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[ April 24, 2014 | Author: admin | Views: 71821 | Weather: | Mood: normal]

Introduction and Overview An agreement has just been reached to drill for Brazil’s offshore oil at its Libra Field, some 6,500 meters below sea level. The bidding process has been inauspicious as it results from the only offer, placed by a consortium led by Petrobras (PBR). Developing the field is projected to cost $184 billion, which leads to questions about whether it could mean business for any companies that offer equipment or expertise. The answer seems to be yes, and a firm that may benefit is Norway’s Seadrill Limited (SDRL). Petrobras is controlled by Brazil. It is affected in several ways that can be adverse to stockholders. While concerns about the corporation’s profitability and future are regularly cited, it is taking strides to secure adequate resources for this project that benefits its government. This Libra story only involves one location out of several around the globe that are favorable to … Continue reading

[ April 24, 2014 | Author: admin | Views: 58313 | Weather: | Mood: normal]

With shares of US Airways (NYSE:LCC) trading around $16, is LCC an OUTPERFORM, WAIT AND SEE or STAY AWAY? Lets analyze the stock with the relevant sections of our CHEAT SHEET investing framework: T = Trends for a Stock’s Movement US Airways operates and owns passenger and freight airline carriers. Consumers and companies across the nation are now looking to travel at an increasing rate. Since air travel is quicker and less expensive, it is becoming a common transportation method for many. As costs decrease and flights become more efficient, look for business and retail customers to fly more than ever. US Airways, AMR Corp., and the Justice Department all said they would be open to reaching a settlement in which the Depart of Justice (DoJ) would stop its attempts to block a planned merger between the two airlines. According to a document filed by the parties and seen by … Continue reading

[ April 24, 2014 | Author: admin | Views: 10008 | Weather: | Mood: normal]

Energy drink maker Monster Beverage (NASDAQ: MNST  ) has successfully transitioned from market champagne to radioactive cocktail. As the 26thmost-shorted stock on the public markets and with an earnings report only a mother could love, the company is getting pummeled on all fronts. Are the complaints overblown, or is the energy drink gold rush coming to an end for this former favorite? Let’s take a look at Monster’s recent earnings to see if you should buy the dip or jump on the short train. Scary!Monster fell more than 10% upon release of its latest earnings report. Yet people didn’t exactly flee from the drinks in the quarter: Sales were up 7% to $484 million. Energy-addicted analysts wanted to see $501.7 million. Just a couple of years ago, Monster was a double-digit growth machine — posting 20% growth quarter after quarter, year after year. Parents around the world cringed as nearly every … Continue reading

[ April 24, 2014 | Author: admin | Views: 99394 | Weather: | Mood: normal]

AT&T (T) got crushed with its largest one-day loss since the recession after reporting Q1 earnings on Wednesday. The company’s weak earnings were a result of soft revenue caused by disappointing subscriber adds. While these two factors caught the headlines, I am much more concerned with its CAPEX guidance and its impact on telecom equipment makers. A Look Back at CAPEX and its Impact Last November, telecom equipment makers Ericsson (ERIC) and Alcatel-Lucent (ALU), among many others, traded higher as AT&T provided a boost to the space. On that day, AT&T announced earnings where it hiked its dividend, but also announced that it would spend $22 billion on CAPEX for each of the next three years. Just in case you don’t know, "CAPEX" is capital expenditures that create future benefits, and it is the bulk of business for the telecom equipment companies that build networks. When AT&T announced that it … Continue reading

[ April 23, 2014 | Author: admin | Views: 60519 | Weather: | Mood: normal]

Becton Dickinson’s (NYSE: BDX  ) second-quarter earnings report is a good reason to give the company a onceover with a SWOT — Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats — analysis. Becton met analysts’ expectations for revenue and earnings beat estimates.The market liked the report, injecting more than $2.50 to the share price and send sending it to a new high. Here’s a business snapshot. Company Name Becton Dickinson (NYSE: BDX  ) One sentence statement of operations Becton Dickinson manufactures and sells a broad range of medical supplies, devices, laboratory equipment and diagnostic products. Recent price $96.16 Top Integrated Utility Companies To Invest In 2014: Cameron International Corp (CAM) Cameron International Corporation (Cameron), incorporated on November 10, 1994, provides flow equipment products, systems and services to worldwide oil, gas and process industries. Cameron operates in three business segments: Drilling and Production Systems (DPS), Valves & Measurement (V&M) and Process & Compression Systems (PCS). The … Continue reading