Sunday, December 28, 2014

Top 10 Consumer Service Companies To Own In Right Now

NEW YORK (The Deal) -- Augusta Resources (AZC) said it will meet this week regarding a $375 million offer from Hudbay Minerals (HBM) to acquire the mining company.

Hudbay said it would offer 0.315 of a share for each Augusta share, which represents a 62% premium to Augusta's 20-day average trading price. Hudbay is a copper- and zinc-mining company based in Toronto with a Peruvian copper asset by the name Constancia. Hudbay said that the acquisition of Augusta's Rosemont project will enhance its portfolio of long-life, low-cost mining projects.

Rosemont is an Arizona-based copper mine that Augusta said it expects, when ramped up, will account for as much as 10% of U.S. copper production.

Hudbay already owns 16% of Augusta and said it has been considering an acquisition of Augusta for four years, since it began its investment in the company in 2010. The advance of its production at Constancia provides an optimal opportunity to move on the Rosemont project, Hudbay said. Hudbay also recognized on a conference call that it expects other bidders might move on Augusta. It is Augusta's fiduciary responsibility to shop the company, Hudbay said and it expects that they will do so. Hudbay also said it knows exactly what its price for Augusta is, and it will tender its 16% interest if another bidder tops the offer. The presumption is that the initial bid is not the final offer. Augusta shares traded Monday up about 25%, to $2.85, at a premium of about 30 cents, or 12%, to the current bid. Hudbay said its offer is not conditioned on due diligence or financing. An offer is expected to have an initial expiration of March 19 and require at least two-thirds of Augusta shares be tendered. In December, Hudbay raised $100 million to fund operations and said its credit facility and revenue from a joint venture with Silver Wheaton Corp. will assist in funding the proposed takeover. Hudbay said it expects to be able to fund the ramp up of the Rosemont mine internally and execute it on a more expedited schedule. Hudbay also said it did not expect any significant permitting issues for the Rosemont project or regulatory issues for getting a merger completed.

Top Bank Stocks To Own For 2015: Body Central Corp.(BODY)

Body Central Corp. operates as a specialty retailer of young women's apparel and accessories in the south, mid-Atlantic, and midwest regions of the United States. The company operates specialty apparel stores under the Body Central and Body Shop banners, as well as a direct business of its Body Central catalog and e-commerce Website at Its stores feature an assortment of tops, dresses, bottoms, jewelry, accessories, and shoes under Body Central and Lipstick labels. As of March 8, 2012 it operated 241 specialty apparel stores in 24 states. The company, formerly known as Body Central Acquisition Corp., was founded in 1972 and is headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida.

Advisors' Opinion:
  • [By John Udovich]

    As we approach Black Friday, small cap apparel retail stocks�Body Central Corp (NASDAQ: BODY), Abercrombie & Fitch Co. (NYSE: ANF) and Francesca's Holdings Corp (NASDAQ: FRAN) have the dubious distinction of being the sector�� worst performing stocks (according to as they are down 62.8%, 29.5% and 26.4%, respectively, since the start of the year (see my previous article: This Year�� Best Performing Small Cap Apparel Retail Stocks? CACH, SMRT, PSUN & DXLG). With that performance in mind, what�sort of performance should�investors and traders alike expect from these apparel retail dogs as we head into Black Friday and the all important holiday season? Here is what you need to be aware of:

  • [By Seth Jayson]

    Calling all cash flows
    When you are trying to buy the market's best stocks, it's worth checking up on your companies' free cash flow once a quarter or so, to see whether it bears any relationship to the net income in the headlines. That's what we do with this series. Today, we're checking in on Body Central (Nasdaq: BODY  ) , whose recent revenue and earnings are plotted below.

Top 10 Consumer Service Companies To Own In Right Now: Marcolin SpA (MCL)

Marcolin SpA is an Italy-based eyewear manufacturer. It is a manufacturer of glasses and sunglasses for such brands as Tom Ford, Roberto Cavalli and Just Cavalli, Diesel, Montblanc, Tod's and Hogan, Balenciaga, Swarovski, Timberland, DSquared2 and Kenneth Cole. Advisors' Opinion:
  • [By John McCamant]

    Our top stock selection for 2014 has received three Breakthrough Therapy Designations (BTD) by the FDA, and subsequent approval, in November, for Imbruvica, a very safe pill that has shown unprecedented efficacy to treat mantle cell lymphoma (MCL), suggests John McCamant, editor of The Medical Technology Stock Letter.

Top 10 Consumer Service Companies To Own In Right Now: McEwen Mining Inc (MUX)

McEwen Mining Inc. (McEwen Mining), formerly US Gold Corporation, is engaged in the exploration for and production of precious metals in the United States, Mexico and Argentina. McEwen Mining�� operating segments include USA and Mexico. The Company holds an interest in numerous exploration and development stage properties and projects in Nevada, Mexico and Argentina, as well as a 49% equity interest in the gold-silver San Jose Mine in Santa Cruz Province, Argentina. The Company holds interests in approximately 1,631 square miles of mineral concessions in west central Mexico. Its primary property in Mexico is the El Gallo Complex, located in Sinaloa state on the Sierra Madre Trend, a geological area of gold and silver mineralization. The Company holds interests in approximately 254 square miles in Nevada, United States. The Company�� Nevada properties, including its interests in the Gold Bar Project and Tonkin Complex, are located along the Cortez Trend, in north central Nevada. It also owns property, including the Limo Project, on the southern end of the Carlin Trend. On January 24, 2012, it acquired of Minera Andes Inc. (Minera Andes).

On January 24, 2012, the Company acquired a 49% interest in Minera Santa Cruz SA, owner of the San Jose Silver-Gold Mine in Santa Cruz, Argentina; a 100% interest in the Los Azules Copper Deposit in San Juan, Argentina, and a portfolio of exploration properties in Santa Cruz, Argentina. The San Jose Mine is operated by the majority owner of the joint venture, Hochschild Mining plc (Hochschild). The Company holds mineral rights and applications for mineral rights covering approximately 944 square miles in Argentina.

Tonkin Complex

The Tonkin Complex is divided functionally into five areas: the Mine Corridor, Tonkin North, Patty, Keystone and Tweed. The Tonkin Complex represents its holding in the State of Nevada at approximately 93 square miles (241 square kilometers). The Tonkin Complex is located on the Cortez Trend. During ! the year ended December 31, 2011, the Company drilled one hole, and 2,190 feet reverse circulation drilling. The Tonkin Complex also includes the Patty Project. On October 18, 2011, Barrick Gold U.S. Inc. (Barrick), the former holder of a majority of the project and operator, entered into a joint venture agreement with Rye Patch Gold U.S. Inc. (Rye Patch) under which Rye Patch has the right to acquire a 60% undivided interest in the Patty Project. As of December 31, 2011, it held a non-operating minority interest (12%). The Patty Project is a property (approximately 18.1 square miles) located in the northeast portion of the Tonkin Complex and consists of 544 unpatented mining claims. The 372 claims (included in the 1,478 under US Gold's Historic Tonkin Property) covering the area of the property, Tonkin North were previously owned by unaffiliated parties and held by the Company under a lease agreement. The lease expired on January 1, 2011. In July 2011, it acquired these claims. The Company held an interest of in 106 claims (included in the 156 under Cornerstone) in the Cornerstone property. On July 19, 2011, it acquired the Tonkin North and Cornerstone claims.

Gold Bar Complex

The Gold Bar Complex is located south of the Tonkin Complex on the continuation of the Cortez Trend. In November 2011, the Company announced the completion of a Preliminary Feasibility Study (PFS) by SRK Consulting for the Gold Bar Project. Exploration drilling at the Gold Bar Complex in 2011 totaled approximately 7,245 feet (2,208 meters) in 41 reverse circulation drill holes that were focused on extensions to the Gold Pick-Gold Ridge and Cabin Creek mineralization, as well as targets found by geologic mapping and sampling.

