A new report says the U.S. energy boom could destabilize some allies, and spark aggression from Russia and China, among other national security threats.
NEW YORK (CNNMoney) The U.S. energy boom could have far reaching effects on the world stage, according to a new report.
Acknowledging that the boom is creating jobs and decreasing the need for oil imports, the boom could also lead to increasing instability in some U.S. allies, cause some African nations and Russia to strengthen ties with China, and provoke the Chinese and Russians to become more aggressive.
The report, released Wednesday, comes from several leading national security figures, including a former head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, a former director of national intelligence and a former Marine Corps commandant.
Best Managed Healthcare Stocks To Watch For 2015: Phillips-Van Heusen C orporation(PVH)
PVH Corp. designs and markets branded dress shirts, neckwear, sportswear, footwear, and other related products worldwide. The company?s Calvin Klein Licensing segment licenses Calvin Klein Collection, ck Calvin Klein, and Calvin Klein brands for sportswear, jeanswear, underwear, fragrances, eyewear, men?s tailored clothing, women?s suits and dresses, hosiery, socks, footwear, swimwear, jewelry, watches, outerwear, handbags, leather goods, home furnishings, and accessories; and to operate retail stores. Its Wholesale Dress Furnishings segment markets dress shirts and neckwear principally under the ARROW, Calvin Klein, ck Calvin Klein, Calvin Klein Collection, IZOD, Eagle, Sean John, Donald J. Trump Signature Collection, Kenneth Cole New York, Kenneth Cole Reaction, JOE Joseph Abboud, DKNY, Tommy Hilfiger, Elie Tahari, J. Garcia, and MICHAEL Michael Kors brands. The company?s Wholesale Sportswear and Related Products segment offers sportswear, including men?s knit and w oven sport shirts, sweaters, bottoms, swimwear, boxers, and outerwear principally under the IZOD, Van Heusen, ARROW, Geoffrey Beene, Timberland, and Calvin Klein brands; and women?s sportswear, including knit and woven sport shirts, sweaters, bottoms, and outerwear under the IZOD brand. Its Retail Apparel and Related Products segment provides men?s dress shirts; neckwear and underwear; men?s and women?s suit separates; men?s and women?s sportswear, including woven and knit shirts, sweaters, bottoms, and outerwear; men?s and women?s accessories; sportswear; and men?s fragrance. The company?s Retail Footwear and Related Products segment offers casual and dress shoes for men, women, and children; and apparel and accessories. The company was formerly known as Phillips-Van Heusen Corporation and changed its name to PVH Corp. in June, 2011. The company was founded in 1881 and is headquartered in New York, New York.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
Shares of PVH (PVH) are flying off the shelves after the owner of Calvin Klein and other brands easily topped estimates, with CEO Emanuel Chirico giving some of the credit to a revamped JC Penney (JCP).
PVH reported a profit of $1.51 a share, topping the Street consensus for $1.43. PVH also said it would earn between $2.45 and $2.50 during the third quarter, straddling forecasts for $2.48. Gross margins increased to 53.4% to 52.2%.
Citigroup’s Kate McShane calls PVH’s financial results a “nice fall kick-off.” She explains why:
Though PVH shares up ~8% over the past month, we expect the stock to move up on the beat & maintained guidance, indicating mgmt confidence in the back half of the year, despite continued macro caution. Recall that PVH has a long history of guiding conservatively, & we still see potential upside from ongoing strength in CK, Heritage imprvmts, & Europe.
In an interview with Jim Cramer, CEO Chirico gave some of the credit to improvements at JC Penney–”back on track”–and Kohl’s (KSS), where he said PVH sales were firming.
Shares of PVH have gained 9.3% to $128.03 at 11:23 a.m., while JC Penney has risen 4.1% to $11.05 and Kohl’s has advanced 1.9% to $60.28.
- [By Monica Gerson]
PVH (NYSE: PVH) reported better-than-expected second-quarter earnings. The company expected earnings growth of more than 15% for the second half of 2014. PVH shares jumped 7.79% to $126.25 in the after-hours trading session.
