Top Small Cap Stocks To Buy For 2016

Related NOG Earnings Scheduled For March 2, 2016 Cowen Downgrades Two-Thirds Of E&P Coverage Portfolio

Wunderlich Securities has raised the price target of Northern Oil & Gas, Inc. (NYSE: NOG) to $5 from $4, saying that "good liquidity and solid hedges keep the financials ready for better days."

Analyst Jason Wangler noted that the company navigated the downturn by cutting costs, more efficient well participation and trimming debt with cash flow — thereby strengthening its balance sheet and liquidity. These steps also allowed the firm to keep production at levels that generate ample revenue and cash flow.

Top Small Cap Stocks To Buy For 2016: Smithfield Foods Inc.(SFD)

Smithfield Foods, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, engages in the production and marketing of fresh meat and packaged meats products in the United States and internationally. The company involves in the production of hog; and produces various fresh pork, beef, poultry, and packaged meats products. It sells fresh pork to retail customers as unprocessed and trimmed cuts, such as butts, loins, picnics, and ribs; packaged meats products, including smoked and boiled hams, bacon, sausage, hot dogs, and deli and luncheon meats; specialty products, such as pepperoni and dry meat products; and ready-to-eat prepared foods comprising pre-cooked entrees, and pre-cooked bacon and sausages. The company offers its products to supermarket chains; wholesale distributors; the foodservice industry, including fast food, restaurant and hotel chains, hospitals, and other institutional customers; export markets; and other further processors. It sells its products through its salespersons an d independent commission brokers. Smithfield Foods, Inc. was founded in 1961 and is headquartered in Smithfield, Virginia.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Victor Mora]

    Smithfield Foods is a provider of fresh and packaged meat products that are seen as a staple food item for many consumers and growing populations worldwide. A takeover of the company is believed to be going through after a shareholder vote scheduled for Tuesday. The stock has been moving higher in recent years and is now trading slightly below all-time high prices. Over the last four quarters, investors have had mixed feelings about the company, as earnings have been decreasing and revenues have been rising. Relative to its peers and sector, Smithfield Foods has been a year-to-date performance leader. WAIT AND SEE if a vote to acquire Smithfield Foods goes through.

Top Small Cap Stocks To Buy For 2016: American Assets Trust, Inc.(AAT)

American Assets Trust, Inc., incorporated on July 16, 2010, is a full service, vertically integrated and self-administered real estate investment trust (REIT). The Company owns, operates, acquires and develops retail, office, multifamily and mixed-use properties in high-barrier-to-entry markets in Southern California, Northern California, Oregon, Washington, Texas and Hawaii. The Company operates through four segments: retail, office, multifamily and mixed-use. The Company’s portfolio consists of approximately 10 retail shopping centers; over seven office properties; a mixed-use property consisting of approximately 370-room all-suite hotel and a retail shopping center, and approximately five multifamily properties. The Company owns land at over five of its properties that it classifies as held for development and construction in progress. The Company’s markets include San Diego; the San Francisco Bay Area; Portland, Oregon; Bellevue, Washington, and Oahu, Hawaii.

Retail

The Company’s retail segment includes rental of retail space and other tenant services, including tenant reimbursements, parking and storage space rental. The Company’s retail properties include Carmel Country Plaza, Del Monte Center, Carmel Mountain Plaza, Geary Marketplace, South Bay Marketplace, The Shops at Kalakaua, Waikele Center, Lomas Santa Fe Plaza, Alamo Quarry Market and Solana Beach Towne Centre.

Office

The Company’s office segment products include rental of office space and other tenant services, including tenant reimbursements, parking and storage space rental. The Company’s office properties include Torrey Reserve Campus, Lloyd District Portfolio, Solana Beach Corporate Centre, City Center Bellevue, The Landmark at One Market, One Beach Street and First & Main.

Multifamily

The Company’s multifamily segment products include rental of apartments and other tenant services. The Company’s m ultifamily properties include Loma Palisades, Imperial Beach! Gardens, Mariner’s Point, Santa Fe Park RV Resort and Hassalo on Eighth. The multifamily portfolio includes over four apartment properties, as well as an RV resort with a total of over 1,580 units (including approximately 120 RV spaces), which are available for lease. Approximately 73.4% of these properties are leased.

