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More than a few asset classes turned in impressive performances in March. Particularly boffo were commodities and some of the corresponding exchange-traded products. While the likes of the SPDR Gold Trust (ETF) (NYSE: GLD) and the United States Oil Fund LP (ETF) (NYSE: USO) often garner the bulk of the attention among commodities ETFs, more diversified options were solid last month as well.
Best Gas Utility Companies To Watch For 2017: Sagent Pharmaceuticals Inc.(SGNT)
Sagent Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a specialty pharmaceutical company, develops, sources, and markets pharmaceutical products, principally injectable-based generic equivalents to branded products in the United States. It offers a range of products across anti-infective, oncolytic, and critical care indications in various presentations, including single-and multi-dose vials, pre-filled ready-to-use syringes, and premix bags. The company?s anti-infective products include Levofloxacin, a fluoroquinolone antibacterial for the treatment of various infections caused by susceptible bacteria in adults of age 18 years or older; and Cefepime, an antibiotic used to treat infections of the urinary tract, and skin and skin structure, as well as moderate to severe pneumonia, intra-abdominal infections, and as empiric therapy for febrile neutropenic patients. Its oncology products comprise Gemcitabine, a nucleoside metabolic inhibitor used for the treatment of ovarian, breast, lung, and panc reatic cancers; and Topotecan, a topoisomerase inhibitor for small cell lung cancer sensitive disease. The company also offers critical care products consisting of Adenosine, an antiarrhythmic used for the treatment of cardiac rhythm disturbances; and Heparin, an anticoagulant used to prevent and treat blood clotting during and after surgery and dialysis. As of December 31, 2011, it marketed 33 generic injectable products; and had a new product pipeline that included 36 products represented by 63 Abbreviated New Drug Applications (ANDAs). The company sells its products to pharmaceutical wholesale companies, which then distribute the products to end-user hospitals, long-term care facilities, alternate care sites, and clinics. The company was formerly known as Sagent Holding Co. and changed its name to Sagent Pharmaceuticals, Inc. in April 2011. Sagent Pharmaceuticals, Inc. was founded in 2006 and is headquartered in Schaumburg, Illinois.
- [By Lisa Levin]
Shares of Sagent Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: SGNT) got a boost, shooting up 40 percent to $21.65 as the company agreed to be acquired by Nichi-Iko Pharmaceutical for $21.75 per share. RBC Capital downgraded Sagent Pharmaceuticals from Outperform to Sector Perform.
Best Gas Utility Companies To Watch For 2017: EPR Properties(EPR)
EPR Properties (EPR), incorporated on August 22, 1997, is a self-administered real estate investment trust (REIT). The Company’s investment portfolio includes entertainment, education and recreation properties. The Company’s properties are located in approximately 40 states, the District of Columbia and in the Canadian province of Ontario. The Company operates in four segments: Entertainment, Education, Recreation and Other.
The Company’s Entertainment segment consists of investments in megaplex theatres, entertainment retail centers, family entertainment centers and other retail parcels. The Company’s entertainment properties include approximately 130 megaplex theatre properties located in over 30 states and Ontario, Canada; approximately nine entertainment retail centers (which include over eight additional megaplex theatre properties and approximately one live performance venue) located in Westminster in Colorado, New Rochelle in New York, Burbank in California, Suffolk in Virginia, Charlotte in North Carolina and Ontario in Canada; over seven family entertainment centers located in Illinois, Indiana and Florida; land parcels leased to restaurant and retail operators adjacent to several of the Company’s theatre properties; construction in progress for real estate development for over two megaplex theatres and redevelopment of over two of its existing megaplex theatres, as well as approximately eight other retail redevelopment projects, and undeveloped land inventory.
The Company’s owned real estate portfolio of megaplex theatre properties consists of approximately 10 million square feet and is approximately 100% leased. The Company’s remaining owned entertainment real estate portfolio consists of over 1.8 million square feet and is approximately 87% leased. The combined owned entertainment real estate portfolio consists of over 11.8 million square feet and is approximately 98% leased. It s owned theatre properties are leased to over 15 different t! heatre operators. The Company’s family entertainment center operators offer various entertainment options, including live performance, bowling and bocce ball, as well as an observation deck on the 94th floor of the John Hancock building in downtown Chicago, Illinois.
The Company’s Education segment consists of investments in public charter schools, early education centers and K-12 private schools. The Company’s interests include over 70 public charter school properties located in approximately 20 states and the District of Columbia; approximately 20 early education centers located in over six states; approximately two K-12 private school located in New York and approximately one 5-12 private school located in California, and an interest in construction for real estate development or expansion of over 10 public charter schools, approximately 10 early education centers and over one K-12 private school. The Company’s owned education real esta te portfolio consists of approximately 4.2 million square feet and is approximately 100% leased. The Company has approximately 40 different operators for its owned public charter schools.
The Company’s Recreation segment consists of investments in metro ski parks, resorts, waterparks and golf entertainment complexes. Its interests include approximately 10 metro ski parks located in Ohio, Maryland and Pennsylvania, Vermont and Virginia; over five waterparks located in Kansas, Texas and Pennsylvania; approximately 20 golf entertainment complexes in over nine states, and golf entertainment complexes and the development of an indoor waterpark hotel at the Adelaar casino and resort project located in Sullivan County, New York. The Company’s owned recreation real estate portfolio is approximately 100% leased. The Company’s daily attendance ski park model provides outdoor entertainment during the winter. All of the ski parks, as well as its over three owned properties, offers snowmaking capabilities and ! provides ! various terrains and vertical drop options. The Company’s ski parks offer skiing and snowboarding options.
The Company’s other segment consists of construction in progress and land held for development of the casino, golf course, entertainment village and infrastructure related to the Adelaar casino and resort project in Sullivan County, New York. It also includes undeveloped land inventory at its Adelaar casino and resort project in Sullivan County, New York, and mortgage financing related to approximately one sold winery property.
- [By Lawrence Meyers]
I also jumped on the 9% Preferred Series E of an interesting REIT called EPR Properties (EPR), a $2.38 billion trust that owns 114 megaplex movie theaters; nine entertainment retail centers; seven family entertainment centers where one can bowl, enjoy nightlife, or sit atop observational towers; 13 metro ski parks; three water parks; four golf complexes, and 48 public charter schools.
Top Asian Stocks To Invest In 2017: Mitcham Industries Inc.(MIND)
Mitcham Industries, Inc., through its subsidiaries, engages in the leasing, sale, and service of geophysical and other equipment to the seismic industry worldwide. The company operates in two segments, Equipment Leasing and Seamap. The Equipment Leasing segment leases seismic equipment for short-term leasing primarily to seismic data acquisition contractors and oil field service providers. Its land equipment lease pool includes seismic recording land channels, geophones and cables, and other peripheral equipment; marine seismic equipment lease pool comprises streamers, air compressors, air guns, streamer positioning equipment, energy source controllers, and other equipment; and downhole equipment lease pool consist of downhole seismic tools. This segment is also involved in the sale of new seismic equipment of other manufacturers; heli-pickers and related equipment used in the deployment and retrieval of seismic equipment by helicopter; and equipment, consumables, systems integration, engineering hardware, and software maintenance support services to the seismic, hydrographic, oceanographic, environmental, and defense industries, as well as sells used equipment from its lease pool. The Seamap segment designs, manufactures, and sells a range of products for the marine seismic industry. Its products include GunLink seismic source acquisition and control systems, which are designed to provide operators of marine seismic surveys with precise control of energy sources; and BuoyLink RGPS tracking systems that are used to offer precise positioning of seismic sources and streamers. The company was founded in 1987 and is headquartered in Huntsville, Texas.
- [By Monica Gerson]
Mitcham Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ: MIND) is projected to post a quarterly loss at $0.36 per share on revenue of $10.99 million.
Sinovac Biotech Ltd. (NASDAQ: SVA) is expected to post its quarterly earnings.
Best Gas Utility Companies To Watch For 2017: City Holding Company(CHCO)
City Holding Company operates as a holding company for City National Bank of West Virginia that provides various banking, trust and investment management, and other financial solutions in the United States. The company accepts various deposit products, such as checking, savings, and money market accounts, as well as certificates of deposit and individual retirement accounts. It also provides commercial and industrial loans that consist of loans to corporate and other legal entity borrowers primarily in small to mid-size industrial and commercial companies; commercial real estate loans comprising commercial mortgages, which are secured by nonresidential and multi-family residential properties; residential real estate loans to consumers for the purchase or refinance of a residence; home equity junior lien loans; consumer loans that are secured by automobiles, boats, recreational vehicles, certificates of deposit, and other perso nal property; and demand deposit account overdrafts. In addition, the company offers mortgage banking services, including fixed and adjustable-rate mortgages, construction financing, production of conventional and government insured mortgages, secondary marketing, and mortgage servicing. Further, it provides deposit services for commercial customers comprising treasury management, lockbox, and other cash management services; merchant credit card services; wealth management, trust, investment, and custodial services for commercial and individual customers; and corporate trust and institutional custody, financial and estate planning, and retirement plan services. As of January 25, 2016, the company operated through a network of 85 branches in the states of West Virginia, Virginia, eastern Kentucky, and southeastern Ohio. City Holding Company was founded in 1982 and is headquartered in Charleston, West Virginia.
