NEW YORK (TheStreet) — Musician and Web entrepreneur John Pointer is seeing the music business missing the boat yet again. Just as the rise of digital downloads took the CD-based industry by surprise, the new streaming music services are overlooking the rise of other, more practical Web-based services connecting artists and audiences.
“The biggest issue that streaming music services face is they are confused as to why people listen to music in the first place,” Pointer explained during a long and wonderfully rambling phone call from Austin, Texas. “They are serving a consumer model of ‘pay me $7 per month and I will give you bajillion songs.’ But that’s not what music is about. It’s about expressing and connecting emotions.
“And streaming music just does not address that need.”
Top 5 Mid Cap Stocks For 2015: The Navigators Group Inc.(NAVG)
The Navigators Group, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, engages in underwriting ocean marine, property and casualty, professional liability, and specialty insurance products and services. The company?s marine and inland marine insurance products include marine and energy liability, cargo, craft/fishing vessel, bluewater hull, brownwater hull, protection and indemnity, war, customs bonds, commercial output policy, construction, transportation, specialty, specie, and marine excess-of-loss reinsurance Its property and casualty insurance products comprise general and environmental liability, umbrella and excess, offshore energy, onshore energy, operational engineering, construction, life sciences, exporters package liability, accident and health reinsurance, Latin America property and casualty reinsurance, agriculture reinsurance, professional liability reinsurance, bloodstock, and the U.S. casualty insurance products. The company?s professional liability products inclu de directors and officers, employment practices, fiduciary, crime, accountants professional, lawyers professional, insurance agent errors and omissions, miscellaneous professional, technology and media, design professionals, and real estate agent liability insurance products. The Navigators Group, Inc. distributes its products through global, national, and regional retail and wholesale insurance brokers. The company was founded in 1981 and is based in Rye Brook, New York.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
Tower Group has dropped 12% to $3.88 today at 11:39 a.m., while Stewart Information Services (STC) has dipped 0.1% to $31.16, the Navigators Group (NAVG) has fallen 1.4% to $54.78 and HCI Group (HCI) has gained 1% to $38.16.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
Tower Group has dropped 40% to $4.43 today, and some other small insurers are also getting dinged this morning. HCI Group (HCI) has fallen 1.8% to $39.36, Stewart Information Services (STC) has declined 0.7% to $31.36 and the Navigators Group (NAVG) has ticked down 0.4% to $56.10.
Top 5 Mid Cap Stocks For 2015: MasTec Inc. (MTZ)
MasTec, Inc., an infrastructure construction company, engages in the engineering, building, installation, maintenance, and upgrade of energy, utility, and communications infrastructure primarily in North America. The company builds natural gas, crude oil, and refined product transport pipelines; underground and overhead distribution systems, including trenches, conduits, and cable and power lines, which provide wireless and wireline communications; electrical power generation, transmission, and distribution systems; renewable energy infrastructure comprising wind and solar farms; and compressor and pump stations, and treatment and heavy industrial plants. It also installs electrical and other energy distribution and transmission systems, power generation facilities, buried and aerial fiber optic cables, coaxial cables, copper lines, and satellite dishes in various environments. In addition, the company provides maintenance and upgrade support services, such as the maintena nce of distribution facilities; and networks and infrastructure, including natural gas and petroleum pipelines, wireless, power generation, and electrical distribution and transmission infrastructure, as well as routine replacements and upgrades, and overhauls. Further, it offers emergency services for accidents or storm damage. The companys customers include public and private energy providers, pipeline operators, wireless service providers, satellite and broadband operators, local and long distance carriers, and government entities. MasTec, Inc. was founded in 1929 and is headquartered in Coral Gables, Florida.
- [By Aaron Levitt]
Despite its recent troubles, KBR is still one of the better stocks to buy if you want to play the prospective infrastructure boom.
While it isn’t as big as KBR or CBI, MasTec (MTZ) is quickly becoming of the best energy stocks to buy. Shares of the construction firm recently hit 10-year highs.
- [By Rich Duprey]
MasTec (NYSE: MTZ ) is well-known for being a leading infrastructure construction company across various industries, so its announcement this morning that it is acquiring an oil and gas pipeline and facility construction services company should not come as a surprise.
Top 5 Mid Cap Stocks For 2015: TheStreet Inc (TST)
TheStreet Inc. (TheStreet), incorporated on April 2, 1982, is a digital financial media company. The Company provides users, subscribers and advertisers with a range of content and tools through a range of online, social media, tablet and mobile channels. The Company’s subscription products include paid Web services, such as RealMoney, RealMoney Pro, Options Profits, Actions Alerts PLUS, Chat On TheStreet and Stocks Under $10. In addition to its subscription products, the Company’s premium services business also includes information services revenue from its RateWatch business, which maintains an updated database of financial rate and fee data collected from more than 90,000 financial institutions (at the branch level), including certificate of deposit, money market account, savings account, checking account, home mortgage, home equity loan, credit card and auto loan rates. In September 2012, it acquired The Deal LLC from Wasserstein & Co.
The Company’s adve rtising-supported properties include TheStreet, Stockpickr, MainStreet and BankingMyWay. TheStreet generates advertising revenue from its content through the sale of a range of advertising placements, including banner, tile, contextual, performance-based and interactive advertisement and sponsorship placements in its advertising-supported Web sites, as well as on select paid subscription sites; advertisement placements in its free email newsletters and stand-alone emails sent on behalf of its advertisers to its registered users, and advertisements in its video programming, TheStreet services for mobile and tablet devices, RSS feeds, blogs and in its podcasts.
The Company competes with The Wall Street Journal Digital Network, CNN Money, Forbes.com, Reuters.com, Bloomberg.com, CNBC.com, Yahoo! Finance, AOL Money & Finance, MSN Money, CNBC, the Fox Business Channel, Standard & Poor’s, Morningstar, Lipper, Informa and SNL Kagan.
- [By Adam J. Wiederman]
Getty Images Bitcoin made headlines last year when the value of all outstanding pieces of the electronic currency reached nearly $10 billion. It’s not just speculators drawn to the new currency. Many businesses are also attempting to cash in on this growth: Several public companies, including Zynga (ZNGA) and Overstock.com (OSTK), accept Bitcoins as a form of payment. Venture capitalist Marc Andreessen’s firm has invested nearly $50 million in Bitcoin-related ventures, and it is looking to invest even more. And the Winklevoss twins — who notoriously accused Facebook’s (FB) Mark Zuckerberg of stealing their idea — have been “in dialogue” with the SEC about opening the first Bitcoin exchange-traded fund, according to Bloomberg. Yet a new survey from TheStreet.com (TST) reveals that 76 percent of consumers are not familiar with Bitcoin — and 79 percent would never consider owning a currency like it. Does this signal opportunity for savvy investors? Or is this a fad you’d be wise to avoid? The Basics of Bitcoin Bitcoin is a completely unregulated form of currency developed by an anonymous Japanese programmer (according to some apocryphal claims) as a completely digital, peer-to-peer payment system that is independent of national currencies (which, Bitcoin users argue, are all subject to the riskiness of the underlying country). Bitcoins are rewarded throughout the day to a “Bitcoin miner” whose computer solves a series of algorithms quicker than other miners. The puzzles become more difficult over time, so the calculations take longer and the computations require more computing power. There will eventually be a total of 21 million Bitcoins (12.4 million are in circulation today) and we won’t reach the point that they are effectively “mined out” until 2040. The value of a Bitcoin is supposed to be market-driven, meaning they’re worth whatever the two parties in a transaction value them as. For example, in one of the original Bitcoin transactions, a “mi
- [By Eric Volkman]
TheStreet’s (NASDAQ: TST ) asset list is slightly longer following the financial media company’s latest acquisition. The company announced that it bought several properties from DealFlow Media in order to compliment its offerings. Those assets are The DealFlow Report and The Life Settlements Report, both newsletters, and PrivateRaise, a database.
Top 5 Mid Cap Stocks For 2015: Blackrock Global (BOE)
BlackRock Global Opportunities Equity Trust is a closed ended equity mutual fund launched by BlackRock, Inc. The fund is managed by BlackRock Advisors, LLC. It invests in the public equity markets across the globe. The fund invests in the stocks of companies operating across diversified sectors. It primarily invests in all cap companies. The fund benchmarks the performance of its portfolio against the S&P Global Broad Market Index. BlackRock Global Opportunities Equity Trust was formed on May 31, 2005 and is domiciled in the United States.
- [By Michael Cintolo]
Diamondback Energy currently estimates its proved oil and natural gas reserves at 63.6 billion barrels of oil equivalent (BOE), but believes that figure could grow by another 393 million (BOE) as methods improve for extracting resources from shale oil fields.
- [By Canadian Value]
Post-scriptum: Wow! In a recent Bloomberg article, Andrew Gracie, an executive director at the Bank of England (BoE), was proposing that in the event of a bank failure, regulators could suspend derivatives contracts affecting the failed bank on a global basis.4 He further argues that “The entry of a bank into resolution should not in itself be an event of default”. In other words, the solution proposed by the BoE to deal with a bank that fails and that has entered in a mountain of derivatives contracts is to suspend the market.
Top 5 Mid Cap Stocks For 2015: Silicon Graphics International Corp(SGI)
Silicon Graphics International Corp. provides computing and storage, and data center solutions, as well as related customer support and professional services. The company offers scale up servers; scale out servers; work group servers; data storage systems; and software products for technical computing, as well as data center infrastructure products, including ICE Cube Air, a modular data center that augments or replaces traditional brick-and-mortar data centers; and MobiRack, a line of mobile, all-in-one data center cabinets for field deployments. Its products and services are used by the scientific, technical, and business communities for solving challenging data-intensive computing, data storage, and management problems. The company also develops system applications, such as simulating global climate changes, accelerating engineering of new automotive designs, supporting homeland security initiatives, real-time fraud detection, streaming media from Internet-video to film , and gaining business intelligence through data-mining to defense and strategic systems, weather and climate, physical and life sciences, energy, aerospace and automotive, media and entertainment, semiconductor design and manufacturing, financial services, data centers, and business intelligence and data analytics markets; and enterprise class features for the Linux operating system that provide a standard Linux operating environment. Silicon Graphics International Corp. markets and sells its systems, technologies, software, and services to enterprises in approximately 25 countries through direct and indirect sales force, including distributors, original equipment manufacturers, system integrators, value added resellers, and channel partners. The company was formerly known as Rackable Systems, Inc. and changed its name to Silicon Graphics International Corp. in May 2009. Silicon Graphics International Corp. was incorporated in 2002 and is headquartered in Fremont, Californ i a.
- [By Robert Abbott]
President & Chief Executive Officer: Mark J. Barrenechea has held these positions since January 2012; previously, he was President, CEO, and a Director of Silicon Graphics International (SGI), and prior to that held senior management positions at CA. Inc (formerly Computer Associates International, Inc. (CA). Mr. Barrenechea is also a Director of OpenText.
- [By Roberto Pedone]
Silicon Graphics International (SGI) develops, markets and sells various servers, enterprise-class storage hardware, differentiating software and solutions. This stock closed up 3.3% to $9.36 in Thursday’s trading session.
Thursday’s Range: $9.07-$9.47
52-Week Range: $8.16-$16.60
Thursday’s Volume: 179,000
Three-Month Average Volume: 270,564
From a technical perspective, SGI bounced notably higher here right above some near-term support at $9 with lighter-than-average volume. This stock has been making higher lows over the last two months, and this stock is now starting to trend within range of triggering a near-term breakout trade. That trade will hit if SGI manages to take out some near-term overhead resistance levels at its 50-day moving average of $9.58 to some more near-term overhead resistance levels at $9.65 to $10.23 with high volume.
Traders should now look for long-biased trades in SGI as long as it’s trending above some near-term support levels at $9 or at $8.86 and then once it sustains a move or close above those breakout levels with volume that hits near or above 270,564 shares. If that breakout hits soon, then SGI will set up to re-test or possibly take out its next major overhead resistance levels at its 200-day moving average of $10.83 to its gap-down-day high of $11 from May. Any high-volume move above $11 will then give SGI a chance to re-fill some of its previous gap-down-day zone that started near $12.50.
- [By John Udovich]
On Thursday, small cap supercomputer stock Cray Inc (NASDAQ: CRAY) announced that it had been rewarded with one of the largest contracts in its history for $174 million to provide the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) with supercomputers – meaning its worth taking a closer look at the stock along with the performance of large caps like International Business Machines Corp (NYSE: IBM) and Hewlett-Packard Company (NYSE: HPQ) plus small cap Silicon Graphics International Corp (NASDAQ: SGI) who sort of compete with the company in the supercomputing space. I should note that over a year ago, we had Cray Inc in our SmallCap Network Elite Opportunity (SCN EO) trading portfolio when we had suggested it was potentially a good low risk longer-term play.