Asian stocks fell as investors await economic data from the U.S. and amid concern gains in equities over the past two months have outpaced prospects for earnings.
Toyota Motor Corp. (7203), the worlds biggest carmaker, lost 1.3 percent in Tokyo after its net-income forecast fell short of analyst estimates. Ausdrill Ltd. (ASL) slumped 29 percent in Sydney after the drilling contractor said its expects a lower profit. GungHo Online Entertainment Inc. gained 2.5 percent as Japan Exchange Group Inc. and Nikkei Inc. said the Internet-game maker will be included in their new index.
The MSCI Asia Pacific Index dropped 0.5 percent to 140.71 as of 2:04 p.m. in Hong Kong, with nine of the 10 industry groups on the gauge falling. The measure rose 9.3 percent this year through yesterday amid unprecedented stimulus from the Bank of Japan and optimism the Federal Reserve will continue its monthly bond buying into 2014.
It is hard to see where the global economy can surprise significantly on the upside to provide a further leg up for major indexes, Matthew Sherwood, head of investment markets research in Sydney at Perpetual Investments, which manages about $25 billion, said in an e-mail. The markets have bid prices up and are likely to side trend for a period, so that earnings can catch up with investor optimism.
5 Best Asian Stocks To Buy For 2015: Enbridge Inc(ENB)
Enbridge Inc. engages in the transportation and distribution of crude oil and natural gas primarily in Canada and the United States. Its Liquids Pipelines segment operates common carrier and contract crude oil, natural gas liquids (NGLs), and refined products pipelines and terminals. The company?s Gas Distribution segment distributes natural gas to residential, commercial, and industrial customers primarily in central and eastern Ontario, northern New York State, Quebec, and New Brunswick. Enbridge?s Gas Pipelines, Processing and Energy Services segment invests in natural gas pipelines, processing and green energy projects, and commodity marketing businesses, as well as performs commodity storage, transport, and supply management services. Its Sponsored Investments segment transports crude oil and other liquid hydrocarbons through common carrier and feeder pipelines, as well as transports, gathers, processes, and markets natural gas and NGLs; operates a crude oil and liqui ds pipeline and gathering system; and owns a 50% interest in the Canadian portion of Alliance Pipeline and partial interests in various green energy investments. The company was formerly known as IPL Energy Inc. and changed its name to Enbridge Inc. in October 1998. Enbridge Inc. was founded in 1949 and is headquartered in Calgary, Canada.
- [By Arjun Sreekumar]
If constructed, Keystone would transport up to 830,000 barrels per day of crude oil from Alberta’s oil sands to Steele City, Neb. From Nebraska, the crude would make its way to Cushing, Okla., from where it would be moved south via Seaway, a major pipeline that runs from Cushing to refineries along the Gulf Coast and is operated jointly by Enbridge (NYSE: ENB ) and Enterprise Products Partners (NYSE: EPD ) .
- [By Callum Turcan]
Bridging the way
Enbridge (NYSE: ENB ) currently carries 2.2 million barrels of crude oil and liquidseach day through its vast 15,372 thousand mile pipeline system.Enbridge has recently undergonea $6.2 billion program to grow shipping capacity in Western Canada and the Bakken by 400,000 bpd. Western Canada is home to the booming oil sands play, so Enbridge is trying to capitalize on two high-growth markets.
- [By Tyler Crowe]
There are several reasons shale drilling has taken off in the United States. One clear reason everyone can agree on is that the U.S. has one of the most complete energy infrastructures out there. While much of that infrastructure was built to deliver oil and gas from the Gulf of Mexico to destinations across the U.S., we we’ve taken that existing infrastructure and flipped it on its head. Pipeline reversals, such as the one on Enbridge’s (NYSE: ENB ) and Enterprise Products Partners’ (NYSE: EPD ) Seaway pipeline, provide an essential route to deliver resources from these emerging shale plays to the Gulf to be refined.
5 Best Asian Stocks To Buy For 2015: Furiex Pharmaceuticals Inc (FURX)
Furiex Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is a drug development collaboration company. The Companys product pipeline includes two marketed products and three programs in development, including late-stage compounds, in multiple therapeutic areas. Its programs include Priligy, Alogliptin Nesina, Alogliptin/Actose Combination, Alogliptin/Metformin Combination, Fluoroquinolone, Mu Delta and PPD 10558. In November 2011, it acquired full exclusive license rights to develop and commercialize the compound MuDelta under its existing development and license agreement with Janssen Pharmaceutica N.V.
Priligy (dapoxetine) is a drug developed for the on-demand treatment of premature ejaculation (PE). Dapoxetine is a short-acting, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) designed to be taken only when needed one to three hours before sexual intercourse is anticipated rather than every day. Nesina (alogliptin) is a drug for the oral treatment of type 2 diabetes (T2D). Alogliptin is a DPP-4 inhibitor that slows the inactivation of incretin hormones glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) and glucose-dependent insulinotropic peptide (GIP).
Fluoroquinolone drug candidate is a Phase II-ready novel fluoroquinolone antibiotic that is being developed by the Company for the treatment of complicated skin and skin structure infections, such as abscesses that occur deep in the skin layers and respiratory infections. This antibiotic has a spectrum of activity and is able to treat methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections. The Company is developing both oral and intravenous (IV) formulations. The Company is developing Mu Delta for treatment of diarrheal predominant irritable bowel syndrome (d-IBS). The Company is conducting a Phase II study on an oral formulation of Mu Delta.
