Earlier today, Men's Wearhouse (NYSE: MW ) announced that founder George Zimmer had been removed from his position as executive chairman, and that his ongoing relationship with the company was uncertain. The news came just a week after the company announced a 5.1% increase in total quarterly sales over its 2012 first quarter.
The Men's Wearhouse brand made up the bulk of sales, accounting for $561 million of the $617 million total. That brand saw a slight increase in comparable sales, up 1.6% versus the same period last year. The company's other brands experienced sharp comparable sales declines, though. The mixed quarter ended up being a mixed end for Zimmer.
The earlier years
Zimmer founded the company in 1973, opening a small store in Houston with friends of his. His background was not in menswear, but his father was a manufacturer of men's clothing and after college, he sent Zimmer on a trip to Asia to see how the business was run overseas. Back on home turf, it wasn't long before Zimmer was deeply embedded in the business, and the progression from travelling salesman to store owner was natural.
Hot Companies To Watch In Right Now: Artesian Resources Corporation(ARTNA)
Artesian Resources Corporation, through its subsidiaries, provides water, wastewater, and engineering services on the Delmarva Peninsula. It distributes and sells water to residential, commercial, industrial, municipal, and utility customers in the states of Delaware, Maryland, and Pennsylvania. The company also offers water for public and private fire protection to customers in its service territories. In addition, it provides contract water and wastewater services, water and sewer service line protection plans, and wastewater management services, as well as design, construction, and engineering services. As of December 31, 2011, the company served approximately 78,600 metered water customers through 1,148 miles of transmission and distribution mains. Artesian Resources Corporation was founded in 1905 and is headquartered in Newark, Delaware.
Hot Companies To Watch In Right Now: China Auto Logistics Inc.(CALI)
China Auto Logistics Inc. primarily engages in the sale and trading of imported automobiles in the People?s Republic of China. It also offers financing services, including letter of credit issuance, purchase deposit financing, and import duty advances, as well as automobile value-added services, including customs clearance, storage, and nationwide delivery services to automobile dealers and agents. In addition, the company operates Websites that provide subscribers with sales and trading information for imported and domestically manufactured automobiles. Its Websites include cali.com.cn, which provides auto living public with information about auto and auto-related products and services; at188.com that provides sales and trading information about imported automobiles, as well as parts and components information; at160.com, which provides sales and trading information about domestically manufactured automobiles; and goodcar.cn that provides information relating to automoti ve products and services, including discounted gas, car washes, emergency roadside assistance, body-shop repairs, and car maintenance. The company sells automobiles to authorized dealers, free traders or wholesalers, government agencies, and individual customers. China Auto Logistics Inc. is based in Tianjin, the People?s Republic of China.Advisors' Opinion:
- [By Roberto Pedone]
One under-$10 stock that's trending very close to trigger a major breakout trade is China Auto Logistics (CALI), which trades and sells imported automobiles in the People's Republic of China and also offers financing services. This stock has been on a tear during the last six months, with shares up sharply by 65%.
If you take a look at the chart for China Auto Logistics, you'll notice that this stock recently formed a double bottom chart pattern at $2.77 to $2.80 a share. That bottom formed right above its 200-day moving average of $2.69 a share. Shares of CALI are now starting to bounce off those near-term support levels and the stock is quickly moving within range of triggering a major breakout trade.
Traders should now look for long-biased trades in CALI if it manages to break out above some near-term overhead resistance levels at $3.27 to $3.31 a share and then once it clears its 50-day moving average at $3.39 a share with high volume. Look for a sustained move or close above those levels with volume that hits near or above its three-month average action of 159,787 shares. If that breakout triggers soon, then CALI will set up to re-test or possibly take out its next major overhead resistance levels at $4.50 to $5.50 a share.
Traders can look to buy CALI off weakness to anticipate that breakout and simply use a stop that sits right around its 200-day at $2.69 a share. One can also buy CALI off strength once it takes out those breakout levels with volume and then simply use a stop right below $3 a share.
