Like anyone in business, Id like to think that Id be at the top of everyones list of potential wealth advisers. But the reality isnt that simple. Working with an adviser is a two-way street, and the most successful relationship is one in which your needs and preferences are compatible.
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If youre looking for a new adviser or reviewing your existing relationship, it can be hard to know where to start. To help you get a handle on what youre looking for, consider these five questions. Theyll give you a framework to evaluate each adviser you come across and help you make the decision thats best for you.
1. What’s the advisers reputation?
For any adviserpresent or potentialyour first priority should be to check his or her background. These days, its extremely easy to do: Just use the Financial Industry Regulatory Authoritys BrokerCheck tool, and type in the persons name. Itll give you information about any regulatory actions or official customer complaints. Its actually surprising how many advisers have a mark on their record, which is something you should know about.
Top 10 Medical Companies To Invest In Right Now: Hertz Global Holdings Inc(HTZ)
Hertz Global Holdings, Inc., through its subsidiaries, engages in the car and equipment rental businesses worldwide. It operates in two segments, Car Rental and Equipment Rental. The Car Rental segment engages in the ownership and lease of cars. This segment operates car rental locations at or near airports, as well as in central business districts and suburban areas of cities in the United States, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom, Spain, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Belgium, Luxembourg, the Czech Republic, the Slovak Republic, Australia, New Zealand, China, and Brazil. It also operates retail used car sales locations in the United States and France. The Equipment Rental segment rents earthmoving equipment, material handling equipment, aerial and electrical equipment, air compressors, generators, pumps, small tools, compaction equipment, and construction-related trucks. In addition, this segment sells new equipment, and consumables, such as gloves and ha rdhats. The company also offers claim administration services, such as investigating, evaluating, negotiating, and disposing of various claims, including third-party, first-party, bodily injury, property damage, general liability, and product liability. Hertz Global serves various industries, such as construction, petrochemical, automobile manufacturing, railroad, power generation, and shipbuilding. The company was founded in 1918 and is headquartered in Park Ridge, New Jersey.
- [By Monica Gerson]
Hertz Global Holdings Inc (NYSE: HTZ) reported weaker-than-expected results for its first quarter and reaffirmed its FY16 earnings guidance. Hertz Global shares gained 2.17 percent to $8.95 in the after-hours trading session.
Top 10 Medical Companies To Invest In Right Now: NewStar Financial, Inc.(NEWS)
NewStar Financial, Inc. operates as a commercial finance company in the United States. It provides senior secured cash flow loans, and second lien and unitranche loans to middle market companies for acquisitions, recapitalizations, and refinancing or other general corporate purposes; and senior secured loans to larger middle market companies. The company also offers working capital financing, such as asset-based loans, including revolving lines of credit, and senior secured term loans to asset-intensive companies for acquisitions, recapitalizations, and growth strategies. In addition, it provides first mortgage transitional financing to professional real estate investors and developers to acquire and reposition commercial properties comprising office, multi-family, retail, and industrial properties. Further, the company offers a range of equipment loan and lease financing options to mid-sized companies to fund various equipmen t types consisting of manufacturing, technology, healthcare, transportation, and telecom equipment, as well as it provides investment advisory and asset management services. It serves healthcare, manufacturing and industrial, financial services, energy/chemical services, printing/publishing, business and technology services, auto/transportation, marketing, wholesale distribution, technology, telecommunications, and education, as well as consumer, retail, and restaurant industries. The company was formerly known as Novus Capital, Inc. and changed its name to NewStar Financial, Inc. in June, 2004. NewStar Financial, Inc. was incorporated in 2003 and is based in Boston, Massachusetts.
