Top 10 Industrial Disributor Stocks To Own Right Now

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Top 10 Industrial Disributor Stocks To Own Right Now: Acorda Therapeutics Inc.(ACOR)

Acorda Therapeutics, Inc., a commercial-stage biopharmaceutical company, engages in the identification, development, and commercialization of novel therapies for multiple sclerosis (MS), spinal cord injury (SCI), and other central nervous system disorders primarily in the United States. Its marketed products include Ampyra (dalfampridine), a potassium channel blocker for improving walking in patients with MS; and Zanaflex Capsules and Zanaflex tablets (tizanidine hydrochloride), a short-acting drug for the management of spasticity. The company also markets products for the improvement of walking in adult patients with MS with walking disability under the Fampyra name internationally. Its lead research and development programs include three biologic therapeutic approaches for restoring neurologic and cardiac function, which comprise Neuregulin Program for developing Glial Growth Factor 2, a molecule in the Phase I clinical trial for the treatment of heart failure; Remyelina ting Antibodies Program for developing rHIgM22, an antibody in the preclinical stage for treating MS; and Chondroitinase Program, a research stage program focused on developing chontroitinase as a therapeutic to break down inhibitory factors in the scar tissue that develops as a result of an injury to the CNS. In addition, the company has in-licensed a clinical-stage program, AC105, to develop an acute treatment for neurological trauma. It has collaboration agreement with Biogen Idec International GmbH to develop and commercialize products containing aminopyridines to the treatment of MS. Acorda Therapeutics, Inc. was incorporated in 1995 and is headquartered in Hawthorne, New York.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By James E. Brumley]

    Investors who were hoping things would work out for epilepsy treatment company Cyberonics, Inc. (NASDAQ:CYBX) can cross CYBX off their list of epilepsy-oriented stocks to buy, as they did with Acorda Therapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ:ACOR) about a month ago. ACOR saw its epilepsy drug Plumiaz rejected by the FDA in early May, while CYBX announced this morning that the coming fiscal year’s (beginning in April) revenue would be weaker than first expected as sales of its epileptic control implant device didn’t look quite as promising as hoped.

  • [By Anna Prior]

    Acorda Therapeutics Inc.(ACOR) said Monday that its Phase 3 study of its dalfampridine-QD treatment in people with post-stroke walking deficits will start later than originally expected. Shares of the biotechnology company fell 3.4% to $34 in premarket trading.

  • [By Sean Williams]

    What: Shares of Acorda Therapeutics (NASDAQ: ACOR  ) , a commercial-stage biopharmaceutical company with a focus on central nervous system disorders, jumped as much as 13% after the company reported positive phase 2 trial data for experimental drug Ampyra for the treatment of post-stroke deficits.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Acorda Therapeutics (ACOR) has dropped today after announcing the results of a clinical trial.

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    From Accorda’s press release:

    Acorda Therapeutics, Inc. today announced data from a Phase 2 proof-of-concept study of dalfampridine extended release tablets, 10 mg (dalfampridine-ER) in people with post-stroke deficits. In the study, treatment with dalfampridine-ER was well-tolerated and improved walking, as measured by the Timed 25-Foot Walk test (T25FW).

    RBC Capital Markets’ Michael Yee and team put the news in context:

    In the short-term, ACOR’s scripts look a bit mediocre tracking a tad shy of Q3 consensus, and overall new scripts are down too. Longerterm, we believe value creation will need to come from 1) expanding the label to a new indication in “post-stroke” pts which is going into Phase II/III and could theoretically double the commercial sales, 2) its re-myelinating antibody rHigM22 in Phase I might get attention because Biogen’s Phase II LINGO re-myelinating program could be very intriguing in H2:14. Risks are that a Paragraph IV should be expected in January 2014 around the corner and the “post-stroke” data is interesting but not as compelling versus the MS indication. Overall, however this will take some time to play out as the next post-stroke study doesn’t even begin until Q2:14 so data not until at least 2015+. That said, expectations are pretty low and we think the stock is pretty cheap at $1.1B EV or ~3x sales plus all potential up side from label expansion or pipeline.

