Top 10 Safest Stocks To Own For 2015

Correction: An earlier version of this story had an incorrect number of crashes linked to the recall, It is 31.

The chronology of events leading to General Motors’ massive ignition switch recall revealed a number of points over more than 10 years at which there were opportunities to prevent subsequent crashes and deaths if more effort had been made to connect the dots and better decisions had been made.

The toll now is 31 crashes and 13 deaths linked to the recall of 1.37 million vehicles in the U.S., plus an additional 253,519 in Canada and Mexico.

DEATHS DOUBLE: GM widens faulty ignition recall

GM RESPONSE: Automaker takes lesson from Toyota’s recall nightmare

The company admitted as much on Tuesday in a statement from GM North America President Alan Batey: “The chronology shows that the process employed to examine this phenomenon was not as robust as it should have been. Today’s GM is committed to doing business differently and better. We wil l take an unflinching look at what happened and apply lessons learned here to improve going forward.”

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Own For 2015: Guggenheim Enhanced Equity Income Fund (GPM)

Old Mutual/Claymore Long-Short Fund (the Fund) is a diversified, closed-end management investment company. The Fund’s primary investment objective is to provide a high level of current income and current gains. The Fund’s secondary investment objective is to provide long-term capital appreciation. The Fund invests in a portfolio of equity securities and by selling securities short in the S&P 500 Index that it believes will under perform relative to the average stock in the S&P 500. The Fund will also write (sell) call options on equity indexes and, to a lesser extent, on individual securities held in the Fund’s portfolio.

The Fund’s investment adviser is Claymore Advisors, LLC. Analytic Investors, Inc. (Analytic) is the Fund’s sub-adviser. It invests in various sectors, including financials, information technology, industrials, healthcare, consumer discretionary, consumer staples, energy, materials, utilities and telecommunications.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Chuck Carnevale]

    Next, I turned to an evaluation of gross profit margin (gpm), net profit margin (npm), return on assets (roa), return on equity (roe) and return on invested capital (roi). The example below only includes gross and net profit margin, however, I review data on all the metrics stated above.

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Own For 2015: Central Iron Ore Ltd (CIO)

Central Iron Ore, Ltd. is a Canada-based exploration and development company. The Company is engaged in the search for and development of iron ore and gold. Its projects include Yilgarn Iron Ore Project, South Darlot Gold Project and Eureka Gold Project. Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Wolfe]

    These four insiders made their buys during the public offering for $6 per share, and since their buys the price per share is down about -0.83%.  Highlighted below are the insiders’ individual buys:

    Timothy Keating (CEO):  Bought 8,000 shares for $48,000.  Now holds 98,000 shares of KIPO stock. Taylor Simonton (D):  Bought 3,000 shares for $18,000. Now holds 13,000 shares of KIPO stock. Kyle Rogers (CIO):  Bought 3,072 shares for $18,432.  Now holds 8,096 shares of company stock. Frederic Schweiger (CFO/COO):  Bought 8,000 shares for $48,000.  Now holds on to 26,700 shares of KIPO stock.

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Own For 2015: Northern Tier Energy LP (NTI)

Northern Tier Energy LP, formerly Northern Tier Energy, Inc., incorporated in October 21, 2011, is an independent downstream energy company with refining, retail, and pipeline operations that serves the PADD II region of the United States. The Company operates its assets in two business segments: the refining business and the retail business. The Company owns three pipelines. The Company’s operations will be conducted through, and its operating assets will be owned by, its wholly owned subsidiary, Northern Tier Energy LLC, and its subsidiaries. Effective November 12, 2013, Western Refining Inc acquired a 38.681% interest in Northern Tier Energy LP.

