Some of the stocks that may grab investor focus today are:
Wall Street expects Fastenal Company (NASDAQ: FAST) to report its Q3 earnings at $0.41 per share on revenue of $862.54 million. Fastenal shares gained 0.88% to $50.42 in after-hours trading.
Yum! Brands (NYSE: YUM) reported a 68% drop in its third-quarter profit and lowered its forecast. Yum! shares tumbled 7.02% to $66.64 in the after-hours trading session.
Analysts expect Family Dollar Stores (NYSE: FDO) to report its Q4 earnings at $0.84 per share on revenue of $2.56 billion. Family Dollar shares declined 0.20% to $69.31 in after-hours trading.
Alcoa (NYSE: AA) reported better-than-expected third-quarter results. Alcoa shares rose 3.02% to $8.18 in the after-hours trading session.
Top 5 Healthcare Equipment Stocks To Invest In 2015: Syntel Inc.(SYNT)
Syntel, Inc. provides information technology (IT) and knowledge process outsourcing (KPO) services worldwide. It operates in four segments: Applications Outsourcing, KPO, e-Business, and TeamSourcing. The Applications Outsourcing segment provides software applications development, maintenance, testing, migration, and infrastructure services. The KPO segment offers a host of outsourced solutions for knowledge and business processes. It focuses on middle and back-office business processes of the transaction cycle in the capital markets, banking, healthcare, and insurance industries. The e-Business segment provides technology services in the areas of architecting, implementing, and maintaining Web solutions, data warehousing/business intelligence, enterprise application integration, business process management, and enterprise resource planning solutions. The TeamSourcing segment offers professional IT consulting services directly to customers on a staff augmentation basis. It s services include systems specification, design, development, implementation, and maintenance of complex IT applications involving computer hardware, software, data, and networking technologies and practices. Syntel, Inc. provides services to a range of companies primarily in the financial services, healthcare and life sciences, insurance, manufacturing, automotive, retail, logistics, and telecom industries. The company was founded in 1980 and is headquartered in Troy, Michigan.
- [By Brian Pacampara]
Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool’s free investing community, IT services specialist Syntel (NASDAQ: SYNT ) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.
Top 5 Healthcare Equipment Stocks To Invest In 2015: PrimeEnergy Corporation(PNRG)
PrimeEnergy Corporation, through its subsidiaries, engages in the acquisition, exploration, development, and production of crude oil and natural gas in the United States. Its principal properties are located in Texas, Oklahoma, West Virginia, the Gulf of Mexico, New Mexico, Colorado, and Louisiana. The company operates 1,600 oil and gas wells, as well as owns non-operating interests in approximately 800 additional wells. It also provides well-servicing support operations, site-preparation, and construction services for oil and gas drilling and reworking operations, as well as contract services for third parties. In addition, the company involves in the acquisition of producing oil and gas properties through joint ventures with industry partners. As of December 31, 2010, it had proved reserves of 101 billion cubic feet of gas equivalent. The company was founded in 1973 and is based in Stamford, Connecticut.
- [By Jake L’Ecuyer]
Leading and Lagging Sectors
Energy shares declined by just 0.08 percent in Monday’s trading. However, top gainers in the sector included PrimeEnergy (NASDAQ: PNRG) and Dresser-Rand Group (NYSE: DRC). In trading on Monday, financial shares were relative laggards, down on the day by about 1.07 percent.
Top 5 Healthcare Equipment Stocks To Invest In 2015: Vitamin Blue Inc (VTMB)
Vitamin Blue, Inc. (Vitamin Blue), incorporated on May 25, 1999, is engaged in designing, manufacturing and distributing surf wear board shorts, t-shirts and fleece jackets) and surfing accessories (surf boards bags, roof rack pad and surf backpacks). The Company focuses on four types of retail outlets: surfboard manufacturers, surf shops, specialty stores and department stores. Vitamin Blue distributes the majority of its products through surfboard manufacturers and surf shops. The primary focus of Vitamin Blue is surf wear and surfing accessories. The Company’s primary distribution focuses on retail outlets in North America (the United States, Canada and Mexico). Vitamin Blue manufactures most of its surfing accessories and all of its surfwear in-house.
The Company’s surfboard manufactures retail outlet generally consists of single shops, where surfboards are designed, manufactured and marketed. It is the source for surfing accessories. This distribution channel focuses on the core surf market. The Company has relationships with manufacturers, such as Hap Jacobs, Bing Surfboards, Bark Boards and Ron House Shapes, Dewey Weber, Stewart Surfboards. Vitamin Blue surfing accessories are sold through this channel.
