Thursdays have been the Nikkei's (NIKKEIINDICES: ^NI225 ) bane over the past month. Japan's leading stock index has plunged every Thursday for the last few weeks, starting with a 7% fall that began the index's month-long streak of volatility and continuing today, when the Nikkei lost another 6.4%. The index has still outperformed many of the world's indexes year to date, but today's plunge offers more proof that investors are jittery over Japan's rapid rise on the back of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's aggressive stimulus plan.
Should they be worried about a real drop, or is this another case of short-term traders selling into a self-fulfilled prophecy? Let's take a look at why investors are panicking about Japan's future and what it means for your investing strategy.
An up-and-down yen spurs an up-and-down market
Abe brought about stimulus in response to one of Japan's worst economic problems of the last half-century: more than two decades of a stagnant economy and deflation. Weakening the yen against other leading currencies would be a boon for leading Japanese exporters looking for an edge against overseas competition. Manufacturers such as Komatsu (NASDAQOTH: KMTUY ) have applauded the moves as they look to use a weak yen to grow profits. Komatsu alone projected 46% full-year profit growth this year thanks to the weak yen.
Top 10 Heal Care Companies To Own In Right Now: Astaldi Spa(AST.MI)
Astaldi S.p.A., together with its subsidiaries, engages in the design, construction, and management of public infrastructure and civil engineering works in Italy and internationally. It offers transport infrastructure services, including roads, motorways, railways, undergrounds, ports, and airports; and water and renewable energy works, such as dams, hydroelectric plants, waterworks, oil pipelines, gas pipelines, and treatment plants. The company is also involved in the civil and industrial construction projects, such as hospitals, car parks, and transport infrastructure. Astaldi S.p.A. is headquartered in Rome, Italy.
Top 10 Heal Care Companies To Own In Right Now: ComOps Ltd(COM.AX)
ComOps Limited provides business software solutions and services in the areas of enterprise, sales, and workforce management. Its enterprise management products include ComOps BMS, an enterprise resource planning solution, which manages specific business operations by providing real time financial, distribution, and management information; ComOps BI, a product suite for reporting, query, and analysis needs; and Unibis, a suite of integrated software modules that provides enterprise-wide solutions to business and government organizations requiring multi-company/branch/warehouse and currency processing capabilities. The company?s sales management products comprise ComOps SAM, which automates the business process for a mobile work force or team of customer relationship managers and merchandisers; Procure for retail management; and ComOps eCom, an eCommerce solution that helps in developing online sales channels. Its workforce management solutions include Microster, a workfor ce management solution primarily for small to medium sized enterprises; Executives Online, a talent sourcing solution that enables organizations to recruit high quality candidates for permanent, interim, contract, and project management roles; Salvus, a safety, risk, and claims management solution; and ComOps eContent, which designs and delivers multimedia learning and communication content. The company also provides system implementation, managed, and solutions support services. It serves customers in various industries, including fast moving consumer goods, transport and logistics, healthcare, banking and finance, manufacturing, distribution and wholesale, retail, pharmaceutical, construction, hospitality, mining, government, and services. The company was founded in 1972 and is headquartered in North Sydney, Australia.
5 Best Blue Chip Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Tetra Technologies Inc.(TTI)
TETRA Technologies, Inc. operates as a diversified oil and gas services company. The company operates in three divisions: Fluids, Production Enhancement, and Offshore. The Fluids Division manufactures and markets clear brine fluids, additives, and other associated products and services to the oil and gas industry for use in well drilling, completion, and workover operations in the United States, as well as in various countries in Latin America, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and Africa; and markets liquid and dry calcium chloride products to non-energy markets. The Production Enhancement division offers production testing services in various oil and gas basins in the United States, as well as in Mexico, Brazil, northern Africa, and the Middle East; and wellhead compression-based production enhancement services in the onshore producing regions of the United States, as well as various onshore basins in Canada, Mexico, South America, Europe, and Asia. The Offshore division pr ovides offshore services, including downhole and subsea oil and gas services, such as well plugging and abandonment, and wireline services; decommissioning and construction services utilizing heavy lift barges and various technologies for offshore oil and gas production platforms and pipelines; and conventional and saturated air diving services. It also engages in the exploration, development, and production of oil and gas properties in the offshore and onshore U.S. Gulf Coast region. This division provides its services to oil and gas companies and independent operators. The company was founded in 1981 and is headquartered in the Woodlands, Texas.
