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Top 10 Long Term Companies To Watch For 2014: Zuoan Fashion Limited(ZA)
Zuoan Fashion Limited, through its subsidiaries, engages in the manufacture, distribution, and retail sale of men?s apparel products and accessories. It apparel products comprise blazers, jackets, sweaters, shirts, T-shirts, leather jackets, down jackets, pants, and jeans, as well as accessories, such as shoes, bags, ties, belts, socks, and scarves. The company offers its products under the Zuoan brand. As of September 30, 2011, it had 1,246 stores in 27 provinces and municipalities of China. The company also sells its products through the retail stores operated by its distributors and sub-distributors under the Zuoan brand name. The company is headquartered in Shanghai, China.
Top 10 Long Term Companies To Watch For 2014: (JAINIRRIG.BO)
Jain Irrigation Systems Limited, an agri-business company, primarily engages in the manufacture and sale of irrigation systems, piping products, agro processed products, and plastic sheets. It offers irrigation systems and components comprising drip irrigation systems, sprinkler irrigation systems, plastic control and safety valves, fertigation systems and chemigation equipment, and water filters; PVC pipes, PE pipes and PE pipe fittings, HDPE pipes, cable duct pipes, and gas pipes; and PVC plastic sheets and poly carbonate sheets. The company also provides food processing products, such as dehydrated onions and vegetables; and agriculture products, including biofertilizers, green houses plant nurseries, and tissue cultures, as well as processed fruits. In addition, it offers solar water heating systems, solar photovoltaic systems, and biogas power plants; hybrid and grafted plants; and poly and shade houses, as well as provides services turnkey project services, and agric ultural and engineering consultancy services. Jain Irrigation Systems Limited offers its solutions and services for the urban household, urban housing, community development, mining, plant tissue culture, chemical, oil and gas exploration, optic fiber ducting, advertisement and signage, landscaping, water shed development, waste land development, fruit and vegetable processing, and farm production and management markets, as well as for small farmers, green houses, and sugar factories. It primarily operates in India, Europe, and North America. The company was founded in 1963 and is based in Jalgaon, India.Advisors' Opinion:
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Jain Irrigation Systems Ltd headquartered in Jalgaon, Maharashtra manufactures drip and sprinkler irrigation systems and related components. The company also makes PVC, polyethelene, piping systems, processed fruits, dehydrated onions and vegetables, greenhouses, bio-fertilizers; solar water heating systems and solar photovoltaic appliances (Solar lighting systems) etc. All the products are made bearing in mind the need to conserve nature's precious resources through substitution or value addition.
Jain Irrigation Systems is the largest irrigation company in India and also the world’s second largest. The company has the largest pool of agricultural scientists, engineers and technicians in the private sector.
Hot Japanese Stocks To Watch For 2014: Takara Resources Inc (TKK.V)
Takara Resources Inc. engages in the acquisition, evaluation, exploration, and development of mineral properties, primarily gold. The company principally holds interests in the Tassawini gold project and the Arakaka joint venture project located in Guyana, South America. It also holds interest in the Miskamowin nickel project located in northern Manitoba. The company is based in Toronto, Canada. Takara Resources Inc. operates as a subsidiary of Victoria Gold Corp.
Top 10 Long Term Companies To Watch For 2014: EnteroMedics Inc.(ETRM)
EnteroMedics Inc., a clinical development stage medical device company, focuses on the design and development of devices that use neuroblocking technology to treat obesity and associated co-morbidities, and other gastrointestinal disorders. The company?s proprietary neuroblocking technology is designed to intermittently block the vagus nerve using electrical impulses. Its product under development is the Maestro System, which is used to limit the expansion of the stomach, control hunger sensations between meals, reduce the frequency and intensity of stomach contractions, and produce a feeling of early and prolonged fullness. The company intends to market its products to potential referral source clinicians, including general practitioners, internists, endocrinologists, and nurses. It has collaboration agreement with Mayo Clinic and Australian Institute of Weight Control. The company was formerly known as Beta Medical, Inc. and changed its name to EnteroMedics Inc. in 2003 . EnteroMedics Inc. was founded in 2002 and is headquartered in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Top 10 Long Term Companies To Watch For 2014: GSI Group Inc.(GSIG)
GSI Group Inc. designs, develops, manufactures, and sells laser-based solutions, laser scanning devices, and precision motion and optical control technologies worldwide. The company?s Laser Products segment provides lasers and laser-based systems for photonics-based applications, such as cutting, welding, marking, engraving, micro-machining, and scientific research. Its Precision Motion and Technologies segment designs, manufactures, and markets air bearing spindles, encoders, thermal printers, laser scanning devices, and light and color measurement systems to original equipment manufacturers. The company?s Semiconductor Systems segment offers laser based production systems for semiconductor, microelectronics, and electronics manufacturing. This segment?s products comprise WaferRepair for dynamic random access memory, flash memory chips, and LCDs; WaferMark for silicon suppliers and integrated circuit factories; and WaferTrim and Circuit Trim for analog and mixed signal sensor and chip resistor devices, as well as for resistor devices. The company sells its products primarily through direct sales force, resellers, distributors, and system integrators. It serves industrial, electronics, automotive, medical, packaging, aerospace, scientific, semiconductor, lighting, military, and motion picture markets. The company was formerly known as GSI Lumonics Inc. and changed its name to GSI Group Inc. in 2005. GSI Group Inc. was founded in 1970 and is based in Bedford, Massachusetts.
