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The American alcohol market has shown impressive growth rates, especially over other countries where drinking beer and spirits is engraved in its culture, Berenberg’s Javier Gonzalez Lastra and Matt Reid commented in a research report. For example, alcoholic consumption in the U.S. rose by 15 percent from 2005 through 2015 while Germany, France and the U.K. saw a 7 percent, 4 percent and 6 percent decline, respectively.
While many brands that operate in the States took advantage of the decade-long period of strong growth, this is likely to change, the analysts commented. A slowdown in alcohol consumption is now projected as many millennials are becoming more health conscious and the Generation Z demographic group, which enters the legal drinking age is “less prone” to alcoholic consumption.
what is investment: Nucor Corporation(NUE)
- [By Ben Levisohn]
But U.S. Steel is getting killed, as are AK Steel (AKS), Steel Dynamics (STLD) and Nucor (NUE). Can we chalk it up to Paul Ryan’s comments that tax reform could take longer than health care reform, which also seems to be tanking the overall market?
- [By Ben Levisohn]
There’s been a lot of talk that the revival of the Keystone XL pipeline–and the possibility of other pipelines as well–could boost the shares of steel makers like U.S. Steel (X), AK Steel (AKS), Nucor (NUE) and Steel Dynamics (STLD). Axiom Capital’s Gordon Johnson disagrees:
- [By Jason Hall, Brian Stoffel, and Brian Feroldi]
With that idea in mind, we asked three of our top contributors to write about a stock they see as being a bargain today, and they gave us mortgage industry software lynchpinEllie Mae Inc(NYSE:ELLI), real estate holding companyStore Capital Corp(NYSE:STOR), and steelmaker extraordinaireNucor Corporation(NYSE:NUE).
what is investment: Navidea Biopharmaceuticals, Inc.(NAVB)
- [By Monica Gerson]
Navidea Biopharmaceuticals Inc (NYSE: NAVB) shares rose 8.80 percent to $0.950 in pre-market trading as the company reported an unsolicited offer to refinance CRG loan.
what is investment: National Grid Transco, PLC(NGG)
- [By Tyler Crowe, Dan Caplinger, and Neha Chamaria]
We asked three of our contributors to highlight a stock they see as a dividend stock to buy in February. They responded with automaker Ford Motors (NYSE:F), oil and gas logistics company Enterprise Products Partners (NYSE:EPD), and electricity transmission specialist National Grid (NYSE:NGG). Here’s a quick run-down as to why investors should take a look at these high-yield stocks.
- [By Travis Hoium]
National Grid (NYSE:NGG) came out with some interesting information last week, saying 2.4 GW of distributed solar was added in the U.K. between February 2016 and February 2017 and another 1.5 GW is expected in the next year. The U.K. isn’t exactly a hotbed for solar activity, but it’s growing as an important market.
- [By Lisa Levin]
Tuesday afternoon, the utilities sector proved to be a source of strength for the market. Leading the sector was strength from National Grid plc (ADR) (NYSE: NGG) and Dominion Resources, Inc. (NYSE: D).
- [By WWW.MONEYSHOW.COM]
Among utilities, National Grid (NGG) is my best pick for 2017, as it’s an almost perfect hedge against uncertainty. It’s insulated from changes in government interest rates. It can be both an inflation hedge and a play on a strong dollar.
what is investment: Travelzoo Inc.(TZOO)
- [By Casey Wilson]
Year to date, the company’s stock price has fallen over 42%. Meanwhile, its competitors’ share prices have increased during the same period. The Travelzoo Inc. (Nasdaq: TZOO) share price has gained 41% YTD, and Priceline Group Inc. (Nasdaq: PCLN) has gained over 19%.
what is investment: Investment Technology Group, Inc.(ITG)
- [By Jon C. Ogg]
Investment Technology Group Inc. (NYSE: ITG) was downgraded to Market Perform from outperform by KeefeBruyette & Woods.
Liquidity Services Inc. (NASDAQ: LQDT) was raised to Buy from Underperform, and the price target was raised up to $45 from $28.50, at Merrill Lynch.
what is investment: Intelligent Content Enterprises Inc. (ICEIF)
- [By Bryan Murphy]
In hindsight, June’s news from Intelligent Content Enterprises Inc. (OTCMKTS:ICEIF) should come as no surprise. In May the organization announced it was buying Catch Star Studios LLC for the purpose of creating its own sports-related television shows that would be aired by broadcast as well as online. Now it’s begun creating that television content, following in the footsteps of much bigger original-content creators such as Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) and Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ:NFLX).
