Every quarter, many money managers have to disclose what they've bought and sold, via "13F" filings. Their latest moves can shine a bright light on smart stock picks.
Today, let's look at SAC Capital Advisors, run by Steven Cohen. SAC is one of the biggest hedge fund companies around, with a reportable stock portfolio totaling $20.7 billion�in value as of March 31, 2013. A company doesn't generally grow that large without performing well, and indeed, Cohen has reportedly averaged returns of roughly 30% annually�over two decades.
The company has been in the news a lot lately, though, due to an insider-trading scandal. Cohen recently received a subpoena to testify before a grand jury, and is reportedly considering closing his operations to outside investors as part of a proposed deal. The statute of limitations on this case may bring things to a close by the end of July, so we can expect more clarity by then.
So what does SAC Capital's latest quarterly 13F filing tell us? Here are a few interesting details:
Top 10 Small Cap Companies To Invest In 2015: Quanta Resources Inc (QR)Quanta Resources Inc. (Quanta), formerly T S Telecom Ltd., is a Canada-based mineral exploration company. The Company focuses on acquiring, exploring and developing of mineral properties. The Company has been seeking and reviewing exploration opportunities in Canada and other parts of the world. The Company's property included White Pelican Property. The White Pelican Property lies in the Cariboo Mining Division and consists of 13 mining claims totaling approximately 5,994 hectares. As of March 31, 2012, the Company had no revenues. Advisors' Opinion:
- [By Chuck Carnevale]
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Top 10 Performing Stocks To Own For 2014: RPM International Inc.(RPM)
RPM International Inc., together with its subsidiaries, manufactures, markets, and sells various specialty chemical products to industrial and consumer markets worldwide. The company?s Industrial segment offers waterproofing and institutional roofing systems used in building protection, maintenance, and weatherproofing applications; sealants, tapes, and foams; residential basement waterproofing systems; specialized roofing and building maintenance and related services; specialty industrial adhesives and sealants; and concrete and masonry additives, and related construction chemicals. It also offers polymer flooring systems, and offshore and marine structures; industrial and commercial tile systems; fiberglass reinforced plastic gratings and shapes; heavy-duty corrosion-control coatings, fireproofing products, and containment linings; specialty construction products, including bridge expansion joints, bridge deck and parking deck membranes, curb and channel drains, highway markings, protective coatings, and concrete repairs; and fluorescent colorants and pigments, waterproofing and flooring products, exterior insulating finishing systems, and shellac-based-specialty coatings for industrial and pharmaceutical uses, edible glazes, and food coatings. The company?s Consumer segment provides professional use and do-it-yourself products for a range of consumer applications, including home improvement and personal leisure activities. Its products include coating products; specialty products; deck and fence restoration products; metallic and faux finish coatings; hobby paints and cements; and caulks, sealants, adhesives, insulating foam, spackling, glazing, and other general patch and repair products. The company offers its products under the Carboline, DAP, EUCO, Fibergrate, Flecto, Flowcrete, Hummervoll, Universal Sealants, illbruck, Rust-Oleum, Stonhard, Tremco, Watco, and Zinsser brand names. RPM International was founded in 1947 and is headquarte red in Medina, Ohio.Advisors' Opinion:
- [By Laura Brodbeck]
WednesdayEarnings Expected From: Uniferst (NYSE: UNF), Constellation Brands (NYSE: STZ), RPM International (NYSE: RPM), Global Payments (NYSE: GPN) Economic Releases Expected: German trade balance, German factory orders, Australian retail sales
- [By Laura Brodbeck]
Next week investors will be waiting for several key earnings reports including�Lindsay Corporation (NYSE: LNN),RPM International Inc. (NYSE: RPM), ADTRAN, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADTN), and Del Frisco�� Restaurant Group, Inc (NASDAQ: DFRG)
- [By Dividends4Life]
The basic materials sector is highly cyclical. It relies on a strong economy to create demand for its raw materials. Since most of its products are considered to be commodities, the sector is sensitive to supply and demand fluctuations, with end-users able to substitute based on price.
Historically, yields in this sector have been on the lower end of the scale. However, with the increased demand for certain raw materials, the stocks in this sector are beginning to see higher yields with increased profitability. In addition, depressed prices on some companies have also boosted yields.
This week, I screened my dividend growth stocks database for Basic Materials companies with a yield above 2.0% and that have increased their dividends for at least 10 consecutive years. The results are presented below:
RPM International Inc. (RPM) makes specialty coatings and products for structural waterproofing and corrosion control, as well as products for the consumer, do-it-yourself and hobby markets. The company has paid a cash dividend to shareholders every year since 1969 and has increased its dividend payments for 40 consecutive years. Yield: 2.3%
Air Products and Chemicals Inc. (APD) is a major producer of industrial gases and electronics and specialty chemicals also has interests in environmental and energy-related businesses. Air Products and Chemicals Inc. is a major producer of industrial gases and electronics and specialty chemicals also has interests in environmental and energy-related businesses. Yield: 2.5%
Nucor Corporation (NUE) is the largest minimill steelmaker in the U.S., Nucor has one of the most diverse product lines of any steelmaker in the Americas. Nucor Corporation is the largest minimill steelmaker in the U.S., Nucor has one of the most diverse product lines of any steelmaker in the Americas. Yield: 2.7%
Alliance Resource Partners LP (ARLP) produces and markets coal primarily to utilities and industr
Top 10 Performing Stocks To Own For 2014: Hexcel Corp (HXL)
Hexcel Corporation (Hexcel), incorporated in 1948, is a composites company. The Company develops, manufactures and markets composites, including carbon fibers, reinforcements, prepregs, honeycomb, matrix systems, adhesives and composite structures, for use in Commercial Aerospace, Space and Defense, and Industrial Applications. Its products are used in a variety of end applications, such as commercial and military aircraft, space launch vehicles and satellites, wind turbine blades, automotive, bikes, skis and a variety of other industrial applications. Hexcel has two segments: Composite Materials and Engineered Products. The Composite Materials consists of carbon fiber, reinforcements for composites, honeycomb core and matrix product lines. The Engineered Products consists of composite structures and specially machined honeycomb product lines.
The Composite Materials segment manufactures and markets carbon fibers, fabrics and specialty reinforcements, prepregs, structural adhesives, honeycomb, composite panels, molding compounds, polyurethane systems and laminates that are incorporated into many applications, including military and commercial aircraft, wind turbine blades, recreational products and other industrial applications. HexTow carbon fibers are manufactured for sale to third-party customers, as well as for its own use in manufacturing certain reinforcements and composite materials. Carbon fibers are woven into carbon fabrics, used as reinforcement in conjunction with a resin matrix to produce pre-impregnated composite materials. Carbon fibers is also used in filament winding, hand layup, automatic tape layup and advanced fiber placement to produce finished composite components. Its carbon fibers��product applications include structural components for commercial and military aircraft, space launch vehicles, and certain other applications, such as recreational and industrial equipment.
Industrial fabrics and specialty reinforcements are ma! de from a variety of fibers, including carbon, aramid and other polymers, several types of fiberglass, quartz, ceramic and other specialty fibers. These reinforcements are used in the production of prepregs and other matrix materials used in primary and secondary structural aerospace applications, such as wing components, horizontal and vertical stabilizer components, fairings, radomes and engine nacelles, as well as overhead storage bins and other interior components. Hexcel�� reinforcements are also used in the manufacture of a variety of industrial and recreational products, such as wind energy blades, automotive components, boats, surfboards, skis and other sporting goods equipment.
HexPly prepregs are manufactured for sale to third-party customers and for internal use by its engineered products segment in manufacturing composite laminates and monolithic structures, including finished components for aircraft structures and interiors. Prepregs are manufactured by combining reinforcement fabrics or unidirectional fibers with a resin matrix to form a composite material with structural properties not present in either of the constituent materials. Reinforcement fabrics used in the manufacture of prepregs include glass, carbon, aramid, quartz, ceramic and other specialty reinforcements. Resin matrices include bismaleimide, cyanate ester, epoxy, phenolic, polyester, polyimide and other specialty resins.
Other fiber reinforced matrix developments include HexMC, a form of quasi-isotropic carbon fiber prepreg that enables small to medium sized composite components to be mass produced. HexTOOL is a specialized form of HexMC for use in the construction of high temperature composite tooling. HexFIT film infusion material is a product that combines resin films and dry fiber reinforcements in production and enables the manufacture of contoured composite structures, such as wind turbine blades.
Polymer matrix materials are sold in bulk and film form for use in direct pro! cess manu! facturing of composite parts. Resins can be combined with fiber reinforcements in manufacturing processes, such as resin transfer molding (RTM), resin film infusion (RFI) or vacuum assisted resin transfer molding (VARTM) to produce composite components for both aerospace and industrial applications. Hexcel manufactures and markets a range of Redux film and paste adhesives. These structural adhesives, which bond metal to metal and composites and honeycomb structures, are used in the aerospace industry and for many industrial applications.
HexWeb honeycomb is a cellular structure consisting of nested hexagonal cells. The product is similar in appearance to a cross-sectional slice of a beehive. It can also be manufactured in asymmetric cell configurations for more specialized applications. Honeycomb is primarily used as a lightweight core material and acts as an energy absorber. When sandwiched between composite or metallic facing skins, honeycomb increases the stiffness of the structure, while adding very little weight. The Company produces honeycomb from a number of metallic and non-metallic materials. Its metallic honeycomb is made from aluminum and is available in a selection of alloys, cell sizes and dimensions. Non-metallic materials used in the manufacture of honeycomb include fiberglass, carbon fiber, thermoplastics, non-flammable aramid papers, aramid fiber and other specialty materials. During the year ended December 31, 2011, revenues for the Composite Materials segment to third-party customers represented approximately 77% of its total revenues.
The Engineered Products segment manufactures and markets composite structures and precision machined honeycomb parts for use in the aerospace industry. Composite structures are manufactured from a variety of composite and other materials, including prepregs, honeycomb, structural adhesives and advanced molding materials, using such manufacturing processes, as autoclave processing, multi-axis nu! merically! controlled machining, heat forming, compression molding and other composite manufacturing techniques. During 2011, revenues for the Engineered Products segment to third-party customers represented approximately 23% of its total revenues. The Engineered Products business unit has a 50% ownership interest in a Malaysian joint venture, Asian Composites Manufacturing Sdn. Bhd.Advisors' Opinion:
- [By MONEYMORNING.COM]
There's also the advanced materials firm Hexcel Corp. (NYSE: HXL), which supplies honeycomb composites to some of the biggest names in the aerospace industry.
Top 10 Performing Stocks To Own For 2014: Cornerstone OnDemand Inc.(CSOD)
Cornerstone OnDemand, Inc. provides learning and talent management solution delivered as software-as-a-service. The company offers three integrated cloud-based solutions for learning management, performance management, and extended enterprise. Its Cornerstone Learning Cloud helps clients deliver and manage enterprise training and development programs, as well as links employee development to other parts of the talent management lifecycle, including performance management and succession planning. The company?s Cornerstone Performance Cloud allows clients to direct and measure performance at the individual, departmental, and organizational level through competency management, organizational goal setting, performance appraisal, compensation management, and development planning. Its Cornerstone Extended Enterprise Cloud helps clients extend learning and talent management to their customers, vendors, and distributors. The company also offers consulting services comprising impl ementation, integration, content, business consulting, and educational services; and account services, as well as resells third-party e-learning content. Its clients include multi-national corporations, large domestic enterprises, mid-market companies, public sector organizations, higher education institutions, and non-profit entities. The company sells its solution and services directly through its own sales force in North America and Europe; and indirectly through domestic and international network of distributors. Cornerstone OnDemand, Inc. was founded in 1999 and is headquartered in Santa Monica, California.Advisors' Opinion:
- [By Tom Taulli]
Workday stock suffered from a big selloff over the past few months, as have most other cloud companies like ServiceNow (NOW), Veeva Systems (VEEV) and Cornerstone OnDemand (CSOD). After reaching an all-time high of $115 in late February, WDAY quickly tumbled to a low of $59.