Best Managed Healthcare Stocks To Watch For 2015: BIOLASE Inc (BIOL)
BIOLASE, Inc., formerly BIOLASE Technology, Inc., incorporated in 1987, is a medical technology company that develops, manufactures and markets lasers, and markets and distributes dental imaging equipment and other related products designed for applications and procedures in dentistry and medicine. The Company’s dental laser systems allow dentists, periodontists, endodontists, oral surgeons, and other specialists to perform a range of dental procedures, including cosmetic and complex surgical applications in a minimally invasive manner. The Company also manufactures and sells disposable products and accessories for its laser systems. The Company’s Waterlase and Diode systems use disposable laser tips of differing sizes and shapes depending on the procedures being performed. The Company also markets flexible fibers and hands pieces. For the Company’s ezlase system, the Company sells tooth whitening gel kits. In April 2012, it purchased 159 Waterlase MD Turbo laser systems f rom Henry Schein, Inc.
The Company’s Waterlase Dentistry consists of two product lines Waterlase systems and Diode systems. In July 2011, the Company introduced the Biolase DaVinci Imaging line of imaging products, which enabled the Company to offer digital diagnostic solutions to complement the minimally invasive dental treatment solutions offered by its Waterlase and Diode dental systems. The Company added the distribution of the NewTom cone beam computed tomography (CBCT), to its imaging product line. The integration of the Company’s laser products with imaging offers dental professionals the Total Technology Solution, which provides imaging capabilities for early diagnosis and minimally invasive treatment with its Waterlase iPlus and iLase laser technologies.
The Company’s all-tissueWaterlase dental laser systems consist of the Waterlase iPlus, the Waterlase MD Turbo, and the Waterlase MDX 300 and 450, both introduced in February 2012. Each of t hese systems is designed around the Company’s yttrium scandi! um gallium garnet (YSGG) laser technology that refers to the laser crystal used in the Waterlase system, which contains the elements erbium, chromium and yttrium, scandium, gallium and garnet. This crystal laser produces energy with specific absorption and tissue interaction characteristics optimized for dental applications. HydroPhotonics refers to the interaction of YSGG lasers with water to produce energy to cut tissue. It is minimally invasive and can cut hard tissue, such as bone and teeth, and soft tissue, such as gums or skin, without the heat, vibration, or pressure associated with traditional dental treatments. By eliminating heat, vibration, and pressure, the Company’s Waterlase systems eliminate the need for anesthesia.
The Waterlase systems incorporate an ergonomic handpiece and a control panel located on the front of the system with precise preset functionality to control the mix of laser energy, air, and water, as well as the pulse rate. The Water lase iPlus incorporates the iLase wireless diode laser that can be utilized for unexpected soft-tissue cases in an adjacent treatment room, controlling bleeding, and temporary pain relief.
The Company’s Diode laser systems in dentistry consist of the ezlase and iLase, semiconductor diode lasers to perform soft tissue, hygiene, cosmetic procedures, teeth whitening, and temporary pain relief. The Company’s ezlase system serves the markets of general, cosmetic, orthodontic and hygienic procedures. It features a pulse mode, ComfortPulse, which allows the tissue to cool between pulses and reduces the need for anesthesia for many common procedures. Other features include a wireless foot pedal control, disposable single-use tips, color touch screen activation with up to fifteen procedure based pre-sets, a whitening hand piece, a rechargeable battery pack, and a wall mount.
The Company’s imaging systems include the Company’s design and distribution of extr a-oral and intra-oral dental digital imaging devices. The Co! mpany’s e! xpansion into digital imaging systems enables the Company to offer diagnostic solutions to complement the minimally invasive dental treatment solutions offered by the Company’s Waterlase and Diode dental systems. The Company provides both high-precision intuitive diagnosis and treatment planning solutions. The Company’s Biolase DaVinci Imaging systems include the D3D, a three dimensional (3D) CBCT, and portable digital x-ray and intra-oral camera devices.
The NewTom VGi is a small-footprint CBCT system that offers medical grade imaging technology. In addition to producing up to image resolution with medical grade rotating anode technology, SafeBeam technology automatically adjusts radiation dosage. The Company’s Medical systems include the Diolase 10 Diode Laser. As of December 31, 2011, the Company has sold approximately 8,700 Waterlase systems, including over 4,700 Waterlase MD and iPlus systems, and more than 19,000 laser systems in total in over 60 countrie s. As of decembe31, 2011, the Company’s other products under development address ophthalmology, dermatology, orthopedics, podiatry, and other medical and consumer markets.
