Wall Street analysts say this indicator tells when the next stock market crash is coming…
Marko Kolanovic, a quantitative analyst at JPMorgan, told CNBC on July 27 that low volatility could be a sign of a coming downturn in stocks. Wall Street’s fear gauge, the VIX, was at 10.11 on July 27, more than 20% below its historical average.
Because low volatility is unlikely to last forever, it could mean a market correction, or even a market crash, is coming next.
While we aren’t making a stock market crash prediction, investors are always wise to prepare for the worst. And there are some other market crash warning signs to pay attention to…
Top High Tech Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Terra Nitrogen Company L.P.(TNH)
- [By Robert Rapier] While the MLP space is dominated by the oil and gas sector, in last week’s article we began to explore some of the more exotic master limited partnership offerings. This week we continue our exploration of nontraditional MLPs by looking at the partnerships supplying fertilizer.
Rentech (Nasdaq: RTK) has been around for more than a decade, and it has shifted strategies several times. Full disclosure: Rentech’s Chief Technology Officer Harold Wright is a former manager of mine when we were both at ConocoPhillips, and I have visited Rentech’s facility in Commerce City, Colorado.
For most of Rentech’s existence, the company has sought to commercialize alternative fuels. At one time it had ambitions to build a large coal-to-liquids (CTL) plant, but federal legislation ultimately nudged it instead into the biomass-to-liquids (BTL) space. The company did build a BTL demonstration plant, but ultimately shut it down and has now refocused its efforts on becoming “one of the largest wood processing companies in the world.”
During its interesting journey as a company, Rentech acquired two ammonia nitrogen fertilizer facilities, which turned out to be a profit center that funded the alternative energy research. In November 2011, Rentech spun off this fertilizer business into an MLP called Rentech Nitrogen Partners LP (NYSE: RNF).
In the months leading to the spin-off, RTK’s market capitalization was about $200 million. Rentech maintained 60 percent ownership of RNF, and three months after the spin-off RTK’s market cap had risen to $400 million, while investors had bid RNF up to $1 billion. Interestingly, RTK’s share of RNF was worth more than RTK’s entire market cap, a situation that persists. The market currently values Rentech at $482 million, while the valuation of Rentech Nitrogen Partners makes RTK’s 60 percent stake in RNF worth slightly more than $600 million — another illu
Top High Tech Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Boston Properties, Inc.(BXP)
- [By Paul R. La Monica]
The fund owned big U.S. real estate investment trusts Boston Properties (BXP) and Vornado (VNO), as well as Japan’s Sumitomo Realty, as of the end of last year. REITs are known for their big dividends.
- [By Markus Aarnio]
Owens Realty Mortgage’s competitors include American Assets Trust (AAT), Alexandria Real Estate Equities (ARE) and Boston Properties (BXP). American Assets Trust has seen five insider buy transactions and four insider sell transactions this year. American Assets Trust has a dividend yield of 2.78%. Alexandria Real Estate Equities has seen 14 insider sell transactions this year. Alexandria Real Estate Equities has a dividend yield of 4.10%. Boston Properties has seen one insider buy transaction and four insider sell transactions this year. Boston Properties has a dividend yield of 2.43%.
Top High Tech Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Maximus, Inc.(MMS)
- [By Michael Flannelly]
Analysts at Jefferies initiated coverage on business process services provider Maximus Inc. (MMS) late on Thursday, giving the stock a bullish rating because it has several competitive advantages and should benefit from the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare).
The analysts rate MMS as “Buy” and see shares reaching $47. This price target suggests a 20% upside to the stock’s Thursday closing price of $39.14.
“MMS is a leading government outsourced contractor that produces consistently strong results,” Jefferies analyst David Styblo commented. “The company has several competitive advantages and is highly focused on health and human service projects. This positions MMS to enjoy multi-year growth from the ACA and other opportunities with limited risk. The company’s predictable business model, solid balance sheet, and EPS visibility into FY2014 also support a Buy and $47 PT.”
Maximus shares were inactive during pre-market trading on Friday. The stock is up 23.83% year-to-date.
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Maximus Inc (NYSE: MMS) holds just $16 million in long-term debt against $886 million in shareholder equity. Shares trade for 1.7 times sales for a discount of 26% on the industry average of 2.3 times sales.