WASHINGTON (AP) -- It's a better deal at first, but student loan rates could steadily climb and cost students more over the long haul under the plan House Republicans are considering.
Members of the Republican-led House Education and Workforce Committee planned on Thursday to finish up a bill that would keep interest rates from doubling on new subsidized Stafford loans on July 1. The GOP measure provides lower rates immediately and for the next few years, but the plan also comes with potentially higher costs for some students in coming years.
Democrats planned unified opposition.
"It's clear that the Republican student loan proposal will increase the cost of education for students and families," said Rep. George Miller of California, the senior Democrat on the committee. "Instead of adding billions in new debt onto borrowers, Congress should keep student loan interest rates affordable in the short term to ensure that a college degree remains within reach for students and families."
Best Media Stocks To Watch For 2014: Comstock Mining Inc (LODE.A)
Comstock Mining Inc. (Comstock), incorporated on October 19, 1999, is a gold and silver mining company with contiguous property in the Comstock and Silver City mining districts (collectively, the Comstock District). The Company owns or controls approximately 6,315 acres in the Comstock District comprising 1,455 acres of patented mining claims and surface parcels, and 4,860 acres of unpatented claims. As of December 31, 2011, the Company had drilled 646 reverse circulation (RC) and core holes, representing over 242,000 feet of drill data in the Lucerne Resource Area. As of December 31, 2011, the Company also had 432 RC and core holes from the Lucerne Resource Area. Its Lucerne Resource Area is located in Storey County, Nevada, approximately three miles south of Virginia City, Nevada. The Dayton Resource Area its commercial mining activities, is located in Lyon County Nevada, approximately six miles south of Virginia City. The Company operates in two segments: mining and hospitality.
The Company's mining segment consists of exploration and developmental drilling, mine planning, permitting, mineral claims, plus all other activities and expenditures associated with bringing the mine into production. Its hospitality segment consists of hotel rooms, cottages, restaurant, bar and other services provided by Gold Hill Hotel Inc. The Company�� property rights to the mineral estate of the Comstock Mine Project consist of five mineral leases, one joint venture (providing exclusive rights to exploration, development, mining and production), fee ownership of real property and mining claims. This project has 92 patented and 325 unpatented mineral lode claims, as well as 25 unpatented placer claims. The Comstock Mine Project holdings consist of approximately 6,315 acres of active mining claims and surface parcels (private lands) in the Comstock District. The acreage is consisted of 1,455 acres of patented mining claims and surface parcels and 4,860 acres of unpatented mining claims. The Company also o! wns a heap leach processing facility. It owns and operates the Gold Hill Hotel, three related cottages. The Hotel is located in Gold Hill, Nevada between Virginia City and the Comstock mine project.
The Company focuses on the Lucerne Resource Area (including the East-side target within this Area), the Dayton Resource Area and the Spring Valley exploration target. The Lucerne Resource Area includes the Billie the Kid, Hartford and Lucerne mining claims, and extends northeasterly to the area of the Woodville bonanza, and north to the Justice and Keystone mines, plus the extension of these areas down-dip to the east. The Lucerne Resource Area is approximately 5,000 feet long, with an average width of 600 feet, representing less than 3% of the land holdings controlled by the Company. The Dayton Resource Area lies southwest of Silver City, from the Dayton, Kossuth and Alhambra claims, including the old Dayton mine workings, south to where the Kossuth claim crosses State Route 341. The Spring Valley exploration target lies at the southern end of the Comstock District. The area includes the Kossuth claim south of State Route 341, the Dondero property, the New Daney lode mining claims, and the Company�� placer mining claims in Spring Valley and Gold Canyon. The Northern Extension, Northern Targets and Occidental Areas represent exploration target areas, which contain mining operations, including the Overman, Con Imperial, Caledonia, and Yellow Jacket mines.
