Investors might invest in a good company with solid returns — but is it the place where their hard-earned profits are best spent? Let’s compare big dividend-dealing utilities FirstEnergy (NYSE: FE ) and Consolidated Edison (NYSE: ED ) , to see where we should stash our cash.
Sales are a good place to start for these two companies, because up until 2011, they were mirror images of each other. But in 2011, FirstEnergy merged with Allegheny Energy, a 1.6 million customer utility that doubled FirstEnergy’s “clean coal” capacity. The top line grew accordingly, while Consolidated Edison stock revenue slumped. In the past five years, FirstEnergy sales are up 12.3%, while Con Ed’s have taken a 10.3% dip.
FE Revenue Annual data by YCharts
But where it matters to most to investors, FirstEnergy comes in second for adjusted earnings per share. FirstEnergy’s adjusted EPS has fallen a whopping 60% over the past five years, but Consolidated Edison stock adjusted EPS is still in the red at -11.7%.
Top Long Term Stocks To Watch For 2014: Spdr S&P Retail Etf (XRT)
SPDR S&P Retail Exchange Traded Fund (The Fund) seeks to replicate as closely as possible, before expenses, the performance of an index derived from the retail segment of the United States total market composite index. The Fund uses a passive management strategy designed to track the total return performance of the S&P Retail Select Industry Index (the Retail Index).
The Retail Index represents the retail sub industry portion of the S&P TMI. The S&P TMI tracks all the United States common stocks listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), American Stock Exchange (AMEX), National Association of Securities Dealers Automated Quotation (NASDAQ) National Market and NASDAQ Small Cap exchanges.
- [By John Udovich]
TheEconomicCollapseBlog.com has a shocking post entitled, “20 Facts About The Great U.S. Retail Apocalypse That Will Blow Your Mind,” which might make you want to consider shorting or reevaluating any investment strategies involving retail or retail ETFs like the SPDR S&P Retail ETF (NYSEARCA: XRT), PowerShares Dynamic Retail ETF (NYSEARCA: PMR), Market Vectors Retail ETF (NYSEARCA: RTH) and Direxion Daily Retail Bull 3X Shares (NYSEARCA: RETL). Before you dismiss something from a blog with the words “Economic Collapse” in it (they are, after all, peddling “doom and gloom”) because the Obama administration plus Joe Biden and their surrogates in the media keep telling you there is an economic recovery along with growth in jobs, consider just the following retail store closure plans or job cuts mentioned in the post:
- [By Don Lucek]
It’s a well-run affair that beat the S&P 500 (SPX) and the S&P Retail (XRT) over the recent past. While I’d be careful about entry, I think GPS will remain a stock market winner into the longer term (at least one to three years).
Top Long Term Stocks To Watch For 2014: Durata Therapeutics Inc (DRTX)
Durata Therapeutics, Inc., incorporated on November 4, 2009, is a pharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of therapeutics for patients with infectious diseases and acute illnesses. The Company enroll and dose patients in two global Phase III clinical trials with its product candidate, dalbavancin, for the treatment of patients with acute bacterial skin and skin structure infections (abSSSI). Dalbavancin is an intravenous antibiotic product candidate designed for once-weekly dosing. In addition to abSSSI, the Company focuses on the development of dalbavancin for additional indications, including osteomyelitis, diabetic foot infection and pneumonia.
As of December 31, 2011, Dalbavancin had already completed three Phase III clinical trials, in which more than 1,000 patients in total received dalbavancin. Dalbavancin achieved its primary efficacy endpoint of non-inferiority in each of these three completed Phase III clinical trials when compared to linezolid, cefazolin or vancomycin, three of the standard-of-care agents for uncomplicated skin and skin structure infections (uSSSI), and complicated skin and skin structure infections (cSSSI). Its two ongoing Phase III clinical trials are designed to compare dalbavancin to vancomycin, with an option to switch to oral linezolid, under the new FDA draft guidance.
The Company competes with Pfizer, Cubist Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Theravance, Inc., Forest Laboratories, Inc., Sanofi-Aventis Ltd., The Medicines Company, Trius Therapeutics, Inc., Cempra, Inc., Rib-X Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Paratek Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Nabriva Therapeutics AG, Tetraphase Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and Furiex Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
- [By Bob’s Stocks]
Durata Therapeutics (DRTX) is developing Dalbavancin, a once a week, intravenous antibiotic product candidate, for the treatment of patients with acute bacterial skin and skin structure infections, or ABSSSI. The company is expected to file a NDA (New Drug Application) at any moment and MAA (Marketing Authorization Application) at the end of 2013.
Top Long Term Stocks To Watch For 2014: Douglas Dynamics Inc.(PLOW)
Douglas Dynamics, Inc. designs, manufactures, and sells snow and ice control equipment for light trucks in North America. It principally offers snowplows, sand and salt spreaders, and related parts and accessories. The company sells its products under the WESTERN, FISHER, and BLIZZARD brands. Douglas Dynamics sells its products through a distributor network primarily to professional snowplowers. The company was founded in 2004 and is headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
- [By Monica Gerson]
Douglas Dynamics (NYSE: PLOW) is estimated to post its Q4 earnings at $0.25 per share on revenue of $57.68 million.
SIGA Technologies (NASDAQ: SIGA) is expected to post its Q4 earnings at $0.62 per share on revenue of $47.00 million.
- [By Rich Smith]
Milwaukee-based Douglas Dynamics (NYSE: PLOW ) is bulking up its snow control business.
The maker of Western, Fisher, and Blizzard-brand snowplows, sand and salt spreaders, and related accessories announced Monday that it has acquired “substantially all” assets of truck-mounted salt and sand spreader manufacturer TrynEx, which owns the SnowEx brand.
- [By Jon C. Ogg]
Douglas Dynamics Inc. (NYSE: PLOW) was downgraded to Underperform from an already cautious Neutral rating at Credit Suisse, and the target price is $14, versus a current $14.72 share price.
Top Long Term Stocks To Watch For 2014: Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia Inc (MSO)
Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc. (MSO), incorporated on May 7, 1996, is an integrated media and merchandising company providing consumers with lifestyle content and products. The Company operates in three segments: Publishing, Broadcasting, Merchandising, Publishing and Broadcasting. The media and merchandise it creates generally consists of cooking and entertaining, holiday and celebrations, crafts, home, weddings, organizing, office products and accessories, gardening and outdoor living, and pets (grooming, apparel, feeding and health). In December 2012, the Company ceased its Everyday Food publication. In January 2013, the Company discontinued publication of Whole Living.
During the year ended December 31, 2012, the Company’s Publishing segment accounted for 62% of its total revenues, consisting of operations related to magazine and book publishing and digital distribution, principally through its marthastewart.com. Revenues f rom magazine and digital advertising represented approximately 63% of the segment’s revenues during 2012, while circulation revenues represented approximately 34% of the segment’s revenues. As of December 31, 2012, the Company’s Everyday Food publication is being issued as an occasional insert to Martha Stewart Living subscribers.
Martha Stewart Living, its flagship magazine, is the foundation of its publishing business. The Company As of December 31, 2012, it published Martha Stewart Living on a monthly basis with a rate base of 2.05 million. The magazine primarily focused to the college-educated woman between the ages of 25 and 54 who owns her residence. Martha Stewart Living offers lifestyle ideas. Martha Stewart Weddings, a quarterly publication, targets the upscale bride and serves. Martha Stewart Weddings is distributed primarily through newsstands.
Martha Stewart Living, its flagship magazine, is the foundation of its publishing busines s. The Company As of December 31, 2012, it published Martha ! Stewart Living on a monthly basis with a rate base of 2.05 million. The magazine primarily focused to the college-educated woman between the ages of 25 and 54 who owns her residence. Martha Stewart Living offers lifestyle ideas. Martha Stewart Weddings, a quarterly publication, targets the upscale bride and serves. Martha Stewart Weddings is distributed primarily through newsstands.
The marthastewart.com Website is its digital properties, offering a range of continually updated articles, recipes and videos developed from several Martha Stewart brands, including its magazine properties. The Website provides several lifestyle categories: food, entertaining, holidays, home and garden, crafts and pets. The Website also serves as a gateway to its other properties, including marthastewartweddings.com and emerils.com. The Company produces digital editions available through Barnes & Noble’s Nook, Amazon’s Kindle Fire and through the Zinio platform. During 2012, it built a custom storefront in Apple’s iTunes, which allows it to sell subscriptions and single copies of its magazines, only for Apple’s iPad products. The Company produces iPad versions of Martha Stewart Living and Martha Stewart Weddings, the latter of which was launched during 2012. During 2012, it launched the Craft Studio app available on Apple iTunes.
The Merchandising segment consists of the Company’s operations related to the design and branding of merchandise and related collateral and packaging materials that are distributed by its retail and manufacturing partners in exchange for royalty income. The Company’s merchandising segment contributed 29% of its total revenues during 2012. The segment consists of operations related to the design of merchandise and related packaging, collateral and advertising materials, and the licensing of various trademarks, in connection with retail programs conducted through a number of retailers a nd manufacturers. The Company’s Martha Stewart Living prog! ram at Th! e Home Depot is available at all of The Home Depot’s stores in the United States and Canada, as well as on www.homedepot.com and Home Decorators Collection catalog, online and retail stores. The Martha Stewart Living program at The Home Depot consists of a range of home decor, paint, storage and organization products, outdoor furniture, window treatments, kitchen cabinetry, countertops, carpet and seasonal holiday decor.
The Company’s Martha Stewart Collection at Macy’s is available at the approximately 650 Macy’s stores in the United States that offer home products, as well on www.macys.com. The Martha Stewart Collection line consists of a range of home goods, including bed and bath textiles, house wares, food preparation and other kitchen items, tabletop and holiday decorating items. Martha Stewart Crafts, a paper-based crafting program, consists of tools, embellishments, paper/albums, and other seasonal products. Martha Stewart Pets line consists of a range of pet accessories, including apparel, collars, leashes, bedding, grooming supplies and toys. The Martha Stewart Home Office line is sold at Staples in the United States and United Kingdom, on www.staples.com, and at Officeworks in Australia. The line consists of a range of home office products, including surface organization, journals, portable filing, pantry organization and the line of bags and totes.
Emerilware products by T-FAL consist of small kitchen appliances available at department stores and specialty retail outlets across the United States, as well as through the Home Shopping Network. Emerilware by All-Clad consists of lines of gourmet cookware and barbeque tools available at department stores and specialty retail outlets across the United States, as well as through the Home Shopping Network. Emeril Lagasse introduced with B&G Foods, Emeril’s Original is a line of seasonings, salad dressings, basting sauces and marinades, mustards, salsas, pasta sauces, pepper sauces, spice rubs, cooking sprays and ! stocks av! ailable at supermarkets and specialty markets across the United States, as well as through the Home Shopping Network. Emeril’s Gourmet Coffee with Timothy’s World Coffee is a single-cup coffee program consisting of flavored coffees inspired by Emeril Lagasse. The program is available in department and specialty stores nationwide, as well as in certain national hotel chains.
Emeril’s Red Marble Steaks with Allen Brothers is a line of hand-selected, aged steaks. The line is available through catalog, online and the Home Shopping Network. During 2012, it launched Emeril by Snapware, which is branded food storage, on the Home Shopping Network.
The Broadcasting segment consists of the Company’s television production operations and its satellite radio operations. The Company’s Broadcasting business segment accounted for 9% of its total revenues during 2012. During 2012, the Company restructured the Broadcasting segment, whi ch included the termination of its live audience television production operations. Emeril Lagasse also provides various television services for us. During 2012, Emeril Lagasse hosted a new show, Emeril’s Florida, on the Cooking Channel. During 2012, it produced two seasons of a new weekly half-hour series, Martha Stewart’s Cooking School.
- [By Paul Ausick]
In a brief press announcement issued Thursday, Macy’s Inc. (NYSE: M) said that it has resolved its breach-of-contract suit with Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia Inc. (NYSE: MSO). The terms of the settlement were not disclosed, but Macy’s said that its suit against J.C. Penney Co. Inc. (NYSE: JCP) “remains subject to the court’s decision.”
- [By Rick Aristotle Munarriz]
Alamy Companies can make brilliant moves, but there are also times when things don’t work out quite as planned. From an automaker committing to add thousands of high-paying jobs in the new year to a home craft icon’s payroll going the other way, here’s a rundown of the week’s most interesting moves in the business world. Sysco (SYY) — Winner Leave it to a food company to eat the competition. Sysco is the country’s largest food service company, providing restaurants, schools, and other institutions with their edibles. It’s about to get bigger. Sysco kicked off the week by announcing a deal valued at $3.5 billion in cash and stock for its nearest competitor, US Foods. There isn’t likely to be a lot of regulatory hassle over the combination. This is a highly fragmented sector, with Sysco commanding just 18 percent of the overall market. It will be 27 percent after completing the deal. Given the nature of the business, there are advantages of being big, and Sysco is about to get substantially bigger at a reasonable price relative to its own valuation. lululemon athletica (LULU) — Loser Shares of Lululemon stumbled 12 percent on Thursday after the retailer of high-end yoga apparel offered up a gloomy outlook for the holiday quarter. The Canadian chain spooked investors by forecasting flat comparable-store sales for the period. Its profit guidance also fell short of expectations. For a hot growth stock like Lululemon, proving ordinary after years of heady store-level sales growth isn’t enough. Ford (F) — Winner Things have been going well for automakers, and things are about to get even better for Ford. The popular automaker revealed in a presentation on Thursday that it plans to hire 3,000 salaried workers in 2014 — and we’re not talking about low-paying jobs here. Most of these new jobs will be in engineering and product development. Ford is also opening three plants overseas, but the stateside job creation will be significant. Martha Stewart Living Om
- [By Charley Blaine]
Among the week’s winners: Dreamworks Animation (NASDAQ: DWA), up 20.39 percent; Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia (NYSE: MSO), up 15.9 percent; and United Airlines parent United Continental Holdings (NYSE: UAL) up 14.02 percent. AMR (OTC: AAMRQ) added 27.01 percent.
- [By Jonathan Berr]
If Daniel Dienst is the answer to Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia’s (MSO) problems, the domestic diva’s media empire may be in far worse shape than investors have feared.
Top Long Term Stocks To Watch For 2014: eLong Inc.(LONG)
eLong, Inc. operates as an online travel service provider in the People?s Republic of China. The company provides its customers with travel information and the ability to book rooms, air tickets, vacation packages, and other travel related services utilizing call center and Web-based distribution technologies. It facilitates the customers to book rooms in approximately 10,000 hotels in 450 cities across China, and fulfills air ticket reservations in approximately 80 cities across China. In addition, the company offers the ability to book rooms at approximately 100,000 hotels outside of China; and provides the customers informative content relevant to hotel and air travel decisions, including tourist and event site destination information, hotel facility information, and photos. eLong markets its services through online marketing, traditional media advertising, co-marketing with established brands of other companies, and direct marketing. The company was founded in 1999 and is headquartered in Beijing, the People?s Republic of China. eLong, Inc. operates as a subsidiary of Expedia Asia Pacific Limited.
- [By Tom Taulli]
Strong Portfolio: Expedia has massive scale, with supply from about 200,000 hotels, 300 airlines and various car rentals and cruise lines. And EXPE sites — which include Hotwire.com, Hotels.com, CarRentals.com and more, on top of the Expedia namesake — get about 50 million unique visitors every month. Plus, EXPE also owns a majority stake in eLong (LONG), which is the second largest online travel company in China.
- [By Seth Jayson]
eLong (Nasdaq: LONG ) reported earnings on May 13. Here are the numbers you need to know.
The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended March 31 (Q1), eLong beat expectations on revenues and beat expectations on earnings per share.
Top Long Term Stocks To Watch For 2014: Liberty Media Corp (LMCA)
Liberty Media Corporation, formerly Liberty Spinco, Inc., incorporated on August 10, 2012, focuses on the media, communications and entertainment industries through its ownership of interests in subsidiaries and other companies. Its businesses and assets include consolidated subsidiaries, Atlanta National League Baseball Club, Inc. and TruePosition, Inc., its equity affiliates Sirius XM Radio Inc. and Live Nation Entertainment, Inc. and minority investments in public companies such as Barnes & Noble, Inc., Time Warner Inc., Time Warner Cable, Inc., Viacom Inc. and Sprint Nextel Corporation. On January 11, 2013, Liberty Media Corporation and Starz announced the completion of the spin-off of Liberty from Starz. In connection with the spin-off, Liberty changed its name from Liberty Spinco, Inc. to Liberty Media Corporation. In January 2013, the Company announced that it held approximately 50.7% interest of Sirius XM Radio Inc. In May 2013, Liberty Media Corp acquired a 27.38% stake in Charter Communications Inc.
Atlanta National League Baseball Club, Inc., or ANLBC, a wholly owned subsidiary, owns and operates the Atlanta Braves Major League Baseball (MLB) franchise and five minor league baseball clubs (the Gwinnett Braves, the Mississippi Braves, the Rome Braves, the Danville Braves and the GCL Braves). TruePosition is a wholly owned subsidiary that develops and markets technology for locating wireless phones and other wireless devices enabling wireless carriers, application providers and other enterprises to provide E-911 services domestically and other location-based services to mobile users both domestically and worldwide. Sirius XM Radio Inc. (Sirius) broadcasts its music, sports, entertainment, comedy, talk, news, traffic and weather channels in the United States on a subscription fee basis through its two satellite radio systems. Subscribers can also receive certain of its music and other channels over the Internet, includin g through applications for mobile devices.
Sir! ius XM Radio Inc. satellite radios are primarily distributed through automakers (OEMs), retail locations nationwide, and through its Website. Sirius offers a dynamic programming lineup of commercial-free music, sports, entertainment, talk, news, traffic and weather. The channel line-ups for its services vary in certain respects and are available at siriusxm.com. Sirius offers a selection of music genres, ranging from rock, pop and hip-hop to country, dance, jazz, Latin and classical. Within each genre it offers a range of formats, styles and recordings. Sirius offers a range of national, international and financial news, including news from BBC World Service News, Bloomberg Radio, CNBC, CNN, FOX News, HLN, MSNBC, NPR and World Radio Network. Barnes & Noble, Inc., is a content, commerce and technology company providing customers easy and convenient access to books, magazines, newspapers and other content across its multi-channel distribution platform. As of April 28, 2012, Ba rnes & Noble operated 1,338 bookstores in 50 states, including 647 bookstores on college campuses, operates one of the Internet’s e-Commerce sites and develops digital content products and software.
- [By Jon C. Ogg]
The Merrill Lynch report was simply named “Liberated” now that Liberty Media Corp. (NASDAQ: LMCA) has withdrawn its bid to acquire (or steal) the remaining 47% of Sirius XM at $3.68 per share. The new plan is to spin Liberty into dual tracking stocks, even though plans for ultimate ownership or involvement in Sirius are not fully clear. For now, Sirius will remain the main asset of Liberty, while a new Liberty Broadband tracker will include the company’s 25% or so stake in Charter and its prior holdings in Time Warner Cable, along with other assets.
- [By John Kell and Lauren Pollock var popups = dojo.query(“.socialByline .popC”); ]
Liberty Media Corp.(LMCA) dropped its proposal to acquire the rest of satellite-radio provider Sirius XM Holdings Inc.(SIRI) that the media-investment company doesn’t already own. The company Ann(ANN)ounced the withdrawn offer along with a plan to create two new tracking stocks. Series A shares climbed 7.4% to $135.46 premarket.
Top Long Term Stocks To Watch For 2014: Canadian Utilities Ltd (CDUAF)
Canadian Utilities Limited is a holding company. The Company is engaged in Utilities (pipelines, natural gas and electricity transmission and distribution), Energy (power generation, natural gas gathering, processing, storage and liquids extraction), and Technologies (business systems solutions). The Company operates in threes segments: TCO Electric, ATCO Gas and ATCO Pipelines. ATCO Electric is engaged in the regulated business of transmitting and distributing electricity to 245 communities as well as rural areas in east-central and northern Alberta. ATCO Gas is engaged in the business of distributing natural gas throughout Alberta and in the Lloydminster area of Saskatchewan. ATCO Pipelines is a regulated business engaged in the transmission of natural gas in Alberta. ATCO Pipelines receives natural gas on its pipeline system at various gas processing plants and transports it to end users within the province or other pipeline systems for export out of the province. Advisors’ Opinion:
- [By John Heinzl]
Contrast that with a company such as Canadian Utilities (CDUAF), whose eight price targets range from $40 to $42. (The stock closed Friday at $38.08 [Canadian]). Such tight clustering of targets indicates that analysts have a high degree of conviction about the company’s future earnings, which isn’t surprising for a utility that throws off predictable cash flows.