Asian stocks fell after Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas President Richard Fisher said the U.S. central bank should end its record stimulus as soon as possible.
South Korean financial companies including Shinhan Financial Group Co., Mirae Asset Securities Co. and Hana Financial Group Inc. dropped more than 2.4 percent. Coca-Cola Amatil Ltd. (CCL), Australia’s largest listed drinks company, slumped 4.7 percent after forecasting 2013 earnings will decline. China Resources Enterprise Ltd., a brewer and retailer with businesses in Hong Kong and mainland China, gained 1.5 percent.
The MSCI Asia Pacific excluding Japan Index fell 0.2 percent to 478.38 as of 1:42 p.m. in Hong Kong, after rising as much as 0.2 percent. More than three stocks fell for every two that gained on index. Japanese markets are closed today.
“It’s all about the Fisher speech,” Chris Weston, chief market strategist at brokerage IG Ltd. in Melbourne, said by phone. “We’re starting to see a slight change in rhetoric from the Fed, more and more people are highlighting the cost of quantitative easing. The Fed rhetoric in the last few weeks has certainly been more hawkish than the markets were expecting.”
10 Best Sliver Stocks To Own Right Now: Reclaim Industries Ltd (RCM)
Reclaim Industries Limited is engaged in the manufacture of recycled rubber and its associated products. The principal activities of the Company include rubber recycling and manufacturing to convert used rubber tires into commercially surfacing, molded and granule products for a range of industries in both domestic and international markets. The Company operates in three segments: collections, manufacturing and sales. Collections, which is engaged in the pickup of tires from customers. Manufacturing, which is the processing of tires into rubber granule or baled tires. Sales, which is engaged in the laying of the rubber soft-fall surfaces or selling of rubber crumb and associated products to wholesale markets. Advisors’ Opinion:
- [By Holly LaFon]
Whitney George is Director of Investments, Managing Director, and a Portfolio Manager of Royce & Associates, LLC, investment advisor to The Royce Funds. He serves as portfolio manager for Royce Premier Fund (RPR), Royce Low-Priced Stock Fund (RLP), Royce Global Value Fund (RGV), Royce SMid-Cap Value Fund (RSV), and Royce Focus Trust (FUND). He also serves as assistant portfolio manager for Royce Micro-Cap Fund (RMC), Royce Value Fund (RVV), Royce Value Plus Fund (RVP), Royce Focus Value Fund (RFV), and Royce Capital Fund – Micro-Cap Portfolio (RCM). Mr. George’s thoughts in this interview concerning the stock market are solely his own and, of course, there can be no assurance with regard to future market movements.
10 Best Sliver Stocks To Own Right Now: BlackRock Kelso Capital Corporation(BKCC)
BlackRock Kelso Capital Corporation is a private equity firm specializing in investments in middle market companies. The firm invests in all industries. It prefers to invest between $10 million and $50 million and can invest more or less in companies with EBITDA or operating cash flow between $10 million and $50 million. The firm invests in the form of senior and junior secured, unsecured, and subordinated debt securities and loans including cash flow, asset backed, and junior lien facilities and equity securities. It’s equity investments can be structured in the form of warrants, preferred stock, common equity co-investments, and direct investments in common stock. The firm debt investments are principally structured to provide for current cash interest and to a lesser extent non-cash interest, particularly with subordinated debt investments, through a pay-in-kind (PIK) feature. It can also make non-control investments. Blackrock Kelso Capital Corporation was founded in 2 005 and is based in New York, New York with an additional office in Chicago, Illinois.
- [By Sally Jones]
Highlight: BlackRock Kelso Capital Corporation (BKCC)
The share price is currently $9.62 or 11.1% off the 52-week high of $10.82. Its yield is 10.80%.
- [By Regarded Solutions]
The Team Alpha portfolio consists of Ford (F) Chevron (CVX) Apple (AAPL), McDonald’s (MCD), Exxon Mobil (XOM), Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), AT&T (T), General Electric (GE), BlackRock Kelso Capital (BKCC), KKR Financial (KFN), Procter & Gamble (PG), CSX Corp. (CSX), Realty Income (O), Coca-Cola (KO), Annaly Capital (NLY), Cisco (CSCO), Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMY), Newmont Mining (NEM), and Wells Fargo (WFC), and Intel (INTC).
