Best Regional Bank Companies To Invest In Right Now


SeaWorld Entertainment Inc (NYSE: SEAS) had its IPO earlier in the year to join other amusement park stocks like Six Flags Entertainment Corp (NYSE: SIX) and Cedar Fair, L.P. (NYSE: FUN) on the NYSE. Moreover, the SeaWorld Entertainment IPO has been a killer whale of a deal for the Blackstone Group (NYSE: BX), its biggest shareholder, but what about for ordinary investors?

What is SeaWorld Entertainment?

SeaWorld Entertainment’s SeaWorld opened its gates for the first time in 1964 on 21 acres along the shore of Mission Bay in San Diego with an initial investment of $1.5 million, 45 employees, several dolphins, sea lions and two saltwater aquariums. Today, there are three SeaWorld parks in the US, including the original San Diego location plus parks in Orlando, FL and San Antonio, TX, plus Sesame Place was developed as the only theme park in American dedicated to Sesame Street with 55 acres containing more than 4-dozen rides, play areas, shows, distinctive experiences and events. 

Best Regional Bank Companies To Invest In Right Now: The Babcock & Wilcox Co (BWC)


The Babcock & Wilcox Company (B&W), incorporated on March 8, 2010, is a technology innovator in power generation systems, a specialty constructor of nuclear components and a service provider in its segments. The Company provides a variety of products and services to customers in the power and other steam-using industries, including electric utilities and other power generators, industrial customers in various other industries, and the United States Government. The Company operates in four business segments: Power Generation, Nuclear Operations, Technical Services and Nuclear Energy.


Power Generation

Through Power Generation segment, the Company supplies boilers fired with fossil fuels, such as coal, oil and natural gas, or renewable fuels, such as biomass, municipal solid waste and concentrated solar energy. In addition, the Company supplies environmental equipment and components and related services to customers in different regions around the wo rld. The Company designs , engineers, manufactures, supplys, constructs and services utility and industrial power generation systems, including boilers used to generates steam in electric power plants, pulp and paper making, chemical and process applications and other industrial uses.


Power Generation segment specializes in engineering, manufacturing, procurement and erection of equipment used in the power generation industry and various other industries, and the provision of related services, including engineered-to-order services, products and systems for energy conversion worldwide and related auxiliary equipment, such as burners, pulverizers, soot blowers and ash handling systems; heavy-pressure equipment for energy conversion, such as boilers fueled by coal, oil, bitumen, natural gas, municipal solid waste, biomass and other fuels; environmental control systems, including both wet and dry scrubbers for flue gas desulfurization, modules for selective catalyt ic reduction of the oxides of nitrogen, equipment to capture! particulate matter, such as fabric filter baghouses and wet and dry electrostatic precipitators, and similar devices, and power plant equipment and related heavy mechanical erection services.


The Company supports primarily fossil operating plants with a variety of additional services, including the installation of new systems and replacement parts, engineering services, construction, inspection, maintenance and field technical services, such as condition assessments and inventory services. The Company offers a range of construction services through a wholly owned subsidiary including erection of utility and industrial boiler plants and installations of cogeneration facilities and pollution control equipment, such as selective catalytic reduction systems and flue gas desulfurization scrubbers.


The Company also provides power through cogeneration, refuse-fueled power plants and other independent power-producing facilities. In this market, the Company owns and operates facilities, supply equipment and serve as contractors for engineer-procure-construct services and operations and maintenance.

Nuclear Operations

Through Nuclear Operations segment, the Company engineers , design and manufactures precision naval nuclear components and reactors for the United States Department of Energy (DOE)/National Nuclear Security Administration’s (NNSA) Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program.The Company’s Nuclear Operations segment specializes in the design and manufacture of close-tolerance and equipment for nuclear applications. In addition, the Company is a manufacturer of critical nuclear components, fuels and assemblies for government and limited commercial uses. The Company also converts or downblend high-enriched uranium into low-enriched fuel for uses in commercial reactors to generate electricity. The Company has also been a provider in the receipt, storage, characterization, dissolution, recovery and purifi cation of a variety of uranium-bearing materials. All phases! of urani! um downblending and uranium recovery are provided at the Company’s Lynchburg, Virginia and Erwin, Tennessee sites.


The Company works closely with the DOE-supported nuclear non-proliferation program. This program is assisting in the development of a high-density, low-enriched uranium fuel required for high-enriched uranium test reactor conversions.

Technical Services

Through Technical Services segment, the Company provides various services to the United States Government, including uranium processing, environmental site restoration services and management and operating services for various United States Government-owned facilities. These services are provided to the DOE, including the NNSA, the Office of Nuclear Energy, the Office of Science, the Department of Defense and the Office of Environmental Management.


The Company’s principal operations include managing and operating nuclear production facilities; managing and ope rating environmental management sites; managing spent nuclear fuel and transuranic waste for the DOE, and providing critical skills and resources for DOE sites.The Company manages and operates complex, high-consequence nuclear and national security operations for the DOE and the NNSA, primarily through its joint ventures. The Company’s Technical Services segment’s overall activity primarily depends on authorized spending levels of the DOE, NNSA, the Office of Nuclear Energy, the Office of Science, the Department of Defense and the Office of Environmental Management.


Nuclear Energy

Through Nuclear Energy segment, the Company supplies commercial nuclear steam generators and components to nuclear utility customers. In addition, this segment offers a full spectrum of services for steam generators and balance of plant equipment, as well as nondestructive examination and tooling/repair solutions for other plant systems and components. The Company’s Nuclea r Energy segment fabricates pressure vessels, reactors, stea! m generat! ors, heat exchangers and other auxiliary equipment. This segment also provides specialized engineering and maintenance services and power plant construction. This segment specializes in performing full scope, prototype design work coupled with manufacturing integration. The Company is developing the B&W mPower reactor, a small modular reactor design with the flexibility to provide between 180 megawatts to greater than 1,000 megawatts of electrical power generation (in increments of 180 megawatts) and the capacity to operate for a four year operating cycle without refueling.


The Company competes with Alstom S.A., Doosan Babcock, Babcock Power, Inc., Foster Wheeler AG., Hitachi, Ltd., Bechtel National, Inc., URS Corporation, CH2M Hill, Inc., Fluor Corporation, Lockheed Martin Corporation, Jacobs Engineering Group, Inc., AREVA Inc., EnergySolutions, Inc. and Northrop Grumman Corporation.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [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 Babcock & Wilcox (NYSE: BWC  ) , whose recent revenue and earnings are plotted below.

  • [By The Energy Report]

    JH: One of the areas where the U.S. for decades has been the leading technological power is in small nuclear reactors. We’ve used them on our aircraft carriers and on our nuclear submarines safely and efficiently. The U.S. has an advantage in understanding small modular nuclear reactors. One of the companies that we have followed for a long time that’s working on that is Babcock & Wilcox Co. (BWC). There’s also Fluor Corp. (FLR), which is working on small modular nuclear reactors. President Obama and the Department of Energy are funding research on the implementation of small modular nuclear reactors.

  • [By Michael J. Carr]

    The Babcock & Wilcox Co. (NYSE: BWC) is a leader in the nuclear power industry. The company makes nuclear reactors for submarines and aircraft carriers, and even with cutbacks in defense spending, it reported a $2.8 billion backlog in that sector. The company also has a backlog of $2.3 billion in its power generation business segment.

Best Regional Bank Companies To Invest In Right Now: Ishares Ftse Kld 400 Social Index Fund (DSI)

iShares MSCI KLD 400 Social Index Fund (the Fund), formerly iShares FTSE KLD 400 Social Index Fund, seeks to provide investment results that correspond generally to the price and yield performance of the MSCI KLD 400 Social Index (the Index). The Index is a free float-adjusted market capitalization index designed to measure the equity performance of the United States companies. The Index consists of approximately 400 companies identified by MSCI from the universe of companies included in the MSCI USA IMI Index, which consists of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) and NASDAQ Stock Market LLC listed United States equities. The Fund’s investment advisor is BlackRock Fund Advisors (BFA). Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Editor , ETFChannel.com]

    According to the ETF Finder at ETF Channel, Weyerhaeuser Co. is a member of the iShares MSCI KLD 400 Social Index Fund ETF (DSI), making up 0.25% of the underlying holdings of the fund, which owns $861,262 worth of WY shares.

  • [By Jim Jubak]

    Efficiency measures at Schlumberger have included faster maintenance, better transportation set ups, and increases in asset turns. The company reduced Days Sales Outstanding (DSO)—a measure of how long it takes to get paid after a sale—to 91 in the quarter, from 96 in the first quarter of 2013. Days Sales of Inventory (DSI)—a measure of how much inventory a company carries to support its sales activities—fell to 55 days from 57 days. That helped produce operating cash flow of $10 billion for Schlumberger in 2013, a record for the company.

Best Regional Bank Companies To Invest In Right Now: PostNL NV (PNL)


PostNL NV is a Netherlands-based Company active in delivery sector. The Company is engaged in the delivery of documents, small packages and standard parcels. The Company’s business is organized into three segments: Mail in the Netherlands, responsible for mail services in the Netherland, documents management, direct marketing and fulfillment services, and operating over 2,600 shop-in-shop post offices; Parcels, providing parcel services in the Netherlands and Belgium for both domestic and cross-border parcel distribution, and International, operating in the postal markets of the United Kingdom, Germany and Italy, and focusing on domestic addressed mail services. The Company also provides marketing and communication services, fulfillment solutions and e-commerce related solutions. Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Inyoung Hwang]

    PostNL (PNL) sank 11 percent to 2.48 euros, the biggest decline since Jan. 14. The Amsterdam-based company said sales in the second-quarter were 1.03 billion euros ($1.37 billion), falling short of the 1.04 billion euros predicted by analysts on average. PostNL forecast addressed mail volume in 2013 will drop as much as 11 percent, greater than its previous forecast of no more than 10 percent.

Best Regional Bank Companies To Invest In Right Now: Usinas Siderurgicas de Minas Gerais SA Usiminas (USIM3)

Usinas Siderurgicas de Minas Gerais SA Usiminas, formerly COSIPA – Companhia Siderurgica Paulista, is a Brazil-based company engaged in the steel industry. The Company is principally involved in the production and sale of flat rolled steel. The Company and its subsidiaries operate throughout the steel production process. The Company divides its business into four segments: Mining; Solutions Usiminas and Automotive Usiminas, both units are related to steel processing and unit of capital goods and services through Usiminas Mechanics. The Company provides its products to various industrial sectors, such as automotive, marine, oil and gas, construction, machinery and equipment, among others. The Company offers its services both in Brazil and abroad. On December 20, 2013, the Company concluded transfer of the total stake in the share capital of Automotiva Usiminas SA to Aethra Sistemas Automotivos SA. Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ney Hayashi]

    The Ibovespa rebounded from its biggest two-day drop since July 2012 as Usinas Siderurgicas de Minas Gerais SA (USIM3) led steelmakers higher, following a rally in commodity prices.

Best Regional Bank Companies To Invest In Right Now: Horsehead Holding Corp.(ZINC)

Horsehead Holding Corp., together with its subsidiaries, produces and sells specialty zinc and zinc-based products in North America. The company?s products include PW zinc metal, which is used to provide a protective coating to various fabricated products, including pipe and guard rails, heat exchangers, and telecommunications towers, as well as for the production of brass; and SSHG zinc metal that is used as feed for the manufacture of high-purity zinc powder and zinc alloys. It also offers zinc oxide for the production of tire and rubber products, chemicals, ceramics, plastics, paints, lubricating oils, and pharmaceuticals. In addition, the company recycles electric arc furnace dust, a hazardous waste generated by steel mini-mills. Further, it provides special zinc powders, which are used in general chemical and metallurgical applications, as well as in friction applications, such as brake linings for automobiles; battery grade zinc powders that are used in alkaline, me rcuric oxide, silver oxide, and zinc-air batteries; and copper-based powders, including brass, bronze, and nickel-silver powders, which are used in various applications comprising brazing, infiltrating, and powdered metallurgical hardware, such as lock bodies, valves, and gears. Additionally, the company offers short-line railroad service for the movement of materials. It primarily serves galvanizers and brass producers; alkaline battery industries; and manufacturers of tire and rubber products, lubricating oils, chemicals, paints, ceramics, plastics, and pharmaceuticals. The company was incorporated in 2003 and is based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.


Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jake L’Ecuyer]

    Leading and Lagging Sectors
    Basic materials shares jumped about 1.72 percent in Monday’s trading. Leading the sector was strength from Century Aluminum Co (NASDAQ: CENX) and Horsehead Holding (NASDAQ: ZINC). In trading on Monday, utilities shares dropped by 0.13 percent.

  • [By Jake L’Ecuyer]

    Leading and Lagging Sectors
    Basic materials shares jumped about 1.72 percent in Monday’s trading. Leading the sector was strength from Century Aluminum Co (NASDAQ: CENX) and Horsehead Holding (NASDAQ: ZINC). In trading on Monday, utilities shares dropped by 0.13 percent.

Best Regional Bank Companies To Invest In Right Now: Aviat Networks Inc.(AVNW)


Aviat Networks, Inc. engages in the design, manufacture, and sale of a range of wireless networking products, solutions, and services worldwide. It offers point-to-point and point-to-multipoint digital microwave transmission systems for first/last mile access, middle mile/backhaul, and long distance trunking applications. The company?s products include broadband wireless access base stations and customer premises equipment for fixed and mobile; point-to-point digital microwave radio systems for access, backhaul, trunking, and license-exempt applications; and supporting network deployments, network expansion, and capacity upgrades. It also provides network management software solutions to enable operators to deploy, monitor, and manage its systems, as well as third party equipment, such as antennas, routers, and multiplexers to build and deploy a wireless transmission network and a suite of turnkey support services. In addition, the company offers professional services, su ch as network planning and design, site surveys and builds, systems integration, installation, maintenance, network monitoring, training, and customer services. It serves mobile and fixed communications service providers, original equipment manufacturers, private network operators, government agencies, transportation and utility companies, system integrators, public safety agencies, and broadcast system operators, as well as pipeline, railroad, and other industrial enterprises that operate wireless networks. The company was formerly known as Harris Stratex Networks, Inc. and changed its name to Aviat Networks, Inc. in January 2010. Aviat Networks, Inc. is headquartered in Santa Clara, California.


Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    The third quarter 2014 earnings report for network communication platform maker Ubiquiti Networks Inc (NASDAQ: UBNT), a peer of small cap stocks Aviat Networks Inc (NASDAQ: AVNW), Ceragon Networks Ltd (NASDAQ: CRNT) and DragonWave, Inc (NASDAQ: DRWI), is due out after the market closes on Thursday with shares already trending upwards as they closed 4.08% higher on Tuesday. Aside from the Ubiquiti Networks earnings report, it should be said that Aviat Networks Inc reported earnings yesterday after the market closed (shares were sinking hard in after hours trading); Ceragon Networks Ltd will report earnings before the market opens on Thursday; and DragonWave, Inc is scheduled to report after the market closes next Wednesday. So it’s a busy week for network communications stocks.

  • [By John Kell]

    Aviat Networks Inc.(AVNW) cut its fiscal second-quarter revenue forecast, citing lower-than-expected customer orders in Africa. The microwave networking company said it is working on a plan to lower expenses, with cost savings expected to come in part from consolidating Aviat’s supply chain and locations. Shares dropped 1.4% to $2.20 premarket.

Best Regional Bank Companies To Invest In Right Now: Elizabeth Arden Inc.(RDEN)

Elizabeth Arden, Inc., a beauty products company, engages in the manufacture, distribution, marketing, and sale of fragrances, skin care, and cosmetic products to retailers and other outlets worldwide. It offers various fragrance products for men and women, including perfume, colognes, eau de toilettes, eau de parfums, body sprays, and gift sets, as well as bath and body products, such as soaps, deodorants, body lotions, gels, creams, and dusting powders. The company sells its fragrance products under the Red Door, Elizabeth Arden 5th Avenue, Elizabeth Arden green tea, Pretty Elizabeth Arden, Curve, Giorgio Beverly Hills, PS Fine Cologne, White Shoulders, Juicy Couture, Kate Spade New York, John Varvatos, Rocawear, Alberta Ferretti, Halston, Geoffrey Beene, Alfred Sung, Bob Mackie, and Lucky. Its skin care products comprise moisturizers, creams, lotions, and cleansers under the Ceramide, Prevage, Eight Hour Cream, and Visible Difference. The company?s cosmetic products co nsist of foundations, lipsticks, mascaras, eye shadows, and powders in various shades and colors under the Elizabeth Arden brand name. Elizabeth Arden, Inc. sells its products primarily to department and specialty stores, mass retailers, perfumeries, boutiques, distributors, and travel retail outlets, as well as to independent fragrance, cosmetic, gift, and other stores. It also markets and sells its products through its e-commerce site at elizabetharden.com. The company was founded in 1960 and is headquartered in Miramar, Florida.


Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Roberto Pedone]

    One beauty products player that insiders are snapping up a large amount of stock in here is Elizabeth Arden (RDEN), which is engaged in the manufacture, distribution, marketing and sale of fragrances, skin care and cosmetic products worldwide. Insiders are buying this stock into massive weakness, since shares have plunged sharply in 2014 by 51%.

