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Search Jim Cramer's "Mad Money" trading recommendations using our exclusive "Mad Money" Stock Screener. NEW YORK (TheStreet) --aDon't panic in the face of this correction, Jim Cramer urged his Mad Moneyaviewers Wednesday. While the markets may still have further to fall, investors need to be ready with their shopping list of stocks to buy when the bottom finally comes. Cramer explained to viewers exactly what happens during a correction such as the current one. First, the stocks in the primary blast zone get hit. In this market, those are the industrial stocks, the ones that suffer from the weakness in Europe that has now spread to Russia, China and South America. The estimates for these stocks are still too high, Cramer noted, which means their stocks have farther to fall. Must Read: Warren Buffett's Top 10 Dividend Stocks Next to be hit are the stocks in the secondary blast zone, which are the consumer packaged goods companies such as Kellogg and Procter & Gamble . These stocks are usually shielded from economic weakness, but with the dollar so strong they're getting hit by a strong U.S. dollar. Also in the secondary blast zone are the banks, which need higher interest rates to thrive but won't likely see them anytime soon. But then there are the stocks receiving collateral damage. Those are the ones that don't deserve to be going lower and can be bought into the weakness. Cramer reiterated that the restaurant and retail stocks are in this group, as are the biotechs and the defense companies. Cramer said there's no rush to buy this last group because the markets are only 3% from their highs and may have further to fall. However,they will be the first to bounce when the bottom is finally reached. Executive Decision:aSpencer Rascoff For his "Executive Decision" segment, Cramer sat down with Spencer Rascoff, CEO of Zillow , the online real estate Web site that's seen its shares rise 36% so far in 2014. Rascoff commented on the recent news that Rupert Murdoch is buying Move , purveyors of Realtor.com, Zillow's only competing Web site after Zillow snapped up Truliaaearlier this year. He said Zillow is still the largest player in the market and remains very focused on real estate agents and brokers, which is why the company continues to gain market share every quarter. Rascoff noted that when it comes to the Internet, user experience rules. Once you have an audience the advertisers will follow, he said, which is why the Trulia acquisition makes sense. Zillow will operate both brands when the acquisition closes, allowing users to pick the brand that fits them best while advertisers can quickly advertise on both platforms. Finally, when asked about whether a slowing housing market will hurt Zillow, Rascoff said the continued migration from offline to online in the real estate market will far outweigh any short-term weakness in home prices. Must Read: Here Are 20 Stocks That Could Buck the Odds and Do Well in October Cramer remains a fan of Zillow. Why Cramer Was Right About Angie Message to CEOs of publicly traded companies: Sometimes Cramer actually knows what he's talking about. That was Cramer's self-assessment after hearing that Angie's List is exploring strategic options, including putting itself up for sale, advice he suggested the company follow just last weekaon Mad Money. Shares of Angie's List soared almost 20% today on the news. Cramer said Angie's subscription-based business model just doesn't work in a world where free reviews and advice are everywhere. That's why the company spends nearly 84% of its revenue on sales and marketing to attract new subscribers. Cramer said investors who still own Angie's should ring the register and sell the stock as soon as possible. Then there's eBay , a stock that rallied 7.5% on the news that it's spinning off PayPal, something that Cramer has been advocating for years. But in the case of eBay, it may be too little, too late because several analysts have downgraded the stock on fears that rising competition from Apple , a stock Cramer owns for his charitable trust, Action Alerts PLUS, and others may soon make PayPal far less relevant. Cramer said the move certainly appears reactive to Apple Pay, which may signal serious problems down the road. Time to Move On When the facts change, you have to change your mind, Cramer reminded viewers. You can only make investment decisions based on the information you have today, but if that information changes tomorrow you need to be able to cut your losses and live for another day. That was certainly the case with Ford , a company that told us a few months ago that things were improving in both Europe and South America. Cramer said he believed Ford's former CEO Alan Mulally when he made those statements. However, today, when the company said things are weakening not only in those regions but also in the U.S., that makes Ford a sell, even if that means taking a loss. Must Read: 3 Reasons Why Angie's List Is For Sale As an investor, you need to admit your mistakes, Cramer concluded. In the case of Ford, many people, including himself, got it wrong. Lightning Round In the Lightning Round, Cramer was bullish on Manitowoc and Salix Pharmaceuticals . Cramer was bearish on New York Community Bancorp , Harman International , Lazard and Chart Industries . Executive Decision:aAl Monaco In his second "Executive Decision" segment, Cramer sat down with Al Monaco, president and CEO of pipeline operator Enbridge , a stock that yields 2.7% and is on the forefront of America's oil and gas revolution. Monaco acknowledged that increased regulation is slowing down pipeline development in the U.S., but also noted that his company has been executing on projects that have already been approved and shareholders have gained as a result. While regulators are adding costs to the pipeline process, Monaco said pipelines still represent a better value than alternatives like railroads, which have a worse safety record. When asked why we need so many new pipelines in the U.S., Monaco explained that not all oil is the same. Heavy oil from Canada fits best with Gulf Coast refiners, for example, while lighter crude from the shale fields works well with East coast refineries. Monaco was in favor of building the Keystone XL pipeline from Canada and said he supports any additional capacity from our neighbors to the north. Must Read: Steady Jobs Report Points to Patient Path on Interest-Rate Hikes for the Fed Finally, when asked if continental energy independence is possible by 2018, Monaco said he believes it is, as long as projects like Keystone can get the oil from where it is to where it needs to go. 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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SAN FRANCISCO (TheStreet) – DIRECTV and the National Football League struck a deal to extend and expand the NFL Sunday Ticket agreement, the parties announced Wednesday. What this means for DIRECTV and AT&T investors is the mammoth mega-merger between the two can still go forward. As you may recall, AT&T had a clause within its merger agreement that if DIRECTV was not successful in extending its longtime NFL Sunday Ticket agreement with the NFL, then AT&T might walk away from the $49 billion merger. Must Read: Warren Buffett's Top 10 Dividend Stocks But, fortunately, DIRECTV and its investors didn't get sacked. The NFL not only extended the exclusive Sunday Ticket agreement it had with DIRECTV to a new multi-year deal, but it also expanded its relationship with the company. Under the new agreement, DIRECTV will expand its right to stream NFL Sunday Ticket live on mobile devices and also broadband under the name of NFL Sunday Ticket.TV. Terms of the deal were not announced, but sports business reporter Darren Rovell stated the deal would be worth $1.5 billion over eight years. BREAKING: NFL strikes deal with DirecTV for Sunday Ticket. 8 year deal, source says it is worth avg of $1.5 BILLION annually. — darren rovell (@darrenrovell) October 1, 2014 AT&T stands to score on that arrangement, given the cellular company is all about mobile. Must Read: AT&T to Aggressively Defend Merger a At the time of publication, the author held no positions in any of the stocks mentioned, although positions may change at any time. This article is commentary by an independent contributor, separate from TheStreet's regular news coverage. TheStreet Ratings team rates DIRECTV as a Hold with a ratings score of C+. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation: "We rate DIRECTV (DTV) a HOLD. The primary factors that have impacted our rating are mixed ? some indicating strength, some showing weaknesses, with little evidence to justify the expectation of either a positive or negative performance for this stock relative to most other stocks. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share and increase in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that we feel that the company's cash flow from its operations has been weak overall." You can view the full analysis from the report here: DTV Ratings Report

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NEW YORK (The Deal) -- With a pack of deals for makers of products for humans' furry friends, e-commerce players are also hitting the auction block. Two of those companies up for sale are Foster and Smith, which does business as Drs. Foster & Smith and Tabcom, formerly Pets United LLC,a, according to people familiar with the situation. It's expected that both strategics and private equity firms will be interested buyers because of consumers' willingness to spend more on their pets. Listed PetMed Express , the Pompano Beach, Fla.-based pet pharmacy retailer doing business as 1-800-PetMeds, at one point also considered a sale, according to sources familiar with the company, but is no longer formally on the market. PetMed Express has a market cap of close to $270 million, and revenue of about $230 million. Drs. Foster & Smith declined to comment, while Tabcom and PetMed Express did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Drs. Foster & Smith, the Rhinelander, Wis.-based hybrid catalogue and e-commerce business that sells a wide variety of pet products, is one of the larger players in the sector. The company has annual revenue of $250 million, according to a source, and is profitable. About half of Drs. Foster & Smith's business is generated online. It is a purveyor of pet food and treats, pet bedding, cages and crates, toys and grooming products. It was founded in 1983 by veterinarians Dr. Rory Foster, Dr. Race Foster and Dr. Marty Smith. TABcom, based in Hazleton, Pa., was founded in 2002 by brothers Alex and Carlo Tabibi, and owns a number of websites and businesses, including 1800Petsupplies.com, Horse.com, Dog.com, Statelinetack.com, Garden.com, Ferret.com, Bird.com, Fish.com, PetFood.com, Bike.com, Ecopets.com, Greenhouse.com and Saddle.com. In 2007, according to Inc. magazine, it was one of the fastest growing companies in the U.S. with revenue of more than $60 million. Today, the company has about $85 million in revenue and is run by Glen Demeraski, its chief executive, who joined TABcom in 2009. The online pet retailers join PetFlow, which has retained investment bank Lazard as its financial adviser in a sale of that business. New York-based PetFlow could either be acquired by another e-commerce player hoping to consolidate or by one of the legacy brick-and-mortar players such as PetSmart or Petco Animal Supplies, a source said. PetFlow and Lazard have not responded to requests for comment. PetFlow generated $39 million in revenue in 2013 and expects to hit the $50 million revenue mark. The company has grown rapidly since it was founded by Alex Zhardanovsky and Joe Speiser in 2010. By November of that year, it was doing $250,000 in revenue per month, and by May 2011, it was churning out $1 million in sales per month, according to CNN Money. By early 2012, PetFlow was closing in on producing $2 million in revenue a month, and was on track to generate more than $20 million in sales that year, according to prior reports from The Deal. In 2011, PetFlow raised a Series B round of $10 million led by venture capital firm Lightspeed Venture Partners. Prior to that, PetFlow had raised $5 million from investors. More recent deals in the space include Chewy.com, which took outside capital and has revenue of more than $200 million, according to a source. That company is not currently for sale. PetSmart on Aug. 19 announced it had acquired Pet360 Inc., a pureplay e-commerce player, for $130 million. The pet sector has been active, but not so much on the retail side of the equation, aside from pressure applied by activist hedge fund Jana Partners LLC on PetSmart to explore a sale to private equity. Most of the deals, not to mention initial public offerings, have been focused on the makers of pet products. Freshpet Inc., the Secaucus, N.J.-based maker of refrigerated fresh pet food, has filed for a $100 million IPO this year. Blue Buffalo Co. Ltd. is also likely headed for a public listing late this year. The Wilton, Conn.-based natural pet food business is said to have in the vicinity of $750 million in revenue, 20% Ebitda margins, and could achieve a $3 billion valuation, said one source. In April, Mars Inc. bought Procter & Gamble's pet food brands Iams, Eukanuba and Natural for $2.9 billion. In May 2013, Big Heart Pet Brands Inc., then known as Del Monte Foods Co., acquired Natural Balance Pet Foods Inc., a competitor to Blue Buffalo with $300 million in sales. That purchase from private equity firm VMG Partners was for $500 million, a source said.

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NEW YORK (Real Money) -- Last week, no doubt you heard about the "death cross" on the Russell 2000 index. To refresh your memory, a death cross occurs when a stock or index's 50-day moving average crosses beneath its 200-day moving average. A death cross doesn't always lead to a sharp breakdown, but sharp breakdowns are frequently preceded by the ominous indicator. What does this mean for the broader markets? Analysts like our own Helene Meisler have frequently commented on the breadth of the current market. One key complaint is the big indices are being driven by a handful of well-known large-cap stocks, while a gaggle of lesser-known names, many of which reside on the Russell 2000, underperform. Must Read: 7 Stocks Warren Buffett Is Selling in 2014 That underperformance is clearly visible in the chart of the iShares Russell 2000a , which has now entered correction territory after experiencing a death cross on Sept. (shaded yellow). All hope is not lost. A look at the chart indicates that there is major support nearby at 107.25 (green dotted line). Twice this year, the IWM vaulted from current levels. On Feb. 5, the intraday low was 107.27 (A), and on May 15, it was 107.44 (B). Both occasions led to sharp rallies that propelled the index into the 120s. Must Read: Here Are 20 Stocks That Could Buck the Odds and Do Well in October What's the bottom line? Think of the Russell 2000 as an indicator. If the index is going to make a stand, it'll happen very soon. That would save the major indices, at least temporarily, from further damage. On the other hand, if the Russell fails at 107.25, we'll expect further downside from the bigger indices.

