Freddie Mac released its weekly update on national mortgage rates this morning, reflecting continued declines in the cost of getting a loan to buy a home.
For the fifth week in a row, 30-year fixed rate mortgages (FRM) declined, falling five basis points, to 3.35%. Shorter-term 15-year FRMs also dropped five b.p., to 2.56%. Curiously, this is the precise rate now attached to both variable 5/1 ARMs, and one-year ARMs, as well — 2.56%.
Result? Getting a mortgage where the rate cannot rise for the next 15 years now costs no more than a rate fixed for only five years … or for one.
Commenting on the numbers, Freddie Mac vice president and chief economist Frank Nothaft linked the across-the-board declines to “the release of the advance estimate of real GDP growth for the first quarter of the year, which rose 2.5 percent but fell short of the market consensus forecast.” On the plus side, Nothaft predicted that “near record low mortgage rates should further drive the housing market recovery over the near term.”
5 Best Healthcare Technology Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Meredith Corp (MDP)
Meredith Corporation, incorporated on September 8, 1905, is a media and marketing company serving American women. The Company operates two business segments: national media and local media. The national media segment includes magazine publishing, brand licensing, digital and customer relationship marketing, digital and mobile media, database-related activities, and other related operations. The local media segment consists of the operations of network-affiliated television stations, related digital and mobile media, and video creation operations. In February 2014, Gannett Co Inc completes the sale of KMOV-TV in St. Louis, MO, to Meredith Corp.
The Company’s national media segment includes national consumer media brands delivered through multiple media platforms, brand licensing activities, and business-to-business marketing products and services. It focuses on the home and family market and is a publisher of magazines serving wome n. During the fiscal year ended June 30, 2013 (fiscal 2013) the Company published in print twenty subscription magazines, including Better Homes and Gardens, Family Circle, Ladies’ Home Journal, Parents, FamilyFun, American Baby, EveryDay with Rachael Ray, and Fitness, and approximately 120 special interest publications under approximately 75 titles primarily under the Better Homes and Gardens brand. 20 if the Company’s brands are also available as digital editions on various platforms. The Company’s national media segment’s extensive digital media presence consists of over 40 Websites, almost 30 mobile-optimized Websites, and about 30 applications (apps). Of those websites and apps, the Allrecipes’ brand accounts for 18 websites, 18 mobile sites serving 23 countries in 12 languages, and 11 mobile apps. The national media segment also includes digital and customer relationship marketing, which provides specialized marketing products and services to some of America’s comp anies; a large consumer database; brand licensing activities! , and other related operations. National media segment represented 74 % of the Company’s revenues in fiscal 2013. The Company’s magazines offer regional and demographic editions that contain similar editorial content but allow advertisers to customize messages to specific markets or audiences. The Company sells two primary types of magazine advertising: display and direct-response. Advertisements are either run-of-press (printed along with the editorial portions of the magazine) or inserts (preprinted pages).
The Company also possesses a marketing unit, Meredith 360°, which provides clients and their agencies with access to a range of media products and services it has to offer, including many media platforms. Its subscription magazines, except American Baby, Ser Padres, and Successful Farming, are also sold by single copy. Single copies sold on newsstands are distributed primarily through magazine wholesalers, who have the right to receive credit from the Company for magazines returned to them by retailers. National media has 22 apps focused on food, parenthood, and health. National media’s 30 websites and 10 mobile-optimized Websites provide ideas and inspiration. These branded websites focus on the topics that women care about most-food, home, entertaining, and meeting the needs of moms-and on delivering content geared toward lifestyle topics, such as health, beauty, style, and wellness.
The Company’s local media segment consists of 12 network-affiliated television stations located across the United States. The television stations consist of six CBS affiliates, three FOX affiliates, two MyNetworkTV affiliates, and one NBC affiliate. Local media’s digital presence includes 20 Websites and mobile Websites and 36 apps focused on news, sports, and weather-related information. Local media segment represented 26% of the Company’s revenues in fiscal 2013. The principal sources of the local media segment’s revenues are local advertising focusing on ! the immed! iate geographic area of the stations, national advertising, retransmission of its television signal to satellite and cable systems, advertising on the stations’ Websites and mobile Websites, station operation management fees, and payments by advertisers for other services, such as the production of advertising materials. The stations sell commercial time to both local/regional and national advertisers. The Company broadcasts local newscasts in high definition in six of its markets and in wide screen format in its other four markets. Meredith Video Studios (MVS) is its development, production, and multiplatform distribution company that produces video for use by the Company’s television stations and its local and national media Websites, and is producing custom video for clients as well.
- [By Dividends4Life]
Fair Value: In calculating fair value, I consider the NPV MMA Differential Fair Value along with these four calculations of fair value, see page 2 of the linked PDF for a detailed description: 1. Avg. High Yield Price 2. 20-Year DCF Price 3. Avg. P/E Price 4. Graham Number K is trading at a discount to only 3.) above. Since K’s tangible book value is not meaningful, a Graham number can not be calculated. The stock is trading at a 130.9% premium to its calculated fair value of $28.13. K did not earn any Stars in this section.Dividend Analytical Data: In this section there are three possible Stars and three key metrics, see page 2 of the linked PDF for a detailed description: 1. Free Cash Flow Payout 2. Debt To Total Capital 3. Key Metrics 4. Dividend Growth Rate 5. Years of Div. Growth 6. Rolling 4-yr Div. > 15% K earned no Stars in this section. The company has paid a cash dividend to shareholders every year since 1923 and has increased its dividend payments for 10 consecutive years.Dividend Income vs. MMA: Why would you assume the equity risk and invest in a dividend stock if you could earn a better return in a much less risky money market account (MMA) or Treasury bond? This section compares the earning ability of this stock with a high yield MMA. Two items are considered in this section, see page 2 of the linked PDF for a detailed description: 1. NPV MMA Diff. 2. Years to > MMA The NPV MMA Diff. of the $37 is below the $2,500 target I look for in a stock that has increased dividends as long as K has. If K grows its dividend at 2.2% per year, it will take 8 years to equal a MMA yielding an estimated 20-year average rate of 3.31%.Memberships and Peers: K is a member of the S&P 500. The company’s peer group includes: Campbell Soup Company (CPB) with a 2.7% yield, General Mills, Inc. (GIS) with a 3.0% yield, and The Hershey Company (HSY) with a 1.9% yield.Conclusion: K did not earn any Stars in the Fair Value section, did not earn any Stars in the Divi
- [By Tiernan Ray]
FBR & Co.‘s William Bird, who follows the shares of old media dinosaurs Gannett (GCI), Meredith (MDP), News (NWSA), and The New York Times (NYT), today offers the findings of a survey of 2,041 adults in the U.S. from March 12th to March 17th.
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- [By John Udovich]
Meanwhile, Tremor Video announced it had reached agreement with Meredith Corporation (NYSE: MDP) to serve as its exclusive third party partner to monetize their unsold desktop pre-roll inventory. Under the agreement, Meredith Digital’s video inventory on sites like Allrecipes.com, BHG.com and Parents.com will only be available through Tremor Video’s and Meredith Digital’s sales forces and the press release noted that such partnerships have enabled the company to create a “robust online video ecosystem” of over 500 premium websites and mobile applications.
5 Best Healthcare Technology Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Matthews International Corporation(MATW)
Matthews International Corporation designs, manufactures, and markets memorialization products and brand solutions for the cemetery and funeral home industries in the United States, Mexico, Canada, Europe, Australia, and Asia. The company’s Bronze segment offers cast bronze memorials and other memorialization products; and cast and etched architectural products, as well as builds mausoleums. Its Casket segment provides wood and metal caskets; and casket components, such as stamped metal parts, metal locking mechanisms for gasketed metal caskets, adjustable beds, interior panels, and plastic ornamental hardware, as well as provides assortment planning and merchandising, and display products to funeral service businesses. The company’s Cremation segment offers cremation equipment; cremation caskets; equipment service and supplies; and cremation urns and memorial products, as well as offers environmental systems; crematory operations and management services; and cremation col umbarium and niche units. Its Graphics Imaging segment provides brand management, pre-press services, printing plates, gravure cylinders, steel bases, embossing tools, special purpose machinery, engineering and print process assistance, print production management, digital asset management, content management, and package design services. The company’s Marking Products segment offers a range of marking and coding products and related consumables, and industrial automation products for identifying, tracking, and conveying consumer and industrial products, components, and packaging containers. Its Merchandising Solutions segment provides merchandising displays and systems, such as permanent and temporary displays, custom store fixtures, brand concept shops, interactive kiosks, custom packaging, and screen and digitally printed promotional signage; and offers design and engineering services. The company was founded in 1850 and is based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
- [By Dan Caplinger]
The first thing to realize about StoneMor is that arcane and flexible accounting rules make it important to dig beneath its GAAP earnings. Growth throughout the industry has been substantial, as up-and-coming Carriage Services (NYSE: CSV ) continued to stay on pace for double-digit sales growth as it rapidly expands its reach. Even well-established player Matthews International (NASDAQ: MATW ) managed to grow revenue by nearly 14% in the quarter that ended in March, although its earnings fell slightly from the year-ago quarter. Still, StoneMor’s sales haven’t been able to rise as quickly as its peers, with its previous report including just a 6% gain in revenue.
