In the video interview excerpt below, Motley Fool CEO Tom Gardner speaks with Middleby (NASDAQ: MIDD ) CEO Selim Bassoul. Since becoming CEO in 2000, Bassoul has led a remarkable transformation at Middleby, turning the cooking equipment maker’sstock into a nearly 50-bagger over that time. In the video below, Bassoul discusses how the company can continue its rapid growth.
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Tom Gardner:I want to come back to something you said in that answer, but my second challenge to Middleby as an investment, it’s been a 50-bagger. I mean it’s difficult for an investor to see a stock double and buy it. You see a stock at 15, now it’s at 30. You’re like, “Ah, I should have bought it at 15.” Then when it goes from 30 to 60, you’re like, “Ah, I could have bought it at 30. I could have bought it at 15 and now it’s up four times and I missed it.” This stock is up 50 times. You are almost never going to find in American history, a 13-year period where a company goes up 50 times in value, 35% per year.
Hot Companies To Own In Right Now: NTELOS Holdings Corp.(NTLS)
NTELOS Holdings Corp., through its subsidiaries, provides wireless communications services to consumers and businesses primarily in Virginia and West Virginia, as well as parts of Maryland, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Kentucky. It primarily offers wireless digital personal communications services, such as wireless voice and data products and services, and roaming/travel services under the NTELOS Wireless brand name. The company also provides wholesale network services to Sprint Nextel in the western Virginia and West Virginia area for various Sprint CDMA wireless customers. As of March 6, 2012, its wireless retail business had approximately 415,000 postpay and prepaid subscribers. The company was founded in 1897 and is headquartered in Waynesboro, Virginia.
- [By Lauren Pollock]
Ntelos Holdings Corp.(NTLS) said it had settled disputes with Sprint Corp.(S) related to the companies’ strategic network alliance. The settlement resolves a dispute over the reset of data rates that began in the fourth quarter of 2011, as well as unrelated billing disputes raised in the third quarter of 2012. Shares of Ntelos were up 9.7% at $17.50 in after-hours trading.
Hot Companies To Own In Right Now: WPCS International Incorporated(WPCS)
WPCS International Incorporated provides design-build engineering services for communications infrastructure. The company operates in three segments: Electrical Power, Wireless Communication, and Specialty Construction. The Electrical Power segment provides electrical contracting services to help commercial and industrial facilities for upgrading power systems; and creates integrated building systems, including the installation of structured cabling systems and electrical networks, as well as supports the integration of telecommunications, fire protection, security, and HVAC. The Wireless Communication segment designs and deploys wireless network solutions comprising Wi-Fi networks, point-to-point systems, mesh networks, microwave systems, cellular networks, in-building systems, and two-way communication systems. The Specialty Construction segment offers specialty construction services for building design, such as the design and integration of mechanical, electrical, hydra ulic, and life safety systems. The company provides its services to public services, healthcare, energy, and corporate enterprise markets worldwide. WPCS International Incorporated was founded in 1997 and is headquartered in Exton, Pennsylvania.
- [By Wallace Witkowski]
Shares of WPCS International Inc. (WPCS) continued trading heavily after the bell Friday, a day when shares shot up nearly 68% to close at $2.53 after the launch of a trading platform for bitcoins. The days trading volume topped more than 1.5 million shares, more than triple its average regular session trading volume. Shares were down 3.2% at $2.45 after-hours at last check.
- [By Barbara Kollmeyer]
Shares of WPCS International Inc. (WPCS) were up 40% in thin premarket trading. The company said Thursday that one of its units released a software platform for bitcoin traders.
- [By Ben Eisen]
WPCS (WPCS) launched a beta version of BTX Trader, which is set to be used to gather data and execute trades on five exchanges for bitcoin, a virtual currency that has been highly volatile in recent weeks. Shares in WPCS were up 54% premarket.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
WPCS International (WPCS) has jumped 59% to $2.40 after announced the launch of its bitcoin exchange, BTX Trader.
ANI Pharmaceuticals (ANIP) has climbed 8.9% to $18.80 after it said it would buy 31 generic drugs from Teva Pharmaceuticals (TEVA). Teva’s shares are little changed in pre-open trading.
Best Value Stocks To Invest In Right Now: SPDR KBW Bank Etf (KBE)
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Hot Companies To Own In Right Now: Swift Energy Company(SFY)
Swift Energy Company engages in acquiring, exploring, developing, and operating oil and natural gas properties. It focuses on inland waters and onshore oil and natural gas reserves in Louisiana and Texas. As of December 31, 2010, the company had estimated proved reserves of 132.8 million barrels of oil equivalent. Swift Energy Company was founded in 1979 and is headquartered in Houston, Texas.
- [By Monica Wolfe]
Swift Energy Company (SFY)
During the past week CEO and Chairman of Swift Energy Company, Terry Swift, reported the first insider transaction reported in the company since February.
Hot Companies To Own In Right Now: Liberty Property Trust (LRY)
Liberty Property Trust is a publicly owned real estate investment holding trust. Through its subsidiary, it provides leasing, property management, development, acquisition, and other tenant-related services for a portfolio of industrial and office properties. The firm invests in industrial properties including various warehouse, distribution, service, assembly, light manufacturing, and research and development facilities. Its office properties include multi-story and single-story office buildings located principally in suburban mixed-use developments or office parks. Liberty Property Trust was founded in 1972 and is based in Malvern, Pennsylvania.
- [By Brad Thomas]
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Hot Companies To Own In Right Now: BPZ Resources Inc (BPZ)
BPZ Resources, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, focuses on the exploration, development, and production of oil and natural gas in Peru and Ecuador. It owns rights and license agreements for oil and gas exploration and production covering approximately 2.2 million acres in 4 blocks in northwest Peru and off the northwest coast of Peru in the Gulf of Guayaquil. The company also owns a 10% non-operating net profits interest in an oil and gas producing property located in the southwest region of Ecuador. As of December 31, 2011, it had estimated net proved oil reserves of 34.7 million barrels (MMBbls) of crude oil or other liquid hydrocarbons, including 27.8 MMBbls were in the Corvina field and 6.9 MMBbls were from the Albacora field located in northwest Peru. The company was founded in 2001 and is headquartered in Houston, Texas.
- [By Lee Jackson]
BPZResources Inc. (NYSE: BPZ) may be a small cap investor’s dream stock to buy. Its first well drilledin the Corvinafield since 2010 was spudded in late July and likely will take about 12 weeks. It will take another week or so to achieve a stabilized flow rate before results are reported to the market, which means it will not expect to hear anything until November. The Raymond James price target for the stock is $4.50, the same as the consensus target.
Hot Companies To Own In Right Now: Costco Wholesale Corporation(COST)
Costco Wholesale Corporation operates membership warehouses that offer a selection of branded and private label products in a range of merchandise categories in no-frills, self-service warehouse facilities. The company’s product categories include candy, snack foods, tobacco, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, and cleaning and institutional supplies; appliances, electronics, health and beauty aids, hardware, office supplies, garden and patio, sporting goods, toys, seasonal items, and automotive supplies; dry and institutionally packaged foods; apparel, domestics, jewelry, house wares, media, home furnishings, cameras, and small appliances; meat, bakery, deli, and produce; and gas stations, pharmacy, food court, optical, one-hour photo, hearing aid, and travel. It also provides business and gold star (individual) membership services. As of April 26, 2011, the company operated 581 warehouses, including 425 in the United States and Puerto Rico, 80 in Canada, 22 in the Uni ted Kingdom, 7 in Korea, 6 in Taiwan, 8 in Japan, 1 in Australia, and 32 in Mexico. It also has Costco Online, an electronic commerce Web site, at costco.com in the United States and at costco.ca in Canada. The company was formerly known as Costco Companies, Inc. and changed its name to Costco Wholesale Corporation in August 1999. Costco Wholesale Corporation was founded in 1976 and is based in Issaquah, Washington.
