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stock market share prices: ManpowerGroup(MAN)


Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Bryan Murphy]

    Staffing agencies like Robert Half International Inc. (NYSE:RHI) and ManpowerGroup Inc. (NYSE:MAN) may want to look over their shoulder. Though both are bigger and more established, their size and the waning need for physical, human workers in an increasingly-digital and roboticized world ultimately works against both organizations. That paradigm shift doesn’t matter much to a young, up-coming-staffing agency called Staffing 360 Solutions Inc (NASDAQ:STAF) though. Indeed, the trend of computer-based everything leaves Staffing 360 Solutions in the proverbial cat-bird’s seat. Its fiscal Q2 numbers verify the company is in the right place at the right time.


    Those numbers? Revenue of $47.1 million was up 14%, and gross profits of $8.1 million were higher by 8.4% on a year-over-year basis. Moreover, the net loss of $1.5 million was a marked improvement on the year-ago loss of $3.5 million, and the EBITDA of $1.4 million was about the same. Operating expenses fell from 22% of revenue a year earlier to only 17% last quarter, with more such progress on the way.

    Perhaps most important, Staffing 360 Solutions saw organic growth of 7%, meaning the top line bumped up by that much not because of acquisitions, but because it’s existing divisions expanded their client base and billings by 7%.


    And last quarter’s progress has been the norm for several quarters now.

    While STAF is proving outpacing the growth from bigger names like ManpowerGroup and Robert Half International, it can’t come as a complete surprise. Staffing 360 Solutions is focused on the IT sliver of the staffing industry, connecting companies with the technology-skilled programmers, cybersecurity specialists, and computer networking personnel modern organizations increasingly need.

    There are several data nuggets that point in the same direction, but perhaps none as telling as a recent conclusion from technology research outfit IDC speaks volumes. IDC believes that by the

  • [By Lisa Levin] Related TRST Earnings Scheduled For October 21, 2016 Major Accounting Changes Are Coming To The Financial Industry Related MORN One Of The World's Most Powerful Women, Fidelity Personal Investing President Kathleen Murphy, To Tell Her Story At The Benzinga Global Fintech Awards The 2017 Benzinga Global Fintech Awards Will Include An 'Unprecedented Group' Of Judges Morningstar Packs Conference Lineup For Financial Advisors (Investor’s Business Daily) Companies Reporting Before The Bell Rockwell Collins, Inc. (NYSE: COL) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $1.31 per share on revenue of $1.33 billion. General Electric Company (NYSE: GE) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.17 per share on revenue of $26.46 billion. Honeywell International Inc. (NYSE: HON) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $1.60 per share on revenue of $9.32 billion. Interpublic Group of Companies Inc (NYSE: IPG) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.03 per share on revenue of $1.76 billion. Schlumberger Limited. (NYSE: SLB) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $0.26 per share on revenue of $7.02 billion. SunTrust Banks, Inc. (NYSE: STI) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.83 per share on revenue of $2.21 billion. ManpowerGroup Inc. (NYSE: MAN) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $1.11 per share on revenue of $4.68 billion. Kansas City Southern (NYSE: KSU) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $1.15 per share on revenue of $593.82 million. Stanley Black & Decker, Inc. (NYSE: SWK) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $1.19 per share on revenue of $2.74 billion. WABCO Holdings Inc. (NYSE: WBC) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $1.44 per share on revenue of $721.89 million.
  • [By Bryan Murphy]

    Look out ManpowerGroup Inc. (NYSE:MAN). And Robert Half International Inc. (NYSE:RHI)? You may want to look over your shoulder as well. A young-and-hungry staffing solutions competitor named Staffing 360 Solutions Inc (NASDAQ:STAF) is coming on strong, and just proved it again today. Some of its preliminary fiscal Q2 numbers were reported today, and they extend what’s become a long-term growth streak.

    The definition of a roll-up isn’t a hard and fast one, though even the broad brush strokes paint a pretty clear picture. Investopedia defines a roll-up (also known as a “roll up” or a “rollup”) a merger that occurs when investors (often private equity firms) buy up companies in the same market and merge them together. Roll-ups combine multiple small companies into something bigger and better to be able to enjoy economies of scale. Private equity firms use roll-ups to rationalize competition in crowded and/or fragmented markets and to combine companies with complementary capabilities into a full-service business.


    It’s also the kind of strategy Staffing 360 Solutions is executing, with great success. For the fiscal quarter ending in November, Staffing 360 Solutions has pre-reported revenue of $47 million, and a gross profit of $8.1 million. Those figures are up 14% and 8%, respectively, year-over-year.

stock market share prices: Virtusa Corporation(VRTU)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Technology shares gained around 0.85 percent in trading on Friday. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included Virtusa Corporation (NASDAQ: VRTU), and Ceragon Networks Ltd (NASDAQ: CRNT).

stock market share prices: Patriot One Technologies Inc. (PTOTF)


Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Sara Cornell]

    In a move that should resonate well with investors, Patriot One Technologies (OTCQB: PTOTF) (TSX-V: PAT) today announced a reseller agreement with JJB Federal LLC and its specialty sales division UnitedEye Inc. Patriot One Technologies has developed PATSCAN, a first-of-its-kind concealed weapons detection system to combat active shooter threats before they occur. The agreement should help Patriot One distribute and install its concealed weapons detection system in strategic locations much faster and with greater efficiency, ultimately providing enhanced protection to citizens across the globe.

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    When a small cap or microcap stock like Patriot One Technologies (OTCQB: PTOTF) announces a reseller agreement, some investors may not understand what is meant by such agreements for the top and ultimately the bottom line. A reseller would bea company or individual that purchases goods or services with the intention of selling them for a profit rather than consuming or using them with a reseller agreement governing the terms for the deal. There is also something called avalue-added reseller (VAR) agreement which isa legal contract between a manufacturer and a value-added reseller where the resellerpurchases a product from a manufacturer, adds value to that product in some way and then resells the product as its own with the agreement specifying the conditions that must be adhered to throughout that process.

  • [By Robert J. Smith]

    Patriot One Technologies (OTC: PTOTF) technology is unique due to its “cognitive” ability to detect knives, guns and other weapons to assess threats. Each screening instance provides the Patriot One system with smarter and better detection capabilities. The system continually learns and improves with each use.

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    Small cap security stock Patriot One Technologies (OTCQB: PTOTF) has just announced an important reseller licensing agreement and purchase order for an initial sale in the amount of US$500,000 with Mutual Safes International Pty Ltd. of Pretoria, South Africa. Established in 1984, the Mutual Safe Group’s core operation offers an extensive array of premium quality category safes – including UL & SABS rated, deposit and cash management, fire and filing, home, office and gun safes, lockers and truck hoppers. Patriot One Technologies’ CEO had this to say about Mutual Safe Group: “Their customers operate in a high-risk environment every day, and Mutual Safe have become a virtual household name in South Africa as the trusted name in security solutions.”

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    Small cap homeland security and screening stocks like FLIR Systems (NASDAQ: FLIR), OSI Systems (NASDAQ: OSIS),Varex Imaging Corp (NASDAQ: VREX) and Patriot One Technologies (OTCQB: PTOTF) stand to benefit fromTrumps focus on border andinternal security in general. Heres what you need to know about all four:

stock market share prices: Skechers U.S.A., Inc.(SKX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Teresa Rivas]

    Skechers (SKX) is higher on Friday following its fourth-quarter earnings report.


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    Both the companys quarter and guidance were mixed, with higher-than-expected sales, but a downbeat bottom line. The shoe company said that it earned 4 cents a share on revenue that rose 5.8% year over year to $764.3 million. Analysts were expecting a dime per share in earnings on revenue of $726.2 million.

    For the first quarter, the company said it expects to earn between 50 cents and 55 cents a share, below the 66 cents analysts were expecting. However its revenue estimate of $1.05 billion to $1.08 billion was above the $1.05 that analyst are modeling for.


    Wedbushs Christopher Svezia reiterated Neutral rating and $25 price target on the stock, arguing that while hes encouraged by top-line trends, theyre coming at a cost. From his note:

    Shares will likely trade higher (+9% after hours) given the improved revenue outlook and what may have been a low bar on expectations. However, sales growth is not translating into earnings and the inflection continues to move further out, increasing risk should growth not materialize. We are maintaining our NEUTRAL rating and $25 price target or 14x P/E, a 10% discount to historical averages until we see visibility toward an inflection in earnings growth.


    Skechers is up 20% to $27.95 in recent afternoon trading.

  • [By Brian Withers] When the number one company in comfort-casual footwear,Skechers (NYSE:SKX) announced earnings last month, the headlines highlighted the first ever $1 billion quarter for the company. It seems investors weren’t impressed, though, as the stock continues to lag behind the market and has missed a nice run up over the past year.

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    Skechers USA Inc. (NYSE: SKX) was raised to Buy at a firm called Monness Crespi & Hardt, which put a $30 price target on the shares. Theconsensus price objective is$26.13, and the 52-week range is $18.81 to $34.27. The stock closed Thursday at a$24.05.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Skechers USA (SKX) has tumbled 5.4% to$28.35 after getting cut to Negative from Positive at Susquehanna.

    Sonic (SONC) has fallen 1.1% to $23.65 after beating earnings forecasts but missing on sales.

  • [By Matt Hogan]

    Skechers USA Inc (NYSE: SKX) is expected to report earnings on Thursday after the market closes. The footwear company has generally traded lower over the last eight quarters in the face of decelerating revenue growth. The stock had been gaining some momentum in the early part of the year until Susquehanna's Sam Poser downgraded the company to a negative rating on March 29th. Poser warned that domestic wholesale growth would fall short of investor expectations and the stock has since fallen 15 percent.

  • [By Timothy Green]

    Shares of footwear company Skechers (NYSE:SKX) fell 18.6% in 2016, according to data provided byS&P Global Market Intelligence. A slowdown in growth and a string of mixed and negative earnings reports led investors to push down the stock.

stock market share prices: NGL ENERGY PARTNERS LP(NGL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    On Friday, the energy sector proved to be a source of strength for the market. Leading the sector was strength from NGL Energy Partners LP (NYSE: NGL) and Legacy Reserves LP (NASDAQ: LGCY).

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of NGL Energy Partners LP (NYSE: NGL) were down around 24 percent to $16.40. NGL Energy Partners declared a quarterly distribution of $0.39 per unit and revised its fiscal year 2017 and fiscal year 2018 outlook.

stock market share prices: North American Energy Partners, Inc.(NOA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Tuesday, energy shares slipped by 1.36 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Northern Oil & Gas, Inc. (NYSE: NOG), down 9 percent, and North American Energy Partners Inc.(USA) (NYSE: NOA), down 6 percent.

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