Top 5 Asian Stocks To Watch For 2015


With shares of General Motors (NYSE:GM) trading around $40, is GM an OUTPERFORM, WAIT AND SEE, or STAY AWAY? Let’s analyze the stock with the relevant sections of our CHEAT SHEET investing framework:

T = Trends for a Stock’s Movement

General Motors designs, manufactures, and markets cars, crossovers, trucks, and automobile parts worldwide. The company markets its vehicles primarily under the Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, GMC, Opel, Holden, and Vauxhall brand names, as well as under the Alpheon, Jiefang, Baojun, and Wuling brand names. It sells cars and trucks to dealers for consumer retail sales as well as to fleet customers in daily rental car companies, commercial fleet customers, leasing companies, and governments.


General Motors is witnessing the changing of the guard in many aspects of its business. Mary Barra, the automaker’s CEO-in-waiting, will succeed Dan Akerson in 2o14, while the U.S. Government no longer holds shares of GM stock. In China, the world’s largest automobile market, GM will have a new president take over while watching Volkswagen (VLKAY.PK) likely become the sales leader among foreign automakers after GM’s eight-year reign, Bloomberg reports.

Top 5 Asian Stocks To Watch For 2015: iShares Cohen & Steers REIT ETF (ICF)

iShares Cohen & Steers Realty Majors Index Fund (the Fund) seeks investment results that correspond generally to the price and yield performance of the Cohen & Steers Realty Majors Index (the Index). The Index consists of selected real estate investment trusts (REITs). The objective of the Index is to represent relatively large and liquid REITs that may benefit from future consolidation and securitization of the United States real estate industry. The Index is modified capitalization-weighted with constituent companies having a maximum index weight of 8%.


The Fund invests in a representative sample of securities included in the Index that collectively has an investment profile similar to the Index. Barclays Global Fund Advisors is the investment advisor of the Fund.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Matthew McCall]

    The SPDR Utilities ETF (NYSE: XLU) is up 1.5 percent today and is breaking to a one-month high. The iShares Cohen & Steers Realty ETF (NYSE: ICF), which owns a basket of REITs, is up 1.1 percent, also looking for a one-month high.

Top 5 Asian Stocks To Watch For 2015: MRC Global Inc (MRC)


MRC Global Inc., formerly known as McJunkin Red Man Holding Corporation, incorporated on November 20, 2006, is a holding company. The Company is the distributor of pipe, valves and fittings (PVF) and related products and services to the energy industry. The Company offers a range of PVF and oilfield supplies encompassing a complete line of products from its global network of suppliers to its more than 12,000 customers. The Company operates in two segments: North American segment and International segment. Its North American segment includes over 180 branch locations, six distribution centers in the United States, one distribution center in Canada, 11 valve automation service centers and over 170 pipe yards located in the oil and natural gas regions in North America. Its International segment includes over 40 branch locations throughout Europe, Asia and Australasia with distribution centers in each of the United Kingdom, Singapore and Australia and 10 automation service cen ters in Europe and Asia. On June 9, 2011, it acquired Stainless Pipe and Fittings Australia Pty. Ltd. (MRC SPF). On July 22, 2011, it acquired Valve Systems and Controls (VSC). In January 2013, the Company’s subsidiary, McJunkin Red Man Corporation,acquired operating assets of Production Specialty Services, Inc. In July 2013, MRC Global Inc announced that it has completed the previously announced acquisition of the operating assets of Dan H. Brown, Inc., D/B/A Flow Control Products (Flow Control). In December 2013, MRC Global Inc acquired Flangefitt Stainless Ltd. Effective January 6, 2014, MRC Global Inc a unit of GS Capital Partners LP subsidiary of Goldman Sachs Group Inc’s Goldman Sachs & Co unit, acquired Stream AS.


The Company distributes products globally, including in PVF intensive, oil and natural gas exploration and production (E&P) areas, such as the Bakken, Barnett, Eagle Ford, Fayetteville, Haynesville, Marcellus, Niobrara and Utica shales in North America. Its Canadian subsidiary Midfield Supply ULC and its! subsidiaries (MRC Midfield), provides PVF products to oil and natural gas companies operating primarily in Western Canada, including the Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin, Alberta Oil Sands and heavy oil regions. It offers more than 150,000 stock keeping units (SKUs), including a range of PVF, oilfield supply, automation, instrumentation and other general and specialty industry supply products.


