Blue Sphere Corp. (OTCQB: BLSP), �a company in the cleantech sector which develops waste-to-energy and other renewable energy projects has been attracting the attention of investors and media as they ramp up their innovative projects in the U.S. �The Company aspires to become a key player in the global waste-to-energy and renewable energy markets and CEO Shlomi Palas, took time to answer questions about his firm.
Q: Briefly explain to investors who may not be familiar with Blue Sphere, what your company does and why an investment in your company is a good opportunity right now?
Shlomi Palas, CEO of Blue Sphere: Blue Sphere develop-build and operate facilities which use organic waste to produce clean energy. Blue Sphere is positioned in a multibillion arena which is currently serviced by very few and small scale competitors. The endless supply of waste, which we call ��he new oil fields�� the new strict Federal and State legislation to divert organic waste from land fields, the already in force legislation to substitute fossil energy with renewable energy, the Federal and State incentives for the activities above, all these tectonic movements are the power behind Blue Sphere raison d���re. Blue sphere has an objective of building a portfolio of 60 Mw/h high yield assets with IRR greater than 15% with-in the next 5 years.�
Top Clean Energy Stocks To Watch For 2014: Gaz Metro Ltd Partnership (VNR.TO)
Valener Inc. engages in the distribution of natural gas to residential and commercial customers in Canada. It holds a 29% interest in Gaz Metro Limited Partnership, which distributes natural gas to approximately 182,000 customers in Quebec and 138,000 customers in Vermont. The company also has a 24.5% indirect interest in the Seigneurie de Beaupr茅 wind power project located on the private lands of S茅minaire de Qu茅bec. The company was incorporated in 2010 and is headquartered in Montreal, Canada.
Top Clean Energy Stocks To Watch For 2014: Cloud Security Corp (CLDS)
Cloud Security Corporation, formerly Cloud Star Corporation , incorporated on December 20, 2010, is an information technology services and software company that delivers access to computer desktops and other consumer electron devices from remote locations. Its flagship product, MyComputerKey is a patent-pending technology that provides a secure multi-factor validation system for cloud-based infrastructures and protects data accessed from remote locations worldwide. As of February 29, 2012, it had no revenues. On May 22, 2012, the Company acquired Accend, which is a Nevada corporation.
The product is a custom-designed universal serial bus (USB) keycard programmed to connect via the Internet to users' desktop or server, which provides the user access to files, personalized environments, data, programs and applications. MyComputerKey allows a user to access his or her base computer from different locations utilizing the Internet cloud through a separate computer (the remote computer). MyComputerKey also includes the Company�� own connection software that provides the actual connection between the user�� desktop and the host computer the user is using to connect. This software is supports in all Microsoft-based computers.Advisors' Opinion:
- [By Peter Graham]
Small cap stocks Eyes on The Go Inc (OTCMKTS: AXCG), Quadrant 4 Systems Corp (OTCMKTS: QFOR) and Cloud Security Corp (OTCMKTS: CLDS) were getting attention last week, but all three stocks trended downward on Monday. It should be mentioned that none of these stocks have been overly or heavily paid promotions. So what will these three small cap stocks do on the last trading day of the year and for the rest of this week? Here is a closer look:
10 Best Low Price Stocks To Watch For 2014: Mondelez International Inc (MDLZ.O)
Mondelez International, Inc. (Mondelez International), formerly Kraft Foods Inc., incorporated on December 7, 2000, is a maker of chocolate, biscuits, gum, candy, coffee and powdered beverages. The Company consists of the global snacking and food brands. Mondelez International's portfolio includes several brands, such as Cadbury and Milka chocolate, Jacobs coffee, LU, Nabisco and Oreo biscuits, Tang powdered beverages and Trident gums. The Company�� products include chocolates, cookies, gums, beverages and crackers. Alpen Gold is a chocolate brand in Russia. Alpen Gold is available in chocolate bars, boxed chocolates and creamy, mouth-watering pralines. Its markets include Poland, Russia and Ukraine. Bubbaloo is a gum brand sold in more than 25 countries and three different continents, including India, Mexico, Portugal and Spain. Belvita are breakfast biscuits made with wholegrain, cereals and fiber. It is sold in Belgium, France, Netherlands, United Kingdom and the U nited States.