The Company’s surf shops are generally single to multiple shops located in or near beach cities, focused on the central surf market. It tends to be privately owned. Surf shops also focus on the core surf market and provide an authentic retail source for complete lines of surfwear and surfing accessory products. The Company has relationships with manufacturers, such as Freeline Design (Santa Cruz, California), The Frog House (Newport Beach, California), Infinity Surfboards (Dana Point, California), Legends Surf (Carlsbad, California), Hi-Tech Surf Sports (Maui, Hawaii), Second Wind Sail and Surf (Maui, Hawaii), Hawaiian Island Surf and Sport (Ma ui, Hawaii) Kennedy Surfboards (Woodland Hills, California),! Malibu Surf Shack, (Malibu, California), E.T. Surf (Hermosa Beach, California), Spyder (Hermosa Beach, California), Costa Azul (Laguna Beach, California), Icons of Surf (San Clemente, California), Encinitas Surfboards (Encinitas, California), Nor Easter Surf Shop (Scituate, Massachusetts), Air & Speed Surf Shop (Montauk, New York), Xtreme Surf & Sport (East Northport, New York) and Marsh’s Surf Shop (Atlantic Beach, North Carolina). The complete line of Vitamin Blue products (surfwear and surfing accessories) is distributed through this channel.
The Company’s specialty stores type of retail outlet generally consists of single, regional and nationwide stores, and tends to be located in or near beach or resort communities, shopping centers, and shopping malls. Specialty stores distributing surf products primarily include tourist/vacation shops, sporting good stores (including Sports Chalet, Inc. – SPCHB), and regional and nation al retail stores (including Pacific Sunwear of California-PSUN and Zumiez, Inc.-ZUMZ). Vitamin Blue intends to use this type of retail outlet to distribute its surfwear.
The Company’s department stores type of retail outlet generally has stores located nationwide. It is located in shopping malls, such as Bloomingdale’s, Macy’s, Saks Fifth Avenue and Nordstrom. Vitamin Blue intends to use this type of retail outlet to distribute its surfwear.
Vitamin Blue’s surfing accessories include surfboard travel bags, which offer surfboard protection and can be used daily or for long distance surf trips; surf gear travel bags, which are duffle bags used to carry surfing essentials on surf trips; surf backpacks, which are specially, designed wet bag backpacks for wetsuit storage, and roof-rack pads, which is used on existing car roof racks for surfboard protection and security on daily surf outings.
The Company competes with Quicksilver, Inc., Billabong Intl, Hurley and! Volcom I! nc.
- [By Peter Graham]
Small cap marijuana stocks Smart Ventures Inc (OTCMKTS: SMVR) and Vitamin Blue Inc (OTCMKTS: VTMB) jumped 40.28% and 38.6%, respectively, while hemp stock Astika Holdings Inc (OTCBB: ASKH) fell 13.75% on Friday. Moreover, only one of these small cap stocks seems to have been the subject of a few paid promotions or investor relations types of activities. So will all three of these marijuana or hemp stocks keep producing highs or lows for investors and traders alike? Here is a quick reality check:
- [By Peter Graham]
Small cap stocks Green Endeavors Inc (OTCMKTS: GRNE), Global Links Corporation (OTCMKTS: GLCO) and Vitamin Blue Inc (OTCBB: VTMB) were all making noticeable moves at the end of last week. On Friday, Green Endeavors Inc rose 8.11% and Global Links Corporation rose 13.96% while Vitamin Blue Inc fell 10%. Of course, small cap OTC stocks making large single digit or double digit moves in either direction aren’t all that unusual. Moreover, all of these small caps have been the subject of paid promotions. With that in mind, here is a closer look at all three to help you decide on an investing or trading strategy:
Top 5 Healthcare Equipment Stocks To Invest In 2015: Eaton Vance Tax-Managed Global Diversified Equity Income Fund (EXG)
Eaton Vance Tax-Managed Global Diversified Equity Income Fund (the Fund) is a diversified, closed-end investment company. The Fund was established to offer investors sources of potential tax-advantaged income and gains. The Fund’s primary investment objective is to provide current income and gains, with a secondary objective of capital appreciation. The Fund pursues its investment objectives by investing primarily in a diversified portfolio of domestic and foreign common stocks. The Fund invests primarily in dividend-paying domestic and foreign common stocks that qualify for favorable federal income tax treatment. In addition, the Fund writes (sells) stock index call options with respect to a portion of its common stock portfolio value. As of October 31, 2007, the Fund had written call options on 49.9% of its equity holdings. The Fund’s 10 largest equity holdings as of October 31, 2007, included Enel SPA, Nokia Oyj ADR, ENI SPA, Royal Dutch Shell PLC, BP PLC, Cesky Telec om AS, GlaxoSmithKline PLC, EMC Corp., HSBC Holdings PLC and Anadarko Petroleum Corp.
The Fund may invest in Cash Management Portfolio (Cash Management), an affiliated investment company managed by Boston Management and Research (BMR), a subsidiary of Eaton Vance Management (EVM). The Fund had a total return of -4.64% for the period from inception on February 27, 2007, to October 31, 2007.
- [By Vivian Lewis]
Eaton Vance Tax-Managed Global Equity Income Fund (EXG) favors active management in a declining market based on CIO Michael Wilson’s strategy for closed end funds.
