Top 5 Japanese Stocks To Own Right Now

On Thursday, SINA (NASDAQ: SINA  ) will release its latest quarterly results. The key to making smart investment decisions on stocks reporting earnings is to anticipate how they’ll do before they announce results, leaving you fully prepared to respond quickly to whatever inevitable surprises arise.

SINA has been a big part of the Internet revolution in China and has benefited greatly from the upsurge in interest in online commerce and advertising in recent years. As competition increases, the company has come out with some interesting new strategic moves to retain its leadership role in the industry. Let’s take an early look at what’s been happening with SINA over the past quarter and what we’re likely to see in its report.

Stats on SINA

Analyst EPS Estimate

($0.03)

Year-Ago EPS

Top 5 Japanese Stocks To Own Right Now: Apollo Group Inc.(APOL)

Apollo Group, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides online and on-campus educational programs and services at the undergraduate, master?s, and doctoral levels. The company offers various degree programs in arts and sciences, business and management, criminal justice and security, education, health care, human services, nursing, psychology, and technology through its campus locations and learning centers in 40 states and the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico, as well as through its online education delivery system. It also provides various degree programs in Chile and Mexico, and through online; financial services education programs, including Master of Science in three majors, as well as certification programs in retirement, asset management, and other financial planning areas; and training and education to professionals in the legal and finance industries through its schools in the United Kingdom and a network of offices in Europe. In addition, the company offers p rogram development, administration, and management consulting services comprising degree program design, curriculum development, market research, student admissions, and accounting and administrative services to private colleges and universities for their working learners? programs; and sells books and other publications. Apollo Group, Inc. was founded in 1973 and is based in Phoenix, Arizona.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Rich Bieglmeier]

    Overall: Apollo Education Group Inc (APOL) has too many opportunities to earn a failing grade Tuesday afternoon. Investors might think about straddling EPS news with options as shares moved in excess of 9% five of the last six quarterly announcements, but we would be willing to own the stock outright, too many things can go wrong. 

  • [By Teresa Rivas]

    It hasn’t been a great week for for-profit schools, as the Massachusetts Attorney General today filed a complaint against Corinthian Colleges (COCO) for allegations it “misrepresented its training programs and job placement rates in order to increase profits, and pushed students into high-interest subprime loans” and industry heavyweight Apollo Group (APOL) fell yesterday after reporting weaker-than-expected fiscal second-quarter revenue.

  • [By Anna Prior]

    Among the companies with shares expected to actively trade in Wednesday’s session are Apollo Education Group Inc.(APOL), DFC Global Corp.(DLLR) and MannKind Corp.(MNKD)

  • [By Jake L’Ecuyer]

    Apollo Education Group (NASDAQ: APOL) shares tumbled 8.93 percent to $32.02 after the company reported downbeat FQ2 revenue. Apollo Education posted its quarterly adjusted earnings of $0.28 per share on revenue of $679.1 million. However, analysts were projecting earnings of $0.19 per share on revenue of $689.4 million.

Top 5 Japanese Stocks To Own Right Now: Caseys General Stores Inc.(CASY)

Casey?s General Stores, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates convenience stores under the Casey?s General Store, HandiMart, and Just Diesel names in 11 Midwestern states, primarily Iowa, Missouri, and Illinois. Its stores offer foods, beverages, dairy and bakery products, sandwiches, fountain drinks, donuts, cookies, brownies, Danish rolls, ham and cheese sandwiches, pork and chicken fritters, sausage sandwiches, chicken tenders, popcorn chicken, breakfast croissants and biscuits, breakfast pizza, hash browns, quarter-pound hamburgers and cheeseburgers, and potato cheese bites. The company?s stores also provide nonfood items, which include tobacco products, health and beauty aids, school supplies, house wares, pet supplies, photo supplies, and automotive products. In addition, it offers gasoline or gasohol for sale on a self-service basis. As of July 31, 2011, the company operated 1,665 stores. The company was founded in 1959 and is headquartered in Ankeny, Iowa.

Advisors’ Opinion:

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    Casey’s General Stores Inc.(CASY) said its fiscal third-quarter earnings fell 5.1% as the convenience-store operator reported higher costs, which offset an increase in revenue.

  • [By Mike Deane]

    After the closing bell on Monday, Casey’s General Stores (CASY) reported its third quarter earnings, posting slightly lower EPS than last year’s Q3 figure, due in part to extreme winter weather.

    CASY’s Earnings in Brief

    CASY reported third quarter revenues of $1.79 billion, up from last year’s Q3 figure of $1.66 billion. Net income for the quarter came in at $14.67 million, or 38 cents per share, which is lower than last year’s Q4 figure of $15.46 million, or 40 cents per share. Casey’s missed analysts’ estimates of 49 cents EPS on revenues of $1.84 billion.

    CEO Commentary

    CASY”s chairman and CEO, Robert J. Myers, had the following comments: “Third quarter sales were strong throughout all of our categories despite challenging weather during the quarter. Our same-store fuel sales are exceeding industry-wide trends and gross profit from inside the store was up over 11% for both the quarter and year.”

    CASY’s Dividend

    Casey’s declared a dividend raise in June last year, pushing its quarterly payout to 18 cents from 17 cents. The company’s next dividend is payable on May 15 to all shareholders on record as of May 1.

    Stock Performance

    Casey’s stock ended the day up $1.52, or 2.29%, but it was heading lower in after hours earnings, due to the company’s large earnings miss. YTD, the company’s stock is down 3.7%.

  • [By Editor , Dividend Growth Investor]

    Casey’s General Stores (CASY) has managed to increase dividend for 14 consecutive years. Over the past decade, the company has managed to boost dividends by 19.10% per year.Yield: 1.10% (analysis)

  • [By Seth Jayson]

    Casey’s General Stores (Nasdaq: CASY  ) is expected to report Q4 earnings around June 12. Here’s what Wall Street wants to see:

    The 10-second takeaway
    Comparing the upcoming quarter to the prior-year quarter, average analyst estimates predict Casey’s General Stores’s revenues will expand 4.5% and EPS will expand 3.3%.

Top 5 Japanese Stocks To Own Right Now: Nuveen Diversified Commodity Fund (CFD)

Nuveen Diversified Commodity Fund (the Fund) is an actively-managed, exchange-traded commodity pool. The Fund’s investment objective is to generate higher risk-adjusted total return than commodity market benchmarks, specifically the Dow Jones-UBS Commodity Index (DJ-UBSCI) and the S&P GSCI Commodity Index (GSCI), and passively managed commodity funds. The Fund will invest all of its assets in a diversified portfolio of commodity futures and forward contracts pursuant to Tangible Asset Program (TAP), an actively managed, collateralized, long-only, rules-based commodity investment strategy. TAP is designed to maintain consistent, collateralized exposure to commodities as an asset class. The Fund’s manager is Nuveen Commodities Asset Management, LLC. Gresham Investment Management LLC is the commodity subadvisor of the Fund. Wilmington Trust Company is the Trustee of the Fund. Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Wolfe]

    Nuveen Diversified Commodity Fund (CFD)

    Over the past week there were two insiders making buys into Nuveen Diversified Commodity Fund.  These insiders are Vice President William Adams and Independent Committee Member Harry Short, and they made their buys as the price has fallen to a record low.

Top 5 Japanese Stocks To Own Right Now: Otoc Ltd (OTC)

OTOC Limited through its wholly owned subsidiaries OTOC Group Pty Ltd and Whelans (WA) Pty Ltd (Whelans) provides construction and turnkey camp/ village installations, environmental, surveying, mapping, town planning, engineering, project delivery and specialist consulting services across the infrastructure, resources and energy sectors. The Company operates in two segments: OTOC Operations and Whelans Consulting Operations. OTOC Operations (OTOC) provides camp/village installations to the Western Australian resources and infrastructure sector. Whelans Consulting Operations (Whelans) provides surveying, mapping and town planning services throughout Western Australian. In July 2013, the Company announced that its wholly owned subsidiary OTOC Australia has expanded its Facilities Division through the acquisition of full ownership of a 700 person commercial kitchen/diner facility. Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Cesc]

    “Approximately two-thirds of external Software segment revenue is annuity based, coming from recurring license charges and ongoing post-contract support. The remaining one-third relates to one-time charge (OTC) arrangements in which clients pay one, up-front payment for a perpetual license.”

  • [By Holly LaFon]

    During the quarter, Perrigo (PRGO) announced strong September quarter adjusted earnings growth of 20%.  We say “adjusted” because the Company incurred what we believe are non-recurring charges related to the recent purchase of Elan Corporation, which is a branded-drug company domiciled in Ireland.  Upon the closing of this purchase, Perrigo has “re-domiciled” itself in Ireland, with an effective tax rate meaningfully below what they were subjected to in the U.S.  Given that the Company actively pursues a strategy of inorganic growth as much as it pursues organic growth – having acquired six new businesses over the past 18 months (including Elan) – we expect that this new tax structure should make future acquisitions, particularly those U.S. based businesses, much more attractive.  Further, Perrigo’s core business, which includes private-label over-the-counter (OTC) pharmaceuticals and infant formula, drove much of the year-over-year growth.  The Company’s unrivaled scale in manufacturing and marketing of store-branded offerings continues to enable retailers to mimic the value proposition of OTC pharmaceuticals and infant formula.  This “store-brand conversion” is a multi-year trend that we expect will continue for the foreseeable future as consumers continue to become more value-conscious, yet more comfortable with store-brand quality that Perrigo helps engineer. 

Top 5 Japanese Stocks To Own Right Now: OBA Financial Services Inc.(OBAF)

OBA Financial Services, Inc. operates as the bank holding company for OBA Bank that provides financial services to individuals, families, and businesses in the United States. The company offers various deposit accounts, including statement savings accounts, certificates of deposit, money market accounts, commercial and regular checking accounts, and individual retirement accounts. Its loan portfolio comprises one- to four-family residential mortgage loans, commercial real estate loans, home equity loans and lines of credit, commercial business loans, construction loans, and consumer loans. The company provides its services through a main office and four full-service branches located in Montgomery County and Howard County, Maryland; and Washington, D.C. OBA Financial Services, Inc. was founded in 1861 and is headquartered in Germantown, Maryland.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Tim Melvin]

    NWBI stock trades at 1.12 times book value and serves a very attractive market. It would be a great acquisition for a bank looking to expand into the region, which includes part of the Marcellus Shale fields. Investors get paid to wait for good things to happen, as the dividend yield is currently 3.65%.

    OmniAmerican Bancorp (OBAF)

    It is very surprising to me that OmniAmerican Bancorp (OBAF) hasn’t yet been bought out by another bank in the red-hot Texas banking market. The bank has 15 branches located in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex region and total assets of about$385 million of assets. It has held onto its capital, and the equity-to-asset ratio is more than 16. Non-performing assets are just 0.18% of total assets, so this is another financially solid bank.

  • [By Tim Melvin]

    Mr. Seidman also announced an increased stake in OBA Financial (OBAF) in Germantown, Md. He now owns a little over 8% of the six-branch bank and has publicly called for the sale OBAF. He was pretty blunt about his assessment of the bank in a letter to the board, which read: