Best Income Stocks To Watch For 2015

In updating its compliance programs, Wal-Mart (NYSE: WMT  ) has finally applied the advice of investing genius Charlie Munger to “never, ever think about something else when you should be thinking about the power of incentives.”

In its 2013 proxy, the Bentonville Behemoth announced that it would tie executive pay to compliance improvements. In doing so, it is giving leadership a strong incentive to strengthen the company’s compliance systems in addition to improving its sales, operating income, and return on investment.

This is a progressive move. But if Wal-Mart wishes to take meaningful steps toward reducing compliance risks, I believe it needs to do more.

Strong compliance requires empowerment
Without empowerment, it doesn’t matter how much employees want to meet key standards or how much they stand to gain by achieving them. If they can’t meet a standard, they won’t. This means that if Wal-Mart wants to meet its compliance goals, it needs to empower its compliance professionals to do their jobs well in addition to motivating executives to improve its compliance program.

Best Income Stocks To Watch For 2015: Ocean Power Technologies Inc.(OPTT)

Ocean Power Technologies, Inc. engages in the development and commercialization of proprietary systems that generate electricity by harnessing the renewable energy of ocean waves primarily in North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia. The company offers utility PowerBuoy system to supply electricity to a local or regional electric power grid; and autonomous PowerBuoy system that is designed to generate power for use independent of the power grid in remote locations. Its autonomous PowerBuoy system is also used in various applications, including homeland security, off-shore oil and gas platforms, aquaculture, and ocean-based communication and data gathering, such as tsunami warnings. The company sells its products to public utilities, independent power producers, and other governmental entities and agencies, as well as public and private entities that use electricity in and near the ocean. Ocean Power Technologies, Inc. was incorporated in 1984 and is headquartered in Penn ington, New Jersey.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Konrad Kuhn]

    Ocean Power Technologies (OPTT) is a pioneer in wave energy technology that harnesses ocean wave resources, to generate clean and environmentally-beneficial electricity.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Ocean Power Technologies (NASDAQ: OPTT) surged 23.89% to $2.80 in the pre-market session after the company received a $2.6 million contract from Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding Co.

  • [By Dr. Kent Moors]

    But Ocean Power Technologies Inc. (Nasdaq GM: OPTT) – a firm I have followed for some time – is different.

    The whole company is worth just $16 million at the moment. But it’s having success now using stationary buoys to generate power.

Best Income Stocks To Watch For 2015: Harman International Industries Incorporated (HAR)

Harman International Industries, Incorporated designs, develops, manufactures, and markets audio products, lighting solutions, and electronic systems, as well as digitally integrated audio and infotainment systems for the automotive industry worldwide. Its Infotainment segment offers infotainment systems for vehicle applications to be installed primarily as original equipment by automotive manufacturers. The company’s Lifestyle segment provides automotive audio systems for vehicle applications; and a range of mid-to high-end loudspeaker and electronics for home, multimedia, and mobile applications. It also offers home audio and theater systems, and distributed systems for home applications; a range of accessories, such as earbuds and noise cancelling headphones for multimedia applications; transducers and built-in speakers for notebook computers; audio systems for personal computers; and aftermarket mobile products, including speakers, amplifiers, and digital signal proce ssors that deliver in-car audio. This segment markets its products under the JBL, AKG, Harman/Kardon, Infinity, Mark Levinson, Revel, Logic 7, Lexicon, and Selenium brand names. Its Professional segment provides a range of loudspeakers, power amplifiers, digital signal processors, microphones, headphones, mixing consoles, and IDX information delivery systems for concert halls, stadiums, airports, houses of worship, and other public spaces; products to the sound reinforcement, music instrument support, and broadcast and recording segments of the professional audio market; systems solutions for professional installations and users; and lighting solutions to the entertainment, architectural, and commercial sectors. This segment markets its products under the JBL Professional, AKG, Crown, Soundcraft, Lexicon, DigiTech, dbx, BSS, Studer, Martin, and Selenium brand names. Harman International Industries, Incorporated was founded in 1980 and is headquartered in Stamford, Connectic u t.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By MONEYMORNING.COM]

    More to the point, Harman International Industries Inc. (NYSE: HAR) has moved beyond its audio roots and now ranks as a bona fide tech powerhouse.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    The Consumer Electronics Show begins next week–and it could have a big impact on the shares of Harman International (HAR), as Google (GOOG) and Apple (AAPL) look to make inroads in the auto space.

Best Income Stocks To Watch For 2015: PacWest Bancorp(PACW)

PacWest Bancorp operates as the bank holding company for Pacific Western Bank that provides commercial banking products and services to small to medium size businesses, the owners and employees of those businesses, and households primarily in Southern California. It accepts time, money market, and demand deposits; originates loans, including commercial, real estate construction, SBA guaranteed, and consumer loans; and provides other business-oriented products. The company also provides asset-based lending and factoring of accounts receivable to small businesses located in Arizona, California, and the Pacific Northwest. In addition, it offers international banking, multi-state deposit, and investment services; telephone and online banking services; and foreign exchange services, as well as issues automated teller machine and debit cards. Further, the company, through its subsidiary, BFI Business Finance, and its division First Community Financial, provides working capital f inancing to growing companies primarily located in the states of Arizona, California, and Texas. As of July 18, 2011, it operated through 77 full-service community banking branches in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, Santa Barbara, San Diego, San Francisco, San Luis Obispo, San Mateo, and Ventura Counties in California; and Maricopa County in Arizona. The company was formerly known as First Community Bancorp and changed its name to PacWest Bancorp in April 2008. PacWest Bancorp was founded in 1999 and is based in Los Angeles, California.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    PacWest Bancorp (NASDAQ: PACW) is a small cap regional bank that mainly serves southern California. A likely merger with CapitalSource Inc. (NYSE: CSE) enhances the outlook for the coming year, bringing the bank’s assets to more than $10 billion. The bank’s stock closed at $41.66 on Friday in a 52-week range of $24.27 to $42.69. Sterne Agee projects 2014 EPS of $2.80, up 43% compared with estimated 2013 earnings. The implied gain to the target price of $48.00 is about 15% and the forward P/E ratio is 14.9.

  • [By Eric Volkman]

    CapitalSource (NYSE: CSE  ) and PacWest Bancorp (NASDAQ: PACW  ) are soon to be one and the same. The two companies have agreed to merge, both announced in a joint press release. CapitalSource investors will receive a cash payout of $2.47 and 0.2837 shares of PacWest common stock for each CapitalSource share they hold. This values the latter’s stock at $11.68 per share, a nearly 19% premium to its most recent closing price. The total transaction value is estimated at roughly $2.3 billion.

  • [By Brian Pacampara]

    What: Shares of CapitalSource (NYSE: CSE  ) soared 20% today after bank holding company PacWest Bancorp (NASDAQ: PACW  ) agreed to acquire the financial services specialist in a deal valued at about $2.3 billion.

  • [By David Hanson and Matt Koppenheffer]

    In this segment of The Motley Fool’s everything-financials show, Where the Money Is, banking analysts Matt Koppenheffer and David Hanson discuss the recent announcement of PacWest Bancorp’s (NASDAQ: PACW  ) intention to buy CapitalSource (NYSE: CSE  ) .

Best Income Stocks To Watch For 2015: Turquoise Hill Resources Ltd (TRQ)

Turquoise Hill Resources Ltd., formerly Ivanhoe Mines Ltd., is an international mineral exploration and development company. The Company’s principal mineral resource property is the Oyu Tolgoi Project, located in Mongolia. The Company also has two subsidiaries, through which it holds interests in coal resource properties in Mongolia and molybdenum, rhenium, copper, gold and uranium resource properties in Australia. Its subsidiary, SouthGobi Resources Ltd. (SGQ), owns and operates the Ovoot Tolgoi Coal Project located in Mongolia. Its subsidiary, Ivanhoe Australia Limited (Ivanhoe Australia), owns the Osborne Project, the Merlin Project and the Mount Dore Project, all of which are located in Queensland, Australia. It also holds interests in several other mineral resource projects in Asia, including a 50% interest in the Kyzyl Gold Project, located in Kazakhstan, through a shareholding in Altynalmas Gold. In July 2012, Rio Tinto plc acquired 51% interest in the Company. Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Sally Jones]

    According to the GuruFocus Value Screen for finding 52-Week Lows, Turquoise Hill Resources Ltd. (TRQ), Global-Tech Advanced Innovations (GAI) and Rentech Nitrogen Partners LP (RNF) are companies on a low and still held by billionaire investors. All three companies are on a 52-week low, and more than 64% off a 52-week high.

  • [By Gary Bourgeault]

    Shares of Turquoise Hill (TRQ) have soared since closing at $4.01 per share on October 15, 2013. The company has been under pressure since the government of Mongolia let it be known it has 22 points of contention with the company, which resulted in the second phase of development at its giant Oyu Tolgoi copper/gold mine to be suspended.

  • [By Brian Pacampara]

    What: Shares of Canadian mineral explorer Turquoise Hill Resources (NYSE: TRQ  ) sank 12% today after receiving notification from the government of Mongolia that project financing for Oyu Tolgoi will now require approval by the Mongolian parliament.

Best Income Stocks To Watch For 2015: Baidu Inc.(BIDU)

Baidu, Inc. provides Chinese and Japanese language Internet search services. Its search services enable users to find relevant information online, including Web pages, news, images, multimedia files, and blogs through the links provided on its Websites. The company also offers online community-based products and entertainment platforms; an instant messaging service; and a consumer-oriented e-commerce platform. In addition, it designs and delivers online marketing services and auction-based P4P services that enable its customers to reach users who search for information related to their products or services. The company serves online marketing customers consisting of small and medium sized enterprises, large domestic corporations, and Chinese divisions or subsidiaries of multinational corporations primarily operating in the medical, machinery, education, franchising, electronic products, e-commerce, ticketing, tourism, information technology, consumer products, real estate, entertainment, and financial services industries. It sells its online marketing services directly, as well as through its distribution network. The company was formerly known as Baidu.com, Inc. and changed its name to Baidu, Inc. in December 2008. Baidu, Inc. was founded in 2000 and is headquartered in Beijing, the People?s Republic of China.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Bryan Murphy]

    This is where many savvy investors would expect to hear the name Baidu Inc. (NASDAQ:BIDU)… China’s web-search giant, which owns about 63% of that nation’s search market in addition to a good-sized piece of its growing mobile search market. BIDU isn’t the stock you’re going to hear touted as the next Google today, however. No, the next Google – or as close to it – as you’re going to get anyway – worth some speculative investment dollars is a company called Yandex NV (NASDAQ:YNDX).

  • [By James Brumley]

    While GOOG may be the top dog in North America and most of Europe, names like Yandex (YNDX) and Baidu (BIDU) are the proverbial kings of the hill in Russia and China, respectively.

  • [By MONEYMORNING.COM]

    Then there’s Baidu Inc. (ADR) (Nasdaq: BIDU), China’s largest search engine with a market share of more than 60%. Baidu also ranks as the world’s second-largest search firm behind Google and handles 19% of the world’s online search traffic.

Best Income Stocks To Watch For 2015: VCA Antech Inc (WOOF)

VCA Antech, Inc., incorporated on May 4, 1987, is a national animal healthcare company operating in the United States and Canada. The Company provides veterinary services and diagnostic testing to support veterinary cares. The Company operates in two segments: animal hospital and laboratory. Its all other category includes Vetstreet and Medical Technology operating segments. The Company sells diagnostic imaging equipment and other medical technology products and related services to the veterinary markets. The Company’s animal hospitals offer a range of general medical and surgical services for companion animals, as well as specialized treatments, including advanced diagnostic services, internal medicine, oncology, ophthalmology, dermatology and cardiology. On January 31, 2012, it expanded its operations into Canada with an increased investment in Associate Veterinary Clinics (1984) Limited (AVC), which operates 44 hospitals in three Canadian provinces. On February 1, 2012, it acquired ThinkPet’s, Inc. (ThinkPets). In 2012, it acquired 79 animal hospitals, including 44 with the acquisition of AVC, one laboratory and ThinkPets.

The Company provides various communication, marketing solutions and other services to the veterinary community. The Company’s network of animal hospitals is supported by more than 3,000 veterinarians and had approximately 7.4 million patient visits during the year ended December 31, 2012. The Company’s network of veterinary diagnostic laboratories provides testing and consulting services used by veterinarians in the detection, diagnosis, evaluation, monitoring, treatment and prevention of diseases and other conditions affecting animals. The Company’s network of veterinary diagnostic laboratories provides diagnostic testing for over 16,000 clients, which includes standard animal hospitals, large animal practices, universities and other government organizations. The Company’s medical technology business sells digital radiography and ultrasound imaging equipment, provid! es education and training on the use of that equipment, and provides consulting and mobile imaging services.

The Company’s Vetstreet business provides services to veterinary practices, pharmaceutical manufacturers, and the pet owning community. The Company’s services to veterinary practices include subscriptions to the Company’s Pro Pet Portals. The Pro Pet Portal provides an online platform for the veterinarian to offer secure individualized portals for pet owners, as well as practice Websites that are branded to the individual veterinary clinic. The Company also sells appointment reminder notices that are sent to pet owners on behalf of their clinics. The Company’s services to manufacturers involve targeted marketing programs to animal hospitals whom are subscribers to the Company’s Pro Pet Portal.

