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Hot Tech Stocks To Buy For 2019

What happened

Shares of Gilead Sciences (NASDAQ:GILD) gained 11.9% over the course of January, according to data from S&P Global Market Intelligence. Why were investors piling into this top biotech stock last month?

Gilead’s shares perked up in response to the company’s rather upbeat presentation at this year’s J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference, where interim CEO Gregg Alton suggested that the biotech might be able to return to growth in 2019.  

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So what

Before last month’s double-digit gains, Gilead’s stock had been stuck in a long-term downtrend, thanks to the company’s plummeting hepatitis C sales. However, the biotech seemed to be nearing an inflection point toward the tail end of 2018 because of a bevy of factors — including exceptionally strong sales for new HIV medicine Biktarvy, improving sales for anti-cancer cell therapy Yescarta, and a stabilizing hepatitis C drug market. And this overtly positive J.P. Morgan conference presentation appeared to indicate that Gilead’s comeback story was indeed taking shape. 

Hot Tech Stocks To Buy For 2019: NetSol Technologies Inc.(NTWK)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    NetSol Technologies (NASDAQ:NTWK) CEO Najeeb Ghauri purchased 2,500 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Friday, May 25th. The shares were acquired at an average cost of $6.20 per share, with a total value of $15,500.00. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through this hyperlink.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Sapiens International (NASDAQ: SPNS) and NetSol Technologies (NASDAQ:NTWK) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, profitability, valuation, institutional ownership, earnings, dividends and risk.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    NetSol Technologies (NASDAQ:NTWK) CEO Najeeb Ghauri acquired 2,500 shares of NetSol Technologies stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, May 30th. The stock was acquired at an average price of $6.50 per share, with a total value of $16,250.00. The purchase was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this link.

Hot Tech Stocks To Buy For 2019: CEVA, Inc.(CEVA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

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  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Rhumbline Advisers lifted its position in shares of CEVA, Inc. (NASDAQ:CEVA) by 4.3% in the 2nd quarter, according to its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The institutional investor owned 53,568 shares of the semiconductor company’s stock after acquiring an additional 2,184 shares during the period. Rhumbline Advisers owned approximately 0.24% of CEVA worth $1,618,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

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  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    SuperCom (NASDAQ:SPCB) and CEVA (NASDAQ:CEVA) are both small-cap industrial products companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, earnings, dividends, profitability, valuation, risk and analyst recommendations.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    CEVA (NASDAQ:CEVA)‘s stock had its “buy” rating restated by research analysts at Canaccord Genuity in a note issued to investors on Tuesday. They currently have a $36.00 target price on the semiconductor company’s stock. Canaccord Genuity’s price objective would suggest a potential upside of 26.09% from the company’s current price.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    CEVA (NASDAQ:CEVA) had its price objective decreased by Roth Capital to $44.00 in a research note released on Wednesday morning. Roth Capital currently has a buy rating on the semiconductor company’s stock.

Hot Tech Stocks To Buy For 2019: Apple Inc.(AAPL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    The race to $1 trillion is over, with Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) having recently become the first U.S. company to achieve a 13-figure market capitalization. The Cupertino-based tech giant has come a long way since the late Steve Jobs helped found the company back in the 1970s, and despite its immense size, Apple continues to grow at a substantial rate that many see creating lasting opportunities for investors down the road.

  • [By Motley Fool Staff]

    In this segment, Gardner lists five of his favorite companies (and not just his — these are massively popular stocks) and asks Godin for his views on the biggest marketing challenges they may face. Listen in for his thoughts on Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL), Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN), Facebook (NASDAQ:FB), Netflix (NASDAQ:NFLX), and Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA).

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    Bezos wrote in his letter that Amazon Music has accrued “tens of millions of paid customers” and added service in 30 new countries in 2017. He also noted that Amazon Music Unlimited membership has more than doubled in the last six months, but experts say the service still lags significantly behind Apple Inc.’s (AAPL) Apple Music and Spotify Technology SA (SPOT) . Apple said in March that Apple Music had 38 million subscribers, while Spotify said it had 70 million subscribers as of the end of last year. 

  • [By Douglas A. McIntyre]

    Taken one by one, earnings have for the most part been strong. This is certainly true among the major tech stocks, some of which are not in the Dow. Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ: MSFT) is, however. Its strong earnings have driven its share price up 7.3% to $92, despite the recent sell-off. Boeing Co. (NYSE: BA), another Dow component, posted much better-than-expected earnings. Its shares are up just over 18% this year to $349. Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL), another Dow component, disappointed Wall Street. Its shares are off a little more than 5% to 161. That drop was entirely due to the major sell-off in the market.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) reported fiscal first-quarter financial results after markets closed Thursday. Although Apple beat its estimates for this quarter, it wasn’t enough for investors who promptly sent the shares lower in the after-hours session. It just goes to show that in order to keep pushing higher, some companies have to keep knocking it out of the park.

  • [By Danny Vena]

    The company’s position at the top of the streaming music heap may be in jeopardy, however, as significant competition is coming along and gaining traction. Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) recently revealed that its music service has surpassed 40 million paying customers, gaining 4 million new subscribers in the past two months alone. 

Hot Tech Stocks To Buy For 2019: Sify Technologies Limited(SIFY)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Money Morning Reports]

    Like Sify Technologies Ltd. (Nasdaq: SIFY)… a 143% winner… Fanhua Inc. (Nasdaq: FANH)… a 245.56% winner… and Boot Barn Holdings Inc. (NYSE: BOOT)… netting an astounding gain of 260%.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Friday afternoon, the telecommunication services shares rose 2.1 percent. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included Intelsat S.A. (NYSE: I), up 11 percent, and Sify Technologies Limited (NASDAQ: SIFY) up 4 percent.

Hot Tech Stocks To Buy For 2019: John Bean Technologies Corporation(JBT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

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  • [By Shane Hupp]

    John Bean Technologies (NYSE:JBT) was downgraded by analysts at JPMorgan Chase & Co. from a neutral rating to an underweight rating. JPMorgan Chase & Co. currently has $88.00 price target on the stock.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

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Hot Tech Stocks To Buy For 2019: Loral Space and Communications Inc.(LORL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

    GABELLI & Co INVESTMENT ADVISERS INC. lifted its position in Loral Space & Communications Ltd. (NASDAQ:LORL) by 10.4% in the 2nd quarter, according to the company in its most recent disclosure with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The fund owned 146,468 shares of the communications equipment provider’s stock after purchasing an additional 13,800 shares during the quarter. GABELLI & Co INVESTMENT ADVISERS INC. owned about 0.47% of Loral Space & Communications Ltd. worth $5,507,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Loral Space & Communications Ltd. (NASDAQ: LORL) and Maxar Technologies (NYSE:MAXR) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, profitability, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, earnings, valuation and risk.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Loral Space & Communications Ltd. (NASDAQ:LORL) was upgraded by BidaskClub from a “strong sell” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report issued on Tuesday.

Best Tech Stocks To Own Right Now

One of the reasons Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) in-house chip-development efforts is such a strategic asset is that the company can custom tailor processors to serve the requirements of its products. Not only can this help Apple gain competitive advantages in the markets in which it currently participates, but it can bring those chops to bear as it tries to create and shape new product categories.

When Apple released its first-generation Apple Watch more than three years ago, the device was powered by a custom-designed chip that Apple dubbed the S1. With the launch of each new Apple Watch, the company also has delivered new chip technology, which has led to dramatic performance improvements. 

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With the introduction of the Apple Watch Series 4, which is powered by a chip known as the S4, Apple may have delivered the most interesting chip upgrade in the history of the product category. Let’s take a closer look. 

Best Tech Stocks To Own Right Now: Apple Inc.(AAPL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Leo Sun]

    When it comes to mobile payments, most people likely think of Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) Pay or Alphabet’s (NASDAQ:GOOG) (NASDAQ:GOOGL) Google Pay. However, a recent eMarketer study found that Starbucks (NASDAQ:SBUX) actually has the top proximity mobile payment app in the United States.

  • [By Garrett Baldwin]

    Investors in the Dow Jones today are hoping to build on yesterday’s 178-point gain after the Nasdaq closed at a new all-time high. Much of Monday’s market momentum was the result of a rally in tech stocks, with Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) nearing $1 trillion in market capitalization. Investors have largely shrugged off concerns about U.S. trade policy with its global trade partners and are instead focusing on last week’s strong jobs report in order to drive returns.

  • [By Jeremy Bowman]

    Berkshire Hathaway owns shares of GM, and another popular value play the company has snapped up recently is Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL). The iPhone-maker trades at a P/E value of 17.5, still significantly less than the S&P 500 at 24.6. Apple is the most profitable company in the world, generating profits of about $50 billion a year, and it’s sitting on an unmatched cash hoard of $285 billion, or $163 billion when subtracting its debt. Deducting the net cash balance gives the stock a P/E of just 14.2. In other words 19% of the company’s market value is just the net cash on the balance sheet, so you can subtract that to get the P/E of the business which gets you a P/E of 14.2.   Apple is so big and profitable that significant growth has become difficult, but the company still has growing revenue streams like its Services segment, which is made up of things like the App Stores, iTunes, and Apple Pay, and its brand strength — Interbrand ranks it as the most valuable brand in the world —  as well as its economic moat and cash flow all hold appeal to value investors.

  • [By Leo Sun]

    Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) HomePod smart speaker isn’t flying off of the shelves, according to recent reports. Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, citing a source “familiar with the matter,” recently claimed that Apple “lowered sales forecasts” for the device and “cut some orders” from contract manufacturer Inventec, and that its inventories were “piling up.”

Best Tech Stocks To Own Right Now: United States Cellular Corporation(USM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    U.S. Cellular (NYSE: USM) and Hutchison Telecommunications Hong Kong (OTCMKTS:HTHKY) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, dividends, valuation, risk, analyst recommendations, earnings and profitability.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    JPMorgan Chase & Co. raised its holdings in U.S. Cellular (NYSE:USM) by 770.8% during the first quarter, according to the company in its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The fund owned 52,229 shares of the Wireless communications provider’s stock after acquiring an additional 46,231 shares during the period. JPMorgan Chase & Co. owned about 0.06% of U.S. Cellular worth $2,099,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    NII (NASDAQ: NIHD) and U.S. Cellular (NYSE:USM) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, valuation, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, earnings, profitability and dividends.

Best Tech Stocks To Own Right Now: AirMedia Group Inc(AMCN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    AirMedia Group Inc. (NASDAQ: AMCN) posted a 52-week low of $1.04 after closing down 23% on Wednesday at $1.35. The 52-week high is $3.30. Volume was about 4 million, nearly 20 times the daily average of around 230,000 million shares. The Chinese outdoor advertising company said yesterday that it is terminating a potential go-private transaction.

Best Tech Stocks To Own Right Now: LookSmart Ltd.(LOOK)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Peel Hunt reissued their buy rating on shares of Lookers (LON:LOOK) in a research note issued to investors on Wednesday morning.

    A number of other equities analysts also recently weighed in on the stock. Numis Securities reaffirmed a buy rating and issued a GBX 130 ($1.76) price target on shares of Lookers in a research note on Wednesday, March 7th. JPMorgan Chase upped their price target on shares of Lookers from GBX 109 ($1.48) to GBX 130 ($1.76) and gave the stock an overweight rating in a research note on Thursday, March 8th. Liberum Capital reaffirmed a buy rating and issued a GBX 145 ($1.97) price target on shares of Lookers in a research note on Wednesday, March 7th. Finally, Canaccord Genuity reaffirmed a buy rating and issued a GBX 146 ($1.98) price target on shares of Lookers in a research note on Monday, March 5th. One research analyst has rated the stock with a hold rating and six have given a buy rating to the stock. Lookers has an average rating of Buy and an average price target of GBX 137.71 ($1.87).

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Lookers (LON:LOOK)‘s stock had its “buy” rating restated by investment analysts at Peel Hunt in a note issued to investors on Friday.

Best Tech Stocks To Own Right Now: China Digital TV Holding Co., Ltd.(STV)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Sativacoin (CURRENCY:STV) traded 2.1% higher against the US dollar during the 1-day period ending at 22:00 PM E.T. on May 9th. Over the last week, Sativacoin has traded up 0.1% against the US dollar. One Sativacoin coin can now be purchased for $0.0318 or 0.00000341 BTC on popular exchanges including Cryptopia and YoBit. Sativacoin has a market capitalization of $225,415.00 and $19.00 worth of Sativacoin was traded on exchanges in the last 24 hours.

Best Tech Stocks To Own Right Now: TeleNav Inc.(TNAV)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    ValuEngine upgraded shares of Telenav (NASDAQ:TNAV) from a sell rating to a hold rating in a research note published on Saturday.

    Several other equities research analysts also recently issued reports on TNAV. BidaskClub upgraded Telenav from a sell rating to a hold rating in a report on Friday. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Telenav from a sell rating to a hold rating in a report on Thursday, April 5th. Three equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and three have given a buy rating to the company. The stock presently has an average rating of Buy and an average target price of $11.17.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    These are some of the media stories that may have effected Accern Sentiment Analysis’s scoring:

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    Telenav, Inc. (TNAV) CEO HP Jin on Q4 2018 Results – Earnings Call Transcript (seekingalpha.com) Telenav EPS in-line, beats on revenue (seekingalpha.com) Telenav: Fiscal 4Q Earnings Snapshot (finance.yahoo.com) Telenav (TNAV) Reports Q4 Loss, Tops Revenue Estimates (finance.yahoo.com) Telenav (TNAV) Posts Earnings Results, Meets Estimates (americanbankingnews.com)

    TNAV has been the topic of a number of analyst reports. ValuEngine raised shares of Telenav from a “strong sell” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Saturday, June 2nd. B. Riley reaffirmed a “buy” rating on shares of Telenav in a research report on Monday, July 23rd. Finally, BidaskClub raised shares of Telenav from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Wednesday, July 25th. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, two have assigned a hold rating and two have assigned a buy rating to the stock. The stock currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $9.25.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

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  • [By Joseph Griffin]

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  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Telenav Inc (NASDAQ:TNAV) has received a consensus rating of “Buy” from the six analysts that are covering the firm, Marketbeat reports. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a hold recommendation and four have assigned a buy recommendation to the company. The average 12-month target price among analysts that have issued a report on the stock in the last year is $11.17.

Top 10 Casino Stocks To Watch For 2019

Shares of casino operators with ties to Macau were sent lower after news surfaced recently that hotels on the tiny Chinese island of Hainan might begin offering low-stakes baccarat.

Where blackjack and poker are the preferred card games in Western casinos, baccarat is the favorite among China’s VIP gamblers. And because Macau is the only place in China where gaming is legal, some believe that allowing it anywhere else will siphon off high rollers, which will hurt casino companies like Las Vegas Sands (NYSE:LVS), Melco Resorts & Entertainment (NASDAQ:MLCO), and Wynn Resorts (NASDAQ:WYNN), which all derive the bulk of their revenue from Macau.

But the fears look to be overblown because any low-stakes games on Hainan wouldn’t be attractive to the VIPs the casinos count on, and the volume of gaming would likely be a tiny fraction of the $32 billion Macau generated last year.

Sanya City in Dadonghai Bay on Hainan, often called “China’s Hawaii.” Image source: Getty Images.

Top 10 Casino Stocks To Watch For 2019: J.M. Smucker Company (SJM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Rich Smith]

    Jam maker J.M. Smucker (NYSE:SJM) saw its shares fall after the company reported a big earnings miss yesterday. Today, analysts are adding to Smucker investors’ pain with a series of price target cuts. In a one-two-three punch, analysts at Deutsche Bank, Citigroup, and Stephens all cut their targets on Smucker stock, as reported this morning on StreetInsider.com (subscription required).

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    State of Tennessee Treasury Department cut its stake in J M Smucker Co (NYSE:SJM) by 4.5% in the 1st quarter, according to the company in its most recent disclosure with the SEC. The institutional investor owned 55,063 shares of the company’s stock after selling 2,609 shares during the quarter. State of Tennessee Treasury Department’s holdings in J M Smucker were worth $6,828,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    J M Smucker (NYSE:SJM)‘s stock had its “hold” rating reaffirmed by investment analysts at Barclays in a research note issued on Monday.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Trust Co. of Vermont raised its stake in shares of J M Smucker Co (NYSE:SJM) by 8.5% in the first quarter, according to the company in its most recent disclosure with the SEC. The firm owned 7,422 shares of the company’s stock after acquiring an additional 582 shares during the quarter. Trust Co. of Vermont’s holdings in J M Smucker were worth $920,000 as of its most recent filing with the SEC.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    BRYN MAWR TRUST Co lowered its position in shares of J M Smucker Co (NYSE:SJM) by 9.2% in the second quarter, according to the company in its most recent disclosure with the SEC. The firm owned 6,141 shares of the company’s stock after selling 625 shares during the quarter. BRYN MAWR TRUST Co’s holdings in J M Smucker were worth $660,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Voya Investment Management LLC grew its stake in J M Smucker Co (NYSE:SJM) by 34.9% during the 2nd quarter, HoldingsChannel.com reports. The firm owned 104,369 shares of the company’s stock after acquiring an additional 27,011 shares during the quarter. Voya Investment Management LLC’s holdings in J M Smucker were worth $11,218,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

Top 10 Casino Stocks To Watch For 2019: Ultra Petroleum Corp.(UPL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    Investors unloaded Ultra Petroleum Corp’s (NASDAQ:UPL) stock on Thursday, driving it down by more than 35% at 11:45 a.m. EDT. While the company’s weaker-than-expected second-quarter results played a roll in the sell-off, the main driver was management’s inability to figure out how to exploit its vast resources in Wyoming’s Pinedale field.

  • [By Tyler Crowe, Jason Hall, and Matthew DiLallo]

    There are loads of management teams out there that aren’t great for shareholders, but Matt, Jason, and I (Tyler here) have a few in particular that get under our skin for their poor performance. Here’s why we think those running Chesapeake Energy (NYSE:CHK), Ultra Petroleum (NASDAQ:UPL), and Buckeye Partners (NYSE:BPL) should be shown the door. 

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    Shares of Ultra Petroleum Corp (NASDAQ:UPL) were down more than 12% by 10:30 a.m. EDT on Wednesday after the natural-gas driller was unable to strike a deal with its lenders on the terms of a potential transaction involving its term loan. That latest issue pushed its year-to-date plunge to nearly 88%.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Ultra Petroleum Corp. (NASDAQ:UPL) was the target of a significant growth in short interest in the month of April. As of April 30th, there was short interest totalling 23,999,870 shares, a growth of 11.7% from the April 13th total of 21,482,831 shares. Based on an average trading volume of 3,851,021 shares, the days-to-cover ratio is presently 6.2 days. Approximately 12.5% of the shares of the company are short sold.

Top 10 Casino Stocks To Watch For 2019: tronc, Inc. (TRNC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Douglas A. McIntyre]

    The sale of the Los Angeles Times and several smaller newspapers by Tronc Inc. (NASDAQ: TRNC) to Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong closed after months of worry.

  • [By Chris Hill]

    Unemployment hits a 49-year low. Tech giants may have been hacked by China. Elon Musk’s tweeting sends Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA) shares lower. Costco (NASDAQ:COST) struggles with “material weakness.” And Tronc (NASDAQ:TRNC) decides to change its name back to Tribune Publishing.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

     

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    Maiden Holdings, Ltd. (NASDAQ: MHLD) is projected to post quarterly earnings at $0.21 per share on revenue of $739.31 million.
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Top 10 Casino Stocks To Watch For 2019: Acxiom Corporation(ACXM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Acxiom Corporation (NASDAQ: ACXM) is estimated to post quarterly earnings at $0.21 per share on revenue of $239.88 million.

    Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. (NASDAQ: TTWO) is projected to post quarterly earnings at $0.64 per share on revenue of $449.88 million.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Acxiom Co. (NASDAQ:ACXM) CFO Warren Jenson sold 72,783 shares of the stock in a transaction on Monday, August 13th. The shares were sold at an average price of $43.10, for a total value of $3,136,947.30. Following the completion of the transaction, the chief financial officer now directly owns 234,612 shares in the company, valued at approximately $10,111,777.20. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through this hyperlink.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Acxiom (NASDAQ:ACXM) was downgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report issued on Monday.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    DXC Technology (NASDAQ: ACXM) and Acxiom (NASDAQ:ACXM) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, dividends, institutional ownership, earnings, profitability, valuation and risk.

Top 10 Casino Stocks To Watch For 2019: Hudson Pacific Properties, Inc.(HPP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Standard Life Aberdeen plc cut its holdings in Hudson Pacific Properties Inc (NYSE:HPP) by 38.4% in the 2nd quarter, according to its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The fund owned 1,442,700 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock after selling 899,065 shares during the period. Standard Life Aberdeen plc owned approximately 0.92% of Hudson Pacific Properties worth $51,122,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

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  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Hudson Pacific Properties (NYSE:HPP) EVP Sanford Dale Shimoda sold 5,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, June 6th. The stock was sold at an average price of $35.96, for a total transaction of $179,800.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the executive vice president now owns 89,478 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $3,217,628.88. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through the SEC website.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Hudson Pacific Properties Inc. (NYSE: HPP) was started as a Buy at Merrill Lynch.

    L Brands Inc. (NYSE: LB) was maintained as Overweight at Morgan Stanley and assigned a price target of $56 (versus a $35.22 close).

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Hudson Pacific Properties (NYSE:HPP) EVP Sanford Dale Shimoda sold 2,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Friday, June 1st. The stock was sold at an average price of $35.72, for a total transaction of $71,440.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the executive vice president now owns 94,478 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $3,374,754.16. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through the SEC website.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Forestar Group (NYSE: FOR) and Hudson Pacific Properties (NYSE:HPP) are both finance companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, analyst recommendations, valuation, institutional ownership, dividends, risk and profitability.

Top 10 Casino Stocks To Watch For 2019: Apple Inc.(AAPL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By ]

    According to ISS data, Facebook’s mark of 11.1% was just below the median percentage of ethnic representation on the boards for all S&P 500 software and services companies, which stood at 11.8%. The overall percentage of ethnic minority-held directorships for this sector was 15.3%. Meanwhile, the median percentage of ethnic representation on boards for hardware and equipment companies in the S&P 500, which includes Apple (AAPL) , stood at 15.3%, or just under 1 in 6, and the overall percentage of board seats held by ethnic minorities in that sector was 17.3%.

  • [By ]

    Four months into 2018, just take a step back and process what your portfolio has had to endure.

    Two major gap downs (early February and mid-March) in the S&P 500 and Dow Jones Industrial Average thanks to trade war talk that seemingly came out of nowhere. A more blunt talking Fed chairman in Jerome Powell than his predecessors Janet Yellen and Ben Bernanke. The market has not responded well to Powell, at all. A rout in the one-time market darlings known as FAANG (Facebook (FB) , Amazon (AMZN) , Apple (AAPL) , Netflix (NFLX) , and Alphabet (GOOGL) ) stocks. Whereas these companies could do no wrong in 2017, they are now viewed by many on Wall Street as overvalued and poised to be regulated by the government. Many “value” stocks have continued to get cheaper even with a market experiencing heightened volatility. General Electric (GE) , historically a beacon of safety due to its solid dividend, has shed 25%. The company’s financial troubles haven’t helped its investment case, either.  The VIX Index, commonly known as Wall Street’s fear guage, has hovered above 20 for much of the year. For most of 2017, the VIX Index was below 10 as investors feared very little.  Gold prices have stayed in a tight trading range despite a more nervous stock market. Who would have thought.  Bitcoin prices have crashed 38%, leading a plunge across the once smoking hot cryptocurrency space. 

    Be honest with yourself: how the market has reacted so far this year has surprised you. And that’s OK if it has, successful investing isn’t easy. But, the ramped up uncertaintly underscores why you need top-notch guidance and education like never before. 

  • [By Ashraf Eassa]

    The last time that Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) released an update to the iPad mini product line was in November 2015 with the introduction of the iPad mini 4. It was certainly a competent product. Engadget’s Chris Velazco praised the device in his review, saying that the iPad mini 4’s “entire package, from the still-snappy A8 chipset to the beautiful and almost-pocketable screen, to the incredibly sleek chassis, makes it worthy of your consideration.”

Top 10 Casino Stocks To Watch For 2019: L'Oréal S.A. (LRLCY)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Deutsche Bank cut shares of L OREAL Co/ADR (OTCMKTS:LRLCY) from a buy rating to a hold rating in a report released on Friday morning, The Fly reports.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    L OREAL Co/ADR (OTCMKTS:LRLCY) was downgraded by Berenberg Bank from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report released on Thursday, The Fly reports.

Top 10 Casino Stocks To Watch For 2019: John Bean Technologies Corporation(JBT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    John Bean Technologies (NYSE:JBT) was downgraded by analysts at JPMorgan Chase & Co. from a neutral rating to an underweight rating. JPMorgan Chase & Co. currently has $88.00 price target on the stock.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

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  • [By Logan Wallace]

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Top 10 Casino Stocks To Watch For 2019: Cellcom Israel Ltd.(CEL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Hellenic Telecom Organization (NYSE: CEL) and Cellcom Israel (NYSE:CEL) are both utilities companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, earnings, valuation, risk, institutional ownership, dividends and analyst recommendations.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Thursday afternoon, the health care shares rose 1.79 percent. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included Partner Communications Company Ltd. (NASDAQ: PTNR), up 8 percent, and Cellcom Israel Ltd. (NYSE: CEL) up 7 percent.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Millicom (OTCMKTS: MIICF) and Cellcom Israel (NYSE:CEL) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, valuation, dividends, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, earnings and profitability.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Partner Communications (NASDAQ: PTNR) and Cellcom Israel (NYSE:CEL) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, risk, valuation, profitability and dividends.

Top 10 Casino Stocks To Watch For 2019: ImmuCell Corporation(ICCC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

    ImmuCell Co. (NASDAQ:ICCC) Director David Scott Tomsche purchased 3,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Thursday, August 16th. The stock was purchased at an average cost of $6.67 per share, with a total value of $20,010.00. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which can be accessed through the SEC website.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    ImmuCell (NASDAQ:ICCC) released its quarterly earnings results on Monday. The biotechnology company reported ($0.04) earnings per share for the quarter, Bloomberg Earnings reports. ImmuCell had a negative net margin of 1.61% and a negative return on equity of 0.79%.

Top 10 Tech Stocks To Invest In Right Now

Shares of Caterpillar (CAT ) opened slightly higher on Monday, just one day before the construction and mining equipment giant is scheduled to report its first quarter earnings. This might signal that investors are confident about Caterpillar ahead of the release of its Q1 financial results. Let’s dive into some of the details to see if they should be.

Caterpillar is considered a bellwether for the global economy, maybe even more so than the likes of tech titans such as Amazon (AMZN ) , Netflix (NFLX ) , or Facebook (FB ) . Therefore, investors will want to pay close attention to the company’s Q1 results.

CAT stock is up over 4% in the last four weeks amid an overall market downturn. But concerns about a possible Trump tariff related setback could perhaps show up in the near-term.

With that said, investors will want to know if Caterpillar’s current estimates and fundamentals make it look like an enticing stock to consider buying ahead of its Q1 report.

