Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Hot Information Technology Companies To Watch In Right Now

With shares of International Business Machines (NYSE:IBM) trading around $189, is IBM an OUTPERFORM, WAIT AND SEE, or STAY AWAY? Let�� analyze the stock with the relevant sections of our CHEAT SHEET investing framework.

T = Trends for a Stock’s Movement

IBM is an information technology company. The company operates in five segments: Global Technology Services, Global Business Services, Software, Systems and Technology, and Global Financing. Technology products and services are in high demand worldwide, as consumers want to be up to speed and companies always need the latest and greatest to stay ahead of the competition. Cloud computing has been hot in recent times, which has not been good news for IBM. Should the company want to hold on to its market share, it needs to make moves quickly and provide the technology products and services that worldwide consumers and companies demand.

IBM announced a $1.2 billion commitment on Friday to build 15 data centers in key financial and geographic hubs as it initiates its first major cloud expansion since acquiring SoftLayer in June for $2 billion.�The cloud expansion will cover 15 countries in five continents (all but Africa and Antarctica), including new data centers in China, Hong Kong, London, Japan, India, Washington D.C., Canada, Mexico City, and Dallas, as well as a number of local “cloud hubs.”

Hot Financial Stocks To Buy Right Now: Mazda Motor Corp (MZDAF)

Mazda Motor Corporation is a Japan-based company engaged in the manufacture and distribution of automobiles and automobile parts. The Company provides mini vans, compact vehicles, sports cars, sport-utility vehicles, station wagons, sedans, light cars, commercial vehicles, welfare vehicles and special edition automobiles, as well as automobile accessories, including car navigation systems, automobile audio systems, side monitors, rear seat monitors, electronic toll collection (ETC) in-vehicle equipment, security products, driving support products, bulbs, pet carriers and child seats, among others. As of March 31, 2013, the Company had 56 consolidated subsidiaries and 15 associated companies. Advisors' Opinion:

    LOS ANGELES (MarketWatch) -- Stocks in Japan jumped Wednesday in early trade, with the benchmark index winning back part of losses during the previous day's selloff. The Nikkei Stock Average (JP:NIK) rose 1.6% to 15,665.47, and the broader Topix gained 1.3%, aided as the U.S. dollar (USDJPY) traded back above the 104-level against the yen. Auto shares bounced up, with Mazda Motor Corp. (JP:7261) (MZDAF) higher by 2.2% and Honda Motor Co. (JP:7267) (HMC) rising by 0.9%. Toshiba Corp. (JP:6502) (TOSYY) shares leapt 3.5% after the Westinghouse unit of the company agreed to buy a majority stake in NuGen, a U.K. nuclear joint venture between France's GDF Suez (FR:GSZ) and Spain's Iberdrola [es: ibe].

Hot Information Technology Companies To Watch In Right Now: Interactive Leisure Systems Inc (IALS)

InterActive Leisure Systems Inc, formerly Dukeshire Ventures Inc., incorporated on August 2, 1999, is engaged in the development of Digital Versatile Disc (DVD), format known as Versatile Multilayer Disc (VMD). The Company consists of three operating divisions: Optics, Electronics and Media Division. Optics division is responsible for the development of the VMD disc in its entirety, from mastering, replication, printing to packaging besides the VMD replication lines in collaboration with a consortium partners. Electronics division handles development of high definition optical disc players. Media division is responsible for the development of the high definition format for the optical discs themselves together with authoring tools for the media industry to enable them to display their film content on VMD discs. On May 30, 2007, the Company acquired technology and file format to use with VMD players from Semilla Capital Ltd Hong Kong.

The Company is focussed on producing VMD disc in a number of formats including read only, write once, re-writable (RW) and read only/re-writable combined. The VMD drive is very similar to the standard DVD RW drive with modifications to the firmware to instruct the laser to read multiple layers. The modifications in the software re-calibrate the red laser, enabling it to read data on all data layers. The Company has developed its own VMD authoring software.

Advisors' Opinion:
  • [By Peter Graham]

    What�� the Catch With Bison Petroleum Corp? According to various disclosures, a transaction of $6,500 has or will occur to mention Bison Petroleum Corp in various investment newsletters. Last Wednesday, Bison Petroleum Corp provided a corporate update which also included further details about its Independence Prospect plus the appointment of two seasoned advisors. Back in August, Bison Petroleum Corp had acquired a 100% Working Interest (WI) and 80% Net Revenue Interest (NRI) in the 840-acre Independence Prospect located in the ��rolific�� Bighorn Basin, Wyoming and the company is currently developing an exploration plan for these leases plus they have appointed a Vice-President of Explorations and a Senior Geological Advisor. Back in September, Bison Petroleum Corp also announced the appointment of a new CEO and the launch of its corporate website. A quick look at Bison Petroleum Corp�� financials reveals no revenues; net losses of $340k (most recent reported quarter), $16k, $56k and $30k for the past four quarters; and $30k in cash to cover $36k in current liabilities at the end of last July.

    Interactive Leisure Systems Inc (OTCMKTS: IALS) Announces Acquisitions

    Small cap Interactive Leisure Systems is a technology company specializing in the global travel industry that intends to purchase an enterprise software platform for the marketing, sale and management of travel products. On Friday, Interactive Leisure Systems sank 16% to $0.021 for a market cap of $1.44 million plus IALS is up 10,400% over the past year and up 425% over the past five years according to Google Finance.

Hot Information Technology Companies To Watch In Right Now: Sotherly Hotels Inc (SOHO)

SoTHERLY Hotels Inc., formerly MHI Hospitality Corporation, incorporated on August 2004, is a self-managed and self-administered real estate investment trust (REIT) that was formed to own, acquire, renovate and reposition primary full-service upper upscale and upscale hotel properties located in primary markets in the Mid-Atlantic and Southern United States. The Company conducts its business through MHI Hospitality, L.P., its operating partnership, of which the Company is the general partner. As of December 31, 2011, the Company owned approximately 77% of the partnership units in its operating partnership. In November 2013, SoTHERLY Hotels Inc announced that it has acquired the entity which owns the Crowne Plaza Houston Downtown Hotel, a 259-room, upscale, full-service hotel located in downtown Houston, Texas.

As of March 1, 2012, the Company�� portfolio consisted of 10 primarily full-service up-scale and upper up-scale hotels located in seven states with an aggregate of 2,424 rooms and approximately 120,200 square feet of meeting space. Nine of these hotels are wholly owned by subsidiaries of its operating partnership and operate under the Hilton Worldwide, InterContinental Hotels Group and Starwood Hotels and Resorts brands and are managed on a day to day basis by MHI Hotels Services, LLC (MHI Hotels Services). It also owns a 25% indirect non-controlling interest in the Crowne Plaza Hollywood Beach Resort through a joint venture with Carlyle.

The Company leases its hotel properties to MHI Hospitality TRS, LLC (its TRS Lessee), which in turn has engaged MHI Hotels Services, an independent management company, to manage its hotels. Its TRS Lessee is a wholly owned subsidiary of MHI Hospitality TRS Holding, Inc. (MHI Holding, and collectively, MHI TRS). As of March 1, 2012, the Company�� portfolio consisted of the properties, including Crowne Plaza Hampton Marina, Crowne Plaza Tampa Westshore , Crowne Plaza Jacksonville Riverfront , Crowne Plaza Jacksonville Riverfront , ! DoubleTree by Hilton Brownstone - University and Holiday Inn Laurel West. As of December 31, 2011, the Company owns two leasehold interests in the Shell Island Resort, a 160-unit condominium resort property in Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina

Advisors' Opinion:
  • [By Marc Bastow]

    Upscale hotel property real estate investment trust Sotherby (SOHO) raised its quarterly dividend 12.5% to 4.5 cents per share, payable on Jan. 1, 2014 to shareholders of record as of Dec. 13.
    SOHO Dividend Yield:�3.87%

  • [By George Putnam]

    Steve Halpern: Now, another pick that you have is Sotherly Hotels (SOHO). Could you tell us about that company?

    George Putnam: Sure. This is a small-cap name. Like many others in the industry, it had to struggle a bit from 2008 and has devoted most of its attention to getting its balance sheet back in order, and some of its existing hotels fixed-up and repositioned.

Hot Information Technology Companies To Watch In Right Now: Total SA (FP)

Total SA is a France-based integrated international oil and gas company. It is an integrated international oil and gas company and a chemicals manufacturer. Total engages in all aspects of the petroleum industry, including Upstream operations (oil exploration and production, together with activities related to natural gas), Refining & Chemicals (refining, petrochemicals, speciality chemicals, crude oil trading and shipping) and Marketing & Services (focused on the supply and sale of petroleum products, together with activities related to renewable energy). In April 12, 2013, it inaugurated the partnership with Veolia Environnement SA the Osilub plant. In July 2013, it sold its TIGF (Transport et Infrastructures Gaz France), gas transport and storage business. In September 2013, it announced the transfer to The National Gas Company of Trinidad &Tobago of all of its E&P assets in Trinidad through the sale of Total E&P Trinidad B.V and Elf Exploration Trinidad B.V. Advisors' Opinion:
  • [By Namitha Jagadeesh]

    Telecom Italia (TIT) SpA gained 1.7 percent as Telefonica SA agreed to increase its stake in the phone operator. Nokia Oyj added 2.4 percent after a U.S. judge found that HTC Corp. violated two of its patents. Total (FP) SA climbed 2.6 percent after Barclays Plc raised its rating on the oil producer. Burckhardt Compression Holding AG slid 7.3 percent after saying fiscal first-half net income will decline from the year-earlier period.