- [By Lisa Levin] Related AHT 25 Biggest Mid-Day Gainers For Friday Mid-Day Market Update: Hortonworks Drops Following Weak Results; Freshpet Shares Spike Higher Ashford Hospitality Trust's (AHT) CEO Montgomery Bennet on Q2 2016 Results – Earnings Call Transcript (Seeking Alpha) Related NEWS Mid-Morning Market Update: Markets Open Higher; Micron To Lower Jobs Mid-Morning Market Update: Markets Open Lower; Broadcom Profit Beats Expectations NewStar Financial's (NEWS) CEO Tim Conway on Q2 2016 Results – Earnings Call Transcript (Seeking Alpha)
Top Rising Companies To Watch In Right Now: Aaron's, Inc.(AAN)
Aarons, Inc. operates as a specialty retailer of furniture, consumer electronics, computers, appliances, and household accessories in the United States and Canada. It operates through six segments: Sales and Lease Ownership, Progressive, HomeSmart, DAMI, Franchise, and Manufacturing. The company engages in the lease ownership and retail sale of various products, such as televisions, computers, tablets, mobile phones, living room, dining room and bedroom furniture, mattresses, washers, dryers, and refrigerators. It offers products of various brands, such as Samsung, Frigidaire, Hewlett-Packard, LG, Whirlpool, Simmons, Philips, JVC, Sharp, and Magnavox. As of February 29, 2016, the company operated approximately 2,100 company-operated and franchised stores in 47 states and Canada; and provided lease-purchase solutions through approximately 16,000 retail locations in 46 states, as well as various second-look financing programs through approximately 1,400 locations. Aarons, Inc. was founded in 1955 and is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia.
- [By Lisa Levin]
On Friday, non-cyclical consumer goods & services shares climbed by 1.03 percent. Top gainers in the sector included B&G Foods, Inc. (NYSE: BGS) and Aaron's, Inc. (NYSE: AAN).
Top 10 Medical Companies To Invest In Right Now: Newell Rubbermaid Inc.(NWL)
Newell Brands Inc. designs, manufactures or sources, and distributes consumer and commercial products worldwide. The companys Writing segment offers writing instruments, including markers and highlighters, pens, and pencils; art products; activity-based adhesive and cutting products; fine writing instruments; and labeling solutions under the Sharpie, Paper Mate, Expo, Prismacolor, Mr. Sketch, Elmer’s, X-Acto, Parker, Waterman, and Dymo Office brands. Its Home Solutions segment provides indoor/outdoor organization, food storage, and home storage products; durable beverage containers; gourmet cookware, bakeware, and cutlery; window treatments; and hair care accessories under the Rubbermaid, Contigo, Bubba, Calphalon, Levolor, and Goody brands. The companys Tools segment offers hand and power tool accessories; industrial band saw blades; tools for HVAC systems; and industrial label makers and printers under the Irwin, Lenox, Hilmor, and Dymo Industrial brands. Its Commercial Products segment designs, manufactures or sources, and distributes cleaning and refuse products, hygiene systems, and material handling solutions under the Rubbermaid Commercial Products brand names. The companys Baby & Parenting segment offers infant and juvenile products, such as car seats, strollers, highchairs, and playards directly under the Graco, Baby Jogger, Aprica, and Teutonia brands. The company sells its products through distributors and directly to mass merchants, warehouse clubs, grocery/drug stores, office superstores, office supply stores, and contract stationers, as well as travel retail, on-line, and other retailers; and specialty and department stores, home centers, industrial/construction outlets, commercial products distributors, contract customers, and other professional customers. The company was formerly known as Newell Rubbermaid Inc. and changed its name to Newell Brands Inc. in April 2016. Newell Brands Inc. was founded in 1903 and is headquartered in Atl! anta, Georgia.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
Last week, Tiffany (TIF) CFO Ralph Nicolettileft the luxury retailer for Newell Brands (NWL). Wells Fargo’s Ike Boruchow and team argued that Nicoletti’s departure is “an untimely distraction” for a stock that can’t afford one:
- [By Ben Levisohn]
On a market cap weighted basis,Wal-Mart trades at a discount to the average of a group of large-cap consumer staples companies (Coca-Cola (KO), PepsiCo (PEP), Newell Brands (NWL), Procter & Gamble (PG), and Colgate-Palmolive (CL) – covered by Morgan Stanley Analyst Dara Mohsenian). Wal-Mart’s FTM relative P/E multiple is currently 0.76x vs. the 0.89x average over the last 15 years.
