William Patalon III
The first trade spat that I covered during my newspaper days was one back in the mid-1990s that pitted Eastman Kodak Co. (NYSE: KODK) against Fujifilm Holdings Corp. (OTC ADR: FUJIY).
At the time, these two companies were the global heavyweights in photographic film, paper, processing chemicals and related services, and each dominated its home market – Kodak in the United States and Fuji in Japan.
In this particular dispute – which escalated into a formal World Trade Organization (WTO) case – Kodak claimed that Fuji was employing unfair trade practices as a means of achieving long-term dominance in the global market for photo products.
According to Kodak (and please understand that I’m vastly simplifying this), Fuji and the Japanese government were collaborating to create a “profit sanctuary” in Fuji’s home market of Japan.
stock market shares: Technology Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLK)
- [By Tom Gentile]
Both XLV and the Technology Select Sector SPDR ETF (NYSE Arca: XLK) are the two top-performing sectors so far this year, and both have performed better than the next-best ETF by at least a full 5% or more.
- [By Money Morning News Team]
If the price is keeping you out of GOOGL, take a look at theTechnology SPDR ETF (NYSE Arca: XLK), where you get to hold shares of many of these top tech companies at a fraction of the cost.
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What My System Flagged As A Buy This Week
It’s no secret that the technology sector has had an incredible year so far — the SPDR Technology Select ETF (NYSE: XLK) is up over 31% year-to-date, compared with the S&P 500’s 14% return.
stock market shares: Lockheed Martin Corporation(LMT)
- [By Laurie Kulikowski]
We rate LOCKHEED MARTIN CORP as a Buy with a ratings score of A. This is based on the convergence of positive investment measures, which should help this stock outperform the majority of stocks that we rate. The company’s strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations, solid stock price performance and growth in earnings per share. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated.
- [By Jim Cramer]
The company’s current return on equity greatly increased when compared to its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a signal of significant strength within the corporation. Compared to other companies in the Aerospace & Defense industry and the overall market, LOCKHEED MARTIN CORP’s return on equity significantly exceeds that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
- [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]
Let’s start with Lockheed Martin (LMT) , Boeing (BA) and Northrop Grumman (NOC) .
As major manufacturers of combat jets and military planes, these three U.S.-based behemoths monopolize the global military aircraft business. They are mega-cap blue chips that are positioned to reap the lion’s share of the spoils.
- [By Money Morning News Team]
Lockheed Martin Corp.’s (NYSE: LMT) market capitalization is the largest of any defense company – anywhere.
Lockheed Martin performs research, development, and manufacturing for products in security, defense, and technology.
- [By William Patalon III]
The reason I find this so intriguing right now relates to our ongoing coverage of the Lockheed Martin Corp. (NYSE: LMT) SR-72 “Son of Blackbird” – a hypersonic jet that’s already under development and that will enter service late in the next decade.
stock market shares: CVR Refining, LP(CVRR)
- [By Lisa Levin]
Shares of CVR Refining LP (NYSE: CVRR) were down 11 percent to $10.00. Velocity Midstream Partners and CVR Refining disclosed the execution of agreements related to the construction of a crude oil pipeline from the SCOOP play in Central Oklahoma to CVR's Wynnewood refinery.
- [By Tyler Crowe]
For refiners, though, that spread in price led to very lucrative refining margins. As that spread has narrowed, so too has margins for refiners.
Refining Margins Q4 2012 Q2 2013
Valero (NYSE: VLO ) $12.27 $9.26
Phillips 66 (NYSE: PSX ) $13.67 $9.88
HollyFrontier (NYSE: HFC ) $24.00 $20.28
CVR Refining (NYSE: CVRR ) $28.08 $20.30
Source: Company Earnings releases
- [By Robert Rapier]
CVR Partners’ fertilizer plant is located in Coffeyville, Kansas, adjacent to the refinery owned by CVR Refining (NYSE: CVRR). CVR Energy (NYSE: CVI), majority-owned by Carl Icahn via Icahn Enterprises (NYSE: IEP), is the general partner and owns most of the units for both CVR Partners and CVR Refining.
stock market shares: Triple-S Management Corporation(GTS)
- [By Peter Graham]
Small cap Triple-S Management Corp (NYSE: GTS) is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association. It is one of the leading players in the managed care industry in Puerto Rico. Triple-S Management has the exclusive right to use the Blue Cross Blue Shield name and mark throughout Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Costa Rica. With more than 50 years of experience in the industry, Triple-S Management offers a broad portfolio of managed care and related products in the Commercial, Medicare Advantage, and Medicaid markets under the Blue Cross Blue Shield marks. It also provides non-Blue Cross Blue Shield branded life and property and casualty insurance in Puerto Rico.