Best Media Stocks To Watch For 2014: Becton Dickinson and Company(BDX)
Becton, Dickinson and Company, a medical technology company, develops, manufactures, and sells medical devices, instrument systems, and reagents worldwide. The company?s BD Medical segment produces medical devices that are used in various healthcare settings. This segment?s products include needles, syringes, and intravenous catheters for medication delivery; prefilled IV flush syringes; syringes, pen needles, and other drugs to treat diabetes; prefillable drug delivery systems; anesthesia needles and trays; sharps disposal containers; and closed-system transfer devices. Its BD Diagnostics segment provides products for the safe collection and transport of diagnostics specimens, as well as instrument systems and reagents to detect various infectious diseases, healthcare-associated infections, and cancers. This segment?s products consist of integrated systems for specimen collection; safety-engineered blood collection products and systems; automated blood culturing systems; molecular testing systems; microorganism identification and drug susceptibility systems; liquid-based cytology systems for cervical cancer screening; rapid diagnostic assays; and plated media. The company?s BD Biosciences segment produces research and clinical tools that facilitate the study of cells and their components. This segment?s products comprise fluorescence-activated cell sorters and analyzers; monoclonal antibodies and kits for performing cell analysis; reagent systems for life science research; cell imaging systems; laboratory products for tissue culture and fluid handling; diagnostic assays; and cell culture media supplements for biopharmaceutical manufacturing. It markets its products through independent distribution channels and independent sales representatives to healthcare institutions, life science researchers, clinical laboratories, the pharmaceutical industry, and the general public. The company was founded in 1897 and is headquartered in Franklin Lakes, New Jersey.Advisors' Opinion:
- [By Rahemtulla]
A relatively new position for Warren Buffett, this company makes all sorts of medical supplies. Buffett has been making an across-the-board bet on medical companies. He owns Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) Sanofi Aventis (SNY). And now the smallest company among the medical stocks he invests in is Becton Dickison. The company just recently increased its dividend, making it the 37th year in a row that it increased its payout. At 14 times earnings, this one has room to grow, particularly with an aging Baby Boomer population requiring more me dical care.
- [By Martin]
In Q4 2010, he sold the remainder of his stake of 1,889,889 shares at an average price of $78.81.
In FY 2010 through September, the company generated revenues of $7.37 billion (+2.95%), and GAAP EPS rose by 10.02% to $5.49. The EBT margin held steady at 22.53% from 22.89% in FY 2009. Q1 2011 produced revenues of $1.84% or -1% from Q1 2010 with non-GAAP EPS of $1.36 vs. $1.30 in Q1 2010. The next earnings release is on April 28, with the consensus non-GAAP EPS estimate at $1.30, an increase of 5.07% over Q2 2010, and revenues of $1.9 billion, an increase of 3.21% over Q2 2010.
We expect revenues to grow in the low single digits, buoyed by global demand for diabetes products. Given a P/E ratio of 16.3, we believe that BDX shares ought to be trading more closer to 17 times earnings. Internal modeling places a price target of $95. This is a buy for those looking to add a biotech flavor to their portfolio.
The company is a leading global medical technology company that develops, manufactures and sells medical devices, instrument systems and reagents. It is focused on improving drug delivery, enhancing the quality and speed of diagnosing infectious diseases and cancers, and advancing research, discovery and production of new drugs and vaccines. On March 18, the company completed its acquisition of Accuri Cytometers, Inc., an Ann Arbor, MI-based company that develops and manufactures personal flow cytometers for researchers.
Top Retail Companies For 2014: Dynatronics Corporation(DYNT)
Dynatronics Corporation engages in the design, manufacture, distribution, and marketing of physical medicine and aesthetic products in the United States. The company offers physical medicine products, including electrotherapy, therapeutic ultrasound, infrared light therapy, oscillation therapy, iontophoresis, and vibration therapy; medical supply and soft goods products, including hot packs, cold packs, exercise balls, therapy wraps, wrist splints, ankle weights, lumbar supports, cervical collars, slings, cervical pillows, back cushions, weight racks, and parallel bars. It also distributes products, such as hot and cold therapy products, lotions and gels, paper products, athletic tape, canes and crutches, reflex hammers, stethoscopes, splints, elastic wraps, exercise weights, tubing, walkers, treadmills, stair climbers, heating units for hot packs, whirlpools, gloves, and electrodes. In addition, the company provides exercise equipment, massage therapy products, chiropract ic tables, hand therapy products, pilates and yoga equipment, nutritional supplements, emergency care products, and portable electrotherapy products, as well as treatment tables and rehabilitation equipment. Further, it offers aesthetic products under the Synergie brand name, including Synergie the Elite Aesthetic Massage System; the Elite microdermabrasion device; and the Elite LT device, a skin care product, as well as provides warranty services. The company offers its products to physical therapists, chiropractors, podiatrists, sports medicine specialists, medical doctors, hospitals and clinics, plastic surgeons, dermatologists, and aestheticians through direct sales representatives, independent dealers, e-commerce Website, and product catalog. The company exports its products to approximately 30 countries. Dynatronics Corporation was founded in 1979 and is headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah.