5 Best Clean Energy Stocks To Watch For 2014

Aerospace and defense contractor Northrop Grumman (NYSE: NOC  ) announced yesterday that its Australian division will get a new CEO starting July 15.

Ian Irving, an individual with more than 25 years of industry experience, comes to Northrop from the management and professional services consulting firm he founded in 2010, Altilus. 

Northrop Grumman Corporate VP and Chief Global Business Development Officer David Perry said: “Ian brings deep industry knowledge and a strong understanding of our customer community in Australia, making him well suited to leading Northrop Grumman’s activities in this strategically important market.”

Irving has served stints with Land Systems, Thales Australia, Rockwell, and Boeing Australia. He has a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Sydney and completed his graduate industrial training with the Royal Australian Navy.

Grumman’s Australian division supplies defense, security, information systems, and public safety communications markets and serves as a key subcontractor for the Wedgetail airborne early warning and control, F-35 Lightning II, and FA/18 Super Hornet programs. In 2012, Northrop Grumman acquired M5 Network Security, a Canberra-based provider of cybersecurity and secure mobile communications to Australian military and intelligence organizations.

5 Best Clean Energy Stocks To Watch For 2014: 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.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Michael Douglass and David Williamson]

    Metal plans help consumers understand the so-called actuarial value of their plan, or what percentage of essential health benefits their plan covers. The lowest actuarial value plans are bronze, followed by silver, gold, and platinum. The death spiral refers to the fear that the final insurance pool for 2014 may be less healthy than insurers had anticipated, causing them to lose money and thereby raise premiums next year. Michael and David consider the two main issues with the death spiral argument. The individual mandate, or the law’s requirement that all individuals get insurance or face tax penalties, has consistently been the least popular aspect of Obamacare, but hospitals, including large for-profit operators Tenet Healthcare (NYSE: THC  ) and HCA Holdings (NYSE: HCA  ) , are poised to benefit. See the video to find out why.

  • [By Michael Calia]

    HCA Holdings Inc.(HCA) said its fourth-quarter earnings rose 35% on improved revenue that masked a decline in the hospital operator’s same-facility admissions. The company projected earnings for 2014 that were below estimates.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Tenets plunge has helped drag other healthcare stocks lower. Community Health (CYH) has dropped 3.6% to $42.21, HCA Holdings (HCA) has fallen 2.1% to $46.72 and Universal Health Services (UHS) is off 1% at $80.59.

  • [By Terri Stridsberg]

    HCA Holdings Inc. (HCA) has also been a standout on the charts this year, boasting a 2013 advance of nearly 55%—and besting the broader S&P 500 Index (SPX) by roughly 17 percentage points during the most recent three-month time frame—to trade at $46.67.

5 Best Clean Energy Stocks To Watch For 2014: RealBiz Media Group Inc (RBIZ)

RealBiz Media Group, Inc., incorporated on May 25, 1994, is a development-stage company. The Company is engaged in real estate media and technology. It is a provider of virtual tours to the United States real estate brokerage industry. On October 9, 2012, the Company and Next 1 Interactive, Inc. (Next 1) completed the transactions contemplated by that certain Share Exchange Agreement entered into on April 4, 2012 (the Exchange Agreement). Under the Exchange Agreement, the Company received all of the interest in Attache Travel International, Inc. and wholly owned subsidiary of Next 1 (Attache). Attache in turn owns approximately 80% of RealBiz Holdings Inc. which is the parent corporation of RealBiz 360, Inc. (RealBiz). RealBiz is a real estate media services company. RealBiz’s three areas of operations include Real Estate Video on Demand Channel, Website and Mobile Applications, and Traditional Real Estate Sales.

In Real Estate Video on Demand Channel the C ompany earns commissions and referral fees on home sales, pre-roll/post-roll advertising, lead-generation fees, banner ads and cross-market advertising promotions. The Company earns revenue from Web-based and mobile advertising. For the real estate video on demand area (VOD), the Company focuses to market the approximately 120,000 VOD television residential home listings, as well as incorporate millions Multiple Listing Service (MLS) home listings from the United States cities, with video on demand and interactive capabilities for users of its real estate Website. In Website and Mobile Applications the Company is developing a real estate Web portal to work in conjunction with its national Video on Demand (VOD) Television Platform. As of October 15, 2012, the Company’s real estate brokerage division had participated brokers in 19 states.

