Saturday, May 31, 2014

Best Shipping Stocks To Own Right Now

Best Shipping Stocks To Own Right Now: Building Turbines Inc (BLDW)

Building Turbines Inc (BTI), incorporated on November 17, 1997, is engaged in the designing and manufacturing rooftop mounted wind turbines. The patented BTI's design is ideal for commercial applications and creates reliable, cost-effective, clean and on-site renewable electricity. The Company offers a different, patented wind turbine product that can bring the dream of clean, affordable wind energy to a reality. The turbine is mounted on a steel frame, it has a low profile, low maintenance needs, and creates almost no noise or vibration.

The Company's design possesses these exemplary and robust structural, mechanical and electrical characteristics that are particularly important when mounting a renewable energy system onto a building's roof. The turbine can help office buildings, schools, warehouses, distribution centers, airports, hotels, and a variety of other buildings offset electricity purchased from the grid by creating it on-site from the wind. Th e turbine creates reliable, cost-effective and clean renewable electricity with little building modification required.

Advisors' Opinion:
  • [By Peter Graham]

    Small cap green stocks Building Turbines Inc (OTCMKTS: BLDW), Virtual Sourcing, Inc (OTCMKTS: PGCX) and Unseen Solar, Inc (OTCMKTS: PCWT) have been getting some attention lately in various investment newsletters in part because some "green" is being paid out in the form of paid promotions or investor relation activity. Of course, there is nothing wrong with properly disclosed paid promotions, but you do need to remember that small cap stocks (especially those in new "green" industries) already come with risk. With that in mind, here is a quick reality check about these three green small cap stocks and whether you can expect to see some green in the form of profits: Building Turbines Inc (OTCMKTS: BLDW) Has Secured a $5 Million Line of Credit

    Small cap Building Turbines Inc is focused on the design and manufacture of patented rooftop wind turbines as well as vertically integrating them into other renewable energy solutions to complete a total "Green Energy Solution" for any urban environment. Building Turbines Inc's subsidiary, Green City Planet, is also a premier provider of LED lighting and environmentally sound industrial solutions. On Friday, Building Turbines Inc fell 9.76% to $0.0370 for a market cap of $8.71 million plus BLDW is up 51% over the past year and down 87.2% since June 2011 according to Google Finance.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Small cap green stocks Essential Innovations Technology Corp (OTCBB: ESIV), Building Turbines Inc (OTCMKTS: BLDW) and Kleangas Energy Technologies Inc (OTCMKTS: KGET) have all been getting some attention lately in various investment newsletters – either because they were sinking, because of paid promotions or a combination of both. However, there aren't many green stocks out there that have actually produced some green for investors in the form of profits. With that in mind, here is a quick reality check about all three green small cap stocks to help you decide whether any have the potential for long-term success:

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Joy Global: Primed for a Short Squeeze

It’s not quite love, but at least JPMorgan is considering the potential upside in Joy Global (JOY), one of the market’s least love stocks, next week when it releases earnings.

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JPMorgan’s Ann Duignan and team wonder if Joy Global’s earnings will take its cues from Cliffs Natural Resources (CLF) or Caterpillar (CAT), but decides that either way Joy Global could be poised for a short squeeze. They explain:

Expectations are mixed going into the quarter, as commentary from mining companies remains negative (earlier this week, Cliffs Natural Resources reduced its capex budget by $100MM, or ~25%), but Caterpillar’s reported dealer retail sales for the Resource segment in NA appear to be stabilizing (down 3% in JOY’s FQ2 vs. down 26% in FQ1)…JOY remains one of the most-heavily-shorted names in our coverage universe, and any positive news (particularly in the aftermarket business) could present upside risk in the form of a "short squeeze." While we remain Neutral on the back of a challenging outlook for mining equipment demand, our Equity Derivatives Strategy team recommends investors capitalize on upside risk to the earnings report through options.

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Shares of Joy Global have fallen 1.7% to $57.20 at 1:51 p.m. today, while Caterpillar has dropped 1.8% to $101.71 and Cliffs Natural Resources has declined 4.7% to $15.82, as its battle with Casablanca Capital heats up.

Friday, May 30, 2014

Best Gas Companies To Invest In 2015

Best Gas Companies To Invest In 2015: Abby Inc (ABBY)

Abby, Inc., incorporated on December 11, 2000, is an exploration-stage company. The Company is in the business of natural gas exploration. On September 17, 2010, the Company acquired the Westrose property gas concession option from Mitchel Vestco Inc. As of November 30, 2010, the Company had completed Phase One of its exploration program. As of November 30, 2010, it had not generated any revenues.

The Westrose Property

The Westrose property is located in Alberta, Canada. The property consists of 640 acres. As of August 22, 2011, the Company had not commenced any exploration or work on the concession.

Advisors' Opinion:
  • [By Peter Graham]

    Last Friday, small cap stocks Cambridge Heart, Inc (OTCMKTS: CAMH), Abby Inc (OTCMKTS: ABBY) and Grillit Inc (OTCMKTS: GRLT) surged 176.92%, 71.2% and 24.07%, respectively. Of course, that was last week and today is a new trading week. So what should investors and traders alike be prepared for this week with these three small caps? Here is a closer look to help you decide on an investing or trading strategy:

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Top Oil Service Companies To Own In Right Now

Top Oil Service Companies To Own In Right Now: Pan American Silver Corp.(PAAS)

Pan American Silver Corp. engages in the exploration, development, extraction, processing, production, refining, reclamation, and operation of silver properties. The company also produces and sells gold, zinc, lead, and copper. As of April 27, 2011, it had seven silver mining operations in Mexico, Peru, Argentina, and Bolivia. The company was founded in 1979 and is headquartered in Vancouver, Canada.

Advisors' Opinion:
  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    Gold fell below the key $1,300 level Thursday, raising new fears about whether the yellow metal's rally to begin 2014 is now over. Yet, mining companies fared well today, with silver specialists Hecla Mining (NYSE: HL  ) and Pan American Silver (NASDAQ: PAAS  ) posting solid gains of around 2% Thursday. What explains the disconnect that sent SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEMKT: GLD  ) down, but Market Vectors Gold Miners (NYSEMKT: GDX  ) up?

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Thursday, May 29, 2014

After a Big Rally, Are Anadarko Petroleum Corporation Shares Too Pricey?

Anadarko Petroleum Corporation (NYSE: APC  ) has been one of the best-performing large energy stocks this year, with shares up nearly 30% year to date. The company's outperformance is due largely to a favorable settlement of the Tronox case, in which Anadarko was required to pay a much lower-than-expected penalty for environmental liabilities.

But despite the significant uplift in Anadarko's valuation, I think the company may still be reasonably undervalued. Given its exceptional track record of deepwater success and massive opportunity in the Delaware Basin's Wolfcamp shale -- one of the most promising new oil discoveries in America -- I think Anadarko shares deserve to command a premium valuation.

Photo credit: Anadarko Petroleum Corporation

Barclays downgrade
Barclays recently downgraded Anadarko to Equal Weight from Overweight, citing valuation concerns, though the bank maintains a $111 price target on the stock. Barclays' analyst Thomas Driscoll explained that, despite Anadarko's strong asset portfolio and impressive track record, there is better value elsewhere in the energy sphere.

He mentioned Continental Resources (NYSE: CLR  ) , EOG Resources (NYSE: EOG  ) , and Noble Energy (NYSE: NBL  ) as three similarly sized companies that look more attractive from a valuation standpoint. All three are likely to grow twice as fast as Anadarko, yet trade at comparable valuations in terms of debt-adjusted cash-flow multiples using 2015 cash flow estimates (7.6x, 6.1x and 7.2x for Continental, EOG, and Noble, respectively, as compared to 7.3x for Anadarko Petroleum).

While I do agree with his argument that there is better value elsewhere among the large independent E&Ps, I think Anadarko still presents reasonable value at its current price of around $100 a share. This is mainly because I think the company deserves a premium multiple over most of its peers given its exceptional track record of deepwater success and its massive opportunity in the Delaware Basin.

Why Anadarko deserves a premium valuation
Along with Statoil (NYSE: STO  ) , which was last year's leading oil and gas explorer in terms of total volume of conventional oil and gas discovered, Anadarko is one of the best deepwater oil and gas drillers in the world. Last year, it achieved an industry-leading 67% success rate on its deepwater exploration and appraisal wells.

In the Gulf of Mexico, encouraging appraisal results from the Shenandoah Basin, as well as the Coronado and Yucatan discoveries, suggest the company could be sitting on some of the most prolific deepwater blocks in the entire Gulf of Mexico -- suggesting major long-term upside from their development.

In addition to its robust portfolio of deepwater opportunities, Anadarko maintains sizable stakes in south Texas' Eagle Ford shale, Colorado's Wattenberg field, and west Texas' Delaware Basin. While the Eagle Ford and Wattenberg are already key drivers of the company's oil production growth, its massive opportunity in the Delaware Basin's emerging Wolfcamp shale -- hailed as potentially one of the largest oil and gas discoveries in America -- may not be reflected in its share price.

Anadarko, which boasts roughly 600,000 gross acres in the Wolfcamp, has been aggressively ramping up activity in the play with highly encouraging results so far. Six wells drilled in the third quarter of 2013 yielded gross processed IP rates in the range of 1,000 to 1,600 BOE per day, while first-quarter Wolfcamp sales volumes grew almost threefold over the fourth quarter of 2013. This year, Anadarko plans to drill more than 80 Wolfcamp wells using an 8-10 rig drilling program.

Crucially, the company has already identified more than 1,000 drilling locations across the acreage it has evaluated so far, which represents just a fifth of its total acreage. As the company de-risks its remaining acreage, significant upside could result from the existence of numerous stacked-pay intervals, which could meaningfully boost the company's resource base and its net asset value (NAV) -- an almost certain catalyst to boost its share price.

Investor takeaway
Anadarko may not be as compelling an investment opportunity as it was earlier this year, when uncertainty surrounding the Tronox case severely depressed its valuation, but I think it still presents decent near-term upside and compelling long-term value given its high-quality and diversified global portfolio, exceptional track record of deepwater success, and massive opportunity in the Delaware Basin.

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Hot Quality Stocks To Buy Right Now: Reliance Steel & Aluminum Co.(RS)

Reliance Steel & Aluminum Co. operates as a metals service center company primarily in the United States and Canada. The company provides metals processing services and distributes a line of approximately 100,000 metal products, including alloy, aluminum, brass, copper, carbon steel, stainless steel, titanium, and specialty steel products to mills and original equipment manufacturers. Its processing services comprise cutting, leveling, sawing, machining, or electropolishing. The company also offers a range of metal perforating and fabrication services; and steel and alloy pipes, tube and bar products, and precision manufacturing of various tools designed for the global energy service companies. Reliance Steel & Aluminum Co. serves manufacturers and end-users in the general manufacturing, non-residential construction, transportation, aerospace, energy, electronics, and semiconductor fabrication and related industries. As of December 31, 2011, it maintained approximately 220 metals service center processing and distribution facilities in the United States, Belgium, Canada, China, Malaysia, Mexico, Singapore, South Korea, the United Arab Emirates, and the United Kingdom. The company was founded in 1939 and is headquartered in Los Angeles, California.

Advisors' Opinion:
  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Reliance Steel & Aluminum Co (NYSE: RS) is estimated to report its Q3 earnings at $1.20 per share on revenue of $2.54 billion.

    PulteGroup (NYSE: PHM) is expected to report its Q3 earnings at $0.36 per share on revenue of $1.46 billion.

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    Reliance Steel & Aluminum (NYSE: RS  ) : up 100%
    The steel industry has been struggling lately, so it's especially remarkable to see Reliance Steel having made not one but two dividend increases in the past year. With increases from $0.15 per share last May to $0.25 in August and then to $0.30 in! March, Reliance is bucking the negative trends in steel. What's especially noteworthy is that the company raised its payout even after announcing more than a $750 million deal to buy Metals USA in February -- a move that might have led other companies to rein in its payouts.

  • [By Seth Jayson]

    When judging a company's prospects, how quickly it turns cash outflows into cash inflows can be just as important as how much profit it's booking in the accounting fantasy world we call "earnings." This is one of the first metrics I check when I'm hunting for the market's best stocks. Today, we'll see how it applies to Reliance Steel & Aluminum (NYSE: RS  ) .

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    That dynamic means that companies that can benefit from construction strength and cut costs will outperform others. For that reason, Murphy keeps Nucor (NUE) andSteel Dynamics (STLD) at Buy. He wasn’t so kind to Reliance Steel (RS), US Steel (X) and AK Steel (AKS), which were all cut, though for different reasons.

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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Best India Stocks To Own Right Now

Best India Stocks To Own Right Now: Dr. Reddy's Laboratories Ltd(RDY)

Dr. Reddy?s Laboratories Limited, together with its subsidiaries, operates as a pharmaceutical company. It produces finished dosage forms, active pharmaceutical ingredients and intermediates, and biotechnology products. The company also conducts research in the areas of cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular, inflammation, and bacterial infection. In addition, it involves in the contract manufacture generic prescription and over-the-counter products for branded and generic companies in the United States. The company primarily focuses on therapeutic categories of cardiovascular, diabetes management, gastro-intestinal, and pain management. It markets its products in India, the United States, Europe, and the Russian Federation. The company has a co-development and commercialization agreement with Rheoscience A/S for the development and commercialization of Balaglitazone/DRF 2593, a partial PPAR-gamma agonist for the treatment of type 2 diabetes; an agreement with ClinTec Internatio nal for the development of an anti-cancer compound, DRF 1042; collaboration with the National Cancer Institute in Maryland; and an agreement with Argenta Discovery Limited for the joint development and commercialization of a novel approach to the treatment of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. It also has an agreement with 7TM Pharma for drug discovery collaboration on selected drug targets; and an agreement with GlaxoSmithKline plc to develop and market pharmaceuticals for the treatment of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, oncology, gastroenterology, and pain management. Dr. Reddy?s Laboratories Limited was founded in 1984 and is headquartered in Hyderabad, India.

Advisors' Opinion:
  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Teva has dropped 7.7% to $37.85 today at 3:23 p.m. but doesn’t seem to be spreading though the generic drug space. Taro Pharmaceuticals (TARO) ha gained 1.1% to $79, while Actavis (ACT) has gained 1.2% to $156.! 25 and Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories (RDY) has advanced 1% to $40.24. Mylan (MYL) has dropped 0.7% to $38.40.

  • [By Seth Jayson]

    Dr. Reddy's Laboratories (NYSE: RDY  ) reported earnings on May 14. Here are the numbers you need to know.

    The 10-second takeaway
    For the quarter ended March 31 (Q4), Dr. Reddy's Laboratories beat expectations on revenues and beat expectations on earnings per share.

  • [By Dan Carroll]

    The company's generic drug segment should also help push emerging market sales. Abbott markets generic pharmaceuticals outside the U.S. only, and while the division isn't growth-oriented -- sales actually fell around 2% for the quarter -- it provides an entry for the company to push into lucrative new markets such as India, where generics make up the large majority of the country's retail market. The company will face tougher competition in this industry, however: Firms such as India-based Dr. Reddy's (NYSE: RDY  ) have also pushed hard into emerging markets lately, and Dr. Reddy's in particular should benefit from its being headquartered in one of the industry's top locales.

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Apple iPhones approved for use on China Mobile network

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Apple has been approved to operate its phones on China Mobile's exclusive network.

HONG KONG (CNNMoney) Apple has cleared the final regulatory hurdle required to run the iPhone on China Mobile's cellular network, the latest sign that a deal between the two firms is in the works.

The company has been granted licenses to run its devices on the network by China Mobile, the world's largest carrier. The Chinese government also approved Apple devices for platforms run by China Unicom and China Telecom, the two firms that already support iPhones in China.

Apple unveiled its new slate of iPhones on Tuesday, including the lower-cost iPhone 5C. Analysts had speculated Apple would also use the event to announce a deal with China Mobile, but nothing official materialized.

Still, winning these government licenses indicates that a deal is on the way, said HSBC telecom analyst Tucker Grinnan.

"If and when Apple signs a deal with China Mobile, this will allow them to start selling the phones immediately," he said.

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China Mobile's newest network, which uses TD-LTE technology, is currently being tested in a handful of Chinese cities, but the company still needs to obtain a final operating license from the government. The state-owned telecom may be ironing out some kinks in the network before introducing it on a larger scale to consumers.

Grinnan said the network is not yet prepared to support a heavy volume of users, and likely won't be ready to until late this year -- a potential reason for why neither Apple nor China Mobile have announced an alliance.

Access to China Mobile's 700 million subscribers may be the boost that Apple needs in China. The country of 1.3 billion is Apple's largest market outside the United States, but the iPhone maker has stumbled there, losing ground in the smartphone race to rivals that offer cheaper phones.

Apple's revenues in China, Hong Kong and Taiwan fell by 14% in the third quarter, a sharp reversal from 8% growth in the prior quarter, and a gain of 67% before that. The lackluster performance puzzled analysts, and even CEO Tim Cook admitted that "it's not totally clear" why sales were so slow in Hong Kong.

Related story: Xiaomi: The 'Apple of China' looks abroad

Apple has less than 5% of the Chinese smartphone market, and the iPhone ranks behind Samsung and a host of local brands, including Lenovo, Xiaomi, Huawei and ZTE.

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But the company still has plenty of growth potential in China. The company, for example, has only 11 bricks-and-mortar stores in China and Hong Kong -- something Cook is planning to change.

"We are continuing to invest in retail stores here and will open many more over the next several years," Cook said during a January visit to China. "We have some great sites selected, our manufacturing base is here, and we have incredible partners here." To top of page

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

It’s Payday for These 3 Dividend Stocks

Looking at the universe of stocks we cover at Dividend Channel, on May 28 Allstate (ALL), SunTrust Banks (STI) and CBOE Holdings (CBOE) will all trade ex-dividend for their respective upcoming dividends. Allstate will pay its quarterly dividend of $0.28 on July 1, SunTrust will pay its quarterly dividend of $0.20 on June 16 and CBOE Holdings will pay its quarterly dividend of $0.18 on June 20.

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As a percentage of ALL’s recent stock price of $58.43, this dividend works out to approximately 0.48%, so look for ALL stock to trade 0.48% lower — all else being equal — when ALL shares open for trading on Wednesday. Similarly, investors should look for STI to open 0.52% lower in price and for CBOE to open 0.36% lower, all else being equal.

Below are dividend history charts for ALL, STI, and CBOE, showing historical dividends prior to the most recent ones declared.

Allstate Corp. :

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SunTrust Banks, Inc. :

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CBOE Holdings Incorporated :

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In general, dividends are not always predictable, following the ups and downs of company profits over time. Therefore, a good first due diligence step in forming an expectation of annual yield going forward is looking at the history above for a sense of stability over time. This can help in judging whether the most recent dividends from these companies are likely to continue. If they do continue, the current estimated yields on annualized basis would be 1.92% for Allstate Corp., 2.07% for SunTrust Banks, Inc., and 1.43% for CBOE Holdings Incorporated.

In Tuesday trading, Allstate Corp. shares are currently up about 0.1%, SunTrust Banks, Inc. shares are up about 0.7%, and CBOE Holdings Incorporated shares are up about 0.8% on the day.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Can Caterpillar Inc Continue to Push Higher?

There is no question that Caterpillar's (NYSE: CAT  ) performance so far this year has been impressive. The company's shares have surged, rising nearly 16%.

The company has also outperformed almost all of its peers, including smaller peer Joy Global (NYSE: JOY  ) , which has seen its shares go nowhere during the past five months.

The question is, will Caterpillar's impressive performance continue?

Impressive first quarter
Caterpillar's performance so far the year can be traced back to a solid set of first quarter numbers. The company's earnings per share for the first quarter came in at $1.61, beating forecasts for EPS of $1.23. What's more, the company revised full-year guidance higher.

Caterpillar now expects to earn $6.10 per share during 2014, up from the figure of $5.81 previously expected.

These good results are attributable to strong performance from Caterpillar's construction and power systems divisions. Unfortunately, the company's main business, manufacturing mining equipment, continues to perform poorly.

Indeed, Caterpillar's own management stated on the first quarter earnings call that the company continues to see low order rates for mining equipment:

The company expects mining orders will begin to improve at some point, but not likely in time to increase Resource Industries' sales in 2014

The power systems and construction side of Caterpillar's' business only account for around 23% of the company's overall revenue, the rest is dependent on mining equipment orders. So, while the company may be reaping the benefits from an economic recovery within the U.S. now, it will be unable to stage a full recovery until capital spending within the mining industry recovers.

Unfortunately, many analysts believe that the market for mining capital equipment will continue to contract at a rate of around 10% per annum in the near future. Some estimates claim that the market will return to growth during 2016, but there are some conflicting views on the matter; ultimately the mining industry is dependent on global economic growth.

While this is bad news for Caterpillar, the company's power and construction businesses are taking up some of the slack. Joy Global, however, is more of a pure-play mining equipment producer, and the company is likely to suffer more than its larger peer.

Bad news for Joy
Not only is Joy Global a pure-play mining equipment company, the company also specializes in the production of equipment for coal mining. With both the price of coal and demand for mining equipment slumping since the financial crisis, Joy has been hit hard.

That being said, there are some signs developing within the coal market that point to a recovery, a relief for Joy. Actually, thanks to the harsh weather conditions in the U.S. this past winter, coal reserves have hit a low not seen since the 90's, and this should work in Joy's favor.

Indeed, when Joy reported its fiscal first quarter earnings results, management highlighted the fact that the global coal market was seeing a recovery in China and India, but the U.S. was yet to see a recovery. Hopefully, with inventories falling to low levels demand for coal mining equipment within the U.S. should rise, boosting Joy's outlook.

Still, even if the coal market is not ready to stage a cyclical upswing just yet, Joy's aftermarket services division is expected to generate $650 million per quarter for the company, easily enough to cover the company's dividend payout and stock repurchase program. Joy is planning to buy back $1 billion of stock, 17% of its outstanding shares over 36 months, and currently offers a 1.2% dividend yield.

One thing that worries me about Caterpillar is the company's currently valuation. In particular, Caterpillar currently trades at a forward P/E of 17.2, based on the figures above.

A forward P/E of 17.2 is a relatively high valuation, especially considering the fact that Caterpillar's main market, the mining industry, is still contracting. Additionally, Caterpillar's smaller peers all trade at P/E ratios in the low-teens.

All in all, Caterpillar looks expensive considering the mining industry is still contracting and when compared to the valuation of its peers.

Foolish summary
So overall, Caterpillar's shares have put in a good year-to-date performance, but this may not continue. Firstly, the company will not be able to return to full health until mining industry capex begins to recover again. And secondly, the company is currently trading at a higher than average valuation.

Unless the company can continue to grow sales at its construction and power systems business faster than its mining business is contracting, it is likely that Caterpillar is due for a correction sometime soon.

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Sunday, May 25, 2014

Beer Man: Chai flavors shine in tasty Yabba Dhaba

Beer Man is a weekly profile of beers from across the country and around the world.

This week: JP's Yabba Dhaba Chai Tea Porter

Stevens Point Brewery, Stevens Point, Wis.

James Page started a brewery featuring his name in 1986 in Minneapolis, but it was never able to take hold and was sold to different owners through the years. Much of the product was contract-brewed at other breweries.

Stevens Point Brewery in Wisconsin bought the James Page name in 2005 and recently has used the brand to introduce new beers into the market. I reviewed JP's White Stout last year; not bad with its golden color and aroma of a pilsner but stout flavors.

JP's Yabba Dhaba is based on chai tea, that delicious concoction of tea, cinnamon, cloves, cardamom, vanilla and milk that is just as good hot in cold months as it is ice cold during the hot summer. Recipes for it differ and various spices can be added or subtracted.

Yabba Dhaba produced a thick, tan head on the pour that melted away within a couple of minutes, which is common with beers made with spices. It did leave a bit of creamy residue on the top and lacing on the sides of the glass.

The chai spices were immediately apparent in the aroma, along with a bit of roasted coffee.

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The taste is where the chai aspect really shines. What I liked about the 5.5% ABV Yabba Dhaba is that it didn't hold back on the chai flavors — it's not just vanilla and cinnamon, which even some chai tea makers are guilty of — you also get the cardamom, cloves and a touch of ginger. It has the right amount of sweetness to complement the spice flavors.

What would have pushed this beer into a category above merely good is more of the porter qualities. It needs more body — it's a rather thin and watery ale — and a bit more roast and chocolate in the flavor.

The! James Page beers are generally available in Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin; an online Beer Finder link is here.

Many beers are available only regionally. Check the brewer's website, which often contains information on product availability. Contact Todd Haefer at To read previous Beer Man columns Click here.

HRT Participacoes: The Polvo Baby Has Been Thrown Out With The Bathwater

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Company History and Business

In 2010 Brazil's HRT Participacoes em Petroleo S.A. (HRTPY.PK) raised $1.5 billion in an IPO to fund a highly touted and highly expensive oil & gas exploration campaign in both the Amazon and offshore Namibia. Management was very promotional and overpromised and underdelivered. The three exploration wells in Namibia were all failures and the Conclusion of Solimoes Gas Monetization Study leads the market (myself included) to conclude that there is little or no present value in the discoveries in the Solimoes basin. The stock has lost 85% in just the last year, and over 97% in the last three years. Early investors like Southeastern Asset Management have lost most of their money and have either given up or believe the market cap has become too small and insignificant to warrant further examination.

I too have lost most of my original investment as the high risk/high reward investment thesis of my past GuruFocus article has failed to materialize. However, according to the late John Templeton, stocks that have recently dropped by 85% or more are worth examination. For those of you who can look at this stock with a fresh perspective, HRT's recent acquisition of their 60% interest in the Polvo field from BP for $135 million now offers shareholders limited downside with significant upside.


HRT has no debt and $139 million in cash. Market capitalization is $99 million.

HRT trades at $17000 per barrel of flowing oil per day

Present value of proved developed producing reserves is $94.6 million

Present value of total proved reserves is $294 million

Present value of proved+probable reserves is $514 million

HRT has 'free' exposure to convexity with the Meerkat-1 prospect in Namibia.

Financial Strength

HRT has no debt and a market cap of $99 million.

The present value of just the proved developed producing reserves is $94.6 million.

The present value of all of the proved reserves is $294 million and the proved+probable reserves is $514 million (more about valuation of reserves in the valuation section).

Pro forma cash, equivalents and marketable securities is about $139 million. However, the following pending arbitration proceedings may reduce the cash by up to $69 million:

1) Tuscany Perfuracoes Brasil Ltda. and Tuscany Rig Leasing SA. (collectively, "Tuscany") have commenced an arbitration proceeding against HRT O&G pursuant to which Tuscany is claiming an amount of $USD 39,644,601.99 to HRT O&G. In response to such claim, HRT O&G filed a counterclaim claiming an amount of $USD 18,943,655.28. The company is currently waiting for the procedural order to present closing arguments.

2) $USD 28.6 MM arbitration proceeding with Geoquasar

This arbitration was filed February 2014 and probably will take one or two years before a ruling is made.

If HRT completely lost both arbitration cases tomorrow, the pro forma cash position drops from $139 million to a respectable $70 million. HRT's proven reserves are bankable assets so clearly this unlevered company has a very strong financial position.


