Morgan Stanley’s (MS) wealth management operations are being restructured by the recently appointed head of its advisor force.
Shelley O’Connor — tapped by Morgan Stanley to lead its advisor force in February — said in a memo Tuesday, “We will go from three divisions to two and from 12 regions to eight. The number of complexes and branches will remain the same.”
O’Connor, 53, replaced Doug Ketterer, who was appointed head of strategy and client management. They both report to Greg Fleming, the leader of Morgan Stanley’s wealth and investment management businesses. The company’s chairman and CEO is James Gorman.
“Over the past six weeks, I have been out in the branches, hearing firsthand what’s working and what needs improvement,” she noted in the memo. “It is clear that empowering local managers, working more efficiently and supporting growth must be among our key priorities.”
Bill McMahon and Rick Skae are staying on as division directors, in the West and East, respectively. The other division director, Doug Kentfield, is leaving the firm.
5 Best Services Stocks To Invest In 2015: Reed Elsevier NV (ENL)
Reed Elsevier NV offers professional information solutions in North America and Europe. The companys Scientific, Technical & Medical segment publishes research, reference, and education content; and offers database and workflow solutions for scientists, research leaders and administrators, doctors, nurses, health professionals, and students, as well as hospitals, academic and research institutions, health insurers, managed healthcare organizations, research corporations, and governments. It also provides abstract and citation database of research literature; an oil and gas exploration tool that packages research-relevant geological content and tags that content to enable search functionality; and solutions for synthetic chemists. In addition, this segment offers software and tools that enhance research outcomes of academic institutions and researchers; and Web-based tools for the engineering community. Its Risk Solutions segment provides data and analytics to property an d casualty personal and commercial, and life insurance carriers; and risk and identity management, fraud detection, credit risk management, and compliance solutions for financial institutions, as well as offers risk-related information to the legal industry. The companys Business Information segment provides data services, such as information and pricing services for the chemicals, fertilizers, and energy sectors; payment routing data and anti-money laundering services, as well as compliance information to the banking and corporate sectors; online regulatory guidance, practices, and tools for HR professionals; and online construction data and information to the construction industry. Its Legal segment offers legal, regulatory, news and business, and analysis services to legal, corporate, government, and academic customers. The companys Exhibitions segment organizes exhibitions and conferences in various industries. Reed Elsevier NV was founded in 1903 and is based in Am s terdam, the Netherlands.
- [By Vanina Egea]
Reed Elsevier NV (ENL) is a diversified publisher and information provider. It works on a wide range of market segments that include scientific, technical and medical (STM); legal; risks solutions and business information and exhibitions. The key of the company’s growth, however, lies almost exclusively in two brands: Elsevier and LexisNexis.
- [By David Hunkar]
Current Dividend Yield: 4.68%
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Company: Reed Elsevier NV (ENL)
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5 Best Services Stocks To Invest In 2015: Community Health Systems Inc (CYH)
Community Health Systems, Inc., incorporated on June 6, 1996, is an operator of hospitals in the United States. The Company provides healthcare services through the hospitals that it owns and operates in non-urban and selected urban markets throughout the United States. As of December 31, 2012, the Company owned or leased 135 hospitals, Consisting of 131 general acute care hospitals and four standalone rehabilitation or psychiatric hospitals. These hospitals are geographically diversified across 29 states, with an aggregate of 20,334 licensed beds. The Company provides a range of general and specialized hospital healthcare services and other outpatient services to patients in the communities in which the Company are located. Services provided through its hospitals and affiliated businesses include general acute care, emergency room, general and specialty surgery, critical care, internal medicine, obstetrics, diagnostic, psychiatric and rehabilitation services. On March 1, 2012, the Company acquired MetroSouth Medical Center in Blue Island, Illinois. On July 1, 2012, the Company’s subsidiaries acquired all of the assets of Memorial Health Systems in York, Pennsylvania.
Effective January 1, 2012, the Company completed the acquisition of Moses Taylor Healthcare System based in Scranton, Pennsylvania, which is a healthcare system comprised of two acute care hospitals and other healthcare providers. This healthcare system includes Moses Taylor Hospital (217 licensed beds) located in Scranton, Pennsylvania, and Mid-Valley Hospital (25 licensed beds) located in Peckville, Pennsylvania. Effective March 5, 2012, the Company completed a merger with Diagnostic Clinic of Longview, P.A., which is a multi-specialty clinic serving residents of Longview, Texas and surrounding East Texas communities. This healthcare system includes Memorial Hospital (100 licensed beds), the Surgical Center of York, and other outpatient and ancillary services. < /p>
The Company provides outpatient services at urg! ent care centers, occupational medicine clinics, imaging centers, cancer centers, ambulatory surgery centers and home health and hospice agencies. In addition to its hospitals and related businesses, the Company also own and operate 64 licensed home care agencies and 31 licensed hospice agencies, located primarily in markets where the Company also operate a hospital. Also, through its wholly owned subsidiary, Quorum Health Resources, LLC, or QHR, the Company provides management and consulting services to non-affiliated general acute care hospitals located throughout the United States.
- [By Monica Wolfe]
Community Health Systems (CYH)
Richard Snow (Trades, Portfolio)’s largest holding is in Community Health Systems. The guru holds 2,452,485 shares of the company’s stock, representing 3.8% of his total portfolio as well as 2.59% of the company’s shares outstanding.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
Lee screened for stocks with low P/Es, positive net income growth, that had Overweight ratings by JPMorgan analysts and upside to analyst target prices. He found 19, including insurers MetLife (MET) and Aetna (AET), banking behemoth Wells Fargo (WFC), Meritage Homes (MTH) and hospital operator Community Health Systems (CYH).
