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Goldman Sachs is launching a new security called social-impact bonds, with the goal of reforming the prison industrial complex.

When you think of Goldman Sachs (GS), social impact might not be the first thing that comes to mind. But they're trying to change that (while still making money).

The company has recently expanded its prison recidivism program from New York City to Boston. The program utilizes a new kind of security that it's calling "social-impact bonds."

In essence, Goldman invests money in prison reform programs. If the program works, and fewer people end up back in jail, then the state pays Goldman back with its savings. In some instances, Goldman stands to make as much as a million dollars in profit. 

On top of that, Massachusetts could save big, as much as $47,000 for each person the big bank helps keep out of jail. 

It almost sounds too good to be true, and there are a lot of people who say it is. On one hand you're introducing the discipline of market pressure to social justice programs, but on the other you're potentially adding another layer to the bureaucracy. 

It's still too early to get much reliable data on how well the programs are working. Most that have already launched are only in their second or third year. If the idea works, it could potentially help trim millions in waste from the prison industrial complex---not to mention generate tax revenue off of working people, as opposed to supporting felons.

That could pressure America's robust for-profit prison industry. There are about 1.6 million Americans incarerated in for-profit facilities like the Geo Group (GEO) and Corrections Corp. of America (CXW). They support an industry that generates around $4 billion in annual revenue. 

Will Goldman's bet on former prisoners pay off? Use the list below to begin your analysis and let us know what you think in the comments. 

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1. Corrections Corporation of America (CXW, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Operates privatized correctional and detention facilities in the United States. Market cap at $3.79B, most recent closing price at $32.89.

 

 

2. The GEO Group, Inc. (GEO, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Provides government-outsourced services specializing in the management of correctional, detention, and mental health and residential treatment facilities in the United States, Australia, South Africa, and the United Kingdom. Market cap at $2.33B, most recent closing price at $32.67.

 

 

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Sorry, guys, the avocado—your favorite berry-you-didn't-know-was-a-berry—may be about to make itself scarce.

There are a lot of fun facts you could rattle off about avocados, both botanical and etymological. For example, it's a berry. Who knew. Its Nahuatl name, ahuacatl, means "testicle," since it grows in pairs. Post-Cortés, that word was mangled in a long game of Spanish telephone until it became the considerably less raunchy abogado, "lawyer"—although you're more likely to hear aguacate or palta, depending on where you happen to be. 

Then there are some not-so-fun facts. For one, 80 percent of the avocados in the US come from California, and California is pushing Dust Bowl status. And while it's no beef, which requires about 106 gallons of water per ounce to produce, the avocado is a thirsty foodstuff, requiring 9 gallons per ounce. 

Not that Latin America is picking up any of the slack. Peru's palta harvest, predicted to be a bumper crop, will be smaller than expected, and hail in Mexico means their aguacate haul might be meager too. 

For now, guacamole is still just an extra at Chipotle (CMG), but you've been warned. Frito-Lay higher-ups might be wringing their hands a bit, because no one wants a chip without guac anymore, but a loss to the division of PepsiCo (PEP) is unlikely to move the needle from an investor's perspective. Calavo Growers (CVGW), on the other hand, had better watch out. The company, which markets and distributes avocados, is up nearly 60 percent for the year, but clear, cloudless, rainless skies loom.

 

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1. Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. (CMG, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): 1. Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. (CMG): Develops and operates fast-casual, fresh Mexican food restaurants in the United States. Market cap at $19.91B, most recent closing price at $641.23.

 

 

2. Calavo Growers Inc. (CVGW, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): 2. Calavo Growers Inc. (CVGW): Calavo Growers, Inc. procures and markets avocados and other perishable commodities, and prepares and distributes processed avocado products in the United States and internationally. Market cap at $860.68M, most recent closing price at $49.75.

