Top 10 Electric Utility Companies To Own For 2014

LONDON (The Deal) — European stock indices fell on Thursday as trading resumed after the New Year break and Asian indices were mixed.

In China, an index of manufacturing compiled by Markit Economics and HSBC dropped to 50.5 in December from 50.8, aligning with Chinese government data also out on Thursday and supporting the view economic growth is slowing. In the eurozone, the Markit index rose in line with expectations though growth in Italian rebounded well above forecasts. In the U.K.,  the index slowed more than expected in December.

In London, the  FTSE 100 slipped 0.34% to 6,725.81.  Retailer Debenhams slid further after Tuesday’s shock profit warning as it announced that CFO Simon Herrick would quit.

In Frankfurt, the DAX declined 0.61% to 9,494.14, with utility RWE among the losers after the Handelsblatt reported it was considering asking shareholders’ permission to increase its share capital by up to 10%. The CAC 40 in Paris was down 0.94% at 4,255,38.

Italian carmaker Fiat represented one bright spot, posting gains well into the double digits after striking  a $4.4 billion peace deal with the UAW labor union that will allow it to buy out the rest of Chrysler. The agreement will bolster its efforts to extract synergies from its Detroit affiliate and position it to better compete in the U.S. car market.

But industrial conglomerate Finmeccanica fell in Milan after India scrapped a contract worth about $770 million with its AgustaWestland division for 12 luxury helicopters because of corruption concerns.   In Hong Kong, the Hang Seng edged up 0.14% to 23,340.05, while in Tokyo the stock market was closed.

Top 10 Electric Utility Companies To Own For 2014: Greenhill & Co Inc (GHL)

Greenhill & Co., Inc. (Greenhill), incorporated on March 10, 2004, is an independent investment bank focused on providing financial advice on mergers, acquisitions, restructurings, financings and capital raising to corporations, partnerships, institutions and governments. The Company acts for clients located throughout the world from its offices in the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, Canada, Japan, Australia and Sweden. The Company provides advisory services primarily in connection with mergers and acquisitions, financings, restructurings, and capital raisings. On merger and acquisition engagements, it provide a broad range of advice to global clients in relation to domestic and cross-border mergers, acquisitions, and similar corporate finance matters and are generally involved at each stage of these transactions, from initial structuring to final execution. It advises client’s matters, including acquisitions, divestitures, defensive tactics, special committee pr ojects and other important corporate events. It also provides advice on valuation, tactics, industry dynamics, structuring alternatives, timing and pricing of transactions, and financing alternatives.

In the Company’s financing advisory and restructuring practice, the Company advise debtors, creditors, governments, other stakeholders and companies experiencing financial distress as well as potential acquirers of distressed companies and assets. It provides advice on valuation, restructuring alternatives, capital structures, financing alternatives, and sales or recapitalizations. The Company also assists those clients who seek court-assisted reorganizations by developing and seeking approval for plans of reorganization as well as the implementation of such plans. In its private capital and real estate capital advisory business the Company assists fund managers and sponsors in raising capital for new funds and provide related advisory services to private equity and real estate funds and other organizations globally. It ! also advises on secondary transactions.

The Company competes with America Corporation, Barclays Bank PLC, Citigroup Inc., Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank AG, Goldman Sachs Group, Inc., JPMorgan Chase & Co., Morgan Stanley, UBS A.G., Evercore Partners Inc., Jefferies Group, Inc., Lazard Ltd., Credit Suisse and Park Hill.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Mark Hulbert]

    The stocks are C.H. Robinson Worldwide (CHRW)  , a freight-transportation company; chip maker Cirrus Logic (CRUS)  ; independent oil company Forest Oil (FST)  ; investment bank Greenhill & Co. (GHL)  ; Intrepid Potash (IPI)  , a fertilizer company; retailer J.C. Penney (JCP)  ; Quest Diagnostics (DGX)  , a medical diagnostic company; Strayer Education (STRA)  , a for-profit college; Tower Group International (TWGP)  , an insurance company; and Windstream Holdings (WIN)  , a rural telecommunications firm.

  • [By Matt Koppenheffer and David Hanson]

    An article in Financial Times came out suggesting that smaller investment banks, such as Greenhill (NYSE: GHL  ) or Lazard (NYSE: LAZ  ) , might be workplaces that offer more options and flexibility for those pursuing a banking career. Will we start to see the best talent move away from Wall Street’s biggest banks to find the true opportunities? In the video, Matt tells us what effect this could have on big banking as a whole.

Top 10 Electric Utility Companies To Own For 2014: BlackRock Muniyield Michigan Quality Fund II Inc (MYM)

BlackRock MuniYield Michigan Quality Fund II, Inc. (the Fund), formerly BlackRock MuniYield Michigan Insured Fund II, Inc., is a non-diversified, closed-end management investment company. The Fund seeks to provide shareholders with as high a level of current income exempt from federal and Michigan income taxes as is consistent with its investment policies and prudent investment management by investing primarily in a portfolio of long-term municipal obligations the interest on which, in the opinion of bond counsel to the issuer, is exempt from federal and Michigan income taxes.

The Fund’s allocation in long-term investments include transportation, hospital, lease revenue, sales tax, education and housing. BlackRock Advisors, LLC is the manager of the Fund.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    But now that markets have had time to react, a number of different opinions are surfacing about how important Detroit’s bankruptcy is:

    Investment manager BlackRock said early this week that its analysts “anticipate the impact of the event will be much smaller than its size might indicate,” calling Detroit “an idiosyncratic situation” and saying that therefore its analysts “do not anticipate a widespread systemic effect.” UBS noted that “precedents that do exist would appear to favor holders of [general-obligation municipal] bonds backed by an unlimited property tax” in its argument that the bankruptcy shouldn’t create big problems, also noting that muni-bond insurance companies cover almost 90% of Detroit’s debt. Citigroup notes that “the magnitude of Detroit’s economic and financial problems dwarfs those of any other large local government in the U.S. by a wide amount” in arguing that muni-bond yields aren’t likely to rise too far. Taking the other side of the argument, muni-bond specialist Nuveen Asset Management believes that “municipal investors should now view all Michigan general-obligation bonds as having no greater standing than any other form of municipal obligations,” reversing the general understanding that general-obligation bonds backed by broad powers to tax are inherently more secure than bonds with more limited sources of revenue backing them. Indeed, Michigan-specific muni-bond funds took much more serious hits over the week than the broad muni-bond market, with BlackRock MuniYield Michigan (NYSE: MYM  ) falling almost 5% since last Thursday and Nuveen Michigan Quality Income (NYSE: NUM  ) posting about a 4% loss. Analyst Meredith Whitney went a step further, predicting a wave of municipal bankruptcies resulting from Detroit’s action. Yet after having cried wolf in late 2010 and having proven to be wrong in her expected 12-month timeline for massive defaults, Whitney has had her credibility questioned by many ex

Top 10 Electric Utility Companies To Own For 2014: Center Bancorp Inc.(CNBC)

Center Bancorp, Inc. operates as the holding company for Union Center National Bank that provides various banking services to individual and corporate customers in Union and Morris counties, New Jersey. The company offers interest bearing and non-interest bearing checking accounts, savings accounts, money market accounts, certificates of deposit, and IRA accounts, as well as Christmas club accounts and vacation club accounts. It also provides secured and unsecured loans, mortgage loans, home equity lines of credit, short and medium term loans, letters of credit, working capital loans, and real estate construction loans. In addition, the company offers safe deposit boxes, money orders, and travelers? checks, as well as automated teller machine services, collection services, wire transfers, night depository, and lock box services. Further, the company, through its subsidiary, Center Financial Group LLC, provides financial services, including brokerage services, insurance an d annuities, mutual funds, and financial planning services. Additionally, it offers various money market services; and deals in the U.S. Treasury and U.S. Governmental agency securities, certificates of deposit, commercial paper, and repurchase agreements. As of December 31, 2010, the company had operations in 10 sites in Union County, New Jersey, consisting of 6 sites in Union Township, 1 in Springfield Township, 1 in Berkeley Heights, 1 in Vauxhall, and 1 in Summit; and 1 site in Madison, 1 site in Boonton/Mountain Lakes, and 1 site in Morristown located in Morris County, New Jersey. Center Bancorp, Inc. was founded in 1982 and is based in Union, New Jersey.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Holly LaFon]

    Becky Quick (CNBC): “If you could keep one company that Berkshire owns, either a wholly-owned subsidiary, or that Berkshire owns a common equity in, which one would you keep and why?”