Top 10 Tech Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Infinera Corporation(INFN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Benzinga News Desk]

    Maybe AT&T’s (NYSE: T) $85 billion merger with Time Warner (NYSE: TWX) is in trouble, after all: Link

    ECONOMIC DATA
    USA S&P/CS HPI Composite – 20 n.s.a. (YoY) for Mar 6.80% vs 6.40% Est; Prior 6.80%
    The Conference Board’s consumer confidence index for May will be released at 10:00 a.m. ET.
    The Dallas Fed manufacturing index for May is schedule for release at 10:30 a.m. ET.
    The Treasury is set to auction 3-and 6-month bills at 11:30 a.m. ET.
    The Treasury will auction 4-week bills at 1:00 p.m. ET.
    ANALYST RATINGS
    Morgan Stanley upgrades Roku (NASDAQ: ROKU) from Underweight to Equal-Weight
    KBW upgrades Federated Investors (NYSE: FII) from Underperform to Market Perform
    HSBC downgrades Novartis (NYSE: NVS) from Buy to Hold
    Jefferies downgrades Infinera (NASDAQ: INFN) from Hold to Underperform

    This is a tool used by the Benzinga News Desk each trading day — it's a look at everything happening in the market, in five minutes. To get the full version of this note every morning, click here.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

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  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Check out these big penny stock gainers and losers

    Losers
    MDC Partners Inc. (NASDAQ: MDCA) fell 23.4 percent to $5.25 in pre-market trading after a first-quarter earnings miss.
    Hudson Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ: HDSN) shares fell 15.1 percent to $3.48 in pre-market trading after the company reported downbeat Q1 earnings.
    Nuance Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: NUAN) fell 14 percent to $13.15 in pre-market trading after the company posted downbeat Q2 earnings and lowered FY18 organic growth guidance.
    Myomo, Inc. (NYSE: MYO) fell 13.2 percent to $3.10 in pre-market trading after reporting downbeat quarterly results.
    Rowan Companies plc (NYSE: RDC) shares fell 10.7 percent to $14.13 in pre-market trading after climbing 8.50 percent on Wednesday.
    BT Group plc (NYSE: BT) fell 9 percent to $14.80 in pre-market trading after the company reported Q4 results and announced plans to cut 13,000 jobs over the next three years.
    Exelixis, Inc. (NASDAQ: EXEL) fell 8.3 percent to $19.90 in pre-market trading after the company disclosed that IMblaze370 Phase 3 pivotal trial of atezolizumab and cobimetinib in patients with heavily pretreated locally advanced or metastatic colorectal cancer did not meet primary endpoint.
    Infinera Corporation (NASDAQ: INFN) fell 8.2 percent to $10.80 in pre-market trading after reporting Q1 results.
    Synaptics, Incorporated (NASDAQ: SYNA) shares fell 7.4 percent to $43.00 in pre-market trading. Synaptics reported better-than-expected earnings for its third quarter, while sales missed estimates.
    Randgold Resources Limited (NASDAQ: GOLD) shares fell 7.4 percent to $76.23 in pre-market trading after reporting Q1 earnings.
    Integra LifeSciences Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ: IART) shares fell 7 percent to $59.36 in pre-market trading. Integra LifeSciences priced its 5.25 million share public offering of common stock at $58.50 per share.
    Array BioPharma Inc. (NASDAQ: ARRY) shares fell 6.9 percent to $12.75 in pre-m

  • [By Brian Feroldi]

    In response to receiving an analyst downgrade, shares of Infinera (NASDAQ:INFN), a maker of equipment used in telecommunications, fell 10% as of 3:45 p.m. EDT on Tuesday.

Top 10 Tech Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Google Inc.(GOOG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Evan Niu, CFA]

    Alphabet (NASDAQ:GOOG) (NASDAQ:GOOGL) subsidiary Google has just announcedthat it plans to acquire Israel-based Velostrata, a start-up that specializes in helping enterprises migrate to the cloud. The cloud infrastructure market is booming, as newer companies increasingly realize they can utilize third-party infrastructure in the early days to great benefit, while more mature companies often supplement first-party infrastructure with third-party offerings to bolster performance and reliability.

  • [By Billy Duberstein]

    Box was an early mover in the content and file management space in enterprise markets. In its annual report, the company highlights Alphabet(Nasdaq: GOOG), Microsoft,Dropbox, and Canadian software giant Open Text Corporation (Nasdaq: OTEX) as competitors. Those may seem like daunting foes, but Box’s cloud-neutral platform (unlike Alphabet and Microsoft) has allowed it to succeed, and it also has an edge in the high-touch enterprise over the more consumer and SMB-focused Dropbox. These factors, combined with excellent execution, has allowed Box to win nearly 70% of the Fortune 500 as customers, and generate very low churn of only around 4%, showing the “stickiness” of Box’s software.

  • [By Rick Munarriz]

    Endless Summer will star teen model Summer Mckeen,a beauty and fashion vlogger that has built up a huge following on Alphabet(NASDAQ:GOOG) (NASDAQ:GOOGL)subsidiary Google’s YouTube. Mckeen now has more than 1.4 million subscribers to her YouTube channel. Hitching one’s post to a young YouTuber on the rise seems like a no-brainer. The built-in audience is there, and the salary demands are modest relative to actual movie and TV celebrities. However, Google itself has stumbled in plucking its most magnetic YouTube stars in its own push for original content. Snap is hoping to avoid failing as well.

  • [By Leo Sun]

    In 2015, Alphabet’s (NASDAQ:GOOG) (NASDAQ:GOOGL) Google launched YouTube Red, a paid ad-free subscription service aimed at challenging Netflix (NASDAQ:NFLX). However, YouTube Red never gained much ground against its entrenched rival.

  • [By Evan Niu, CFA]

    One such link refers to Fitbit’s recently announced collaboration with Alphabet(NASDAQ:GOOG) (NASDAQ:GOOGL)subsidiary Google, which is undoubtedly a step in the right direction for Fitbit’s cloud-based digital health platform (not to mention Google Cloud’s business). Despite Street analysts’ purported inability to conduct research, Citron cites a JP Morgan reportdiscussing how medical technology for diabetes is progressing at an incredible pace.

Top 10 Tech Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd.(GILT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Gilat Satellite Networks (NASDAQ: GILT) and Ceragon Networks (NASDAQ:CRNT) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, analyst recommendations, earnings, dividends, valuation, profitability and institutional ownership.

Top 10 Tech Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Autohome Inc.(ATHM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    These are some of the media stories that may have impacted Accern Sentiment Analysis’s scoring:

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    Dow Jones Falls Before Trump’s Iran Decision; These 2 IBD 50 Stocks Jump (investors.com) Autohome Quarterly Earnings Beat Estimates, Guides Higher (finance.yahoo.com) Autohome (ATHM) Posts Earnings Results, Beats Expectations By $0.11 EPS (americanbankingnews.com) Earnings Reaction History: Autohome Inc., 44.4% Follow-Through Indicator, 4.6% Sensitive (nasdaq.com) BRIEF-Autohome Reports Qtrly Earnings Per Share Of RMB 4.05 (reuters.com)

    Several analysts have recently commented on the stock. ValuEngine raised shares of Autohome from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Wednesday, April 11th. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Autohome from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $99.00 price objective for the company in a research report on Monday, March 12th. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating and eight have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $73.97.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Autohome (NYSE: ATHM) and Pegasystems (NASDAQ:PEGA) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, risk, dividends, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, profitability and earnings.

  • [By Leo Sun]

    Tencent’s and JD’s investments inBitauto, which date back over three years, allow the two companies to expand their ecosystems into the online automotive market. By tethering itself to Tencent’s WeChat and JD’s online marketplace, Bitauto widens its moat against Autohome (NYSE:ATHM), its primary rival.

Top 10 Tech Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Apple Inc.(AAPL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Evan Niu, CFA]

    Famed investor Warren Buffett loves Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) stock. The Oracle of Omaha has been steadily increasingBerkshire Hathaway’s (NYSE:BRK-A) (NYSE:BRK-B)stake over the past couple of years, and it sounds like Buffett has no intention of putting the brakes on buying Apple shares. Berkshire hosted its annual meeting over the weekend, and as usual Buffett offered up some sage adviceto investors looking to emulate his returns.

  • [By ]

    Who would have thought just 10 years ago most of us would have tiny computers in our pocket or purse at nearly every waking moment — devices capable of accessing virtually all of the world’s knowledge? Needless to say, early investors in Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL) came out alright on that game-changer.

  • [By Chris Neiger, Ashraf Eassa, and Reuben Gregg Brewer]

    Ashraf Eassa (Cirrus Logic):Instead of buying a risky penny stock, you might want to check out shares ofaudio-chip maker Cirrus Logic. Cirrus Logic generates most of its revenue from selling audio chips to Apple(NASDAQ:AAPL) in support of the iPhone, iPad, and other devices, so it’s a stock that carries with it some very real concentration risk.

  • [By Mac Greer]

    Alphabet (NASDAQ:GOOGL) (NASDAQ:GOOG) invested some $550 million into Chinese e-commerce giant JD.com (NASDAQ:JD), which should allow for plenty of long-term tech investment. Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) is teaming up with Oprah to produce some exclusive content, but this deal doesn’t look half as exciting as Oprah’s jaw-dropping spell with Weight Watchers (NYSE:WTW). And Perry Ellis (NASDAQ:PERY) is ending its career on the public markets as founder George Feldenkreis takes the retailer private. Click Play to find out more.

  • [By Douglas A. McIntyre]

    Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ: MSFT) has passed Alphabet Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOGL) in market cap and could move into second place behind Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL). According to CNNMoney:

  • [By Douglas A. McIntyre]

    Oprah Winfrey, perhaps the most famous one-person entertainment company in the world, has signed a deal with Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) to create “original” shows. Apple is so far behind Netflix Inc. (NASDAQ: NFLX) and Amazon.com Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN), the arrangement is Oprah versus the rest of the entertainment world.

Top 10 Tech Stocks To Invest In Right Now: OSI Systems, Inc.(OSIS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Millennium Management LLC lessened its stake in shares of OSI Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:OSIS) by 40.1% during the first quarter, according to its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The institutional investor owned 255,483 shares of the technology company’s stock after selling 170,680 shares during the quarter. Millennium Management LLC owned about 1.41% of OSI Systems worth $16,675,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Get a free copy of the Zacks research report on OSI Systems (OSIS)

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  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Here are some of the headlines that may have impacted Accern’s rankings:

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    OSI Systems (OSIS) Rating Increased to Buy at Zacks Investment Research (americanbankingnews.com) OSI Systems (OSIS) Downgraded by BidaskClub (americanbankingnews.com) OSI Systems (OSIS) Downgraded by Zacks Investment Research to Hold (americanbankingnews.com) $274.42 Million in Sales Expected for OSI Systems, Inc. (OSIS) This Quarter (americanbankingnews.com) Zacks: Analysts Expect OSI Systems, Inc. (OSIS) Will Post Earnings of $0.94 Per Share (americanbankingnews.com)

    OSIS has been the subject of several research reports. Sidoti initiated coverage on OSI Systems in a research note on Wednesday, February 21st. They issued a “buy” rating for the company. Zacks Investment Research raised OSI Systems from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $69.00 price objective for the company in a research note on Wednesday, April 4th. ValuEngine lowered OSI Systems from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Wednesday, May 2nd. Jefferies Group lowered OSI Systems from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating and dropped their price objective for the company from $79.00 to $70.00 in a research note on Friday, February 2nd. They noted that the move was a valuation call. Finally, BidaskClub lowered OSI Systems from a “sell” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a research note on Saturday, January 20th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, two have issued a hold rating and four have given a buy rating to the stock. The company presently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $86.20.

Top 10 Tech Stocks To Invest In Right Now: American Superconductor Corporation(AMSC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

    News stories about American Superconductor (NASDAQ:AMSC) have been trending somewhat positive this week, Accern reports. Accern scores the sentiment of news coverage by reviewing more than 20 million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. American Superconductor earned a news impact score of 0.18 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media headlines about the technology company an impact score of 46.824635153043 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the next few days.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    American Superconductor (NASDAQ:AMSC) had its price target upped by investment analysts at B. Riley from $6.00 to $7.00 in a research note issued on Monday. The firm presently has a “neutral” rating on the technology company’s stock. B. Riley’s price objective suggests a potential upside of 10.06% from the company’s current price.

  • [By Money Morning News Team]

    American Superconductor Corp.(Nasdaq: AMSC), based in Massachusetts, manufactures two-megawatt wind turbines and supplies for the construction of electrical power grids.

Top 10 Tech Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Microsoft Corporation(MSFT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Douglas A. McIntyre]

    After International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE: IBM) posted a 3.7% rise in revenue for the second quarter, its shares rose modestly. The company’s extremely slow growth shows it is still not in the league with Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ: MSFT) and other tech giants that have posted strong revenue improvements in areas where IBM management says its future lies.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    The second-best performer among the Dow Jones industrials so far this year is Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ: MSFT), which is up 15.28%. That is followed by Visa Inc. (NYSE: V), up 18.3%, UnitedHealthGroup Inc. (NYSE: UNH), up 13.7%, and Boeing Co. (NYSE: BA), up 13.5%. Of the 30 Dow stocks, only 11 have managed to post a gain to date in 2018.

  • [By David Zeiler]

    But unlike many of the companies most often mentioned as top cloud computing stocks – Amazon.com Inc. (Nasdaq: AMZN), Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO), Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) – Athenahealth is a pure play.

  • [By Anders Bylund]

    MongoDB’s innovative NoSQL databases provide a flexible framework for modern businesses in the cloud, and some of the company’s most obvious rivals are actually acting more like business partners at the moment. For example, Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) not only supports MongoDB on its Azure cloud platformbut has also launched a co-selling program to highlight the business value of that combination.

