10 Best Cheapest Stocks To Own Right Now

It’s been a long decade for Yahoo (Nasdaq: YHOO). The search and tech company has seen its stock rise just 10% over the past 10 years.

This comes after years of battling activist investors, a carousel of CEOs, and a declining business. The saving grace has been Alibaba (Nasdaq: BABA), where Yahoo has a 15% stake in the company. The success of Alibaba has helped overshadow Yahoo’s own problems.

However, a perfect storm has been brewing at Yahoo. The company announced plans to spin-off its stake in Alibaba in early 2015. Yahoo invested in Alibaba back in 2005 and was finally looking to unlock value from the appreciation. However, Yahoo abandoned the plan, because the spinoff won’t be tax-free as initially anticipated — and the tax bill would be sizable given the growth in Alibaba. Instead, Yahoo decided to try and spinoff its own core business, including the search business and websites such as Yahoo Mail and Yahoo Finance, which would still be a taxable transaction. Then, just last month, Yahoo also said it’s willing to sell the core business. There are now tensions over the future of the company and whether Marissa Mayer is the best CEO for the job.

10 Best Cheapest Stocks To Own Right Now: Ring Energy, Inc.(REI)

 

Ring Energy, Inc. engages in the acquisition, exploration, development, and production of oil and natural gas in Texas and Kansas, the United States. As of December 31, 2015, the companys proved reserves consisted of approximately 24.4 million barrel of oil equivalent. It also has interests in 18,130 net developed and undeveloped acres in Andrews and Gaines counties, and 19,679 net developed and undeveloped acres in Reeves and Culberson counties, Texas; and 16,674 net acres in Kansas. Ring Energy, Inc. primarily sells its oil and natural gas production to end users, marketers, and other purchasers. The company was formerly known as Transglobal Mining Corp. and changed its name to Ring Energy, Inc. in March 2008. Ring Energy, Inc. was founded in 2004 and is headquartered in Midland, Texas.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Ring Energy Inc (NYSE: REI) is projected to post a quarterly loss at $0.05 per share on revenue of $7.92 million.

    Gain Capital Holdings Inc (NYSE: GCAP) is estimated to post its quarterly earnings at $0.07 per share on revenue of $100.39 million.

10 Best Cheapest Stocks To Own Right Now: Resolute Energy Corporation(REN )

Resolute Energy Corporation, incorporated on July 28, 2009, is an independent oil and gas company. The Company is engaged in the exploitation, development, exploration for and acquisition of oil and gas properties. The Company’s asset base consists primarily of properties in Aneth Field located in the Paradox Basin in southeast Utah (the Aneth Field Properties or Aneth Field), the Permian Basin in Texas and southeast New Mexico (the Permian Properties or Permian Basin Properties), and the Powder River and Big Horn Basins in Wyoming (the Wyoming Properties). As of December 31, 2014, its oil sales comprised approximately 89% of revenue, and its estimated net proved reserves were approximately 74.2 million barrels of oil equivalent, of which approximately 56% and 45% were proved developed reserves and proved developed producing reserves (PDP), respectively. Approximately 86% of its estimated net proved reserves were oil and approximately 92% were oil and natural gas liquids ( NGL). The Company has an interest in gas gathering and compression facilities located within and adjacent to its Aneth Field Properties. Collectively called the Aneth Gas Processing Plant, the facility consists of an active gas compression operation operated by it and a dismantled gas processing facility.

Aneth Field Properties

Aneth Field, an oil field in southeast Utah, holds 73% of the Company’s net proved reserves as of December 31, 2014, and accounted for 49% of its production during 2014, averaging 6,287 equivalent barrels of oil per day, of which 98% was oil. The Company owns working interests in, and is the operator of, three federal production units covering approximately 43,000 gross acres, which constitute the Aneth Field Properties. These are the Aneth Unit, the McElmo Creek Unit and the Ratherford Unit, in which the Company owns working interests of 62%, 67.5% and 59%, respectively, as of December 31, 2014. The Company had interests in and operated 388 gross (246 net) producing wells and 333 gro! ss (210 net) active water and carbon dioxide injection wells. Aneth Field covers a single geologic structure with production coming from the Pennsylvanian age Desert Creek formation.

