Don’t settle for ordinary quarterly reports.
Every week, I take a look at three companies that beat market expectations, since I believe that it’s the biggest factor in a stock beating the market. Leaving Wall Street’s pros with stunned expressions can be a good thing. It usually means that the companies have more in the tank than analysts figured. Capital appreciation typically follows.
Let’s take a look at a few companies that humbled the pros over the past few trading days.
We can start with Infinera (NASDAQ: INFN ) . The provider of digital optical networking systems posted an adjusted net loss of $0.06 a share on $124.6 million in revenue. Analysts were holding out for a deficit of $0.07 a share on $119.7 million in revenue.
Infinera’s strong quarter inspired Needham & Co. to upgrade its rating on the stock to “buy” with a $12 price target. It wasn’t just Needham & Co. that was impressed, as Infinera stock was one of the market’s biggest winners with a 31% pop last week.
Top Quality Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Tekmira Pharmaceuticals Corp (TKMR)
Tekmira Pharmaceuticals Corporation is a biopharmaceutical company focused on advancing ribonucleic acid (RNA) interference (RNAi) therapeutics and providing its lipid nanoparticle (LNP) delivery technology to pharmaceutical partners. On March 1, 2012, it announced that the Company had secured a license from Alnylam to develop TKMALDH2, an RNAi therapeutic that utilizes Tekmira’s LNP for the treatment of Alcohol Dependence (AD). Its lead oncology product candidate, TKM-PLK1, targets PLK1, a protein involved in tumor cell proliferation and a validated oncology target. On February 8, 2012, it announced that Phase I clinical trial for TKM-Ebola had been initiated. The Phase 1 TKM-Ebola clinical trial is a placebo-controlled, single-blind, single-ascending dose study with additional multiple-ascending dose cohorts in healthy human volunteers. In the field of RNAi therapeutics, the Company has licensed its LNP delivery technology to Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and Merck & Co., I nc. Advisors’ Opinion:
- [By Lisa Levin]
Tekmira Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: TKMR) shares climbed 34.11% to $13.25. The volume of Tekmira Pharmaceuticals shares traded was 2187% higher than normal. Tekmira signed a development agreement with Monsanto (NYSE: MON) on delivery technology for agricultural applications.
- [By Markus Aarnio]
Companies working on chemically synthesized siRNAs include Merck (MRK), through its subsidiary Sirna Therapeutics, Inc., Novartis (NVS), Takeda (TKPHF.PK), Kyowa Hakko Kirin, Marina Biotech, Inc., Arrowhead and its subsidiary, Calando, Quark, Silence Therapeutics plc, Tekmira (TKMR), Sylentis and Dicerna Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Top Quality Stocks To Invest In Right Now: TheStreet Inc (TST)
TheStreet Inc. (TheStreet), incorporated on April 2, 1982, is a digital financial media company. The Company provides users, subscribers and advertisers with a range of content and tools through a range of online, social media, tablet and mobile channels. The Company’s subscription products include paid Web services, such as RealMoney, RealMoney Pro, Options Profits, Actions Alerts PLUS, Chat On TheStreet and Stocks Under $10. In addition to its subscription products, the Company’s premium services business also includes information services revenue from its RateWatch business, which maintains an updated database of financial rate and fee data collected from more than 90,000 financial institutions (at the branch level), including certificate of deposit, money market account, savings account, checking account, home mortgage, home equity loan, credit card and auto loan rates. In September 2012, it acquired The Deal LLC from Wasserstein & Co.
The Company’s adve rtising-supported properties include TheStreet, Stockpickr, MainStreet and BankingMyWay. TheStreet generates advertising revenue from its content through the sale of a range of advertising placements, including banner, tile, contextual, performance-based and interactive advertisement and sponsorship placements in its advertising-supported Web sites, as well as on select paid subscription sites; advertisement placements in its free email newsletters and stand-alone emails sent on behalf of its advertisers to its registered users, and advertisements in its video programming, TheStreet services for mobile and tablet devices, RSS feeds, blogs and in its podcasts.
The Company competes with The Wall Street Journal Digital Network, CNN Money, Forbes.com, Reuters.com, Bloomberg.com, CNBC.com, Yahoo! Finance, AOL Money & Finance, MSN Money, CNBC, the Fox Business Channel, Standard & Poor’s, Morningstar, Lipper, Informa and SNL Kagan.
