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Best High Tech Stocks To Own For 2014: Silgan Holdings Inc.(SLGN)
Silgan Holdings Inc. and its subsidiaries engage in the manufacture and sale of rigid packaging for consumer goods products worldwide. It offers steel and aluminum containers for human and pet food, and general line products; metal, composite, and plastic vacuum closures for food and beverage products, and plastic closures for the dairy and juice markets; and custom designed plastic containers, tubes, and closures for personal care, health care, pharmaceutical, household and industrial chemical, food, pet care, agricultural chemical, automotive, and marine chemical products. The company sells its products through direct sales force, as well as through a network of distributors. Silgan Holdings Inc. was founded in 1987 and is headquartered in Stamford, Connecticut.
Best High Tech Stocks To Own For 2014: Oxford Biomedica(OXB.L)
Oxford BioMedica plc, a biopharmaceutical company, engages in designing and developing gene-based medicines and therapeutic vaccines for the treatment of cancer, age-related or inherited neurodegenerative disorders, and ocular diseases in the United States and the United Kingdom. Its technology platform includes LentiVector, a gene delivery system that targets diseases of the central nervous system and the eye; 5T4, a tumour antigen targeted for anti-cancer therapy; Hi-8 PrimeBoost technology to stimulate potent and specific cellular immune responses against diseased cells; Gene-Directed Enzyme Prodrug Therapy, a therapeutic strategy for safety and effectiveness of prodrugs; and Anti-Angiogenisis technology, an anti-cancer therapeutic strategy to deliver the genes for endostatin and angiostatin using viral vectors. The company?s product pipeline comprises ProSavin, a therapeutic for the treatment of Parkinson?s disease that is in a Phase I/II dose escalating clinical tri al; RetinoStat, a treatment for neovascular ?wet? age-related macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy; StarGen for the treatment of Stargardt disease; UshStat for the treatment of Usher syndrome 1B; EncorStat for the prevention of corneal graft rejection; TroVax, a therapeutic cancer vaccine; Hi-8 MEL, a therapeutic vaccine for metastatic melanoma; and MetXia, a gene-directed enzyme prodrug therapy for pancreatic cancer. Its products also consist of Anti-5T4, a pre-clinical stage antibody for treating cancer, as well as products under research comprising MoNuDin for the treatment of motor neuron disease, and EndoAngio-GT, an anti-angiogenic therapy for cancer. The company has partnerships and licensing agreements with Sanofi-Aventis, Sigma-Aldrich, Pfizer, Biogen Idec, Emergent BioSolutions, GlaxoSmithKline, Merck & Co, MolMed, VIRxSYS Corporation, Bavarian Nordic, and Emergent BioSolutions for its products and technologies. Oxford BioMedica plc is based in Oxford, t he United Kingdom.
SIG plc supplies insulation, exteriors, interiors, and specialist construction products for the construction and related markets primarily in the United Kingdom, Ireland, and Mainland Europe. Its insulation products include thermal and acoustic insulation, fire protection, dry lining, refrigeration and cold storage, flooring, insulation installation, temperature insulation, air tightness testing, heating and ventilation, industrial lining, pipe and roofing insulation, waterproofing, air handling and air treatment, and air conditioning products. The company?s exterior products comprise flat roofing products, such as roofing membranes, liquid waterproofing, mastic asphalt, roof lights and domes, green roofs, and roof paving systems; slating and tiling products comprising concrete and clay tiles, slates, shingles, and metal roof tiles; sheeting and cladding products, including fiber cement and profiled metal sheeting, and insulated panels; rainwater goods; roofline products, such as soffits, fascias, and barge boards; ventilation and building plastics products; and photovoltaic solar kits/panels. Its interior products include suspended ceilings, partitioning, doors and door sets, category lighting, dry lining, fire protection, insulation, architectural glass, toughened and laminated glass, raised access floors, office/acoustic screens, noise control and fixing products, temporary protection products, floor coverings, and washroom systems. The company?s specialist construction products comprise mechanical engineering fixings and accessories; fastenings; groundwork products; fencing and scaffolding; masonry components; construction chemicals; safety helmets; protective clothing; safety glasses and boots; ear plugs; gloves; dust respirators; tools and concrete accessories; and steel support systems and site set-up equipment. The company was formerly known as Sheffield Insulations Limited. SIG plc was founded in 1957 and is headquartered in Sheffi eld, the United Kingdom.
Best High Tech Stocks To Own For 2014: Victoria(VCP.L)
Victoria PLC engages in the manufacture and sale of carpets, carpet yarns, and floor coverings for the residential and commercial markets in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, and Canada. The company offers tufted and woven carpets, green carpets, and rugs. It also supplies woven wilton broadloom carpets and carpet tiles for the corporate, hospitality, and commercial sectors; and Axminster carpets, and wilton and tufted carpets for the residential and contract sectors. In addition, the company engages in the import and distribution of wool and floor coverings. It sells its products under Victoria Carpets, Navan Carpets, Munster Carpets, Colin Campbell, and Nature?s Carpet brand names. Victoria PLC was founded in 1895 and is headquartered in Kidderminster, the United Kingdom.
