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  • Nevro Attracts Bay City Capital; Point72 Asset Shows Confidence In Bloomin' Brands

    http://finance.crwe-pr.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/nvro.jpgNevro Corp. (NVRO)


    Bay City Capital LLC, a life sciences investment firm, disclosed in a regulatory filing ( Form SC 13G ) with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) that it owns 2,217,214 shares of NVRO, representing an 8.9% stake in the company.

      


  • This Silver Miner Can Deliver Long-Term Upside

    Silver Wheaton (SLW) continues to reel under the pressure of weak commodity prices, which marred its financials in the recently reported first quarter. In spite of record silver equivalent production during the quarter, its top line fell considerably with a subsequent drop in its bottom line. Silver Wheaton’s tepid results do not come as a surprise since its EPS consistently lagged behind the consensus estimate in the past four quarters. But there is more to this story than what just meets the eye. Starting with its numbers, let us see if the management is able to turn around its present situation in the days ahead.


    Catalysts to watch

      


  • Weekly CEO Sells Highlight: Groupon Inc, El Pollo Loco Holdings Inc, Take-Two Interactive Software Inc, and Chemtura Corp.

    According to GuruFocus Insider Data, these are the largest CEO sales during the past week: Groupon Inc, El Pollo Loco Holdings Inc, Take-Two Interactive Software Inc, and Chemtura Corp.

    Groupon Inc (GRPN): CEO, 10% Owner Eric P Lefkofsky sold 454,166 Shares  


  • Why SunPower's Impressive Momentum Will Continue

    SunPower (SPWR) is making tremendous progress in the commercial footprint. For example, the company had recently declared that it has in place a purchase agreement of 68 megawatts with 20 years PPA signed with Stanford University. This is one of the largest PPAs signed by a U.S college or university upon completion. This project will supply more than 50% of their projected annual electricity needs.


    Catalysts to watch

      


  • Audience: This Technology Stock Is a Smart Investment

    In 2015, Audience (ADNC) has appreciated impressively. The company has diversified itself within the Samsung universe, it has landed design wins at several Chinese smartphone companies, and has converted itself into a multisensory processing technology supplier by acquiring Sensor Platforms.


    Now, it looks like Audience is set for growth in the long-term, as the company has found a footing in several growth markets, has strong product development, and possesses strong fundamentals.

      


  • Whole Foods Market: Why Investors Need to Consider This Stock for Long-Term Gains

    Whole Foods Market (WFM) recently released impressive results for the second quarter 2015. The company cheered the investors with solid sales growth and healthy returns. However, the revenue fell short of consensus estimates marginally, which it thinks will recover in the upcoming quarters. The results are solid and the past stock performance also indicates that the investors are taking these results positively, and, on the back of it, it is expected to gain market share in future. But, things doesn’t seem so easy for Whole Foods Market as it is facing stiff competition with the low price retailers.


    To fight this, Whole Foods Market is undertaking several strategies which will we discuss in detail later. Let us have a look at the overall business and can it be a good investment option as compared to its competitors such as Kroger and Wal-Mart which also moving impressively in the market.

      


  • Why Vale Can Rebound Going Forward

    Vale (VALE) had a sluggish start to fiscal 2015. The company is struggling due to a weak iron industry. Vale is however pleased with the results, as its net loss narrowed as compared to the last year. It clearly states that Vale with good operational excellence is advancing forward to be profitable in such soft market.


    The company is also worried about the declining market share. However, in the recent results, Vale displayed its optimism for better future by narrowing the loss. This attracted investors as its shares gained 4.6% in the recent quarters. On the back of it, the company believes that narrower than expected, loss and optimistic business outlook will surely help it to retain investor’s confidence in future. Let us see in detail.

      


  • Why Investors Should Be Cautious About Enerplus in the Short Run

    Enerplus (ERF) had a solid first quarter. Not on this, but the company has also maintained a solid production rate which enabled it to see a good 14% growth in the fund flow. But there is another side of the coin as well. Despite good performance in the recently reported quarter the company is continuously losing market share main due to falling oil prices. Due to this softness in the market the investors are conservative about their spending in such a market and even solid financial performance by the company failed to impress them.