- [By Adam J. Wiederman]
Getty Images Bitcoin made headlines last year when the value of all outstanding pieces of the electronic currency reached nearly $10 billion. It’s not just speculators drawn to the new currency. Many businesses are also attempting to cash in on this growth: Several public companies, including Zynga (ZNGA) and Overstock.com (OSTK), accept Bitcoins as a form of payment. Venture capitalist Marc Andreessen’s firm has invested nearly $50 million in Bitcoin-related ventures, and it is looking to invest even more. And the Winklevoss twins — who notoriously accused Facebook’s (FB) Mark Zuckerberg of stealing their idea — have been “in dialogue” with the SEC about opening the first Bitcoin exchange-traded fund, according to Bloomberg. Yet a new survey from TheStreet.com (TST) reveals that 76 percent of consumers are not familiar with Bitcoin — and 79 percent would never consider owning a currency like it. Does this signal opportunity for savvy investors? Or is this a fad you’d be wise to avoid? The Basics of Bitcoin Bitcoin is a completely unregulated form of currency developed by an anonymous Japanese programmer (according to some apocryphal claims) as a completely digital, peer-to-peer payment system that is independent of national currencies (which, Bitcoin users argue, are all subject to the riskiness of the underlying country). Bitcoins are rewarded throughout the day to a “Bitcoin miner” whose computer solves a series of algorithms quicker than other miners. The puzzles become more difficult over time, so the calculations take longer and the computations require more computing power. There will eventually be a total of 21 million Bitcoins (12.4 million are in circulation today) and we won’t reach the point that they are effectively “mined out” until 2040. The value of a Bitcoin is supposed to be market-driven, meaning they’re worth whatever the two parties in a transaction value them as. For example, in one of the original Bitcoin transactions, a “mi
- [By Eric Volkman]
TheStreet’s (NASDAQ: TST ) asset list is slightly longer following the financial media company’s latest acquisition. The company announced that it bought several properties from DealFlow Media in order to compliment its offerings. Those assets are The DealFlow Report and The Life Settlements Report, both newsletters, and PrivateRaise, a database.
Top Quality Stocks To Invest In Right Now: ServiceSource International Inc.(SREV)
ServiceSource International, Inc. manages the service contract renewals process of maintenance, support and subscription agreements for technology and technology-enabled healthcare, and life sciences companies. The company provides end-to-end management and optimization of the service contract renewals process, including data management, quoting, selling, and service revenue business intelligence. It offers an integrated solution that consists of Service Revenue Intelligence Platform, a data warehouse of transactional, analytical, and industry data that provides insight into the business; service sales teams working under its customers? brands; and Service Revenue Performance Suite, a suite of cloud applications. The company?s cloud applications include Analytics Cloud, which provides customers with dashboards to view and analyze service revenue performance; Service Sales Cloud that provides renewals analytics and pipeline management used by service sales teams; and Chan n el Sales Cloud, which offers channel partners and resellers with online access to their specific renewals opportunities and their performance. Its cloud applications also comprise eCommerce Cloud that provides self-service capabilities to end customers through a secure online portal; Installed Base Intelligence Cloud, which offers a single repository to analyze the data, to flag anomalies and missing data elements, and to identify cross-sell and up-sell opportunities; and Dynamic Quoting Cloud that provides an easy-to-use tool for sales representatives and channel partners to create and modify service renewal quotes. The company sells its solutions directly through sales representatives in North America, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, the Asia Pacific, and Japan. ServiceSource International, Inc. was founded in 2002 and is headquartered in San Francisco, California with additional offices in Colorado, Tennessee, Ireland, the United Kingdom, Malaysia, and Si ngapore.
- [By Evan Niu, CFA]
What: Shares of ServiceSource (NASDAQ: SREV ) have soared by as much as 24% today after the company reported first-quarter earnings.
So what: Revenue in the first quarter totaled $61.1 million, higher than the $60.4 million consensus estimate. The non-GAAP net loss of $1.5 million, or $0.02 per share, was also better than the $0.04-per-share loss that investors were expecting. The company inked four new Renew OnDemand subscription deals during the quarter.
