Thursday, April 16, 2015
Top Asian Stocks To Invest In Right Now: China Life Insurance Company Limited(LFC)
China Life Insurance Company Limited provides life, annuities, accident, and health insurance products in China. Its individual life insurance and annuity products consist of whole life and term life insurance, endowment insurance, and annuities. The company also engages in the writing of life insurance business. In addition, it offers group life insurance products, including group annuity products, and group whole life and term life insurance products to enterprises and institutions, as well as universal life products. Further, the company provides short-term insurance products comprising short-term accident insurance and short-term health insurance products; accident insurance products, such as individual accident insurance and group accident insurance; and health insurance products, including defined health benefit plans, medical expense reimbursement plans, and disease specific plans. It distributes its products through its direct sales representatives and exclusive ag ents, as well as through intermediaries comprising insurance agencies and insurance brokerage companies, non-dedicated agencies, bancassurance arrangements, travel agencies, and hotels and airline sales counters. The company was founded in 1949 and is based in Beijing, China. China Life Insurance Company Limited is a subsidiary of China Life Insurance (Group) Company.Advisors' Opinion:
- [By Jim Jubak]
That 40% gain in net income is likely to be among the lower increases reported by Chinas insurance companies in the next few weeks. The average growth in net income among insurers expected by analysts is 92%. I think that makes it worthwhile holding the best of these insurerssuch as Ping An and China Life (LFC), a member of my Jubaks Picks portfolio, for these earnings reports, even though the systemic stressand thus riskin Chinas financial system is rising.
- [By Vanin Aegea]
I have ! heard many people comment about the insurance policies for cars, houses, life, assets, etc. The arguments always revolve around the same issue: Is it really necessary? What are the chances to be hit by a Hurricane, or to meet a sudden death? Well, nobody really knows. Some individuals however, sleep better when they know a policy backs their life investments. Here, I will look into three insurance companies that concentrate on different policies, or geographies. These are: China Life (LFC), and Conseco (CNO).
- [By John Udovich]
China is set to ease the one child policy, something that could benefit Chinese stocks in general but be especially beneficial to insurance stocks like China Life Insurance Company Ltd (NYSE: LFC) and CNinsure Inc (NASDAQ: CISG) plus health care stocks like Mindray Medical International Ltd(NYSE: MR) and Concord Medical Services Hldg Ltd (NYSE: CCM). First, lets be clear that China is NOT abolishing the one child policy as the changes will merelyallow married couples to have two children if one spouse is an only child plus it will be up to Chinas 34 province-level administrations to revisetheir laws and put the new policy into effect. Moreover, Chinas family-planning bureaucracy employs more than 500,000 full-time workers and six million part-time workers all the way down to the village level tocollect billions of dollars in fines and these bureaucrats have fought for years against policy changes meaning they could throw up roadblocks if not placated. With that said, the insurance and health care sectors are two sectors with publicly Chinese stocks that look set totake advantage of the coming changes.
source from Top Stocks To Buy For 2015:http://www.topstocksforum.com/top-asian-stocks-to-invest-in-right-now.html
ATMI (Nasdaq: ATMI ) reported earnings on July 24. Here are the numbers you need to know.
The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended June 30 (Q2), ATMI missed estimates on revenues and missed estimates on earnings per share.
Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue shrank. GAAP earnings per share shrank significantly.
Margins dropped across the board.
ATMI chalked up revenue of $102.0 million. The three analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ wanted to see a top line of $107.6 million on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were the same as the prior-year quarter's.
Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Dollar amounts in millions. Non-GAAP figures may vary to maintain comparability with estimates.
EPS came in at $0.29. The four earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ predicted $0.35 per share. GAAP EPS of $0.29 for Q2 were 17% lower than the prior-year quarter's $0.35 per share.
Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Non-GAAP figures may vary to maintain comparability with estimates.
For the quarter, gross margin was 47.7%, 280 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 12.5%, 420 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 9.3%, 150 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. (Margins calculated in GAAP terms.)
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $115.5 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.43.
Next year's average estimate for revenue is $434.8 million. The average EPS estimate is $1.46.
The stock has a five-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 74 members out of 82 rating the stock outperform, and eight members rating it underperform. Among 26 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 23 give ATMI a green thumbs-up, and three give it a red thumbs-down.
Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on ATMI is outperform, with an average price target of $22.83.
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Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Be forewarned... this article isn't for the faint of heart. I'm going to be introducing five stocks that could make huge moves during this earnings season.
Whether those moves are up or down is hard to tell. The reason these stocks are liable to make such moves is because they are heavily shorted. Major news announcements usually have an exaggerated effect on heavily shorted stocks, and earnings announcements definitely qualify as a "major announcement."
I've scoured the markets for the most popular shorted stocks four times before. Over this time frame, the average stock that I've covered has moved 15% on news of its earnings.
Here are this quarter's five stocks from the S&P 500 to look out for:
Cliffs Natural Resources (NYSE: CLF )
US Steel (NYSE: X )
Pitney Bowes (NYSE: PBI )
Frontier Comm. (NASDAQ: FTR )
First Solar (NASDAQ: FSLR )
Source: Finviz.com, E*Trade
Cliffs Natural Resources
Cliffs is a company with a two-pronged business: mining for iron ore, and metallurgical coal. As if negative earnings and a lot of investors betting against it wasn't enough, the company also recently disclosed that CEO Joseph Carrabba would be retiring -- although the market actually liked that announcement.
The core of the problem for Cliffs is the fact that iron-ore prices have dipped, and it was forced to write down $1 billion for its Consolidated Thompson acquisition. These two factors combined made the company slash its dividend and raise equity capital. This month's earnings should help investors see if there's any turnaround in sight for the company.
America's largest steel producer has seen better days. Over the past 12 months, the company has just barely been profitable -- pulling in $0.07 per share. And 2013, as a whole, is expected to be unprofitable for the company.
Like Cliffs, U.S. Steel has had to contend with low commodity prices, as well as slower growth and credit problems in China -- one of the major buyers of steel. But the company is also in a highly cyclical industry and, by 2016, analysts actually see U.S. Steel earning $4.20 per share -- making today's price look cheap for long-term investors.
It's hard to argue that a lot of people might bet against a company that has historically relied on the United States Postal System -- and paper mail delivery, in general, for the bulk of its revenue. Such is the case with Pitney Bowes, which sells machinery and software to help streamline communications via mail.
Revenues have been consistently falling for years, and the company announced earlier this year that its dividend would be cut by 50%. Some might say, "Well, the stock is so low it has to be a buy, right?" To which I would say that any stock can go to zero -- and when it does, you lose everything.
Frontier is a company in the process of trying to make itself over. Traditionally, the company had relied on revenue from landlines in rural areas of the United States. But, as more and more people cut their landlines off in favor of cell or smart phones, that business is disappearing.
In its place, Frontier is trying to package telephony along with Internet service to a growing number of business clients. If it is able to solidify a customer base among these businesses, the company's 10% dividend yield could be safe, and the stock a good investment. But if things don't work out during this transition, expect big drops.
This stock seems to make my list of possible big movers every quarter. First Solar designs and manufactures solar panels to generate clean energy. The company has fallen on hard times over the past few years, as competition from China drove prices down for solar panels significantly.
But recent statements from Dr. Ernest Moniz -- the Department of Energy Secretary -- have offered some hope. He said that the solar industry could come into its own sooner than expected, and First Solar also said it had to stop taking orders until late 2013 because its production facilities can't meet demand.
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