Walt Disney (NYSE: DIS ) has locked down�superstar Robert Downey Jr. for another two helpings of Avengers. Downey's presence all but guarantees that the blockbuster franchise will continue to churn out several more billion-dollar megahits. The $4 billion Marvel acquisition is starting to look downright prescient these days.
The Downey deal is also great news for Netflix (NASDAQ: NFLX ) , because both of these guaranteed silver-screen winners will fall in the window in which�Netflix owns the premium release rights for every Disney, Marvel, and Lucasfilm movie.
Robert Downey Jr. is an expensive asset for Disney, but he's worth every last penny. Between Iron Man 3 and the first Avengers title, he's helped Disney collect $2.7 billion in global box office receipts. In the video below, Fool contributor Anders Bylund talks about the game-changing impact Downey has made on Disney's bottom line, and why investors should breathe a sigh of relief now that his new contract is written in stone.
Top 10 Penny Stocks To Own For 2014: Security National Financial Corporation(SNFCA)
Security National Financial Corporation, together wit its subsidiaries, provides various insurance and annuity products in the United States. It operates in three segments: Life Insurance, Cemetery and Mortuary, and Mortgage Loans. The Life Insurance segment engages in selling and servicing certain lines of life insurance, annuity products, and accident and health insurance products. This segment also involves in funeral plans and interest-sensitive life insurance, as well as other traditional life and accident, and health insurance products. It sells its products through direct agents, brokers, and independent licensed agents. The Cemetery and Mortuary segment offers various products that include grave spaces, interment vaults, mausoleum crypts and niches, markers, caskets, flowers, and other related products. This segment also provides services, such as professional services of funeral directors, opening and closing of graves, use of chapels and viewing rooms, and use of automobiles and clothing. It sells its products and services through sales representatives. As of December 31, 2009, the segment owned 6 cemeteries and 10 mortuaries. The Mortgage Loans segment originates and underwrites residential and commercial loans for new construction, existing homes, and real estate projects primarily in Arizona, California, Florida, Hawaii, Indiana, Kansas, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas, Utah, and Washington. The company was founded in 1965 and is headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Top 10 Penny Stocks To Own For 2014: Air Transport Services Group Inc(ATSG)
Air Transport Services Group, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides aircraft, airline operations, and other related services primarily to the shipping and transportation industries. The company provides air cargo transportation services; airlift services, including aircraft, aircraft flight crews, and maintenance services; airlift services to other airlines, freight forwarders, and the U.S. military; freight transportation and supply chain management services; passenger transportation primarily to the U.S. military; air charter brokerage services, fuel management, and specialized cargo management services; and warehousing and cargo handling services, as well as leases aircraft. It also provides aircraft maintenance and modification services, aircraft part sales services, equipment leasing and maintenance services, mail handling services for the U.S. Postal Service, and specialized services for aircraft fuel management and freight logistics. The company operates in Europ e, Asia, Africa, and the Americas. As of December 31, 2009, its in-service fleet consisted of 62 aircraft. The company was formerly known as ABX Holdings, Inc. and changed its name to Air Transport Services Group, Inc. in May 2008. Transport Services Group, Inc. was founded in 1980 and is headquartered in Wilmington, Ohio.
5 Best Freight Stocks To Watch For 2014: Pervasive Software Inc.(PVSW)
Pervasive Software, Inc. provides embeddable software and SaaS services for data management, data integration, B2B exchange, and analytics. Its embeddable Pervasive PSQL database engine provides database reliability in a near-zero database administration environment for packaged business applications. Pervasive Software?s multi-purpose data integration platform, available on-premises and in the cloud, accelerates the sharing of information between multiple data stores, applications, and hosted business systems, and allows customers to re-use the same software for diverse integration scenarios. Pervasive DataRush is an embeddable parallel-processing platform enabling data-intensive applications, such as claims processing, risk analysis, fraud detection, data mining, predictive analytics, sales optimization, and marketing analytics. The company serves customers in approximately 150 countries. Pervasive Software, through Pervasive Innovation Labs, also invests in the explorat ion and creation of solutions for the data analysis and data delivery challenges. Pervasive Software, Inc. has a strategic alliance with A.D.A.M. Inc. The company was founded in 1994 and is headquartered in Austin, Texas with additional offices in Greenville, South Carolina; Brussels, Belgium; Frankfurt, Germany; Paris, France; and London, the United Kingdom.
Top 10 Penny Stocks To Own For 2014: EarthLink Inc.(ELNK)
EarthLink, Inc. provides communications services to individual and business customers in the United States. It operates in two segments, Consumer Services and Business Services. The Consumer Services segment offers Internet access and related value-added services. It provides dial-up Internet and narrowband access, broadband access, and voice-over-Internet-protocol services, as well as value-added services that include products for protection, communication, and performance, such as security products, premium email only, home networking, email storage, and Internet call waiting. This segment offer its products and services primarily through its call centers, search engine marketing, affinity marketing partners, resellers, and marketing alliances. The Business Services segment offers integrated communications services, such as secure IP-based networks, virtual private networks, Internet access, local telephone and long distance services, enhanced services, access trunks, pr ivate line services, asynchronous transfer mode/frame relay services, and mobile data and voice services, as well as installation, managed network, remote access, and disaster recovery services. It also provides wholesale services comprising broadband transport services, including private line, Ethernet private line, and wavelength services; local communications and local dial tone communications services; live and automated operator, and directory assistance services; and dedicated Internet access services and direct connectivity. In addition, this segment leases server space and provides Web hosting services that enable customers to build and maintain an online presence, including domain names, storage, mailboxes, software tools to build Web sites, e-commerce applications, and 24/7 customer support. This segment offers its services through direct sales, and independent dealers and sales agents. The company was founded in 1994 and is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia.Advisors' Opinion:
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Shares are trading at $6.50 at the time of writing, as against their 52-week trading range of $6.04 to $9.29. Earnings per share for the last year were $0.45, and it paid a dividend of $0.20, yielding 3.10%.
Earthlink has shown tremendous growth in its internet and telephonic connectivity markets lately. But is this growth soon to blow out? In a market that is dominated by the larger companies, At&T (T), Verizon (VZ), and even AOL (AOL), it is hard to see that these three will allow too much trampling on their markets by the far smaller Earthlink. Gross margins at At&T, Verizon, and Earthlink are similar at around 58%, and there is not much difference in the resultant operating margins, either (15.5%, 17.5%, and 18.5%, respectively). Dividends are twice covered by earnings at AT& T and Earthlink, and marginally covered by earnings at Verizon. If the sector develops into a price war, AT&T’s dividend of yield of 6%, and undemanding price to earnings ratio of 8.39 will be more attractive to investors, and easier to achieve. Switch from Earthlink into AT&T.
Top 10 Penny Stocks To Own For 2014: IRIDEX Corporation(IRIX)
IRIDEX Corporation provides therapeutic based laser systems, delivery devices, and consumable instrumentation to treat eye diseases in ophthalmology, and skin conditions in dermatology in the United States and internationally. It offers various ophthalmic products, such as infrared photocoagulator consoles, visible (green) and visible (yellow) photocoagulator consoles, and multi-wavelength laser system configurations; and ophthalmic delivery devices comprising TruFocus laser indirect ophthalmoscopes, slit lamp adapters, operating microscope adapters, EndoProbes, G-Probes, and DioPexy Probes. The company offers its ophthalmic products to treat age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, retinal tears and detachments, retinopathy of prematurity, ocular tumors, and macular holes. It also offers aesthetics products, which include combination infrared/visible wavelength laser, visible (green), and infrared consoles. In addition, the company offers aestheti cs delivery devices, such as Dermastat Handpieces that are used as tracing instruments for the treatment of small cutaneous surface lesions; DioLite Handpieces, which are handheld instruments used in the treatment of vascular and pigmented skin lesions; VariLite Handpiece, a handheld instrument used in the treatment of vascular and pigmented cutaneous skin lesions, and small area hair reduction; and ScanLite scanner, a computer pattern generator for the treatment of larger-area vascular and pigmented skin lesions. IRIDEX Corporation sells its products to ophthalmologists specializing in retina, glaucoma, and pediatrics; dermatologists; plastic surgeons; research and teaching hospitals; government installations; surgical centers; and hospitals through direct sales force and distributors. The company was formerly known as IRIS Medical Instruments, Inc. and changed its name to IRIDEX Corporation in November 1995. IRIDEX Corporation was founded in 1989 and is headquartered in Mo untain View, California.
Top 10 Penny Stocks To Own For 2014: (ENTI)
Encounter Technologies, Inc. operates as an online video distribution and technology company that launches proprietary syndication platforms and offers a range of video technology and distribution services to other companies. The company develops and programs solutions for the online streaming, distribution, and networking, as well as for the social network and distribution platforms. It offers end-to-end technology and online marketing services, including design, build, hosting, and online marketing support. The company primarily operates GlobalAdOn.com, a patented technology for the yellow pages publishing industry. Its sales and management platform facilitates the sales and video production process for Internet yellow page publishers and their sales forces, as well as integrates and facilitates various processes, such as video shoot, sales rep, and publisher. The company was formerly known as Encounter.com, Inc. and changed its name to Encounter Technologies, Inc. in De cember 2009. Encounter Technologies, Inc. is based in Fort Myers, Florida.Advisors' Opinion:
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Encounter Technologies, Inc. (PINK:ENTI) is up 75% at $0.0007 with an intraday high of $0.0008. Encounter Technologies announced today that they are in strategic discussions with Pegasus Tel, Inc.
