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NEW YORK (Real Money) -- The aerospace and defense sector had a strong start to the year, but recently we've seen many names rolling over, and even some like Raytheon , Boeing and Lockheed Martin threaten to turn bearish. However, sometimes when the biggest names in the group sour a bit, money stays in the group and just flows downhill to the smaller names. That very well may be the case here with Spirit AeroSystems or even TransDigm Group . My focus is on Spirit. Must Read: Warren Buffett's 7 Secrets to Dividend Investing Revealed While many other names in this group have pulled back, Spirit is pressing new highs here. The stock has remained in a bullish channel after the early-year push. Within that longer-term channel (black dashed lines), we see another channel, this one more uptrending, has formed. Price is now banging its head against the longer-term resistance, but in the middle of the shorter-term channel. Ideally, we'd see another few days of consolidation so the support line of the short-term channel (blue line) would push through the long-term resistance line (black dashed line) and pull price along with it. That should create the strongest breakout here and give Spirit a lift into the upper $50s. A break under $53 should put folks on the sideline and waiting for $51 before buying into this name. I would note the bullish cross on the 13,5 TRIX has been a solid entry point. We witnessed it on May 11 most recently. The previous two crosses resulted in longer trending bullish moves, which should give a little more support to the current bullish thesis. The weekly chart seems to echo the sentiment where the most opportunistic buy may come in the $51-$52 area. Again, we see this pattern of a short-term channel within a longer-term channel. But this time they are flipped. The longer-term channel is the more vertical of the two. Currently, Spirit is hitting the resistance of the short-term channel. The support levels of both channels coincide at the $52 level. This is a bit stronger than the support on the daily chart, so my anticipation would be any test of $51 should come intraweek, with the stock closing back over $52 by the end of the week.I see two triggers here on Spirit. The first is as I just described, a pullback to $51 during the week with a close over $52 by the week's end, whether it be next week or the week after. The second trigger would be a close over $55. That should grab momentum buyers for a quick push higher. The second will likely be the easier buy while the first will likely offer a better risk-reward as your stop can be $50, but your upside remains the $58-$60 area. Keep an eye on the entire group as well. If some big names keep sinking and start sinking fast, sentiment may begin to outweigh rotation. I'm a cautious bull on this name, but still looking for upside. Must Read: 3 Best Semiconductor Stocks to Buy Now Editor's Note: This article was originally published at 11:33 a.m. EDT on Real Money on May 28.

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Updated from 1:54 p.m. to include information regarding offline apps. SAN FRANCISCO (TheStreet) -- Google unveiled several items at the company's two-day developer's conference, including a new version of its Android operating system, a revamped mobile payments system and a way for connected devices to talk to each other, as it tries to usher in the connected home era. Google's senior VP for products, Sundar Pichai, and a host of other Google officials and developers took to the stage at Google I/O in San Francisco to tell the enthusiastic crowds what the company has been working on -- and what's coming in the near future. Must Read: Warren Buffett's 7 Secrets to Dividend Investing Revealed Here are the biggest announcements to come out of the keynote address: Android Pay -- The largest announcement was about Google's plan to challenge Apple's Pay, PayPal's Venmo, Samsung's Pay and others vying for your attention and money. Android Pay is an application program interface (API) offering new sets of payment systems. Just like Apple's payment system, Android Pay will be NFC-based and will support hardware biometric authentication for products with built-in fingerprint scanning such as Samsung's Galaxy S6's. Dozens of retailers including Chipolte , Grubhub and Target are on board. Using the new Android M operating system, the peer-to-peer service will allow users to transfer money directly to others others from smartphones, smartwatches and tablets. Unlike its attempt at its complete mobile payment system, Google Wallet, the new plan is to have the company provide the transaction underpinnings while third-party developers incorporate it into a new generation of portable applications. Android M -- The next version of Google's mobile operating system for smartphones and tablets is called Android M. It's the 13th version so its dessert-based name begins with the letter M -- the 13th letter in the alphabet. In today's release of the "M" Developer Preview, there are new tools for app designers. Official release of the new OS is promised for the third quarter of this year. Android Wear -- This year, Google finds itself having deal with some major competition when it comes to wearable devices - namely the Apple Watch and a a brand new offering from one of the early entrants into the field, Pebble. New Android Wear features include always on screens, always on programs, wrist gestures and a new program launcher. Project Brillo -- A new core OS for the Internet of Things. Based on Android, it's meant to connect household products such as connected appliances, from kitchens to thermostats. It's meant to give Google an entrance to the underpinnings of everything that connects to the Internet. Google Photos -- A new photography app automatically catalogs and backs up all of your photos and videos and allows you to access all your photos with a pinch to change between previous days, weeks, months or even years. Sending, sharing and saving these photos. Google is offering unlimited free storage from now on. Storage includes 16 MP still and 1080p videos. Google Photo rolls on on Android, iOS and the Web starting today. Offline Apps - Google is reworking its core features, including YouTube, Maps and Web browsing for users in emerging markets where downloading data, even a single map, could be very, very expensive. Even Google Now, the voice directions service, will soon work when the user is offline. Must Read: 3 Best Semiconductor Stocks to Buy Now

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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Shares of GoPro are rising on Thursday after reports that the video camera maker is getting into the drones business. The stock was trading at $56.99, up 7%, on Thursday afternoon. The shares have almost doubled during the last year. Must Read: Warren Buffett Loves These 4 Tech Stocks GoPro CEO Nick Woodman announced at the media and technology Code Conference in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif., on Wednesday that the company is planning to make a "quadcopter," otherwise known as a drone, that will be outfitted with a camera. Woodman said the quadcopter will be focused on consumers and is expected to become available in the first half of next year. Woodman called it "in some ways the ultimate GoPro accessory" and said the company will work with other manufacturers to provide cameras and software, although GoPro is developing the hardware itself. The company is also planning to introduce a ball-shaped, six-camera attachment called the Six-Camera Spherical Array that would enable users to record 360-degree videos for virtual-reality purposes. The attachment would reportedly house six Hero4 cameras that shoot various directions simultaneously. The footage captured can then be stitched together to create a virtual-reality video. Users would be able to view videos with virtual-reality headsets such as the Oculus Rift, Microsoft's HoldLens, and Google's Cardboard or with smartphones or PCs via the Kolor app or YouTube 360. With a mobile device, users will reportedly be able to physically turn to change the camera angle to look in any direction. Or PC users can use a cursor to change the view. The device will use technology developed by virtual-reality production company Kolor, which GoPro acquired in April. Kolor is a start-up that makes products that create panoramas, virtual tours and 360-degree videos. The new devices are expected to be available in the second half of this year. Pricing has not yet been announced. Must Read: 10 IPOs for 2015 – Because Silicon Valley Needs More Billionaires

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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Stocks pared losses, though remained in the red by Thursday afternoon, as crude oil recovered and moved above $57 a barrel. The S&P 500 was down 0.4%, the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 0.4%, and the Nasdaq slipped 0.35%. West Texas Intermediate crude fell 0.6% to $57.14, cutting earlier losses in half. Earlier, the Energy Information Administration reported a decline of 2.8 million barrels in crude supplies for the week ended May 22. Economists had expected inventories to fall 1.8 million barrels. Energy remained the worst-performing sector on the S&P 500, however. The sector was under pressure as the U.S. dollar continued its run higher on signs the Federal Reserve would hike rates as key international markets such as the eurozone introduce their own monetary stimulus. The stronger U.S. dollar was hurting perceived demand for U.S. oil traded in the greenback. Major oilers Total , Chevron , BP , and Royal Dutch Shell were all lower, while the Energy Select Sector SPDR ETF fell 0.88%. Joy Global and Transocean were among the worst performers on the S&P 500. Joy Global was lower ahead of its earnings report scheduled for release next week. Transocean fell after Chief Financial Officer Esa Ikaheimonen said he is stepping down, effective immediately. Benchmark indexes recorded their biggest gains in two weeks on Wednesday, snapping back from a selloff on Tuesday. The Nasdaq notched a new record high as technology stocks rallied. Click here for more. John Williams, president of the San Francisco Fed, joined a chorus of Fed members and economists who expect a rate hike this year if the economy continues to improve as expected. Speaking to the Monetary Authority of Singapore, voting member Williams said he expects growth of 2% and unemployment under 5% this year. Minneapolis Fed President Narayana Kocherlakota, a non-voting member, will give a speech on monetary policy in Helena, Mont., at 2:45 p.m. EDT on Thursday. Pending home sales increased in April for the fourth straight month, reaching a nine-year high of 112.4, up 3.4% from March and 14% from a year earlier, according to the National Association of Realtors. Economists had expected growth of 1% in April. Jobless claims climbed to a five-week high, adding 7,000 to 282,000. Economists had expected the number of people filing new claims for unemployment benefits to fall to 270,000 from a revised 275,000 the week earlier. The measure was closely watched ahead of the May jobs report to be released on Friday, June 5. "The trend in claims, below the pre-recession trough for weeks now, remains in line with our forecast for continued tightening in labor market slack ahead and with our expectation for another solid payrolls report next Friday," said BNP Paribas' Derek Lindsey. JPMorgan shares were on watch on reports the bank is in the process of thousands of job cuts. The company could cut more than 5,000 jobs by next year, according to Dow Jones. Avago Technologies confirmed it was buying chipmaker Broadcom in a cash-and-stock deal worth $37 billion. Avago expects the acquisition to generate $750 million in annual cost synergies within 18 months of closing. Broadcom shares fell 2% after a 20% rally on Wednesday as reports broke on the deal. Costco fell 1% after missing sales estimates in its third quarter. The company earned $1.17 a share, narrowly beating by a penny, while revenue of $26.1 billion fell short by $530 million. Abercrombie & Fitch added nearly 10% despite posting a wider-than-expected loss. The teen retailer reported a loss of 53 cents a share, 19 cents wider than expected. Revenue fell 13.7% to $709.42 million, missing estimates. Express jumped more than 8% after earning 22 cents a share in its recent quarter, 7 cents above estimates. Comparable-store sales increased 7%. Google shares were on watch as the tech giant begins its I/O conference for app developers on Thursday. Google is expected to showcase a new version of Android, and reports said it could overhaul its mobile payment products. Amazon is ramping up its same-day delivery efforts by offering the service for free to Prime members. The service will be available to members living in more than a dozen metropolitan areas. Click here for more.

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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Shares of Amarin Pharmaceuticals are surging higher after a U.S. district court sided with the company in its challenge of the Food and Drug Administration’s determination that Amarin’s new drug, Vascepa, is not entitled to a five-year period of market exclusivity under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act. Vascepa is a prescription medicine used along with a low-fat and low-cholesterol diet to lower high levels of triglycerides in adults. The court granted the company's motion for summary judgment and the decision denying Amarin’s claim for exclusivity was vacated. The matter was remanded to the FDA for proceedings consistent with the court's opinion. PRICE ACTION: Amarin shares jumped as high as $2.80 following the ruling. In afternoon trading, the stock was up 20% to $2.34.

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DELAFIELD, Wis. (Stockpickr) – As part of a daily routine as an active trader or investor, one should always be tracking the stocks in the market that are making the biggest percentage gains and the biggest percentage losses. Stocks that are making large moves to the upside are favorites among short-term traders because they can jump into these names and try to capture some of that massive volatility. Stocks that are making big-percentage moves either up or down are usually in play because their sector is becoming attractive or they have a major fundamental catalyst such as a recent earnings release. Sometimes stocks making big moves have been hit with an analyst upgrade or an analyst downgrade. Must Read: Warren Buffett's Top 10 Stock Buys Regardless of the reason behind it, when a stock makes a large-percentage move, it is often just the start of a new major trend -- a trend that can lead to huge profits. If you time your trade correctly, combining with fundamental trends, discipline and sound money management, you will be well on your way to investment success. With that in mind, let's take a closer look at a several stocks under $10 that are making large moves to the upside. Must Read: George Soros' Top 5 Dividend Stock Picks for 2015 Cytori Therapeutics Cytori Therapeutics , a biotechnology company, develops cell therapeutics for specific diseases and medical conditions. This stock is trading up 4.5% to 72 cents per share in Thursday's trading session. Thursday's Range: $0.69-$0.73 52-Week Range: $0.36-$2.54 Thursday's Volume: 2 million Three-Month Average Volume: 4.20 million From a technical perspective, CYTX is ripping sharply higher here with decent upside volume flows. This stock recently started to bounce to the upside after shares found some buying interest off a previous support level at around 64 cents per share. That bounce is now quickly pushing shares of CYTX within range of triggering a major breakout trade above some key near-term overhead resistance levels. That trade will trigger if CYTX manages to take out some near-term overhead resistance levels at 75 to around 80 cents per share with high volume. Traders should now look for long-biased trades in CYTX as long as it's trending above Thursday's intraday low of 68 cents per share and then once it sustains a move or close above those breakout levels with volume that hits near or above 4.20 million shares. If that breakout hits soon, then CYTX will set up to re-test or possibly take out its next major overhead resistance levels at 90 to 95 cents per share, or even its 50-day moving average of 97 cents per share to $1.10 a share. Must Read: 5 Stocks Insiders Are Buying Right Now Ohr Pharmaceuticals Ohr Pharmaceuticals , a pharmaceutical company, focuses on the development of novel therapeutics and delivery technologies for the treatment of ocular diseases. This stock is trading up 0.7% to $2.78 in Thursday's trading session. Thursday's Range: $2.72-$2.80 52-Week Range: $2.48-$12.31 Thursday's Volume: 60,000 Three-Month Average Volume: 972,493 From a technical perspective, OHRP is trending modestly higher here right above some key near-term support levels at $2.66 to $2.61 with lighter-than-average volume. This stock has been consolidating and trending inside of a tight trading range for the last two months, with shares moving between $2.48 on the downside and a bit over $3 a share on the upside. That right range has started to get even tighter over the last few weeks, with shares of OHRP bounce between $2.66 and around $2.80 a share. This modest spike to the upside on Thursday is now starting to push shares of OHRP within range of triggering a major breakout trade. That trade will trigger if OHRP manages to take out some key overhead resistance levels at $2.80 to $2.94 and then above $3 04 with high volume. Traders should now look for long-biased trades in OHRP as long as it's trending above some key near-term support levels at $2.66 to $2.61, or even above $2.48 and then once it sustains a move or close above those breakout levels with volume that hits near or above 972,493 shares. If that breakout triggers soon, then OHRP will set up to re-test or possibly take out its next major overhead resistance level at its gap-down-day high from March at $3.24. Any high-volume move above that level will then give OHRP a chance to re-fill some of that monster gap-down-day zone that started at $9 a share. Must Read: How to Trade 3 of the Market's Most Active Stocks Anthera Pharmaceuticals Anthera Pharmaceuticals , a specialty pharmaceutical company, develops, manufactures, markets and sells branded and generic pharmaceutical products. This stock is trading up 5.7% to $5.40 in Thursday's trading session. Thursday's Range: $5.01-$5.42 52-Week Range: $1.46-$6.37 Thursday's Volume: 338,000 Three-Month Average Volume: 834,702 From a technical perspective, ANTH is ripping sharply higher here right above some near-term support at $5 a share with decent upside volume flows. This spike to the upside on Thursday has now started to push shares of ANTH into breakout territory, since the stock has cleared some key overhead resistance levels at $5.25 to $5.33 a share. This breakout now sets up ANTH for a continuation move to the upside, if the stock can manage to close strong and over those near-term breakout levels. Traders should now look for long-biased trades in ANTH as long as it's trending above $5 a share or more preferably over $5.20 and then once it sustains a move or close above Thursday's high of $5.42 with volume that hits near or above 834,702 shares. If that move gets started soon, then ANTH will set up to re-test or possibly take out its next major overhead resistance levels at $6 to its 52-week high of 6.37 a share. Must Read: 5 Stocks Warren Buffett Is Selling KaloBios Pharmaceuticals KaloBios Pharmaceuticals , a biopharmaceutical company, develops monoclonal antibody therapeutics for the treatment of cancer in the U.S. This stock is trading up 7.2% to 56 cents per share in Thursday's trading session. Thursday's Range: $0.50-$0.58 52-Week Range: $0.36-$2.45 Thursday's Volume: 1.13 million Three-Month Average Volume: 1.16 million From a technical perspective, KBIO is ripping sharply higher here right off its 50-day moving average of 52 cents per share with strong upside volume flows. This stock recently formed a major bottoming chart pattern, after shares found buying interest a number of times when it pulled back to 48 to around 46 cents per share. This sharp spike to the upside on Thursday is now starting to push shares of KBIO within range of triggering a major breakout trade above some key near-term overhead resistance levels. That trade will hit if KBIO manages to take out some key overhead resistance levels at 61 to 62 cents per share with high volume. Traders should now look for long-biased trades in KBIO as long as it's trending above some near-term support at 50 cents per share and then once it sustains a move or close above those breakout levels with volume that registers near or above 1.16 million shares. If that breakout develops soon, then KBIO will set up to re-test or possibly take out its next major overhead resistance levels at 71 to 80 cents per share, or even 93 cents per share. Must Read: 5 Stocks Set to Soar on Bullish Earnings Mattson Technology Mattson Technology designs, manufactures, markets and supports semiconductor wafer processing equipment for use in fabricating integrated circuits worldwide. This stock is trading up 3% to $3.91 in Thursday's trading session. Thursday's Range: $3.78-$3.94 52-Week Range: $1.93-$5.10 Thursday's Volume: 227,000 Three-Month Average Volume: 942,493 From a technical perspective, MTSN is ripping to the upside here right off its 50-day moving average of $3.73 with lighter-than-average volume. This sharp spike to the upside on Thursday is starting to push shares of MTSN within range of triggering a major breakout trade above some key near-term overhead resistance levels. That breakout will trigger if MTSN manages to take out some key overhead resistance levels at $3.99 to around $4.20 a share with high volume. Traders should now look for long-biased trades in MTSN as long as it's trending above some key near-term support levels at its 50-day moving average of $3.73 or above more support at $3.68 and then once it sustains a move or close above those breakout levels share with volume that hits near or above 942,493 shares. If that breakout kicks off soon, then MTSN will set up to re-test or possibly take out its next major overhead resistance levels at $4.78 to its 52-week high of $5.10 a share. Must Read: Warren Buffett's Top 10 Dividend Stocks