Refining Business

The Company’s refining business primarily consists of a 74,000 barrels per calendar day (84,500 barrels per stream day) refinery located in St. Paul Park, Minnesota. Its location allows it to distribute its refined products throughout the midwestern United States. The Company’s ref inery produces a slate of refined products, including gasoline, diesel, jet fuel and asphalt, which are then marketed to resellers and consumers primarily in the PADD II region. It also owns various storage and transportation assets, including a light products terminal, a heavy products terminal, storage tanks, rail loading/unloading facilities and a Mississippi river dock. The Company’s refining business also includes its 17% interest in the Minnesota Pipe Line Company, which owns and operates the Minnesota Pipeline, a 455,000 barrels per calendar day crude oil pipeline system that transports crude oil (primarily from Western Canada and North Dakota) for approximately 300 miles from the Enbridge pipeline hub at Clearbrook, Minnesota to its refinery.

As of March 31, 2012, the Company’s storage assets included 84 hydrocarbon storage tanks with a total capacity of 3.7 million barrels (156 million gallons), 0.8 million barrels of crude oil storage and 2.9 million barrels of feedstock and product storage. The Company’s r! efinery supplies all of the gasoline and diesel sold in its company-operated and franchised convenience stores, as well as all of the gasoline and diesel sold in 90 independently owned and operated Marathon branded stores in its marketing area. The Minnesota Pipe Line Company owns the Minnesota Pipeline, a crude oil pipeline system in Minnesota that transports crude oil to the St. Paul area. The Minnesota Pipeline system has multiple lines that run approximately 300 miles from Clearbrook in Clearwater County, Minnesota to Dakota County, Minnesota, transporting crude oil received through the Enbridge pipeline connections at Clearbrook from Western Canada and North Dakota to our refinery and Koch Industries’s Flint Hills Resources refinery in Minnesota.

Retail Business

As of March 31, 2012, the Company’s retail business operated 166 convenience stores under the SuperAmerica brand and also supported 67 franchised convenience stores, which are also operated under the SuperAmerica brand. These convenience stores are located primarily in Minnesota and Wisconsin and sell various grades of gasoline and diesel, tobacco products and immediately consumable items, such as non-alcoholic beverages, beer, prepared food and a range of snacks and prepackaged items. It also owns and operates SuperMom’s Bakery, which prepares and distributes baked goods and other prepared food items for sale in its company-operated and franchised convenience stores and other third party locations.

The Company has a retail-marketing network of 233 convenience stores, as of March 31, 2012, located throughout Minnesota, Wisconsin and South Dakota, of which it operates 166 stores and support 67 franchised stores. All of its company-operated and franchised convenience stores are operated under the SuperAmerica brand. It also owns and operates SuperMom’s Bakery, which prepares and distributes baked goods and other prepared items for sale i n its retail outlets and for other third parties. Its refine! ry suppli! es all of the gasoline and diesel sold in its company-operated and franchised convenience stores. The Company has retail customers, which primarily include retail end-users, motorists and commercial drivers. It had a retail-marketing network of 233 convenience stores, as of March 31, 2012, located throughout Minnesota, Wisconsin and South Dakota, of which it operated 166 stores and support 67 franchised stores.

The Company competes with Koch Industries’ Flint Hills Resources Refinery, Holiday, Kwik Trip and Wal-Mart.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Delek US, Western Refining and Phillips 66 are most exposed to the consensus thinking Westlake and Advani say. They kept Tesoro (TSO) and Northern Tier Energy (NTI) rated outperform.

  • [By Igor Greenwald]

    On November 12, Western Refining announced an agreement to pay $775 million to the private-equity sponsors of Northern Tier Energy (NTI) for the general partner interest in that MLP, along with the 38.7% of its limited partner units not held by the public.

  • [By Mick Weinstein]

    • Northern Tier Energy (NTI)  as a Bakken Shale proxy.

  • [By Stoyan Bojinov]

    The Connecticut-based petroleum refiner, Northern Tier Energy LP (NTI), announced on Tuesday that it has entered into an agreement that would sell it off to Western Refining Inc. in a deal reportedly worth $775 million.

    Northern Tier Energy said that its private equity sponsors, ACON Investments and TPG, have struck a definitive agreement that would sell all of their interests in the East Coast refining company to Texas-based Western Refining. According to sources, the deal also includes the distribution on the common shares acquired with respect to the last quarter ending on 9/30/2013; as a result, Western Refining now owns the general partner in its entirety along with a 38.7% stake in Northern Tier Energy.