 

 

3. Pepsico Inc. (PEP, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): 3. Pepsico Inc. (PEP): Engages in the manufacture, marketing, and sale of foods, snacks, and carbonated and non-carbonated beverages worldwide. Market cap at $144.20B, most recent closing price at $97.28.

 

 

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The company behind Siri has struggled with low profitability. At low valuations, is it a compelling play or a trap?

Nuance Communications (NUAN) was once the rising star in the smart phone world. The speech recognition software firm supplied the engine that powered Apple’s (AAPL) Siri. But when shareholders realized the low profitability from its dealings from Apple, the stock responded. Nuance fell steadily from the $20 to $28 level and last closed at $14.26. Do shareholders have any hope?

Decent quarterly results

On February 5, Nuance announced first quarter earnings of $0.25 per share on revenue of $489 million. Both figures beat consensus estimates. Unfortunately, the firm did not demonstrate any meaningful growth nor did it supply a solid outlook.  In its prepared remarks, Nuance provided the following guidance:

·       Second-quarter revenue of $459 million to $475 million

·       Earnings of $0.22 to $0.26 per share

Both figures are below consensus, although not by much. Analysts had expected revenue of around $499.5 million on $0.27 per share.

For the fiscal year ending September 2015, Nuance thinks it will earn up to $1.18 per share.

New product

On April 13, Nuance announced PowerMic Mobile, making the firm a smartwatch app and health care software play.

Analysis

Nuance traded at $13.87 recently, which implies a forward P/E of just 11.75. This is inexpensive. The operational challenges Nuance facing are not insurmountable. If management progresses in improving performance, the stock could rebound.

At the current valuation, Nuance may attract a buyer, too. That the stock is down around 14 percent in the past year will not go unnoticed by a potential suitor. A company as big as Apple might show interest:

It’s also possible that a private equity firm will look at shaking up Nuance to boost the firm’s intrinsic value. Given that other firms in the mobile space like Microsoft (MSFT), OmniVision (OVTI) and Synaptics (SYNA) trade at much higher multiples, Nuance may eventually trade up to its potential, too.

It is not clear if Nuance is a value play or a trap. Until the firm executes more effectively, the stock is unlikely to move up.

Written by Chris Lau.

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1. Apple Inc. (AAPL, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Designs, manufactures, and markets personal computers, mobile communication and media devices, and portable digital music players, as well as sells related software, services, peripherals, networking solutions, and third-party digital content and applications worldwide. Market cap at $749.18B, most recent closing price at $128.62.

 

2. Microsoft Corporation (MSFT, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Develops, licenses, and supports a range of software products and services for various computing devices worldwide. Market cap at $352.64B, most recent closing price at $42.99.

 

 

3. Nuance Communications Inc. (NUAN, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Provides voice and language solutions for businesses and consumers worldwide. Market cap at $4.64B, most recent closing price at $14.26.

 

 

4. OmniVision Technologies Inc. (OVTI, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Designs, develops, and markets semiconductor image-sensor devices. Market cap at $1.56B, most recent closing price at $26.82.

 

 

5. Synaptics Inc. (SYNA, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Develops and supplies custom-designed human interface solutions that enable people to interact with various mobile computing, communications, entertainment, and other electronic devices. Market cap at $3.29B, most recent closing price at $89.54.

 

 

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Nokia has announced a planned $16.6 billion merger with Alcatel-Lucent. 

Nokia (NOK) just made a savvy acquisition. Previously known as a smart phone maker, the map software and networking hardware company is boosting its hardware division by merging with Alcatel-Lucent (ALU). The merger values Nokia €15.6 billion, around $16.6 billion. 

Aside from a brief rally that boosted share prices to $8.30, the downtrend in Nokia's stock is clear:

The market will take its time digesting the merger, which Nokia boasts will “create an innovation leader in next generation technology and services for an IP connected world.” There are risks in the short term. Most importantly, Nokia does not expect the merger will close until the first half of 2016, meaning neither company will not realize any cost savings until then.

Quarterly results due next month

Strong quarterly results might help these companies' shares. Nokia reports on May 5, Alcatel-Lucent on May 7. Either firm could miss expectations, as management may have been distracted in the last quarter negotiating the merger.

Another buyer unlikely

It is unlikely another buyer will emerge for Alcatel-Lucent. Cisco Systems (CSCO) already made an acquisition in the virtual appliance software space. Earlier this month, it announced it would buy Embrane, a software maker for load balancing and firewall solutions.

Ericsson Telephone Co. (ERIC) is another unlikely buyer. The firm’s market cap is $40 billion, but it already has a lead over both Nokia and Alcatel-Lucent in terms of market share.

Alternative investments

Investors might look for other alternatives to Nokia. These include Motorola Solutions (MSI), Juniper Networks (JNPR), Ciena Corp. (CIEN) and ZTE Corp. (ZTCOY), a Chinese firm.

Written by Chris Lau.

Disclosure: Author holds shares of Alcatel-Lucent

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1. Alcatel-Lucent (ALU, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Provides products, solutions, and transformation services that enable service providers, enterprises, governments, and strategic industries to deliver voice, data, and video communication services to end-users worldwide. Market cap at $11.68B, most recent closing price at $4.03.

 

 

2. Cisco Systems Inc. (CSCO, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Designs, manufactures, and sells Internet protocol (IP)-based networking and other products related to the communications and information technology industry worldwide. Market cap at $146.45B, most recent closing price at $28.69.

 

 

3. Ericsson (ERIC, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Provides communications equipment, professional services, and multimedia solutions to mobile and fixed networks operators worldwide. Market cap at $42.18B, most recent closing price at $12.79.

 

 

4. Nokia Corporation (NOK, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Provides Internet and digital mapping and navigation services worldwide. Market cap at $29.24B, most recent closing price at $7.84.

 

 

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Turns out millennials do buy cars when there's no credit crunch happening. But which ones?

Unpacking the millennial mindset is big business, as this age cohort is entering a recovering job market and flexing its collective spending power. The issue for a number of industries is that this generation doesn't seem to be interested in their wares the way previous generations were. For a long time, the auto industry has been the unhappy poster child for this dilemma. But that might be changing. 

The conventional wisdom has long been that kids just don't buy cars anymore. Fast Company cites one statistic saying that between 2007 and 2011, the rate at which 18- to 24-year-olds purchased cars fell off almost 30 percent. The reason as determined in the article: because of mobile devices and social media, these kids don't have to move to have fun. They "make all of their connections online."

Fast Company's cited date range, 2007-2011, perfectly captures the decline from pre-crisis highs. It starts when people had well-paying jobs and credit was (way too) easy to obtain and goes to the depths of the recession, when shellshocked banks were less likely to extend a loan to an unemployed 20-year-old with a three-week credit history. Maybe that's why millennials didn't buy cars.

Millennials have since begun purchasing cars as if it were their job—likely because they can now get real jobs. They now account for nearly 30 percent of new vehicle sales, having surpassed Gen X in 2012. This development led The Atlantic's Senior Editor Derek Thompson to rethink his theory that owning a car was so Boomer. It turns out that the majority of this generation isn't as fixated on urban living, renting and public transportation as the pundits thought. 

According to J.D. Power & Associates, via The Atlantic, millennials bought over 3.5 million new cars in 2014. Edmunds reports that 78 percent of millennial auto purchases last year were used cars, giving us a figure in the neighborhood of 16 million cars. Your move, auto industry.

So what cars are millennials buying? An AutoTrader.com survey reveals that while millennials might "identify" with brands like Audi, Mercedes and BMW, they are most likely to purchase the following makes:

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1. Ford Motor Co. (F, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Develops, manufactures, distributes, and services vehicles and parts worldwide. Market cap at $63.24B, most recent closing price at $15.91.