Within Aneth Field, as of December 31, 2014, the Company had estimated net proved reserves of 30.3 million barrels of oil equivalent. Of these reserves, 27.6 million barrels of oil equivalent are attributable to recoveries associated with expansions, extensions and processing of the tertiary recovery carbon dioxide floods. Within the Ratherford Unit, the Company has two carbon dioxide flood projects, one targeting both the Desert Creek I and II zones and a second targeting primarily the Desert Creek I zone. Carbon dioxide is available from McElmo Dome, the carbon dioxide source in the United States. Aneth Field is connected directly to McElmo Dome through a 28 mile pipeline that the Company operates and in which the Company owns a 68% interest.

Oil production from its A neth Field is characterized as a light and sweet crude oil. The field is connected by pipeline to a refinery located near Gallup, New Mexico that is owned and operated by Western Refining Southwest, Inc., a subsidiary of Western Refining Inc. (Western). On December 31, 2014, the Company entered into an amendment to the purchase agreement with Western. There are two types of gas production in Aneth Field, saleable gas and gas that is contaminated by Carbon dioxide. The contaminated gas stream, which is rich in valuable NGL and gas, is compressed and re-injected into the reservoir.

Permian Properties

As of December 31, 2014, the Company had interests in 36,500 gross (25,000 net) acres in the Permian Basin of Texas and southeast New Mexico. Its position is divided between three principal project areas: the Delaware Basin project area in Reeves County, the Midland Basin project area in Howard, Martin, Midland and Ector counties and the Northwest Shelf p roject area located in the Denton, Gladiola and Knowles fiel! ds in the! Northwest Shelf area in Lea County, New Mexico. Approximately 14.1 million barrels of oil equivalent of proved reserves are associated with these assets as of December 31, 2014. During 2014, the Company completed 15 gross (7.9 net) wells in the Permian Properties and had 234 gross (197 net) producing wells. As of December 31, 2014, the Company was in the process of drilling one gross (0.7 net) well and had two gross (1.2 net) wells awaiting completion operations. During 2014, average net daily production from the Permian Properties was 4,656 barrel of oil equivalent and was 80% liquids. In January and February 2015, the Company completed three horizontal wells.

The Delaware Basin project area includes approximately 21,200 gross (13,200 net) acres. The primary objective in this area is the Wolfcamp formation. Within the Wolfcamp formation, the Company has focused primarily on the Wolfcamp A and B subzones. Within its project area, other operators are also develo ping the Wolfcamp C and D subzones, as well as the third Bone Spring formation. Based on drilling activity to date, approximately 40% of the acreage is held by production. Approximately 5.4 million barrels of oil equivalent of proved reserves are associated with these assets as of December 31, 2014. The Midland Basin project area includes approximately 10,000 gross (7,800 net) acres. Approximately 7.2 million barrels of oil equivalent of proved reserves were associated with these assets as of December 31, 2014. Within this inventory, 114 wells are located in its core operated Gardendale area in Midland and Ector counties based on 80- to 120-acre spacing and three zones. Its acreage in this area is held by production. In Gardendale the Company has primarily focused on the Wolfcamp B subzone. Other operators in the area are developing the lower and middle Spraberry, as well as the Wolfcamp A and C subzones.

The Company owns assets in Lea County, New Mexico, in Den ton, Gladiola and South Knowles fields, which are convention! al oil fi! elds that produce from fractured carbonate reservoirs and cover 4,700 gross acres in which the Company holds an approximate 85% working interest, all held by production. Its interest in Denton Field consists of 2,900 gross acres, all of which are held by production. Approximately 1.0 million barrels of oil equivalent of proved reserves are associated with its Denton Field interests. The Company is the operator of the Lea County assets.

Wyoming Properties

Hilight Field is located in the Powder River Basin in Campbell County, Wyoming, and consists of the Central Hilight Unit, the Grady Unit and the Jayson Unit. The Company has a 98.5% working interest in the Central Hilight Unit, an 82.5% working interest in the Grady Unit and an 82.7% working interest in the Jayson Unit. The Central Hilight, Grady and Jayson units and adjacent leasehold cover an area of almost 51,600 gross (47,400 net) acres. As of December 31, 2014, there were 151 gross (143.5 net) producing vertical wells and six gross (5.6 net) horizontal wells. Gross cumulative production through December 31, 2014, from its three operated units was 68.4 million barrels of oil and 168 billion cubic feet of gas. During 2014, production from Hilight Field averaged 1,770 barrels of oil equivalent per day and was 29% oil. The Company drilled two additional wells in the Turner formation. In the Big Horn Basin, the Company owns leases covering approximately 34,700 net acres.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Resolute Energy Corp (NYSE: REN) got a boost, shooting up 22 percent to $3.61 as the company agreed to sell Permain Basin mid-stream assets.

