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Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Buy Right Now

All eyes are on upcoming U.S.-China trade talks next week. Hopes were initially high that it could represent the first step in deescalation, but those hopes were dashed when another tit-for-tat round of tariffs hit. This time the dispute featured $16 billion in new import charges.

Adding to the pressure on prices, despite the current bull market recently passing into “longest ever” territory, are ongoing headlines concerning President Trump and his one-time associates. Trump himself tweeted that if he is impeached the stock market would crash and everyone would be poorer.

In light of all these headwinds, a number of blue chip large-cap stocks are rolling over. Here are four Dow Jones Industrial Average components that are looking ready to move lower:

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Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Buy Right Now: The Middleby Corporation(MIDD)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    Wednesday was a strong day on Wall Street, and major benchmarks posted solid gains of around 1%. Market participants were generally happy about oil prices moving back into the $70s, hoping for a rebound in hard-hit areas of the country that had taken advantage of the triple-digit oil prices of the early 2010s by dramatically ramping up production of shale plays and similar opportunities. Yet even with the generally favorable mood, some stocks weren’t able to join the rally. Kinross Gold (NYSE:KGC), Weibo (NASDAQ:WB), and Middleby (NASDAQ:MIDD) were among the worst performers on the day. Here’s why they did so poorly.

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    Middleby (NASDAQ:MIDD) has been a big player in the kitchen equipment industry for a long time. Yet despite moves intended to grow its business and expand more aggressively into the consumer appliance space, Middleby hasn’t been able to make much progress for shareholders since mid-2015. The moves Middleby initiated back then in response to challenging conditions have taken a lot of effort, but the results haven’t been as clear as many would have liked.

  • [By Lisa Levin] Companies Reporting Before The Bell
    Anheuser-Busch InBev SA/NV (NYSE: BUD) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $0.89 per share on revenue of $13.06 billion.
    SINA Corporation (NASDAQ: SINA) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.42 per share on revenue of $433.32 million.
    Weibo Corporation (NASDAQ: WB) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.47 per share on revenue of $342.39 million.
    Ameren Corporation (NYSE: AEE) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $0.57 per share on revenue of $1.55 billion.
    Mylan N.V. (NASDAQ: MYL) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.98 per share on revenue of $2.75 billion.
    Cinemark Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: CNK) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $1.31 per share on revenue of $1.51 billion.
    ADT Inc. (NYSE: ADT) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.24 per share on revenue of $1.11 billion.
    Coty Inc. (NYSE: COTY) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.13 per share on revenue of $2.18 billion.
    Pinnacle Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: PNK) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $0.31 per share on revenue of $644.94 million.
    Conduent Incorporated (NYSE: CNDT) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $0.21 per share on revenue of $1.44 billion.
    Delphi Technologies PLC (NYSE: DLPH) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $1.16 per share on revenue of $1.25 billion.
    Office Depot, Inc. (NASDAQ: ODP) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.08 per share on revenue of $2.72 billion.
    Global Partners LP (NYSE: GLP) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $0.13 per share on revenue of $2.33 billion.
    Wolverine World Wide, Inc. (NYSE: WWW) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.37 per share on revenue of $530.99 million.
    Performance Food Group Company (NYSE: PFGC) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.32 per share on revenue of $4.46 billion.
    Groupon, Inc. (NASDAQ: GRPN) is projected to report
  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Middleby (NASDAQ: MIDD) and Tennant (NYSE:TNC) are both industrial products 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.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Buy Right Now: Atlantic Coast Federal Corporation(ACFC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Atlantic Coast Financial (NASDAQ: ACFC) and People’s United Financial (NASDAQ:PBCT) are both finance companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, analyst recommendations, earnings, institutional ownership, profitability, risk and dividends.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Buy Right Now: Schnitzer Steel Industries, Inc.(SCHN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Los Angeles Capital Management & Equity Research Inc. lifted its position in shares of Schnitzer Steel Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ:SCHN) by 149.5% in the 2nd quarter, according to the company in its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The firm owned 60,730 shares of the basic materials company’s stock after buying an additional 36,390 shares during the quarter. Los Angeles Capital Management & Equity Research Inc. owned about 0.23% of Schnitzer Steel Industries worth $2,047,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

  • [By Motley Fool Staff]

    Schnitzer Steel Industries (NASDAQ:SCHN) Q3 2018 Earnings Conference CallJun. 26, 2018 11:30 a.m. ET

    Contents:
    Prepared Remarks Questions and Answers Call Participants
    Prepared Remarks:

    Operator

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    The stock market eased lower on Friday, but major benchmarks managed to come back considerably from their worst levels of the day. At its lows, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was down more than 200 points following news that the U.S. would indeed move forward with tariffs against China. Yet even though China announced plans to retaliate in kind, market participants seemed willing to give trade policy the benefit of the doubt given the current strength of the U.S. economy. Some stocks saw nice gains in response to the news, as well as to company-specific events. Schnitzer Steel Industries (NASDAQ:SCHN), Braskem (NYSE:BAK), and Pivotal Software (NYSE:PVTL) were among the best performers on the day. Here’s why they did so well.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Pool (NASDAQ: POOL) and Schnitzer Steel Industries (NASDAQ:SCHN) are both consumer discretionary companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, valuation, institutional ownership, risk, dividends, earnings and analyst recommendations.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Royce & Associates LP lessened its position in Schnitzer Steel Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ:SCHN) by 1.5% during the 2nd quarter, according to its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The firm owned 292,391 shares of the basic materials company’s stock after selling 4,400 shares during the quarter. Royce & Associates LP’s holdings in Schnitzer Steel Industries were worth $9,854,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Buy Right Now: Accenture plc.(ACN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Sunbelt Securities Inc. raised its position in Accenture Plc (NYSE:ACN) by 13.3% in the second quarter, according to its most recent Form 13F filing with the SEC. The institutional investor owned 6,184 shares of the information technology services provider’s stock after buying an additional 725 shares during the period. Sunbelt Securities Inc.’s holdings in Accenture were worth $1,012,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

  • [By Anders Bylund]

    Outsourcing and consulting giant Accenture (NYSE:ACN) reported fourth-quarter results early Thursday morning. The company exceeded its own guidance targets across the board, but set the bar for the next year at a more modest level. Here’s a closer look at Accenture’s results and forward-looking targets.

