Saturday, February 28, 2015

Top 5 European Stocks To Watch Right Now

Big Hollywood movies are typically licensed for TV broadcast in Europe on a country-by-country basis. That could change if the EU rules the practice breaches antitrust rules.

LONDON (CNNMoney) EU regulators are investigating deals between big movie studios and pay TV operators that prevent viewers in one European country watching broadcasts from another.

The European Union's antitrust watchdog said Monday it had begun formal proceedings to examine the licensing agreements between studios including Twentieth Century Fox, owned by 21st Century Fox (FOXA); Warner Bros, part of Time Warner Inc (TWX, Fortune 500) (CNNMoney's parent); Sony (SNE) Pictures; Comcast Corp (CCV)'s NBCUniversal and Viacom (VIA)'s Paramount Pictures.

Pay TV broadcasters such as Canal Plus of France, DTS of Spain and three in the 21st Century Fox network -- BSkyB in the U.K, Sky Italia and Sky Deutschland -- are also under investigation.

Best Growth Stocks For 2015: TotalFinaElf S.A.(TOT)

TOTAL S.A., together with its subsidiaries, operates as an integrated oil and gas company worldwide. The company operates through three segments: Upstream, Downstream, and Chemicals. The Upstream segment engages in the exploration, development, and production of oil and natural gas. It also involves in the transportation, trade, and marketing of natural gas and liquefied natural gas (LNG), as well as in LNG re-gasification and natural gas storage operations. In addition, this segment engages in the shipping and trade of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG); power generation from gas-fired power plants, nuclear, or renewable energies; production, trade, and marketing of coal, as well as in solar power systems and technology operations. As of December 31, 2010, it had combined proved reserves of 10,695 Mboe of oil and gas. The Downstream segment involves in refining, marketing, trading, and shipping crude oil and petroleum products. It also produces a range of specialty products, s uch as lubricants, LPG, jet fuel, special fluids, bitumen, marine fuels, and petrochemical feedstock. This segment holds interests in 24 refineries located in Europe, the United States, the French West Indies, Africa, and China, as well as operates a network of 17,490 service stations. The Chemicals segment produces base chemicals, including petrochemicals and fertilizers, as well as engages in rubber processing, resins, adhesives, and electroplating activities. TOTAL S.A. was founded in 1924 and is based in Paris, France.

Advisors' Opinion:
  • [By Justin Loiseau]

    Total (NYSE: TOT  ) announced today that its upstream Nigeria-based joint-venture partnership subsidiary has received regulatory approval to being awarding contracts to develop the offshore Egina field.

Top 5 European Stocks To Watch Right Now: British American Tobacco Industries p.l.c.(BTI)

British American Tobacco p.l.c., through its subsidiaries, engages in the manufacture, distribution, and sale of tobacco products. The company offers cigars, cigarettes, smokeless snus, roll-your-own, and pipe tobacco products under the Dunhill, Kent, Lucky Strike, Pall Mall, Vogue, Viceroy, Kool, Rothmans, Peter Stuyvesant, Benson & Hedges, and State Express 555 brand names. It has operations in the Asia-Pacific, the Americas, eastern and western Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. The company was founded in 1902 and is headquartered in London, the United Kingdom. British American Tobacco p.l.c. operates independently of Remgro Ltd. as of November 03, 2008.

Advisors' Opinion:
  • [By GuruFocus]

    The decade low yield of tobacco stocks can be clearly seen from our new interactive charts, which are embedded below. The chart shows the dividend yield of three tobacco stocks: Reynolds American (RAI), Philip Morris International (PM) and British American Tobacco (BTI).

  • [By Victor Selva]

    Investors can have another option of investing in the tobacco sector with British American Tobacco PLC (BTI). Also selling tobacco products in 180 countries, the company holds leadership positions in around 50 of them. Brands like Dunhill, Kent, Pall Mall and Lucky Strike are well known and have been gaining share over the past several years.

Top 5 European Stocks To Watch Right Now: BP p.l.c.(BP)

BP p.l.c. provides fuel for transportation, energy for heat and light, retail services, and petrochemicals products. Its Exploration and Production segment engages in the oil and natural gas exploration, field development, and production; midstream transportation, and storage and processing; and marketing and trading of natural gas, including liquefied natural gas (LNG), and power and natural gas liquids (NGL). This segment has exploration and production activities in Angola, Azerbaijan, Canada, Egypt, Norway, Russia, Trinidad and Tobago, the United Kingdom, and the United States, as well as in Asia, Australasia, South America, North Africa, and the Middle East. This segment also owns and manages crude oil and natural gas pipelines; processing facilities and export terminals; and LNG processing and transportation, as well as NGL extraction facilities. BP p.l.c. has interests in the Trans-Alaska pipeline system, the Forties pipeline system, the Central Area transmission sys tem pipeline, the South Caucasus Pipeline, and Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan pipeline, as well as in LNG plants located in Trinidad, Indonesia, and Australia. The company?s Refining and Marketing segment involves in the supply and trading, refining, manufacturing, marketing, and transportation of crude oil, petroleum, and petrochemicals products and related services to wholesale and retail customers primarily under the BP, Castrol, ARCO, and Aral brands. Its Other Businesses and Corporate segment produces and markets rolled aluminum products, as well as generates energy through wind, solar, biofuels, hydrogen, and carbon capture and storage sources; and engages in shipping activities. The company was founded in 1889 and is headquartered in London, the United Kingdom.

Advisors' Opinion:
  • [By Alan Oscroft]

    BP (LSE: BP  ) (NYSE: BP  )
    Shares in BP ended yesterday on a 52-week record close of 477.7 pence and are slightly up on that at 482 pence at the time of writing. Over that period, the price has gained about 20% as the oil and gas giant emerges from the Gulf of Mexico disaster -- although the oil spill is still weighing on the company, as the full extent of the clean-up costs are as yet uncertain.

  • [By Tyler Crowe]

    In the case of 2012, reserve replacement cots went up in large part because of increased capital spending, but a drop in price played a small part as well. In 2012, capital expenditures for the top 50 E&P companies in the U.S. hit a five-year high, totaling $185.6 billion. Some companies have struggled more than others. In 2012, BP (NYSE: BP  ) had a reserve replacement cost of about $72, which could become a large problem down the road as it tries to grow production in the future. While it's technologically and economically feasible to access shale gas and tight oil today, the costs to access these sources is much higher. The average cost to complete a well in the Bakken formation in North Dakota costs about $11 million.

  • [By Jonathan Yates]

    There are many blue chip stocks with high dividends and high betas such as BP PLC (NYSE: BP), the major oil firm, and Caterpillar (NYSE: CAT) -- the world's largest heavy equipment maker and a member of the Dow Jones Industrial Average.

Top 5 European Stocks To Watch Right Now: Aercap Holdings N.V. (AER)

AerCap Holdings N.V., through its subsidiaries, operates as an integrated aviation company worldwide. It engages in leasing and trading aircraft and engines; and selling parts. The company also provides aircraft management services, as well as aircraft and limited engine MRO services, and aircraft disassembly services through its repair stations. In addition, it offers aircraft services, including remarketing aircraft; collecting rental and maintenance payments, monitoring aircraft maintenance, monitoring and enforcing contract compliance, and accepting delivery and redelivery of aircraft; conducting ongoing lessee financial performance reviews; inspecting the leased aircraft; coordinating technical modifications to aircraft to meet new lessee requirements; conducting restructurings negotiations in connection with lease defaults; repossessing aircraft; arranging and monitoring insurance coverage; registering and de-registering aircraft; arranging for aircraft and aircraft engine valuations; and providing market research. The company?s management services include leasing and remarketing, cash management and treasury, technical advisory, and accounting and administrative services. As of March 31, 2011, it owned 272 aircraft and 95 engines, which it leased under operating leases to 118 lessees in 53 countries. The company was founded in 1995 and is headquartered in Schiphol, the Netherlands.

Advisors' Opinion:
  • [By Jayson Derrick]

    Analysts at Barclays maintained an Equal-weight rating on Aercap Holdings (NYSE: AER) with a price target raised to $53 from a previous $24. Shares lost 1.32 percent, closing at $47.06.

  • [By Shahida Humayun]

    Air Lease's fleet has a weighted average age of 3.5 years, compared to 10.7 years for Aircastle (NYSE: AYR  ) and 5.1 years for AerCap Holdings (NYSE: AER  ) . As a result of this advantage, Air Lease is currently trading at a price-to-book value (P/BV) of 1.17, compared to 0.8 and 0.95 for Aircastle and AerCap Holdings, respectively.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    More than two years ago, American International Group Inc. (NYSE: AIG) filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for an initial public offering (IPO) in its aircraft leasing group, International Lease Finance Corp. (ILFC). That filing came to nothing, and AIG found little interest from buyers for ILFC, until Monday morning when it announced that AerCap Holdings N.V. (NYSE: AER) will buy the leasing operation for $3 billion in cash and 97.56 million shares of new AerCap stock. The total value of the deal is approximately $5.4 billion.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Best Canadian Companies To Own In Right Now

NEW YORK (AP) ��Edgar M. Bronfman Sr., the billionaire businessman and longtime president of the World Jewish Congress, which lobbied the Soviets to allow Jews to emigrate and helped spearhead the search for hidden Nazi loot, died Saturday. He was 84.

The Canadian-born Bronfman died at his New York home surrounded by family, according to the family charity he led, The Samuel Bronfman Foundation.

Bronfman made his fortune with his family's Seagram's liquor empire, taking over as chairman and CEO in 1971 and continuing the work of his father, Samuel. Under Bronfman's leadership, Seagram expanded its offerings and was eventually acquired by French media and telecom group Vivendi Universal in 2000.

But Bronfman's wealth, combined with his role in the World Jewish Congress, an umbrella group of Jewish organizations in some 80 countries that he led for more than a quarter century, allowed him to be a tireless advocate for his fellow Jews.