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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- At its analyst meeting Wednesday, GM announced some big news about its futureaquest to take down Tesla . GM will have -- at a minimum -- three distinct plug-in electric cars,aattacking the market in a major way. Production is slated to start in 2015 and 2016. GM's head of product development Mark Reuss gave a blistering presentation to financial analysts in Detroit. I listened to the presentation via telephone, so I didn't see the pictures of the prototypes shown to the participants in person. Must Read: 10 Stocks Carl Icahn Loves in 2014 I wanted to be sure that I'd heard Mark Reuss' comments right. So I reached out to GM's PR department for comment, but was unable to obtain any further clarification. Kevin Kelly, of GM PR, told me that "I can confirm that Mark Reuss did show the analysts the CT6 and provided some details on the vehicle and he also discussed a BEV, but did not give any details on that product. I can't give you anything beyond that as we do not comment on future product." All readers should listen to the replay of the conference call, which will be available on the GM investor relations Web site. And I caution the reader that what I write here has a larger-than-usual margin for error. Hopefully we will get further clarification soon. With those important caveats, here is what I heard from Mark Reuss's presentation. 1. The Cadillac plug-in hybrid luxury sedan. Reuss talked about one or more Cadillacs that will have unusually light construction. This includes the recently announced flagship sedan, the CT6, which will be shown probably in March 2015 and enter production in November 2015. It sounded like the CT6 could be up to 420 lbs lighter than some large BMWs and have over 400 horsepower. But this would be easy to misunderstand from the presentation. We could already have figured out the weight loss, however. GM already said that the CT6 would be unusually light. But here came the big news. Must Read: 20 Stocks That Could Buck the Odds and Do Well in October There will be a plug-in hybrid version. From Mark Reuss' comments, it sounded like it would have aavery different architecture than the Chevrolet Volt and Cadillac ELR. You see, in the Volt and ELR, 100% of the power envelope (full throttle acceleration all the way up to top speed) is achieved in 100% electric mode -- the gasoline engine does not come on at all. This new Cadillac plug-in hybrid would not be like that at all. It would be more like theaplug-in hybrids from Volkswagen , VW's Audi, Mercedes-Benz, Toyota andaFord , among others. In this case, the Cadillac would go up to 75 miles per hour in pure electric mode. And I'm concluding that that would not be with the fullest acceleration. However, if you chose to engage the gasoline engine as well, you would do 0-60 MPH in six seconds, as well as go much faster than 75 MPH -- most likely 155 MPH or more, as I interpret it. According to some testing standard -- probably a European one, as the EPA doesn't measure it this way -- this Cadillac plug-in hybrid would achieve 70 MPG in some form of "blended" mode, according to Reuss. Obviously this could mean infinite MPG up to a certain number of miles -- perhaps 15-30 miles -- and something a lot lower, say 35 MPG, after that, once the battery had been drawn down. 2. An all-new pure electric Chevrolet. Mark Reuss wouldn't give any details about this car, but it's obvious that this is the first official confirmation of GM's Tesla Model 3 competitor for 2017. This thing had been widely speculated about before, but for the doubters we now have official confirmation about something in the works. By all accounts, a pure electric Chevrolet would include a battery from LG that would make this car yield 200 miles of range and fit five adults. Surely GM would price this car something along these lines: whatever Tesla charges for its equivalent car, minus a large enough percentage to ensure that Tesla does not make any money. Ever. That's my theory. Must Read: Vivent Solar CEO on Going Head-to-Head with Elon Musk's SolarCity 3. Some further color on the Chevrolet Volt 2.0. We already knew the Volt 2.0 would be shown at the Detroit Auto Show in January 2015, and that it would likely go into production perhaps six months thereafter, perhaps a little later. However, Mark Reuss added some color on what we should expect. He said that the Volt 2.0 wouldaleapfrog the competition and have improved performance metrics all around. This likely means longer electric range and more miles per kWh. It almost certainly means more efficiency in "charge sustaining" mode, i.e., when the battery is down to such a low level that the gasoline engine kicks in. Furthermore, he talked about an all-new battery with new chemistry and much higher performance. This obviously also means a much lower cost per kWh, as well as lower weight per kWh. Finally, he confirmed that the Volt 2.0 would have a much-improved, all-new interior. No more weird touch-sensitive buttons. My guess is that there will be some more conventional buttons and knobs, combined with more advanced and larger thin film transistor LCD screens. What is the conclusion from this? GM has three cars, two of which may enter production in as little as approximately a year from now. First, a Volt 2.0 which will presumably fix everything that was wrong with the Volt 1.0 -- including ensuring that it can be builtato suit GM's standard profit margin. Second, a range-topping Cadillac luxury sedan that will be a "milder" plug-in hybrid than the Volt 2.0, but more geared for performance if you allow the gasoline engine to kick in. This car will be in production no later than 2016, possibly by the fourth quarter of 2015. Must Read: Book Profits Now in Consumer Staples, McCormick, General Mills, as Confidence Declines Third, an all-electric Chevrolet that will likely go into production no earlier than late 2016, and more likely in 2017. This will be the 200 mile pure electric vehicle that will compete head-on with Tesla's Model 3. You can draw your own conclusions as to what this means for Tesla. But here's the conclusion I draw. Tesla will have more diversified competition than most people had expected, and sooner than many had thought. And that's just from GM. In my view, this will ensure that it will be very hard to squeeze any outsized net margins out of this business, especially foraa certain tiny niche player that can't leverage itsaR&D or manufacturing and supply economics across a wider base. Tesla has awakened the bear. Must Read: Symphony: Email Meets WhatsApp in Chat App for Wall Street At the time of publication, the author was short TSLA. Follow @antonwahlman // 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"); // ]]> This article is commentary by an independent contributor, separate from TheStreet's regular news coverage. 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 good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income, poor profit margins and generally higher debt management risk." You can view the full analysis from the report here: TSLA Ratings Report

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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- DirecTV shares are up 1.34% to $87.75 on Wednesday after the satellite television provider extended and expanded its exclusive rights to carry the NFL Sunday Ticket package. The new deal expands the company's rights to stream NFL games on mobile devices, while allowing it to continue broadcasting the NFL Red Zone channel, as well as the DirecTVaFantasy Zone channel that debuted this year. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. 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 DIRECTV as a Hold with a ratings score of C+. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation: "We rate DIRECTV (DTV) a HOLD. The primary factors that have impacted our rating are mixed - some indicating strength, some showing weaknesses, with little evidence to justify the expectation of either a positive or negative performance for this stock relative to most other stocks. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share and increase in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that we feel that the company's cash flow from its operations has been weak overall." Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows: Powered by its strong earnings growth of 34.74% and other important driving factors, this stock has surged by 44.36% over the past year, outperforming the rise in the S&P 500 Index during the same period. Regarding the stock's future course, our hold rating indicates that we do not recommend additional investment in this stock despite its gains in the past year. DIRECTV has improved earnings per share by 34.7% 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. This trend suggests that the performance of the business is improving. During the past fiscal year, DIRECTV increased its bottom line by earning $5.19 versus $4.61 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($5.87 versus $5.19). 48.46% is the gross profit margin for DIRECTV which we consider to be strong. Regardless of DTV'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 9.93% trails the industry average. Net operating cash flow has remained constant at $1,474.00 million with no significant change when compared to the same quarter last year. This quarter, DIRECTV's cash flow growth rate has remained relatively unchanged and is slightly below the industry average. You can view the full analysis from the report here: DTV Ratings Report STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more.

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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Shares ofaEsperion Therapeuticsa soared 36.98% to $33.45 in after-hours trading Wednesday after the company announced positive results from its Phase 2b study ofaETC-1002, its experimental treatment for hypercholesterolemia. The study compared ETC-1002 to ezetimibe monotherapyain patients with hypercholesterolemia, with or without statin intolerance. Hypercholesterolemia occurs when a patient has elevated cholesterol levels in the blood. Top-line results showed the 12-week study achievedaits primary endpoint of greater LDL cholesterol reduction with ETC-1002 compared with ezetimibe. Patients who received ETC-1002 in doses of 120 mg and 180 mg had 27% and 30% percent reductions in LDL-cholesterol levels, respectively. 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. Patients who received a combination of 120 mg of ETC-1002 and 10 mg of ezetimibe had a 43% reduction in LDL-cholesterol levels, significantly different from only ezetimibe. Patients who received a combination of 180 mg of ETC-1002 and 10 mg of ezetimibe had a 48% reduction in LDL-cholesterol levels, also significantly different from only ezetimibe. These reductions took placeawithin the first two weeks of dosing and continued throughout the treatment period. ESPR data by YCharts STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more.

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NEW YORK (AP) - Hollywood's carefully controlled system of movie rollouts is officially under siege. Windowing - the practice of opening a movie first in theaters and then in other stages of home video, streaming and television release - has been under increasing pressure as smaller screens fight against the prominence of the theatrical big screen. Now, Netflix has sounded the most notable blow against windowing, announcing plans to release a sequel to "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" on the day it hits Imax theaters next August. The film, produced by the Weinstein Co., isn't a studio production, so it's in many ways only marginally more significant than the plethora of independent films regularly released on video-on-demand. But the announcement constitutes the biggest move yet by a major digital outlet to blow up Hollywood's traditional release pattern. "This is a very unique opportunity for somebody from the outside coming in to shake up what appears to be an increasingly antiquated release strategy," says Rich Greenfield, a media analyst for BTIG Research. "They had to get into the movie business to reduce windowing, and I think this is an important Step 1 for Netflix." Exhibitors, in tandem with the major studios, have long sought to guard the theatrical window. On Tuesday, two of the country's largest theater chains, Regal Cinemas and Cinemark, which both included some Imax theaters, promptly refused to carry the film. "We will not participate in an experiment where you can see the same product on screens varying from three stories tall to 3 inches wide on a smartphone," said Regal spokesman Russ Nunley. "We believe the choice for truly enjoying a magnificent movie is clear." The same chains also declined to screen Warner Bros.' day-and-date release "Veronica Mars" earlier this year. Warner Bros. instead bought up the 270 AMC theaters it played in while it was also released on VOD. The sequel "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend" is no sure bet despite the sensation of its 2000 precursor. "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" won four Oscars, including best foreign-language film, and earned $214 million worldwide. The film's international appeal surely also motivated the ever-expanding Netflix, which has recently made inroads into Europe. But sequels released so long after the original often struggle to keep audience interest. And, perhaps most importantly, "The Green Legend" will not be helmed by the acclaimed director of "Crouching Tiger," Ang Lee. Instead, it's directed by Yuen Wo-Ping, the martial arts choreographer of "The Matrix" and both parts of "Kill Bill." It's currently being shot in New Zealand. Weinstein Co. co-chairman Harvey Weinstein said in a statement, "The moviegoing experience is evolving quickly and profoundly, and Netflix is unquestionably at the forefront of that movement." Netflix has dabbled in releasing movies before, including distributing the 2013 documentary about the Egyptian revolution "The Square," which was nominated for a best-documentary Academy Award. And its most celebrated entry into original television, "House of Cards," too, has had a widespread effect in the movie business, alerting the industry to a new avenue for big-name talents such as Kevin Spacey and David Fincher. Netflix's entry into the movie business comes at a potentially fragile time for the movie industry, following a summer in which the box office was down 15 percent from last year. But one of the summer's buzziest successes was a smaller science-fiction thriller, "Snowpiercer," released by the Weinstein Co.' boutique label, Radius. It made nearly $11 million on VOD, more than double its theatrical revenue.

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Updated from 4:12 p.m. to include addition information on GoPro and Angie's List. SAN FRANCISCO (TheStreet) – Facebook shares marked the largest decline on the tech-heavy Nasdaq on Wednesday, a move that comes after the stock has gained 5.9% over the past two weeks. Shares of Facebook fell 3.15% to close at $76.55, marking the most active decline based on dollar volume. But luckily for investors it has not given up all the gains it has posted since Sept. 15, when it closed at $74.58 a share. Must Read: Warren Buffett's Top 10 Dividend Stocks It could be a matter of profit taking, as investors watched the broader markets dip into the red today, or were slightly spooked by a comment Facebook's chief operating officeraSheryl Sandberg made recently at theaAdvertising Week conference. According to a reportain Fortune magazine, Sandberg said, 'Most companies mess it up all on their own because they don't execute very well. We are our own biggest risk." The Nasdaq fell 71.3 points to close at 4,422.08. TheStreet, meanwhile, reiterated its "hold" rating on the stock, noting it was trading at a premium valuation. Netflix shares also stumbled at the close, falling 2.74% to end the day at $438.80 a share.a Investors may have been less than pleased when Regal Cinemas and Cinemark, two of the country's largest movie theater chains, declined to carry the sequel to 'Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.'a Netflix is planning to release the sequel on the same day it's scheduled to appear in Imax theaters, which goes against the long tradition of movie theaters getting first dibs on running a full length feature film. GoPro shares fell 2.11% to close at $91.72.a The stock, which has been on a rocket ride, may finally be showing signs of slowing down, as investors take profits off the table. Nonetheless, various Wall Street analysts, such as Citigroup, have applauded the company's new lineup of rugged video cameras and their price points.a Citigroup noted that GoPro shares could rise even more should the company's high-end HERO4 Black video cameras sell well with consumers at $500 a pop. Angie's Lista askyrocketed on talk that the company is considering its options, including a sale of the consumer services and reviews listing company. Shares of Angie's List rose 19.51% to close at $7.59. Some of the reasons potentially driving a sale include its consumer pricing strategy, a lack of quality data and its inefficient allocation of capital, notes a reportain TheStreet. The company, meanwhile, told TheStreet the organization does not comment on rumors. Must Read: Angie’s List Spikes In After-Hours-Trading, May Seek Buyer At the time of publication, the author held no positions in any of the stocks mentioned, 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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YONGNING COUNTY, China (AP) - France's Moet Hennessy is betting on China's taste for bubbly with the launch of sales this month by the first foreign-owned Chinese winery devoted to sparkling wine. China's appetite for Western-style wines has boomed in the past two decades, though the favorite still is red, a color associated with health and good luck. Sparkling wine consumption more than tripled from 3.7 million bottles in 2009 to more than 13 million last year, according to International Wine and Spirit Research, a British firm. During the same period, total wine consumption rose from 5 billion to 8.8 billion bottles. "More and more young people, more and more white collar employees, office ladies, enjoy wine and also sparkling wine," said Shen Yang, director of Moet Hennessy's Chandon winery in the Ningxia region of China's northwest. "We will bring this wine to the dinner tables, into the home and into the life of these young and energetic people," said Shen. Sparkling wine also might get a boost from an 18-month-old campaign by the ruling Communist Party to press officials to rein in lavish spending on entertaining. The campaign has hurt sales of high-end spirits, but Shen said it has focused the attention of more sophisticated young urban drinkers on alternatives such as wine. China is now the world's fifth-biggest producer of wine, as well its fifth-biggest consumer. A Chinese state-owned brand, Chateau Sungod, also makes sparkling wine but has so far marketed it primarily for banquets and official functions. While red wines are the staple of traditional gift packages in China, sparkling wines are increasingly seen as modern and fun, said Jim Boyce, a China-based wine blogger. "When you look at what people actually like to drink, what they enjoy, white wine does very well and increasingly sparkling wine does very well," Boyce said. The wooden doors on Moet Hennessy's winery building have the look and feel of wine barrels and its rooftop terrace overlooks the Helan mountains. In a field in which most foreign producers are required to work through joint ventures with Chinese partners, the government took the unusual step of allowing Moet 100 percent ownership of its winery in an effort to promote growth of the industry. The surrounding vineyard of Chardonnay and Pinot noir grapes is a joint venture with a Chinese company. Foreign companies that build chateaus and winery buildings can own them for 70 years under the initiative, according to Cao Kailong, director of Ningxia's Bureau of Grape and Floriculture Development. This year, Moet Hennessey plans to sell about 70,000 bottles of its 2012 vintage from Ningxia. Plans call for production of 250,000 bottles from the 2013 vintage for sale next year and then 300,000 of this year's vintage for sale in 2015. The China version has been tweaked for a palate not used to the acidity normally found in champagne, said Gloria Xia, a winemaker at the Ningxia winery. "We would stress the aroma and the texture would be very fresh and more balanced," she said.


NEW YORK (TheStreet) --aMorgan Stanley analyst Kimberly Greenberg made some positive comments on Michael Kors Holdings Ltd. in a note sent to clients on Wednesday, suggesting the company's recent 5% decline in shares can be turned into a "buying opportunity," Barrons reports. Michael Kors shares fell this week as a result of investor concern regarding soft demand and Macy's placing a large amount of Michael Kors' products on sale, Barrons noted. "We think the incremental promotions reflect a combination of some normalization and less commercial product execution in the camouflage collection, not brand decay as the stock reaction would suggest...We see a clear path to over $7 billion in revenue and $6 earnings power by calendar 2017," Greenberg wrote. 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 Michael Kors are flat in after-hours trading on Wednesday. Separately, TheStreet Ratings team rates MICHAEL KORS HOLDINGS LTD as a Buy with a ratings score of B. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation: "We rate MICHAEL KORS HOLDINGS LTD (KORS) 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 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 expanding profit margins. 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: The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 14.5%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 43.4%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share. KORS 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. Along with this, the company maintains a quick ratio of 4.20, which clearly demonstrates the ability to cover short-term cash needs. MICHAEL KORS HOLDINGS LTD has improved earnings per share by 49.2% 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, MICHAEL KORS HOLDINGS LTD increased its bottom line by earning $3.21 versus $1.97 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($4.05 versus $3.21). The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Textiles, Apparel & Luxury Goods industry. The net income increased by 50.2% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from $125.00 million to $187.72 million. The gross profit margin for MICHAEL KORS HOLDINGS LTD is rather high; currently it is at 62.19%. It has increased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 20.42% is above that of the industry average. You can view the full analysis from the report here: KORS Ratings Report STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more.

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NEW YORK (TheStreet) --aEMC Corp. was gaining 0.9% to $28.68 after-hours Wednesday after announcing its new CFO. The data storage devices company announced that Zane Rowe will take over as CFO. Rowe previously worked for United Continental as CFO, and as head of North America Sales for Apple . Rowe will take over the position from David Goulden who was names the CEO of EMC Information Infrastructure in January, and has carried out both roles until now. 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 EMC CORP/MA as a Buy with a ratings score of A. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation: "We rate EMC CORP/MA (EMC) a BUY. This is based on the convergence of positive investment measures, which should help this stock outperform the majority of stocks that we rate. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations 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 9.3%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 4.7%. 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. Although EMC's debt-to-equity ratio of 0.25 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 1.12, which illustrates the ability to avoid short-term cash problems. The gross profit margin for EMC CORP/MA is rather high; currently it is at 69.98%. It has increased from the same quarter the previous year. Despite the strong results of the gross profit margin, EMC's net profit margin of 10.00% significantly trails the industry average. Net operating cash flow has slightly increased to $1,254.00 million or 2.10% when compared to the same quarter last year. Despite an increase in cash flow, EMC CORP/MA's cash flow growth rate is still lower than the industry average growth rate of 35.64%. EMC CORP/MA's earnings per share declined by 12.5% 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, EMC CORP/MA increased its bottom line by earning $1.33 versus $1.23 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($1.91 versus $1.33). You can view the full analysis from the report here: EMC Ratings Report STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more.

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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Shares ofaSprinta closed down 1.42% to $6.25 on Wednesday after the wireless carrier announced a new data promotion for customers. In an attempt to outdo AT&Ta , which announced a promotion to double data for customers last week, Sprint announced Wednesday it wouldadouble the data of AT&T's promotion for users on shared mobile plans at no additional charge. This promotion extends to family plans and business customers, as well. The offer ends at the end of October. 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 STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more.

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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Stocksawere pummeledaWednesdayaafterainvestorsalost confidence amid a confluence of factors consisting of the geopolitical flare-up in China, soft economic reports out of Europe, and weaker-than-expected U.S. data. Must Read:aHere Are 20 Stocks That Could Buck the Odds and Do Well in October The S&P 500 a tumbled 1.32% to settle at 1,946.16. The index bookedaits worst start to October in three years, according to S&P Dow Jones Indices' senior index analyst, Howard Silverblatt. The last time it slid this steeply at the beginning of October was back on Oct. 3, 2011, when it registeredaaa2.85% decline. The Dow Jones Industrial Average adropped by 1.4% on Wednesday to 16,804.71.aThe Nasdaq aslid 1.59% to 4,422.09. The only sector that saw gainsawas the utility sector. It was up 0.54% as investors piled into the relativeasafety of higher-yielding dividend stocks.a Exelon Corp. , yielding 3.34%, rose 1.41%. Duke Energya increased 0.71%, and Consolidated Edison spiked 0.49%. Andrew Wilkinson, chief market analyst at Interactive Brokers, said Exelon options volume was about 27% higher than its 10-day averageaand Duke and Con Edison each were comfortably ahead of their average daily options volume. Meanwhile, the safe-haven allure of U.S. government bonds pulled Treasury yields down to their lowest levels since Sept. 5. a Theamarkets had already been in a weakening phase for the last several days after hitting new records in late September.aRandy Frederick, managing director of trading and derivatives at Charles Schwab, said from a technical perspective he observedalast Thursday a variety of put-call ratios heading to some relatively extreme levels, whichaoften occurs right before a pullback takes place. Market uncertainty also was being driven by the likely conclusion of the Federal Reserve's tapering process by the end of October and also the approaching mid-term elections in the U.S., he said. a "We're approaching the next earnings season, which begins next week.aI don't think that's a negative. To be honest I think that could very well be the catalyst that pulls us out of this downturn," Frederick added. a In Wednesday's economic data headlines, the ISM manufacturing index fell to 56.6 in September from 59 in August, with the employment sub-index coming in at 54.6 vs. 58.1 in August. Construction spending surprisingly dipped 0.8% in August. Meanwhile, the final Markit U.S. Manufacturing PMI registered 57.5 in September, down slightly from 57.9 in August. U.S. private payrolls grew by a more-than-expected 213,000 in September, according to the ADP employment change report. But the markets barely budged on the news following theasluggish PMI data out of China and Europe andasofter corporate confidence in Japan, as well as concerns about political unrest in Hong Kongaand China as thousands turned out for pro-Democracy demonstrations during China's 65th National Day. In individual stock headlines Wednesday, shares of Tekmira Pharmaceuticals jumped 18.21%aafter officials announced that the first case of Ebola had been diagnosed in the U.S. The Centers for Disease Control said a patient being treated at a hospital in Dallas tested positive for the disease. Tekmira has been working on a treatment for the deadly disease. Ford dipped 1.35% after saying that its U.S. sales fella3% in September as the automaker reduces sales of its 2014 F-150 pickup in preparation for the 2015 aluminum F-150 launch. GM rose 1.72% after reporting that itsaU.S. salesaclimbed 19% last monthaon strong demand foraits trucks and crossovers. A federal judge on Tuesday ruled against investors who are trying to collect billions of dollars in profits of government-chartered mortgage companies Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac . Must Read: 10 Stocks George Soros Is Buying -- By Andrea Tse in New York Follow @AndreaTTse

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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- PepsiCo, Inc aannounced it will launch aanaturally sweetened soda called Pepsi True, exclusively onaAmazon.com . The beverage company said it is skipping stores in an effort to expand its footprint in e-commerce by reaching a wider customer base, and will be available for sale on the site in mid-October. PepsiCo added the new product will not be sold in brick-and-mortar outlets, but will eventually be sold in grocery stores. 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 PepsiCo are slightly up 0.07% to $92.72 in after-hours trading today. Separately, TheStreet Ratings team rates PEPSICO INC as a Buy with a ratings score of A+. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation: "We rate PEPSICO INC (PEP) 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 stock price during the past year, revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, growth in earnings per share and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated." Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows: The stock has risen over the past year as investors have generally rewarded the company for its earnings growth and other positive factors like the ones we have cited in this report. Looking ahead, unless broad bear market conditions prevail, we still see more upside potential for this stock, despite the fact that it has already risen over the past year. Despite its growing revenue, the company underperformed as compared with the industry average of 4.7%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 0.5%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, improving the earnings per share. Net operating cash flow has slightly increased to $2,491.00 million or 7.69% when compared to the same quarter last year. The firm also exceeded the industry average cash flow growth rate of -2.93%. PEPSICO INC reported flat earnings per share in the most recent quarter. 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, PEPSICO INC increased its bottom line by earning $4.32 versus $3.92 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($4.58 versus $4.32). The gross profit margin for PEPSICO INC is rather high; currently it is at 57.56%. 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 11.70% trails the industry average. You can view the full analysis from the report here: PEP Ratings Report STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more.

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NEW YORK (TheStreet) --aTesla Motors Model S sedan had its best unit sales month in September, selling 2,500 Model S units, according to insideevs.com. Before September, Tesla had not sold more that 1,800 of the vehicles in a single month this year and the previous estimated high mark for the company was 2,300 vehicles sold in March of 2013. 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. The company's third quarter guidance for global deliveries is between 7,800 and 9,000 vehicles. Tesla shares closed trading down 1.01% but are climbing 0.2% to $240.73 in after-hours trading on Wednesday. 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 good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income, poor profit margins and generally higher debt management risk." Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows: TSLA's very impressive revenue growth greatly exceeded the industry average of 10.8%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues leaped by 89.9%. 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. Compared to its closing price of one year ago, TSLA's share price has jumped by 33.31%, exceeding the performance of the broader market during that same time frame. Regarding the stock's future course, our hold rating indicates that we do not recommend additional investment in this stock despite its gains in the past year. TESLA MOTORS INC has experienced a steep decline in earnings per share in the most recent quarter in comparison to its performance from 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, TESLA MOTORS INC continued to lose money by earning -$0.71 versus -$3.70 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($1.10 versus -$0.71). The gross profit margin for TESLA MOTORS INC is currently lower than what is desirable, coming in at 34.80%. Regardless of TSLA's low profit margin, it has managed to increase from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, TSLA's net profit margin of -8.04% significantly underperformed when compared to the industry average. The company, on the basis of change in net income from the same quarter one year ago, has significantly underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500 and the Automobiles industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 102.9% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from -$30.50 million to -$61.90 million. You can view the full analysis from the report here: TSLA Ratings Report STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more.

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NEW YORK (The Deal) -- Shares of consumer review website Angie's List traded 20% higher on Wednesday one day after rumors began to surface that the company is exploring a possible sale. Industry analysts believe a sale would make sense and Angie's List could receive interest from home improvement retailers such as Lowe'sa oraHome Depot , both of whom have been increasing their online presence in the last couple of years. "We do believe this is possible due to industry interest as well as the company's execution issues," wrote B.Rileyaanalyst Sameet Sinha in a Wednesday research note. Sinha believes Angie's List can fetch between $10 to $13 per share, which would indicate a possible purchase price of between $585 million to about $761 million. Angie's List shares traded up 20% on Wednesday - but still well below that price - at $7.66. Angie's List posted a loss of $18.4 million, or 31 cents a share, for the second quarter, compared with a loss of $14.3 million, or 25 cents a share, a year ago. The company generated $151.5 million revenue through the first half of 2014, compared to the $111.3 million in revenue it generated through the same time period one year ago. It is unknown which investment banks, if any, Indianapolis-based Angie's List has hired. In September, Angie's said that it secured a new $85 million secured loan with TCW Asset Management Co. Neither Home Depot and Lowe's have both made acquisitions in the Internet space over the last few years. In January 2012, Home Depot acquired Red Beacon for undisclosed terms. Red Beacon allows consumers to book local contractors, get price quotes and ratings from previous customers. In January of this year, Lowe's made an undisclosed investment in Porch.com, a user network that makes it easier for homeowners to find contractors on specific project needs. Sinha added that Angie's List has a valuable brand name and a growing paying member base, which currently consists of about 2.9 million paying members, but pointed out that the problem is that Angie's List has not been able to keep with its technology. "We believe [Angie's List] has been facing significant issues with its technology," Sinha wrote. "We believe the overarching issue is that it has not been able to scale its technology to build a platform that could combine the needs of product, marketing, marketplace and mobile." In March, Angie's List named former Sabre Travel Network executive Robert Wiseman as its new chief technology officer. Angie's List went public in November 2011, raising $114 million after it priced 8.8 million shares at $13 apiece. The company was originally venture capital-backed by TRI Investments, Battery Ventures, BV Capital and T.Rowe Price Associates .aThe company was founded in 1995 by William S. Oesterle and Angie Hicks, who are chief executive and chief marketing officer, respectively. An Angie's List spokesman declined comment.

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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Shares of Southwest Airlines closed down 3.61% to $32.55 due to investor concerns that flyers will suspend their travel arraignments stemming from the CDC's confirmation of the first diagnosed case of Ebola in the U.S, according to CNNMoney. "I think it's a general concern that people are going to start traveling less if this gets worse," said Stifel Nicolaus airlines stock analyst Joe DeNardi. Shares of other U.S. airlines also fell today.a United Continental Holdings closed down 2.82% to $45.47, JetBlue Airways lower by 3.53% to $10.25, Delta Air Lines down 3.46% to $34.90, and American Airlines Group lower by 3.07% to $34.39. 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 SOUTHWEST AIRLINES as a Buy with a ratings score of A+. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation: "We rate SOUTHWEST AIRLINES (LUV) 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 impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins." Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows: SOUTHWEST AIRLINES reported significant earnings per share improvement in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. The company has demonstrated a pattern of positive earnings per share growth over the past two years. We feel that this trend should continue. During the past fiscal year, SOUTHWEST AIRLINES increased its bottom line by earning $1.06 versus $0.56 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($1.80 versus $1.06). The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has greatly exceeded that of the S&P 500, but is less than that of the Airlines industry average. The net income increased by 107.6% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from $224.00 million to $465.00 million. The revenue growth significantly trails the industry average of 45.5%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 7.9%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share. The current debt-to-equity ratio, 0.37, is low and is below the industry average, implying that there has been successful management of debt levels. Despite the fact that LUV's debt-to-equity ratio is low, the quick ratio, which is currently 0.63, displays a potential problem in covering short-term cash needs. Current return on equity exceeded its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a clear sign of strength within the company. Compared to other companies in the Airlines industry and the overall market on the basis of return on equity, SOUTHWEST AIRLINES has underperformed in comparison with the industry average, but has exceeded that of the S&P 500. You can view the full analysis from the report here: LUV Ratings Report STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more.

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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Shares ofaBank of Americaa closed down 1.35% to $16.82 after a group called theaTriaxx entitiesadropped its objections to Bank of America's proposed $8.5 billion settlement with investors. Triaxx's withdrawal removes a majorahurdle to the settlement's final court approval. The deal relates to questionableamortgage-backed securities. The Triaxx entities filed to withdraw from the case in New York state court on Tuesday. The entities consist of collateralized debt obligations (CDOs) from 2006 and 2007. 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 BANK OF AMERICA CORP as a "buy" with a ratings score of B. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation: "We rate BANK OF AMERICA CORP (BAC) 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 expanding profit margins, notable return on equity and solid stock price performance. 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 gross profit margin for BANK OF AMERICA CORP is currently very high, coming in at 86.47%. 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 9.28% trails the industry average. Regardless of the drop in revenue, the company managed to outperform against the industry average of 12.7%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly dropped by 5.1%. Weakness in the company's revenue seems to have hurt the bottom line, decreasing earnings per share. 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 Commercial Banks industry and the overall market on the basis of return on equity, BANK OF AMERICA CORP underperformed against that of the industry average and is significantly less than that of the S&P 500. 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. Looking ahead, the stock's rise over the last year has already helped drive it to a level which is relatively expensive compared to the rest of its industry. We feel, however, that the other strengths this company displays justify these higher price levels. BANK OF AMERICA CORP's earnings per share declined by 40.6% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. This company has reported somewhat volatile earnings recently. We feel it is likely to report a decline in earnings in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, BANK OF AMERICA CORP increased its bottom line by earning $0.91 versus $0.25 in the prior year. For the next year, the market is expecting a contraction of 56.6% in earnings ($0.40 versus $0.91). You can view the full analysis from the report here: BAC Ratings Report STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more.

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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Shares of Citigroup Inc. are down by 1.70% to $50.94 in late afternoon trading on Wednesday, after a Delaware court ordered the financial institution to turn over bank records relating to its Banamex business, to an Oklahoma pension fund, the Wall Street Journal reports. A judge ruled on Tuesday that Citigroup must give the Oklahoma Firefighters Pension and Retirement System certain records pertaining to a loan-fraud scandal at Banamex, the retirement fund owns some of Citigroup's shares, the Journal added. Banamex, Citi's retail bank in Mexico, is already being investigated by the Justice Department and the SEC over allegations of accounting fraud involving Oceanografia, an oil services company, the Journal added. 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. Banamex USA, based in California, is also being investigated after it was suggested the company did not protect itself well enough from being used for possible money-laundering, the Journal said. Citigroup says the pension fund has not shown enough credible evidence in order to prove any mismanagement or other improper behavior,athe Journalanoted. Separately, TheStreet Ratings team rates CITIGROUP INC as a Buy with a ratings score of B. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation: "We rate CITIGROUP INC (C) 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 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: 40.66% is the gross profit margin for CITIGROUP 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, C's net profit margin of 0.78% significantly trails the industry average. Regardless of the drop in revenue, the company managed to outperform against the industry average of 12.7%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly dropped by 6.8%. Weakness in the company's revenue seems to have hurt the bottom line, decreasing earnings per share. 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. Looking ahead, the stock's rise over the last year has already helped drive it to a level which is relatively expensive compared to the rest of its industry. We feel, however, that the other strengths this company displays justify these higher price levels. CITIGROUP INC has experienced a steep decline in earnings per share in the most recent quarter in comparison to its performance from the same quarter a year ago. This company has reported somewhat volatile earnings recently. We feel it is likely to report a decline in earnings in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, CITIGROUP INC increased its bottom line by earning $4.25 versus $2.46 in the prior year. For the next year, the market is expecting a contraction of 16.5% in earnings ($3.55 versus $4.25). Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to $2,012.00 million or 89.95% when compared to the same quarter last year. Despite a decrease in cash flow of 89.95%, CITIGROUP INC is in line with the industry average cash flow growth rate of -97.63%. You can view the full analysis from the report here: C Ratings Report STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more.

