Readers who pay close attention to our annual rankings of the top-performing mutual funds may be forgiven if they exper颅ience a sense of d茅j vu with our March 2016 issue. Yes, we did publish mutual-fund rankings in our September 2015 issue. But weve decided to move our annual winners list from September to the March issue so we can base it on returns as of December 31. (On Kiplinger.com, we continue to update the rankings of top-performing mutual funds in 11 categories with new data every month.) Its fair to say that most people focus more on returns through the end of the year than they do on figures through June 30, says ex颅ecutive editor Manny Schiffres, who supervises our investing coverage.
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What a difference half a year makes. Between the September and March issues, the winners over longer time periods remained fairly stable. But adding six months of new data and subtracting six months of old numbers shook up the one-year results. Particularly affected were sector funds. In Sept颅ember, health care funds occupied the top spot in each time period, and health care still dominates the three- and five-year returns. But there has been a shift in the one-year rankings, where youll now find technology funds, financial-services funds and even a retailing-sector fund.
Top India Companies To Buy For 2016: Chevron Corporation(CVX)
Chevron Corporation (Chevron), incorporated on January 27, 1926, manages its investments in subsidiaries and affiliates and provides administrative, financial, management and technology support to the United States and international subsidiaries that engage in fully integrated petroleum operations, chemicals operations, mining activities, power generation and energy services. Upstream operations consist primarily of exploring for, developing and producing crude oil and natural gas; processing, liquefaction, transportation and regasification associated with liquefied natural gas; transporting crude oil by international oil export pipelines; transporting, storage and marketing of natural gas, and a gas-to-liquids project. Downstream operations consist primarily of refining crude oil into petroleum products; marketing of crude oil and refined products; transporting crude oil and refined products by pipeline, marine vessel, motor equipment and rail car, and manufacturing and m arketing of commodity petrochemicals, plastics for industrial uses and fuel and lubricant additives.
At December 31, 2012, Chevron owned or had under lease or similar agreements undeveloped and developed crude oil and natural gas properties worldwide. Upstream activities in the United States are concentrated in California, the Gulf of Mexico, Colorado, Louisiana, Michigan, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas, West Virginia and Wyoming. During the year ended December 31, 2012, average net oil-equivalent production in the United States was 655,000 barrels per day. In 2012, net daily production averaged 163,000 barrels of crude oil, 70 million cubic feet of natural gas and 4,000 barrels of natural gas liquids (NGLs). During 2012, net daily production for the Companys combined interests in the Gulf of Mexico shelf and deepwater areas, and the onshore fields in the region, were 153,000 barrels of crude oil, 395 million cubic feet of natural gas and 16,000 barrels of NGL.
The! Company was engaged in various exploration and development activities in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico during 2012. As of December 31, 2012, it had a 50% working interest in Jack and a 51% working interest in St. Malo Field. During 2013, the Company had 42.9% non-operated working interest in the Tubular Bells Field; 20.3% non-operated working interest in the Caesar and Tonga area, and 15.6% non-operated working interest in the Mad Dog II Project. The Company activities in the mid-continental United States include operated and non-operated interests in properties primarily in Colorado, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas and Wyoming. The Company holds leases in the Marcellus Shale and Utica Shale, primarily located in southwestern Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia, and in the Antrim Shale in Michigan. Other Americas is consistd of Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, and Venezuela. Net oil-equivalent production from these countries averaged 230,000 barrels per day during 2012, including the Companys share of synthetic oil production.
Chevrons interests in oil sands projects and shale acreage in Alberta, shale acreage and an LNG project in British Columbia, exploration, development and production projects offshore in the Atlantic region, and exploration and discovered resource interests in the Beaufort Sea region of the Northwest Territories. Average net oil-equivalent production during 2012, was 69,000 barrels per day, consisted of 25,000 barrels of crude oil, four million cubic feet of natural gas and 43,000 barrels of synthetic oil from oil sands. During 2012, the Company held a 20% non-operated working interest in the Athabasca Oil Sands Project (AOSP). In February 2013, Chevron acquired a 50%-owned and operated interest in the Kitimat LNG project and proposed Pacific Trail Pipeline, and a 50% non-operated working interest in 644,000 total acres in the Horn River and Liard shale gas basins in Brit ish Colombia; 26.9% non-operated working interest in the Hib! ernia Fie! ld and a 23.6 non-operated working interest in the unitized Hibernia Southern Extension (HSE) offshore Atlantic Canada, and 26.6% non-operated working interest in the heavy-oil Hebron Field, also offshore Atlantic Canada.
In December 2012, Chevron relinquished its 29.2% non-operated working interest in Exploration License 2007/26, which includes Block 4 offshore West Greenland. The Company holds operated interests in four concessions in the Neuquen Basin. Working interests range from 18.8% to 100%. In 2012, the net oil-equivalent production averaged 22,000 barrels per day, consisted of 21,000 barrels of crude oil and four million cubic feet of natural gas. During 2012, two exploratory wells targeting shale gas and tight oil resources were drilled in the Vaca Muerta formation in the El Trapial concession. Chevron holds working interests in three deepwater fields in the Campos Basin: Frade (51.7%-owned and operated), Papa-Terra and Maromba (37.5% and 30% non-oper ated working interests, respectively). Net oil-equivalent production in 2012 averaged 6,000 barrels per day, consisted of 6,000 barrels of crude oil and two million cubic feet of natural gas.
In Africa, the Company is engaged in upstream activities in Angola, Chad, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Liberia, Morocco, Nigeria, Republic of the Congo, Sierra Leone and South Africa. Net oil-equivalent production in Africa averaged 451,000 barrels per day during 2012. In Asia, the Company is engaged in upstream activities in Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, Myanmar, the Partitioned Zone located between Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, the Philippines, Russia, Thailand, and Vietnam. During 2012, net oil-equivalent production averaged 1,061,000 barrels per day. In Australia, the Companys upstream efforts are concentrated off the northwest coast. During 2012, the average net oil-equivalent production from Australia was 99,000 barrels per day. In Europe, the Company is engag! ed in ups! tream activities in Bulgaria, Denmark, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Ukraine and the United Kingdom. Net oil-equivalent production in Europe averaged 114,000 barrels per day during 2012.
The Company markets petroleum products under the principal brands of Chevron, Texaco and Caltex worldwide. In the United States, the Company markets under the Chevron and Texaco brands. During 2012, the Company supplied directly or through retailers and marketers approximately 8,060 Chevron- and Texaco-branded motor vehicle service stations, primarily in the southern and western states. Approximately 470 of these outlets are company-owned or -leased stations. Outside the United States, the Company supplied directly or through retailers and marketers approximately 8,700 branded service stations, including affiliates. In British Columbia, Canada, the Company markets under the Chevron brand. The Company markets in Latin America and the Caribbean using the Texaco brand. In the Asia-Pacific region, southern Africa, Egypt and Pakistan, the Company uses the Caltex brand. The Company also operates through affiliates under various brand names. In South Korea, the Company operates through its 50%-owned affiliate, GS Caltex, and in Australia through its 50%-owned affiliate, Caltex Australia Limited.
The Company owns a 50% interest in its Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LLC (CPChem) affiliate. During 2012, CPChem owned or had joint-venture interests in 36 manufacturing facilities and two research development centers worldwide. The Companys Oronite brand lubricant and fuel additives business is a developer, manufacturer and marketer of performance additives for lubricating oils and fuels. The Company owns and operates facilities in Brazil, France, Japan, the Netherlands, Singapore and the United States and has interests in facilities in India and Mexico. Oronite lubricant additives are blended int o refined base oil to produce finished lubricant packages us! ed primar! ily in engine applications, such as passenger car, heavy-duty diesel, marine, locomotive and motorcycle engines.
The Company owns and operates a network of crude oil, refined product, chemical, natural gas liquid and natural gas pipelines and other infrastructure assets in the United States. The Company also has direct and indirect interests in other the United States and international pipelines. All tankers in the Companys controlled seagoing fleet were utilized during 2012. During 2012, the Company had 51 deep-sea vessels chartered on a voyage basis, or for a period of less than one year. The Companys the United States-flagged fleet is engaged primarily in transporting refined products between the Gulf Coast and the East Coast and from California refineries to terminals on the West Coast and in Alaska and Hawaii. The foreign-flagged vessels are engaged primarily in transporting crude oil from the Middle East, Southeast Asia, t he Black Sea, South America, Mexico and West Africa to ports in the United States, Europe, Australia and Asia. The Companys foreign-flagged vessels also transport refined products to and from various locations worldwide.
During 2012, the Company completed the sale of its Kemmerer, Wyoming, surface coal mine and the sale of its 50% interest in Youngs Creek Mining Company, LLC, which was formed to develop a coal mine in northern Wyoming.Chevron also owns and operates the Questa molybdenum mine in New Mexico. During 2012, it had 160 million tons of proven and probable coal reserves in the United States, including reserves of low-sulfur coal. The Companys Global Power Company manages interests in 11 power assets with a total operating capacity of more than 2,200 megawatts, primarily through joint ventures in the United States and Asia. Chevron Energy Solutions (CES) completed several public sector programs, including a microgrid a t the Santa Rita jail in Alameda County, and renewable and e! fficiency! programs for Huntington Beach City School District, South San Francisco Unified School District and Union City, all in California, plus Rootstown Local School District in Ohio. The Companys energy technology organization supports Chevrons upstream and downstream businesses by providing technology, services and competency development in earth sciences; reservoir and production engineering; drilling and completions; facilities engineering; manufacturing; process technology; catalysis; technical computing, and health, environment and safety disciplines.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
Should oil prices recover, we believe that deepwater drilling activity growth should lag growth in US shale activity, as project economics is generally better in US shales, and E&Ps involved in US shales are generally quicker to react. Deepwater activity is largely comprises a handful of companies (Petrobras (PBR), Statoil (STO), Total (TOT), Shell (RDS.A), BP (BP), ONGC, ExxonMobil (XOM) and Chevron (CVX)) and it is unlikely that these companies can meaningfully increase their rig demand in a short period of time to absorb the current oversupply. Thus, should oil prices rise in 2018, rig demand may increase, but likely not enough to tighten the market, given that supply equaling 43% of current working rig count is stacked and new supply equaling 25% of working rig count is under-construction and should be entering the market in the coming years. As a result, while we expect some improvement in rig utilization owing to rig retirements, it will unlikely be strong enough to meaningfully improve rates in 2018 above spot levels. Any demand increase in the interim could slow rig retirements materially, and be self-defeating. We thus are Sell rated on Transocean, Atwood and Noble.
- [By Teresa Rivas]
Shares of Chevron (CVX) were up 0.7% in recent trading, on the heels that it has reached a settlement with Brazilian prosecutors.
Chevron and Transocean (RIG) were named in the $20 billion lawsuit over a 2011 oil spill off the southeast coast of the country, and both parties are expected to sign off on the deal today, reports The Wall Street Journal. Criminal charges against executives have already been dropped.
The move comes at a delicate time for Brazilwhile many energy companies are eager to tap the nations resources and appetite, some criticized the government of overacting to the spill; the settlement should calm some ruffled feathers a month before the country will auction off rights to what is believed to be one of the largest oil fields ever discovered in deep ocean waters, notes the Journal.
However, Transocean didnt get any bump from the news, and was trading down 1.5% at recent check. Both names have lagged the index in the past year: While the S&P 500 has gained nearly 15% in the last 12 months, Chevron is up 5.7% and Transocean is up just 1.7%.
Other oil majors like Exxon (XOM) and ConocoPhillips (COP) are also up today.
Update: Reuters is reporting that Chevron is considering bid for stake in a Brazil offshore oil prospect (via Briefing.com).
Top India Companies To Buy For 2016: Alimera Sciences, Inc.(ALIM)
Alimera Sciences, Inc., a pharmaceutical company, engages in the research, development, and commercialization of prescription ophthalmic pharmaceuticals in the United States, Germany, Portugal, and the United Kingdom. The company focuses on diseases affecting the back of the eye or retina. The company offers ILUVIEN, an intravitreal implant for the treatment of diabetic macular edema (DME), which is a disease of the retina that affects individuals with diabetes and can lead to severe vision loss and blindness. Its ILUVIEN is inserted in the back of the patients eye in a non-surgical procedure, which allows for a self-sealing wound by delivering a constant micro-dose of the non-proprietary corticosteroid fluocinolone acetonide in the eye. It has license agreement with pSivida US, Inc. for the development and sale of ILUVIEN, and a delivery device to deliver other corticosteroids to the back of the eye for the treatment and pr evention of eye diseases in humans (other than uveitis) or to treat DME. Alimera Sciences, Inc. was founded in 2003 and is headquartered in Alpharetta, Georgia.
- [By Lisa Levin]
Alimera Sciences Inc (NASDAQ: ALIM) shares shot up 59 percent to $1.69 after the company reported preliminary Q2 revenue. Alimera Sciences announced preliminary revenue of $9.3 million to $9.5 million.
- [By Lisa Levin]
On Thursday, the healthcare sector proved to be a source of strength for the market. Leading the sector was strength from Alimera Sciences Inc (NASDAQ: ALIM) and Anthera Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: ANTH).
Top Food Stocks To Invest In 2016: Lions Gate Entertainment Corporation(LGF)
Lions Gate Entertainment Corp., incorporated on April 28, 1997, is engaged in motion picture production and distribution, television programming and syndication, home entertainment, international distribution and sales, branded channel platforms, interactive ventures and games and location-based entertainment. The Company operates through two segments: Motion Pictures and Television Production. The Company’s Motion Pictures segment consists of the development and production of feature films, acquisition of North American and around the world distribution rights, North American theatrical, home entertainment and television distribution of feature films produced and acquired, and around the world licensing of distribution rights to feature films produced and acquired. The Company’s Television Production segment consists of the development, production and around the world distribution of television productions, including television series, television movies, and mini-series a nd non-fiction programming.
The Company’s Motion Pictures segment is engaged in the domestic theatrical release of motion pictures licensed to theatrical exhibitors on a picture-by-picture basis (directly distributed by it in the United States and through a sub-distributor in Canada). It is engaged in the sale and rental of its film productions and acquired or licensed films and certain television programs (including theatrical and direct-to-video releases) to retail stores and through digital media platforms. The Company distributes a library of approximately 16,000 motion picture titles and television episodes and programs. It licenses its theatrical productions and acquired films to the linear pay, basic cable and free television markets. It is engaged in the licensing of productions, acquired films, catalog product and libraries of acquired titles from its international subsidiaries and distribution to international distributors, on a territory-by-territory basis. It has an interactive ve! ntures and games division and global franchise management and strategic partnerships division. It is also engaged in the sale and licensing of music from the theatrical exhibition of its films and the television broadcasts of its productions, and licensing of its films and television programs to ancillary markets.
The Company’s Television Production segment is engaged in the licensing and syndication of approximately one-hour and approximately half-hour scripted and unscripted series, television movies, mini-series and non-fiction programming. The Company is engaged in the sale or rental of television production movies or series on packaged media and through digital media platforms.
- [By Monica Gerson]
Benzinga's newsdesk monitors options activity to notice unusual patterns. These large volume (and often out of the money) trades were initially published intraday in Benzinga Professional . These trades were placed during Friday's regular session.
GrubHub Inc (NYSE: GRUB) Sep16 35.0 Calls Sweep: 1054 @ ASK $1.40: 2690 traded vs 178 OI: Earnings 7/26 $30.03 Ref Macy's, Inc. (NYSE: M) Jul16 34.0 Calls Sweep: 1000 @ ASK $0.90: 13k traded vs 16k OI: Earnings 8/10 $33.14 Ref Lions Gate Entertainment Corp. (USA) (NYSE: LGF) Jul16 21.0 Calls Sweep: 714 @ ASK $1.30: 778 traded vs 53 OI: Earnings 8/4 $21.64 Ref SunPower Corporation (NASDAQ: SPWR) Sep16 19.0 Calls Sweep: 1500 @ ASK $0.66: 1967 traded vs 12k OI: Earnings 7/26 $15.05 Ref Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMD) Oct16 5.0 Calls Sweep: 4790 @ ASK $0.78: 9909 traded vs 4435 OI: Earnings 7/21 $5.01 Ref Symantec Corporation (NASDAQ: SYMC) Jul16 21.0 Calls Sweep: 2000 @ ASK $0.22: 5794 traded vs 1474 OI: Earnings 8/9 $19.98 Ref Mobileye NV (NYSE: MBLY) Fri 7/22 40.0 Calls (Wkly) Sweep: 2331 @ ASK $1.30: 2481 traded vs 36 OI: Earnings 8/4 $38.08 Ref
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Top India Companies To Buy For 2016: Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage, Inc.(NGVC)
Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage, Inc., incorporated on April 9, 2012, is a retailer of natural and organic groceries and dietary supplements. The Company offers a selection of natural and organic food, dietary supplements, body care products, pet care products and books. It operates in the natural and organic retail stores segment. The Company operates within the natural products retail industry, which includes conventional supermarkets, natural, gourmet and specialty food markets, mass and discount retailers, warehouse clubs, independent health food stores, dietary supplement retailers, drug stores, farmers’ markets, food cooperatives (co-ops), mail order and online retailers, and multi-level marketers. The Company offers a range of cosmetics, skin care, hair care, fragrance and personal care products. The Company’s offerings include hypo-allergenic and fragrance-free household products, including cleaning supplies, paper products, dish and laundry soap, and other comm on household products, including diapers. Its other products include books and handouts. The Company stocks approximately 400 titles in each store’s book department. Its titles cover various approaches to diet, lifestyle and health. It offers various handouts on health topics and dietary supplements.
The Company offers a selection of natural and organic grocery products with a focus on minimally processed and single ingredient products. The Company also carries a range of products associated with special diets, such as gluten free, vegetarian and non-dairy. The Company’s grocery products include bulk food and private label products; dry frozen and canned groceries; meats and seafood; dairy products and dairy substitutes; prepared foods; bread and baked goods, and beverages. Its bulk food and private label products include nuts, water, pasta, canned seafood, dried fruits, grains, granolas, honey, eggs, herbs, spices and teas. It also offers self-serve filtered dr inking water that is dispensed into one gallon or larger con! tainers provided by its customers. Its natural and organic dry, frozen and canned groceries include cereals, soups, baby foods, frozen entrees and snack items. In addition, it offers a selection of natural chocolate bars, and energy, protein and food bars. The Company offers dairy products, such as milk, eggs, cheeses, yogurts and beverages, as well as non-dairy substitutes made from almonds, coconuts, rice and soy. It also offers refrigerated prepared fresh food items, such as salads, sandwiches, salsa, humus and wraps. The Company’s dietary supplement department sells name-brand supplements, as well as a line of private label dietary supplements.
The Company offers its customers an average of approximately 20,700 stock keeping units (SKUs) of natural and organic products per store, including an average of approximately 6,500 SKUs of dietary supplements. It sells peanut and almond butters, freshly ground in-store under the Natural Grocers brand. The Company own s and operates approximately 110 stores in over 20 states, including Colorado, Arizona, Arkansas, Idaho, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wyoming. It also operates a food repackaging facility and distribution center in Colorado. The Company contracts with third-party manufacturers to produce groceries and dietary supplements under its private labels, which include the Natural Grocers and Vitamin Cottage brands.
The Company competes with Kroger, Safeway, Wal-Mart, Target, Whole Foods, The Fresh Market, Sprouts, Trader Joe’s, Sam’s Club and Costco.
- [By Lisa Levin]
Shares of Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage Inc (NYSE: NGVC) were down 32 percent to $13.90 as the company reported weak preliminary results for the second quarter.
Top India Companies To Buy For 2016: Olympic Steel Inc.(ZEUS)
Olympic Steel, Inc. engages in the processing and distribution of metal products in the United States. It offers flat products and tubular and pipe products, including processed carbon, coated, aluminum and stainless flat-rolled sheet, coil, and plate; and metal tubing, pipe, bar, valves, and fittings and fabricate pressure parts. The company also provides various processing services comprising cutting-to-length, slitting, sawing, and shearing; and value-added processes of blanking, tempering, plate burning, laser cutting, precision machining, welding, fabricating, bending, and painting to process metal to specified lengths, widths, and shapes. It serves metal consuming industries, such as manufacturers and fabricators of transportation and material handling equipment, construction and farm machinery, storage tanks, environmental and energy generation equipment, automobiles, food service and electrical equipment, and military vehicles and equipment, as well as general and plate fabricators and metals service centers through direct sales force. Olympic Steel, Inc. was founded in 1954 and is headquartered in Bedford Heights, Ohio.
- [By Lisa Levin]
Olympic Steel, Inc. (NASDAQ: ZEUS) was down, falling around 17 percent to $21.32. KeyBanc downgraded Olympic Steel from Sector Weight to Underweight.