The Cadbury Creme Egg brand is available annually from New Year�� Day to Easter Day. It is sold in Australia, Canada, New Zealand the United Kingdom and the United States. Carte Noire is the coffee brand in France. It is sold in France, Ireland, Russia, Ukraine and the United Kingdom. Chips Ahoy! cookies are chocolate chip cookies packed with chocolate chips. It is sold in Brazil, Canada, China, Ecuador, Mexico, Philippines, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Spain, the United States and Venezuela. Club Social is a cracker in Brazil and Latin America. The newest addition to the Club Social family is Club Social chips in Argentina, available in original, parmesano, and cream and onion flavors. Cote d'Or is a chocolate brand sold in Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Middle East, Netherlands, the United Kingdom and the United States.
Cadbury Dairy Milk is a milk chocolate bar sold in 33 countries, including Australia, Canada, India, Ireland, New Zealand and the United Kingdom, and available in more ! t! han 23 varieties, like fruit and nut, WholeNut, Snack, Caramello and Breakaway. Dentyne is a gum to aid in oral hygiene sold in Canada and the United States.
Cadbury Flake is chocolate bars sold in Australia, Egypt, Ireland, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. Gevalia brand offers more than 50 varieties of coffee and 20 choices of tea, and sold in the United States, Denmark, Finland, Sweden and the United States. Grand Mere coffee brand is sold at France. Green & Black�� is a chocolate brand and also includes gift chocolates, ice cream, biscuits and hot beverages. Halls is sold as a cold relief product. Halls is used as a refreshing candy. Halls products are available in more than 26 flavors.
Hollywood gum is a chewing gum in France. Jacobs coffee is sold throughout Europe and the Middle East, and in Austria, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania and Ukraine. Jacobs is available in roast and ground, whole beans, soluble crystals, coffee pods and flavored mixes. Kenco coffee is a coffee brand sold in Ireland and the United Kingdom. Lacta is a chocolate in Brazil. It also includes Bis chocolate wafers, Sonho de Valsa pralines and Lacta white chocolate.
LU biscuits are available in 100 countries. Other international brands under the LU name include Petit Dejuener, Mikado, Pepito (Mini Stars), Cracotte, Ourson and Tuc. Milka is a European chocolate. Marabou is a chocolate brand in Sweden. Nabisco�� brands include cookies and crackers. Nabisco 100 Calorie Packs includes 12 varieties, such as Chips Ahoy! Thin Crisps, Oreo Thin Crisps, Lorna Doone Shortbread Cookie Crisps, Ritz Snack Mix, Planters Peanut Butter Cookie Crisps, Kraft Cheese Nips Thin Crisps, Wheat Thins Multigrain Chips, Ritz Chips, Honey Maid Cinnamon Thin Crisps, Mini Teddy Grahams Cinnamon Cubs, Alpha-Bits Mini Cookies and Barnum�� Animals Choco Crackers.
Nutter Butter are sandwich cookies sold in the United States. Nill a wafers include original, reduced-fat and mini wafers. ! Newt! ons! are w! holesome snack made with real fruit. It also offers Newtons Fruit Thins and Fruit Crisps. The Natural Confectionery Company is a candy product. Onko offers coffee mixes in cappuccino flavors.
Oreo is a milk favorite cookie. Oreo is available in many flavors and varieties, such as chocolate covered, wafers, pie crusts and soft snack cakes. Premium saltine crackers come in six varieties, including unsalted tops, original, fat-free, low-sodium, soup and oyster and multi-grain. Prince biscuits are available in more than eight countries, including Algeria, Austria, Belgium, China, France, Germany, Netherlands and Spain. Prince biscuits come in creme-filled sandwiches, rolls and chocolate-covered varieties.
Stimorol is a chewing gum brand in Northern Europe, as well as 40 other markets from Greenland to Fiji. Simmenthal is a canned meat in jelly. Simmenthal�� products include beef in jelly with chili and chicken in jelly with curry. Tang is available in more than 30 countries and is a powdered beverage. Tassimo is a hot beverage system, which helps in making coffee, tea, hot chocolate, cappuccino, espresso and lattes. Toblerone is a Swiss chocolate bar made with honey and almond nougat. Trakinas is a creme-filled sandwich cookie.
Trident is a chewing gum brand in the world. Triscuit varieties include original, reduced fat, cheddar, cracked pepper and olive oil, fire roasted tomato and olive oil, garden herb, deli-style rye, roasted garlic, thin crisps, and rosemary and olive oil. Wheat Thins are wheat crackers in a variety of flavors, including sundried tomato and basil, multigrain and parmesan basil.
Top Clean Energy Stocks To Watch For 2014: Meadowbrook Insurance Group Inc. (MIG)
Meadowbrook Insurance Group, Inc., through its subsidiaries, operates as a specialty commercial insurance underwriter and insurance administration services company in the United States. The company markets and underwrites specialty property and casualty insurance programs and products, including workers� compensation, general liability, commercial property, environmental, garage, commercial multi-peril, commercial auto, surety, and marine insurance on an admitted and non-admitted basis through a network of independent retail agents, wholesalers, program administrators, and general agents. It also offers program and product design, underwriting risk selection and policy issuance, claims administration and handling, loss prevention and control, risk-bearing entities administration, and retail property and casualty insurance agency services, as well as produces commercial, personal lines, life, and accident and health insurance with unaffiliated insurance carriers for its fe e-for-service and agency clients. The company was founded in 1955 and is headquartered in Southfield, Michigan.
Top Clean Energy Stocks To Watch For 2014: Pulse Electronics Corporation(PULS)
Pulse Electronics Corporation produces precision-engineered electronic components and modules that are used to manage, transmit, and regulate electronic signals and power in various types of electronic products. The company operates in three segments: Network, Power, and Wireless. The Network segment produces various passive components, including connectors, filters, filtered connectors, transformers, inductors, splitters and diplexers, micro-filters, baluns, and chokes that manage and regulate electronic signals for use in various devices used in local area and wide area networks. The Power segment primarily manufactures products that adjust and ensure current and voltage, limit distortion of voltage, sense and report current and voltage, and cause mechanical movement or actuation. This segment?s products include power and signal transformers, chokes, current and voltage sensors, ignition coils, automotive ignition coils, military and aerospace products, and other power m agnetic products. The Wireless segment produces antennas, antenna modules, and antenna mounting components and cables that capture and transmit communication signals in handsets, other terminal and portable devices, automobiles, and wireless-to-wireline access points. The company sells its products and services to original equipment manufacturers, original design manufacturers, and contract equipment manufacturers who design, build, and market end-user products. Pulse Electronics Corporation markets its products primarily through direct sales forces worldwide. The company was formerly known as Technitrol, Inc. and changed its name to Pulse Electronics Corporation in November 2010. Pulse Electronics Corporation was founded in 1947 and is headquartered in San Diego, California.
Top Clean Energy Stocks To Watch For 2014: Nautilus Minerals Com Npv (NUS.TO)
Nautilus Minerals Inc., an exploration stage company, engages in the exploration and development of the ocean floor for copper, gold, silver, and zinc deposits in Australasia. The company holds interest in Solwara 1, a seafloor copper-gold project located at 1600 meters water depth in the Bismarck Sea, Papua New Guinea. As of March 26, 2012, it had approximately 600,000 square kilometers of prospective exploration acreage in the western Pacific; and in Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, Fiji, Vanuatu, and Tonga, as well as in the eastern Pacific. The company has a strategic partnership agreement with Harren & Partner to own and operate a production support vessel that would serve as the operational base to extract copper and gold in the Solwara 1 project. Minerals Inc. is headquartered in Vancouver, Canada.
Top Clean Energy Stocks To Watch For 2014: Gruma SAB de CV (GMK)
Gruma, S.A.B. de C.V. (GRUMA), incorporated on December 24, 1971, is a holding company and conduct its operations through subsidiaries. The Company is engaged principally in the production, distribution and sale of corn flour in Mexico. Its commercial names are GRUMA and MASECA. The Company has operations in Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador and Nicaragua, as well as Ecuador, which the Company includes as part of its Central American operations. Its products include tortillas, corn flour, and other tortilla related products. The Company�� subsidiaries include Grupo Industrial Maseca, S.A.B. de C.V. (GIMSA), Molinera de Mexico, S.A. de C.V. (Molinera de Mexico), Gruma Corporation, Azteca Milling, LP, Gruma de Guatemala, S.A., Derivados de Maiz Alimenticio, S.A., Derivados de Maiz de Honduras, S.A. (Gruma Centroamerica) and Industrializadora y Comercializadora de Palmito, S.A. On November 16, 2011, the Company, through its subsidiary Gruma International Foods, S.L., acquired Semolina A.S.
On April 15, 2011, the Company, through its subsidiary Gruma Corporation, acquired the business of manufacturing, distributing and selling of corn and wheat flour tortillas of Albuquerque Tortilla Company. On August 25, 2011, the Company, through its subsidiary Gruma Corporation, acquired the business of manufacturing, distributing and selling of corn and wheat flour tortillas of Casa de Oro Foods. On July 13, 2011, the Company, through its subsidiary Gruma International Foods, S.L., acquired Solntse Mexico.
U.S. and European Operations
The Company conducts its United States and European operations principally through its subsidiary, Gruma Corporation, which manufactures and distributes corn flour, packaged tortillas, corn chips and related products. Gruma Corporation operates primarily through its Mission Foods division, which produces tortillas and related products, and Azteca Milling, L.P., a limited partnership between Gruma Corporation (80%) and Archer-Daniels-Mi! dland (20%) which produces corn flour. Mission Foods manufactures and distributes packaged corn and wheat tortillas and related products (which include tortilla chips) under the MISSION and GUERRERO brand names in the United States, as well as other regional brands. Mission Foods serves both retail and food service customers. Azteca Milling distributes approximately 40% of the corn flour it produces to Mission Foods��plants throughout the United States and Europe. Azteca Milling�� third-party customers consist of other tortilla manufacturers, corn chip producers, retail customers and wholesalers.
The Company competes with Ole Mexican Foods, Reser�� Fine Foods, Tyson, Bimbo, Hormel Foods, General Mills and Santa Maria.
The Company in Mexico is engaged in the business of manufacturing and sale of corn flour, which it conducts through its subsidiary GIMSA. Through its association with Archer-Daniels-Midland, it has also entered the wheat milling business in Mexico through Molinera de Mexico. Its other subsidiaries engage in the manufacturing and distribution of packaged tortillas and other related products in northern Mexico, conduct research and development regarding corn flour and tortilla manufacturing equipment, produce machinery for corn flour and tortilla production and construct its corn flour manufacturing facilities.
GIMSA also produces wheat flour and other related products. It sells corn flour in Mexico mainly under the brand name MASECA. GIMSA produces approximately 50 varieties of corn flour for the manufacture of different food products. It sells corn flour to tortilla and tortilla chip manufacturers, as well as in the retail market. GIMSA sells packaged corn flour in bulk principally to thousands of small tortilla manufacturers (tortillerias), which purchase in 20-kilogram sacks and produce tortillas on their premises for sale to local markets. GIMSA also sells corn flour in bulk to supermarkets��in-store tortill! erias and! snack manufacturers. GIMSA owns 19 corn flour mills, all of which are located throughout Mexico. GIMSA also owns two plants, one of which produces wheat flour and the other, corn grits and several types of corn based products. Its wheat flour brands are REPOSADA, PODEROSA and SELECTA. The Company owns and operates nine wheat flour plants, including one of which it hold a 40% ownership interest.
