Top 5 Consumer Service Companies To Buy Right Now

Two weeks after three-dimensional printing pioneer Stratasys (NASDAQ: SSYS  ) confirmed that it is buying smaller rival MakerBot in a $400 million deal, the company’s new subsidiary is already cleaning house in preparation to receive its new owner.

On Monday, MakerBot announced that it has promoted Chief Strategy Officer Jennifer Lawton to the position of company president — a move the company confirmed is “in conjunction with the acquisition announcement by MakerBot and Stratasys on June 19, 2013.”

In making the announcement, MakerBot CEO and co-founder Bre Pettis called Lawton his “right hand,” noting that “without Jenny we wouldn’t be where we are today.” Going forward, Lawton will be in charge of first overseeing the integration into Stratasys, and then “growing the company and managing a six-member leadership team managing products, sales, marketing, technology, finance, and manufacturing operations.”

MakerBot says that after the acquisition is complete, it will continue to be run as an independent brand of Stratasys. Also, Pettis will continue to run the new Stratasys subsidiary.

Top 5 Consumer Service Companies To Buy Right Now: Chimera Investment Corporation (CIM)

Chimera Investment Corporation operates as a real estate investment trust (REIT) in the United States. The company, through its subsidiaries, invests in residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS), residential mortgage loans, commercial mortgage loans, real estate-related securities, and other asset classes. Its targeted asset classes include agency or non-agency RMBS; prime, jumbo prime, and Alt-A mortgage loans; first or second lien loans secured by multifamily properties, mixed residential or other commercial properties, retail properties, office properties, or industrial properties; and asset-based securities (ABS), including commercial mortgage-backed securities, debt and equity tranches of collateralized debt obligations, and consumer and non-consumer ABS. The company has elected to be treated as a REIT for federal income tax purposes and would not be subject to income tax, if it distributes at least 90% of its REIT taxable income to its share holders. Chimera Inve stment Corporation was founded in 2007 and is based in New York, New York.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By John Maxfield]

    “Nepotism has never been unknown in American banking,” Martin Mayer wrote in The Greatest-Ever Bank Robbery, his 1990 book about the savings-and-loan crisis. While Mayer was referring to American Continental, the notoriously corrupt holding company run into the ground by the infamous Charles Keating in the 1980s, his point rings true today in the case of Annaly Capital Management (NYSE: NLY  ) and its publicly traded portfolio company Chimera Investment (NYSE: CIM  ) .

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    Because of the requirement to pay out the vast majority of their income, REITs often have extremely high dividend payouts. Mortgage REITs ARMOUR Residential (NYSE: ARR  ) and Chimera Investment (NYSE: CIM  ) use leveraged strategies to produce yields well in excess of 10%, while Omega Healthcare (NYSE: OHI  ) and Senior Housing Properties Trust (NYSE: SNH  ) , which specialize in long-term care facilities and other properties catering to older residents, both have yields between 5% and 6%.

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    Berkshire isn’t the only company where book value plays an important role. In the mortgage REIT realm, the value of the investment portfolio for a given mortgage REIT reduced by the REIT’s outstanding debt, sometimes referred to as net asset value rather than book value, gives valuable information about its relative valuation. Industry leader Annaly Capital (NYSE: NLY  ) currently sports a price-to-book ratio of 0.96 based on its most recently provided figures, reflecting in part investor skepticism about whether the REIT’s agency-issued mortgage-backed securities will hold their value once the Federal Reserve stops making extensive bond purchases as part of its quantitative easing program. By contrast, Annaly’s non-agency-issued counterpart, Chimera Investment (NYSE: CIM  ) , sports a price-to-book ratio of nearly 1.1, indicating a significant premium to the REIT’s stated net asset value that could be due to the fact that the Fed hasn’t focused its efforts on the alternative securities that Chimera tends to choose for its portfolio.

  • [By Selena Maranjian]

    Appaloosa Management reduced its stake in companies such as Chimera Investment (NYSE: CIM  ) and Valero Energy (NYSE: VLO  ) . Mortgage REIT Chimera Investment recently yielded 10.9%, but it may become less attractive if Congress cancels favorable tax treatment for REITs. Chimera has taken on more risk than many of its brethren, and has had some trouble filing reports on time. Some still like its prospects, though, while others question its hefty management fees.

Top 5 Consumer Service Companies To Buy Right Now: Premiere Opportunities Group Inc (PPBL)

Premiere Opportunities Group, Inc., formerly Premiere Publishing Group, Inc., incorporated on March 25, 2005, was a magazine publishing company. The Company’s primary objective is to identify an operating company with a view to achieving long-term growth.

The Company had operated principally through two wholly owned subsidiaries Sobe Life LLC and Poker Life LLC. The Company has discontinued all publishing activities. As of December 31, 2011, it had not generated any revenues.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jonathan Yates]

    For investors, there are three reasons to be bullish about luxury item stocks, ranging from well-known brands such as Ralph Lauren (NYSE: RL) and Coach (NYSE: COH), to promising small caps like Premier Opportunities Group (OTC: PPBL).

Top 5 Consumer Service Companies To Buy Right Now: Santa Fe Gold Corp (SFEG)

Santa Fe Gold Corporation (Santa Fe), incorporated in August 1991, is a mining company. As of June 30, 2012, the Company had four projects: its Summit silver-gold and Ortiz gold projects located in New Mexico, and its Black Canyon mica and Planet micaceous iron oxide projects located in Arizona. The Company has constructed a mill and are developing an underground mine at its Summit silver-gold project. Santa Fe’s Summit operations in southwestern New Mexico are conducted through its wholly owned subsidiary, The Lordsburg Mining Company. Its mica operations in Arizona are conducted through its wholly owned subsidiary, Azco Mica Inc. Santa Fe’s activity in Mexico is conducted through its wholly owned subsidiary, Minera Sandia, S.A. de C.V.

Summit Silver-Gold Project

The Summit silver-gold project includes the underground Summit silver-gold mine and related property consisting of 117 acres of patented mining claims and 740 acres of unpatented min ing claims in Grant County, southwestern New Mexico, and the Banner mill, including mineral processing equipment consisting of a crushing and screening plant, a ball mill and a 400 ton-per-day flotation plant, and related property consisting of approximately 1,500 acres of wholly owned and leased patented and unpatented mining claims, located approximately 57 miles south of the Summit mine near Lordsburg, Hidalgo County, New Mexico. It owns and operates the Summit project under the Lordsburg Mining Company, a wholly-owned subsidiary. The Summit silver-gold property is located in Grant County, southwestern New Mexico, near the Arizona state line. The Banner mill site lies 57 miles to the south of the Summit property near the town of Lordsburg, Hidalgo County, New Mexico.

Santa Fe’s holdings at the Summit silver-gold property in Grant County, New Mexico consist of 10 patented federal mining claims totaling approximately 117 acres and 62 unpatented federal mining claims totaling approximately 740 acres. Its holdings at an! d adjacent to the Banner mill site in Hidalgo County, New Mexico consists of 86 wholly owned patented federal mining claims, 16 wholly owned unpatented mining claims, 17 leased patented mining claims and 6 leased unpatented mining claims, aggregating approximately 1,500 acres. All wholly owned claims are held in the name of Lordsburg Mining.

Ortiz Gold Project

The Ortiz Mine Grant, over which the Company holds a lease on the mineral estate underlying 42,297 acres (66 square miles) of segregated surface estate, is located 30 miles by road northeast of Albuquerque, Santa Fe County, New Mexico.

The Ortiz Mine Grant is underlain by mid-Tertiary monzonite and latite porphyry stocks, plugs, dikes and sills that have intruded Paleozoic to early-Tertiary sedimentary rocks. The intrusive rocks are part of the Ortiz Porphyry Belt, which comprises from north to south, the Cerrillos Hills, the Ortiz Mountains, the San Pedro Mountains, and South Mou ntain.