Top 10 Electric Utility Companies To Own For 2014: Market Leader Inc(LEDR)

Market Leader, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides software-as-a-service-based business and marketing solutions for real estate professionals primarily in the United States and Canada. It offers real estate agents and brokerage companies with software-as-a-service based products, as well as online lead-generation, online prospect management, online real estate portal content and advertising, and customer coaching and training solutions. The company also offers consumers with free access to the information and tools they need throughout the home buying and selling process through its national consumer real estate sites. Its consumer Web sites include: JustListed.com, a service that notifies home buyers as soon as new homes hit the market; HouseValues.com, a service, which provides home sellers with market valuations of their current homes; and HomePages.com, a real estate portal that enables consumers to see the home listings in their area, view detailed neighbor hood and school data, compare recent home sales, find local real estate agents, and find the value of their own homes. In addition, the company offers Growth Leader, a Website and customer relationship management tool for real estate agents; RealtyGenerator, a lead-generation and lead management system for real estate brokerage offices; and ActiveRain.com that provides professional networking, referral, recruitment, content syndication, and online marketing services for professionals in real estate and related businesses. Market Leader, Inc. markets its products to individual agents and brokerage offices directly, as well as through marketing partnerships with real estate franchise networks. The company was formerly known as Housevalues, Inc. and changed its name to Market Leader, Inc. in November 2008. Market Leader, Inc. was founded in 1999 and is headquartered in Kirkland, Washington.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Michael Lewis]

    For a bit of context, competitor Trulia (NYSE: TRLA  ) is in negotiations to buy Market Leader (NASDAQ: LEDR  ) for $355 million. Market Leader is a smaller (and growing) business that’s similar to both Zillow and Trulia. Since Market Leader is still earnings negative, we can’t compare it on a P/FCF basis, but we can look at other metrics. For one, Market Leader trades at a still-ridiculous-but-slightly less-so 57.2 times forward earnings. It trades at 6.4 times last year’s sales. Zillow trades at 16.4 times last year’s sales. Management expects sales to hit (on the high end) $182 million — that implies a price of 10.55 times forward sales. If they double a year or two after, which would be unbelievably phenomenal, it would trade at 5.3 times sales.

Top 10 Electric Utility Companies To Own For 2014: Hospitality Properites Trust (HPT)

Hospitality Properties Trust, a real estate investment trust (REIT), engages in buying, owning, and leasing hotels. The company’s hotels are operated as Courtyard by Marriott, Residence Inn by Marriott, Staybridge Suites by Holiday Inn, Candlewood Suites, AmeriSuites, Prime Hotels and Resorts, Homestead Studio Suites, TownePlace Suites by Marriott, and SpringHill Suites by Marriott or Marriott Hotels and Resorts. As of June 30, 2005, it owned 298 hotels located in 38 states in the United States; Puerto Rico; and Ontario, Canada. The company’s hotels are primarily designed for business, governmental, and family travelers. As a REIT, the company would not be subject to federal income tax provided it distributes at least 90% of its REIT taxable income to its stockholders. Hospitality Properties was formed in 1995 and is based in Newton, Massachusetts.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Marc Bastow]

    Hotel and travel REIT Hospitality Properties Trust (HPT) raised its quarterly dividend 2.1% to 48 cents per share, payable Nov. 22 to shareholders of record as of Oct. 25.
    HPT Dividend Yield: 6.71%

  • [By Rich Duprey]

    Hotel and travel center operator Hospitality Properties Trust  (NYSE: HPT  )  announced today its second-quarter dividend of $0.4453125 per share on its 7.125% Series D preferred stock that trades on the NYSE under the symbol HPT-PD.

