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Apple Inc. (AAPL) Offers 2% Dividend Yield as Growth Continues

September 02, 2014

John Fattibene, Director of Financial Planning at Harvest Financial Partners, says Apple Inc. (AAPL) is a stock that exemplifies his firm’s investment philosophy of investing in high-quality companies that offer dividends. “[Apple] is a stock that has over a 2% yield; it’s under 14 times forward earnings, and it has a ton of cash on its balance sheet. As of the latest quarter, they had net cash, cash minus debt, of over $130 billion or roughly $22 per share. If we adjust the p/e for that cash, we’re closer to 10 to 10.5 times forward earnings, an extraordinarily cheap multiple for stock that is still growing pretty well,” Fattibene said...
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McDonald’s Corporation (MCD) Expected to Grow Dividend and Return Up to $20 Billion to Shareholders

September 02, 2014

Chief Investment Officer Jim Wright of Harvest Financial Partners expects McDonald’s Corporation (MCD) to grow its dividend, expand its store base and return a significant amount of money to shareholders in the next few years. “That stock right now has a 3.5% yield, which they’ve grown at a midteens rate over the last five years. That dividend growth has been even faster than that over the last 10 years. We expect the company to probably grow its dividend in the high single digits,” Wright said. FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THIS INTERVIEW CLICK HERE. While McDonald’s has seen a slowdown in same store sales in the U.S., Wright says the big opportunity is in international markets...
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American States Water Co (AWR) Preparing for Continued California Drought

August 27, 2014

American States Water Co (AWR) CEO Robert Sprowls says the company has a plan in place to deal with continued drought conditions in California. Sprowls says 35% of the company’s water supply is purchased from member agencies of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, and about 65% comes from the company’s own groundwater basins. “Reduced precipitation in California has resulted in reduced recharge to groundwater basins, and water levels in several of the basins — especially the smaller basins — are dropping,” Sprowls says. “We have been in pretty good shape so far, but we will start to have more significant issues if we don’t get more precipitation this upcoming winter...
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Laclede Group Inc (LG) Transforming Via Acquisitions

August 25, 2014

Edwards Jones Analyst Andy Smith recently upgraded Laclede Group Inc (LG) from a “hold” to a “buy.” He says his improved view on the stock is in part driven by the company’s recent acquisitions under the leadership of CEO Suzanne Sitherwood. “She really made it known that the company was going to grow through acquisition as well as some other ways, but they really followed through on it, and they bought a company within Missouri last year called MGE,” Smith says. “Then more recently they bought Alabama Gas Company from Energen (EGN). The MGE acquisition essentially doubled the size of Laclede, and then Alabama Gas Company increased the customer base by another 400,000-plus customers...
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Ballard Power Systems Inc. (USA) (BLDP) Targets Telecom

August 25, 2014

Tony Guglielmin, CFO of Ballard Power Systems Inc. (USA) (BLDP), says the company’s biggest growth opportunity this year and going forward is in telecom. He says the telecom industry is focused on backup power, creating an opportunity for Ballard’s 2- and 5-kilowatt systems. “We are looking for growth in the 30%-plus range this year,” Guglielmin says. “We are making significant progress in this area and really globally in Indonesia, China, a variety of other markets, South Africa, and more recently, we are starting to see some progress in the United States as well. So telecom backup power is certainly a key part of our business, representing about 30% of our revenue...
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PG&E Corporation (PCG) Poised to Rejoin Investable Universe

August 22, 2014

Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. Analyst Hugh Wynne says PG&E Corporation (PCG) could soon become more attractive to investors. He says the company has become “exceedingly unpopular” among investors because of the uncertainty surrounding the penalty for the San Bruno gas pipeline explosion. “When you look at the shareholder base, it’s a much smaller group of institutions than the group that owns Edison International,” Wynne says. “I think once that fine is levied by the commission and the company issues stock to offset it, the company’s shares will become attractive to a much wider group of investors.” FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THIS INTERVIEW CLICK HERE...
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Unveiling of Model X Likely a Catalyst for Tesla Motors Inc (TSLA)

August 20, 2014

Robert W. Baird Analyst Ben Kallo says Tesla Motors Inc (TSLA) is expected to unveil its Model X in the final production format in September or October. Kallo expects the release to be a catalyst for Tesla’s stock. “We’ll start getting reviews around the car, which after couple of delays we expect that Tesla has made significant improvements to the vehicle, and we expect the car to receive, from what we can tell now, similar type of reviews to what the Model S did when they came out, which sets up nicely for lots of positive headlines in the news and gets people thinking that the Tesla is not just a one-trick pony, and we’ll start seeing customer delivery sometime next year, probably early Q2,” Kallo said...
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Roy Burton, CEO for Dialight Plc (LON:DIA), Presents at Canaccord Genuity Global Growth Conference

August 19, 2014

Roy Burton, CEO for Dialight Plc (LON:DIA), highlighted key drivers that continue to improve company revenues at the 34th annual Canaccord Genuity Global Growth Conference. Of the four primary business groups —components, transportation, signals and lighting — Burton told investors revenue from signals was up by 20%, and lighting now represents 61% of continuing revenue for the first half of 2014. Lighting is the key growth driver, Burton said, showing an increase in revenues of GBP 43 million, or 46% in the first half of this year over 2013. This has resulted in a basic EPS of 10.5 pence, compared against 12.8 pence for 2013. FOR THE LATEST TWST ALTERNATIVE ENERGY AND UTILITIES REPORT CLICK HERE...
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Francois Nader, President and CEO of NPS Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NPSP), Presents at Canaccord Genuity Growth Conference

August 19, 2014

Dr. Francois Nader, President and CEO of NPS Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NPSP), presented financial projections and plans to increase shareholder value at the 34th Annual Canaccord Genuity Global Growth Conference on Thursday. Nader forecasted strong financial results from last year’s launch of Gattex/Revestive in second quarter 2013, which continues to deliver significant growth, with year-over-year 2014 growth on track for 200%-plus. This translates to guided gross sales projected between $100 and $110 million by 4Q2014, Nader said. Nader also announced that the company will expand into its first international market when it begins promoting Gattex/Revestive in the U...
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Dr. Daniel Gold, President and CEO of MEI Pharma Inc (MEIP), Presents at Canaccord Genuity Growth Conference

August 19, 2014

Dr. Daniel Gold, President & CEO of MEI Pharma Inc (MEIP), updated investors on the status of research involving the company’s three wholly owned drug candidates: Pracinostat, ME-344 and PWT143. All are focused on treating patients with acute myeloid leukemia, myelodysplastic syndrome, or bone marrow cancer, and small cell lung and ovarian cancer respectively, Gold said. Gold reported that Pracinostat continues to show great promise. The drug is in three trials as part of its Phase II study, he said, measuring single agent and multi-combination responses, as well as responses in older patients who are unable to manage the rigors of chemotherapy...
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Jim Corbett, President and CEO of Alphatec Holdings Inc. (ATEC), Presents at Canaccord Growth Conference

August 18, 2014

Jim Corbett, President and CEO of Alphatec Holdings Inc. (ATEC), announced a new product release at the Canaccord Genuity 34th Annual Growth Conference at the Intercontinental Hotel in Boston. Alphatec Spine, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Alphatec Holdings, Inc., is a global provider of spinal fusion technologies. The company is the sixth largest global spine company, with 80 U.S. patents. The company and its affiliates market products in the U.S. and internationally via a direct sales force and independent distributors, he said. FOR THE LATEST TWST MEDICAL DEVICES REPORT, CLICK HERE. Corbett introduced Arsenal, a new spinal fixation system providing a solution for complex degenerative conditions...
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Mike Herring, CFO of Pandora Media Inc. (P), Presents at Canaccord Genuity Growth Conference in Boston

August 18, 2014

Mike Herring, CFO of Pandora Media Inc. (P), said new management hires would strengthen the company’s strategies going forward. He was speaking at the Canaccord Genuity 34th Annual Growth Conference at the Intercontinental Hotel in Boston, Massachusetts. Pandora (P) is a streaming service that provides music and comedy programming through Internet connected devices. The company offers personalized stations with the input of a single “seed” – a favorite artist, song or genre from the company’s more than one million available tracks. The company has over 70 million active listeners, Herring said, while 250 million have registered accounts...
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Steve Skaggs, SVP and CFO, Amtel Corporation (ATML), Presents at Canaccord Genuity Growth Conference in Boston

August 18, 2014

Steve Skaggs, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Atmel Corporation (ATML), announced that the company has shifted to a multiyear strategy to focus on the microcontroller market. He was speaking at the Canaccord Genuity 34th Annual Growth Conference at the Intercontinental Hotel in Boston. Atmel is a designer and manufacturer of microcontrollers, capacitive touch solutions, advanced logic, mixed-signal, nonvolatile memory and radio frequency components. Atmel is involved providing system solutions in the industrial, consumer, communications, computing and automotive markets. FOR THE LATEST TWST SEMICONDUCTORS REPORT, CLICK HERE...
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Ian Clements, Head of IR at Avanir Pharmaceuticals Inc. (AVNR) Presents at Canaccord Growth Conference

August 18, 2014

Ian Clements, the Head of Investor Relations and Corporate Communications at Avanir Pharmaceuticals Inc. (AVNR), said the company is anticipating year-over-year growth of 45% in revenue. He was speaking at the Canaccord Genuity 34th Annual Growth Conference at the Intercontinental Hotel in Boston, Massachusetts. Avanir Pharmaceuticals Inc. is a biopharmaceutical company focused on acquiring, developing and commercializing therapeutic products for the treatment of central nervous system disorders. Its key approved product is Nuedexta, the first FDA-approved treatment for pseudobulbar affect (PBA), acting on sigma-1 and NMDA receptors in the brain and spinal cord...
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Yves J. Ribeill, President and CEO, Scynexis, Inc. (SCYX), Presents at Canaccord Genuity Growth Conference

August 18, 2014

Yves J. Ribeill, Ph.D, President and Chief Executive Officer of Scynexis, Inc. (SCYX), announced that its SCY-078 is in Phase II at Canaccord Genuity’s 34th Annual Growth Conference at the Intercontinental Hotel in Boston, Massachusetts. Scynexis is a pharmaceutical company aimed at the development and commercialization of anti-infectives to address significant unmet therapeutic needs. Its lead product candidate, SCY-078, is an oral and intravenous (IV) drug for the treatment of serious and life-threatening invasive fungal infections in humans. The company also is targeting the animal health market. FOR THE LATEST TWST BIOTECHNOLOGY REPORT, CLICK HERE...
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