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Top 5 High Tech Stocks To Buy Right Now

By Prakash Loungani and Zidong An

Forecasts of real GDP growth attract a lot of media attention. But what matters more to the person on the street is how growth translates into jobs. Unfortunately, the mediocre growth outlook of recent years may lead to a disturbing outlook for jobs, particularly among fuel-exporting countries and in the Latin America and Caribbean region.

The global picture

Chart 1 provides a measure of the global unemployment rate based on data for 116 countries, of which 37 countries are classified as “advanced” (a term used in the IMF’s World Economic Outlook to refer to high-income countries) and the remaining 79 are emerging and developing economies (for brevity, we refer to the group as “emerging economies”).

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Top 5 High Tech Stocks To Buy Right Now: Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.(HOT)

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc., incorporated on March 27, 1980, is a hotel and leisure company. The Company’s hotel business is focused on the global operation of hotels and resorts primarily in the luxury and upper upscale segments of the lodging industry. The Company manages and operates its hotel business in three hotel segments: the Americas; Europe, Africa and the Middle East (EAME), and Asia Pacific. Its vacation ownership and residential business is a separate segment. The Company conducts its hotel and leisure business both directly and through its subsidiaries. The Company owns Starwood Vacation Ownership, Inc., a provider of vacation experiences through villa-style resorts and access to Starwood brands. The Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) program is the Company’s traveler, customer loyalty and multi-brand marketing program. This program allows members to earn and redeem points for room stays, room upgrades and airline flights, with no blackout dates. Th e SPG program is rewarding loyalty program in the hospitality industry. The Company also develops, owns and operates vacation ownership resorts, markets and sells the vacation ownership Interests (VOIs) in the resorts and, in many cases, provides financing to customers who purchase such ownership interests.

The Company has approximately 1,297 properties providing over 370,000 rooms in approximately 100 countries. The Company’s hotel business include approximately 1,282 owned, managed or franchised hotels with over 362,300 rooms, comprising 30 hotels that it owns or leases or in which the Company has a majority equity interest, over 610 hotels managed by the Company on behalf of third-party owners and approximately 640 hotels for which it receives franchise fees. The Company’s approximately 30 hotels include The St. Regis, San Francisco; The St. Regis, New York; W New York-Times Square; The Westin Peachtree Plaza, Atlanta; The Westin Maui Resort & Spa, Ka’anapali ; Sheraton Kauai Resort; Sheraton Steamboat Resort; The Trem! ont Chicago Hotel at Magnificent Mile; Park Tower, Buenos Aires; Hotel Goldener Hirsch, Salzburg; The Westin Resort & Spa, Puerto Vallarta; The Westin Resort & Spa, Los Cabos; Sheraton Buenos Aires Hotel & Convention Center; Sheraton Gateway Hotel in Toronto International Airport, and Sheraton Paris Airport Hotel & Conference Centre, among others. In addition, the Company’s vacation ownership and residential business includes approximately 15 stand-alone vacation ownership resorts and residential properties.

The Company’s brands include St. Regis, The Luxury Collection, W, Westin, Le Meridien, Sheraton, Four Points, Aloft, Element and Tribute Portfolio. All brands (other than the Four Points by Sheraton, the Aloft and Element brands) represent full-service properties that range in amenities from luxury hotels to priced hotels. Its Four Points by Sheraton, Aloft and Element brands are select-service properties that cater to consumers.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    On Monday, cyclical consumer goods & services shares gained by 0.41 percent. Top gainers in the sector included Kandi Technologies Group Inc (NASDAQ: KNDI), Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc (NYSE: HOT), and Lifetime Brands Inc (NASDAQ: LCUT).

Top 5 High Tech Stocks To Buy Right Now: Raytheon Company(RTN)

Raytheon Company, together with its subsidiaries, provides electronics, mission systems integration, and other capabilities in the areas of sensing, effects, and command, control, communications, and intelligence systems, as well as mission support services in the United States and internationally. It operates in six segments: Integrated Defense Systems, Intelligence and Information Systems, Missile Systems, Network Centric Systems, Space and Airborne Systems, and Technical Services. The Integrated Defense Systems segment provides integrated naval, air, and missile defense and civil security response solutions. The Intelligence and Information Systems segment offers intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, advanced cyber solutions, weather and environmental solutions, and information-based solutions for law enforcement and homeland security. The Missile Systems segment develops and produces weapon systems, including missiles, smart munitions, close-in weapon systems, projectiles, kinetic kill vehicles, and directed energy effectors for the armed forces of the U.S. and other allied nations. The Network Centric Systems segment provides net-centric mission solutions, including integrated communications systems, command and control systems, combat systems, and operations and precision components for the U.S. federal, state, and local government customers, as well as civil customers. The Space and Airborne Systems segment designs and develops integrated systems and solutions for missions, including intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance; precision engagement; unmanned aerial operations; and space. The Technical Services segment provides training, logistics, engineering, product support, and operational support services for the mission support, homeland security, space, civil aviation, counterproliferation, and counterterrorism markets. Raytheon Company was founded in 1922 and is based in Waltham, Massachusetts.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Chad Tracy]

     

    Raytheon (NYSE: RTN)  Raytheon is currently trading at a slightly higher cost, with a P/E ratio of 12 and a P/B ratio of 3. With a yield of 2.7%, the company has an impressive history of raising dividends over the past five years. During the same period, it has reduced its outstanding share count by almost 100 million shares since 2008, to 329 million.

    Raytheon's primary strength lies in its international sales. Customers include the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, Turkey, Oman, Kuwait and India. Overseas sales, which make up about a quarter of total revenue, should help the company lock in profits should domestic spending continue to decline.

Best Paper Stocks To Own Right Now: Discover Financial Services(DFS)

Discover Financial Services, a bank holding company, offers direct banking and payment services in the United States. It operates in two segments, Direct Banking and Payment Services. The Direct Banking segment offers Discover card-branded credit cards to individuals and small businesses that are accepted on the Discover Network. This segment also provides other consumer banking products and services, including personal loans, student loans, and prepaid cards, as well as other consumer lending and deposit products, such as certificates of deposit, money market accounts, online savings accounts, and individual retirement account. The Payment Services segment operates the PULSE network, an automated teller machine, debit, and electronic funds transfer network; the Diners Club International network, a global payments network; and third-party issuing business, which includes credit, debit, and prepaid cards issued on the Discover Network by third parties. The company was found ed in 1986 and is based in Riverwoods, Illinois.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Spencer White]

    The analyst believes AmEx has a “less competitive edge” in the volume game, and concluded with a warning to avoid the stock. He recommended that investors looking for transaction or card loan exposure should look to Visa Inc (NYSE: V) and Discover Financial Services (NYSE: DFS), respectively.

  • [By Javier Hasse]

    The S&P 500 Index closed up 0.08 percent, with Discover Financial Services (NYSE: DFS), up 8.14 percent on its earnings, and Chesapeake Energy Corporation (NYSE: CHK), up 4.82 percent on rising oil prices, having posted the largest gains.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Synchrony Financial (SYF) tumbled 13% yesterday after the credit-card issuer said it was seeing more bad loans, an announcement that also rocked Discover Financial Services (DFS), Capital One Financial (COF) and American Express (AXP). Jefferies analyst John Hecht and team call the plunge in Synchrony Financial “an attractive entry point”:

Top 5 High Tech Stocks To Buy Right Now: 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.

Top 5 High Tech Stocks To Buy Right Now: Huntsman Corporation(HUN)

 

Huntsman Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, manufactures and sells differentiated organic and inorganic chemical products worldwide. The company operates in five segments: Polyurethanes, Performance Products, Advanced Materials, Textile Effects, and Pigments and Additives. The Polyurethanes segment offers polyurethane chemicals, including methyl diphenyl diisocyanate, propylene oxide, polyols, propylene glycol, thermoplastic polyurethane, aniline, and methyl tertiary-butyl ether products, which are used to produce rigid and flexible foams, as well as coatings, adhesives, sealants, and elastomers. The Performance Products segment provides amines, carbonates, surfactants, linear alkyl benzene, maleic anhydride, other performance chemicals, ethylene glycol, olefins, and technology licenses. The Advanced Materials segment offers basic liquid and solid epoxy resins; specialty resin compounds; cross-linking, matting, and c uring agents; and epoxy, acrylic, and polyurethane-based formulations. The Textile Effects segment provides textile chemicals, dyes, and inks. The Pigments and Additives segment offers titanium dioxide, functional additives, color pigments, timber treatment, and water treatment chemicals. The companys products are used in various applications, including adhesives, aerospace, automotive, construction products, personal care and hygiene, durable and non-durable consumer products, electronics, medical, packaging, paints and coatings, power generation, refining, synthetic fiber, textile chemicals, and dye industries. Huntsman Corporation was founded in 1970 and is headquartered in The Woodlands, Texas.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Huntsman (NYSE: HUN) surged 8.05% to $20.68 in the pre-market session after the company announced its plans to buy Rockwood Holdings’ (NYSE: ROC) Performance Additives and Titanium Dioxide businesses for $1.1 billion in cash.

  • [By Michael Flannelly]

    Due to a number of tailwinds that should benefit Huntsman Corporation (HUN) over the next two years, analysts at Jefferies upgraded the chemical products manufacturer on Monday.

    The analysts upgraded HUN from “Hold” to “Buy” and now see shares reaching $26, up from the previous target of $20. This new price target suggests a 35% upside to the stock’s Friday closing price of $19.27.

    “Tailwinds into 2014-2015 (butane, new PO/MTBE JV, productivity, better FCF profile, EU footprint), recent relative performance and relative valuation support outperformance into 1H14 even with a neutral resolution on TiO2,” Jefferies analyst Laurence Alexander noted regarding Huntsman Corp.’s future performance.

    Huntsman Corporation shares were up 48 cents, or 2.49%, during pre-market trading on Monday. The stock is up 21.19% year-to-date.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Huntsman (HUN) has gained 2.5% to $19.75 after the chemical company’s shares were raised to Buy from Hold at Jefferies.

    Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMY) has advanced 1.9% to $44.37 after the pharmaceutical company’s shares were upgraded to Overweight from Neutral by JPMorgan.

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5 Best Undervalued Stocks To Invest In Right Now: NRG Energy Inc.(NRG)

NRG Energy, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates as a wholesale power generation company. The company engages in the ownership, development, construction, and operation of power generation facilities. It also involves in the transacting in and trading of fuel and transportation services; the trading of energy, capacity, and related products in the United States and internationally; and the supply of electricity, energy services, and cleaner energy and carbon offset products to retail electricity customers in deregulated markets. The company operates natural gas- fired, coal- fired, oil-fired, nuclear, solar, and wind power plants. As of December 31, 2010, it had power generation portfolio of 193 operating fossil fuel and nuclear generation units with an aggregate generation capacity of approximately 24,570 megawatt (MW), as well as ownership interests in renewable facilities with an aggregate generation capacity of 470 MW. The company portfolio also includes appr oximately 24,035 MW generation capacity in the United States, and 1,005 MW generation capacity in Australia and Germany. In addition, it has a district energy business with steam and chilled water capacity of approximately 1,140 megawatts thermal equivalent. NRG Energy, Inc. was founded in 1989 and is headquartered in Princeton, New Jersey.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    On Thursday, utilities shares rose by 0.02 percent. Top gainers in the sector included Westar Energy Inc (NYSE: WR), Westar Energy Inc (NYSE: AT), and NRG Energy Inc (NYSE: NRG).

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Friday, utilities shares rose by just 0.1 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included NRG Energy Inc (NYSE: NRG), down 4 percent, and Calpine Corporation (NYSE: CPN), down 7 percent.

  • [By Stoyan Bojinov]

    Deutsche Bank announced on Monday that is was maintaining a “Hold” rating on the New Jersey-based electric utility company NRG Energy Inc. (NRG), but went on to lower its price target for the company.

    Greg Poole, an analyst with the firm, commented, “NRG has several diverse businesses – generation, retail, solar, clean energy technologies, and now a separate MLP-like income vehicle for contracted assets. This helps to diversify away from the seemingly perennially challenged merchant generation business, but it also results in an increasingly complex story that may pose a challenge for investors and valuation.” As such, Deutsche Bank announced it was lowering its price target from $27 to $26 a share.

    NRG Energy Inc. shares crept higher, gaining 1.11% on the day. The stock is up almost 15% YTD.

5 Best Undervalued Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Transcananda Pipelines Ltd.(TRP)

Transcanada Corporation operates as an energy infrastructure company in North America. The company operates in three segments: Natural Gas Pipelines, Oil Pipelines, and Energy. The Natural Gas Pipelines segment develops and operates energy infrastructure, including natural gas pipelines and regulated gas storage facilities. Its network of natural gas pipelines extends approximately 60,000 km tapping into gas supply basins in North America. The Oil Pipelines segment operates Keystone crude oil pipeline system, which includes completed 3,467 km Wood River/Patoka and Cushing Extension phases, and the proposed 2,673 km U.S. Gulf Coast Expansion. The Energy segment engages in the acquisition, development, construction, ownership, and operation of electrical power generation plants; the purchase and marketing of electricity; the provision of electricity account services to energy and industrial customers; and the development, construction, ownership, and operation of non-regulat ed natural gas storage in Alberta. The company was founded in 1951 and is headquartered in Calgary, Canada.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Chad Tracy]

    The most obvious is TransCanada (NYSE: TRP), the company that has submitted the proposal for the expansion. 

    TransCanada's cash flow is derived from natural gas (62%), oil/liquids (16%), and energy (22%), which includes natural gas storage.

Top Gold Stocks To Own Right Now: URS Corporation(URS)

URS Corporation provides engineering, construction, and technical services to the power, infrastructure, federal, and industrial and commercial market sectors in the United States and internationally. Its services for power sector include planning, designing, engineering, constructing, retrofitting, and maintaining a range of power-generating facilities; and the systems that transmit and distribute electricity, as well as the development and installation of clean air technologies that reduce emissions at fossil fuel power plants. The company?s services for infrastructure sector comprise program management, planning, architect, engineering, general contracting, construction, and construction management for surface, air, and rail transportation networks; ports and harbors; and water supply, and treatment and conveyance systems. Its services for federal sector consist of program management; planning, design, and engineering; systems engineering and technical assistance to con struction and construction management; operations and maintenance; and decommissioning and closure primarily for the United States federal government and national governments of other countries. URS Corporation?s services for industrial and commercial sector include front-end studies, engineering and process design, procurement, construction and construction management, facility management, and operations and maintenance, as well as due diligence, permitting, compliance, environmental management, pollution control, health and safety, waste management, and hazardous waste remediation. The company was formerly known as Broadview Research Corporation and changed its name to URS Corporation in 1976. URS Corporation was founded in 1904 and is headquartered in San Francisco, California.

Advisors’ Opinion:

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

    Fund manager John Mirshekari, of the Fidelity Low-Priced Stock Fund, recommended shares of URS (URS), an engineering and construction contractor.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Fidelty’s John Mirshekaritook a look at URS(URS) today at the Value Investing Congress.His takeaway: The stock could double in two years.

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    His analysis started with URS’s use of its free cash. During the past, it hasn’t been pretty. They spent 6.3 billion on eight acquisitions, they’ve bought companies at valuations higher than own stock and return-on-equity has dropped from high teens to just 6%.

    The problem hasn’t been its business: Its return on tangible capital is 17%. Instead, the problem is that its management hasn’t maximized value through capital allocation. URS has lowest valuation: 9x 2013 cash earnings in its industry.

    Part of the problem: Management incentives are based on net income. This year, however, relative total shareholder return was added., something Mirshekari calls”a step in the right direction.” In May, URS filed an amended proxy which says it will look to change incentives from net income to return on equity and earnings per share. More importantly, it said acquisitions would end.

    If all goes right, URS could double in two years,Mirshekari says, comparing it to AECOM Technology (ACM).

    Looks a lot like AECOMM, which did something similar and rallied.

5 Best Undervalued Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Syngenta AG(SYT)

Syngenta AG, an agribusiness company, engages in the discovery, development, manufacture, and marketing of a range of products designed to enhance crop yields and food quality worldwide. The company operates in three segments: Crop Protection, Seeds, and Business Development. The Crop Protection segment offers herbicides for corn, cereals, soybean, and rice; fungicides for corn, cereals, fruits, grapes, rice, soybean, and vegetables; insecticides for fruits, vegetables, and field crops; seed care for corn, soybean, cereals, and cotton; and professional products, such as products for public health, and turf and ornamentals. This segment markets its products through independent distributors and dealers, agricultural consultants, and growers. The Seeds segment develops, produces, and markets seeds and plants based on advanced genetics and related technologies. This segment provides approximately 200 product lines and approximately 6,800 varieties of proprietary genetics, incl uding vegetables, flowers, corn, soybean, sugar beet, and sunflower primarily under the NK, Golden Harvest, Garst, HILLESHG, S&G, Rogers, Zeraim Gedera, and Fischer brand names. The Business Development segment engages in the development of enzymes and traits to enhance agronomic, nutritional, and biofuel properties of plants. The company was founded in 1999 and is headquartered in Basel, Switzerland.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Vanina Egea]

    The battle on the field continues. Monsanto (MON) and Syngenta (SYT) are expected to enter the seed business with a strong bid. Both companies stand at the top of the agricultural inputs industry, and continue to look for ways to improve performance. Let us see what some gurus think about their future prospects, and if they see them fit for a long term investment.

5 Best Undervalued Stocks To Invest In Right Now: American Express Company(AXP)

American Express Company, together with its subsidiaries, provides charge and credit payment card products, and travel-related services worldwide. The company?s product portfolio consists of charge and credit card products; expense management products and services; consumer and business travel services; stored value cards, including travelers cheques and other prepaid products; network services; merchant acquisition and processing, point-of-sale, servicing and settlement, and marketing and information products and services for merchants; and fee services comprising market and trend analyses and related consulting services, fraud prevention services, and the design of customer loyalty and rewards programs. In addition, it publishes luxury lifestyle magazines; business and travel resources; general interest, cooking, travel, wine, cocktail, financial, and time management books; and international and electronic editions. The company sells its products and services to consumer s, small businesses, mid-sized companies, and large corporations through direct mail, on-line applications, targeted direct and third-party sales forces, and direct response advertising worldwide. American Express Company was founded in 1850 and is headquartered in New York, New York.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Alex Planes]

    Visa’s long wait to go public — its IPO took place in 2008 — meant that it would not be the first credit card issuer added to the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJINDICES: ^DJI  ) . That honor went to American Express (NYSE: AXP  ) , which earned its spot in 1982 by owning the “premium” credit card market — its 52.5 million card members spent far more in 2012 per card ($8,100 on average!) than either Visa’s ($3,500) or MasterCard’s ($3,000) card members. However, there was a certain irony in the fact that Visa, on its induction to the Dow in 2013, became one of the few companies ever added to directly replace the company that first spun it off.

  • [By Javier Hasse]

    American Express Company (NYSE: AXP) delivered earnings of $1.45 per share, $0.09 above the Street’s consensus. Revenue of $8.008 billion was in line with expectations for $8.004 billion. Shares were up 3.4 percent.

  • [By Spencer White]

    American Express Company (NYSE: AXP) held its annual Investor’s Day event Thursday, hoping to reassure investors spooked by the company’s loss of the Costco Wholesale Corporation (NASDAQ: COST) co-brand account, and its announcement of $1 billion in cost reductions last month. The credit card market has squeezed AmEx, as its higher swipe fees face intense competitive pressure.

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10 Best Healthcare Equipment Stocks To Buy Right Now: Credit Suisse Group(CS)

Credit Suisse Group AG, together with its subsidiaries, operates as a financial services company. The company operates in three segments: Private Banking, Investment Banking, and Asset Management. The Private Banking segment offers advisory services and a range of wealth management solutions, including pension planning, life insurance products, tax planning, and wealth and inheritance advice for the high-net-worth and ultra-high-net-worth individuals. This segment also supplies banking products and services to affluent, high-net-worth and ultra-high-net-worth clients, and corporates and institutions. The Investment Banking segment provides investment banking and securities products and services to corporations, governments, pension funds, and institutions. Its products and services include debt and equity underwriting, sales and trading, mergers and acquisitions advice, divestitures, corporate sales, restructuring, and investment research. The Asset Management segment offe rs integrated investment solutions and services to institutions, governments, foundations and endowments, corporations, and individuals. It provides access to a range of investment classes across alternative investment, asset allocation, and traditional investment strategies. The company operates in Switzerland, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, the Americas, and the Asia Pacific. Credit Suisse Group AG was founded in 1856 and is headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul R. La Monica]

    European banks worse off than 2008? Lamensdorf is concerned about the exposure to bad loans (especially energy company debt) held by big banks such as Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS), Credit Suisse (CS) and Deutsche Bank (DB). He’s shorting all three.

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10 Best Healthcare Equipment Stocks To Buy Right Now: Netease.com Inc.(NTES)

NetEase.com, Inc., an Internet technology company, engages in the development of applications, services, and other technologies for the Internet in China. It provides online game services to Internet users through the in-house development or licensing of massively multi-player online role-playing games, including Fantasy Westward Journey, Westward Journey Online II, Westward Journey Online III, Tianxia II, Heroes of Tang Dynasty, and Datang, as well as the licensed game, Blizzard Entertainment’s World of Warcraft. The company also offers online advertising on its Web sites. In addition, NetEase has paid listings on its search engine and Web directory, and classified advertising services, as well as an online mall, which provides opportunities for e-commerce and traditional businesses to establish their own storefront on the Internet. Further, it provides wireless value-added services, such as news and information content, matchmaking services, music, and photos from the We b over SMS, MMS, WAP, IVR, and Color Ring-back Tone technologies. Additionally, the company offers community services, including instant messaging, online personal advertisements, matchmaking, alumni clubs, and community forums; and aggregates news content on world events, sports, science and technology, and financial markets, as well as entertainment content, such as cartoons, games, astrology, and jokes from over 100 international and domestic content providers. NetEase.com, Inc. was founded in 1997 and is based in Beijing, the People?s Republic of China.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    NetEase Inc (ADR) (NASDAQ: NTES) is estimated to post its quarterly earnings at $14.92 per share on revenue of $7.85 billion.