    Western Refining will be acquiring a refinery in St. Paul, Minnesota, and the company commented that this transaction, which was signed and closed today, would immediately be reflected in its earnings and cash flow.

    Northern Tier Energy LP shares rallied higher today, gaining 3.35% as the closing bell rang.

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Own For 2015: Syneron Medical Ltd. (ELOS)

Syneron Medical Ltd., together with its subsidiaries, engages in the research, manufacture, development, marketing, and sale of aesthetic medical products worldwide. The company develops products based on its proprietary Electro-Optical Synergy (ELOS) technology, which uses the synergy between electrical energy and optical energy to provide aesthetic medical treatments. Its products target a range of non-invasive aesthetic medical procedures, including hair removal, wrinkle reduction, rejuvenation of the skin’s appearance through the treatment of superficial benign vascular and pigmented lesions, acne treatment, treatment of leg veins, treatment for the temporary reduction in the appearance of cellulite and thigh circumference, ablation and resurfacing of the skin, laser-assisted lipolysis, and topical skin brightening products. It also develops, manufactures, and markets non-invasive technologies for fat cell destruction and body sculpting; and Viador system, a handheld device with a radiofrequency-needle array for use in transdermal delivery of biologic drug-products via a system-specific skin patch. The company sells its products to dermatologists, plastic and cosmetic surgeons, other qualified practitioners, and aestheticians and medical spas through direct sales force and distributors; and to home-use consumers directly, as well as through retailers and a chain of distributors. Syneron Medical Ltd. was founded in 2000 and is headquartered in Yokneam Illit, Israel.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By John Udovich]

    Large cap serial acquirer Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc (NYSE: VRX) is teaming up with activist investor Bill Ackman to pursue large cap Botox maker Allergan, Inc (NYSE: AGN), but stocks like Cutera, Inc (NASDAQ: CUTR), Cynosure, Inc (NASDAQ: CYNO), PhotoMedex Inc (NASDAQ: PHMD) and Syneron Medical Ltd (NASDAQ: ELOS) actually offer investors more exposure to the growing anti aging and aesthetics market (Note: See my recent article: These Small Caps Seek to Treat Your Crow’s Feet and Double Chin (RVNC & KYTH)). To begin with, Valeant Pharmaceuticals International has a wide focus on neurology, dermatology and infectious diseases but acquiring the maker of Botox won’t be its first foray into the aesthetic market because earlier this year, the company completed its acquisition of Solta Medical Inc (NASDAQ: SLTM) – a designer, developer, manufacturer and marketer of energy-based medical device systems for aesthetic applications. And while Allergan, Inc may be most well known for Botox, its actually a pretty big company focused on a diverse range of areas, including ophthalmic pharmaceuticals, dermatology, neuroscience, urology and cosmetics – meaning the following stocks offer investors better exposure to the aesthetics market:

  • [By Eric Volkman]

    Syneron Medical (NASDAQ: ELOS  ) has put a familiar person on its CEO throne. The company named Shimon Eckhouse as its new chief executive, effective immediately. He succeeds Louis Scafuri, who will “remain available” to the firm through the current quarter to aid in the transition.

  • [By Seth Jayson]

    Syneron Medical (Nasdaq: ELOS  ) reported earnings on May 22. Here are the numbers you need to know.

    The 10-second takeaway
    For the quarter ended March 31 (Q1), Syneron Medical met expectations on revenues and met expectations on earnings per share.

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Own For 2015: Building Turbines Inc (BLDW)

Building Turbines Inc (BTI), incorporated on November 17, 1997, is engaged in the designing and manufacturing rooftop mounted wind turbines. The patented BTI’s design is ideal for commercial applications and creates reliable, cost-effective, clean and on-site renewable electricity. The Company offers a different, patented wind turbine product that can bring the dream of clean, affordable wind energy to a reality. The turbine is mounted on a steel frame, it has a low profile, low maintenance needs, and creates almost no noise or vibration.

