Top 10 Up And Coming Stocks To Own For 2017

 

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Top 10 Up And Coming Stocks To Own For 2017: Hercules Offshore Inc.(HERO)

Hercules Offshore, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides shallow-water drilling and marine services to the oil and natural gas exploration and production industry in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico and internationally. Its services comprise oil and gas exploration and development drilling, well services, platform inspection, and maintenance and decommissioning services in various water provinces. As of May 10, 2011, the company owned and operated a fleet of 50 jackup rigs, 17 barge rigs, 65 liftboats, 3 submersible rigs, and 1 platform rig. It serves national oil and gas companies, integrated energy companies, and independent oil and natural gas operators. The company was founded in 2004 and is headquartered in Houston, Texas.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Hercules Offshore, Inc. (NASDAQ: HERO) shares dropped 46 percent to $1.05 as the company reported that it has entered into a restructuring support agreement with lenders.

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Hercules Offshore, Inc. (NASDAQ: HERO) is estimated to post a quarterly loss at $1.79 per share on revenue of $68.65 million.

    You On Demand Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: YOD) is expected to report its quarterly earnings.

Top 10 Up And Coming Stocks To Own For 2017: Insulet Corporation(PODD)

 

Insulet Corporation, a medical device company, develops, manufactures, and sells insulin infusion systems for people with insulin-dependent diabetes in the United States. The company offers OmniPod Insulin Management System (OmniPod System), which consists of the OmniPod, an easy-to-use continuous insulin delivery system for people with insulin-dependent diabetes; and personal diabetes manager, a handheld wireless device. It also sells blood glucose testing supplies, insulin pumps, pump supplies, pharmaceuticals, and other products for the management and treatment of diabetes. The company sells and markets its OmniPod System through a combination of direct sales representatives and independent distributors. Insulet Corporation was founded in 2000 and is headquartered in Billerica, Massachusetts.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By James Brumley]

    And just for the record, theme-based buyout speculation doesn’t improve your chances of picking an acquisition target. Back in 2012 after Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMY) bought Amylin for control of its diabetes pipeline following the purchase of Neighborhood Diabetes by Insulet (PODD), pundits were sure it would spark a wave of other diabetes-driven acquisitions. Those other M&A candidates began getting bid up, but as it turns out, no more meaningful buyouts materialized in the diabetes space.

Hot Cheap Stocks To Buy Right Now: Aon Corporation(AON)

Aon Corporation provides risk management services, insurance and reinsurance brokerage, and human resource consulting and outsourcing services primarily in the United States, the Americas, the United Kingdom, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and the Asia Pacific. The company?s Risk Solutions segment offers retail brokerage products and services, including affinity products, general underwriting management services, placement services, and captive management services; and advisory services to technology, financial services, agribusiness, aviation, construction, health care, and energy industries, as well as facilitates various risk management solutions for property liability, general liability, professional liability, directors’ and officers’ liability, workers’ compensation, and various healthcare products. This segment also provides risk consulting services comprising captive management; eSolutions products that enable clients to manage risks, policies, claims, and safet y concerns through an integrated technology platform; reinsurance brokerage services, such as actuarial, enterprise risk management, catastrophe management, and rating agency advisory services; property and casualty reinsurance; and specialty lines, which include professional liability, medical malpractice, accident, life, and health, as well as capital management transaction and advisory services. Its HR Solutions segment offers human capital services in the areas of health and benefits, retirement, compensation, and strategic human capital; and benefits administration and human resource business process outsourcing services. The company was founded in 1919 and is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Javier Hasse]

    In other news, Aon plc Class A Ordinary Shares (UK) (NYSE: AON) boosted its quarterly dividend from $0.30 per share to $0.33 per share, and McGraw Hill Financial Inc (NYSE: MHFI) said it would sell its unit J.D. Power to investment firm XIO Group for $1.1 billion.

  • [By Reuters]

    Wendy Maeda/The Boston Globe via Getty Images NEW YORK — Walgreen is moving 120,000 employees to a private health insurance exchange from coverage provided directly from carriers, the company will announce Wednesday. The pharmacy chain will join 17 other large employers on the Aon Hewitt Corporate Health Exchange as part of a growing movement to offer employees fixed dollar amounts to purchase their own plans on such exchanges. The end-cost to employees depends on the plan chosen, but they typically get more options than under traditional arrangements. Private exchanges mimic the coverage mandated as part of the Affordable Care Act. Enrollment in the public exchanges starts Oct. 1. “What happens to employer contributions over time? Will they put in as much as they put in the past? These are unanswered questions but potential negatives,” says Paul Fronstin, a senior research associate with the Employee Benefit Research Institute. The benefit to Walgreen and other employers is unknown at this point, as their cost-savings aren’t clear. Of the 180,000 Walgreen (WAG) employees eligible for health care insurance, 120,000 opted for coverage for themselves and 40,000 family members. Another 60,000 employees, many of them working part-time, weren’t eligible for health insurance. Aon Hewitt (AON) says other participants in its program include retailer Sears Holding (SHLD) and Darden Restaurants (DRI). These new additions raise enrollment to 330,000 from 100,000 last year, and Aon Hewitt estimates enrollment will jump to 600,000 next year, a fivefold increase from 2012. By 2017, nearly 20 percent of employees nationwide could get their health insurance through a private exchange, according to Accenture Research (ACN). A recent report by the National Business Group on Health said that 30 percent of large employers are considering moving active employees to exchanges by 2015. Other major providers of private exchanges include Mercer, a division of Marsh & Mc

Top 10 Up And Coming Stocks To Own For 2017: Apollo Global Management, LLC(APO)

 

Apollo Global Management, LLC is a publicly owned investment manager. It primarily provides its services to endowment and sovereign wealth funds, as well as other institutional and individual investors. The firm manages client focused portfolios. It launches and manages hedge funds and mutual funds for its clients. The firm also manages real estate funds and private equity funds for its clients. The firm invests in the fixed income and alternative investment markets across the globe. Its alternative investments include investment in private equity and real estate markets. The firm’s private equity investments include traditional buyouts, recapitalization, distressed buyouts and debt investments in real estate, corporate partner buyouts, distressed asset, corporate carve-outs, turnaround, corporate restructuring, special situation, acquisition, and industry consolidation transactions. Its fixed income investments include income -oriented senior loan and bond, structured credit, opportunistic credit, non-performing loans and value oriented fixed income securities. The firm seeks to invest in chemicals; commodities; consumer and retail; oil and gas, metals, mining, agriculture, commodities, distribution and transportation; financial and business services; manufacturing and industrial; media distribution, cable, entertainment, and leisure; natural resources, energy, packaging and materials; and satellite and wireless. It seeks to invest in companies based in across North America with a focus on United States, and Europe. The firm also makes investments outside North America, primarily in Western Europe and Asia. The firm employs a combination of contrarian, value, and distressed strategies to make its investments. It conducts an in-house research to create its investment portfolio. The firm seeks to acquire minority positions in its portfolio companies. The firm seeks to make investments in the range of $200 million and $1.5 billion. Apollo Global Management, ! LLC was founded in 1990 and is headquartered in New York, New York with additional offices in Los Angeles, California; Purchase, New York; Houston, Texas; London, United Kingdom; Frankfurt, Germany; Luxembourg, Luxembourg; Hong Kong, Hong Kong; Singapore, Singapore; and Mumbai, India.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Chad Tracy]

    In 2008, Apollo Global Management (NYSE: APO) co-founder Joshua Harris was on a losing streak.

    The firm's $430 million investment in big-box retailer Linens N' Things went south when the company filed for bankruptcy.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    The Fresh Market Inc (NASDAQ: TFM) agreed be acquired by Apollo Global Management LLC (NYSE: APO) for $28.50 per share in cash.

    In an approximately $1.4 billion in cash buyout, shareholders are set to receive $28.50 per share. This calculates to an approximately 53 percent premium over the February 10 closing price and an approximately 24 percent premium over last Friday’s closing price.

