Ford (NYSE: F ) and General Motors (NYSE: GM ) have had a terrible time in Europe recently. Each lost nearly $2 billion in the region last year, and both are expected to lose big again in 2013. Turnaround plans are under way, but continued declines in Europe’s new-car sales have raised doubts about their chances of success.
But some good news for a change: Sales were up slightly last month, amid signs that the situation is stabilizing. In this video, Fool contributor John Rosevear looks at the state of the European new-car market — and at why the latest developments bode well for the bottom lines at both Ford and GM.
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Top 5 Net Payout Yield Stocks For 2015: Black Box Corporation(BBOX)
Black Box Corporation provides network infrastructure services for communications systems worldwide. Its services include design, installation, integration, monitoring, and maintenance of voice, data, and integrated communications systems. The company also offers voice communications solutions, technology product solutions, premises cabling, and other data-related services, as well as provides technical support services for its solutions, which include hotline services, consultation, site surveys, design and engineering, project management, single-site and multi-site installations, remote monitoring, and certification and maintenance of voice, data, and integrated communication solutions. It sells its products and services to small organizations, corporations, and institutions through its catalogs, on-site services offices, and Internet Web site. The company was founded in 1973 and is headquartered in Lawrence, Pennsylvania.
- [By Jake L’Ecuyer]
Top losers in the sector included China Unicom (Hong Kong) (NYSE: CHU), off 4.5 percent, and Black Box (NASDAQ: BBOX), down 3 percent.
The Boeing Company (NYSE: BA) reported better-than-expected first-quarter profit. Boeing’s quarterly profit declined to $965 million, or $1.28 per share, from a year-ago profit of $1.11 billion, or $1.44 per share. Its adjusted earnings surged to $1.76 per share compared to $1.73 per share. Its revenue climbed to $20.47 billion versus $18.89 billion. However, analysts were projecting earnings of $1.57 per share on revenue of $20.24 billion. For the full year, Boeing expects adjusted earnings of $7.15 to $7.35 per share.
- [By Evan Niu, CFA]
What: Shares of Black Box (NASDAQ: BBOX ) have popped today by more than 19% after the company reported earnings and boosted its dividend.
- [By Rich Duprey]
Communications specialist Black Box (NASDAQ: BBOX ) announced today its third-quarter dividend of $0.09 per share, the same rate it paid last month after raising the quarterly payout 12.5% from $0.08 per share.
Top 5 Net Payout Yield Stocks For 2015: Regal Entertainment Group(RGC)
Regal Entertainment Group, through its subsidiaries, operates a theatre circuit in the United States. The company develops, acquires, and operates multi-screen theatres primarily in mid-sized metropolitan markets and suburban growth areas of larger metropolitan markets under the Regal Cinemas, United Artists, and Edwards brand names. As of February 13, 2012, it operated 6,614 screens in 527 theatres in 37 states and the District of Columbia. Regal Entertainment Group was founded in 2002 and is based in Knoxville, Tennessee.
- [By WWW.DAILYFINANCE.COM]
www.sixflags.com Major market indexes may be hitting new highs, but not everyone is celebrating. Given the lofty stock valuations and slowly expanding economy, many investors are starting to hunt for high-yielding stocks that can provide some steady income to help offset any upcoming market declines. Utility stocks, real estate investment trusts and limited partnerships are magnetic because of their chunky yields, but let’s look beyond the obvious high-payers. Let’s check out a few investments generating high payouts in some unlikely places. Six Flags (SIX) — 5.1 percent yield It seems as if you can’t run an amusement park chain as a public company without rewarding your stakeholders with some spending money for the next time they hit the park. This can probably be attributed to Cedar Fair (FUN), which as a limited partnership shells out most of its profits as distributions. This translated into a head-turning yield of 5.7 percent. Six Flags isn’t too shabby, presently yielding more than 5 percent. Even SeaWorld (SEAS) is now brandishing a yield north of 4 percent, largely the result of losing nearly a third of its value after a poorly received quarterly report a few weeks ago. Running a theme park isn’t cheap. It takes frequent sizable investments during the off-seasons to beef up the attractions. However, Six Flags is finding a way to build out its gated attractions while still being able to return money to its shareholders. Mattel (MAT) — 4.3 percent yield Barbie, Hot Wheels and American Girl are just some of the famous playthings produced by Mattel. Barbie sales have slowed in recent years, plunging 15 percent in Mattel’s latest quarter, and having a few more hit toys and games this upcoming holiday season wouldn’t hurt. The toy-making giant has been struggling lately, missing Wall Street’s profit targets in each of the past three quarters. Still, toy makers apparently don’t play games when it comes to their payouts. Rival Hasbro (HAS) — the to
- [By Teresa Rivas]
FBR’s Barton Crockett reiterated an Outperform rating and $39 price target: “Cinemark’s 2Q14 earnings report was encouraging in a difficult period. Revenues beat our expectations on upside in box office per screen growth in Latin America and U.S. concession pricing. Adj. EBITDA beat because of U.S. expenses. Domestically, while Cinemark’s box office trend was in-line with our estimate, it did not feature the Imax/faith-based movie mix headwinds that resulted in underperformance at Regal Entertainment (RGC) and AMC Entertainment (AMC).”
