With July 4th weekend upon us, here were the top 10 stocks with the highest social chatter and sentiment changes this week according to Stockal. Stockal tracks ratings and social data to gauge total sentiment on a stock. Keep an eye out for movement in this stocks next week as well.
1. Atlas Resource Partners, L.P. (NYSE: ARP) – ARP recorded a huge surge in price on Thursday. Due to continued lower commodity price, ARP’s board has decided to suspend a couple of its Redeemable Perpetual Preferred Units.
2. Facebook Inc (NASDAQ: FB) – Facebook stock fell by almost 3%, and was one of the biggest losers on Monday. The largest social network also announced a change to its newsfeed algorithm that would place more of an emphasis on posts from friends and less from brands. The Information also reported that photosharing on Facebook-owned Instagram was down.
Top Paper Stocks To Invest In Right Now: American Capital, Ltd.(ACAS)
American Capital, Ltd. is a business development company specializing in management and employee buyouts, subordinated debt, leveraged finance, mezzanine, acquisition, recapitalization, middle market, early venture, mature, industry consolidation, and growth capital investments. The firm seeks to invest in senior debt mezzanine, unitranche, and equity financing for buyouts of private equity firms and direct in private and public companies. It also invests in special situations and in government. In special situations, the firm invests in troubled situations and in distressed situations. The firm also considers smaller investments as add-on acquisitions for existing portfolio companies. In this area, it invests in acquisitions of true turnarounds, 363 auctions, portfolio add-on acquisitions, operationally challenged companies; financings in exit, ABL loans, second lien refinance, and direct lending to distressed companies. The firm invests in manufacturing, services, and distribution companies with a special focus on energy sector. The firm also invests in infrastructure and structured products. The firm also invests in business services, consumer products and services, industrial, healthcare and food companies. The firm prefers to invest in Information Technology focusing on Custom information technology solutions, Technology and software enabling headcount reduction, and Technology and software enabling cost reductions in conducting transactions with or within government. The firm also invests in digital media and entertainment, internet and consumer related, communications, mobile and wireless, security and data center infrastructure, software and services, semiconductor, and other innovative technologies. The firm also invests in a variety of industry sectors, including life science services, medical device, medical tools and equipment, and healthcare services, among others. In energy producti on sector, the firm invests in lower risk oil and gas explor! ation, production and development; natural gas liquids; coal mining and coal-fired generation; uranium mining and nuclear-fired generation; wind-powered generation; and solar-powered generation. In energy transmission sector, the firm invests in oil and gas pipelines; LNG tankers and regasification facilities; and power transmission. In energy distribution sector, it targets propane distribution; gas distribution; electricity distribution. In energy services sector, the firm invests in oil and gas services and utility services. The firm also targets investments in companies that provide services or products to federal, state or local governments. It seeks to invest in human resources/benefit administration, outsourcing, transaction processing, engineering and construction, logistics, original equipment manufacturers homeland security and component, aftermarket parts and supplies, and technology. It also invests in real estate and insurance. It invests as lead or participa tive investor and also makes equity co-investments. The firm seeks to invest globally focusing on Middle East, North Africa, South Asia, Mid-Atlantic, New England, North East Unites States, Canada, Central America & Mexico, and Caribbean. The firm and its affiliates invest between $10 million to $750 million per company in North America and 10 ($13.34 million) to 400 million ($533.99 million) per company in Europe. The firms investment range is between $5 million and $25 million and higher depending on the opportunity. The firm targets new investments with at least $10 million in EBITDA and enterprise values of typical transaction from $20 million and $500 million. The firm invests senior debt, subordinated debt and equity allows us to provide one-stop financing up to $500 million. The firm also has the resources to deploy over $100 million into high growth later stage companies. In special situations group, the firm invests between $20 million and $750 million per tra nsaction in a variety of investments, including: buyouts ope! rational ! turnarounds, corporate orphans and carve-outs, complex management buyouts, financings dip financings, exit financings, and mezzanine financings for sponsored buyouts. In buyouts, the firm invests in companies having Enterprise Value of up to $1600 million. In federal, state and local government, the firm invests between $10 million and $500 million in a single transaction. The firm prefers to be a majority or minority investor and makes direct minority investments of subordinated debt, senior debt and equity in middle market private and public companies. The firm prefers to take minority ownership position of up to 49%. American Capital, Ltd., formerly known as American Capital Strategies, Ltd., was founded in 1986 and is based in Bethesda, Maryland with additional offices in United States, Europe, Africa, and Asia.
