The Life Sciences Report: What is the structure of the national physical therapy market? Steven Davidson: Physical therapy is a $31 billion ($31B) market. During the last 20 years, the sector has steadily experienced a 6% annual growth rate. One reason for the growth is that baby boomers are getting older. But in addition to that, there is a strong national trend toward evidence-based medicine. The market is sorting out what types of services provide the best value for the dollar. Studies report that rehab is a cost-saver, especially when compared to surgery and other procedures. For example, early therapeutic intervention for workers' compensation claims saves as much as 79% of the cost versus waiting before starting rehab. These quantifiable outcomes bode well for the financial health of the industry. TLSR: What is the acquisition history of your company, Agility Health Inc. (AHI:TSX.
Investors have had to endure much more volatility in the past few weeks. We may know why — the Federal Reserve put an expiration date on its $3 trillion-plus bond-buying program. But some investors don’t know how to proceed. The Fed’s easy-money policy — mainly known as quantitative easing, or QE — probably will end next year.
The Mining Report: What effect is the strong U.S. dollar having on base metal prices and base metal equities? Stefan Ioannou: Base metals are priced in U.S. dollars, so as the dollar rises in value, base metals fall in value. Right now, copper is testing the $3 per pound ($3/lb) level, and zinc is drifting down toward $1/lb.
[AP] - AT&T said it gained 2 million wireless subscribers in the latest quarter, but most were from non-phone services such as tablets and Internet-connected cars. The net increases in the July-September quarter ... Read more on this. AT&T, Inc. (T), currently valued at $178.92B, opened at $34.78. Looking at the stock, its one day range is $34.38 to $34.79 and has traded between $31.74 and $37.48 over the past 12 months. T shares are currently priced at 13.37x this year's forecasted earnings, which makes them relatively inexpensive compared to the industry's 21.00x earnings multiple for the same period. And for income investors, the company pays shareholders $1.84 per share annually in dividends, yielding 5.40%. Consensus earnings for the current quarter by the 25 sell-side analysts covering the stock is an estimate of $0.64 per share, which would be $0.
Since the inception of the Investment Company Act of 1940, investors have grown to expect every mutual fund, closed-end fund (“CEF”), and exchange traded fund (“ETF”) to be treated as a “pass-through vehicle” for tax purposes. The entity itself would not pay any taxes, and all tax liabilities would be passed-through to the shareholders. That was the status quo for decades, until master limited partnership (“MLP”) funds came along.
UBS (UBS) rolled out the ETRACS Diversified High Income ETN (DVHI) on Thursday (9/19/13). The new exchange traded note (“ETN”) is targeted at investors desiring significant monthly income from a diversified multi-asset mix. It will track the new NYSE Diversified High Income Index minus the 0.84% annual tracking fee. The underlying index has a current yield of 7.7%, and the ETN will make monthly cash distributions.