Best High Tech Stocks To Own For 2014: Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings(AAWW)
Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, Inc. provides air cargo and outsourced aircraft operating solutions worldwide. The company operates through four segments: Aircraft, Crew, Maintenance, and Insurance (ACMI); Air Mobility Command (AMC) Charter; Commercial Charter; and Dry Leasing. The ACMI segment offers aircraft that is crewed, maintained, and insured by the company for lease. The AMC Charter segment provides full planeload charter flights to the U.S. military. The Commercial Charter segment provides planeload of capacity charter services to charter brokers, freight forwarders, direct shippers, and airlines. The Dry Leasing segment provides for the leasing of aircraft and/or engines to customers. The company operates a fleet of Boeing 747 freighters. Its customers include airlines, express delivery providers, freight forwarders, the U.S. military, and charter brokers. It operates in Asia, the Middle-East, Australia, Europe, South America, Africa, and North America. As of Decem ber 31, 2009, the company operated a fleet of 747-400 freighter aircraft. Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings was founded in 1992 and is based in Purchase, New York.Advisors' Opinion:
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Atlas Air Worldwide (AAWW) has plunged 21% to $38.63 following its announcement that it would earn less this year than it had previously expected.
Oshkosh has dropped 12% to $46.25 after it reported a profit of 49 cents a share, missing forecasts for 590 cents, as sales of military vehicles plunged.
Best High Tech Stocks To Own For 2014: Atlanta Gold Inc (ATG.V)
Atlanta Gold Inc. operates as a junior gold exploration and development company primarily in the United States and Canada. The company primarily holds interests in the Atlanta gold property, which comprises approximately 2,159 acres located in the east of Boise, in Elmore County, Idaho. The company was formerly known as Twin Mining Corporation and changed its name to Atlanta Gold Inc. in March 2007. Atlanta Gold Inc. was founded in 1985 and is headquartered in Toronto, Canada.
Best High Tech Stocks To Own For 2014: Epicore Bionetworks Inc. (EBN.V)
Epicore BioNetworks Inc. designs, develops, and manufactures biotechnology products and specialty animal feeds worldwide. The company offers a family of EPICIN branded biological aquaculture systems that create a cleaner and healthier growing environment in aquaculture hatcheries and grow-out ponds, as well as eliminates toxic ammonia and nitrates and improves animal health and disease resistance for the aquaculture industry. It also provides agriculture products, including EPIZYM-AW and EPIZYM-PIGS, which are animal manure bacterial inoculants to liquefy and deodorize animal waste; PHYTOZYM 2-2-2 liquid foliar spray and seed treatment, a stabilized biochemical concentrate; EPITHATCH biological thatch digester, a dry biological formulation that decomposes dead grass; and EPITHERM microbial ecosystem for composting organic waste. In addition, the company offers municipal products comprising LINEBAC, a microbial ecosystem to biodegrade contaminants in industrial and municipa l wastewater collection systems; LIPOSOLVE municipal emulsifier; DEOBAC Biological deodorizer and odor neutralizer, a liquid microbial ecosystem to biodegrade organic matter; and GREASE-X aqueous cleaner and degreaser that penetrates and softens various forms of grease, fats, and oil. Further, it provides wastewater treatment products, including EPIZYM-100 microbial ecosystem for the biodegradation of industrial and municipal wastewater; and EPIZYM-200 microbial inoculant for the biodegradation of crude oil and petroleum products. Additionally, Epicore BioNetworks Inc. offers biological cleaning products, such as drain and grease trap cleaners, hard surface cleaner, carpet and upholstery shampoo, and aqueous cleaner and degreaser; and bio remediation products. The company was formerly known as Epicore Networks Inc. and changed its name to Epicore BioNetworks Inc. in 2000. Epicore BioNetworks Inc. was incorporated in 1987 and is headquartered in Eastampton, New Jersey.
Best High Tech Stocks To Own For 2014: British Sky Broadcasting(BSY.L)
British Sky Broadcasting Group plc, through its subsidiaries, provides pay television services in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland. It retails owned and third parties? channels; and the Sky Box Office service, which include a pay-per-view service offering movies, sporting events, and concerts to direct-to-home (DTH) customers. The company owns, operates, distributes, and retails 30 Sky Channels through its DTH service, and approximately 50 high definition TV (HD) channels; retails 147 Sky Distributed Channels to its DTH customers; and operates radio and free to air HD channels. As of September 30, 2011, it offered television services to 10,213,000 customers. It also provides broadband and telephony services. In addition, the company offers a range of channel packages that provide a selection of sports, news, music, and entertainment services to pubs and clubs, hotels, offices, retail outlets, and betting premises; and offers various advertising solutions, in cluding traditional ads, sponsorship, online, and video-on-demand, as well as text and interactive advertising to pubs, train stations, and on mobile. Further, it provides a range of betting and gaming services through the Internet, phone, and interactive TV, including Sky Bet, Sky Poker, Sky Vegas, and Sky Bingo; operates a portfolio of online sports media brands; and provides sponsorship and advertising for channels. Additionally, the company designs, develops, and manufactures set top boxes. British Sky Broadcasting Group plc was incorporated in 1988 and is headquartered in Isleworth, the United Kingdom.