- [By Jonas Elmerraji]
First up is Cornerstone OnDemand (CSOD), a $2.57 billion software stock that's been on a tear in 2013. Since the first trading session of the year, CSOD has rallied more than 69%. But the upside could be over thanks to a bearish setup that's been forming in shares.
CSOD is currently forming a descending triangle pattern, a bearish setup that's formed by a horizontal support level below shares at $46 and downtrending resistance to the upside. Basically, as CSOD bounces in between those two technical price levels, it's getting squeezed closer and closer to a breakdown below $46. When that happens, we've got a sell signal.
$46 gets some extra strength as a support level because it acted as resistance for shares on the way up back in the summer. The fact that buyers assigned some extra significance to $46 makes it a level that's worth watching on the way down. The 50-day moving average has been a good proxy for resistance on the way down. If you decide to bet against CSOD from here, that's where you'll want to keep a protective stop.
Top 10 Performing Stocks To Own For 2014: Lattice Inc (LTTC)
Lattice Inc., incorporated on October 31, 1994, develops and delivers secure telecommunication solutions. The Company provides products and services, such as Nexus Call Control system, wholesale services, direct services, government services, Aquifer software, SensorView software, and The OneVoice system. The Company derives its revenues from three primary resources, such as providing telecommunications services to correctional facilities and service providers who provide telecommunication services within the industry, selling or licensing the Company's technology, and providing engineering services to other technology companies and government agencies. The Company continues to wholesale call control technology and services to service providers offering communication services to inmates of correctional institutions. In September 2013, Lattice Incorporated established Lattice Communications Inc. in Canada. In November 2013, the Company purchased InnoVisit's video conferencing technology.
Nexus Call Control System (Nexus)
The Company�� Nexus Call Control system is built on the Company's BubbleLink software architecture. BubbleLink is a transaction processing platform that is used to develop and enhance a variety of customizable communications applications. This open source platform is a combination of integrated computer telephony hardware and software. The Nexus Call Control system is capable of handling thousands of call transactions per hour and provides telecom service providers with tools to manage telephone calls. The Nexus Call Control system can manage small to facilities without sacrificing features or performance. Nexus provides call control and management tools targeted at investigation and law enforcement in the inmate telephone control industry.
Nexus includes live monitoring, debit, video visitation, kiosk integration, and recording features. The Nexus system can be structured to use pre-paid collect and pre-paid debit cards that support specialized tarif! fs and call timing. With pre-paid services, Nexus provides complete control and security. Nexus call control systems are supported by an integrated array of administrative and investigative programs that provide a management solution suite. All programs interact in real-time with Nexus calls and databases via an Ethernet local area network (LAN) or a wide area network (WAN).
The Company provides transaction based services to other service providers based on the feature set of the Nexus platform. Service providers utilize the Company's services to provide telecommunication services to facilities that require a secure call management solution. The features the Company offers vary based on the specific needs of the service provider. With the scalability of the Nexus system, the Company is able to provide services across the country without requiring a capital deployment for new facilities.
The Company's Nexus platform allows the Company to provide correctional facilities with a feature rich secure call control service that enables inmates to make phone calls while providing the security and investigative features required in correctional facilities. In addition to telecommunications services the Nexus based system provides capabilities to provide services, such as video visitation, kiosk management, e-mail, and other inmate services not readily available through less advanced systems. With the Nexus based platform, because it is centrally located, the Company is able to provide a suite of features to smaller facilities, enabling the Company to provide services traditionally unavailable to this section of the market.
