While silver demand among U.S. traders at the moment is muted, silver demand in India – the world’s biggest buyer of the white metal – is insatiable.
It will be one of the biggest factors supporting higher silver prices in 2014.
And it all stems from a move the government made to limit gold buying…
India – the world’s biggest gold buyer – imposed heavy import duties on the yellow metal this year to try and narrow India’s swollen trade gap. The government raised the import duty on gold three times this year to 10%.
In July, the government told importers that one-fifth of their purchases would have to be turned around for export. Only 80% would be available for domestic use.
As these import numbers show, silver has become the “go-to” precious metal for India’s investors.
It’s the greatest silver buying opportunity in history – but this is your last chance…
India Driving Silver Higher in 2014
Data released early last week showed Indian silver imports are set to hit a record this year.
Best Up And Coming Stocks To Buy For 2015: Hot Topic Inc.(HOTT)
Hot Topic, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates as a mall- and Web-based specialty retailer in the United States. The company operates Hot Topic and Torrid store concepts, as well as an e-space music discovery concept, ShockHound. Its Hot Topic stores sell music/pop culture-licensed merchandise, including tee shirts, hats, posters, stickers, patches, postcards, books, novelty accessories, CDs, and DVDs; and music/pop culture-influenced merchandise comprising women?s and men?s apparel and accessories, such as woven and knit tops, skirts, pants, shorts, jackets, shoes, costume jewelry, body jewelry, sunglasses, cosmetics, leather accessories, and gift items for young men and women primarily between the ages of 12 and 22. The company?s Torrid stores sells casual and dressy jeans and pants, fashion and novelty tops, sweaters, skirts, jackets, dresses, hosiery, shoes, intimate apparel, and fashion accessories for various lifestyles for plus-size females primarily betw een the ages of 15 and 29. As of July 30, 2011, it operated 636 Hot Topic stores in 50 states, Puerto Rico, and Canada; 145 Torrid stores; and Internet stores, hottopic.com and torrid.com. The company was founded in 1988 and is headquartered in City of Industry, California.
- [By Marshall Hargrave]
In May True Religion (TRGL) announced a buyout offer from TowerBrook Capital for $826 million. Also in May, Rue21 decided to sell itself to Apax Partners for $2.2 billion. Before that, in March, Hot Topic (HOTT) announced that Sycamore Partners was buying out it out for $600 million.
Best Up And Coming Stocks To Buy For 2015: Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated(VRTX)
Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated engages in discovering, developing, manufacturing, and commercializing small molecule drugs for the treatment of serious diseases worldwide. Its products include telaprevir, a prescription medicine used for the treatment of patients with genotype 1 hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection; and Ivacaftor, a prescription medicine used for the treatment of cystic fibrosis. The company markets its products under the INCIVEK brand name in the United States and Canada; INCIVO brand in the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Sweden, Austria, Finland, Denmark, Switzerland, and Norway; KALYDECO brand in the United States; and TELAVIC brand in Japan. Its drug candidates comprise VX-222, a Phase II clinical trial drug candidate, and ALS-2200 and ALS-2158, a Phase I clinical trial drug candidates that are designed to inhibit the replication of HCV; VX-809 and VX-661, a Phase II clinical trial drug candidates that improve the function of defective cystic fibro sis; VX-509, a Phase II clinical trial drug candidate for the treatment of patients with rheumatoid arthritis and other immune-mediated inflammatory diseases; VX-765, a Phase II clinical trial drug for the treatment of epilepsy; and VX-787, an investigational drug candidate for the treatment of influenza A. The company was founded in 1989 and is headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
- [By Jon C. Ogg]
A larger concern is this “lost in translation” issue. This REIT is acquiring 2 biomedical office buildings that are 96% occupied, with a 15-year term with Vertex Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ: VRTX). Vertex is now worth almost $20 billion and is expected to be profitable in 2015. Senior Housing will almost certainly get an earnings boost from this lease, but there is one small problem here – most investors believe that they are investing in a company that makes its bread and butter from senior living facilities. Owning biotech leases of healthy large companies is not a bad business; it just changes the focus of the company because this will add about 20% or so in size.
- [By Chris Ahlstrand]
Few industries have more surprises and high impact catalysts than biotech. It seems that every other week there are events that cause stocks to rocket higher or plummet to earth, usually from drugs that have positive or negative clinical trial results or from surprise FDA approvals or rejections. In the world of biotech, nothing is certain. At the beginning of each year, I like to take stock from these surprises and try to learn from them as best as I can, and ultimately use past history to help in making future predictions. In January, I made a few predictions on where I thought those surprises may be. With a whirlwind of activity in the sector in January, I thought it would be a good time to review each prediction and provide updates throughout the year. I will discuss each one in a separate article, but let’s get the overview out of the way. My prediction list for 2014 was as follows:
Vertex (NASDAQ: VRTX ) is going significantly higher and will be a top mid-cap performer Bristol-Myers Squibb will once again be the top performer in the large cap space Sarepta runs then tanks again on a delayed filing for eteplirsen Innate Pharma would be a big under-the-radar gainer.
What will Vertex do this year?
