Top 5 Healthcare Equipment Companies To Invest In 2015

Heckmann (NYSE: HEK  ) isn’t Heckmann anymore.

Late last week, the fracking fluids specialist announced that as a result of a positive vote of its shareholders at the recent annual meeting, henceforth, the company shall be known as Nuverra Environmental Solutions, So on the plus side, investors looking for news about Heckmann no longer have to remember “is it one ‘n’ or two in “Heckmann?” On the other hand, they’ll now need to ask “is it one ‘r’ or two in Nuverra?”

The new name is said to be derived from “references to ‘new,’ ‘green,’ ‘earth,’ and ‘time.'” The company continued: “Nuverra reflects the broader focus of the Company’s united operating units and a fundamental dedication to supporting sustainable energy generation and American energy independence.”

Top 5 Healthcare Equipment Companies To Invest In 2015: Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd.(GILT)

Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd. provides Internet Protocol (IP) based digital satellite communication and networking products and services worldwide. The company engages in the design, production, and marketing of very small aperture terminals (VSATs) and related VSAT network equipment, such as power amplifiers and low-profile antennas. Its VSAT products include SkyEdge and SkyEdge II products that deliver broadband connectivity, such as Internet, voice, data, and video services. The company also provides Spacenet managed network communications services through satellite networks and hybrid satellite terrestrial networks; and Wavestream solid state power amplifiers to system integrators that serve various defense and homeland security agencies. It also offers SkyAbis solution that provides cellular backhaul for rural communications; Connexstar networks that are standardized commercial grade satellite services; and StarBand satellite Internet services, which are geared for sm all office and residential users. In addition, the company provides various solutions, including project management, network design, deployment logistics, implementation and integration, operational services, and maintenance and support. It sells its products primarily to communication service providers and operators that use VSATs to serve enterprise, government, and residential users, as well as directly to end-users. Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd. was founded in 1987 and is headquartered in Petah Tikva, Israel.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By James Miller Phd]

    The company has a current ratio of 13.05% which is higher than the one registered by Charter Communications Inc. (CHTR), Digital Globe Inc. (DGI), EchoStar Corp (SATS), Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd. (GILT) and Intelsat SA (I).

Top 5 Healthcare Equipment Companies To Invest In 2015: Corinthian Colleges Inc (COCO)

Corinthian Colleges, Inc., incorporated on July 24, 1996, is a post-secondary education company in the United States and Canada. As of June 30, 2013, the Company had a student enrollment of 81,284 and operated 97 schools in 25 states, and 14 schools in the province of Ontario, Canada. It offers a variety of diploma programs and associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees. The Company’s training program areas include healthcare, criminal justice, business, mechanical, trades, and information technology. The Company’s diploma curricula includes medical assisting, medical insurance billing and coding, massage therapy, dental assisting, pharmacy technician, medical administrative assisting, surgical technology, automotive and diesel technology, heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC), plumbing, electrical, and licensed practical nursing. Its core degree curriculum includes business administration, accounting, paralegal, criminal justice, medical assisting, and reg istered nursing.

Diploma programs are generally designed to have duration of approximately 8-12 months, depending on the course of study. Associate degree programs are generally designed to have duration of approximately 24-28 months, bachelor’s degree programs are generally designed to have duration of approximately 48 months and master’s degree programs are generally designed to have duration of approximately 21 months. As of June 30, 2013, approximately 39% of its students were enrolled in diploma programs, approximately 55% of students were enrolled in associate programs, approximately 5% of students were in bachelor’s programs and approximately 1% of students were in master’s programs.

The Company’s career services departments assist students in preparing resumes, help them to develop a professional demeanor and other soft skills that are important in the workplace, conduct practice interview sessions, and identify prospective employers for graduates. At the Company’s Everest locations in Florida, ! Phoenix, AZ, Mesa, AZ, Springfield, MO and Ontario Metro, CA, some of its associate degree programs also articulate into a bachelor’s degree in the same course of study. Master’s degrees are also offered at Everest Florida in business administration and criminal justice. As of June 30, 2013, 94 out of 111 schools were operating under the Everest brand, five schools were operating under the WyoTech brand, and 12 schools were operating under the Heald brand.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Tom Bemis]

    For-profit education companies such as Apollo have come under increased scrutiny in recent years. Last week Corinthian Colleges (COCO)   said it will sell 85 campuses and wind down 12 other schools, in the wake of legal and financial troubles.


