Best Stocks To Watch Right Now

In my Trader column over the weekend, I wrote bearishly about ExxonMobil (XOM), with one aspect of the negative case being its lack of major M&A to boost its growth. So of course, Exxon announced a deal to buy 250,000 acres in the Permian basin on Tuesday. That deal has gotten Cowen’s Sam Margolin and team excited, as they now foresee a wave of M&A arriving. They explain:

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We view Exxon’s recent acquisition, which includes 250k acres in the Delaware Basin, positively as Exxon addresses investor push-back around reserve replacement and provides a template for future consolidation, utilizing its cost of capital advantage. With significant balance sheet capacity following a conservative stance throughout the downturn, we expect to see further deals from Exxon over the next 6-12 months as the new CEO implements strategy going forward. We see capacity to execute M&A while also raising the dividend.

Best Stocks To Watch Right Now: Sonic Corp.(SONC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Small cap burger stock Sonic Corporation (NASDAQ: SONC) reported fiscal Q1 2018 earnings after the market closed Thursday that exceeded Wall Street expectations. Total revenues were $105.428 million versus $129.551 million assystem same-store sales declined 1.7% – consisting of a 1.6% same-store sales decrease at franchise drive-ins and a 3.2% decrease at company drive-in. Net income totaled $11.4 million versus net income of $13.1 million. The CEO commented:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Small cap burger stock Sonic Corporation (NASDAQ: SONC) reported fiscal Q3 2017 earnings after the market closed yesterday with earnings exceeding Wall Street expectations. GAAP revenue was $123.990 million versus $165.239 million as system same-store sales declined 1.2% consisting of a 1.1% same-store sales decrease at franchise drive-ins and a 3.2% decrease at company drive-ins. Net income totaled $18.8 million versus net income of $15.4 million. The Chairman/CEO commented:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of newcomers Shake Shack and California based IPO Habit Restaurants both underperforming or below their IPO close prices whilemore established small capburger stocks Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Inc (NASDAQ: RRGB) and Sonic Corporation (NASDAQ: SONC) were big outperformers up until more recently:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows more recent burger IPOs like small caps Habit Restaurants Inc (NASDAQ: HABT) and Shake Shack Inc (NYSE: SHAK) underperforming while Red Robin Gourmet Burgers andSonic Corporation (NASDAQ: SONC) have remained in positive territory:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of small caps Habit Restaurants and Shake Shack Inc (NYSE: SHAK) below their IPO prices while more established burger stocks Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Inc (NASDAQ: RRGB) and Sonic Corporation (NASDAQ: SONC)have seen their performance drift downward last year or the year before:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of newcomers Shake Shack and California based IPO Habit Restaurants both underperforming whilemore established small capburger stocks likeRed Robin Gourmet Burgers, Inc (NASDAQ: RRGB) and Sonic Corporation (NASDAQ: SONC) were big outperformers, but have been drifting lower in recent years:

Best Stocks To Watch Right Now: Tencent Holdings Ltd (700)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Belinda Cao]

    Sohu.com Inc. (SOHU), which sold a stake in its search unit to Tencent Holdings Ltd. (700), advanced 11 percent for the week to $72.06. It retreated 5.9 percent Sept. 20. Tencent, Chinas biggest Internet company by market value, paid $448 million for a 36.5 percent stake in Sohus Sogou unit last week and merge its own search service with Sogou.

Best Stocks To Watch Right Now: tronc, Inc. (TRNC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    Tronc Inc. (NASDAQ: TRNC) had a gigantic buyer recently. Michael Ferro, who is a director, purchased a stunning 2,500,000 sharesat $15 apiece. The total for the trade was an incredible $37,500,000.Thismultiplatform media and marketing solutions company publishes newspapers in the United States, as well as provides a suite of digital marketing services for local, regional and national marketers. Its shares ended trading on Friday at $13.87.Their 52-week trading range is $8.76 to $17.93, and the Wall Street consensus price target is $21.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    In a purge fairly unprecedented in American newspapers, Tronc (TRNC) has replaced the senior leadership of the Los Angeles Times. With a single announcement, the company announced both new leadership for the Times’ business side and for its newsroom.

