The current liability limit for lost or delayed luggage is $3,500 per passenger for domestic trips, according to Transportation.gov. But what about the baggage fees you paid to check that lost or delayed luggage? Well, thats another story.
An airline may be gracious enough to refund your luggage fees, but its not required to do so. In fact, while airlines specifically mention their liability limits for lost, damaged, delayed or pilfered luggage in their contract of carriage, information on baggage fees may be nowhere to be found.
If youre lucky enough to fly on one of the airlines that waives these fees as a courtesy, thats one less thing you have to worry about. By contrast, if theres no specific stated policy regarding refundable baggage fees, youll have to do a little more legwork. However, that doesnt necessarily mean you shouldnt request a refund.
Why the Resistance?
Thats for you to ponder, but it could be related to the massive amount of revenue that airlines collect in baggage fees each year. In 2016 Delta topped the charts by raking in more than $650 million, according to the United States Department of Transportation. The overall industry collected close to $3 billion, the article adds. Ironically, only a few airlines are automatically willing to issue a refund on baggage fees for mishandled luggage, despite their claims to have the best interests of their customers at heart.
10 Best Gas Utility Stocks To Watch For 2016: BioDelivery Sciences International Inc.(BDSI)
BioDelivery Sciences International, Inc., a specialty pharmaceutical company, focuses on developing and commercializing products in the areas of pain management and oncology supportive care. The company uses its patented BioErodible MucoAdhesive (BEMA) and Bioral cochleate drug delivery technologies in the development of its products. The BEMA technology is a small erodible polymer film for application to the buccal mucosa; and the Bioral cochleate drug delivery technology encapsulates a selected drug or therapeutic in a cochleate cylinder. Its pain franchise consists of products utilizing the patented BEMA technology, including ONSOLIS, a fentanyl buccal soluble film for the management of pain in opioid tolerant adult patients with cancer; and BEMA Buprenorphine, which is in the development stage for the treatment of moderate to severe chronic pain, as well as for the treatment of opioid dependence. The company also engages in developing product candidates utilizing the B EMA technology for conditions, such as nausea/vomiting. BioDelivery Sciences International, Inc. was founded in 1997 and is headquartered in Raleigh, North Carolina.
- [By Lisa Levin]
In trading on Friday, healthcare shares fell by 0.62 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Akorn, Inc. (NASDAQ: AKRX), down 17 percent, and BioDelivery Sciences International, Inc. (NASDAQ: BDSI), down 14 percent.
10 Best Gas Utility Stocks To Watch For 2016: Gerdau S.A.(GGB)
Gerdau S.A. produces and commercializes steel products worldwide. It operates through Brazil, North America, Latin America, Special Steel, and Iron Ore segments. The company provides semi-finished products, which include billets that are bars from square sections of long steel that serve as inputs for the production of wire rod, rebars, and merchant bars; blooms for use in the manufacture of springs, forged parts, heavy structural shapes and seamless tubes; and slabs, which are used in the steel industry for the rolling of various flat rolled products, as well as to produce hot and cold rolled coils, heavy slabs, and profiles. It also offers long rolled products comprising rebars, merchant bars, and profiles, which are primarily used in the construction and manufacturing industries; and drawn products, such as barbed and barbless fence wires, galvanized wires, fences, concrete reinforcing wire mesh, nails, and clamps for manuf acturing, construction, and agricultural industries. In addition, the company offers special and stainless steel products used in tools and machinery, chains, fasteners, railroad spikes, and special coil steel, as well as special sections comprising grader blades, smelter bars, light rails, super light I-beams, elevator guide rails, and other products. Further, it provides flat products, including hot-and cold-rolled steel coils, heavy plates, and profiles; and resells flat steel products. The company was founded in 1901 and is based in Porto Alegre, Brazil. Gerdau S.A. is a subsidiary of Metal煤rgica Gerdau S.A.
- [By Manikandan Raman]
On the news, Freeport-McMoRan surged 12 percent to $10.20 and Lundin Mining climbed 12 percent to $3.33. Gerdau SA (ADR) (NYSE: GGB) rose 19 percent to $1.23, Vale SA (ADR) (NYSE: VALE) advanced 18 percent to $4.85 and Banco Bradesco SA (ADR) (NYSE: BBD) gained 11 percent to $7.15.