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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Lorillard shares are up 0.4% to $72.44 in afternoon trading on Thursday, one day after the Federal Trade Commission gave final approval for the tobacco company's $27.4 billion takeover deal by Reynolds American .The five-member FTC board voted 3 to 2 in favor of the acquisition deal. The merger will combine the country's second and third largest tobacco companies and is contingent on the cigarette makers divesting four of their brands including Winston, Kool, Salem and Maverick.The divested brands will be purchased by U.K.-based Imperial Tobacco Group .Reynolds American shares are down 0.75% to $76.55 today. Separately, TheStreet Ratings team rates LORILLARD INC as a Buy with a ratings score of B-. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation: "We rate LORILLARD INC (LO) a BUY. This is driven by a few notable strengths, which we believe should have a greater impact than any weaknesses, and should give investors a better performance opportunity than most stocks we cover. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations, solid stock price performance and increase in net income. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results." Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows: The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 23.2%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 5.5%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, improving the earnings per share. The gross profit margin for LORILLARD INC is rather high; currently it is at 56.45%. It has increased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 22.72% is above that of the industry average. Net operating cash flow has increased to $841.00 million or 19.63% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, LORILLARD INC has also vastly surpassed the industry average cash flow growth rate of -30.89%. The stock has risen over the past year as investors have generally rewarded the company for its earnings growth and other positive factors like the ones we have cited in this report. Looking ahead, unless broad bear market conditions prevail, we still see more upside potential for this stock, despite the fact that it has already risen over the past year. The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has exceeded that of the S&P 500 and greatly outperformed compared to the Tobacco industry average. The net income increased by 1.5% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, going from $271.00 million to $275.00 million. You can view the full analysis from the report here: LO Ratings Report

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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- After chip-maker Avago Technologies announced a deal to acquire rival Broadcom for $37 billion in cash and stock, shares of both companies rose in Thursday trading. But how should investors respond? TheStreet's Jim Cramer, replying to the sell-or-hold question of a viewer, said he believes that "when you get a huge win like this, you should ring the register." Therefore, sell Broadcom. He added that even though Avago's numbers could be bumped up, Friday would be a good time to take profits. Looking at other opportunities in the sector, Cramer described Marvell Technology as interesting, but said he prefers Integrated Device Technology , the company behind the Apple Watch's charging station -- it's the best value in the group right now. He's not a fan of SanDisk : Investors who want to own it to capitalize on takeover rumors may get hurt when the company reports earnings, he said. Qualcomm investors face a similar problem, he said.Asked if this was a good time to jump in on Chipotle , Cramer opined that it was, especially as other restaurant chain players such as Jack in the Box , DineEquity , Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen and Sonic are coming back. Cramer also weighed in on UnderArmour , which he believes has paid its dues and could really benefit if Golden State Warriors' guard Stephen Curry, who represents the brand, does well. Lastly, Cramer gave some investing advice to a recent college graduate who asked if he should go for safe technology plays like Verizon or Microsoft , or if he should be more aggressive. Be aggressive, said Cramer: A young person should be in stocks such as Netflix or Tesla . Must Read: Tesla Model S P85D Review -- Even Superman Would Be Jealous

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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Sanderson Farms shares are down 2.2% to $82.64 in afternoon trading on Thursday after the poultry producer reported its second quarter earnings results before the opening bell today.The Laurel, MS-based company reported second quarter net income of $71.2 million, or $3.13 per share on an adjusted basis on revenue that increased 8.5% year over year to $716.6 million. Analysts on average were expecting the company to report earnings of $3.32 per share on revenue of $727.3 million.The country's third largest poultry producer did not comment on the impact that the avian flu outbreak has had on its sales even as countries like Mexico and China have resorted to banning U.S. imports of the food.Last year exports to countries, including Mexico, the largest purchaser of U.S. chicken, accounted for about 10% of the company's revenue, according to Reuters. "Demand for chicken remains strong from our retail grocery store customers and, for the first time since 2008, we are able to say demand at food service has improved," said CEO Joe F. Sanderson. "Traffic and same store sales at food service establishments has improved across most all segments of the industry, aided by lower gasoline prices and improving macroeconomic factors. Our profitability for the second quarter also benefited from lower feed costs." TheStreet Ratings team rates SANDERSON FARMS INC as a Buy with a ratings score of B+. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation: "We rate SANDERSON FARMS INC (SAFM) a BUY. This is driven by some important positives, which we believe should have a greater impact than any weaknesses, and should give investors a better performance opportunity than most stocks we cover. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity, attractive valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself." Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows: You can view the full analysis from the report here: SAFM Ratings Report SAFM data by YCharts

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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- The current bull market is getting old, and that's a good time for a buy-write investing strategy, says Ari Sass, portfolio manager for the M.D. Sass Equity Income Plus Fund. "We are clearly in the later stages of a bull market with the [S&P 500 index] trading at 17 to 18 times earnings," Sass said. "At the same time you have interest rate risk due to a potential Fed action. In that type of environment, a covered-call, or buy-write, strategy not only offers downside protection from increasing volatility in the market, but also income generation in a fairly rich market." Must Read: Warren Buffett's 7 Secrets to Dividend Investing Revealed The M.D. Sass Equity Income Plus Fund (MDEPX) is unique in that it actively selects the stocks in its portfolio as opposed to simply employing a buy-write strategy on the S&P 500 index. The fund, which is up 3.3% so far in 2015, also buys put protection on the S&P 500 index to provide extra downside protection. Sass says the put premium offers cheap insurance given that the VIX, or so-called fear index, is at low levels, in the 12-13 range. As for the best candidates for his strategy, Sass says he currently likes cardboard boxmakers such as Rock-Tenn and International Paper . "The cardboard box industry is an oligopoly, and that's a good place to invest opposed to a highly fragmented industry," says Sass. "Rock-Tenn is merging with MeadWestvaco , and we think the cost synergy targets they gave out are way too low." Sass says he can sell at-the-money calls on both Rock-Tenn and International Paper and garner annual returns of 13%-14%, respectively, even if the stocks don't move. He says he can net similar gains on outdoor advertisers Lamar and Outfront Media using the same strategy. "There is a misperception that all forms of traditional advertising are going away, and we have obviously seen declines in newspapers and even TV," says Sass. "But outdoor advertising is a different beast. The fact that Apple is using billboards tells you something." Must Read: 11 Safe High-Yield Dividend Stocks for Times of Volatility and Uncertainty

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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Costco Wholesale third-quarter profit rose as the company continues to benefit from low gas prices, strong store sales and membership fees. The second-largest retailer in the U.S. behind Wal-Mart and one of the largest fuel retailers in the country, Costco has benefited from lower fuel prices and improving store sales and membership fees. Management released results Wednesday, May 27, after the bell.Last month, the company paid a special one-time dividend of $5 a share, or $2.2 billion in all. Costco has also ended its exclusive partnership with American Express , under which Costco only accepted AmEx cards, and reached a similar arrangement with Citigroup under which the retailer now only accepts Visa branded credit cards. It continues to accept Visa and MasterCard debit cards. The company, which started in 1983 in Seattle, now has 673 membership warehouses around the world and boasts a loyal membership with a renewal rate of about 91% in the U.S. and Canada and about 87% worldwide as of 2014, according to a regulatory filing. Members can use their cards at any location around the world. Costco said sales at established stores, a key metric that looks at sales at stores opened for at least a year along with online sales on sites operating for more than a year, fell 1% from the year earlier. In the U.S., sales at established stores rose 1%. Excluding negative impacts from gasoline price deflation and foreign exchange, comparable sales rose 6% for the 12-week period while up 5% at U.S. stores. Overall, Costco reported a profit of $516 million, or $1.17 a share, up from $473 million, or $1.07 a share, a year earlier. Revenue rose to $26.1 billion as net sales rose 1% and revenue from membership fees rose to $584 million. Merchandise costs were $22.7 billion. Must Read: 7 Stocks Warren Buffett Is Buying in 2015 TheStreet Ratings team rates Costco as a Buy with a ratings score of A+. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation: "We rate Costco a buy. This is based on the convergence of positive investment measures, which should help this stock outperform the majority of stocks that we rate. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins." You can view the full analysis from the report here: COST Ratings Report.

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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- European stocks are trading at an historic discount to U.S. stocks, says NFJ Investment Group's Portfolio Manager Burns McKinney. European equities offer a better opportunity for U.S. investors, and you can still get 2.5% to 3% dividend yields, he said. European markets have probably gotten a bit ahead of themselves compared to developed Asia or the emerging markets, McKinney said. The portfolio manager says he also thinks the U.S. market has gotten a little pricey. His favorite sectors right now are financial services and energy. Valuations in the financials are still discounted and a lot of the banks and financial services firms have cleaned up their balance sheets. A few financial stocks McKinney's been buying lately include Stockholm-based Nordea Bank which is trading at about 12 times earnings and has a dividend yield of over 5%. He also likes Zurich Insurance Group, which is trading just above its book value and has a dividend yield that is higher than other European insurers. In the energy sector, McKinney likes Royal Dutch Shell, which trades at 14 times earnings, compared to 20 times earnings for Exxon Mobil . Shell stock also offers a nearly 6% dividend yield and he's bullish on its recent acquisition of BG Group. He said oil prices could retrace their gains in the near term. McKinney said he thinks Greece will get the funding it needs, however, he has some long-term concerns. He noted that while Greece only makes up about 2% of European GDP, its financial issues could be the leading edge of other problems in Europe, including in Italy and Spain. McKinney adds that markets are no longer properly discounting a possible Greek exit. Must Read: Warren Buffett's Top 10 Dividend-Paying Stocks for 2015

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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Shares of Walmart Stores Inc were retreating, lower by 0.29% to $74.97 in afternoon trading Thursday, as Amazon.com fights back in the ongoing online delivery war and offers free same-day delivery to its Prime members. Earlier this month, Walmart revealed its plans to compete with Amazon by creating its own unlimited shipping program for a $50 annual fee, compared to Amazon Prime's $99 annual membership, according to Reuters. Additionally, Google recently started offering its express shopping option, letting retailers without same-day delivery options use its network in certain markets. The Google Express service costs $10 per month, or $95 a year. This morning, Amazon upped the ante by saying it will offer free same-day shipping with an order of more than $35 for its Prime subscribers. The offer will be available for a limited time in some of its key markets. Previously, Amazon's quick shipping service cost $5.99 for same-day delivery for those who already paid for their Prime membership. Bentonville, Ark.-based Walmart Stores operates retail and other stores in various formats, including membership clubs. The company operates through three business segments which consists of Walmart U.S., Walmart International and Sam's Club. Separately, TheStreet Ratings team rates WAL-MART STORES INC as a Buy with a ratings score of B+. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation: "We rate WAL-MART STORES INC (WMT) a BUY. This is driven by several positive factors, which we believe should have a greater impact than any weaknesses, and should give investors a better performance opportunity than most stocks we cover. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its reasonable valuation levels, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow." Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows: The debt-to-equity ratio is somewhat low, currently at 0.66, and is less than that of the industry average, implying that there has been a relatively successful effort in the management of debt levels. Even though the company has a strong debt-to-equity ratio, the quick ratio of 0.19 is very weak and demonstrates a lack of ability to pay short-term obligations. Regardless of the drop in revenue, the company managed to outperform against the industry average of 5.8%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly dropped by 0.1%. The declining revenue appears to have seeped down to the company's bottom line, decreasing earnings per share. In its most recent trading session, WMT has closed at a price level that was not very different from its closing price of one year earlier. This is probably due to its weak earnings growth as well as other mixed factors. Turning our attention to the future direction of the stock, it goes without saying that even the best stocks can fall in an overall down market. However, in any other environment, this stock still has good upside potential despite the fact that it has already risen in the past year. WAL-MART STORES INC's earnings per share declined by 6.4% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. This company has reported somewhat volatile earnings recently. We feel it is likely to report a decline in earnings in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, WAL-MART STORES INC increased its bottom line by earning $4.99 versus $4.86 in the prior year. For the next year, the market is expecting a contraction of 4.4% in earnings ($4.77 versus $4.99). You can view the full analysis from the report here: WMT Ratings Report

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Updated from 9:33 to include more details shared at Google I/O. NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Google and Apple are spicing things up in the mobile-payments arena as both companies are expected to announce product updates at their developer conferences. Google and Apple are just two of the many players in the increasingly crowded field of mobile payments. The two companies have a huge set of resources and funds to figure out what will attract consumers, make acquisitions, and form partnerships with retailers and banks. Must Read: Google Is Gearing Up for Another Battle With Apple Over Mobile Pay The problem with mobile payments is that there isn't exactly a problem to be solved. Credit cards and cash work just fine. So Apple and Google are left trying to figure out why a consumer would use a mobile wallet instead. Both companies seem to be betting heavily on loyalty as the answer. Apple Pay is already accepted at hundreds of thousands of stores, including retailers such as Macy's and Toys R' Us. Though Apple does not share current numbers on how many consumers use the service, CEO Tim Cook said earlier this year that more than 1 million consumers activated a credit and debit card on Apple Pay during the first 72 hours after it was released. At its developer conference on Thursday, Google announced a new platform called Android Pay, which essentially acts like Apple Pay but for Android phones. Android Pay -- which Google's Sundar Pichai, senior vice president of Chrome, Android and apps, briefly discussed at Mobile World Congress in March -- will allow consumers to connect their credit cards so that they can pay for purchases with apps and in physical stores. Android Pay will use fingerprints to authorize transactions and will work at any store that has an NFC terminal (the same technology used with Apple Pay). Some of the stores that will accept Android Pay include Best Buy, Nike, Gamestop, Macy's, Walgreens, Subway and a host of others. "Android Pay is focused on simplicity, security, and choice," Google's VP of Engineering Dave Burke said at the conference. It will also tie into retailers' loyalty programs, according to the New York Times. The Times also reported that Google will reintroduce Google Wallet as a peer-to-peer payments platform (money transfers among third parties that avoid traditional bank networks), similar to PayPal's Venmo. Apple is also expected to make some payments-related announcements at its Worldwide Developer Conference, which starts on June 8, according to the Times. Apple will reportedly add a rewards program to Apple Pay. Apple could not be immediately reached for comment. Both Apple and Google likely hope that a mobile-payment platform will compel consumers to use other products and services from the companies, with Apple selling more devices and Google getting more targeted data. "At both I/O and WWDC, I'm expecting both Apple and Google to provide more details on how they will make their payment systems more attractive," Patrick Moorhead, president and principal analyst at Moor Insights & Strategy, said. "One of these ways (is) through a loyalty or rewards program. These are devised to incent use and add extra reasons to choose one payment method over another." Must Read: Apple Pay Is Steadily Making Gains on PayPal -- Report

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DELAFIELD, Wis. (Stockpickr) -- Corporate insiders sell their own companies' stock for a number of reasons. They might need the cash for a big personal purchase such as a new house or yacht, or they might need the cash to fund a charity. Sometimes they sell as part of a planned selling program that they have put in place for diversification purposes, which allows them to sell stock in stages instead of selling all at one price. Must Read: George Soros' Top 5 Dividend Stock Picks for 2015 Other times they sell because they think their stock is overvalued and the risk/reward is no longer attractive. Some even dump their own stock because they have inside knowledge that a competitor is eating their lunch and stealing market share. But insiders usually buy their own shares for one reason: They think the stock is a bargain and has tremendous upside. The key word in that last statement is "think." Just because a corporate insider thinks his or her stock is going to trade higher, that doesn't mean it will play out that way. Insiders can have all the conviction in the world that their stock is a buy, but if the market doesn't agree with them, the stock could end up going nowhere. Also, I say "usually" because sometimes insiders are loaned money by the company to buy their own stock. Those loans are often sweetheart deals and shouldn't be viewed as organic insider buying. At the end of the day, it's institutional money managers running big mutual funds and hedge funds that drive stock prices, not insiders. That said, many of these savvy stock operators will follow insider buying activity when they agree with the insider that the stock is undervalued and has upside potential. This is why it's so important to always be monitoring insider activity but twice as important to make sure the trend of the stock coincides with the insider buying. Recently, a number of companies' corporate insiders have bought large amounts of stock. These insiders are finding some value in the market, which warrants a closer look at these stocks. Must Read: How to Trade 3 Semiconductor Stock Buyout Targets Macerich One real estate investment trust player that insiders are loading up on a massive amount of stock in here is Macerich , which primarily engages in acquisition, ownership, development, redevelopment, management and leasing of regional and community shopping centers located throughout the U.S. Insiders are buying this stock into notable strength, since shares have moved to the upside by 10.9% over the last six months. Macerich has a market cap of $13 billion and an enterprise value of $19.3 billion. This stock trades at a fair valuation, with a trailing price-to-earnings of 8 and a forward price-to-earnings of 19.7. Its estimated growth rate for this year is 8.5%, and for next year it's pegged at 8.3%. This is not a cash-rich company, since the total cash position on its balance sheet is $118.16 million and its total debt is $6.47 billion. This stock currently sports a dividend yield of 3.2%. A director just bought 1,186,000 shares, or about $98.69 million worth of stock, at $83.05 per share. From a technical perspective, MAC is currently trending above its 200-day moving averages and just below its 50-day moving average, which is neutral trendwise. This stock has been uptrending over the last two months, with shares moving higher from its low of $76.65 to its recent high of $85.62 a share. During that uptrend, shares of MAC have been making mostly higher lows and higher highs, which is bullish technical price action. That move has now pushed shares of MAC within range of triggering a near-term breakout trade. If you're bullish on MAC, then I would look for long-biased trades as long as this stock is trending above some near-term support at $79.83 a share and then once it breaks out above some near-term overhead resistance levels at its 50-day moving average of $82.87 a share and then above more resistance at $84.35 to $85.62 a share with high volume. Look for a sustained move or close above those levels with volume that registers near or above its three-month average volume of 2.15 million shares. If that breakout triggers soon, then MAC will set up to re-test or possibly take out its next major overhead resistance levels at $88 to $89 a share, or even $90 to $94 a share. Must Read: Warren Buffett's Top 10 Stock Buys Virgin America Another stock that insiders are in love with here is Virgin America , which provides scheduled air travel services. Insiders are buying this stock into notable weakness, since shares have traded to the downside by 18.2% over the last six months. Virgin America has a market cap of $1.2 billion and an enterprise value of $968 million. This stock trades at a reasonable valuation, with a trailing price-to-earnings of 5.9 and a forward price-to-earnings of 7.7. Its estimated growth rate for this year is 107.6%, and for next year it's pegged at -9.5%. This is a cash-rich company, since the total cash position on its balance sheet is $418.26 million and its total debt is $137.86 million. A director just bought 70,500 shares, or about $1.98 million worth of stock, at $27.94 to $28.06 per share. From a technical perspective, VA is currently trending below its 50-day moving average, which is bearish. This stock has been downtrending badly over the last five months, with shares dropping from its high of $44 a share to its recent low of $27.19 a share. During that downtrend, shares of VA have been consistently making lower highs and lower lows, which is bearish technical price action. That said, shares of VA have started to bounce off that $27.19 low and it's beginning to move within range of triggering a near-term breakout trade. If you're in the bull camp on VA, then I would look for long-biased trades as long as this stock is trending above that recent low of $27.19 a share and then once it breaks out above its 50-day moving average of $29.79 a share and then above more near-term resistance at $29.88 a share with volume that hits near or above its three-month average action of 1.04 million shares. If that breakout develops soon, then VA will set up to re-test or possibly take out its next major overhead resistance levels at $31 to $32.38 a share, or even $34 to $35 a share. Must Read: 5 Stocks Warren Buffett Is Selling Keurig Green Mountain One consumer goods player that insiders are active in here is Keurig Green Mountain , which produces and sells specialty coffee, coffeemakers, teas and other beverages in the U.S. and Canada. Insiders are buying this stock into massive weakness, since shares have plunged by 37.5% over the last six months. Keurig Green Mountain has a market cap of $13.6 billion and an enterprise value of $15.9 billion. This stock trades at a reasonable valuation, with a trailing price-to-earnings of 24.6 and a forward price-to-earnings of 21. Its estimated growth rate for this year is -6.1%, and for next year it's pegged at 13.8%. This is not a cash-rich company, since the total cash position on its balance sheet is $97.55 million and its total debt is $536.09 million. This stock currently sports a dividend yield of 1.1%. A director just bought 15,000 shares, or about $1.34 million worth of stock, at $89.03 per share. From a technical perspective, GMCR is currently trending below both its 50-day and 200-day moving averages, which is bearish. This stock has been downtrending badly over the last three months, with shares plunging lower from its high of $130.76 a share to its recent low of $88.01 a share. During that downtrend, shares of GMCR have been consistently making lower highs and lower lows, which is bearish technical price action. If you're bullish on GMCR, then I would look for long-biased trades as long as this stock is trending above that recent low of $88.01 a share and then once it breaks out above some near-term resistance at $91.54 a share with high volume. Look for a sustained move or close above that level with volume that hits near or above its three-month average action of 2.05 million shares. If that breakout materializes soon, then GMCR will set up to re-test or possibly take out its next major overhead resistance levels at $95 to $97 a share. Any high-volume move above $97.50 will then give GMCR a chance to re-fill some of its previous gap-down-day zone from earlier this month that started at $104.81 a share. Must Read: 5 Stocks Set to Soar on Bullish Earnings Caesars Entertainment One resorts and casinos player that insiders are jumping into here is Caesars Entertainment , which provides casino-entertainment and hospitality services in the U.S. and internationally. Insiders are buying this stock into major weakness, since shares have collapsed by 42.5% over the last six months. Caesars Entertainment has a market cap of $1.42 billion and an enterprise value of $6.9 billion. This stock trades at a cheap valuation, with a trailing price-to-earnings of 0.27. Its estimated growth rate for this year is 69.5%, and for next year it's pegged at -18.4%. This is not a cash-rich company, since the total cash position on its balance sheet is $1.56 billion and its total debt is $7.06 billion. The CEO just bought 101,900 shares, or about $1.02 million worth of stock, at $10.04 per share. From a technical perspective, CZR is currently trending below both its 50-day and 200-day moving averages, which is bearish. This stock has been consolidating and trending sideways for the last few weeks, with shares moving between $9.84 a share on the downside and $10.92 a share on the upside. Any high-volume move above the upper-end of its recent sideways trading chart pattern could trigger a big breakout trade for shares of CZR. If you're bullish on CZR, then I would look for long-biased trades as long as this stock is trending above some near-term support at $9.84 or above more support at $9.17 and then once it breaks out above its 50-day moving average of $10.19 a share and then above more resistance levels at $10.55 to $10.92 a share with high volume. Look for a sustained move or close above those levels with volume that hits near or above its three-month average action of 826,043 shares. If that breakout gets started soon, then CZR will set up to re-test or possibly take out its next major overhead resistance levels at its 200-day moving average of $12.05 a share to $12.50 a share. Must Read: 5 Rocket Stocks to Buy for Blastoff Gains West Pharmaceuticals Services One final stock with some big insider buying is health care player West Pharmaceuticals Services , which develops, manufactures and sells components and systems for the packaging and delivery of injectable drugs, as well as delivery system components for the pharmaceutical, health care and consumer products industries. Insiders are buying this stock into modest strength, since shares risen by 6.3% over the last six months. West Pharmaceuticals Services has a market cap of $3.9 billion and an enterprise value of $4 billion. This stock trades at a reasonable valuation, with a trailing price-to-earnings of 30.5 and a forward price-to-earnings of 24.8. Its estimated growth rate for this year is 1.1%, and for next year it's pegged at 23.9%. This is not a cash-rich company, since the total cash position on its balance sheet is $207.10 million and its total debt is $333.90 million. The CEO just bought 18,300 shares, or about $1 million worth of stock, at $54.89 per share. From a technical perspective, WST is currently trending above its 200-day moving average and just below its 50-day moving average, which is neutral trendwise. This stock has been uptrending a bit over the last month, with shares moving higher from its low of $52.73 to its recent high of $55.84 a share. During that uptrend, shares of WST have been consistently making higher lows and higher highs, which is bullish technical price action. That move has now pushed shares of WST within range of triggering a near-term breakout trade. If you're bullish on WST, then I would look for long-biased trades as long as this stock is trending above some near-term support levels at $54 to $53 a share or even $52.73 a share and then once it breaks out above its 50-day moving average of $55.80 a share to more resistance at $55.84 a share with high volume. Look for a sustained move or close above those levels with volume that hits near or above its three-month average volume of 310,097 shares. If that breakout kicks off soon, then WST will set up to re-test or possibly take out its next major overhead resistance levels at $57.64 to its 52-week high of $60.30 a share. Must Read: Warren Buffett's Top 10 Dividend Stocks

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NEW YORK (The Street) -- Even amid massive central bank stimulus in Europe, which tends to lift stock markets, investors can still find values in the region, one analyst said. "The FTSE 250 mid-cap index keeps hitting record highs," said Michael Hewson, chief market analyst at London-based CMC Markets. "I would be looking for opportunities in France and Italy, simply because we are nowhere near the highs we saw in 2007." Must Read: Warren Buffett's Top 10 Dividend Stocks The FTSE 250 has returned 13.3% since the start of the year, compared to the larger-cap FTSE 100's 9% gain. Even though Germany is arguably the strongest economy in the eurozone, Hewson remains skeptical about finding value in German stocks. "I would warn against the DAX," he said, referring to the Xetra DAX stock index that tracks 30 blue-chip German companies," he said, adding, "I think there is potential for a little bit of a reversal simply because of how far it has come higher over the last six to 12 months." The DAX has risen almost 19% year-to-date. Meanwhile, opportunity also exists in the United Kingdom. "The UK 250 has outperformed the FTSE 100 pretty much consistently over the past three to four years, and it's still flirting with record highs," Hewson said. "The likelihood is that it will continue to push higher." Within the U.K., Hewson is bullish on the telecom and utilities sectors. "Companies that have been in focus this week are Vodafone in the telecom space," he said. "Utilities have also found that their values are artificially depressed, via companies like Centrica and United Utilities." These types of companies, he said, offer decent dividend yields and have seen their share prices inhibited over the last two years. "With a new conservative government [in the UK], we could see a significant rebound in the utilities sectors." Must Read: 5 Stocks Warren Buffett Is Selling

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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Neostem shares are falling sharply, down 21.80% to $2.06 in afternoon trading on Thursday, after the cellular therapy products provider announced the pricing of a public offering of 12.5 million common shares at $2 per share.The company expects to raise $25 million from the secondary offering before deducting fees related to underwriting discounts and commissions. The company granted underwriters an additional 45 days to purchase an additional 1.875 million shares.Neostem plans to use proceeds from the sale to fund research and explore strategic transactions.The offering is expected to close on or about June 2. TheStreet Ratings team rates NEOSTEM INC as a Sell with a ratings score of D-. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation: "We rate NEOSTEM INC (NBS) a SELL. This is driven by a number of negative factors, which we believe should have a greater impact than any strengths, and could make it more difficult for investors to achieve positive results compared to most of the stocks we cover. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself." Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows: The company, on the basis of change in net income from the same quarter one year ago, has significantly underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500 and the Biotechnology industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 40.3% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from -$13.68 million to -$19.20 million. Looking at the price performance of NBS's shares over the past 12 months, there is not much good news to report: the stock is down 50.34%, and it has underformed the S&P 500 Index. In addition, the company's earnings per share are lower today than the year-earlier quarter. Naturally, the overall market trend is bound to be a significant factor. However, in one sense, the stock's sharp decline last year is a positive for future investors, making it cheaper (in proportion to its earnings over the past year) than most other stocks in its industry. But due to other concerns, we feel the stock is still not a good buy right now. The revenue fell significantly faster than the industry average of 19.7%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues fell by 21.8%. The declining revenue appears to have seeped down to the company's bottom line, decreasing earnings per share. NEOSTEM INC's earnings per share declined by 8.2% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. This company has reported somewhat volatile earnings recently. But, we feel it is poised for EPS growth in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, NEOSTEM INC continued to lose money by earning -$1.69 versus -$1.92 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings (-$1.58 versus -$1.69). You can view the full analysis from the report here: NBS Ratings Report

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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Shares of E-Commerce China Dangdang Inc. are falling by 13.56% to $8.86 on heavy volume in early afternoon trading on Thursday, after the China-based business to consumer e-commerce company reported an earnings loss for the 2015 first quarter. For the most recent quarter the company, more commonly known as Dangdang, posted a net loss of 12 cents per ADS, while analysts were expecting a net income of 4 cents per ADS. Total revenue for the first quarter of 2015 grew by 27.7% to $357.7 million, just above the $355.78 million analysts had forecast. Despite the quarterly loss Dangdang is pleased with its financial results for the quarter, having achieved what it says is "strong top line growth." "Although we posted a loss for the quarter, it was primarily the result of marketing and technology initiatives and expenditures related to e-books, mobile and content that we believe set the stage for the future healthy development of our business," Peggy Yu Yu, executive chairwoman of Dangdang said in a statement. So far today, 3.23 million shares of Dangdang have exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.03 million shares. Separately, TheStreet Ratings team rates E-COMMERCE CH DANGDANG -ADR as a Hold with a ratings score of C-. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation: "We rate E-COMMERCE CH DANGDANG -ADR (DANG) a HOLD. The primary factors that have impacted our rating are mixed-some indicating strength, some showing weaknesses, with little evidence to justify the expectation of either a positive or negative performance for this stock relative to most other stocks. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, robust revenue growth and reasonable valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's profit margins have been poor overall." Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows: The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Internet & Catalog Retail industry. The net income increased by 70.3% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from $3.08 million to $5.24 million. Despite its growing revenue, the company underperformed as compared with the industry average of 19.0%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 18.8%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, improving the earnings per share. Compared to where it was a year ago today, the stock is now trading at a higher level, reflecting both the market's overall trend during that period and the fact that the company's earnings growth has been robust. We feel that the combination of its price rise over the last year and its current price-to-earnings ratio relative to its industry tend to reduce its upside potential. E-COMMERCE CH DANGDANG -ADR reported significant earnings per share improvement in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. The company has demonstrated a pattern of positive earnings per share growth over the past two years. However, we anticipate underperformance relative to this pattern in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, E-COMMERCE CH DANGDANG -ADR turned its bottom line around by earning $0.17 versus -$0.30 in the prior year. For the next year, the market is expecting a contraction of 3.5% in earnings ($0.16 versus $0.17). The gross profit margin for E-COMMERCE CH DANGDANG -ADR is rather low; currently it is at 17.67%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Regardless of the weak results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of 1.30% is above that of the industry average. You can view the full analysis from the report here: DANG Ratings Report

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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- TheStreet's Jim Cramer says he'll be focusing on Big Lots Friday morning. That's when the discount retailer plans to report its fiscal first-quarter results. Cramer says Big Lots is the last of the retailers to report quarterly results and is one that is often rumored to be "in talks." Must Read: Warren Buffett's 7 Secrets to Dividend Investing Revealed Big Lots is an outfit that is worth a lot more, Cramer says, because it's in the sweet spot of retailing that's also occupied by Dollar Tree and Dollar General . Wall Street analysts are expecting earnings of 59 cents a share and revenue of $1.28 billion for the quarter. Last quarter the company beat analysts' earnings estimates by a penny, and its revenue was in line with expectations. For the first fiscal quarter of 2015, which ends at the end of April, investors will be watching same-store sales numbers, a key metric for retailers. They'll also want to see how foods and consumables are affecting the company's gross margin. Some analysts are expecting weak sales numbers due to a struggle in this area of their business. In addition, the company is in the process of building its e-commerce business so investors will want to hear about updates on this. The stock has a 52-week low of $36.76 and a 52-week high of $51.75. Its 50-day moving average is $46. Big Lots has provided a 1.6% yield plus a 23% return to investors over the past year. As for the company's share buybacks, about $200 million has been authorized for 2015. Currently, Big Lots has an average analyst rating of buy and an average analyst price target of $52. Last week analysts at Deutsche Bank reiterated their buy rating on the stock and set a $54 price target. Cantor Fitzgerald initiated coverage earlier this month with a hold rating and a price target of $44. Columbus, Ohio-based Big Lots has more than 1,400 stores in 48 states. It sells a wide variety of merchandise including toys, furniture, clothing, housewares, electronics and packaged foods. Must Read: 11 Safe High-Yield Dividend Stocks for Times of Volatility and Uncertainty

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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- The biggest technology influencer at Apple isn't Tim Cook -- it is British designer Jony Ive. The creative force behind many of Apple's biggest hits in recent years, Ive has just been promoted to the position of chief design officer at the company. And chances are, you've never heard of him. What's more, he probably isn't the only tech leader flying under your radar. Must Read: 11 Dividend Stocks Buffett, Soros and Other Billionaires Love On Tuesday, Juniper Research released its latest ranking of the 10 most influential executives in the technology industry. While some on the list are shot-callers at some of the biggest tech companies in the world, others you probably couldn't pick out of a lineup. Analysts used eight criteria in their assessment, including innovation, scalability, personal capital and outside impact. They identified 10 individuals they believe will have the greatest impact on the technology industry during the next 12 months. While some of the picks are more obvious, others might surprise you. Here's a deeper look at tech's top 10 leaders and how they are influencing innovation. 10. Lei Jun, Xiaomi CEO In 2010, Lei Jun co-founded Xiaomi with friend Lin Bin. The China-based mobile-phone maker has catapulted him to the international stage, and he is listed at No. 87 on Forbes' 2015 list of billionaires, ahead of Tesla's Elon Musk, who is ranked at 100. Xiaomi is set to officially open for online sales in the U.S. and Europe on June 1; the launch, however, won't yet include phones. Thus far, the company has tested the waters with accessories and has experienced impressive results, with items selling out within 30 minutes. Jun's influence can be felt in other companies as well. He's chairman of Chinese social platform YY Inc. and gaming company Kingsoft. 9. Elon Musk, Tesla Chairman & CEO Elon Musk is an innovation home-run hitter, his business ventures including payment giant PayPal, spacecraft maker SpaceX and luxury electric carmaker Tesla. He also is a chairman at SolarCity . This week, the U.S. Air Force certified Musk's SpaceX to launch satellites for the Pentagon; however, it is largely his work at Tesla that dominates headlines. On April 30, the company unveiled the Powerwall, a home battery that charges using electricity generated from solar panels. It has also introduced the Powerpack, an industrial battery. Both form part of its larger Tesla Energy push to set the company up not only as a carmaker but as a provider of sustainable power. Must Read: Warren Buffett Loves These 4 Tech Stocks 8. Jeff Bezos, Amazon Founder & CEO Ranked No. 15 on Forbes' 2015 billionaires list, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has amassed a personal fortune of $38.9 billion. Since launching the company in 1994, he has played a key role in developing the e-commerce and online retail businesses as we know them today. Bezos has supervised Amazon's expansion into other businesses, including its cloud-computing division Amazon Web Services, the company's fastest-growing segment. It has also rolled out Amazon Prime, an annual membership program that entails enhanced services related to shipping and content. "After two decades of risk taking and teamwork, and with generous helpings of good fortune all along the way, we are now happily wed to what I believe are three ... life partners: Marketplace, Prime, and AWS," Bezos wrote in his 2014 letter to shareholders. 7. Paul Eremenko, Google ATAP Director According to Juniper Research, Google's biggest tech influencer isn't CEO Larry Page, nor is it co-founder Sergey Brin or Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt. Instead, it is Paul Eremenko, director of engineering at Google's Advanced Technology & Projects organization (ATAP). He took on the position in March 2014. Eremenko heads Google's Project Ara, a development effort to create a modular hardware ecosystem around smartphones. The project's goal is to deliver mobile Internet to "the next 5 billion people" and to enable users to create a smartphone that is tailored to their functional and aesthetic preferences. The idea is to allow users to upgrade and exchange different parts of their phones when necessary and market to those who don't already have smartphones. Must Read: 11 Safe High-Yield Dividend Stocks for Times of Volatility and Uncertainty 6. Jack Ma, Alibaba Founder & Chairman Jack Ma built Alibaba from the ground up and led the way in taking the company public in the largest global IPO ever last year. Ma has served as the e-commerce giant's executive chairman since May 2013, when he stepped down to allow Jonathan Lu take the CEO post. But less than two years after taking the reigns, Lu was ousted in May in favor of Chief Operating Officer Daniel Zhang. Though he no longer holds the chief executive title, Ma still runs a tight ship at Alibaba, which continues to evolve technologically. The company is working to gain a larger share in China's smartphone market and hopes handsets running on its mobile operating system will reach sales of 30 million units in the next 12 months. Alibaba also recently invested $590 million in Chinese smartphone company Meizu -- another indication of where its mobile strategy is headed. 5. Reed Hastings, Netflix Co-Founder & CEO Reed Hastings co-founded Netflix in 1997 and now serves as the company's CEO. He has led Netflix in maneuvering the evolving technological landscape and making the transition from a DVD mail-delivery service to the on-demand Internet streaming giant it is today. Hastings has worked to expand Netflix's original content offerings and has supervised its forays into international markets. Moreover, Netflix isn't the only tech company over which Hastings has influence. He joined the Facebook board in 2011 and served on Microsoft's board from 2007 to 2012. Must Read: 5 Tech Stocks George Soros Loves for 2015 4. Travis Kalanick, Uber CEO Uber appears to be on its way to a $50 billion valuation, and an IPO for the company still doesn't appear to be on the near horizon. If and when it does go public, investors will have co-founder and CEO Travis Kalanick to thank for much of its success. Kalanick launched ridesharing app Uber alongside Garrett Camp in 2009 and has watched his creation skyrocket since. But the company's explosive takeoff hasn't been without friction, as taxi companies have been less than welcoming to Uber's city-by-city rollout. Most recently, Kalanick has become the subject of a lawsuit claiming he stole the original Uber idea. Despite obstacles, Kalanick remains confident and continues to forge ahead. Uber is currently testing out driverless cars in Pittsburgh. 3. Min-Liang Tan, Razer Co-Founder & CEO Min-Liang Tan launched the games-products company alongside Robert Krakoff in 1998. Shortly after, they released the Razer Boomslang, the world's first gaming mouse. Razer has come a long way since then, as has Tan, who serves as the company's CEO and creative director. He is a founding member of the Open Source Virtual Reality Alliance, which aims to push the virtual reality gaming experience forward and create an ecosystem to set up an open standard for the space. Tan has also been involved in Razer's clampdown on counterfeit product sales online. "Counterfeit goods put a huge toll on innovation and growth across many industries worldwide," he said recently. "By investing in bringing down these operations, Razer hopes to set an example that that kind of criminal activity will not be tolerated. Must Read: 10 Stocks Every Millennial Should Add to Their Portfolio Right Now 2. Jony Ive, Apple Chief Design Officer Jony Ive has been responsible for leading Apple's design team since 1996. Until being promoted to chief design officer this week, he served as the company's senior vice president of design. Juniper Research notes Ive's work on the Apple Watch that is now being emulated by other smartwatch designers, including doodle functionality, near-field-communications and Wi-Fi capabilities and hardware features. Of course, he has left his mark on numerous Apple products in the past. Following Ive's promotion, Richard Howarth and Alan Dye will lead the way on hardware and software design at Apple. Ive will oversee the team; however, some have suggested that Ive's promotion is actually a transition away from the company. 1. Satya Nadella, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella succeeded Steve Ballmer as CEO of Microsoft in early 2014 and has a more than 20-year trajectory with the company, which he first joined in 1992. One of Nadella's most anticipated maneuvers since arriving at the helm of Microsoft has been the rollout of Windows-as-a-Service, much of which is still taking shape. The company's Windows 10 release will be its last version of Windows, and instead of launching major new releases in the future, Microsoft will make regular improvements and have updates. Nadella is also moving Microsoft in a more device-neutral direction. He said in a recent interview with Fortune magazine that Windows 10 is the beginning of a new generation of Windows. "Windows has gone way beyond the PC," he said. "It's one core, one store, one platform." 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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Here are two health care and two technology stocks to watch for continued momentum. AMED data by YCharts 1. Amedisys Amedisys , a home health and hospice care provider, has been in a rising channel since last June, when it broke out of a base. The stock wedged and broke out again several times, running to the top of the channel, and has been consolidating since the start of this year. In the last month, the stock has rallied off support and looks poised to break out of its consolidation, especially with the big day Wednesday, up $2.54, or 8.7%, to $31.67 on 674,400 shares traded on an analyst upgrade. That's the biggest volume on an up-day since October. It closed slightly above the prior high, which is important in terms of the breakaway move. The target is the top of the channel at $39-to-$39.50. CLLS data by YCharts 2. Cellectis Cellectis , a fairly new biopharma IPO, has done extremely well in the last three days, in particular. It had an explosive pop on Monday, an inside day on Tuesday, and followed through on Wednesday, up $4.54, or 12.4%, to $40.99 on 1.5 million shares traded. The stock had gotten as high as $43.55 intraday. With the momentum here and the month-long base having been completed, the stock could run up to the mid-to-high $40's before it begins a pullback. Watch for another extension in the next day or two. Must Read: 4 Momentum Stocks Breaking Out and Poised to Move Higher NPTN data by YCharts 3. NeoPhotonics NeoPhotonics , a swing trade pick of ours, is doing great. The semiconductor firm rallied over 100% in March, pulled back perfectly into early May, and popped again and flagged recently. On Wednesday, it rose for the third day in a row, up 44 cents, or 5.6%, to $8.28 on big volume of 1.3 million shares. Targets are $9.75 and $11.50-to-$12. Must Read: 3 Semiconductor Stocks to Buy Now SIMO data by YCharts 4. Silicon Motion Technology Silicon Motion Technology had a big pop on Wednesday, up $2.66, or 8.4%, to $34.38 on 1.5 million shares. That's the best volume in a couple months for this semiconductor company. The move broke the stock out of a month-long wedge and through a lateral resistance level at the April highs. Short-term the stock should get to 36-36.25, and then, if it extends to the top of the channel, look for a run up to the low $40's. See more video chart analysis on these stocks.

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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Shares of Terex Corp are slipping, sharply down by 6.68% to $26.25 on heavy volume in midday trading Thursday, after the company's presentation highlighted some negative aspects of its business at KeyBanc's Industrial, Automotive and Transportation Conference last night. Terex highlighted a "challenging environment" and noted "difficult end market demand," especially in its cranes and materials processing segments. It noted that crane product strength in the Middle East market was offset by weakness in the Americas, Australia and Europe. For its materials processing segment, the company said low commodity prices continue to be a market headwind. It also sees continued softness in Australia and Russia. Still, the company reaffirmed its 2015 earnings outlook of between $2 to $2.30 per share for the full year. In the first quarter of 2015, Terex repurchased $48 million shares. About 2.86 million shares of Terex have exchanged hands as of 12:22 p.m. ET today, compared to its average trading volume of about 2.12 million shares a day. Westport, Conn.-based Terex is a lifting and material handling solutions company, focused on providing its operations and delivering solutions for a range of commercial applications, including construction, infrastructure, quarrying, mining, manufacturing, transportation, energy and utility industries. Separately, TheStreet Ratings team rates TEREX CORP as a Hold with a ratings score of C+. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation: "We rate TEREX CORP (TEX) a HOLD. The primary factors that have impacted our rating are mixed, some indicating strength, some showing weaknesses, with little evidence to justify the expectation of either a positive or negative performance for this stock relative to most other stocks. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its reasonable valuation levels, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income, poor profit margins and weak operating cash flow." Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows: Regardless of the drop in revenue, the company managed to outperform against the industry average of 10.5%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly dropped by 9.6%. Weakness in the company's revenue seems to have hurt the bottom line, decreasing earnings per share. Even though the current debt-to-equity ratio is 1.07, it is still below the industry average, suggesting that this level of debt is acceptable within the Machinery industry. Regardless of the somewhat mixed results with the debt-to-equity ratio, the company's quick ratio of 0.88 is weak. Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to -$110.70 million or 539.28% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower. The company, on the basis of change in net income from the same quarter one year ago, has significantly underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500 and the Machinery industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 97.1% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $35.00 million to $1.00 million. You can view the full analysis from the report here: TEX Ratings Report

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BALTIMORE (Stockpickr) -- As an investor, there's nothing like waking up one morning to find out that one of your favorite stocks just got acquired for a fat premium -- and the semiconductor industry has been the place to be for buyouts in 2015. Year-to-date, merger and acquisition activity in semiconductor stocks is up 921% to $69.7 billion in deals. That number got a big shot in the arm this morning, after Avago Technologies announced it was buying Broadcom in the biggest acquisition deal in the tech sector. Must Read: Warren Buffett's Top 10 Stock Buys The question now is "Who's next?" Instead of focusing on the fundamentals behind the next potential chip acquisition target, today we're turning to the charts for a technical look at three big chip stocks that could become buyouts. For the unfamiliar, technical analysis is a way for investors to quantify qualitative factors, such as investor psychology, based on a stock's price action and trends. Once the domain of cloistered trading teams on Wall Street, technicals can help top traders make consistently profitable trades and can aid fundamental investors in better planning their stock execution. Looking at the technicals for a buyout candidate actually makes a lot of sense. After all, when it comes to getting in to a stock trade, timing is everything. Technical analysis provides a risk management framework that helps you get the timing right. Likewise, technical strength can also be a buyout indicator. For instance, it indicates when market participants are accumulating shares. (That's also a big part of why huge hedge funds such as SAC Capital have turned to technical tools such as DeMark indicators to try to spot buyouts ahead of time.) Without further ado, let's take a look at five technical setups worth trading now. Must Read: 5 Rocket Stocks to Buy for Blastoff Gains Skyworks Solutions Up first is $21 billion analog semiconductor stock Skyworks Solutions . Skyworks has been a phenomenal performer in 2015, rallying more than 50% since the calendar flipped to January. For comparison, the broad-based SPDR Technology ETF is only up 5.6% so far this year. SWKS is absolutely stomping its peers. But don't worry if you've missed the move in SWKS. Shares are kicking off a second leg higher this month. After powering higher at the start of the year, Skyworks started consolidating sideways in a "rounding bottom" pattern back in late March. The rounding bottom is a bullish price setup that looks just like it sounds. The pattern indicates a gradual transition in control from sellers to buyers -- and while it's typically a reversal pattern that comes at the bottom of a down-move, SWKS' chart popped up at the top of shares' recent range. The breakout signal came on last week's move through $102.50 resistance. Now, with that level taken out, it makes sense to buy Skyworks. Relative strength adds some confidence to the SWKS trade right now. Skyworks' relative strength line (not to be confused with RSI) has been in an uptrend of its own going back more than a year now, which is an indication that shares are outperforming the broad market in good times and bad ones. As long as that uptrend in relative strength remains intact, this stock should keep meaningfully outperforming the S&P. Must Read: 5 Stocks Triggering Big Breakout Trades Cirrus Logic Cirrus Logic is another analog chipmaker that's been rallying hard in 2015; shares are 59% higher today than they were at the start of the year. Like SWKS, they could be headed higher still -- and the good news is that you don't need to be an expert technical trader to see why. The price action in Cirrus Logic is about as simple as it gets. All year long, CRUS has been bouncing higher in an uptrending channel, a price pattern formed by a pair of parallel trend lines that identify the high-probability range for shares of Cirrus to stay stuck within. In other words, every test of trend line support has provided a low-risk high-reward opportunity to be a buyer, and as shares come off a support bounce yesterday, we've got a fresh signal to get in. Waiting for that bounce is important for two key reasons: It's the spot where shares have the most room to move up before they hit resistance, and it's the spot where the risk is the least (because shares have the least room to move lower before the channel breaks, and you know you're wrong). Remember, all trend lines do eventually break, but by actually waiting for this bounce to happen first, you're ensuring CRUS can actually still catch a bid along that line before you put your money on shares. If you decide to buy CRUS here, the 50-day moving average is a logical place to park a protective stop. Must Read: George Soros' Top 5 Dividend Stock Picks for 2015 InvenSense Last up on our list is small-cap electronic sensor stock InvenSense . This chart is a pretty stark contrast from the others. For starters, shares are actually down 13% in 2015. But there's still an opportunity to get in on this buyout candidate, as long as you're patient enough to wait for buyers to regain control. After selling off hard last fall, INVN started tracking sideways in a price consolidation called a "rectangle pattern". The rectangle pattern gets its name because the setup basically "boxes in" shares between those horizontal support and resistance lines on the chart. For InvenSense, the levels to watch are resistance up at $17 and support at $14. It pays to be reactionary with this price chart, after all, rectangles are "if/then patterns". Put a different way, if INVN breaks out through resistance at $17, then traders have a buy signal. Otherwise, if the stock violates support at $14, then the high-probability trade is more downside. The recent pullback in INVN could actually make this stock more attractive for potential acquirers – at least from a value standpoint. But for investors trying to hold shares, it's smart to wait for buyers to regain control with a move above $17 before putting your money on the line… Must Read: How to Trade 3 of the Market's Most Active Stocks

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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- The U.S. has entered a second Gilded Age, according to a recent study by UBS and PricewaterhouseCoopers, but don't expect it to last too long. Not only do billionaires today have new philanthropic opportunities, they face an increasing social backlash. The report analyzed 917 "self-made" billionaires who amassed a combined fortune of $3.6 trillion, primarily by advancing the Internet in various ways, revolutionizing finance and taking advantage of industrial and consumer booms throughout Asia. Must Read: What Jamie Dimon Thinks Banks Can Learn From Silicon Valley "The past 35 years have been a period of extraordinary wealth creation," according to the report. "Only the 'Gilded Age' at the beginning of the 20th century bears any comparison. Then fortunes were created from industrial innovation, in sectors such as steel, cars and electricity. Now they are being made from the consumer industry, technology and financial innovation in the US and Europe." The report covers 1,300 billionaires in total over a 19-year period, and surveys the 14 markets most familiar to the super-rich, which account for three quarters of all billionaires. The findings suggest the new Gilded Age may soon come to an end: Many billionaires are aging and looking for ways to parcel out their fortunes, and some are turning to philanthropy. "Traditional philanthropy has been criticized for being too detached, isolated and reactive," according to the report. "The billionaire of today has better options. Much more emphasis is being placed on social investing and results: lives changed, improved health conditions, financing of causes via micro-lending. Current philanthropy is focusing much more on tracking and delivering measurable and tangible results." For billionaires choosing to keep the money in their families, two factors may erode their fortunes: punitive taxation spurred by popular discontent with income inequality and a tendency for heirs to squander inherited wealth. "Once wealth gets handed over to the next generation it tends to fragment and dissipate rapidly," according to the report. The conditions that favor the rise of billionaires tend to be cyclical, the authors suggested. "The response to rising inequality, increasing taxes and asset-price deflation may all play a part in slowing the current cycle." The report also finds that youth plays a large factor in determining who will become a billionaire. More than a fifth of self-made billionaires were found to launch a business before turning 30, and more than two-thirds did so before age 40. Geography also plays a role: 25% of Asia's self-made billionaires grew up in poverty, compared with 8% in the U.S. and 6% in Europe. "They're also younger than their peers in other parts of the world," the report said. "Asian self-made billionaires have an average age of 57, making them almost 10 years younger than their counterparts in the U.S. and Europe." Asian and European billionaires typically handle their ventures differently than Americans, with most setting up dynasties, which happens less in the U.S., the report found. More than half of Asian and European billionaire families continue managing a business after the founder's retirement, versus only 36% in the U.S. Must Read: 4 Books on Goldman Sachs CEO's Nightstand

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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- SandRidge Energy Inc. announced on Thursday morning that it has commenced a private offering of $1 billion in aggregate principal amount of senior secured notes, which will be due in 2020. Shares of SandRidge Energy are down by 3.72% to $1.16 on heavy volume in early afternoon trading on Thursday. "The notes will be secured on a second lien priority basis and guaranteed by each of the company's restricted subsidiaries that will guarantee the company's revised revolving credit facility," SandRidge said in a statement. "The issuance of the notes will be conditioned on, among other things, the effectiveness of a fully-committed revised $500 million borrowing base first lien revolving credit facility," the company added."It's not surprising that SandRidge is issuing second-lien debt given that they amended their credit agreement earlier this year to allow them to do that," said Bloomberg Intelligence analyst Spencer Cutter. "Not only does it get them some additional capital and liquidity, but you're also swapping out borrowing-base liquidity -- which is subject to revisions every few months -- to a bond that, once issued, it's issued," Cutter added. So far today, 15.13 million shares of SandRidge Energy have exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 14.55 million shares. SandRidge is an Oklahoma City, OK.-based oil and natural gas company that focuses on exploration and production activities in the mid-continent region of the U.S. Separately, TheStreet Ratings team rates SANDRIDGE ENERGY INC as a Sell with a ratings score of D. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation: "We rate SANDRIDGE ENERGY INC (SD) a SELL. This is driven by multiple weaknesses, which we believe should have a greater impact than any strengths, and could make it more difficult for investors to achieve positive results compared to most of the stocks we cover. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income, generally high debt management risk, disappointing return on equity, weak operating cash flow and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself." Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows: The company, on the basis of change in net income from the same quarter one year ago, has significantly underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500 and the Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 659.1% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from -$136.34 million to -$1,034.95 million. The debt-to-equity ratio is very high at 3.76 and currently higher than the industry average, implying increased risk associated with the management of debt levels within the company. To add to this, SD has a quick ratio of 0.53, this demonstrates the lack of ability of the company to cover short-term liquidity needs. Return on equity has greatly decreased when compared to its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a signal of major weakness within the corporation. Compared to other companies in the Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels industry and the overall market, SANDRIDGE ENERGY INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500. Net operating cash flow has declined marginally to $90.10 million or 0.39% when compared to the same quarter last year. Despite a decrease in cash flow of 0.39%, SANDRIDGE ENERGY INC is still significantly exceeding the industry average of -53.34%. Despite any intermediate fluctuations, we have only bad news to report on this stock's performance over the last year: it has tumbled by 82.70%, worse than the S&P 500's performance. Consistent with the plunge in the stock price, the company's earnings per share are down 606.45% compared to the year-earlier quarter. Naturally, the overall market trend is bound to be a significant factor. However, in one sense, the stock's sharp decline last year is a positive for future investors, making it cheaper (in proportion to its earnings over the past year) than most other stocks in its industry. But due to other concerns, we feel the stock is still not a good buy right now. You can view the full analysis from the report here: SD Ratings Report