- [By Shauna O’Brien]
Newell Rubbermaid Inc. (NWL) announced on Wednesday that it has finalized the sale of its Hardware business.
The sale, which was first reported on August 9, was completed on Wednesday. Nova Capital has acquired NWL’s Hardware business which includes the Amerock, Ashland, Bulldog and Shur-Line brands.
NWL will receive approximately $175 million in after-tax proceeds from the sale.
Newell Rubbermaid shares were mostly flat during pre-market trading Wednesday. The stock has increased 18% YTD.
Top 10 Medical Companies To Invest In Right Now: Denbury Resources Inc.(DNR)
Denbury Resources Inc., incorporated on April 20, 1999, is an independent oil and natural gas company. The Company’s operations are focused on two operating areas: the Gulf Coast and Rocky Mountain regions. The Company’s properties with proved and producing reserves in the Gulf Coast region are situated in Mississippi, Texas, Louisiana and Alabama, and in the Rocky Mountain region are situated in Montana, North Dakota and Wyoming. The Company has estimated proved oil and natural gas reserves of approximately 288.6 million barrels of oil equivalent (MMBOE).
Gulf Coast Region
The Company’s primary Gulf Coast carbon dioxide (CO2) source is Jackson Dome, which is located near Jackson, Mississippi. In addition to its natural source of CO2, the Company purchases CO2 from an industrial facility in Port Arthur, Texas and from an industrial facility in Geismar, Louisiana, which supplies approximately 60 Million Cubic Feet per Day of CO2 to the Company’s en hanced oil recovery (EOR) operations. The Company holds interest in approximately 180-mile NEJD CO2 pipeline that runs from Jackson Dome to near Donaldsonville, Louisiana. The Company has access to over 950 miles of CO2 pipelines, which deliver CO2 throughout the Gulf Coast region. In addition to the NEJD CO2 pipeline, the pipelines in the Gulf Coast region are the Free State Pipeline (approximately 90 miles), the Delta Pipeline (over 110 miles), the Green Pipeline Texas (approximately 120 miles) and the Green Pipeline Louisiana (over 200 miles).
The Company’s mature properties include its longest-producing properties, which are located along its NEJD CO2 pipeline in southwest Mississippi and Louisiana, and its Free State Pipeline in east Mississippi. The properties include the Company’s initial CO2 field, Little Creek, as well as various other fields, including Brookhaven, Cranfield, Eucutta, Lockhart Crossing, Mallalieu, Martinville, McComb and Soso fields. De lhi Field is located east of Monroe, Louisiana. Its Hastings! Field is located south of Houston, Texas. Its Heidelberg Field is located in Mississippi and consists of an East Unit and a West Unit. Its Oyster Bayou Field is located in southeast Texas, east of Galveston Bay. Its Tinsley Field is located in Mississippi. Its Webster Field is located in Texas. Its Conroe Field is located north of Houston, Texas. Conroe Field has an estimated proved non-tertiary reserves of approximately 5.3 MMBOE. Thompson Field is located in Texas. Thompson Field has an estimated proved non-tertiary reserves of approximately 10.2 MMBOE.
Rocky Mountain Region
The Company’s LaBarge Field is located in southwestern Wyoming. The Company’s interest in LaBarge Field consist of approximately 1.2 trillion cubic feet (Tcf) of proved CO2 reserves. The Riley Ridge Federal Unit is also located in southwestern Wyoming and produces gas from the same LaBarge Field. The Company holds interest in Riley Ridge and minor surrounding acreage containe d net proved reserves of approximately 2.8 Tcf of CO2 reserves. The 20-inch Greencore Pipeline in Wyoming is the first CO2 pipeline the Company has constructed in the Rocky Mountain region. Bell Creek Field is located in southeast Montana. Cedar Creek Anticline (CCA) is located in Montana. CCA consists of a series of approximately 10 different operating areas. CCA is located approximately 110 miles north of Bell Creek Field. The non-tertiary proved reserves associated with CCA are approximately 90.2 MMBOE Hartzog Draw Field is located in the Powder River Basin of northeastern Wyoming, approximately 10 miles from its Greencore Pipeline. Hartzog Draw Field has an estimated proved reserves of approximately 4.3 MMBOE net to its interest, over 1.7 MMBOE, of which relate to the natural gas producing Big George coal zone.
