With economic data taking a backseat to a slew of better-than-expected earnings reports, the broad-based S&P 500 continues to knock off one all-time record close after another. For skeptics like me, that's an opportunity to see whether companies have earned their current valuations.
Keep in mind that some companies�deserve�their current valuations. Take railroad operator Union Pacific (NYSE: UNP ) for example. Union Pacific grew profit by 11% in its most recent quarter as it was able to offset demand weakness in coal with higher prices. With many railroad operators predicting a pickup in shipments in the second half of the year, Union Pacific certainly looks to be in great shape moving forward.
Still, other companies might deserve a kick in the pants. Here's a look at three companies that could be worth selling.
Raise the yellow caution flag
In spite of trucking company YRC Worldwide's (NASDAQ: YRCW ) share price doubling last week following the company's first quarterly profit in six years (that's right...�six years), shares are still down a mind-boggling 99.9928% over the past decade. Somehow avoiding bankruptcy a few years back by diluting existing shareholders into oblivion, YRC has investors now thinking the company may be on the mend. However, its history makes me�believe otherwise.
10 Best Heal Care Stocks To Own For 2014: Boise Inc (BZ)
Boise Inc., incorporated on February 1, 2007, is a manufacturer of packaging and paper products, including corrugated containers and sheets, containerboard, protective packaging products, imaging papers for the office and home, printing and converting papers, label and release papers, newsprint and market pulp. The Company operates in the United States, Europe, Mexico, and Canada. The Company operates in three segments: Packaging, Paper, and Corporate and Other. The Company�� newsprint is sold primarily to newspaper publishers in the southern and southwestern the United States. During the year ended December 31, 2012, approximately 38% of the Company�� uncoated freesheet paper was sold to OfficeMax Incorporated, its customer.
In the Packaging segment, the Company manufactures and sells linerboard, containerboard, corrugated containers and sheets, protective packaging products, and newsprint. Linerboard is a paperboard, which when combined with corrugating medium is used in the manufacture of corrugated sheets and containers. Corrugated sheets are containerboard sheets that are sold primarily to converters that produce a variety of corrugated products. Corrugated containers are corrugated sheets that have been fed through converting machines to create containers, which are used in the packaging of fresh fruit and vegetables, processed food, beverages, and other industrial and consumer products. Stock boxes are corrugated containers manufactured to pre-set dimensions.
Protective packaging products include multi-material customized packaging solutions, which may utilize kraft paper-based honeycomb corrugated packaging, foamed plastics, and air pocket packing materials Newsprint is a paper commonly used for printing newspapers, other publications, and advertising material. During the year ended December 31, 2012, its Packaging segment produced approximately 613,000 short tons of linerboard, and its Paper segment produced approximately 135,000 short tons! of corrugating medium. It manufactures linerboard and newsprint on two machines at its mill in DeRidder, Louisiana. It also manufactures corrugated containers and sheets and protective packaging products at 26 plants located in North America and Europe.
In its Paper segment, the Company manufactures and sells three general categories of products: communication-based papers; packaging-based papers, and market pulp. Its communication-based papers include cut-size office papers, and printing and converting papers. Its Packaging-Demand-Driven Papers include Label and release papers, Flexible packaging papers, and Corrugating medium. Printing and converting papers are used by commercial printers or converters to manufacture envelopes, forms, and other commercial paper products.
Its packaging-based papers include label and release papers and corrugating medium. The Label and release papers include label facestocks, as well as release liners. The coated and uncoated papers sold to customers create packaging products for food and nonfood applications. Market pulp is sold to customers in the open market for use in the manufacture of paper products. The Company manufactures its Paper segment products at three mills, all located in the United States.
Corporate and Other
The Company�� Corporate and Other segment includes transportation assets, such as rail cars and trucks, which it uses to transport its products from its manufacturing sites. The Company provides transportation services not only to its own facilities but also, on a limited basis, to third parties. Rail cars and trucks are typically leased.
The Company competes with International Paper Company, Rock-Tenn Company, Georgia-Pacific LLC, Packaging Corporation of America, Longview Fibre Paper, Packaging, Inc, Green Bay Packaging Inc., KapStone Paper, TexCorr, L.P., Resolute Forest Product, SP Newsprint Co. and Domtar Corporation.Advisors' Opinion:
- [By Ben Levisohn]
Packaging Corp. of America�(PKG) has jumped 6.3% to $57.99 after it said it would buy Boise (BZ) for $1.28 billion. Boise has gained 26% to $12.55.
