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Top 10 Services Stocks For 2016

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Toward the end of trading Thursday, the Dow traded up 0.05 percent to 17,918.07 while the NASDAQ declined 0.08 percent to 4,943.37. The S&P also rose, gaining 0.01 percent to 2,082.67.

Leading and Lagging Sectors

On Thursday, telecommunications services shares gained by 0.42 percent. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included 8×8, Inc. (NASDAQ: EGHT), up 4 percent, and NQ Mobile Inc (ADR) (NYSE: NQ), up 2 percent.

In trading on Thursday, basic materials shares fell by 0.45 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Companhia Siderurgica Nacional (ADR) (NYSE: SID), down 13 percent, and Dominion Diamond Corp (NYSE: DDC), down 9 percent.

Top 10 Services Stocks For 2016: Williams-Sonoma Inc.(WSM)

Williams-Sonoma, Inc. operates as a specialty retailer of home products. It offers culinary and serving equipment, including cookware, cookbooks, cutlery, informal dinnerware, glassware, table linens, specialty foods, and cooking ingredients; and bridal and gift items under the Williams-Sonoma brand name. The company also provides home furnishing categories, including furniture, textiles, decorative accessories, lighting, and tabletop items under the West Elm brand name; bed and bath products under the Pottery Barn brand name; and children?s furnishings and accessories under the Pottery Barn Kids brand name. Williams-Sonoma, Inc. sells its home products through four retail store concepts, which include Williams-Sonoma, Pottery Barn, Pottery Barn Kids, and West Elm; six direct-mail catalogs that comprise Williams-Sonoma, Pottery Barn, Pottery Barn Kids, Pottery Barn Bed and Bath, PBteen, and West Elm; and six e-commerce Websites, which consist of williams-sonoma.com, potte rybarn.com, potterybarnkids.com, pbteen.com, westelm.com, and wshome.com. As of January 30, 2011, it operated 592 stores, including 260 Williams-Sonoma, 193 Pottery Barn, 85 Pottery Barn Kids, 36 West Elm, and 18 outlet stores located in 44 states of the United States; Washington, D.C.; Canada; and Puerto Rico. The company was founded in 1956 and is headquartered in San Francisco, California.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Williams-Sonoma, Inc. (NYSE: WSM) is estimated to post its quarterly earnings at $0.50 per share on revenue of $1.08 billion. Williams-Sonoma shares gained 1.50 percent to close at $50.88 on Tuesday.

Top 10 Services Stocks For 2016: Outerwall Inc.(OUTR)

 

Outerwall Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides automated retail solutions primarily in the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, Ireland, and the United Kingdom. Its Redbox segment owns and operates approximately 40,480 Redbox kiosks in 33,060 locations that enable consumers to rent or purchase movies and video games. The companys Coinstar segment owns and operates approximately 20,930 coin-counting kiosks in 19,660 locations, which enable consumers to convert their coin to cash, convert coins and paper bills to stored value products, and exchange gift cards for cash. The companys ecoATM segment owns and operates approximately 2,250 kiosks in 2,020 locations that enable consumers to purchase and sell electronic devices for cash at self-service kiosks. Its ecoATM segment also operates gazelle.com, a direct-to-consumer online solution for the purchase and sale of certain electronic devices for cash. The companys other co ncepts and investments include identifying, evaluating, building, acquiring, and developing self-service concepts in the automated retail space. The company was formerly known as Coinstar, Inc. and changed its name to Outerwall Inc. in June 2013. Outerwall Inc. was founded in 1991 and is headquartered in Bellevue, Washington.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Shares of Outerwall Inc (NASDAQ: OUTR) surged over 8 percent in Monday’s after-hours trading session following news for investors the company has begun the process of exploring strategic and financial alternatives. Outerwall’s Board also announced the raising of the company’s quarterly dividend from $0.30 to $0.60 per share. Outerwall shares jumped 8.11 percent to $37.18 in the after-hours trading session.

Top Gas Utility Stocks To Watch For 2016: MEDIFAST INC(MED)

Medifast, Inc., through its subsidiaries, engages in the production, distribution, and sale of weight management and disease management products, and other consumable health and diet products in the United States. The company?s product lines include weight and disease management, meal replacement, and vitamins. It also operates weight control centers that offer Medifast programs for weight loss and maintenance, customized patient counseling, and inbody composition analysis. The company markets its products under the Medifast and Essential brand names, including shakes, appetite suppression shakes, women?s health shakes, diabetics shakes, joint health shakes, coronary health shakes, calorie burn drinks, calorie burn flavor infusers, antioxidant shakes, antioxidant flavor infusers, bars, crunch bars, soups, chili, oatmeal, pudding, scrambled eggs, hot cocoa, cappuccino, chai latte, iced teas, fruit drinks, pretzels, puffs, brownie, pancakes, soy crisps, crackers, and omega 3 and digestive health products. Medifast Inc. sells its products through various channels of distribution comprising Web, call center, independent health advisors, medical professionals, weight loss clinics, and direct consumer marketing supported via the phone and the Web; Take Shape for Life, a physician led network of independent health coaches; and weight control centers. The company was founded in 1980 and is headquartered in Owings Mills, Maryland.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Friday, non-cyclical consumer goods & services shares rose by just 0.3 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Medifast Inc (NYSE: MED), down 5 percent, and Bridgford Foods Corporation (NASDAQ: BRID), down 6 percent.