- [By Lisa Levin]
On Friday, energy shares gained by 2.70 percent. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included Denbury Resources Inc. (NYSE: DNR), up 14 percent, and Helix Energy Solutions Group Inc (NYSE: HLX), up 16 percent.
Top 10 Medical Companies To Invest In Right Now: Gladstone Land Corporation(LAND)
Gladstone Land Corporation, an externally-managed agricultural real estate investment trust, owns and leases farmland for independent and corporate farming operations in the United States. It owns 46 farms covering an area of 23,000 acres in 7 states across the United States. The company also leases a parcel on its property to an oil company. Gladstone Land Corporation was founded in 1997 and is based in McLean, Virginia.
- [By Cameron Swinehart]
Gladstone Land Corp (LAND) –
A U.S. based farmland investment company that currently offers a plus 9% annual distribution. It owns and leases farmland in Florida, California, Michigan and Oregon with appraised land value of $79 million. The distribution is paid monthly which should attract income investors.
Top 10 Medical Companies To Invest In Right Now: Firsthand Technology Value Fund, Inc.(SVVC)
Firsthand Technology Value Fund, Inc. (the Fund) is an externally managed, closed-end, non-diversified management investment company. The Funds investment objective is to seek long-term growth of capital. The Fund will invest at least 80% of its total assets for investment purposes in technology companies. It considers technology companies to be those companies that derive at least 50% of their revenues from products and/or services within the information technology sector or the cleantech sector Its investment portfolio by industry sector: Social Networking, Medical Devices, Semiconductor Equipment, Advertising Technology, Consumer Electronics, Cloud Computing, Mobile Computing.. The Fund will invest at least 70% of its assets in private venture capital companies and in public companies. SiVest Group, Inc. serves as investment adviser for the Fund. Advisors’ Opinion:
- [By Hibah Yousuf]
Similarly, Twitter is also the biggest holding in the Firsthand Technology Value Fund (SVVC). With just over 1 million shares of the social media platform, Twitter represents nearly 11% of the total portfolio as of mid-year. Shares of Firsthand Technology Value jumped more than 6% Friday.
Top 10 Medical Companies To Invest In Right Now: Monolithic Power Systems, Inc.(MPWR)
Monolithic Power Systems, Inc. designs, develops, and markets integrated power semiconductor solutions and power delivery architectures for communications, storage and computing, consumer, and industrial market segments. It offers direct current (DC) to DC converter integrated circuits (ICs) that are used to convert and control voltages of various electronic systems, such as portable electronic devices, wireless LAN access points, computers, monitors, automobiles, and medical equipment. The company also provides lighting control ICs for backlighting that are used in systems, which provide the light source for LCD panels in notebook computers, LCD monitors, car navigation systems, and LCD televisions. In addition, it offers alternating current (AC)/DC offline solutions for lighting illumination applications; and AC/DC power conversion solutions for various end products that plug into a wall outlet. The company markets its produ cts through third party distributors, value-added resellers, and directly to original equipment manufacturers, original design manufacturers, and electronic manufacturing service providers in China, Taiwan, Europe, Korea, Southeast Asia, Japan, the United States, and internationally. Monolithic Power Systems, Inc. was founded in 1997 and is headquartered in San Jose, California.
- [By Lee Jackson]
Monolithic Power Systems Inc. (NASDAQ: MPWR) has a diverse market that includes communications, gaming and computing to continue to drive its growth, all markets that will pay a premium for its technology. The list of tech companies that use its chips is impressive. Deutsche Bank has a $30 target, the same as the consensus target.