    Neenah Paper, Inc. (NYSE: NP) is projected to post its quarterly earnings at $1.09 per share on revenue of $244.90 million.

Top Industrial Disributor Stocks For 2016: Urban Outfitters Inc.(URBN)

Urban Outfitters Inc. operates lifestyle specialty retail stores under the Urban Outfitters, Anthropologie, Free People, Terrain, and BHLDN brand names in the United States, Canada, and Europe. Its Urban Outfitters stores sell women?s and men?s fashion apparel, footwear, accessories, and gifts, as well as apartment wares, such as rugs, pillows, shower curtains, books, candles, and novelties to young adults aged 18 to 28; and Anthropologie stores provide women?s casual apparel and accessories, shoes, gifts, and decorative items, as well as home furnishings, including furniture, rugs, lighting, antiques, table top items, and bedding to women aged 28 to 45. The company?s Free People stores primarily offer Free People branded merchandise mix of casual women?s apparel, intimates, shoes, accessories, and gifts to young contemporary women aged 25 to 30; Terrain store provides lifestyle home and garden products, antiques, live plants, flowers, wellness products, and accessori es, as well as landscape and design service solutions; and BHLDN store offers a range of weeding collections consisting of wedding gowns, bridesmaid frocks, party dresses, assorted jewelry, headpieces, footwear, lingerie, and decorations. As of January 31, 2012, it operated 197 Urban Outfitters stores, 168 Anthropologie stores, 62 Free People stores, 1 Terrain garden center, and 1 BHLDN store. The company also operates a wholesale business under the Free People brand name that distributes apparel to other retailers and department stores in the United States. In addition, it markets its brands directly to consumers through its e-commerce Websites, including urbanoutfitters.com, anthropologie.com, freepeople.com, urbanoutfitters.co.uk, urbanoutfitters.de, urbanoutfitters.fr, anthropologie.eu, shopterrain.com, and bhldn.com, as well as through its Urban Outfitters, Anthropologie, and Free People catalogs. The company was founded in 1970 and is based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvani a.< /p> Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Dan Moskowitz]

    Urban Outfitters (NASDAQ: URBN  ) is another similar player. However, it targets a wider array of consumers through its various brand stores, including Urban Outfitters (18-28 demographic), Free People (25-30), and Anthropologie (28-45). Like Express, Urban Outfitters is slowly expanding its store base. Also like Express, Urban Outfitters saw an impressive earnings improvement in the second quarter. In this case, EPS increased 21% to $0.51 thanks to optimized inventory and lower merchandise markdowns.

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Urban Outfitters, Inc. (NASDAQ: URBN) shares rose 8.17 percent to $26.60 in the pre-market trading session. Urban Outfitters reported in-line earnings for its first quarter, but the company exceeded analysts’ sales estimates. Its total comparable sales increased 1 percent for the quarter.

10 Best Healthcare Equipment Stocks To Buy Right Now: Medivation Inc.(MDVN)

Medivation, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company, focuses on the development of small molecule drugs for the treatment of castration-resistant prostate cancer, Alzheimer?s disease, and Huntington disease. The company?s product candidates under clinical development include MDV3100, which is in Phase 3 development for the treatment of castration-resistant prostate cancer; and dimebon, which is in Phase 3 clinical trial for the treatment of Alzheimer?s disease and Huntington disease. It has collaboration agreements with Pfizer Inc. to develop and commercialize dimebon; and Astellas Pharma Inc. to develop and commercialize MDV3100. The company was founded in 2003 and is based in San Francisco, California.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Last night, Bloomberg reported that Sanofi (SNY) had made a bid for Medivation (MDVN) but had been rebuffed, while noting that other companies–perhaps Gilead Sciences (GILD), Amgen (AMGN) or AstraZeneca (AZN)?–were also on the prowl. SunTrust Robinson Humphrey’s Peter Lawson explains why Medivation might be biotech’s most wanted:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Medivation Inc (NASDAQ: MDVN) is said to have spurned recent takeover approach from France’s Sanofi SA (ADR) (NYSE: SNY), according to sources as reported by Bloomberg on Tuesday. Sanofi wants Medivation’s treatments for hard-to-cure cancers, the sources said. Medivation shares surged 8.46 percent to $49.60 in the after-hours trading session, while Sanofi shares fell 0.59 percent to $42.02 in after-hours trading.

10 Best Healthcare Equipment Stocks To Buy Right Now: 3M Company(MMM)

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

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Oppenheimer’s Ari Wald compare the current market to 1983, and recommend owning top-performing economically sensitive stocks like 3M (MMM), Microsoft (MSFT), and Honeywell International (HON) before the S&P 500 breaks out:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    3M (MMM) has gained 1.8% to $150.50 after announcing that it would keep and reinvest in its health information systems unit. 3M also said it would increase its dividend.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Industrial companies like Dover (DOV), Emerson Electric (EMR), Eaton (ETN), 3M (MMM) and Rockwell Automation (ROK) are calling for earnings growth to get better during the second half of the year. Bernstein’s Steven Winoker and team aren’t feeling as confident:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    While the direct revenue exposure to the UK is relatively small across our coverage (aside fromTyco and Idex), the potential impact from Brexit is much more widespread across the continent and the world. The impact should be most negative for our companies with larger industrial exposure to Europe, just as we have begun to hear incrementally positive commentary regarding Europe.Idex andTyco have some of the highest direct exposures to UK and Europe but Tyco’s business should be relatively more stable and in any case theJohnson Controls (JCI) synergies loom large. Eaton (ETN) and Emerson Electric, though with slightly smaller exposure, are more involved with industrial spending.Danaher andHoneywell have high revenue exposure, but we believe that their more benign end market exposure should mitigate some of the negative consequences they face. We rate Allegion (ALLE), Danaher, Dover (DOV), Fortive (FTV), Honeywell, Ingersoll-Rand (IR), Pentair (PNR) andTy co Outperform; Emerson Electric, Eaton, General Electric (GE),Idex and 3M (MMM) Market-Perform; Rockwell Automation (ROK) Underperform.

10 Best Healthcare Equipment Stocks To Buy Right Now: Principal Financial Group Inc(PFG)

Principal Financial Group, Inc. provides retirement savings, investment, and insurance products and services worldwide. The company?s Retirement and Investor Services segment provides retirement savings and related investment products and services, including a portfolio of asset accumulation products and services primarily to small and medium-sized businesses and individuals in the United States. This segment offers products and services to businesses for defined contribution pension plans, including 401(k) and 403(b) plans, defined benefit pension plans, nonqualified executive benefit plans, and employee stock ownership plan consulting services; and annuities, mutual funds, and bank products and services to the employees of its business customers and other individuals. Principal Financial Group?s Principal Global Investors segment offers a range of equity, fixed income, and real estate investments, as well as specialized overlay and advisory services to institutional inve stors. The company?s Principal International segment offers retirement products and services, annuities, mutual funds, institutional asset management, and life insurance accumulation products in Brazil, Chile, China, Hong Kong SAR, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mexico, Singapore, and Thailand. Principal Financial Group?s U.S. Insurance Solutions segment offers individual life insurance, as well as specialty benefits in the United States. Its individual life insurance products include universal and variable universal life insurance and traditional life insurance; and specialty benefit products comprise group dental and vision insurance, individual and group disability insurance, and group life insurance, as well as fee-for-service claims administration and wellness services. The company was founded in 1879 and is based in Des Moines, Iowa.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    The twenty stocks in Worth’s basket are: Ameriprise Financial (AMP) Bank of America, Banner (BANR), Citigroup, Citizens Financial Group (CFG), East West Bancorp (EWBC), First NBC Bank Holding (FNBC), HFF (HF), KeyCorp(KEY), Legacy Texas Financial Group (LTXB), Lincoln National (LNC), Morgan Stanley, Old National Bancorp (ONB), PacWest Bancorp (PACW), PNC Financial Services Group (PNC), Principal Financial Group (PFG), Stifel Financial (SF), SVB Financial Group (SIVB), TCF Financial (TCB), and Wells Fargo.

