Top 5 Asian Stocks To Own Right Now

The 1,500 registered investment advisers swarming into Washington, D.C. for Monday’s official start to this year’s Schwab Impact conference will have loads of educational sessions to scour for business tips and solutions.

In additional to technology seminars coverings systems from CRM and portfolio rebalancing to client reporting, sessions include tried and true practice management topics like recruiting, streamlining operations and, of course, social media. A few sound particularly novel, including, “Brag! The Art of Tooting Your Own Horn Without Blowing It.”

A few panels that likely will draw big crowds include a Washington update on the regulation of retirement advisers to be delivered by Brian Graff, chief executive of the American Society of Pension Professionals and Actuaries on Monday. He’ll likely offer the latest on proposed federal legislation that would require the Department of Labor to hold off on its fiduciary rulemaking until after the Secur ities and Exchange Commission boosts broker standards for giving investment advice.

Top 5 Asian Stocks To Own Right Now: Providence Resources Corp (PV)

Providence Resources Corp. (Providence) is a Canada-based exploration stage company engaged in the evaluation and exploration of its interests in the Iron Range property (the property) located in south-eastern British Columbia near the community of Creston. The Iron Range Project is located near Creston, in Southeastern British Columbia, and spans 56,200 hectares (560 square kilometers). The project is a Joint Venture between Providence Resources (60%) and Eagle Plains Resources Ltd (40%) and has no underlying royalties or encumbrances. The Iron Range property covers over 50 kilometers(km) strike length of the Iron Mountain Fault (IMF) complex which consists of a number of north-striking faults which occur across an east-west extent of about three kilometers and a strike extent of approximately 90 kilometers. Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By John McCamant]

    Of interest, INCY’s guidance assumes no meaningful contribution from a Jakafi approval in polycythemia vera (PV), which could occur before yearend. PV is a type of blood cancer.

Top 5 Asian Stocks To Own Right Now: UnitedHealth Group Incorporated(UNH)

UnitedHealth Group Incorporated provides healthcare services in the United States. Its Health Benefits segment offers consumer-oriented health benefit plans and services to national employers, public sector employers, mid-sized employers, small businesses, and individuals; and non-employer based insurance options for purchase by individuals. It also provides health and well-being services for individuals aged 50 and older; and for services dealing with chronic disease and other specialized issues for older individuals, as well as health plans for the beneficiaries of acute and long-term care Medicaid plans. This segment offers its services through a network of 730,000 physicians and other health care professionals, and 5,300 hospitals. Its OptumHealth segment provides health, financial, and ancillary services and products that assist consumers through personalized health management solutions; benefit administration, and clinical and network management; health-based financi al services; behavioral solutions; and specialty benefits, such as dental, vision, life, critical illness, short-term disability, and stop-loss product offerings. The company?s Ingenix segment offers database and data management services, software products, publications, consulting and actuarial services, business process outsourcing services, and pharmaceutical data consulting and research services. Its Prescription Solutions segment provides integrated pharmacy benefit management services comprising retail network pharmacy contracting and management, claims processing, mail order pharmacy services, specialty pharmacy, benefit design consultation, rebate contracting and management, drug utilization review, formulary management programs, disease therapy management, and adherence programs to employer groups, union trusts, managed care organizations, Medicare-contracted plans, Medicaid plans, and third party administrators. The company was founded in 1974 and is based in Minn e tonka, Minnesota.

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  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 237.10 points, or 1.5%, to 16302.77 this week–its largest weekly gain since Feb. 14–after dropping 0.2% today. The S&P 500, meanwhile, gained 1.4% to 1,866.52. United Health (UNH) rose 7.5% to $81.34 this week, while Microsoft (MSFT) advanced 6.5% to $40.16, the help lead the Dow higher.

  • [By Dan Dzombak]

    UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH  )  was pulling the Dow Jones up with a 2.8% rise to $80.18. Health care is the only sector in the S&P 500 up for the day, rising 0.3%.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Today’s big loser among the Dow stocks was UnitedHealth Group Inc. (NYSE: UNH). The healthcare sector traded lower today, down about 0.3% shortly before closing. The sector is up about 30% over the past 12 months and 4% year-to-date. UnitedHealth’s shares traded down 1.56% at $75.80 in a 52-week range of $54.23 to $78.57 just ahead of the closing bell. Volume is on track to be 20% below the daily average of some 4.7 million shares traded.

