There is plenty of money to be made in sweeteners; in 2012 the global sweetener market was at $77.5 billionand is expected to reach $97.2 billion by 2017. While sugar controls roughly 85% of the sweetener market, many Americans are trying to cut down on their consumption of sugar by switching to natural zero calorie sugar substitutes, which is why companies that grow, produce, or utilize stevia (the fastest growing natural zero calorie sugar substitute on the market) are worth watching. For those who don’t know, stevia is a shrub that is native to South America and contains roughly thirty different steviol glycosides. Some of these compounds are called rebaudiosides, with rebaudioside A (Reb A) being the most abundant and the sweetest (and least bitter). In the past, stevia could only be found in products in Asia and on shelves in health food/exotic stores in the U.S. (but labeled as a dietary supplement and NOT a sweetener or food due to FDA bureaucracy). But in the past few years stevia has found its way into the mainstream market as companies like Coca-Cola (NYSE:KO), PepsiCo (NYSE:PEP), and Monster Beverage Corp (NASDAQ:MNS) have incorporated the sweet extract into its growing lines of zero to low calorie beverage products. Even Starbucks (NASDAQ:SBUX) adds stevia to sweeten its canned Starbucks energy drink, Refreshers. As stevia continues to evolve and gain in popularity, the World Health Organization sees stevia could eventually replace 20-30% of all dietary sweeteners.
5 Best Income Stocks To Watch Right Now: BJ’s Restaurants Inc.(BJRI)
BJ?s Restaurants, Inc. owns and operates casual dining restaurants in the Unites States. The company operates restaurants under the BJ?s Restaurant & Brewery, BJ?s Restaurant & Brewhouse, BJ?s Pizza & Grill, or BJ?s Grill names, which offer deep-dish pizzas, handcrafted beers, appetizers, entrees, pastas, sandwiches, specialty salads, desserts, non-alcoholic beverages, wine, other craft beers, and spirits. As of February 27, 2012, it owned and operated 116 restaurants comprising 10 BJ?s Restaurant & Brewery restaurants, 98 BJ?s Restaurant & Brewhouse restaurants, 7 BJ?s Pizza & Grill restaurants, and 1 BJ?s Grill. The company operates restaurants in California, Texas, Arizona, Colorado, Oregon, Nevada, Florida, Ohio, Oklahoma, Kentucky, Indiana, Louisiana, and Washington. BJ?s Restaurants, Inc. was founded in 1991 and is based in Huntington Beach, California.
- [By Jake L’Ecuyer]
Equities Trading UP
Sangamo Biosciences (NASDAQ: SGMO) shot up 16.32 percent to $22.81 announced the publication in the NEJM of the first-in-man study of genome editing using its ZFN technology. Shares of Agios Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: AGIO) got a boost, shooting up 27.72 percent to $40.41 after the company reported quarterly results. BJ’s (NASDAQ: BJRI) was also up, gaining 21.04 percent to $33.48 after the company was upgraded toa Buy rating at Buckingham research.
- [By Steve Symington]
It’s fine to boast a restaurant concept with mouthwatering growth prospects, but BJ’s Restaurants, (NASDAQ: BJRI ) has found putting all the pieces together to deliver that growth is a tall order.
- [By Jake L’Ecuyer]
BJ’s Restaurants (NASDAQ: BJRI) was down, falling 8.21 percent to $26.61 on Q4 results.
In commodity news, oil traded down 0.15 percent to $103.15, while gold traded down 0.36 percent to $1,315.60.
- [By John Kell]
BJ’s Restaurants Inc.(BJRI) issued muted preliminary fourth-quarter results, as the company said it was hurt by weaker traffic and higher promotions. Shares dropped 12% to $26.75 premarket.
5 Best Income Stocks To Watch Right Now: Immersion Corporation(IMMR)
Immersion Corporation develops, manufactures, licenses, and supports a range of hardware and software technologies and products that enhance digital devices with touch interaction. The company provides haptic technologies that allow people to use their sense of touch when operating a variety of digital devices. It licenses its technologies to the manufacturers of automotive, consumer electronics, gaming, commercial and industrial controls, medical, and mobile communications products under the TouchSense brand. The company?s product portfolio includes TouchSense 1000, TouchSense 2000, TouchSense 3000, TouchSense 4000, TouchSense 5000, and TouchSense 6000. It also offers turn-key engineering and integration services, design kits for prototyping, authoring tools, and application programming interfaces, as well as platform independent solutions. The company operates primarily in North America, Europe, and the Far East. Immersion Corporation was founded in 1993 and is headquar tered in San Jose, California.
