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10 Best Diversified Bank Stocks To Watch Right Now: Vaalco Energy Inc(EGY)
VAALCO Energy, Inc. (VAALCO), incorporated on February 28, 1989, is an independent energy company. The Company is engaged in the acquisition, exploration, development and production of crude oil and natural gas. The Company’s segments include Gabon, Angola, Equatorial Guinea, the United States, and Corporate and other, which includes corporate and operations support. The Company owns producing properties and conducts exploration activities as an operator in Gabon, West Africa; conducts exploration activities as an operator in Angola, West Africa, and participates in exploration and development activities as a non-operator in Equatorial Guinea, West Africa. In the United States, it operates unconventional resource properties in North Texas and hold undeveloped leasehold acreage in Montana. It also owns minor interests in conventional production activities as a non-operator in the United States. VAALCO’s subsidiaries include VAALCO Gabon (Etame), Inc., VAALCO Production (Gab on), Inc., VAALCO Angola (Kwanza), Inc., VAALCO UK (North Sea), Ltd., VAALCO International, Inc., VAALCO Energy (EG), Inc., VAALCO Energy Mauritius (EG) Limited and VAALCO Energy (USA), Inc.
The Company’s Etame Marin block is located offshore the Republic of Gabon (Gabon). The Etame Marin block covers an area of approximately 28,700 gross acres and consists of subsalt reservoirs that lie over 20 miles offshore in water depths of approximately 250 feet. The Etame, Avouma/South Tchibala, Ebouri, Southeast Etame and North Tchibala fields are included in the block. Production operations in the Etame Marin block include approximately 10 wells from over four platforms, approximately three subsea wells across all fields tied back by pipelines to deliver oil and associated natural gas through a riser system to allow for delivery, processing, storage and offloading the oil from a leased Floating, Production, Storage and Offloading vessel (FPSO) anchore d to the seabed on the block. Its aggregate production from ! the block is approximately 6.8 million barrels (MMBbls).
The Company has exploration rights to approximately 1.4 million acres offshore central Angola. Additionally, the Company is required to carry the Angolan national oil company, Sonangol P&P, for approximately 10% of the work program.
VAALCO has working interest in a portion of Block P, offshore Equatorial Guinea for the exploration potential on the block. The Company and its partners are working for development and exploration activities in the production area (PDA), including the approval of a development and production plan.
The Company owns approximately 640-acre lease in the Hefley field (Granite Wash formation) in North Texas. The two wells produced approximately 3,000 barrels (Bbls) of condensate and over 180 million cubic feet (MMcf) net to VAALCO. The Company owns working interest in approximately 22,000 gross acres (over 14,300 net acres) covering the Middle Bakken and deeper formations in the East Poplar unit and the Northwest Poplar field in Roosevelt County, Montana.
- [By Monica Gerson]
VAALCO Energy, Inc. (NYSE: EGY) is expected to post a quarterly loss at $0.11 per share on revenue of $18.59 million.
B2Gold Corp (NYSE: BTG) is estimated to post its quarterly earnings at $0.00 per share on revenue of $135.84 million.
10 Best Diversified Bank Stocks To Watch Right Now: H&R Block, Inc.(HRB)
H&R Block, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides tax preparation, banking, and other services to the general public primarily in the United States, Canada, and Australia. The company offers assisted income tax return preparation and related services through a system of retail offices operated directly by the company or by franchisees; and online tax services, such as tax advice, professional and do-it-yourself (DIY) tax return preparation, and electronic filing services through its Website hrblock.com. It also develops and markets DIY desktop income tax preparation software; and develops and provides applications for mobile devices, which offer tax and related services. In addition, the company provides refund anticipation checks, H&R Block Emerald Advance lines of credit and Prepaid MasterCard, and Peace of Mind Extended Service Plan, Tax Identity Shield, and Cash Back refund discount programs. Further, it offers tradition al retail banking services primarily to its assisted and DIY tax clients. The company was founded in 1946 and is headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
H&R Block (HRB) has climbed 3.1% to $22.20 after beating earnings forecasts by a penny and hiking its dividend.
Cliffs Natural Resources (CLF) has gained 1.2% to $5.16 after getting upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Macquarie.
- [By Lisa Levin]
H & R Block Inc (NYSE: HRB) was down, falling around 14 percent to $20.42 as the company reported a disappointing tax season. The company announced plans to lower 13 percent of its workforce. Oppenheimer downgraded H&R Block from Outperform to Perform.
- [By Monica Gerson]
Shares of H & R Block Inc (NYSE: HRB) surged over 12 percent on Friday as the company reported better-than-expected results for its fourth quarter and lifted its quarterly dividend to $0.22 per share. H & R Block shares gained 0.29 percent to $24.30 in the after-hours trading session.
Top Integrated Utility Stocks To Invest In 2016: Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd.(NCLH)
Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. operates as a cruise line company that offers various itineraries. It offers cruises ranging from 1 day to 180 days itineraries to approximately 510 destinations worldwide. The company offers its products through independent travel agents, wholesalers, and tour operators. It operates 22 ships under the Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises, and Regent Seven Seas Cruises brands with approximately 45,000 Berths. The company was founded in 1966 and is headquartered in Miami, Florida.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
Shares of Carnival have dropped 4.2% to $43.74 at 2:39 p.m. today, while Royal Caribbean Cruise (RCL) has tumbled 5.6% to $66.15, and Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings (NCLH) is off 4.3% at $38.63.
10 Best Diversified Bank Stocks To Watch Right Now: Blackrock Global(BOE)
BlackRock Global Opportunities Equity Trust (the Trust), incorporated on February 22, 2005, is an investment trust. The Trusts primary investment objective is to seek current income and current gains, with a secondary objective of long-term capital appreciation. The Trust seeks to achieve its investment objectives by investing primarily in equity securities issued by companies located in countries throughout the world and utilizing an option writing (selling) strategy to seek total return performance and enhance distributions.
Under normal circumstances, the Trust invests its total assets in foreign issuers, issuers that primarily trade in a market located outside the United States or issuers that do business outside the United States. The Trust may invest directly in such securities or synthetically through the use of derivatives. BlackRock Advisors, LLC is an investment advisor of the Trust. The Trust invests in various sectors, such as energy, consumer p roducts, financial institutions, industrials, technology, basic materials, telecommunications, health care, real estate, transportation, aerospace and defense, automotive, building and development, and entertainment and leisure.
- [By Robert Rapier]
Whiting Petroleum (WLL) is one of Continental’s biggest competitors in the Bakken. Whiting is the second-largest oil producer in North Dakota, averaging 82,500 barrels of oil equivalent (BOE) of production in 2012, across more than 700,000 acres of leased land.
10 Best Diversified Bank Stocks To Watch Right Now: Medtronic plc(MDT)
Medtronic plc manufactures and sells device-based medical therapies worldwide. The companys Cardiac and Vascular Group segment offers pacemakers, implantable cardioverter defibrillators and cardiac resynchronization therapy devices, AF products, diagnostics and monitoring devices, and remote monitoring and patient-centered software; and heart valves, percutaneous coronary intervention stent products, surgical valve replacement and repair products, endovascular stent grafts, peripheral vascular intervention products, and products to treat superficial and deep venous diseases. Its Minimally Invasive Therapies Group segment provides gastrointestinal diagnostics, ablation, and interventional lung solutions; stapling, vessel sealing, and other surgical instruments; sutures; electrosurgery products; hernia mechanical devices; mesh implants; products for patient monitoring and recovery; sensors; monitors; compression and dialysis, enteral feeding, and wound care products; and operating room supplies, electrodes, needles, syringes, and sharps disposals. The companys Restorative Therapies Group segment offers products for various areas of the spine; bone graft substitutes; biologic products; trauma, implantable neurostimulation therapies, and drug delivery systems for the treatment of chronic pain, movement disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder, overactive bladder, urinary retention, fecal incontinence, and gastroparesis; products to treat conditions of the ear, nose, throat, and neurological disorders; systems that incorporate advanced energy surgical instruments; products for haemostatic sealing of soft tissue and bone; and image-guided surgery and intra-operative imaging systems. Its Diabetes Group segment provides insulin pumps and consumables; continuous glucose monitoring systems; and Web-based therapy management software solutions. It serves hospitals, physicians, clinicians, and patients. M edtronic plc was founded in 1949 and is headquartered in Dub! lin, Ireland.