Top Oil Companies For 2016: Ctrip.com International, Ltd.(CTRP)

 

Ctrip.com International, Ltd., together with its subsidiaries, provides travel services for hotel accommodations, transportation ticketing services, packaged tours, and corporate travel management in the Peoples Republic of China. It also offers independent leisure travelers bundled packaged-tour products, including group tours, semi-group tours, and private tours or packaged tours with various transportation arrangements, such as cruise, bus, or self-driving. In addition, the company provides integrated transportation and accommodation services; various value-added services, including transportation at destinations and tickets, insurance, visa services, and tour guides; supplier management and customer relationship management services; and car rental services. Further, it offers Internet-related advertising, aviation and train insurance selling, air-ticket delivery, online check-in, and online seat selection and flight dyna mics services; and sells Property Management System, a hotel information software, as well as provides related maintenance services. Ctrip.com International, Ltd. was founded in 1999 and is headquartered in Shanghai, the Peoples Republic of China.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

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  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Ctrip.com International, Ltd. (ADR) (NASDAQ: CTRP) is estimated to post a quarterly loss at $0.09 per share on revenue of $2.81 billion.

    Cheetah Mobile Inc (ADR) (NYSE: CMCM) is expected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.87 per share on revenue of $1.14 billion.

10 Best Cheapest Stocks To Own Right Now: L.B. Foster Company(FSTR)

 

L.B. Foster Company manufactures, fabricates, and distributes products and services for the rail, construction, energy, and utility markets worldwide. Its Rail Products and Services segment offers new rail primarily for passenger and shortline freight railroads, industrial companies, and rail contractors; used rail; rail accessories, such as bolts, angle bars, and other products; power rail, direct fixation fasteners, coverboards, and special accessories; and trackwork products, as well as engineers and fabricates insulated rail joints and related accessories. This segment also provides friction management products and application systems, railroad condition monitoring equipment, wheel impact load detection, railroad condition monitoring systems, rail anchors and spikes, and wayside data collection and management systems; and concrete railroad ties. In addition, this segment offers telecommunications and security systems; and application engineering solutions. The companys Construction segment sells and rents steel sheet piling, H-bearing pile, and other piling products; manufactures and sells fabricated steel and aluminum products primarily for the highway, bridge, and transit industries; and produces precast concrete buildings, and pre-stressed and precast concrete products. Its Tubular and Energy Services segment supplies pipe coatings for natural gas pipelines and utilities; provides blending, injection, and metering equipment for the oil and gas market; offers upstream test and inspection services; provides precision measurement systems, and tubular management services for the oil and gas market; and produces threaded pipe products for the oil and gas, and industrial water well and irrigation markets. The company markets its products directly, as well as through a network of agents. L.B. Foster Company was founded in 1902 and is headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    On Friday, basic materials shares gained by 2.57 percent. Top gainers in the sector included Huntsman Corporation (NYSE: HUN) and L.B. Foster Co (NASDAQ: FSTR).

10 Best Cheapest Stocks To Own Right Now: Harte-Hanks, Inc.(HHS)

Harte Hanks, Inc. (Harte Hanks), incorporated on October 1, 1970, is a multi-channel marketing company. The Company operates through two segments, which include Customer Interaction and Trillium Software. The Company’s Customer Interaction segment provides a range of integrated, multi-channel, data-driven solutions for a range of brands around the globe. The Trillium Software segment is engaged in providing enterprise data quality solutions.

Customer Interaction

The Company’s Customer Interaction segment offers a range of marketing services, in media from direct mail to e-mail, including agency and digital services; database marketing solutions and business-to-business lead generation; direct mail, and contact centers. Its agency services are customer engagement agencies specializing in direct and digital communications for both consumer and business-to-business markets. The Company’s digital solutions integrate online services within the marketin g mix and include search engine management, display, digital analytics, Website development and design, digital strategy, social media, e-mail, e-commerce and interactive relationship management and a range of other services that support its core businesses.