Top 5 Asian Stocks To Own Right Now: Domino’s Pizza Inc(DPZ)

Domino?s Pizza, Inc., through its subsidiaries, operates as a pizza delivery company in the United States and internationally. The company sells and delivers pizzas under the Domino?s Pizza brand name. As of January 1, 2012, it operated through a network of 9,742 stores, including 394 company-owned stores and 9,348 franchise stores located in the 50 states and approximately 70 international markets. Domino?s Pizza, Inc. was founded in 1960 and is headquartered in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

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    Domino’s Pizza’s (NYSE: DPZ  )  earnings were double-stuffed like their crusts, jumping 18% from last year as the chain opens up new ovens internationally. The U.S. market is tight-packed with pizza spots, from your favorite $1-a-slice deal to luxurious brick-oven operations, so the 570-plus new stores abroad are bringing home the bread for Domino’s.   But what about expectations? Analysts have already been pretty hungry and bullish on Domino’s over 2013. Wall Street was already projecting profit growth of 16% for Domino’s and has sent the stock up 63% in the past year.   To show the love, Domino’s isn’t doing a new extra-pepperoni deal, but increasing its dividend by $0.25 per share. The news is a sign that a growing Domino’s is ready to return cash to shareholders as its spreads the dough into new lands.
    2. … and the fourth-quarter earnings loser
    Target (NYSE: TGT  )  earnings slid a whopping 46% after the 40-million-credit card s
  • [By Rick Aristotle Munarriz]

    AP It’s OK to say that Pizza Hut is full of hot air when it comes to its latest marketing move. It almost certainly won’t mind. Yum! Brands’ (YUM) iconic Pizza Hut introduced a new crust for its hand-tossed pizzas on Thursday. Instead of stuffing crusts with various types of cheese or even pepperoni as it has done in the past, Pizza Hut is promoting the fact that its new hand-tossed pizzas now feature a more airy texture. Pumping more air into the dough is supposed to give the pies less of a cookie-cutter appearance, an unusual choice among chains that sell themselves on their consistency. Every snowflake is unique, but every chain order is supposed to be uniform across the various locations. It’s what customers expect. However, just as the term “hand-tossed” conveys a personal touch, having a few more air pockets in the pizzas should generate some retro charm akin to an indie pizzeria. So Pizza Hut is proud of the “noticeable imperfections” of the new pies. It’s not that big of a gamble. The rest of Pizza Hut’s menu options will remain the same. If this move doesn’t “pan” out, it can be quickly replaced with the next evolutionary step of crust stuffing in the pizza giant’s playbook. Pizza Hut doesn’t stand still, even if it’s odd to find it stuffing its pies with air. Pizza Hut is Bigger Than You Think There are more than 14,000 Pizza Hut locations across 100 different countries, making the chain a major component of the Yum! Brands family that also includes Taco Bell and KFC. It could also use a boost. Comparable-store sales at domestic Pizza Hut locations slipped 1 percent in Yum! Brands’ latest quarter. These are competitive times, and for Pizza Hut, the challenge now is about more than beefing up its delivery business to compete with Papa John’s (PZZA) and Domino’s (DPZ), which seem to always have some ridiculous price promotion going on. (This is a business that has become cutthroat enough that Pizza Hut even feels the need to explicitly offer f

Top 5 Asian Stocks To Own Right Now: Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation(NTT)

Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, provides telecommunications services to residential and corporate customers in Japan. It offers fixed and mobile voice related services, IP/packet communications services, system integration and network system services, and other telecommunications related services; sells telecommunications equipment; and operates telephone networks. The company provides intra-prefectural and inter-prefectural communications, international communications, mobile telephone services, and related ancillary services; and data communications services, such as strategic planning, systems planning and systems design, and information communications systems and computer networks installation. It also engages in building maintenance, real estate property rental, systems development, leasing, and research and development activities. As of March 31, 2011, the company provided telephone and ISDN services to 34,884 thousand subs cribers; broadband services to 15,059 thousand FLET?S Hikari subscribers and 2,858 thousand FLET?S ADSL subscribers; and mobile phone services to 58,010 thousand subscribers. It also offered Plala Internet connection service to 3,101 thousand subscribers and Open Computer Network service to 8,234 thousand subscribers. Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation was founded in 1952 and is based in Tokyo, Japan.