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NEW YORK (The Deal) -- Chipmaker Avago Technologies capped a recent acquisition spree with the $37 billion purchase of Broadcom , announced Thursday. The payout includes $17 billion in cash and $20 billion in equity. Avago expects to close the deal in the first quarter of 2016. Must Read: 5 Tech Stocks George Soros Loves for 2015 Avago CEO Hock Tan said the mega-deal would create "a global diversified leader in communications semiconductors" during a Thursday investor call. Broadcom CEO Scott McGregor said that "size and scale are becoming increasingly important" as the semiconductor industry evolves, and noted that the combined companies would be the third-largest chip company following the deal. Under Avago's proposal, Broadcom shareholders can opt for $54.50 in cash or stock in the new company. Broadcom shares fell 2.6% to $55.66 on the news, after rising sharply a day earlier on buyout speculation. Avago fell by less than 1% to $141. Broadcom develops semiconductors for wired and wireless communications, with applications in voice, video and other products. Customers range from tech manufacturers Samsung and Hewlett-Packard to cable operators Comcast and Cox Communications. Hock said that the post-merger company would have balance between wired and wireless products, and noted that Broadcom's broadband network operations would open up new markets. The combined companies would generate $15.1 billion in sales, compared to Intel's $55.9 billion and Qualcomm's $27.5 billion. Avago has been acquisitive. The Singapore-based chipmaker agreed to buy Emulex for $606 million earlier this year. Last year, Avago bought PLX Technology for $309 million and paid $6.6 billion for LSI Corp. Wedbush Securities Inc. analyst Betsy Van Hees suggested in a research note that a bidding war is not likely, in part because few companies could acquire a target as large as Broadcom. The analyst said the deal could mirror Avago's purchase of LSI, in which the buyer divested businesses. Avago could drop businesses that Broadcom gained in the $3.7 billion purchase of NetLogic Microsystems, she wrote. Avago said it will fund the deal through cash on the merger partners' books and from $9 billion in new debt. David Marcus contributed to this report Must Read: Cramer: Prepare to Take Profits in Broadcom, I'd Buy Some Chipotle Read more from:

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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- XOMA shares are up by 6.33% to $3.53 in trading on Thursday, after the drug manufacturer announced that the required number of events to analyze its Phase 3 EYEGUARD-B study of its Behcet's disease treatment candidate gevokizumab have been reached.Behcet's disease causes chronic inflammation of blood vessels resulting in painful ulcers in the mouth and on the genitals and could eventually lead to blindness if left untreated. The disease is mostly found across Asia with 15,000 individuals in the U.S. also having the disease.Gevokizumab is an antibody treatment that has the potential to treat patients with a wide variety of inflammatory diseases.The treatment showed significant potential versus a placebo when used in conjunction with other treatments, according to XOMA. TheStreet Ratings team rates XOMA CORP as a Sell with a ratings score of D-. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation: "We rate XOMA CORP (XOMA) a SELL. This is driven by a number of negative factors, which we believe should have a greater impact than any strengths, and could make it more difficult for investors to achieve positive results compared to most of the stocks we cover. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its unimpressive growth in net income and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself." Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows: You can view the full analysis from the report here: XOMA Ratings Report XOMA data by YCharts

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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- The developing soccer corruption scandal has done more than put top FIFA officials in hot water. It has left some of the world's biggest brand names in a bind over their continued sponsorship of the organization. On Wednesday, the U.S. Justice Department unsealed a 47-count indictment charging 14 people, including officials of the International Federation of Association Football (FIFA), with racketeering, wire fraud and money laundering. The indictment alleges bribes date back to 1991 and have accumulated to more than $150 million. "It spans at least two generations of soccer officials who, as alleged, have abused their positions of trust to acquire millions of dollars in bribes and kickbacks," said Attorney General Loretta Lynch. The scandal has echoed internationally, and it has had an impact on the corporate world as well. Sponsors are in a pinch about what steps to take next, and one brand may even be implicated in some of the wrongdoing. According to multiple reports, FIFA raked in $5.7 billion between 2011 and 2014 (including the 2012 World Cup in Brazil). Some $1.6 billion of that came from sponsors and commercial partners. Here's a look at which brands, banks and companies are tied to the FIFA scandal and what they're saying and doing about it. Visa Visa is one of the first FIFA sponsors to speak out regarding the indictments, and the credit card giant isn't pulling any punches. "Our disappointment and concern with FIFA in light of today's developments is profound," representatives wrote in a statement released Wednesday. "As a sponsor, we expect FIFA to take swift and immediate steps to address these issues within its organization." The company also said that if FIFA should fail to make changes, it has informed the sporting organization that it will "reassess" its sponsorship. Visa became a FIFA sponsor in 2007, and its estimated $32 million a year deal is set to extend until 2022 -- unless, of course, it decides to pull out. In 2015, Visa is set to be a part of five FIFA events. Coca-Cola One of FIFA's longest-standing corporate sponsors, Coca-Cola has had a formal association with the organization since 1974 and has been an official sponsor of the FIFA World Cup since 1978. According to the FIFA website, it has had stadium advertising at every World Cup since 1950. Its latest estimated $32 million a year sponsorship deal, renewed in 2005, is set to run through 2022. Coca-Cola issued a statement addressing the FIFA investigation on Wednesday. "This lengthy controversy has tarnished the mission and ideals of the FIFA World Cup and we have repeatedly expressed our concerns about these serious allegations. We expect FIFA to continue to address these issues thoroughly. FIFA has stated that it is responding to all requests for information and we are confident it will continue to cooperate fully with the authorities," it said. Notably, Wednesday's comments come just a week after Coca-Cola released a separate statement regarding human rights and labor issues in Qatar, which is set to host the World Cup in 2022. Coca-Cola said that "FIFA is working with Qatari authorities to address questions regarding specific labor and human rights issues" and that it expects the organization to "take these matters seriously and to work toward further progress." Must Read: Warren Buffett's 7 Secrets to Dividend Investing Hyundai-Kia Hyundai's relationship with FIFA dates back to 1999, when it signed an agreement to sponsor 13 competitions. In 2010, Hyundia-Kia Motors extended its relationship through 2022 in a sponsorship agreement that includes comprehensive rights for all FIFA competitions. The company, like Visa and Coca-Cola, has put out a public reaction to the allegations. "As a company that places the highest priority on ethical standards and transparency, Kia Motors is extremely concerned about the legal proceedings being taken against certain FIFA executives and will continue to monitor this situation closely," a Kia spokesperson said in a statement. The company spends an estimated $32 million with FIFA, according to data from sponsorship research and consulting firm IEG. Adidas According to the FIFA website, its relationship with Adidas dates back more than 40 years, and since 1970, the company has supplied the official match ball for all World Cup games. Moreover, the company's ties to soccer stretch far beyond FIFA and extend to specific clubs and players as well. It has agreements with leading teams like Real Madrid and Chelsea as well as soccer superstars Lionel Messi and David Beckham. Given its close ties to the soccer world, it would have been virtually impossible for Adidas to remain silent on this week's allegations. It addressed the issue in email to Business Insider. "The Adidas Group is fully committed to creating a culture that promotes the highest standards of ethics and compliance, and we expect the same from our partners. Following today's news, we can therefore only encourage FIFA to continue to establish and follow transparent compliance standards in everything they do," a representative wrote. "Adidas is the world's leading football brand and we will continue to support football on all levels." The company is one of FIFA's bigger sponsors, spending an estimated $32 million a year with the organization. Must Read: 11 Safe High-Yield Dividend Stocks for Times of Volatility and Uncertainty Gazprom Russian energy company Gazprom became an official partner of FIFA in 2013 and will hold the status for all competitions from 2015 through 2018, including the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. Gazprom is also tied to numerous soccer clubs, including the British Premier League's Chelsea, Russia's Zenit FC and Serbian Crvena Zvezda. Thus far, Gazprom has reacted a bit differently than other FIFA sponsors and official partners and essentially shrugged it off. "Of course Gazprom's sponsorship agreement is not affected by the situation around FIFA," a company spokesperson told CNN. "How can this situation affect it? It simply can't. It's unrelated." McDonald's A sponsor since 1994, McDonald's has forked over what CNN estimates to be $19 million a year for its sponsorship deal with FIFA -- in line with what Coca-Cola and Budweiser have likely paid, and well under the $32 million spent annually by Adidas and Visa. And like its fellow high-paying FIFA sponsors, McDonald's isn't thrilled with the organization right now. "McDonald's takes matters of ethics and corruption very seriously and the news from the U.S. department of justice is extremely concerning," the company said in a statement. "We are in contact with FIFA on this matter. We will continue to monitor the situation very closely." Must Read: Warren Buffett's Top 10 Dividend Stocks Budweiser Budweiser became a World Cup sponsor in the 1986 contest in Mexico. Its parent company, Anheuser-Busch Inbev , has extended local sponsorship rights to brands in select soccer markets, including Quilmes in Argentina and Hasseroder in Germany. It spends an estimated $19 million a year with the organization. Budweiser representatives said in a statement regarding FIFA corruption charges that it expects all of its partners to maintain "strong ethical standards" and operate with transparency. "We continue to closely monitor the situation through ongoing communications with FIFA," representatives said. This isn't the first time Anheuser-Busch has had to reevaluate its sponsorship deals in recent months. In September 2014, it issued a statement regarding its relationship with the NFL in response to growing concerns over the league's handling of domestic violence and the actions of its players off the field. "We are disappointed and increasingly concerned by the recent incidents that have overshadowed this NFL season. We are not yet satisfied with the league's handling of behaviors that so clearly go against our own company culture and moral code. We have shared our concerns and expectations with the league," the company said at the time. Nike While most companies are looking at the FIFA scandal from the outside, Nike may be right in the thick of things. A number of outlets, including Bloomberg, have suggested that an unidentified sportswear company accused of bribing a Brazilian soccer official in the Justice Department indictment is, in fact, Nike. The charges refer to a U.S. company that signed a partnership with the Brazilian federation in 1996 -- the same year Nike announced a deal to sponsor Brazil's national team's uniforms. Thus far, Nike has not had much to say regarding allegations that it may be the unidentified offender. "Nike believes in ethical and fair play in both business and sport and strongly opposes any form of manipulation or bribery," it said an an email statement. "We have been cooperating, and will continue to cooperate, with the authorities." 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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Shares of AbbVie Inc. were down 0.52% to $67.03 in midday trading Thursday, after analysts at Morgan Stanley resumed coverage on the pharmaceutical company with an "equal weight" rating this morning. Analysts at the firm set a price target of $72 on AbbVie shares and noted some long-term uncertainty. At the same time, Morgan Stanley added that there is significant margin enhancement opportunities going forward. The firm expects the company to report operating margins of 41% for 2015, which would rise to 50% in 2020 driven by factors including operating leverage, the elimination of royalties associated with Humira, and future cost-cutting initiatives. North Chicago, Ill.-based AbbVie is a global research-based pharmaceutical company. The company's products are used to treat chronic autoimmune diseases. Its portfolio of products includes HUMIRA, Synthroid, AndroGel, Creon, Kaletra, Norvir, Lupron, Niaspan, TriCor, TRILIPIX, Synagis, Duodopa, Duopa, Zemplar and Sevofluran. Insight from TheStreet's Research Team: Bryan Ashenberg and Bob Lang have identified AbbVie as the TrifectaStocks.com Chart of the Day. Here is what Ashenberg and Lang had to say about the stock's chart: We look for stocks that exhibit great Relative Strength vs. the market. This tells us that after a market drop we'll see money starting to flow towards the best and strongest names. As the market has been undergoing some rolling corrections and selling under the surface, there are names that have been working. Since spinning off from Abbott Laboratories in late 2012, AbbVie has more than doubled. For a big pharma name, that is quite impressive. If it breaks resistance here at $67 there is some big time upside left. The chart looks constructive here and shows clear resistance from prior highs. The stock just cannot seem to lift past the $67 level. The lid has been in effect on four occasions now, but notice in April the big resistance at $61, then the stock bolted higher. Volume of late has been solid, and after Tuesday's market drubbing we saw this name up all day long, in opposition to the market. The %R has been bullish as well and provided a nice chance to get long in early May -- but it was brief. Overbought does not mean it's time to sell. - Bryan Ashenberg and Bob Lang, "Chart of the Day: ABBV," originally published 5/28/15 on TrifectaStocks.com Want more information like this from Bryan Ashenberg and Bob Lang BEFORE your stock moves? Learn more about Trifecta Stocks now. Separately, TheStreet Ratings team rates ABBVIE INC as a Hold with a ratings score of C. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation: "We rate ABBVIE INC (ABBV) a HOLD. The primary factors that have impacted our rating are mixed, some indicating strength, some showing weaknesses, with little evidence to justify the expectation of either a positive or negative performance for this stock relative to most other stocks. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company has favored debt over equity in the management of its balance sheet." You can view the full analysis from the report here: ABBV Ratings Report

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NEW YORK (The Street) --Beef prices, which have been rising steadily for over fourteen months, will begin to fall in the next several months, said Todd Simon, Senior Vice President at Omaha Steaks. The last year's price increases reflected decreased beef supply, but that's about to change. Must Read: Warren Buffett's Top 10 Dividend Stocks "The market was hit a couple of years ago with high corn prices, and then there was some drought issues, and ranchers cut back," according to Simon. "Now as prices are increasing, ranchers are bringing more beef to the market. So we'll start to see probably in the next several months prices go down a little bit," he added. Noting that it generally takes 18 months to bring beef to the market, Simon said Omaha Steaks buys in large quantities and buys in advance, which gives the company an advantage on pricing. The company is trying to keep prices stable for consumers, he said. There has been higher demand both domestically and around the world for beef, said Simon, adding that Omaha Steaks is a relatively small player but in the high-end market the company is seeing good demand from its two million customers. Almost all of Omaha Steak's current business is domestic and direct to consumer, although it does sell internationally on an opportunistic basis. Simon said international markets might be a potential area for growth, but the company would have to navigate through the many political issues surrounding beef exports. He said he hasn't seen any increase in the business from consumers shying away from poultry after bird flu outbreaks, but noted that seasonally, the summer is a period that typically sees increased demand for beef. While steaks have been the mainstay of the business for a long time, Omaha Steaks is building out its burger business and has even added non-beef burgers to its offerings, which, according to Simon, has seen sales pick up as consumers look for value. Must Read: 16 Rock-Solid Dividend Stocks With 50 Years of Increasing Dividends and Market-Beating Performance


NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Amazon is offering free same-day shipping for its Prime subscribers in some of its key markets. The e-commerce giant said the service will be available without a fee for a limited time, and added that it is expanding same-day delivery to two additional cities. The online retailer's quick shipping service previously cost $5.99 for same-day delivery for those who've already bought a $99 annual Prime membership. But now the service is free for its Prime customers with an order of more than $35. Amazon Prime members will need to place their order by noon to receive the package delivery by 9 p.m. on that same day. Must Read: 10 Stocks Carl Icahn Is Buying The Seattle based e-commerce powerhouse is expanding the same-day delivery service to a total of 14 cities, with the addition of San Diego, Calif. and Tampa Bay, Fla. Amazon first launched its Prime program a decade ago, with free two-day shipping with an annual membership fee. In 2009, Amazon Prime started its same-day delivery service, and last year it started a one-hour delivery service called Prime Now. Amazon has said that Prime membership within the U.S. rose 50% in 2014. The launch of the free same-day delivery service comes within days of rival Wal-Mart Stores' announcement of its plans to test a new unlimited online shipping service this summer for $50 a year. Additionally, Google started offering its express shopping option recently. The Google service allows retailers without same-day delivery options to use its network in certain markets. The Google Express service costs $10 per month, or $95 a year. Both the Walmart and Google programs' annual costs are lower than Amazon Prime membership fees. Must Read: Amazon, Twitter, Uber, Lending Club and the Next Internet Bubble Separately, TheStreet Ratings team rates AMAZON.COM INC as a Hold with a ratings score of C. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation: "We rate AMAZON.COM INC (AMZN) a HOLD. The primary factors that have impacted our rating are mixed, some indicating strength, some showing weaknesses, with little evidence to justify the expectation of either a positive or negative performance for this stock relative to most other stocks. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, robust revenue growth and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and feeble growth in the company's earnings per share."You can view the full analysis from the report here: AMZN Ratings Report

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text Why Banks Should Be Prioritizing Mobile
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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Consumers are using their phones for every task possible -- and increasingly for banking. About 23% of consumers primarily use a mobile device to access a checking account, according to a new study from Javelin Strategy & Research. The number of weekly mobile bankers is now equal to the number of customers who use a physical bank branch. Must Read: 10 Stocks George Soros Is Buying In just four years, the number of weekly mobile bank users rose to 27% of consumers who use banks, up from 9%, as the number of weekly branch bank users fell to 28% from 40%. Javelin predicts that the number of weekly mobile bank users will continue to rise as the number of weekly branch bank users decreases. In short, banks need to be thinking mobile or they stand to lose the business of 56 million mobile-first Americans. Mobile-first customers are more likely to switch banks, with 27% saying they are likely to switch in the next year (vs. 16% for those who aren't mobile-first). Banks should be striving to retain these customers and meet them where they are. Most banks have already realized that mobile should be a priority. JPMorgan Chase , for instance, has invested 8% to 9% of its annual revenue in global technology and digital innovation for the past six years. Bank of America too is realizing the opportunity in mobile. BofA reported in the first quarter of 2015 that 13% of deposits made by its customers were being transacted through mobile. Bank of America and Chase tie for attracting the most mobile-first customers, while Wells Fargo comes in third and Citibank comes in fourth. "We continue to invest in products and innovation, as well as efficiency," Bank of America CEO Brian Moynihan said during the company's first-quarter earnings call. "A simple example: in our consumer mobile banking space, we now have 70 million mobile banking customers up over 2 million from last year." If they haven't already, bank executives need to "recognize, plan for, and fund this rapidly changing customer focus," the report stated. Some features that banks may want to look into include mobile check deposits, pre-login balance checks, mobile search and in-app appointment scheduling. "The customer has spoken: banks should treat mobile as a 'first screen,'" said Mary Monahan, executive vice president and research director at Javelin. "They can do this by offering an end-to-end mobile banking package vs. a sliced-and-diced version for a smaller screen." While planning for mobile, banks can leverage data to cater to the demographics that are already mobile-first. For instance, those who bank mobile-first tend to be young -- 71% are under age 45 -- meaning that they might need a bit more hand-holding and financial advice. They might be getting ready to buy a house or a car, and might be in need of loans. Younger consumers typically are more cautious and risk-averse compared to older consumers, according to Javelin. Must Read: PayPal Emphasizes Mobile in Its Vision for an eBay-Free Future Banks should provide information and help these young consumers on the devices that they're already using. Additionally, mobile-first customers tend to use Apple devices, with 52% of mobile-first customers preferring iPhones over Google Android phones and 57% preferring iPads over Android tablets. So if banks are strapped for resources, it's in their best interest to start with iOS apps, since that's where the mobile-first customers tend to be. Ideally, though, banks should be working on omnichannel strategies that span all devices and operating systems. Mobile-first bankers are also more likely to be employed full time than those who don't bank mobile first. And they're twice as likely to be students. They're also more likely to be female and have children, and they earn a mean income of $76,000. "Financial institutions should strive to hold a unified view of the customer, wherever he or she decides to transact, providing an easier to navigate, seamless and branded banking experience," Monahan said. "As customers develop banking habits, it is to the bank's benefit to influence the creation of cost-efficient behaviors, such as preferring online- over paper-statements. It's not up the bank to dictate how the customer transacts, but it is their responsibility to make banking easier and more convenient," said Monahan. Must Read: Top 10 Takeaways From Mary Meeker's Internet Report

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text WhiteWave in Need of a Healthy Pullback
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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- After tracing out a very healthy five-month consolidation, WhiteWave exploded to the upside as February began. The powerful rally carried shares steadily higher for 10 weeks. WWAV gained over 45% during this impressive run while attracting multiple accumulation waves. The first measurable pullback took place in late April just as upside trade dipped well below average. Early this month WWAV found support near the $43 area following an 8% pullback from the April peak. On May 8, the stock received a huge jolt from its first-quarter earnings report. Shares jumped over 5% on the news, leaving behind a huge upside gap in the process. Must Read: Warren Buffett's Top 10 Stock Buys WWAV stalled for a bit as it battled supply near the April high but began to drift higher once again last week. The stock remained in a tight range just above the old highs until yesterday, when shares were hit with another buying wave. WWAV surged 3.25% finishing the day right near the highs. With the stock now up 14% from the May low and up over 50% from its 2015 low, a healthy pullback may be needed soon. Although the daily MACD is not in overbought territory, the weekly version certainly is. Along with two big upside volume spikes this month at such lofty price levels, the action is beginning to look exhausted. During WWAV's bull run, multiple layers of support have been left behind. The first layer is the April peak near $47. Considering the extent of the rally, a deeper pullback may be needed. A fade back down to the $44 to $43 area would fill the May 8 breakout gap as well as retest the May low. A short-term base in this major support zone would provide a very low-risk entry opportunity for patient WWAV bulls. Click here to see the below chart in another window. Must Read: George Soros' Top 5 Dividend Stock Picks for 2015

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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Shares of Imax are rallying 4.51% to $40.52 in late morning trading on Thursday, after the Canadian theater company announced today that IMAX China, a subsidiary of IMAX, applied to go public in Hong Kong. The company submitted its application to the Hong Kong stock exchange. China is set to become IMAX's largest market, The Wall Street Journal reports. IMAX has been expanding rapidly in China as it currently has 239 screens with 219 in the pipeline. "The appetite for theatergoing is insatiable," the Journal said, as China's box office surged 36% to $4.8 billion in 2014 from the year before. Additionally, IMAX is planning to sell IMAX at-home theater units made with a television manufacturer by 2015, executives told the Journal. Separately, TheStreet Ratings team rates IMAX CORP as a Buy with a ratings score of A-. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation: "We rate IMAX CORP (IMAX) a BUY. This is based on the convergence of positive investment measures, which should help this stock outperform the majority of stocks that we rate. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, expanding profit margins and solid stock price performance. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income." Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows: The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 3.8%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 29.1%. This growth in revenue does not appear to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, displaying stagnant earnings per share. IMAX's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.04 and is currently below that of the industry average, implying that there has been very successful management of debt levels. The gross profit margin for IMAX CORP is rather high; currently it is at 66.37%. It has increased from the same quarter the previous year. Despite the strong results of the gross profit margin, IMAX's net profit margin of 0.62% significantly trails the industry average. This stock has managed to rise its share value by 57.32% over the past twelve months. We feel that the stock's sharp appreciation over the last year has driven it to a price level which is now somewhat expensive compared to the rest of its industry. The other strengths this company shows, however, justify the higher price levels. IMAX CORP has shown no change in earnings for its most recently reported quarter when compared with the same quarter a year earlier. The company has suffered a declining pattern of earnings per share over the past two years. However, we anticipate this trend to reverse over the coming year. During the past fiscal year, IMAX CORP reported lower earnings of $0.56 versus $0.63 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($1.16 versus $0.56). You can view the full analysis from the report here: IMAX Ratings Report

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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Small businesses applying for federal disaster loans after Superstorm Sandy smashed into the East Coast in 2012 had to wait more than three months, on average, to get their money. It was far longer than many could afford. Must Read: Bill Gross Sees Opportunity in Economies Revving Up at Different Speeds Because small firms typically lack the financial flexibility of large corporations, they have a high failure rate when a disaster forces them to close for long periods, cutting off cash flow. Almost half don't reopen. That predicament combined with the lag time in government credit programs creates an opportunity for online lenders such as OnDeck and Lending Club , which went public late last year and specialize in rapid approvals, said Mark Palmer, an analyst with BTIG Research. "Providing speedy disaster recovery loans could be a profitable endeavor for OnDeck and Lending Club," Palmer said in a report this week, and would demonstrate to the government their ability to "fill the voids left by the apathy of traditional lenders and the inefficiency of government agencies." U.S. Rep. Nydia Velazquez, D-N.Y., highlighted that potential this month in a hearing on alternative lending before the House of Representatives' Small Business Committee. Velazquez, whose district was ravaged by Sandy, has been a vocal advocate of overhauling federal disaster lending. The storm "exposed significant shortcomings in the [Small Business Administration's] disaster lending functions," she said in an e-mail to TheStreet "Online platforms may provide additional avenues for small companies to secure emergency financing. We must work together to ensure there is a wide array of government and private-sector disaster assistance flowing to small businesses after disasters strike." That's important whether the disaster is on the scale of Sandy, which caused an estimated $65 billion in damage, or smaller. This month, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott declared about three dozen counties in and around Houston disaster areas after tornadoes, thunderstorms and flash flooding dislocated thousands of residents. "This is a very good example of a situation where speedy access to capital is needed," Palmer said. "Downtown Houston is being hit by this and small business are going to get hurt. There's a clear need, and there's a clear solution." There are pitfalls, however. Online platforms hike interest rates to an average of 13%, nearly double those on traditional loans, Velazquez said during the committee hearing. The interest rates on Small Business Administration loans don't top 4% if borrowers don't have access to other credit lines and isn't more than 8% even if they do, according to an agency fact sheet. Must Read: Wells Fargo Adds Branches as Rivals Replace Them With Mobile The lower interest rates may not matter that much. Only about 42% of the applicants seeking such loans after Sandy were approved, according to a Government Accountability Office report requested by Velazquez and published in October. "It's not just an issue of speed, it's the issue of an awful lot of businesses not getting approved," Palmer said. SOURCE: House Committee on Small Business report Representatives of Lending Club and OnDeck didn't return phone calls requesting comment for this article. While Lending Club is just beginning in small business lending, OnDeck has demonstrated that its technology-driven platform lets small businesses apply for a loan online at any time, receive a decision in as little as 15 minutes, and then have the loan funded the same day, Palmer said in his report. The world's largest online peer-to-peer exchange connecting borrowers with lenders, Lending Club has a market value of $6.8 billion. The San Francisco-based company began offering small business loans to qualified investors in 2014, in amounts from $15,000 to $100,000, and doesn't make significant investments using its own balance sheet. OnDeck, with a market value of just over $1 billion, uses algorithms to assess the creditworthiness of borrowers and often does lend against assets on its balance sheet, frequently to small businesses. It has also paid attention to disaster lending. In a study released in March, the lender found that 77% of small businesses surveyed were hurt by severe winter weather in the Northeast, Midwest and Southeast. Almost 70% considered borrowing to help bridge the gap. Must Read: GE Tightens Timetable for Winding Down Finance Business Offering disaster-recovery loans might help New York-based OnDeck and Lending Club win Congressional support for the online small business lending industry, much like the United Kingdom has provided, while lessening the likelihood of a regulatory crackdown, Palmer said in the report. The Small Business Administration, or SBA, has tried to team with private lenders in the past, to no avail. One program entitled Immediate Disaster Assistance Program, or IDAP, was enacted in 2008, largely in response to bitter public criticism of the Federal Emergency Management Agency's assistance in the recovery from Hurricane Katrina, which struck New Orleans in 2005. The program was designed to offer government-guaranteed loans of up to $25,000 from private-sector lenders to disaster victims within a 36-hour application approval window, according to the GAO report, entitled "Additional Steps Needed to Help Ensure More Timely Disaster Assistance." The loans would have carried a minimum 10-year repayment period, which discouraged lenders who wanted to be repaid more quickly, according to the report. They preferred a term of five to seven years. According to the Small Business Administration, if the program -- which was designed to connect private lenders in a collaborative effort to federal responders -- was better established, the delays and disappointments after Hurricane Sandy would have been averted. "For Superstorm Sandy, the average business disaster loan amount is $107,000 and takes 46 days to be approved," according to a 2013 agency report. Had the private-sector loan program been in place when Sandy made landfall, it "could have helped some businesses that failed stay in business, supported job retention, and, ultimately, hastened the recovery in affected communities." Must Read: E*TRADE Dangles Dividend Lure After Years Shackled by Debt

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NEW YORK (The Street) -- On CNBC's "Cramer's Stop Trading" segment Thursday, TheStreet's Jim Cramer said Goldman Sachs' upgrade of Ralph Lauren suggests some good news is coming for the designer and retailer of clothing, fragrances and home furnishings. Goldman upgraded the stock Thursday to buy from neutral. Must Read: Warren Buffett's 7 Secrets to Dividend Investing Revealed "I think this is interesting," Cramer said. "Basically, when I read the piece, it said [Ralph Lauren stock] is just too cheap." Cramer questioned that explanation. "Too cheap?" he said. "There's a lot of stocks that are too cheap." RL data by YCharts "I think that this is what you do when you think something good is going to happen," Cramer said. "I just thought that was a red-flagged piece of research. When I read it, I said, 'I bet you there's more to it.' I can't pin it down. I'd be aware, but I think Ralph Lauren's going to bottom." Shares of Ralph Lauren were up $4.30, or 3.4%, at $132.56 at around 11:36 a.m. EDT Thursday. Must Read: 11 Safe High-Yield Dividend Stocks for Times of Volatility and Uncertainty

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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- It may not be as sexy as bitcoin, but Starbucks is trying to create a valuable new currency for its customers and potential customers. The coffee giant has been giving a big push lately to its "My Starbucks Rewards" program in which customers earn "stars" for purchases that can be redeemed for drinks and food. It recently announced a deal with Spotify in which users of the popular music-streaming service can also earn stars."'Stars as Currency' came to life because we wanted to create a loyalty program that has real relevancy to customers," said Starbucks chairman and CEO Howard Schultz Wednesday at the Bernstein Strategic Decisions Conference, referring to the initiative to open up the rewards program to other companies. "Over the next 12 to 18 months, I suspect we will be announcing a number of partnerships that will be emblematic of the deal struck with Spotify." Exclusive Look Inside: You see Jim Cramer on TV. Now, see where he invests his money and why Starbucks is a core holding of his multi-million dollar portfolio. Want to be alerted before Jim Cramer buys or sells SBUX? Learn more now. Starbucks first introduced My Starbucks Rewards back in December 2009, but increased adoption of smartphones and usage of Starbucks' mobile app has made the program easier to use. Customers earn stars when they pay for items at a store with the company's mobile app or a registered Starbucks, Teavana or La Boulange card, or purchase specially marked products, such as bagged coffee, at grocery stores. The rewards program currently has 10 million members, having added 1.3 million new members in the second quarter. About 6 million of those members make enough purchases to qualify for "Gold" status, which entitles them to additional rewards. Starbucks' multi-year deal with Spotify marks the first time customers of an outside company will be able to earn Starbucks rewards. As part of the deal, Starbucks' 150,000 employees in the U.S. will receive Spotify Premium subscriptions and be able to shape the music being played at their stores. My Starbucks Rewards members will also have the opportunity to influence in-store music choices.For Starbucks, the deal will help it to tap into loyal subscribers to the music service, who are likely a more affluent group that sees real value in amassing rewards points for drinks and food. The same could be true of similar deals Starbucks may ink in the future, allowing rewards to be earned for, say, rides in an Uber car or rentals of eco-friendly Zipcars. As for Spotify and other future partners, Starbucks could help them retain customers based on the allure of collecting reward points for free drinks and food at Starbucks. Schultz said Spotify will be paying wholesale prices for stars it issues to its users, but the real value will come from getting Spotify users to sign up for the rewards program and become frequent Starbucks customers. The "Stars as Currency" program is part of Schultz' larger goal of staying one step ahead of its competitors. "We as business people have to see around corners, and be aggressive as hell," said Schultz. As for what else Schultz is seeing around those corners besides more uses for a new currency? Try more locations of the high-end "Reserve Roastery & Tasting Rooms", such as the 15,000 square-foot space opened last year in Seattle. In addition to selling food, the location roasts using huge machines its own premium blend called "Reserve," which is then shipped to other Starbucks locations. No dates were provided on the timing of additional sites, but the performance of the original location was described by Schultz as being "on fire."

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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- The market does not care about you, so focus on achieving your goals instead of trying to beat the market, says Ashvin Chhabra, author of The Aspirational Investor and chief investment officer of Bank of America's Merrill Lynch Wealth Management. "People think they are trying to achieve their goals by investing in the market, but they really only care about 2 things: safety and making a lot of money," says Chhabra. Unfortunately, investors often fixate on those things at the wrong times. When the market is crashing, they think about safety and start selling. When there is a bubble they get greedy and invest everything they have into the fastest growing stocks. In order to avoid this classic "buy high, sell low" psychology, he suggests investors separate their resources into three buckets: Safety, Market and Aspirational. "If your purpose is to protect your money, then put it in the safety bucket which owns assets like Treasuries and be prepared to accept a minimal rate of return because you are buying peace of mind," says Chhabra. Chhabra's market bucket is for those seeking a diversified set of investments and are willing to stay diversified over the long-term. "The reason why people invest in the market is because they get the growth of the world," says Chhabra. "It does not matter if you do it by [exchange-traded funds] or mutual funds or active or passive management." Those seeking to "shoot out the lights" should focus on the aspirational bucket, which should hold things like stock options or a small business. These are investments designed to give investors a high rate of return if successful, but also come with a lot of risk. "Don't invest in other people's businesses. Build your own business or be an executive in a company that gives you stock or stock options that you hope will turn out well," says Chhabra. "Because what you need to outperform the market is leverage and concentration and in the market bucket those are the exact things you want to avoid." Must Read: Warren Buffett's 7 Secrets to Dividend Investing Revealed

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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Shares of Seadrill Ltd. are down by 6.05% to $11.96 in late morning trading on Thursday, after the offshore drilling contractor said it believes challenges facing the rig market due to the collapse in oil prices are likely to remain going into next year. "The industry continues to face challenging times and while the first quarter performance has been solid we are not immune from the wider industry challenges. Indications suggest the remainder of 2015 will see subdued market conditions and the challenging market continuing into 2016," Seadrill CEO Per Wullf said in a statement. Seadrill is controlled by shipping billionaire John Fredrikson, and is the second largest offshore drilling company by volume in the world. The company is currently dealing with a decline in demand from oil companies due to the retreat in oil prices, Bloomberg reports. This morning, Seadrill reported better than expected earnings for the 2015 first quarter of 86 cents per diluted share. Analysts were expecting earnings of 63 cents per share for the period. Revenue was $1.24 billion for the most recent quarter, just missing the $1.26 billion analysts had forecast. Separately, TheStreet Ratings team rates SEADRILL LTD as a Hold with a ratings score of C-. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation: "We rate SEADRILL LTD (SDRL) a HOLD. The primary factors that have impacted our rating are mixed-some indicating strength, some showing weaknesses, with little evidence to justify the expectation of either a positive or negative performance for this stock relative to most other stocks. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its notable return on equity, attractive valuation levels and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including generally higher debt management risk, weak operating cash flow and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself." You can view the full analysis from the report here: SDRL Ratings Report SDRL data by YCharts

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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- A policy change is threatening to slow New York City's current luxury real estate boom -- but it's not the one you think. The specter of the Federal Reserve raising interest rates isn't scaring away new investments, developers say, it's reform of a tax break meant to ensure that affordable housing is built along with luxury apartments. "Interest rates aren't the real immediate issue," said Michael Stern of JDS Development, one of the most active developers in the country. "What we're really concerned about is the uncertainty of what will happen to the 421-a tax abatement." Must Read: Wells Fargo, Bank of America Shut out of New York Luxury Real Estate Boom by Foreign Investors The 421-a tax abatement is a program widely used by New York City developers. By building a number of affordable housing units in new residential buildings, developers get significant tax breaks, saving them roughly $1.1 billion a year. The tax abatement is set to expire in June, leaving developers less eager to jump and more on the observing side. As the June tax abatement ruling looms closer, developer activity has seen a dramatic decline as new development permit applications fell to a new low last month. According to the figures from the Department of Buildings (DOB), April's applications included only 781 of qualifying units compared to 6,700 in December and a whopping 11,500 future in September, good for a 93% decrease. "Unpredictability in this environment isn't a good thing," Stern said. "Developers cannot effectively underwrite to a moving target." With increasing tax levels for developers, The Real Estate Board of New York, a real estate trade group, argues that 421-a helps keep costs under control. "Given that many multi-family rental housing developments now pay more than 30% of their gross revenue to taxes, the partial and temporary tax relief provided by the 421-a program continues to be critical to alleviate the high tax burden and allow new housing to be built," REBNY said in a March report. Without the reinstatement, REBNY said, "over 5,484 affordable rental units would likely never be built, along with the 13,801 market rate rental units associated with the same projects." While the 421-a profit incentive has led to a number of affordable housing units, controversy surrounding the program led to corruption charges and the May 4 arrest of New York State Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos. New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio, a long-time affordable housing advocate, released a statement shortly after the news Skelos' arrest, calling for a 421-a reform. "No more tax breaks without building affordable housing in return," DeBlasio said in a statement May 7. "This can't be a city of just penthouses and luxury condos. We are turning the page, and making sure the same pressures that have pushed New Yorkers out of their neighborhoods are harnessed to build the next generation of affordable housing." Must Read: REITs Will Continue to Rock in 2015 -- Which Ones to Buy Extell Development, the developers of luxury tower One57 -- the home of the $100.4 million record-setting penthouse -- received $35 million in tax breaks, housing policy analyst at the Community Service Society Thomas Waters told a local New York Web site. This led to a protest earlier this year outside the One57 with calls to end the program, though a renewal of the 421-a could end up being a vital component of DeBlasio's ambitious project to create 200,000 new affordable housing units. "If the 421-a affordable housing production program does get reinstated, it will certainly benefit neighborhoods bordering Manhattan, where projects with a 20% affordable housing component will bring great new product to areas where it is much needed," said Halstead Property's Louise Phillips Forbes, a veteran New York City luxury broker. The uncertainty surrounding the 421-a tax breaks is impacting investors as well. Without the tax abatement in place, the capitalization rate, or "cap rate," as it's known in the business, could suffer. Cap rate, a vital metric for investment buyers looking to generate income on their purchase, is the net operating income of a property divided by its market value. "Tax abatements push up cap rates, but when a building doesn't have an abatement, the cap rate or net yield is average or even low," said Douglas Elliman's Sarah Williams, who brokers New York deals with foreign investors. "Buyers from Asia, whether ultra high-end or investors find the combination of common charges and taxes to be high, when there's an abatement it's far more attractive for these buyers." To be sure, part of the current luxury building boom, experts speculate, comes from the cash-out period facing investors now that interest rates are at a record low. The interest rate has been at near-zero since 2008, which has helped "super charge" the investment sales market, Cushman & Wakefield's Bob Knakal said. Economists have pegged an interest rate increase as early as this summer. But even if the interest rate was to jump, the real estate investment market might not be impacted. "People are going to be buying strongly even if there's a 50 basis points increase in interest rates," said Forbes. "In 2015, the interest rates are absolutely not going to impact the sales numbers." Must Read: Chinese Investors Could Spend $50 Billion on New York Real Estate Over Next Several Years


NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Sirius XM shares are down 1.54% to $3.84 in early market trading on Thursday, after a U.S. judge ruled that the satellite radio broadcaster would have to face a class action lawsuit over the payment of royalties for songs created before 1972.Yesterday's decision by Judge Philip Gutierrez follows a previous ruling in September by Gutierrez stating that the company was liable for copyright infringement for airing 1960s rock band The Turtles' music without paying them royalties.The Sound Recording Amendment of 1971 extended federal copyright to recordings made on or after February 15, 1972 while recordings made before that date are covered under common law copyright of various jurisdictions."Sirius XM treats every single owner of a pre-1972 song the same, namely it doesn't pay them, so it was appropriate for this court to grant class certification," said Henry Gradstein, attorney for the plaintiffs in the case, according to Reuters.Analysts say that the class action lawsuit opens up the possibility that Sirius and other streaming services like Pandora could pay out damages in the millions and possibly billions, giving lawyers for the artists the leverage needed to possibly force a settlement.If the lawsuit is successful, it may have wide ranging implications on how much Sirius and Pandora charge as well as what consumers pay for music streaming services,according to Forbes. Separately, TheStreet Ratings team rates SIRIUS XM HOLDINGS INC as a Buy with a ratings score of B. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation: "We rate SIRIUS XM HOLDINGS INC (SIRI) a BUY. This is driven by multiple strengths, which we believe should have a greater impact than any weaknesses, and should give investors a better performance opportunity than most stocks we cover. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, increase in net income, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated." Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows: SIRI's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 3.8%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 8.3%. This growth in revenue does not appear to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, displaying stagnant earnings per share. The company's current return on equity greatly increased when compared to its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a signal of significant strength within the corporation. Compared to other companies in the Media industry and the overall market, SIRIUS XM HOLDINGS INC's return on equity significantly exceeds that of both the industry average and the S&P 500. The company, on the basis of net income growth from the same quarter one year ago, has significantly outperformed against the S&P 500 and exceeded that of the Media industry average. The net income increased by 12.4% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, going from $93.99 million to $105.69 million. Net operating cash flow has increased to $310.03 million or 23.32% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, SIRIUS XM HOLDINGS INC has also modestly surpassed the industry average cash flow growth rate of 15.28%. SIRIUS XM HOLDINGS INC reported flat earnings per share in the most recent quarter. This company has reported somewhat volatile earnings recently. But, we feel it is poised for EPS growth in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, SIRIUS XM HOLDINGS INC increased its bottom line by earning $0.09 versus $0.06 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($0.11 versus $0.09). You can view the full analysis from the report here: SIRI Ratings Report

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LOS ANGELES (TheStreet) -- For legacy print companies including New York Times , News Corp and Time , short-form mobile video may be the answer to surviving the digital age. "I don't think there's any particular genius or magic behind it," said Doug Arthur, a senior analyst at Huber Research Partners. "The advertising rates in video are fairly high." Must Read: Warren Buffett's Top 10 Dividend Stocks Digital video advertising rose to $5.8 billion last year and is expected to climb to $14 billion by 2019, according to eMarketer, as advertisers dedicate more spending to the smartphones and tablets preferred by younger consumers. "Online video is the fastest-growing medium out there from an advertising growth point of view and from a consumption point of view," Arthur added.News Corp CEO Robert Thomson is using Storyful, which the company acquired in 2013, to discover and deliver short videos from around the Web to its various Web sites. New York Times has expanded its award-winning video operation to complement many of its top stories, encouraging its videos be shared through social media. Time plans to use is magazines Entertainment Weekly and People to push its own pop culture-infused short videos to its users.All three efforts reflect the rising interest and acceptance of marketers for mobile platforms.Indeed, digital ad sales at the New York Times appear to be gaining momentum. Digital ad sales have grown at a double-digit pace for multiple quarters, including nearly an 11% rise in the quarter ended March 31. Mobile revenue has grown at a 40% year-over-year clip at the newspaper publisher and now comprises more than a tenth of all digital ad revenue. New York Times CEO Mark Thompson has pointed to mobile and video along with native advertising, paid ads meant to blend into a story's text, as key drivers of digital growth, and the company forecasts that digital ad sales will continue at the same clip in the current quarter.The New York Times' video division, Times Video, was part of its Pulitzer Prize-winning coverage of the Ebola outbreak in Africa last year. The newspaper also plans to debut video series on family-run business, six women's roles in Arab Spring as well as young people entering adulthood in cash-strapped Detroit. Must Read: MKM Partners' 3 Contrarian Tech Stock Picks to Buy Before June Staid media companies' effort capitalize on mobile video is the latest stage in a decade-long quest to squeeze what they can out of digital advertising following the collapse of the print ad market. Print ad sales for the New York Times were down 11% in the first quarter. The companies, which haven't succeeded in turning the same profits as before, are also playing catch up to BuzzFeed and Vice, two closely held Web sites that have transformed into influential media companies in large part on the strength of their multimedia offerings. BuzzFeed was valued at $850 million last year. Vice, which has earned investment from News Corp Chairman Rupert Murdoch, tops both the New York Times and Time in total value at $2.5 billion. "What a company will reap the rewards from is understanding what the reader wants and at what point in the connection with your brand or your masthead," said Anoushka Healy, News Corp chief strategy officer. The company's Wall Street Journal hopes to attract a stronger digital audience through Americana, a series of 40 short films about the spirit of economics and entrepreneurship that begins with European settlement in North America. Healy describes News Corp's strategy as connecting with readers, whether it's through soccer highlights for consumers in the United Kingdom or Asia, or its IAF (Internet Action Force) series where comedians and self-proclaimed "nerds" respond to the day's topics popular on social media. "It comes down to the core of all journalism, which is to understand your reader and how they're reading you, what they need at that moment and what you can use in terms of visual images and video to add to their experience of the story," Healy said. The mobile video ad market, however, is far from a certain win. The marketplace is competitive, and there is risk ad rates many fall if it gets too crowded too quickly, Arthur said. The mobile advertising market also receives just 8% of digital ad spending although people use about a quarter of their media-consuming time on mobile, according to Mary Meeker, a venture capitalist at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. Meeker pegs that as a $25 billion growth opportunity for mobile in the United States, but it also suggests marketers are still shying away from mobile. For the old guard, the sticky question is also how quickly digital ad revenue will surpass declines elsewhere. Google's YouTube and AOL have shown that digital ads, though often more cumbersome on a phone or tablet than a traditional 30-second TV spot, can be sold around short video for significant revenue. Shares of The New York Times, which has been written off for dead in the past, are up 6.4% on the year and up more than 10% since reporting their first quarter earnings on April 30, in part on the strength of digital. "It's more than a finger in a leak," Arthur said of New York Times. "It's not going to take long before digital subscriptions and digital advertising is growing faster than the drop in print, so that you'll get a switch over," Arthur added. "It's not today, it's not even tomorrow, but it's out there in a few years." 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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Stocks were modestly lower, pulled down by energy companies as signs of an impending rate hike from the Federal Reserve pushed safe-haven assets such as the U.S. dollar higher and crude oil prices lower. The S&P 500 was down 0.39%, the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 0.39%, and the Nasdaq slipped 0.34%. Energy was the worst-performing sector as West Texas Intermediate crude traded at a five-week low. The commodity was under pressure as the U.S. dollar continued its run higher on signs the Fed would hike rates as key international markets such as the eurozone introduce their own monetary stimulus. West Texas Intermediate crude fell 1.1% to $56.90 a barrel. Major oilers Total , Chevron , BP , and Royal Dutch Shell were all lower, while the Energy Select Sector SPDR ETF fell 0.63%. Benchmark indexes recorded their biggest gains in two weeks on Wednesday, snapping back from a selloff on Tuesday. The Nasdaq notched a new record high as technology stocks rallied. Click here for more. John Williams, president of the San Francisco Fed, joined a chorus of Fed members and economists who expect a rate hike this year if the economy continues to improve as expected. Speaking to the Monetary Authority of Singapore, voting member Williams said he expects growth of 2% and unemployment under 5% this year. Minneapolis Fed President Narayana Kocherlakota, a non-voting member, will give a speech on monetary policy in Helena, Mont., at 2:45 p.m. EDT on Thursday. Pending home sales increased in April for the fourth straight month, reaching a nine-year high of 112.4, up 3.4% from March and 14% from a year earlier, according to the National Association of Realtors. Economists had expected growth of 1% in April. Jobless claims climbed to a five-week high, adding 7,000 to 282,000. Economists had expected the number of people filing new claims for unemployment benefits to fall to 270,000 from a revised 275,000 the week earlier. The measure was closely watched ahead of the May jobs report to be released on Friday, June 5. "The trend in claims, below the pre-recession trough for weeks now, remains in line with our forecast for continued tightening in labor market slack ahead and with our expectation for another solid payrolls report next Friday," said BNP Paribas' Derek Lindsey. Hopes for a Greece debt deal were extinguished as European officials denied an agreement was being drafted. Greece's Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras had told reporters on Wednesday that a deal was close at hand, but Valdis Dombrovskis, a European Commission vice president, refuted that, noting the two sides had a long way to go. With negotiations still taking place, it is looking less likely Greece will be able to make a June 5 repayment to the International Monetary Fund. Germany's DAX and France's CAC 40 were trading modestly lower, while the Athens Stock Exchange General Index fell 0.81% on Thursday. "Markets will look for inspiration from abroad, with mixed Greek headlines continuing to leave investors somewhat uneasy as a key June 5 payment date approaches," said Gennadiy Goldberg, U.S. strategist for TD Securities. "We believe next week's payrolls, ISM, PCE, and trade data will help offer further clarity on whether [domestic] economic momentum has turned a corner." Avago Technologies confirmed it was buying chipmaker Broadcom in a cash-and-stock deal worth $37 billion. Avago expects the acquisition to generate $750 million in annual cost synergies within 18 months of closing. Avago shares were up 1.7% after a 7.8% jump on reports of a deal on Wednesday. Broadcom shares fell 2%. Costco fell more than 1% after missing sales estimates in its third quarter. The company earned $1.17 a share, narrowly beating by a penny, while revenue of $26.1 billion fell short by $530 million. Abercrombie & Fitch added nearly 6% despite posting a wider-than-expected loss. The teen retailer reported a loss of 53 cents a share, 19 cents wider than expected. Revenue fell 13.7% to $709.42 million, missing estimates. Express jumped more than 8% after earning 22 cents a share in its recent quarter, 7 cents above estimates. Comparable-store sales increased 7%. Google shares were on watch as the tech giant begins its I/O conference for app developers on Thursday. Google is expected to showcase a new version of Android, and reports said it could overhaul its mobile payment products. Amazon is ramping up its same-day delivery efforts by offering the service for free to Prime members. The service will be available to members living in more than a dozen metropolitan areas.

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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Shares of GoPro are surging by 7.51% to $57.28 in late-morning trading on Thursday, after CEO Nick Woodman said that his company, which makes action cameras, is getting into the drone and virtual reality business, Bloomberg reported. At the Code Conference yesterday, Woodman said that GoPro is developing a drone and a six-camera virtual reality recording system, called the Six-Camera Spherical Array, CNBC reported. This system will allow users to record video and pictures for virtual reality. Bloomberg specified that the drone will be available in the first half of next year and the recording system will be available in the second half of this year. The CEO did not however, give details about the pricing of the products. Additionally, Woodman said that the company is also planning to create a quadcopter that won't start shipping until the first half of the year, according to Bloomberg. "We see similarities to the viral growth of quads, similarly to early days of GoPro," Woodman told CNBC. "We recognize those same trends and when we consider that a quadcopter is potentially the most versatile GoPro accessory, that means it's very core to our business, and makes sense for us to get involved officially." GPRO data by YCharts

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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Volkswagen's Lamborghini brand is about to announce an agreement to build the new Urus SUV in Italy, underpinned by financial incentives from the Italian government of about 80 million euros ($87 million) and a commitment by the company to employ 500 workers for the project. One might wonder: Why would Lamborghini, known for sexy, low-slung sports cars like the Huracan and Aventador, embark on plan to produce a spiffed up ... station wagon? Must Read: Warren Buffett's Top 10 Stock Buys Wolfsburg, Germany-based VW is already developing a platoon of mass-market SUVs and crossovers for North America and elsewhere, because demand for such vehicles is hot. So the automaker isn't about to let itself get caught without something in that class for ultra-high-end buyers. Lamborghini is the latest super-luxury brand to bow to the appetites of customers willing to spend six figures for what amounts to a leather-and-chrome-laden SUV -- or crossover, if you prefer -- powered by a high-performance engine. Those who argued that exotic makes such as Porsche and Maserati should stick solely to low-slung roadsters and sporty sedans have already lost the debate. VW's goal is to be the No. 1-selling global automaker, which will require it to accelerate past current champ Toyota. . The 3,000 or so Lamborghini SUVs that VW hopes to sell each year once production starts in 2018 won't close the gap much: VW already sells in the neighborhood of 10 million passenger vehicles under eight brands. Selling slightly differentiated cars under its different brands is at the core of VW's gameplan. Its multibrand strategy unfolded during the tenure of Ferdinand Piech, who stepped down from his post as chairman of the automaker's supervisory board in April following a boardroom row over the future of Martin Winterkorn, VW's CEO. He was said by many to be the final arbiter of which new models the automaker built. Winterkorn has said he will restructure VW and unveil the results by October at the latest. Until then, many questions about the automaker's governance structure and strategy remain unanswered. A key point will be how much his former mentor's brand strategy remains intact, and how far it might be stretched over Lamborghini and the other brands. In the past month, VW shares have fallen almost 6%, compared with Germany's DAX Index, which has declined 2.2%. In a bygone era, before VW owned Lamborghini, the Italian carmaker designed and built a military-style vehicle -- some might call it an SUV -- called the LM002 which sold poorly and was dropped. The automotive journalist Brock Yates described it as "the closest thing to a street-legal Tiger tank known to man." Lamborghini displayed a Urus concept SUV at the Beijing Auto Show in 2012, but little more was said about the project until the recent report that VW and Italy had made a deal to build it. There's likely profit to be made by building the Urus (the name refers to an ancient bovine species) if customers indeed are clamoring. Luxury automobiles command high prices, and incremental development costs aren't onerous since VW can use mechanical components designed for its four other large SUVs with similar proportions -- Volkswagen Touareg, Porsche Cayenne, Audi Q7 and Bentley Bentayga. The reception for Lambroghini's SUV should be interesting to consumers and car enthusiasts, though less so than what Winterkorn may reveal about VW within the next few months. Must Read: Ford's Lagging Stock Needs Pickup to Catch Automaker's Rebound