Top 10 Heal Care Stocks To Invest In 2015: Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce(CM)

Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce provides various financial products, services, and advice to individual, small business, commercial, corporate, and institutional clients in Canada and internationally. The company offers retail markets services comprising personal banking, business banking, and wealth management services, as well as investment management services to retail and institutional clients. It also provides wholesale banking services, including credit, capital markets, investment banking, merchant banking, and research products and services to government, institutional, corporate, and retail clients. The company provides its services through its branch network, automated bank machines, mobile banking, and online banking site. As of June 3, 2011, it operated approximately 1,100 branches and 4,000 automated bank machines in Canada. The company was founded in 1867 and is headquartered in Toronto, Canada.

Advisors' Opinion:
  • [By Tony Daltorio]

    One of his companies, Cheung Kong Holdings Limited (CHEUY), recently formed a 50/50 joint venture with Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (NYSE: CM) called CEF Holdings. They want to invest into beaten-down mining stocks and particularly gold equities.

  • [By Rich Duprey]

    Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce� (NYSE: CM  ) �announced this morning�its second-quarter dividend of $0.96 per share, a 2% increase over the $0.94-per-share payout it made last quarter.

  • [By John Reese, Founder and CEO, Validea.com And Validea Capital Management]

    As you might imagine, the portfolio will tread into areas of the market others ignore, because of its contrarian bent. Right now, its holdings include some very unloved firms, including several financials, emerging market stocks, and much-maligned BP. Here's a look at five of the stock in our Dreman portfolio:

    Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CM)

    BP Plc (BP)

    Telecom Argentina SA (TEO)

    China Mobile Limited (CHL)

    Vale SA (VALE)

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  • [By Sean Williams]

    Looking north for opportunities
    As I head north to Canada in a few days for a vacation of my own, I can't help but think that the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (NYSE: CM  ) , known better as CIBC, is getting a bad rap from shareholders in recent months, despite being one of Canada's most stable money center banks.

Best Canadian Companies To Own In Right Now: Suntech Power Holdings Co. LTD.(STP)

Suntech Power Holdings Co., Ltd., a solar energy company, engages in the design, development, manufacture, and marketing of photovoltaic (PV) products. The company also provides engineering, procurement, and construction services to building solar power systems for certain related party and third party customers. Its products include monocrystalline and multicrystalline silicon PV cells; PV modules; and building-integrated photovoltaics products. In addition, the company provides PV system integration services, including designing, installing, and testing PV systems used in lighting for outdoor urban public facilities, as well as in farms, villages, and commercial buildings; and project development services. Its products are used to provide electric power for residential, commercial, industrial, and public utility applications. The company sells its products through value-added resellers, such as distributors and system integrators; and to end users, such as project develo pers primarily in Germany, Italy, Spain, France, Benelux, Greece, the United States, Canada, China, the Middle East, Australia, and Japan. Suntech Power Holdings Co., Ltd. is headquartered in Wuxi, the People?s Republic of China.

Advisors' Opinion:
  • [By Travis Hoium]

    What: After a two-day run-up in solar stocks, the party ended quickly, and every stock in the industry is dropping like a rock. Suntech Power (NYSE: STP  ) led the declines by falling 23%, and LDK Solar (NYSE: LDK  ) , Yingli Green Energy (NYSE: YGE  ) , and JA Solar (NASDAQ: JASO  ) all dropped at least 15%.

Best Canadian Companies To Own In Right Now: Safeway Inc.(SWY)

Safeway Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates as a food and drug retailer in North America. The company operates stores that provide an array of grocery items, food, and general merchandise, as well as features specialty departments, such as bakery, delicatessen, floral, and pharmacy, as well as coffee shops and fuel centers. It also offers SELECT line of products that include baked goods, sparkling ciders and lemonades, salsas, whole bean coffees, frozen pizzas and entrees, and fresh and dry pastas and sauces, as well as an array of ice creams, hors d'oeuvres, and desserts; O ORGANICS line, which comprises milk, chicken, salads, juices, and entrees; Lucerne line of dairy products; Eating Right line of better-for-you products; Bright Green line of home care products; Total Pet Care line of pet foods and pet care products; and Value Red line of value-priced paper goods. As of December 31, 2009, Safeway operated approximately 1,725 stores in California, Oregon, Wash ington, Alaska, Colorado, Arizona, Texas, the Chicago metropolitan area, and the Mid-Atlantic region, as well as British Columbia, Alberta and Manitoba/Saskatchewan. In addition, the company owns and operates GroceryWorks.com Operating Company, LLC, an online grocery channel, doing business under the names Safeway.com, Vons.com, and Genuardis.com; and Blackhawk Network Holdings, Inc., which provides third-party gift cards, prepaid cards, telecom cards, and sports and entertainment cards to North American retailers for sale to retail customers. Additionally, it engages in gift card businesses in the United Kingdom, France, Mexico, and Australia. Further, the company, through a 49% ownership interest in Casa Ley, S.A. de C.V. operates 156 food and general merchandise stores in Western Mexico. The company was formerly known as Safeway Stores, Incorporated and changed its name to Safeway Inc. in February 1990. Safeway was founded in 1915 and is based in Pleasanton, California. Advisors' Opinion:

  • [By Charles Sizemore]

    Supermarket giants Albertsons and Safeway (SWY) made news last week by agreeing to merge, creating a combined company that will fall just shy of Kroger (KR) in terms of store count. Cerberus Capital, the private equity firm that owns Albertsons, has offered to pay $40 per share for Safeway.

Best Canadian Companies To Own In Right Now: 3M Company(MMM)

3M Company, together with subsidiaries, operates as a diversified technology company worldwide. The company?s Industrial and Transportation segment offers tapes, coated and non-woven abrasives, adhesives, specialty materials, filtration products, energy control products, closure systems for personal hygiene products, acoustic systems products, and components and products that are used in the manufacture, repair, and maintenance of automotive, marine, aircraft, and specialty vehicles. Its Health Care segment provides medical and surgical supplies, skin health and infection prevention products, inhalation and transdermal drug delivery systems, dental and orthodontic products, health information systems, and food safety products. The company?s Display and Graphics offers optical film solutions for LCD electronic displays; computer screen filters; reflective sheeting for transportation safety; commercial graphics sheeting and systems; and mobile interactive solutions, includin g mobile display technology, visual systems products, and computer privacy filters. The company?s Consumer and Office segment provides office supply products, stationery products, construction and home improvement products, home care products, protective material products, certain consumer retail personal safety products, and consumer health care products. Its Safety, Security and Protection Services segment offers personal protection products, safety and security products, cleaning and protection products for commercial establishments, track and trace solutions, and roofing granules for asphalt shingles. The company?s Electro and Communications segment provides packaging and interconnection devices; fluids that are used in the manufacture of computer chips, and for cooling electronics and lubricating computer hard disk drives; high-temperature and display tapes; insulating materials, including tapes and resins; and related items. The company was founded in 1902 and is based in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Advisors' Opinion:
  • [By John Kell]

    3M Co.(MMM) unveiled a new $12 billion share-buyback program, continuing the industrial-products maker’s practice of using cash flow to fund shareholder-friendly moves. Shares edged up 1.2% to $128.28 premarket.

  • [By Alex Planes]

    Tale of the tape
    3M (NYSE: MMM  ) is a Jack-of-all-manufacturing-trades for the Dow. The Minnesota-based company (the first "M" stands for its state of origin) will soon reach its 37th Dow-niversary, and it will celebrate as it typically does: by working hard to develop innovative new industrial products. Since its founding in 1902, 3M has become a leading producer of a wide range of products, including bandages, cleaning products, paint, filtration, and sticky notes. 3M's consistency will make it a formidable opponent to its challenger...

  • [By Matt Thalman]

    On Thursday, 3M (NYSE: MMM  ) kicks things off before the opening bell and is expected to post earnings per share of $1.70. With the company's previously expected top-line growth of around 2% to 6%, it will be interesting to see if management can pull off that feat as major world economies are still struggling. With China's GDP growth continuing to slow, I'll be looking at how 3M performed in that market and see whether any headway is being made in Europe, as the whole EU remains flat on a GDP basis.

  • [By John Divine]

    The last highlight in the index came from global conglomerate 3M (NYSE: MMM  ) , which was able to show its power as the Dow's third-highest weighted component, when it slumped 2.8% Thursday. Revenue wasn't up to par in the first quarter, coming in just under the $7.8 billion estimate at $7.6 billion. To make matters worse, it lowered its earnings outlook for the 2013 fiscal year, reflecting a sluggish electronics market.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Target Corporation Plans to Open Earlier on Thanksgiving Day (TGT)

On Monday, retail giant Target (TGT) announced that its stores will be open on Thanksgiving day, giving shoppers early access to its Black Friday deals.

Beginning at 8:00 pm on Thanksgiving day, Target shoppers will have access to the store’s doorbuster deals, which will take place in store and online from Thursday November 28 to Saturday November 30. Some of Target’s doorbuster deals include Apple iPad Minis for only $299 and the new iPad Air for $479.

Commenting on Target’s Thanksgiving Day plans, executive vice president Kathee Tesija noted “For both our guests and team members, Black Friday is an exciting event that officially marks the beginning of the holiday shopping season. By offering advance access to deals at Target.com and opening our stores earlier, we are making it easier for guests to build a Black Friday ritual that works for them. No matter where or when they choose to shop at Target, guests will be able to kick off their holiday shopping with deep discounts on a wide variety of the season's most popular items.”