The Company competes with Grupo Minsa, S.A. de C.V., OPTIMASA , Trimex, Tablex, La Espiga, Elizondo, and Anahuac.
Central American Operations
Gruma Centroamerica produces corn flour, and tortillas and snacks. The Company also cultivates and sells hearts of palm and process and sells rice. It sells corn flour under the MASECA, TORTIMASA, MASARICA and MINSA brands. In Costa Rica, it sells packaged tortillas under the TORTI RICA and MISION brands. The Company operates a Costa Rican snack operation, which manufactures tortilla chips, potato chips and similar products under the TOSTY, RUMBA, and LA TICA brand. Hearts of palm are exported to numerous European countries as well as the United States, Canada, Chile and Mexico. 79% of Gruma Centroamerica�� sales volume during the year ended December 31, 2011, derived from the sale of corn flour. It had an annual installed production capacity of 350 thousand tons for corn flour and other products as of December 31, 2011.
The Company competes with Del Comal, Dona Blanca, Selecta, Bachoza and Instamasa.
As of December 31, 2011, it owned 72.86% in MONACA. In addition, it owned 57% in DEMASECA. Gruma Venezuela produces and distributes corn flour, as well as wheat flour, rice, oats and other products. It sells corn flour under the brand names JUANA and DEMASA. The Company sells wheat flour under the ROBIN HOOD, FLOR DE TRIGO and POLAR brand, rice under the MONICA brand and oats under the LASSIE brand. It operates five corn flour plants, five wheat flour plants, two rice plants, one! pasta pl! ant, and two plants that produce oats and spices in Venezuela with a total annual production capacity of 823 thousand tons as of December 31, 2011.
The Company competes with Alimentos Polar, Industria Venezolana Maizera PROAREPA, Asoportuguesa, La Lucha and Cargill.
Top Clean Energy Stocks To Watch For 2014: Fiserv Inc.(FISV)
Fiserv, Inc. and its subsidiaries provide various financial services technology solutions. Its solutions include electronic commerce systems and services, such as transaction processing, electronic bill payment and presentment, business process outsourcing, document distribution services, and software and systems solutions. The company operates in two segments, Payments and Industry Products, and Financial Institution Services. The Payments and Industry Products segment provides electronic bill payment and presentment services, and debit and other card-based payment products and services to meet the electronic transaction processing needs of the financial services industry. It also offers Internet banking, investment account processing services for separately managed accounts, card and print personalization services, and fraud and risk management products and services. The Financial Institution Services segment provides account processing services, item processing services , loan origination and servicing products, cash management and consulting services, and other products and services that support various types of financial transactions. The company serves banks, thrifts, credit unions, investment management firms, leasing and finance companies, retailers, merchants, and government agencies. It has operations in the United States, Argentina, Australia, Canada, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, France, India, Indonesia, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Mexico, the Netherlands, the Philippines, Puerto Rico, Poland, Singapore, and the United Kingdom. Fiserv, Inc. was founded in 1984 and is headquartered in Brookfield, Wisconsin.Advisors' Opinion:
- [By Kyial Robinson]
Fiserv (NASDAQ: FISV) is causing quite a trending buzz with its movements this month.
Shares are considered as a company with strong buyback activity.
- [By Jay Jenkins]
For U.S. Bancorp, a fine of this magnitude is nothing more than a slap on the wrist. However, it is a harbinger for change in how regulators view third-party relationships. Banks will now have to think long and hard about outsourcing, even to reputable companies like Jack Henry and Associates (NASDAQ: JKHY ) and Fiserv (NASDAQ: FISV ) .�
- [By Rich Smith]
On Tuesday, the regional banker, which does business in 16 states throughout the American South, Midwest, and Texas, announced it's inked a deal with online banking software Fiserv (NASDAQ: FISV ) to revamp its online banking and bill-pay system to enhance the customer experience.