  • [By Douglas A. McIntyre]

    Lewis D’Vorkin, the editor-in-chief of the L.A. Times, owned by Tronc Inc. (NASDAQ: TRNC), left the paper after contentious relations with his staff. According to The Wall Street Journal:

Best Stocks To Watch Right Now: Lannett Co Inc(LCI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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    With luck, we’ll one day be able to add these stocks to our long list of home runs. Over the past three years, my subscribers and I have seen gains like 181% on Lannett (NYSE: LCI), 135% on Westmoreland Coal (Nasdaq: WLB), and a striking 242% on Bitauto (NYSE: BITA). Each time, the Maximum Profit system has told us exactly when to buy and when to sell, while we just sit back and count the returns.

  • [By Ashley Moore]

    We’ve compiled a list of the most heavily shorted stocks to show you which stocks have the most negative sentiment on the market…

    Company Name (Ticker)Short FloatShare PriceHanwha Q Cells Co. Ltd. (Nasdaq ADR: HQCL)98.52%$ 8.88Renren Inc. (NYSE: RENN)91.59%$ 8.53Weight Watchers International Inc. (NYSE: WTW)67.92%$12.57INSYS Therapeutics Inc. (Nasdaq: INSY)66.71%$10.74Twilio Inc. (NYSE: TWLO)66.34%$33.17Nutanix Inc. (Nasdaq: NTNX)65.65%$31.96Fitbit Inc. (NYSE: FIT)55.15%$ 6.06Weibo Corp. (Nasdaq ADR: WB)53.83%$55.26RPC Inc. (NYSE: RES)53.62%$21.19Straight Path Communications Inc. (NYSEMKT: STRP)49.27%$34.79Momo Inc. (Nasdaq ADR: MOMO)48.63%$26.80Seritage Growth Properties (NYSE: SRG)46.91%$44.87Lannett Company Inc. (NYSE: LCI)45.46%$23.00Gogo Inc. (Nasdaq: GOGO)43.98%$ 9.10Altisource Portfolio Solutions SA (Nasdaq: ASPS)42.78%$22.73Cheetah Mobile Inc. (NYSE ADR: CMCM)40.86%$10.00

    Some investors think the only way to profit from the stock market is to buy stocks and wait for the price to rise. However, these investors are missing out on the massive profit opportunity that comes from shorting stocks.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Small cap generic pharmaceutical stock Lannett Company, Inc (NYSE: LCI) is thethird most shorted stock on the NYSE with short interest of 52.86% according toHighshortinterest.com.Lannett Company, founded in 1942, develops, manufactures, packages, markets and distributes generic pharmaceutical products for a wide range of medical indications and therapeutic areas. The Company believe that its ability to select viable products for development, efficiently develop such products (including obtaining any applicable regulatory approvals), vertically integrateitself into certain specialty markets and achieve economies in production are all critical for its success in the generic pharmaceutical industry in which it operates.

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    The Best Way To Navigate An Uncertain Market
    As I’ve discussed before, part of the beauty of the Maximum Profit system is its ability to help keep emotions at bay. Regardless of what the future might have in store, the system will help us navigate whatever the market throws at us. That’s how, over the past three years, my subscribers and I have seen gains like 181% on Lannett (NYSE: LCI), 135% on Westmoreland Coal (Nasdaq: WLB), and 242% from Bitauto (NYSE: BITA). Each time, the Maximum Profit system has told us exactly when to buy and when to sell, while we just sit back and count the returns.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Small cap generic pharmaceutical stock Lannett Company, Inc (NYSE: LCI) is thesecond most shorted stock on the NYSE with short interest of 55.65% according toHighshortinterest.com. Lannett Company was founded in 1942 anddevelops, manufactures, packages, markets and distributes generic pharmaceutical products for a wide range of medical indications and therapeutic areas. The Company believes its ability to select viable products for development, efficiently develop such products (including obtaining any applicable regulatory approvals), vertically integrateitself into certain specialty markets and achieving economies in production are all critical for its success in the generic pharmaceutical industry in which it operates.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Breaking news

