Monday, January 13, 2014

5 Best Stocks To Buy Right Now

China�� stocks rose the most in a week, led by financial companies, after valuations on the benchmark index dropped to a four-month low.

Poly Real Estate Group Co. and Haitong Securities Co. advanced at least 1.4 percent, driving financial stocks to the biggest gain in two weeks. Drugmaker Yunnan Baiyao Group Co. and Goertek Inc., a supplier to Apple Inc., surged to record highs. BYD Co., the automaker partially owned by Warren Buffett�� Berkshire Hathaway Inc., jumped 6.5 percent after the Shanghai Securities News reported the government may issue subsidies for renewable-energy cars.

The Shanghai Composite Index (SHCOMP) rose 1.4 percent to 2,205.50 at the close, rebounding from the lowest level since Dec. 24. The benchmark index slipped 0.2 percent yesterday after a private report showed decelerating manufacturing growth. Data today showed service industries expanded at a slower pace.

��his is a technical rebound after investors digested bad manufacturing data yesterday,��said Mao Sheng, an analyst for Huaxi Securities Co. in Chengdu.

5 Best Stocks To Buy Right Now: Croda Intl(CRDA.L)

Croda International Plc, a marketing and technology company, produces and sells specialty chemicals. The company offers personal care products, including biochemical actives for sebum regulation, wrinkle reduction, skin firming, and protection from free radicals; traditional and microwave plant extracts for use in personal care and industrial applications; and natural oils for personal care applications. It also provides excipients, solubilisers, plant and marine oils, proteins, and biopolymers for the nutritional, pharmaceutical, dermatological, and animal health care markets; and formulation aids and adjuvants under Atlox, Atplus, and Crovol brand names for various applications, including emulsifiable concentrates, microemulsions and O/W emulsions, seed treaters, soluble liquids, suspension concentrates, suspo emulsions, water dispersible granulates, and wettable powders. In addition, the company offers specialty products for formulators in the automotive and industrial lubricant markets; oleochemicals and specialty surfactants for resin manufacturers, formulators, and additive producers; emulsification and demulsification solutions for oilfield, mining, and water treatment markets; polymer additives for use in applications, such as polyolefins, PVC, styrenics, polyamides, and biopolymers; and natural specialty ingredients for home care and tissue, car care, and industrial and institutional applications. Further, it provides ingredients, additives, and processing aids for various consumer applications, including construction chemicals, emulsion technology, technical and industrial fiber chemicals, advanced materials, ceramic ink-jet ink additives, bitumen additives, leather auxiliaries, paper chemicals, candles and waxes, and rubber compounders. The company has operations in Europe, North America, Latin America, and Asia. Croda International Plc was founded in 1925 and is headquartered in Goole, the United Kingdom.

5 Best Stocks To Buy Right Now: Apollo Global Management LLC(APO)

Apollo Global Management, LLC is a publicly owned investment manager. The firm primarily provides its services to pension and endowment funds, institutional investors, individual investors, pooled investment vehicles, and corporations. It manages client focused portfolios, hedge funds, real estate funds, and private equity funds for its clients. The firm invests in the fixed income and alternative investment markets across the globe. Its alternative investments include investment in private equity and real estate markets. The firm's private equity investments include traditional buyouts, distressed buyouts and debt investments, corporate partner buyouts, distressed asset, turnaround, corporate restructuring, special situation, acquisition, and industry consolidation transactions. Its fixed income investments include distressed debt, senior bank loans, and value oriented fixed income securities. The firm seeks to invest in chemicals; commodities; consumer and retail; oil an d gas, metals, mining, agriculture, commodities, distribution and transportation; financial and business services; manufacturing and industrial; media distribution, cable, entertainment, and leisure; energy, packaging and materials; and satellite and wireless. It seeks to invest in companies based in across North America with a focus on United States, and Europe. The firm employs a combination of contrarian, value, and distressed strategies to make its investments. It conducts an in-house research to create its investment portfolio. The firm seeks to acquire minority positions in its portfolio companies. Apollo Global Management, LLC was founded in 1990 and is headquartered in New York, New York with nine additional offices in North America, Europe, and Asia.

Advisors' Opinion:
  • [By Eric Volkman]

    A sizable bloc of Rexnord (NYSE: RXN  ) will soon be in different hands if a secondary offering goes as planned. The company announced that "certain funds affiliated with" Apollo Global Management (NYSE: APO  ) are floating a 6.5 million-share stake in an underwritten public offering. The price is $16 per share. Additionally, the company's underwriters have been granted a purchase option for up to an additional 975,000 shares.

  • [By David Hanson and Matt Koppenheffer]

    Private equity firm Apollo Global Management (NYSE: APO  ) has reported first-quarter earnings, with profit up 72% to $792. However, this is an industry full of volatility, and there's a lot to understand here before jumping in. Where should investors be looking? In this video, Fool financial analysts David Hanson and Matt Koppenheffer discuss some of the key metrics involved in understanding the private equity business and compare some of the biggest players in this space.

  • [By Will Ashworth]

    As for the other stocks in the portfolio, you can’t ignore the performance of both Apollo (APO) and ITT Corp. (ITT).

    It’s been a busy year for private equity firm Apollo Global Management, which got the Twinkie back on grocery store shelves in July. Carried interest income more than doubled in the first six months of the year to $1.4 billion.