Animal Hospital

As of December 31, 2012, the Company operated 609 animal hospitals serving 41 states and three Canadian provinces. The Co mpany’s Animal Hospital revenue accounted for 78% of total revenue in 2012. In addition to general medical and surgical services, the Company offers specialized treatments for companion animals, including advanced diagnostic services, internal medicine, oncology, ophthalmology, dermatology and cardiology. The Company also provides pharmaceutical products for uses in the delivery of treatments by its veterinarians and pet owners. Many of the Company’s animal hospitals offer additional services, including grooming, bathing and boarding. The Company also sells specialty pet products at its animal hospitals, including pet food, vitamins, therapeutic shampoos and conditioners, flea collars and sprays, and other accessory products.

Laboratory

The Company operates a veterinary diagnostic laboratory network serving all 50 states and certain areas in Canada. The Company’s Laboratory revenue accounted for 16% of total revenue in 2012. The Company service a di verse customer base of over 16,000 clients, including animal! hospital! s the Company operates, which accounted for 16% of total laboratory revenue in 2012. The Company’s diagnostic spectrum includes over 300 different tests in the area of chemistry, pathology, endocrinology, serology, hematology and microbiology, as well as tests specific to particular diseases. As of December 31, 2012, the Company operated 55 veterinary diagnostic laboratories. The Company’s laboratory network includes primary hubs that are open 24 hours per day and offer a testing menu, secondary laboratories that are open 24 hours per day and offer a testing menu servicing large metropolitan areas, and short-term assessment and treatment (STAT) laboratories that service other locations with demand sufficient to warrant nearby laboratory facilities and are open primarily during daytime hours. In 2012, the Company derived approximately 85% of its laboratory revenue from metropolitan areas, where the Company offers twice-a-day pick-up service and same-day results. In addition, in these areas the Company generally offers to report results within three hours of pick-up. Outside of these areas, the Company typically provides test results to veterinarians before 8:00 a.m. the day following pick-up.

The Company competes with IDEXX Laboratories, Demand Force, and ePet Health.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By John Udovich]

    About a week ago, Wall Street was biting small cap pet stock Petmed Express Inc (NASDAQ: PETS) for not living up to its earnings expectations – meaning it might be worth taking a closer look at the stock and compare its performance with other pet stocks like mid cap PetSmart, Inc (NASDAQ: PETM) and small cap VCA Antech Inc (NASDAQ: WOOF). I should also mention that we have recently added Petmed Express to our SmallCap Network Elite Opportunity (SCN EO) portfolio because we think the stock is undervalued in the pet space and has tremendous growth potential moving forward.

  • [By Sean Williams]

    Let’s also not forget about the physical surgical and veterinary centers themselves. VCA Antech (NASDAQ: WOOF  ) , for instance, operates more than 600 hospitals around the U.S., as well as 55 diagnostic laboratories. Like PetSmart, VCA hasn’t seen a decline in revenue in any of the past 10 years, growing sales by 212% over that timespan thanks to growth in services rendered, ample pricing power, and strong ancillary sales of premium food and vitamins from its hospitals and veterinary centers

Best Income Stocks To Watch For 2015: Alkermes Inc.(ALKS)

Alkermes plc, an integrated biotechnology company, develops medicines that enhance patient outcomes. The company has a diversified portfolio of approximately 20 commercial drug products and a clinical pipeline of product candidates that address central nervous system (CNS) disorders, such as addiction, schizophrenia, and depression. It manufactures and commercializes VIVITROL for alcohol and opioid dependence; RISPERDAL CONSTA for schizophrenia and bipolar I disorder; INVEGA SUSTENNA for the treatment of schizophrenia; AMPYRA to improve walking in patients with multiple sclerosis; and BYDUREON for the treatment of type II diabetes. Alkermes? pipeline includes extended-release injectable and oral products for the treatment of prevalent, chronic diseases, such as central nervous system disorders, addiction, and diabetes. The company was founded in 1987 and headquartered in Dublin, Ireland.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Going through his papers, he found a list of stocks that UBS said to buy if Obama won the election in 2012, including the likes of United Rentals (URI) , First Solar (FSLR), Alliant Techsystems (ATK), Alkermes (ALKS) and Mohawk Industries (MHK). And wouldn’t you know it, those stocks have gained 58% this year, compared to the S&P 500′s 27% gain. And just in case you’re wondering, those stocks have also trumped UBS’s Romney basket, which has gained 33%.

  • [By MONEYMORNING.COM]

    That story suggested Jazz Pharmaceuticals PLC (Nasdaq: JAZZ) and Alkermes PLC (Nasdaq: ALKS) could be targets, as well.

    More drug stocks to buy now: One of the big organic and strategic growth opportunities for the pharmaceutical industry is for generic drugs in the emerging markets. Take a look at four ways to capitalize on this trend.