The Company competes with Lares Dental Research, Fotona d.d., KaVo Dental GmbH, Lambda SpA, J Morita Manufacturing Corp., Syneron Medical Ltd, Deka Laser Technologies, Inc. Ivoclar Vivadent, Inc., Dentsply, Inc., Royal Philips Electronics and Sirona Dental Systems, Inc.
- [By Anna Prior]
Biolase Inc.(BIOL) swung to a fourth quarter loss as the dental lasers manufacturer and distributor’s revenue fell, and the company said it was exploring strategic alternatives. Revenue fell short of analysts’ expectations. Shares dropped 7.7% to $2.98 in light premarket trading.
- [By John Udovich]
Yesterday, small cap dental stock BIOLASE Inc (NASDAQ: BIOL) surged 17.69% after announcing it had received a license from the Health Canada-Medical Device Bureau to sell its EPIC dental soft-tissue diode laser systems throughout Canada, meaning its worth taking a closer look at the stock along with the performance of mid cap dental stocks like Sirona Dental Systems, Inc (NASDAQ: SIRO), DENTSPLY International Inc (NASDAQ: XRAY) and Align Technology, Inc (NASDAQ: ALGN).
- [By Roberto Pedone]
Another under-$10 stock that’s starting to trend within range of triggering a big breakout trade is Biolase (BIOL), which develops, manufactures and markets laser systems for dental and medical applications. This stock has been trending modestly higher in 2013, with shares up by 15.9%.
If you take a look at the chart for Biolase, you’ll notice that this stock has been uptrending strong for the last month and change, with shares pushing higher from its low of $1.47 to its recent high of $2.25 a share. During that uptrend, shares of BIOL have been mostly making higher lows and higher highs, which is bullish technical price action. That move has now pushed shares of BIOL within range of triggering a big breakout trade.
Traders should now look for long-biased trades in BIOL if it manages to break out above some near-term overhead resistance levels at $2.25 to $2.50 a share with high volume. Look for a sustained move or close above those levels with volume that hits near or above its three-month average action of 311,533 shares. If that breakout hits soon, then BIOL will set up to re-test or possibly take out its next major overhead resistance levels at its 200-day moving average of $3.07 a share to $3.50 or $3.70 a share.
Traders can look to buy BIOL off weakness to anticipate that breakout and simply use a stop that sits right below its 50-day moving average of $1.85 a share. One can also buy BIOL off strength once it clears those breakout levels with volume and then simply use a stop that sits a comfortable percentage from your entry point.
Best Managed Healthcare Stocks To Watch For 2015: Quality Systems Inc.(QSII)
Quality Systems, Inc. engages in the development and marketing of healthcare information systems in the United States. The company operates through three divisions: QSI Dental, NextGen, and Practice Solutions. The QSI Dental division develops, markets, and supports software suites for dental and medical practices, as well as supports medical clients that utilize its UNIX based medical practice management software product and Software as a Service based NextDDS financial and clinical software. It also develops, markets, and manages electronic data interchange(EDI)/connectivity applications, as well as QSInet application service provider solutions. The NextGen division offers NextGen ambulatory product suite comprising electronic health records and enterprise practice management solutions; and NextGen inpatient products, including NextGen Clinicals for work efficiency and communication, as well as NextGen Financials, a financial and administrative system. It also offers comm unity connectivity solutions, such as health information exchange, patient portal, and health quality measures; and EDI, hosting, data protection, consulting, and physician resources services. The Practice Solutions division provides technology solutions and consulting services in the areas of revenue cycle management services, including billing and collection services for medical practices. The company?s solutions automate various aspects of medical and dental practices, as well as networks of practices, such as physician hospital organizations and management service organizations, ambulatory care centers, community health centers, and medical and dental schools. Quality Systems was founded in 1974 and is headquartered in Irvine, California.
- [By Chris Mydlo]
Quality Systems Inc. (QSII) is trading at a low P/S ratio of 2.10, near its 10-year low of 1.98. The company develops and markets healthcare information systems that automate medical and dental practices, and networks of practices in the United States. It is held by eight gurus we follow.