  • [By ]

    Just a few months ago, Apple (AAPL) , an Action Alerts PLUS holding, was the early favorite and it looked like the company had no challengers. But amid reports of slowing iPhone sales, Apple’s momentum is slowing, leaving an opening for Alphabet (GOOGL) , Microsoft (MSFT) and Amazon (AMZN) .

Top 10 Tech Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Internap Network Services Corporation(INAP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Internap (NASDAQ:INAP) issued its quarterly earnings data on Thursday. The information technology services provider reported ($0.70) earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of ($0.57) by ($0.13), MarketWatch Earnings reports. The business had revenue of $74.20 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $73.99 million. Internap had a negative return on equity of 271.76% and a negative net margin of 16.15%. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was up 2.9% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period in the previous year, the business posted ($0.02) earnings per share.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

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  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Internap Corp (NASDAQ:INAP) has received an average rating of “Buy” from the six analysts that are currently covering the firm, MarketBeat reports. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, one has issued a hold rating, one has issued a buy rating and two have given a strong buy rating to the company. The average 12-month price objective among brokerages that have covered the stock in the last year is $28.00.

Top 10 Tech Stocks To Invest In Right Now: GlobalSCAPE, Inc.(GSB)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Check out these big penny stock gainers and losers

    Losers
    Akorn, Inc. (NASDAQ: AKRX) fell 32.7 percent to $13.25 in pre-market trading after Fresenius terminated its merger deal with Akorn.
    Chicago Bridge & Iron Company N.V. (NYSE: CBI) fell 15.7 percent to $12.30 in pre-market trading. Subsea 7 confirmed a $7.00 per share proposal to acquire Mcdermott, pending termination of merger agreement with CB&I.
    Myomo, Inc. (NYSE: MYO) fell 9 percent to $3.65 in pre-market trading after rising 11.39 percent on Friday.
    Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS) fell 8 percent to $88.36 in pre-market trading after the company reported weaker-than-expected results for its first quarter on Monday.
    SunPower Corporation (NASDAQ: SPWR) fell 7.1 percent to $9.00 in pre-market trading.
    Endeavour Silver Corp. (NYSE: EXK) shares fell 5.9 percent to $2.88 in pre-market trading after declining 3.16 percent on Friday.
    Mattel, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAT) shares fell 5.5 percent to $12.25 in pre-market trading.
    Valeritas Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: VLRX) shares fell 5.1 percent to $2.96 in pre-market trading after rising 76.27 percent on Friday.
    GlobalSCAPE, Inc. (NYSE: GSB) fell 5.1 percent to $3.57 in pre-market trading.
    Fresenius Medical Care AG & Co. KGaA (NYSE: FMS) shares fell 4.1 percent to $49.93 in pre-market trading.
    Oasis Petroleum Inc. (NYSE: OAS) fell 4.1 percent to $9.75 in pre-market trading. SunTrust Robinson Humphrey downgraded Oasis Petroleum from Hold to Sell

Best Blue Chip Stocks To Invest In Right Now

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Fact: When interest rates rise, you need to be in dividend-growth stocks.

Proof: They’ve handily beaten the S&P 500 in the 17 months since the Federal Reserve put the zero-interest-rate era on ice.

In just a moment, I’ll show you 2 terrific off-the-radar dividend-growth plays to snap up now—and 2 surprising blue chips you’ll want to keep well away from your nest egg.

First, take a look at how the iShares Core Dividend-Growth ETF (DGRO) has performed vs. the SPDR S&P 500 ETF (SPY) on a total-return basis since December 16, 2015, the day Janet Yellen raised rates for the first time in nine years.

The Dividend-Growth Edge in 1 Chart

Best Blue Chip Stocks To Invest In Right Now: United States Steel Corporation(X)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    This venerable steel producer remains a favorite on Wall Street.United States Steel Corp. (NYSE: X) produces and sells flat-rolled and tubular steel products in North America and Europe. It operates through three segments.Its Flat-Rolled Products segment offers slabs, rounds, strip mill plates, sheets and tin mill products. This segment serves customers in the automotive, consumer and the combined industrial, service center and mining commercial markets.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    One seemingly interesting bright spot though now that the sector has come off a bit is steel. Two steel stocks in United States Steel Corporation (X) and Steel Dynamics, Inc. (STLD) not only are looking technically attractive once again, they’re offering some nice value on a fundamental basis, albeit for very different reasons.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    TMX Group Ltd (TSE:X) – Equities researchers at National Bank Financial lowered their Q3 2018 earnings per share estimates for shares of TMX Group in a research report issued on Monday, July 16th. National Bank Financial analyst J. Gloyn now forecasts that the company will post earnings of $1.30 per share for the quarter, down from their prior estimate of $1.33. National Bank Financial currently has a “Outperform” rating and a $88.00 price target on the stock. National Bank Financial also issued estimates for TMX Group’s Q4 2018 earnings at $1.35 EPS and FY2019 earnings at $5.68 EPS.

Best Blue Chip Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Franco-Nevada Corporation(FNV)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Reuben Gregg Brewer]

    This, however, is where streaming company Wheaton Precious Metals (NYSE:WPM)and its peers Royal Gold (NASDAQ:RGLD) and Franco-Nevada (NYSE:FNV)come into play. Streaming companies provide cash up front to miners for the right to buy gold and silver in the future at reduced rates. Often miners use the money to build new mines. Wheaton provided $625 million in cash to Barrick for the development of Pascua-Lama. That is just one of 10 development projects in which Wheaton has invested. Its portfolio also contains 17 operating mines.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Franco Nevada Corp (NYSE:FNV) (TSE:FNV) has received an average recommendation of “Hold” from the twelve research firms that are presently covering the firm, Marketbeat Ratings reports. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, six have issued a hold rating and five have given a buy rating to the company. The average 1 year price objective among brokerages that have issued a report on the stock in the last year is $95.17.

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    Franco-Nevada (NYSE:FNV) has done a good job recently of expanding its reach. After focusing almost exclusively on streaming agreements with mining partners in gold and other precious and base metals, the company decided recently to boost its exposure to oil and gas considerably. That’s proven to be an important move, as weaker gold production has been offset by better performance in its growing energy portfolio.

Best Blue Chip Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Celgene Corporation(CELG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Todd Campbell]

    It’s been a tough year for Celgene Corp. (NASDAQ:CELG)investors, but upcoming phase 3 dataon luspaterceptfromAcceleron Pharma (NASDAQ:XLRN)could rekindle interest in Celgene’s stock price. Acceleron is expected to report trial results for luspatercept in myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) and beta thalassemia anytime now, and if the results are positive, Celgene thinks luspatercept could be a multibillion-dollar-per-year blockbuster.

  • [By Todd Campbell]

    In collaboration with Celgene Corp. (NASDAQ:CELG), Acceleron Pharma is developing luspatercept, an erythroid maturation agent (EMA) that addresses chronic anemia in MDS and beta-thalassemia by promoting the production of healthy red blood cells.

  • [By George Budwell]

    Shares of blue-chip biotech Celgene Corporation (NASDAQ:CELG) fell by a staggering 23.9% through the first six months of this year,according to data fromS&P Global Market Intelligence. The biotech’s former high-flying ways were halted this year by a slew of headwinds that all center around the upcoming patent expiration for the top-selling multiple myeloma drug Revlimid.

  • [By George Budwell]

    Top healthcare stocks CVS Health Corporation (NYSE:CVS) and Celgene Corporation (NASDAQ:CELG), for example, come across as downright bargains for a variety of reasons right now. Read on the find out more.

  • [By Keith Speights]

    Amgen (NASDAQ:AMGN) has been the hands-down winner over Celgene (NASDAQ:CELG) in terms of stock performance over the last year. It’s the same story for revenue generated. Celgene beat Amgen in earnings, but only because of a technicality: Amgen incurred a big one-time tax hit in 2017.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Lingering outside the spotlight of the top 10 most shorted Nasdaq stocks again in the most recent period were Celgene Corp. (NASDAQ: CELG), Cisco Systems Inc. (NASDAQ: CSCO) and Twenty-First Century Fox Inc. (NASDAQ: FOXA).

Best Blue Chip Stocks To Invest In Right Now: bluebird bio, Inc.(BLUE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Keith Speights]

    Bellicum Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:BLCM) and bluebird bio (NASDAQ:BLUE) are both clinical-stage biotechs that are developing cutting-edge therapies to treat cancer and other diseases. But the fortunes of these two biotechs have been very different over the last 12 months. Bellicum stock is down 37% during the period, while Bluebird’s share price has soared more than 125%.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Blue Protocol (CURRENCY:BLUE) traded 5.2% lower against the US dollar during the one day period ending at 18:00 PM ET on June 27th. In the last seven days, Blue Protocol has traded down 29.4% against the US dollar. Blue Protocol has a total market capitalization of $3.16 million and approximately $3,034.00 worth of Blue Protocol was traded on exchanges in the last 24 hours. One Blue Protocol token can currently be bought for approximately $0.0862 or 0.00001406 BTC on exchanges including IDEX, YoBit, CoinExchange and EtherDelta (ForkDelta).

  • [By Todd Campbell]

    Celgene is working with bluebird bio (NASDAQ:BLUE) on bb2121, a chimeric antigen receptor T-cell (CAR-T) therapy for use in multiple myeloma. Initially, bb2121 is being studied in the fourth-line or higher setting, where there’s a significant need for new treatment. However, data observed so far suggests that it may eventually wind up being a successor to Revlimid and Pomalyst.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    bluebird bio (NASDAQ:BLUE)‘s stock had its “underweight” rating reaffirmed by equities research analysts at Cantor Fitzgerald in a report issued on Wednesday.

Best Blue Chip Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Apple Inc.(AAPL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ashraf Eassa]

    It’s widely rumored that Apple(NASDAQ:AAPL) intends to launch three new iPhone models this year. At the bottom of the product stack is supposed to be a device with a liquid crystal display (LCD) that measures 6.1 inches along the diagonal.

  • [By Evan Niu, CFA]

    This all comes as Apple(NASDAQ:AAPL) is preparing to take Apple News to the next level in iOS 12, incorporating the service across other apps and services while redesigning the interface and bringing it to the Mac. Apple is taking news curation and distribution very seriously, presumably ahead of its rumored launch of a premium news subscription.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Qualcomm reaffirmed its “high confidence” that the merger will result in adjusted EPS in fiscal year 2019 of $6.75 to $7.50, excluding royalties and other revenues from Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) and other licensees currently disputing payments to Qualcomm. The adjusted EPS figure includes a $1 billion cost reduction program and a boost of $1.50 in EPS from NXP.

  • [By Evan Niu, CFA]

    In addition to growing its services business, we know that Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) is working on a new suite of audio accessories, including premium over-ear headphones that would compete with market leaders like Bose. The Mac maker has also been widely reported to be working on second-generation AirPods, which have proven to be a sleeper hit; the next version will likely include water resistance as a headline selling feature.

  • [By Douglas A. McIntyre]

    Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) is the most valuable company in America based on market cap and is unlikely to let go of that position in the foreseeable future. However, the race for second place has tightened as Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ: MSFT) has caught up with Amazon.com Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN).

Best Blue Chip Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Schwab US Large-Cap ETF (SCHX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Milestone Group Inc. decreased its stake in Schwab US Large-Cap ETF (NYSEARCA:SCHX) by 4.1% in the 1st quarter, according to its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The firm owned 63,425 shares of the company’s stock after selling 2,710 shares during the period. Schwab US Large-Cap ETF makes up 0.7% of Milestone Group Inc.’s investment portfolio, making the stock its 19th largest holding. Milestone Group Inc.’s holdings in Schwab US Large-Cap ETF were worth $4,001,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission.

Top 5 Tech Stocks To Own Right Now

Alnylam Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:ALNY) jumped as much as 14.5% today after announcing earnings after the bell yesterday. As a development-stage biotech, it wasn’t the revenue or the earnings that caused the spike, but the progression of Allnylam’s pipeline.

Nevertheless, here’s how the fourth quarter played out financially:

Alnylam Pharmaceuticals results: The raw numbers

Metric

Q4 2016

Q4 2015

Year-Over-Year Change

Revenue

$17.5 million

$7.5 million

131%

Income from operations

($115 million)

($93 million)

N/A

Earnings per share

Top 5 Tech Stocks To Own Right Now: Ringcentral, Inc.(RNG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Shares of RingCentral (NYSE:RNG) were up 2.9% during trading on Friday after SunTrust Banks raised their price target on the stock to $80.00. SunTrust Banks currently has a buy rating on the stock. RingCentral traded as high as $81.20 and last traded at $74.55. Approximately 19,219 shares were traded during mid-day trading, a decline of 96% from the average daily volume of 485,528 shares. The stock had previously closed at $76.80.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    RingCentral (NYSE: RNG) and Inovalon (NASDAQ:INOV) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, risk, valuation, analyst recommendations, profitability, institutional ownership and earnings.

Top 5 Tech Stocks To Own Right Now: AirMedia Group Inc(AMCN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    AirMedia Group Inc. (NASDAQ: AMCN) posted a 52-week low of $1.04 after closing down 23% on Wednesday at $1.35. The 52-week high is $3.30. Volume was about 4 million, nearly 20 times the daily average of around 230,000 million shares. The Chinese outdoor advertising company said yesterday that it is terminating a potential go-private transaction.

Top 5 Tech Stocks To Own Right Now: Mimecast Limited(MIME)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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    Three Stocks to Watch Today: COP, HD, HSBC
    ConocoPhillips (NYSE: COP) has seized assets from the Venezuelan-owned firm PDVSA in the Caribbean. The company won a court case that will allow it to take over assets owned by the Venezuelan government. The court enabled the seizures as part of a broader plan to allow the firm to recoup roughly $2 billion following the 2007 nationalization of its assets in Venezuela by the huge Castro-led government.
    Monday will be a quiet day on the earnings front. Investors are looking to Tuesday’s calendar, when The Home Depot Inc. (NYSE: HD) reports earnings. Tomorrow, Wall Street analysts expect that Home Depot will report earnings per share of $2.07 on top of $25.2 billion in revenue. Investors will be hoping that the company reports strong profits thanks to an improving U.S. economy and the recent tax reform law.
    Expect a lot of chatter today about blockchain technology. That’s because ING Bank and HSBC Holdings Plc.(NYSE: HSBC) announced over the weekend that they engaged in their first trade ever using blockchain technology. The two engaged in a trade on behalf of Cargill to finance a shipment of soybeans from Argentina to Malaysia.
    Today, look for earnings reports from Agilent Technologies (NYSE: A), Itron Inc.(Nasdaq: ITRI), Vipshop Holdings Ltd.(Nasdaq: VIPS), Amyris Biotechnologies Inc. (Nasdaq: AMRS), Sky Solar Holdings Ltd.(Nasdaq: SKYS), Mazor Robotics Ltd.(Nasdaq: MZOR), China Lodging Group Ltd. (Nasdaq: HTHT), and Mimecast Ltd.(Nasdaq: MIME).

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  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Euro Tech Holdings Company Limited (NASDAQ: CLWT) shares rose 14.1 percent to $3.65 in the pre-market trading session after reporting 2017 year-end results.
    LightPath Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: LPTH) rose 13.3 percent to $2.43 in pre-market trading after reporting a third-quarter earnings beat.
    MYnd Analytics, Inc. (NASDAQ: MYND) rose 10.5 percent to $3.49 in pre-market trading. MYnd Analytics reported a Q2 net loss of $2.7 million on revenue of $459,900.
    SORL Auto Parts, Inc. (NASDAQ: SORL) shares rose 8.4 percent to $5.68 in pre-market trading after reporting upbeat Q1 results.
    Famous Dave's of America, Inc. (NASDAQ: DAVE) shares rose 7.7 percent to $8.40 in pre-market trading after the company reported upbeat earnings for its first quarter on Monday.
    Xenon Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ: XENE) rose 7.5 percent to $6.45 in pre-market trading after the company presented XEN901 Phase 1 clinical update and XEN1101 TMS pharmacodynamic Phase 1 data.
    Mimecast Ltd (NASDAQ: MIME) rose 6.5 percent to $43.50 in pre-market trading following a first-quarter sales beat.
    Boxlight Corporation (NASDAQ: BOXL) rose 6 percent to $12.50 in pre-market trading after surging 77.44 percent on Monday.
    Intellia Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTLA) shares rose 6 percent to $26.05 in pre-market trading after climbing 3.58 percent on Monday.
    PPDAI Group Inc. (NASDAQ: PPDF) rose 4.7 percent to $7.20 in pre-market trading following Q1 results.
    Xunlei Limited (NASDAQ: XNET) rose 4.1 percent to $13.88 in pre-market trading after gaining 2.54 percent on Monday.
    Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc. (NYSE: VRX) shares rose 4.5 percent to $21.73 in pre-market trading. Mizuho upgraded Valeant from Neutral to Buy.
    Bovie Medical Corporation (NYSE: BVX) rose 4.1 percent to $3.80 in pre-market trading after reporting a first-quarter sales beat.
    Myomo, Inc. (NYSE: MYO) rose 3.4 percent to $4.00 in pre-market trading after jumping 23.25 percent o
  • [By Todd Campbell]

    Investing in emerging growth stocks for the long haul can be a great way to produce market-beating returns, but with thousands of stocks to choose from, it can be tough figuring out which are worth owning. To help, I went searching for growth stocks that can be added to portfolios and pickedAtlassian Corp. (NASDAQ:TEAM), Mimecast (NASDAQ:MIME), and 2U Inc. (NASDAQ:TWOU) as my favorite stocks to buy in May. Read on to learn if these stocks are right for your portfolio, too.

  • [By Todd Campbell and Timothy Green]

    Buying and holding shares in great companies like eBayfor the long haul has proven to be very profit-friendly, but identifying growth stocks early on isn’t easy. To help find tomorrow’s winners, we asked two Motley Fool investors which burgeoning growth stocks are on their radar right now. They responded with Skechers (NYSE:SKX)and Mimecast (NASDAQ:MIME). Read on to find out if these stocks deserve a spot in your portfolio.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Get a free copy of the Zacks research report on Mimecast (MIME)

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Top 5 Tech Stocks To Own Right Now: Apple Inc.(AAPL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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    The Problem With The Classic View
    As it pertains to the financial markets, convention has it that if there are stupid, irrational humans in the marketplace, they will be met with rational, smart humans who will take advantage of any irrational behavior, thus bringing the market back to rational levels. For example, if investors turn sour on shares of Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL) and begin selling them, then these smart people will jump in and buy them up as they become undervalued. In the end, not much will happen to the price of Apple shares.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    The mobile app is available for both Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) iOS and Alphabet Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOGL) Android operating systems. TeenSafe gives parents access to text messages, location data and web browsing history, along with call logs, contact lists, bookmarks and messages sent in other apps such as Kik and WhatsApp. Parents do not need to get their children’s permission to use TeenSafe.

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    Apple’s (AAPL) shares certainly haven’t been unscathed as one chip supplier after another has offered bleak commentary about near-term smartphone demand. And even before this selloff, shares were trading at pretty subdued multiples.

  • [By Ashraf Eassa]

    Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) current product cycle got off to a bumpy start. The company announced three new iPhones in mid-September — iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X — but it only began shipping the former two in September. Apple didn’t even begin taking pre-orders for the iPhone X until late October, and deliveries didn’t begin until early November.

  • [By Rich Smith]

    Rumors that Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) is planning to kill the iPhone X persist.

    Earlier this year, analysts at Rosenblatt Securities cited high costs in Apple’s flagship model — not just the cost for consumers to buy it, but also for Apple to build it — as one reason Apple was likely to cut production rates and potentially even cease production of (the current version) of the iPhone X. Then came another note.

Top 5 Tech Stocks To Own Right Now: Trina Solar Limited(TSL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Shares of Tree Island Steel Ltd. (TSE:TSL) hit a new 52-week low during mid-day trading on Friday . The company traded as low as C$3.40 and last traded at C$3.47, with a volume of 7100 shares traded. The stock had previously closed at C$3.49.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Energo (CURRENCY:TSL) traded 2.8% lower against the dollar during the 24-hour period ending at 22:00 PM E.T. on April 22nd. In the last week, Energo has traded up 73.1% against the dollar. Energo has a total market capitalization of $24.76 million and approximately $956,466.00 worth of Energo was traded on exchanges in the last 24 hours. One Energo token can now be bought for about $0.0425 or 0.00000481 BTC on popular exchanges including Gate.io, CoinEgg, Coinnest and Coinrail.

Top 10 Stocks For 2019

It was d茅j vu all over again for the market as stocks followed yesterday’s playbook and gave back all their gains to finish little changed on the day. And with the Fed’s decision on interest rates on tap tomorrow, why wouldn’t they?

Bloomberg News

The S&P 500 finished little changed at 2,139.76 today, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average ticked up 9.79 points, or 0.1%, to 18,129.96. The Nasdaq Composite advanced 0.1% to 5,241.35. The S&P 500 had been up as much as 0.5% earlier today.

John Canally, chief economic strategist for LPL Financial, notes that almost no one expects a rate hike tomorrow:

Has the market priced in a rate hike at this week’s meeting?

In short, no. As of Monday morning, September 19, the fed funds futures market has priced in just a 20% chance of a 25 basis point (0.25%) rate hike at this weeks meeting. Another good proxy for what the market is pricing in is the yield on the 2-year Treasury note, the Treasury note most sensitive to the Feds actions. The 2-year note yield has moved from 0.55% in late July 2016in the aftermath of the late June Brexit vote and a weak June 2016 employment report (released in early July 2016)to just under 0.80% here in mid-September 2016. At just 0.80%, the 2-year yield is below where it was (1.0%) when the Fed hiked rates in mid-December 2015.

Top 10 Stocks For 2019: Franklin Resources, Inc.(BEN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Franklin Resources Inc. (NYSE: BEN) traded down about 2% Wednesday to post a new 52-week low of $32.41 after closing Tuesday at $33.09. The stock’s 52-week high is $47.65. Volume was about equal to the daily average of around 3.6 million shares. The company had no specific news Wednesday.

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Top 10 Stocks For 2019: KAR Auction Services, Inc(KAR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

     

    Companies Reporting After The Bell
    Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is projected to post quarterly earnings at $1.22 per share on revenue of $5.72 billion.
    Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: EA) is estimated to post quarterly earnings at $1.04 per share on revenue of $5.68 billion.
    The Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS) is projected to post quarterly earnings at $1.68 per share on revenue of $14.05 billion.
    Papa John's International, Inc. (NASDAQ: PZZA) is expected to post quarterly earnings at $0.62 per share on revenue of $441.73 million.
    Jazz Pharmaceuticals plc (NASDAQ: JAZZ) is projected to post quarterly earnings at $2.77 per share on revenue of $434.87 million.
    Sun Life Financial Inc. (NYSE: SLF) is estimated to post quarterly earnings at $0.89 per share on revenue of $6.38 billion.
    LATAM Airlines Group S.A. (NYSE: LTM) is expected to post quarterly earnings at $0.16 per share on revenue of $2.70 billion.
    Liberty Global plc (NASDAQ: LBTYA) is projected to post quarterly earnings at $0.02 per share on revenue of $4.05 billion.
    TripAdvisor, Inc. (NASDAQ: TRIP) is expected to post quarterly earnings at $0.16 per share on revenue of $362.11 million.
    The Wendy's Company (NASDAQ: WEN) is projected to post quarterly earnings at $0.1 per share on revenue of $379.98 million.
    A-Mark Precious Metals, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMRK) is expected to post quarterly earnings at $0.06 per share on revenue of $1.69 billion.
    Monster Beverage Corporation (NASDAQ: MNST) is estimated to post quarterly earnings at $0.4 per share on revenue of $849.38 million.
    Convergys Corporation (NYSE: CVG) is expected to post quarterly earnings at $0.4 per share on revenue of $670.10 million.
    ScanSource, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCSC) is projected to post quarterly earnings at $0.7 per share on revenue of $875.91 million.
    KAR Auction Services, Inc. (NYSE: KAR) is expected to post quarterly earnings at $0.76 per share on revenue of $923.13

  • [By Max Byerly]

    KAR Auction Services, Inc. (NYSE:KAR) – Equities researchers at Northcoast Research reduced their Q3 2018 EPS estimates for shares of KAR Auction Services in a research report issued on Wednesday, May 9th. Northcoast Research analyst J. Healy now expects that the specialty retailer will post earnings of $0.72 per share for the quarter, down from their previous forecast of $0.73.

Top 10 Stocks For 2019: Apple Inc.(AAPL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ashraf Eassa]

    Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) current product cycle got off to a bumpy start. The company announced three new iPhones in mid-September — iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X — but it only began shipping the former two in September. Apple didn’t even begin taking pre-orders for the iPhone X until late October, and deliveries didn’t begin until early November.

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    TheStreet’s founder and Action Alerts PLUS Portfolio Manager Jim Cramer weighs in on Tuesday’s trending stocks from the floor of the New York Stock Exchange including Home Depot (HD) , Apple (AAPL) and Shake Shack (SHAK) .

  • [By Ashraf Eassa]

    One trend you might have noticed is that major systems companies (e.g. smartphone vendors, cloud service providers) are starting to design their own chips.Apple(NASDAQ:AAPL) is probably the highest-profile example of this with its custom iPhone and iPad processors, though companies like Alphabethave started building their own chips as well.

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    Earnings per share of $3.27 beat a $1.24 consensus, while revenue of $51.04 billion beat a $49.92 billion consensus. Shares of Amazon spiked more than 7% after hours to around $1,609. Amazon’s market cap now stands at approximately $780 billion, about 9% shy of Apple Inc.’s (AAPL) $833 billion market cap.

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    Can you blame the market for placing its chips on the streaming content giant? Look at the easy base case on why an investor should like the stock:

    No talk of government regulation as is the case with other FAANG names Facebook (FB) and Action Alerts PLUS holding Amazon (AMZN) .  A permanent expectation that a company such as Apple (AAPL)  or Disney (DIS) will eventually acquire Netflix.  Growth hasn’t sharply slowed as are the situations at Apple and Alphabet (GOOGL) .  While Netflix has its competitors (Hulu, Amazon etc.), there is no one stepping up to compete with the company’s owned content efforts.  People continue to cut-the-cord, playing right into the Netflix business model. 

    To be sure, there are likely hundreds of other reasons for the relative out-performance of the stock. For instance, Goldman Sachs (GS) analyst Heath Terry thinks Netflix’s financial results stand to get even stronger amid stepped up market efforts. 

Top 10 Stocks For 2019: SPDR Blmbg Barclays Intl Trs Bd ETF (BWX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Spdr Bloomberg Barclays International Treasury Bond Etf (BMV:BWX) was the target of a significant decline in short interest during the month of April. As of April 30th, there was short interest totalling 98,671 shares, a decline of 86.0% from the April 13th total of 706,330 shares. Based on an average daily volume of 636,403 shares, the days-to-cover ratio is currently 0.2 days.

Top 10 Stocks For 2019: Pan American Silver Corp.(PAAS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Pan American Silver (NASDAQ:PAAS) (TSE:PAAS) shares shot up 0.7% on Friday . The stock traded as high as $18.39 and last traded at $18.17. 97,207 shares changed hands during mid-day trading, a decline of 91% from the average session volume of 1,076,284 shares. The stock had previously closed at $18.29.

Top 10 Stocks For 2019: Axsome Therapeutics, Inc.(AXSM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Axsome Therapeutics (NASDAQ:AXSM) released its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday. The company reported ($0.19) earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of ($0.28) by $0.09, Bloomberg Earnings reports.

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Genprex, Inc. (NASDAQ: GNPX) shares gained 86.76 percent to close at $11.00 on Thursday.
    Comstock Resources, Inc. (NYSE: CRK) shares climbed 47.06 percent to close at $7.00 after the company disclosed a deal with Arkoma Drilling L.P. and Williston Drilling, L.P. to buy oil & gas properties in North Dakota. Comstock announced withdrawal of tender offers for outstanding secured notes.
    Ceridian HCM Holding Inc. (NASDAQ: CDAY) gained 41.86 percent to close at $31.21.
    MarineMax, Inc. (NYSE: HZO) shares rose 26.5 percent to close at $22.20 as the company posted upbeat Q2 results and raised its FY18 outlook.
    Concord Medical Services Holdings Limited (NYSE: CCM) jumped 24.92 percent to close at $4.06.
    Mattersight Corporation (NASDAQ: MATR) shares climbed 23.26 percent to close at $2.65 after the company agreed to be purchased by NICE Ltd.
    Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. (NYSE: CMG) rose 24.44 percent to close at $422.50 as the company reported stronger-than-expected results for its first quarter on Wednesday.
    Ultra Clean Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: UCTT) gained 17.75 percent to close at $18.64 following upbeat Q1 earnings.
    PCM, Inc. (NASDAQ: PCMI) rose 16.59 percent to close at $12.30 following Q1 results.
    Zymeworks Inc. (NASDAQ: ZYME) rose 16.06 percent to close at $15.25.
    Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: ALXN) shares climbed 14.5 percent to close at $121.42 as the company posted reported Q1 beat And raised FY18 outlook.
    Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMD) shares gained 13.7 percent to close at $11.04 as the company reported upbeat results for its first quarter.
    Axsome Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: AXSM) rose 13.21 percent to close at $3.00 after the company disclosed a positive outcome of the interim analysis of STRIDE-1 Phase 3 trial of AXS-05 in treatment resistant depression.
    O'Reilly Automotive, Inc. (NASDAQ: ORLY) jumped 13.06 percent to close at $257.40 following upbeat Q1 profit.
    BioTelemetry,
  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Comstock Resources, Inc. (NYSE: CRK) shares shot up 52 percent to $7.235 after the company disclosed a deal with Arkoma Drilling L.P. and Williston Drilling, L.P. to buy oil & gas properties in North Dakota. Comstock announced withdrawal of tender offers for outstanding secured notes.
    MarineMax, Inc. (NYSE: HZO) shares gained 24.2 percent to $21.80 as the company posted upbeat Q2 results and raised its FY18 outlook.
    Mattersight Corporation (NASDAQ: MATR) shares rose 22 percent to $2.625 after the company agreed to be purchased by NICE Ltd.
    Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. (NYSE: CMG) jumped 21.3 percent to $411.871 as the company reported stronger-than-expected results for its first quarter on Wednesday.
    Axsome Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: AXSM) rose 17 percent to $3.10 after the company disclosed a positive outcome of the interim analysis of STRIDE-1 Phase 3 trial of AXS-05 in treatment resistant depression.
    Ultra Clean Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: UCTT) rose 15.9 percent to $18.34 following upbeat Q1 earnings.
    PCM, Inc. (NASDAQ: PCMI) gained 15.6 percent to $12.20 following Q1 results.
    O'Reilly Automotive, Inc. (NASDAQ: ORLY) surged 14.4 percent to $260.3901 following upbeat Q1 profit.
    Concord Medical Services Holdings Limited (NYSE: CCM) gained 13.8 percent to $3.70.
    Penn National Gaming, Inc. (NASDAQ: PENN) rose 13.5 percent to $29.815 after reporting strong Q1 results.
    BioTelemetry, Inc. (NASDAQ: BEAT) rose 13.5 percent to $38.30 as the company reported stronger-than-expected earnings for its first quarter.
    Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMD) shares rose 13.1 percent to $10.985 as the company reported upbeat results for its first quarter.
    SJW Group (NYSE: SJW) shares gained 11.8 percent to $63.59 following Q1 results. California Water Service Group made an offer for SJW.
    Churchill Downs Incorporated (NASDAQ: CHDN) climbed 9.8 percent to $278.40 following Q1 results.
    CYS Investments, Inc. (NYSE: CYS)
  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Axsome Therapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ: AXSM) traded down about 43% Tuesday and posted a new 52-week low of $3.20 after closing Monday at $5.55. The 52-week high is $6.45. Volume was about 3.8 million, about 19 times the daily average of around 220,000 shares. The company will stop a “futile” portion of a trial of its treatment for knee osteoarthritis.

Top 10 Stocks For 2019: THL Credit, Inc.(TCRD)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Thl Credit (NASDAQ: TCRD) and Tian Ge Interactiv (OTCMKTS:TGRVF) are both small-cap finance companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, dividends, analyst recommendations, profitability, risk, institutional ownership and valuation.

Top 10 Stocks For 2019: Avangrid, Inc.(AGR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin] Companies Reporting Before The Bell
    Kimberly-Clark Corporation (NYSE: KMB) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $1.71 per share on revenue of $4.60 billion.
    Halliburton Company (NYSE: HAL) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.42 per share on revenue of $5.75 billion.
    Lennox International Inc. (NYSE: LII) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $1.09 per share on revenue of $815.16 million.
    Alaska Air Group, Inc. (NYSE: ALK) is projected to report quarterly loss at $0.12 per share on revenue of $1.82 billion.
    Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.35 per share on revenue of $822.15 million.
    Lincoln Electric Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: LECO) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $1.08 per share on revenue of $729.83 million.
    Tennant Company (NYSE: TNC) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $0.15 per share on revenue of $251.93 million.
    FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE: FE) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.67 per share on revenue of $3.43 billion.
    Koninklijke Philips NV (ADR) (NYSE: PHG) is estimated to report earnings for its first quarter.
    Bank of Hawaii Corporation (NYSE: BOH) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $1.23 per share on revenue of $162.39 million.
    Avangrid, Inc. (NYSE: AGR) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.79 per share on revenue of $1.72 billion.

     

  • [By Motley Fool Staff]

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Top 10 Stocks For 2019: Golar LNG Partners LP(GMLP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Media stories about Golar LNG Partners (NASDAQ:GMLP) have trended somewhat positive on Monday, according to Accern Sentiment. The research firm rates the sentiment of news coverage by reviewing more than 20 million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Golar LNG Partners earned a media sentiment score of 0.23 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media stories about the shipping company an impact score of 46.501475004652 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the near future.

Top 10 Stocks For 2019: Ellington Residential Mortgage REIT(EARN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Ellington Residential (NYSE:EARN) major shareholder Holdings L.P. Blackstone III bought 11,909 shares of Ellington Residential stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, May 14th. The stock was purchased at an average cost of $11.26 per share, for a total transaction of $134,095.34. The acquisition was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available at this link. Large shareholders that own 10% or more of a company’s shares are required to disclose their sales and purchases with the SEC.

Best Low Price Stocks To Invest In Right Now

Dr. Kent Moors

A few years ago, in one of my books (“The Vega Factor”), I coined a phrase to explain the new way in which oil pricing was unfolding, along with the uncertainty resulting from it.

Then, the market was facing rising crude topping $100 a barrel.

Now, the situation finds oil rising into the mid-$60s after a bout of abnormally low prices.

The phenomenon described, however, applies to oil moving in either direction.

I called it “Oil Vega.”

Simply put, it refers to the increasing inability to determine the true value of crude oil based on its market price.

Now, there is a reason why I’m revisiting this phrase now.

You see, I am close to putting the finishing touch on a new investment tool that identifies stocks based on this phenomenon.

And today, I want to give you a sneak peek at one of its main components…

Best Low Price Stocks To Invest In Right Now: iShares MSCI Japan (EWJ)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Cookson Peirce & Co. Inc. acquired a new stake in iShares MSCI Japan ETF (NYSEARCA:EWJ) during the first quarter, according to its most recent 13F filing with the SEC. The fund acquired 5,090 shares of the exchange traded fund’s stock, valued at approximately $309,000.

  • [By Zacks]

    iShares MSCI Japan ETF (NYSE: EWJ)

    This fund is suitable for investors looking for broad-based exposure to the Japanese economy. It seeks to invest in large-cap companies.

Best Low Price Stocks To Invest In Right Now: JetPay Corporation(JTPY)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    JetPay (NASDAQ:JTPY) posted its quarterly earnings results on Thursday. The credit services provider reported ($0.19) earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of ($0.16) by ($0.03), Fidelity Earnings reports. The company had revenue of $15.87 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $19.33 million. JetPay had a negative net margin of 4.54% and a negative return on equity of 305.34%.

Best Low Price Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Big Lots, Inc.(BIG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By ]

    If stronger oil prices substantially boost inflation, central bankers on balance will have one less (big) reason to keep monetary policy on hold while the Fed moves ahead in its tightening cycle.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Big Lots (NYSE: BIG) is one of 12 publicly-traded companies in the “Variety stores” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its peers? We will compare Big Lots to similar companies based on the strength of its profitability, earnings, dividends, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, risk and valuation.

  • [By Anders Bylund, Leo Sun, and Demitrios Kalogeropoulos]

    To help you separate the wheat from the chaff in today’s retail market, we asked three Motley Fool investors to highlight their best ideas in today’s retail sector.Read on to see why you should give Ulta Beauty(NASDAQ:ULTA),The TJX Companies(NYSE:TJX), andBig Lots(NYSE:BIG) a second look right now.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    ValuEngine lowered shares of Big Lots (NYSE:BIG) from a hold rating to a sell rating in a report published on Wednesday morning.

    Other equities analysts have also issued reports about the company. Telsey Advisory Group reaffirmed a market perform rating and issued a $55.00 price objective (down from $65.00) on shares of Big Lots in a research note on Monday, March 12th. Citigroup reaffirmed a hold rating and issued a $56.00 price objective on shares of Big Lots in a research note on Tuesday, March 13th. Barclays reaffirmed a hold rating and issued a $50.00 price objective on shares of Big Lots in a research note on Thursday, March 15th. TheStreet lowered Big Lots from a b- rating to a c+ rating in a research note on Friday, April 13th. Finally, Loop Capital reaffirmed a buy rating and issued a $70.00 price objective on shares of Big Lots in a research note on Monday, January 29th. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have issued a hold rating and eight have assigned a buy rating to the company. Big Lots currently has an average rating of Hold and a consensus target price of $58.25.

Best Low Price Stocks To Invest In Right Now: UnitedHealth Group Incorporated(UNH)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    The DJIA stock posting the largest daily percentage loss ahead of the close Monday was UnitedHealth Group Inc. (NYSE: UNH) which traded down 1.57% at $225.13. The stock’s 52-week range is $156.09 to $231.77. Volume was about 30% below the daily average of around 3 million. The healthcare company had no specific news.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    The Dow stock posting the largest daily percentage gain ahead of the close Monday was UnitedHealth Group Inc. (NYSE: UNH) which traded up 3.19% at $231.43. The stock’s 52-week range is $164.96 to $250.79. Volume was about 20% lower than the daily average of around 4 million shares. The company had no specific news, but is set to report earnings before markets open Tuesday morning.

  • [By ]

    On Tuesday, he’ll be tuning into UnitedHealth Group (UNH) , Goldman Sachs (GS) , Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) and IBM (IBM) . Cramer had great things to say about all four companies.

Best Low Price Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Apple Inc.(AAPL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Qualcomm reaffirmed its “high confidence” that the merger will result in adjusted EPS in fiscal year 2019 of $6.75 to $7.50, excluding royalties and other revenues from Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) and other licensees currently disputing payments to Qualcomm. The adjusted EPS figure includes a $1 billion cost reduction program and a boost of $1.50 in EPS from NXP.

  • [By Chris Hill]

    Kretzmann:Theycontinue to grow both their free ad-supported users and those premiumsubscribers, like you mentioned. They have 75million premium subscribers. That still puts themsoundly in the No. 1 positionin that streaming music space. Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL), in their quarterearlier this week, they reported thatthey have over 40 million paid subscribers with Apple Music. So,Spotify has almost twice the number ofpaid subscribers as the No. 2 player there. Theirleadership position is impressive.They’re guiding to hit somewhere between 92-96 million paidsubscribers in 2018.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) released its most recent quarterly stocks last week and shares ran to an all-time high, closing in on the coveted trillion-dollar valuation. While investors cheered on this report, most analysts were in agreement. Although there were some concerns in this earnings report, they were largely overshadowed by solid numbers and a huge share buyback plan.

  • [By ]

    Buy and hold Apple’s stock forever.  Take a second and ask yourself a very simple question: If the legend that is Warren Buffett wants to hold Apple (AAPL) shares forever, shouldn’t you do the same? The Oracle of Omaha has scooped up an eye-popping 75 million more shares of Apple, according to CNBC. Buffett now owns about 240 million shares of the tech king.

    News of Buffett’s big buy, amid worries on Wall Street over iPhone demand, comes ahead of Berkshire Hathaway’s  (BRK.A) annual shareholder meeting on Saturday, May 5. To be sure, Buffett appears to be loving Action Alerts PLUS holding Apple’s mix of recurring service revenue, cheap valuation (the stock is stupid cheap) and increasing generosity with its capital return plans. Just this week, Apple silenced the growing number of bears with a solid earnings beat and a shiny new $100 billion stock buyback plan. Berkshire, the billionaire’s holding conglomerate, revealed in February that it hiked its stake in Apple by a whopping 23% to 165.3 million shares during the fourth quarter.