    Elizabeth Arden has a market cap of $511 million and an enterprise value of $893 million. This stock trades at a cheap valuation, with a forward price-to-earnings of 29. Its estimated growth rate for this year is 25.5%, and for next year it’s pegged at 243.9%. This is not a cash-rich company, since the total cash position on its balance sheet is $56.31 million and its total debt is $436.85 million.


    A beneficial owner just bought 100,019 shares, or about $1.58 million worth of stock, at $15.83 per share. That same beneficial owner also just bought 559,684 shares, or about $9.50 million worth of stock, at $16.90 per share.

    From a technical perspective, RDEN is currently trending below both its 50-day and 200-day moving averages, which is bearish. This stock recently formed a double bottom chart pattern, since shares found buying interest over the last two months at $14.65 to $15.63 a share. Following that bottom, shares of RDEN have started to bounce higher and it’s now quickly moving within range of triggering a major breakout trade.


    If you’re bullish on RDEN, then I would look for long-biased trades as long as this stock is trending above some near-term support at $15.63 a share and then once it breaks out above some key near-term overhead resistance levels at $17.89 to $18.60 a share with high volume. Look for a sustained move or close above those levels with volume that registers near or above its three-month average action of 582,318 shares. If that breakout hits soon, then RDEN will set up to re-fill some of its previous gap-down-day zone from August that started near $21 a share.


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  • [By WWW.DAILYFINANCE.COM]

    D Dipasupil/FilmMagicJustin Bieber’s Someday perfume. Plenty of stocks go up and down in any given week. The gainers inspire us to keep investing. The decliners keep greed in check while reminding us about the risks of the equity markets. Let’s go over some of last week’s best and worst performers. China Finance Online (JRJC) — Up 131 percent last week The market’s biggest winner last week was China Finance Online, more than doubling after introducing a new trading platform. The Beijing-based financial website operator announced that the new offering was the country’s first integrated, Web-based securities trading service platform. At least one noted worrywart disputed the claim. Citron Research — a popular publisher of bearish reports on stocks — tweeted that sloppy reporting and a misleading headline were making it seem as if no other online trading platform existed in the world’s most populous nation. The bulls won out. Shares of China Finance Online closed sharply higher in each of last week’s five trading days. TrueCar (TRUE) — Up 33 percent last week Closer to home, another online platform moved nicely higher after striking a deal with Chrysler and auto insurer GEICO (BRK-A). TrueCar operates a negotiation-free car buying and selling platform. It launched a platform that could shake up the insurance industry, where roughly 3 million cars are totaled each year. Insurers have typically just written a settlement check and provided a rental car voucher to cover the incident, but TrueCar’s new plan would work with launch partners GEICO and Chrysler — and other members of its insurance affinity partners in the future — to work with the insured to directly replace the vehicle. TrueCar went public at $9 just three months ago. The stock has been revving higher, going on to more than double in its brief time on the market. American Eagle Outfitters (AEO) — Up 26 percent last week Shares of American Eagle Outfitters moved higher after it posted b

Best Regional Bank Companies To Invest In Right Now: First Trust Large Cap Growth AlphaDEX Fund (FTC)


First Trust Large Cap Growth AlphaDEX Fund (the Fund), formerly First Trust Large Cap Growth Opportunities AlphaDEX Fund, is an exchange-traded fund. The investment objective of the Fund is to seek investment results that correspond generally to the price and yield of an equity index called the Defined Large Cap Growth Index (the Index). The Index is an enhanced index created and administered by Standard & Poor’s, which employs the AlphaDEX stock selection methodology to select stocks from the S&P 500 Growth Index. Standard & Poor’s constructs the Defined Large Cap Growth Index by ranking the stocks from the S&P 500 Growth Index against all the stocks in the S&P 500 Index on growth factors including 3, 6 and 12-month price appreciation, sales to price and one year sales growth, and separately on value factors, including book value to price, cash flow to price and return on assets. First Trust Advisors L.P. is the adviser of the Fund. Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By reports.droy]

    Dollar General’s management still remains optimistic as they have remarked that the ‘anti-trust issues’ are manageable. Company sources have confirmed that on September 2, the management has sweetened the proposal and send it to the Board of Directors of Family Dollar Stores. Under the terms of the revised proposal, Dollar General is ready to increase the bid to $80 per share in an all-cash deal. To further pacify the Family Dollar top brass, Dollar General’s management has agreed to divest nearly 1500 outlets if ordered by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), from the 700 store divestiture commitment given during the initial bid.