Which company will rule the America TV experience? Will it be primarily hardware or software based? Will it be a cable company which relies on ancient set-tops and primitive pay per view? An online service like Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) TV, or Netflix (NASDAQ: NFLX). Or will some hardware company like Intel created a product which can take place of those boxes installed by cable and satellite companies a generation ago?
Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) made an case that it might talk a large portion of the business to control media in the American living room. Its Xbox, which it has always hoped would replace the dwindling influence of the home PC, sold out its new version in a day. According to the world’s largest software company:
Following a worldwide celebration, Xbox One launched in 13 markets on Nov. 22 to great fanfare. The team is excited to confirm the launch of Xbox One was the biggest launch in Xbox history, with more than one million consoles sold through worldwide in less than 24 hours – surpassing day one Xbox 360 sales and setting a new record for Microsoft.
Top Clean Energy Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Insteel Industries Inc.(IIIN)
Insteel Industries, Inc. manufactures and markets steel wire reinforcing products for concrete construction applications. The company offers pre-stressed concrete strand (PC strand) and welded wire reinforcement (WWR) products. Its PC strand is a high strength seven-wire strand that is used to impart compression forces into precast concrete elements and structures, which may be either pre-tensioned or post-tensioned, providing reinforcement for bridges, parking decks, buildings, and other concrete structures. The company?s WWR is produced as either a standard or a specially engineered reinforcing product for use in nonresidential and residential construction. Its products comprise concrete pipe reinforcement, an engineered made-to-order product that is used as the primary reinforcement in concrete pipe, box culverts, and precast manholes for drainage and sewage systems, water treatment facilities, and other related applications; engineered structural mesh, an engineered m ade-to-order product, which is used as the primary reinforcement for concrete elements or structures; and standard welded wire reinforcement, a secondary reinforcing product for crack control applications in residential and light nonresidential construction, including driveways, sidewalks, and various slab-on-grade applications. Insteel Industries sells its products through sales representatives to the manufacturers of concrete products, distributors, and rebar fabricators in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Central and South America. The company was founded in 1958 and is headquartered in Mount Airy, North Carolina.
- [By Seth Jayson]
Insteel Industries (Nasdaq: IIIN ) reported earnings on April 18. Here are the numbers you need to know.
The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended March 30 (Q2), Insteel Industries missed estimates on revenues and beat expectations on earnings per share.
- [By Rich Duprey]
With steely reserve, Insteel Industries (NASDAQ: IIIN ) declared it will pay a quarterly cash dividend of $0.03 per share on June 28 to shareholders of record at the close of business on June 14.
- [By Seth Jayson]
Insteel Industries (Nasdaq: IIIN ) reported earnings on July 18. Here are the numbers you need to know.
The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended June 29 (Q3), Insteel Industries met expectations on revenues and missed estimates on earnings per share.
Top Clean Energy Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Hologic Inc.(HOLX)
Hologic Inc. develops, manufactures, and supplies diagnostic, medical imaging systems, and surgical products for the healthcare needs of women. The company operates in four segments: Breast Health, Diagnostics, GYN Surgical, and Skeletal Health. The Breast Health segment offers breast imaging products, such as Selenia full field digital mammography system, breast tomosynthesis, healthcome mammography products, screen-film mammography systems, SecurView workstation, CAD systems, stereotactic breast biopsy systems, breast biopsy products, breast brachytherapy products, MammoPad breast cushions, and photoconductor coatings, as well as Sentinelle medical MRI breast coils and workstations. This segment also develops a breast imaging platform, Dimensions, which utilizes a tomosynthesis technology to produce 3D images. The Diagnostics segment provides ThinPrep system, a solution for cervical cancer screening; rapid fetal fibronectin test for pre-term birth risk assessment; and hu man papillomavirus offering and InVitro diagnostics for cervical cancer tests. The GYN Surgical segment offers NovaSure system, a minimally-invasive procedure that allows physicians to treat women suffering from excessive menstrual bleeding; MyoSure system for the hysteroscopic removal of fibroids; and Adiana system, a form of permanent female contraception intended as an alternative to tubal ligation. The Skeletal Health segment provides QDR X-Ray bone densitometers that assess the bone density of fracture sites; Sahara clinical bone sonometers, which assess the bone density of heels; and Mini C-Arm imaging systems that are used to perform minimally invasive surgical procedures on a patient?s extremities. Hologic Inc. sells its products through a combination of direct sales and service forces, a network of independent distributors, and sales representatives primarily in the United States, Europe, and the Asia-Pacific. The company was founded in 1985 and is headquartered in Bedford, Massachusetts.
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Hologic Inc.(HOLX) named Eric Compton as its chief operating officer, a newly created position, amid a handful of leadership changes at the medical-equipment maker. Mr. Compton most recently worked as the world-wide president of Johnson & Johnson’s Ortho-Clinical Diagnostics. J&J(JJSF) in January agreed to sell the blood-testing business for $4.15 billion to Carlyle Group L.P(CG).
- [By Michael Calia]
Hologic Inc.(HOLX) swung to a fiscal first-quarter loss as revenue weakened, driven by declines in its diagnostics segment, although adjusted earnings and revenue beat expectations.
- [By Myra P. Saefong]
After the close Monday, fourth-quarter results are due from the Hartford Financial Services Group Inc. (HIG) , which is projected to report earnings of 90 cents per share, Edwards LifeSciences Corp. (EW) , expected to post earnings per share of 82 cents and General Growth Properties Inc. (GGP) , expected to report a profit per share of 35 cents. For its first quarter, Hologic Inc. (HOLX) is expected to post earnings per share of 31 cents.
Top Clean Energy Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Kinross Gold Corporation(KGC)
Kinross Gold Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, engages in mining and processing gold ores. It also involves in the exploration and acquisition of gold bearing properties. The company?s gold production and exploration activities are carried out principally in the Americas, Africa, and the Russian Federation. As of December 31, 2010, its proven and probable mineral reserves were 62.4 million ounces of gold, 90.9 million ounces of silver, and 1.4 billion pounds of copper. The company was founded in 1972 and is based in Toronto, Canada.
- [By Jim Jubak]
At $1300 an ounce, Goldcorp’s assumed price of gold is still significantly above the $1140 at Barrick Gold (ABX) or the $1,200 an ounce at Kinross Gold (KGC). I expect that Yamana Gold AUY, set to report on February 18, which already used a price assumption below $1300 an ounce, will reduce its price assumption even further. That leaves plenty of room for another reduction in reserves at Goldcorp on a lower assumed price. Gold closed at $1273 an ounce on average in the fourth quarter of 2013, 4% lower than in the third quarter and 26% less than in the fourth quarter of 2012.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
Gold miners are getting a boost today from solid earnings from the likes of Barrick Gold (ABX), Goldcorp (GG) and Agnico Eagle Mines (AEM). The exception: Kinross Gold (KGC), which missed earnings forecasts and cut its reserves.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
January is nearing an end, and that means one thing: Gold miners will start announcing earnings. New Gold (NGD) will get things started on Feb 6, followed by Kinross Gold (KGC) on Feb. 12 and Goldcorp (GG) and Barrick Gold (ABX) on Feb. 13.
Top Clean Energy Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Blackhawk Network Holdings Inc (HAWK)
Blackhawk Network Holdings, Inc., incorporated on January 27, 2006, is a prepaid payment network utilizing technology to offer a range of gift cards, other prepaid products and payment services in the United States and 18 other countries. The Company is a third-party distributor of gift. Its product offerings include gift cards, prepaid telecom products and prepaid financial services products (including general purpose reloadable (GPR), cards and its reload network). In addition, it sells physical and electronic gift cards to consumers through both online distributors and its Website, GiftCardMall.com. It offers gift cards from consumer brands, such as Amazon.com, Applebee’s, iTunes, Lowe’s, Macy’s and Starbucks and from payment networks, such as American Express, MasterCard and Visa. In addition, it distributes GPR, cards provided by Green Dot and NetSpend, as well as PayPower, its own GPR card. REloadit, its reload network, allows consumers to reload funds onto cer tain of their previously purchased GPR cards. In November 2013, Blackhawk Network Holdings Inc completed the acquisition of InteliSpend Prepaid Solutions. Effective December 2013, Blackhawk Network Holdings Inc, a unit of Safeway Inc, acquired Retailo AG.
The Company also offers prepaid solutions, including functionality and connectivity for digital wallet products within digital payments space, as well as an online gift card exchange called Cardpool. The Company’s extensive prepaid network provides benefits to its three primary constituents: consumers who purchase the products and services it offers, content providers who offer branded gift cards and other prepaid products that are redeemable for goods and services, and distribution partners who sell those products. Its extensive network connects to more than 500 content providers and over 100,000 active retail distribution locations, providing access to over 160 million consumer visits per week. For consume rs, the Company provides a variety of brands and content at ! retail distribution locations and online. For its content providers, it provides access to millions of consumers and creates new customer relationships. For its distribution partners, it provides product category that drives incremental store traffic and customer loyalty. It also distributes prepaid telecom products offered by prepaid wireless telecom brands. The Company distributes its products across multiple traffic channels, such as grocery, convenience, specialty and online retailers.
