Everything was looking great with my new investment.
The stock had been steadily climbing higher since my purchase in early January. This company was among the original members of the S&P 500 and once ranked among the Dividend Aristocrats. Members of this exclusive list have raised their dividends annually for 25 consecutive years. Talk about a vote of confidence!
However, the company was dropped from that list recently. Not because of an issue with its dividends -- but because it no longer had the minimum $3 billion market capitalization to remain a member.
In addition, sales had been slipping over the past several years. Counterbalancing the bad news, the company was still creating decent cash flow, producing solid returns on invested capital and trading at relatively low price.
Hot Low Price Companies To Watch In Right Now: Wayside Technology Group Inc.(WSTG)
Wayside Technology Group, Inc., an information technology channel company, resells software and hardware, as well as provides technical services to software development and information technology professionals primarily in the United States and Canada. It offers various products from publishers of software and tools for virtualization, networking, software development, database modeling, security, and other technical domains. The company operates in two segments, Lifeboat Distribution and TechXtend. The Lifeboat segment distributes technical software through a network of corporate and value-added resellers, consultants, and systems integrators. The TechXtend segment sells technical software, hardware, and services for microcomputers, servers, and networks to individual programmers, corporations, government agencies, and educational institutions. Wayside Technology Group, Inc. markets products through its Web sites, local and online seminars, and print and electronic catalo gs, as well as through direct e-mail and printed materials. The company was formerly known as Programmer?s Paradise, Inc. and changed its name to Wayside Technology Group, Inc. in August 2006. Wayside Technology Group, Inc. was founded in 1982 and is headquartered in Shrewsbury, New Jersey.
Hot Low Price Companies To Watch In Right Now: Wuxi Pharmatech(Cayman)
Wuxi PharmaTech (Cayman) Inc., through its subsidiaries, operates as a pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and medical device research and development outsourcing company primarily in the People?s Republic of China and the United States. It operates in two segments, Laboratory Services and Manufacturing Services. The Laboratory Services segment offers laboratory services for pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, such as discovery and medicinal chemistry, analytical chemistry, discovery biology, safety pharmacology, DMPK/ADME, bio analytical services, process research, formulation, and toxicology, as well as testing and development services for biologics, medical devices, and combination products. The Manufacturing Services segment provides manufacturing process development services for the production of advanced intermediates and active pharmaceutical ingredients for use in preclinical and clinical trials. The company offers its services to support research and developme nt for pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and medical device companies. It sells its products directly, and through Internet Websites and participation in trade conferences, shows, and scientific conferences. The company was founded in 2000 and is headquartered in Shanghai, the People?s Republic of China.
Hot Blue Chip Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Benvest New Look Income Fd (BCI.TO)
New Look Eyewear Inc. provides eye care products and services in eastern Canada. It offers high definition digital lenses, frames, and sunglasses, as well as contact lenses. The company also offers eye exams and other eye care services. As of March 31, 2012, it operated 69 corporately owned eye care stores, including 61 in Qu茅bec province and 8 in Ontario region; and an eyewear transformation laboratory. The company was formerly known as Benvest New Look Income Fund and changed its name to New Look Eyewear Inc. in March 2010. New Look Eyewear Inc. is headquartered in Montr茅al, Canada.
Hot Low Price Companies To Watch In Right Now: PPL Corporation(PPL)
PPL Corporation, an energy and utility holding company, generates and sells electricity; and delivers natural gas to approximately 5.3 million utility customers primarily in the northeastern and northwestern U.S. The company operates in four segments: Kentucky Regulated, International Regulated, Pennsylvania Regulated, and Supply. The Kentucky Regulated segment engages in the generation, transmission, distribution, and sale of electricity; and the distribution and sale of natural gas to approximately 1.3 million customers in Kentucky, Virginia, and Tennessee. The International Regulated segment owns and operates electricity distribution businesses in the United Kingdom that deliver electricity to 7.7 million customers. The Pennsylvania Regulated segment delivers electricity to approximately 1.4 million customers in eastern and central Pennsylvania. The Supply segment owns and operates power plants to generate electricity using coal, uranium, natural gas, oil, and water res ources; markets and trades electricity and other purchased power to wholesale and retail markets; and acquires and develops domestic generation projects. It controls or owns a portfolio of generation assets of approximately 11,000 megawatts in Montana and Pennsylvania. As of December 31, 2010, the company?s distribution system included 649 substations with a capacity of 25 million kVA, 28,838 circuit miles of overhead lines, and 24,131 cable miles of underground conductors in the United Kingdom. It also operated 377 substations with a capacity of 31 million kVA, 33,122 circuit miles of overhead lines, and 7,368 cable miles of underground conductors in Pennsylvania. The company was founded in 1920 and is headquartered in Allentown, Pennsylvania.Advisors' Opinion:
- [By Justin Loiseau]
Heading east, PPL (NYSE: PPL ) announced Thursday that the Pennsylvania regulators have approved a new "Distribution System Improvement Charge" for its 1.4 million customers.
- [By Justin Loiseau]
PP&L (NYSE: PPL ) reported earnings May 2, missing on sales expectations but managing to squeak past earnings estimates. Top lines have been tumbling across the sector, and PPL's bottom line took a major hit when trimmed hedged wholesale power prices pushed its unregulated earnings down more than 50%.
