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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- BothaVisaa andaMasterCarda are up in afternoon trading Thursday, 9% and 7%, respectively, after the credit card giants reported quarterly earnings. TheStreet's Jim Cramer says both stocks are partially aided by the news that China will be more accepting of the companies' work in China. The nation will ease restrictions on foreign credit cards, which will give Visa and MasterCard greater access to Chinese customers. Cramer says he likes the companies' double-digit growth and stellar online numbers. He called Visa's conference call one of the best of this entire reporting period. Must Watch:aJim Cramer: Visa and MasterCard Totally Deliver with Quarterly Results STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more. Cramer says both credit card companies "totally delivered" on excellent quarters after some trepidation. Visa revenue rose 8.6% year-over-year to $3.23 billion, while adjusted earnings totaled $2.18 a share for the fourth quarter. MasterCard posted third-quarter earnings of 87 cents a share, a 19% year-over-year increase, on revenue of $2.5 billion, a 13% rise from the year-ago quarter. TheStreet Ratings team rates Visa as a "buy" with a ratings score of A-. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation: "We rate VISA INC (V) a BUY. This is based on the convergence of positive investment measures, which should help this stock outperform the majority of stocks that we rate. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow." You can view the full analysis from the report here: V Ratings Report TheStreet Ratings team also rates MasterCardaas a "buy" with a ratings score of A+. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation: "We rate MASTERCARD INC (MA) a BUY. This is based on the convergence of positive investment measures, which should help this stock outperform the majority of stocks that we rate. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income and expanding profit margins. 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: MA 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) -- Big recent moves in these four stocksasuggest the likelihood of continued momentum.a Electronic Artsa the video-game developer, is in a beautiful, two-year rising channel. The stock broke through a key double top on Wednesday, up $1.43, or 3.8%, to $38.91. on 10.6 million shares, a day after reporting earningsaand updating fiscal 2015 guidance. Shares got as high as $40.34 intraday, so let's see if that late pullback is a buying opportunity, and if it can make it to higher levels. Ultimately, it could be a stock in the mid-to-high $40s. the stock is up another 1.5% Thursday to $39.50, up 73% for the year to date. Must Read: 12 Stocks Warren Buffett Loves in 2014 Amedisysa had a big move on Wednesday, the day it released earnings, up $3.42, or 15.6%, to $25.22 on 1.6 million shares. The home health care stock had popped out of a multi-month consolidation in July, formed a month-long wedge, and then popped again in August. It tradedasideways in the $20 zone until recent days when it edged above resistance and then had the big breakaway gap. Watch for the low from Wednesday to hold in the $23.95-$24 zone, and for the stock to move towards the channel top in the $29-$30 zone in the short term. Shares are currently around $25.50, up 74% for the year to date. SolarWindsa also had a big breakaway gap on Wednesday, up $4.67, or nearly 11%, to $47.25. Volume was $3.7 million, the highest since February. The move came the day after the software company reportedaa 28% increase in third-quarter revenue. Watch for further upside after the breakout, with the next target at $51, the high from April 2013. Shares are now at $47, up nearly 25% for the year. Zeltiq Aesthetics popped in August and pulled back last month in an orderly fashion, and is now starting to move up again. On Wednesday, the day the medical technology company reported earnings, the stock gained $1.60, or 6.5%, to $25.92 on unusually heavy volumeaattributed to an insider sale. Resistance is at the recent high near $27, a breakthrough that could get the stock into the $29-$30 range and eventually up the channel into the mid-$30s. Shares are at $26.60, up nearly 41% for the year to date. See Harry's video chart analysis on these stocks. Must Read: 5 Semiconductor Stocks Delivering Big Shareholder Profits Now At the time of publication, the author held no positions in any of the stocks mentioned. This article is commentary by an independent contributor, separate from TheStreet's regular news coverage. TheStreet Ratings team rates ELECTRONIC ARTS INC as a Buy with a ratings score of B. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation: "We rate ELECTRONIC ARTS INC (EA) 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, reasonable valuation levels and compelling growth in net income. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results." You can view the full analysis from the report here: EA Ratings Report

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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- It was business as usual when F5 Networks' reported fiscal fourth-quarter financial results on Wednesday. As it did in each of the seven preceding quarters, the company beat analysts' estimates for revenue and earnings. It's an uncommon streak for a stock in any sector, much less in technology, where networking vendors have cited service provider challenges and headwinds in Europe for weak sales andadownbeat guidance. Must Read: 12 Stocks Warren Buffett Loves in 2014 F5, which specializes in technology that optimizes the delivery of network-based applications, reported revenue for the fiscal fourth quarter (ended Sept. 30) of $465.3 million, which was up 6% sequentially and 18% year over year. Equally impressive was net income of $94 million ($1.26 per share), which was up 18% sequentially and 23% year over year. The stock was trading up $5.23, or 4.5%, at $122.35 around 12:00 p.m. EDT Thursday. Investors have rewarded the company's results by bidding up shares 35% so far this year and 47% over the past 12 months. This compares to the S&P 500, which is up 7.5% year to date and 13% over the past year. Given the company's earnings success and the stock's strong performance, it was surprising to learn that longtime CEO John McAdam will be retiring at the end of the company's 2015 fiscal year, which finishes on Sept. 30, 2015. In a phone interview, McAdam explained his decision by saying, "It was just time." Later he added, "After doing this for so long, I want to spend more time with my family." McAdam made it clear that despite his announced retirement, F5's priorities are not going to change. He said: "Looking forward, I am confident that all of the company-specific drivers that propelled our growth in the fourth quarter and fiscal 2014 will continue to have a positive impact on our business throughout 2015." Must Read: Energy, Politics and Putin: Russia's Gas Power Play Traps Europe When pressed for more detail on why he was so confident, he said the company had secured a number of "large deals that were greater than $500,000 and a significant rebound in deals that were greater than $1 million." When asked for a geographic breakdowns, he responded that "they were mostly in North America." This is important because the Americas represents F5's largest market, generating 59% of total revenue in the latest quarter. That is two percentage points higher than the previous quarter. That market is now growing at a 16% rate year over year. And with enterprise customers contributing to 67% of fiscal fourth-quarter revenue, F5 is likely stealing market share from some of its fiercest rivals. While discussing the strong performance in enterprise sales, McAdam was quick to point out the effect of "follow-on product sales in major accounts," which he said were generated from consulting revenue. He said these "follow-on" products were "replacing other vendors' products." When asked for specifics about where the company is gaining the most traction, McAdam said that enterprises, service providers and government customers are replacing Cisco's ACE (application control engine) products with his company's "Good, Better, Best bundling options," providing a huge boost to fiscal fourth-quarter product revenue, which grew 20% year over year. He said he sees no signs of things slowing and pointed to the company's recent acquisitions, including Defense.Net, a deal that was closed earlier this year. This is one example of the investments F5 has made in data center and security operation centers to ensure growth in cloud-based opportunities. When asked why fiscal first-quarter revenue guidance implied year-over-year growth of 13% to 15%, the slowest growth rate since September 2013, McAdam said the cautious outlook was "due to seasonality." With the Federal Reserve having ended quantitative easing, corporations may pull their purse strings a little tighter. So McAdam's cautiousness seems justified. That's certainly something to keep an eye on, especially with such an impressive steak on the line. Must Read: Why Exxon Mobil's Glory Days of Dominance May Be Ending At the time of publication, the author held no positions 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 F5 NETWORKS INC as a Buy with a ratings score of A-. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation: "We rate F5 NETWORKS INC (FFIV) a BUY. This is based on the convergence of positive investment measures, which should help this stock outperform the majority of stocks that we rate. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity, growth in earnings per share and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company is trading at a premium valuation based on our review of its current price compared to such things as earnings and book value." You can view the full analysis from the report here: FFIV Ratings Report

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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Agnico Eagle Mines shares are down 8.4% to $25.72 on Thursday after the Canada-based international gold miner missed analysts' third quarter earnings expectations. The company reported a net loss of $15.1 million. On an adjusted basis the company posted a profit of 2acents per diluted share compared to a net profit of 43 cents per diluted share last year. Analysts were expecting earnings of 15 cents per diluted share. The company's bottom line was hurt by falling gold prices,which have declined 35% over the past three years, despite upping its third quarter production toa349,273 ounces of gold from thea315,828 ounces it produced last year. 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 AGNICO EAGLE MINES LTD as a Hold with a ratings score of C-. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation: "We rate AGNICO EAGLE MINES LTD (AEM) 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, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and solid stock price performance. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's return on equity has been disappointing." Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows: You can view the full analysis from the report here: AEM Ratings Report AEM 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) --Shares of Silver Wheaton Corp. are falling by 5.1% to $18.24 today after a government report showed that the U.S. economy expanded more than forecast, damping demand for metals as an alternative investment, Bloomberg reports. Silver slumped to a 55-month low, and gold fell to a three-week low a day after the Federal Reserve announced an end to monthly debt purchases to bolster the economy, according to Bloomberg. Silver futures for delivery in December plunged 4.3% to $16.515 an ounce. The metal touched $16.455, the lowest since March 2, 2010, according to Bloomberg data. 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 Fed statement was "more hawkish than what the market was expecting," INTL FCStone analyst Edward Meir said, adding, "The Fed will be inclined to raise rates sooner rather than later." Rising rates would dent the interest in gold and therefore silver because as non-yielding assets, they tend to benefit from low rates. Silver Wheaton Corp. is a mining company which generates its revenue primarily from the sale of silver. The company has a market cap of $6.66 billion and reported revenue of $148.6 million in the second quarter, on silver equivalent sales of 7.5 million ounces. Net earnings in the second quarter were $63.5 million, or 18 cents per share, and analysts expect third quarter revenue of $180 million and net earnings of 23 cents a share. Silver Wheatonawill release third quarter results on Wednesday, November 12 before market open. Separately, TheStreet Ratings team rates SILVER WHEATON CORP as a Hold with a ratings score of C. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation: "We rate SILVER WHEATON CORP (SLW) 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: SLW's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.29 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 7.39, which clearly demonstrates the ability to cover short-term cash needs. The gross profit margin for SILVER WHEATON CORP is currently very high, coming in at 76.19%. Regardless of SLW's high profit margin, it has managed to decrease from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, SLW's net profit margin of 42.73% significantly outperformed against the industry. SLW, with its decline in revenue, underperformed when compared the industry average of 0.7%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues fell by 11.0%. The declining revenue appears to have seeped down to the company's bottom line, decreasing earnings per share. The company, on the basis of change in net income from the same quarter one year ago, has underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500 and the Metals & Mining industry average. The net income has decreased by 10.7% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, dropping from $71.12 million to $63.49 million. Net operating cash flow has decreased to $102.54 million or 18.13% when compared to the same quarter last year. In conjunction, when comparing current results to the industry average, SILVER WHEATON CORP has marginally lower results. You can view the full analysis from the report here: SLW 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 InvenSense acontinue to decline, down to a 52-week low of $15.03 on Thursday, after the micro-electro-mechanical systems designer reported second-quarter results that came up short of analysts' expectations. The company reported adjusted earnings per share of 5 cents, down from 21 cents in the same period one year earlier. Revenue increased year-over-year to $90.2 million from $70.9 million. The consensus estimate called for earnings of 16 cents a share on revenue of $90.48 million. Must Read:aJim Cramer's 'Mad Money' Recap: Where to Find Bargains Created by the Fed STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more. The weak results led to multiple analyst downgrades.aPacific Crestacut its rating to "sector perform" from "outperform," while Piper Jaffrayatrimmed to "neutral" from "outperform."aNorthland Capital Markets also lowered its rating to "market perform" from "outperform." Separately, TheStreet Ratings team rates INVENSENSE INC as a "hold" with a ratings score of C. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation: "We rate INVENSENSE INC (INVN) 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, good cash flow from operations and increase in stock price during the past year. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and feeble growth in the company's earnings per share." You can view the full analysis from the report here: INVN Ratings Report INVN 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) -- Shares of Atmel were falling 6.6% to $6.75 Thursday after meeting analysts' estimates for earnings in the third quarter and guiding below estimates for the fourth quarter. The chipmaker reported earnings of 12 cents a share for the third quarter, in-line with estimates from analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research. Revenue grew 5.1% year over year to $374.5 million for the quarter, compared to analysts' estimates of $373.1 million. Atmel said it expects revenue of $337 million to $356 million for the fourth quarter, below analysts' estimates of $375.2 million for the quarter. 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. "We delivered another solid quarter of financial performance driven by revenue growth and increased gross and operating margins," Atmel president and CEO Steve Laub said in a statement. "Our broad microcontroller portfolio combined with our recently expanded wireless products and technologies have established Atmel (ATML) as a leader in the Internet of Things marketplace." TheStreet Ratings team rates ATMEL CORP as a Hold with a ratings score of C+. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation: "We rate ATMEL CORP (ATML) a HOLD. The primary factors that have impacted our rating are mixed -- some indicating strength, some showing weaknesses, with little evidence to justify the expectation of either a positive or negative performance for this stock relative to most other stocks. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, revenue growth and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the stock has experienced relatively poor performance when compared with the S&P 500 during the past year." You can view the full analysis from the report here: ATML Ratings Report ATML 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) -- Microsoft and Nintendo have both announced new, health-related gadgets joining an ever-expanding array of products coming from tech companies as they enter the burgeoning wearables market. The technology industry has been pushing it for a couple of years, be it with Jawbone's various devices, Fitbit's offerings, or Samsung's attempts with its Galaxy Gear smartwatch offerings. Microsoft and Nintendo, as well as others are looking to enter a market that's expected to be exceptionally lucrative, expected to be worth $60 billion by 2018, according to IHS. The Microsoft Band, which retails for $199.99, was introduced via a press release and offered for sale on a new Website. Microsoft is marketing it as a fitness device so it can monitor your heart rate, help keep track of your workouts and even track your sleep (if you wear it all night). It's also a smartwatch capable of telling time, displaying email alerts and calendar notifications and Microsoft's voice assistant Cortana is included as well, helping the device notes, inform of news, weather and stock information and even help with directions. Must Read: How the Apple Watch Can Help Wearables Band comes in three sizes, measures 0.75-inch wide, 0.34-inch thick and weighs slightly more than 2 ounces. Inside is an ARM Cortex M4 processor mated with 64 MB (not GB) of storage. Also jammed inside are a optical heart rate sensor, ambient light, UV, skin temperature and galvanic response sensors, GPS and two rechargeable batteries which Microsoft claims is good for up to two days of use. A full charge is said to take only 90 minutes. "Microsoft's Band is more of a souped-up fitness tracker than a smart watch," saidaEd Maguire, analyst with CLSA via email after opening the box containing his sample device. "The Band is at its heart a fitness tracking appliance with alerting capabilities. It's got a lot more in common with the Samsung Gear and Nike Fuelband than with the Pebble, Basis or Apple Watch." The device's most popular feature could turn out to be its connectivity, as it's available on all the major operating systems. It will work with numerous devices running Google's Android operating system (versions 4.3 and 4.4), Apple'sa iOS 7.1 and, of course the latest version of Microsoft's own Windows Phone (8.1). There's a free, downloadable app to control and monitor things on the platform of your choice. Microsoft's new device will have to compete with similar devices from a rapidly-growingafield of competitors including Samsung , LG, Motorola, Sony , Pebble and many other manufacturers. Starting early next year, all of these companies will have to deal with a new line of Apple Watch devices. This morning, Samsung announced that it's next-generation smartwatch, the Gear S, will be offered for sale in the United States beginning next Friday, Nov. 7th. Featuring a 2-inch Super AMOLED display and running on Samsung's own Tizen operating system, Gear S will be sold through AT&T , Sprint , T-Mobile and Verizon . Nintendo is taking a different approach than Microsoft and the others, with its upcoming health-related device. It's not designed for your wrist, however CEO Satoru Iwata announced that his company is working on a device which will measure a user's fatigue and then map and monitor the user while they sleep. The as-of-yet unnamed device is designed to sit on the night table next to your bed. As described, the small box will use microwave transmission sensors to track a user's sleep and allow offer ideas for changing sleep habits based on collected data. The product is being co-developed with U.S.-based ResMed and will be the first offered from the Nintendo's newly created healthcare division. No release date or possible price has been set. While Nintendo's design has yet to be seen, Microsoft will have to do a lot of work to convince people it's ready to go up against the Apple Watch and other devices already on the market. "It's a 'me too' solution for Microsoft although we like the strategy as it further spreads the gospel to consumers worldwide," FBR Capital analyst Daniel Ives said in an email. "This remains an uphill area for Microsoft going forward to gain share." Must Read: 10 Best Apple Products Ever -- Written by Gary Krakow with additional reporting by Chris Ciaccia in New York. To submit a news tip, send an email to tips@thestreet.com.

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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Shares of GoPro Inc are falling, down 2.43% to $66.24, in midday trading Thursday ahead of the wearable camera maker's third quarter earnings report due after today's market close. The high definition sports camera maker is expected to report earnings of 8 cents per share on revenue ofa$263.4 million. On Tuesday,aGoProahad coverage initiated with an "outperform" rating by analysts at Wedbush withaa price target of $81, along withapositive and upward looking notes on the company. 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. Wedbush analysts said the San Mateo, CA-based company deserves a high multiple given its "rapidly growing addressable market" and "strong brand that permits premium pricing for its products." GPRO 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. a

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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Shares ofaAlpha Natural Resourcesa fell 4.67% to $2.04 in afternoon trading Thursday after the largest U.S. producer ofametallurgical coal said more production cuts are probable because the market is stillaoversupplied, according toaBloomberg. Coal prices have fallen to a six-year low amid a glut in the market. Major coal producers have announced production cuts of approximately 25 million tons, but ANR said Thursday that those cuts have yet to go intoaeffect. "The global seaborne metallurgical coal market has shown no meaningful improvement over the last several months," the company said. It expects more productionacuts "as current prices do not allow a return for many of the global producers." 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. ANR's drop Thursday comes despite third-quarter earnings that beat analysts' expectations. The company posted an adjusted net loss of 53 cents a share, while revenue totaled $1.1 billion.a Analysts had expected a loss of 70 cents a share on revenue of $998.65 million. Separately, TheStreet Ratings team rates ALPHA NATURAL RESOURCES INC as a "sell" with a ratings score of D-. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation: "We rate ALPHA NATURAL RESOURCES INC (ANR) a SELL. This is driven by a number of negative factors, which we believe should have a greater impact than any strengths, and could make it more difficult for investors to achieve positive results compared to most of the stocks we cover. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity, weak operating cash flow, poor profit margins and generally high debt management risk." You can view the full analysis from the report here: ANR Ratings Report ANR 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 private equity firm Snow Phipps Group LLC has emerged as the winning bidder for Teasdale Foods Inc., the provider of Hispanic canned food products that was acquired only three years ago by Palladium Equity Partners LLC. Terms of the transaction, which closed on Tuesday, weren't disclosed but a source familiar with the process said Snow Phipps paid around 10 times the target's about $20 million in revenue, implying a deal valued at roughly $200 million. The auction process included financial players that wanted to enter the burgeoning Hispanic food category and felt they could fuel additional growth in Teasdale, the source said. The Deal reported in late July that New York PE firm Palladium was shopping Teasdale, which it acquired on Sept. 20, 2011, for an undisclosed sum. Teasdale, which is based in Atwater, Calif., provides conventional and organic canned hominy, beans and sauces in the West and Midwest through the Teasdale and Aunt Penny's brands. Since gaining backing from Palladium, Teasdale has grown partly via acquisitions. On Sept. 6, 2012, Teasdale acquired Hoopeston, Ill.-based Hoopeston Foods Inc., adding a conventional and organic canned dried beans supplier serving the Midwest market. Financial terms of the deal weren't disclosed. Teasdale then bought Zateca Foods LLC and Greeley Trading Co., suppliers of pre-cooked dehydrated beans, on Dec. 19, 2012, for an undisclosed sum. On July 25, 2013, Palladium announced the recapitalization of Teasdale, revealing that the portfolio company executed a $94.5 million senior secured credit facility, $34 million of which was returned to Palladium investors via a dividend. Other players offering similar products to Teasdale include B&G Foods Inc. , which offers canned bean products under its Joan of Arc brand; Campbell Soup Co. , with complementary products such as its canned soup; and ConAgra Foods Inc. , which offers Southwestern-style canned bean variations via its Ranch Style Beans brand as well as Dennison's canned chili. Recent activity in the space includes Jalisco, Mexico-based canned food company Conservas La Costena SA de CV's Aug. 4 agreement to buy Minneapolis-based Faribault Foods, a provider of canned vegetables, sauced beans, refried beans, baked beans, among other organic and Mexican products. Terms of the deal weren't disclosed. GraceKennedy Ltd., the Caribbean food and financial service conglomerate based in Kingston, Jamaica, extended its presence in the U.S. by acquiring Hispanic-focused food distributor La Fe Foods Inc. for $26 million on Aug. 7. La Fe has offices in Moonachie, N.J., Raleigh, N.C., and Medley, Fla. Teasdale CEO Alberto Bandera will continue to lead the company, while Snow Phipps operating partner Peter Shea will join Teasdale as non-executive chairman of the board. Shea previously served as managing director of H.J. Heinz Co. in Europe and currently serves as the non-executive chairman of FeraDyne Outdoors LLC, the archery accessory company Snow Phipps won on April 29 following a robust auction process. Terms of that deal weren't disclosed. For Palladium, the sale of Teasdale comes on the heels of the Aug. 7 sale of Sahale Snacks Inc. to J.M. Smucker Co. for an undisclosed price. Sources at the time said J.M. Smucker likely paid as much as $150 million, or as high as 3 times the $50 million in sales generated by the provider of premium, all-natural dried fruit and nut blends Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP's Sarah Stasny, Andrew Arons, Adam Dickson, Andrew Colao, Kristopher Villarreal, Alana St. Aude, Rachel Trudeau, Emily Aguilar, Marc Silberberg, Mark Dundon, John O'Loughlin, Michael Nissan, Verity Rees, Lawrence Baer, Aryeh Zuber, Joseph Verdesca, Gabriel Gershowitz, David Litvack, Jeffrey Osterman, Rachel Vigneaux, Vadim Brusser and Alexis Brown-Reilly provided legal counsel to Snow Phipps on the Teasdale transaction. Harris Williams & Co.'s Tim Alexander, Glen Gurtcheff, Brant Cash and Michael Gilkes supplied financial advice to Palladium. Officials with Snow Phipps, Palladium and Teasdale declined to comment.


NEW YORK (TheStreet) --aWalter Energy shares are down 5.13% to $2.22 on Thursday despite beating analysts earnings and revenue estimates for the third quarter as analysts at Brean Capital published a note saying the firm is concernedaabout the company's spending. The company reported an adjusted loss of $1.58 per diluted share, three cents better than analysts were expecting for the period, on revenue of $329.5 million, a 27.7% decline, that was in line with analysts expectations. 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. Despite the earnings results, analysts at Brean Capital believe that the company is spending at unsustainable levels. "We are concerned that despite the positive Q3 performance, normalized cash-burn remains at high levels at current market pricing," said analyst Lucas Pipes. TheStreet Ratings team rates WALTER ENERGY INC as a Sell with a ratings score of D. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation: "We rate WALTER ENERGY INC (WLT) a SELL. This is driven by a few notable 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 unimpressive growth in net income, poor profit margins, weak operating cash flow, generally high debt management risk and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself." Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows: The company, on the basis of change in net income from the same quarter one year ago, has significantly underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500 and the Metals & Mining industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 338.9% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from -$34.49 million to -$151.39 million. The gross profit margin for WALTER ENERGY INC is currently extremely low, coming in at 5.48%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of -40.01% is significantly below that of the industry average. Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to -$74.40 million or 1481.59% 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 debt-to-equity ratio is very high at 5.20 and currently higher than the industry average, implying increased risk associated with the management of debt levels within the company. Even though the debt-to-equity ratio is weak, WLT's quick ratio is somewhat strong at 1.10, demonstrating the ability to handle short-term liquidity needs. Despite any intermediate fluctuations, we have only bad news to report on this stock's performance over the last year: it has tumbled by 84.79%, worse than the S&P 500's performance. Consistent with the plunge in the stock price, the company's earnings per share are down 323.63% compared to the year-earlier quarter. Naturally, the overall market trend is bound to be a significant factor. However, in one sense, the stock's sharp decline last year is a positive for future investors, making it cheaper (in proportion to its earnings over the past year) than most other stocks in its industry. But due to other concerns, we feel the stock is still not a good buy right now. You can view the full analysis from the report here: WLT 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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SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Samsung Electronics says its third-quarter income has plunged 49% to the lowest level in nearly three years as its handset business slows down. Samsung says its net income for the July-September quarter was 4.2 trillion won ($4 billion), a sharp decline from 8.2 trillion won a year earlier. The income was the lowest since 2012 but above market expectations. Analysts polled by Factset expected 3.7 trillion won income. Sales fell 20% to 47.4 trillion won while operating income shrank 60% to 4.1 trillion won. Samsung warned earlier this month that its handset profit declined despite a marginal shipment increase. Analysts said the Galaxy S5 smartphone launched in April did not sell well while many consumers held off upgrading their phones, instead waiting for new iPhones. Must Read:aApple CEO Tim Cook Announces He Is Gay in First-Person Op-Ed


NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Shares of BorgWarner were falling 4.7% to $54.19 Thursday after missing analysts' estimates for revenue in the third quarter and guiding below estimates for the full year. The auto parts company reported earnings of 79 cents a share, in-line with the Capital IQ Consensus Estimate for the third quarter. Revenue grew 12.5% year over year to $2.03 billion for the quarter, but fell below analysts' estimates of $2.06 billion for the quarter. BorgWarner said it expects earnings of $3.23 to $3.28 a share for the full year 2014, below analysts' estimates of $3.33 a share for the year. The company expects net sales growth of 12% to 13% compared to 2013, down from previous estimates of 13% to 15% growth. 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 BORGWARNER INC as a Buy with a ratings score of A-. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation: "We rate BORGWARNER INC (BWA) a BUY. This is based on the convergence of positive investment measures, which should help this stock outperform the majority of stocks that we rate. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow." You can view the full analysis from the report here: BWA Ratings Report BWA 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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BEIJING (AP) -- China says it will ease restrictions on credit cards in a move that might give Visa , MasterCard and other foreign competitors greater access to the Chinese market. Foreign companies will be allowed for the first time to apply to set up credit card clearing operations in China, said a Cabinet announcement late Wednesday. It gave no details of what qualifications would be required for a foreign competitor to be approved or when licenses might be issued. Must Read: 5 Semiconductor Stocks Delivering Big Shareholder Profits Now Beijing's restrictions have given a monopoly on credit card processing to a state-owned entity, UnionPay. All banks are required to participate in UnionPay and all transactions must be processed through it. The World Trade Organization, ruling on a complaint by the United States, said two years ago the restrictions violated China's free-trade commitments by treating foreign credit card processors unequally. The government said it would review the decision but did little to increase market access. "While we are pleased with the announcement and see it as a good step in the right direction, many details remain unclear," said MasterCard Inc. in a statement. "We will continue to monitor closely and look forward to the day when we can compete for domestic business in China." The Cabinet statement said the move was aimed at opening up China's financial industries. Must Read: 10 Stocks George Soros Is Buying The ruling Communist Party has promised ambitious market-opening measures in an effort to make the slowing, state-dominated Chinese economy more efficient and productive. Foreign credit cards that are issued abroad are accepted by some hotels and other businesses in China but foreign companies are barred from issuing cards in the country's growing consumer market. Credit card transactions in China rose 30.9 percent last year over 2012 to 13.1 trillion yuan ($2.1 trillion), according to an industry group, the China Banking Association. It said 61 million new cards were issued in 2013. At the same time, Internet companies such as Alibaba Group and Tencent Holdings Ltd. are launching mobile payment services that might compete with credit cards. Despite their lack of market access, foreign credit card companies are promoting themselves to Chinese consumers who can use their cards abroad. Visa was a sponsor of the 2008 Beijing Olympics and Mastercard paid to have a former Olympic sports facility renamed the MasterCard Center. Must Read: Need a Job? Here Are 10 Industries With the Most Job Opportunities

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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- U.S. stocksawere moving higher after a report from the Commerce Department showed U.S. gross domestic product grew 3.5% in the third quarter, beating economists' estimates. Visa pushed the Dow Jones Industrial Average higher in morning trading, after the payment giants and its rival MasterCard reported better-than-forecast earnings on rising transaction volumes by businesses and consumers. The Dow rosea0.87%, while theaS&P 500awas rising by 0.24%. The Nasdaqawas fallinga0.25%. Must Read: Warren Buffett's Top 10 Dividend Stocks Shares of Visa and MasterCard rose more than 9% and 7.5%, respectively. Revenue at Visa exceeded analysts' forecasts as global debit and credit card spending increased 7.9% in the quarter. The company also increased its share buyback authorization by $5 billion.a U.S. GDP growth hit its strongest six-month pace since the financial crisis. Falling unemployment, rising GDP and third-quarter corporate earnings show the U.S. economy to be growing at a strengthening pace, however, inflation and wage growth remain below normal trends. "Headline growth was stronger than expected in the third quarter of the year, raising expectations for continued momentum in the final, fourth quarter of 2014 and beyond," said Lindsey Piegza, chief economist at Sterne Agee. "Momentum, however, will come from organic job and income growth spurring increased consumption and investment activity," she added. Third-quarter GDP was forecast to rise just 3% this quarter after a 4.6% increase in the second quarter. Thursday's report served to reinforce the Federal Reserve's outlook as it ends its monthly bond-buying, known as quantitative easing. The increase in GDP reflected strong consumption trends, rising exports and government spending at the federal, local and state levels, the Commerce Department said. The data comes as readings on consumer confidence ahead of the holiday season hit a seven-year high, and may reflect strong growth prospects for the U.S. heading into 2015. Gold tumbled more thana2% to $1,196 a troy ounce in afternoon trading, while Nymex West Texas Intermediate fell over 1% to $81.05 a barrel, reversing early gains. The report also showed falling inflation, indicating that even as the U.S. economy grows above trend inflation remains benign. The price index for GDP purchases rose just 1.3% in the third quarter, a drop from the 2% rise recorded in the second quarter. Excluding food and energy prices, inflation rose 1.5% compared with an increase of 1.7%. Initial jobless claims from Thursday morning showed weekly claims rose slightly more than forecast to 287,000 from 283,000 the previous week. Claims, nonetheless, sit near multi-year lows and come as the U.S. unemployment rate dipped below 6% in September, the lowest level since 2008. Strong GDP data could impact investors’ thinking on the Federal Reserve’s timetable for a hike in short-term interest rates, however, inflation data remains below the central bank's targets. The Fed on Wednesday confirmed it was ending its monthly bond-buying program and provided a stronger-than-expected outlook on the U.S. labor market and economy. The yield on the 10-Year U.S. Treasury was trading at 2.29%, while the 5-Year Note was yielding a 1.58%. Must Read: 10 Stocks Billionaire John Paulson Loves in 2014 Apple CEO Tim Cook confirmed he is gay in an editorial published in BusinessWeek. "We pave the sunlit path toward justice together, brick by brick. This is my brick," Cook said. Royal Dutch Shell said Thursday that third-quarter profit fell 4.5% to $4.46 billion but rose 24% to $5.27 billion when stripping out the impact of fluctuations in the price of oil. Shares were little changed in afternoon trading. Teva Pharmaceutical beat third-quarter earnings forecasts, reporting a profit of $1.32 a share, exceeding estimates of $1.24 a share. Teva shares were rising 2.18%. Conoco-Phillips also reported better-than-expected third-quarter earnings of $1.29 a share, beating estimates by 8 cents. The oil driller’s earnings were bolstered by asset sales. Shares fell less thana1% at $70.12. Coffee chain Starbucks is expected by analysts on Thursday to report fiscal fourth-quarter earnings of 74 cents a share on revenue of $4.23 billion. GoPro is expected to report earnings of 8 cents a share after the markets close on Thursday, while LinkedIn is expected to earn 47 cents a share in the third quarter. Must Read: 10 Best Apple Products Ever -- Written by Antoine Gara in New York Follow @AntoineGara // 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) -- Banco Bradesco shares are climbing, up 9.7% to $15.06, in trading on Thursday after the company beat analysts third quarter financial expectations and raised its revenue growth estimates for the year. The company raised its full year growthain interest income projections to between 9% and 12% from its previous guidance of between 6% and 10%. 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 Brazil-based bank reported third quarter earnings of 3.8% increase in quarterly profits to $1.6 billion, beating analyst expectations of a $1.58 billion profit for the period. Brazil's second largest non-government bank also reported a 10.3% increase in its assets under management over the same period last year to $575.05 million. BBD 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) -- Shares ofaTake-Two Interactive Software, Inc. are sharply up 8.25% to $24.68 in midday trading Thursday after the video game publisher raised its fiscal 2015 full year outlook. The company raised its earnings guidance to a range of $1.35 - $1.45 per share, from a previous range ofa80 cents toa$1.05 per share. Similarly, the video game company raised its revenueaguidance to a range of $1.4 billion - $1.5 billion, from its prior range of $1.35 billion - $1.45 billion. 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. The midpoints of both ranges are above analysts' expectations of $1.05 EPS on $1.44 billion in revenue for the full year. The New York City-based company reported a fiscal second quarter net loss of $41.1 million, or a loss of 44 cents per share, better than analysts' estimates of a loss of 59 cents per share. Revenue of $135 million for the quarter also beat analysts' expectations of $110.92 million, helped by the release of video game "Grand Theft Auto V." TTWO 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) -- Shares of Ceragon Networks were falling 25.5% to $1.52 Thursday after missing analysts' estimates for earnings in the third quarter. The communication equipment company reported a loss of 5 cents a share for the quarter, missing the Capital IQ Consensus Estimate of a loss of 3 cents a share by 2 cents. Revenue grew 7.5% year over year to $99 million, beating analysts' estimates of $94.97 million for the quarter. "The pickup in revenues and the continued acceleration in bookings during the third quarter were mainly a result of extremely strong demand from India," president and CEO Ira Palti said in a statement. "We approached breakeven on an operating basis and reported a small non-GAAP operating profit, despite a less favorable geographic revenue mix putting pressure on our gross margin." 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 CERAGON NETWORKS LTD as a Sell with a ratings score of D. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation: "We rate CERAGON NETWORKS LTD (CRNT) a SELL. This is driven by a few notable 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 disappointing return on equity, poor profit margins and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself." You can view the full analysis from the report here: CRNT Ratings Report CRNT 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) -- Shares of PAREXEL International Corp. are down 14.71% to $54.21 on heavy trading volume after reporting weak 2015 first quarter fiscal year revenuearesults that came up short of analysts' estimates due to seasonality and lower new business flow from strategic partnerships, according to CEO Josef von Rickenbach. For the three months ended September 30, the medical laboratories and research company reported that consolidated service revenue increased by 9.4% to $491.7 million compared with $449.2 million in the prior year period. Revenue fell short of analysts' estimates of $505.62 million for the 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. GAAP net income for the quarter totaled $37.1 million, or 67 cents per diluted share, compared with GAAP net income of $26 million, or 45 cents per diluted share for the same period a year ago. "Revenue grew 9.4% year-over-year in the quarter but came in lower than expected, partly due to seasonality at the beginning of our new fiscal year," von Rickenbach said, adding, "In addition, first quarter revenue conversion from backlog was lower as a result of a shift in our backlog to projects in the start-up stages, and a few large trials achieving their study objectives ahead of schedule." "New business wins in the quarter were less than anticipated primarily as a result of lower new business flow from strategic partnerships," von Rickenbach said, adding, "We are also experiencing a somewhat longer decision cycle with regard to pending proposals." Additionally, foreign exchange rate movements also contributed to the lower revenue, the company said. Separately, TheStreet Ratings team rates PAREXEL INTERNATIONAL CORP as a Buy with a ratings score of A. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation: "We rate PAREXEL INTERNATIONAL CORP (PRXL) a BUY. This is based on the convergence of positive investment measures, which should help this stock outperform the majority of stocks that we rate. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins." You can view the full analysis from the report here: PRXL Ratings Report PRXL 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) -- Microsoft abought Mojang for $2.5 billion in September to get its Minecraft video game.aJim Cramer, the co-manager of the Action Alerts PLUS portfolio, which has Microsoft as a holding, said Thursday the company made the wrong move. Microsoft should have bought Take-Two Interactive Software , Cramer said.aTake-Two Interactive beat on earnings and revenue expectations Wednesdayaand shares of the $1.9 billion video game producer are up over 8% today.a Must Read: Warren Buffett's Top 10 Dividend Stocks "This is an amazing, well-run company," Cramer said of Take-Two onaCNBC's "Cramer's Stop Trading" segment, andaCEO Strauss Zelnick has done a great job leading the company.a Take-Two Interactive SoftwareaTTWO data by YCharts Video games are very popular among the younger generations, he said, and they don't seem to be going away anytime soon. So if Microsoft wanted a video game company, it should have been Take-Two.a Buying Take-Two wouldn't have cost Microsoft any more than buying Mojang, Cramer asserted. Instead of getting Minecraft in the deal, Microsoft would've inherited a much larger portfolio of games includingaBorderlands, Grand Theft Auto Vaand NBA 2K15, among others.a Must Read: John Cena’s 10 Biggest World Wrestling Entertainment Rivalries Ever -- Written by Bret Kenwell Follow @BretKenwell