The Company delivers a range of marketing database solutions across various industries. Its solutions are built around centralized marketing databases with the core offerings, including insight and analytics; customer data integration, and marketing communications tools. The Company is a direct marketing provider and also a mailing partner of the United States Postal Service (USPS). Its services include digital printing, print on demand, mail optimization, logistics and transportation optimization, tracking (including its prEtrak solution), commingling, shrink wrapping and specialized mailings. It also maintains fulfillment centers where it provides custom kitting services, print on demand, product recalls, and freight optimization allowing its customers to distribut! e literature and other marketing materials. It operates teleservice workstations around the globe providing contact center solutions, such as speech, voice and video chat, integrated voice response, analytics, social cloud monitoring and Web self-service. It provides both inbound and outbound contact center services and supports various languages with its global locations for both consumer and business-to-business markets.

Trillium Software

The Company offers business solutions to solve data problems experienced by financial services, banking, retail, healthcare, manufacturing and risk professionals. The Company’s range of technologies and services include global data profiling, data cleansing, enrichment and data linking for e-business, Big Data customer relationship management, data governance, enterprise resource planning, supply chain management, data warehouse and other enterprise applications.

The Company competes with IBM, Oracle and SAP.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Harte Hanks Inc (NYSE: HHS) were down 19 percent to $2.95. Harte Hanks entered into a new $110 million credit facility over 5 years.

    TravelCenters of America LLC (NYSE: TA) was down, falling around 18 percent to $7.75. TravelCenters of America reported a Q4 loss of $0.04 per share on revenue of $1.35 billion.

10 Best Cheapest Stocks To Own Right Now: CRB Futures Index(CR)

Crane Co. manufactures and sells engineered industrial products in the United States and internationally. The company operates in five segments: Aerospace & Electronics, Engineered Materials, Merchandising Systems, Fluid Handling, and Controls. The Aerospace & Electronics segment offers pressure, fuel flow, and position sensors and subsystems; brake control systems; coolant, lube and fuel pumps; and seat actuation products. This segment also provides power supplies and custom microelectronics for aerospace, defense, medical, and other applications; and electrical power components, power management products, electronic radio frequency, and microwave frequency components and subsystems for the defense, space, and military communications markets. The Engineered Materials segment manufactures fiberglass-reinforced plastic panels for the truck trailer and recreational vehicle markets, industrial markets, and the commercial construction industry. The Merchandising Systems segmen t offers vending solutions, such as food, snack, and beverage vending machines; and vending machine software and online solutions, as well as payment solutions, including coin accepters and dispensers, coin hoppers, coin recyclers, bill validators, and bill recyclers. The Fluid Handling segment manufactures and sells various industrial and commercial valves and actuators; provides valve testing, parts, and services; manufactures and sells pumps and water purification solutions; distributes pipe, pipe fittings, couplings, and connectors; and designs, manufactures, and sells corrosion-resistant plastic-lined pipes and fittings. The Controls segment produces ride-leveling, air-suspension control valves for heavy trucks and trailers; pressure, temperature, and level sensors; ultra-rugged computers, measurement and control systems, and intelligent data acquisition products; and water treatment equipment. Crane Co. was founded in 1855 and is based in Stamford, Connecticut.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Crane Co. (NYSE: CR) is expected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.86 per share on revenue of $644.60 million.

    Oceaneering International (NYSE: OII) is projected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.35 per share on revenue of $641.85 million.

10 Best Cheapest Stocks To Own Right Now: American Electric Power Company, Inc.(AEP)

American Electric Power Company, Inc. (AEP), incorporated on December 20, 1906, is a public utility holding company that owns, directly or indirectly, all of the outstanding common stock of its public utility subsidiaries and varying percentages of other subsidiaries. The service areas of the Company’s public utility subsidiaries cover the states of Arkansas, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Ohio, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia. The public utility subsidiaries of AEP provide electric service, consisting of generation, transmission and distribution, on an integrated basis to retail customers. The Company’s segments include Vertically Integrated Utilities, Transmission and Distribution Utilities, AEP Transmission Holdco, and Generation & Marketing.

