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[ July 24, 2014 | Author: Admin | Views: 26966 | Weather: | Mood: normal]

Some of the stocks that may grab investor focus today are: Wall Street expects JB Hunt Transport Services (NASDAQ: JBHT) to post its Q3 earnings at $0.78 per share on revenue of $1.45 billion. JB Hunt Transport shares fell 0.31% to $73.77 in after-hours trading. Analysts expect KMG Chemicals (NYSE: KMG) to report its Q4 earnings at $0.27 per share on revenue of $79.00 million. KMG Chemicals shares surged 4.99% to close at $23.76 on Friday. EPR Properties (NYSE: EPR) closed a deal to acquire the Camelback Mountain Resort in Tannersville, PA, for around $70 million. EPR Properties shares gained 0.31% to close at $48.59 on Friday. Brown & Brown (NYSE: BRO) is projected to post its Q3 earnings at $0.40 per share on revenue of $348.85 million. Brown & Brown shares rose 0.58% to close at $32.99 on Friday. Top 10 Chemical Companies To Invest In 2015: Gulf Resources … Continue reading

[ July 24, 2014 | Author: Admin | Views: 81625 | Weather: | Mood: normal]

Waterloo, Ontario-based Descartes Systems Group (NASDAQ: DSGX  ) has acquired KSD Software Norway AS, a company described as a “leading Scandinavia-based provider of electronic customs filing solutions for the European Union (‘EU’).” On Thursday, Descartes — itself a logistics technology solutions provider — announced that it has paid $33 million to acquire KSD, a price offset somewhat by the $2 million in working capital that came with KSD. In addition to the cash, KSD brings with it a customer base of more than 1,300, most based in Scandinavia. Edward Ryan, Chief Commercial Officer at Descartes, noted that KSD has about $10 million in annual recurring revenues. He suggested that the purchase price Descartes is paying approximates 3.1-times annual sales — a significant discount to the 5.2x sales valuation at Descartes, proper. Perhaps in response to the apparent good deal Descartes is getting, the company’s shares rose 2.8% in Thursday trading, to … Continue reading

[ July 24, 2014 | Author: Admin | Views: 9517 | Weather: | Mood: normal]

Shares of Dell (NASDAQ: DELL  ) fell as low as $12.71 on Friday, even as founder Michael Dell’s proposal to buy the company for $13.65 goes before shareholders two weeks from now. At first glance, Dell might seem like a no-brainer “buy” candidate (invest $12.71 now, get $13.65 after the proxy vote on July 18). However, this is far from being the whole story. An activist campaign led by Carl Icahn’s Icahn Enterprises (NASDAQ: IEP  ) investment fund has made Dell perhaps the riskiest stock in the market. Icahn believes that Michael Dell’s proposal to buy the company significantly undervalues Dell. Yet while Icahn probably has the heft (and the votes) to scuttle Dell’s go-private deal, he is unlikely to garner enough support to implement his proposal to increase shareholder value through a $14 tender offer. The results are likely to be very disappointing for Dell shareholders. If this “clash of the … Continue reading

[ July 24, 2014 | Author: Admin | Views: 36427 | Weather: | Mood: normal]

European stocks jumped the most in eight months as ARM (ARM) Holdings Plc and Cie. Financiere Richemont SA reported results that topped estimates and speculation grew that the regions central bank will cut interest rates. ARM, the designer of chips for Apple Inc.s iPhone, soared to a 13-year high on better-than-forecast sales. Richemont surged the most since 2008 as the maker of Cartier jewelry said net income climbed. Prudential Plc led a gauge of insurers higher. Royal Imtech NV sank 5.6 percent after increasing a writedown on projects in Germany. The Stoxx Europe 600 Index (SXXP) soared 2.4 percent to 292.63 at the close of trading, the biggest jump since Aug. 3. The benchmark measure has still retreated 2 percent from this years high on March 14 as economic data from the U.S. to China missed forecasts and Cyprus reignited concern about the euro areas debt crisis. The gauge has … Continue reading

[ July 24, 2014 | Author: Admin | Views: 29075 | Weather: | Mood: normal]

Looking for the next Berkshire Hathaway (BRK-B)? You could do worse than Loew’s Corp. (L), Deutsche Bank says. Agence France-Presse/Getty Images Both companies own insurance companies. And both use the cash spun off by those operations to invest elsewhere. Deutsche Bank dubs them “investor insurers,” and right now Loew’s looks cheap, the German investment bank’s analysts argue in a report starting Loew’s as a buy. Deutsche Bank’s Joshua Shanker andPhil Stefano explain why Loew’s looks like a bargain: The overwhelming majority of Loews can be valued as the sum of its three largest subsidiary businesses that also have publicly trading stock: CNA Financial (CNA), Diamond Offshore (DO) and Boardwalk Pipeline(BWP). The sum of these stakes is equivalent to 97.7% of the market capitalization of Loews. For almost free, imknvestors also get ownership of Boardwalks B shares and general partnership, a small national hotel chain, natural gas and oil E&P HighMount … Continue reading