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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Shares of Royal Dutch Shell are slightly lower after a consortium they lead is close to selling several Nigerian oilfields for about $5 billionato domestic buyers, as foreign companies retreat from sub-Saharan Africa's oldest oil industry, the Financial Times reports. The price tag for the four oilfields and a key pipeline co-owned by Shell, France's Total aand Eni of Italy has doubled since initial estimates towards the end of last year, highlighting the financial muscle of a cluster of Nigerian oil companies that have emerged as prominent players in the country's hydrocarbon industry, the Times said. Must Read: Warren Buffett's 25 Favorite Stocks Stocks TO Buy: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn More. TheStreet Ratings team rates ROYAL DUTCH SHELL PLC as a Buy with a ratings score of B. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation: "We rate ROYAL DUTCH SHELL PLC (RDS.A) 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 solid stock price performance, increase in net income, attractive valuation levels, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity." Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows: The strong earnings growth this company has enjoyed -- up -- has apparently played a role in driving up its share price by a solid 25.37%. In addition, the rise in the general market has likely contributed to this stock's strong performance during this past year.Regarding the stock's future course, although almost any stock can fall in a broad market decline, RDS.A should continue to move higher despite the fact that it has already enjoyed a very nice gain in the past year. The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels industry. The net income increased by 205.5% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from $1,737.00 million to $5,307.00 million. RDS.A's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.24 and is currently below that of the industry average, implying that there has been very successful management of debt levels. Although the company had a strong debt-to-equity ratio, its quick ratio of 0.85 is somewhat weak and could be cause for future problems. ROYAL DUTCH SHELL PLC 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, ROYAL DUTCH SHELL PLC reported lower earnings of $5.18 versus $8.52 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($15.35 versus $5.18). You can view the full analysis from the report here: RDS.A Ratings Report EXCLUSIVE OFFER: See inside Jim Cramer's multi-million dollar charitable trust portfolio to see the stocks he and Stephanie Link think could be potentially HUGE winners. Click here to see the holdings for FREE

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NEW YORK (TheStreet) --aCaesars Acquisition Co. was upgraded to "outperform" from "in-line" at Imperial Capital on Wednesday. The firms said it raised its rating on the equity investment company based on the assets Caesars' recently acquired from Oppenheimer, as well as the company's potential growth opportunities from its online operations, and the development of a resort casino in South Korea, theflyonthewall.comareports.a Shares of Caesars Acquisition are up 1.95% to $10.99 at the start of trading this morning.a Must Read: Warren Buffett's 25 Favorite Stocks STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more. CACQ data by YCharts EXCLUSIVE OFFER: See inside Jim Cramer's multi-million dollar charitable trust portfolio to see the stocks he and Stephanie Link think could be potentially HUGE winners. Click here to see the holdings for FREE

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NEW YORK (TheStreet) --aYingli Green Energy was falling -6.2% to $3.34 Wednesday after missing analysts' estimates for earnings and revenue for the second quarter and lowering its shipment guidance. For the second quarter Yingli Green Energy reported a loss of -25 cents a share, missing the Capital IQ Consensus Estimate of a loss of -12 cents a share by 13 cents. Revenue grew 1% from the year-ago quarter to $549.5 million, missing analysts' estimates of $580 million. The company shipped 887.9 MW of photovoltaic modules in the second quarter, a 40.8% increase from the previous quarter. Looking forward to the full year, Yingli Green Energy expects to ship 3.6 GW to 3.8 GW of PV modules, down from its previous guidance of 4.0 GW to 4.2 GW of PV modules for the year. Must Read:aWarren Buffett's 25 Favorite Stocks STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more. TheStreet Ratings team rates YINGLI GREEN ENERGY HLDGS CO as a Sell with a ratings score of D. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation: "We rate YINGLI GREEN ENERGY HLDGS CO (YGE) a SELL. This is driven by several 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 generally high debt management risk, disappointing return on equity, poor profit margins and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself." You can view the full analysis from the report here: YGE Ratings Report YGE data by YCharts EXCLUSIVE OFFER:aSee inside Jim Cramer's multi-million dollar charitable trust portfolio to see the stocks he and Stephanie Link think could be potentially HUGE winners.aClick here to see the holdings for FREE.

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NEW YORK (The Deal) -- With a proxy contest at ConMed aonly two weeks away, a strong e-mail exchange between the surgical device maker and activist Voce Capital Management LLC indicate that an agreement before the vote may be tough to come by. After Voce offered on Monday to settle for two seats on the board of the Utica, N.Y.-based company and then withdrew it, citing a lack of response, ConMed chairman Mark Tryniski fired back in an e-mail filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission Tuesday, "I was surprised to see your press release cross the wire this morning at 9:00am ET. In your email to me at 9:30am ET yesterday you asked for a response within 24 hours." Voce's two nominees he wants on the board are James Green, president and CEO of Analogic Corp. and Joshua Levine, CEO of Accuray Inc. In exchange Plants would have agreed to drop his contest to seat three dissidents on the company's eight person board. In response to Tryniski's public release of his email, Plants also made public late Tuesday through a regulatory filing a string of emails between himself and Tryniski going back to July 25. Pointing out that an extra 25 minutes wouldn't have made any difference, Plants wrote, "If you mean to suggest that the extra 25 minutes you believe you had remaining would have resulted in a substantive response (I notice your email didn't contain one), why don't you go ahead and make it now?" The investor also noted that his press release followed a phone conversation with Tryniski more than 24 hours prior to his press release and that if ConMed's board needed more time Tryniski could have "simply advised us" and Voce would have extended the time frame needed. The e-mail exchange seems to indicate that a settlement won't be reached -- at least in the interim -- and sets the stage for a proxy contest, which is scheduled for Sept. 10 after being pushed back from May 22. Plants in February launched a proxy contest to install five directors on the company's eight-person board. More recently, the activist fund manager dropped his slate to three candidates, saying that the company has made some positive changes including personnel adjustments, leading him to think the company didn't need a change of control at this point. He is pushing for a strategic review because he believes Conmed "suffers from a culture of nepotism, patronage and dystopian corporate governance." The company in July restructured its leadership, which included CEO Joseph Corasanti stepping down to be replaced by Curt Hartman as an interim CEO. It also announced that the company had concluded a review of its strategic alternatives including a sale and that "various strategic alternatives available" at the time did not "adequately reflect the intrinsic value of the company or its future growth prospects." Corasanti is a member of the family that founded ConMed in the 1970s. Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Greenhill & Co. LLC acted as ConMed's financial advisors during the process. However, people familiar with Voce have raised concerns about whether the company conducted a thorough review process. Voce is also concerned about whether ConMed is serious about finding an adequate replacement for Hartman on the board, these people added. Hartman, the interim CEO, is one of two dissident directors nominated by another activist fund, Coppersmith Capital Management LLC, which settled with ConMed to get on the board in February. The company notes that Hartman had a 22-year career at medical device maker Stryker Corp. from 1990 through the beginning of 2013, serving as interim CEO for several months in 2012. However, Plants is particularly critical of the Hartman appointment, and has highlighted a regulatory filing in another Coppersmith activist campaign at health diagnostics company Alere Inc. (Coppersmith had also tried to install Hartman on that board.) In an August 2013 securities filing Alere said, "Hartman was the subject of multiple allegations of sexual harassment during his tenure at Stryker and that these allegations were settled confidentially for substantial monetary payments." A ConMed representative said, "Voce has recycled allegations made against Curt Hartman by another company that are false and misleading. Curt has the utmost personal and professional integrity and the baseless claims have been refuted in detail in the public record." Coppersmith in August 2013 issued a release stating that there is "no merit whatsoever to any of their accusations" and that Hartman is a man of the "highest personal and professional integrity."

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NEW YORK (TheStreet) --aGarmin shares are down -0.8% to $57 on Wednesday after analysts at R.W. Bairdainitiated coverage on the stock with a "neutral" rating and $59 price target. The GPS navigation, communication and services device manufacturer fell -0.4% to $57.46 on weak volume in trading Tuesday. Must Read: Warren Buffett's 25 Favorite Stocks STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more. TheStreet Ratings team rates GARMIN LTD as a Buy with a ratings score of A-. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation: "We rate GARMIN LTD (GRMN) 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, solid stock price performance, expanding profit margins and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow." Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows: The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 5.4%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 11.7%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, improving the earnings per share. GRMN has no debt to speak of therefore resulting in a debt-to-equity ratio of zero, which we consider to be a relatively favorable sign. To add to this, GRMN has a quick ratio of 1.95, which demonstrates the ability of the company to cover short-term liquidity needs. Investors have apparently begun to recognize positive factors similar to those we have mentioned in this report, including earnings growth. This has helped drive up the company's shares by a sharp 42.50% over the past year, a rise that has exceeded that of the S&P 500 Index. Regarding the stock's future course, although almost any stock can fall in a broad market decline, GRMN should continue to move higher despite the fact that it has already enjoyed a very nice gain in the past year. The gross profit margin for GARMIN LTD is rather high; currently it is at 58.69%. It has increased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 23.39% significantly outperformed against the industry average. The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has exceeded that of the S&P 500, but is less than that of the Household Durables industry average. The net income increased by 5.5% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, going from $172.49 million to $181.98 million. You can view the full analysis from the report here: GRMN Ratings Report EXCLUSIVE OFFER: See inside Jim Cramer's multi-million dollar charitable trust portfolio to see the stocks he and Stephanie Link think could be potentially HUGE winners. Click here to see the holdings for FREE.

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NEW YORK (TheStreet) --aDeutscheainitiated coverage onaBristol-Myers Squibba with a "hold" rating and a $52 price target based on valuation. The stock was up 0.45% to $51 in pre-market trading Wednesday. Must Read: Warren Buffett's 25 Favorite Stocks STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more. ----------- Separately, TheStreet Ratings team rates BRISTOL-MYERS SQUIBB CO as a "buy" with a ratings score of B. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation: "We rate BRISTOL-MYERS SQUIBB CO (BMY) 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 largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, reasonable valuation levels, notable return on equity, increase in stock price during the past year and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income." You can view the full analysis from the report here: BMY Ratings Report BMY data by YCharts EXCLUSIVE OFFER: See inside Jim Cramer's multi-million dollar charitable trust portfolio to see the stocks he and Stephanie Link think could be potentially HUGE winners. Click here to see the holdings for FREE.

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NEW YORK (The Deal) -- Reaffirming their commitment to walk down the aisle, Chiquita Brands International and Fyffes plc said Wednesday, Aug. 27, that they could complete their merger as early as October and had identified an extra $20 million in expected synergies from the fusion. The update comes after Chiquita rejected a surprise $611 million takeover offer earlier this month from orange juice maker Cutrale Group and Safra Group, the Brazilian investment group led by billionaire Joseph Safra. The approach came more than five months after Chiquita, of Charlotte, N.C., and Dublin-based Fyffes agreed to join forces to become the world's leading banana producer. "Chiquita and Fyffes remain committed to the transaction and are continuing to work together to complete the combination as expeditiously as possible," Chiquita CEO Ed Lonergan and Fyffes Chairman David McCann said in a statement on Wednesday. The companies are now predicting at least $60 million in pretax synergies by the end of 2016, after identifying an extra $20 million from sourcing, shipping and IT functions. They expect to achieve half of the $60 million in synergies in the first year after merging, and the rest by the end of the second year. Earlier this month the companies notified their March deal to the European Commission, which has given itself until Sept. 19 to wrap up its routine one-month investigation. While the companies initially gave an end-of-year completion timetable, on Tuesday they said that October is "possible." Fyffes shares rose 4.9% in Dublin Wednesday morning to just below 0.97 euros, while Chiquita shares closed at $14.07 in New York, on Tuesday, little changed from Monday. Post-merger, Lonergan will serve as chairman of ChiquitaFyffes and McCann, whose family has run Fyffes since the early 20th century, will be CEO. ChiquitaFyffes will have close to $4.6 billion in 2013 sales and be listed on the New York Stock Exchange. The combined company will surpass Westlake Village, Calif.-based Dole Food Co. as the world's top banana company but will hold the No. 2 slot behind Dole in the U.S. ChiquitaFyffes will be the U.S. market leader in packaged salads, its top melon importer, and the third-largest pineapple distributor in the U.S. and Europe. The combination will bring two companies back together nearly three decades after a part of what is now Fyffes was sold in 1986 by United Fruit Co., which later became Chiquita. Separately on Tuesday, Fyffes raised its target for adjusted 2014 Ebita to between 38 million euros ($50 million) and 42 million euros from a previous target of between 30 million euros and 35 million euros. 2013 Ebita was 32 million euros. Shareholders of both companies are set to vote on the deal in separate meetings on Sept. 17.

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NEW YORK (TheStreet) --aDeutscheainitiated coverage on Mercka with a "hold" rating and a $63 price target based on valuation. The stock closed at $60.20 on Tuesday. Must Read: Warren Buffett's 25 Favorite Stocks STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more. --------------- Separately, TheStreet Ratings team rates MERCK & CO as a "buy" with a ratings score of A. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation: "We rate MERCK & CO (MRK) 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 solid stock price performance, increase in net income, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, reasonable valuation levels and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow." Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows: 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. 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 significantly exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Pharmaceuticals industry. The net income increased by 121.2% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from $906.00 million to $2,004.00 million. The current debt-to-equity ratio, 0.48, is low and is below the industry average, implying that there has been successful management of debt levels. Along with the favorable debt-to-equity ratio, the company maintains an adequate quick ratio of 1.14, which illustrates the ability to avoid short-term cash problems. MERCK & 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, MERCK & CO reported lower earnings of $1.46 versus $2.00 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($3.50 versus $1.46). You can view the full analysis from the report here: MRK Ratings Report EXCLUSIVE OFFER: See inside Jim Cramer's multi-million dollar charitable trust portfolio to see the stocks he and Stephanie Link think could be potentially HUGE winners. Click here to see the holdings for FREE.

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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Shares of Michaels Co. Inc. are gaining by 11.43% to $16.87 in pre-market trading on Wednesday, after the company reported an increase in adjusted net income for the 2014 second quarter to $30 million, or 15 cents per diluted share, compared to $21 million, or 10 cents per diluted share for the same period last year. Analysts polled by Thomson Reuters expected the arts and crafts retail chain to post earnings of 8 cents per share for the quarter. Michaels' net sales for the most recent quarter grew by 4.9% to $948 million, from $904 million for the 2013 second quarter, while analysts were expecting $942.99 million in revenue. Must Read: Warren Buffett's 25 Favorite Stocks STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more. MIK data by YCharts EXCLUSIVE OFFER: See inside Jim Cramer's multi-million dollar charitable trust portfolio to see the stocks he and Stephanie Link think could be potentially HUGE winners. Click here to see the holdings for FREE

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NEW YORK (The Deal) -- In 2003, Foster City, Calif.'s Gilead Sciences apurchased Durham, N.C.'s Triangle Pharmaceuticals for $464 million. Daniel Welch, CEO of Triangle at the time, was a key player in the transaction. Soon after his gig was up at Triangle, Welch joined InterMune aas president and CEO. So it's no surprise that Welch's InterMune is now merging with Roche Holding AG -- especially now that InterMune is on the cusp of near-certain approval for a first-in-class drug targeting a highly unmet need, idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. Switzerland's Roche announced over the weekend that it would pay $8.3 billion for Brisbane, Calif.'s InterMune. Welch recently said of the Roche/InterMune deal: "I couldn't do better if I had scripted this." Both mergers represent fine examples of strategic transactions. Not only that, but the pipelines of the merging companies in both acquisitions are almost expertly dovetailed, and the purchasing companies have commercial organizations that can address the therapeutic needs of the target. "We believe this is a good strategic fit for Roche," Liisa Bayko, biotechnology analyst at JMP Securities Inc., who followed InterMune, told The Deal in an interview. Bayko noted that with so much talk (and some actual deals) concerning pharmaceutical company inversions to save tax dollars, she's optimistic there will be more strategic transactions in healthcare. There's been some concern that so many inversion deals have been consumed recently, that pharma dealmakers have been focused on finding inversion candidates for M&A rather than looking at the strategic benefits of companies to narrow down targets. That dynamic may have caused biotechs that want to sell for their pipeline values to be overlooked. The key to Roche's strategy is Esbriet (pirfenidone), a first-in-class treatment for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, an often-fatal condition that causes scarring of the lungs. The FDA is expected to approve the drug by its November 23 action data, as the agency has already said it would not require an advisory committee review. The drug has been on the market in Japan since 2008 under the trade name Pirespa and approved in the EU in 2011. It has been launched in the UK, France, Italy, Canada and Korea, and is on the market in several other countries as well. Esbriet is the first approved drug on the market specifically for IPF. Esbriet could bring in as much as $1.8 billion in U.S., Canada and UK revenue by 2020, according to Roche and JMP estimates. The only other close competitor would be Boehringer Ingelheim GmbH drug candidate nintedanib, which was granted breakthrough therapy designation by the FDA in July. That compound has been shown to reduce the annual decline in lung function by about 50%. It also is in development to treat several types of cancer, include non-small cell lung cancer. However, Boehringer's nintedanib has demonstrated characteristics that may be drawbacks for some IPF patients, Bayko noted. Certain patients have had tolerance issues and the administration is not as convenient as that of Esbriet. But perhaps the most important benefit of Esbriet over nintedanib would be the mortality benefit shown in InterMune's Phase 3 ASCEND trial. A 10% decline in forced lung vital capacity is clinically meaningful and strongly predicts mortality. After 52 weeks on Esbriet, 16.5% of patients had an FVC decline of 10% or more or death, compared with 31.8% in a placebo group. In discussions with providers, Bayko noted, they were most impressed overall with Esbriet's confirmed effect to reduce mortality and would be more likely to prescribe it over nintedanib. Roche has estimated the U.S. treatment population to be about 100,000, which is about 30% more than InterMune had projected. That means Roche plans more clinical trials to expand Esbriet's use to patients with fibrotic respiratory disease from other causes, such as certain drugs or diseases like scleroderma, rheumatoid arthritis or polymyositis. Earlier this month, InterMune said that it was accelerating its commercial team so it could be fully equipped to launch right after the FDA approval, with a team of 175 positions in commercial and 35 positions in medical affairs. Now Roche can leverage its existing relationships with pulmonologists who prescribe Xolair and Pulmozyme, and rely on its Genentech unit's patient support models, physician access and reimbursement expertise in the U.S. While there could be some synergies in the deal, Roche has said it would retain InterMune's employees. And Roche also vowed to build on the pulmonary portfolio, improving its footprint as its pipeline advances. InterMune has discovered an analog of Esbriet that could have as much as 10 times the potency of the parent molecule, more convenient dosing and a better safety and tolerability profile. That drug candidate is expected to enter the clinic in the second half of 2015. The potential patient population could be quite large, as pulmonary fibrosis is just one of a group of fibrotic diseases called interstitial lung diseases. The term "idiopathic" simply means the cause is unknown. These interstitial lung diseases are marked by a progressive and generally fatal scarring of the lungs, which thickens its lining and reduces the lung tissues' ability to transport oxygen. About 40,000 people in this country die of IPF each year, according to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation.