Top 10 Services Stocks For 2016: Starbucks Corporation(SBUX)

Starbucks Corporation purchases and roasts whole bean coffees. It operates approximately 16,858 stores, including 8,833 company-operated stores and 8,025 licensed stores. The company offers approximately 30 blends and single-origin premium arabica coffees. It also provides handcrafted beverages, such as fresh-brewed coffee, hot and iced espresso beverages, coffee and non-coffee blended beverages, Vivanno smoothies, and Tazo teas; and merchandise products, including home espresso machines, coffee brewers and grinders, coffee mugs and accessories, packaged goods, music, books, and gift items. In addition, it offers fresh food items, which comprise baked pastries, sandwiches, salads, oatmeal, yogurt parfaits, and fruit cups. Further, it also provides VIA ready brew coffee, bottled frappuccino beverages, discoveries chilled cup coffee, doubleshot espresso drinks, iced coffee, whole bean coffee, and ice creams. The company?s brand portfolio includes Tazo tea, Ethos water, Seatt le?s Best Coffee, and Torrefazione Italia Coffee. Starbucks Corporation sells its products in approximately 50 countries worldwide. Starbucks Corporation was founded in 1971 and is based in Seattle, Washington.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Reuters]

    Brent Lewin/Bloomberg via Getty Images Coffee chain Starbucks has asked U.S. customers to leave their guns at home after being dragged into an increasingly fractious debate over U.S. gun rights in the wake of multiple mass shootings. While many U.S. restaurant chains and retailers don’t allow firearms on their properties, Starbucks’ policy had been to default to local gun laws, including “open carry” regulations in many U.S. states that allow people to bring guns into stores. In August, this led gun-rights advocates to hold a national “Starbucks Appreciation Day” to thank the firm for its stance, pulling the company deeper into the fierce political fight. Locations for Starbucks Appreciation Day events included Newtown, Conn., where 20 children and six adults were shot dead in an elementary school in December. Starbucks (SBUX) closed that shop before the event was scheduled to begin. Chief executive Howard Schultz said in an open letter to customers late Tuesday that Starbucks Appreciation Day events “disingenuously portray Starbucks as a champion of ‘open carry.’ To be clear: we do not want these events in our stores.” The coffee chain didn’t, however, issue an outright ban on guns in its nearly 7,000 company-owned cafes, saying this would potentially require staff to confront armed customers. The Seattle-based company hoped to give “responsible gun owners a chance to respect its request,” Schultz said. The CEO told Reuters the policy change wasn’t the result of the Newtown Starbucks Appreciation Day event, which prompted the Newtown Action Alliance to call on the company to ban guns at all of its U.S. stores. Nor was it in response to the mass shootings this week at the Washington Navy Yard. “We’ve seen the ‘open carry’ debate become increasingly uncivil and, in some cases, even threatening,” Schultz wrote, noting that “some anti-gun activists have also played a role in ratcheting up the rhetoric and friction,” at times soliciting and confronting empl

  • [By Victor Mora]

    Starbucks provides in-demand coffee and tea products and services to consumers around the world. The company is reportedly ready to expand to Colombia, where it sources most of its beans. The stock has been flying higher in recent years and is now trading at all-time high prices. Over the past four quarters, earnings and revenues have been rising, which have led to upbeat investors in the company. Relative to its peers and sector, Starbucks has been a year-to-date performance leader. Look for Starbucks to continue to OUTPERFORM.

Top 10 Services Stocks For 2016: Stage Stores, Inc.(SSI)

 

Stage Stores, Inc. operates as a specialty department store retailer in small and mid-sized towns and communities in the United States. Its merchandise portfolio comprises moderately priced brand name and private label apparel, accessories, cosmetics, footwear, and home goods. The company also offers merchandise direct-to-consumer through its e-commerce Website and send program. As of January 30, 2016, it operated 834 specialty department stores in 39 states and a direct-to-consumer channel under the BEALLS, GOODY’S, PALAIS ROYAL, PEEBLES, and STAGE nameplates. The company was founded in 1988 and is headquartered in Houston, Texas.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Stage Stores Inc (NYSE: SSI) shares fell 15.11 percent to $5.00 in pre-market trading after the company reported weaker-than-expected Q1 results and lowered its full-year outlook.

Top 10 Services Stocks For 2016: Liberty Interactive Corporation(QVCA)

Liberty Interactive Corporation, incorporated on February 28, 2006, owns interests in subsidiaries and other companies, which are primarily engaged in the video and online commerce industries. Through its subsidiaries and affiliates, the Company operates in North America, Europe and Asia. The Company’s principal businesses and assets include its subsidiaries QVC, Inc. (QVC), zulily, llc (zulily), Bodybuilding.com, LLC (Bodybuilding) and CommerceHub and Evite, Inc. (Evite). The Company’s segments include QVC, zulily, and Corporate and other.

Bodybuilding is an e-retailer of nutritional and dietary supplements. Bodybuilding also hosts an online health and fitness publication, offering free daily fitness content, workouts, video-based training plans, recipes, health advice and motivational stories. The online e-retail model combines detailed product information and real-time user reviews on approximately 15,000 health and fitness supplements and accessories.

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CommerceHub provides a cloud-based e-commerce fulfillment and marketing software platform of integrated supply, demand and delivery solutions for large retailers, online marketplaces and digital marketing channels, as well as consumer brands, manufacturers, distributors and other market participants. CommerceHub’s software platform acts as a hub that allows trading partners to conduct omni-channel commercial relationships in consumer and business-to-business e-commerce markets. Approximately 9,500 trading partners have access to CommerceHub’s platform daily to exchange critical information with each other, including orders, invoices, product information and other electronic documents. Evite is an online invitation and social event planning service on the Web. In addition to invitations, Evite also offers party ideas, planning checklists and other tools.

QVC

QVC markets and sells a range of consumer products primarily through live merchandis e-focused televised shopping programs distributed to approxi! mately 360 million households each day and through its Websites, including QVC.com, and other interactive media, such as mobile applications. In the United States, QVC distributes its programming live 24 hours per day, 364 days per year and presents on over 770 products every week. Internationally, QVC distributes live programming 8 to 24 hours per day, depending on the market. QVC classifies its products into over six groups: home, beauty, apparel, jewelry, accessories and electronics. QVC’s televised shopping programs reached approximately 140 million television households outside of the United States, primarily in Germany, Austria, Japan, the United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland, Italy and France. In addition, QVC’s joint venture in China reached approximately 110 million homes. Internationally, QVC-International also broadcasts pre-recorded shows on additional channels that offer viewers access to a range of QVC programming options. These channels include QVC Beauty & Style and QVC Plus in Germany and QVC Beauty, QVC Extra, QVC Style and QVC +1 in the United Kingdom.

