ArcelorMittal (NYSE: MT ) will release its quarterly report on Thursday, and given how dire conditions have been in the steel industry in recent years, it’s no surprise to see the stock continue to tread water near decade-lows. Increasingly, impatient investors are wondering what it will take to get ArcelorMittal earnings to move substantially higher, and thus far, the company hasn’t discovered any secrets to bolstering the hard-hit market.
ArcelorMittal certainly isn’t alone in its woes, as steel producers and the suppliers of materials like iron ore and metallurgical coal have all suffered from the drop in infrastructure building and construction activity, especially from slowing emerging-market economies. The question is how long the global slowdown will last and whether the next up-cycle will make up for all the pain that investors have endured. Let’s take an early look at what’s been happening with ArcelorMittal over the past quarter and what we’re likely to see in its quarterly report.
Top US Companies To Watch In Right Now: Legg Mason Inc. (LMI)
LMI Aerospace Inc. provides structural assemblies, kits and components, and design engineering services to the aerospace and defense markets in the United States. The companys Aerostructures segment fabricates, machines, finishes, integrates, assembles, and kits machined and formed close tolerance aluminum, specialty alloy, composite components, and assemblies. Its products include wing slats and flap skins/components, and ailerons; winglet edges and modification kits; fuselage and wing skins; wing panels; helicopter cabin and aft section components; tail cone and edge assemblies; thrust reversers and engine nacelles/cowlings; door components, assemblies, and floor beams; cockpit window frames and landing light lens; and cockpit crew floor and bulkhead structure assemblies. This segment also provides wheel well and electronic rack assemblies; interior components; structural sheet metal, machined, milled, and extruded components; housings and assemblies; auxiliary power u nit components; fans and heat exchangers; ProWall engineered containers; and assemblies and components for rail yard switching equipment. Its Engineering Services segment offers engineering design, analysis, repair, certification, and program management services. This segment provides structural design and analysis services, including wing/wingbox, fixed and moveable leading edges/trailing edges, empennage, and tail cone design; winglet/wing mod design; nacelle, engine cowl, and thrust reverser design; weight improvement engineering; helicopter fuselage, cockpit, cabin frames, skins, longerons, and beams; and aircraft modification engineering services. It also offers systems design and integration, tool design and fabrication, manufacturing engineering, after-market engineering and support, aviation training system, and aviation maintenance engineering; and aviation system software engineering services. LMI Aerospace Inc. was founded in 1948 and is based in St. Charles, Mis s ouri.
- [By Sofia Horta e Costa]
Lonmin Plc (LMI) jumped 2.8 percent to 295 pence, extending its biggest weekly rally in almost four months. Morgan Stanley upgraded the shares to overweight from equal weight, meaning that investors should buy more of the shares. The brokerage described their valuation as attractive.
Top US Companies To Watch In Right Now: SG Spirit Gold Inc (SG&A)
SG Spirit Gold Inc. (SG Spirit Gold) is an exploration-stage company. As of December 31, 2011, SG Spirit Gold is focused on the acquisition and subsequent development of the Buchans Property and Bobby’s Pond property located in Central Newfoundland. As of December 31, 2011, the Company has 100% interest in approximately 46,000 hectares of mineral tenure in southern BC. PJX Resources Inc. The Buchans area properties contain 512 claims totaling 13,433 hectares, including the former producing Buchans Mine – one of Canada’s base metal mines, which produced 16.2 million tons between 1928 and 1984, grading 14.51% zinc, 1.33% copper, 7.56% lead, 126 gram/ton silver and 1.37 gram/ton gold. The Daniel’s Pond is located within the Tulks North property, in the same mineral belt as Messina Minerals’ Boomerang deposit. Bobby’s Pond is located 20 kilometers west by road from Teck’s Duck Pond mine. It has several properties within the Hughes Range of the western Rocky Mountains. Advisors’ Opinion:
- [By Magic Diligence]
Kraft inserts the valuation effects of its pension plans directly into its income statement, embedded within the cost of sales and selling, general and administrative (SG&A) line items. This has a significant effect on operating earnings and earnings per share, effects which most screeners do not (and can not) take into account.
Top US Companies To Watch In Right Now: General Cable Corporation (BGC)
General Cable Corporation designs, develops, manufactures, markets, and distributes copper, aluminum, and fiber optic wire and cable products worldwide. The company offers electric utility products, such as low- and medium-voltage distribution cables; high- and extra-high voltage power transmission cable products; bare overhead conductors; and submarine transmission and distribution cables, as well as provides design, integration, and installation services for products, such as high and extra-high voltage terrestrial and submarine systems. It also offers electrical infrastructure products, including rubber and plastic jacketed wires and cables, ignition wire sets, and cable wire harnesses, as well as industrial power, rail and mass transit, shipboard, oil and gas, mining, and alternative energy power generation cables. In addition, the company provides communications products comprising high-bandwidth twisted copper and fiber optic, multi conductor and pair fiber and coppe r networking, telecommunications exchange, coaxial, and low detection profile cables, as well as submarine cable systems, submarine networks, and offshore integration systems. Further, it provides construction products consisting of construction, flexible cords, and flame retardant cables, as well as rod mill products, including copper and aluminum rods. The company serves energy, industrial, construction, specialty, and communications markets. General Cable Corporation was founded in 1992 and is headquartered in Highland Heights, Kentucky.
- [By Damian Illia]
Finally, I always like to see one of the most important financial ratios applying to stockholders, the best measure of performance for a firm’s management: the return on equity. The ratio has decreased when compared to its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. Currently, a ROE of 45.9% is higher than all the 1,805 companies in the Diversified Industrials industry. Competitors such General Cable Corp. (BGC) has a very low ROE of 0.3% which is clearly not attractive. An alternative could be Belden Inc (BDC) with a positive ROE of 24%.
- [By Sally Jones]
General Cable Corporation (BGC): Reduced
Up 10% over 12 months, General Cable has a market cap of $1.53 billion; its shares were traded at around $30.94 with a P/E ratio of 191.00 and a P/B of 1.20. The dividend yield of BGC is 1.17%.
Top US Companies To Watch In Right Now: Implant Sciences Corp (IMSC)
Implant Sciences Corporation (Implant Sciences), incorporated in August 31,1984, develops, manufactures and sells sensors and systems for the security, safety and defense (SS&D) industries. Its technologies are used worldwide in security and inspection applications. Implant Sciences has developed technologies used in explosives trace detection (ETD), and and narcotics trace detection (NTD) applications and market and sell handheld ETD and benchtop ETD and NTD systems that use its technologies. The systems are used by private companies and Government agencies to screen baggage, cargo, vehicles, other objects and people for the detection of trace amounts of explosives. Implant Sciences have developed explosives detection systems designed for use in aviation and transportation security, high threat facilities and infrastructure, military installations, customs and border protection, and mail and cargo screening. The systems use the Quantum Sniffer technologies, including phot on-based, non-radioactive ion source in combination with ion mobility spectrometry, a detection tool sensitive to the speeds with which ions of various substances move through the air to electronically detect minute quantities of explosives vapor and particles.
Quantum Sniffer QS-H150 Portable Explosives Detector
The Quantum Sniffer QS-H150 Portable Explosives Detector employs a vortex collector for the simultaneous detection of explosives particulates and vapors with or without physical contact and in real-time. The QS-HS150 can detect vapors and nanogram quantities of explosives particulates for explosives substances considered to be threats. The substances include military and commercial explosives, improvised and homemade explosives, and propellants and taggants.
The QS-H150 has automatic and continuous self-calibration. It monitors its environment, senses changes that would affect its accuracy, and re-calibrates accordingly. The system requires no user intervention and no calibration cons! umables. The detection process begins with the collection of a sample with its vortex collector. After collection, the sample is ionized photonically and analyzed using ion mobility spectrometer (IMS) technology. The presence of a threat substance is indicated by a visible and audible alarms. The threat substance is then identified and displayed on the integrated liquid crystal display (LCD) screen. When detecting a threat substance, the QS-H150 rapidly alarms. This real-time detection limits equipment contamination and allows for fast clear-down.
Quantum Sniffer QS-B220 Benchtop Explosives and Narcotics Detector
QS-B220 Benchtop Explosives and Narcotics Detector uses dual IMS with non-radioactive ionization for the detection and identification of a range of military, commercial, and improvised explosives as well as narcotics. The QS-B220 uses a sample trap which is wiped on the surface to be interrogated for explosives or narcotics particles.
The QS-B220 has automatic and continuous self-calibration. It monitors its environment, senses changes that would affect its accuracy, and re-calibrates accordingly.
Quantum Sniffer TM QS-Hx Portable Explosives Detector
The Company is focusing in developing a next-generation handheld detector that will use dual IMS non-radioactive ionization for the detection and identification of a range of military, commercial and improvised explosives, as well as narcotics. The QS-Hx will have automatic and continuous self-calibration, multi-level password-protected data security and will include a data management interface with data export to a network for recordkeeping, providing a link with the central command centers and logistics systems used by carriers.
Miniature Mass Spectrometer
The Company’s acquisition of Ion Metrics enabled it to obtain miniaturized quadrupole mass spectrometry (QMS) detector technology. The QMS detector is roughly the size of an AA battery and has low manufactur! ing costs! . When used in conjunction with an IMS, the QMS detector senses the molecular weight of the chemical species resulting in an orthogonal detection method in which a more fundamental characteristic of a substance is measured. It is developing interfaces for integrating the QMS detector into its future products.
Depending on the application and the number of interfering background chemicals, it may be necessary to incorporate additional orthogonal detection methods. The combination of multiple sensors in series is known as employing hyphenated methods. By measuring different properties of the same species, interferents are separated from target species for a deterministic detection and identification and have minimum rates of false alarms. It is developing hyphenated systems employing conventional ion mobility, differential mobility and quadrupole mass spectrometry. As of June 30, 2012, it has one patent issued in real-time trace d etection by IMS and QMS and two hyphenated system patents pending.
The Company competes with Morpho Detection, Inc., NucTech Company Limited and Smiths Detection, Inc.
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It’s not an uncompetitive market. Names like Implant Sciences Corporation (OTCMKTS:IMSC) and NXT-ID (OTCBB:NXTD) are battling in the security and facility-defense arena as well; IMSC makes explosives-detection and drug-detection hardware, while NXTD designs 3D image-rendering software that caters to the unique needs of prison security personnel, though the same technology has been proven in more traditional functions like building-security systems that keep certain people out rather than in. Neither Implant Sciences nor NXT-ID compete directly head-to-head with View Systems, however … fortunately for them. See, VSYM is considered by some to be the best in the industry.
Top US Companies To Watch In Right Now: ConocoPhillips(COP)
ConocoPhillips operates as an integrated energy company worldwide. The company?s Exploration and Production (E&P) segment explores for, produces, transports, and markets crude oil, bitumen, natural gas, liquefied natural gas, and natural gas liquids. Its Midstream segment gathers, processes, and markets natural gas; and fractionates and markets natural gas liquids in the United States and Trinidad. The company?s Refining and Marketing (R&M) segment purchases, refines, markets, and transports crude oil and petroleum products, such as gasolines, distillates, and aviation fuels. Its Chemicals segment manufactures and markets petrochemicals and plastics. This segment offers olefins and polyolefins, including ethylene, propylene, and other olefin products; aromatics products, such as benzene, styrene, paraxylene, and cyclohexane, as well as polystyrene and styrene-butadiene copolymers; and various specialty chemical products comprising organosulfur chemicals, solvents, catalyst s, drilling chemicals, mining chemicals, and engineering plastics and compounds. The company?s Emerging Businesses segment develops new technologies and businesses. It focuses on power generation; and technologies related to conventional and nonconventional hydrocarbon recovery, refining, alternative energy, biofuels, and the environment. This segment also offers E-Gas, a gasification technology producing high-value synthetic gas. ConocoPhillips was founded in 1917 and is based in Houston, Texas.
- [By Robert Rapier]
It may seem a bit ironic, but on the day that the National Climate Assessment report was released, the Standard & Poor’s Energy Index reached a new record high. This index of 44 companies includes major energy names like ExxonMobil (NYSE: XOM), Chevron (NYSE: CVX), ConocoPhillips (NYSE: COP), Halliburton (NYSE: HAL), Kinder Morgan (NYSE: KMI), Peabody (NYSE: BTU) and Valero (NYSE: VLO). All of the companies in the index produce or enable the production of fossil fuels, which end up as carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.
- [By Holly LaFon]
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- [By Robert Rapier]
Conservative portfolio holding and #6 entry on our Best Buys list ConocoPhillips (NYSE: COP) has been shifting its focus toward US oil plays with the intent on growing crude production by 3-5 percent annually until 2017. On Friday ConocoPhillips delivered an earnings report card that beat market expectations and indicated the company remains on track to meet its production growth objectives.
- [By Aaron Levitt]
As if ConocoPhillips (COP) spinoff Phillips 66 (PSX) needed any more positives. PSX is already becoming a major player in liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) and propane exports. Meanwhile, it’s a major midstream and natural gas processor as well. All of these refining activities are boosting the firm’s bottom line.
Top US Companies To Watch In Right Now: Avon Products Inc. (AVP)
Avon Products Inc. manufactures and markets beauty and related products worldwide. Its product categories include color cosmetics, fragrances, skin care, and personal care; fashion jewelry, watches, apparel, footwear, and accessories; and gift and decorative products, housewares, entertainment and leisure, and children?s and nutritional products. Avon Products Inc. markets its products through direct selling and independent representatives, as well as through distributorships. The company was founded in 1886 and is based in New York, New York.
- [By WWW.DAILYFINANCE.COM]
Getty Images From a door-to-door selling icon stocking up on blush after a disappointing quarter to several hotel chains checking in with strong occupancy trends, here’s a rundown of the week’s smartest moves and biggest blunders in the business world. Hotels — Winners Hoteliers were apparently hopping during the first quarter. Despite the iffy weather and the equally iffy economy, the leading chains reporting this week posted surprisingly robust activity. Revenue per available room is a key metric because it tracks occupancy levels as well as prevailing overnight rates. The industry’s doing well when RevPAR is positive, and that’s just what we saw with this week’s reports. Choice Hotels (CHH), Marriott (MAR), and Hyatt (H) clocked in with RevPAR increases of 5.6 percent, 6.3 percent and 6.5 percent, respectively. Twitter (TWTR) — Loser Shares of Twitter hit an all-time low this week after the company posted disappointing user growth. Sure, the “all-time low” remark needs to be accompanied by the caveat that Twitter has only been trading publicly for less than six months. It’s still a grim milestone for last year’s most anticipated debutante. Twitter’s revenue growth was fine, propelled by the recent success of its monetization initiatives. Its outlook was upbeat. However, the one thing that haunted investors this week was that Twitter had just 14 million more unique monthly visitors than it had a quarter earlier. That kind of sequential uptick would’ve impressed at most companies, but Twitter trades at a juicy premium to the market. #Letdown. J.C. Penney (JCP) — Winner The struggling department store operator isn’t out of the woods just yet, but at least one supplier is offering up encouraging insight. PVH (PVH) was presenting at an investor conference in Miami earlier in the week when its CEO offered up an encouraging perspective. “The Penney’s business is running on or ahead of plan and given what their sales trends are,” said CEO Manny Chirico,
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4. Avon stalling
Avon (NYSE: AVP ) has spent decades making its customers look good, but now they’re not returning the favor. Avon shares plunged on Thursday after the door-to-door seller of cosmetics and housewares posted smeared financials.
- [By Jonathan Berr]
Earlier this year, Chinese newspapers reported claims that Nu Skin (NUS), which provides personal care products, violated the country’s pyramid scheme losses. Although NUS stock was rallying today, shares still remain down more than 40% this year. NuSkin gets more than half of its revenue from the most populous country. Avon (AVP), which is fighting double-digit declines in representatives, is off about 15%. Tupperware is off similarly.