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(Bloomberg) — Sears Holdings Corp. gained some breathing room in its comeback effort thanks to deals with some of the biggest names in finance.

Lenders including billionaire Bill Gates’s Cascade Investment LLC agreed to give the struggling retailer more time to repay debt. And MetLife Inc. will take on pension obligations for about 51,000 retirees, Sears said Tuesday in a statement. The Hoffman Estates, Illinois-based company climbed 5% to $8.24 at 10:40 a.m. in New York trading.

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Best Insurance Stocks To Invest In 2018: First NBC Bank Holding Company(FNBC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    The twenty stocks in Worth’s basket are: Ameriprise Financial (AMP) Bank of America, Banner (BANR), Citigroup, Citizens Financial Group (CFG), East West Bancorp (EWBC), First NBC Bank Holding (FNBC), HFF (HF), KeyCorp(KEY), Legacy Texas Financial Group (LTXB), Lincoln National (LNC), Morgan Stanley, Old National Bancorp (ONB), PacWest Bancorp (PACW), PNC Financial Services Group (PNC), Principal Financial Group (PFG), Stifel Financial (SF), SVB Financial Group (SIVB), TCF Financial (TCB), and Wells Fargo.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    First NBC Bank Holding Company (NASDAQ: FNBC) shares dropped 91 percent to $0.250. First NBC Bank was closed by the Louisiana Office of Financial Institutions.

Best Insurance Stocks To Invest In 2018: bebe stores, inc.(BEBE)

Advisors’ Opinion:


    Not helping matters was a continued drumbeat of retail death stories such as Payless possibly closing 500 stores, Bebe (BEBE) on the verge of shuttering 170 stores and Sears Holdings’  (SHLD) CFO spreading #fakenews in a new blog post that the retailer is a “viable” entity. It’s not, especially after the language it slipped in its new annual report on Tuesday. 

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  • [By Lisa Levin]

    bebe stores, inc. (NASDAQ: BEBE) shares dropped 26 percent to $3.86. bebe stores will reportedly license domain name, social media accts. and international wholesale agreements to one or more third parties, according to Reuters.


    Just in the past few weeks, Wall Street has seen bankruptcy filings from sporting goods retailer Gander Mountain, RadioShack successor General Wireless Operations, everyday value price department store operator Gordmans Stores (GMAN) and appliances, electronics and furniture retailer HHGregg (HGG) . Last Wednesday, children’s apparel retailer Gymboree cautioned it was running low on cash and may not survive. Sears Holdings Corp. (SHLD) voiced concerns on Tuesday about its ability to stay in business, while women’s apparel chain Bebe (BEBE) is reportedly on the brink of closing all 170 of its stores.

Best Insurance Stocks To Invest In 2018: Chesapeake Energy Corporation(CHK)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Chris Lange]

    And Chesapeake Energy Corp. (NYSE: CHK) is expected to report its most recent quarterly results on Thursday. The consensus estimates call for $0.15 in EPS and $2.3 billion in revenue. Shares closed trading at $5.06 on Friday, in a 52-week range of $4.38 to $8.20. The consensus price target is $5.36.

  • [By Johanna Bennett]

    Yet again, Chesapeake Energy (CHK) has tumbled to the bottom of the S&P 500, delivering the biggest declines of the day despite a rise in natural gas prices.

    Chesapeake Energy dropped 4.2%, or 26 cents to $5.89, while the S&P 500 declined 0.68% to 2,328.95. Front Month Nymex natural gas for May delivery rose 1.35% to $3.230 per million British thermal units.

    Last month, Stifel Nicolaus analyst Karl Chalabala kicked off coverage of the natural-gas and oil-exploration company with a buy rating, saying the stock would give investors exposure to a bullish demand cycle. At $10, his price target suggested, at that time, that the stock could double over the next 12 months.

    Chesapeake has fallen more than 16% since the start of 2017

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Here’s how share prices of the largest U.S. natural gas producers reacting to this latest report:

    Exxon Mobil Corp. (NYSE: XOM), the country’s largest producer of natural gas, traded up about 0.7%, at $80.03 in a 52-week range of $72.16 to $89.30. Chesapeake Energy Corp. (NYSE: CHK) traded up about 0.5% to $3.00, in a 52-week range of $2.53 to $5.87. EOG Resources Inc. (NYSE: EOG) traded up about 1.6% at $117.19. The 52-week range is $81.99 to $119.00.

    In addition, the United States Natural Gas ETF (NYSEARCA: UNG) traded up about 0.7% at $23.08 in a 52-week range of $20.40 to $31.72.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The S&P 500 stock posting the largest daily percentage loss ahead of the close Wednesday was Chesapeake Energy Corp. (NYSE: CHK) which traded down 3.2% at $6.12. The stocks 52-week range is $3.54 to $8.20. Volume was roughly 76.8 million versus the daily average of 38.3 million shares.