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Top Small Cap Stocks To Buy Right Now

Stocks…after the Federal Reserve left interest rates unchanged but said the risks to the U.S. economy had “diminished.”

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The S&P 500 is little changed at 2,168.68, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average has risen 35.50 points, or 0.2%, to 18,509.25. The Nasdaq Composite has gained 0.5% to 5,137.26.

The Fed’s inability to change is getting to Hilltop Securities’ Mark Grant, who summarizes the Fed statement thusly:

RISKS HAVE DIMINISHED. STILL, WE ARE GOING TO DO NOTHING, ABSOLUTELY NOTHING. SEPTEMBER IS WAY TOO CLOSE TO THE ELECTIONS. A FURTHER BOUT OF NOTHING. DECEMBER IS RIGHT AFTER THE ELECTIONS. MORE NOTHING. SO, TO QUOTE THE BARD, “MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING!” AT THE SAME TIME THE JAPANESE CENTRAL BANK AND THE ECB ARE DOING SOMETHING AND INTEND TO DO MORE OF IT. THERE YOU HAVE IT!

Top Small Cap Stocks To Buy Right Now: Activision Blizzard, Inc(ATVI)

 

Activision Blizzard, Inc. develops and publishes online, personal computer (PC), video game console, handheld, mobile, and tablet games worldwide. The company develops and publishes interactive entertainment software products through retail channels or digital downloads; and downloadable content to a range of gamers. It also publishes online subscription-based games in the massively multiplayer online role-playing game category; and real-time strategy and role-playing games. In addition, the company maintains a proprietary online-game related service, Battle.net that facilitates the creation of user generated content, digital distribution, and online social connectivity in its games. Further, it provides warehousing, logistical, and sales distribution services to third-party publishers of interactive entertainment software; and manufacturers of interactive entertainment hardware products. The company serves retailers and distr ibutors, including mass-market retailers, consumer electronics stores, discount warehouses, game specialty stores, and consumers through third-party distribution, licensing arrangements, and direct digital purchases. Activision Blizzard, Inc. is headquartered in Santa Monica, California.

Advisors’ Opinion:

Top Small Cap Stocks To Buy Right Now: Gap, Inc. (The)(GPS)

 

The Gap, Inc. operates as an apparel retail company worldwide. It offers apparel, accessories, and personal care products for men, women, and children under the Gap, Banana Republic, Old Navy, Athleta, and Intermix brands. The company provides apparel, eyewear, jewelry, shoes, handbags, and fragrances; and performance and lifestyle apparel for use in yoga, strength training, and running, as well as seasonal sports, including skiing and tennis. The Gap, Inc. offers its products through company-operated stores, franchise stores, Websites, e-commerce and social media sites, and catalogs. The company has franchise agreements with unaffiliated franchisees to operate Gap, Banana Republic, and Old Navy stores in Asia, Australia, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, and Africa. As of January 30, 2016, it operated, 3,721 company-operated and franchise store locations. The company was founded in 1969 and is headquartered in San Franc isco, California.

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Best Stocks To Own For 2016: Deutsche Bank AG(DB)

Deutsche Bank Aktiengesellschaft provides investment, financial, and related products and services. The company?s Corporate and Investment Bank division engages in the origination, sale, structuring, and trading of bonds, equities and equity-linked products, exchange-traded and over-the-counter derivatives, foreign exchange, money market instruments, securitized instruments, and commodities to sovereign countries and multinational organizations; and medium-sized companies and multinational corporations. It also offers mergers and acquisitions advisory, corporate finance, and transaction banking, as well as trade finance, cash management, and trust and securities services for financial institutions and other companies. The company?s Private Clients and Asset Management division provides mutual funds and alternative investment products; manages real estate and infrastructure investments and private equity funds; offers advisory and portfolio management services to insurance companies; and provides investment solutions to institutional customers, high net worth individuals, and families. This division also offers a range of banking products and services, including current accounts, deposits and loans, and investment management and pension products to private and self-employed individuals, and small to medium-sized businesses. Its Corporate Investments division?s principal investment activities comprise private equity and venture capital investments, corporate real estate investments, a minority stake in Deutsche Postbank AG, credit exposures, and other non-strategic investments. As of December 31, 2010, the company operated 3,083 branches in approximately 74 countries worldwide, including 2,087 in Germany. Deutsche Bank Aktiengesellschaft was founded in 1870 and is headquartered in Frankfurt am Main, Germany.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Rupert Hargreaves]