Top 10 Dividend Companies To Own In Right Now: ARMOUR Residential REIT, Inc.(ARR)
ARMOUR Residential REIT, Inc. invests in residential mortgage backed securities in the United States. The company is managed by ARMOUR Capital Management LP. Its securities portfolio primarily consists of agency securities backed by fixed rate, hybrid adjustable rate, and adjustable rate home loans, as well as unsecured notes and bonds issued by the government-sponsored entities and the United States treasuries; and money market instruments. The company has elected to be taxed as a real estate investment trust under the Internal Revenue Code. As a result, it would not be subject to corporate income tax on that portion of its net income that is distributed to shareholders. ARMOUR Residential REIT, Inc. was founded in 2008 and is based in Vero Beach, Florida.
- [By Amanda Alix]
It was just about one year ago that QE3 made its debut, and mortgage REITs, particularly agency-only players like Annaly Capital (NYSE: NLY ) , Armour Residential (NYSE: ARR ) , and American Capital Agency (NASDAQ: AGNC ) began moaning about the increased competition for mortgage-backed securities guaranteed by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.
- [By Amanda Alix]
This development will likely give battered mREITs like Annaly Capital (NYSE: NLY ) , Armour Residential (NYSE: ARR ) , and American Capital Agency (NASDAQ: AGNC ) a huge boost as investors begin to feel less panic regarding a tapering of the current QE3 program. Markets have responded to the Summers announcement by soaring skyward, apparently feeling relief and confidence about the fate of the taper.
10 Best Gas Utility Stocks To Watch For 2016: Newmont Mining Corporation(NEM)
Newmont Mining Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, operates in the mining industry. It primarily acquires, develops, explores for, and produces gold, silver, and copper. The companys operations and/or assets are located in the United States, Australia, Peru, Indonesia, Ghana, and Suriname. As of December 31, 2015, it had proven and probable gold reserves of 73.7 million ounces and an aggregate land position of approximately 20,000 square miles. The company was founded in 1916 and is headquartered in Greenwood Village, Colorado.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
We explained why Morgan Stanley prefers Goldcorp (GG) to Newmont Mining (NEM) and Barrick Gold (ABX), and why investors should stop fixating on the past when it comes to General Motors (GM).
- [By Aubrey Pringle]
Barrick Gold Corp. dropped 5.5 percent as the precious metal slumped the most since July. Newmont Mining Corp. (NEM), the largest U.S. gold producer, lost 4.2 percent. Lululemon Athletica Inc. (LULU) tumbled 5.4 percent after cutting its earnings forecast. Walt Disney Co. rallied 2.4 percent after saying it would buy back as much as $8 billion in shares. Pandora Media Inc. jumped 12 percent to a record after naming digital-advertising veteran Brian McAndrews as its new chief executive officer.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
Lower-than-expected costs drove the earnings beat, with reported operating costs and AISC of $954M and $782/oz below our estimates for $1,143M and $896/oz, respectively. Free cash flow was slightly below our estimates partly due to a ($167M) working capital charge, however, we note that Q2/16 represents the fifth consecutive quarter of free cash flow generation for the company. Year to date, Barrick has reduced total debt by $968M, including $127M in net debt repayments in Q2/16, and the company continues to progress well towards its target of $2B total debt reduction in 2016. Further to that goal, Barrick announced that it intends to initiate a process to explore a sale of its 50%- interest in the Kalgoorlie JV, where Newmont (NEM) currently owns the remaining 50%.
10 Best Gas Utility Stocks To Watch For 2016: Syngenta AG(SYT)
Syngenta AG, an agribusiness company, engages in the discovery, development, manufacture, and marketing of a range of products designed to enhance crop yields and food quality worldwide. The company operates in three segments: Crop Protection, Seeds, and Business Development. The Crop Protection segment offers herbicides for corn, cereals, soybean, and rice; fungicides for corn, cereals, fruits, grapes, rice, soybean, and vegetables; insecticides for fruits, vegetables, and field crops; seed care for corn, soybean, cereals, and cotton; and professional products, such as products for public health, and turf and ornamentals. This segment markets its products through independent distributors and dealers, agricultural consultants, and growers. The Seeds segment develops, produces, and markets seeds and plants based on advanced genetics and related technologies. This segment provides approximately 200 product lines and approximately 6,800 varieties of proprietary genetics, incl uding vegetables, flowers, corn, soybean, sugar beet, and sunflower primarily under the NK, Golden Harvest, Garst, HILLESHG, S&G, Rogers, Zeraim Gedera, and Fischer brand names. The Business Development segment engages in the development of enzymes and traits to enhance agronomic, nutritional, and biofuel properties of plants. The company was founded in 1999 and is headquartered in Basel, Switzerland.
