center, a 36-hole golf and country club, a multi-family apartment building, two equity investments and five other assets. Ward Centers is consists of approximately 60 acres situated along Ala Moana Beach Park. As of December 31, 2011, Ward Centers included a 665,000 square foot shopping district, which consisted of six specialty centers and over 140 shops, a variety of restaurants and an entertainment center, which included a 16 screen movie theater.

South Street Seaport! is compr! ised of three mid-rise buildings and the Pier 17 pavilion shopping mall located in a historic waterfront district on the East River in Manhattan. The Company also leases 24,000 square feet for sublet to retailers at the base of an adjacent 1.1 million square foot office tower. All of the property except the office tower retail space is subject to a lease with the City of New York. As of December 31, 2012, the total property controlled by us approximates 300,551 square feet of leasable space, substantially all of which is retail. As of December 31, 2011, anchored by Macy�� and Sears, Landmark Mall was an 879,294 square foot shopping mall located in affluent Alexandria, Virginia. This mall is located nine miles west of Washington, D.C. and the Pentagon. Park West is a 249,168 square foot open-air shopping, dining and entertainment destination in Peoria, Arizona.

Park West is approximately one mile northwest of the Arizona Cardinals��football stadium and the Phoenix Coyote�� hockey arena. Park West has an additional 100,000 square feet of available development rights as permitted for retail, restaurant and hotel uses. Rio West Mall is located in Gallup, New Mexico, which is 521,194 square foot shopping center. Riverwalk Marketplace is located along the Mississippi River in downtown New Orleans. The 193,874 square foot shopping center is consists of more than 100 local and national retail shops, restaurants and entertainment venues. Cottonwood Square is a 77,079 square foot community center located in Salt Lake City, Utah. 20 & 25 Waterway Avenue are two retail properties located in The Waterway Square commercial district in The Woodlands Town Center. The properties total 49,972 square feet. Waterway Garage Retail is attached to The Waterway Square Garage located within The Woodlands Town Center.

The Company owns a 99% joint venture interest in an entity that has a ground leasehold interest in the land underlying a 226,000 square foot office building located at 110 N. Wacke! r Drive i! n downtown Chicago. It owns five office buildings and is a master tenant of a sixth office building. The buildings consists of approximately 491,000 square feet in the heart of downtown Columbia including American City Building (master tenant), the Columbia Association Building, the Columbia Exhibit Building, the Ridgley Building, the newly acquired building known as 70 Columbia Corporate Center, and the Columbia Regional Building. This group also consists of the Merriweather Post Pavilion, an outdoor amphitheater and concert venue. 4 Waterway Square is a nine-story office building located within The Woodlands Town Center, which totals 218,551 square feet. 9303 New Trails is a four-story office building located within the Research Forest district of The Woodlands. The property totals 97,705 square feet.

1400 Woodloch Forest Drive is a five-story office building located at the entrance to The Woodlands Town Center, which totals 95,667 square feet. 2201 Lake Woodlands Drive is a two-story office building located in the East Shore commercial district of The Woodlands. The property totals 24,119 square feet. The Woodlands Resort and Conference Center is located approximately two miles south of The Woodlands Town Center. As of December 31, 2012, the property operated 440 hotel rooms, has 90,000 square feet of meeting space. The Club at Carlton Woods is located within the communities in The Woodlands. As of December 31, 2012, the Club at Carlton Woods included an 18-hole Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course and an 18-hole Tom Fazio Championship Course, in addition to two clubhouses, spa, tennis, and fitness facilities. The wholly owned Waterway Square Garage, located within The Woodlands Town Center, is a five-story parking garage, which includes1,933 parking spaces and 21,513 square foot of retail space.

As of December 31, 2012, the Company had an 83.55% interest in a 393-unit apartment building located within The Woodlands Town Center. Forest View apartments are a 216 unit, multi-f! amily ren! tal community. Timbermill apartments are a 256 unit multi-family rental community. The Company owns 100% interests in Hexalon Real Estate, LLC (Hexalon). Hexalon owns a 1.42% interest in Head Acquisition, LP, a joint venture between GGP, Inc. (GGP), Simon Property Group, L.P. and Westfield Group. The partnership owns certain retail mall interests. It owns a 20% interest in three office/industrial buildings located in The Woodlands Research Forest district within The Woodlands. The portfolio consists of 132,050 square feet. The Company has an indirect ownership interest of approximately 6.8% in the Summerlin Hospital Medical Center. This property is a 450-bed hospital located on a 32-acre medical campus near Las Vegas. It owns a 50% interest in Stewart Title, a company located in The Woodlands, which handles the residential and commercial land sale closings for The Woodlands.

