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Dividend growth, as it should be, is a point of emphasis for seasoned income investors. Plenty of issuers of exchange-traded funds have met that demand with a batch of U.S.-focused dividend growth ETFs. Some issuers are also taking the dividend growth approach to international ETFs.

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Best Chemical Stocks To Watch Right Now: Dynamic Materials Corporation(BOOM)

Dynamic Materials Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, provides explosion-welded clad metal plates, oil field perforating equipment and explosives, and welding services worldwide. It operates in three segments: Explosive Metalworking, Oilfield Products, and AMK Welding. The Explosive Metalworking segment primarily manufactures explosion-welded clad metal plates that are used in the construction of heavy and corrosion resistant pressure vessels, and heat exchangers for oil and gas, alternative energy, chemical and petrochemical, hydrometallurgy, aluminum production, shipbuilding, power generation, and industrial refrigeration industries. This segment sells its products through senior management, direct sales personnel, program managers, and independent sales representatives. The Oilfield Products segment engages in the manufacture, marketing, and sale of perforating explosives and associated hardware, as well as seismic explosives for the oil and gas industry. Its p roducts include shaped charges, detonators, detonating cords, bidirectional boosters, and perforating guns for the perforation of oil and gas wells. This segment offers its products through direct selling, licensed distributors, independent sales representatives, and international distribution centers. The AMK Welding segment provides welding, heat treatment, and inspection services primarily to power turbine manufacturers, and commercial and military aircraft engine manufacturers. The company was formerly known as Explosive Fabricators, Inc. and changed its name to Dynamic Materials Corporation in 1994. Dynamic Materials Corporation was founded in 1965 and is headquartered in Boulder, Colorado.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Andrew Efimoff]

    WTI crude oil plunged 3.11 percent on Friday to $48.99 a barrel. Below are the biggest energy losers for the day:

    California Resources Corporation (NYSE: CRC): -19.22% Dynamic Materials (NASDAQ: BOOM): -12.39% Clayton Williams Energy (NYSE: CWEI): -11.45% Dynergy (NYSE: DYN): -11.91% EP Energy Corporation (NYSE: EPE): -11.20% Mexco Energy (NYSE: MXC) -10.90% Whiting Petroleum (NYSE: WLL) -10.79% Southwestern Energy Company (NYSE: SWN) -10.79% SM Energy Company (NYSE: SM) -10.38% Real Goods Solar (NASDAQ: RGSE) -10.34%

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Best Chemical Stocks To Watch Right Now: The Blackstone Group L.P.(BX)

The Blackstone Group L.P. (Blackstone), incorporated on March 12, 2007, is a global alternative asset manager. The Company’s alternative asset management businesses include investment vehicles focused on private equity, real estate, hedge fund solutions, non-investment grade credit, secondary funds and other multi-asset class strategies. The Company’s segments include Private Equity, Real Estate, Hedge Fund Solutions and Credit.

Private Equity

The Company’s Private Equity segment focuses on identifying, managing and creating lasting value for its investors. Its Private Equity segment includes corporate private equity funds; tactical opportunities business, which pursues a global multi-asset class approach to investing in illiquid assets focused on timely opportunities that fall outside the Company’s other alternative fund strategies; strategic partners, which is the Company’s secondary private fund of funds business, and Blackstone Total Alternati ves Solution (BTAS), which is an investment program for eligible high net worth investors. The Company has raised approximately seven general private equity funds, as well as over three specialized corporate private equity funds focusing on energy and communications-related investments.

Real Estate

The Company manages various global, European and Asian focused opportunistic real estate funds, several real estate debt investment funds, a publicly traded real estate investment trust (BXMT), and core and real estate investments. Its real estate opportunity funds are diversified geographically and have made investments in lodging, office buildings, shopping centers, residential and a variety of real estate operating companies. Its debt investment funds target high yield real estate debt related investment opportunities in the public and private markets in the United States and Europe. The Company’s core and funds target stabilized office, multifamily, i ndustrial and retail assets across the world. The Company re! fers to its real estate opportunistic funds as Blackstone Real Estate Partners (BREP) funds, its real estate debt investment funds as Blackstone Real Estate Debt Strategies (BREDS) funds and its core and investment funds as Blackstone Property Partners (BPP) funds.

Hedge Fund Solutions

The Company’s Hedge Fund Solutions group comprises Blackstone Alternative Asset Management (BAAM). It manages a range of commingled funds of hedge funds and customized vehicles. BAAM’s businesses also includes investment platforms that seed new hedge fund talent, purchase ownership interests in established hedge funds, invest in special situation opportunities, create alternative solutions in regulated structures, and trade long and short public equities.

Credit

The Company’s credit segment consists of GSO Capital Partners LP (GSO). The funds the Company manages or sub-advises include senior credit-focused funds, distressed debt funds, mezzan ine funds and general credit-focused funds concentrated in the leveraged finance marketplace. GSO also manages separately managed accounts and registered investment companies, including business development companies. The Company’s vehicles have investment portfolios comprising loans and securities spread across the capital structure, including senior debt, subordinated debt, preferred stock and common equity.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jim Powell]

    Steve Halpern: Among your recent recommendations is a housing related play called the Blackstone Group (BX), a private equity firm. Could you explain how that’s related to the housing sector?

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Shares ofBlackstone(BX) have gained 3.4% to $23.61 in pre-open trading after it was raised to Buy from Neutral at Merrill Lynch.

    Huntsman (HUN) has gained 2.5% to $19.75 after the chemical company’s shares were raised to Buy from Hold at Jefferies.

Top 10 Clean Energy Companies To Buy For 2017: PAR Technology Corporation(PAR)

PAR Technology Corporation (PAR), incorporated on April 21, 1992, is a provider of systems and service solutions for the hospitality industry. The Company operates through two segments: Hospitality and Government.

Hospitality segment

The Company’s solutions for the restaurant industry integrate software applications, hardware platforms, software delivery, and installation and lifecycle support services. PAR’s software offerings for the Restaurant market include front-of-store point-of-sale (POS) software applications, operations management software applications (known as back office software), and enterprise software applications for content management and business intelligence. PAR’s hardware offerings for the Restaurant market include POS terminals, kitchen systems utilizing printers and/or video monitors, and a range of food safety monitoring and task management hardware and software solutions. The Company has also developed a checklist solutio n for food safety temperature measurement and task management automation marketed under the name, SureCheck. The Company markets its hardware, software and services as an integrated solution on an individual basis. PAR’s Brink POS (Brink) software is a cloud-based POS platform that scales for single and multi-unit operators with traditional and mobile platforms. PAR restaurant software offerings are designed for multi-unit and individual restaurant operators, franchise and the enterprise alike in the over three restaurant categories, such as fast casual restaurants (FC), quick serve restaurants (QSR) and table service restaurants (TSR). Each of these restaurant categories has separate operating characteristics and service delivery requirements that are managed by PAR’s Brink and PixelPoint software offerings. PAR’s software allows customers to configure their technology systems that meet their order entry, food preparation, inventory, and workforce management needs, while ca pturing real-time transaction data at each location and deli! vering insight throughout the enterprise.

Brink software is a cloud-based POS software for restaurants. The cloud native model manages software version control and organizational updates. Brink POS software is integrated with features that include mobile online ordering, kitchen video system, guest surveys, enterprise reporting and mobile dashboard. PAR’s PixelPoint software solution is primarily sold to independent table service and QSRs through its channel partners. This software solution includes a POS software application, a self-service ordering function, an enterprise back-office management function, and an enterprise level loyalty and gift card information sharing application. PixelPoint Head Office Cloud is a Web-based enterprise reporting solution that consolidates restaurant data and is offered as software-as-a-service (SaaS). It offers PixelPoint for corporate, field and site managers. PixelPoint is a decision-making tool that provides visibility into various restaurant locations through a dashboard displaying customer-defined financials, sales analysis, marketing, inventory and workforce variables. PAR also offers applications for forecasting, labor scheduling and inventory management.

The Company’s SureCheck software solution provides food safety temperature monitoring and employee task management functionality through the combination of a cloud-based enterprise server application, a personal digital assistant (PDA)-based mobile application and an integrated temperature measuring device. This solution helps in managing hazard analysis and critical control points (HACCP) inspection programs for retail and food service organizations, and automates the monitoring of quality risk factors. The SureCheck platform is used to help hospitality and retail operators to complete and monitor the compliance of employee tasks, while providing insight on abnormal checklist conditions, providing configurable, automated ale rts. The data captured through this solution is used to mana! ge policy! compliance and oversight, loss prevention, safety, merchandising and other audits to the customer.

