Posts Tagged ‘Materials Stocks’

UFI, C triumph in Thursday afternoon trading, LIOX loses much of its roar

Thursday, November 4th, 2010

Unifi, Inc. (NYSE: UFI) soared 215 percent Thursday afternoon to $15.13, on volume of 230,986, roughly comparable to its three-month daily average of 248,017 shares. The news comes only a week after the Greensboro-based yarn producer announced that its third quarter net income quadrupled to $10.2 million, from $2.5 million during the year-ago quarter. UFI reported net sales reached $174 million in Q3, up roughly 22-percent over $143 million in the third quarter of 2009.

Citigroup Inc. (NYSE: C) found itself atop the leader board among biggest volumes on Thursday with 408,716,516 shares, swiftly approaching its three-month daily average of 442,066,000. Shares in the banking group climbed 2.39 percent in afternoon trading to $4.29. The favorable activity closely follows word that Citigroup was ruled not liable Thursday in a legal dispute with Terra Firma Capital Partners LP over its 2007 acquisition of British recording company EMI Group PLC. The latter party, a private-equity firm, had alleged it was duped by Citigroup into making a rich bid for EMI and had sought billions of dollars in damages.

Lionbridge Technologies, Inc. (NasdaqGM: LIOX) missed out on the general gaiety of the market Thursday, its price taking a pasting of 23.4 percent in afternoon trading to $3.83, on dismal third-quarter earnings news. Share volume of 3,437,377 was about 10 times LIOX’s three-month daily average. Lionbridge lost $3.8 million, or seven cents per share, for the three months ended Sept. 30. That compares with a loss of $1 million, or two cents per share, a year earlier.

Guanwei Recycling Corp. (GPRC) – Buzz Stock of the Day

Wednesday, August 4th, 2010

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Shares of Chinese polyethylene manufacturer, Guanwei Recycling Corp. (Nasdaq: GPRC) were up more than 20 percent from Tuesday’s closing price in morning trading on Monday. Trading volume was more than 10 times the company’s three-month average.

“China, right now is the biggest plastic importer in the world,” said Guanwei Recycling’s VP of marketing Liya Wu, in an interview with TheStreet.com. “Our annual import of plastic waste is about…5 million tons to 7 million tons. So it’s really the biggest market. China is not only the biggest market not only in the volume of the plastic manufacturer, but also as a plastic products exporter, and we are the biggest recycler of plastics.”
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Guanwei Recycling generates most of its business from Europe. Most recently, the company announced a sales contract with Sunshine Handels & Consulting GmbH, a leading German recycling company, for the purchase of 25,000 tons of LDPE waste through June 2011, which will be converted into recycled LDPE at Guanwei’s clean tech facilities in Fuqing City. Europe, has a “higher waste classification system” than the U.S., according to Wu.

Guanwei is currently focused on increasing its environmental protection levels, and increasing its manufacturing capacity, according to Wu.

For the three months ended March 31, 2010, net revenue was $9,494,226, representing a 58.01% decrease from net revenue of $22,611,689 for the three months ended March 31, 2009. This sharp decrease was primarily caused by the fact that, unlike the first quarter of 2009, Guanwei did not sell any raw materials or purchased recycled LDPE during the first quarter of 2010.

Shares are currently trading about about 21 percent lower than the company’s 52-week high of $5.70.

Layne Christensen Co. (LAYN) – Buzz Stock of the Day

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010

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Shares of construction services provider, Layne Christensen Co. (Nasdaq: LAYN) were sharply higher in morning trading on Wednesday, after the company released first quarter results that shattered analysts’ expectations thanks in large part to an 85 percent increase in revenue from the company’s mineral exploration division.

Net income for the first quarter ended April 30 rose to $6.6 million, or 34 cents a share, from $1.0 million, or 5 cents a share, last year. Revenue for the quarter rose 13 percent to $230.7 million.

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Analysts on average expected the company to earn 22 cents, on revenue of $216.9 million, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.

Earnings before income taxes for Layne Christensen’s mineral exploration division increased 386.0 percent to $8,587,000 for the three months ended April 30, 2010, compared to $1,767,000 for the same period last year. Mineral exploration revenues increased a staggering 85.0 percent to $45,878,000 for the three months ended April 30, 2010, from $24,794,000 for the same period last year.

“The extremely sharp turnaround in our mineral exploration business in North America and Africa produced a strong quarter considering where we were a year ago,” said the company’s president and CEO, Andrew B. Schmitt. “Our water supply project in Afghanistan also was an important contributor to earnings and the rest of the water infrastructure side of our business improved as well. Going forward, the question will be whether a stronger mineral exploration market and, hopefully, some turnaround in the housing and municipal infrastructure markets, can compensate for the reduced earnings as a result of lower current natural gas prices and the New Orleans project that was completed during this quarter.”