  • [By Steve Symington, Maxx Chatsko, and Brian Feroldi]

    To that end, we asked three top Motley Fool contributors to each pick a stock they think you would be wise to purchase and hold for the next 50 years. Read on to see why they like Corning (NYSE:GLW), Accenture (NYSE:ACN), and A.O. Smith (NYSE:AOS).

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Buy Right Now: Monro Muffler Brake, Inc.(MNRO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

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  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Avenue Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: ATXI) rose 29.4 percent to $5.50 in pre-market trading after the company disclosed that its first pivotal Phase 3 trial of IV tramadol achieved the primary and key secondary endpoints.
    MB Financial, Inc. (NASDAQ: MBFI) rose 16.8 percent to $51.00 in pre-market trading. Fifth Third Bancorp (NASDAQ: FITB) agreed to acquire MB Financial for $54.70 per share in cash and stock.
    LiveXLive Media, Inc. (NASDAQ: LIVX) rose 9.3 percent to $5.40 in pre-market trading after falling 28.92 percent on Friday.
    Celyad SA (NASDAQ: CYAD) shares rose 9 percent to $29.30 in pre-market trading after climbing 3.26 percent on Friday.
    Ethan Allen Interiors Inc. (NYSE: ETH) rose 6.7 percent to $26.40 in pre-market trading after gaining 1.64 percent on Friday.
    Achillion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: ACHN) rose 5.4 percent to $3.90 in pre-market trading after gaining 3.06 percent on Friday.
    Acacia Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: ACIA) rose 5.2 percent to $34.70 in pre-market trading after gaining 1.38 percent on Friday.
    Westinghouse Air Brake Technologies Corporation (NYSE: WAB) rose 5.1 percent to $100 in pre-market trading. General Electric Company (NYSE: GE) agreed to merge its transportation unit with Wabtec.
    Sunrun Inc. (NASDAQ: RUN) shares rose 4.7 percent to $11.50 in pre-market trading.
    Nasdaq, Inc. (NASDAQ: NDAQ) shares rose 4.3 percent to $93.98 in the pre-market trading session.
    LaSalle Hotel Properties (NYSE: LHO) shares rose 4.2 percent to $33.25 in pre-market trading. Blackstone Group LP (NYSE: BX) will buy LaSalle Hotel Properties in a $4.8 billion deal, Bloomberg reported.
    Monro, Inc. (NASDAQ: MNRO) shares rose 4 percent to $58.35 in pre-market trading as the company posted upbeat quarterly earnings and disclosed that it has acquired Free Service Tire.
    HUYA Inc. (NYSE: HUYA) rose 3.7 percent to $19.75 in pre-market trading after falling 4.80 percent on Friday.

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  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Monro (NASDAQ:MNRO) was downgraded by investment analysts at BidaskClub from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report issued to clients and investors on Thursday.

  • [By Garrett Baldwin]

    Markets have been under pressure once again by the U.S. Federal Reserve. Inflation levels are going through the roof… but the people in charge of managing it have been lying to Americans for years. Now, it’s time to get even. Money Morning Liquidity Specialist Lee Adler has the perfect way to make a lot of money when no one is looking. Read it here.

    The Top Stock Market Stories for Monday
    Markets are cheering news that the supposed trade war between the United States and China is “on hold,” according to U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. Mnuchin and U.S. President Donald Trump’s top economic advisor, Larry Kudlow, announced that both nations have reached an agreement, one that established a framework to help address ongoing trade imbalances between the two countries. The prices of crude oil is in focus after Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro won reelection over the weekend. The election featured a very low turnout and a very large outcry that the vote was rigged. Maduro has a 75% disapproval rating and has been the face of the OPEC member’s widespread mismanagement and economic collapse. Prior to the election, a member of the Trump administration said that the United States would not recognize the authenticity of the election. The United States is considering additional sanctions on Venezuela. Today is a major day for mergers and acquisition activity. Today, Blackstone Group LP (NYSE: BX) announced plans to purchase U.S. hotel operator LaSalle Hotel Properties (NYSE: LHO) for a whopping $3.7 billion. The deal comes at a time that the travel industry is experiencing one of the best periods in a decade. If you’re looking for a way to make money ahead of Memorial Day weekend, we show you how here.
    Four Stocks to Watch Today: GOOGL, GE, MBFI, FITB
    Alphabet Inc. (Nasdaq: GOOGL) is under pressure this morning after a harsh piece aired last night on “60 Minutes.” The segment discussed the organization’s power and influence. It also featured inter

  • [By Lisa Levin] Companies Reporting Before The Bell
    Qudian Inc. (NYSE: QD) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.17 per share on revenue of $214.58 million.
    Cheetah Mobile Inc. (NYSE: CMCM) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.08 per share on revenue of $180.34 million.
    LexinFintech Holdings Ltd. (NYSE: LX) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $0.18 per share on revenue of $231.87 million.
    Monro, Inc. (NASDAQ: MNRO) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.5 per share on revenue of $285.99 million.
    Ryanair Holdings plc (NASDAQ: RYAAY) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.28 per share on revenue of $1.57 billion.

     

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Buy Right Now: Eaton Vance California Municipal Bond Fund(EVM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Eaton Vance California Municipal Bond Fd (NYSEAMERICAN:EVM) declared a monthly dividend on Monday, June 4th, Wall Street Journal reports. Shareholders of record on Friday, June 22nd will be paid a dividend of 0.0395 per share by the investment management company on Friday, June 29th. This represents a $0.47 annualized dividend and a yield of 4.58%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, June 21st.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Buy Right Now: Tower International, Inc.(TOWR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Tower International (NYSE:TOWR) was downgraded by analysts at ValuEngine from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating in a report released on Wednesday.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Delphi Management Inc. MA reduced its position in shares of Tower International Inc (NYSE:TOWR) by 8.8% during the 2nd quarter, according to its most recent 13F filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The firm owned 20,753 shares of the auto parts company’s stock after selling 2,005 shares during the quarter. Delphi Management Inc. MA owned about 0.10% of Tower International worth $670,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Tower International Inc (NYSE:TOWR) has received an average rating of “Hold” from the five ratings firms that are covering the company, MarketBeat reports. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell recommendation, two have issued a hold recommendation and one has given a buy recommendation to the company. The average twelve-month price target among brokerages that have issued a report on the stock in the last year is $30.00.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Buy Right Now: CVR Refining, LP(CVRR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    CVR Refining LP (NYSE:CVRR) declared a quarterly dividend on Wednesday, July 25th, NASDAQ reports. Stockholders of record on Monday, August 6th will be given a dividend of 0.66 per share by the oil and gas company on Monday, August 13th. This represents a $2.64 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 12.25%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Friday, August 3rd. This is a positive change from CVR Refining’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.51.

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    Finally, shares of CVR Energy fell 9%. The holding company agreed to exchange its stock to investors in related entity CVR Refining (NYSE:CVRR), accepting as many as 37.1 million units at a ratio of 0.6335 shares of CVR Energy for every unit of CVR Refining exchanged. In a release, CVR Energy said that “many CVR Refining unitholders may wish to hold their investment in the form of common stock rather than partnership interests” after recent tax reform legislation. But it’s unclear why CVR Energy would make an offer at a 25% premium rather than simply having CVR Refining convert to a corporate entity or use similar steps that wouldn’t adversely affect CVR Energy shareholders for the benefit of CVR Refining unitholders. CVR Refining finished the session 8% higher.

  • [By Maxx Chatsko]

    Shares of CVR Energy (NYSE:CVI) dropped over 12% today after the holding company announced an interesting stock exchange offer for unitholders of its subsidiary, CVR Refining (NYSE:CVRR). The transaction will allow for up to 37.1 million units of the refiner to be exchanged for up to 23.5 million shares of the parent company, or at a 0.6335-to-1 ratio. 

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Acacia Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: ACIA) shares rose 18.3 percent to $37.25 in pre-market trading after gaining 1.74 percent on Friday.
    Kitov Pharma Ltd (NASDAQ: KTOV) rose 12.1 percent to $2.69 in pre-market trading after surging 4.80 percent on Friday.
    NXP Semiconductors N.V. (NASDAQ: NXPI) rose 10.9 percent to $109.75 in pre-market trading after Bloomberg reported that the China’s Commerce Ministry has restarted its review of QUALCOMM Incorporated’s (NASDAQ: QCOM) proposed takeover of NXP Semiconductors.
    Renewable Energy Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: REGI) rose 10.6 percent to $15.20 in pre-market trading. Renewable Energy will replace Synchronoss Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ: SNCR) in the S&P SmallCap 600 on Tuesday, May 15.
    NeoPhotonics Corporation (NYSE: NPTN) rose 10 percent to $6.40 in pre-market trading.
    Vaxart, Inc. (NASDAQ: VXRT) shares rose 8 percent to $5.54 in pre-market trading after gaining 2.19 percent on Friday.
    Profire Energy, Inc. (NASDAQ: PFIE) rose 7.3 percent to $4.58 in pre-market trading after gaining 6.22 percent on Friday.
    Marvell Technology Group Ltd. (NASDAQ: MRVL) rose 7 percent to $22.49 in pre-market trading after falling 1.96 percent on Friday.
    Oclaro, Inc. (NASDAQ: OCLR) shares rose 6.9 percent to $9.16 in pre-market trading.
    TransEnterix, Inc. (NYSE: TRXC) rose 5.7 percent to $2.24 in pre-market trading after gaining 3.92 percent on Friday.
    CVR Refining, LP (NYSE: CVRR) rose 5.4 percent to $19.70 in pre-market trading.
    Federal Agricultural Mortgage Corporation (NYSE: AGM) rose 5.2 percent to $92.95 in pre-market trading.
    International Game Technology PLC (NYSE: IGT) rose 5.2 percent to $29.94 in pre-market trading.
    Lumentum Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: LITE) shares rose 5.1 percent to $66.30 in the pre-market trading session.
    Net 1 UEPS Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: UEPS) shares rose 5 percent to $10.70 in pre-market trading after climbing 15.66 percent on Friday.
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Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Buy Right Now: PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. (PNC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    PNC Financial Services Group (NYSE: PNC) and MidSouth Bancorp (NYSE:MSL) are both finance companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, earnings, institutional ownership, dividends, valuation, analyst recommendations and risk.

  • [By Motley Fool Transcription]

    PNC Financial Services, Inc. (NYSE:PNC)Q3 2018 Earnings Conference CallOctober 12, 2018, 9:30 a.m. ET

    Contents:
    Prepared Remarks Questions and Answers Call Participants
    Prepared Remarks:

    Operator

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    PNC Financial Services (NYSE: PNC) and Pacific Mercantile Bancorp (NASDAQ:PMBC) are both finance companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, valuation, earnings, risk, dividends, profitability and analyst recommendations.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Thompson Siegel & Walmsley LLC boosted its stake in PNC Financial Services Group Inc (NYSE:PNC) by 14.0% during the 2nd quarter, according to the company in its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The firm owned 18,288 shares of the financial services provider’s stock after buying an additional 2,250 shares during the period. Thompson Siegel & Walmsley LLC’s holdings in PNC Financial Services Group were worth $2,471,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Buy Right Now: Cancer Genetics, Inc.(CGIX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Cancer Genetics Inc (NASDAQ:CGIX) was the recipient of a significant drop in short interest in the month of May. As of May 31st, there was short interest totalling 565,972 shares, a drop of 38.5% from the May 15th total of 919,865 shares. Approximately 2.5% of the shares of the company are short sold. Based on an average trading volume of 207,962 shares, the short-interest ratio is currently 2.7 days.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Cancer Genetics, Inc. (NASDAQ: CGIX) is expected to report quarterly loss at $0.13 per share on revenue of $8.20 million.

