Up until now, crowdfunding has just been a way for consumers to give money to inventors concocting newfangled things ranging from Big Wheel bikes for grown-up and smartphones. But soon, it could become a way to actually invest in those companies.
The Securities and Exchange Commission voted unanimously to propose rules that, for the first time, would allow investors to buy stock in companies over the Internet using a crowdfunding exchange. These rules could reinvent the way that companies raise money by allowing them to bypass the traditional costs of going public, which usually involved hiring costly investment bankers and accountants.
The SEC’s vote on so-called equity crowdfunding is in direct response to Title III of the JOBS Act, passed last year, in which Congress is looking for a loophole to allow smaller companies to get an exemption from the strict rules controlling the sale of securities to individuals. Congress is hoping that by using Internet crowdfund ing, small and promising companies could gather capital needed to grow and expand from a wide pool of investors. These companies could, in theory, raise money they need to grow well before they could afford the relatively high costs of a traditional initial public offering.
Top Promising Stocks To Own Right Now: Odyssey Marine Exploration Inc.(OMEX)
Odyssey Marine Exploration, Inc. provides shipwreck exploration services for use in insurance investigations, and search and recovery operations to governments and deep-ocean mineral exploration companies. The company?s shipwreck projects consist of various activities, including research and development, and search operations; archaeological excavation and recovery operations; and conservation, recording, and documentation. It also sells shipwreck findings, including coins and other mass-produced cargo, cultural collections, and replicas to collectors, museums, and other institutions. Odyssey Marine Exploration, Inc. was founded in 1986 and is headquartered in Tampa, Florida.
- [By Rich Duprey]
Despite silver falling to around $23 an ounce, and gold going below $1,400, now might be the time to invest in Odyssey Marine Exploration (NASDAQ: OMEX ) , the treasure-hunting shipwreck finder whose own stock is down by a third from its 52-week high.
- [By Sean Williams]
Odyssey Marine Exploration (NASDAQ: OMEX )
I love a good metals play as much as any Fool around here, but Odyssey Marine is certainly not on the buy list. Odyssey Marine is a salvage company that searches for, recovers, and monetizes metals and minerals found on the ocean floor. Make no mistake about it, the job is as cool as it sounds; unfortunately, “cool” doesn’t always translate into solid profits.
- [By Jonathan Yates]
Investors around the world are becoming more aware of the potential riches to be made by companies in the sea treasure recovery industry such as J.D. Hutt (PINK JABA) and Odyssey Marine Exploration (NASDAQ: OMEX) due to the media attention being paid to the raising of the Concordia. More than $60 billion rests on the ocean floor in gold (NYSE: GLD), silver (NYSE: SLV), and other valuables. As detailed in a previous article on this site, Odyssey Marine Exploration just presented at the 2013 Gateway Conference.
- [By Jonathan Yates]
That is certainly a better way to profit from gold, SPFR Gold Shares (NYSE: GLD), and silver, iShares Silver Trust (NYSE: SLV). Both the GLD and the SLV have plunged, but sea treasure recovery is very profitable. The find today demonstrates that fact of investing! Odyssey Marine Exploration (NASDAQ: OMEX) had a huge haul off the coast of Ireland earlier this summer, which is more proof of the profit potential for this industry!!.
Top Promising Stocks To Own Right Now: Old Dominion Freight Line Inc. (ODFL)
Old Dominion Freight Line, Inc. operates as a less-than-truckload (LTL) motor carrier primarily in the United States. The company provides regional, inter-regional, and national LTL services. It also offers a range of logistics services, including ground and air expedited transportation, supply chain consulting, transportation management, truckload brokerage, container delivery, and warehousing services. In addition, the company provides door-to-door international freight services to and from North America, Central America, South America, and the Far East. As of December 31, 2010, it owned a fleet of 5,718 tractors and 20,986 trailers, as well as operated 213 service centers. The company was founded in 1934 and is based in Thomasville, North Carolina.
- [By Rich Smith]
Consider: According to YRC, the $150.9 million it currently pays in annual interest exceeds the $92.6 million in interest obligations paid by “all [of its] competitors combined.” Con-Way (NYSE: CNW ) , for example, sports a debt load about half of YRC’s, yet pays only about one-third as much in interest on that debt. Old Dominion Freight (NASDAQ: ODFL ) has 12% the debt of YRC, but only 7% of the interest expense.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
Shares of Heartland Express have gained 50% this year, trumping the 38% rise in Con-Way (CNW) and the 29% advance in J.B. Hunt Transport Services (JBHT) but lagging Old Dominion Freight Lines (ODFL) and Swift Transportation (SWFT).
Top 5 Blue Chip Stocks For 2014: MRG Metals Ltd (MRQ)
MRG Metals Limited is engaged in mineral exploration and production in Western Australia. The Companys projects include the Xanadu gold project, the Mulgul copper prospect, the Braemore Battery prospect-Leonora, Diorite-Leonora and the Bellchambers. The Xanadu project consists of 14 prospecting license applications cover a total area of 26.7 square kilometers. The Mulgul exploration license application covers 336 square kilometers and is located 200 kilometers north of Meekatharra. The Company is acquiring nine granted prospecting licenses covering an area of 14.8 square kilometers, located five kilometers north of Leonora in the North-eastern Goldfields of Western Australia. Diorite is located 25 kilometers north of Leonora. There are three granted prospecting licenses covering an area of 5.42 square kilometers of greenstone lithologies. Effective June 28, 2013, MRG Metals Ltd (MRG) acquired Sasak Resources Australia Pty Ltd. Advisors’ Opinion:
- [By Chuck Carnevale]
In addition to rewarding their shareholders through dividend increases and capital appreciation, Aflac has also been using its prodigious cash flows to purchase shares and reduce share count. Fewer shares outstanding support their ability to grow earnings per share to the benefit of shareholders. Common shares outstanding have fallen from 531 million shares in fiscal 1998 to 466 million shares in their most recent quarter (MRQ).
- [By Magic Diligence]
Neustar’s Lines of Business1) Numbering Services: 53% of total revenue, grew 7% in most recent quarter (mrq). These consist of databases that allow number portability – allowing customers to keep the same phone number even when changing cellular carriers or moving to a new address in the same area. Neustar is currently the sole provider of these services to the number portability administration center, or NPAC. We’ll come back to this important fact later.
Top Promising Stocks To Own Right Now: Western Alliance Bancorporation (WAL)
Western Alliance Bancorporation (WAL) is a bank holding company. The Company provides full-service banking and lending to locally owned businesses, professional firms, real estate developers and investors, local non-profit organizations, high net worth individuals and other consumers through its three wholly owned subsidiary banks (the Banks): Bank of Nevada (BON), operating in Southern Nevada; Western Alliance Bank (WAB), operating in Arizona and Northern Nevada, and Torrey Pines Bank (TPB), operating in California. In addition, the Companys non-bank subsidiaries, Shine Investment Advisory Services, Inc. (Shine) and Western Alliance Equipment Finance (WAEF), offer an array of financial products and services to small to mid-sized businesses and their proprietors, including financial planning, custody and investments, and equipment leasing nationwide. It operates in four segments: Bank of Nevada, Western Alliance Bank, Torrey Pines Bank and Other.
The Compan y provides a range of banking services, as well as investment advisory services, through its consolidated subsidiaries. As of December 31, 2011, WAL owned an 80% interest in Shine. As of December 31, 2011, the Company owned a 24.9% interest in Miller/Russell & Associates, Inc. (MRA), an investment advisor. MRA provides investment advisory services to individuals, foundations, retirement plans and corporations.
Through the Companys banking segments, the Company provides a variety of financial services to customers, including commercial real estate loans, construction and land development loans, commercial loans, and consumer loans. Loans to businesses consisted 89.2% of the total loan portfolio at December 31, 2011. Loans to finance the purchase or refinancing of commercial real estate (CRE) and loans to finance inventory and working capital that are additionally secured by CRE make up the majority of its loan portfolio. These C RE loans are secured by apartment buildings, professional of! fices, industrial facilities, retail centers and other commercial properties. As of December 31, 2011, 49% of its CRE loans were owner-occupied. Owner-occupied commercial real estate loans are loans secured by owner-occupied nonfarm nonresidential properties for which the primary source of repayment (more than 50%) is the cash flow from the ongoing operations and activities conducted by the borrower who owns the property. Non-owner-occupied commercial real estate loans are commercial real estate loans for which the primary source of repayment is nonaffiliated rental income associated with the collateral property.
Construction and land development loans include multi-family apartment projects, industrial/warehouse properties, office buildings, retail centers and medical facilities. Commercial and industrial loans include working capital lines of credit, inventory and accounts receivable lines, mortgage warehouse lines, equipment loans and leases, and other commer cial loans. Commercial loans are primarily originated to small and medium-sized businesses in a variety of industries. Consumer loans are generally offered at a higher rate and shorter term than residential mortgages. Its consumer loans include home equity loans and lines of credit, home improvement loans, credit card loans, and personal lines of credit. As of December 31, 2011, its loan portfolio totaled $4.68 billion, or approximately 68.4% of its total assets.
All of the Companys investment securities are classified as available-for-sale (AFS) or held-to-maturity (HTM). As of December 31, 2011, the Company had an investment securities portfolio of $1.48 billion, representing approximately 21.7% of its total assets. As of December 31, 2011, its investment securities portfolio consisted of the United States Government sponsored agency securities, Municipal obligations, Adjustable-rate preferred stock, Mutual funds, Corporat e bonds, Direct the United States obligation and government-! sponsored! enterprise (GSE) residential mortgage-backed securities, private label residential mortgage-backed securities, Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) investments, Trust preferred securities, Private label commercial mortgage-backed securities, and Collateralized debt obligations.
Sources of Funds
The Company offers a variety of deposit products, including checking accounts, savings accounts, money market accounts and other types of deposit accounts, including fixed-rate, fixed maturity retail certificates of deposit. As of December 31, 2011, the deposit portfolio consisted of 27.5% non-interest bearing deposits and 72.5% interest-bearing deposits. Non-interest bearing deposits consist of non-interest bearing checking account balances. In addition to its deposit base, it has access to other sources of funding, including Federal Home Loan Bank (FHLB) and Federal Reserve Bank (FRB) advances, repurchase agreements and unsecured lines of credit with other fin ancial institutions.
Financial Products and Services
In addition to traditional commercial banking activities, the Company offers other financial services to customers, including Internet banking, wire transfers, electronic bill payment, lock box services, courier, and cash management services. Through Shine, a full-service financial advisory firm, the Company offers financial planning and investment management.
- [By Investment Biker]
Investment Summary: This article is on Western Alliance Bancorporation (WAL), a growth-oriented commercial lender in the Southwest. The banks looks set to improve profitability supported by economic recovery in Last Vegas, industry-leading revenue performance and operating leverage supported by expense control. The credit profile of the bank looks excellent with limited exposure to residential mortgage and well poised to grow its loan portfolio by 20% annually over the next 3 years. It is also well set on a path to credit recovery with improving fundamentals that justifies premium valuation going forward.
Top Promising Stocks To Own Right Now: Huaneng Power International Inc (HNP)
Huaneng Power International, Inc. is principally engaged in the investment, construction, operation and management of power plants. The Companys electricity generation business covers Northeast China Grid, North China Grid, Northwest China Grid, East China Grid, Central China Grid and South China Grid, as well as grid in Singapore. The Companys power plants are mainly located in Shandong province, Liaoning province, Zhejiang province, Guangdong province, Jiangsu province, Hebei province, Fujian province, Jiangxi province, Chongqing city, Gansu province, Beijing city and Shanghai city, among others. As of December 31, 2010, the Company had a wholly owned power operation subsidiary in Singapore.
The Companys Huaneng Dalian Power Plant (Dalian Power Plant) is located on the outskirts of Dalian, on the coast of Bohai Bay. Dalian Power Plant, including Phase I and Phase II, has an installed capacity of 1,400 megawatts and consists of four 350 megawatts coa l-fired units. Dalian Power Plant typically stores 200,000 tons of coal onsite. Dalian Power Plant sells all its electricity through the Liaoning Electric Power Co., Ltd. and the Northeastern Power Grid. Electricity generated by Dalian Power Plant is delivered to the Liaoning Provincial Power Grid. Huaneng Dandong Power Plant (Dandong Power Plant) is located on the outskirts of the city of Dandong in Liaoning. Dandong Power Plant comprises two 350 megawatts coal-fired units. All the electricity generated by Dandong Power Plant is delivered to the Liaoning Provincial Power Grid and is sold through the Liaoning Electric Power Co., Ltd. and the Northeastern Power Grid.
Huaneng Yingkou Power Plant (Yingkou Power Plant) is located in Yingkou City in Liaoning Province. Yingkou Power Plant Phase I has an installed capacity of 640 megawatts and consists of 2×320 megawatts supercritical coal-fired generating units. Yingkou Power Plant sells all its electricity through L iaoning Electric Power Co., Ltd. and the Northeastern Power ! Grid. Electricity generated by Yingkou Power Plant is delivered to the Liaoning Provincial Power Grid. The Companys construction projects in the Liaoning Province include the Yingkou Power Plant Phase II, which is planned to consist of two 600 megawatts coal-fired generating units. The Company owns 100% equity interests in this project.
Power Plant in Fujian Province
The Companys Huaneng Fuzhou Power Plant (Fuzhou Power Plant) is located on the south bank of the Min River, southeast of the city of Fuzhou. Fuzhou Power Plant, including Phase I and Phase II, has an installed capacity of 1,400 megawatts and consists of four 350 megawatts coal-fired units. All the electricity sales of Fuzhou Power Plant are made through the Fujian Electric Power Company, Ltd. Electricity generated by Fuzhou Power Plant is delivered to the Fujian Provincial Power Grid.
Power Plant in Hebei Province
Huaneng Shangan Power Plant (Shangan Po wer Plant) is located on the outskirts of Shijiazhuang. Shangan Power Plant has been developed in two separate expansion phases. The Shangan Power Plant Phase I has an installed capacity of 700 megawatts and consists of two 350 megawatts coal-fired units. Shangan Power Plant sells all its electricity through the Hebei Electric Power Corporation. Electricity generated by Shangan Power Plant is delivered to the Hebei Provincial Power Grid. Shangan Power Plant Phase III is planned to consist of two 600 megawatts coal-fired generating units. The Company owns 100% equity interests in this project.
Power Plants in Jiangsu Province
Huaneng Nantong Power Plant (Nantong Power Plant) is located in the city of Nantong. Nantong Power Plant, including Phase I and Phase II, has an installed capacity of 1,404 megawatts, and consists of two 352 megawatts and two 350 megawatts coal-fired units. Nantong Power Plant sells all its electricity through the Jiangsu Elect ric Power Company. Electricity generated by Nantong Power Pl! ant is de! livered to the Jiangsu Provincial Power Grid. The Companys Huaneng Nanjing Power Plant (Nanjing Power Plant) has an installed capacity of 640 megawatts consisting of two 320 megawatts coal-fired units.
The Huaneng Taicang Power Plant (Taicang Power Plant) is located in the vicinity of Suzhou, Wuxi and Changzhou in the Jiangsu Province. Taicang Power Plant is an ancillary facility of the China-Singapore Suzhou Industrial Park and has a total planned capacity of 1,200 megawatts. Taicang Power Plant Phase I consists of 2 x 300 megawatts coal-fired generating units. Taicang Phase II Expansion consists of two 600 megawatts coal-fired generating units. The Huaneng Huaiyin Power Plant (Huaiying Power Plant) is located in the Centre of the Northern Jiangsu Power Grid. The plant has 2 x 220 megawatts coal-fired generating units.
Power Plants in Shanghai Municipality
Huaneng Shanghai Shidongkou First Power Plant (Shidongkou I) is located in t he northern region of the Shanghai Power Grid. The plant comprises 3 x 325 megawatts, 1 x 300 and 1 x 320 coal-fired generating units, and has a total installed capacity of 1,270 megawatts. Electricity generated by Shidongkou I is delivered to the Shanghai Municipal Power Grid. Huaneng Shanghai Shidongkou Second Power Plant (Shidongkou II) is located in the northern suburbs of Shanghai. Shidongkou II has an installed capacity of 1,200 megawatts and consists of two 600 megawatts coal-fired supercritical units.
Power Plants in Guangdong Province
Located on the outskirts of the city of Shantou, the Huaneng Shantou Oil-Fired Power Plant (Shantou Power Plant) was set up with the support of the Shantou municipal government and the Guangdong provincial government. In 2007, Shantou Power Plant Phase I consisted of two 300 megawatts coal-fired units. The Companys construction project in Guangdong Province consists of the Huaneng Haimen Power Plant (Haimen Power Plant), which is planned to consist of two 1,000 mega! watts gen! erating units with a total installed capacity of 2,000 megawatts. The Company owns 100% equity interest in this project.
Power Plants in Shandong Province
Huaneng Dezhou Power Plant (Dezhou Power Plant) is located in Dezhou City, near the border between Shandong and Hebei Provinces. Dezhou Power Plant consists of three Phases, with Phases I consisting of one 320 megawatts and one 330 megawatts coal-fired generating units, Phase II consisting of two 300 megwatts coal-fired generating units, and Phase III consisting of two 700 megawatts coal-fired generating units. Dezhou Power Plant sells its electricity through Shandong Electric Power Corporation. Electricity generated by Dezhou Power Plant is delivered to the Shandong Provincial Power Grid. Huaneng Jining Power Plant (Jining Power Plant) is located in Jining City, near the Jining load Centre and near numerous coal mines.
Huaneng Weihai Power Plant (Weihai Power Plant) is located appr oximately 16 kilometers southeast of Weihai City, on the shore of the Bohai Gulf. The Company holds a 60% interest in Weihai Power Plant, the remaining 40% interest of which is owned by Weihai Power Development Bureau (WPDB). Weihai Power Plant, developed in two phases, consists of four coal-fired generating units with an aggregate design capacity of 850 megawatts. Huaneng Xindian Power Plant (Xindian Power Plant) is located in Zibo Municipality of Shandong Province.
Power Plants in Zhejiang Province
Huaneng Changxing Power Plant (Changxing Power Plant) is located at the intersection of Zhejiang Province, Jiangsu Province and Anhui Province. Changxing Power Plant has one 125 megawatts and one 135 megawatts coal-fired generating units. Changxing Power Plant sells its electricity to Zhejiang Provincial Electric Power Company. The Yuhuan Power Plant is located in Taizhou of Zhejiang Province and consists of two 1,000 megawatts ultra-supercritical, coa l-fired generating units with a total installed capacity of ! 2,000 meg! awatts.
Power Plant in Shanxi Province
Huaneng Yushe Power Plant (Yushe Power Plant) is located in Yushe County of Shanxi Province. Yushe Power Plant Phase I has an installed capacity of 200 megawatts and consists of two 100 megawatts coal-fired generating units. Yushe Power Plant sells all its electricity through the Shanxi Electric Power Corporation. Electricity generated by Yushe Power Plant is delivered to the Shanxi Provincial Power Grid.
Power Plant in Henan Province
Qinbei Power Plant is located in Jiyuan Municipality of Henan Province. Its installed capacity is 2,400 megawatts, which consists of four 600 megawatts supercritical coal-fired generating units.
Power Plant in Jiangxi Province
Huaneng Jinggangshan Power Plant (Jinggangshan Power Plant) is located in Jian City of Jiangxi Province, and has an installed capacity of 600 megawatts and consists of two 300 megawatts coal-fired generat ing units. Jinggangshan Power Plant sells its electricity through the Jiangxi Electric Power Corporation. Electricity generated by it is delivered to the Jiangxi Provincial Power Grid.
Power Plant in Hunan Province
Huaneng Yueyang Power Plant (Yueyang Power Plant) is located in Yueyang City of Hunan Province. Yueyang Power Plant Phase I has an installed capacity of 725 megawatts and consists of two 362.5 megawatts sub-critical, coal-fired generating units. Yueyang Power Plant Phase II consists of two coal-fired generating units with installed capacity of 600 megawatts. Yueyang Power Plant sells its electricity through the Hunan Electric Power Corporation. Electricity generated by Yueyang Power Plant is delivered to the Hunan Provincial Power Grid.
Power Plant in Chongqing Municipality
Huaneng Luohuang Power Plant (Luohuang Power Plant) is located in Chongqing Municipality. Each of Phase I and Phase II of Luohuang Power Pl ant has an installed capacity of 720 megawatts and consists ! of two 36! 0 megawatts coal-fired generating units. Luohuang Power Plant Phase III consists of two 600 megawatts coal-fired generating units with an installed capacity of 1,200 megawatts.
Power Plant in Gansu Province
Huaneng Pingliang Power Plant (Pingliang Power Plant) is located in Pingliang City of Gansu Province. It has an installed capacity of 1,200 megawatts and consists of four 300 megawatts coal-fired generating units.
- [By Jake L’Ecuyer]
Leading and Lagging Sectors
Utilities stocks gained Friday, with Korea Electric Power (NYSE: KEP) leading advancers. Meanwhile, gainers in the sector included Huaneng Power International (NYSE: HNP), with shares up 1.8 percent, and Hawaiian Electric Industries (NYSE: HE), with shares up 1.4 percent.