    MannKind (MNKD), meanwhile, has gained after asking the FDA to approve its inhaled diabetes drug Afrezza. The Associated Press has the details:

    MannKind has no drugs on the market. It first filed for Food and Drug Administration approval of Afrezza in March 2009, and in early 2011 the FDA told the company to run more clinical studies. The agency wanted MannKind to use the stu

Top 10 Industrial Disributor Stocks To Own Right Now: Ishares Msci Korea (EWY)

iShares MSCI South Korea Index Fund (the Fund) seeks to provide investment results that correspond generally to the price and yield performance of publicly traded securities in the aggregate in the South Korean market. The Fund’s performance is measured by the MSCI Korea Index (the Index).

The Fund invests in a representative sample of securities in the Index, which has a similar investment profile as the Index. iShares MSCI South Korea Index Fund’s investment advisor is Barclays Global Fund Advisors.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Benjamin Shepherd]

    The iShares MSCI Emerging Markets Index (NYSE: EEM) seems to have halted its slide.  The index bottomed out year-to-date on February 3, when it was down 11.2 percent. Since then, it has gained 1.5 percent, but bargains in the emerging markets still abound.

    As I discussed in “A Plan, Not a Panic” two weeks ago, emerging markets are in much better economic shape today than they were even just a few years ago, much less during the currency crisis that peaked in 1998. Foreign exchange reserves are generally much more robust, budget deficits are narrower if they exist at all and, so far at least, the full-blown currency war that many were predicting last year isn’t likely to breakout.

    With rationality finally setting in, this is a terrific time to do a little bargain hunting in the emerging markets.

    The most obvious play here is the iShares MSCI Emerging Markets Index itself. Covering China (18.8 percent of assets), South Korea (16 percent), Taiwan ( 12 percent) and Brazil (10.2 percent) with smaller positions spanning Asia and Europe, the fund is most exposed to any shift in sentiment.

    The fund is currently trading at just 10.2 times forward one-year earnings, well below its average of about 18 times over the past two decades. On a price-to-sales basis it is even more attractive valued at just 1.03 times; the last time the index was this cheap on a sales basis was early 2009.

    So while there are always dangers in trying to call a bottom to any market move, valuations alone are attractive enough to start pulling bargain hunters back in.

    A broadly diversified play on an emerging market turnaround, iShares MSCI Emerging Markets Index is a great buy up to 45, which leaves plenty of room to run back to the average.

    For those who can tolerate a bit more risk, you can also drill down and make more country-specific bets.

    At this point my favorite would be iShares MSCI South Korea Index Fund (NY SE: EWY).


  • [By Jeff Reeves]

    Of course, Samsung’s massive presence has weighed on the region lately. In the last 12 months, the iShares MSCI South Korea Index Fund (EWY) has declined about 4%, pretty much the same performance as Samsung’s stock.

Top 10 Industrial Disributor Stocks To Own Right Now: Mattress Firm Holding Corp (MFRM)

Mattress Firm Holding Corp. (Mattress Firm), incorporated on January 5, 2007, is a specialty retailer of mattresses and related products and accessories in the United States. The Company conducts its operations through its indirect, wholly owned subsidiary, Mattress Holding Corp. and its subsidiaries. As of August 2, 2011, the Company and its franchisees operated 620 and 107 stores, respectively, primarily under the Mattress Firm name, in 60 markets across 25 states. The Company focuses on the national brands, but also offers its customers its Hampton and Rhodes private label mattresses. The Company has introduced its YuMe brand. On October 15, 2010, the Company acquired Peak Management, LLC. On December 1, 2010, the Company acquired Maggie’s Enterprises, Inc. In May 2012, Mattress Firm announced the completion of its acquisition of regional bedding company, Mattress Giant Holding Corp. Effective September 9, 2013, Mattress Firm Holding Corp, a unit of JW Childs Associates LP, acquired Olejo Inc, a provider of ecommerce retail services.

The Company’s stores carry national mattress brands, with a range of styles, sizes, price points and features. The Company provides its customers with their choice of traditional mattresses, including Sealy and Simmons, as well as specialty mattresses, such as Tempur-Pedic. In addition to its mattress selection, the Company offers a range of bedding-related products and accessories.

Conventional Mattresses

Conventional mattresses, such as those of Sealy (including Sealy Posturepedic and Stearns and Foster) and Simmons (including Simmons Beautyrest), utilize steel-coil innersprings. During the fiscal year ended February 1, 2011, the conventional mattresses represented approximately 75% of bedding industry sales in the United States and approximately 60% of the Company’s total sales. In addition to these national brands, the Company also offers its Hampton and Rhodes pr ivate label mattresses.

Specialty Mattresses

Specialty mattresses, such as those manufactured by Tempur-Pedic and select comfort, utilize materials other than steel-coil innersprings to provide comfort and support. In fiscal 2010, the specialty mattresses represented approximately 30% of the Company’s total sales. The Company is expanding its assortments in the categories, including viscoelastic foam mattresses and yume sleep system. Viscoelastic foam, also referred to as memory foam or polyurethane foam, features a temperature sensitive foam core that reduces pressure points and tossing and turning by contouring to one’s body. The Company has introduced a sleep system made of foam produced from coconut oil, utilizing a technology that uses ambient air to heat and cool the mattress surface.

Furniture and Accessories

During fiscal 2010, the Company was in the process of introducing new headboards and footboards, which complement its current bedding products. All of the Company’s stores carry an assortment of bedding-related accessories, including bed frames, mattress pads and pillows. In fiscal 2010, bedding-related products and accessories represented approximately 7% of the Company’s total sales from Company-operated stores.

The Company competes with Mattress Giant, American Mattress, Haverty’s, Rooms-To-Go, Macy’s, Sears, JC Penney, Walmart, Costco and Original Mattress.

Advisors’ Opinion:

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    Mattress Firm Holding Corp.(MFRM) said its fiscal first-quarter earnings fell 36% on higher costs that masked the bedding specialty retailer’s sales growth. The company raised its revenue forecast for the year.

  • [By Leo Fasciocco]

    Mattress Firm Holding (MFRM) offers both traditional and specialty mattresses, bedding accessories, and related products. MFRM also offers bed frames, pillows, tempurpedic pillows, headboards, and memory foam mattresses.

Top 10 Industrial Disributor Stocks To Own Right Now: Ishares Msci Singapore Ews (EWS)

iShares MSCI Singapore Index Fund (the Fund) seeks to provide investment results that correspond generally to the price and yield performance of publicly traded securities in the aggregate in the Singaporean market, as measured by the MSCI Singapore Index (the Index).

The Index seeks to measure the performance of the Singaporean equity market. The Index is a capitalization-weighted index that aims to capture 85% of the (publicly available) total market capitalization. The Fund invests in a representative sample of securities in the Index, which has a similar investment profile as the Index. iShares MSCI Singapore Index Fund’s investment advisor is Barclays Global Fund Advisors.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Doug Fabian]

    The country seems to have been boosted by an unexpected rise in manufacturing and gains in the service sector. One way to invest in Singapore is through the iShares MSCI Singapore ETF (EWS).

Top 10 Industrial Disributor Stocks To Own Right Now: Creston PLC (CRE)

Creston Plc is a United Kingdom-based company engaged in insight and communications services. The Company operates in three divisions: Communications division, which offers clients an integrated approach to their marketing and communication strategy, offering a range of services, which include advertising, brand strategy, channel marketing, customer relationship marketing, digital marketing, direct marketing, local marketing, social media marketing and public relations; Health division, which provides an integrated communications solution to the healthcare and pharmaceutical sector and offers services, which include advertising, advocacy, digital and direct marketing, public relations, issues and reputation management and medical education; Insight division, which performs a range of market research services on behalf of its clients, through both qualitative and quantitative means, using face-to-face, telephone and online data collection techniques. Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Investment Biker]

    Over the years, WAL has changed its loan origination strategy. Post crisis, WAL’s i) loan growth has been driven by commercial real estate (CRE) and Commercial & Industrial loans (C&I), ii) Construction and development share of loans has reduced from 24% in 2005 to 7% in 1Q’2013 and iii) completely cessation of new loan origination in the residential mortgage segment.

Top 10 Industrial Disributor Stocks To Own Right Now: Astronics Corporation(ATRO)

Astronics Corporation, through its subsidiaries, designs and manufactures products for the aerospace and defense industries worldwide. It operates in two segments, Aerospace and Test Systems. The Aerospace segment?s product lines include aircraft lighting, cabin electronics, airframe power, avionics databus products, and airfield lighting. This segment serves airframe manufacturers that build aircraft for the commercial, military, and general aviation markets; suppliers; and aircraft operators, such as airlines and branches of the U.S. Department of Defense, as well as the Federal Aviation Administration and airport operators. The Test Systems segment designs, develops, manufactures, and maintains communications and weapons test systems, and training and simulation devices for military applications. It sells its products primarily to the U.S. military, foreign militaries, and manufacturers of military communication systems. The company was founded in 1968 and is headquart ered in East Aurora, New York.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Victor Selva]

    Having to deal with competitors such as Astronics Cp (ATRO) or B/E Aerospace Inc. (BEAV), and being able to maintain a competitive position in the market, shows ATS´s ability for great evolution and profitable growth.