- [By John Udovich]
In the wake of the Obamacare fiasco, small cap healthcare information systems stock Computer Programs & Systems, Inc (NASDAQ: CPSI) has put in a good performance, meaning its worth taking a closer look at the stock along with the performance of large cap players like Cerner Corporation (NASDAQ: CERN) and McKesson Corporation (NYSE: MCK) and small cap Quality Systems, Inc (NASDAQ: QSII).
- [By Ben Levisohn]
In our view, [Athenahealth] possesses the strongest position to harvest opportunities arising from the invariable chaos created by ICD-10 [a revamp of the World Health Organization’s disease codes. Ed.] in October. In a recent investor call with the AC Group…CEO Mark Anderson estimated that of the 1.1MM billable healthcare providers (active physicians and nurse practitioners) in the U.S., 20-25% will be transitioned to an outsourced billing service following the implementation of ICD-10 in October 2014. To put his point into perspective, we are modeling for 10,400 new physicians to go live on Collector in 2014. Mr. Anderson was quite vocal about the superiority of athenaCollector to ambulatory RCM services provided by eCW (private), Quality Systems (QSII), and CareCloud (private). We continue to believe Athena has the “mouse trap” technology for outsourced billing services to hospital-owned and independent practices.
- [By Keith Speights]
Investing in what you best understand is a great way to begin buying stocks. As a personal example, I worked for years in the health care technology sector. One of my best stock picks ever was physician software systems vendor Quality Systems (NASDAQ: QSII ) . Because of my understanding of the industry, I knew that there was a likelihood that demand would accelerate for technology to help doctors.
Best Managed Healthcare Stocks To Watch For 2015: Roadrunner Transportation Systems Inc (RRTS)
Roadrunner Transportation Systems, Inc. operates as a non-asset based transportation and logistics service company. It provides a suite of solutions, including customized and expedited less-than-truckload, truckload brokerage, transportation management solutions, intermodal solutions, and domestic and international air services. The company is headquartered in Cudahy, Wisconsin.
- [By WWW.DAILYFINANCE.COM]
Stock Connection Blue/Alamy Love them or loathe them, every once in a while, credit cards really come in handy. Take last month, for example. In a fit of pre-winter remodeling, I decided to replace our home’s el-cheapo, contractor-grade front door with a spiffy model with geometric windows, beveled glass — the works. But being a cheapskate, I didn’t want to pay retail prices. So, I did a quick search for “door depot.” (Pro tip: Lawyers notwithstanding, the “depot” concept of bargain-shopping has gone as generic as Kleenex. Nowadays, there’s a website out there offering discount prices on just about any item you’ve ever considered buying. Home Depot (HD), of course. Used car depot. Battery depot. And yes, a door depot, too). That last search led me to a discount door wholesaler halfway across the country. I ordered a pretty door for the family castle and put the door — $999 plus $99 for delivery from Texas — on my card. Crossed Wires A week after placing my order, the door still hadn’t arrived. Calling customer service, I discovered that the record of my order had been misplaced — so would I like to place the order again? I did. A week later, the door arrived by truck — 300 pounds of glass and steel, caged within a wood frame — and we got it installed without a hitch. Then came the hitch. Thank You, Sir. May I Have Another? Several days later, Roadrunner Transportation (RRTS) called and asked when I would like my door delivered. As I would later discover, my first door order hadn’t been lost — my name had been misspelled. And this misspelled order was now en route to me (despite it having been placed prior to the reorder). I rushed to check my credit card statement. Sure enough, I found two bills — for two doors at $1,098 each. When One Door Closes… After querulous emails sent to the door vendor went unanswered, I recalled that scattered among the fine print on the pound of paper that JPMorgan Chase (JPM) sent me when I received my credit c
- [By Seth Jayson]
Roadrunner Transportation Systems (NYSE: RRTS ) reported earnings on May 1. Here are the numbers you need to know.
The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended March 31 (Q1), Roadrunner Transportation Systems beat slightly on revenues and beat expectations on earnings per share.
Best Managed Healthcare Stocks To Watch For 2015: Amedisys Inc(AMED)
Amedisys, Inc., a health care company, provides home health and hospice services primarily in the United States. It operates in two segments, Home Health and Hospice. The Home Health segment offers various services in the homes of individuals who may be recovering from an illness, injury, or surgical procedure. This segment?s services include skilled nursing, home health aides, physical and occupational therapy, speech therapy, and medical social services; and chronic care clinical programs for patients with chronic diseases, such as cardiovascular, respiratory, diabetes, behavioral health, rehabilitative, and medical surgical conditions. The Hospice segment provides care that is designed to offer comfort and support for those who are facing a terminal illness, such as heart disease, pulmonary disease, dementia, Alzheimer?s, HIV/AIDS, or cancer. As of December 31, 2011, the company owned and operated 440 Medicare-certified home health care centers, 87 Medicare-certified ho spice care centers, and 2 hospice inpatient units in 41 states within the United States, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. Amedisys, Inc. was founded in 1982 and is headquartered in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
- [By Monica Gerson]
Amedisys (NASDAQ: AMED) shares jumped more than 29% on Friday after the company issued Q2 outlook. The company projected its Q2 earnings of $0.15 to $0.20 per share on revenue of $300 million to $305 million. Amedisys shares surged 5.33% to $18.39 in after-hours trading.
- [By Monica Gerson]
Amedisys (NASDAQ: AMED) is expected to post a Q4 loss at $0.01 per share on revenue of $295.02 million.
Williams-Sonoma (NYSE: WSM) is projected to post its Q4 earnings at $1.36 per share on revenue of $1.43 billion.
- [By Roberto Pedone]
Another stock that looks poised to trigger a big breakout trade is Amedisys (AMED), which is engaged in delivering personalized health care services to patients and their families. This stock has been on fire so far in 2013, with shares up a whopping 61%.
If you look at the chart for Amedisys, you’ll notice that this stock has been trending sideways inside of a consolidation chart pattern right above its 50-day moving average at $16.92, with shares moving between $16.04 on the downside and $18.70 on the upside. Shares of AMED are now starting to spike higher right above its 50-day, and it’s quickly moving within range of triggering a big breakout trade above the upper-end of its recent range.
Traders should now look for long-biased trades in AMED if it manages to break out above some near-term overhead resistance levels at $18.05 to its 52-week high at $18.70 a share with high volume. Look for a sustained move or close above those levels with volume that hits near or above its three-month average action of 444,954 shares. If that breakout triggers soon, then AMED will set up to enter new 52-week-high territory, which is bullish technical price action. Some possible upside targets off that breakout are $25 to $27 a share.
Traders can look to buy AMED off any weakness to anticipate that breakout and simply use a stop that sits right below its 50-day at $16.92 a share or below more near-term support at $16.62 a share. One can also buy AMED off strength once it clears those breakout levels with volume and then simply use a stop that sits a comfortable percentage from your entry point.
- [By Keith Speights]
Sell-off leads to buying?
Home health and hospice provider Amedisys (NASDAQ: AMED ) also had a great week. Shares climbed 14%.
What precipitated these nice gains? Amedisys made no major announcements other than to report results from its annual stockholder meeting held on June 6. There wasn’t anything in that announcement to fire up investors, though.
Best Managed Healthcare Stocks To Watch For 2015: Textainer Group Holdings Limited(TGH)
Textainer Group Holdings Limited, through its subsidiaries, engages in the purchase, ownership, management, leasing, and resale of a fleet of marine cargo containers worldwide. The company leases dry freight containers, as well as special-purpose containers to shipping lines, freight forwarding companies, and the United States military; manages a fleet of containers for and on behalf of the owners; and buys and resells used containers. It operates a fleet of approximately 1.6 million containers. The company was founded in 1979 and is headquartered in Hamilton, Bermuda. Textainer Group Holdings Limited is a subsidiary of Halco Holdings Inc.
- [By Selena Maranjian]
Textainer (NYSE: TGH ) is in the business of leasing big containers for use in intermodal shipping. The shipping business can be expected to pick up as the global economy gets back on its feet. Textainer has recently been expanding into the leasing of tanks, as well. The company offers not only an appealing dividend yield of 4.9%, but it also has been raising that payout significantly, more than doubling it over the past five years. Its payout ratio is below 50%, too, suggesting plenty of room for further growth. Textainer’s stock seems reasonably or attractively priced, too, with its forward P/E ratio of 8.0 below its five-year average of 8.5. Bears don’t like its rising debt or negative free cash flow, though (which is partly a result of beefing up its supply of containers), but there’s still a lot to like about it.