Score a Quick and Easy 200% Profit on This Share Buyback

Tom GentileTom Gentile

You may have been seeing a lot about “share buybacks” in the news lately – especially after Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) announced a new $100 billion stock repurchasing program.

Now, I know that “buybacks” may not sound like the most exciting thing in the news right now – but the truth is, they’re extremely important for the overall market.

In fact, they’re even more important when the major indices are in the red – like we saw on Tuesday when the Dow plummeted nearly 200 points.

But that’s where a buyback comes in…

Not only could it be the catalyst for the start of a new rally higher, it could open the door to new, lucrative trading opportunities – likethis one…

Three Reasons Why Share Buybacks Are Good for Your Bottom Dollar

The Amephenol Corp. (NYSE: APH) is an electronic and fiber optic manufacturing company in Connecticut. Late last month, on April 25, the company released their earnings and beat all expectations, including earnings per share and reported revenue.

But more importantly, they recently announced their plan to execute a $2 billion share buyback program that will be equal to 7.9% of their stock.

Now, buybacks are always a sign of good things to come. You see, they tell investors that the company has confidence in its growth prospects – and it also shows confidence in the operations, sales, and revenue-producing potential over a longer haul. And this make the company much more appealing to investors, because you know the stock has the capabilityto continue climbing in price.

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Here are the top three reasons why share buybacks are good for the stock market – and your pockets:

Theyprove to investors thata company is confident and expecting growth in the near future. They are away to also pay off investors and reduce the overall cost of capital for the company. They show that a company believesits shares are undervalued so they can pick them up at this suppressed price and then issue them back ata higher value when the price increases.

How to Bank 200% on Amephenol’s Share Buyback

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Score a Quick and Easy 200% Profit on This Share Buyback

Tom GentileTom Gentile

You may have been seeing a lot about “share buybacks” in the news lately – especially after Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) announced a new $100 billion stock repurchasing program.

Now, I know that “buybacks” may not sound like the most exciting thing in the news right now – but the truth is, they’re extremely important for the overall market.

In fact, they’re even more important when the major indices are in the red – like we saw on Tuesday when the Dow plummeted nearly 200 points.

But that’s where a buyback comes in…

Not only could it be the catalyst for the start of a new rally higher, it could open the door to new, lucrative trading opportunities – likethis one…

Three Reasons Why Share Buybacks Are Good for Your Bottom Dollar

The Amephenol Corp. (NYSE: APH) is an electronic and fiber optic manufacturing company in Connecticut. Late last month, on April 25, the company released their earnings and beat all expectations, including earnings per share and reported revenue.

But more importantly, they recently announced their plan to execute a $2 billion share buyback program that will be equal to 7.9% of their stock.

Now, buybacks are always a sign of good things to come. You see, they tell investors that the company has confidence in its growth prospects – and it also shows confidence in the operations, sales, and revenue-producing potential over a longer haul. And this make the company much more appealing to investors, because you know the stock has the capabilityto continue climbing in price.

Top Five: These tiny Canadian pot stocks are set to skyrocket. Click here…

Here are the top three reasons why share buybacks are good for the stock market – and your pockets:

Theyprove to investors thata company is confident and expecting growth in the near future. They are away to also pay off investors and reduce the overall cost of capital for the company. They show that a company believesits shares are undervalued so they can pick them up at this suppressed price and then issue them back ata higher value when the price increases.

How to Bank 200% on Amephenol’s Share Buyback

Join the conversation. Click here to jump to comments…

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Browse Tom’s articles | View Tom’s research services

Tom Gentile is one of the world’s foremost authorities on stock, futures and options trading.

With more than 25 years’ experience trading stocks, futures, and options, Tom’s style of trading systems and strategies are designed to help individual investors propel themselves past 99 percent of the trading crowd.

… Read full bio

3 Brand-Name Stocks Billionaires Dumped in the First Quarter

It’s that time of the year again, folks: the quarterly release of 13F filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Each and every quarter, money managers with more than $100 million in assets under management are required to disclose their investment holdings within 45 days of the closing of the previous quarter (March 31, June 30, September 30, and December 31).

Though the primary purpose of 13F filings, according to the SEC, is to “increase investor confidence in the integrity of the United States securities markets,” the real lure of these filings is that it gives Wall Street and retail investors an inside look at what the brightest minds on Wall Street have been up to during the most recently completed quarter.While 13F filings aren’t perfect — they’re 45 days old, after all, and may not reflect trading activity undertaken since the latest quarter ended — they do provide another piece of the puzzle that helps investors get a good feel for what trends and/or stocks are in and out of favor.

A businessman giving the thumbs-down sign.

Image source: Getty Images.

Three household stocks that fell out of favor in Q1

This past quarter, as with other quarters, billionaire money managers were quite active. In particular, plenty of brand-name companies found themselves to be the object of money managers’ affection. For example, despite Facebook’s late-quarter data scandal, a number of prominent money managers increased their positions in the company. Likewise, in spite of drawing President Trump’s ire, Amazonwas a commonly added stock in the first quarter by big-name money managers.

But not all brand-name companies were welcomed with open arms. A few were shown the door by billionaire money managers. Here are three household tech juggernauts that were on the outside looking in when the quarter ended.

Apple

You might be surprised to see that Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL), the world’s largest publicly traded company and a stock that the Oracle of Omaha, Warren Buffett, has come to fancy, was among the leading household names shown the door in Q1. David Tepper’s Appaloosa Management, which initially bought its first stake in Apple back in the third quarter of 2016, sold its entire position of nearly 4.59 million shares. Meanwhile, Larry Robbins’ Glenview Capital Management sold the entirely of its 1.26 million-share stake in Apple during Q1, which it had also held since the third quarter of 2016. As a whole, according to data from Bloomberg, large institutional investors sold 153 million Apple shares in the first quarter.

A woman holding an Apple iPhone X on the beach.

Image source: Apple.

Why no love for the king of all tech and consumer stocks? Investors’ angst primarily centers around the belief that Apple’s iPhone sales growth can’t possibly continue at the same torrid pace it’s been on for years. Though iPhone revenue jumped a healthy 14% on a year-over-year basis, to $38 billion in Q1 2018, total units sold rose by a mere 3%, to 52.2 million iPhones. The $1,000 price tag of the newly introduced iPhone X certainly helped push sales higher, but the slow crawl of physical-unit sales is a clear concern among Wall Street pundits.

Apple’s saving grace has been its incredible shareholder-return policy, which includes the biggest dividend in the world (in terms of total annual payout), and mammoth share buybacks. In fact, the company repurchased $23.5 billion worth of its own stock last quarter, all on the open market, and its board authorized the repurchase of an additional $100 billion worth of stock. These repurchases reduce the company’s existing share count, aiding earnings-per-share (EPS) growth and (presumably) making the company look more attractive from a valuation basis.

Given that Apple recently raised its dividend by 16% and is valued at only 14 times next year’s EPS, I believe pessimists will be proven wrong over the long run.

IBM

Perhaps a bit less surprising is the lack of love tech stalwart IBM (NYSE:IBM) continues to be shown by the investment community. According to data from WhaleWisdom, institutional money managers dumped more than 20 million shares of IBM in the latest quarter. Sellers of “Big Blue” included Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway, which dumped all of its remaining 2.05 million shares, as well as Point72 Asset Management’s Steven Cohen, who sold his entire 548,666 share stake in IBM.

Two hands, one holding a pen and the other punching figures into a calculator, hover over an accounting sheet.

Image source: Getty Images.

The issue for IBM continues to be a lack of catalysts. Even though the company has seen its cloud revenue grow steadily on an organic basis and as a percentage of total sales, its late push into cloud computing left it far too reliant on legacy products, which have gone nowhere for years. IBM did recently break a streak that saw its sales decline for 22 consecutive quarters over the prior-year period, but that’s not saying a lot.

As noted, the positive here is that organic cloud revenue is up 20% (on a constant-currency basis), to $17.7 billion over the past 12 months, which provides some momentum moving forward.What IBM really needs, though, is for blockchain technology to take off.

IBM has been investing heavily in currency- and non-currency-based blockchain applications, which have the potential to put it on the leading edge of this technological game changer. IBM Is already testing cross-border payments at a dozen banks in the South Pacific using Stella’s Lumens coin as an intermediary currency, and it formed a joint venture with shipping giant Maersk earlier this year to develop blockchain-based shipping solutions.

Of course, investors also should understand that blockchain still is a nascent technology that has some growing up to do. Translation: IBM’s blockchain division is unlikely to be a major contributor anytime soon.

Personally, I appreciate IBM’s relative value at roughly 10 times next year’s EPS, as well as its 4.4% yield. However, without any top-line growth at the company, I’d suggest adding IBM to your watchlist or waiting for an even more attractive entry point (i.e., a lower share price).

Alphabet

Also finding itself on the short end of the stick is online search and advertising kingpin Alphabet (NASDAQ:GOOG)(NASDAQ:GOOGL), the parent of Google and YouTube. Specifically, the company’s class A shares (GOOGL) were completely axed at Jim Simons’ Renaissance Technologies, where 112,148 shares were sold, and Louis Bacon’s Moore Capital Management, which sold 71,300 shares. As a whole, WhaleWisdom shows money managers dumping about 10 million net shares of Alphabet’s Class A shares in the first quarter.

College students surfing the internet on a laptop.

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Whereas the concerns with Apple and IBM are readily apparent, pessimism surrounding Alphabet isn’t as plain as day. Chances are that money managers headed to the exits for two specific reasons.

To begin with, the first quarter featured the first correction in the stock market in two years. Since advertising is dependent on a strong economy, and Google’s search platform is dependent on advertising, there were probably some worries raised about how a potentially slowing economy and volatile market might impact ad spending. The second issue I’d attribute to rising traffic-acquisition costs (TAC) for mobile search, which have the potential to weigh on margins.

However, institutional selling doesn’t make a lot of sense if you dig beyond higher TAC and look at the bigger picture with Alphabet and its assets. Google properties, which includes search and YouTube, saw revenue increase by 59% year over year, to nearly $22 billion. Meanwhile, its cloud businesses, which includes hardware sales, jumped to $4.3 billion in Q1 2018 sales, up from $3.2 billion in the year-ago quarter. A good chunk of this jump was a result of including smart-home thermostat Nest in this segment, but organic growth remains strongly in the double-digit-percentage range.

Trading at approximately 23 times forward earnings, Alphabet might not appear exactly “cheap.” But if you take into account the company’s dominant search and mobile ad market share along with its ability to grow sales at roughly 15% per year through 2021, I believe that sellers will regret jettisoning Alphabet in the first quarter.

Apple's HomePod Makes a Small Dent in Smart Speaker Market During Debut Quarter

Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) officially jumped into the smart speaker market in the first quarter with the HomePod, and analysts believe that sales thus far are “underwhelming.” Siri remains less capable than its competing counterparts, HomePod only supports Apple Music for full functionality, and the $350 price tag positions it at a significant premium. With HomePod being included in the company’s catch-all “Other Products” segment, investors aren’t likely to get much official data from Apple anytime soon.

That’s where third-party estimates come in.

HomePod on a shelf

Image source: Apple.

Apple shipped 600,000 HomePods in the first quarter

Market researcher Strategy Analyticsis out with its estimates on the smart speaker market for the first quarter, estimating that Apple shipped approximately 600,000 units after HomePod launched in February. Amazon.com (NASDAQ:AMZN) is maintaining its strong grip on the market, although its share did drop quite a bit. But the overall market is simply growing so quickly that the e-commerce giant still doubled unit shipments of Echo devices. Alphabet (NASDAQ:GOOG) (NASDAQ:GOOGL) subsidiary Google continues to make headway as well.

Vendor

Q1 2017 Units

Q1 2017 Market Share

Q1 2018 Units

Q1 2018 Market Share

Amazon

2 million

81.8%

4 million

43.6%

Google

0.3 million

12.4%

2.4 million

26.5%

Alibaba

0

0%

0.7 million

7.6%

Apple

0

0%

0.6 million

6%

Xiaomi

0

0%

0.2 million

2.4%

Others

0.1 million

5.8%

1.3 million

13.9%

Total

2.4 million

100%

9.2 million

100%

Data source: Strategy Analytics. Figures rounded.

The Chinese market for smart speakers continues to grow, with local vendors like Alibaba and Xiaomi (which is preparingto go public soon) stepping up to meet the demand, according to Strategy Analytics. Amazon, Google, and Apple do not currently ship smart speakers into the Middle Kingdom. On the earnings callearlier this month, CEO Tim Cook noted that HomePod is only available in the U.S., U.K., and Australia right now, with availability in more markets coming soon.

While Apple generally does not place much value in unit share, it’s clear that Amazon and Google are enjoying unit growth thanks to broader portfolios of devices offered at lower price points. That’s why the “HomePod Mini” that Apple is rumored to have in the pipeline has a lot of potential, as it would make the idea of buying multiple devices a more tenable proposition for consumers.

Of course, HomePod was only available for about half of the quarter, so its performance isn’t all that representative quite yet.Let’s see how the Mac maker fares in the quarters ahead.

Stay Away From Apple Component Players – Cramer’s Lightning Round (5/16/18)

Stocks discussed on the Lightning Round segment of Jim Cramer’s Mad Money Program, Wednesday, May 16.

Bullish Calls

Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ): Cramer has been a fan and still likes the stock.

Pure Storage (NYSE:PSTG): They are a smart management company.

Foot Locker (NYSE:FL): Cramer thinks it’s okay. He prefers Nike (NYSE:NKE) even though it’s at the 52-week high.

Insperity (NYSE:NSP): This “business optimization company”, as Cramer calls it, doesn’t quit and he has been recommending it for a long time.

