Top Gas Stocks For 2014

Swift Transportation (NYSE: SWFT  ) reported earnings on April 22. Here are the numbers you need to know.

The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended March 31 (Q1), Swift Transportation met expectations on revenues and beat expectations on earnings per share.

Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue grew. GAAP earnings per share grew significantly.

Gross margins contracted, operating margins expanded, net margins grew.

Revenue details
Swift Transportation reported revenue of $856.8 million. The 14 analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ looked for net sales of $867.4 million on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were the same as the prior-year quarter’s.

Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Dollar amounts in millions. Non-GAAP figures may vary to maintain comparability with estimates.

EPS details
EPS came in at $0.17. The 11 earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ predicted $0.15 per share. GAAP EPS of $0.17 for Q1 were 325% higher than the prior-year quarter’s $0.04 per share.

Top Gas Stocks For 2014: ENGlobal Corporation (ENG)

ENGlobal Corporation provides engineering and professional services principally to the energy sector in the United States and internationally. It operates in two segments, Engineering and Construction, and Automation. The Engineering and Construction segment offers services relating to the development, management, and execution of projects requiring professional engineering and related project services primarily to the midstream and downstream sectors of the oil and gas industry, as well as to chemical and petrochemical manufacturers, utilities, and alternative energy developers. Its services include conceptual studies, project definition, cost estimating, engineering design, environmental compliance, material procurement, project management, facility inspection, and construction management. This segment also provides engineering, design, electrical and instrument installation, and operation and maintenance services for facilities to government, public sector, and internat ional facilities. The Automation segment offers services related to the design, fabrication, and implementation of process distributed control and analyzer systems, advanced automation, information technology, and heat tracing projects primarily to the upstream and downstream sectors. This segment also designs, assembles, integrates, and services control and instrumentation systems for specific applications in energy and processing related industries. ENGlobal Corporation was founded in 1985 and is headquartered in Houston, Texas.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Roberto Pedone] 

    ENGlobal (ENG) provides engineering and professional services principally to the energy sector in the U.S. and internationally. This stock closed up 9% to $1.60 in Thursday’s trading session.

     

    Thursday’s Range: $1.48-$1.63

    52-Week Range: $0.30-$1.88

    Thursday’s Volume: 245,000

    Three-Month Average Volume: 59,090

     

    From a technical perspective, ENG spiked sharply higher here back above its 50-day moving average of $1.50 with above-average volume. This move pushed shares of ENG into breakout territory, since the stock took out some near-term overhead resistance at $1.59. Shares of ENG are now starting to move within range of triggering another near-term breakout trade. That trade will hit if ENG manages to take out some near-term overhead resistance levels at $1.66 to $1.71 with high volume.

     

    Traders should now look for long-biased trades in ENG as long as it’s trending above Thursday’s low of $1.48 or above more support at $1.40 and then once it sustains a move or close above those breakout levels with volume that hits near or above 59,090 shares. If that breakout hits soon, then ENG will set up to re-test or possibly take out its 52-week high at $1.88. Any high-volume move above that level will then give ENG a chance to tag $2 to $2.20.

     

  • [By GURUFOCUS]
    The Rise and Fall of Tontine Asset Management and ENGlobal (ENG)
    Gendell rarely conducted interviews, almost never publicizing his stock selections or his theories in regard to investing. The average investor had never heard of him or his hedge fund; however anyone who tracked money managers closely, was well aware the outstanding returns which were flowing into the pockets of the clients at Tontine. In 2003 and 2004, Gendell recorded near miraculous gains, approximately doubling the value of his portfolios, in back to back years.

Top Gas Stocks For 2014: Ram Resources Ltd (RMR)