 

 

2. General Motors Company (GM, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Operates as a global automaker. Market cap at $59.76B, most recent closing price at $37.11.

 

 

3. Honda Motor Co. Ltd. (HMC, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Engages in the development, manufacture, and distribution of motorcycles, automobiles, and power products primarily in North America, Europe, and Asia. Market cap at $64.10B, most recent closing price at $35.01.

 

 

4. Toyota Motor Corporation (TM, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Engages in the design, manufacture, assembly, and sale of passenger cars, minivans, and commercial vehicles. Market cap at $239.03B, most recent closing price at $138.73.

 

 

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This travel deals site's stock saw a 30 percent rally after an earnings beat. Is there upside left in Travelzoo?

When Travelzoo (TZOO), a firm with a market cap of just $191 million, reported good quarterly results on Thursday, the stock shot up around 30 percent. Still, there may be value left in the travel deals site.

Travelzoo earned $0.13 per share on revenue of $36.49 million. Both figures beat consensus, by $0.05 per share and $1.72 million, respectively. The revenue drop of 9 percent over last year is notable, but was due to weakness in Local Deals and Getaways. The strong dollar also hurt European revenue.

Customer growth improved in the last quarter. The firm added spending for member acquisition and related marketing. This cost the firm $2 million, but resulted in the addition of more members than any other quarter over the past three years. Travelzoo had 24.5 million customers as of March 31.

Europe remains a risk for Travelzoo, due mostly to currency fluctuation. Headcount in North America also fell last quarter. This may result in lower revenue, but it also means higher productivity and profitability.

There are few value plays in the online travel space. Priceline (PCLN) trades at a forward P/E of just under 18, while Expedia's (EXPE) is just over 20. 

Travelzoo is a small cap firm and investing in it is not without risk. Still, the stock may have more upside if the company reports another strong quarter.

Written by Chris Lau.

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1. Expedia Inc. (EXPE, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Operates as an online travel company in the United States and internationally. Market cap at $12.34B, most recent closing price at $97.40.

 

 

2. The Priceline Group Inc. (PCLN, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Operates as an online travel company. Market cap at $61.88B, most recent closing price at $1191.42.

 

 

3. Travelzoo Inc. (TZOO, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Publishes travel and entertainment offers from various travel and entertainment companies in North America and Europe. Market cap at $193.55M, most recent closing price at $13.14.

 

 

(List compiled by Chris Lau. Monthly returns data sourced from Zacks Investment Research. All other data sourced from FINVIZ.)

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Unicorns, or highly valued startups, are a dime a dozen these days, but Oscar is the newest one in healthcare. 

Oscar has only been around since July 2013, but the New York-based health insurance startup is officially in unicorn—aka $1 billion valuation—territory. Thanks to $145 million in funding announced Monday from venture capitalist/college detractor Peter Thiel and others, Oscar is now valued at roughly $1.5 billion

Never heard of Oscar? Presently, Oscar operates in New York and New Jersey, which is why only Tri-State Area residents have probably caught a glimpse of an ad on the subway or train. The company's goal is to make the notoriously complex and miserable world of health insurance simple and pleasant. It's a tough order, but considering that one-third of Americans aren't satisfied with the way the healthcare system works and 54 percent consider a medical emergency their top financial fear, it's needed.  

So far, the response has been pretty good. Over the course of 2014, Oscar's members more than doubled from 17,000 to 40,000 and it comprises 12 to 15 percent of New York's individual health insurance marketplace. Plus, according to TechCrunch, the startup is pulling in $200 million in revenue from its enrollees. But it's not stopping there: Oscar hopes to enter California's exchange next year and Texas's marketplace in the near future.

All of this could be great news for the 33 percent of Americans who are unsatisfied with their healthcare as well as the young adults who will no longer be eligible for coverage through their parents. It could also be bad news for existing health insurance companies that seemingly reinforce the status quo.