  • [By Russ Krull]

    Hospitality Properties (NYSE: HPT  ) sold $300 million of 10-year, 4.25% paper to fund the redemption of 7% preferred shares. There are 6.7 million preferred shares at $25 each for total of $167.5 million. The new debt service will cost about $1 million more per year than the preferred dividends, but Hospitality is getting quite a bit of additional cash for “funding hotel renovation or rebranding costs and potential future acquisitions.”

Top 10 Electric Utility Companies To Own For 2014: National Australia Bank Ltd (NAUBF)

National Australia Bank Limited is a financial services organization providing products, advice and services through its major Australian franchise and businesses. The Company’s segment includes Business Banking, Personal Banking, Wholesale Banking, UK Banking and NZ Banking, MLC and NAB, Great Western Bank (GWB), the Corporate Functions and Other segment. MLC is the wealth management division of the National Australia Bank (NAB). In January 2014, Sandfire Resources NL announced that National Australia Bank Limited and its associated entities have ceased to be the substantial holder of the Company. In January 2014, Commonwealth Property Office Fund announced that National Australia Bank Ltd and its associated entities have ceased to be a substantial shareholder in Commonwealth Property Office Fund. In February 2014, Fairfax Media Ltd announced that National Australia Bank Ltd and its associated entities ceased holding interest in the capital of the Company. Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By MARKETWATCH]

    LOS ANGELES (MarketWatch) — Australia stocks enjoyed early Monday gains after an advance for commodities and U.S. stocks since the last session, with a relatively good reception for earnings. The S&P/ASX 200 (AU:XJO) improved by 0.4% to 5,376.30, with miners tracking gains in gold and copper. Rio Tinto Ltd. (AU:RIO) (RIO) added 1.3%, and Fortescue Metals Group Ltd. (AU:FMG) (FSUMF) traded 1.1% higher, while gold miners Newcrest Mining Ltd. (AU:NCM) (NCMGF) and Kingsgate Consolidated Ltd. (AU:KCN) (KSKGF) rallied 2.2% and 4.7%, respectively. Banks rose after Wall Street shares climbed on Friday, with National Australia Bank Ltd. (AU:NAB) (NAUBF) up 1% and Australia & New Zealand Banking Group (AU:ANZ) (ANEWF) adding 0.9%, though Commonwealth Bank of Australia (AU:CBA) (CBAUF) dropped 2.4% as it traded without rights to its latest dividend. Coal transport firm Aurizon Holdings Ltd. (AU:AZJ) (QRNNF) tacked on 2.1% as its fiscal first-half underlying profit increased 18%, though net profit f

  • [By MARKETWATCH]

    LOS ANGELES (MarketWatch) — Australian stocks started Monday trade higher, with the S&P/ASX 200 (AU:XJO) up 0.8% at 5,206.40 after a strong finish for Wall Street at the end of last week. Resource shares got a lift from gains for commodities prices since the previous trading session, with strong advances for gold and copper and a more than 2% rise for New York-traded crude-oil futures. Among the leading gainers, Rio Tinto Ltd. (AU:RIO) (RIO) added 1.2%, Oil Search Ltd. (AU:OSH) (OISHF) climbed 1.3%, and gold miners Newcrest Mining Ltd. (AU:NCM) (NCMGF) and Evolution Mining Ltd. (AU:EVN) (CAHPF) improved by 3.9% and 6.4%, respectively. The heavily weighted banking sector also enjoyed solid gains, with Commonwealth Bank of Australia (AU:CBA) (CBAUF) up 1%, Westpac Banking Corp. (AU:WBC) (WEBNF) trading 1.3% higher, and National Australia Bank Ltd. (AU:NAB) (NAUBF) rising 1.1% as the U.K.’s Sunday Times reported the lender is considering a £2 billion ($3.3 billion) float of its British operations, which the report said had dragged on NAB’s results in recent years.