    If we look at the five year share performance, the stock has been continuously falling and even now is trading close to its 52-week low. But the management thinks that it can overcome these headwinds and a strong balance sheet can help it gain market share in future. In addition, Enerplus is also having good hedging initiatives that can also support its growth. Let us have a look.

      


  • Fuel Systems Solutions: A Good Bet to Profit From Alternative Fuels

    Fuel Systems Solutions (FSYS) failed to impress with a its poor first quarter results for fiscal 2015, clearly indicating the impact of continued challenges in automotive and industrial end markets, due to troll in the oil pricing, which has affected the demand. The poor performance in the first quarter disappointed many investors resulting in the loss of market share as well.


    The past stock performance for five years is also not so impressive, and, the trends in the market are indicating further drop in the market share in future. Fuel Systems has to look out for some ways to maintain profitability and hold a competitive edge in the market. It is in fact carrying out some impressive moves which are expected to help it in this in long run. Let us have a look.

      


  • F5 Networks: A Strong Product Range Makes This Stock a Good Bet

    F5 Networks' (FFIV) strong second quarter results for fiscal 2015 clearly indicate the happening growth in the technology industry. The company was impressive with good year over year growth in the revenue mainly due to the contribution from the rebound of total dollar deals greater than $1 million. However, F5’s sales growth in EMEA and APAC disappointed the investors with a marginal decline. The management thinks dollar fluctuation to be a key reason behind this decline. There are many other bright spots that F5 has pin pointed, and, is working to grow its performance in future. Let us have a closer look.


    The catalysts

      


  • This Homebuilder Can Deliver Upside Due to Its Strong Backlog

    Ryland Group (RYL) closed the fiscal year 2014 on a positive notes. Significant growth in new community openings, Better unit closings and accelerated average selling price for homes during the fourth-quarter increased its revenue by 25% over the same period in 2013. Its gross profit margins improved by 40 bps leading to 210 bps growth in homebuilding pre-tax margins. These improving trends suggest better growth momentum for Ryland Group in 2015.


    Why the company will improve

      


  • This Oil and Gas Company Is a Good Buy

    Encana (ECA) has quickly resized its organizational structure by optimizing its workforce by approximately 25% and gained nearly $150 million of sustainable capital, administrative and operating expenditure savings.


    Encana invested about 86% of its 2014 capital in seven development assets and in line with its continued commitment to deliver superior margin production. Earlier in 2013, it had nearly 28 assets and continued to reduce them while delivering on its commitment. This key focus enabled it to generate approximately $400 million of free cash flow during 2014. Encana plans to strengthen this key focus in 2015 as well and invest approximately 95% of its capital on the development assets.

      


  • Goldcorp's Recent Recovery Is Set to Continue

    Amidst a depressing commodity market Goldcorp (GG) continues its sluggish performance even as it reported its fourth quarter result. The stock had risen considerably since it touched its 52-week low in December, but gave up all its gains after the miner posted a wider than expected loss during the previous quarter. In spite of these headwinds we must not forget the strong fundamentals it has along with the strength in its asset portfolio. Let’s have detailed look into all the factors that could impact its movement in the days ahead.


    Strategies worth watching

      


  • Investors Need to Consider This Coal Company for the Long Run

    The increasing utility regulation coupled with low natural gas prices and gradually declining Chinese coal imports have made things tough for coal price recovery and demand across the world for many coal miners. Amidst this tough scenario Alpha Natural Resources (ANR) is doing the right things to build strong liquidity position through various measures such as sales of its non-core assets, costs-cutting initiatives and productivity improvement processes. These actions will help the company to remain stable in the short-run until the demand and price recovers.


    The way forward

      


  • Why Abraxas Petroleum Is Well-Positioned for Long-Term Gains

    Considering Abraxas Petroleum's (AXAS) operations in North Dakota, it lately concluded the drilling of four key wells to approximately 21,000 feet each located on the Jore Federal West pad in a record reduced cost and record time.


    Abraxas has approximately a 76% operational interest in these key wells and hence, they have a major effect on the company’s profitability. The company-captured drilling rig, Raven Rig, is shifting to middle Bakken well and one three-well Northwest pad for two Three Forks, where Abraxas is estimated to have an interest of approximately 60%. There are declining costs in North Dakota and are believed to further reduce in the near future.

      


  • Dividend Stock Analysis: Deere & Company (DE), Warren Buffett, & 2nd Quarter Results

    Deere & Company (DE) has been a Top 10 dividend stock using The 8 Rules of Dividend Investing for all of 2015. The company’s stock gained over 4% yesterday on better-than-expected earnings.


    Deere & Company is the world’s largest manufacturer of farming machinery. The company was founded in 1837 and has paid steady or increasing dividends for 27 consecutive years.

      


  • Ken Fisher Loves these Two Dividend Payer Banks

    In this article, let's take a look at JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPM), the $246.68 billion market cap company, which has recently announced a dividend hike.


    Returning Wealth

      


  • Investors may Consider Snap-On

    Founded in 1920, Snap-on Inc. (SNA) is a $3.3 billion, S&P 500 company, headquartered in Kenosha, Wisconsin. It is a leading global innovator, manufacturer and marketer of tools, equipment, diagnostics, repair information and systems solutions for professional users performing critical tasks. Products and services include hand and power tools, tool storage, diagnostics software, information and management systems, shop equipment and other solutions for vehicle dealerships and repair centers as well as for customers in industries, including aviation and aerospace, agriculture, construction, government and military, mining, natural resources, power generation and technical education.


    Geographically, it stretches over the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Germany, Australia, Japan, France, Sweden, Spain, the Russian Federation, Brazil, China, Italy, the Netherlands, Argentina, Indonesia, Denmark, Norway, Mexico and India.

      


  • Sprouts Farmers Market: This Organic Food Seller Is Primed for Upside

    Sprouts Farmers Market (SFM) entered fiscal 2015 with not so impressive results in the first quarter. The results improved as compared to the last year’s performance, but the company lost market share, as its results missed consensus estimates, which scared investors away from the stock. The company sales couldn’t meet its expectations, mainly due to harsh weather conditions, and, other challenges associated with the L.A port. Still, the management is seeing good long term growth prospects. It is now engaged in aggressive promotional strategies, including other necessary steps to ramp up its performance in 2015. Let us have a look at some of its moves.


    Quarterly results and more

      


  • Ultra Petroleum's Impressive Asset Base Makes It a Good Pick

    Ultra Petroleum (UPL) had a good start to fiscal 2015. It impressed everyone with good financial performance. The main contribution to its performance came in mainly due to a 23% increase in the production. But, now with the growing demand in the natural gas segment, the stock is attracting investors leading to increase in the market share. Investors received the first quarter results positively and the stock gained 9% soon after Ultra Petroleum reported its results. Let us see if there is some more room for the stock to grow or is it just a bubble?


    Positives vs. negatives

      


  • Ultra Petroleum's Impressive Asset Base Makes It a Good Pick

    Ultra Petroleum (UPL) had a good start to fiscal 2015. It impressed everyone with good financial performance. The main contribution to its performance came in mainly due to a 23% increase in the production. But, now with the growing demand in the natural gas segment, the stock is attracting investors leading to increase in the market share. Investors received the first quarter results positively and the stock gained 9% soon after Ultra Petroleum reported its results. Let us see if there is some more room for the stock to grow or is it just a bubble?


    Positives vs. negatives

      


  • Richard Perry initiates a Position in Micron

    Richard Perry (Trades, Portfolio) co-founded private investment management firm Perry Capital LLC in 1988, which manages about $14 billion as of Aug. 2008. Prior to 1988, Mr. Perry worked in a number of capacities at Goldman, Sachs & Co. He also was an adjunct associate professor at the Stern School of Business at New York University.

    Last quarter, Richard Perry (Trades, Portfolio) initiated a position in Micron Technology (MU) buying 5,730,000 shares of the company. Micron Technology is one of the world's leading providers of advanced semiconductor solutions. The company manufacture and market a full range of DRAM, NAND Flash and NOR Flash memory, as well as other innovative memory technologies, packaging solutions and semiconductor systems for use in leading-edge computing, consumer, networking, automotive, industrial, embedded and mobile products. The company markets its products through its internal sales force, independent sales representatives and distributors primarily to Original Equipment Manufacturers ("OEMs") and retailers located around the world.  


  • What You Need to Know About Dollar Tree’s Q1 2015

    Virginia based chain of discount variety stores, Dollar Tree (DLTR) missed analyst estimates on both top-line and bottom-line as it reported its fiscal 2015 first quarter earnings recently, sending the stock down in the pre-market trading. However, the numbers improved year on year. The retailer reported earnings per share of $0.71 on revenue of $2.18 billion, up 6% from prior year period’s $0.67, but lower than analyst estimates of $0.75 a share. Revenue for the quarter improved 8.8%, but missed the street’s forecast of $2.2 billion. Here’s a look at Dollar Tree’s latest quarter.


    Quarter’s numbers

      


  • Pluses of Trading the Right Way / By Brandon Wendell

    Most traders have heard that saying “the trend is your friend” before. In our classes at Online Trading Academy, we teach students not only how to trade with the trends, but how to identify the potential beginning and the end of those trends. One of the unique advantages of the Professional Trader Course is that we allow our students to trade live with our capital. This serves many benefits. The most obvious benefit is that the student gets real life experience in trading live and can feel the emotions that go with every push of the mouse click. The second, more important benefit though, is the ability of the instructor to monitor the students’ grasp of the skills taught and to be able to identify and correct trading errors before the students risk their own capital.


    In analyzing many new traders’ performances I have seen a disturbing pattern. I notice that they are willing to enter long and short positions in the same security, in the same trading day. When I analyze their trades with them they quickly see how one side of the market was much more profitable than the other. So, why do we try to fight the trend instead of embracing it and trading in the safer, more profitable direction?

      


  • Home Depot Defies the Odds to Post a Strong Q1 2015

    Home Depot (HD) released its first quarter 2015 results on May 19 with solid numbers. The company was able to report a strong quarter even in the face of a sluggish U.S. economy, tough winters, and challenging business environment on the West Coast. Here are the primary takeaways from America’s largest home improvement retailer’s earnings report and what to expect in the future.


    Quarter at a glance

      


  • Bloomberg: Millions of Barrels of Oil Are About to Vanish

    Bloomberg: Millions of Barrels of Oil Are About to Vanish


    by Asjylyn Loder May 21, 2015

      


  • Kellogg's Turnaround Looks Difficult In 2015

    Kellogg (K), is the world’s largest processed and packaged foods company. The company is into the business of manufacturing and marketing ready-to-eat cereal and convenience foods across the world, with 40% of its sales generated outside the domestic market. The company posted better-than-expected first-quarter fiscal 2015 results, trumping analysts’ estimates both on top- and bottom-line.


    First-quarter numbers

      


  • Here's Why I Am Not Buying Dillard's Inc.

    Dillard's Inc (DDS) is one of the leading department store chains, operating as fashion apparel, cosmetics, and home furnishing retailer in the country. The department store retail industry has been under pressure as evident from the recent results of the likes of Macy’s (M), Kohl’s (KSS) and JC Penny (JCP). I had covered Macy’s, Kohl’s and JC Penny earlier this month, and in this piece will be looking at Dillard’s.


    The first-quarter fiscal 2015 was a 13 week period so all year-over-year comparisons are with 13 week period in the year-ago quarter.

      


  • Here's Why I Am Betting On Tyson Foods And Not Hormel.

    I had covered Tyson Foods (TSN), the largest meat processor in the country, earlier this month. In this piece I will take a look at Hormel Foods (HRL) which is another prominent meat processing company in the country. The company posted second-quarter fiscal 2015 results which was a case of mixed bag as it beat on earnings but failed to impress on top-line. Let’s recap the numbers and see if this can be a good investment in the long run


    Second-quarter numbers

      


  • Ingles Markets Is A Good Bet For Long-Term Gains

    Ingles Markets (IMKTA) is a supermarkets chain operator in the southeast region of the country, dealing in various food products, including grocery, meat and dairy products, produce, frozen foods, and other perishables; and non-food products comprising fuel, pharmacy products, health and beauty care products, and general merchandise, as well as private label items. Its stores also offer home meal replacement items, delicatessens, bakery and floral products, and greeting cards, as well as various selections of organic, beverage, and health-related items.


    Shareholders of Ingles are sitting on a year-to-date gains of around 35% and the company posted its second-quarter fiscal 2015 results earlier this month. Let’s recap the numbers and see whether it can sustain the momentum, especially in the face of stiff competition from big-box retailers like Wal-Mart (WMT) and Target (TGT)

      


  • Blackberry Planning Share Buy-Back

    Blackberry is looking at buying back 2.6% of its outstanding shares equivalent to 12 million shares in an effort to take off the new employee share purchase program.


    Ontario based BlackBerry Limited (BBRY) announced its plan to buyback and cancel a total of 12 million of its shares equivalent to 2.6% of its public float as it requires to kick start a new employee share purchase plan. This plan will be presented for approval in the company’s annual general meeting to be held on June 23, as it will propose to increase the shares available as compensation for the employees. Investors welcomed the news alike as the shares of the company went up 2.7% in the late trading.

      


  • Why Chipotle is a Sell at Present Valuation

    Chipotle Mexican Grill (CMG) is a chain of restaurants in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Germany and France, specializing in burritos and tacos.


    The company has released a mission statement called Food with Integrity, which highlights its efforts in using organic ingredients, and serves more naturally raised meat than any other restaurant chain. Chipotle is one of the first chains of fast casual dining establishments. The food giant delivered a disappointing quarter, kick starting a sell-off. The company missed the analysts estimate on revenue and reported a underwhelming in same-store sales.

      


  • Investors Should Ignore Sysco's Short-Term Woes

    Sysco Corporation (SYY) has been in troubled waters in the recent past, facing the negative effects of avian flu. The company’s muted earnings made the matters worse and consequently the stock is down 5% YTD. Despite being the world’s largest food distribution company, Sysco has struggled this year, however the company’s fortunes may be about to change. Hence, I think investors should look past its latest earnings report.


    Revenue and earnings

      


  • Arcos Dorados: A Buy on the Pullback?

    Arcos Dorados Holdings (ARCO) is McDonald’s (MCD) largest franchisee in the world in terms of systemwide sales and number of restaurants. The company has struggled despite its exposure to McDonald’s and the stock has lost close to 50% of its value in the last 12 months. Investors can use this drop to buy the stock as it currently offers great value. Although the stock was hammered after it missed its quarterly estimates, investors should look at the long-term prospects of the company and buy the stock.


    In Q1 FY15, Arcos Dorados reported revenue of $775.1 million versus the consensus estimate of $907 million. The company’s 1st quarter consolidated adjusted declined 16.8% but rose 35.5% on an organic basis year-over-year. Excluding Venezuela, adjusted EBITDA decreased to 20.8% and was dropped 5.2% in organic terms.

      


  • Home Depot Reports Shining Numbers In Q1

    The largest home retailer in the U.S., Home Depot (HD), posted its first quarter numbers on May 19 and left the Street in awe after it reported numbers that surpassed the Street expectations. Though the U.S. economy is facing sluggishness in the current year, and while the headwinds such as harsh winters and difficult trading conditions of the West Coast persisted, the home improvement chain posted top line figures that beat the analyst expectations. Let’s quickly take a look at the quarterly report of Home Depot.


    The glittering numbers

      


  • HP Joins Hand With Tsinghua Group

    California based Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) Company or popularly known as HP has cut through a deal to associate with China’s Tsinghua Holdings Co. Ltd. by selling its stake in china based data-networking business worth 51% for about $2.3 billion leading to a strong partnership with the one of the top technology companies of china. Unisplendour Corp. Ltd. will acquire the H3C technologies as per information provided at Shenzhen stock exchange.


    All about H3C

      


  • Best Buy Shares Climb On Better-Than-Expected Q1 Results

    Best Buy Co. Inc. (BBY) recently revealed its first quarter results for fiscal 2015. The company logged non-GAAP earnings from continuing operations of $0.37 a share, comfortable beating the consensus estimate of $0.29 a share as well as the year-ago EPS of $0.35 a share. Following the results, Best Buy shares climbed over 4% to the day’s high of $36.60 and retained a positive momentum even in the after-hours trading.