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NEW YORK (TheStreet) --aGoldcorp was gaining 0.9% to $23.23 Wednesday after announcing that it expects to produce about 1 million ounces of gold in the Mexican region in 2014. The figure is about one third of the Goldcorp's estimated production for 2014, according to Reuters. The Canadian gold miner said it expects to produce a total of 2.95 million to 3.1 million ounces of gold in the year, up from 2.67 million ounces in 2013. 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 GOLDCORP INC as a Hold with a ratings score of C-. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation: "We rate GOLDCORP INC (GG) 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, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including disappointing return on equity and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself." Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows: GG's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 0.6%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 5.6%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share. 44.15% is the gross profit margin for GOLDCORP INC which we consider to be strong. It has increased significantly from the same period last year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 19.97% is above that of the industry average. GG's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.17 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 0.91 is somewhat weak and could be cause for future problems. GG has underperformed the S&P 500 Index, declining 8.73% 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. The company's current return on equity has slightly decreased from the same quarter one year prior. This implies a minor weakness in the organization. Compared to other companies in the Metals & Mining industry and the overall market on the basis of return on equity, GOLDCORP INC underperformed against that of the industry average and is significantly less than that of the S&P 500. You can view the full analysis from the report here: GG Ratings Report STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more.

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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- FuelCell Energy announced that it has won a three year $3.2 million contract from the Energy Department for an advanced materials development project. The project aims to cut costs and improve the performance of the fuel-cell power plant designer's next generation products. FuelCell shares are down 3.8% to $2.01 in trading today despite the new contract. 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 FUELCELL ENERGY INC as a Sell with a ratings score of D-. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation: "We rate FUELCELL ENERGY INC (FCEL) 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, weak operating cash flow and poor profit margins." Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows: The company, on the basis of change in net income from the same quarter one year ago, has significantly underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500 and the Electrical Equipment industry. The net income has decreased by 24.3% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, dropping from -$5.61 million to -$6.98 million. Net operating cash flow has decreased to -$15.92 million or 13.78% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing the cash generation rate to the industry average, the firm's growth is significantly lower. The gross profit margin for FUELCELL ENERGY INC is currently extremely low, coming in at 11.77%. Regardless of FCEL's low profit margin, it has managed to increase from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, FCEL's net profit margin of -16.16% significantly underperformed when compared to the industry average. 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 Electrical Equipment industry and the overall market, FUELCELL ENERGY INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500. FCEL, with its decline in revenue, underperformed when compared the industry average of 6.5%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues fell by 19.6%. Weakness in the company's revenue seems to not be hurting the bottom line, shown by stable earnings per share. You can view the full analysis from the report here: FCEL Ratings Report STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more.

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Updated from 12:16 p.m. EDT with fresh share price data and additional detail about New York University law professor Richard Epstein in 12th paragraph. NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac investorsadumped their holdings of preferred and common shares on Wednesday following a legal decision both stunning in its speed and thoroughness. But some investment pros are suggesting that it might be wiser to hold on to the shares -- for now. On Tuesday, a U.S. District Court judge threw out four lawsuits claiming the federal government illegally forced Fannie and Freddie to pay the Treasury nearly all of its profits, leaving regular shareholders with nothing. The lawsuits, brought by shareholders including Fairholme Funds and Perry Capital, contended that the so-called "sweep" was a violation of their Fifth Amendment rights against the seizure of private property for public use without just compensation. Must Read: Obama AIG Fix-It Man Bets on Fannie and Freddie Turnaround Watch the video below for more on the decision to dismiss shareholder lawsuits against Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac: But the judge disagreed, saying the government had been granted broad powers by Congress, which "parted the legal seas" to deal with the financial crisis. Both Fannie and Freddie, which are government-sponsored enterprises, or GSEs, received aa$188 billion bailout from the government. The mortgage giants have repaid that money and are now very profitable. As expected, both Fannie and Freddie sharesaplunged on Wednesday following the decision. "I'm licking my wounds this morning," conceded David Tawil, president of hedge fund Maglan Capital, an investor in common shares of both Fannie and Freddie. Tawil called the decision "extremely authoritative," though he said he would hold on to his investment. The reason? The shares have fallen so far so quickly he saw little point in selling.a "At 50 cents a share, I'm not going to throw in the towel," he said, adding that the "option value" is pretty good. Tawil made his "50 cents a share" comment before the start of trading Wednesday, when shares were down some 60% in premarket trading. Less than an hour before the close of trading Wednesday, Fannie Mae commonashares were down 37.17% to $1.69, and Freddie Mac shares were lower by 38.26% to $1.63. Preferred shares in both entities, investments that had been favored by many hedge funds who saw them as a safer bet, were also down sharply. The Fannie Mae "S" series preferred shares were down more than 53.48% to $4.28. Must Read: Bill Ackman to Sue U.S. Over Fannie Freddie Mortgage Profits Despite several lawsuits being thrown out, at least 15 others remain outstanding, including one brought by Bill Ackman's Pershing Square Capital Management, and at least one legal expert was willing to argue that investors still have a shot against the government. Writing in Forbes,aNYU Law Professor Richard Epsteinacalled Judge Lamberth's decision a "massive injustice," and suggestedathat a separate but related action brought by Fairholme before U.S. Claims Court Justice Margaret Sweeney will have an outcome more favorable to shareholders. Reached by telephone, Epstein said he has no position in Fannie or Freddie securities but is a paid consultant to hedge funds with an interest in the outcome. He declined to name the hedge funds. Tawil, who previously practiced as an attorney, was struck by the overwhelming authority the decision gives to the Federal Housing Finance Authority, which oversees Fannie and Freddie. "You're left with an unsettling conclusion in terms of what it means to be a shareholder in any government-sponsored entity," he said. He added that the decision, if upheld, makes GSE reform easier since there is "much more limited noise that can be made from shareholders." Fairholme spokesman Paul Frankle wrote via email, "Fairholme is certainly disappointed by yesterday's abrupt decision in the D.C. District Court. Our shareholders' investment in Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac is primarily in preferred stock, which is contractually entitled to a preferential claim upon any liquidation and priority with respect to dividends under all circumstances. Although litigation is a lengthy process, shareholder-owned Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac remain vitally important and increasingly valuable to all constituents. On behalf of hundreds of thousands of Fairholme Funds shareholders, we will vigorously pursue the enforcement of existing contractual claims and our inalienable rights of property ownership as guaranteed by the United States Constitution." Read More: Fannie and Freddie Investor Blackstone Also Sought Advisory Role Follow @dan_freed // 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) --aThe Dow Jones Industrial Averagea awas tumbling by more than 250 pointsain afternoon trading Wednesday on a confluence of factors including weak overseas and domestic data and troubles in China. a aa Must Read: 10 Stocks Carl Icahn Loves in 2014 The Dow Jones Industrial Average adropped by 1.45% or 246.84 points. The S&P 500 lost 1.42%. The Nasdaq aslid 1.76%. Watch the video below for a closer look at how U.S. markets are doing in midday trading Wednesday: "It's just a confluence of a bunch of moderately negative issues if you will," said Randy Frederick, managing director of trading and derivatives at Charles Schwab. Theamarkets had already been in a weakening phase for the last several days after hitting new records in late September. Frederick said from a technical perspective he observedalast Thursday a variety of put-call ratios heading to some relatively extreme levels, whichaoften occurs right before a pullback takes place. Market uncertainty also was being driven by the likely conclusion of the Federal Reserve's tapering process by the end of October and also the approaching mid-term elections in the U.S. "We're approaching the next earnings season, which begins next week.aI don't think that's a negative. To be honest I think that could very well be the catalyst that pulls us out of this downturn," Frederick added. A numberaof disappointing economic reports were released shortly after the market opened on Wednesday. The ISM manufacturing index fell to 56.6 in September from 59 in August, with the employment sub-index coming in at 54.6 vs. 58.1 in August. Construction spending surprisingly dipped 0.8% in August. Meanwhile, the final Markit U.S. Manufacturing PMI registered 57.5 in September, down slightly from 57.9 in August. U.S. private payrolls grew by a more-than-expected 213,000 in September, according to the ADP employment change report. But the markets barely budged on the news. Frederick pointed out that the markets had already been in a sour mood prior to theaADPareport, thanks to sluggish PMI data out of China and Europe andasofter corporate confidence in Japan, as well as concerns about political unrest in Hong Kongaand China.aHe added that investors hadn't put much weight on the ADP report given that it's been an inconsistent predictor of the bigger government nonfarm payrolls data that will be released on Friday. aa In Hong Kong, a turnout of thousands for pro-Democracy demonstrations during China's 65th National Day was fueling fears of a government clampdown.aThe Hong Kong market was closed on Wednesday. It tumbled 1.28% on Tuesday. There were also concerns about an escalation of European Union sanctions on Russia. In individual stock headlines Wednesday, shares of Tekmira Pharmaceuticals jumped 19.19%aafter officials announced that the first case of Ebola had been diagnosed in the U.S. The Centers for Disease Control said a patient being treated at a hospital in Dallas tested positive for the disease. Tekmira has been working on a treatment for the deadly disease. Ford dipped 1.32% after saying that its U.S. sales fella3% in September as the automaker reduces sales of its 2014 F-150 pickup in preparation for the 2015 aluminum F-150 launch. GM rose 2.69% after reporting that itsaU.S. salesaclimbed 19% last monthaon strong demand foraits trucks and crossovers. A federal judge on Tuesday ruled against investors who are trying to collect billions of dollars in profits of government-chartered mortgage companies Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac . The United States Oil Fund agained 1.39% and the SPDR Gold Trust increased 0.76%. Must Read: 10 Stocks George Soros Is Buying -- By Andrea Tse in New York Follow @AndreaTTse

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NEW YORK (TheStreet) --aeBay's decision on Tuesday to spin off PayPal has plenty of support, not least from billionaire investor Carl Icahn. But the move poses financial risks for PayPal and could be a sign of weakness ataeBay. eBay CEO John Donahoe spent most of the first half of 2014 attempting to proveathat eBay andaPayPal were better together. A course reversal now appears a response to pressure, not a decision taken from a position of strength. eBay has spent years trying to createaa seamless commerce platform across desktop, mobile and in-store transactions, using PayPal as a linchpin. If successful, many speculated eBay would become a closer rival to e-commerce competitoraAmazona and be rewarded with a higher stock valuation. Must Read: What Went Right for John Donahoe as eBay's CEO However, as the second year of that project draws to a close, eBay has shown little evidence that the strategy is succeeding. Freed from eBay, PayPal may be able to invest in its own projects and not ones that tie to a wider e-commerce vision thatamay or may not be practical. For instance, PayPal could shift itsafocus to growing users and transaction volumes, perhaps with new partnerships. Analysts have long argued PayPal should partner with Amazon, which has own payments features but also a larger user base, or Alibaba . By Donahoe's own words, eBay's decision to spin PayPal was a result of rising competition in the mobile payments and e-commerce landscape, and he noted synergies between eBay and PayPal are falling. For years, eBay's 150 million users have been seen as a foundation from which PayPal could expand. In the past, nearly 50% of total PayPal transaction volumes tied back to core eBay business. Now, PayPal has more total users than eBay and is forecast to have over 85% of its total transactions fromaeBay.a Without signs of success in a larger corporate vision, it appears that eBay's Marketplace business might have soon turned drag on PayPal's prospects. In that sense, Donahoe, a credible advocate of creating shareholder value, may deserve a bit of credit in deciding to reverse course. "I don't blame [eBay] for taking this long to make a decision on a PayPal spinoff," Sanjay Sakrhrani, an analyst at Keefe, Bruyette & Woods said in a Wednesday telephone interview with TheStreet. CEOs of conglomerates often manage their component assets as call options on a market opportunity or wider corporate vision. Once those options begin losing value, CEOs have shown an increasing willingness to then free those disparate assets. "I didn't think Carl Icahn was wrong, I think he was just a little bit early," Sakrhrani added. By the Numbers As eBay moves forward with its tax-free PayPal spin, expected in the second quarter of 2015, investors and analysts will need to get a better handle on the earnings and profits of each business as a standalone. It doesn't appear that the spin will create any near-term upside to eBay and PayPal's profitamargins, and it could create costs that actually drag them down. "We are struggling to make the case for why our estimates for gross merchandising volumes (GMV) or total payment volumes (TPV) should rise in a meaningful way in the near to medium term," Credit Suisse analysts wrote on Tuesday. Jefferies analysts further noted that eBay's core business continues to post slowing growth as a result of e-commerce competition, fee changes to StubHub and a security breach. The risks for eBay are that PayPal scares investors with falling margins just as enthusiasm about its Marketplace business wanes. While risks are evident, aacursory look at eBay and PayPal's operating results alsoaindicates that they are manageable. eBay's Marketplace division has generated $85 billion in GMVs in the past 12-months, a 13% rise that has pushed revenue to $10 billion. The business also generates 35% segment margins, an impressive figure. PayPal, while smaller and less profitable, continues to post impessive growth figures as it expands on a market leading position in mobile payments. The business generated $7.2 billion in revenue on $203 billion in TPV in the past 12-monts, a near 20% rise, and segment margins stand at 25%. As a standalone, investors may give PayPal the room to cut into margins as it works to grow users, TPV and revenue. "The opportunities of the spin outweigh the negatives," Sakhrani, the KBW analyst said, while noting eBay and PayPal may identifyabetterainternal investments as independent companies. Sakhrani values PayPal at about $31.5 billion, or $30 a share of eBay stock, indicating the payments arm accounts for nearly 50% of eBay market capitalization. Most analyst estimates suggest eBay's Marketplace is valued at betweenaseven-to-eight times forecast 2015 earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA), while PayPal is valued at around 12-to-13 times forecast 2015 EBITDA. If Donahoe is successful in executing a spinoff, Bank of America values believes eBay's Marketplace business could garner a 14x EBITDA valuation, slightly less than a 16x EBITDA average across the retail sector, while PayPal could be valued at 22x EBITDA, in-line with the market multiples of MasterCard and Visa . Unfortunately, that valuation only yields a $62 a share price target for eBay, or about 10% upside. eBay's decision to spinaPayPal comes with plenty of risk and uncertainty, andasomewhat limited upside. The back and forth between Donahoe and Icahn also indicates that eBay isn't spinning PayPal from a position of strength. Must Read: A Week of Talks Led to eBay and Icahn's Settlement -- Written by Antoine Gara in New York Follow @AntoineGara

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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Shares of Lakeland Industries Inc. are up 28.35% to $8.92 after increasing concernsaregarding the CDC's confirmation of the first imported case of Ebola diagnosed in the U.S. The company manufactures and distributes protective clothing domestically and internationally, including hazmat suits--impermeable whole-body garmets that fully protect the wearer from "hazardous materials." "Lakeland stands ready to join the fight against the spread of Ebola," said Christopher J. Ryan, President and CEO of Lakeland Industries. 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 LAKELAND INDUSTRIES INC as a Hold with a ratings score of C-. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation: "We rate LAKELAND INDUSTRIES INC (LAKE) a HOLD. The primary factors that have impacted our rating are mixed -- some indicating strength, some showing weaknesses, with little evidence to justify the expectation of either a positive or negative performance for this stock relative to most other stocks. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income, weak operating cash flow and poor profit margins." Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows: Compared to its closing price of one year ago, LAKE's share price has jumped by 41.66%, exceeding the performance of the broader market during that same time frame. Regarding the stock's future course, our hold rating indicates that we do not recommend additional investment in this stock despite its gains in the past year. LAKELAND INDUSTRIES INC has experienced a steep decline in earnings per share in the most recent quarter in comparison to its performance from the same quarter a year ago. This company has not demonstrated a clear trend in earnings over the past 2 years, making it difficult to accurately predict earnings for the coming year. During the past fiscal year, LAKELAND INDUSTRIES INC turned its bottom line around by earning $0.00 versus -$4.88 in the prior year. Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to -$1.90 million or 459.11% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower. The company, on the basis of change in net income from the same quarter one year ago, has significantly underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500 and the Textiles, Apparel & Luxury Goods industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 109.3% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $4.17 million to -$0.39 million. You can view the full analysis from the report here: LAKE Ratings Report STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more.