Strategic Developments

The Company�� strategic developments segment is made up of near, medium and long-term development projects for 21 of the Company�� real estate properties. As of December 31, 2012, its development projects included Ala Moana Condo Project, Bridges at Mint Hill, Columbia Parcel Done, 3 Waterway Square, Alameda Plaza, AllenTowne, Century Plaza, Circle T Ranch and Power Center, Cottonwood Mall, Elk Grove Promenade, Fashion Show Air Rights, Kendall Town Center, Lakemoor (Volo) Land, Maui Ranch Land, Nouvelle at Natick, Redlands Promenade, The Shops at Summerlin Centre, Village at Redlands and West Windsor. It owns the rights to develop a residential condominium tower over a parking structure at Ala Moana Center in Honolulu, Hawaii. Bridges at Mint Hill property consists of vacant land located southeast of Charlotte, North Carolina. The parcel is approximately 210 acres and consists of 120 developable acres and is zoned for approximately 1.3 million square feet of retail, hotel and commercial development.

Alameda Plaza is located in Pocatello, Idaho at the intersection of ! Yellowsto! ne Park Highway and Alameda Road. The 22-acre site contains 190,341 square feet of mostly vacant retail space. AllenTowne consists of 238 acres. Century Plaza is located on the eastern side of Birmingham, Alabama. Circle T Ranch is 20 miles north of downtown Fort Worth, in Westlake, Texas. The property is approximately 279 total acres on two parcels. The Circle T Ranch parcel contains 128 acres while the Circle T Power Center parcel contains 151 acres.

Cottonwood Mall is located 7.5 miles from downtown Salt Lake City, in the city of Holladay, Utah. Kendall Town Center is a mixed-used site located at the intersection of North Kendall Drive. It owns the 70 acres, which are entitled for 621,300 square feet of retail, 60,000 square feet of office space, and a 50,000 square foot community center. Lakemoor (Volo) Land is 40-acre vacant land parcel is located 50 miles north of Chicago in a growing suburb. Maui Ranch Land consists of two, non-adjacent, 10 acre undeveloped land-locked parcels located near the Kula Forest Preserve on the island of Maui, Hawaii. The land is zoned for native vegetation.

Nouvelle at Natick is a luxury condominium community consists of 215 residences located in the Natick Collection in the Boston suburb of Natick, Massachusetts. Nouvelle at Natick�� amenities include a 4,000 square foot private club, a 2,800 square foot fitness center and a 1.2-acre rooftop garden with winding boardwalks, native grasses, flowers and trees. As of December 31, 2012 the condominium units were sold out. Redlands Promenade is a 10 acre site located at Eureka, which is entitled for 125,000 square feet of retail development.The Redlands Mall is a single-level, 174,787 square foot enclosed shopping center at the intersection of Redlands Boulevard and Orange Street. As of December 31, 2012, anchored by CVS, Denny�� and Union Bank, the site is located in downtown Redlands two blocks south of the Redlands Promenade site. West Windsor is a former Wyeth Agricultural Research & Deve! lopment C! ampus on Quakerbridge Road. The land consists of 658 total acres.

Advisors' Opinion:
  • [By Jake Mann]

    Howard Hughes Corp (NYSE: HHC).... large landholder in TX, NV, NYC, NJ, HI and MD. It has unprecedented assets it is developing and 2015 will be a watershed year in terms of NOI growth and development.

  • [By George Putnam]

    With a new CEO and board of directors it emerged from court protection in November, 2010 as two companies, General Growth, a REIT, and Howard Hughes Corp. (HHC), which focuses on master planned communities.

Top Japanese Companies To Own In Right Now: Vical Incorporated(VICL)

Vical Incorporated engages in the research and development of biopharmaceutical products based on its deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) delivery technologies for the prevention and treatment of serious or life-threatening diseases. Its products include Allovectin, a Phase III clinical trial product to treat metastatic melanoma; CyMVectin prophylactic vaccine for cytomegalovirus, which completed preclinical trial to prevent infection before pregnancy to preclude fetal transmission; and therapeutic and prophylactic vaccines for herpes simplex type 2 virus, which is under preclinical trial to prevent and protect against recurring flare-ups, reduce viral shedding ,and transmission. The company, through corporate collaborations, develops TransVax, which is in Phase III clinical trials to protect against CMV infection after stem cell transplants, as well as in Phase II clinical trial to protect against CMV infection after solid organ transplants; Collategene, an angiogenic therapy enc oding hepatocyte growth factor that is in Phase III clinical trials to induce local growth of blood vessels to restore blood flow to limbs affected by critical limb ischemia; Apex-IHN prophylactic vaccine for infectious hematopoietic necrosis virus for the prevention of infection and disease in farm-raised salmon when exposed to infected wild salmon ; and ONCEPT therapeutic cancer vaccine encoding human tyrosinase for the treatment to increase survival time of dogs with oral melanoma. Vical Incorporated, through government collaboration, develops Prophylactic and/or therapeutic HIV vaccine, a Phase IIb clinical trial product to prevent/treat infection, disease, and/or viral shedding; and Tetravalent dengue vaccine, a Phase I clinical trial product to prevent dengue disease caused by all 4 dengue serotypes. The company was founded in 1987 and is based in San Diego, California.

Advisors' Opinion:
  • [By Brian Pacampara]

    Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, biopharmaceutical company Vical (NASDAQ: VICL  ) has received a distressing two-star ranking.

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