- [By Monica Gerson]
American Capital Ltd. (NASDAQ: ACAS) shares rose 5.63 percent to $16.50 in the pre-market trading session as Ares Capital Corporation (NASDAQ: ARCC) reported the purchase of American Capital at $3.4 billion in cash and stock.
Top Paper Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Phillips 66(PSX)
Phillips 66, incorporated on November 10, 2011, is an energy manufacturing and logistics company with midstream, chemicals, refining and marketing, and specialties businesses. The Company operates its business through four segments: Midstream, Chemicals, Refining, and Marketing and Specialties (M&S).
The Company gathers, processes, transports and markets natural gas, and transports, fractionates and markets natural gas liquids (NGLs) in the United States. In addition, this segment also transports crude oil and other feedstocks to its refineries and other locations, and delivers refined and specialty products to market, and provides storage services for crude oil and petroleum products. The Midstream segment includes, among other businesses, the Company’s equity investment in DCP Midstream , LLC (DCP Midstream) and its investment in Phillips 66 Partners LP. The Midstream segment consists of three business lines: Transportation, DCP Midstr eam and NGL.
The transportation business line transports crude oil and other feedstocks to its refineries and other locations, and delivers refined and specialty products to market, and provides storage services for crude oil and petroleum products. The operations of its master limited partnership, Phillips 66 Partners LP, are included in the transportation business line. The DCP Midstream business line gathers, processes, transports and markets natural gas, and transports, fractionates and markets NGL.
The Company owns or leases assets to provide delivery and storage of crude oil, refined products, natural gas and NGL. These assets include pipeline systems; petroleum product, crude oil and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) terminals; a petroleum coke handling facility; marine vessels, and railcars and trucks. Its transportation business manages over 18,000 miles of crude oil, natural gas, NGL and petroleum products pipeline systems in the United States , including those partially owned or operated by affiliates.! The Company owns or operates over 40 finished product terminals, 40 storage locations, five LPG terminals, 20 crude oil terminals and one petroleum coke exporting facility. It has interest in Rockies Express Pipeline LLC (REX). The REX natural gas pipeline runs over 1,710 miles from Meeker, Colorado, to Clarington, Ohio, and has a natural gas transmission capacity of over 1.8 billion cubic feet per day (BCFD), with most of its system having a pipeline diameter of over 40 inches. The REX pipeline is designed to enable natural gas producers in the Rocky Mountain region to deliver natural gas supplies to the Midwest and eastern regions of the United States.
The Company owns a limited partner interest in Phillips 66 Partners, which is a master limited partnership formed to own, operate, develop and acquire primarily fee-based crude oil, refined petroleum product and NGL pipelines and terminals, as well as other transportation and midstream assets. Phillips 66 Partn ers’ assets consist of crude oil and refined petroleum product pipeline, terminal, rail rack and storage systems in the Central, Gulf Coast, Atlantic Basin and Western regions of the United States. Its vessels are used primarily to transport feedstocks or provide product transportation for certain of its refineries, including delivery of domestic crude oil to its Gulf Coast and East Coast refineries. Truck and rail operations support the Company’s feedstock and distribution operations. Rail movements are provided via a fleet of over 12,300 owned and leased railcars. Truck movements are provided through approximately 170 third-party truck companies, as well as through Sentinel Transportation LLC, in which the Company holds an equity interest.
Midstream segment includes the Company’s equity investment in DCP Midstream. DCP Midstream owns or operates over 64 natural gas processing facilities, with a net processing capacity of approximately 8.0 BCFD. DCP Midstream’s owned or operated natural gas pipeline systems include gath! ering ser! vices for these facilities, as well as natural gas transmission, and totaled approximately 68,000 miles of pipeline. DCP Midstream also owns or operates over 10 NGL fractionation plants, along with natural gas and NGL storage facilities, a propane wholesale marketing business and NGL pipeline assets. The residual natural gas, primarily methane, which results from processing raw natural gas, is sold by DCP Midstream at market-based prices to marketers and end users, including industrial companies, natural gas distribution companies and electric utilities.
