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Stocks took a breather today after jumping for two consecutive days, though technically the S&P 500 and Dow Jones Industrial Average kept their winning streaks alive.

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The S&P 500 was little changed at 2,082.78, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 18.15 points, or 0.1%, to 17,926.43, its third day of gains. The Nasdaq Composite was little changed at 4,945.89.

The market went nowhere despite jobless claims falling to the lowest level since 1973, and slowing inflation. The market’s stasis is in sync with Matarin Capital’s observation that “volatility alone is not sufficient cause for panic (or euphoria).” They explain why:

As a simple measure of volatility, we consider the percentage of days on which the S&P 500 has moved up or down by more than 1% during the past quarter. During Q116, this occurred on 43% of the days in the quarter, among the top 10% of all quarterly observations since 1950. So the current period has indeed been risky. However…quarters with extreme volatility are followed both by quarters with positive returns and quarters with negative returns. Also on a global basis, high volatility quarters are not a reliable signal of future market direction. As you see in the table below, when we look over a period dating back to 1995, we find quite a variety in observations across countries, with no compelling trend. This inconsistency suggests that volatility alone is not sufficient cause for panic (or euphoria).

best it stocks: Atkore International Group Inc. (ATKR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Atkore International Group (NYSE:ATKR) was the target of some unusual options trading activity on Monday. Investors acquired 2,000 put options on the company. This is an increase of approximately 1,842% compared to the average daily volume of 103 put options.

best it stocks: Western Union Company (WU)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

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    Western Union (WU) : “It doesn’t get any respect and it’s hard to own. There are better stocks out there.”

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  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    ARGI Investment Services LLC grew its holdings in shares of Western Union (NYSE:WU) by 80.7% in the first quarter, according to its most recent disclosure with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The firm owned 96,928 shares of the credit services provider’s stock after purchasing an additional 43,290 shares during the quarter. ARGI Investment Services LLC’s holdings in Western Union were worth $1,864,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

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  • [By Paul Ausick]

    The Western Union Co. (NYSE: WU) dropped 2.9% Tuesday to post a new 52-week low of $17.38. Shares closed at $18.93 on Monday and the stock’s 52-week high is $22.21. Volume was more nearly 10% above the daily average of around 6 million shares. The company’s stock was hit following an announcement from Walmart of a worldwide money transfer service.

best it stocks: Container Store (TCS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Container Store Group Inc (NYSE:TCS)’s share price hit a new 52-week high and low during mid-day trading on Monday . The company traded as low as $6.55 and last traded at $6.44, with a volume of 109163 shares. The stock had previously closed at $6.21.

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best it stocks: Shutterfly Inc.(SFLY)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

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  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Shares of Shutterfly (NASDAQ:SFLY) have received a consensus rating of “Buy” from the ten ratings firms that are covering the firm, MarketBeat Ratings reports. Three equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold recommendation, three have issued a buy recommendation and three have assigned a strong buy recommendation to the company. The average 12 month target price among analysts that have updated their coverage on the stock in the last year is $80.57.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Shutterfly (NASDAQ:SFLY) SVP Satish Menon sold 3,980 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, May 17th. The stock was sold at an average price of $94.76, for a total transaction of $377,144.80. Following the completion of the sale, the senior vice president now directly owns 28,980 shares in the company, valued at $2,746,144.80. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this hyperlink.

best it stocks: Laboratory Corporation of America Holdings(LH)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

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    LH has been the subject of several research analyst reports. Craig Hallum restated a “buy” rating and set a $204.00 price target (up from $180.00) on shares of Laboratory Corp. of America in a research note on Wednesday, February 7th. Morgan Stanley upped their target price on Laboratory Corp. of America from $182.00 to $192.00 and gave the stock an “overweight” rating in a research report on Wednesday, February 28th. Zacks Investment Research downgraded Laboratory Corp. of America from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Wednesday, January 3rd. Mizuho set a $178.00 target price on Laboratory Corp. of America and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a research report on Wednesday, January 24th. Finally, Robert W. Baird set a $183.00 target price on Laboratory Corp. of America and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a research report on Thursday, February 8th. Seven investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, ten have assigned a buy rating and two have assigned a strong buy rating to the company. The company presently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $189.19.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    MUFG Americas Holdings Corp trimmed its stake in LabCorp (NYSE:LH) by 55.0% during the first quarter, according to the company in its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The fund owned 10,683 shares of the medical research company’s stock after selling 13,073 shares during the quarter. MUFG Americas Holdings Corp’s holdings in LabCorp were worth $1,728,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission.