On James Mattis’ first day as Defense Secretary, he learned about bugs. A hacking team had discovered critical flaws in a tool the Defense Department uses to transfer computer files.
The team was part of a bug bounty program — expert hackers who are paid to find vulnerabilities in corporations or government agencies.
Pete Yaworski is one of 80 “white hat” hackers around the world who helped identify security issues in two of the DoD’s internal systems. The 32-year-old Canadian was on the DISCREET team at Synack, a security firm with a $4 million dollar contract to hack the Pentagon.
During the three-month project that ended in February, Yaworski and Synack’s team of hackers dove into critical systems to find vulnerabilities that could impact military missions overseas. Once the hacking began, it took just four hours to find important errors.
On Tuesday, Synack announced a $21 million round of funding led by Microsoft Ventures.
Unlik e some engineers who spend their careers dedicated to bug hunting, Yaworksi is a self-taught hacker who spends his days as a computer engineer for the Ontario government. At night, he works as a Synack contractor, searching for security flaws in targets like the Pentagon. Yaworksi taught himself information security by taking classes on Coursera, reading research papers, joining online groups and, eventually, writing a book on bug bounties.
Best Canadian Stocks To Own Right Now: Rhino Resource Partners LP(RNO)
- [By Alexis Xydias]
Investors are regaining confidence, squeezing pessimists who say the economy remains sluggish outside of Germany and point to record-low trading volume as a lack of conviction in the Euro Stoxxs 61 percent rally of the past two years. Besides gains in stocks from Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria SA to Renault SA (RNO), yields on Spanish and Italian bonds have declined to a two-year low compared with German bunds and the euro has strengthened 4.6 percent to $1.35 in the past six months.
Best Canadian Stocks To Own Right Now: Transcananda Pipelines Ltd.(TRP)
- [By Matthew DiLallo]
Energy infrastructure companies ONEOK (NYSE:OKE) and TransCanada (NYSE:TRP) are both emerging from the energy market downturn as stronger entities. Each made smart acquisitions, with TransCanada buying U.S. gas pipeline company Columbia Pipeline Group, while ONEOK is in the process of gobbling up its MLP,ONEOK Partners (NYSE:OKS). While these deals enhanced the growth profiles of both companies, TransCanada still stands out as the better buy for long-term income investors. Here’s why.
- [By WWW.KIPLINGER.COM]
Energy stocks were driven by a hefty dose of M&A during the third quarter. And that will drive returns for TransCanada Corporation (TRP) during the next one.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
In a number of articles recently, following the US recent revival and potential approval of the previously blocked Keystone XL pipeline, a number of estimates have been provided suggesting a pending boom for the US steel industry is on the horizon (and US steel stocks have reacted in kind). In fact, this optimism, we believe, peaked today when a report from one of our competitors was published claiming that, the keystone XL pipeline could increase line pipe demand by 14.7% for 2 years. The problem here, we believe, rests with the facts that: (a) TransCanada (TRP) has already taken, and paid for, the steel to build the Keystone XL pipeline (the steel currently sits in storage facilities in both Regina, Canada and Arkansas, United States), (b) neither US Steel (X; SELL), AK Steel, Steel Dynamics, or Nucor have the ability to make the specialized steel required for the miles of pipe associated with this project, to include both the thickness and pressure requirements , according to this article from Reuters, and (c) assuming some of the pipe does need replacement, this would likely come from international steel makers who are capable of producing the specialized steel (again, as highlighted in this Reuters article).
- [By Paul Ausick]
That includes pipeline companies like Kinder Morgan Inc. (NYSE: KMI), which already operates a pipeline transporting natural gas from Texas into Mexico, and master limited partnerships (MLPs) Energy Transfer Partners L.P. (NYSE: ETP) and TransCanada Corp. (NYSE: TRP), the company that has (so far) failed to get U.S. approval for its Keystone Pipeline expansion from Canada’s oil sands across the U.S. border.
- [By Matthew DiLallo]
After a series of setbacks in its attempts to build new oil pipelines, Canadian pipeline giant TransCanada (NYSE:TRP) completed a transformation transaction to acquire U.S. natural gas pipeline company Columbia Pipeline Group for $13 billion, which includes the assumption of debt. The key to that deal was that it increased the combined company’s near-term project pipeline to 23 billion Canadian dollars, which supports TransCanada’s ability to increase its dividend by 8% to 10% annually through 2020. After completing that deal, TransCanada made a bid to acquire all of the outstanding units that it did not own of affiliated MLP Columbia Pipeline Partners (NYSE:CPPL) in a transaction valued at $915 million. These acquisitions solidified TransCanada’s natural gas pipeline growth ambitions, enabling it to diversify away from oil pipelines.
Best Canadian Stocks To Own Right Now: Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc(VRX)
- [By Paul Ausick]
Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. (NYSE: VRX) dropped about 3.7% Tuesday to post a new 52-week low of $10.08 after closing Monday at $10.47. The stock’s 52-week high is $38.50. Volume of about 14 million shares was about 30% below the daily average of around 19 million. The company said on Monday that CEO Joseph Papa took home total compensation of nearly $63 million as the stock was losing 62% of its value. The numbers speak for themselves.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
TransDigm Group (TDG) tumbled to the bottom of the S&P 500 today after Citron Research doubled down on its assertion that the company is a manufacturing version of Valeant Pharmaceuticals International (VRX).
- [By Stark Merrifield]
Bill Ackman: Fifty-year-old Ackmans career began in 1992 when he and fellow Harvard graduate David P. Berkowtiz founded the investment firm Gotham Partners. The firms high-profile bid for Rockefeller Center in New York caused investors to flock to the firm, growing it to $500 million in assets. Then in 2004, with $54 million in personal funding, Ackman started Pershing Square Capital Management. Through Pershing, Ackman bought significant shares in companies like Wendys Co. (Nasdaq: WEN), Target Corp. (NYSE: TGT), Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. (NYSE: CMG), and Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. (NYSE: VRX). Today, Ackman is worth $1.4 billion and is No. 256 on the Forbes 400.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
Valeant Pharmaceuticals International (VRX) has jumped 4.3% to $11.68 after activist investor ValueAct bought three million shares of the beaten-down specialty pharmaceutical company.
- [By Paul Ausick]
Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. (NYSE: VRX) dropped about 0.1% Thursday to post a new 52-week low of $9.49 after closing Wednesday at $9.50. The stock’s 52-week high is $38.50. Volume of about 15 million shares was about 25% below the daily average of around 19 million. The company had no specific news.
Best Canadian Stocks To Own Right Now: Thor Industries Inc.(THO)
- [By Dan Caplinger]
Recreational vehicles have hit a stretch of popularity that the industry hasn’t seen since the 1970s, and Thor Industries (NYSE:THO) has found itself in the right place at the right time. The RV specialist has made every effort it can to boost its growth to take advantage of favorable conditions, both by ramping up its existing internal operations and by looking for strategic combinations like its recent acquisition of industry peer Jayco. Coming into Monday’s fiscal second-quarter financial report, Thor investors were looking for very strong growth, and even though the company largely delivered on that front, some concerns about the pace of further gains throughout the rest of the fiscal year weighed on Thor stock after the report.
- [By Lisa Levin]
Shares of Thor Industries, Inc. (NYSE: THO) got a boost, shooting up 14 percent to $102.70 as the company reported stronger-than-expected results for its first quarter on Monday.
- [By WWW.MONEYSHOW.COM]
Thor Industries (THO) expects 2017 to be one of the strongest years for the RV industry since the 1970s.
The prospect of higher gasoline prices seems unlikely to derail the RV rebound, given that growth is being driven by smaller and more fuel-efficient motorized RVs and towable trailers.
- [By Peter Graham]
A long term performance chart shows shares of Winnebago Industries and small cap peer Thor Industries, Inc (NYSE: THO) giving a similar performance with shares taking off last year before stumbling this year while Drew Industries, Inc (NYSE: DW) has mostly underperformed:
Best Canadian Stocks To Own Right Now: Credit Suisse Group(CS)
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The latest credit default swap (CDS) data from BMO Capital Markets indicate a number of investors are growing increasingly concerned about the one-year outlook for capital markets. In a new report, analyst Mark Steele discussed the recent surge in one-year CDS activity, and what it means for the market.
- [By Paul R. La Monica]
European banks worse off than 2008? Lamensdorf is concerned about the exposure to bad loans (especially energy company debt) held by big banks such as Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS), Credit Suisse (CS) and Deutsche Bank (DB). He’s shorting all three.
- [By Money Morning News Team]
That’s why Krauth predicts the price of gold will hit $1,400 by the end of the year. Many analysts from banks likeCredit SuisseGroup AG (NYSE ADR: CS) even see gold going as high as $1,500.
- [By David Zeiler]
The federal government’s largesse isn’t restricted to U.S.-based companies, either. Foreign companies, including foreign banks, are also welcome. Credit Suisse Group AG (NYSE ADR: CS) got $225.1 billion, and UBS Group AG (NYSE: UBS) got $249.1 billion.
- [By Diane Alter]
The head underwriters for the ZTO IPO are Morgan Stanley (NYSE: MS) and Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (NYSE: GS). Also working on the deal are China Renaissance, Citigroup Inc. (NYSE: C), Credit Suisse Group AG (NYSE ADR: CS), and JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM).
Best Canadian Stocks To Own Right Now: NRG Energy Inc.(NRG)
- [By Ben Levisohn]
NRG Energy (NRG) soared to the top of the S&P 500 today.
NRG Energygained 4.5% to $12.85 today, while the S&P 500 advanced 0.2% to 2,262.53.
In a note released on Dec. 15, Morgan Stanley’sStephen Byrd and team summarized the reasoning behind their overweight rating on NRG:
NRG Energy (NRG, Overweight, $21 PT) FCF/Equity yield of ~35% and balanced upside from diversified market exposure, higher PJM capacity prices, fleet optimization, and debt reduction. NRG’s generation plus retail matching strategy is an underappreciated source of value, and provides stable cash flow despite current depressed power prices in Texas.
NRG Energy’s market capitalization rose to $4.1 billion today from $3.8 billion yesterday. It reported a net loss of $6.4 billion on sales of $15 billion in 2015.
NRG Energy was the Biggest Loser on Nov. 10, and the Hot Stock on Nov. 4.
- [By Rich Duprey]
I ran a screen to identify the best-performing stocks from the S&P 500 in January. The top three performers during the month were Alcoa (NYSE:AA), CSX (NASDAQ:CSX), and NRG Energy (NYSE:NRG). Let’s see why they were the big standouts and whether they can keep it going.
- [By Elizabeth Balboa]
Clarity on the GenOn Energy Inc settlement and PJM Interconnection auction led UBS analyst Julien Dumoulin-Smith to upgrade NRG Energy Inc (NYSE: NRG) Thursday to Buy with a $20 price target.