The Gold Pick-Gold Ridge area occurs on the Battle Mountain-Eureka mineral belt in a window of lower-plate carbonate rocks surrounded by upper-plate rocks. The lower-plate carbonates at Gold Pick-Gold Ridge consist of an east-dipping section of Silurian Lone Mountain Do! lomite, D! evonian McColley Canyon Formation, Devonian Denay Formation, and Devonian Devils Gate Limestone. Northwest-trending and northeast-trending structures cut the area; the Gold Pick mineralization is localized in an apparent northwest-trending horst of McColley Canyon Formation, which is cut by a series of northeast-trending structures.

Limo Property

The Limo Property is located in east-central Nevada. The Limo Property position totals approximately 44.5 square miles (115 square kilometers). Gold mineralization has been identified in numerous places along the 15 mile (24 kilometers) length of the property. Exploration drilling at the Limo Property in 2011 totaled approximately 59,157 ft. (18,031 meters) in 10 diamond drill core holes and 70 reverse circulation drill holes. The drilling was focused on two targets, Cadillac and Continental, outside the existing mineralization. The mineral interests controlled by the Company at the Limo property consist of 1,392 contiguous claims that cover approximately 44.5 square miles (115 square kilometers), plus 15 claims (for a total of 1,407) near the southern boundary of the property that were acquired through a lease in August 2011. Its land package extends for about 15 miles (24 kilometers), and covers the western side of the southern Cherry Creek Range.

Battle Mountain Complex

The Battle Mountain Complex is located within Humboldt and Lander Counties in the valleys and on the flanks of the mountains surrounding Battle Mountain on the Cortez Trend north of our Tonkin complex. Battle Mountain, Nevada. In 2011, exploration drilling in the Battle Mountain Complex totaled 2,205 feet (672 meters). Work during 2011, also included geologic mapping, soil and rock sampling. Results of this work identified two target areas, Medea and Lucky Strike, on its BMX property. Three holes were drilled on the Medea prospect during 2011.

Other United States Properties

The Company acquired additional mineral! properti! es in Nevada. The mineral properties included in the acquisition of Tone (Roberts Creek, Kobeh, Gold Bar North, South Keystone, Big Antelope Springs, Red Ridge, Fish Creek and Kent Springs) are generally subject to a 1% net smelter return royalty interest in favor of KM Exploration Ltd. Certain properties (Roberts Creek, Kobeh, Gold Bar North, South Keystone and Big Antelope Springs) are also subject to earn-in rights in favor of Teck Cominco American Incorporated (Teck).


On July 1, 2011, its Company and Select Resources Corporation, Inc. (Select) signed a four-year Exploration Lease and Purchase Option Definitive Agreement (the Definitive Agreement) with respect to the Richardson Mineral Project (Richardson) in the Tintina Gold Belt of Alaska. Under the terms of the Definitive Agreement, it acquired an exploration lease for the Richardson project, and an exclusive option to purchase a 60% interest in the project and enter into a joint venture with Select. The Richardson project is located 70 miles (115 kilometers) southeast of Fairbanks, Alaska, and covers an area of approximately 52 square miles (136 square kilometers). Extensive field sampling and mapping, airborne geophysics, and three core holes were completed in 2011. Drilling at the Richardson Project in Alaska during 2011, included three holes and 2, 863 feet core drilling.

Mexican Properties

The Company has a property in Mexico, called the El Gallo Complex, which includes the El Gallo, Magistral, and Palmarito deposits in Sinaloa state. The Company control mineral concessions of approximately 1,631 square miles (4,224 square kilometers) located in the Mexican states of Sinaloa and Nayarit. It holds its interests through ownership of Pangea Resources Inc., which in turn holds 100% ownership of Compania Minera Pangea S.A. de C.V. (Minera Pangea). The El Gallo Complex is located in Sinaloa state, northwestern Mexico in Mocorito Municipality. The El Gallo Complex is being developed in tw! o phases.! The El Gallo Project lies within two of its controlled concessions, Rocio Fraccion A and Pangea. These concessions have an area of 86,764 acres and 3,946 acres respectively. It controls the properties immediately surrounding El Gallo. Exploration work completed in 2011 at El Gallo consisted of core and conventional rotary drilling. The mineralization at the Magistral Mine Property is classified as a low-sulfidation epithermal gold-silver mineral system. During 2011, 203 core holes were drilled for a total of 88,891 feet (26,088 meters).

Other Exploration Areas

During 2011, it drill-tested a number of prospective exploration targets throughout the El Gallo district, which resulted in the discovery of four new veins. Three veins, Los Mautos, Mina Grande, and Haciendita were all located six miles (10 kilometers) north of El Gallo, and the fourth vein, San Dimas, is located 6 miles (10 kilometers) south of El Gallo.

Advisors' Opinion:
  • [By Jake L'Ecuyer]

    Leading and Lagging Sectors
    In trading on Wednesday, basic materials shares were relative leaders, up on the day by about 0.27 percent. Meanwhile, top gainers in energy sector included Endeavour Silver (NYSE: EXK), with shares up 4.3 percent, and McEwen Mining (NYSE: MUX), with shares up 4.4 percent.

  • [By Selena Maranjian]

    McEwen Mining (NYSE: MUX  ) slid 52%, and has also been cutting costs at Mexico-based mines. Management has suggested that the price of gold may be near a bottom, and it's looking into strategic partnerships, too. In its second quarter, McEwen upped its gold production by 30% over year-ago levels. Still, it's not yet turning a profit and is free-cash-flow negative.

Top 10 Consumer Service Companies To Own In Right Now: Level 3 Communications Inc.(LVLT)

Level 3 Communications, Inc. engages in the communications business in North America and Europe. It offers network and Internet services, including transport services, high speed Internet protocol services, dedicated Internet access, virtual private network services, and dark fiber services, as well as managed modem, an outsourced, turn-key infrastructure solution; and colocation services. The company also provides various media services, comprising Vyvx services that provide audio and video feeds over fiber or satellite; content delivery network services; media delivery services to customers seeking to manage, protect, and monetize content delivered over the Internet; a range of local and long distance voice services, such as voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) and traditional circuit-switch based services; and VoIP Enhanced Local, a VoIP service that enables broadband cable operators, IXCs, VoIP providers, and other companies operating their own switching infrastructure to launch IP-based local and long-distance voice services through a broadband connection. Level 3 Communications? media services also consist of SIP Trunking, a VoIP-based local phone service; Local Inbound service that terminates traditional telephone network originated calls to Internet Protocol termination points; Primary Rate Interface, a TDM local phone service that could be configured in various ways; Long Distance services portfolio comprising local and long distance transport and termination services; and Toll Free services portfolio, which terminate toll free calls that are originated on the traditional telephone network. As of December 31, 2010, its network encompassed approximately 68,000 intercity route miles in North America and an intercity network covering approximately 13,000 miles across Europe. Further, it sells coal primarily through long-term contracts with public utilities. The company was founded in 1884 and is headquartered in Broomfield, Colorado.

Advisors' Opinion:
  • [By Lee Jackson]

    Level 3 Communications Inc. (NYSE: LVLT) is a Fortune 500 company that provides local, national and global communications services to enterprise, government and carrier customers. Level 3′s comprehensive portfolio of secure, managed solutions includes fiber and infrastructure solutions, IP-based voice and data communications, wide-area Ethernet services, video and content distribution, as well as data center and cloud-based solutions. The consensus price target for the stock is $25.75. Level 3 closed at $27.94.


    Level 3 Communications provides essential communications products and services to growing companies and consumers across the globe. The stock has tripled over the last few years but seems to be stuck in a range extending back to last year. Over the last four quarters, earnings and revenue figures have improved but not as much as investors have expected. Relative to its peers and sector, Level 3 Communications has been a poor performer year-to-date. WAIT AND SEE what Level 3 Communications does this coming quarter.

Top 10 Consumer Service Companies To Own In Right Now: Inc.(ACOM) Inc. operates as an online family history resource for subscribers worldwide. The company?s subscribers use Web-based services and content collection to research their family histories, build their family trees, collaborate with other subscribers, upload their own records, and publish and share their stories. Its subscribers can search through its collection of various records that cover birth records, marriage and death records, census records, immigration documents, photographs, maps, military records, personal narratives, and newspapers. As of December 31, 2011, the company had 1.7 million paying subscribers. Inc. was founded in 1983 and is headquartered in Provo, Utah.

Advisors' Opinion:
  • [By CRWE] Inc. (Nasdaq:ACOM) will release financial results for its third quarter 2012 on Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at approximately 2:00 p.m. MT (4:00 p.m. ET). Following the release, the Company will host a conference call with analysts and investors at 3:00 p.m. MT (5:00 p.m. ET).

Top 10 Consumer Service Companies To Own In Right Now: ENGlobal Corporation (ENG)

ENGlobal Corporation provides engineering and professional services principally to the energy sector in the United States and internationally. It operates in two segments, Engineering and Construction, and Automation. The Engineering and Construction segment offers services relating to the development, management, and execution of projects requiring professional engineering and related project services primarily to the midstream and downstream sectors of the oil and gas industry, as well as to chemical and petrochemical manufacturers, utilities, and alternative energy developers. Its services include conceptual studies, project definition, cost estimating, engineering design, environmental compliance, material procurement, project management, facility inspection, and construction management. This segment also provides engineering, design, electrical and instrument installation, and operation and maintenance services for facilities to government, public sector, and internat ional facilities. The Automation segment offers services related to the design, fabrication, and implementation of process distributed control and analyzer systems, advanced automation, information technology, and heat tracing projects primarily to the upstream and downstream sectors. This segment also designs, assembles, integrates, and services control and instrumentation systems for specific applications in energy and processing related industries. ENGlobal Corporation was founded in 1985 and is headquartered in Houston, Texas.

Advisors' Opinion:

    The Rise and Fall of Tontine Asset Management and ENGlobal (ENG)

    Gendell rarely conducted interviews, almost never publicizing his stock selections or his theories in regard to investing. The average investor had never heard of him or his hedge fund; however anyone who tracked money managers closely, was well aware the outstanding returns which were flowing into the pockets of the clients at Tontine. In 2003 and 2004, Gendell recorded near miraculous gains, approximately doubling the value of his portfolios, in back to back years.

Top 10 Consumer Service Companies To Own In Right Now: Nissan Motor Co Ltd (NSANF)

NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD. is an automobile manufacturer. The Company has two business segments. The Automobile segment is engaged in the manufacturing, trading and distribution of various types of automobiles, marine products and accessories, as well as the research, development and sale of lithium-ion secondary batteries. The Sales Financing segment is engaged in the provision of sales financing, as well as property and casualty insurance services, among others. On November 11, 2013, the Company announced that it had established an Indonesia-based subsidiary, which is engaged in the captive finance business to make loans to the customers of Indonesia. Advisors' Opinion:
  • [By Peter Valdes-Dapena]

    "Infiniti is proud to have been a pioneer in automotive crash avoidance and mitigation systems. We will study the result of this new test by IIHS as we continue to develop future technologies," said Nissan (NSANF) spokesman Steve Oldham. Nissan makes Infinity vehicles.

  • [By Blake Ellis]

    Industries boasting the highest percentage of companies with perfect scores include law, banking and financial services, and retail and consumer products. Companies new to the 100% club include Nissan (NSANF), General Electric (GE, Fortune 500) and Procter & Gamble (PG, Fortune 500). Other companies among the most improved this year (though they haven't achieved perfect scores yet) include Wal-Mart (WMT, Fortune 500), which saw its score jump from a 60 to 80 after it introduced same-sex benefits for employees, and Cracker Barrel (CBRL), which rose 10 points to a score of 45 after it launched a LGBT employee network and implemented a non-discrimination policy for LGBT employees.

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