As a value investor I believe that the intrinsic value is the future earnings discounted to the present. One of the nice things about investing in the oil and gas industry is that third party reserves auditors estimate the present value of the reserves for us. The DeGoyler and MacNoughton's report of the reserves of the Polvo field dated 31-Dec-2013 states that the net reserves and their present value, discounted at 10%, are as follows:

Proved developed producing (PDP) reserves = 4.8 million barrels

Total proved (1P) reserves = 9.0 million barrels

Proved+Probable (2P) reserves = 15.6 million barrels

Pretax present value of proved developed producing reserves, PDP PV10% = $94.6MM

Pretax present value of proved reserves, 1P PV10% = $294MM

Pretax present value of Proved+Probable reserves, 2P PV10% = $514MM

While reserve auditors have a good track record of estimating the quantity of reserves, they rely on the company to provide estimates of the operating expenses, capital costs, and the timing of those costs to estimate the present value of the reserves. Delays and cost overruns happen and companies are prone to make optimistic assumptions, especially when preparing estimates to present to others. However, in the case of HRT the PV10% values should be fairly accurate estimates for the following reasons (assuming the flat $99.56 per barrel is an accurate assumption):

1) All the capital costs have been laid out for the proved developed producing reserves and there is a seven year operating history to provide an estimate of the operating expenses over their estimated three remaining years.

2) Only two wells are required to develop the proved undeveloped reserves.

3) Only two more wells are required to develop the probable reserves.

4) The 100% owned fixed 'Polvo A' platform can drill all of the wells that HRT intends to drill in the Polvo field. With 10 wells already producing from this platform, the $10.8 million estimated net cost of each additional well is likely to be quite accurate.

5) With the huge tax loss carryforwards the company has incurred since its IPO, pretax PV10% value is the appropriate valuation metric. In a ZIRP world the 10% discount rate adds a little bit of conservatism too.

Theoretically, the Proved+Probable reserves is the quantity of reserves that are most likely to be recovered. In other words, DeGoyler & MacNoughton judges that it is equally likely that the amount of oil ultimately recovered will be either more than or less than 15.6 million barrels. Just four wells is all the future drilling that the D&M reserve report assumes for recovering the 2P reserves.

However, the PV10% value does not include the present value of future General and Administrative expenses. Major changes have been made in the management of this company (see the section on Management below), and I believe that G&A will be drastically reduced. However, to be conservative let's use the $20 million average G&A for years 2013 and 2012 and multiply by 7 to obtain a rough present value of future G&A expenses of $140 million. Therefore, I calculate an intrinsic value of $514 - $140 = $374 million. When compared to the market capitalization of $99 million (no credit given for cash on hand or assets held for sale) I calculate that the stock is trading for about 25 cents on the dollar.

As a sanity check, dividing the current market cap of $99 million by 6000 net barrels of oil per day yields a valuation metric of less than $17,000 per flowing barrel. This is very cheap compared to a rough rule of thumb of $70,000 per flowing barrel for an asset like Polvo.

For another sanity check, dividing the market cap by 1Q 2014 annualized EBITDA of $65 million yields a EV/EBITDA valuation metric of 1.5. I am not a big fan of EBITDA, especially based on just one quarter's worth of profitable operation, but an EV/EBITDA value of 1.5 is very cheap.

Namibia - 'free' lottery ticket

HRT is seeking to farm-down its 95% interest in its Meerkat prospect and does not intend to use the cash generation from Polvo to finance their Namibia operation.

While referencing the seismic image in the above graphic HRT founder and former CEO stated "Amplitude anomalies could say good porosity or something different from water... I think that it's oil and gas. Why? Because you see a fault here, you see all the turbidite sands that you know that are amplitude anomalies, but on the other side of the fault you don't have anything… Look guys, if there is no hydrocarbon there, in front of you, I will change my name. Instead of Marcio Rocha Mello, it will be Marcio Mello. I take away one OK? I'm not joking."

HRT should be able to obtain a farm-down of their Meerkat-1 prospect similar to Pancontinental's farm-down. Pancontinental was able to retain 30% interest in their block, but to be conservative I will assume that HRT retains a 20% working interest their a farm-down. I calculate the potential intrinsic value and the chance of success from the Meerkat-1 well as follows:

Meerkat P50 = 821 bbls x $7/bbl x 20% interest / 600 million shares = $1.92 per share

Meerkat P10 = 2402 bbls x $7/bbl x 20% interest / 600 million shares = $5.60 per share

Chance of success at Meerkat = 20%

Chance of oil success = 10% (I assumed 50% risk of finding worthless stranded natural gas)

Chance of P50 oil success = 5%

Chance of P10 oil success = 1%

Drilling the Meerkat prospect also tests the Sitatunga prospect which has the same chance of success and is almost the same size.

Sitatunga P50 = 756 bbls x $7/bbl x 20% interest / 600 million shares = $1.76 per share

Sitatunga P10 = 2219 bbls x $7/bbl x 20% interest / 600 million shares = $5.18 per share

Chance of P50 oil success at either Meerkat or Sitatunga is ~10%

Chance of P10 oil success at either Meerkat or Sitatunga is ~2%

If all of my assumptions are correct, then there is approximately a 1 in 10 chance of realizing an intrinsic value of least 10x the current share price. Not an especially attractive proposition by itself, but fantastic when I can get it for 'free'.


Management at HRT has historically left a lot to be desired, especially for a company that had never turned a profit. Southeastern Asset Management's 1Q 2013 Letter to Shareholders discussed their activist role at HRT 'to improve governance and ultimately results'. Shortly thereafter the CEO resigned and the Polvo acquisition was made. SEAM has since exited the stock, but activist Nelson Tanure through JG Petrochem has established a 19.3% position. With the exception of one director, all members of the board have been recently been replaced. With new management and a strong activist shareholder I believe management issues have finally been resolved.

For a more in-depth discussion of the management shakeup at HRT see this article.

But it is a Penny Stock

It does not matter if it's a penny stock, all that matters is whether or not my reasoning is correct. However, in June the Global Depositary Shares (GDS) will undergo a 60:1 reverse split (pending shareholder approval) and the stock will no longer be a penny stock. Unfortunately the reverse split will occur after the June 12, 2014 record date for determining the persons and/or entities liable to the Depositary for the annual fee of $0.02 per Global Depositary shares for depositary services. This is an enormous fee for GDS shares, but one that I will pay due to the extreme undervaluation. Just remember that if you purchase the GDS shares on or before June 12th you are effectively paying an extra $0.02 per share.


In my opinion, the biggest risk is the risk of an oil spill. Chevron Brazil faces criminal oil-spill charges for a relatively small 4600 barrel spill in 2011. A civil lawsuit seeking $20 billion in damages was dropped last October. A similar reaction to a similar incident could wipe out HRT. Keep this risk in mind when sizing your position in HRT.

In the valuation section I ignored the fact that Rosneft owes HRT another $24 million after the ANP approval of transfer, and I assigned a value of zero to the Solimoes assets. However, it is possible that the value of Solimoes is less than zero because after ANP approval Rosneft will be the operator and will be dictating the pace of exploration with no guarantee of success.

Other risks are the normal risks that most oil companies incur. The price of oil is volatile. Proved reserves are reasonably certain to be recovered, but not guaranteed. Probable reserves will probably be recovered, but again, no guarantee. There is currency risk. I encourage the reader to review all the risks in the 31-Mar-2014 Annual Information Form.

Because of the margin of safety described above, the risks are low in my opinion. Barring an oil spill, I believe that HRT is a situation of 'Heads I win, and Tails I don't lose'. The baby (Polvo) has been thrown out with the bathwater (exploration failures).

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Saturday, May 24, 2014

Time Magazine Cover Ad a Harbinger of Journalism Shift

In a culture where print ads show up on everything from eggs to pediatrician exam tables and video ad screens are in elevators and in the back seat of cabs, it's no surprise that Time Warner  (NYSE: TWX  )  has permitted advertising on the front cover of its flagship publication, Time. Small, one-line ads for Verizon (NYSE: VZ  ) appear on the bottom of the address label in a tiny grayed-out strip on Time this week for the first time and are scheduled to debut on the cover of Sports Illustrated soon.

According to the Pew Research State of the News Media 2014, news magazines account for only half of one percent of the total $63.6 billion news revenue market (chart below). More than half of news revenue – 63.2% – is generated by newspapers, which began ad placements on the front page on a wide scale beginning in the early 1990s.

Obviously this is not lost on Time, which is seeking to get in on this revenue stream. With revenue down by over half in the last decade, newspapers certainly adopted a front-page ad strategy to survive. Time posted flat revenues of $390 million in the first quarter and has the fight all print mediums face with growing online news competition. In contrast Google (NASDAQ: GOOG  ) – not classified as a news organization in the Pew study – offers news coverage and the platform that leads the way to many online news sites. Google dwarfs Time with  $15.4 billion in first quarter gross revenue.

Curation challenges traditional journalism model

While the obvious reason for Time's decision would seem to be money, there is a much bigger story here.

The move signals yet another indication of the decline in the traditional independent journalism model. In an article titled "Why Curation Will Replace Mainstream Media," Cooper McGoodin, a public relations executive, writes: "Mainstream reporters mistakenly believe they are producing original and superior content, but increasingly they are merely curating ideas and sentiments that originate in the blogosphere."

