Perdue, like most companies, is expanding its offerings to meet growing customer interests. Because of that, organic chicken is currently the chicken producer's biggest growth area.
"Words like 'organic' have meaning," said Jim Perdue, chairman of Perdue Farms, "because there are stringent regulations."
According to Perdue, organic chicken accounts for about 5% of the poultry the company sells today. It might not sound like much, but that makes Perdue the largest organic young chicken processor in the nation, according to Michael Sheats, director of the Agricultural Analytics Division at the United States Department of Agriculture. Perdue Farms has the ability to process more than 100,000 birds a day at its Milford, Delaware, plant.
Hot Performing Companies To Watch In Right Now: Rigel Pharmaceuticals Inc.(RIGL)
Rigel Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a clinical-stage drug development company, engages in the discovery and development of small-molecule drugs for the treatment of inflammatory/autoimmune diseases, as well as for certain cancers and metabolic diseases. Its product development programs include R788, which completed a phase 2 clinical trial for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis; and is in phase 2 clinical trials for B-cell lymphoma, T-cell lymphoma, immune thrombocytopenia purpura, and certain solid tumors. The company?s product development programs also comprise R343, which is in phase 1b clinical trial for the treatment of asthma. In addition, its preclinical programs include oral JAK3 inhibitor program for research in the area of immunology/inflammation; adiponectin mimetics for the treatment of type 2 diabetes mellitus and other potential indications; and muscle atrophy program for muscle homeostasis. Further, the company is evaluating R763/AS703569 compound in its aurora kinase inhibition program targeting cancer cell proliferation. Rigel Pharmaceuticals, Inc. has collaboration agreements with AstraZeneca AB; Pfizer, Inc.; and Daiichi Pharmaceuticals Co., Ltd. The company was founded in 1996 and is based in South San Francisco, California.Advisors' Opinion:
- [By Keith Speights]
Rigel Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: RIGL ) experienced pain this week, resulting from its drug intended to help rheumatoid arthritis patients suffer less pain. Shares fell almost 23%.
- [By Maxx Chatsko]
Rigel Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: RIGL ) was kicked in the stomach earlier this month, when AstraZeneca (NYSE: AZN ) returned full rights for fostamatinib. The Big Pharma member decided to write off $140 million of assets attributed to the partnership rather than take the next steps in commercializing the drug for rheumatoid arthritis. Ouch. While it's a smart idea for AstraZeneca to walk away now, Rigel is in a tough spot with its top drug candidate receiving a vote of no confidence. There is a handful of companies that stand to benefit from fostamatinib's failure. In the following video, Fool contributor Maxx Chatsko explains what it means for investors and what the future could hold for the development-stage company. �
Hot Supermarket Stocks To Invest In Right Now: The Travelers Companies Inc.(TRV)
The Travelers Companies, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides various commercial and personal property and casualty insurance products and services to businesses, government units, associations, and individuals primarily in the United States. The company operates in three segments: Business Insurance; Financial, Professional, and International Insurance; and Personal Insurance. The Business Insurance segment offers property and casualty products and services, such as commercial multi-peril, property, general liability, commercial auto, and workers? compensation insurance. It operates in six groups: Select Accounts, which serves small businesses; Commercial Accounts that serves mid-sized businesses; National Accounts, which serves large companies; Industry-Focused Underwriting that serves targeted industries; Target Risk Underwriting, which serves commercial businesses requiring specialized product underwriting, claims handling, and risk management services; and Special ized Distribution that offers products to customers through licensed wholesale, general, and program agents. The Financial, Professional, and International Insurance segment provides surety and financial liability coverage, which uses a credit-based underwriting process; and property and casualty products primarily in the United States., the United Kingdom, Ireland, and Canada. The Personal Insurance segment offers property and casualty insurance covering personal risks, primarily automobile and homeowners insurance to individuals. It distributes its products through independent agents, sponsoring organizations, joint marketing arrangements with other insurers, and direct marketing. The company was founded in 1853 and is based in New York, New York.Advisors' Opinion:
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Travelers (NYSE: TRV ) shares finished up 2.1% after the insurance provider said earnings per share improved 15% from $2.02 a year ago to $2.33, soaring past the $2.02 analysts expected. Travelers' bottom line has benefited from price increases implemented over the last two years. Management has argued that an increase in natural disasters necessitates higher premiums. It also hiked its quarterly dividend from $0.46 to $0.50, giving it a 2.3% yield.
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Travelers (NYSE: TRV ) has only been on the Dow in its present form since 2009, but it first joined in 1997, only to be replaced by the megabank that acquired it at the turn of the century. Now that it's independent again, the New York City-based insurer has reclaimed a history that stretches further back than JPMorgan's to a $0.02 transaction in Hartford, Conn. Travelers has held up well through the devastation of the financial crisis, but will its pedigree be enough to fend off JPMorgan?
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Travelers (NYSE: TRV ) has traveled north of the border for its latest large-scale asset purchase. The company announced Monday that it has agreed to a deal with Canada's E-L Financial to acquire The Dominion of Canada General Insurance.
Hot Supermarket Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Ryder System Inc.(R)
Ryder System, Inc. provides transportation and supply chain management solutions. It operates in three segments: Fleet Management Solutions (FMS), Supply Chain Solutions (SCS), and Dedicated Contract Carriage (DCC). The FMS segment offers leasing, contract maintenance, contract-related maintenance, and commercial rental of trucks, tractors, and trailers primarily in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. It also offers fleet support services, such as fuel, insurance, safety, administration, environmental management, and information technology services. In addition, this segment sells its used vehicles through 55 company owned retail sales centers, as well as through its Web site, Usedtrucks.Ryder.com. Its customers include small businesses and enterprises operating in transportation, grocery, lumber and wood products, food service, and home furnishings industries. The SCS segment provides supply chain consulting solutions in North America and Asia. It offers di stribution management, transportation management, and professional services, as well as various support services, such as information technology and engineering solutions. This segment primarily serves automotive, electronics, high-tech, telecommunications, industrial, consumer goods, consumer packaged goods, paper and paper products, office equipment, food and beverage, and general retail industries. The DCC segment offers vehicles and drivers as part of a transportation solution in the United States. It combines the equipment, maintenance, and administrative services of a service lease with drivers and additional services, such as routing and scheduling, fleet sizing, safety, regulatory compliance, risk management, technology and communication systems support, and other technical support. This segment serves energy and utility, metals and mining, retail, construction, healthcare products, and food and beverage industries. The company was founded in 1933 and is based in Mia mi, Florida.Advisors' Opinion:
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The ASF (R) 165 will also be available for its new customers, targeting the LED and industrial markets. The production is in progress in the Arizona plant in the U.S. with a production furnace capable of producing high-quality 165 kilogram boules in high volume. The ASF 165 will definitely give its customers a competitive advantage and lower cost of ownership, by providing a sapphire furnace that will significantly increase capacity and reduce costs as it provides 40% increase in Boule size compared to the current ASF 115. In addition, the company is anticipating strong demand for this product category in the coming months.
Hot Supermarket Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Sonic Corp.(SONC)
Sonic Corp. operates and franchises a chain of quick-service drive-in restaurants in the United States. As of October 03, 2011, the company operated and franchised approximately 3,500 drive-ins. It also leases signs and real estate. The company was founded in 1953 and is headquartered in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.Advisors' Opinion:
- [By Rick Aristotle Munarriz]
Alamy McDonald's (MCD) has been struggling to heat up its sales for more than a year, but let's not assume that all fast food chains are in the same boat. In fact, as McDonald's tries to upgrade its menu with premium-priced items and update its eateries with fancy decor, free Wi-Fi, and barista-brewed coffee beverages, a much smaller rival is doing just fine with a throwback business model and menu. At a time when many of its more modern peers are struggling to ring up sales, Sonic (SONC) -- the chain of drive-in restaurants where some orders are still delivered to parked cars by carhops on roller skates -- is doing just fine. Retro Chic Sonic reported another solid quarter on Monday. Same-restaurant sales rose 2.2 percent for its fiscal quarter ending in November. Margins improved to the point where adjusted earnings per share climbed 18 percent with the help of an aggressive share buyback plan. McDonald's doesn't operate on the same fiscal calendar, but we know that same-restaurant sales in the U.S. declined 0.8 percent in November and were up a mere 0.2 percent in October. McDonald's is the world's largest burger chain, but it's had several months since Oct. 2012 where it failed to drum up more sales than it did a year earlier. Meanwhile, Sonic is on a roll. This isn't a fluke. Sonic posted a 5.9 percent surge in same-restaurant sales during its summer quarter. Zigging When McDonald's Zags Sonic and McDonald's both serve cheap burgers, but what's more interesting to consider is where the two companies are going in different directions. McDonald's has been on a health kick lately. It's been promoting its grilled chicken salads and recently added breakfast sandwiches made with egg whites. Sonic, on the other hand, is crediting no small part of the success of its most recent quarter to its milkshakes and new Cheesecake Bites. Consumers may talk about eating healthier, but they do something else when they're eating out. We're seeing this in the chain
- [By CNNMoney Staff]
Shares of Sonic (SONC) are higher after the drive-in restaurant operator reported earnings that beat Wall Street's expectations.
Carnival (CCL) shares fell after the cruise company reported a first quarter loss.
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AFP/Getty Images You can never know in advance all the news that will move the market in a given week, but some things you can see coming. From the year's most important consumer tech exposition to a struggling casual dining chain reporting quarterly results, here are some of the things that will help shape the week ahead on Wall Street. Monday -- Steaks on Skates: When it comes to fast food with throwback charm it's hard to beat the retro ways of Sonic (SONC). There are more than 3,500 "drive-in" locations where guests can pull up to a parking stall and order burgers, shakes, and taters from intercoms. Things haven't been easy for the fast food industry. An improving economy is sending customers to the higher quality fare at fast casual concepts, which combine fresher food with quick service. Sonic has held up better than its more traditional burger-flipping rivals, posting same-restaurant sales growth of nearly 6 percent in its most recent quarter. It will provide financial results for its latest quarter on Monday. Tuesday -- Check In with the Tech Insiders: Consumer tech has never been hotter as consumers snap up smartphones and tablets. CES -- the annual consumer tech powwow -- kicks off on Tuesday for four days of companies showing off their latest gadgets. Wearable computing will naturally be a big part of the event, and we'll see on Tuesday how many companies will be aiming for this market with high-tech bracelets, shoes, glasses, and other accessories. Wednesday -- Ruby Tuesday in the Red: It's not just fast food that's feeling the pain these days. Many of the more ordinary casual dining chains are also struggling to woo the hungry. Ruby Tuesday (RT) is no different. The stock hit new lows three months ago after posting disastrous quarterly results. Comps are plunging, profits have turned to losses, and Ruby Tuesday has missed Wall Street's expectations in back-to-back quarters. Ruby Tuesday's trying. Its latest strategy has been to offer pretzel
Hot Supermarket Stocks To Invest In Right Now: China Banking Corp (CHIB)China Banking Corporation (CHIB) is a Philippines-based company engaged in the business as the privately owned local commercial bank in the Philippines. The Bank caters to the Chinese-Filipino commercial sector, retail and consumer segments. The Bank�� market consists of the corporate, commercial, middle and retail markets. Its businesses include deposit taking, corporate and middle market lending, retail loans including mortgage and auto loans, investment banking, insurance products through its subsidiaries, treasury and foreign exchange trading, trust and investment management, wealth management, cash management, Internet banking and mobile banking services, inward remittances through tie-ups with remittance companies and exchange houses in the Middle East, Asia and United States cities. Effective January 17, 2014 China Banking Corp acquired a 84.77% interest in Planters Development Bank. Advisors' Opinion:
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Investors looking to short a particular sector can choose from several Global X long ETFs. The Global X China Consumer ETF (CHIQ) concentrates its investments in consumer cyclical goods and consumer defense goods. The Global X China Energy ETF (CHIE) primarily holds stocks in coal, oil and utility companies. The Global X China Financials ETF (CHIX) only invests in financial services companies and real estate companies. The Global X China Industrials ETF (CHII) holds stocks in industrial companies and basic materials companies. The Global X China Materials ETF (CHIM) invests in basic materials stocks. The Global X China Technology ETF (CHIB) holds technology stocks as the core of its investments. All of these ETFs are particularly sensitive to sector downturns and general economic contractions.
Hot Supermarket Stocks To Invest In Right Now: II-VI Inc (IIVI)
II-VI Incorporated (II-VI), incorporated in 1971, develops, refines, manufactures and markets high-technology materials and derivative precision components and products for precision use in industrial, military, telecommunications, photovoltaic, medical and aerospace applications. The Company�� products are supplied to manufacturers and users in a range of markets, including industrial, military, telecommunications, photovoltaic and medical. II-VI focuses on providing components to its customers��assembly lines for products, such as high-power laser material processing systems, military fire control and missile guidance devices, fiber optics and wireless communication systems, photovoltaic systems, medical diagnostic systems and industrial, commercial and consumer thermal management systems. In November 2013, the Company announced that it has completed the acquisition of the fiber amplifier and micro-optics business (the Business) of Oclaro, Inc.
II-VI supplies a range of precision infrared optical components, such as lenses, output couplers, windows and mirrors for use in carbon dioxide (CO2) lasers. The Company�� precision optical components are used to attenuate the amount of laser energy, improve the properties of the laser beam and focus and direct laser beams to a target work surface. The optical components include both reflective and transmissive optics and are made from materials such as zinc selenide (ZnSe), zinc sulfide (ZnS), copper, silicon, gallium arsenide and germanium. Transmissive optics used with CO2 lasers are made from ZnSe.
One-Micron Laser Components
The supplies an array of tools for laser materials processing, including modular laser processing heads for fiber lasers, YAG lasers and other one-micron laser systems. It also manufactures beam delivery systems, including fiber optic cables and modular beam systems.
II-VI manufactures products across a range, inc! luding Ultra Violet (UV), Visible and Near-Infrared. The Company offers a range of standard and custom laser gain materials, optics and assemblies for telecommunications, military, medical, industrial, scientific and research and development laser systems. Laser gain materials are produced to stringent industry specifications and precisely fabricated to customer demands. It manufactures waveplates, polarizers, lenses, prisms and mirrors for visible and near-infrared applications, which are used to control or alter visible or near-infrared energy and its polarization. In addition, it manufactures coated windows used as debris shields in the industrial and medical laser aftermarkets.
The Company offers fiber optics and micro optics and photonic crystal parts for optical communications, optical and photonic crystal parts for instrumentation and laser applications, optical components and functional modules for optical communication networks, and diode pumped solid-state laser devices for optical instruments, display and biotechnology. Its Near-Infrared Optics segment also produces components for UV Filters used in early warning missile detection.
Military Infrared Optics
II-VI offers optics and optical subassemblies for infrared systems, including thermal imaging, night vision, targeting and navigation systems. The Company�� product offering is consists of missile domes, electro-optical windows and subassemblies, imaging lenses and other components. Its precision optical products utilize infrared optical materials, such as Sapphire, Germanium, Zinc Sulfide, Zinc Selenide, Silicon, and Spinel. In addition, its products also include visible and crystalline materials, such as Calcium Fluoride, Barium Fluoride and Fused Silica. Its products are utilized on the F-35 fighter jet, Apache Attack Helicopter, Joint Strike Fighter and ground vehicles, such as the Abrams M-1 Tank and Bradley Fighting Vehicle.
Material Processing and Refinement
The Comp! any�� p! roduct offering includes selenium and tellurium metals and chemicals in a variety of purity levels and forms. The Company�� product offerings are 6H-SiC (semi-insulating) and 4H-SiC (conducting) poly-types and are available in sizes up to 100 millimeter diameter. SiC substrates are used in wireless infrastructure, radio frequency (RF) electronics, power conversion and power switching industries.
Thermoelectric Modules and Assemblies
II-VI supplies an array of thermoelectric modules and related assemblies to various market segments. In the defense market, Thermoelectric modules (TEMs) are used in guidance systems, smart weapons and night vision systems, as well as soldier cooling. TEMs are also used in products providing temperature stabilization for telecommunication lasers that generate and amplify optical signals for fiber optic communication systems.
The Company also produces and sells a range of solutions from thermoelectric components to complete sub-assemblies used in the medical equipment market and other industrial and commercial applications. Thermoelectric modules, used as power generators are also applied in a range of end-use applications. It offers single-stage TEMs, micro TEMs, multi-stage TEMs, planar multi-stage TEMs, extended life thermocyclers, thermoelectric thermal reference sources, power generators and thermoelectric assemblies.
The Company competes with Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd., Newport Corporation., Optoskand AB , Precitec, Inc, Northrop Grumman Corporation, CVI Melles Griot, O-Net Communications, OPLINK Communication, Axsun, DRS Technologies, Inc., Goodrich Corporation, Umicore, Komatsu, Ltd., Laird Technologies, Ferrotec Corporation, Cree, Inc., Dow Corning Corporation, Nippon Steel, Bridgestone and SiCrystal AG.Advisors' Opinion:
- [By Brian Pacampara]
What: Shares of laser optics technologist II-VI (NASDAQ: IIVI ) sank 12% today after its full-year guidance missed�Wall Street expectations.