Target shares inched 0.88% higher during Monday’s session. Year-to-date, the stock is up 10.69%.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Top 10 Value Stocks To Buy Right Now

Top 10 Value Stocks To Buy Right Now: Schlumberger N.V.(SLB)

Schlumberger Limited, together with its subsidiaries, supplies technology, integrated project management, and information solutions to the oil and gas exploration and production industries worldwide. The company?s Oilfield Services segment provides exploration and production services; wireline technology that offers open-hole and cased-hole services; supplies engineering support, directional-drilling, measurement-while-drilling, and logging-while-drilling services; and testing services. This segment also offers well services; supplies well completion services and equipment; artificial lift; data and consulting services; geo services; and information solutions, such as consulting, software, information management system, and IT infrastructure services that support oil and gas industry. Its WesternGeco segment provides reservoir imaging, monitoring, and development services; and operates data processing centers and multiclient seismic library. This segment also offers variou s services include 3D and time-lapse (4D) seismic surveys to multi-component surveys for delineating prospects and reservoir management. The company?s M-I SWACO segment supplies drilling fluid systems to improve drilling performance; fluid systems and specialty tools to optimize wellbore productivity; production technology solutions to maximize production rates; and environmental solutions that manages waste volumes generated in drilling and production operations. Its Smith Oilfield segment designs, manufactures, and markets drill bits and borehole enlargement tools; and supplies drilling tools and services, tubular, completion services, and other related downhole solutions. The company?s Distribution segment markets pipes, valves, and fittings, as well as mill, safety, and other maintenance products. This segment also provides warehouse management, vendor integration, and inven! tory management services. Schlumberger Limited was founded in 1927 and is based in Houston, Texas .

Advisors' Opinion:
  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Stocks with low turnover include Philip Morris International (PM), Schlumberger (SLB), Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), General Electric (GE) and Automatic Data Processing (ADP).

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    We see several potential sources of continued activity as: (i) Schlumberger (SLB) may look to recapture #1 spot in revenues if Halliburton/Baker Hughes do merge; (ii) Halliburton/Baker Hughes may look to plug their seismic service gap (seismic has been the worst-performing industry sub-segment this year); (iii) Halliburton/Baker Hughes may be forced to divest US assets in order to pass antitrust review. Other potential buyers could include oilfield pure-plays, which may be looking to shift exposure away from offshore rigs and more towards completion/production technologies, or large diversified industrials seeking to capitalize on their strong relative share price performance vs. the energy industry.

  • [By Johanna Bennett]

    Earlier this week, analysts at Credit Suisse reduced earnings estimates for Halliburton, Baker Hughes, Schlumberger (SLB) and Weatherford International (WFT).

  • [By Jonas Elmerraji]

    Most of the selling last quarter took place in the energy sector -- and within it, no single stock got sold off as hard by funds as Schlumberger (SLB). All told, funds unloaded more than 4.57 million shares of the oil field servicer, a stake that's worth close to $430 million at current price levels. So, should you sell too? Not so fast.

    Schlumberger is the biggest oil service company on the planet. The firm's revenues come from a menu of specialized field services such as seismic surveys and well drilling and positioning. In a nutshell, SLB's job is to pull oil out of the ground as efficiently as possible -- and with oil prices in freefall, SLB's value proposition ma! tters mor! e now than it did when crude was trading in the triple-digits. Oil firms turn to Schlumberger because the tasks they need to accomplish are too nuanced or proprietary to pull off in-house. And that gives the firm a deep economic moat.

    Another part of SLB's deep moat comes from boots on the ground. Because Schlumberger is on-site at its clients' well locations, the firm is able to sell more complementary services at one time. The energy sector has gotten shellacked in the last few months, and frankly, that downward pressure isn't showing any signs of letting up. That said, SLB's revenues don't ebb and flow exactly in step with crude prices (unlike its clients), and shares look oversold here.

  • source from Top Stocks For 2015:http://www.topstocksblog.com/top-10-value-stocks-to-buy-right-now-3.html

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Top 10 Life Sciences Stocks To Buy For 2015

Top 10 Life Sciences Stocks To Buy For 2015: USA Technologies Inc.(USAT)

USA Technologies, Inc. supplies cashless, remote management, reporting, and energy management solutions for the unattended point of sale market primarily in the United States. The company offers networked devices and associated services that enable the owners and operators of stand-alone distributed assets, such as vending machines, kiosks, personal computers, photocopiers, and laundry equipment the ability to remotely monitor, control, and report on the results of these distributed assets, as well as the ability to offer their customers cashless payment options. Its products include Intelligent Vending, an ePort connect solution for the vending industry; Kiosk, an ePort solution that offers an electronic payment option and Web-based remote monitoring and management for various kiosk types; eSuds, a solution for the commercial laundry industry; Business Express, which provides self-service business center solutions to the hotel and motel industry; and ePort Transact soluti on for the self-service business center devices, such as printers and copy machines. The company also manufactures and sells energy conservation products comprising VendingMiser, CoolerMiser, VM2IQ and CM2IQ, SnackMiser, and PlugMiser for various existing equipment, including refrigerated vending machines and glass front coolers. USA Technologies, Inc. was founded in 1992 and is based in Malvern, Pennsylvania.

Advisors' Opinion:
  • [By Monica Gerson]

    USA Technologies (NASDAQ: USAT) is projected to report its Q3 earnings at $0.00 per share on revenue of $10.63 million.

    P&F Industries (NASDAQ: PFIN) is expected to report its quarterly results.

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    USA Technologies (NASDAQ: USAT) is estimated to report its Q4 earnings at $0.02 per share on revenue of $9.89 million.

    Vail Resorts (NYSE: MTN) is projected to post a Q4 loss at $1.71 per share on revenue of $117.82 m! illion.

  • source from Top Stocks To Buy For 2015:http://www.topstocksforum.com/top-10-life-sciences-stocks-to-buy-for-2015-3.html

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Hot India Stocks For 2015

Hot India Stocks For 2015: Tata Motors Ltd(TTM)

Tata Motors Limited, an automobile company, engages in the manufacture and sale of commercial and passenger vehicles primarily in India. The company offers cars, utility vehicles, trucks, buses and coaches, and defense vehicles, as well as develops electric and hybrid vehicles for personal and public transportation. It also involves in distributing and marketing cars; and financing the vehicles sold by the company. In addition, the company engages in the provision of engineering and automotive solutions, as well as machine tools and factory automation solutions; construction equipment manufacturing; automotive vehicle components manufacturing and supply chain activities; tooling and plastic and electronic components for automotive and computer applications; and automotive retailing and service operations. It offers its products and services through its dealership, sales, services, and spare parts network. The company also markets its commercial and passenger vehicles in Eu rope, Africa, the Middle East, South East Asia, South Asia, and South America. The company was formerly known as Tata Engineering and Locomotive Company Limited and changed its name to Tata Motors Limited in July 2003. Tata Motors Limited was founded in 1945 and is based in Mumbai, India.

Advisors' Opinion:
  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Among car makers, the Cadillac brand from General Motors Co. (NYSE: GM), the Lincoln brand from Ford Motor Co. (NYSE: F), and Toyota Motor Corp.’s (NYSE: TM) Lexus brand make the list, as does Jaguar, which is owned by India’s Tata Motors Ltd. (NYSE: TTM).

  • [By Sophia Yan]

    Shares of Tata Motors (TTM) tumbled almost 5% in morning trading in Mumbai as investors reacted to news of Slym's death. Tata Motors also owns Jaguar and Land Rover brands.

  • [By Trey Thoelcke]

    The rise of VW could hit! GM particularly hard, both in terms of reputation and in earnings. GM said it was looking to introduce four new Chevrolet models in China next year, as well as to expand its low-cost Baojun brand. Chinese buyers could already be looking elsewhere though, given the rise of VW and of Tata Motors Ltd. (NYSE: TTM), which sells cars under the Jaguar and Range Rover brands. Sales of Tata vehicles have risen sharply in the past year, and the company is set to begin producing cars in China.

  • source from Top Stocks For 2015:http://www.topstocksblog.com/hot-india-stocks-for-2015-5.html

Monday, February 16, 2015

Owl Spring Targets Activism with a Hedge

Corrected from 2:54 p.m. to reference investment in International Game Technology (IGT) and not International Technology Group (ITG)

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Activist investors such as Carl Icahn, Jeffrey Ubben of ValueAct Capital, Nelson Peltz of Trian Management and Bill Ackman of Pershing Square have spent 2013 engaging companies as big as Apple (AAPL), Microsoft (MSFT), Pepsico (PEP) and Procter & Gamble (PG), however, some funds entering the business are content to take on smaller parts of the stock market.

Owl Spring Asset Management, a combination of Ader Investment Management and Cumberland Associates, is poised to launch with $225 million in assets under management and a strategy of imparting change at under-performing or mismanaged companies between $200 million and $2 billion in size. The firm will also look to hedge its investments with a portfolio of short positions that may be unique among so-called activist funds.

The fund's creation, which was announced on Wednesday, also comes at a time when small and mid-sized firms are generally overlooked by the business press and retail investors. Meanwhile, a rising number of initial public offerings in 2013 and the poor performance of some once high-profile firms is creating a new crop of companies for activists and value investors to target.

Owl Spring will be run by Jason Ader, a prominent gaming analyst who successfully advocated board changes at International Game Technology  (ITG) this year with his firm Ader Investment Management. Ader will be joined by Andrew Wallach, the CEO of Cumberland Associates, the predecessor of Owl Spring Asset Management. Cumberland Associates also has a record of value and change-based investments. The firm was part of a group of funds that recapitalized auto parts supplier Visteon (VC) after the firm's 2009 bankruptcy and helped it re-emerge as a public company. In the past, year Visteon has also changed CEOs, streamlined its assets and increased its share buyback authorization to $1 billion. According to a spokesperson, Ader Investment Management has returned 40.05% this year, following a 14.92% in 2012, while Cumberland Associates has posted an impressive annualized 14.5% rate of return over 43 years. SEC filings as of June 30 show that United Rentals (URI), Liberty Media (LMCA), General Motors (GM), GenCorp (GY) and AIG (AIG) were Cumberland's top holdings. The fund also opened position in Regions Financial (RF) and ING US (VOYA) in the second quarter, the filings show. Ader and Wallach spoke in a telephone interview about their strategy to grow Owl Spring into a "constructivist" fund. The firm will concentrate on debt and equity investments across the retail, technology, media, gaming, financial and energy sector. In spite of a rash of activist investments in 2013 and the rise of new funds such as Starboard Value, Barington Capital, Marcato Capital, Ader and Wallach say there are plenty of opportunities for investors seeking to create value by way improving poor capital allocation or corporate governance policies. They also don't appear to be overly concerned about a rise in stock market valuations through 2013. "I personally have found it is more useful to think about absolute valuation than relative valuation," Wallach said of current market valuations. With new companies hitting 52-week lows on a daily basis, he said the trick will be identifying firms with the ability to recover. Owl Spring will concentrate on debt and equity investments across sectors like retail, technology, media, gaming, financials and energy. Wallach highlighted the technology sector as a particularly tricky part of the market where Owl Spring may be able to identify value. He said many firms in the technology space trade at low multiples and have inefficient balance sheets that could support stock buybacks and dividends. Some tech firms may also have longer lives than investors may expect, Wallach said, citing a potential consolidation of semi-conductor firms as an opportunity. Ader added that in deciding between tech firms that are value traps and those that could present an opportunity for an activist he often asks: "Would anyone care if this business went away?" In the case of Blockbuster the answer was clearly no, however, Ader said firms such as Yahoo (YHOO), with its popular Asian businesses, prove some firms have longer life spans than the market may expect. When asked about BlackBerry (BBRY), Ader said he had friends on Wall Street that would care if the business went away. "I do see value there and it is one that is interesting," Ader said of BlackBerry.

Ader cautioned about the ability for activists to impart change within the banking sector, given the Federal Reserve's influence in approving board directors. Even if a firm like Owl Spring were to win a proxy contest, there is no guarantee their seat would be approved by the Fed, Ader said. Owl Spring will start with $225 million in combined capital and it will plan to bring in new partners through 2014. They, however, don't plan to do significant advertising given a long-standing investor base. -- Written by Antoine Gara in New York. Follow @antoinegara

Sunday, February 15, 2015

5 Stocks Under $10 to Trade for Breakouts

DELAFIELD, Wis. (Stockpickr) -- At Stockpickr, we track daily portfolios of stocks that are the biggest percentage gainers and the biggest percentage losers.

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Stocks that are making large moves like these are favorites among short-term traders because they can jump into these names and try to capture some of that massive volatility. Stocks that are making big-percentage moves either up or down are usually in play because their sector is becoming attractive or they have a major fundamental catalyst such as a recent earnings release. Sometimes stocks making big moves have been hit with an analyst upgrade or an analyst downgrade.

Regardless of the reason behind it, when a stock makes a large-percentage move, it is often just the start of a new major trend -- a trend that can lead to huge profits. If you time your trade correctly, combining technical indicators with fundamental trends, discipline and sound money management, you will be well on your way to investment success.

>>5 Stocks Poised for Breakouts

With that in mind, let's take a closer look at a several stocks under $10 that are making large moves to the upside today.

Fuelcell Energy

Fuelcell Energy (FCEL), an integrated fuel cell company, designs, manufactures, sells, installs, operates and services ultra-clean, highly efficient stationary fuel cell power plants for distributed baseload power generation. This stock closed up 1.5% to $1.32 in Tuesday's trading session.

Tuesday's Range: $1.30-$1.35

52-Week Range: $0.83-$1.64

Tuesday's Volume: 2.37 million

Three-Month Average Volume: 1.59 million

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From a technical perspective, FCEL trended modestly higher here right above its 50-day moving average of $1.25 with heavy upside volume. This stock has been uptrending for the last few weeks, with shares moving higher from its low of $1.18 to its intraday high of $1.35 with strong upside volume flows. During that move, shares of FCEL have been consistently making higher lows and higher highs, which is bullish technical price action. That move has now pushed shares of FCEL within range of triggering a big breakout trade. That trade will hit if FCEL manages to take out some near-term overhead resistance levels at $1.35 to $1.41 with high volume.

Traders should now look for long-biased trades in FCEL as long as it's trending above its 50-day at $1.25 or above $1.20 and then once it sustains a move or close above those breakout levels with volume that hits near or above 1.59 million shares. If that breakout hits soon, then FCEL will set up to re-test or possibly take out its next major overhead resistance levels at $1.64 to $1.95.

Mecox

Mecox (MCOX) offers a selection of products apparel, accessories and home and healthcare products through its online platform and third party e-commerce Web sites. It also sells products through a physical store network and call centers. This stock closed up 16.5% to $4.58 in Tuesday's trading session.

Tuesday's Range: $3.76-$4.69

52-Week Range: $1.67-$7.88

Tuesday's Volume: 161,000

Three-Month Average Volume: 251,515

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From a technical perspective, MCOX exploded higher here right off its 50-day moving average of $3.92 with lighter-than average volume. This move is quickly pushing shares of MOCX within range of triggering a big breakout trade. That trade will hit if MCOX manages to take out Tuesday's high of $4.69 and then once it clears some more near-term overhead resistance at $4.80 to its gap down day high from August at $5.15 with high volume.

Traders should now look for long-biased trades in MCOX as long as it's trending above its 50-day at $3.92 or above Tuesday's low of $3.76 and then once it sustains a move or close above those breakout levels with volume that hits near or above 251,515 shares. If that breakout hits soon, then MCOX will set up to re-fill some of its previous gap down zone that started at $7.88.

Odyssey Marine Exploration

Odyssey Marine Exploration (OMEX) is engaged in deep-ocean shipwreck and mineral exploration, with expertise in search technology and archaeological recovery operations on deep-ocean shipwrecks throughout the world. This stock closed up 11.4% to $2.93 in Tuesday's trading session.

Tuesday's Range: $2.68-$2.98

52-Week Range: $2.41-$3.70

Thursday's Volume: 2.83 million

Three-Month Average Volume: 726,822

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From a technical perspective, OMEX soared higher here right above some near-term support at $2.58 and back above its 50-day moving average of $2.92 with monster upside volume. This move pushed shares of OMEX into breakout territory, since the stock took out some near-term overhead resistance at $2.83. Shares of OMEX are now moving within range of triggering another big breakout trade. That trade will hit if OMEX manages to take out some near-term overhead resistance levels at $2.99 to $3.16 with high volume.

Traders should now look for long-biased trades in OMEX as long as it's trending above $2.83 or above Tuesday's low of $2.68 and then once it sustains a move or close above those breakout levels with volume that hits near or above 726,822 shares. If that breakout triggers soon, then OMEX will set up to re-test or possibly take out its next major overhead resistance levels at $3.50 to $3.65.

PharmAthene

PharmAthene (PIP) is engaged in the development and commercialization of medical countermeasures against biological and chemical weapons in the U.S. This stock closed up 2.8% to $2.17 in Tuesday's trading session.

Tuesday's Range: $2.10-$2.22

52-Week Range: $0.98-$2.42

Thursday's Volume: 140,000

Three-Month Average Volume: 263,203

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From a technical perspective, PIP trended higher here right off its 50-day moving average of $2.08 with lighter-than-average volume. This move briefly pushed shares of PIP into breakout territory, since the stock took out some near-term overhead resistance at $2.18, before close at $2.17. Shares of PIP are now trending within range of triggering a major breakout trade. That trade will hit if PIP manages to take out some near-term overhead resistance levels at $2.27 to $2.27, and then once it takes out its 52-week high at $2.42 with high volume.

Traders should now look for long-biased trades in PIP as long as it's trending above its 50-day at $2.08 or above more near-term support at $2.06, and then once it sustains a move or close above those breakout levels with volume that hits near or above 263,203 shares. If that breakout triggers soon, then PIP will set up to enter new 52-week-high territory above $2.42, which is bullish technical price action. Some possible upside targets off that breakout are $3 to $3.35.

Xueda Education Group

Xueda Education Group (XUE) is engaged in providing private personalized tutoring services in the PRC. This stock closed up 7.8% to $4.81 in Tuesday's trading session.

Tuesday's Range: $4.52-$4.98

52-Week Range: $2.30-$5

Thursday's Volume: 677,000

Three-Month Average Volume: 102,226

From a technical perspective, XUE spiked sharply higher here and broke out above some near-term overhead resistance at $4.60 with heavy upside volume. This stock has been uptrending strong for the last five months, with shares soaring higher from its low of $2.84 to its recent high of $5. During that uptrend, shares of XUE have been consistently making higher lows and higher highs, which is bullish technical price action. That move has now pushed shares of XUE within range of triggering a major breakout trade. That trade will hit if XUE manages to take out its 52-week high at $5 with high volume.

Traders should now look for long-biased trades in XUE as long as it's trending above its 50-day at $4.23 or above more key near-term support at $4 and then once it sustains a move or close above its 52-week high at $5 with volume that hits near or above 102,226 shares. If that breakout triggers soon, then XUE will set up to enter new 52-week-high territory, which is bullish technical price action. Some possible upside targets off that move are its next major overhead resistance levels at $6 to $7.

To see more stocks that are making notable moves higher today, check out the Stocks Under $10 Moving Higher portfolio on Stockpickr.

-- Written by Roberto Pedone in Delafield, Wis.


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At the time of publication, author had no positions in stocks mentioned.

Roberto Pedone, based out of Delafield, Wis., is an independent trader who focuses on technical analysis for small- and large-cap stocks, options, futures, commodities and currencies. Roberto studied international business at the Milwaukee School of Engineering, and he spent a year overseas studying business in Lubeck, Germany. His work has appeared on financial outlets including

CNBC.com and Forbes.com. You can follow Pedone on Twitter at www.twitter.com/zerosum24 or @zerosum24.