  • [By Sean Williams]

    What: Shares of Alkermes (NASDAQ: ALKS  ) , a diversified biopharmaceutical company, rose as much as 16% after the company announced positive clinical results for ALKS-5461 in a mid-stage trial to treat major depressive disorder, or MDD.

Best Income Stocks To Watch For 2015: Opko Health Inc(OPK)

OPKO Health, Inc., a pharmaceutical and diagnostics company, engages in the discovery, development, and commercialization of novel and proprietary technologies primarily in the United States, Chile, and Mexico. It provides a range of solutions, including molecular diagnostics tests, proprietary pharmaceuticals, and vaccines to diagnose, treat, and prevent neurological disorders, infectious diseases, oncology, and ophthalmologic diseases. The company offers molecular diagnostic platform technology for the rapid identification of molecules or immunobiomarkers; Alzheimer?s test for Alzheimer?s diagnostic; and protein-based influenza vaccines to provide multi-season and multi-strain protection against various influenza virus strains, such as seasonal influenza strains, as well as global influenza pandemic strains which include swine flu, and avian flu. It also offers Oligonucleotide Therapeutics for the treatment of various illnesses, including cancer, heart disease, metabolic disorders, and genetic anomalies; and oligosaccharide for asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases. In addition, the company provides Rolapitant, a potent and antagonist; neurokinin-1, which has completed Phase II clinical trials for prevention of chemotherapy induced nausea and vomiting, and post-operative induced nausea and vomiting; and SCH 900978 that has completed Phase II clinical trials for chronic cough. Further, it offers bevasiranib, a drug candidate for the treatment of Wet AMD; and develops Aquashunt, a shunt to be used in the treatment of glaucoma. Additionally, the company involves in the development, commercialization, and sale of ophthalmic diagnostic and imaging systems, and instrumentation products. OPKO Health, Inc. was founded in 2006 and is headquartered in Miami, Florida.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By GuruFocus]

    Opko Health, Inc. (OPK): CEO & Chairman, 10% Owner Phillip Md Et Al Frost Bought 686,000 Shares

    CEO & Chairman, 10% Owner of Opko Health, Inc. (OPK) Phillip Md Et Al Frost bought 686,000 shares during the past week at an average price of $7.93. Opko Health, Inc. was originally incorporated in Delaware in October 1991 under the name Cytoclonal Pharmaceutics, Inc. Opko Health, Inc. has a market cap of $3.24 billion; its shares were traded at around $7.93 with and P/S ratio of 28.01.

  • [By Roberto Pedone]

    Another healthcare player that insiders are jumping into here is Opko Health (OPK), which is a multi-national pharmaceutical and diagnostics company. Insiders are buying this stock into big time strength, since shares are up 76% in 2013.

    Opko Health has a market cap of $3.4 billion and an enterprise value of $3.5 billion. This stock trades at a premium valuation, with a price-to-sales of 38.01 and a price-to-book at 4.01. Its estimated growth rate for this year is -218.2%. This is not a cash-rich company, since the total cash position on its balance sheet is $180.84 million and its total debt is $226.74 million.

    The CEO just bought 19,400 shares, or about $171,000 worth of stock, at $8.79 to $8.90 per share. The same CEO also just bought 13,000 shares, or about $117,000 worth of stock, at $8.99 to $9.04 per share.

    From a technical perspective, OPK is currently trending above its 200-day moving average and below its 50-day moving average, which is neutral trendwise. This stock has been downtrending over the last few weeks, with shares falling from its high of $11.64 to its recent low of $8.17 a share. During that downtrend, shares of OPK have been making mostly lower highs and lower lows, which is bearish technical price action.

    If you’re in the bull camp on OPK, then I would look for long-biased trades as long as this stock is trending above its 200-day at $8.31 or above more key support at $8.17, and then once it breaks out above some near-term overhead resistance at $9.20 a share with high volume. Look for a sustained move or close above that level with volume that hits near or above its three-month average action of 5.53 million shares. If that breakout hits soon, then OPK will set up to re-test or possibly take out its next major overhead resistance levels at its 50-day of $10.06 a share to $11.64 a share.

  • [By GuruFocus]

    SVP & CFO Nimish S Bhatt bought 364 shares of CLMS stock on 11/20/2013 at the average price of 10.47. Nimish S Bhatt owns at least 90,543 shares after this. The price of the stock has increased by 14.52% since.