The Company�� government services division provides engineering services coupled with technology solutions to agencies of the federal government. The Company has developed data management applications, Internet server technology, and information systems within! federal ! agencies.. The Company's technology and services helps the Company's customers reduce development time for projects, manage the deployment of applications across the Internet to desktops around the world and implement military grade security on all systems where the applications are deployed. The Company has designed, developed and implemented advanced business management applications, integration technologies and enterprise geospatial systems.
The Company supports several operational systems in all of these categories for organizations and defense commands using Web-based technologies and the consolidation of custom and commercial off-the-shelf software to unite dissimilar applications into integrated systems. In addition, the Company provides network engineering, architectural guidance, database management, programming, and functional area analysis to its department of defense clients. The government services division derives approximately 90% of its revenues from the department of defense. The Company's contracts with the federal government consist of three contract types: time and materials, fixed price, and cost plus. In addition, the Company has a mix of prime contracts, where the contract is awarded to the Company, and subcontracts where the Company is a sub on another organization's prime contract. The Company has approximately 90% of its revenues being generated from prime contracts.
The Company develops and markets the Aquifer application services platforms, a software product embedded in the applications developed for its customers. Aquifer is an out-of-the-box application framework for secure, Web-enabled, multi-platform applications. It implements application and data security that exceeds military and commercial standards. Built on Web services, Aquifer provides developers with a simplified, clear path to implement applications in a service oriented architecture (SOA). Using Aquifer, developers accelerate the creation, conversion, d! eployment,! and maintenance of next generation, Internet-ready, multi-tiered business applications.
SensorView Software (SensorView)
The Company�� SensorView is a command, control, and monitoring system that provides a secure plug and play (SPnP) backbone for the integration of numerous CBRNE, weather, navigation, video, motion, and other sensor types using a variety of standard wired and wireless interfaces. It can be used with both fixed and mobile units to provide real time monitoring and protection. SensorView software is microsoft windows and Internet browser based for ease of use with a customizable interface that is easy to learn and modify to the specific display needs of the user. SensorView can be used with or without encryption and can be exported for use by Allied Coalition partner nations.
The OneVoice System (OneVoice)
The Company�� OneVoice system, also known as the JWARN Component Interface Device (JCID) on a Chip, or JoaC, is a universal network card that allows non-standard CBRNE or other sensor types to communicate with JWARN and other standardized command and control sensor platforms. OneVoice acts as a protocol translator for legacy sensors, allowing connectivity through both the JWARN JCID interface (JJI) and the common chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and explosive (CBRN) sensor interface (CCSI). The system can be integrated directly with a sensor, or hung externally as a dongle to provide the needed connectivity. The OneVoice network card also contains onboard RAM and Flash memory, as well as an integrated global positioning system (GPS), providing the ability to perform data fusion and computation at the node itself, which delivers added power to mesh network sensor configurations.Advisors' Opinion:
- [By Peter Graham]
Small cap stocks Timios National Corp (OTCMKTS: HOMS) and Lattice Inc (OTCMKTS: LTTC) surged 54.29% and 20.83%, respectively, while Unique Pizza & Subs Corp (OTCMKTS: UPZS) sank 27.27% last Friday. But today is a new trading week with the last two trading days for the year. So what will these three small caps do today, tomorrow and after New Years�� Here is a closer look:
Top 10 Performing Stocks To Own For 2014: Nomura Holdings Inc (NRSCF)Nomura Holdings, Inc. is engaged in the investment and financial services business with a focus on securities business. The Company's business operations include financing, asset management, securities trading and brokerage, underwriting and sale of securities, private placement of securities, own funds Investment activities, and other securities and finance-related activities. As of March 31, 2013, the Company owned 738 consolidated subsidiaries. Advisors' Opinion:
- [By Daniel Inman]
Securities firms were in focus in Tokyo after Nomura Holdings (JP:8604) � (NRSCF) �and Daiwa Securities Group (JP:8601) � (DSECF) �reported second-quarter earnings. Daiwa rose 3.4% after reporting its net profit slid 38% on the previous quarter on decreased equity trading, which was above consensus expectations. Analysts say it already is factored into the price.