Top 10 Up And Coming Stocks To Own For 2017: Net 1 UEPS Technologies, Inc.(UEPS)

 

Net 1 UEPS Technologies, Inc. provides payment solutions and transaction processing services for various industries in South Africa, South Korea, and internationally. The company develops and markets transaction processing solutions that comprise its smart card-based alternative payment system for the unbanked and under-banked populations of developing economies, and for mobile transaction channels. It operates through three segments: South African Transaction Processing, International Transaction Processing, and Financial Inclusion and Applied Technologies. The South African Transaction Processing segment provides welfare benefit distribution services to the South African government and transaction processing for retailers, utilities, medical-related claim service customers, and banks. The International Transaction Processing segment offers payment processing services to merchants and card issuers through its value-added netw ork. The Financial Inclusion and Applied Technologies segment provides short-term loans; and smart card accounts, as a fixed monthly fee per card. This segment also sells prepaid products comprising electricity and airtime, as well as hardware and software products; and offers life insurance products. Net 1 UEPS Technologies, Inc. was founded in 1989 and is headquartered in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Javier Hasse]

    Friday’s after-hours trading session did not see many stocks on the move. Shares of Net 1 UEPS Technologies Inc (NASDAQ: UEPS) were down almost 2.5 percent in what seemed like a correction of the 1.83 percent surge seen during the day.

Top 10 Up And Coming Stocks To Own For 2017: Blue Buffalo Pet Products, Inc.(BUFF)

 

Blue Buffalo Pet Products, Inc., through its subsidiary, Blue Buffalo Company, Ltd., operates as a pet food company in the United States, Canada, Japan, and Mexico. The company develops, produces, markets, and sells dog and cat food under the BLUE Life Protection Formula, BLUE Wilderness, BLUE Basics, BLUE Freedom, and BLUE Natural Veterinary Diet lines. It also produces and sells cat litter under the BLUE Naturally Fresh line. The company sells its products to retail partners and distributors in specialty channels, including national pet superstore chains, regional pet store chains, neighborhood pet stores, farm and feed stores, ecommerce retailers, military outlets, hardware stores, and veterinary clinics and hospitals. Blue Buffalo Pet Products, Inc. was founded in 2002 and is headquartered in Wilton, Connecticut.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson] Related BUFF Mid-Afternoon Market Update: Crude Oil Rises 3.5%; Zagg Shares Fall Following Weak Q4 Results Mid-Day Market Update: Blue Buffalo Pet Products Rises Following Strong Q4 Results; Ocean Rig UDW Shares Slide Blue Buffalo Pet Products' (BUFF) CEO Kurt Schmidt on Q1 2016 Results – Earnings Call Transcript (Seeking Alpha) Related ARMK Earnings Scheduled For May 11, 2016 Earnings Scheduled For February 10, 2016

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Top 10 Up And Coming Stocks To Own For 2017: Yandex N.V.(YNDX)

Yandex N.V. (Yandex), incorporated on June 1, 2004, is an Internet and technology company, and operates an Internet search engine. The Company’ s segments include Search and Portal, offers a range of services in Russia, Ukraine, Belarus and Kazakhstan, among which are search, location-based, personalized and mobile services, that enable the Company’s users to find relevant and objective information to communicate and connect over the Internet, from both their desktops and mobile devices; E-commerce, which includes Yandex.Market e-commerce gateway service that gives retailers an additional platform to reach customers seeking specific retailer, product or price information; Classifieds, which includes online advertising and listing services, and Taxi, which offers online transportation service delivered through Yandex and Taxi operates in approximately 10 cities across Russia and in Minsk, Belarus. The Company also operates Experimental businesses, which includes media servi ces (including KinoPoisk, Yandex.Music, Yandex.Radio, Yandex.Tickets and Yandex.Afisha), Yandex Data Factory, discovery services (including Yandex Zen and Yandex Launcher), and search and portal in Turkey.

The Company offers a range of applications for mobile devices running iPhone operating system (iOS), Android and Windows Phone operating systems. The applications include Yandex.Navigator, Yandex.Maps, Yandex Browser and Yandex.Search. Other applications include Yandex.Metro, Yandex.Transport, KinoPoisk, Yandex.Mail, Yandex.Weather, Yandex.Market, Auto.ru, Yandex.Disk, Yandex.Music, Yandex.Timetables, Yandex.Translate and Yandex.Taxi. Its services and applications are also distributed by a limited number of original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), retailers, browser makers and telecom operators in Russia. The Company offers advertisers both text-based advertising and display advertising. Text-based advertisements are targeted to the particular user query on it s search engine result pages, and on search result pages of ! its partners, as well as to the content of a particular Website or Webpage being viewed, or to user behavior or characteristics. Display advertisements consist of graphical and programmatic advertisements that appear on specific pages.