Top 10 Medical Companies To Invest In Right Now: Lannett Co Inc(LCI)
Lannett Company, Inc. develops, manufactures, packages, markets, and distributes generic versions of branded pharmaceutical products in the United States. It offers solid oral, extended release, topical, nasal, and oral solution finished dosage forms of drugs that address a range of therapeutic areas, as well as ophthalmic, patch, foam, buccal, sublingual, soft gel, and injectable dosages. The company provides its products for various medical indications comprising glaucoma, muscle relaxant, migraine, anesthetic, congestive heart failure, thyroid deficiency, dryness of the mouth, gout, bronchospasms, hypertension, and gallstone. It also manufactures active pharmaceutical ingredients. Lannett Company, Inc. markets its products under the Diamox, Lioresal, Fioricet, Fiorinal, Fiorinal w/ Codeine #3, Lanoxin, Levoxyl/Synthroid, Salagen, Benemid, Brethine, Dyazide, and Actigall brands. The company sells its pharmaceutical products to generic pharmaceutical distributors, drug wholesalers, chain drug retailers, private label distributors, mail-order pharmacies, other pharmaceutical manufacturers, managed care organizations, hospital buying groups, governmental entities, and health maintenance organizations. It has development and supply agreements with Azad Pharma AG, Aenova of Switzerland, Pharma 2B, the GC Group of Israel, HEC Pharm Group, and Sunshine Lake LLC, as well as with Jerome Stevens Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Cerovene, Symplemed, Inc., and Summit Bioscience LLC. The company was founded in 1942 and is based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
But it hasn’t been all bad news. Lannett (LCI) has gained 1.9% to $16.00 after it reported a profit of 12 cents, above the 7 cents forecast by analysts. And shares of Krispy Kreme (KKD) are unchanged after the company said it would earn 59 cents to 63 cents in the slides for a presentation tomorrow. Considering what happened the last time Krispy Kreme opened its mouth, that has to be considered good news.
Top 10 Medical Companies To Invest In Right Now: Chevron Corporation(CVX)
Chevron Corporation (Chevron), incorporated on January 27, 1926, manages its investments in subsidiaries and affiliates and provides administrative, financial, management and technology support to the United States and international subsidiaries that engage in fully integrated petroleum operations, chemicals operations, mining activities, power generation and energy services. Upstream operations consist primarily of exploring for, developing and producing crude oil and natural gas; processing, liquefaction, transportation and regasification associated with liquefied natural gas; transporting crude oil by international oil export pipelines; transporting, storage and marketing of natural gas, and a gas-to-liquids project. Downstream operations consist primarily of refining crude oil into petroleum products; marketing of crude oil and refined products; transporting crude oil and refined products by pipeline, marine vessel, motor equipment and rail car, and manufacturing and m arketing of commodity petrochemicals, plastics for industrial uses and fuel and lubricant additives.
At December 31, 2012, Chevron owned or had under lease or similar agreements undeveloped and developed crude oil and natural gas properties worldwide. Upstream activities in the United States are concentrated in California, the Gulf of Mexico, Colorado, Louisiana, Michigan, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas, West Virginia and Wyoming. During the year ended December 31, 2012, average net oil-equivalent production in the United States was 655,000 barrels per day. In 2012, net daily production averaged 163,000 barrels of crude oil, 70 million cubic feet of natural gas and 4,000 barrels of natural gas liquids (NGLs). During 2012, net daily production for the Companys combined interests in the Gulf of Mexico shelf and deepwater areas, and the onshore fields in the region, were 153,000 barrels of crude oil, 395 million cubic feet of natural gas and 16,000 barrels of NGL.
The! Company was engaged in various exploration and development activities in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico during 2012. As of December 31, 2012, it had a 50% working interest in Jack and a 51% working interest in St. Malo Field. During 2013, the Company had 42.9% non-operated working interest in the Tubular Bells Field; 20.3% non-operated working interest in the Caesar and Tonga area, and 15.6% non-operated working interest in the Mad Dog II Project. The Company activities in the mid-continental United States include operated and non-operated interests in properties primarily in Colorado, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas and Wyoming. The Company holds leases in the Marcellus Shale and Utica Shale, primarily located in southwestern Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia, and in the Antrim Shale in Michigan. Other Americas is consistd of Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, and Venezuela. Net oil-equivalent production from these countries averaged 230,000 barrels per day during 2012, including the Companys share of synthetic oil production.