Saturday, February 14, 2015

EV Energy Partners to Acquire Natural Gas Properties from Carrizo (EVEP, CRZO)

EV Energy Partners, L.P. (EVEP) announced on Friday that it will acquire natural gas assets from Carrizo Oil and Gas, Inc (CRZO).

With the help of institutional partnerships managed by EnerVest, EVEP will acquire a 31% stake in natural gas properties in the Barnett Shale from CRZO for $67.6 million. Including the partnerships managed by EnerVest, the deal will be worth a total of $218 million.

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The deal has been approved by the board of directors of both companies and is expected to be finalized on October 31. The assets include 82 wells and over 17,000 gross acres.

EV Energy shares were mostly flat during pre-market trading Friday. The stock is down 36% YTD.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Back To School: Save Thousands Of Dollars With Education Tax Credits

(UPDATE: The giveaway is now closed. We have a winner! See the comments for more info.)

It's Back To School Week on the blog!

Education tax credits can help you pay for the costs of higher education. Credits are great because they are dollar for dollar reductions in your taxes due as opposed to deductions which merely reduce your income subject to tax. Additionally, sometimes, as with the American Opportunity Credit, you can actually get money back with credits – even if you don't owe any tax!

There are two credits that you should know about:

The American Opportunity Credit (the souped up Hope Credit) is worth up to $2,500 per eligible student. An eligible student must be pursuing an undergraduate degree or other recognized education credential; be enrolled at least half time for at least one academic period that begins during the tax year; and may not have a felony drug conviction.

You figure the credit by adding 100% of the first $2,000 of qualified education expenses you paid for the eligible student, and 25% of the next $2,000 of qualified education expenses you paid for that student.

Forty percent of the American Opportunity Credit may be refundable. This means that if the refundable portion of your credit is more than your tax, the excess (up to $1,000) will be refunded to you – even if you owe zero tax.

The Lifetime Learning Credit is a credit of up to $2,000 for qualified education expenses paid for all eligible students.

Unlike the American Opportunity Credit, there is no limit on the number of years the lifetime learning credit can be claimed for each student. This makes the credit particularly attractive for graduate students or those students taking only a few classes.

The credit is completely nonrefundable. And, also unlike the American Opportunity Credit, felony drug convictions don't affect eligibility.

For purposes of both credits, qualified expenses include tuition and fees required for enrollment. This includes amounts you were required to pay to the institution for course-related books, supplies and equipment. Equipment may include a computer and other technology related accessories if those are needed as a condition of enrollment or attendance at the educational institution.

Qualified education expenses do not include amounts paid for insurance, medical expenses (including student health fees), transportation, room and board and similar personal, living, or family expenses – even if the payment of these expenses are a condition of enrollment or attendance.

You cannot claim either of these credits if someone else claims you as a dependent on his or her tax return. Both credits are subject to income limitations and may be reduced or eliminated depending on your income.

As with the tuition and fees deduction, you can use money that you borrow in order to calculate the credit but you cannot claim the credit based on expenses paid with tax-free scholarship, fellowship or grant money, a Coverdell education savings account, tax-free savings bond interest or employer-provided education assistance.

Remember that you can't claim the tuition and fees deduction and education credits for the same tax year. You'll want to run the math and figure out which is most beneficial to you. Remember, every little bit counts.

And that brings us to our next giveaway!

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Best Healthcare Technology Companies To Watch In Right Now

Anyone who was sitting at a trading desk on May 6, 2010 -- as I was -- remembers the flash crash as one of the most unusual trading days ever recorded. While on a much smaller scale, yesterday's Twitter-induced mini flash crash, or "flash crash 2.0," is likely to have important ramifications. Not only have structural weaknesses in the nature of trading news been highlighted, but the potential impact of weak security in social networking will be discussed in a new light. The ensuing investigation, which will primarily focus on the hackers who initiated the bogus tweet, may reveal a great deal about how market structures need to be addressed.

Flash crash 1.0
The first flash crash was determined to have been caused by the sale of a large block of S&P 500 (SNPINDEX: ^GSPC  ) e-mini futures contracts, triggering cascading program-trading that resulted in a 9% drop of the overall market. Essentially, the initial sale triggered various computer models to hit critical levels. When these levels were hit, sales were entered, driving prices lower. The mythical self-fulfilling prophecy came to Wall Street and drove things crazy long enough to wreak havoc.

Hot Canadian Stocks To Own Right Now: Virgin Australia Holdings Ltd (VBHLF)

Virgin Australia Holdings Limited (VAH) is an Australia-based company engaged in the development and operation of domestic and international airlines. VAH�� fleet includes ATR-72, Embraer 190, Boeing 737-700, Boeing 737-800, AIRBUS A330 and Boeing 777-300ER. It product includes Airbus A330 Business Class. During the fiscal year ended June 30, 2012, the Company carried 19,468,929 guests on 216 city pairs to 52 destinations, and operated 162,817 flights. On February 22, 2012, under the proposal, all of the shares in the international airline business of Virgin Australia were transferred to a new holding company, Virgin Australia International Holdings Pty Ltd. In April 2013, it acquired 100% of the issued share capital in Skywest Airlines Ltd. In July 2013, Virgin Australia Holdings Limited announced that it has acquired 60% interest of Tiger Airways Australia Pty Limited from Tiger Airways Holdings Limited. Advisors' Opinion:
  • [By MARKETWATCH]

    LOS ANGELES (MarketWatch) -- Australian stocks gave ground in early Friday trading, with banks broadly lower after overnight losses in the U.S., where investors worried that better-than-expected data would prompt the Federal Reserve to roll back stimulus soon. The S&P/ASX 200 (AU:XJO) lost 0.4% to 5,178.30, as National Australia Bank Ltd. (AU:NAB) (NAUBF) fell 1.8%, Australia & New Zealand Banking Group (AU:ANZ) (ANEWF) lost 0.8%, and Macquarie Group Ltd. (AU:MQG) (MCQEF) retreated 1.3%. Among the resource shares, losses for gold both in New York and in early Asian electronic trade helped send Evolution Mining Ltd. (AU:EVN) (CAHPF) down 1.9% and Kingsgate Consolidated Ltd. (AU:KCN) (KSKGF) off 4.5%, though Newcrest Mining Ltd. (AU:NCM) (NCMGF) held the drop to 0.4%. Oil prices managed a modest gain, however, resulting in a 0.2% rise for Oil Search Ltd. (AU:OSH) (OISHF) and Karoon Gas Australia Ltd. (AU:KAR) (KRNGF) , while Woodside Petroleum Ltd. (AU:WPL)

Best Healthcare Technology Companies To Watch In Right Now: Capital Bank Financial Corp (CBF)

Capital Bank Financial Corp, formerly North American Financial Holdings, Inc., incorporated in 2009, is a bank holding Company. The Company focuses on creating a regional banking franchise in the southeastern region of the United States through organic growth and acquisitions of other banks. As of March 31, 2011, the Bank operated 82 branches in Florida, North Carolina and South Carolina. On July 16, 2010, the Bank acquired approximately $1.2 billion of assets and assumed approximately $960.1 million of deposits of three banks from the federal deposit insurance corporation (FDIC): First National Bank of the South in Spartanburg, South Carolina, Metro Bank of Dade County in Miami, Florida and Turnberry Bank in Aventura, Florida. On September 30, 2010 and January 28, 2011, the Bank consummated controlling investments in TIB Financial and Capital Bank Corp., respectively. The Bank�� products and services included commercial bank business, consumer bank business, Mortgage Banking, and Private Banking, Trust and Investment Management. In October 2012, it acquired Southern Community Financial Corp.

Lending activities

As of March 31, 2011, the Bank�� loans included: Real estate mortgage loans, Commercial and agricultural loans and Home equity loans. Real estate mortgage loans include: Commercial, Residential, and Construction and vacant land. As of March 31, 2011, covered loans were $656.6 million, representing 22.3% of its loan portfolio. As of March 31, 2011, non-covered loans were $2.3 billion, representing 77.6% of its loan portfolio. As of March 31, 2011, loans related to real estate totaled $2.6 billion (or 87% of the Bank�� total loan portfolio). At March 31, 2011, commercial real estate loans in all regions totaled $1.8 billion.

Investment activities

Investment securities represent a major portion of the Bank�� assets. As of March 31, 2011, the Bank�� investment securities included mortgage backed securities, United States government agen! cies, states and political subdivisions, corporate bonds, equity, collateralized debt obligations and foreign government. Of the securities in the portfolio, 94% were rated AAA, and 97% were rated A or higher.

Sources of Funds

As of March 31, 2011, the Bank�� deposits included Non-interest demand deposit accounts, Interest Bearing demand deposit accounts, Savings and Money Market. It also included Customer Time Deposits and Wholesale Time Deposits. At March 31, 2011, total deposits were $3.5 billion of which $3.4 billion (or 97%) were non-brokered deposits and $94.4 million (or 3%) were brokered deposits. At March 31, 2011, the Bank�� core deposits (which are all deposits other than time deposits) consisted of $463.2 million of non-interest checking, $430.7 million of negotiable order of withdrawal accounts, $157.5 million of savings accounts and $456.2 million of money market deposits.

The Bank competes with Bank of America, Wells Fargo, BB&T, First Citizens, Royal Bank of Canada, SunTrust, Regions, FNB United Corp., Toronto-Dominion, Synovus, First Financial, SCBT, JPMorgan Chase, Citigroup, EverBank, Fifth Third Bancorp, First Horizon, Pinnacle Financial, First South and U.S. Bancorp.

Advisors' Opinion:
  • [By Tim Melvin]

    The year ahead should be a great one for the smaller bank stocks. Larger regionals like Huntington Bancorp (HBAN) and Capital Ban Financial (CBF) have made it clear they intend to grow by acquisition in the years ahead. Banks like First Merit (FMER) and First Merchants (FRME) have done deals in the past year and are open to doing more to increase their market share and footprints. This should be the year the floodgates open and we see the first wave of merger activity in small banks.