10 Best Sliver Stocks To Own Right Now: Mapfre SA (MAP)
Mapfre SA is a Spain-based holding company active in the insurance industry. It provides insurance services to businesses, professionals and individuals. The range of the Company’s products and services includes insurance policies of direct life, property and casualty, health, automotive and third party liability, among others. In addition, Mapfre SA is active in the management of pension funds, retirement plans and investment funds, as well as the provision of healthcare services in Spain. The Company is a parent of Grupo Mapfre, which comprises a number of entities active in the insurance, reinsurance, financial and real estate sectors with operations established worldwide. The Company operates such subsidiaries as Mapfre Familiar, Mapfre Vida, Mapfre Emperesas, MSG Portugal, Mapfre America, Mapfre Internatcional, Mapfre Re, Mapfre Global Risks and Mapfre Asistencia, among others. Advisors’ Opinion:
- [By Ruth David]
Bankia, a Valencia-based bank that took state aid, did the third-biggest placing last quarter, when it dumped a 979 million-euro stake in Mapfre (MAP), Spain’s largest insurer. Bankia said the sale was a step in implementing its parent company’s strategy for the three years through 2015.
- [By Tom Stoukas]
Mapfre SA (MAP) slid 3.1 percent to 2.67 euros. Bankia SA sold a 12 percent stake, or 369.6 million shares, in Spain’s biggest insurer.
Centrica Plc (CNA), the largest energy supplier to U.K. homes, lost 2.3 percent to 366.9 pence. JPMorgan Chase & Co. downgraded the shares to neutral from overweight, citing proposals from Britain’s Labour Party to freeze energy bills and break up the country’s six biggest power suppliers.
10 Best Sliver Stocks To Own Right Now: Chesapeake Lodging Trust (CHSP)
Chesapeake Lodging Trust (the Trust) is a self-advised real estate investment trust (REIT). The Trust is focused on investments primarily in upper-upscale hotels in business and convention markets and, on a selective basis, select-service and extended-stay hotels in urban settings or locations in the United States of America. All of the Trust’s assets are held by, and all of its operations are conducted through, Chesapeake Lodging, L.P., its operating partnership (the Operating Partnership). The Operating Partnership leases its hotels to CHSP TRS LLC (CHSP TRS), which is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Operating Partnership. CHSP TRS engages hotel management companies to operate the hotels pursuant to management agreements. CHSP TRS is a taxable REIT subsidiary (TRS). As of December 31, 2011, the Trust owned 12 hotels with an aggregate of 3,516 rooms in six states and the District of Columbia. In August 2012, the Company acquired the 520-room W Chicago-Lakeshore located in Chicago, Illinois from Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc. (Starwood). The Trust entered into a long-term management agreement with Starwood to continue operating the hotel under the W flag. In September 2012, it acquired the 429-room Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Spa and Marina, located in San Diego, California. In October 2012, the Company acquired 222-room The Hotel Minneapolis, a Marriott Autograph Collection hotel, located in Minneapolis. In March 2013, the Company acquired 185-room Hyatt Place New York Midtown South, located in New York. In April 2013, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc completed the sale of W New Orleans – French Quarter to Chesapeake Lodging Trust. In April 2013, Chesapeake Lodging Trust acquires W New Orleans From Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc. In June 2013, Chesapeake Lodging Trust purchased the Hyatt Fisherman’s Wharf from Hyatt Hotels Corp. Effective June 27, 2013, Chesapeake Lodging Trust acquired Hyatt Santa Barbara.
On December 22, 2011, the Trust acquired Holiday Inn ! New York City Midtown, which had 122 rooms. On October 3, 2011, the Trust acquired Denver Marriott City Center hotel, which had 613 rooms. On July 8, 2011, it acquired Hotel Adagio, which consisted of 171 rooms. On June 30, 2011, the Trust acquired Courtyard Washington Capitol Hill/Navy Yard hotel, which had 204 rooms. On June 17, 2011, it acquired Hotel Indigo San Diego Gaslamp Quarter, which consisted of 210 rooms. On May 10, 2011, the Trust acquired W Chicago – City Center hotel, which had 368 rooms. On May 2, 2011, it acquired Homewood Suites Seattle Convention Center hotel, which had 195 rooms.
