Why all the confidence? Well aside from all these pundits coming out saying there is a 100% chance that we are in a recession or that a recession will start before summer the reason is thatthe data doesn’t show it. You can make up indicators that don’t really make sense either in their construction or their interpretations or you can focus on one relatively narrow segment of the economy but none of that actually means we are entering a recession.
If you want to gauge the probability of a recession it might be helpful to really study the business cycle and how we enter and exit recession as well as how we do not. You then want to build a battery of models to help you interpret what is happening and what is likely to happen going forward. If you do this, and don’t focus on just one indicator, you will be far better off than what most pundits do.
Best Paper Stocks To Buy For 2017: Female Health Company (The)(FHCO)
The Female Health Company develops, manufactures, and markets consumer health care products. It offers the FC2 female condom that provides women dual protection against unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections, including HIV/AIDS. The company sells its products to global agencies, non-government organizations, ministries of health, and other government agencies directly, as well as through distribution agreements and other arrangements with commercial partners. It operates in South Africa, Angola, Uganda, Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, the United States, the United Kingdom, Brazil, Malaysia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and internationally. The Female Health Company was founded in 1896 and is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois.
- [By Lisa Levin]
Shares of Female Health Co (NASDAQ: FHCO) were down 15 percent to $1.46 as the company reported that it has entered into a merger agreement with Aspen Park Pharma.
Best Paper Stocks To Buy For 2017: PriceSmart, Inc.(PSMT)
PriceSmart, Inc. (PriceSmart), incorporated on August 17, 1994, business consists primarily of international membership shopping warehouse clubs similar to warehouse clubs in the United States. The Company owns and operates United States-style membership shopping warehouse clubs through wholly owned subsidiaries operating in Latin America and the Caribbean using the trade name PriceSmart. The Companys operating segments are the United States, Latin America and the Caribbean. The warehouse clubs sell basic high quality consumer goods at low prices to individuals and businesses. The Company ships its United States and other internationally sourced merchandise directly to its warehouse clubs or to the Company’s consolidation points (distribution centers).
The no-frills warehouse club-type buildings range in size from 48,000 to 1,00,000 square feet and are located primarily in urban areas. As of December 1, 2014, the Company had approximately 1.2 million member accounts and 2.3 million card holders. The Company had 36 consolidated warehouse clubs in operation in 12 countries and 1 U.S. territory (6 each in Costa Rica and Colombia; 4 each in Panama and Trinidad; 3 each in Guatemala, Honduras and in the Dominican Republic; 2 in El Salvador; and 1 each in Aruba, Barbados, Jamaica, Nicaragua, and the United States Virgin Islands), of which the Company owns 100% of the corresponding legal entities.
- [By Monica Gerson]
Wall Street expects PriceSmart, Inc. (NASDAQ: PSMT) to post its quarterly earnings at $0.88 per share on revenue of $775.12 million. PriceSmart shares rose 0.01 percent to $82.84 in after-hours trading.
- [By Monica Gerson]
PriceSmart, Inc. (NASDAQ: PSMT) is projected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.88 per share on revenue of $775.12 million.
Ruby Tuesday, Inc. (NYSE: RT) is expected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.05 per share on revenue of $284.14 million.
Hot Oil Service Companies To Invest In 2017: Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage, Inc.(NGVC)
Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage, Inc., incorporated on April 9, 2012, is a retailer of natural and organic groceries and dietary supplements. The Company offers a selection of natural and organic food, dietary supplements, body care products, pet care products and books. It operates in the natural and organic retail stores segment. The Company operates within the natural products retail industry, which includes conventional supermarkets, natural, gourmet and specialty food markets, mass and discount retailers, warehouse clubs, independent health food stores, dietary supplement retailers, drug stores, farmers’ markets, food cooperatives (co-ops), mail order and online retailers, and multi-level marketers. The Company offers a range of cosmetics, skin care, hair care, fragrance and personal care products. The Company’s offerings include hypo-allergenic and fragrance-free household products, including cleaning supplies, paper products, dish and laundry soap, and other comm on household products, including diapers. Its other products include books and handouts. The Company stocks approximately 400 titles in each store’s book department. Its titles cover various approaches to diet, lifestyle and health. It offers various handouts on health topics and dietary supplements.
The Company offers a selection of natural and organic grocery products with a focus on minimally processed and single ingredient products. The Company also carries a range of products associated with special diets, such as gluten free, vegetarian and non-dairy. The Company’s grocery products include bulk food and private label products; dry frozen and canned groceries; meats and seafood; dairy products and dairy substitutes; prepared foods; bread and baked goods, and beverages. Its bulk food and private label products include nuts, water, pasta, canned seafood, dried fruits, grains, granolas, honey, eggs, herbs, spices and teas. It also offers self-serve filtered dr inking water that is dispensed into one gallon or larger con! tainers provided by its customers. Its natural and organic dry, frozen and canned groceries include cereals, soups, baby foods, frozen entrees and snack items. In addition, it offers a selection of natural chocolate bars, and energy, protein and food bars. The Company offers dairy products, such as milk, eggs, cheeses, yogurts and beverages, as well as non-dairy substitutes made from almonds, coconuts, rice and soy. It also offers refrigerated prepared fresh food items, such as salads, sandwiches, salsa, humus and wraps. The Company’s dietary supplement department sells name-brand supplements, as well as a line of private label dietary supplements.
The Company offers its customers an average of approximately 20,700 stock keeping units (SKUs) of natural and organic products per store, including an average of approximately 6,500 SKUs of dietary supplements. It sells peanut and almond butters, freshly ground in-store under the Natural Grocers brand. The Company own s and operates approximately 110 stores in over 20 states, including Colorado, Arizona, Arkansas, Idaho, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wyoming. It also operates a food repackaging facility and distribution center in Colorado. The Company contracts with third-party manufacturers to produce groceries and dietary supplements under its private labels, which include the Natural Grocers and Vitamin Cottage brands.
The Company competes with Kroger, Safeway, Wal-Mart, Target, Whole Foods, The Fresh Market, Sprouts, Trader Joe’s, Sam’s Club and Costco.
- [By Lisa Levin]
Shares of Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage Inc (NYSE: NGVC) were down 32 percent to $13.90 as the company reported weak preliminary results for the second quarter.
Best Paper Stocks To Buy For 2017: Huaneng Power International, Inc.(HNP)
Huaneng Power International, Inc., an independent power producer, generates and sells electricity and heat to the regional or provincial grid companies in the Peoples Republic of China and Singapore. It is involved in the development, construction, operation, and management of power plants and related projects; and generation, wholesale, and retail of power and other relating utilities. The company generates power from coal, wind, gas, oil, and hydro resources. In addition, it provides cargo transportation services in coastal areas; warehousing, loading, and conveying services; port management, cargo loading, and water transport material supply; utility services; environment engineering services; consultancy in waste recycling; real estate agency services. Further, the company engages in aquaculture and agriculture irrigation activities; developing and leasing real estate; production and sale of mineral water; port developme nt and construction, coal mixture, and machinery leasing and repair activities; industrial waste management and recycling activities; and the supply of water carriage materials. As of September 1, 2015, it had controlled generating capacity of 81,132 megawatts and a total generating capacity of 72,375 megawatts. The company was founded in 1994 and is headquartered in Beijing, the Peoples Republic of China.
- [By Lisa Levin]
In trading on Friday, utilities shares rose by just 0.5 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included TransAlta Corporation (USA) (NYSE: TAC), down 1 percent, and Huaneng Power International Inc (ADR) (NYSE: HNP), down 1 percent.
Best Paper Stocks To Buy For 2017: American Electric Power Company, Inc.(AEP)
American Electric Power Company, Inc. (AEP), incorporated on December 20, 1906, is a public utility holding company that owns, directly or indirectly, all of the outstanding common stock of its public utility subsidiaries and varying percentages of other subsidiaries. The service areas of the Company’s public utility subsidiaries cover the states of Arkansas, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Ohio, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia. The public utility subsidiaries of AEP provide electric service, consisting of generation, transmission and distribution, on an integrated basis to retail customers. The Company’s segments include Vertically Integrated Utilities, Transmission and Distribution Utilities, AEP Transmission Holdco, and Generation & Marketing.