  • [By Jeremy Bowman]

    What: Shares of Astronics Corporation (NASDAQ: ATRO  ) were headed for the stars today, gaining 11% after a strong quarterly earnings report.

  • [By Rich Smith]

    Astronics Corp. (NASDAQ: ATRO  ) is bulking up in aerospace.

    On Tuesday, the manufacturer of high-performance lighting, electrical power, and automated test systems for the global aerospace and defense industries announced that it has agreed to buy fellow aerospace interior components maker PECO for approximately $136 million, cash. Privately owned PECO is a supplier to Boeing and a maker of fuel access doors and also “passenger service units” that incorporate air handling, emergency oxygen, electrical power management, and cabin lighting systems. 

Top 10 Industrial Disributor Stocks To Own Right Now: Veeco Instruments Inc.(VECO)

Veeco Instruments Inc., together with its subsidiaries, designs, manufactures, and markets various equipments to make light emitting diodes (LEDs) and hard-disk drives worldwide. The company?s LED and Solar segment designs and manufactures metal organic chemical vapor deposition and molecular beam epitaxy systems and components for the manufacturers of LEDs, wireless devices, power semiconductors, and concentrator photovoltaics, as well as to research and development applications. Its Data Storage segment designs and manufactures various technologies, including ion beam etch, ion beam deposition, diamond-like carbon, physical vapor deposition, chemical vapor deposition, and slicing, dicing, and lapping systems to create thin film magnetic heads that read and write data on hard disk drives. The company was founded in 1945 and is headquartered in Plainview, New York.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jason Shubnell]

    Leading and Lagging Sectors
    Technology stocks gained Friday, with Parametric Sound (NASDAQ: PAMT) leading advancers after the company provided post merger update and outlook. Among the leading sector stocks, gains came from 21Vianet Group (NASDAQ: VNET), BlackBerry (NASDAQ: BBRY), Canadian Solar (NASDAQ: CSIQ), and Veeco Instruments (NASDAQ: VECO).
    In trading on Friday, utilities shares rose by just 0.06 percent. Among the sector stocks, Exterran Partners LP (NASDAQ: EXLP) was down more than 4.8 percent, while PG&E (NYSE: PCG) tumbled around 3.75 percent.
    Top Headline
    BlackBerry (NASDAQ: BBRY) posted a narrower-than-expected fourth-quarter loss.
    BlackBerry posted a quarterly net loss of $423 million, or $0.80 per share, versus a year-ago profit of $98 million, or $0.19 per share. Its loss from continuing operations came in at $423 million, or $0.80 per share, compared to a year-ago profit of $94 million, or $0.18 per share. BlackBerry’s adjusted loss from continuing operations came in at $0.08 per share.
    Its revenue slipped 64% to $976 million. However, analysts were estimating a loss of $0.56 per share on revenue of $1.17 billion. BlackBerry sold around 3.4 million smartphones in the quarter.
    Equities Trading UP
    Finish Line (NASDAQ: FINL) shares shot up 3.64 percent to $27.44 after the company posted better-than-expected fourth-quarter earnings.

  • [By Rick Munarriz]

    1. Veeco Industries will post a larger loss than analysts are expecting
    Veeco Industries (NASDAQ: VECO  ) is a provider of process equipment solutions that assist the making of LEDs, flexible OLEDs, power electronics, hard drives, MEMS, and wireless chips. Unfortunately for investors it also has been posting a lot of red ink lately.

  • [By Victor Selva]

    On Nov. 21, Robert Karr bought Veeco Instruments Inc. (VECO), a company that designs, manufactures and markets equipment to make light emitting diodes (LEDs), solar panels, hard-disk drives and other devices.

  • [By Brian Pacampara]

    What: Shares of LED equipment maker Veeco Instruments (NASDAQ: VECO  ) soared 17% today after its first-quarter bookings and business update impressed Wall Street.  