Ram Resources Limited is an Australia-based company. The Company is engaged in exploration of mineral properties in Greenland and Western Australia. The Company’s Motzfeld Project is located in South Greenland, some 24 kilometers from the town of Narsarsuaq and comprises exploration licences 2010/46 and 2011/24. The Company holds 51% interest in the Motzfeldt project. The Romney (EL 2010/46) located in the Lejrelev Valley about 3.5 kilometers to the west of the Aries prospect. The Merino forms a steep-sided ridge at the north-eastern end of this valley, about 2.5 kilometers to the north-north-west of Aries. The Company’s Voskop Prospect is located within Exploration Licence 2011/24 in the Storeelv Valley about 7 kilometers to the northwest of the Company’s Aries target. The Drysdale Prospect is located on top of a broad ridge about 7.5 kilometers southeast of Aries and at an elevation of about 1,600 meter. Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Chris DeMuth Jr.]To use a recent REIT example, take CommonWealth REIT. This is a large well established REIT that is valued in the market with one of the lowest multiples of FFO in the industry. The reason the company trades at a multiple roughly half its competitors, in my opinion, is the poorly aligned management incentive structure. The management of CommonWealth is contracted to an external management firm, Reit Management Research (RMR). Many of the trustees of CommonWeath are owners of RMR and serve on both boards. RMR is primarily compensated by growing CWH’s assets which are under RMR’s management, not on stock price, FFO, or anything else that is closely aligned to generating shareholder returns. This has the perverse effect of motivating them to issue lots of equity and buy lots of buildings irrespective of the value add to CommonWealth shareholders. Neither the management company nor its employees have a significant amount of their income based on the performance of CommonWealth’s stock price. This has resulted in an activist, Corvex Capital, buying a significant position in the company and taking action to replace the board and the management team. The proxy advisory firm, ISS, has sided with the activist and recommended that shareholders vote out the current trustees. ISS notes, “Between 2007-2012 …while the CommonWealth management team increased assets by 198% of period-ending market cap – driving a significant increase in fees payable to management – Commonwealth’s share price – the measure of value appreciation for shareholders – fell by 68%.” This is the poster child of misaligned management incentives.

Top Gas Stocks For 2014: Capital Senior Living Corp (CSU)

Capital Senior Living Corporation, incorporated on October 25, 1996, is an operator of residential communities for senior adults. The Company provides senior living services. Its communities integrate independent living, assisted living and home care services, to provide residents the opportunity to age in place. The Company operated 112 senior living communities in geographically concentrated regions with an aggregate capacity of approximately 14,600 residents.

 

The Company’s senior living options include independent living, assisted living, memory care and planning resources. The Company’s services include special nutrition counseling, additional housekeeping and laundry, exercise programs, recreation and entertainment, medication reminders and access to a choice of home health agencies.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [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 Capital Senior Living (NYSE: CSU  ) , whose recent revenue and earnings are plotted below.
  • [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 Capital Senior Living (NYSE: CSU  ) , whose recent revenue and earnings are plotted below.

Top Gas Stocks For 2014: Universal Corporation(UVV)

Universal Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, operates as a leaf tobacco merchant and processor worldwide. It engages in selecting, procuring, buying, processing, packing, storing, supplying, shipping, and financing leaf tobacco for sale to, or for the account of, manufacturers of consumer tobacco products. The company processes and/or sells flue-cured and burley tobaccos, dark air-cured tobaccos, and oriental tobaccos; and provides value-added services, including blending, chemical and physical testing of tobacco, just-in-time inventory management, and manufacturing reconstituted sheet tobacco. Its flue-cured, burley, and oriental tobaccos are used principally in the manufacture of cigarettes; and dark air-cured tobaccos are used in the manufacture of cigars, pipe tobacco, and smokeless tobacco products. The company was founded in 1888 and is headquartered in Richmond, Virginia.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Rupert Hargreaves]Universal Corp (NYSE: UVV  ) has paid out and raised its dividend for 41 consecutive years. This puts the company in an elite club of dividend aristocrats. Aside from Altria (NYSE: MO  ) , which has been paying and increasing its payout for 43 years, Universal actually has the longest dividend history of any company within the tobacco sector.
  • [By Marc Bastow]Leaf tobacco supplier Universal Corporation (UVV) raised its quarterly dividend 2% to 51 cents per share, payable on Feb. 10 to shareholders of record as of Jan. 13.
    UVV Dividend Yield: 4.06%

Top Gas Stocks For 2014: Trimble Navigation Limited(TRMB)

Trimble Navigation Limited provides positioning, wireless, and software technology solutions. The company?s Engineering and Construction segment offers site positioning systems, construction asset management services, software, and wireless and Internet-based site communications infrastructure solutions that improve productivity, accuracy, safety, and environmental impact in the entire construction process; and productivity solutions for the building construction sectors, as well as designs and markets handheld data collectors, productivity survey and mapping equipment, and data collection software for field use. Its Field Solutions segment provides guidance and positioning systems, automated application systems, and information management solutions to improve crop performance, profitability, and environmental quality; and handheld data collectors that gather information in the field. The company?s Mobile Solutions segment offers vehicle solutions, such as GPS receivers, business logic, sensor interfaces, and wireless modems; mobile worker solutions to automate service technician work in the field; and scheduling and dispatch solution, an enterprise software program to optimize scheduling and routing of field service technicians. Its Advanced Devices segment supplies global navigation satellite system modules (GNSS), licensing and complementary technologies, and GNSS-integrated sub-system solutions; supplies global positioning system receivers and embedded modules for aircraft navigation and timing applications; provides GPS-enabled cell phones for outdoor recreational activities; precision products that combine GNSS with inertial sensors; and ultra high frequency radio frequency identification reader modules, radio frequency identification readers, and design services. The company markets its products through dealers, distributors, and authorized representatives worldwide. Trimble Navigation Limited was founded in 1978 and is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]Trimble Navigation (NASDAQ: TRMB) shares gained 17.44% to reach a new 52-week high of $33.50 after the company issued a strong Q4 outlook.

    Digirad (NASDAQ: DRAD) shares created a new 52-week high of $3.989 on Q3 results.

  • [By Seth Jayson]Trimble Navigation (Nasdaq: TRMB  ) reported earnings on April 30. Here are the numbers you need to know.

    The 10-second takeaway
    For the quarter ended March 31 (Q1), Trimble Navigation missed estimates on revenues and beat expectations on earnings per share.

Top Gas Stocks For 2014: VASCO Data Security International Inc. (VDSI)

VASCO Data Security International, Inc., through its subsidiaries, engages in the design, development, marketing, and support of hardware and software security systems that manage and secure access to information assets worldwide. The company offers hardware and software products in the areas of user authentication, electronic signatures, and digital signatures/public key infrastructure. It provides VACMAN Controller that supports multiple authentication technologies, including passwords, dynamic password technology, electronic signatures, digital signatures, and certificates and biometrics on one platform. The company also offers IDENTIKEY Server, a centralized authentication server that supports the deployment, use, and administration of DIGIPASS user authentication. In addition, it provides aXs GUARD Identifier, a standalone authentication solution, which offers two-factor authentication for remote access to a corporate network or to Web-based in-house business applicat ions; and aXs GUARD Gatekeeper that integrates DIGIPASS to provide secure two factor user authentication. Further, the company offers DIGIPASS product line exists as a family of software and hardware client authentication products and services for authenticating users to any network, including the Internet. Its DIGIPASS solution calculates dynamic signatures and passwords to authenticate users on a computer network and for various other applications. The DIGIPASS technology is also designed to operate on desktop personal computers or laptops, personal digital assistants, mobile phones, and smart cards. VASCO sells its security solutions through its direct sales force, as well as through distributors, resellers, and systems integrators. The company was founded in 1996 and is headquartered in Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Seth Jayson]VASCO Data Security International (Nasdaq: VDSI  ) reported earnings on July 25. Here are the numbers you need to know.

    The 10-second takeaway
    For the quarter ended June 30 (Q2), VASCO Data Security International whiffed on revenues and missed estimates on earnings per share.

  • [By Sally Jones]
    Vasco Data Security (VDSI): Reduced

    Down 20% over 12 months, Vasco Data Security has a market cap of $316.26 million; its shares were traded at around $8.01 with a P/E ratio of 27.40 and a P/B of 2.00.

Top Gas Stocks For 2014: Ark Restaurants Corp. (ARKR)

Ark Restaurants Corp., through its subsidiaries, engages in the ownership and operation of restaurants and bars, fast food concepts, and catering operations. As of October 2, 2010, it owned and operated 22 restaurants and bars, including 9 facilities located in New York City; 4 in Washington, D.C.; 5 in Las Vegas, Nevada; 2 in Atlantic City, New Jersey; 1 at the Foxwoods Resort Casino in Ledyard, Connecticut; and 1 in the Faneuil Hall Marketplace in Boston, Massachusetts, as well as had 29 fast food concepts and catering operations. The company was founded in 1983 and is based in New York, New York.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Bram de Haas]Ark Restaurants Corp (ARKR) owns and operates 19 restaurants and bars, 22 fast food concepts and catering operations in the USA. This is a short article outlining why they are an interesting company to put on the buy list. It needs to be said, this is not a chain that can roll out their concept or brand nationwide and enjoy terrific growth of their franchise. They chose not to build up brands and instead operate under trade names that suit the unique locations they prefer. The reason that I want to highlight this small company is that in recent years they have faced numerous challenges and adversity (aside from those posed by the general economy) and it’s possible they have dealt with the majority, and free cash flow will enjoy a significant uptick in the next two years.
  • [By Geoff Gannon] ght them – and even now – I think their return on buyback would be high and I’d be in favor of it. However, the stocks are illiquid and their free cash flow relative to the dollar value of freely traded shares is not high. As a result, I’m always in favor of RSKIA and ARKR buying back stock. But, I understand it’s very hard for them to do in practice unless there is a meaningful holder who signals he wants out of the stock. 

