The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJINDICES: ^DJI ) is up after Bernanke continued his congressional testimony, the weekly new unemployment report came in better than expected, and the positive earnings reports continued. As of 1:20 p.m. EDT the Dow is up 64 points, or 0.41%, to 15,534. The S&P 500 (SNPINDEX: ^GSPC ) is up 37% to 1,687.
There were two U.S. economic releases today.
Weekly new unemployment claims
July 6 to July 13
10 Best Building Product Stocks To Watch For 2016: Affymetrix Inc.(AFFX)
Affymetrix, Inc. engages in the development, manufacture, sale, and servicing of consumables and systems for genetic analysis in the life sciences and clinical healthcare markets primarily in the United States, Europe, Japan. The company provides integrated GeneChip microarray platform, which includes disposable DNA probe arrays (chips) consisting of nucleic acid sequences, certain reagents for use with the probe arrays, a scanner and other instruments used to process the probe arrays, and software to analyze and manage genomic or genetic information obtained from the probe arrays. It also offers GeneTitan, an instrument system that runs genotyping and gene expression array plates; and GeneAtlas, an instrument for low-to-medium throughput that provides hybridization and array processing with microwell-based labware, as well as a line of multiplex assays to serve the discovery and the validation markets. In addition, the company provides reagent kits, including ExoSAP-IT fo r a reagent for the clean-up of polymerase chain reaction (PCR) products used in downstream applications, such as DNA sequencing or single-nucleotide polymorphisms analysis; and HotStart-IT reagents that utilize a novel primer binding protein to inhibit primer dimer formation with results in sensitive and consistent amplification for PCR. Its products are used primarily in genotyping and gene expression applications. The company sells its products directly to pharmaceutical, biotechnology, agrichemical, diagnostics, and consumer products companies; academic research centers, government research laboratories, private foundation laboratories, and clinical reference laboratories in North America and Europe, as well as through life science supply specialists acting as authorized distributors in Latin America, the Middle East, and Asia Pacific regions. Affymetrix, Inc. was founded in 1991 and is headquartered in Santa Clara, California.
- [By James E. Brumley]
And make no mistake – the market wants what CLRX is offering. MedPage Today, a property of Everyday Health, Inc. (NASDAQ:EVDY), Affymetrix Inc. (NASDAQ:AFFX), and Quest Diagnostics Inc. (NYSE:DGX) are just some of the companies that have become paying subscribers to the CollabRx service. If that many reputable names are on board, clearly the service is the real deal.
- [By James E. Brumley]
Every year, more than 100,000 white papers on the topic of cancer and cancer treatments are published. Right now, there are over 500 new cancer drugs in development, and those therapies are part of more than 10,000 different clinical trials currently underway. That’s all in addition to the already-approved cancer drugs, and the volumes of information we already know about oncology. What’s it mean? It means the cancer-treating energy often suffers from information overload, which in turn means patients aren’t getting the best care they could get. The solution is a tool built by a little company called CollabRx Inc. (NASDAQ:CLRX). The validation for that solution comes from much bigger companies Quest Diagnostics Inc. (NYSE:DGX) and Affymetrix, Inc. (NASDAQ:AFFX).
- [By Monica Gerson]
Costco Wholesale (NASDAQ: COST) reported a 5% gain in its April same-store sales. Costco’s US same-store sales climbed 5%, while international sales rose 2% in April. Analysts were estimating a 3.2% gain in April same store sales. To read the full news, click here. Dish Network (NASDAQ: DISH) reported an 18% drop in its first-quarter profit. Dish’s quarterly earnings slipped to $175.9 million, or $0.38 per share, versus $215.6 million, or $0.47 per share, in the year-ago period. To read the full news, click here. Affymetrix (NASDAQ: AFFX) and Leica Biosystems announce the launch of Affymetrix’ fully automated RNA in situ hybridization assays ViewRNATM eZ Assays on the Leica BOND RX staining platform. To read the full news, click here. Priceline Group (NASDAQ: PCLN) reported a 36% gain in its first-quarter earnings. Priceline’s quarterly profit surged to $331.2 million, or $6.25 per share, versus a year-ago profit of $244.3 million, or $4.76 per share. To read the full news, click here.
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- [By Bryan Murphy]
What do Quest Diagnostics Inc. (NYSE:DGX) and Affymetrix, Inc. (NASDAQ:AFFX) know that the rest of the healthcare industry doesn’t seem to know yet? In simplest terms, AFFX and DGX seem to have come to grips with the reality that there’s so much information out there in the diagnostic and treatment world that caregivers are actually stumbling over it. The end result is not only care that’s not better than it was in the recent past, but perhaps less effective than it used to be simply because of information overload and/or a lack of understanding of what to do with all sorts of data.
10 Best Building Product Stocks To Watch For 2016: Rose Rock Midstream LP (RRMS)
Rose Rock Midstream, L.P., incorporated on August 5, 2011, owns, operates, develops and acquires a diversified portfolio of midstream energy assets. The Company is engaged in the business of crude oil gathering, transportation, storage, distribution and marketing in Colorado, Kansas, Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, Oklahoma and Texas. It serves areas that are through its exposure to the Bakken Shale in North Dakota and Montana, the Denver-Julesburg Basin (DJ Basin) and the Niobrara Shale in the Rocky Mountain region, and the Granite Wash and the Mississippi Lime Play in the Mid-Continent region. The Company’s operations are conducted through, and the Company’s operating assets are owned by, its wholly-owned subsidiary, Rose Rock Midstream Operating, LLC, and its subsidiaries.
The Company owns and operates 28 crude oil storage tanks in Cushing with an aggregate storage capacity of approximately 7.0 million barrels and an addit ional 600,000 barrels of storage. The Company’s storage terminal has a combined capacity to deliver 480,000 barrels of crude oil per day, and has inbound connections with the White Cliffs Pipeline from Platteville, Colorado, the Great Salt Plains Pipeline, the Cimarron Pipeline from Boyer, Kansas, its Kansas and Oklahoma gathering system and two-way interconnections with all of the other storage terminals in Cushing.
Kansas and Oklahoma System
The Company owns and operates an approximately 640-mile crude oil gathering and transportation pipeline system and over 660,000 barrels of associated storage in Kansas and northern Oklahoma. This system gathers crude oil from throughout the region and delivers it to third-party pipelines and refineries and its Cushing terminal. During the years ended December 31, 2012, the Company’s transported an average of approximately 52,000 and 36,000 barrels per day, respectively, from multiple receipt points. The s ystem has pipeline diameters ranging from 4 to 12 inches and! has 25 pump stations. This system also includes 18 truck unloading stations.
Bakken Shale Operations
The Company owns and operates a crude oil gathering, storage, transportation and marketing business in the Bakken Shale area in western North Dakota and eastern Montana. Using its fleet of trucks and two truck unloading facilities, the Company purchase crude oil at the wellhead, transport it through its trucks and third-party pipelines, including the Enbridge North Dakota System, and market it to customers. The Company owns tanks in Trenton and Stanley, North Dakota, with an aggregate storage capacity of 61,800 barrels that connect into the Enbridge North Dakota System. During the year ended December 31, 2012, the Company handled and marketed an average of approximately 7,100 barrels per day.
The Company owns and operates a modern, sixteen-lane crude oil truck unloading facility in Platteville, Colorado , which connects to the origination point of the White Cliffs Pipeline. Much of the crude oil production from the DJ Basin and the nearby Niobrara Shale must initially be transported by truck due to a shortage of gathering capacity. Throughput at the facility averaged 43,500 and 32,400 barrels per day for the years ended December 31, 2012. The facility includes 230,000 barrels of crude oil storage capacity. The Platteville facility also allows customer pipeline gathering systems to connect to the origination point of the White Cliffs Pipeline.
The Company competes with Enbridge Energy Partners, L.P., Magellan Midstream Partners, L.P., Plains All American Pipeline, L.P., Blueknight Energy Partners, L.P., Enterprise Products Partners L.P, MV Purchasing, LLC, Plains All American Pipeline, L.P., National Cooperative Refinery Association, Plains All American Pipeline, L.P. and Eighty Eight Oil LLC.