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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Shares ofaClean Diesel Technologiesa , or CDTi, soared 72.02% to $2.89 in morning trading Thursday after the emission control technology company announced it had received two patents from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The USPTO awarded the two patents foraCDTi's new technology that replaces expensiveaplatinum group and rare earth metals in catalytic converters. These patents represent the first of a family of patents for the company's Spinel technology, a proprietary clean emissions exhaust technology that CDTi claims will "dramatically reduce the cost of attaining more stringent clean air standards." The Spinelatechnology, which CDTi had kept confidential until its announcement Thrusday, will power multiple catalytic product lines that CDTi thinks could disturbathe standard platinum-based and rare earth-based device industry. 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. "Currently global OEMs spend billions of dollars annually on platinum group metals mined in South Africa and Russia, and hundreds of millions of dollars on Chinese-sourced rare earth metals," said CDTi CEO Chris Harris. "These costs are expected to dramatically increase with conventional technology as new regulations like U.S. EPA Tier 3 kick in. Spinel technology solves a major industry supply and cost problem and marks a major breakthrough both for us and for all OEMs around the world manufacturing fossil fuel-powered engines." Separately, TheStreet Ratings team rates CLEAN DIESEL TECHNOLOGIES as a "sell" with a ratings score of E+. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation: "We rate CLEAN DIESEL TECHNOLOGIES (CDTI) a SELL. This is based on some significant below-par investment measures, which should drive this stock to significantly underperform the majority of stocks that we rate. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its generally high debt management risk, weak operating cash flow and poor profit margins." Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows: The debt-to-equity ratio of 1.15 is relatively high when compared with the industry average, suggesting a need for better debt level management. Along with the unfavorable debt-to-equity ratio, CDTI maintains a poor quick ratio of 0.81, which illustrates the inability to avoid short-term cash problems. Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to -$2.51 million or 328.37% 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 gross profit margin for CLEAN DIESEL TECHNOLOGIES is currently lower than what is desirable, coming in at 33.59%. Regardless of CDTI's low profit margin, it has managed to increase from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, CDTI's net profit margin of -9.44% 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 Auto Components industry and the overall market, CLEAN DIESEL TECHNOLOGIES's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500. In its most recent trading session, CDTI has closed at a price level that was not very different from its closing price of one year earlier. This is probably due to its weak earnings growth as well as other mixed factors. Turning our attention to the future direction of the stock, we do not believe this stock offers ample reward opportunity to compensate for the risks, despite the fact that it rose over the past year. You can view the full analysis from the report here: CDTI 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) --aTaser International is higher by 8.3% in early Thursday trading, as the company beat analysts' earnings expectations. On CNBC'sa"Cramer's Mad Dash" segment,aTheStreet's Jim Cramer, co-manager of the Action Alerts PLUS portfolio, was enthusiastic about the company's prospects going forward.a Taser International, which makes cameras and tasers, and also provides record-keeping services, beat on EPS and revenue estimates for the third quarter, as revenue growth climbed 25.9% year over year.a Must Read: 7 Stocks Warren Buffett Is Selling in 2014 "It's not excessive force if authorities use a taser," Cramer reasoned, "and they can prove it with the company's recording devices." These products, in addition to the record-keeping services, creates a great ecosystem.a "This is very good news for Taser. It's going to be a multi-year adoption," he said, as law enforcement agencies upgrade to the company's products and services.a Cramer briefly touched on Harman International , which is higher by 5% but well off its session highs, after beating on top and bottom line estimates.aHARahas been one of the best performing stocks over the past 18 months and growth doesn't appear to be slowing. "Sales climbed 22.2%," Cramer reasoned, as the company continues to benefit from higher adoption in the auto market. "They're the brains in our cars," he concluded, adding that it's a business unlikely to fade anytime soon.a Must Read: 10 Stocks Carl Icahn Loves in 2014 a -- Written by Bret Kenwell Follow @BretKenwell

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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Some beers are available all-year-round. Others are seasonal and only available at certain times, but there is an even rare brew that is only available in the fall and in very small batches: "wet" or "fresh" hop beers. Wet hop beers are those made using hops that have just been picked off the vine. Most beers are made with dried hops that are preserved in kilns immediately after they are harvested. Due to growing interest for new and interesting brews, an increasing number of breweries are using wet hops to make beers. Using wet hops to make beer is like using fresh herbs and spices as opposed to dried ones. Brewers use wet hops to get more robust flavors, sharper aromas and more bitterness.a While most wet hop beers come from small craft breweries, the larger ones like Sierra Nevada and Lagunitas make wet hop beers, too. For those who like interesting, strong-tasting beers, those made from wet hops should be on the list of ones to try. Because they're only available in the fall, you have to act fast.a Here are 18 wet hop beers you should try that you can only get right now.a Amarillo Fresh Hop Pale Ale, 6.0% ABV Reuben's Brews, Seattle a Born Yesterday Pale Ale, 6.2% ABV Lagunitas Brewing Co., Lagunitas, Calif. Must Read:aWhat Are Wet Hop Beers? Breakside IPA, 6.4% Breakside Brewery, Portland, Oreg. Must Read: Can These 22 New Restaurant Foods and Drinks Feed Investors Too? Day Trip, 7.5% ABV Wildcard Brewing Co., Redding, Calif. Fresh Hop Red Ale, 7.4% ABV Liquid Mechanics Brewing Co., Lafayette, Colo. Must Read: 12 Stocks Warren Buffett Loves in 2014 Gargoyle IPA, 7.3% ABV Stone Brewing Co., Escondido, Calif. Green Magic, 6.0% ABV Mazama Brewing, Crovallis, Oreg. Heavy Handed IPA, 6.7% Two Brothers Brewing Co., Warrenville, Ill. Must Read: Starbucks' Pumpkin Spice Frappuccino and 14 More Fatty Drinks It Makes Journey to Planet Fresh-Hop, 6.1% ABV Wild Ride Brew Co., Redmond, Oreg. Northern Hemisphere Harvest, 6.7% ABV Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., Chico, Calif. Must Read: John Cena’s 10 Biggest World Wrestling Entertainment Rivalries Ever Putah Creek Wet Hop Lager, 6.0% ABV Sudwerk Brewing Co., Davis, Calif. So Fresh & So Green, Green, 6.6% ABV Terrapin Beer Co., Athens, Ga. Sticky Fingers Fresh-Hopped Ale, 6.3% ABV Crazy Mountain Brewery, Edwards, Colo. Superdamp, 6.9% ABV Comrade Brewing, Denver Must Read: 17 New Hollywood Movies You Will Want to See Over the Holidays Toad the Wet Hop Ale, 5.6% ABV Green Man Brewing Co., Asheville, NC Volume 4, 7.5% ABV 3 Sheeps Brewing Co., Sheboygan, Wisc. Warrior IPA, 7.3% ABV Left Hand Brewing Co., Longmont, Colo. Wet Hop Ale, 6.4% ABV Rogue Ales and Spirits, Newport, Oreg. Read More:aWhat 'Wet Hop' Beers Are and Why You Should Try Them Right Now More Slideshows You Might Like Billionaires' Bad Bets: Their Worst Performing Stocks of 2014 Pets and Space: What Toy Retailers Hope Will Be Hot This Holiday 23 Countries Where the Rich Make the Most Money

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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Shares ofaNational Bank of Greecea fell 5.1% to $2.42 in morning trading Thursday afteraEuropean Banking Authority Chairman Andrea Enria suggested last week's stress tests of European banks still left more work to do. Several European lenders declined after Enria said reviews of balance sheets and last week's stress tests areanot foolproof and more work may be ahead, according toaBloomberg. Greece's ASI Index dropped more than 2.5%. The Stoxx Europe 600 Index climbed slightly Thursday morning but then erased those gains later in the day after a report showed German data had slowed unexpectedly,aBloombergareported. 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 NATIONAL BANK OF GREECE as a "sell" with a ratings score of D. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation: "We rate NATIONAL BANK OF GREECE (NBG) 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 weak operating cash flow, poor profit margins, generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself and feeble growth in its earnings per share." Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows: Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to -$7,775.80 million or 635.25% 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 gross profit margin for NATIONAL BANK OF GREECE is currently lower than what is desirable, coming in at 32.29%. It has decreased significantly from the same period last year. Despite the weak results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of 70.84% has significantly outperformed against the industry average. Despite any intermediate fluctuations, we have only bad news to report on this stock's performance over the last year: it has tumbled by 52.06%, worse than the S&P 500's performance. Consistent with the plunge in the stock price, the company's earnings per share are down 64.06% compared to the year-earlier quarter. Naturally, the overall market trend is bound to be a significant factor. However, in one sense, the stock's sharp decline last year is a positive for future investors, making it cheaper (in proportion to its earnings over the past year) than most other stocks in its industry. But due to other concerns, we feel the stock is still not a good buy right now. NATIONAL BANK OF GREECE 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, NATIONAL BANK OF GREECE turned its bottom line around by earning $1.98 versus -$27.80 in the prior year. For the next year, the market is expecting a contraction of 92.9% in earnings ($0.14 versus $1.98). NBG, with its decline in revenue, slightly underperformed the industry average of 9.3%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues fell by 11.5%. Weakness in the company's revenue seems to have hurt the bottom line, decreasing earnings per share. You can view the full analysis from the report here: NBG 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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Activist investor Starboard Value LP has said it may take its activist campaign at RealD Inc. to the next level. The hedge fund said late Wednesday it was reserving its rights to take "any action" necessary to propel its unsolicited offer to buy all the shares it doesn't own in the 3D cinema technology provider for $12 each, a deal that values the company's outstanding shares at almost $600 million. "While we believe it would be in everyone's best interest to engage privately and constructively to explore a potential transaction, we must, however, reserve all of our rights to take any action we deem necessary in furtherance of our proposal," Starboard managing member Peter Feld said in a letter to RealD. Starboard's offer to buy the company was made Oct. 1. Starboard owns a 9.9% stake in the Beverly Hills, Calif., company. Feld's letter suggested that activist managers at the New York fund are frustrated that they haven't yet received a response to their request for a meeting to discuss the bid. Next moves could include launching a proxy contest to elect dissident directors or preparing a tender offer to gauge investor sentiment, people familiar with Starboard noted. The activist fund has launched proxy contests frequently in the past to effect change at businesses, most recently at Darden Restaurants Inc. where, earlier this month, Starboard was successful in getting its 12-person board slate elected as part of an effort to press a three-way company split. However, electing a control slate to the board would be difficult since the board is classified. Also, RealD prohibits activists from calling special shareholder meetings, according to an Institutional Shareholder Services Oct. 30 report, which was obtained by The Deal, pushing any proxy contest to the company's annual 2015 meeting which will likely take place next August. RealD has a potential blockbuster slate of movies in the works for 2015 that includes "Fifty Shades of Grey," "Jurassic World," "Star Wars: Episode VII" and updates to the "Terminator" and "Mad Max" franchises. Starboard's Peter Feld said in the letter that managers at the fund have talked to a number of shareholders, adding that "not a single" investor believes maintaining the status quo is acceptable. Though the letter didn't detail the names or number of investors contacted, Feld said he believes RealD should explore strategic alternatives, including a potential sale of some sort to "maximize" shareholder value. He added that Starboard is willing to participate in a competitive process. Analysts have suggested that Dolby Laboratories Inc. or Imax Corp. IMAX could look be interested in acquiring RealD. Officials from RealD did not respond to requests for comment. Some observers argued that Starboard, which for the most part doesn't make acquisitions itself, would likely prefer to have their bid push RealD to find a strategic acquirer that will pay a premium acceptable to the fund. But Starboard is also said to be serious about acquiring RealD, according to a person familiar with the firm's thinking. For example, in 2010, Starboard's predecessor firm Ramius LLC (now part of Cowen Group) acquired Cypress Bioscience Inc. along with drug licensing company Royalty Pharma for $255 million, a 63% premium over the fund's initial offer to buy the biotech, according to a statement. Starboard may have some large shareholder supporters in its RealD campaign. In February, Altai Capital Management LP, a 9.8% RealD holder, shifted its filing status from passive to active and announced it was holding discussions with management. In a statement earlier this month, RealD said that the company's board and advisers would review the unsolicited bid and is always open to "constructive dialogue" with investors about opportunities to increase stockholder value. However, Feld said in his most recent letter that the company's lack of response to a request for a meeting was "surprising and disappointing" given RealD's claim it was open to constructive dialogue with investors. RealD is scheduled to report second-quarter financial results on Nov. 3. Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz is providing counsel to RealD on the offer from Starboard. Steven Wolosky of Olshan Frome Wolosky LLP, is advising the activist fund. RealD shares closed Wednesday at $11.19 a share. The shares had been slumping before the unsolicited bid was made.

