On Friday, January 3, 2014 I issued public comments about Twitter (TWTR) and BlackBerry (BBRY) that were based on price and those comments were contrary to the media perception. This article will update both of those calls and incorporate a market-based evaluation of price to help investors understand what to expect from the market itself going forward.
First, I recommended that anyone holding Twitter sell their position, and although I recommended this to private clients with the stock above $70.00, when I made this public statement the stock was testing $70.00. Since that call, the stock is down — it has been as low as $56.00 — and at the time I wrote this article it was trading at about $61.00.
10 Best Clean Energy Stocks To Invest In 2014: The Finish Line Inc.(FINL)
The Finish Line, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates as a mall-based specialty retailer in the United States. It operates Finish Line stores that offer performance and athletic casual footwear, apparel, and accessories for men, women, and kids. The company also sells merchandise through its Web site, finishline.com. As of September 22, 2011, it operated 646 stores in the United States. The company was founded in 1976 and is headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana.
- [By Marc Bastow]
Mall-based specialty retailer Finish Line (FINL) raised its quarterly dividend 14% to 8 cents per share, payable March 17 to shareholders of record Feb. 28.
FINL Dividend Yield: 1.19%
- [By Ben Levisohn]
In our opinion, this was a fine quarter with no surprises; however, as we expected expenses are accelerating resulting in guidance that implies a meaningful reduction to Q3 and Q4 estimates. Also, gross margin headwinds are mounting as the favorability from raw materials has turned and supply chain disruptions in Mexico will persist for two Q’s. Given NKE’s premium 25x multiple, we prefer to play its strength through its retail partners ([Foot Locker (FL) and Finish Line (FINL)]).
10 Best Clean Energy Stocks To Invest In 2014: Kodiak Oil & Gas Corp (KOG)
Kodiak Oil & Gas Corp. (Kodiak) is an independent energy company focused on the exploration, exploitation, acquisition and production of crude oil and natural gas in the United States. Kodiak has developed an oil and natural gas asset base of proved reserves, as well as a portfolio of development and exploratory drilling opportunities on high-potential prospects with an emphasis on oil resource plays. The Company’s oil and natural gas reserves and operations are primarily concentrated in the Williston Basin of North Dakota. As of January 31, 2012, it had approximately 169,000 net acres under lease, including 157,000 net acres in the Bakken oil play in the Williston Basin of North Dakota and Montana. In January 2012, the Company acquired Williston Basin oil and gas producing properties and undeveloped leasehold. On January 10, 2012, it acquired certain oil and gas leaseholds, overriding royalty interests and producing properties located in North Dakota. Advisors’ Opinion:
- [By gurujx]
Kodiak Oil & Gas Corp. (KOG): CFO, Secretary and Treasurer James P. Henderson Sold 100,000 Shares
CFO, Secretary and Treasurer James P. Henderson sold 100,000 shares of KOG stock on 12/27/2013 at the average price of $11.25. James P. Henderson owns at least 364,780 shares after this. The price of the stock has decreased by 5.6% since.
- [By Paul Ausick]
Big Earnings Movers: First Solar Inc. (NASDAQ: FSLR) is up 17.4% at $59.07 after crushing estimates after-hours on Thursday. American International Group Inc. (NYSE: AIG) is down 6.5% at $48.28 after an earnings decline. Kodiak Oil & Gas Corp. (NYSE: KOG) is down 4.9% at $12.38. Chevron Corp. (NYSE: CVX) is down 1.6% at $118.03 after reporting disappointing results.
- [By Heather Ingrassia]
On Friday, October 18, Hedge fund manager John Paulson noted that Kodiak Oil & Gas (KOG) could be seen as a potential takeover target, and as direct a result of his comments shares closed the day almost 5% higher. In the wake of Mr. Paulson’s belief that the company is a potential takeover target, I wanted to highlight a number of key catalysts behind my decision to remain bullish on shares of this particular oil and gas play.
10 Best Clean Energy Stocks To Invest In 2014: NVIDIA Corporation(NVDA)
NVIDIA Corporation provides visual computing, high performance computing, and mobile computing solutions that generate interactive graphics on various devices ranging from tablets and smart phones to notebooks and workstations. It operates in three segments: Graphic Processing Unit (GPU), Professional Solutions Business (PSB), and Consumer Products Business (CPB). The GPU segment offers GeForce discrete and chipset products, which support desktop and notebook personal computers plus memory products. The PSB segment provides its Quadro professional workstation products and other professional graphics products, including its NVIDIA Tesla high-performance computing products used in the manufacturing, entertainment, medical, science, and aerospace industries. The CPB segment offers Tegra mobile products, which support tablets, smartphones, personal media players, Internet television, automotive navigation, and other similar devices. This segment also licenses video game consol es and other digital consumer electronics devices. The company sells its products to original equipment manufacturers, original design manufacturers, add-in-card manufacturers, consumer electronics companies, and system builders worldwide that utilize its processors as a core component of their entertainment, business, and professional solutions. NVIDIA Corporation was founded in 1993 and is headquartered in Santa Clara, California.
