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Top 5 Energy Stocks To Invest In Right Now

PPL Corporation’s (PPL Quick QuotePPL ) subsidiary PPL Electric Utilities announced that it has reached an agreement to reduce the transmission rates and lower customer bills. If approved by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the savings and refunds will be effective Dec 1, 2021.

Per this arrangement, base return on equity for the utility’s electric transmission formula rate will be reduced from 11.18% to 9.9%. This will save $1.54 for residential customers and $2.15 for business customers on a monthly basis for a one-year period. The transmission rate is a component of the supply charge listed on customer bills and PPL Electric passes those savings directly to its customers.

Long-Term Goals & Emission Reduction

PPL Corporation tries to strengthen its infrastructure for providing continuous supply to customers and keeping the bills at a reasonable level. For the same, the utility makes investments to focus on infrastructure-construction projects for generation, transmission and distribution.

Courtesy of the ongoing investments for strengthening its infrastructure, customers are experiencing far less outages. The company aims to cut outages further on the back of the ongoing investments. It will continue making investments to strengthen grid, electricity and gas distribution plus electricity transmission, expand renewable generation capacity and focus on new technology to serve customers more efficiently.

The company also makes efforts to meet the carbon-emission reduction target. It updated its mission to curb carbon emission by 70% within 2035 instead of 2040 and 80% by 2040 instead of 2050 through the introduction of carbon capture technology and addition of more renewable sources to its generation portfolio. Further, it aims to become carbon neutral by 2050. As of 2020, it achieved nearly 60% emission cut from the 2010 levels.

Other utilities like Xcel Energy (XEL Quick QuoteXEL ) , Duke Energy (DUK Quick QuoteDUK ) , DTE Energy (DTE! Quick QuoteDTE ) , all have plans in place to achieve net-zero emissions within 2050.

Top 5 Energy Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Noble Energy Inc.(NBL)

Noble Energy, Inc., incorporated on December 29, 1969, is an independent energy company engaged in crude oil, natural gas and natural gas liquids (NGLs) exploration and production. The Company’s portfolio is diversified between short-term and long-term projects, domestic and international and a balanced production mix among crude oil, natural gas and NGLs. The Company operates in approximately seven core areas, including the DJ Basin (onshore United States), the Marcellus Shale (onshore United States), Eagle Ford Shale (onshore United States), Permian Basin (onshore United States), the deepwater Gulf of Mexico (offshore United States), offshore West Africa and offshore Eastern Mediterranean. The Company’s sanctioned projects include DJ Basin (onshore United States), Marcellus Shale (onshore United States), Eagle Ford Shale (onshore United States), Permian Basin (onshore United States), Gunflint (deepwater Gulf of Mexico) and Tamar Southwest (offshore Israel). Its operations are grouped into approximately four components that are all primarily in the business of crude oil, natural gas and NGL exploration, development, production and acquisition: the United States; West Africa (Equatorial Guinea, Cameroon and Gabon); Eastern Mediterranean (Israel and Cyprus), and Other International and Corporate. Other International includes the Falkland Islands, Suriname, the North Sea and China, and new ventures. Its proved reserves are approximately 1,420 million barrels oil equivalent.

The Company searches for crude oil and natural gas properties onshore and offshore, and seeks to acquire exploration rights and conduct exploration activities in various areas of interest. The Company’s properties consist primarily of interests in developed and undeveloped crude oil and natural gas leases and concessions. The Company also owns natural gas processing plants and natural gas gathering systems and other crude oil and natural gas-related pipeline systems. These assets are primarily used in the processing and ! transportation of its crude oil, natural gas and NGL production. The Company conducts exploration activities in domestic and international locations, including the deepwater Gulf of Mexico, offshore West Africa and offshore the Falkland Islands.

United States

The Company’s assets in the United States include DJ Basin, Marcellus Shale, Eagle Ford Shale, Deepwater Gulf of Mexico and Other Onshore US. DJ Basin is a United States crude oil resource play. DJ Basin covers an area of approximately 396,000 net acres. The Marcellus Shale contains natural gas resources. The Company has a 50-50 joint development agreement with CONSOL Energy Inc. (CONSOL) in approximately 700,000 gross acres in southwest Pennsylvania and northwest West Virginia. The Company operates the wet gas (natural gas containing more liquid hydrocarbons) development area in Majorsville, West Virginia and Southwest Pennsylvania, and Moundsville, Shirley and Oxford, West Virginia, while CONSOL primarily operates in the dry gas (natural gas containing less liquid hydrocarbons) development area. The Company and CONSOL also operate CONE Gathering LLC (CONE Gathering), which constructs, owns and operates midstream infrastructure servicing its joint production and is the general partner controlling interest in CONE Midstream Partners. It also operates Eagle Ford Shale and Permian Basin. The Company operates in various onshore United States areas, including Rocky Mountains and Bowdoin (north central Montana). The Company holds leases on approximately 100 deepwater Gulf of Mexico blocks, representing approximately 39,000 net developed acres and approximately 329,000 net undeveloped acres.

West Africa (Equatorial Guinea, Cameroon and Gabon)

The Company’s onshore West Africa is one of the core operating areas and includes the Alba field, Block O and Block I offshore Equatorial Guinea, the YoYo mining concession and Tilapia PSC, offshore Cameroon and one block offshore Gabon. The Company holds approxima! tely 118,! 000 net developed acres and over 30,000 net undeveloped acres in Equatorial Guinea, over 511,000 net undeveloped acres in Cameroon and approximately 403,000 net undeveloped acres in Gabon. Aseng is a crude oil field on Block I, offshore Equatorial Guinea and includes over five horizontal wells. Alen is a natural gas and condensate field primarily on Block O, offshore Equatorial Guinea, which includes approximately three horizontal wells and over three natural gas injection wells connected to a production platform that utilizes the Aseng FPSO for storage and offloading. The Company has over 34% non-operated working interest in the Alba field, offshore Equatorial Guinea. Its operations include the Alba field and related production and condensate storage facilities, a liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) processing plant where additional condensate is extracted along with LPGs, and a methanol plant capable of producing approximately 3,100 gross metric tons per day. The Company has an interest in over one million gross undeveloped acres offshore Cameroon, which include the YoYo mining concession and Tilapia PSC. The West Africa natural gas project includes the 2007 Yolanda discovery (Block I) and 2008 Felicita discovery (Block O), offshore Equatorial Guinea, and the YoYo discovery, offshore Cameroon, and associated natural gas from Aseng and Alen, offshore Equatorial Guinea. The Company operates Block F15, an undeveloped, ultra-deep water area, covering approximately 671,000 gross acres.

Eastern Mediterranean (Israel and Cyprus)

The Company’s leasehold position in the Eastern Mediterranean includes approximately eight leases and three licenses operated offshore Israel and over one license operated offshore Cyprus. It holds approximately 80,000 net developed acres and over 261,000 net undeveloped acres located between 10 and 90 miles offshore Israel in water depths ranging from 700 feet to 6,500 feet. The license offshore Cyprus covers approximately 464,000 net undeveloped acres adjacent t! o its Isr! ael acreage.

Other International

Other International includes the Falkland Islands, Suriname and new ventures. It has no proved reserves.

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  • [By Reuben Gregg Brewer]

    The shares of China Petroleum & Chemical (NYSE:SNP), also known as Sinopec, rose 18% in January, according to data provided by S&P Global Market Intelligence. Not far behind were Canadian oil companies Vermilion Energy(NYSE:VET), with a global asset portfolio, and Suncor Energy (NYSE:SU), a Canadian oil sands specialist, with gains of 16% and 15%, respectively. U.S. based Noble Energy(NYSE:NBL), however, led this international quartet with a 19% leap. Noble’s portfolio is global, but it has a material position in the U.S. onshore drilling space.

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    Noble Midstream (NYSE:NBLX) has a bold plan to grow its already impressive 7.4%-yielding distribution to investors by 20% per year all the way through 2022, which is one of the fastest rates in the midstream sector. Driving that growth would be the expansion of the company’s oil and gas gathering system to support the anticipated increase in production from customers like its parent, Noble Energy (NYSE:NBL).

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    Fueling that forecast is the company’s ability to expand its midstream footprint to support the growth of its customers, including its parent Noble Energy (NYSE:NBL). The company operates several gathering systems in both the Permian Basin and DJ Basin that it expects to continue expanding as customers drill more wells.

Top 5 Energy Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Williams Partners L.P.(WPZ)

Williams Partners L.P. focuses on natural gas transportation, gathering, treating and processing, storage, natural gas liquid fractionation, and oil transportation activities in the United States. The company operates in two segments, Gas Pipeline, and Midstream Gas and Liquids. The Gas Pipeline segment owns and operates approximately 13,900 miles of pipelines with annual throughput of approximately 2,700 trillion British thermal units of natural gas and delivery capacity of approximately 13 million dekatherms of gas. This segment also owns interests in joint venture interstate and intrastate natural gas pipeline systems. The Midstream Gas and Liquids segment includes natural gas gathering, processing, and treating facilities; and crude oil gathering and transportation facilities that serve the producing basins in Colorado, New Mexico, Wyoming, the Gulf of Mexico, and Pennsylvania. Williams Partners GP LLC serves as the general partner of the company. Williams Partners L.P . was founded in 2005 and is based in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Tyler Crowe, Jason Hall, and Matthew DiLallo]

    Matt DiLallo(Williams Companies): This natural gas pipeline giant has had a slow start in 2018. Through the first half of the year, cash flow at the company’s MLP Williams Partners (NYSE:WPZ) has only increased by about 2%, due mainly to recent asset sales. However, with a major expansion project coming on line, cash flow growth should accelerate in the second half of the year. That project and others in the pipeline have the company on track to grow cash flow 9% in 2018 and another 13% next year.

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    Overall, earnings at both Williams and its MLP Williams Partners (NYSE:WPZ) were down slightly versus the year-ago period due to asset sales, while cash flow modestly increased thanks to lower interest expenses.

  • [By Maxx Chatsko]

    Simpler organizational structures could yield significant benefits for individual investors. In addition to being easier to follow and understand, it will make it easier than ever to own some of the most important pieces of energy infrastructure in the United States. The proposed merger between Williams Companies (NYSE:WMB) and Williams Partners LP (NYSE:WPZ) is a great example, as it owns some of the best natural gas infrastructure in the United States. Here’s why investors should be bullish on the multi-billion dollar merger.

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    Natural gas pipeline giant Williams Companies (NYSE:WMB) and its MLP Williams Partners (NYSE:WPZ) reported mixed second-quarter results after the close Wednesday. Earnings declined fractionally due to asset sales and some higher costs. Cash flow, on the other hand, moved slightly higher thanks in part to lower interest expenses as a result of debt reduction. However, while both numbers underwhelmed in Q2, they should head much higher in the coming year because Williams has several expansion projects under way that should boost its bottom line.

Top 5 Energy Stocks To Invest In Right Now: BHP Billiton plc(BBL)

BHP Billiton Plc, together with its subsidiaries, operates as a resources company that discovers, acquires, develops, and markets natural resources worldwide. The company engages in the exploration, development, and production of oil and gas; development of potash; mining of metallurgical coal, thermal coal, copper, silver, lead, zinc, molybdenum, uranium, gold, and iron ore. It is also involved in the exploration, development, and production of hydrocarbons; and provision of freight, administrative, and logistics services. BHP Billiton Plc sells its copper and zinc concentrates to smelters; copper cathodes to wire rod and brass mills, and casting plants; uranium oxide to electricity generating utilities; metallurgical coal to steel producers; and energy coal to electricity generation industry. The company was formerly known as Billiton Plc. The company was incorporated in 1996 and is based in London, the United Kingdom. BHP Billiton Plc is a subsidiary of BHP Billiton Group.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Shares of BHP Billiton plc (NYSE:BBL) gapped down before the market opened on Thursday . The stock had previously closed at $43.47, but opened at $43.83. BHP Billiton shares last traded at $44.17, with a volume of 117112 shares.

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    BHP Billiton (NYSE:BBL) (NYSE:BHP) enjoyed a strong first half of the year, according to data provided by S&P Global Market Intelligence, as sharesrose 11.5%. Those gains cameeven though the prices of some of the commodities it produces dipped.

Top 5 Energy Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Tengasco, Inc.(TGC)

Tengasco, Inc., incorporated on April 18, 2011, is engaged in the business of exploration for and production of oil and natural gas. The Company’s area of oil exploration and production is in Kansas. The Company’s subsidiary, Manufactured Methane Corporation (MMC) operates treatment and delivery facilities in Church Hill, Tennessee, for the extraction of methane gas from a landfill for eventual sale as natural gas and for the generation of electricity. The principal markets for the Company’s crude oil are local refining companies. The Company holds a working interest in over 210 gross wells.

The Company’s operated properties in Kansas are located in central Kansas and include approximately 180 producing oil wells, approximately 30 shut-in wells and approximately 40 active disposal wells (the Kansas Properties). The Company maintains a working interest in most of its wells and undrilled acreage in Kansas. The terms for most of the Company’s leases in Kansas range from 3 to 5 years. The Company’s gross oil production in Kansas is approximately 160 thousand barrels (MBbl). Its technologies include three-dimensional (3D) seismic imaging utilizing microseismic interpretation for drilling wells. It has approximately 27,000 gross acres under lease containing approximately 14,200 gross acres held by production (HBP) and approximately 12,800 gross acres not HBP in various stages of development.

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  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Tigercoin (CURRENCY:TGC) traded flat against the dollar during the 24-hour period ending at 18:00 PM ET on October 5th. Tigercoin has a market cap of $103,538.00 and approximately $3.00 worth of Tigercoin was traded on exchanges in the last 24 hours. One Tigercoin coin can now be purchased for about $0.0024 or 0.00000036 BTC on major exchanges. Over the last week, Tigercoin has traded 12.4% lower against the dollar.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Tigercoin (CURRENCY:TGC) traded down 3.5% against the dollar during the 24 hour period ending at 7:00 AM E.T. on August 23rd. During the last seven days, Tigercoin has traded 8.4% lower against the dollar. Tigercoin has a total market capitalization of $98,130.00 and approximately $0.00 worth of Tigercoin was traded on exchanges in the last 24 hours. One Tigercoin coin can now be purchased for about $0.0023 or 0.00000035 BTC on popular exchanges.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Tigercoin (TGC) is a proof-of-work (PoW) coin that uses the SHA256 hashing algorithm. It launched on September 6th, 2013. Tigercoin’s total supply is 43,536,800 coins. The official website for Tigercoin is tigercoin.wordpress.com. Tigercoin’s official Twitter account is @TigerCoin.

Top 5 Energy Stocks To Invest In Right Now: MGE Energy Inc.(MGEE)

Regulated electric utility operations – generating, purchasing, and distributing electricity through MGE.

Regulated gas utility operations – purchasing and distributing natural gas through MGE.

Nonregulated energy operations – owning and leasing electric generating capacity that assists MGE through MGE Energy’s wholly owned subsidiaries MGE Power Elm Road and MGE Power West Campus.

Transmission investments – representing our investment in American Transmission Company LLC, a company engaged in the business of providing electric transmission services primarily in Wisconsin.

All other – investing in companies and property that relate to the regulated operations and financing the regulated operations, through its wholly owned subsidiaries CWDC, MAGAEL, MGE State Energy Services, NGV Fueling Services, and Corporate functions.   Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Reuben Gregg Brewer]

    Utility stocks are generally considered conservative investments that reward shareholders over the long term with sizable dividends that grow slowly and steadily over time. With the S&P 500 Index’s yield hovering around 2%, the bar for yield is set pretty low today. That said, investors should think twice before jumping at utilities like UGI Corporation (NYSE:UGI), Atmos Energy Corporation (NYSE:ATO), and MGE Energy, Inc. (NASDAQ:MGEE), which offer little if any yield advantage over an S&P 500 Index fund.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    MGE Energy (NASDAQ:MGEE) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a buy rating to a strong-buy rating.

    Minerva Neurosciences (NASDAQ:NERV) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a hold rating to a buy rating.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    BidaskClub downgraded shares of MGE Energy (NASDAQ:MGEE) from a hold rating to a sell rating in a report issued on Friday.

    Separately, ValuEngine cut shares of MGE Energy from a hold rating to a sell rating in a report on Wednesday, June 6th.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Danielson (NYSE: CVA) and MGE Energy (NASDAQ:MGEE) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, earnings, dividends, profitability, analyst recommendations, valuation and risk.

Largest U.S. Pension Bet Big on Covid-Vaccine Maker Moderna, Costco Stock

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The largest U.S. public pension recently made big changes to its investment portfolio.