Top 5 Healthcare Equipment Stocks To Invest In 2015: Yelp Inc (YELP)
Yelp Inc., incorporated on September 03, 2004, connects people with great local businesses. Its users have contributed a total of approximately 36.0 million cumulative reviews of almost every type of local business, from restaurants, boutiques and salons to dentists, mechanics and plumbers. Its platform provides local businesses with a range of free and paid services, which help them to engage with consumers at moment when they are deciding where to spend their money. The Company generates revenue from local advertising, brand advertising and other services. As of December 31, 2012, the Company was active in 53 Yelp markets in the United States and 44 Yelp markets internationally. Effective July 18, 2013, Yelp Inc acquired SeatMe Inc, which is a developer of restaurant and nightlife categories reservation applications.
The Company enables businesses to create a free online business account and claim the page for each of their busine ss locations. Business representatives can verify their affiliation with the business through an automated telephone verification process, which requires that they be reachable at the phone number, which is publicly displayed for their business listing on its platform. With their free business accounts, businesses can view business trends, message customers, update information and offer Yelp Deals. Its listing solution eliminates search advertising from the businesses’ profile pages and allows them to incorporate a video clip or photo slide show on the pages. It allows local businesses to promote themselves as a sponsored search result on its platform or on related business pages.
The Company’s Yelp Deals product allows local business owners to create promotional discounted deals for their products and services, which are marketed to consumers through its platform. Yelp Deals have a fee structure based solely on transaction volume with no upfront costs, and it earns a fee based on the discounted price of each deal so! ld. It processes all customer payments and remits to the business the revenue share of any Yelp Deal purchased. It offers both e-mail deals, which are focused on demand generation and deals on its platform that are focused on demand fulfillment where businesses can target intent-driven consumers who are specifically searching for a product or service on its platform.
The Company’s Gift Certificates product allows local business owners to sell full price gift certificates directly to customers through their business profile page. The business chooses the price points to offer, and the buyer may purchase a Gift Certificate in one of those amounts. The Company earns a fee based on the amount of the Gift Certificate sold. The Company processes all consumer payments and remit to the business the revenue share of any Gift Certificate purchased.
The Company offers its advertising solution for national brands that w ant to improve their local presence. These solutions consist of search and display ads (both graphic and text) on its Website, which are typically sold to advertisers on a per-impression basis. Its national advertisers include brands in the automobile, financial services, logistics, consumer goods and health and fitness industries.
The Company’s partnership, through a written agreement, with OpenTable provides consumers the ability to reserve seats directly on the business listing pages of restaurants, which participate in OpenTable’s network. Its partnership, through a written agreement, with Orbitz allows consumers to book rooms directly on the business listing pages of hotels, which affiliate with Orbitz.
The Company competes with Google, Yahoo! and Bing.
- [By MONEYMORNING.COM]
Some of the top prospects include:
Yelp, Inc. (NYSE: YELP): With a valuation of $5.46 billion, buying Yelp would be a stretch in the short term, although the second wave of Alibaba cash would make this doable. Rumors have floated for months that Yahoo would like to buy Yelp, and the two forged a partnership back in February. Yelp would bring user-generated content to Yahoo, something the company is known to want more of. Various ad tech companies: Yahoo has been struggling to increase its advertising revenue – its core business – and a smart acquisition in this space might make the difference. Two possibilities include Rubicon Technology Inc. (Nasdaq: RBCN), which has a market cap of $131 million, and Millennial Media, Inc. (NYSE: MM), which has a market cap of $207 million. But the best bet here is the French-based Criteo SA (Nasdaq: ADR: CRTO), which was rumored to be on Mayer’s acquisition radar last year. Criteo has a market cap of $1.94 billion. Pinterest: The online scrapbooking social media website, where a loyal fan base shares images of things they like, has tons of commercial potential. And Pinterest is currently building a search platform that will make the site even more valuable. Pinterest has an estimated valuation of about $5 billion, but the reward in this case outweighs the risk. Quora: Like Yelp, Quora would provider user-generated content, but Quora does it in the form of questions and answers about virtually any topic. The company generates no revenue, but has plans to start monetizing its content next year. It has an estimated valuation of about $900 million. StockTwits: One of Yahoo’s strengths is its news, and Yahoo Finance in particular. StockTwits, as its name suggests, consists of users commenting in real time on stocks in brief, Twitter-like text messages. Yahoo and StockTwits already are partners, with the site pulling its financial data from Yahoo Finance. The company is still relativ
- [By Jayson Derrick]
Analysts at JPMorgan maintained an Overweight rating on Yelp (NYSE: YELP) with a price target raised to $100 from a previous $94. Also, analysts at Credit Suisse maintained an Outperform rating on Yelp with a price target raised to $93 from a previous $90. Taking the opposite side, analyst at UBS maintained a Neutral rating on Yelp with a price target raised to $80 from a previous $60 while analysts at Raymond James downgraded Yelp to Market Perform from Outperform while removing a previous $80 price target. Shares lost 11.16 percent, closing at $67.16.