- [By Jake L’Ecuyer]
Leading and Lagging Sectors
Friday morning, the utilities sector proved to be a source of strength for the market. Leading the sector was strength from Huaneng Power International (NYSE: HNP) and Exelon (NYSE: EXC). In trading on Friday, telecommunications services shares were relative laggards, down on the day by about 0.01 percent.
- [By Jake L’Ecuyer]
Leading and Lagging Sectors
Friday morning, the utilities sector proved to be a source of strength for the market. Leading the sector was strength from Huaneng Power International (NYSE: HNP) and Pure Cycle (NASDAQ: PCYO). In trading on Friday, healthcare shares were relative laggards, down on the day by about 0.28 percent.
- [By Jake L’Ecuyer]
Utilities sector gained 0.78 percent in the US market today. Among the utilities stocks, Huaneng Power International (NYSE: HNP) was down more than 1.4 percent, while UIL Holdings (NYSE: UIL) tumbled around 0.7 percent.
Top Promising Stocks To Own Right Now: iShares North American Tech-Multimedia Networking ETF (IGN)
iShares S&P North American Technology-Multimedia Networking Index Fund (the Fund), formerly iShares S&P GSTI Networking Index Fund, seeks investment results that correspond to the price and yield performance, before fees and expenses, as represented by the S&P North American Technology-Multimedia Networking Index. The Fund invests in a representative sample of securities included in the Index that collectively has an investment profile similar to the Index.
The Index includes companies that are producers of telecom equipment, data networking and wireless equipment. The Index has been developed as an equity benchmark for United States-traded multimedia networking stocks.
- [By John Udovich]
Mid cap telco equipment stock Alcatel Lucent SA (NYSE: ALU) is up 205.9% since the start of the year for a much better performanceverses peers or benchmarks like Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) or the iShares North American Tech-Multimedia Networking ETF (NYSEARCA: IGN) meaning its probably worth taking a closer look at the stock as its been producing plenty of good news for a change.I should note that we have recently addedAlcatel Lucent SA to our SmallCap Network Elite Opportunity (SCN EO) portfolio as atechnical based trade because we think shares will continue higher on speculationabout animproved global footprintfor this leading mobile data network provider.
- [By John Udovich]
Just before Thanksgiving, small cap networking stock Infoblox Inc (NYSE: BLOX) sank 28.65% on guidance that was below expectations, but the stock has still outperformed the year-to-dateperformance ofnetworking ETF like the PowerShares Dynamic Networking ETF (NYSEARCA: PXQ) and iShares S&P North American Networking ETF (NYSEARCA: IGN). So what went wrong and could investors have just overeacted?
Top Promising Stocks To Own Right Now: Coca Cola Femsa S.A.B. de C.V. (KOF)
Coca Cola FEMSA, S.A.B. de C.V. produces, markets, and distributes Coca-Cola trademark beverages and brands. It offers colas under Coca-Cola, Coca-Cola Light, and Coca-Cola Zero brands; flavored sparkling beverages under Aquarius Fresh, Chinotto, Crush, Fanta, Fresca, Frescolita, Hit, Kuat, Lift, Mundet, Quatro, Simba, and Sprite brands; water under Alpina, Brisa, Ciel, Crystal, Kin, Manantial, and Nevada brands; Aquarius, a flavored water; Hi-C, a juice-based beverage; and Powerade, an isotonic, as well as ready to drink tea products under Nestea and Matte Leao brands. The company also sells and distributes the Kaiser beer brand. It operates in Mexico, Central America, Colombia, Venezuela, Brazil, and Argentina. The company was founded in 1979 and is based in Mexico, Mexico. Coca-Cola FEMSA S.A.B de C.V. operates as a subsidiary of Fomento Economico Mexicano, S.A.B. de C.V.
- [By Eric Volkman]
Put another tick in the acquisition column for Coca-Cola FEMSA (NYSE: KOF ) . The Mexico-based company, which says it is the largest bottler of Coca-Cola products on the planet, has signed a deal to acquire Brazilian peer Companhia Fluminense de Refrigerantes. The price is $448 million in cash.
Top Promising Stocks To Own Right Now: Symantec Corporation(SYMC)
Symantec Corporation provides security, storage, and systems management solutions internationally. The company?s Consumer segment delivers Internet security, PC tune-up, and online backup solutions and services to individual users and home offices. Its Security and Compliance segment provides solutions for endpoint security and management, compliance, messaging management, data loss prevention, encryption, and authentication services to large, medium, and small-sized businesses, as well as offers solutions through its software-as-a-service (SaaS) security offerings. This segment?s products enable customers to secure, provision, and remotely manage their laptops, PCs, mobile devices, and servers. The company?s Storage and Server Management segment provides storage and server management, backup, archiving, and data protection solutions across heterogeneous storage and server platforms, as well as solutions delivered through its SaaS offerings to large, medium, and small-s iz ed businesses. Symantec?s Services segment offers implementation services and solutions, including consulting, business critical services, education, and managed security services. The company also provides various enterprise support offerings, such as annual maintenance support contracts, including content, upgrades, and technical support. It sells its products through its eCommerce platform, as well as through distributors, direct marketers, Internet-based resellers, system builders, ISPs, and retail locations worldwide. Symantec markets and sells its products through distributors, retailers, direct marketers, Internet-based resellers, original equipment manufacturers, system builders, and Internet service providers; and its e-commerce channels, as well as direct sales force, value-added and large account resellers, and system integrators. The company was founded in 1982 and is headquartered in Mountain View, California.
- [By Michael Flannelly]
Nomura Securities analysts initiated coverage on Symantec Corporation (SYMC) early on Wednesday, giving the stock a “Neutral” rating because its upside is already priced into its current valuation.
The analysts see shares of SYMC reaching $29, which suggests a 14.6% upside to the stock’s Tuesday closing price of $25.30.
Nomura Securities analyst Frederick Grieb commented, “In the early innings of a classic turnaround story, but upside largely priced In. We initiate coverage of Symantec (SYMC) with a Neutral rating and a 12-month target price of $29. Symantec is a leading vender in the security and storage markets, but has struggled to grow market share post its 2005 acquisition of VERITAS. The company has faced competitive pressures in its core markets, with ‘freemium’ antivirus software pressuring the consumer business, while the storage business has been challenged by enterprise migration to Windows and Linux from Solaris and UNIX. Despite these headwinds, we are launching coverage of Symantec with a Neutral rating, as we believe management will be able to improve the business by increasing margins (perhaps to +33%) and longer-term organic growth through a combination of simplifying management structures and a better strategy to incentivize the sales force. However, gi ven the stocks 33% increase YTD, due in part to multiple expansion (P/E up 18% YTD), we believe much of the upside from this turnaround is already baked in. FY14E EPS starts at $1.2; FY15E EPS starts at $2.18.”
Symantec Corp shares were inactive during pre-market trading on Wednesday. The stock is up 34.43% year-to-date.
- [By Paul Ausick]
Big Earnings Movers: AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) is down 1.9% at $34.62 on earnings that were good but not great. Symantec Inc. (NASDAQ: SYMC) is down 12.8% at $21.48 on lagging revenues and a weak outlook. Fusion-io Inc. (NYSE: FIO) is down 24.4% at $9.81 on soft results. Goldcorp Inc. (NYSE: GG) is up 4% at $26.62 after reporting earnings this morning. Xerox Corp. (NYSE: XRX) is down 10.4% at $9.61 on a weak outlook tied to a failing turnaround plan.
Top Promising Stocks To Own Right Now: 1st United Bancorp Inc (FUBC)
1st United Bancorp, Inc. (Bancorp) is a financial holding company. 1st United Bank, a Florida state chartered bank, is Bancorps wholly owned subsidiary. The Company offers its customers, professionals, high net-worth individuals and small and medium-sized businesses, a variety of traditional loan, deposit and cash management products. As of December 31, 2010, Bancorp operated banking center from 15 locations consisting of four banking centers in Palm Beach County, four banking centers in Broward County, four banking centers in Miami-Dade County, and one banking center each in Sebastian, Vero Beach and Barefoot Bay, Florida. As of December 31, 2010, the total assets of Bancorp were at 1.268 billion and the total loans of the Company were at $847.7 million. As of December 31, 2010, its total deposits were $1.064 billion. On January 8, 2011, the Company purchased all of the assets of The Bank of Miami, National Association (The Bank of Miami). Effective April 1, 2012, the Company merged with Anderen Financial, Inc. (Anderen), under which it acquired Anderen and its subsidiary, Anderen Bank. In July 2013, 1st United Bancorp Inc completed its acquisition by merger of Enterprise Bancorp Inc (EBI) and its wholly owned subsidiary Enterprise Bank of Florida.