- [By Seth Jayson]
Margins matter. The more Immersion (Nasdaq: IMMR ) keeps of each buck it earns in revenue, the more money it has to invest in growth, fund new strategic plans, or (gasp!) distribute to shareholders. Healthy margins often separate pretenders from the best stocks in the market. That’s why we check up on margins at least once a quarter in this series. I’m looking for the absolute numbers, so I can compare them to current and potential competitors, and any trend that may tell me how strong Immersion’s competitive position could be.
5 Best Income Stocks To Watch Right Now: lime energy co.(LIME)
Lime Energy Co. provides energy engineering, consulting, and implementation solutions to the commercial, industrial, utilities, governmental, and energy services markets in the United States. The company?s energy efficiency solutions enable its clients to reduce energy-related expenditures and the impact of their energy use on the environment. Its services include energy consulting, integrated energy engineering, and multi-measure project development and implementation; mechanical/electrical upgrade services; water conservation; weatherization; and renewables across a range of facilities, including office buildings, manufacturing plants, retail sites, mixed use complexes, and large government sites. The company?s energy consulting and technical services comprise utility program management and implementation, energy project development, energy engineering, consulting, and planning. Lime Energy Co. also provides energy asset development and management services comprising p r oject feasibility and technology assessment; sourcing, qualifying, and structuring investment opportunities; project financing; design and construction process management; and asset management. Its customers include commercial and industrial businesses, property owners and managers, utilities, energy service companies, government entities, and educational institutions. The company was formerly known as Electric City Corp. and changed its name to Lime Energy Co. in September 2006. Lime Energy Co. was founded in 1980 and is headquartered in Huntersville, North Carolina.
- [By Lauren Pollock]
Lime Energy Co.(LIME) fired Chief Executive John O’Rourke while simultaneously promoting President and Chief Operating Officer Adam Procell to the top post.
- [By Bryan Murphy]
The trick to profitable trading (though few great traders would ever admit it) is being in the right place at the right time. To do that, however, requires a great deal of patience waiting on the market’s best “would be” trades to begin that potential moves. Enter MannKind Corporation (NASDAQ:MNKD) and Lime Energy Co. (NASDAQ:LIME)… two of the market’s almost-great ideas right now. Though neither is off and running, both LIME and MNKD are on the verge and worth putting on your watchlist. Here’s what we need to see for both to become worth taking a swing on.
- [By CRWE]
Lime Energy Co. (NASDAQ:LIME) reported their addition to NSTAR’s Municipal Program, which incentivizes municipalities to implement energy efficiency measures. The pre-selection of energy efficiency contractors is intended to streamline the procurement process for the municipalities that NSTAR currently serves.
5 Best Income Stocks To Watch Right Now: BP Prudhoe Bay Royalty Trust (BPT)
BP Prudhoe Bay Royalty Trust operates as a grantor trust in the United States. The company holds overriding royalty interests constituting a non-operational interest in minerals in the Prudhoe Bay oil field located on the North Slope in Alaska. The Prudhoe Bay field extends approximately 12 miles by 27 miles and contains approximately 150,000 gross productive acres. As of December 31, 2012, its estimated net remaining proved reserves were 75.517 million barrels of oil and condensate, of which 70.676 million barrels are proved developed reserves and 4.841 million barrels are proved undeveloped reserves. The company was founded in 1989 and is based in Austin, Texas.
- [By Rick Munarriz]
BP Prudhoe Bay Royalty Trust (NYSE: BPT ) is also fueling its distributions. The trust’s new quarterly payout comes out to $2.4147517 a unit. We’re really splitting pennies here, but it’s actually a reasonable 4% increase over its earlier rate.
- [By Matt DiLallo]
BP Prudhoe Bay Royalty Trust (NYSE: BPT )
Created in 1989, the property of the BP Prudhoe Bay Royalty Trust consists of an overriding royalty interest of oil and condensate production from BP’s Prudhoe Bay oil field located on the North Slope in Alaska. The trust makes quarterly payments to investors of the income after expenses, which can vary each quarter. Over the past year the trust has paid out an average of $2.22 per quarter which would imply a yield of around 9.4%. The key point that investors must understand is that the oil in the field is a finite resource, meaning that it will run out. Under current projections it’s expected that the trust will run dry around the year 2029.
5 Best Income Stocks To Watch Right Now: 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.
- [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.