    International Business Drags Revenues

      


  • CVS Eyeing Omnicare Acquisition To Bolster Market Position

    CVS Health Corporation (CVS) and nursing-home pharmacy Omnicare Inc. (OCR) announced a definitive agreement to create a major player in the prescription drugs and pharmacy services space in the United States. CVS will acquire Omnicare for $98 per share in cash, which includes approximately $2.3 billion in debt. The total enterprise value of the deal stands at $12.7 billion for Omnicare’s business that spans 13,000 employees across 160 locations over 47 states in the country. The acquisitions share price represents a 21% premium over Omnicare’s closing price as of April 21, 2015, reported Bloomberg News.


    “The acquisition of Omnicare significantly expands our business, providing CVS Health access into a new pharmacy dispensing channel,” said CVS Health President and CEO Larry Merlo in a release. “It also creates new opportunities for us to extend our high-quality, innovative pharmacy programs to a broader population of seniors and chronic care patients as they transition across the care continuum. We have been impressed by the Omnicare team and what they have created for the patients they serve.”

      


  • Tractor Supply Company is Poised to Grow

    Tractor Supply Company (TSCO) is the largest operator of rural lifestyle retail stores in the United States. The company operates over 1,422 retail stores in 49 states, employs more than 21,000 team members and is headquartered in Brentwood, Tenn. Today Tractor Supply is a leading edge retailer with annual revenues of approximately $5.7 billion. It has a large network of stores in convenient locations.


    The company offers the following comprehensive selection of merchandise: (1) equine, livestock, pet and small animal products, including items necessary for their health, care, growth and containment; (2) hardware, truck, towing and tool products; (3) seasonal products, including heating, lawn and garden items, power equipment, gifts and toys; (4) work/recreational clothing and footwear; and (5) maintenance products for agricultural and rural use.

      


  • Deere’s Q2 Earnings Manages To Drive Beyond Analysts’ Estimates

    Farm and construction equipment manufacturers Deere & Company (DE) posted second quarter earnings of $690 million or $2.03 per share, in the quarter ended April 30, 2015. Though this is down from $980.7 million or $2.65 per share earnings from the same quarter of last year, it still beat analyst’s expectations and estimates. Estimates compiled by Bloomberg pegged net earnings at $1.56 per share.


    “John Deere's second-quarter results were noteworthy in light of the weak conditions that continue to affect the global agricultural sector,” Samuel R. Allen, chairman and chief executive officer, said in a company release, “Our performance reflected the adept execution of our operating plans and contributions of a well-rounded business line-up. Deere's construction and forestry and financial-services divisions had higher results for the quarter, and our agriculture and turf operations remained solidly profitable despite lower demand for large models of farm machinery. We also saw benefits from our success developing a more responsive cost and asset structure, a fact that gives our performance a greater degree of resilience.”

      


  • Markets Reacts To Troubled Lumber Liquidators

    The largest hardwood retail chain in the United States, Lumber Liquidators Holdings Inc. (LL) saw a massive stock slide of over 15% in mid-day trading, after the company announced that its CEO Rober M Lynch ‘unexpectedly notified the Company of his resignation as the Company's President and Chief Executive Officer’. Founder Thomas D Sullivan has been placed as acting CEO till the nationwide search for the next top boss bears fruit. Lynch had been CEO for about two and a half years.


    The company’s common stock had fallen by about 59% after an investigative journalism report by ’60 Minutes’, in March 2015, claimed that the company’s hardwood flooring sourced from China contained over-the-regulation limits of cancer-causing formaldehyde. In the latest SEC filing, in the last quarter, the company admitted to be under a US Department of Justice investigation. Last month, the Department announced its decision to level criminal charges against the company under the Lacey Act of the US, which related to foreign sourcing parameters and practises. Despite insisting the safety and quality of its existing products, Lumber Liquidators announced its decision to stop the sale of all laminate flooring sourced from China, until a special committee review of suppliers’ certification and labelling processes was completed.

      


  • Meizu Launches M1 Note To Give A Tough Run To Xiaomi And The Global Smartphone Biggies

    After Xiaomi has found its feet in Indian market, Meizu, another smartphone giant from China is all set to fit in the same shoes. In view of the headlines that Xiaomi grabbed in India, Meizu still seems to be a distant competition.


