LONDON -- Things are getting personal between�BT� (LSE: BT-A ) (NYSE: BT ) and�Sky� (LSE: BSY ) . The telecoms company is muscling in on Sky's lucrative sports channel business, and the 39% News Corp.-owned pay-TV broadcaster doesn't like it.
Last year BT bought rights to screen Premier League football and Premiership rugby. It's miffed that Sky is refusing to run adverts for its new sports channel, and has asked industry regulator Ofcom to intervene. Yesterday Sky's Corporate Affairs director penned a letter to the�Financial Times, saying of BT that "this 拢22 billion gorilla in puppy's clothing would do well to look at its own double standards." BT is also undercutting the price Sky charges pubs for its sports channel, something that's likely to hit Sky's bottom line.
These spats are visible signs of some big industry trends at play, around convergence, bundling, and content.
A few years ago BT and Sky wouldn't have seemed obvious competitors, but technology is forcing the convergence of disparate players. Sky has used its strong sports-led content to build the biggest pay-TV company in Europe. As that's broadened to include broadband, its business overlaps with BT's.
Top 10 Growth Stocks To Watch Right Now: Image Systems Nordic AB (IS)Image Systems Nordic AB, formerly Digital Vision AB, is a Sweden-based company active in the media industry. The Company specializes in high resolution image processing, film scanning and solutions for motion analysis. The Company operates within three business areas: Media, Defense and Motion. The Company�� product portfolio includes the Nucoda software products, providing a suite of colour grading and finishing solutions used in film and television post production; the Phoenix software products, providing image restoration tools for film archives and content owners; the Golden Eye film scanners, which provide high resolution scanning, archive and restoration, and the Image Systems Motion Unit with its TEMA software platform, providing a range of motion analysis solutions, among others. As of March, 1, 2012, the Company acquired Sawco Holding AB and RemaControl Sweden AB. As of March 31, 2012, the Company�� largest shareholder was Tibia Konsult AB (19.1%). Advisors' Opinion:
- [By Geoff Gannon]
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Hot Industrial Disributor Stocks To Buy For 2014: Allied Nevada Gold Corp(ANV)
Allied Nevada Gold Corp., together with its subsidiaries, engages in the evaluation, acquisition, exploration, and advancement of gold exploration and development projects in the state of Nevada. It principally operates the Hycroft Mine, an open pit heap leach gold and silver mine covering approximately 61,389 acres of mineral rights and is located to the west of Winnemucca, Nevada. The company also involves in the exploration and development of various exploration properties, including Hasbrouck, Mountain View, Three Hills, Wildcat, Maverick Springs, and Pony Creek/Elliot Dome projects. In addition, the company holds exploration rights to approximately 100 other exploration properties in Nevada. Allied Nevada Gold Corp. was incorporated in 2006 and is headquartered in Reno, Nevada.Advisors' Opinion:
- [By Travis Hoium]
What: Gold and silver miners are taking it on the chin today. Royal Gold (NASDAQ: RGLD ) fell as much as 10.4%, Allied Nevada Gold (NYSEMKT: ANV ) fell up to 11.5%, and Silver Wheaton (NYSE: SLW ) dropped as much as 11.2%.
Hot Industrial Disributor Stocks To Buy For 2014: Deutsche Bank AG (DBK)Deutsche Bank AG is a global investment bank. The Company offers a variety of investment, financial and related products and services to private individuals, corporate entities and institutional clients around the world. The Company operates through such divisions as: Private and Business Clients, Asset and Wealth Management, Corporate Banking and Securities, Global Transaction Banking and Non-Core Operations Unit. Deutsche Bank AG is active domestically and in various countries, through the network of numerous branches. In February 2014, the Company and its related bodies corporate ceases to a share holder in the capital of the Company. Advisors' Opinion:
- [By Jonathan Morgan]
Deutsche Bank AG (DBK) lost 0.6 percent as a gauge of banks posted the largest drop of the 19 industry groups in the Stoxx Europe 600 Index. Deutsche Telekom AG (DTE) advanced 2.2 percent as a gauge of telecom companies rose the most on the Stoxx 600.
Hot Industrial Disributor Stocks To Buy For 2014: Verisk Analytics Inc (VRSK)
Verisk Analytics, Inc. (Verisk) is a provider of information about risk to professionals in insurance, healthcare, mortgage, government, supply chain, and risk management. Verisk enable risk-bearing businesses to understand and manage their risks. The Company provides its customers by supplying data that, combined with its analytic methods, creates embedded decision support solutions. Verisk organizes its business in two segments: Risk Assessment and Decision Analytics. Its Risk Assessment segment provides statistical, actuarial and underwriting data for the United States property and casualty (P&C) insurance industry. Its Decision Analytics segment provides solutions its customers use to analyze the processes of the Verisk Risk Analysis Framework: Prediction of Loss, Detection and Prevention of Fraud, and Quantification of Loss. On June 17, 2011, it acquired the net assets of Health Risk Partners, LLC (HRP). On April 27, 2011, it acquired 100% interest of Bloodhound Technologies, Inc. (Bloodhound).
Risk Assessment Segment
Verisk�� Risk Assessment segment serves P&C insurance customers and focuses on the first two decision making processes in its Risk Analysis Framework: loss prediction, and selection and pricing of risk. The Company also provides solutions to help its insurance customers comply with their reporting requirements in each United States in which they operate. The Company�� customer includes most of the P&C insurance providers in the United States. It aggregates the data and, as a licensed statistical agent in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia, it reports these statistics to insurance regulators. The Company uses its technology to assemble, organize and update amounts of detailed information submitted by its customers. It supplements this data with publicly available information. Each year, P&C insurers send the Company approximately 2.9 billion detailed individual records of insurance transactions, such as insurance premiums collected ! or losses incurred. It maintains a database of over 15.8 billion statistical records, including approximately 6.1 billion commercial lines records and approximately 9.7 billion personal lines records. It collects unit-transaction detail of each premium and loss record, which enhances the validity, reliability and accuracy of the data sets and its actuarial analyses.
The Company provides actuarial services to help its customers price their risks as they underwrite. It projects future losses and loss expenses utilizing a range of data. It provides loss costs by coverage, class, territory, and many other categories. Its customers can use its estimates of future loss costs in making independent decisions about the prices charged for their policies. It makes a number of actuarial adjustments, including loss development and loss adjustment expenses before the data is used to estimate future loss costs. Its actuarial services are also used to create the analytics underlying its industry-standard insurance programs. In addition, its actuarial consultants provide customized services for its clients, which include assisting them with the development of independent insurance programs, analysis of their own underwriting experience, development of classification systems and rating plans, and a wide variety of other business decisions. It also supplies information to a range of customers in other markets, including reinsurance, government agencies and real estate.
The Company gathers information on individual properties and communities. Its property-specific rating and underwriting information allow the customers to understand, quantify, underwrite, mitigate, and avoid potential loss for residential and commercial properties. Its database contains loss costs and other vital information on over 3.3 million commercial buildings in the United States and also holds information on more than six million individual businesses occupying those buildings. It also provides analytic measures of the ab! ility of ! individual communities to mitigate losses from important perils. It provides field-verified and validated data on the fire protection services for more than 46,000 fire response jurisdictions. It also offers services to evaluate the effectiveness of community enforcement of building codes. It provides information on the insurance rating territories, premium taxes, crime risk, and hazards of windstorm, earthquake, wildfire, and other perils.
The Company competes with National Independent Statistical Service, the Independent Statistical Service, American Association of Insurance Services, Mutual Services Organization, Overland Solutions, Inc., Regional Reporting, Inc., CDS, Inc., Deloitte Consulting LLP, Pinnacle Consulting and EMB.
Decision Analytics Segment
In the Decision Analytics segment, the Company supports all four phases of its Risk Analysis Framework. It develops predictive models to forecast scenarios and produce both standard and customized analytics. It is a provider of fraud-detection tools for the P&C insurance industry. Its fraud solutions improve its customers��profitability by both predicting the likelihood that fraud is occurring and detecting suspicious activity after it has occurred. When a claim is submitted, its system searches its database and returns information about other claims filed by the same individuals or businesses (either as claimants or insurers), which help the customers determine if fraud has occurred. Its system also includes name and address searching to perform intelligent searches and improve the overall quality of the matches.
The Company provides data, analytic and networking products for professionals involved in estimating all phases of building repair and reconstruction. It provides solutions for every phase of a building�� life, including quantifying the ultimate cost of repair or reconstruction of damaged or destroyed buildings; aiding in the settlement of insurance claims, and tracking the process o! f repair ! or reconstruction and facilitating communication among insurers, adjusters, contractors and policyholders. It also offers customers access to wholesale and retail price lists, which include structural repair and restoration pricing for 467 separate economic areas in North America.
The Company�� database contains information on nearly 800 million claims. Insurers and other participants submit new claim reports, more than 239,000 a day on average, across all categories of the United States P&C insurance industry. It also provides a service allowing insurers to report thefts of automobiles and property; a service that helps owners and insurers recover stolen heavy construction and agricultural equipment; a scoring system that helps distinguish between suspicious and meritorious claims, and products that use link-analysis technology to help visualize and fight insurance fraud. The Company is a provider of automated fraud detection, compliance and decision-support tools for the mortgage industry. Utilizing its own loan level application database combined with actual mortgage loan performance data, it has established a risk scoring system which increases its customers��ability to detect fraud.