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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- NetSuite shares had coverage initiated with a "buy" rating and $109 price target by analysts at DA Davidson on Wednesday. The cloud based financial software services provider's new price target represents a 26% upside from the stock's previous closing price. NetSuite shares are flat in pre-market trading today. Must Read: Warren Buffett's 25 Favorite Stocks STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more. Separately, TheStreet Ratings team rates NETSUITE INC as a Sell with a ratings score of D+. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation: "We rate NETSUITE INC (N) 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, disappointing return on equity, generally high debt management risk, generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself and feeble growth in its earnings per share." 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 underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500 and the Software industry average. The net income has decreased by 13.6% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, dropping from -$20.39 million to -$23.16 million. 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 Software industry and the overall market, NETSUITE INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500. The debt-to-equity ratio of 1.26 is relatively high when compared with the industry average, suggesting a need for better debt level management. Regardless of the company's weak debt-to-equity ratio, N has managed to keep a strong quick ratio of 1.88, which demonstrates the ability to cover short-term cash needs. Reflecting the weaknesses we have cited, including the decline in the company's earnings per share, N has underperformed the S&P 500 Index, declining 11.20% from its price level of one year ago. The fact that the stock is now selling for less than others in its industry in relation to its current earnings is not reason enough to justify a buy rating at this time. NETSUITE INC's earnings per share declined by 10.7% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. The company has reported a trend of declining earnings per share over the past two years. However, the consensus estimate suggests that this trend should reverse in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, NETSUITE INC reported poor results of -$0.96 versus -$0.49 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($0.26 versus -$0.96). You can view the full analysis from the report here: N Ratings Report EXCLUSIVE OFFER: See inside Jim Cramer's multi-million dollar charitable trust portfolio to see the stocks he and Stephanie Link think could be potentially HUGE winners. Click here to see the holdings for FREE.

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NEW YORK (TheStreet) --aAruba Networks was upgraded to "buy" from "neutral" by UBS Wednesday. The analyst firm raised its price target for the company to $25 from $21. UBS analysts Amitabh Passi and Tejas Venkatesh cited Aruba Network's higher guidance and "focus on shareholder returns and quality of earnings" as reasons for the upgrade. Must Read:aWarren Buffett's 25 Favorite Stocks STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more. --------------- Separately, TheStreet Ratings team rates ARUBA NETWORKS INC as a Sell with a ratings score of D+. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation: "We rate ARUBA NETWORKS INC (ARUN) 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. Among the areas we feel are negative, one of the most important has been an overall disappointing return on equity." You can view the full analysis from the report here: ARUN Ratings Report ARUN data by YCharts EXCLUSIVE OFFER:aSee inside Jim Cramer's multi-million dollar charitable trust portfolio to see the stocks he and Stephanie Link think could be potentially HUGE winners.aClick here to see the holdings for FREE.

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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Shares of McDonald's Corp. are slightly higher in pre-market trade after the company saidait would appeal a Moscow courts' rulings ordering the temporary closure of three restaurantsain the Russian capital due to sanitary violations, Reuters reports. "We do not agree with the courts' decisions and will appeal them according to established procedures," the company said. Must Read: Warren Buffett's 25 Favorite Stocks Stocks TO Buy: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn More. TheStreet Ratings team rates MCDONALD'S CORP as a Buy with a ratings score of B. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation: "We rate MCDONALD'S CORP (MCD) 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, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, expanding profit margins and growth in earnings per share. We feel these 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: MCD's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 5.6%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 1.4%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, improving the earnings per share. The debt-to-equity ratio is somewhat low, currently at 0.96, and is less than that of the industry average, implying that there has been a relatively successful effort in the management of debt levels. Along with the favorable debt-to-equity ratio, the company maintains an adequate quick ratio of 1.46, which illustrates the ability to avoid short-term cash problems. 44.52% is the gross profit margin for MCDONALD'S CORP which we consider to be strong. Regardless of MCD's high profit margin, it has managed to decrease from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, MCD's net profit margin of 19.31% compares favorably to the industry average. MCDONALD'S CORP's earnings per share improvement from the most recent quarter was slightly positive. 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, MCDONALD'S CORP increased its bottom line by earning $5.56 versus $5.36 in the prior year. This year, the market expects earnings to be in line with last year ($5.56 versus $5.56). The change in net income from the same quarter one year ago has exceeded that of the Hotels, Restaurants & Leisure industry average, but is less than that of the S&P 500. The net income has decreased by 0.7% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, dropping from $1,396.50 million to $1,387.10 million. You can view the full analysis from the report here: MCD Ratings Report EXCLUSIVE OFFER: See inside Jim Cramer's multi-million dollar charitable trust portfolio to see the stocks he and Stephanie Link think could be potentially HUGE winners. Click here to see the holdings for FREE

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NEW YORK (TheStreet) --aStifel Nicolausaupgraded Waste Managementa to "buy" from "hold" and set a $55 price target. The firm said the company is cutting its workforce, but can continue to generate steady free cash flow. The stock was up 0.49% to $46.80 in pre-market trading Wednesday. Must Read: Warren Buffett's 25 Favorite Stocks STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more. --------------- Separately, TheStreet Ratings team rates WASTE MANAGEMENT INC as a Buy with a ratings score of B+. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation: "We rate WASTE MANAGEMENT INC (WM) 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 revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these 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: Despite its growing revenue, the company underperformed as compared with the industry average of 4.2%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 1.0%. This growth in revenue does not appear to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, displayed by a decline in earnings per share. Net operating cash flow has slightly increased to $555.00 million or 1.83% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, WASTE MANAGEMENT INC has also modestly surpassed the industry average cash flow growth rate of -5.58%. 36.06% is the gross profit margin for WASTE MANAGEMENT INC which we consider to be strong. It has increased from the same quarter the previous year. Despite the strong results of the gross profit margin, WM's net profit margin of 5.89% significantly trails the industry average. WASTE MANAGEMENT INC's earnings per share declined by 13.5% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. The company has suffered a declining pattern of earnings per share over the past year. However, we anticipate this trend reversing over the coming year. During the past fiscal year, WASTE MANAGEMENT INC reported lower earnings of $0.21 versus $1.76 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($2.36 versus $0.21). Compared to where it was 12 months ago, the stock is up, but it has so far lagged the appreciation in the S&P 500. The stock's price rise over the last year has driven it to a level which is somewhat 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: WM Ratings Report EXCLUSIVE OFFER: See inside Jim Cramer's multi-million dollar charitable trust portfolio to see the stocks he and Stephanie Link think could be potentially HUGE winners. Click here to see the holdings for FREE.

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NEW YORK (The Deal) -- Minneapolis-based medical technology company Medtronic aannounced the acquisition Tuesday of Dutch deep brain stimulation technology company Sapiens Steering Brain Stimulation BV, from Wellington Partners, Edmond de Rothschild Investment Partners, Life Sciences Partners, the Wellcome Trust, Inkef Capital and Gilde Healthcare for about $200 million in cash. Sapiens, of Eindhoven, whose technology could offer hope of better, more-targeted treatments for Parkinson's disease and other neurodegenerative diseases, is developing a system with 40 individual stimulation points. The object is to allow more precise stimulation of the brain and may potentially result in speedier procedures and fewer stimulation-induced side effects. The company was founded in 2011 by Sjaak Deckers, Hubert Martens and Michel Decre. Deep brain stimulation is an established treatment for Parkinson's disease, essential tremor and dystonia, according to a recent statement by Sapiens, which said DBS can be considered as a "brain pacemaker." Mild electrical stimuli are delivered to the brain via implanted leads to reduce symptoms like tremor, slowness of movement, stiffness and impairment of balance. However, SBS' work, some of it in collaboration with other European partners, has been part of a trend for more-targeted treatments Medtronic said it will retain the Eindhoven site and the staff there, led by CEO Jan Keltjens and complementing its existing research and development facilities elsewhere. It said the acquisition will serve as a global research and development center for Medtronic's neuromodulation business. "This acquisition broadens our neuroscience leadership position with innovative brain modulation technology that, along with our comprehensive portfolio of DBS solutions, may one day transform the way physicians are able to treat patients with neurodegenerative diseases like Parkinson's disease and essential tremor," said Lothar Krinke, vice president and general manager of the Brain Modulation business at Medtronic, in a statement. Medtronic added that the deal is expected to meet its long-term financial metrics and will not impact its fiscal year 2015 earnings guidance. Wellington, Edmond de Rothschild Investment Partners and Life Sciences Partners led the spinout of the company from Philips Healthcare in a 13 million euro ($17.6 million) Series A funding round in May 2011, leaving Philips and Ann Arbor, Mich.-based NeuroNexus Technologies as minority investors. Wellcome Trust stepped in with a 3.5 million euro follow-on investment later that year and 7.5 million euros from the Dutch investment group Inkef Capital in February 2013, which was still being classed as an extended Series A investment. Gilde said it had invested in the company in 2013, without going into detail. Sapiens also received about 6.5 million euros from the Dutch government and various other Dutch investors as well as a $370,000 research grant from the Michael J. Fox Foundation at an early stage in the process. In a separate statement, Edmond de Rothschild Investment Partners said Sapiens was the 13th of 14 investments in its 2008 life science investment fund BioDiscovery 3 and the sixth exit via a private transaction. Two more have been sold via initial public offerings on the public markets. Meanwhile, Gilde said the sale to Medtronic was the first exit from its $200 million Gilde Healthcare Fund III. Wellington said it had helped build the management team and assemble an investor syndicate "which financed and supported Sapiens through final stages of product development and to successful first clinical testing of its Parkinson treatment system, which triggered the strategic interest from Medtronic and other potential acquirers." Medtronic's shares, which are quoted on Nasdaq, were up 0.3%, at $63.79 by midmorning, New York time.

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NEW YORK (TheStreet) --aDeutsche Bank initiated coverage of Pfizer aWednesdayawith a "buy" rating. The firm set a price target of $34 for the drug manufacturer. Pfizer has a strong financial position, and an attractive valuation and dividend, according to Deutsche Bank analysts. Must Read:aWarren Buffett's 25 Favorite Stocks STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more. --------------- Separately, TheStreet Ratings team rates PFIZER INC as a Buy with a ratings score of B+. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation: "We rate PFIZER INC (PFE) 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 largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, reasonable valuation levels, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and notable return on equity. We feel these 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 current debt-to-equity ratio, 0.49, is low and is below the industry average, implying that there has been successful management of debt levels. To add to this, PFE has a quick ratio of 2.03, which demonstrates the ability of the company to cover short-term liquidity needs. The gross profit margin for PFIZER INC is currently very high, coming in at 85.17%. It has increased significantly from the same period last year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 22.92% is above that of the industry average. Net operating cash flow has slightly increased to $4,087.00 million or 6.71% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, PFIZER INC has also modestly surpassed the industry average cash flow growth rate of -1.19%. PFIZER INC's earnings per share declined by 10.0% 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, PFIZER INC increased its bottom line by earning $1.65 versus $1.20 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($2.25 versus $1.65). You can view the full analysis from the report here: PFE Ratings Report EXCLUSIVE OFFER:aSee inside Jim Cramer's multi-million dollar charitable trust portfolio to see the stocks he and Stephanie Link think could be potentially HUGE winners.aClick here to see the holdings for FREE.

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NEW YORK (TheStreet) --aBMO Capitalaincreased its price target onaTiVoa to $16, increased its estimates and set an "outperform" rating. The firm noted the company will buy back more shares. The stock was down 1.44% to $13.70 in pre-market trading on Wednesday. Must Read: Warren Buffett's 25 Favorite Stocks STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more. ---------- Separately, TheStreet Ratings team rates TIVO INC as a "buy" with a ratings score of B-. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation: "We rate TIVO INC (TIVO) 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 robust revenue growth, solid stock price performance, notable return on equity, reasonable valuation levels and compelling growth in net income. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results." You can view the full analysis from the report here: TIVO Ratings Report TIVO data by YCharts EXCLUSIVE OFFER: See inside Jim Cramer's multi-million dollar charitable trust portfolio to see the stocks he and Stephanie Link think could be potentially HUGE winners. Click here to see the holdings for FREE.

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NEW YORK (TheStreet) --aFacebook Inc. was downgraded to "neutral" from "buy" at Janney Montgomery on Wednesday. The firm said it lowered its rating on the social media company as it believes Facebook's growth will decelerate, and raise valuation concerns in 2015. Shares of Facebook are down -61% to $75.51 in pre-market trading today. Must Read: Warren Buffett's 25 Favorite Stocks STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more. Separately, TheStreet Ratings team rates FACEBOOK INC as a Hold with a ratings score of C+. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation: "We rate FACEBOOK INC (FB) 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 robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and impressive record of earnings per share growth. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the stock itself is trading at a premium valuation." Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows: FB's very impressive revenue growth greatly exceeded the industry average of 19.9%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues leaped by 60.5%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share. FB's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.02 and is currently below that of the industry average, implying that there has been very successful management of debt levels. Along with this, the company maintains a quick ratio of 12.48, which clearly demonstrates the ability to cover short-term cash needs. Net operating cash flow has slightly increased to $1,341.00 million or 1.43% when compared to the same quarter last year. Despite an increase in cash flow, FACEBOOK INC's cash flow growth rate is still lower than the industry average growth rate of 17.71%. Current return on equity exceeded its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a clear sign of strength within the company. When compared to other companies in the Internet Software & Services industry and the overall market, FACEBOOK INC's return on equity is below that of both the industry average and the S&P 500. You can view the full analysis from the report here: FB Ratings Report EXCLUSIVE OFFER: See inside Jim Cramer's multi-million dollar charitable trust portfolio to see the stocks he and Stephanie Link think could be potentially HUGE winners. Click here to see the holdings for FREE

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NEW YORK (TheStreet) --aDeutsche Bank imitated its coverage of Eli Lilly with a "buy" rating Wednesday. The bank set a price target of $71 for the drug manufacturer. Eli Lilly is poised to return growth in the coming years according to Deutsche Bank analysts. Must Read:aWarren Buffett's 25 Favorite Stocks STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more. ------------- Separately, TheStreet Ratings team rates LILLY (ELI) & CO as a Buy with a ratings score of B. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation: "We rate LILLY (ELI) & CO (LLY) 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 largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, reasonable valuation levels, increase in stock price during the past year and expanding profit margins. We feel these 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: LLY's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.30 and is currently below that of the industry average, implying that there has been very successful management of debt levels. Along with the favorable debt-to-equity ratio, the company maintains an adequate quick ratio of 1.20, which illustrates the ability to avoid short-term cash problems. Compared to where it was a year ago today, the stock is now trading at a higher level, regardless of the company's weak earnings results. 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. The gross profit margin for LILLY (ELI) & CO is currently very high, coming in at 82.95%. Regardless of LLY's high profit margin, it has managed to decrease from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of 14.86% trails the industry average. LLY, with its decline in revenue, underperformed when compared the industry average of 4.6%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues fell by 16.8%. Weakness in the company's revenue seems to have hurt the bottom line, decreasing earnings per share. You can view the full analysis from the report here: LLY Ratings Report EXCLUSIVE OFFER:aSee inside Jim Cramer's multi-million dollar charitable trust portfolio to see the stocks he and Stephanie Link think could be potentially HUGE winners.aClick here to see the holdings for FREE.

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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- QUALCOMM Inc.a , the world's biggest mobile chipmaker, may face a European investigation related to a four-year-old complaint from a subsidiary of rival Nvidia Corp. , sources told Reuters. An EU probe would come at an awkward time for Qualcomm, which is seeking to end an investigation by China's pricing regulator into monopoly practices. If found guilty of breaching EU rules, the company could face a fine of up to $2.5 billion, Reuters said. Shares of QUALCOMM closed at $77.01 yesterday.a Must Read: Warren Buffett's 25 Favorite Stocks Stocks TO Buy: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn More. TheStreet Ratings team rates QUALCOMM INC as a Buy with a ratings score of A+. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation: "We rate QUALCOMM INC (QCOM) 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, notable return on equity, growth in earnings per share and increase in net income. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook." Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows: The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 3.2%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 9.0%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share. QCOM's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.00 and is currently below that of the industry average, implying that there has been very successful management of debt levels. Along with this, the company maintains a quick ratio of 3.36, which clearly demonstrates the ability to cover short-term cash needs. 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 Communications Equipment industry and the overall market, QUALCOMM INC's return on equity exceeds that of both the industry average and the S&P 500. QUALCOMM INC has improved earnings per share by 45.5% 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, QUALCOMM INC increased its bottom line by earning $3.91 versus $3.06 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($5.32 versus $3.91). 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 Communications Equipment industry average. The net income increased by 41.6% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from $1,580.00 million to $2,238.00 million.a You can view the full analysis from the report here: QCOM Ratings Report EXCLUSIVE OFFER: See inside Jim Cramer's multi-million dollar charitable trust portfolio to see the stocks he and Stephanie Link think could be potentially HUGE winners. Click here to see the holdings for FREE

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NEW YORK (TheStreet) --aCanaccordareduced its price target onaSprinta to $5.75, reduced its estimates and set a "hold" rating. The firm cited the company's new pricing plan as the reason for the move. The stock was up 0.69% to $5.81ain pre-market trading Wednesday. Must Read: Warren Buffett's 25 Favorite Stocks STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more. S data by YCharts EXCLUSIVE OFFER: See inside Jim Cramer's multi-million dollar charitable trust portfolio to see the stocks he and Stephanie Link think could be potentially HUGE winners. Click here to see the holdings for FREE.

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NEW YORK (TheStreet) —aTelecommuting has its advantages for employees and employers, andacompanies are starting slowly to see them. According to the Global Workplace Analytics and Telework Research Network, up to 30 million Americans telecommute one day per week. Another 3.1 million workers telecommute full time. How are they faring? Pretty well, according to Stanford University. Researchers there studied a Chinese travel agency with 16,000 employees and found that at-home workers experienced a 13% increase in performance after nine months of telecommuting. Workers made more business calls from home and worked longer than their counterparts inathe workplace. Telecommuters also said they enjoyed their work more, so theyastayed with the firm longer than other staffers. Read More: How to Ask For (and Get) Your Raise in 2014 All that led to even more gains, the Stanford study reports. "Due to the success of the experiment, [the firm] rolled out the option to work from home to the whole firm and allowed the experimental employees to re-select between the home and office," the report says. "Interestingly, over half of them switched, which led to the gains from [work from home]aalmost doubling to 22%. This highlights the benefits of learning and selection effects when adopting modern management practices like WFH." Show that to your bosses if you want to telecommute and they resist. But don't stop there. You'll need more ammunition. Add these tips to your campaign and see if they don't make a difference: Proveayou're spending more time on the job. Do the math and calculate how much time you're saving by not commuting to work, thenagive that number to management. Most telecommuters can squeeze at least an extra hour of work when working from home, and your boss needs to hear that. Read More: How to Cut Off Your Distractions at Work and Focus on a Project Keep ahead of deadlines. To prove telecommuting is a good fit for you, make sure you meet all your deadlines and finish projects and work tasks on time — or better yet, ahead of schedule. Build a track record of prompt turnarounds to help convince even the most stubborn manager telecommuting is a path to higher productivity. Show them the money.aMake the case that your working from home helps the company's bottom line. Less use of office space; less commitment of financial resources to office equipment such as computers and printers; and more commitment to the job — here's where you bring up the Stanford University numbers — can help you convince your boss that working at home boosts profits. That's a hard argument to say "no" to. Start small. Don't ask immediately to work at home all week long. Ask for a day or two per week to establish a track record. Then set a specific date (say, 90 days from now) to review your performance as a telecommuter and use that performance as an argument to increase your at-home work schedule.


NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Shares of Express, Inc are surging 11.38% to $16.25 in pre-market trading this morningaafter the company reported its fiscal second quarter earnings that beat analysts' estimates, and increased its full year outlook. The retailer'safiscal second quarter net income was $6.87 million, or 8 cents a share, a -59% drop from $16.9 million, or 20 cents a share one year ago, butabeating analysts expectations of a break even quarter. Express raised its outlook for the full year and said it forecasts earnings between 85 cents and 95 cents a share, compared to its previous range of 74 cents to 90 cents per share. Must Read: Warren Buffett's 25 Favorite Stocks STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more. TheStreet Ratings team rates EXPRESS INC as a Hold with a ratings score of C. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation: "We rate EXPRESS INC (EXPR) 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 largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and reasonable valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including feeble growth in the company's earnings per share, deteriorating net income and poor profit margins." You can view the full analysis from the report here: EXPR Ratings Report EXPR data by YCharts EXCLUSIVE OFFER: See inside Jim Cramer's multi-million dollar charitable trust portfolio to see the stocks he and Stephanie Link think could be potentially HUGE winners. Click here to see the holdings for FREE.