- [By Teresa Rivas]
Medtronic (MDT) is higher Monday, helped by a bullish note from SunTrust Robinson Humphrey.
Medtronic Micra pacemaker Medtronic/Associated Press
Analyst Bruce Nudell and his team intitiated coverage of the stock with a Buy rating and $93 price target. Nudell writes that he likes Medtronics leadership position across major markets, and he believes it can sustain mid-single digit revenue growth, while also expanding margins and growing earnings.
He also praises the companys robust free cash flow generation and its commitment to returning 50% or more of its cash to shareholders, and writes that the companys rich pipeline, opportunities in emerging markets and focus on economic value make it a compelling buy.
More detail from the note:
Medtronic is market leader across several medical device categories and well-positioned for healthy growth sustainably. While its significant exposure to large mature markets like spine, CRM, and stents will remain a drag, the pipeline is rich (target of 150-350bps annual growth contribution from new products), expansion into emerging markets (150-200bps of growth per year) as well as a keen focus on economic value yielding higher mix of services revenue (40-60bps of growth per year) makes us confident that mid-single digit revenue growth is sustainable.
With integration of Covidien ongoing, operating profitability and realization of cost synergies will remain the key focal point for investors nearer term; FX has clouded visibility, though management insists that underlying op-ex gains are firmly on track. Our model assumes deal related operating profit gains on the order of $900mm by FY2018 consistent with recent company commentary that the initial $850M target has potential upside. MDT foresees continued op-margin expansion beyond FY 2018 largely through plant rationalization (down from the current 80) which could drive outer year margin performance beyond that which we mod
10 Best Diversified Bank Stocks To Watch Right Now: Cummins Inc.(CMI)
Cummins Inc. designs, manufactures, distributes, and services diesel and natural gas engines, electric power generation systems, and engine-related component products worldwide. It operates in four segments: Engine, Power Generation, Components, and Distribution. The Engine segment offers a range of diesel and natural gas powered engines under the Cummins and other customer brand names for the heavy-and medium-duty truck, bus, recreational vehicle, light-duty automotive, agricultural, construction, mining, marine, oil and gas, rail, and governmental equipment markets. This segment also provides new parts and service, as well as remanufactured parts and engines. The Power Generation segment offers power generation systems, components, and services, including diesel, natural gas, gasoline, and alternative-fuel electrical generator sets for use in recreational vehicles, commercial vehicles, recreational marine applications, and home stand-by or residential applications. This segment also provides components that make up power generation systems, such as engines, controls, alternators, transfer switches, and switchgears. The Components segment supplies filtration products, turbochargers, aftertreatment systems, intake and exhaust systems, and fuel systems for commercial diesel applications. This segment offers filtration and exhaust systems for on-and off-highway heavy-duty and mid-range equipment, as well as supplies filtration products for industrial and passenger car applications. This segment also develops after treatment and exhaust systems to help customers meet emissions standards and fuel systems. The Distribution segment provides parts and services, as well as service solutions, including maintenance contracts, engineering services, and integrated products. The company sells its products to original equipment manufacturers, distributors, and other customers. Cummins Inc. was founded in 1919 and is headquartered in Columbus, Indiana.
- [By Michael Flannelly]
Diesel Engines maker Cummins Inc. (CMI) had its price target and earnings estimates raised by analysts at Jefferies on Thursday, following a positive analyst day.
The analysts rate CMI as “Hold” and now see shares reaching $130, which suggests a slight downside to the stock’s Wednesday closing price of $133.72.
Cummins shares were up 46 cents, or 0.34%, during morning trading on Thursday. The stock is up 23.51% year-to-date.
- [By Michael Flannelly]
Early on Wednesday, analysts at both UBS and BMO Capital raised their price targets and earnings estimates on diesel engines manufacturer Cummins Inc. (CMI).
The analysts at UBS raised the numbers on CMI to reflect better growth from market positions and new products. As such, they now see shares of CMI reaching $146, which suggests a 10.6% upside to the stock’s Tuesday closing price of $131.96.
At BMO Capital, the analysts raised CMI’s earnings estimates through 2015 as distribution acquisitions should add to earnings. Furthermore, the analysts rate CMI as “Outperform” and see shares reaching $146 as well.
Cummins shares were down 20 cents, or 0.15%, during pre-market trading on Wednesday. The stock is up 21.79% year-to-date.
10 Best Diversified Bank Stocks To Watch Right Now: International Business Machines Corporation(IBM)
International Business Machines Corporation (IBM) provides information technology (IT) products and services worldwide. Its Global Technology Services segment provides IT infrastructure and business process services, including strategic outsourcing, process, integrated technology, and maintenance services, as well as technology-based support services. The company?s Global Business Services segment offers consulting and systems integration, and application management services. Its Software segment offers middleware and operating systems software, such as WebSphere software to integrate and manage business processes; information management software for database and enterprise content management, information integration, data warehousing, business analytics and intelligence, performance management, and predictive analytics; Tivoli software for identity management, data security, storage management, and datacenter automation; Lotus software for collaboration, messaging, and so cial networking; rational software to support software development for IT and embedded systems; business intelligence software, which provides querying and forecasting tools; SPSS predictive analytics software to predict outcomes and act on that insight; and operating systems software. Its Systems and Technology segment provides computing and storage solutions, including servers, disk and tape storage systems and software, point-of-sale retail systems, and microelectronics. The company?s Global Financing segment provides lease and loan financing to end users and internal clients; commercial financing to dealers and remarketers of IT products; and remanufacturing and remarketing services. It serves financial services, public, industrial, distribution, communications, and general business sectors. The company was formerly known as Computing-Tabulating-Recording Co. and changed its name to International Business Machines Corporation in 1924. IBM was founded in 1910 and is base d in Armonk, New York.
- [By Andr茅s Cardenal]
IBM (NYSE: IBM ) is arguably the most mature company in the tech business; the company decided to move away from the commoditized hardware business back in the nineties, prioritizing margins and free cash flows over revenue. This has done wonders for the company in terms of profitability, and IBM has achieved a remarkable track record of 18 consecutive years of dividend increases.
- [By Jonas Elmerraji]
Up first is International Business Machines (IBM), a perfect example of a mega-cap stock that hasn’t traded anything like the broad market in 2014. Since the calendar flipped to January, IBM has sold off to the tune of 14%, underperforming the S&P by a huge margin. But long-suffering shareholders could be in store for a reprieve here — IBM is showing signs of a bottom this fall.
That’s because IBM is currently forming an ascending triangle bottom, a bullish price setup that’s formed by horizontal resistance above shares (in this case at $165) and uptrending support to the downside. Basically, as IBM bounces in between those two technically important price levels, it’s getting squeezed closer to a breakout above that $165 price ceiling. When that happens, buyers are in control of shares again.