- [By Lee Jackson]
Service Source International Inc. (NASDAQ: SREV) is a small cap name with big possibilities. The company provides recurring revenue management contracts maintenance, support and subscription for technology and technology-enabled health care and life sciences companies. The consensus price objective for the stock is $14.
Top Quality Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Inphi Corporation (IPHI)
Inphi Corporation provides high-speed analog and mixed signal semiconductor solutions for the communications, datacenter, and computing markets worldwide. Its analog and mixed signal semiconductor solutions offer high signal integrity at data speeds while reducing system power consumption. The companys semiconductor solutions are designed to address bandwidth bottlenecks in networks, maximize throughput and minimize latency in computing environments, and enable the rollout of next generation communications, datacenter, and computing infrastructures. Its solutions provide a high-speed interface between analog signals and digital information in high-performance systems, such as telecommunications transport systems, enterprise networking equipment, datacenters and enterprise servers, storage platforms, test and measurement equipment, and military systems. The company also provides 40G and 100G high-speed analog semiconductor solutions for the communications market and high- speed memory interface solutions for the computing market. Its products include amplifiers and modulator drivers, clock and data recovery, isolation memory buffer, register, and SerDes products that perform a range of functions, such as amplifying, encoding, multiplexing, demultiplexing, retiming, and buffering data and clock signals at speeds up to 100 Gbps. Inphi Corporation sells its products directly through its sales force, as well as through a network of sales representatives and distributors to original equipment manufacturers. The company was formerly known as TCom Communications, Inc. and changed its name to Inphi Corporation in February 2001. Inphi Corporation was founded in 2000 and is headquartered in Santa Clara, California.
- [By Roberto Pedone]
Inphi (IPHI) provides high-speed analog and mixed signal semiconductor solutions for the communications, datacenter and computing markets. This stock closed up 4.7% at $13.25 in Monday’s trading session.
Monday’s Volume: 838,000
Three-Month Average Volume: 202,080
Volume % Change: 378%
From a technical perspective, IPHI jumped higher here right above some near-term support at $12.44 with heavy upside volume. This stock has been uptrending strong for the last five months, with shares soaring higher from its low of $8.62 to its intraday high of $13.85. During that uptrend, shares of IPHI have been consistently making higher lows and higher highs, which is bullish technical price action. That move briefly pushed shares of IPHI into breakout territory, since the stock flirted with some near-term overhead resistance at $13.50.
Traders should now look for long-biased trades in IPHI as long as it’s trending above some near-term support at $12.44 and then once it sustains a move or close above its new 52-week high at $13.85 with volume that hits near or above 202,080 shares. If we get that move soon, then IPHI will set up to enter new 52-week-high territory, which is bullish technical price action. Some possible upside targets off that move are its next major overhead resistance levels at $14.79 to $16.94, or possibly even $18.
Top Quality Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Tauriga Sciences Inc (TAUG)
Tauriga Sciences, Inc., formerly Immunovative, Inc., incorporated on April 18, 2001, is a development-stage company. The Company along with Constellation Diagnostics, Inc. (Constellation) focuses on establishing a joint venture partnership to develop and commercialize a imaging-based diagnostic technology for use in predictive and preventative oncology.
The Company has rights to commercialize AlloStim and AlloVax. As of March 31, 2013 the Company did not have any revenues.
- [By Peter Graham]
Small cap marijuana stocks IMD Companies Inc (OTCMKTS: ICBU), Tauriga Sciences Inc (OTCMKTS: TAUG), ML Capital Group Inc (OTCBB: MLCG) and Lexaria Corp (OTCMKTS: LXRP) are aiming to give investors a high with their latest news. However, only one of these small cap marijuana stocks appears to be the subject of minor paid promotion or investor relations type of activities. So will investors and traders alike get a high off of these small caps? Here is a quick reality check:
- [By Peter Graham]
Small cap health care or personal care stocks Axxess Pharma Inc (OTCMKTS: AXXE), Radiant Creations Group Inc (OTCBB: RCGP) and Tauriga Sciences Inc (OTCMKTS: TAUG) have recently been attracting attention in various investment newsletters or in investor alerts. Some of the attention may have to do with paid promotions that two of these small caps have been the subject of. So how healthy are these three small cap health care or personal care orientated stocks? Here is a checkup: