LONDON — Stock index futures at 7 a.m. ET indicate that the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJINDICES: ^DJI ) may open up by 0.30% this morning, while the S&P 500 (SNPINDEX: ^GSPC ) may open 0.23% higher.
European markets headed for new highs on Friday morning as strong earnings from U.K. telecoms incumbent BT Grou, and the world’s largest steelmaker, ArcelorMittal, helped lift the major indices. BT’s fourth-quarter earnings beat analysts’ estimates, and the firm raised its free cash flow forecasts ahead of previous expectations, helping to drive an 11.6% gain for the firm’s stock by 7 a.m. ET. The FTSE 100 was up 0.6% at 7 a.m., while Germany’s DAX was 0.8% higher.
Today’s U.S. Federal budget for April is due at 2 p.m. ET, but with no major economic reports or corporate earnings due today, yesterday’s after-hours results may influence trading this morning. Highlights of last night’s results include Priceline.com, which reported first-quarter profits of $4.76 per share, up from $3.54 per share during the same period last year. However, Priceline.com stock was down 2.7% in after-hours trading, most likely because the firm’s second-quarter forecast came in below analysts’ estimates. NVIDIA also released strong results, reporting adjusted first-quarter earnings of $0.18 per share, up from $0.16 per share one year ago. NVIDIA stock was up by 3.4% in German trading this morning, suggesting the stock could perform strongly when U.S. markets open.
Top 5 Quality Stocks To Buy For 2015: Drinks Americas Holdings Ltd (DKAM)
Drinks Americas Holdings, Ltd., incorporated in February 14, 2005, develops, produces, markets and/or distributes alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages for sale primarily in the continental United States. Through its majority-owned subsidiaries, Drinks imports, distributes and markets premium wine and spirits and alcoholic beverages to beverage wholesalers throughout the United States and internationally. The alcoholic products distributed by the Company are KAH Tequila, Old Whiskey River Bourbon (R), Rheingold Beer, Damiana, a Mexican liqueur, Mexicali Beer, Agave 99, Chili Devil Beer, Crazy PigAle and Red Pig Ale. In June, 2011 the Company acquired the rights to distribute and market existing brands and products from Fabrica De Tequilas Finos S.A. de C.V. (Finos) and Cervecera Mexicana, S. de R.L. de C.V. (Cerveceria). In June 2011, the Company acquired the rights to distribute and market existing brands and products through a licensing agreement with Worldwide Beverage Imports, LLC, (WBI). On November 2, 2011, the Company acquired worldwide licensing and distribution rights on both the spirits and beer products owned or licensed by WBI. In June 2013, the Company announced the development of Drinks Americas Consumer Beverage Consulting Division.
The Company owns, distributes or licenses or collects royalties from a number of Spirits Brands to include Old Whiskey River Bourbon, Damiana Liqueur and Rheingold Beer. The Company owns 25% interest in Old Whiskey River Distilling Company, LLC which owns or licenses the related trademarks and trade names associated with the Old Whiskey River products.
The Company compets with Diageo, Allied Domecq, Pernod Ricard, Brown-Forman and Bacardi & Company, Ltd.
- [By Bryan Murphy]
Say whatever you want about Drinks Americas Holdings, Ltd. (OTCMKTS:DKAM), but one thing is undeniable… this company is producing a lot of revenue despite being a very small company. More specifically, the DKAM market cap is abnormally low relative to the sales figures the company is putting up.
- [By Peter Graham]
Small cap stocks Drinks Americas Holdings, Ltd (OTCMKTS: DKAM), 7 Star Entertainment Inc (OTCMKTS: SAEE), Rising India Inc (OTCMKTS: RSII) and Big Tree Group Inc (OTCMKTS: BIGG) have all been attracting attention thanks to paid promotions. Of course, there is nothing wrong with properly disclosed and paid for promotions or investor relation activities, but they can backfire on unwary investors and traders alike. So are stock promoters blowing a bunch of hot air regarding these four small cap stocks or are they actually potential winners? Here is a quick reality check to help you decide:
Drinks Americas Holdings, Ltd (OTCMKTS: DKAM) Has One of the Top Beers of 2013
Small cap Drinks Americas Holdings mission is to identify and invest the majority brand-building resources on beers and spirits with the greatest growth potential. Currently, Drinks Americas is the exclusive United States broker for leading premium authentic Mexican beers currently available in over 32 states, hundreds of chain retailers and restaurants and is on target to be the leading broker for this growing category in each of the markets in which it operates. On Friday, Drinks Americas Holdings rose 2.15% to $0.0095 for a market cap of $280,110 plus DKAM is down 89.3% over the past year and down 94.6% over the past five years according to Google Finance.