Mixed-use

The Company’s mixed-use segment products include rental of retail space and other tenant services, including tenant reimbursements parking and storage space rental and operation of approximately 370-room all-suite hotel. The Company’s mixed-use property includes Waikiki Beach Walk Retail and Embassy Suites Hotel. The mixed-use property consists of approximately 97,000 rentable square feet of retail space. The retail portion of the property is approximately 100% leased.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Markus Aarnio]

    Owens Realty Mortgage’s competitors include American Assets Trust (AAT), Alexandria Real Estate Equities (ARE) and Boston Properties (BXP). American Assets Trust has seen five insider buy transactions and four insider sell transactions this year. American Assets Trust has a dividend yield of 2.78%. Alexandria Real Estate Equities has seen 14 insider sell transactions this year. Alexandria Real Estate Equities has a dividend yield of 4.10%. Boston Properties has seen one insider buy transaction and four insider sell transactions this year. Boston Properties has a dividend yield of 2.43%.

Top 10 Food Stocks For 2016: Banco Santander, S.A.(SAN)

 

Banco Santander, S.A., together with its subsidiaries, provides various retail and commercial banking products and services for individual and corporate clients. The company offers demand and time deposits, and current accounts; mortgages and auto finance, personal loans, and loans to buy durable goods; and debit and credit cards. It also provides cash management, trade finance, financing and custody, and bond and securitization origination services; originates and distributes corporate loans and structured financings; and offers corporate finance services for mergers and acquisitions, equities markets, and investment solutions through derivatives, as well as asset and capital structuring. In addition, the company is involved in the corporate banking, treasury, and investment banking activities; sale and distribution of fixed income and equity derivatives, interest rates, and inflation; trading and hedging of exchange rates an d short-term money markets for wholesale and retail customers; and brokerage of equities, and derivatives for investment and hedging solutions. Further, it offers asset management, private banking, and payment capture and processing services, as well as mobile and online banking services. It operates through 13,030 branches worldwide. The company was formerly known as Banco Santander Central Hispano S.A. and changed its name to Banco Santander, S.A. in June 2007. Banco Santander, S.A. was founded in 1857 and is headquartered in Madrid, Spain.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Just about every bank’s capital plan was given the go ahead, though a few with qualifications. M&T Bank (MTB) , for instance, “met minimum capital requirements on a post-stress basis after submitting an adjusted capital action,” according to the Federal Reserve’s press release, while Morgan Stanley (MS) will be required to “submit a new capital plan by the end of the fourth quarter of 2016 to address certain weaknesses in its capital planning processes.” The Fed “objected” to the plans submitted byDeutsche Bank (DB) and Banco Santander’s (SAN) US units.

  • [By Alanna Petroff]

    The police linked the theft at Barclays (BCS) to another attempt to steal money from a Santander (SAN) branch in London, which led to the arrest of 12 men last week.

Top Small Cap Stocks To Buy For 2016: DRDGOLD Limited(DRD)

DRDGOLD Limited, incorporated on February 16, 2015, is a surface gold tailings retreatment company. The Company operates in the central Witwatersrand (Wits) basin in Gauteng province and recovers gold from tailings. Ergo Mining Proprietary Limited (Ergo) is the Company’s operating entity. Ergo is a surface retreatment operator. Ergo’s assets cover an area approximately 62 kilometers from east to west and around 25 kilometers from north to south. The Company operates approximately two metallurgical plants, two milling and pump stations, a network of pipelines and the Brakpan tailings facility (BTF).

The Ergo plant has a total retreatment capacity of 1.8 Million tons per month. The Company’s product is dore bars. Ergo is owned by Ergo Mining Operations Proprietary Limited (EMO). The Company extracts gold through a combination of flotation, milling, carbon-in-pulp (CIP) and carbon- in-leach (CIL) processes. As of 30 June, 2015, the Company produced approximately 150,145 ounces of gold. The slime is dislodged and mixed with water and the resulting slurry is pumped to a metallurgical treatment plant for processing. The Crown and City Deep milling and pump stations partly process approximately 600 thousand tons per month. The Knights satellite plant processes approximately 200,000 to 300,000 thousand tons per month from various sites.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Wednesday, basic materials shares fell by 1.27 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included McEwen Mining Inc (NYSE: MUX), down 12 percent, and DRDGOLD Ltd. (ADR) (NYSE: DRD), down 7 percent.