- [By Robert Rapier]
Rose Rock Midstream (NYSE: RRMS) isn’t a name we have discussed much here. RRMS is an MLP that owns oil-gathering, storage and transportation assets in Colorado, Kansas, Montana, North Dakota, Oklahoma and Texas. The MLP was formed by midstream energy giant SemGroup (NYSE: SEMG), which acts as the general partner. RRMS had its IPO in December 2011 with an initial EV of $1.2 billion and a minimum yield of 4.7 percent.
10 Best Building Product Stocks To Watch For 2016: Intelsat SA (I)
Intelsat S.A., incorporated on July 18, 2011, is a satellite services business, providing a layer in the global communications infrastructure. The Company operates satellite capacity, holds orbital location rights, contract backlog, serve commercial customers and deliver services. It provides diversified communications services to the world’s media companies, fixed and wireless telecommunications operators, data networking service providers for enterprise and mobile applications, multinational corporations and Internet service providers (ISPs). It is also the provider of commercial satellite capacity to the United States government and other select military organizations and their contractors.
The Company has a satellite fleet comprised of more than 50 satellites, covering 99% of the Earth’s populated regions. Its fleet, combined with the IntelsatOne terrestrial fiber network and a collection of teleports, form a singular unmatched global infrastructure t o meet any communications requirement. As the provider of satellite services, the Company provides mission critical communication services.
- [By Todd Sullivan]
HHC has increased all our ownership percentage through the repurchasing of outstanding warrants.
From the 13D/A
On December 31, 2013, certain of the Reporting Persons entered into swaps for the benefit of certain Pershing Square Funds. Under the terms of the swaps, (i) the relevant Pershing Square Funds will be obligated to pay to the bank counterparty any negative price performance of the 5,399,839 notional number of Common Shares subject to the swaps as of the expiration date of such swaps, plus interest rates set forth in the applicable contracts, and (ii) the bank counterparty will be obligated to pay the relevant Pershing Square Funds any positive price performance of the 5,399,839 notional number Common Shares subject to the swaps as of the expiration date of the swaps. During the term of the swaps, cash will be paid by the bank counterparty to the relevant Pershing Square Fund in an amount equal to the amount of notional distributions or dividends paid by the Issuer in respect of such notional number of Common Shares. All balances will be settled in cash. The Pershing Square Funds’ counterparties for the swaps include entities related to Citibank, Nomura, Société Générale and UBS. The swaps do not give the Reporting Persons direct or indirect voting, investment or dispositive control over any securities of the Issuer and do not require the counterparty thereto to acquire, hold, vote or dispose of any securities of the Issuer. Accordingly, the Reporting Persons disclaim any beneficial ownership of any Common Shares that may be referenced in the swap contracts or Common Shares or other securities or financial instruments that may be held from time to time by any counterparty to the contracts.
- [By Rich Duprey]
Satellite services provider Intelsat (NYSE: I ) announced yesterday its third-quarter dividend of $0.71875 per share on its 5.75% Series A mandatory convertible junior non-voting preferred stock, which trades on the NYSE under the symbol I.PRA.
- [By Rich Duprey]
Satellite services provider Intelsat (NYSE: I ) announced yesterday its second-quarter dividend of $0.799 per share on its 5.75% Series A mandatory convertible junior non-voting preferred stock, which trades on the NYSE under the symbol I.PRA.