The Company’s design possesses these exemplary and robust structural, mechanical and electrical characteristics that are particularly important when mounting a renewable energy system onto a building’s roof. The turbine can help office buildings, schools, warehouses, distribution centers, airports, hotels, and a variety of other buildings offset electricity purchased from the grid by creating it on-site from the wind. Th e turbine creates reliable, cost-effective and clean renewable electricity with little building modification required.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Small cap green stocks Building Turbines Inc (OTCMKTS: BLDW), Virtual Sourcing, Inc (OTCMKTS: PGCX) and Unseen Solar, Inc (OTCMKTS: PCWT) have been getting some attention lately in various investment newsletters in part because some “green” is being paid out in the form of paid promotions or investor relation activity. Of course, there is nothing wrong with properly disclosed paid promotions, but you do need to remember that small cap stocks (especially those in new “green” industries) already come with risk. With that in mind, here is a quick reality check about these three green small cap stocks and whether you can expect to see some green in the form of profits:

    Building Turbines Inc (OTCMKTS: BLDW) Has Secured a $5 Million Line of Credit

    Small cap Building Turbines Inc is focused on the design and manufacture of patented rooftop wind turbines as well as vertically integrating them into other renewable energy solutions to complete a total “Green Energy Solution” for any urban environment. Building Turbines Inc’s subsidiary, Green City Planet, is also a premier provider of LED lighting and environmentally sound industrial solutions. On Friday, Building Turbines Inc fell 9.76% to $0.0370 for a market cap of $8.71 million plus BLDW is up 51% over the past year and down 87.2% since June 2011 according to Google Finance.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Small cap green stocks Essential Innovations Technology Corp (OTCBB: ESIV), Building Turbines Inc (OTCMKTS: BLDW) and Kleangas Energy Technologies Inc (OTCMKTS: KGET) have all been getting some attention lately in various investment newsletters – either because they were sinking, because of paid promotions or a combination of both. However, there aren’t many green stocks out there that have actually produced some green for investors in the form of profits. With that in mind, here is a quick reality check about all three green small cap stocks to help you decide whether any have the potential for long-term success:

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Own For 2015: Hospira Inc (HSP)

Hospira, Inc. (Hospira), incorporated on September 16, 2003, is a provider of injectable drugs and infusion technologies. Hospira’s portfolio includes generic acute-care and oncology injectables, as well as integrated infusion therapy and medication management products. Hospira’s portfolio of products is used by hospitals and alternate site providers, such as clinics, home healthcare providers and long-term care facilities. Hospira conducts operations worldwide and is managed in three reportable segments: Americas; Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), and Asia Pacific (APAC). The Americas segment includes the United States, Canada and Latin America; the EMEA segment includes Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and the APAC segment includes Asia, Japan, Australia and New Zealand. In all segments, Hospira sells a line of products, including specialty injectable and other pharmaceuticals and medication management products.

Specialty Injectable Pharmaceuticals

Hospira’s specialty injectable pharmaceutical products consist of generic injectable pharmaceuticals. The other drugs’ therapeutic areas include analgesia, anesthesia, anti-infectives, cardiovascular, oncology, and other areas. All of Hospira’s generic injectable pharmaceuticals in the United States include unit-of-use bar-code labels that can be used to support medication delivery. Hospira primarily procures the active pharmaceutical ingredients in these products from third-party suppliers. During the year ended December 31, 2011, Hospira portfolio included 87 injectable drug launches consisting of 13 compounds. Among these launches included, in the United States, docetaxel (an oncolytic drug used to treat a variety of cancers), topotecan (an oncolytic drug used for the treatment of small cell lung cancer) and imipenem-cilastatin (a beta-lactam antibiotic). Hospira also launched a solution formulation of gemcitabine (an oncolytic drug used to treat a variety of cancers), which augmented Hospira’s portfolio of gemcitabin! e products. New-to-country launches in EMEA in 2011, included topotecan, meropenem, gemcitabine, imipenem-cilastatin, remifentanil, docetaxel and levofloxacin. New-to-country launches in APAC in 2011, included docetaxel, piperacillin tazobactam, oxaliplatin, meropenem and gemcitabine. Hospira’s specialty injectable pharmaceutical products also include Precedex (dexmedetomidine HCl), a sedative. Precedex is licensed to Hospira by Orion Corporation in the Americas and APAC segments, and in the Middle East and Africa.

