Although we don’t believe in timing the market or panicking over market movements, we do like to keep an eye on big changes — just in case they’re material to our investing thesis.
What: Shares of digital printing technologist Electronics for Imaging (NASDAQ: EFII ) popped 12% today after its quarterly results topped Wall Street expectations.
So what: The company’s first-quarter results were so strong — adjusted EPS of $0.33 on revenue of $171.4 million versus the consensus of $0.32 and $165.4 million — that analysts have choice but to raise their valuation estimates yet again. In fact, the report marked the 13th consecutive quarter of revenue and EPS increases– driven by growth in all three segments — giving investors plenty of confidence in its profitability going forward.
Now what: For the second quarter, management now expects adjusted EPS of $0.34-$0.36 on record revenue of $174 million-$176 million. “With new breakthrough products across our portfolio and sales opportunities at trade shows around the globe,” CEO Guy Gecht said, “we look for this robust demand to continue into the current quarter as EFI’s innovation continues to help customers drive growth and productivity in their businesses.” Of course, with the stock now up roughly 100% from its 52-week lows, I’d wait for some of the excitement to fade before buying into that bullishness.
Hot Promising Companies To Own In Right Now: Active Power Inc.(ACPW)
Active Power, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, designs, manufactures, and markets critical power quality solutions. It provides various products that deliver continuous clean power; and protects customers from voltage fluctuations, such as surges and sags, and frequency fluctuations, as well as offer temporary power to bridge the gap between a power outage and the restoration of utility power. The company offers the CleanSource UPS, a battery free uninterruptible power supply (UPS) system that integrates UPS electronics and flywheel energy storage system into one compact cabinet. Active Power, Inc. also provides the CleanSource DC, a battery-free replacement for lead-acid batteries used for bridging power; CoolAir products; and GenSTART, a battery-free starting modular system for customer?s diesel generator. In addition, it offers continuous power systems, which incorporates its UPS products with switchgear and a generator sold in a containerized package, and markete d under the PowerHouse brand name. Further, the company provides customer support services, including infrastructure needs assessment, vetting and validation, alignment with business objectives, system design, deployment, and start-up and commissioning, as well as service, support, and monitoring. It serves data centers, manufacturing, technology, broadcast and communications, financial, utilities, healthcare, government, and airport industries. The company sells its products through direct sales force, manufacturer?s representatives, distributors, strategic IT partners, and original equipment manufacturer partners in the United States, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, the Asia Pacific, and North America. Active Power, Inc. was founded in 1992 and is headquartered in Austin, Texas.
- [By Roberto Pedone]
Another under-$10 electrical components and equipment player that’s starting to move within range of a near-term breakout trade is Active Power (ACPW), which designs, manufactures and markets power solutions that provide business continuity and protect customers in the event of an electrical power disturbance. Its products deliver clean power, protecting customers from voltage fluctuations. This stock has hasn’t done much so far in 2013, with shares off by 6.7%.
If you take a look at the chart for Active Power, you’ll notice that this stock recently formed a double bottom chart pattern at $2.82 to $2.80 a share. Since forming that bottom, shares of ACPW have started to uptrend and move back above its 50-day moving average of $2.94 a share. That move is quickly pushing shares of ACPW within range of triggering a near-term breakout trade.
Market players should now look for long-biased trades in ACPW if it manages to break out above some near-term overhead resistance levels at $3.14 to $3.23 a share with high volume. Look for a sustained move or close above those levels with volume that hits near or above its three-month average action of 87,166 shares. If that breakout hits soon, then ACPW will set up to re-test or possibly take its next major overhead resistance levels at $3.65 to $3.76 a share. Any high-volume move above those levels will then give ACPW a chance to tag its next major overhead resistance levels at $4 to $4.20, or even $4.50 a share.
Traders can look to buy ACPW off any weakness to anticipate that breakout and simply use a stop that sits right below its 50-day moving average at $2.94 a share, or near its double bottom zone at $2.80 a share. One can also buy ACPW off strength once it clears those breakout levels with volume and then simply use a stop that sits a comfortable percentage from your entry point.