The California Public Employees Retirement System bought more Moderna (ticker: MRNA), Costco Wholesale (COST), and Carnival (CCL) stock, and cut its investment in Coca-Cola (KO) in the second quarter.

Calpers, as the pension is known, disclosed the trades, among others, in a form it filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. It declined to comment on the investment changes.

The pension, which manages nearly $500 billion in assets, bought 82,241 additional Moderna shares to end the second quarter with 752,974 shares of the maker of a Covid-19 vaccine.

Moderna stock has more than doubled in price in the first half of the year, and so far in the third quarter has surged 63.0%. For comparison, the S&P 500 index rose 14.4% in the first half, and so far in the third quarter is up 3.4%.

Modernas second-quarter report was strong. The company is building a plant in Canada, its first outside the U.S., that will make mRNA-based vaccines to protect against Covid-19, seasonal flu, respiratory syncytial virus, and other respiratory viruses. Federal health officials last week announced a plan to offer Covid-19 booster shots for people who received the Moderna or Pfizer (PFE) vaccines.

Calpers bought 640,467 more Costco shares to end the second quarter with 1.8 million shares of the retailer. Costco stock rose 5% in the first half of 2021, and so far in the third quarter is up 16.0%.

Costco continues to report strong growth in monthly same-store sales. We named CEO Craig Jelinek to our latest list of top CEOs for having a steady hand as the pandemic roiled markets, and for continued gains. In fact, one observer sees ongoing spending patterns favoring Costco.

Carnival stock surged 21.7% in the first half, and so far in the third quarter has slipped 16.7%.

Cruise-line operators, including Carnival, saw shares rally early this year on expectations for resumed sailings. Later, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention wanted to enforce a conditional-sailing order requiring the cruise industry to reopen under a stringent framework, but in a win for the industry a judge blocked the order. In July, Carnival issued $2.4 billion of debt to buy notes it issued last year to stay afloat through the worst of the pandemic. The company said refinancing the high-cost debt will save it $135 million a year in interest expense.

Calpers bought 495,979 additional Carnival shares to end the second quarter with 1.9 million shares.

The pension sold 4.7 million Coca-Cola shares to cut its investment to 20.5 million shares of the beverage giant. Coca-Cola stock slipped 1.3% in the first half, and so far in the third quarter has gained 4.7%.

In June, Morgan Stanley thought Coca-Cola sales would recover quickly from pandemic levels. We had named the shares one of our favorites for 2021, noting it would benefit from a reopening, as half of its sales come from restaurants, stadiums, and other venues. Coca-Cola discontinued a slew of drink brands last year, including Odwalla fruit juices and smoothies, and invested in coffee.

Inside Scoop is a regular Barrons feature covering stock transactions by corporate executives and board membersso-called insidersas well as large shareholders, politicians, and other prominent figures. Due to their insider status, these investors are required to disclose stock trades with the Securities and Exchange Commission or other regulatory groups.

Write to Ed Lin at edward.lin@barrons.com and follow @BarronsEdLin.

Biotech Stock Roundup: MRNA Vaccine Updates, Other Regulatory News & Collaborations

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The biotech industry has been in focus over the past week with pipeline and regulatory updates. The development of vaccines for COVID-19 continues to be in the spotlight with new emerging variants. Collaborations were in focus too.

Recap of the Week’s Most Important Stories: 

Updates From Moderna:  Moderna, Inc. (MRNA Quick QuoteMRNA ) announced that the FDA has approved an update to the emergency use authorization (EUA) of its COVID-19 vaccine (mRNA-1273). The regulatory body has authorized a third dose for immunocompromised individuals 18 years of age or older in the United States who have undergone solid organ transplantation, or who are diagnosed with conditions that are considered to have an equivalent level of immunocompromise. Results of a randomized controlled study of 120 individuals who had undergone solid organ transplant procedures showed that a third dose of the vaccine improved immune response compared to placebo.

Moderna also revised its supply agreement with the Government of Canada for up to 105 million doses of its COVID-19 vaccine and its booster vaccine candidate, if authorized, for delivery through 2024. Per the agreement, Moderna will provide 20 million doses each year in 2022 and 2023, with an option for an additional 15 million doses each year. For 2024, the agreement provides an option for up to 35 million doses.

Moderna also announced that the first patient has been dosed in the phase I/II study evaluating the safety and tolerability of mRNA-3705, its investigational mRNA therapeutic for methylmalonic acidemia (MMA), administered via intravenous infusion in patients with isolated MMA due to MUT deficiency.

Moderna currently carries a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.

CureVac Surges on COVID-19 Study Data:  Shares of CureVac N.V. (CVAC Quick QuoteCVAC ) surged after it announced encouraging preclinical data on its vaccine candidate. The study assessed cynomolg! us macaques vaccinated with 12µg of either the first or second-generation vaccine candidate. Results showed that better activation of innate and adaptive immune responses was achieved with second-generation vaccine candidate, CV2CoV, resulting in faster response onset, higher titers of antibodies and stronger memory B and T cell activation compared to the first-generation candidate, CVnCoV. Moreover, higher antibody neutralizing capacity was observed with CV2CoV across all selected variants, including the Beta, Delta and Lambda variants.  CureVac is developing its second-generation vaccine with GlaxoSmithKline (GSK Quick QuoteGSK ) .

Regulatory Update From Rigel:  Rigel Pharmaceuticals (RIGL Quick QuoteRIGL ) announced that the FDA has declined to issue an EUA to fostamatinib for COVID-19. The agency has informed the company that clinical data submitted in late May from a phase II study (n=59) on fostamatinib to treat hospitalized patients suffering from COVID-19 are insufficient for an EUA at this time.

Rigel is currently conducting a larger phase III study evaluating fostamatinib in hospitalized patients with COVID-19. The primary endpoint of this study is the proportion of patients who progress to severe/critical disease within 29 days. The company expects to provide further safety and efficacy data from this larger, 308-patient trial of fostamatinib in COVID-19 patients. Rigel plans to resubmit its EUA application with this additional data if the study is successful.

Exelixis Expands Collaboration With Invenra:  Exelixis (EXEL Quick QuoteEXEL ) and partner Invenra have expanded their discovery and licensing collaboration to include an additional 20 oncology targets. Per the terms of this latest expanded partnership, Exelixis will pay Invenra an upfront fee of $15.0 million along with additional fees and funding for the option to nominate up to 20 additional targets in oncology. Invenra will also be eligible for development, regulatory, and commercial! mileston! es, as well as tiered royalties on net sales of any approved products.

Exelixis will own all antibody sequences discovered from the collaboration for all therapeutic uses in oncology and any other disease areas. The expanded collaboration also provides Exelixis with an option to obtain development and commercialization rights to certain of Invenra’s future internal pipeline programs, in exchange for an opt-in fee.

Both the companies had entered into a collaboration agreement in May 2018 to discover and develop mono-specific and multi-specific antibodies using Invenra’s antibody and B-Body platforms. Thereafter, the companies expanded their collaboration in October 2019 to generate additional programs.

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The Nasdaq Biotechnology Index has lost 1.7% in the past five trading sessions. Among the biotech giants, Gilead gained 5.47% during the period. Over the past six months, shares of Regeneron have surged 34.4%. (See the last biotech stock roundup here: Biotech Stock Roundup: REGN Q2 Earnings Beat, BLUE, BYSI’s Updates & More).

What’s Next in Biotech?

Stay tuned for more earnings, pipeline and regulatory updates.

 

Will You Run Out of Money in Retirement? The Right Income Plan Can Help

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One of the most persistent analogies I have heard in my career as a financial adviser is the story of climbing and descending Mount Everest. As the story goes, more climbers perish on the way down the mountain than do climbing up it. We then equate our clients wealth journey with that of climbing Mount Everest spending lots of time and effort to get to the summit of peak financial wealth (i.e., retirement) only to be left with the question, How am I to descend the mountain safely?

Your Retirement: Whats Luck Got to Do with It?

While many analogies are tired and overdone, this is actually not a bad one. The problem is this: We as an industry have done an awful job at guiding our clients down the mountain with the same degree of care that we provide on the way up.

Until just within the last decade or so, our standard answer for descending the retirement mount has been the venerated 4% Withdrawal Rule, popularized in the mid-90s by historical study of withdrawal rates by William Bengen. Although this rule has been regard! ed as relatively failsafe, many of the assumptions used in its origination are incongruent with many of the assumptions we make for our clients retirement roadmap today.

There is a better way to help clients build an income strategy for retirement, and our clients deserve just that.

3 Alternatives to the 4% Rule for Your Income Plan

Most advisers are already familiar with the concept of probability-based planning using Monte Carlo analysis. The same concept holds true for distribution planning. Although we cannot ensure a given level of income from the portfolio over time, we can reasonably expect the portfolio to provide it in most scenarios.

The task becomes how to actually structure the withdrawals to stay within the acceptable probability of success range. Within this category there are two similar but distinct ways to converting a portfolio into income throughout retirement.

Income Approach No. 1: Dynamic Systematic Withdrawals

The first approach is what is called dynamic systematic withdrawals, or systematic withdrawals with guardrails.

This approach modifies the traditional systematic withdrawal approach by introducing decision rules, or guardrails, to determine when and how distributions may increase or decrease over time. These decision rules are set forth at the creation of the plan and inform the decision to reduce withdrawals to accommodate increased risks related to the markets, longevity, inflation or sequence risk.

Some examples of these rules inlcude Jonathan Guytons and William Klingers decision rules, floor and ceiling rules, and targeted portfolio adjustments. In their study, Guyton and Klinger found that a sound set of decision rules could potentially increase the initial withdrawal rate by as much as 100 basis points.

Who may want to use this method: This approach may be the most appropriate for retirees who are willing to tolerate some fluctuation in their retirement paychecks (subject to some limits, of cours! e) but wh! o want to start out with as high an income as possible.

Income Approach No. 2: Bucketing

The second probability-based philosophy of converting a portfolio into retirement income is called time-segmentation or, more commonly, bucketing. The term bucketing has been used and reused to fit a wide set of applications. Within the context of retirement income planning, bucketing refers to the breaking up of retirement into distinct time increments and investing for specific outcomes at specific times. The idea is, if I know I wont need to touch a sum of money until some specified date in the future, I will be more comfortable riding out fluctuations in the value of that bucket.

6 Life-Changing Lessons from 2 Retirees Who Are Changing Lives

A simple way to set up buckets is to separate the portfolio into time segments corresponding with the Go-Go years, the Slow-Go years, and the No-Go years of retirement, although there are many ways to achieve the same end using other methods of segmentation. These different time periods in retirement typically represent different spending patterns.

Who may want to use this method: This second approach to retirement income planning may be the most appropriate for retirees who desire more structure in their plan and who would typically need more behavioral coaching along the way using systematic withdrawals. These clients may have a lower-than-average risk tolerance for their age, and they are likely to be more detail-oriented.

Income Approach No. 3: Safety-First Planning

Our third approach to retirement income planning has wide acceptance in the academic community, garnering support from multiple Nobel laureates and a wide array of academic thought leaders. The safety-first approach, also known as the flooring approach, is tied to the academic theory of life-cycle finance. This theory seeks to address the question of how to allocate resources over ones lifetime so as to maximize lifetime satisfaction, g! iven exis! ting spending constraints.

Put simply, in the safety-first approach you help the client categorize their expenses into needs, wants and wishes. You then create a floor for their needs using pensions, Social Security, bond ladders and income annuities. In this process, it is essential that the financial adviser does not project their own perception of what should be considered needs and/or wants. This should be left entirely up to the client(s), with the adviser as a guide.

Who may want to use this method: This approach lends itself more to individuals and couples who focus more on their cash flow than their wealth and to those couples who are relatively healthy with long expected lifespans.

The Bottom Line on Income Planning

Whichever approach you and your client ultimately decide upon, one thing is inevitable: You will have presented your client with a thoughtful and methodical approach to designing their plan, their way. After all, what good is a Sherpa who guided you all the way to the top of Mount Everest only to tell you he didnt know how to safely get back down?

7 Money Lies We Tell OurselvesThis article was written by and presents the views of our contributing adviser, not the Kiplinger editorial staff. You can check adviser records with the SEC or with FINRA.About the AuthorBrian G. Blackwell, CFP庐, ChFC庐, AIF庐

Director of Financial Planning, Spotlight Asset Group

As Director of Financial Planning at Spotlight, Brian Blackwell is responsible for the companys financial planning and advice program. He focuses on enhancing our clients experience through the development of complex plans and strategies to improve their overall financial well-being. Brian holds the Chartered Financial Consultant designation from the American College, is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER professional and has over a decade of experience advising high-net-worth households.

7 Reddit Penny Stocks That Are Lighting Up the Internet and the Market

In the years leading up to the novel coronavirus pandemic, financial advisors bemoaned that younger people weren’t investing in their future as did prior generations. However, the lockdowns and government stimulus checks helped spark a day trading revolution, which is positive in some regards. Still, when it comes to buying penny stocks popular on Reddit, I don’t think this is exactly what those advisors had in mind.

Now, before we roll into this discussion, I must lay out the groundwork. This is not financial advice. I am not an advisor. Merely, the purpose of this article is to relay information about the phenomenon of penny stocks on various social media platforms. You may want to participate in these highly risky, highly speculative opportunities or you may want to pass. Frankly, you probably should pass given this sector’s extreme volatility.

One of the obvious reasons why penny stocks are so dangerous is because of their unpredictability. Typically, you have two classes of this “investment” sector. First, some companies floundered for whatever reason and their shares are trading at a discount relative to their prior highs. Second, many entities don’t have the resources to list on major exchanges and so have little choice but to have their shares traded in the over-the-counter (OTC) market.

For those that are unfamiliar with OTC penny stocks versus exchange-listed securities, it’s the difference between buying a used car at CarMax (NYSE:KMX) as opposed to buying secondhand private party through Craigslist. With CarMax, the company has a reputation to protect and will offer you myriad services, including extended warranties. On the flipside, if you go through Craigslist, you might get a better deal or you might get a money pit.

Of course, whether you go dealership or private party, you’re not guaranteed to get a satisfactory vehicle. However, you have a greater chance of success with a reputable dealership, because they automatically filter out the truly undesirable cars (though you pay more for this filtering). Penny stocks are no different. Understand the fundamental and structural risks of these wagers and you’ll be better prepared for what may lie ahead.

If you think I sound skeptical or even negative, it’s for a reason. The last thing you want to do with penny stocks is to go in with high optimism. Instead, be sober-minded and skeptical. After your rigorous due diligence, if you find that one of these ideas works for you, then be my guest. I just might not be home, that’s all.

With all that in mind, here are seven Reddit penny stocks to keep an eye on:

Senseonics (NYSEAMERICAN:SENS) Atossa Therapeutics (NASDAQ:ATOS) Ever-Glory International (NASDAQ:EVK) Cinedigm (NASDAQ:CIDM) Liberty Defense Holdings (OTCMKTS:LDDFF) Razer (OTCMKTS:RAZFF) Petroteq Energy (OTCMKTS:PQEFF)

Reddit Penny Stocks to Watch: Senseonics (SENS)
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For the last few months, Senseonics, a medical equipment manufacturer that specializes in continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) devices for diabetes patients, has been responsible for multiple social media posts egging SENS stock higher. For full disclosure, I’m on the skeptical side of the fence, but that’s for a different day. Here, I’m just providing information.

Recently, shares skyrocketed as institutional money has been pouring into SENS. From a report by InvestorPlace contributor Chris MacDonald, institutional buying data shows that “BlackRock, among other investors, have loaded up on SENS stock. For retail investors, this is a big vote of confidence. Accordingly, social media is blowing up today covering these reports.” That’s not all, as MacDonald wrote the following:

“Additionally, investors appear to be pricing in some sort of announcement on the horizon for Senseonics’s Eversense monitor. The company announced its submission to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for this continuous glucose-monitoring system in October. Retail investors appear to be factoring in some sort of movement on this front.”

While this gives Senseonics true fundamental weight compared to other random penny stocks, you should be aware that the market has a tendency of buying the rumor and selling the news. Therefore, approach SENS with extreme vigilance.

Atossa Therapeutics (ATOS)
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Though one of the popular Reddit penny stocks, Atossa Therapeutics doesn’t have the same level of consensus as other wagers discussed on social media. In fact, I saw posts gleefully discussing profiting off their put options — what!? I thought this was a bulls only club!

In all seriousness, supporters of ATOS stock will point to its institutional ownership. At time of writing, Fintel shows that there are 112 total institutional owners, with 99 holding long positions only. Therefore, the thesis is that the shorts, having profited handsomely already, will cover their positions. That would potentially entail a robust upside pathway for ATOS.

Maybe. Anything is possible with penny stocks, so you never want to discount a certain scenario playing out until it’s a mathematical impossibility. Nevertheless, prospective buyers will want to look at ATOS’ chart, where it printed a bearish head-and-shoulders pattern between late May and late July of this year. Those who are a little bit more cautious about their risk-taking endeavors may want to wait for a better entry point.

Reddit Penny Stocks to Watch: Ever-Glory International (EVK)
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Hardly a household name on this side of the hemisphere, Ever-Glory International is steadily gaining popularity in its home market of China. Billed as a “retailer of branded fashion apparel and a leading global apparel supply chain solution provider,” Ever-Glory states on its website that it’s the first Chinese apparel company listed on the exchange formerly known as the American Stock Exchange.

Fundamentally — and completely avoiding its peers of risky penny stocks — Ever-Glory offers an intriguing bullish argument. According to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the Han make up the largest ethnic group in China at over 92% of the nation. Therefore, because of the strongly homogenous society, it’s easier for companies to market retail products that satisfy the bulk of consumers as opposed to targeting a diverse international audience.

That said, the apparel industry is a tough industry no matter what market you’re in. As well, it’s very important for companies to realize that their consumers are not monolithic thanks to the internet making the world much smaller than it used to be.

However, the biggest risk factor is the unpredictable nature of EVK’s price action. It’s great if you’re ahead of the news cycle, but you better be ready to sell when it’s time.

Cinedigm (CIDM)
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While the coronavirus pandemic afforded a lucky few sectors extraordinary relevance, the same couldn’t be said for large swathes of the traditional entertainment complex. Unfortunately, Cinedigm suffered badly when the pandemic first breached our borders, going from one of the dark horse speculative plays to swimming with junk penny stocks.

However, the story doesn’t end there. Indeed, CIDM may well be a case of when life gives you lemons, make lemonade. True, investors at first didn’t like Cinedigm’s exposure to the box office business. But quickly, management shifted focus on its other divisions, such as streaming channels, content marketing and distribution.

While I’ve generally been skeptical about CIDM in the face of extraordinary headwinds, let’s give credit where it’s due. In its quarter ended March 31, the company reported revenue of $8.3 million, with streaming revenue up 197% from the year-ago level. More importantly, the investment community appreciates Cinedigm’s comeback effort, with shares gaining a whopping 160% year-to-date.

Moving forward, speculators will want to be cognizant about competing entertainment options as society reopens. Then again, a worsening delta variant threat could make CIDM dramatically relevant due to its streaming business. As always with penny stocks, approach carefully.

Reddit Penny Stocks to Watch: Liberty Defense Holdings (LDDFF)
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For the last few penny stocks on this list, I’m going to dive into the extremely exotic stuff. Remember what I said about volatility and unpredictability, especially in the OTC market? That message will come in very handy for these ideas.

First up is Liberty Defense Holdings, which currently trades hands at 51 cents per share. Ordinarily, that would frighten blue-chip investors but to be fair, there might be something here. A concealed weapons and threat detection solutions company, Liberty Defense finds itself enormously relevant, albeit for tragic reasons.

As the Washington Post stated, even with fewer mass shootings, “2020 was the deadliest gun violence year in decades.” Alarmingly, the Post reported in June of this year that so far, 2021 is worse. To say the very least, it’s awfully troubling but also understandable in some respects. With the unprecedented social and economic challenges that the pandemic imposed, people have simply lost their bearings.

Though no simple solution exists, the best action we can take is to protect innocent people. That’s where Liberty Defense comes into the picture with its artificial-intelligence-based threat detection technology. While incredibly speculative, LDDFF may be worth considering based on present criminality trends.

Razer (RAZFF)
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When you’re buying equity securities that are priced below what it would take to place a domestic phone call back in the analog days, you know you’re dealing with a binary situation. Razer is one of those penny stocks that can either make you incredibly rich or incredibly upset that you wasted so much money chasing a fleeting dream.

At the same time, Razer isn’t a completely speculative venture. As a popular lifestyle brand for video gamers, you couldn’t ask for a more relevant underlying business. After all, video games are no longer a niche hobby but have blown up into a multi-billion-dollar industry. Better yet, insiders believe that the sector could exceed a valuation of over $200 billion at the end of 2023.

If that wasn’t enough, Razer is making the best of its opportunities. In 2020, the company generated revenue of $1.2 billion, up 48% from its 2019 revenue. As well, Razer posted net income of $6 million, the first time it did so since 2014.

Plus, I’m not going to leave out strength in the balance sheet; Razer has virtually no debt relative to its massive cash and cash equivalent line item of $622 million per the quarter ended Dec. 31, 2020. For speculative penny stocks, this is certainly one to respect.

Reddit Penny Stocks to Watch: Petroteq Energy (PQEFF)
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Although public sentiment has strongly shifted toward investments in clean energy infrastructures, the reality is that fossil fuels will likely be in demand for years if not decades to come because of their energy density. However, Petroteq Energy could change this narrative. Billed as an “oil ‎company focused on the development and implementation of its proprietary oil-‎extraction ‎technologies,” Petroteq is what I would term a transitional investment among penny stocks.

According to the company’s website, Petroteq is busy developing an efficient technology to produce heavy oil at a rate lower than $20 barrels per day. While that’s impressive, the real kicker is that Petroteq produces oil “without any significant waste, emissions or water use,” thereby giving the oil firm environmental, social, governance (ESG) cred.

When have you heard that about a hydrocarbon specialist?

To be completely blunt, by the time you read this, PQEFF stock could be heading to the moon, at least on a percentage-basis comparison. With Petroteq being a news-and-rumor sensitive play, anything can happen. Thus, you’ll hear people on Reddit continue to support the longer-term bullish thesis.

Should you join in on the fun? Personally, the technology is intriguing, but this is also an organization with a long history — and one that’s not the most encouraging. Yeah, I’m a broken record, but approach cautiously.

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Invest in the Future of Everything With the Burgeoning Automation Economy

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The world is being automated.

That’s just an inevitable byproduct of technological advancement. As technology gets better and better, it eventually reaches a point where it surpasses humans at certain tasks. When that happens, companies start using the technology in place of the human, because a technology is cheaper and faster.

Automation is a natural part of the technological evolution.

Cars are being automated. Call centers are being automated. Delivery services are being automated. Software development is being automated.

Welcome, folks, to the Automation Economy.

In the Automation Economy, eventually and inevitably, almost all mundane and repetitive tasks will be automated.

One such vertical of this automated-everything megatrend that I’m super excited about is the seismic shift toward automated warehouses.

Here’s the story:

Everyone is shopping online now. This shift in consumer shopping preferences has sparked an equally large shift in fulfillment processes.

Long ago, when consumers went to stores and bought things, fulfillment was done in stores. Today, consumers sit at home and expect a package to be delivered to their doorstep that same day. And fulfillment is now done in warehouses – and it needs to be done rapidly.

This shift in fulfillment has put an increased burden on the logistics market. Ultimately, it has highlighted the shortcomings of the decades-old, incumbent fulfillment process wherein people package, sort, and fulfill orders in antiquated warehouses.

Humans are slow. They’re error-prone. And they need to be paid. Not to mention, there is a huge labor shortage in the economy right now.

Thus, human-driven fulfillment is slow, error-prone, and expensive.

What’s the fix? Automate warehouses. Replace humans with AI-powered robots that are fast, flawless, and cheap.

This is already happening. Amazon acquired robotics company Kiva Systems back in 2012. Even since, the company has spent an arm and a leg to automate warehouses. Today, Amazon has over 200,000 robots in service, and fully automated warehouses that fulfill orders rapidly, perfectly, and cheaply.

The results speak for themselves.

How else do you think Amazon offers same-day delivery and beats everyone else in the delivery space? How else do you think Amazon makes that delivery free?

It’s all thanks to Amazon’s automated warehouses.

Now, everyone else – like Walmart, Target, and Home Depot – needs to play “catch up” and automate their own warehouses… else they’re risk being completely dominated by Amazon.

But here’s the problem: Only 5% of warehouses are currently automated, and over 90% of picking is currently done manually.

In other words, everyone not named Amazon in the logistics and retail worlds needs to invest a lot of money into automating their warehouses over the next decade.

The result? A boom in demand for automated warehouse technology.

This boom will not be small. Annual warehouse labor spending in the U.S. measures more than $230 billion. Throw in another $50 billion for automated material handling equipment (like forklifts), and you’re talking about a $280-plus BILLION revolution here…

And one small company that no one is talking about today is at the epicenter of this boom.

You see, there are two ways to automate warehouses.

The first way is to build entirely new, robot-friendly warehouses from the ground up.

This is a technologically easier way to automate warehouses (since you are building a new, controlled, and homogenous environment that the robots in these warehouses don’t have to “learn”). But it’s economically more expensive, since building these warehouses is very expensive and requires that you essentially “demolish” your old warehouses.

This is what Amazon is doing. It is building completely new, fully automated warehouses.

The second way is to integrate AI-powered robotics solutions into existing warehouses.

This is a technologically harder way to automate warehouses (since warehouses are non-homogenous, and therefore, these robots must be capable of advanced learning and adjusting to any warehouse). But it’s also a much cheaper method since you don’t have to build new warehouses or get rid of your existing warehouses.

This is what most companies will end up doing.

That’s because the giants in this space – Walmart, Target, FedEx, TJX, etc. – collectively have thousands of warehouses, strategically located across the world. Demolishing and rebuilding each of those would be far too expensive. So, instead, they will integrate AI-powered robotics solutions into their existing supply chain.

That’s technologically a very hard problem – so hard, indeed, that it appears only one company has cracked the nut…

Which company, you ask? Well, I’m going to reveal more about how to access this company on Wednesday, Aug. 18 at 7 p.m. ET, at my 1 to 30 Wealth Summit. I encourage you to take a moment to reserve your seat here.

This is an automated tech startup that I think could easily soar at least 30X from current levels, which is why I’ve included it in my new portfolio designed exclusively for my 1 to 30 Wealth Summit.

This portfolio also includes six other hypergrowth technology stocks representing the next generation of tech stock “super winners” – each of which I feel has at least 30X upside potential.

Yes, I’m talking about a portfolio crammed from peak to trough with “the next Tesla,” “the next Amazon,” “the next Facebook,” and the next wave of tech superpowers.

Buying them today could change your life forever.

And I want to give you the opportunity to do just that… on Wednesday night at 7 p.m. ET.

Don’t forget to sign up here (it’s completely free and painless) and to mark your calendars afterward. This will be an event to remember for the ages! I hope to see you there.

P.S. Tomorrow is the big day, folks! But before the event begins, I’ll send you one more essay to complete our macro look into the small innovators powering the massive technological revolutions of our modern world.

In tomorrow’s essay, we look at the key to kickstarting “the 3D Printing Revolution” and unlocking the enormous potential of 3D printers. I believe that cost- and time-effective metal 3D printers will become commonplace in every factory in the world. And there’s one stock in particular that will benefit in a big way.

This company rounds out my list of seven stocks making up my 1 to 30 Wealth Summit portfolio, and it’s just a taste of what you can expect on Wednesday.

If you’re not signed up yet, I encourage you to take a minute to sign up here.

See you Wednesday!

On the date of publication, Luke Lango did not have (either directly or indirectly) any positions in the securities mentioned in this article.

Hot Warren Buffett Stocks To Buy Right Now

The stock market took a hit on Tuesday, although losses for major market averages were limited to less than 1%. The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJINDICES:^DJI), S&P 500 (SNPINDEX:^GSPC), and Nasdaq Composite (NASDAQINDEX:^IXIC) all came under pressure, with worries about retail sales and the state of the consumer economy weighing on market sentiment.

Index

Percentage Change (Decline)

Point Change

Dow

(0.79%)

(282)

S&P 500

(0.71%)

(32)

Nasdaq Composite

(0.93%)

(138)

Data source: Yahoo! Finance.

Warren Buffett still gets a lot of attention, even in his 90s, and the leader of Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE:BRK.A) (NYSE:BRK.B) has plenty of people watching his investment moves. Late Monday, the insurance giant released its latest holdings, and a couple of stocks saw big moves as a result. Below, we’ll look more closely at why Kroger (NYSE:KR) saw nice gains while General Motors (NYSE:GM) dropped.

Hot Warren Buffett Stocks To Buy Right Now: VIVUS, Inc.(VVUS)

VIVUS, Inc., incorporated on May 16, 1996, is a biopharmaceutical company. The Company operates in the development and commercialization of therapeutic products segment. It provides over two therapies approved by the United States Food and Drug Association (FDA), which include Qsymia (phentermine and topiramate extended release) for chronic weight management and STENDRA (Avanafil) for erectile dysfunction (ED). The Company is also developing Qsymia for the treatment of Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) and diabetes. STENDRA is also approved by the European Commission (EC), under the name, SPEDRA, for the treatment of ED in the Europe.

Qsymia

The Company’s Qsymia is indicated for chronic weight management as an adjunct to a reduced-calorie diet and physical activity in adult patients with an initial body mass index (BMI) of 30 or greater or obese patients, or a BMI of 27 or greater or overweight patients, in the presence of approximately one weight-related comorbidity, such as hypertension, type II diabetes mellitus or high cholesterol (dyslipidemia). The Company’s product incorporates a formulation combining doses of active ingredients from phentermine and topiramate. Qsymia is available in over 40,000 certified retail pharmacies across the country. The Company commercializes Qsymia in the United States through contract sales force, supported by an internal commercial team consisting of sales management, marketing and managed care professionals. The Company has completed the Phase II studies of Qsymia for the indication of OSA and diabetes. The Company also has rights for commercialization of Qsymia for OSA, obesity and diabetes across the world.

STENDRA

The Company’s STENDRA is an oral phosphodiesterase type 5 (PDE5) inhibitor. The United States Food and Drug Association approved a Supplemental New Drug Application (sNDA) for STENDRA. STENDRA is an ED medication indicated to be taken approximately 15 minutes before sexual activity. The Company has grant! ed license to Menarini Group to commercialize and promote SPEDRA for the treatment of ED in over 40 European countries, including the Europe, Australia and New Zealand. In addition, it has granted license to Endo International, plc to market STENDRA in the United States and Canada. The Company has also granted an exclusive license to Sanofi to commercialize avanafil in Africa, the Middle East, Turkey and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), including Russia.

The Company competes with Arena Pharmaceutical, Orexigen Therapeutics, Roche, GlaxoSmithKline, Akrimax Pharmaceuticals, LLC, Novo Nordisk A/S, Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen Pharmaceuticals, AstraZeneca, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Boehringer Ingelheim and Eli Lilly.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

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  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Media stories about VIVUS (NASDAQ:VVUS) have been trending somewhat positive recently, according to Accern Sentiment. The research group ranks the sentiment of news coverage by analyzing more than 20 million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. VIVUS earned a news impact score of 0.13 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave press coverage about the biopharmaceutical company an impact score of 47.022479468622 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the near term.

Hot Warren Buffett Stocks To Buy Right Now: Espey Mfg. & Electronics Corp.(ESP)

Espey Mfg. & Electronics Corp., a power electronics design and original equipment manufacturing company, designs, manufactures, and tests electronic equipment primarily for use in military and industrial applications in the United States. The companys principal products include power supplies, power converters, filters, power transformers, magnetic components, power distribution equipment, UPS systems, antennas, and high power radar systems for AC and DC locomotives, shipboard power, shipboard radar, airborne power, ground-based radar, and ground mobile power applications. It also provides various services, which include design and development to specification, build to print, design services, design studies, environmental testing services, metal fabrication, painting services, and development of automatic testing equipment. The company markets its products primarily through its direct sales organization to industrial manufacturers and defense companies, the government of the United States, foreign governments, and foreign electronic equipment companies. Espey Mfg. & Electronics Corp. was founded in 1928 and is based in Saratoga Springs, New York.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Espey Manufacturing & Electronics Corp. (NYSEAMERICAN:ESP) CFO David A. Oneil sold 1,778 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, September 20th. The stock was sold at an average price of $32.12, for a total value of $57,109.36. Following the transaction, the chief financial officer now directly owns 10,222 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $328,330.64. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available at this link.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Espey Manufacturing & Electronics Corp. (NYSEAMERICAN:ESP) announced a quarterly dividend on Thursday, September 13th, Wall Street Journal reports. Stockholders of record on Monday, September 24th will be given a dividend of 0.25 per share on Monday, October 1st. This represents a $1.00 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 3.32%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Friday, September 21st.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Espers (ESP) is a PoW/PoS coin that uses the HMQ1725 hashing algorithm. It was first traded on April 28th, 2016. Espers’ total supply is 21,802,827,290 coins. The Reddit community for Espers is /r/esperscoin and the currency’s Github account can be viewed here. Espers’ official Twitter account is @CryptoCoderz and its Facebook page is accessible here. Espers’ official website is espers.io.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Espers (CURRENCY:ESP) traded up 5.2% against the US dollar during the one day period ending at 7:00 AM Eastern on May 28th. Espers has a market capitalization of $6.27 million and approximately $8,492.00 worth of Espers was traded on exchanges in the last 24 hours. One Espers coin can now be bought for about $0.0003 or 0.00000004 BTC on cryptocurrency exchanges including Livecoin and CoinExchange. During the last seven days, Espers has traded down 26.2% against the US dollar.

Hot Warren Buffett Stocks To Buy Right Now: Preferred Bank(PFBC)

Preferred Bank provides various commercial banking products and services to small and mid-sized businesses and their owners, entrepreneurs, real estate developers and investors, professionals, and high net worth individuals in the United States. The companys deposit products include checking, savings, negotiable order of withdrawal, and money market deposit accounts; fixed-rate and fixed maturity retail certificates of deposit; and individual retirement accounts and non-retail certificates of deposit. It also provides real estate mini-perm loans that are secured by retail, industrial, office, residential, and residential multi-family properties; real estate construction loans; commercial loan products comprising lines of credit for working capital and term loans for capital expenditures; and trade finance products, such as commercial and standby letters of credit, acceptance financing, documentary collections, foreign draft collections, international wires, and foreign exchange for importers and exporters. In addition, the company offers various high-wealth banking services to wealthy individuals residing in the Pacific Rim area with residences, real estate investments, or businesses in Southern California. Further, it provides various banking services to physicians, accountants, attorneys, business managers, and other professionals; and a range of deposit products and related services, such as safe deposit boxes, account reconciliation, courier service, and cash management services to the manufacturing, service, and distribution companies. As of December 31, 2015, the company had 13 full-service branch offices in Alhambra, Arcadia, Century City, City of Industry, Diamond Bar, Los Angeles, Pico Rivera, San Francisco, Tarzana, Torrance, Anaheim, and Irvine, California, as well as Flushing, New York. Preferred Bank was founded in 1991 and is headquartered in Los Angeles, California.

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Why Monday.com Stock Soared Today

Shares of Monday.com (NASDAQ:MNDY) surged 24% on Tuesday after the work-management software provider announced strong second-quarter results. 

So what

Monday.com’s revenue rocketed 94% year over year to $70.6 million. The gains were fueled by new customer wins and higher sales to existing clients, as evidenced by its sterling net dollar retention rate for customers with more than 10 users of over 125%.

“We are pleased with the momentum in our business that demonstrates continued high growth at scale,” co-CEO Roy Mann said in a press release.

A person drawing an upwardly sloping line labeled sales.

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Better still, Monday.com is making progress toward achieving profitability. The company’s adjusted operating loss improved to $9.9 million, compared to a loss of $14.9 million in the prior-year period. Its adjusted net loss per share, in turn, narrowed to $0.26 from $0.39 in the year-ago quarter.

Now what

Looking ahead, management expects Monday.com’s full-year total revenue to grow by as much as 75% to $282 million in 2021.

“While we have made tremendous progress in the last few years, we believe that we are still in the very early stages of our growth as a company, and our guidance for the balance of 2021 suggests a strong second half of the year as we continue to drive fundamental improvements to the future of work and collaboration for companies of all sizes globally,” CFO Eliran Glazer said.

This article represents the opinion of the writer, who may disagree with the “official” recommendation position of a Motley Fool premium advisory service. We’re motley! Questioning an investing thesis — even one of our own — helps us all think critically about investing and make decisions that help us become smarter, happier, and richer.

Voyager Token (VGX) Hits Market Cap of $804.03 Million

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Voyager Token (CURRENCY:VGX) traded down 10.9% against the U.S. dollar during the 1 day period ending at 22:00 PM E.T. on August 17th. One Voyager Token coin can currently be purchased for about $3.62 or 0.00008028 BTC on cryptocurrency exchanges. During the last seven days, Voyager Token has traded down 11.7% against the U.S. dollar. Voyager Token has a market capitalization of $804.03 million and $170,640.00 worth of Voyager Token was traded on exchanges in the last 24 hours.

Here’s how similar cryptocurrencies have performed during the last 24 hours:

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Best Insurance Stocks For 2022

MetLife Inc.’s (MET Quick QuoteMET ) is poised for growth on the back of a strong economy and  an improving employment scenario is expected to its boost insurance sales and aid its top line. Cost-saving initiatives, business streamlining and acquisition in the growth areas place it right on the long-term growth trajectory.

After suffering revenue declines in 2020, green shoots of growth are now visible with the most recently reported earnings beating estimates in the fourth straight quarter.

Analysts’ growing bullishness on the stock is visible from the upward revision in 2021 and 2022 earnings estimates. h Estimates have moved 10.8% and 0.4% north each over the past 30 days and seven days, respectively.

This stock has a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy) at present and a Value Score of A. It has been proved time and again that stocks with a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) or 2 along with a Value Score of A or B offer best investment opportunities. You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here

Best Insurance Stocks For 2022: Aon Corporation(AON)

Aon Corporation provides risk management services, insurance and reinsurance brokerage, and human resource consulting and outsourcing services primarily in the United States, the Americas, the United Kingdom, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and the Asia Pacific. The company?s Risk Solutions segment offers retail brokerage products and services, including affinity products, general underwriting management services, placement services, and captive management services; and advisory services to technology, financial services, agribusiness, aviation, construction, health care, and energy industries, as well as facilitates various risk management solutions for property liability, general liability, professional liability, directors’ and officers’ liability, workers’ compensation, and various healthcare products. This segment also provides risk consulting services comprising captive management; eSolutions products that enable clients to manage risks, policies, claims, and safet y concerns through an integrated technology platform; reinsurance brokerage services, such as actuarial, enterprise risk management, catastrophe management, and rating agency advisory services; property and casualty reinsurance; and specialty lines, which include professional liability, medical malpractice, accident, life, and health, as well as capital management transaction and advisory services. Its HR Solutions segment offers human capital services in the areas of health and benefits, retirement, compensation, and strategic human capital; and benefits administration and human resource business process outsourcing services. The company was founded in 1919 and is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    A number of equities analysts recently commented on AON shares. Wells Fargo & Co lifted their price objective on AON from $165.00 to $150.00 and gave the stock a “market perform” rating in a research report on Tuesday, November 13th. Morgan Stanley lifted their price objective on AON from $152.00 to $167.00 and gave the stock an “equal weight” rating in a research report on Wednesday, November 14th. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods downgraded AON from an “outperform” rating to a “market perform” rating in a research report on Thursday, December 13th. ValuEngine downgraded AON from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Wednesday, December 26th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research upgraded AON from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $157.00 price objective on the stock in a research report on Monday, December 31st. Nine equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and five have assigned a buy rating to the company. The company currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $169.10.

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Best Insurance Stocks For 2022: Principal Financial Group Inc(PFG)

Principal Financial Group, Inc. provides retirement savings, investment, and insurance products and services worldwide. The company?s Retirement and Investor Services segment provides retirement savings and related investment products and services, including a portfolio of asset accumulation products and services primarily to small and medium-sized businesses and individuals in the United States. This segment offers products and services to businesses for defined contribution pension plans, including 401(k) and 403(b) plans, defined benefit pension plans, nonqualified executive benefit plans, and employee stock ownership plan consulting services; and annuities, mutual funds, and bank products and services to the employees of its business customers and other individuals. Principal Financial Group?s Principal Global Investors segment offers a range of equity, fixed income, and real estate investments, as well as specialized overlay and advisory services to institutional inve stors. The company?s Principal International segment offers retirement products and services, annuities, mutual funds, institutional asset management, and life insurance accumulation products in Brazil, Chile, China, Hong Kong SAR, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mexico, Singapore, and Thailand. Principal Financial Group?s U.S. Insurance Solutions segment offers individual life insurance, as well as specialty benefits in the United States. Its individual life insurance products include universal and variable universal life insurance and traditional life insurance; and specialty benefit products comprise group dental and vision insurance, individual and group disability insurance, and group life insurance, as well as fee-for-service claims administration and wellness services. The company was founded in 1879 and is based in Des Moines, Iowa.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

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    Principal Financial Group (Nasdaq: PFG) is a diversified financial firm with $540 billion in assets under management and leadership in retirement investment products, fund investments and life insurance. The company missed Q2 earnings on non-recurring items which sent the shares skidding lower but core business in retirement income solutions and insurance remains solid.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Glenmede Trust Co. NA cut its holdings in Principal Financial Group Inc (NYSE:PFG) by 61.1% in the 2nd quarter, according to the company in its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The firm owned 235,266 shares of the financial services provider’s stock after selling 369,372 shares during the period. Glenmede Trust Co. NA owned 0.08% of Principal Financial Group worth $12,458,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

Best Insurance Stocks For 2022: W.R. Berkley Corporation(WRB)

W. R. Berkley Corporation, an insurance holding company, operates as commercial lines writers in the property casualty insurance business primarily in the United States. The company operates in five segments: Specialty, Regional, Alternative Markets, Reinsurance, and International. The Specialty segment underwrites third-party liability risks, primarily excess, and surplus lines, including premises operations, professional liability, commercial automobile, products liability, and property lines. The Regional segments provide commercial insurance products to small-to-mid-sized businesses, and state and local governmental entities primarily in the 45 states of the United States. The Alternative Markets segment develops, insures, reinsures, and administers self-insurance programs and other alternative risk transfer mechanisms. This segment offers its services to employers, employer groups, insurers, and alternative market funds, as well as provides a range of fee-based servic es, including consulting and administrative services. The Reinsurance segment engages in the underwriting property casualty reinsurance on a treaty and a facultative basis, including individual certificates and program facultative business; and specialty and standard reinsurance lines, and property and casualty reinsurance. The International segment offers personal and commercial property casualty insurance in South America; commercial property casualty insurance in the United Kingdom and continental Europe; and reinsurance in Australia, Southeast Asia, and Canada. The company was founded in 1967 and is based in Greenwich, Connecticut.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Shares of W. R. Berkley Corp (NYSE:WRB) saw strong trading volume on Tuesday . 1,794,500 shares changed hands during trading, an increase of 388% from the previous session’s volume of 367,847 shares.The stock last traded at $79.32 and had previously closed at $78.15.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Gifford Fong Associates bought a new position in shares of W. R. Berkley Corp (NYSE:WRB) during the 2nd quarter, according to its most recent disclosure with the SEC. The institutional investor bought 3,000 shares of the insurance provider’s stock, valued at approximately $217,000.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

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Best Insurance Stocks For 2022: Prudential Financial Inc.(PRU)

Prudential Financial, Inc., through its subsidiaries, offers various financial products and services in the United States, Asia, Europe, and Latin America. The company operates through three divisions: The U.S. Retirement Solutions and Investment Management, The U.S. Individual Life and Group Insurance, and The International Insurance and Investments. The U.S. Retirement Solutions and Investment Management division provides individual variable and fixed annuity products, as well as offers retirement investment and income products and services to retirement plan sponsors in the public, private, and not-for-profit sectors. This division also provides investment management and advisory services to the public and private marketplace. The U.S. Individual Life and Group Insurance division offers individual variable life, term life, and universal life insurance products; and group life, long-term and short-term group disability, long-term care, and group corporate-, bank-and trus t-owned life insurance products to institutional clients. This division also sells accidental death and dismemberment, and other ancillary coverages, as well as provides plan administrative services; and offers preferred provider and indemnity dental coverage plans to clients. The International Insurance and Investments division provides international individual life insurance products in Japan, Korea, and other foreign countries; and offers proprietary and non-proprietary asset management, investment advice, and services to retail and institutional clients internationally. In addition, the company engages in real estate brokerage franchise business, which involves marketing its franchises to the real estate companies. Further, it provides institutional clients and government agencies with various services in connection with the relocation of their employees. Prudential Financial, Inc. was founded in 1875 and is headquartered in Newark, New Jersey.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Josh Enomoto]

    As well, the company posted a 11% sales increase in the fiscal second quarter of 2021 relative to the year-ago level. That it was also a bump up sequentially from fiscal Q1 results was a nice bonus. Moving forward, whether the coronavirus variants wreak havoc on society or if things normalize, Walgreens enjoys a critical essential business. Thus, it’s one of the dividend stocks to consider.

    Prudential Financial (PRU)

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Best Insurance Stocks For 2022: American International Group Inc.(AIG)

American International Group, Inc. is an international insurance organization. The company operates property and casualty insurance networks worldwide and conducts activities in the U.S. life insurance and retirement services industry. It also involves in commercial aircraft leasing and residential mortgage guaranty insurance businesses. The company, through Chartis Inc., provides various property and casualty insurance products under commercial and consumer categories worldwide. These products include surplus lines, executive liability/directors? and officers? liability, employment practices, excess casualty, and travel/assistance lines. American International Group, through SunAmerica Financial Group, offers a suite of life insurance and retirement products and services, including term life, universal life, accident and health, fixed and variable deferred annuities, fixed payout annuities, mutual funds, and financial planning products and services to individuals and grou ps in the United States. The company, through International Lease Finance Corporation, operates as an aircraft lessor that acquires commercial jet aircraft from various manufacturers and other parties, and leases those aircraft to airlines worldwide. It also sells aircraft from its fleet to other leasing companies, financial services companies, and airlines, as well as provides management services to third-party owners of aircraft portfolios. American International Group, through United Guaranty Corporation, issues residential mortgage guaranty insurance that covers mortgage lenders from the first loss for credit defaults on high loan-to-value conventional first-lien mortgages for the purchase or refinance of one- to four-family residences in the U.S. and internationally. The company was founded in 1967 and is based in New York, New York.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Matthew Frankel, CFP]

    At the time of the financial crisis, American International Group (NYSE:AIG) was the world’s largest insurance company. Unfortunately, losses on its mortgage-related investments and some other assets led to major liquidity concerns by the fall of 2018, and the company’s survival was questionable. It was ultimately decided that AIG was “too big to fail,” so the federal government authorized a series of massive credit lines to keep the company afloat.

  • [By Matthew Frankel, CFP]

    Today marks 10 years to the day since the Treasury Department and the Federal Reserve announced a restructuring of insurance giant AIG (NYSE:AIG). Here’s a look back at the key events that led up to the government-assisted restructuring, as well as a quick look at how AIG is doing a decade later.

  • [By Motley Fool Transcribing]

    American International Group (NYSE:AIG) Q4 2018 Earnings Conference CallFeb. 14, 2019 8:00 a.m. ET

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  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    The stock market finished the session mixed on Thursday, with investors initially reacting negatively to news of a big drop in retail sales during December but then gradually regaining confidence over the course of the day. By the close, most major benchmarks had declined modestly, though the Nasdaq ended just in the green. Yet among individual companies, weak earnings reports sent some stocks lower. American International Group (NYSE:AIG), CenturyLink (NYSE:CTL), and Six Flags Entertainment (NYSE:SIX) were among the worst performers. Here’s why they did so poorly.

Best Insurance Stocks For 2022: Topdanmark A/S (TOP)

Topdanmark A/S is a Denmark-based insurance company engaged in the insurance and pension fund business. The Companys activities are divided into such segments, as Personal, and SME (Small and Medium Enterprises) and Industrial. The Personal segment sells policies for individual households in Denmark. The SME and Industrial segment offers policies for Denmark-based SME, agricultural and industrial businesses. The Companys private insurance offering includes such insurance products, as home, vehicle, accident, pet, child and life and health insurance, as well as pension funds. Its corporate insurance offering includes property insurance, insurance of goods and equipment, and car insurance, among others. As of December 31, 2012, it had subsidiaries responsible for life and non-life insurance, as well as for asset management, investment and property-related activities. Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    TopCoin (CURRENCY:TOP) traded flat against the US dollar during the 24-hour period ending at 16:00 PM E.T. on March 9th. During the last seven days, TopCoin has traded flat against the US dollar. One TopCoin coin can currently be bought for about $0.0008 or 0.00000010 BTC on cryptocurrency exchanges. TopCoin has a market capitalization of $0.00 and $0.00 worth of TopCoin was traded on exchanges in the last 24 hours.

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Revenue Acceleration Will Lift Senseonics

At a short interest of over 30%, Senseonics Holdings (NYSE:SENS) enjoyed a short-squeeze rally in early June. Since then, volume dried up. SENS stock does not have any positive catalysts on the way to send the stock flying higher again.

A woman wearing a continuous glucose monitor device holds a phone displaying a glucose monitor app.Source: Andrew_Popov / Shutterstock.com

Without any directions to move the stock, why should shareholders continue holding the stock?

SENS Stock Added to Index

On June 28, Senseonics joined the Russell 3000 index. Because it is widely followed by investment managers and exchange-traded funds, crowded buyers lifted the stock at the time. So, why are bears with a 29% short float so confident that the stock will drop back to the 35-cent low not seen since 2020?

Senseonics’ addition to the index gave the stock a one-time boost. Unless investors continue buying ETFs and funds that follow the index, SENS stock will not benefit from buying demand. Still, as long as indexes hold SENS, minimal selling pressure will prevent the stock from falling by much.

On June 3, Senseonics announced the results of the Promise study. It demonstrated strong accuracy of the 180-day Eversense continuous glucose monitoring (or CGM) system. For the primary sensor of over 49,000 paired points, SENS reported an overall mean absolute relative difference against the reference value of 9.1%. The SBA sensor had an 8.5% MARD value on over 12,000 paired points.

Senseonics did not report any serious adverse events. Just more than 1% of patients had a mild infection at the procedure site.

Dr. Satish Garg, the principal investigator, said, “The accuracy profile demonstrated by Eversense in the PROMISE Study validates the role that long-term implantable CGM systems can play in helping people manage their glucose levels.”

Senseonics is waiting to hear from the U.S. and European regulatory agencies for its pre-market submissions of data. Any good news from the agencies is potential catalysts for the ailing stock.

While it waits, SENS will continue to offer the Eversense CGM systems through its commercialization partner, Ascensia Diabetes Care. Since Senseonics’ Eversense is more accurate than DexCom (NASDAQ:DXCM) or Medtronics, shareholders should not expect any bad news.

Opportunity and Risks

SENS is not getting any analyst coverage. Analysts last rated the stock three months ago (per Tipranks). The company only needs to raise its outlook to re-ignite investor interest. In the first quarter, Senseonics reported a decrease in operating losses, to $32.52 million. The company highlighted a $50 million cash raise through an equity offering. For 2021, it reiterated a global net revenue forecast in the range of $12 million to $15 million.

SENS ended the quarter with $215 million in cash and cash equivalents in the second quarter. At first glance, this would reduce the risk. It has enough cash to cover expenses and is unlikely to issue more shares. Conversely, the company reported a $249.51 million loss, or 68 cents a share.

Chief Financial Officer Nick Tressler said that SENS worked through most of the inventory that it wrote down last year. In the second quarter and for the second half of the year, he expected a gross margin of -25% to -35% for the full year. Net revenue for the year will be between $12 million and $15 million. As it expands its relations with existing prescribers, SENS may re-establish its strength one territory at a time. This may involve hiring more sales representatives to increase product awareness with prescribers.

The U.S. lifting restrictions is another tailwind. Sales staff may have in-office visits and training. The company did not forecast new sales momentum offsetting last year’s write-down. Also, it began the preparatory investments to increase capacity. Once it gets its sales team efforts at a full schedule, it may ramp up sales. For now, investors should not expect a positive operating margin until next year at the earliest.

Your Takeaway

Investors looking for exposure in the health care equipment space should consider a small, speculative position in SENS stock. The company worked through inventory issues last year and is increasing its promotional sales efforts from here. This will lead to improving margins over the longer term.

SENS stock is not without risk. The company is centering its efforts on research and development, manufacturing, and clinical and regulatory activities. Those are near-term costs. In addition, as it commercializes Eversense, its partner, Ascensia is ready to distribute the product globally.

When that happens, the revenue will come.

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Top 10 Cheap Stocks To Own Right Now

Investment thesis

CEMEX (CX) has been oversold by the market due to short-term headwinds. The company has an attractive long term strategy and shareholder focus that will lead to stock price appreciation. They are shoring up their balance sheet with asset sales and cost cutting. Value will also be returned to investors with dividends and share repurchases.

Mispricing

CEMEX has faced some pressure in the short term that has led to the company being sold off. The market is being too emotional and fearful, though, and has oversold the company.

Balance Sheet Improvements

CEMEX has quite a lot of debt and a balance sheet that can be improved. This is one reason why it trades at a lower multiple than its competitors. I believe this to be a short-term problem, though, and dont believe the market should be applying such a big discount. That is because the company has an impressive 2-and-a-half-year plan regarding their balance sheet. The aim of the company is to achieve an investment grade rating and therefore raise future debt at even cheaper levels. Wall street tends to be impatient and short term. This offers a long-term investor an opportunity to be patient and be rewarded.

Top 10 Cheap Stocks To Own Right Now: Emerson Electric Company(EMR)

Emerson Electric Co. operates as a diversified manufacturing and technology company. The company engages in appliance solutions, climate technologies, industrial automation, motor technology, network power, process management, professional tools, and storage solutions businesses. Its appliance solutions business provides appliance controls, appliance motors, heating products, and white-rodgers; climate technology business provides heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration (HVACR) solutions for residential, industrial, and commercial applications; and industrial automation business offers bearings and power transmission products, electrical power generation products, electric motors, variable speed drives and servos, electrical products, material joining solutions, fluid automation products, and wind turbine systems. The company?s motor technology business provides appliance motors, HVACR motors, DC motors, fractional horsepower motors, integral horsepower a nd larger motors, and drives; network power business provides power, precision cooling, connectivity, and embedded solutions; and process management business provides various wireless related products from self-organizing field networks to wireless asset and people tracking. Its professional tools business offers pipe working and threading equipment, pressing technology, utility locating and visual diagnostics systems, drain maintenance tools, power tools, air tools, general purpose hand tools, wet/dry vacs, job site storage equipment, truck tool boxes and equipment, and van storage equipment; and storage solutions business provides shelving and storage products for residential, commercial, and foodservice needs, as well as offers specialized carts, mobile computer workstations, and cabinet fixtures. The company was founded in 1890 and is headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lee Samaha]

    In PMT, Honeywell’s process-solutions rival Emerson Electric (NYSE:EMR) continues to report strong results. But whereas Emerson’s CEO David Farr is expecting to benefit from relatively stronger LNG (liquefied natural gas) spending in the current cycle, Honeywell’s LNG revenue accounts for just 5% of its PMT sales, and it’s more heavily exposed to petrochemical and refining spending.

  • [By ]

    Emerson Electric Co. (NYSE: EMR) offers technology and engineering solutions to industrial, commercial and consumer markets. While it has had exposure to oil and gas, the company is poised for earnings growth, and its dividend hike in November of 2018 marked the 62nd straight year of dividend hikes.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Truehand Inc purchased a new position in shares of Emerson Electric Co. (NYSE:EMR) in the fourth quarter, according to its most recent disclosure with the SEC. The firm purchased 34,486 shares of the industrial products company’s stock, valued at approximately $2,061,000. Emerson Electric makes up 1.8% of Truehand Inc’s investment portfolio, making the stock its 19th largest position.

Top 10 Cheap Stocks To Own Right Now: Express-1 Expedited Solutions Inc.(XPO)

XPO Logistics, Inc. provides third-party logistics services using a network of relationships with ground, sea, and air carriers in the United States, Mexico, and Canada. It operates in three segments: Express-1, Concert Group Logistics, and Bounce Logistics. The Express-1 segment offers ground expedited surface transportation services for freight. It operates a fleet ranging from cargo vans to semi tractor trailer units. The Concert Group Logistics segment provides domestic and international freight forwarding services through a network of independently owned stations. Its domestic freight forwarding services include air charter, expedites, and time sensitive services, as well as cost sensitive services comprising deferred delivery, less than truckload, and full truck load services; and international freight forwarding services consist of on-board courier and air charters, time sensitive services, less-than-container and full-container-loads, and vessel charters. This segm ent also offers documentation on international shipments, customs clearance and banking, trade show shipment management, time definite and customized product distributions, reverse logistics and on site asset recovery projects, installation coordination, freight optimization, and diversity compliance support services. The Bounce Logistics segment provides premium freight brokerage services for truckload shipments. The company serves approximately 4,000 retail, commercial, manufacturing, and industrial customers through 6 U.S. operations centers and 22 agent locations. It offers its services to the automotive manufacturing, automotive components and supplies, commercial printing, durable goods manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, food and consumer products, and high tech sectors. The company was formerly known as Express-1 Expedited Solutions, Inc. and changed its name to XPO Logistics, Inc. in September 2011. XPO Logistics, Inc. was founded in 1989 and is based in Buchanan, Michi gan.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lou Whiteman (TMFeldoubleu)]

    With Motley Fool analyst Nick Sciple returning from his honeymoon, Motley Fool contributor Lou Whiteman joins this episode of Industry Focus: Energy to bring us up to speed on stories he might have missed in July, including Boeing (NYSE:BA), Lockheed Martin (NYSE:LMT), Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA), and XPO Logistics’ (NYSE:XPO) earnings.

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    Monday was an extremely strong day for the stock market, as major indexes finished well above where they started the session. Favorable economic data on retail sales renewed confidence that the U.S. economy continues to do well despite headwinds elsewhere around the world, and investors were pleased to see the U.S. and China discuss their respective currencies as part of their broader trade talks. Some benchmarks rose as much as 2%, but certain individual stocks saw even larger gains. NVIDIA (NASDAQ:NVDA), XPO Logistics (NYSE:XPO), and Infinera (NASDAQ:INFN) were among the top performers. Here’s why they did so well.

  • [By Neha Chamaria]

    XPO Logistics (NYSE:XPO) is having a hard time winning back investor confidence. Shares of the logistics company slumped 17.2% in February, according to data provided byS&P Global Market Intelligence, giving up all its gains from January and then some. In fact, the stock continues to head lower this month, having dropped another 4% as of this writing.

  • [By Motley Fool Staff]

    XPO Logistics (NYSE:XPO) has grown fantastically in recent years by aggressively acquiring related businesses. However, management recently announced its intention to pause its acquisition strategy in favor of repurchasing shares.

Top 10 Cheap Stocks To Own Right Now: UnitedHealth Group Incorporated(UNH)

UnitedHealth Group Incorporated provides healthcare services in the United States. Its Health Benefits segment offers consumer-oriented health benefit plans and services to national employers, public sector employers, mid-sized employers, small businesses, and individuals; and non-employer based insurance options for purchase by individuals. It also provides health and well-being services for individuals aged 50 and older; and for services dealing with chronic disease and other specialized issues for older individuals, as well as health plans for the beneficiaries of acute and long-term care Medicaid plans. This segment offers its services through a network of 730,000 physicians and other health care professionals, and 5,300 hospitals. Its OptumHealth segment provides health, financial, and ancillary services and products that assist consumers through personalized health management solutions; benefit administration, and clinical and network management; health-based financi al services; behavioral solutions; and specialty benefits, such as dental, vision, life, critical illness, short-term disability, and stop-loss product offerings. The company?s Ingenix segment offers database and data management services, software products, publications, consulting and actuarial services, business process outsourcing services, and pharmaceutical data consulting and research services. Its Prescription Solutions segment provides integrated pharmacy benefit management services comprising retail network pharmacy contracting and management, claims processing, mail order pharmacy services, specialty pharmacy, benefit design consultation, rebate contracting and management, drug utilization review, formulary management programs, disease therapy management, and adherence programs to employer groups, union trusts, managed care organizations, Medicare-contracted plans, Medicaid plans, and third party administrators. The company was founded in 1974 and is based in Minne tonka, Minnesota.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Garrett Baldwin]

    The Dow Jones today will pop up to 150 points thanks to stronger-than-expected earnings from UnitedHealth Group Inc. (NYSE: UNH). The health insurance giant topped earnings and revenue expectations and hiked its full-year guidance.

  • [By Motley Fool Transcribers]

    Unitedhealth Group Inc (NYSE:UNH)Q12019 Earnings CallApril 16, 2019, 8:45 a.m. ET

    Contents:
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Top 10 Cheap Stocks To Own Right Now: Kohl’s Corporation(KSS)

Kohl?s Corporation operates department stores in the United States. The company?s stores offer private and exclusive, as well as national branded apparel, footwear, and accessories for women, men, and children; soft home products, such as sheets and pillows; and housewares primarily to middle-income customers. As of January 29, 2011, it operated 1,089 stores in 49 states. The company also offers on-line shopping on its Web site at Kohls.com. Kohl?s Corporation was founded in 1962 and is headquartered in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Kohl’s Co. (NYSE:KSS) – Investment analysts at Jefferies Financial Group upped their Q2 2020 earnings per share (EPS) estimates for shares of Kohl’s in a report issued on Tuesday, March 5th. Jefferies Financial Group analyst R. Konik now expects that the company will post earnings of $1.90 per share for the quarter, up from their prior estimate of $1.86. Jefferies Financial Group also issued estimates for Kohl’s’ Q3 2020 earnings at $1.04 EPS, Q4 2020 earnings at $2.48 EPS, FY2020 earnings at $6.10 EPS and FY2021 earnings at $6.45 EPS.

  • [By Adam Levine-Weinberg]

    A few years ago, Kohl’s (NYSE:KSS) management determined that many of the department store chain’s stores were too big. In many cases, Kohl’s was filling these stores with more inventory than was necessary to meet demand, just so the stores wouldn’t look empty. That excess inventory led to margin-sapping clearance discounts at the end of each season.

  • [By Garrett Baldwin]

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    The Top Stock Market Stories for Thursday
    Investors are eyeing news that the U.S. deficit with China hit a 10-year high during December. This widening deficit occurred even in the face of U.S. President Donald Trump’s large tariffs on Chinese goods. Trump has been slapping tariffs on China to reduce this deficit. However, Americans continued to buy cheap manufactured goods while the Chinese government has scooped up cheap commodities and raw materials from other nations. Yesterday, shares of Brown-Forman Corp.(NYSE: BF.B), the manufacturer of Jack Daniel’s whiskey, fell 7% after announcing the tariffs were hurting sales. Now, new tensions in the trade deal are emerging as the Chinese tech firm Huawei has sued the U.S. government over a ban to sell its equipment to the United States.
    Before the bell, the European Central Bank planned to announce its latest decision on interest rates and other monetary policy matters. The ECB Bank Chief Mario Draghi hosted a press conference to discuss the bank’s forecast for the European economy. Many analysts project that several key markets – like Germany – have seen a cooldown in economic activity in recent months. The ECB has never raised interest rates during any part of Draghi’s eight-year term. The 2020 election is heating up around one issue – but it’s not the one that you think. In fact, Money Morning Special Situation Strategist Tim Melvin projects that President Trump will do something shocking before the election: legalize cannabis across the United States. Think that’s crazy? Well, you’d be amazed at how easy it would be. You’ll also be shocked by how much money you could make by getting out in front of this trend – check out Tim’s latest insight right here.
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    Amazon.com Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) has learned that brick-and-mortar retail is di

  • [By Jon C. Ogg]

    Kohl’s Corp. (NYSE: KSS) was raised to Neutral from Underweight at Atlantic Equities. Kohl’s was up 7.3% at $71.33 a share on Tuesday, and the prior consensus target price was $75.31.