    Opko Health, Inc. (OPK): CEO & Chairman, 10% Owner Phillip Md Et Al Frost Bought 62,100 Shares

    CEO & Chairman, 10% Owner of Opko Health, Inc. (OPK) Phillip Md Et Al Frost bought 62,100 shares during the past week at an average price of $8.57. Opko Health, Inc. was originally incorporated in Delaware in October 1991 under the name Cytoclonal Pharmaceutics, Inc. Opko Health, Inc. has a market cap of $3.5 billion; its shares were traded at around $8.57 with and P/S ratio of 30.30.

  • [By Jake L’Ecuyer]

    Opko Health (NYSE: OPK) tumbled 2.65 percent to $8.80. Opko Health shares have surged 93.16% over the past 52 weeks.

    Textura Corporation (NYSE: TXTR) shares were down as well, falling 16.19 percent to $31.72 after Citron Research issued a scathing report on the company midway through the morning Thursday.

Best Income Stocks To Watch For 2015: Winnebago Industries Inc.(WGO)

Winnebago Industries, Inc. manufactures and sells recreation vehicles primarily for leisure travel and outdoor recreation activities. The company offers motor homes, which are self-propelled mobile dwellings that provide living accommodations for approximately seven persons and include kitchen, dining, sleeping, and bath areas, as well as a lounge; and optional equipment accessories, such as generators, home theater systems, king-size beds, upholstery, and interior equipment. It manufactures motor homes constructed directly on medium- and heavy-duty truck chassis, which include engine and drivetrain components; and on van-type chassis onto which the motor home manufacturer constructs a living area with access to the driver’s compartment under the Winnebago and Itasca brand names, as well as panel-type vans with sleeping, kitchen, and/or toilet facilities under the Era brand name. The company also produces original equipment manufacturing parts, including extruded aluminum and other component products for other manufacturers and commercial vehicles. Winnebago Industries markets its motor homes through independent dealers primarily in the United States and Canada. The company was founded in 1958 and is headquartered in Forest City, Iowa.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Grace L. Williams]

    Recreational vehicle maker Winnebago Industries (WGO), which makes, you know, Winnebagos, is trucking today after reporting strong revenue and increased demand in its fourth quarter.

    AP

    For the period ended Aug. 31, Winnebago reported profit of $10.6 million, or 38 cents a share, down from $40.9 million, or $1.41 a share, a year earlier, while sales rose to $214.2 million in the quarter. Analysts polled by Thomson Reuters recently predicted earnings of 28 cents a share and sales of $206 million.

    Looking at the solid quarter and optimistic forecasts, Citigroup analyst Gregory Badishkanian raised estimates after noting several positive factors at the company including the current backlogs, which more than doubled, and dealer inventories, which were up 38%. He writes:

    The company highlighted two issues that appear to be diminishing: 1) towables division was dilutive for the year, but headed in the right direction with a breakeven quarter 2) shortage in Class A Gas chassis, though the issue should be resolved by mid-winter…

    Given strong margin and retail demand trends, we’re raising our 2014 and 2015 estimates by 26 cents each. We introduce our 2016 estimate of $ 1.60.

    Shares of Winnebago have gained 4.4% to $28.47 today at 3pm. Thor Industries (THO), which also makes recreational vehicles, has ticked up 0.1% to $57.56, Drew Industries (DW) has risen 0.3% to $48.74, Arctic Cat (ACAT) has advanced 1% to $59.87 and Polaris Industries (PII) has fallen 0.3% to $132.08.

  • [By David Sterman]

    I took a close look at all of the companies that appeared in the first part of this series, and there were some great companies in the mix. If price were no object, I'd be a huge fan of:

    Oceaneering (NYSE: OII), which is prospering form the ongoing trends toward undersea naval warfare and undersea oil drilling. Oceaneering is poised to grow at a sustained double-digit pace, which is something few other defense contractors can say. Cree (Nasdaq: CREE): LED lighting is a revolutionary game-changer, and Cree's heavy emphasis on R&D is leading the charge towards ever-lower prices for these low-energy light sources that also have remarkable longevity compared to regular bulbs. Still, profit margin gains may be tough in a very competitive environment.  Polaris Industries (NYSE: PII): If Winnebago's (NYSE: WGO) recreational vehicles are suitable for retirees, Polaris has become the go-to name for activity-oriented vehicles. Notably, it has a revenue base that is four times larger than Winnebago as well. If S&P wants to position for future demographic trends, then Polaris is a great choice.

    I love these companies, but I don't love their stock prices, and I'd prefer to wait for some sort of pullback before singing their praises. That said, there are two investment ideas that hold great appeal on their own. If they get added to the S&P 500, then they are also set up for a timely trade.