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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Autodesk areaffirmed its third quarterarevenue estimates of between $590 million and $605 million. The company also reaffirmed its adjusted EPS guidance of 17 cents to 23 cents, while also maintaining its non-GAAP operating profit margin projections of 15% to 16%. Analysts are expecting third quarter earnings to be 22 cents per diluted share on revenue of $600 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. Separately, the company also named R. Scott Herren, former VP of finance for Citrix Systems for the past 14 years, as its new CFO. The reaffirmed guidance and new hire was discussed at the company's analyst day presentation which has caused the company's stock to be volatile throughout the day. Shares wereadown 0.6% to $54.75 on Wednesday before rallying to its current mark of up 0.1% to $55.16. TheStreet Ratings team rates AUTODESK INC as a Hold with a ratings score of C+. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation: "We rate AUTODESK INC (ADSK) 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, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and feeble growth in the company's earnings per share." Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows: ADSK's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 11.5%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 13.4%. 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 increased to $96.20 million or 47.32% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, AUTODESK INC has also modestly surpassed the industry average cash flow growth rate of 42.78%. Despite currently having a low debt-to-equity ratio of 0.33, it is higher than that of the industry average, inferring that management of debt levels may need to be evaluated further. Despite the fact that ADSK's debt-to-equity ratio is mixed in its results, the company's quick ratio of 1.96 is high and demonstrates strong liquidity. The company, on the basis of change in net income from the same quarter one year ago, has significantly underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500 and the Software industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 49.3% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $61.70 million to $31.30 million. The company's current return on equity has slightly decreased from the same quarter one year prior. This implies a minor weakness in the organization. When compared to other companies in the Software industry and the overall market, AUTODESK 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: ADSK Ratings Report STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more.

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NEW YORK (TheStreet) --aFrontline was gaining 9.9% to $1.39 Wednesday after announcing a new joint venture with Tankers International. The tanker companies will form the new company, called VLCC Chartering, to create a larger fleet with more flexibility, and more options for cargos owners. VLCC Chartering will have access to the combined fleets of both Frontline and Tankers International. The formation of VLCC Chartering will help reduce voyage related expenses and improve net earnings of Frontline and Tankers International. The move will also help reduce carbon emissions, as fleet optimizations will help cut fuel usage. 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. VLCC will be jointly owned by Frontline and Tankers International. TheStreet Ratings team rates FRONTLINE LTD as a Sell with a ratings score of D. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation: "We rate FRONTLINE LTD (FRO) 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 poor profit margins and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself." Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows: The gross profit margin for FRONTLINE LTD is rather low; currently it is at 19.87%. Regardless of FRO's low profit margin, it has managed to increase from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, FRO's net profit margin of -65.75% significantly underperformed when compared to the industry average. FRO's stock share price has done very poorly compared to where it was a year ago: Despite any rallies, the net result is that it is down by 56.42%, which is also worse that the performance of the S&P 500 Index. Investors have so far failed to pay much attention to the earnings improvements the company has managed to achieve over the last quarter. Naturally, the overall market trend is bound to be a significant factor. However, in one sense, the stock's sharp decline last year is a positive for future investors, making it cheaper (in proportion to its earnings over the past year) than most other stocks in its industry. But due to other concerns, we feel the stock is still not a good buy right now. Regardless of the drop in revenue, the company managed to outperform against the industry average of 3.0%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly dropped by 1.9%. The declining revenue has not hurt the company's bottom line, with increasing earnings per share. FRONTLINE LTD has improved earnings per share by 47.4% 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, FRONTLINE LTD reported poor results of -$2.38 versus -$0.91 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings (-$0.58 versus -$2.38). 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 Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels industry average. The net income increased by 35.0% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from -$120.28 million to -$78.23 million. You can view the full analysis from the report here: FRO Ratings Report STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more.

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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Minneapolis-based General Mills aplans to eliminate 700 to 800 jobs, which the company said will produce cost savings of approximately $125 million to $150 million starting in fiscal 2016. Investors learned of the company's planalate Tuesday through a filingawith the Securities and Exchange Commission. Wall Street is unclear what this decision will mean for the stock. As of 11:41 a.m., the stock was down 1.05% to $49.92. Based on this price, General Mills shares are now up only 2.68% year to date, compared with 6.7% gain in the S&P 500. Must Read: Warren Buffett's Top 10 Dividend Stocks Investors have mixed feelings about this news for a reason. This is the second time in a month that General Mills, the maker of Cheerios cereal and Yoplait yogurt, is firing workers to offset slumping sales and declining profits. And prior to Tuesday's announcement, General Mills investors had seen their holdings decline 6% the past two weeks. General Mills expects the current restructuring, which will cost company roughly $135 million to $160 million in restructuring charges, to be completed by the end of fiscal 2015. In the meantime, investors have a decision to make -- whether to hold on to the stock and risk further losses -- or to sell now and move on with their lives and their money. The latter seems like the best move. These shares look poised to test the 52-week low of $46.70, which represents a 6.5% decline. Must Read: 10 Stocks George Soros Is Buying While General Mills pays a strong yield of 3.20%, the company just hasn't found the right ingredientsato support its share price. And the company's recent decisions are now coming into question. For investors on the sidelines, the best play here is to wait, especially since the company still has a low analysts' target of $44. The reason for the low expectations is that there are still too many uncertaintiesawith the operation. Case in point, the company is actively cutting costs as the second round of job cuts suggests. Yet, last month, the company picked off organic and natural foodaproducer Annie's for $46 per share, or roughly 31% premium above Annie's most recent closing price. The business rationale was clear -- General Mills wants to capitalize on the growth potential that exists in natural and organic foods. It's a sound strategy -- one that's being modeled by the likes of Kraft and Campbell Soup . The problem, however, aside from overspending on Annie's, whose 10% revenue growth (in its most recent quarter) was 15% below the industry average growth rate, according to Yahoo! Finance, General Mills didn't need the deal. General Mills already had an organic business that delivered 61% more revenue annually than Annie's ($330 million vs. $204 million). Not to mention, given Annie's over reliance on a strong economy and its limited number of products, General Mills will face difficulty to extract the sort of value its needs to make this deal work. All of that said, General Mills, which has been in business for almost 90 years, is not going away any time soon. And in fairness, the company is not the only one in the packaged food industry suffering from a shift in consumer demand and spending. But until the company shows better execution these shares should be avoided or until $46 is reached. General Mills did not return our call for comment. At the time of publication, the author held no position in any of the stocks mentioned. Follow @Richard_WSPB // 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"); // ]]> This article is commentary by an independent contributor, separate from TheStreet's regular news coverage. TheStreet Ratings team rates GENERAL MILLS INC as a Buy with a ratings score of A-. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation: "We rate GENERAL MILLS INC (GIS) 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 notable return on equity, 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: GIS Ratings Report

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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Shares ofaGlobalstara plummeted 16.94% to $3.04 in afternoon trading Wednesday on speculation thataKerrisdale Capitalawould announce it is short the satellite telecommunications company. The investment management firm announced its Chief Investment Officer, Sahm Adrangi, would make a live presentation on Monday, October 6 about an unidentified "multibillion-dollar company" that the firm is short. "This is the best short idea Mr. Adrangi has come across during his time running Kerrisdale," the company announced. "The equity is fundamentally worth zero and we believe that we clearly and irrefutably demonstrate that the business is insolvent." 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. The stock hit an intraday low of $2.41, slightly higher than the 52-week low of $2.33. More than 28 million shares had changed hands as of 2:46 p.m., compared to the average volume ofa3,318,350. Separately, TheStreet Ratings team rates GLOBALSTAR INC as a "sell" with a ratings score of D-. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation: "We rate GLOBALSTAR INC (GSAT) a SELL. This is driven by some concerns, 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, poor profit margins, weak operating cash flow 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 significantly underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500 and the Diversified Telecommunication Services industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 243.5% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from -$126.27 million to -$433.73 million. The gross profit margin for GLOBALSTAR INC is rather low; currently it is at 19.12%. It has decreased significantly from the same period last year. Along with this, the net profit margin of -1807.66% is significantly below that of the industry average. Net operating cash flow has decreased to -$1.45 million or 11.83% when compared to the same quarter last year. Despite a decrease in cash flow of 11.83%, GLOBALSTAR INC is in line with the industry average cash flow growth rate of -19.91%. GLOBALSTAR INC has experienced a steep decline in earnings per share in the most recent quarter in comparison to its performance from 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, GLOBALSTAR INC reported poor results of -$0.96 versus -$0.29 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings (-$0.80 versus -$0.96). Compared to its closing price of one year ago, GSAT's share price has jumped by 290.81%, exceeding the performance of the broader market during that same time frame. Regarding the future course of this stock, we feel that the risks involved in investing in GSAT do not compensate for any future upside potential, despite the fact that it has seen nice gains over the past 12 months. You can view the full analysis from the report here: GSAT Ratings Report STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more.

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NEW YORK (TheStreet) --aShares of Alpha Pro Tech Ltd. are higher by 6.77% to $3.47 on heavy volume in mid-afternoon trading on Wednesday, amid growing concerns regarding the recent diagnosis of an Ebola patient in the U.S., Reuters reports. The company manufactures a line of products designed to protect people, products, and environments. Alpha Pro Tech's infection control unit makes protective face masks and eye shields, Reuters added. So far today, 1.47 million shares of Alpha Pro Tech have exchanged hands, as compared to its average daily volume of 114,000 shares.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. Shares of Lakeland Industries Inc. , a company that makes protective clothing for healthcare workers and emergency first responds, are also on the rise today due to the increased worry regarding the Ebola virus. On Wednesday, the CDC confirmed the first case of the disease in the U.S. was contracted by a man in Dallas, TX who recently traveled in Africa, CNN.com reports. Separately, TheStreet Ratings team rates ALPHA PRO TECH LTD as a Buy with a ratings score of B. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation: "We rate ALPHA PRO TECH LTD (APT) 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, 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." Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows: The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 2.5%. 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. APT 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. Along with this, the company maintains a quick ratio of 12.72, which clearly demonstrates the ability to cover short-term cash needs. Powered by its strong earnings growth of 150.00% and other important driving factors, this stock has surged by 96.02% over the past year, outperforming the rise in the S&P 500 Index during the same period. Regarding the stock's future course, although almost any stock can fall in a broad market decline, APT should continue to move higher despite the fact that it has already enjoyed a very nice gain in the past year. ALPHA PRO TECH LTD reported significant earnings per share improvement in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. The company has demonstrated a pattern of positive earnings per share growth over the past two years. During the past fiscal year, ALPHA PRO TECH LTD increased its bottom line by earning $0.11 versus $0.05 in the prior year. The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Building Products industry. The net income increased by 88.4% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from $0.48 million to $0.90 million. You can view the full analysis from the report here: APT Ratings Report STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more.

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NEW YORK (TheStreet) --aI spoke to Jim Crameraabout the latest methods that U.S. oil producersaare using to get around the U.S. crude oil export ban. Even though it is technically illegal to do so, there have been some interesting ways theseacompanies are accessing other markets. A crude export ban has been in place since the 1970s,ain the aftermath of the OPEC oil crisis that caused huge gas lines and a near recession. Must Read: 10 Stocks George Soros Is Buying But U.S. oil production is nearing levels it hasn't seen since the late 1980s.aThat's because the pricesaAmerican oil companies get for their product in the U.S. are significantly less thanaeverywhere else in the world. While Brent crude prices in the North Sea at $97 represent a solid global benchmark, West Texas Intermediate in Cushing, Okla. is $5 dollars cheaper. It gets even worse. In the heavily producing areas of the Permian basin, crude prices have slumped under WTI prices by another $5 dollars or more. In the Bakken play in North Dakota, there is a similar discount with Canadian sour crude sometimes commanding almost $15 less. It's no wonder Pioneer Natural Resources would want to capture a higher priceafor its product in Europe or Asia. PXD recently received a license to export a light refined crude grade called condensate as a refined product. Earlier this week Pioneer announced it would triple condensate exportsafor 2015. Conoco-Phillipsa is finding its own way to access more profitable crude markets. It is planning on sending 800,000 barrels of Arctic crude oilato South Korea. The Arctic was never made part of the U.S. export ban and yet no one has sent U.S. Arctic crude oil overseas for close to 40 years. That Conoco is exporting oil from the Arctic now after all this time is a measure of just how badly U.S. oil companies want to take advantage of higher premiums for crude oil in Asia and elsewhere. Must Read: Cramer and Dicker: Why Are Oil Prices and Stocks Connected? I talk more about the methods that U.S. energy companies are using with Jim in the video above. At the time of publication, the author held no positions in any of the stocks mentioned, although positions may change at any time. Follow @dan_dicker This article is commentary by an independent contributor, separate from TheStreet's regular news coverage.

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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Automatic Data Processing Inc. a completed the spin off of CDK Global Inc. this morning. CDK, which provides technology and marketing services to auto dealers, will start trading on the Nasdaq stock exchange Wednesday. Its ticker symbol is "CDK," theaAssociated Press reports. ADP said the spin off will help it focus human resources services business. As part of the spin off, ADP shareholders received one share of CDK stock for every three shares of ADP stock they owned on Sept. 24. 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 ADP are slightly lower at $71.61. Separately, TheStreet Ratings team rates AUTOMATIC DATA PROCESSING as a Buy with a ratings score of A-. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation: "We rate AUTOMATIC DATA PROCESSING (ADP) 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, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results." Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows: The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 12.4%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 9.7%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share. AUTOMATIC DATA PROCESSING has improved earnings per share by 30.4% 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, AUTOMATIC DATA PROCESSING increased its bottom line by earning $3.11 versus $2.79 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($3.52 versus $3.11). 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 IT Services industry average. The net income increased by 27.2% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from $227.00 million to $288.80 million. Net operating cash flow has slightly increased to $604.50 million or 5.03% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, AUTOMATIC DATA PROCESSING has also modestly surpassed the industry average cash flow growth rate of -1.83%. 39.96% is the gross profit margin for AUTOMATIC DATA PROCESSING which we consider to be strong. 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 9.39% trails the industry average. You can view the full analysis from the report here: ADP Ratings Report STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more.

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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -– Historically, October is not the best month for stocks. Just consider the fact that the market’s two big crashes -- in 1929 and 1987 -- happened during the month. Still, there are individual stocks that buck the trend. Bespoke Premium, a research service by Bespoke Investment Group, has put together a list of 20 stocks in the S&P 500 that have "consistently traded up" during October. These stocks have "averaged a gain of more than 3% during the month and have seen positive returns at least 80% of the time," Bespoke says. While one-fifth of the list is from the technology sector, the biggest group represented is -- surprise -- financial services. Must Read: Warren Buffett’s Top 10 Dividend Stocks Of course, past performance is no guarantee that these stocks will do well this month. But as Bespoke says, "These stocks have a demonstrated track record of finishing the month in positive territory." Click through to see which companies made the list. 20. Nucor Sector: Materials Steel manufacturer Nucor had an average October return of 3.35% over the past 10 years. 19. T. Rowe Price Sector: Financials Investment management companyaT. Rowe Price had an average October return of 3.54% over the past 10 years. 18. Oracle Sector: Technology Software and services company Oracle had an average October return of 3.55% over the past 10 years. Must Read: Larry Ellison Resigns, Clorox, JetBlue CEOs and Top AIG Exec Out: What Twitter Had to Say 17. Goldman Sachs Sector: Financials Investment firm Goldman Sachs had an average October return of 3.72% over the past 10 years. 16. Morgan Stanley Sector: Financials Morgan Stanley had an average October return of 3.78% over the past 10 years. 15. Expeditors International of Washington Sector: Industrials Expeditors International , a global logistics company, had an average October return of 3.88% over the past 10 years. Must Read: 10 Stocks George Soros Is Buying 14. Adobe Systems Sector: Technology Software company Adobe Systems had an average October return of 3.89% over the past 10 years. 13. ACE Sector: Financials Property and casualty insurer ACE had an average October return of 3.95% over the past 10 years. Must Read: 7 Stocks Warren Buffett Is Selling in 2014 12. Travelers Sector: Financials Travelers , also a property and casualty insurance company, had an average October return of 4.25% over the past 10 years. 11. McGraw Hill Financial Sector: Financials McGraw Hill Financial , a financial data and research company, had an average October return of 4.35% over the past 10 years. 10. State Street Sector: Financials State Street , institutional asset manager and custody bank, had an average October return of 4.36% over the past 10 years. Must Read: 10 Stocks Carl Icahn Loves in 2014 9. Ryder System Sector: Industrials Ryder System , a fleet management and supply chain solution company, had an average October return of 5.36% over the past 10 years. 8. MasterCard Sector: Financials Credit card company MasterCard had an average October return of 6.34% over the past 10 years. 7. Intercontinental Exchange Sector: Financials Intercontinental Exchange , the owner of the New York Stock Exchange among other exchanges and clearing houses, had an average October return of 7.84% over the past 10 years. 6. Apple Sector: Technology Apple , the maker of the iPhone 6 and iPad, among other devices, had an average October return of 7.92% over the past 10 years. Must Read: Apple Gets Another Grand Entrance in China, iPhone 6 on Sale in October 5. Nasdaq OMX Sector: Financials Nasdaq OMX , owner of the Nasdaq Stock Market, had an average October return of 8.38% over the past 10 years. 4. Peabody Energy Sector: Energy Coal mining company Peabody Energy had an average October return of 8.75% over the past 10 years. Must Read: Who Are the 20 Worst Global Warming Polluters of All Time? 3. Southwestern Energy Sector: Energy Southwestern Energy , a natural gas and oil company, had an average October return of 9.91% over the past 10 years. 2. Delta Airlines Sector: Industrials Atlanta-based airline Delta Airlines had an average October return of 13.26% over the past 10 years. 1. Google Sector: Technology Internet giant Google had an average October return of 14.53% over the past 10 years. Follow @LKulikowski // 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) -- Several indicators in the consumer staples sectora-- including declining consumer confidence -- make a strong case for investors toabook profits now. On Tuesday, theaConference Boardareleased its consumer confidence index for September. It showed a surprising decline to 86.0, from 93.4 in August. Comments from the board indicate that consumers are concerned about their earnings potential. Must Read: 10 Stocks Carl Icahn Loves in 2014 Meanwhile, exchange-traded fundaConsumer Staples Sector SPDR aset an all-time high on Sept. 16 in a formation that technicians call a "double top," which is the downtrend that begins when a stock, index or ETF can't continue above itsaprior high and a selloff begins. Investors should sellashares ofaMcCormick , a component of this ETF, prior toaits release of third-quarter earningsabefore the opening bell on Thursday. The company beat earnings estimates in its last reportaon June 26, andathe stock's rebound proved to be a selling opportunity. Consumer confidenceafell in the last month of the quarter, so McCormickamay beat on earnings and the stock may rebound. If the company lowers guidance, it isafeeling the effect of the weaker confidence, and the stock shouldn't sustain any post-earnings bounce.a Analysts expectaMcCormick, the provider of packaged herbs, spices and seasonings, to earn 81 cents a share. The stock set an all-time intraday high at $75.26 on May 22, 2013, then trended lower to its 2014 low at $62.75 on Feb. 7, down 17%. Shares of McCormick were on the rise when the company beat earnings estimatesaon March 25. The stock gapped above its 200-day simple moving average, then at $68.74, and traded up to its 2014 high at $73.33 on June 9, before declining toa$64.92 on Aug.a1. This stock has thus been in a sell-strength modeafor more than a year, despite the strength for the consumer staples ETF. Given the longer-term downtrend, rebounds have been selling opportunities. The stock goes into Thursday's earnings releaseabelow its 200-day simple moving averageaat $69.15 and closed Tuesday at $66.90. Must Read: Are Consumers Losing Interest in Tablets? Meanwhile, before the opening bell on Wednesday,aGeneral Millsa said that it isacutting 700 to 800 salaried jobs. Last month, the cereal maker laid off 680 employeesawhen closing a cereal and yogurt plant,aanother warning that the Consumer Staples ETF is vulnerable. To justify continued all-time highs for the consumer staples ETF, consumer confidence should be above its historical neutral zone of 90 to 110. The August readingaabove 90 was the highest reading since the Great Recession began at the end of 2007. Here is a chart that shows that a picture is worth a thousand words: Let's take a look at the daily chart for the consumer staples ETF: Courtesy of MetaStock Xenith Must Read: Why Consumers Are Spending Less The consumer staples ETF closed Tuesday at $45.11. The ETF traded as high as $45.71 on June 19 and then declined to its 200-day simple moving averagea(green line) on July 31 when the average was $43.17. Technicians consider the rebound to an all-time intraday high at $45.73 on Sept. 16 as a double top, which would be confirmed by a break below its 50-day SMA at $44.79. The weekly chart for the consumer staples ETF shows the inflated bubble. Courtesy of MetaStock Xenith The weekly chart shows the rise of the consumer staples ETF from its March 2009 low. The uptrend from the low shown at the lower left to the high at upper right should come in at $40.48 at the end of the year, with the 200-week simple moving average at $36.76. This pattern supports a sell-into-the-strength investment strategyafor this ETF. At the time of publication the author held no positions in any of the stocks mentioned. Follow @Suttmeier // 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"); // ]]> This article is commentary by an independent contributor, separate from TheStreet's regular news coverage. TheStreet Ratings team rates MCCORMICK & CO INC as a Buy with a ratings score of A-. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation: "We rate MCCORMICK & CO INC (MKC) 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, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations, 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 lackluster performance in the stock itself." You can view the full analysis from the report here: MKC Ratings Report TheStreet Ratings team rates GENERAL MILLS INC as a Buy with a ratings score of A-. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation: "We rate GENERAL MILLS INC (GIS) 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 notable return on equity, 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: GIS Ratings Report

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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Shares of Skyworks Solutions Inca are plunging 6.68% to $54.17 in afternoon trading following weaker than expected sales growth in 4G smartphones in China, Taiwan-basedaDigitimes reports. The company, which makes power amplifiers for mobile phones, has major customers including Cisco Systems , Google Inca , Nokia Corp and Samsung . However, analysts at Sterne Agee said today the launch of Apple's new iPhones in China and the upcoming iPad debut couldalead to wider use of 4G technology in China. 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 SKYWORKS SOLUTIONS INC as a Buy with a ratings score of A+. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation: "We rate SKYWORKS SOLUTIONS INC (SWKS) 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, 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 is trading at a premium valuation based on our review of its current price compared to such things as earnings and book value." Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows: The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 10.3%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 34.6%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share. SWKS 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. Along with this, the company maintains a quick ratio of 4.88, which clearly demonstrates the ability to cover short-term cash needs. Powered by its strong earnings growth of 70.58% and other important driving factors, this stock has surged by 128.88% over the past year, outperforming the rise in the S&P 500 Index during the same period. Regarding the stock's future course, although almost any stock can fall in a broad market decline, SWKS should continue to move higher despite the fact that it has already enjoyed a very nice gain in the past year. SKYWORKS SOLUTIONS INC reported significant earnings per share improvement in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. The company has demonstrated a pattern of positive earnings per share growth over the past two years. We feel that this trend should continue. During the past fiscal year, SKYWORKS SOLUTIONS INC increased its bottom line by earning $1.44 versus $1.06 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($3.12 versus $1.44). The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Semiconductors & Semiconductor Equipment industry. The net income increased by 69.5% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from $65.70 million to $111.40 million. You can view the full analysis from the report here: SWKS Ratings Report STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more.

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SAN DIEGO, CALIF. (TheStreet) -- The future of financial communication will look nothing like the past, if David Gurle and a consortium of 14 financial firms prove successful with a joint effort they're calling Symphony. Announced Wednesday, Symphony Communication Services is a $66 million bet by many of the biggest names in banking -- Goldman Sachs , JPMorgan , Wells Fargo , Deutsche Bank , Morgan Stanley , and more -- that the 1 to 2 million capital markets professionals around the global need something more flexible than the tried and true Bloomberg terminal for swapping emails and chats with each other. a Must Read: 10 Stocks George Soros Is Buying in 2014 a When launched in beta inathe first quarter of 2015, Symphony will be the reincarnation of Gurle's two-year-old messaging startup Perzo and Goldman's proprietary collaboration platform. It will come with buzzword bells and whistles including access via the cloud or iOS device, Touch ID login on Apple devices, personalized notifications, group chat, IM, end-to-end encryption, an open API for third-party integrations, and, of course, regulatory compliance. According to Gurle, it should appeal toanon Wall Streeters too, so the most sophisticated trader can do derivative analysis while chatting with mom. a Essentially, Symphony bundles the unbundled, orchestrating a bandaof apps and third-party data sources into one highly secure arrangement that ideally, excuse the metaphor, will be music to the financial professionals'aears. "Imagine that you have email ... and WhatsApp sitting all together in one container," Gurle told TheStreet. "It's a powerful dashboard where all of your communication and interests are streamed through your filters ... to help you be more productive." a The service is hosted in the browser and can be accessed anywhere and used by any professional, so long as allowed through a company firewall, without the need for a clunky or costly terminal. Bllomberg terminals can run upwards of $2,000 a month. Firms can also choose to embed the service in theiraown company portals. a Gurle and his consortium of banker backersaaren't disclosing pricing, but the service will be available on a free and paid basis, with all features available to all users. Companies who pay for a dedicated instance of Symphony can integrate their own directories, data, and compliance engines. a For Gurle, the hope is that Symphony becomes the be all, end all communication platform for the financial services industry, but hisaambitionsaare much bigger. He's hopingathe service willaspread virally to adjacent markets as traders communicate with their network of professional and personal contacts. It's a vision that transcends the terminal and has, with $66 million in the bank, the chance to shake up the status quo on Wall Street. a Must Read: Here's What It Looks Like Inside Tesla's Massive Factory --Written by Jennifer van Grove in San Diego, Calif. >Contact by Email. Follow @jbruin

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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Shares ofaForda declined 1.18% to $14.61 in afternoon trading Wednesday after aafederal appeals court rejected the U.S. automaker's attemptato recover approximately $450 million in interest from the federal government tied to overpaid taxes. Ford argued that its overpayments, which date back as far as 1983, were equivalent to a loan to the Internal Revenue Service. Ford reasoned it should have accrued interest on the payments. A panel of three judges unanimously rejected this argument and upheld a June 2010 ruling by U.S. District Judge Patrick Duggan in Detroit. Must Read:aJim Cramer on the Markets: Industrials Tell Us Things Have Worsened STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more. For more information about Ford's decline in U.S. September auto sales, click here. More than 33 million shares had changed hands as of 1:11 p.m., compared to the average volume ofa26,485,300. Separately, 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 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, attractive valuation levels, 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." Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows: The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Automobiles industry average. The net income increased by 6.3% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, going from $1,233.00 million to $1,311.00 million. Regardless of the drop in revenue, the company managed to outperform against the industry average of 10.8%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly dropped by 1.4%. The declining revenue has not hurt the company's bottom line, with increasing earnings per share. FORD MOTOR CO has improved earnings per share by 6.7% 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 year. However, we anticipate underperformance relative to this pattern in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, FORD MOTOR CO increased its bottom line by earning $1.75 versus $1.42 in the prior year. For the next year, the market is expecting a contraction of 23.7% in earnings ($1.34 versus $1.75). 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. Compared to other companies in the Automobiles industry and the overall market, FORD MOTOR CO's return on equity significantly exceeds that of both the industry average and the S&P 500. You can view the full analysis from the report here: F Ratings Report STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more.

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text Why DryShips (DRYS) Stock Is Down Today
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NEW YORK (TheStreet) --aDryShips was falling 2.6% to $2.41 Wednesday after announcing a public offering of its senior secured notes due 2017. The shipping company said it expects to use the net proceeds from the offering to refinance part of its outstanding $700 million principal amount of 5% convertible senior notes due Dec. 1, 2014. The new notes will be secured by first priority lens on certain shares of common stock of DryShips' Ocean Rig subsidiary. DryShips said the notes will be issued in denominations of $1,000. 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 DRYSHIPS INC as a Hold with a ratings score of C. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation: "We rate DRYSHIPS INC (DRYS) a HOLD. The primary factors that have impacted our rating are mixed --asome 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, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including generally higher debt management risk and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself." Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows: DRYS's very impressive revenue growth greatly exceeded the industry average of 10.7%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues leaped by 57.0%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, improving the earnings per share. DRYSHIPS INC reported significant earnings per share improvement in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. The company has demonstrated a pattern of positive earnings per share growth over the past year. We feel that this trend should continue. This trend suggests that the performance of the business is improving. During the past fiscal year, DRYSHIPS INC continued to lose money by earning -$0.58 versus -$0.64 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings (-$0.01 versus -$0.58). The gross profit margin for DRYSHIPS INC is rather high; currently it is at 53.88%. 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 -1.06% is in-line with the industry average. DRYS's stock share price has done very poorly compared to where it was a year ago: Despite any rallies, the net result is that it is down by 36.39%, which is also worse that the performance of the S&P 500 Index. Investors have so far failed to pay much attention to the earnings improvements the company has managed to achieve over the last quarter. Naturally, the overall market trend is bound to be a significant factor. However, in one sense, the stock's sharp decline last year is a positive for future investors, making it cheaper (in proportion to its earnings over the past year) than most other stocks in its industry. But due to other concerns, we feel the stock is still not a good buy right now. The debt-to-equity ratio is very high at 2.23 and currently higher than the industry average, implying increased risk associated with the management of debt levels within the company. Along with this, the company manages to maintain a quick ratio of 0.44, which clearly demonstrates the inability to cover short-term cash needs. You can view the full analysis from the report here: DRYS Ratings Report STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more.