The Company has management agreements with third parties to manage its hotels. The Trust’s hotel managers provide managerial and other hotel employees, oversee operations and maintenance, prepare reports, budgets and projections and provide other administrative and accounting support services. Its management agreements provide for base management fees ranging from 1 % to 4% of gross hotel revenues and incentive compensation if hotel operating income. Of its 12 hotels, seven operates pursuant to franchise agreements from international hotel companies. The Trust’s lease agreements are inter-company agreements between its property-owning subsidiaries and its TRS lessees.
- [By Rich Duprey]
Real estate investment trust Chesapeake Lodging Trust (NYSE: CHSP ) announced yesterday its second-quarter dividend of $0.24 per share, the same rate it paid last quarter after raising the payout 9% from $0.22 per share.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
Our first stop is Cheaspeake Lodging Trust (CHSP), which made the cut after two directors at the hotel REIT snapped up shares. Thomas Eckert bought 16,000 shares for $354,000 and John Hill bought 4,000 for $90,400.
10 Best Sliver Stocks To Own Right Now: RealNetworks Inc.(RNWK)
RealNetworks, Inc. provides network-delivered digital media products and services to manage, play, and share digital media in the United States, Europe, and internationally. It develops and markets software products and services that enable the creation, distribution, and consumption of digital media, including audio and video. The company?s Core Products segment develops and provides software as a service (SaaS) services, including ring-back tone, music-on-demand, video-on-demand, and messaging services for mobile carriers; and e-commerce services, such as business intelligence, subscriber management, and billing for carrier customers. It also licenses Helix server software that allows companies and institutions to broadcast live and on-demand audio, video, and other multimedia programming to users over the Internet. In addition, this segment provides professional and systems integration services; and SuperPass, a subscription service, which provides consumers with acces s to a range of digital entertainment content. Its Emerging Products segment offers RealPlayer, a media player software, which include features and services that enable consumers to discover, play, download, manage, and edit digital video. The company?s Games segment is involved in developing, publishing, licensing, and distributing casual games, such as board, card, puzzle, word, and hidden-object games for PC?s, social networks, mobile handsets, and smartphones through digital download, online subscription play, third-party portals, social networks, and mobile devices. It distributes games principally in North America, Europe, and Latin America through the company?s own Websites, which are operated under the GameHouse, Zylom, and Atrativa brands, and through Websites owned or managed by third parties. RealNetworks, Inc. was founded in 1994 and is headquartered in Seattle, Washington.
- [By Carol Hymowitz]
CEOs who aren’t comfortable around technology and digital trends will have difficulty setting strategy for the future, said Dawn Lepore, former CEO of Drugstore.com and a director at AOL Inc., TJX Cos. (TJX) and RealNetworks Inc. (RNWK)
10 Best Sliver Stocks To Own Right Now: Nuveen Preferred and Convertible Income Fund (JPC)
Nuveen Multi-Strategy Income & Growth Fund is a close-ended balanced mutual fund launched by Nuveen Investments Inc. The fund is co-managed by Nuveen Asset Management, Spectrum Asset Management, Tradewinds Global Investors, LLC, and Symphony Asset Management, LLC. It invests in the public equity and fixed income markets of the United States. The fund seeks to invest in the stocks of companies operating across diversified sectors. For the fixed income portfolio, it invests in the debt instruments, including high yield debt and senior loans. The fund benchmarks the performance of its portfolio against the Merrill Lynch Preferred Stock Hybrid Securities Index, Lehman Tier 1 Capital Securities Index, Merrill Lynch All U.S. Convertibles Index, and CSFB High Yield index. It was formerly known as Nuveen Preferred and Convertible Income Fund. Nuveen Multi-Strategy Income & Growth Fund was formed on March 26, 2003 and is domiciled in the United States.
- [By Douglas A. McIntyre]
J.C. Penney (NYSE: JPC) and the KMart and Sears divisions of Sears Holdings (NASDAQ: SHLD) are supposes to be the losers among large U.S. retailers. Their stores are too old, their brands too badly damaged, and their balance sheet too frail for either to do well in the white hot competition for holiday sales. However, their stock prices say otherwise, which means there is some expectation that they will outperform forecasts.