Best Income Stocks To Watch For 2015: Liquidity Services Inc.(LQDT)

Liquidity Services, Inc. operates various online auction marketplaces for surplus and salvage assets in the United States. Its auction marketplaces include liquidation.com, which enables corporations and selected government agencies located in the United States to sell surplus and salvage consumer goods and capital assets; govliquidation.com that enables government agencies to sell surplus and scrap assets; govdeals.com, which enables local and state government entities, including city, county, and state agencies, as well as school boards and public utilities located in the United States to sell surplus and salvage assets. The company also operates secondipity.com that provides consumers a source of products and a socially conscious online experience through donating a portion of the proceeds of every sale to charity; and truckcenter.com, a marketplace for the sale of idle, surplus, and used fleet and transportation equipment. Its marketplaces provide professional buyers a ccess to supply of surplus and salvage assets presented with customer focused information, including digital images and other relevant product information along with services to complete the transaction; and enable corporate and government sellers to enhance their financial return on excess assets by providing liquid marketplaces and value-added services that integrate sales and marketing, logistics, and transaction settlement. The company offers approximately 500 products organized into various categories, including consumer electronics, general merchandise, apparel, scientific equipment, aerospace parts and equipment, technology hardware, energy equipment, industrial capital assets, fleet and transportation equipment, and specialty equipment. Liquidity Services, Inc. was founded in 1999 and is headquartered in Washington, District of Columbia.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Will Ashworth]

    Either way, ARO stock could be due for big gains. It’s a gamble I’d be willing to take.

    Small Caps to Buy #2: Liquidity Services (LQDT)

    If you’re a business or government agency, Liquidity Services (LQDT) might be who you go to in order to sell surplus assets.

  • [By Rick Aristotle Munarriz]

    Alamy The market may have rallied remarkably this year, but there are plenty of stocks that never got the memo. Dozens of stocks are hitting fresh 52-week lows these days, and some of them aren’t as bad as their low stock prices would seem to suggest. Last week, I took a look at five stocks that didn’t deserve to be hitting new 52-week highs. Now it’s time to flip things around and look at five stocks that hit new 52-week lows last week that are prime candidates to bounce back. Dice Holdings (DHX) 52-Week Range: $6.83-$10.43 Dice operates several industry-specific career and employment websites, including the namesake Dice.com for tech jobs, ClearanceJobs.com for jobs that require security clearance, and Rigzone.com for jobs in the oil industry. It’s a novel approach to helping folks in specific sectors network, and naturally this is magnetic to potential employers. The success of LinkedIn (LNKD) may have taken some of the shine off Dice, but the company’s still finding ways to grow. Analysts see revenue climbing at a slightly better than 6 percent clip this year and again in 2014. Kinder Morgan (KMI) 52-Week Range: $32.30-$41.49 Kinder Morgan watches over the country’s largest network of natural gas pipelines. Thanks to its reputation as a cleaner energy source than coal or petroleum (and the massive upsurge in U.S. production thanks to the fracking boom), natural gas is a growing source of domestic energy. Even commercial vehicles are starting to be powered by liquefied natural gas. Kinder Morgan is growing, but it has missed Wall Street’s profit targets in each of the three past quarters. That’s been enough to scare off some investors. However, the falling share price has also made Kinder Morgan’s healthy dividend that much more compelling. The stock’s yield of 4.6 percent is too rich to ignore here. Liquidity Services (LQDT) 52-Week Range: $20.37-$44.40 Liquidity Services prides itself as a problem solver. It runs a marketplace for items that need to b

  • [By Roberto Pedone]

    My first earnings short-squeeze trade idea is surplus and salvage assets auction marketplace player Liquidity Services (LQDT), which is set to release numbers on Thursday before the market open. Wall Street analysts, on average, expect Liquidity Services to report revenue of $124.48 million on earnings of 45 cents per share.

    The current short interest as a percentage of the float Liquidity Services is extremely high at 34.7%. That means that out of the 25.21 million shares in the tradable float, 9.12 million shares are sold short by the bears. This is a huge short interest on a stock with a very low tradable float. Any bullish earnings news could easily spark a monster short-squeeze for shares of LQDT post-earnings.

    From a technical perspective, LQDT is currently trending below both its 50-day and 200-day moving averages, which is bearish. This stock has been uptrending a bit over the last month, with shares moving higher from its low of $24.77 to its recent high of $28.25 a share. During that move, shares of LQDT have been consistently making higher lows and higher highs, which is bullish technical price action. That move has now pushed shares of LQDT within range of triggering a breakout trade post-earnings.