Hospira sells and markets Precedex for use in non-intubated patients requiring sedation, as well as intubated and mechanically ventilated patients. Hospira’s specialty injectable pharmaceuticals also include biologic products, which are molecules derived from cells that are demonstrated to be similar to an approved originator product. Hospira’s biosimilar, Retacrit, was available in 20 EMEA countries during 2011. Its second biosimilar, Nivestim, was launched during the year ended December 31, 2010, and was available in 21 countries, including Australia, where the biosimilar filgrastim product was launched in 2011. Hospira’s drug delivery formats include offerings in ampules and flip-top vials, which clinicians can use with standard syringes. Hospira’s drug delivery options include Carpuject and iSecure prefilled syringes, AnsyrTM prefilled needleless emergency syringe systems, First Choice ready-to-use premix and the ADD-Vantage system for preparing drug solutions from prepackaged drug powders or concentrates.

Other Pharmaceuticals

Hospira’s other pharmaceuticals primarily consist of intravenous (I.V.) solutions, nutritionals and contract manufacturing services. Hospira offers infusion therapy solutions and related supplies that include I.V. solutions for general use, I.V. nutrition products, and solutions for the washing and cleansing of wounds or surgical sites. All of Hospira’s injectable I .V. solutions in the United States include unit-of-use bar-c! ode label! s that can be used to support medication management efforts. Hospira also offers infusion therapy solutions in its VisIV non-PVC, non-DEHP I.V. container, an I.V. bag. Hospira’s contract manufacturing services are offered through its One2One services group, which provides formulation development, filling and finishing of injectable and oral drugs worldwide. Hospira works with its pharmaceutical and biotechnology customers to develop injectable forms of their drugs, and Hospira fills and finishes those and other drugs into containers and packaging selected by the customer. The customer then sells the finished products under its own label. Hospira’s One2One manufacturing services group generally does not manufacture active pharmaceutical ingredients, but offers a range of filling and finishing services in a variety of delivery systems.

Medication Management

Medication management products include electronic drug delivery pumps, safety software and di sposable administration sets dedicated to Hospira pumps. These sets are used to deliver I.V. fluids and medications. Hospira also offers software maintenance agreements and other service offerings. Hospira’s electronic drug delivery pumps include Hospira’s general infusion system, Symbiq; the Plum A+ line of infusion pumps; Hospira’s patient-controlled analgesia device, LifeCare PCA; the GemStar ambulatory infusion pump; and the Plum XLD infusion pump. Hospira offers the Hospira MedNet safety software system, which has been designed to enable hospitals to customize intravenous drug dosage limits and track drug delivery to prevent medication errors. The wireless network version of the Hospira MedNet system establishes real-time send-and-receive capability and can interface with select hospital and pharmacy information systems. The Hospira MedNet system is standard in the Symbiq infusion system, and is also available as an additional feature for the Plum A+ line, and LifeCare PCA devices. Hospira also offers safety software with its Ge! mStar pum! p.

Medication management includes TheraDoc, Inc. products, which are module-based clinical surveillance systems that provide patient safety surveillance and clinical decision support. Medication management also includes gravity administration sets and other device products, including needlestick safety products and programs to support Hospira’s customers’ needlestick prevention initiatives. LifeShield CLAVE and LifeShield MicroCLAVE connectors are one-piece valves that directly connect syringes filled with medications to a patient’s I.V. line without the use of needles. ICU Medical’s CLAVE connectors are a component of administration sets sold by Hospira to its customers in the United States and select markets outside the United States.