Vertically Integrated Utilities

AEP’s vertically integrated utility operations are engaged in the generation, transmission and distribution of electricity for sale to retail and wholesale customers through assets owned and operated by AEP Generating Company (AEGCo), Appalachian Power Company (APCo), Indiana Michigan Power Company (I&M), Kingsport Power Company (KGPCo), Kentucky Power Company (KPCo), Public Service Company of Oklahoma (PSO), Southwestern Electric Power Company (SWEPCo) and Wheeling Power Company (WPCo). AEP’s vertically integrated public utility subsidiaries own or lease approximately 23,600 megawatts (MW) of domestic generation.

AEGCo is an electric generating company. AEGCo owns approximately 2,500 MW of generating capacity. AEGCo sells power at wholesale to AEP Generation Resources Inc. (AGR), I&M and KPCo. APCo is engaged in the generation, transmission and distribution of electric power to approximately 957,000 retail customers in the southwestern portion of Virginia and southern West Virginia, and in supplying and marketing electric power at wholesale to other electric utility companies, municipalities and oth er market participants. APCo owns over 6,650 MW of generatin! g capacity. The principal industries served by APCo include paper, rubber, coal mining, textile mill products and stone, clay and glass products.

I&M is engaged in the generation, transmission and distribution of electric power to approximately 588,000 retail customers in northern and eastern Indiana and southwestern Michigan, and in supplying and marketing electric power at wholesale to other electric utility companies, rural electric cooperatives, municipalities and other market participants. I&M owns or leases approximately 3,520 MW of generating capacity, which it uses to serve its retail and other customers. The principal industries served include metals, transportation equipment, electrical and electronic machinery, fabricated metal products, rubber and chemicals and allied products, rubber products and transportation equipment.

KGPCo provides electric service to approximately 47,000 retail customers in Kingsport and over eight neighboring com munities in northeastern Tennessee. KGPCo does not own any generating facilities. KPCo is engaged in the generation, transmission and distribution of electric power to approximately 170,000 retail customers in eastern Kentucky, and in supplying and marketing electric power at wholesale to other electric utility companies, municipalities and other market participants. KPCo owns over 1,060 MW of generating capacity. KPCo uses its generation to serve its retail and other customers. The principal industries served include petroleum refining, coal mining and chemical production.

PSO is engaged in the generation, transmission and distribution of electric power to approximately 545,000 retail customers in eastern and southwestern Oklahoma, and in supplying and marketing electric power at wholesale to other electric utility companies, municipalities, rural electric cooperatives and other market participants. PSO owns over 4,430 MW of generating capacity, which it uses t o serve its retail and other customers. The principal indust! ries serv! ed by PSO include paper manufacturing and timber products, natural gas and oil extraction, transportation, non-metallic mineral production, oil refining and steel processing.

SWEPCo is engaged in the generation, transmission and distribution of electric power to approximately 531,000 retail customers in northeastern and panhandle of Texas, northwestern Louisiana and western Arkansas and in supplying and marketing electric power at wholesale to other electric utility companies, municipalities, rural electric cooperatives and other market participants. SWEPCo owns over 5,800 MW of generating capacity, which it uses to serve its retail and other customers. The principal industries served by SWEPCo include natural gas and oil production, petroleum refining, manufacturing of pulp and paper, chemicals, food processing and metal refining. The territory served by SWEPCo also includes several military installations, colleges and universities. SWEPCo also owns and operate s a lignite coal mining operation. WPCo provides electric service to approximately 41,000 retail customers in northern West Virginia.

Transmission and Distribution Utilities

The Company’s Transmission and Distribution Utilities segment consists of the transmission and distribution of electricity for sale to retail and wholesale customers through assets owned and operated by Ohio Power Company (OPCo), AEP Texas Central Company (TCC) and AEP Texas North Company (TNC). OPCo is engaged in the transmission and distribution of electric power to approximately 1,468,000 retail customers in Ohio. OPCo purchases energy and capacity to serve generation service customers. The principal industries served by OPCo include metals, chemicals and allied products, health services, electronic machinery, petroleum refining, and rubber and plastic products. TCC is engaged in the transmission and distribution of electric power to approximately 826,000 retail customers thr ough Texas Retail Electric Providers (REPs) in southern Texa! s. The pr! incipal industries served by TCC include chemical and petroleum refining, chemicals and allied products, oil and natural gas extraction, food processing, metal refining, plastics and machinery equipment. TNC is engaged in the transmission and distribution of electric power to approximately 189,000 retail customers through REPs in west and central Texas. The principal industries served by TNC include petroleum refining, agriculture and the manufacturing or processing of cotton seed products, oil products, precision and consumer metal products, meat products and gypsum products.