QVC distributes its television programs, through satellite and optical fiber, to cable television and direct-to-home satellite system operators for retransmission to their subscribers in the United States, Germany, Japan, the United Kingdom, France and neighboring countries. In the United States, QVC uplinks its analog and digital programming transmissions using a third-party service. QVC’s Web and mobile platforms are integrated with its televised programming and product distribution capabilities.

Zulily

Zulily is an online retailer. Zulily’s merchandise includes women’s, children’s and men’s apparel, children’s merchandise and other products, such as kitchen accessories and home decor. Zulily launches a range of flash sales events. These events feature thousands of product styles from different vendors and typically last for over 70 h ours. Zulily acquires new e-mail subscribers through a set o! f paid an! d unpaid marketing channels, including affiliate channels and partners, customer referrals, direct navigation, display advertising, key word search campaigns, search engine optimization, social media and television ads. Zulily acquires customers once through paid and unpaid sources, and then drives engagement and repeat purchases from those customers over a long period of time through the sending of daily e-mails and mobile push communications.

The Company competes with Amazon, Travelocity, Priceline, American Express and Navigant International.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Scott Rubin]

    Stock gainers included Mercadolibre Inc (NASDAQ: MELI), up almost 14 percent, and Nu Skin Enterprises, Inc. (NYSE: NUS), which added 12 percent. The positive gains in both stocks were due to strong earnings reports. Shares of Liberty Interactive Group (NASDAQ: QVCA) plunged almost 22 percent on Friday due to disappointing sales growth in its fiscal second quarter. Pharmaceutical giant Bristol-Myers Squibb Co (NYSE: BMY) lost 16 percent after a disappointing study involving its Opdivo drug.

Top 10 Services Stocks For 2016: Annaly Capital Management Inc(NLY)

 

Annaly Capital Management, Inc. owns a portfolio of real estate related investments in the United States. It invests in various types of agency mortgage-backed securities and related derivatives to hedge these investments; and residential credit investments, such as credit risk transfer securities and non-agency mortgage-backed securities. The company also acquires, finances, and manages commercial loans and other commercial real estate debt, commercial mortgage-backed securities, and other commercial real estate-related assets. In addition, it engages in corporate middle market lending transactions; and operates as a broker-dealer. The company has elected to be taxed as a real estate investment trust (REIT). As a REIT, it is not subject to federal income tax to the extent that it distributes its taxable income to its shareholders. Annaly Capital Management, Inc. was founded in 1997 and is based in New York, New York.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Amanda Alix]

    It was just about one year ago that QE3 made its debut, and mortgage REITs, particularly agency-only players like Annaly Capital (NYSE: NLY  ) , Armour Residential (NYSE: ARR  ) , and American Capital Agency (NASDAQ: AGNC  ) began moaning about the increased competition for mortgage-backed securities guaranteed by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Hatteras Financial (HTS) has jumped 9.4% to $15.60 after agreeing to be purchased byAnnaly Capital Management (NLY) for $1.5 billion.Annaly Capital Management has dropped 1.1% to $$10.30.

  • [By Boniface Murigu]

    It’s no secret that mREITs such as American Capital Agency (NASDAQ: AGNC  ) (NASDAQ: AGNC  ) (NASDAQ: AGNC  ) , Annaly Capital Management (NYSE: NLY  ) (NYSE: NLY  ) (NYSE: NLY  ) ,and CYS Investmentshave gone through a very turbulent trading period, with all major players losing a sizable share of market value.

Top 10 Services Stocks For 2016: Home Depot, Inc. (The)(HD)

 

The Home Depot, Inc. operates as a home improvement retailer. It operates The Home Depot stores that sell various building materials, home improvement products, and lawn and garden products, as well as provide installation, home maintenance, and professional service programs to do-it-yourself, do-it-for-me (DIFM), and professional customers. The company offers installation programs that include flooring, cabinets, countertops, water heaters, and sheds; and professional installation in various categories sold through its in-home sales programs, such as roofing, siding, windows, cabinet refacing, furnaces, and central air systems, as well as acts as a contractor to provide installation services to its DIFM customers through third-party installers. It primarily serves home owners; and renovators/remodelers, general contractors, repairmen, installers, small business owners, and tradesmen. The company also sells its products throug h online. As of December 31, 2015, it had 2,274 stores, including 1,977 in the United States, 182 in Canada, and 115 in Mexico. The Home Depot, Inc. was founded in 1978 and is based in Atlanta, Georgia.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Credit Suisse analystSeth Sigman and team see slowing growth for Home Depot (HD) and Lowe’s (LOW) when they release their earnings but also believe that should remain a bright spot in retail:

    Michael Nagle/Bloomberg News

    We see limited/less upside for HD and LOW in Q2relative to prior quarters, and expect sequentially lower growth, as iswell documented by now. But, we expect Q2 results to outshine whatseems to be a weakening broader retail landscape, and we believeresults improved throughout the quarter as data today confirmed.Further, these stocks have underperformed the market by ~300 bpssince reporting Q1. As such, if one wants retail exposure, HD/LOWshould remain a good place to be.

    Shares of Home Depot have fallen 0.6% to $136.16 at 2:14 p.m. today, while Lowe’s has dipped 0.1% to $81.53.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Credit Suisse analysts Seth Sigman and Kieran McGrath argue that both Home Depot (HD) and Lowe’s (LOW) will beat first -quarter earnings forecasts, but Home Depot is a “better way to play” earnings. They explain why:

    Michael Nagle/Bloomberg News

    Home Depot/Lowe’s are positioned to deliver upside to Q1 expectations. With that relatively well known, our incremental analysis revisits the differences in housing trends and demand drivers inHome Depot vs.Lowe’s markets down to the store-level, helping explain the recent comps gap, as well as assess the sales and margin upside or recoverability inLowe’s case, as that remains a key consideration for investors and valuation.