Top 10 Cheap Stocks To Own Right Now: USG Corporation(USG)

USG Corporation, through its subsidiaries, engages in the manufacture and distribution of building materials worldwide. The company offers gypsum and related products, including gypsum wallboard, joint compounds used for finishing wallboard joints, cement boards, glass mat sheathing, gypsum fiber panels, poured gypsum underlayments, ultra light panels, and various construction plaster products. Its gypsum products are used in various building applications to finish the interior walls, ceilings, and floors in residential, commercial, and institutional constructions, and repair and remodel constructions. The company also produces gypsum-based products for agricultural and industrial customers to use in various applications, including soil conditioning, road repair, fireproofing, and ceramics. In addition, it manufactures ceiling grid and acoustical ceiling tile for electrical and mechanical systems, and air distribution and maintenance applications. USG Corporation distribut es its gypsum products through specialty wallboard distributors, building materials dealers, home improvement centers and other retailers, contractors, and a network of distributors. Further, it distributes other manufacturers? gypsum wallboard, joint compound and other gypsum products, as well as drywall metal, insulation, and roofing products and accessories. The company sells its products under SHEETROCK, DUROCK, FIBEROCK, SECUROCK, LEVELROCK, RED TOP, IMPERIAL, DIAMOND, SUPREMO, AURATONE, ACOUSTONE, DONN, DX, FINELINE, CENTRICITEE, CURVATURA, and COMPASSO brands. The company was founded in 1901 and is based in Chicago, Illinois.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

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  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    USG Co. (NYSE:USG) – Equities research analysts at SunTrust Banks reduced their Q3 2018 earnings per share estimates for shares of USG in a report issued on Monday, July 9th. SunTrust Banks analyst K. Hughes now forecasts that the construction company will post earnings of $0.57 per share for the quarter, down from their previous estimate of $0.61. SunTrust Banks currently has a “Hold” rating and a $44.00 price target on the stock. SunTrust Banks also issued estimates for USG’s FY2018 earnings at $2.05 EPS, Q3 2019 earnings at $0.71 EPS and FY2019 earnings at $2.53 EPS.

Top 10 Cheap Stocks To Own Right Now: S&P GSCI(GD)

General Dynamics Corporation, an aerospace and defense company, provides business aviation; combat vehicles, weapons systems, and munitions; military and commercial shipbuilding; and communications and information technology products and services worldwide. Its Aerospace group designs, manufactures, and outfits various large and mid-cabin business-jet aircraft; provides maintenance, repair work, fixed-based operations, and aircraft management services; and performs aircraft completions for aircraft. The company?s Combat Systems group offers tracked and wheeled military vehicles, weapons systems, and munitions. Its product lines include wheeled combat and tactical vehicles; battle tanks and infantry vehicles; munitions and propellant; rockets and gun systems; and axle and drivetrain components and aftermarket parts. This group also manufactures and supplies engineered axles, suspensions, and brakes for heavy-load vehicles for military and commercial customers. The company Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lou Whiteman]

    There’s more at stake for Huntington Ingalls and fellow shipbuilder General Dynamics (NYSE:GD) beyond the $6.5 billion in lost refueling revenue. A modern aircraft carrier does not sail alone but rather relies on a large number of escorts and affiliated ships that also need to be acquired and staffed. There is also the expense of finding pilots for the large number of planes that are housed on a carrier.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

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Top 10 Cheap Stocks To Own Right Now: Compass Minerals Intl Inc(CMP)

Compass Minerals International, Inc., through its subsidiaries, produces and markets inorganic mineral products primarily in North America and the United Kingdom. The company operates in two segments, Salt and Specialty Fertilizer. The Salt segment produces salt and magnesium chloride for use in road deicing and dust control, food processing, water softeners, pool salt, and agricultural and industrial applications. This segment also purchases potassium chloride and sells as a finished product. The Specialty Fertilizer segment produces and markets sulphate of potash crop nutrients and industrial grade sulfate of potash for use in the production of specialty fertilizers for vegetables, fruits, potatoes, nuts, tobacco, and turf grass. The company also produces and markets consumer deicing and water conditioning products, ingredients used in consumer and commercial food preparation, and other mineral-based products for consumer, agricultural, and industrial applications. In ad dition, Compass Minerals provides records management services to businesses located in the U.K. The company operates rock salt mines in Goderich, Ontario, Canada; and Winsford, Chesire, the United Kingdom. It primarily serves producers of intermediate chemical products used in the production of vinyls and other chemicals, and pulp and paper, as well as water treatment and other industrial uses. The company markets its products through direct sales personnel, contract personnel, and a network of brokers or manufacturers? representatives. Compass Minerals International, Inc., formerly known as Salt Holdings Corporation, was founded in 1993 and is headquartered in Overland Park, Kansas.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Several brokerages have weighed in on CMP. Zacks Investment Research raised Compass Minerals International from a “strong sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Wednesday. ValuEngine cut Compass Minerals International from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Tuesday, October 23rd. Monness Crespi & Hardt dropped their price objective on Compass Minerals International from $76.00 to $63.00 and set a “buy” rating for the company in a report on Friday, November 2nd. BMO Capital Markets dropped their price objective on Compass Minerals International from $65.00 to $60.00 and set a “market perform” rating for the company in a report on Friday, November 2nd. Finally, Credit Suisse Group raised Compass Minerals International from an “underperform” rating to a “neutral” rating and set a $49.00 price objective for the company in a report on Tuesday, November 27th. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, two have assigned a hold rating and three have issued a buy rating to the stock. The stock currently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $62.34.

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  • [By Motley Fool Transcription]

    Compass Minerals International, Inc. (NYSE:CMP) Q4 2018 Earnings Conference Call Feb. 12, 2019, 10:00 a.m. ET

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Top 10 Cheap Stocks To Own Right Now: Wendy’s/Arby’s Group Inc.(WEN)

The Wendy’s Company operates as a quick-service hamburger company in the United States. The company, through its subsidiary, Wendy’s International, Inc., operates as a franchisor of the Wendy’s restaurant system. As of December 26, 2011, the Wendy’s system comprised approximately 6,500 franchise and company restaurants in the United States and the United States territories, as well as in 26 other countries worldwide. The company was formerly known as Wendy’s/Arby’s Group, Inc. and changed its name to The Wendy’s Company in July 2011. The Wendy’s Company was founded in 1884 and is headquartered in Dublin, Ohio.

Advisors’ Opinion:

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    There is certainly a growing market for vegan products. But Beyond Meat has only taken in a scant $56 million in revenues over the past nine months and is nowhere near profitability. By contrast, Wendy’s (NYSE: WEN) has 6,700 global locations that generate $1.6 billion in annual sales and $230 million in free cash flow — not to mention a dividend that was just raised by 18%.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Wentworth Resources (LON:WEN) had its price target cut by Peel Hunt from GBX 44 ($0.57) to GBX 42 ($0.55) in a report released on Monday. The brokerage presently has a “buy” rating on the stock. Peel Hunt’s target price would indicate a potential upside of 82.61% from the company’s current price.

Top 10 Cheap Stocks To Own Right Now: Rent-A-Center Inc.(RCII)

Rent-A-Center, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, primarily engages in leasing household durable goods to customers on a rent-to-own basis. The company?s stores offer durable products, such as consumer electronics, appliances, computers, and furniture and accessories under flexible rental purchase agreements that allow the customer to obtain ownership of the merchandise at the conclusion of an agreed upon rental period. It also provides merchandise on an installment sales basis in its stores. As of December 31, 2010, the company operated 3,008 company-owned stores in the United States, and in Canada, Puerto Rico, and Mexico, including 42 retail installment sales stores under the names ?Get It Now? and ?Home Choice?; and 18 rent-to-own stores located in Canada under the ?Rent-A-Centre? name. It also operates 209 franchised rent-to-own stores in 32 states under the ColorTyme trade name; and 384 kiosk locations under the ?RAC Acceptance? model. In addition, the company, th rough its ColorTyme?s franchised stores, offers custom rims and tires for sale or rental under the trade names ?RimTyme? or ?ColorTyme Custom Wheels?. Rent-A-Center, Inc. was founded in 1986 and is headquartered in Plano, Texas.

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    Stocks to Watch Today: KHC, HD, JWN, M, AAPL
    Kraft Heinz Co. (NYSE: KHC) is still licking its wounds after an abysmal earnings report on Thursday and a weak 2019 outlook. The consumer goods giant is looking to reshape its business as consumer tastes continue to evolve. According to reports, the firm – backed heavily by Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc.(NYSE: BRK.A) – is considering a deal to sell its Maxwell House brand. Warren Buffett is also affecting shares of Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL). Although AAPL stock added 0.4% in pre-market hours, Buffett said he would not purchase more shares of the company stock at these levels. However, should AAPL stock pull back in the near future, the “Oracle of Omaha” would consider purchasing more. Earnings season may be winding down, but concerns about the U.S. brick-and-mortar retail industry are always high. This week, Home Depot Inc. (NYSE: HD), Nordstrom Inc.(NYSE: JWN), and Macy’s Inc. (NYSE: M) will report earnings from the holiday quarter. Look for earnings reports from American States Water Co.(NYSE: AWR), Chatham Lodging Trust (NYSE: CLDT), EPR Properties (NYSE: EPR), Etsy Inc. (NASDAQ: ETSY), Life Storage Inc.(NYSE: LSI), Mosaic Co. (NYSE: MOS), Oneok Inc. (NYSE: OKE), Potbelly Corp. (NASDAQ: PBPB), Preferred Apartment Communities Inc. (NYSE: APTS), Rent-A-Center Inc. (NASDAQ: RCII), Shake Shack Inc. (NYSE: SHAK), and Tenet Healthcare Corp. (NYSE: THC).

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  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    ValuEngine upgraded shares of Rent-A-Center (NASDAQ:RCII) from a hold rating to a buy rating in a report issued on Tuesday.

    A number of other research firms have also issued reports on RCII. TheStreet upgraded shares of Rent-A-Center from a d+ rating to a c- rating in a research note on Monday, July 9th. BidaskClub upgraded shares of Rent-A-Center from a hold rating to a buy rating in a research note on Friday, August 3rd. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Rent-A-Center from a hold rating to a buy rating and set a $17.00 price objective on the stock in a research note on Wednesday, July 4th. Janney Montgomery Scott lowered shares of Rent-A-Center from a buy rating to a neutral rating in a research note on Monday, June 18th. Finally, Northcoast Research lowered shares of Rent-A-Center from a buy rating to a neutral rating in a research note on Tuesday, June 19th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, six have given a hold rating and two have assigned a buy rating to the stock. Rent-A-Center presently has a consensus rating of Hold and a consensus target price of $11.00.

Top 10 Cheap Stocks To Own Right Now: International Business Machines Corporation(IBM)

International Business Machines Corporation (IBM) provides information technology (IT) products and services worldwide. Its Global Technology Services segment provides IT infrastructure and business process services, including strategic outsourcing, process, integrated technology, and maintenance services, as well as technology-based support services. The company?s Global Business Services segment offers consulting and systems integration, and application management services. Its Software segment offers middleware and operating systems software, such as WebSphere software to integrate and manage business processes; information management software for database and enterprise content management, information integration, data warehousing, business analytics and intelligence, performance management, and predictive analytics; Tivoli software for identity management, data security, storage management, and datacenter automation; Lotus software for collaboration, messaging, and so cial networking; rational software to support software development for IT and embedded systems; business intelligence software, which provides querying and forecasting tools; SPSS predictive analytics software to predict outcomes and act on that insight; and operating systems software. Its Systems and Technology segment provides computing and storage solutions, including servers, disk and tape storage systems and software, point-of-sale retail systems, and microelectronics. The company?s Global Financing segment provides lease and loan financing to end users and internal clients; commercial financing to dealers and remarketers of IT products; and remanufacturing and remarketing services. It serves financial services, public, industrial, distribution, communications, and general business sectors. The company was formerly known as Computing-Tabulating-Recording Co. and changed its name to International Business Machines Corporation in 1924. IBM was founded in 1910 and is based in Armonk, New York.

Advisors’ Opinion:

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    IBM (IBM)

  • [By Motley Fool Transcribers]

    INTL BUSINESS MACHINES CORP (NYSE:IBM)Q12019 Earnings CallApril 16, 2019, 5:00 p.m. ET

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    Numerous renters typically occupy a single building known as a colocation center (or “carrier hotel”). There are plenty of interested parties ranging from tiny website hosting companies and online retailers to colossal data storage providers and telecoms. Some of the biggest users include content distributors such as Disney (NYSE: DIS) and Netflix (Nasdaq: NFLX), as well as cloud companies like Amazon (Nasdaq: AMZN), Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT), and IBM (NYSE: IBM).

  • [By Leo Sun]

    IBM’s (NYSE:IBM) stock rallied more than 20% this year, as a better-than-expected fourth-quarter report in January and optimism about its acquisition of Red Hat (NYSE:RHT) brought back value-seeking investors. IBM still looks cheap at 10 times forward earnings and it pays a high forward dividend yield of 4.6%.

Hot Penny Stocks To Invest In Right Now

Suppose I offered you a million dollars cash today. Or, I could give you one penny today, two pennies tomorrow, four pennies the following day, and so on, for an entire month.

Many would choose the cool million. After all, option B would only yield a grand total of $1.27 after the first week and $163.84 after the second. But that amount will continue to grow exponentially. A steady doubling would produce a little over $5 million after thirty days.

You’re probably familiar with stories like this. They’ve been around for ages.

For example, there’s an old folk tale involving a king and a peasant that illustrates the same concept. After doing a favor for the king, the peasant asks for a seemingly humble request: To receive one grain of rice for the first square on a chessboard, two for the second, and so on until reaching the 64th square.

We already know that by the 30th square, the peasant would be looking at a half billion grains of rice — probably enough to make him the wealthiest person in the kingdom.

Hot Penny Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Sirius XM Radio Inc.(SIRI)

Sirius XM Radio Inc. provides satellite radio services in the United States and Canada. It broadcasts a programming lineup of approximately 135 channels of commercial-free music, sports, news and information, talk and entertainment, traffic, and weather on subscription fee basis through two satellite radio systems in the United States; and holds an interest in the satellite radio services offered in Canada. The company also simulcasts music and selected non-music channels over the Internet; and offers applications to allow consumers to access its Internet services on mobile devices. As of December 31, 2010, it had 20,190,964 subscribers. In addition, the company designs, establishes specifications, sources or specifies parts and components, and manages various aspects of the logistics and production of satellite radios; licenses its technology to various electronics manufacturers to develop, manufacture, and distribute radios under various brands; and imports radios distri buted through its Websites. The company?s satellite radios are primarily distributed through automakers, retailers, and its Websites. Further, it provides music services for commercial establishments; a satellite television service to offer music channels as part of certain programming packages on the DISH Network satellite television service; music and comedy channels to mobile phone users through mobile phone carriers; Backseat TV, a service offering television content designed primarily for children in the backseat of vehicles; Travel Link, a suite of data services that include graphical weather, fuel prices, sports schedules and scores, and movie listings; and real-time traffic and weather services. The company was formerly known as Sirius Satellite Radio Inc. and changed its name to Sirius XM Radio Inc. in August 2008. Sirius XM Radio Inc. was founded in 1990 and is headquartered in New York, New York.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Sean Williams]

    Another no-brainer acquisition that would make sense for Buffett and Berkshire Hathaway is satellite radio operator Sirius XM Holdings (NASDAQ:SIRI). It’s worth pointing out that Berkshire Hathaway already owns 137.92 million shares of Sirius XM, or about 2.9% of all outstanding shares.

  • [By Joe Tenebruso]

    Sirius XM Holdings (NASDAQ:SIRI) and Netflix (NASDAQ:NFLX) dominate their respective corners of the entertainment industry. As they’ve risen to power over the last decade, they’ve earned fortunes for investors along the way.

  • [By Rick Munarriz]

    A lot can happen to a stock in just a couple of weeks. There were 275.5 million shares ofSirius XM Holdings (NASDAQ:SIRI)sold short at the end of January, the largest number of bearish bets placed on the satellite radio provider in more than a year. Two weeks later, short interest fell to 174.7 million shares, a fresh 52-week low in pessimism.

  • [By Money Morning News Team]

    Or look at Sirius XM Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: SIRI). It traded for just $0.70 in 2010. Now it’s worth $5.90 a share, an incredible 778% surge.

    Those are the sorts of potential gains the top penny stocks offer, and you wouldn’t have to trade sketchy shell companies on pink sheets to access those gains either.

Hot Penny Stocks To Invest In Right Now: China Metro-Rural Holdings Limited(CNR)

China Metro-Rural Holdings Limited, through its subsidiaries, primarily engages in the development and operation of agricultural logistics and trade centers in northeast China. It also involves in purchasing, processing, assembling, merchandising, and distributing pearls and jewelry products. The company markets its pearls and jewelry products to wholesale distributors and mass merchandisers in Europe, the United States, Hong Kong, and other parts of Asia. In addition, it develops, sells, and leases residential and commercial properties in Hong Kong and the People?s Republic of China. The company is based in Tsimshatsui, Hong Kong.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Canadian National Railway (NYSE:CNI) (TSE:CNR) has been assigned a consensus recommendation of “Hold” from the twenty brokerages that are covering the firm, Marketbeat.com reports. Twelve equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and eight have given a buy rating to the company. The average 1-year price target among brokers that have covered the stock in the last year is $93.33.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Several brokerages have updated their recommendations and price targets on shares of Canadian National Railway (TSE: CNR) in the last few weeks:

    2/11/2019 – Canadian National Railway was given a new C$117.00 price target on by analysts at Morgan Stanley. 1/31/2019 – Canadian National Railway was given a new C$116.00 price target on by analysts at BMO Capital Markets. They now have a “market perform” rating on the stock. 1/30/2019 – Canadian National Railway had its “outperform” rating reaffirmed by analysts at Raymond James. They now have a C$125.00 price target on the stock. 1/30/2019 – Canadian National Railway had its price target raised by analysts at TD Securities from C$125.00 to C$130.00. They now have a “buy” rating on the stock. 1/30/2019 – Canadian National Railway had its price target raised by analysts at CIBC from C$118.00 to C$119.00. 1/30/2019 – Canadian National Railway had its price target raised by analysts at JPMorgan Chase & Co. from C$116.00 to C$119.00. 1/14/2019 – Canadian National Railway had its price target raised by analysts at JPMorgan Chase & Co. from C$112.00 to C$116.00. 1/7/2019 – Canadian National Railway had its price target raised by analysts at Morgan Stanley from C$114.00 to C$115.00. 1/2/2019 – Canadian National Railway had its price target lowered by analysts at CIBC from C$120.00 to C$118.00. 12/19/2018 – Canadian National Railway had its price target lowered by analysts at National Bank Financial from C$119.00 to C$110.00. They now have a “sector perform” rating on the stock. 12/18/2018 – Canadian National Railway had its price target lowered by analysts at JPMorgan Chase & Co. from C$122.00 to C$112.00. 12/17/2018 – Canadian National Railway had its price target lowered by analysts at Royal Bank of Canada from C$130.00 to C$128.00.

    Shares of CNR stock traded up C$1.79 during tr

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Canadian National Railway (NYSE:CNI) (TSE:CNR) – Analysts at Seaport Global Securities issued their Q1 2019 EPS estimates for shares of Canadian National Railway in a research note issued to investors on Wednesday, January 30th. Seaport Global Securities analyst M. Levin expects that the transportation company will earn $0.96 per share for the quarter. Seaport Global Securities also issued estimates for Canadian National Railway’s Q2 2019 earnings at $1.26 EPS, Q3 2019 earnings at $1.27 EPS and Q4 2019 earnings at $1.26 EPS.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Canadian National Railway (NYSE:CNI) (TSE:CNR) – Equities research analysts at Desjardins boosted their Q3 2018 earnings per share estimates for shares of Canadian National Railway in a research note issued on Monday, October 8th. Desjardins analyst B. Poirier now anticipates that the transportation company will earn $1.09 per share for the quarter, up from their previous forecast of $1.09. Desjardins also issued estimates for Canadian National Railway’s FY2021 earnings at $5.66 EPS.

Hot Penny Stocks To Invest In Right Now: China Pharma Holdings Inc.(CPHI)

China Pharma Holdings, Inc. develops, manufactures, and markets generic and branded pharmaceutical products primarily to hospitals and private retailers in the People?s Republic of China. Its products include Bumetanide to treat edema diseases; Gastrodin injection for tiredness, loss of concentration, poor sleep, and traumatic syndromes of brain; Cerebroprotein Hydroloysate injection for the treatment of memory decline and attention deficit; Buflomedil Hydrochloride for blood vessel diseases; Propylgallate and Ozagrel Sodium for the treatment of cerebral thrombosis, coronary heart disease, and thrombus deep phlebitis; and Alginic Sodium Diester injection for ischemic heart, cerebrovascular, and lipoprotein blood diseases. The company also offers Cefaclor Dispersible tablets for tympanitis, lower respiratory tract, urinary tract, and skin/skin tissue infection; Roxithromycin dispersible tablets for pharyngitis and tonsillitis; Clarithromycin granules and capsules for nasoph arynx, respiratory tract, and skin tissue infections; Naproxen Sodium and Pseudophedrine Hydrochloride Sustained Release tablets to relieve cold, sinus, and flu symptoms; Cefalexin capsules for acute tonsillitis; and Anhydroandrographolide for ischemic heart, cerebrovascular, and lipoprotein blood diseases. In addition, it provides Hepatocyte growth-promoting factor to treat viral hepatitis symptoms; Tiopronin to treat acute chronic Hepatitis B and relieve liver injury; Omeprazole to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease; Granisetron Hydrochloride injection for nausea and vomiting; Vitamin B6, an vitamin supplement; Thymopolypetides injection for treating diseases and tumors of various cells with reduced immunological function; and Recombined Human Fibroblast Growth Factor for the production of cosmetics. The company distributes its products through independent regional distributors and sales representatives. China Pharma Holdings, Inc. is based in Haikou, the People?s Repub lic of China.

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Hot Penny Stocks To Invest In Right Now: New York Mortgage Trust Inc.(NYMT)

New York Mortgage Trust, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates as a real estate investment trust (REIT) in the United States. The company engages in acquiring, investing, financing, and managing mortgage-related assets. It primarily invests in agency residential adjustable-rate, hybrid adjustable-rate, and fixed-rate mortgage-backed securities (RMBS); non-Agency RMBS; prime adjustable-rate residential mortgage loans held in securitization trusts; commercial mortgage-backed securities; commercial mortgage loans; and other commercial real estate-related debt investments. The company has elected to be taxed as a REIT and will not be subject to federal income tax if it distributes at least 90% of its REIT taxable income to its stockholders. New York Mortgage Trust, Inc. was founded in 1989 and is headquartered in New York, New York.

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  • [By Shane Hupp]

    NY MTG TR INC/SH (NASDAQ:NYMT) has been given a consensus recommendation of “Hold” by the seven research firms that are covering the company, MarketBeat reports. Five investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, one has assigned a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the company. The average twelve-month price target among brokerages that have issued a report on the stock in the last year is $6.38.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    SOTHERLY HOTELS/SH SH (NASDAQ:SOHO) and NY Mtg Tr Inc/SH (NASDAQ:NYMT) are both small-cap finance companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, risk, valuation, dividends, institutional ownership, profitability and analyst recommendations.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    ValuEngine cut shares of NY Mtg Tr Inc/SH (NASDAQ:NYMT) from a hold rating to a sell rating in a report issued on Thursday morning.

    Several other research firms also recently commented on NYMT. LADENBURG THALM/SH SH downgraded shares of NY Mtg Tr Inc/SH from a buy rating to a neutral rating in a research note on Monday, August 6th. BidaskClub downgraded shares of NY Mtg Tr Inc/SH from a hold rating to a sell rating in a research note on Saturday, September 15th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of NY Mtg Tr Inc/SH from a sell rating to a hold rating in a research note on Wednesday, July 25th. Finally, Maxim Group restated a buy rating and issued a $6.75 price target (up previously from $6.25) on shares of NY Mtg Tr Inc/SH in a research note on Friday, August 3rd. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, six have given a hold rating and one has issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock has a consensus rating of Hold and an average target price of $6.35.

Hot Penny Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Transocean Inc.(RIG)

Transocean Ltd. provides offshore contract drilling services for oil and gas wells worldwide. It offers deepwater and harsh environment drilling, oil and gas drilling management, and drilling engineering and drilling project management services. The company also offers well and logistics services. In addition, it engages in oil and gas exploration, development, and production activities primarily in the United States offshore Louisiana and Texas, and in the United Kingdom sector of the North Sea. As of February 10, 2011, the company owned, had partial ownership interests in, and operated 138 mobile offshore drilling units, including 47 high-specification floaters, 25 midwater floaters, 9 high-specification jackups, 54 standard jackups, and 3 other rigs, as well as 1 ultra-deepwater floater and 3 high-specification jackups under construction. Transocean Ltd. was founded in 1953 and is based in Zug, Switzerland.

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  • [By Tyler Crowe]

    This was one of those quarters where Transocean’s (NYSE:RIG)results aren’t necessarily reflective of the company’s accomplishments. Even though Transocean posted yet another quarterly loss, the company completed a major acquisition and netted some notable contract wins. These won’t show up on the financial statements for a while, but they are indicative of a companypoised to do better in the future.

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As it does each quarter, LPL Financial is providing the names of financial advisors who’ve recently affiliated with the independent broker-dealer. The list includes several large groups of registered reps and the names of individual advisors who have joined from a wide variety of firms.

Despite the long list of new FAs, though, the IBD said net new assets coming over from new clients and advisors grew just 2% in the fourth quarter of 2016 from the prior quarter and only 1% from the earlier year. This includes both advisory (fee-based) and brokerage (commission-based); broken out, net new advisory assets expanded 9% from Q3’16 and 8% from Q4’15.

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Top 10 Financial Stocks To Watch Right Now: Petroleum Resources Corporation(PEO)

Petroleum & Resources Corporation operates as a nondiversified investment company. It primarily invests in the equity of energy and natural resource companies. The company also has investments in various sectors, including energy, services, basic industries, and paper and forest products. Petroleum & Resources was founded in 1929 and is based in Baltimore, Maryland.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Press coverage about Adams Natural Resources Fund (NYSE:PEO) has trended somewhat negative recently, Accern reports. The research group identifies positive and negative news coverage by monitoring more than twenty million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Adams Natural Resources Fund earned a coverage optimism score of -0.09 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news articles about the financial services provider an impact score of 48.0521373671292 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the immediate future.

Top 10 Financial Stocks To Watch Right Now: First Capital Bancorp Inc.(VA)

First Capital Bancorp, Inc. operates as the holding company for First Capital Bank that offers a range of banking and related financial services to small and medium-sized businesses, professionals, and individuals in Richmond, Virginia metropolitan area. The company?s deposit products include checking, individual retirement, negotiable order of withdrawal, and savings accounts, as well as other time deposits of various types, ranging from daily money market accounts to longer-term certificates of deposit. Its loan portfolio comprises short-to-medium term commercial loans, such as secured and unsecured loans for working capital, business expansion, and purchase of equipment and machinery; and consumer loans comprising secured and unsecured loans for financing automobiles, home improvements, education, and personal investments. The company also originates fixed and floating-rate mortgage, and real estate construction and acquisition loans. In addition, it offers safe deposi t boxes, cash management services, traveler?s checks, direct deposit of payroll and social security checks, automatic drafts for various accounts, online banking services, small and medium-sized businesses courier services, and automated teller machine services. As of May 10, 2011, the company operated seven branches. First Capital Bancorp, Inc. is headquartered in Glen Allen, Virginia.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    News headlines about Virgin America (NASDAQ:VA) have trended somewhat positive recently, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. The research group identifies negative and positive news coverage by analyzing more than 20 million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Virgin America earned a news impact score of 0.22 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media coverage about the transportation company an impact score of 45.3779505917989 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the immediate future.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows JetBlue Airways Corporation giving a good performance thats still not as good as that of large cap Southwest Airlines Co (NYSE: LUV) while the performance ofAlaska Air Group, Inc (NYSE: ALK), which has acquired Virgin America Inc (NASDAQ: VA), seems to have slipped recently:

Top 10 Financial Stocks To Watch Right Now: Central Federal Corporation(CFBK)

Central Federal Corporation operates as the holding company for CFBank that provides various financial services. It accepts various deposit products that include savings accounts, retail and business checking accounts, money market accounts, and certificates of deposit. The company?s loan portfolio comprises commercial, commercial real estate, and multi-family mortgage loans; single-family real estate loans; construction, land, and land development loans; and consumer loans, including home equity lines of credit, automobile loans, home improvement loans, and loans secured by deposits. It also provides online Internet banking, mobile banking, remote deposit, corporate cash management, and telephone banking services. Central Federal Corporation operates through four branch offices located in Summit, Columbiana, and Franklin Counties, Ohio. The company was formerly known as Grand Central Financial Corp. The company was founded in 1892 and is headquartered in Fairlawn, Ohio.< /p>

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    TRADEMARK VIOLATION WARNING: “Central Federal Co. (CFBK) Director David L. Royer Acquires 5,000 Shares” was reported by Ticker Report and is owned by of Ticker Report. If you are reading this news story on another publication, it was copied illegally and republished in violation of international copyright law. The original version of this news story can be viewed at https://www.tickerreport.com/banking-finance/4216324/central-federal-co-cfbk-director-david-l-royer-acquires-5000-shares.html.

Top 10 Financial Stocks To Watch Right Now: KKR(KKR)

Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. is a private equity and venture capital firm specializing in acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, management buyouts, and mezzanine investments in large cap companies. The firm will consider investments in all industries globally, with a focus on financial services, infrastructure, and renewable energy. It seeks a board seat in its portfolio companies. The firm holds a controlling interest in its portfolio companies after they go public. It typically holds its investment for a period of five years and more and exits through initial public offerings, secondary offerings, and sales to strategic buyers. Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. was founded in 1976 and is based at New York, New York with additional offices across United States, Europe, Australia, and Asia.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Tim Melvin]

    The heads of leading private-equity real estate investors including KKR & Co Inc. (NYSE: KKR) and BlackRock Inc. (NYSE: BLK) will be there.

    Also there will be the analysts and investment bankers that cover real estate for the major firms including Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (NYSE: GS), JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM), Citigroup Inc. (NYSE: C) and Bank of AmericaCorp. (NYSE: BAC).

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    KKR & Co Inc (NYSE:KKR) was the recipient of a large increase in short interest in the month of February. As of February 28th, there was short interest totalling 13,549,086 shares, an increase of 30.6% from the February 15th total of 10,378,172 shares. Approximately 2.7% of the company’s shares are sold short. Based on an average daily trading volume, of 7,191,365 shares, the short-interest ratio is presently 1.9 days.

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    Where things get creative is in how NextEra Energy Partners will finance this acquisition. Instead of selling stock and diluting existing investors, the company entered into a convertible equity funding agreement with private equity giant KKR (NYSE:KKR). As part of the deal, NextEra Energy Partners will combine the acquired assets with four other existing wind facilities into a new portfolio. KKR will pay $900 million for an equity interest in the expandedportfolio that NextEra Energy Partners can buy out over time at a fixed rate of return.

  • [By Jon C. Ogg]

    There are still plenty of asset transactions taking place in the world of alternative and renewable energy sources. A transaction was announced on Monday by NextEra Energy Partners L.P. (NYSE: NEP) to acquire a geographically diverse portfolio wind and solar projects. NextEra Energy Partners entered into a $900 million convertible equity portfolio financing agreement with a unit of KKR & Co. Inc. (NYSE: KKR) in the transaction.

Top 10 Financial Stocks To Watch Right Now: 1st Source Corporation(SRCE)

1st Source Corporation operates as the bank holding company for 1st Source Bank that provides commercial and consumer banking services to individuals and businesses in the United States. Its consumer banking services include checking accounts, online and telephone banking, savings programs, installment and real estate loans, home equity loans, lines of credit, drive-through and night deposit services, safe deposit facilities, automated teller machines, debit and credit card services, financial literacy seminars, and brokerage services. The company also offers commercial, small business, agricultural, and real estate loans for various general corporate purposes, including financing for industrial and commercial properties, equipment, inventories, accounts receivables, and acquisition; and commercial leasing and cash management services. In addition, it provides a range of trust, investment, agency, and custodial services comprising administration of estates and personal tru sts, as well as the management of investment accounts for individuals, employee benefit plans, and charitable foundations. Further, the company offers equipment loan and lease finance products for auto and light trucks, environmental equipment, medium and heavy duty trucks, new and used aircraft, and construction equipment; and leases construction equipment, medium and heavy duty trucks, automobiles, and other equipment. Additionally, it provides corporate and personal property, casualty, and individual and group health and life insurance products and services to individuals and businesses; and investment advisory services to trust and investment clients. As of December 31, 2011, the company operated through 75 banking center locations in 17 counties in Indiana and Michigan; and 23 locations of its Specialty Finance Group in the United States. 1st Source Corporation was founded in 1962 and is headquartered in South Bend, Indiana.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    1st Source (NASDAQ:SRCE) was upgraded by stock analysts at BidaskClub from a “strong sell” rating to a “sell” rating in a note issued to investors on Thursday.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    1st Source (NASDAQ:SRCE) was downgraded by investment analysts at BidaskClub from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report issued on Thursday.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

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  • [By Max Byerly]

    1st Source Co. (NASDAQ:SRCE) has been assigned a consensus rating of “Hold” from the six analysts that are presently covering the stock, Marketbeat.com reports. Four analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and two have given a buy rating to the company. The average 12 month target price among analysts that have covered the stock in the last year is $55.00.

Top 10 Financial Stocks To Watch Right Now: Lakeland Bancorp Inc.(LBAI)

Lakeland Bancorp, Inc. operates as the bank holding company of Lakeland Bank, which provides various commercial and consumer banking products and services to small and medium-sized businesses, professionals, and individuals primarily in northern New Jersey. The company’s depository products include checking accounts, savings accounts, demand deposits, time deposits, NOW accounts, money market accounts, and certificates of deposit. It also offers short and medium term loans, lines of credit, letters of credit, inventory and accounts receivable financing, real estate construction loans, mortgage loans, merchant credit card services, secured and unsecured loans, consumer installment loans, and commercial and industrial loans. In addition, the company provides wire transfer, Internet banking, night depository services, and safe deposit services; cash management services, such as remote capture of deposits and overnight sweep repurchase agreements; and investment and advisory s ervices. It operates 47 banking offices in Bergen, Essex, Morris, Passaic, Sussex, and Warren counties in New Jersey. The company was founded in 1969 and is headquartered in Oak Ridge, New Jersey.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Lakeland Bancorp (NASDAQ:LBAI) was downgraded by investment analysts at BidaskClub from a “sell” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a research note issued to investors on Thursday.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Lakeland Bancorp (NASDAQ:LBAI) was upgraded by research analysts at BidaskClub from a “strong sell” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note issued to investors on Wednesday.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Lakeland Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:LBAI) – Equities research analysts at FIG Partners lifted their Q4 2020 earnings per share (EPS) estimates for Lakeland Bancorp in a report released on Tuesday, January 29th. FIG Partners analyst D. Bishop now forecasts that the financial services provider will earn $0.40 per share for the quarter, up from their prior forecast of $0.39. FIG Partners has a “Outperform” rating and a $20.00 price target on the stock.

Top 10 Financial Stocks To Watch Right Now: Diamond Hill Investment Group Inc.(DHIL)

Diamond Hill Investment Group, Inc., through its subsidiaries, sponsors, markets, and provides investment advisory and related services to individual and institutional investors in the United States. The company also offers compliance, treasury, fund administration, underwriting, and distribution services to mutual fund companies. It serves mutual funds, separate accounts, and private investment funds. Diamond Hill wholesales its products to financial intermediaries, including independent registered investment advisors, brokers, financial planners, investment consultants, and third party marketing firms. The company was founded in 1990 and is based in Columbus, Ohio.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    MAN Grp PLC/ADR (OTCMKTS: MNGPY) and Diamond Hill Investment Group (NASDAQ:DHIL) are both finance companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, valuation, institutional ownership, earnings, profitability, dividends and analyst recommendations.

Top 10 Financial Stocks To Watch Right Now: East West Bancorp Inc.(EWBC)

East West Bancorp, Inc. operates as the holding company for East West Bank, which provides a range of personal and commercial banking services to small and medium-sized businesses, business executives, professionals, and other individuals in California. It offers various deposit products, including personal and business checking and savings accounts, time deposits and individual retirement accounts, travelers? checks, safe deposit boxes, and MasterCard and Visa merchant deposit services. The company?s lending activities include commercial, multifamily residential real estate, trade finance, accounts receivable, small business administration, inventory, and working capital loans, as well as commercial real estate, construction, and single-family residential real estate loans. In addition, it provides financing to facilitate its clients? business transactions between Asia and the United States. Further, the company, through its other subsidiary, East West Insurance Servic es, Inc., offers business and consumer insurance services to the southern California market. As of October 19, 2011, it operated through a network of 130 locations worldwide. The company was founded in 1998 and is headquartered in Pasadena, California.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    East West Bancorp (NASDAQ:EWBC) was downgraded by stock analysts at ValuEngine from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note issued on Thursday.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

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Top 10 Financial Stocks To Watch Right Now: One Liberty Properties Inc.(OLP)

One Liberty Properties, Inc., a real estate investment trust (REIT), engages in the acquisition, ownership, and management of commercial real estate properties in the United States. The company??s property portfolio includes retail furniture stores, as well as industrial, office, flex, health and fitness, and other properties. As of March 31, 2008, it owned 67 properties; holds a 50% tenancy in common interest in 1 property; and owns 4 properties through joint ventures. The company has elected to be treated as a REIT under the Internal Revenue Code. As a REIT, it would not be subject to federal income tax, if it distributes at least 90% of its taxable income to its shareholders. One Liberty Properties was founded in 1982 and is based in Great Neck, New York.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    One Liberty Properties, Inc. (NYSE:OLP) declared a quarterly dividend on Friday, September 14th, Wall Street Journal reports. Shareholders of record on Tuesday, September 25th will be paid a dividend of 0.45 per share by the real estate investment trust on Thursday, October 4th. This represents a $1.80 annualized dividend and a yield of 6.36%. The ex-dividend date is Monday, September 24th.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

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Top 10 Financial Stocks To Watch Right Now: Trustmark Corporation(TRMK)

Trustmark Corporation operates as the bank holding company for Trustmark National Bank, which provides banking and financial solutions to individuals and corporate institutions in Florida, Mississippi, Tennessee, and Texas. It operates in three segments: General Banking, Insurance, and Wealth Management. The General Banking segment provides commercial and consumer banking products and services, including checking accounts, savings programs, overdraft facilities, commercial loans, installment and real estate loans, home equity loans and lines of credit, drive-in and night deposit services, and safe deposit facilities. The Insurance segment provides retail insurance products, including commercial risk management products, bonding, group benefits, and personal lines coverage. The Wealth Management segment offers private banking, money management, full-service brokerage, financial planning, personal and institutional trust, and retirement services, as well as life insurance an d risk management services. This segment also acts as an agent to provide life, long-term care, and disability insurance services for wealth management customers. The company operates 140 full-service branches, 17 limited-service branches, 1 in-store branch, and an ATM network with 132 ATMs at on-premise locations and 67 ATMs located at off-premise sites. Trustmark Corporation was founded in 1889 and is headquartered in Jackson, Mississippi.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Rhumbline Advisers lowered its position in Trustmark Corp (NASDAQ:TRMK) by 5.9% during the 1st quarter, according to the company in its most recent Form 13F filing with the SEC. The firm owned 122,924 shares of the financial services provider’s stock after selling 7,773 shares during the quarter. Rhumbline Advisers owned about 0.18% of Trustmark worth $3,830,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Trustmark (NASDAQ: TRMK) and Valley National Bank (NYSE:VLY) are both mid-cap finance companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, profitability, institutional ownership, valuation, dividends, risk and earnings.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

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Expectations were high going into Amazon.com’s (NASDAQ:AMZN) fourth-quarter earnings report. The company had reported a record-breaking holiday season in late December, fueling hopes for a better-than-expected quarter. That’s exactly what happened, but decelerating growth gave investors pause.

Amazon reported net sales of $72.4 billion, an increase of 20% year over year and up 21% if you exclude the unfavorable impact from year-over-year changes in foreign-exchange rates. This came in just shy of the high end of management’s forecast, which topped out at $72.5 billion, and comfortably ahead of analysts’ consensus estimate of $71.87 billion.

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Strength across the board

Operating income of $3.8 billion easily exceeded Amazon’s guidance of $2.1 billion to $3.6 billion. Net income totaled $3 billion and earnings per share reached $6.04, up 61% year over year. Excluding a one-time credit in Q4 2017 related to the U.S. Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, Amazon’s profit nearly tripled last quarter.

Hot Insurance Stocks To Own For 2021: W.R. Berkley Corporation(WRB)

W. R. Berkley Corporation, an insurance holding company, operates as commercial lines writers in the property casualty insurance business primarily in the United States. The company operates in five segments: Specialty, Regional, Alternative Markets, Reinsurance, and International. The Specialty segment underwrites third-party liability risks, primarily excess, and surplus lines, including premises operations, professional liability, commercial automobile, products liability, and property lines. The Regional segments provide commercial insurance products to small-to-mid-sized businesses, and state and local governmental entities primarily in the 45 states of the United States. The Alternative Markets segment develops, insures, reinsures, and administers self-insurance programs and other alternative risk transfer mechanisms. This segment offers its services to employers, employer groups, insurers, and alternative market funds, as well as provides a range of fee-based servic es, including consulting and administrative services. The Reinsurance segment engages in the underwriting property casualty reinsurance on a treaty and a facultative basis, including individual certificates and program facultative business; and specialty and standard reinsurance lines, and property and casualty reinsurance. The International segment offers personal and commercial property casualty insurance in South America; commercial property casualty insurance in the United Kingdom and continental Europe; and reinsurance in Australia, Southeast Asia, and Canada. The company was founded in 1967 and is based in Greenwich, Connecticut.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Shares of W. R. Berkley Corp (NYSE:WRB) saw strong trading volume on Tuesday . 1,794,500 shares changed hands during trading, an increase of 388% from the previous session’s volume of 367,847 shares.The stock last traded at $79.32 and had previously closed at $78.15.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Gifford Fong Associates bought a new position in shares of W. R. Berkley Corp (NYSE:WRB) during the 2nd quarter, according to its most recent disclosure with the SEC. The institutional investor bought 3,000 shares of the insurance provider’s stock, valued at approximately $217,000.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

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Hot Insurance Stocks To Own For 2021: Topdanmark A/S (TOP)

Topdanmark A/S is a Denmark-based insurance company engaged in the insurance and pension fund business. The Companys activities are divided into such segments, as Personal, and SME (Small and Medium Enterprises) and Industrial. The Personal segment sells policies for individual households in Denmark. The SME and Industrial segment offers policies for Denmark-based SME, agricultural and industrial businesses. The Companys private insurance offering includes such insurance products, as home, vehicle, accident, pet, child and life and health insurance, as well as pension funds. Its corporate insurance offering includes property insurance, insurance of goods and equipment, and car insurance, among others. As of December 31, 2012, it had subsidiaries responsible for life and non-life insurance, as well as for asset management, investment and property-related activities. Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    TopCoin (CURRENCY:TOP) traded flat against the US dollar during the 24-hour period ending at 16:00 PM E.T. on March 9th. During the last seven days, TopCoin has traded flat against the US dollar. One TopCoin coin can currently be bought for about $0.0008 or 0.00000010 BTC on cryptocurrency exchanges. TopCoin has a market capitalization of $0.00 and $0.00 worth of TopCoin was traded on exchanges in the last 24 hours.

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    TopCoin (CURRENCY:TOP) traded flat against the U.S. dollar during the one day period ending at 7:00 AM E.T. on September 8th. In the last seven days, TopCoin has traded flat against the U.S. dollar. TopCoin has a total market capitalization of $0.00 and $0.00 worth of TopCoin was traded on exchanges in the last day. One TopCoin coin can now be bought for about $0.0008 or 0.00000010 BTC on major cryptocurrency exchanges.

Hot Insurance Stocks To Own For 2021: Aon Corporation(AON)

Aon Corporation provides risk management services, insurance and reinsurance brokerage, and human resource consulting and outsourcing services primarily in the United States, the Americas, the United Kingdom, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and the Asia Pacific. The company?s Risk Solutions segment offers retail brokerage products and services, including affinity products, general underwriting management services, placement services, and captive management services; and advisory services to technology, financial services, agribusiness, aviation, construction, health care, and energy industries, as well as facilitates various risk management solutions for property liability, general liability, professional liability, directors’ and officers’ liability, workers’ compensation, and various healthcare products. This segment also provides risk consulting services comprising captive management; eSolutions products that enable clients to manage risks, policies, claims, and safet y concerns through an integrated technology platform; reinsurance brokerage services, such as actuarial, enterprise risk management, catastrophe management, and rating agency advisory services; property and casualty reinsurance; and specialty lines, which include professional liability, medical malpractice, accident, life, and health, as well as capital management transaction and advisory services. Its HR Solutions segment offers human capital services in the areas of health and benefits, retirement, compensation, and strategic human capital; and benefits administration and human resource business process outsourcing services. The company was founded in 1919 and is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    A number of equities analysts recently commented on AON shares. Wells Fargo & Co lifted their price objective on AON from $165.00 to $150.00 and gave the stock a “market perform” rating in a research report on Tuesday, November 13th. Morgan Stanley lifted their price objective on AON from $152.00 to $167.00 and gave the stock an “equal weight” rating in a research report on Wednesday, November 14th. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods downgraded AON from an “outperform” rating to a “market perform” rating in a research report on Thursday, December 13th. ValuEngine downgraded AON from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Wednesday, December 26th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research upgraded AON from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $157.00 price objective on the stock in a research report on Monday, December 31st. Nine equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and five have assigned a buy rating to the company. The company currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $169.10.

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  • [By Chris Lange]

    The S&P 500 stock posting the largest daily percentage loss ahead of the close was Aon PLC (NYSE: AON) which traded down about 8% at $157.30. The stocks 52-week range is $134.82 to $173.53. Volume was about 6.5 million compared to the daily average volume of 1.1 million.

Hot Insurance Stocks To Own For 2021: Prudential Financial Inc.(PRU)

Prudential Financial, Inc., through its subsidiaries, offers various financial products and services in the United States, Asia, Europe, and Latin America. The company operates through three divisions: The U.S. Retirement Solutions and Investment Management, The U.S. Individual Life and Group Insurance, and The International Insurance and Investments. The U.S. Retirement Solutions and Investment Management division provides individual variable and fixed annuity products, as well as offers retirement investment and income products and services to retirement plan sponsors in the public, private, and not-for-profit sectors. This division also provides investment management and advisory services to the public and private marketplace. The U.S. Individual Life and Group Insurance division offers individual variable life, term life, and universal life insurance products; and group life, long-term and short-term group disability, long-term care, and group corporate-, bank-and trus t-owned life insurance products to institutional clients. This division also sells accidental death and dismemberment, and other ancillary coverages, as well as provides plan administrative services; and offers preferred provider and indemnity dental coverage plans to clients. The International Insurance and Investments division provides international individual life insurance products in Japan, Korea, and other foreign countries; and offers proprietary and non-proprietary asset management, investment advice, and services to retail and institutional clients internationally. In addition, the company engages in real estate brokerage franchise business, which involves marketing its franchises to the real estate companies. Further, it provides institutional clients and government agencies with various services in connection with the relocation of their employees. Prudential Financial, Inc. was founded in 1875 and is headquartered in Newark, New Jersey.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Josh Enomoto]

    As well, the company posted a 11% sales increase in the fiscal second quarter of 2021 relative to the year-ago level. That it was also a bump up sequentially from fiscal Q1 results was a nice bonus. Moving forward, whether the coronavirus variants wreak havoc on society or if things normalize, Walgreens enjoys a critical essential business. Thus, it’s one of the dividend stocks to consider.

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    DNB Asset Management AS grew its holdings in shares of Prudential Financial Inc (NYSE:PRU) by 4.6% in the 3rd quarter, according to its most recent disclosure with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The institutional investor owned 102,905 shares of the financial services provider’s stock after acquiring an additional 4,555 shares during the period. DNB Asset Management AS’s holdings in Prudential Financial were worth $10,426,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

Hot Insurance Stocks To Own For 2021: Principal Financial Group Inc(PFG)

Principal Financial Group, Inc. provides retirement savings, investment, and insurance products and services worldwide. The company?s Retirement and Investor Services segment provides retirement savings and related investment products and services, including a portfolio of asset accumulation products and services primarily to small and medium-sized businesses and individuals in the United States. This segment offers products and services to businesses for defined contribution pension plans, including 401(k) and 403(b) plans, defined benefit pension plans, nonqualified executive benefit plans, and employee stock ownership plan consulting services; and annuities, mutual funds, and bank products and services to the employees of its business customers and other individuals. Principal Financial Group?s Principal Global Investors segment offers a range of equity, fixed income, and real estate investments, as well as specialized overlay and advisory services to institutional inve stors. The company?s Principal International segment offers retirement products and services, annuities, mutual funds, institutional asset management, and life insurance accumulation products in Brazil, Chile, China, Hong Kong SAR, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mexico, Singapore, and Thailand. Principal Financial Group?s U.S. Insurance Solutions segment offers individual life insurance, as well as specialty benefits in the United States. Its individual life insurance products include universal and variable universal life insurance and traditional life insurance; and specialty benefit products comprise group dental and vision insurance, individual and group disability insurance, and group life insurance, as well as fee-for-service claims administration and wellness services. The company was founded in 1879 and is based in Des Moines, Iowa.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

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    Principal Financial Group (Nasdaq: PFG) is a diversified financial firm with $540 billion in assets under management and leadership in retirement investment products, fund investments and life insurance. The company missed Q2 earnings on non-recurring items which sent the shares skidding lower but core business in retirement income solutions and insurance remains solid.