BRUSSELS��uro-zone finance ministers expressed optimism on Monday that they could strike a deal with European lawmakers on a single authority to wind down failing banks before European elections in May.
But negotiations over the shape of a planned single resolution mechanism looked set to be complicated by continued disagreements over how to finance the system, and a Finnish vote that limits that country�� room for maneuver in the talks.
���� optimistic we��l get a deal in the coming days,��Jeroen Dijsselbloem, President of the Eurogroup of euro zone finance ministers, said on his way into two days of meetings in Brussels.
Top 5 Value Companies For 2016: H&R Block Inc. (HRB)
H&R Block, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides tax preparation, retail banking, and various business advisory and consulting services. It operates in three segments: Tax Services, Business Services, and Corporate. The Tax Services segment offers H&R Block At Home, an income tax preparation software, as well as a range of online tax services, including tax advice, professional and do-it-yourself tax return preparation, and electronic filing services through its Web site at hrblock.com primarily in the United States, Canada, and Australia. This segment also provides the H&R Block Prepaid Emerald MasterCard and Emerald Advance lines of credit through H&R Block Bank, as well as other retail banking services, including checking and savings accounts, individual retirement accounts, and certificates of deposit; and sells refund anticipation loans and refund anticipation checks offered by third-party lending institutions, as well as offers income tax return preparation course s to the public. The Business Services segment provides tax and consulting services, wealth management, and capital markets services to middle-market companies. The Corporate segment engages in various operations, which include interest income from the United States passive investments, interest expense on borrowings, net interest margin and gains or losses relating to mortgage loans held for investment, real estate owned, residual interests in securitizations and other corporate expenses principally related to finance, legal, and other support departments. The company was founded in 1946 and is headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri.Advisors' Opinion:
- [By Sue Chang]
After Thursday�� closing bell, H&R Block Inc. (HRB) �said it agreed to sell certain bank assets and liabilities to BofI Federal Bank for an undisclosed price. The deal should dilute fiscal 2015 earnings by 7 cents to 9 cents a share. Shares of the tax services provider surged 7.3% in after-hours trading.
- [By Dan Caplinger]
H&R Block (NYSE: HRB ) will release its quarterly report on Tuesday, and as you'd expect outside of tax season, the tax-preparation company will almost certainly post a sizable loss. But the bigger question investors want answered is whether H&R Block can meet the long-term threat of Intuit (NASDAQ: INTU ) and its TurboTax software on one end, as well as the live tax-preparation competition of JTH Holdings' (NASDAQ: TAX ) and its Liberty Tax Service chain.
- [By Myra P. Saefong , Sital S. Patel]
Shares of H&R Block Inc. (HRB) �rose more than 6%, with the tax preparation and banking services provider getting a boost ahead of the April 15 U.S. tax filing deadline.
Top Integrated Utility Stocks To Own For 2015: Datawatch Corporation(DWCH)
Datawatch Corporation engages in the design, development, manufacture, marketing, and support of business computer software products primarily in the United States and the United Kingdom. The company?s products include Monarch 11, a desktop reporting and data analysis application that allows users to extract and manipulate data from ASCII report files, PDF files, or HTML files; Monarch Data Pump, a data replication and migration tool, which provides information delivery and data extract, and transform and load capabilities in one automated solution; and Monarch Enterprise Server that offers Web-enabled report storage, transformation, and distribution, including data analysis, visualization, and MS Excel integration. It also offers Monarch RMS, a Web-based report analytics solution that integrates with existing enterprise content management system; Monarch Report Manager on Demand, a document archive system that stores text, images, intelligent data streams, and unstructur ed content with file compression and encryption; and Datawatch Dashboards, an interactive dashboard solution that gives various levels of users a visual overview of operational performance, as well as the ability to monitor specific business processes and events. In addition, the company provides iMergence iStore, a report management solution, which manages computer-generated reports, mines the data contained in them, and allows users to interactively merge and transform them into new reports; Visual QSM, a Web-enabled IT service management system that incorporates workflow and network management capabilities, and provides Web access to multiple databases while enabling customers to interact through browser; and Visual Help Desk, which offers Web-based help desk and call center solutions. It sells its products through direct sales force, value added resellers, and distributors. Datawatch Corporation was founded in 1985 and is headquartered in Chelmsford, Massachusetts.Advisors' Opinion:
- [By James Oberweis]
Steve Halpern: We're conducting a series of interviews with the top performing advisors from last year's Top Picks Report. This past year, your top stock pick, Datawatch (DWCH) rose more than 150%. Congratulations on that.
