Top 5 Consumer Companies To Watch For 2014

U.S. stock-index futures were little changed, after the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index fell yesterday from a record, as investors awaited reports on consumer confidence and house prices.

Workday Inc. (WDAY) jumped 9.3 percent in early New York trading after predicting quarterly revenue that surpassed estimates. Ligand Pharmaceuticals Inc. (LGND) advanced 3 percent after the market close yesterday as S&P said the company will replace SHFL Entertainment Inc. in its index tracking smaller companies. Nuance Communications Inc. (NUAN) tumbled 7.5 percent in Germany after forecasting full-year sales that missed analysts’ projections.

Futures on the S&P 500 expiring next month dropped less than 0.1 percent to 1,802 at 7 a.m. in New York. Dow Jones Industrial Average contracts lost 8 points, or less than 0.1 percent, to 16,054.

“The S&P 500 rising to 1,800 is a sign of investor confidence, but also anticipation that earnings growth underpinned by economic growth will follow,” said Manish Singh, who manages $2 billion as head of investments at Crossbridge Capital in London. “The risk to markets moving higher is if that growth expectation doesn’t materialize.”

Top 5 Consumer Companies To Watch For 2014: Neenah Paper Inc. (NP)

Neenah Paper, Inc. produces technical products and fine papers worldwide. The company’s Technical Products segment provides filtration media for applications in automotive transportation; saturated and unsaturated crepe and flat paper tapes to manufacturers; lightweight abrasive paper for waterproof and dry sanding applications; wall covering substrates to converters serving commercial and consumer-do-it-yourself markets; label and tag products to pressure sensitive coaters; latex saturated and coated papers; premask, medical packaging, image transfer, and decorative components papers; and other products, such as clean room papers, durable printing papers, release papers, and furniture backers. Its Fine Paper segment manufactures and sells writing papers used for business and personal stationery, corporate identity packages, and related end-use applications; text and cover papers and envelopes used in corporate brochures, pocket folders, corporate annual reports, advertis ing inserts, direct mail, business cards, hang tags, scrapbooks, and various other uses; custom colors, paper finishes, and duplex/laminated papers; and bright papers used in direct mail, advertising inserts, scrapbooks, and marketing collateral applications. This segment also offers other specialty papers for various applications in wine labels and luxury packaging, as well as specialty paper products for enhanced image, such as translucent and art papers, papers for optical scanning, and other specialized applications. Neenah Paper, Inc. markets its products primarily under the JET-PRO, SofStretch, KIMDURA, MUNISING LP, PREVAIL, NEENAH, GESSNER, varitess, CLASSIC, CLASSIC CREST, ESSE ENVIRONMENT, ROYAL SUNDANCE, ASTROBRIGHTS, EXACT BRIGHTS, CAPITOL BOND, CRANE’S BOND, and CRANE’S LETTRA brands. The company sells its products through authorized paper distributors, converters, and direct sales. Neenah Paper, Inc. was founded in 2004 and is headquartered in Alpharetta, Georg i a.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Tannor Pilatzke]

    Neenah Paper (NP) Spin-off in 2004

    Neenah Paper was named after the Kimberly Clark headquarters in Wisconsin and has two primary operations: technical products business and fine paper business. The Company’s technical products business is a producer of transportation and other filter media and coated substrates for industrial products backings and a variety of other end markets. The Company’s fine paper business is the supplier of writing, text and cover papers, bright papers and specialty papers in North America. The Company’s writing, text, cover and specialty papers are used in commercial printing and imaging applications for corporate identity packages, invitations, personal stationery and corporate annual reports, as well as, labels and packaging.

  • [By Marc Bastow]

    Fine paper manufacturer and distributor Neenah Paper (NP) raised its quarterly dividend 20% to 24 cents per share, payable on Mar. 4 to shareholders of record as of Feb. 14.
    NP Dividend Yield: 2.41%

  • [By Rich Duprey]

    Specialty-paper maker Neenah Paper  (NYSE: NP  )  announced yesterday its third-quarter dividend of $0.20 per share, a 33% increase over the $0.15 per-share payout made last quarter, and comes quickly on the heels of a 25% dividend hike it made with the first-quarter payout.

Top 5 Consumer Companies To Watch For 2014: Nestle SA (NESN.VX)

Nestle SA is a Swiss Company engaged in the nutrition, health and wellness sectors. It is the holding company of the Nestle Group, which comprises subsidiaries, associated companies and joint ventures throughout the world. It has such business units as Food and Beverage, Nestle Waters and Nestle Nutrition. It is also active in the pharmaceutical sector. It divides its products into Powdered and liquid beverages, Water, Milk products and Ice cream, Nutrition, Prepared dishes and cooking aids, Confectionery, PetCare and Pharmaceutical products. In February 2011, the Company acquired CM&D Pharma Ltd.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Michael Calia]

    Post Holdings Inc.(POST) agreed to acquire the PowerBar and Musashi brands from Nestle SA(NESN.VX), further expanding the cereal maker’s position in the active nutrition category.