The Company provides solutions that detect fraud through each step of the mortgage lifecycle and provide regulatory compliance solutions that perform instant compliance reviews of each mortgage application. Its database contains more than 21 million current and historical loan applications collected over the past ten years. This database contains data from loan applications, as well as supplementary third-party data. It also provides forensic audit services for the mortgage origination and mortgage insurance industries. Its predictive screening tools predict, which defaulted loans are the candidates for full audits for the purpose of detecting fraud.
The Company offers solutions that help healthcare claims payors detect fraud, abuse and overpayment. It runs its customers��cla! ims throu! gh its analytic system to identify potential fraud, abuse and overpayment, and then a registered nurse, physician or other clinical specialist skilled in coding and reimbursement decisions reviews all suspect claims and billing patterns. It analyzes the patterns of claims produced by individual physicians, physicians��practices, hospitals, dentists, and pharmacies to locate the sources of fraud. It also offers Web-based reporting tools that let payors take definitive action to prevent overpayments or payment of fraudulent claims. The tools provide the documentation that helps to identify, investigate and prevent abusive and fraudulent activity by providers.
The Company is a provider of healthcare business intelligence and predictive modeling. It provides analytical and reporting systems to health insurers, provider organizations and self-insured employers. Those organizations use its solutions to review their healthcare data, including information on claims, membership, providers and utilization, and provide cost trends, forecasts and actuarial, financial and utilization analyses. It also provides its customers healthcare services using complex clinical analyses to uncover reasons behind cost and utilization increases. It provides financial and actuarial analyses, clinical, technical and implementation services and training services to help its customers manage costs and risks to their practices.
The Company competes with Risk Management Solutions, LexisNexis Risk Solutions, MSB, Solera, Computer Sciences Corporation, Fair Isaac Corporation, OptumInsight, McKesson, Medstat, MedAssurant, iHealth, CoreLogic and DataVerify Corporation.Advisors' Opinion:
- [By Lauren Pollock]
Verisk Analytics Inc.(VRSK) agreed to acquire EagleView Technology Corp. for $637 million, a move the company expects will enhance its position in the imagery analytics market.
Hot Industrial Disributor Stocks To Buy For 2014: Chanticleer Holdings Inc (HOTR)
Chanticleer Holdings, Inc., incorporated in 1999, is a business operator focused on expanding the Hooters casual dining restaurant brand in international markets. Chanticleer has rights to develop and operate Hooters restaurants in South Africa and has joint ventured with the current franchisee in Australia. The company also has franchise rights to develop Hungary and parts of Brazil while evaluating several additional opportunities internationally. During the year ended December 31, 2011, Chanticleer and a group of private equity investors acquired Hooters of America, Inc. (HOA). HOA is the franchisor and operator of over 450 Hooters restaurants in 44 states and 28 foreign countries. In October 2013, Chanticleer Holdings Inc purchased American Roadside Burgers, Inc. In December 12, 2013, Chanticleer Holdings Inc acquired a 51% interest in JF Restaurants LLC, an owner and operator of restaurants. In February 2014, it acquired Hooters' United States Pacific Northwest franchise rights and two existing restaurants in Oregon and Washington.
The Company operates in two business segments: Hooters franchise restaurants, and investment management and consulting services businesses. Hooters has also branched out to other areas, including licensing its name to a golf tour and the sale of packaged food in supermarkets. Its subsidiaries include Chanticleer Advisors, LLC, (Advisors), Avenel Ventures, LLC (Ventures), Avenel Financial Services, LLC (AFS), Chanticleer Holdings Limited (CHL), Chanticleer Holdings Australia Pty, Ltd. (CHA), Chanticleer Investment Partners, LLC (CIP), DineOut SA Ltd. (DineOut), Kiarabrite (Pty) Ltd (KPL), Dimaflo (Pty) Ltd (DFLO), Tundraspex (Pty) Ltd (TPL), Civisign (Pty) Ltd (CPL), Dimalogix (Pty) Ltd (DLOG) and Crown Restaurants Kft. (CRK).
As of December 31, 2011, the Company had four Hooters locations in South Africa in Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg (two locations), which are owned by four companies, which it control. The Com! pany formed a management company to operate the current South African Hooters locations. It owns 80% of the management company, with two members of local management owning the remaining 20%. The management company charges a management fee of 5% of net revenues to the Hooters locations in South Africa.
