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ByDallas Salazar:Who is Square 1 Financial, Inc.?Square 1 Financial, Inc. (SQBK) operates as the holding company for Square 1 Bank that provides a range of banking and financial products and services to the entrepreneurial community, and venture capital...
From: Seeking Alpha | By: Dallas Salazar | Friday, April 18, 2014
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By Chris Katje: A lot has changed since the last time I wrote about Rite Aid (RAD). For starters, shares of the retail pharmacy are up 217% since my piece one year ago this week. The surge in Rite Aid's shares has been led by a return to profitability,...
From: Seeking Alpha | By: Chris Katje | Friday, April 18, 2014
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Zoosk, an online dating platform claiming 26.4M members and 650K subscribers, has filed for a $100M IPO under the symbol ZSK. The underwriters: BofA/Merrill, Citi, RBC, Oppenheimer, and William Blair.Zoosk tries to differentiate itself in a crowded market...
From: Seeking Alpha | By: SeekingAlpha | Thursday, April 17, 2014
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By Fredrik Arnold:The list of seventeen "Sindex" stocks below was created by screening for industries with public companies that made or sold toxic, harmful, addictive or "sinful" products. These included consumer goods, services and healthcare sector...
From: Seeking Alpha | By: Fredrik Arnold | Friday, April 18, 2014
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ByMark Hibben:AMD (AMD) rewarded investors' patience with an after-hours pop of about 5% following its calendar 2014 Q1 earnings release. AMD posted strong revenue growth of 28% y/y to $1.4 billion, beating analysts' consensus of $1.34 billion. AMD also...
From: Seeking Alpha | By: Mark Hibben | Friday, April 18, 2014
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Last Friday, April 11th, a Reuters report entitled "Japan approves energy plan reinstating nuclear power" would normally have been seen as a boost to uranium stocks. Instead uranium miners have pulled back, at least marginally.One might argue that uranium...
From: Seeking Alpha | By: InvestorsGuru | Thursday, April 17, 2014
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ByMichael Blair:Samsung released its Galaxy S5 smartphone last week to a quiet reception. The release followed reports of a disappointing Q4 for 2013 when profits actually fell. The street was abuzz with the conclusion that the iPhone 5S with its enormous...
From: Seeking Alpha | By: Michael Blair | Thursday, April 17, 2014
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By Casual Analyst:In our earlier articles on the subject of retained values (see here and here), we have discussed why retained values at SolarCity (SCTY) may be overstated and why investors need to be cautious in estimating retained values and the risks...
From: Seeking Alpha | By: Casual Analyst | Thursday, April 17, 2014
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In a breakthrough in fertilization research, scientists identify the surface proteins that enable a sperm cell and egg cell to fuse together to form an embryo.Juno is the name given to the egg's protein and Izumo the sperm's.Researchers are now screening...
From: Seeking Alpha | By: SeekingAlpha | Thursday, April 17, 2014
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Baxter International Inc. (BAX) is a U.S.-based health care company particularly specialized in treatments for various severe medical conditions including hemophilia, immune disorders, infectious diseases, and kidney diseases.Baxter trades on the New...
From: Seeking Alpha | By: The Dividend Engineer | Friday, April 18, 2014
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By Insider Monkey: By Jason Seo, CFA Dividend-paying stocks are a good addition to any investor's portfolio. In addition to the obvious income benefits, these equities can lower the volatility of the overall portfolio due to their defensive business...
From: Seeking Alpha | By: Insider Monkey | Friday, April 18, 2014
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By Shiv Kapoor: I just went through General Electric's (GE) earnings report and liked what I saw. I did a post on General Electric highlighting the potential for alpha through a contraction in beta, which I expect because the operational mix and leverage...
From: Seeking Alpha | By: Shiv Kapoor | Friday, April 18, 2014
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GE will be more active on the divestiture front this year, with plans to sell off $4B worth of its sprawling conglomerate and possibly shedding operations that aren't meeting a minimum profit margin target of 10%, CEO Jeff Immelt said in today's earnings...
From: Seeking Alpha | By: SeekingAlpha | Thursday, April 17, 2014
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ByHarlan Kessler:Greece's economy has returned to the headlines recently after a successful return to the debt markets and a report that the National Bank of Greece (NBG) would raise $3.0 billion in capital via an equity raise. Greece's bond issuance,...
From: Seeking Alpha | By: Harlan Kessler | Thursday, April 17, 2014
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AMD expects Q2 revenue to be flat to up 6% Q/Q; that's better than a consensus for a 3% decline.Due to desktop weakness, Computing Solutions (PC/server CPU) sales fell 8% Q/Q and 12% Y/Y in Q1; they were down 13% Y/Y in Q4, and 15% in Q3.Graphics &...
From: Seeking Alpha | By: SeekingAlpha | Thursday, April 17, 2014
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ByTom Dorsey:Western Asset Mortgage Capital Corporation (WMC) is a real estate investment trust, or REIT, focused on investing in, financing, and managing primarily Agency Residential mortgage-backed securities. Although our core investment strategy...
From: Seeking Alpha | By: Tom Dorsey | Thursday, April 17, 2014
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Amazon (AMZN +0.5%) should take the giant step of acquiring Sears Holdings (SHLD +13.3%) to instantly create a distribution network and omnichannel answer, writes Robin Lewis.A move by Amazon to buy Sears in one full swoop would be faster and more efficient...
From: Seeking Alpha | By: SeekingAlpha | Thursday, April 17, 2014
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"There is vivid interest already from both hedge funds and institutional investors," says Petros Christodoulou, deputy CEO of National Bank of Greece (NBG +4.4%). The €750M senior unsecured bond will be the first such issue by the bank in nearly 5...
From: Seeking Alpha | By: SeekingAlpha | Thursday, April 17, 2014
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SandRidge Energy (SD +3.7%) pushes solidly higher following positive comments last night from Jim Cramer. "Because SandRidge is so hated by Wall Street, the analysts can't see the incredible turnaround happening in front of their faces," Cramer said,...
From: Seeking Alpha | By: SeekingAlpha | Thursday, April 17, 2014
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By Hemlock Partners: Community Banks Are Long-Term winners The Hemlock team remains extremely bullish on community banks. We believe the entire sector has and will continue to benefit from four key trends over the next several years -- improving credit,...
From: Seeking Alpha | By: Hemlock Partners | Thursday, April 17, 2014
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By Invesco: By Darren Hughes , CFA, Co-Head of High Yield Investments and Senior Portfolio Manager and Scott Roberts , CFA, Co-Head of High Yield Investments and Senior Portfolio Manager Since 1987, there have been 16 quarters in which 5-year Treasury...
From: Seeking Alpha | By: Invesco US | Thursday, April 17, 2014
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By Vin Colby:Short on toilet paper and lettuce? Your groceries might soon be delivered to your front door.Retail behemoths Walmart (WMT) and Amazon (AMZN) are both readying major efforts to gain dominance in the online grocery business, which currently...
From: Seeking Alpha | By: Vin Colby | Wednesday, April 16, 2014
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Sold is SPL Acquisition Corp. to Shenzhen Hepalink Pharmaceutical. American Capital (ACAS +0.9%) realized a 15% compounded annual rate of return over the seven-plus year life of its debt and equity investments in the company.Press release Post your...
From: Seeking Alpha | By: SeekingAlpha | Thursday, April 17, 2014
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By Glyndon Park: AT&T By the Numbers T S&P 500 Premium/Discount Market Cap 187.97B Enterprise Value 255.15B Trailing P/E 10.65 17.61 -39.52% Forward P/E 12.76 15.44 -17.36% EBITDA 46.73B EV/EBITDA 5.46 Dividend Yield 5.20% 1.99% 161.31% Dividend...
From: Seeking Alpha | By: Glyndon Park | Thursday, April 17, 2014
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LEJU priced its 10M-share IPO at $10, opened at $10.80, and is currently at $10.15, up 1.5%.The Chinese real estate site/app owner is worth $1.34B. E-House (EJ -5.7%), which maintains a 76.3% stake post-IPO, is selling off. Tencent has a 16.1% post-IPO...
From: Seeking Alpha | By: SeekingAlpha | Thursday, April 17, 2014
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By Joseph Ori:This REIT Focus from our commercial real estate newsletter, View of the Market, is on Weingarten Realty Investors (WRI), a publicly-traded REIT engaged in the ownership, management and development of primarily food/drug anchored shopping...
From: Seeking Alpha | By: Joseph Ori | Thursday, April 17, 2014
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By David Zanoni: Herbalife Ownership Pershing Square Capital hedge fund manager, Bill Ackman, made a big public announcement back in 2012, when he created a presentation about how he thinks Herbalife's (HLF) stock will go to zero. Ackman began a large...
From: Seeking Alpha | By: David Zanoni | Thursday, April 17, 2014
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ByDallas Salazar:Who is Everyday Health, Inc.?Everyday Health, Inc. (EVDY) provides online health information solutions. The company provides consumers, healthcare professionals, and brands with content and advertising-based services portfolio of Websites...
From: Seeking Alpha | By: Dallas Salazar | Wednesday, April 16, 2014
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Reps from the National Retail Federation testified in front of a Congressional panel today on the issue of customer data security. The organization supports moving away from fraud-prone credit cards to PIN cards that include a microchip. Despite some...
From: Seeking Alpha | By: SeekingAlpha | Wednesday, April 16, 2014
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Bar and restaurant online gaming firm NTN Buzztime (NTN -8.2%) closes its offering of 11.1M shares of common stock for $0.55/share.Underwriters over-allotment is 1,665,000 shares.Net proceeds are $5.5M and will be used for general corporate purposes.Revenues...
From: Seeking Alpha | By: SeekingAlpha | Wednesday, April 16, 2014
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Apricus Biosciences' (APRI +18.9%) U.K. distribution partner Takeda Pharmaceuticals accepts the first shipment of the company's topical treatment for erectile dysfunction as it prepares to launch the product there.European regulators approved Vitaros...
From: Seeking Alpha | By: SeekingAlpha | Wednesday, April 16, 2014
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By Pharma Intelligence:Lyxumia (lixisenatide) for the treatment of type 2 diabetes is once-daily GLP-1 from Sanofi's (SAN) stable. It is a potential head to head competitor to Novo Nordisk's (NVO) Victoza ($2.1b - 2013 annual sales). Currently consensus...
From: Seeking Alpha | By: Pharma Intelligence | Wednesday, April 16, 2014
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By David Trainer:The Health Care sector ranks seventh out of the ten sectors as detailed in my Sector Rankings for ETFs and Mutual Funds report. It gets my Dangerous rating, which is based on aggregation of ratings of 22 ETFs and 82 mutual funds in the...
From: Seeking Alpha | By: David Trainer | Wednesday, April 16, 2014
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By Bram de Haas:After its Q3 2013 earnings were not well received, on November 18, 2013, Schweitzer-Mauduit International Inc. (SWM) announced an acquisition of DelStar, Inc. SWM's management believes DelStar has attractive growth prospects; the market...
From: Seeking Alpha | By: Bram de Haas | Friday, April 18, 2014
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ByJoseph P. Porter:NIC Inc. (EGOV) (hereafter "NIC" or "the Company") began life in 1991 as the Kansas Information Consortium, a company that set up and operated the Kansas egovernment portal. By 1997, subsidiaries established portals in Indiana (including...
From: Seeking Alpha | By: Joseph P. Porter | Friday, April 18, 2014
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By Stephen Simpson, CFA:The core pawn business at First Cash Financial (FCFS) has definitely slowed, with weak conditions in both Mexico and the U.S. That the company has managed this better than most of its rivals is not all that much comfort, particularly...
From: Seeking Alpha | By: Stephen Simpson, CFA | Friday, April 18, 2014
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athenahealth, Inc. (ATHN) Q1 2014 Earnings Conference Call April 18, 2014 08:00 AM ET Executives Dana Quattrochi - IR Tim Adams - CFO Jonathan Bush - Chairman and CEO Ed Park - COO Analyst Gavin Weiss - JPMorgan Chase & Co, Research Division Steven...
From: Seeking Alpha | By: SA Transcripts | Friday, April 18, 2014
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By Stephen Simpson, CFA:Next-gen security company Palo Alto Networks (PANW) certainly does not look all that cheap on backward-looking metrics like price/sales, but the company's share gain prospects and well above-average growth could lead to more price...
From: Seeking Alpha | By: Stephen Simpson, CFA | Friday, April 18, 2014
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ByValue Digger: Introduction I have always been trying to find the Cinderellas and the Sleeping Beauties of the international markets. As such, I thought to evaluate SandRidge Energy (SD) again, after all the recent changes with respect to the new management...
From: Seeking Alpha | By: Value Digger | Friday, April 18, 2014
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Travelzoo, Inc. (TZOO) Q1 2014 Earnings Conference Call April 17, 2014 11:00 AM ET Executives Chris Loughlin - CEO Glen Ceremony - CFO Analysts Dan Kurnos - The Benchmark Company Ed Woo - Ascendiant Capital Markets Presentation Operator Good morning,...
From: Seeking Alpha | By: SA Transcripts | Friday, April 18, 2014
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By John M. Mason: I have been very interested in General Electric Co. (GE) over the past few years because of its move to restructure itself and become less dependent upon financial services. As is well known, General Electric at one time earned more...
From: Seeking Alpha | By: John M. Mason | Friday, April 18, 2014
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ByIAEResearch:Advanced micro Devices (AMD) has seen a lot of ups and downs over the last few months. However, the overall trend in the stock price has been positive during the period - the stock is up over 50% during the last twelve months. The company...
From: Seeking Alpha | By: IAEResearch | Friday, April 18, 2014
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By John M. Mason: The interesting thing to me in the earnings reports of these two major firms is the stress each management gave to different financial measures.Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (GS) stressed its return on equity, which came in at 10.9 percent.Morgan...
From: Seeking Alpha | By: John M. Mason | Friday, April 18, 2014
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By Michael Fabian:The continuation in spread tightening for the vast majority of the fixed-income closed-end fund (CEF) universe has been an excellent theme for investors so far in 2014. Discounts are collapsing and premiums are widening at a break neck...
From: Seeking Alpha | By: Michael Fabian | Friday, April 18, 2014
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By Aurium Investments:Intel (INTC) released earnings this week. This analysis looks at Intel's operations by segment to come up with a sum-of-the-parts valuation. PC Client Group (PCCG) The PC client group (PCCG), which represents over 60% of revenue...
From: Seeking Alpha | By: Aurium Investments | Friday, April 18, 2014
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By Top Alpha:Until recently, Perion (PERI) previously known as Incredimail, was a relatively small and little known internet company, deriving its living from online advertisement, PPC (Pay Per Click), google (GOOG) adwords, Yahoo (YHOO), Bing (MSFT)...
From: Seeking Alpha | By: Top Alpha | Friday, April 18, 2014
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By Stephen Simpson, CFA:It looks like enthusiasm has drained out of the global farmland market, as owners in Canada, the U.S., and Brazil are seeing either slower increases or actual declines in appraised value. This is not altogether surprising. While...
From: Seeking Alpha | By: Stephen Simpson, CFA | Friday, April 18, 2014
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By New Capital: Spin-off details On April 4, 2014, Sears Holdings (SHLD) has completed spin-off of Lands' End (LE). The spin-off is part of Sears Holdings' strategy to realize shareholder value from its various businesses. The expectation was that a...
From: Seeking Alpha | By: New Capital | Friday, April 18, 2014
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ByJosh Arnold:When General Electric (GE) reported earnings yesterday, the results were generally well received by investors. The stock moved up a percent and a half on heavy volume as there was a lot to like in the report. On the back of this new information...
From: Seeking Alpha | By: Josh Arnold | Friday, April 18, 2014
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ByQuoth the Raven:McDonald's (MCD) is one of the world's biggest fast food chains - with over 35,000 locations globally and sales of over $35 billion last year alone.McDonald's has traded relatively stagnantly over the last year, showing little to no...
From: Seeking Alpha | By: Quoth the Raven | Friday, April 18, 2014
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