Hot Companies To Buy Right Now

LPL Financial (LPLA) announced on Monday that it is no longer allowing standalone reps to be their own supervisors (but they can keep their Series 24 and 26 licenses). Independent broker-dealer recruiter Jon Henschen, citing a LPL Financial registered rep, said that going forward, they will need to do one of the following:


— Be under a multi-rep office of supervisory jurisdiction (OSJ)

— Be supervised through the home office, which will cost an additional $4,800 per year

— Be tied to one of their institutional affiliates (such as bank channel)

“LPL has a high number of standalone reps, so this move will cause a lot of controversy and ultimately outflow to other firms,” Henschen (right) told ThinkAdvisor. “The additional $4,800 per year for home office supervision is an unusually high cost, which makes an already expensive broker-dealer now one of the most expensive.”

Hot Companies To Buy Right Now: AeroCentury Corp (ACY)

AeroCentury Corp., incorporated on February 28, 1997, acquires used regional aircraft and engines for lease to foreign and domestic regional carriers. The Company’s portfolio of leased aircraft assets is managed and administered under the terms of a management agreement with JetFleet Management Corp. (JMC), which is an integrated aircraft management, marketing and financing business and a subsidiary of JetFleet Holding Corp (JHC).

As of March 31, 2013, the Company’s aircraft and aircraft engines, which were on lease or held for lease included Bombardier Dash-8-300, Fokker 100, Bombardier Dash-8-Q400, Fokker 50, General Electric CF34-8E5 engine, Saab 340B, Saab 340B Plus, deHavilland DHC-8-100, deHavilland DHC-6, Tay 650-15 engine, General Electric CT7-9B engine and Saab 340A. As of March 31, 2013, 14 of the Company’s assets, comprised of four Fokker 50 aircraft, three Saab 340B aircraft, four Fokker 100 aircraft, two Tay 650-15 engines and one General El ectric CT7-9B engine, were off lease.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By John Udovich]

    Yesterday around midday, Netherlands based aviation leasing stock AerCap Holdings N.V. (NYSE: AER) began surging on rumors and closed up 11.6%, meaning its probably time to take a closer look at those rumors along with aviation leasing peers like small caps or mid caps Aircastle Limited (NYSE: AYR), Air Lease Corp (NYSE: AL), Fly Leasing Ltd (NYSE: FLY) and AeroCentury Corp (NYSEMKT: ACY).

Hot Companies To Buy Right Now: Cohu Inc.(COHU)

Cohu, Inc. engages in the development, manufacture, sale, and servicing of test handling and burn-in related equipment, and thermal sub-systems for the semiconductor industry worldwide. The company operates in three segments: Semiconductor Equipment, Microwave Communication Systems, and Video Cameras. The Semiconductor Equipment segment develops, manufactures, and sells pick-and-place semiconductor test handlers, burn-in related equipment, and thermal sub-systems to semiconductor manufacturers and semiconductor test subcontractors. It also develops, manufactures, and sells gravity-feed and test-in-strip semiconductor test handling equipment used in final test operations. The Microwave Communication Systems segment develops, manufactures, and sells microwave communications equipment, antenna systems, and associated equipment, which are used in the transmission of video, audio, and telemetry. These products have applications in unmanned aerial vehicles, law enforcement, secu rity and surveillance, and electronic news gathering. Its customers include government agencies, law enforcement and public safety organizations, unmanned air vehicle program contractors, television broadcasters, entertainment companies, professional sports teams, and other commercial entities. The Video Cameras segment develops, manufactures, and sells closed circuit video or CCTV cameras, equipment, and systems for security, surveillance, and traffic monitoring. It also offers accessories, which include monitors, lenses, and camera test equipment. This segment serves end-users, government agencies, original equipment manufacturers, contractors, and value-added resellers. Cohu, Inc. markets its products through direct sales force and independent sales representatives. The company was formerly known as Cohu Electronics, Inc. and changed its name to Cohu, Inc. in 1972. Cohu, Inc. was founded in 1947 and is based in Poway, California.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By John Udovich]

    Small cap stocks Vimicro International Corporation (NASDAQ: VIMC), Cohu, Inc (NASDAQ: COHU) and View Systems Inc (OTCBB: VSYM) are also surveillance and security stocks because they also offer products that can be used to keep an eye on us – for better or for worst. After all and go to any public space (whether its a shopping mall, entertainment venue or even a street corner), you will probably see (or maybe not see) some sort of security or surveillance equipment. With that in mind, here is a look at three small cap surveillance and security stocks you may have overlooked:

Hot Companies To Buy Right Now: CapitalSource Inc (CSE)

CapitalSource Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides financial products to small and middle market businesses in the United States. It offers depository products and services, such as savings and money market accounts, individual retirement account products, and certificates of deposit. The company also provides senior secured real estate and asset-based loans, and cash flow loans, which have a first priority lien in the collateral securing the loan. Its asset-based loans are collateralized by specified assets of the client, primarily the client’s accounts/notes receivable, inventory, and machinery; and real estate loans are secured by senior mortgages on real property. The company focuses on providing equipment loans and leases; loans to healthcare providers; commercial real estate and multifamily real estate loans; loans secured by timeshare, auto, and other consumer receivables; student loans; traditional life insurance premium finance loans; and loans to technology companies, small businesses, dentists, physicians, pharmacists, and optometrists, as well as to companies in the physical security, government security, and public safety sectors. It operates through 21 retail bank branches in southern and central California, as well as lending offices in the United States. The company was founded in 2000 and is headquartered in Los Angeles, California.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    PacWest Bancorp (NASDAQ: PACW) is a small cap regional bank that mainly serves southern California. A likely merger with CapitalSource Inc. (NYSE: CSE) enhances the outlook for the coming year, bringing the bank’s assets to more than $10 billion. The bank’s stock closed at $41.66 on Friday in a 52-week range of $24.27 to $42.69. Sterne Agee projects 2014 EPS of $2.80, up 43% compared with estimated 2013 earnings. The implied gain to the target price of $48.00 is about 15% and the forward P/E ratio is 14.9.

  • [By Eric Volkman]

    CapitalSource (NYSE: CSE  ) and PacWest Bancorp (NASDAQ: PACW  ) are soon to be one and the same. The two companies have agreed to merge, both announced in a joint press release. CapitalSource investors will receive a cash payout of $2.47 and 0.2837 shares of PacWest common stock for each CapitalSource share they hold. This values the latter’s stock at $11.68 per share, a nearly 19% premium to its most recent closing price. The total transaction value is estimated at roughly $2.3 billion.

  • [By Nicole Seghetti]

    Let’s take a closer look at three stocks Fisher recently bought, including drugmaker Gilead Sciences (NASDAQ: GILD  ) , materials manufacturer Owens Corning (NYSE: OC  ) , and financial services provider CapitalSource (NYSE: CSE  ) .

  • [By Brian Pacampara]

    What: Shares of CapitalSource (NYSE: CSE  ) soared 20% today after bank holding company PacWest Bancorp (NASDAQ: PACW  ) agreed to acquire the financial services specialist in a deal valued at about $2.3 billion.

Hot Companies To Buy Right Now: Cermaq ASA (CEQ)

Cermaq ASA is a Norway-based company active in the aquaculture industry. It is engaged in the farming of salmon and trout. The Company, along with its subsidiaries, operates in one business segment, namely Aquaculture, which consists of two divisions: Fish Feed production, which involves the production and sale of fish feed, and Fish Farming, which involves the breeding and on-growing, as well as the slaughtering, processing, sale and distribution of salmon and trout. The Company’s other activities consist of operations carried out through its subsidiary, Norgrain AS, the associated company, Denofa AS and the parent company. The Company operates through its subsidiaries, including Statkorn Aqua AS and Mainstream Norway AS, among others. In October 2013, the Company sold its second business segment, EWOS Group, to Altor Fund III and Bain Capital. Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Chuck Carnevale]

    Additional strengths supporting Aflac’s business model can be found by reviewing their common equity or book value (ceq), the lime green line on the following graph, in comparison to their current market value (mkval), the aqua colored more jagged line on the graph. Aflac’s book value has increased steadily except for a minor pause during the Great Recession of 2008. In contrast, their market value has been much more cyclical and erratic. I believe this additionally reflects current undervaluation of Aflac’s shares. This further supports my contention that Aflac is a great business that is currently on sale.

Hot Companies To Buy Right Now: 3M Company(MMM)

3M Company, together with subsidiaries, operates as a diversified technology company worldwide. The company?s Industrial and Transportation segment offers tapes, coated and non-woven abrasives, adhesives, specialty materials, filtration products, energy control products, closure systems for personal hygiene products, acoustic systems products, and components and products that are used in the manufacture, repair, and maintenance of automotive, marine, aircraft, and specialty vehicles. Its Health Care segment provides medical and surgical supplies, skin health and infection prevention products, inhalation and transdermal drug delivery systems, dental and orthodontic products, health information systems, and food safety products. The company?s Display and Graphics offers optical film solutions for LCD electronic displays; computer screen filters; reflective sheeting for transportation safety; commercial graphics sheeting and systems; and mobile interactive solutions, includin g mobile display technology, visual systems products, and computer privacy filters. The company?s Consumer and Office segment provides office supply products, stationery products, construction and home improvement products, home care products, protective material products, certain consumer retail personal safety products, and consumer health care products. Its Safety, Security and Protection Services segment offers personal protection products, safety and security products, cleaning and protection products for commercial establishments, track and trace solutions, and roofing granules for asphalt shingles. The company?s Electro and Communications segment provides packaging and interconnection devices; fluids that are used in the manufacture of computer chips, and for cooling electronics and lubricating computer hard disk drives; high-temperature and display tapes; insulating materials, including tapes and resins; and related items. The company was founded in 1902 and is base d in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    3M (MMM) has outperformed Danaher (DHR) during the past six months. Does the way investors view how they deploy capital help explain the difference?


    Nomura’s Shannon O’Callaghan and team don’t think the market gets how much 3M could benefit from better capital deployment:

    Back in December, we upgraded 3M with a view that the company could take a more aggressive stance on capital allocation, and that has begun with $1.7B of share repurchase in each of the last two quarters, and an increase in debt. But, after recently spending a couple of days with management, there are several factors we view as underappreciated: 1) the driver of management’s plan to add debt is not to boost EPS with buyback (though that is a nice side effect) but rather to lower 3M’s cost of capital; 2) this suggests that the buyback won’t slow even if organic earnings surprise on the upside; and 3) another use of added debt is expected to be medium and larger acquisitions, which is a capability historically missing at 3M that could further benefit the P/E. We think 3M could be changing from a sleepy mid-single-digit EPS grower to a double-digit EPS grower with drivers of potential upside.

    3M has gained 8.3% during the past six month, which suggests that the market has bought into 3M’s capital-deployment story. That hasn’t been the case with Danaher, which has risen just 0.3% during the same period. Morgan Stanley’s Nigel Coe and team wonder if the market thinks Danaher’s capital allocation model “is broken.” They explain:

    With Danaher underperforming 3M and with its traditional P/E premium compressing from 15% to nothing, the market is clearly taking an overly bearish view that Danaher’s capital allocation model is broken. Note that Danaher now trades cheap on 2015 FCF, while 3M is the most expensive. In this light, we have to conclude that given the premium the market is paying for 3M