- [By Brian Nichols]
Thanks to visionaries like Steve Jobs, Jeff Bezos, Reed Hastings, and Larry Page, the way we view, interact, and process data has changed and this includes all of the major industries within technology and entertainment. Today, it’s a mobile world, yet the one industry that remains unchanged is very much the movie industry. According to DreamWorks Animation (NASDAQ: DWA ) CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg, this could spell trouble, especially for the likes of Carmike Cinemas (NASDAQ: CKEC ) , Regal Entertainment (NYSE: RGC ) , and AMC Entertainment Holdings (NYSE: AMC ) .
Top 5 Net Payout Yield Stocks For 2015: Signet Jewelers Limited(SIG)
Signet Jewelers Limited operates as a specialty jewelry retailer in the United States, the United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland, and the Channel Islands. The company retails jewelry, watches, and associated services. As of January 28, 2012, it operated a network of 1,318 stores in 50 states in the United States that trade nationally in malls and off-mall locations as ?Kay Jewelers?, and regionally under various mall-based brands, as well as operated as destination superstores under the ?Jared The Galleria Of Jewelry? trade name. The company also operated a network of 535 stores in the United Kingdom, including 14 stores in the Republic of Ireland and 3 in the Channel Islands under the ?H.Samuel?, ?Ernest Jones?, and ?Leslie Davis? trade names in high street locations and shopping malls. Signet Jewelers Limited was founded in 1950 and is based in Hamilton, Bermuda.
- [By MONEYMORNING.COM]
Retail Stocks to Watch No. 9: Signet Jewelers Ltd. (NYSE: SIG)
One-year retail sales growth: 9.5%
Total 2013 U.S. sales: $3.6 billion
Signet likes to grow by acquisition, as it has gobbled up Kay Jewelers, Jared, Earnest Jones, H. Samuel, and, earlier this year, Zales. Signet also increased its number of U.S. stores in 2013 by 10.4% to 1,471. The stock is up 15.6% over the past month. SIG closed at $117.54.
- [By Sara Murphy]
As part of the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit, representatives from Intel (NASDAQ: INTC ) , Motorola Solutions (NYSE: MSI ) , Ford (NYSE: F ) (NYSE: F ) , and Signet Jewelers (NYSE: SIG ) participated in a round-table discussion on responsible minerals sourcing, hosted by the Enough Project at the Center for American Progress. Each of these companies has developed robust systems that aim to eliminate the terrible human cost associated with the minerals they need to make their products. They are working with the Enough Project, an NGO that works to provide a framework for best practices.
Top 5 Net Payout Yield Stocks For 2015: Inphi Corporation (IPHI)
Inphi Corporation provides high-speed analog and mixed signal semiconductor solutions for the communications, datacenter, and computing markets worldwide. Its analog and mixed signal semiconductor solutions offer high signal integrity at data speeds while reducing system power consumption. The companys semiconductor solutions are designed to address bandwidth bottlenecks in networks, maximize throughput and minimize latency in computing environments, and enable the rollout of next generation communications, datacenter, and computing infrastructures. Its solutions provide a high-speed interface between analog signals and digital information in high-performance systems, such as telecommunications transport systems, enterprise networking equipment, datacenters and enterprise servers, storage platforms, test and measurement equipment, and military systems. The company also provides 40G and 100G high-speed analog semiconductor solutions for the communications market and high- speed memory interface solutions for the computing market. Its products include amplifiers and modulator drivers, clock and data recovery, isolation memory buffer, register, and SerDes products that perform a range of functions, such as amplifying, encoding, multiplexing, demultiplexing, retiming, and buffering data and clock signals at speeds up to 100 Gbps. Inphi Corporation sells its products directly through its sales force, as well as through a network of sales representatives and distributors to original equipment manufacturers. The company was formerly known as TCom Communications, Inc. and changed its name to Inphi Corporation in February 2001. Inphi Corporation was founded in 2000 and is headquartered in Santa Clara, California.