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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Gilead Sciences shares are down 0.93% to $105.46 on Wednesday following Johnson & Johnson's entry into thearespiratory syncytial virus treatment arena with yesterday's purchase of Alios BioPharma for $1.75 billion. "The Alios RSV drug showed positive data after treating healthy volunteers infected with RSV within 12 hours, similar to Gilead's program so we will continue to watch this which in some ways "validates" Gilead's RSV program and opportunity.....That said, while we think an RSV drug can be a $1B type product and we wrote about Gilead's Phase II RSV drug- we clearly think the long-term "call option" upside here is the Alios nukes," wrote RBC Capital Markets analysts Michael Yee in a note. 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 GILEAD SCIENCES INC as a Buy with a ratings score of A. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation: "We rate GILEAD SCIENCES INC (GILD) 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, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and notable return on equity. 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: GILD's very impressive revenue growth greatly exceeded the industry average of 43.7%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues leaped by 136.1%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share. Powered by its strong earnings growth of 378.26% and other important driving factors, this stock has surged by 73.88% over the past year, outperforming the rise in the S&P 500 Index during the same period. Regarding the stock's future course, although almost any stock can fall in a broad market decline, GILD should continue to move higher despite the fact that it has already enjoyed a very nice gain in the past year. GILEAD SCIENCES INC reported significant earnings per share improvement in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. The company has demonstrated a pattern of positive earnings per share growth over the past two years. We feel that this trend should continue. During the past fiscal year, GILEAD SCIENCES INC increased its bottom line by earning $1.83 versus $1.64 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($8.03 versus $1.83). The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Biotechnology industry. The net income increased by 373.1% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from $772.61 million to $3,655.59 million. 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 Biotechnology industry and the overall market, GILEAD SCIENCES INC's return on equity significantly exceeds that of both the industry average and the S&P 500. You can view the full analysis from the report here: GILD Ratings Report STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more.

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NEW YORK (TheStreet) --aShares of American Science & Engineering Inc. are lower by 9.70% to $50.01 in early afternoon trading on Wednesday, following the company's announcement that it cut its workforce by 10%, and that it's expecting to report a net loss for the fiscal 2015 second quarter. The company, which develops, manufacturers, markets, and sells X-Ray inspection and other detection products for the purposes of homeland security, did not give specifics regarding how large of a net loss it's expecting for the quarter. American Science will report its 2015 second quarter results on November 7, and said it anticipates it will feel the benefits of its cost cutting measures, which includeareducing its workforce, by the fiscal 2015 third 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. "The escalating global volatility negatively impacted our quarterly results with shipment delays for orders already recorded in backlog. While our opportunity pipeline remains robust, we have reduced our expenses to manage through the quarter to quarter variability that has affected us and others in our industry," said company CEO Chuck Dougherty. Separately, TheStreet Ratings team rates AMERICAN SCIENCE ENGINEERING as a Hold with a ratings score of C. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation: "We rate AMERICAN SCIENCE ENGINEERING (ASEI) 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 expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, feeble growth in the company's earnings per share and deteriorating net income." Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows: ASEI's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.01 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 3.18, which clearly demonstrates the ability to cover short-term cash needs. The gross profit margin for AMERICAN SCIENCE ENGINEERING is rather high; currently it is at 50.04%. 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 4.09% trails the industry average. ASEI, with its decline in revenue, underperformed when compared the industry average of 1.3%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues fell by 17.5%. Weakness in the company's revenue seems to have hurt the bottom line, decreasing earnings per share. AMERICAN SCIENCE ENGINEERING has experienced a steep decline in earnings per share in the most recent quarter in comparison to its performance from the same quarter a year ago. Earnings per share have declined over the last two years. We anticipate that this should continue in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, AMERICAN SCIENCE ENGINEERING reported lower earnings of $1.92 versus $2.05 in the prior year. For the next year, the market is expecting a contraction of 19.3% in earnings ($1.55 versus $1.92). The company, on the basis of change in net income from the same quarter one year ago, has significantly underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500 and the Aerospace & Defense industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 70.1% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $4.87 million to $1.45 million. You can view the full analysis from the report here: ASEI Ratings Report STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more.

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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Television broadcastersaare off to an inauspicious start to the fall season, a development that could prompt advertisers to accelerate the move of money historically spent on TV to digital instead. Average live and same-day total viewers for returning shows fell almost 11% fromathe same period a year ago during the first four days of the new television season, according to data compiled by TVbytheNumbers. Even when taking into account playback viewing, returning shows attracted audiences that were lower by mid-single digits among total viewers and lower in the high-single digits among those aged 18 to 49, according to Doug Creutz, a media and entertainment analyst at Cowen & Co. Must Read:aAOL Wants to Be Every Advertising Agency's Best Friend "We think there is cause for concern that deterioration in the TV audience could contribute to an outflow of TV advertising dollars to digital," Creutz wrote in an investor report. The early reading on the fall season is concerning because it fits into a trend that began nine months ago. In the first quarter, the decline across broadcast and cable was less than 2% fromathe same period in 2013 while over the summer the trajectory worsened as the decline reached 10%. The underwhelming start to the overall fall primetime television season comes just as the country's foremost advertising executives, marketers, broadcasters, Internet publishers and devotees of automatedaad-buying technology such as TubeMogul and Tremor Video are attending Advertising Week, the four-day annual industry gathering taking place in and around New York's Times Square. Advertising Week this year has been dominated by talk about the industry's eagerness to maximize online video marketing as audiences, especially younger people, move increasingly from so-called linear television into digital programming accessible on portable platforms.aMarco Bertozzi, an executive at VivaKi AOD, a unit of Publicis Groupe that specializes in programmatic advertising, said marketers are more mindful of online advertising as a more cost-effective means to reach their target consumers. "What we're seeing is that the advertisers really want to understand at what point does putting more money into the system deliver diminishing returns," Bertozzi said in an interview. "Up to a point you're going to increase reach, but eventually it starts to turn off, and it's at that point everyone is building out models to invest in video." Bertozzi's VivaKi AOD on Monday announced an expanded partnershipawith AOL to sell advertising through sophisticated computer platforms designed to sift through mountains of digital data about users' commercial habits to determine where best to spend marketers' money. Digital video advertising is expected to surgea42% this year, reaching nearly $6 billion, while TV advertising, by far the largest slice of the ad pie, is forecast to increase 3.3% to $69 billion, according toaeMarketer, an industry research group. It may be early to claim that television is in the midst of a seismic shift but Cruetz did say that "given total viewership trends over the last two quarters, we think TV's share of the advertising pie is looking more vulnerable." Of course, all is not lost for the broadcasters asaCBS aCEO Leslie Moonves will doubtlessly be quick to point out. CBS was alone among broadcasters in posting an increase in views, though that was largely because of its airing of NFL's Thursday Night Football. Of course, total viewing for the four days was actually 14% lower than the same period a year ago whenaThursday Night Footballais removed fromathe equation. Some new shows, however, did show promise in their debuts such as CBS'aScorpion and NCIS: New Orleans;aBlackish and How to Get Away With Murder on Disney's ABC;aMysteries of Laura on Comcast's NBC; and Gotham on 21st Century Fox's aFOX. The question for investors and for broadcast executives is to what degree brand marketers move more of their money into digital and away from television. "This disruption that's happening, it's here faster than any of us would have thought," said Bob Lord, global CEO of AOL Platforms, at the company's second annual programmatic event earlier this week. "A year ago, I stood on this stage really just educating people on RTB [real-time bidding] and that programmatic did not mean RTB.aToday everyone is learning in figuring out how to do it." Advertising Week concludes on Thursday. Must Read:aProgrammatic Ad-Buying is Just Google Search Write Large

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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- If you are looking for cycles that have not peaked, then TheStreet'saJim Cramerasuggests defense stocks. Cramer likesaLockheed Martin , which has fallen quite a bit, andaNorthrop Grumman , which works with cyber security systems and unmanned drones,ais coming in for sale. Cramer also points to weapons makeraRaytheona andaAlliant Techsystemsa . Cramer says he does not believe investors should abandon these stocks with all the hotspots around the globe. He expects the defense budget to increase, so these stocks would be a good place to be if that were to happen. Cramer also notes the companies' decent buybacks and great dividends. Therefore, he calls this group a place to go in the downturn. Must Watch:aJim Cramer Says Defense Stocks a Place to Go in the Downturn STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more. LMT data by YCharts STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more.

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text 5 Stocks With Big Insider Buying
Wed, 01 Oct 2014 16:43 GMT

DELAFIELD, Wis. (Stockpickr) -- Corporate insiders sell their own companies' stock for a number of reasons. They might need the cash for a big personal purchase such as a new house or yacht, or they might need the cash to fund a charity. Sometimes they sell as part of a planned selling program that they have put in place for diversification purposes, which allows them to sell stock in stages instead of selling all at one price. Must Read: Buy These 5 Momentum Moves to Stomp the S&P Other times they sell because they think their stock is overvalued and the risk/reward is no longer attractive. Some even dump their own stock because they have inside knowledge that a competitor is eating their lunch and stealing market share. But insiders usually buy their own shares for one reason: They think the stock is a bargain and has tremendous upside. The key word in that last statement is "think." Just because a corporate insider thinks his or her stock is going to trade higher, that doesn't mean it will play out that way. Insiders can have all the conviction in the world that their stock is a buy, but if the market doesn't agree with them, the stock could end up going nowhere. Also, I say "usually" because sometimes insiders are loaned money by the company to buy their own stock. Those loans are often sweetheart deals and shouldn't be viewed as organic insider buying. At the end of the day, it's institutional money managers running big mutual funds and hedge funds that drive stock prices, not insiders. That said, many of these savvy stock operators will follow insider buying activity when they agree with the insider that the stock is undervalued and has upside potential. This is why it's so important to always be monitoring insider activity but twice as important to make sure the trend of the stock coincides with the insider buying. Recently, a number of companies' corporate insiders have bought large amounts of stock. These insiders are finding some value in the market, which warrants a closer look at these stocks. Here's a look five stocks whose insiders have been doing some big buying per SEC filings. Must Read: 4 Bargain Bin Stocks to Pad Your Portfolio Continental Resources One energy player that insiders are loading up on here is Continental Resources , which is engaged in the exploration, development and production of crude oil and natural gas properties in the north, south, and east regions of the U.S. Insiders are buying this stock into decent strength, since shares have moved higher by 18% so far in 2014. Continental Resources has a market cap of $24.4 billion and an enterprise value of $29.8 billion. This stock trades at a fair valuation, with a trailing price-to-earnings of 39 and a forward price-to-earnings of 16. Its estimated growth rate for this year is 20.3%, and for next year it's pegged at 24.4%. This is not a cash-rich company, since the total cash position on its balance sheet is $776.96 million and its total debt is $6.13 billion. The CEO just bought 71,999 shares, or about $4.85 million worth of stock, at $67.22 to $67.94 per share. From a technical perspective, CLR is currently trending above both its 50-day moving average and below its 200-day moving average, which is neutral trendwise. This stock has been downtrending over the last month, with shares moving lower from its high of $80.91 to its recent low of $65.22 a share. During that downtrend, shares of CLR have been consistently making lower highs and lower lows, which is bearish technical price action. That said, shares of CLR have now started to bounce off that $65.22 low and it's starting to trend back above its 50-day moving average. If you're bullish on CLR, then I would look for long-biased trades as long as this stock is trending above some key near-term support at $65.22 and then once it breaks out above some near-term overhead resistance at $68.94 a share with high volume. Look for a sustained move or close above that level with volume that registers near or above its three-month average action of 1.95 million shares. If that breakout hits soon, then CLR will set up to re-test or possibly take out its next major overhead resistance levels at its 50-day moving average of $73.72 to $76.75 a share. Must Read: 5 Stocks Set to Soar on Bullish earnings American Eagle Outfitters Another apparel stores player that insiders are in love with here is American Eagle Outfitters , which operates as a specialty retailer of clothing, accessories and personal care products in the U.S. and internationally. Insiders are buying this stock into notable strength, since shares have trended higher by 22% over the last three months. American Eagle Outfitters has a market cap of $2.7 billion and an enterprise value of $2.5 billion. This stock trades at a fair valuation, with a trailing price-to-earnings of 60 and a forward price-to-earnings of 18. Its estimated growth rate for this year is -20.3%, and for next year it's pegged at 30.5%. This is a cash-rich company, since the total cash position on its balance sheet is $262.63 million and its total debt is zero. This stock currently sports a dividend yield of 4.8%. The CEO just bought 351,058 shares, or about $5.13 million worth of stock, at $14.47 per share. From a technical perspective, AEO is currently trending above both its 50-day and 200-day moving averages, which is bullish. This stock has been uptrending strong for the last two months, with shares moving higher from its low of $10.18 to its recent high of $15.11 a share. During that uptrend, shares of AEO have been consistently making higher lows and higher highs, which is bullish technical price action. That move has now pushed shares of AEO within range of triggering a near-term breakout trade. If you're in the bull camp on AEO, then I would look for long-biased trades as long as this stock is trending above some key near-term support at $13.34 or above its 50-day at $12.67 and then once it breaks out above some key overhead resistance levels at $15.11 to $15.23 a share and then above its 52-week high at $16.95 a share with high volume. Look for a sustained move or close above those levels with volume that hits near or above its three-month average action of 5.36 million shares. If that breakout gets underway soon, then AEO will set up to re-test or possibly take out its next major overhead resistance levels at $17 to $19.19 a share. Must Read: How to Trade the Market's Most-Active Stocks Conns One electronics stores player that insiders are active in here is Conns , which operates as a specialty retailer of durable consumer goods and related services in Texas, Arizona, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and New Mexico the U.S. Insiders are buying this stock into massive weakness, since shares have crashed 61% so far in 2014. Conns has a market cap of $1.1 billion and an enterprise value of $1.7 billion. This stock trades at a cheap valuation, with a trailing price-to-earnings of 11.4 and a forward price-to-earnings of 9. Its estimated growth rate for this year is 12.1%, and for next year it's pegged at 15.3%. This is not a cash-rich company, since the total cash position on its balance sheet is $4.02 million and its total debt is $607.38 million. A beneficial owner just bought 1,073,440 million shares, or about $29.85 million worth of stock, at $26.94 to $27.73 per share. The same beneficial owner also just bought 1,952,128 million shares, or about $59.84 million worth of stock, at $29.39 to $30.68 per share. From a technical perspective, CONN is currently trending below both its 50-day and 200-day moving averages, which is bearish. This stock recently gapped down sharply lower from around $44 to under $32 with heavy downside volume. Following that move, shares of CONN went on to print a new 52-week low of $26.60 a share. Shares of CONN have now started to rebound off that $26.60 low and it's starting to trend within range of triggering a major breakout trade above some key near-term overhead resistance levels. If you're bullish on CONN, then I would look for long-biased trades as long as this stock is trending above some near-term support at $28 or above its 52-week low of $26.60 and then once it breaks out above some key near-term overhead resistance levels at $31.44 to its gap-down-day high of $33.65 a share with high volume. Look for a sustained move or close above those levels with volume that hits near or above its three-month average volume of 1.34 million shares. If that breakout materializes soon, then CONN will set up to re-fill some of its previous gap-down-day zone that started just above $44. Must Read: 4 Stocks Under $10 Trade for Breakouts Kindred Biosciences One development stage biotechnology player that insiders are jumping into here is Kindred Biosciences , which focuses on the development of therapies for pets. Insiders are buying this stock into major weakness, since shares have fallen sharply by 51% over the last six months. Kindred Biosciences has a market cap of $188 million and an enterprise value of $69 million. This stock trades at a reasonable valuation, with a price-to-book of 1.66. Its estimated growth rate for this year is -54.9%, and for next year it's pegged at -25.1%. This is a cash-rich company, since the total cash position on its balance sheet is $112.44 million and its total debt is zero. A director just bought 100,000 shares, or about $955,000 worth of stock, at $9.56 per share. From a technical perspective, KIN is currently trending well below both its 50-day and 200-day moving averages, which is bearish. This stock recently gapped down sharply from over $14 to $10 a share with heavy downside volume. Following that move, shares of KIN have gone on to trend lower and print a new low of $9.25 a share. If you're bullish on KIN, then I would look for long-biased trades as long as this stock is trending above its recent low of $9.25 a share and then once it breaks out above some key near-term overhead resistance levels at $10 to $11 a share and then above more resistance at $11.40 a share with high volume. Look for a sustained move or close above those levels with volume that hits near or above its three-month average action of 195,531 shares. If that breakout develops soon, then KIN will set up to re-fill some of its previous gap-down-day zone from August that started above $14 a share. Must Read: 5 Rocket Stocks to Buy to Avoid the Selloff Agco One final stock with some decent insider buying is Agco , which amanufactures and distributes agricultural equipment and related replacement parts worldwide. Insiders are buying this stock into notable weakness, since shares have dropped by 22% so far in 2014. Agco has a market cap of $4.2 billion and an enterprise value of $5.1 million. This stock trades at a fair valuation, with a trailing price-to-earnings of 8 and a forward price-to-earnings of 10. Its estimated growth rate for this year is -19.5%, and for next year it's pegged at -6.2%. This is not a cash-rich company, since the total cash position on its balance sheet is $323.30 million and its total debt is $1.23 billion. A director just bought 566,164 shares, or about $26 million worth of stock, at $45.67 to $45.97 per share. This same director also just bought 307,346 shares, or about $14.12 million worth of stock, at $45.96 per share. From a technical perspective, AGCO is currently trending below both its 50-day and 200-day moving averages, which is bearish. This stock has been downtrending badly over the last three months, with shares moving lower from its high of $57.34 to its intraday and new 52-week low of $45 a share. During that move, shares of AGCO have been making mostly lower highs and lower lows, which is bearish technical price action. That said, shares of AGCO are bucking the market weakness today and the stock is starting to bounce off its new 52-week low. If you're bullish on AGCO, then look for long-biased trades as long as this stock is trending above its new 52-week low of $45 a share and then once it breaks out above some key near-term overhead resistance levels at $46.55 to $46 a share with high volume. Look for a sustained move or close above the levels with volume that registers near or above its three-month average volume of 1.32 million shares. If that breakout develops soon, then AGCO will set up to re-test or possibly take out its next major overhead resistance levels at its 50-day moving average of $48.11 to $49.66 a share. Any high-volume move above those levels will then give AGCO a chance to tag $51 to $52 a share. Must Read: 3 Big Stocks on Traders' Radars To see more stocks with notable insider buying, check out the Stocks With Big Insider Buying portfolio on Stockpickr. -- Written by Roberto Pedone in Delafield, Wis. 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NEW YORK (The Deal) -- American Realty Capital Propertiesa said Wednesday it would sell its Cole Capital private capital management business to RCS Capital for at least $700 million. Cole Capital, an investor in commercial real estate, was acquired by ARCP as part of its larger 2013 deal to buy Cole Real Estate Investments Inc. for $11.2 billion. ARCP said that as part of the deal announced Wednesday it would have the ability to participate in a series of real estate investment programs sponsored by Cole Capital, but said the sale would make it easier to raise capital and increase earnings visibility. "This transaction significantly simplifies our business model, provides us a long-term economic stake in the growth and success of Cole Capital's investment programs and should enhance and accelerate the capitalization of these programs," said American Realty CEO David S. Kay. "As the leading wholesale distribution platform in the industry, RCAP is uniquely suited to increase the velocity and volume of Cole Capital's overall equity raising capabilities." Terms of the deal call for RCS Capital to pay $200 million in cash and $300 million in unsecured debt maturing in 2021, as well as either 8.4 million shares of its stock or an additional $200 million in cash. There is also an earn-out provision of up to $130 million to be based on Cole Capital's 2015 Ebitda, with up to 50% payable in stock in 2016. The purchase is expected to close before year's end, with funding of the purchase to occur in stages between late 2014 and April 2015 in part for tax reasons. RCS Capital CEO Michael Weil in a statement called the purchase "strategically and financially important" for his company, helping to grow the business and expand its scope. "It diversifies RCAP's revenues substantially, increases our recurring revenue base, and adds a full complement of net lease real estate offerings to our product suite," Weil said. RCAP said it expects Cole Capital to contribute recurring asset management Ebitda of more than $73 million in 2015. ARCP was advised on the deal by Moelis & Co. LLC and Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP's Michael Aiello, Matthew Gilroy, Chayim Neubort, Damian Ridealgh, Paul Wessel, Jeffrey Lieberman, John Sipple and Michael Epstein. Barclays Capital Inc.; RCS Capital, the investment banking and capital markets division of Realty Capital Securities LLC; and Citigroup Inc. are acting as financial advisers to RCS Capital Corp., with Duane Morris LLP providing legal advice. Proskauer Rose LLP is acting as transaction counsel to both ARCP and RCAP.