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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- With so many different investments options, investors often have a difficult time deciding which direction is the best one for them to take. TheStreetais attempting to declutter the plethora of information available and present it to our readers in a way so that they can make wise investment decisions. Whether you're an individual investor or work with a financial advisor, the objective is to help simplify the process and present information that's user friendly. The automotive industry is one of the largest consumer industries in the world. It amassed 85.4 billion automobiles sold in 2013, according to the International Organization of Vehicle Manufacturers. Despite the recent success, the automotive industry has proved to be sensitive to global economic volatility. For example, the industry wasahit hard domestically from 2006-2010, when net profit in the new-vehicle department was negative each year. The overall industry is comprised of numerous different segments, including auto manufactures, interiors, powertrain systems, body structures, tire and diversified manufacturers. In fact, the industry as a whole is forecast to accrue a total value of $1.7 trillion and reach volume of 168.2 million units, a 39.6% increase since 2010, according to a report by MarketResearch.com. The purchase of a car is often attributed as one of the more unfavorable financial investments a consumer can make, but investing in the right automotive stock can prove to be very favorable. What follows are twenty-two automotive industry stocks with descriptions from S&P, ranked by our own proprietary quantitative ranking system at TheStreetRatings.com, which are worth looking over. Note that these ratings can change at any time. If you would like access to real-time ratings of these stocks, you can subscribe to TheStreet Quant Ratings. Buckle up. 22.aTesla Motors Segment: Auto Manufacturers Tesla Motors designs, develops, manufactures, and sells electric vehicles and electric vehicle powertrain components. The company also provides services for the development of electric powertrain systems and components, and sells electric vehicle powertrain components to other automotive manufacturers. It markets and sells its vehicles through Tesla stores and galleries, as well as over the Internet. The company operates a network of 80 stores and galleries in North America, Europe and Asia. Tesla Motors was founded in 2003 and is headquartered in Palo Alto, Calif. Free Report: Jim Cramer's Best Stocks for 2014 TheStreet Ratings team rates TESLA MOTORS INC as a Hold with a ratings score of C-. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation: "We rate TESLA MOTORS INC (TSLA) 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 robust revenue growth, solid stock price performance and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income, generally higher debt management risk and poor profit margins." You can view the full analysis from the report here: TSLA Ratings Report21. Tower International Segment: Body Structures Tower International manufactures and sells engineered structural metal components and assemblies for the automotive original equipment manufacturers in the Americas and Internationally. The company offers body-structure stampings, frames, and other chassis structures, as well as complex welded assemblies for small and large cars, crossovers, pickups and sport utility vehicles (SUVs). It also provides body structures and assemblies comprising structural metal components, including body pillars, roof rails, and side sills; and Class A surfaces and assemblies that consist of body sides, hoods, doors, fenders and pickup truck boxes. In addition, the company offers lower vehicle frames and structures, such as pickup truck and SUV full frames, automotive engine and rear suspension cradles, floor pan components, and cross members; and stamped, formed, and welded suspension components, including control arms, suspension links, track bars, spring and shock towers, shackles, twist axles, radius arms, stabilizer bars, trailing axles and brackets. Further, it provides body-in-white assemblies comprising front and rear floor pan assemblies, and door/pillar assemblies. The company was formerly known as Tower Automotive and changed its name to Tower International in October 2010. Tower International was founded in 1993 and is headquartered in Livonia, Mich. Free Report: Jim Cramer's Best Stocks for 2014 TheStreet Ratings team rates TOWER INTERNATIONAL INC as a Buy with a ratings score of B-. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation: "We rate TOWER INTERNATIONAL INC (TOWR) 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 solid stock price performance, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth, notable return on equity and impressive record of earnings per share growth. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated." You can view the full analysis from the report here: TOWR Ratings Report20. Federal-Mogul Holdings Segment: Powertrain Systems Federal-Mogul Holdings supplies various automotive components, accessories, and systems worldwide. It operates in two divisions, Powertrain and Vehicle Components Solutions. The Powertrain division offers various products, including pistons, piston rings, piston pins, cylinder liners, valve seats and guides, engine bearings, industrial bearings, bushings and washers, ignition products, dynamic seals, bonded piston seals, combustion and exhaust gaskets, static gaskets and seals, rigid heat shields, element resistant sleeving products, flexible heat shields and automotive lighting products. The Vehicle Components Solutions division provides light and commercial vehicle disc pads, railway disc pads, light vehicle drum brake linings, commercial vehicle full length linings, commercial vehicle half blocks, railway brake blocks, driveline universal joints, combustion and exhaust gaskets, static gaskets and seals, and wipers, as well as chassis parts, such as ball joints, tie rod ends, sway bar links, idler arms and pitman arms. This division offers its products under the Abex, Beral, Ferodo, Necto, ThermoQuiet, Wagner, MOOG, National, Fel-Pro, Goetze, Payen, AE, FP Diesel, Glyco, Nural, Sealed Power, ANCO and Champion brand names. It serves original equipment manufacturers and servicers of automotive, light, medium and heavy-duty commercial vehicles, off-road, agricultural, marine, rail, aerospace, power generation, and industrial equipment markets, as well as various distributors, retail parts stores and mass merchants. Federal-Mogul Holdings operates as a subsidiary of IEH FM Holdings LLC. Federal-Mogul Holdings was founded in 1899 and is headquartered in Southfield, Mich. Free Report: Jim Cramer's Best Stocks for 2014 TheStreet Ratings team rates FEDERAL-MOGUL HOLDINGS CORP as a Hold with a ratings score of C. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation: "We rate FEDERAL-MOGUL HOLDINGS CORP (FDML) 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 and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, unimpressive growth in net income and generally higher debt management risk." You can view the full analysis from the report here: FDML Ratings Report19. Honda Motor Co., Ltd. Segment: Auto Manufacturers Honda Motor manufactures and sells motorcycles, automobiles, and power products. It operates through four segments: Motorcycle Business, Automobile Business, Financial Services Business and Power Product and Other Businesses. The Motorcycle Business segment offers business and commuter models, as well as sports models, including trial and moto-cross racing motorcycle; all-terrain vehicles; and multi utility vehicles. The Automobile Business segment manufactures various automobile products, such as passenger cars, light trucks and mini vehicles. The Financial Services Business segment provides various financial services comprising retail lending, leasing and other financial services consisting of wholesale financing to dealers and customers. The Power Product and Other Businesses segment manufactures various power products, including tillers, portable generators, general-purpose engines, grass cutters, outboard marine engines, water pumps, snow throwers, power carriers, power sprayers, lawn mowers and lawn tractors. It also offers compact home-use cogeneration units. The company sells its products through independent retail dealers, outlets, and authorized dealerships primarily in Japan, North America, Europe and rest of Asia. Honda Motor was founded in 1946 and is based in Tokyo, Japan. Free Report: Jim Cramer's Best Stocks for 2014 TheStreet Ratings team rates HONDA MOTOR CO LTD as a Buy with a ratings score of B-. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation: "We rate HONDA MOTOR CO LTD (HMC) 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 impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and revenue growth. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself." You can view the full analysis from the report here: HMC Ratings Report18. China XD Plastics Co., Ltd. Segment: Diversified China XD Plastics, a specialty chemical company, through its subsidiaries, is engaged in the research, development, manufacture and sale of modified and engineering plastics product. The company utilizes the products primarily for use in the fabrication of automobile parts and components in the People's Republic of China. Its modified plastics are used to fabricate various auto components, including exteriors consisting of automobile bumpers, rearview and side view mirrors, and license plate parts; interiors, such as door panels, dashboards, steering wheels, glove compartments, and safety belt components; and functional components comprising air conditioner casings, heating and ventilation casings, engine covers, and air ducts. The company also offers specially engineered plastics and environment-friendly plastics for use in oilfield equipment, mining equipment, vessel propulsion systems, and power station equipment. China XD Plastics primarily sells its products to end customers through approved distributors, as well as directly. The company was founded in 1999 and is based in Harbin, the People's Republic of China. Free Report: Jim Cramer's Best Stocks for 2014 TheStreet Ratings team rates CHINA XD PLASTICS CO LTD as a Buy with a ratings score of B-. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation: "We rate CHINA XD PLASTICS CO LTD (CXDC) 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 robust revenue growth, solid stock price performance, notable return on equity, attractive valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income." You can view the full analysis from the report here: CXDC Ratings Report17. Visteon Corp. Segment: Interiors Visteon provides climate, electronic and interior systems, modules and components to automotive original equipment manufacturers worldwide. It operates in the Climate, Electronics and Interiors segments. The Climate segment offers integrated heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems; and components and modules that provide cooling and thermal management for the vehicle's engine and transmission, as well as for batteries and power electronics on hybrid and electric vehicles. This segment's products include evaporators, condensers, heater cores, climate controls, compressors, air handling cases, and fluid transport systems; and radiators, oil coolers, charge air coolers, exhaust gas coolers, battery and power electronics coolers and systems and fluid transport systems. The Electronics segment offers audio/infotainment products, including audio and infotainment head units, connectivity solutions, amplifiers, and rear seat family entertainment systems; and a line of instrument clusters and displays ranging from standard analog-electronic clusters to high resolution TFT devices. This segment also provides a line of single zone electronic climate control modules; and decorative control panel technologies, including various modes for user interface technologies, various display and styling-related technologies, and a range of cockpit electronic features. In addition, it designs and manufactures body electronics and security modules for managing various access control and immobilization functions. The Interior segment designs and manufactures cockpit modules, instrument panels, door and console modules, and interior trims. Further, the company sells its products for use as aftermarket and service parts to automotive original equipment manufacturers and others for resale through independent distribution networks. It has strategic alliance with OpenSynergy GmbH. The company was founded in 2000 and is headquartered in Van Buren Township, Mich. Free Report: Jim Cramer's Best Stocks for 2014 TheStreet Ratings team rates VISTEON CORP as a Buy with a ratings score of B-. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation: "We rate VISTEON CORP (VC) 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, solid stock price performance, notable return on equity and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income." You can view the full analysis from the report here: VC Ratings Report16. American Axle & Manufacturing Holdings Inc. Segment: Powertrain Systems American Axle & Manufacturing, together with its subsidiaries, engages in the design, engineering, validation and manufacture of driveline and drivetrain systems and related components and chassis modules for automotive industry worldwide. Its products include axles, chassis modules, driveshafts, power transfer units, transfer cases, chassis and steering components, driveheads, transmission parts and metal-formed products that transfer power from the transmission to the drive wheels. The company offers its products for light trucks, sport utility vehicles, passenger cars and crossover and commercial vehicles. American Axle & Manufacturing was founded in 1994 and is headquartered in Detroit, Mich. Free Report: Jim Cramer's Best Stocks for 2014 TheStreet Ratings team rates AMERICAN AXLE & MFG HOLDINGS as a Buy with a ratings score of B-. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation: "We rate AMERICAN AXLE & MFG HOLDINGS (AXL) 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 notable return on equity, robust revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, increase in net income and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself." You can view the full analysis from the report here: AXL Ratings Report15. Superior Industries International, Inc. Segment: Tires Superior Industries designs, manufactures and sells aluminum road wheels to the original equipment manufacturers in North America. It supplies cast aluminum wheels to the automobile and light truck manufacturers. The company was founded in 1957 and is headquartered in Van Nuys, Calif. Free Report: Jim Cramer's Best Stocks for 2014 TheStreet Ratings team rates SUPERIOR INDUSTRIES INTL as a Buy with a ratings score of B. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation: "We rate SUPERIOR INDUSTRIES INTL (SUP) 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. Among the primary strengths of the company is its solid financial position based on a variety of debt and liquidity measures that we have evaluated. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat weak growth in earnings per share." You can view the full analysis from the report here: SUP Ratings Report14. Shiloh Industries Inc. Segment: Powertrain Systems Shiloh Industries together with its subsidiaries, provides light weighting, as well as noise, vibration, and harshness solutions to automotive, commercial vehicle and other industrial markets. It designs, engineers, manufactures, and sells first operation exposed and unexposed blanks, and advanced engineered welded blanks for use in exterior and structural components, such as fenders, hoods and doors principally to automotive and truck original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). The company also provides engineered stampings and complex modular assemblies, such as components used in the structural and powertrain systems of a vehicle; structural systems comprising body-in-white applications and underbody modules; and powertrain systems consisting of deep draw components, such as oil pans, transmission pans and valve covers. In addition, it offers various intermediate steel processing services, such as oiling, leveling, cutting-to-length, slitting, and edge trimming of hot and cold-rolled steel coils, as well as inventory control services for automotive and steel industry customers. Further, the company provides aluminum light weighting solutions to vehicle systems; ShilohCore acoustic laminate metal solution; and precision tools and dies, and weld and secondary assembly equipment to OEMs and Tier I automotive part manufacturers. The company was founded in 1950 and is headquartered in Valley City, Ohio. Free Report: Jim Cramer's Best Stocks for 2014 TheStreet Ratings team rates SHILOH INDUSTRIES INC as a Buy with a ratings score of B. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation: "We rate SHILOH INDUSTRIES INC (SHLO) 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 revenue growth, solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income and attractive valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins." You can view the full analysis from the report here: SHLO Ratings Report13. Gentex Corp. Segment: Interiors Gentex designs, develops, manufactures, and markets electro-optical products for the automotive, commercial building and aircraft industries primarily in the United States, Germany and Japan. It offers automotive mirrors, including automatic-dimming rearview mirrors, such as interior auto-dimming mirrors and exterior auto-dimming mirror sub-assemblies; and non-automatic-dimming rearview mirrors with electronic features. The company also provides fire protection products, which include smoke alarms and smoke detectors combined with various models of signaling appliances for office buildings, hotels, motels, military bases, college dormitories, nursing homes, and other commercial establishments; and single-station alarms for commercial and residential applications. In addition, it offers variable dimmable aircraft windows for aircraft manufacturers. The company sells its automotive mirror products directly through a direct sales force; and fire protection products directly and through manufacturer representative organizations to fire protection and security product distributors, electrical wholesale houses, and original equipment manufacturers of fire protection systems. Gentex Corporation was founded in 1974 and is headquartered in Zeeland, Mich. Free Report: Jim Cramer's Best Stocks for 2014 TheStreet Ratings team rates GENTEX CORP as a Buy with a ratings score of B. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation: "We rate GENTEX CORP (GNTX) 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, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook." You can view the full analysis from the report here: GNTX Ratings Report12. Ford Motor Co. Segment: Auto Manufacturers Ford develops, manufactures, distributes, and services vehicles, parts and accessories worldwide. The company operates through two sectors, Automotive and Financial Services. The Automotive sector offers vehicles primarily under the Ford and Lincoln brand names. It markets cars, utilities, trucks, service parts, and accessories through distributors and dealers in North America, South America, Europe, Turkey, Russia, and the Asia Pacific region. This sector also sells vehicles to dealers for sale to fleet customers, including commercial fleet customers, daily rental car companies, and governments, as well as provides maintenance and repair services. The Financial Services sector offers various automotive financing products to and through automotive dealers. This sector provides financing products, which include retail installment sale contracts for new and used vehicles; leases for new vehicles to retail customers, government entities, daily rental car companies and fleet customers; wholesale financing that comprise loans to dealers to finance the purchase of vehicle inventory; loans to dealers to finance working capital, purchase dealership real estate and other dealer vehicle program financing; and other financing products, as well as provides insurance services. Ford was founded in 1903 and is based in Dearborn, Mich. Free Report: Jim Cramer's Best Stocks for 2014 TheStreet Ratings team rates FORD MOTOR CO as a Buy with a ratings score of B. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation: "We rate FORD MOTOR CO (F) 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 increase in net income, attractive valuation levels, growth in earnings per share, notable return on equity and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated." You can view the full analysis from the report here: F Ratings Report11. General Motors Co. Segment: Auto Manufacturers General Motors designs, manufactures, and markets cars, crossovers, trucks and automobile parts worldwide. The company markets its vehicles primarily under the Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, GMC, Opel, Holden and Vauxhall brand names, as well as under the Alpheon, Jiefang, Baojun and Wuling brand names. It also sells cars and trucks to dealers for consumer retail sales, as well as to fleet customers, including daily rental car companies, commercial fleet customers, leasing companies and governments. In addition, the company offers connected safety, security and mobility solutions, and information technology services. The company, through its subsidiary, General Motors Financial, provides automotive financing services and lease products through GM dealerships in connection with the sale of used and new automobiles that target customers with sub-prime and prime credit bureau scores. The company was founded in 1908 and is based in Detroit, Mich. Free Report: Jim Cramer's Best Stocks for 2014 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 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 revenue growth and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself." You can view the full analysis from the report here: GM Ratings Report10. STRATTEC Security Corp. Segment: Diversified STRATTEC Security is engaged in the design, development, manufacture, marketing and export of automotive access control products. The company's products include mechanical locks and keys, electronically enhanced locks and keys, steering column and instrument panel ignition lock housings, power sliding door systems, power lift gate systems, power deck lid systems, door handles, fobs, push button ignition systems, steering column lock housings, seatback and secondary latches, door handle components and trim and other access products. It also provides full service and aftermarket support services for the company's products. STRATTEC Security offers its products under the VAST brand name. It primarily serves automotive original equipment manufacturers and light truck manufacturers, as well as other transportation-related manufacturers in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Europe, South America, Korea and China. The company offers its products directly, as well as through wholesale distributors and other marketers and users. STRATTEC SECURITY CORPORATION is headquartered in Milwaukee, Wis. Free Report: Jim Cramer's Best Stocks for 2014 TheStreet Ratings team rates STRATTEC SECURITY CORP as a Buy with a ratings score of B+. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation: "We rate STRATTEC SECURITY CORP (STRT) 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, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow." You can view the full analysis from the report here: STRT Ratings Report9. Autoliv, Inc. Segment: Interiors Autoliv, through its subsidiaries, develops, manufactures and supplies automotive safety systems to the automotive industry worldwide. The company operates in two segments, Passive Safety and Active Safety segments. It offers a range of products, including modules and components for passenger and driver-side airbags, side-impact airbag protection systems, seatbelts, steering wheels, safety electronics, whiplash protection systems and child seats, as well as night vision and camera vision systems, pedestrian protection systems, brake controllers and radar and other active safety systems. The company primarily serves car manufacturers. Autoliv was founded in 1953 and is headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden. Free Report: Jim Cramer's Best Stocks for 2014 TheStreet Ratings team rates AUTOLIV INC as a Buy with a ratings score of B+. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation: "We rate AUTOLIV INC (ALV) 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 revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income." You can view the full analysis from the report here: ALV Ratings Report8. Tenneco Inc. Segment: Powertrain Systems Tenneco designs, manufactures and sells clean air and ride performance products and systems for light vehicle, commercial truck and off-highway and other vehicle applications worldwide. It provides emission control systems, such as catalytic converters and diesel oxidation catalysts to reduce harmful gaseous emissions; diesel particulate filters; burner systems to combust fuel and air inside the exhaust system; and lean nitrogen oxide (NOx) traps, selective catalytic reduction systems and alternative NOx reduction technologies to reduce NOx emissions. The company also offers hydrocarbon vaporizers and injectors to add fuel to diesel exhaust system; mufflers and resonators to provide noise elimination and acoustic tuning; exhaust manifolds to collect gases from individual cylinders of a vehicle's engine; pipes to connect various parts of an exhaust system; hydroformed assemblies; hangers and isolators for system installation, elimination of noise and vibration, and improvement of useful life; and after treatment control units. In addition, it offers ride performance products and systems, such as shock absorbers; struts; vibration control components; Kinetic suspension technology, a suite of roll-control and nearly equal wheel-loading systems; advanced suspension systems; Kinetic H2/CES semi-active suspension systems; and other ride performance products consisting of load assist products, springs, steering stabilizers, adjustable suspension systems, suspension kits and modular assemblies. Tenneco sells its products to original equipment vehicle designers and manufacturers; and repair and replacement markets under the Monroe, Rancho, Clevite Elastomers, Marzocchi, Axios, Kinetic, Fric-Rot, Walker, XNOx, Fonos, DynoMax, Thrush and Lukey brands. The company was formerly known as Tenneco Automotive Inc. and changed its name to Tenneco in 2005. Tenneco was founded in 1987 and is headquartered in Lake Forest, Ill. Free Report: Jim Cramer's Best Stocks for 2014 TheStreet Ratings team rates TENNECO INC as a Buy with a ratings score of B+. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation: "We rate TENNECO INC (TEN) 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 increase in net income, revenue growth, solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated." You can view the full analysis from the report here: TEN Ratings Report7. Delphi Automotive PLC Segment: Diversified Delphi Automotive, together with its subsidiaries, manufactures vehicle components and provides electrical and electronic, powertrain, safety and thermal technology solutions for the automotive and commercial vehicle markets worldwide. The company operates in four segments: Electrical/Electronic Architecture, Powertrain Systems, Electronics and Safety and Thermal Systems. The Electrical/Electronic Architecture segment provides design of the vehicle's electrical architecture, including connectors, wiring assemblies and harnesses, electrical centers and hybrid high voltage and safety distribution systems. The Powertrain Systems segment offers systems integration of end-to-end gasoline and diesel engine management systems, such as fuel handling, fuel injection, combustion, electronic controls, test and validation capabilities, aftermarket and original equipment services. The Electronics and Safety segment offers critical components, systems, and advanced software for passenger safety, security, comfort, and infotainment, as well as vehicle operation, such as body controls, reception systems, infotainment and connectivity systems, hybrid vehicle power electronics, passive and active safety electronics, displays, and mechatronics. The Thermal Systems segment provides powertrain cooling and heating, ventilating, and air conditioning systems consisting of compressors, systems and controls, and heat exchangers for the vehicle markets. The company sells its products and services to the automotive original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), as well as to the aftermarket for replacement parts, including the aftermarket operations of its OEM customers and to other distributors and retailers. Delphi Automotive is based in Gillingham, U.K. Free Report: Jim Cramer's Best Stocks for 2014 TheStreet Ratings team rates DELPHI AUTOMOTIVE PLC as a Buy with a ratings score of B+. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation: "We rate DELPHI AUTOMOTIVE PLC (DLPH) 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 solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, revenue growth, good cash flow from operations and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins." You can view the full analysis from the report here: DLPH Ratings Report6. Gentherm, Inc. Segment: Interiors Gentherm designs, develops and manufactures thermal management technologies and cable systems worldwide. It operates through three segments: Climate Controlled Seats (CCS), Advanced Technology and W.E.T. The CCS segment offers products with variable temperature seat climate control systems for individualized thermal comfort to automobile passengers. It also provides automotive heated and cooled cup holders, and heated and cooled mattress products. This segment sells its products primarily to automobile and light truck original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), or their tier one suppliers. The Advanced Technology segment is engaged in the advanced research and development activities to improve the efficiency of thermoelectric devices, as well as to develop, market, and distribute products based on these new technologies. The W.E.T. segment manufactures automotive seat comfort systems, specialized automotive cable systems, and other non-automotive product solutions. Its automotive seat comfort products include automotive seat heaters, climate comfort systems, and steering wheel heater systems, as well as integrated electronic components, such as blowers and electronic control units; and specialized automotive cable systems products consist of ready-made wire harnesses and related wiring products. This segment serves passenger car OEMs, commercial vehicle OEMs, and tier one seat manufacturers, as well as the telecommunication, information technology, and medical equipment industries. The company was formerly known as Amerigon Incorporated and changed its name to Gentherm in September 2012. Gentherm Incorporated was founded in 1968 and is headquartered in Northville, Mich. Free Report: Jim Cramer's Best Stocks for 2014 TheStreet Ratings team rates GENTHERM INC as a Buy with a ratings score of A-. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation: "We rate GENTHERM INC (THRM) 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 robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company is trading at a premium valuation based on our review of its current price compared to such things as earnings and book value." You can view the full analysis from the report here: THRM Ratings Report5. Lear Corp. Segment: Interiors Lear designs, manufactures, assembles, and supplies automotive seating, electrical distribution systems and related components primarily to automotive original equipment manufacturers worldwide. It operates through two segments, Seating and Electrical. The company's Seating segment provides seats and related components, such as seat structures and mechanisms, seat covers, seat foam, headrests, seat frames, recliner mechanisms and seat tracks primarily for automobiles and light trucks, compact cars and sport utility vehicles. Its Electrical segment provides electrical distribution systems for traditional powertrain vehicles, as well as for hybrid and electric vehicles. This segment's products include wiring harnesses, terminals and connectors, junction boxes, electronic control modules and wireless control devices; passive entry systems, remote keyless entry and dual range/dual function remote keyless entry systems; lighting control modules; LED lighting control systems for the vehicle interior and exterior; and audio systems, such as amplifiers and vehicle sound systems. Lear was founded in 1917 and is headquartered in Southfield, Mich. Free Report: Jim Cramer's Best Stocks for 2014 TheStreet Ratings team rates LEAR CORP as a Buy with a ratings score of A-. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation: "We rate LEAR CORP (LEA) 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, solid stock price performance, increase in net income, good cash flow from operations and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity." You can view the full analysis from the report here: LEA Ratings Report4. BorgWarner, Inc. Segment: Powertrain Systems BorgWarner manufactures and sells engineered automotive systems and components primarily for powertrain applications worldwide. The company's Engine segment offers turbochargers, timing devices and chain products, emissions systems, thermal systems, and diesel coldstart and gasoline ignition technology. This segment also provides electric air pumps, turbo actuators, exhaust gas recirculation coolers, tubes, and valves for gasoline and diesel applications. Its timing systems products include timing chain, variable cam timing, crankshaft and camshaft sprockets, tensioners, guides and snubbers, HY-VO front wheel drive transmission chain, and four-wheel drive chain for light vehicles. In addition, this segment offers viscous fan drives, polymer fans, and coolant pumps. The Drivetrain segment develops and manufactures friction and mechanical products, including dual clutch modules, friction clutch modules, friction and steel plates, transmission bands, torque converter clutches, one-way clutches and torsional vibration dampers. This segment also offers control products comprising electro hydraulic solenoids for hydraulic systems, transmission solenoid modules and dual clutch control modules. In addition, this segment provides torque management products, including rear wheel drive/all wheel drive (AWD) transfer case systems, front wheel drive/AWD coupling systems and cross-axle coupling systems. The company sells its products to original equipment manufacturers of light vehicles, including passenger cars, sport utility vehicles, vans and light trucks; commercial vehicles, such as medium duty and heavy duty trucks and buses; and off-highway vehicles, including agricultural and construction machinery and marine applications, as well as to tier one vehicle systems suppliers and the aftermarket for light, commercial and off-highway vehicles. BorgWarner was founded in 1987 and is headquartered in Auburn Hills, Mich. Free Report: Jim Cramer's Best Stocks for 2014 TheStreet Ratings team rates BORGWARNER INC as a Buy with a ratings score of A-. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation: "We rate BORGWARNER INC (BWA) 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, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company is trading at a premium valuation based on our review of its current price compared to such things as earnings and book value." You can view the full analysis from the report here: BWA Ratings Report3. Toyota Motor Corp. Segment: Auto Manufacturers Toyota designs, manufactures, assembles, and sells passenger cars, minivans, commercial vehicles and related parts and accessories in Japan, North America, Europe, Asia and internationally. It operates through Automotive, Financial Services, and All Other segments. The company offers hybrid cars under the Prius, Crown, Lexus RX450h, HS250h, SAI and CT200h brand names; conventional engine vehicles, including subcompact and compact cars under the Corolla, Yaris, micropremium iQ, Passo, Ractis, Vitz, Corolla Axio/Fielder, Porte, Spade, Auris, Etios and Vios brand names; mini-vehicles, passenger vehicles, commercial vehicles and auto parts under the Toyota brand name; mid-size cars under the Camry, REIZ, Avensis and Mark X brand names; luxury cars under the Lexus and Crown brand names; Century limousines; and sports cars under the Scion tC and Lexus brand names. It also manufactures sport-utility vehicles under the Sequoia, 4Runner, RAV4, Highlander, FJ Cruiser, Land Cruiser, and Lexus brand names; pickup trucks under the Tacoma and Tundra brand names; minivans under the Alphard, Vellfire, Corolla Verso, Wish, Noah/Voxy, Estima, Sienta, Isis, and the Sienna brand names; large, medium, and small trucks; and large, small, and micro-buses. Toyota sells its products through dealers. In addition, it provides a range of financial services comprising retail financing, retail leasing, wholesale financing, insurance, and credit cards. Further, the company is involved in the design, manufacture, and sale of prefabricated housing; information technology related businesses, such a Web portal for automobile information known as GAZOO.com; and sale promotion of KDDI communication related products, primarily the au brand. Toyota was founded in 1933 and is headquartered in Toyota City, Japan. Free Report: Jim Cramer's Best Stocks for 2014 TheStreet Ratings team rates TOYOTA MOTOR CORP as a Buy with a ratings score of A-. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation: "We rate TOYOTA MOTOR CORP (TM) 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, attractive valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins." You can view the full analysis from the report here: TM Ratings Report2. TRW Automotive Holdings Corp. Segment: Body Structures TRW Automotive Holdings together with its subsidiaries, supplies automotive systems, modules and components to automotive original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and related aftermarkets. The company operates through four segments: Chassis Systems, Occupant Safety Systems, Electronics and Automotive Components. The Chassis Systems segment focuses on the design, manufacture and sale of products and systems relating to braking, steering, modules and linkage and suspension. The Occupant Safety Systems segment designs, manufactures, and sells products and systems relating to airbags, seat belts and steering wheels. The Electronics segment is involved in the design, manufacture and sale of electronics components and systems in the areas of safety, chassis, radio frequency, powertrain and camera and radar-based driver assistance. The Automotive Components segment designs, manufactures, and sells body controls, engine valves and engineered fasteners and components. The company offers its products for passenger cars, light trucks, and commercial vehicles primarily in North America, Europe and Asia. It markets its products through OEM service organizations and independent distribution networks; and replacement parts to aftermarket worldwide. TRW Automotive Holdings was founded in 1904 and is based in Livonia, Mich. Free Report: Jim Cramer's Best Stocks for 2014 TheStreet Ratings team rates TRW AUTOMOTIVE HOLDINGS CORP as a Buy with a ratings score of A. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation: "We rate TRW AUTOMOTIVE HOLDINGS CORP (TRW) 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 increase in net income, revenue growth, solid stock price performance, attractive valuation levels and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow." You can view the full analysis from the report here: TRW Ratings Report1. Magna International Inc. Segment: Diversified Magna International develops, manufactures, engineers, supplies and sells automotive products. It operates through North America, Europe, Asia and Rest of World segments. The company offers body, chassis, and renewable energy systems; powertrain systems, such as driveline systems, fluid pressure and controls, metal-forming solutions, and engineering services and system integration solutions; and exterior systems consisting of front and rear end fascia systems, exterior trims, modular systems, class A composite panels, structural components under hood and underbody components and sheet molding compound materials. It also provides seating systems, including complete seating systems, mechanism and hardware solutions, specialty mechanism solutions and seat structures, as well as foam and trim products; interior systems, such as sidewall and trim, cockpit, cargo management, and overhead systems; fuel, battery, and roof systems; and vision systems comprising interior and exterior mirrors, actuators, electronic vision systems, and door handle and overhead console systems. In addition, the company offers closure systems comprising door modules, window systems, power closure systems, latching systems, handle assemblies, driver controls, obstacle detection systems, engineering glasses, and sealing systems, as well as testing services for window regulators, wiper systems, door modules, cables, door latches, and closures. Further, it provides electronic systems, including eyeris - driver assistance systems, intelligent power systems, body electronics and HMI, engine electronics and liquid sensors, as well as industrial products, such as joysticks and electronic units for fork lifts; and vehicle engineering and contract manufacturing services. The company was founded in 1957 and is headquartered in Aurora, Canada. Free Report: Jim Cramer's Best Stocks for 2014 TheStreet Ratings team rates MAGNA INTERNATIONAL INC as a Buy with a ratings score of A+. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation: "We rate MAGNA INTERNATIONAL INC (MGA) 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 solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, increase in net income, revenue growth and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow." You can view the full analysis from the report here: MGA Ratings Report