The Company is developing PPD 10558 for the treatment of dyslipidemia. PPD 10558 has shown muscle safety in preclinical studies by minimizing the deliv ery of the drug to the muscle. The Company has filed an inve! stigational new drug (IND) application with the United States Food and Drug Association and completed five clinical studies.
- [By John Udovich]
Yesterday, small cap drug development collaboration company Furiex Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: FURX) surged 129.91% after announcing that its experimental drug had alleviated diarrhea and abdominal pain caused by irritable bowel syndrome in two studies, meaning its worth taking a closer look at the stock because thats a condition that effects millions of people (with no other effective drug to treat it) plus take a look at theperformance of biotech benchmarks iShares NASDAQ Biotechnology Index ETF (NASDAQ: IBB) and SPDR S&P Biotech ETF (NYSEARCA: XBI).
- [By Michael Calia]
Furiex Pharmaceuticals Inc.(FURX) said its treatment for diarrhea-predominant irritable bowel syndrome showed simultaneous improvements in stool consistency and abdominal pain in two Phase III studies. The drug developer’s shares surged 78% to $82 in recent premarket trading.
Peabody Energy Corporation engages in the mining of coal. It mines, prepares, and sells thermal coal to electric utilities and metallurgical coal to industrial customers. The company owns interests in 30 coal mining operations located in the United States and Australia, as well as owns joint venture interest in a Venezuela mine. It is also involved in marketing, brokering, and trading coal. In addition, the company develops a mine-mouth coal-fueled generating plant; and Btu Conversion projects that are designed to convert coal to natural gas or transportation fuels; and clean coal technologies. As of December 31, 2011, it had 9 billion tons of proven and probable coal reserves. The company was founded in 1883 and is headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri.
- [By Dan Caplinger]
Cold like coal
Similar trends pushed coal producer Peabody Energy (NYSE: BTU ) down 45%. Coal producers have faced a number of challenges lately. Low natural-gas prices have made coal less desirable as a fuel for power production and other bulk needs, and an adverse regulatory environment in the U.S. has pushed most coal producers to turn to the export markets as their best source of potential demand. Yet as China’s economy has slowed, Peabody in particular reaps less benefit from its strategically located reserves in Western Australia. Unless natural gas recovers all of its losses and makes coal more attractive, Peabody could continue to see pressure.
- [By Justin Loiseau]
Although China and India produce plenty of their own black gold, Peabody Energy (NYSE: BTU ) makes a pretty penny off of domestic production and coal exports to those two countries. The company is the leading exporter to China and India from its U.S. and Australian operations, and is setting itself up for significant growth opportunities.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
For investors who bought shares of Peabody Energy (BTU) at the beginning of the year, its shares have been like a lump of coal in Christmas stocking. But Goldman Sachs sees a much happier outcome in the future.
Goldman Sachs’ positive view on some coal stocks comes as Credit Suisse reassesses refiners.
Goldman analyst Neil Mehta and Vinit Joshi explain why they raised their rating on shares of Peabody Energy:
We upgrade shares of Peabody Energy (BTU) to Buy from Neutral with 31% total return (including dividends) to our 6-month target price of $26. Four factors underpin our positive view of BTU: (1) the potential for continued cost cutting and volume growth in Australia, (2) the bottoming in met coal prices, (3) improving cash flow and (4) attractive relative and absolute valuation. Even after outperformance in the last three months, BTU has still lagged the S&P500 by over 50% in the last 12 months and 110% in the last 3 years.
Mehta and Joshi also took a look at what they see as the big themes in the coal sector: Cost cutting, restructuring and balance sheets. They make some recommendations:
Own cost-cutting winners, including Buy-rated BTU. Other companies with strong
cost control potential include Neutral-rated [Walter Energy (WLT) and Alpha Natural Resources (ANR).]
Buy restructuring stories, including Buy-rated [SunCoke Energy (SXC)]. We see high potential that SXC drops down coke-making assets from the parent to its MLP in 1Q2014, as suggested by management commentary.
Avoid companies with weaker balance sheets, including Sell-rated [Arch Coal (ACI)].
Peabody has gained 3.7% to $20.81, Walter has risen 7% to $18.57, Alpha Natural has advanced 4.3% to $7.99, SunCoke is up 3.3% at $21.24, and even Arch Coal is surging: It’s gained 6.4% to $4.48.
5 Best Asian Stocks To Buy For 2015: TD Ameritrade Holding Corporation(AMTD)
TD Ameritrade Holding Corporation, through its subsidiaries, provides securities brokerage services and technology-based financial services to retail investors, traders, and independent registered investment advisors (RIAs) in the United States. The company?s offerings include TD Ameritrade for self-directed retail investors; TD Ameritrade Institutional, which provides brokerage and custody services to independent RIAs and their clients; thinkorswim that offers a suite of trading platforms serving self-directed and institutional traders, and money managers; and Investools, which provides investor education products and services for stock, option, foreign exchange, futures, mutual fund, and fixed-income investors. Its offerings also include Amerivest, an online advisory service that develops portfolios of exchange-traded funds to enable long-term investors pursue their financial goals; and TD Ameritrade Corporate Services, which provides self-directed brokerage services to employees and executives of corporations. In addition, the company offers various products and services, such as common and preferred stocks; exchange-traded funds; a range of option trades, including complex, multi-leg option strategies; futures trades in various commodities, stock indices, and currencies; and foreign exchange products. Further, it provides mutual funds; treasury, corporate, government agency, and municipal bonds; mortgage-backed securities and certificates of deposit; new issue securities; margin lending; and cash management services. Additionally, the company offers trustee, custodial, and other trust-related services to retirement plans; and cash sweep and deposit account products through third-party relationships. It provides its products and services through the Internet, network of retail branches, mobile trading applications, and interactive voice response and registered representatives via telephone. The company was founded in 1971 and is headquart ered in Omaha, Nebraska.
- [By Evan Niu, CFA]
Many brokers even purchase excess insurance beyond the SIPC’s limits, even though it’s extremely unlikely for those limits to be hit in the first place. For example, Schwab, TD AMERITRADE (NYSE: AMTD ) , E*TRADE (NASDAQ: ETFC ) , and Fidelity all offer excess coverage from Lloyd’s of London and London Insurers. Schwab, AMERITRADE, and E*TRADE offer aggregate protection up to $150 million per customer, including SIPC limits, while Fidelity has no dollar limit on the coverage of securities.
- [By Alexis Xydias]
Charles Schwab Corp. (SCHW), TD Ameritrade Holding Corp. (AMTD) and E*Trade Financial Corp. (ETFC) have climbed 38 percent on average in 2013, beating the S&P 500 by 23 percentage points and eclipsing returns in financial shares from Goldman Sachs Group Inc. to Bank of America Corp. (BAC), according to data compiled by Bloomberg. The last times that happened, equity mutual funds received about $91 billion, 24 percent more than the annual average in the two decades before the financial crisis, the data show.
5 Best Asian Stocks To Buy For 2015: Central Garden & Pet Company (CENTA)
Central Garden & Pet Company produces and sells various products for the pet, and lawn and garden supplies markets in the United States. The company operates in two segments, Pet, and Lawn and Garden. The Pet segment supplies products for dogs and cats comprising edible bones, edible and non-edible chews, dog and cat food and treats, toys, pet carriers, grooming supplies, and other accessories; and food, cages and habitats, toys, chews, and related accessories for birds, small animals, and specialty pets. It also offers animal and household health, and insect control products; aquariums, furniture and lighting fixtures, pumps, filters, water conditioners, food and supplements, and information and knowledge resources for fish, reptiles, and other aquarium-based pets; and products for horses and livestock. This segment sells its products to independent pet distributors, retail chains, grocery stores, mass merchants, and bookstores under various brand names, which include Ada ms, Aqueon, Avoderm, BioSpot, Farnam, Four Paws, Kaytee, Nylabone, Pinnacle, TFH, Zilla, Altosid, Comfort Zone, Coralife, Interpet, Kent Marine, Oceanic Systems, Pet Select, Pre-Strike, Super Pet, and Zodiac. The Lawn and Garden segment provides grass seeds; wild bird feed, bird feeders, bird houses, and other birding accessories; weed, grass, ant and other herbicide, insecticide, and pesticide products; and decorative outdoor lifestyle and lighting products, such as comprising potteries, trellises and other wood products, and holiday lighting products. This segment sells its products to retail chains, independent garden distributors, grocery stores, nurseries, and garden supply retailers under the AMDRO, GKI/Bethlehem Lighting, Ironite, Pennington, Sevin, Grants, Lilly Miller, Matthews Four Seasons, New England Pottery, Norcal Pottery, Over-N-Out, Smart Seed, and The Rebels brand names. The Company was founded in 1955 and is based in Walnut Creek, California.
- [By Sean Williams]
The month of May has been one to forget for shareholders of Central Garden & Pet (NASDAQ: CENT ) (NASDAQ: CENTA ) . The maker of pet products as well as seeds and herbicides for lawn care tumbled after it missed Wall Street’s earnings estimates for a second straight quarter. The biggest downside pressure came from its lawn care segment, which saw expenses rise as fertilizer margins fell. However, now could be the time to consider jumping on board this interesting pet/lawn care hybrid company, as it has the potential to unlock shareholder value in a number of ways.
5 Best Asian Stocks To Buy For 2015: Atlantic Power Corp (AT)
Atlantic Power Corporation (Atlantic Power) owns and operates a fleet of power generation and infrastructure assets in the United States and Canada. The Companys power generation projects sell electricity to utilities and industrial customers under long-term power purchase agreements. During the year ended December 31, 2011, its power generation projects in operation had an aggregate gross electric generation capacity of approximately 3,397 megawatts in which its ownership interest was approximately 2,140 megawatts. The Company operates in five segments: Northeast, Southeast, Northwest, Southwest and Un-allocated Corporate. As of December 31, 2011, its portfolio consisted of interests in 31 operational power generation projects across 11 states in the United States and two provinces in Canada, and a 53 megawatts biomass project under construction in Georgia and a 500-kilovolt 84-mile electric transmission line. On December 31, 2012, the Company acquired Ridgeline Energy Ho ldings, Inc. Advisors’ Opinion:
- [By Justin Loiseau]
Atlantic Power (NYSE: AT ) reported earnings on May 8, beating sales estimates and pulling in positive earnings for the first time since Q2 2011.