    The call: We believeHome Depot is the better way to play Q1 (even as these stocks move together on a longer term basis), as its markets have still outperformed Lowe’s, and its Pro oriented categories likely benefited more from weather. For Lowe’s, based on its market differences and more challenging seasonal trends in April, we assume the gap remains wide and similar to 4Q15. That said, our analysis supports thatLowe’s has opportunities to narrow the gap as the year goes on. And its EPS outlook on its own supports upside to its stock.

    Shares of Home Depot have gained 0.5% to $136.37 at 3:25 p.m. today, while Lowe’s has risen 0.6% to $75.98.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    We wondered if Advance Auto Parts (AAP) just had a bad quarter or something more serious, whether there was beauty in being boring for Home Depot (HD), and just how risky Ford Motors’ (F) autonomous driving plan might be.

  • [By Jonas Elmerraji]

    Home Depot (HD) is enjoying some strong performance in 2013. Shares of the world’s largest home improvement retailer have rallied more than 22% since the calendar flipped over to January, besting the broad market’s impressive climb higher over the same period. More recently, HD has been tracking sideways, but that doesn’t mean that the upside is over in this home improvement stock. Here’s how to trade it.

    HD is currently forming a rectangle pattern, a setup that’s formed by a horizontal resistance level above shares at $80 and horizontal support below shares at $72. The setup gets its name because those two lines effectively “box in” shares of Home Depot right now. That makes it an “if/then trade.”

    An if/then trade is a contingent trade that doesn’t have directional bias — in other words, the ultimate direction of the trade is determined by the direction that HD breaks out of its channel. So, if HD breaks above resistance at $80, then it’s time to buy shares. If they slide below $72 support, then it’s time to short. There’s no trade until one of those conditions is met.

Top 10 Services Stocks For 2016: H&R Block, Inc.(HRB)

 

H&R Block, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides tax preparation, banking, and other services to the general public primarily in the United States, Canada, and Australia. The company offers assisted income tax return preparation and related services through a system of retail offices operated directly by the company or by franchisees; and online tax services, such as tax advice, professional and do-it-yourself (DIY) tax return preparation, and electronic filing services through its Website hrblock.com. It also develops and markets DIY desktop income tax preparation software; and develops and provides applications for mobile devices, which offer tax and related services. In addition, the company provides refund anticipation checks, H&R Block Emerald Advance lines of credit and Prepaid MasterCard, and Peace of Mind Extended Service Plan, Tax Identity Shield, and Cash Back refund discount programs. Further, it offers tradition al retail banking services primarily to its assisted and DIY tax clients. The company was founded in 1946 and is headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Shares of H & R Block Inc (NYSE: HRB) surged over 12 percent on Friday as the company reported better-than-expected results for its fourth quarter and lifted its quarterly dividend to $0.22 per share. H & R Block shares gained 0.29 percent to $24.30 in the after-hours trading session.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    H&R Block (HRB) has climbed 3.1% to $22.20 after beating earnings forecasts by a penny and hiking its dividend.

    Cliffs Natural Resources (CLF) has gained 1.2% to $5.16 after getting upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Macquarie.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    H & R Block Inc (NYSE: HRB) was down, falling around 14 percent to $20.42 as the company reported a disappointing tax season. The company announced plans to lower 13 percent of its workforce. Oppenheimer downgraded H&R Block from Outperform to Perform.

Top 10 Services Stocks For 2016: 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.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Analysts expect Wendys Co (NASDAQ: WEN) to report its quarterly earnings at $0.06 per share on revenue of $352.08 million. Wendys shares rose 1.79 percent to $11.38 in after-hours trading.

Top Services Companies To Watch For 2016

By Rahul Anand, Kalpana Kochhar, and Saurabh Mishra

The expansion of India’s exports of services between 1990 and 2013 has been nothing short of spectacular, putting India on a par with the world’s high-income economies in terms of service-product sophistication and as a share of total exports. This has created unique opportunities for continued growth. By contrast, when it comes to exports of manufactured goods, India has lagged behind its emerging-markets peers, both in quality and as a percentage of the total export basket, leaving substantial room for improvement.

[Related -Unemployment: Troubles Ahead for Emerging Markets]

While trade leads to structural transformation and diversification of economies, the types of goods and services tradedand trading partnersmake all the difference. India should capitalize further on its comparative advantage in exports of high-value services. At the same time, it should also increase the quality, sophistication, and diversification of manufacturing. That way, India can expand its total exports, while improving the sophistication of goods and services, and diversifying into higher value-added activities that generate better jobs for Indians.

Top Services Companies To Watch For 2016: Ascent Capital Group, Inc.(ASCMA)

 

Ascent Capital Group, Inc., through its subsidiary, Monitronics International, Inc., provides security alarm monitoring and related services to residential and business subscribers in the United States and Canada. The company monitors signals arising from burglaries, fires, medical alerts, and other events through security systems at subscribers premises. It offers a range of residential security services, including hands-free two-way interactive voice communication with the monitoring center, cellular options, and an interactive service option, which allows the customer to control their security system remotely using a computer or mobile device. The company also provides third party contract monitoring services to other security alarm companies for monitoring their accounts on a wholesale basis. It markets and sells its products through a network of authorized dealers. The company was formerly known as Ascent Media Corporat ion and changed its name to Ascent Capital Group, Inc. in July 2011. Ascent Capital Group, Inc. was incorporated in 2008 and is based in Greenwood Village, Colorado.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ian Wyatt, Publisher & Chief Investment Strategist, Wyatt Investment Research]

    Both of these stocks are overlooked, undervalued, and cash flow machines. The companies are Ascent Capital Group (ASCMA) and Covanta Holdings (CVA).

Top Services Companies To Watch For 2016: Hatteras Financial Corp(HTS)

 

Hatteras Financial Corp. operates as an externally-managed mortgage real estate investment trust (REIT) in the United States. It invests primarily in single-family residential mortgage real estate assets, such as mortgage-backed securities (MBS), mortgage servicing rights (MSR), residential mortgage loans, and other financial assets. The companys MBS are pass-through securities comprising a pool of mortgage loans, which issued or guaranteed by the United States Government agency or by the United States Government-sponsored enterprise. It also acquires, invests in, securitizes, and manages non-agency mortgage loans; and operates as a broker-dealer. The company has elected to be taxed as a REIT under the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, and would not be subject to Federal income tax to the extent that it distributes 100% of its taxable income. Hatteras Financial Corp. was incorporated in 2007 and is based in Winston Salem, North Carolina.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Hatteras Financial (HTS) has jumped 9.4% to $15.60 after agreeing to be purchased byAnnaly Capital Management (NLY) for $1.5 billion.Annaly Capital Management has dropped 1.1% to $$10.30.

Top International Stocks To Watch 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.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [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.

Top Services Companies To Watch For 2016: Starbucks Corporation(SBUX)

Starbucks Corporation purchases and roasts whole bean coffees. It operates approximately 16,858 stores, including 8,833 company-operated stores and 8,025 licensed stores. The company offers approximately 30 blends and single-origin premium arabica coffees. It also provides handcrafted beverages, such as fresh-brewed coffee, hot and iced espresso beverages, coffee and non-coffee blended beverages, Vivanno smoothies, and Tazo teas; and merchandise products, including home espresso machines, coffee brewers and grinders, coffee mugs and accessories, packaged goods, music, books, and gift items. In addition, it offers fresh food items, which comprise baked pastries, sandwiches, salads, oatmeal, yogurt parfaits, and fruit cups. Further, it also provides VIA ready brew coffee, bottled frappuccino beverages, discoveries chilled cup coffee, doubleshot espresso drinks, iced coffee, whole bean coffee, and ice creams. The company?s brand portfolio includes Tazo tea, Ethos water, Seatt le?s Best Coffee, and Torrefazione Italia Coffee. Starbucks Corporation sells its products in approximately 50 countries worldwide. Starbucks Corporation was founded in 1971 and is based in Seattle, Washington.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Fusion Research]

    Monotype Imaging has a number of global brands that are customers including Tommy Hilfiger, Ray-Ban, Clorox, Blue Man Group, Starbucks (SBUX), Nike (NKE), and Hilton among others. The recent customers in its portfolio include Disney (DIS), DreamWorks (DWA), Maserati, Mongoose, IOP, and a few others. Monotype Imaging reported revenue of $51.75 million in the creative professional segment in 2012. Looking at the opportunities that exist for the company going forward, we believe that it remains on track to achieve its revenue guidance of $60 million in 2013 from the creative professional segment, having already delivered half of that in the first half of 2013.

  • [By Victor Mora]

    Starbucks provides in-demand coffee and tea products and services to consumers around the world. The company is reportedly ready to expand to Colombia, where it sources most of its beans. The stock has been flying higher in recent years and is now trading at all-time high prices. Over the past four quarters, earnings and revenues have been rising, which have led to upbeat investors in the company. Relative to its peers and sector, Starbucks has been a year-to-date performance leader. Look for Starbucks to continue to OUTPERFORM.

Top Services Companies To Watch For 2016: Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Inc.(CBRL)

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc., through its subsidiaries, engages in the development and operation of the Cracker Barrel Old Country Store restaurant and retail concept in the United States. Its restaurants provide breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The company?s gift shops offer various decorative and functional items, such as rocking chairs, holiday and seasonal gifts, apparel, toys, music CD?s, cookware, old-fashioned-looking ceramics, figurines, a book-on-audio sale-and-exchange program, and various other gift items, as well as candies, preserves, pies, cornbread mixes, coffee, syrups, pancake mixes, and other food items. As of November 22, 2011, it operated 608 company-owned locations in 42 states. The company was formerly known as CBRL Group, Inc. and changed its name to Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. in December 2008. Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. was founded in 1969 and is headquartered in Lebanon, Tennessee.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shauna O’Brien]

    Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. (CBRL) shares dropped over 4% on Wednesday morning after the company reported lower fourth quarter earnings and a weak outlook for its first quarter.

    The Lebanon, TN-based company reported fourth quarter earnings of $34.3 million, or $1.43 per share, down slightly from $34.7 million, or $1.47 per share, a year ago. On average, analysts expected to see earnings of $1.35 per share.

    Total revenue fell to $646.1 million from $700.01 million last year. Analysts expected to see revenue of $668.68 million.

    Cracker Barrel President and CEO Sandra Cochran commented: “The fourth quarter of fiscal 2013 represents the seventh consecutive quarter of year-over-year improvement in comparable store traffic, restaurant sales, and retail sales. The financial results of the fourth quarter and full year reflect the effective execution of our strategic plan. As we begin our 2014 fiscal year, we are poised to capitalize on the achievements of fiscal 2013.”

    For FY2013, CBRL’s earnings rose 14% to $117.27 million, while EPS rose to $4.90 per share. On an adjusted basis, earnings were $4.97 per share, up 15% from the year prior. Total revenue for the year was $2.64 billion, up 3% from a year ago.

    Looking forward, the company expects to see first quarter earnings between $1.05 and $1.15 per share. This estimate would fall significantly below the average analyst estimate of $1.32 per share.

    For FY2014, the company expects EPS in the range of $5.60 to $5.80 and revenue between $2.7 billion and $2.75 billion. Analysts expect to see earnings of $5.69 per share and $2.74 billion in revenue.

    Cracker Barrel shares were down $4.70, or 4.39%, during Wednesday morning trading. The stock is up 59% YTD.

Top Services Companies To Watch For 2016: Container Store (The)(TCS)

 

The Container Store Group, Inc. engages in the retailing of storage and organization products in the United States. It operates in two segments, TCS and Elfa. The companys retail stores provide various lifestyle products, including bath, box, closets, collections, containers, food storage, gift packaging, hooks, kitchen, laundry, office, shelving, storage, trash, and travel, as well as elfa branded products. It also designs, manufactures, and sells component-based shelving and drawer systems that are customizable for any area of the home, such as closets, kitchens, offices, and garages, as well as made-to-measure sliding doors. As of July 7, 2015, the company operated 72 store locations with an average of 25,000 square feet each. It also offers its products directly to customers through its Website and call center, as well as sells to various retailers and distributors, and on a wholesale basis. The company was founded in 19 78 and is headquartered in Coppell, Texas.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Container Store Group Inc (NYSE: TCS) is expected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.21 per share on revenue of $230.53 million.