- [By Sean Williams]
A clouded future
With cost-cutting and operational efficiency being the name of the game for most tech companies in this uncertain growth environment, companies like Datawatch (NASDAQ: DWCH ) , which provides information optimization for enterprise networks, are thriving.
Top Integrated Utility Stocks To Own For 2015: Real Goods Solar Inc (RGSE)
Real Goods Solar, Inc., incorporated on January 29, 2008, is a solar energy company. The Company serves commercial, residential, and utility customers. The Company provides a solar solution, from design, financing, permitting and installation to ongoing monitoring, maintenance and support. The Company offers free home solar quotes, as well as solar system financing, design, engineering, permitting, installation, rebate acquisition, maintenance, and monitoring. Effective May 14, 2014, the Company acquired Elemental Energy LLC, doing business as Sunetric.
The Company�� solar power installation services are available in California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Vermont. The Company's customers include homeowners, small to large businesses and corporations, universities and schools, and government agencies, such as Aetna Insurance, Stop & Shop, Timex, St. Louis Housing Authority, and Yale University.Advisors' Opinion:
- [By Anna Prior]
Real Goods Solar Inc.(RGSE) said it has agreed to raise about $7 million in a private placement financing transaction. Under the terms of the agreement, RGS will issue units consisting of an aggregate of about 2.9 million shares of its Class A common stock and warrants to purchase up to 1.31 million additional shares, at a price of $2.40 a unit. Shares fell 9.7% to $2.62 premarket.
- [By Peter Graham]
The Q3 2014 earnings report for mid cap solar stock SolarCity Corp (NASDAQ: SCTY), a potential peer of small caps Vivint Solar Holdings Inc (NYSE: VSLR) and Real Goods Solar, Inc (NASDAQ: RGSE), is scheduled for after the market's close on Wednesday (November 5th). Aside from the SolarCity Corp earnings report, it should be said that Vivint Solar Holdings Inc is scheduled to report Q3 2014 earnings after the market close on Monday (November 10th) while Real Goods Solar, Inc reported delayed Q2 2014 earnings on August 19th (a wider quarterly loss led to the ousting of its CEO with the company saying it will�focus on residential rooftops rather than money-losing commercial installations). SolarCity Corp has gotten extra investor attention as its CEO is Lyndon Rive while�the company���chairman is�his cousin, Tesla billionaire Elon Musk.
Top Integrated Utility Stocks To Own For 2015: Cytokinetics Incorporated(CYTK)
Cytokinetics, Incorporated, a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company, engages in the discovery and development of small molecule therapeutics that modulate muscle function for the potential treatment of serious diseases and medical conditions. It primarily offers omecamtiv mecarbil, a cardiac muscle myosin activator, which is in Phase I/IIa clinical trials for the treatment of heart failure; CK-2017357, which is a Phase IIa clinical trials for the treatment of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis; and CK-2066260, a fast skeletal muscle sarcomere activator for the treatment of diseases and conditions associated with muscle weakness or wasting. The company?s cancer treatment products under development stage comprise ispinesib, SB-743921, and GSK-923295. It has a strategic alliance with Amgen Inc. to discover, develop, and commercialize novel small molecule therapeutics that activate cardiac muscle contractility for applications in the treatment of heart failure. The company was founded in 1997 and is headquartered in South San Francisco, California.Advisors' Opinion:
- [By Sean Williams]
What: Shares of Cytokinetics (NASDAQ: CYTK ) , a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on developing therapies for serious diseases, tanked as much as 38% after reporting mid-stage top-line data from acute heart failure drug, omecamtiv mecarbil.
- [By Rich Duprey]
Biopharmaceutical Cytokinetics (NASDAQ: CYTK ) announced yesterday that it will be effecting a 1-for-6 reverse stock split to reduce the number of outstanding shares from�approximately 163.6 million to approximately 27.3 million shares.
- [By John Udovich]
Small cap ALS and stem cell stock�Brainstorm Cell Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: BCLI) surged 22.68%�ahead if its Monday ice bucket challenge when they will release the final results from�a phase 2a clinical trial���meaning its worth taking a closer look at the stock along with the performance of stem cell stocks or ALS stocks like Cytokinetics, Inc (NASDAQ: CYTK), Neuralstem, Inc (NYSEMKT: CUR) and NeoStem Inc (NASDAQ: NBS). However, Brainstorm Cell Therapeutics does have a history of being the subject of paid promotions and/or investor relations activities when it was trading on the OTC.