Don’t look for the Marlboro Man, himself, to be puffing on electronic cigarettes any time soon. But the company that makes the iconic cigarette brand, Altria Group, said on Wednesday that it plans to expand its MarkTen e-cigarette brand nationally in the second quarter.
The move comes at a time the electronic cigarette market appears ready to explode domestically. Electronic cigarette sales topped $1 billion last year, reports the website StatisticBrain.com. The site estimates that 2.7% of U.S. adults have tried e-cigs and that some 2.5 million U.S. adults are e-cigarette smokers.
Earlier this month, Altria Group also announced that its Nu Mark subsidiary acquired the e-vapor business of Green Smoke for $110 million.
MarkTen was first launched in test markets in Indiana and Arizona late last year by Altria’s NuMark subsidiary.
Top 5 Cheap Stocks To Buy For 2015: Expres s-1 Expedited Solutions Inc.(XPO)
XPO Logistics, Inc. provides third-party logistics services using a network of relationships with ground, sea, and air carriers in the United States, Mexico, and Canada. It operates in three segments: Express-1, Concert Group Logistics, and Bounce Logistics. The Express-1 segment offers ground expedited surface transportation services for freight. It operates a fleet ranging from cargo vans to semi tractor trailer units. The Concert Group Logistics segment provides domestic and international freight forwarding services through a network of independently owned stations. Its domestic freight forwarding services include air charter, expedites, and time sensitive services, as well as cost sensitive services comprising deferred delivery, less than truckload, and full truck load services; and international freight forwarding services consist of on-board courier and air charters, time sensitive services, less-than-container and full-container-loads, and vessel charters. This segm ent also offers documentation on international shipments, customs clearance and banking, trade show shipment management, time definite and customized product distributions, reverse logistics and on site asset recovery projects, installation coordination, freight optimization, and diversity compliance support services. The Bounce Logistics segment provides premium freight brokerage services for truckload shipments. The company serves approximately 4,000 retail, commercial, manufacturing, and industrial customers through 6 U.S. operations centers and 22 agent locations. It offers its services to the automotive manufacturing, automotive components and supplies, commercial printing, durable goods manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, food and consumer products, and high tech sectors. The company was formerly known as Express-1 Expedited Solutions, Inc. and changed its name to XPO Logistics, Inc. in September 2011. XPO Logistics, Inc. was founded in 1989 and is based in Buchanan, Mich i gan.
- [By Jake L’Ecuyer]
XPO Logistics (NYSE: XPO) shot up 7.06 percent to $30.01 after the company announced its plans to acquire Pacer International (NASDAQ: PACR) in a deal valued at $335 million.
- [By Travis Hoium]
What: Shares of XPO Logistics (NYSE: XPO ) jumped 13% today after announcing an acquisition.
So what: The company will pay $365 million for logistics provider 3PD, consisting of $357 million in cash an $8 million in XPO restricted stock. Is will use its own cash and borrow $195 million from Credit Suisse Group for the remainder of the purchase.
Top 5 Cheap Stocks To Buy For 2015: USG Corporation(USG)
USG Corporation, through its subsidiaries, engages in the manufacture and distribution of building materials worldwide. The company offers gypsum and related products, including gypsum wallboard, joint compounds used for finishing wallboard joints, cement boards, glass mat sheathing, gypsum fiber panels, poured gypsum underlayments, ultra light panels, and various construction plaster products. Its gypsum products are used in various building applications to finish the interior walls, ceilings, and floors in residential, commercial, and institutional constructions, and repair and remodel constructions. The company also produces gypsum-based products for agricultural and industrial customers to use in various applications, including soil conditioning, road repair, fireproofing, and ceramics. In addition, it manufactures ceiling grid and acoustical ceiling tile for electrical and mechanical systems, and air distribution and maintenance applications. USG Corporation distribut es its gypsum products through specialty wallboard distributors, building materials dealers, home improvement centers and other retailers, contractors, and a network of distributors. Further, it distributes other manufacturers? gypsum wallboard, joint compound and other gypsum products, as well as drywall metal, insulation, and roofing products and accessories. The company sells its products under SHEETROCK, DUROCK, FIBEROCK, SECUROCK, LEVELROCK, RED TOP, IMPERIAL, DIAMOND, SUPREMO, AURATONE, ACOUSTONE, DONN, DX, FINELINE, CENTRICITEE, CURVATURA, and COMPASSO brands. The company was founded in 1901 and is based in Chicago, Illinois.
- [By Matt Jarzemsky]
While economists attributed some of the downtick to cold and snowy weather, some are wondering if the Federal Reserve’s plan to dial back its stimulus program this year could lead to a rise in interest rates, putting the brakes on the housing recovery. The SPDR S&P Homebuilders exchange-traded fund—which tracks a broad basket of housing-related stocks from builders to Sheetrock maker USG Corp.(USG)—is down about 3.6% year-to-date.
- [By Holly LaFon]
Pimco managing director Mark Kiesel mentions Whirlpool (WHR), Weyerhaeuser (WY), USG (USG), Toll Brothers (TOLL) and KB Home (KBH) as good plays on housing:
- [By Seth Jayson]
USG (NYSE: USG ) reported earnings on April 24. Here are the numbers you need to know.
The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended March 31 (Q1), USG missed estimates on revenues and missed estimates on earnings per share.
Top 5 Cheap Stocks To Buy For 2015: Ford Motor Credit Company(F)
Ford Motor Company primarily develops, manufactures, distributes, and services vehicles and parts worldwide. It operates in two sectors, Automotive and Financial Services. The Automotive sector offers vehicles primarily under the Ford and Lincoln brand names. This sector markets cars, trucks, and parts through retail dealers in North America, and through distributors and dealers outside of North America. It also sells cars and trucks to dealers for sale to fleet customers, including daily rental car companies, commercial fleet customers, leasing companies, and governments. In addition, this sector provides retail customers with a range of after-sale vehicle services and products in the areas, such as maintenance and light repair, heavy repair, collision repair, vehicle accessories, and extended service contracts under the Ford Service, Lincoln Service, Ford Custom Accessories, Ford Extended Service Plan, and Motorcraft brand names. The Financial Services sector offers vari ous automotive financing products to and through automotive dealers. It offers retail financing, which includes retail installment contracts for new and used vehicles; direct financing leases; wholesale financing products that comprise loans to dealers to finance the purchase of vehicle inventory; loans to dealers to finance working capital, purchase real estate dealership, and/or make improvements to dealership facilities; and other financing products, as well as provides insurance services. Ford Motor Company was founded in 1903 and is based in Dearborn, Michigan.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
Last night, Ford Motor (F) revealed a light-weight car that would use aluminum–just like its trucks. Could such a move be a boon for Alcoa (AA)?
Sterne Agee’s Josh Sullivan and team think it could be. They explain why:
Yesterday, after the close, Ford unveiled a lightweight concept vehicle based on a 2013 Ford Fusion sedan…This vehicle is confirmation to our thesis of the automotive industry moving down an aluminum adoption curve beyond expectations. The F-150 broke the ice in January and its
scale is making additional market segments viable. In the last six months this curve has evolved from the large F-150, to General Motors (GM) trucks, to a smaller Wrangler and now potentially sedans…
The light weighting technologies reduce the weight of the Fusion to that of a smaller compact Fiesta, nearly 25% lighter. The success of the aluminum F-150 has shown Ford the potential opportunity to lightweight its entire lineup…
While this is just a concept vehicle it clearly demonstrates the market is testing the smaller vehicle suite for aluminum. Further, given the trajectory of automotive aluminum announcements over the last six months the adoption curve continues to take shape. Therefore, we continue to believe industry estimates for ~1.2 million tons of automotive aluminum sheet usage by ~2025 are very conservative, as well as Alcoa’s $1.3 billion revenue assumption for 2018.
Shares of Alcoa have gained 0.7% to $13.73 at 11:42 a.m. today, while Ford has advanced 1% to $16.71 and General Motors has jumped 3.3% to $36.41.
- [By Peter Graham]
However, Navistar International Corp is also set to lose Ford Motor Company (NYSE: F) as a customer when the latter begins to make 55,600-and-up vehicles itself next year. Navistar International Corp plans to fill in the $400M business loss by chasing high-volume, medium-truck buyers such as big rental companies, municipalities and distributors.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
Shares of General Motors (GM) and Ford Motor (F) driving higher today following the release of robust auto-sales data today.
