10 Best Dow Dividend Stocks For 2014

Indicating a rebound in the housing sector, the foreclosure market report – released by RealtyTrac – showed overall foreclosure activity in the first half of 2013 to be on a downward trend. As per this leading online marketplace of foreclosure properties, foreclosure filings plunged 23% year over year and 19% from the last 6 months, bringing the total number of properties receiving default, auction or repossession notices to 801,359.

For the first six months of 2013, 409,491 foreclosure starts – default notices issued and foreclosure auctions (depending on the state’s foreclosure procedure) – were filed across the U.S. As per the report, foreclosure starts are expected to reach 800,000 by the end of this year, down from 1.1 million in 2012.

Meanwhile, an aggregate of 248,538 bank repossessions (REOs) occurred in the first six months of 2013. Given this pace, REOs are anticipated to reach 500,000 by the year-end, down from approximately 671,000 in 201 2.

Nevertheless, foreclosure activity continues to remain a drag for many states. The top 5 states with the highest foreclosure rates in the first half of the year were Florida, Nevada, Illinois, Ohio and Georgia. Additionally, the procedure to complete the foreclosure of properties in the second quarter took an average of 526 days, up from 477 days in the previous quarter.

10 Best Dow Dividend Stocks For 2014: Full Circle Capital Corporation (FULL)

Full Circle Capital Corporation is a business development company and operates as an externally managed non-diversified closed-end management investment company. It invests in debt and equity securities of smaller and lower middle-market companies with annual revenues between $3 million and $75 million. The company primarily invests in various categories of debt comprising asset-based senior secured loans, subordinated or unsecured loans, and mezzanine loans. It seeks to invest in a range of industries with a focus on media, communications, and business services. The company primarily seeks to invest between $3 million and $10 million. However, it can also make larger investments.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Wolfe]

    Full Circle Capital Corp (FULL)

    Over the past week there were two insiders making four buys into Full Circle Capital.  These buys come as the company’s price has hit its lowest price since Nov. 2011.

10 Best Dow Dividend Stocks For 2014: Express Inc. (EXPR)

Express, Inc. operates specialty retail stores in the United States. The company?s stores offer apparel and accessories for women and men between 20 and 30 years old across various aspects of the lifestyles comprising work, casual, jeanswear, and going-out occasions. It also sells gift cards. As of January 29, 2011, the company operated 591 stores, including 547 dual-gender stores, 25 women?s stores, and 19 men?s stores located primarily in high-traffic shopping malls, lifestyle centers, and street locations in 47 states throughout the United States, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. In addition, it operates seven Express stores in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and the United Arab Emirates through its Development Agreement with Alshaya Trading Co.; and sells its products through e-commerce Website, express.com. The company was formerly known as Express Parent LLC and changed its name to Express, Inc. in May 2010. Express, Inc. was founded in 1980 and is headquartered in C olumbus, Ohio.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Anthony Mirhaydari]

    And with retail headwinds as strong as they’ve been, there’s no relief in sight for GAP stock.

    Express (EXPR)

    Express (EXPR) has been in meltdown mode since issuing disappointing guidance back in December, ending a strong uptrend that started in late 2012.

  • [By Laura Brodbeck]

    Notable earnings released on Wednesday included:

    Williams-Sonoma, Inc (NYSE: WSM) reported fourth quarter EPS of $1.38 on revenue of $1.47 billion, compared to last year’s EPS of $1.34 on revenue of $1.41 billion. Express, Inc (NYSE: EXPR)  reported fourth quarter EPS of $0.57 on revenue of $715.90 million, compared to last year’s EPS of $0.75 on revenue of $728.71 million. Vail Resorts, Inc. (NYSE: MTN) reported second quarter EPS of $1.60 on revenue of $452.70 million, compared to last year’s EPS of $1.65 on revenue of $422.45 million. Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Inc. (NYSE: KKD) reported fourth quarter EPS of $0.12 on revenue of $112.70 million, compared to last year’s EPS of $0.09 on revenue of $118.14 million.

    Pre-Market Movers

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Shares of Express (EXPR) have been going at fire-sale prices today after the company missed earnings forecasts.

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    Express reported a profit of 57 cents a share, at the bottom end of its forecast and below analyst estimates for 59 cents. It also lowered its full-year guidance to a range of $1.03 to $1.23, below forecasts for $1.58.