Best Healthcare Technology Companies To Watch In Right Now: iShares Core S&P Small-Cap ETF (IJR)

iShares Core S&P Small-Cap ETF, formerly iShares S&P SmallCap 600 Index Fund, seeks investment results that correspond generally to the price and yield performance of the Standard & Poor's SmallCap 600 Index (the Index). The Index measures the performance of publicly traded securities in the small-capitalization sector of the United States equity market. The Index serves as the underlying index for the S&P 600/Citigroup Growth and Value Index series. The component stocks are weighted according to the total float-adjusted market value of their outstanding shares. The component stocks in the Index have a market capitalization between $300 million and $1 billion (which may fluctuate depending on the overall level of the equity markets), and are selected for liquidity and industry group representation. The Index is adjusted to reflect changes in capitalization resulting from mergers, acquisition, stock rights, substitutions and other capital events.

The Fund invests in a representative sample of securities included in the Index that collectively has an investment profile similar to the Index. iShares S&P SmallCap 600 Index Fund�� investment advisor is Barclays Global Fund Advisors.

Advisors' Opinion:
  • [By Tom Aspray]

    I still think the emerging markets may be the surprise in 2014 as the technical outlook has improved but a bottom has not yet been confirmed. The more active investor should consider investing in several index-tracking ETFs, but in volatile areas, like the emerging markets, the percentage commitment should be kept low. One should consider not only the large-cap S&P 500 but also the small-cap sectors like iShares S&P 600 Small-Cap (IJR), which I recommended last Wednesday.

  • [By John Udovich]

    One of the most famous scenes in the cult classic, the Graduate, was when Mr. McGuire�took Dustin Hoffman�� character aside and said�"Ben, I want to say one word to you, just one word: Plastics"; but what about the Berry Plastics Group Inc (NYSE: BERY) and its performance verses that of the�iShares S&P 500 Index ETF (NYSEARCA: IVV), iShares Russell Midcap Index Fund ETF (NYSEARCA: IWR) and iShares S&P SmallCap 600 Index ETF (NYSEARCA: IJR)? I should mention that plastics and the Berry Plastics Group was not the place to be yesterday as the stock took a tumble on reduced guidance.

  • [By Chris Ciovacco]

    In Thursday's ETF analysis, evidence is presented that supports increasing demand for assets that get a tailwind from a weak U.S. dollar, including emerging markets (EEM) and foreign stocks (EFA). Casting a wider economic net, our market model told us to start buying stocks last week even with the threat of a U.S. default. Wednesday, we continued with our incremental allocation shifts by adding some exposure to the energy sector. Thursday, we sat tight holding long positions in small caps (IJR), Europe (FEZ), emerging markets and technology (QQQ). The upper bounds of the bullish S&P 500 trend channel shown below may offer some resistance to the market's near vertical ascent.

Best Healthcare Technology Companies To Watch In Right Now: Alimera Sciences Inc.(ALIM)

Alimera Sciences, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company, engages in the research, development, and commercialization of prescription ophthalmic pharmaceuticals. The company focuses on diseases affecting the back of the eye or retina. The company is developing ILUVIEN, an intravitreal insert in phase-3 clinical trials for the treatment of diabetic macular edema (DME), which is a disease of the retina that affects individuals with diabetes and could lead to severe vision loss and blindness. Its ILUVIEN insert designed to be inserted into the patient?s eye to release a daily dose of fluocinolone acetonide over an anticipated period of 24 to 36 months. The company also conducts phase-2 clinical trials on ILUVIEN for the treatment of the dry form of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), the wet form of AMD, and retinal vein occlusion. In addition, it conducts testing on two classes of nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide phosphate oxidase inhibitors. Further, the company develops I LUVIEN inserter, a custom insertion system for ILUVIEN. Alimera Sciences, Inc. was founded in 2003 and is headquartered in Alpharetta, Georgia.

Advisors' Opinion:
  • [By Smith On Stocks]

    This note focuses on the implications of the complete response letter (CRL) received by Alimera (ALIM) for Iluvien. This product was developed by pSivida (PSDV) but was partnered with Alimera. This report deals only with the investment significance for pSivida.

  • [By John Kell]

    Specialty pharmaceutical firm pSivida Corp.(PSDV) said the U.S. Food and Drug Administration didn’t approve a treatment for an eye disease found in patients with diabetes. The company’s stock tumbled 47% to $2 premarket, while shares of Alimera Sciences Inc.(ALIM) were down 39% to $1.66, as the treatment is licensed and sold by Alimera in other markets.

Best Healthcare Technology Companies To Watch In Right Now: Destiny Media Technologies Inc (DSNY)

Destiny Media Technologies, Inc. (Destiny), incorporated on August 24, 1998, develops and markets services that enable the secure distribution of digital media content over the Internet. Destiny services are based around security, watermarking and playerless streaming media technologies. The Company carries out its business operations through its wholly owned subsidiary, Destiny Software Productions Inc., MPE Distribution, Inc. and Sonox Digital Inc. The Company�� products include Clipstream Legacy, Clipstream Next Generation, Clipstream Cloud and Play MPE. MPE enables content to be owned the way a recipient might own a digital versatile disc (DVD) or compact disc (CD's). Clipstream enables content to be securely streamed for temporary viewing or listening, similar to television or radio. Clipstream recipients don�� need a player and sites don�� need a streaming server.

Clipstream Legacy

Clipstream powered videos are integrated into video questionnaires for use in market research surveys.

Videos can be secured to play only from authorized uniform resource locator�� and they actively block screenscraping programs that might try to download the video locally. In addition, videos are watermarked, so the source of unauthorized content can be identified.

Clipstream Next Generation

The introduction of new browsers supporting hypertext markup language 5 has created an opportunity where video can be decompressed and rendered directly by the browser. Streaming video encoded in this format can be hosted from any brand of Web server and it plays directly across desktops, laptops, smart phones, tablets, e-book readers, Internet enabled television�� and other devices, including future devices still under development.

Clipstream Cloud

The cloud is managed by servers at one or more Destiny controlled facilities. The actual location where the content is stored and hosted is open ended. The Company is partnered with Amazon's! cloud services to provide hosting services, but some or all of the content can be moved in the future to other providers, including Destiny's own facilities. The business model is usage based. Users purchase a monthly package through an automated credit card sale, which limits the amount of transfer they are allowed in a month.

Play MPE

Play MPE is a digital delivery service for securely moving broadcast quality audio, video, images, promotional information and other digital content securely through the Internet. The system is used by the recording industry for transferring pre-release broadcast quality music, radio shows, and music videos to trusted recipients such as radio stations, media reviewers, very important person (VIP's),, disc jockey��(DJ's), film and telivision personnel, sports stadiums and retailers. The system replaces the physical distribution (mail, courier or hand delivery) of Compact discs.

Advisors' Opinion:
  • [By Tom Bemis]

    Few major companies are reporting after Monday�� bell. Results are expected from Destiny Media Technologies (DSNY) �, Stanley Furniture Co. (STLY) � and Peregrine Pharmaceuticals. (PPHM) �.

Best Healthcare Technology Companies To Watch In Right Now: Google Inc (GOOGL)

Google Inc. (Google), incorporated on October 22, 2002, is a global technology company. The Company�� business is primarily focused around key areas, such as search, advertising, operating systems and platforms, enterprise and hardware products. The Company generates revenue primarily by delivering online advertising. The Company also generates revenues from Motorola by selling hardware products. The Company provides its products and services in more than 100 languages and in more than 50 countries, regions, and territories. Effective September 16, 2013, Google Inc acquired Bump Technologies Inc. Effective October 22, 2013, Google Inc acquired FlexyCore, a developer of software. Effective December 6, 2013, Google Inc acquired the entire share capital of SCHAFT Inc. Effective December 14, 2013, Google Inc acquired Boston Dynamics Inc. Effective January 15, 2014, Google Inc acquired Impermium Corp, a developer of SaaS application software. Effective February 7, 2014, Google Inc acquired the remaining 88% interest in Nest Labs Inc. Effective February 21, 2014, Google Inc acquired Spider.io, a provider of online fraud detection services. Effective March 12, 2014, Google Inc acquired Green Throttle Games.

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The Company integrates features into its search service and offers specialized search services to help users tailor their search. The Company also offers product listing advertisements (ads), which include product information, such as product image, price, and merchant information, without requiring additional keywords or ad text. In January 2012, it launched Search plus Your World. During the year ended December 31, 2012, it also introduced Google Now and Google�� Knowledge Graph. Google Now is a search feature that gets the right information at just the right time. It tells the day�� weather before start of a day, how much traffic to expect before you leave for work or school, when the next train will arrive as you��e standing on the platform, or favorite team�! � score while they��e playing - all automatically with cards appearing throughout the day at the moment you need them. Google�� Knowledge Graph, enables the user to search for things, people or places that Google knows about-landmarks, celebrities, cities, sports teams, buildings, geographical features, movies, works of arts and more-and enhances Google Search in three ways: find the right thing, get the summary, and go deeper and broader.

Advertising

The Company�� AdWords is a primary auction-based advertising program, which delivers ads to search queries or Web content. With AdWords, advertisers create text-based ads that then appear beside related search results or Web content on its Websites and on thousands of partner Websites in its Google Network, which is the network of third parties that use its advertising programs to deliver relevant ads with search results and content. The Company also offers AdWords on a cost-per-impression basis that enables advertisers to pay the Company based on the number of times their ads appear on its Websites and the Company�� Google Network Members��Websites as specified by the advertiser. Its AdSense program enables Websites that are part of the Google Network to deliver ads from its AdWords advertisers that are relevant to the search results or content on Websites. In June 2012, the Company integrated its AdMob technology directly into its AdWords system, which enables advertisers to run campaigns across the more than 300,000 mobile applications running ads by AdMob - all from within the AdWords interface.