Top 10 Industrial Disributor Stocks To Own Right Now: Respect Your Universe Inc (RYUN)

Respect Your Universe, Inc. (RYU), incorporated on November 21, 2008, in a start-up stage company. The Company focuses on capitalizing mixed martial arts (MMA) and similar fighting styles and design, market and sell sportswear and competition apparel directed toward the worldwide MMA fan base. Its product line focuses on apparel that is designed for MMA training and competition, as well as a broader and more mainstream post-competition sportswear category. In October 2012, the Company announced the opening of their first retail location at The Shoppes at the Palazzo in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The Company’s product is classified into three categories: Training, Competition and Lifestyle. Its training apparel includes compression tops and compression shorts, training shorts, training hoodies, t-shirts and duffel bags. Competition wear includes MMA competition shorts. Sportswear includes t-shirts, hoodies, beanies and shorts. In the lifestyle classifications the Com pany has created products, which include Organic Graphic Tee shirts, in tank, Short sleeve, and long sleeve; Organic Hoody’s full zip and pullover made from premium heavyweight organic cotton fleece, and Bamboo Rayon Tee’s.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Small cap stocks Respect Your Universe Inc (OTCMKTS: RYUN), Global Gaming Network (OTCMKTS: GBGM) and Innocap, Inc (OTCBB: INNO) have been getting some attention lately in various investment newsletters thanks in part to paid promotions or investor relations activities. Of course there is nothing wrong with properly disclosed paid promotions or investor relations type of activities, but they can come back and bite unwary traders or investors. So what should you do with these three small cap stocks? Here is a quick reality check:

Top 10 Industrial Disributor Stocks To Own Right Now: Euro Tech Holdings Company Limited(CLWT)

Euro Tech Holdings Company Limited, through its subsidiaries and associated companies, engages in marketing and trading air, water, and waste water related process control, analytical, and testing instruments, as well as disinfection equipment and related automation systems. The company distributes a range of advanced air and water pollution control equipment, chlorination equipment, laboratory instruments, analyzers, test kits, and related supplies; and power generation related equipment, including recorders and power quality analyzers. It also manufactures air and water analytical instruments and testing equipment, as well as undertakes air, water, and waste-water treatment engineering projects. Euro Tech primarily sells its products through its retail shops and representative offices, as well as through independent sub-distributors to commercial customers, governmental agencies, or instrumentalities in Hong Kong and the People?s Republic of China. The company was found ed in 1971 and is headquartered in Hong Kong, Hong Kong.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By James E. Brumley]

    If you’re like most investors, you’ve probably never heard of Euro Tech Holdings Co. Ltd. (NASDAQ:CLWT). I have a confession to make – until a few days ago, I hadn’t heard of it either. Yet, in just the few short days I’ve had to get to know CLWT, I’ve come to the conclusion that if you’re the kind of person who would be just as comfortable taking an extra $1000 to the casino as you would be in putting that money into a brokerage account and putting into a crazy stock, then Euro Tech Holdings may be worth a shot to you.

Top 10 Industrial Disributor Stocks To Own Right Now: Seacoast Banking Corporation of Florida(SBCF)

Seacoast Banking Corporation of Florida operates as the holding company for Seacoast National Bank that provides various financial products and services in the United States. It offers an array of deposit accounts and retail banking services; engages in consumer and commercial lending activities; and provides various trust and asset management services, as well as securities and annuity products to its customers. The company also offers marine loans. In addition, it provides Internet banking, and brokerage and annuity services. As of June 17, 2011, the company had 39 offices in South and Central Florida. Seacoast Banking Corporation of Florida was founded in 1926 and is based in Stuart, Florida.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By James E. Brumley]

    Seacoast Banking Corporation of Florida (NASDAQ:SBCF) is certainly no Citigroup Inc. (NYSE:C) or Bank of America Corp. (NYSE:BAC), but then again, that may be a good thing – both larger banks are still dealing with the headaches of their sheer size. The smaller bank is far more nimble, and better still, appears to be on the verge of doling out a huge reward for shareholders.

  • [By Sean Williams]

    One that recently crossed my radar as an “avoid” is small-cap bank Seacoast Banking Corp. of Florida (NASDAQ: SBCF  )  (henceforth known here as Seacoast to make our lives easier).