- [By Vanina Egea]
The battle on the field continues. Monsanto (MON) and Syngenta (SYT) are expected to enter the seed business with a strong bid. Both companies stand at the top of the agricultural inputs industry, and continue to look for ways to improve performance. Let us see what some gurus think about their future prospects, and if they see them fit for a long term investment.
10 Best Gas Utility Stocks To Watch For 2016: PDC Energy, Inc.(PDCE)
PDC Energy, Inc., an independent exploration and production company, acquires, explores for, develops, and produces crude oil, natural gas, and natural gas liquids in the United States. The company operates in two segments: Oil and Gas Exploration and Production, and Gas Marketing. The Oil and Gas Exploration and Production segment produces and sells natural gas to midstream service providers, marketers, and utilities; crude oil; and natural gas liquids. The Gas Marketing segment purchases, aggregates, and resells natural gas; and purchases natural gas produced by third party producers for resale. This segment markets natural gas to third-party marketers and natural gas utilities, as well as to industrial and commercial customers. As of December 31, 2014, it had approximately 250 million barrels of crude oil equivalent of proved reserves; and owned an interest in approximately 2,900 gross producing wells. The company was forme rly known as Petroleum Development Corporation and changed its name to PDC Energy, Inc. in June 2012. PDC Energy, Inc. was founded in 1969 and is headquartered in Denver, Colorado.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
Goldman Sachs analyst Brian Singer and team contend that EOG Resources (EOG), Diamondback Energy (FANG), PDC Energy (PDCE), Pioneer Natural Resources (PXD), and RSP Permian (RSPP) can benefit from greater productivity. They explain:
- [By Ben Levisohn]
Names which screen well on a combination of attractive valuation and equitized capital structure, include Outperform rated Apache, Anadarko Petroleum,Gulfport Energy as well as Market Perform rated QEP Resources (QEP) and PDC Energy (PDCE).
10 Best Gas Utility Stocks To Watch For 2016: Flextronics International Ltd.(FLEX)
Flextronics International Ltd. provides design and electronics manufacturing services to original equipment manufacturers. The company offers its services to a range of products in the infrastructure, mobile communication devices, computing, consumer digital devices, industrial, semiconductor capital equipment, clean technology, aerospace and defense, white goods, automotive and marine, and medical devices markets. Its services include design and engineering services, such as contract design, joint development manufacturing, and original design and manufacturing services in a range of technical competencies that include system architecture, user interface and industrial design, mechanical engineering, enclosure systems, thermal and tooling design, electronic system design, reliability and failure analysis, and component level development engineering; and systems assembly and manufacturing services, including enclosures, testing, and materials procurement and inventory mana gement services. The company also offers various component product solutions comprising rigid and flexible printed circuit board fabrication, display and touch solutions, optomechatronics, and power supplies; after market supply chain logistics services; and reverse logistics and repair services, such as returns management, exchange programs, complex repair, asset recovery, recycling, and e-waste management services for consumer and midrange products, printers, PDA’s, mobile phones, consumer medical devices, notebooks, PC’s, set-top boxes, game consoles, and infrastructure products. It has operations in Asia, the Americas, and Europe. Flextronics International Ltd. was founded in 1990 and is headquartered in Singapore.
- [By Amber Hestla, Michael J. Carr]
Among its suppliers is Flextronics International (Nasdaq: FLEX), which offers a variety of engineering services and provides supply chain management. Other Flextronics customers include Hewlett-Packard (NYSE: HPQ), LG and Google's (Nasdaq: GOOG) Motorola Mobility.
