Best Defense Stocks To Invest In Right Now

I am a police officer, and I’m wondering whether I qualify for the student loan forgiveness program for public service employees. How does the program work?

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Certain public service workers can have their remaining student loan balance forgiven after working full-time for an eligible organization for 10 years. But the eligibility requirements are complicated.

As a police officer, you may be able to take advantage of the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program. You must work full-time for a federal, state or local government, a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, or a private not-for-profit organization (not a labor union or partisan political organization) that provides emergency management, military service, public safety, law enforcement, early childhood education or other qualifying services (see this fact sheet for a full list of the types of employers that qualify). Note that you can qualify based on where you work rather than your type of job.

Best Defense Stocks To Invest In Right Now: American Assets Trust, Inc.(AAT)

American Assets Trust, Inc., incorporated on July 16, 2010, is a full service, vertically integrated and self-administered real estate investment trust (REIT). The Company owns, operates, acquires and develops retail, office, multifamily and mixed-use properties in high-barrier-to-entry markets in Southern California, Northern California, Oregon, Washington, Texas and Hawaii. The Company operates through four segments: retail, office, multifamily and mixed-use. The Company’s portfolio consists of approximately 10 retail shopping centers; over seven office properties; a mixed-use property consisting of approximately 370-room all-suite hotel and a retail shopping center, and approximately five multifamily properties. The Company owns land at over five of its properties that it classifies as held for development and construction in progress. The Company’s markets include San Diego; the San Francisco Bay Area; Portland, Oregon; Bellevue, Washington, and Oahu, Hawaii.

Retail

The Company’s retail segment includes rental of retail space and other tenant services, including tenant reimbursements, parking and storage space rental. The Company’s retail properties include Carmel Country Plaza, Del Monte Center, Carmel Mountain Plaza, Geary Marketplace, South Bay Marketplace, The Shops at Kalakaua, Waikele Center, Lomas Santa Fe Plaza, Alamo Quarry Market and Solana Beach Towne Centre.

Office

The Company’s office segment products include rental of office space and other tenant services, including tenant reimbursements, parking and storage space rental. The Company’s office properties include Torrey Reserve Campus, Lloyd District Portfolio, Solana Beach Corporate Centre, City Center Bellevue, The Landmark at One Market, One Beach Street and First & Main.

Multifamily

The Company’s multifamily segment products include rental of apartments and other tenant services. The Company’s m ultifamily properties include Loma Palisades, Imperial Beach! Gardens, Mariner’s Point, Santa Fe Park RV Resort and Hassalo on Eighth. The multifamily portfolio includes over four apartment properties, as well as an RV resort with a total of over 1,580 units (including approximately 120 RV spaces), which are available for lease. Approximately 73.4% of these properties are leased.

Mixed-use

The Company’s mixed-use segment products include rental of retail space and other tenant services, including tenant reimbursements parking and storage space rental and operation of approximately 370-room all-suite hotel. The Company’s mixed-use property includes Waikiki Beach Walk Retail and Embassy Suites Hotel. The mixed-use property consists of approximately 97,000 rentable square feet of retail space. The retail portion of the property is approximately 100% leased.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Markus Aarnio]

    Owens Realty Mortgage’s competitors include American Assets Trust (AAT), Alexandria Real Estate Equities (ARE) and Boston Properties (BXP). American Assets Trust has seen five insider buy transactions and four insider sell transactions this year. American Assets Trust has a dividend yield of 2.78%. Alexandria Real Estate Equities has seen 14 insider sell transactions this year. Alexandria Real Estate Equities has a dividend yield of 4.10%. Boston Properties has seen one insider buy transaction and four insider sell transactions this year. Boston Properties has a dividend yield of 2.43%.

Best Defense Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Nomura Holdings Inc ADR(NMR)

 

Nomura Holdings, Inc. provides various financial services to individuals, corporations, financial institutions, governments, and governmental agencies worldwide. It operates through three segments: Retail, Asset Management, and Wholesale. The Retail segment offers various financial products and investment services for individuals and corporations. As of March 31, 2015, this segment operated a network of 159 branches. The Asset Management segment is involved in the development and management of investment trusts, which offers low risk/low return products and high risk/high return products, as well as products for various investor needs; and provision of investment advisory services to public pension funds, private pension funds, governments and their agencies, central banks, and institutional investors. The Wholesale segment engages in the research, sale, trading, and market-making of fixed income and equity-related products. I t is also involved in underwriting various securities and other financial instruments, which include various stocks, convertible and exchangeable securities, investment grade debt, sovereign and emerging market debt, high yield debt, structured securities, and other securities; arranging private placements, as well as other capital raising activities; and the provision of financial advisory services on business transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, spin-offs, capital structuring, corporate defense activities, leveraged buyouts, and risk solutions. In addition, this segment offers various financial instruments, such as equity securities, debt securities, investment trusts, and variable annuity insurance products for the short, medium, and long-term. The company was formerly known as The Nomura Securities Co., Ltd. and changed its name to Nomura Holdings, Inc. in October 2001. Nomura Holdings, Inc. was founded in 1925 and is headquartered in Tokyo, Ja pan.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Maureen Farrell]

    Shortly after Lehman declared bankruptcy, Barclays (BCS) paid $1.3 billion for most of the firm’s North American operations, its Times Square headquarters, and about 9,000 employees. Nomura Holdings (NMR) paid roughly $200 million for Lehman’s operations in Asia.

