On November 10, super-independent ConocoPhillips (NYSE:COP) hosted its annual analyst day and gave investors some guidance on what the firm plans on doing. After a solid Q3 report, the company was coming in with a strong hand to play. Last quarter, ConocoPhillips generated enough cash flow to cover both its capital expenditures and its dividend. Cash flow neutrality means its outspend headache is over (as long as Brent stays around $50) and asset sales and/or debt issuance won’t be required to preserve its strong liquidity position.
Even as ConocoPhillips effectively breaks even around $50 Brent, management is still pursuing a conservative spending plan to further the company’s shift towards a more dynamic and financially balanced enterprise. Conoco’s 2017 capex budget is forecasted to come in at $5 billion, $200 million less than its 2016 budget yet one that will generate an adjusted 0% – 2% production growth. The adjustment is for expected asset sales.
On the operating cost front, that has been cut down to $6 billion next year from $9.7 billion in 2014. Below is a look at how Conoco’s cost saving initiatives have transformed the company’s cash flow outlook.
Best Dividend Stocks To Invest In 2018: Patriot One Technologies Inc. (PTOTF)
- [By Sara Cornell]
With a growing need for global security both on the national defense front as well as in the cyber security arena, Patriot One Technologies Inc., (TSX.V: PAT) (OTCQB: PTOTF) is taking advantage of increasing security demands by entering into an agreement with a strategic industry partner in order to significantly broaden its product and commercialization offerings.
- [By Sara Cornell]
In a move that should resonate well with investors, Patriot One Technologies (OTCQB: PTOTF) (TSX-V: PAT) today announced a reseller agreement with JJB Federal LLC and its specialty sales division UnitedEye Inc. Patriot One Technologies has developed PATSCAN, a first-of-its-kind concealed weapons detection system to combat active shooter threats before they occur. The agreement should help Patriot One distribute and install its concealed weapons detection system in strategic locations much faster and with greater efficiency, ultimately providing enhanced protection to citizens across the globe.
- [By Jim Robertson]
That brings me to small cap security stockPatriot One Technologies (OTCQB: PTOTF) which has developed PATSCAN – the next generation of its award-winning NForce CMR1000 software and radar solution. PATSCAN is a first-of-its-kind Cognitive Microwave Radar concealed weapons detection system as an effective tool to combat active shooter threats before they occur. Designed for cost-effective deployment in weapon-restricted buildings and facilities, the Patriot One software solution and related hardware can be installed in hallways and doorways to covertly identify weapons and to alert security of an active threat entering the premises. Owner/operators of private and certain public facilities can now prominently post anti-weapons policies with compliance assured. The Companys motto, Deter, Detect and Defend, is based on the belief that widespread use of its technology will act as an effective deterrent.
- [By Robert J. Smith]
The cutting-edge technology created by Patriot One Technologies (OTCQB: PTOTF) (TSE: PAT.V) is available for use in airports, police stations and other government offices. It’s also available for use in stadiums, concert halls, night clubs and shopping malls. Anywhere that large numbers of people gather has the potential for installation of Patriot One’s system. Fortunately for any public or private entity that puts this concealed weapons detection system to work, there are no privacy law concerns “No image is retained. There are no privacy concerns whatsoever with respect to it. There’s no data that’s being retained, it’s simply detecting items on an individual,” said John Gillies, retired assistant director of CSIS, the Canadian Security Intelligence Service.
Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino has implemented a trial of Patriot One’s revolutionary concealed weapons detection technology in order to evaluate integration capabilities with existing in-house security systems.
Having long been an iconic landmark, Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino is comprised of nearly 3,000 hotel rooms, including 305 suites located on 64 acres with a 74,000-square foot casino and 200,000 square foot convention center. The casino property is owned by Florida-based Westgate Resorts, the largest privately held company in Central Florida. Today, Westgate Resorts encompasses 28 resorts with more than 13,500 villas across the United States.
Westgate’s Chief Operating Officer Mark Waltrip said, “With this partnership, we are pleased to be moving ahead and look forward to deploying the product on-site and to integrating it with our existing security infrastructure. Hopefully this is the first of many deployments across our locations around the United States.”
Best Dividend Stocks To Invest In 2018: Rackspace Hosting Inc(RAX)
- [By Monica Gerson]
Rackspace Hosting, Inc. (NYSE: RAX) reported better-than-expected earnings for the first quarter, but the company missed analysts’ sales estimates. Rackspace shares dropped 7.72 percent to $20.80 in the after-hours trading session.
Best Dividend Stocks To Invest In 2018: Franklin Resources, Inc.(BEN)
- [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]
Franklin Resources (BEN) : “I’d rather see you in Morgan Stanley (MS) or E*TRADE Financial (ETFC) .”
Kinder Morgan (KMI) : “They are OK now, but there are better ones.”
- [By Craig Jones]
Jim Strugger recommended on Bloomberg Markets a long position in Franklin Resources, Inc. (NYSE: BEN).
He said the company is in the assets management sector and he added that the market is probably getting into the period of higher dispersion, which is usually favorable for active managers. Speaking on the positive catalysts for the stock, Strugger said Franklin Resources is going to benefit from the cash repatriation.