    Meizu trying the Xiaomi feet

      


  • Kirkland’s Stocks Make New 52-Week High Backed By Upbeat Q1 Results

    Kirkland’s Inc. (KIRK) recently reported its first quarter results for fiscal 2015. The company logged a whopping 41% year-over-year growth in adjusted net income to $2.9 million for the quarter, translating to EPS of 16 cents a share. Including one time charges, the company’s income stood at $2.5 million or 14 cents a share, representing a 23% growth over the net income of $2.1 million or 12 cents a share reported in Q1 2014. Following the results, Kirkland’s shares climbed to a new 52-week high of $28.44 during the day’s trading.


    Higher Online Sales, Margins, Boost Revenues

      


  • HP Q2 Earnings - Meets And Exceeds Analysts’ Expectations

    Beating analysts’ estimates and its own previous projections, Hewlett-Packard Company (HPQ) posted second quarter non-GAAP diluted net earnings of 87 cents per share, and diluted earnings of 55 cents per share, for its fiscal 2015 second quarter ended April 30, 2015. Previously, it had projected non-diluted earnings of 84 to 88 cents per share, and diluted earnings of 57 to 61 cents per share. Bloomberg’s data indicated that analysts had pegged quarterly profits at 86 cents per share.


    The company is said to have profited from increased corporate spending on servers in the near term.

      


  • Vanguard Natural Resources Walks The Acquisition Route

    Energy exploration and production company Vanguard Natural Resources LLC (VNR) and smaller oil and gas company Eagle Rock Energy Partners L.P (EROC) announced a merger agreement, late last night. According to the terms of the agreement, approved by the Board of Directors of both companies, a Vanguard subsidiary will merge into Eagle Rock for a common unit consideration of $474 million and assume Eagle Rock’s net debt totalling $140 million acquired till March 31, 2015.


    The transaction, which is set to be completed by the third quarter of 2015, will be a tax-free unit for unit transaction returning 0.185 Vanguard common units for each Eagle Rock common unit held by unitholders. They will receive a consideration of approximately $3.05 for each Eagle Rock common unit held as per Vanguard’s closing price on May 21, 2015.

      


  • Orex Exploration Inc.: Resignation of the President and CEO


  • Avnel Gold Reports AGM Results


  • UC Resources Announces Completion of Shares for Debt


  • Bernard Horn Increases Stakes in Three Positions During 1QFY15

    Bernard Horn (Trades, Portfolio) of Polaris Global Value Fund increased his stakes in three positions during 1QFY15, according to GuruFocus Real Time Picks.

    Horn increased his stakes in Marathon Oil Corp (MRO) by adding 76,300 shares that were purchased at an average price of $27.13 a share.   


  • Mario Gabelli Comments on Kraft Foods Group Inc

    Kraft Foods Group Inc. (0.2%) (KRFT – $87.12 – NASDAQ), based in Northfield, Illinois, is the North American grocery business of Kraft Foods Inc., which was separated through a tax-free spin-off to shareholders on October 1, 2012. As a result, shareholders received one share of Kraft Foods Group Inc. for every three shares of Kraft Foods Inc. common stock, which was subsequently renamed Mondelēz International Inc. (0.5%). Kraft Foods Group is comprised of the North American grocery operations, excluding the snack businesses, which generated approximately $18.2 billion of revenue from leading brands such as Maxwell House coffee, Oscar Mayer meats, Jell-O desserts, Cool Whip toppings, and Cracker Barrel, Kraft, Polly-O, and Velveeta cheeses. On March 25, 2015, the H.J. Heinz Company and Kraft signed a definitive agreement to merge and form the Kraft Heinz Company. Accordingly, shareholders of Kraft will receive a $16.50 per share special dividend and 49% ownership of the newly formed company, which will be the third largest food and beverage company in North America and the fifth largest globally. The remaining 51% will be owned by current Heinz shareholders, 3G Capital, and Berkshire Hathaway.

    From Mario Gabelli (Trades, Portfolio)’s Asset Fund Q1 2015 Commentary.  


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