The Wall Street Journal has the details:
- [By jaggom]
Ford (F) is one of the world’s leading auto makers with strong footprints all over the globe. Ford is seeing tremendous growth in Europe. According to Ford’s head of European operations, demand for new vehicles is strong. This clearly shows Ford’s fantastic PR and the success of its cars.
Top 5 Cheap Stocks To Buy For 2015: Oracle Corporation(ORCL)
Oracle Corporation, an enterprise software company, develops, manufactures, markets, distributes, and services database and middleware software, applications software, and hardware systems worldwide. It licenses of database and middleware software, including database management software, application server software, service-oriented architecture and business process management software, data integration software, business intelligence software, identity and access management software, content management software, portals and user interaction software, development tools, and Java; and applications software comprising enterprise resource planning, customer relationship management, enterprise performance management, supply chain management, business intelligence applications, enterprise portfolio project management, Web commerce, and industry-specific applications software. The company also offers customers with rights to unspecified software product upgrades and maintenance releases; Internet access to technical content; and Internet and telephone access to technical support personnel. In addition, its hardware systems products consist of computer server and hardware-related software, including the Oracle Solaris Operating System; and storage products, such as tape, disk and networking solutions for open systems and mainframe server environments. Its hardware systems support solutions include software updates for the software components. Further, the company offers consulting solutions in business and IT strategy alignment, enterprise architecture planning and design, initial product implementation and integration, and ongoing product enhancements and upgrades; cloud services, including Oracle Cloud Services and Advanced Customer Services; and education solutions comprising instructor-led, media-based, and Internet-based training in the use of its software and hardware products. The company was founded in 1977 and is headquartered in Redwood Ci ty, California.
- [By Tom Taulli]
For the most part, Wall Street has moved away from momentum stocks to value plays like Oracle (ORCL) and Microsoft (MSFT). But now it looks like the valuations for cloud stocks have stabilized somewhat, especially as the sector continues to show growth.
- [By Tom Taulli]
True, CSOD has competition. But most of the players are mega companies like Oracle (ORCL) and IBM (IBM), which are far from nimble. Besides, the company has the advantage of being solely focused on talent management and its platform is available for companies of all sizes.
- [By Dan Caplinger]
On Wednesday, Cisco Systems (NASDAQ: CSCO ) will release its quarterly report, and once again, investors expect that the networking giant will see its revenue drop. So far, Cisco has been able to keep its profits relatively stable despite the declines in sales, but with ongoing competition from IBM (NYSE: IBM ) and Oracle (NYSE: ORCL ) to capture enterprise customers and offer them the widest possible range of products and services — including those related to networking — the question Cisco Systems faces is whether it can sustain its leadership role in networks while expanding to serve a greater portion of its clients’ overall IT needs.
Top 5 Cheap Stocks To Buy For 2015: Global Payments Inc.(GPN)
Global Payments Inc. provides electronic transaction processing services for merchants, independent sales organizations (ISO), financial institutions, government agencies, and multi-national corporations located in the United States, Canada, Europe, and the Asia-Pacific region. It offers a comprehensive line of processing solutions for credit and debit cards; business-to-business purchasing cards; gift cards; and electronic check conversion and check guarantee, verification, and recovery, including electronic check services, as well as terminal management. The company also offers proprietary software products to establish revolving check cashing limits for the casinos? customers in the gaming industry. In addition, it sells, installs, and services automated teller machine and point of sale terminals; and provides card issuing services, including card management and card personalization. The company markets its products directly, as well as through ISOs, retail outlets, tra de associations, alliance bank relationships, and financial institutions. Global Payments Inc. has a joint venture with La Caixa Group to provide merchant acquiring services to merchants in Spain. Global Payments Inc. was founded in 2001 and is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia.
- [By Laura Brodbeck]
Earnings Expected From: Global Payents Inc. (NYSE: GPN), Micron Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: MU), Synnex Corporation (NYSE: SNX) Economic Releases Expected: US services PMI, Canadian imports and exports, US trade balance, eurozone services PMI, ECB interest rate decision, British services PMI
- [By Wallace Witkowski]
Shares of Global Payments Inc. (GPN) advanced 4.8% to $67.50 on moderate volume after the company raised its earnings outlook for the year to a range of $4.03 to $4.10 a share. Analysts were forecasting $4.04 a share.