The PAR EverServ family of hardware platforms is designed to operate in harsh hospitality environments. The Company’s hardware platforms are compatible with various operating systems. PAR’s open architecture POS platforms are optimized to host the Company’s POS software applications, as well as various third-party POS applications, and are compatible with various peripheral devices. PAR partners with a range of vendors of complementary in-store peripherals, including cash drawers, card readers, printers, kitchen video systems, allowing the Company to provide a solution integrated and delivered by a vendor. PAR’s hardware terminal offerings primarily consist of over three POS product lines, such as EverServ 500, EverServ 7000 Series and EverServ 8000 Series. The EverServ 500 platform is a value platform for operators that require features/functions that are used fo r installations. The EverServ 7000 series hardware is built to perform in harsh operating environments, enduring high customer traffic and transaction activities, and the difficult restaurant/retail environments that include grease and liquid spills. The EverServ 8000 series hardware offers design, and is built to perform in harsh operating environments, enduring high customer traffic and transaction activities, and the difficult restaurant/retail environments that includes grease and liquid spills. The Company also offers SureCheck Advantage, an Internet of things (IoT) mobile solution, which is designed for food quality and task management.

Government Segment

PAR’s Government business provides a range of technical services for the Department of Defense (DoD) and federal agencies. This segment is focused on serving intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) customers specializing in the development of signal and image processing and manage ment systems with a focus on geospatial intelligence, geogra! phic info! rmation systems, and command and control applications. Additionally, this business provides mission critical telecommunications, satellite command and control, and information technology operations and maintenance services around the world to the United States DoD. The business is organized in two operating sectors that provide service offerings across their customer base: ISR Solutions and mission systems.

The ISR solutions sector provides systems engineering support and software-based solutions. This sector of the Company has a business in the development of mobility applications that support the needs of mobile teams with real-time situation awareness and distributed communications. The ISR solutions sector is engaged in the advanced research, development and productization of geospatial information assurance (GIA) technology involving steganography, steganalysis, digital watermarking and image forensics. These technologies are used to provide protection and security of geospatial data. The ISR solutions sector also provides scientific and technical support to the United States Intelligence Community. The mission systems sector includes three distinct lines of business: telecommunications, satellite control and information technology services. The telecommunication services include satellite and terrestrial communications operations and maintenance services, which operate elements of the United States DoD’s global information grid (GIG). Additionally, PAR operates the United States navy’s satellite operations center providing tracking, telemetry and control of several space-based satellite communication constellations. The mission systems sector provides information technology (IT) services ranging from advanced systems management to help desk support.

PAR focuses its business in five service areas: ISR; Systems Engineering and Evaluation; Satellite and Telecommunications Services; Space and Satellite Control Servic es, and Information Technology/Systems Services. The Company! provides! a range of geospatial intelligence solutions, including full motion video, geospatial information assurance, raster imagery, and light detection and ranging (LiDAR). It also offers a range of products relative to these technologies, and provides integration and training support. PSR integrates and tests electro-optical (EO), infrared (IR), radar and multi/hyper-spectral sensor systems for a range of government and industry surveillance applications. The Company designs and integrates radar sensor systems, including experimentation, demonstration and test support. The Company also provides scientific and technical engineering, and analysis to intelligence community customers, as well as program management services for the acquisition, development and deployment of prototypes and reaction systems. The Company provides a range of technical and support services to sustain mission critical components of the DoD’s GIG. These services include system enhancements and associated mai ntenance of very low frequency (VLF), high frequency (HF) and very high frequency (VHF) ground-based radio transmitter/receiver facilities. Additionally, the Company operates and maintains several extremely high frequency (EHF) and super high frequency (SHF) satellite communication earth terminals and teleport facilities. It provides satellite operation, management and maintenance services in support of satellite control center operations. Primary services include satellite telemetry monitoring, tracking and command support, and satellite control in order to provide space-based satellite services conducting command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (C4ISR) operations. The Company delivers services in support of satellite telemetry, tracking, control and remote terminal operations from over seven locations across the world. It also offers various services, which include helpdesk services, systems administration, network adminis tration, information assurance and systems security, databas! e adminis! tration, telephone systems management, testing and test bed management, and information technology infrastructure library (ITIL)-based service management.

The Company competes with Oracle Corporation, NCR Corporation and Panasonic Corporation.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    PAR Technology Corporation (NYSE: PAR) shares were also up, gaining 15 percent to $6.59. Par Technology reported Q4 adjusted earnings of $0.13 per share on revenue of $56.8 million.