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Stocks to Watch: H-P, Kohl’s, Vivus and More

Pátek, Únor 24th, 2012

Among the companies whose shares are expected to actively trade in Thursday’s session are Hewlett-Packard, Kohl’s and Vivus.

Hewlett-Packard’s fiscal first-quarter earnings fell 44% as sales in the company’s personal computers business continued to fall. Shares slid 4.1% to $27.75 in recent premarket trading as H-P’s revenue missed analyst expectations and as the company issued a downbeat outlook for the current quarter.

Kohl’s fiscal fourth-quarter earnings fell 7.9% as the department-store chain’s disappointing holiday performance led to its first revenue decline in roughly three years. Shares fell 3.4% to $50.41 in premarket trade, as first-quarter outlook also fell short of expectations.

A federal advisory panel on Wednesday overwhelmingly backed Vivus’s weight-loss drug Qnexa, boosting the chance the Food and Drug Administration could approve a new prescription weight-loss drug for the first time in more than a decade. Shares of the drug maker surged 103 to $21.40 premarket. Rival obesity-drug maker Orexigen Therapeutics rose 20% to $3.86, while similar rival Arena Pharmaceuticals climbed 19% to $2.16.

Polypore International Inc.’s (PPO) fourth-quarter net income rose 49% as the company continued to see higher sales of its lithium battery separators. However, shares slid 12% to $38.44 in premarket trading as results missed analysts’ expectations and as the company warned that some headwinds experienced in the latest period will affect near-term results.

Limited Brands’s fiscal fourth-quarter earnings fell 21% as the specialty retailer booked charges tied to the closure of some La Senza stores, though adjusted profit climbed and topped the company’s own forecast. Limited also issued a disappointing outlook for the new fiscal year, pushing shares down 3.1% to $44.05 premarket.

Dish Network’s fourth-quarter earnings rose 24% as the satellite-television operator reversed its subscriber-loss trend. Dish’s shares added 2.1% to $29.78 in recent premarket trading.

MetroPCS Communications’s fourth-quarter earnings soared from a year-earlier period weighed down by debt-reduction costs, as the prepaid wireless-service provider increased its subscriber rolls by 15%. The company’s stock climbed 4.8% to $10.77 premarket.

Onvia rejected an unsolicited takeover proposal from private equity firm Symphony Technology Group LLC, calling the bid inadequate. Onvia shares still jumped 35% in premarket trading to Symphony’s offer price of $4.25.

Trina Solar swung to a wider-than-expected fourth-quarter loss as the Chinese solar-products maker reported sharply lower sales and margins plunged. Trina’s American depositary shares were down 5.7% at $9.20 in premarket trading.

NII Holdings swung to a surprise fourth-quarter loss as higher operating costs masked revenue and subscriber growth. Looking ahead, NII forecast 2012 revenue below what analysts were expecting. Shares traded down 6.4% to $22 premarket.

Darden Restaurants projected strong earnings for the fiscal third quarter, pointing to a shift in the Lenten season that boosted same-store sales, along with less severe winter weather. Shares gained 1.1% to $50.68 premarket.

North Pole’s Christmas in Ice kicks off

Pondělí, Prosinec 5th, 2011

Weather conditions were perfect and the ice carvers were working fast Saturday morning at the opening of North Pole’s Christmas in Ice competition.

The artists who picked up their chisels and chain Saturday morning must put them down by tonight when the finished pieces will be judged. The displays and the ice slides will be open through early January.

Now in its fifth year, Christmas in Ice this year features 19 competitors and a kids park complete with a maze and a 136-foot slide, event chairman Keith Fye said. New this year are LED lights at all the sculpture displays, which is expected to greatly reduce the event’s energy usage, he said.

The event has some of the international feel of Fairbanks’ World Ice Art Championships. The North Pole event coordinators hired seven World Ice Art ice carvers from China to come to Alaska a month earlier and carve for Christmas in Ice.

By noon Saturday, the competitors had been at work for three hours and the basic outlines of many of the sculptures were taking form. Carvings must fit a Christmas theme and be made from one block that measures 5 feet by 7 feet by 13 inches. Angels and reindeer are both popular subjects this year.

