Best Cheap Stocks To Watch For 2014
After dipping briefly below $400, Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL ) seemed to have corrected sufficiently to begin a new climb higher. Tuesday’s trading session, however, saw the stock slide by 2.4%, with another 2% coming during Wednesday morning’s session. The catalysts for the fall include reports surrounding a Justice Department investigation and news that Julian Robertson’s Tiger Management has pulled its stake in the iPhone maker. While neither of these events is good news, the dip in the stock suggests that Apple has entered a new era of “any reason to run” instead of “any reason to buy.”
When the company was firing on all cylinders, investors found any excuse imaginable to buy shares and drive the stock price higher. This type of buying helped drive shares above the $700-per-share level last fall. That mentality has changed significantly, it appears, with snags causing the stock to be punished severely for negative news. Looking ahead, shareholders must now balance the apparently cheap price of Apple against arguably more attractive options from Google or Microsoft.
Best Cheap Stocks To Watch For 2014: Solagran Ltd(SLA.AX)
Solagran Limited, a biotechnology company, engages in the research and commercial development of Bioeffectives, as well as patent protection for the extraction and application of Bioeffectives. The Bioeffectives are biologically active galenical substances, which contain a range of biologically active ingredients, such as chlorophyll and its derivatives, vitamins, phytosterols, polyprenols, and other biologically active components. Its products are used in pharmaceuticals, complementary medicines, functional nutrition, and consumer products. Solagran has strategic partnerships with Catalent Australia, Galenopharm, and SibEX. The company was formerly known as Solagran International and changed its name to Solagran Limited in 2003. Solagran Limited was founded in 1995 and is based in Melbourne, Australia.
Best Cheap Stocks To Watch For 2014: United Natural Foods Inc.(UNFI)
United Natural Foods, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, distributes natural, organic, and specialty foods, as well as non-food products in the United States. It carries approximately 60,000 products, consisting of national brand, regional brand, private label, and master distribution products in 6 product categories: grocery and general merchandise, produce, perishables and frozen foods, nutritional supplements, bulk and food service products, and personal care items. The company serves approximately 17,000 customer locations primarily located across the United States, which include independently owned natural products retailers, supernatural chains, conventional supermarkets, and food service centers. Its other distribution channels include international mass market chains and buying clubs. The company also owns and operates natural products retail stores. As of August 1, 2009, it had 13 natural products retail stores located primarily in Florida. In addition, the com pany engages in the international importing, roasting, packaging, and distribution of nuts, seeds, dried fruits, and snack items. It sells these items in bulk in its own packaged snack lines, EXPRESSnacks, Woodfield Farms, and Woodstock Farms, as well as through private label packaging arrangements. The company was founded in 1978 and is headquartered in Providence, Rhode Island.
- [By Sam Collins]
Annie’s fate is intertwined with that of United Natural Foods, the largest distributor of natural, organic and specialty foods in the U.S. and Canada. Approximately 25% of Annie’s revenues are generated from United Natural Foods. Without UNFI’s 28 distribution centers across the U.S. and Canada shipping to more than 23,000 customer locations, Annie’s wouldn’t have grown nearly as fast as it has. United Natural Foods is also the primary wholesale natural grocery distributor to Whole Foods until at least 2020. Whole Foods accounts for 36% of UNFI’s annual revenues; this is a trio that will succeed together. Unfortunately, as a result, every time Whole Foods gets a cold, so too does UNFI. For this reason it’s expanding its customer base with a focus on conventional supermarket customers. In 2011 it began to supply Safeway (NYSE:SFY) with natural, organic and specialty foods, but the distribution of natural and organic products isn’t easy. It’s an i ncredibly fragmented industry with lots of regional and local competition. In fiscal 2012, however, UNFI has generated over $5.2 billion, and in 2013 I see UNFI grabbing increased market share through additional sales to existing customers as well as the acquisition of a regional competitor or two. The healthy eating movement isn’t going away.
New Flyer Industries, Inc. a Canadian Income Fund, operates as an unincorporated open-ended trust in Canada. The fund engages in the manufacture and sale of heavy duty transit buses in the United States and Canada. It uses various propulsion systems, including diesel electric or gasoline electric hybrid systems, compressed natural gas or liquid natural gas systems, and zero emission electric trolleys in heavy duty transit buses. The fund also provides aftermarket parts and services, including parts distribution, field services, support documentation, and training, as well as bus parts. It supplies heavy duty transit buses primarily to municipal and local transit authorities. New Flyer was founded in 1930 and is headquartered in Winnipeg, Canada.
- [By Paul Goodwin]
Second, New Flyer Industries (NFYEF.PK/NFI.TO) stock has been accelerating since January 19th. The unusual action prompted regulators to ask New Flyer to disclose that New Flyer has been in discussions "regarding a potential commercial and strategic relationship." But company CEO Paul Soubry says there are no deals closing, and several analysts agree.
The stock has been incredibly under-priced since last summer. North American transit bus orders have been slow for the past two years, and New Flyer has been reducing its backlog as a result. But the flip side of the slow bus market has been a rapidly aging bus fleet and increasing pressure on transit operators to replace aging buses.
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