The Company competes with Zillow and Trulia.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Small cap stocks New China Global (OTCMKTS: NCGI), RealBiz Media Group Inc (OTCMKTS: RBIZ) and SofTech, Inc (OTCMKTS: SOFT) sank 21.11%, 14.81% and 10.89%, respectively, last Friday. Moreover, two of these three small caps have been the subject of paid promotions or investor relations activities, but this week is the start of a new trading week and anything can happen. So will these three small cap stocks keep sinking? Here is a closer look to help you decide on an investing or trading strategy:

5 Best Clean Energy Stocks To Watch For 2014: Aercap Holdings N.V. (AER)

AerCap Holdings N.V., through its subsidiaries, operates as an integrated aviation company worldwide. It engages in leasing and trading aircraft and engines; and selling parts. The company also provides aircraft management services, as well as aircraft and limited engine MRO services, and aircraft disassembly services through its repair stations. In addition, it offers aircraft services, including remarketing aircraft; collecting rental and maintenance payments, monitoring aircraft maintenance, monitoring and enforcing contract compliance, and accepting delivery and redelivery of aircraft; conducting ongoing lessee financial performance reviews; inspecting the leased aircraft; coordinating technical modifications to aircraft to meet new lessee requirements; conducting restructurings negotiations in connection with lease defaults; repossessing aircraft; arranging and monitoring insurance coverage; registering and de-registering aircraft; arranging for aircraft and aircraft engine valuations; and providing market research. The company?s management services include leasing and remarketing, cash management and treasury, technical advisory, and accounting and administrative services. As of March 31, 2011, it owned 272 aircraft and 95 engines, which it leased under operating leases to 118 lessees in 53 countries. The company was founded in 1995 and is headquartered in Schiphol, the Netherlands.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Finally. Finally American International Group (AIG) has disposed of its ILFC unit by selling it to AerCap Holdings (AER).

    Bloomberg News

    The Wall Street Journal has the details on the deal:

  • [By Tess Stynes]

    AIG confirmed it will sell its stake in International Lease Finance Corp to aircraft-leasing company AerCap Holdings N.V(AER). for $5.4 billion in cash and stock.

5 Best Clean Energy Stocks To Watch For 2014: Alvarion Ltd.(ALVR)

Alvarion Ltd. supplies top-tier carriers, Internet service providers (ISPs), and private network operators with solutions based on the worldwide interoperability for Microwave Access (WiMAX) standard, as well as other wireless broadband solutions. The company provides WiMAX and non-WiMAX wireless broadband systems, and launched 250 commercial WiMAX deployments worldwide. Its solutions are designed to cover a range of frequency bands with fixed, portable, and mobile applications to enable the delivery of personal broadband services, business and residential broadband access, corporate virtual private network (VPN), toll quality telephony, mobile base station feeding, hotspot coverage extension, and services for various vertical markets, such as municipalities, public safety, mining, utilities, video surveillance, and border control. The company?s business mainly focuses on solutions, based on the WiMAX standard, that are used for primary wireless broadband access. In addit ion, Alvarion sells its non-WiMAX products, which address point-to-point and point-to-multipoint architectures for various end-user profiles, including residential, small office/home office, small/medium enterprises, multi-tenant/multi-dwelling units, and large enterprises, as well as provides network management solutions for its wireless solutions. Its solutions provide high-speed wireless ?last mile? connection to the Internet for homes and businesses in both developed and emerging markets. The company was formerly known as BreezeCOM Ltd. and changed its name to Alvarion Ltd. as result of merger with Floware Wireless Systems Ltd. in August 2001. Alvarion Ltd. was founded in 1992 and is headquartered in Tel Aviv, Israel.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Eric Volkman]

    Alvarion (NASDAQ: ALVR  ) is now on the hunt for a new chief executive. Hezi Lapid has resigned as CEO, although he will stay in the position until “such time that a smooth transition is completed,” the company said in a press release announcing the move.

5 Best Clean Energy Stocks To Watch For 2014: Silver Spruce Resources Inc (SSE)

Silver Spruce Resources Inc. is a junior exploration company. The Company’s operations consist of the exploration for precious and base minerals with a focus on uranium, mainly in the Central Mineral Belt of Labrador, which include Popes Hill, the Popes Hill JV with Great Western Minerals Group, and the MRT, RWM and Straits properties. The Company’s projects include Double Mer Property, Mount Benedict Property, Big Easy Property, MRT Property, Pope’s Hill area, Red Wine Mountains and Straits Property The Snegamook Lake property is located just to the southeast of Snegamook Lake in central Labrador, in the western part of the Central Mineral Belt (CMB), consists of 86 claims. The Fishhawk lake is located to the southeast of Snegamook Lake in central Labrador, in the western part of the CMB, consists of 164 claims. On August 22, 2012, the Company purchased a uranium exploration property in the CMB of Labrador from Virginia Energy Resources Inc. Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Namitha Jagadeesh]

    SSE Plc (SSE) slid 5.8 percent to 1,489 pence as Citigroup said in a note that the supplier of gas and electricity would suffer the most from price caps or other forms of government intervention because it gets 97 percent of revenue from the U.K.