The Company is the majority owned subsidiary of PVF Holdings LLC. Its wholly owned subsidiary, McJunkin Red Man Corporation and its subsidiaries (MRC), are global distributors of pipe, valves, fittings and related products and services across each of the upstream (exploration, production and extraction of underground oil and gas), midstream (gathering and transmission of oil and gas, gas utilities, and the storage and distribution of oil and gas) and downstream (crude oil refining, petrochemical processing and general industrials) markets. The Company serves the global oil and natural gas industry, generating approximately 90% of its sales from supplying products and services to customers throughout the energy industry. Of its total sales, 62% of sales are comprised of valves, fittings and flanges and other industrial supply products and 38% are tubular products, mainly line pipe and oil country tubular goods (OCTG) as of September 30, 2011.


North American Operations

The Company distributes PVF products, primarily used in applications in the energy infrastructure sector, from its global network of suppliers. The products it distributes are used in the construction, maintenance, repair and overhaul of equipments. The products include Valves and Specialty Products, Line Pipe, OCTG, Carbon Steel Fittings and Flanges and Stainless Steel and Alloy Pipe and Fittings and others. The products under valves and specialty products include ball, butterfly, gate, globe, check, needle and plug valves, which are manufactured fro m cast steel, stainless/alloy steel, forged steel, carbon st! eel or ca! st and ductile iron. Specialty products include lined corrosion resistant piping systems, valve automation and top work components used for regulating flow and on/off service, and a range of steam and instrumentation products used in various process applications within its refinery, petrochemical and general industrial sectors.


Carbon line pipe is used in high-yield, high-stress, abrasive applications, such as the gathering and transmission of oil, natural gas and phosphates. Line pipe is part of its tubular product category. OCTG is part of its tubular product category, includes casing (used for production and to line the well bore) and tubing pipe (used to extract oil or natural gas from wells) and is either classified as carbon or alloy depending on the grade of material. Carbon steel fittings and flanges include carbon weld fittings, flanges and piping components used primarily to connect piping and valve systems for the transmission of various liquids and g ases. These products are used across all the industries in which it operates. Stainless steel and alloy pipe and fittings include stainless, alloy and corrosion resistant pipe, tubing, fittings and flanges. These are used in the chemical, refining and power generation industries, as well as across all of the sectors in which the Company operates. Alloy products are principally used in high-pressure, high-temperature and high-corrosion applications typically seen in process piping applications.


The products under other category include natural gas distribution products, oilfield supplies, and other industrial products, such as mill and safety and electrical supplies. Natural gas distribution products include risers, meters, polyethylene pipe and fittings and various other components and industrial supplies used primarily in the distribution of natural gas to residential and commercial customers. It offers a range of oilfield and industrial supplies and completion equipment, and products offered include high density polyet! hylene pi! pe and fittings, valves, well heads, pumping units and rods. In addition, it supplies a range of specialized production equipment, including meter runs, tanks and separators used in its upstream sector.


The Company provides its customers with a range of services, including multiple deliveries each day, zone store management, valve tagging and system interfaces that directly tie the customer into its information systems. Its information system, which provides for customer and supplier electronic integrations, information sharing and e-commerce applications, provides service to its customers. The Company sources the products it distributes from a global network of suppliers. The remainder of the products it distributes are sourced from manufacturer representatives, trading companies and, in some instances, other distributors.


The Company competes with Wilson Industries, Inc., National Oilwell Varco, Inc. and Ferguson Enterprises.

Internat ional Operations

The Company’s International segment represents its valve and stainless and alloy pipe, fitting and flange distribution business to the energy and general industrial sectors, across each of the downstream and upstream sectors, through its distribution operations located throughout Europe, Asia, Australasia and the Middle East. Through its over 40 branch and service facilities throughout Europe, Asia, Australasia and the Middle East, it distributes a complete line of valve and stainless and alloy pipe, fittings and flanges and specialty products. Its Valve products offered include ball, butterfly, gate, globe, check, needle and plug valves, which are manufactured from cast steel, stainless/alloy steel, forged steel, carbon steel or cast and ductile iron. Valves are used in oilfield and industrial applications to control direction, velocity and pressure of fluids and gases within transmission networks. Specialty products include lined corrosion r esistant piping systems, valve automation and top work compo! nents use! d for regulating flow and on/off service and a range of steam and instrumentation products used in various process applications within its offshore, refinery, petrochemical and general industrial sectors.


Stainless steel products are used in all sectors in which it operates, including oil and gas, mining and mineral processing, water treatment and desalination, and petrochemical. It provides its customers with a range of services, including multiple daily deliveries, zone stores management, valve tagging and system interfaces that directly tie the customer into its information systems.

The Company competes with Econosto.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Eric Volkman]

    MRC Global (NYSE: MRC  ) now officially has a new asset in its portfolio. The company announced it has finalized the acquisition of the operating assets of Flow Control Products. It describes the once privately held firm as “a leading provider of pneumatic, electric and electro-hydraulic valve automation packages and related field support to the Permian Basin energy industry, including production facilities, pipelines, and plant operations.” According to MRC Global, the company posted $28 million in revenues last year.