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    LOS ANGELES (MarketWatch) — Japanese stocks opened lower Thursday, as gains for the yen and losses for Wall Street conspired to drive the Nikkei Stock Average (JP:NIK) down 1.2% to 15,333.35, extending Wednesday’s 0.6% loss. The Topix fell 0.7%, with the U.S. dollar (USDJPY) slipping to 102.46 yen, down from around ¥102.80 at the start of the previous session, but off its lows in late Wednesday trade. Electronics firms and other techs helped lead the loss, with Sony Corp. (JP:6758) (SNE) falling 1.4%, Nikon Corp. (JP:7731) (NINOF) off 2.4%, and Alps Electric Co. (JP:6770) 1.8% lower. The Nikkei Asian Review reported Thursday that Japan looked set to post its first trade deficit for electronics goods this year. Shares of Yahoo Japan Corp. (JP:4689) (YAHOF) lost 1.4%, even as Bloomberg reported the firm was offering its stake in market-research firm Macromill Inc. (JP:3730) to U.S. private-equity firm Bain Capital at a premium to its most recent close. Shares of Macromill were untraded. Among gainers, Nippon Telegraph & Telephone Corp. (JP:9432) (NTT) rose 2.1%, following a 1.1% gain for its U.S.-listed shares.

  • [By Brian Pacampara]

    Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool’s free investing community, Japanese telecom giant Nippon Telegraph and Telephone (NYSE: NTT  ) earned a respected four-star ranking.  

  • [By Jonas Elmerraji]

    The strength in Japanese stocks is evident in Nippon Telegraph & Telephone (NTT), the $60 billion telco in the Land of the Rising Sun. Shares of NTT are up close to 22% since the first trading session in January — and now, a technical setup points to even higher ground in the month ahead.

    That’s because NTT is currently forming an ascending triangle pattern, a bullish price setup that’s formed by horizontal resistance above shares at $27 and uptrending support to the downside. Basically, as NTT bounces in between those two technical levels, it’s getting squeezed closer and closer to a breakout above resistance. When that move above $27 happens, traders have their buy signal.

    At first glance, the abundance of gaps on NTT’s chart may be alarming. But those gaps, called suspension gaps, are just the rest of off hours trading on the Tokyo and London exchanges. From a technical standpoint they’re irrelevant, but they’re common in foreign traded names that are dual-listed overseas.

Top 5 Asian Stocks To Own Right Now: On Assignment Inc.(ASGN)

On Assignment, Inc., a diversified professional staffing firm, provides flexible and permanent staffing solutions in the United States, Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. The company?s Life Sciences segment provides contract and permanent life science professionals to clients in the biotechnology, pharmaceutical, food and beverage, personal care, chemical, medical device, automotive, municipal, education, and environmental industries. Its contract professionals include chemists, clinical research associates, clinical lab assistants, engineers, biologists, biochemists, microbiologists, molecular biologists, biostatisticians, drug safety specialists, SAS programmers, medical writers, food scientists, regulatory affairs specialists, lab assistants, and other skilled scientific professionals. The company?s Healthcare segment offers locally-based and traveling contract professionals that include nurses, specialty nurses, respiratory therapists, surgical technicians, im aging technicians, X-ray technicians, medical technologists, medical assistants, pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, respiratory therapists, phlebotomists, coders, billers, claims processors, and collections staff, as well as dental professionals. This segment serves hospitals, integrated delivery systems, imaging centers, clinics, physician offices, reference laboratories, universities, managed care organizations, and third-party administrators. Its Physician segment provides short and long-term locum tenens services, and full-service physician search and consulting services. The company?s IT and Engineering segment offers high-end contract and direct placement services of information technology and engineering professionals with expertise in specialized information technology; software and hardware engineering; and mechanical, electrical, validation, and telecommunications engineering fields. On Assignment, Inc. was founded in 1985 and is headquartered in Calabasas, Cali fo rnia.

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  • [By Monica Gerson]

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  • [By Brian Pacampara]

    What: Shares of professional staffing firm On Assignment (NYSE: ASGN  ) popped 11% today after its quarterly results and guidance topped Wall Street expectations.

  • [By Seth Jayson]

    Calling all cash flows
    When you are trying to buy the market’s best stocks, it’s worth checking up on your companies’ free cash flow once a quarter or so, to see whether it bears any relationship to the net income in the headlines. That’s what we do with this series. Today, we’re checking in on On Assignment (NYSE: ASGN  ) , whose recent revenue and earnings are plotted below.