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NEW YORK (MainStreet) -- Even if new graduates are lucky enough to find a job after graduation, most won't last more than a year. A new report from staffing firm Express Employment Professionals showed that 77% of franchises surveyed said they expect a new college graduate to stay at the company for less than one year. Plus, just 23% suspect graduates will remain in their position for more than a year. Must Read: Millennials Worry Constantly about Securing Jobs, Buying Homes and Retiring "Many in the Millennial generation are taking jobs that they are over-qualified for and thus are eager to move on when something better appears," said Bob Funk, CEO of Express, and a former chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. "Second, we've seen a decrease in employees' commitment to employers as a higher value is placed on personal advancement." Continue Reading on MainStreet


NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Shares of Yamana Gold are down 13% to $4.68 on very heavy trading volumeaafter the Toronto-based gold miner reported a significant third-quarter net loss today, reflecting impairment charges for Brazilian mines and charges related to newly enacted Chilean tax changes, Reuters reports. The company reported a net loss of $1.0 billion, or $1.17 a share, in the quarter ended Sept. 30, compared with net earningsaof $43.4 million, or 6 cents a share, in the year-ago period. The adjusted net loss was $12.5 million, or 1 cent a share, compared with adjusted earningsaof $69.5 million, or 5 cents a share, in the year-ago quarter.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. a Separately, TheStreet Ratings team rates YAMANA GOLD INC as a Sell with a ratings score of D. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation: "We rate YAMANA GOLD INC (AUY) 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 disappointing return on equity, weak operating cash flow and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself." You can view the full analysis from the report here: AUY Ratings Report AUY 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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By Jeff Gerth,aProPublica Pop quiz: Which high-profile official faulted the Obama administration for the following botched responses to the financial crisis? 1) Policing bad banks: "The enforcement response we sought came way more slowly than would have been ideal... and (inevitably) fell far short of what people thought would be appropriate...." Must Read: 12 Stocks Warren Buffett Loves in 2014 2) A mortgage task force Obama announced in his 2012 State of the Union speech "was not about the average individual victims, but more the fights among the consenting adults that had sold and bought mortgage securities that performed badly." 3) The government's $25 billion National Mortgage Settlement to fix botched foreclosures "was ridiculously protracted and ultimately unsatisfying in the penalties imposed and relief sought." Outspoken progressive Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass.? Libertarian firebrand Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky.? Sorry, no. The answer is actually Timothy Geithner, the former Treasury secretary, architect of the crisis rescue packages and, more typically, the Obama administration's stalwart defender. The criticisms all come from a cache of previously unreleased documents prepared for Geithner's recent memoir, Stress Test, that are part of one of the biggest legal fights from the financial crisis, a case against the government by shareholders of insurance giant AIG . The 500-plus pages of private papers obtained by ProPublica show a different side of Geithner -- one more candidly critical of the administration's policies and of his own shortcomings. In some instances, they express views he watered down or left out of the book, particularly when it comes to the administration's efforts to police Wall Street and get relief to homeowners. Geithner declined to comment, spokeswoman Jenni LeCompte said. In the book's chief analogy, Geithner and the administration are firefighters battling a cataclysmic financial arson. They can punish the arsonists by letting the big banks burn down, but the greater good is to save them, though not necessarily their shareholders, and prevent the collapse of the whole financial system. That theme is echoed in the private papers, but they also make clear that Geithner believed the rescue came up short on multiple fronts. Must Read: How the 10 Biggest Banks Make Money Now Might Surprise You "We sought a very powerful enforcement response by competent authorities," he writes in a May 2013 memo titled "On the Politics of the Crisis Response" and slugged "TFG draft." "This didn't turn out as we'd hoped, in part because we didn't give it enough attention." The memo, written after Geithner left the Treasury job, seeks to explain why the government rescues were not politically popular and tilted toward Wall Street rather than Main Street. Enforcement was slow "in part because the illegal stuff was very hard to prove," Geithner writes, but also because of expectations "given the prevailing view that the crisis was caused by criminals [sic] behavior of a few bankers and mortgage brokers and investors." Attempts to shake up supervision fizzled. "We changed part of the leadership of the financial oversight system, but not in a way that signaled a new team of sheriffs," he says. "The bank supervisors got tougher, but we had no high-profile firings." Obama's regulatory picks, he goes on, were not initially seen as "likely to be tough enforcers." He cites his own background as "a former sort of bank supervisor" during his prior job as president of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York before and during the crash. (The New York Fed supervised giant Wall Street banks; Geithner's book acknowledges that he missed troubles at Citigroup and didn't push hard enough for bank safeguards.) Some of the administration's enforcement efforts were misplaced, Geithner adds, singling out the Securities and Exchange Commission. "A huge part of the SEC's attention was on insider trading," he says, "which though offensive and damaging played no role in causing the crisis." In Stress Test, Geithner argued that the amount of mortgage fraud "deserved a more forceful enforcement response than the government delivered." At the same time, he said it would be "inaccurate" to say "Wall Street paid no price for its misbehavior," given that big banks paid more than $100 billion in fines related to the crisis. The 2013 memo is less evenhanded. Besides criticizing the national mortgage settlement, which was mostly meant to help foreclosed borrowers, Geithner faults a Justice Department mortgage fraud task force as a "good idea, (that) delivered little." Must Read: Billionaires' Bad Bets: Their Worst Performing Stocks in 2014 "We put in place innovative and quite expensive programs to help homeowners refinance and restructure mortgages and to support small business lending," he writes. "Here, too, the programs seemed small, and limited, and late relative to the magnitude of the damage done by the crisis." ProPublica has reported extensively on the failings of government mortgage relief programs and the failure to prosecute corporate wrongdoers. The Geithner papers, portions of which are redacted, were produced in the ongoing AIG case in the Federal Court of Claims in Washington, D.C., and have not been widely available. In the lawsuit, former AIG chief Maurice Greenberg and other shareholders are seeking $40 billion to resolve claims the government's 2008 bailout imposed more onerous terms on the insurer than banks. Geithner defended the government in testimony earlier this month. Besides several memos like the one from 2013, the papers include transcripts of informal conversations Geithner had with his collaborators while working on the book. In some of this material, a visceral distrust of populists, business groups, labor leaders, politicians and the media emerges, as does a sense of being unfairly under siege. "We took a pragmatic course focusing on things that were central to the crisis -- wars of necessity not wars of choice," Geithner writes. "This put us in no man's land, as we found ourselves on so many policy issues, with reforms that enraged the right, but did not really satisfy the left." "I had deep distrust and scorn for the prevailing populist impulse" and didn't expect "broader public acclaim for the shit we had to do," the 2013 memo says. In other musings, he declares himself no fan of the Tea Party or what he called "professional progressives." In an accounting from his book, Geithner estimates that the various government rescue efforts, as of the end of 2013, resulted in a $166 billion surplus for taxpayers. That is the net difference between almost $200 billion in positive results from programs adopted in 2008 minus losses of more than $30 billion from Obama's auto and housing rescues. Must Read: Jack Bogle on Warren Buffett, Bill Gross and How to Invest in a Volatile Market But the media, in Geithner's view, didn't give enough credit to the administration's successes, which quickly became "old news," and were slow to correct mistakes. In one transcript, Geithner calls a prominent news anchor who'd interviewed him a "super dick," though he also admits, "I kind of deserved it." Another widely followed business columnist, who he asked to correct a mistake, was a "crazy person," he says. All the same, Geithner was willing to cooperate with writers who took a more humanistic or favorable approach; he mentions a 2010 article in Vogue as well as a 2009 interview with a prominent editorial columnist Geithner said didn't "really know anything about this stuff." Geithner faults himself and the Obama administration for not doing a better job in communicating good news, especially the positive results from TARP, the $700 billion program to buy troubled assets and equity from banks. The TARP was organized by Hank Paulson, Geithner's predecessor at Treasury under the Bush administration. President Obama "was not going to go out and say 'I just want to remind you of this stuff that Paulson and Geithner did that I supported' as a senator, Geithner says in one transcript. Obama could not trumpet the returns because unemployment remained too high, he adds. In his book, Geithner took Washington's political culture to task for "backbiting and posturing and political gamesmanship." He is even more critical in private. Labor leaders wasted their time on fighting regulation of derivatives -- the complex financial securities that helped inflame the crisis -- because "it was not going to have any measurable effect on the fortunes of organized labor," he wrote in the 2103 memo. The business community, too, had its "share of extortion or protection rackets like the Chamber of Commerce," Geithner writes, though "it was often hard to tell who was corrupting whom. The politicians did all sorts of things to raise money, some of them extortion-like." As for the "smart, old, global businesses," they were "stunningly naive about how easily they were played" and how their money was spent "in all sorts of dumb ways." Geithner confesses to some naivete of his own. Must Read: Four Ways UPS Is Trying to Avoid Another Holiday Season Fiasco "I really had no idea of the limits of executive and president power on economic issues," he writes in the 2013 memo. "I had no idea how little leverage we had over individual members of Congress." Geithner says he made a "very good prop" at hearings because "I attracted so much attention. No questions were really ever asked with the purpose of being answered." "Nothing with Congress was on the up and up," he writes. "Only the slimmest pretense of seriousness." At one point Geithner admits to sounding "kind of whiney." One misconception that troubled him was a persistent belief that he had once worked on Wall Street. That was not true; most of his career was in the government. Once he left the administration, that changed. In late 2013, Geithner went to work in New York at the private equity firm Warburg Pincus, where he is president and managing director. Do you have thoughts to share about Tim Geithner or the government's response to the financial crisis? Email Jeff.Gerth@propublica.org Must Read: What to Know About the U.S. Economy as the End of 2014 Draws Near This article is commentary by an independent contributor, separate from TheStreet's regular news coverage.

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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Shares of MasterCard Inc are soaring 6.9% to $81.23 in late morning trading after the global payment company released better than expected third quarter earnings of 87 cents per diluted share, a 19% increase from a year ago, andahigher than the consensus estimate of 78 cents per share. Revenue for the quarter was up 13% year over year to $2.5 billion, also higher thanathe consensus estimate of $2.45 billion. "Within the past two months alone, we opened our new technology hub in New York City, delivered our technology and security protocols as part of the launch of Apple Pay and partnered with the Transport for London to deliver contactless payments system-wide," said president and CEO Ajay Banga in a statement this morning.a China plans to ease restrictions on foreign credit card companies; watch the video below for details: 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 MASTERCARD INC as a Buy with a ratings score of A+.a You can view the full analysis from the report here: MA Ratings Report MA 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) -- Shares of Avon Products were falling 6.8% to $10.22 Thursday despite beating analysts' estimates for earnings in the third quarter. The beauty product company reported earnings of 23 cents a share, beating the Capital IQ Consensus Estimate of 16 cents a share by 7 cents. Revenue fell 8% year over year to $2.14 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts' estimates of $2.15 billion for the quarter. Avon said Beauty sales declined 9% from the year-ago quarter, but increased 1% in constant dollars. Fashion & Home sales declined 11%, or 4% in constant dollars from the third quarter of 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 AVON PRODUCTS as a Sell with a ratings score of D+. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation: "We rate AVON PRODUCTS (AVP) 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, generally high debt management risk, disappointing return on equity, weak operating cash flow and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself." You can view the full analysis from the report here: AVP Ratings Report AVP 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) -- American Realty Capital Properties shares are down 6.7% to $9.33 in early market trading on Thursday followingaa report that theaSEC will openaan inquiry into real estate investment trust accounting practices following yesterday's revelation of alleged accounting errors that wereacovered up by executives at theacompany, according to theaWall Street Journal. American Realty Capital released a statement yesterday reading in part "The Audit Committee believes that this error was identified but intentionally not corrected, and other AFFO and financial statement errors were intentionally made, resulting in an overstatement of AFFO and an understatement of the company's net loss for the three and six months ended June 30, 2014." The company announcedain a securities filing the proforma resignations of itsaCFO and CAO in light of the scandal due to their failure to correct the faulty information. 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. "We don't have bad people, we had some bad judgment there. We had two employees which have resigned as the result of the effects of that calculation and the non-disclosure of the error in the first quarter," said CEO David Kay. TheStreet Ratings team rates AMERICAN RLTY CAP PPTY INC as a Hold with a ratings score of C-. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation: "We rate AMERICAN RLTY CAP PPTY INC (ARCP) 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, increase in net income and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including poor profit margins and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself." Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows: ARCP's very impressive revenue growth greatly exceeded the industry average of 12.2%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues leaped by 595.2%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share. The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) industry. The net income increased by 44.0% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from -$71.96 million to -$40.33 million. AMERICAN RLTY CAP PPTY INC 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, AMERICAN RLTY CAP PPTY INC reported poor results of -$2.34 versus -$0.47 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings (-$0.59 versus -$2.34). ARCP has underperformed the S&P 500 Index, declining 5.89% 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 gross profit margin for AMERICAN RLTY CAP PPTY INC is currently extremely low, coming in at 6.89%. Despite the low profit margin, it has increased significantly from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, ARCP's net profit margin of -10.55% significantly underperformed when compared to the industry average. You can view the full analysis from the report here: ARCP 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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a BALTIMORE (Stockpickr) -- The Fed is shutting the tap this week, ending the QE3 bond-buying program that's arguably been one of the biggest structural drivers of the rally in stocks over the past couple of years. Or at least that's the plan. Must Read: Warren Buffett's Top 10 Dividend Stocks While the Fed's press release calls for an end to quantitative easing, this isn't the first time they've called an end to the buying spree before starting another one. With key data, such as forward inflation lower than it's been since Operation Twist in 2011, the possibility of QE4 (or QE5, depending on how you've been counting) is becoming more palpable by the day. So far, stocks have had a pretty tepid reaction to the end of QE3. The decision was largely already baked into stock prices. As I write, there are some big-name trades that are starting to look very attractive as a result. Today, we're taking a technical look at five large-cap stocks worth trading this week. First, a little on the technical toolbox we're using here. Technicals are a study of the market itself. Since the market is ultimately the only mechanism that determines a stock's price, technical analysis is a valuable tool even in the roughest of trading conditions. Technical charts are used every day by proprietary trading floors, Wall Street's biggest financial firms, and individual investors to get an edge on the market. And research shows that skilled technical traders can bank gains as much as 90% of the time. Every week, I take an in-depth look at big names that are telling important technical stories. Here's this week's look at five big stocks to trade this week. Must Read: How to Trade the Market's Most-Active Stocks Capital One Financial Up first is big banking company Capital One Financial . Capital One has been in rally mode for much of the year, climbing more than 18% since the beginning of February. And while shares have been churning sideways for the last few months, that range-bound price action is the exact reason that COF looks tradable here. COF has been consolidating sideways for the last few months, bouncing around in a rectangle pattern. The rectangle setup is formed by a pair of horizontal resistance and support levels that basically "box in" shares between $85 and $77.50. Consolidations such as the one in Capital One are common after big moves (like the one that started in February); they give the stock a chance to bleed off momentum as buyers and sellers figure out their next move. Don't get thrown by the bear trap in COF. It was a false breakdown. The bullish divergence with momentum was a tip-off that the drop wouldn't hold. From here, a breakout above $85 is the next buy signal on the way up -- a violation of support at $77.50 means more downside suddenly looks likely. Because Capital One's prior trend before it entered the rectangle was higher, a move through $85 looks like the more likely outcome for this stock. Must Read: 5 Stocks Insiders Love Right Now Bank of Ireland Bank of Ireland may be a lot smaller than Capital One, but its positioning as one of the biggest banks in Ireland gives this $13 billion firm considerable significance -- and trading volume. Bank of Ireland has been selling off for most of 2014, but buyers could be in for a reprieve this fall. That's because IRE is currently forming a long-term reversal pattern called a "double bottom." The double bottom in IRE looks just like it sounds. The setup is formed by a pair of swing lows that bottom out at approximately the same price level. The buy signal comes on a push above $17, the price peak that separates those two lows in IRE. Shares are pointed lower this morning in reaction to the dollar rally that got kicked off by the Fed's QE3 announcement, but that move isn't technically significant as long as IRE stays above $13.50. Meanwhile, the side indicator in the IRE trade is momentum, measured by 14-day RSI. Momentum has been making higher lows, even as shares hit the same lows in price – that's a bullish indication that buying pressure is building in this stock. Even so, don't be a buyer until $17 gets taken out; that's still a meaningful price barrier at this time. Must Read: 10 Stocks George Soros Is Buying Discover Financial Services The financial sector is getting a lot of attention on today's list, and our next trade setup is no exception; we're looking at Discover Financial Services' chart next. The good news is that you don't need to be an expert technical trader to figure out what's going on in shares of DFS. This setup is about as basic as it gets. Discover has been bouncing its way higher in a well-defined uptrending channel for the better part of the last year now. That channel is formed by a pair of parallel trend line support and resistance levels that identify the high-probability range for shares to stay within. Put more simply, every touch of trend line support in 2014 has been an extremely low-risk opportunity to get into shares of DFS, and we're touching that level for a tenth time this week. It makes sense to buy this bounce off of support. Waiting for a bounce off of support is a critical test for two big reasons: It's the spot where shares have the furthest to move up before they hit resistance, and it's the spot where the risk is the least (because shares have the least room to move lower before you know you're wrong). Remember, all trend lines do eventually break, but by actually waiting for the bounce to happen first, you're ensuring DFS can actually still catch a bid along that line before you put your money on shares. Relative strength adds some confidence to that call. The relative strength line at the bottom of Discover's chart has been in a textbook uptrend since the end of last year. As long as that uptrend remains intact, DFS should keep outperforming the rest of the market. Must Read: 5 Rocket Stocks to Buy for November Gains Charter Communications Charter Communications has been a name to own in 2014: since the calendar flipped over to January, shares of this $17 billion cable company have rallied more than 12%. That's nearly double what the S&P 500 has managed to accomplish over that same stretch. But don't worry if you missed the move. CHTR looks ready to kick off another leg higher this fall. Here's how to trade it. CHTR is in the early stages of forming an inverse head and shoulders setup, a bullish reversal pattern that indicates exhaustion among sellers. You can spot the inverse head and shoulders by looking for two swing lows that bottom out around the same level (the shoulders), separated by a bigger trough called the head; the buy signal comes on the breakout above the pattern’s "neckline" level (that's the $164 price level here). Even though the right shoulder hasn't formed yet, any close above $164 from here is a buy signal in Charter. Must Read: 5 Hated Earnings Stocks You Should Love Philip Morris International Last up is Philip Morris International , a name that we first looked at a couple of weeks ago. At the time, PM was forming a bullish ascending triangle pattern, and the buy signal came on a breakout through $85. Since then, shares have moved up near our $89.50 price target – and PM is starting to look ready for a secondary breakout. If shares can catch a bid above their previous high at $89.50, then we've got another big buy signal in this tobacco giant. Why all of that significance at that $89.59 level? It all comes down to buyers and sellers. Price patterns like the ascending triangle are a good quick way to identify what's going on in the price action, but they're not the actual reason a stock is tradable. Instead, the "why" comes down to basic supply and demand for PM's stock. The $89.50 resistance level is a price where there has been an excess of supply of shares; in other words, it's a spot where sellers have previously been more eager to step in and take gains than buyers have been to buy. That's what makes a breakout above $89.50 so significant. The move means that buyers are finally strong enough to absorb all of the excess supply above that price level. Expect some downside today thanks to the dollar rally (PM is sensitive to upside in the dollar because it earns revenues in foreign currencies but reports in dollars), but $89.50 is the line in the sand to watch next. If you bought the $85 breakout, I'd recommend ratcheting your stop loss up to the 50-day moving average. To see this week's trades in action, check out the Must-See Charts portfolio on Stockpickr. -- Written by Jonas Elmerraji in Baltimore. Must Read: 10 Stocks Billionaire John Paulson Loves in 2014 Follow Stockpickr on Twitter and become a fan on Facebook.

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SAN FRANCISCO -- WhatsApp founders Jan Koum and Brian Acton received 116 million shares of Facebook stock currently worth nearly $9 billion when they sold their mobile messaging service to the social networking leader earlier this month. The breakdown of the big winners in Facebook's $22 billion acquisition emerged Wednesday in a regulatory filing. Koum, a Ukraine immigrant who was once living on welfare, reaped the biggest jackpot with 76.4 million Facebook shares now worth $5.8 billion. That makes him Facebook's fourth-largest stockholder behind company CEO Mark Zuckerberg and two mutual funds, Fidelity Management and Vanguard. Acton, who worked with Koum when they were both Yahoo! engineers, owns 39.7 million Facebook shares worth $3 billion. More than 45 other WhatsApp current and former employees also received Facebook stock.

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WASHINGTON -- For-profit colleges that don't produce graduates capable of paying off their student loans could soon face the wrath of the federal government. Schools with career-oriented programs that fail to comply with the new rule being announced Thursdayaby the Obama administration stand to lose access to federal student-aid programs. To meet these "gainful employment" standards, a program will have to show that the estimated annual loan payment of a typical graduate doesn't exceed 20% of discretionary income, or 8% of total earnings. The Education Department estimates that about 1,400 programs serving 840,000 students won't pass. Nearly all of these programs are offered by for-profit schools.


BRUSSELS -- Talks to guarantee Russian gas imports into Ukraine throughout the winter are at an impasse as the rival nations consider the latest proposals to end the energy standoff. An EU official said the negotiations, which were supposed to produce an agreement the evening before, broke up inconclusively early Thursday, with a draft for a "common understanding" sent to Moscow and Kiev for consideration. The official asked not to be named because an agreement had yet to be reached. Earlier this month, Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Ukrainian counterpart, Petro Poroshenko, agreed on a broad outline of a deal, but financial issues, centering on payment guarantees for Moscow, have since bogged down talks. The European Union-brokered talks were expected to continue later Thursday.


NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Shares ofaTaser Internationala surged 10.74% to $18.24 in morning trading Thursday after the self-defense products maker reported third-quarter earningsathat beat analysts' expectations. Taser reported net income ofa$7.6 million, or 14 centsaper diluted share, up from $5.1 million, or 10 cents per diluted share, in the same period one year earlier. Revenue totaleda$44.3 million in the third quarter, a 26% year-over-year increase from $35.2 million. The consensus estimate called foraearnings of 10 cents a share on revenue of $39.6 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. Taser attributed the revenue increase primarily toatotal law enforcement weapon handle sales, which rose $6.9 million year-over-year. International sales increased to $6.7 million, a $3 million increase from the year-ago quarter. Separately, TheStreet Ratings team rates TASER INTERNATIONAL INC as a "buy" with a ratings score of B. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation: "We rate TASER INTERNATIONAL INC (TASR) 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 and expanding profit margins. 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: TASR Ratings Report TASR 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 (Real Money) -- Sometimes it comes down to trust. Do you trust Mark Zuckerberg and his team at Facebook to spend fortunes to make even bigger fortunes down the road? Do you anticipate that Dick Costolo and his cadre can figure out how to keep Twitter growing at a rate that shows there's still plenty of life to the company? Do you have faith in Google's Larry Page when that company spends on all sorts of different projects that seem to have no current utility? Do you believe in Virginia Rometty to do anything but buy back stock to hit IBM's estimate targets? These are the issues swirling around all of these stocks, and I think they have to be dealt with case by case. Only then can you figure out whether a company's stock is worth owning or worth avoiding. Must Read: Warren Buffett's Top 10 Dividend Stocks First, let's deal with the matter at hand: Facebook. This company reported beautiful numbers last night and you can easily make a case for multiple years of rapid growth ahead, although it is not easy to keep growing at 60%, simply because of the law of large numbers. When we only knew that growth rate and the profit figures from the release, the stock was hovering at about $80. But once the company spoke, it was "Katy, bar the door!" as all people heard was that the company was going to dramatically ramp up expenses to keep growth going over the next five years. Investors who wanted to hear about terrific growth with lower expense are sorely disappointed. Plus, they hated the fact that on top of a huge ramp-up in expenses, 178 million shares from its WhatsApp acquisition are going to soon hit the tape. Total insult to injury. Must Read: What the Strong GDP Report Is Really Saying About the Economy But, I ask you, what do you want from Facebook? Do you want it to just coast? Is that the ticket? Listen to what Mark Zuckerberg said -- not that anyone could hear a thing once the eye-popping expense figures were mentioned: "Over a five-year timeframe we have a number of services which we think are well on their way to reaching one billion people. WhatsApp, Instagram and Search are a number of them. And once we get to that scale then we think that they will start to become meaningful businesses in their own right." Isn't that, I ask, the kind of five-year plan you want a CEO to be thinking about and executing on?a Zuckerberg goes on to say: "And I think that the right way to think about that, as I've tried to say repeatedly on these calls, is not that we're going to try to monetize these very aggressively in the next year or two; because I really think for each of these categories the right strategy is to first focus on connecting one billion plus people in reaching the full potential before very aggressively turning them into businesses." Wow, uh oh, I could hear the average hedge fund manager say, you mean they aren't even businesses yet? You paid two thousand times annual revenues for WhatsApp, gave them the store and this is what you bought, an idea? But then, he answers that charge instantly: "I can't think of that many other companies or products that have multiple lines of products that are on track to reach and connect one billion people that have a clear path at how we can turn them into a business." Must Read: Retail Investors Flock to Derivatives for Income and Safety In other words, Zuckerberg is saying the expenses have to be ramped, with most of the new expenses being stock compensation, not willy-nilly spend, to have big profits five years down the road. Is that so bad? Apparently so. Now, let's contrast Facebook with the others. IBM five years ago set out to hit some earnings per share targets that had Wall Street gaga. How was it going to do it? Not by revenue growth, but by buying back shares. Where did that get them? How about in the lowest rung of the S&P 500? Twitter? All I can say after listening to its call is that I wish it had a plan, let alone a five-year plan. How about a five-month plan? This is one where I thought there were a billion users on tap, but this company's management has disabused me of that notion. Which leaves Google. What can I say, Google said some of the same things that Facebook said on its call, but was even more vague, so the stock was immediately hammered almost 10%. And what happened? It came right back. Why? Because you were getting growth at a pretty darned reasonable price. And that, I think, is what will happen to Facebook, too. It's a more difficult risk/reward. You have much faster growth than Google, but at a much less reasonable price and now that growth's more expensive to come by. But there's a plan, and if you have faith in Zuckerberg, as I do, then you buy in, not out, of the Facebook ecosystem and its formerly superhot/now ice-cold stock, and accept that the new equity hitting the market is just the cost of real growth over a very reasonable timeframe if you are indeed a great company. Must Read: Why Exxon Mobil's Glory Days of Dominance May Be Ending Action Alerts PLUS, which Cramer co-manages as a charitable trust, is long FB, TWTR and GOOGL. Editor's Note: This article was originally published at 6:45 a.m. EDT on Real Money on Oct. 29.

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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Shares of Western Gas Partners were falling 5.2% to $69.30 Thursday after the company priced its public offering of 7.5 million common units. The oil and gas pipeline company priced its 7.5 million common unit public offering at $70.85 a common unit. The underwriters of the public offering have a 30-day option to purchase up to 1.125 million additional common units. Western Gas Partners said it plans to use net proceeds from the offering to fund part of the cash purchase price of its pending acquisition of Nuevo Midstream. If the acquisition isn't completed, the company will use the net proceeds for general partnership purposes which include repaying borrowings under its revolving credit facility. 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 WESTERN GAS PARTNERS LP as a Buy with a ratings score of A. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation: "We rate WESTERN GAS PARTNERS LP (WES) 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, growth in earnings per share, compelling growth in net income, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. 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 2.9%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 19.4%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, improving the earnings per share. WESTERN GAS PARTNERS LP has improved earnings per share by 13.2% 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, WESTERN GAS PARTNERS LP increased its bottom line by earning $1.81 versus $0.87 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($2.30 versus $1.81). 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 30.8% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from $78.51 million to $102.68 million. 48.35% is the gross profit margin for WESTERN GAS PARTNERS LP which we consider to be strong. It has increased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 31.45% significantly outperformed against the industry average. Net operating cash flow has increased to $139.57 million or 12.50% when compared to the same quarter last year. The firm also exceeded the industry average cash flow growth rate of -5.54%. You can view the full analysis from the report here: WES 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) -- TriQuint Semiconductor shares are down 2.5% to $19.69 in early-market trading on Thursdayadespite the company being upgraded to "buy" from "hold" by analysts at Canaccord Genuity. The upgraded outlook follows the company's third quarter earnings release yesterday which saw TriQuint report beat analysts' quarterly earnings expectations of 24 cents per diluted share by 4 cents. 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. Revenue of $272.1 million also topped analysts $261.4 million estimates for the period. The company provided current quarter earnings guidance of between 40 cents and 45 cents per diluted share that is in line with analysts 42 cent expectations. TheStreet Ratings team rates TRIQUINT SEMICONDUCTOR INC as a Hold with a ratings score of C. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation: "We rate TRIQUINT SEMICONDUCTOR INC (TQNT) 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, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and solid stock price performance. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's return on equity has been disappointing." Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows: TQNT's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 17.7%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 21.4%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share. TQNT 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 3.06, which clearly demonstrates the ability to cover short-term cash needs. The gross profit margin for TRIQUINT SEMICONDUCTOR INC is rather high; currently it is at 51.40%. It has increased from the same quarter the previous year. Despite the strong results of the gross profit margin, TQNT's net profit margin of 2.25% significantly trails the industry average. TRIQUINT SEMICONDUCTOR INC 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, TRIQUINT SEMICONDUCTOR INC reported poor results of -$0.23 versus -$0.16 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($0.67 versus -$0.23). 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 Semiconductors & Semiconductor Equipment industry and the overall market, TRIQUINT SEMICONDUCTOR INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500. You can view the full analysis from the report here: TQNT 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 Glu Mobilea plummeted 16.34% to $3.79 in morning trading Thursday after the mobile games company posted third-quarter revenue and issued fourth-quarter guidance that came up short of analysts' expectations. The San Francisco-based Glu Mobile reported adjusted revenue of $83.6 million, which was short of the consensus estimate of $85.2 million from analysts polled by Thomson Reuters.aAdjusted earnings totaled 17 cents a share, which surpassed analysts'aestimate of 11 cents a share. The maker of the "Kim Kardashian: Hollywood" gameasaid it anticipates earnings of a penny to 3 cents a share on revenue in the range of $60 million to $65 million for the fourth quarter. Analysts are expecting earnings of 4 cents a share on revenue of $65.6 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, TheStreet Ratings team rates GLU MOBILE INC as a "sell" with a ratings score of D. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation: "We rate GLU MOBILE INC (GLUU) 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. Among the areas we feel are negative, one of the most important has been unimpressive growth in net income over time." You can view the full analysis from the report here: GLUU Ratings Report GLUU 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) -- Shares of Lakeland Industries Inc. are soaring, up 32.26%ato $15.32, in early market trading Thursdayaafter the company released an update to its business activity late yesterday, saying it received orders for one million of its protective suits in the wake of a worsening Ebola outbreak. The company first announced theaglobal availability of itsasuits on September 12th, as it increased its manufacturing capacity of specialty protective suits for healthcare workers. Lakeland said monthly production capacity for its ChemMAX and MicroMAX protective suit lines are nowaupa50% from August of 2014,aand is on track for a 100% increase January 2015. 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. In addition to the suits, the company received orders for hoods, gloves and foot coverings. "Recent developments have enabled us to strengthen our balance sheet, increase forward cash flow from the elimination of interest service on expensive debt, and increase production capacity to contribute to the fight against the spread of Ebola which has led to a material improvement in our business," said CEO Christopher Ryan in a statement. The Ronkonkoma, NY-based company makes hazmat suits and other protective gear that healthcare workers use to prevent contracting the virus. Separately, 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 172.98%, 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) -- Shares of Accuray were falling 14% to $6.23 Thursday after the medical appliance and equipment company missed analysts' estimates for earnings and revenue in the fiscal first quarter. Accuray reported a loss of 28 cents a share for the fiscal first quarter, below the loss of 13 cents a share analysts' surveyed by Zacks Investment Research expected for the quarter. Revenue grew 7.5% year over year to $82.38 million, missing analysts' estimates of $87.3 million for the quarter. The company said it expects full-year revenue of $390 million to $410 million. 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. "While we are not giving orders guidance, we expect order growth to improve as the year progresses and on a full year-over-year comparison we expect to be at a substantially higher growth rate than the overall market," president and CEO Joshua H. Levine said in a statement. TheStreet Ratings team rates ACCURAY INC as a Hold with a ratings score of C-. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation: "We rate ACCURAY INC (ARAY) 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, 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 a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself and generally higher debt management risk." You can view the full analysis from the report here: ARAY Ratings Report ARAY 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) --aDeutsche Bank initiated coverage of JD.com Inc.a with a "hold" rating and a price target of $26.60. The bank said the rating of the Chinese online direct sales company was based on fair valuation. "We expect JD.com, as a leading ecommerce platform in China, to continue to gain market share by leveraging its fully-integrated fulfillment infrastructure and in-house delivery service," analysts said, adding, "We expect margins to improve gradually thanks to category expansion toward higher margin non-3C products and marketplace growth." 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. Additionally, "JD's partnership with Tencent Holdings Ltda a a should provide potential mobile upside," analysts said, concluding, "We remain cautious on profitability given heavy capital expenditure and aggressive efforts around lower tier market penetration." JD.comais the largest online direct sales company in China in terms of transaction volume with a market share in China of 54.3% in the second quarter of 2014, according to iResearch, a third-party market research firm. Shares of JD.com are down 0.79% to $23.91. JD 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) -- Shares of Lowe's and Home Depot are rising after Goldman Sachs became more upbeat on both companies. The firm said that the housing sector's improved outlook made the stocks more attractive. WHAT'S NEW: Goldman Sachs analyst Matthew Fassler upgraded Lowe's to Buy from Neutral and raised his price target on the shares to $63 from $58. He increased his price target on Home Depot to $103 from $100 but kept a Neutral rating on the stock. Fassler increased his estimates for both companies to reflect his greater optimism about the housing sector in 2015-2016. The analyst said that his upgrade of Lowe's also reflects his more upbeat view of retail stocks linked to housing, given the lack of cyclical challenges facing the housing market. Furthermore, Lowe's can increase its margins significantly, as they are much further below their peak than most of the company's peer, according to Fassler. Meanwhile, the big box, Do-It-Yourself retailers face little competition from Amazon , added the analyst. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Lowe's climbed 0.5% to $56.09, while Home Depot rose fractionally to $96.48. Reporting by Larry Ramer.

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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- A leading airline analyst downgraded shares of Alaska Airlines , one more marker in the continuing debate over whether Alaska can withstand the Delta onslaught in Seattle. In a report issued Thursday, JPMorgan analyst Jamie Baker downgraded Alaska to underweight from neutral, writing, "We see little reason to accumulate Alaska shares at current levels." Must Read: United Flies the 787, American Awaits It, Delta Thinks It Overa "Total other airline capacity in Alaska markets is expected to rise close to 8% in Q4, where capacity in Delta overlap markets is expected to rise in excess of 20%," Baker wrote, adding that in the first quarter of 2015 other airlines will likely boost capacity in Alaska markets by 15% while Delta will likely boost capacity by 30%. "We expect Alaska revenue per available seat mile and margin momentum will handily underperform the industry next year," Baker said. He has a target price of $51. Alaska shares were trading down 2.2% to $51.75 in trading early Thursday. Year to date, shares are up 42%, while Delta shares have risen up 45%. Southwest leads the airline industry with an 83% year-to-date gain; the smallest gain at a major airline is 35% at JetBlue . TheaS&P 500 has risen 7% this year. Falling fuel prices, capacity discipline and strong demand have fueled the airline share price gains. Baker's view is not universal. CRT Capital analyst Mike Derchin rates Alaska a buy -- he raised his target price to $61 on Monday after raising his fourth-quarter earnings estimate to 87 cents a share. Analysts surveyed by Thomson Reuters also estimate 87 cents. "Offsetting PRASM pressures from competitive battles are a number of tailwinds that include its strong position with frequent fliers in its region, unrelenting cost controls, substantial free cash flow generation, aggressive share buybacks and lower jet fuel prices," Derchin wrote. Alaska beat estimates in the third quarter, reporting earnings of $1.47 a share, vs. consensus of $1.42. For the quarter, Stifel analyst Joseph DeNardi wrote that among all the carriers "Alaska's results were most impressive, in our view, as strong execution and effective management have been able to offset competitive pressures thus far, though this will become more challenging over the next few quarters." Must Read: Alaska Air Challenges Delta Assault with Secret Weapon: Motivated Employees Wolfe Research analyst Hunter Keay may be Alaska's biggest booster. He has an overweight rating, a target price of $75, and a dim view of Delta's effort to build a Seattle hub. In a report issued Friday, Keay wrote that Delta could be "rethinking its Seattle strategy," given recent announcements that Seattle-Haneda and Seattle-Amsterdam will be seasonal routes. "We still predict Delta fails there (in Seattle)," Keay wrote, although he noted that "Delta is sure to grow much more before it shrinks a bit, and Delta is likely to stay there. We just think people underestimate Alaska's resolve. "Alaska is a company that does things the right way," Keay wrote. "So when results are good it's even easier to get behind the story. They are the good guys." -- Written by Ted Reed in Charlotte, N.C. To contact this writer, click here. Follow @tedreednc " a

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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- The last time the U.S. military had a surge like this, it was in Iraq. The nation's economy grew at a 3.5% annual clip in the third quarter, the government reported Thursday morning -- but take it with a grain of salt. The big reason the numbers crushed forecasts for 3% growth is that defense spending rose 16% -- adding two-thirds of a percentage point to gross domestic product growth. That means the economy really grew at almost exactly the 3% rate economists expected -- at least in this first, preliminary estimate, which will be revised next month. That explains why the market isn't reacting much -- the news, examined closely, is nearly what investors have been expecting after a 4.6% annualized second-quarter jump. Must Read: 10 Stocks Billionaire John Paulson Loves in 2014a "It's a really good report,'' said Joel Naroff, president of Naroff Economic Advisors in Holland, Pa. "Estimates for the fourth quarter will be at least as strong.'' The strong points: Inventories actually shrank, subtracting almost six-tenths of a percentage point from growth. That means final demand and exports were a little better than the headline number suggests, and it almost offsets the jump in defense spending. A smaller-than-expected rise in residential investment. Because the estimate of a 3.8% annualized increase was smaller than expected, based on previously reported data on housing starts, that number may be revised upward, or more growth may simply show up in the fourth quarter as builders like D.R. Horton and Pulte Homes ado more business, Naroff said. The weak points: The jump in defense spending won't last, said Richard Moody, chief economist of Regions Financial in Birmingham, Ala. It might be revised down or simply go away in the last part of the year, limiting the happy news for defense contractors like Lockheed Martin or Boeing , he said. The Commerce Department's release didn't explain what caused the surge in defense spending, he added. Consumer spending was weaker than anticipated, especially on services, Naroff said. Households boosted their outlays at a 1.8% annual rate, down from 2.5% in the second quarter. Spending on durable goods like Ford cars or Whirlpool refrigerators rose at more than a 7% clip, but spending on services was up just 1.1% at a yearly rate. The verdict: The numbers were close to what was expected, aside from the defense spending. Bulls may point to the inventory numbers and argue that the core of the economy is getting better faster than expected, while skeptics will say the defense spending is a fluke. Both are right, as far as they go. The numbers don't give much reason for the Federal Reserve to do anything it isn't already doing. The central bank noted on Wednesday that growth is getting more solid and job markets are firming. Net out the flukish pluses and minuses of the GDP report, and it looksaas if aJanet Yellen & Co. basically got it right. Must Read: European Banks Aren't Nearly as Bad Off as Stress Tests Indicate At the time of publication, the author held no positions in any of the stocks mentioned Follow @tim mullaney // 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.

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text The 10 Most Religious States in America
Thu, 30 Oct 2014 14:11 GMT

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- It is no secret that the United States is one of the most religious countries in the Western world. While the number of people who consider themselves to be atheist rose 3% worldwide, the number of people who consider themselves religious dropped by 9% between 2005 and 2011.a A 2012 Pew Research studyaconducted in over 230 countries concluded that worldwide more than eight in 10 people, or 84% of the world's 6.9 billion people, identify with some form of religion. Christianity is the most popular with 2.2 billion adherents to the faith (32%) while Muslims (1.6 billion or 23%) and Hindus (1 billion or 15%) round out the top three. According to a 57-country 2012 WIN-Gallup poll, people in the bottom income groups are 17% more religious than those in higher income brackets. About 66% of respondents in the bottom income quintile described themselves as religious while just 49% of those in the top quintile described themselves as such. Some 56% of respondents in the average or middle income bracket described themselves as being religious. The U.S. has the largest population of Christians in the world with approximately 243 million of the country's 312 million citizensaidentifying with that religion. There are many theories about the reason for the U.S.'s high rate of religiosity, including the fact that the New World's first settlers were colonists fleeing religious persecution in Europe, and that some of the country's founding fathers were devout Christians. Whatever the reason, the U.S.'s large religious population is unique in the Western world and divided strongly regionally. Southeastern states, sometimes referred to collectively as the "Bible Belt," tend to have the densest religious populations while the Northeast tends to be less religious. This list of the 10 most religious states in the country is based on a Gallup pollaconducted from January to December 2013. The poll found that religiosity in the U.S. has bucked the global trend and the number of people calling themselves "very religious" has increased over the past six years to 41.4% in 2013 from 40.9% in 2008. The poll, which had 174,000 respondents interviewed over a year-long period, found continuity in individual states' level of religiosity from year to year but found a substantial variance state to state and region to region. Added to this list is Gallup information about the political leanings and their index which looked at eachastate's overall well-being. 10. Oklahoma % Self-identified as "very religious": 49% % Leaning Republican: 49% % Leaning Democrat: 36% Overall Well-Being Index Score: 64.7 9. North Carolina % Self-identified as "very religious": 50% % Leaning Republican: 42% % Leaning Democrat: 41% Overall Well-Being Index Score: 65.8 8. Arkansas % Self-identified as "very religious": 51% % Leaning Republican: 43% % Leaning Democrat: 39% Overall Well-Being Index Score: 64.3 7. Georgia % Self-identified as "very religious": 52% % Leaning Republican: 43.2% % Leaning Democrat: 40.3% Overall Well-Being Index Score: 66.6 6. Tennessee (tied) % Self-identified as "very religious": 54% % Leaning Republican: 45% % Leaning Democrat: 38% Overall Well-Being Index Score: 64.3 6. South Carolina (tied) % Self-identified as "very religious": 54% % Leaning Republican: 48% % Leaning Democrat: 38% Overall Well-Being Index Score: 65.3 4. Louisiana % Self-identified as "very religious": 56% % Leaning Republican: 43% % Leaning Democrat: 41% Overall Well-Being Index Score: 64.9 3. Alabama % Self-identified as "very religious": 57% % Leaning Republican: 49% % Leaning Democrat: 38% Overall Well-Being Index Score: 64.1 2. Utah % Self-identified as "very religious": 60% % Leaning Republican: 58% % Leaning Democrat: 26% Overall Well-Being Index Score: 68.2 1. Mississippi % Self-identified as "very religious": 61% % Leaning Republican: 46% % Leaning Democrat: 39% Overall Well-Being Index Score: 63.7 Must Read:a10aDrunkest States Must Read: 10aDumbest States


NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Halloween is here again, the gateway to the holiday season, a time when children and adults dress in costume, go trick-or-treating, party and eat massive amounts of candy and chocolate. Halloween isn't just for little kids looking for a sugar rush. Adults also enjoy dressing up as one of their favorite characters from a TV show, movie, or book, heading to a party and swapping out a sugar rush for a hangover. Adults tend to put just as much thought into their costumes as kids do, sometimes planning months in advance, making sure every little detail for their Halloween costume is perfect. On Halloween you never know what you're going to see in terms of costumes: There are the usual ghosts, horror movie psychos, fairy tales and legends, and costumes based on regular jobs with the word "sexy" thrown in front of it. Then every once in a while you'll see a costume so unique you'll be left wondering why you didn't come up with that yourself.a For this Halloween, TheStreet has come up with a list of what are likely to be the most popular Halloween costumes for 2014. The data was collected from the Google Adwords Keyword Plannerabased on specific search terms, and is specific to the U.S. between August and September of this year. Here are the 10 costumes we predict to be the most commonly seen costumes this year according to that data... 10.aQueen of Hearts Costumea Avg. Monthly Searches (exact match only): 14,800 Whether you're going as the classic Alice in Wonderland version, or the more modern "Once Upon a Time" version of the Queen of Hearts, you know the one that likes to pull a person's heart from their chest and crush it in front of them, this strong willed ruler will make an unforgettable Halloween costume. Last Minute Costume Shopping - Buy it on Amazon Now 9.aTinkerbell Costumea Avg. Monthly Searches (exact match only): 14,800 A classic fairy tale character and Disney favorite, Tinkerbell is a close companion of Peter Pan. There have been many versions of this character in books, movies, and TV shows. For Halloween, you can go with any version of this popular fairy, or come up with a new and unique take on the winged heroine. Last Minute Costume Shopping - Buy it on Amazon Now 8.aPirate Costumea Avg. Monthly Searches (exact match only): 18,100 Pirates are a classic Halloween costume that come in a variety of selections. From kids' costumes to adult costumes with some extra sass, you can't go wrong as a swash-buckling, sword fighting, rum drinking, sea loving pirate this Halloween. Last Minute Costume Shopping - Buy it on Amazon Now 7.aAlice in Wonderland Costume Avg. Monthly Searches (exact match only): 18,100 There are a few directions one can go in when considering an Alice in Wonderland costume. You could go with the classic blue and white tea dress Alice wears in the original book by Lewis Carroll, and the Disney animated feature. Then there's the Tim Burton film version of the dress, or you can give this classic tale a twist and make it a "Sexy Alice," or a "Zombie Alice." Last Minute Costume Shopping -aBuy it on Amazon Now 6.aMermaid Costumea Avg. Monthly Searches (exact match only): 18,100 Ariel is likely the most famous mermaid around, based on the original fairy tale by Hans Christian Anderson, this red headed beauty was immortalized in the popular Disney film, "The Little Mermaid." Despite Ariel's popularity, you're likely to find a variety of mermaid costumes this Halloween, including "Sexy Mermaid," "Fairy tale Mermaid," and "Sassy Mermaid." Last Minute Costume Shopping - Buy it on Amazon Now 5.aMinnie Mouse Costumea Avg. Monthly Searches (exact match only): 27,100 This popular character is Mickey Mouse's longtime girlfriend and one of the classic cartoon characters created by Walt Disney. Although the best place to get a glimpse of this fashion forward mouse would be at Disney World, or Disneyland, keep your eyes open this Halloween as you're likely to see more than a few people dressed as Minnie. Last Minute Costume Shopping - Buy it on Amazon Now 4.aPoison Ivy Costumea Avg. Monthly Searches (exact match only): 33,100 A DC Comic book villain and enemy of Batman, this dangerous woman begins her life of crime as a biochemist turned eco-terrorist looking to "save the world's plant life by any means necessary," comicvine.com says. Last Minute Costume Shopping - Buy it on Amazon Now 3.aCatwoman Costumea Avg. Monthly Searches (exact match only): 33,100 This strong willed, independent, diamond loving thief is the sometimes lover of the Dark Knight himself. Her comic book debut was in 1940 in "Batman #1," according to comicvine.com. Last Minute Costume Shopping - Buy it on Amazon Now 2.aHarley Quinn Costumea Avg. Monthly Searches (exact match only): 40,500 Known as the Arkham Asylum psychiatrist who fell in love with Batman's insane archenemy The Joker, Harley Quinn made her debut in the popular 1990's cartoon "Batman: The Animated Series,"acomicvine.comasays. Later on, Harley would be adapted into the DC Comic's story line, developing into a popular character in her own right. Harley costumes are much in demand and can be seen in excess at various comic conventions. Last Minute Costume Shopping - Buy it on Amazon Now 1.aWonder Woman Costumea Avg. Monthly Searches (exact match only): 49,500 With the amazon princess making her big screen debut in the highly anticipated "Batman vs. Superman" movie, set to be released in 2016, women across the U.S are searching for a costume to portray the DC Comics heroine. Wonder Woman has been a staple of the DC character universe since she made her first appearance in 1941, showing young girls that princesses are more than capable of rescuing themselves. Last Minute Costume Shopping - Buy it on Amazon Now


Abbott Laboratories entered the heart rhythm disorder market on Wednesday with the purchase of Topera Inc. as well as the option to buy Advanced Cardiac Therapeutics . Menlo Park, Calif.-based Topera works to develop electrophysiology technologies to improve treatment and diagnosis of atrial fibrillation, a common heart rhythm disorder. Under the terms of the agreement Abbott Park, Ill.-based Abbott will acquire outstanding equity of Topera for $250 million upfront with the possibility of future payments depending on performance milestones. Topera's venture backers included New Enterprise Associates. The company raised $25 million Series C funding round in April 2013. Topera did not respond to a request for comment. Topera's 3D mapping system is a diagnostic tool that locates the sources of disorders such as sustain cardiac arrhythmias, according to the company. The tool helps doctors identify and target areas of a patient's heart that are causing problems. In addition to the acquisition of Topera, Abbott also secured the right to purchase Advanced Cardiac Therapeutics, upon completion of key milestones. Santa Clara, Calif.-based Advanced is developing a novel catheter to improve the safety and effectiveness of ablation procedures. Jonathon Hamilton, a spokesperson for Abbott declined to comment on the terms of the Advanced agreement. He said that the ultimate sale price for the company, should Abbott decide to purchase it, is contingent on performance. He said there is no timeline in place for the purchase. While pointing out that Abbott already has a vascular division as well as a structural heart division, Hamilton said that the Topera purchase is the company's first foray into an area that treats heart rhythm disorders. Through the acquisition Abbott will be entering a $3 billion global market that has been growing annually at double-digit rates, according to the company. Abbott declined to provide the names and firms of financial advisers and legal counsel for the deal.

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