    AP/Tim Sharp There were plenty of winners and losers this week, with the leading online retailer introducing a smartphone and a former gold mine of a for-profit educator warning that it may have to drop out of school. Here’s a rundown of the week’s best and worst in the business world. YouTube — Loser Billboard is reporting that Google’s (GOOG) popular video-sharing website may be about to pull videos from a raft of indie bands. We’re not talking about pirated tracks that were uploaded to the site illegally. These are the videos posted by legitimately by the musicians and their labels — and they account for 10 percent of the music that YouTube has rights to feature. Seems that YouTube is getting ready to finally introduce a music subscription service, and if it hasn’t been able to strike a music streaming deal with an artist, it doesn’t want to give folks an incentive to sidestep its brand-new premium platform and just stream tracks for free off the site. This could get hairy: The list of indie artists at risk includes some biggies like Adele, Arctic Monkeys, and Vampire Weekend. (AMZN) — Winner As expected, Amazon dove headfirst into the smartphone market on Wednesday with the debut of the Fire smartphone. The leading online retailer’s hoping to raise the bar with features including unlimited photo storage, Firefly media identification, Mayday video support, and Dynamic Perspective that uses four cameras to provide a cutting-edge display that adapts to where the viewer’s face is at any time. As a cherry on top, Amazon is offering Fire buyers 12 months of Amazon Prime for a limited time. Folks already paying for Prime — and there are now tens of millions of them — will get 12 months tacked on to their current memberships. That’s a $99 value, making the device more affordable (and considering that Amazon priced it at about what an iPhone 5s goes for, some form of discount is a wise idea), but it also connects the owner directly into Amazon

Top 5 Healthcare Equipment Companies To Invest In 2015: Ashford Hospitality Trust Inc (AHT)

Ashford Hospitality Trust, Inc. is a publicly owned real estate investment trust. The firm engages in investment and management of properties in the hospitality industry. It invests in the real estate markets of the United States. The firm primarily invests in hotels with a focus on the ownership of upper-upscale and upscale full-service and select service hotels in primary, secondary and resort markets. It also invests in mid-scale and luxury hotels. The firm invests across all segments and at all levels of the capital structure, including direct hotel investments, first mortgages, mezzanine loans, construction loans, and sale-leaseback transactions. It primarily concentrates among Marriott, Hilton, Hyatt, and Starwood brands. Ashford Hospitality Trust, Inc. was founded in 1968 and is based in Dallas, Texas.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lawrence Meyers]

    A classic example was the preferred shares of Ashford Hospitality Trust (AHT) during the financial crisis. The D series, for example, fell under $7. An astute investor would have recognized the company was in far better shape than its peers, bought the preferred stocks at that price and seen a huge capital gain appreciation.

  • [By Jake L’Ecuyer]

    Ashford Hospitality Trust (NYSE: AHT) was down, falling 5.80 percent to $10.55 after the company priced 7.5 million shares at $10.70 per share.

    In commodity news, oil traded up 0.01 percent to $102.57, while gold traded down 0.48 percent to $1,302.80.

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Ashford Hospitality Trust (NYSE: AHT) shares declined 5.45% to $10.59 after the company priced 7.5 million shares at $10.70 per share.

    Walter Energy (NYSE: WLT) fell 4.55% to $7.97 after UBS downgraded the stock from Neutral to Sell.

Top 5 Healthcare Equipment Companies To Invest In 2015: Albany Molecular Research Inc.(AMRI)

Albany Molecular Research, Inc. provides contract services to various pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies primarily in the United States, Europe, and Asia. The company offers a range of drug discovery services, including assay development and design, screening, screening library, natural product, medicinal chemistry, computer-aided drug discovery, in vitro ADMET, and bioanalytical services. It also provides chemical development services consisting of process research and development, custom synthesis, process safety assessment, scale-up capabilities, high potency and controlled substances, analytical services, preformulation services and physical characterization, preparative chromatography, IND support services, fermentation development and optimization, and building blocks collection and database services. In addition, the company offers chemical synthesis and manufacturing services. It manufactures active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs)and advanced intermediate s. Further, the company provides contract manufacturing services in sterile syringe and vial filling for small molecule drug products and biologicals. Additionally, it offers formulation services, including neat API or pharmaceutical blend in capsules; PIB for solution and suspension; blending and sieving; milling; tableting; rheology; roller compaction; wet granulation; and fluid bed processing, including wurster coating; and associated analytical testing services for dosage formulation products, as well as provides analytical services, such as impurity identification and structure elucidation; method development, qualification, and validation; preformulation and physical characterization; quality control; stability services; analytical and preparative supercritical fluid chromatography; preparative chromatography; good laboratory practices bioanalytical services; and regulatory support/quality assurance services. The company was founded in 1991 and is based in Albany, New York.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By GuruFocus]

    George Soros (Trades, Portfolio) just reported his first quarter portfolio. He buys Citrix Systems Inc, Baker Hughes Inc, Comcast Corp, Spansion Inc, etc during the 3-months ended 03/31/2014, according to the most recent filings of his investment company, Soros Fund Management LLC. As of 03/31/2014, Soros Fund Management LLC owns 305 stocks with a total value of $10.1 billion. These are the details of the buys and sells.New Purchases: BHI, CODE, CTRP, CLI, AVB, COMM, CNQ, AGO, AUY, ATML, ASH, BXMT, CSTM, AEM, CMA, ARE, CHKP, AUQ, BEAV, CX, ADSK, AALCP, BLK, AIG, BIIB, ADEP, AMRI, ARWR, ATHX, BALT, BCRX, BEAT, CFX, CLFD, CUR, CODE,Added Positions: CTXS, CMCSA, CNP, ALTR, BRCD, CBS, CRM, CHTR, CCJ, CIEN, BIDU, ALLE, ABT, CDNS, ACT,Reduced Positions: AAPL, CCI, AMT, ABBV, AAL, BITA, AL, ANGI, ARIA, CBST, BA, BIRT, EXAR,Sold Out: C, BAC, CRI, AMZN, AGN, CF, BRCM, COTY, BMY, AMCX, CAR, A, ADBE, AFL,For the details of George Soros (Trades, Portfolio)’s stock buys and sells, go to is the sector weightings of his portfolio:Technology18.9%Energy14%Healthcare8.3%Consumer Defensive8.2%Communication Services8.1%Consumer Cyclical5.4%Industrials5.1%Basic Materials4.9%Financial Services2.5%Real Estate1.9%Utilities0.5%These are the top 5 holdings of George Soros (Trades, Portfolio)1. Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd (TEVA) – 10,310,041 shares, 5.4% of the total portfolio. Shares added by 10.67%2. Herbalife Ltd (HLF) – 4,901,337 shares, 2.8% of the total portfolio. Shares added by 52.9%3. EQT Corp (EQT) – 2,573,814 shares, 2.5% of the total portfolio. Shares added by 3.27%4. Adecoagro SA (AGRO) – 25,915,076 shares, 2.1% of the total portfolio.5. Halliburton Co (HAL) – 3,596,353 shares, 2.1% of the total portfolio. Shares reduced by 20.73%New Purchase: Baker Hughes Inc (BHI)George Soros (Trades, Portfolio) initiated holdings in Baker Hughes Inc. His purchase prices were between $51.82 and $65.2 7, with an estimated

  • [By Jake L’Ecuyer]

    Leading and Lagging Sectors
    Healthcare stocks gained Wednesday, with Senomyx (NASDAQ: SNMX) leading advancers after the company announced a research agreement with PepsiCo (NYSE: PEP). Among the leading sector stocks, gains came from Pernix Therapeutics Holdings (NASDAQ: PTX), Albany Molecular Research (NASDAQ: AMRI) and Gentiva Health Services (NASDAQ: GTIV).

  • [By Jake L’Ecuyer]

    Among the sector stocks, Albany Molecular Research (NASDAQ: AMRI) was down more than 13 percent, while Sangamo Biosciences (NASDAQ: SGMO) tumbled around 6 percent.

Top 5 Healthcare Equipment Companies To Invest In 2015: Layne Christensen Company(LAYN)

Layne Christensen Company provides drilling, water treatment, and construction services, and related products to water infrastructure and mineral exploration markets. The company?s Water Infrastructure division offers a range of water-related products and services, including soil stabilization, hydrological studies, well design, drilling and development, pump installation, sewer rehabilitation, pipeline construction, and well rehabilitation services; and environmental drilling services to assist in assessing, investigating, monitoring, and characterizing water quality and aquifer parameters. This division also provides water treatment equipment engineering services; systems for the treatment of regulated and nuisance contaminants, such as iron, manganese, hydrogen sulfide, arsenic, radium, nitrate, perchlorate, and volatile organic compounds; wastewater pipeline and structure rehabilitation services; and geotechnical construction services to the heavy civil, industrial, a nd commercial construction markets, as well as designs and constructs water and wastewater treatment plants, and pipeline installations. Its Mineral Exploration division offers exploratory and definitional drilling services for the global mineral exploration industry. The company?s Energy division involves in the acquisition, exploration, development, and production of oil and natural gas primarily in the Midwestern United States. As of January 31, 2011, Layne Christensen Company had approximately 244,000 gross acres under lease and 643 gross producing wells. It also provides energy services. The company offers its services to municipalities, investor-owned water utilities, industrial and mining companies, consulting engineering firms, heavy civil construction contractors, oil and gas companies, and agribusiness. It has operations in North America, Africa, Australia, Europe, and Brazil. Layne Christensen Company was founded in 1981 and is headquartered in Mission Woods, Kan sas.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Sue Chang]

    Layne Christensen (LAYN)  is projected to post a loss of 36 cents a share, according to a consensus survey by FactSet. Underperformance of the company’s minerals business is expected to cap the stock’s upside, according to analyst Gerard Sweeney at Boenning & Scattergood. He estimates the stock’s fair value for 2014 to be $16 to $17. Layne Christensen shares closed up 4.6% to $15.21 on Friday.

  • [By Damian Illia]

    On Dec. 9, Mario Gabelli added Layne Christensen Company (LAYN). Layne is a water management, construction and drilling company. The company has five segments: Water Resources Division, Inliner Division, Heavy Civil Division, Geoconstruction Division and Mineral Exploration Division.

  • [By George Putnam]

    Over its 130-year history Layne Christensen (LAYN) has evolved from a domestic water company into a global provider of services to the water infrastructure, mining, and oil and gas industries; its clients include both governmental and private entities.

  • [By Seth Jayson]

    Calling all cash flows
    When you are trying to buy the market’s best stocks, it’s worth checking up on your companies’ free cash flow once a quarter or so, to see whether it bears any relationship to the net income in the headlines. That’s what we do with this series. Today, we’re checking in on Layne Christensen (Nasdaq: LAYN  ) , whose recent revenue and earnings are plotted below.