Top 5 Consumer Companies To Watch For 2014: Parametric Sound Corp (PAMT)

Parametric Sound Corporation (Parametric Sound), incorporated on June 2, 2010, is a technology company focused on delivering audio solutions through its HyperSound (HSS(r)) technology platform, which consists of the practical application of parametric acoustic technology for generating sound along a directional ultrasonic column. In addition to its commercial product business, the Company is targeting its technology for new uses in consumer markets including computers, video gaming, televisions and home audio along with other commercial markets including casino gaming and cinema. The Company is also researching and developing health applications for persons with hearing loss. The Company’s principal markets for its products are North America, Europe and Asia. In October 2012, the Company formed HyperSound Health, Inc. (HHI) as wholly owned subsidiary. In January 2014, Parametric Sound Corp completed its merger with privately-held Turtle Beach.

Its commercial p roduct line, HSS-3000, delivers directed audio solutions to customers primarily for digital signage, point-of-purchase, in-store network and related applications. Its commercial HSS-3000 HyperSound Audio System consists of a HSS-3000 Amplifier and one or more HSS-3000 Emitters. The HSS-3000 Emitter features a 5-inch by 10-inch emitter surface and is separate from the amplifier, offering varied installation options. It offers a variety of supporting installation hardware for customers.

The Company competes with Harmon International Industries, Bose, Klipsch, Polk Audio, Pioneer, Sony, Boston Acoustics, LG, Samsung, Brown Innovations, Inc. Panphonics and Holosonic Research Labs, Inc.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jason Shubnell]

    Leading and Lagging Sectors
    Technology stocks gained Friday, with Parametric Sound (NASDAQ: PAMT) leading advancers after the company provided post merger update and outlook. Among the leading sector stocks, gains came from 21Vianet Group (NASDAQ: VNET), BlackBerry (NASDAQ: BBRY), Canadian Solar (NASDAQ: CSIQ), and Veeco Instruments (NASDAQ: VECO).
    In trading on Friday, utilities shares rose by just 0.06 percent. Among the sector stocks, Exterran Partners LP (NASDAQ: EXLP) was down more than 4.8 percent, while PG&E (NYSE: PCG) tumbled around 3.75 percent.
    Top Headline
    BlackBerry (NASDAQ: BBRY) posted a narrower-than-expected fourth-quarter loss.
    BlackBerry posted a quarterly net loss of $423 million, or $0.80 per share, versus a year-ago profit of $98 million, or $0.19 per share. Its loss from continuing operations came in at $423 million, or $0.80 per share, compared to a year-ago profit of $94 million, or $0.18 per share. BlackBerry’s adjusted loss from continuing operations came in at $0.08 per share.
    Its revenue slipped 64% to $976 million. However, analysts were estimating a loss of $0.56 per share on revenue of $1.17 billion. BlackBerry sold around 3.4 million smartphones in the quarter.
    Equities Trading UP
    Finish Line (NASDAQ: FINL) shares shot up 3.64 percent to $27.44 after the company posted better-than-expected fourth-quarter earnings.

  • [By John Udovich]

    Yesterday after the market closed, small cap audio stock Skullcandy Inc (NASDAQ: SKUL) reported earnings and began rising in after hours trading, meaning its worth taking a closer look at the stock along with the performance of other audio stocks like mid cap Harman International Industries Inc (NYSE: HAR) and small caps Koss Corporation (NASDAQ: KOSS) and Parametric Sound Corp (NASDAQ: PAMT). I should mention that in late 2012, Skullcandy had the dubious distinction of being the market’s most shorted stock (see: Long Live the Shorts or the Short Squeeze? SKUL, AM & UBNT) with short interest of 86.47% and there would still be a lot of shorts out there who might start feeling the squeeze (Note: SKUL is at least no longer on the HighShortInterest.com list)

Top 5 Consumer Companies To Watch For 2014: Whirlpool Corporation(WHR)

Whirlpool Corporation engages in the manufacture and marketing of home appliances worldwide. Its principal products include laundry appliances, refrigerators and freezers, cooking appliances, dishwashers, mixers, and other portable household appliances. The company also produces hermetic compressors for refrigeration systems. It markets and distributes its products under various brand names, including Whirlpool, Maytag, KitchenAid, Jenn-Air, Amana, Roper, Estate, Admiral, Gladiator, Inglis, Acros, Supermatic, Consul, Brastemp, Eslab