Top 5 Quality Stocks To Buy For 2015: Fly Leasing Limited (FLY)
Fly Leasing Limited leases commercial jet aircraft worldwide. The company purchases and leases commercial aircraft under multi-year contracts to various airlines. It owns 106 aircraft. The company was formerly known as Babcock & Brown Air Limited and changed its name to Fly Leasing Limited in June 2010. Fly Leasing Limited was founded in 2007 and is headquartered in Dun Laoghaire, Ireland.
- [By Marc Bastow]
Global aircraft lessor Fly Leasing (FLY) raised its quarterly dividend 13% to 25 cents per share, payable Feb. 20 to shareholders of record Jan. 30.
FLY Stock Dividend Yield: 6.08%
- [By John Udovich]
Yesterday around midday, Netherlands based aviation leasing stock AerCap Holdings N.V. (NYSE: AER) began surging on rumors and closed up 11.6%, meaning its probably time to take a closer look at those rumors along with aviation leasing peers like small caps or mid caps Aircastle Limited (NYSE: AYR), Air Lease Corp (NYSE: AL), Fly Leasing Ltd (NYSE: FLY) and AeroCentury Corp (NYSEMKT: ACY).
- [By Eric Volkman]
Fly Leasing’s (NYSE: FLY ) dividend policy will neither soar nor dive with the company’s next payout. The firm has declared its latest quarterly dividend, which is $0.22 per share of its common stock to be paid on May 20 to shareholders of record as of April 30. That amount matches Fly Leasing’s three most recent quarterly payouts, the latest of which was dispensed in late January. Prior to that, the company handed out $0.20 per share.
Top 5 Quality Stocks To Buy For 2015: LipoScience Inc (LPDX)
LipoScience, Inc., incorporated on June 15, 2000, is a vitro diagnostic company. The Company’s diagnostic test, the nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) LipoProfile test, directly measures the number of low density lipoprotein (LDL), particles in a blood sample and provides physicians and their patients with actionable information to personalize management of risk for heart disease. As of January 25, 2013, over eight million NMR LipoProfile tests were ordered. The Vantera system is its automated clinical analyzer. In August 2012, the Company received Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clearance to market the Vantera system commercially to laboratories.
The Company’s technology platform combines signal processing algorithms and NMR spectroscopic detection into a clinical analyzer to identify and quantify concentrations of lipoproteins and, potentially, small molecule metabolites. The Company’s Vantera system is the Company’s automated clinical analyzer. The Com pany’s NMR LipoProfile test has been cleared by the FDA for use in the Company’s clinical laboratory and directly measures LDL-P for use in managing cardiovascular risk.
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LipoScience Inc.(LPDX) on Friday cut its revenue outlook for the current period after its pact with customer Health Diagnostics Laboratory Inc. was terminated. The medical-test provider said it expects the contract termination to weigh on revenue in the short and medium term.