- [By Ong Kang Wei]
Another example of such a company is Textainer Group Holdings (TGH). Besides having a great container leasing service that is needed by shipping companies, like Digital Realty, it is the undisputed leader in its industry. Being the largest of its kind in the world, the company has a significant economies of scale benefit. This means that Textainer will get the lion’s share of the profits, which is proven by the company’s outsized profit margin of 42.10%.
- [By Joseph Hogue]
There is one particular shipping company of which investors are being especially fearful, to the point of hating it. I'm talking about Textainer Group Holdings (NYSE: TGH), a container leasing company with 2.6 million 20-foot equivalent containers, the largest fleet among its peers.
Best Managed Healthcare Stocks To Watch For 2015: Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp (AQN)
Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp. (APUC) is engaged in ownership of power generation facilities and water, gas and energy utilities, through investments in securities of subsidiaries, including companies, limited partnerships and trusts. It operates in two segments: APCo, which owns or has interests in renewable energy facilities and thermal energy facilities, and Liberty Utilities, which owns and operates utilities in the United States of America providing water, wastewater and local electric distribution services. In February 2013, it acquired the regulated water distribution utility assets located in Pine Bluff, Arkansas from United Waterworks Inc. Effective December 20, 2013, Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp. announced that, Liberty Utilities, APUC’s regulated distribution utility, acquired the Massachusetts natural gas distribution utility assets (New England Gas Assets) of Southern Union Company, a wholly owned indirect subsidiary of Energy Transfer Partners, L.P. Advisors’ Opinion:
- [By Eric Lam]
Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp. (AQN) increased 3.7 percent to C$6.94 after Sean Steuart, analyst with TD Securities, raised his rating for the stock to buy from hold. Algonquin owns and invests in renewable power assets across North America.
Best Managed Healthcare Stocks To Watch For 2015: Rogue Resources Inc (RRS)
Rogue Resources Inc., formerly Rogue Iron Ore Corp., is an exploration-stage company. The Company is engaged in acquiring, exploring, and evaluating mineral properties located in Canada and the United States. The Company owns a 100% interest in Radio Hill Iron Ore property. The Radio Hill Iron Ore property consists of a 12,000 hectare land package located 85 kilometer southwest of Timmins, Ontario. Langmuir Property located seven kilometers by road from Liberty Mines Nickel mill, which has a capacity of 2000 tons/day. Langmuir Property is consists of 74 contiguous unpatented mining claims of 856 units (13,841 hectares). The Langmuir Property includes over 30 kilometer of terrain consists of ultramafic and mafic flows and sills for hosting nickel, copper and platinum group mineralization (PGM). As of April 1, 2012, the Company completed 31 drill holes at Radio Hill for a total of 7,828 meters. In March 2013, it completed the spin off its Rapier Gold Inc unit. Advisors’ Opinion:
- [By Jonathan Morgan]
Randgold Resources Ltd. (RRS), a gold miner in Africa, declined 5.6 percent to 4,428 pence. Fresnillo Plc, the world’s biggest primary silver producer, sank 11 percent to 924.5 pence after cutting its interim dividend by 68 percent from a year earlier because of a slump in precious-metal prices.
- [By Namitha Jagadeesh]
Randgold Resources Ltd. (RRS) slid 1.4 percent after second-quarter profit slumped 61 percent. BHP Billiton Ltd. (BHP) and Rio Tinto Group contributed the most to a decline by U.K. commodity producers. Old Mutual Plc (OML) advanced 2.9 percent after Africa’s biggest insurer said profit rose 14 percent in the first half.
- [By Alexis Xydias]
Randgold Resources Ltd. (RRS) led commodity producers higher amid signs of growing demand from the world’s second-biggest economy. BHP Billiton Ltd. (BHP) and Rio Tinto Group, the world’s largest mining companies, rallied more than 3 percent. Standard Life Plc (SL/) declined 3.3 percent as analysts raised concern about the insurer’s earnings.