Hot Information Technology Companies To Watch In Right Now: Louisiana-Pacific Corp (LPX)

Louisiana-Pacific Corporation, incorporated on July 20, 1972, is a manufacturer of building products. The Company operates in four segments: North America Oriented Strand Board (OSB); Siding; Engineered Wood Products (EWP), and South America. As of December 31, 2012, the Company owned 21 modern located facilities in the United States and Canada, two facilities in Chile and one facility in Brazil. The Company also operates three facilities through joint ventures, for which it is the provider of product distribution for North America and participate in a joint venture operation that produces cellulose insulation in multiple facilities. The Company�� products are used primarily in new home construction, repair and remodeling, and manufactured housing. In May 2013, Canfor Corp announced that it has completed the sale of its 50% interest in the Peace Valley Oriented Strand Board (OSB) joint venture in Fort St. John, B.C., to Louisiana-Pacific Corp (LP).


The Company�� OSB segment manufactures and distributes OSB structural panel products. OSB is a smart product made from wood strands arranged in layers and bonded with resin. OSB serves many of the same uses as plywood, including roof decking, sidewall sheathing and floor underlayment. During the year ended December 31, 2012, OSB accounted for approximately 58% of the structural panel consumption in North America.


The Company�� siding offerings are of two categories: SmartSide siding products and related accessories; and CanExel siding and accessory products. Its SmartSide products consist of a line of wood-based sidings, trim, soffit and fascia. Its CanExel siding and accessory product offerings include a number of pre-finished lap and trim products in a variety of patterns and textures. Additionally, minor amounts of commodity OSB are produced and sold in this segment.

Engineered Wood Products

The Company�� Engineered Wood Products (EWP) segment manufactures! and distributes laminated veneer lumber (LVL), I-Joists, laminated strand lumber (LSL) and other related products. This segment also includes the sale of I-Joist produced by its joint venture with Resolute Forest Products (formerly AbitibiBowater) and LVL sold under a contract manufacturing arrangement.

South America

The Company�� South American segment manufactures and distributes OSB and siding products in South America and certain export markets. This segment also distributes and sells related products to augment the transition to wood frame construction.

Other Products

The Company�� other products category includes its decorative moulding and its joint venture that produces cellulose insulation. Additionally, it other products category includes its remaining timber and timberlands, and other minor products, services and closed operations.

Advisors' Opinion:
  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    In Weyerhaeuser's report, watch for the company to discuss any plans for potential buyout activity. With tight supplies, smaller rivals Louisiana-Pacific (NYSE: LPX  ) or Potlatch (NASDAQ: PCH  ) might make good targets for the larger Weyerhaeuser or Plum Creek to look at for expansion. Even though those companies have seen their shares rise dramatically as well, it might be worth paying up in order to secure long-term assets that could produce strong growth for Weyerhaeuser.

Hot Information Technology Companies To Watch In Right Now: Alamos Gold Inc (AGI)

Alamos Gold Inc. is engaged in the acquisition, exploration, development and extraction of precious metals in Mexico and Turkey. It owns and operates the Mulatos mine (Mulatos or the Mine) and holds the mineral rights to the Salamandra group of concessions in the State of Sonora, Mexico. The Mulatos mine is approximately 220 kilometers by air east of the City of Hermosillo. In addition, the Company owns the Agi Dagi and Kirazli advanced-stage gold development projects located in the Biga Peninsula of northwestern Turkey. Agi Dagi is located about 50 kilometers southeast of Canakkale, and Kirazli is located approximately 25 kilometers northwest of Agi Dagi. In January 2013, it acquired 14.3% interest of Aurizon Mines Ltd. (Aurizon). In August 2013, the Company acquired Esperanza Resources Corp. In September 2013, the Company announced that it has completed the acquisition of Orsa Ventures Corp. Advisors' Opinion:
  • [By Jon C. Ogg]

    Alamos�Gold Inc. (NYSE: AGI) was reinstated as Buy with a target price of $21 in Canada, which would translate to closer to $20 in U.S. share prices (versus $16.33 current), at BofA/Merrill Lynch.

Hot Information Technology Companies To Watch In Right Now: Sprint Corp (S&LS)

Sprint Corporation, incorporated on May 10, 2012, offers a range of wireless and wireline communications services to consumers, businesses and government users. On July 10, 2013, the Company, SoftBank Corp. and Sprint Nextel Corporation (Sprint Nextel) completed the merger. In the Merger, Sprint Corporation was merged into Sprint Nextel, New Sprint became the parent company of Sprint Nextel, with Sprint Nextel becoming its direct wholly owned subsidiary, and Sprint Nextel changed its name to Sprint Communications, Inc.

The Company develops, engineers and deploys technologies, including the first wireless fourth generation (4G) service from a national carrier in the United States; offering mobile data services, prepaid brands, including Virgin Mobile USA, Boost Mobile, and Assurance Wireless; instant national and international push-to-talk capabilities, and a global Tier 1 Internet Service. The Company also offers unlimited data services.

Advisors' Opinion:
  • [By Holly LaFon]

    Since Wilmers & Co. took over M&T Bank in 1983 the bank has acquired 23 banks and Savings and Loans (S&Ls) ��expanding from a single state to seven ��and assets have grown from $2 billion to $110 billion. M&T's branch count has grown from 60 to over 870. The bank currently boasts a customer base of over 2 million retail household customers and nearly 220,000 commercial customers.

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