The Producer Price Index for finished goods decreased by a seasonally adjusted 0.6% for March, according to a Labor Department report (link opens in PDF) released today.
After January’s 0.2% bump and February’s 0.7% increase, the Department’s latest report reverses the index’s upward trend.
Source: Labor Department.
Although the newest data missed analysts’ expectations of a minimal 0.2% drop, gas prices were the main culprit behind March’s decrease. For the index excluding food and energy, analysts’ 0.2% estimated increase proved spot-on.
The drop in finished goods prices also affected earlier stages of the supply chain. The crude goods index dropped 2.5% for March, while intermediate goods felt a 0.9% squeeze. Excluding falling energy prices and rising food prices, crude materials and intermediate goods prices bumped up 0.9% and 0.2%, respectively.
5 Best Cheapest Stocks To Invest In 2016: Seagate Technology.(STX)
Seagate Technology Public Limited Company designs, manufactures, markets, and sells hard disk drives for enterprise, client compute, and client non-compute market applications worldwide. The company?s products are used in enterprise servers, mainframes, and workstations; desktop and notebook computers; digital video recorders; personal data backup systems; portable external storage systems; and digital media systems. It also provides data storage services for small to medium-sized businesses, including online backup, data protection, and recovery solutions; and ships external backup storage solutions under its Free Agent Go and Free Agent Go Flex product lines. The company sells its products primarily to original equipment manufacturers, distributors, and retailers. Seagate Technology Public Limited Company was founded in 1979 and is headquartered in Dublin, Ireland.
- [By Alex Planes]
This is probably going to be good news for investors in rival HDD maker Seagate (NASDAQ: STX ) , which has seen its share of the addressable HDD market slip over the past year. In fact, Seagate’s latest quarterly report came out just yesterday, and its market share in the first quarter of 2015 (both companies report on the same quarterly schedule) was up to 40.4% — a big jump from its 38% share in the final quarter of fiscal 2014, according to Western Digital’s own data on the overall HDD market. This recent data shows that the HDD market remains fiercely competitive, and one company’s triumph in any given quarter may give way to disappointment in the next.
- [By jha1910]
The capacity drive industry is a duopoly with Western Digital (WDC) and Seagate Technology (STX) leading the way. Both organizations were on an equivalent balance a year ago with a 43% offer of the hard-plate drive, or HDD market. In any case, Western Digital has hurried ahead with a 45% offer, while Seagate lingers behind with 40% of the business sector. Also focused around a couple of basic presumptions, I think this hole could enlarge further.
5 Best Cheapest Stocks To Invest In 2016: Trans World Entertainment Corp.(TWMC)
Trans World Entertainment Corporation, through its subsidiaries, operates as a specialty retailer of entertainment software products, including music, video, video games, and other related products through its retail stores and e-commerce sites in the United States. The company?s other related products include electronics, accessories, and trend items. As of January 29, 2011, it operated 376 mall-based stores under the For Your Entertainment (f.y.e.), Suncoast Motion Pictures, and Saturday Matinee brand names in regional shopping malls; 84 freestanding stores under the f.y.e. brand name; and 3 retail Websites, including fye.com, wherehouse.com, and secondspin.com. The company operates retail stores in the United States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Trans World Entertainment Corporation was founded in 1972 and is headquartered in Albany, New York.
- [By Peter Graham]
Mid cap video game retailer stock GameStop Corp (NYSE: GME), who’s potential peers may include small caps Books-A-Million, Inc (NASDAQ: BAMM) and Trans World Entertainment Corporation (NASDAQ: TWMC), is ranked as the sixth most shorted stock on the NYSE with short interest of 42.02% according to Highshortinterest.com. However, there’s good reason for the high short interest and many shorts and investors alike feel that GameStop Corp’s brick and mortar strategy to sell games is very old school as retail increasingly shifts online.
- [By Tim Melvin]
The safe and cheap undervalued stocks will go right up, but your chances of being destroyed when the party is over are diminished. Stocks like Richardson Electronics (RELL) and Transworld Entertainment (TWMC) have the ability to go up as the market bubbles higher but their asset value will act as sort of a floor in a decline.
5 Best Cheapest Stocks To Invest In 2016: Alaska Air Group Inc. (ALK)
Alaska Air Group, Inc., through its subsidiaries, Alaska Airlines, Inc. and Horizon Air Industries, Inc., operates as an airline company serving destinations in the western United States, Canada, and Mexico. The company provides passenger air services; and freight and mail services primarily to and within the state of Alaska and on the West Coast. As of December 31, 2009, it operated a fleet of 110 jet aircraft; and Horizon Air Industries operated a fleet of 18 jets and 40 turboprop aircraft. The company was founded in 1932 and is based in Seattle, Washington.
- [By Quick Pen]
The 737 aircraft is taking Boeing’s orders to record levels. Earlier in October, the jet maker had bagged orders from Alaska Air Group (ALK) for 10 737-900s. The deal is worth $990 million at list price. Such a continuous massive order flow has made the company to rethink its future production strategy. As per its earlier plan, Boeing had decided to ramp up production from its current 42 per month to 47 per month in 2017. But this is not the end. The plane maker is keen on pushing the production rate further up. Accordingly, the company said that it could boost the 737 production level to 52 a month in 2018. After the production rate is brought up, the company will be able to deliver 620 planes annually.
- [By Teresa Rivas]
Earlier this week, they cut their rating on budget carrier Spirit Airlines (SAVE), and upgraded JetBlue (JBLU) to Buy in late August. Today, they reiterated their Outperform rating and $58 price target on Alaska Air Group (ALK), writing that the company continues to post solid results despite a difficult macro environment—a fact that the market isn’t fully valuing.