10 Best Gas Utility Stocks To Watch For 2016: Advance Auto Parts Inc(AAP)
Advance Auto Parts, Inc., through its subsidiaries, engages in the automotive replacement parts, accessories, batteries, and maintenance items for domestic and imported cars, vans, sport utility vehicles, and light and heavy duty trucks. It offers automotive parts, including alternators, batteries, belts and hoses, brakes and brake pads, chassis parts, climate control parts, clutches, driveshafts, engines and engine parts, ignition parts, lighting, radiators, starters, spark plugs and wires, steering and alignment parts, transmissions, water pumps, and windshield wiper blades; and accessories, such as air fresheners, automotive paints, anti-theft devices, emergency road kits, floor mats, ice scrapers, mirrors, seat and steering wheel covers, and vent shades. The company also provides chemicals comprising antifreeze, brake and power steering fluid, car washes and waxes, freon, fuel additives, and windshield washer fluid; oils, transmission fluids, and other automotive petroleum products; and battery and wiper installation, battery charging, check engine light reading, electrical system testing, video clinics, and oil and battery recycling services, as well as loaner tool programs. In addition, it sells products online through AdvanceAutoParts.com and Worldpac.com. The company serves do-it-for-me, or Commercial, and do-it-yourselfcustomers, as well as independently-owned operators. As of January 2, 2016, it operated a total of 5,171 stores and 122 branches; and served approximately 1,300 independently-owned Carquest stores in the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Advance Auto Parts, Inc. was founded in 1929 and is headquartered in Roanoke, Virginia.
- [By Monica Gerson]
Advance Auto Parts, Inc. (NYSE: AAP) shares 11.02 percent to $128.21 in pre-market trading. Advance Auto Parts reported weaker-than-expected quarterly results and announced the resignation of CFO Mike Norona.
10 Best Gas Utility Stocks To Watch For 2016: Trina Solar Limited(TSL)
Trina Solar Limited operates as an integrated solar-power products manufacturer and solar system developer in the Peoples Republic of China, Europe, the United States, and other Asia Pacific regions. The company designs, develops, manufactures, and sells photovoltaic (PV) modules comprising monocrystalline and multicrystalline PV modules ranging in various power outputs for use in residential, commercial, industrial, and other solar power generation systems. It also provides mono- and multi-crystalline silicon ingots, wafers, cells, and related products, as well as PV modules based on customer and end-user specifications. In addition, the company designs, constructs, sells, and/or operates solar power projects. Trina Solar Limited sells its products to power plant developers and operators, distributors, wholesalers, PV system integrators, and regional and national grid operators. The company has a strategic cooperation frame work agreement with the Administrative Committee of the Hefei Xinzhan General Pilot Zone to develop up to 300 MW of distributed generation solar power and related projects in Hefei, Anhui Province. Trina Solar Limited was founded in 1997 and is headquartered in Changzhou, the Peoples Republic of China.
- [By Roberto Pedone]
Another potential earnings short-squeeze candidate is integrated solar-power products maker Trina Solar (TSL), which is set to release numbers on next Monday before the market open. Wall Street analysts, on average, expect Trina Solar to report revenue of $645.68 million on earnings of 15 cents per share.
The current short interest as a percentage of the float for Trina Solar is extremely high at 24.5%. That means that out of the 76.94 million shares in the tradable float, 18.88 million shares are sold short by the bears. If the bulls get the earnings news they’re looking for, then shares of TSL could easily rip sharply higher post-earnings as the bears move to cover some of their positions.
From a technical perspective, TSL is currently trending below both its 50-day and 200-day moving averages, which is bearish. This stock recently formed a double bottom chart pattern at $8.67 to $9.04 a share. Shares of TSL have now started to rebound off those support levels and it’s quickly moving within range of triggering a major breakout trade post-earnings above some key near-term overhead resistance levels.
If you’re bullish on TSL, then I would wait until after its report and look for long-biased trades if this stock manages to break out above some near-term overhead resistance levels at $10.72 to $11.19 a share and then above its 50-day moving average of $11.17 a share with high volume. Look for volume on that move that hits near or above its three-month average action of 5.17 million shares. If that breakout materializes post-earnings, then TSL will set up to re-test or possibly take out its next major overhead resistance levels at its 200-day moving average of $12.49 to $14 a share, or even $14.50 to $15 a share.
