Faced with the prospects of slowing revenues and declining profits for the foreseeable future, defense contractor Northrop Grumman (NYSE: NOC ) has announced a plan to boost its earnings — by buying back its own stock. But Northrop’s hardly the only defense contractor facing a tough spending environment. And this gets an investor to wondering: Could Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT ) stock be next in line for a big buyback?
Where Northrop leads …
Northrop recently upped its planned share repurchase program to $5 billion, effectively assuring investors that even if its earnings as a company should decline, it can still make its earnings per share grow.
How? Well, assume that Northrop earns (hypothetically) $1 million and divides this profit among (still hypothetically) 1 million shares. This results in $1 profit for each Northrop share outstanding. But if you shrink the share count to 750,000 — on the same $1 million firm-wide profit — then each remaining share owns $1.33 of the profits. Presto, change-o — Northrop produces 33% profits growth!
Top 5 Defensive Companies To Own For 2015: General Finance Corporation (GFN)
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- [By Lisa Levin]
General Finance (NASDAQ: GFN) shares touched a new 52-week high of $8.12 after DA Davidson lifted the price target on the stock from $8 to $11.
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Top 5 Defensive Companies To Own For 2015: TomTom NV (OEM)
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- [By victorselva]
In a macro view, revenues in the electronic equipment and instrument sub-industry will remain strong due to the rise in equipment and instrument manufacturers. Distributors, electronic manufacturing service (EMS) companies and original equipment manufacturers (OEM) are going to increase orders as the economy improves in the future. With this promising outlook, let’s take a look at Gabelli´s last trade and try to explain to investors the reasons of this appealing investment opportunity.
Top 5 Defensive Companies To Own For 2015: National Fuel Gas Company(NFG)
National Fuel Gas Company, through its subsidiaries, operates as a diversified energy company primarily in the United States. The company operates through four segments: Utility, Pipeline and Storage, Exploration and Production, and Energy Marketing. The Utility segment sells natural gas or provides natural gas transportation services to approximately 727,000 customers in Buffalo, Niagara Falls, and Jamestown, New York; and Erie and Sharon, Pennsylvania. The Pipeline and Storage segment provides interstate natural gas transportation and storage services for affiliated and nonaffiliated companies through an integrated gas pipeline system; and 27 underground natural gas storage fields, as well as 4 other underground natural gas storage fields owned and operated jointly with other interstate gas pipeline companies. This segment also transports natural gas for industrial customers and power producers in New York State. It owns the Empire Pipeline, a 157-mile pipeline; and the Empire Connector, which is a 76-mile pipeline extension. The Exploration and Production segment engages in the exploration for, and the development and purchase of natural gas and oil reserves in California, in the Appalachian region of the United States, and in the Gulf Coast region of Texas and Louisiana. As of September 30, 2009, this segment had proved developed and undeveloped reserves of 46,587 thousand barrels of oil and 248,954 million cubic feet equivalent of natural gas. The Energy Marketing segment markets natural gas to industrial, wholesale, commercial, public authority, and residential customers primarily in western and central New York and northwestern Pennsylvania. The company also develops and operates mid-range independent power production and landfill gas electric generation facilities. National Fuel Gas Company was founded in 1902 and is based in Williamsville, New York.
- [By David Dittman]
Question: I note that National Fuel Gas Co (NYSE: NFG) is usually only rated a “hold.” Yet it’s been very consistent with paying dividends–including during the ’29 crash and depression that followed.
- [By Jake L’Ecuyer]
Utilities sector was the leading decliner in the US market today. Among the sector stocks, Companhia de Saneamento Basico do Estado de Sao Paulo (NYSE: SBS) was down more than 5.3 percent, while National Fuel Gas Company (NYSE: NFG) tumbled around 2.8 percent.
- [By Jake L’Ecuyer]
Utilities sector was the leading decliner in the US market today. Among the sector stocks, Companhia de Saneamento Basico do Estado de Sao Paulo (NYSE: SBS) was down more than 3.5 percent, while National Fuel Gas Company (NYSE: NFG) tumbled around 2.6 percent.