5 Best Cheapest Stocks To Invest In 2016: Acciona SA (ANA)
Acciona SA is a Spain-based holding company active in the construction and engineering industry. It is engaged in renewable energy, water services and infrastructure sectors.The Company operates through six business areas; Infrastructure involves the construction, engineering and transportation, as well as hospital concessions; Real Estate is active in the development of real estate properties and parking lot operations; Energy involves the generation, distribution and sale of energy; Transportation and Logistics Services provides integrated transport services for passengers and cargo; Environmental and Urban Services is engaged in activities related to services in the urban scope and environment protection, such as the execution of all types of activities in the water supply; Other Activities is engaged in the provision of services related to funds management and financial intermediation, as well as wine production, among others. Advisors’ Opinion:
- [By Sarah Jones]
Iberdrola SA (IBE), Spain’s biggest power company, fell 3.4 percent to 3.87 euros. Endesa SA (ELE) slumped 4.6 percent to 16 euros, while Acciona SA (ANA), which owns more than 4 gigawatts of wind farms in the country, tumbled 8.5 percent to 37.95 euros. Red Electrica Corp. slid 7.5 percent to 38.34 euros.
5 Best Cheapest Stocks To Invest In 2016: HCA Holdings Inc (HCA)
HCA Holdings, Inc. (HCA), incorporated in January 1990, is a holding company whose affiliates owns and operates hospitals and related health care entities. HCA is a health care services companies in the United States. At December 31, 2011, it operated 163 hospitals, comprised of 157 general, acute care hospitals; five psychiatric hospitals, and one rehabilitation hospital. In addition, it operated 108 freestanding surgery centers. Its operations are structured into three geographically organized groups: the National, Southwest and Central Groups. At December 31, 2011, the National Group includes 64 hospitals located in Florida, South Carolina, southern Georgia, Alaska, California, Nevada, Utah and Idaho, the Southwest Group includes 46 hospitals located in Colorado, Texas, Oklahoma and the Wichita, Kansas market, and the Central Group includes 47 hospitals located in Louisiana, Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia, New Hampshire, northern Georgia and the Kansas City mark et. The Company also operates six hospitals in England, and these facilities are included in the Corporate and other group. Its facilities are located in 20 states and England. During October 2011, the Company completed its acquisition of the Colorado Health Foundation’s (Foundation).In December 2011, it sold Palmyra Medical Center in Albany, Ga.
The Company’s general, acute care hospitals typically provide a range of services to accommodate such medical specialties as internal medicine, general surgery, cardiology, oncology, neurosurgery, orthopedics and obstetrics, as well as diagnostic and emergency services. Outpatient and ancillary health care services are provided by its general, acute care hospitals, freestanding surgery centers, diagnostic centers and rehabilitation facilities. Its psychiatric hospitals provide a full range of mental health care services through inpatient, partial hospitalization and outpatient settings.
The Company own s, manages or operates hospitals; freestanding surgery cente! rs; diagnostic and imaging centers; radiation and oncology therapy centers; rehabilitation and physical therapy centers, and various other facilities. At December 31, 2011, it owned and operated 157 general, acute care hospitals with 40,988 licensed beds. Most of its general, acute care hospitals provide medical and surgical services, including inpatient care, intensive care, cardiac care, diagnostic services and emergency services. The general, acute care hospitals also provide outpatient services such as outpatient surgery, laboratory, radiology, respiratory therapy, cardiology and physical therapy. At December 31, 2011, it operated five psychiatric hospitals with 506 licensed beds. Its psychiatric hospitals provide therapeutic programs including child, adolescent and adult psychiatric care, adult and adolescent alcohol and drug abuse treatment and counseling.
The Company also operates outpatient health care facilities, which include freestanding ambulatory su rgery centers (ASCs), freestanding emergency care facilities, diagnostic and imaging centers, comprehensive outpatient rehabilitation and physical therapy centers, outpatient radiation and oncology therapy centers and various other facilities. Most of its ASCs are operated through partnerships or limited liability companies, with majority ownership of each partnership or Limited Liability Company typically held by a general partner or subsidiary that is an affiliate of HCA. Certain of its affiliates provide a variety of management services to its health care facilities, including patient safety programs; ethics and compliance programs; national supply contracts; equipment purchasing and leasing contracts; accounting, financial and clinical systems; governmental reimbursement assistance; construction planning and coordination; information technology systems and solutions; legal counsel; human resources services; and internal audit services. Under the Medicare program, it rece ives reimbursement under a prospective payment system (PPS) ! for gener! al, acute care hospital inpatient services.
- [By Todd Campbell]
HCA Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: HCA ) is one of the nation’s largest hospital operators. It runs more than 165 hospitals and employs more than 200,000 people, but despite its size, HCA endured its fair share of struggles during the recession as cash-strapped consumers put-off discretionary procedures and surging unemployment forced the company to write off more health-care services for the uninsured.
- [By Garrett Cook]
HCA Holdings (NYSE: HCA) shares were also up, gaining 10.32 percent to $60.91 after the company lifted its 2014 earnings forecast.
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- [By Garrett Cook]
HCA Holdings (NYSE: HCA) shares were also up, gaining 9.84 percent to $60.64 after the company lifted its 2014 earnings forecast.
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- [By Garrett Cook]
HCA Holdings (NYSE: HCA) shares were also up, gaining 7.73 percent to $59.48 after the company lifted its 2014 earnings forecast.
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