Today's gains set the mood for the rest of the week, and Wall Street would certainly welcome a different mood from the one we saw last week, which registered as the worst of the young year. Although the Dow Jones Industrial Average's (DJINDICES: ^DJI ) gain of 19 points, or 0.1%, may seem meager, 60% of the index's components were up. The Dow closed at 14,567.�
Investors decided to keep buying Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT ) stock, even after it jumped 3.4% on Friday. The recent bullish sentiment -- shares surged 3.6% today -- comes after an earnings report that far exceeded expectations. Last week's results showed shareholders that the new Windows 8 operating system isn't a complete failure, though it did have some trouble catching on. Microsoft's stock has risen 7.1% in just the past two days on the heels of its surprising quarter.
Best Rising Companies To Watch In Right Now: Mesa Laboratories Inc.(MLAB)
Mesa Laboratories, Inc. designs, manufactures, and markets instruments and disposable products utilized primarily in healthcare, pharmaceutical, food and beverage, medical device, and petrochemical industries. The company offers DATATRACE data loggers that are used in critical manufacturing, quality control, and validation applications to measure temperature, humidity, and pressure inside a process or inside a product during manufacturing; and biological indicators and chemical indicators used to assess the effectiveness of sterilization processes, including steam, gas, hydrogen peroxide, and radiation under the Mesa, Apex, SGM Biotech, and Raven brands. It also provides Torqo torque testing systems, which are used to measure bottle cap tightness in the beverage and pharmaceutical industries; Medical meters, which are used for quality control in dialysis clinics and dialysis machine manufacturing operations; and Nusonics concentration analyzers, pipeline interface detector s, and flow meter products used in the chemical, food, pharmaceutical, and plastics industries. It sells its products through direct sales, marketing staff, and distributors in the United States, Europe, Africa, Australia, Asia, South America, Canada, and Mexico. Mesa Laboratories, Inc. was founded in 1982 and is headquartered in Lakewood, Colorado.
Best Rising Companies To Watch In Right Now: Mitel Networks Corporation(MITL)
Mitel Networks Corporation provides integrated communications solutions to the small-to-medium sized enterprise market in the United States, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Canada, Caribbean, Latin America, and the Asia Pacific. It offers Internet protocol (IP) telephony platforms, including IP telephony software that performs various functions comprising multi-media call control and communications, which allow business users to reach each other, share information, and collaborate; appliances; and desktop devices, such as IP and digital phones, specialty desktop devices, and peripherals. The company also provides a suite of UCC applications, which consist unified communicator advanced, mobility, customer interaction solution, unified messaging, speech auto attendant, telecollaboration solution, teleworker solution, and business dashboard, as well as audio, video, and Web conferencing for integrating voice, video, and data communications with business applications. In addi tion, it offers network services that include local access services; long distance services; mobile voice and data services; data services, such as Internet access and private networking services; hosted offerings, which comprise network monitoring and management, audio conferencing, Web conferencing, hosted secure Internet access, and Web hosting; and hosted IP telephony services. Further, the company provides managed services, including project management, installation, training, maintenance, professional, consulting, business requirements review, and disaster recovery planning services; support services; and financing of its solutions. It serves education, government, healthcare, hospitality, and retail markets through wholesale distributors, solution providers, system integrators, authorized channel partners, and other technology providers. The company is headquartered in Ottawa, Canada.
Top Cheap Companies To Watch In Right Now: Eaton Vance Limited Duration Income Fund (EVV)
Eaton Vance Limited Duration Income Fund is a closed-ended fixed income mutual fund launched and managed by Eaton Vance Management. The fund invests in the fixed income markets of the United States. It seeks to invest in the securities of companies operating across the diversified sectors. The fund invests in senior, secured floating-rate loans, mortgage-backed securities, and corporate bonds that are rated below investment grade quality, known as junk bonds with an average duration of 3.47 years and average quality BBB/BBB-. It benchmarks the performance of its portfolio against the S&P/LSTA Leveraged Loan Index, the Merrill Lynch U.S. High Yield Index, and the Barclays Capital U.S. Intermediate Government Bond Index. Eaton Vance Limited Duration Income Fund was formed on May 30, 2003 and is domiciled in the United States.
Best Rising Companies To Watch In Right Now: Strattec Security Corporation(STRT)
Strattec Security Corporation engages in the design, development, manufacture, and marketing of automotive access control products. The company?s products include mechanical locks and keys, electronically enhanced locks and keys, steering column and instrument panel ignition lock housings, latches, power sliding door systems, power lift gate systems, power deck lid systems, door handles, and related products. It also provides full service and aftermarket support for its products. The company offers its products primarily for automotive manufacturers. It markets its products in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe, South America, Korea, and China. The company was founded in 1994 and is headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Best Rising Companies To Watch In Right Now: Exterran Holdings Inc. (EXH)
Exterran Holdings, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides operations, maintenance, service, and equipment for oil and natural gas production, processing, and transportation applications. The company�s Contract Operations segment offers natural gas compression and production, and processing services, as well as engages in the engineering, procurement, and on site construction of natural gas compression stations and/or crude oil or natural gas production and processing facilities. As of December 31, 2011, this segment provided contract operations services primarily using a fleet of 8,485 natural gas compression units with an aggregate capacity of approximately 3,632,000 horsepower in North America; and a fleet of 1,063 units with an aggregate capacity of approximately 1,260,000 horsepower internationally. Its Aftermarket Services segment sells parts and components; and provides operation, maintenance, overhaul, and reconfiguration services for compression, productio n, treating, and oilfield power generation equipment. The company�s Fabrication segment engages in the design, engineering, installation, fabrication, and sale of natural gas compression units, and accessories and equipment used in the production, treatment, and processing of crude oil and natural gas; provision of engineering, procurement, and fabrication services primarily related to the manufacturing of critical process equipment for refinery and petrochemical facilities; and fabrication of tank farms, and evaporators and brine heaters for desalination plants. Its products include line heaters, oil and natural gas separators, glycol dehydration units, condensate stabilizers, dewpoint control plants, water treatment, mechanical refrigeration and cryogenic plants, and skid-mounted production packages designed for onshore and offshore production facilities. The company was founded in 1990 and is based in Houston, Texas.