5 Best Japanese Stocks To Buy For 2016

If youre among the one in five Americans making a lifestyle choice to avoid gluten — a protein found in wheat, rye, and barley — or the one in 100 Americans diagnosed with celiac disease, which prohibits gluten intake, youve likely seen your food costs go up.

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Restaurants often charge more for gluten-free pizza crust or pasta, for example. And at the grocery store, we found a Freschetta five-cheese medley pizza for $7.99, compared with the gluten-free version at $10.99. Likewise, a box of regular Betty Crocker yellow cake mix costs $1.59, while the gluten-free version is $4.69.

Did you know you might be eligible for a tax break to help offset some of those costs?

The weight-loss area of the tax law offers guidance for restricted diets, says Mark Luscombe, principal federal tax analyst for Wolters Kluwer Tax & Accounting US. That says if you are on a restricted diet for a particular disease and if you have a doctors certification that you should be on such a diet, you can treat it as a medical expense, he explains.

5 Best Japanese Stocks To Buy For 2016: Alimera Sciences, Inc.(ALIM)

 

Alimera Sciences, Inc., a pharmaceutical company, engages in the research, development, and commercialization of prescription ophthalmic pharmaceuticals in the United States, Germany, Portugal, and the United Kingdom. The company focuses on diseases affecting the back of the eye or retina. The company offers ILUVIEN, an intravitreal implant for the treatment of diabetic macular edema (DME), which is a disease of the retina that affects individuals with diabetes and can lead to severe vision loss and blindness. Its ILUVIEN is inserted in the back of the patients eye in a non-surgical procedure, which allows for a self-sealing wound by delivering a constant micro-dose of the non-proprietary corticosteroid fluocinolone acetonide in the eye. It has license agreement with pSivida US, Inc. for the development and sale of ILUVIEN, and a delivery device to deliver other corticosteroids to the back of the eye for the treatment and pr evention of eye diseases in humans (other than uveitis) or to treat DME. Alimera Sciences, Inc. was founded in 2003 and is headquartered in Alpharetta, Georgia.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    On Thursday, the healthcare sector proved to be a source of strength for the market. Leading the sector was strength from Alimera Sciences Inc (NASDAQ: ALIM) and Anthera Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: ANTH).

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Alimera Sciences Inc (NASDAQ: ALIM) shares shot up 59 percent to $1.69 after the company reported preliminary Q2 revenue. Alimera Sciences announced preliminary revenue of $9.3 million to $9.5 million.

5 Best Japanese Stocks To Buy For 2016: Cullen/Frost Bankers, Inc.(CFR)

 

Cullen/Frost Bankers, Inc. operates as the holding company for Frost Bank that offers commercial and consumer banking services in Texas. The company operates in two segments, Banking and Frost Wealth Advisors. It provides commercial banking services to corporations and other business clients, including financing for industrial and commercial properties, interim construction, equipment, inventories, and accounts receivable; acquisition financing; commercial leasing; and treasury management services. The company also offers consumer banking services, such as checking accounts, savings programs, automated-teller machines (ATMs), overdraft facilities, installment and real estate loans, home equity loans and lines of credit, drive-in and night deposit services, safe deposit facilities, and brokerage services. It international banking services comprise accepting deposits, making loans, issuing letter of credits, handling foreign col lections, transmitting funds, and dealing in foreign exchange. In addition, the company acts as correspondent for approximately 247 financial institutions; offers trust, investment, agency, and custodial services for individual and corporate clients; provides capital market services consisting of sales and trading, new issue underwriting, money market trading, and securities safekeeping and clearance; and supports international business activities. Further, it offers insurance and securities brokerage services; holds securities for investment purposes; and provides loans to qualified borrowers, as well as offers investment management services to Frost-managed mutual funds, institutions, and individuals. The company operates approximately 126 financial centers and approximately 1,200 ATMs in Texas. It serves energy, manufacturing, services, construction, retail, telecommunications, healthcare, military, and transportation industries. Cullen/Frost Bankers, Inc. was founded in 1868 and is headquartered in San Antonio, Texas.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Namitha Jagadeesh]

    UniCredit SpA and Standard Chartered Plc climbed more than 2 percent each as a gauge of lenders advanced. Randgold Resources Ltd. and Polymetal International Plc jumped more than 8 percent as the price of gold rose. Cie. Financiere Richemont SA (CFR) and Swatch Group AG advanced more than 1 percent as a report showed Swiss watch exports increased last month.

