Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU ) reported Q1 2013 earnings Friday and — there’s no sugarcoating this — the news was not good.
Nearly a year into a much-ballyhooed program to right its ship and save its business, the company’s still losing money and burning cash like mad. Four months after negotiating a financial lifeline from Goldman Sachs (NYSE: GS ) and Credit Suisse (NYSE: CS ) — bankers who, if you ask me, would be just as happy to see Alcatel fail and forfeit its patent portfolio — the company’s just piling more debt atop an already top-heavy debt load.
But enough about the big picture. Let’s delve into the specifics. In Q1 2013, Alcatel:
Grew its revenues a bare 0.6% in comparison to Q1 2012, or … Viewed more pessimistically, saw revenues slide 21.2% sequentially. Experienced gross margin slippage (0.8% worse than in last year’s Q1). Reported a $0.19-per-share net loss, versus the $0.15-per-share profit it earned last year.
Operating cash flow at the firm ran negative to the tune of $188 million, while cash flow from operating activities — which Alcatel defines differently from OCF — came to negative-$542 million. This is significant, because when you pair this operating cash burn with Alcatel’s spending on capital investments, it works out to a total of $694 million in negative free cash flow for the quarter.
5 Best Income Stocks To Own For 2014: Teucrium Wheat Fund (WEAT)
Teucrium Wheat Fund (the Fund) is a commodity pool. The Fund is a series of the Teucrium Commodity Trust (Trust). The Fund provides investors unleveraged direct exposure to wheat without the need for a futures account. The investment objective of the Fund is to have the daily changes in percentage terms of a weighted average of the closing settlement prices for three futures contracts for wheat (Wheat Futures Contracts) that are traded on the Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT), which includes the second-to-expire CBOT Wheat Futures Contract, weighted 35%; the third-to-expire CBOT Wheat Futures Contract, weighted 30%, and the CBOT Wheat Futures Contract, weighted 35%. The Fund is managed by Teucrium Trading, LLC. Advisors’ Opinion:
- [By Paul Ausick]
The Teucrium Wheat Fund (NYSEMKT: WEAT) closed down 2.43% on Friday to finish the week at $16.47. For the week the fund was up 0.8%. The 52-week range is $13.31 to $19.50. Like corn, the price is up more than 12% since the beginning of the year and down 10.5% over the past 12 months. This fund trades averages just 41,000 shares traded in a day, but nearly tripled that on Friday, when wheat prices fell more than 2% on the CBOT to close at $6.955 a bushel.
5 Best Income Stocks To Own For 2014: Wolverine World Wide Inc.(WWW)
Wolverine World Wide, Inc. designs, manufactures, sources, markets, licenses, and distributes branded footwear, apparel, and accessories. It offers industrial work shoes, boots, uniform shoes, outdoor sports footwear, rugged casual footwear, lifestyle footwear, sandals, and closed-toe products. It also provides outdoor apparel, and work and rugged casual apparel; and accessories, such as packs, bags, and luggage, as well as eyewear, gloves, handbags, socks, watches, and plush toys. The company offers its products under various brand names, including Bates, Cat Footwear, Chaco, Cushe, Harley-Davidson Footwear, Hush Puppies, HyTest, Merrell, Patagonia Footwear, Sebago, Soft Style, and Wolverine. It sells its products to a range of retail customers, which comprise department stores, national chains, catalogs, specialty retailers, mass merchants, Internet retailers, governments, and municipalities in the United States, Canada, and Europe. The company also markets its products in approximately 190 countries and territories through company-owned wholesale operations, licensees, and distributors. It also licenses its brands for use on non-footwear products. As of December 31, 2011, the company operated 101 retail stores in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom; and operated 42 consumer-direct Websites. Further, it markets pigskin leather, and purchases raw pigskins from other source. Wolverine World Wide, Inc. was founded in 1883 and is based in Rockford, Michigan.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
Shares of Deckers Outdoor have dropped 13% to $73.90, while Crocs (CROX) has gained 0.8% to $15.24, Steve Madden (SHOO) has dropped 0.1% to $36.52, Wolverine World Wide (WWW) has fallen 1.2% to $126.36 and Skechers (SKX) has fallen 1.6% to $33.82.
- [By Dividends4Life]
Memberships and Peers: NKE is a member of the S&P 500 and a member of the Broad Dividend Achievers™ Index. The company’s peer group includes: Crocs Inc. (CROX) with a 0.0% yield, Deckers Outdoor Corporation (DECK) with a 0.0% yield and Wolverine World Wide Inc. (WWW) with a 0.4% yield.
- [By Michael Lewis]
Two of the biggest shoe companies available to investors, Deckers Outdoor (NASDAQ: DECK ) and Wolverine Worldwide (NYSE: WWW ) , have experienced great growth in recent periods, with the former posting a 20% stock gain on the day it released earnings last week. Both companies have made fantastic accretive brand purchases and renovations over the past year, and both should continue to grow at appealing rates. Unfortunately for investors, both also appear to be fully valued stocks The question for investors going forward regards whether the companies’ phenomenal successes can sustain the lofty valuations imparted by an ever-myopic market.
- [By Isaac Pino, CPA]
Sustainable, exactly, long term. Let’s start with wealth and the importance of walkability in creating strong economies — and strong companies, for that matter. One of the things that you point out is a company called Wolverine Worldwide (NYSE: WWW ) , I think based in Grand Rapids, Mich.?
5 Best Income Stocks To Own For 2014: Medical Cannabis Payment Solutions (REFG.PK)
Medical Cannabis Payment Solutions, incorporated on December 1, 2005, is a provider of integrated supply and distribution technology. The Company’s Seed-to-Sale (S2S) integrated solution is a management and compliance technology for growers, caregivers and dispensaries in the market. The Company also works with public officials and government agencies to expand the acceptance of medicinal cannabis, and the adoption of a legal framework where maximum market expansion is possible. The Company solves the fragmentation problem by identifying tools that are important to dispensaries, and customizing those tools specifically catered to the industry. The Company’s solutions include Spark, Ghost and S2S.
The Company’s SPARK Hosted Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) provides customers with enterprise-class hosted phone systems customized to fit customers’ needs. SPARK’s service is a fully-managed, cloud-based system. The Company offers the con venience of an online Internet Protocol (IP)-based telecommunications system while still delivering substantial savings to customers bottom line.
By offering customers a customized, tailored mobile solution, the Company’s Ghost Mobile Apps give a marketing tool with a texting and e-mail solution, keeping customers in constant contact with patients and clients. The Company creates an optimized experience in context to each device or screen size.
- [By Alan Brochstein]
Not too surprisingly, supply is starting to increase. We have seen some companies enter the space by expanding their own businesses, but there have been some reverse mergers lately too. I had mentioned Refill Energy (REFG.PK) recently (soon to be Medical Cannabis Financial Group), but earlier this month Promap (PMAP.OB) acquired 94% of Advanced Cannabis Solutions (link to 8-K). As an aside, I think that this company is worth considering given the management team and the business model. Investors should keep in the back of their mind that there are many companies that are quietly developing their business models and could become public over time, especially as the regulatory and legal landscapes improve.
5 Best Income Stocks To Own For 2014: Polo Ralph Lauren Corporation(RL)
Ralph Lauren Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, engages in the design, marketing, and distribution of lifestyle products. The company offers men?s, women?s, and children?s clothing; and accessories comprising footwear, eyewear, watches, jewelry, hats, and belts, as well as leather goods, including handbags and luggage. It also provides products for homes, including bedding and bath products, furniture, fabric and wallpaper, paint, tabletop, and giftware; and fragrance products for women men. In addition, the company licenses its products, such as men?s sportswear, men?s tailored clothing, men?s underwear and sleepwear, eyewear, fragrances, cosmetics, and color and skin care products. It offers its products under the Polo by Ralph Lauren, Ralph Lauren Purple Label, Ralph Lauren Women?s Collection, Black Label, Blue Label, Lauren by Ralph Lauren, RRL, RLX, Rugby, Ralph Lauren Childrenswear, American Living, Chaps, and Club Monaco brand names. Ralph Lauren sells its products to department stores, specialty stores, and golf and pro shops; full-price retail stores, factory retail stores, and concessions-based shop-within-shops; and online through RalphLauren.com and Rugby.com. As of April 3, 2010, it operated 179 full-price retail stores and 171 factory stores worldwide, as well as 281 concessions-based shop-within-shops and 2 e-commerce Websites. The company was formerly known as Polo Ralph Lauren Corporation and changed its name to Ralph Lauren Corporation in August 2011. Ralph Lauren Corporation was founded in 1967 and is based in New York, New York.
- [By Jonathan Yates]
For investors, there are three reasons to be bullish about luxury item stocks, ranging from well-known brands such as Ralph Lauren (NYSE: RL) and Coach (NYSE: COH), to promising small caps like Premier Opportunities Group (OTC: PPBL).
- [By Brian Pacampara]
What: Shares of Ralph Lauren Corp (NYSE: RL ) gained 1.5% in early Wednesday trading after Wells Fargo upgraded the designer apparel company from market perform to outperform.
- [By Grace L. Williams]
Two popular retailers–Michael Kors Holdings (KORS) and Ralph Lauren (RL)–have had a tough time in 2014, and both will report earnings this week. Will the results be enough to turn their years around?
- [By Grace L. Williams]
Two very different retailers–supermarket chain Kroger (KR) and high-end apparel retailer Ralph Lauren (RL)–caught our eye this afternoon for the same reason: analyst downgrades that slammed stock prices.
5 Best Income Stocks To Own For 2014: VisionChina Media Inc.(VISN)
VisionChina Media Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides advertising services in the People?s Republic of China. The company operates out-of-home advertising network using real-time mobile digital television broadcasts to deliver content and advertising on mass transportation systems. Its mobile digital television advertising network delivers real-time content provided by the local television stations. The company?s network also displays real-time news and stock quotes, weather and traffic updates, sports highlights, and other programs, as well as disseminates public-interest messages and programs that promote the general welfare of society and other urgent messages during emergency situations, such as typhoons, earthquakes, and other events that concern public safety. Its advertising network consists of digital television displays primarily located on buses, and in subway trains and subway platforms that receive mobile digital television broadcasts of real-time conten t and advertising. The company also operates various closed-circuit advertising digital displays in subway platforms and subway trains in Beijing, Chongqing, Guangzhou, Nanjing, Shenzhen, and Tianjin, as well as in subway trains in Hong Kong. As of December 31, 2010, its network and supplemental subway advertising platform covered 23 cities in China and consisted of approximately 137,395 digital displays. The company sells its advertising time through direct sales force and third party advertising agencies VisionChina Media Inc. was founded in 2005 and is headquartered in Shenzhen, the People?s Republic of China.
- [By Jake L’Ecuyer]
Leading and Lagging Sectors
In trading on Wednesday, cyclical consumer goods & services shares were relative leaders, up on the day by about 0.41 percent. Meanwhile, top gainers in energy sector included Autobytel (NASDAQ: ABTL), with shares up 20.6 percent, and VisionChina Media (NASDAQ: VISN), with shares up 15.5 percent.
- [By Monica Gerson]
VisionChina Media (NASDAQ: VISN) rose 33.40% to $32.27 after the company announced an exclusive strategic cooperation with Baidu Games.
ThermoGenesis (NASDAQ: KOOL) moved up 29.81% to $2.9857. ThermoGenesis’ trailing-twelve-month revenue is $17.49 million.
- [By Monica Gerson]
VisionChina Media (NASDAQ: VISN) surged 31.25% to $31.75 in the pre-market session after the company announced an exclusive strategic cooperation with Baidu Games.
- [By Monica Gerson]
VisionChina Media (NASDAQ: VISN) soared 5.13% to $32.80 in the pre-market trading. VisionChina’s trailing-twelve-month revenue is $98.39 million.
The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE: DOW) surged 0.90% to $45.00 in the pre-market session. Dow Chemical’s trailing-twelve-month revenue is $56.61 billion.