May 5, 2016 |
Private-equity investors, excited by the growth and merger prospects in security, are combining the nation's largest security-guard services into a single, giant company. In the merger, announced Tuesday, AlliedBarton Security Services, the Conshohocken company that employs 60,000 contract security guards nationwide, plans to merge with Universal Services of America, a Santa Ana, Calif., rival with 80,000 workers (including janitors and security guards), later this year. The combined AlliedUniversal will have sales of $4.5 billion a year.
February 11, 2006 |
Investors who sued the federal government in 1993 for breaking its promises in its seizure of Meritor Savings Bank won a judgment yesterday of $371.7 million, but it could be several more years before they see the money. U.S. Claims Court Judge Loren A. Smith wrote that Meritor investors have strong arguments to receive an additional $402 million, but said he would leave that question to an appeal of his award. Justice Department spokesman Charles Miller said the government was still reviewing the decision, and hasn't decided how to respond.
August 5, 2011 |
Many financial advisors have the same advice for nervous investors unhinged by the stock market's wild mood swings in recent days: Take a deep breath. Come in off the ledge. Don't panic. "The worst thing somebody can do is to sell into a panic," said Alexander F. Cabot, an analyst for the Wiley Group, a Conshohocken wealth advisory firm. Thursday's 500-point Dow plunge, followed by Friday's whipsaw ride between positive and negative territory, might induce the risk-averse to head for the exits.
January 27, 1989 |
After months of uncertainty about the future of the money-losing Claridge Hotel & Casino, it appeared yesterday that buyers with sufficiently deep pockets and a willingness to risk what's in them will buy the gambling hall. Al Luciani, who as a state assistant attorney general drafted the New Jersey Casino Control Act, said he and four investors have an exclusive agreement, good for the next two weeks, to negotiate for the purchase of the Claridge. Luciani said he is confident a definitive agreement can be negotiated "in a few days.
December 20, 2012
WHEN INVESTING, it's smart to seek out companies with competitive advantages. But you can develop your own competitive advantage over other investors by reading. Here are two highly regarded classics for your own bookshelf or for holiday-gift-giving consideration: * One Up on Wall Street by Peter Lynch (Simon & Schuster, $16). Arguably the most engaging investment book ever written. If you've never read it, stop everything and pick up a copy. It could change your life. Advocating buying great companies for the long term, Lynch believes that "any normal person using the customary 3 percent of the brain can pick stocks just as well, if not better than the average Wall Street analyst.
June 24, 2008 |
A Haddon Heights man pleaded guilty in federal court in Camden yesterday to scamming millions from investors who believed his company had a government defense contract to ship military equipment overseas. Instead, prosecutors said, Glyn Richards was operating a classic Ponzi scheme, in which investors were promised quick returns on their money. Richards told people who invested in his Audubon company, All Freight Logistics, that they would receive a 44 percent return within a few months, according to court records.
January 17, 1988 |
Real estate investors are increasingly ignoring Groucho Marx's dictum that it's not worth joining any club that would have you as a member. In fact, interest in real estate investing clubs is on the rise, leaders of area groups said last week. The clubs have been around for years, hitting peak popularity in the early to mid-1980s, when disciples of such real estate gurus as Albert Lowry and Robert Allen regularly gathered to worship before the no-money-down altar. But the flock has dwindled over the last two years, as the prophets fell from financial grace amid much bad press, said Richard R. Hamilton, president of the Indiana Real Estate Club and director of properties for Mark O. Haroldsen Inc. of Salt Lake City, which advises clubs all over the country.
October 17, 1989 |
Whether wary of making the wrong move or weary of market uncertainty, small investors seemed to sit tight yesterday and wait out what some had feared would be the Black Monday of 1989. It was a shrewd move. History did not repeat itself. Rather than dropping 508 points as it had on Oct. 19, 1987, the Dow Jones industrial average, after taking an early-morning plunge, rose 88.12 points by the time the bell ended trading in the stock market. Retail brokers had feared that a nasty nose dive yesterday and memories of the market's erratic behavior in the year after the 1987 crash would destroy any chance they had of wooing small investors back to the market.
December 4, 2000
Today, fewer than half of the 60 million employees with long-term investment accounts have held them 10 or more years. Over the next decade, another 30 million will reach that level. Seen in that light, the 2000 election was a mere breaker to a looming tidal wave of investor sentiment.. . . Compared to participants in work-based plans, portfolio owners with individual stocks develop a capitalist ideology rapidly. [The Zogby poll] found that this cohort, after one to five years, is already 43 percent Republican (vs. 34 percent Democrat)
February 11, 1999 |
Morton Mitosky, 91, a Philadelphia lawyer known for his ability to pick financially successful Broadway shows for himself and other investors, died Friday at Cabrini Hospital Hospice in Manhattan of complications from a 1997 stroke. He had lived in Ventnor, N.J., for nearly 30 years and also had a residence in Manhattan. As a lawyer, he maintained offices in Philadelphia and New York for many years. Mr. Mitosky remained active in theater investments, as well as several Hollywood projects, until his stroke.