Knowing your particular traveling style can make your adventures to exotic locations run more smoothly. Each style brings advantages and disadvantages; do you know yours?
If you are a Vacationer with limited travel time, you will probably be staying in more expensive hotels and eating most of your meals out in tourist-priced restaurants. Organized tours with a paid guide will appeal to you instead of venturing out on your own by taking local transport and being armed with a personal travel book and your own maps.
If you are a Visitor, you might have a little longer time frame in which to enjoy a place and perhaps you have found that you like to do more things independently. You probably speak some survival phrases in the native tongue and will choose to dine in local eateries.
As a Veteran Traveler, you will have no time limit on your travels other than the country’s visa restrictions. It is likely that you have a working knowledge of the local language and an individual traveling style based on internal motivation. A Veteran will be more inclined to hire a private driver and shop in the local markets for supplies, and is not afraid of eating native specialties sold by street vendors.
Best Heal Care Stocks To Buy Right Now: Apple Inc.(AAPL)
Apple Inc., together with subsidiaries, designs, manufactures, and markets personal computers, mobile communication and media devices, and portable digital music players, as well as sells related software, services, peripherals, networking solutions, and third-party digital content and applications worldwide. The company sells its products worldwide through its online stores, retail stores, direct sales force, third-party wholesalers, resellers, and value-added resellers. In addition, it sells third-party Mac, iPhone, iPad, and iPod compatible products, including application software, printers, storage devices, speakers, headphones, and other accessories and peripherals through its online and retail stores; and digital content and applications through the iTunes Store. The company sells its products to consumer, small and mid-sized business, education, enterprise, government, and creative markets. As of September 25, 2010, it had 317 retail stores, including 233 stores in the United States and 84 stores internationally. The company, formerly known as Apple Computer, Inc., was founded in 1976 and is headquartered in Cupertino, California.
- [By Jeff Reeves]
Shares of MSFT stock are up more than 40% in the last 12 months. That’s more than the 33% gain for the Nasdaq in the same period, and more than its arch rival Apple (AAPL), which has put up a measly 17% in the same period.
- [By Brian O’Connell]
You can’t swing a dead iPhone 4 without hitting a trader or analyst who has a differing outlook on Corning (NYSE: GLW).
Corning manufactures and sells specialty glasses, ceramics, and related materials worldwide. The company operates through five segments: display technologies, optical communications, environmental technologies, specialty materials, and life sciences.
But it’s Corning’s tight relationship with Apple (NSDQ: AAPL) that’s causing a stir among investors this week.
Some say that Apple’s recent embrace of Sapphire, which could replace Corning’s Gorilla Glass as the cover glass for Apple’s next generation of iPhone, is a threat to revenues. That would be a sell trigger for GLW shareholders, they say, as Corning Glass would have trouble replacing the revenue lost from the iPhone deal. (For the record, Apple has made no announcement on Sapphire replacing Gorilla Glass on its iPhones.)
But there is no shortage of Wall Street watchers who say that Corning is a winner, and can withstand any attack on its Gorilla Glass product line.
The analytical firm Argus recently hiked its share price outlook on GLW from $20 to $24, citing an accelerated share repurchase agreement with Citibank. The firm also calls for “double-digit earnings per share growth in 2014 and 2015.
So which is it? Strong share growth based on healthy revenues, or a dip if and when Apple decides to replace Gorilla Glass with Sapphire.?
Let’s take a look, and see why the naysayers could be wrong about GLW:
A stronger balance sheet – Corning’s call last week for an accelerated share repurchasing program should be a good sign for the firm’s share price.
The rollout, which is ongoing now and will end in the second quarter of 2014, will see Corning buy back outstanding shares worth $1.25 billion.
According to company financial statements, the buy back program is part of Corning’s $2 bi llion share repurchas
- [By Nate Pile]
Steve Halpern: A really good example of your long-term approach is how you built positions in Apple (AAPL), not just focusing on the stock over the course of weeks or months, but having followed the company and built positions over many years. Could you share your thoughts on the company?
Best Heal Care Stocks To Buy Right Now: Tessera Technologies Inc.(TSRA)
Tessera Technologies, Inc., through its subsidiaries, develops, licenses, and delivers miniaturization technologies and products for electronic devices worldwide. The company operates in two segments, Intellectual Property and DigitalOptics. The Intellectual Property segment offers semiconductor packaging technologies, which create mechanical and electrical connection between semiconductor chips and systems, such as computers and communication equipments through connection to printed circuit boards. The DigitalOptics segment provides mobile camera module solutions in categories, including actuator technologies, image enhancement solutions, and wafer level optics that can be applied to mobile phones and other consumer electronic products. It also offers customized micro-optic lenses from diffractive and refractive optical elements to integrated micro-optical subassemblies. This segment serves customers in digital still cameras and mobile handsets markets, as well as semicon ductor lithography, high-end communication routers, military and defense, and barcode scanners markets. Tessera Technologies, Inc. was founded in 1990 and is headquartered in San Jose, California.
- [By James E. Brumley]
They say a company is judged by the company it keeps. What’s less said – though never disputed – is that a company is equally judged by the kind of talent it can attract… winning people tend to only work for winning companies. In that light, the fact that the newest chief of Endeavor IP Inc. (OTCBB:ENIP) is a former executive from the ranks of Rambus Inc. (NASDAQ:RMBS) and Tessera Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ:TSRA) should underscore just how seriously the market should be taking ENIP. RMBS and TSRA didn’t become large powerhouses by hiring folks who don’t know what they’re doing, and conversely, the fact that a former Rambus and Tessera Technologies guy was willing to step into the unknown and take the helm at Endeavor IP speaks volumes about the potential of the young company’s IP portfolio.
- [By Lauren Pollock]
Tessera Technologies Inc.(TSRA) named its interim chief executive, Thomas Lacey, to the top post Tuesday, bringing to a close a months-long search for a permanent leader.
- [By Eric Volkman]
As part of a reconfigured capital allocation strategy devised last month, Tessera Technologies (NASDAQ: TSRA ) is going to pay a special distribution to its stockholders of $0.30 per share of its common stock. It will be paid May 31 to shareholders of record as of May 23.
- [By Eric Volkman]
In the latest development in a fight over the future of Tessera Technologies (NASDAQ: TSRA ) , the company has replaced its chief executive. The new CEO, Thomas Lacey, will serve in an interim capacity until a replacement is found. His predecessor, Richard Hill, will continue to serve as the firm’s board chairman. Tessera Tech is currently conducting a search for a more permanent CEO.
Best Heal Care Stocks To Buy Right Now: Carbo Ceramics Inc. (CRR)
CARBO Ceramics Inc. manufactures and supplies resin-coated ceramic and resin-coated sand proppants primarily used in the hydraulic fracturing of natural gas and oil wells in the United States and internationally. The company offers proppants, including CARBOHSP and CARBOPROP designed for use in deep gas wells; CARBOLITE used in medium depth oil and gas wells; CARBOECONOPROP; CARBOHYDROPROP used to enhance performance in slickwater fracture treatments; CARBOBOND LITE for oil and natural gas wells that are subject to the risk of proppant flow-back; and CARBOBOND RCS, a conductivity proppant. It also provides fracture simulation software, as well as offers fracture design, engineering, and consulting services to oil and natural gas companies. In addition, the company provides a range of technologies for spill prevention, containment, countermeasures, and geotechnical monitoring, as well as offers monitoring systems and services for bridges, buildings, tunnels, dams, slopes, e mbankments, volcanoes, landslides, mines, and construction projects primarily for customers in auto racing teams, surveyors, experimental physicists, radio astronomers, and naval architects markets. It principally sells its products and services to operators of oil and natural gas wells, and oilfield service companies. The company was founded in 1987 and is headquartered in Houston, Texas.
- [By Aaron Levitt]
At its core, CARBO Ceramics (CRR) manufactures synthetic proppants used in oil and gas drilling. The takeaway for E&P firms willing to cough up the extra bucks for “artificial sand” is that they are able to squeeze out more natural gas and shale oil from wells using CRR’s products — about 20% more. That extra production, especially given the high price for oil, can mean the difference between whether a project is profitable or not.
- [By John Udovich]
Yesterday, small cap fracking stock CARBO Ceramics Inc (NYSE: CRR) surged 28.32% after reporting earnings while fracking peer U.S. Silica Holdings Inc (NYSE: SLCA) jumped 9.50% and Hi-Crush Partners LP (NYSE: HCLP) rose 3.20% – no doubt on positive sentiment. However, are investors missing anything with CARBO Ceramics and is it too late to get in on the action there?
- [By Maxx Chatsko]
Analysts and investors have penciled in CARBO Ceramics (NYSE: CRR ) , the world’s leading ceramic proppant manufacturer, for some above-average growth in the coming years. Proppants are tiny beads that are pumped into an oil or gas well to keep fractures “propped open” and hydrocarbons flowing. It’s easy to see how companies such as CARBO can succeed by enabling the American energy industry during one of the biggest energy booms in history. Management may be a little more difficult to pin down, so let’s take a closer look.
- [By Maxx Chatsko]
That should lead to better economics for natural gas companies and accompany increasing drilling activity. You could invest in the companies holding the natural gas or pumping the oil, but with so many to choose from it could be difficult to narrow down your decision. Investors looking to play the resurgence in American hydrocarbons may want to consider CARBO Ceramics (NYSE: CRR ) — the world’s largest manufacturer of ceramic proppants — which is one of the companies enabling the energy renaissance. Here are three opportunities that await investors.
Best Heal Care Stocks To Buy Right Now: Nuveen Premium Income Municipal Fund 2 Inc (NPM)
Nuveen Premium Income Municipal Fund 2, Inc. (NPM) is a non-diversified, closed-end management investment company. The Fund seeks to provide current income exempt from regular federal income tax by investing primarily in a portfolio of municipal obligations issued by state and local government authorities or certain United States territories. Nuveen Asset Management (NAM) is the Fund’s investment adviser. NAM is a wholly owned subsidiary of Nuveen Investments, Inc. Effective January 1, 2005, Nuveen Advisory Corp. (NAC) and its affiliate, Nuveen Institutional Advisory Corp. (NIAC), were merged into NAM.
- [By Chuck Carnevale]
Next, I turned to an evaluation of gross profit margin (gpm), net profit margin (npm), return on assets (roa), return on equity (roe) and return on invested capital (roi). The example below only includes gross and net profit margin, however, I review data on all the metrics stated above.
Best Heal Care Stocks To Buy Right Now: Wipro Limited(WIT)
Wipro Limited provides information technology (IT) products and services, consumer care and lighting products, and infrastructure engineering services primarily in India, the United States, and Europe. The company?s IT Services segment offers IT and IT enabled services, including software application development, application maintenance, research, and development services for hardware and software design, data center outsourcing services, and business process outsourcing services. Its IT Products segment produces and sells a range of Wipro personal desktop computers, Wipro servers, and Wipro notebooks. This segment also operates as a reseller of desktops, servers, notebooks, storage products, networking solutions, and packaged software for various international brands. The company?s Consumer Care and Lighting segment manufactures, distributes, and sells personal care products, baby care products, lighting products, and hydrogenated cooking oils in India and rest of Asia. W ipro Limited also manufactures and sells hydraulic cylinders, truck cylinders, and their components and solutions to original equipment manufacturers, as well as provides water treatment systems and solutions. The company was founded in 1945 and is headquartered in Bangalore, India.
- [By Brian Stoffel]
That helps explain why Accenture and IBM, the industry’s two biggest players, have been able to gobble up so much market share. But there’s a second tier of technology-consultants — in terms of sheer size — as well. That’s where Cognizant, as well as its main competition — Infosys (NYSE: INFY ) and Wipro (NYSE: WIT ) — come in to play.
Best Heal Care Stocks To Buy Right Now: Kratos Defense & Security Solutions Inc.(KTOS)
Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc. provides mission critical products, services, and solutions in the United States. The company?s Kratos Government Solutions segment offers various services comprising weapon systems sustainment, lifecycle support, and extension; command, control, communications, computing, combat systems, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance services, including cybersecurity, cyberwarfare, information assurance, and situational awareness solutions; military range operations and technical services; missile, rocket, and weapons systems test and evaluation; mission launch services; modeling and simulation; unmanned aerial vehicle products and technology; advanced network engineering and information technology services; and public safety, security, and surveillance systems integration. Its Public Safety & Security segment provides independent integrated solutions for homeland security, public safety, critical information, and security and su rveillance systems. This segment?s solutions consists of designing, installing, and servicing building technologies that protect people, critical infrastructure, assets, information, and property in various areas, such as the design, engineering, and operation of command and control centers; design, engineering, deployment, and integration of access control; building automation and control; communications; digital and closed circuit television security and surveillance; fire and life safety; maintenance services; and product support services. The company primarily serves the United States government agencies, including the department of defense, classified agencies, intelligence agencies, other national security agencies, and homeland security related agencies. The company was formerly known as Wireless Facilities, Inc. and changed its name to Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc. in September 2007. The company was founded in 1994 and is headquartered in San Diego, Cali fornia.
- [By Monica Gerson] Related VNET Mid-Day Market Update: Foot Locker Jumps On Upbeat Results; Analogic Shares Slip Mid-Morning Market Update: Markets Mixed; Big Lots Earnings Beat Street View Related KTOS Weakness Seen in Kratos Defense & Security (KTOS): Stock Falls 5.3% – Tale of the Tape Earnings Scheduled For March 11, 2014
- [By Jake L’Ecuyer]
Equities Trading UP
Kratos Defense & Security Solutions (NASDAQ: KTOS) shot up 7.19 percent to $7.75 after the company reported that it has been awarded a five-year seaport-e contract.
Best Heal Care Stocks To Buy Right Now: Koppers Holdings Inc (KOP)
Koppers Holdings Inc. (Koppers), incorporated on November 12, 2004,is a global provider of carbon compounds and commercial wood treatment products and services. The Company’s products are used in a variety of niche applications in a diverse range of end-markets, including the aluminum, railroad, specialty chemical, utility, concrete and steel industries. The Company serves its customers through a global manufacturing and distribution networks, with manufacturing facilities located in the United States, Australia, China, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands and Denmark. The Company operates in two business segments: Carbon Materials & Chemicals and railroads & Utility Products.
The Company’s operations are, to a substantial extent, vertically integrated. Through the Company’s Carbon Materials & Chemicals business, the Company processes coal tar into a variety of products, including carbon pitch, creosote, naphthalene and phthalic anhydride, which are intermediat e materials necessary in the production of aluminum, the pressure treatment of wood, the production of high-strength concrete, and the production of plasticizers and specialty chemicals, respectively. Through the Company’s Railroad & Utility Products business, the Company believes that the Company is thesupplier of railroad crossties to the North American railroads.
Carbon Materials & Chemicals
Carbon pitch, naphthalene, and creosote are produced through the distillation of coal tar, a by-product generated through the processing of coal into coke for use in steel and iron manufacturing. Coal tar distillation involves the conversion of coal tar into a variety of intermediate chemical products in processes beginning with distillation. During the distillation process, heat and vacuum are utilized to separate coal tar into three primary components: carbon pitch (approximately 50%), chemical oils (approximately 20%) and creosote (approximately 30%).