- [By Bloomberg]
Matthew Staver/Bloomberg via Getty Images Cerberus Capital Management’s $9 billion deal to merge Safeway (SWY) with Albertsons is a bet that a larger supermarket chain can better fend off an attack on the grocery business by big-box stores and online retailers. Safeway, the No. 2 grocery-store operator in the U.S., agreed Thursday to be acquired by Cerberus’s Albertsons for about $40 a share. The deal will unite two chains with locations across the country — especially in the West — and narrow Kroger’s (KR) lead as the nation’s top supermarket company. Cerberus, a private-equity firm that has spent years investing in the supermarket industry, will use the new company’s heft to combat a growing array of threats. Big-box retailers such as Walmart Stores (WMT) and warehouse clubs are increasingly targeting grocery customers, using their size and breadth of products to attract shoppers. Online food sellers and delivery services, including Amazon.com (AMZN), also have made neighborhood supermarkets less essential than before. “This merger will improve our competitive position,” Safeway Chief Executive Officer Robert Edwards, who will be in charge of the combined company, said Thursday on a conference call. “Our customers will benefit from significant cost saving synergies and a stronger management team.” Safeway shares fell as much as 6.3 percent to $37 in extended trading, reflecting concerns the deal may not close at the current price. The shares had increased 21 percent this year through the close of regular trading Thursday, outpacing the 1.6 percent gain of the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index. Blackhawk Network As part of the agreement, investors will get $32.50 a share in cash, plus stock in Safeway’s gift-card unit Blackhawk Network Holdings (HAWK), according to a statement Thursday. Safeway, based in Pleasanton, Calif., had said last month that it was in talks about a sale of the company. Assuming a diluted share count of about 235 million shares,
- [By Andrew Marder]
More recently, the company IPO’d its gift-card business last week as Blackhawk Network Holdings (NASDAQ: HAWK ) . Safeway sold off about 22% of its holding, generating $243 million in cash, which the company used to repay some of its debt. That will be reflected in the next earnings statement.
Top Clean Energy Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Biogen Idec Inc(BIIB)
Biogen Idec Inc. discovers, develops, manufactures, and markets therapies for the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases, hemophilia, and autoimmune disorders in the United States and internationally. Its marketed products include the AVONEX for the treatment of relapsing multiple sclerosis (MS); RITUXAN for treating relapsed or refractory, CD20-positive, and B-cell Non-Hodgkin?s lymphoma (NHL); TYSABRI to treat relapsing MS; FUMADERM for the treatment of severe plaque psoriasis in adult patients; and FAMPYRA, an oral compound for the improvement of walking in adult patients with MS with walking disability. Biogen Idec Inc.?s products under Phase III consist of PEGylated interferon beta-1a designed to prolong the effects and reduce the dosing frequency of interferon beta-1a; BG-12 for the treatment of MS; Daclizumab, a monoclonal antibody in relapsing MS; Long-lasting factor IX and VIII fusion protein for the treatment of hemophilia B; GA101, a monoclonal antibody for t h e treatment of chronic lymphocytic leukemia and NHL; and Dexpramipexole, an orally administered small molecule for the treatment of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. The company?s Phase I clinical trial products include Anti-LINGO for use in multiple sclerosis, Neublastin for use in neuropathic pain, CD40L for use in systemic lupus erythematosus, ANTI-TWAEK humanized monoclonal antibody for TWEAK, and BIIB037 for use in Alzheimer’s disease; and Phase II clinical trial product comprises OCRELIZUMAB, a humanized monoclonal antibody for treating CD20. It has collaboration agreements with Genentech, Inc.; Elan Pharma International, Ltd; Acorda Therapeutics, Inc.; Portola Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; Swedish Orphan Biovitrum AB; Abbott Biotherapeutics Corp; and Vernalis plc. The company was formerly known as IDEC Pharmaceuticals Corporation and changed its name to Biogen Idec Inc. in November 2003. Biogen Idec Inc. was founded in 1985 and is headquartered in Weston, Massachusetts.
- [By Victor Reklaitis]
Biogen Idec Inc. (BIIB) and Gilead Sciences Inc. (GILD) were among the biotech stocks that slumped during the past week, falling 7.7% and 4.9%. Investors yanked money out of biotech and health-care funds at the heaviest pace of weekly outflows since December 2011.
- [By Anora Mahmudova]
Heavy losses among biotech stocks dragged the Nasdaq Composite down. The Nasdaq Biotechnology index fell 2.8%. Biogen Idec, Inc. (BIIB) and Gilead Sciences, Inc. (GILD) were among the top five losers on the S&P 500, falling 5% and 4.9% respectively.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
Investors in what had been some of the market’s hottest stocks must surely feel as if they’ve been hit by the wrath of a vengeful deity this week. Sure, the S&P 500 fell just 0.5% this week after rallying 0.5% to 1,857.62 on Friday, but that was despite big drops in Netflix (NFLX), which plunged 12% this week, Facebook (FB) which fell 11%, E*Trade Financial (ETFC), which declined 9.1%, and Biogen Idec (BIIB), which dropped 7.7%.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
That would be Amgen (AMGN), which fell 1.4% today, Biogen Idec (BIIB), which dropped 5.1%, Celgene (CELG), which declined 2.1%, Gilead Sciences (GILD), which dropped 4%, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals (REGN), which fell 3.8%, and Alexion Pharmaceuticals (ALXN), which finished off 1.1%.
Top Clean Energy Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Nordion Inc. (NDZ)
Nordion Inc., a health science company, provides various products and services for the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of diseases worldwide. The company operates in two segments, Sterilization Technologies and Medical Isotopes. The Sterilization Technologies segment offers Cobalt-60, a radioactive metal that emits radiation and sterilizes items by destroying contaminating micro-organisms; and dosimetry and professional services, as well as designs, constructs, and maintains commercial gamma sterilization systems. The Medical Isotopes segment provides various products that are used in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases, including cardiac and neurological conditions, and various types of cancer. It offers Molybdenum-99, which decays into Technetium-99, a diagnostic that is used in nuclear medical procedures; Xenon-133 used in lung scans; Iodine-131 to treat hyperthyroidism, thyroid cancer, and non-Hodgkins lymphoma; Iodine-125 to treat prostate cancer; and Yttri um-90 to treat liver cancer and non-Hodgkins lymphoma. This segment also provides cyclotron isotopes, such as Iodine-123 to diagnose thyroid disease; Thallium-201 to diagnose and assess risk of coronary artery heart disease; Palladium-103 for treating prostate cancer; Strontium-82 for cardiac imaging; and Indium-111 and Gallium-67 to diagnose cancer, as well as offers radiopharmaceutical and contract manufacturing services. Nordion Inc. serves radiopharmaceutical and pharmaceutical manufacturers, biotechnology companies, manufacturers of medical supplies and devices, contract sterilizers, hospitals, and academic and government institutions, as well as to food and consumer goods industries. The company was formerly known as MDS Inc. and changed its name to Nordion Inc. in November 2010. Nordion Inc. was founded in 1946 and is headquartered in Ottawa, Canada.
- [By Jake L’Ecuyer]
Leading and Lagging Sectors
Monday morning, the healthcare sector proved to be a source of strength for the market. Leading the sector was strength from Nordion (NYSE: NDZ) and Insmed (NASDAQ: INSM).
- [By Jake L’Ecuyer]
Leading and Lagging Sectors
Monday morning, the healthcare sector proved to be a source of strength for the market. Leading the sector was strength from Nordion (NYSE: NDZ) and Pacira Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: PCRX). Utilities sector rose by just 0.19 percent in the US market today.
- [By Louis Navellier]
The trick to profiting in international markets is the same as it is here at home: Use Portfolio Grader to focus on the international stocks with the very best fundamentals that are attracting buying pressure from institutions.
Great International Stocks: Nordion (NDZ)
Nordion (NDZ) is a Canadian health sciences company whose products are used to diagnose, prevent and treat diseases around the world. The company’s primary products are isotopes used in nuclear medicine such as Molybdenum-99, which decays into Technetium-99, utilized in nuclear medical procedures.
Top Clean Energy Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Federal Signal Corporation(FSS)
Federal Signal Corporation designs and manufactures a suite of products and integrated solutions for municipal, governmental, industrial, and commercial customers worldwide. The company operates in three segments: Safety and Security Systems, Fire Rescue, and Environmental Solutions. The Safety and Security Systems segment offers various systems for automated license plate recognition, campus and community alerting, emergency vehicles, first responder interoperable communications, industrial communications and command, municipal networked security, vehicle classification, parking revenue, and access control. This segment also provides products, such as lightbars and sirens, public warning sirens, and public safety software. The Fire Rescue segment offers articulated and telescopic aerial platforms for rescue, fire fighting, and maintenance purposes. This segment sells its products to municipal and industrial fire services, civil defense authorities, rental companies, elect ric utilities and industrial customers. The Environmental Solutions segment provides various self-propelled street cleaning vehicles, vacuum loader vehicles, municipal catch basin/sewer cleaning vacuum trucks, and water blasting equipment. The company was founded in 1901 and is based in Oak Brook, Illinois.
- [By Louis Navellier]
DL stock was upgraded to an “A” by Portfolio Grader back in April, and like ABTL, China Distance should be considered a “strong buy” as its fundamentals improve.
‘Best of the Best’ Stock Picks #3: Federal Signal (FSS)
Federal Signal (FSS) makes everything from fire trucks to street sweepers and is benefiting for pent-up demand for its products.
- [By Louis Navellier]
Federal Signal (FSS) has posted three strong earnings surprises so far this year. Demand for its environmental and fire and rescue products have been much stronger than expected. The company restructured its balance sheet last year, and interest expenses have declined by more than 70% — boosting the bottom line significantly. Earnings are up more than 60% so far this year, and the shares are still reasonably valued at just 7 times earnings. FSS stock was upgraded in Portfolio Grader to an “A” back in August and remains a “strong buy” at the current price.
- [By Rich Smith]
Oak Brook, Ill.-based Federal Signal (NYSE: FSS ) will soon have a new chief financial officer, the company announced yesterday.
On Friday, the diversified manufacturer named Brian S. Cooper to replace interim CFO Braden Waverley on May 28. Waverly will remain acting CFO until Cooper joins the company next month. Cooper comes to Federal Signal by way of smaller telecommunications equipment maker Westell Technologies (NASDAQ: WSTL ) , where he has served as CFO since 2009.
Top Clean Energy Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Stamps.com Inc.(STMP)
Stamps.com Inc. provides Internet-based postage solutions. The company offers solutions to mail and ship various mail pieces, including postcards, envelopes, flats, and packages. Its products and services include the United States Postal Service (USPS)-approved PC Postage Service that enables users to print electronic stamps directly onto envelopes, plain paper, or labels using personal computer, printer, and Internet connection; and PhotoStamps, a patented form of postage, which allows consumers to turn digital photos, designs, or images into valid United States postage. The company also sells NetStamps labels, shipping labels, other mailing labels, postage printers, scales, and other mailing and shipping-focused office supplies through its mailing and shipping supplies store, as well as offers back-end integration solutions, an electronic postage for transactions to manage the front-end process. In addition, it offers Stamps.com branded insurance enabling users to insure their mail or packages; and official USPS package insurance. Stamps.com Inc. serves individuals, small businesses, home offices, medium-size businesses, and large enterprises. The company was formerly known as StampMaster, Inc. and changed its name to Stamps.com Inc. in December 1998. Stamps.com Inc. was founded in 1996 and is headquartered in Los Angeles, California.
- [By Jon C. Ogg]
Then there is that lucky or unlucky outcome of price hikes. The public will pay more for stamps, making you and me the losers in this. The question to ask is whether or not Stamps.com Inc. (NASDAQ: STMP) just get a built-in revenue booster per customer on a static basis?
- [By Bryan Murphy]
By almost any measure, Stamps.com Inc. (NASDAQ:STMP) is a solid investment. Revenue and profits are on the rise, and are projected to grow again in 2014. Stamps.com has also developed a penchant for earnings beats. And, at a trailing P/E of 18.3 and a forward-looking P/E ratio of 15.7, it’s not like STMP shares cost a relative fortune. Yet, STMP is starting to look like a major liability where it could hurt shareholders the most… on the chart.
- [By Brian Pacampara]
What: Shares of online postage provider Stamps.com (NASDAQ: STMP ) surged 24% today after its quarterly results and guidance.
So what: The stock has slumped a bit in 2013 on concerns over slowing growth, but today’s first-quarter results — adjusted EPS spiked 38% on a 13.5% revenue increase — and upbeat full-year guidance naturally eases some of those worries. In fact, Stamps.com hit its highest level of total paid customers — and added its largest number of new paid customers — during the quarter, giving investors plenty of good vibes about the company’s prospects going forward.