AEP Transmission Holdco

The Company’s AEP Transmission Holdco segment is engaged in the development, construction and operation of transmission facilities through investments in AEP’s transmission only subsidiaries and transmission only joint ventures. AEP Transmission Holding Company, LLC (AEPTHCo) also owns AEP Transmission Company, LLC (AEPTCo), a holding company for approx imately seven transmission-only electric utilities, each of which is geographically aligned with AEP’s existing utility operating companies. The transmission companies develop and own new transmission assets that are physically connected to the AEP System.

Generation & Marketing

The Company’s Generation & Marketing segment’s subsidiaries consist of nonutility generating assets, a wholesale energy trading and marketing business and a retail supply and energy management business. AEP Generation Resources Inc., (AGR), the Company’s subsidiary, is a generation company that generates power and sells it into the market. AGR also engages in power trading activities. AGR owns approximately 6,750 MW of generating capacity. The segment is engaged in non-regulated generation in Electric Reliability Council of Texas regional transmission organization (ERCOT) and Pennsylvania-New Jersey-Maryland regional transmission organization (PJM). It is also engaged in pro viding marketing, risk management and retail activities in E! RCOT, PJM! , Southwest Power Pool regional transmission organization (SPP) and Midwest Independent Transmission System Operator (MISO).

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Richard Stavros]

    Southern Company’s total return is down 6.4 percent over the last year versus the S&P 500′s gain of 17.7 percent. But even against its sector peers, the utility has been a laggard: Over that same period, Duke Energy Corp (NYSE: DUK) is up 5.8 percent, and American Electric Power Co (NYSE: AEP) has returned 2.1 percent.

10 Best Cheapest Stocks To Own Right Now: Medivation Inc.(MDVN)

Medivation, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company, focuses on the development of small molecule drugs for the treatment of castration-resistant prostate cancer, Alzheimer?s disease, and Huntington disease. The company?s product candidates under clinical development include MDV3100, which is in Phase 3 development for the treatment of castration-resistant prostate cancer; and dimebon, which is in Phase 3 clinical trial for the treatment of Alzheimer?s disease and Huntington disease. It has collaboration agreements with Pfizer Inc. to develop and commercialize dimebon; and Astellas Pharma Inc. to develop and commercialize MDV3100. The company was founded in 2003 and is based in San Francisco, California.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Last night, Bloomberg reported that Sanofi (SNY) had made a bid for Medivation (MDVN) but had been rebuffed, while noting that other companies–perhaps Gilead Sciences (GILD), Amgen (AMGN) or AstraZeneca (AZN)?–were also on the prowl. SunTrust Robinson Humphrey’s Peter Lawson explains why Medivation might be biotech’s most wanted:

  • [By Scott Rubin]

    Big gainers on the day included Intersil Corp (NASDAQ: ISIL), which jumped 20 percent on news of a buyout, and Medivation (NASDAQ: MDVN), which added 20 percent on a deal with Pfizer (NYSE: PFE) related to its cancer drug. Cotiviti Holdings Inc (NYSE: COTV) lost around 9 percent in the wake of a mid-day sell-off and Marathon Oil Corporation (NYSE: MRO) fell 7 percent in the wake of a management shakeup.

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Benzinga's newsdesk monitors options activity to notice unusual patterns. These large volume (and often out of the money) trades were initially published intraday in Benzinga Professional . These trades were placed during Friday's regular session.

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  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Medivation Inc (NASDAQ: MDVN) got a boost, shooting up 24 percent to $46.35 amid word of a new report from Bloomberg, saying the company is working with bankers to defend itself against preliminary interest of a takeover. However, Reuters separately reported the company is working with JPMorgan to handle interest from other companies, but said Medivation has no interest in selling itself.