    Even so, thanks to its checkered past, many companies such as Visa (NYSE: V  ) andMasterCard (NYSE: MA  ) have been late to the party.However, astute companies, such asDeutsche Bank (NYSE: DB  ) have been active in the market since the mid 1970s.

Top Small Cap Stocks To Buy Right Now: TD Ameritrade Holding Corporation(AMTD)

 

TD Ameritrade Holding Corporation provides securities brokerage services and related technology-based financial services to retail investors, traders, and independent registered investment advisors (RIAs) in the United States. Its products and services include tdameritrade.com Web Platform for self-directed retail investors; Trade Architect, a Web-based platform that enables active investors and traders identify opportunities and stay informed; thinkorswim, a desktop platform for traders; and TD Ameritrade Mobile, which allows on-the-go investors and traders to trade and monitor accounts from Web-enabled mobile devices. The company also offers TD Ameritrade Institutional that provides brokerage and custody services to approximately 5,000 independent RIAs and their clients; TD Ameritrade Apex, which offers various services to retail clients; Investools, a suite of investor education products and services for stock, option, fore ign exchange, futures, mutual fund, and fixed-income investors; Amerivest, an advisory service that develops portfolios of exchange-traded funds (ETFs) and mutual funds; AdvisorDirect, a national referral service for investors, who wish to engage the services of an independent RIA; and TD Ameritrade Corporate Services that provide self-directed brokerage services to employees of corporations. In addition, it offers various retail brokerage products and services, such as common and preferred stocks; ETFs; options; futures; foreign exchange; mutual funds; fixed income products; primary and secondary offerings of fixed income securities, closed-end funds, and preferred stocks; margin lending; cash management services; and annuities. The company provides its services primarily through the Internet, a network of retail branches, mobile trading applications, interactive voice response, and registered representatives through telephone. TD Ameritrade Holding Corporation was founded in 1971 and is headquartered in Omaha, Nebraska. TD Ameritra! de Holding Corporation operates as a subsidiary of The Toronto-Dominion Bank.

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Best Cheapest Companies To Buy Right Now

Markets rose slightly on Wednesday, taking the Dow and S&P 500 very close to all-time highs. The banking and energy segments were the most benefited from the recuperating oil prices, which rose more than 3.15 percent today.

The S&P 500 Index closed up 0.08 percent, with Discover Financial Services (NYSE: DFS), up 8.14 percent on its earnings, and Chesapeake Energy Corporation (NYSE: CHK), up 4.82 percent on rising oil prices, having posted the largest gains.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 0.24 percent. Among the largest gainers were Goldman Sachs Group Inc (NYSE: GS) and UnitedHealth Group Inc (NYSE: UNH).

The Nasdaq 100 Index surged 0.16 percent, driven by gains at Viacom, Inc. (NASDAQ: VIAB) and Western Digital Corp (NASDAQ: WDC).

Earnings

Shares of The Coca-Cola Co (NYSE: KO) lost 4.79 percent on Wednesday, after the announcement of its first quarter financial results. While EPS of $0.45 beat consensus estimates by $0.01, and revenue of $10.28 billion was in-line with expectations, shipment volumes for sodas and other products were quite weak.

Best Cheapest Companies To Buy Right Now: Intuit Inc.(INTU)

 

Intuit Inc. provides business and financial management solutions for small businesses, consumers, and accounting professionals primarily in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, India, and Singapore. The companys Small Business segment provides QuickBooks financial and business management online services and desktop software; QuickBooks technical support services; financial supplies; and QuickBooks Accountant, QuickBooks Accountant Plus, and QuickBooks Online Accountant, as well as the QuickBooks ProAdvisor Program for the accounting professionals. This segment also offers small business payroll products and services, including online payroll offerings, such as Quickbooks Online Payroll and Intuit Online Payroll; desktop payroll offerings comprising QuickBooks Basic Payroll and QuickBooks Enhanced Payroll; and full service payroll offerings, such as Intuit Full Service Payroll and QuickBooks Assisted Payr oll. In addition, it provides merchant services, including credit and debit card processing; Web-based transaction processing services for online merchants; online payment services; GoPayment mobile payment processing services; and QuickBooks point of sale solutions. Its Consumer segment provides TurboTax income tax preparation products and services; and electronic tax filing services. The companys Professional Tax segment offers Lacerte, ProSeries, ProFile, and Intuit Tax Online professional tax products and services; and electronic tax filing services, bank product transmission services, and training services. The company sells its products and services through various sales and distribution channels, including Websites, promotions, call centers, retail locations, and online mobile application stores, as well as through alliance partners, such as banks, credit unions, and other financial institutions. Intuit Inc. was founded in 1983 and is headquartered in Mountain View, California.

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Best Cheapest Companies To Buy Right Now: Isle of Capri Casinos Inc.(ISLE)

Isle of Capri Casinos, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, develops, owns, and operates gaming facilities and lodging and entertainment facilities in the United States. It owns and operates 14 casino gaming facilities located in Black Hawk, Colorado; Lake Charles, Louisiana; Lula, Biloxi, Natchez, and Vicksburg, Mississippi; Kansas City, Caruthersville, and Boonville, Missouri; Bettendorf, Davenport, Waterloo, and Marquette, Iowa; and Pompano Beach, Florida. The company?s properties feature approximately 15,000 slot machines; 370 table games, including 110 poker tables; 3,000 hotel rooms; and 40 restaurants. It also operates a harness racing track at its casino in Florida. Isle of Capri Casinos, Inc. was formerly known as Casino America, Inc. and changed its name to Isle of Capri Casinos, Inc. in October 1998. The company was founded in 1990 and is based in St Louis, Missouri.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Isle of Capri Casinos (NASDAQ: ISLE) reported better-than-expected earnings for its fourth quarter on Tuesday.

    The company posted adjusted earnings of $0.62 per share on revenue of $264.9 million. However, analysts were expecting earnings of 0.54 per share on revenue of $266.8 million.

Top 10 Growth Companies To Buy Right Now: Vanguard Short-Term Corporate Bond ETF(VCSH)

Vanguard Short Term Corporate Bond ETF (the Fund) seeks to track the performance of a market-weighted corporate bond index with a short-term, dollar-weighted average maturity. The Fund employs a passive management or indexing investment approach designed to track the performance of the Barclays Capital U.S. 1-5 Year Corporate Index (the Index). This Index includes the United States dollar-denominated, investment-grade, fixed-rate, taxable securities issued by industrial, utility and financial companies, with maturities between 1 and 5 years. The Fund invests by sampling the Index, meaning that it holds a range of securities that, in the aggregate, approximates the full Index in terms of key risk factors and other characteristics. All of the Funds investments will be selected through the sampling process, and at least 80% of the Funds assets will be invested in bonds included in the Index. The Funds investment advisor is Vanguard Fixed Income Group. Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Steven Goldberg]

    Youll never grow rich owning Vanguard Short-Term Corporate Bond ETF (VCSH), but you wont go broke, either. I especially love two numbers about this fund: its annual expense ratio of just 0.10% and its average duration of 2.8 years (duration is a measure of interest-rate sensitivity; a duration of 2.8 years suggests that the funds price would drop by 2.8% if interest rates rose by one percentage point). The exchange-traded fund invests in short-term, high-quality corporate and government bonds. It yields just 1.9%, but the modest payout is a fair trade-off for the low risk.

Best Cheapest Companies To Buy Right Now: Bank Of Montreal(BMO)

 

Bank of Montreal provides diversified financial services primarily in North America. The companys personal banking products and services include chequing and savings accounts, credit cards, mortgages, creditor insurance, and financial and investment advice; and commercial banking products and services comprise business deposit accounts, commercial credit cards, business loans and commercial mortgages, cash management solutions, foreign exchange, and specialized banking programs for small business and commercial banking customers. It also offers wealth management products and services, such as investment and wealth advisory services; online investing services; financial services and solutions to high net worth and ultra-high net worth clients; and investment management, and trust and custody services to institutional, retail, and high net worth investors. In addition, the company provides life insurance, accident and sickness insurance, and annuity products to brokers and individuals, as well as reinsurance solutions. Further, it offers investment and corporate banking services, including clients debt and equity capital-raising services, as well as loan origination and syndication, balance sheet management solutions, and treasury management services; strategic advice on mergers and acquisitions, restructurings, and recapitalizations, as well as valuation and fairness opinions; and trade finance, risk mitigation, and other operating services. Additionally, the company provides trading products comprising research and access to global markets for institutional, corporate, and retail clients; new product development and origination services, as well as risk management advice and services to hedge against fluctuations; and funding and liquidity management services to its clients. It operates approximately 1,500 bank branches. Bank of Montreal was founded in 1817 and is headquartered in Montreal, C anada.

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Best Cheapest Companies To Buy Right Now: Fogo de Chao, Inc.(FOGO)

Fogo de Chao, Inc., incorporated on May 24, 2012, is a holding company. The Company operates Brazilian churrascaria steakhouses under the brand of Fogo de Chao. The Company operates through two segments: the United States and Brazil. The Company is specialized in fire-roasting meats utilizing the Southern Brazilian cooking technique of churrasco. It delivers Brazilian dining experience through the combination of its Brazilian cuisine and its service model known as espeto corrido (Portuguese for continuous service) delivered by its gaucho chefs. The Company offers its guests with entree service table-side, which is available at each guest’s seat, green side up from its gaucho chefs. Each gaucho chef rotates throughout the dining room, and is responsible for a specific cut of meat, which they prepare, cook and serve to its guests throughout their meal. The Company operates over 30 restaurants in the United States and over 10 restaurants in Brazil, and a joint venture restaur ant in Mexico.

The Company’s menu consists of steak, including picanha, filet mignon, beef ancho, alcatra, fraldinha and costela; chicken, lamb and pork, including cordeiro, costela de porco, frango, lombo and linguica; seafood, including smoked salmon, jumbo shrimp cocktail and grilled spiced shrimp skewers; side dishes, including spring pea and asparagus soup, garlic mashed potatoes, caramelized bananas, pao de queijo, farofa, polenta, fogo feijoada and sauces; market table, including edamame roasted corn salad (seasonal), forbidden black rice salad (seasonal), hearts of palm, black pepper candied bacon, chicken salad and cold smoked salmon; desserts, including papaya cream, strawberry cream, caramelized pineapple and chocolate mousse cake, and bar fogo, including picanha sirloin slider, charcuterie board, grilled spiced shrimp skewers, mango refresco and superfruit lemonade. The Company’s menu also includes wines, such as Lapostolle, Merlot; Belle Glos, Pinot Noir; Lapostolle, Merlot, Rapel Valley, and Silver Oak, Cab! ernet Sauvignon.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Fogo De Chao Inc (NASDAQ: FOGO) is expected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.28 per share on revenue of $76.80 million.

    Constellium NV (NYSE: CSTM) is estimated to report its quarterly earnings at $0.06 per share on revenue of $1.18 billion.