- [By Justin Loiseau]
Atlantic Power (NYSE: AT ) shares have sunk 60% in 2013, leaving many investors wondering whether the utility’s earnings will ever float back. With Q1 earnings scheduled for Thursday morning, investors need to know the answer to a very important question: Is Atlantic Power stock undervalued? I examined the utility’s fundamentals and valuation in previous articles now let’s see how if Atlantic’s business model and strategy can set it up for success.
- [By Rich Duprey]
Bridging the gap between north and south in central California, ajoint venture between Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK ) and American Transmission has completed the acquisition of the 72% of capacityowned by Atlantic Power (NYSE: AT ) inPath 15, an 84-mile, 500-kilovolt transmission linethat links the state’s two power grids.
- [By Justin Loiseau]
Atlantic Power (NYSE: AT ) currently relies on natural gas for 58% of its generation capacity, and is focusing its future on natural gas and renewables as its energies of choice.
5 Best Asian Stocks To Buy For 2015: Layne Christensen Company(LAYN)
Layne Christensen Company provides drilling, water treatment, and construction services, and related products to water infrastructure and mineral exploration markets. The company?s Water Infrastructure division offers a range of water-related products and services, including soil stabilization, hydrological studies, well design, drilling and development, pump installation, sewer rehabilitation, pipeline construction, and well rehabilitation services; and environmental drilling services to assist in assessing, investigating, monitoring, and characterizing water quality and aquifer parameters. This division also provides water treatment equipment engineering services; systems for the treatment of regulated and nuisance contaminants, such as iron, manganese, hydrogen sulfide, arsenic, radium, nitrate, perchlorate, and volatile organic compounds; wastewater pipeline and structure rehabilitation services; and geotechnical construction services to the heavy civil, industrial, a nd commercial construction markets, as well as designs and constructs water and wastewater treatment plants, and pipeline installations. Its Mineral Exploration division offers exploratory and definitional drilling services for the global mineral exploration industry. The company?s Energy division involves in the acquisition, exploration, development, and production of oil and natural gas primarily in the Midwestern United States. As of January 31, 2011, Layne Christensen Company had approximately 244,000 gross acres under lease and 643 gross producing wells. It also provides energy services. The company offers its services to municipalities, investor-owned water utilities, industrial and mining companies, consulting engineering firms, heavy civil construction contractors, oil and gas companies, and agribusiness. It has operations in North America, Africa, Australia, Europe, and Brazil. Layne Christensen Company was founded in 1981 and is headquartered in Mission Woods, Kan sas.
- [By Rebecca McClay]
In energy stock news today, Layne Christensen Co. (Nasdaq: LAYN), a water management, construction, and drilling company, is down 6% today after it swung to a loss of $1.17 per diluted share in fiscal Q2 from a profit of $0.24 a year earlier. Q2 revenue declined to $232 million from $288 million. Analysts had expected an adjusted loss of $0.39 on revenue of $261 million.
- [By Damian Illia]
On Dec. 9, Mario Gabelli added Layne Christensen Company (LAYN). Layne is a water management, construction and drilling company. The company has five segments: Water Resources Division, Inliner Division, Heavy Civil Division, Geoconstruction Division and Mineral Exploration Division.
- [By Seth Jayson]
Calling all cash flows
When you are trying to buy the market’s best stocks, it’s worth checking up on your companies’ free cash flow once a quarter or so, to see whether it bears any relationship to the net income in the headlines. That’s what we do with this series. Today, we’re checking in on Layne Christensen (Nasdaq: LAYN ) , whose recent revenue and earnings are plotted below.
- [By George Putnam]
Over its 130-year history Layne Christensen (LAYN) has evolved from a domestic water company into a global provider of services to the water infrastructure, mining, and oil and gas industries; its clients include both governmental and private entities.
5 Best Asian Stocks To Buy For 2015: Dassault Systemes SA (DASTY.PK)
Dassault Systemes SA provides software solutions and consulting services. The Companys global customer base includes companies primarily in 11 industrial sectors: automotive; industrial equipment; aerospace; consumer goods; consumer packaged goods; energy; high-tech; shipbuilding; life sciences; construction, and business services. It organizes its business and markets its products and services in two types of applications: the Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) market, to support product development, production, maintenance and lifecycle management, and the Mainstream three-dimensional (3D) market, which is primarily focused on product design. Its software applications address a range of products, from apparel, consumer goods, machine parts and semiconductors to automobiles, aircraft, ships and factories. In March 2011, the Company acquired Intercim. In April 2011, the Company acquired Enginuity PLM. On March 31, 2010, it acquired the IBM PLM. On June 8, 2010, the C ompany acquired Exalead, a French company providing Search Platforms and Search-Based Applications (SBA). In June 2010, the Company acquired Geensoft, a provider of embedded systems development solutions.
The Company has developed a software applications portfolio, organized in brands, in order to provide solutions responding to the requirements of product development: Design, Realistic Simulation, Digital Manufacturing and Production, Collaborative Innovation, and Lifelike Experiences. The Companys principal brands include SolidWorks , CATIA, SIMULIA, DELMIA, ENOVIA and Universal Services.
SolidWorks applications include 3D tools to design, manage, simulate, sustain and communicate. SolidWorks include 3D Design, Data management, Simulation and Environmental assessments. SolidWorks 3Ds include complex part and assembly modeling, production drawing creation, data management, design validation and simulation of motion, f low and structural performance, environmental impact evalu! at! ion and publishing. SolidWorks Data Management solutions enable control over all design information, eliminating concerns about version control or data loss. SolidWorks simulation technology ensures the quality and performance of the design before users commit to production. SolidWorks Sustainability technology enables users to assess the environmental impact of their design to create more sustainable products.
CATIA is the Companys PLM solution for 3D collaborative creation. CATIA addresses the complete product development process, from early product concept specification through product in service. CATIA V6 is designed to enable the spectrum of next generation collaborative virtual design. Its product portfolio is consists of four main domains, which include systems, shape design, mechanical design and equipment engineering. CATIA Systems captures, manages, and tracks product requirements with traceability, ensuring that early requir emen ts are met accurately all along the product development cycle. CATIA Shape provides a line of surfacing, reverse engineering, and visualization solutions to create, modify, and validate any type of complex shapes and help streamline the transition and collaboration among industrial designers. CATIA Mechanical delivers a collaborative and flexible design environment with concurrent engineering and change management through relational design. CATIA Equipment provides an integrated environment that enables the collaborative detailed design of electronic, electrical, and fluidic systems in context of a virtual product.
SIMULIA provides a scalable portfolio of realistic simulation solutions designed to enable companies across a range of industries to improve product performance, reduce the number of physical prototypes and drive innovation. SIMULIAs V6 portfolio spans include finite element analysis, multi-physics solutions, optimization analy sis, and simulation lifecycle management. Its finite e! lement! a! nalysis! software companies are able to create and test virtual prototypes of products and processes. Its multi-physics solutions enable companies to reach beyond the boundaries of a single domain. SIMULIA also provides design exploration and optimization technology, enabling designers and engineers to perform rapid trade-off studies of real-world behavior and accelerate product development. SIMULIA offers simulation lifecycle management, based upon the Companys ENOVIA architecture offering an open collaborative platform for management of simulation data, processes and intellectual property.
DELMIA covers the Companys PLM digital manufacturing solutions ranging from virtual process definition, workcell set-up, optimization, scheduling, and operation, to maintenance of real-time production systems. DELMIA V6 covers four principal domains, including Manufacturing planning, with 3D process and resource planning tools for creating and optim izing bu ild-to-order and lean production manufacturing systems; plant and resources engineering, with tools to virtually define and optimize manufacturing assets concurrently with manufacturing planning; program and control engineering, to virtually program, validate and simulate manufacturing systems for the virtual commissioning of production facilities, and control and production execution, which offers an accurate virtual production system to enable companies to track real time production activities, perform schedule changes, launch new programs and introduce model changeovers, and schedule maintenance operations.
ENOVIA addresses business process needs across a broad spectrum of industries, managing simple, as well as engineered, complex products. The ENOVIA V6 products are organized by business processes, which include governance, global sourcing, global sourcing, and unified live collaboration. The Governance domain is designed to he lp compan ies launch enterprise new product introductions on! time and! ! on budget! . Governance includes these sub-processes: Requirements Management, Portfolio Configuration, Program Management, Decision Support Business Intelligence, and Compliance. The Global Sourcing domain allows companies to leverage supply chain capabilities throughout the product lifecycle. The IP Lifecycle domain helps eliminate costly product development errors as it is designed to enable improved cross-functional product design, manufacturing planning and performance simulation. The Unified Live Collaboration domain allows companies to deploy product lifecycle processes across the extended enterprise by providing a single, real-time view of information protocol (IP) across all business process domains, collaborative process management capabilities, and a service-oriented architecture that integrates with other enterprise system
The Company competes with Parametric Technology Corporation, ANSYS, Inc., MSC Software Corporation, Oracle Corporation, SAP AG , Siemens PLM Software, Adobe, Altair Engineering, Autonomy, Aveva, Bentley, Google, Intergraph, MathWorks, Nemetschek AG, Right Hemisphere, and Autodesk, Inc.
5 Best Asian Stocks To Buy For 2015: Nuveen Floating Rate Income Fund (JFR)
Nuveen Floating Rate Income Fund is a closed-end management investment company. The Fund invests primarily in senior loans whose interest rates float or adjust periodically based on a benchmark interest rate index. Under normal market circumstances, the Fund will invest at least 80% of its managed assets in adjustable rate secured senior loans and adjustable rate unsecured senior loans, which unsecured senior loans will be, at the time of investment, investment grade quality. In addition, at least 65% of the Funds assets will be invested in senior loans that are secured by claims on specific collateral. Nuveen Asset Management is the advisor of the Fund. The sectors covered by the portfolio include media, hotels, restaurants and leisure, healthcare providers and service, chemicals, United States of America, containers/packaging and other.