    If you’re bullish on LQDT, 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 $28.25 a share, and then once it takes out both its 50-day at $29.59 and its 200-day at $31.96 a share with high volume. Look for volume on that move that hits near or above its three-month average action of 414,200 shares. If that breakout hits, then LQDT will set up to re-test or possibly take out its next major overhead resistance levels at $36 to $38 a share.

    I would simply avoid LQDT or look for short-biased trades if after earnings it fails to trigger that breakout, and then drops back below some key near-term support levels at $26 to its 52-week l

  • [By Evan Niu, CFA]

    What: Shares of Liquidity Services (NASDAQ: LQDT  ) have jumped today by as much as 13% after the company said sales posted a big increase last month.

Best Income Stocks To Watch For 2015: PetroChina Company Limited(PTR)

PetroChina Company Limited produces and distributes oil and gas in the People?s Republic of China. It operates in four segments: Exploration and Production, Refining and Chemicals, Marketing, and Natural Gas and Pipeline. The Exploration and Production segment explores, develops, produces, and markets crude oil and natural gas, oilsands, and coalbed methane. As of December 31, 2010, it had 11,278 million barrels of proved reserves of crude oil; and 65,503 billion cubic feet of proved reserves of natural gas. The Refining and Chemicals segment engages in the refining of crude oil and petroleum products; and production and marketing of petrochemical products, derivative petrochemical products, and other chemical products. This segment?s product line comprises processed crude oil, gasoline, kerosene, diesel, ethylene, synthetic resins, synthetic fiber materials, polymers, synthetic rubber, and urea. The Marketing segment involves in the marketing of refined products and tradi ng businesses. It operated 17,996 service stations. The Natural Gas and Pipeline segment engages in the transmission of natural gas, crude oil, and refined products; and the sale of natural gas. It had a total length of 56,840 kilometers (km) of oil and gas pipelines, including 32,801 km of natural gas pipelines, 14,782 km of crude oil pipelines, and 9,257 km of refined product pipelines. The company was founded in 1988 and is headquartered in Beijing, the People?s Republic of China. PetroChina Company Limited is a subsidiary of China National Petroleum Corporation.

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  • [By WWW.MARKETWATCH.COM]

    HONG KONG (MarketWatch) — Hong Kong stocks opened higher on Tuesday, as global investors look ahead to U.S. Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen’s first public remarks later in the day. The Hang Seng Index (HK:HSI) rose 0.7% to 21,722.66. Asia’s largest oil and gas company — PetroChina Co. Ltd (HK:857) (PTR) — climbed 2%, after the company said it has found a large natural-gas reserve in China’s southwestern Sichuan basin, with 308 cubic meters of technically recoverable gas. Cnooc Ltd. (HK:883) (CEO) , China’s largest offshore oil and gas producer, jumped 3.3%, while top refiner China Petroleum & Chemical Corp. (HK:386) (SNP) also added 1.6%. Oilfield-equipment shares also benefited from the rally, as China Oilfield Services Ltd. (HK:2883) (CHOLF) gained 1.7%. Huadian Fuxin Energy Corp. Ltd. (HK:816) , the renewable-energy unit of Chinese state-owned power giant China Huadian Corp., jumped 3.2%, after the company said last week it had raised 1.18 billion Hong Kong dollars (about $152 million) through a sale of shares to institutional investors. Waste-management and energy company China Everbright International Ltd. (HK:257) (CHFFF) advanced 2.4%, and China Datang Renewable Power Co. Ltd. (HK:1798) tacked on

  • [By GuruFocus]

    PetroChina Co. Ltd. (PTR) Reached the 52-Week Low of $99.78

    The prices of PetroChina Co. Ltd. (PTR) shares have declined to close to the 52-week low of $99.78, which is 31.4% off the 52-week high of $144.23. PetroChina Co. Ltd. is owned by eight Gurus we are tracking. Among them, three have added to their positions during the past quarter. Four reduced their positions. PetroChina was established as a joint stock company on Nov. 5, 1999. Petrochina Co. Ltd. has a market cap of $182.62 billion; its shares were traded at around $99.78 with a P/E ratio of 11.40 and P/S ratio of 0.49. The dividend yield of Petrochina Co. Ltd. stocks is 4.23%. Petrochina Co. Ltd. had an annual average earnings growth of 6.90% over the past 10 years. GuruFocus rated Petrochina Co. Ltd. the business predictability rank of 3.5-star.

  • [By Jonathan Yates]

    It was recently disclosed that Buffett had invested billions in Exxon Mobil (NYSE: XOM). Previous purchases include ConocoPhillips (NYSE: COP) and PetroChina (NYSE: PTR), among others. Buffett sold out of PetroChina and recently reduced his position in ConocoPhillips.