With shares of Akamai Technologies (NASDAQ:AKAM) trading around $42, is AKAM an OUTPERFORM, WAIT AND SEE or STAY AWAY? Let’s analyze the stock with the relevant sections of our CHEAT SHEET investing framework:
T = Trends for a Stock’s Movement
Akamai Technologies provides content delivery and cloud infrastructure services for the delivery of content and applications over the Internet. The company’s solutions range from delivery of conventional content on websites, to tools that support the delivery and operation of cloud-based applications, to live and on-demand streaming video capabilities all designed to help its customers interact with people accessing the Internet from myriad devices and locations around the world.
The company offers five solutions designed to meet the online business needs of its customers: Terra, Aqua, Sola, Kona and Aura. Cloud computing and infrastructure are a relatively new technology that is being adopted by major companies at an increasing rate. This technology is still in its early stages of adoption in the United States and as companies worldwide begin to harness its power, Akamai Technologies stands to see explosive profits. Through its solutions, Akamai Technologies will continue to provide innovative products to businesses participating in a multitude of growing industries around the world.
5 Best Penny Stocks To Own For 2015: Transocean Inc.(RIG)
Transocean Ltd. provides offshore contract drilling services for oil and gas wells worldwide. It offers deepwater and harsh environment drilling, oil and gas drilling management, and drilling engineering and drilling project management services. The company also offers well and logistics services. In addition, it engages in oil and gas exploration, development, and production activities primarily in the United States offshore Louisiana and Texas, and in the United Kingdom sector of the North Sea. As of February 10, 2011, the company owned, had partial ownership interests in, and operated 138 mobile offshore drilling units, including 47 high-specification floaters, 25 midwater floaters, 9 high-specification jackups, 54 standard jackups, and 3 other rigs, as well as 1 ultra-deepwater floater and 3 high-specification jackups under construction. Transocean Ltd. was founded in 1953 and is based in Zug, Switzerland.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
Despite the recent pain for offshore drilliers like Diamond Offshore Drilling (DO), Noble (NE), Transocean (RIG) and Vantage Drilling (VTG), RBC Capital Markets’ Robert Pinkard and team don’t think it’s time to buy their stocks. They explain why:
- [By Ben Levisohn]
Shares of Diamond Offshore have dropped 2.8% to $38.15 at 11:51 a.m., while Ensco has dipped 0.7% to $45.66, Noble (NE) has fallen 1.4% to $25.08, Seadrill (SDRL) has declined 0.4% to $30.39 and Transocean (RIG) is off 0.7% at $35.13.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
Offshore drillers are navigating choppy seas today–and its not just Seadrill (SDRL) that has problems, as analysts reiterated sell ratings on Transocean (RIG) and Noble (NE) today.
- [By Teresa Rivas]
Earlier this year, Transocean (RIG) completed the initial public offering for Transocean Partners (RIGP), a master limited partnership holding several of its drilling rigs.
Today, Morgan Stanley’s Ole Slorer and Jacob Ng, reiterated their Equal-Weight rating on the stock, but write that investors should keep an eye on Transocean Partners, which offers a source of funds for fleet replacement, as well as shareholder-friendly policies like share buybacks and dividend increases.
Although they don’t see this playing out in the near term, the write that they “see meaningful scope for medium-term valuation uplift, depending on the path RIG’s board takes.”
More highlights from their note:
RIGP increases RIG’s financial flexibility to fulfill its commitment to return capital to shareholders: Concerns have recently heightened over RIG’s ability to sustain its $3/sh annual dividend. However, RIG now has the ability to tap on RIGP as an additional source of funding at a lower cost of capital. We believe that accelerated dropdowns could unlock shareholder value for RIG via dividend support, the funding of outsized buybacks, and multiple expansion. Also, see link to RIGP initiation report, published Aug 26th 2014.