Chevrons interests in oil sands projects and shale acreage in Alberta, shale acreage and an LNG project in British Columbia, exploration, development and production projects offshore in the Atlantic region, and exploration and discovered resource interests in the Beaufort Sea region of the Northwest Territories. Average net oil-equivalent production during 2012, was 69,000 barrels per day, consisted of 25,000 barrels of crude oil, four million cubic feet of natural gas and 43,000 barrels of synthetic oil from oil sands. During 2012, the Company held a 20% non-operated working interest in the Athabasca Oil Sands Project (AOSP). In February 2013, Chevron acquired a 50%-owned and operated interest in the Kitimat LNG project and proposed Pacific Trail Pipeline, and a 50% non-operated working interest in 644,000 total acres in the Horn River and Liard shale gas basins in Brit ish Colombia; 26.9% non-operated working interest in the Hib! ernia Fie! ld and a 23.6 non-operated working interest in the unitized Hibernia Southern Extension (HSE) offshore Atlantic Canada, and 26.6% non-operated working interest in the heavy-oil Hebron Field, also offshore Atlantic Canada.
In December 2012, Chevron relinquished its 29.2% non-operated working interest in Exploration License 2007/26, which includes Block 4 offshore West Greenland. The Company holds operated interests in four concessions in the Neuquen Basin. Working interests range from 18.8% to 100%. In 2012, the net oil-equivalent production averaged 22,000 barrels per day, consisted of 21,000 barrels of crude oil and four million cubic feet of natural gas. During 2012, two exploratory wells targeting shale gas and tight oil resources were drilled in the Vaca Muerta formation in the El Trapial concession. Chevron holds working interests in three deepwater fields in the Campos Basin: Frade (51.7%-owned and operated), Papa-Terra and Maromba (37.5% and 30% non-oper ated working interests, respectively). Net oil-equivalent production in 2012 averaged 6,000 barrels per day, consisted of 6,000 barrels of crude oil and two million cubic feet of natural gas.
In Africa, the Company is engaged in upstream activities in Angola, Chad, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Liberia, Morocco, Nigeria, Republic of the Congo, Sierra Leone and South Africa. Net oil-equivalent production in Africa averaged 451,000 barrels per day during 2012. In Asia, the Company is engaged in upstream activities in Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, Myanmar, the Partitioned Zone located between Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, the Philippines, Russia, Thailand, and Vietnam. During 2012, net oil-equivalent production averaged 1,061,000 barrels per day. In Australia, the Companys upstream efforts are concentrated off the northwest coast. During 2012, the average net oil-equivalent production from Australia was 99,000 barrels per day. In Europe, the Company is engag! ed in ups! tream activities in Bulgaria, Denmark, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Ukraine and the United Kingdom. Net oil-equivalent production in Europe averaged 114,000 barrels per day during 2012.
The Company markets petroleum products under the principal brands of Chevron, Texaco and Caltex worldwide. In the United States, the Company markets under the Chevron and Texaco brands. During 2012, the Company supplied directly or through retailers and marketers approximately 8,060 Chevron- and Texaco-branded motor vehicle service stations, primarily in the southern and western states. Approximately 470 of these outlets are company-owned or -leased stations. Outside the United States, the Company supplied directly or through retailers and marketers approximately 8,700 branded service stations, including affiliates. In British Columbia, Canada, the Company markets under the Chevron brand. The Company markets in Latin America and the Caribbean using the Texaco brand. In the Asia-Pacific region, southern Africa, Egypt and Pakistan, the Company uses the Caltex brand. The Company also operates through affiliates under various brand names. In South Korea, the Company operates through its 50%-owned affiliate, GS Caltex, and in Australia through its 50%-owned affiliate, Caltex Australia Limited.