10 Best Sliver Stocks To Own Right Now: Pimco Corporate & Income Opportunity Fund (PTY)
PIMCO Corporate Opportunity Fund (the Fund) is a diversified closed-end management investment company. The Fund’s investment objective is to seek maximum total return through a combination of current income and capital appreciation in a diversified portfolio of United States dollar-denominated corporate debt obligations of varying maturities and other income producing securities. The Fund will normally focus on corporate debt obligations rated in the lowest investment-grade category (Baa or BBB) and in the highest non-investment-grade category (Ba or BB). Its portfolio includes corporate bonds and notes, the United States Government agency securities, sovereign debt obligations, municipal bonds, mortgage-backed securities, asset-backed securities and short-term investments.
The Fund invests in residual interest municipal bonds and residual interest tax exempt bonds (inverse floaters), whose interest rates bear an inverse relationship to the interest rate on another security or the value of an index. PIMCO Corporate Opportunity Fund may purchase and write (sell) put and call options. The Fund may sell options on the United States Treasury futures and other fixed-income instruments. PIMCO Corporate Opportunity Fund invests in various industries, including airlines, banking, energy, financial services, food and beverage, hotels/gaming, oil and gas, paper/paper products, telecommunications and utilities. The Fund’s investment manager is Allianz Global Investors Fund Management LLC, which is an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of Allianz Global Investors of America L.P. PIMCO Corporate Opportunity Fund’s sub-advisor is Pacific Investment Management Company LLC.
- [By Dan Caplinger]
Lesson 1: Income is king.
A look at the four funds trading at the highest premiums to net asset value reveals a common thread: They’re all focused on maximizing income. What’s interesting, though, is that they use different methods to reach the same ends. Among the three PIMCO funds, PIMCO High Income (NYSE: PHK ) looks largely to the high-yield bond market for its holdings, while PIMCO Corporate & Income Opportunities (NYSE: PTY ) has a somewhat lower distribution rate but has a sizable allocation to investment-grade debt. The fund with the highest premium, PIMCO Global StocksPLUS, uses futures contracts to add stock exposure to its portfolio of income-producing bonds. Finally, BlackRock Virginia Municipal Bond rounds out the top four with its tax-free bond portfolio.
10 Best Sliver Stocks To Own Right Now: CCR SA (CCRO3)
CCR SA is a Brazil-based holding company primarily engaged in the operation of highways. The Company’s businesses are divided into five main operating segments: Highway which includes concessions such as AutoBAn, ViaOeste, NovaDutra, RodoNorte, SPVias, Ponte, ViaLagos, RodoAnel Oeste, Transolimpica and Renovias; Subway which includes ViaQuatro, Sea Transportation which includes Barcas concession; Airport Concessions which include Quiport, Aeris and CAP, and all companies related to these concessions; and Services/Holdings which is related to sub-holdings CPC and CCR Espana, among others. It is involved in the collection of toll fees on highways and is responsible for repairing, conserving, maintaining and operating of these highways. It is responsible for national highways network in Brazilian states of Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Parana. Additionally, it is active in automotive inspection services, automatic toll payment and automatic vehicle identification systems operati on. Advisors’ Opinion:
- [By Ney Hayashi]
Toll-road operator CCR SA (CCRO3) added 3.1 percent to 16.75 reais, snapping a five-day rout that drove shares 11 percent lower. Competitor EcoRodovias Infraestrutura e Logistica SA gained 1.7 percent to 14.75 reais today.
10 Best Sliver Stocks To Own Right Now: Osage Exploration and Development Inc (OEDV)
Osage Exploration and Development, Inc. (Osage) is an oil and natural gas exploration and production company with reserves and production in the country of Colombia and the state of Oklahoma. The Company’s pipeline is located in Colombia. The Companys focuses on developing its 28,000-acre Horizontal Mississippian block along the Nemaha Ridge in Logan County, Oklahoma, with their partners Slawson Exploration, and U.S. Energy Development Corp. The Company generates oil sales from its production operations in Colombia and in the state of Oklahoma and pipeline revenues from its Cimarrona property in Colombia. During the year ended December 31, 2011, the Company drilled two salt water disposal wells and commenced drilling the Wolfe#1-29H, the Company’s horizontal Mississippian well in Logan County, Oklahoma. In January 2012, the Company began drilling the Krittenbrink 2-36H, the Company’s second well in Logan County.
The Company’s subsidiary, Cimarrona LLC, owns a 9.4% interest in certain oil and gas assets in the Guaduas field, located in the Dindal and Rio Seco Blocks that consist of 21 wells, of which seven are producing, that covers 30,665-acres in the Middle Magdalena Valley in Colombia, as well as a pipeline with a capacity of approximately 30,000 barrels of oil per day. The Cimarrona property, but not the pipeline, is subject to an Ecopetrol Association Contract (the Association Contract) whereby the Company pays Ecopetrol S.A. (Ecopetrol) royalties of 20% of the oil produced.
The Company has acquired oil and gas leases in Logan County, Oklahoma targeting the Mississippian formation. The Mississippian formation is located on the Anadarko Shelf in northern Oklahoma and south-central Kansas. The top of this expansive carbonate hydrocarbon system is encountered between 4,000 and 6,000 feet and lies stratigraphically between the Pennsylvanian-aged Morrow Sand and the Devonian-aged Woodford Shale formations. The Mississippian formation reach 600 feet in gross thickness a! nd the targeted porosity zone is between 50 and 300 feet in thickness. The Company owns 100% of the working interest in certain producing oil and natural gas leases located in Osage County, Oklahoma (Hopper Property). The Property consists of 23 wells, 10 of which are producing wells, on 480 acres.
- [By CRWE]
Today, OEDV surged (+6.78%) up +0.08 at $1.26 with 39,220 shares in play thus far (ref. google finance Delayed: 11:56AM EDT August 22, 2013).
Osage Exploration and Development, Inc. previously reported financial results for the three months ended June 30, 2013 and provided an update on field operations. For the quarter, the Company reported a 75.8% increase in revenues of $2.4 million compared to the same period in 2012, and operating income of $1.2 million versus a loss of $274,563 for the period ending June 30, 2012.
Osage participated in drilling ten wells during the second quarter, bringing the total number of wells in which Osage has an interest to twenty-nine as of June 30, 2013. Additionally, the Company reported average daily production roughly in-line with first quarter production.
- [By CRWE]
Today, OEDV surged (+1.96%) up +0.03 at $1.56 with 178,129 shares in play thus far (ref. google finance Delayed: 12:28PM EDT August 30, 2013).
Osage Exploration and Development, Inc. previously reported preliminary production results on the Mallard 1-16H Horizontal Mississippian well in Logan County, Oklahoma. The well, located in Section 16-17N-3W, achieved a 24-hour peak initial production rate of 705 barrels of oil plus associated natural gas on an electric submersible pump and a 48/64” choke.
10 Best Sliver Stocks To Own Right Now: Yamana Gold Inc.(AUY)
Yamana Gold Inc. engages in gold and other precious metals mining, and related activities, including exploration, extraction, processing, and reclamation. It also explores for copper, molybdenum, zinc, and silver metals. The company’s portfolio includes 7 operating gold mines namely Chapada; El Pen Advisors’ Opinion:
- [By GuruFocus]
George Soros (Trades, Portfolio) just reported his first quarter portfolio. He buys Citrix Systems Inc, Baker Hughes Inc, Comcast Corp, Spansion Inc, etc during the 3-months ended 03/31/2014, according to the most recent filings of his investment company, Soros Fund Management LLC. As of 03/31/2014, Soros Fund Management LLC owns 305 stocks with a total value of $10.1 billion. These are the details of the buys and sells.New Purchases: BHI, CODE, CTRP, CLI, AVB, COMM, CNQ, AGO, AUY, ATML, ASH, BXMT, CSTM, AEM, CMA, ARE, CHKP, AUQ, BEAV, CX, ADSK, AALCP, BLK, AIG, BIIB, ADEP, AMRI, ARWR, ATHX, BALT, BCRX, BEAT, CFX, CLFD, CUR, CODE,Added Positions: CTXS, CMCSA, CNP, ALTR, BRCD, CBS, CRM, CHTR, CCJ, CIEN, BIDU, ALLE, ABT, CDNS, ACT,Reduced