Roadmap to a $60 bull case: An overlooked element of value in RIG is the embedded “MLP” worth of its fleet, and our bull case is contingent on RIG accelerating the monetization of 6G+ units with sufficient contract coverage while divesting the rest of its lower-spec fleet. Furthermore, RIG’s pace of monetization falls within its control as opposed to the rig market headwinds that it is sailing against. Meanwhile, we believe that activist presence could also motivate RIG to adopt a more aggressive approach to asset monetization. We see a higher bull case to the extent lower-spec assets could also be monetized, but this could require a more robust rig market than today, in line with our 2017/18 expectations.
5 Best Penny Stocks To Own For 2015: Sparton Corporation(SPA)
Sparton Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, offers electronic manufacturing services primarily for medical device, defense and security systems, and electronic manufacturing services industries worldwide. The company?s Medical segment engages in the contract development, design, production, and distribution of medical related electromechanical devices for the medical OEM and ET customers primarily in the vitro diagnostic and therapeutic device areas. Its EMS segment involves in the contract manufacturing, assembly, design, preproduction, prototyping, and/or box building assemblies, such as flight control systems and fuel control systems for the aerospace, medical diagnostics systems, security systems, detection systems, lighting, and defense. The company?s DSS segment engages in the design, development, and production of electromechanical equipment, such as sonobuoys, an anti-submarine warfare device used by the United States Navy and foreign governments; and perf orms an engineering development function for the United States military and prime defense contractors on advanced technologies for defense products, and replacement of current systems. It also offers non-sonobuoy related manufacturing and services. Sparton Corporation was founded in 1900 and is headquartered in Schaumburg, Illinois.
- [By Jasmine Ng]
Futures (SPA) on the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index lost 0.3 percent today. The U.S. equities benchmark index dropped 0.3 percent yesterday amid data that showed manufacturing unexpectedly climbed last month and retail spending fell on the weekend after Thanksgiving for the first time since 2009.
- [By Louis Navellier]
Sparton Corporation (SPA) provides electromechanical systems and operates in three segments: medical devices, complex systems and defense and security systems. The medical devices segment makes devices used in diagnostic, therapeutic, surgical, and laboratory applications. Complex devices makes printed circuit assemblies used in military, aerospace, industrial and commercial OEMs, while the defense and security segment designs products for defense applications.
- [By Emma O’Brien]
Futures (SPA) on the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index fell and the yen climbed against the dollar as U.S. lawmakers continued to scrap over raising the debt limit and the government shutdown. Crude oil declined while gold rallied.
- [By Seth Jayson]
Calling all cash flows
When you are trying to buy the market’s best stocks, it’s worth checking up on your companies’ free cash flow once a quarter or so, to see whether it bears any relationship to the net income in the headlines. That’s what we do with this series. Today, we’re checking in on Sparton (NYSE: SPA ) , whose recent revenue and earnings are plotted below.
5 Best Penny Stocks To Own For 2015: Flexsteel Industries Inc.(FLXS)
Flexsteel Industries, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, engages in the manufacture, import, and market of residential and commercial upholstered and wooden furniture products in the United States. Its upholstered and wooden furniture products include sofas, loveseats, chairs, reclining and rocker-reclining chairs, swivel rockers, sofa beds, convertible bedding units, occasional tables, desks, dining tables and chairs, and bedroom furniture. The company distributes its products for use in home, office, hotel, and other commercial applications through its sales force and various independent representatives, as well as to various national and regional chains. Flexsteel Industries, Inc. was founded in 1929 and is based in Dubuque, Iowa.
- [By Peter Graham]
The Q4 2014 earnings report for La-Z-Boy Incorporated (NYSE: LZB), a potential peer of other furniture stocks like Hooker Furniture Corporation (NASDAQ: HOFT) and Flexsteel Industries, Inc (NASDAQ: FLXS), is due out after the market closes on Tuesday. Aside from the La-Z-Boy Incorporated earnings report, it should be said that Hooker Furniture Corporation reported Q1 2015 on June 5th (they reported a double-digit income rise on higher sales in first quarter) and Flexsteel Industries, Inc reported Q3 2014 earnings on April 16th (they record net sales and net income). However and the last time around, investors did not like it when La-Z-Boy Incorporated reported quarterly profit of 32 cents a share that missed forecasts calling for a profit of 35 cents a share and they really did not like revenue missing expectations by 7.7%. The company is also doing some restructuring.
- [By Dividends4Life]
Memberships and Peers: LEG is a member of the S&P 500, a Dividend Aristocrat, a member of the Broad Dividend Achievers™ Index and a Dividend Champion. The company’s peer group includes: Hooker Furniture Corp. (HOFT) with a 2.7% yield, Flexsteel Industries Inc. (FLXS) with a 1.8% yield and Ethan Allen Interiors Inc. (ETH) with a 1.6% yield.
5 Best Penny Stocks To Own For 2015: Gamestop Corporation (GME)
GameStop Corp. operates as a retailer of video game products and personal computer (PC) entertainment software. It sells new and used video game hardware; video game software; used video game products; and video game accessories, which primarily consist of controllers, memory cards, and other add-ons, as well as strategy guides and trading cards. The company also offers PC entertainment and other software across various genres, including sports, action, strategy, adventure/role playing, and simulation, as well as products that relate to the digital category comprising network point cards, prepaid digital and online timecards, and digitally downloadable software. GameStop Corp. sells its products through stores, as well as through its electronic commerce Web sites, including gamestop.com, ebgames.com.au, gamestop.ca, gamestop.it, gamestop.es, gamestop.ie, gamestop.de, and micromania.fr. As of July 12, 2011, its retail network and family of brands included 6,573 company-oper ated stores in 17 countries worldwide. The company also publishes Game Informer, a video game magazine in the United States; and operates the online video gaming Web sites kongregate.com and joltonline.com. GameStop Corp. was founded in 1994 and is based in Grapevine, Texas.
- [By Ali Berri]
GameStop (NYSE: GME) shares were also up, gaining 5.95 percent to $42.90 after the company reported upbeat results for its fiscal second-quarter.
- [By Lisa Levin]
Electronics Stores: This industry moved up 1.63% by 11:40 am. The top performer in this industry was GameStop (NYSE: GME), which gained 6.1%. GameStop reported upbeat results for its fiscal second-quarter.
5 Best Penny Stocks To Own For 2015: Stewart Enterprises Inc.(STEI)
Stewart Enterprises, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides funeral and cemetery products and services in the death care industry in the United States and Puerto Rico. The company also offers a range of funeral merchandise and services, as well as cemetery property, cremation, merchandise, and services. Its funeral homes provide various services and products, including the family consultation, removal and preparation of remains, usage of funeral home facilities for visitation, worship and funeral services, transportation services, flowers, and caskets. The company also sells cemetery property and related merchandise, which includes lots, lawn crypts, family and community mausoleums, monuments, markers, and burial vaults; and provides burial site openings and closings and inscriptions. In addition, it maintains cemetery grounds under cemetery perpetual care contracts and local laws. As of January 31, 2011, the company owned and operated 218 funeral homes and 141 cemeterie s. Stewart Enterprises, Inc. was founded in 1910 and is based in Jefferson, Louisiana.
- [By Brian Pacampara]
What: Shares of funeral-home operator Stewart Enterprises (NASDAQ: STEI ) soared 34% today, after larger rival Service Corp. International (NYSE: SCI ) agreed to acquire it in a deal worth about $1.4 billion.
- [By Chris Katje]
Service Corporation (SCI), the largest funeral home operator in the United States, made news last week with its large acquisition of Stewart Enterprises (STEI). The acquisition was well received by investors, as shares rose 8% on the day of the announcement. Together, the two companies will see huge cost savings advantages and a backlog that is currently undervalued.