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Does your 401(k) have a Roth account option? More employees, especially younger ones, are choosing to contribute to Roth accounts, according to two recent industry reports. Among the 57% of 401(k) plans administered by Bank of America Merrill Lynch that offer a Roth option, the number of employees choosing the Roth option increased by 31% from the 2015 to the 2016 plan year. And more than half of the Roth contributors were under the age of 40, the 2017 BoA Merrill Lynch Plan Wellness Scorecard found.


Alight Solutions’ 2017 Universe Benchmarks report also found that Roth contributions to 401(k) plans continue to gain momentum. On average, 13% of workers saved on a Roth basis when it was offered in 2016, an increase from 12% in 2015 and from 8% in 2011. And 19% of 20- to 29-year-olds made Roth contributions in 2016, compared to 7% of workers aged 60-plus.

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daily stock market report: Wayfair Inc.(W)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Mid cap online home furnishings and d茅cor stockWayfair Inc (NYSE: W) reported Q1 earnings before the market opened with the Company being thetenth most shorted stock on the NYSE with short interest of 39.22% according to Highshortinterest.com. In the summer of 2008,the shorts and shareholder rights law firms went after Wayfair Inc after short seller Citron Research issued a report (entitled: Wayfair is the Most Mispriced Stock Citron Research has Seen in Years: Fair Value Under $10) calling the company Overstock.com, Inc (NASDAQ: OSTK):

  • [By Peter Graham]

    The Q4 2016 earnings report formid cap online home furnishings and d茅cor stockWayfair Inc (NYSE: W) is scheduled for before the market opens onThursday (February 23rd) as shares still have elevated short interest of 34.99% according to Highshortinterest.com. Last time around, shares dropped as much as 13%after the Company reported third quarter revenues and net losses that largely met expectations while projecting aslight decrease in revenue growth for the coming quarter.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Wayfair Inc (NYSE: W) shares were also up, gaining 25 percent to $63.71 after first-quarter earnings boasted a 2.7-percent sales beat and 46-percent year-over-year increase in active customers.

daily stock market report: Unilever PLC(UL)


Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Kraft Heinz (KHC) soared to the top of the S&P 500 today after making a $143 billion bid for Unilever (UL).

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    Kraft Heinzgained 11% to $96.65 today, while the S&P 500 rose 0.2% to 2,351.16. Unilever jumped 14% to $48.53.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Unilever PLC (NYSE: UL) dropped about 1.4% on Friday to post a new 52-week low of $38.58 after closing at $39.11 on Thursday. The stock’s 52-week high is $48.97. Volume was more than double the daily average of around 1.5 million shares. The consumer products company had no specific news on Friday.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    GLP’s customers include Walmart (WMT) , Unilever (UL) , JD.com (JD) , Adidas (ADDYY) , Estee Lauder (EL) and L’Oreal (LRLCY) .

    The S$3.38 offer price represents 81% premium over its 12-month volume weighted average price and a 25% premium over its last full trading day before the announcement.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    For his “Executive Decision” segment, Cramer sat down with Paul Polman, CEO of Unilever (UL) , home to such brands as Dove soaps and shampoos, Lipton tea, Hellmann’s mayonnaise and Vaseline, among dozens of others. On Feb. 17, Unilever rejected a hostile takeover bid from Kraft Heinz (KHC) and vowed to bring out more value as a standalone company.

  • [By Benzinga News Desk]

    Unilever PLC (NYSE: UL) said it would divest its 145-year-old margarine and spreads business, part of a broad restructuring in the wake of a spurned takeover approach by Kraft Heinz Co. (NASDAQ: KHC): Link

  • [By Demitrios Kalogeropoulos]

    Rival Unilever (NYSE:UL) fared better by posting a 1% organic sales drop in the U.S. geography as it gained share despite a shrinking overall industry. Kimberly-Clark, in contrast, couldn’t claim market-share gains and instead had to settle for rising profits. “We delivered earnings growth despite a challenging environment, particularly in North America,” CEO Thomas Falk said in a press release.

daily stock market report: U.S. Physical Therapy, Inc.(USPH)


Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Thursday, healthcare shares fell 0.73 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included U.S. Physical Therapy, Inc. (NYSE: USPH), down 7 percent, and Fluidigm Corporation (NASDAQ: FLDM), down 7 percent.

daily stock market report: SPDR S&P Bank ETF (KBE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.GURUFOCUS.COM]