Hot Promising Companies To Own In Right Now: W.P. Carey & Co. LLC(WPC)
W. P. Carey & Co. LLC, together with its subsidiaries, provides long-term sale-leaseback and build-to-suit transactions for companies worldwide and manages a global investment portfolio. It invests primarily in commercial properties that are each triple-net leased to single corporate tenants, which requires each tenant to pay substantially all of the costs associated with operating and maintaining the property. The company also operates as an advisor to publicly owned, non-actively traded real estate investment trusts, which are sponsored by it under the Corporate Property Associates brand name, as well as invests in similar properties. As of March 31, 2010, its portfolio comprised full or partial ownership interest in 167 properties that totaled approximately 14 million square feet. W. P. Carey & Co. LLC was founded in 1973 and is based in New York, New York.
- [By David Dittman]
Answer: Realty Income Corp (NYSE: O) and WP Carey & Co (NYSE: WPC), up to 45 and 55, respectively.
Question: Bell Alliant Inc (TSX: BA, OTC: BLIAF) has been weak/flat even though the overall market has been strong. Great dividend; is it solid? Is it worth continuing to hold?
- [By Marc Bastow]
Build-to-suite properties real estate investment trust (REIT) W.P. Carey (WPC) raised its quarterly dividend 1.2% to 87 cents per share, payable on Jan. 15 to shareholders of record as of Dec. 31. This marks the 51st consecutive annual dividend increase for WPC.
WPC Dividend Yield: 5.67%
- [By Brad Thomas]
Finally, here’s the report card. Agree has racked up a year-over-year total return of 43.19%. That’s not bad, especially when you consider the noise generated by the big boys: Realty Income (O) 32.66%; National Retail Properties (NNN) 47.44%; W.P. Carey (WPC) 57.84%; Spirit Realty (SRC) 35.44%; and American Realty Capital Properties 52.18%.
Hot Promising Companies To Own In Right Now: Mimvi Inc (MIMV)
Mimvi, Inc., formerly Fashion Net, Inc., incorporated on August 7, 2007, is a development-stage Company. The Company is a technology company that develops advanced mobile apps, algorithms and technology for personalized search, recommendation and discovery services for the mobile application and social networking industry. Its personalization technology automates the organization of content connected to mobile applications and social networking applications. The Company has developed cognitive computing technology, which is the basis for its personalized search and recommendation platform. Mobile applications are the new Websites and mobile devices are the new browsers. In April 2013, Mimvi Inc acquired FanAppic. In May 2013, Mimvi Inc acquired AndroidRays. Effective July 2, 2013, Mimvi Inc acquired Adaptive Media Inc.
Specialized Web and Mobile Content Crawling and Aggregation Systems
The Company has developed technology that algorithmically tar gets, aggregates and monitors mobile application marketplaces from Apple, Google, Facebook and many other mobile and social platform providers. Its technology talks to sites like these to determine what content is available to better organize for the consumer. The technology does not store content but rather data related to the content that can be used to provide search, recommendation and discovery into these content storage sites. The specialized content aggregation systems target, aggregates and monitors social networking applications, iPhone an iPad apps, Android apps and other mobile application sites and marketplaces such as those provided by Facebook, Apple, Google and other mobile carriers and platforms. The Company technology generates data that enables advanced search, recommendation and discovery of all mobile apps found on the Web and on mobile operating systems.
Advanced Personalization, Recommendation, Automated Discovery and Matching Platforms
The Company’s personalization platforms consis! t of algorithms that contextually match content to consumer demand. These algorithms gather and generate context surround this content to provide advanced search, recommendation and discovery. Mimvi algorithms are based on vector space methods. Combining these methods results in the Mimvi personalized search, recommendation, discovery and matching platforms.
Vector Space Search Indexing Technology
The individual algorithmic component of vector space indexing enables the Company to generate context vectors of context for content such as mobile apps and websites. These vectors can be compared with other vectors for advanced contextual matching of mobile applications.
Vertical & Specialized Search Engines for Mobile and Social Networking Apps
Using the above mentioned methods and platforms, its technology includes vertical search and specialized search interfaces that focus on specific content providing a more targeted sea rch result set.