Top Small Cap Stocks To Buy For 2016: Wells Fargo & Company(WFC)

Wells Fargo & Company, through its subsidiaries, provides retail, commercial, and corporate banking services primarily in the United States. The company operates in three segments: Community Banking; Wholesale Banking; and Wealth, Brokerage, and Retirement. The Community Banking segment offers deposits, including checking, market rate, and individual retirement accounts; savings and time deposits; and debit cards. Its loan products comprise lines of credit, auto floor plans, equity lines and loans, equipment and transportation loans, education loans, residential mortgage loans, health savings accounts, and credit cards. This segment also provides equipment leases, real estate financing, small business administration financing, venture capital financing, cash management, payroll services, retirement plans, loans secured by autos, and merchant payment processing services; purchases sales finance contracts from retail merchants; and a family of funds, and investment managemen t services. The Wholesale Banking segment offers commercial and corporate banking products and services, including commercial loans and lines of credit, letters of credit, asset-based lending, equipment leasing, international trade facilities, trade financing, collection services, foreign exchange services, treasury and investment management, institutional fixed-income sales, commodity and equity risk management, insurance, corporate trust fiduciary and agency services, and investment banking services. This segment also provides banking products for commercial real estate market, and real estate and mortgage brokerage services. The Wealth, Brokerage, and Retirement segment offers financial advisory, brokerage, and institutional retirement and trust services. As of December 31, 2010, the company served its customers through approximately 9,000 banking stores in 39 States and the District of Columbia. Wells Fargo & Company was founded in 1929 and is headquartered in San Franc i sco, California.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Reuters]

    Justin Sullivan/Getty Images RICHMOND, Calif. — Richmond, Calif.’s leaders approved Wednesday morning a plan for the city to become the first in the nation to acquire mortgages with negative equity in a bid to keep local residents in their homes. The power of ’eminent domain’ allows governments to seize private property for a public purpose. Critics say the plan threatens the market for private-label mortgage-backed securities. Richmond’s city council voted 4 to 3 for Mayor Gayle McLaughlin’s proposal for city staff to work more closely with Mortgage Resolution Partners to put the plan crafted by the investor group for the city to work. Richmond can now invoke eminent domain if trusts for more than 620 delinquent and performing “underwater” mortgages reject offers made by the city to buy the loans at deep discount pegged to their properties’ current appraised prices to refinance them and reduce their principal. A mortgage is under water when its unpaid balance is greater than its property’s market value. Mortgage Resolution Partners has failed to get similar plans approved by local governments elsewhere — most recently in North Las Vegas, Nev., and earlier this year in San Bernardino County in Southern California — as the mortgage industry and local real estate businesses rallied against them. But in Richmond, Mortgage Resolution Partners found an ally in a Wall Street-bashing Green Party mayor of one of the San Francisco region’s poorest cities who sees working with the investor group to acquire mortgages as a public purpose if it makes the loans more affordable, averts foreclosures and alleviates blight. Richmond’s residents have been “badly harmed by this housing crisis,” McLaughlin said, defending the plan and partnership with Mortgage Resolution Partners during an often contentious city council meeting that began Tuesday evening and ended early Wednesday morning. “Too many have already lost their homes.” City council members opposed to the pl

  • [By Matt Egan]

    Big banks are bracing for losses: It’s never a good sign when the country’s financial lifelines are under stress. Large U.S. banks JPMorgan Chase (JPM) and Wells Fargo (WFC) that helped bankroll the energy boom are already setting aside billions to cover potential loan losses in the oil industry. Investors are worried about imploding energy loans for European banks like Deutsche Bank (DB). High yield bonds in your investing portfolio wont be looking good either — Standard & Poor’s warned that half of all energy junk bonds are at risk of defaulting.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Expectations are low for U.S. banks like Bank of America (BAC), Citigroup (C), JPMorgan Chase (JPM), Goldman Sachs Group (GS) and Wells Fargo (WFC) heading into earnings season–so low that any upside surprise could give banks a boost, says Credit Suisse analyst Susan Roth Katzke and team. She considers the possibilities:

  • [By Jim Lowell, Partner and Chief Investment Strategist, Adviser Investments]

    He owns names that have global imprint, but pretty much, are domestically based, so his international equity stake is under 8% of the overall portfolio, but the companies that he owns—Apple (AAPL), GE (GE), Wells Fargo (WFC), Microsoft (MSFT), Google (GOOG), he also owns Merck (MRK), JP Morgan (JPM)—they’ve got a global footprint, so I like the safety in numbers.