Top 5 Defensive Companies To Own For 2015: Qihoo 360 Technology Co. Ltd.(QIHU)
Qihoo 360 Technology Co. Ltd. provides Internet and mobile security products in the People’s Republic of China. Its principal products include 360 Safe Guard, an Internet security product for Internet security and system optimization; 360 Anti-Virus, an anti-virus application to protect users? computers against trojan horses, viruses, worms, adware, and other forms of malware; and 360 Mobile Safe, a security program for the Google Android, Apple iOS, and Nokia Symbian smartphone operating systems. The company?s platform products comprise 360 Safe Browser, a Web browser; 360 Personal Start-up Page, a default homepage of 360 Safe Browser and a key access point to popular and preferred information and applications; 360 Application Store, a key access point to securely obtain and manage software and applications; and 360 Safebox, a solution that protects users against thefts of personal account information. It also provides online advertising services, including online marketi ng services and search referral services; and Internet value-added services comprising the operation of Web games developed by third-parties, remote technical support, and cloud-based services. The company was formerly known as Qihoo Technology Company Limited and changed its name to Qihoo 360 Technology Co. Ltd. in December 2010. Qihoo 360 Technology Co. was founded in 2005 and is based in Beijing, the People?s Republic of China.
- [By Adam Levy]
Chinese Internet stocks have taken a beating over the last couple months. Shares of Baidu (NASDAQ: BIDU ) and Qihoo 360 (NYSE: QIHU ) have fallen about 14% and 30% from their 52-week highs, respectively. At these prices, both stocks appear attractive.
- [By Kevin Cook , Zacks Investment Research]
The Chinese have made it clear they like to build their own dominant companies in key industries, like the Internet for instance. For this reason, hedge fund manager John Burbank of Passport Capital has major investments in Baidu (BIDU), Qihoo 360 (QIHU), which specializes in Internet security, search, and mobile apps, and SouFun (SFUN) which he calls the “Zillow of China.”
- [By Louis Navellier]
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- [By Jim Jubak]
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Top 5 Defensive Companies To Own For 2015: SK Telecom Corporation Ltd.(SKM)
SK Telecom Co., Ltd. provides wireless telecommunications services using code division multiple access (CDMA) and wide-band CDMA technologies. It offers cellular voice services, such as wireless voice transmission services; and wireless global roaming services. The company also provides wireless data transmission services, such as wireless Internet access services, which allow subscribers to access online digital contents and services, as well as to send and receive text and multimedia messages. In addition, it offers broadband Internet and fixed-line telephone services, such as video-on-demand and IP TV services; and local, domestic, and international long-distance fixed-line telephone services to residential and commercial subscribers. Further, the company provides wireless entertainment-related contents and services, wireless finance-related contents and m-commerce services, and wireless news and search services; and international calling services, such as direct-dial, pre and post paid card calling services, bundled services for corporate customers, voice services using Internet protocol, Web-to-phone services, and data services. Additionally, it offers satellite digital media broadcasting services; telematics services; and fixed-line and online community portal services. The company also operates 11th Street, an online shopping mall; and T Store, an online open marketplace for mobile applications. As of March 31, 2011, SK Telecom Co. had 26 million wireless subscribers. It has strategic alliances with Bridge Alliance; Orange SA; Telecom Italia Mobile S.p.A.; T-Mobile International AG & Co; and Teliasonera Mobile Networks AB. The company was formerly known as Korea Mobile Telecommunications Co., Ltd. and changed its name to SK Telecom Co., Ltd. in March 1997. SK Telecom Co., Ltd. was founded in 1984 and is based in Seoul, South Korea.
- [By Chris Neiger]
SK Telecom (NYSE: SKM ) launched the world’s first 4G LTE-Advanced network in South Korea today, providing the fastest available data speeds for the same price as 4G LTE.