Bearish Calls

Gulfport Energy (NASDAQ:GPOR): Don’t go down the food chain. Buy Schlumberger (NYSE:SLB) as it’s a high quality company.

Preferred Apartment Communities (NYSEMKT:APTS): Cramer is not a fan of multi-family REITs. The 7% yield seems like a red flag.

Cirrus Logic (NASDAQ:CRUS): “We’re not really recommending the components players that go into Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) right now. It’s just too hard.”

Frontline (NYSE:FRO): The crude carriers have done poorly.

>>Read Wednesday’s Mad Money summary here

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Diamonds In The Rough Of The Consumer Cyclicals Sector

The Consumer Cyclicals sector currently earns an Unattractive rating based on the market-weighted aggregation of the 443 stocks we cover in the sector. The Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) impact and slow growing economy has led to declining profits and even bankruptcy for many companies in the sector. However, a few companies have overcome these struggles and managed to thrive.

By leveraging our Robo-Analyst technology[1] to parse and analyze company filings, including the footnotes and MD&A, we have identified companies with multiple years of after-tax profit (NOPAT) growth and above average returns on invested capital (ROIC)[2]. These companies are also undervalued compared to peers, and our DCF model reveals low expectations for future profit growth baked into the current stock prices.

Below we highlight three standout companies in the Consumer Cyclicals sector: Thor Industries (THO), The TJX Companies (TJX), and AMC Networks (AMCX).

Improving ROIC is Correlated with Creating Shareholder Value

Numerous case studies show that getting ROIC right is an important part of making smart investments. We also know that there is a strong correlation between improving ROIC and increasing shareholder value. Per Figure 1, ROIC explains 75% of the difference in valuation for the 443 Consumer Cyclicals stocks under our coverage. THO, TJX, and AMCX all trade at significant discounts to sector peers as show by their position below the trend line in Figure 1.

Figure 1: Three Undervalued Stocks in the Consumer Cyclicals Sector


Sources: New Constructs, LLC and company filings

Strong Fundamentals and Low Valuation

Besides trading below peers, THO, TJX, and AMCX have grown NOPAT each of the past five years and currently earn an ROIC at or above the Consumer Cyclicals sector average of 13%. Per Figure 2, each of these three stocks also has a lower price-to-economic book value (PEBV) ratio than the sector. A lower PEBV ratio indicates the market expects less profit growth from these three stocks than it does the sector as a whole, despite THO, TJX, and AMCX being more profitable, as measured by ROIC.

Figure 2: 3 Stocks Undervalued Compared to Sector Despite Higher Profitability


Sources: New Constructs, LLC and company filings

Thor Industries (THO)

Thor Industries, a motorized and towable recreational vehicle (RV) manufacturer, was first featured as a Long Idea in June 2016 and subsequently closed in October 2016. Over this time, THO was up 30% while the S&P 500 was up just 2%. Since closing the Long Idea, THOs fundamentals have only strengthened, and a recent drop in valuation makes for an excellent buy the dip moment.

Over the past decade, THOs revenue has grown 10% compounded annually while NOPAT has grown 12% compounded annually, per Figure 3. THOs NOPAT margins, which have improved from 4% in 2007 to 6% over the last twelve months (TTM), have been the key driver of its improving profitability.

Figure 3: THOs Revenue and NOPAT Since 2007


Sources: New Constructs, LLC and company filings

In addition to profit growth, THO has efficiently managed its balance sheet despite acquiring many smaller RV manufacturers over the years. Average invested capital turns, a measure of balance sheet efficiency, have increased from 3.54 in 2012 to 4.48 TTM. Rising margins and efficient capital use have improved THOs ROIC from 14% in 2012 to a top-quintile 25% TTM. The firm has also generated a cumulative $407 million (7% of market cap) in free cash flow since 2012.

Strong Growth Supported by Industry Trends

The recreational vehicle industry has been growing significantly in recent years, with a 12% compounded annual growth rate in unit shipments since 2012. Thor has capitalized on this industry growth and reported record revenue and net income in fiscal 2Q18. Going forward, the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association expects RV shipments will grow to new records in 2018. Thor management also notes that the industry is attracting new buyers at an impressive pace. 34% of RVs sold in 2016 were to new buyers, with 80% of the new buyers under age 65.

Recent Selloff Presents Buying Opportunity

THO is down 34% year-to-date, while the market is up 1%. This underperformance is largely attributable to concerns of President Trumps recent tariff announcement. However, these concerns appear to be overblown. Thor noted in its fiscal 2Q18 call that the tariffs will have less impact on its business than others, as it purchases its steel and aluminum from domestic suppliers. Additionally, the firm noted that it is already working with suppliers to minimize any impact and believes it can pass price increases on to consumers if necessary to maintain strong profit margins.

At its current price of $101/share, THO has a PEBV ratio of 0.9. This ratio means the market expects THOs NOPAT to permanently decline by 10%. This expectation seems rather pessimistic for a firm that has grown NOPAT by 17% compounded annually since 1998 and 25% compounded annually over the past five years.

If THO can maintain current NOPAT margins (6%) and can grow NOPAT by 7% compounded annually over the next decade, the stock is worth $143/share today a 42% upside.

The TJX Companies (TJX)

The TJX Companies, a discount apparel and home fashions retailer, has been able to successfully fend off the growing threat of Amazon and e-commerce. Much like previous Long Idea Ross Stores (NASDAQ:ROST), TJX is able to compete with online offerings by providing deals on apparel and home goods that often cannot be replicated online.

Over the past decade, TJXs revenue has grown 7% compounded annually while its NOPAT has grown 11% compounded annually, per Figure 4. NOPAT growth has been driven by rising margins, which have improved from 5% in 2007 to 8% TTM.

Figure 4: TJXs Revenue and NOPAT Since 2007


Sources: New Constructs, LLC and company filings

In addition to profit growth, TJX has efficiently managed its balance sheet and the capital invested into its business. Average invested capital turns, a measure of balance sheet efficiency, are currently 2.3, which is also the average over the last decade. Rising margins and efficient capital use have improved TJXs ROIC from 12% in 2007 to a top-quintile 17% TTM. The firm has also generated a cumulative $9.6 billion (19% of market cap) in FCF since 2012.

Comparable Store Sales Showcase Strength of Business

In a difficult retail environment, TJX has consistently broken trend. Fiscal 2018 represented the 22nd consecutive year in which comparable store sales increased year-over-year. Comparable store sales growth is a direct result of TJXs value proposition to consumers and the ability of its business model to adapt to consumer demands.

Stock Price Provides Upside Potential

Despite consistent comparable store sales and NOPAT growth, TJX is up just 13% over the past two years while the S&P 500 is up 32%. At its current price of $85/share, TJX has a PEBV ratio of 1.3. This ratio means the market expects TJXs NOPAT to only grow 30% from current levels over the remaining life of the firm. This expectation may seem optimistic for some firms, but not TJX, considering it has grown NOPAT 12% compounded annually for nearly 20 years, or since 1998. While TJXs PEBV is higher than most companies we recommend, the consistent and long-term track record makes these expectations look easily beatable.

If TJX can maintain current margins (8%) and grow NOPAT by 6% compounded annually over the next decade, the stock is worth $97/share today a 14% upside. Add in the 1.6% dividend yield and 22 consecutive years of dividend increases and TJX could be an excellent portfolio addition.

AMC Networks (AMCX)

AMC Networks, a cable television operator and content creator, showcases strong fundamentals in a market where quality content is king. Since 2012, AMCXs revenue has grown 16% compounded annually while its NOPAT has grown 17% compounded annually, per Figure 5. Increased profit growth can be attributed to rising NOPAT margins, which have improved from 17% in 2012 to 18% in 2017.

Figure 5: AMCXs Revenue and NOPAT Since 2012


Sources: New Constructs, LLC and company filings

AMCX currently earns an ROIC of 13%, which is equal to the Consumer Cyclicals sector average. The firm has also generated a cumulative $863 million (28% of market cap) in FCF over the past three years.

Content Creator Can Leverage Existing Content and Could Be a Buyout Target

AMC is best known for creating critically acclaimed series such as Mad Men, Breaking Bad, and The Walking Dead. Many believe the companys success is tied to its most recent hit, The Walking Dead, and that its profits will plummet when that show ends.

However, concerns about The Walking Dead are nothing new. In fact, ratings for The Walking Dead have been in steady decline for the past three seasons, yet AMCX has continued to improve NOPAT. Moving forward, AMC is looking to diversify popular franchises into different revenue streams, such as The Walking Dead video games and merchandising. AMC has also created spin off shows such as Better Call Saul and Fear the Walking Dead to capitalize on the success of its hits.

The company also has deals in place to provide its content through Comcast (and soon YouTube) via AMC Premiere. Additionally, in the battle for content, AMC remains a takeover target. Disney (NYSE:DIS) could immediately boost its own upcoming streaming service, or supplement Hulus offerings, in which it owns a stake. Similarly, Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) could look to AMCX should its attempt to develop original content not succeed as planned. Beyond streaming assets, a competing cable provider, such as Discovery Communications (NASDAQ:DISCA) could view AMCX as a way to increase its leverage and pricing power with advertisers.

Shares Priced for Significant Cut in Profits

Now, at its current price of $56/share, AMCX has a PEBV ratio of 0.4. This ratio means the market expects AMCXs NOPAT to permanently decline by 60%. Meanwhile, AMCX has grown NOPAT by 17% compounded annually since 2012. Such pessimistic expectations are also at odds with consensus 2018 EPS estimates, which have risen from $6.97/share in December 2017 to $8.13/share in April 2018, which implies 13% EPS growth.

AMCXs current economic book value, which measures the no-growth value of the stock, is $123/share or 119% above the current price. If AMCX can maintain 2017 NOPAT margins (18%) and grow NOPAT by just 3% compounded annually for the next decade, the stock is worth $139/share today a 148% upside.

This article originally published on April 4, 2018.

Disclosure: David Trainer, Kyle Guske II, and Sam McBride receive no compensation to write about any specific stock, style, or theme.

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3 Wearable Stocks to Buy That Arent Apple Stock

Wearable technology is having a moment in the sun right now as more and more consumers opt to add smartwatches to their collection of gadgets. While tech behemoth Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) and its Apple Watch have been touted as the top of the class in the wearable technology sector, it’s not the only good investment within the industry.

Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT), Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ:GRMN) and QUALCOMM, Inc. (NASDAQ:QCOM) are three wearable stocks that investors should have on their radar as their own offerings look likely to propel the stocks into the future.

Apple is certainly not a bad pick, but it’s definitely not your only choice when it comes to investing in the future of wearable technology. 

Microsoft Corporation Is Heating Up in the Wearable Space Microsoft Replacing Surface Pro 4s in “Flickergate” Resolution Source: Mike Mozart Via Flickr

Microsoft stock is probably not the first investment you think of when it comes to playing the wearables trend. The company was unsuccessful with its own fitness tracker and eventually discontinued the Microsoft Band and admitted defeat.

However, it’s important to note that the smart watches seen on the streets today are only just the beginning and focusing solely on that one aspect of wearables would be extremely shortsighted.

As wearable tech gets more and more advanced, it’s application will stretch beyond just another cool gadget and Microsoft is looking to focus on that part of the wearable space.

The firm partnered with Trekstor to develop commercial wearables that will use cloud connectivity to increase productivity and streamline business activities. Microsoft says the devices could transform everything from inventory management to healthcare by replacing hand-held devices. 

So far we haven’t heard much about this project, but in the year to come I’d expect to see Microsoft capitalize on its strong position in the cloud computing space by offering a line of wearables that links on to Azure and further automate operations. 

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Garmin Isn’t Going Away Just Yet Source: Garmin

Garmin stock should be following the likes of Fitbit Inc. (NYSE:FIT) and GoPro Inc. (NASDAQ:GPRO) to the bottom of the barrel, but instead the company has emerged as close second to Apple when it comes to wearables.

Garmin has already weathered one storm, the decline of dedicated navigation systems and now the company has proven that it can stand up to competitors in the smartwatch space.

Garmin’s ability to keep focused on what consumers know and love about the company- GPS. When Garmin first came on the scene with consumer GPS devices, it was touted as innovative and bold, but now the company has paired back its innovation and instead makes useful devices for a niche group that are loyal to the brand.

That strategy has kept the company competitive in the wearables space and made the stock a good long-term bet, especially for income investors.

GRMN offers an impressive 3.58% dividend yield and boasts a relatively safe 65.38% payout ratio. That means investors can be confident that they’re going to see an income from their Garmin investment while also taking comfort in the fact that the firm knows what it takes to remain resilient in an ever-changing tech industry.

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Qualcomm Versus Apple Again Source: Qualcomm

Wearable tech makers aren’t the only ones with a horse in this race- it’s important to also consider chip makers like QCOM stock, whose processors power a significant chunk of the wearable market.

Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Wear processors can be found in all corners of the wearables market but most notably the company provides the chips for the majority of Android’s smartwatches. 

Not only is QCOM stock a good play in the wearables space, but the company is also trading relatively cheap at the moment because of worries about a trade war with China.

However, some of that pressure appears to be lifting, which has lead many to predict that QCOM has a pop coming in its future. 

Qualcomm was due to take over NXP Semiconductors (NASDAQ:NXPI), but Chinese regulators put their review of the deal on hold as trade tension with the US escalated. However, the review appears to be getting back underway. While that doesn’t guarantee that the deal will go ahead, it is a definite step in the right direction.

Over the next year QCOM stock is likely to see some turbulence as news about the NXP takeover plays out, but investors will be comforted by the company’s 4.46% dividend yield that should make up for some of that unease. 

As of this writing, Laura Hoy was long AAPL.