    My approach to buybacks is pretty simple. One, I prefer them. Two, I look at the share count history over the last 10 to 20 years as my guide to what the company might do in the future – I want a pattern of predictable behavior. Generally, that means a continuously shrinking share count that shrinks in bull markets and bear markets, panics and recessions and booms and busts and so on. Three, if I’m a buyer of the stock – then the company should be a buyer of its own stock. No questions asked on that one. If the stock is good enough for me to buy it’s clearly good enough for the company to buy. Finally, I look for the return on buyback. I tend to focus on the earning power the company is buying relative to the net cash it is spending. If a company has cash on its balance sheet, the amount of net cash consumed by a buyback will be less than it appears because I will end up with a greater percentage ownership of the resulting balance sheet as well as the income statement.

    I want the return on buyback to always be at least 10%. As a rule, the average company will only get returns on its buybacks of 10% or higher if it pays less than 15 times normal earnings. In special cases – fast growing companies, companies where free cash flow vastly exceeds reported income, etc. – it is possible that buybacks above 15 times earnings will return more than 10%. It almost never makes sense for a company to buy back stock at over 25 times earnings. So, for most companies, under 15 times earnings is the green zone for buybacks – 15 to 25 times earnings is

Top Gas Stocks For 2014: SeaChange International Inc.(SEAC)

SeaChange International, Inc. provides multi-screen video products and services that facilitate the aggregation, licensing, management, and distribution of video, television programming, and advertising content to cable system operators, telecommunications companies, broadcast television companies, and mobile communications providers worldwide. The company operates in two segments, Software and Media Services. The Software segment offers back-office products, including SeaChange Axiom, an on-demand back office software that allow operators to centralize video distribution systems, as well as video streamers; advertising product solutions, such as video-on-demand, digital video recorders, and over-the-top services; and home gateway product solutions, which include Nucleus, a hybrid gateway software product that provides control over channel changes, VOD/DVR playback, and trick mode set-top box functionalities. This segment also provides professional services, installation, training, project management, product maintenance, technical support, and software development related services. The Media Services segment offers content for video-on-demand and pay-per-view platforms; and marketing, promotional, and production services to cable operators and telecommunications providers. This segment also sources, acquires, packages, and markets video-on-demand services by providing access to content from local and Hollywood studio providers in various formats, including music videos, television programs, and feature length movies. The company sells and markets its products and services through a direct sales organization, independent agents, and distributors. SeaChange International, Inc. was founded in 1993 and is headquartered in Acton, Massachusetts.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Johanna Bennett]SeaChange (SEAC) fell 16.5% to $12.03 after the company’s guidance for the fiscal fourth quarter fell well below analysts’ expectations.
  • [By Seth Jayson]When judging a company’s prospects, how quickly it turns cash outflows into cash inflows can be just as important as how much profit it’s booking in the accounting fantasy world we call “earnings.” This is one of the first metrics I check when I’m hunting for the market’s best stocks. Today, we’ll see how it applies to SeaChange International (Nasdaq: SEAC  ) .
  • [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 SeaChange International (Nasdaq: SEAC  ) , whose recent revenue and earnings are plotted below.

Top Gas Stocks For 2014: ParkerVision Inc.(PRKR)

Parkervision, Inc. engages in the design, development, and sale of proprietary radio frequency (RF) technologies and products for use in semiconductor circuits for wireless communication products in the United States. The company provides its wireless technologies for processing RF waveforms in wireless applications. Its technology applies to transmit and receive functions of a radio transceiver. Its transmit portion of the technology, Direct2Power, enables the transformation of a baseband data signal to an RF carrier waveform at the desired power output level in a single unified operation. The company?s receiver portion of the technology, Direct2Data, enables the direct conversion of an RF carrier to a baseband data signal. It also provides engineering consulting and design services to its customers to assist them in developing prototypes and/or products incorporating its technologies. The company licenses its intellectual property and sells integrated circuits for incor poration into wireless devices designed by its customers. It primarily focuses on incorporating its technologies into mobile handsets, as well as to other wireless products that are related to networks serving mobile handsets, such as data cards, femtocells, and machine-to-machine and embedded applications. The company?s technology is also used in non-cellular radio applications comprising military radios. In addition, Parkervision, Inc. develops wireless radio modules for mobile handset and data card applications through a joint development and marketing agreement with LG Innotek Co., Ltd. It serves mobile handset manufacturers and their chipset suppliers in the mobile handset industry. The company was founded in 1989 and is headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Roberto Pedone] 