    Edwards Lifesciences Corp (NYSE: EW) announced plans to buy Valtech Cardio for $340 million in cash and stock. The company also announced a $1 billion buyback plan.
    Epizyme Inc (NASDAQ: EPZM) disclosed that it has received Fast Track designation for tazemetostat.
    Athene Holding Ltd. (NYSE: ATH) reported that it has priced its 23.8 million share IPO between $38 per share and $42 per share.
    Lannett Company, Inc. (NYSE: LCI) reported the approval for its Metaxalone Tablets USP, 800 mg.

Best Stocks To Watch Right Now: Dean Foods Company(DF)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Small cap dairy stock Dean Foods Co (NYSE: DF) reported Q1 earnings before the market opened this morning with results missing expectations. Net sales were $1.996 billionversus $1.879 billion as total volume across all products were 633 million gallons for the first quarter of 2017, a 1.3% decline compared to total volume of 641 million gallons in the first quarter of 2016. Based on fluid milk sales data published by the USDA through February, fluid milk volume decreased 3.4% year-over-year quarter to date in the first quarter of 2017 on an unadjusted basis. However, when adjusting for the extra selling day in 2016 due to Leap Year, the category decline was 1.8%. On this same basis, Dean Foods Co’s share of U.S. fluid milk volumes increased by 10 basis points year-over-year. Raw milk costs in the first quarter of 2017 of $17.03 per hundred weight increased roughly 6% from the fourth quarter of 2016 and increased 18% from the first quarter of 2016.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Tuesday afternoon, the non-cyclical consumer goods & services shares climbed by 0.71 percent. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included Weight Watchers International, Inc. (NYSE: WTW), up 17 percent, and Dean Foods Co (NYSE: DF), up 6 percent.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    The Q4 2016 earnings report for small cap Dean Foods Co (NYSE: DF) is scheduledfor before the market opens onThursday (February 16th) with the strongest volume performance seen in yearsbeing reported the last time around.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Dean Foods Co. (NYSE: DF) fell about 18% Monday to post a new 52-week low of $8.32 after closing at $10.13 on Friday. The 52-week high is $20.10. Volume of more than 12 million was more than seven times the daily average. The company reported poor results and issued a weak outlook.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Dean Foods (DF) has gained 2.3% to $19.19 after getting upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan.

    SeaWorld Entertainment (SEAS) has dropped 2.2% to $18.47 after getting cut to Sell from Neutral at Citigroup.

Best Stocks To Watch Right Now: EP Energy Corporation(EPE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    EP Energy Corp. (NYSE: EPE) posted a new 52-week low of $1.85 Tuesday, down nearly 22% after closing at $2.37 on Monday. The 52-week high is $7.49. Volume was about 3.2 million, around 5 times the daily average of around 600,000. The oil and gas exploration and production firm has launched an exchange program extending the maturity date to 2024 on $1.2 billion in 9.375% notes due in 2020.

  • [By Andrew Efimoff]

    WTI crude oil plunged 3.11 percent on Friday to $48.99 a barrel. Below are the biggest energy losers for the day:

    California Resources Corporation (NYSE: CRC): -19.22%
    Dynamic Materials (NASDAQ: BOOM): -12.39%
    Clayton Williams Energy (NYSE: CWEI): -11.45%
    Dynergy (NYSE: DYN): -11.91%
    EP Energy Corporation (NYSE: EPE): -11.20%
    Mexco Energy (NYSE: MXC) -10.90%
    Whiting Petroleum (NYSE: WLL) -10.79%
    Southwestern Energy Company (NYSE: SWN) -10.79%
    SM Energy Company (NYSE: SM) -10.38%
    Real Goods Solar (NASDAQ: RGSE) -10.34%

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