- [By The Specialist]
Subject to ongoing evaluation and analysis, the Reporting Person may consider certain plans or proposals to increase shareholders’ value that may relate to or may result in (I) a change in the present board of directors or management of the Issuer, including any plans or proposals to change the number or term of directors or to fill any existing vacancies on the board; and/or (ii) a material change in the present dividend policy of the Issuer
10 Best Building Product Stocks To Watch For 2016: Radian Group Inc.(RDN)
Radian Group Inc., through its subsidiaries, operates as a credit enhancement company in the United States. The company offers credit-related insurance coverage, primarily through private mortgage insurance, and risk management services to mortgage lending institutions. Its private mortgage insurance protects the holders of the company?s insurance from default-related losses on residential mortgage loans made generally to home buyers, as well as facilitates the sale of these mortgage loans in the secondary mortgage market. The company primarily serves mortgage originators, such as mortgage bankers, mortgage brokers, commercial banks, savings institutions, credit unions, and community banks. Radian Group Inc. was founded in 1977 and is headquartered in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
- [By Anna Prior]
MGIC Investment Corp.(MTG) and Radian Group Inc.(RDN) criticized proposed standards for private-mortgage insurers seeking to do business with Fannie Mae (FNMA) and Freddie Mac (FMCC), claiming the level of liquid assets insurers would need to hold is excessive. MGIC shares slumped 13% to $8.00 premarket, while Radian shares fell 6.5% to $13.60.
- [By Garrett Cook]
In trading on Friday, financial shares were relative laggards, down on the day by about 0.40 percent. Top losers in the sector included MGIC Investment (NYSE: MTG), down 11.9 percent, and Radian Group (NYSE: RDN), off 5.2 percent.
- [By Lisa Levin]
Radian Group (NYSE: RDN) dropped 5.09% to $13.81 after the company provided a comment on the proposed GSE requirements for private mortgage insurer eligibility.
- [By Wallace Witkowski]
Shares of private mortgage insurers fell after Radian Group Inc. (RDN) called new proposed capital requirements “onerous” but said it didn’t feel it would have to raise outside capital. Shares of Radian declined 3.8% to $14 on moderate volume, while shares of MGIC Investment Corp. (MTG) fell 5.4% to $8.74 on moderate volume.
10 Best Building Product Stocks To Watch For 2016: iShares International Select Dividend ETF (IDV)
iShares Dow Jones EPAC Select Dividend Index Fund (the Fund) is an exchange-traded fund that seeks investment results that correspond generally to the price and yield performance of the Dow Jones EPAC Select Dividend Index (the Index). The Index measures the performance of a selected group of equity securities issued by companies that have provided relatively high dividend yields on a consistent basis over time. The Index consists of 100 of the highest dividend-yielding securities (excluding real estate investment trusts (REITs)) in the Dow Jones World Developed-Ex. U.S. Index, an index representative of the Europe, Pacific, Asia and Canada (EPAC) regions, which covers developed markets, excluding the United States. To be included in the Index, the securities must have paid dividends in each of the previous three years; must have a previous year’s dividend per share, which is greater than or equal to its three year average dividend payout ratio; must have a five-year ave rage dividend per share, which is less than or equal to 1.5 times the five-year average dividend payout ratio of the corresponding Dow Jones country index, and must have a minimum three-month average daily trading volume of $3,000,000 a day. The Index is reviewed annually.
The Fund invests in securities of companies that are located in or whose securities are principally traded in the markets of the EPAC regions. The Fund generally will invest at least 90% of its assets in component securities and in depositary receipts representing such securities. The Fund may invest up to 10% of its assets in certain futures, options and swap contracts, cash and cash equivalents, including money market mutual funds. The Fund will only concentrate its investments in a particular industry or group of industries to approximately the same extent that its Index is so concentrated. The Fund’s investment advisor is Barclays Global Fund Advisors. The Fund’s index provider is Dow Jones & Company, Inc. The index provider determines the rel! ative weightings of the securities in the Index and publishes information regarding the market value of the Index.
- [By Jim Powell]
At the minimum, your family trust should hold the iShares Dow Jones Select Dividend Index (DVY). I also think you should consider the iShares International Select Dividend Fund (IDV) that invests in foreign companies with good payment histories.
- [By Selena Maranjian]
Exchange-traded funds offer a convenient way to invest in sectors or niches that interest you. If you’d like to add some international dividend-paying stocks to your portfolio but don’t have the time or expertise to hand-pick a few, the iShares Dow Jones International Select Div ETF (NYSEMKT: IDV ) could save you a lot of trouble. Instead of trying to figure out which companies will perform best, you can use this ETF to invest in lots of them simultaneously.