    Stifel’s Richard Jaffe and team cut their rating on Express to Hold from Buy. They explain why:

    Previously we believed [Express’s] weakness was driven solely by external pressures (severe weather, weak traffic and a promotional environment). However, we now believe part of [Express’s] weakness is self-inflicted merchandise misses, which will take time to correct. Given this and our cautious outlook for the company, we are downgrading the shares to Hold…

    Severe weather, weak traffic trends and a highly promotional retail environment have continued into 1Q, likely putting pressure on earnings and share prices for many companies in our sector. Retailers that have not yet reported 4Q earnings and therefore have not yet commented on 1Q trends are at risk, in our view. Given the exceptionally promotional and price competitive environment, we believe that estimates for some companies ([Aeropostale (ARO), Ann (ANN), Gordmans Stores (GMAN) and Tilly’s (TLYS)]) do not reflect the pricing pressure likely in 1Q.

    Shares of Express have plunged 13% to $15.96 at 3:51 p.m., while Aeropostale has gained 1.5% to $7.26, Ann has dropped 3.3% to $34.90, Gordmans Stores has risen 0.5% to $6.34 and Tilly’s have fallen 2.5% to $11.35.

10 Best Dow Dividend Stocks For 2014: AngioDynamics Inc.(ANGO)

AngioDynamics, Inc. designs, develops, manufactures, and markets various therapeutic and diagnostic devices that enable interventional physicians to treat PVD, tumors, and other non-coronary diseases. The company operates in two divisions, Vascular and Oncology/Surgery. The Vascular division provides venous products, including VenaCure EVLT laser systems and Sotradecol; angiographic products and accessories comprising angiographic catheters, entry needles, guidewires, and fluid management products; percutaneous transluminal angioplasty dilation balloon catheters, such as WorkHorse, WorkHorse II, and Profiler to open blocked blood vessels and dialysis access sites; drainage products consisting of the total abscession general, biliary, and nephrostomy drainage catheters; and thrombolytic products that include pulsespray infusion and unifuse thrombolytic catheters, and speedlyser to deliver thrombolytic agents. It also offers micro access sets that provide interventional phys icians a smaller introducer system for minimally-invasive procedures; Benephit, a therapeutic approach to deliver drugs directly to the kidneys; and various dialysis catheters, which comprise DuraMax, Schon, Evenmore, Dura-Flow, SCHON XL, LifeJet, and Centros dialysis catheters. In addition, this division provides PICC products consisting of Morpheus CT PICC, Morpheus CT PICC insertion kits, and Morpheus smart PICC; port products and accessories, including Vortex, SmartPort, and LifeGuard; and central venous catheter products. The Oncology/Surgery division offers radiofrequency ablation, embolization, and nanoknife products. The company markets its products to interventional radiologists, vascular surgeons, and surgical oncologists through a direct sales force in the United States and through a combination of direct sales and distributor relationships internationally. AngioDynamics, Inc. was founded in 1988 and is headquartered in Latham, New York.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lauren Pollock]

    AngioDynamics Inc.(ANGO) swung to a modest fiscal second-quarter loss but achieved break-even per-share results as the medical-device maker’s revenue improved more than expected, pushing shares up 6.5% to $19.15 premarket.

  • [By Wallace Witkowski]

    In other earnings reports, shares of AngioDynamics Inc. (ANGO)  rose 4.1% to $18.71 on moderate volume after the medical device maker reported adjusted fiscal second-quarter earnings of 14 cents a share on revenue of $88.6 million, while analysts expected 7 cents a share on revenue of $87.5 million. For fiscal 2014, AngioDynamics sees revenue of $349 million to $353 million, while analysts expect $350.7 million.

10 Best Dow Dividend Stocks For 2014: Integrys Energy Group(TEG)

Integrys Energy Group, Inc., through its subsidiaries, operates as a regulated electric and natural gas utility company in the United States and Canada. It provides natural gas utility services in Chicago, Wisconsin, Michigan, and Minnesota. As of December 31, 2009, the company served approximately 1,669,000 residential, commercial and industrial, transportation, and other customers. It had approximately 22,000 miles of natural gas distribution mains; and approximately 1,010 miles of natural gas transmission mains. The company also generates and distributes electric energy form coal, natural gas, fuel oil, hydroelectric, and wind resources in Wisconsin and Michigan. It served approximately 489,000 residential, commercial and industrial, wholesale, and other customers. In addition, Integrys Energy offers nonregulated energy supply and services; and electric transmission services. The company was formerly known as WPS Resources Corporation and changed its name to Integrys En ergy Group, Inc. in February 2007. Integrys Energy Group, Inc. was founded in 1883 and is based in Chicago, Illinois.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jonas Elmerraji]

    Last up is Integrys Energy Group (TEG), the sole downside name we’re looking at this week. Even though December is historically a great month to own stocks, that doesn’t mean that it’s universally a great month to own all stocks. And TEG looks “toppy” at this point.