  • [By Rich Smith]

    Late last year, the financial news and data publisher announced the sale of its education unit -- McGraw-Hill Education (MHE) -- to private equity firm Apollo Global Management (NYSE: APO  ) in a $2.4 billion deal. The change of control officially took effect only a week ago, and within just a few days, MHE ran into its first big PR problem as an Apollo Global subsidiary.

Top Insurance Stocks To Buy Right Now: Diploma(DPLM.L)

Diploma PLC supplies specialized technical products and services in Europe, North America, and internationally. The company?s Life Sciences segment supplies consumables, instrumentation, and related services to the healthcare and environmental industries. This segment offers consumables and instruments used in the diagnostic testing of blood, tissue, and other samples in hospital pathology laboratories; specialty electrosurgery and endoscopy equipment, and consumables for use in the operating rooms and endoscopy suites; analyzers for detecting and measuring specific elements in liquids, solids, and gases, as well as containment enclosures for potent powder handling; and equipment and services for the monitoring and control of environmental emissions. The company?s Seals segment supplies hydraulic seals, gaskets, cylinders, components, and kits for heavy mobile machinery and industrial equipment. This segment provides a next day delivery service for seals, seal kits, and cylinders used in heavy mobile machinery applications; gasket and seal kits for heavy duty diesel engines, transmissions, and hydraulic cylinders used in off road and marine applications; hydraulic kits to install attachments on excavators; O-rings, moulded and machined parts, PTFE products, and shaft seals; and precision seals for hearing aids and heavy duty seals for wind power mills. The company?s Controls segment supplies specialized wiring, connectors, fasteners, and control devices for technically demanding applications. This segment offers wiring, interconnect, electro-mechanical, and fastener products for use in a range of technically demanding applications in various industries, including defense and aerospace, motorsport, energy, medical, and general industrial; flexible braided products and multi-core cables; and control devices used in the sensing, measurement, and control of temperature and pressure. Diploma PLC was incorporated in 1931 and is based in London, the United Kingdom.

5 Best Stocks To Buy Right Now: Imperial Tobacco (ITYBY.PK)

Imperial Tobacco Group PLC (Imperial Tobacco), incorporated on August 6, 1996, is a tobacco company. Through the Company�� total tobacco portfolio it provides consumers a range of brands and products, including cigarettes, fine cut tobacco, cigars and snus. Its total tobacco portfolio includes fine cut tobacco, cigars, rolling papers and tubes. Its non-European Union (EU) markets consist of Eastern Europe, Africa and the Middle East and Asia and markets of the United States and Australasia. Its international cigarette brands include Davidoff, Gauloises Blondes and West. It offers services across the whole logistics value chain to its customers, including order reception, storage and stock management, order preparation, transport and distribution, invoicing and collection and customer services. Its business has two aspects: tobacco logistics and non-tobacco logistics. Imperial Tobacco comprises two distinct businesses: Tobacco and Logistics. The Tobacco business comprises the manufacture, marketing and sale of tobacco and tobacco-related products, including sales to (but not by) the Logistics business. The Logistics business comprises the distribution of tobacco products for tobacco product manufacturers, including Imperial Tobacco, as well as a range of non-tobacco products and services. The Logistics business is run on an operationally neutral basis.

5 Best Stocks To Buy Right Now: EMCOR Group Inc. (EME)

EMCOR Group, Inc. provides electrical and mechanical construction, and facilities services primarily to commercial, industrial, utility, and institutional customers in the United States, the United Kingdom, and internationally. The company offers various electrical and mechanical systems, including electric power transmission and distribution systems, such as power cables, conduits, distribution panels, transformers, generators, uninterruptible power supply systems, and related switch gear and controls; premises electrical and lighting systems, including fixtures and controls; low-voltage systems comprising fire alarms, and security and process control systems; voice and data communications systems, including fiber-optic and low-voltage cabling systems; and roadway and transit lighting and fiber-optic lines. It also provides heating, ventilation, air conditioning, refrigeration, and clean-room process ventilation systems; fire protection systems; plumbing, processing, and piping systems; controls and filtration systems; water and wastewater treatment systems; central plant heating and cooling systems; cranes and rigging; millwrighting; and steel fabrication, erection, and welding systems. In addition, the company offers facilities services comprising industrial maintenance and services; outage services to utilities and industrial plants; commercial and government site-based operations and maintenance; military base operations support; mobile mechanical maintenance and services; floor care and janitorial; landscaping, lot sweeping, and snow removal; facilities and vendor management; call center; building systems installation and support; and technical consulting and diagnostic services. Further, it provides small modification and retrofit projects; retrofit projects; and program development, management, and maintenance services for energy systems. EMCOR Group, Inc. was founded in 1966 and is headquartered in Norwalk, Connecticut.

Advisors' Opinion:
  • [By Eric Volkman]

    EMCOR Group (NYSE: EME  ) is growing the old-fashioned way -- with the purchase of outside assets. The company announced�that it will acquire the privately held RepconStrickland, a Texas-based firm it describes as "a leading provider of recurring turnaround and specialty services to the North American refinery and petrochemical markets."

  • [By Seth Jayson]

    When judging a company's prospects, how quickly it turns cash outflows into cash inflows can be just as important as how much profit it's booking in the accounting fantasy world we call "earnings." This is one of the first metrics I check when I'm hunting for the market's best stocks. Today, we'll see how it applies to EMCOR Group (NYSE: EME  ) .

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