    J & J Snack Foods Corp (NASDAQ: JJSF) is estimated to post its quarterly earnings at $0.78 per share on revenue of $231.58 million.

Top 10 European Companies To Buy Right Now

Stocks will open lower this morning as oil continued to fall, and shares ofExxonMobil (XOM) andBP (BP) head lower following earnings reports.

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S&P 500 futures have dropped 0.8%, while Dow Jones Industrial Average futures have fallen 0.8%. Nasdaq Composite futures have declined 0.8%. Oil has dropped 4% to $30.37 a barre.

Mattel (MAT) has climbed 7% to $28.62 after the toy company reported its first quarterly revenue gain in more than two years.

Dow Chemical (DOW) has gained 2.8% to $43.79 after the chemical company beat earnings and revenue forecasts.

Michael Kors (KORS) has soared 19% to $48.20 after the beaten down purveyor of purses and other accessories reported earnings that beat the Street consensus.

ExxonMobil (XOM) has fallen 1.9% to $74.81 even though the oil giant beat earnings forecasts, as BP’s (BP) reported a monster loss that has put a damper on the entire industry. BP has tumbled 8.3% top $29.07.

Top 10 European Companies To Buy Right Now: Jabil Circuit Inc.(JBL)

Jabil Circuit, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides electronic manufacturing services and solutions worldwide. The company offers electronics and mechanical design, production, product management, and after-market services to companies in the aerospace, automotive, computing, consumer, defense, industrial, instrumentation, medical, networking, peripherals, solar, storage, and telecommunications industries. Its services comprise integrated design and engineering; component selection, sourcing, and procurement; automated assembly; design and implementation of product testing; parallel global production; enclosure services; and systems assembly, direct-order fulfillment, and configure-to-order services. The company also provides set-top boxes, mobility products, and display products, as well as peripheral products, such as printers and point of sale terminals; and aftermarket services consisting of warranty and repair services. Jabil Circuit, Inc. was founded in 196 6 and is headquartered in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Amber Hestla, Michael J. Carr]

    Another Apple supplier to consider is Jabil Circuit (NYSE: JBL), a company that offers a number of manufacturing services to customers in the technology sector.

Top 10 European Companies To Buy Right Now: Packaging Corporation of America(PKG)

Packaging Corporation of America produces and sells containerboard and corrugated products in the United States. Its corrugated packaging products, include conventional shipping containers used to protect and transport manufactured goods; and multi-color boxes and displays with strong that help to merchandise the packaged product in retail locations. The company also offers meat boxes and wax-coated boxes for the agricultural industry. Packaging Corporation sells its products through direct sales and marketing organization. The company was founded in 1867 and is headquartered in Lake Forest, Illinois.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Stocks on the move: Boise Inc. (NYSE: BZ) is up 26% at $12.55 following the companys acquisition by Packaging Corporation of America Inc. (NYSE: PKG) for $12.55 a share ($1.28 billion). Omeros Corp. (NASDAQ: OMER) is up 68.2% at $8.56 following an analyst upgrade. Northern Dynasty Minerals Ltd. (NYSEArca: NAK) is down 33.3% at $1.48 following an announcement from Anglo American plc that it was withdrawing from a massive copper mining project in Alaska.

  • [By David Sterman]

    That was precisely the rationale behind Packaging Corp. of America's (NYSE: PKG) just-announced $2 billion (in cash and assumed debt) acquisition of rival Boise (NYSE: BZ). The deal will create a $6 billion (in sales) behemoth in the cardboard box industry.

Top 5 Medical Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Novo Nordisk A/S(NVO)

 

Novo Nordisk A/S, a healthcare company, engages in the discovery, development, manufacture, and marketing of pharmaceutical products worldwide. It operates in two segments, Diabetes Care and Biopharmaceuticals. The Diabetes Care segment covers insulins, GLP-1 analog, obesity, and oral antidiabetic drugs, as well as other protein related products comprising glucagon, protein related delivery systems, and needles. The Biopharmaceuticals segment offers products in the areas of haemophilia care, growth hormone therapy, and hormone replacement therapy. The company markets and distributes its products through its subsidiaries, distributors, and independent agents. Novo Nordisk A/S has a collaboration agreement with the Langer Laboratory for the development of next-generation drug delivery devices; and collaboration and licensing agreement with Ablynx nv to discover and develop novel multi-specific Nanobody drug candidates. The compa ny was founded in 1925 and is headquartered in Bagsvaerd, Denmark.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Charles Carlson, CEO and Portfolio Manager, Horizon Investment Services]

    For investors looking for growth but also income, I especially like three health-care related stocksFresenius Medical (FMS), Novo Nordisk (NVO), and Smith & Nephew (SNN).

Top 10 European Companies To Buy Right Now: Emerson Electric Company(EMR)

Emerson Electric Co. operates as a diversified manufacturing and technology company. The company engages in appliance solutions, climate technologies, industrial automation, motor technology, network power, process management, professional tools, and storage solutions businesses. Its appliance solutions business provides appliance controls, appliance motors, heating products, and white-rodgers; climate technology business provides heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration (HVACR) solutions for residential, industrial, and commercial applications; and industrial automation business offers bearings and power transmission products, electrical power generation products, electric motors, variable speed drives and servos, electrical products, material joining solutions, fluid automation products, and wind turbine systems. The company?s motor technology business provides appliance motors, HVACR motors, DC motors, fractional horsepower motors, integral horsepower a nd larger motors, and drives; network power business provides power, precision cooling, connectivity, and embedded solutions; and process management business provides various wireless related products from self-organizing field networks to wireless asset and people tracking. Its professional tools business offers pipe working and threading equipment, pressing technology, utility locating and visual diagnostics systems, drain maintenance tools, power tools, air tools, general purpose hand tools, wet/dry vacs, job site storage equipment, truck tool boxes and equipment, and van storage equipment; and storage solutions business provides shelving and storage products for residential, commercial, and foodservice needs, as well as offers specialized carts, mobile computer workstations, and cabinet fixtures. The company was founded in 1890 and is headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Rising Dividend Investing]