- [By John Dowdee]
The following 10 funds satisfied all of these conditions:
BlackRock Float Rate Strategies (FRA). This CEF sells at a discount of 3%, which is low compared to an average premium of 2% over the past year. The distribution has been managed at 6.1% and a small amount (less than 10%) has been return of capital (ROC). However, this has not negatively affected net asset value (NAV) so has not been destructive. The fund holds 447 securities, with 90% in floating rate loans. FRA utilizes 27% leverage and has an expense ratio of 1.7%, including interest payments. Eaton Vance Floating Rate (EFR). This CEF sells at a 1% premium, which is low compared to an average premium of 5% over the past year. The distribution is 6.2%, none of which was ROC. The fund holds 800 securities, with 90% in floating rate loans. About 85% of the securities are from U.S. companies. EFR utilizes 35% leverage and has an expense ratio of 1.8% including interest payments. ING Prime Rate Tr ust (PPR). This CEF sells for a premium of 2%, which is below the average premium of 5%. It has a distribution of 6.8%, none of which was ROC. The fund has 350 holdings, virtually all in senior loans and from US companies. PPR utilizes 29% leverage and has a high expense ratio of 2.1%, including interest payments. Invesco VK Dynamic Credit Opportunities (VTA). This CEF sells for a discount of 5%, which is below the average discount of 1%. It has a distribution of 7.1%, none of which was ROC. The fund has 495 holdings, with 76% in floating rate loans. About 25% of the loans are from non-US companies. VTA utilizes a relatively low 20% leverage but still has a high expense ratio of 2.1%, including interest payments. Invesco VK Senior Income (VVR). This CEF sells for a discount of 1%, which is below the average premium of 3%. It has a distribution of 7.1%, none of which was ROC. The fund has over 500 holdings, with 89% in floating rate loans. Almost all (95%) securities are from US companies. VVR ut
5 Best Asian Stocks To Buy For 2015: Charter Communications Inc.(CHTR)
Charter Communications, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides entertainment, information, and communications solutions to residential and commercial customers in the United States. The company offers cable video programming services, such as basic and digital video, premium channels, OnDemand, pay-per-view, high definition television, digital video recorder, and online video services; Internet services; Charter.net, which provides multiple e-mail addresses, as well as various entertainment, games, news, and sports content; and telephone services. It also provides broadband communications solutions, such as Internet access, data networking, fiber connectivity to cellular towers and office buildings, video entertainment services, and business telephone services under the Charter Business brand name to business and carrier organizations. As of December 31, 2011, the company served approximately 4.1 million video customers; approximately 3.5 million Internet customers; appr oximately 1.7 million telephone customers; and approximately 476,200 commercial primary service units. Charter Communications, Inc. was founded in 1999 and is based in St. Louis, Missouri.
- [By Sean Williams]
What specifically led both stocks higher today was speculation that Charter Communications (NASDAQ: CHTR ) is on the acquisition hunt. According to CNBC, Time Warner Cable’s CEO Glenn Britt has discussed the possibility of merging with Charter; however, CNBC also commented that Time Warner Cable isn’t likely to pursue the deal. That still proved more than enough to send Time Warner Cable and rival Cablevision higher, as any M&A acquisition in this sector would only serve to improve pricing power for these broadcasting companies.
- [By Michael Lewis]
Other highlights beyond the financial statements include the company’s new 27.3% stake in cable operator Charter Communications (NASDAQ: CHTR ) . Liberty now represents four board seats at Charter and it is likely that Liberty will continue to build ownership of the company.
- [By Saumya Vaishampayan and Ben Eisen]
Time Warner Cable Inc. (TWC) shares jumped 10%. The Wall Street Journal reported late Thursday that Charter Communications Inc. (CHTR) was preparing to make a bid for the cable operator. Charter was said to be in talks with at least four banks to line up financing to buy Time Warner, which has a $35 billion market capitalization. Shares of Charter Communications rallied 6.1%.
5 Best Asian Stocks To Buy For 2015: Radioshack Corporation(RSH)
RadioShack Corporation engages in the retail sale of consumer electronic goods and services through its RadioShack store chain and kiosk operations. Its products include postpaid and prepaid wireless handsets and communication devices, such as scanners and global positioning system (GPS) products; home entertainment, wireless, music, computer, video game, and GPS accessories; media storage, power adapters, digital imaging products, and headphones; home audio and video end-products, personal computing products, residential telephones, and voice over Internet protocol products; digital cameras, digital music players, toys, satellite radios, video gaming hardware, camcorders, and general radios; general and special purpose batteries and battery chargers; and wires and cables, connectivity products, components and tools, and hobby products. The company also provides consumers access to third-party services, such as prepaid wireless airtime and extended service plans in its ser vice platform. In addition, it manufactures various products, including telephones, antennas, wires, and cable products, as well as various hard-to-find parts and accessories for consumer electronics products; and provides repair services. As of March 31, 2011, the company operated 4,467 company-operated retail stores under the RadioShack brand name in the United States; and 1,304 kiosks located in Target and Sam?s Club stores. As of December 31, 2010, it operated 211 company-operated stores under the RadioShack brand, 9 dealers, and 1 distribution center in Mexico; a network of 1,207 RadioShack dealer outlets, including 34 located outside of North America; and 4 distribution centers in the United States. Further, the company sells its products through its Website, radioshack.com. RadioShack Corporation was founded in 1899 and is based in Fort Worth, Texas.
- [By Roberto Pedone]
Another stock that insiders are jumping into here is RadioShack (RSH), which is involved in the retail sale of consumer electronics goods and services through its RadioShack store chain. Insiders are buying this stock into decent strength, since shares are up 17.4% so far in 2013.