Let’s start with biotech company Vertex. This story hasn’t changed all that much since the beginning of the year. Its stock price in 2014 will primarily depend on the outcomes of the two late stage studies for patients with Cystic Fibrosis. To briefly recap, Vertex has undergone a major restructuring of its focus from hepatitis C to cystic fibrosis over the last two years. The Vertex drug Incivek (for hepatitis c) launched in the second quarter of 2011 and quickly became one of the best launches of any drug in history based on quarter over quarter revenue growth. In just its third quarter on the market, it generated $457 million in revenues. However, its stay as top dog in the hepatitis C space proved to be ephemeral as Gilead’s Soval
- [By Ben Levisohn]
Sovaldi selling way beyond our expectations. The initial prescription data are so massively outperforming even the biggest weeks Incivek ever had, we believe any reasonable comparison between the two drugs would indicate that U.S. sales in 2014, alone, are going to exceed $5 billion. In 4Q11, Vertex (VRTX) recognized $458 million in Incivek sales and WK reported 11,409 NRx. Sovaldi is already pacing more than 2x that volume in 1Q14. Sovaldi also has ~70% price premium over Incivek. There is almost no way barring an extreme reduction in volume over the next few weeks that Gilead won’t hit at least $1 billion in sales in 1Q14 (consensus is at $336 million), and that really only accounts for U.S. sales. While we expect a slower uptake ex-US, we note that historical Incivo sales indicate that there is likely to be an additional $1 billion in Sovaldi sales in 2014 coming from ex-U.S. territories. We believe this volume implies that next year’s sofosbuvir/ledipisvir sales are not only set to be the best launch ever, but exceed the highest single year sales of any pharmaceutical product in history…As a result of our model changes, we are raising our price target to $103 and elevating the stock to Outperform.
- [By Gaurab Chakrabarti]
What do HIV, epilepsy and cellular suicide have in common? Vertex Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: VRTX ) . More specifically, VX-765.
In a recent report in the journal Science researchers at University of California, San Francisco and the Gladstone Institute of Virology and Immunology found that most CD4 T-cells aren’t killed by the HIV virus directly, but by the body’s cellular “suicide response” via a protein called caspase-1 (or interleukin-1 converting enzyme) and stopping this process prevents the progression of HIV to AIDS. What’s more, the researchers showed that this suicide process is specifically inhibited by Vertex Pharmaceutical’s caspase-1 inhibitor VX-765. If that amalgam of letters and numbers sounds familiar, it’s because back in 2011 VX-765 failed clinical trials to treat epileptics, but was deemed safe for ingestion by humans. The latter part of this early failure is crucial as it suggests VX-765 can start human trials as an HIV therapeutic rather quickly.
Best Up And Coming Stocks To Buy For 2015: Brazilian Real(BK)
The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation, a financial services company, provides various products and services worldwide. The company offers a range of equity, fixed income, cash, and alternative/overlay products, as well as distributes investment management products. It also provides investment management, wealth and estate planning, and private banking solutions to high-net-worth individuals and families, charitable gift programs, endowments and foundations, and related entities, as well as offers mutual funds, separate accounts, and annuities. In addition, the company provides global custody and fund, securities lending, investment manager outsourcing, performance and risk analytics, alternative investment, securities clearance, collateral management, corporate trust, broker-dealer, and employee investment plan services, as well as clearing services and global payment/working capital solutions to institutional clients. Further, it offers American and global depositary re ceipt programs, cash management solutions, payment services, liquidity services, foreign exchange, global clearing and execution, managed account services, and global prime brokerage solutions to corporations, public funds, government agencies, foundations, and endowments; global financial institutions, including banks, broker-dealers, asset managers, insurance companies and central banks; and financial intermediaries, independent registered investment advisors, and hedge fund managers. Additionally, the company provides credit-related services, and global markets and institutional banking services; engages in business exits, and corporate treasury activities; and leases financing portfolios. The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation was founded in 1784 and is headquartered in New York, New York.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
Based on Moody’s updated views on US government support and standalone bank considerations, Moody’s lowered by one notch the senior holding company ratings of Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan, and Bank of New York Mellon (BK).
- [By John Grgurich]
1. U.S. Bancorp is a bigger bank than you think
Again, it’s not bank that’s in the news everyday, but for its size, it easily could be. With more than $353 billion in total assets, it’s the seventh largest bank in the country, just ahead of Bank of New York Mellon (NYSE: BK ) , another low-drama bank that rewards the patient, long-term investor.
- [By Monica Gerson]
The Bank of New York Mellon (NYSE: BK) is expected to report its Q3 earnings at $0.58 per share on revenue of $3.75 billion.
Comerica (NYSE: CMA) is estimated to report its Q3 earnings at $0.71 per share on revenue of $616.42 million.
Best Up And Coming Stocks To Buy For 2015: Inteliquent Inc (IQNT)
Inteliquent Inc, formerly Neutral Tandem, Inc., doing business as Inteliquent, incorporated on April 19, 2001, provides solutions for voice, data, and hosted services globally. With over 120 Ethernet sites across four continents, the Company is a global Ethernet interconnection provider, and has an Internet protocol version 6 (IPv6) network. Inteliquent is a network solutions provider, offering intelligent networking to solve interconnection and interoperability issues on a global scale. With multiprotocol label switching (MPLS) network, which is interconnected to carriers globally, it provides voice, Internet protocol (IP) transit and Ethernet solutions to carriers, service providers, and content management firms based in over 80 countries, across six continents. Its IP Transit provides bandwidth for Internet service providers (ISP), mobile operators, Telcos, enterprises and content providers. In September 2012, it announced the establishment of its Turkish subsidiary, as well as its strategic alliance with Turkey’s Turkcell Superonline. In April 2013, Neutral Tandem Inc acquired the global data services business of Global Telecom & Technology Inc.
The Company simplifies the complexities of data networking by making interconnection. Its EtherCloud transforms and simplifies the delivery of Ethernet and virtual private local area network (LAN) service (VPLS) services over a global footprint. A layer-II platform, EtherCloud connects partner networks into a seamless Ethernet cloud, which delivers end-to-end connectivity globally. It relies on Inteliquent’s global MPLS backbone as a distributed switched network, which is accessible in 120 point of purchases (PoPs) across four continents, to interconnect partners’ networks through standardized external network-to-network interfaces (E-NNIs). By interconnecting partner networks to create one holistic Ethernet cloud, EtherCloud enables you to both source and to sell Ethernet and VPLS connectivity. It provides a one-stop-shop to conne! ct globally.
The Company provides a range of voice services. Inteliquent’s voice services include streamlined session initiation protocol (SIP) interconnection options for domestic and international long distance traffic. It offers terminating and originating access, which supports billions of minutes of billable traffic each month. Its services include Access Homing Tandem and Gateway Tandem Services. It has the first wholesale, white-label hosted collaboration solution to be resold by value added resellers (VAR) and system integrators (SI). The hosted collaboration solution (HCS) offers a range of unified communication products and services, including single number reach, integrated messaging and presence, video calling, and WebEx integration.
- [By Steve Symington]
In fact, I had one such moment last year when I finally sold my shares of Inteliquent (NASDAQ: IQNT ) around $12 per share after holding them for much less time than I had originally planned. At the time, the stock had already been beaten down from its 2009 highs over $30 per share, and I had high hopes that the company might eventually regain its former glory.
- [By Rick Munarriz]
Briefly in the news
And now let’s take a quick look at some of the other stories that shaped our week.
Shares of Chipotle Mexican Grill (NYSE: CMG ) hit a new 52-week high after posting stronger revenue than analysts were expecting. The burrito roller also indicated that menu price increases are on the way in a move that will increase margins. Netflix (NASDAQ: NFLX ) also landed a fresh 52-week high, but it doesn’t report until next week. The big push for the leading video service was a dozen Emmy nominations for House of Cards and Arrested Development. There’s always a model-affirming Emmy nod in the banana stand. Inteliquent (NASDAQ: IQNT ) moved sharply higher after jacking up its revenue and adjusted EBITDA targets for the year. The provider of wholesale voice services had hosed down its outlook in May.
Best Up And Coming Stocks To Buy For 2015: NIC Inc. (EGOV)
NIC Inc. provides eGovernment services that enable governments use the Internet to provide various services to businesses and citizens in the United States. It operates in two segments, Portal Outsourcing, and Software and Services. The Portal Outsourcing segment enters into long-term contracts with governments to design, build, and operate Web-based enterprise-wide portals on their behalf. These portals consist of Web sites and applications that enable businesses and citizens to access government information online and complete transactions, including applying for a permit, retrieving driver?s history records, and filing a government-mandated form or report. The Software and Services segment involves in the software development and services to state and local governments, and federal agencies; development and management of the national motor carrier pre-employment screening program; design and development of online campaign expenditure and ethics compliance systems for fe deral and state government agencies; and provision of software applications and services for electronic filings and document management for the California Secretary of State. It also provides consulting, application development, and portal management services to governments. The company was founded in 1991 and is headquartered in Olathe, Kansas.
- [By Michael A. Robinson]
Indeed, NIC Inc. (Nasdaq: EGOV) is an expert at building government websites that operate flawlessly. It counts 3,500 government agencies as e-government clients.
- [By CRWE]
NIC Inc.(NASDAQ:EGOV), the nation’s premier provider of eGovernment services, will discuss its 2012 second quarter financial results via a conference call on Thursday, August 2, 2012 at 4:30 p.m. (EDT), with the news release issued at 4 p.m. (EDT) the same day.
Best Up And Coming Stocks To Buy For 2015: Chindex International Inc.(CHDX)
Chindex International, Inc. engages in the provision of healthcare services; and sale of medical equipment, instrumentation, and products. The company operates in two segments, Healthcare Services and Medical Products. The Healthcare Services segment owns and operates the United Family Healthcare network of private hospitals and clinics in the Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangzhou markets. This segment also operates a managed clinic in the city of Wuxi, south of Shanghai. It offers a range of family healthcare services, including 24/7 emergency rooms, intensive care units, and neonatal intensive care units, operating rooms, clinical laboratory, radiology, and blood banking services for men, women, and children. The Medical Products segment markets, distributes, and sells medical capital equipment, instrumentation, and other medical products for use in hospitals in China and Hong Kong. It offers diagnostic color ultrasound imaging devices, robotic surgical systems and instrument ation, mammography and breast biopsy devices, and lasers for cosmetic surgery. This segment sells its products through its direct sales force. The company was founded in 1981 and is based in Bethesda, Maryland.
- [By Jake L’Ecuyer]
Leading and Lagging Sectors
Tuesday morning, the healthcare sector proved to be a source of strength for the market. Healthcare stocks surged 1% in today’s trading. Leading the sector was strength from Forest Laboratories (NYSE: FRX) and Chindex International (NASDAQ: CHDX) on acquisition news.
- [By Jake L’Ecuyer]
Leading the sector was strength from Forest Laboratories (NYSE: FRX) and Chindex International (NASDAQ: CHDX) on acquisition news. In trading on Tuesday, non-cyclical consumer goods & services shares were relative laggards, down on the day by 0.2%.
Best Up And Coming Stocks To Buy For 2015: Radware Ltd.(RDWR)
Radware Ltd. provides application delivery solutions and network security solutions to banks, insurance companies, manufacturing and retail, government agencies, media companies, and service providers worldwide. The company offers AppDirector Intelligent Application Delivery Controller for data center optimization and to eliminate traffic surges, server bottlenecks, connectivity disconnects, and downtime for business continuity; and Alteon Application Switch application delivery controller that supports local, global, and transparent load-balance, multi-homing network load-balance, and bandwidth management capabilities. It also provides AppXML, which offers XML and Web services communications for mission-critical applications; AppWall, a Web application firewall (WAF) appliance that secures Web applications; LinkProof that manages wide area networks and Internet traffic for networks; Content Inspection Director, a smart redirection and dynamic policy enforcement device to meet contemporary carrier needs; and Session Initiation Protocol Director, an application delivery controller for application vendors, telecom equipment manufacturers, and system integrators. In addition, the company offers DefensePro Intrusion Prevention and Denial of Service products that protect against worms, bots, viruses, malicious intrusions, and DOS attacks; Inflight, a hardware device that provides online and network-based monitoring solutions; and APSolute Vision, an appliance-based management and monitoring system for information technology staff to centrally manage distributed devices and check the performance and security of enterprise wide application delivery infrastructures. It markets and sells its products primarily through distributors and resellers in North America, Europe, and Asia, as well as directly to select customers in the United States. Radware Ltd. was founded in 1996 and is headquartered in Tel Aviv, Israel.
- [By Evan Niu, CFA]
What: Shares of Radware (NASDAQ: RDWR ) have fallen by as much as 24% after the company announced disappointing preliminary earnings for the first quarter.
- [By Evan Niu, CFA]
Rival ADC vendor Radware (NASDAQ: RDWR ) also issued disappointing preliminary results this morning, with its own revenue projected at $45 million — also below its guidance. Radware said sales were strong in the U.S. market but cited weakness in EMEA and China for its weakness.
- [By Seth Jayson]
Radware (Nasdaq: RDWR ) reported earnings on July 25. Here are the numbers you need to know.
The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended June 30 (Q2), Radware met expectations on revenues and missed estimates on earnings per share.
Best Up And Coming Stocks To Buy For 2015: Telstra Corporation Ltd (TLSYY.PK)
Telstra Corporation Limited (Telstra) telecommunications and information services company providing telecommunications and information services for domestic and international customers. The Company operates in nine segments: Telstra Consumer and Country Wide (TC&CW); Telstra Business (TB); Telstra Enterprise and Government (TE&G); Telstra Wholesale (TW); Telstra Media Group; Telstra International Group; TelstraClear; Telstra Operations and Other. On July 6, 2011, Telstra announced changes to its organisational structure. Effective August 1, 2011, the entire sales and retail customer service workforce, was unified in a single business unit, Telstra Customer Sales and Service, responsible for sales and services to all segments, including consumer, business, enterprise and government customers. On March 27, 2012, the Company sold its 67% shareholding in Dotad Media Holdings Limited, and on July 21, 2011, it sold its 64.4% shareholding in Adstream (Aust) Pty Ltd. On 17 May 201 2, the Company acquired an additional 11% interest in Autohome Inc. Effective August 22, 2013, Telstra Corp Ltd acquired NSC Group, a provider of industrial automation services. In November 2013, Telstra Corporation Limited increased its Autohome shareholding from 66% to 71.5%. Effective January 21, 2014, Telstra Corp Ltd acquired O2 Networks, a developer of data networking and network security software.
Telstra Consumer and Country Wide
The TC&CW segment is responsible for providing the full range of telecommunication products, services and solutions (across Mobiles, Fixed and Wireless Broadband, Telephony and Pay TV) to consumer customers in metropolitan, regional, rural and remote areas of Australia. This is achieved through inbound and outbound call centres, Telstra Shops (owned and licensed), Telstra Dealers and Telstra Digital. Telstra Digital is responsible for delivering self service capabilities for all Telstra customers, across all phases of the customer experience from browsing to buying and bill ! and service requests.
Telstra Business (TB)
TB is responsible for providing Australia’s small to medium enterprises. It provides a range of telecommunications products, services and solutions, including the latest in cloud computing.
Telstra Enterprise and Government (TE&G)
TE&G is responsible for provision of network services and applications and integrated voice, data and mobile solutions. It provides these solutions via Telstra Next Generation Services to enterprise and government customers.
Telstra Operations (TOps)
TOps is responsible for overall planning, design, engineering and architecture of Telstra networks, technology and information technology; construction of infrastructure for its Company’s fixed, mobile, Internet protocol (IP) and data networks; delivery of customer services across these networks; operation, assurance and maintenance, including activation and restoration of these networks, and supply and delivery of informationtechnology solutions to support its products, services, customer support functions and its internal needs. It also delivers network-centric professional services, managed services and outsourcing services for Telstra customers.
Telstra Wholesale (TW)
TW is responsible for the provision of a range of telecommunication products and services delivered over Telstra networks and associated support systems to non-Telstra branded carriers, carriage service providers and Internet service providers. Telstra Wholesale also provides services to NBN Co Limited.
Telstra Media Group (TMG)
TMG is responsible for the management and growth of the domestic directories and advertising business, including print, voice and digital directories, digital mapping and satellite navigation, digital display advertising and business information services. This includes the management of Yellow Pages, Whit e Pages, Whereis, Citysearch, 1234 and Quotify. It also mana! ges of it! s investment in Digital Media content, services and applications, including Trading Post, Telstra Advertising Network, BigPond content including music, movies, sport and games, Internet Protocol television (IPTV), online portals and the FOXTEL partnership.
Telstra International Group (TIG)
TI is responsible for managing Telstra’s assets outside Australia and New Zealand. It includes CSL New World Mobility Limited, which is its 76.4% owned Hong Kong-based subsidiary in, responsible for providing full mobile services, including handset sales, voice and data products to the Hong Kong market. These services are delivered over CSL’s third generation (3G) and 4G Long Term Evolution networks. Its mainland China business provides digital media services in auto, IT and consumer electronics (this includes the Autohome and Sequel IT businesses). Its managed services and international connectivity business, provides managed network services, international d ata and voice, and satellite across Asia Pacific, China, India, Europe, and Africa.
TClear is the Company’s New Zealand subsidiary. TClear is responsible for providing full telecommunications services to the New Zealand market.
Telstra Innovation, Products and Marketing
TIPM is responsible for innovation, product, promotion and pricing across Telstra. TIPM is also responsible for the overall brand, sponsorship, promotion and advertising direction of Telstra, as well as maintaining industry analyst relations and embedding market-based management across the Company. This is done by delivering data-driven customer insights that put the customer at the centre of everything Telstra does.
Corporate areas provides operational and strategic legal support and advice across the Company; manages Telstra’s public policy and communications; provides the functions of corporate
< p>planning, accounting and administration, treasury, risk ma! nagement ! and assurance, investor relations, mergers and acquisitions and corporate strategy. The segment also supports in organisational design and change, implementation of people and culture initiatives, leadership development, talent and succession management, health, safety and wellbeing, professional development, workplace relations and all employment and remuneration policies. The segment provides the functions of credit management, billing and procurement.
- [By David Hunkar]
Current Dividend Yield: 4.91%
Sector: Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels
Company: Telstra Corp Ltd (TLSYY.PK)
Current Dividend Yield: 6.43%
Best Up And Coming Stocks To Buy For 2015: KBR Inc. (KBR)
KBR, Inc. operates as an engineering, construction, and services company supporting the energy, hydrocarbon, government services, minerals, civil infrastructure, power, and industrial sectors worldwide. Its Downstream business unit provides front end engineering design; detailed engineering; engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC); EPC management; and program management services to petrochemical, refining, coal gasification, and syngas markets. The company?s Government and Infrastructure business unit provides program and project management, contingency logistics, operations and maintenance, construction management, engineering, and other services to military and civilian branches of governments and private clients. Its Services business unit delivers engineering, construction, construction management, fabrication, maintenance, and turnaround services. It also offers maintenance, construction, and drilling support services for offshore oil and gas producing facili ties using semisubmersible vessels. This segment serves oil, gas, petrochemicals, and hydrocarbon processing industries, as well as power, alternate energy, pulp and paper, industrial and manufacturing, and pharmaceutical industries. The company?s Technology business unit offers various process technologies, including value-added technologies in the coal monetization, petrochemical, refining, and syngas markets. Its Upstream business unit constructs liquefied natural gas, gas-to-liquids, onshore oil and gas production facilities, offshore oil and gas production facilities, and onshore and offshore pipelines. The company?s Ventures business unit invests in and manages projects, where the company provides engineering, construction, construction management or operations, and maintenance services. KBR, Inc. was founded in 1901 and is based in Houston, Texas.
- [By John Kell]
Among the companies with shares expected to actively trade in Friday’s session are Deckers Outdoor Corp.(DECK), KBR Inc.(KBR) and Pier 1 Imports Inc.(PIR)
- [By Jake L’Ecuyer]
KBR (NYSE: KBR) was down, falling 14.68 percent to $27.25 after the company reported fourth-quarter results and announced a new $350 million share buyback program. BB&T Capital downgraded the stock from Buy to Hold.
Best Up And Coming Stocks To Buy For 2015: Citigroup Inc.(C)
Citigroup, Inc., a global financial services company, provides consumers, corporations, governments, and institutions with a range of financial products and services. The company operates through two segments, Citicorp and Citi Holdings. The Citicorp segment operates as a global bank for businesses and consumers with two primary businesses, Regional Consumer Banking and Institutional Clients Group. The Regional Consumer Banking business provides traditional banking services, including retail banking, and branded cards in North America, Asia, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. The Institutional Clients Group business provides securities and banking services comprising investment banking and advisory services, lending, debt and equity sales and trading, institutional brokerage, foreign exchange, structured products, cash instruments and related derivatives, and private banking; and transaction services consisting of treasury and trade solutions, and securiti es and fund services. The Citi Holdings segment operates Brokerage and Asset Management, Local Consumer Lending, and Special Asset Pool businesses. The Brokerage and Asset Management Business, through its 49% stake in Morgan Stanley Smith Barney joint venture and Nikko Cordial Securities, offers retail brokerage and asset management services. The Local Consumer Lending business provides residential mortgage loans, retail partner card loans, personal loans, commercial real estate, and other consumer loans, as well as western European cards and retail banking services. The Special Asset Pool business is a portfolio of securities, loans, and other assets. Citigroup Inc. has approximately 200 million customer accounts and operates in approximately 160 countries. The company was founded in 1812 and is based in New York, New York.
- [By WALLSTCHEATSHEET]
Citigroup is a bellwether that offers essential financial products and services to consumers and companies worldwide. The company said on Friday that it discovered fraudulent loans in its Mexico subsidiary and that its employees may have been in on the crime. The stock has struggled to make significant progress over the last couple of quarters and is currently trading sideways. Over the last four quarters, earnings and revenues have been rising. However, investors have had conflicting feelings about recent earnings announcements. Relative to its peers and sector, Citigroup has been a poor year-to-date performer. WAIT AND SEE what Citigroup does this quarter.
- [By Paul Ausick]
Citigroup Inc. (NYSE: C) offers traditional banking and credit card services at 172 branches in its Europe/Middle East/Africa regional consumer banking operation, of which Poland, Russia and the UAE are the largest. The bank also holds $10.3 billion in aggregate assets in Russia, making it the bank’s 10-largest emerging market holding. The bulk of the assets comprises $6.5 billion in loans held by the Institutional Clients Group and $1.7 billion in loans held by the Global Consumer Banking group.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
Shares of JPMorgan have ticked up 0.1% to $57.64 at 2:30 p.m. today, while Citigroup (C) has risen 0.3% to $48.29, Bank of America (BAC) is up 0.1% at $16.31 and Wells Fargo (WFC) has dropped 0.2% to $45.56.
Best Up And Coming Stocks To Buy For 2015: Acadia Healthcare Company Inc (ACHC)
Acadia Healthcare Company, Inc., incorporated on October 24, 2005, is a provider of inpatient behavioral healthcare services in the United States. The Company’s principal business is to develop and operate inpatient psychiatric facilities, residential treatment centers, group homes, substance abuse facilities and facilities providing outpatient behavioral health services in the United States. In January 2014, the Company announced that it has completed the acquisition of inpatient psychiatric facilities in Seattle, Washington, and Riverside, California.
In December 2011, the Company closed three outpatient facilities and a 24-bed substance abuse facility acquired from PHC on November 1, 2011. The Company’s facilities and services consists of acute inpatient psychiatric facilities; residential treatment centers, group homes, therapeutic group homes and foster care; substance abuse centers; outpatient community-based services, and other behavioral services, incl uding specialized educational services and call centers.
Acute Inpatient Psychiatric Facilities
The Company’s acute inpatient psychiatric facilities provide a high level of care in order to stabilize patients that are either a threat to themselves or to others. The acute setting provides 24-hour observation, daily intervention and monitoring by psychiatrists. The Company’s facilities, which offer acute care services provide evaluation and crisis stabilization of patients with severe psychiatric diagnoses through a medical delivery that incorporates structured and intensive medical and behavioral therapies with 24-hour monitoring by a psychiatrist, psychiatric trained nurses, therapists and other direct care staff. As of December 31, 2011, the Company operated 10 facilities that provided acute care services in addition to other services.
Residential Treatment Centers/Group Homes
The Company’s residential treatment cent ers treat patients with behavioral disorders in a non-hospit! al setting. The facilities balance therapy activities with social, academic and other activities. The Company provides residential treatment care through a medical model residential treatment facility, which offers intensive, medically-driven interventions and individualized treatment regimens designed to deal with moderate to high level patient acuity. Treatment is provided by an interdisciplinary team coordinating psychopharmacological, individual, group and family therapy, along with specialized accredited educational programs in both secure and unlocked environments. As of December 31, 2011, the Company operated 14 facilities that provided residential treatment care, in addition to other services.
The Company’s group home programs provide family-style living for youths in a single house or apartment within residential communities where supervision and support are provided by 24-hour staff. The Company also operates therapeutic group homes that provide treat ment services for seriously, emotionally disturbed adolescents. The Company also manages therapeutic foster care programs, which are considered the least restrictive form of therapeutic placement for children and adolescents with emotional disorders. As of December 31, 2011, the Company operated three facilities that provided group home and therapeutic group home services.
Outpatient Community-Based Services
The Company’s community-based services are provided for two age groups: children and adolescents (seven to 18 years of age) and young children (three months to six years of age). Community-based programs are designed to provide therapeutic treatment to children and adolescents who have a clinically-defined emotional, psychiatric or chemical dependency disorder while enabling the youth to remain at home and within their community. Community-based programs developed for these age groups provide an array of therapeutic services to children. As of D ecember 31, 2011, the Company operated eight facilities that! provided! community-based services.
Substance Abuse Centers
The Company’s Substance abuse centers (or SACs) provide a continuum of care for adults with addictive disorders and co-occurring mental disorders. The Company’s detox, inpatient, partial hospitalization and outpatient treatment programs give patients access to the least restrictive level of care. As of December 31, 2011, the Company operated two SACs.