- [By Lauren Pollock]
Community Health Systems Inc.(CYH) somewhat tempered the hospital company’s 2013 revenue expectations, citing a greater than expected deterioration in overall volume during the last quarter, partly hurt by a softer flu season.
5 Best Services Stocks To Invest In 2015: UBIC Inc (UBIC)
UBIC, Inc. is a provider of e-discovery and digital forensic services for Asia and the world. The Company works with electronically stored information composed in Chinese, Japanese and Korean (CJK) languages and utilizes that expertise for clients involved in cross-border litigation, corporate investigations, intellectual property disputes and more. The Company’s Lit i View platform is moving the industry from fact discovery to future discovery by allowing clients to analyze e-mail messages and digital communications found in big data to reveal patterns in human thought and behavior. Advisors’ Opinion:
- [By Lisa Levin]
UBIC (NASDAQ: UBIC) shares fell 6.36% to touch a new 52-week low of $5.30. UBIC’s trailing-twelve-month revenue is $58.74 million.
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5 Best Services Stocks To Invest In 2015: KAR Auction Services Inc (KAR)
KAR Auction Services, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides vehicle auction services in North America. It operates in three segments: ADESA Auctions, IAA, and AFC. The ADESA Auctions segment offers whole car auctions and related services to the vehicle remarketing industry through online auctions and auction facilities. This segment also provides value-added services, such as auction related, transportation, reconditioning, inspection, title and repossession administration and remarketing, and analytical services. The ADESA Auctions segment sells its products and services through commercial fleet operators, financial institutions, rental car companies, new and used vehicle dealers, and vehicle manufacturers and their captive finance companies to franchise and independent used vehicle dealers. The IAA segment offers salvage vehicle auctions and related services that facilitate the remarketing of damaged or low value vehicles designated as total losses by insurance companies and charity donation vehicles, as well as recovered stolen vehicles. This segment also provides inbound transportation, titling, salvage recovery, and claims settlement administrative services. The AFC segment offers floorplan financing, a short-term inventory-secured financing, to independent used vehicle dealers. As of December 31, 2012, the company had a network of 67 whole car auction and 163 salvage auction locations, as well as serviced auctions through 104 locations. The company was formerly known as KAR Holdings, Inc. and changed its name to KAR Auction Services, Inc. in November 2009. KAR Auction Services, Inc. was founded in 2006 and is headquartered in Carmel, Indiana.
- [By Marc Bastow]
Vehicle auction services company KAR (KAR) raised its quarterly dividend 31% to 25 cents per share, payable on Jan. 3 to shareholders of record as of Dec. 20.
KAR Dividend Yield: 3.53%
- [By Geoff Gannon] ore explicit in detailing the competitive position of Copart and Insurance Auto Auctions. It even gave market share data.
This is common. Often one company will choose not to give names or put percentages on certain competitive facts. The other company will do so. And even when that is not the case, the two companies will often make statements that — when taking together — can give you rough indications of certain realities that neither company entirely intended to provide.
The same is true for certain suppliers and customers. Although this is complicated by size. Very large customers of small companies are not good sources of information. But smaller companies often provide better insights into the larger suppliers, customers, etc., they deal with. That’s because — due to their small size — more information is material and is explained in detail.
I have found situations where one company simply says who the customer is that they are supplying. Whil e the other company explains what product that supply goes into, the purchase amount, whether it is an exclusive arrangement, etc.
So it is always important to — at a minimum — read the 10-Ks, 14As, and (where available) S-1s of every public company in the industry. This will give you a lot of insight into the competitive situation. Sometimes it is helpful to also look at customers and suppliers. However, this is not true of very large customers and suppliers because they will not discuss the specific area you are interested in.
For example, Honeywell is a large customer of George Risk. It would do me no good to study Honeywell to learn about George Risk. Honeywell is a huge company. What they buy from George Risk is irrelevant to their shareholders. So they do not discuss it.
An exception to this is where the product sold is going into a huge “generational” type project. Examples include defense, aerospace, video game consoles, operating systems, etc. This can be very hel
5 Best Services Stocks To Invest In 2015: Senomyx Inc.(SNMX)
Senomyx, Inc. engages in the discovery and development of novel flavor ingredients in the savory, sweet, salt, bitter, and cooling areas using proprietary taste receptor-based assays and screening technologies. The company has product discovery, development, and commercialization collaborations with seven food, beverage, and ingredient companies, including Ajinomoto Co., Inc.; Firmenich SA; Kraft Foods, Inc.; Nestle SA; and PepsiCo, Inc. Senomyx, Inc. licenses flavor ingredients to its collaborators on an exclusive or co-exclusive basis. The company was founded in 1998 and is based in San Diego, California.
- [By Jake L’Ecuyer]
Leading and Lagging Sectors
Healthcare stocks gained Wednesday, with Senomyx (NASDAQ: SNMX) leading advancers after the company announced a research agreement with PepsiCo (NYSE: PEP). Among the leading sector stocks, gains came from Pernix Therapeutics Holdings (NASDAQ: PTX), Albany Molecular Research (NASDAQ: AMRI) and Gentiva Health Services (NASDAQ: GTIV).