Yandex.Direct is the Company’s auction-based advertising placement service. Yandex.Direct lets advertisers deliver text-based advertisements targeted at particular search queries or content on Yandex Websites or third-party Websites in the Yandex Advertising Network. Yandex.Direct features an automated, online sign-up process that enables advertisers to create and launch their advertising campaigns. Its Web analytics tool, Yandex.Metrica, is a Web analytics system in Russia.

Search and Portal

The Yandex Search engine offers access to a range of information available online. The Company utilizes linguistics, mathematics and statistical analysis to develop algorithms that extract, compile, systematize and p resent relevant information to users. Its organic search results are ranked by computer algorithms based on relevance and it segregates organic results from paid results to avoid confusing its users. The anti-spam protection detects and downgrades pages with low informational content, made-for-advertising and doorway sites, pages with pop-under banners, content farms and scraped-content pages. The Company supplements the results from its Web index with results from its parallel search system, which blends listings from all available Yandex specialized and vertical searches according to their relative relevance, such as Yandex.Images and Yandex.Video, Yandex.News and Yandex.Maps, among others.

The Company offers personalized search that provides search suggestions, as well as search results that are aligned with individual interests of its users. Its news aggregation and information service, the online news aggregation service in Russia, provides a media overview for its users. It aggregates and presents local, national a! nd intern! ational news from approximately 6,700 news sources across the world. Yandex.Maps provide detailed maps of over 1,100 cities and towns in Russia and approximately 20 cities in Ukraine, Kazakhstan and Belarus, as well as a detailed map of Turkey and satellite images of the whole world. In addition to graphical maps, it offers satellite images and hybrid maps (an amalgamation of satellite images and graphic maps), panoramic views, public transportation routes and driving directions in browsers and mobile device applications. Yandex.Maps is also available through application programming interfaces (APIs), which allow Web developers to embed and use interactive maps in third-party Websites, as well as to add extra layers of information.

The Company offers Yandex.Navigator, a mobile application, which provides turn-by-turn navigation. It incorporates a voice input function and a set of voice commands that allow users to interact with the application without touching t he screen. The Yandex.Transport mobile application provides users with real-time data on public transport in various Russian cities. The Yandex.Parking mobile application allows drivers to find available spots in partner parking spaces and pay for them right from the application. Its Geo-Direct Business Directory service enables advertisers to pay for premium placement.

The Yandex.Mail provides users with an access to their e-mail accounts. Its features include threaded and unthreaded views; direct access to Yandex.Disk, Yandex.Money and other Yandex services; auto-tagging, which automatically recognizes and tags certain types of e-mails; smart preview, which allows its users to see the first line of any e-mail in their inbox without having to open it, and Address Book, which recognizes both Latin and Cyrillic transliterations of names, and aggregates all e-mails from the same sender regardless of the language used. Yandex.Mail also features an unsubscribe butto n allowing users to opt out from mailing lists in a single c! lick. Its! Yandex.Mail application is available to Android and iOS users. It allows users to work with multiple e-mail accounts, filter and sort e-mails using Marker, its machine-learning technology that can recognize an e-mail type, and compose e-mails offline, and offers a range of other features. Its mobile push-email technology allows for the instantaneous delivery of new e-mails to mobile inboxes. Its Yandex.Disk service is a cloud-based storage service that allows users to upload, store, read and share files in various formats and sizes. Users can store photos, videos or documents online so that they can be accessed devices, such as personal computer (PC), laptop, tablet or smartphone. The Yandex.Disk mobile application is available for iOS, Android-based and Windows Phone smartphones.

The Company’s Yandex.Weather service allows its users to monitor weather conditions across the globe. The Company offers hyperlocal weather information based on its weather forecastin g technology, Meteum. It gives forecasts for areas as local as specific parts of a city or even individual buildings. Yandex.Weather calculates a new forecast every time a user consults the service. It determines a person’s position down to their current geographic coordinates and shows a fresh forecast. The new Yandex.Weather service offers hyperlocal weather forecasts for people living in approximately 40 regions of Russia and is available on desktop, as well as through applications for iOS and Android.

