LONDON — I’m always searching for shares that can help ordinary investors like you make money from the stock market. However, many people are currently worried the market has overheated. So right now I’m analyzing some of the most popular companies in the FTSE 100, hoping to establish whether they can continue to outperform in today’s uncertain economy.
Today I’m looking at the world’s largest miner by revenue, BHP Billiton (LSE: BLT ) (NYSE: BBL ) , to determine whether the shares are still safe to buy at 1,810 pence.
So how’s business going?
Like the rest of its peers in the mining sector, BHP has fallen out of favor with the market recently as investors become concerned about the company’s falling revenue. In particular, BHP recently reported that during the first half of this year, the company’s revenue had fallen 14% and profit had declined 43% due to lower iron-ore prices.
However, BHP’s management is working hard to cut costs and boost profitability. Indeed, during the first half of this year, the miner slashed operating costs by nearly $2 billion and divested $4.3 billion of noncore assets in an attempt to streamline its asset portfolio and concentrate only on projects that generate a good return on investment.
Hot Forestry Companies To Watch For 2015: Unilife Corporation(UNIS)
Unilife Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, engages in the development and manufacture of advanced drug delivery systems in the United States and internationally. The company offers Unifill Syringe, a prefilled syringe designed for safe, simple, and convenient use by either healthcare workers or patients who self-administer prescription medication; and Unitract 1mL Syringes that are primarily designed for the subcutaneous injection of drugs within healthcare facilities and by patients who self-administer prescription medication, such as insulin. Its pipeline products include Unifill Select syringes, which facilitate the use of injectable drugs and vaccines between 0.2 and 1.5mL in volume that are supplied in either a liquid stable form or lyophilized for reconstitution; Unifill EZMix for the unmet needs of pharmaceutical companies seeking a delivery system for the reconstitution and administration of lyophilized drugs and vaccines; Unifill Auto-Injectors for the a ccurate, intuitive, and convenient administration of injectable drugs by patients outside of healthcare facilities; and Auto-Infusors, a range of single-use and disposable subcutaneous infusion systems for the patient self-injection of drugs between 3mL and 10mL in volume; and a novel device for the administration of a drug to a target organ. Unilife?s target customers include pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies seeking to optimize drug lifecycles and generate differentiation for their brand in competitive therapeutic markets through the use of innovative devices that can improve patient care, protect healthcare workers, and prevent disease; and suppliers of medical equipment to healthcare facilities and distributors to patients who self-administer prescription medication. The company is headquartered in York, Pennsylvania.
- [By Paul Ausick]
Stocks on the Move: Voxeljet AG (NYSE: VJET) is down 32.5% at $39.15 on both a momentum move and a scathing report from a short-seller. Unilife Corp. (NASDAQ: UNIS) is up 43.9% at $4.03 after signing a long-term contract for its syringes.
- [By Laura Brodbeck]
Next week investors will be waiting for several key earnings reports includingSotheby’s (NYSE: BID), Unilife Corporation (NASDAQ: UNIS), DISH Network Corporation (NASDAQ: DISH), Macy’s Inc. (NYSE: M), Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT)
Hot Forestry Companies To Watch For 2015: Advanced Energy Industries Inc.(AEIS)
Advanced Energy Industries, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, designs, manufactures, sells, and supports power conversion products that transform power into various usable forms. It offers thin-film deposition power conversion systems, including direct current (DC), pulsed DC mid frequency, and radio frequency (RF) power supplies, as well as matching networks and RF instrumentation; and thermal instrumentation products that provide temperature measurement solutions for applications in which time-temperature cycles affect material properties, productivity, and yield. The company also offers solar power inverters, which provide a transformer-based or transformerless grid-tie photovoltaic (PV) solution to convert renewable solar power into electrical power, as well as integrated monitoring and performance measurement of PV installations. Its power conversion systems are used by semiconductor, solar panel, and similar thin-film manufacturers, such as flat panel display, da ta storage, and architectural glass manufacturers; thermal instrumentation products are used in rapid thermal processing, chemical vapor deposition, and other semiconductor and solar applications requiring non-contact temperature measurement by the semiconductor, solar panels, and LED industries; and solar inverters are used in the residential, commercial, and utility-scale solar projects and installations. In addition, the company provides repair services, conversions, upgrades, and refurbishment services, as well as operations and maintenance service plans for individual PV sites. Advanced Energy Industries, Inc. sells its products through direct sales force, sales representatives, and distributors in North America, Europe, and Asia. The company was founded in 1981 and is headquartered in Fort Collins, Colorado.
- [By Teresa Rivas]
Shares of Advanced Energy (AEIS) were halted right after the bell; the company announced that it has started to explore strategic alternatives for its Solar Inverter business.
- [By Lisa Levin]
Diversified Electronics: This industry rose 4.20% by 11:30 am ET. The top performer in this industry was Advanced Energy Industries (NASDAQ: AEIS), which gained 5.4%. Advanced Energy reported upbeat Q3 results
- [By Jake L’Ecuyer]
Equities Trading DOWN
Shares of Advanced Energy Industries (NASDAQ: AEIS) were 16.74 percent to $17.81 after the company reported downbeat quarterly results and issued a weak Q2 outlook.
Hot Forestry Companies To Watch For 2015: Stifel Financial Corporation(SF)
Stifel Financial Corp., a financial holding company, operates as a retail and institutional brokerage, and investment banking company in the United States and internationally. The company?s Global Wealth Management segment offers securities transaction, brokerage, and investment services, including equity securities; fixed income securities, which comprise municipal, corporate, and government agency securities; preferred stocks; and unit investment trusts. This segment also provides managed fee-based products; and insurance and annuity products, as well as securities-based lending services. In addition, it offers retail and commercial banking services to private and corporate clients, including personal loan programs, such as fixed and variable mortgage loans, home equity lines of credit, personal loans, loans secured by certificates of deposit or savings, and securities-based loans; and commercial lending programs, such as small business loans, commercial real estate loa ns, lines of credit, credit cards, term loans, and inventory and receivables financing. As of December 31, 2011, this segment operated a network of 1,833 financial advisors located in 291 branch offices in 44 states and the District of Columbia; and 154 independent contractors. Its Institutional Group segment offers research, equity, and fixed income institutional sales and trading, investment banking, public finance, and syndicate services. This segment distributes equity research products to institutional investors; provides financial advisory services principally with respect to mergers and acquisitions, and the execution of public offerings and private placements of debt and equity securities; and coordinates marketing, distribution, pricing, and stabilization of managed equity and debt offerings. It serves individual investors, corporations, municipalities, and institutions. The company was founded in 1890 and is headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri.
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Stifel Financial Corp.(SF) agreed to buy Legg Mason Inc.’s(LM) investment-advisory and trust-services unit, which manages more than $9 billion in assets, the companies said. Terms of the deal weren’t disclosed.
Hot Forestry Companies To Watch For 2015: Chemical Financial Corporation(CHFC)
Chemical Financial Corporation operates as the financial holding company for Chemical Bank that offers banking and fiduciary products and services in Michigan. Its products and services include business and personal checking accounts, savings and individual retirement accounts, time deposit instruments, electronically accessed banking products, residential and commercial real estate financing, commercial lending, consumer financing, debit cards, safe deposit box services, money transfer services, automated teller machines, access to insurance and investment products, corporate and personal wealth management services, and other banking services. The company also provides mutual funds, annuity products, and market securities to customers, as well as issues title insurance to buyers and sellers of residential and commercial mortgage properties, including properties subject to loan refinancing. As of January 26, 2012, Chemical Financial Corporation operated 142 banking offices in approximately 32 counties in the lower peninsula of Michigan. The company was founded in 1973 and is headquartered in Midland, Michigan.
- [By Marc Bastow]
Financial services holding company Chemical Financial (CHFC) raised its quarterly dividend 4.5% to 23 cents per share, payable on Dec. 20 to shareholders of record as of Dec. 6.
CHFC Dividend Yield: 2.98%
Hot Forestry Companies To Watch For 2015: Gyrodyne Company of America Inc.(GYRO)
Gyrodyne Company of America, Inc., a real estate investment trust (REIT), engages in the investment, acquisition, ownership, and management of a portfolio of medical office and industrial properties in the northeast region of the United States. The company also involves in the development of industrial and residential properties. It focuses on acquiring, developing, owning, leasing, and managing medical, commercial, and industrial real estate. The company has elected to be taxed as REIT under the Internal Revenue Code. As a REIT, it would not be subject to federal income tax purposes, provided that it distributes at least 90% of its taxable income to its shareholders. The company was founded in 1946 and is headquartered in St. James, New York.
- [By Lisa Levin]
Gyrodyne Co. of America (NASDAQ: GYRO) shares dipped 8.66% to reach a new 52-week low of $10.86. Gyrodyne Co. of America’s trailing-twelve-month ROA is -5.29%.
- [By Sally Jones]
Highlight: Gyrodyne Company of America (GYRO)
The GYRO share price is currently $73.85 or 35.7% off the 52-week high of $114.80. The company does not pay a dividend.
Hot Forestry Companies To Watch For 2015: Western Asset Global Partners Income Fund Inc. (GDF)
Western Asset Global Partners Income Fund Inc. operates as a close-ended fixed income mutual fund launched and advised by Legg Mason Partners Fund Advisor, LLC. The fund is sub-advised by Western Asset Management Company. It primarily invests in the fixed income markets across the globe. The fund invests in high-yield U.S. and non-U.S. corporate debt securities and high-yield foreign sovereign debt securities. It benchmarks the performance of its portfolio against the Lehman Brothers U.S. Corporate High Yield 2% Issuer Cap Index and the JPMorgan Emerging Markets Bond Index Global Index. The fund was formerly known as Salomon Brothers Global Partners Income Fund Inc. Western Asset Global Partners Income Fund was founded in 1993 and is based in the United States.
- [By Chuck Carnevale]
Our first example looks at Vectren Corp.’s historical earnings, a utility with a 15-year historical earnings growth rate that is below our 3% threshold established in Part 1. Note that fair valuation is calculated using Graham Dodd’s Formula (GDF) deriving a fair value PE of 13.8 (slightly below, but close to our PE 15 standard). However, a normal PE of 16 has been historically applied by Mr. Market. Therefore, valuation falls between a PE of 13.8 to 16, or well within a range of normalcy.
Hot Forestry Companies To Watch For 2015: Imperial Holdings Inc. (IFT)
Imperial Holdings, Inc., through its subsidiaries, operates as a specialty finance company in the United States. The company operates in two business segments: Life Finance and Structured Settlements. The Life Finance segment comprises life settlements and finance loan businesses. The Structured Settlement segment purchases structured settlements at a discounted rate and sells such assets to third parties. This segment primarily markets its products through the Internet and television. Imperial Holdings, Inc. was founded in 2006 and is based in Boca Raton, Florida.
- [By DCResearch]
Imperial Holdings (IFT) fits the bill for all of those traits and investors today can buy Imperial Holdings for less than 0.75x book value. Upside to book value, an obvious valuation factor for most financial companies, would result in a greater than 40% return for a patient investor. I believe that this is far below the fair value for IFT’s book of life settlements, and upside is in excess of $13 per share.
- [By Whopper Investments]
Note: This is my response to the recent short case on Imperial Finance (IFT). Obviously, all humans are fallible, and I’m sure someone can find just as much to argue with my long case as I found to argue with his short case. Please read for yourself, do your own research, and make your own decision. I am long IFT and plan on fully participating in the rights offering.
Hot Forestry Companies To Watch For 2015: Bravo Enterprises Ltd (OGNG)
Bravo Enterprises Ltd., formerly Organa Gardens International Inc., incorporated on November 29, 1983, is a development-stage company. The Company holds an undivided 85% working interest and an undivided 68% net revenue interest in 13,189 acres located in Wasatch County, Utah, known as the Uinta Basin and a 0.7% gross overriding royalty interest on 6,360 acres of oil and natural gas rights located in the Powder River Basin of eastern Wyoming. The Company has a vertical hydroponics farming system. The Company owns a 2% royalty interest in the Harvester Property. The LAK Ranch field covers approximately 7,500 acres in the Powder River basin. In September 2011, the Company completed its merger agreement with Integrated Green Technologies LLC.
The Organa Garden Systems (OGS) provide a means for food production and consumption change to global and ecological through vertical hydroponics rotary farming. There are two OGS models; the Discovery (OGS-D) and the Enterp rise (OGS-E). Its specially designed waterwheel technology allows the fully automated system to recycle and reuse 95% of the water used while requiring a negligible amount of energy to run.
- [By Peter Graham]
Small cap green stocks Vision Industries Corp (OTCMKTS: VIIC), Bravo Enterprises Ltd (OTCMKTS: OGNG) and Kleangas Energy Technologies Inc (OTCMKTS: KGET) have reported recent news and/or they are being promoted. Of course, it goes without saying that small cap green stocks tend to be more volatile that other types of investments. So will investors and traders alike see some greenbacks from these green stocks? Here is a quick reality check:
Hot Forestry Companies To Watch For 2015: SMART Technologies Inc.(SMT)
SMART Technologies Inc. designs, develops, and sells interactive technology products and solutions that enhance learning and enable people to collaborate worldwide. The company offers a range of SMART Board interactive whiteboards and displays, as well as other interactive products, such as interactive tables, interactive pen displays, student response systems, wireless slates, audio enhancement systems, document cameras, conferencing software, and a line of interactive learning software. Its portfolio of related attachment products include SMART Response, SMART Slate, SMART Document Camera, SMART Table, SMART Audio, and SMART Classroom Suite. SMART Technologies also provides free online learning resources, an online teacher community, and training and professional development. It sells its interactive whiteboards through a network of distributors and dealers to the education, business, and government markets. The company was founded in 1987 and is headquartered in Calgary , Canada.
- [By Michael Robinson]
Smart Technologies (SMT)
Smart Technologies is a company that literally lives up to its name. It’s a supplier of interactive education tools, used by more than 40 million students, in more than 175 countries.
- [By MONEYMORNING.COM]
Smart Technologies Inc. (Nasdaq: SMT) is a company that literally lives up to its name. It’s a supplier of interactive education tools used by more than 40 million students in more than 175 countries.
Hot Forestry Companies To Watch For 2015: Green Automotive Co (GACR)
Green Automotive Company, incorporated on November 15, 1996, is a vehicle design, engineering, manufacturing and distribution company. The Company also provides after sales program. It possesses a portfolio of businesses and is active in three main market segments: Cutting edge technology development, engineering and design with a focus on zero and low emission vehicle solutions; Manufacturing and customization of vehicles for markets with the potential to be converted into low emission or electric vehicles, such as shuttle buses, taxis, commercial vehicles, and After sales services for electric or low emission vehicles, including servicing and repair. On December 14, 2012, the Company closed its merger with Matter of Time I Co. As per the merger agreement, Matter of Time I Co. dissolved into and became a part of Green Automotive Company, with Green Automotive Company being the surviving corporation. In January 2014, Green Automotive Co Inc acquired a 21.63% interest in Vi ridian Motor Corp Inc.
The Company’s two divisions servicing the three segments are Liberty Electric Cars Ltd and Newport Coachworks Inc. Liberty Electric Cars Ltd designs and develops EV technologies for use in its own converted vehicles and for sale to original equipment manufacturers (OEM’s) for incorporation into its production. In addition, it provides an aftermarket program for electric vehicle users to ensure the longevity of their vehicles. Newport Coachworks Inc. specializes in building shuttle buses, running on a variety of energy sources from petrol and diesel though to compressed natural gas (CNG).
The Company competes with Zytec, AMPD, Siemens, Tiffany, Krystal, Ford, and General Motors, Cummins and Freightliner.
- [By John Udovich]
A security consultant warns that $100,000 electric cars from Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ: TSLA) could be unlocked by criminals plus a quick wrap up of other interesting electric vehicle or stock news from small cap EV stocks like Kandi Technologies Group Inc (NASDAQ: KNDI) and Green Automotive Company (OTCMKTS: GACR):
- [By Bryan Murphy]
On Tuesday of this week, yours truly pointed out that based on 2013’s final numbers, Green Automotive Co. (OTCMKTS:GACR) – while not yet a threat to names like Kandi Technologies Group Inc. (NASDAQ:KNDI) or Tesla Motors Inc. (NASDAQ:TSLA) – was coming into its own as an electric vehicle company, and whittling away its uncertainty as an investment. Though a perfectly-clear vision of the future wasn’t included in the press release detailing last year’s results for GACR, the company did say it would be offering guidance for 2014 later this week. Well, today’s the day. And, while KNDI and TSLA still don’t have anything to worry about in their immediate future, let’s just say Green Automotive still have a lot to look forward to in their foreseeable future.
- [By Bryan Murphy]
Prior to today, competitors (yet frenemies) like Kandi Technologies Group Inc. (NASDAQ:KNDI) and Tesla Motors Inc. (NASDAQ:TSLA) could only wonder what kind of traction that electric vehicle maker Green Automotive Co. (OTCMKTS:GACR) has been getting, with most of the pieces of its revenue puzzle not being laid until the latter half of last year. TSLA and KNDI don’t have to wait any longer, however, as GACR put it all out there today. While it might be overdoing it to say Kandi Technologies or Tesla should be worried about the kinds of results – and the kind of growth – Green Automotive is getting, it wouldn’t be inaccurate to say GACR’s numbers are something the rest of the EV industry should take note of…. this little player is coming on strong.