In the old days, when something was called “Mickey Mouse,” it meant that it was trivial, petty, or worthless. By the time we’re done with this discussion, you’re going to change your mind about that label. In fact, you’re going to hold your firm out to prospective buyers as a Mickey Mouse organization. And, yes, Walt – bless his soul – would endorse the notion.
According to the US Census Bureau, there are about 350,000 companies that fall into the middle market – that is, companies with annual revenues of $5 million to $500 million. And, estimates say that roughly two-thirds of US economic and employment growth comes from these companies. So, the health and well being of these companies is vitally important to the United States as a whole.
In prior articles, we’ve mentioned that few middle market companies are “ready for sale.” Surveys of middle market owners have found that 70% to 80% believe their companies are not “ready for sale.” A similar percentage is found when talking with management consultants, exit planners, and investment bankers. (If you would like to see how ready your business is for sale and how your firm compares to other companies, you can participate in a survey conducted by The Middle Market Owners Forum. Click here.)
stockwatch: Cellcom Israel Ltd.(CEL)
- [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]
That’s why Cramer said he’ll be listening for news coming from Celgene (CEL) , Amgen (AMGN) , Allergan (AGN) , an Action Alerts PLUS holding, and Regenron (REGN) , all of which are set to present. Of the four, Cramer said he’s sticking with Allergan and Amgen.
stockwatch: Fresh Del Monte Produce, Inc.(FDP)
- [By John Udovich]
Thanksgiving is almost here and aside from featuring a turkey, most Thanksgiving dinners will include items from a range of consumer stocks including Campbell Soup Company (NYSE: CPB), Kraft Heinz Co (NASDAQ: KHC), Fresh Del Monte Produce Inc (NYSE: FDP) and McCormick & Company (NYSE: MKC) along with aThanksgiving turkey from Hormel Foods Corporation (NYSE: HRL)or Seaboard Corporation (NYSEAMEX: SEB). According tothe American Farm Bureau Federation,a classic Thanksgiving dinner will cost$49.87 for a gathering of 10 orjust under $5 per person down from 2015s all-time high of $50.11.
- [By Lee Jackson]
The man at the top of Fresh Del Monte Produce Inc. (NYSE: FDP) wasselling stock last week. Chairman and CEO Mohammad Abu-Ghazaleh shed a block of 50,000 shares at prices that ranged from $57.85 to $58.46 apiece. The total was listed at $2.9 million. The stock ended the weekat $58.31, in a 52-week range of $41.70 to $66.86. The consensus price target is $70.30.
stockwatch: USANA Health Sciences Inc.(USNA)
- [By Peter Graham]
A long term performance chart shows Herbalife Ltdand small capNu Skin Enterprises, Inc (NYSE: NUS)above break even and giving a similar performance whilesmall cap direct seller USANA Health Sciences, Inc (NYSE: USNA) had been a strong outperformer, but has been moving sideways or range bound for the past two years:
- [By Lisa Levin]
In trading on Wednesday, non-cyclical consumer goods & services shares slipped by 0.33 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Dr Pepper Snapple Group Inc. (NYSE: DPS), down 6 percent, and USANA Health Sciences, Inc. (NYSE: USNA), down 5 percent.
- [By Peter Graham]
A long term performance chart shows Herbalife Ltdand small capNu Skin Enterprises, Inc (NYSE: NUS) back in positive territory whilesmall cap direct seller USANA Health Sciences, Inc (NYSE: USNA) had been a strong outperformer:
- [By Peter Graham]
A long term performance chart shows Herbalife Ltdand small capNu Skin Enterprises, Inc (NYSE: NUS) basically break even for long term investors whilesmall cap direct seller USANA Health Sciences, Inc (NYSE: USNA) had been a strong outperformer but has been moving sideways more recently:
- [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 Elizabeth Loring]
Last week Patriot One Technologies (OTCQB: PTOTF) (TSX VENTURE: PAT), the Toronto, Ontario based company that aims to limit the spread of active violence through superior detection technology by instantly identifying concealed weapons, even on moving targets. announced the appointment of Mr. John Gillies as a member of it’s Board of Directors.
- [By Sara Cornell]
With a growing need for global security both on the national defense front as well as in the cyber security arena, Patriot One Technologies Inc., (TSX.V: PAT) (OTCQB: PTOTF) is taking advantage of increasing security demands by entering into an agreement with a strategic industry partner in order to significantly broaden its product and commercialization offerings.
stockwatch: ResMed Inc.(RMD)
- [By STOCKPICKR]
Medical equipment maker ResMed (RMD) is another name that’s starting to look “toppy” after a bullish start to the year. RMD has more or less kept pace with the S&P 500 in 2014, climbing just over 11% from January to today — but shares started forming a long-term triple-top over the summer, and that setup is getting close to completion this fall.
It’s worth noting that long-term price setups come with equally long term trading implications when they trigger.
The triple-top that RMD is showing is a fairly rare pattern, but the trigger is pretty perfunctory: if shares break down below support at $48, then sellers are in control, and it’s time to unload them. Downside isn’t a foregone conclusion in ResMed, but this setup only gets invalidated if shares can close above their prior highs at $54.