The Company�� Display advertising consists of videos, text, images, and other interactive ads that run across the Web on computers and mobile devices, including smart phones and handheld computers, such as net books and tablets. The Google Display Network provides advertisers services related to the delivery of display advertising across publishers participating in its AdSense program, publishers participat! ing in th! e DoubleClick Ad Exchange, and Google-owned sites, such as YouTube and Google Finance. Through its DoubleClick advertising technology, it provides to publishers, agencies, and advertisers the ad serving technology, which is the infrastructure that enables billions of ads to be served each day across the Web. Its DoubleClick Ad Exchange creates a real-time auction marketplace for the trading of display ad space. In addition, YouTube provides a range of video, interactive, and other ad formats for advertisers to reach their intended audience. YouTube�� video advertising solutions give advertisers a way to promote their content to the YouTube community, as well as to associate with content being watched by their target audience. YouTube also offers analytic tools to help advertisers understand their audience and derive general business intelligence.

The Company is focused on developing easy-to-use ad products to help advertisers extend their reach, help create revenue opportunities for its publisher partners, and deliver relevant and useful ads to users on the go. Google Mobile extends its products and services by providing mobile-specific features to mobile device users. The Company�� mobile-specific search technologies include search by voice, search by sight, and search by location. Google Mobile also optimizes a number of Google�� applications for mobile devices in both browser and downloadable form. In addition, the Company offers advertisers the ability to run search ad campaigns on mobile devices with mobile-specific ad formats, such as click-to-call ads in which advertisers can include a phone number within ad text. AdMob also offers effective ad units and solutions for application developers and advertisers. The Company provides users with relevant local information. The Company has organized information around more than 80 million places globally from various sources across the Web. Users can find addresses, phone numbers, hours of operation, directions and more for millions of! local qu! eries like shops, restaurants, parks and landmarks right on Google.com, on Google Maps and on Google Maps for mobile. Its products and services also help local business owners manage their online presence and connect with potential customers.

Operating Systems and Platforms

The Company�� Android is a free and open source mobile software platform that any developer can use to create applications for mobile devices and any handset manufacturer can install on a device. Google Chrome OS is an open source operating system with the Google Chrome Web browser as its foundation. Both the Google Chrome OS and the Google Chrome browser are built around the core tenets of speed, simplicity, and security. The Chrome browser runs on Windows, Mac, and Linux computers. Google+ is a new way to share online just like users do in the real world, sharing different things with different people. Google Play is a cloud-based, digital entertainment destination with more than 700,000 applications (apps) and games plus music, movies and books that its users can find, enjoy and share on the Web and on their Android phone or tablet. Google Drive is a place where users can create, share, collaborate, and keep all of their stuff. Google Docs is built right into Google Drive so users can work with others in real time on documents, spreadsheets and presentations and users��files go everywhere they do. Google Wallet is a virtual wallet that securely stores credit and debit cards, offers, and rewards cards. Users can tap their phone to pay in-store using Google Wallet anywhere contactless payments are accepted - at over 200,000 merchants across the United States. Google TV is a platform that gives consumers the power to experience television and the Internet on a single screen, with the ability to search and find the content they want to watch. The Google TV platform is based on the Android operating system and runs the Google Chrome browser.

Enterprise

The Company�� enterprise! products! provide Google technology for business settings. Through Google Apps, which includes Gmail, Google Docs, Google Calendar, and Google Sites, among other features, it provides hosted, Web-based applications that people can use on any device with a browser and an Internet connection. In addition, the Company provides its search technology for use within enterprises through the Google Search Appliance (real-time search of business applications, intranet applications, and public websites), on their public-facing sites with Google Site Search (custom search engine), and Google Commerce Search (for online retail enterprises). The Company also provide versions of its Google Maps Application Programming Interface (API) for businesses (including interactive Google Maps for public and internal Websites), as well as Google Earth Enterprise (a behind-the-company-firewall software solution for imagery and data visualization). Its enterprise solutions have been adopted by a variety of businesses, governments, schools, and non-profit organizations.

Motorola

The Company�� Motorola business consists of two segments: Mobile segment and Home segment. The Mobile segment is focused on mobile wireless devices and related products and services. The Home segment is focused on technologies and devices that provide video entertainment services to consumers by enabling subscribers to access a variety of interactive digital television services.

The Company competes with Facebook, Inc., Twitter Inc., Yahoo! Inc., Microsoft Corporation, eBay Inc., and Amazon.com, Inc.

Advisors' Opinion:
  • [By Rich Bieglmeier] With new market highs, hot IPOs such as GoPro Inc. (NASDAQ:GPRO) ripping it up, and Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) back on top, Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOGL) has been sort of quiet, moved to the background.

    Ah, but it would be a mistake to forget about the search giant. So, iStock decided a 3T analysis was in order.

  • [By Ben Rooney]

    Google (GOOGL) shares also fell Tuesday after announcing a major acquisition of drone maker Titan Aerospace on Monday.

    European markets are fell as tension in Ukraine weighed on sentiment. Asian markets closed with mixed results.

  • [By Jayson Derrick]

    Google (NASDAQ: GOOGL) acquired Gecko Design to join the secretive Google X division. Shares of Google lost 0.14 percent, closing at $582.56.

    Winners Of Note

    Keurig Green Mountain (NASDAQ: GMCR) announced that it signed a new licensing deal with Kraft Foods Group (NASDAQ: KRFT), in which Kraft's coffee pods will now be licensed and sold under the Keurig brand. Distribution will begin as early as this fall, and no financial terms were disclosed. Shares of Keurig Green Mountain hit new 52-week highs of $135.99 before closing the day at $133.36, up 13.26. Shares of Kraft were unaffected and closed the day at $57.22, down 0.07 percent.

  • [By Adam Levy]

    Facebook (NASDAQ: FB  ) is really good at converting personal data into dollar bills. It might be even better than Google (NASDAQ: GOOG  ) (NASDAQ: GOOGL  ) is at it. But when it comes to enterprise data, few things are more paramount than privacy. That would make the rumored "Facebook at Work" a particularly tough sell.

Best Healthcare Technology Companies To Watch In Right Now: Ship Finance International Limited(SFL)

Ship Finance International Limited, through its subsidiaries, engages in the ownership and operation of vessels and offshore related assets in Bermuda, Cyprus, Malta, Liberia, Norway, the United States, Singapore, the United Kingdom, and the Marshall Islands. The company also involves in the charter, purchase, and sale of assets. As of March 22, 2011, it owned 29 oil tankers, 8 oil/bulk/ore carriers, 3 dry bulk carriers, 9 container vessels, 2 jack-up drilling rigs, 3 ultra-deepwater drilling units, 6 offshore supply vessels, and 2 chemical tankers. The company offers its services to various sectors of shipping and offshore industry, including oil transportation, drybulk shipments, chemical transportation, container transportation, drilling rigs, and offshore supply vessels. Ship Finance International Limited was founded in 2003 and is based in Hamilton, Bermuda.

Advisors' Opinion:
  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    While�[Seadrill] will continue to lean on [Seadrill Partners (SDLP)] and potentially [Ship Finance International (SFL)] to meet its funding requirements, a lot has to break right for�[Seadrill] to meet these funding requirements.

  • [By James Brumley]

    But they’re also potent. Not only do they contain the possibility for significant capital appreciation, but they also offer plenty as far as dividends are concerned. In fact, of the following four small caps, the weakest dividend yield is still a very healthy 8%.

    Ship Finance International Limited (SFL)

    SFL Dividend Yield: 9.1%

Monday, February 9, 2015

Best Low Price Companies To Buy Right Now

Amazon.com Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) admitted that the discounts it gave on gifts during its Black Friday Deals Week and Cyber Monday Deals Week are over. Like every other retailer, it has to keep the attention of shoppers until the holidays have ended. So, it has launched a new set of incentives for people to shop on the most visited e-commerce site in America — its�Top Holiday Deals event.

Amazon has targeted a few categories that it must believe are the most likely ones to lure shoppers. As it launched its new sales, it announced:

Just like during Black Friday and Cyber Monday, you’ll find limited-time sales and specials from across Amazon, including sales on electronics, low prices on DVDs, toy bargains, and fashionable deals on clothing, shoes, jewelry, and more.

Like every other retailer, Amazon has to take business from the two largest retailers — Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (NYSE: WMT) and Target Corp. (NYSE: TGT). However, Amazon’s new discounts are more focused than simply to take business from them.

Top 10 Communications Equipment Stocks To Invest In 2015: Full House Resorts Inc.(FLL)

Full House Resorts, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, develops, manages, invests in, and owns gaming-related enterprises. The company holds interest in Gaming Entertainment (Delaware), LLC, a joint venture with Harrington Raceway, Inc., which has a management contract with Harrington Raceway and Casino that has approximately 1,800 slot machines and 40 table games, a 450-seat buffet, a dining restaurant, a 50-seat diner, and an entertainment lounge area located in Harrington, Delaware. It also owns and operates Stockman?s Casino, which has approximately 264 slot machines, 4 table games, and keno, as well as a bar, a dining restaurant, and a coffee shop situated in Fallon, Nevada. In addition, the company holds interests in Gaming Entertainment Michigan, LLC that has a joint venture with RAM Entertainment, LLC, which has a management agreement with the Nottawaseppi Huron Band of Potawatomi Indians for the development and management of the FireKeepers Casino in Battle Cre ek, Michigan. Full House Resorts, Inc. was founded in 1987 and is based in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Advisors' Opinion:
  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Full House Resorts (NASDAQ: FLL) is estimated to post a Q4 loss at $0.06 per share on revenue of $33.24 million.

    Urban Outfitters (NASDAQ: URBN) is expected to post its Q4 earnings at $0.55 per share on revenue of $927.86 million.

  • [By reports.droy]

    Recently, the resort giant Full House Resorts (FLL) declared their quarter results which do not look very encouraging from the investor�� point of view. Let us delve a little deeper and find out more about its number mix.

