The Wall Street Journal and Reuters have reported that Verizon (NYSE: VZ ) is readying its bid to buy the 45% share of Verizon Wireless owned by Vodafone (NASDAQ: VOD ) . Verizon has made no secret that it would like to own all of Verizon Wireless as it provides the bulk of the U.S. carrier’s operating profit.
Vodafone, however, may want more than Verizon is willing to pay. Right now, according to the anonymous sources cited by those news outlets, there is a $30 billion difference between what Verizon would offer and what Vodafone wants.
To make things a bit more interesting, last month the Financial Times reported that Verizon was working on a possible partnership with AT&T (NYSE: T ) to buy out Vodafone completely.
There have been no confirmations of any deals from the companies involved.
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Best Low Price Stocks To Buy Right Now: Regal Entertainment Group(RGC)
Regal Entertainment Group, through its subsidiaries, operates a theatre circuit in the United States. The company develops, acquires, and operates multi-screen theatres primarily in mid-sized metropolitan markets and suburban growth areas of larger metropolitan markets under the Regal Cinemas, United Artists, and Edwards brand names. As of February 13, 2012, it operated 6,614 screens in 527 theatres in 37 states and the District of Columbia. Regal Entertainment Group was founded in 2002 and is based in Knoxville, Tennessee.
- [By Marc Bastow]
Theatre exhibitions and movie house operator Regal Entertainment (RGC) raised its quarterly dividend 4.7% to 22 cents per share, payable March 14 to shareholders of record as of March 4. At more than 4.60%, RGC is the highest dividend yielder of this week’s dividend stocks.
RGC Dividend Yield: 4.62%
- [By Sue Chang]
Regal Entertainment Corp. (RGC) : The stock of the theater chain company is up 39% year to date.
- [By Rich Smith]
Alamy Barely a year has passed since Chinese conglomerate Dalian Wanda Group completed its $2.6 billion purchase of U.S.-based movie theater chain AMC Entertainment. In one fell swoop, that deal made it the world’s biggest cinema operator — with 432 theaters. Now, 15 months later, Wanda is ready to turn around and IPO AMC on the U.S. stock market — and great news! They want to let you in on the deal. From Stubs-Member to Stockholder AMC operates a customer loyalty program that it calls “Stubs.” Participants in this program pay a $12 annual membership fee. In return, they get benefits such as: $10 in movie theater credit for every $100 they spend at the theaters free upgrades on concessions in the lobby and a waiver of fees for buying tickets online. The prospect of “making your money back” after seeing just two films a year probably makes the program worthwhile all on its own. But this week, AMC added another bonus to the fringe benefits of its Stubs program: Loyal customers now get a chance to buy shares of AMC’s stock on the cheap. Technically, AMC says the stock program is for its “employees,” but as CEO Gerry Lopez explained : “We’re offering this exclusive employee benefit to our AMC Stubs members to express our sincere gratitude for your loyalty.” The Details According to the pitch, anyone who’s a member of Stubs will be allowed to buy as little as $100 to as much as $2,500 worth of AMC shares at the IPO price, commission-free, by using the free online broker Loyal3. AMC currently plans to price the shares between $18 and $20. This could prove to be a very valuable fringe benefit, as it will give Stubs members a rare opportunity to “get in” on an IPO at the offer price, and to profit from any immediate jump in AMC’s share price in the first minutes and hours after the stock begins trading. But there are caveats. First and foremost, there’s absolutely no guarantee that AMC shares will go up in price at all, much less skyrocket. Indeed, a 2011 stu
- [By John Maxfield]
Sean Williams provided a more nuanced take on this issue in “Will Obamacare Turn America into a Nation of Part-Time Workers?” After citing Regal Entertainment’s (NYSE: RGC ) move to reduce hours for thousands of its non-salaried employees, Sean concluded: “While I don’t think we’ll see a dramatic shift to part-time employment, I also wouldn’t be shocked to see certain business sectors pull what Regal Entertainment did to its employees, either.”