    Integrys is currently forming a head and shoulders top, a bearish setup that indicates exhaustion among buyers. The pattern is formed by two swing highs that hit their head around the same level (the shoulders), separated by a higher high (the head). The sell signal comes on a move through the neckline, which is currently sloping through $52. TEG is actually a “nested” pattern, which means that the right shoulder is a complete head and shoudlers pattern itself on a shorter-timeframe. Since the downside has already triggered on the right shoulder, we should expect a test of the longer-term neckline soon.

    Lest you think that the head and shoulders is too well known to be worth trading, the research suggests otherwise: a recent academic study conducted by the Federal Reserve Board of New York found that the results of 10,000 computer-simulated head-and-shoulders trades resulted in “profits [that] would have been both statistically and economically significant.”

    That’s good reason to keep this stock in your crosshairs in the days ahead; a break below the neckline is a short signal.

    To see this week’s trades in action, check out the Technical Setups for the Week portfolio on Stockpickr.

    — Written by Jonas Elmerraji in Baltimore.

  • [By Justin Loiseau]

    Subsidiary switch-up
    AGL Resources announced Thursday that it has officially handed off subsidiary Compass Energy Services to Integrys Energy (NYSE: TEG  ) for an initial cash consideration of $12 million, with an additional $3 million to $8 million cash consideration. If the unregulated natural gas subsidiary fares well over the next five years, Integrys will fork over more finances for its purchase. If not, AGL could be left with $15 million total for the sale. For now, AGL will record a $9 million to $11 million pre-tax gain for Q2 2013.

  • [By Justin Loiseau]

    Getting more from gas
    Integrys Energy’s (NYSE: TEG  ) Michigan Gas Utilities subsidiary has filed a request for a 6% increase in natural gas rates beginning in 2014. The company has recently hit a rough spot because of falling sales, pricey upgrade costs, more expensive customer service functions, and inflation.

10 Best Dow Dividend Stocks For 2014: Enerplus Corporation (ERF)

Enerplus Corporation, together with subsidiaries, engages in the exploration and development of crude oil and natural gas in United States and Canada. As of December 31, 2011, it had 322 MMBOE of proved plus probable reserves. The company also held a portfolio of approximately 380,000 net acres of land comprised of 75,000 net acres at Fort Berthold targeting the Bakken and Three Forks; 65,000 net acres in the Duvernay; 33,000 net acres in the Montney; 67,000 net acres in the Stacked Mannville; 30,000 net acres in the Cardium and other emerging oil plays in Canada; and 110,000 net acres in the Marcellus. In addition, it had 120 gross producing wells. The company was founded in 1986 and is headquartered in Calgary, Canada.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By GURUFOCUS]

    Canadian Trusts- Baytex Energy Trust (BTE) | Yield: 6.1%
    – Enerplus Resources Fund (ERF) | Yield: 5.6%
    – Pengrowth Energy Trust (PGH) | Yield: 7.1%

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    Tomorrow, Enerplus (NYSE: ERF  ) will release its latest quarterly results. The key to making smart investment decisions on stocks reporting earnings is to anticipate how they’ll do before they announce results, leaving you fully prepared to respond quickly to whatever inevitable surprises arise. That way, you’ll be less likely to make an uninformed knee-jerk reaction to news that turns out to be exactly the wrong move.

  • [By Rich Duprey]

    Canadian oil and gas producer Enerplus  (NYSE: ERF  )  announced yesterday its June monthly dividend of $0.09 Canadian per share, which is equivalent to $0.09 U.S. per share at an exchange rate of 0.9699.

  • [By Rich Duprey]

    Canadian oil and gas producer Enerplus (NYSE: ERF  ) announced today its August monthly dividend of $0.09 Canadian per share, which is equivalent to $0.09 U.S. per share at an exchange rate of 0.9674.