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    These are the top 5 holdings of KELLOGG W K FOUNDATION TRUSTKellogg Co (K) – 67,606,838 shares, 98.23% of the total portfolio. Shares reduced by 0.48%SPDR Select Sector Fund – Energy Select Sector (XLE) – 769,255 shares, 1.19% of the total portfolio. SPDR S&P Bank (KBE) – 534,408 shares, 0.54% of the total portfolio. Shares reduced by 37.08%MuleSoft Inc (MULE) – 73,513 shares, 0.04% of the total portfolio. New PositioniShares Russell 1000 Value (IWD) – 0 shares, 0% of the total portfol

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    The market clearly likes the rate hike today. The S&P 500 has gained 1% to2,388.03 at 3:01 p.m. today. The Financial Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLF) has is little changed at $24.78, while the SPDR S&P Bank ETF (KBE) has dropped 0.7% to $44.59.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Shares of Wells Fargo have dropped 2.2% to $52.08 at 2:17 p.m. today, while the SPDR S&P Bank ETF (KBE) has risen 0.1% to $40.05, and the Financial Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLF) has fallen 0.7% to $22.06.

daily stock market report: Vuzix Corporation(VUZI)


Advisors’ Opinion:

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    CorMedix Inc. (NYSE: CRMD) shares fell 27.5 percent to $1.50 after the company reported Q4 results and issued a business update.
    Bioamber Inc (NYSE: BIOA) shares tumbled 23.6 percent to $2.40. BioAmber reported FY16 adjusted loss of $1.07 per share on revenue of $8.3 million.
    The Medicines Company (NASDAQ: MDCO) shares dipped 20.9 percent to $41.62.
    Innocoll Holdings PLC (NASDAQ: INNL) shares fell 20.3 percent to $1.49. Innocoll posted a narrower-than-expected quarter loss, but revenue missed estimates. Stifel Nicolaus downgraded Innocoll from Buy to Hold.
    Rosetta Genomics Ltd. (USA) (NASDAQ: ROSG) shares declined 20.3 percent to $3.83. On Thursday, Rosetta Genomics disclosed a 1-for-12 reverse stock split.
    Esperion Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: ESPR) shares dropped 19.9 percent to $23.76. Esperion Therapeutics shares have jumped 106.19 percent over the past 52 weeks, while the S&P 500 index has gained 16.70 percent in the same period.
    AmTrust Financial Services Inc (NASDAQ: AFSI) tumbled 18.3 percent to $17.65. AmTrust Financial disclosed that it will delay its annual report filing for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2016.
    Qualstar Corporation (NASDAQ: QBAK) slipped 17.7 percent to $6.85. Qualstar reported a Q4 loss of $0.20 per share on revenue of $2.2 milli
  • [By James E. Brumley]

    While the economy’s natural — and recurring — cycles favor different kinds of stocks at different times, not every great trend is necessarily a cyclical one. Sometimes, a trend is rooted in a technological development that changes cultural norms. The advent of the smartphone, for example, has made constant connectivity to the world around part of how we live our daily lives.

    These mega-trends present tremendous opportunities for investors too, provided they’re savvy enough to see them coming and play them the right way.

    One such mega-trend newly underway right now is the proliferation of wearables… devices that meld clothing (often a wrist-worn device) and technology to perform a function that couldn’t be performed otherwise. Much of the same technology that made the smartphone possible are now ushering in wearables.


    It’s not been a smooth beginning. however.

    While the buzz was strong and expectations reached a peak two years ago when Fitbit Inc (NYSE:FIT) was all the rage and in the wake of its IPO, the company’s growth wasn’t to be sustained. The company is struggling to muster any growth now, and FIT shares have fallen to a tenth of their value seen in late-2015, when the euphoria was strongest.

    Fitbit’s slowdown has been mirrored by other companies in the space. The wearables market only grew 3.1% in Q3 of 2016.

    On the flipside, while the debacle of Fitbit — the wearable industry’s iconic company — has been a painful, it’s also been a learning experience. And, it’s not as if the slowdown is unfurling without the wearables market never reaching a respectable size. International Data Corporation estimates were 23 million ‘wearables’ delivered in the third quarter of last year alone.

    Moreover, the fizzling of the market hasn’t turned into a reason to swear off wearables as an investment opportunity… quite the opposite, actually. It’s just now become considerably clearer what consumers want an

  • [By William Patalon III]

    Vuzix Corp. (Nasdaq: VUZI) – the “augmented reality” company whose shares more than doubled following our September 2015 recommendation – said that its new “smart glasses” were just honored with a “Wearable Device of the Year” award.