Top 10 Penny Stocks To Own For 2014: CIFC Deerfield Corp.(DFR)
Deerfield Capital Corp. (DFR) operates as a real estate investment trust. The firm invests in real estate-related securities, commercial mortgage backed securities, bank loans, leveraged finance securities and alternative assets. It primarily provides junior debt including second lien and mezzanine and one-stop debt financings, with a limited appetite for preferred stock and non-control common equity investments. The firm invests in growth, change of control transactions, strategic acquisitions, and recapitalizations. It typically invests between $10 million to $40 million in companies with minimum annual EBITDA of $5 million with a focus on North America. The firm also invests in Western Europe. For mortgage investing, it invests in Agency and AAA-rated non-Agency loans with target duration of one year or less. For direct real estate lending, it provides mezzanine financing, platform investment, and institutional investment, For mezzanine investing, it invests in property types including office, retail, multi-family, industrial, hospitality, senior housing, and land of United States. For platform investments, it provides capital to financial companies and real estate sponsors on a platform basis through first loss financing on warehouse lines; Equity Bridge lines with a transaction size between $20 million and $90million with multiple assets as collateral. For institutional investment, the firm invests in first and second lien debt, B notes, and mezzanine offerings arranged by investment and commercial banks to real estate related companies and project finance secured by real estate. It was formerly known as Deerfield Triarc Capital Corp. Deerfield Capital Corp was founded in 2004 and is based in New York, New York.
Top 10 Penny Stocks To Own For 2014: Stewart Enterprises Inc.(STEI)
Stewart Enterprises, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides funeral and cemetery products and services in the death care industry in the United States and Puerto Rico. The company also offers a range of funeral merchandise and services, as well as cemetery property, cremation, merchandise, and services. Its funeral homes provide various services and products, including the family consultation, removal and preparation of remains, usage of funeral home facilities for visitation, worship and funeral services, transportation services, flowers, and caskets. The company also sells cemetery property and related merchandise, which includes lots, lawn crypts, family and community mausoleums, monuments, markers, and burial vaults; and provides burial site openings and closings and inscriptions. In addition, it maintains cemetery grounds under cemetery perpetual care contracts and local laws. As of January 31, 2011, the company owned and operated 218 funeral homes and 141 cemeterie s. Stewart Enterprises, Inc. was founded in 1910 and is based in Jefferson, Louisiana.
Top 10 Penny Stocks To Own For 2014: Ruth's Hospitality Group Inc.(RUTH)
Ruth?s Hospitality Group, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates restaurants in the United States and internationally. It operates the Ruth?s Chris Steak House, Mitchell?s Fish Market, Columbus Fish Market, Mitchell?s Steakhouse, and Cameron?s Steakhouse restaurant concepts in the full-service dining industry. The company?s restaurants cater to families, special occasion diners, and business clientele. As of December 27, 2009, it owned or operated 152 restaurants, including 64 company-owned Ruth?s Chris Steak House Company restaurants, 66 Ruth?s Chris Steak House franchise restaurants, 19 company-owned Mitchell?s Fish Markets, and 3 company-owned Mitchell?s Steakhouse restaurants. The company was formerly known as Ruth?s Chris Steak House, Inc. and changed its name to Ruth?s Hospitality Group, Inc. in February 2008. Ruth?s Hospitality Group, Inc. was founded in 1965 and is headquartered in Heathrow, Florida.
Top 10 Penny Stocks To Own For 2014: Pinnacle Data Systems Inc.(PNS)
Pinnacle Data Systems, Inc. provides electronics repair and reverse logistics, ODM and OEM integrated computing services, and embedded computing products and design services for the computing, telecommunications, imaging, defense/aerospace, medical, semiconductor, and industrial automation markets in the United States and internationally. The company provides various engineering and manufacturing services to OEMs requiring custom product design, system integration, repair programs, warranty management, and/or specialized production capabilities. Its product capabilities range from board-level designs to fully integrated systems specializing in long-life computer products and customer-centric solutions. The company also operates as a software dealer and distributor. Pinnacle Data Systems, Inc. was founded in 1989 and is headquartered in Groveport, Ohio.