Best Cheapest Companies To Buy Right Now: Toll Brothers Inc.(TOL)

Toll Brothers, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, designs, builds, markets, and arranges finance for single-family detached and attached homes in luxury residential communities. It is also involved in building or converting existing rental apartment buildings into high-, mid-, and low-rise luxury homes. In addition, the company develops, owns, and operates golf courses and country clubs associated with various planned communities, as well as individual communities. It serves move-up, empty-nester, active-adult, age-qualified, and second-home buyers in 19 states in the United States. Toll Brothers, Inc. was founded in 1967 and is headquartered in Horsham, Pennsylvania.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Eileen Rojas]

    Toll Brothers has rising sales volume and unit prices
    For the third quarter ended on July 31, Toll Brothers’ (NYSE: TOL  ) net income was $46.6 million, or $0.26 per share. The latest income figures were down 24% from last year’s third-quarter results of $61.6 million, or $0.36 per share. The company’s total quarterly revenues were $689.2 million, up 24% over last year, and homebuilding deliveries were 1,059 units, up 10% compared to the same period last year.

  • [By George Putnam, Editor, New Generation Research, Inc.]

    Steve Halpern: Now, another company that you talk about is Toll Brothers (TOL), which focuses on the higher-end of the home market, as well as condominiums. Do you think there’s still opportunity with TOL?

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Top 5 Value Companies To Watch For 2016

AQR Capital Management’s Cliff Asness has launched a healthy discussion about the trials and tribulations of factor timing with a new essay (“The Siren Song of Factor Timing”). He’s recommends that investors steer clear, which is good advice because the crowd’s record, in the aggregate, to successfully engage in market-timing activities generally is overwhelmingly poor. But Asness isn’t an absolutist. Instead, he notes that sometimes the perceived opportunities for engaging in a bit of timing are just too compelling to pass up.

“If you do decide to time factors, not something that I rule out entirely, and if timing is a ‘sin’, then you should ‘sin’ only a little,” Asness recently wrote on his firm’s web site. In the “Siren Song” paper, which is forthcoming in the Journal of Portfolio Management, he points to the extreme excesses of the tech bubble in 1999-2000 and the related decline and fall of the value factor as an example.

Top 5 Value Companies To Watch For 2016: Move Inc.(MOVE)

Move, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates an online network of Websites for real estate search, finance, and moving and home enthusiasts in North America. The company operates REALTOR.com, a Web site that offers property listings and neighborhood profiles; and consumers information and tools designed to assist the customers in understanding the value of their home, preparing the home for sale, listing and advertising the home, home affordability, the offer process, applying for a loan, understand the mortgage options available, closing the purchase, and planning the move. REALTOR.com provides showcase listing enhancements; display ad products; and a series of template Websites primarily for agents and brokers. The company also offers 8i solution, a Web-based customer relationship management software application for real estate agents. In addition, it provides Market Snapshot and Market Builder products that allow real estate professionals to offer real-time mult iple listing services market updates and trend analysis to their online prospects and clients; and Move Rentals that displays rental listings. Further, the company provides graphical display advertisements, text links, sponsorships, and directories for advertisers for mortgage companies, home improvement retailers, moving service providers, and other consumer product and service companies. Additionally, it offers quotes from moving companies, truck rental companies, and self-storage facilities, as well as other move-related information on Moving.com Website. Move, Inc. also operates as an online real estate listing syndicator and provider of performance reporting solutions for the purpose of helping to drive an online advertising program for brokers, real estate franchises, and individual agents. The company was formerly known as Homestore, Inc. and changed its name to Move, Inc. in June 2006. Move, Inc. was founded in 1993 and is headquartered in Westlake Village, Californ i a.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Renu Singh]

    Aruba Networks (ARUN) is a leading provider of next-generation network access solutions for mobile enterprise. The company’s Mobile Virtual Enterprise (MOVE) architecture unifies wired and wireless network infrastructures into one seamless access solution for corporate headquarters, mobile business professionals, remote workers and guests. This unified approach to access networks enables IT organizations and users to securely address the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) phenomenon, dramatically improving productivity and lowering capital and operational costs.

Top 5 Value Companies To Watch For 2016: LyondellBasell Industries NV(LYB)

LyondellBasell Industries N.V. manufacturers and sells chemicals and polymers, refines crude oil, produces gasoline blending components, and develops and licenses technologies for production of polymers. The company?s Olefins and Polyolefins segment offers olefins, including ethylene, propylene, and butadiene; aromatics, such as benzene and toluene; polyolefins, which comprise polypropylene (PP), high-density polyethylene, low-density polyethylene, and linear low-density polyethylene; specialty polyolefins, including catalloy process resins, PP compounds, and polybutene-1 resins; and ethylene derivatives, which comprise ethanol. Its Intermediates and Derivatives segment provides propylene oxide (PO); PO co-products, including styrene monomers and TBA derivative isobutylene; PO derivatives, such as propylene glycol, propylene glycol ethers, and butanediol; acetyls, such as methanol, acetic acid, and vinyl acetate monomers; ethylene derivatives, which comprise ethylene oxide , ethylene glycol, and ethylene glycol ethers; and flavor and fragrance chemicals. The company?s Refining and Oxyfuels segment offers gasoline and components, ultra low sulfur diesel, jet fuel, and lube oils; diesel, feedstock, fuel oil, gasoline, and bitumen; and gasoline blending components, including methyl tertiary butyl ether, ethyl tertiary butyl ether, and alkylate. Its Technology segment develops and licenses polyolefin and other process technologies. This segment also develops, manufactures, and sells polyolefin catalysts, as well as provides technology services, which comprise safety reviews, training and start-up assistance, engineering services for process and product improvements, and manufacturing troubleshooting. LyondellBasell Industries N.V. has operations in the Americas, Europe, Asia, and internationally. The company was founded in 2005 and is based in Rotterdam, Netherlands. LyondellBasell Industries N.V. is a subsidiary of Prochemie GmbH.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Chad Tracy]

    TransCanada is not the only company that stands to profit from the possible Keystone XL approval. Refiners such as Valero and LyondellBasell Industries (NYSE: LYB), as well as construction companies Deere & Co. (NYSE: DE) and Quanta Services (NYSE: PWR) all stand to gain if Keystone XL gets the green light.

  • [By Chad Tracy]

    In a classic contrarian move, he purchased more shares of troubled plastics-maker LyondellBasell Industries (NYSE: LYB), even as the company was sliding toward bankruptcy.

5 Best Industrial Conglomerate Stocks To Buy For 2016: Formula Systems (1985) Ltd.(FORTY)

 

Formula Systems (1985) Ltd. provides a range of information technology (IT) solutions and services, and develops and markets proprietary software solutions. It offers software solutions and services, such as outsourcing and developing customized software; computer systems management infrastructures, Web world content management, database and data warehouse mining, application integration, database and systems, data management, and software development tools; computer and telecommunication infrastructure solutions; and professional training courses and advanced professional studies. The company also sells personal computers, portable computers, Intel servers, peripheral equipment, operating systems, servers, and workstations; provides computer and peripheral equipment maintenance services, lab, and helpdesk services; and sells and markets cloud based solutions. In addition, it offers Sapiens ALIS, an L&P software solution for i ndividual, group, and worksite insurance products; Sapiens Retirement Services for record-keeping management; Sapiens Closed Books, a solution to administer policies and claims relating to closed books of business; and Sapiens TOPAZ to handle L&P activities and regulations. Further, the company provides Sapiens IDIT for general insurance carriers; Sapiens Insight for business demands at the insurer level and regulatory needs at the state level; Sapiens Reinsurance that enables property and casualty/general insurance carriers and brokers to handle reinsurance activities on a single platform; and Sapiens DECISION, a business decision management solution. Additionally, it supplies professionals in the areas of accounting and finance, administrative, customer service, clinical, scientific and healthcare, engineering, manufacturing and operations, human resources, IT technology, LI/MFG, and marketing and sales. The company was founded in 1985 and is headquartered in Or Yehuda, Is rael.

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Top 5 Value Companies To Watch For 2016: Select Medical Holdings Corporation(SEM)

 

Select Medical Holdings Corporation, through its subsidiary, Select Medical Corporation, operates specialty hospitals and outpatient rehabilitation clinics in the United States. It operates in two segments, Specialty Hospitals and Outpatient Rehabilitation. The Specialty Hospitals segment provides long term acute care hospital services and inpatient acute rehabilitative hospital care. This segment offers various medical services for the treatment of respiratory failure, neuromuscular disorders, traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries, strokes, non-healing wounds, cardiac disorders, renal disorders, and cancer. The Outpatient Rehabilitation segment operates clinics that provides physical, occupational, and speech rehabilitation services. This segment also offers medical rehabilitative services to residents and patients of nursing homes, hospitals, schools, assisted living and senior care centers, and worksites. In addition, th is segment provides specialized programs, such as functional programs for work related injuries, hand therapy, and athletic training services; and services that are designed to prevent short term disabilities from becoming chronic conditions. As of December 31, 2014, it operated 113 long term acute care hospitals and 16 acute medical rehabilitation hospitals in 28 states; and 1,023 outpatient rehabilitation clinics in 31 states and the District of Columbia. Select Medical Holdings Corporation was founded in 1996 and is headquartered in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania.

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Top 5 Value Companies To Watch For 2016: American Express Company(AXP)

American Express Company, together with its subsidiaries, provides charge and credit payment card products, and travel-related services worldwide. The company?s product portfolio consists of charge and credit card products; expense management products and services; consumer and business travel services; stored value cards, including travelers cheques and other prepaid products; network services; merchant acquisition and processing, point-of-sale, servicing and settlement, and marketing and information products and services for merchants; and fee services comprising market and trend analyses and related consulting services, fraud prevention services, and the design of customer loyalty and rewards programs. In addition, it publishes luxury lifestyle magazines; business and travel resources; general interest, cooking, travel, wine, cocktail, financial, and time management books; and international and electronic editions. The company sells its products and services to consumer s, small businesses, mid-sized companies, and large corporations through direct mail, on-line applications, targeted direct and third-party sales forces, and direct response advertising worldwide. American Express Company was founded in 1850 and is headquartered in New York, New York.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Alex Planes]

    Visa’s long wait to go public — its IPO took place in 2008 — meant that it would not be the first credit card issuer added to the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJINDICES: ^DJI  ) . That honor went to American Express (NYSE: AXP  ) , which earned its spot in 1982 by owning the “premium” credit card market — its 52.5 million card members spent far more in 2012 per card ($8,100 on average!) than either Visa’s ($3,500) or MasterCard’s ($3,000) card members. However, there was a certain irony in the fact that Visa, on its induction to the Dow in 2013, became one of the few companies ever added to directly replace the company that first spun it off.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Shares of American Express (AXP) opened up 3% this morning after reporting a big earnings beat but have since given back a big chunk of those gains. Credit Suisse analyst Moshe Orenbuch and Serena Hong explain why its earnings weren’t necessarily as good as they looked:

    Reuters

    American Expressreported 1Q16 EPS of $1.45 ($1.50 excluding restructuring charge), beating our forecast of $1.27 and consensus estimates of $1.33…

    Billed business growth accelerated on an FX adjusted basis, we believe, as a result of the extra day in the quarter as well as faster new account growth since mid-2015. However, the company indicated that a significant percentage of the ~2 million excess new accounts were converted Costco cardmembers who could switch to the Citi Costco card which carries higher rewards when those cards are mailed in June.

    Revenues and expenses helped: Revenues were up 2% y/y and up 4% y/y on an FX adjusted basis and was helped by the leap year as well as spending from new accounts. Expenses were up 5% y/y, including the $84MM of restructuring charges, and the $127mm JetBlue sale gain. Management noted that there would be less “excess spending” than previously guided and 2Q operating expenses are expected to be down significantly as Amex books its gain from the US Costco sale. Long-term, revenue growth will still be negatively impacted by discount rate pressure, and credit costs will be rising.

    Shares of American Express have gained 1% to $65.69 at $11:37 a.m. today, while Costco Wholesale (COST) has dropped 0.9% to $151.40, and JetBlue Airways (JBLU) is off 2.4% at $20.48.