Algorithm Development Services
The Company offers vector space algorithm development for customized solutions applied to mobile platforms, social networks, consumer websites and enterprise partners.
Powerful Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) for Partners & Third Parities
All of the Company’s technology platforms come enabled with APIs for efficient access and development of third party applications. This results in a broad ecosystem of close partners that benefit from its technology.
Simplified Scalable Consumer Mobile, Social and Web Offerings
The Company’s technology’s core is its ability to offer search and recommendation technology to mobile app stores and social networks in a scalable manor to maintain user retention while increasing user adoption. These abilities enable the consumer with simple and transparent access to personalized search, recommendation a nd discovery interfaces.
MimviL! ink enables mobile application developers and advertisers to match Web and Mobile Content to relevant mobile apps. MimviLink provides a way for consumers to access mobile applications related to the content they are viewing on the Web. MimviLink enables any company or individual with a mobile application to gain greater exposure for their mobile app by having it matched and displayed next to relevant Web and mobile content.
Algorithms, Technology & IP
Personalized Search & Recommendation Platforms that Index Mobile Applications and Social Networking Applications
The Company competes with Google, Apple, Baidu, Amazon, Yandex and NetFlix.
- [By CRWE]
Today, MIMV has shed (-0.36%) down -0.00 at $.11 with 78,697 shares in play thus far (ref. google finance Delayed: 1:19PM EDT October 3, 2013).
Multi-channel audience and content monetization company Adaptive Media, a subsidiary of Mimvi, Inc., previously reported it has signed a Letter of Intent to acquire Ember, Inc. A Definitive Agreement in the all-stock transaction is expected to be signed in the fourth quarter of this year.
Hot Promising Companies To Own In Right Now: MasTec Inc. (MTZ)
MasTec, Inc., an infrastructure construction company, engages in the engineering, building, installation, maintenance, and upgrade of energy, utility, and communications infrastructure primarily in North America. The company builds natural gas, crude oil, and refined product transport pipelines; underground and overhead distribution systems, including trenches, conduits, and cable and power lines, which provide wireless and wireline communications; electrical power generation, transmission, and distribution systems; renewable energy infrastructure comprising wind and solar farms; and compressor and pump stations, and treatment and heavy industrial plants. It also installs electrical and other energy distribution and transmission systems, power generation facilities, buried and aerial fiber optic cables, coaxial cables, copper lines, and satellite dishes in various environments. In addition, the company provides maintenance and upgrade support services, such as the maintena nce of distribution facilities; and networks and infrastructure, including natural gas and petroleum pipelines, wireless, power generation, and electrical distribution and transmission infrastructure, as well as routine replacements and upgrades, and overhauls. Further, it offers emergency services for accidents or storm damage. The companys customers include public and private energy providers, pipeline operators, wireless service providers, satellite and broadband operators, local and long distance carriers, and government entities. MasTec, Inc. was founded in 1929 and is headquartered in Coral Gables, Florida.
- [By Aaron Levitt]
Despite its recent troubles, KBR is still one of the better stocks to buy if you want to play the prospective infrastructure boom.
While it isn’t as big as KBR or CBI, MasTec (MTZ) is quickly becoming of the best energy stocks to buy. Shares of the construction firm recently hit 10-year highs.
- [By Rich Duprey]
MasTec (NYSE: MTZ ) is well-known for being a leading infrastructure construction company across various industries, so its announcement this morning that it is acquiring an oil and gas pipeline and facility construction services company should not come as a surprise.
- [By Michael Lewis]
For a quick comparison, take a look at U.S.-based Mastec (NYSE: MTZ ) , which trades at just under 13.75 times forward earnings yet holds a more conservative balance sheet and is a good bit larger at a market cap of $2.34 billion. While Mastec is building out its operations in Canada, Empresas offers potential outperformance by virtue of its market dominant position in Mexico.