10 Best Dow Dividend Stocks For 2014: WidePoint Corp (WYY)

WidePoint Corporation (WidePoint), incorporated on May 30, 1997, is a provider of customized technology-based products and solutions to both the government sector and commercial markets. The Company operates in three segments: Communications Management, Cybersecurity Solutions, and Consulting Services and Products. WidePoint, through its wholly owned subsidiaries iSYS LLC (iSYS) and WidePoint Solutions Corp. (WSC), utilizes its experience working with government and commercial enterprises to develop solutions that take the pain out of managing wireless and wireline telecommunications (telecom) expenses and devices. Through its wholly owned subsidiaries Operational Research Consultants (ORC), Protexx Technology Corporation (PROTEXX), and Advanced Response Concepts Corporation (ARCC), delivers compliant identity management solutions. The Company offers a range of information technology (IT) consulting services and products to support its clients’ IT needs.

Com munications Management

The Company offers a Bands of Minutes approach that takes advantage of bulk savings for its clients by utilizing all available voice, data and message plans offered by the carriers. It provides a variety of reports that provide data for ongoing periodic reviews and strategic decision-making. It also provides secured solutions for its clients’ telecom assets.

Cybersecurity Solutions

WidePoint’s wholly owned subsidiary, ORC, is certified by the federal government to facilitate public access to the services offered by government agencies, including on-line access to computers for purposes of reviewing, retrieving, providing, and exchanging information. Its digital certificate credentials are authorized to provide trusted individual or business identity information for use by the Department of Defense (DoD), FirstGov, General Services Administration (GSA) and participating federal government agencies. Its digital certificate credential services include the DoD External Cer! tificate Authority, Access Certificates for Electronic Services, and the General Services Administration Shared Service Provider. It also provide an analysis of an organization’s business and technical policies across application and data resources for the implementation of various devices, such as smart cards, security tokens, cell phones and personal computers, and implementing these capabilities by incorporating higher levels of automated infrastructure.

Consulting Services and Products

The Company offers IT architecture and planning services to ensure that it clients get the most from their IT investments. Its system integration services team provides its clients with the creative and technical expertise needed to execute projects of any size. The Company specializes in the areas of Infrastructure management, Applications management and IT strategic planning. iSYS provides a range of IA support services to help its customers to protect and def end information and information systems by ensuring confidentiality, integrity, authentication, availability, and non-repudiation. In addition, its IA services include strategic risk analysis and management support that includes physical security, reliability, continuity of operations planning, and support for other enterprise governance issues, such as privacy, compliance, audits and disaster recovery. Its IA services include Certification and Accreditation; Security Architecture Design; System Security Planning; Security Risk Assessment and Mitigation Planning; Vulnerability Testing and Remediation; Customizable IA plans and processes to correspond to customer needs, and Continuity of Operations Planning. Its support services address on-going enhancements to existing IT systems along with developing new IT systems that incorporate the evolution of long-term advanced hardware and software technologies.

The Company competes with Avalon Global Solutions, Inc., Pr ofitline, Rivermine, Lockheed Martin Corporation, Northrop G! rumman Co! rporation, EDS, Unisys, Computer Services Corporation, Science Applications International Corporation and Manpower.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Bryan Murphy]

    If you’re a fan of, or investor in, WidePoint Corporation (NYSEMKT:WYY), then be warned now that what you’re about to read regarding WYY is likely to irritate you. Nothing personal; it’s just a reality check. Here goes – WidePoint shares are very likely to be at the onset of a sizeable pullback. [Insert boos and hisses here.]

  • [By Bryan Murphy]

    If you’re reading this, then odds are you already know that small caps WidePoint Corporation (NYSEMKT:WYY), CytRx Corporation (NASDAQ:CYTR), and Elephant Talk Communications Corp. (NYSEMKT:ETAK) are among the recent big winners from the small cap stock realm. ETAK is up 100% since the end of October, largely spurred by encouraging numbers in its third-quarter results. CYTR shares have rallied more than 150% in just the past three days on the heels of an announcement that a cancer drug the biotech company is developing has shown wonderful Phase 2 results. And, WYY has advanced 93% over the past month or so, thanks to Q3’s earnings announcement, though the trading public – and then the media – certainly took the ball and ran with it.

10 Best Dow Dividend Stocks For 2014: Darling International Inc. (DAR)

Darling International Inc. provides rendering, recycling, and recovery solutions to the food industry worldwide. It operates in two segments, Rendering and Restaurant Services. The Rendering segment engages in collecting and processing animal by-products and converting these into useable oils and proteins utilized by the agricultural, leather, and oleo-chemical industries. This segment offers various products, such as meat and bone meal, and bleachable fancy tallow. The Restaurant Services segment involves in the collection of used cooking oils from food service establishments and recycling them into similar products, such as high-energy animal feed ingredients and industrial oils. This segment provides grease trap servicing; and schedules services, such as fat and bone, and used cooking oil collection, as well as trap cleaning services for contracted customers. The company primarily sells its products to producers of oleo-chemicals, soaps, pet foods, leather goods, livest ock feed, and bio-fuels through commodities brokers, company agents, and directly. It was formerly known as Darling-Delaware Company, Inc. and changed its name to Darling International Inc. in December 1993. The company was founded in 1882 and is headquartered in Irving, Texas.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jake L’Ecuyer]

    Darling International (NYSE: DAR) was down, falling 5.05 percent to $18.99 after the company priced public offering of 40 million shares of its common stock at $19.00 per share.

  • [By Jonas Elmerraji]

    Nearest Resistance: $20

    Nearest Support: $18.50

    Catalyst: Share offering

    Waster recycling firm Darling International (DAR) is down more than 5% this afternoon following news that the firm would be offering 40 million shares of common stock at $19, a move designed to raise capital to pay for a planned acquisition. While investors took the news well (the acquisition should be accretive to DAR’s business, after all), shares traded down to the offering price.

    If you own Darling right now, this might be a good opportunity to get out. That’s because DAR is currently forming a head-and-shoulders top, a bearish setup that indicates exhaustion among buyers. While support exists at $18.50, it’s weak enough to get taken out on the next round of selling. Buyer beware.

10 Best Dow Dividend Stocks For 2014: Dale Jarrett Racing Adventure Inc (DJRT)

Dale Jarrett Racing Adventure, Inc., incorporated on November 24, 1998, offers entertainment based oval driving schools and events. The Company owns several National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) type racecars. These classes are conducted at various racetracks throughout the country. As of December 31, 2011, the Company owned 15 racecars, and had purchased six additional racecars for its Las Vegas hub. These racecars are classified as stock cars and are equipped for oval or round tracks only.

The Company offers five types of ride or drive programs for individuals and corporations. The Qualifier is a three lap ride with a professional driver, which lasts about five minutes, depending on the length of the track. The Season Opener is a half day training class culminating in the student driving 10 laps. The Rookie Adventure and Happy Hour are also half day driving classes with the students driving 20 or 30 laps, respectively. The Advanced Stock C ar Adventure is a full day 60 lap class. The main purpose of each event is the thrill of actually driving the race car. It owns a Miller Semi Tractor Trailer to haul the cars from track to track. The Company also offers a range of add-on sale items, including compact disks (CDs) from its adventure cam located in the car, clothing, souvenirs and photography.

The Company competes with Richard Petty Driving Experience.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Small cap stocks Alliance Creative Group Inc (OTCMKTS: ACGX), Dale Jarrett Racing Adventure Inc (OTCMKTS: DJRT), Inscor Inc (OTCMKTS: IOGA) and Solar Thin Films Inc (OTCMKTS: SLTZ) have all been getting some attention lately in various investment newsletters and it should come as no surprise that two out of four of these stocks have been the subject of paid promotions – which tend to benefit traders. However, two out of four of these stocks also have pretty good financials for being small cap OTC stocks and that might make them attractive to investors with a long term time horizon. So which of these stocks might make traders some profits in the short term and investors some profits over the longer term? Here is a closer look to help you decide:

10 Best Dow Dividend Stocks For 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.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ashraf Eassa]

    On the same day as NVIDIA’s (NASDAQ: NVDA  ) GPU Technology Conference, NVIDIA held its analyst day. At the analyst day presentation, CEO Jen-Hsun Huang, CFO Colette Kress, and the various division heads laid out a compelling case for the viability of NVIDIA’s long-term growth potential. While there is more to talk about that can be covered in a single piece, it’s very much worth talking about NVIDIA’s largest — and most important — business: GeForce.

  • [By John Udovich]

    Chip stock Advanced Micro Devices (NYSE: AMD) has been busy announcing new partnerships along with other news as the company continues to compete with or differentiate itself from Intel Corporation (NASDAQ: INTC) and NVIDIA Corporation (NASDAQ: NVDA). I should note that recently 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. Because the SCN EO is a trading rather than a buy and hold portfolio, we decided to get out when shares sank once more after AMD issued an earnings report – a repeat of the performance that occured after three previous earnings reports. However and if you are an investor or trader with a longer term horizon, you might want to consider the following news about AMD:

  • [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 Dow Dividend Stocks For 2014: Rostelekom OAO (ROSYY)

Rostelecom is a telecommunications services provider and carrier of domestic long distance (DLD) and international long distance (ILD) traffic in the Russian Federation. The Company owns and operates a trunk telecommunications network and carries the bulk of Russia’s long-distance and international traffic. The Company renders domestic and international long-distance telecommunications services to end users and provides traffic throughput services to Russian operators, including each of Russia’s seven inter-regional companies (IRCs) and alternative operators. In addition, the Company provides telecommunications services to various government entities across Russia and ensures the operation of the ground-based network of television and radio broadcasting channels. In December 2008, through Westelcom, its wholly owned subsidiary, Rostelecom acquired an additional 15.2% interest in CJSC Incom (Incom). Subsequently Incom became a wholly owned subsidiary of the Company. In Dece mber 2008, it sold 10.87% interest in CJSC Expo-Telecom.

In February 2008, the Company sold its 10.97% interest in Golden Telecom. In March 2008, the Company sold its 10.30% interest in OJSC AVIANET. In July 2008, Rostelecom acquired a 68.42% interest in OJSC RTComm.RU (RTComm.RU). In September 2008, the Company sold its 15% interest in CJSC Transportation Digital Networks.

The Company has entered into service contracts with the IRCs and other operators of local and intra-regional networks to act as its regional agents. In this capacity, the Company’s agents bill end users, prepare, print and deliver invoices and collect payments from end users and perform customer service functions. Its trunk network, which transmits a Russia’s domestic and international long-distance traffic, comprises approximately 150,000 kilometers of digital and analog lines.

The Company’s primary network consists of trunk cables linked to the IRCs networks and to its international exchanges for connections with for! eign operators, as well as a satellite communications network. As of December 31, 2008, the Company’s digital network comprised 49,987 kilometers, including 35,291 kilometers of fiber optic lines (FOLs) and 14,696 kilometers of digital radio-relay lines.

As of December 31, 2008, the Company owned 13 international exchanges, which allow for ILD traffic management, including four in Moscow, two in St. Petersburg (Lyuban) and one each in Rostov-on-Don, Samara, Ekaterinburg, Novosibirsk, Khabarovsk, Kaliningrad and Murmansk. The combined capacity of these switches was 235,500 channels. In addition, the Company had 15 transit and six multi-transit domestic long-distance exchanges interconnected to its telecommunications network for traffic transit that provide access to DLD services to local users. The domestic long-distance exchanges and their connecting digital channels constitute an integrated services digital network (ISDN) with channel switches, to which the n etworks of IRCs and alternative operators are connected. The trunk exchanges of Moscow and Pavlov Posad route domestic long-distance traffic between switching centers, as well as directly to and from end users.

As of December 31, 2008, the Company’s domestic long-distance trunk network consisted of 675,300 digital and 900 analog channels. Rostelecom provides domestic and international ISDN services through 76 trunk exchanges. The Company has an open network of multimedia communications. Connected to this network are subscriber units in 76 Russian regions and 13 retail outlets.

Rostelecom’s main satellite communications network is operated by 16 nodal land-based stations located in Russia. The Company also operates a second satellite communications network, Reserv, which comprises one central and one periphery land-based station. To enable its operation, it leases channels from OJSC Gazcom, which operates earth satellite vehicle Yamal-200. The C ompany rents domestic and international fixed satellite chan! nels from! FSUE Space Communications, CJSC SatComLine, CJSC SvyazContactInform, OJSC YamalTelecom and CJSC Zond Holding, which are Russian satellite telecommunications companies that operate satellites in the FSUE Space Communications and Intelsat systems.

The Company competes with TransTelecom, Synterra, FSUE Space Communications, TeliaSonera and Golden Telecom.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Halia Pavliva]

    The Bloomberg Russia-US gauge slipped 0.4 percent to 104.16, paring its advance this month to 7.7 percent. CTC Media Inc. (CTCM), the Nasdaq-listed Russian television company, rallied 2.6 percent to $12.86, the highest level since April 25. The stock has climbed 22 percent this month, making it the best performer on the Bloomberg-Russia gauge. VimpelCom is the second-biggest gainer on the index this month, followed by OAO Rostelecom (ROSYY), which has increased 17 percent after two months of declines.