Hot Performing Companies To Buy For 2014: Magellan Midstream Partners L.P.(MMP)
Magellan Midstream Partners, L.P., together with its subsidiaries, engages in the transportation, storage, and distribution of refined petroleum products and crude oil in the United States. Its pipeline system transports petroleum products and liquefied petroleum gases from the Gulf Coast refining region of Texas through the Midwest to Colorado, North Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Illinois. The company owns and operates marine terminals, which store and distribute refined petroleum products, blendstocks, crude oils, heavy oils, and feedstocks, as well as inland terminals that consist of storage tanks connected to third-party interstate pipeline systems to deliver refined petroleum products. Its ammonia pipeline system transports ammonia from production facilities in Texas and Oklahoma to terminals in the Midwest. The company also stores, blends, and distributes biofuels, such as ethanol and biodiesel. As of March 31, 2011, it operated approximately 9, 600 miles of petr oleum products pipeline system and 51 terminals; 6 marine petroleum terminals located along the United States Gulf and East Coasts; a crude oil storage in Cushing, Oklahoma; 27 petroleum products inland terminals located principally in the southeastern United States; and a 1,100-mile ammonia pipeline system and 6 associated terminals. The company also provides ancillary services, such as heating, blending, and mixing of stored petroleum products and additive injection services. Its customers comprise independent and integrated oil companies, wholesalers, retailers, railroads, airlines, and regional farm co-operatives. The company serves various markets, including retail gasoline stations, truck stops, farm co-operatives, railroad fueling depots, and military and commercial jet fuel users. Magellan GP, LLC serves as the general partner of the company. The company was founded in 2000 and is based in Tulsa, Oklahoma.Advisors' Opinion:
- [By Louis Navellier]
Magellan Midstream Partners (NYSE:MMP) is involved with the transportation, storage and distribution of refined petroleum products. MMP is another oil stock that has gained nearly 20% since January.
Hot Companies To Watch In Right Now: Indiana Community Bancorp(INCB)
Indiana Community Bancorp operates as the holding company for Indiana Bank and Trust Company that provides consumer and commercial community banking services in Indiana. Its deposit products include savings accounts, checking accounts, certificates of deposit, NOW accounts, individual retirement accounts, health savings accounts, and commercial demand deposit accounts. The company?s loan portfolio comprises residential and commercial real estate loans; commercial loans; construction loans; and consumer loans, which consist of second mortgage and home equity loans, mobile home loans, automobile loans, loans secured by savings accounts, and other consumer loans. It also offers debit cards, credit cards, and trust services. As of April 26, 2011, the company operated 20 branch offices in central and southeastern Indiana. Indiana Community Bancorp was founded in 1908 and is based in Columbus, Indiana.
Hot Companies To Watch In Right Now: FIBERWEB PLC ORD GBP0.05(FWEB.L)
Fiberweb plc develops, manufactures, and supplies nonwoven fabrics in Europe, North America, and Asia. Its products include spunbond, melt blown, airlaid, and carded nonwovens, as well as multi denier fabrics, and complex laminates and composites. The company also offers filtration media products for filtration, separation, and absorption applications under the Reemay brand; general industrial wipes and oil/water absorbents; and wipers, dampener covers, and absorbent socks for the graphic arts industry. In addition, it provides fabric softener sheets; and Typar/Tekton branded fabrics for construction applications, such as roofing underlay, building wrap, air infiltration barrier, roofing composite, insulation scrim, vapor barrier, and geotextiles. Further, the company?s products are used in automotive applications, such as filtration, engineered components, seating and interior trim, headliner and trunk liner composite, foam seat backing for decorative stitching, seat rei nforcement, surface preparation wipe, and bonding agent; packaging applications, including metal and bale wraps, industrial bags, can separator pads, and transport aids and insulating materials; and home furnishing and shoe applications. Additionally, its products are used in geosynthetic applications; and landscape and agricultural applications, such as crop cover, mulch, landscape, insect and frost protection, hobby gardening, and driveways. The company?s products are also used for hygiene applications, including baby diapers, feminine hygiene products, medical products, adult incontinence products, and fabric softener sheets. Fiberweb plc is based in London, the United Kingdom.
Hot Companies To Watch In Right Now: AMCIL Ltd(AMH.AX)
Amcil Limited is a publicly owned investment manager. The firm primarily manages separate client focused equity portfolios for its clients. It invests in the public equity markets of Australia. The firm invests in growth and value stocks of large cap and small cap companies to create its portfolios. It invests in companies from media, technology, communications, and entertainment sectors. Amcil Limited was founded in 1996 and is based in Melbourne, Australia.