- [By Garrett Cook]
Inphi (NASDAQ: IPHI) shares were also up, gaining 26.11 percent to $16.14 after the company announced its plans to acquire Cortina Systems.
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- [By Garrett Cook]
Inphi (NASDAQ: IPHI) shares were also up, gaining 33.19 percent to $17.04 after the company announced its plans to acquire Cortina Systems.
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- [By Roberto Pedone]
Inphi (IPHI) provides high-speed analog and mixed signal semiconductor solutions for the communications, datacenter and computing markets. This stock closed up 4.7% at $13.25 in Monday’s trading session.
Monday’s Volume: 838,000
Three-Month Average Volume: 202,080
Volume % Change: 378%
From a technical perspective, IPHI jumped higher here right above some near-term support at $12.44 with heavy upside volume. This stock has been uptrending strong for the last five months, with shares soaring higher from its low of $8.62 to its intraday high of $13.85. During that uptrend, shares of IPHI have been consistently making higher lows and higher highs, which is bullish technical price action. That move briefly pushed shares of IPHI into breakout territory, since the stock flirted with some near-term overhead resistance at $13.50.
Traders should now look for long-biased trades in IPHI as long as it’s trending above some near-term support at $12.44 and then once it sustains a move or close above its new 52-week high at $13.85 with volume that hits near or above 202,080 shares. If we get that move soon, then IPHI will set up to enter new 52-week-high territory, which is bullish technical price action. Some possible upside targets off that move are its next major overhead resistance levels at $14.79 to $16.94, or possibly even $18.
Top 5 Net Payout Yield Stocks For 2015: DXP Enterprises Inc.(DXPE)
DXP Enterprises, Inc. engages in distributing maintenance, repair, and operating (MRO) products, equipment, and services to industrial customers in the United States. Its Service Centers segment provides MRO products, equipment and services, including technical design expertise and logistics capabilities to industrial customers with the ability to provide same day delivery. This segment?s product categories comprise rotating equipment, bearing, power transmission, hose, fluid power, metal working, industrial supply, and safety products; and services consist of field safety supervision, in-house and field repair, and maintenance services. The company?s Supply Chain Services segment manages the supply-chain of its customers from various industries. This segment designs supply chain inventory management programs, including SmartAgreement, a procurement solution for MRO categories; SmartBuy, an on-site or centralized MRO procurement solution; SmartSource, an on-site procurem e nt and storeroom management solutions; SmartStore, an e-catalog solution; SmartVend, an industrial dispensing solution; and SmartServ, an integrated service pump solution. Its Innovative Pumping Solutions segment fabricates and assembles custom-made engineered pump packages consisting of diesel and electric driven firewater, pipeline booster, potable water packages, pigging pump packages, LACT charge units, chemical injection pump packages wash down units, seawater lift pumps, jockey pumps, condensate pump packages, cooling water skids, and seawater/produced water injection packages. DXP Enterprises, Inc. distributes its products and services through service centers and distribution centers to customers in the oil and gas, food and beverage, petrochemical, transportation, mining, construction, chemical, municipal, agriculture, pulp and paper, and other general industrial industries. The company was founded in 1908 and is headquartered in Houston, Texas.
- [By Lisa Levin]
DXP Enterprises (NASDAQ: DXPE) shares climbed 3.46% to $68.42. The volume of DXP Enterprises shares traded was 771% higher than normal. DXP Enterprises’ PEG ratio is 0.64.
- [By Rich Smith]
Houston-based DXP Enterprises (NASDAQ: DXPE ) has purchased Canada’s National Process Equipment, also known as Natpro, the company announced Wednesday. In so doing, DXP expanded its industrial equipment wholesaling business to include Natpro’s portfolio of pumps, integrated system packaging, compressors, and related equipment.
- [By Seth Jayson]
Margins matter. The more DXP Enterprises (Nasdaq: DXPE ) keeps of each buck it earns in revenue, the more money it has to invest in growth, fund new strategic plans, or (gasp!) distribute to shareholders. Healthy margins often separate pretenders from the best stocks in the market. That’s why we check up on margins at least once a quarter in this series. I’m looking for the absolute numbers, so I can compare them to current and potential competitors, and any trend that may tell me how strong DXP Enterprises’s competitive position could be.
- [By Eric Volkman]
The position vacated by Salix in the S&P SmallCap 600 will be filled by Agree Realty (NYSE: ADC ) . Elsewhere on that index, DXP Enterprises (NASDAQ: DXPE ) will replace True Religion Apparel (NASDAQ: TRLG ) . As with Gardner Denver in the S&P MidCap 400, True Religion Apparel is being acquired, in this case by private equity firm TowerBrook Capital Partners.