- [By Andrew Marder]
Earlier this morning, TheBuckle (NYSE: BKE ) , Costco (NASDAQ: COST ) , and L Brands (NYSE: LTD ) reported May sales, and everyone did better. That’s not to say that the market loved the results, but investors may be breathing a sigh of relief nevertheless. The range for the three retailers was fairly tight, but there are still some ups and downs for investors to keep in mind.
Hot Companies To Own In Right Now: Volkswagen AG (VLKAY)
Volkswagen AG is a Germany-based automobile manufacturer. The Company develops vehicles and components, and also produces and sells vehicles, in particular Volkswagen brand passenger cars and commercial vehicles. The Company consists of two divisions: Automotive and Financial Services division. The Automotive division is responsible for the development of vehicles and engines, the production and sale of passenger cars, commercial vehicles, trucks and buses, and the genuine parts business. The Financial services division’s portfolio of services includes dealer and customer services in the field of financing, leasing, directbank, insurance and fleet business. The Company’s brands include Volkswagen, Audi, Bentley, Bugatti, Lamborghini, SEAT, Skoda, Scania and Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles and each brand offers a product range from low-consumption small cars to luxury class vehicles, as well as pick ups, busses and heavy trucks in the commercial vehicle sector.
During 2009, the Company introduced two additions to the Audi5 model series: Audi A5 Cabriolet and the Audi A5 Sportback. In addition, Audi A4 allroad Quattro, Audi TT RS, Audi RS Spyder and the Audi 8 were introduced. During 2009, Audi brand delivered 950 thousand vehicles to customers worldwide. The SEAT launched the Exeo in the B segment. This sporty midsized saloon marks the arrival of the Spanish brands. Bentley introduced the Bentley Mulsanne. This saloon includes proportioned interiors. It also introduced GTC Speed and the Bentley Continental Supersports.
The Company has various delivery centers, including Western Europe, China, Brazil, United States and Mexico. During 2009, deliveries of vehicles were 6336222 worldwide.
- [By John Rosevear]
Volkswagen (NASDAQOTH: VLKAY ) is a powerhouse in China. It’s VW brand sells more than any other brand, and the company’s overall sales are second only to market leader General Motors (NYSE: GM ) — and VW already makes more money in China than GM.
- [By John Rosevear]
Luxury cars are huge in China, where Volkswagen’s (NASDAQOTH: VLKAY ) Audi brand rules the market, a market that is expected to grow rapidly for years to come. A bunch of big global automakers, including both General Motors (NYSE: GM ) and Ford (NYSE: F ) , are angling for a share of this rich pie — and now, Honda (NYSE: HMC ) is throwing its hat into the ring.
Hot Companies To Own In Right Now: Polycom Inc.(PLCM)
Polycom, Inc. provides communications equipment that enables businesses, telecommunications service providers, governmental and educational institutions, and healthcare customers to conduct video, voice, data, and Web communications. The company offers network infrastructure, including conferencing infrastructure, distributed media applications, management applications, recording and streaming security, and remote access for universal video collaboration; unified communications (UC) group systems, which include immersive telepresence, group video, and group voice systems that enable geographically dispersed individuals to communicate; UC personal devices comprising desktop video devices, desktop voice, and wireless local area network products that extend HD voice, video, and content to desktops, home offices, mobile users, and branch sites. It also provides various services, including assessments, implementation services, network consulting services, usage and adoption ser vices, wireless services application integration, and advanced project management services. The company sells its products through a network of channel partners, including distributors, value-added resellers, system integrators, communications services providers, and retailers in North America, Central America, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and the Asia Pacific. Polycom, Inc. was founded in 1990 and is headquartered in Pleasanton, California.
- [By Victor Selva]
On Feb. 3, the billionaire investor George Soros (Trades, Portfolio) bought Polycom Inc. (PLCM) at an average price of $11.72 and currently holds 9,400,708 shares of the stock. This trade makes me feel that he is betting in favor of the communications equipment sub-industry. So let’s take a look at this company and try to explain to investors the reasons this is an apparently appealing investment opportunity in an industry that is becoming concentrated and globalized, dominated by large players like Cisco Systems (CSCO) and Qualcomm (QCOM).