Stocks finished lower today as consumer confidence dropped, and disappointing financial results and guidance from companies like 3M (MMM), Caterpillar (CAT), Under Armour (UA), and Whirlpool (WHR).
The S&P 500 fell 0.4% to 2,143.16 today, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average declined 53.76 points, or 0.3%, to 18,169.27. The Nasdaq Composite dropped 0.5% to 5,283.40.
Strategas Research Partners’ Don Rissmiller and Erica Halie Comp contend that today’s drop in consumer confidence is nothing to worry about:
There are still risks in the global economy with Chinas currency weakening and bank stocks in Italy showing considerable volatility. However, global economy continues to have a key support: the U.S. consumer. True, this support is not as strong as in the past, as the consumer has stopped de-leveraging, but does not appear to be re-leveraging in 2016. There have also been numerous changes in how consumers are making purchases (comparison shopping, online vs. in stores, experiences over goods). Still, consumer confidence typically falls sharply about a year before a U.S. recession. In this light, its worth noting that the dip in the Conf Board measure of consumer confidence to 98.6 in Oct is still above the level we saw 3 months ago.
Hot China Stocks To Invest In 2018: Data I/O Corporation(DAIO)
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Shares of Data I/O Corporation (NASDAQ: DAIO) were down 16 percent to $6.12 following Q1 results.
Flex Ltd. (NASDAQ: FLEX) was down, falling around 15 percent to $14.20 after a mixed fourth quarter report.
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World Fuel Services Corporation (NYSE: INT) tumbled 18 percent to $22.90 following Q1 results.
Biglari Holdings Inc. (NYSE: BH) fell 17.4 percent to $349.52. Washington Prime Group will replace Biglari Holdings in the S&P SmallCap 600 on Tuesday, May 1.
Flex Ltd. (NASDAQ: FLEX) dipped 15.7 percent to $14.03 after a mixed fourth quarter report.
FormFactor, Inc. (NASDAQ: FORM) fell 15.3 percent to $11.65. FormFactor is expected to release Q1 results on May 2.
Data I/O Corporation (NASDAQ: DAIO) dropped 14.3 percent to $6.24 following Q1 results.
National Instruments Corporation (NASDAQ: NATI) fell 14.3 percent to $ 42.34 after reporting Q1 results.
United States Steel Corporation (NYSE: X) dipped 14.2 percent to $32.37 following Q1 results.
Civeo Corporation (NYSE: CVEO) dropped 13.5 percent to $3.33. Civeo posted a Q1 loss of $0.42 per share on sales of $101.504 million.
athenahealth, Inc. (NASDAQ: ATHN) fell 12.4 percent to $125.310 after reporting Q1 results.
Charter Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: CHTR) shares tumbled 12.1 percent to $262.06 as the company posted Q1 results.
Value Line, Inc. (NASDAQ: VALU) fell 11.3 percent to $19.10.
Federated Investors, Inc. (NYSE: FII) shares dropped 11.2 percent to $27.605 after the company posted downbeat quarterly earnings.
AV Homes, Inc. (NASDAQ: AVHI) declined 10.7 percent to $17.20 following Q1 results.
CalAmp Corp. (NASDAQ: CAMP) dropped 9.4 percent to $21.01 after reporting Q4 results.
Tandem Diabetes Care, Inc. (NASDAQ: TNDM) shares fell 8.9 percent to $7.280 following mixed Q1 results.
Sony Corporation (NYSE: SNE) shares fell 8.4 percent to $45.97 after reporting Q4 results.
LogMeIn Inc (NASDAQ: LOGM) fell 8.2 percent to $109.825. LogMeIn reported upbeat earnings for its first quarter, but issued weak second quarter and FY18 earning guidance.
Eleven Biotherapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: EBIO
Hot China Stocks To Invest In 2018: Opko Health Inc(OPK)
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In the Lightning Round, Cramer was bullish on Opko Health (OPK) , Zendesk (ZEN) , ServiceNow (NOW) , Box (BOX) and Constellation Brands (STZ) .
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Shares of OPKO Health (NASDAQ:OPK)suffered a free fall today, losing as much as 23%. The drop occurred after the company announced that a crucial Medicare Administrative Contractor issued a draft local coverage determination (LCD) for the highly anticipated 4Kscore diagnostic test. That’s a mouthful, but the implications are simple.
- [By Keith Speights]
If you’re looking for stocks that have made tremendous comebacks in 2018, Opko Health (NASDAQ:OPK) and Myriad Genetics (NASDAQ:MYGN) definitely fit the bill. Opko stock was down nearly 20% this year before roaring back. Myriad Genetics saw its share price plunge close to 40% earlier in 2018, but a strong rebound has the stock price close to where it began the year.
- [By Dan Caplinger]
The stock market didn’t see much volatility on Friday, with most major benchmarks finishing the session very close to where they had started. Without much in the way of market-moving news on the national or global front, most investors instead paid attention to the cross-currents involved with monthly options expirations. Some other parts of the financial markets were more interesting, with bond yields easing a bit lower after their big upward push earlier in the week and oil prices taking a break from their recent surge. Yet some individual companies suffered from bad news that sent their shares lower. Baidu (NASDAQ:BIDU), GameStop (NYSE:GME), and Opko Health (NASDAQ:OPK) were among the worst performers on the day. Here’s why they did so poorly.
