Sears Holdings (NASDAQ: SHLD) will close 78 Sears and Kmart stores–68 Kmart and 10 Sears, to improve the company’s financial situation. The list is below.
Defending the decision,Edward S. Lampert, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Sears Holding, said:
“The decision to close stores is a difficult but necessary step as we take aggressive actions to strengthen our company, fund our transformation and restore Sears Holdings to profitability.We’re focusing on our best members, our best categories and our best stores as we work to accelerate our transformation.”
The closing Kmart and Sears stores will start their liquidation sales on May 12 and April 29, respectively. Following is a complete list of the impacted stores:
Best Japanese Companies To Invest In Right Now: Omega Protein Corporation(OME)
Omega Protein Corporation develops, produces, and delivers products to enhance the nutritional integrity of foods, dietary supplements, and animal feeds worldwide. It operates in two segments, Animal Nutrition and Human Nutrition. The Animal Nutrition segment produces animal nutrition products, including fish meal products that are primarily used as a protein ingredient in animal feed for swine, aquaculture, and household pets. This segment also offers fish oil for animal and aquaculture feeds, as well as additives to human food products and dietary supplements; and fish solubles to livestock and aquaculture feed manufacturers, and for use as an organic fertilizer. The Human Nutrition segment produces plant and marine based specialty oils, Omega-3 fish oils, and specialty dairy proteins and other related products. The company sells its products in the United States, Mexico, Europe, Canada, Asia, South and Central America, and others. Omega Protein Corporation was founded in 1913 and is headquartered in Houston, Texas.
- [By Lisa Levin]
Omega Protein Corporation (NYSE: OME) was down, falling around 20 percent to $17.47 after the company reported weaker-than-expected results for its fourth quarter.
Best Japanese Companies To Invest In Right Now: Medidata Solutions, Inc.(MDSO)
Medidata Solutions, Inc. provides cloud-based clinical development solutions for life sciences in the United States and internationally. The company offers applications and data analytics for clinical development. It offers Medidata Rave, a platform for capturing, managing, and reporting clinical data; Medidata CTMS, a clinical trial management solution that streamlines operational workflows; Medidata Designer, which enhances the efficiency of clinical trial start-up; Medidata Insights, a clinical business analytics platform; and Medidata Balance, a randomization and trial supply management solution. The company also provides Medidata Patient Cloud application for electronic patient-reported outcome; Medidata Grants Manager, which enables to develop and manage trial budgets; Medidata contract research organization (CRO) Contractor, an analytical tool for CRO outsourcing, budgeting, and negotiation; and Medidata SQM, a set of c loud-based site quality management dashboards. In addition, it offers Medidata Coder that provides medical coding and synonym management solutions; Medidata Safety Gateway, which offers a solution for collecting and transmitting adverse events and related data from the EDC system; and Medidata Targeted SDV that provides auditable and scalable solutions, as well as offers hosting, support, and professional services. Medidata Solutions, Inc. markets and sells its cloud-based solutions through direct sales force, as well as through relationships with CROs and other strategic partners. The company serves pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical device, and diagnostics companies; and academic institutions, contract research organizations, and other entities engaged in clinical trials. Medidata Solutions, Inc. was founded in 1999 and is headquartered in New York, New York.
- [By Lisa Levin]
On Wednesday, technology shares climbed by 0.94 percent. Top gainers in the sector included Marvell Technology Group Ltd. (NASDAQ: MRVL) and Medidata Solutions Inc (NASDAQ: MDSO).
Top Semiconductor Companies To Invest In 2016: Gaming and Leisure Properties, Inc.(GLPI)
Gaming and Leisure Properties, Inc. (GLPI), incorporated on February 13, 2013, is a self-administered and self-managed real estate investment trust (REIT). The Company is engaged in the business of acquiring, financing, and owning real estate property to be leased to gaming operators in triple net lease arrangements. Triple net leases are leases, in which the lessee pays rent to the lessor, as well as all taxes, insurance, and maintenance expenses that arise from the use of the property. The Company operates in two segments: GLP Capital, L.P. (a wholly owned subsidiary of GLPI, through which GLPI owns all of its real estate assets) (GLP Capital) and the TRS Properties. The GLP Capital segment consists of the leased real property and represents the Companys business. The TRS Properties segment consists of Hollywood Casino Perryville and Hollywood Casino Baton Rouge.
As of December 31, 2014, GLPI’s portfolio consisted of 21 gaming and related facilities, incl uding the TRS Properties and the real property associated with 18 gaming and related facilities operated by Penn and the real property associated with the Casino Queen in East St. Louis, Illinois. These facilities are geographically diversified across 12 states and contain approximately 7.0 million of rentable square feet. As of December 31, 2014, all of the Company’s rental properties, with the exception of the real property associated with the Casino Queen, were leased to a wholly owned subsidiary of Penn under the Master Lease. Penn is a diversified, multi-jurisdictional owner and manager of gaming and pari-mutuel properties, and a gaming provider.
The Companys leased tenants include Hollywood Casino Lawrenceburg, Hollywood Casino Aurora, Hollywood Casino Joliet, Argosy Casino Alton, Hollywood Casino Toledo, Hollywood Casino Columbus, Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races, Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course, M Resort, H ollywood Casino Bangor, Zia Park Casino, Hollywood Casino Gu! lf Coast, Argosy Casino Riverside, Hollywood Casino Tunica, Boomtown Biloxi, Hollywood Casino St. Louis, Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway, Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley Race Course and Casino Queen. It owns approximately 74.1 acres and lease approximately 32.1 acres in Lawrenceburg, Indiana, a portion of which serves as the dockside embarkation for the gaming vessel, and includes a Hollywood-themed casino riverboat, an entertainment pavilion, a 295-room hotel, two parking garages and an adjacent surface lot, with the other portion used for remote parking. It owns a dockside barge structure and land-based pavilion in Aurora, Illinois. The Company owns the land, which is approximately 0.4 acres, on which the pavilion is located and a pedestrian walkway bridge. The property also includes a parking lot under an operating lease agreement and two parking garages under capital lease agreements, together comprising approximately 2.1 acres.
The Company owns appro ximately 276.4 acres in Joliet, Illinois, which includes a barge-based casino, land-based pavilion, a 100-room hotel, a 1,100 space parking garage, surface parking areas and a recreational vehicle park. It leases approximately 3.6 acres in Alton, Illinois, a portion of which serves as the dockside boarding for the Alton Belle II, a riverboat casino. The dockside facility includes an entertainment pavilion and office space, as well as surface parking areas with 1,341 spaces. In addition, it owns an approximately 43.8 acre site in Toledo, Ohio, where Hollywood Casino Toledo is located. The property includes the casino as well as structured and surface parking for approximately 3,300 spaces. It owns 116.2 acres of land in Columbus, Ohio, where Hollywood Casino Columbus is located. The property includes the casino, as well as structured and surface parking for 4,616 spaces. The Company owns approximately 298.6 acres on various parcels in Charles Town and Ranson, West Virginia, o f which 155 acres comprise Hollywood Casino at Charles Town ! Races. Th! e facility includes a 153-room hotel and a 3/4-mile all-weather lighted thoroughbred racetrack, a training track, two parking garages, an employee parking lot, an enclosed grandstand/clubhouse and housing facilities for over 1,300 horses.
The Company owns approximately 573.7 acres in Grantville, Pennsylvania, where Penn National Race Course is located on 181 acres. The facility includes a one-mile all-weather lighted thoroughbred racetrack and a 7/8-mile turf track, a parking garage and surface parking spaces. The property also includes approximately 393 acres surrounding the Penn National Race Course that are available for future expansion or development. It owns approximately 87.6 acres on the southeast corner of Las Vegas Boulevard and St. Rose Parkway in Henderson, Nevada, where the M Resort is located. The M Resort property includes a 390-room hotel, a 4,700 space parking facility and other facilities. It owns and leases the land, on which the Hollywood Cas ino Bangor facility is located in Bangor, Maine, which consists of approximately 6.7 acres, and includes a 152-room hotel and four-story parking. In addition, it leases approximately 27.6 acres located at historic Bass Park, which is adjacent to the facility, and includes a one-half mile standardbred racetrack and a grandstand with over 12,000 square feet and seating for 3,500 patrons.
The Company owns approximately 317.4 acres in Hobbs, New Mexico, where Zia Park Casino is located. The property also includes a one-mile quarter thoroughbred racetrack. It owns approximately 579.9 acres in the city of Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, including a 20-slip marina. The property includes a land-based casino, 18-hole golf course, a 291-room hotel and other facilities. It owns approximately 41 acres in Riverside, Missouri, which includes a barge-based casino, a 258-room luxury hotel, an entertainment/banquet facility and a parking garage. It leases approximately 67.7 acres of land in Tunica, Mississippi. The property includes a single! -level ca! sino, a 494-room hotel, surface parking and other land-based facilities. It leases approximately 1.0 acres of land mostly used for parking and a welcome center. It owns approximately 247.8 acres along the Missouri River in Maryland Heights, Missouri, which includes a 502-room hotel and structure and surface parking for approximately 4,600 spaces.
The Company owns approximately 119.7 acres in Dayton, Ohio, where Penn opened Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway on August 28, 2014. The property includes a land-based casino, a 5/8-mile all-weather standardbred racetrack and surface parking. It owns approximately 193.4 acres in Youngstown, Ohio, where Penn opened Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley Race Course on September 17, 2014. The property includes a land-based casino, a one-mile thoroughbred racetrack and surface parking. It owns approximately 67.3 acres in East St. Louis, Illinois, which includes a 157-room hotel, a recreational vehicle park and surface parking areas.
The Companys Hollywood Casino Baton Rouge is a dockside riverboat gaming facility operating in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The riverboat features approximately 28,000 square feet of gaming space with 956 gaming machines and 12 table games. The facility also includes a two-story, 58,000 square foot dockside building featuring a variety of amenities, including a grill, a 268-seat buffet, a deli, a players’ lounge, a nightclub, a lobby bar, a public atrium, two meeting rooms and 1,490 parking spaces. Its Hollywood Casino Perryville is located directly off Interstate 95 in Cecil County, Maryland just 35 miles northeast of Baltimore and 70 miles from Washington, D.C. Hollywood Casino Perryville is a Hollywood-themed facility, which offers 34,329 square feet of gaming space with 1,158 slot machines, 12 table games and 10 poker tables. The facility also offers various food and beverage options, including a bar and grill, a gift shop a nd 1,600 parking spaces with valet and self-parking.
- [By Monica Gerson]
Gaming and Leisure Properties Inc (NASDAQ: GLPI) shares fell 3.25 percent to $31.90 in pre-market trading. Gaming and Leisure Properties priced offering of 10.53 million shares of common stock for gross proceeds of $333 million.
Best Japanese Companies To Invest In Right Now: Old National Bancorp Capital Trust I(ONB)
Old National Bancorp operates as a holding company for Old National Bank, which provides financial services to individuals and commercial customers primarily in Indiana, eastern and southeastern Illinois, and central and western Kentucky. The company?s Community Banking segment originates loans, such as home equity lines of credit, residential real estate loans, consumer loans, commercial loans, commercial real estate loans, letters of credit, and lease financing; and generates deposit products comprising noninterest-bearing demand, negotiable order of withdrawal, savings and money market, and time deposits. It also offers debit and ATM cards, telephone access, online banking, and other electronic banking services. In addition, this segment provides investment services and various brokerage products, including investment options and investment advice. Further, it offers merchant cash management and other services relating to the general banking business; reinsures credit l ife insurance; and provides property and casualty insurance. The company?s Treasury segment manages investments, wholesale funding, interest rate risk, liquidity, and leverage for the bank; and provides capital markets products, including interest rate derivatives, foreign exchange, and industrial revenue bond financing for its commercial clients. Old National Bancorp also offers fiduciary and trust services; and insurance brokerage services, such as commercial property and casualty, surety, loss control services, employee benefits consulting and administration, and personal insurance. As of December 31, 2010, it operated 161 banking financial centers, as well as loan production or other financial services offices. The company was founded in 1834 and is headquartered in Evansville, Indiana.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
The twenty stocks in Worth’s basket are: Ameriprise Financial (AMP) Bank of America, Banner (BANR), Citigroup, Citizens Financial Group (CFG), East West Bancorp (EWBC), First NBC Bank Holding (FNBC), HFF (HF), KeyCorp(KEY), Legacy Texas Financial Group (LTXB), Lincoln National (LNC), Morgan Stanley, Old National Bancorp (ONB), PacWest Bancorp (PACW), PNC Financial Services Group (PNC), Principal Financial Group (PFG), Stifel Financial (SF), SVB Financial Group (SIVB), TCF Financial (TCB), and Wells Fargo.
Best Japanese Companies To Invest In Right Now: Astro-Med, Inc.(ALOT)
AstroNova, Inc., formerly Astro-Med, Inc., incorporated on January 9, 1969, designs, develops, manufactures and distributes a range of specialty printers, and data acquisition and analysis systems. The Company operates through two segments: QuickLabel and Test & Measurement (T&M). The Company sells specialty printing systems, and test and measurement systems under the brand names, including QuickLabel. The Company offers both hardware and software, which incorporate technologies in order to acquire, store, analyze and present data in multiple formats. The Company serves markets, such as aerospace, apparel, automotive, avionics, chemicals, computer peripherals, communications, distribution, food and beverage, general manufacturing, packaging and transportation. The Company’s products are distributed through its sales teams and authorized dealers in the United States. The Company sells to customers outside of the United States through its branch offices in Canada, Europe and Asia, as well as with independent dealers and representatives.
The Company’s QuickLabel segment offers product identification and label printer hardware, software, servicing contracts and consumable products. The products sold under the QuickLabel brand include digital color label printers and specialty original equipment manufacturer (OEM) printing systems, as well as a line of consumables, including labels, tags, inks, toner and thermal transfer ribbon. In addition, QuickLabel sells special software used to design labels and other identification marks for a range of applications especially in the field of packaging. QuickLabel provides training and support through trained service technicians. The products sold under the QuickLabel brand are used in industrial and commercial product packaging and automatic identification applications to digitally print custom labels and other visual identification marks. In the aerospace market, the Com pany provides airborne printers.
In the color l! abel market, QuickLabel offers a range of entry-level, mid-range and high-performance digital label printers. QuickLabel products are sold to manufacturers, processors and retailers labeling products on a short-run basis. The QuickLabel models include the Kiaro! family of high-speed inkjet color label printers, and the QLS-4100 Xe color thermal transfer label printer. QuickLabel also sells and supports its Pronto! family of barcode printers, which utilize single color-thermal transfer label printing technology, as well as a range of custom designed OEM printers.
Test & Measurement
The Company’s T&M segment offers a suite of products and services that acquire and record visual and electronic signal data from local and networked sensors, as well as wired and wireless networks. The recorded data is processed and analyzed and then stored and presented in various visual output formats. The Company supplies a range of products and services that include ha rdware, software and consumables to customers. The segment also includes a line of aerospace printers that are used to print hard copies of data. Its products include the Daxus portable data acquisition system, TMX high-speed data acquisition system, Dash 8HF-HS data recorders, Everest telemetry recorders, ToughWriter, Miltope-brand and RITEC-brand airborne printers, and ToughSwitch ruggedized Ethernet switches.
The Company’s airborne printers are used in the flight deck and in the cabin of military, commercial and business aircraft to print hard copies of data required for the operation of aircraft, including navigation maps, arrival and departure procedures, flight itineraries, weather maps, performance data, passenger data, and various air traffic control data. ToughSwitch Ethernet switches are used in military aircraft and military vehicles to connect multiple computers or Ethernet devices. The airborne printers and Ethernet switches are ruggedized to comply with rigorous military and commercial flightworthiness stan! dards for! operation under extreme environmental conditions. The Company furnishes ToughWriter airborne printers for numerous aircraft made by Airbus, Boeing, Embraer, Bombardier, Lockheed, Gulfstream and others.
The Company’s family of portable data recorders is used in research and development (R&D) and maintenance applications in aerospace and defense, energy discovery and production operations, rapid rail, automotive, and a range of other transportation and industrial applications. The TMX data acquisition system is designed for data capture of long-term testing where the ability to monitor high channel counts and view a range of input signals, including time-stamped and synchronized video capture data and audio notation is important. Everest telemetry recorders are used in the aerospace industry to monitor and track space vehicles, aircraft, missiles and other systems in flight.
- [By Monica Gerson]
Astro-Med, Inc. (NASDAQ: ALOT) is projected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.21 per share on revenue of $25.50 million.
Bellatrix Exploration Ltd (NYSE: BXE) is expected to post a quarterly loss at $0.10 per share on revenue of $71.27 million.
Best Japanese Companies To Invest In Right Now: Akorn, Inc.(AKRX)
Akorn, Inc., a specialty generic pharmaceutical company, develops, manufactures, and markets generic and branded prescription pharmaceuticals, as well as private-label over-the-counter (OTC) consumer health products and animal health pharmaceuticals in the United States and internationally. It operates in two segments, Prescription Pharmaceuticals and Consumer Health. The Prescription Pharmaceuticals segment markets generic and branded ophthalmics, injectables, oral liquids, otics, topicals, inhalants, and nasal sprays. This segments generic products include Atropine Sulfate Ophthalmic Solution; Clobetasol Propionate Ointment; Dehydrated Alcohol Injection; Ephedrine Sulfate Injection; Hydralazine Hydrochloride Injection; Lidocaine Ointment; Methylene Blue Injection; Myorisan Soft Gelatin Capsules; Nembutal Sodium Solution; and Progesterone Capsules. The Consumer Health segment markets branded and private label animal health products, as well as OTC products for the treatment of dry eye under the TheraTears brand name. This segment also markets other OTC consumer health products, including Mag-Ox, a magnesium supplement, as well as the Diabetic Tussin line of cough and cold products. Akorn, Inc. was founded in 1971 and is headquartered in Lake Forest, Illinois.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
Shares of Endo International (ENDP) have tumbled 40% today after it said profits would fall well short of analyst expectations thanks, in part, to plunging generic drug prices. Leerink’s Jason Gerberry and team look for specialty pharmaceutical companies that have similar business models–and find Akorn (AKRX), Perrigo (PRGO), and Teva Pharmaceutical Industries (TEVA). They explain:
- [By Lisa Levin]
In trading on Friday, healthcare shares fell by 0.62 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Akorn, Inc. (NASDAQ: AKRX), down 17 percent, and BioDelivery Sciences International, Inc. (NASDAQ: BDSI), down 14 percent.