The Macmillan online dictionary defines news curation as "the process of analyzing and sorting Web content and presenting it in a meaningful and organized way around a specific theme." There are a growing number of apps and other tools for curation. New York Times   (NYSE: NYT  ) just had a nearly 100-page internal memo recently leaked to Internet sites that speaks extensively to the rising function of curation within news and journalism. The NYT memo states, "We can be both a daily newsletter and a library – offering news every day, as well as providing context, relevance and timeless works of journalism."

Journalists are under tremendous pressure to change with the times. For the first time the Pew study measured the number of full-time journalists at nearly 500 digital news outlets at 5,000. While the study says the vast amount of "original reporting" is still conducted by newspapers, the number of print journalism jobs declined by 6.4% in 2012 with another decline expected in 2013.

Gannett (NYSE: GCI  ) and the Tribune Co. (NASDAQOTH: TRBAA  ) , two companies that publish daily newspapers, have announced combined layoffs of 1,000 positions (not all in the newsroom). News magazines are feeling the same pinch. According to a recent Gallup poll, only 9% of adults get their news from print sources, with news magazines scoring the lowest. The Pew news study as early as 2010 listed online news as the primary source for 39% of adults.  One of Time's biggest competitors, Newsweek, ended its paper publication in early 2013 in favor of an online edition only.

Ultimately, readers will  decide

Change fostered by technology and economics always invites cultural shift. With two-thirds of total news revenue generated by advertising (Pew), Time's decision to open up the front page is predictable

The Verizon ad placements on the covers of Time and Sports Illustrated are tiny, just a toe-dip in the water at this point. But if the advertisers deem the cover expense successful and the ads don't put off subscribers, the news magazine cover ads are no doubt here to stay. Other news magazine titles will follow suit and the ads will no doubt get bigger. To what extent?

"No one wants to annoy the consumer," Bill Bean, director of trade insight at SAB Miller (NASDAQOTH: SBMRY  ) , told the New York Times. "However, there are many annoying ads that sell products, and it's very difficult to tell what annoys one consumer and what pleases another." 

Protecting 'The fourth estate'

The big picture question is, will the move to place ads on the cover of news magazines diminish public confidence in the mainstream news media?

According to a recent Gallup Poll, this confidence level hit an all-time low in 2012 and has just started to recover in 2013. The news media's success to act as the "fourth estate" – the watchdog over the Executive, Judicial and Legislative Branches of our democratic system of government – relies on its ability to act freely and independently.

If this can continue to be accomplished with a few cover ads, then the tradeoff is worth it. After all, no one thinks twice about an ad on the homepage of an online news site. However, what remains to be seen is, will Time and other news magazines (and sites) wear their journalism hat or their advertising hat when the day invariably comes there is negative news about a cover advertiser?

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Thursday, May 22, 2014

Vodafone, M&S drag FTSE 100 lower for second day

LONDON (MarketWatch) — Shares of Vodafone and Marks & Spencer led the U.K. benchmark index lower on Tuesday after both companies reported full-year earnings, while oil giant BP declined after a legal setback related to the Deepwater Horizon disaster.

The FTSE 100 index (UK:UKX)  dropped 0.5% to 6,813.44, on track for a second straight day of losses.

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Vodafone Group PLC (UK:VOD)   (VOD)  posted the biggest drop in the index, sliding 4.3% after the company said full-year adjusted operating profit fell 37% and revenue slipped 1.9%.

Also among top decliners, Marks & Spencer Group PLC (UK:MKS)  dropped 2.7% after the U.K. retailer said pretax profit fell for the full year.

Shares of BP PLC (UK:BP)   (BP)  gave up 0.9% after an appeals court in New Orleans rejected the oil major's request for a review of the settlement case for victims of the Deepwater Horizon oil-spill disaster. BP spokesman Geoff Morrell said in a statement that the company was "disappointed" with the decision and that it is "considering its legal options".

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In data news in the U.K., April inflation rose to 1.8% from 1.6% in March, coming in higher than the consensus estimates of 1.7%. The Office for National Statistics said increased fares for air and sea travel helped lift consumer prices last month, suggesting the higher-than-expected inflation partly was due to the timing of Easter.

"Inflation is stabilizing close to the Bank of England's 2% target, giving little reason to keep interest rates at rock-bottom levels," Rob Wood, chief U.K. economist at Berenberg, said in a note.

The pound (GBPUSD)  advanced after the data, trading at $1.6829, up from around $1.6822 late Monday.

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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Nothing Sells Like Team Spirit at MetLife

The finances of all too many New Jerseyans ended up like so much flotsam and jetsam after Hurricane Sandy blew its gale-force winds through the Garden State two years ago.

But just as a threefold cord is not quickly severed, holistic financial plans afforded their owners greater durability at that challenging time, says Bellaria Jimenez, managing director of MetLife Solutions Group, a large financial services group with offices throughout New Jersey, Pennsylvania and New York.

Many investment advisors “never instructed their clients about flood insurance or having an emergency fund. There were people displaced for a long period of time who didn’t have business interruption insurance,” she tells ThinkAdvisor in an interview.

Jimenez works on the management side of the MetLife affiliate, cultivating a team-selling approach to make sure that the kinds of lapses common at the time of Hurricane Sandy do not occur among clients of her firm’s 264 advisors.

The absence of a holistic approach can be a liability to clients — “not registering the account in the right manner could result in state tax issue,” Jimenez cites as one example.

But it also limits business opportunities for the advisor — just as it exposes the client to preventable losses, so too does it expose the advisor to the loss of a client.

The root of the problem, Jimenez says, is that the complexity of client needs today is too great to be serviced by a single advisor. As she inventories the matter:

“Education costs are so high now — going to college is almost as expensive as having a mortgage. Longevity increases mean you have to make sure your money doesn’t outlive you. And since people are living longer, health costs are becoming a bigger issue, so long-term care insurance is becoming key to financial planning. And because we’re living longer, we have to make sure we are keeping up with inflation,” she says.

But she continues, noting that the once high proportion of Americans who had pension plans has given way to a small sliver who own them today.

“That means most people have to fund their own retirement; if they’re business owners, they have to plan their own retirement.

“And there are a lot of changes in society,” Jimenez continues. “People are getting married later in life; they’re having kids later in life. They have to plan for a college education while planning for their own retirement.

“And this sandwich generation has to take care of their parents who are living longer while taking care of their kids who are going to college [right at the time] they’re planning for their own retirement. So advisors have to understand a complex picture.”

This view of the increasing complexity of reality and consequent need for advisors to specialize in college planning, retirement planning, investment accumulation or insurance — together with the greater profitability of advisor teams — has fueled MetLife Solution Group’s efforts beginning three years ago to encourage its advisors to partner with one another.

The firm had seven teams three years ago, but today has 17 teams, with four advisors on average. Jimenez’s goal is to have half the firm’s advisors on board a team.

She acknowledges that some advisors are simply not interested in joining a group. But she warns of the business risk of not doing so.

“The reality is client have all these other needs. They’re going outside. So you’re really exposing your clients to other advisors and other philosophies. That can expose you to losing that client,” she says.

 The advisors who are embracing her firm’s team selling approach, however, are discovering stickier relationships with clients, increased contact with clients (through other team members), increased referrals and ultimately a different and more holistic view of the client.

For example, Jimenez says her teams’ clients are now less likely to be “confused about something—among financial advisors, that happens often,” she says. “A client has a question for an advisor in the field [who can’t quickly return the call] and gets frustrated. But now there’s someone there to answer the phone.”

So how does an investment advisor who get the message — that his clients are seeking insurance advice on the outside — proactively pair with another advisor?

Jimenez recommends partnering on a couple of cases, a process she says usually takes a year.

“There’s got to be synergy; it’s not like an arranged marriage,” she says.

“Because we're a big organization, we have the advantage of knowing all our advisors and can make arrangements internally. But most of the time we’re actually getting people coming to us and saying they’d like to work as team.”

That signals the start of a long learning process, where the advisors have to adopt a service model and learn to become a “we” rather than an “I” — to market as a team and talk to clients about the team.

To further that end, MetLife Solutions Group has developed a playbook for each of its teams to foster a shared vision that all members can reference. As the advisors expand their collaboration, they grow together and come to genuinely experience a team outlook, Jimenez says.

“One of the key things we’re seeing is the accountability has drastically changed, which is helping all the advisors working together,” she says. “As a sole practitioner, you hold yourself accountable. But in a team, everyone is…building toward a goal together. Peer accountability is very different—you don’t want to let your team down.”


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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Hot Dow Dividend Companies To Invest In Right Now

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Two months ago, this sector had 59 stocks out of 154 on a 52-week low. Today the regulated utilities sector has 24 stocks out of 155 on a 52-week low, and the low ratio is 0.15.

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The EXC share price is currently $28.01 or 25.9% off the 52-week high of $37.80. Its yield is 5.97%.