Hot Promising Companies To Own In Right Now: Trina Solar Limited(TSL)
Trina Solar Limited, through its subsidiaries, designs, develops, manufactures, and sells photovoltaic (PV) modules worldwide. The company offers monocrystalline PV modules ranging from 165 watts to 185 watts in power output; and multicrystalline PV modules ranging from 215 watts to 240 watts in power output that provide electric power for residential, commercial, industrial, and other applications. It also involves in the design and production of various PV modules, such as colored modules for architectural applications and larger sized modules for utility grid applications based on customers? and end-users? specifications. Trina Solar Limited sells and markets its products primarily to distributors, wholesalers, power plant developers and operators, and PV system integrators. The company was founded in 1997 and is based in Changzhou, the People?s Republic of China.
- [By John Kell and Tess Stynes var popups = dojo.query(“.socialByline .popC”); p]
Trina Solar Ltd.(TSL) on Thursday said a favorable settlement helped it revise its fourth-quarter earnings higher. The Chinese solar panel maker’s profit for the period had already topped Wall Street expectations when they were announced earlier this month. Shares rose 2.4% to $16.93 premarket.
- [By Paul Ausick]
But what does this resurrection mean for investors? With a couple of exceptions, solar stocks hit a peak in 2008. First Solar Inc. (NASDAQ: FSLR) topped $300 a share briefly, SunPower Corp. (NASDAQ: SPWR) topped $125 a share, JA Solar hit $120, Canadian Solar Inc. (NASDAQ: CSIQ) topped $40 and Trina Solar Ltd. (NYSE: TSL) reached its peak of more than $35 in mid-2007. At today’s prices one almost has to wonder if we are talking about the same companies. The only stock trading anywhere near its peak price of six years ago is Canadian Solar. JinkoSolar is near its all-time high again, but it was not publicly traded until mid-2010.
Hot Promising Companies To Own In Right Now: Apartment Investment and Management Co (AIV)
Apartment Investment and Management Company (Aimco), incorporated on January 10, 1994, is a self-administered and self-managed real estate investment trust (REIT). The Company is engaged in the ownership and operation of a portfolio of apartment properties. Through its wholly owned subsidiaries, AIMCO-GP, Inc. and AIMCO-LP Trust, it owns majority interests in AIMCO Properties, L.P., which it refers to as the Aimco Operating Partnership. The Company conducts substantially all of its business and owns substantially all of its assets through the Aimco Operating Partnership. As of December 31, 2011, Aimco’s portfolio of owned and/or managed properties consisted of 518 properties with 93,694 apartment units.
During the year ended December 31, 2011, the Company acquired limited partnership interests in 12 real estate partnerships that owned 15 properties and in which its affiliates served as general partner. During 2011, it acquired a vacant, 126-unit property loc ated in Marin County, north of San Francisco, California. During 2011, it acquired 50% interest in entities that owned four contiguous properties with 142 units located in La Jolla, California. During 2011, it sold 67 consolidated properties. During 2011, the Company owned general and limited partner interests in real estate partnerships that owned approximately 123 properties.
The Company’s owned real estate portfolio consists of two business components: conventional and affordable property operations. Its conventional property operations consist of market-rate apartments with rents paid by the resident and included 198 properties with 62,834 units in which it held an average interest of 93% as of December 31, 2011. The Company’s affordable property operations consist of apartments with rents that are generally paid, in whole or part, by a government agency and consisted of 172 properties with 20,612 units in which it held a n average interest of 59% as of December 31, 2011. The Compa! ny’s property operations are organized into two geographic areas, the West and East.
As of December 31, 2011, the Company’s affordable portfolio included 172 properties with 20,612 units. As of December 31, 2011, its conventional portfolio included 198 properties with 62,834 units in 33 markets.
- [By Marc Bastow]
Residential apartments real estate investment trust (REIT) Apartment Management and Investment Company (AIV) raised its quarterly dividend 8% to 26 cents per share, payable on Feb. 28 to shareholders of record as of Feb. 14.
AVI Dividend Yield: 3.74%
- [By Sean Williams]
Apartment Investment & Management Co. (NYSE: AIV )
When long-term lending rates began rising dramatically just a few weeks ago, anything related to the housing sector dove, including apartment rental community operator Apartment Investment & Management, better known as AIMCO. Investors who sold may have made a big mistake, as rental communities look to be stronger than ever as the housing sector gets caught in a nasty catch-22.