Vertically Integrated Utilities
AEP’s vertically integrated utility operations are engaged in the generation, transmission and distribution of electricity for sale to retail and wholesale customers through assets owned and operated by AEP Generating Company (AEGCo), Appalachian Power Company (APCo), Indiana Michigan Power Company (I&M), Kingsport Power Company (KGPCo), Kentucky Power Company (KPCo), Public Service Company of Oklahoma (PSO), Southwestern Electric Power Company (SWEPCo) and Wheeling Power Company (WPCo). AEP’s vertically integrated public utility subsidiaries own or lease approximately 23,600 megawatts (MW) of domestic generation.
AEGCo is an electric generating company. AEGCo owns approximately 2,500 MW of generating capacity. AEGCo sells power at wholesale to AEP Generation Resources Inc. (AGR), I&M and KPCo. APCo is engaged in the generation, transmission and distribution of electric power to approximately 957,000 retail customers in the southwestern portion of Virginia and southern West Virginia, and in supplying and marketing electric power at wholesale to other electric utility companies, municipalities and oth er market participants. APCo owns over 6,650 MW of generatin! g capacity. The principal industries served by APCo include paper, rubber, coal mining, textile mill products and stone, clay and glass products.
I&M is engaged in the generation, transmission and distribution of electric power to approximately 588,000 retail customers in northern and eastern Indiana and southwestern Michigan, and in supplying and marketing electric power at wholesale to other electric utility companies, rural electric cooperatives, municipalities and other market participants. I&M owns or leases approximately 3,520 MW of generating capacity, which it uses to serve its retail and other customers. The principal industries served include metals, transportation equipment, electrical and electronic machinery, fabricated metal products, rubber and chemicals and allied products, rubber products and transportation equipment.
KGPCo provides electric service to approximately 47,000 retail customers in Kingsport and over eight neighboring com munities in northeastern Tennessee. KGPCo does not own any generating facilities. KPCo is engaged in the generation, transmission and distribution of electric power to approximately 170,000 retail customers in eastern Kentucky, and in supplying and marketing electric power at wholesale to other electric utility companies, municipalities and other market participants. KPCo owns over 1,060 MW of generating capacity. KPCo uses its generation to serve its retail and other customers. The principal industries served include petroleum refining, coal mining and chemical production.
PSO is engaged in the generation, transmission and distribution of electric power to approximately 545,000 retail customers in eastern and southwestern Oklahoma, and in supplying and marketing electric power at wholesale to other electric utility companies, municipalities, rural electric cooperatives and other market participants. PSO owns over 4,430 MW of generating capacity, which it uses t o serve its retail and other customers. The principal indust! ries serv! ed by PSO include paper manufacturing and timber products, natural gas and oil extraction, transportation, non-metallic mineral production, oil refining and steel processing.
SWEPCo is engaged in the generation, transmission and distribution of electric power to approximately 531,000 retail customers in northeastern and panhandle of Texas, northwestern Louisiana and western Arkansas and in supplying and marketing electric power at wholesale to other electric utility companies, municipalities, rural electric cooperatives and other market participants. SWEPCo owns over 5,800 MW of generating capacity, which it uses to serve its retail and other customers. The principal industries served by SWEPCo include natural gas and oil production, petroleum refining, manufacturing of pulp and paper, chemicals, food processing and metal refining. The territory served by SWEPCo also includes several military installations, colleges and universities. SWEPCo also owns and operate s a lignite coal mining operation. WPCo provides electric service to approximately 41,000 retail customers in northern West Virginia.
Transmission and Distribution Utilities
The Company’s Transmission and Distribution Utilities segment consists of the transmission and distribution of electricity for sale to retail and wholesale customers through assets owned and operated by Ohio Power Company (OPCo), AEP Texas Central Company (TCC) and AEP Texas North Company (TNC). OPCo is engaged in the transmission and distribution of electric power to approximately 1,468,000 retail customers in Ohio. OPCo purchases energy and capacity to serve generation service customers. The principal industries served by OPCo include metals, chemicals and allied products, health services, electronic machinery, petroleum refining, and rubber and plastic products. TCC is engaged in the transmission and distribution of electric power to approximately 826,000 retail customers thr ough Texas Retail Electric Providers (REPs) in southern Texa! s. The pr! incipal industries served by TCC include chemical and petroleum refining, chemicals and allied products, oil and natural gas extraction, food processing, metal refining, plastics and machinery equipment. TNC is engaged in the transmission and distribution of electric power to approximately 189,000 retail customers through REPs in west and central Texas. The principal industries served by TNC include petroleum refining, agriculture and the manufacturing or processing of cotton seed products, oil products, precision and consumer metal products, meat products and gypsum products.
AEP Transmission Holdco
The Company’s AEP Transmission Holdco segment is engaged in the development, construction and operation of transmission facilities through investments in AEP’s transmission only subsidiaries and transmission only joint ventures. AEP Transmission Holding Company, LLC (AEPTHCo) also owns AEP Transmission Company, LLC (AEPTCo), a holding company for approx imately seven transmission-only electric utilities, each of which is geographically aligned with AEP’s existing utility operating companies. The transmission companies develop and own new transmission assets that are physically connected to the AEP System.
Generation & Marketing
The Company’s Generation & Marketing segment’s subsidiaries consist of nonutility generating assets, a wholesale energy trading and marketing business and a retail supply and energy management business. AEP Generation Resources Inc., (AGR), the Company’s subsidiary, is a generation company that generates power and sells it into the market. AGR also engages in power trading activities. AGR owns approximately 6,750 MW of generating capacity. The segment is engaged in non-regulated generation in Electric Reliability Council of Texas regional transmission organization (ERCOT) and Pennsylvania-New Jersey-Maryland regional transmission organization (PJM). It is also engaged in pro viding marketing, risk management and retail activities in E! RCOT, PJM! , Southwest Power Pool regional transmission organization (SPP) and Midwest Independent Transmission System Operator (MISO).
- [By Richard Stavros]
Southern Company’s total return is down 6.4 percent over the last year versus the S&P 500′s gain of 17.7 percent. But even against its sector peers, the utility has been a laggard: Over that same period, Duke Energy Corp (NYSE: DUK) is up 5.8 percent, and American Electric Power Co (NYSE: AEP) has returned 2.1 percent.
Best Paper Stocks To Buy For 2017: Affimed N.V.(AFMD)
Affimed N.V., a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company, focuses on discovering and developing cancer immunotherapies. Its lead candidate is AFM13, a natural killer cell TandAb designed for the treatment of CD30-positive (CD30+) B- and T-cell malignancies, including Hodgkin lymphoma. The companys product candidates also include AFM11, a T-cell TandAb, which is in Phase I clinical trial for the treatment of various CD19+ B-cell malignancies, including non-Hodgkin Lymphoma, acute lymphocytic leukemia, and chronic lymphocytic leukemia; and AFM21, a TandAb program in preclinical development that binds epidermal growth factor receptor variant III for solid tumors, as well as for patients with glioblastoma, hormone refractory prostate cancer, and head and neck cancer. Its AFM21 product also binds CD3, directing T-cells to destroy tumor cells that carry EGFRvIII. Affimed N.V. has license agreements with Amphivena Therapeutics, Inc . and Xoma Ireland Limited; research funding agreement with The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society; and clinical research collaboration with Merck & Co Inc. The company was formerly known as Affimed Therapeutics B.V. and changed its name to Affimed N.V. in October 2014. Affimed N.V. was founded in 2000 and is headquartered in Heidelberg, Germany.
- [By Monica Gerson]
Affimed NV (NASDAQ: AFMD) is projected to post a quarterly loss at $0.18 per share on revenue of $1.71 million.
Azure Midstream Partners, LP (NYSE: AZUR) is estimated to post its quarterly earnings at $0.10 per share on revenue of $21.26 million.