Specialized Education Services and Other Behavioral Services
The Company’s education programs provide an educational experience to children and adolescents having special education needs. In some states, the Company provides educational services on an extended school year basis. The Company also has charter schools that utilize teaching methods that address therapeutic needs particular to learning and behavioral deficits of the students. The Company’s education services also include vocational education and training that ma y allow those residents to become employable in entry level positions in the communities in, which they reside. GED preparation courses are also offered for students who require assistance in developing test-taking skills and who would benefit from tutoring services. As of December 31, 2011, the Company operated 11 facilities that provided educational services.
The Company also offers a variety of other behavioral health services for specialized populations who need specific treatment methods Programs include at risk infant and children clinics, sexually maladaptive behavior (SMB) programs, programs for adolescent females, programs for the mentally retarded and developmentally disabled youth and programs for severe and persistently mentally ill youths.
Call Center Operations
The Company provides management , administrative and help lines services. The Company provides these servicesthrough contracts with railroads and a call center con tract with Wayne County, Michigan.
The Company ! competes ! with UHS, Aurora Behavioral Health Care (Aurora) and Ascend Health Corporation (Ascend).
- [By Tom Lydon]
Top holdings based on the index include Acadia Healthcare Companies (ACHC), Amsurg Corporation (AMSG), Brookdale Senior Living (BKD), Clarcor (CLC) and Community Health Systems (CYH).
- [By Roberto Pedone]
Acadia Healthcare (ACHC) develops and operates a network of behavioral health facilities, providing premier psychiatric and chemical dependency services to its patients. This stock closed up 6.5% at $36.87 in Wednesday’s trading session.
Wednesday’s Volume: 792,000
Three-Month Average Volume: 360,986
Volume % Change: 124%
From a technical perspective, ACHC soared higher here right above its 50-day moving average at $34.12 with strong upside volume. This move pushed shares of ACHC into breakout territory, since the stock took out its former 52-week high at $36. Shares of ACHC have been uptrending strong over the last six months, with shares soaring higher from its low of $24.93 to its intraday high of $37. During that move, shares of ACHC have been making mostly higher lows and higher highs, which is bullish technical price action.
Traders should now look for long-biased trades in ACHC as long as it’s trending above its 50-day at $34.12 and then once it sustains a move or close above Wednesday’s high of $37 with volume that’s near or above 360,986 shares. If we get that move soon, then ACHC will set up to enter new 52-week-high territory, which is bullish technical price action. Some possible upside targets off that breakout are $40 to $45.
Best Up And Coming Stocks To Buy For 2015: Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp (FMCC)
Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation (Freddie Mac) conducts business in the United States residential mortgage market and the global securities market. The Company operates in three segments: Single-family Guarantee, Investments, and Multifamily. The Single-family Guarantee segment reflects results from the Company’s single-family credit guarantee activities. The Investments segment reflects results from the Company’s investment, funding and hedging activities. The Multifamily segment reflects results from the Company’s investment (both purchases and sales), securitization, and guarantee activities in multifamily mortgage loans and securities. The Company conducts its operations in the United States and its territories.
Single-Family Guarantee Segment
In the Company’s Single-family Guarantee segment, it purchases single-family mortgage loans originated by the Company’s seller/servicers in the primary mortgage market. The Company uses the mo rtgage securitization process to package the purchased mortgage loans into guaranteed mortgage-related securities. The Company guarantees the payment of principal and interest on the mortgage-related security in exchange for management and guarantee fees. The Company’s customers are lenders in the primary mortgage market that originate mortgages for homeowners. These lenders include mortgage banking companies, commercial banks, savings banks, community banks, credit unions, Housing Finance Agency (HFAs), and savings and loan associations. The Company’s customers also service loans in its single-family credit guarantee portfolio.
Mortgage securitization is a process, by which the Company purchase mortgage loans that lenders originate, and pool these loans into mortgage securities that are sold in global capital markets. The United States residential mortgage market consists of a primary mortgage market that links homebuyers and lenders and a secondary mortga ge market that links lenders and investors. The Company part! icipates in the secondary mortgage market by purchasing mortgage loans and mortgage-related securities for investment and by issuing guaranteed mortgage-related securities. In the Single-family Guarantee segment, it purchase and securitize single-family mortgages, which are mortgages that are secured by one- to four-family properties. The types of mortgage-related securities it issue and guarantee include PCs, REMICs and Other Structured Securities and Other Guarantee Transactions. The Company also issue mortgage-related securities to third parties in exchange for non-Freddie Mac mortgage-related securities. The non-Freddie Mac mortgage-related securities are transferred to trusts that were specifically created for the purpose of issuing securities, or certificates, in the Other Guarantee Transactions.
In the Company’s Investments segment, it invests principally in mortgage-related securities and single-family performing mortga ge loans, which are funded by other debt issuances and hedged using derivatives. In the Company’s Investments segment, it also provides funding and hedging management services to the Single-family Guarantee and Multifamily segments. The Company’s customers for its debt securities predominantly include insurance companies, money managers, central banks, depository institutions, and pension funds. The Company funds its investment activities by issuing short-term and long-term debt. The Company’s PCs are an integral part of its mortgage purchase program. The Company’s Single-family Guarantee segment purchases many of its mortgages by issuing PCs in exchange for those mortgage loans in guarantor swap transactions. The Company also issue PCs backed by mortgage loans that it purchased for cash.
