Top 5 Life Sciences Companies To Invest In Right Now

I contributed $100,000 to an annuity in 2007, and the account grew to $143,000. I recently withdrew $120,000 to buy a new house. How much of the withdrawal is taxable?

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It depends on whether the annuity is in a taxable account or an IRA. If the annuity is in a taxable account, the first withdrawals are considered to be from earnings which are taxed in your top income tax bracket and any remaining withdrawals are considered a tax-free return of your principal. In your case, the first $43,000 of withdrawals is considered to be from taxable earnings, and the remaining $77,000 is a tax-free return of principal. (If you withdraw money before age 59陆, you will also have to pay a 10% early-withdrawal penalty on the earnings portion of the withdrawal.)

Top 5 Life Sciences Companies To Invest In Right Now: Seadrill Limited(SDRL)

 

Seadrill Limited, an offshore drilling contractor, provides offshore drilling services to the oil and gas industry worldwide. The company operates through Floaters and Jack-up Rigs segments. The Floaters segment provides drilling, completion, and maintenance services for offshore exploration and production wells. Its drilling contracts relating to semi-submersible rigs and drillships for harsh and benign environments in mid, deep, and ultra-deep waters. The Jack-up Rigs segment offers services, such as drilling, completion, and maintenance of offshore exploration and production wells. This segments drilling contracts relate to jack-up rigs for operations in harsh and benign environment. As of March 20, 2015, the company had a fleet of 899 units, including 118 drillships, 198 semi-submersible rigs, 544 jack-up rigs, and 39 tender rigs. It serves oil and gas exploration and production companies comprising integrated oil compan ies, independent oil and gas producers, and government-owned oil and gas companies. Seadrill Limited was founded in 2005 and is headquartered in Hamilton, Bermuda.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Shares of Noble have gained 4.2% to $7.26 at 1:53 p.m., while Transocean has dipped 0.5% to $8.57, Diamond Offshore Drilling (DO) has dropped 2.5% to $16.80, and Seadrill (SDRL) has advanced 1.2% to $1.65.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Shares of Noble have gained 5% to $9.32 at 1:59, but that appears downright disappointing next to Seadrill (SDRL), Transocean (RIG) and Atwood Oceanics (ATW). Transocean has climbed 7.2% to $11.28, Seadrill has jumped 7.6% to $3.40, and Atwood Oceanics has soared 9.9% to $12.31.

Top 5 Life Sciences Companies To Invest In Right Now: Caesars Entertainment Corporation(CZR)

 

Caesars Entertainment Corporation, through its subsidiaries, provides casino-entertainment and hospitality services in the United States and internationally. It operates in four segments: Caesars Entertainment Resort Properties, Caesars Growth Partners Casino Properties and Developments, Caesars Interactive Entertainment, and Caesars Entertainment Operating Company. The company owns, operates, or manages casinos, such as land-based and riverboat or dockside casinos. It operates 55,000 slot machines and 3,600 table games, as well as other games comprising keno, poker, and race and sports books; and buffets, restaurants, bars, nightclubs, and lounges located throughout the company’s casinos, as well as banquets and room service. As of September 18, 2015, the company owned, operated, or managed 50 casinos in the 13 states of the United States, as well as in 5 countries. It also operates online gaming business that provides social games on Facebook and other social media Websites and mobile application platforms, certain real money games in Nevada and New Jersey, and ‘play for fun’ offerings. In addition, the company owns the World Series of Poker tournaments and brand, and licenses trademarks for various products and businesses related to this brand. Further, it engages in the third-party leasing of retail, dining, and entertainment outlets featured in the company’s casinos. The company was formerly known as Harrah’s Entertainment Inc. and changed its name to Caesars Entertainment Corporation in November 2010. Caesars Entertainment Corporation was founded in 1937 and is based in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By AlphaStreetResearch]

    Caesars Entertainment Corporation (CZR) is a highly overvalued gaming, hotel, and entertainment company with deteriorating fundamentals on all levels in a highly competitive environment. The company’s stock has seen a massive run to the upside on the coattails of other casino and entertainment companies in the space. A considerable catalyst for the push higher in these stocks is the good news coming out of Macau, but this is an area where Caesars has absolutely no exposure and will be locked out of for the foreseeable future after failing to take appropriate licensing measures. Below is our introduction into the business model, its weaknesses, and the new selling or shorting opportunity that exists for CZR after the recent appreciation in share price. Investors will soon realize that there is little upside value in this company and that there are much better opportunities in this space. The company is now amidst a major struggle from a debt standpoint with major deadlines approaching over the next year and a half. The company is in no position to thrive going forward unless major steps are taken to overhaul the company’s capital structure. Caesars Entertainment has a market cap of $3.19 Billion after the stock has moved up over 225% year to date and reports its next quarter on October 31, 2013. With this in mind, we value CZR at $21.00 by year-end of 2013 and $14.00 by August 1, 2014, a decrease of 40% from current levels. We will later highlight:

Top 10 Consumer Service Companies To Watch In Right Now: Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan Inc.(POT)

Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan Inc. (PCS), incorporated on May 15, 2002, is a fertilizer producer producing various primary crop nutrients, such as potash, nitrogen and phosphate. The Company operates through three segments: potash, nitrogen and phosphate. The Company owns and operates approximately five potash operations in Saskatchewan and one in New Brunswick. Its nitrogen operations involve the production of nitrogen fertilizers and nitrogen feed and industrial products, including ammonia, urea, nitrogen solutions, ammonium nitrate and nitric acid. It has nitrogen facilities in Georgia, Louisiana, Ohio and Trinidad. The Company’s phosphate operations include the manufacture and sale of solid and liquid phosphate fertilizers, phosphate feed and industrial acid, which is used in food products and industrial processes. It has phosphate mines and mineral processing plant complexes in Florida and North Carolina. The Company has approximately four phosphate feed plants i n the United States and produce phosphoric acid at its Geismar, Louisiana facility.

Potash

The Company’s potash operations include the mining and processing of potash, which is used as fertilizer. The potash ore is contained in a rock salt formation known as the Prairie Evaporite, which lies approximately 1,000 meters below the surface. The evaporite deposits, which are bounded by limestone formations, contain potash beds of 2.4 to 5.1 meters of thickness. The potash deposits that occur in the Province are the Esterhazy, Belle Plaine and Patience Lake Members. The Patience Lake Member is mined at the Lanigan, Allan, Patience Lake and Cory mines, and the Esterhazy Member is mined at the Rocanville mine. The Company produces potash using both conventional and solution mining methods. The Company’s conventional potash operations mine approximately 28.2 million tons of ore at an average mineral grade of over 23.7% potassium oxide (K2O). Its potash produ ction from its operations consists of over 9.1 million tons ! of potash (KCl or finished product) with an average grade of 61.0% K2O. In addition to potash production, its New Brunswick operations also produces over 0.9 million tons of sodium chloride (salt).

Nitrogen

The Company’s nitrogen operations include the production of nitrogen fertilizers and nitrogen chemicals. Its products are used for agricultural, industrial and animal nutrition purposes. The Company has over four nitrogen production facilities, of which over three are located in the United States and one is located in Trinidad. The Company’s plant locations are Augusta, GA, which produces ammonia, urea, nitric acid, ammonium nitrate and nitrogen solutions; Geismar, LA, which produces ammonia, nitric acid and nitrogen solutions; Lima, OH, which produces ammonia, urea, nitric acid and nitrogen solutions, and Point Lisas, Trinidad, which produces Ammonia and urea. The ammonia is used to produce a line of upgraded nitrogen products, including urea, n itrogen solutions, ammonium nitrate and nitric acid. Ammonia, urea and nitrogen solutions are sold as fertilizers to agricultural customers and to industrial customers for various applications. Nitric acid and ammonium nitrate are sold to industrial customers for various applications. Urea is also sold for feed applications.

Phosphate

The Company mines phosphate ore and manufactures phosphoric acid, solid and liquid fertilizers, animal feed supplements, purified phosphoric acid, which is used in food products and industrial processes, hydrofluosilicic acid (HFSA) and silicon tetrafluoride (STF). The Company conducts its phosphate operations primarily at over two facilities, including a 75,212-acre facility near Aurora, North Carolina and a 99,588-acre facility near White Springs in northern Florida. The Aurora facility includes approximately six million ton per-year mining operation, over three sulfuric acid plants, approximately four phosphoric aci d plants, over four purified acid plants, a liquid fertilize! r plant, ! approximately four superphosphoric acid (SPA) plants, a deflourinated merchange grade acid plant (DFMGA), a low magnesium SPA plant (LOMAG), a defluorinated phosphate (DFP) or animal feed plant, approximately two granulation plants capable of producing diammonium phosphate (DAP) or monoammonium phosphate (MAP), and over four STF plants.

The White Springs facility includes a mine and the Swift Creek chemical complex. The remaining Swift Creek chemical complex consists of over two sulfuric acid plants, one phosphoric acid plant, and one SPA plant. At its Geismar, Louisiana facility, the Company manufactures phosphoric acid. The Geismar facility has a phosphoric acid plant and a liquid fertilizer plant. The Company extracts phosphate ore using surface mining techniques. Its other phosphate properties include animal feed plants in Marseilles, Illinois; Joplin, Missouri; Weeping Water, Nebraska; a technical and food grade phosphate plant in Cincinnati, Ohio, and a te rminal facility at Morehead City, North Carolina. It produces MGA at Aurora, White Springs and Geismar facilities.

The Company competes with The Mosaic Company, Agrium Inc., Intrepid Potash Inc., ICL, SQM, Belaruskali, Uralkali, K+S Group, Agrium Inc., CF Industries Holdings, Inc., Koch Industries, Inc., J.R. Simplot Company, OCP S.A. and Innophos Holdings, Inc.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jon C. Ogg]

    Potash Corp. of Saskatchewan Inc. (NYSE: POT) was up 25 at $33.12 in Monday afternoon trading. Monday’s gain puts shares up within striking distance of its breakout point from the aftermath this summer that took shares from $38 to $31 and ultimately back under $30 before recovering.

  • [By Chad Fraser]

    The agriculture ETF is heavily weighted toward the U.S., with 45.8% of its assets there, but it is geographically diverse, with exposure to countries such as Canada (9.9%), Switzerland (8.5%), Japan (6.7%) and Singapore (5.1%).

    Potash Cartel Breakup Has Weighed on This Agriculture ETF

    The ETF’s unit price declined in the first half of 2013, partly because of the breakup of the Belarusian Potash Company (BPC), through which Russia’s Uralkali, the world’s No. 1 potash producer, and Belaruskali of Belarus distribute their potash. The market is dominated by BPC and Canpotex, owned by Potash Corp. of Saskatchewan (NYSE: POT), Mosaic and Agrium Inc. (NYSE: AGU).

    Together, the two cartels control 70% of global potash exports, so the breakup of BPC will result in a more fractured market, which seems likely to push potash prices lower. Shares of major potash producers fell sharply on the news, as did Market Vectors Agribusiness ETF due to its potash stock holdings, which include Agrium, Potash Corp. and Mosaic.

  • [By Daniela Pylypczak]

    Morgan Stanley announced on Monday that it has resumed coverage on Potash Corp (POT).

    Morgan Stanley analyst Vincent Andrews stated that the company has assigned the fertilizer stock an “Equal Weight” rating, warning “We remain cautious on the overall potash market, though more because of loose supply/demand fundamentals than because of dynamics in Russia/Belorussia. Potash prices have been moving lower for 8 quarters in a row now (7 of which BPC was fully functioning) and prices were continuing to drift lower in the weeks preceding the BPC break-up (recall Mosaic’s disclosure about lower prices in the Brazilian market on its July 16th earnings call.”

    Potash shares popped 1.55% during Monday’s session. Year-to-date, the stock has fallen 21.35%.

  • [By Gavin Graham, President, Graham Investment Strategy, Ltd.]

    Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan (POT) has seen its share price fall by half over the last three years and almost 20% in the last month. That’s due to the decrease in the price of potash and the collapse of the Belarus Potash joint venture.

Top 5 Life Sciences Companies To Invest In Right Now: American Capital, Ltd.(ACAS)

 

American Capital, Ltd. is a business development company specializing in management and employee buyouts, subordinated debt, leveraged finance, mezzanine, acquisition, recapitalization, middle market, early venture, mature, industry consolidation, and growth capital investments. The firm seeks to invest in senior debt mezzanine, unitranche, and equity financing for buyouts of private equity firms and direct in private and public companies. It also invests in special situations and in government. In special situations, the firm invests in troubled situations and in distressed situations. The firm also considers smaller investments as add-on acquisitions for existing portfolio companies. In this area, it invests in acquisitions of true turnarounds, 363 auctions, portfolio add-on acquisitions, operationally challenged companies; financings in exit, ABL loans, second lien refinance, and direct lending to distressed companies. The firm invests in manufacturing, services, and distribution companies with a special focus on energy sector. The firm also invests in infrastructure and structured products. The firm also invests in business services, consumer products and services, industrial, healthcare and food companies. The firm prefers to invest in Information Technology focusing on Custom information technology solutions, Technology and software enabling headcount reduction, and Technology and software enabling cost reductions in conducting transactions with or within government. The firm also invests in digital media and entertainment, internet and consumer related, communications, mobile and wireless, security and data center infrastructure, software and services, semiconductor, and other innovative technologies. The firm also invests in a variety of industry sectors, including life science services, medical device, medical tools and equipment, and healthcare services, among others. In energy producti on sector, the firm invests in lower risk oil and gas explor! ation, production and development; natural gas liquids; coal mining and coal-fired generation; uranium mining and nuclear-fired generation; wind-powered generation; and solar-powered generation. In energy transmission sector, the firm invests in oil and gas pipelines; LNG tankers and regasification facilities; and power transmission. In energy distribution sector, it targets propane distribution; gas distribution; electricity distribution. In energy services sector, the firm invests in oil and gas services and utility services. The firm also targets investments in companies that provide services or products to federal, state or local governments. It seeks to invest in human resources/benefit administration, outsourcing, transaction processing, engineering and construction, logistics, original equipment manufacturers homeland security and component, aftermarket parts and supplies, and technology. It also invests in real estate and insurance. It invests as lead or participa tive investor and also makes equity co-investments. The firm seeks to invest globally focusing on Middle East, North Africa, South Asia, Mid-Atlantic, New England, North East Unites States, Canada, Central America & Mexico, and Caribbean. The firm and its affiliates invest between $10 million to $750 million per company in North America and 10 ($13.34 million) to 400 million ($533.99 million) per company in Europe. The firms investment range is between $5 million and $25 million and higher depending on the opportunity. The firm targets new investments with at least $10 million in EBITDA and enterprise values of typical transaction from $20 million and $500 million. The firm invests senior debt, subordinated debt and equity allows us to provide one-stop financing up to $500 million. The firm also has the resources to deploy over $100 million into high growth later stage companies. In special situations group, the firm invests between $20 million and $750 million per tra nsaction in a variety of investments, including: buyouts ope! rational ! turnarounds, corporate orphans and carve-outs, complex management buyouts, financings dip financings, exit financings, and mezzanine financings for sponsored buyouts. In buyouts, the firm invests in companies having Enterprise Value of up to $1600 million. In federal, state and local government, the firm invests between $10 million and $500 million in a single transaction. The firm prefers to be a majority or minority investor and makes direct minority investments of subordinated debt, senior debt and equity in middle market private and public companies. The firm prefers to take minority ownership position of up to 49%. American Capital, Ltd., formerly known as American Capital Strategies, Ltd., was founded in 1986 and is based in Bethesda, Maryland with additional offices in United States, Europe, Africa, and Asia.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    American Capital Ltd. (NASDAQ: ACAS) shares rose 5.63 percent to $16.50 in the pre-market trading session as Ares Capital Corporation (NASDAQ: ARCC) reported the purchase of American Capital at $3.4 billion in cash and stock.

Top 5 Life Sciences Companies To Invest In Right Now: NRG Energy Inc.(NRG)

NRG Energy, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates as a wholesale power generation company. The company engages in the ownership, development, construction, and operation of power generation facilities. It also involves in the transacting in and trading of fuel and transportation services; the trading of energy, capacity, and related products in the United States and internationally; and the supply of electricity, energy services, and cleaner energy and carbon offset products to retail electricity customers in deregulated markets. The company operates natural gas- fired, coal- fired, oil-fired, nuclear, solar, and wind power plants. As of December 31, 2010, it had power generation portfolio of 193 operating fossil fuel and nuclear generation units with an aggregate generation capacity of approximately 24,570 megawatt (MW), as well as ownership interests in renewable facilities with an aggregate generation capacity of 470 MW. The company portfolio also includes appr oximately 24,035 MW generation capacity in the United States, and 1,005 MW generation capacity in Australia and Germany. In addition, it has a district energy business with steam and chilled water capacity of approximately 1,140 megawatts thermal equivalent. NRG Energy, Inc. was founded in 1989 and is headquartered in Princeton, New Jersey.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Friday, utilities shares rose by just 0.1 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included NRG Energy Inc (NYSE: NRG), down 4 percent, and Calpine Corporation (NYSE: CPN), down 7 percent.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    On Thursday, utilities shares rose by 0.02 percent. Top gainers in the sector included Westar Energy Inc (NYSE: WR), Westar Energy Inc (NYSE: AT), and NRG Energy Inc (NYSE: NRG).