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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Shares of Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc were rallying, up 2.85% to $629.93 in mid-morning trading Thursday, after the burrito chain was upgraded to "buy" from "hold" by analysts at Miller Tabak earlier today. Analysts at the firm also upped its price target to $725 from their previous $715. Miller Tabak believes that Chipotle can deliver an average earnings-per-share growth of at least 25% through 2016. Analysts added that the decline in food costs, in combination with mid to high single-digit same-store restaurant sales growth could lead to above peer EPS growth figures. "We also contend CMG's unit pipeline remains solid, and think ShopHouse's pending entry into the Chicago market will presage a period of more rapid expansion for CMG's fast casual Asian concept," the firm wrote in a note. Miller Tabak also said that the recent pullback in Chipotle shares present an opportunity for solid share price upside in the next few quarters. Denver-based Chipotle operates Chipotle Mexican Grill restaurants, serving a menu of burritos, tacos, burrito bowls, and salads through its 1,410 restaurant locations. Separately, TheStreet Ratings team rates CHIPOTLE MEXICAN GRILL INC as a Buy with a ratings score of B. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation: "We rate CHIPOTLE MEXICAN GRILL INC (CMG) a BUY. This is driven by a number of strengths, which we believe should have a greater impact than any weaknesses, and should give investors a better performance opportunity than most stocks we cover. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins." Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows: The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 7.5%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 20.4%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share. CHIPOTLE MEXICAN GRILL INC has improved earnings per share by 47.0% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. The company has demonstrated a pattern of positive earnings per share growth over the past two years. We feel that this trend should continue. During the past fiscal year, CHIPOTLE MEXICAN GRILL INC increased its bottom line by earning $14.13 versus $10.46 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($17.39 versus $14.13). The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Hotels, Restaurants & Leisure industry. The net income increased by 47.6% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from $83.07 million to $122.64 million. Net operating cash flow has increased to $242.72 million or 35.01% when compared to the same quarter last year. The firm also exceeded the industry average cash flow growth rate of -11.49%. Powered by its strong earnings growth of 46.96% and other important driving factors, this stock has surged by 25.62% over the past year, outperforming the rise in the S&P 500 Index during the same period. Looking ahead, the stock's sharp rise over the last year has already helped drive it to a level which is relatively expensive compared to the rest of its industry. We feel, however, that other strengths this company displays justify these higher price levels. You can view the full analysis from the report here: CMG Ratings Report

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NEW YORK (The Street) -- With some terrible results released by various retailers after April's weak consumer sales, it's tough to place a long bet here on close-out specialty retailer Big Lots , which is due to report fiscal first-quarter earnings Friday before the opening bell. The Columbus, OH.-based company may have posted in-line revenue results for three straight quarters, but revenue must show a stronger upward trend for Big Lots stock to climb. Merely posting in-line results does not incite confidence, especially when the company suffers from both decelerating same-store sales and compressed margins. Without strong in-store traffic or higher margins, profit will be tough to come by. Must Read: Warren Buffett's Top 10 Dividend Stocks For the quarter that ended that ended April, the average analyst estimate calls for earnings of 59 cents a share on revenue of $1.28 billion. This compares with 50 cent-a-share earnings on revenue of $1.28 billion in the year-ago quarter. For the year, Big Lots is expected to earn $2.87 per share, marking a 16% year-over-year increase, while revenue of $5.21 billion will up less than 1%. Big Lots stock closed Wednesday at $45.30, up 1.44%. The shares are up more than 13% year to date, dominating not only the broader averages, but also the 2.74% gains in SPDR S&P Retail ETF -- home to prominent retailers like Amazon.com and Costco . And that's all the more reason BIG investors should consider locking in some profits now, especially since Big Lots is approaching quarters where year-over-year comparisons will get tougher. This explains why short sellers have piled in, placing bets that Big Lots stock will decline in the near future. As of the most recent settlement date, short interest on Big Lots stock now stands at roughly 8.25 million. The short sellers have increased their positions for the third straight reporting period, and the current level represents a 21% jump from the end of March when short positions stood at more than 6.8 million shares. When factoring that Big Lots has 1.3 billion outstanding shares, 8.25 million represents more than 15% of its float, or shares outstanding. For some context, Home Depot has less than 1% of its shares being shorted, indicating that a greater percentage of the market believes in Home Depot's business. The opposite can be said about Big Lots. Why are the shorts betting against the company? Aside from the revenue and margin struggles we've highlighted, analysts -- on average -- have not shown much confidence in Big Lot's ability to overcome these pressures. In just the past three months, the average analyst estimate for the just-ended quarter has dropped more than 9% to 59 cents from 65 cents a share. The estimate cut took place when the quarter started. This means that the average estimate has stayed the same despite April's weak retail sales data, which has punished several retailers. That's an added layer of risk Big Lots investors are taking by holding these shares through Friday's results. Must Read: 16 Rock-Solid Dividend Stocks With 50 Years of Increasing Dividends and Market-Beating Performance

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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Shares of General Motors Co. were gaining, up 1.2% to $36.24 in late morning trading Thursday, after the automaker had its rating increased by analysts at Morgan Stanley this morning. Analysts at the firm upgraded GM to "equal weight" from "underweight" with a $28 price target. Morgan Stanley noted that various market forces could push the car company to consider more radical strategic changes, following its flat share price performance year-to-date. Analysts added that they believe GM's response to industry trends collaborations could result in increased dialogue with investors over the next few quarters. Detroit, Mich.-based General Motors designs, build and sell cars, trucks and automobiles parts globally. Separately, TheStreet Ratings team rates GENERAL MOTORS CO as a Buy with a ratings score of B. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation: "We rate GENERAL MOTORS CO (GM) a BUY. This is driven by multiple strengths, which we believe should have a greater impact than any weaknesses, and should give investors a better performance opportunity than most stocks we cover. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, impressive record of earnings per share growth, notable return on equity, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow." Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows: The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Automobiles industry. The net income increased by 343.7% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from $213.00 million to $945.00 million. GENERAL MOTORS CO reported significant earnings per share improvement in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. This company has reported somewhat volatile earnings recently. But, we feel it is poised for EPS growth in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, GENERAL MOTORS CO reported lower earnings of $1.64 versus $2.35 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($4.48 versus $1.64). The return on equity has improved slightly when compared to the same quarter one year prior. This can be construed as a modest strength in the organization. Compared to other companies in the Automobiles industry and the overall market on the basis of return on equity, GENERAL MOTORS CO has outperformed in comparison with the industry average, but has underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500. Regardless of the drop in revenue, the company managed to outperform against the industry average of 6.6%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly dropped by 4.5%. The declining revenue has not hurt the company's bottom line, with increasing earnings per share. Even though the current debt-to-equity ratio is 1.33, it is still below the industry average, suggesting that this level of debt is acceptable within the Automobiles industry. Regardless of the somewhat mixed results with the debt-to-equity ratio, the company's quick ratio of 0.79 is weak. You can view the full analysis from the report here: GM Ratings Report

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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Can’t wait to retire? It might be a good idea to give it a go, at least temporarily -- a retirement rehearsal. Dee Lee, a Boston-based financial educator, says you may learn a few things about yourself, including your financial and emotional ability to transition to life after work. Most financial advisors can cover the basics: having a retirement income equal to about 80% of your working wages, a suitable spending strategy -- even a plan on how and when to draw Social Security benefits. But rather than taking a hard reboot into retirement, Lee suggests a short-term simulation. Must Read: George Soros' Top 5 Dividend Stock Picks for 2015 "Live like you would in retirement," she tells TheStreet. "Take off two months, if you can. Use your vacation, use your sick time -- whatever it is. And do what you would do in retirement. But, the key is: using the same amount of income that you would have. Can you live on that?" Lee says that means paying all the bills: utilities, mortgage payments, gas and transportation -- as well as groceries and the fun stuff, like movies and dinners out. "And no cheating," she adds. If in your retirement budget you can't afford it, you can't buy it during your retirement test drive. "That's what a dress rehearsal does. It's going to give you a really quick and dirty idea of whether or not you want to retire and if you can afford to retire." Due to the cost, housing is a primary consideration. And the dreams of living a low-cost-of-living luxury retirement lifestyle in Ecuador? Lee says that’s not a common occurrence. "Most of the time it's an 'exotic' place like Bonita Springs, Fla. And if you want to retire in Nevada, go there in July." Proximity to family encourages most retirees to age in place. Lee says the AARP estimates 26% of retirees are babysitting grandchildren so that the parents can work. That may be another good retirement rehearsal reality check: taking care of the grandkids for a couple of months. While many pre-retirees believe their expenses will drop after leaving the workday grind, they may find just the opposite is true. "People say, 'Well, we're going to cut our expenses. We'll be down to one car,'" Lee says. But she contends that's often not the case. If both spouses are retired, "24/7 is a long day," she adds. "You're going to keep two cars until you can't drive because you've got to have your independence. You've got to have independent lives, or you'll be seeing the attorney for something other than estate planning." But the retirement rehearsal is not just about money. "There is a 'soft side' to retirement," she adds. "Many people, especially if they're using a financial planner, are covering what I call the hard side, the financial." Lee says that when she has discussed retirement planning with people, they often say they want to retire at 50 or 55. "But what they forgot about is that they need playmates!" Lee maintains it's important to consider how you will spend your time during life after work. The retirement rehearsal can’t be an event-packed two-month vacation. You have to live the day-to-day routine of retirement. And Lee says one of the most important questions might be, "What is the reason you're going to put your pants on in the morning?" Must Read: 5 High-Yield Dividend Stocks That Want to Give You a Raise


text The 11 Best Jobs for Women in 2015
Thu, 28 May 2015 08:00 GMT

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- When it comes to careers, it's not always a man's world. In fact, in some industries, it's quite the opposite. A new report from job search portal CareerCast.com has identified the best jobs for women in 2015. While some of the fields identified aren't surprising -- public relations, event planning, and human resources -- others aren't as obvious. For example, opportunities for women in STEM fields (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) and health care are on the rise as well. Of course, it's no secret that the working world isn't always the friendliest to women. A significant wage gap between men and women persists: According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median wage for women was 82% of the median wage earned by men in 2013. Some of the most innovative companies in the world, including Google , Apple and Facebook , leave much to be desired terms of gender diversity -- even though gender-diverse companies are 15% more likely to financially outperform the national industry median. Nevertheless, there are plenty of opportunities out there. Here is a look at 11 of the best jobs for women in 2015. Actuary Annual Median Wage: $93,680 Projected Growth Outlook: 26% According to a CNN Money report, actuaries have a nearly 0% unemployment rate. And while men have traditionally dominated the field, a 2012 study indicates that women comprise 30% of members of the Society of Actuaries (SOA) and receive around 40% of bachelor's degree awarded in the field each year. The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that there are 21,490 actuarial jobs available in the United States as of May 2014 and calculates a mean hourly wage of $52.93. Insurance carriers and other insurance-related agencies and brokerages employ most actuaries, and the states with the most jobs in the field are New York, California, Pennsylvania, Illinois and Connecticut. Advertising and Promotions Manager Annual Median Wage: $115,750 Projected Growth Outlook: 12% Women comprise nearly 58% of advertising and promotions managers in the United States, and earn a mean hourly wage of $55.15. Advertising and public relations companies employ nearly 10,000 professionals in the area, while the best-paying jobs are offered by wired telecommunications carriers and providers of specialized design services. New York and California are, unsurprisingly, the states with the most jobs for advertising and promotions managers, followed by Illinois, Georgia and Texas. New York is also the top-paying state for the field, followed by Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Colorado. Must Read: Digital Advertising Stocks Are Hot Now After the AOL Deal Biomedical Engineer Annual Median Wage: $86,960 Projected Growth Outlook: 27% Ranked by CNN Money as one of the 100 best jobs in America, biomedical engineering is a fast-growing field, and women would be wise to jump on board. As of 2014, biomedical engineers make a mean hourly wage of $44.12 and an average annual wage of $91,760. The most job opportunities reside in the medical equipment and supplies manufacturing industry, though the top-paying industries are employment services and basic chemical manufacturing. A February article from 24x7 Magazine posits biomedical engineering as a source of a positive outlook for women in technology. "There are positive benefits in a clinical setting. Women are seen as less intimidating when reviewing complex technology with nurses. Women who pick this career are recognized and valued in some circumstances and create a tremendous positive presence. They contribute in the broadest sense as they support clinical staff," Barbara Christe, Ph.D., told author Phyllis Hanlon in an interview at the time. Dental Hygienist Annual Median Wage: $70,201 Projected Growth Outlook: 33% More than 97% of all dental hygienists are women, and the field is growing incredibly fast. The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates 33% job growth from 2012 through 2022. The reasoning: ongoing research linking oral health to general health will continue to spur demand for preventative dental services, which are often provided by hygienists. There are nearly 200,000 dental hygienists employed in the United States, earning a mean hourly wage of $34.60. Washington, D.C., hygienists make the most money, followed by California, Washington, Nevada and Arizona. Must Read: 4 Health Care Stocks to Sell Before June Education Administrator Annual Median Wage: $86,490 Projected Growth Outlook: 15% The postsecondary education administration field is growing at an average rate, but as it expands, women may benefit more than men. According to the BLS, 63% of professionals in the field are women -- and educated ones at that. A master's degree or higher is often required to get into the area. Colleges, universities and professional schools provide nearly 100,000 education administration jobs, and junior colleges add on an extra 23,000. The most positions can be found in California, New York and Massachusetts, but the best-paying jobs are in Delaware, New Jersey and Hawaii. Must Read: Declines at For-Profit Colleges Take a Big Toll on Their Stocks Event Planner Annual Median Wage: $45,810 Projected Growth Outlook: 33% Apps, online platforms and other technological tools may have rendered the event planning process more streamlined, but the profession is still alive and well. And as the U.S. economy continues to improve -- and companies and households feel more comfortable with spending -- event planning will grow even faster. In fact, the projected growth outlook for jobs in the field is 33% from 2012 to 2022. Event planners employed by firms in the aerospace product and parts manufacturing make the most money, bringing in an hourly wage of $40.17 an hour vs. the occupational average of $24.48. Washington D.C., New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Virginia offer the best-paying event planning jobs. Human Resources Manager Annual Median Wage: $99,720 Projected Growth Outlook: 12% Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that as of 2014, nearly three-quarters of human resources managers are women. The mean hourly wage earned by the 116,000 professionals employed in the arena is $54.88, and the highest-paying jobs can be found in New Jersey, Washington, D.C., Delaware, New York and Colorado. The company and enterprise management industry provides the most HR management jobs, followed by local government and general medical and surgical hospitals. Breaking into the field requires a bachelor's degree and at least five years of work experience in a related occupation. Must Read: The 25 Highest Paying Jobs in America That You Can Actually Get Market Research Analyst Annual Median Wage: $60,330 Projected Growth Outlook: 32% It's a good time to get into market research analysis, the practice of studying market conditions to determine what consumers want, what they'll buy, and at what price. The BLS estimates a 32% job growth rate in the field from 2012 to 2022. As of 2014, there were nearly 470,000 market research analyst positions in the United States, over 60% of which are held by women. Professionals in specialized industries are likely to earn more, with analysts employed in the aerospace product and parts manufacturing, semiconductor manufacturing, and mining support industries making the most. The cities with the largest number of opportunities for market research analysts are New York, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. Occupational Therapist Annual Median Wage: $75,400 Projected Growth Outlook: 29% Occupational therapists topped the American Staffing Association's 2015 list of the most difficult positions to fill. The field, which has a projected growth rate of 29%, may be in a bit of a drought. Becoming an occupational therapist requires a master's degree and pays a mean hourly wage of $38.46. Many of the 110,000 professionals currently in the field work out of hospitals or occupational therapy offices, while others work in schools, nursing homes, physicians' offices and home health services. California, New York and Texas have the most occupational therapy jobs, while Nevada, California and New Jersey boast the best pay. Also worth noting: Women dominate the arena. More than 92% of all occupational therapists in the United States are women. Must Read: 3 Stocks Driving The Health Care Sector Higher Public Relations Manager Annual Median Wage: $95,450 Projected Growth Outlook: 13% The pay earned by public relations managers varies significantly from state to state. In Washington, D.C., and New York, professionals make more than $150,000 per year on average. In Oregon and Maine, however, they make around half that amount. The public relations management field is growing at pace with other areas and is expected to rise 13% from 2012 to 2022. Those employed in apparel and wireless telecommunications companies earn the highest salaries, and 60% of all public relations managers are women. Statistician Annual Median Wage: $75,560 Projected Growth Outlook: 27% Women hold their own in the statistics field. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, nearly 50% of statisticians in the U.S. in 2014 were women. Moreover, CareerCast holds that 40% of all enrolled students in statistician programs were women last year as well. Becoming a statistician does require a master's degree, but it also promises opportunity, with a 10-year job outlook growth rate of 27%. Statisticians earn a mean hourly wage of $40.39. The most jobs are provided by the federal executive branch, and by scientific research and development services companies. Statisticians in New Jersey, Washington, D.C., California, Maryland and North Carolina earn the most money. Must Read: Top 10 Takeaways From Mary Meeker's Internet Report

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