5 Best Supermarket Stocks To Buy For 2016: MEDIFAST INC(MED)

Medifast, Inc., through its subsidiaries, engages in the production, distribution, and sale of weight management and disease management products, and other consumable health and diet products in the United States. The company?s product lines include weight and disease management, meal replacement, and vitamins. It also operates weight control centers that offer Medifast programs for weight loss and maintenance, customized patient counseling, and inbody composition analysis. The company markets its products under the Medifast and Essential brand names, including shakes, appetite suppression shakes, women?s health shakes, diabetics shakes, joint health shakes, coronary health shakes, calorie burn drinks, calorie burn flavor infusers, antioxidant shakes, antioxidant flavor infusers, bars, crunch bars, soups, chili, oatmeal, pudding, scrambled eggs, hot cocoa, cappuccino, chai latte, iced teas, fruit drinks, pretzels, puffs, brownie, pancakes, soy crisps, crackers, and omega 3 and digestive health products. Medifast Inc. sells its products through various channels of distribution comprising Web, call center, independent health advisors, medical professionals, weight loss clinics, and direct consumer marketing supported via the phone and the Web; Take Shape for Life, a physician led network of independent health coaches; and weight control centers. The company was founded in 1980 and is headquartered in Owings Mills, Maryland.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Friday, non-cyclical consumer goods & services shares rose by just 0.3 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Medifast Inc (NYSE: MED), down 5 percent, and Bridgford Foods Corporation (NASDAQ: BRID), down 6 percent.

Best Defense Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Vera Bradley Inc.(VRA)

Vera Bradley, Inc., through its subsidiary, Vera Bradley Designs, Inc., engages in the design, production, marketing, and retail of functional accessories for women under the ?Vera Bradley? brand. Its products include a range of handbags, accessories, and travel and leisure items. The company sells its products to independent retailers located in the United States, as well as to national retailers and third party e-commerce sites. As of January 29, 2011, Vera Bradley, Inc. sold its products directly through 35 full-price stores, 4 outlet stores, verabradley.com, and an annual outlet sale in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The company was founded in 1982 and is headquartered in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Wall Street expects Vera Bradley, Inc. (NASDAQ: VRA) to report its quarterly earnings at $0.05 per share on revenue of $106.75 million. Vera Bradley shares declined 0.65 percent to close at $15.32 on Tuesday.

  • [By Roberto Pedone]

    My first earnings short-squeeze play is designer, producer and retailer of functional accessories for women Vera Bradley (VRA), which is set to release numbers Wednesday after the market close. Wall Street analysts, on average, expect Vera Bradley to report revenue of $124.81 million on earnings of 32 cents per share.

    Just this morning, Lazard Capital said it expects Vera Bradley’s second quarter results to miss guidance and consensus estimates and reiterates a sell rating on the stock with a $16 price target. The firm also said the company’s third quarter outlook will miss estimates due to sales below plan and promotions above plan.

    The current short interest as a percentage of the float Vera Bradley is extremely high at 55.2%. That means that out of the 21.61 million shares in the tradable float, 11.09 million shares are sold short by the bears. The bears have also been increasing their bets from the last reporting period by 5.4%, or by about 565,000 shares. If the bears get caught pressing their bets into a bullish quarter, then shares of VRA could easily rip higher post-earnings.

    From a technical perspective, VRA is currently trending below both its 50-day and 200-day moving averages, which is bearish. This stock has been downtrending badly for the last month and change, with shares falling from its high of $26.33 to its intraday low of $18.67. During that move, shares of PBY have been consistently making lower highs and lower lows, which is bearish technical price action.

    If you’re bullish on VRA, then I would wait until after its report and look for long-biased trades if this stock manages to break out above some near-term overhead resistance at $20.09 a share with high volume. Look for volume on that move that hits near or above its three-month average action of 423,263 shares. If that breakout hits, then VRA will set up to re-test or possibly take out its 50-day moving average at $21.79 or its 200-day moving average of $23.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    At first glance, Vera Bradley’s (VRA) earnings report looked great. The retailer reported a profit of 37 cents a share, above analyst forecasts of 32 cents.

    But in the what-have-you-done-for-me-lately world of the stock market, that was the past, and the present and future, well they don’t look so hot. For the third quarter, the Vera Bradley, which competes against Coach (COH) and Michael Kors (KORS), among others, now expects sales between$128 million to $130 million, below forecasts for about $147 million, and a profit of 30 cents to 35 cents, below forecasts for a 48-cent profit. In 2014, Vera Bradley expects sales of$535 million to $540 million, below forecasts for $575, while its earnings should come in between$1.47 and $1.52, below expectations of $1.72.And did I mention that its margins are expected to decline too?

    Put it all together and you have a recipe for a big drop. Vera Bradley’s shares have plunged 10% to $17.50 in after-hours trading.

    Ouch.