- [By WWW.MARKETWATCH.COM]
LOS ANGELES (MarketWatch) -- Japanese stocks have ended with losses in every session this week, and sure enough, the Nikkei Average (JP:NIK) was down 0.6% in early Friday trade, though off an opening 0.8% defecit, while the Topix carried a 0.7% loss. Overnight losses for the U.S. and further strength in the yen (with the dollar falling to 楼101.28 from 楼101.56 a day earlier) helped drag the market lower, as did results from Fast Retailing Co. (JP:9983) (FRCOF) , the shares of which hold the heaviest weighting on Nikkei Average. Fast Retailing said that while its Uniqlo brand was doing great business, weakness for its J Brand luxury demin label helped send September-May profit down 4% and prompted another cut to Fast's full-year outlook. Consequently, its shares traded 0.7% lower, though rivals Takashimaya Co. (JP:8233) and J. Front Retailing Co. (JP:3086) (JFROF) also saw losses of 0.6% and 0.5%, respectively. Among other decliners, Sony Corp. (JP:6758) (SNE) lost 0.7%, Toshiba Corp. (JP:6502) (TOSYY) fell 2.1%, Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd. (JP:7012) (KWHIY) fell 1.5%, Toyota Motor Corp. (JP:7203) (TM) and Nissan Motor Co. (JP:7201)
Top 10 Performing Stocks To Own For 2014: Methanex Corporation (MEOH)
Methanex Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, engages in the production, marketing, and sale of methanol. The company also purchases and re-sells methanol produced by others. Its methanol is a clear liquid commodity chemical that is used to produce traditional chemical derivatives, including formaldehyde, acetic acid, and various other chemicals. The company�s methanol is also used in energy-related applications; for blending into gasoline, as a feedstock in the production of dimethyl ether, which can be blended with liquefied petroleum gas for use in household cooking and heating, and in the production of biodiesel; and used to produce methyl tertiary-butyl ether, a gasoline component, as well as used into olefins applications. The company supplies its methanol to petrochemical producers and distributors in North America, the Asia Pacific, Europe, and Latin America. Methanex Corporation was founded in 1968 and is headquartered in Vancouver, Canada.Advisors' Opinion:
- [By Victor Selva]
The firm is currently Zacks Rank # 3��old, and it also has a longer-term recommendation of ��eutral�� A Hold rating indicates that the stock, over the next 1 to 3 months, will perform at an annualized rate of 10.56%, very similar to the S&P 500. For investors looking for a Zacks Rank # 1��trong Buy, Methanex Corporation (MEOH) could be the option.
- [By Holly LaFon]
His largest new buys in the first quarter are: Penn Virginia Group Holdings LP (PVG), Wynn Resorts Ltd. (WYNN), Methanex Corp. (MEOH), Solutia Inc. (SOA) and Georgia Gulf (GGC). Of his top eight stocks, five are from the chemicals industry.
- [By Mani]
[Related -Methanex (MEOH) Downgraded To 'Sector Underperformer' By CIBC, PT Raised]
From a long-term perspective, a modest near-term softening in methanol prices is a net positive as elevated levels have left the market increasingly concerned over the potential impact on future energy derivative demand growth and the potential for elevated prices to continue to incentivize new capacity announcements.
- [By Aimee Duffy]
The North American natural gas revolution has had an undeniable effect on domestic energy companies. While many of the companies we read about every day are more or less obvious investment ideas, be they oil and gas producers or pipeline operators, there are still a few opportunities floating under the radar. In this video, Fool.com contributor Aimee Duffy takes a look at Canada's Methanex (NASDAQ: MEOH ) , an energy company that thrives on cheap natural gas, and as a result is striking deals left and right.