RadioShack has a market cap of $250 million and an enterprise value of $536 million. This stock trades at a cheap valuation, with a price-to-sales of 0.06 and a price-to-book of 0.48. Its estimated growth rate for this year is -101.7%, and for next year it’s pegged at 44.4%. This is not a cash-rich company, since the total cash position on its balance sheet is $432 million and its total debt is $712.70 million.
A director just bought 100,000 shares, or about $255,000 worth of stock, at $2.55 per share.
From a technical perspective, RSH is currently trending below both its 50-day and 200-day moving averages, which is bearish. This stock has been downtrending badly for the last three months, with shares dropping from its high of $4.28 to its recent low of $2.18 a share. During that move, shares of RSH have been consistently making lower highs and lower lows, which is bearish technical price action.
If you’re in the bull camp on RSH, then look for long-biased trades as long as this stock is trending above some near-term support at $2.46 and then once it breaks out above its 200-day at $2.92 and its 50-day at $3.14 a share with high volume. Look for a sustained move or close above those levels with volume that registers near or above its three-month average action of 3.21 million shares. If that breakout triggers soon, then RSH will set up to re-test or possibly take out its next major overhead resistance levels at $3.30 to $3.60.
- [By Jeremy Bowman]
What: Shares of Radio Shack (NYSE: RSH ) took an afternoon dive today, falling as much as 23% after trade publication Debtwire revealed that the company is on the verge of a liquidity crisis.
- [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 a deal that will let soda sippers make Coke products at home to a retailer taking its Super Bowl ad literally, here’s a rundown of the week’s smartest moves and biggest blunders in the business world. Green Mountain Coffee Roasters (GMCR) — Winner Shares of Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, the company behind the Keurig brewing platform, soared 26 percent on Thursday after it revealed that Coca-Cola (KO) will invest $1.25 billion in it for a 10 percent stake. The deal isn’t just an investment for the beverage giant. Green Mountain is working on a new platform for chilled and carbonated beverages called Keurig Cold, and Coca-Cola will be offering up its brands as flavors. This could be a game changer, and it comes at a great time since revenue growth has been slowing at Green Mountain. RadioShack (RSH) — Blunder One of Sunday’s most memorable Super Bowl commercials was RadioShack’s spot that had Hulk Hogan, Mary Lou Retton, and other 1980s icons ripping apart an older version of its store. It was an admission by RadioShack that its concept had struggled to resonate with today’s shoppers, but it ended with the refreshed makeover that the small box retailer hopes will win back consumers. The ad was great, but now sources are telling The Wall Street Journal that RadioShack plans to close 500 stores in the coming months. If the company is so confident in this concept makeover, would it be closing hundreds of stores before it had a chance to work? Apple (AAPL) — Winner Apple may have disappointed investors late last month by announcing weaker than expected iPhone sales, but it’s putting its money where its mouth is. CEO Tim Cook tells The Wall Street Journal that Apple has spent $14 billion on buybacks since the stock fell following that disappointing quarterly report. It’s certainly a strong show of faith on the part of the company. Apple has
5 Best Asian Stocks To Buy For 2015: Maxwell Technologies Inc.(MXWL)
Maxwell Technologies, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, develops, manufactures, and markets energy storage and power delivery products, and microelectronic products worldwide. The company offers Ultracapacitors that are energy storage devices to provide energy storage and power delivery solutions for applications in transportation, automotive, information technology, renewable energy, and industrial electronics industries; and CONDIS high-voltage capacitors comprising grading and coupling capacitors, and capacitive voltage dividers used to ensure the safety and reliability of electric utility infrastructure and other applications involving transport, distribution, and measurement of high-voltage electrical energy. It also provides radiation-hardened microelectronic products, including single board computers and components, such as high-density memory and power modules for satellites and spacecraft applications. The company markets and sells its products through direct and indirect sales for integration by original equipment manufacturers into a range of end products. The company was formerly known as Maxwell Laboratories, Inc. and changed its name to Maxwell Technologies, Inc. in 1996. Maxwell Technologies was founded in 1965 and is headquartered in San Diego, California.
- [By Jake L’Ecuyer]
Leading and Lagging Sectors
In trading on Friday, industrials shares were relative leaders, up on the day by about 0.71 percent. Leading the sector was strength from Maxwell Technologies (NASDAQ: MXWL) and The Standard Register Company (NYSE: SR).
- [By Monica Gerson]
Maxwell Technologies (NASDAQ: MXWL) surged 9.20% to $10.21. The volume of Maxwell Technologies shares traded was 325% higher than normal. Maxwell’s trailing-twelve-month revenue is $190.57 million.
- [By Jake L’Ecuyer]
Leading and Lagging Sectors
Early in trading on Friday, industrials shares were relative leaders, up on the day by about 0.71 percent. Leading the sector was strength from Maxwell Technologies (NASDAQ: MXWL) and The Standard Register Company (NYSE: SR).
- [By Roberto Pedone]
Maxwell Technologies (MXWL) develops, manufactures and markets energy storage and power delivery products for transportation, industrial telecommunications and other applications and microelectronic products for space and satellite applications. This stock closed up 3.7% to $9.50 in Tuesday’s trading session.
Tuesday’s Range: $9.07-$9.54
52-Week Range: $4.90-$11.08
Tuesday’s Volume: 369,000
Three-Month Average Volume: 360,477
From a technical perspective, MXWL spiked notably higher here right above some near-term support at $9 with above-average volume. This stock has been consolidating and trending sideways for the last two months, with shares moving between $8.61 on the downside and $10.39 on the upside. Shares of MXWL are now quickly moving within range of triggering a near-term breakout trade above the upper-end of its recent sideways trading chart pattern. That trade will hit if MXWL manages to take out Tuesday’ high of $9.54 and then once it clears more near-term overhead resistance at $10.39 with high volume.
Traders should now look for long-biased trades in MXWL as long as it’s trending above its 50-day at $8.81 and then once it sustains a move or close above those breakout levels with volume that’s near or above 360,477 shares. If that breakout hits soon, then MXWL will set up to re-test or possibly take out its 52-week high at $11.08. Any high-volume move above that level will then give MXWL a chance to tag $12.
5 Best Asian Stocks To Buy For 2015: Daktronics Inc.(DAKT)
Daktronics, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, designs, manufactures, and sells various electronic display systems and related products, as well as provides related maintenance and professional services worldwide. The company offers scoring and timing products, such as indoor and outdoor scoreboards, digit displays, scoring and timing controllers, statistics software, and other related products; timing systems for sports events, primarily aquatics and track competitions; and audio systems integrated into a solution that include scoring, timing, message display, and/or video capability for sports venues, as well as related control systems. It also provides automated rigging and hoist products, which comprise of arena center-hung scoreboard/display systems for small and large sporting facilities; automated rigging for theatre applications, including high schools; and video display systems, such as displays to show various levels of video, graphics, and animation, as well as controllers to manage the operation of the display. In addition, the company provides architectural lighting and display products, which include freeform video elements; message display systems for commercial applications; digital billboards that offer digital display solutions for the outdoor advertising industry; Visiconn system, a primary software application for controlling content and playback loops for digital billboard applications; and digit and price displays consisting of outdoor time and temperature displays, as well as Fuelight digit displays designed for the petroleum industry. Further, it offers transportation products comprising various light emitting diodes-based displays for road management, parking, mass transit, and aviation applications; and rents its display equipment. The company sells its products through its direct sales force, as well as through resellers. Daktronics, Inc. was founded in 1968 and is based in Brookings, South Dakota.
- [By Lauren Pollock]
Daktronics Inc.’s(DAKT) fiscal second-quarter earnings climbed 2.1% as a higher volume of product orders offset lower margins. Results beat expectations, sending shares up 9.1% to $13.73 premarket.
- [By Rick Munarriz]
Daktronics (NASDAQ: DAKT ) also knows the score. The largest supplier of electronic scoreboards and other gargantuan displays boosted its semi-annual dividend by 4%. Investors will be getting $0.12 a share every six months. Daktronics was able to return more money to its stakeholders after posting a slight increase in quarterly revenue as it reversed a year-ago loss with a small profit.
5 Best Asian Stocks To Buy For 2015: AbbVie Inc (ABBV)
AbbVie Inc. (AbbVie), incorporated on April 10, 2012, is a research-based pharmaceuticals company. The Company discovers, develops, and commercializes advanced therapies. AbbVie’s portfolio of products include a line of adult and pediatric pharmaceuticals, which includes HUMIRA, metabolics/hormones products, virology products, endocrinology products, dyslipidemia products and other products.
AbbVie products are used to treat rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, Crohn’s disease, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), cystic fibrosis complications, low testosterone, thyroid disease, Parkinson’s disease and complications associated with chronic kidney disease, among other indications. In October 2012, AbbVie initiated a comprehensive Phase III program for hepatitis C virus (HCV) genotype one.
- [By Brian Orelli]
-mab: Drugs that end in -mab are usually monoclonal antibodies. Monoclonal means they bind to a protein in one specific site. Monoclonal antibodies usually inhibit the protein they’re designed to bind to. AbbVie’s (NYSE: ABBV ) Humira(adalimumab), for instance, binds to tumor necrosis factor-alpha, which prevents it from activating a cascade that stimulates the immune system.
- [By Seth Robey]
Amgen and Abbot inhabit very different spheres now that Abbott has spun off its major pharmaceutical division in the form of AbbVie (NYSE: ABBV ) . In selling AbbVie, Abbott unlocked the value of Humira, the best selling drug in the world, and a direct competitor to Amgen’s Enbrel. While Abbvie navigates the pending patent expiration for Humira, Abbott is now free to focus on more diverse and flexible revenue streams.
- [By Dan Caplinger]
AbbVie (NYSE: ABBV ) will release its quarterly report on Friday, and with its stock having jumped considerably since it started trading as a separate entity, investors are hoping for more good news from the drugmaker. Yet even if AbbVie earnings contract slightly from pro forma figures from the previous year, the company has some promising prospects in its pipeline to help it drive long-term growth in future years.
- [By Maxx Chatsko]
After spinning off its pharmaceutical business — and most of its dividend, essentially — you may think Abbott Laboratories (NYSE: ABT ) is relegated to a boring medical-device company. Heart stents just aren’t as sexy as the megablockbuster drugs now being wielded by AbbVie (NYSE: ABBV ) . The spinoff also took a promisingpipeline and most of the former company’s dividend, which may make investors think twice about owning a slow-growing, mediocre-paying company such as Abbott.