Best Low Price Stocks To Buy Right Now: NGex Resources Inc (NGQRF.PK)
NGEx Resources Inc. (NGEx) is engaged in the acquisition, exploration, and development of precious and base metal properties located in North and South America. The Company’s projects include Josemaria Project, Vicuna Project, Tamberias Property, Colmillos project, Andrea Project, GJ/Kinaskan Property, Mogoraib (Hambok), Kerkebet, Shukula and Lelit, Bada Potash License and Congo-Brazzaville. Its Josemaria is a copper/gold porphyry project located in San Juan Province, Argentina. The Vicuna properties consist of approximately 31,650 hectares that covers a number of porphyry copper and high sulfidation gold targets in San Juan Province, Argentina. During the year ended December 31, 2011, it completed 9,643 meters of diamond drilling in 14 holes on its 60% owned Los Helados copper-gold project located in Chile. In October 2012, it sold its Hambok copper-zinc deposit to Bisha Mining Share Company. Advisors’ Opinion:
- [By The Investment Doctor]
In this article I’ll have a closer look at NGEX Resources (NGQRF.PK), a member of the Lunding Group which owns the extremely large Los Helados copper project in Chile, the Josemaria project in Argentina and the Filo del Sol project exactly on the border of Chile and Argentina. As these three properties are within 11 miles from each other, one can easily say NGEX is a potential district play.
Best Low Price Stocks To Buy Right Now: Twitter (TWTR)
Instantly connect to what’s most important to you. Follow your friends, experts, favorite celebrities, and breaking news. TechCrunch is a leading technology media property, dedicated to obsessively profiling startups, reviewing new Internet products, and breaking … Advisors’ Opinion:
- [By Brian Lund]
jdlasica/flickrMarc Andreessen is bullish on Bitcoin. It’s been a tough couple of weeks for Bitcoin. Hackers have had their way with three Bitcoin sites that hold customer funds, and one, for all intents and purposes, has gone out of business. Poloniex had $50,000 of Bitcoin stolen; Flexcoin reported $600,000 in theft; and Mt. Gox — the first and at one time, the largest exchange — reportedly had $400 million stolen, which caused it to cease business and declare bankruptcy. This turmoil has sent the former golden child of hipster investors plummeting from the nosebleed heights of $1,242 per coin to a low of $419. The virtual currency gods then poured salt into the wound when the Japanese government announced that it intended to regulate Bitcoin — a move that foreshadows similar actions by regulators in North America and the European Union. The dark cloud hanging over the currency got a bit darker — reminding us that though the currency is virtual, the people behind it are real — when it was announced that Autumn Radtke, CEO of bitcoin exchange First Meta, committed suicide at the age of 28. So why hasn’t Bitcoin failed once and for all? The answer doesn’t have to do so much with what is happening now with the currency as it does with who is betting big on its success. Follow the Leaders: Marc Andreessen and Fred Wilson Allow me to introduce you to two people who think Bitcoin is just in its infancy, and whose opinions you should pay attention to: Marc Andreessen and Fred Wilson. You might recognize Andreessen as the co-creator of the first web browser — Mosaic — and co-founder of Netscape Communications, which was purchased by AOL (AOL) (publisher of DailyFinance) in 1999 for $4.2 billion. After that, he went on to form Andreessen Horowitz, one of the premier Silicon Valley venture capital firms, which was an early investor in such obscure start-ups as Facebook (FB), Twitter (TWTR), Groupon (GRPN) and Zynga (ZNGA). You might not recognize Fred Wil
- [By Jayson Derrick]
Twitter’s (NYSE: TWTR) first ever 10-k filling shows the company’s ad engagements increased 74 percent quarter over quarter while the company’s average cost per engagement fell 18 percent quarter over quarter and 69 percent year over year. Shares lost 2.37 percent, closing at $53.53.
Best Low Price Stocks To Buy Right Now: Anworth Mortgage Asset Corporation (ANH)
Anworth Mortgage Asset Corporation operates as a real estate investment trust (REIT) in the United States. It invests primarily in the United States agency mortgage-backed securities (agency MBS) guaranteed by the United States government, including pass-through certificates, collateralized mortgage obligations (CMOs), and other types of MBS, such as mortgage derivative securities and mortgage warehouse participations, as well as in other mortgage related assets. The company’s agency MBS portfolio includes adjustable-rate agency MBS, hybrid adjustable-rate agency MBS, fixed-rate Agency MBS, and agency floating-rate CMOs. It also invests in non-agency mortgage-backed securities comprising floating-rate CMOs. The company qualifies as a REIT for federal income tax purposes. As a REIT it would not be subject to federal corporate income taxes if it distributes at least 90% of its taxable income to its stockholders. Anworth Mortgage Asset Corporation was founded in 1997 and is b ased in Santa Monica, California.
- [By Monica Gerson]
Anworth Mortgage Asset (NYSE: ANH) announced an additional 5 million share repurchase program. Anworth Mortgage shares rose 0.97% to $4.18 in after-hours trading.
- [By alicet236]
Anworth Mortgage Asset Corporation (ANH) Reached the Five-Year Low of $4.47
The prices of Anworth Mortgage Asset Corporation (ANH) shares have declined to close to the five-year low of $4.47, which is 49.3% off the five-year high of $8.340. Anworth Mortgage Asset Corporation is owned by one Guru we are tracking. Among them, one added to his positions during the past quarter. Two reduced their positions. Anworth Mortgage Asset Corporation has a market cap of $639.1 million; its shares were traded at around $4.47 with a P/E ratio of 7.10 and P/S ratio of 5.96. The dividend yield of Anworth Mortgage Asset Corporation stocks is 12.80%.
Best Low Price Stocks To Buy Right Now: Camelot Information Systems Inc (CIS)
Camelot Information Systems Inc. (Camelot), incorporated on November 28, 2000, is a holding company. The Company is a domestic provider of enterprise application services and financial industry information technology (IT) services in China, and the Company focuses on enterprises operating in the Chinese market. The Company’s primary service lines are enterprise application services (EAS), which primarily consist of packaged software services for enterprise resource planning (ERP) software packages, and software development and maintenance services; and financial industry IT services (FIS), which primarily consist of software solutions, system support and maintenance, as well as IT consulting services for the financial industry. The Company provides services to a range of industries, including financial services, resources and energy, manufacturing and automobile, technology, as well as telecommunication, media and education.
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The Company’s service line, enterprise application services consists of two main types of services: packaged software services and software development and maintenance services. The Company provides a range of implementation, customization and support services for packaged software systems to enterprise customers, with a focus on ERP software packages. The Company’s packaged software service has a range of coverage in terms of both industries and applications. The Company has served clients and accumulated domain expertise in resources and energy, technology, manufacturing and automobile, as well as retail, consumer and transportation. The Company provides services for systems ranging from traditional ERP systems, such as those offered by SAP and Oracle, to new dimension applications, such as customer relationship management, business intelligence, supply chain management, integration tools and manufacturing supply execution.
Packaged software s ervices can be divided into implementation services and main! tenance services. The Company’s packaged software implementation services primarily consist of Packaged Software Integration, Solution Design, Technical Configuration and Customization, Training, Project Management and Quality Assurance and Testing. The Company’s packaged software maintenance services primarily consist of maintenance and production support services, and infrastructure management. The Company offers a range of software development, system migration and maintenance services based on technologies that are tailored to meet the specific needs of our customers. The Company’s customers include IT service providers and corporations.
Financial Industry IT Services
The Company provides a range of services and solutions along the IT value chain to our financial industry customers, including software solutions, system support and maintenance, and IT consulting services. The Company’s software solutions service offerings include intermed iary business solutions for commercial banks, including teller/counter systems, channel management solutions, payment and settlement solutions, and front end communication exchange middleware; key functional systems for commercial banks, including corporate loan, commercial loan, supply chain financing, cash management, as well as internal collaboration and workflow; check image processing services for commercial banks; core life insurance solutions; risk management and anti-money laundering systems for banks; application localization and customization; data transformation and verification, and help desk support and production support.