What might comes as a surprise to existing and potential ICEIF shareholders, however, is how big highly-focused original television programming is now that the lines between the internet and cable television have not only been crossed, but erased.
May wasn’t just a pivotal month for Intelligent Content Enterprises because it’s when the acquisition of Catch Star Studios was put into motion. May was also the month Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) reported some stunning results of a new study about digital video-viewing habits and preferences. The key findings? Regular viewers of original digital video programming in the U.S. have grown from 45 million in 2013 to 63 million, and the advertisements displayed via a digital broadcast of such programming are liked and remembered by far more viewers than they are when part of a conventional cable television broadcast.
Said another way as far as advertisers are concerned, the world wide web is the new cable television. That’s not to say cable television has become irrelevant. Savvy content makers are now doing both, while also making a point of creating their own customized content now that the fight for viewers has gotten brutal.
Take Netflix as an example. It has a pair of smash hits with its self-produced ‘Orange is the New Black’ and ‘House of Cards.’ Amazon.com is getting into the game too, with its ‘Mozart in the Jungle’ recently being awarded two Golden Globes.
This same paradigm shift h
- [By James E. Brumley]
In May of this year, at the annual Collision Conference, advertising and media executives of the world’s biggest traffic-oriented (and ad-supported) websites asked themselves a crucial question: How do we save online advertising from itself?
The question itself is a reflection of the new reality of the internet…. it’s become so big, so full, so cross-border, so competitive, and so promotional that it’s become an unwieldy mess. Twenty years ago, click-through rates were greater than 40%. Now they’re a mere 0.6%, as consumers (1) are saturated by marketing messages, and (2) have largely learned that ads don’t lead them to a product or service they care about. Digital advertising simply isn’t what it used to be.
While the answer to the question “how can digital advertising be saved?” is a complex one, a company called Intelligent Content Enterprises Inc. (OTCMKTS:ICEIF) addresses at least one aspect of the question, by doing what the web’s capitalists have failed to figure out how to do well. What’s that? ICEIF understands that an ad has to be relevant to a user no matter where that user is, and that to see an ad at all, a user has to be able to read the web’s content in his or her native language.
Intelligent Content Enterprises, through its Digital Widget Factory website www.digiwidgy.com, has tackled the aforementioned issue head-on, creating a rich website with a built-in translation tool which displays advertisements and offers unique to that reader’s location, and delivers that marketing message in his or her native language.
It may sound like a lot of work at first glance. But, it’s worth it.
Digital industry research outfit Common Sense Advisory reports that of the more than 3 billion internet users worldwide, approximately 73% — 2.2 Billion people — are browsing the web in a language other than English. That’s quite a disparity from the fact that more than 50% of the content on the web is na
- [By Bryan Murphy]
If there was any doubt that the future of video as a digital medium was here to stay, Twitter Inc (NYSE:TWTR) just wiped that doubt away. It’s going to open up its video-sharing platform to anyone — not just vetted creators with huge followings — and split ad revenue with them. In so doing, it now offers a similar deal (though a more generous deal) that Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) and YouTube also offers video creators.
It’s just a microcosm of the shape of things to come… or the shape of things as they already are. Last year was the first year internet users spent more time watching videos online than they did engaged in social media, averaging more one hour and sixteen minutes of video viewing per day.
Perhaps more important, the amount of ad revenue the likes of Facebook, and now Twitter, generate via online video is small, but growing very fast. The total ad spend allocated for digital video has jumped from 2.4% in 2013 to 4.4% today, and that’s expected to double again in two years.
Yet, for as much revenue as online video can drive and as big as it’s gotten, the ad-display technology remains alarmingly inelegant, even or veteran players like YouTube and Facebook. This clunky display of ads — and Twitter will likely keep it clunky, at least initially — increasingly makes a company called Intelligent Content Enterprises Inc (OTCMKTS:ICEIF) not just well-positioned, but a potential acquisition target.
Intelligent Content Enterprises has developed a tool called Clix Video(tm), which the company described as a way to enable “digital and mobile viewers to instantaneously connect to web and mobile sites by clicking on custom interactive tags within the video broadcasts to make social media connections, to review extra and exclusive content and make online and mobile purchases directly via the video broadcast providing a richer, deeper consumer experience related to the video content. “
In English, it just means Clix Vide