Heather Brice, who took second-place in the contest last year was working on “Santa’s Sick Day,” a sculpture of Santa Claus flying down a mountain on a snowboard. Brice works as an ice sculptor at Chena Hot Springs Resort. She had her block of ice carefully divided into sections that will be cut out and repositioned in the final piece, she explained.

Nearby, North Pole resident Aino Welch was looking at different ceramic models of angels to figure out the details of her sculpture. Welch, who goes by the nickname “The Ice Elf” when carving, has been carving since 2004 when she volunteered to help participate in one of the non-competition carvings at Christmas in Ice.

This year she was working on a piece called, “So That the World May Know New Hope,” which will show an angel sheltering a baby Jesus, Mary and Joseph.

“The focus I want is to have the attention on the Holy Family,” she said as she considered the sculpture. “Now I’ve got to thinks about angel anatomy.”

Another angel was in progress near the entrance to the park where Sam Vose listened to Jimi Hendrix and Johnny Cash while he carved. His sculpture is called “Horizon Noel,” after his granddaughter.

“She’s been an inspiration to me and I wanted to name it after her,” she said. “I was just going to call it Noel and I realized that’s her middle name.”

Vose, who lives in Delta Junction has been carving for eight years, since he once passed a big piece of ice on the highway between North Pole and Eielson Air Force Base and decided to take it home to carve, he said.

NanoMarkets report forecasts substantial growth in the OLED materials

Středa, Listopad 16th, 2011

Analysts for NanoMarkets have projected that 2014 will be the year that OLED lighting begins to generate significant revenues for suppliers of OLED lighting materials. NanoMarkets, a market research firm based in Glen Allen, VA, has announced the release of its latest market report entitled, “OLED lighting materials markets: 2012.” In 2015, the analysts expect the total market for OLED lighting materials to reach $1 billion.

The report contains volume and revenue forecasts for materials used for OLED lighting, broken out by material type and functionality in the OLED stack, as well as by OLED fabrication method – solution processing vs. vapor deposition, and small molecules vs. polymeric materials. NanoMarkets estimates that revenues from emissive layer materials are expected to top $375 million by 2015, and over 90% of this will come from sales of vapor-deposited small-molecule materials.

The report also looks at the strategies of OLED lighting manufacturers including Philips, Osram, Lumiotec, and Visionox. The full press release is available here.

The Optical Society (OSA) has published a “Focus issue on OLEDs” in Energy Express, a bi-monthly supplement to its journal Optics Express. The aim of the collection of papers,is to highlight recent breakthroughs in OLED technology.

“The latest advances reflected in this focus issue are truly exceptional and will prove to be invaluable to advancements in lighting and display technology,” said Norbert Koch of the Institute of Physics, Humbolt University in Germany, and one of the organizers of the issue.

The supplement highlights reasons why top-emitting OLEDs are beneficial for lighting and display applications, methods for improving the outcoupling efficiency in OLEDs and how to optimize the optical path in the devices. The full press release is available here.

“In these tough economic times, going green is one of the best ways to save money,” Crowley said in a statement. “I invite all homeonwers to take advantage of this town hall to learn important information, protect the environment and, most importantly, save money.”

Experts from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, the Community Environmental Center and the city Department of Housing are expected to attend and teach residents how they can save money while also helping the environment.

Free energy audits and energy-saving light bulbs will be available for interested residents along with information on how to install solar panels, use Energy Star appliances and what rebates and incentives are available to green their homes.

Let there be light, and music!

Úterý, Listopad 15th, 2011

iPod/iPhone docks are dime a dozen for the longest time ever since Steve Job’s idea took off in an explosive way, and most of the time, they come in the form of a built-in alarm clock, some with bigger speakers than the rest. Well, what M&C Lighting has in store is something totally different – taking the road less traveled, so to speak, by coming in the form of a lamp. Yes sir, not only can you dock your portable media player cum phone from Apple in here to juice it up and play your favorite tunes, you will also be able to use the artistically named t’Light S to provide enough light while you read the latest book on poets.

Having a heart for the environment, the t’Light S will boast eco-friendly illumination from a 5W LED in addition to audio output and a charging function. Why LED, you ask? For starters, it not only has a superior life, but will also consume far less juice compared to other light sources without having any detrimental impact on light quality. The t’Light S is not only suitable for reading, but will also do its part to protect your eyesight as well. It seems that M&C Lighting recommends this as a night light if you need some sort of light while sleeping, where the included remote control will enable you to dim the LED light accordingly via a range of settings.

The couple of built-in stereo loudspeakers are said to deliver superior sound when you dock your iPod or iPhone. TDMA technology does away with any interference emitted by your iPhone. The remote control will also control not only the LED light, but it can also play, pause, turn to previous/next and adjust the volume accordingly. If you want, the t’Light S will double up as your stereo loudspeaker, although chances are it will work far better as a nightlight than to raise temperatures by playing back “Party Rock Anthem”.

This is done through a smart LED lighting grid combined with motion and light sensors at each desk.

The system will even take into account ambient light such as daylight and glare from the neighbours’ bulbs when adjusting the brightness overhead.

‘No more being blinded by the reflection off the computer screen,’ said Dr Tan Yen Kheng, a research fellow who leads the team from the Energy Research Institute at Nanyang Technological University.

Because LED bulbs react much faster than their fluorescent equivalents, the system can also light the way when workers move around in the office at night – and then switch off once the person has passed by. Motion sensors prompt the system to switch off cubicle lights at vacated desks.

The team has conducted a small trial involving two offices at the institute over the past year. The result was a 45 per cent reduction in electricity use.

This led to a deal last week between Nanyang Technological University, industrial landlord JTC Corporation and Royal Philips Electronics. All three will test the system next year, possibly in the CleanTech Park.

Dr Tan acknowledged that companies may not want to install the technology because LED bulbs cost up to $30 each while the more common fluorescent variety can be bought for only a few dollars.

Previewing the 2011 Northwestern Wildcats

Čtvrtek, Srpen 11th, 2011

Northwestern caught the attention of college football by opening the season with five straight wins. Most impressive was a game against Michigan State, ranked #8 at the time.  The Wildcats led 17-0 late in the first half, and still led 24-14 in the fourth quarter. But a fake punt sparked the Spartans’ comeback, which was sealed by a diving touchdown grab with two minutes to go. Heartbreaking, to be sure…but the Wildcats moved onward, led by quarterback Dan Persa.

Persa’s touchdown pass with 1:22 left in the game gave Northwestern yet another victory over Iowa (that’s five out of the last six years) but also ended Persa’s season. He tore his Achilles tendon celebrating after the play and had to be hauled off the field. Northwestern ended up losing their next three games, including a 70-23 loss at Wisconsin to close out the regular season.  If your cable system carries ESPNU, you might have caught Northwestern losing to Texas Tech in the “Ticket City Bowl”.

All expectations for Northwestern start with the health of Dan Persa. Persa was a true dual-threat for the Wildcats: completing over 73% of his passes for 2581 yards and fifteen touchdowns (and only four interceptions) plus 519 yards and nine touchdowns more rushing. He was the second leading rusher on the team despite not playing in the final three games of the season. That 73.5% completion percentage led the nation and shattered Darrell Bevell’s Big Ten record (67.8% in 1993). And when he went down, boy was he missed.

Sophomore Evan Watkins finished the season, but struggled to complete 51% of his passes for just 378 yards, two touchdowns, and five interceptions. Persa is supposed to be fully healed, but can Persa perform at that same incredible level in 2011? Over one-third of NFL players who suffer an Achilles rupture don’t return to the game, and those that do play at a dimished level.

So it’s unrealistic to expect the same Persa back, but even a diminished Persa is still better than most other quarterbacks…and certainly better than anybody else Northwestern has. Iif the Wildcats still depend on Persa for 75% of their offense this season, they’ll be in serious trouble.

The Wildcats top three running backs from 2009 returned in 2010, but after only rushing for 32 yards on 15 carries against Central Michigan, Northwestern turned to redshirt freshman Mike Trumpy and true Freshman Adonis Smith. Trumpy went on to lead the team in rushing with 530 yards and four touchdowns. Trumpy topped the 100 yard mark twice last season, breaking a 20 game streak for the Wildcats without a 100 yard rusher.

A wrist injury in the Illinois game ended his season, and Adonis Smith took over from there. Senior Jacob Schmidt scored four touchdowns in the first three games before rolling his ankle, forcing him to miss the rest of the season. A full season for Trumpy should be more productive for Northwestern this season.