Top 5 Rising Companies To Invest In 2014

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Top 5 Rising Companies To Invest In 2014: Tower Group Inc.(TWGP)

Tower Group, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides commercial, specialty, and personal property and casualty insurance products and services to businesses in various industries and to individuals in the United States. The company offers commercial multiple-peril packages that comprise property, liability, business interruption, equipment breakdown, fidelity, and inland marine coverages; workers? compensation policies; commercial and personal automobile policies; personal packages; and mono-line commercial general liability and commercial umbrella policies for individuals and business owners. It also writes commercial fire and allied lines policies for the protection of commercial buildings; and inland marine insurance protection for the property of businesses that is not at a fixed location and for items of personal property that are easily transportable, including builders risk, contractors? equipment and installation, domestic transit and transportation, fine arts, pr operty floaters, and leased property. In addition, the company provides homeowners and personal dwellings policies, which offer property and liability coverages for one and two-family, and owner-occupied residences; and additional coverage to the homeowner for personal umbrella and personal inland marine. Further, it offers various services, such as underwriting, claims administration, operational and technology services for other insurance companies. The company markets its products and services through its independent retail, wholesale, and program underwriting agents. Tower Group, Inc. was founded in 1989 and is headquartered in New York, New York.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Mark Hulbert]

    The stocks are C.H. Robinson Worldwide (CHRW)  , a freight-transportation company; chip maker Cirrus Logic (CRUS)  ; independent oil company Forest Oil (FST)  ; investment bank Greenhill & Co. (GHL)  ; Intrepid Potash (IPI)  , a fertilizer company; retailer J.C. Penney (JCP)  ; Quest Diagnostics (DGX)  , a medical diagnostic company; Strayer Education (STRA)  , a for-profit college; Tower Group International (TWGP)  , an insurance company; and Windstream Holdings (WIN)  , a rural telecommunications firm.

  • [By Lauren Pollock]

    Tower Group International Ltd.(TWGP), which is struggling due to a soured acquisition, Friday reported its second-quarter financial results after previously postponing the release twice before. Tower Group said its loss widened in the quarter on $578 million in charges to strengthen its loss reserves and a balance sheet writedown.

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    Bullish economic news helped the Dow finally hold onto the 16,000 level at the end of the day, even after three previous forays had failed to result in a close above that figure. Even amid the general enthusiasm over stocks as the year draws to a close, GameStop (NYSE: GME  ) , American Railcar Industries (NASDAQ: ARII  ) , and Tower Group International (NASDAQ: TWGP  ) all fell sharply. Let’s figure out why these stocks dropped so badly and what their moves could mean for the broader market.

Top 5 Rising Companies To Invest In 2014: CTS Corporation (CTS)

CTS Corporation engages in the design, manufacture, assembly, and sale of electronic components and sensors, as well as the provision of electronics manufacturing services. It offers automotive sensors and actuators used in commercial or consumer vehicles; electronic components used in communications infrastructure and computer markets; components used in computer and other high-speed applications, switches, resistor networks, and potentiometers; and fabricated piezoelectric materials and substrates used primarily in medical, industrial, defense and aerospace, and computer markets. The company markets and sells its products through its sales engineers, independent manufacturers’ representatives, and distributors. It has operations in China, Japan, Scotland, Singapore, India, Taiwan, and the United States. CTS Corporation was founded in 1896 and is based in Elkhart, Indiana.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Marc Bastow]

    When earnings reports roll in, so do the dividend increases. This week, we saw a veritable tidal wave of dividend increases, from Megacap stocks like Halliburton (HAL) and Whole Foods (WFM) to smaller players like  CTS Corporation (CTS), companies were scrambling to boost their dividend payouts. A total of 23 companies increased their dividends this week.

  • [By Seth Jayson]

    CTS (NYSE: CTS  ) reported earnings on July 22. Here are the numbers you need to know.

    The 10-second takeaway
    For the quarter ended June 30 (Q2), CTS missed estimates on revenues and beat expectations on earnings per share.

Top 5 Rising Companies To Invest In 2014: Matahari Department Store Tbk PT (LPPF)

PT Matahari Department Store Tbk operates as a multi-format retailer. The Company, based in Indonesia, operates as the Department Store division of Matahari Putra Prima. The Matahari Group is Indonesia’s multi-format retailer with core retail businesses in fashion and household groceries businesses targeted for middle – upper middle consumers throughout the country. Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Emma O’Brien]

    PT Matahari Department Store (LPPF), Indonesia’s largest retailer, climbed 7.7 percent to 14,000 rupiah after the stock was added to the MSCI Emerging Markets Index.

Top 5 Rising Companies To Invest In 2014: HealthStream Inc (HSTM)

HealthStream, Inc. (HealthStream), incorporated in September 27, 1990, provides Internet-based learning and research solutions for healthcare organizations. The Company’s learning products are used by healthcare organizations to meet a range of their training, certification, and development needs, while its research products provide the customers information about patients’ experiences, workforce engagement, physician relations, and community perceptions of their services. HealthStream’s products and services are organized into two segments: HealthStream Learning and HealthStream Research. HealthStream’s customers include healthcare organizations, pharmaceutical and medical device companies, and other participants in the healthcare industry. Its customer base across both learning and research business units includes over 3,000 healthcare organizations (predominately acute-care facilities) throughout all 50 states of the United States. In March 2014, the Company acq uired Health Care Compliance Strategies, Inc., a Jericho, New York-based company focused on interactive and engaging online compliance training for healthcare organizations.

