Sell CNH Global NV (CNH): CNH is a Netherlands-based global manufacturer of backhoe/skid steer loaders and tractors for the agricultural and construction markets. It is the number one manufacturer of agricultural tractors and combines in the world, the third largest maker of construction equipment, and has one of the industry's largest equipment finance operations. CNH shares were up 11.5% yesterday based on a blow-out June 2011 quarter report in which the company obliterated analyst revenue and earnings estimates, reporting $4.88 billion and $1.33 versus estimates of $4.56 billion and 96 cents.
Sell Westinghouse Solar Inc. (WEST): WEST is engaged in the design and integration of solar power systems and panels for residential and commercial customers in the U.S. The company also designs and distributes solar panels with integrated micro inverters. WEST shares were up 23.2% yesterday after the company announced a multi-year supply agreement with homebuilder Lennar Corp. (LEN) to deliver solar power systems to new home buyers as part of its “Everything’s Included” program. Under the program, new homes in certain Lennar communities will come equipped with the Westinghouse Solar Power System as a standard feature.
WEST is down 98% from the 2008 pre-crisis peak as the company continues to lose money like it was 1999. Further, revenue growth continues to be anemic as in the most recent March quarter when the company reported $2 million in revenue, which was short of two analyst's estimates of $3 million and below the prior quarter revenue of $3.6 million. We would sell into any strength from this rally. Furthermore, analysts have a mean target of $1.63, slightly above the $1.50 close yesterday; and both analysts covering the stock have a hold rating on it.
Neoprobe Corp. (NEOP): NEOP is engaged in the development and commercialization of gamma-guided surgery products for the diagnosis and treatment of cancers. It is actively developing two radiopharmaceutical agent platforms, Lymphoseek® and RIGScanTM CR, to help surgeons better identify and treat certain types of cancer. Furthermore, NEOP’s subsidiary, Cira Biosciences, Inc., is also advancing a patient-specific cellular therapy technology platform called ACT.
NEOP shares were up 10.5% yesterday on news that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the use of sulfur colloid to locate lymph nodes in breast cancer patients. This approval was based on a literature review of past clinical trials and a comparison to vital blue dye. This lends optimism to the outcome of NEOP’s regulatory pathway for Lymphoseek®, which it seeks to market as being superior to sulfur colloid. NEOP plans to submit a new drug application (NDA) for Lymphoseek® in the September quarter, and is optimistic about the outcome as its application will be based not on a literature review as in the case of the recently approved sulfur colloid but based on carefully designed, controlled and well executed clinical trials.
Seven Arts Pictures Plc (SAPX): SAPX is a U.K.-based independent motion picture production and distribution company engaged in the development, acquisition, financing, production, and licensing of theatrical motion pictures for exhibition in domestic (i.e. the United States and Canada) and foreign theatrical markets, and for subsequent worldwide release in other forms of media, including home video and pay and free television.
SAPX was up 235.1% yesterday based on the announcement mid-day yesterday of an agreement with Prodigy Pictures to jointly produce and distribute the motion picture “Neuromancer” based on the best-selling science fiction novel by William Gibson. The agreement is for Prodigy to finance the $60 million budget for “Neuromancer.” We believe that shares have over-reacted here to the financing news, and would not be buyers here.
Transatlantic Petroleum (TAT): TAT is engaged in crude oil and natural gas exploration and production in Turkey, Morocco, Bulgaria and Romania. The stock was up 12.8% yesterday on no news, and appears to be just basing at the bottom on high volume after a steep 60% drop from earlier this year.
Altair Nanotechnologies (ALTI): ALTI is an innovator and supplier of advanced novel, ceramic nano-materials and titanium dioxide pigment technology for lithium batteries and other materials. Its shares were up 15.7% yesterday after the company closed on the investment of $57.5 million by Canon Investment Holdings Ltd. by issuing 37 million additional shares, so that they now own 51% of ALTI. We do not believe that this is actionable news.
ZBB Energy Corp. (ZBB): ZBB manufactures rechargeable electrical energy storage and hybrid power conversion systems for utility and industrial markets. The stock was up 10.5% yesterday on no news.
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