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GoConnect Limited, a media communications company, primarily engages in the online delivery of interactive audio/video content through its proprietary technologies. Its activities include the development and growth of video infotainment and entertainment portals with own content productions and third party content; music production and artist management; sale of advertising space on its own online properties, third party Websites, and multiple Internet Protocol TV (IPTV) platforms; and provision of technical services on IPTV platforms and online music talent competitions. The company�s properties comprise PLW Entertainment that offers artist development and management; and Undercover.fm, a music news and information online portal. It also provides Uctv.fm, an on-demand IPTV channel that enables users to stream live entertainment on their TVs, PCs, or smart phones; Soundcheck.com.au, an online talent competition portal; and The Business Show, an investor relations solution designed to assist companies communicate with current and prospective investors. GoConnect Limited was founded in 1999 and is based in Melbourne, Australia.
Top 10 Heal Care Companies To Own In Right Now: La Mancha Resource Com Npv (LMA.TO)
La Mancha Resources Inc., through its subsidiaries, engages in the mining, exploration, and production of gold properties in Africa, Australia, and Argentina. Its principal properties include the Frog�s Leg and White Foil mines located in Western Australia. The company also holds interests in the Ity gold mine located in western C么te d�Ivoire; and the Hassai mine located in northeastern Sudan. La Mancha Resources Inc. was incorporated in 1996 and is headquartered in Montreal, Canada. As of September 10, 2012, La Mancha Resources, Inc. was taken private.
Top 10 Heal Care Companies To Own In Right Now: Gruma SAB de CV (GMK)
Gruma, S.A.B. de C.V. (GRUMA), incorporated on December 24, 1971, is a holding company and conduct its operations through subsidiaries. The Company is engaged principally in the production, distribution and sale of corn flour in Mexico. Its commercial names are GRUMA and MASECA. The Company has operations in Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador and Nicaragua, as well as Ecuador, which the Company includes as part of its Central American operations. Its products include tortillas, corn flour, and other tortilla related products. The Company�� subsidiaries include Grupo Industrial Maseca, S.A.B. de C.V. (GIMSA), Molinera de Mexico, S.A. de C.V. (Molinera de Mexico), Gruma Corporation, Azteca Milling, LP, Gruma de Guatemala, S.A., Derivados de Maiz Alimenticio, S.A., Derivados de Maiz de Honduras, S.A. (Gruma Centroamerica) and Industrializadora y Comercializadora de Palmito, S.A. On November 16, 2011, the Company, through its subsidiary Gruma International Foods, S.L., acquired Semolina A.S.
On April 15, 2011, the Company, through its subsidiary Gruma Corporation, acquired the business of manufacturing, distributing and selling of corn and wheat flour tortillas of Albuquerque Tortilla Company. On August 25, 2011, the Company, through its subsidiary Gruma Corporation, acquired the business of manufacturing, distributing and selling of corn and wheat flour tortillas of Casa de Oro Foods. On July 13, 2011, the Company, through its subsidiary Gruma International Foods, S.L., acquired Solntse Mexico.
U.S. and European Operations
The Company conducts its United States and European operations principally through its subsidiary, Gruma Corporation, which manufactures and distributes corn flour, packaged tortillas, corn chips and related products. Gruma Corporation operates primarily through its Mission Foods division, which produces tortillas and related products, and Azteca Milling, L.P., a limited partnership between Gruma Corporation (80%) and Archer-Daniels-Mi! dland (20%) which produces corn flour. Mission Foods manufactures and distributes packaged corn and wheat tortillas and related products (which include tortilla chips) under the MISSION and GUERRERO brand names in the United States, as well as other regional brands. Mission Foods serves both retail and food service customers. Azteca Milling distributes approximately 40% of the corn flour it produces to Mission Foods��plants throughout the United States and Europe. Azteca Milling�� third-party customers consist of other tortilla manufacturers, corn chip producers, retail customers and wholesalers.