10 Best Healthcare Equipment Stocks To Buy Right Now: Air Industries Group(AIRI)

 

Air Industries Group, an aerospace and defense company, designs and manufactures structural parts and assemblies that focus on flight safety. The company operates through three segments: Complex Machining, Aerostructures and Electronics, and Turbine Engine Components. It offers landing gear, arresting gear, engine mounts, flight controls, throttle quadrants, jet engines, and other components; sheet metal fabrication of aero structures; and tube bending and welding services. The companys products are deployed on a range of military and commercial aircraft, including Sikorsky’s UH-60 Blackhawk and CH-47 Chinook helicopters, Lockheed Martin’s F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, Northrop Grumman’s E2D Hawkeye, Boeing’s 777, Airbus’ 380 commercial airliners, and the U.S. Navy F-18 and USAF F-16 fighter aircraft. It also produces electromechanical systems, and harness and cable assemblies; and fabricates electronic equipment and printed ci rcuit boards, as well as engages in machining of turbine engine components and the assembly of packages. In addition, the company manufactures welded and brazed chassis structures housing electronics; and military packaging and supplies. It serves aircraft manufacturers, subcontractors, and original equipment manufacturers. Air Industries Group was incorporated in 2006 and is based in Hauppauge, New York.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Dividends4Life]

    Air Industries Group Inc. (AIRI), an aerospace and defense company, designs and manufactures structural parts and assemblies that focus on flight safety. Sept. 17, the company increased its quarterly dividend 100% to $0.125 per share. The dividend is is payable Oct. 15, 2013 to shareholders of record as of the close of business on Sept. 30, 2013. The yield based on the new payout is 6.9%.

10 Best Healthcare Equipment Stocks To Buy Right Now: Nucor Corporation(NUE)

Nucor Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, engages in the manufacture and sale of steel and steel products in North America and internationally. It operates through three segments: Steel Mills, Steel Products, and Raw Materials. The Steel Mills segment produces hot and cold-rolled sheet steel; plate steel; structural steel comprising wide-flange beams, beam blanks, and sheet piling; and bar steel, such as blooms, billets, concrete reinforcing bar, merchant bar, and special bar quality products. The Steel Products segment offers steel joists and joist girders, steel deck, fabricated concrete reinforcing steel, cold finished steel, steel fasteners, metal building systems, light gauge steel framing, steel grating and expanded metal, and wire and wire mesh products. The Raw Materials segment produces direct reduced iron (DRI); brokers ferrous and nonferrous metals, pig iron, hot briquetted iron, and DRI; supplies ferro-alloys; and processes ferrous and nonferrous scrap metal products. The company?s operations also include various international trading companies that buy and sell steel and steel products. It sells its hot-rolled steel and cold-rolled steel to steel service centers, fabricators, and manufacturers; steel joists and joist girders, and steel deck to general contractors and fabricators; and cold finished steel and steel fasteners to distributors and manufacturers. The company?s products are used by contractors in constructing highways, bridges, reservoirs, utilities, hospitals, schools, airports, stadiums, and high-rise buildings. Nucor Corporation was founded in 1940 and is based in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Wayne Duggan]

    JPMorgan names United States Steel Corporation (NYSE: X), AK Steel Holding Corporation (NYSE: AKS), Steel Dynamics, Inc. (NASDAQ: STLD) and Nucor Corporation (NYSE: NUE) as its top steel stock picks.

10 Best Healthcare Equipment Stocks To Buy Right Now: American Express Company(AXP)

American Express Company, together with its subsidiaries, provides charge and credit payment card products, and travel-related services worldwide. The company?s product portfolio consists of charge and credit card products; expense management products and services; consumer and business travel services; stored value cards, including travelers cheques and other prepaid products; network services; merchant acquisition and processing, point-of-sale, servicing and settlement, and marketing and information products and services for merchants; and fee services comprising market and trend analyses and related consulting services, fraud prevention services, and the design of customer loyalty and rewards programs. In addition, it publishes luxury lifestyle magazines; business and travel resources; general interest, cooking, travel, wine, cocktail, financial, and time management books; and international and electronic editions. The company sells its products and services to consumer s, small businesses, mid-sized companies, and large corporations through direct mail, on-line applications, targeted direct and third-party sales forces, and direct response advertising worldwide. American Express Company was founded in 1850 and is headquartered in New York, New York.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Javier Hasse] Related AAPL 6 High-Quality Tech Stocks To Buy On The Dip Dr. Dre TV Show 'Vital Signs' Coming To Apple Review Of PostCapitalism By Paul Mason And The Winning Of The Carbon War By Jeremy Leggett (Seeking Alpha) Related WMT Your Recession Playbook: Avoid These Stocks, Buy Ross Stores Wal-Mart's Troubles Extend Beyond Brazil: Beware The U.K. Plug Power: Home Depot Gains Anchor Traction As Plans For A Second DC Emerge (Seeking Alpha) The Dow Jones Industrial Average(INDEXDJX:.DJI) tracks the performance of 30 major U.S. companies, from Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) and American Express Company (NYSE: AXP) to UnitedHealth Group Inc (NYSE: UNH) and Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT). The index has lost more than 8.5 percent since the beginning of the year. But, is there a way to capitalize from future declines or surges? Well, there always are binary options.

    2016 has been quite volatile for the Dow. So, a few questions arise. Where will the index go next? Will it continue to surge? Or, will it fall once again? And, is there a way to bet on its performance over the short term without being exposed to high risks and collateral?

10 Best Healthcare Equipment Stocks To Buy Right Now: Timken Company (The)(TKR)

 

The Timken Company engineers, manufactures, and markets bearings, transmissions, gearboxes, and chain and related products worldwide. It operates in two segments: Mobile Industries and Process Industries. The Mobile Industries segment offers a portfolio of bearings, seals, lubrication devices, and systems, as well as power transmission components, engineered chain, augers, and related products and maintenance services to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) of off-highway equipment for the agricultural, construction, and mining markets. It also provides parts to on-highway vehicles, including passenger cars, light trucks, and medium- and heavy-duty trucks, as well as rail cars and locomotives; power transmission systems and flight-critical components for civil and military aircraft, which comprise bearings, helicopter transmission systems, rotor-head assemblies, turbine engine components, gears, and housings; and offers aft ermarket products and services, including complete engine overhaul, aerospace bearing repair, component reconditioning, and replacement parts. This segment sells it parts through a network of authorized automotive and heavy-truck distributors to individual end users, equipment owners, operators, and maintenance shops. The Process Industries segment supplies industrial bearings and assemblies; power transmission components, including gears and gearboxes; and couplings, seals, lubricants, chains, and related products and services to OEMs and end-users in various industries. It also supports aftermarket sales and service needs through its network of authorized industrial distributors; and offers repair and service for bearings and gearboxes, as well as electric motor rewind, repair, and services to end users. In addition, this segment manufactures precision bearings, complex assemblies, and sensors for manufacturers of health and critical motion control equipment. The Timken Co mpany was founded in 1899 and is headquartered in North Cant! on, Ohio.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shauna O’Brien]

    Jefferies announced on Monday that it has raised its price target on The Timken Company (TKR).

