By Charles Kennedy
Just over three months after the authorities lifted the four-decade ban on crude oil exports, the U.S. has actually exported less this year than it did over the same period the year before, when the ban was still in place.
According to Clipper Data market intelligence cited by the Financial Times, we’ve seen a 5 percent decline in U.S. crude oil export volumes since the beginning of this year. The data suggests that on average we are exporting (waterborne) 325,000 barrels per day now, compared to 342,000 barrels per day during the first months of 2015.
And there’s no official data yetnot since the beginning of this year, when the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) noted that during the week ending 22 January, the U.S. had exported just shy of 400,000 barrels of oil, which again was 25 percent less than what was exported for the same week in 2014.
Top Japanese Companies To Buy Right Now: Maxwell Technologies, Inc.(MXWL)
Maxwell Technologies, Inc., incorporated on August 28, 1996, develops, manufactures and markets energy storage and power delivery products for transportation, industrial, information technology and other applications and microelectronic products for space and satellite applications. The Company offers three product lines: Ultracapacitors, High-Voltage Capacitors and Radiation-Hardened Microelectronic Products.
The Company’s ultracapacitor cells and multi-cell packs, and modules provide energy storage and power delivery solutions for applications in multiple industries, including automotive, bus, rail and truck in transportation, and grid energy storage and wind in renewable energy. The Company offers ultracapacitor cells with capacitances ranging from 1 to 3,400 farads. The Company develops integration technologies, including proprietary electrical balancing and thermal management systems and interconnect technologies. The Company’ s multi-cell products incorporate from 6 to 60 of its cells to provide plug and play solutions for applications requiring 16 to 160 volts, and these modules are designed to be linked together for higher voltage applications. The Company produces electrode material for its own ultracapacitor products, and for sale to other ultracapacitor manufacturers at its Peoria facility.
The Company competes with Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd., NessCap Co., Ltd., LS Cable, Supreme Power Solutions Co., Ltd., Vina Technology Company, Ltd., Man Yue Technology Holdings, Ltd., Skeleton Technologies, Yunasko, Ltd. and Ioxus, Inc.
The Company designs and manufactures CONDIS high-voltage capacitors. These products include grading and coupling capacitors and electric voltage transformers for electric utility infrastructure and other applications involving transport, distribution and measurement of high-voltage electrical ener gy. The Company’s high-voltage capacitors are produced throu! gh an assembly and automated winding and drying process. The Company sells its high-voltage capacitor products to large systems integrators, which install and service power plants and electrical utility infrastructure across the world. The Company produces its high-voltage grading and coupling capacitors and electronic voltage transformers in its Rossens, Switzerland facility.
The Company competes with Trench Limited and Hochspannungsgerate Porz GmbH.
Radiation-Hardened Microelectronic Products
The Company’s radiation-hardened microelectronic products for satellites and spacecraft include single board computers and components, such as high-density memory and data conversion modules. These products incorporate its proprietary RADPAK packaging and shielding technology. The Company produces its radiation-hardened microelectronics products in its San Diego production facility.
The Company competes with Honeywell International I nc., BAE Systems plc, Cobham plc, Texas Instruments Incorporated, Analog Devices, Inc., Atmel Corporation, Micross Components, Microsemi Corporation and Teledyne Technologies, Inc.
- [By Monica Gerson]
Maxwell Technologies (NASDAQ: MXWL) surged 9.20% to $10.21. The volume of Maxwell Technologies shares traded was 325% higher than normal. Maxwell’s trailing-twelve-month revenue is $190.57 million.
Top Japanese Companies To Buy Right Now: Omeros Corporation(OMER)
Omeros Corporation, incorporated on June 16, 1994, is a biopharmaceutical company. The Company is engaged in discovering, developing and commercializing small-molecule and protein therapeutics for large-market, as well as orphan indications targeting inflammation, coagulopathies and disorders of the central nervous system. Its marketed drug product, Omidria (phenylephrine and ketorolac injection), is launched in the United States for use during cataract surgery or intraocular lens (IOL) replacement. Omidria is derived from the Company’s PharmacoSurgery platform, which is designed for patients undergoing ophthalmological, arthroscopic, urological and other surgical procedures. Its PharmacoSurgery platform is based on low-dose combinations of the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved therapeutic agents delivered directly to the surgical site throughout the duration of the procedure to inhibit preemptively inflammation and other problems caused by surgical trauma, and to provide clinical assistances both during and after surgery.
The Company’s pipeline includes clinical-stage development programs focused on complement-related thrombotic microangiopathies (TMAs); complement-mediated glomerulopathies; Huntington’s disease and cognitive impairment; addictive and compulsive disorders, and problems associated with urologic surgical procedures. In addition, it has a group of preclinical programs and over two additional platforms: one capable of unlocking new G protein-coupled receptor (GPCR) drug targets and the other used to generate antibodies. OMS103 is the Company’s PharmacoSurgery product candidate, which is developed for use during all arthroscopic procedures, including knee and shoulder arthroscopy, and completed Phase III trials in patients undergoing arthroscopic anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction and arthroscopic partial meniscectomy. OMS103 is a combination of anti-inflammatory/analgesic active pharma ceutical ingredients (APIs), specifically amitriptyline, ket! oprofen and oxymetazoline, and designed to provide a multimodal approach to block preemptively the inflammatory cascade induced by arthroscopy. OMS103 is delivered directly to the joint throughout arthroscopy and is designed to act simultaneously at multiple distinct targets to block preemptively the inflammatory cascade induced by arthroscopic surgery.
Omidria is approved by the FDA for use during cataract surgery or IOL replacement surgery to maintain pupil size by preventing intraoperative miosis (pupil constriction) and to reduce postoperative ocular pain and is approved in all European Union (EU) member states for use during cataract surgery and other IOL replacement procedures to maintain mydriasis (pupil dilation), to prevent miosis and to reduce postoperative eye pain. Omidria is a drug product containing two APIs: ketorolac, an anti-inflammatory agent, and phenylephrine, a mydriatic, or pupil dilating, agent. These procedures are performed to replace a lens opacified by a cataract or to correct a refractive error. Omidria is added to standard irrigation solution used during cataract and lens replacement surgery and is delivered intracamerally, or within the anterior chamber of the eye, to the site of the surgical trauma throughout the procedure.
The Company’s clinical programs include Mannan-binding lectin-associated serine protease-2 (MASP-2) (OMS721)-Lectin Pathway Disorders; PDE10 (OMS824)-CNS Disorders; peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor gamma (OMS405)-Addiction, and OMS201-Urology. The MASP-2 is a pro-inflammatory protein target involved in activation of the complement system. OMS721 is its lead human monoclonal antibody targeting MASP-2. OMS721 has received Orphan Drug designation for the prevention (inhibition) of complement-mediated TMAs, and Fast Track designation for the treatment of patients with Atypical Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (aHUS). Phosphodiesterase 10 ( PDE10) is an enzyme that is expressed in areas of the brain ! linked to! diseases that affect cognition, including Huntington’s disease and schizophrenia. OMS824 has received Orphan Drug designation for the treatment of Huntington’s disease and Fast Track designation for the treatment of cognitive impairment in patients with Huntington’s disease. OMS824 is in a Phase II clinical program for the treatment of Huntington’s disease and a Phase II clinical program evaluating OMS824 for the treatment of schizophrenia.
The peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor gamma program is developing compositions that include peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor gamma agonists for the treatment and prevention of addiction to substances of abuse, which may include opioids, nicotine and alcohol. It has completed two Phase II clinical trials related to its peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor gamma program. OMS201 is its PharmacoSurgery product candidate designed for use during urological procedures, including ureterscopy for removal of u reteral or renal stones. OMS201 is a combination of ketoprofen, an anti-inflammatory API, and nifedipine, a smooth muscle relaxant API. It has completed a Phase I/Phase II clinical trial.
The Company’s preclinical programs include phosphodiesterase 7 (PDE7) (OMS527), Plasmin (OMS616), MASP-3 (OMS906)-Alternative Pathway Disorders, GPR17-CNS Disorders, GPR101-Metabolic Disorders, GPR151-CNS Disorders, GPR161-Cancer, GPR174-Immune Disorders, GPR183-Skeletal and Infectious Diseases, GPCR Platform and Antibody Platform. The PDE7 program is based on its discoveries of previously unknown links between PDE7 and any addiction or compulsive disorder and between PDE7 and any movement disorders, such as Parkinson’s disease. In its plasmin program, the Company is advancing antifibrinolytic agents for the control of blood loss during surgery or resulting from trauma, as well as for other hyperfibrinolytic states. As part of its MASP program, it has identified MASP-3.
The Company is condu! cting med! icinal chemistry to optimize compounds against GPR17, a GPCR that is linked to myelin formation. It is conducting medicinal chemistry to optimize compounds against GPR101, a GPCR that is linked to appetite and eating disorders. It is conducting medicinal chemistry to optimize compounds against GPR151, a GPCR that is linked to neuropathic pain and cognitive disorders. It is conducting medicinal chemistry to optimize compounds against GPR161, a GPCR that is linked to triple negative breast cancer (TNBC) and sarcomas. It is conducting medicinal chemistry to optimize compounds against GPR174, a GPCR that is linked to autoimmunity. It is conducting medicinal chemistry to optimize compounds against GPR183, a GPCR that is linked to osteoporosis and Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) infections, and associated diseases. The ex vivo platform is for the discovery of monoclonal antibodies, which utilizes a chicken B-cell lymphoma cell line.
The Company competes with The Nordic Group .
- [By Monica Gerson]
Omeros (NASDAQ: OMER) shares fell 2.80% to $8.32 in the pre-market trading. Omeros shares have dropped 9.80% over the past 52 weeks, while the S&P 500 index has gained 16.18% in the same period.
- [By Paul Ausick]
Stocks on the move: Boise Inc. (NYSE: BZ) is up 26% at $12.55 following the companys acquisition by Packaging Corporation of America Inc. (NYSE: PKG) for $12.55 a share ($1.28 billion). Omeros Corp. (NASDAQ: OMER) is up 68.2% at $8.56 following an analyst upgrade. Northern Dynasty Minerals Ltd. (NYSEArca: NAK) is down 33.3% at $1.48 following an announcement from Anglo American plc that it was withdrawing from a massive copper mining project in Alaska.
10 Best Shipping Stocks To Watch Right Now: SanDisk Corporation(SNDK)
Sandisk Corporation designs, develops, and manufactures NAND flash memory storage solutions that are used in various consumer electronics products. The company offers removable cards under the SanDisk Ultra, SanDisk Extreme, and SanDisk Extreme PRO brands; embedded products under the iNAND brand; universal serial bus (USB) flash drives under the Cruzer brand; digital media players under the Sansa brand; solid state drives under the Lightning brand; and wafers and memory components. Its removable card products are used in a range of consumer electronics devices, including mobile phones, digital cameras, gaming devices, and laptop computers; and embedded flash products are used in mobile phones, tablets, ultrabooks, eReaders, global positioning system devices, gaming systems, imaging devices, and computing platforms. The company also provides high-capacity storage solutions, such as solid-state drives that are used in lieu of hard disk drives. It offers its products to the m obile phone, consumer electronics, and computing end markets through original equipment manufacturers, distributors, and retail sales channels in the Americas, the Asia Pacific, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Japan. The company was formerly known as SunDisk Corporation and changed its name to SanDisk Corporation in August 1995. SanDisk Corporation was founded in 1988 and is headquartered in Milpitas, California.
- [By Michael Flannelly]
Early on Friday, analysts at RBC Capital boosted the near-term estimates on SanDisk Corporation (SNDK), a manufacturer of data storage products, because a fire at SK Hynix’s factory should lead to favorable pricing over the next two quarters.
“We see a favorable pricing environment as a result of SK Hynix’s fire, which threatens to curtail NAND output as the company likely re-purposes production back toward DRAM, resulting in lower than expected incremental NAND wafers vs. company’s plan of 170K/WPM,” RBC Capital analyst Freedman said. “Consequently, we see stronger pricing through EoY before SK Hynix ramps NAND toward normalized prod’t levels as DRAM resources are restored/replaced.”
The analysts maintain an “Outperform” rating on SDNK and still see shares reaching $76. This price target suggests a 26% upside to the stock’s Thursday closing price of $60.08. Furthermore, they boosted SanDisk’s 2013 EPS estimates from $4.82 to $4.95.
SanDisk shares were up a fraction during pre-market trading on Friday. The stock is up 38.11% year-to-date.