The Company’s homepage provides a gateway to the means of information available online. Users can find answers to their explicit questions through its search box, as well as to their implicit questions through current news, weather and road traffic reports, television and movie schedules, and other services, presented on its home page. The Company also offers localized homepages for specific geographic markets. Its Yandex Browser allows surfing over the Interne t. After typing a search in the browser’s smartbox, the user! can see ! a snippet about what they are searching for a thing, a product, a person or an event. The Company’s browser also provides its language translation capabilities; able to resume interrupted file downloads; has an automatically generated tableau menu; synchronization of bookmarks and history between desktop and mobile versions, and quick call capability, among other things. It offers mobile versions of Yandex Browser for iOS and Android smartphones and tablets.

E-commerce

The Company’s Yandex.Market e-commerce gateway service gives retailers an additional platform to reach customers seeking specific retailer, product or price information. Product search on Yandex.Market is designed to deliver relevant shopping results to its users. Retailers submit their product catalogs and price lists to the Company in a structured online format, enabling it to provide detailed information in response to relevant user queries, either through its search engine or its Yandex.Market service. Yandex.Market, incorporates its recommendation technology, which is used across other Yandex products and provides users with personal product recommendations. Yandex.Market provides product information, price comparisons and consumer generated reviews of products and online retailers. It features approximately 90 million offerings in over 2,000 product categories from approximately 19,000 participating retailers.

Yandex.Delivery aggregates a range of third-party delivery carriers, courier services, pick-up points and automated self-service kiosks to accommodate delivery of goods across Russia. Its retailer customers can utilize software to display delivery options, including price and time of delivery on their Website.

Classifieds

Yandex’s Classifieds business unit includes Auto.ru, Yandex.Auto, Yandex.Realty, Yandex.Jobs and Yandex.Travel. Auto.ru is the automobile-related Russian Website with approximately 20 m illion monthly visitors and over 60 million monthly visits. ! Auto.ru a! llows users, both private individuals, as well as auto dealers, to post listings of automobiles, motorcycles and commercial vehicles. Auto.ru offers a range of filters that allows potential buyers to find the exact item they are looking for. Auto.ru is also available on mobile through the mobile Web and as applications in iOS and Android. Yandex.Realty is its real estate classifieds service, acting as both an aggregator of advertisements from other Websites and a place where private individuals and realtors can place their listings directly. The service provides listings for both sale and rental of apartments, rooms, houses and vacation homes. Yandex.Realty is also available as an application for iOS and Android.

Yandex.Jobs is a service for job seekers that is available as a mobile application for Android and iOS. Yandex.Travel allows users to search for a vacation using multiple criteria. It provides information, such as hotel reviews that it generates using i ts fact extraction technology.

Taxi

Yandex.Taxi is a transportation service. It offers services in Moscow, Saint Petersburg, and other cities. The Company operates its service in approximately 10 cities across Russia, including Yekaterinburg, Perm, Novosibirsk, Samara, Sochi and many others.

Experiments

The Company’s Media services unit consists of a range of services that provide its users with streaming audio and video, entertainment and hyperlocal weather data. It includes KinoPoisk.ru, Yandex.Music, Yandex.Radio, and Yandex.Afisha and Yandex.Tickets. KinoPoisk.ru. is a Russian language Website dedicated to movies, television programs and celebrities. The service allows users to read user-generated film reviews, discover the most popular movies, watch trailers, get movie news and personalized recommendations, as well as show times and tickets. Its new version of KinoPoisk is focused on the online cinema concept, aggregat ing licensed video content from various Russian online cinem! as. Yande! x.Music is its music streaming service, which is offered as both a Web service and an application for over three mobile platforms. It offers millions of tracks from both global publishers and indie groups. Its tool helps users navigate a range of songs and albums, as well as to discover new music. The Web version is accessible free of charge, while the mobile application offers music streaming and various additional functions, including music downloads, for a monthly fee after a trial period.

Yandex.Radio is a media player service, which allows users to listen to music that suits their tastes and current activity. It shares the latter’s catalog of approximately 20 million tracks. Yandex.Afisha (playbill) allows user to select entertainment from a range of options. The service provides its users an opportunity to buy tickets to cinemas, theaters and concerts online. It incorporates personalized recommendations and operates in over 40 cities across Russia.