The Company competes with Ole Mexican Foods, Reser�� Fine Foods, Tyson, Bimbo, Hormel Foods, General Mills and Santa Maria.
The Company in Mexico is engaged in the business of manufacturing and sale of corn flour, which it conducts through its subsidiary GIMSA. Through its association with Archer-Daniels-Midland, it has also entered the wheat milling business in Mexico through Molinera de Mexico. Its other subsidiaries engage in the manufacturing and distribution of packaged tortillas and other related products in northern Mexico, conduct research and development regarding corn flour and tortilla manufacturing equipment, produce machinery for corn flour and tortilla production and construct its corn flour manufacturing facilities.
GIMSA also produces wheat flour and other related products. It sells corn flour in Mexico mainly under the brand name MASECA. GIMSA produces approximately 50 varieties of corn flour for the manufacture of different food products. It sells corn flour to tortilla and tortilla chip manufacturers, as well as in the retail market. GIMSA sells packaged corn flour in bulk principally to thousands of small tortilla manufacturers (tortillerias), which purchase in 20-kilogram sacks and produce tortillas on their premises for sale to local markets. GIMSA also sells corn flour in bulk to supermarkets��in-store tortill! erias and! snack manufacturers. GIMSA owns 19 corn flour mills, all of which are located throughout Mexico. GIMSA also owns two plants, one of which produces wheat flour and the other, corn grits and several types of corn based products. Its wheat flour brands are REPOSADA, PODEROSA and SELECTA. The Company owns and operates nine wheat flour plants, including one of which it hold a 40% ownership interest.
The Company competes with Grupo Minsa, S.A. de C.V., OPTIMASA , Trimex, Tablex, La Espiga, Elizondo, and Anahuac.
Central American Operations
Gruma Centroamerica produces corn flour, and tortillas and snacks. The Company also cultivates and sells hearts of palm and process and sells rice. It sells corn flour under the MASECA, TORTIMASA, MASARICA and MINSA brands. In Costa Rica, it sells packaged tortillas under the TORTI RICA and MISION brands. The Company operates a Costa Rican snack operation, which manufactures tortilla chips, potato chips and similar products under the TOSTY, RUMBA, and LA TICA brand. Hearts of palm are exported to numerous European countries as well as the United States, Canada, Chile and Mexico. 79% of Gruma Centroamerica�� sales volume during the year ended December 31, 2011, derived from the sale of corn flour. It had an annual installed production capacity of 350 thousand tons for corn flour and other products as of December 31, 2011.
The Company competes with Del Comal, Dona Blanca, Selecta, Bachoza and Instamasa.
As of December 31, 2011, it owned 72.86% in MONACA. In addition, it owned 57% in DEMASECA. Gruma Venezuela produces and distributes corn flour, as well as wheat flour, rice, oats and other products. It sells corn flour under the brand names JUANA and DEMASA. The Company sells wheat flour under the ROBIN HOOD, FLOR DE TRIGO and POLAR brand, rice under the MONICA brand and oats under the LASSIE brand. It operates five corn flour plants, five wheat flour plants, two rice plants, one! pasta pl! ant, and two plants that produce oats and spices in Venezuela with a total annual production capacity of 823 thousand tons as of December 31, 2011.
The Company competes with Alimentos Polar, Industria Venezolana Maizera PROAREPA, Asoportuguesa, La Lucha and Cargill.
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Capital Drilling Limited provides exploration, development, grade control, and blast hole drilling services to mineral exploration and mining companies. The company operates a fleet of 77 drilling rigs. It offers various drilling services, including surface diamond core; high air capacity reverse circulation, such as deep-hole RC for mineral exploration and mining; grade control; heli-portable diamond; deep directional core orientation; air core drilling using medium to light weight rigs; geotechnical; and coal and coal bed methane, as well as water bores and mine dewatering services. It also provides various products and services, such as assorted supplies, conventional hammers and bits, diamond coring products, down hole survey, drilling fluids, geological and survey equipment, mobile accommodation units, reverse circulation drilling equipment, ridgid tools and petol tongs, safety equipment, top hammer drilling, and tricone rockbits. In addition, the company offers suppo rt services, such as safety, environmental, human resource, systems, and training management services. Further, it provides data and voice solutions to corporate and non-governmental organizations. The company has operations in Tanzania, Zambia, Egypt, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Pakistan, Armenia, Serbia, Papua New Guinea, Mozambique, Hungary, Eritrea, and Chile. Capital Drilling Limited was founded in 2004 and is headquartered in Singapore.