The Company provides support and maintenance services of mainframe operating and database systems, such as IBM’s operating system and its sysplexes and subsystems, which are used by our financial industry customers. The Company’s system software support and maintenance service offerings include maintenance of core banking syst ems, international banking systems, mutual fund systems, and! credit c! ard systems; system installation and customization; system performance health check and investigation of performance issues; system performance tuning; evaluation of longer-term capacity needs and recommendations on the architecture of new applications based on performance expectations; system and application emergency support; installation and maintenance of performance measurement tools, and installation and maintenance of program temporary fix packages.
The Company capitalizes on its domain expertise and knowledge base in the financial services industry to provide consulting services by teaming with international IT service providers, such as IBM and Accenture. The Company’s consulting services seek to provide businesses with the flexibility and capability to respond to their customers’ needs on a timely basis. The Company’s consulting service offerings include business process re-engineering; Basel II risk management; customer relationship management; financial services logical data model, and system conversion/cut-over.
The company competes with Neusoft Corporation, Digital China Holdings Limited, Tata Consultancy Services and Infosys Technologies Ltd and Pactera Technology International Ltd.
- [By John Reese]
The company’s petroleum products are sold in the Russian Federation, the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) countries, Eastern and Western Europe, Asia, and the United States.
Best Low Price Stocks To Buy Right Now: Heritage-Crystal Clean Inc.(HCCI)
Heritage-Crystal Clean, Inc. provides industrial and hazardous waste services to small and mid-sized customers in the United States. Its services comprise parts cleaning, containerized waste management, used oil collection and re-refining, and vacuum truck services. The company provides its parts cleaning services by offering parts cleaning equipment and chemicals to remove oil and grease, and other contaminants from engine parts and machine parts requiring cleaning. It also offers containerized waste management services by collecting drums, pails, boxes, and other containers of hazardous and non-hazardous waste materials from its customers. The company provides its vacuum truck services for the removal of mixtures of oil, water, and sediment from wastewater pretreatment devices. In addition, Heritage-Crystal Clean, Inc. provides bulk used oil collection services; and customer visit and accumulated oil removal services. As of December 31, 2011, the company operated 94 used oil collection trucks. Its customers include businesses involved in vehicle maintenance operations, such as car dealerships, automotive repair shops, and trucking firms, as well as small manufacturers comprising metal product fabricators and printers. The company operates a network of 67 branch facilities. Heritage-Crystal Clean, Inc. was incorporated in 2007 and is headquartered in Elgin, Illinois.
- [By Seth Jayson]
Heritage-Crystal Clean (Nasdaq: HCCI ) reported earnings on May 2. Here are the numbers you need to know.
The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended March 23 (Q1), Heritage-Crystal Clean missed estimates on revenues and missed expectations on earnings per share.
- [By Seth Jayson]
Calling all cash flows
When you are trying to buy the market’s best stocks, it’s worth checking up on your companies’ free cash flow once a quarter or so, to see whether it bears any relationship to the net income in the headlines. That’s what we do with this series. Today, we’re checking in on Heritage-Crystal Clean (Nasdaq: HCCI ) , whose recent revenue and earnings are plotted below.
- [By Seth Jayson]
When judging a company’s prospects, how quickly it turns cash outflows into cash inflows can be just as important as how much profit it’s booking in the accounting fantasy world we call “earnings.” This is one of the first metrics I check when I’m hunting for the market’s best stocks. Today, we’ll see how it applies to Heritage-Crystal Clean (Nasdaq: HCCI ) .
- [By Seth Jayson]
Heritage-Crystal Clean (Nasdaq: HCCI ) reported earnings on July 24. Here are the numbers you need to know.
The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended June 15 (Q2), Heritage-Crystal Clean beat slightly on revenues and 0 on earnings per share.