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NEW YORK (TheStreet) --aAkamai Technologies Inc. was initiatedawith an "outperform" rating and $71 price target at Robert Baird on Wednesday. The firm said it initiated coverage on the content delivery and cloud infrastructure services company as it believes Akamai is an industry leader and will benefit from multiple secular trends. Must Read: Warren Buffett's 25 Favorite Stocks STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more. Separately, TheStreet Ratings team rates AKAMAI TECHNOLOGIES INC as a Buy with a ratings score of A-. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation: "We rate AKAMAI TECHNOLOGIES INC (AKAM) 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 robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and good cash flow from operations. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook." Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows: AKAM's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 19.9%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 25.9%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, improving the earnings per share. Although AKAM's debt-to-equity ratio of 0.21 is very low, it is currently higher than that of the industry average. Along with this, the company maintains a quick ratio of 3.82, which clearly demonstrates the ability to cover short-term cash needs. AKAMAI TECHNOLOGIES INC has improved earnings per share by 17.6% 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, AKAMAI TECHNOLOGIES INC increased its bottom line by earning $1.61 versus $1.13 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($2.34 versus $1.61). The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Internet Software & Services industry average. The net income increased by 17.8% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, going from $61.90 million to $72.89 million. Net operating cash flow has significantly increased by 54.34% to $200.22 million when compared to the same quarter last year. The firm also exceeded the industry average cash flow growth rate of 17.71%. You can view the full analysis from the report here: AKAM Ratings Report EXCLUSIVE OFFER: See inside Jim Cramer's multi-million dollar charitable trust portfolio to see the stocks he and Stephanie Link think could be potentially HUGE winners. Click here to see the holdings for FREE

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NEW YORK (TheStreet) --aRent-A-Center Inc. was upgraded to "buy" from "hold" at Canaccord Genuity on Wednesday. The firm said it raised its rating on the rent-to-own home furnishings, appliances, and other items company, due to its belief the Rent-A-Center's more flexible labor model will help cut costs. Canaccord upped its price target on the stock to $32 from $25. Must Read: Warren Buffett's 25 Favorite Stocks STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more. Separately, TheStreet Ratings team rates RENT-A-CENTER INC as a Hold with a ratings score of C. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation: "We rate RENT-A-CENTER INC (RCII) 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, reasonable valuation levels and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including feeble growth in the company's earnings per share, deteriorating net income and disappointing return on equity." Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows: RCII's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 0.6%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 1.7%. This growth in revenue does not appear to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, displayed by a decline in earnings per share. The gross profit margin for RENT-A-CENTER INC is currently very high, coming in at 93.92%. It has increased from the same quarter the previous year. Regardless of the strong results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of 2.26% trails the industry average. Current return on equity is lower than its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a clear sign of weakness within the company. In comparison to the other companies in the Specialty Retail industry and the overall market, RENT-A-CENTER INC's return on equity is significantly below that of the industry average and is below that of the S&P 500. Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to -$51.10 million or 2640.97% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower. You can view the full analysis from the report here: RCII Ratings Report EXCLUSIVE OFFER: See inside Jim Cramer's multi-million dollar charitable trust portfolio to see the stocks he and Stephanie Link think could be potentially HUGE winners. Click here to see the holdings for FREE

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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Shares of Orbitz Worldwide Inc. are down -0.50% to $8 in pre-market trade after American Airlines asaid it withdrew its flights from their consumer websites, echoing a similar dispute between the airline and the online travel agency about three years ago, the Wall Street Journal reports. Travel sites like Orbitz, larger rivals including Expediaa aand third-party ticket distributors are in continuing negotiations with airlines over booking fees, the Journal said. Must Read: Warren Buffett's 25 Favorite Stocks Stocks TO Buy: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn More. TheStreet Ratings team rates ORBITZ WORLDWIDE INC as a Hold with a ratings score of C-. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation: "We rate ORBITZ WORLDWIDE INC (OWW) 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 compelling growth in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company has favored debt over equity in the management of its balance sheet." Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows: OWW's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 7.5%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 9.8%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, improving the 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 Internet & Catalog Retail industry and the overall market, ORBITZ WORLDWIDE INC's return on equity significantly exceeds that of both the industry average and the S&P 500. The gross profit margin for ORBITZ WORLDWIDE INC is currently very high, coming in at 80.80%. Regardless of OWW's high profit margin, it has managed to decrease from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of 2.77% trails the industry average. This stock's share value has moved by only 9.97% over the past year. The fact that the stock is now selling for less than others in its industry in relation to its current earnings is not reason enough to justify a buy rating at this time. The debt-to-equity ratio is very high at 13.21 and currently higher than the industry average, implying increased risk associated with the management of debt levels within the company. To add to this, OWW has a quick ratio of 0.53, this demonstrates the lack of ability of the company to cover short-term liquidity needs. You can view the full analysis from the report here: OWW Ratings Report EXCLUSIVE OFFER: See inside Jim Cramer's multi-million dollar charitable trust portfolio to see the stocks he and Stephanie Link think could be potentially HUGE winners. Click here to see the holdings for FREE

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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Shares of Tiffany & Co. are higher by 2.91% to $103.70 in pre-market trading on Wednesday, after the high end jewelry store reported a 16% increase in 2014 second quarter net earnings to $124 million, or 96 cents per diluted share, compared with $107 million, or 83 cents per diluted share for the year ago period. Tiffany's worldwide net sales grew 7% to $993 million for the most recent quarter, over the $925.8 million reported for the 2013 second quarter. Tiffany's 2014 second quarter earnings results topped the expectations of analysts polled by Thomson Reuters of 85 cents per share, on revenue of $987.8 million. Must Read: Warren Buffett's 25 Favorite Stocks STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more. "These healthy second quarter results reflected solid sales growth in our stores, particularly in the Americas and Asia-Pacific regions. In addition, an improved gross margin was an important contributor to the earnings growth," said company CEO Michael Kowalski. Separately, TheStreet Ratings team rates TIFFANY & CO as a Buy with a ratings score of B+. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation: "We rate TIFFANY & CO (TIF) 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 revenue growth, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations, increase in net income and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity." You can view the full analysis from the report here: TIF Ratings Report TIF data by YCharts EXCLUSIVE OFFER: See inside Jim Cramer's multi-million dollar charitable trust portfolio to see the stocks he and Stephanie Link think could be potentially HUGE winners. Click here to see the holdings for FREE

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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- RATINGS CHANGES Akamai was initiated with an outperform rating at Robert Baird. Twelve-month price target is $71. Company is an industry leader that can benefit from multiple secular trends, Robert Baird said. Biglari was downgraded to hold at TheStreet Ratings. Bristol-Myers was initiated with a hold rating at Deutsche Bank. Valuation call, based on a 12-month price target of $52, Deutsche BAnk said. Eli Lilly was initiated with a buy rating at Deutsche Bank. Twelve-month price target is $71. Company is poised to return to growth in the coming years, Deutsche Bank said. Merck was initiated with a hold rating at Deutsche Bank. Valuation call, based on a 12-month price target of $63, Deutsche Bank said. Pfizer was initiated with a buy rating at Deutsche Bank. Twelve-month price target is $34. Company has a strong financial position with attractive valuation and dividend, Deutsche Bank said. Rent-A-Center was upgraded at Canaccord Genuity to buy from hold. Twelve-month price target is $32. More flexible labor model should cut costs, Canaccord Genuity said. United Continental was upgraded to buy at TheStreet Ratings. Waste Management was upgraded at Stifel Nicolaus to buy from hold. Twelve-month price target is $55. Company is cutting its workforce, but can continue to generate steady free cash flow, Stifel Nicolaus said. Editor's note: To see analysts' stock comments and changes to price targets and earnings estimates, go to "Street Notes" which is available only to Real Money subscribers. To find out how to become a subscriber, please click here. Follow TheStreet on Twitter and become a fan on Facebook. TheStreet Ratings team rates LILLY (ELI) & CO as a Buy with a ratings score of B. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation: "We rate LILLY (ELI) & CO (LLY) 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 largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, reasonable valuation levels, increase in stock price during the past year and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income." You can view the full analysis from the report here: LLY Ratings Report TheStreet Ratings team rates BRISTOL-MYERS SQUIBB CO as a Buy with a ratings score of B. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation: "We rate BRISTOL-MYERS SQUIBB CO (BMY) 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 largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, reasonable valuation levels, notable return on equity, increase in stock price during the past year and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income." You can view the full analysis from the report here: BMY Ratings Report

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text 10 Most Comfortable Cars Under $30,000
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PORTLAND, Ore. (TheStreet) — If you're spending a whole lot of time and money commuting in a car, shouldn't it at least be comfortable? The latest recession brought it to drivers' attention that their boring commute was getting costly. When researchers at the Texas A&M Transportation Institute released the results of theira2012 Urban Mobility Report, they found that the average American commuter wasted $818 in time and gas sitting in traffic in 2011. That's $121 billion total, which is up $1 billion from 2010 but still shy of the $128 billion wasted in pre-recession 2005. Even then, they're spending less time in their car than ever. The Department of Transportation notes that U.S. drivers, who had been racking up a steadily increasing number of miles since the 1970s, started cutting back in 2008 and never returned. Meanwhile, traffic information serviceaInfixanotes that as average gas prices started spiking in 2010, average commute times during peak hours dropped from more than four hours to less than two. A study this spring by the Frontier Group and the U.S. Public Interest Research Group Education Fund found that the average U.S. driver actually started cutting back well before the recession, peaking around 2004 but dropping 6% by 2011. While the total miles driven in the U.S. rose 3.8% from 1948 to 2004, they've been flat since. Read More: 10 Most Affordable Cars Of 2014 Automakers are starting to get the hint and are making valiant attempts at building cars that are both comfortable and cost-effective. Getting some legroom, decent seating and climate control into vehicles doesn't sound like much to ask, but even relatively simple conveniences were relegated to luxury vehicles until shortly after the recession. As auto pricing site Kelley Blue Book points out, even seemingly minor features such asaaudio controls on the steering wheel and dual-zone climate control are just now trickling down to lower-priced vehicles. The folks at Kelley Blue Book looked at the current host of auto offerings and found 10 vehicles bringing a more comfortable ride to U.S. roads. Kelley Blue Book capped the sale price at $30,000 and ranked vehicles based on their features and value. The following is itsafleet of the most comfortable vehicles in the U.S., as priced with itsaFair Purchase Price, falling above MSRP but well short of exorbitance: 10. 2015 Volkswagen Golf Kelly Blue Book Fair Purchase Price: N/A (MSRP: $17,995) This compact hatchback has been on U.S. roads for 40 years, but never with this much interior room. The redesigned Golf features cushy interior materials with sporty red stitching, buttons and switches within close proximity to the drive and 5.8-inch entertainment and information system. Air-conditioning, a front-seat center armrest, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, 60/40-split-folding rear seats with a center pass-through, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, satellite radio and iPod connectivity all come standard, while a leather-wrapped steering wheel power reclining front seats and sunroof are all available as upgrades. The front seats are great for tall passengers without biting into the rear seats, which have 23 cubic feet of cargo space behind them. Kick in a combined 31 miles per gallon worth of efficiency and a buyer also gets the comfort of knowing he or she won't have to spend large portions of a trip stopping for gas. 9. 2014 Buick Verano Kelly Blue Book Fair Purchase Price: $23,507 The words "compact" and "luxury" don't look quite right together in a sentence, but Buick makes it work. Buick prides itself on making cars as quiet as rolling libraries, and this baby Buick is no exception. It is perhaps the most comfortable compact car you'll find at this price. Not only is the interior peaceful, but even in the base model it's gets cruise control, a remote engine start (automatic transmission only), dual-zone automatic climate control, split-folding rear seats, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, a 7-inch touchscreen display, Buick's IntelliLink electronics interface (which includes voice control and smartphone radio app integration), a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, OnStar telematics and a six-speaker sound system with a CD player, satellite radio, a USB/iPod interface and an auxiliary audio jack. Any upgrade will get you heated front seats, but the six-way power driver's seat, heated steering wheel and leather upholstery are found in separate options packages. The combined 25 miles per gallon aren't great, but at least you'll have a cozy ride to the pump. 8. 2014 Volkswagen Passat Kelly Blue Book Fair Purchase Price: $19,325 Built in Chattanooga, Tenn., and aimed squarely at American families, the midsized Passat is as roomy as its target audience wants it to be. With standard features including keyless entry, full power accessories, air-conditioning, a six-way manual driver seat with lumbar adjustment, a 60/40-split-folding rear seat, cloth upholstery, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, audio controls on the steering wheel, cruise control, a trip computer, Bluetooth with streaming audio and a six-speaker sound system with a CD player and an auxiliary audio input, Volkswagen loaded the Passat with features other automakers consider luxuries. The interior has the passenger space of a full-sized sedan, yet still leaves 16 cubic feet of space in the trunk. The combine 27 miles per gallon doesn't quite touch the 37 miles per gallon of the $5,000 more expensive turbodiesel version, but excellent handling and a whole lot of perks make great consolation prizes. 7. 2014 Honda Accord Kelly Blue Book Fair Purchase Price: $20,434 It's nice to watch a year of upgrades pay off immediately. Back in 2013, Honda's goal was to make the Accord less of a Point A-to-Point B snooze fest by adding standard an 8-inch LCD display for its information, communication and app-based entertainment system, a single-angle backup camera, dual-zone climate control, a lane-drift detector, a power moonroof and alloy wheels. Other new options include a three-angle backup cam, enhanced safety sensors, LED running lights and adaptive cruise control. The one element that remained intact, however, was the Accord's combined 32 miles per gallon. Though the Detroit makeovers haven't helped the Accord, either, it's still one of only two cars among the Top 5 vehicles sold in the U.S. The country that loves it a Ford F-Series, a Chevy Silverado and a Dodge Ram also loves an Accord. 6. 2014 Nissan Altima Kelly Blue Book Fair Purchase Price: $21,020 We once compared the Altima with a cinder block, a good tomato paste or Eli Manning's haircut — steady, reliable and at its best when it's reminding you it's not there. We stand by that claim, even if that relative facelessness is starting to lose car buyers' attention as the Detroit midsize crowd gets its makeover. The Altima's combined 33 miles per gallon are still well ahead of the pack, even if its 15.4 cubic feet of cargo lags behind. The cabin is quiet, the new tech features include satellite radio, Pandora, Bluetooth and hands-free texting, and safety options include blind-spot monitoring, a lane-departure warning system and a moving-object detector. Best of all Nissan lturned NASA research into the Altima's "zero gravity inspired" front seats, which are far more comfortable than that marketing pitch lets on. Even a year after getting a sporty facelift in 2013, the Altima is gaining ground. With this year's buyers getting a larger, lighter Altima than they did in 2012, it's easy to see why. 5. 2014 Toyota Avalon Kelly Blue Book Fair Purchase Price: $29,320 The not-quite-luxury car is a dying breed, but Toyota breathed new life into its Avalon by listening to a very specific clientele. With its streamlined Lexus ES frame and a combined 35 miles per gallon, it has the look of an efficient Japanese luxury car. The Avalon is an American-built vehicle built specifically for American car buyers, though, and all its extra room and added luxury features give it a slight edge over the ES — which is madeamainly in Japan. The pitch-silent, cavernous interior has remained a constant for the Avalon, but Toyota has worked hard to cover up old-man smell that once permeated the Avalon and funked up brands such asaLincoln, Buick and Cadillac. With the average age of an Avalon owner hovering around 60 just two years ago, Toyota's trying to bring that down a bit by getting younger car buyers to stop looking at the Avalon as a retirement vehicle or their grandparents' car and start looking at it as a comfortable alternative to their midsized commuter or, at the very least, a much-needed downsizing from their school-shuttling SUV. 4. 2014 Buick Regal Kelly Blue Book Fair Purchase Price: $27,602 For roughly six years, GM's Buick brand took one of its most recognizable marques and threw it onto the scrapheap in favor of a newer, more costly Lacrosse. Consumers have been spending the entire year since the Regal's relaunch telling GM how bad a move that was. In the Regal's first year in the lineup, its sales eclipsed those of the midsized Lucerne and ate into sales of its Lacrosse replacement. That's just fine by Buick, which cites Regal as one of the biggest reasons Buick sales are up 51% from last April and 35% year over year. More importantly, GM credits the Regal for bringing 40% of Buick's new customers over from non-Buick brands. That image is quickly shifting from Great American Retirementmobile to all-around luxury competitor. It was a different game when the Regal and its ilk looked at Ford's boatish Lincolns and Chrysler's luxury liners as the primary competition a generation ago, but with Toyota and Lexus' luxury share looking vulnerable and other high-end imports pricing themselves above some consumers' heads, a $26,000 base-model Regal with stability control; dual-zone climate control; a seven-speaker entertainment system with SiriusaXM Radio, Bluetooth and USB connections; heated power seats; and 30 miles to the gallon on the highway starts to look like a sweet deal. Perhaps that's why GM stacks the Regal and its power features and OnStar package against such competitors as the Audi A4, and Acura TSX and, in more than a few instances, comes up with more bang for the buck. It's a brand with bigger aspirations than being the shiniest toy in the luxury bargain bin. 3. 2014 Chrysler 300 Kelly Blue Book Fair Purchase Price: $29,903 Combine the big, hulking luxury of Chrysler's full-sized 300 with the more European sensibilities of the automaker's new owners at Fiat and what do you get? A very uncertain future for this automobile. We admit that the interior upgrades the 300 gotaback in 2012 — including a new instrument panel, "soft-touch" materials throughout and an 8.4-inch Uconnect Touch entertainment and information system — all made for a very swank ride. Butathe 25-mile-per-gallon 300 with its optional 5.7-liter and 6.4-liter V8 engines are exactly the kind of thing Fiat doesn't want fouling up the Chrysler marque. It has no problem hanging onto the 300's Dodge cousins — the Challenger and Charger — as pieces of that brawnier brand. But considering that 300 sales are less than half of what they were in 2007 and that sales of the revamped 300 fell from 70,000 in 2012 to just 57,000 last year, expect it to get the same second glance from Fiat that much of the lineup has. Considering that the 300's LX platform dates back to 2005 before the Fiat merger, there's a strong chance Fiat will want to give this vehicle some slight tweaking as early as 2015. 2. 2014 Volvo S60 Kelly Blue Book Fair Purchase Price: $29,529 It has all of the interior charm of an Arctic snow fortress and can charitably be referred to as "minimalist," but man are those front seats plush. The S60 comes standard with 7-inch wheels, automatic headlights, headlight washers, heated mirrors, automatic wipers, cruise control, 7-inch display screen, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity and an eight-speaker sound system with a CD player, HD radio, satellite radio, an auxiliary audio jack and an iPod/USB audio interface, but it's the seats that make this car. Switch on the dual-zone automatic climate control and enjoy an eight-way power driver seat (with adjustable lumbar), driver memory settings, a leather-wrapped tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel and soft T-Tec cloth upholstery. It's a bit of a tougher ride for folks in the rear seats, where six-footers will have a tough time finding room. Butaoptions such as Adaptive Cruise controls that warns drivers about their following distance, a collision warning system that detects pedestrians and brakes automatically, sensor that lets drivers know when they've drifted out of a lane and City Safety feature that helps drivers brake automatically in stop-and-go traffic all keep passengers secure. The S60 may not look like the boxy Volvos of old, but its myriad safety features are just as comforting. 1. 2014 Chevrolet Impala Kelly Blue Book Fair Purchase Price: $26,605 No, this isn't that car you rented at the airport. Chevy put effort into making its Malibu a sleek, spunky, beloved midsized sedan, but basically left its full-size Impala to rot as the most boring car on the planet. It's a cop car, it's a cab, it's a government vehicle, it's on just about every rental lot in the country. What it hasn't been is exciting. Read More: 10 Ugliest Cars of 2014 An Impala wasn't the car you bought because it was a luxury. Unless you were buying a souped-up Impala SS, you were buying this car because it was big and it was there. Just last year, it held only 6.9% of the U.S. full-sized car market and lagged well behind the Toyota Avalon at 18%. Boy, did Chevy hate that. For the 2014 model year, Chevy basically tore up the old Impala and started again. Building it on the same platform as the Buick LaCrosse and Cadillac XTS, the Impala got a more angular body, a 4.2-inch MyLink color entertainment and information display and active noise cancellation on all four cylinders of its standard engine. Not only is it still roomy, but it's quieter and more loaded with features than ever. Keyless entry, cruise control, air-conditioning, an eight-way power-adjustable driver seat, full power accessories, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, a trip computer, OnStar emergency communications, Bluetooth and a six-speaker sound system with a CD player, satellite and HD radio and USB/iPod connectivity are all standard. Even the 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine gets roughly 200 horsepower, though an available 3.6-liter V6 kicks that up to 300. With an updated interior, a ton of legroom and 19 cubic feet of space in the trunk, the Impala has been saved from airport purgatory. No longer strictly a fleet vehicle, it's now a full-sized semi-luxe ride Americans want to own. Earlier this year, it grabbed a 15% share of the full-size sedan market and shoved the Avalon's share down to 14%. That may not be a comfortable lead, but it's miles ahead of where this car was a year ago. -- Written by Jason Notte in Portland, Ore. >To contact the writer of this article, click here: Jason Notte. >To follow the writer on Twitter, go to http://twitter.com/notteham. >To submit a news tip, send an email to: tips@thestreet.com. RELATED STORIES: >>5 Cities That Want Your Used Hybrid Car >>10 Ways You're Killing Your Car

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text Why Burger King (BKW) Stock is Up Today
Wed, 27 Aug 2014 12:28 GMT

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Shares of Burger King Worldwide Inc.a are up 0.81% to $31.25 in pre-market trade as theafast food hamburger restaurantadefended its acquisition of Tim Hortons aas it came under criticism for its effort, backed by Berkshire Hathawaya billionaire investor Warren Buffett,ato move the American brand to Canada, the Wall Street Journal reports. Burger King yesterdayaannounced its about $11 billion deal to buy Canadian-based Tim Horton. The deal is a so-called inversion, as it will move Burger King's headquarters to lower-tax Canada. It is also structured to shield Burger King holders from capital-gains taxes, the Journal said. Must Read: Warren Buffett's 25 Favorite Stocks Stocks TO Buy: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn More. TheStreet Ratings team rates BURGER KING WORLDWIDE INC as a Buy with a ratings score of B-. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation: "We rate BURGER KING WORLDWIDE INC (BKW) 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 solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook." Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows: Investors have apparently begun to recognize positive factors similar to those we have mentioned in this report, including earnings growth. This has helped drive up the company's shares by a sharp 37.57% over the past year, a rise that has exceeded that of the S&P 500 Index. Turning to the future, naturally, any stock can fall in a major bear market. However, in almost any other environment, the stock should continue to move higher despite the fact that it has already enjoyed nice gains in the past year. BURGER KING WORLDWIDE INC has improved earnings per share by 16.7% 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, BURGER KING WORLDWIDE INC increased its bottom line by earning $0.66 versus $0.34 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($0.98 versus $0.66). 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 Hotels, Restaurants & Leisure industry average. The net income increased by 19.4% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, going from $62.90 million to $75.10 million. The gross profit margin for BURGER KING WORLDWIDE INC is currently very high, coming in at 85.07%. It has increased significantly from the same period last year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 28.75% significantly outperformed against the industry average. Net operating cash flow has significantly increased by 71.15% to $87.80 million when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, BURGER KING WORLDWIDE INC has also vastly surpassed the industry average cash flow growth rate of -5.65%. You can view the full analysis from the report here: BKW Ratings Report EXCLUSIVE OFFER: See inside Jim Cramer's multi-million dollar charitable trust portfolio to see the stocks he and Stephanie Link think could be potentially HUGE winners. Click here to see the holdings for FREE

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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Shares of Oracle Corp. are flat in pre-market trade after DA Davidson initiated coverage with a "neutral" rating and a $46 price target. Must Read: Warren Buffett's 25 Favorite Stocks Stocks TO Buy: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn More. Separately, TheStreet Ratings team rates ORACLE CORP as a Buy with a ratings score of A. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation: "We rate ORACLE CORP (ORCL) 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 solid stock price performance, revenue growth, attractive valuation levels, expanding profit margins and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow." Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows: Compared to its closing price of one year ago, ORCL's share price has jumped by 28.73%, exceeding the performance of the broader market during that same time frame. Regarding the stock's future course, although almost any stock can fall in a broad market decline, ORCL should continue to move higher despite the fact that it has already enjoyed a very nice gain in the past year. Despite its growing revenue, the company underperformed as compared with the industry average of 11.5%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 3.4%. This growth in revenue does not appear to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, displaying stagnant earnings per share. ORACLE CORP 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, ORACLE CORP increased its bottom line by earning $2.39 versus $2.26 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($3.15 versus $2.39). The gross profit margin for ORACLE CORP is currently very high, coming in at 81.88%. Regardless of ORCL's high profit margin, it has managed to decrease from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, ORCL's net profit margin of 32.20% significantly outperformed against the industry. You can view the full analysis from the report here: ORCL Ratings Report EXCLUSIVE OFFER: See inside Jim Cramer's multi-million dollar charitable trust portfolio to see the stocks he and Stephanie Link think could be potentially HUGE winners. Click here to see the holdings for FREE

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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Shares of MannKind are up 3.95% to $7.63 in pre-market trade afteraJefferies initiated coverage with a "buy" rating and $10 price target. Must Read: Warren Buffett's 25 Favorite Stocks Stocks TO Buy: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn More. MNKD data by YCharts EXCLUSIVE OFFER: See inside Jim Cramer's multi-million dollar charitable trust portfolio to see the stocks he and Stephanie Link think could be potentially HUGE winners. Click here to see the holdings for FREE

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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Tetraphase is getting ready to report data from the lead-in stage of a phase III study of eravacycline in which the experimental antibiotic is first given by intravenous infusion and then transitioned to an oral form. The study enrolls patients with complicated urinary tract infections (cUTI). Tetraphase has told investors to expect results in September. The most significant issue surrounding the study, known as IGNITE 2, is that the oral formulation of eravacycline has a relatively low bioavailability (at most 30% but more likely in the 20% to 25% range) compared to other oral antibiotics that range from 50% to 90% plus. This means the oral dose requires more drug to generate the serum concentrations needed to produce the desired effect. The unabsorbed drug also sits in the gastrointestinal tract with the potential to affect the natural bacterial flora of the gut and create tolerability issues. Tetraphase designed the lead-in stage of the IGNITE 2 study for two primary reasons: 1) Determine if a low or high dose of eravacycline offers the best efficacy/side effect profile; and 2) Provide safety and tolerability data to make a decision about further developing eravacycline as an oral antibiotic. If an oral dose of eravacycline doesn't work or isn't adequately tolerated, Tetraphase will just continue developing an intravenous formulation of the antibiotic. While it is unclear what the data would need to look like to axe the trial, I suspect it will depend on the rate of patient drop outs. In other words, you would expect GI discomfort to be an issue, but are the patients able to soldier on to complete the treatments? Tooamany patients dropping out of the study will lower the intent-to-treat efficacy because they will count as failures. Tetraphase can still analyze the study for efficacy on a per-protocol basis using patients who completed treatment. A less likely but more significant red flag would be the development of c. difficile infections. I do not think there is an overwhelmingly clear view of how the eravacycline trial will read out but I would lean towards the oral formulation showing GI tolerability issues but not enough for the company to end the trial. At its current valuation, I would also add that the market is taking the potential risks seriously, so the risk/reward may be skewed for the bullish view. That being said, bad data would certainly send Tetraphase's stock price lower. As I have noted before, eravacycline still has a decent commercial prospect as an intravenous-only antibiotic so a sell off on bad data from the intravenous-to-poral study could provide a compelling long-term entry point. If the data are positive, however, then this de-risks the oral formulation greatly and increases the commercial potential.a Sobek has no position in Tetraphase.

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text Why Apple (AAPL) Stock Is Higher Today
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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Shares of Apple Inc. are slightly higher in pre-market trade as the company'sasuppliers are preparing to manufacture the company's largest-ever iPad, with production scheduled to begin by the first quarter of 2015, source told Bloomberg. The new iPad will have a screen measuring 12.9 inches diagonally, sources said. Apple currently produces iPads with 9.7-inch and 7.9-inch displays.a Must Read: Warren Buffett's 25 Favorite Stocks Stocks TO Buy: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn More. TheStreet Ratings team rates APPLE INC as a Buy with a ratings score of A+. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation: "We rate APPLE INC (AAPL) 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, notable return on equity, expanding profit margins and solid stock price performance. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook." Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows: Despite its growing revenue, the company underperformed as compared with the industry average of 9.3%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 6.0%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share. Although AAPL's debt-to-equity ratio of 0.26 is very low, it is currently higher than that of the industry average. Along with the favorable debt-to-equity ratio, the company maintains an adequate quick ratio of 1.18, which illustrates the ability to avoid short-term cash problems. 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. When compared to other companies in the Computers & Peripherals industry and the overall market, APPLE INC's return on equity exceeds that of the industry average and significantly exceeds that of the S&P 500. 44.56% is the gross profit margin for APPLE INC which we consider to be strong. It has increased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 20.69% is above that of the industry average. Investors have apparently begun to recognize positive factors similar to those we have mentioned in this report, including earnings growth. This has helped drive up the company's shares by a sharp 40.15% over the past year, a rise that has exceeded that of the S&P 500 Index. Regarding the stock's future course, although almost any stock can fall in a broad market decline, AAPL should continue to move higher despite the fact that it has already enjoyed a very nice gain in the past year. You can view the full analysis from the report here: AAPL Ratings Report EXCLUSIVE OFFER: See inside Jim Cramer's multi-million dollar charitable trust portfolio to see the stocks he and Stephanie Link think could be potentially HUGE winners. Click here to see the holdings for FREE

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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Stock futures were ticking higher Wednesday after the S&P 500 closed above the 2000-point milestoneafor the first time on Tuesday. Dow Jones Industrial Average futures were up 16 points, or 29.30 points above fair value, to 17,113. S&P futures were up 1 point, or 2.13 points above fair value, to 1,999.5. Nasdaq futures were up 2.5 points, or 4.13 points above fair value, to 4,074.8. Read More: Aug. 27 Premarket Briefing: 10 Things You Should Know The markets continued to take out their old highs Tuesday after the S&P 500 crossed 2,000 on Monday. Confidence remained from reassurances last week by Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen and European Central Bank President Mario Draghi that ultra-low interest rates will remain intact. Headlines on mergers and acquisitions also bolstered sentiment. Companies grabbing the headlines Wednesday include Tiffany . The stock popped 3.21% to $104 in premarket trading after the luxury jewelry retailer posted better-than-expected second-quarter earnings of 96 cents and raised its full-year earnings outlook to $4.20 to $4.30 a share. Allergan , which is fighting off a $49 billion hostile bid from Valeant Pharmaceuticals and Pershing Square Capital Management, said it scheduled a special shareholders meeting for Dec. 18, when Pershing Square's Bill Ackman and other shareholders will get the chance to oust the board of the Botox maker.) Shares of Orbitz Worldwide fell 4.6% on Tuesday after American Airlines announced it would withdraw its fares from the service. Read More: Stock Market Today: S&P 500 Closes Above 2,000 for the First Time --By Andrea Tse in New York Follow @AndreaTTse

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NEW YORK (TheStreet) — Once you find the perfect home, secure financing and sign the contract, you may be ready to pop open some champagne and start picking out curtains. Be careful, though. There are several mistakes you may make as a would-be homeowner that will derail a closing or drive your interest rate higher. When you apply for a mortgage, the first credit check your lender runs won’t be the last. Another credit check is performed just before you close. If there are negative changes in your credit score, you could be saying goodbye to your dream home before you ever put the key in the door. 1. Change in job status Banks want stability, and if you show them you're changing jobs at such an important time in your life, they may think twice about offering you a mortgage. "A change in job status from part time to full time is fine, but not the other way around," says Greg McBride, chief financial analyst for Bankrate.com. "Going from employee to contractor, or salary to commission, it’s just not a good move." Read More: 5 Signs It's Time to Buy a Home If you’re moving to a better job with a higher salary, the change won’t torpedo your closing, but it might delay it. "You would be required to show new paystubs, even if you’re moving to a much better job," he says. Changing positions within the same company is not likely to raise red flags as long as your salary stays the same. 2. Making late payments of any kind. If you have a mortgage on your current property, missing a payment during this time could cause serious problems, saysaPeter Grabel, managing director of Luxury Mortgage in Stamford, Conn. "One late payment will not only kill your score, it will make you ineligible for a loan with most lenders for at least a year," he says. It's not just mortgages. Even something as innocuous as a utility bill can do damage. Unfortunately, if you’re planning a major move, it’s easier than you might think to let bills fall through the cracks, saysaJacky Teplitzky, a broker with Douglas Elliman in New York City. "This sort of thing won't show immediately. The utility company has to report it, and the process takes time. But there are scenarios where it can weaken your position," she says. For example, if you’ve already moved and your mail forwarding service hasn’t kicked in, a missed bill may never make it to your door. Or if you sublet your old place and the tenant has failed to pay the utilities, those negative reports could find their way to your credit score. "It may not even be something fresh," McBride says. "Even if it happened six to nine months ago, it could just now be showing up on your credit report. All the lender is looking for is a change in your credit score from the first time they pulled it. If those numbers don’t match and you have something on there that’s new and unfavorable, it’s going to be a problem." 3. Having too many unnecessary credit inquiries Every time a lender makes a credit inquiry — when they pull your credit report — it affects your score. If you’re moving, you may be more tempted to apply for store credit cards to save 10% to 20% on expensive items such asalinens and home decor. "Those 'no-interest, no-payment' offers are tempting, especially when you're getting ready to fill a brand-new house with things, but consumers too often jump the gun and apply for new accounts to purchase appliances and furniture," says Gerri Detweiler, director of consumer education for Credit.com. Store credit cards also carry high interest rates, making them bad choices for the long haul, Teplitzky explains. "Store cards can be so tempting when you’re standing at the checkout. But they are horrible cards. Even if you weren’t trying to be on your best behavior for a mortgage, those cards are just a bad choice. Before your closing, don’t get tempted, or you’re really going to regret it," she says. 4. Taking on debt If you’re moving to a new home because your family is growing or if you’re moving from a city to a suburb, you may need a new car. It’s best to wait until your home purchase is complete. Read More: 7 Worst Things to Hear in a Home Inspection "I’ve had people tell me, ‘They had to pull our approval because we took out a $24,000 car loan two days before closing,’" McBride says. "But that’s debt that you didn’t have upon application, debt that changes the 'before' and 'after' picture on your credit report. If you were right on the edge of approval to begin with, it could be back to the drawing board." Unfortunately, when you take on any type of debt you didn’t have at application, it calls into question whether you’ll be able to pay your bills once you add a mortgage into the mix. The debt you take on doesn’t even have to be something as substantial as a car. Even common purchases associated with a new home can be dangerous. "You don’t want that $3,000 of furniture — a bedroom suite you bought over the weekend — to derail your closing. Yes, it’s a smaller purchase, but it’s the same thing as buying a car. It’s a credit inquiry, and it’s debt you’re taking on." Any expensive items you buy will almost always your credit score, and may also affect your debt-to-income ratio, Detweiler says. "Wait until after the loan is completed before you go shopping for these major purchases," she says.


aDELAFIELD, Wis. (Stockpickr) -- At Stockpickr, we track daily portfolios of stocks that are the biggest percentage gainers and the biggest percentage losers. Read More: Warren Buffett's Top 10 Dividend Stocks Stocks that are making large moves like these 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. 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 technical indicators 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. Read More: 5 Stocks Set to Soar on Bullish Earnings OncoGenex Pharmaceuticals OncoGenex Pharmaceuticals , a biopharmaceutical company, develops and commercializes therapies that address treatment resistance in cancer patients. This stock closed up 4% to $3.38 in Tuesday's trading session. Tuesday's Range: $3.25-$3.39 52-Week Range: $2.86-$14.25 Tuesday's Volume: 268,000 Three-Month Average Volume: 211,778 From a technical perspective, OGXI ripped higher here right off its 50-day moving average of $3.29 with above-average volume. This move is quickly pushing shares of OGXI within range of triggering a near-term breakout trade. That trade will hit if OGXI manages to take out some key near-term overhead resistance at $3.45 with high volume. Traders should now look for long-biased trades in OGXI as long as it's trending above some near-term support around $3 and then once it sustains a move or close above $3.45 with volume that hits near or above 211,778 shares. If that breakout kicks off soon, then OGXI will set up to re-test or possibly take out its next major overhead resistance levels $3.84 to $4.33. Any high-volume move above those levels will then give OGXI a chance to make a run at $5. Concert Pharmaceuticals Concert Pharmaceuticals , a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company, discovers and develops small molecule drugs for central nervous system disorders, renal disease, inflammation and cancer. This stock closed up 5.6% to $9.29 in Tuesday's trading session. Tuesday's Range: $8.80-$9.40 52-Week Range: $7.12-$16.26 Tuesday's Volume: 136,000 Three-Month Average Volume: 156,897 From a technical perspective, CNCE ripped sharply higher here right above some near-term support at $8.67 and back above its 50-day moving average of $8.92 with lighter-than-average volume. This strong move to the upside on Tuesday is starting to push shares of CNCE within range of triggering a near-term breakout trade. That trade will hit if CNCE manages to take out Tuesday's intraday high of $9.40 to some more near-term overhead resistance at $9.95 with high volume. Traders should now look for long-biased trades in CNCE as long as it's trending above some key near-term support at $8.67 and then once it sustains a move or close above those breakout levels with volume that hits near or above 156,897 shares. If that breakout gets underway soon, then CNCE will set up to re-test or possibly take out its next major overhead resistance levels at $10.44 to $10.87. Any high-volume move above those levels will then give CNCE a chance to tag $12 to $13. AcelRx Pharmaceuticals AcelRx Pharmaceuticals , a development stage specialty pharmaceutical company, focuses on the development and commercialization of therapies for the treatment of acute and breakthrough pain. This stock closed up 4.3% to $6.99 in Tuesday's trading session. Tuesday's Range: $6.64-$7.01 52-Week Range: $6.04-$13.64 Tuesday's Volume: 723,000 Three-Month Average Volume: 1.13 million From a technical perspective, ACRX ripped notably higher here right above some near-term support at $6.50 with lighter-than-average volume. This stock recently formed a double bottom chart pattern at $6.11 to $6.06. Following that bottom, shares of ACRX have started to trend higher and it's now quickly approaching a major breakout trade. That trade will hit if ACRX manages to take out some key near-term overhead resistance levels at $7.15 to its gap-down-day high from July at $7.33 with high volume. Traders should now look for long-biased trades in ACRX as long as it's trending above some near-term support at $6.50 or above those double bottom support levels and then once it sustains a move or close above those breakout levels with volume that hits near or above 1.13 million shares. If that breakout gets underway soon, then ACRX will set up to re-fill some of its recent gap-down-day zone that started at $11.38. CytRx CytRx operates as a biopharmaceutical research and development company specializing in oncology. This stock closed up 3.7% to $3.29 in Tuesday's trading session. Tuesday's Range: $3.17-$3.36 52-Week Range: $2.00-$8.35 Tuesday's Volume: 973,000 Three-Month Average Volume: 1.41 million From a technical perspective, CYTR jumped higher here right above some near-term support at $3.05 with decent upside volume flows. This stock recently formed a double bottom chart pattern at $3.08 to $3.05. Following that bottom, shares of CYTR have started to spike higher and move within range of triggering a big breakout trade. That trade will hit if CYTR manages to take out some near-term overhead resistance levels at $3.42 to its 50-day at $3.66 and then above $3.74 with high volume. Traders should now look for long-biased trades in CYTR as long as it's trending above those double bottom support levels and then once it sustains a move or close above those breakout levels with volume that hits near or above 1.41 million shares. If that breakout develops soon, then CYTR will set up to re-test or possibly take out its next major overhead resistance levels at its 200-day moving average of $4.30 to $4.50. To see more stocks that are making notable moves higher, check out the Stocks Under $10 Moving Higher portfolio on Stockpickr. -- Written by Roberto Pedone in Delafield, Wis. 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DALLASa(TheStreet) -- American Airlines needs to squarely face up to the problems of the regional airline industry, and it needs to start by reopening talks with the Envoy pilot group, said LeeMoak. "Envoy management needs to come back to the table," said Moak, president of the Air Line Pilots Association, in an interview. "I believe that there is a deal there. I'm confident we can continue to work and get a deal that meets the strategic concerns of Envoy pilots as well as the operational needs of Envoy." Read More:aDelta Is Right on the Ex-Im Bank, Too Bad the Tea Party Is Its Biggest Ally a ALPA "is determined," he said.a"We never give up." a A round of talks between Envoy pilots and the company ended last week, with no new contract agreement, after the pilots sought to forestall American's placement of new 76-seat Embraer E175 regional jets with another regional carrier. Read More: 5 Most Beloved U.S. Airlines of All Time American spokesman Casey Norton said Tuesday that "despite repeated efforts, we haven't been able to reach agreement with the Envoy pilots and have had to move on with different plans for our operations. No further contract discussions with the pilots are expected until their current contract becomes amendable in 2016." The problem with the regional industry, Moak said, is falsely perceived to be a pilot shortage, when in reality it is a pay shortage. Starting annual pay ranges between $14,616 and $21,600 at the 10aregional carriers with the lowest starting salaries (Envoy is not among the 10), according to a recent ALPA survey. The root cause of the pay shortage is that the mainline carriers don't pay the regional carriers enough to fly for them, Moak said. "The regional carriers --aRepublic , Mesa, Trans States, the wholly-owneds -- all undercut each other in their air service agreements" with mainline carriers, he said. "They don't have a lot of room in those contracts. (Wholly owned regional carriers are owned by major airlines.) "What they need to do is to go back to the (mainline) brands and say 'we need to renegotiate these deals,'" Moak said. "The brands need to take ownership." Moak said regional carriers such as Envoy need to provide two things -- robust flow-through agreements enabling movement to mainline American for all pilots who choose to move, as well as a career path for pilots who wish to remain. "Envoy pilots are flying the same passengers American flies," he said. "A typical customer does not know the difference." The mainline carriers must come to realize that while many pilots needed work as the airline industry restructured following an economic slowdown that was exacerbated by the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, "now the regional industry has to compete in the marketplace for those same pilots," Moak said. Not only are most mainline carriers hiring, but also "foreign airlines from Asia are coming to the U.S. and running summits and saying 'come to us, we will move you to Asia and the Middle East,' and pilots are choosing to go abroad rather than work for wages that are below market," he said. Eventually, Moak said, American will come to see the reality and to recognize it in a contract. So far, however, "American is not ready yet (for) an agreement that meets the needs of Envoy and meets the needs of our crew members." Read More:aVirgin America's Final Push Into Airline Club Brings Raid on Southwest's Home In a letter sent to Envoy pilots on Aug. 22, the three leaders of the Dallas local of the Envoy ALPA chapter said ALPA leaders had directly presented the union's later proposal to American CEO Doug Parker, who rejected it. "Have no delusions about it, the future of Envoy is uncertain and largely in the hands of AAG management," wrote Kyle Flynn, first officer representative; Neal Spanier, captain representative; and James Magee, treasurer. "Our fleet will certainly shrink, displacement bids are unavoidable, upgrade times will increase and future recruiting opportunities are uncertain. a"Take solace in the fact that the name Envoy is rapidly becoming synonymous with employee resistance to corporate greed," they wrote. Written by Ted Reed in Charlotte, N.C. To contact this writer, click here. Follow @tedreednc

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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Here are 10 things you should know for Wednesday, Aug. 27: 1. -- U.S. stock futures rose but European stocksatraded flat despite record highs in New York. Asian shares finished Wednesday's trading session slightly higher. Tokyo's Nikkei 225 Index rose 0.1%. Read More: Biotech Stock Boom Times Are Back 2. -- The economic calendar in the U.S. onaWednesday includes theaMBA Mortgage Index for the week ended Aug. 23 at 7 a.m. EDT. 3. -- U.S. stocks onaTuesdayapushed further into record territory, with the S&P 500 hitting new highs and finishing above 2,000 for the first time and the Dow Jones Industrial Average reaching new records of its own. The Dow rose 0.17% to 17,106.70, after touching a fresh intraday high of 17,153.80. The S&P 500 advanced 0.11% to 2,000.02, trading up to 2,005.04 on Tuesday. The Nasdaq increased 0.29% to 4,570.64. 4. -- Venture-capital firm Kleiner Perkins agreed to invest in message service Snapchataat a valuation of close to $10 billion, people with knowledge of the matteratold The Wall Street Journal. Snapchat, which has talked to several potential investors in recent months, is in the process of raising a large investment round that would make it one of the world's most valuable private tech startups despite virtually no revenue, the Journal noted. Kleiner committed to invest up to $20 million in May, one of the people said. At least one strategic investor has also committed to invest in the round, which isn't yet closed, two of the peopleatold the newspaper. 5. -- Allergan , which is fighting off a $49 billion hostile bid from Valeant Pharmaceuticals and Pershing Square Capital Management, said it scheduled a special shareholders meeting for Dec. 18, when Pershing Square's Bill Ackman and other shareholders will get the chance to oust the board of the Botox maker. Allergan consented to the meeting after more than 30% of its shareholders voted in favor of holding the meeting. Valeant's battleato acquire Allerganahas been waging since April. 6. -- Luxury jewelry retailer Tiffany is expected by Wall Street on Wednesday to report second-quarter earnings of 85 cents a share on revenue of $987.9 million. 7. -- Payments provider Squareais in theaprocess of raising capital at a $6 billion valuation, CNBC reported, citing sources familiar with the matter. The San Francisco-based company, led by Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey, is aiming to reel in about $200 million, with part of it coming from the Government of Singapore Investment Corporation, the sources told CNBC.a 8. -- Analysts expectaWilliams-Sonoma , the home furnishings retailer, to post second-quarter earningsaof 53 cents a share onarevenue of $1.05 billion. Read More: Delta Is Right on the Ex-Im Bank -- Too Bad the Tea Party Is Its Biggest Ally 9. -- Shares ofaOrbitz Worldwidea fell 4.6% on Tuesday after American Airlines aannounced it would withdraw its fares from the service. US Airways fares also be pulled from Orbitz. The actions by the airlines follow aalong-running dispute over fees that the travel company charges to list and sell the flights. Corporate customers of the airlines will still be able to book travel through Orbitz. 10. -- Christine Lagarde, chief of the International Monetary Fund, has been placed under formal investigation by French magistrates on Wednesday for her alleged role in a long-running political fraud case, a source close to the former French finance minister told Reuters. The source said Lagarde, who earlier was questioned by magistrates in Paris under her existing status as a witness, considered their decision to investigate her for alleged "negligence" was unfounded and would appeal it. A French judiciary source also confirmed the step, Reuters reported. The inquiry into tycoon Bernard Tapie has embroiled several of former president Nicolas Sarkozy's cabinet members including Lagarde. Read More: Why Caterpillar Could Suffer From Low Growth in China, Mining Sector -- Written by Joseph Woelfel To contact the writer of this article, click here:Joseph Woelfel To submit a news tip, send an email to:tips@thestreet.com. Follow @josephwoe58

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LONDON (The Deal) -- European stock indices were little changed on Wednesday after strong consumer and durable goods data propelled U.S. stock markets to record highs in New York. In Gaza, Israel and Hamas signed up to an Egypt-brokered ceasefire, while in Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko said his government will prepare a "road map" to end its civil war after Poroshenko's first talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin ended without a breakthrough. GfK's July consumer confidence index for Germany unexpectedly fell for the first time since January 2013. Meanwhile, import prices fell faster than expected in July, declining 1.7% year-on-year and 0.4% from June, the Federal Statistical Office said. In London, the FTSE 100 was up 0.08% at 6,828.67. In Frankfurt, the DAX was down 0.06% at 9,582.40. The CAC in Paris was down 0.07% at 4,390.30. In London, Fyffes was up well over 3% in London after the banana distributor lifted its full-year Ebita target and, together with merger partner Chiquita Brands ,adisclosed that it had found another $20 million of expected synergies from a union that the companies now say could close as early as October. Discount carrier Ryanair Holdings gained more than 3% in London after launching a new type of ticket to lure in business customers. But infrastructure services provider Balfour Beatty, which has rejected a string of takeover proposals from peer Carillion, fell marginally after directors lifted the value of its so-called public private partnership portfolio by 46% to almost 1.1 billion pounds ($1.8 billion). In Frankfurt, Infineon Technologiesa rose 1.5% to 8.96 euros as Credit Suisse Group analysts initiated coverage with an outperform recommendation and a price target of 10.10 euros. In Milan, Telecom Italia was up more than 3% after Brazil's OI said late on Tuesday it had hired BTG Pactual to review a potential offer for Telecom Italia's stake in Brazilian wireless services operator TIM Participacoes. Oslo-listed IT services company Evry surged 27% as it confirmed it has hired ABG Sundal Collier to consider a sale among other "strategic actions" to improve its value. Evry is 70.2%-owned by Norway Post and telecom Telenor ASA. In Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 closed up 0.09% at 15,534.82. In Hong Kong, the Hang Seng closed down 0.62% at 24,918.75.

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a Search Jim Cramer's "Mad Money" trading recommendations using our exclusive "Mad Money" Stock Screener. NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Here's what Jim Cramer had to say about some of the stocks callers offered up during the Mad Money Lightning Round Tuesday evening: Cypress Semiconductor : "I'm not concerned. I still like Cypress." Amedisys : "No, I'm not a big fan. I like CIGNA ." Carrols Restaurant Group : "I like Fiesta Restaurant Group , the spinoff from Carrol's." CalAmp : "No, they had a bad quarter. I'd rather be in Intel or Skyworks Solutions ." Warren Resources : "I like WPX Energy . I'd go for that one." To read a full recap of "Mad Money" on CNBC, click here. To watch replays of Cramer's video segments, visit the Mad Money page on CNBC. To sign up for Jim Cramer's free Booyah! newsletter with all of his latest articles and videos please click here. -- Written by Scott Rutt in Washington, D.C. To email Scott about this article, click here: Scott Rutt

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a Search Jim Cramer's "Mad Money" trading recommendations using our exclusive "Mad Money" Stock Screener. NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Here are some of the hot stocks Jim Cramer talked about on Tuesday's Mad Money on CNBC: MNST data by YCharts Monster Beverage : Cramer said Monster is among the biggest winners in August and the stock is only getting started. PRGO data by YCharts Perrigo : Cramer said this private-label drug maker gives investors many ways to win. LE data by YCharts Lands' End : With its spinoff from Sears Holdings complete, Cramer said that Lands' End is an inexpensive stock with growth potential. AHS data by YCharts AMN Healthcare : Demand is up big for medical professionals and companies like AMN are responding to the call, Cramer said, and that makes this stock a buy, buy, buy. To read a full recap of "Mad Money" on CNBC, click here. To watch replays of Cramer's video segments, visit the Mad Money page on CNBC. To sign up for Jim Cramer's free Booyah! newsletter with all of his latest articles and videos please click here. -- Written by Scott Rutt in Washington, D.C. To email Scott about this article, click here: Scott Rutt Follow Scott on Twitter @ScottRutt or get updates on Facebook, ScottRuttDC

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By Mike Yamamoto ofaOptionMonster NEW YORK -- Option traders turned bullish on networking companies Tuesday, piling into Ciena , Finisar and JDS Uniphase .a OptionMonster's tracking systems show that the action began early in Ciena, which eventually saw more than 8,000 October 23 calls trade in a strong buying pattern for 40 cents to 62 cents by the end of the session. The volume was far above the strike's previous open interest of 1,687, indicating that new positions were established. aThen in the afternoon, more than 6,000 October 23 calls in Finisar were purchased for 50 cents to 60 cents against previous open interest of just 112 contracts, following bullish action in the September 20 calls last week. A few minutes later, about 5,500 October 30 calls were bought in JDS Uniphase for 18 cents to 23 cents, dwarfing open interest of a mere 11 contracts in that strike.a These long calls lock in the price where the stocks can be purchased through mid-October no matter how far they might climb. They could be sold earlier at a profit if premiums rise with a rally before then, providing potentially significant leverage, but the contracts will expire worthless if shares pull back.a CIEN gained 4.06% to $20.74 on Tuesday, ahead of its next earnings report on Sept. 4. FNSR rose 3.07% to close at $20.67, while JDSU was up 2.62% to $11.94.a Total option volume was well above average in the three names, and all showed highly bullish call/put ratios. Ciena calls eclipsed puts by 5 to 1; Finisar calls outnumbered puts by 20 to 1; and JDS Uniphase calls outpaced puts by 22 to 1. aYamamoto has no positions in CIEN, FNSR, or JDSU. a

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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- The S&P 500 closed above 2,000 for the first time in its history.a On CNBC's "Fast Money" TV show, the trading panel discussed the broader market.a Tim Seymour, managing partner of Triogem Asset Management, said investors should look for sectors that have been underperforming as the broader market moves higher. Specifically, he referred to the technology and energy sectors.a Dan Nathan, co-founder and editor of riskreversal.com, said theaS&P 500 isn't that expensive based on forward earnings because of the record number of share repurchases and large cost-cutting plans. He doesn't find U.S. equities as a whole to have an attractive risk-to-reward setup.a Read More: 10 Stocks Carl Icahn Loves in 2014 Brian Kelly, founder of Brian Kelly Capital, said that based on the market cap to GDP ratio, stocks have only been this high a few other times, namely in 2000 and 2007, before selling off severely. At the very least, the market is "fully valued" but can keep going higher for the time being due to low interest rates, M&A, and financial engineering.a Guy Adami, managing director of stockmonster.com, reasoned the stock market did not sell off in 2007 due to valuation but a collapse in the banking industry. He said the market seems likely to continue higher and he pointed out the strength in biotech stocks.a Itay Michaeli, vice president of Citi Research, has a buy rating and $43 price target on shares of MobilEye , which climbed 8% on Tuesday. He said the company's safety products can experience margin expansion in the future. The lower pricing points and high quality allows Mobileye to maintain market share, which also seems poised to grow.a Adami said the industry seems unlikely to be commoditized anytime soon. While the valuation is high, the stock is interesting on the long side.a Kelly asked, what would stop Google from making the same thing?a Read More: Warren Buffett’s Latest Whopper of a Yield Deal Seymour pointed out that MobilEye has a lot contracts and patents that would make it hard for other companies to infringe on its products. He also pointed out MobilEye's strong revenue growth.a Nathan said investors who like MobilEye should only include it in their portfolio as part of their speculative holdings. He advised against selling the stock short.a Kelly said shares of Smith & Wesson had "got ahead of itself." He suggested the company's weak earnings could be a negative read-through on a company like Cabela's . Pat Gelsinger, CEO of VMware , said the company did not lower its guidance, it simply stopped providing multi-year guidance at the suggestion of analysts. As for its business, customers should enjoy the secure infrastructure VMware manages for them.a Adami was uninterested in VMware or EMC Corp. , which owns 80% of VMW. He reasoned that both stocks have been roughly flat over the past three years. Seymour agreed, saying VMware is neither a buy nor a sell. There is nothing really bad about the company, but there aren't really any bullish catalysts either.a Kelly said investors should wait for Microsoft to break out over $45.50 to get long. After that, they should use a stop-loss of $45.a Seymour said he still likes Best Buy for the second half of 2014. He said the stock is cheap while earnings and free cash flow are improving. The stock has decent support near $29.a Nathan said Best Buy may rally higher by a few dollars but seems likely to go to "zero" in the long-term. Adami said investors could trade Best Buy on the long side but should use a tight stop-loss.a Adami called Orbitz Worldwide the "loser" following American Airlines Group's decision to remove its fares from the site. Priceline.com is the "winner."a Kelly agreed, saying investors should avoid Orbitz and stick with stocks that provide customers with value such as TripAdvisor . Isis Pharmaceuticals climbed 11% and was the first stock on the show's "Pops & Drops" segment. Adami, who made ISIS his final trade pick on Monday, said the stock still seems poised to "go a lot higher from here." Read More: Here Are the Top 5 Games on Twitch Right Now DSW Inc. popped 9%. Nathan said footwear is doing well and the stock could rally into the mid-$30s.a Trina Solar fell 8%. Seymour said he is staying long the stock despite the downward pressure from a spotty earnings report. Sanderson Farms dropped 6%. Kelly said investors should get out of this stock. Ari Wald, head of technical analysis and institutional portfolio strategy at Oppenheimer & Company, said the S&P 500 seems poised to move higher, possibly to 2,080 following its breakout over its previous highs made in July. He also likes Halliburton near current levels, arguing that it has underperformed the broader market over the short term.a The traders were asked for their top "catch up" trades going forward: Adami is a buyer of General Electric and Nathan is buying Twitter . Seymour said to buy Procter & Gamble and Kelly is a buyer of Freeport-McMoRan .a On the show's "Street Fight" segment, Adami argued that Treasury yields are poised to decline and therefore Treasury bonds are set to rise. Seymour disagreed, arguing the opposite is true.a Adami, the Treasury bond bull, argued that rates for the 10-year Treasury bond seem poised to fall to 2% and the iShares 20+ Year Treasury Bond ETF will move higher. He said if the economy is doing as well as everyone seems to think, then bond yields should be moving higher. "Something is going on here," and no one's really sure what exactly that is, he concluded.a Seymour argued the ProShares UltraShort 20+ Year Treasury Bond ETF is poised to move higher as bond prices seem likely to decline amid rising bond yields. He argued bond yields are low due to government intervention and said both the labor market and broader economy are doing well. He concluded that rates will move up slowly over time and not rapidly overnight, but higher nonetheless.a Nathan said it doesn't seem likely to end well with both Treasury yields falling andastock prices rising. Kelly said he wanted to be a short-seller of bonds but found the current environment to be too difficult.a CNBC's John Jannarone said Burger King has been pursuing Tim Horton's for a long time the donut company wasn't interested in being bought until recently. Burger King is paying a 57% premium for THI from month ago prices. According to Jannarone, Burger King management says it did not make the acquisition for cost-cutting synergies or for tax purposes, (Tim Horton's is based in Canada). So it would appear the company did the deal as a means to expand its business operations.a Adami said investors can continue to be long Burger King and McDonald's a but he admitted to liking McDonald's more at current levels.a Seymour said the move should help Burger King get more involved with coffee products. He added that famed investoraWarren Buffett's involvement in this deal will likely have a big impact in Washington due to the current tax inversion debacle.a Kelly saidainvestors can get long TiVo with a tight stop-loss at $13.50.a Read More: Weaker Euro May Be Good News for Draghi, European Central Bank For their final trades, Seymour is a buyer of Best Buy and Nathan said to buy Sprint . Kelly is a buyer of iShares Silver Trust ETF and Adami said to buy Tenet Healthcare . -- Written by Bret Kenwell in Petoskey, Mich. Follow @BretKenwell Follow TheStreet.com on Twitter and become a fan on Facebook. a

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Search Jim Cramer's "Mad Money" trading recommendations using our exclusive "Mad Money" Stock Screener. NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- With the market near completing its best August in 14 years, Jim Cramer told his Mad Money viewers Tuesday there's not much to fear at these levels but there is still a lot to embrace. Just how did the market achieve such remarkable gains? Cramer said that Monster Beverage helped with its 36% gain and he would still be a buyer of the stock. Likewise with Mohawk Industries and Gilead Sciences , which were up 17% and 16%, respectively. Cramer said he's a fan of both companies, especially Gilead, which still trades at just 11 times earnings. Read More: 10 Stocks Carl Icahn Loves in 2014 Cramer said he's also a fan of Ross Stores and Gap Stores , both of which are gaining steam as gas prices continue to fall. Cramer is less enthusiastic about Dollar General's 15% gain for the month, saying that some of those gains will likely be given back in the coming weeks. Other big winners for August included Tenet Healthcare and Keurig Green Mountain , along with Netflix , Southwest Airlines , Masco and Home Depot . Finally, Cramer said he's a fan of Kinder Morgan , a stock which he's buying for his charitable trust, Action Alerts PLUS. Is Perrigo a Bargain? Are there still bargains to be had with the markets at record highs? Cramer said there are if investors are considering private label drug maker Perrigo , a stock that's up 226% since he first got behind the stock four years ago. After peaking in March, shares of Perrigo have declined due to manufacturing issues that lowered the company's earnings. But now that those issues are in the past, Cramer said this fantastic company should be ready to resume going higher. Cramer said Perrigo products simply make sense for thrifty consumers. Why pay over $71 for a box of Nicorette gum, for example, when the identical Perrigo product sells for 26% less? Perrigo is a lot more than just over-the-counter medications -- it makes generic drugs and nutritional supplements. With so many prescription drugs coming off patent in the coming years, Cramer said Perrigo will have no shortage of new products. The company will introduce 75 products this year alone. Read More: Warren Buffett’s Latest Whopper of a Yield Deal Beyond its new product innovations, Cramer said Perrigo's newfound Irish tax status will also help boost earnings power and make the company an attractive takeover target for other companies looking for a tax inversion. Cramer said he sees Perrigo shares hitting $175 a share by the end of the year. CSI: Cramer, the Sequel For the second installment of "Cramer's Stock Investigation," or CSI, Cramer investigated five retail stocks that appear to have been the victims of a market hit-and-run. Cramer said that DSW saw its shares hammered 28% in a single day back in May when the company missed earnings. Since then the company and its shares have been making a comeback, capped off by this week's strong earnings announcement. This stock should never have been sold, Cramer concluded. Then there's Sears Holdings , a stock without a pulse for many years. Even after divesting assets and closing stores Sears is still seeing sales and revenue declines. Cramer said this stock has too many problems and investors need to stay far away. Lands' End , on the other hand, is a survivor, Cramer noted. Now that the company is free from Sears, he thinks the stock is a buy at just 15 times earnings. Speaking of survivors, Cramer called the turnaround at Abercrombie & Fitch "remarkable" and said this stock also should never have been sold in the first place. Finally, Cramer said Ann , formerly Ann Taylor, is benefiting from activist investors, which has prompted the company to consider selling itself to unlock value. Even without a sale, Cramer said this company has lots of options and could be worth $55 a share. Executive Decision: Susan Salka For his "Executive Decision" segment, Cramer sat down with Susan Salka, president and CEO of health care staffing company AMN Healthcare , a stock that's gained 15% since Cramer last checked in back in November. Salka said now that hospitals have some clarity on what the Affordable Care Act will mean for them, staffing levels are returning to normal but still with strong growth that is projected to continue. She said demand is up across the board across all clients and all regions of the country. When asked what's driving the demand for health care professionals, Salka said the growing economy, an aging population and the wave of newly insured patients are all contributing to the need for more doctors and nurses. She said among the retiring baby boomers are a lot of retiring health care workers, and we're just not replacing them fast enough. Read More: Here Are the Top 5 Games on Twitch Right Now Cramer said these are all the reasons why he likes AMN and continues to recommend the stock. Lightning Round In the Lightning Round, Cramer was bullish on Cypress Semiconductor , CIGNA , Fiesta Restaurant Group , Intel , Skyworks Solutions and WPX Energy . Cramer was bearish on Amedisys , Carrols Restaurant Group , CalAmp and Warren Resources . No Huddle Offense In his "No Huddle Offense" segment, Cramer said "enough already" about the merger between Tim Horton's and Burger King . He said investors looking for hot restaurants should just go own Starbucks or Chipotle Mexican Grill , not two second-tier players. Cramer said the Burger King deal stinks of desperation, as the company realizes the younger generation is rejecting its menu, making itself no longer viable another 10 years down the road. As for Hortons, it has delivered two bad quarters in a row with little to no good explanation. Read More: Weaker Euro May Be Good News for Draghi, European Central Bank Cramer said there's a tectonic shift in tastes occurring and it's occurring quickly, as Chipotle's 17% same-store sales growth proves. Burgers and donuts are on the way out, he said, and investors need to wake up and embrace that fact. Even Starbucks' solid 7% same-store sales growth is better than Hortons. Starbucks works around the globe, Cramer concluded, while Hortons doesn't even really work here in America. To watch replays of Cramer's video segments, visit the Mad Money page on CNBC. To sign up for Jim Cramer's free Booyah! newsletter with all of his latest articles and videos please click here. -- Written by Scott Rutt in Washington, D.C. To email Scott about this article, click here: Scott Rutt Follow Scott on Twitter @ScottRutt or get updates on Facebook, ScottRuttDC

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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- A federal court rulingaoverturning the county of Kauai's ordinance on the use of pesticides and genetically modified crops is likely to be only the first shot in Hawaii's ongoing struggle to curb the practice. Seeking to address the concerns of organic farmers and citizens, Kauai Ordinance 960 required more disclosure from farmers and biotech companies like Syngenta and Dow Chemical aabout pesticides and genetically modified crops. On Monday, in a case brought against the county by bioscience firms including Syngenta,aU.S. District Court Judge Barry M. Kurren ruled that the ordinance preempts existing state law. In doing so, Kurren seems to have acknowledged that the supporters of the legislation may have a case. Read More:aClimate Change Finds Resonance in Federal Farm Policies "This decision in no way diminishes the health and environmental concerns of the people of Kauai," Kurren wrote. "The Court's ruling simply recognizes that the State of Hawaii has established a comprehensive framework for addressing the application of restricted use pesticides and the planting of GMO crops, which presently precludes local regulation by the County." Contacted for comment on the ruling, Syngenta offeredaan emailed statement. Syngenta, BASF, Agrigenetics, Inc. (a company affiliated with Dow AgroSciences LLC), and DuPont Pioneer are pleased with the U.S. District Court for the District of Hawaii's ruling today (August 25) invalidating Ordinance 960 and enjoining the County from implementing or enforcing the law.aaAs we have maintained from the outset, the state and federal government already have comprehensive regulation of pesticides and GMOs and the County of Kauai has no power to regulate in these areas. The law required companies to disclose the type and amount pesticides they use in specific locations. It also set up buffer zones around pesticide-treated fields to protect public areas companies and required public notification before spraying pesticides. The county would have conducted regular studies to assess the potential effects of pesticide use. Further, all farmers would have had to publicly disclose any genetically engineered crops. The bill also offers penalties, including jail time, for noncompliance. The bill was hotly contested but passed in October 2013. Some, including the Kauai mayor, objected, saying the county did not have the resources to police the measure. The ordinanceawas scheduled to goainto effect Aug. 16. Monday's court decision striking down the legislation has immediate ramifications for the state, and could spell trouble for similar measures in the rest of country. Following the passage of the Kauai ordinance, Hawaii County passed a ban on any new genetically modified food crops, which exempts GMO papayas. An initiative on the ballot in Maui County proposes a similar ban. Both measures are now thrown into question. A challenge to the Hawaii ban will be heard by the same judge. The sponsors of suchalegislation are responding in part to growing public concern over the risks posed by a class of pesticides known as neonicotinoids, that have been linked to Colony Collapse Disorder in pollinating bees and the decline of bird and insect populations.a Syngentaaranks third, behind Monsanto aand DuPonta in the commercial seeds business. The company is the manufacturer of thiamethoxam, a neonicotinoid that is the active ingredient in its Helix Xtra and Cruiseraseed treatments. Scientific claims areamountingathat widespread use of neonicotinoid pesticides is causing damage to wildlife and insects. Read More:aBayer Battles New Insecticide Research Affecting 20% of Sales Fears regarding genetically modified crops, while widespread, are less easy to justify. While these include potential harmato local, non-GMO plants and crops and ultimately to human health, scientific evidence is slim that GMO foods pose any risk at all. The National Institute of Health, however, acknowledgesathat while GMO foods are thought to be safe "there has been no adequate testing, however, to ensure complete safety."a The European Commission, in a report published in 2010, cited 25 years of research and concluded, "There is, as of today, no scientific evidence associating GMOs with higher risks for the environment or for food and feed safety than conventional plants and organisms." -- Written by Carlton Wilkinson in New York Follow @CarltonTSC // 0;if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs"); // ]]>

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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- The stock indexesacontinued their assault on new record highs again on Tuesday. The DJIA was up another 29.83 points to close at 17106.70 and the S&P 500 closed over 2000 for the first time in its history, up 2.10 at 2000.02. The Nasdaq was higher by 13.29 at 4570.64 while the Russell 2000 gained 9.95 at 1175.17. These closing numbers and new all-time highs make for good talking points for the financial media but I could care less. The more important fact is the S&P 500 Series ETF volume came in at just over 47 million shares. That is not only the lowest trading volume of 2014 but was one of the lowest trading volume days in the last two years. There is something seriously wrong with this stock market. Liquidity is not there. Read More: 10 Stocks George Soros Is Buying Total U.S. stock market volume on Monday was 35% lower than its average daily volume in 2014. When, not if, the hedge funds decide to start selling there will be absolutely no liquidity in this market and things can spin out of control in a hurry. I will not be surprised to see this stock market down 3%-5% on any given day. Traders and momentum players, good luck to you playing the long side of this market. The risk is massive at the current time. Many Wall Street pundits will tell you that this market is not in a bubble. I will take the opposite side of that argument and tell you that the Russell 2000 is currently trading at 55 times its trailing earnings. If that is not bubble, I do not know what is. We shall see what the hedge fund players have in store for Wednesday. The four major stock indexes are now deep into extreme overbought territory. Something has to give in the next couple days. This is not sustainable action on the upside. Using my algorithm numbers I will continue to play from the short side or extreme overbought side of this market. Whenamy algo numbers have zero small- and large-cap stocks that are oversold versus over 200 that are extreme overbought, not much more needs to be said. Read More: Warren Buffett’s Latest Whopper of a Yield Deal On Tuesday, I sold my Market Vectors Gold Miners ETF for a nice 2% profit and also covered most of my Brinker Intl. short position at a nice profit. I added to my Direxion Small Cap Bear 3x long position and Vector Group short position and started ProShares Ultra Short QQQ long. I am also long and short . At the time of publication, the author was long TZA, SDS and SQQQ and short MX VGR and EAT, although positions may change at any time. This article is commentary by an independent contributor, separate from TheStreet's regular news coverage.

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NEW YORK (TheStreet) --aSmith & Wessona aplungedain after-hours trading Tuesday after the company reported mixed first-quarter earnings and issued full-year guidance that came up short of analysts' expectations. The company reported diluted earnings per share from continuing operations of 26 cents, which edged the consensus estimate of 25 cents a share. EPS in the same quarter last year was 40 cents. Revenue declined year-over-year to $131.87 million from $171.02 million. Analysts expected revenue of $133.93 million. Must Read: Warren Buffett's 25 Favorite Stocks STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more. Smith & Wesson expects full-year revenue in the range of $530 million to $540 million, while the consensus estimate calls for $593.78 million. The stock was down 11.6% to $11.58 at 4:54 p.m. ----------a Separately, TheStreet Ratings team rates SMITH & WESSON HOLDING CORP as a "buy" with a ratings score of B+. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation: "We rate SMITH & WESSON HOLDING CORP (SWHC) 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 largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity, attractive valuation levels, expanding profit margins and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income." You can view the full analysis from the report here: SWHC Ratings Report SWHC data by YCharts EXCLUSIVE OFFER: See inside Jim Cramer's multi-million dollar charitable trust portfolio to see the stocks he and Stephanie Link think could be potentially HUGE winners. Click here to see the holdings for FREE.

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NEW YORK (TheStreet) --aDycom Industries Inc. released its 2014 fourth-quarter earnings results, which showed an increase in non-GAAP net income to $16.9 million, or 48 cents per common diluted share, compared to $15.1 million, or 44 cents per common diluted share, for the same period last year. The provider of specialty contracting services said GAAP net income was $16.5 million, or 47 cents per common diluted share, compared to $14.7 million, or 43 cents per common diluted share, for the 2013 fourth quarter. Contract revenues for the most recent quarter grew to $482.1 million from $478.6 million for the year-ago quarter. Must Read: Warren Buffett's 25 Favorite Stocks STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more. Shares of Dycom Industries are flat in after-hours trading on Tuesday. Separately, TheStreet Ratings team rates DYCOM INDUSTRIES INC as a "buy" with a ratings score of A-. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation: "We rate DYCOM INDUSTRIES INC (DY) 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 increase in net income, good cash flow from operations, growth in earnings per share, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and reasonable valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity." You can view the full analysis from the report here: DY Ratings Report DY data by YCharts EXCLUSIVE OFFER: See inside Jim Cramer's multi-million dollar charitable trust portfolio to see the stocks he and Stephanie Link think could be potentially HUGE winners. Click here to see the holdings for FREE

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