Top 10 Long Term Companies To Watch For 2014: EntreMed Inc (ENMD)
EntreMed, Inc. (EntreMed), incorporated in 1991, is a clinical-stage pharmaceutical company. EntreMed's drug candidate is ENMD-2076, an Aurora A and angiogenic kinase inhibitor for the treatment of cancer. ENMD-2076 has completed Phase I studies in patients with advanced solid tumors, multiple myeloma and leukemia and is completing data for a multi-center Phase II study in patients with platinum resistant ovarian cancer. The Company�� other product candidates have includes MKC-1, ENMD-1198 and 2-methoxyestrdiol (2ME2, Panzem) for treatment of rheumatoid arthritis.
ENMD-2076 is a novel orally-active, Aurora A/angiogenic kinase inhibitor with potent activity against Aurora A and multiple tyrosine kinases linked to cancer and inflammatory diseases. ENMD-2076 is relatively selective for the Aurora A isoform in comparison to Aurora B. Aurora kinases are key regulators of the process of mitosis, or cell division, and are often over-expressed in human cancers. ENMD-2076 exerts its effects through multiple mechanisms of action, including anti-proliferative activity and the inhibition of angiogenesis. ENMD-2076 has demonstrated significant, dose-dependent preclinical activity as a single agent, including tumor regression, in multiple xenograft models (such as breast, colon, leukemia), as well as activity towards ex vivo-treated human leukemia patient cells.
Top 10 Long Term Companies To Watch For 2014: National Australia Bank Ltd (NAB.AX)
National Australia Bank Limited provides products, advice and services. In Australia, it operates through National Australia Bank, MLC and UBank. In the United Kingdom, it operates through Clydesdale Bank. In New Zealand, it operates through Bank of New Zealand. In the United States, it operates through Great Western Bank. Segments include Business Banking, Personal Banking, Wholesale Banking, UK Banking and NZ Banking, MLC and NAB and Great Western Ban. As of April 5, 2012, the Company and its associated entities ceased to be a substantial holder in BlueScope Steel Limited. On May 17, 2012, it ceased to be a substantial holder in Spark Infrastructure Group and Sandfire Resources NL. As of August 24, 2012, the Company and its associated entities ceased to be holder in Tabcorp Holdings Limited. In September 2012, the Company and its associated entities have ceased to be a substantial holder in Incitec Pivot Limited, as of August 30, 2012.
Top 10 Long Term Companies To Watch For 2014: Lexicon Pharmaceuticals Inc.(LXRX)
Lexicon Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company, focuses on the discovery and development of drug candidates for the treatment of various human diseases. The company utilizes gene knockout technologies and an integrated platform of medical technologies to systematically study the physiological and behavioral functions of approximately 5,000 genes in mice and assessed the utility of the proteins encoded by the corresponding human genes as drug targets. Its portfolio of orally-delivered small molecule compounds that have completed or are presently conducting phase 2 clinical trails includes LX4211 for the treatment of type 2 diabetes; LX1031 for the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome and other gastrointestinal disorders; LX1032 for the treatment of the symptoms associated with carcinoid syndrome; and LX2931 for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis and other autoimmune diseases. The company also develops LX1033, an orally-delivered small molecule compound that is in phase 1 clinical trails for the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome and other gastrointestinal disorders. In addition, it develops three orally-delivered small molecule compounds in preclinical development stage that include LX7101 for treatment of glaucoma; LX5061 for the treatment of osteoporosis; and LX2311 for the treatment of autoimmune diseases. Further, the company has small molecule compounds from various additional drug discovery programs in various stages of preclinical research. It has drug discovery and development collaborations with Bristol-Myers Squibb Company; Genentech, Inc.; N.V. Organon; and Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited. The company also has a series of agreements with Symphony Icon, Inc. for the financing of clinical development programs; and an alliance with Nuevolution A/S to access Nuevolution?s Chemetics chemistry technology. Lexicon Pharmaceuticals, Inc. was founded in 1995 and is headquartered in The Woodlands, Texas.
Top 10 Long Term Companies To Watch For 2014: 3D Resources Ltd (DDD.AX)
3D Resources Limited engages in the exploration of mineral properties in Australia. It explores for gold, nickel, copper, lead, zinc, and platinum group metals in prospective geological environments within the East Kimberley, the Pilbara, and the Eastern Goldfields of Western Australia; and is also reviewing potential manganese and coal projects in Indonesia. The company holds a 100% interest in the Cosmo Newbery, Halls Creek, Mt Angelo, and Mt Padbury projects; and has entered into an agreement to purchase a 75% of a tenement in the Cosmo Newbery project area. 3D Resources Limited was founded in 2006 and is based in Malaga, Australia.
Top 10 Long Term Companies To Watch For 2014: Progenics Pharmaceuticals Inc.(PGNX)
Progenics Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company, engages in the development and commercialization of therapeutic products to treat the unmet medical needs of patients with debilitating conditions and life-threatening diseases in the United States and internationally. Its primary programs focus on gastroenterology, oncology, and virology. The company offers RELISTOR (methylnaltrexone bromide) subcutaneous injection, a therapy for opioid-induced constipation. It is also conducting a Phase I clinical trial of a human monoclonal antibody-drug conjugate directed against prostate specific membrane antigen (PSMA), a protein found at high levels on the surface of prostate cancer cells, as well as in blood vessels supplying other solid tumors. In addition, the company is developing PRO 140, a viral-entry inhibitor for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), which is in Phase II clinical testing; and multiplex PI3-Kinase inhibitors for the treatment of cancer. Progenics Pha rmaceuticals, Inc. has license agreement with Salix Pharmaceuticals, Ltd. for the development and commercialization of RELISTOR worldwide other than Japan. The company was founded in 1986 and is based in Tarrytown, New York.