  • [By MARKETWATCH]

    LOS ANGELES (MarketWatch) — Australian stocks inched lower in early Friday trade, with the S&P/ASX 200 (AU:XJO) down 0.1% at 5,322.00, with weakness in miners outweighing mild strength in financials. Shares of BHP Billiton Ltd. (AU:BHP) (BHP) and Rio Tinto Ltd. (AU:RIO) (RIO) fell 1.4% apiece, while Fortescue Metals Group Ltd. (AU:FMG) (FSUMF) lost 2.2% and gold miner Evolution Mining Ltd. (AU:EVN) (CAHPF) lost 0.8%, after copper prices fell to two-week lows and Chinese steel futures also lost ground, according to Reuters. The sector could react to Chinese trade data due out later in the day, as China remains a top market for Australian commodities. Stock in Alumina Ltd. (AU:AWC) (AWCMF) retreated 2.6% after its U.S. partner Alcoa Inc. (AA) posted a quarterly loss. On the upside, the big four banks all traded higher, with Commonwealth Bank of Australia (AU:CBA) (CBAUF) up 0.1%, National Australia Bank Ltd. (AU:NAB) (NAUBF) rising 0.2%, Westpac Banking Corp. (AU:WBC) (WEBN

  • [By MARKETWATCH]

    LOS ANGELES (MarketWatch) — Australian stocks edged lower Thursday, as a mostly soft lead from the U.S. markets helped weigh on the S&P/ASX 200 (AU:XJO) , which lost 0.2% to 5,306.40. Mining stocks moved mostly lower as a rising dollar depressed some key commodity prices overnight, with Oz Minerals Ltd. (AU:OZL) (OZMLF) down 1%, Fortescue Metals Group Ltd. (AU:FMG) (FSUMF) off 1.5%, and Newcrest Mining Ltd. (AU:NCM) (NCMGF) 1.1% lower. The big four banks all started lower as well, with Australia & New Zealand Banking Group (AU:ANZ) (ANEWF) and Commonwealth Bank of Australia (AU:CBA) (CBAUF) down 0.2% each, while National Australia Bank Ltd. (AU:NAB) (NAUBF) lost 0.4%, and Westpac Banking Corp. (AU:WBC) (WEBNF) fell 0.5%. Retailers were mixed ahead of retail-sales data due out later in the day, as Harvey Norman Holdings Ltd. (AU:HVN) (HNORY) fell 0.5% and Myer Holdings Ltd. (AU:MYR) lost 0.7%, while David Jones Ltd.

Top 10 Electric Utility Companies To Own For 2014: CBIZ Inc (CBZ)

CBIZ, Inc. (CBIZ) provides professional business services, products and solutions. These services are provided to businesses of various sizes, as well as individuals, governmental entities and not-for-profit enterprises throughout the United States and parts of Canada. CBIZ delivers its services through four practice groups: Financial Services, Employee Services, and National Practices. Its Financial Services group includes accounting, tax, financial advisory, valuation, litigation support, internal audit, family office services, fraud detection and real estate advisory. Its Employee Services group provides group health, property and casualty, retirement planning, payroll services, life insurance, human capital management, compensation consulting, recruiting and actuarial services. MMP group includes coding and billing, accounts receivable management and full practice management services. National Practices group includes managed networking and hardware services, health ca re consulting, and mergers and acquisitions. Effective July 1, 2012, the Company acquired the assets of Stoltz and Company, LTD., L.L.P. In October 2012, it acquired the assets of ProMedical, Inc. On December 31, 2012, the Company acquired the non-attest assets of PHBV Partners, L.L.P. Effective May 1, 2013, it announced that it has acquired Associated Insurance Agents. In September 2013, CBIZ, Inc completed the sale of its Medical Management Professionals (MMP) business to Zotec Partners, LLC.

On January 1, 2011, CBIZ sold its individual wealth management business. Effective November 1, 2011, the Company acquired the defined benefit actuarial consulting practice of PSA Insurance and Financial Services of Hunt Valley, Maryland. During the year ended December 31, 2011, CBIZ acquired four businesses: Thompson Dunavant PLC, Gresham Smith LLC, Multiple Benefit Services, Inc. and Atlantic MDR, LLC (d/b/a Advantage Benefit Planning). On January 1, 2012, the Company ac quired Meridian Insurance Group, LLC.