    The firm has increased its price target on TKR from $65 to $73. This new price target suggests a 16% upside from the stock’s current price of $61.55.

    Analyst Stephen Volkmann noted: “We are increasing our estimates and price target based on the anticipation of a more aggressive share repurchase program over the next year.”

    “With strong cash flow generation, untapped balance sheet liquidity and potential upside from a cyclical recovery we believe there is additional value for shareholders that has yet to be recognized,” added the analyst.

    Looking ahead, the firm has raised its outlook for the third quarter from 90 cents to 92 cents per share. For FY2013, earnings estimates have been increased from $3.70 to $3.75 per share. FY2014 estimates have been raised from $4.30 to $4.60 per share.

    Timken shares were mostly flat during Monday morning trading. The stock is up 29% YTD.

Hot Valued Stocks To Watch Right Now

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Broadly speaking, retail stocks and the corresponding exchange traded funds have been duds this year. Strip out the retail ETFs with heavy exposure to Amazon.com Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) and the performances look even worse.

Hot Valued Stocks To Watch Right Now: Gerdau S.A.(GGB)

 

Gerdau S.A. produces and commercializes steel products worldwide. It operates through Brazil, North America, Latin America, Special Steel, and Iron Ore segments. The company provides semi-finished products, which include billets that are bars from square sections of long steel that serve as inputs for the production of wire rod, rebars, and merchant bars; blooms for use in the manufacture of springs, forged parts, heavy structural shapes and seamless tubes; and slabs, which are used in the steel industry for the rolling of various flat rolled products, as well as to produce hot and cold rolled coils, heavy slabs, and profiles. It also offers long rolled products comprising rebars, merchant bars, and profiles, which are primarily used in the construction and manufacturing industries; and drawn products, such as barbed and barbless fence wires, galvanized wires, fences, concrete reinforcing wire mesh, nails, and clamps for manuf acturing, construction, and agricultural industries. In addition, the company offers special and stainless steel products used in tools and machinery, chains, fasteners, railroad spikes, and special coil steel, as well as special sections comprising grader blades, smelter bars, light rails, super light I-beams, elevator guide rails, and other products. Further, it provides flat products, including hot-and cold-rolled steel coils, heavy plates, and profiles; and resells flat steel products. The company was founded in 1901 and is based in Porto Alegre, Brazil. Gerdau S.A. is a subsidiary of Metal煤rgica Gerdau S.A.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Manikandan Raman]

    On the news, Freeport-McMoRan surged 12 percent to $10.20 and Lundin Mining climbed 12 percent to $3.33. Gerdau SA (ADR) (NYSE: GGB) rose 19 percent to $1.23, Vale SA (ADR) (NYSE: VALE) advanced 18 percent to $4.85 and Banco Bradesco SA (ADR) (NYSE: BBD) gained 11 percent to $7.15.

Hot Valued Stocks To Watch Right Now: American Express Company(AXP)

American Express Company, together with its subsidiaries, provides charge and credit payment card products, and travel-related services worldwide. The company?s product portfolio consists of charge and credit card products; expense management products and services; consumer and business travel services; stored value cards, including travelers cheques and other prepaid products; network services; merchant acquisition and processing, point-of-sale, servicing and settlement, and marketing and information products and services for merchants; and fee services comprising market and trend analyses and related consulting services, fraud prevention services, and the design of customer loyalty and rewards programs. In addition, it publishes luxury lifestyle magazines; business and travel resources; general interest, cooking, travel, wine, cocktail, financial, and time management books; and international and electronic editions. The company sells its products and services to consumer s, small businesses, mid-sized companies, and large corporations through direct mail, on-line applications, targeted direct and third-party sales forces, and direct response advertising worldwide. American Express Company was founded in 1850 and is headquartered in New York, New York.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Shares of American Express (AXP) opened up 3% this morning after reporting a big earnings beat but have since given back a big chunk of those gains. Credit Suisse analyst Moshe Orenbuch and Serena Hong explain why its earnings weren’t necessarily as good as they looked:

    Reuters

    American Expressreported 1Q16 EPS of $1.45 ($1.50 excluding restructuring charge), beating our forecast of $1.27 and consensus estimates of $1.33…

    Billed business growth accelerated on an FX adjusted basis, we believe, as a result of the extra day in the quarter as well as faster new account growth since mid-2015. However, the company indicated that a significant percentage of the ~2 million excess new accounts were converted Costco cardmembers who could switch to the Citi Costco card which carries higher rewards when those cards are mailed in June.

    Revenues and expenses helped: Revenues were up 2% y/y and up 4% y/y on an FX adjusted basis and was helped by the leap year as well as spending from new accounts. Expenses were up 5% y/y, including the $84MM of restructuring charges, and the $127mm JetBlue sale gain. Management noted that there would be less “excess spending” than previously guided and 2Q operating expenses are expected to be down significantly as Amex books its gain from the US Costco sale. Long-term, revenue growth will still be negatively impacted by discount rate pressure, and credit costs will be rising.

    Shares of American Express have gained 1% to $65.69 at $11:37 a.m. today, while Costco Wholesale (COST) has dropped 0.9% to $151.40, and JetBlue Airways (JBLU) is off 2.4% at $20.48.

  • [By Javier Hasse] Related AAPL 6 High-Quality Tech Stocks To Buy On The Dip Dr. Dre TV Show 'Vital Signs' Coming To Apple Review Of PostCapitalism By Paul Mason And The Winning Of The Carbon War By Jeremy Leggett (Seeking Alpha) Related WMT Your Recession Playbook: Avoid These Stocks, Buy Ross Stores Wal-Mart's Troubles Extend Beyond Brazil: Beware The U.K. Plug Power: Home Depot Gains Anchor Traction As Plans For A Second DC Emerge (Seeking Alpha) The Dow Jones Industrial Average(INDEXDJX:.DJI) tracks the performance of 30 major U.S. companies, from Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) and American Express Company (NYSE: AXP) to UnitedHealth Group Inc (NYSE: UNH) and Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT). The index has lost more than 8.5 percent since the beginning of the year. But, is there a way to capitalize from future declines or surges? Well, there always are binary options.

    2016 has been quite volatile for the Dow. So, a few questions arise. Where will the index go next? Will it continue to surge? Or, will it fall once again? And, is there a way to bet on its performance over the short term without being exposed to high risks and collateral?

  • [By Alex Planes]

    Visa’s long wait to go public — its IPO took place in 2008 — meant that it would not be the first credit card issuer added to the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJINDICES: ^DJI  ) . That honor went to American Express (NYSE: AXP  ) , which earned its spot in 1982 by owning the “premium” credit card market — its 52.5 million card members spent far more in 2012 per card ($8,100 on average!) than either Visa’s ($3,500) or MasterCard’s ($3,000) card members. However, there was a certain irony in the fact that Visa, on its induction to the Dow in 2013, became one of the few companies ever added to directly replace the company that first spun it off.

