One day many years ago, I found myself stuck in traffic and noticed a peculiar sign. It said something about the construction that was going on — the very thing that was hampering my commute.
It said all this construction was being funded by a bond. This was before I had ever started my career in finance, so bonds were an unfamiliar thing. But when I began my investment career, I soon realized that I could actually invest in these things. And the more I learned, the more I was ecstatic.
After all, If you can’t beat ’em, might as well make money off them…
You see, these types of bonds have a name — general obligation bonds — a type of municipal, or “muni” bond for short. These bonds are used for everything from helping fund road construction to building schools, bridges, water infrastructure and other public buildings. As I became more familiar with municipal bonds, I quickly became a fan. In fact, in my experience, muni-bonds are one of the safest ways for investors to earn income in today’s market — while also beating the tax man. (More on that in a moment.)
Top 10 Safest Stocks To Watch Right Now: ARMOUR Residential REIT, Inc.(ARR)
ARMOUR Residential REIT, Inc. invests in residential mortgage backed securities in the United States. The company is managed by ARMOUR Capital Management LP. Its securities portfolio primarily consists of agency securities backed by fixed rate, hybrid adjustable rate, and adjustable rate home loans, as well as unsecured notes and bonds issued by the government-sponsored entities and the United States treasuries; and money market instruments. The company has elected to be taxed as a real estate investment trust under the Internal Revenue Code. As a result, it would not be subject to corporate income tax on that portion of its net income that is distributed to shareholders. ARMOUR Residential REIT, Inc. was founded in 2008 and is based in Vero Beach, Florida.
- [By Joseph Griffin]
TheStreet cut shares of Graham (NYSE:GHM) from a b- rating to a c rating in a research note issued to investors on Friday.
Separately, ValuEngine raised Graham from a hold rating to a buy rating in a research note on Saturday, June 2nd.
- [By Joseph Griffin]
Media headlines about Graham (NYSE:GHM) have been trending somewhat positive this week, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. The research group identifies positive and negative news coverage by monitoring more than twenty million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Graham earned a coverage optimism score of 0.05 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news articles about the industrial products company an impact score of 46.6594660277076 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the next several days.
Top 10 Safest Stocks To Watch Right Now: Yuma Energy, Inc.(YUMA)
Yuma Energy, Inc., incorporated on October 7, 1909, is an independent exploration and production company. The Company is oil and gas company focused on the acquisition, development and exploration for conventional and unconventional oil and natural gas resources in the United States Gulf Coast and California. The Company has approximately 13.3 million barrel of oil equivalent (Boe) of proved reserves. The Company’s operations are focused on onshore assets located in central and southern Louisiana, where the Company is targeting the Austin Chalk, Tuscaloosa, Wilcox, Frio, Marg Tex and Hackberry formations. In addition, it has a non-operated position in the Bakken Shale in North Dakota and operated positions in Kern and Santa Barbara Counties in California.
The Company’s Greater Masters Creek Field properties are located in the Austin Chalk Trend in west central Louisiana. The Company holds approximately 61,986 net acres in the field. The Company holds interest in approximately 22 operated proved undeveloped locations, three non-operated proved undeveloped locations, 63 operated non-proved undeveloped locations and 11 non-operated non-proved undeveloped locations that are either held by production or contain existing leasehold. The Company is seeking joint venture partners to participate in the future drilling and development of these locations.
The Company holds non-operated working interest in La Posada (Bayou Hebert) Field located on Vermilion Parish, Louisiana. The La Posada field consists of over three wells producing from the Lower Planulina Cris R sands, and approximately 1,600 gross acres. The Company operates over four wells producing oil from the lower Tuscaloosa sands, three wells producing from the Wilcox sands, and a salt water disposal well at Beaver Dam Creek Field, Bills Branch Field, Livingston North Field, St. Helena and Livingston Parishes, Louisiana. The Company operates Lake Fortuna Field (Raccoon Island), St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana. The Company holds working interest in approximately 1,344 gross acres on Gardner Island and Branville Bay, St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana. The Company holds working interest in approximately 960 gross lease acres in Kern County, California. The Company operates over seven fields producing from Pliocene, Miocene, Oligocene, and Eocene age reservoirs. It holds working interest across approximately 3,292 gross lease option acres in the Livingston 3-D Project area. The Company is the operator and has access rights to drill additional exploration wells to both the Lower Tuscaloosa and the Wilcox oil sands. The Company also operates Amazon 3-D Project, Calcasieu and Jefferson Parishes, Louisiana and Cat Canyon Field, Santa Barbara County, California. The Company holds working interest in approximately 18,553 gross acres in McKenzie County, North Dakota. The Company has interests in approximately six producing oil wells and two active salt water disposal wells. All producing wells are located in two fields, Yellowstone and Southeast Homerun.
- [By Logan Wallace]
Yuma Energy Inc (NYSEAMERICAN:YUMA) was the target of a large increase in short interest during the month of February. As of February 15th, there was short interest totalling 336,888 shares, an increase of 27.7% from the January 31st total of 263,835 shares. Currently, 1.7% of the shares of the stock are sold short. Based on an average trading volume of 1,331,392 shares, the short-interest ratio is currently 0.3 days.