10 Best Cheapest Stocks To Own Right Now: Signet Jewelers Limited(SIG)

 

Signet Jewelers Limited engages in the retail sale of jewelry and watches in the United States, the United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland, and the Channel Islands. Its Sterling Jewelers division operates stores in malls and off-mall locations under the Kay Jewelers, Kay Jewelers Outlet, Jared The Galleria Of Jewelry, Jared VaultTM, Jared Jewelry BoutiqueTM, Jared Vivid, JB Robinson Jewelers, Marks & Morgan Jewelers, Every kiss begins with Kay, He went to Jared, Celebrate Life. Express Love., the Leo Diamond, Hearts Desire, Artistry Diamonds, Charmed Memories, Diamonds in Rhythm, and Open Hearts by Jane Seymour names. As at January 31, 2015, it operated 1,504 stores in 50 states. The companys Zale division operates jewelry stores and mall-based kiosks in shopping malls under the Zales, Zales JewelersTM, Zales the Diamond Store, Zales the Online Diamond StoreTM, Zales Outlet, Gordon’s Jewelers, Peoples Jewellers, Peoples the Diamond Store, Peoples Outlet the Diamond Store, Mappins, Piercing Pagoda, Arctic Brilliance Canadian DiamondsTM, Candy Colored Diamonds and Gemstones, Celebration Diamond, The Celebration Diamond Collection, and Unstoppable LoveT names. As of January 31, 2015, it operated 972 jewelry stores and 605 mall-based kiosks. Its UK Jewelry division operates stores in shopping malls and prime High Street locations under the H.Samuel, Ernest Jones, Ernest Jones Outlet Collection, Leslie Davis, and Forever Diamonds names. As at January 31, 2015, this division operated 498 stores. The company also operates a diamond polishing factory, which is involved in diamond sourcing and manufacturing activities. Signet Jewelers Limited was founded in 1950 and is based in Hamilton, Bermuda.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Cowen’s Oliver Chen and team cut their rating on Tiffany (TIF) to Market Perform from Outperform, citing “uncontrollable risks,” and stating a preference forSignet Jewelers (SIG). They explain:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Cowen’s Oliver Chen and team call Signet Jewelers (SIG) a “‘must have’ stock” following yesterday’s earnings. They explain why:

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    We continue to see multiple positive catalysts of sales & earnings growth over the long-term, including: agile leverage of proprietary brand portfolio (~31% of mix), inelastic bridal demand (50% of mix), and a healthy middle income consumer. Near-term, we’re encouraged by mgmt. confidence in the business with FY17 outlook for top & bottom line exceeding expectations. We acknowledge FY17 comp guide implies a 2H acceleration, but still appears achievable on: 1) momentum continuing to build with the Ever Us collection compounded by new line extensions (e.g. earrings & bracelets); 2) roll-out of Pandora shop-in-shops + new Chosen Diamond program; 3) further refining of marketing campaigns; 4) Zales synergies; and 5) cont’d investments in store ops/sales training. In terms of profitability, mgmt. expects both GM and SG&A leverage to drive strong earnings flow during the year, with GM improvement driven by higher sales & synergies, while SG&A leverage expected to flow due to marketing & organizational design efficiencies. Reit. Outperform on SIG with $165PT on 17x FY18 EPS.

    Shares of Signet Jewelers gained 3.4% to $121.42 this week.

10 Best Cheapest Stocks To Own Right Now: Novo Nordisk A/S(NVO)

 

Novo Nordisk A/S, a healthcare company, engages in the discovery, development, manufacture, and marketing of pharmaceutical products worldwide. It operates in two segments, Diabetes Care and Biopharmaceuticals. The Diabetes Care segment covers insulins, GLP-1 analog, obesity, and oral antidiabetic drugs, as well as other protein related products comprising glucagon, protein related delivery systems, and needles. The Biopharmaceuticals segment offers products in the areas of haemophilia care, growth hormone therapy, and hormone replacement therapy. The company markets and distributes its products through its subsidiaries, distributors, and independent agents. Novo Nordisk A/S has a collaboration agreement with the Langer Laboratory for the development of next-generation drug delivery devices; and collaboration and licensing agreement with Ablynx nv to discover and develop novel multi-specific Nanobody drug candidates. The compa ny was founded in 1925 and is headquartered in Bagsvaerd, Denmark.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Charles Carlson, CEO and Portfolio Manager, Horizon Investment Services]

    For investors looking for growth but also income, I especially like three health-care related stocksFresenius Medical (FMS), Novo Nordisk (NVO), and Smith & Nephew (SNN).