Top 5 Quality Stocks To Buy For 2015: BorgWarner (BWA)
BorgWarner Inc., incorporated in 1987, is a global supplier of engineered automotive systems and components primarily for powertrain applications. The Company’s products are manufactured and sold worldwide, primarily to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) of light vehicles (passenger cars, sport-utility vehicles (SUVs), vans and light-trucks). The Company’s products are also sold to other OEMs of commercial vehicles (medium-duty trucks, heavy-duty trucks and buses) and off-highway vehicles (agricultural and construction machinery and marine applications). It also manufactures and sells its products to certain Tier One vehicle systems suppliers and into the aftermarket for light, commercial and off-highway vehicles. On January 31, 2011, the Company acquired 100% of the stock of Haldex Traction Holding AB (Haldex Traction Systems) of Haldex Group. In July 2012, the Company sold its spark plug business to Federal-Mogul Corporation. The Company operates manufacturing facilities serving customers in the Americas, Europe and Asia, and is an original equipment supplier to every automotive OEM in the world. As of December 31, 2011, the Company had 10 joint ventures in which it had a less-than-100% ownership interest. Engine Engine Group products include turbochargers, emissions systems, timing devices and chain products, thermal systems, diesel cold start, gasoline ignition technology and cabin heaters. The Engine Group provides turbochargers for light, commercial and off-highway applications for diesel and gasoline engine manufacturers in the Americas, Europe and Asia. As of December 31, 2011, the Company supplied light-vehicle turbochargers to many OEMs, including Volkswagen, Renault, PSA, Daimler, Hyundai, Fiat, BMW, Ford and General Motors. The Company also supplies commercial vehicle turbochargers to Daimler, Navistar, Deutz and MAN and off-highway turbochargers to Caterpillar and John Deere. The Company’s newest turbocharger technologies are its regulated two-stage turbocharging system, R2S, variable turbine geometry (VTG) turbochargers and turbochargers for gasoline direct injected engines, all of which may be found in numerous applications worldwide. Also, the Company supplies VTG turboc hargers to Renault’s 1.6 liter R9M diesel engine featured in the Megane Scenic. The Engine Group also designs and manufactures products to control emissions. These products include electric air pumps, turbo actuators using integrated electronics to control turbocharger speed and pressure ratio and exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) coolers, tubes and valves for gasoline and diesel applications. The Engine Group’s timing devices and chain products include timing chain and timing drive systems, variable cam timing (VCT) systems, crankshaft and camshaft sprockets, tensioners, guides and snubbers, HY-VO front-wheel drive (FWD) transmission chain and four-wheel drive (4WD) chain and MORSE GEMINI chain systems for light vehicles. It is a manufacturer of timing chain systems to OEMs worldwide. BorgWarner timing chain systems are featured on Ford’s family of engines, including the Duratec, Modular, and in-line four-cylinder engines, Chrysler’s 3.6 liter Pentastar engine, Volkswagen’s EA888 family, Hyundai’s Gamma, Nu and Theta families and other applications worldw ide. The Engine Group’s newest chain product technology is its VCT with mid position lock. The Company is a manufacturer of chain for FWD transmissions and 4WD transfer cases. Its HY-VO chain is used to transfer power from the engine to the drivetrain. The chain in a transfer case distributes power between a vehicle’s front and rear output shafts which, in turn, provide torque to the front and rear wheels. The Company is a global provider of engine thermal solutions for truck, agricultural and off-highway applications. The Engine Group designs, manufactures and markets viscous fan drives that control fans to sense and respond to multiple cooling requirements. The Engine Group also manufactures and markets polymer fans for engine cooling systems. The Company is a global automotive supplier of diesel cold start technology (glow plugs and instant starting systems), including its Pressure Sensor Glow Plug, which monitors and enhances the combustion process of a diesel engine, minimizing carbon dioxide (CO2) and nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions. The Company also designs and manufactures gasoline ignition technology (ignition coils) and electronic control units and sensor technology (diesel cabin heaters and selected sensors). Drivetrain The Drivetrain Group’s products are transmission components and systems, and all-wheel drive (AWD) torque management systems. The Drivetrain Group designs and manufactures automatic transmission components and modules and is a supplier to virtually every automatic transmission manufacturer in the world for conventional automatic, new dual-clutch transmissions (DCT) and automated manual transmissions. Friction and mechanical products include dual clutch modules, friction clutch modules, friction plates, transmission bands, torque converter clutches, one-way clutches and torsional vibration dampers. Controls products feature electro-hydraulic solenoids for high pressure hydraulic systems, transmission solenoid modules and dual clutch control modules. The Company’s 50%-owned joint venture in Japan, NSK-Warner Kabushiki Kaisha (NSK-Warner), is a producer of friction plates and one-way clutches in Japan. The Drivetrain Group’s torque management products include rear-wheel drive (RWD)/AWD transfer case systems, FWD/AWD electromagnetic coupling systems and advanced products. Transfer cases are installed primarily on light-trucks, SUVs, RWD based cross-over utility vehicles (CUVs) and passenger cars. The Company is engaged in the AWD market for FWD based vehicles with electromagnetic couplings that use electronically controlled clutches to distribute power to the rear wheels instantly as traction is required. As of December 31, 2011, the Company supplied its eGearDrive single-speed gearbox to the Ford Transit Connect Electric. It is engaged with traditional and non-traditional OEMs on a number of other transmission programs for plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles. The Company competes with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI), Modine, Valeo, Schaeffler Group, Tsubaki Group, Usui, NGK, Sensata, Honeywell, IHI, Behr, Pierburg, Denso, Iwis, Horton/Sachs, Bosch, Eberspacher Catem, GKN Driveline, JTEKT, Magna Powertrain, Dynax and Unick. Advisors’ Opinion:
- [By Jonas Elmerraji]
The automotive industry has fared well this past year, turning out the best sales numbers in a decade, as consumers replace a fleet that’s older on average than ever before. That brisk sales pace has been a big tailwind for parts suppliers such as BorgWarner (BWA). Even if you’re not familiar with the BorgWarner name, there’s a good chance that your car is on the road today because of this $13 billion tier-1 parts supplier — the firm makes engine and drivetrain components like turbochargers, timing belts, and transmissions for a huge group of automakers.