    Pent Up Demand Pushing Cyclical Stocks

    We are coming out of a lengthy period of decreased spending in the wake of 2008-09, which has built pent up demand for automobiles, housing and capital expenditures. The average age of vehicles on the road has reached a record high of 11.4 years. Demand for new houses fell off dramatically since the Great Recession. The average U.S. home was built in 1974 and continues to age.
    As people have chosen to fix rather than replace their vehicles and homes, we’ve seen the replacement-type industries do very well. Auto Retail’s second quarter sales and earnings per share were up 14.7% and 18.6%, respectively. Home improvement retail grew sales nearly 10% with earnings up 20% from second quarter 2012.
    Adding to the pent up demand for housing is the number of young people living with their parents rather than buying or renting on their own. According to real-estate marketplace Trulia, the number of “missing hou seholds” (Americans who would currently be owning or renting a home if pre-recession economic trends had continued) was up to 2.4 million in March. More than half of these missing households are 18 to 34-year-olds.
    This pent up demand extends beyond just the immediate products being bought by consumers. Businesses have held off replacing durable goods since the recession. All of this excess demand will have to be released at some point. Eventually, these homes and vehicles will exceed their useful life and need to be replaced. To meet the need for the excess demand, companies will not be able to hold off re-investing in new plant equipment.
    We’ve seen the beginning of this demand in 2013 and believe there is more to come. The market is buying into this as well, as more growth and manufacturing oriented sectors – such as Consumer Discretionary and Industrials – have performed well over the near-term.
    Share prices for stocks in the Indu strial sectors are mo

Top 10 European Companies To Buy Right Now: AAON Inc.(AAON)

AAON, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, engages in the manufacture and sale of air conditioning and heating equipment primarily in the United States and Canada. The company offers rooftop units, chillers, air-handling units, make-up air units, heat recovery units, condensing units, commercial self contained units, and coils. It serves the commercial and industrial new construction and replacement markets. AAON, Inc. sells its products through manufacturers representatives and internal sales force. The company was founded in 1987 and is based in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jonas Elmerraji]

    We’re seeing the exact same setup in shares of small-cap HVAC firm Aaon (AAON). The biggest difference is that in AAON’s case, the ascending triangle pattern is coming in at the top of this stock’s recent price action, not at the bottom. That makes this a more textbook trade for September.

    Another important difference is the fact that AAON hasn’t triggered yet. Shares have been coiling below $26 resistance since the middle of the summer; a breakout above that $26 level is the indicator that it’s time to buy. Whenever you’re looking at any technical price pattern, it’s critical to think in terms of buyers and sellers. Triangles and other price pattern names are a good quick way to explain what’s going on in this stock, but they’re not the reason it’s tradable. Instead, it all comes down to supply and demand for shares.

    That resistance line at $26 is a price where there’s an excess of supply of shares; in other words, it’s a place where sellers have been more eager to take recent gains and sell their shares than buyers have been to buy. That’s what makes the move above it so significant — a breakout indicates that buyers are finally strong enough to absorb all of the excess supply above that price level.

    Wait for that to happen before you put your money on this trade.

Top 10 European Companies To Buy Right Now: American International Group Inc.(AIG)

American International Group, Inc. is an international insurance organization. The company operates property and casualty insurance networks worldwide and conducts activities in the U.S. life insurance and retirement services industry. It also involves in commercial aircraft leasing and residential mortgage guaranty insurance businesses. The company, through Chartis Inc., provides various property and casualty insurance products under commercial and consumer categories worldwide. These products include surplus lines, executive liability/directors? and officers? liability, employment practices, excess casualty, and travel/assistance lines. American International Group, through SunAmerica Financial Group, offers a suite of life insurance and retirement products and services, including term life, universal life, accident and health, fixed and variable deferred annuities, fixed payout annuities, mutual funds, and financial planning products and services to individuals and grou ps in the United States. The company, through International Lease Finance Corporation, operates as an aircraft lessor that acquires commercial jet aircraft from various manufacturers and other parties, and leases those aircraft to airlines worldwide. It also sells aircraft from its fleet to other leasing companies, financial services companies, and airlines, as well as provides management services to third-party owners of aircraft portfolios. American International Group, through United Guaranty Corporation, issues residential mortgage guaranty insurance that covers mortgage lenders from the first loss for credit defaults on high loan-to-value conventional first-lien mortgages for the purchase or refinance of one- to four-family residences in the U.S. and internationally. The company was founded in 1967 and is based in New York, New York.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By David Sterman]

    My favorite insurers: AIG (NYSE: AIG) (which I discussed a few months ago), Protective Life (NYSE: PL) and Reinsurance Group of America (NYSE: RGA).

  • [By Diane Alter]

    The last time a Dow shake-up caused such a stir was in April 2004, when AT&T (NYSE: T), Eastman Kodak (currently in bankruptcy proceedings), and International Paper Co. (NYSE: IP) were removed and replaced with American International Group Inc. (NYSE: AIG), Pfizer Inc. (NYSE: PFE), and Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ).