Black Canyon Mica Project

The Black Canyon mine is located 30 miles north of Phoenix, Arizona, and 3.5 miles west-southwest of Black Canyon City. The Glendale processing plant was located in an industrial area on the west side of Phoenix, Arizona, 47 miles to the south of the mine site. Its property holdings at and around the Black Canyon mine consists of 67 federal unpatented mining claims in Yavapai County, Arizona and nine federal unpatented mill site claims in Maricopa County, Arizona, which in total cover approximately 1,385 acres.

Planet Micaceous Iron Oxide (MIO) Project

The Planet property consists of thirty-one patented mining claims totaling 523 acres located in western Arizona. The Planet property is located in the northwest corner of La Paz County, west central Arizona. The property consists of thirty-one patented mining claims totaling 523 acres, consisting of an area of 3,600 feet wide by 8,000 feet lon g.

Lordsburg Exploration Project

T! he Compan! y in the the Lordsburg (Virginia) Mining District controls approximately 1,500 acres of prospective ground, the majority of which is comprised of patented mining claims that it owns, and the remainder patented and unpatented mining claims that it leases. As of June 30, 2012, the Company had completed an aerial mapping survey covering 30 square miles, carried out data compilation, conducted detailed geologic mapping and sampling, and conducted a geophysical survey.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By CRWE]

    Last Friday, SFEG had shed (-2.31%) down -0.003 at $.127 with 166,050 shares in play at the close (ref. google finance July 19, 2013 – Close), but don’t let this get you down.

    Santa Fe Gold Corporation previously reported it has amended the Mogollon option agreement with Columbus Exploration Corporation (CLX-TSX-V) (formerly Columbus Silver Corporation) under which Santa Fe may earn 100% interest in the Mogollon Project, Catron County, New Mexico. The Mogollon Project encompasses most of the Mogollon district in southwest New Mexico, which has substantial recorded historical production of silver and gold. The project fits Santa Fe’s strategic objective of developing new ore sources to augment ore currently processed though its Lordsburg flotation mill.

  • [By CRWE]

    Today, SFEG has shed (-11.76%) down -0.016 at $.123 with 30,280 shares in play thus far (ref. google finance Delayed: 10:48AM EDT July 16, 2013), but don’t let this get you down.

    Santa Fe Gold Corporation previously reported it has amended the Mogollon option agreement with Columbus Exploration Corporation (CLX-TSX-V) (formerly Columbus Silver Corporation) under which Santa Fe may earn 100% interest in the Mogollon Project, Catron County, New Mexico. The Mogollon Project encompasses most of the Mogollon district in southwest New Mexico, which has substantial recorded historical production of silver and gold. The project fits Santa Fe’s strategic objective of developing new ore sources to augment ore currently processed though its Lordsburg flotation mill.

  • [By CRWE]

    Today, SFEG has shed (-0.32%) down -0.001 at $.154 with 50,738 shares in play thus far (ref. google finance Delayed: 11:43AM EDT July 12, 2013), but don’t let this get you down.

    Santa Fe Gold Corporation previously reported it has amended the Mogollon option agreement with Columbus Exploration Corporation (CLX-TSX-V) (formerly Columbus Silver Corporation) under which Santa Fe may earn 100% interest in the Mogollon Project, Catron County, New Mexico. The Mogollon Project encompasses most of the Mogollon district in southwest New Mexico, which has substantial recorded historical production of silver and gold. The project fits Santa Fe’s strategic objective of developing new ore sources to augment ore currently processed though its Lordsburg flotation mill.

  • [By CRWE]

    Today, SFEG surged (+7.35%) up +0.009 at $.130 with 62,550 shares in play thus far (ref. google finance Delayed: 11:32AM EDT July 11, 2013).

    Santa Fe Gold Corporation previously reported its Annual Stockholder Meeting is scheduled to be held at 10:00 a.m. Mountain Time on Tuesday, August 6, 2013, at the Albuquerque Marriott Hotel located at 2101 Louisiana Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87110. Santa Fe Gold Corporation is a gold and silver producer with operations in New Mexico. Its Summit mine achieved commercial production in 2012. Summit produces high value gold-silver concentrates and silica flux products that are sold under contract to domestic and overseas smelters.

Top 5 Consumer Service Companies To Buy Right Now: ZIOPHARM Oncology Inc(ZIOP)

ZIOPHARM Oncology, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company, engages in the development and commercialization of small molecule and synthetic biology approaches to cancer therapies in the United States. The company’s clinical programs include Palifosfamide, a DNA cross-linker, which is in a phase III clinical trial for the treatment of metastatic soft tissue sarcoma in the front-line setting. ZIOPHARM is also developing Palifosfamide in combination with etoposide and carboplatin in phase I clinical trial to determine safety for initiating a pivotal, adaptive phase III trial in front-line. In addition, the company, in partnership with Intrexon Corporation, is developing DNA-based therapeutics (synthetic biology) that include two phase 1 clinical-stage product candidates, both of which are DNA IL-12 to be turned on/off by an oral activator ligand. Further, it is developing Indibulin, an oral tubulin binding agent, which is in Phase 1/2 for metastatic breast cancer; and Darinaparsin , a mitochondrial- and hedgehog-targeted agent that is in a solid tumor phase I study with oral administration and has been developed intravenously for the treatment of relapsed peripheral T-cell lymphoma. The company was founded in 2003 and is headquartered in New York City, New York.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By John Udovich]

    Biotech in general has been one of the market’s hottest sectors this year thanks to plenty of mostly good news along with new IPOs while small cap biotech stocks Delcath Systems (NASDAQ: DCTH), ZIOPHARM Oncology Inc (NASDAQ: ZIOP), Recro Pharma (NASDAQ: REPH), TetraLogic Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: TLOG) and TNI BioTech (OTCMKTS: TNIB) have also produced their share of news this week or in recent weeks. Just consider the following:

  • [By James E. Brumley]

    Cancer drug investors who have been disappointed in recent results from shares of Clovis Oncology Inc. (NASDAQ:CLVS) or Nuvilex Inc. (OTCMKTS:NVLX) lately may want to take a look at ZIOPHARM Oncology Inc. (NASDAQ:ZIOP) as a replacement for either of those first two stocks. CLVS is down about 16% for the week on a less-than-flattering write-up in a Bloomberg publication, and NVLX has moved under a pair of key moving averages this week because, well, for no specific reason, but broadly because the recent wave of compelling news is already losing its potency, with most of that upside already being priced into shares (and then some) before it became official.

  • [By James E. Brumley]

    Back on July 16th, I pointed out ZIOPHARM Oncology Inc. (NASDAQ:ZIOP) was a budding superstar. Though I suggested waiting for the stock to cool off before stepping into it (and it did cool off, by the way), ZIOP has since walked its way above the key line in the sand that was acting like a ceiling then. Though there’s still one more hurdle shares need to clear before being a “must-have” stock, the heavy lifting’s been done.

  • [By James E. Brumley]

    Four months ago, you could barely give your shares of ZIOPHARM Oncology Inc. (NASDAQ:ZIOP) away. The company announced s on Tuesday, March 26th, that its sarcoma drug Palifosfamide had failed to meet its Phase 3 goals. Shares of ZIOP plunged from $5.13 to $1.82 in a mere day, and were trading as low as $1.51 a week and a half later.

Top 5 Consumer Service Companies To Buy Right Now: Alon USA Partners LP (ALDW)

Alon USA Partners, LP (Alon USA), incorporated on August 17, 2012, owns and operates refining and petroleum products marketing business. Its integrated downstream business operates primarily in the South Central and Southwestern regions of the United States. It owns and operates a crude oil refinery in Big Spring, Texas with total throughput capacity of approximately 70,000 barrels per day (bpd). The crude oil pipelines the Company utilizes consist of the Amdel, White Oil, Mesa Interconnect, Centurion and Centurion Interconnect. Its Big Spring refinery produces ultra-low sulfur gasoline, ultra-low sulfur diesel, jet fuel, petrochemicals, petrochemical feedstocks, asphalt and other petroleum products.