5 Best Healthcare Technology Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Extreme Networks Inc.(EXTR)
Extreme Networks, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, develops and markets network infrastructure equipment and services to businesses, hospitals, schools, hotels, telecommunications companies, and government agencies. It offers Summit product family of stackable Ethernet switching systems that provide 10 megabit to 40 gigabit connection speeds, various physical presentations, and options to deliver power-over-Ethernet or unpowered standard Ethernet ports; and Black Diamond family of modular Ethernet switching systems, which deliver modular or chassis-based Ethernet connectivity solutions for enterprises, data centers, and service providers. The company also offers SummitWM family of wireless network controllers and associated Altitude access points to enable the deployment of nomadic and mobile converged network applications; and RidgeLine management software system that includes features tailored to data center, campus, and service provider management. It has strategic relationships with Motorola Inc., Netgear, Inc., Ericsson Enterprise AB, and Nokia Siemens Networks. The company sells its products through distributors, resellers, and field sales organizations. It operates in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Japan, Central America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, South America, and the Asia Pacific. Extreme Networks, Inc. was founded in 1996 and is headquartered in Santa Clara, California.
- [By Jake L’Ecuyer]
Extreme Networks (NASDAQ: EXTR) shares tumbled 15.38 percent to $5.96 after the company reported downbeat Q2 results and issued a weak Q3 profit forecast.
- [By Jake L’Ecuyer]
Extreme Networks (NASDAQ: EXTR) shares tumbled 17.33 percent to $5.82 after the company reported downbeat Q2 results and issued a weak Q3 profit forecast.
- [By Rich Bieglmeier]
We like to take it one step further than just buying, iStock specifically targets insiders with a history of making the correct call. Extreme Networks Inc. (EXTR) Director, Maury Austin is taking a second bite of the apple.
5 Best Healthcare Technology Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Apricus Biosciences Inc(APRI)
Apricus Biosciences, Inc. engages in the design and development of pharmaceutical products and product candidates based on its patented NexACT drug delivery technology. The NexACT drug delivery technology is designed to enhance the delivery of an active drug to improve therapeutic outcomes and reduce systemic side effects that accompany existing oral and injectable medications. The company?s pipeline includes Vitaros, approved in Canada for the treatment of erectile dysfunction; and Totect approved in the U.S. for the treatment of anthracycline extravasation, as well as compounds in development from pre-clinical through pre-registration, focused on sexual dysfunction, oncology, dermatology, autoimmune, pain, anti-infectives, diabetes, and consumer healthcare. The company was founded in 1987 and is headquartered in San Diego, California.
- [By John Udovich]
On Friday, small cap pharma stock Apricus Biosciences Inc (NASDAQ: APRI) jumped just over 10% and not only did the stock hold onto those gains, it made another 10% jumps on Monday – meaning its time to take a closer look at the stock along with the performance of other potential benchmarks in the sexual health or reproductive health spaces like The Female Health Company (NASDAQ: FHCO) and Repros Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: RPRX).
- [By Eric Volkman]
Apricus Biosciences (NASDAQ: APRI ) is hoping to widen its capital base significantly. The company is floating a mix of common stock and warrants that it hopes will raise net proceeds of nearly $16 million. Six million shares will be sold in an underwritten public offering at $2.85 apiece, and 3 million warrants will be issued separately at an exercise price of $3.40 per share.
- [By Jon C. Ogg]
Apricus Biosciences Inc. (NASDAQ: APRI) was initiated with a Hold rating and a $2 price target at Cantor Fitzgerald. Be advised that $2 is almost 10% under the prior close of $2.18, against a 52-week range of $1.89 to $3.49.
5 Best Healthcare Technology Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Kamada Ltd (KMDA)
Kamada Ltd. is an Israel-based biopharmaceutical company, which develops, produces and markets therapeutics, based on chromatographic purification technology. It offers bio-therapeutics for human use, such as specialty proteins, specific immunoglobulins, and other prescription medicines. The Company’s product line includes intravenous AAT for chronic replacement therapy in individuals with congenital alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency; KamRAB for prophylaxis of rabies infection; KamRho-D IM for prophylaxis of Rh hemolytic disease of the newborn; KamRho-D IV for treatment of immune thrombocytopenic purpura; and IVIG, a replacement therapy in primary and secondary immune therapy. Its product line also comprises Protosol to reduce blood loss in patients undergoing cardiac surgery; Heparin sodium injection for coagulation inhibition and prophylaxis of thromboembolic diseases and Heparin Lock Flush to maintain potency of intravenous injection device among other. Advisors’ Opinion:
- [By Monica Gerson]
Kamada (NASDAQ: KMDA) shares fell 27.54% to $10.00 in pre-market trading after the company reported preliminary Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Phase II/III trial results.
- [By Jake L’Ecuyer]
Equities Trading UP
Kamada (NASDAQ: KMDA) shares shot up 2.64 percent to $15.37 after the company announced the US proof-of-concept study with Glassia to treat GVHD.