    Sypris Solutions, Inc. (NASDAQ: SYPR) is projected to report quarterly loss at $0.07 per share on revenue of $20.35 million.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    OpGen (NASDAQ: OPGN) and Cancer Genetics (NASDAQ:CGIX) are both small-cap medical companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, analyst recommendations, dividends, institutional ownership, valuation, profitability and risk.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Cancer Genetics Inc (NASDAQ:CGIX) shares were up 11.5% during trading on Friday . The company traded as high as $1.30 and last traded at $1.26. Approximately 511,599 shares traded hands during trading, an increase of 51% from the average daily volume of 338,528 shares. The stock had previously closed at $1.13.

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Interestingly, as we will soon discover, investors don’t always agree with the Street- especially when it comes to controversial hot stocks like Tesla Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA).

So without further ado let’s delve in now to these 10 top stock picks:

Hot Performing Stocks To Buy Right Now: Accenture plc.(ACN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Steve Symington, Maxx Chatsko, and Brian Feroldi]

    To that end, we asked three top Motley Fool contributors to each pick a stock they think you would be wise to purchase and hold for the next 50 years. Read on to see why they like Corning (NYSE:GLW), Accenture (NYSE:ACN), and A.O. Smith (NYSE:AOS).

  • [By Money Morning News Team]

    The companies that participated in the demo included Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO), Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT), Accenture Plc. (NYSE: ACN), Fujitsu Ltd. (OTCMKTS: FJTSY), and Deutsche Telekom AG (OTCMKTS: DTEGY).

  • [By Wayne Duggan]

    From an investing standpoint, Foresi said IT Services stocks such as IBM (NYSE: IBM), Accenture Plc (NYSE: ACN) and Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp (NASDAQ: CTSH) could benefit from a rise in blockchain projects.

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    But the segment revenue figures make it clear that momentum in areas such as cloud apps/services and security is being offset by pressures within older, non-cloud, software and services businesses in fields such as databases, operating systems, consulting, tech support and business process outsourcing (BPO). And that when one combines the good and the bad, the end-result is a company whose forex-adjusted growth remains noticeably below that of peers such as Microsoft (MSFT) , Accenture (ACN) , SAP (SAP) and Dell Technologies, and for which growing FCF remains a challenge.

Hot Performing Stocks To Buy Right Now: Telecom Argentina Stet – France Telecom S.A.(TEO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Friday morning, the telecommunication services shares rose 0.75 percent. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included Telecom Argentina S.A. (NYSE: TEO), up 6 percent, and pdvWireless, Inc. (NASDAQ: PDVW) up 4 percent.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Telecom Argentina (NYSE:TEO) has been assigned an average recommendation of “Hold” from the nine research firms that are presently covering the stock, Marketbeat Ratings reports. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, two have issued a hold rating, three have assigned a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating on the company. The average 12-month target price among brokerages that have updated their coverage on the stock in the last year is $38.00.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

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  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    These are some of the news headlines that may have impacted Accern Sentiment’s scoring:

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    Cablevisi贸n Holding Announces First Quarter 2018 Results (finance.yahoo.com) Zacks: Analysts Anticipate Telecom Argentina (TEO) Will Post Earnings of $0.39 Per Share (americanbankingnews.com) Telecom Argentina posts double-digit gains in Q1 (seekingalpha.com) Telecom Argentina S.A. announces consolidated first quarter results for fiscal year 2018 (‘1Q18’)* (finance.yahoo.com)

    Shares of Telecom Argentina opened at $23.57 on Wednesday, Marketbeat Ratings reports. The company has a market cap of $4.30 billion, a P/E ratio of 9.86, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 2.31 and a beta of 1.12. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.38, a quick ratio of 0.75 and a current ratio of 0.83. Telecom Argentina has a 52-week low of $21.38 and a 52-week high of $23.56.

Hot Performing Stocks To Buy Right Now: Gentex Corporation(GNTX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Gentex (NASDAQ: GNTX) is one of 45 publicly-traded companies in the “Motor vehicle parts & accessories” industry, but how does it contrast to its competitors? We will compare Gentex to related companies based on the strength of its profitability, dividends, institutional ownership, earnings, analyst recommendations, risk and valuation.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Gentex (NASDAQ: GNTX) and Tenneco (NYSE:TEN) are both mid-cap auto/tires/trucks companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, profitability, valuation, risk, earnings and dividends.

  • [By Maxx Chatsko]

    The good news is that investors looking for opportunities in the future of transportation and renewables have more options than Tesla. Two stocks to consider: niche auto parts supplier Gentex (NASDAQ:GNTX) and well-positioned solar component supplier SolarEdge Technologies (NASDAQ:SEDG).

Top 10 Warren Buffett Stocks To Invest In 2018

Both Amazon.com (NASDAQ:AMZN) and Google’s parent company,Alphabet (NASDAQ:GOOG) (NASDAQ:GOOGL), are trading near their all-time highs. Amazon’s stock has climbed so much in the past 12 months, it’s made its founder and CEO Jeff Bezos the second wealthiest person in the world, recently surpassing Warren Buffett and Amancio Ortega. Alphabet shares are up a modest 11%, compared with Amazon’s 51% increase.

