On Friday, consumer products company The Procter & Gamble Company (PG) reported that its earnings for the fourth quarter have dipped, but have come in above analysts’ estimates.
PG’s Earnings in Brief
PG reported Q2 earnings of $3.43 billion, or $1.18 per share, down from $4.06 billion, or $1.39 per share, a year ago. Excluding special items, earnings were $1.21 per share, up from $1.22 per share last year. Analysts expected to see earnings of $1.20 per share. Revenue was $22.28 billion, up from $22.18 billion, but came in below analysts’ estimate of $22.33 billion. Looking forward, the company expects to see FY2014 EPS growth between 5-7% and net sales growth between 1-2%. Analysts are estimating earnings of $4.27 per share and $85.81 billion in revenue.
Best Quality Stocks To Buy For 2015: National Grid PLC (NGG)
National Grid Plc, incorporated on July 11, 2000, is an international electricity and gas company. The Company’s segments include UK Transmission, UK Gas Distribution, US Regulated and Other activities. The Company owns the electricity transmission system in England and Wales and is the national electricity transmission system operator, responsible for both the England and Wales transmission system, and the two high voltage transmission networks in Scotland, which the Company does not own. The Company owns and operates electricity distribution networks in upstate New York, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and New Hampshire. Through these networks the Company serves approximately 3.5 million electricity consumers in New England and upstate New York. It also has a number of related businesses, such as Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) importation and storage, land remediation and metering. On July 3, 2012, the Company sold its New Hampshire electric and gas distribution businesses (G ranite State Electric Company and Energy North Natural Gas Inc.) to Liberty Energy Utilities (New Hampshire) Corp., a subsidiary of Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp.
The Company is the system operator for the new offshore electricity transmission regime. It owns and operates the gas national transmission system in Great Britain. The Company owns and operates the United Kingdom assets, and a portion of the subsea cables, that comprise the electricity interconnector between England and France as part of a joint arrangement with the French transmission operator.
UK Gas Distribution
The Company owns and operates four of the eight regional gas distribution networks in Great Britain. Its networks comprise approximately 132,000 kilometers (82,000 miles) of gas distribution pipeline, and it transports gas from the gas national transmission system to around 10.8 million consumers on behalf of 26 active gas shippers . Gas consumption in the Company’s United Kingdom networks! was 259 terawatt hours during the fiscal year ended March 31, 2012 (fiscal 2012). The Company manages the national gas emergency number (0800 111 999). This service, along with the enquiries lines, appliance repair helpline and meter enquiry service, handled 2,498,804 calls during fiscal 2012.
The Company maintains and operates the electricity transmission and distribution system on Long Island owned by the Long Island Power Authority. The LIPA service territory covers approximately 3,185 square kilometers (1,230 square miles). The Company owns 57 electricity generation units on Long Island that together provide 4.1 gigawatt of power under contract to LIPA. The Company’s plants consist of oil and gas fired steam turbine, gas turbine and diesel driven generating units ranging from 2 megawatts to 385 megawatts. Its United States gas distribution networks provide services to around 3.5 million consumers across the northeastern United S tates, located in service territories in upstate New York, New York City, Long Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island. The Company added 35,000 new gas heating customers in these areas in fiscal 2012.
National Grid Grain LNG Limited is one of three LNG importation facilities in the United Kingdom. It operates under long-term contracts with customers and provides importation services, storage and send out capacity on to the national transmission system. BritNed Development Limited is a joint venture between National Grid and TenneT, the Dutch transmission system operator, to build and operate a 1,000 megawatts, 260 kilometer (162 mile) subsea electricity link between the United Kingdom and the Netherlands. National Grid Metering provides installation and maintenance services to energy suppliers in the regulated market in Great Britain. It maintains an asset base of around 15 million domestic, industrial and commercial meters. During fiscal 2012, the Company completed the sale ! of OnStre! am, which provides installation and maintenance services in the unregulated market. National Grid Property is responsible for managing its occupied properties in the United Kingdom and for the management, clean up and disposal of surplus sites, most of which are former gasworks. Xoserve delivers transactional services on behalf of all the gas network transportation companies in Great Britain, including National Grid. Xoserve is jointly owned by National Grid, as majority shareholder, and the other gas distribution network companies. The Company’s United States non-regulated businesses include interests in LNG storage, LNG road transportation and transmission pipelines. During fiscal 2012, it completed the sale of Seneca-Upshur, its oil and gas exploration and production business in West Virginia and Pennsylvania.
- [By Richard Stavros]
Enter National Grid PLC (NYSE: NGG). Created in the mid-1990s when the UK unbundled its vertically integrated utilities to create electric competition, National Grid owns the high-voltage electricity transmission system in England and Wales and operates the system across Great Britain. It also owns transmission lines in parts of Europe.
- [By Reuters]
Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty ImagesRichard Ketchum, chairman and CEO of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority. Brokers who give retiring workers bad advice about what to do with their 401(k) plans should expect some headaches: U.S. securities regulators are taking a closer look at what happens when investors roll their workplace balances into private individual retirement accounts. The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission are reviewing firms’ practices for advising customers about so-called rollovers. The SEC said Thursday that the issue is one of its 2014 examination priorities, after Finra announced its own plans Jan. 2. Brokers should recommend a rollover only after thinking about several factors for the investor, such as low-cost funds available through some 401(k) plans and differences in fees between the two types of accounts, Finra said. Violations can lead to fines, suspensions or being thrown out of the industry. Finra’s announcement marked the second time in less than a week that the regulator sounded an alarm bell about retirement plan rollovers. It also published guidance to the industry on Dec. 30. The regulators’ concerns come as retirement plan rollover practices are being subjected to greater public scrutiny. Americans have roughly $21.7 trillion in retirement accounts, according to the Investment Company Institute. That covers all types of retirement accounts, including $5.6 trillion in employer-sponsored retirement plans, assets that could be lucrative for brokers who convince clients to invest them in securities through an IRA. A report last year by the U.S. Government Accountability Office concluded that the financial industry generally encourages employees to roll over their 401(k) assets into IRAs without determining whether the move is in an investor’s best interest. Brokers aren’t the only ones facing scrutiny on these issues. Most major financial companies manage 40
- [By Steven Dotsch]
Earlier in November, National Grid (NGG) confirmed that its first half-year dividend payout had been raised by 4 percent to $0.22 (14.49 pence) while also confirming that the payout for the year as a whole, will be increased by 4 percent as well.
- [By Alan Oscroft]
National Grid (LSE: NG ) (NYSE: NGG )
National Grid shares powered up to a new 52-week high today of 792.5 pence. The price has been soaring of late, climbing 16% since the middle of February and about 23% over the past 12 months. That would be good even for a small-cap growth share, but National Grid is a 29 billion pound FTSE 100 behemoth that’s also one of the most reliable dividend payers in the market. For the year ending March 2012, the company provided a yield of 6.2% (based on the share price at the time), and for this year there’s a 5.3% yield expected.
Best Quality Stocks To Buy For 2015: Hersha Hospitality Trust (HT)
Hersha Hospitality Trust, a real estate investment trust, engages in the ownership and operation of mid scale limited service hotels in the Eastern United States. As of June 30, 2005, it owned interests in 35 hotels, including 4 hotels owned through joint ventures in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Georgia, Connecticut, and Massachusetts. The company has elected to be taxed as a REIT under the Internal Revenue Code. As a REIT, Hersha would not be subject to income tax to the extent it distributes at least 90% of its taxable income to its stockholders. The company was founded in 1998 and is headquartered in New Cumberland, Pennsylvania.
- [By George Putnam]
Steve Halpern: Now, you’ve also looked at a company called Hersha Hospitality (HT). How are they involved in the industry?
George Putnam: Well, Hersha, again, has been refocusing its business. It was a little unfocused before. It had both a suburban and urban market, and it’s recently agreed to sell the last of its suburban properties.
- [By Markus Aarnio]
American Hotel Income Properties’ competitors include Hospitality Properties Trust (HPT), RLJ Lodging Trust (RLJ), and Hersha Hospitality Trust (HT).
Best Quality Stocks To Buy For 2015: BYD Co Ltd (BYDDF)
BYD COMPANY LIMITED is principally engaged in the research, development, manufacture and distribution of automobiles, secondary rechargeable batteries and mobile phone components. The Company operates its businesses primarily through secondary rechargeable battery business, which provides lithium-ion batteries and nickel batteries, which are applied in mobile phones, digital cameras, electric tools, electric toys and other portable electronic devices; mobile phone components and assembly businesses, which offers casings, keypads, liquid crystal display (LCD) modules, cameras, flexible circuit boards, chargers, and mobile phone design and assembly services, as well as automobile business, which provides automobiles, including G6, S6 and other series. Advisors’ Opinion:
- [By Chris Isidore]
Shares of Tesla (TSLA) shot up as high as $196, before easing off those highs later in the day. That topped the previous record set Sept. 30 Shares of Chinese electric carmaker BYD (BYDDF), in which Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway (BRKA, Fortune 500) has taken a stake, were also higher in trading in China and the United States.
Best Quality Stocks To Buy For 2015: Kamada Ltd (KMDA)
Kamada Ltd. is an Israel-based biopharmaceutical company, which develops, produces and markets therapeutics, based on chromatographic purification technology. It offers bio-therapeutics for human use, such as specialty proteins, specific immunoglobulins, and other prescription medicines. The Company’s product line includes intravenous AAT for chronic replacement therapy in individuals with congenital alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency; KamRAB for prophylaxis of rabies infection; KamRho-D IM for prophylaxis of Rh hemolytic disease of the newborn; KamRho-D IV for treatment of immune thrombocytopenic purpura; and IVIG, a replacement therapy in primary and secondary immune therapy. Its product line also comprises Protosol to reduce blood loss in patients undergoing cardiac surgery; Heparin sodium injection for coagulation inhibition and prophylaxis of thromboembolic diseases and Heparin Lock Flush to maintain potency of intravenous injection device among other. Advisors’ Opinion:
- [By Monica Gerson]
Kamada (NASDAQ: KMDA) shares fell 27.54% to $10.00 in pre-market trading after the company reported preliminary Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Phase II/III trial results.
- [By Jake L’Ecuyer]
Equities Trading UP
Kamada (NASDAQ: KMDA) shares shot up 2.64 percent to $15.37 after the company announced the US proof-of-concept study with Glassia to treat GVHD.
- [By Life Sciences Report]
AF: Kamada Ltd. (KMDA) is a relatively unknown Israeli company that is doing very well. It is listed on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange and the NASDAQ. It has an intravenous form of a drug for alpha-1 antitrypsin (AAT) deficiency, which causes lung and liver disease, that is partnered with Baxter International Inc. (BAX).
Best Quality Stocks To Buy For 2015: Nordson Corporation(NDSN)
Nordson Corporation manufactures equipment used for precision dispensing, testing and inspection, and surface preparation and curing. Its Adhesive Dispensing Systems segment manufactures equipment for applying adhesives, lotions, and liquids to disposable products; automated adhesive dispensing systems for the food and beverage, and packaged goods industries; hot melt and cold glue adhesive dispensing systems for the paper and paperboard converting industries; adhesive and sealant dispensing systems for bonding or sealing plastic, metal, and wood products; and laminating and coating systems to manufacture continuous-roll goods in the nonwovens, textile, paper, and flexible-packaging industries. The company?s Advanced Technology Systems segment comprises automated gas plasma treatment systems used to clean and condition surfaces for the semiconductor, medical, and printed circuit board industries; controlled manual and automated systems for applying materials in customer pr ocesses requiring precision and material conservation; ultraviolet equipment used in curing and drying operations for specialty coatings, semiconductor materials, and paints; and bond testing and automated optical and x-ray inspection systems used in the semiconductor and printed circuit board industries. Its Industrial Coating Systems segment provides automated and manual dispensing systems used for applying coatings, paint, finishes, sealants, and other materials. Nordson Corporation markets its products in the United States and internationally through a direct sales force, as well as through qualified distributors and sales representatives. It serves various markets, including the appliance, automotive, bookbinding, container, converting, electronics, food and beverage, furniture, life sciences and medical, metal finishing, non woven, packaging, and semiconductor industries. The company was founded in 1935 and is headquartered in Westlake, Ohio.
- [By Lauren Pollock]
Nordson Corp.’s(NDSN) fiscal fourth-quarter earnings fell 12% on weaker demand, though the maker of dispensing equipment noted improvement in recent order trends.
- [By Travis Hoium]
What: Shares of industrial product manufacturer Nordson (NASDAQ: NDSN ) dropped as much as 10% today after the company reported fiscal second-quarter earnings.
Best Quality Stocks To Buy For 2015: Automatic Data Processing Inc.(ADP)
Automatic Data Processing, Inc. provides technology-based outsourcing solutions to employers, and vehicle retailers and manufacturers worldwide. It operates in three segments: Employer Services, Professional Employer Organization Services, and Dealer Services. The Employer Services segment offers a range of human resource (HR)information, payroll processing, and tax and benefits administration solutions and services, including traditional and Web-based outsourcing solutions. Its solutions enable employers to staff, manage, pay, and retain their employees. The Professional Employer Organization Services segment provides employment administration outsourcing solutions, including payroll, payroll tax filing, HR guidance, 401(k) plan administration, benefits administration, compliance services, health and workers? compensation coverage, and other supplemental benefits for employees. The Dealer Services segment offers integrated dealer management systems (DMS) and other busines s management solutions to automotive, truck, motorcycle, marine, recreational vehicle, and heavy machinery retailers. This segment also provides a suite of additional integrated applications to address department and functional area of the dealership, including customer relationship management applications, front-end sales and marketing/advertising solutions, and an IP Telephony phone system integrated into the DMS to help dealerships drive sales processes and business development initiatives, as well as offers computer hardware, hardware maintenance services, software support, system design, and network consulting services. In addition, it designs, establishes, and maintains communications networks for its dealership clients that allow interactive communications among various site locations, as well as links between franchised dealers and their vehicle manufacturer franchisors. The company was founded in 1949 and is headquartered in Roseland, New Jersey.
- [By WWW.DAILYFINANCE.COM]
Justin Sullivan/Getty Images WASHINGTON — U.S. businesses pulled back on hiring in May, adding the fewest jobs in four months, a private survey showed. Payroll processer ADP (ADP) said Wednesday that private employers added 179,000 jobs last month, down from 215,000 in the previous month. April’s figure was revised slightly lower. Still, the gain in May was in line with the ADP’s average monthly hiring figures for the past 12 months. The data suggest that the government’s jobs report, to be released Friday, could also show a modest slowdown from April’s big gain of 288,000 jobs. But the ADP numbers cover only private businesses and often diverge from the government’s more comprehensive report. Economists forecast that the government’s figures will show that employers added 220,000 jobs in May, according to a survey by FactSet. Analysts generally didn’t change their estimates in response to the ADP report. Hiring appears to be holding steady even though the economy shrank in the first three months of the year at a 1 percent annual rate, the first contraction in three years. Most of the slowdown has been blamed on unseasonably cold weather, which shut factories, disrupted shipping, and kept shoppers away from stores and malls. “The labor market remains strong and the economy is still recovering from the weather-induced hit in the first quarter,” Paul Dales, senior U.S. economist at Capital Economics, said in a note to clients. The slowdown in the ADP figures occurred mostly in professional and business services, a category that includes many higher-paying jobs such as accountants and engineers, but also lower-paid temporary workers. That category gained 46,000 jobs, compared to 75,000 in April. Construction firms added 14,000 jobs in May, slightly below April’s figure, while manufacturers gained 10,000, up from only 2,000 in the prior month. Other recent measures of the job market have been mostly positive. Applications for unemployment benefits are
- [By WWW.DAILYFINANCE.COM]
Andrew Burton/Getty Images WASHINGTON — U.S. businesses boosted hiring in April, according to a private survey, a sign the economy may improve after a sluggish start this year. Payroll processer ADP (ADP) said Wednesday that private employers added 220,000 jobs in April, the most since November and up from 209,000 in March. The figures suggest that the government’s jobs report for April, to be released Friday, could show a healthy gain. Economists forecast that report will show employers added 210,000 jobs in April, according to a survey by FactSet. That would be the most in five months. A strong increase of 200,000 or more jobs would give the economy a much-needed boost after harsh winter snowstorms kept shoppers indoors and dragged down home and car sales. The economy barely expanded in the first three months of this year, according to a separate report Wednesday. The Commerce Department said growth was just 0.1 percent at an annual rate in the first quarter, much lower than the fourth quarter’s 2.6 percent pace. More hiring would put more money in Americans’ pockets, potentially boosting spending and growth. Most economists expect growth to accelerate in the spring and summer, as the weather improves and hiring picks up. The ADP report says most of the hiring occurred in service industries such as retail, transportation, and professional services. Construction firms added 19,000 jobs, a healthy gain. Manufacturing added just 1,000. Hiring was also widespread among small, medium-sized and larger companies. The step-up in hiring comes after job gains faltered over the winter. The federal government says employers added only 84,000 jobs in December and 144,000 in January. Hiring then improved to 197,000 in February and 192,000 last month. There are other signs the job market is getting better. The number of Americans seeking unemployment aid has fallen to the lowest level since the recession, a sign companies are laying off fewer workers. The ADP
- [By Ingrid Hendershot]
Automatic Data Processing (ADP) yields 2.5% and has raised its dividend for 39 years.
Becton Dickinson (BDX) yields 1.9% and has raised its dividend for 42 years.
- [By Bloomberg]
Companies added fewer workers than projected in February, a sign that U.S. employers were waiting for a pickup in demand before boosting headcount, a private report based on payrolls showed today. The 139,000 increase in employment followed a revised 127,000 gain in January that was weaker than initially reported, the weakest two months since August-September 2012, according to the ADP Research Institute in Roseland, N.J. The median forecast of 39 economists surveyed by Bloomberg called for a 155,000 advance. Harsh winter weather conditions, which kept some shoppers away from stores and car dealerships, help explain why companies were hesitant to accelerate hiring at a more robust pace. Faster payroll growth that spurs bigger wage gains would help to boost the consumer purchases that make up almost 70 percent of the economy. “Employment was weak across a number of industries,” Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody’s Analytics in West Chester, Pa., said in a statement. Moody’s produces the figures with ADP (ADP). “Bad winter weather, especially in mid-month, weighed on payrolls. Job growth is expected to improve with warmer temperatures.” Estimates in the Bloomberg survey of economists ranged from gains of 100,000 to 180,000 after a previously reported increase of 175,000 in January. Missing Mark ADP’s numbers have missed the mark in tracking the government’s jobs figures over the past couple of months. The group’s initial estimates showed a 238,000 gain in employment for December followed by a 175,000 January increase. That compares with the Labor Department’s initial estimate of an 87,000 gain in December private payrolls and a 142,000 increase in January. Stock-index futures were little changed after the report. The contract on the Standard & Poor’s 500 index (^GSPC) expiring this month rose less than 0.1 percent to 1,872 at 9:06 a.m. in New York. Payrolls at goods-producing industries increased headcount by 19,000. Factories added 1,000 workers,
Best Quality Stocks To Buy For 2015: Barclays PLC (JO)
Barclays PLC (Barclays) is a global financial services provider engaged in retail banking, credit cards, wholesale banking, investment banking, wealth management and investment management services. The Company’s operations include its overseas offices, subsidiaries and associates. The Company operates in eight segments: UK Retail and Business Banking (UK RBB), Europe Retail and Business Banking (Europe RBB), Africa Retail and Business Banking (Africa RBB), Barclaycard, Barclays Investment Bank, Barclays Corporate Banking, Wealth and Investment Management, and Head Office and Other Operations. Advisors’ Opinion:
- [By Sean Williams]
Time for a cup of joe
Two years ago I slapped a CAPScall of underperform on the iPath DJ AIG Coffee ETF (NYSEMKT: JO ) following what looked like a rampant speculative run higher. Coffee stockpiles weren’t particularly low back then and there didn’t appear to be any weather-related production concerns, so the run-up in coffee futures looked unwarranted. Sure enough, two years later that CAPScall is up nearly 90 points. Now, I’m going to turn that frown upside down and suggest it’s the perfect time to consider buying this ETF that closely tracks coffee futures!
Best Quality Stocks To Buy For 2015: Rogers Communication Inc.(RCI)
Rogers Communications, Inc. operates as a communications and media company in Canada. The company?s Wireless segment provides wireless voice and data communications services. It operates a global system for mobile communications and general packet radio service network. This segment markets its products and services under Rogers Wireless, Fido, and chatr brands. Its Cable segment offers cable television, high-speed Internet access, and cable telephony services. As of December 31, 2010, this segment provided digital cable services to approximately 1.7 million households; Internet service to approximately 1.7 million residential subscribers; and residential circuit-switched telephony services to approximately a million subscribers. This segment also offers local and long-distance telephone, enhanced voice and data services, and IP access. In addition, this segment operates a retail distribution chain consisting of approximately 400 stores that provide cable services and digi tal and Internet equipment, as well as offers digital video disc and video game sales and rentals. The company?s Media segment publishes magazines, trade and professional publications, and directories, as well as operates 55 radio stations in Canada; multicultural OMNI broadcast television stations; the 5 station Citytv television network; specialty sports television services, including Rogers Sportsnet, Sportnet ONE, and Setanta Sports Canada; specialty services, which comprise Outdoor Life Network, The Biography Channel Canada, and G4 Canada; and televised shopping service, The Shopping Channel. It also holds an ownership in a mobile sports and events production and distribution joint venture; delivers content and conducts ecommerce through the Internet; and owns Blue Jays, a League Baseball club, as well as Rogers Centre sports and entertainment venue. The company was founded in 1920 and is based in Toronto, Canada.
- [By Victor Selva]
The company has a current ratio of 13.45% which is higher than the one registered by Liberty Interactive Corp (LINTA). But for investors looking for a higher ROE, Time Warner Cable, DISH Network Corp (DISH), Rogers Communications, Inc. (RCI), Shaw Communications, Inc. (SJR) and Tivo, Inc. (TIVO) could be better options.
- [By Tom Taulli]
Big competitors for BCE include Rogers Communications (RCI) and Telus (TU), though it also faces niche players such as Public Mobile, Wind Mobile and Mobilicity. Until recently, there was buzz that Verizon (VZ) might enter the market by buying up the latter two, though VZ apparently scrapped plans for Canadian expansion until 2014.
- [By Dan Caplinger]
The big news for Madison Square Garden has been the success of its key sports franchises. The New York Knicks basketball team made the playoffs and earned the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference. Even more importantly, the long-delayed National Hockey League season finally got going in January, helping resurrect what many had feared would be a lost season, sending shares of MSG, as well as Canadian venue/team-owners Rogers Communications (NYSE: RCI ) and BCE (NYSE: BCE ) , higher. As it turned out, MSG’s New York Rangers made the playoffs and will go up against the Washington Capitals in the first round. Playoffs are an especially lucrative time for sports viewership, and usually translate into extra profits for the company’s broadcast businesses.
Best Quality Stocks To Buy For 2015: Oasis Petroleum Inc.(OAS)
Oasis Petroleum Inc., an independent exploration and production company, engages in the acquisition and development of oil and natural gas resources in the Montana and North Dakota regions of the Williston Basin. The company?s primary project areas include West Williston, East Nesson, and Sanish. As of December 31, 2011, it had approximately 78.7 million barrels of oil equivalent of estimated net proved reserves. Oasis Petroleum Inc. was founded in 2007 and is based in Houston, Texas.
- [By James E. Brumley]
In a perfect world, Oasis Petroleum Inc. (NYSE:OAS) and Shanda Games Limited (NASDAQ:GAME) would always reflect the true underlying value of their respective companies. In reality, GAME and OAS are both well-watched, and frequently-traded, stocks that can take on a life of their own, reflecting ever-changing opinions of the companies rather than the companies’ actual value. There’s an upside to that disconnect, however – knowing each chart may or may not reflect the actual value of Shanda Games Limited and Oasis Petroleum means you can take the clues given to us by their chart. After all, since charts are just a reflection of public opinion, and since public opinion is actually rather predictable, the way things appear to be – visually – may actually be the way things are. And in this case, the way things are with OAS happens to be a polar opposite with the way things are with GAME.
- [By Aaron Levitt]
While Continental Resources (CLR) continues to be the big boy on the Bakken block, midcap Oasis Petroleum (OAS) is quietly making a name for itself in the region.