Bancorps investment portfolio includes several callable agency debentures, mortgage-backed securities, adjustable rate mortgage pass-throughs, and collateralized mortgage obligations. As of December 31, 2010, the investment portfolio of the Company was at $102,289, 000.
Bancorp offers a range of loans to its customers. The Company includes commercial loans, which include collateralized loans for working capital (including inventory and receivables), business expansion (including real estate construction, acquisitions and improvements), and purchase of equipment and machinery; small business loans, incl uding small business administration (SBA) lending; Export-Im! port Bank insured or guaranteed loans; residential real estate loans to enable borrowers to purchase, refinance, construct upon or improve real property, and home equity loans, and consumer loans, including collateralized and uncollateralized loans for financing automobiles, boats, home improvements, and personal investments. As of December 31, 2010, the Companys Commercial and Industrial loans were approximately $10.3 million, in Export Import (EXIM) loans which have either insurance or a guarantee of between 90% and 100% from the Export-Import Bank of the United States.
Through the Companys lending division and SBA division, its commercial real estate loan portfolio includes loans secured by office buildings, warehouses, retail stores and other properties, which are located in or near the markets. Commercial real estate loans are generally originated in amounts up to 80% of the appraised value of the property securing the loan. It originates a mix of fix ed rate and adjustable rate residential mortgage loans. It offers adjustable rate mortgages (ARMs), and maintains these ARMs in the portfolio or sells the ARMs in the secondary market.
The construction loan portfolio includes residential real estate, commercial real estate and homeowners association projects. Through the business lending divisions, the Company offers real estate construction loans to individuals for the construction of their residences, to businesses and business owners primarily for owner-occupied, commercial real estate, and to homeowners associations for general repair and/or improvements to the properties. The Company has construction loans on commercial real estate projects secured by industrial properties, office buildings or other property. The land loan portfolio includes exposure to land development, both residential and commercial. As of December 31, 2010, approximately $7.0 million or 21% of the construction and land development loan portfolio was part of the Loss Share Agreements.
T! he Company originates consumer loans bearing both fixed and prime-based variable interest rates. It originates the loans directly through the banking centers, business bankers and residential lenders. It focus the consumer lending on the origination of direct second mortgage loans and home equity loans (secured by a junior lien on residential real property), and home improvement loans. Second mortgage and home improvement loans generally originate on either a line of credit or a fixed term basis ranging from 5 to 15 years. It also extends personal loans, which may be secured by various forms of collateral, both real and personal, or to a minimal extent, on an unsecured basis.
The Company focus on the commercial loan market consists of small- to medium-sized businesses with combined borrowing needs up to $20.0 million. These businesses include professional associations (physicians, law firms, and accountants), medical services, retail trade, construction, transpo rtation, wholesale trade, manufacturing, and tourism-related service industries. Its commercial loans are derived from the market area and underwritten on the basis of the borrowers ability to service, such debt from recurring income. The EXIM lending operation makes loans to companies that export United States goods and services to international markets and makes loans to foreign companies to facilitate the purchase of United States goods. As of December 31, 2010, it had approximately $10.3 million in Exim loans.
Bancorp maintains a range of deposit accounts to meet the needs of the residents and businesses in the primary service area. Products include an array of checking account programs for individuals and small businesses, including money market accounts, certificates of deposit, individual retirement account (IRA) accounts, and sweep investment capabilities. As of December 31, 2010, the Company had approximately $309.5 million in d eposits by foreign nationals banking in the United States. A! s of Dece! mber 31, 2010, it had approximately $70 million in wholesale certificates of deposit.
The Company competes with Bank of America, SunTrust Bank, Wells Fargo, JP Morgan Chase & Co., BB&T, PNC, Citigroup and BankUnited, Inc.
- [By Marc Bastow]
The biggest increase among our dividend stocks this week came from Boca Raton, Florida-based financial holding company 1st United Bancorp (FUBC), who raised its quarterly dividend 100% to 2 cents per share, payable March 7 to shareholders of record as of Feb. 24.
FUBC Dividend Yield: 1.07%