The Company’s Carbon Materials & Chemicals business! (CM&C) manufactures principal products, including carbon pitch, a critical raw material used in the production of aluminum and steel; naphthalene, used for the production of phthalic anhydride and as a surfactant in the production of concrete; phthalic anhydride, used in the production of plasticizers, polyester resins and alkyd paints, and creosote and carbon black feedstock, used in the treatment of wood or as a feedstock in the production of carbon black. The Company also uses naphthalene as a feedstock in the manufacture of phthalic anhydride. The primary markets for phthalic anhydride are in the production of plasticizers, unsaturated polyester resins and alkyd resins. The Company is a producer of carbon pitch for the aluminum industry.
Creosote is used as a commercial wood treatment chemical to preserve railroad crossties and lumber, utility poles and piling. The majority of the Company’s domestically produced creosote is sold to its Railroad & Utility Pr oducts business. In Australia, China and Europe, creosote is sold primarily into the carbon black market for use as a feedstock in the production of carbon black. In Europe and China creosote is also sold to wood treaters. The Company’s wood treating plants in the United States purchase substantially all of their creosote from the Company’s tar distillation plants.
Other products include the sale of refined tars, benzole and specialty chemicals. The Company’s CM&C business manufactures its primary products and sells them directly to the Company’s global customer base under long-term contracts or through purchase orders negotiated by its regional sales personnel and coordinated through its global marketing group in the United States. The Company’s nine coal tar distillation facilities including joint ventures and four carbon materials terminals give the Company the ability to offer customers multiple sourcing and a consistent supply of products.
Rail road & Utility Products
The Company’s Railroad ! & Utility! Products business (R&UP) sells treated and untreated wood products, rail joint bars and services primarily to the railroad and public utility markets in the United States and Australia. The Company also produces concrete crossties, a complementary product to its wood treatment business, through a joint venture in the United States.
Railroad products include procuring and treating items such as crossties, switch ties and various types of lumber used for railroad bridges and crossings. Railroad products also include manufacturing and selling rail joint bars, which are steel bars used to join rails together for railroads. Utility products include transmission and distribution poles for electric and telephone utilities and piling used in industrial foundations, beach housing, docks and piers. The R&UP business operates 13 wood treating plants, one rail joint bar manufacturing facility, one co-generation facility and 13 pole distribution yards located throughout the United States and Australia. The Company’s network of plants is strategically located near timber supplies to enable the Company to access raw materials and service customers effectively. In addition, the Company’s crosstie treating plants are typically adjacent to its railroad customers’ track lines, and its pole distribution yards are typically located near its utility customers.
In the United States, hardwood lumber is procured by the Company from hundreds of small sawmills throughout the northeastern, midwestern and southern areas of the country. The crossties are shipped via rail car or trucked directly to one of the Company’s crosstie treating plants, all of which are on line with a railroad. The crossties are either air-stacked for a period of six to twelve months or artificially dried by a process called boultonizing. Once dried, the crossties are pressure treated with creosote, a product of the Company’s CM&C business.
The Company’s R&UP b usiness’ customer base is the North American Class I railroa! d market,! which buys approximately 80% of all crossties produced in the United States and Canada. The Company also has relationships with many of the approximately 550 short-line and regional rail lines. This also forms the customer base for the Company’s rail joint bar products. The railroad crosstie market is a mature market with approximately 23 million replacement crossties (both wood and non-wood) purchased during 2012. The Company supplies all seven of the North American Class I railroads and have contracts with six of them. The Company treats poles with a variety of preservatives, including pentachlorophenol, copper chrome arsenates and creosotes .In the United States the market for utility pole products is characterized by a number of small producers selling into a price-sensitive industry. The utility pole market is fragmented domestically, with over 200 investor-owned electric and telephone utilities and 2,900 smaller municipal utilities and rural electric associations.
- [By Jeremy Bowman]
What: Shares of Koppers Holdings (NYSE: KOP ) were looking rusty today, falling as much as 12% after the company cut its outlook for the current quarter.