Below is a list of health care plans stocks that could find themselves in trouble if Oscar continues to grow and successfully expands outside of the New York/New Jersey healthcare market. Each of the stocks had negative earnings per share (EPS) growth quarter over quarter. Additionally, all of the stocks are less profitable than their peers as measured by gross, operating and pretax margin.

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1. Center Corp (CNC, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Operates as a multiline healthcare company in the United States. Market cap at $8.10B, most recent closing price at $68.15.

EPS growth quarter over quarter at -39.20%.

TTM gross margin at 11.27% vs. industry average at 20.48%.

TTM operating margin at 2.8% vs. industry average at 8.37%.

TTM pretax margin at 2.76% vs. industry average at 6.56%.

Centene's Ambetter product is available in Texas's health insurance marketplace.

 

2. Health Net Inc. (HNT, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Provides managed health care services through its health plans and government-sponsored managed care plans. Market cap at $4.34B, most recent closing price at $56.43.

EPS growth quarter-over-quarter at -76.00%.

TTM gross margin at 15.45% vs. industry average at 20.48%.

TTM operating margin at 2.28% vs. industry average at 8.38%.

TTM pretax margin at 1.43% vs. industry average at 6.56%.

Health Net offers insurance plans for individuals in California.

 

3. WellCare Health Plans Inc. (WCG, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Provides managed care services for government-sponsored healthcare programs in the United States. Market cap at $3.64B, most recent closing price at $82.59.

EPS growth quarter-over-quarter at -81.40%.

TTM gross margin at 11.61% vs. industry average at 20.48%.

TTM operating margin at 1.92% vs. industry average at 8.37%.

TTM pretax margin at 1.37% vs. industry average at 6.56%.

WellCare sells Medicaid plans in Texas, which decided not to expand its program.

 

 (List compiled by Mary-Lynn Cesar. Monthly return data sourced from Zacks Investment Research. Margin data sourced from Fidelity. All other data sourced from FINVIZ.)

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Could Goldman Sachs' new project help reform the prison industrial complex?

Goldman Sachs is launching a new security called social-impact bonds, with the goal of reforming the prison industrial complex.

When you think of Goldman Sachs (GS), social impact might not be the first thing that comes to mind. But they're trying to change that (while still making money).

The company has recently expanded its prison recidivism program from New York City to Boston. The program utilizes a new kind of security that it's calling "social-impact bonds."

In essence, Goldman invests money in prison reform programs. If the program works, and fewer people end up back in jail, then the state pays Goldman back with its savings. In some instances, Goldman stands to make as much as a million dollars in profit. 

On top of that, Massachusetts could save big, as much as $47,000 for each person the big bank helps keep out of jail. 

It almost sounds too good to be true, and there are a lot of people who say it is. On one hand you're introducing the discipline of market pressure to social justice programs, but on the other you're potentially adding another layer to the bureaucracy. 

It's still too early to get much reliable data on how well the programs are working. Most that have already launched are only in their second or third year. If the idea works, it could potentially help trim millions in waste from the prison industrial complex---not to mention generate tax revenue off of working people, as opposed to supporting felons.

That could pressure America's robust for-profit prison industry. There are about 1.6 million Americans incarerated in for-profit facilities like the Geo Group (GEO) and Corrections Corp. of America (CXW). They support an industry that generates around $4 billion in annual revenue. 

Will Goldman's bet on former prisoners pay off? Use the list below to begin your analysis and let us know what you think in the comments. 

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1. Corrections Corporation of America (CXW, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Operates privatized correctional and detention facilities in the United States. Market cap at $3.79B, most recent closing price at $32.89.

 

 

2. The GEO Group, Inc. (GEO, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Provides government-outsourced services specializing in the management of correctional, detention, and mental health and residential treatment facilities in the United States, Australia, South Africa, and the United Kingdom. Market cap at $2.33B, most recent closing price at $32.67.

 

 

(List compiled by James Dennin. Monthly returns sourced from Zacks Investment Research.)

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