Top 10 European Companies To Buy Right Now: Starbucks Corporation(SBUX)

Starbucks Corporation purchases and roasts whole bean coffees. It operates approximately 16,858 stores, including 8,833 company-operated stores and 8,025 licensed stores. The company offers approximately 30 blends and single-origin premium arabica coffees. It also provides handcrafted beverages, such as fresh-brewed coffee, hot and iced espresso beverages, coffee and non-coffee blended beverages, Vivanno smoothies, and Tazo teas; and merchandise products, including home espresso machines, coffee brewers and grinders, coffee mugs and accessories, packaged goods, music, books, and gift items. In addition, it offers fresh food items, which comprise baked pastries, sandwiches, salads, oatmeal, yogurt parfaits, and fruit cups. Further, it also provides VIA ready brew coffee, bottled frappuccino beverages, discoveries chilled cup coffee, doubleshot espresso drinks, iced coffee, whole bean coffee, and ice creams. The company?s brand portfolio includes Tazo tea, Ethos water, Seatt le?s Best Coffee, and Torrefazione Italia Coffee. Starbucks Corporation sells its products in approximately 50 countries worldwide. Starbucks Corporation was founded in 1971 and is based in Seattle, Washington.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Victor Mora]

    Starbucks provides in-demand coffee and tea products and services to consumers around the world. The company is reportedly ready to expand to Colombia, where it sources most of its beans. The stock has been flying higher in recent years and is now trading at all-time high prices. Over the past four quarters, earnings and revenues have been rising, which have led to upbeat investors in the company. Relative to its peers and sector, Starbucks has been a year-to-date performance leader. Look for Starbucks to continue to OUTPERFORM.

  • [By Jared Cummans]

    The ultra-popular coffee chain Starbucks (SBUX) has announced a new Group President for Global Business Services.

    The hire comes from within, as CFO Troy Alstead has been given the new title, while still maintaining his CFO position. Alstead has been a member of the Starbucks team since 1992; a time when the company was private and had just 100 stores. Over his two decade tenure he held a number of financial and managerial positions and was also an original member of the Starbucks International team.

    Alstead will look to continue to contribute to the firm’s strong success, as its stock currently sits just below its all-time high. Though the company suffered a slight drawback in early 2012, it has gotten back on track and pushed to new levels.

    Starbucks shares were up 80 cents, or 1.05%, upon Tuesday’s close. The stock is up over 40% this year alone.

  • [By David Sterman]

    Consumers will migrate to other machines that work with the growing proliferation of K-cup options, all of which are cheaper than Green Mountain's offerings. The effort to design an "enhanced brewing process" also seems curious. Few consumers seem to feel that current K-cup offerings are disappointing. It's akin to Starbucks (Nasdaq: SBUX) saying, "Our coffee used to be good, but we're making it better." That's not what a Starbucks customer is looking to hear.

Top 10 European Companies To Buy Right Now: CBOE Holdings Inc.(CBOE)

CBOE Holdings, Inc., through its subsidiaries, operates markets for the execution of transactions in exchange-traded options. The company offers marketplaces for trading of options on individual equities, various market indexes, exchange-traded notes, and exchange-traded funds, as well as futures contracts and cash equities. It has strategic relationships with Standard & Poor’s Corporation; Dow Jones & Co.; NASDAQ; and Frank Russell Co. The company was founded in 1973 and is based in Chicago, Illinois.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By CNNMoney Staff]

    Stocks continued to rally despite the fact that options trading was temporarily halted Monday afternoon at exchanges run by CBOE Holdings (CBOE), Nasdaq OMX (NDAQ), BATS Global Markets and Miami International Holdings due to issues at the Options Price Reporting Authority (OPRA), which provides trading data and price quotes.

Top 10 European Companies To Buy Right Now: Halliburton Company(HAL)

Halliburton Company provides various products and services to the energy industry for the exploration, development, and production of oil and natural gas worldwide. It operates in two segments, Completion and Production, and Drilling and Evaluation. The Completion and Production segment offers production enhancement services, completion tools and services, cementing services, and Boots & Coots. Its production enhancement services include stimulation and sand control services; completion tools and services comprise subsurface safety valves and flow control equipment, surface safety systems, packers and specialty completion equipment, intelligent completion systems, expandable liner hanger systems, sand control systems, well servicing tools, and reservoir performance services; cementing services consist of bonding the well and well casing, while isolating fluid zones and maximizing wellbore stability, and casing equipment; and Boots & Coots include well intervention services , pressure control, equipment rental tools and services, and pipeline and process services. The Drilling and Evaluation segment provides field and reservoir modeling, drilling, evaluation, and wellbore placement solutions that enable customers to model, measure, and optimize their well construction activities. Its services comprise fluid services, drilling services, drill bits, wireline and perforating services, testing and subsea services, software and asset solutions, and integrated project management and consulting services. The company serves independent, integrated, and national oil companies. Halliburton Company was founded in 1919 and is headquartered in Houston, Texas.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Tony Daltorio]

    The biggest oilfield service companies should get a big lift from the boom, Moors said. That includes Schlumberger Ltd. (NYSE: SLB), Halliburton Co. (NYSE: HAL), Weatherford International Ltd. (NYSE: WFT), and Baker Hughes Inc. (NYSE: BHI).

Top 10 European Companies To Buy Right Now: Clean Energy Fuels Corp.(CLNE)

Clean Energy Fuels Corp., together with its subsidiaries, provides natural gas as an alternative fuel for vehicle fleets in the United States and Canada. The company designs, builds, operates, and maintains fueling stations, as well as supplies compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquefied natural gas (LNG) fuel for medium and heavy-duty vehicles. Its CNG is used in automobiles, light to medium-duty vehicles, refuse trucks, and transit buses as an alternative to gasoline and diesel. The company also sells non-lubricated natural gas compressors and related equipment used in CNG and LNG stations; and produces renewable natural gas, which is used as vehicle fuel or sold for power generation. In addition, it offers vehicle finance services for the purchase of natural gas vehicles, as well as for the conversion of gasoline or diesel powered vehicles to operate on natural gas. Further, the company provides natural gas conversions, alternative fuel systems, application engineering, service and warranty support, and research and development services for natural gas vehicles. As of December 31, 2011, it served approximately 530 fleet customers with approximately 25,000 natural gas vehicles; and owned, operated, or supplied 273 natural gas fueling stations in 23 states within the United States, and British Columbia and Ontario within Canada, as well as in Peru. Clean Energy Fuels Corp. was incorporated in 2001 and is headquartered in Seal Beach, California.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Michael Vodicka]

    Clean Energy Fuels Corp. (CLNE) designs, builds and operates natural gas filling stations in the United States. The company supplies compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquefied natural gas (LNG), serving a fleet of 650 customers, more than 32,000 natural-gas vehicles while owning or supplying more than 350 filling stations in 32 states.