- [By Lisa Levin]
Shares of Yuma Energy, Inc. (NYSE: YUMA) were down 60 percent to $0.4520 after the company late Friday reported it was not in compliance with its debt to EBITDAX covenant and announced limited liquidity levels. The company also reported Q1 earnings down year-over-year and disclosed that it is exploring strategic alternatives.
- [By Lisa Levin]
Amphastar Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMPH) disclosed that it received the FDA approval for Calcium Chloride injection.
Rapid7, Inc. (NASDAQ: RPD) reported a proposed offering of 3 million shares.
Yuma Energy Inc (NYSE: YUMA) reported a Q1 loss of $0.16 per share on sales of $5.646 million. The company also disclosed that it is actively seeking strategic alternatives.
NiSource Inc. (NYSE: NI) disclosed a 24.96 million share common stock offering via selling holders.
Top 10 Safest Stocks To Watch Right Now: CPFL Energia S.A.(CPL)
CPFL Energia S.A., together with its subsidiaries, generates, transmits, distributes, and commercializes electricity to industrial, residential, commercial, rural, and other consumers; and provides energy-related services in Brazil. The company generates electricity through hydroelectric, thermoelectric biomass, solar energy, and wind power plants. It also manufactures, commercializes, rents, and maintains electro-mechanical equipment; and provides administrative, call center, IT, collection, telecommunication, energy transmission, and energy efficiency management services, as well as maintenance services for energy generation companies. As of December 31, 2015, the company distributed electricity to approximately 7.8 million consumers; and had installed capacity of approximately 3,164 megawatts, as well as 247,422 kilometers of distribution lines, including 369,526 distribution transformers. CPFL Energia S.A. was founded in 1998 and is headquartered in São Paulo, Brazil.
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Virtusa Corp (NASDAQ:VRTU)Q3 2019 Earnings Conference CallFeb. 07, 2019, 5:00 p.m. ET
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- [By Ethan Ryder]
Voya Investment Management LLC boosted its stake in Virtusa Co. (NASDAQ:VRTU) by 105.7% during the 2nd quarter, according to its most recent 13F filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The firm owned 280,742 shares of the information technology services provider’s stock after acquiring an additional 144,258 shares during the period. Voya Investment Management LLC’s holdings in Virtusa were worth $13,666,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.
Top 10 Safest Stocks To Watch Right Now: BABCOCK INTERNATIONAL GROUP(BCKIF)
Babcock International Group PLC, together with its subsidiaries, provides value-add services for aerospace, defense, and security in the United Kingdom, rest of Europe, Africa, North America, Australasia, and internationally. The company operates through four segments: Marine, Nuclear, Land, and Aviation. It designs, procures, operates, and manages critical utility and process equipment; offers asset management, defense and maritime training, data and information, and cyber security and intelligence services, as well as naval platforms, and facilities and infrastructure; and designs, manufactures, and provides through-life support for mechanical and electrical systems and equipment. The company also offers naval architecture, systems engineering, design support, and project management services; submarines and complex engineering services in support of various decommissioning programs and projects, training and operation support, new build program management, and design and installation; critical vehicle fleet management, and equipment support and training services for military and civil customers; and designs, assesses, manufactures, installs, maintains and decommissions vehicles for police, fire and ambulance, civil service, military, and other security-focused organizations. In addition, it provides plain line track renewal services; engineering services for track projects, electrification and power, signaling, telecommunications, and on-track plants; and delivers and refurbishes high voltage power lines. Further, the company offers critical engineering services to defense and civil customers, including pilot training, equipment support, and airbase management, as well as operates aviation fleets that provide delivering emergency and offshore services. Babcock International Group PLC was founded in 1891 and is headquartered in London, the United Kingdom.
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JPMorgan Chase & Co. restated their overweight rating on shares of Babcock International Group (OTCMKTS:BCKIF) in a research report sent to investors on Friday, The Fly reports.
Top 10 Safest Stocks To Watch Right Now: Nicholas Financial Inc.(NICK)
Nicholas Financial, Inc., through its subsidiaries, operates as a specialized consumer finance company. The company engages in acquiring and servicing contracts for purchases of new and used automobiles and light trucks. It also makes direct loans and sells consumer-finance related products. In addition, the company engages in developing, marketing, supporting, and updating industry-specific computer application software for small businesses located primarily in the Southeast United States. As of April 5, 2011, it operated 56 branch locations in 14 Southeastern and Midwestern states. The company was founded in 1986 and is headquartered in Clearwater, Florida.
- [By Max Byerly]
Nicholas Financial, Inc. (NASDAQ:NICK) major shareholder Adam K. Peterson acquired 5,500 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, August 9th. The shares were acquired at an average cost of $10.80 per share, for a total transaction of $59,400.00. The purchase was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available through this hyperlink. Major shareholders that own 10% or more of a company’s stock are required to disclose their transactions with the SEC.
- [By Max Byerly]
CPI Card Group (NASDAQ: PMTS) and Nicholas Financial (NASDAQ:NICK) are both small-cap business services companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their risk, valuation, dividends, analyst recommendations, earnings, profitability and institutional ownership.
- [By Ethan Ryder]
Nicholas Financial (NASDAQ: NICK) and Encore Capital Group (NASDAQ:ECPG) are both small-cap finance companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, dividends, earnings, profitability, institutional ownership, valuation and risk.