Hot Promising Companies To Own In Right Now: MB Financial Inc.(MBFI)
MB Financial, Inc. operates as a bank holding company for MB Financial Bank, N.A. that provides various financial services to small and middle market businesses, and individuals in the United States. It offers commercial banking products and services, including credit products, comprising working capital loans and lines of credit, accounts receivable financing, inventory and equipment financing, industrial revenue bond financing, business acquisition loans, and owner occupied real estate loans, as well as financial, performance, and commercial letters of credit. The company?s commercial banking products and services also consists deposit treasury management products, such as Internet banking products, investment sweep accounts, zero balance accounts, automated tax payments, ATM access, telephone banking, lockbox, automated clearing house transactions, account reconciliation, controlled disbursement, detail and general information reporting, wire transfers, vault services f or currency and coin, international banking services, capital markets products, and checking accounts, as well as provides various credit, deposit, and treasury management services for real estate operators and investors. In addition, it offers retail banking products and services; and wealth management solutions, which include banking, investment management, custody, personal trust, financial planning, wealth advisory services, estate settlement, guardianship, tax deferred exchange services, and retirement plan services. The company provides its services through operating 87 banking offices in Chicago, Illinois metropolitan area; and 1 banking office in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. MB Financial, Inc. was founded in 1911 and is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois.
- [By Rich Duprey]
Looking to expand its banking business in the Windy City, MB Financial (NASDAQ: MBFI ) jointly announced with Taylor Capital (NASDAQ: TAYC ) that it was buying the holding company of Cole Taylor Bank, a Chicago-based commercial bank with $5.9 billion in assets, $3.3 billion in loans, and $3.7 billion in deposits.
- [By Sean Williams]
What: Shares of Taylor Capital (NASDAQ: TAYC ) , the holding company of Cole Taylor Bank, a commercial and consumer lending and financial services company located in the Chicago area, skyrocketed as much as 22% after agreeing to be purchased by MB Financial (NASDAQ: MBFI ) .
Hot Promising Companies To Own In Right Now: AG Mortgage Investment Trust Inc (MITT)
AG Mortgage Investment Trust, Inc., incorporated on March 1, 2011, is a real estate investment trust (REIT)focused on investing in, acquiring and managing a diversified portfolio of residential mortgage assets, other real estate-related securities and financial assets, which it refers to as its target assets. The Company is externally managed and advised by AG REIT Management, LLC.
The Company has invested in residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS), for which a United States government agency, such as the Government National Mortgage Association (Ginnie Mae), or a federally-chartered corporation, such as the Federal National Mortgage Association (Fannie Mae), or the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation (Freddie Mac), guarantees payments of principal and interest on the securities. Its Agency RMBS investments include mortgage pass-through securities and may include collateralized mortgage obligations (CMOs). Its non-Agency RMBS investments may include fixed-and floating-rate securities, including investment grade and non-investment grade.
- [By Tim Melvin]
Shares of AG Mortgage Investment Trust (MITT) are down more than 25% so far this year, but CEO David Roberts thinks the REIT will turn the corner sometime soon. He just spend more than $1.1 million to buy shares in the firm after dropping $800,000 back in August buying shares at a slightly higher price. The firm is advised by a subsidiary of Angelo Gordon, the large distressed securities, real estate and private-equity firm.
- [By Sean Williams]
For this week’s round of “Better Know a Stock,” I’m going to take a closer look at AG Mortgage Investment Trust (NYSE: MITT ) .
What AG Mortgage Investment Trust does
AG Mortgage Investment Trust is a mortgage real estate investment trust that invests in agency (government-backed) and non-agency (non-government backed) mortgage-backed securities and other real estate-related securities and assets. As of the first quarter, 73.5% of its investment portfolio was tied up in agency residential-MBSes, with the remaining 26.5% made up on non-agency RMBSes, commercial loans, commercial MBSes, and other asset-backed securities.