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What: Shares of Steris (NYSE: STE ) �-- a manufacturer of infection prevention, contamination control, and surgical support products for the health-care industry -- jumped as much as 10% after reporting better-than-expected fourth-quarter results.
So what: For the quarter, Steris' shareholders witnessed revenue increase by 10% to $428.2 million as EPS shrank modestly to $0.70 from $0.76 in the year-ago period. Although Steris blamed European weakness and the medical device excise tax for its weaker bottom-line results, both figures topped the $406 million in revenue and $0.65 in EPS that the Street had been expecting. The biggest boost came from the company's life sciences segment, which saw operating income grow by 14%. For the upcoming year, Steris issued guidance calling for revenue growth of 8%-10% (implying $1.62 billion to $1.65 billion) and EPS of $2.47-$2.60. Current consensus estimates are for revenue of $1.57 billion and EPS of $2.49.
Top 5 Life Sciences Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Compania Mina Buenaventura S.A. (BVN)
Compania de Minas Buenaventura S.A.A., a precious metals company, engages in the exploration, mining, processing, and development of gold, silver, and other metals in Peru. It also explores for zinc, lead, and copper. The company operates the Orcopampa mine located in the province of Castilla in the department of Arequipa; the Uchucchacua mine located in the province of Oyon in the department of Lima; the La Zanja mine located in the district of Pulan in the province of Santa Cruz; the Antapite mine located in the province of Huaytara in the department of Huancavelica; the Julcani mine located in the province of Angaraes in the department of Huancavelica; and the Recuperada mine located in the province of Huancavelica in the department of Huancavelica. It also holds controlling interests in the Colquijirca and Marcapunta Norte mines located east of the city of Lima; and the Shila-Paula mines located in the province of Castilla in the department of Arequipa. In addition, th e company owns interests in various other mining companies. Further, it offers electric power transmission services; and geological, engineering, design, and construction consulting services to the mining sector. Compania de Minas Buenaventura S.A.A. was founded in 1953 and is headquartered in Lima, Peru.
Top 5 Life Sciences Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Argonaut Exploration Inc (AGA.V)
Argonaut Exploration Inc., a junior mineral exploration company, engages in the acquisition, exploration, and development of mineral properties in Canada. It primarily explores for gold, silver, copper, molybdenum, lead, and zinc deposits. The company holds a 100% interest in the Terrace property comprising 75 mineral claims located in north-western British Columbia; the Columario Gold property consisting of 31 mineral tenures covering an area of approximately 2,230 hectares located in the Terrace area of British Columbia; and the High Gold property covering an area of approximately 7,832.4 hectares located in Hidden Valley Area, British Columbia. It also holds a 100% interest in the Lucky Luke and Cordillera gold mines located in British Columbia. Argonaut Exploration Inc. is headquartered in Calgary, Canada.
Hot Internet Companies To Own For 2014: Symmetricom Inc.(SYMM)
Symmetricom, Inc. provides timekeeping technologies, instruments, and solutions worldwide. Its Communications business unit provides timing technologies and services for communications infrastructure. The Communications business unit products comprise primary reference sources; edge clocks and distribution products for synchronization outside the network core; building integrated timing supply and sync supply unit for the central office; the PackeTime product suite; data over cable service interface specifications timing interface systems; network management and monitoring software; and embedded hardware and software solutions for integration with various elements of the communications ecosystem, such as silicon, routers, switches, microwave backhaul, and base stations. The company?s Government business unit offers time technology products for aerospace/defense, IT infrastructure, power infrastructure, and science and metrology applications. The Government business unit p roduct portfolio comprises timescale clock sources; network time servers; network time displays; time code generators; bus level timing cards; primary reference standards, such as rubidium and cesium oscillator standards; high stability masers; chip-scale atomic clocks; ruggedized crystal oscillators; and custom time and frequency systems. It offers timekeeping in GPS satellites, national time references, and national power grids, as well as in critical military and civilian networks, which enable data, voice, mobile, and video networks and services. The company sells its products through distributors, systems integrators, and manufacturer sales representatives. It serves various markets, including communications service providers; network equipment manufacturers; silicon suppliers; aerospace/defense; power utility infrastructure; IT infrastructure; underwater exploration and navigation; and science and metrology. The company was founded in 1956 and is headquartered in San J ose, California.
Top 5 Life Sciences Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Fisher(j)
James Fisher and Sons plc, together with its subsidiaries, provides marine services and specialist engineering services in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Norway, and internationally. The company operates through four segments: Specialist Technical Services, Offshore Oil Services, Defence, and Marine Oil. The Specialist Technical Services engages in the hire and sale of large scale pneumatic fenders; provision of ship to ship transfer services; and design and supply of systems for monitoring strains and stress in structures and equipment. This segment also offers non-destructive testing services; and design, engineering, and manufacturing services for the nuclear decommissioning industries. The Offshore Oil Services segment manufactures and rents equipment for the offshore oil and gas industry; and designs and manufactures specialist down hole tools and equipment for extracting oil. This segment also offers related specialist labor, such as cranes, winches and pumps to the of fshore sector, wind farms, and for subsea operations. The Defence segment designs, constructs, and operates submarine rescue vehicles and remotely operated vehicles; and operates surface ships. It offers marine services to the Ministry of Defence (MoD) and other navies, including the United Kingdom; maintenance, asset management, and consultancy services; military strategic sealift capability through its operation of six roll on ? roll off vessels for the MoD; and submarine rescue services to the government of Singapore. The Marine Oil segment is involved in the sea transportation of clean petroleum products in north west Europe; and wharf operations. The company was founded in 1847 and is headquartered in Barrow-in-Furness, the United Kingdom.
Top 5 Life Sciences Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Cairn Energy(CNE.L)
Cairn Energy PLC, together with its subsidiaries, engages in the discovery, exploration, development, and production of oil and gas. It has license interests in various blocks located in India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Greenland, Albania, and Spain. As of December 31, 2010, the company had proven plus probable reserves of 315.7 million barrels of oil equivalent. Cairn Energy PLC is headquartered in Edinburgh, the United Kingdom.