    One under-$10 technology player that’s quickly moving within range of triggering a major breakout trade is ParkerVision (PRKR), which designs, develops and markets its proprietary radio frequency technologies and products for use in semiconductor circuits for wireless communication products. This stock has been red hot so far in 2013, with shares up sharply by 105%.

    If you take a look at the chart for ParkerVision, you’ll notice that this stock has been uptrending strong for the last month, with shares soaring higher from its low of $2.38 to its recent high of $4.29 a share. During that uptrend, shares of PRKR have been consistently making higher lows and higher highs, which is bullish technical price action. That move has now pushed share of PRKR back above both its 50-day and 200-day moving averages. Shares of PRKR have now moved within range of triggering a major breakout trade.

    Traders should now look for long-biased trades in PRKR if it manages to break out above some near-term overhead resistance at $4.29 a share with high volume. Look for a sustained move or close above that level with volume that hits near or above its three-month average volume of 2.51 million shares. If that breakout triggers soon, then PRKR will set up to re-fill some of its previous gap down zone from late October that started at $7.50 a share. Some possible upside targets if PRKR gets into that gap down zone with volume are $5 to $6 a share.

    Traders can look to buy PRKR off any weakness to anticipate that breakout and simply use a stop that sits right below its 200-day moving average of $3.90 a share, or near its 50-day moving average of $3.56 a share. One can also buy PRKR off strength once it takes out $4.29 a share with volume and then simply use a stop that sits a comfortable percentage from your entry point.

  • [By Bryan Murphy]I hate to be the one to say I told you so, but, I told you so. It’s Vringo, Inc. (NASDAQ:VRNG) all over again. What’s that? The euphoria – the certainty – that drove ParkerVision, Inc. (NASDAQ:PRKR)  shares from a price of $2.46 to a high of $7.78 in just seven trading days, only to see it all come crashing down on the 8th day. PRKR plunged to a close of $2.90 on the 8th day (yesterday) when the gamble didn’t pan out for speculators who were sure it would. Score another one for not picking stocks like you were tossing a coin.

Top Gas Stocks For 2014: Skilled Healthcare Group Inc.(SKH)

Skilled Healthcare Group, Inc., through its subsidiaries, operates skilled nursing facilities, assisted living facilities, hospices, home health providers, and a rehabilitation therapy business. Its skilled nursing facilities provide specialty care, such as chemotherapy, enteral/parenteral nutrition, tracheotomy care, and ventilator care, as well as offers various services, including room and board, special nutritional programs, social services, recreational activities, and related healthcare and other services. These skilled nursing facilities include Express Recovery, a unit that provides skilled nursing care and rehabilitation therapy for patients recovering from conditions, such as joint replacement surgery, and cardiac and respiratory ailments. The company?s assisted living facilities provide residential accommodations, activities, meals, security, housekeeping, and assistance in the activities of daily living to seniors who are independent or who require some support , but not the level of nursing care provided in a skilled nursing facility. Skilled Healthcare Group also offers ancillary services, such as physical, occupational, and speech therapy, as well as rehabilitation therapy service to third-party skilled nursing operators. In addition, the company offers hospice services comprising palliative and clinical care, education, and counseling with a focus on the physical, spiritual, and psychosocial needs of terminally ill individuals and their families. As of December 31, 2010, it owned or leased 78 skilled nursing facilities and 22 assisted living facilities, together comprising 10,830 licensed beds in California, Texas, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nevada, and New Mexico. The company has a joint venture with APS?Summit Care Pharmacy, LLC that operates a pharmacy in Austin, Texas. Skilled Healthcare Group, Inc. is based in Foothill Ranch, California.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Rich Smith]Foothill Ranch, Calif.-based Skilled Healthcare (NYSE: SKH  ) needs a new CEO.

    On Monday, the assisted living facilities operator announced that Chief Executive Officer Boyd Hendrickson plans to retire from the company at the end of this year. A search for a replacement is now under way.