  • [By Sofia Horta e Costa]

    Sanofi fell 2.6 percent after withdrawing a U.S. application for a diabetes drug. Cie. Financiere Richemont (CFR) SA dropped 2.3 percent as revenue missed analysts estimates. Vivendi SA advanced 2.7 percent after saying it will begin a formal study to separate its French phone unit from its media businesses. Home Retail Group Plc (HOME) surged 5.4 percent to a two-year high as sales exceeded projections.

Best Semiconductor Stocks To Invest In 2016: SPX Corporation(SPW)

SPX Corporation provides flow technology products, test and measurement products, thermal equipment and services, and industrial products and services worldwide. The company?s Flow Technology segment provides products and solutions that are used to process, blend, filter, dry, meter, and transport fluids. This segment?s primary offerings include engineered pumps, mixers, process systems, heat exchangers, valves, and dehydration and drying technologies for food and beverage, general industrial, and power and energy markets. Its Test and Measurement segment provides diagnostic service tools, fare-collection systems, and portable cable and pipe locators for the transportation, telecommunications, and utility industries. The company?s Thermal Equipment and Services segment engineers, manufactures, and services cooling, heating, and ventilation products, including dry, wet, and hybrid cooling systems for the power generation, refrigeration, HVAC, and industrial markets, as well as boilers, heating, and ventilation products for the commercial and residential markets. This segment also provides thermal components and engineered services. Its Industrial Products and Services segment designs, manufactures, and markets power systems; industrial tools and hydraulic units; precision machine components for the aerospace industry; crystal growing machines for the solar power generation market; television, radio, and cell phone and data transmission broadcast antenna systems; communications and signal monitoring systems; and precision controlled industrial ovens and chambers. SPX Corporation markets its products through various channels, including stocking distributors, manufacturing representatives, third-party distributors, direct sales, and retailers. The company was formerly known as Piston Ring Company and changed its name to SPX Corporation in 1988. SPX Corporation was founded in 1911 and is headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Damon Churchwell]

    These companies manufacture processing products used by industries such as food and beverages, oil & gas, and wastewater treatment, among others. They serve a wide range of end markets that are mostly poised for increased earnings and are likely to spend on capital projects. While these positive trends persist, flow technology companies’ prospects ought to remain favorable. Let’shighlight several sector participants, starting with a top selection,SPX(NYSE: SPW),.

5 Best Japanese Stocks To Buy For 2016: Aethlon Medical, Inc.(AEMD)

Aethlon Medical, Inc., incorporated on April 17, 1991, is a medical device company, which creates medical devices to address unmet therapeutic needs in infectious disease, cancer and other life-threatening conditions. The Company’s lead product is the Aethlon Hemopurifier, which is a device that selectively targets the elimination of circulating viruses and tumor-secreted exosomes that promote cancer progression. The Aethlon Hemopurifier sheds glycoproteins to treat infectious viral pathogens. In oncology indications, the Hemopurifier targets the removal of circulating exosomes, which are secreted by tumors to prevent the immune system from rejecting the tumors. Through its majority-owned subsidiary, Exosome Sciences, Inc. (Exosome), the Company is also developing exosome-based products to diagnose and monitor neurological disorders and cancer.

In addition, the Company operates under a Department of Defense contract through the Defense Advanced Research Projec ts Agency (DARPA), related to the development of a sepsis treatment device. The Company also operates under a second Department of Defense contract as a subcontractor. Under these contracts, the Company’s tasks include the development of a dialysis-like device to prevent sepsis, a fatal bloodstream infection. The Company is also studying the use of its Hemopurifier as a therapeutic solution against viral pathogens that are not treatable with antiviral drugs, as well as viral pathogens that have evolved to become drug resistant.

The Aethlon Hemopurifier addresses antiviral drug-resistance in Hepatitis C virus and Human Immunodeficiency Virus-infected individuals and serves as a countermeasure against viral pathogens not addressed by drug or vaccine therapies. In the Company’s clinical studies that are conducted in India, safety and efficacy observations of Hemopurifier therapy have been observed in both Hepatitis C virus and Human Immunodeficiency Virus-infected individuals. Delivery of Hemopurifier therapy can occur thro! ugh the infrastructure of continuous renal replacement therapy and dialysis instruments routinely found in hospitals and clinics. The Hemopurifier is designed to provide a spectrum mechanism to inhibit the presence of certain cancer and infectious disease related particles. Treatment with the Hempurifier lasts from three to six and one half hours in duration. The Company has conducted Hepatitis C virus treatment studies for Aethlon Hemopurifier.

In addition to treating Hepatitis C virus-infected individuals, the Company has conducted a single proof-of-principle treatment study related to the treatment of Human Immunodeficiency Virus. In the study, Hemopurifier therapy reduced viral load by around 93% in a Human Immunodeficiency Virus-Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome-infected individual without the administration of antiviral drug therapy.

The Company competes with Asahi Kasei Kurary Medical.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

     

    General Mills, Inc. (NYSE: GIS) is expected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.60 per share on revenue of $3.86 billion. Pier 1 Imports Inc (NYSE: PIR) is projected to post a quarterly loss at $0.05 per share on revenue of $420.05 million. Acuity Brands, Inc. (NYSE: AYI) is estimated to report its quarterly earnings at $2.03 per share on revenue of $847.79 million. Monsanto Company (NYSE: MON) is projected to report its quarterly earnings at $2.40 per share on revenue of $4.49 billion. Worthington Industries, Inc. (NYSE: WOR) is expected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.64 per share on revenue of $692.48 million. Progress Software Corporation (NASDAQ: PRGS) is projected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.29 per share on revenue of $94.64 million. UniFirst Corp (NYSE: UNF) is estimated to report its quarterly earnings at $1.34 per share on revenue of $366.28 million. Exfo Inc (NASDAQ: EXFO) is expected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.06 per share on revenue of $60.87 million. OMNOVA Solutions Inc. (NYSE: OMN) is projected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.14 per share on revenue of $205.40 million. 8Point3 Energy Partners LP (NASDAQ: CAFD) is estimated to post a quarterly loss at $0.01 per share on revenue of $11.60 million. Park Electrochemical Corp. (NYSE: PKE) is expected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.22 per share on revenue of $35.30 million. Xplore Technologies Corp. (NASDAQ: XPLR) is projected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.01 per share on revenue of $24.00 million. Investors Real Estate Trust (NYSE: IRET) is expected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.14 per share on revenue of $56.87 million. Tel-Instrument Electronics Corp. (NYSE: TIK) is estimated to post earnings for the latest quarter. Aethlon Medical, Inc. (NASDAQ: AEMD) is expected to post a quarterly loss at $0.20 per share. Ossen Innovation Co Ltd (ADR) (NASDAQ: OSN) is projected to post ea

5 Best Japanese Stocks To Buy For 2016: priceline.com Incorporated(PCLN)

priceline.com Incorporated, together with its subsidiaries, operates as an online travel company. The company provides price-disclosed hotel reservation services on a worldwide basis primarily under the Booking.com, priceline.com, and Agoda brand names; and price-disclosed rental car reservation services in approximately 80 countries through TravelJigsaw brand name. It also offers its customers the ability to purchase other travel services, including retail airline tickets; rental car days; vacations packages consisting of airfare, hotel, and rental car components; cruise trips; and destination services, including parking, event tickets, ground transfers, and tours through its ?Name Your Own Price? demand-collection system in the United States. In addition, the company offers an optional travel insurance package that provides coverage for trip cancellation, trip interruption, medical expenses, and emergency evacuation, as well as for loss of baggage, property, and travel d ocuments for air, hotel, and vacation package customers; and collision damage waiver insurance for rental car customers in the United States. The company?s other brands include Lowestfare.com, rentalcars.com, Breezenet.com, MyTravelGuide.com, Travelweb, hotelroom.com, and Car Hire 3000. priceline.com Incorporated was founded in 1997 and is headquartered in Norwalk, Connecticut.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Maureen Farrell]

    Priceline’s (PCLN) stock continued to rise as well. It appeared set to finish above $1,000 a share for the second straight day..

    Two IPOs off like rockets: It was a great day for companies with incendiary themed names to debut.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Priceline Group Inc (NASDAQ: PCLN) reported stronger-than-expected earnings for its second quarter on Thursday.

    EPS of $13.93 came in well above the Street’s consensus of $12.69, while revenue of $2.56 billion missed estimates of $2.6 billion.

  • [By Maureen Farrell]

    Priceline hits 4 digits: The online travel company’s stock surged after the Fed announcement and briefly topped $1000. Priceline (PCLN) closed at $995.09. It’s only a psychological milestone. But some investors thought that Apple (AAPL, Fortune 500) (before it began its big pullback late last year) or Google (GOOG, Fortune 500) would win the race to $1,000 a share. Priceline is the first stock in the S&P 500 to ever top $1,000.