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Hot Dow Dividend Companies To Invest In Right Now: Stanley Black & Decker Inc.(SWK)

Stanley Black & Decker, Inc. manufactures tools and engineered security solutions worldwide. The company?s Security segment provides a range of mechanical and electronic security products and systems, as well as various security services consisting of security integration systems, software, and related installation, maintenance, monitoring services; automatic doors, door closers, and exit devices; healthcare storage and supply chain solutions; patient protection products; hardware; and locking mechanisms. This segment sells its products to retailers; educational, financial, and healthcare institutions; and commercial, governmental, and industrial customers through direct sales forces and third party distributors. Its Industrial segment offers mechanics tools and storage systems, including wrenches, sockets, electronic diagnostic tools, tool boxes, and industrial storage and retrieval systems; engineered healthcare storage and retrieval systems; hydraulic tools and accessor ies; plumbing, heating, and air conditioning tools; assembly tools and systems; and specialty tools. This segment sells its products to industrial customers through third party distributors and direct sales forces. The company?s Construction & Do-It-Yourself segment manufactures hand tools, including measuring and leveling tools, planes, hammers, demolition tools, knives and blades, saws, chisels, and consumer tackers; consumer mechanics tools; storage units comprising plastic and metal tool boxes; and pneumatic tools and fasteners for use in construction, remodeling, furniture making, pallet and manufacturing applications. This segment sells its products to professional end users and consumers through retailers, including home centers, mass merchants, hardware stores, and retail lumber yards. The company was formerly known as The Stanley Works and changed its name to Stanley Black & Decker, Inc. in March 2010. Stanley Black & Decker was founded in 1843 and is based in New B ritain, Connecticut.

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    Stanley Black & Decker (NYSE: SWK) is estimated to report its Q3 earnings at $1.38 per share on revenue of $2.82 billion.

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    Stanley Black & Decker reported fourth quarter revenues of $2.9 billion, up 9% from last year’s Q4 revenue of $2.7 billion. Net earnings for the quarter came in at $38.5 million, up from last year’s Q4 net income of $36.1 million. SWK’s EPS for the quarter was reported at 41 cents, but after excluding one-time charges, diluted EPS for Q4 came in $1.32 The company was able to beat analysts’ estimates of $1.30 EPS on revenues of $2.87 billion. For the full year, SWK reported reported diluted EPS of $4.98 on revenues of $11 billion.

    CEO Commentary

    SWK’s chairman and CEO, John F. Lundgren Chairman, commented on the company’s earnings: ��uring 2013 we made significant progress driving organic growth throughout the organization and the fourth quarter was no exception as the momentum continued from our organic growth initiatives. CDIY and Industrial delivered strong top and bottom line growth in spite of FX headwinds and on-going challenging global market conditions. The Security segment�� margin recovery is underway with notable improvement in North America and actions to improve Europe�� margins in place.

    ��s we move into 2014 it is important to note that our long-term strategy and financial objectives remain intact. We are, however, focused on executing previously announced operating and capital allocation actions to boost returns in the near term. These actions demonstrate our commitment to drive sustainable improvements to the Company�� cash flow return on investment and drive shareholder value.��/p>

    SWK�� Dividend

    Stanley Black & Decker did not announce a change to its quarterly payout in its earnings release. The company announced a raise to its dividend in July, boosting its quar

Hot Dow Dividend Companies To Invest In Right Now: Ascent Media Corporation(ASCMA)

Ascent Capital Group, Inc., through its subsidiary, Monitronics International, Inc., provides security alarm monitoring and related services to residential and business subscribers in the United States and Canada. The company is involved in monitoring signals arising from burglaries, fires, medical alerts, and other events, as well as provides customer service and technical support. It also provides central station monitoring services on a wholesale basis for other independent alarm companies that do not have the capability to monitor systems for their customers. In addition, Ascent Capital Group, Inc. offers a range of residential security services, including hands-free two-way voice communication with the monitoring center, cellular options, and an interactive service option, which allows the customer to control their security system using a computer or smart phone. The company markets its services through a network of authorized dealers. Ascent Capital Group, Inc. is ba sed in Greenwood Village, Colorado.

Advisors' Opinion:
  • [By Ian Wyatt, Publisher & Chief Investment Strategist, Wyatt Investment Research]

    Both of these stocks are overlooked, undervalued, and cash flow machines. The companies are Ascent Capital Group (ASCMA) and Covanta Holdings (CVA).

Hot High Dividend Companies To Invest In Right Now: NTT DOCOMO Inc(DCM)

NTT DOCOMO, Inc. provides wireless telecommunications services, packet communications services, and satellite mobile communications services in Japan. It offers wireless voice and data communication services, such as second generation (2G) and third generation (3G) cellular services, and mobile multimedia services. The company provides mova services, on the 2G network, compatible with voice and data communication; FOMA services, on its 3G network, with voice and high-speed data communication, which are compatible with various services, such as videophone and video content downloading; and i-mode services, which are wireless Internet access services. As of March 31, 2010, it had approximately 56.08 million cellular subscribers. NTT DOCOMO also offers packet communications services, such as wireless data communications services using packet switching; satellite mobile communication services for communications in case of emergencies; and international calling and internationa l roaming services. In addition, the company provides mopera U Internet connection services for data cards and smartphones; embedded modules for automobile fleet management, wireless credit card settlement systems, and telemetric systems for automatic inventory checks between vending machines and service centers; and MyArea services that offer high-speed packet communication services for homes. Further, it offers home shopping services through TV media, high-speed Internet connection services for hotel facilities, advertisement services, and credit services, as well as develops, sells, and maintains IT systems. The company was formerly known as NTT Mobile Communications Network, Inc. and changed its name to NTT DOCOMO, Inc. in April 2000. NTT DOCOMO was founded in 1991 and is based in Tokyo, Japan. NTT DOCOMO, Inc. operates as a subsidiary of Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation.

Advisors' Opinion:
  • [By Evan Niu, CFA]

    Sony's big win is directly attributable to a big marketing push by the largest Japanese wireless carrier, NTT DoCoMo (NYSE: DCM  ) , which doesn't offer the iPhone. Smaller rivals SoftBank and KDDI have been chipping away at NTT DoCoMo's subscriber base, thanks in part to carrying Apple's device, so NTT DoCoMo is doing something about it.

Hot Dow Dividend Companies To Invest In Right Now: Uomo Media Inc (UOMO)

UOMO Media Inc., incorporated on June 10, 2004, is in the business of producing, managing, and monetizing music-based intellectual property. The Company provides music publishing, digital music and video, recorded music and production, and talent management services. The Company operates in four divisions: music publishing, recorded music, digital distribution and talent management. The Company has two subsidiaries in Canada, UOMO Productions Inc. and UOMO Music Publishing Inc. In addition, The NE Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of UOMO Productions Inc. and UOMO Songs Ltd. is a wholly owned subsidiary of UOMO Music Publishing Inc. As of April 30, 2009, the Company had 22 production customers. The Company�� customers include VideoFact and Universal Music. As of April 30, 2009, the Company was in the development stage.

In the music publishing segment, UOMO Music Publishing Inc. is tasked with creating a catalogue of assets in the form of copyrights. Services include Fund advances, which includes providing advances to individual composers; Administration, which includes registration, tracking, and collection of copyright royalties; Creative, which includes creating copyrights by writing songs, and Licensing, which includes finding opportunities to monetize copyrights by placing songs on recording artists, films, television, video games, commercials.

In the recorded music segment, the Company earns revenue from the ownership of master recordings. UOMO Recorded Music has three functions: catalogue acquisition, talent acquisition for/and production activities and distribution arrangements for projects. UOMO Recorded Music is the record label division of UOMO. Production services also fall under this division.

In the digital distribution segment, the Company has been developing digital music and video Web 2.0 software. In the talent management segment, the Company earns a percentage of gross revenues for all projects it manages. As of April 30, 2009, the Company ! was in the process of developing programming architecture for the new digital music and video portal.

The Company competes with Warner Music Group, EMI, Sony BMG, and Universal Music Group.

Advisors' Opinion:
  • [By Peter Graham]

    Small cap media stocks UOMO Media Inc (OTCMKTS: UOMO), International Display Advertising (OTCMKTS: IDAD) and Media Analytics Corp (OTCBB: MEDA) have been getting some extra media attention lately thanks in part to paid promotions. It should be said that there is nothing wrong with properly disclosed paid promotional or investor relation campaigns for stocks, but they can backfire on unwary investors and traders alike. With that in mind, here is a closer look at along with a reality check for these three small cap media stocks:

Hot Dow Dividend Companies To Invest In Right Now: Banco Bradesco SA (BBD)

Banco Bradesco S.A. (the Bank), incorporated on November 5, 1943, is commercial bank. The Bank offers a range of banking and financial products and services in Brazil and abroad to individuals, large, midsized and small companies and local and international corporations and institutions. It operates in two segments: the banking, and the insurance, pension and capitalization bonds. Its products and services encompass banking operations, such as loans and advances and deposittaking, credit card issuance, purchasing consortiums, insurance, leasing, payment collection and processing, pension plans, asset management and brokerage services. The main services it offers through Bradesco Expresso are receipt and submission of account applications; receipt and submission of account applications; Social Security National Service (INSS) benefit payments; checking and savings account deposits, and receipt of consumption bills, bank charges and taxes. In May, 2011, the Bank acquired Banco do Estado do Rio de Janeiro S.A. (BERJ).


The Banking segment includes deposit-taking with clients, including checking accounts, savings accounts and time deposits; loans and advances (individuals and companies, real estate financing, microcredit, onlending BNDES funds, rural credit, leasing, among others); credit cards, debit cards and pre-paid cards; management of receipts and payments; asset management; services related to capital markets and investment banking activities; intermediation and trading services; custody, depositary and controllership services; international banking services, and purchasing consortiums.