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The Company competes with Google, Mail.ru, Microsoft, Yahoo!, Begun, Facebook, Twitter, Odnoklassniki, My World services, Gett, Uber, Aliexpress, Avito, CIAN and Drom.ru.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Benzinga's newsdesk monitors options activity to notice unusual patterns. These large volume (and often out of the money) trades were initially published intraday in Benzinga Professional . These trades were placed during Monday’s regular session.

    Pier 1 Imports Inc (NYSE: PIR) Dec16 5.0 Puts Sweep: 1191 @ ASK $0.80: 1354 traded vs 102 OI: $5.32 Ref Alcoa Inc (NYSE: AA) Jul16 9.5 Puts Sweep: 1494 @ ASK $0.13: 14k traded vs 6682 OI: $10.09 Ref Sarepta Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: SRPT) Jul16 10.0 Puts: 3536 @ ASK $0.50: 5506 traded vs 54k OI: Earnings 8/4 $22.50 Ref Tableau Software Inc (NYSE: DATA) Jul16 47.5 Puts Sweep: 837 @ ASK $0.30: 995 traded vs 37 OI: Earnings 8/3 $50.60 Ref Yandex NV (NASDAQ: YNDX) Aug16 18.0 Puts Sweep: 532 @ ASK $0.30: 2143 traded vs 78 OI: Earnings 7/28 Before Open $22.02 Ref Wolverine World Wide, Inc. (NYSE: WWW) Aug16 22.5 Puts: 719 @ ASK $1.35: 1032 traded vs 0 OI: Earnings 7/19 $22.22 Ref Conn's Inc (NASDAQ: CONN) Jan17 5.0 Puts Sweep: 605 @ ASK $0.85: 1355 traded vs 3132 OI: $7.16 Ref

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Top 10 Up And Coming Stocks To Own For 2017: Synta Pharmaceuticals Corp.(SNTA)

 

Synta Pharmaceuticals Corp. focuses on the research, development, and commercialization of novel oncology medicines for cancer patients. Its clinical stage drug candidate in oncology is ganetespib, an Hsp90 inhibitor, which is in Phase II clinical trials to evaluate the combination of ganetespib and paclitaxel versus paclitaxel in patients with platinum-resistant ovarian cancer; and in Phase I/II trial in combination with the mTOR inhibitor sirolimus in patients with refractory sarcoma, including malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumors. The companys drug candidate in its Hsp90-inhibitor Drug Conjugate program is STA-12-8666, which is in preclinical trials for chemotherapy irinotecan. Synta Pharmaceuticals Corp. was incorporated in 2000 and is based in Lexington, Massachusetts.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Synta Pharmaceuticals Corp. (NASDAQ: SNTA) shares were also up, gaining 61 percent to $0.393. Synta Pharmaceuticals announced plans to merge with privately-held Madrigal Pharmaceuticals.

Top 10 Up And Coming Stocks To Own For 2017: NiSource, Inc(NI)

 

NiSource Inc., an energy holding company, provides natural gas, electricity, and other products and services in the United States. It operates through two segments, Gas Distribution Operations and Electric Operations. The company provides natural gas service and transportation to residential, commercial, and industrial customers; generates, transmits, and distributes electricity; and provides wholesale and transmission transaction services. It serves approximately 3.4 million natural gas customers and 463,000 electric customers in in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Kentucky, Maryland, Indiana, and Massachusetts. The company also owns and operates 3 coal-fired electric generating stations with a net capability of 2,540 megawatts (MW), 3 gas-fired generating units with a net capability of 196 MW, and 2 hydroelectric generating plants with a net capability of 10 MW, as well as a combined cycle gas turbine plant with a capacity of 5 35 MW. The company was formerly known as NIPSCO Industries, Inc. and changed its name to NiSource Inc. in April 1999. NiSource Inc. was founded in 1912 and is headquartered in Merrillville, Indiana.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Thursday, utilities shares fell by 2.01 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Unitil Corporation (NYSE: UTL), down 9 percent, and NiSource Inc. (NYSE: NI), down 5 percent.

Top 10 Up And Coming Stocks To Own For 2017: URS Corporation(URS)

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

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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