NEW YORK (TheStreet) — GT Advanced Technologies GTAT (GTAT), shares rallied on the news of its partnership with Apple AAPL (AAPL), rising 14% to $8.38 in after-hours trading, adding to the 3.8% in gains already seen through the day. The agreement calls for Apple to buy significant amounts of sapphire, which could be used in Apple’s iDevices to bring TouchID to them.
Apple has started to use sapphire to protect delicate features of its hardware such as the iPhone 5s’ TouchID, finger print sensor and camera lens. One of GT’s key business segments is the production of synthetic sapphire using sapphire crystallization furnaces. The inking of this agreement suggests Apple will begin to use the material, more lightweight and stronger than its current glass components, on a larger scale across its hardware line.
10 Best Heal Care Stocks To Invest In 2014: Thales SA (HO)
Thales SA is a France-based provider of integrated solutions and equipment of security systems primarily to the aerospace and defense markets. The Company operates in numerous countries through its divisions, including Aerospace, specialized in onboard equipment, electronics and systems for the civil and military markets; Space, offering solutions combining space and terrestrial technologies; Defence, which designs and delivers systems for all four environments: air, land, sea and space; Security, which offer the emergence of new types of threats from terrorism and organized crime to drug trafficking, mass immigration and cyber attacks; and Transportation, which offers a range of railways signaling solutions and integrated transportation systems, to ensure safe and secure transportation of operators, freight and passengers. In November 2013, it acquired XPI Simulation Ltd. In February 2014, it created a new business line called Critical Information Systems and Cybersecurity. Advisors’ Opinion:
- [By USATODAY 8 a.m. EST February 15]
Alex Pettyfer about to take the wheel of the Maserati Gran Turismo for a joyride with co-star Dayo Okeniyi.(Photo: HO)
Pettyfer and Okeniyi’s character end up joyriding in the car along with Gabriella Wilde, who plays the rich girl falling in love with Pettyfer.
10 Best Heal Care Stocks To Invest In 2014: 51job Inc.(JOBS)
51job, Inc. provides integrated human resource services primarily in the People?s Republic of China. . The company provides recruitment related advertising services, including print advertising services through 51job Weekly, which is a city-specific recruitment advertising publication that is published once a week and is distributed as an insert in local newspapers and/or on a stand-alone basis; and online recruitment services through its Website, www.51job.com. It also offers other human resource related services, such as business process outsourcing, which consist of social insurance and welfare payment processing, regulatory compliance, and payroll processing; and executive search services, as well as conducts training seminars in the areas of business management, leadership, sales and marketing, human resource, negotiation skills, financial planning and analysis, public administration, manufacturing, secretarial, and other skills for the general public and corporate cl ients. In addition, the company provides campus recruitment services; conducts salary, employee retention, and other human resource related surveys; organize and host annual human resource conferences and events, which include lectures, seminars, workshops, and networking opportunities for human resource professionals; and provides assessment tools to assist human resource departments in evaluating capabilities and dispositions of job candidates and existing employees, aiding employee placement, and allocating employee resources, as well as hiring and support services to employers on select recruitment projects. It provides recruitment and other human resource related services to employers through its sales offices, as well as through its sales and customer service call center. The company was founded in 1998 and is based in Shanghai, the People?s Republic of China.
- [By Ben Rooney]
51job (JOBS), an online job search website similar to Monster.com (MWW), has surged more 60% this year.
But there is one notable Chinese dot-com stock that’s sitting out the big rally. Shares of Renren (RENN), the social network known as China’s Facebook (FB, Fortune 500), are down 3% for the year.
10 Best Heal Care Stocks To Invest In 2014: ENSCO plc(ESV)
Ensco plc, together with its subsidiaries, provides offshore contract drilling services to the oil and gas industry. The company engages in the drilling of offshore oil and natural gas wells by providing its drilling rigs and crews under contracts with international, government-owned, and independent oil and gas companies. As of February 15, 2010, it owned and operated 42 jackup rigs, 4 ultra-deepwater semisubmersible rigs, and 1 barge rig. The company also has 4 ultra-deepwater semisubmersible rigs under construction. It operates in Asia, the Middle East, Australia, New Zealand, Europe, Africa, and North and South America. The company was formerly known as Ensco International plc and changed its name to Ensco plc in March 2010. Ensco plc was founded in 1975 and is based in London, the United Kingdom.
- [By Lee Jackson]
Ensco PLC (NYSE: ESV) last year took delivery of ENSCO 121, the second of four ultra-premium harsh environment jackup rigs in its ENSCO 120 Series. ENSCO 121 is an enhanced version of Keppel’s proprietary KFELS Super A Class design. The rig has been contracted in the North Sea at a day rate of approximately $230,000. Shareholders are paid an outstanding 6.2% dividend. The consensus target is $55.53. Ensco closed Thursday at $50.32. Trading close to a 52-week low, with poor sentiment toward drillers, this may be an outstanding stock to buy now with such an outstanding dividend cushion.
- [By Dan Burrows]
The most interesting news out of T stock recently is that it’s slashing prices — again — as its price war with T-Mobile U.S. (TMUS) heats up. AT&T customers can sign up for a 2-gigabyte data plan for $65 per month, down from $80. And adding a second phone lifts the total to $90, down from $105. As much as the price war might help T’s market share, it doesn’t help the share price. T stock is down 8% so far this year.
#5: Ensco (ESV)
ESV Dividend Yield: 5.78%
- [By Aaron Levitt]
For investors looking to get a dose of energy sector dividend stocks to their portfolio, the deepwater drillers can’t be ignored. Here are five of the best.
Dividend Stocks To Buy #1 — Ensco (ESV)
ESV Dividend Yield: 5.8%
10 Best Heal Care Stocks To Invest In 2014: Rio Tinto(reg)
Rio Tinto plc engages in finding, mining, and processing mineral resources. The company produces aluminum products, including bauxite, alumina, and aluminum; copper, gold, molybdenum, silver, and nickel; diamonds; minerals, such as borates, titanium dioxide feedstocks, high purity iron, metal powders, zircon, and rutile; thermal and coking coal, and uranium; and iron ore and salt. It primarily operates in Australia, North America, South America, Asia, Europe, and southern Africa. The company was founded in 1873 and is headquartered in London, the United Kingdom. Rio Tinto plc is a subsidiary of Rio Tinto Group.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
Ameren Corp. (AEE)
Arthur J. Gallagher (AJG)
E.I. DuPont de Nemours & Co. (DD)
Enterprise Products Partners LP (EPD)
General Mills (GIS)
H&R Block (HRB)
Hancock Holding (HBHC)
Kraft Foods Group (KRFT)
Magellan Midstream Partners LP (MMP)
MarkWest Energy Partners L P (MWE)
Microchip Technology (MCHP)
NextEra Energy (NEE)
Regency Centers (REG)
TELUS Corp. (TU)
West Corp. (WSTC)
Williams Companies (WMB)
- [By Rich Duprey]
Grocery-store-anchored shopping center operator Regency Centers (NYSE: REG ) announced this morning its second-quarter dividend on two series of preferred stock.
10 Best Heal Care Stocks To Invest In 2014: (LTUM)
Lithium Corporation, an exploration stage company, engages in the identification, acquisition, and exploration of metals and minerals with a focus on lithium mineralization in Nevada. It holds interests in Fish Lake Valley property that covers approximately 7,360 acres located in west central Nevada in northern Esmeralda County; Salt Wells property, which covers approximately 8,500 acres in Churchill County; and Cortez property that consists of approximately 4,960 acres located in Lander County, Nevada. The company was formerly known as Utalk Communications Inc. and changed its name to Lithium Corporation in September 2009. Lithium Corporation was founded in 2007 and is based in Reno, Nevada.
- [By CRWE]
Today, LTUM has shed (-19.80%) down -0.0079 at $.0320 with 33,100 shares in play thus far (ref. google finance Delayed: 11:18AM EDT June 26, 2013), but don’t let this get you down.
Location Based Technologies, Inc. previously reported it received FCC and IC certification for its versatile LBT-886 device. These certifications are necessary before devices can be sold to consumers throughout the US and Canada.
Lithium Corporation previously reported it has recently acquired a new Graphite (BC Sugar) prospect in the Shuswap area of British Columbia, in an under-explored area. In addition to the acquired claim, Lithco has also staked another four claims, to bring the total area to be explored by the Company to 3,405.77 acres (1,378.27 hectares). Although graphite has been identified locally in marbles, it has become apparent that graphite is also hosted here in quartz, biotite/mica gneisses, and also in calc-silicate gneisses. The host rocks at BC Sugar are similar to the host rocks in the area of the Crystal Graphite deposit 55 miles (90 kms) to the Southeast, where Lithium Corporation holds the Mt Heimdal block of claims.
10 Best Heal Care Stocks To Invest In 2014: Hanmi Financial Corporation(HAFC)
Hanmi Financial Corporation operates as the holding company for Hanmi Bank that provides general business banking products and services in the United States. Its deposit product line comprises business and personal checking accounts, savings accounts, negotiable order of withdrawal accounts, money market accounts, and certificates of deposit. The company?s loan portfolio includes real estate loans, such as commercial property, construction, and residential property loans; commercial and industrial loans comprising commercial term loans, commercial lines of credit, small business administration loans, and international trade finance; and consumer loans consisting of automobile loans, secured and unsecured personal loans, home improvement loans, home equity lines of credit, overdraft protection loans, and unsecured lines of credit and credit cards. It also offers various insurance products, such as life, commercial, automobile, health, and property and casualty. The company serves the Korean-American community, as well as other communities in the multi-ethnic populations of Los Angeles County, Orange County, San Bernardino County, San Diego County, the San Francisco Bay area, and the Silicon Valley area in Santa Clara County. As of December 31, 2010, it operates a branch network of 27 full-service branch offices in California and one loan production office in Washington. Hanmi Financial Corporation was founded in 1981 and is headquartered in Los Angeles, California.
- [By GuruFocus]
Hanmi Financial Corporation (HAFC): President and CEO Chong Guk Kum Bought 1,821 Shares
President and CEO of Hanmi Financial Corporation (HAFC) Chong Guk Kum bought 1,821 shares on 09/20/2013 at an average price of $16.27. Hanmi Financial Corporation has a market cap of $513.615 million; its shares were traded at around $16.27 with a P/E ratio of 10.95 and P/S ratio of 3.82. The dividend yield of Hanmi Financial Corporation stocks is 0.43%.
10 Best Heal Care Stocks To Invest In 2014: UniPixel Inc (UNXL)
Uni-Pixel, Inc. (Uni-Pixel), incorporated on October 13, 2000, is a production-stage company delivering its Performance Engineered Film (PEF) to the display, touch screen and flexible electronics markets. The Company has developed thin film high volume roll to roll or continuous flow manufacturing process. The Company sells its films as sub-components for use in liquid crystal display (LCD) as a back light film and active film sub-component. Uni-Pixel is shipping its Diamond Guard Finger Print Resistant and Hard Coat (Anti-Scratch) protective cover films for multiple touch enabled devices. The Company sells its films under the Diamond Guard brand as well as private label to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). It is making ITO-Less Touch Films and Flexible Electronic Films based on its UniBoss manufacturing process for high volume roll to roll printing of flexible thin-film conductor patterns.
The Company’s Diamond Guard FPR product can protect a touch s creen device from damage while also preventing fingerprints and smudges from obscuring the viewing experience. Its Diamond Guard Anti-Scratch protective cover film product is used to protect touch screen devices from scratches while providing a transparency and gloss equivalent to glass. In other embodiments, the Company’s Diamond Guard coating can be applied to substrates that can be used as the first surface of hand held electronic devices. The Company developed a color display technology called Time Multiplexed Optical Shutter (TMOS).
- [By Lauren Pollock]
Shares of touch-sensor technology maker Uni-Pixel Inc.(UNXL) slid after the company disclosed in a Securities & Exchange Commission filing that the agency is inquiring about the company’s business deals. The SEC has looked into the company’s agreements related to its InTouch Sensors, though Uni-Pixel said the inquiry shouldn’t be viewed as an indication that any violations of law have occurred. Shares tumbled 18% to $11.50 premarket.
- [By Rich Duprey]
To take advantage of an industry the companies expect to more than double over the next five years, UniPixel (NASDAQ: UNXL ) and Eastman Kodak (NASDAQOTH: EKDKQ ) have entered into a manufacturing and supply chain agreement to produce touchscreen sensors for the touch module market.
- [By Eric Volkman]
Uni-Pixel (NASDAQ: UNXL ) is hoping to raise nearly $36 million from the capital markets. The company is to float a new common stock issue “on or about” April 23, to the tune of 1.195 million shares, in an underwritten public offering. The price is to be $32.00 per share, which amounts to a total of $35.8 million after expenses. Additionally, the company’s underwriters have been granted a 30-day purchase option for up to an additional 179,250 shares.
- [By James E. Brumley]
My enthusiasm for UniPixel Inc. (NASDAQ:UNXL) hasn’t exactly been veiled; I penned bullish comments on the stock back on July 10th and August 12th. Unfortunately, my enthusiasm hasn’t borne fruit – UNXL is up a little since my initial call a month and a half ago, but we’ve yet to see the explosive bullish move I figured was on the way. BUT, that may be about to change… like, today.
10 Best Heal Care Stocks To Invest In 2014: Overstock.com Inc.(OSTK)
Overstock.com, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates as an online retailer offering discount brand name, non-brand name, and closeout merchandise in the United States and internationally. The company?s merchandise include bed-and-bath goods, furniture, home decor, kitchenware, watches and jewelry, shoes, electronics and computers, sporting goods, apparel, designer accessories, home and garden products, media, music, luggage, health and beauty products, baby products, crafts and sewing products, office products, gifts and flowers, toys and hobbies, and pet products. It also operates online car listing service that allows sellers to list vehicles for sale and allows buyers to review vehicle descriptions; travel shopping site, which offers discount travel packages, flights, rental cars, and other travel-related products and services; and insurance shopping service for auto and home insurance, as well as provides books, magazines, CDs, DVDs, and video games. The comp any markets its products and services through its operating Internet websites, which include overstock.com, o.co, and o.biz. The company was formerly known as D2-Discounts Direct and changed its name to Overstock.com, Inc. in October 1999. Overstock.com, Inc. was founded in 1997 and is based in Salt Lake City, Utah.
- [By Will Ashworth]
Companies such as Amazon (AMZN) and Overstock (OSTK) should be ideally situated to cope with the weather-related issues currently plaguing the retail industry. While traditional retail has fared miserably in 2014, it’s logical that online-only retailers have performed better over the same period.
- [By Adam J. Wiederman]
Getty Images Bitcoin made headlines last year when the value of all outstanding pieces of the electronic currency reached nearly $10 billion. It’s not just speculators drawn to the new currency. Many businesses are also attempting to cash in on this growth: Several public companies, including Zynga (ZNGA) and Overstock.com (OSTK), accept Bitcoins as a form of payment. Venture capitalist Marc Andreessen’s firm has invested nearly $50 million in Bitcoin-related ventures, and it is looking to invest even more. And the Winklevoss twins — who notoriously accused Facebook’s (FB) Mark Zuckerberg of stealing their idea — have been “in dialogue” with the SEC about opening the first Bitcoin exchange-traded fund, according to Bloomberg. Yet a new survey from TheStreet.com (TST) reveals that 76 percent of consumers are not familiar with Bitcoin — and 79 percent would never consider owning a currency like it. Does this signal opportunity for savvy investors? Or is this a fad you’d be wise to avoid? The Basics of Bitcoin Bitcoin is a completely unregulated form of currency developed by an anonymous Japanese programmer (according to some apocryphal claims) as a completely digital, peer-to-peer payment system that is independent of national currencies (which, Bitcoin users argue, are all subject to the riskiness of the underlying country). Bitcoins are rewarded throughout the day to a “Bitcoin miner” whose computer solves a series of algorithms quicker than other miners. The puzzles become more difficult over time, so the calculations take longer and the computations require more computing power. There will eventually be a total of 21 million Bitcoins (12.4 million are in circulation today) and we won’t reach the point that they are effectively “mined out” until 2040. The value of a Bitcoin is supposed to be market-driven, meaning they’re worth whatever the two parties in a transaction value them as. For example, in one of the original Bitcoin transactions, a “mi
- [By Ian Kar]
Overstock.com (NASDAQ: OSTK)- Probably the biggest retailer that accepts Bitcoin, Overstock began accepting Bitcoin in January 2013.