The Company competes with Baxter International Inc., Boehringer Ingelheim, Fresenius Kabi, Pfizer, Sandoz, Sanofi, Teva Pharmaceuticals, B. Braun Melsungen AG, CareFusion, Terumo, Actavis, Intas Pharmaceuticals, Ltd, Medac GmbH, Mylan Inc., Sun Pharmaceutical Industries, Ltd. and Aspen.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Shares of Allergan have gained 2.5% to $114.78 today at 3:44 p.m., while Merck (MRK) has risen 2.4% to $53.33, Hospira (HSP) has ticked up 0.1% to $42.51 and Eli Lily (LLY) has advanced 0.7% to $53.04.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    That decision has helped make Allergan the top performing pharmaceutical stock in the S&P 500. Its shares have gained 4.3% to $108.18, today at 2:32 p.m., besting Merck’s (MRK) 1.2% rise to $49.36, Mylan’s (MYL) 1.1% advance to $42.98, Hospira’s (HSP) 0.7% increase to $41.34 and Eli Lily’s (LLY) 0.6% rise to $50.42.

  • [By Holly LaFon]

    A few weaker sectors lagged the broad market advance. The energy, telecommunication services, and utilities groups gained ground but at a slower pace than most other S&P 500 sectors. Hess was a welcome exception in energy. Most of our investments in the lagging sectors moved higher but trailed the broad market. Our most disappointing energy holdings shared a common theme: exposure to the mining industry. As concerns about the pace of global economic growth intensified, particularly in emerging markets like China, our positions in Cliffs Natural Resources, Newmont Mining, and Joy Global were negatively affected. Fortunately, these composed relatively small positions in the portfolio. The Major Portfolio Changes table on page 8 shows the stocks in which we were active buyers and sellers during the first half of the year. We initiated positions in Apple (AAPL), Joy Global (JOY), Hospira (HSP), and Western Union (WU), all of which had stumbled in the eyes of investors, resulti ng in sharply falling share prices before we decided to invest in them. Consequently, the companies’ stock valuations became more attractive to us. We normally favor companies whose share prices have declined because of cyclical worries, sector concerns, or company-specific issues. When a stock falls in value, its price/earnings ratio usually declines while its dividend yield increases, characteristics we look for as value investors. The strategy can be rewarding as long as the company’s fundamentals are still sound.

  • [By Jonas Elmerraji]

    Pharmaceutical firm Hospira (HSP) hasn’t done much since July; shares have been trading sideways for months now. But even though Hospira hasn’t really participated in the recent rally, there’s still a trade to be made here.

    Hospira is currently forming a rectangle pattern, a price setup that’s formed by a horizontal resistance level above shares at $42 and another horizontal support level down at $38.50. The rectangle gets its name because it essentially “boxes in” shares. The high-probability trade comes when HSP exits its channel — a move through $42 is a buy signal, whereas a drop below $38.50 is a signal to sell.

    Whenever you’re looking at any technical price pattern, it’s critical to think in terms of those buyers and sellers. Rectangles, triangles, and other pattern names are a good quick way to explain what’s going on in a stock, but they’re not the reason it’s tradable. Instead, it all comes down to supply and demand for shares.

    That $42 resistance level, for example, is a price where there has been an excess of supply of shares; in other words, it’s a place where sellers have been more eager to step in and take gains than buyers have been to buy. That’s what makes a breakout above it so significant — the move means that buyers are finally strong enough to absorb all of the excess supply above that price level.

    Sit on the sidelines until HSP breaks outside of the rectangle.

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Own For 2015: Freeport-McMoran Copper & Gold Inc.(FCX)

Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc. engages in the exploration, mining, and production of mineral resources. The company primarily explores for copper, gold, molybdenum, silver, and cobalt. It holds interests in various properties, located in North and South America; the Grasberg minerals district in Indonesia; and the Tenke Fungurume minerals district in the Democratic Republic of Congo. As of December 31, 2010, the company?s consolidated recoverable proven and probable reserves totaled 120.5 billion pounds of copper, 35.5 million ounces of gold, 3.39 billion pounds of molybdenum, 325.0 million ounces of silver, and 0.75 billion pounds of cobalt. The company was founded in 1987 and is headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona.

Advisors’ Opinion:

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    Canada’s Encana Corp.(ECA.T) has agreed to buy 45,500 acres of the Eagle Ford Shale in Texas from Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc.(FCX) (FCX) for $3.1 billion, the companies said Wednesday. Encana, which has sought to broaden its portfolio beyond natural gas, said it expects the deal will double its current rate of oil production. Encana rose 4.1% to $23.50 premarket.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Shares of Cliffs Natural Resources have dropped 0.4% to $18.39 today, even as Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold (FCX) has gained 1.1% to $33.34, BHP Billiton (BHP) has advanced 0.6% to $71.27 and Rio Tinto (RIO) has ticked up 0.2% to $54.94.

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Own For 2015: Hybrid Coating Technologies Inc (HCTI)

Hybrid Coating Technologies Inc. (HCT), incorporated on November 2, 2011, is a development-stage company. The Company’s business is that of its wholly owned subsidiary, Nanotech Industries International Inc. (Nanotech). This business is the manufacturing and sale of alternative non-toxic (isocyanate-free) polyurethane, Green Polyurethane. The products manufactured and sold by the Company (Nanotech Products) comprise coating products and sealant products. Coatings and raw binder ingredients comprised of Green Polyurethane Monolithic Floor Coating and Green Polyurethane Binder and referred to as Coating Products. Sealants and adhesives comprised of Green Polyurethane and referred to as Sealant Products.

Applications for Green Polyurethane products markets include industrial and commercial buildings; civil applications for tunnels and bridges; private and public garages; chemical and food processing plants; Warehouses; Monolithic floorings for civil, industrial and military engineering; marine and aeronautic applications; industrial equipment for dairy and liquid fertilizer processing plants and delivery systems; military facilities and equipment, and protective coatings inside industrial and commercial pipes. The Company intends to establish full commercial-scale manufacturing for both of its products at Adhpro Adhesives Inc. (Adhpro Adhesives) in Magog, Quebec and Simpson Coatings Group Inc. (Simpson Coatings) in California through non-exclusive toll manufacturing agreements.

The Company competes with BASF, Sherwin Williams, PPG, Benjamin Moore, AKZO Nobel, Rust-Oleum and Sika AG.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Last Friday, small cap stocks Tristar Wellness Solutions Inc (OTCMKTS: TWSI) jumped 14.94% while Hybrid Coating Technologies (OTCBB: HCTI) and Bulova Technologies Group, Inc (OTCMKTS: BTGI) sank 23.53% and 13.04%, respectively. It should be mentioned that only one of these small cap stocks appears to be the subject of paid promotions or investor relations type activities. So what will these three small cap stocks do for investors this week? Here is a quick reality check to help you decide on a trading or investing strategy:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Small cap green stocks Hybrid Coating Technologies, Inc (OTCBB: HCTI), Pan Global Corp (OTCMKTS: PGLO) and Trans Global Group Inc (OTCMKTS: TGGI) have been getting some attention lately in various investment newsletters or alerts with two of these stocks also being the subject of some paid promotions. But will these small cap green stocks actually deliver some green in the form of greenbacks for investors? Let’s take off the green eyeshades and take a closer look:

    Hybrid Coating Technologies, Inc (OTCBB: HCTI) Has Expanded Its Green Technology

    Small cap Hybrid Coating Technologies, Inc is a San Francisco-based innovator focused on improving the quality and safety of coatings and paint for industrial and commercial customers around the world and it’s the exclusive licensee of Green Polyurethane(TM) coatings and paint – the world’s first-ever patent protected polyurethane-based coatings and paint products which eliminate toxic isocyanates from the entire production process (licensed by Nanotech Industries, Inc). On Friday, Hybrid Coating Technologies, Inc rose 2.13% to $0.48 for a market cap of $44.27 million plus HCTI is up 20% over the past year and down 96.9% since August 2009 according to Google Finance.

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Own For 2015: Arabian American Development Co (ARSD)

Arabian American Development Company, incorporated in 1967, is engaged in manufacturing various specialty petrochemical products. As of December 31, 2011, the Company owned a 37% interest in Al Masane Al Kobra Mining Company and a 55% interest in Pioche Ely Valley Mines, Inc (PEVM). The Company’s United States activities are primarily conducted through a wholly owned subsidiary, Texas Oil and Chemical Co. II, Inc. (TOCCO). TOCCO owns of South Hampton Resources Inc. (South Hampton), and South Hampton owns of Gulf State Pipe Line Company, Inc. (Gulf State).

South Hampton owns and operates a specialty petrochemical facility near Silsbee, Texas, which produces petrochemical solvents and other petroleum based products, including isopentane, normal pentane, isohexane and hexane, which is used in the production of polyethylene, packaging, polypropylene, expandable polystyrene, poly-iso/urethane foams, and in the catalyst support industry. Gulf State owns and opera tes three pipelines that connect the South Hampton facility to a natural gas line, to South Hampton’s truck and rail loading terminal and to a petroleum products pipeline owned by an unaffiliated third party.

South Hampton owns and operates a specialty petrochemical facility near Silsbee, Texas which is approximately 30 miles north of Beaumont, Texas, and 90 miles east of Houston. The facility consists of seven operating units which, while interconnected, make distinct products through differing processes: a Penhex Unit; a Reformer; a Cyclo-pentane Unit; an Aromax Unit; an Aromatics Hydrogenation Unit; a White Oil Fractionation Unit, and a Hydrocarbon Processing Demonstration Unit.

Gulf State owns and operates three 8-inch diameter pipelines aggregating approximately 50 miles in length connecting South Hampton’s facility to: a natural gas line, South Hampton’s truck and rail loading terminal and a petroleum products pipeline system owned by a n unaffiliated third party. The Penhex Unit has the capacity! to process approximately 6,700 barrels per day, with the Reforming Unit, the Aromax Unit, and the Cyclo-Pentane Unit further processing streams produced by the Penhex Unit. The Aromatics Hydrogenation Unit has a capacity of approximately 400 barrels per day, and the White Oils Fractionation Unit has a capacity of approximately 3,000 barrels per day. The Hydrocarbon Processing Demonstration Unit has a capacity of approximately 300 gallons per day. The facility generally consists of equipment commonly found in petrochemical facilities, such as fractionation towers and hydrogen treaters except the facility is adapted to produce specialized products. South Hampton produces eight distinct product streams and markets several combinations of blends as needed in various customers’ applications.

The Reformer and Aromax units are operated as needed to support the Penhex and Cyclo-pentane Units. The other two operating units at the plant site, an Aromatics Hydrogenation Unit and a White Oils Fractionation Unit, are operated as two, independent and completely segregated processes. These units are dedicated to the needs of two different toll processing customers. Products may be sold directly from South Hampton’s storage tanks or transported to the customers’ location for storage and marketing. South Hampton, in support of the petrochemical operation, owns approximately 75 storage tanks with total capacity approaching 225,000 barrels, and 95 acres of land at the plant site, 55 acres of which are developed. South Hampton also owns a truck and railroad loading terminal consisting of storage tanks, four rail spurs, and truck and tank car loading facilities on approximately 53 acres of which 13 acres are developed.

The Company’s mineral interest in the United States is its 55% ownership interest in an inactive corporation, PEVM. PEVM’s properties include 48 patented and 5 unpatented claims totaling approximately 1,500 acres. All of the claims are located in Lincoln County, Nevada.

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Associated Estates Realty Corporation (AEC), incorporated on July 29, 1993, is an integrated, self-administered and self-managed equity real estate investment trust (REIT). As of December 31, 2012, the Company’s portfolio consisted of 52 properties containing 13,950 units located in 10 states. The Company operates in one segment: multifamily properties. The Company is focused on multifamily ownership, operation, acquisition, development, construction, disposition and property management activities. Its multifamily properties provided approximately 99.4% of its consolidated revenue. In 2012, the Company acquired four properties. Three of the properties, totaling 760 units, are located in the Raleigh/Durham submarket and the fourth is a 396-unit property located in Dallas, Texas. In addition, in 2012, it acquired land for development of an apartment community in Los Angeles, California that also includes a building containing approximately 78,800 total square feet of offic e and retail space. In 2012, it sold six properties containing 1,356 units, one in Georgia, one in Central Ohio and four in Western Michigan. During the three years ended December 31, 2012, it acquired 11 multifamily properties.

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