Positions: AAPL, CCI, AMT, ABBV, AAL, BITA, AL, ANGI, ARIA, CBST, BA, BIRT, EXAR,Sold Out: C, BAC, CRI, AMZN, AGN, CF, BRCM, COTY, BMY, AMCX, CAR, A, ADBE, AFL,For the details of George Soros (Trades, Portfolio)’s stock buys and sells, go to http://www.gurufocus.com/StockBuy.php?GuruName=George+SorosThis is the sector weightings of his portfolio:Technology18.9%Energy14%Healthcare8.3%Consumer Defensive8.2%Communication Services8.1%Consumer Cyclical5.4%Industrials5.1%Basic Materials4.9%Financial Services2.5%Real Estate1.9%Utilities0.5%These are the top 5 holdings of George Soros (Trades, Portfolio)1. Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd (TEVA) – 10,310,041 shares, 5.4% of the total portfolio. Shares added by 10.67%2. Herbalife Ltd (HLF) – 4,901,337 shares, 2.8% of the total portfolio. Shares added by 52.9%3. EQT Corp (EQT) – 2,573,814 shares, 2.5% of the total portfolio. Shares added by 3.27%4. Adecoagro SA (AGRO) – 25,915,076 shares, 2.1% of the total portfolio.5. Halliburton Co (HAL) – 3,596,353 shares, 2.1% of the total portfolio. Shares reduced by 20.73%New Purchase: Baker Hughes Inc (BHI)George Soros (Trades, Portfolio) initiated holdings in Baker Hughes Inc. His purchase prices were between $51.82 and $65.2 7, with an estimated
- [By GuruFocus]
Arnold van den Berg did bought heavily into good miners and oil producers heavily during the first quarter. These companies include Apache (APA), Diamond Offshore Drilling (DO), Randgold (GOLD), Yamada gold (AUY), Hecla Mining (HL) etc. You can see the complete list of his new buys here.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
Earnings from Yamana Gold (AUY) and Barrick Gold (ABX), as well as the death of the merger between Barrick and Newmont Mining (NEM), are weighing on gold miners this morning.
Barrick Gold reported a profit of 20 cents a share, beating forecasts for 19 cents a share, on sales of $2.63 billion. Analysts had expected $2.6 billion. Barrick also lowered its copper guidance. No mention was made of a merger with Newmont Mining in Barrick’s press release.
Yamana Gold, meanwhile, reported a profit of 2 cents a share, missing forecasts for 4 cents. It said it will focus on its Canadian and Argentine operations.
Morgan Stanley’s Brad Humphrey and team assess Yamana’s miss:
[Yamana’s] 1Q14 results missed consensus but were in line with our estimates. Gold and copper output came in below our forecasts, offset by lower than expected expenses. Due to seasonality, [Yamana] typically reports a weaker 1H. Given April results provided, output is trending up in Q2. [Yamana] Shares could be weak initially on back of consensus miss but going fwd, output is expected to trend up QoQ and if successful acquiring 50% of Osisko, political risk profile improves, with the addition of this material, long life, low cost asset.
Cowen’s Adam Graf and Misha Levental
[Barrick] 1Q14 adjusted earnings of $0.20/share, slightly ahead of consensus, down from $0.92/share y/y. The decrease primarily reflects the impact of lower metal prices and lower gold sales volumes. Additionally, lower earnings reflect the impact of asset sales that occurred since the second half of 2013, including the sale of the Kanowna and Plutonic mines in Australia and its 33% stake in the Marigold mine in Nevada in 2014.
Full-year guidance remains on track for gold at 6.0-6.5MM oz Au at AISC of $920- $980/oz. Copper production has lowered, however, to 410-440MM lbs Cu (from 470-500MM), at original cost guidance of $1.90-$2.10/lb Cu. C
- [By Jim Jubak]
In this context, I can’t say whether this is the time to start buying shares of Yamana Gold (AUY). If gold moves lower, so will the shares of gold miners. Those shares have, by and large, outperformed gold itself in 2014.