- [By Motif Investing]
What politics has been slow in accomplishing, though, has not been the case in the culture and hiring practices of large U.S. businesses, where female CEOs are more common than in politics. In fact, two companies in the Dow Jones Industrial Average – E I Du Pont De Nemours And Co (NYSE: DD) and International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE: IBM) – are led by women, and perhaps it’s some sign of progress that former HP Inc (NYSE: HPQ) CEO and presidential candidate Carly Fiorina faced some criticism for her HP tenure rather than being subject to a politically correct “kid gloves” evaluation that is often perceived to be given to female executives.
10 Best Diversified Bank Stocks To Watch Right Now: Dermira, Inc.(DERM)
Dermira, Inc., a specialty biopharmaceutical company, focuses on the development and commercialization of medical dermatology products to dermatologists and their patients primarily in the United States. The companys late-stage product candidates comprise Cimzia, an injectable biologic tumor necrosis factor-alpha inhibitor, which is in Phase III clinical trial for the treatment of moderate-to-severe plaque psoriasis; DRM04, a small-molecule anticholinergic product that has completed a Phase IIb clinical trial for the treatment of hyperhidrosis or excessive sweating; and DRM01, a sebum inhibitor, which has completed a Phase IIa clinical trial for the treatment of acne. Its early-stage programs in preclinical development include DRM02, an inhibitor of phosphodiesterase-4 for the treatment of inflammatory skin diseases; and DRM05, a photodynamic therapy for the treatment of acne. Dermira, Inc. has a collaboration agreement with UCB Pharma S.A. for the development and commercialization of Cimzia. The company was formerly known as Skintelligence, Inc. and changed its name to Dermira, Inc. in September 2011. Dermira, Inc. was founded in 2010 and is headquartered in Menlo Park, California.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
Current market dynamics, particularly in the SMID biotech universe, provide a plethora of opportunities for the company to augment the breadth and depth its pipeline in its core therapeutic areas, including neurology, ophthalmology and dermatology, where innovation is rife and where consolidation of some of the smaller players in the space is likely, in our view. Stocks in our SMID coverage universe that could potentially constitute future acquisition targets forAllergan include Aclaris Therapeutics (ACRS) and Dermira (DERM) (both have mid- to late-stage dermatology assets in development). We note with interest the collaboration with Heptares announced yesterday evening for the development of several M1, M4 and dual M1/M4 agonists in development for a variety of neurological diseases, including Alzheimers disease. Notwithstanding this above, larger scale transactions of course cannot be ruled out, and we note todays market commentary (Fox Business) regarding the po tential sale of Valeant Pharmaceuticals International’s (VRX) Bausch & Lomb unit. It is reasonable to assume thatAllergan could be a bidder for this asset, given the companys presence in ophthalmology, as well as CEO Brent Saunders familiarity with the asset (he was the CEO prior to its sale toValeant in 2013 for $8.7bn). At the time of its sale to Valeant, B&L was generating c.$3bn in revenues and growing at a double-digit rate. Current sales of the asset are unclear due to the reporting structure of Valeant, as well as concerns regarding the companys operating/ pricing strategy.
10 Best Diversified Bank Stocks To Watch Right Now: Pinnacle West Capital Corporation(PNW)
Pinnacle West Capital Corporation, through its subsidiaries, provides retail and wholesale electric services primarily in the State of Arizona. The company involves in the generation, transmission, and distribution of electricity through coal, nuclear, gas and oil, and solar resources. It also offers energy-related products and services, such as energy master planning, energy use consultation and facility audits, cogeneration analysis and installation, and project management with a focus on energy efficiency and renewable energy to commercial and industrial retail customers in the western United States. In addition, the company owns minority interests in various energy-related investments and Arizona community-based ventures; and develops residential, commercial, and industrial real estate projects in Arizona, Idaho, New Mexico, and Utah. As of December 31, 2010, it owned or leased approximately 6,290 mega watts of regulated generation capacity; and serviced approximately 1.1 million customers. Pinnacle West Capital Corporation was founded in 1920 and is based in Phoenix, Arizona.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
Iron Mountain has gained 2.6% to $26.55 at 3:05 p.m., making it the fourth-best performer in the S&P 500, ahead of WPX Energy (WPX), which has gained 2.4% to $19.94, Pinnacle West Capital (PNW), which has gained 2.3% to $53.55 and Dominion Resources (D), which has risen 2.1% to $59.85.
10 Best Diversified Bank Stocks To Watch Right Now: Werner Enterprises, Inc.(WERN)
Werner Enterprises, Inc., incorporated on September 14, 1982, is a transportation and logistics company. The Company is engaged in transporting truckload shipments of general commodities in both interstate and intrastate commerce. The Company operates through two segments: Truckload Transportation Services (Truckload) and Value Added Services (VAS). The Company also provides logistics services through its VAS division. The Company has a fleet of approximately 7,450 trucks, of which over 6,640 are Company-operated and over 810 are owned and operated by independent contractors. Its VAS division operates over 60 additional intermodal drayage trucks.
Truckload Transportation Services
Truckload segment comprises the One-Way Truckload and Specialized Services units. Its One-Way Truckload unit’s operating fleet includes the regional short-haul (Regional) fleet, which transports a variety of consumer non-durable products and other commodities in truckload quantities within geographic regions across the United States using dry van trailers; the medium-to-long-haul van (Van) fleet, which provides comparable truckload van service over irregular routes, and the expedited (Expedited) fleet, which provides time-sensitive truckload services utilizing driver teams. Its Specialized Services unit provides truckload services for a retail distribution center or manufacturing facility, including services for products requiring specialized trailers, such as flatbed or temperature-controlled trailers.
The Company’s Truckload fleets operate across over 40 contiguous United States’ states pursuant to operating authority, both common and contract, granted by the United States Department of Transportation (DOT) and pursuant to intrastate authority granted by various United States’ states. It also operates in several provinces of Canada and provides through-trailer service into and out of Mexico. The principal types of freight it t ransports include retail store merchandise, consumer product! s, grocery products and manufactured products.
The Company’s VAS segment is a non-asset-based transportation and logistics provider. VAS comprises operating units that provide non-trucking services to its customers, which include truck brokerage (Brokerage) that uses contracted carriers to complete customer shipments; freight management (Freight Management), which offers a range of single-source logistics management services and solutions; the intermodal (Intermodal) unit, which offers rail transportation through alliances with rail and drayage providers as an alternative to truck transportation, and Werner Global Logistics international (WGL), which provides complete management of global shipments from origin to destination using a combination of air, ocean, truck and rail transportation modes. Its Brokerage unit has transportation services contracts with approximately 12,920 carriers.
- [By Michael Flannelly]
Following Werner Enterprises, Inc.’s (WERN) third quarter earnings warning, analysts at KeyBanc downgraded the transportation and logistics company on Tuesday.
The analysts downgraded WERN from “Buy” to “Hold.”
KeyBanc analyst Todd Fowler said, “We downgrade WERN from Buy to HOLD following its negative 3Q pre-ann’ct, which reflected a number of company-specific issues that we expect to limit upside going forward; we would focus investors on other, stronger-performing names within the truckload space, specifically, BUY-rated Swift Transportation Company (SWFT), Marten Transport Ltd. (MRTN), and Knight Transportation Inc. (KNX).”
Werner Enterprises shares were down $1.66, or 6.80%, during pre-market trading on Tuesday. The stock is up 12.64% year-to-date.
- [By Monica Gerson]
Werner Enterprises (NASDAQ: WERN) shares dropped 4.83% to $23.23 in pre-market trading after the company issued a weak third-quarter profit forecast.
- [By Monica Gerson]
Werner Enterprises (NASDAQ: WERN) issued a weak third-quarter profit forecast. Werner shares dropped 2.09% to $23.90 in the after-hours trading session.