10 Best Stocks To Invest In 2014
Marten Transport (Nasdaq: MRTN ) reported earnings on July 16. Here are the numbers you need to know.
The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended June 30 (Q2), Marten Transport missed estimates on revenues and missed estimates on earnings per share.
Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue grew slightly. GAAP earnings per share was unchanged.
Gross margins grew, operating margins contracted, net margins shrank.
Marten Transport logged revenue of $161.4 million. The five analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ predicted sales of $167.6 million on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were the same as the prior-year quarter’s.
Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Dollar amounts in millions. Non-GAAP figures may vary to maintain comparability with estimates.
10 Best Stocks To Invest In 2014: Union Bankshares Inc.(UNB)
Union Bankshares, Inc. operates as the bank holding company for Union Bank, which provides commercial and retail banking services in northern Vermont and northwestern New Hampshire. Its deposit products include personal and business checking, NOW, savings, money market, individual retirement/SEP/KEOGH, and health savings accounts, as well as certificates of deposit. The company?s retail loan portfolio consists primarily of residential mortgage loans, construction loans, home equity loans or lines of credit, traditional installment loans, and personal lines of credit; commercial loan portfolio comprises term loans, lines of credit, commercial construction loans, commercial and multi-family real estate loans, loans for plant and equipment, working capital, real estate renovation, and other business purposes; and municipal loan portfolio includes term loans and construction financing, as well as SBA guaranteed and home improvement loans, and overdraft checking privileges. It also offers online cash management services, including account reconciliation, credit card depository, automated clearing house origination, wire transfers, and night depository; and other services, such as standby letters of credit, travelers or bank checks, and safe deposit boxes. In addition, the company provides merchant credit card, automated teller machine (ATM), telephone and Internet banking, and trust and asset management services, as well as debit and ATM cards. Union Bankshares, Inc. offers its retail banking services to individuals; and commercial banking services to small and medium-sized corporations, partnerships, sole proprietorships, nonprofit organizations, local municipalities, and school districts. As of July 20, 2011, it operated 13 banking offices, a loan center, and 29 ATM facilities in Vermont; and 4 branches and ATM facilities in New Hampshire. The company was founded in 1891 and is headquartered in Morrisville, Vermont.
10 Best Stocks To Invest In 2014: Geologix Explorations Inc. (GIX.TO)
Geologix Explorations Inc., a mineral exploration company, through its subsidiaries, engages in acquiring, exploring, and developing mineral properties located in the United States, Peru, and Mexico. The company primarily explores for gold, silver, copper, molybdenum, lead, and zinc properties. It primarily focuses on the Tepal gold-copper porphyry project consisting of 7 contiguous concessions totaling 17,243.2 hectares located in Michoacan State, Mexico. The company also has interests in other mineral properties in Mexico, Peru, and Nevada. Geologix Explorations Inc. was founded in 1996 and is headquartered in Vancouver, Canada.
Top Stocks To Watch For 2014: Farmworks Australia Limited(FWA.AX)
Farmworks Australia Limited, together with its subsidiaries, provides rural merchandise and services to agricultural industry in Australia. It supplies farm inputs, farm chemicals, seeds, fertilizers, and general merchandise, as well as animal health and nutrition, fencing, crop nutrition, and water equipment input requirements to farmers through its network of branches and agents. The company also provides agronomy and technical services; and transaction services, including insurance and finance products. In addition, it supplies provides crop protection products to broadacre and horticultural markets through independent retailers and serviced providers. The company was formerly known as ETT Limited. Farmworks Australia Limited is headquartered in Osborne Park, Australia.
10 Best Stocks To Invest In 2014: Grand Banks Yachts Limited (G50.SI)
Grand Banks Yachts Limited, an investment holding company, engages in the manufacture and sale of luxury yachts primarily in the United States, Europe, and Australia. It is also involved in the sale of new and previously-owned yachts directly to retail customers. The company offers its yachts under the Heritage, Eastbay, and Aleutian names. Grand Banks Yachts Limited was founded in 1956 and is based in Singapore.
10 Best Stocks To Invest In 2014: Hermes Financial Inc(HFI.V)
Hermes Financial Inc. engages in the exploration, development, and production of oil and gas properties in Canada. It holds interests in various oil and gas wells located in the Valhalla, Bellshill Lake, and Sullivan Lake areas of Alberta, Canada. The company was incorporated in 2006 and is based in Canmore, Canada.
10 Best Stocks To Invest In 2014: News Corporation(NWS)
News Corporation operates as a diversified media company worldwide. Its Cable Network Programming segment produces and licenses news, business news, sports, general entertainment, and movie programming for distribution through cable television systems and direct broadcast satellite operators primarily in the United States, Latin America, Europe, and Asia. The company?s Filmed Entertainment segment produces and acquires live-action and animated motion pictures for distribution and licensing in entertainment media, as well as produces and licenses television programming worldwide. Its Television segment operates 27 broadcast television stations in the United States. The company?s Direct Broadcast Satellite Television segment distributes programming services via satellite and broadband directly to subscribers in Italy. Its Publishing segment provides newspapers and information services, such as publishing national newspapers in the United Kingdom, approximately 146 newspape r s in Australia, and a metropolitan and a national newspaper in the United States; book publishing services, including the publishing of English language books worldwide; and integrated marketing services comprising the publishing of free-standing inserts, which are marketing booklets containing coupons, rebates, and other consumer offers, as well as provides in-store marketing products and services, primarily to consumer packaged goods manufacturers in the United States and Canada. The company also sells advertising, sponsorships, and subscription services on the company?s various digital media properties and outdoor advertising space on various media primarily in Russia and eastern Europe; and provides data systems and professional services that enable teachers to use data to assess student progress and deliver individualized instructions. News Corporation was founded in 1922 and is headquartered in New York, New York.
- [By Andrew]
I know I said best 10 stocks but I just thought of another one and I couldn’t resist. NewsCorp is making a lot of very smart moves to cater to the new generation of TV watchers. Their shows on the FX network are outstanding and they just signed a massive deal with the UFC. They pay a small dividend of 1.1%, but still better than nothing. If you look at what they are doing and who they are targeting, you’ll see that it is all very sensible and forward thinking. It’s not just Fox News. There is a lot to the company and a lot of smart people pulling strings there. Expect the UFC ratings to move the stock price as well as extremel y solid TV ratings in 2012 for the FX network.
10 Best Stocks To Invest In 2014: Home Bancorp Inc.(HBCP)
Home Bancorp, Inc. operates as the holding company for Home Bank that provides various banking services in Louisiana. The company offers various deposit products, including interest-bearing and noninterest-bearing checking, money market, savings, and negotiable order of withdrawal accounts; and demand deposit and certificates of deposit. It also provides various loan products, such as single-family residential first mortgage loans, commercial real estate mortgage loans, commercial loans, home equity loans and lines of credit, construction and land loans, and other loans. In addition, the company offers online banking, bank cards, and ATM services. As of December 31, 2010, it had 18 full-service banking offices in the Greater Lafayette, Baton Rouge, and Northshore regions of south Louisiana. The company was founded in 1908 and is headquartered in Lafayette, Louisiana.
10 Best Stocks To Invest In 2014: Tim Hortons Inc.(THI)
Tim Hortons Inc. develops, franchises, and operates quick service restaurants primarily in Canada and the United States. Its restaurants serve coffee and other hot and cold beverages, baked goods, sandwiches, soups, and other food products. As of April 03, 2011, the company and its restaurant owners operated 3,169 restaurants in Canada and 613 restaurants in the United States under the Tim Hortons name; and had 274 primarily self-serve licensed locations in the Republic of Ireland and the United Kingdom Tim Hortons Inc. was founded in 1964 and is based in Oakville, Canada.
10 Best Stocks To Invest In 2014: Chimes Comms(CHW.L)
Chime Communications plc, through its subsidiaries, provides public relations, advertising, sports marketing, market research, direct marketing, and design and event management consultancy services. The company offers public relation services, such as political, consumer, and healthcare public relation services; and corporate and social responsibility consultancy services to governments, government departments, pharmaceutical and healthcare companies, charities, not-for-profit organizations, professional service firms, and consumer brands. It also provides advertising and marketing services, including direct marketing, digital communication, search relations, point of sale, sales promotion, and specialist media planning and buying services, as well as specializes in the markets of financial services. In addition, the company offers athlete management, sports marketing, sports consultancy, and sports marketing consultancy services. Further, it provides research consultancy, professional accounting, event management, property marketing, search engine marketing, event management, and market research services, as well as engages in financial services advertising and marketing activities. It operates primarily in the United Kingdom, rest of Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and the United States. The company was founded in 1989 and is based in London, the United Kingdom.
10 Best Stocks To Invest In 2014: TriMas Corporation(TRS)
TriMas Corporation designs, manufactures, and distributes various products for commercial, industrial, and consumer markets worldwide. Its Packaging segment offers steel and plastic closure caps, drum enclosures, rings and levers, and specialty plastic closures, as well as dispensing systems, such as pumps and specialty sprayers to store, transport, process, and dispense various products for industrial, agricultural, food, beverage, personal care, pharmaceutical, nutraceutical, and medical markets. The company?s Energy segment provides metallic and non metallic gaskets; and various types of stud bolts, industrial fasteners, and specialty products for petroleum refining, petrochemical, oil field, and industrial markets. Its Aerospace and Defense segment offers aerospace fasteners and military munitions components to serve aircraft and weapons platforms in the aerospace and defense industries. The company?s Engineered Components segment provides natural gas engines and par t s, compressors, gas production equipment, and chemical pumps engineered for well sites for the oil and gas industry; and high-pressure and low-pressure cylinders for the transportation, storage, and dispensing of compressed gases. Its Cequent Asia Pacific and Cequent North America segments offer custom-engineered towing, trailering, and electrical products, including trailer couplers, winches, jacks, trailer brakes and brake control solutions, lighting accessories, and roof racks for recreational vehicle, agricultural/utility, marine, automotive, and commercial trailer markets; and functional vehicle accessories and cargo management solutions comprising vehicle hitches and receivers, sway controls, weight distribution and fifth-wheel hitches, hitch-mounted accessories, and other accessory components. The company sells its products through direct sales force, third‑party agents, distributors, licensees, and independent sales representatives. TriMas Corporation is based in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.
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