Federal Realty Investment Trust (FRT) welcomed the world’s leading supplier of natural and organic foods – Whole Foods Market, Inc. (WFM) – at its Mass.-based retail property, Pleasant Shops. The move depicts Federal Realty’s focus on enhancing its tenant base and consequently, the value of the property.
Whole Foods, which opened its 23rd store in Massachusetts, occupies 40,000 square feet of space at Pleasant Shops. Notably, Whole Foods is currently among the top tenants at Pleasant Shops, in terms of space occupied. This new store opened on Jul 10, 2013.
Pleasant Shops, spanning 129,000 square feet, is situated at the intersection of Rt. 18 and Pleasant Valley Pkwy in Norfolk County, Weymouth. The property enjoys a footfall of 53,376 people residing nearby (in a 3-mile radius) whose average household income stands at $86,918.
The center was acquired by Federal Realty in 2004 in a joint venture with a client advised by Clarion Partners. Pleasant Shops is already anchored by over 15 well-known tenants such as Starbucks Corporation (SBUX), CVS Caremark Corporation and Marshalls, a subsidiary of The TJX Companies, Inc. (TJX).
Best Income Stocks To Own Right Now: Henry Schein Inc. (HSIC)
Henry Schein, Inc. distributes healthcare products and services primarily to office-based healthcare practitioners. It operates in two segments, Healthcare Distribution and Technology. The Healthcare Distribution segment offers consumable dental products, dental laboratory products, and small equipment, including X-ray products, infection-control products, handpieces, preventatives, impression materials, composites, anesthetics, teeth, dental implants, gypsum, acrylics, articulators, and abrasives; and large dental equipment comprising dental chairs, delivery units and lights, X-ray equipment, equipment repair, and high-tech equipment. It also provides medical products, including branded and generic pharmaceuticals, vaccines, surgical products, diagnostic tests, infection-control products, and vitamins; and animal health products, such as branded and generic pharmaceuticals, surgical and consumable products and services, and equipment. The Technology segment offers softwar e and related products, and value-added products that primarily include practice management software systems for dental and medical practitioners, and animal health clinics. Its services also consist of financial services and continuing education services for practitioners. Henry Schein, Inc. primarily serves dental practitioners and laboratories, physician practices, and animal health clinics, as well as government and other institutions. It operates in the United States, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, China, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. The company was founded in 1932 and is headquartered in Melville, New York.
- [By Charles Mizrahi]
Several stocks in our portfolio will benefit from this trend: Drugstore chain Walgreens (WAG), healthcare products distributor Henry Schein (HSIC), and pharmaceutical maker AstraZeneca (AZN)
Best Income Stocks To Own Right Now: China Gerui Advanced Materials Group Limited(CHOP)
China Gerui Advanced Materials Group Limited engages in the manufacture and sale of cold-rolled narrow strip steel products in the People’s Republic of China. The company converts steel manufactured by third parties into thin steel sheets and strips. It sells its products directly to its customers in a range of industries, including food and industrial packaging, construction and household decorations materials, electrical appliances, and telecommunications wires and cables industries. The company was formerly known as Golden Green Enterprises Limited and changed its name to China Gerui Advanced Materials Group Limited in December 2009. China Gerui Advanced Materials Group Limited is based in Zhengzhou, China.
- [By Jake L’Ecuyer]
Leading and Lagging Sectors
On Tuesday, the basic materials sector proved to be a source of strength for the US market after Yellen statement. Huntsman (NYSE: HUN) shares surged 2.62 percent after reporting strong quarterly earnings, while China Gerui Advanced Materials Group (NASDAQ: CHOP) gained around 2.5 percent.
Best Income Stocks To Own Right Now: Edison International (EIX)
Edison International, incorporated on April 20, 1987, is a holding company of Southern California Edison Company (SCE). SCE is a public utility primarily engaged in the business of supplying electricity to an approximately 50,000 square-mile area of southern California. The SCE service territory contains a population of nearly 14 million people and SCE serves the population through approximately 5 million customer accounts. In August 2013, Edison International completed the acquisition of SoCore Energy, LLC.
SCE’s retail operations are subject to regulation by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). SCE has a five tier residential rate structure. SCE supplies electricity to its customers through transmission and distribution networks. Its transmission facilities, which are located primarily in California but also in Nevada and Arizona, deliver power from generating sources to the distribution network and consist of lines ranging from 33 kilovolts t o 500 kilovolts and substations. SCE’s distribution system, which takes power from substations to customers, includes over 59,000 circuit miles of overhead lines, 44,000 circuit miles of underground lines and over 700 distribution substations, all of which are located in California. San Onofre, Four Corners, certain of SCE’s substations, and portions of its transmission, distribution and communication systems are located on lands owned by the United States or others under licenses, permits, easements or leases, or on public streets or highways pursuant to franchises. Thirty-one of SCE’s 36 hydroelectric plants and related reservoirs are located in whole or in part on United States-owned lands and are subject to Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) licenses.
- [By Marc Bastow]
Southern California energy holding company Edison International (EIX) raised its quarterly dividend 5.1% to 35.50 cents per share, payable on Jan. 31 to shareholders of record as of Dec. 31.
EIX Dividend Yield: 3.11%
- [By Richard Stavros]
There are also thermal energy storage systems that turn rooftop air conditioners and campus-wide cogeneration plants into virtual-grid, energy-shifting arrays, and PG&E Corp (NYSE: PCG) is developing a compressed-air energy storage (CAES) system. Meanwhile, Southern California Edison, a subsidiary of Edison International (NYSE: EIX), is looking into using plug-in electrical vehicles as storage, and Sempra Energy’s (NYSE: SRE) San Diego Gas and Electric has focused on microgrid projects.
- [By Sue Chang and Ben Eisen]
NRG Energy Inc. (NRG) shares rallied 4.8%. The power company said Friday that it will buy Edison Mission Energy from Edison International (EIX) for a total of $2.64 billion in an effort to expand its generation portfolio and to achieve economies of scale. It said it expects to close the deal in the first quarter of 2014.
- [By Rich Smith]
Duke says it has already lined up Edison International (NYSE: EIX ) subsidiary Southern California Edison to buy the power generated by the farm under a 20-year-long power purchase agreement.
Best Income Stocks To Own Right Now: Firsthand Technology Value Fund Inc (SVVC)
- [By Helix Investment Research]
Keating Capital is far from the only publicly traded pre-IPO investment company. There are several others, including GSV Capital (GSVC) and Firsthand Technology Value Fund (SVVC). Hercules Technology Growth Capital (HTGC) is also a pre-IPO fund, but with the bulk of its assets (over 92%) invested into loans to and debt of private companies, as opposed to their equity, the company’s investment philosophy is different than that of these other pre-IPO funds. Unlike GSV Capital and Firsthand, Keating Capital, as a matter of policy, always purchases equity directly from portfolio companies, never from secondary markets such as SharesPost or SecondMarket. Mr. Keating outlined that this is due to the company’s requirement that it be given access to all relevant financial data and managerial projections of its portfolio companies at all times, something that Mr. Keating believes is essential to being able to make informed investor decisions. We note that shares of Facebook (FB) an d Twitter are conspicuously absent from Keating Capital’s portfolio; the company declined to purchase shares of either company due to an inability to acquire direct financial information regarding these companies. In addition, Keating Capital has a stated goal of investing in the most senior equity securities available at each portfolio company.
- [By Hibah Yousuf]
Similarly, Twitter is also the biggest holding in the Firsthand Technology Value Fund (SVVC). With just over 1 million shares of the social media platform, Twitter represents nearly 11% of the total portfolio as of mid-year. Shares of Firsthand Technology Value jumped more than 6% Friday.
Best Income Stocks To Own Right Now: TAM S.A.(TAM)
TAM S.A. provides passengers and cargo air transportation services in Brazil and internationally. It also engages in the aircraft acquisition, financing, and debt issuance activities. In addition, the company offers travel and tourism agency services, as well as is involved in the development and management of customer loyalty programs. It operates a fleet of approximately 156 aircrafts. The company was founded in 1961 and is based in S