During the year ended December 31, 2011 and the six months ended June 30, 2012, sour crude, such as West Texas Sour (WTS), represented approximately 80.4% and 80.4% of its throughput, respectively, and sweet crude, such as West Texas Intermediate (WTI), represente d approximately 15.8% and 17.1% of its throughput, respectively. For the year ended December 31, 2011 and the six months ended June 30, 2012, the Company produced approximately 49.1% and 49.2% gasoline, 32.3% and 32.5% diesel/jet fuel, 7.1% and 6.4% asphalt, 6.0% and 6.0% petrochemicals and 5.5% and 5.9% other refined products, in each case, respectively. The Company distributes fuel products through a product pipeline and terminal network of seven pipelines totaling approximately 840 miles and six terminals that it owns or access.

The Company competes with Chevron, ExxonMobil and Shell.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Robert Rapier]

    I warned last week that refiners would report relatively poor earnings for Q3, and refinery MLPs could take a hit, presenting a buying opportunity. On Nov. 6 Alon USA Partners (NYSE: ALDW) reported a loss for the third quarter of $16.1 million, or ($0.26) per unit, compared with net income of $120.4 million for the same period last year. Paul Eisman, CEO and president, cited the deteriorating margins that I discussed in last week’s issue: “Our third quarter results were impacted by a volatile and deteriorating margin environment resulting primarily from decreasing discounts for West Texas crude oil.”

  • [By Robert Rapier] In last week’s issue I discussed the basics of the refining sector. Today I will provide an overview of four MLPs that hold refining assets.

    To review, the refining sector was very profitable in 2012 thanks to unusually high crack spreads, which for many US refiners are approximated by the price differential between Brent and West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude oils. For a more thorough explanation of this phenomenon, please refer to last week’s issue.

    After years of trading at a $1 to $3 per barrel discount to WTI, Brent began fetching a premium a few years ago as a glut of crude developed in the mid-continent area of the US. In 2011 the Brent-WTI price differential increased to more than $25/bbl, and it remained historically high in 2012.

    But pipeline capacity started to catch up this year, and the share prices of refiners retreated as the glut began to dissipate and the Brent-WTI differential shrank. In Q3 2012, the Brent-WTI differential a veraged $17.43/bbl, but by Q3 of this year, the differential had fallen to $4.43/bbl. This promises bad news for refiners about to report Q3 earnings.

    Many analysts downgraded the refining sector in Q3, but as the differential fell below $5/bbl it was hard to imagine that the news could get much worse. With poor Q3 results largely priced in, the differential subsequently rose back above $10/bbl, signaling better refining margins moving into Q4.

    Refiners began to post earnings this past week, and as expected they were weak. Valero (NYSE: VLO) reported slightly higher revenues year-over-year, but net earnings fell more than 50 percent from a year ago. Nevertheless, they beat the extremely pessimistic expectations of analysts, and Valero shares rose on the news.

    Phillips 66’s (NYSE: PSX) refining unit actually posted a loss, but its chemical business turned in a solid quarter which more than compensated for the disappointing refining results.

    T he rest of the refine

  • [By Rick Munarriz]

    Wednesday
    Alon Partners USA (NYSE: ALDW  ) reports on Wednesday. Analysts see the oil refiner earning $1.36 per unit on Wednesday, and that’s welcome news for investors. Alon Partners is set up as a limited partnership, passing on most of the money it makes to its stakeholders.

  • [By Tom Dorsey]

    Over a several day period, I submitted questions and Mr. Eisman, President, Chief Executive Officer and Director of Alon USA Energy Inc. (ALJ) and the parent company of Alon USA Partners LP Inc. (ALDW) responded. He provided some key insights to some challenges the company faces, where the company is going, and the opportunities available in the future. This insight should provide investors with additional information to understand the value of the company and the opportunity as an investor in the company.