The Company’s core learning product is the HealthStream Learning Center (HLC), its learning platform provided through the Internet through software-as-a-service (SaaS) model. As of December 31, 2012, HealthStream had approximately 3.1 million contracted, primarily hospital-based subscribers, to the HLC platform. It delivers educational and training courseware to its customers through the HLC platform. Its research products and service offerings include satisfaction surveys, data analyses of survey results, and other research-based measurement tools focused on patients, physicians, employees, and members of the community. The Company’s core research product is the Patient Insights survey.

HealthStream Learning & Talent Management

Within HealthStream Learning & Ta lent Management, the Company brings training, assessment and! education content together with administrative and management tools through its HLC , HCC, and HPC. It also offers a more streamlined version of the HLC, HealthStream Express, along with HealthStream Connect, a content delivery platform that is designed for the singular purpose of allowing access to its content libraries. These content libraries allow HLC platform customers to subscribe to an array of additional courseware. Additionally, through its Hospital Direct capability in the HLC, medical device companies can offer online training support for their products and sponsor continuing education directly to healthcare workers.

The Company’s learning management system supports healthcare administrators in configuring training to meet the needs of various groups of employees, modifying training materials, and documenting training completion. It offer training, implementation, and account management services to facilitate adoption of its platform. Offered via a SaaS model, its Internet-based platform and its courseware are hosted in a central data center that allows authorized subscribers Internet access to its services.

In addition to the HLC, the Company offers an array of platform extensions, each serving a function for hospitals and health systems. The Authoring Center is a platform extension that provides healthcare organizations the capability to create Internet-based courses by moving their existing course material online or self-authoring new material and electively sharing these materials with its other customers through a courseware exchange. It also offers Authoring Pro, an upgraded product, which includes a licensed image library, as an additional subscription to this product. The HealthStream Competency Center (HCC) is its SaaS-based platform extension for competency management solution for healthcare organizations, provides customers tools to assess competency and appraise performance.

SimCe nter, the Company’s platform extension offer products and ! services ! focused on accelerating the global adoption of simulation-based learning by healthcare providers with a focus on improving clinical competencies and patient outcomes. The new venture offers healthcare organizations and medical and nursing schools worldwide a range of integrated SaaS applications that accelerate development and distribution of simulation content; enable enterprise-wide management of simulation centers, simulators, and programs, and support assessment of the effectiveness of simulation training as part of complete curricula.

The HealthStream Improvement Center is a SaaS-based platform extension related to its research offering. This extension is an online system for hospital leaders to optimize and accelerate the execution of improvement plans, including those based on results from its patient, employee, physician, and community surveys. The Improvement Center, a licensed technology, is one of a number of solutions from HealthStream Research that include a line of survey products, national benchmarks, HCAHPS Improvement Library, consulting services, and other support tools.

HealthStream Research

HealthStream Research complements HealthStream Learning’s product and service offerings by providing hospital-based customers with Patient Insights, Employee Insights, Physician Insights, and Community Insights surveys, data analyses of survey results, and other research-based measurement tools. Its services are designed to provide thorough analyses that provide insightful recommendations for change; benchmarking capability using its databases, and consulting services to identify solutions for its customers based on their survey results. Its survey and research solutions focus on providing valid data to assist its customers. In addition to collecting and reporting data, the Company provides analysis and consulting to help customers understand their survey results and the underlying impact on their business. It is with this insight that healthcare organizati! ons are a! ble to develop plans for improved performance that can be delivered through its learning solutions.

The Company competes with Cornerstone OnDemand, Healthcare Source, Oracle, SABA, SAP, SumTotal Systems, Avatar International, Gallup, National Research Corporation, Press Ganey Associates, Professional Research Consultants, Inc., Kenexa, Foresight, B-Line Medical, CAE/Meti, and EMS

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jake L’Ecuyer]

    Healthstream (NASDAQ: HSTM) was down, falling 4.28 percent to $25.94 after Northland Securities downgraded the stock from Outperform to Market Perform and lowered the target price from $43 to $30.

  • [By Jake L’Ecuyer]

    Healthstream (NASDAQ: HSTM) was down, falling 4.28 percent to $25.94 after Northland Securities downgraded the stock from Outperform to Market Perform and lowered the target price from $43 to $30.

  • [By Seth Jayson]

    Calling all cash flows
    When you are trying to buy the market’s best stocks, it’s worth checking up on your companies’ free cash flow once a quarter or so, to see whether it bears any relationship to the net income in the headlines. That’s what we do with this series. Today, we’re checking in on Healthstream (Nasdaq: HSTM  ) , whose recent revenue and earnings are plotted below.

Top 5 Rising Companies To Invest In 2014: Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA (NAS)

Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA is a Norway-based company active in the low-cost airline industry. It operates scheduled services with additional charter services. It has a route portfolio that stretches across Europe into North Africa and the Middle East, as well as Thailand and the US. The Company operates approximately 400 routes and over 120 destinations. It has a fleet of over 80 jet aircrafts, including Boeings 737-800, Boeings 787-8 Dreamliners, Boeings 737 MAX8 and Airbuses A320neo. It is the parent company of the Norwegian Group and operates through subsidiaries, including Norwegian Air Shuttle Polska Sp z o o, Norwegian Air Shuttle Sweden AB, Call Norwegian AS, NAS Asset Management Norway AS, among others. Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By GURUFOCUS]

    EMC’s products – both hardware and software – are litearlly a geek’s wonderland alphabet soup, which include Storage Area Network (SAN), Network Attached Storage (NAS), Direct Attached Storage (DAS), Virtual SAN, All-Flash XtremIO, Atmos, Avamar,  Data Domain, Isilon, Pivotal, ViPR Software Defined Storgae, VMAX, VNX, VNXe, VPLEX, VSPEX (none of these are typos).  Information storage makes up 70% of revenues and virtualization 23% of revenues.  Products generate 55% of revenues.  Services generate 45% of revenues.  The Company’s gross profit split is approximaltey 67% data storage and 31% virtualization.