Best Low Price Stocks To Buy Right Now: InterContinental Hotels Group PLC (IHG)
InterContinental Hotels Group PLC (IHG), incorporated on May 21, 2004, is a global hotel company, operating seven brands internationally. IHG is the holding company. The principal activities of the Company are in hotels and resorts, with franchising, management, ownership and leasehold interests in over 4,400 establishments, with more than 658,000 guest rooms in over 100 countries and territories worldwide. IHG’s hotels brands include InterContinental Hotels & Resorts, Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts, Hotel Indigo, Holiday Inn and Holiday Inn Club Vacations, Holiday Inn Express, Staybridge Suites, Candlewood Suites and Priority Club Rewards. It has four geographical segments: Americas, Europe, Asia, Middle East and Africa (AMEA), and Greater China. As of December 31, 2011, the pipeline totalled 1,144 hotels (180,484 rooms). In March 2012, the Company announced the launch of HUALUXE Hotels and Resorts in China. During the year ended 31 December 2011, it sold four hotels, three in the Americas region and one in the AMEA region. IHG also manages the hotel loyalty program, Priority Club Rewards. As of December 31, 2011, the Company has 3,832 hotels operate under franchise agreements; managed 637 hotels worldwide and owned 11 hotels. During 2011, the Company opened 241hotels (44,265rooms) and removed 98 hotels (33,078 rooms). IHG is focused on the three segments that together generate over 90% of branded hotel revenues: midscale (broadly 3-star hotels), upscale (4-star), and luxury (5-star). InterContinental Hotels & Resorts InterContinental Hotels & Resorts is IHG’s 5-star brand located in cities and resort destinations across more than 60 countries worldwide. Hotels under InterContinental Hotels & Resorts brand are principally managed by the Company. As of December 31, 2011, there were 169 hotels and 57,598 rooms. As of December 31, 2011, it had 51 hotels in development pipeline. Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts is the IHG’s upscale 4-star segment, specializes in offering modern business and meeting facilities with a service style to provide productive and energising experiences to guests. The majority of hotels under Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts brand are principally operated under franchise agreements in the United States and Europe, and are managed by the Company. As of December 31, 2011, there were 387 hotels and 105,104 rooms. As of December 31, 2011, it had 108 hotels in development pipeline. Hotel Indigo Hotel Indigo provides guests with the refreshing design and service experience with a boutique hotel. The Hotels Indigo brand is principally operated under franchise agreements. As of December 31, 2011, there were 39 hotels and 4,564 rooms. As of December 31, 2011, it had 59 hotels in development pipeline Holiday Inn and Holiday Inn Club Vacations The Holiday Inn brand family consists of Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express and Holiday Inn Club Vacations. Holiday Inn and Holiday Inn Club Vacations is the midscale hotel brand. Focused on creating an atmosphere where guests can relax, the brand is designed to support both business and leisure travellers. The brand family operates under franchise agreements. As of December 31, 2011, there were 1,240 hotels and 228,256 rooms. As of December 31, 2011, it had 267 hotels in development pipeline. Holiday Inn Express Holiday Inn Express offers convenience and comfort. As of December 31, 2011, there were 2,114 hotels and 196,666 rooms. As of December 31, 2011, it had 470 hotels in development pipeline. Staybridge Suites Staybridge Suites is the Company’s upscale extended stay brand for guests on longer trips, offering studios and suites complete with full kitchens and separate sleeping and work areas in a sociable, family-like atmosphere. Properties under Staybridge Suites brand are operated under a mixture of franchise and management agreements. As of December 31, 2011, there were 179 hotels and 19,567 rooms. As of December 31, 2011, it had 95 hotels in development pipeline. Candlewood Suites Candlewood Suites is the Company’s midscale extended stay brand that gives its guests all the essentials they need for a home-like stay. Properties under Candlewood Suites brand are principally operated under franchise agreements. As of December 31, 2011, there were 285 hotels and 27,500 rooms. As of December 31, 2011, it had 94 hotels in development pipeline. The Company competes with Accor, Choice Hotels International, Inc., Hilton Hotels Corporation, Hyatt, Marriott, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. and Wyndham Worldwide Corporation. Advisors’ Opinion:
- [By Patricio Kehoe]