After stumbling badly on negative publicity about foodborne illness at some of its restaurants, the fast casual dining industry’s once unstoppable frontrunner finally caught a break: On February 1, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) declared Chipotle Mexican Grill (NYSE: CMG) free of the nasty E. coli bug responsible for the illness outbreak.
During the summer and fall of last year, the outbreak affected five dozen Chipotle customers in 11 states, prompting the temporary shut-down of 43 of the chain’s locations. The situation has run its course, the CDC concluded, because no new cases have been reported since December 21.
Besides sullying Chipotle’s reputation for safely providing “food with integrity,” the outbreak is wreaking havoc on the company’s stock and financials. Shares of Chipotle fell more than 40% since the news broke, and its latest quarterly report can only be described as ugly. Plus, there’s still fallout from a couple other recent outbreaks with another foodborne microbe (norovirus) involving single Chipotle locations in California and Massachusetts.
Hot Clean Energy Stocks To Own For 2016: Diebold, Incorporated(DBD)
Diebold, Incorporated provides financial self-service delivery, integrated services and software, and security systems primarily to the financial, commercial, retail, and other markets. The company operates in five segments: North America; Asia Pacific; Europe, Middle East and Africa; Latin America; and Brazil. It offers self-service technologies and services, including automated teller machine (ATM) outsourcing, ATM security, deposit automation, recycling and payment terminals, and software. The company also provides self-service support and managed services comprising installation and ongoing maintenance of products, remote services, availability management, branch automation, and distribution channel consulting; and outsourced and managed services, such as remote monitoring, troubleshooting, transaction processing, currency management, maintenance services, and online communication services. In addition, it offers electroni c security products, such as camera and video surveillance equipment, alarms, access control systems, and biometric technologies; security monitoring solutions comprising remote monitoring and diagnostics, fire detection, intrusion protection, managed access control, energy management, remote video management and storage, logical security, and Web-based solutions; and physical security and facility products, such as pneumatic tube systems for drive-up lanes, vaults, safes, depositories, bullet-resistive items, and undercounter equipment. Further, the company engages in the provision of strategic analysis and planning for new systems, systems integration, architectural engineering, consulting, and project management services; development, training, support, and maintenance of elections and lottery equipment, personal computer equipment, networking, tabulation, and diagnostic software; and design, installation, maintenance, and monitoring of electronic security systems. The co mpany was founded in 1859 and is headquartered in North Cant! on, Ohio.
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In at least one Texas bank and one Ohio credit union, 3D video banking is currently undergoing testing, according to TheFinancialBrand.com, a website for bank and credit union marketing executives. Three-dimensional video banking is similar to a consumer video conference with a bank representative –- only in this case, the executive looks like a living, breathing person sitting across from you. Thanks to theater surround sound, the representative also sounds as if they’re in the same room. And since the consumer is interacting with a real person and not an automated hologram, the experience apparently isn’t much different than the real thing. Banking and managing money isn’t what it used to be. The 1970s and 1980s brought us the rise of the ATM. Consumers became acquainted with online banking during the 1990s and the first decade of the 2000s. The 2010s are shaping up as the era of mobile banking. That was underscored Sept. 10-11 in New York City when Mitek Systems Inc. (MITK), a San Diego-based technology company, debuted its Mobile Photo Account Opening product at Finovate, a trade show where banking tech products are often unveiled. The product allows consumers to open a bank account within 60 seconds. If you have your bank’s app, you can use your smartphone’s camera to take a photo of the front and back of your driver’s license, and presto, your new checking, savings or credit card account is open. Here’s a look at other financial products and services personal financial experts think we’ll be using in the future. Within 10 years. “The economic payments system will begin to ‘know us,’ either through biometrics, optical sensor or facial recognition,” says Joshua Siegel, managing principal of StoneCastle Partners, a New York-based asset management firm that invests in banks. That’s already happening to some extent with smartphones –- the new Apple (AAPL) iPhone 5S, for example, uses fingerprint scanning to unlock the phone. Meanwhile, some fi
Hot Clean Energy Stocks To Own For 2016: Express Scripts Holding Company(ESRX)
Express Scripts Holding Company operates as a pharmacy benefit management (PBM) company in the United States, Canada, and Europe. The company operates through two segments, PBM and Other Business Operations. The companys PBM segments products and services include clinical solutions to enhance health outcomes; specialized pharmacy care; home delivery pharmacy; specialty pharmacy, including the distribution of fertility pharmaceuticals that require special handling or packaging; and retail network pharmacy administration. It also provides benefit design consultation; drug utilization review; drug formulary management; an array of Medicare, Medicaid, and health insurance marketplace; administration of a group purchasing organization; and consumer health and drug information services. In addition, the company distributes specialty pharmaceuticals and medical supplies to providers, clinics, and hospitals; and offers consulting services, including design, implementation, and project management for pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and device manufacturers to collect scientific evidence to guide the use of medicines. It serves managed care organizations, health insurers, third-party administrators, employers, union-sponsored benefit plans, workers compensation plans, government health programs, providers, clinics, hospitals, and others. As of December 31, 2015, the company operated four automated dispensing home delivery pharmacies; one non-automated dispensing home delivery pharmacy; and one non-dispensing home delivery pharmacy maintained for business continuity purpose, as well as several non-dispensing order processing centers, patient contact centers, specialty drug pharmacies, and fertility pharmacies. The company was formerly known as Aristotle Holding, Inc. and changed its name to Express Scripts Holding Company in April 2012. Express Scripts Holding Company was founded in 1986 and is headqua rtered in St. Louis, Missouri.
- [By Monica Gerson]
Wall Street expects Express Scripts Holding Company (NASDAQ: ESRX) to post its quarterly earnings at $1.22 per share on revenue of $25.20 billion. Express Scripts shares rose 0.30 percent to close at $73.55 on Friday.
Top 5 Recreation Companies For 2016: Helix Energy Solutions Group, Inc.(HLX)
Helix Energy Solutions Group, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides specialty services to the offshore energy industry primarily in the Gulf of Mexico, North Sea, the Asia Pacific, and West Africa regions. It operates through three segments: Well Intervention, Robotics, and Production Facilities. The company engineers, manages, and conducts well construction, intervention, and abandonment operations in water depths ranging from 200 to 10,000 feet; and operates remotely operated vehicles (ROVs), trenchers, and ROVDrills for offshore construction, maintenance, and well intervention services. It also offers Well intervention; intervention engineering; production enhancement; inspection, repair and maintenance of production structures, trees, jumpers, risers, pipelines and subsea equipment; and life of field support. In addition, the company provides reclamation and remediation services; well plugging and abandonment serv ices; pipeline abandonment services; and site inspections. Further, it engages in the installation of subsea pipelines, flowlines, control umbilicals, manifold assemblies, and risers; burial of pipelines; installation and tie-in of riser and manifold assembly; commissioning, testing, and inspection; and cable and umbilical lay and connection. Additionally, the company offers oil and natural gas processing services to oil and natural gas companies; and fast response system services. It serves independent oil and gas producers and suppliers, pipeline transmission companies, alternative energy companies, and offshore engineering and construction firms. The company was formerly known as Cal Dive International, Inc. and changed its name to Helix Energy Solutions Group, Inc. in March 2006. Helix Energy Solutions Group, Inc. was incorporated in 1979 and is headquartered in Houston, Texas.
- [By Lisa Levin]
In trading on Wednesday, energy shares fell by 1.01 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Helix Energy Solutions Group Inc (NYSE: HLX), down 11 percent, and CARBO Ceramics Inc. (NYSE: CRR), down 10 percent.
- [By Lisa Levin]
On Friday, energy shares gained by 2.70 percent. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included Denbury Resources Inc. (NYSE: DNR), up 14 percent, and Helix Energy Solutions Group Inc (NYSE: HLX), up 16 percent.