ETFs often sport lower expense ratios than their mutual fund cousins. The iShares ETF’s expense ratio — its annual fee — is a relatively low 0.50% — and it recently yielded more than 5%!
This ETF has performed well, outstripping the MSCI EAFE index over the past three and five years. As with most investments, of course, we can’t expect outstanding performances in every quarter or year. Investors with conviction need to wait for their holdings to deliver.
10 Best Building Product Stocks To Watch For 2016: Westfield Financial Inc.(WFD)
Westfield Financial, Inc. operates as a bank holding company for the Westfield Bank that provides various community banking products and services to businesses and individuals in Massachusetts. The company offers various deposit products, including regular savings deposits comprising passbook and statement savings accounts; NOW accounts; noninterest-bearing demand accounts; money market accounts; certificates of deposit; and time deposits. Its loan portfolio primarily consists of commercial and industrial loans, such as business installment loans, vehicle and equipment financing, lines of credit, and other commercial loans; commercial real estate loans to finance the purchase of real property, and construction loans to developers of commercial and residential properties; residential real estate loans; home equity loans; and consumer loans that consist of automobile loans, secured passbook loans, credit lines tied to deposit accounts to provide overdraft protection, and uns ecured personal loans. The company also offers commercial products and services, which include commercial deposit accounts, cash management services, Internet banking, sweep accounts, ATM network, remote deposit, and night deposit services. It operates 11 banking offices in Agawam, East Longmeadow, Holyoke, Southwick, Springfield, West Springfield, and Westfield, Massachusetts; and 12 free-standing ATM locations in Feeding Hills, Holyoke, Springfield, West Springfield, and Westfield, Massachusetts. The company was founded in 1853 and is based in Westfield, Massachusetts.
- [By Tim Melvin]
Westfield Financial (WFD) has 11 branches and about $1.3 billion in total assets in Massachusetts. The company has been consistently buying back its shares and in September authorized another 5% stock buyback plan. In the fourth quarter alone the bank repurchased 603,046 shares of its stock at below book value. In addition to the buyback, the bank pays a generous dividend — 3.22% at the current price.
- [By Dividends4Life]
Memberships and Peers: PBCT is a member of the S&P 500 and a member of the Broad Dividend Achievers™ Index. The company’s peer group includes: Bank of America Corporation (BAC) with a 0.3% yield, Brookline Bancorp, Inc. (BRKL) with a 3.7% yield and Westfield Financial Inc. (WFD) with a 3.5% yield.
10 Best Building Product Stocks To Watch For 2016: Templeton Emerging Markets Fund (EMF)
Templeton Emerging Markets Fund (the Fund) is a diversified, closed-end investment company. The Fund seeks long-term capital appreciation by investing at least 80% of its net assets in emerging country equity securities. It makes investments in China, Brazil, South Korea, Turkey, Russia, Thailand, India, Taiwan, Hungary and South Africa. The Fund invests in sectors, such as metals and mining, commercial banks, diversified financial services, semiconductors and semiconductor equipment, wireless telecommunication services, and oil, gas and consumable fuels.
Templeton Asset Management Ltd. (TAML) serves as the Fund’s investment manager. Its administrative manager is Franklin Templeton Services, LLC. The Fund may invest in the Franklin Institutional Fiduciary Trust Money Market Portfolio (the Sweep Money Fund), an open-end investment company managed by Franklin Advisers, Inc. (an affiliate of TAML).
- [By George Putnam, Editor, New Generation Research, Inc.]
Templeton Emerging Markets Fund (EMF) is also actively managed. Currently, the fund is Asian-centric with about 71% of assets from Asian markets, mostly China and Thailand.
10 Best Building Product Stocks To Watch For 2016: Vicon Industries Inc.(VII)
Vicon Industries, Inc. designs, assembles, and markets video systems and system components for use in security, surveillance, safety, and communication applications. Its product line consists of various elements of a video system, including network/digital/hybrid video recorders, video encoders, decoders, servers and related video management software, data storage units, virtual and analogue matrix video switchers and controls, and system peripherals, as well as analog, high definition, and Internet protocol fixed and robotic cameras. The company?s products are used by commercial and industrial users, such as office buildings, manufacturing plants, warehouses, apartment complexes, shopping malls, and retail stores; federal, state, and local governments for national security purposes, agency facilities, prisons, and military installations; and financial institutions, including banks, clearing houses, brokerage firms, and depositories for security purposes. Its products are also used by gaming casinos; health care facilities, such as hospitals; institutions of education comprising schools and universities; hotels; sports arenas; and transportation departments for highway traffic control, bridge and tunnel monitoring, as well as airport, subway, bus, and seaport security and surveillance. The company sells its products primarily to installing dealers, system integrators, government entities, and distributors principally in the United States, the United Kingdom, rest of Europe, the Middle East, and the Pacific Rim. Vicon Industries, Inc. was founded in 1967 and is headquartered in Hauppauge, New York.
- [By cody56]
J.Deal Partnership sold out of its holdings in Hartford Financial (HIG) and Vicon Industries (VII).
New position added in the third quarter
- [By Robert Abbott]
The company lists competitive factors this way, and in this order in its 10-K: “…(i) vendor and product reputation; (ii) product quality, performance and price; (iii) the availability of software products on multiple platforms; (iv) product scalability; (v) product integration with other enterprise applications; (vi) software functionality and features; (vii) software ease of use; (viii) the quality of professional services, customer support services and training; and (ix) the ability to address specific customer business problems.”
10 Best Building Product Stocks To Watch For 2016: Oil and Gas Development Co Ltd (OGDC)
Oil and Gas Development Company Limited (OGDCL) is a Pakistan-based company engaged in the exploration and development of oil and gas resources, including production and sale of oil and gas and related activities. As the fiscal year ended June 30, 2012, the Company’s crude oil production was 37,615 barrels of oil per day, and 17 wells were spudded. As of June 30, 2011, the Company operated in 31 exploration blocks (22 blocks with 100% shares including an offshore block, and 12 blocks as operated joint ventures), including 3 offshore blocks. Its projects include Uch-II Development Project, KPD-TAY Integrated Development Project, Jhal Magsi Development Project, Sinjhoro Development Project and Nashpa/ Mela Development Project. Advisors’ Opinion:
- [By Weiyi Lim]
Drinkall, whose $83 million Frontier Emerging Markets Portfolio (MFMIX) beat 99 percent of peers tracked by Bloomberg during the past 12 months with a 40 percent gain, said he favors Nigeria because of its economic growth prospects and Pakistan on the nation’s improving political stability. His fund held shares of Lagos-based Dangote Cement Plc (DANGCEM) and Islamabad-based Oil & Gas Development Co. (OGDC) as of April 30, Morgan Stanley’s website shows.
10 Best Building Product Stocks To Watch For 2016: Actelion Ltd (ATLN.VX)
Actelion Ltd is a Swiss biopharmaceutical holding company that focuses on the discovery, development and commercialization of small molecule drugs. The Company has four approved drugs on the market: Tracleer, an oral dual endothelin receptor antagonist; Veletri, a prostanoid vasodilator; Ventavis, an inhaled formulation of iloprost, and Zavesca, an oral treatment for type 1 Gaucher disease. Furthermore, the Company has a number of compounds various stages of development. The Company operates through a number of worldwide subsidiaries, including Actelion Registration Ltd, which holds marketing authorizations for products marketed in the European Union; Actelion Clinical Research, Inc, engaged in clinical development on behalf of the Company’s group; Actelion Re SA, providing insurance solutions for the Company’s group and Actelion US Holding Company, engaged in the holding activities of the Company’s United States-based units. In September 2013, it acquired Ceptaris Therapeuti cs, Inc. Advisors’ Opinion:
- [By Victor Selva]
Forest Laboratories has a current ratio of 2.69% which is higher than the ones registered by Endo International Plc (ENDP), Valeant Pharmaceuticals International (VRX) and Cubist Pharmaceuticals Inc. (CBST). For investors looking for a higher ROE, Allergan Inc. (AGN) and Actelion Ltd. (ATLN.VX) are good options.