- [By Paul Ausick]
Stocks on the move: Boise Inc. (NYSE: BZ) is up 26% at $12.55 following the company�� acquisition by Packaging Corporation of America Inc. (NYSE: PKG) for $12.55 a share ($1.28 billion). Omeros Corp. (NASDAQ: OMER) is up 68.2% at $8.56 following an analyst upgrade. Northern Dynasty Minerals Ltd. (NYSEArca: NAK) is down 33.3% at $1.48 following an announcement from Anglo American plc that it was withdrawing from a massive copper mining project in Alaska.
- [By Sue Chang]
PCA, the Packaging Corp. of America (PKG) ,�is likely to post third-quarter earnings of 89 cents a share. The company said last month it would buy Boise Inc. (BZ) �for $12.55 a share, or about $1.28 billion in total. The deal is expected to close in the fourth quarter. Lake Forest, Ill.-based PCA makes a wide line of linerboard and corrugated paper packaging products at four mills and 71 plants, according to its website.
- [By Christopher Freeburn]
Under the deal, which is expected to close during the fourth quarter, Packaging Corp. will pay $12.55 a share, or $1.27 billion, for Boise (BZ). That represents a 26% premium over the target’s last closing price, the Associated Press noted.
10 Best Heal Care Stocks To Own For 2014: Tower Ltd (TWR.AX)
TOWER Limited provides life and general insurance products primarily in New Zealand. The company�s insurance products include boat, business, car, caravan, contents, corporate-commercial, disability, farm-lifestyle, funeral, house, income protection, jet ski, life, motorcycle, trauma, travel, truck, yacht, and fire insurance. It also offers savings and investment management services, including individually managed account services, retail and institutional fund management services, workplace superannuation schemes, and financial advisory services. In addition, the company provides general insurance services in the Pacific Islands. TOWER Limited was founded in 1869 and is based in Auckland, New Zealand.
Top 10 Clean Energy Companies For 2014: Midway Gold Corporation(MDW)
Midway Gold Corp., an exploration stage company, engages in the acquisition, exploration, and development of mineral properties in North America. Its principal properties include the Spring Valley, Midway, Pan, and Gold Rock gold and silver mineral properties located in Nevada; and the Golden Eagle gold mineral property located in Washington. The company was formerly known as Red Emerald Resource Corp. and changed its name to Midway Gold Corp. in July 2002. Midway Gold Corp. was founded in 1996 and is headquartered in Englewood, Colorado.
10 Best Heal Care Stocks To Own For 2014: Grand View Gold Inc (GVX.TO)
Grandview Gold Inc., a gold exploration company, focuses on exploring and developing gold properties in Canada and South America. It holds interests in three gold projects, located in Red Lake Mining District of southwest Ontario; and three grass roots stage gold projects in Rice Lake Gold District located in Manitoba. The company, through its subsidiary, Recuperaci贸n Realzada S.A.C., also has an option to acquire up to a 100% interest in the 400 hectare gold-producing Giulianita Property located in northwest Peru. The company was formerly known as Consolidated Grandview Inc. and changed its name to Grandview Gold Inc in July 2004. Grandview Gold Inc. was incorporated in 1945 and is headquartered in Toronto, Canada.
10 Best Heal Care Stocks To Own For 2014: Ikanos Communications Inc.(IKAN)
Ikanos Communications, Inc. provides broadband semiconductor and software products for the digital home. The company develops and markets end-to-end products for the last mile and the digital home, which enable carriers to offer triple play services, including voice, video, and data. It offers broadband digital subscriber line (DSL) products, such as high-density and low-power asymmetric DSL, and very-high-bit rate DSL products; communications processors that support various wide area network topologies, including passive optical network, DSL, wireless broadband, and Ethernet; and other products for access infrastructure and customer premises equipment (CPE) to network equipment manufacturers and telecommunications service providers. The company?s products comprise digital subscriber line access multiplexers, optical network terminals, concentrators, modems, voice over Internet protocol terminal adapters, integrated access devices, and residential gateways. It primarily s erves original design manufacturers, contract manufacturers, network equipment manufacturers, and original equipment manufacturers through direct sales and third-party sales representatives worldwide. The company was formerly known as Velocity Communications and changed its name to Ikanos Communications, Inc. in December 2000. Ikanos Communications, Inc. was incorporated in 1999 and is headquartered in Fremont, California.
