Its not too early to start thinking about your 2016 tax return. Year-round record keeping is particularly important in the following areas:
See Also: Amend Your Tax Return to Correct a Filing Mistake
College. If you plan to claim the American Opportunity tax credit or other educational tax breaks, keep good records of payments for tuition and other eligible expenses. Following reports that the IRS paid out billions of dollars in erroneous credits, taxpayers who claim these breaks are now subject to more-stringent reporting requirements.
Health savings accounts. These tax-advantaged accounts can help lower your medical costs, but its important to keep track of how you spend the money. Withdrawals for nonqualified expenses are subject to taxes and a 20% penalty if youre under 65.
Hot Cheapest Companies To Buy Right Now: Tidewater Inc.(TDW)
Tidewater Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides offshore service vessels and marine support services to the offshore energy industry through the operation of a fleet of marine service vessels. It provides services in support of offshore exploration, field development, and production, including towing of and anchor handling for mobile offshore drilling units; transporting supplies and personnel necessary to sustain drilling, workover, and production activities; offshore construction and seismic support; and various specialized services, such as pipe and cable laying. The company?s vessels include platform supply vessels, and anchor handling towing supply vessels that are used in transporting supplies and equipment from shore bases to deepwater and intermediate water depth offshore drilling rigs, platforms, and other installations; towing-supply and supply vessels used in intermediate and shallow waters; and crewboats and utility vessels that are chartered for transporti ng personnel and supplies from shore bases to offshore drilling rigs, platforms, and other installations. It also operates offshore tugs used for towing floating drilling rigs; assisting in the docking of tankers; towing barges; assisting in pipe laying, cable laying, and construction barges; and commercial towing operations, including towing barges carrying various bulk cargoes and containerized cargo. In addition, the company operates inshore tugs; production, line-handling, and various other special purpose vessels. Further, it operates two shipyards, which construct, modify, and repair vessels. As of March 31, 2011, the company had 378 vessels serving the global offshore energy industry. The company has operations in the United States, Gulf of Mexico, the Persian/Arabian Gulf, and areas offshore Australia, Brazil, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mexico, Trinidad, Venezuela, and West Africa. Tidewater Inc. was founded in 1956 and is headquartered in New Orleans, Louisi ana.
- [By Lisa Levin]
In trading on Thursday, energy shares dipped by 0.98 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Tidewater Inc. (NYSE: TDW), down 14 percent, and BP Prudhoe Bay Royalty Trust (NYSE: BPT), down 17 percent.
- [By Lisa Levin]
Tidewater Inc. (NYSE: TDW) shares dropped 34 percent to $4.05. Tidewater posted Q4 GAAP loss of $1.74 per share on revenue of $184.2 million.
Shares of Ionis Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: IONS) were down 40 percent to $21.30 after the company issued an update on the IONIS-TTR program. The company is evaluating IONIS-TTRRx in an ongoing Phase 3 study currently, NEURO-TTR, in patients with transthyretin (TTR) familial amyloid polyneuropathy. According to Ionis, GSK, which has an option to license IONIS-TTRx, has decided not to initiate the stage three outcome study, CARDIO-TTR that was planned to assess IONIS-TTRx in patients with TTR armyloid cardiomyopthy.
- [By Monica Gerson]
Tidewater Inc. (NYSE: TDW) is expected to post a quarterly loss at $0.59 per share on revenue of $192.39 million.
Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen Inc (NASDAQ: PLKI) is estimated to post its quarterly earnings at $0.64 per share on revenue of $85.31 million.
Hot Cheapest Companies To Buy Right Now: NewJersey Resources Corporation(NJR)
New Jersey Resources Corporation, an energy services holding company, provides regulated gas distribution, and retail and wholesale energy services. The company operates through Natural Gas Distribution, Energy Services, Clean Energy Ventures, Midstream, and Home Services and Other segments. The Natural Gas Distribution segment offers regulated retail natural gas services to approximately 512,300 residential and commercial customers in central and northern New Jersey; provides storage management services; and participates in the off-system sales and capacity release markets. The Energy Services segment provides unregulated wholesale energy management services to other energy companies and natural gas producers, as well as maintains and transacts a portfolio of physical assets consisting of natural gas storage and transportation contracts in the United States and Canada. The Clean Energy Ventures segment invests in, owns, and o perates distributed power projects, including commercial and residential solar projects located in New Jersey; and onshore wind projects in Montana, Iowa, and Kansas. The Midstream segment invests in natural gas transportation and storage facilities. The Home Services and Other segment offers heating, ventilation, and cooling services; holds and develops commercial real estate properties; and provides solar equipment installation, and plumbing repair and installation services. This segment is also involved in water appliance sales, installation, and servicing activities. The company was founded in 1922 and is based in Wall, New Jersey.
- [By Daniela Pylypczak]
New Jersey Resources Corp.(NJR) announced on Tuesday that it will raise its quarterly dividend rate by 5%.
The new quarterly dividend rate will be 42 cents per share, up 2 cents from the prior 40 cents per share rate. Annually, the dividend rate will now be $1.68 per share. The new rate will be effective with the dividend payable October 1, 2013 to shareholders of record on September 23, 2013.
Commenting on the increase, Chairman and CEO Laurence M. Downes noted “Our shareowners look to us year after year for consistent financial performance and a competitive return on their investment.he action taken today by our board of directors allows us to increase our dividend for the 20th time in the last 18 years. This is an acknowledgement of our team’s unwavering focus to provide exceptional value for our customers and shareowners.”
New Jersey Resources shares traded 0.06% lower during Tuesday’s session. Year-to-date, the stock is up 5.90%.
Best Media Stocks To Own For 2016: Rhino Resource Partners LP(RNO)
Rhino Resource Partners LP produces, processes, and sells coal of various steam and metallurgical grades in the United States. The company holds interests in various surface and underground coal mines located in Central Appalachia, Northern Appalachia, the Illinois Basin, and the Western Bituminous region. As of December 31, 2010, it operated 10 mines, including 5 underground and 5 surface mines located in Kentucky, Ohio, and West Virginia. The company markets its steam coal primarily to electric utility companies as fuel for their steam-powered generators; and metallurgical coal for steel and coke producers. It also engages in mining limestone from reserves located at its Sands Hill mining complex and sells it as aggregate to various construction companies and road builders. The company was founded in 2003 and is based in Lexington, Kentucky.
- [By Alexis Xydias]
Investors are regaining confidence, squeezing pessimists who say the economy remains sluggish outside of Germany and point to record-low trading volume as a lack of conviction in the Euro Stoxxs 61 percent rally of the past two years. Besides gains in stocks from Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria SA to Renault SA (RNO), yields on Spanish and Italian bonds have declined to a two-year low compared with German bunds and the euro has strengthened 4.6 percent to $1.35 in the past six months.
Hot Cheapest Companies To Buy Right Now: Huntington Bancshares Incorporated(HBAN)
Huntington Bancshares Incorporated operates as a holding company for The Huntington National Bank that provides commercial, small business, consumer, and mortgage banking services. The companys Retail and Business Banking segment offers financial products and services, including checking accounts, savings accounts, money market accounts, certificates of deposit, consumer loans, and small business loans; and investments, insurance, interest rate risk protection, foreign exchange and treasury management services. Its Commercial Banking segment provides corporate risk management services and institutional sales, trading, and underwriting services; commercial property and casualty, employee benefits, personal lines, life and disability, and specialty lines of insurance; and brokerage and agency services for residential and commercial title insurance, and excess and surplus product lines of insurance. The companys Automobile Fi nance and Commercial Real Estate segment offers financing for the purchase of vehicles; financing the acquisition of new and used vehicle inventory of franchised automotive dealerships; and financing for land, buildings, and other commercial real estate owned or constructed by real estate developers, automobile dealerships, or other customers. Its Regional Banking and The Huntington Private Client Group segment provides deposits, lending, and other banking services; wealth management services, and retirement plan and corporate trust services; brokerage, annuities, advisory, and other investment products. The companys Home Lending segment offers consumer loans and mortgages. The company also offers equipment leasing; and online, mobile, and telephone banking services. Huntington Bancshares Incorporated was founded in 1866 and is headquartered in Columbus, Ohio.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
Who is at the lower-end of the range for 2016 payout ratios? We expect Zions Bancorporation, Huntington Bancshares (HBAN), andBank of America to seek the least amount of capital return in 2016 (ranging between 50-60% of estimated earnings).
Hot Cheapest Companies To Buy Right Now: MGT Capital Investments Inc(MGT)
MGT Capital Investments, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, engages in acquiring, developing, and monetizing assets in the casino, online, and mobile gaming space. It operates through four segments: Medicsight Software/Devices, Medicsight Services, Gaming, and Intellectual Property. The company develops, publishes, distributes, and sells mobile games for smartphones and tablets; develops and produces free to play mobile and social casinostyle games; and owns the United States patents related to casino gaming systems. It also operates DraftDay.com, a daily fantasy sports Website that offers players to participate in real money daily fantasy gameplay for the NFL, MLB, NCAA, NHL, NBA, and professional golf; FantasySportsLive.com, an online portal for fantasy sports news and commentary; and Slot Champ. The company has strategic alliance agreements with M2P Entertainment GmbH; M2P Americas, Inc.; and MGT Studios, Inc. to marke t and exploit M2P Entertainment GmbHs gaming technology in North and South America. MGT Capital Investments, Inc. was founded in 1979 and is based in Harrison, New York.
- [By Lisa Levin]
MGT Capital Investments Inc. (NYSE: MGT) shares shot up 73 percent to $2.98 after John McAfee proposed to become Executive Chairman and CEO.
Shares of Anacor Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: ANAC) got a boost, shooting up 55 percent to $99.49 after the company agreed to be acquired by Pfizer Inc. (NYSE: PFE) for $99.25 per share.
Hot Cheapest Companies To Buy Right Now: Wendy’s/Arby’s Group Inc.(WEN)
The Wendy’s Company operates as a quick-service hamburger company in the United States. The company, through its subsidiary, Wendy’s International, Inc., operates as a franchisor of the Wendy’s restaurant system. As of December 26, 2011, the Wendy’s system comprised approximately 6,500 franchise and company restaurants in the United States and the United States territories, as well as in 26 other countries worldwide. The company was formerly known as Wendy’s/Arby’s Group, Inc. and changed its name to The Wendy’s Company in July 2011. The Wendy’s Company was founded in 1884 and is headquartered in Dublin, Ohio.
- [By Jim Jubak, Senior Markets Editor, MoneyShow.com]
It’s hard for any company to raise prices in the current non-inflationary environment. But it’s especially hard right now for operators of fast food restaurants, given the intense price competition in a very crowded marketplace. McDonald’s sales growth in recent quarters has been driven by the success of its Dollar Menu, so raising prices in that segment are a big deal for the company. In addition, pushback from franchisees who say they can’t afford to refurbish their stores, given higher charges from McDonald’s hits at one of McDonald’s key advantages in its market—it’s ability to refresh stores more frequently than competitors. A McDonald’s refresh at $600,000 on average, according to the company, costs substantially more than a remodel at Burger King (BKW) at $300,000 or Wendy’s (WEN) at $375,000 for the least expensive version. McDonald’s restaurants average $2.5 million in annual sales.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
Upgrades had a big impact on stocks today. Wendy’s (WEN), for instance, gained 4.5% to $8.62 after being upgraded to Buy at Argus, while Cash America (CSH) advanced 3.7% to $44.32 after being upgraded to Market Outperform from Market Perform at JMP Securities. Walgreen (WAG) proved the big winner in the S&P 500 afterGoldman Sachs called the stock a Conviction Buy.
- [By Michael Flannelly]
Argus Research upgraded fast food restaurant operator The Wendy’s Co (WEN) on Thursday, noting that the company’s store remodeling and new menus should help drive higher sales.
The analysts upgraded WEN from “Hold” to “Buy” and see shares reaching $10. This price target suggests a 21% upside to the stock’s Wednesday closing price of $8.25.
Wendy’s shares were up 24 cents, or 2.91%, during early morning trading on Thursday. The stock is up 54.19% year-to-date.