- [By John Udovich]
Move over Intel Corporation (NASDAQ: INTC) and NVIDIA Corporation (NASDAQ: NVDA), small cap and often unloved chip stock Advanced Micro Devices, Inc (NYSE: AMD) has been seeing more action and perhaps more appreciation over the past few trading secessions. I should note that we previously had an open position in Advanced Micro Devices in our SmallCap Network Elite Opportunity (SCN EO) portfolio from roughly last summer up until late January when we locked in a small loss. Since it’s a trading portfolio, we got out because shares sank once more after its latest earnings report – something they had already done after three previous earnings reports. But if you are an investor or trader with a longer term horizon one way or the other, you might want to consider the following news about AMD:
- [By John Udovich]
Unlike other chip makers like Intel Corporation (NASDAQ: INTC) and NVIDIA Corporation (NASDAQ: NVDA), there is something about chip maker Advanced Micro Devices, Inc (NYSE: AMD) and any news about the stock or its products that just brings out both the bulls and the bears at the same time. I should mention that we previously had an open position in Advanced Micro Devices in our SmallCap Network Elite Opportunity (SCN EO) portfolio from last summer up until late January when we locked in a small loss. The reason we got out was not because we lost faith in AMD, but because shares sank once again after its latest earnings report – something it had already done after three previous earnings reports. Nevertheless and if you are an investors with a long term time horizon rather than a trader, holding onto AMD may actually bear some fruit if you keep in mind some of the latest good news about the stock:
10 Best Clean Energy Stocks To Invest In 2014: Agent155 Media Corp (AGMC)
Agent155 Media Corp., formerly Freshwater Technologies Inc., incorporated on December 10, 1999, is a development-stage company. It will offer a free, online presence for the global artistic and athletic communities through its Website, Agent155.com. Agent155.com provides fashion, performer, art, sports, music, film, writer professionals and amateurs a multi-media content management solution, enabling a collaborative forum to network and develop through www.agent155.com. It also provides talent agencies, agents, producers, directors, and recording companies a location to search and view the profiles. It also re-distributes member content through traditional media channels, such as television, radio, film and print. It will produce films, music tours, commercials, and various events using talent from Agent155.com.directors, and recording companies a location to search and view the profiles and work of talent. In addition, the Company will provide targeted advertising opportu nities for members and businesses.
Agent155 Media Corp fulfills the role of a matchmaker allowing talented individuals direct access to those who seek specific talents. Agent155 Media Corp provides talent agencies, agents, producers, directors and recording companies a location to search and view pool of profiles and work of talent.
- [By Peter Graham]
Small cap stocks Profitable Developments Inc (OTCMKTS: PRDL), Dynamic Applications Corp (OTCMKTS: DYAP) and Agent155 Media Corp (OTCMKTS: AGMC) have been getting some attention lately in various investment newsletters. One of these small caps has been getting attention thanks to paid promotions while another saw a trading volume spike for the first three days of last week and the last one has seen a steady rise in share price over October. So what’s going on with these small cap stocks? Here is a quick reality check to help you decide how hot they might be or become:
10 Best Clean Energy Stocks To Invest In 2014: Oil-Dri Corporation Of America(ODC)
Oil-Dri Corporation of America engages in the development, manufacture, and marketing of sorbent products in the United States and internationally. The company offers cat litter products, including coarse and scoopable products under Cat?s Pride and Jonny Cat brands; industrial and automotive sorbent products comprising clay-based, polypropylene-based, and cotton-based sorbent products to absorb oil, grease, water, and chemical spills under the Oil-Dri brand; and bleaching clay and clarification aid products for bleaching, purification, and filtration applications under Pure-Flo, Perform, Select, and Ultra-Clear names. It also provides agricultural and horticultural products consisting of granular and powdered mineral absorbent products that are used as carriers for crop protection chemicals, agricultural drying agents, bulk processing aids, growing media components, and seed enhancement media under Agsorb, Verge, Flo-Fre, and Terra-Green brands. In addition, the company o ffers animal health and nutrition products, such as enterosorbent products and animal feed binders for the livestock industry under Calibrin, ConditionAde, Pel-Unite, and Pel-Unite Plus names; and sports products for use on baseball, football, and soccer fields under the Pro?s Choice brand. Its customers include mass merchandisers, wholesale clubs, drugstore chains, pet specialty retail outlets, dollar stores, retail grocery stores, distributors of industrial cleanup and automotive products, environmental service companies, and sports field product users; processors and refiners of edible oils, petroleum-based oils, and biodiesel fuel; manufacturers of animal feed and agricultural chemicals; and marketers of consumer products. Oil-Dri Corporation of America sells its products through sales force; food brokers; distributors, including industrial, auto parts, safety, sanitary supply, chemical, and paper distributors; and catalogs. The company was founded in 1941 and is based i n Chicago, Illinois.
- [By Seth Jayson]
Calling all cash flows
When you are trying to buy the market’s best stocks, it’s worth checking up on your companies’ free cash flow once a quarter or so, to see whether it bears any relationship to the net income in the headlines. That’s what we do with this series. Today, we’re checking in on Oil-Dri Corp. of America (NYSE: ODC ) , whose recent revenue and earnings are plotted below.
10 Best Clean Energy Stocks To Invest In 2014: Transcept Pharmaceuticals Inc.(TSPT)
Transcept Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a specialty pharmaceutical company, focuses on the development and commercialization of proprietary products that address therapeutic needs in the field of neuroscience. Its principal product is the Intermezzo, a low dose sublingual formulation of zolpidem as a sleep aid for use in the middle of the night at the time a patient awakens and has difficulty returning to sleep. The company has a collaboration agreement with Purdue Pharmaceutical Products, L.P. for the commercialization of Intermezzo in the United States. It is also developing TO-2061, a low dose ondansetron adjunctive therapy, which is in Phase II study for patients with obsessive-compulsive disorder. The company was founded in 2002 and is based in Point Richmond, California.
- [By Roberto Pedone]
Transcept Pharmaceuticals (TSPT) is a specialty pharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of proprietary products that address important therapeutic needs in neuroscience. This stock closed up 6% to $2.98 in Thursday’s trading session.
Thursday’s Range: $2.81-$2.99
52-Week Range: $2.77-$6.77
Thursday’s Volume: 138,000
Three-Month Average Volume: 158,095
From a technical perspective, TSPT spiked sharply higher here right above some near-term support at $2.77 and back above its 50-day moving average at $2.95 with decent upside volume. This move is quickly pushing shares of TSPT within range of triggering a major breakout trade. That trade will hit if TSPT manages to take out some near-term overhead resistance levels at $3.16 to $3.25 with high volume. If that breakout hits, it would also push TSPT outside of a large consolidation pattern the stock has been in for the last three months.
Traders should now look for long-biased trades in TSPT as long as it’s trending above some key near-term support at $2.77 and then once it sustains a move or close above those breakout levels with volume that hits near or above 158,095 shares. If that breakout triggers soon, then TSPT will set up to re-test or possibly take out its next major overhead resistance levels at $4.23 to its 200-day moving average at $4.50. Any high-volume move above those levels will then put $4.89 to $5 into range for shares of TSPT.
- [By Roberto Pedone]
An under-$10 biotech stock that’s trending very close to triggering a near-term breakout trade is Transcept Pharmaceuticals (TSPT), which is focused on the development and commercialization of proprietary products that address important therapeutic needs in neuroscience. This stock has been hit hard by the bears so far in 2013, with shares off by 36%.
If you take a look at the chart for TSPT, you’ll notice that this stock has been trending sideways inside of a big consolidation pattern for the last three months, with shares moving between $2.71 on the downside and $3.25 on the upside. Shares of TSPT are counter-trending higher today in the face of a very weak tape. This move is starting to push the stock within range of triggering a near-term breakout trade above the upper-end of its sideways trading chart pattern.
Traders should now look for long-biased trades in TSPT if it manages to break out above its 50-day moving average at $2.91 a share and then once it takes out more near-term overhead resistance levels at $3.16 to $3.25 a share with high volume. Look for a sustained move or close above those levels with volume that hits near or above its three-month average action of 138,444 shares. If that breakout triggers soon, then TSPT will set up to re-test or possibly take out its next major overhead resistance levels at $4.23 to its 200-day at $4.39 a share. If those levels get taken out with volume, then TSPT could easily hit its next major overhead resistance levels at $5 to $5.50 a share.
Traders can look to buy TSPT off weakness to anticipate that breakout and simply use a stop that sits right below its recent low of $2.71 a share. One can also buy TSPT off strength once it clears those breakout levels with volume and then simply use a stop that sits a comfortable percentage from your entry point.