Top Japanese Companies To Buy Right Now: Madison Square Garden Inc.(MSG)
The Madison Square Garden Company, together with its subsidiaries, operates in the sports, entertainment, and media businesses primarily in the United States. The company operates in three segments: MSG Media, MSG Entertainment, and MSG Sports. The MSG Media segment produces and develops content for various distribution platforms, including content originating from the company?s venues. It consists of the MSG Networks and the Fuse Networks, which offer sports and musical content. This segment also manages interactive businesses that comprise a range of targeted websites; and wireless, video on demand, and digital platforms. The MSG Entertainment segment creates, produces, and/or presents various live productions, as well as presents or hosts other live entertainment events, such as concerts, family shows, special events, and theatrical productions. The MSG Sports segment owns and operates sports franchises. This segment also owns other sports properties, including the pre sentation of a range of live sporting events, such as professional boxing, college basketball, track and field, and tennis. The company owns the Madison Square Garden complex in New York City, which includes an arena and a theater; and The Chicago Theatre in Chicago. It leases Radio City Music Hall and the Beacon Theatre in New York City. The company is based in New York, New York. As of February 09, 2010, Madison Square Garden, Inc. operates independently of Cablevision Systems Corporation.
- [By Monica Gerson]
Madison Square Garden Co (NYSE: MSG) is estimated to report a quarterly loss at $0.34 per share on revenue of $325.53 million.
Gogo Inc (NASDAQ: GOGO) is projected to report a quarterly loss at $0.42 per share on revenue of $137.58 million.
Top Japanese Companies To Buy Right Now: HD Supply Holdings, Inc.(HDS)
HD Supply Holdings, Inc. operates as an industrial distributor in North America. The companys Facilities Maintenance segment offers electrical and lighting items, plumbing, appliances, janitorial supplies, hardware, kitchen and bath cabinets, window coverings, textiles and guest amenities, healthcare maintenance, and water and wastewater treatment products, as well as heating, ventilating, and air conditioning products. Its Waterworks segment provides pipes, fittings, valves, hydrants, and meters for use in the construction, maintenance, and repair of water and waste-water systems, as well as fire-protection systems; and smart meters, fusible piping solutions, and engineered treatment plant products and services. The companys Power Solutions segment distributes electrical transmission and distribution products, and power plant maintenance, repair, and operations supplies and smart-grid products; and arranges materials mana gement and procurement outsourcing for the power generation and distribution industries. Its Construction & IndustrialWhite Cap segment offers tilt-up brace systems, forming and shoring systems, concrete chemicals, hand and power tools, rebar, ladders, safety and fall arrest equipment, screws and fasteners, sealants and adhesives, drainage pipes, geo-synthetics, erosion and sediment control equipment, and other engineered materials. The company also provides floorings, cabinets, countertops, and window coverings, as well as design center services; and light remodeling and construction supplies, kitchen and bath cabinets, windows, plumbing materials, electrical equipment, and other products. It serves contractors, maintenance professionals, home builders, industrial businesses, and government entities. The company was formerly known as HDS Investment Holding, Inc. and changed its name to HD Supply Holdings, Inc. in April 2013. HD Supply Holdings, Inc. is headquartered in At lanta, Georgia.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
Flexing the barbell strategy to balance Safe Havens with more cyclical exposures. In our view, industrials investors should be positioning their portfolio with a barbell strategy, with half of the exposure in Safe Havens like General Electric, Xylem (XYL), Danaher, Honeywell International, Roper Technologies (ROP), and AMETEK (AME), and the other half selectively in the cyclical names that are better positioned today, such as Pentair, HD Supply Holdings (HDS),Actuant (ATU), Atkore International Group (ATKR), Ingersoll-Rand, and Eaton (ETN). We still believe risk-reward is mostly balanced and that the macro will remain choppy into 2017, supporting a positioning in the defensive names. But if investor sentiment improves on not-worse news and earnings results, the more cyclical names could fare better.
- [By Monica Gerson]
HD Supply Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: HDS) is projected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.24 per share on revenue of $1.63 billion.
JA Solar Holdings Co., Ltd. (ADR) (NASDAQ: JASO) is estimated to report its quarterly earnings at $0.68 per share on revenue of $683.29 million.
Top Japanese Companies To Buy Right Now: WD-40 Company(WDFC)
WD-40 Company, incorporated on October 22, 1999, is a global consumer Products Company. As of August 31, 2012, the Companys products included WD-40 Smart Straw, WD-40 Trigger Pro, 3-IN-ONE Professional Garage Door Lube, Spot Shot Pet Clean which is a non-aerosol Spot Shot trigger product, and a mildew stain remover under the X-14 brand. In addition, its WD-40 Specialist product line, consists of certain specialty maintenance products. The Companys three geographical segments are: the Americas, Europe and Asia-Pacific. The Company sells its products primarily through mass retail and home center stores, warehouse club stores, grocery stores, hardware stores, automotive parts outlets and industrial distributors and suppliers. During the fiscal year ended August 31, 2012, the Company formed WD-40 Bike Company LLC, focused on the development of a line of bicycle maintenance products for cyclists and mechanics.
Multi-Purpose Maintenance Products
T he WD-40 brand is a multi-purpose maintenance product and is sold as an aerosol spray, a non-aerosol trigger spray and in liquid form through mass retail stores, hardware stores, warehouse club stores, automotive parts outlets and industrial distributors and suppliers. WD-40 products are sold worldwide in markets, such as North, Central and South America, Asia, Australia and the Pacific Rim, Europe, the Middle East and Africa. WD-40 products has a range of consumer uses in household, marine, automotive, construction, repair, sporting goods and gardening applications, in addition to numerous industrial applications. The 3-IN-ONE brand consists of multi-purpose drip oil and spray lubricant products, as well as other specialty maintenance products. The drip oil is an entry-level lubricant with spout options that allow applications for small mechanisms and assemblies, tool maintenance and threads on screws and bolts. It also has industrial applications in areas, such as locksmit hing, HVAC, marine, farming, construction and jewelry manufa! cturing. In addition to the drip oil line of products, the 3-IN-ONE brand also includes a line of products known as 3-IN-ONE Professional, which is a line of multi-purpose maintenance products. 3-IN-ONE products are sold in the United States, Europe, Canada, Latin America, Australia and Asia.
The Blue Works brand consists of a line of industrial grade, specialty maintenance products that include lubricants, penetrants, degreasers and cleaners designed specifically for the needs of industrial users. Blue Works products were launched in the United States in selected markets in Europe and are sold through the industrial channel. WD-40 Specialist consists of a line of specialty problem solving products that include penetrants, water resistant degreaser silicone sprays, corrosion inhibitors and rust removers that are aimed at the current users of the WD-40 brand.
Homecare and Cleaning Products
The X-14 brand is a line of products designed fo r cleaning needs. X-14 is sold as a liquid mildew stain remover and two types of automatic toilet bowl cleaners. X-14 is sold in the United States through grocery and mass retail channels. The 2000 Flushes brand is a line ofLong-lasting automatic toilet bowl cleaners, which includes a variety of formulas. 2000 Flushes is sold in the United States and Canada through grocery and mass retail channels. The Carpet Fresh brand is a line of room and rug deodorizers sold as powder, aerosol foam and trigger spray products. Carpet Fresh is sold through grocery and mass retail channels in the United States, United Kingdom and Australia. In the United Kingdom, Carpet Fresh is sold under the 1001 brand name. In Australia, Carpet Fresh is sold under the No Vac brand name.
The Spot Shot brand is sold as an aerosol carpet stain remover and a liquid trigger carpet stain and odor eliminator. The brand also includes products, such as Spot Shot Instant Carpet Stain & Odor Eliminato r and Spot Shot Pet Clean, which are non-toxic and biodegrad! able. Spo! t Shot products are sold through grocery and mass retail channels, warehouse club stores and hardware and home center stores in the United States and Canada. Spot Shot products are also sold in the United Kingdom under the 1001 brand name. The 1001 brand includes carpet and household cleaners and rug and room deodorizers, which are sold through mass retail, grocery and home center stores in the United Kingdom. The Lava and Solvol brands consist of heavy-duty hand cleaner products, which are sold in bar soap and liquid form through hardware, grocery, industrial, automotive and mass retail channels. Lava is sold in the United States, while Solvol is sold in Australia.
- [By Monica Gerson]
WD-40 Company (NASDAQ: WDFC) reported better-than-expected earnings for its second quarter, but the company missed analysts’ sales estimates. WD-40 shares fell 0.97 percent to $106.00 in the after-hours trading session.
- [By Monica Gerson]
WD-40 Company (NASDAQ: WDFC) is projected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.86 per share on revenue of $99.10 million.
Hooker Furniture Corporation (NASDAQ: HOFT) is estimated to report its quarterly earnings at $0.40 per share on revenue of $62.20 million.