NEW YORK, February 19, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --
Today, National Traders Association announced new research reports highlighting Popular, Inc. (NASDAQ: BPOP), The Bank of Ireland (NYSE: IRE), ITT Educational Services, Inc. (NYSE: ESI), Strayer Education, Inc. (NASDAQ: STRA) and Lattice Semiconductor Corporation (NASDAQ: LSCC). Today's readers may access these reports free of charge - including full price targets, industry analysis and analyst ratings - via the links below.
Popular, Inc. Research Report
After Popular reported better-than-expected earnings for the fourth quarter and the total of 2012, investors have been exchanging hands to earn a stake on the Puerto Rican bank. Wall Street expectations were crushed after Popular reported a net income of $83.9 million for Q4 and $245.3 million for the year ended. Although domestic economy does play a vital role in its success, Popular's strategic and financial flexibility attracts investments. The Full Research Report on Popular, Inc. - including full detailed breakdown, analyst ratings and price targets - is available to download free of charge at: [http://www.nationaltradersassociation.org/r/full_research_report/672f_BPOP]
The Bank of Ireland Research Report
The euro zone debt crisis and the ongoing discussion of austerity may continue to cloud the future of the Bank of Ireland. Improved numbers for credit and interest rate risks may help, but the excellent deployment of bank management may serve the Bank of Ireland its success long before the full-recovery of the euro zone. The European Central Bank reported that the bleak economy of the euro zone is expected to show gradual progress this year. By modifying the monetary policy, improving the financial market confidence and reducing fragmentation, the Bank of Ireland has the hope of celebrating its victory. Bank of Ireland is planning to exceed its 2013 SME lending target of €3.5 billion. Despite the industry's volatility, the best way to cope with risks is to improve administrative measures that will effectively counter non-performing loans. The Bank of Ireland's move to exceed its 2013 SME lending target may be the best way to improve its capital ratio. SMEs are excellent economic drivers, and account for 99% of businesses in the euro zone. The Full Research Report on The Bank of Ireland - including full detailed breakdown, analyst ratings and price targets - is available to download free of charge at: [http://www.nationaltradersassociation.org/r/full_research_report/c682_IRE]
ITT Educational Services, Inc. Research Report
Despite the for-profit education industry lagging the market, led down by ITT Educational, the company advanced 17.74 percent after reporting its Q4 results. This may be one of the reasons why ITT Educational remains upbeat despite losing 75 percent of its value in 2012. CEO Kevin Modany believes that the company is on the rebound, after Modany's report, the company's stock price went up, climbing to $16.85 per share by the close of the trading. What made the investors change their minds? The CEO revealed that ITT Educational guaranteed repayment of the student loans, forcing the company to set aside $66.1 million in Q4 to cover future losses. But Modany reassured that "the focus here is to try to get a fence around that thing and see if we can put it behind us." According to him, the $66 million charge is a high-end estimate of the company's loan exposure. Furthermore, ITT Educational is also lobbying private lenders on the loans to modify the terms of repayment, so students can make smaller payments, or even have debt amounts reduced. If any of those efforts pay off, the company's charges could come in lower. Modany also addressed the analysts' concern about the company running short of cash, saying that it has seven to 10 years to pay of its loan obligations. In addition to modifying the terms of repayment, ITT Educational also reported positive results on its new scholarship program, noting that it reduced enrollment declines and yielded a higher percentage of potential students. The Full Research Report on ITT Educational Services, Inc. - including full detailed breakdown, analyst ratings and price targets - is available to download free of charge at: [http://www.nationaltradersassociation.org/r/full_research_report/d5db_ESI]
Strayer Education, Inc. Research Report
Since 2012, Strayer Education has been taking action against the continuing loss by introducing new scholarships that trim the cost of a degree for qualifying students. The largest Strayer Education scholarship is worth a maximum $17,000 for new or readmitted students as they work toward bachelor's associate degrees. This scholarship will be worth roughly a 30 percent tuition discount per student. Analysts say that the scholarships will reduce average per student revenue, but Strayer Education believes that the gamble could pay off if it attracts more enrollees. "Cutting costs might increase enrolment enough that net revenues increase," says analyst Brandon Dobell. On February 11, 2013, Strayer Education will release its Q4 2012 earnings. Because of the US government's scrutiny revealing high student debt and low graduation rates, private education companies are working toward increasing the value of their programs to increase employability of the students. They also resort to discounting to attract more students. With these actions, the for-profit education industry may survive. Maybe not sooner, but they can only go up from here. The Full Research Report on Strayer Education, Inc.- including full detailed breakdown, analyst ratings and price targets - is available to download free of charge at: [http://www.nationaltradersassociation.org/r/full_research_report/c682_IRE]
Lattice Semiconductor Corporation Research Report
After a sudden drop to $3.90 last week, Lattice Semiconductor Corporation was able to rebound to begin this week with an 11.79% increase in stock price to $4.36. The designer and developer of field programmable gate arrays (FPGA) and programmable logic devices (PLD) has announced further enhancements for a range of their software platforms and products, beginning with the new versions of Lattice Diamond ® and iCEcube2™ design tools. The said development of the company's leading array of products features advancements on power calculations and design productivity to create efficient systems that will facilitate communication and industrial systems. Addressing the heightened demand for power efficient devices, the newly released software is fine-tuned and specially designed for the company's award winning "low power, low cost, low density, and ultra-low density FPGAs." After a decrease in demand for programmable logic products and related software during the last quarter, Lattice posted its financial results of the previous year's 4Q with revenue of $65.9 million, a decrease of 7.1% from $70.9 million in 3Q, and a decrease of 6.1% from $70.2 million in 4Q11. Darin G. Billerbeck, President and Chief Executive Officer, reports, "Weakness (during the fourth quarter of 2012) was broad based across nearly all end markets and geographies except for the consumer market." Billerbeck expects to gain stronger foothold in the consumer and mobile consumer market with the company's iCE line of FPGA products, which have recently reached 15 million shipments. Along with Billerbeck, Joe Bedewi, Corporate Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Lattice, says that the company will continue to "drive additional cost reductions in operations and materials purchases." He expects that Lattice's restructuring actions will result to positive outcomes this 1Q13 and beyond. The Full Research Report on Lattice Semiconductor Corporation - including full detailed breakdown, analyst ratings and price targets - is available to download free of charge at: [http://www.nationaltradersassociation.org/r/full_research_report/a368_LSCC]
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