BorgWarner boasts a big customer list that includes the likes of Volkswagen, Ford, Daimler, and GM. The emphasis on increased efficiency without sacrificing performance has been a boost for BWA — it’s one of the reasons why the market for turbochargers has grown at brisk rates, and it’s helped user in the adoption of diesel cars here in the U.S. Like any tier-1 auto supplier, BorgWarner benefits by locked-in customers; since automakers rely on BWA to produce specific parts for specific vehicles, switching costs are extremely high if Ford or Volkswagen decide to switch suppliers. And OEMs aren’t likely to switch in the first place, since BWA’s enormous scale means that it can produce quality parts more cheaply than most.
From a financial standpoint, BorgWarner is in solid shape, with a $1.4 billion cash and investment balance more than offsetting the firm’s $1.2 billion debt load. The parts business is capital intense, but BWA has been a great capital allocator, keeping balance sheet leverage at zero. Look for a possible upside catalyst at BWA’s next earnings call this coming month.
- [By Neil Macneale]
The third-ranked stock based on our screen methodology was Borg Warner (BWA), a company that had already made an appearance in the 2-for-1 portfolio, back in 2004-06.
Top 5 Quality Stocks To Buy For 2015: Activision Blizzard Inc(ATVI)
Activision Blizzard, Inc., through its subsidiaries, publishes online, personal computer (PC), console, and handheld games worldwide. The company develops and publishes PC-based computer games and maintains its proprietary online-game related service, Battle.net. It publishes interactive software products and peripherals. Its products cover various game categories, such as action/adventure, action sports, racing, role-playing, simulation, first-person action, music, and strategy. Activision?s products comprise Monsters vs. Aliens, Guitar Hero, X-Men Origins, PROTOTYPE, Transformers, Ice Age, Wolfenstein, Marvel Ultimate Alliance, Bakugan Battle Brawlers, DJ Hero, Band Hero, Call of Duty, Tony Hawk, Guitar Hero, Three map packs for Call of Duty, True Crime, Spider-Man, Bakugan, Blur, and Singularity. Its customers include retail outlets and distributors, including mass-market retailers, consumer electronics stores, discount warehouses, and game specialty stores. Activision Blizzard, Inc. is based in Santa Monica, California. Activision Blizzard, Inc. operates as a subsidiary of Vivendi.
- [By Leo Sun]
How The Sims redefined PC gaming
Back in 2000, Valve’s shooter Half-Life, Activision Blizzard’s (NASDAQ: ATVI ) dungeon crawler Diablo II, and real-time strategy hit Starcraft defined PC gaming.
- [By kcpl]
The fading popularity of Activision Blizzard’s (ATVI) games has been a worry for NetEase (NTES) for quite long time now. This was reflected in the company’s recent results that were not very impressive as it posted weaker-than-expected revenue and earnings.
- [By Leo Sun]
Earlier this year, Superannuation estimated that Ubisoft’s production budget for Watch Dogs had hit $68 million. Although that would be significantly less than Activision Blizzard’s (NASDAQ: ATVI ) $140 million budget for Destiny and Take-Two’s (NASDAQ: TTWO ) $265 million budget for GTA V, it still represents a very confident investment for a new IP.