The Company’s NGL business includes its equity interest in Gulf Coast Fractionators, which owns an NGL fractionation plant in Mont Belvieu, Texas. The Company has equity interest in a fractionation plant in Mont Belvieu, Texas, and its net share of capacity is over 30,250 barrels per day. The Company has equity interest in a fractionation plant in Conway, Kansas, and the Company’s net share of capacity is approx imately 43,200 barrels per day. It also has one-third interest in both the DCP Sand Hills and DCP Southern Hills pipeline entities, connecting Eagle Ford, Permian and Midcontinent production to the Mont Belvieu, Texas market.
The Chemical segment manufactures and markets petrochemicals and plastics. The Chemicals segment consists of its equity investment in Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LLC (CPChem). CPChem’s business is structured around two primary operating segments: Olefins and Polyolefins (O&P) and Specialties, Aromatics and Styrenics (SA&S). The O&P segment produces and markets ethylene and other olefin products; the ethylene produced is primarily consumed within CPChem for the production of polyethylene, normal alpha olefins and polyethylene pipe. The SA&S segment manufactures and markets aromatics products, such as benzene, styrene, paraxylene and cyclohexane, as well as polystyrene and styrene-butadiene copolymers. SA&S also m anufactures and/or markets a range of specialty chemical pro! ducts, in! cluding organosulfur chemicals, solvents, catalysts, drilling chemicals and mining chemicals. CPChem, including through its subsidiaries and equity affiliates, has manufacturing facilities located in Belgium, China, Colombia, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea and the United States.
The refining segment buys, sells and refines crude oil and other feedstocks into petroleum products (such as gasolines, distillates and aviation fuels) at over 15 refineries, mainly in the United States and Europe. The Bayway Refinery is located on the New York Harbor in Linden, New Jersey. Bayway refining units include a fluid catalytic cracking unit, over two hydrodesulfurization units, a naphtha reformer, an alkylation unit and other processing equipment. The refinery produces a high percentage of transportation fuels, such as gasoline, diesel and jet fuel, as well as petrochemical feedstocks, residual fuel oil and home heating oil. The complex also includes an approximately 775-million-pound-per-year polypropylene plant.
The Humber Refinery is located on the east coast of England in North Lincolnshire, the United Kingdom. It produces a high percentage of transportation fuels, such as gasoline, diesel and jet fuels. Humber’s facilities encompass fluid catalytic cracking, thermal cracking and coking. This refinery has over two coking units with associated calcining plants, which upgrade the heaviest part of the crude barrel and imported feedstocks into light oil products and graphite and anode petroleum cokes. Approximately 60% of the light oils produced in this refinery are marketed in the United Kingdom, while the other products are exported to the rest of Europe, West Africa and the United States.
The Whitegate Refinery is located in Cork, Ireland. This refinery produces transportation fuels, such as gasoline, diesel and fuel oil, which are distributed to the inland market, as well as being e xported to international markets. The Mineraloelraffinerie O! berrhein ! GmbH (MiRO) refinery, located on the Rhine River in Karlsruhe in southwest Germany, is a joint venture in which the Company owns interest. Facilities include over three crude unit trains, fluid catalytic cracking, petroleum coking and calcining, hydrodesulfurization, naphtha reformer, isomerization, ethyl tert-butyl ether and alkylation units. MiRO also produces a high percentage of transportation fuels, such as gasoline and diesel fuels. Other products include petrochemical feedstocks, home heating oil, bitumen and anode- and fuel-grade petroleum coke. Refined products are delivered to customers in southwest Germany, northern Switzerland and western Austria by truck, railcar and barge.
The Alliance Refinery is located on the Mississippi River in Belle Chasse, Louisiana. The single-train facility includes fluid catalytic cracking units, alkylation, delayed coking, hydrodesulfurization units, a naphtha reformer and aromatics unit. Alliance produces a high percent age of transportation fuels, such as gasoline, diesel and jet fuels. Other products include petrochemical feedstocks, home heating oil and anode-grade petroleum coke.
The Lake Charles Refinery is located in Westlake, Louisiana. Its facilities include fluid catalytic cracking, hydrocracking, delayed coking and hydrodesulfurization units. The refinery produces a high percentage of transportation fuels, such as low-sulfur gasoline and off-road diesel, along with home heating oil. The majority of its refined products are distributed by truck, railcar, barge or major common carrier pipelines to customers in the southeastern and eastern United States. Refined products can also be sold into export markets through the refinery’s marine terminal. Refinery facilities also include a specialty coker and calciner, which produce graphite petroleum coke for the steel industry.
The Sweeny Refinery is located in Old Ocean, Texas, approximately 65 miles southwest of Houston. Refinery facilities include fluid catalytic crackin! g, delaye! d coking, alkylation, a naphtha reformer and hydrodesulfurization units. The refinery receives crude oil primarily via tankers, through wholly and jointly owned terminals on the Gulf Coast, including a deepwater terminal at Freeport, Texas. It produces a high percentage of transportation fuels, such as gasoline, diesel and jet fuels. Other products include petrochemical feedstocks, home heating oil and fuel-grade petroleum coke.
Merey Sweeny, L.P. (MSLP) owns a delayed coker and related facilities at the Sweeny Refinery. MSLP processes long residue, which is produced from heavy sour crude oil, for a processing fee. Fuel-grade petroleum coke is produced as a by-product and becomes the property of MSLP. The Company is the operator and managing partner of WRB Refining LP (WRB), which consists of the Wood River and Borger refineries. WRB’s gross processing capability of heavy Canadian or similar crudes ranges between 235,000 and 255,000 barrels per day. The Company’ s other refineries include Ponca City Refinery, Billings Refinery, Ferndale Refinery, Los Angeles Refinery and San Francisco Refinery.
Marketing and Specialties
The Marketing and Specialties segment purchases for resale and markets refined petroleum products (such as gasolines, distillates and aviation fuels), mainly in the United States and Europe. In addition, this segment includes the manufacturing and marketing of specialty products (such as base oils and lubricants), as well as power generation operations. The Company markets gasoline, diesel and aviation fuel through approximately 8,350 marketer-owned or -supplied outlets in over 50 states of the United States. Its wholesale operations utilize a network of marketers operating approximately 6,700 outlets. In addition, the Company holds brand-licensing agreements with approximately 800 sites. In addition to automotive gasoline and diesel, the Company produces and markets jet fuel and aviation ga soline, which is used by smaller piston-engine aircraft. Avi! ation gas! oline and jet fuel were sold through dealers and independent marketers at approximately 850 Phillips 66-branded locations in the United States.
The Company has marketing operations in over five European countries. The Company uses the JET brand name to market retail and wholesale products in Austria, Germany and the United Kingdom. In addition, a joint venture in which the Company has an equity interest markets products in Switzerland under the Coop brand name. The Company also markets aviation fuels, LPG, heating oils, transportation fuels, marine bunker fuels, bitumen and fuel coke specialty products to commercial customers and into the bulk or spot markets in Austria, Germany, the United Kingdom, Switzerland and Ireland. In addition, through its joint venture operations in Switzerland, the Company has interests in over 295 additional sites.
The Company manufactures and sells a range of specialty products, including petroleum coke products, waxes, solvents and polypropylene. It markets graphite and anode-grade petroleum cokes in the United States and Europe for use in the global steel and aluminum industries. It also markets polypropylene in North America under the COPYLENE brand name. The Company own an interest in Excel Paralubes, a joint venture, which owns a hydrocracked lubricant base oil manufacturing plant located adjacent to the Lake Charles Refinery. This facility produces approximately 22,000 barrels per day of hydrocracked base oils.
The Company manufactures and sells automotive, commercial and industrial lubricants, which are marketed under the Phillips 66, Conoco, 76 and Kendall brands, as well as other private label brands. It also markets Group II Pure Performance base oils globally, as well as import and market Group III Ultra-S base oils through an agreement with Korea’s S-Oil corporation. It has interests in Sweeny Cogeneration, L.P., which owns a cogeneration power plant located adjace nt to the Sweeny Refinery. The plant generates electricity a! nd provid! es process steam to the refinery, as well as merchant power into the Texas market. The plant has a net electrical output of approximately 440 megawatts and is capable of generating over 3.6 million pounds per hour of process steam.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
Berkshire’s QTD returns primarily reflected outperformance in technology and financials (International Business Machines (IBM), Moody’s (MCO), U.S. Bancorp (USB), and American Express (AXP)), partly offset by underperformance within energy, healthcare, and consumer-nondurables (Phillips 66 (PSX), Coca-Cola (KO), and DaVita HealthCare Partners (DVA)).