Best Valued Companies To Buy For 2016: Laboratory Corporation of America Holdings(LH)

Laboratory Corporation of America Holdings operates as an independent clinical laboratory company in the United States. The company offers a range of testing services used by the medical profession in routine testing, patient diagnosis, and in the monitoring and treatment of disease, as well as specialty testing services. Its routine tests include blood chemistry analyses, urinalyses, blood cell counts, thyroid tests, Pap tests, HIV tests, microbiology cultures and procedures, and alcohol and other substance-abuse tests. The company?s specialty tests and related services comprise viral load measurements, genotyping and phenotyping, and host genetic factors for managing and treating HIV infections; cytogenetic, molecular cytogenetic, biochemical, and molecular genetic tests for diagnostic genetics; oncology tests for diagnosing and monitoring certain cancers and treatments; clinical trials testing for pharmaceutical companies, which conducts clinical research trials on diag nostic assays; forensic identity testing used in criminal proceedings and parentage evaluation services, as well as testing services in reconstruction cases; allergy testing; and occupational testing for the detection of drug and alcohol abuse. Its customers include independent physicians and physician groups, hospitals, managed care organizations, governmental agencies, employers, pharmaceutical companies, and other independent clinical laboratories. The company operates a network of 51 primary laboratories and approximately 1,700 patient service centers. In addition, it delivers a co-branded electronic health records Lite solution for physician practices. The company works with university, hospital, and academic institutions, such as Duke University, The Johns Hopkins University, the University of Minnesota, and Yale University to license and commercialize new diagnostic tests. Laboratory Corporation of America Holdings was founded in 1971 and is headquartered in Burlingt o n, North Carolina.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Analysts expect Laboratory Corp. of America Holdings (NYSE: LH) to report its quarterly earnings at $1.96 per share on revenue of $2.19 billion. Laboratory Corp shares rose 0.64 percent to close at $121.77 on Friday.

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Laboratory Corp. of America Holdings (NYSE: LH) is estimated to report its quarterly earnings at $1.96 per share on revenue of $2.19 billion.

    Roper Technologies Inc (NYSE: ROP) is projected to report its quarterly earnings at $1.46 per share on revenue of $895.87 million.

Hot Valued Stocks To Watch Right Now: Liquidity Services Inc.(LQDT)

Liquidity Services, Inc. operates various online auction marketplaces for surplus and salvage assets in the United States. Its auction marketplaces include liquidation.com, which enables corporations and selected government agencies located in the United States to sell surplus and salvage consumer goods and capital assets; govliquidation.com that enables government agencies to sell surplus and scrap assets; govdeals.com, which enables local and state government entities, including city, county, and state agencies, as well as school boards and public utilities located in the United States to sell surplus and salvage assets. The company also operates secondipity.com that provides consumers a source of products and a socially conscious online experience through donating a portion of the proceeds of every sale to charity; and truckcenter.com, a marketplace for the sale of idle, surplus, and used fleet and transportation equipment. Its marketplaces provide professional buyers a ccess to supply of surplus and salvage assets presented with customer focused information, including digital images and other relevant product information along with services to complete the transaction; and enable corporate and government sellers to enhance their financial return on excess assets by providing liquid marketplaces and value-added services that integrate sales and marketing, logistics, and transaction settlement. The company offers approximately 500 products organized into various categories, including consumer electronics, general merchandise, apparel, scientific equipment, aerospace parts and equipment, technology hardware, energy equipment, industrial capital assets, fleet and transportation equipment, and specialty equipment. Liquidity Services, Inc. was founded in 1999 and is headquartered in Washington, District of Columbia.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jon C. Ogg]

    Liquidity Services Inc. (NASDAQ: LQDT) was raised to Buy from Underperform, and the price target was raised up to $45 from $28.50, at Merrill Lynch.

  • [By Roberto Pedone]

    Liquidity Service (LQDT) is an online auction marketplace for surplus and salvage assets. This stock closed up 14.9% at $34.44 in Monday’s trading session.

    Monday’s Volume: 1.60 million

    Three-Month Average Volume: 402,622

    Volume % Change: 336%

    From a technical perspective, LQDT skyrocketed higher here right off its 50-day moving average of $30.94 with strong upside volume. This move briefly saw shares of LQDT trend back above its 200-day moving average at $34.60, before it closed just below that level at $34.44. Shares of LQDT are now quickly moving within range of triggering a big breakout trade. That trade will hit if LQDT manages to take out Monday’s intraday high of $35.21 and then once it clears some more near-term overhead resistance at $35.71 with high volume.

    Traders should now look for long-biased trades in LQDT as long as it’s trending above $32.67 or above $31.60 and then once it sustains a move or close above those breakout levels with volume that hits near or above 402,622 shares. If we get that breakout soon, then LQDT will set up to re-test or possibly take out its next major overhead resistance levels at $38 to $40.90.

Hot Mid Cap Companies To Own For 2016

Cowen’s Oliver Chen and team cut their rating on Tiffany (TIF) to Market Perform from Outperform, citing “uncontrollable risks,” and stating a preference forSignet Jewelers (SIG). They explain:

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We lower our rating on Tiffany to Market Perform and reduce our price target to $70 (from $75), assuming a lower P/E multiple of ~18x FY16 of $3.78E. We note Tiffany’s valuation does appears inexpensive at a current P/E of ~16x vs. sector avg. of ~17x. While we acknowledge a potential M&A/take-private could be a possibility if Tiffany’s valuation remains depressed, we prefer not to build our thesis on potential M&A interest protecting downside. Instead, we monitor near-term challenges and wait to gain better visibility on positive catalysts for revenue & earnings growth.

Hot Mid Cap Companies To Own For 2016: Discover Financial Services(DFS)

Discover Financial Services, a bank holding company, offers direct banking and payment services in the United States. It operates in two segments, Direct Banking and Payment Services. The Direct Banking segment offers Discover card-branded credit cards to individuals and small businesses that are accepted on the Discover Network. This segment also provides other consumer banking products and services, including personal loans, student loans, and prepaid cards, as well as other consumer lending and deposit products, such as certificates of deposit, money market accounts, online savings accounts, and individual retirement account. The Payment Services segment operates the PULSE network, an automated teller machine, debit, and electronic funds transfer network; the Diners Club International network, a global payments network; and third-party issuing business, which includes credit, debit, and prepaid cards issued on the Discover Network by third parties. The company was found ed in 1986 and is based in Riverwoods, Illinois.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Spencer White]

    The analyst believes AmEx has a “less competitive edge” in the volume game, and concluded with a warning to avoid the stock. He recommended that investors looking for transaction or card loan exposure should look to Visa Inc (NYSE: V) and Discover Financial Services (NYSE: DFS), respectively.

Hot Mid Cap Companies To Own 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 Jim Jubak, Senior Markets Editor, MoneyShow.com]

    It’s hard for any company to raise prices in the current non-inflationary environment. But it’s especially hard right now for operators of fast food restaurants, given the intense price competition in a very crowded marketplace. McDonald’s sales growth in recent quarters has been driven by the success of its Dollar Menu, so raising prices in that segment are a big deal for the company. In addition, pushback from franchisees who say they can’t afford to refurbish their stores, given higher charges from McDonald’s hits at one of McDonald’s key advantages in its market—it’s ability to refresh stores more frequently than competitors. A McDonald’s refresh at $600,000 on average, according to the company, costs substantially more than a remodel at Burger King (BKW) at $300,000 or Wendy’s (WEN) at $375,000 for the least expensive version. McDonald’s restaurants average $2.5 million in annual sales.

Top 10 Companies To Watch In Right Now: CarMax Inc(KMX)

CarMax, Inc., through its subsidiaries, operates as a retailer of used vehicles in the United States. It also sells vehicles that do not meet its retail standards to licensed dealers through on-site wholesale auctions, as well as sells new vehicles under franchise agreements. In addition, the company provides customers financing alternatives through its finance operation, CarMax Auto Finance, as well as through its third-party financing providers. Further, it offers a range of other related products and services, including the sale of extended service plans, guaranteed asset protection, and accessories; the appraisal and purchase of vehicles directly from consumers; and vehicle repair services. As of December 21, 2011, the company operated 107 used car superstores in 52 markets. CarMax, Inc. was founded in 1993 and is headquartered in Richmond, Virginia.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul R. La Monica]

    The two companies he’s targeting in this sector are user car dealer CarMax (KMX) and motorcycle king Harley-Davidson (HOG). He said both have been very aggressive.

  • [By Rich Bieglmeier]

    On Tuesday, September 24, CarMax Inc. (KMX) will release sales and earnings for the second quarter ended August 31, 2013 and will host a conference call for investors at 9:00 a.m. ET.

Hot Mid Cap Companies To Own For 2016: International Game Technology(IGT)

 

International Game Technology PLC operates and provides a range of services and technology products across lotteries, machine gaming, sports betting, and interactive gaming markets in North America, Asia, and Europe. It provides online lottery transaction processing systems; a suite of lottery-enabled point-of-sale terminals; supplies instant ticket games; and provides printing services, instant ticket marketing plans, graphic design, programming, production, packaging, and shipping and delivery services. The company also provides video lottery terminals (VLT), VLT central systems, and VLT games to government customers; video and traditional mechanical reel slot machines and casino systems to casino operators; and amusement with prize machines and games to licensed operators, as well as designs, develops, manufactures, and provides cabinets, games, systems, and software. In addition, it is involved in the provision of sports b etting platform that offers betting on sporting events, motor sports, and non-sporting events, such as entertainment, music, culture, and current affairs; transaction processing of commercial transactions, such as prepaid cellular telephone recharges, prepaid mobile data, prepaid electricity and other utility bill payments, credit card transactions, social security contributions and payments, and prepaid cards; and collection, processing, and network services on behalf of third parties, as well as in the issuing of electronic money through immediate conversion of funds. Further, the company provides interactive games, such as poker, casino games, bingo, iLottery, sports betting, horseracing, and skill-based games. The company was formerly known as GTECH S.p.A. and changed its name to International Game Technology PLC in April 2015. The company was incorporated in 2014 and is headquartered in London, the United Kingdom.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Michael Flannelly]

    Analysts at Sterne Agee noted on Monday that International Game Technology’s (IGT) fiscal 2014 growth is stronger than it appears. As such, the analysts raised the price target on the casino gaming equipment manufacturer.

    The analysts maintain a “Buy” rating on IGT and now see shares reaching $25, up from the previous target of $23. This new price target suggests a 23% upside to the stock’s Friday closing price of $20.32.

    “Excluding FY13 Canadian VLT sales, which do not recur in FY14, consensus FY14 EPS growth is ~14% versus ‘in-print’ consensus EPS growth of ~4%,” Sterne Agee analyst David Bain said. “We believe IGT’s peer-low stock valuation is partly driven by a misinterpretation of forward growth using ‘in-print’ FY14 EPS projections.”

    Futhermore, the firm raised IGT’s fourth quarter EPS estimates from 33 cents to 34 cents.

    IGT shares were inactive during pre-market trading on Monday. The stock is up 43.4% year-to-date.

Hot Mid Cap Companies To Own For 2016: Coach, Inc.(COH)

 

Coach, Inc. provides luxury accessories and lifestyle collections in the United States. The company offers handbags, rings, charms, small leather goods, and novelty accessories for women; and business cases, computer bags, messenger-style bags, totes, wallets, card cases, belts, and time management and electronic accessories for men. It also provides footwear products; seasonal lifestyle apparel collections, including outerwear, ready-to-wear, and cold weather accessories, such as gloves, scarves, and hats; jewelries comprising bracelets, necklaces, rings, and earrings made with sterling silver, leather, and non-precious metals; sunglasses; watches; and fragrances consisting of eau de perfume sprays, eau de toilette sprays, purse sprays, and body lotions. In addition, the company offers weekend and travel accessories, travel bags, and other lifestyle products. Further, it holds licensing rights to market and distribute footwea r, eyewear, watches, and fragrances under the Coach brand name. The company markets its products to consumers through a network of company-operated stores comprising Internet in North America; and Coach-operated stores and concession shop-in-shops in Japan, Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, Singapore, Taiwan, Malaysia, South Korea, the United Kingdom, France, Ireland, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Italy, Belgium, and the Netherlands. It also sells its products to wholesale customers and distributors in approximately 45 countries. As of June 27, 2015, the company operated 258 Coach retail and 204 Coach outlet leased stores located in North America; 503 Coach-operated concession shop-in-shops within department, retail, and outlet stores internationally; and 54 Stuart Weitzman stores. Coach, Inc. was founded in 1941 and is based in New York, New York.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Shares of Michael Kors Holdings have soared 24% to $49.99 at 3:23 p.m. today, while Kate Spade (KATE) has risen 1.9% to $18.19, and Coach (COH) has dropped 0.5% to $37.02.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    But in the what-have-you-done-for-me-lately world of the stock market, that was the past, and the present and future, well they don’t look so hot. For the third quarter, the Vera Bradley, which competes against Coach (COH) and Michael Kors (KORS), among others, now expects sales between$128 million to $130 million, below forecasts for about $147 million, and a profit of 30 cents to 35 cents, below forecasts for a 48-cent profit. In 2014, Vera Bradley expects sales of$535 million to $540 million, below forecasts for $575, while its earnings should come in between$1.47 and $1.52, below expectations of $1.72.And did I mention that its margins are expected to decline too?

Hot Mid Cap Companies To Own For 2016: International Business Machines Corporation(IBM)

International Business Machines Corporation (IBM) provides information technology (IT) products and services worldwide. Its Global Technology Services segment provides IT infrastructure and business process services, including strategic outsourcing, process, integrated technology, and maintenance services, as well as technology-based support services. The company?s Global Business Services segment offers consulting and systems integration, and application management services. Its Software segment offers middleware and operating systems software, such as WebSphere software to integrate and manage business processes; information management software for database and enterprise content management, information integration, data warehousing, business analytics and intelligence, performance management, and predictive analytics; Tivoli software for identity management, data security, storage management, and datacenter automation; Lotus software for collaboration, messaging, and so cial networking; rational software to support software development for IT and embedded systems; business intelligence software, which provides querying and forecasting tools; SPSS predictive analytics software to predict outcomes and act on that insight; and operating systems software. Its Systems and Technology segment provides computing and storage solutions, including servers, disk and tape storage systems and software, point-of-sale retail systems, and microelectronics. The company?s Global Financing segment provides lease and loan financing to end users and internal clients; commercial financing to dealers and remarketers of IT products; and remanufacturing and remarketing services. It serves financial services, public, industrial, distribution, communications, and general business sectors. The company was formerly known as Computing-Tabulating-Recording Co. and changed its name to International Business Machines Corporation in 1924. IBM was founded in 1910 and is base d in Armonk, New York.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Abramowicz]

    International Business Machines Corp. (IBM), the largest computer-services provider, sold $1.25 billion of seven-year notes in May at a record low coupon of 1.625 percent. That compares with a 5.7 percent rate on 10-year debt issued in 2007 by the Armonk, New York-based company.

  • [By Jon C. Ogg]

    Visa Inc. (NYSE: V) is about to become the most important DJIA stock of them all, as it is battling International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE: IBM) as the highest stock price in the index. You just need to recall that the DJIA is price weighted, based on a stock’s nominal share price rather than on its market capitalization or economic contribution.