Hot Low Price Companies To Watch In Right Now: lime energy co.(LIME)
Lime Energy Co. provides energy engineering, consulting, and implementation solutions to the commercial, industrial, utilities, governmental, and energy services markets in the United States. The company?s energy efficiency solutions enable its clients to reduce energy-related expenditures and the impact of their energy use on the environment. Its services include energy consulting, integrated energy engineering, and multi-measure project development and implementation; mechanical/electrical upgrade services; water conservation; weatherization; and renewables across a range of facilities, including office buildings, manufacturing plants, retail sites, mixed use complexes, and large government sites. The company?s energy consulting and technical services comprise utility program management and implementation, energy project development, energy engineering, consulting, and planning. Lime Energy Co. also provides energy asset development and management services comprising p roject feasibility and technology assessment; sourcing, qualifying, and structuring investment opportunities; project financing; design and construction process management; and asset management. Its customers include commercial and industrial businesses, property owners and managers, utilities, energy service companies, government entities, and educational institutions. The company was formerly known as Electric City Corp. and changed its name to Lime Energy Co. in September 2006. Lime Energy Co. was founded in 1980 and is headquartered in Huntersville, North Carolina.Advisors' Opinion:
- [By CRWE]
Lime Energy Co. (NASDAQ:LIME) reported their addition to NSTAR�� Municipal Program, which incentivizes municipalities to implement energy efficiency measures. The pre-selection of energy efficiency contractors is intended to streamline the procurement process for the municipalities that NSTAR currently serves.
Hot Low Price Companies To Watch In Right Now: Affymax Inc.(AFFY)
Affymax, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company, engages in the development of drugs for the treatment of serious and life-threatening conditions. It develops peginesatide (Hematide), which has completed Phase III clinical trial for the treatment of anemia associated with chronic renal failure. Hematide is a synthetic peptide-based erythropoiesis stimulating agent designed to stimulate production of red blood cells. The company has strategic alliance agreements with Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited and Nektar Therapeutics AL, Corporation to develop and commercialize Hematide. Affymax, Inc. was founded in 2001 and is based in Palo Alto, California.Advisors' Opinion:
- [By Kanak Kanti De]
Amgen needed an Onyx-like acquisition badly. For one, sales of Aranesp and Epogen, its flagship drugs for anemia, are dropping on concerns of safety, and loss of monopoly in 2012 to Affymax (AFFY), which received FDA approval for a rival anemia drug. (Note though, that after Omontys was recalled this year, that problem is resolved for Amgen.) Secondly, four of its top selling products go off patent in 2015.
- [By Alpha Exposure]
Investors in Affymax (AFFY) would like you to believe that Omontys will make a miraculous comeback and that Affymax will be a major winner. My belief is that the last AFFY article contained multiple factual errors that when refuted show that the future for Omontys is in fact dire. At the conclusion of this article all doubt should be removed regarding the low likelihood that Omontys returns to market.
Hot Low Price Companies To Watch In Right Now: Tyco International Ltd.(Switzerland)
Tyco International Ltd. provides security products and services, fire protection and detection products and services, valves and controls, and other industrial products worldwide. The company?s Tyco Security Solutions segment designs, sells, installs, services, and monitors electronic security, productivity, and lifestyle enhancement systems for residential, commercial, industrial, and governmental customers. This segment also designs, manufactures, and sells security products, including intrusion, security, access control, electronic article surveillance, and video management systems. Its Tyco Fire Protection segment designs, manufactures, sells, installs, and services fire detection and fire suppression systems, and building and life safety products for commercial, industrial, and governmental customers. The company?s Tyco Flow Control segment designs, manufactures, sells, and services valves, pipes, fittings, valve automation, and heat tracing products for general proce ss, energy, and mining markets, as well as the water and wastewater markets. Tyco International Ltd. was founded in 1960 and is based in Schaffhausen, Switzerland.
Hot Low Price Companies To Watch In Right Now: Herman Miller Inc.(MLHR)
Herman Miller, Inc. engages in the research, design, manufacture, and distribution of interior furniture systems, products, and related services worldwide. It also provides modular systems under the Action Office, Canvas Office Landscape, Ethospace, Resolve, My Studio Environments, and Vivo Interiors brand names; seating products under the Embody, Aeron, Mirra, Setu, Celle, Equa, and Ergon brand names; and storage products under the Meridian and Tu brand names. In addition, the company offers wooden casegoods under the Geiger brand name; freestanding furniture products under the Abak, Intent, Sense, and Envelop brand name; and ergonomic solutions. It markets its products for office, healthcare, industrial, educational, and residential settings through its sales staff, own dealer network, independent dealers and retailers, and independent contract office furniture dealers, as well as through Internet. The company was founded in 1905 and is based in Zeeland, Michigan.Advisors' Opinion:
- [By Rich Smith]
Zeeland, Mich.-based Herman Miller (NASDAQ: MLHR ) is buying New York's Maharam Fabric Corporation in an all-cash deal valued at $156 million.
- [By Rex Moore]
But today Jim's company is the largest craft brewer in the nation, with almost 1% of total beer sales. Many at the recent Craft Brewers Conference count Boston Beer among their most-admired companies. Our Rex Moore took on the tough assignment of covering the conference, and asked about other companies these brewers learned from. Today, New Belgium Brewing CEO Kim Jordan talks about Patagonia, Herman Miller (NASDAQ: MLHR ) , and Interface (NASDAQ: TILE ) .