Financial! Services

The Financial Services practice is divided into a Financial Services division, representing the United States, and a National Services division consisting of those units that provide their services nationwide. CBIZ and its subsidiaries maintain joint-referral relationships and administrative service agreements (ASAs) with independent licensed Certified Public Accounting (CPA) firms under which audit and attest services may be provided to CBIZ’s clients by such CPA firms. Under these ASAs, CBIZ provides a range of services to the CPA firms, including (but not limited to) administrative functions, such as office management, bookkeeping, and accounting, preparing marketing and promotion materials, providing office space, computer equipment, and systems support, and leasing administrative and professional staff. As of December 31, 2011, CBIZ maintained ASAs with four CPA firms.

Employee Services

The business units that compri se CBIZ’s Employee Services group are organized between Retail and National Services. The Retail offices provide services within their geographic area. The National group includes a number of specialty operations that provide services on a national scale. CBIZ’s Employee Services group maintains relationships with different insurance carriers. Some of these carriers have compensation arrangements.

National Practices

The National Practices group offers technology, health care consulting, and merger and acquisition services. The units within the National Practices group each have a Business Unit President.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Seth Jayson]

    CBIZ (NYSE: CBZ  ) reported earnings on July 29. Here are the numbers you need to know.

    The 10-second takeaway
    For the quarter ended June 30 (Q2), CBIZ whiffed on revenues and missed estimates on earnings per share.

Top 10 Electric Utility Companies To Own For 2014: ABB Ltd(ABB)

ABB Ltd. provides power and automation technologies for utility and industrial customers worldwide. The company?s Power Products division manufactures and sells high- and medium-voltage switchgear and apparatus, circuit breakers, power and distribution transformers, and sensors. ABB?s Power Systems division provides integrated power and automation solutions for power generation plants; alternating current (AC) and direct current (DC) transmission systems; and flexible alternating current systems technologies. It also offers land and submarine cables, as well as accessories and services for medium- to high-voltage AC and DC systems; air- and gas-insulated substations; and network management solutions to help manage power networks. In addition, this division offers support agreements and retrofits to spare parts, service, consulting, and training; and undertakes analyses and design of new transmission and distribution systems. The company?s Discrete Automation and Motion div ision manufactures and sells motors, generators, variable speed drives, programmable logic controllers, rectifiers, excitation systems, robotics, and related services for a range of applications in factory automation, process industries, and utilities. Its Low Voltage Products division provides protection, control, and measurement for electrical installations, enclosures, switchboards, electronics, and electromechanical devices for industrial machines, plants, and related services. It also makes building control systems for home and building automation. The company?s Process Automation division offers integrated process control and instrumentation systems, plant electrification systems, information management systems, and industry-specific application knowledge for industries, such as pulp and paper, minerals and mining, metals, chemicals and pharmaceuticals, oil and gas, turbocharging, power, and marine. ABB Ltd. was founded in 1988 and is headquartered in Zurich, Switzerl a nd.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Scott Levine]

    As the photovoltaic and wind markets mature in the United States and around the world, attention is shifting toward the next step in the market’s evolution: battery storage. Gaining some exposure recently, battery storage conversations swirled through the media with news of Tesla Motors’ (NASDAQ: TSLA  ) Gigafactory; however, the applications for battery storage greatly transcend those pertaining to electric vehicles.

    Utility applications
    According to a research report published by IHS, grid-connected energy storage is bound to experience substantial growth over the next few years. Approximately 340 MW of grid-connected energy storage was installed in 2012 and 2013; however, IHS solar research manager Sam Wilkinson and report co-author Abigail Ward suggest that the annual rate of installations will grow to more than 6GW by 2017 and more than 40 GW by 2022. Perhaps this is an underestimate. California alone has set a lofty target. The California P ublic Utilities Commission has an energy storage target of 1.325 GW by 2020 for its three largest utilities.

    Where will these and other utilities look in order to meet these targets? One company is The AES Corporation (NYSE: AES  ) . Located in the United States and South America, AES has more than 200 MW of storage-based resources in operation and construction, and it has more than 1,000 MW in development. Last week, AES revealed its Advancion storage offering, which the company characterizes as “a complete battery-based grid resource — delivering the services expected from peaking power plants, with added benefits.” Supplying AES with the power conversion system for Advancion is Parker Hannifin. The two companies have previously worked together on other storage projects, namely on the AES Laurel Mountain Storage Array, a 64 MW advanced battery-based resource, which helps a 98 MW wind farm to supply grid stability services.

    Closer to home
    Energy storage isn’t just a

  • [By Carlton Delfeld]

    In addition, ABB (ABB) is terrific infrastructure play and has been on a tear, winning power and automation-technology contacts all over the world.

  • [By MONEYMORNING]

    ABB Ltd (NYSE: ABB) and United Technologies Corporation (NYSE: UTX) are great examples of the kinds of plays I favor for this scenario. They’re global concerns providing services and products that are squarely in the path of trillions of dollars in spending.

  • [By Tim Brugger]

    ABB (NYSE: ABB  ) has agreed to implement Microsoft’s (NASDAQ: MSFT  ) Office 365 and its enterprise social network, Yammer, utilizing the cloud-based solutions across its international operations, Microsoft announced today.

Top 10 Electric Utility Companies To Own For 2014: Israel Corporation Ltd (ILCO)

Israel Corporation Ltd is an Israel-based holding company. The Company operates mainly through its subsidiaries: Israel Chemicals Ltd, operating in the areas of fertilizers and special chemicals; Oil Refineries Ltd, engaged in crude oil refining, production of fuel products, raw materials for the petrochemical industry and materials for the plastics industry; ZIM Integrated Shipping Services Ltd, operating in the shipping lines’ industry through use of tankers, offering delegation, Customs clearance, overland transport, distribution, warehousing, insurance, container terminals, marine terminal operation services and logistic services; I.C. Power Ltd, engaged in the production and sale of electricity, as well as in activities intended for the construction and operation of power stations, and Other subsidiaries, engaged in advanced technology, vehicles, infrastructures for electric-powered vehicles, and clean energy. Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Claudia Maedler]

    The DFM General Index (DFMGI) climbed 4.8 percent to 2,659.93, the highest close since Aug. 26. The measure had plunged as much as 15 percent since reaching a five-year high on Aug. 25 on concern the U.S. would launch a military strike against Syria. Emaar Properties PJSC (EMAAR), the stock with the biggest weighting on the index, jumped 4.7 percent, while Deyaar Development (DEYAAR) PJSC surged 9.1 percent. Israel Corp. (ILCO) led gains in Tel Aviv.

Top 10 Electric Utility Companies To Own For 2014: IMPACT Silver Corp (ISVLF.PK)

IMPACT Silver Corp. (IMPACT) is a profitable silver mining company with three 100% owned producing mines in Mexico. IMPACT controls two mineral districts in central Mexico: the 423 square kilometers Royal Mines of Zacualpan Silver District and the 200 square kilometers Mamatla Mineral District adjacent to and southwest of Zacualpan. During the year ended December 31, 2011, it produced 833,607 ounces of silver. On May 24, 2011, IMPACT announced that it completed 6,698 meters of drilling to expand the Capire zone to the north, east and south. In 2011, IMPACT carried out drilling on the Oscar Silver Project (Oscar) located 2.5 kilometers east of the Guadalupe Processing Plant. In 2011, IMPACT drilled two targets on the Huatecosco Gold-Silver Project located 9.5 kilometers south of the Guadalupe Processing Plant. In September 2011, IMPACT optioned its Veta Grande Silver Project assets in Zacatecas (Mexico) to Defiance Silver Corp. Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Itinerant]

    Besides the core drilling business the company also holds exploration properties which it seeks to monetize as opportunities arise. The company also holds an 11% interest in IMPACT Silver (ISVLF.PK), a Mexican junior silver miner.