Best Investments In 2014
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Best Investments In 2014: Lodestar Minerals Ltd(LSR.AX)
Lodestar Minerals Limited engages in the exploration and evaluation of mineral resources in Australia. It explores for nickel, copper, gold, and other base metals. The company’s key exploration project is the Peak Hill-Doolgunna project comprising 2200 square kilometres in the north Murchison of Western Australia. Lodestar Minerals Limited is based in Nedlands, Australia.
Best Investments In 2014: Bloomsbury Pubshng(BMY.L)
Bloomsbury Publishing Plc operates as an independent publishing house. It engages in publishing books; and developing electronic databases. The company publishes media and electronic reference materials, children and educational books, fiction and non-fiction books, audio books, dictionaries, ornithology books, nautical books, photocopiable books, and literary books, as well as provides public library online service. It also publishes research in archaeology, classics, ancient history, and ancient philosophy, as well as reference works. In addition, the company involves in the sale of publishing and distribution rights, sponsorship, and database contracts. Bloomsbury Publishing Plc sells its products in the United Kingdom, North America, Continental Europe, and Australia. The company was founded in 1986 and is based in London, the United Kingdom.
10 Best Stocks To Watch For 2014: Kraft Foods Inc.(KFT)
Kraft Foods Inc., together with its subsidiaries, manufactures and markets packaged food products worldwide. The company offers biscuits, including cookies, crackers, and salted snacks; confectionery products, such as chocolate, gum, and candy; beverages comprising coffee, packaged juice drinks, and powdered beverages; cheese products, including natural, processed, and cream cheeses; grocery items consisting of spoonable and pourable dressings, condiments, and desserts; and convenient meals, which comprise processed meats, packaged dinners, and lunch combinations. Its primary brand portfolio includes Oreo, Nabisco, and LU branded biscuits; Milka and Cadbury branded chocolates; Trident branded gum; Jacobs and Maxwell House branded coffees; Philadelphia branded cream cheeses; Kraft branded cheeses, dinners, and dressings; and Oscar Mayer branded meats. The company sells it products to supermarket chains, wholesalers, supercenters, club stores, mass merchandisers, distributor s, convenience stores, gasoline stations, drug stores, value stores, and retail food stores. Kraft Foods Inc. was founded in 2000 and is based in Northfield, Illinois.
- [By Scott Rothbort]
There is a special situation in the consumer staples sector that offers a unique opportunity in 2012. Just last year, Kraft Foods (KFT) purchased Cadbury, the U.K.-based confectionary company. At the time, Kraft Foods was forced to pay up for Cadbury, and I criticized CEO Irene Rosenfeld for the expensive price tag and the huge amount of debt — about $9.5 billion — that Kraft Foods would have to issue to finance that acquisition.
Earlier this year, Kraft Foods, in a seeming about-face announcement, apparently bowing to pressure from activist investors, disclosed that the company would split into two companies. Sometime in 2012, Kraft Foods will split itself into separate grocery and snack companies.
Recall that Kraft Foods was spun off from Altria (MO) in 2007. That spinoff helped to unlock the value of Altria but not Kraft Foods. The reason was that at the time Kraft Foods’ food/grocery business was not all that attractive. To some extent, that is st ill the case from a growth perspective. However, the new snack business will marry Cadbury with other popular and attractive Kraft Foods snacks, such as Oreo cookies and Trident gum
The split will separate low-growth grocery brands from the high-growth snack brands. This will unlock the value of the snack business. Rosenfeld has decided to take over as CEO of the global snacks company, which sends an important message to investors.
So, as a standalone company, Kraft Foods offer a compelling risk investment for 2012. However, once the spinoff takes place, I believe that the sum of the parts will be greater than the whole as it now exists.
Best Investments In 2014: Intellipharmaceutics International Inc.(IPCI)
Intellipharmaceutics International Inc. engages in the research, development, and manufacture of novel or generic controlled and targeted release oral solid dosage drugs. The company?s patented Hypermatrix technology is a multidimensional controlled-release drug delivery platform that can be applied to the development of various existing and new pharmaceuticals. It has a pipeline of products in various stages of development in therapeutic areas, including neurology, cardiovascular, and gastrointestinal tract, pain, and infection. The company?s lead generic product under development includes generic Focalin XR (dexmethylphenidate hydrochloride), an extended-release capsule for the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Intellipharmaceutics has a license and commercialization agreement with Par Pharmaceutical, Inc. for the development and commercialization of generic Focalin XR. The company also has five generic products filed with the FDA, including a gene r ic of Effexor XR (venlafaxine hydrochloride), an extended-release capsule for depression; Protonix (pantoprazole sodium), a delayed-release tablet for conditions associated with gastroesophageal disease; Glucophage XR (metformin hydrochloride), an extended-release tablet for managing type 2 diabetes; Seroquel XR (quetiapine fumarate), an extended-release tablet for the treatment of schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and major depressive disorder; and Lamictal XR (lamotrigine), an extended-release tablet for the treatment of anti-convulsant for epilepsy. Its lead non-generic product under development is Rexista (oxycodone), an abuse- and alcohol-deterrent controlled-release oral oxycodone hydrochloride formulation for the relief of pain. The company also has a under late stage development product, such as Coreg CR (carvedilol phosphate), an extended-release capsule for hypertension and heart conditions. IntelliPharmaCeutics International Inc. was founded in 1998 and is based i n Toronto, Canada.
Best Investments In 2014: Gaming Partners International Corporation(GPIC)
Gaming Partners International Corporation engages in the manufacture and supply of casino table game equipment worldwide. The company offers gaming chips, such as american-style casino chips comprising injection molded chips, thermo-compression molded chips, and sublimation chips; and European-style casino chips, including jetons and plaques. It also provides playing cards; table layouts; gaming furniture consisting of tables, bases, and pit podiums; and table game accessories, such as roulette reader boards, foot rails, chip trays, drop boxes, shoes, cut cards, dice sticks, lammers, markers, buttons, and air rail system ventilation devices, as well as dice. In addition, the company offers low and high frequency RFID readers and antennas, and other products used with casino table games, such as blackjack, poker, baccarat, craps, and roulette. Further, it provides themed products for customers to promote special events, including sporting events, conventions, holidays, casi no anniversaries, and premier entertainment events. The company sells its products directly to end-users, as well as through distributors under the Paulson, Bourgogne et Grasset, and Bud Jones brand names. Gaming Partners International Corporation was founded in 1963 and is headquartered in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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