Best Low Price Companies To Buy Right Now: Legg Mason Inc. (LMI)

LMI Aerospace Inc. provides structural assemblies, kits and components, and design engineering services to the aerospace and defense markets in the United States. The company�s Aerostructures segment fabricates, machines, finishes, integrates, assembles, and kits machined and formed close tolerance aluminum, specialty alloy, composite components, and assemblies. Its products include wing slats and flap skins/components, and ailerons; winglet edges and modification kits; fuselage and wing skins; wing panels; helicopter cabin and aft section components; tail cone and edge assemblies; thrust reversers and engine nacelles/cowlings; door components, assemblies, and floor beams; cockpit window frames and landing light lens; and cockpit crew floor and bulkhead structure assemblies. This segment also provides wheel well and electronic rack assemblies; interior components; structural sheet metal, machined, milled, and extruded components; housings and assemblies; auxiliary power u nit components; fans and heat exchangers; ProWall engineered containers; and assemblies and components for rail yard switching equipment. Its Engineering Services segment offers engineering design, analysis, repair, certification, and program management services. This segment provides structural design and analysis services, including wing/wingbox, fixed and moveable leading edges/trailing edges, empennage, and tail cone design; winglet/wing mod design; nacelle, engine cowl, and thrust reverser design; weight improvement engineering; helicopter fuselage, cockpit, cabin frames, skins, longerons, and beams; and aircraft modification engineering services. It also offers systems design and integration, tool design and fabrication, manufacturing engineering, after-market engineering and support, aviation training system, and aviation maintenance engineering; and aviation system software engineering services. LMI Aerospace Inc. was founded in 1948 and is based in St. Charles, Miss ouri.

Advisors' Opinion:
  • [By Sofia Horta e Costa]

    Lonmin Plc (LMI) jumped 2.8 percent to 295 pence, extending its biggest weekly rally in almost four months. Morgan Stanley upgraded the shares to overweight from equal weight, meaning that investors should buy more of the shares. The brokerage described their valuation as attractive.

Best Low Price Companies To Buy Right Now: Lightstream Resources Ltd (LSTMF.PK)

Lightstream Resources Ltd, formerly PetroBakken Energy Ltd., is a Canada-based oil and gas exploration and production company. The Company�� principal operating areas include southeastern Saskatchewan where it targets the Bakken formation and conventional Mississippian reservoirs, central Alberta, where it is focused on the Cardium formation, and north-central Alberta, where it is engaged in exploring for light oil resource plays. In addition, the Company also has land holdings in the Horn River and Montney plays in northeast British Columbia. On December 31, 2012, Petrobank Energy and Resources Ltd. and PetroBakken Energy Ltd. announced the completion of the reorganization. The Reorganization resulted in a newly incorporated company PetroBakken Energy Ltd. (New PetroBakken). Advisors' Opinion:
  • [By MLP Trader]

    Here are the current top five companies in the list:

    CompanySymbolEV/BOEPD/NetbackPrice/NAVEV/DACFPinecrest(PNCGF.PK)53564%4.0XLightstream(LSTMF.PK)131753%4.5XNovus(NOVUF.PK)133290%4.1XZargon(ZARFF.PK)138664%5.6XTwin Butte(TBTEF.PK)155885%5.5X

    Of the larger companies, one that remains obstinately near the top of the list is Lightstream . Lightstream trades at 40% of its book value and a whopping 13.4% yield.

Best Low Price Companies To Buy Right Now: Oriental Financial Group Inc.(OFG)

Oriental Financial Group Inc., a financial holding company, provides various banking and financial services to mid and high net worth individuals, and families, including professionals and owners of small and mid-sized businesses primarily in Puerto Rico. It operates in three segments: Banking, Wealth Management, and Treasury. The Banking segment offers commercial and consumer lending, saving and time deposit products, financial planning, and corporate and individual trust services. It also provides mortgage lending products that include the origination and purchase of residential mortgage loans. As of October 25, 2011, this segment operated 30 branches in Puerto Rico. The Wealth Management segment offers securities brokerage, trust services, retirement planning, insurance, pension administration, and other wealth management services. Its securities brokerage services include various investment alternatives, such as tax-advantaged fixed income securities, mutual funds, sto cks, and bonds to retail and institutional clients. This segment also provides public offerings and private placements of debt and equity securities, underwriting, and merger and acquisition and financial restructuring advisory services. In addition, it engages in insurance agency services and administration of retirement plans in the United States, Puerto Rico, and the Caribbean. The Treasury segment is involved in various treasury related functions with an investment portfolio consisting of mortgage-backed securities, obligations of U.S. government sponsored agencies, Puerto Rico government and agency obligations, structured credit investments, and money market instruments. The company was founded in 1964 and is based in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Advisors' Opinion:
  • [By Marc Bastow]

    Diversified financial services company OFG Bancorp (OFG) raised its quarterly dividend 33% to 8 cents per share, payable on Jan. to shareholders of record as of Dec. 31.
    OFG Dividend Yield: 1.8%

  • [By John Udovich]

    For investors looking for exposure to the US commonwealth of Puerto Rico, banking stocks Doral Financial Corp (NYSE: DRL), First Bancorp (NYSE: FBP), OFG Bancorp (NYSE: OFG) and Popular Inc (NASDAQ: BPOP) offer the best bet as these Puerto Rico stocks trade on major US exchanges rather than the OTC. However, it should be mentioned that there has been a slowdown in Puerto Rico�� economy which has also shrunk in five of the past seven fiscal years. Then last�February, Puerto Rico�� debt was cut to speculative grade by the three largest credit-rating companies while�Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla has proposed a series of budget cuts to help tackle the island�� mounting debt load -including the freezing public workers��salaries and the closing about 100 schools.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    The third recommended multinational is another Puerto Rican bank, OFG Bancorp (NYSE: OFG). A recent dividend increase could indicate a share buyback for next year. The bank raised its EPS guidance in every quarter of 2013. This small cap bank closed at $16.82 on Friday in a 52-week range of $12.86 to $19.33. The Sterne Agee price target on the stock is $23.00, yielding a potential upside of almost 79%. The EPS estimate for 2014 is $2.05 and the stock�� forward multiple for 2014 is a low 8.3 from the firm while the consensus multiple is 9.45.

Best Low Price Companies To Buy Right Now: Pzena Investment Management Inc (PZN)

Pzena Investment Management, Inc. is a publicly owned investment manager. The firm also provides investment advisory services to funds. It provides its services to individuals, typically high net worth individuals; investment companies; charitable organizations; corporations; state or municipal government entities; pension and profit sharing plans; and pooled investment vehicles. The firm manages separate client-focused equity portfolios. It invests in the public equity markets across the globe. The firm primarily invests in value stocks of large-cap, mid-cap, and small-cap companies. It employs fundamental analysis while making its investments. Pzena Investment Management, Inc. was founded in 1995 and is based in New York, New York.

Advisors' Opinion:
  • [By Bristol Voss]

    Pzena Investment Management (NYSE: PZN) is an investment manager catering to wealthy families and other institutions. It has the largest market cap at $85.4 million, and its share price, although the highest at about $7, buys the most market cap per dollar of the three. It has a forward P/E of 14 and a dividend yield of 1.7%. For the most recent quarter, revenue grew 5.4% and earnings were flat. Although Pzena's gross profit margin was down from the previous year, it remains a very high 45.2%.

  • [By Serena Saitto]

    Officials at another Dell shareholder, Pzena Investment Management Inc. (PZN), which has opposed the buyout, didn�� return calls seeking comment.

Best Low Price Companies To Buy Right Now: Auxilio Inc (AUXO)

Auxilio, Inc. (Auxilio), incorporated on August 29, 1995, is engaged in the business of providing fully outsourced print management services to the healthcare industry. The Company is engaged in the business of providing fully-outsourced managed print services to the healthcare industry, working exclusively with hospitals throughout the United States. It provides solutions, a program and savings. It helps hospitals and health systems reduce expenses and create manageable, dependable document image management programs by managing their back-office processes. The process is initiated through a detailed assessment. The assessment is a strategic, operational and financial analysis that is performed at the customer�� premises using a combination of processes and technology for data collection and report generation. The Company�� customers include hospitals and integrated health delivery networks (IDN). Its subsidiaries include Auxilio Solutions, Inc. and e-Perception Technologies, Inc.

The Company helps hospitals and health systems to create image management programs by managing their back-office processes. The process is initiated through a detailed Image Management Assessment (IMA). The IMA is a strategic, operational and financial analysis that is performed at the customer�� premises using a combination of processes and Web-based technology for data collection and report generation. After the assessment and upon engagement, it charged the customer on a per print basis.

The Company competes with Xerox, Canon, Konica Minolta, Ricoh and Sharp.

Advisors' Opinion:
  • [By CRWE]

    Today, AUXO surged (+3.26%) up +0.030 at $.950 with�200 shares in play thus far (ref. google finance Delayed: 9:30AM EDT August 23, 2013).

    AUXILIO, Inc. previously reported financial results for its quarter ended June 30, 2013.

    For the three months ended June 30, 2013, AUXILIO reported that recurring service revenues increased by $1.4 million from new contracts closed between May 2012 and April 2013; however revenues were $9.8 million, a decrease of 8% when compared to revenues of $10.7 million in the same period of 2012, due to a drop in equipment revenue. Equipment sales were $800,000 as compared to $3.1 million for the same period in 2012. Cost of revenues were $8.2 million for the three months ended June 30, 2013, as compared to $9.3 million for the same period in 2012. This drop was due to the drop in equipment sales offset by additional staffing and service costs from the higher recurring service revenue. Gross profit for the second quarter of 2013 was $1.6 million, or 17% of sales, compared to $1.4 million, or 13% of sales, for the same period of 2012. This improvement is a direct result of the large growth in new facilities that we added in 2012 coupled with the reduction in costs as AUXILIO�� program matures within these new accounts.