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Lexicon Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company, focuses on the discovery and development of drug candidates for the treatment of various human diseases. The company utilizes gene knockout technologies and an integrated platform of medical technologies to systematically study the physiological and behavioral functions of approximately 5,000 genes in mice and assessed the utility of the proteins encoded by the corresponding human genes as drug targets. Its portfolio of orally-delivered small molecule compounds that have completed or are presently conducting phase 2 clinical trails includes LX4211 for the treatment of type 2 diabetes; LX1031 for the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome and other gastrointestinal disorders; LX1032 for the treatment of the symptoms associated with carcinoid syndrome; and LX2931 for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis and other autoimmune diseases. The company also develops LX1033, an orally-delivered small molecule compound that is in phase 1 clinical trails for the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome and other gastrointestinal disorders. In addition, it develops three orally-delivered small molecule compounds in preclinical development stage that include LX7101 for treatment of glaucoma; LX5061 for the treatment of osteoporosis; and LX2311 for the treatment of autoimmune diseases. Further, the company has small molecule compounds from various additional drug discovery programs in various stages of preclinical research. It has drug discovery and development collaborations with Bristol-Myers Squibb Company; Genentech, Inc.; N.V. Organon; and Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited. The company also has a series of agreements with Symphony Icon, Inc. for the financing of clinical development programs; and an alliance with Nuevolution A/S to access Nuevolution?s Chemetics chemistry technology. Lexicon Pharmaceuticals, Inc. was founded in 1995 and is headquartered in The Woodlands, Texas.
Top 10 Heal Care Companies To Own In Right Now: Accell Group NV (ACCEL)Accell Group NV is a Netherlands-based holding company. The Company and its subsidiaries divides its business into two segments: Bicycle & Bicycle Parts, active in the design, development, production, marketing and sales of bicycles, bicycle parts and accessories; and Fitness, providing fitness equipment. It sells bicycles under the Batavus, Bremshey, Ghost, Haibike, Hercules, Koga, Lapierre, Loekie, Redline, Sparta, Staiger, Tunturi, Winora, XLC and Raleigh brands via specialist bicycle retailers as well as bicycle parts under the Juncker Bike Parts and Wiener Bike Parts brands and fitness equipment under the Bremshey Sport brand. The Company�� main markets are the Netherlands, Germany, France, and European countries. The Company has production facilities in the Netherlands, Germany, France, Hungary and Belgium. As of December 31, 2011, it operated through 21 wholly owned subsidiaries. On May 22, 2012, the Company acquired Raleigh Cycle Limited. Advisors' Opinion:
- [By Tom Konrad]
Accell is a leading bicycle manufacturer and a leader in electric bikes based in the Netherlands with worldwide sales mostly in Europe but expanding rapidly in the United States and Asia. The company's strategy is to leverage its strong distribution network by acquiring strong brands in a highly fragmented industry. In 2012, they acquired Raleigh, which was a slightly larger than usual acquisition. Integrating Raleigh took longer than management expected, and depressed third quarter earnings and the company's current share price. The company has a variable annual dividend, but based on the last payment of 0.782 euros, it's currently trading at a 5.9% annual yield. Stock appreciation in 2013 could be driven by the start of synergies from the Raleigh acquisition, increased adoption of electric bikes in the US, or easing of uncertainty in Europe.
Because smaller investors may find Accell difficult to buy through their broker's foreign trading desk, they may want to substitute one of my upcoming alternative picks.
Top 10 Heal Care Companies To Own In Right Now: Ryanair (RYAAY)Ryanair Holdings plc (Ryanair Holdings), incorporated in 1996, is a holding company for Ryanair Limited (Ryanair). Ryanair operates a low-cost, scheduled-passenger airline serving short-haul, point-to-point routes between Ireland, the United Kingdom, Continental Europe, and Morocco. As of June 30, 2012, the Company offered approximately over 1,500 scheduled short-haul flights per day serving approximately 160 airports largely throughout Europe with an operating fleet of 294 aircraft flying approximately 1,500 routes. Ryanair sells seats on a one-way basis. The Company also holds a 29.8% interest in Aer Lingus Group plc. As of June 30, 2012, Ryanair�� operating fleet was composed of 294 Boeing 737-800 aircraft, each having 189 seats. Ryanair�� fleet totaled 294 Boeing 737-800s at March 31, 2012. As of June 30, 2012, Ryanair owned and operated four Boeing 737-800 full flight simulators for pilot training. Ryanair provides ancillary services and engages in other activities connected with its core air passenger service, including non-flight scheduled services, Internet-related services, and the in-flight sale of beverages, food, and merchandise. As part of its non-flight scheduled and Internet-related services Ryanair incentivizes ground service providers at airports it serves to levy correct excess baggage charges for any baggage, which exceeds Ryanair�� published baggage allowances. Excess baggage charges are recorded as non-flight scheduled revenue. Ryanair distributes accommodation services and travel insurance through its Website. For hotel services, Ryanair has a contract with Hotelscombined PTY Ltd. (Hotelscombined), which operates a price comparison Website, pursuant to which Hotelscombined handles all aspects of such services marketed through Ryanair�� Website and pays a fee to Ryanair. Ryanair also has contracts with other accommodation providers that enable Ryanair to offer hostel, bed-and-breakfast, guesthouse, villa and apartment accommodation to its customers. In addition Ryanair has a contract with Hertz, pursuant to which Hertz handles all car rental services marketed through Ryanair�� Website or telephone reservation system. Ryanair also sells bus and rail tickets onboard its aircraft and through its Website. Ryanair also sells attractions and activities on its Website. Ryanair sells gift vouchers on its Website, which are also redeemable online. The Company has an contract with Webloyalty International Ltd, which offers Ryanair�� customers who have a United Kingdom, German or French billing address a retail discount and cash-back program. Ryanair has agreements, pursuant to which the Company promotes Ryanair-branded credit cards issued by MBNA, GE Money, Access Prepaid and Banco Santander on its Internet site. The MBNA agreement relates to Irish residents only, the GE Money agreement relates to Swedish and Polish residents only and the Banco Santander agreement relates to United Kingdom residents only. During the fiscal year ended March 31, 2012, Ryanair rolled out handheld Electronic Point of Sale (EPOS) devices across its route network. These EPOS devices replaced manual and paper based systems on board the aircraft. The EPOS device enables cabin crew to sell and record their on-board sales transactions. The EPOS device also issues bus and rail tickets and tickets for tourist attractions. The Company also offers reserved seating in twenty-one extra legroom seats on each aircraft for a fee on certain routes. Ryanair provides its own aircraft and passenger handling and ticketing services at Dublin Airport. Third parties provide these services to Ryanair at other airports it serves. Servisair plc provides Ryanair�� ticketing, passenger and aircraft handling, and ground handling services at airports in Ireland and the United Kingdom(excluding London (Stansted) Airport where these services are provided by Swissport Ltd.), while similar services in continental Europe are provided by the local airport authorities, either directly or through sub-contractors. Advisors' Opinion:
- [By Robert Holmes]
Analyst Penelope Butcher calls Ryanair "the best placed airline in our coverage universe," which she pins on the company's pricing power, competitor capacity withdrawals, and bargaining power with manufacturers and airports.
"On our forecasts, the company will still be in a position to match its record 2007 net income result for FY12, and continue to expand toward doubling this result by 2015, owing to modest capacity growth and stability/potential relief in its fuel cost base from calendar 2012 onward," Butcher writes.
While Butcher's base case calls for a 17% climb in share price next year, her most bullish view would have shares up 61% next year. On the downside, her most bearish outlook calls for shares of Ryanair falling 27% in 2012.
The chart above shows the American Depositary Receipts of Ryanair trading in the U.S., although Morgan Stanley recommends buying shares trading in London.