The Company owns a 50% interest in its Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LLC (CPChem) affiliate. During 2012, CPChem owned or had joint-venture interests in 36 manufacturing facilities and two research development centers worldwide. The Companys Oronite brand lubricant and fuel additives business is a developer, manufacturer and marketer of performance additives for lubricating oils and fuels. The Company owns and operates facilities in Brazil, France, Japan, the Netherlands, Singapore and the United States and has interests in facilities in India and Mexico. Oronite lubricant additives are blended int o refined base oil to produce finished lubricant packages us! ed primar! ily in engine applications, such as passenger car, heavy-duty diesel, marine, locomotive and motorcycle engines.
The Company owns and operates a network of crude oil, refined product, chemical, natural gas liquid and natural gas pipelines and other infrastructure assets in the United States. The Company also has direct and indirect interests in other the United States and international pipelines. All tankers in the Companys controlled seagoing fleet were utilized during 2012. During 2012, the Company had 51 deep-sea vessels chartered on a voyage basis, or for a period of less than one year. The Companys the United States-flagged fleet is engaged primarily in transporting refined products between the Gulf Coast and the East Coast and from California refineries to terminals on the West Coast and in Alaska and Hawaii. The foreign-flagged vessels are engaged primarily in transporting crude oil from the Middle East, Southeast Asia, t he Black Sea, South America, Mexico and West Africa to ports in the United States, Europe, Australia and Asia. The Companys foreign-flagged vessels also transport refined products to and from various locations worldwide.
During 2012, the Company completed the sale of its Kemmerer, Wyoming, surface coal mine and the sale of its 50% interest in Youngs Creek Mining Company, LLC, which was formed to develop a coal mine in northern Wyoming.Chevron also owns and operates the Questa molybdenum mine in New Mexico. During 2012, it had 160 million tons of proven and probable coal reserves in the United States, including reserves of low-sulfur coal. The Companys Global Power Company manages interests in 11 power assets with a total operating capacity of more than 2,200 megawatts, primarily through joint ventures in the United States and Asia. Chevron Energy Solutions (CES) completed several public sector programs, including a microgrid a t the Santa Rita jail in Alameda County, and renewable and e! fficiency! programs for Huntington Beach City School District, South San Francisco Unified School District and Union City, all in California, plus Rootstown Local School District in Ohio. The Companys energy technology organization supports Chevrons upstream and downstream businesses by providing technology, services and competency development in earth sciences; reservoir and production engineering; drilling and completions; facilities engineering; manufacturing; process technology; catalysis; technical computing, and health, environment and safety disciplines.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
But even if you buy that,Cheniere is still “crazy expensive” compared to peers.Chevron (CVX), Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A) and Australian firm Woodside trade between 5 and 6.3 times EV/EBITDA. Cheniere: 11.4 times. And while Chevron, Royal Dutch Shell and Woodside will be paying down debt, Cheniere’s will be growing its own, Chanos argued. “This is financial engineering gone crazy,” Chanos says. “[It’s] extremely skewed to the short side.”
- [By Matt Egan]
Before Tuesday, Big Oil’s credit ratings had been left largely intact by S&P. But with oil sinking back to $30 a barrel, the ratings firm took action by downgrading Chevron (CVX), EOG Resources (EOG), Apache (APA), Devon Energy (DVN), Hess (HES), Marathon Oil (MRO), Murphy Oil (MUR), Continental Resources (CLR) and Southwestern Energy (SWN).
- [By Todd Shriber, ETF Professor]
ERX has been a decent asset-gathering pace as far as leveraged ETFs go, adding nearly $70 million in new assets this year. Of course, investors should know exactly what ERX is leveraging. To a large extent, it is Exxon Mobil Corporation (NYSE: XOM) and Chevron Corporation (NYSE: CVX). The Dow components and two largest U.S. oil companies are over a third of XLE's combined weight.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
The Dow Jones Industrial Average was dragged down by industrial stocks with exposure to the global economy–Caterpillar (CAT) and United Technologies (UTX) were two of the three biggest losers–and by Chevron’s (CVX) exposure to oil.