Top 5 Media Companies To Buy Right Now: Aethlon Medical, Inc.(AEMD)
Aethlon Medical, Inc., incorporated on April 17, 1991, is a medical device company, which creates medical devices to address unmet therapeutic needs in infectious disease, cancer and other life-threatening conditions. The Company’s lead product is the Aethlon Hemopurifier, which is a device that selectively targets the elimination of circulating viruses and tumor-secreted exosomes that promote cancer progression. The Aethlon Hemopurifier sheds glycoproteins to treat infectious viral pathogens. In oncology indications, the Hemopurifier targets the removal of circulating exosomes, which are secreted by tumors to prevent the immune system from rejecting the tumors. Through its majority-owned subsidiary, Exosome Sciences, Inc. (Exosome), the Company is also developing exosome-based products to diagnose and monitor neurological disorders and cancer.
In addition, the Company operates under a Department of Defense contract through the Defense Advanced Research Projec ts Agency (DARPA), related to the development of a sepsis treatment device. The Company also operates under a second Department of Defense contract as a subcontractor. Under these contracts, the Company’s tasks include the development of a dialysis-like device to prevent sepsis, a fatal bloodstream infection. The Company is also studying the use of its Hemopurifier as a therapeutic solution against viral pathogens that are not treatable with antiviral drugs, as well as viral pathogens that have evolved to become drug resistant.
The Aethlon Hemopurifier addresses antiviral drug-resistance in Hepatitis C virus and Human Immunodeficiency Virus-infected individuals and serves as a countermeasure against viral pathogens not addressed by drug or vaccine therapies. In the Company’s clinical studies that are conducted in India, safety and efficacy observations of Hemopurifier therapy have been observed in both Hepatitis C virus and Human Immunodeficiency Virus-infected individuals. Delivery of Hemopurifier therapy can occur thro! ugh the infrastructure of continuous renal replacement therapy and dialysis instruments routinely found in hospitals and clinics. The Hemopurifier is designed to provide a spectrum mechanism to inhibit the presence of certain cancer and infectious disease related particles. Treatment with the Hempurifier lasts from three to six and one half hours in duration. The Company has conducted Hepatitis C virus treatment studies for Aethlon Hemopurifier.
In addition to treating Hepatitis C virus-infected individuals, the Company has conducted a single proof-of-principle treatment study related to the treatment of Human Immunodeficiency Virus. In the study, Hemopurifier therapy reduced viral load by around 93% in a Human Immunodeficiency Virus-Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome-infected individual without the administration of antiviral drug therapy.
The Company competes with Asahi Kasei Kurary Medical.
- [By Monica Gerson]
General Mills, Inc. (NYSE: GIS) is expected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.60 per share on revenue of $3.86 billion. Pier 1 Imports Inc (NYSE: PIR) is projected to post a quarterly loss at $0.05 per share on revenue of $420.05 million. Acuity Brands, Inc. (NYSE: AYI) is estimated to report its quarterly earnings at $2.03 per share on revenue of $847.79 million. Monsanto Company (NYSE: MON) is projected to report its quarterly earnings at $2.40 per share on revenue of $4.49 billion. Worthington Industries, Inc. (NYSE: WOR) is expected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.64 per share on revenue of $692.48 million. Progress Software Corporation (NASDAQ: PRGS) is projected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.29 per share on revenue of $94.64 million. UniFirst Corp (NYSE: UNF) is estimated to report its quarterly earnings at $1.34 per share on revenue of $366.28 million. Exfo Inc (NASDAQ: EXFO) is expected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.06 per share on revenue of $60.87 million. OMNOVA Solutions Inc. (NYSE: OMN) is projected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.14 per share on revenue of $205.40 million. 8Point3 Energy Partners LP (NASDAQ: CAFD) is estimated to post a quarterly loss at $0.01 per share on revenue of $11.60 million. Park Electrochemical Corp. (NYSE: PKE) is expected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.22 per share on revenue of $35.30 million. Xplore Technologies Corp. (NASDAQ: XPLR) is projected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.01 per share on revenue of $24.00 million. Investors Real Estate Trust (NYSE: IRET) is expected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.14 per share on revenue of $56.87 million. Tel-Instrument Electronics Corp. (NYSE: TIK) is estimated to post earnings for the latest quarter. Aethlon Medical, Inc. (NASDAQ: AEMD) is expected to post a quarterly loss at $0.20 per share. Ossen Innovation Co Ltd (ADR) (NASDAQ: OSN) is projected to post ea