10 Best Clean Energy Stocks To Invest In 2014: AAR Corp.(AIR)
AAR CORP. provides products and services to aviation, government, and defense markets worldwide. The company?s Aviation Supply Chain segment purchases and sells new, overhauled, and repaired engine and airframe parts and components. It also repairs, overhauls, and sells avionics, electrical, electronic, fuel, hydraulic, and pneumatic components and instruments, as well as internal airframe components; and provides customized inventory supply and management programs for engine and airframe parts and components. In addition, this segment sells and leases commercial jet engines and used commercial aircraft; and provides advisory services, including assistance in remarketing aircraft, records management, and storage maintenance. Its Government and Defense Services segment involves in fixed- and rotary-wing flight operations; and performs engineering and design modifications on rotary-wing aircraft for government customers. This segment also provides customized performance-base d logistics programs in support of the U.S. Department of Defense and foreign governments; and engineering, design, manufacturing, and system integration services. The company?s Maintenance, Repair, and Overhaul segment provides airframe maintenance inspection and overhaul, painting, line maintenance, airframe modifications, structural repairs, avionic service and installation, exterior and interior refurbishment, and engineering services, as well as support for commercial and military aircraft; and repairs and overhauls landing gears, wheels, and brakes. Its Structures and Systems segment designs, manufactures, and repairs airdrop and other transportation pallets, and containers and shelters used in support of military and humanitarian tactical deployment activities. This segment also designs, manufactures, and installs in-plane cargo loading and handling systems for commercial and military aircraft and helicopters. AAR CORP. was founded in 1951 and is headquartered in Woo d Dale, Illinois.
- [By Wallace Witkowski]
AAR Corp. (AIR) shares fell 7% to $28.75 on light volume an earnings miss and reduced outlook due to a “challenging” quarter in its aviation products and services businesses.
- [By Rich Smith]
By far the largest contract of the day was a massive $5.3 billion indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, multiple-award contract issued to a mind-boggling 914 separate recipients simultaneously. Winners included everyone from subsidiaries of brand-name defense contractors such as AAR Corp (NYSE: AIR ) and SAIC (NYSE: SAI ) to lesser-known, federally defined small businesses such as “Wakelight Technologies” of Honolulu and “Electromagnetic Compatibility Management Concepts” of Sterling, Va.
- [By Seth Jayson]
Calling all cash flows
When you are trying to buy the market’s best stocks, it’s worth checking up on your companies’ free cash flow once a quarter or so, to see whether it bears any relationship to the net income in the headlines. That’s what we do with this series. Today, we’re checking in on AAR (NYSE: AIR ) , whose recent revenue and earnings are plotted below.
- [By Jake L’Ecuyer]
AAR (NYSE: AIR) shares tumbled 10.32 percent to $26.84 after the company reported a drop in its fiscal first-quarter profit.
J. C. Penney Company (NYSE: JCP) was down, falling 15.17 percent to $10.10 despite a Dow Jones report stating that J.C. Penney will hire around 35,000 holiday season workers.
10 Best Clean Energy Stocks To Invest In 2014: Ventas Inc. (VTR)
Ventas, Inc. is a publicly owned real estate investment trust. The firm engages in investment, management, financing, and leasing of properties in the healthcare industry. It invests in the real estate markets of the United States and Canada. The firm primarily invests in healthcare-related facilities including hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, senior housing facilities, medical office buildings, and other healthcare related facilities. Ventas, Inc. was founded in 1983 and is based in Chicago, Illinois with additional offices in Louisville, Kentucky and Dallas, Texas.
- [By Monica Wolfe]
Ventas Inc (VTR)
On Feb. 14, Ventas declared a dividend of $0.725 per share, representing 4.50% dividend yield for the company. This dividend is payable on March 28 to shareholders of the record at the close of business on March 7, 2014.
- [By Sue Chang and Ben Eisen]
Ventas Inc. (VTR) rose 4.6%. The stock was upgraded to buy from neutral with a price target of $63 at UBS.
- [By Dividends4Life]
Ventas, Inc. (VTR) is a publicly owned real estate investment trust that engages in investment, management, financing, and leasing of properties in the healthcare industry. December 9th the company increased its quarterly dividend 8.25 to $0.725 per share. The dividend is payable December 31, 2013, to stockholders of record on December 16, 2013. The yield based on the new payout is 5.0%.
10 Best Clean Energy Stocks To Invest In 2014: EXCO Resources NL(XCO)
EXCO Resources, Inc., an independent oil and natural gas company, engages in the exploration, exploitation, development, and production of onshore North American oil and natural gas properties with a focus on shale resource plays. The company holds interests in various projects located in East Texas, North Louisiana, Appalachia, and the Permian Basin in west Texas. As of December 31, 2010, it had proved reserves of approximately 1.5 trillion cubic feet equivalent; and operated 7,276 wells. The company was founded in 1955 and is based in Dallas, Texas.
- [By Aaron Levitt]
Already, analysts predict that Magnum Hunter Resources will grow its earnings by roughly 70% this year as its domestic shale acreage takes off. Any additional boost from its new Australian holdings will only sweeten the pot, making MHR one of the top energy stocks under $10.
Energy Stocks Under $10 to Buy Now: EXCO Resources (XCO)
Natural gas producer EXCO Resources (XCO) is one of the best cheap stocks under $10 because it’s been attracting all the right kind of attention. Namely, several big-time value investors including billionaires Wilbur Ross and Prem Watsa have loaded up on XCO stock.
- [By Victor Selva]
This first month of the year has been successful for EXCO Resources Inc. (XCO) as three hedge fund managers have invested in it. They are: Prem Watsa (Trades, Portfolio), which added the stock at an average price of $4.88 and currently holds 17.538.912 shares, Wilbur Ross (Trades, Portfolio) also added the stock at $4.74 holding 51.107.800 shares and finally, Howard Marks (Trades, Portfolio) at an average price of $4.99 and 45.251.182 shares of the stock.
- [By Jeff Reeves]
Exco Resources (XCO) is one of many oil and gas small-caps that could be great long-term buys considering the recent underperformance of the energy sector and the hopes of a recovery in 2014. But beware that, at least in the short-term, the momentum is pretty disappointing.
10 Best Clean Energy Stocks To Invest In 2014: PPL Corporation(PPL)
PPL Corporation, an energy and utility holding company, generates and sells electricity; and delivers natural gas to approximately 5.3 million utility customers primarily in the northeastern and northwestern U.S. The company operates in four segments: Kentucky Regulated, International Regulated, Pennsylvania Regulated, and Supply. The Kentucky Regulated segment engages in the generation, transmission, distribution, and sale of electricity; and the distribution and sale of natural gas to approximately 1.3 million customers in Kentucky, Virginia, and Tennessee. The International Regulated segment owns and operates electricity distribution businesses in the United Kingdom that deliver electricity to 7.7 million customers. The Pennsylvania Regulated segment delivers electricity to approximately 1.4 million customers in eastern and central Pennsylvania. The Supply segment owns and operates power plants to generate electricity using coal, uranium, natural gas, oil, and water res ources; markets and trades electricity and other purchased power to wholesale and retail markets; and acquires and develops domestic generation projects. It controls or owns a portfolio of generation assets of approximately 11,000 megawatts in Montana and Pennsylvania. As of December 31, 2010, the company?s distribution system included 649 substations with a capacity of 25 million kVA, 28,838 circuit miles of overhead lines, and 24,131 cable miles of underground conductors in the United Kingdom. It also operated 377 substations with a capacity of 31 million kVA, 33,122 circuit miles of overhead lines, and 7,368 cable miles of underground conductors in Pennsylvania. The company was founded in 1920 and is headquartered in Allentown, Pennsylvania.
- [By Marc Bastow]
Energy and utility holding company PPL (PPL) raised its quarterly dividend 1% to 37.25 cents per share, payable on Apr. 1 to shareholders of record as of Mar. 10.
PPL Dividend Yield: 4.86%
- [By Richard Stavros]
Among those companies that are winding down their spending programs, NextEra Energy Inc (NYSE: NEE) accounts for almost 30 percent of the projected $10 billion decline in annual spending from 2013 to 2015. Other larger-cap companies with projected 2015 budgets that are below their 2013 levels include: CenterPoint Energy Inc (NYSE: CNP), Dominion Resources Inc (NYSE: D), PPL Corp (NYSE: PPL), Public Service Enterprise Group Inc (NYSE: PEG), and Southern Company (NYSE: SO).
- [By Justin Loiseau]
Bucks from the Brits
PPL (NYSE: PPL ) managed to wow investors in 2011 when the company beat analyst estimates for four straight quarters. When it did it again in 2012, it was really only a matter of time until its shares hit a new 52-week high, now up 17.7 % in the last year. With 85% of 2013 earnings per share (EPS) originating from regulated business, the utility has taken a tried-and-true page out of Ameren’s book. PPL boasts a friendly and diverse regulatory environment across three states and the United Kingdom, and its 4.7% yield is above average for utilities dividend stocks.