But investors can’t dwell too much on the past. They need to look to the future to determine which stocks offer the best opportunities for further gains. Today we’ll compare the two tech giants head to head to determine which is a better buy: Amazon.com or Alphabet.

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Amazon is firing on all cylinders

Amazon’s core retail business is strong. It generated $124 billion in revenue in 2016 across its North American and international retail segments. That’s up 25% from $99 billion in 2015. Amazon’s growth is fueled by increasing Prime membership, which acts as a huge incentive for both customers and merchants to use Amazon’s marketplace before looking elsewhere. A survey from BloomReach found that 55% of online shoppers begin their product search on Amazon.com.

Top 10 Warren Buffett Stocks To Invest In 2018: NVR Inc.(NVR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jason Hall]

    Priestley:Yeah,absolutely. The first stock that you mentioned was NVR (NYSE:NVR). They focus on building luxury homes in Delaware, Maryland, North Carolina, Pennsylvania,and Virginia. They have three distinct brands:Ryan Homes, NV Homes and Heartland Homes. They’reactually the most expensive, I think, of the stocks that we’re going to talk about today. Their P/E is at 24X. But they’re also the biggest, and the past 12 months have seen the stock come up almost 50%. So, great pick! What exactly attracted you to NVR?

  • [By JJ Kinahan]

    Next week is big for housing numbers. March existing home sales figures are scheduled for  Monday and new home sales for March along with the February S&P Case-Shiller Home Price Index on Tuesday. As for homebuilders, Pulte Group, Inc. (NYSE: PHM) is scheduled to report  Q1 results Tuesday, and D.R. Horton Inc (NYSE: DHI) is scheduled to report fiscal Q2 numbers on Thursday. The industry already has seen strong Q1 results from Lennar Corporation (NYSE: LEN), and housing starts and building permits in March rose more than expected. These results, as well as those and the economic data from next week could provide clues for the industry going forward. After NVR, Inc. (NYSE: NVR) reports results this morning, Meritage Homes Corp. (NYSE: MTH) releases its Q1 results April 25. We’ll have to wait until next month for some of the other homebuilders, as well as from home improvement companies Home Depot, Inc. (NYSE: HD) and Lowe’s Companies Inc (NYSE: LOW), before we get a more complete snapshot of the housing market.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    NVR, Inc. (NYSE:NVR) Director Susan Williamson Ross purchased 70 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Tuesday, May 15th. The stock was purchased at an average price of $2,995.20 per share, for a total transaction of $209,664.00. Following the purchase, the director now directly owns 64,191 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $192,264,883.20. The purchase was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through this link.

  • [By Tyler Crowe]

    For a business that is supposed to be relatively seasonal and cyclical, NVR (NYSE:NVR) has been enjoying an impressive run of growth. Not only did the company deliver impressive top- and bottom-line expansion, but it also showed positive trends on just about every operating metric. If there was one thing to critique, it’s how management is dividing up the benefits of these boom times.

Top 10 Warren Buffett Stocks To Invest In 2018: 3M Company(MMM)

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    Bulls were stampeded on Tuesday.  The Dow Jones Industrial Average  lost 424 points, or 1.74%, the S&P 500  handed over 1.34% and the Nasdaq Composite   shed 1.68%. For some investors, the losses might have come as a surprise amid solid first-quarter earnings reports from bellwether companies like Caterpillar (CAT) , United Technologies (UTX) , Coca-Cola (KO) and 3M (MMM) . You need to be at TheStreet’s May 5 boot-camp for investors. Learn more here.

    But, it was cautious comments by Caterpillar execs on the demand outlook for the rest of 2018 during an earnings call that sent the bears out of hibernation. Not helping market sentiment were 10-year yields topping the 3% mark for the first time in more than four years. 

  • [By Jason Hall, Neha Chamaria, and Rich Duprey]

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  • [By Travis Hoium]

    Shares of industrial giant 3M Co (NYSE:MMM) had a rough start to the day, falling 8.8% Tuesday, after reporting earnings for the first quarter of 2018. Results were better than expected, but guidance was pulled back a bit and that was enough to send investors running for the hills. The decline seemed to pick up the pace as the day went on and at 1:15 p.m. EDT shares were down 8.6% and near their low for the day.

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    Notes Goldman: “Firms expressed optimism that trade conflict would be resolved. Commentary emphasized the support for a free trade environment. Company management did not expect the disputes would escalate and affect global economic growth.”

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    3M Company (NYSE: MMM) traded down 5.05%% at $232.79. The stock’s 52-week range is $173.90 to $259.77. Volume was around 4.8 million shares, more than double the daily average of about 2 million. The company had no specific news.

Top 10 Warren Buffett Stocks To Invest In 2018: Kinder Morgan, Inc.(KMI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    Kinder Morgan (NYSE:KMI) typically has greater visibility into the future than most companies. That’s because it generates the bulk of its earnings from fee-based contracts and usually has a large backlog of fee-based expansion projects in development, which gives it a good idea of what it will earn in five years.

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    As promised, natural gas pipeline giant Kinder Morgan (NYSE:KMI) returned to growth mode in 2018. Overall, the company hauled in $1.247 billion ($0.56 per share) of distributable cash flow during the first quarter, which was 3% higher than the year-ago period, and beat its forecast.

  • [By Chuck Saletta]

    Back in late 2015, energy pipeline giant Kinder Morgan (NYSE:KMI) saw its shares tumble as it cut its dividend in response to a threatened reduction of its debt rating. The company took the next few years to shore up its balance sheet and switch to funding much of its expansion capital needs from internal cash flows instead of relying on the debt market.

  • [By Garrett Baldwin]

    Earnings season is now in full swing, with today’s key reports from Kinder Morgan Inc. (NYSE: KMI) andAbbott Laboratories (NYSE: ABT). Thanks to tax cuts, expectations are high. Analysts expect profit growth to top 18%, which would be the biggest jump in seven years. But there are a few bearish trends that are still lurking in the market. And if you’re serious about making money, you need to know how to harness them and target individual stocks for life-changing gains.Money MorningQuantitative Specialist Chris Johnson explains.

Top 10 Warren Buffett Stocks To Invest In 2018: Allscripts Healthcare Solutions, Inc.(MDRX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Portola Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: PTLA) rose 34.7 percent to $45.50 in pre-market trading following news that the FDA has approved Andexxa for the reversal of factor Xa inhibitors.
    Euro Tech Holdings Company Limited (NASDAQ: CLWT) rose 15.7 percent to $6.65 in pre-market trading after climbing 155.56 percent on Thursday.
    China Recycling Energy Corporation (NASDAQ: CREG) rose 14.7 percent to $2.75 in pre-market trading after climbing 57.89 percent on Thursday.
    Pandora Media, Inc. (NYSE: P) rose 11 percent to $6.40 in pre-market trading after reporting strong quarterly results.
    Fred's, Inc. (NASDAQ: FRED) rose 9.2 percent to $1.90 in pre-market trading following Q4 results.
    Shake Shack Inc (NYSE: SHAK) rose 9.1 percent to $51.70 in pre-market trading after the company reported upbeat results for its first quarter and raised its FY18 guidance.
    Allscripts Healthcare Solutions, Inc. (NASDAQ: MDRX) rose 9 percent to $12.55 in pre-market trading after the company posted Q1 results and agreed to acquire HealthGrid.
    Weight Watchers International, Inc. (NYSE: WTW) rose 7.6 percent to $75 in pre-market trading after the company reported stronger-than-expected results for its first quarter. The company also raised its FY18 earnings outlook from $2.40-$2.70 to $3-$3.20.
    Viavi Solutions Inc. (NASDAQ: VIAV) rose 7.5 percent to $10.15 in pre-market trading following Q3 results.
    Pearson plc (NYSE: PSO) rose 4.5 percent to $11.83 in pre-market trading after reporting strong quarterly earnings.
    Alibaba Group Holding Ltd (NYSE: BABA) shares rose 4.4 percent to $190.50 in the pre-market trading session as the company posted upbeat Q4 results.
    Aqua Metals, Inc. (NASDAQ: AQMS) shares rose 3.9 percent to $4.30 in pre-market trading after gaining 6.98 percent on Thursday.
    Newell Brands Inc (NYSE: NWL) shares rose 3.6 percent to $27.65 in pre-market trading after reporting upbeat quarterly earnings.
    HMS Holdings Corp (NASDAQ: H

Top 10 Warren Buffett Stocks To Invest In 2018: CoBiz Financial Inc.(COBZ)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    CoBiz Financial Inc. (NASDAQ:COBZ) – Analysts at Piper Jaffray decreased their Q2 2018 earnings per share (EPS) estimates for CoBiz Financial in a research report issued on Wednesday, May 2nd. Piper Jaffray analyst B. Rabatin now anticipates that the bank will post earnings per share of $0.30 for the quarter, down from their prior estimate of $0.31. Piper Jaffray currently has a “Hold” rating on the stock. Piper Jaffray also issued estimates for CoBiz Financial’s Q3 2018 earnings at $0.31 EPS, Q4 2018 earnings at $0.33 EPS, FY2018 earnings at $1.25 EPS, Q1 2019 earnings at $0.32 EPS, Q2 2019 earnings at $0.34 EPS, Q3 2019 earnings at $0.36 EPS, Q4 2019 earnings at $0.37 EPS and FY2019 earnings at $1.39 EPS.

Top 10 Warren Buffett Stocks To Invest In 2018: MobileIron, Inc.(MOBL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

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Top 10 Warren Buffett Stocks To Invest In 2018: United Technologies Corporation(UTX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    European aircraft maker Airbus announced last Friday that it had found an issue with the Pratt & Whitney (P&W) engines the company installs on its top-selling A320neo and A321neo single-aisle passenger jets. Over the weekend the company said it would stop accepting more PW1100G geared turbofan (GTF) engines from P&W, a division of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX).

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Daiwa Securities Group Inc. raised its holdings in shares of United Technologies Co. (NYSE:UTX) by 10.1% in the first quarter, according to its most recent 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The institutional investor owned 63,924 shares of the conglomerate’s stock after purchasing an additional 5,852 shares during the quarter. Daiwa Securities Group Inc.’s holdings in United Technologies were worth $8,042,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

  • [By ]

    Jim Cramer, founder of TheStreet, talked with Bob Lang, founder of Explosive Options, about three selloff stocks that he believes are worth holding onto. Cramer and Lang examined whether the selloffs in Caterpillar (CAT) , Boeing (BA)  and United Technologies (UTX)  represent genuine buying opportunities. Lang told Cramer the selling in these three former market darlings was premature because the numbers look good and the technicals look even better.

  • [By ]

    In addition, Bill Ackman’s Pershing Square confirmed it had accumulated 2 million shares, about $245 million worth in United Technologies Inc. (UTX) . The activist fund could push to break up the company if CEO Greg Hayes doesn’t act on his own. 

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX) traded up 2.75% at $129.47. The stock’s 52-week range is $107.05 to $139.24. Volume was about 20% below the daily average of around 4.2 million shares. When UTC completes its deal to acquire Rockwell Collins, a new Air Force bomber is part of the deal. The Defense Department budget for this year includes $2 billion for the program and the 2019 budget includes $2.3 billion.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

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Top 10 Warren Buffett Stocks To Invest In 2018: Lyon William Homes(WLH)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

    William Lyon Homes (NYSE:WLH) traded down 7.4% on Tuesday . The company traded as low as $24.95 and last traded at $25.04. 774,270 shares were traded during trading, an increase of 81% from the average session volume of 426,618 shares. The stock had previously closed at $27.05.