  • [By Monica Wolfe]

    MRC Global (MRC)

    Over the duration of the second quarter, Columbia Wanger upped their position in MRC Global by 258.43%. The fund purchased 1,809,000 shares of the company’s stock at an average price of $29.69. Since their increase, the price per share has dropped -18.9%.

Top 5 Asian Stocks To Watch For 2015: GAIN Capital Holdings Inc (GCAP)

GAIN Capital Holdings Inc. (GAIN Capital) is an independent provider of online forex trading. GAIN Capital offers online trading services, specializing in foreign exchange (FX), contracts for difference (CFDs) and equities to retail and institutional traders worldwide. GAIN Capital provides execution, clearing, custody and technology products and services to an institutional client base, including asset managers, broker/dealers and other financial services firms. GAIN Capital’s trading services include FOREX.com, GAIN GTX, GAIN Securities and Asset Management. In September 2012, it acquired Open E Cry, LLC from optionsXpress Holdings, Inc., which is a subsidiary of The Charles Schwab Corporation. Effective September 24, 2013, GAIN Capital Holdings Inc acquired the entire share capital of Global Futures & Forex Ltd, a provider of retail forex and derivative trading services.


FOREX.com

GAIN Capital’s FOREX.com is used by self-directed retail tra ders and professional money managers in over 140 countries worldwide. FOREX.com provides a range of trading interfaces, such as FOREXTrader PRO, Website Trading, FOREXTrader Mobile and MetaTrader4.

GAIN GTX

GAIN GTX offers a range of automated and manual strategies on both the buy and sell side. Automated trading strategies can be programmed and executed using a Java or Financial Information Exchange (FIX)-based Academic Performance Index (API). It is used by individual traders, hedge funds and financial institutions.


GAIN Securities

GAIN Securities is a brokerage firm offering customers access to a full suite of investment products and trading services, including equities, equity and FX options, exchange traded funds (ETFs), mutual funds and fixed income. It is used by individual investors.

Asset Management

GAIN Capital’s Managed Forex Account Program (MAC) is offered by GAIN Capital Asset Manage ment LLC (GCAM, LLC). MAC provides qualified institutional i! nvestors access to the FX market.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By The GeoTeam]

    We also look for companies going through defining events that can significantly change their growth trajectory. One of these situations is a transformative acquisition, such as one that Gain Capital Holdings (GCAP) is in the process of consummating. We coded GCAP a GeoBargain on June 6, 2013, at $5.30. On June 12, 2013 we released our bullish thesis for GCAP on Seeking Alpha, "Double Your Gains With Gain Capital Holdings." Fast forward just 3 months from the time of our release and the stock has lived up to our title, returning investors over 100% so far.

  • [By John Udovich]

    Small cap stocks FXCM Inc (NYSE: FXCM), Gain Capital Holdings Inc (NYSE: GCAP) and up and coming Indo Global Exchanges PteLtd (OTCMKTS: IGEX) all offer online trading platforms to retail or institutional traders and investors. Certainly if you have found yourself trading more lately or if markets become more volatile, trading platforms are going to be the big winners. With that in mind, here is a close look at these three small cap trading platform stocks: 

Top 5 Asian Stocks To Watch For 2015: Qlik Technologies Inc.(QLIK)

Qlik Technologies Inc. engages in the development, commercialization, and implementation of software products and related services for user-driven business intelligence that enables customers to make business decisions primarily in the Americas, Europe, the Asia-Pacific region, and Africa. It provides QlikView Business Discovery platform, which helps people create and share insights and analysis in groups and across organizations. Business users can explore data, ask and answer their own stream of questions, and follow their own path to insight on their own and in teams and groups. The company also offers maintenance and professional services. It sells its products to a range of industry verticals, including consumer packaged goods, financial services, pharmaceuticals, retail, manufacturing, technology, and healthcare through its direct sales force, as well as through an indirect channel partners comprising distribution partners, value-added resellers, system integrators, and original equipment manufacturers to license and support its software platform. The company was founded in 1993 and is headquartered in Radnor, Pennsylvania.


Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    Qlik Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ: QLIK) is a favorite at Baird and was recently upgraded to buy at Jefferies. The company engages in the development, commercialization and implementation of software products and related services for user-driven business intelligence that enables customers to make business decisions primarily in the Americas, Europe, the Asia-Pacific region and Africa. It provides the QlikView Business Discovery platform, which helps people create and share insights and analysis in groups and across organizations. Its strength in business analytics and financial services may bode well after the IBM issues. The Baird price target for the stock is $33, and the consensus number is at $32.27. The stock closed Wednesday at $28.60.

  • [By John Udovich]

    Yesterday, small cap business intelligence stock MicroStrategy Incorporated (NASDAQ: MSTR) surged 18.44% after reporting better-than-expected third quarter earnings – meaning it might be a good idea to take a closer look at it along with small cap peers Actuate Corporation (NASDAQ: BIRT) and Qlik Technologies Inc (NASDAQ: QLIK) to see what they might offer small cap investors. After all, everyone is being inundated with huge amounts of data from multiple sources, but its the following small cap stocks that provide software platforms to help customers try to make sense of it all: 

  • [By Lauren Pollock]

    Qlik Technologies Inc.’s(QLIK) third-quarter earnings soared due to a tax benefit, but higher costs more than offset revenue growth. Shares dropped as revenue missed expectations and the company’s outlook for the current quarter was short of analysts’ estimates.

  • [By Brian Pacampara]

    What: Shares of business software specialist Qlik Technologies (NASDAQ: QLIK  ) climbed 13% today after its quarterly results and outlook easily topped Wall Street expectations.

Top 5 Asian Stocks To Watch For 2015: Skyline Corporation(SKY)


Skyline Corporation and its subsidiaries engage in designing, producing, and marketing manufactured houses, modular homes, and towable recreational vehicles to independent dealers and manufactured housing communities in the United States and Canada. The company?s manufactured homes include two to four bedrooms, kitchen, dining area, living room, one or two bathrooms, kitchen appliances, and central heating and cooling, as well as exterior dormers and windows, interior or exterior accent columns, fireplaces, and whirlpool tubs. Its towable recreational vehicles comprise travel trailers and fifth wheels offered under the Aljo, Bobcat, Koala, Layton, Mountain View, Nomad, Texan, Wagoneer, Walkabout, and Weekender brands; and park models under the Cedar Cove, Cutlass, Cutlass Elite, Deerfield, Forest Brook, Shore Park Homes, and Vacation Villa brands, which consists of sleeping, kitchen, dining, and bath areas. The company markets its manufactured and modular housing to subur ban and rural areas of the continental United States and Canada. Skyline Corporation markets its recreational vehicles to vacationing families, traveling retired couples, and sports enthusiasts pursuing four-season hobbies. The company was founded in 1951 and is headquartered in Elkhart, Indiana.


Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By John Udovich]

    The CEO of recreation vehicle (RV) stock Winnebago Industries, Inc (NYSE: WGO) recently appeared on CNBC to say that the economy is improving for RV makers, meaning its time to take a closer look at the stock plus take a look at the performance of other small cap RV stocks like Drew Industries, Inc (NYSE: DW), Skyline Corporation (NYSEMKT: SKY) and Thor Industries, Inc (NYSE: THO).

  • [By Holly LaFon] rch 12, Third Avenue Management sold 55.7% of its stake in Skyline Corp. for a total value of $3,394,689. It now has 361,805 shares, or 4.31% of the company.

    Third Avenue incurred a loss on Skyline. The firm has had the stock since before the second quarter of 2009 after it had been sliding for several years. That quarter, Third Avenue bought it for roughly $20 per share. Since 2009 its stock price has declined 60% and the firm has been mostly selling its shares since then. The stock closed at $7.98 per share on Friday.

    Third Avenue Management was founded by legendary value investor Martin Whitman and manages mutual funds, separate accounts and hedge funds. Third Avenue managers believe that the current balance sheet rather than projected future figures are the best measure of a company’s value. Companies they invest in are also usually cheap and safe.

    Skyline makes manufactured housing and recreational vehicles. Its revenue per share has been declining at a rate of 13.2% over the last 10 years, and 23.2% in the last 5 years. The company has been operating at a loss since 2008, and EBITDA and free cash flow has been negative since 2007.

    NWQ Managers and PrivateBancorp (PVTB) Bob Evans Farms (BOBE)

    On February 29, NWQ reduced its stake in PrivateBancorp (PVTB) by 28.48%. At $14.50 per share, the total value of the sale was $18.8 million. It now owns 3,253,454 shares or 4.49% of the company. NWQ initiated its holding in PrivateBancorp in the fourth quarter of 2009 with 4,334,692 shares at an average price of $12.15. It sold shares as the price rose during 2010, and added 2,008,454 shares in the third quarter of 2011 when its price dropped to an average of $10 per share. On Friday, the stock is trading near $15 per share.

    PrivateBancorp is a small, regional bank based in Chicago. After its stock fell to a 52-week low of $6.44 in late 2011, its 2011 fourth-quarter and full-year results helped push it up 38% to $15 in 2012. Afte