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text Why JetBlue (JBLU) Stock Is Down Today
Wed, 01 Oct 2014 16:33 GMT

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Shares of JetBlue Airways Corpa aare down 2.78% to $10.32 in midday trading as U.S. airline stocksafall from concerns thatathe recent diagnosis of Ebola in Texas will causeaflyers to suspend travel plans. UBS analysts note the string of fears including drop in sales due to Ebola, the stronger dollar, geopolitical risk and oversupply, but believes the sell off of U.S. airline companies is overdone, Barrons reports. Other U.S. airline companies are slipping today includingaAmerican Airlines Group down 2.42% to $34.62,aUnited Continental Holdings falling 1.43% to $46.12 and Delta Air Lines down 2.66% to $35.19. 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 JETBLUE AIRWAYS CORP as a Buy with a ratings score of B. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation: "We rate JETBLUE AIRWAYS CORP (JBLU) 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 solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth and attractive valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated." Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows: Powered by its strong earnings growth of 518.18% and other important driving factors, this stock has surged by 53.16% over the past year, outperforming the rise in the S&P 500 Index during the same period. 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. JETBLUE AIRWAYS CORP reported significant earnings per share improvement in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. The company has demonstrated a pattern of positive earnings per share growth over the past two years. We feel that this trend should continue. During the past fiscal year, JETBLUE AIRWAYS CORP increased its bottom line by earning $0.51 versus $0.39 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($0.69 versus $0.51). The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Airlines industry. The net income increased by 538.9% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from $36.00 million to $230.00 million. The revenue growth significantly trails the industry average of 45.5%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 11.8%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share. You can view the full analysis from the report here: JBLU Ratings Report STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more.

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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- United Continental Holdings shares are down 2.45% to $45.65 on Wednesday on anxiety about the spread of Ebola following the first confirmed case of the disease in the U.S. Airline stocks across the board are dropping as fears increase that the travel industry could be hurt by the spread of the virus. Fellow airlines JetBlue and Delta Airlines are also down 3.2% and 2.8%, respectively. 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 UNITED CONTINENTAL HLDGS INC as a Buy with a ratings score of B-. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation: "We rate UNITED CONTINENTAL HLDGS INC (UAL) 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 impressive record of earnings per share growth, revenue growth, notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated." Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows: UNITED CONTINENTAL HLDGS INC reported significant earnings per share improvement in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. The company has demonstrated a pattern of positive earnings per share growth over the past year. We feel that this trend should continue. During the past fiscal year, UNITED CONTINENTAL HLDGS INC turned its bottom line around by earning $1.30 versus -$2.32 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($4.60 versus $1.30). The revenue growth significantly trails the industry average of 45.5%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 3.3%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost 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 Airlines industry and the overall market on the basis of return on equity, UNITED CONTINENTAL HLDGS INC has underperformed in comparison with the industry average, but has exceeded that of the S&P 500. Powered by its strong earnings growth of 66.11% and other important driving factors, this stock has surged by 37.73% over the past year, outperforming the rise in the S&P 500 Index during the same period. Looking ahead, the stock's sharp rise over the last year has already helped drive it to a level which is relatively expensive compared to the rest of its industry. We feel, however, that other strengths this company displays justify these higher price levels. Net operating cash flow has increased to $1,464.00 million or 27.52% when compared to the same quarter last year. Despite an increase in cash flow, UNITED CONTINENTAL HLDGS INC's cash flow growth rate is still lower than the industry average growth rate of 72.42%.You can view the full analysis from the report here: UAL Ratings Report STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more.

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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- ConAgra Foods shareholders have been hungryafor some good news ever since the stock reached its 2014 high of $34.18 in January. Since that high, ConAgra, which owns well-known brands Chef Boyardee, Swiss Miss and Healthy Choice, has seen its stockamove up and down in a range bounded by $28.26 and $33.61. Must Read: 7 Stocks Warren Buffett Is Selling in 2014 But the company's latest earnings report, which topped Wall Street's estimates, suggests that things are stabilizing and investors would be wise nibble on a few shares now. Granted, the stock isn't cheap. It currently trades 22 times what the company earned per share in the last year. This price-to-earnings ratio is right at the industry average, according to Yahoo! Finance. And bears are quick to point out that ConAgra's P/E is two points higher than the average P/E of companies in the S&P 500, according to CNN Money. That said, the picture looks brighter on a forward-looking basis, which is where investors should focus. Based on 2016 earnings estimates of $2.39, according to Yahoo! Finance, ConAgra's P/E drops to 13. Not only is this five points lower than the average for companies in the food and beverage industry, it's also 13 points lower than the average for companies in the S&P 500. In that regard, these shares, which trade at a discount to rivals Nestle and Danone , which trade with P/Es of 23 and 28, respectively, should be priced higher. What's more, despite challengesawith sales growth in its existing businesses and operational efficiency, management seems to be doing the right things to generating earnings growth during what I view as a cyclical downturn sales for large food companies. Must Read: Three Reasons Why Angie's List Is for Sale In fact, while ConAgra is still dealing with weak revenue (down 0.4% in the latest quarter), the company posted decent earnings growth. In the most recent quarter, earnings based on generally accepted accounting principles surged more than 230%, from $144.3 million to $482.3 million. It's true that a large part of that increase was because ConAgra discontinued several products. But even on an adjusted basis, earnings were at 39 cents per share, a 2-cent improvement from last year. Management's diligent cost controls led to a 8.6% year-over-year decline in selling, general and administrative expenses, while interest expense fell by 12.6% in the quarter. This means that even amid periods of weak sales, ConAgra is able to make necessary efficiency improvements to grow its bottom line. The company's CEO Gary Rodkin, who will retire in May of next year, said this year's focus will be on stabilizing the business. There had been concerns that ConAgra would cut guidance due to continued pressure on margins. That was not the case. ConAgra surprised analysts with margins of 11.6%, which was a year-over-year improvement of 160 basis points. As a sign of confidence, the company predicted EPS of 62 cents for the current quarter, 2 cents better than what Wall Street analysts had been predicting. Looking further ahead, the company expects to report mid-single-digit growth in adjusted earnings per share for its 2015 fiscal year, which will finish at the end of May 2015. Given that ConAgra ended fiscal 2014 with adjusted earnings of $2.17 per share, "mid-single digits" suggests adjusted earnings anywhere between $2.30 and $2.35 per share. That seems overly conservative, however. All told, there is plenty to like with ConAgra, including the potential for management to find additional synergies with Ralcorp, which ConAgra acquired in 2013. Patient investors should do well in the long term. With both earnings and margins now heading in the right direction and the company's respectable dividend yield of 3.3%, ConAgra has bought itself plenty of time. Must Read: Why Fannie, Freddie Investors May Want to Wait to Sell At the time of publication, the author held no position in any of the stocks mentioned. Follow @Richard_WSPB // 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"); // ]]> This article represents the opinion of a contributor and not necessarily that of TheStreet or its editorial staff. TheStreet Ratings team rates CONAGRA FOODS INC as a Buy with a ratings score of B. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation: "We rate CONAGRA FOODS INC (CAG) 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 increase in net income, good cash flow from operations 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: CAG Ratings Report

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text Why Hecla Mining (HL) Stock Is Up Today
Wed, 01 Oct 2014 16:23 GMT

NEW YORK (TheStreet) --aHecla Mining was gaining 4.8% to $2.60 Wednesday after BB&T Capital upgraded the mining company to "buy" from "hold." The analyst firm set a price target of $3.50 for the company. Hecla Mining's risk/reward is too compelling to ignore, according to BB&T Capital analysts. The analysts cited Hecla Mining's low silver cash costs per ounce, capex flexibility, little near-term debt maturities, and an under-appreciated zinc and lead component that could improve its cost position in relation to its peers as reasons for the upgrade. The company's share repurchase capacity and its final Coeur d'Alene Basin settlement payment also contributed to 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. TheStreet Ratings team rates HECLA MINING CO as a Hold with a ratings score of C-. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation: "We rate HECLA MINING CO (HL) a HOLD. The primary factors that have impacted our rating are mixed --asome 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 good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including disappointing return on equity and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself." Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows: The revenue growth greatly exceeded the industry average of 0.6%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 37.7%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, improving the earnings per share. The current debt-to-equity ratio, 0.39, is low and is below the industry average, implying that there has been successful management of debt levels. To add to this, HL has a quick ratio of 1.71, which demonstrates the ability of the company to cover short-term liquidity needs. HECLA MINING 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, HECLA MINING CO swung to a loss, reporting -$0.08 versus $0.05 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($0.01 versus -$0.08). HL has underperformed the S&P 500 Index, declining 16.41% 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. The company's current return on equity has slightly decreased from the same quarter one year prior. This implies a minor weakness in the organization. Compared to other companies in the Metals & Mining industry and the overall market on the basis of return on equity, HECLA MINING CO underperformed against that of the industry average and is significantly less than that of the S&P 500. You can view the full analysis from the report here: HL Ratings Report STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more.

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YANGON, Myanmar (AP) - Myanmar awarded licenses Wednesday to the first foreign banks allowed to operate in the country in a half-century. Lenders from Japan, China and Australia were among the nine banks to receive licenses in a reform implemented after Myanmar emerged from dictatorship. Those to receive licenses included Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Industrial and Commercial Bank of China and Australia and New Zealand Banking Group. Others were Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corp., Mizuho Bank, Thailand's Bangkok Bank, Singapore's Oversea-Chinese Banking Corp. and United Overseas Bank and Malaysia's Malayan Banking Bhd. Each bank will be allowed to open one branch and cannot conduct retail banking. They can only lend to foreign investors in foreign currencies, not the local kyat, unless they partner with local bank, part of efforts to protect the fledgling domestic industry. There were no U.S. or European lenders in the group announced by the Central Bank. Licenses went to banks among the 25 that already have representative offices in Myanmar, a group that includes no American or European lenders. Myanmar nationalized banks in 1963 under military rule.