- [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
Amedica Corporation (NASDAQ: AMDA) rose 31.3 percent to $4.11 in pre-market trading after climbing 181.98 percent on Tuesday.
ZAGG Inc (NASDAQ: ZAGG) rose 18.7 percent to $13.65 in pre-market trading after the company posted better-than-expected Q1 earnings.
TripAdvisor, Inc. (NASDAQ: TRIP) rose 18.6 percent to $46.00 in pre-market trading after the company reported stronger-than-expected results for its first quarter on Tuesday.
TransEnterix, Inc. (NYSE: TRXC) shares rose 15 percent to $2.08 in pre-market trading after reporting Q4 results.
Axon Enterprise, Inc. (NASDAQ: AAXN) rose 9.8 percent to $49.00 in pre-market trading following a big Q1 beat. The company raised its fiscal 2018 sales growth guidance from 16-18 percent to 18-20 percent.
Centennial Resource Development, Inc. (NASDAQ: CDEV) shares rose 8.1 percent to $21.06 in pre-market trading following Q1 results.
OPKO Health, Inc. (NASDAQ: OPK) shares rose 6.8 percent to $3.44 in pre-market trading following Q1 beat.
Tel-Instrument Electronics Corp. (NYSE: TIK) rose 6.7 percent to $3.20 in pre-market trading after surging 25.37 percent on Tuesday.
KBS Fashion Group Limited (NASDAQ: KBSF) rose 6.4 percent to $5.84 in pre-market trading after jumping 9.36 percent on Tuesday.
Arrowhead Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: ARWR) rose 6.6 percent to $8.26 in pre-market trading after reporting Q2 earnings.
New Relic, Inc. (NYSE: NEWR) rose 6.3 percent to $82.00 in pre-market trading following Q4 results.
Match Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: MTCH) rose 5.8 percent to $38.43 in pre-market trading after reporting upbeat Q1 earnings.
Prestige Brands Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: PBH) rose 5.2 percent to $30.62 in pre-market trading.
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ARMO BioSciences (NASDAQ:ARMO), Opko Health (NASDAQ:OPK), and Arrowhead Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:ARWR) chalked up huge gains over the last five days. What sent these biotech stocks into orbit? And are they still smart picks for investors? Here’s what you need to know about the fantastic week for ARMO, Opko, and Arrowhead along with what could be next for each stock.
Hot China Stocks To Invest In 2018: Akamai Technologies, Inc.(AKAM)
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Akamai (AKAM) CEO Tom Leighton is fresh off a battle with well-known activist investor firm Elliott Management. Leighton discusses the situation with Elliott and prospects for doing deals with TheStreet.
- [By Anders Bylund]
During the first quarter, Limelight settledthe last of its legal battles with rival Akamai Technologies (NASDAQ:AKAM). The terms of this settlement were not publicly addressed, but Limelight was the plaintiff and Akamai the defendant in the last patent infringement case, though Akamai also returned fire with several counterclaims. If the settlement had any financial effects, we’ll see those on Akamai’s and Limelight’s financial statements over time. If not, the two companies just removed a source of financial uncertainty.
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Meanwhile, Akamai’s (AKAM) CEO Tom Leighton didn’t shut the door to a potential sale of the company in an interview with me. Recent speculation on Wall Street is that Akamai would be an ideal fit for IBM (IBM) .
- [By Stephan Byrd]
Atria Investments LLC boosted its position in Akamai Technologies (NASDAQ:AKAM) by 24.2% during the 1st quarter, according to the company in its most recent disclosure with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The fund owned 5,423 shares of the technology infrastructure company’s stock after purchasing an additional 1,057 shares during the period. Atria Investments LLC’s holdings in Akamai Technologies were worth $385,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.
- [By Chris Lange]
The stock posting the largest daily percentage gain in the S&P 500 ahead of the close Thursday was Akamai Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: AKAM) which rose about 7% to $74.89. The stocks 52-week range is $44.65 to $75.00. Volume was roughly 4 million compared to the daily average volume of 2.3 million.
Hot China Stocks To Invest In 2018: Long Island Iced Tea Corp. (LTEA)
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William may be right about a sell-off in stocks… in the cryptocurrency space. Over the last week, companies that have billed themselves as blockchain-focused saw their stocks surge. One firm – Long Island Iced Tea changed its name to Long Island Blockchain and watched its stock surge more than triple digits. But today, firms with this exposure are cratering. MGT Capital Investments Inc. (OTCMKTS: MGTI), Long Island Iced Tea Corp. (Nasdaq: LTEA), Riot Blockchain Inc. (Nasdaq: RIOT), and Siebert Financial Corp. (Nasdaq: SIEB) all fell by more than 12% Friday.
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Shorting blockchain-related stocks is an ideal way to not only short bitcoin but also short the entire cryptocurrency craze. Many such stocks exist, such as Riot Blockchain (Nasdaq: RIOT), Long Blockchain (Nasdaq: LTEA), and Longfin (Nasdaq: LFIN). Choose the one that you think is most overhyped and short away!
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Long Island Ice Tea changed its name to Long Blockchain (Nasdaq: LTEA), sending shares 200% higher. It remains to be seen how a beverage maker will create shareholder value from blockchain technology — not that its investors care.