The Company has acquired development rights for Hooters in five states of Brazil, which would include Rio de Janeiro. It has applied to HOA for franchise rights in Hungary, where it own 80% of the entity the Company anticipate will hold the franchise rights and its local partner owns the remaining 20%. The Company has partnered with the Hooters franchisee in a joint venture in which it owns 49% and its partner 51%. The first Hooters restaurant under this joint venture (which would be the third Hooters restaurant open in Australia) opened in January 2012 in Campbelltown, a suburb of Sydney. It has a non-binding letter of intent with a franchisee to purchase 100% of an existing Hooters location.
Management and consulting services
The Company provides management and consulting services for small companies, which are seeking to become publicly traded. The Company also provides management and investment services for Investors LLC and Investors II, which are affiliates of the Company.Advisors' Opinion:
- [By Konrad Kuhn]
Chanticleer Holdings (HOTR), a franchisee of international Hooters restaurants, has exploded through its upside target prices; however, in our view, the stock has a long way to go, as it expands its restaurants abroad, and in the US.
- [By Chris Isidore]
Restaurant chains are trying to hold the line on prices. Mark Allison, senior vice president of culinary operations at Chanticleer Holdings (HOTR), which operates the American Roadside Burger chain, said his chain raised prices about 12%, even though their beef costs are up even more than that.
Hot Industrial Disributor Stocks To Buy For 2014: LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton SA (LVMH)LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton SA, (LVMH), is a France-based luxury goods company. It owns a portfolio of luxury brands and its business activities are divided into five segments: Wines and Spirits, Fashion and Leather Goods, Perfumes and Cosmetics, Watches and Jewelry, and Selective Retailing. The activities of the wines and spirits sector include the Champagne and Wines branch, and the Cognac and Spirits branch. The Fashion and Leather Goods group includes Louis Vuitton, Kenzo and Rossimoda among others. LVMH is present in the perfume and cosmetics sector through the French Houses Christian Dior and other brands. Watches and Jewelry sells such products as TAG Heuer, Zenith, Dior Watches, Chaumet and Fred, among others. Selective Retailing businesses operate in two segments: travel retail and the seleLVMH ctive retail concepts represented by Sephora and Le Bon Marche. In September 2013, the Company acquired majority stake in Nicholas Kirkwood, a British shoe designer company. Advisors' Opinion:
- [By Holly LaFon]
Louis Vuitton (LVMH) is one of the world's leading manufacturers and retailers of luxury apparel. Nearly two years ago, we began to analyze the company. We liked the business model, particularly the growth potential as consumers in emerging markets grow more eager to demonstrate their af铿�ence. We concluded that the company was well-run by a trustworthy management team, but its valuation did not seem very compelling. Louis Vuitton did not appear to be trading at what we felt was enough of a discount to its intrinsic value. Despite this, we did not abandon the idea. For the next 18 months we kept Louis Vuitton on what we call our inventory list. It was an investment we were comfortable making if the right price presented itself. In April, Louis Vuitton shares declined sharply after shareholders were disappointed by their latest earnings announcement, bringing the stock down to a valuation that we felt was attractive. We acted quickly to purchase shares.
Hot Industrial Disributor Stocks To Buy For 2014: Rovi Corporation(ROVI)
Rovi Corporation provides digital entertainment technology solutions for the discovery and management of entertainment content. It offers interactive program guides; embedded licensing technologies, such as recommendations and search capability; media recognition technologies; licensing of the company?s database of descriptive information about television, movie, music, books, and game content; and analog content protection technologies and services. The company?s interactive program guides technology is an interactive listing of television or video program information that enables viewers to navigate through, sort, select, and schedule video programming for viewing and recording. The company also provides video delivery solutions, such as compression-decompression technology (codec) to enable distribution of content across the Internet and through recordable media in physical or streamed forms; and media manager, a personal computer application enabling consumers to man age personal media files, including music, photos, and video files. In addition, it offers digital copy solution for consumer electronics devices and PC software applications; the Rovi Entertainment Store video delivery solutions; content authoring solutions; and advertising solutions. Rovi Corporation primarily serves companies in the consumer electronics, cable and satellite, entertainment, and online distribution markets. The company was formerly known as Macrovision Solutions Corporation and changed its name to Rovi Corporation in July 2009. Rovi Corporation was founded in 1983 and is headquartered in Santa Clara, California.Advisors' Opinion:
- [By Seth Jayson]
Rovi (Nasdaq: ROVI ) is expected to report Q1 earnings on May 1. Here's what Wall Street wants to see:
The 10-second takeaway
Comparing the upcoming quarter to the prior-year quarter, average analyst estimates predict Rovi's revenues will decrease -12.8% and EPS will wither -17.9%.
- [By Alex Planes]
What: Shares of Rovi (NASDAQ: ROVI ) have lost nearly 12% today as a result of the company's disappointing earnings report. Both top and bottom lines missed estimates, and the company is now contemplating divestitures to keep itself afloat.