I would avoid TSL or look for short-biased trades if after earnings it fails to trigger that breakout and then drops back below some near-term support levels at $10 a share to those double bottom support levels at $9.04 to $8
10 Best Gas Utility Stocks To Watch For 2016: Mead Johnson Nutrition Company(MJN)
Mead Johnson Nutrition Company (Mead Johnson), incorporated on December 17, 2008, is a pediatric nutrition company. The Company manufactures, distributes and sells infant formulas, children’s nutrition and other nutritional products. The Company operates through three segments: Asia, North America/Europe and Latin America. Its product portfolio includes routine and specialty infant formulas, children’s milks and milk modifiers, dietary supplements for pregnant and breastfeeding mothers, pediatric vitamins, and products for pediatric metabolic disorders. The Company’s Enfa family of brands, including Enfamil infant formula, is a brand franchise in pediatric nutrition. Its product portfolio addresses a range of nutritional needs for infants, children and expectant and nursing mothers. The Company markets its portfolio of approximately 70 products to mothers, healthcare professionals and retailers in over 50 countries in Asia, North America, Latin America and Europe.
The Company’s product portfolio, which addresses a range of pediatric nutritional needs, consists of two principal product categories: infant formula and children’s nutrition. The product categories are categorized into approximately five product types: routine infant, solutions, specialty, children’s nutrition and other. Its routine infant formula is intended for healthy consumers while its solutions and specialty products are offered for infants with special nutritional needs. The Company’s children’s’ nutrition products are designed to meet the nutritional needs of children at different stages of development. Its other products include vitamins and supplements.
Routine Infant Formula
The Company designs routine infant formula as a breast milk substitute for full-term infants without special nutritional needs both for the use as the infant’s source of nutrition and as a supplement to breastfeeding. Each product is referred to as a formula, as it is formulated for the specific nutritional needs of an i! nfant at a given age. Its routine infant formulas has over four components: protein from cow’s milk that is processed to have a profile similar to human milk; a blend of vegetable fats, including docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and arachidonic acid (ARA), to replace bovine milk fat in order to resemble the composition of human milk; a carbohydrate, generally lactose from cow’s milk, and a vitamin and mineral micronutrient pre-mix that is blended into the product to meet the specific needs of the infant at a given age. The Company’s routine infant formula products include Enfamil Premium, Enfapro Premium, Enfamil A+ and Enfalac A+.
The Company designs several solutions formulas to address common feeding tolerance problems, including spit-up, fussiness, gas and lactose intolerance. Its solutions products include Enfamil Gentlease (for fussiness and gas), Enfamil A.R. (to reduce spit-up), Enfamil ProSobee (a soy-based formula) and Enfamil LactoFree (for lactose intolerance).
The Company designs specialty formulas to address certain conditions or special medical needs, including Nutramigen (for cow’s milk protein allergies) and Puramino (an amino acid formula for severe cow’s milk protein allergies or multiple other food allergies). The Company designs products, such as Enfamil Premature to meet the needs of premature and low birth weight infants under the supervision of a doctor, most often in the hospital, and EnfaCare, a hypercaloric formula for premature babies at home. It also produces medical foods, or foods for special medical purposes, for nutritional management of individuals with rare, inborn errors of metabolism, such as maple syrup urine disease (Mead Johnson BCAD) and phenylketonuria (Mead Johnson Phenyl-Free). Certain of these products are intended for infants and young children while others are suitable for children and adults.
Children’ s Nutrition Products
The Company designs its ch! ildren’s ! products to meet the nutritional needs of children at different stages of development (such as toddlers and older children). Its children’s nutrition products include Enfagrow, Sustagen and Lactum. These products are not breast milk substitutes and are not designed as a sole source of nutrition but instead are designed to be a part of a child’s diet. The Company also offers milk modifiers (ChocoMilk and Cal-C-Tose).
The Company also produces a range of other products, including pre-natal and post-natal nutritional supplements for expectant and nursing mothers, including Expecta and EnfaMama. Its pediatric vitamin products sold in a few geographies, such as Enfamil Poly-Vi-Sol, provide a range of benefits for infants, including multivitamins and iron supplements.
The Company competes with Abbott Laboratories, Danone and Nestle.
- [By Michael Flannelly]
On Tuesday, JP Morgan analysts upgraded children’s nutrition company Mead Johnson Nutrition (MJN), as they believe the company’s top line growth should be valued more highly than the possible cost headwinds and further Chinese regulations.
The analysts upgraded MJN from “Neutral” to “Overweight” and see shares reaching $88. This price target suggests a 16% upside to the stock’s Monday closing price of $76.11.
Mead Johnson Nutrition shares were up 85 cents, or 1.12%, during morning trading on Tuesday. The stock is up 16.71% year-to-date.