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[ October 1, 2014 | Author: Admin | Views: 90582 | Weather: | Mood: normal]

When the original estimates for capital expenditures for 2013 came out, it looked as though oil services might be the place to be. Based on the recent earnings release from Nabors Industries (NYSE: NBR  ) , though, you might think otherwise. Here’s the problem: Nabors is stuck between two emerging trends that could put a big squeeze on the rig company. Let’s look at these two trends and Nabors’ one hope for a better future. Not everybody wins with greater efficiencyIncomparison with the rest of the oil and gas industry, horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing are still very young technologies. As exploration and production companies havebecomemorefamiliarwith the processes, they have also been able to eke out moreefficientdrilling. One major revolution that has brought along big savings is the concept of pad drilling, or drilling multiple wells within a couple of feet of each other to tap different parts of the oil … Continue reading

[ October 1, 2014 | Author: Admin | Views: 94433 | Weather: | Mood: normal]

With gains of more than 9% so far in 2013, the S&P 500 (SNPINDEX: ^GSPC  ) has already posted better returns than it often manages over an entire year. But the past week’s downdraft serves as a valuable reminder that you have to be vigilant to spot signs of weakness in the stock market before they blossom into full-fledged corrections. Specifically, looking at particular sectors of the market that are lagging behind the S&P 500′s overall performance can help you gauge whether industry-specific trends are holding stocks back or whether those poor conditions are likely to spread into other sectors. Yesterday’s column looked at the best-performing sectors in the S&P so far in 2013. Today, let’s turn to the dark side by identifying the laggards in the S&P this year. S&P 500 Sectors Total Return Price data by YCharts. Materials have posted the weakest performance, just barely eking out a gain … Continue reading

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With shares of Novartis (NYSE:NVS) trading around $73, is NVS an OUTPERFORM, WAIT AND SEE, or STAY AWAY? Lets analyze the stock with the relevant sections of our CHEAT SHEET investing framework: T = Trends for a Stock’s Movement Novartisengages in the research, development, manufacture, and marketing of a range of healthcare products worldwide. Its portfolio includes medicines, eye care, cost-saving generic pharmaceuticals, preventive vaccines and diagnostic tools, over-the-counter drugs, and animal health products. The company operates in five business segments: Pharmaceuticals, Alcon, Sandoz, Vaccines and Diagnostics, and Consumer Health. Its core products and services include prescription medicines; surgical, ophthalmic pharmaceutical, and vision care products; generic pharmaceuticals, human vaccines, and blood-testing diagnostics; as well as over-the-counter medicines and animal health. In a growing healthcare field, Novartis provides key products and services. Top 10 Consumer Service Companies To Buy For 2015: Synalloy Corporation(SYNL) Synalloy Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, manufactures and … Continue reading

[ September 30, 2014 | Author: Admin | Views: 64207 | Weather: | Mood: normal]

Are healthy menu options important to the American fast-food consumer? A recently released study found one restaurant where consumers couldn’t care less about healthy choices. Yet this company is emphasizing nutritious menu items with even more vigor. Healthy menu choices: Offer the whole enchilada?A recently released Placed survey, “Dining Out in America, Part 2: The Impact of New Menu Items, Value, and Nutrition,” found that consumers who would fork over more money for healthy menu options were 10% more likely to visit Wendy’s (NASDAQ: WEN  ) , which ranked at the top of the list among big burger chains. In fact, Wendy’s was the only burger joint where consumers stated a willingness to pay more for healthy menu items. Source: Wikimedia Commons. Wendy’s is trying to distinguish itself as a premium brand. The company has rolled out more upscale menu items such as its Monterey Ranch Chicken Sandwich, Apple Pecan Chicken … Continue reading

[ September 30, 2014 | Author: Admin | Views: 41657 | Weather: | Mood: normal]

  Plight of the fast food worker NEW YORK (CNNMoney) Fast food protests aren’t going away. Organizers say fast food restaurant workers in 100 U.S. cities will walk off the job Thursday, as part of a continuing push to raise wages above $15 an hour in the industry and secure the right to unionize. The movement began with a small walkout in New York City last year and has since gathered momentum. Strikes this past August drew fast food workers in 60 cities, organizers said. The National Restaurant Association contends that the demonstrations are a “coordinated PR campaign engineered by national labor groups,” and that “relatively few restaurant workers have participated” in past demonstrations. 5 Best Restaurant Stocks To Own For 2015: Burger King Worldwide Inc (BKW) Burger King Worldwide, Inc., incorporated on April 2, 2012, is a fast food hamburger restaurant, under the Burger King brand. The Company generates … Continue reading