10 Best Heal Care Stocks To Own For 2014: Metro Holdings Limited (M01.SI)
Metro Holdings Limited, together with its subsidiaries, engages in the property development and investment, and retail businesses primarily in the People�s Republic of China, Indonesia, and Singapore. It operates in two segments, Retail and Property. The Retail segment operates a chain of department stores and specialty stores, which offer a range of merchandise, fashion accessories, and casual women�s wear. This segment serves customers through a chain of four Metro department stores; eight Monsoon/Accessorize/M.2 specialty store in Singapore; and eight department stores in Indonesia. The Property segment engages in leasing shopping and office spaces; and investing in property-related businesses. This segment has interests in 143,000 square meters of retail and office properties in Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangzhou. Metro Holdings Limited was founded in 1957 and is based in Singapore.
10 Best Heal Care Stocks To Own For 2014: Nexus Energy Ltd (NXS.AX)
Nexus Energy Limited engages in the exploration, development, and production of oil and gas in Australia. It primarily holds interests in the Longtom gas project located in production license VIC/L29 within the Gippsland Basin, Victoria; and the Crux AC/L9 asset and WA-377-P exploration permit located in the Browse Basin, Western Australia. The company is based in Melbourne, Australia.
10 Best Heal Care Stocks To Own For 2014: Camino Minerals Corporation (COR.V)
Camino Minerals Corporation, an exploration stage company, engages in the exploration and development of mineral properties in Mexico. The company focuses on precious and base metal projects. It holds 100% interests in the El Rincon gold project, which comprises 1 mineral claim covering an area of 12,946 hectares, located to the northeast of the city of Durango; and the Maijoma claim group that includes three contiguous claim groups, such as Maijoma, Aqua Loca/Los Volcanes, and El Alamo covering an area of 83,985 hectares and is located in southeast of Ojinaga in northeast Chihuahua. The company also has 100% interests in the Mecatona gold prospect, which consists of 7 mineral claims covering an area of 5,300 hectares and is located to the south of the city of Parral; and the Rodeo gold project, which comprises two claims covering an area of 13,099 hectares, located to the north of the city of Durango. Camino Minerals Corporation is headquartered in Vancouver, Canada.
10 Best Heal Care Stocks To Own For 2014: Pennon(PNN.L)
Pennon Group Plc, through its subsidiaries, provides water and sewerage services for Devon, Cornwall, and parts of Dorset and Somerset in the United Kingdom. The company serves a region of 10,300 square kilometers (km) with approximately 1.65 million residents; and approximately 39 million visitors. It supplies approximately 420 megalitres of treated water per day through 15,058 km of water distribution mains, as well as disposes approximately 235 megalitres of waste water per day through 9,288 km of sewers. The company also engages in the waste management, recycling, and renewable energy businesses. Its waste management services include waste treatment, recycling, and landfill disposal. In addition, the company recycles and generates electricity from landfill gas, as well as operates materials recycling facilities, waste transfer stations, treatment plants, household waste recycling sites, and composting facilities. Pennon Group Plc is based in Exeter, the United Kingdom.
10 Best Heal Care Stocks To Own For 2014: Brookdale Senior Living Inc. (BKD)
Brookdale Senior Living Inc. owns and operates senior living communities in the United States. It operates in six segments: Retirement Centers, Assisted Living, Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRCs)�Rental, CCRCs-Entry Fee, Innovative Senior Care, and Management Services. The Retirement Centers segment owns or leases communities comprising independent living and assisted living units in a single community that are primarily designed for middle to upper income senior citizens. The Assisted Living segment owns or leases communities consisting of freestanding, multi-story communities, and freestanding single story communities, which offer housing and 24-hour assistance to mid-acuity frail and elderly residents. This segment also operates memory care communities for residents with Alzheimer's disease and other dementias. The CCRCs-Rental segment owns or leases communities that offer various living arrangements and services to accommodate physical ability and health. The CCRCs-Entry Fee segment allows residents in the independent living apartment units to pay a one-time upfront entrance fee to use certain amenities and services. The Innovative Senior Care segment provides outpatient therapy, home health, and hospice services to residents of its communities and other senior living communities. The Management Services segment operates third party communities under the management agreements. As of December 31, 2012, it operated 76 retirement center communities with 14,528 units; 433 assisted living communities with 21,594 units; 27 rental CCRC communities with 6,748 units; 14 entry fee CCRC communities with 5,866 units; and 97 communities with 17,998 units for third parties. Brookdale Senior Living Inc. is based in Brentwood, Tennessee.Advisors' Opinion:
- [By Tom Lydon]
Top holdings based on the index include Acadia Healthcare Companies (ACHC), Amsurg Corporation (AMSG), Brookdale Senior Living (BKD), Clarcor (CLC) and Community Health Systems (CYH).