Virgin Galactic – The Richard Branson-led aviation company started accepting Bitcoin for customers who are interested in flying to space and paying for it using Bitcoin.
10 Best Heal Care Stocks To Invest In 2014: Templeton Russia Fund Inc.(TRF)
Templeton Russia and East European Fund Inc. is a closed-ended mutual fund launched by Franklin Templeton Investments. It is managed by Templeton Asset Management Ltd. The fund invests in public equity markets in Russia and Eastern Europe. It focuses on investments across diversified sectors. The fund employs a value-oriented approach to invest in companies. It focuses on market price of a company’s securities relative to the evaluation of the company’s long-term earnings, asset value, and cash flow potential for selecting individual securities. The fund also considers positioning of security in the sector, the economic framework, and political environment to create its portfolio. Templeton Russia and East European Fund Inc was formed in June 15, 1995 and is domiciled in the United States.
- [By STANSBERRYRESEARCH]
The Templeton Russia Fund (TRF) is about to get crushed again. Stuffed with Russian oil and bank stocks, this ETF is one of the few direct Russia plays in the market… This spring, the premium on TRF hit a whopping 35%. You had to pay $1.35 for every $1 of real value. This huge overvaluation was corrected when emerging markets got obliterated in May. The Russia Fund fared the worst, falling 47% from its peak.
10 Best Heal Care Stocks To Invest In 2014: Wyndham Worldwide Corp(WYN)
Wyndham Worldwide Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, provides various hospitality products and services to individual consumers and business customers in the United States and internationally. It offers its products and services under the Wyndham Hotels and Resorts, Ramada, Days Inn, Super 8, Howard Johnson, Wyndham Rewards, Wingate by Wyndham, Microtel, RCI, The Registry Collection, ResortQuest, Landal GreenParks, Novasol, Hoseasons, cottages4you, James Villa Holidays, Wyndham Vacation Resorts, and WorldMark by Wyndham brand names. The company?s Lodging segment franchises hotels in the upscale, midscale, economy, and extended stay markets of the lodging industry, as well as provides hotel management services for full-service hotels. Its Vacation Exchange and Rentals segment provides vacation exchange products and services, as well as access to distribution systems and networks to resort developers and owners of intervals of vacation ownership interests (VOIs); a nd markets vacation rental properties primarily on behalf of independent owners, vacation ownership developers, and other hospitality providers. Wyndham Worldwide Corporation?s Vacation Ownership segment develops and markets VOIs to individual consumers; and provides consumer financing in connection with the sale of VOIs, as well as offers property management services at resorts. The company is headquartered in Parsippany, New Jersey.
- [By Laura Brodbeck]
Earnings Expected From: Moody’s Corporation (NYSE: MCO), Wyndham Worldwide Corp (NYSE: WYN) Economic Releases Expected: French industrial production, Spanish industrial production, Spanish business confidence, British industrial and manufacturing production, eurozone GDP, US non-farm payrolls, US unemployment rate
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- [By Laura Brodbeck]
Stocks moving in the pre-market included:
Wyndham Worldwide Corp (NYSE: WYN) gained 2.65 percent in pre-market trade, adding to its 4.02 percent rise over the past five days. Goldman Sachs Group Inc (NYSE: GS) gained 1.42 percent in pre-market trade after falling 0.95 percent on Wednesday. Perrigo Co (NYSE: PRGO) gained 0.66 percent in pre-market trade after losing 1.96 percent in the past week. U.S. Bancorp (NYSE: USB) lost 0.61 percent in pre-market trade after gaining 0.80 percent over the past five days.