The Bank offers a variety of deposit products and services to our customers through its branches, including Non-interest bearing checking accounts, such as Easy Account, Click Account, Academic Account and Cell Phone Bonus Account; traditional savings accounts; time deposits, and deposits from financial institutions. As of December 31, 2011, it had 43.4 million savings a! ccounts. It offers its customers certain additional services, such as identified deposits and real-time banking transfers. Its loans and advances to customers, consumer credit, corporate and agricultural-sector loans, totaled R$263.5 billion as of December 31, 2011.

The Bank�� loan portfolio consists of short-term loans, vehicle financings and overdraft loans on checking accounts. It also provides revolving credit facilities and traditional term loans. As of December 31, 2011, it had outstanding advances, vehicle financings, consumer loans and revolving credit totaling R$58.0 billion, or 22.0% of its portfolio of loans and advances. Banco Bradesco Financiamentos (Bradesco Financiamentos) offers direct-to-consumer credit and leasing for the acquisition of vehicles and payroll-deductible loans to the public and private sectors 'in Brazil. Supported by BF Promotora de Vendas Ltda. (BF Promotora), and using the Bradesco Financiamentos brand, the Bank operates through its network of correspondents in Brazil, consisting of retailers and dealers selling light vehicles, trucks and motorcycles, to offer financing and/or leasing for vehicles. Through Bradesco Promotora brand, it offer payroll-deductible loans to social security retirees and pensioners, public-sector employees, military personnel and private-sector companies sponsoring plans, and other aggregated products (insurance, capitalization bonds, cards, purchasing consortiums, and others).

As of December 31, 2011, the Bank had 63,156 outstanding real estate loans. As of December 31, 2011, the aggregate outstanding amount of its real estate loans amounted to R$15.9 billion, representing 6% of its portfolio of loans and advances. As of December 31, 2011, it had 69,491 microcredit loans outstanding, totaling R$62.8 million. Its BNDES onlending portfolio totaled R$35.4 billion as of December 31, 2011.

The Bank provides traditional loans for the ongoing needs of its corporate customers. It had R$85.8 billion of outstand! ing other! local commercial loans, accounting for 32.5% of its portfolio of loans and advances as of December 31, 2011. It offers a range of loans to its Brazilian corporate customers, including short-term loans of 29 days or less; guaranteed checking accounts and corporate overdraft loans; discounting trade receivables, promissory notes, checks, credit card and supplier receivables, and a number of other receivables; financing for purchase and sale of goods and services; corporate real estate financing, and investment lines for acquisition of assets and machinery. As of December 31, 2011, the Bank had R$11 billion in outstanding rural loans, representing 4.2% of its portfolio of loans and advances. The Bank conducts its leasing operations through its primary leasing subsidiary, Bradesco Leasing and also through Bradesco Financiamentos.

The Bank offers electronic solutions for receipt and payment management solutions, which include collection and payment services and online resource management enabling its customers to pay suppliers, salaries, and taxes and other levies to governmental or public entities. The global cash management concept provides solutions for multinationals in Brazil and/or domestic companies operating abroad. It manages third-party assets through mutual funds; individual and corporate investment portfolios; pension funds, including assets guaranteeing the technical provisions of Bradesco Vida e Previdencia, and insurance companies, including assets guaranteeing the technical provisions of Bradesco Seguros.

The Bank�� subsidiaries Bradesco S.A. CTVM and Agora S.A. CTVM (or Bradesco Corretora and Agora Corretora, respectively) trade stocks, options, stock lending, public offerings and forwards. They also offer a range of products, such as Brazilian government securities (under the Tesouro Direto program), BM&F trading, investor clubs and investment funds.

The Bank offers a range of international services, such as foreign exchange transactions, foreign tr! ade finan! ce, lines of credit and banking. As of December 31, 2011, its international banking services included New York City, a branch and Bradesco Securities Inc., its subsidiary brokerage firm, or Bradesco Securities United States, and its subsidiary Bradesco North America LLC, or Bradesco North America; London, Bradesco Securities U.K., its subsidiary, or Bradesco Securities U.K.; Cayman Islands, two Bradesco branches and its subsidiary, Cidade Capital Markets Ltd., or Cidade Capital Markets; Argentina, Banco Bradesco Argentina S.A., its subsidiary, or Bradesco Argentina; Banco Bradesco Luxemburgo S.A. its subsidiary, or Bradesco Europe; Japan, Bradesco Services Co. Ltd., its subsidiary, or Bradesco Services Japan; in Hong Kong, its subsidiary Bradesco Trade Services Ltd, or Bradesco Trade, and in Mexico, its subsidiary Ibi Services, Sociedad de Responsabilidad Limitada, or Ibi Mexico.

The Bank�� Brazilian foreign-trade related business consists of export and import finance. In addition to import and export finance, its customers have access to a range of services and foreign exchange products, such as purchasing and selling travelers checks and foreign currency paper money; cross border money transfers; advance payment for exports; accounts abroad in foreign currency; cash holding in other countries; collecting import and export receivables; repaid cards with foreign currency (individual), and structured foreign currency transactions through its foreign units.

Insurance, pension plans and capitalization bonds

The Bank offers insurance products through a number of different entities, which it refers to collectively as Grupo Bradesco Seguros. It offers life, personal accident and random events insurance through its subsidiary Bradesco Vida e Previdencia. It offers health insurance policies through Bradesco Saude and its subsidiaries for small, medium or large companies. It provides automobile, property/casualty and liability products through its subsidiary Bradesco Auto! /RE. It a! lso offers certain automobile, health, and property/casualty insurance products directly through its Website.

Advisors' Opinion:
  • [By Charles Sizemore]

    And speaking of top dividend stocks with high capital gains potential, next on the list of are Brazilian banking groups Banco Bradesco (BBD) and Banco Itau (ITUB) — two monthly dividend stocks you must consider.

  • [By Jon C. Ogg]

    Banco Bradesco S.A. (NYSE: BBD) is one of the key banks and financial services companies in Brazil. A Yahoo! Finance reference showed that the 2012 figures were as follows: 4,686 branches; 34,859 ATMs; 12,975 shared ATMs under the Banco24Horas brand; and 5,237 special points of banking services. At $11.65, the 52-week trading range is $11.29 to $17.79. This ADR is down 7% so far in 2014.

Hot Dow Dividend Companies To Invest In Right Now: Smart Ventures Inc (SMVR)

Smart Ventures, Inc., incorporated on November 22, 2006, is an exploration-stage company. The Company focuses on exploring, acquiring, developing and producing mineral reserves. The Company had purchased certain mineral claims located in the Laurentides Region near Mont Laurier, Quebec. In June 2011, the Company acquired Metal Assets S.A. In February 2014, Smart Ventures Inc announced the closing of its acquisition of The Sanday Corporation oil and gas drilling Services Company.

As of December 31, 2009, the Company had not generated any revenues. The Company focuses on establishing and exploiting deposits of both base and precious metals.

Advisors' Opinion:
  • [By Peter Graham]

    Small cap marijuana stocks Smart Ventures Inc (OTCMKTS: SMVR) and Vitamin Blue Inc (OTCMKTS: VTMB) jumped 40.28% and 38.6%, respectively, while hemp stock Astika Holdings Inc (OTCBB: ASKH) fell 13.75% on Friday. Moreover, only one of these small cap stocks seems to have been the subject of a few paid promotions or investor relations types of activities. So will all three of these marijuana or hemp stocks keep producing highs or lows for investors and traders alike? Here is a quick reality check:

    Smart Ventures Inc (OTCMKTS: SMVR) Plans to Enter the Marijuana Edibles Business

    Small cap Smart Ventures Inc is an independent energy company engaged in engineering extended reach drilling services, acquisition, development, production, and exploration of oil, gas and minerals internationally. On Friday, Smart Ventures Inc rose 40.28% to $0.07 for a market cap of $2.31 million plus SMVR is up 600% over the past year and down 93.3% in intermittent trading since December 2009 according to Google Finance.

Hot Dow Dividend Companies To Invest In Right Now: Ishares Trust United States Treasury (TIP)

iShares Lehman TIPS Bond Fund (the Fund) seeks investment results that correspond generally to the price and yield performance of the inflation-protected sector of the United States Treasury market as defined by the Lehman Brothers U.S. Treasury TIPS Index (the Index). The Index includes all publicly issued, the United States Treasury inflation-protected securities that have at least one-year remaining to maturity, are rated investment grade and have $250 million or more of outstanding face value. In addition, the securities must be denominated in United States dollars and must be fixed-rate and non-convertible securities.

The Index is a market capitalization-weighted index. The Fund invests in a representative sample of the securities in the Index, which has a similar investment profile as the Index. The Fund�� investment advisor is Barclays Global Fund Advisor.

Advisors' Opinion:
  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    But bond investments have seen huge losses. Consider how broad-based the bond-market massacre has been:

    Broad measures of the overall bond market have shown definite signs of weakness, with iShares Core U.S. Bond (NYSEMKT: AGG  ) falling more than 3% since the end of April and the actively managed PIMCO Total Return (NYSEMKT: BOND  ) down almost 4% over that time frame. Longer-term-focused bonds have posted even worse results, with iShares 20+ Treasury (NYSEMKT: TLT  ) having fallen more than 8% since late April. Inflation-protected bonds are generally seen providing some defense against rising interest rates, but iShares Barclays TIPS Bond (NYSEMKT: TIP  ) has fallen by more than 7%. Even niche areas of the bond market have seen big losses, with the municipal-bond-focused iShares S&P Municipal Bond (NYSEMKT: MUB  ) down almost 5%, while the emerging-market bond ETF WisdomTree Emerging Markets Local Debt has fallen 10%.

    A combination of factors has led to some of these declines, with the strong U.S. dollar hurting international bonds. But the driving force behind all of the drops comes from rising interest rates, and investors need to understand the threat that those rates pose to the future of their bond investments.

Hot Dow Dividend Companies To Invest In Right Now: Ishares Nasdaq Biotechnology (IBB)

iShares Nasdaq Biotechnology Index Fund (the Fund) seeks investment results that correspond generally to the price and yield performance of the NASDAQ Biotechnology Index (the Index). The Index consists of securities of NASDAQ-listed companies that are classified according to the Industry Classification Benchmark as either biotechnology or pharmaceuticals, and which also meet other eligibility criteria. The Index is one of the eight sub-indices of the NASDAQ Composite, which measures all common stocks listed on The NASDAQ Stock Market, Inc.

The Fund invests in a representative sample of securities included in the Index that collectively has an investment profile similar to the Index. The Fund�� investment advisor is Barclays Global Fund Advisors.

Advisors' Opinion:
  • [By Dan Carroll]

    Who's weighing down the sector?
    The bad week has hit investors hard, as biotech's two big ETFs -- the SPDR S&P Biotech ETF (NYSEMKT: XBI  ) and iShares Nasdaq Biotechnology (NASDAQ: IBB  ) -- fell 3.8% and 2%, respectively. Some of that drop can be blamed on the market's overall jitters this week. Yet health-care stocks have performed well over the past month: On the S&P 500, the health sector has ranked third in month-to-date performance behind only consumer staples and telecoms.

  • [By Keith Speights]

    One good pick is the iShares Nasdaq Biotechnology ETF (NASDAQ: IBB  ) . iShares started this ETF back in 2001 to track the performance of the NASDAQ Biotechnology Index. The fund usually has at least 90% of its portfolio invested in biotech or pharmaceutical stocks. Its annual expense ratio stands at 0.48%.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Might that be the reason that Gilead’s shares are climbing today, even as most other big biotech names get clobbered. Gilead has risen 3.2% to $75.17 at 12:15 p.m. today, while Amgen (AMGN) has fallen 5.2% after missing earnings forecasts and Biogen Idec (BIIB) has dropped after it too disappointed. The SPDR S&P Biotech ETF (XBI) has declined 2.2% to $131.13, while the iShares Nasdaq Biotechnology ETF (IBB) is off 1.4% at $231.54.

  • [By Holly LaFon]

    The market's love affair with biotech companies is mostly well deserved on the business front. New biotech drugs like Gilead Sciences hepatitis-颅�� cure (note, cure, not chronic relief) Solvaldi is the stuff of Jonas Salk-颅��ype legend. Yet again, the incredible developments, products and promise borne in U.S. biotechnology industry have not gone unnoticed by Mr. Market. Indeed, the NASDAQ Biotech ETF (IBB) has gained over 180% through this February just since September 30, 2011.

Hot Dow Dividend Companies To Invest In Right Now: IsoRay Inc (ISR)

IsoRay, Inc. (IsoRay), incorporated on June 15, 2004, develops, manufactures and sells isotope-based medical products and devices for the treatment of cancer and other malignant diseases. IsoRay International LLC (International) is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Company. IsoRay obtained clearance from the Food and Drug Association (FDA) for treatment for all solid tumor applications using Cesium-131. Such applications include prostate cancer; ocular melanoma; head, neck and lung tumors; breast cancer; liver cancer; brain cancer; colorectal cancer; gynecological cancer; esophageal cancer, and pancreatic cancer. The seed may be used in surface, interstitial and intracavity applications for tumors with known radio sensitivity. The Company has an existing distribution agreement with UralDial LLC (UralDial) that allows UralDial to distribute Proxcelan Cs-131 brachytherapy seeds in Russia. The Company, through UralDial, has regulatory approval to sell Cs-131 seeds in Russia.

IsoRay markets the Proxcelan Cesium-131 brachytherapy seed for the treatment of prostate cancer; lung cancer; ocular melanoma; head and neck cancers; colorectal cancer, brain cancer; and gynecological cancer. The Company focuses to market Cesium-131 for the treatment of other malignant disease, such as breast cancer, in the near future through the use of existing technologies that have received FDA-clearance. Cesium-131 is a radioactive isotope that can be produced by the neutron bombardment of Barium-130 (Ba-130). When placed into a nuclear reactor and exposed to a flux of neutrons, Ba-130 becomes Ba-131, the radioactive material that is the parent isotope of Cesium-131. The radioactive isotope Cesium-131 is normally produced by placing a quantity of stable non-radioactive barium (ideally barium enriched in isotope Ba-130) into the neutron flux of a nuclear reactor. The irradiation process converts a small fraction of this material into a radioactive form of barium (Ba-131). The Ba-131 decays by electron capture to the ! radioactive isotope of interest (Cesium-131).

As of June 30, 2011, IsoRay had agreements with several independent radiopharmacies to assay, preload, and sterilize loose seeds. During the fiscal year ended June 30, 2011, the Company loaded approximately 90% of Mick cartridges in the Company's own facility, which accounted for approximately 61% of seeds sold. Approximately 33% of seeds sold are strand configurations, including strands preloaded in needles and the remaining 6% of seeds are sold as loose seeds.

Advisors' Opinion:
  • [By James E. Brumley]

    I hate to be the one to say I told you so, but, I told you so. Back on February 26th I suggested IsoRay, Inc. (NYSEMKT:ISR) shares were a budding breakout play. The 48% rally that's played out for ISR in the meantime unfurled right on cue. While overbought in the very short run, this small cap stock looks like it's earning the right to be compared to the likes of bigger brothers in the cancer-treatment space... names like Roche Holding Ltd. (OTCMKTS:RHHBY) or Theragenics Corporation (NYSE:TGX).

  • [By James E. Brumley]

    Ugh. It's fun to be right about a stock, but it's exhausting to be too right, too fast. Case in Point? IsoRay, Inc. (NYSE: ISR). Yours truly posted some bullish comments on ISR just a couple of days ago, explaining how that day's move above a key ceiling meant a new bull trend was underway, and more gains from that price would be far easier to muster. Well, good news for those who heeded the advice - IsoRay shares are up 44% today.

  • [By Vanina Egea]

    Strengthening portfolio and business stability is to be reinforced by the introduction of new products. Last December, Textron announced the successful first flight of the Scorpion Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR)/Strike aircraft. ��he Scorpion compares very favorably to more costly aircraft currently used for low-threat missions,��pilot Dan Hinson said. The new product is expected to accommodate the budget constraints and shifting mission requirements of the US Department of Defense. The same department has granted the firm an additional contract worth $22.5 million to "deprocess" Mobile Strike Force vehicles and train the Afghan Army.

Hot Dow Dividend Companies To Invest In Right Now: Select Medical Holdings Corporation(SEM)

Select Medical Holdings Corporation, through its subsidiary, Select Medical Corporation, operates specialty hospitals and outpatient rehabilitation clinics in the United States. The company?s Specialty Hospitals segment offers long term acute care hospital services and inpatient acute rehabilitative hospital care. This segment provides services for various medical conditions, such as respiratory failure, neuromuscular disorders, traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries, strokes, non-healing wounds, cardiac disorders, renal disorders, and cancer. As of December 31, 2011, it operated 110 long term acute care hospitals and 9 inpatient rehabilitation facilities in 28 states. The Outpatient Rehabilitation segment operates clinics; and provides physical, occupational, and speech rehabilitation services. It offers medical rehabilitation services on a contract basis at nursing homes, hospitals, assisted living and senior care centers, schools, and worksites. This segment also pro vides specialized programs, such as functional programs for work related injuries, hand therapy, and athletic training services. As of December 31, 2011, it operated 954 outpatient rehabilitation clinics in 32 states and the District of Columbia. Select Medical Holdings Corporation was founded in 1996 and is headquartered in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania.

Advisors' Opinion:
  • [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 Select Medical Holdings (NYSE: SEM  ) , whose recent revenue and earnings are plotted below.

  • [By Jonas Elmerraji]

    2013 has been a pretty poor year for shareholders of Select Medical Holdings (SEM). Shares of the billion-dollar health care facilities stock have fallen around 10% since the calendar flipped over to January. That means that SEM is underperforming the S&P 500 by more than 36% year-to-date. But investors could be in store for a reprieve thanks to the bullish setup that's been forming in shares.

    SEM is currently forming an ascending triangle bottom, a bullish setup that's formed by a horizontal resistance level above shares at $9 and uptrending support to the downside. Basically, as shares of Select bounce in between those two technically-important levels, they're getting squeezed closer and closer to a breakout above our $9 price ceiling. When that happens, we've got a buy signal in shares.

    Select Medical broke its downtrend back in the summer, but $9 has held firm as resistance ever since. One potential early indicator of a breakout is going to be momentum: 14-day RSI has hit its head on 70 the last couple times SEM hit its head on $9. A breakout above 70 on the momentum gauge is likely to lead the price breakout.