The Company’s multifamily segment issues Other Structured Securities, but does not issue REMIC securities. The Company multifamily s egment also enters into other guarantee commitments for mult! ifamily H! FA bonds and housing revenue bonds held by third parties. The Company acquires a portion of its multifamily mortgage loans from several large seller/servicers.
The Company competes with Federal National Mortgage Association (Fannie Mae), Government National Mortgage Association (Ginnie Mae), Mae Federal Housing Administration/the United States Department of Veteran Affairs (FHA/VA) and Federal Home Loan Bank (FHLB).
- [By Ben Levisohn]
The S&P 500 fell 0.5% to 1,867.63, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 0.4% to 16,351.25. Goldman Sachs fell 2.1% to $169.89 today (weakness in commodities hitting the investment banks?), while United Technologies declined 1.8% to $115.64 and E.I. du Pont de Nemours dropped 2% to $66.01 after it said that bad weather and turmoil in the Ukraine would hit earnings. Fannie Mae (FNMA) fell 31% and Freddie Mac (FMCC) dropped 27% after leaders of the Senate banking committee Senate agreed on a plan to wind them down.
- [By Alexander MacLennan]
As the name implies, government sponsored entities (GSEs) have a relationship with the government that is more than the standard private corporation-to-government relationship. But after the financial crisis of 2008 and some changes to the financing terms in 2012, Fannie Mae (NASDAQOTCBB: FNMA ) and Freddie Mac (NASDAQOTCBB: FMCC ) are more in government control than almost any other shareholder-owned corporation.
- [By Matthew Frankel]
A lot of news stories today have to do with Fannie Mae (NASDAQOTCBB: FNMA ) or Freddie Mac (NASDAQOTCBB: FMCC ) , which have both become household names as a result of the mortgage crisis. However, even though these are both very well-known companies, not very many Americans really know what the companies do and why they were created.
Best Up And Coming Stocks To Buy For 2015: Insperity Inc. (NSP)
Insperity, Inc. provides an array of human resources (HR) and business solutions to help enhance business performance for small and medium-sized businesses. The company provides its HR business offering through its Workforce Optimization solution, which encompasses a range of human resource functions, including payroll and employment administration, employee benefits, workers compensation, government compliance, performance management, and training and development services. It also offers human capital management, payroll services, time and attendance, performance management, organizational planning, recruiting services, employment screening, financial services, expense management, retirement services, and insurance services through desktop applications and software as a service delivery models. Insperity, Inc. has a strategic alliance with GrowthForce LLC. The company was formerly known as Administaff, Inc. and changed its name to Insperity, Inc. in March 2011. Insperit y, Inc. was founded in 1986 and is headquartered in Kingwood, Texas.
- [By Caroline Bennett]
Sales for human resources provider Insperity (NYSE: NSP ) moved up 5.5% this quarter compared to the same time in 2012. The company attributed its growing revenue to a 1.7% boost in the average number of worksite employees paid per month, as well as a 3.6% increase in monthly revenues of said employees.
- [By CRWE]
Insperity, Inc. (NYSE:NSP), a leading provider of human resources and business performance solutions for America’s best businesses, reported that its board of directors has declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.17 per share. The dividend will be paid on Sept. 28, 2012, to all stockholders of record as of Sept. 7, 2012.
Best Up And Coming Stocks To Buy For 2015: Pinnacle Entertainment Inc.(PNK)
Pinnacle Entertainment, Inc. owns, develops, and operates casinos, and related hospitality and entertainment facilities in the United States. It operates casinos, such as L’Auberge du Lac in Lake Charles, Louisiana; River City Casino and Lumiere Place in St. Louis, Missouri; Boomtown New Orleans in New Orleans, Louisiana; Belterra Casino Resort in Vevay, Indiana; Boomtown Bossier City in Bossier City, Louisiana; and Boomtown Reno in Reno, Nevada. The company also operates River Downs racetrack in southeast Cincinnati, Ohio. As of May 26, 2011, it operated seven casinos and one racetrack. The company was formerly known as Hollywood Park, Inc. and changed its name to Pinnacle Entertainment, Inc. in February 2000. Pinnacle Entertainment, Inc. was founded in 1935 and is based in Las Vegas, Nevada.
- [By Sean Williams]
Time to make the switch
If I could name a sector that I’d certainly tread lightly around considering that consumers are tightening their wallets, it would be the casino sector. Casino companies rely on loose wallets and vacations to drive profits. This is why I feel it could be the time to say goodbye to casino and race track operator Pinnacle Entertainment (NYSE: PNK ) near its 52-week high.
- [By Travis Hoium]
What: Shares of Ameristar Casinos (NASDAQ: ASCA ) and Pinnacle Entertainment (NYSE: PNK ) fell as much as 11% today after the government brought into question the merger of the two companies.
- [By Dan Radovsky]
Pinnacle Entertainment (NYSE: PNK ) has reached an agreement in principle with the Bureau of Competition of the Federal Trade Commission that would allow the company to complete its proposed acquisition of Ameristar Casinos (NASDAQ: ASCA ) , Pinnacle announced today.