- [By Monica Gerson]
City Holding Company (NASDAQ: CHCO) is expected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.74 per share on revenue of $42.04 million.
Compass Minerals International, Inc. (NYSE: CMP) is projected to post its quarterly earnings at $1.33 per share on revenue of $347.03 million.
Best Gas Utility Companies To Watch For 2017: Inovio Pharmaceuticals, Inc.(INO)
Inovio Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company, develops active DNA immunotherapies and vaccines in combination with proprietary electroporation delivery devices to prevent and treat cancers and infectious diseases. Its SynCon immunotherapy design has the ability to break the immune systems tolerance of cancerous cells; and SynCon product design is also intended to facilitate cross-strain protection against known, as well as new unmatched strains of pathogens, such as influenza. It has completed, current or planned clinical programs of its proprietary SynCon immunotherapies for HPV-caused pre-cancers and cancers, influenza, prostate cancer, breast/lung/pancreatic cancer, hepatitis C virus, hepatitis B virus, HIV, Ebola, Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, and Zika virus. The company has collaborative development agreements with GeneOne Life Sciences to co-develop an Ebola vaccine through Phase I clini cal trials; and The Wistar Institute for preventive and therapeutic DNA-based immunotherapy applications, as well as products for cancers and infectious diseases. Inovio Pharmaceuticals, Inc. was founded in 1979 and is headquartered in Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
Shares of Inovio Pharmaceuticals(INO) are climbing today after the biotech company announced that it would begin testing a Zika vaccine in Puerto Rico. Maxim’sJason McCarthy andJason Kolbert have the details:
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Inovio announced the initiation of a small clinical study (N=160) of its Zika vaccine, GLS-5700 (being developed with GeneOne Life Sciences), in Puerto Rico. It is estimated by the CDC that the Zika virus could infect more than 25% of the population of Puerto Rico by YE16.The study will evaluate safety, immunogenicity and early signs of efficacy in preventing Zika infection. Data are expected in 2017, and if positive, Inovio will discuss with regulators the best path forward.
In addition, the phase I study of GLS-5700 (N=40) in the U.S. and Canada, which is the first in-human Zika vaccine study, is now fully enrolled. Data evaluating safety and immunogenicity are expected by YE16.
Conclusion. With the Zika virus spreading, including to the U.S., there remains an urgent need for a vaccine. Inovio continues to demonstrate that the company’s DNA-based vaccine approach is safe and can rapidly transition to human studies.
Shares of Inovio Pharmaceuticalshave gained 4.3% to $9.24 at 2:50 p.m. today, while the iShares Nasdaq Biotechnology ETF (IBB) has dipped 0.3% to $284.29.
Best Gas Utility Companies To Watch For 2017: Wells Fargo & Company(WFC)
Wells Fargo & Company, through its subsidiaries, provides retail, commercial, and corporate banking services primarily in the United States. The company operates in three segments: Community Banking; Wholesale Banking; and Wealth, Brokerage, and Retirement. The Community Banking segment offers deposits, including checking, market rate, and individual retirement accounts; savings and time deposits; and debit cards. Its loan products comprise lines of credit, auto floor plans, equity lines and loans, equipment and transportation loans, education loans, residential mortgage loans, health savings accounts, and credit cards. This segment also provides equipment leases, real estate financing, small business administration financing, venture capital financing, cash management, payroll services, retirement plans, loans secured by autos, and merchant payment processing services; purchases sales finance contracts from retail merchants; and a family of funds, and investment managemen t services. The Wholesale Banking segment offers commercial and corporate banking products and services, including commercial loans and lines of credit, letters of credit, asset-based lending, equipment leasing, international trade facilities, trade financing, collection services, foreign exchange services, treasury and investment management, institutional fixed-income sales, commodity and equity risk management, insurance, corporate trust fiduciary and agency services, and investment banking services. This segment also provides banking products for commercial real estate market, and real estate and mortgage brokerage services. The Wealth, Brokerage, and Retirement segment offers financial advisory, brokerage, and institutional retirement and trust services. As of December 31, 2010, the company served its customers through approximately 9,000 banking stores in 39 States and the District of Columbia. Wells Fargo & Company was founded in 1929 and is headquartered in San Franc i sco, California.
- [By Javier Hasse]
Also popular in July were dividend-paying companies likeWells Fargo & Co (NYSE: WFC), Barclays PLC (ADR) (NYSE:BCS), Bank of America and Ford Motor Company (NYSE: F).