Best Electric Utility Stocks To Buy For 2014
The author at the finish line two days before the 2013 Boston Marathon.
Two hours, fifty-five minutes, and forty-seven seconds after excitedly striding over the starting-line timing mat, I crossed the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon. It was a personal record. I turned and gave Adam a hug. I had just met Adam two hours and fifty four minutes earlier and he proceeded to coach me to my best-ever marathon time.
It had all the trappings of a truly memorable athletic event: goals achieved, heartfelt camaraderie, wildly cheering fans (even if I didn’t stop to kiss any of the beckoning Wellesley girls), and, of course, all of the hoopla of one of the biggest races in the world. The weather was perfect, and the 27,000-runner race was beautifully organized. I was beaming and, after picking up my drop bag, began fielding an influx of congratulatory messages from family and friends.
Best Electric Utility Stocks To Buy For 2014: Finmeccanica(SIFI.MI)
Finmeccanica SpA, together with its subsidiaries, engages in the helicopters, defense and security electronics, aeronautics, space, defense systems, energy, and transportation business activities primarily in Italy, the United Kingdom, and North America. It manufactures defense aircrafts, military airlifters, commercial airliners, special mission aircrafts, and unmanned air vehicles; aerostructures and regional turboprop aircrafts for civil applications; and training aircrafts and engine nacelles for civil aeronautics, as well as involves in the conversion and updating of aircrafts. The company also designs and develops helicopters and tiltrotors for civil and military use; and designs, develops, and produces missile systems, torpedoes, naval artillery, and armoured vehicles. In addition, it provides various satellite services, as well as manufactures telecommunications satellites, scientific programs, earth observation systems, satellite navigation, orbital infrastructure s and transport systems, and equipment and devices. Further, the company offers defense and security electronics, including avionics, and electro-optical systems and equipment; systems for homeland protection; radar systems; land and naval command and control systems, air traffic control systems, and integrated communications systems and networks for land, naval, satellite, and avionic applications, as well as solutions and services for automation, defense communications, professional communications, information and communication. Additionally, it provides plants and components for generating electricity; and designs, develops, and produces rail and metro signaling, and traffic monitoring systems and services. The company was founded in 1948 and is headquartered in Rome, Italy.
Best Electric Utility Stocks To Buy For 2014: Formation Capital Com Npv(FCO.TO)
Formation Metals Inc. engages in the exploration, development, and refining of mineral properties in Canada, the United States, and Mexico. The company owns 100% interest in the Idaho Cobalt project, which consists of 241 claims covering an area of approximately 4,080 acres located in Lemhi County, Idaho; and the Big Creek Hydrometallurgical refining complex located in Shoshone County, near the town of Kellogg, Idaho. It also explores for silver, gold, copper, uranium, lead, zinc, and rare earth elements, as well as base and precious metals. The company was formerly known as Formation Capital Corporation and changed its name to Formation Metals Inc. in November 2009. Formation Metals Inc. was incorporated in 1988 and is headquartered in Vancouver, Canada.
TERUMO CORPORATION operates in four business segment. The Hospital Products segment is engaged in the manufacture, purchase and sale of hospital medical equipment, pharmaceuticals, peritoneal dialysis and diabetes related products, and the rental of hospital medical equipment and home medical products. The Cardiac and Vascular Area segment is involved in the manufacture, purchase and sale of catheter systems, artificial heart and lungs, as well as artificial blood vessels, the manufacture and sale of therapeutic coils for cerebral aneurysm, sampling equipment and kits for platelet-rich plasma and concentrated bone-marrow cell, and large-bore sheaths. The Blood System segment is engaged in the manufacture, purchase and sale of blood transfusion-related products. The Healthcare segment manufactures and sells healthcare related products. As of March 31, 2012, the Company had 79 subsidiaries and 2 associated companies. Advisors’ Opinion:
- [By Robert Holmes]
Analyst Mayo Mita says the Japanese earthquake and tsunami was a setback for the company, Terumo has a more visible growth stage coming.
"Over the next five years we see clear growth from China, the NOBORI drug eluting stent (DES), the U.S. catheter business, and the blood management business," Mita writes.
The base-case Mita lays out is for a 26% rise in share price next year, although Mita’s most bullish forecast has shares up twice that. On the downside, Mita’s most bearish scenario has shares falling 11% in the next 12 months.
The chart below shows shares of Terumo that trade on the Pink Sheets in the U.S., but Morgan Stanley is recommending buying shares in Tokyo.
Best Electric Utility Stocks To Buy For 2014: The Travelers Companies Inc.(TRV)
The Travelers Companies, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides various commercial and personal property and casualty insurance products and services to businesses, government units, associations, and individuals primarily in the United States. The company operates in three segments: Business Insurance; Financial, Professional, and International Insurance; and Personal Insurance. The Business Insurance segment offers property and casualty products and services, such as commercial multi-peril, property, general liability, commercial auto, and workers? compensation insurance. It operates in six groups: Select Accounts, which serves small businesses; Commercial Accounts that serves mid-sized businesses; National Accounts, which serves large companies; Industry-Focused Underwriting that serves targeted industries; Target Risk Underwriting, which serves commercial businesses requiring specialized product underwriting, claims handling, and risk management services; and Special ized Distribution that offers products to customers through licensed wholesale, general, and program agents. The Financial, Professional, and International Insurance segment provides surety and financial liability coverage, which uses a credit-based underwriting process; and property and casualty products primarily in the United States., the United Kingdom, Ireland, and Canada. The Personal Insurance segment offers property and casualty insurance covering personal risks, primarily automobile and homeowners insurance to individuals. It distributes its products through independent agents, sponsoring organizations, joint marketing arrangements with other insurers, and direct marketing. The company was founded in 1853 and is based in New York, New York.
- [By Jon C. Ogg]
The Travelers Companies Inc. (NYSE: TRV) is expected to rise by only 7.6% to $77.26 in 2013. That would represent a 52-week high but this one also has a yield of 2.6%. We would note that the street high target is actually all the way up at $87.00 and shares are currently very close to all-time highs. This insurance provider and financial services giant is not tied into healthcare so it has been immune to some of the ongoing risks. Travelers held up rather well in the recession but many investors do not even know it i one of the 30 DJIA components.
- [By Vodicka]
Shares are trading around $51.50 at the time of writing, as against their 52-week trading range of $45.97 to $64.17. At the current market price, the company is capitalized at $21.64 billion. Earnings per share for the last year were $5.29, placing the shares on a price to earnings ratio of 9.77. It paid a dividend of $1.64 (a yield of 3.20%).
Still in the memory is the financial crisis of 2008, and the mess that insurance companies like AIG managed to get themselves into. Travelers avoided that, but investors are fickle creatures and sometimes look at the short term rather than the long term. Travelers are well managed with good prospects going forward. Operating margins of nearly 13% hold well against rivals Hartford Financial Services Group (HIG) at around 10% and W.R. Berkley Corporation (WRB) at a shade under 14%. Good management should keep gross margins healthy (currently 26.5% versus Hartford’s 30% and W.R. Berkely’s 18%), and the company’s ongoing policy of share repurchases and dividend payout should continue to add value to shareholders. A good buy.
- [By Jim Cramer]
This insurer never ran into trouble like so many of its cohorts and yet somehow hasn’t received the kudos its management deserves for steering the ship through the shoals of bad investments. Jay Fishman, the CEO, is easily the best executive in the insurance industry and Travelers will get its due in 2011, which will make it so that its 12% return in 2010 will seem quite small. I think it can trade to $68 and not be expensive, particularly when people begin to give the well-run insurers a nice premium to the ne’er-do-wells.
Best Electric Utility Stocks To Buy For 2014: Saunders International Ltd(SND.AX)
Saunders International Limited designs, constructs, and maintains steel bulk liquid storage tanks and reservoirs in Australia. It constructs water reservoirs and petroleum tanks, as well as acid, bitumen, and chemical tanks. The company also offers facilities maintenance services, including risk based maintenance prioritizing, QA compliant inspection, decommissioning and recommissioning, in-house engineering analysis and workshop fabrication, mechanical repair, and preventative maintenance services. In addition, it provides steel fabrication services, which consists of rolling, pressing, abrasive blasting, and painting. The company offers its products to companies operating in petroleum, mining, mineral processing, manufacturing, water, and waste water sectors. Saunders International Limited was founded in 1951 and is headquartered in Condell Park, Australia.
Best Electric Utility Stocks To Buy For 2014: Cerus Corporation(CERS)
Cerus Corporation, a biomedical products company, engages in the development and commercialization of the INTERCEPT Blood System. The company?s INTERCEPT system is designed to inactivate blood-borne pathogens in donated blood components intended for transfusion. It markets the INTERCEPT system for platelets and plasma primarily in Europe, the Russian Federation, and the Middle East. The company is also developing INTERCEPT Blood System for red blood cells or red blood cell system, which is designed to inactivate blood-borne pathogens in donated red blood cells for transfusion. Cerus Corporation has collaboration agreements with Baxter International, Inc.; and BioOne Corporation, as well as the United States Armed Forces. The company was founded in 1991 and is based in Concord, California.
- [By Michael Shulman]
Cerus (NASDAQ: CERS) developed and markets the INTERCEPT Blood System, which is designed to inactivate blood-borne pathogens in blood components so the blood can be used in transfusions. In other words, it “cleans” donated blood of viruses, bacteria and parasites.
Cerus is pretty much the only game in town with this remarkable technology, and it has gained approval in most large European countries. Why not the United States? Well, management has not stood up to the FDA. The approval has been held up by one member of the FDA even though Cerus hit the primary endpoints in its pivotal Phase III trial and is receiving grants from the Department of Defense.
The FDA should quit dragging its feet eventually. There is no scientific or product risk in this stock. Their system works. My target price is $14 in one to three years.
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