Top 10 Warren Buffett Stocks To Invest In 2018: DCT Industrial Trust Inc(DCT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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    For an “Executive Decision” segment, Cramer spoke with Hamid Moghadam, chairman and CEO of the logistics REIT, Prologis Inc.  (PLD) , which recently announced the acquisition of DCT Industrial Trust (DCT) .

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Mitsubishi UFJ Kokusai Asset Management Co. Ltd. boosted its holdings in shares of DCT Industrial Trust Inc (NYSE:DCT) by 7.7% during the 1st quarter, according to the company in its most recent disclosure with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The institutional investor owned 14,570 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock after acquiring an additional 1,044 shares during the period. Mitsubishi UFJ Kokusai Asset Management Co. Ltd.’s holdings in DCT Industrial Trust were worth $821,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Daiwa Securities Group Inc. lifted its holdings in DCT Industrial Trust Inc (NYSE:DCT) by 25.5% during the 1st quarter, HoldingsChannel.com reports. The institutional investor owned 19,700 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock after purchasing an additional 4,000 shares during the period. Daiwa Securities Group Inc.’s holdings in DCT Industrial Trust were worth $1,110,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

Top 10 Warren Buffett Stocks To Invest In 2018: Accenture plc.(ACN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Steve Symington, Maxx Chatsko, and Brian Feroldi]

    To that end, we asked three top Motley Fool contributors to each pick a stock they think you would be wise to purchase and hold for the next 50 years. Read on to see why they like Corning (NYSE:GLW), Accenture (NYSE:ACN), and A.O. Smith (NYSE:AOS).

  • [By Money Morning News Team]

    The companies that participated in the demo included Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO), Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT), Accenture Plc. (NYSE: ACN), Fujitsu Ltd. (OTCMKTS: FJTSY), and Deutsche Telekom AG (OTCMKTS: DTEGY).

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    Even more impressive and promising are the companies and entities backing Ripple. Investors include Seagate Technology (Nasdaq: STX) and Accenture (NYSE: ACN), as well as influential venture capital firms Andreessen Horowitz (Twitter, Skype, Airbnb) and Lightspeed Venture Partners (Snapchat).

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    But the segment revenue figures make it clear that momentum in areas such as cloud apps/services and security is being offset by pressures within older, non-cloud, software and services businesses in fields such as databases, operating systems, consulting, tech support and business process outsourcing (BPO). And that when one combines the good and the bad, the end-result is a company whose forex-adjusted growth remains noticeably below that of peers such as Microsoft (MSFT) , Accenture (ACN) , SAP (SAP) and Dell Technologies, and for which growing FCF remains a challenge.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Smith Asset Management Group LP lifted its position in shares of Accenture (NYSE:ACN) by 2.1% during the first quarter, according to the company in its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The firm owned 67,628 shares of the information technology services provider’s stock after acquiring an additional 1,398 shares during the quarter. Smith Asset Management Group LP’s holdings in Accenture were worth $10,381,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

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President Trump’s budget plan – due to be released tomorrow (May 23) – is expected to cut some $1.7 trillion worth of government programs.

And $800 billion of those cuts will reduce federal funding for Medicaid and Medicaid-related programs in particular. These cuts could therefore affect roughly 70 million low-income children, adults, seniors, and disabled Americans nationwide.

Specifically, three government Medicaid programs will suffer the most from the Trump administration’s budget proposal. And right now, their fate is the source of contentious debate on Capitol Hill. The programs are:

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI)

White House officials told Axios yesterday that the programs were targeted to curb fraud and abuse by placing “an emphasis on work requirements for able-bodied people” who receive funds from these programs.

Best Insurance Stocks To Buy Right Now: Energy Fuels Inc(UUUU)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Energy Fuels (NYSEAMERICAN:UUUU) (TSE:EFR) shares saw an uptick in trading volume on Monday . 1,091,365 shares were traded during mid-day trading, an increase of 300% from the previous session’s volume of 272,846 shares.The stock last traded at $2.09 and had previously closed at $2.04.

Best Insurance Stocks To Buy Right Now: Accenture plc.(ACN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Smith Asset Management Group LP lifted its position in shares of Accenture (NYSE:ACN) by 2.1% during the first quarter, according to the company in its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The firm owned 67,628 shares of the information technology services provider’s stock after acquiring an additional 1,398 shares during the quarter. Smith Asset Management Group LP’s holdings in Accenture were worth $10,381,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

  • [By Money Morning News Team]

    The companies that participated in the demo included Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO), Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT), Accenture Plc. (NYSE: ACN), Fujitsu Ltd. (OTCMKTS: FJTSY), and Deutsche Telekom AG (OTCMKTS: DTEGY).

  • [By Steve Symington, Maxx Chatsko, and Brian Feroldi]

    To that end, we asked three top Motley Fool contributors to each pick a stock they think you would be wise to purchase and hold for the next 50 years. Read on to see why they like Corning (NYSE:GLW), Accenture (NYSE:ACN), and A.O. Smith (NYSE:AOS).

  • [By ]

    Even more impressive and promising are the companies and entities backing Ripple. Investors include Seagate Technology (Nasdaq: STX) and Accenture (NYSE: ACN), as well as influential venture capital firms Andreessen Horowitz (Twitter, Skype, Airbnb) and Lightspeed Venture Partners (Snapchat).

  • [By ]

    But the segment revenue figures make it clear that momentum in areas such as cloud apps/services and security is being offset by pressures within older, non-cloud, software and services businesses in fields such as databases, operating systems, consulting, tech support and business process outsourcing (BPO). And that when one combines the good and the bad, the end-result is a company whose forex-adjusted growth remains noticeably below that of peers such as Microsoft (MSFT) , Accenture (ACN) , SAP (SAP) and Dell Technologies, and for which growing FCF remains a challenge.

Best Insurance Stocks To Buy Right Now: Markel Corporation(MKL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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    Accordingly, as required by the new accounting standard, Markel Corp. (NYSE:MKL) recognized a pre-tax loss of $122.1 million as a result of the decline in the fair value of its equity securities since December 31, 2017.

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    Markel (NYSE:MKL) Q1 2018 Earnings Conference CallApril 25, 2018 9:30 a.m. ET

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  • [By Steve Symington, Jeremy Bowman, and Demitrios Kalogeropoulos]

    To that end, we asked three top Motley Fool investors to each pick a stock that they believe could double your money. Read on to learn why they like Markel (NYSE:MKL),Baozun (NASDAQ:BZUN), and Constellation Brands (NYSE:STZ).

  • [By Andy Pai]

    Akre capital often holds positions for over ten years. As long as a company is able to keep increasing its economic value, the firm will hold a stock. Although the firm is a long-term investor, Akre doesn't attribute its success to ‘buy and hold' investing, but to the quality of the companies they buy. Some of the companies' long-term holdings have included Markel Corporation (NYSE: MKL), Dollar Tree, Inc. (NASDAQ: DLTR) and Enstar Group Ltd. (NASDAQ: ESGR).

  • [By Steve Symington]

    Markel Corporation(NYSE:MKL)announced first-quarter 2018 results on Tuesday after the market closed, punctuated by a net loss from the financial holding company’s investment portfolio. But in keeping with executives’ methodical approach to generating shareholder value, Markel management took the opportunity to showcase the merits of their long-term thinking and diversified business operations.

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But these triple-digit returns aren’t always justified by the company’s profits or business potential. For instance, Chinese energy company Hongli Clean Energy Technologies Corp. (Nasdaq: CETC) saw shares jump 144% from $1.90 to $4.63 during just the first five sessions of April.

Top Clean Energy Stocks For 2019: Bavarian Nordic A/S (BVNKF)

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    Leuven, Belgium-based Tigenix (OTC:TGXSF) filed to go public in the U.S. in late 2015, only to become entangled with Bavarian Nordic (OTC:BVNKF) and Basilea Pharmaceutica (OTC:BPMUF) as the European drugmakers pulled back from NASDAQ. Tigenix subsequently increased its bank account following a 23.75 million placement in Belgium, and added an additional 25 million via a relationship with Takeda, before coming back to Wall Street in October 2016 with a revamped slate of underwriters.

Top Clean Energy Stocks For 2019: Unifirst Corporation(UNF)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

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    AeroVironment, Inc. (NASDAQ: AVAV) posted upbeat earnings for its fourth quarter, but the company missed analysts’ sales expectations. AeroVironment shares dipped 7.37 percent to $26.40 in the after-hours trading session.
    Analysts are expecting Acuity Brands, Inc. (NYSE: AYI) to have earned $2.03 per share on revenue of $847.79 million in the latest quarter. Acuity Brands shares rose 0.04 percent to $244.75 in after-hours trading.
    CalAmp Corp. (NASDAQ: CAMP) reported stronger-than-expected results for its first quarter and reported a $25 million buyback plan. The company also issued a weak sales forecast for the current quarter. CalAmp shares gained 0.35 percent to $14.14 in the after-hours trading session.
    UniFirst Corp (NYSE: UNF) is expected to report its quarterly earnings at $1.34 per share on revenue of $366.28 million. UniFirst shares slipped 0.72 percent to close at $105.44 on Tuesday.
    A Schulman Inc (NASDAQ: SHLM) reported better-than-expected earnings for its third quarter. A Schulman shares rose 1.61 percent to $21.51 in the after-hours trading session.

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  • [By Monica Gerson]

    UniFirst Corp (NYSE: UNF) is estimated to report its quarterly earnings at $1.26 per share on revenue of $362.62 million.

    Progress Software Corporation (NASDAQ: PRGS) is projected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.29 per share on revenue of $93.15 million.

  • [By Monica Gerson]

     

    General Mills, Inc. (NYSE: GIS) is expected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.60 per share on revenue of $3.86 billion.
    Pier 1 Imports Inc (NYSE: PIR) is projected to post a quarterly loss at $0.05 per share on revenue of $420.05 million.
    Acuity Brands, Inc. (NYSE: AYI) is estimated to report its quarterly earnings at $2.03 per share on revenue of $847.79 million.
    Monsanto Company (NYSE: MON) is projected to report its quarterly earnings at $2.40 per share on revenue of $4.49 billion.
    Worthington Industries, Inc. (NYSE: WOR) is expected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.64 per share on revenue of $692.48 million.
    Progress Software Corporation (NASDAQ: PRGS) is projected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.29 per share on revenue of $94.64 million.
    UniFirst Corp (NYSE: UNF) is estimated to report its quarterly earnings at $1.34 per share on revenue of $366.28 million.
    Exfo Inc (NASDAQ: EXFO) is expected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.06 per share on revenue of $60.87 million.
    OMNOVA Solutions Inc. (NYSE: OMN) is projected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.14 per share on revenue of $205.40 million.
    8Point3 Energy Partners LP (NASDAQ: CAFD) is estimated to post a quarterly loss at $0.01 per share on revenue of $11.60 million.
    Park Electrochemical Corp. (NYSE: PKE) is expected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.22 per share on revenue of $35.30 million.
    Xplore Technologies Corp. (NASDAQ: XPLR) is projected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.01 per share on revenue of $24.00 million.
    Investors Real Estate Trust (NYSE: IRET) is expected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.14 per share on revenue of $56.87 million.
    Tel-Instrument Electronics Corp. (NYSE: TIK) is estimated to post earnings for the latest quarter.
    Aethlon Medical, Inc. (NASDAQ: AEMD) is expected to post a quarterly loss at $0.20 per share.
    Ossen Innovation Co Ltd (ADR) (NASDAQ: OSN) is projected to post ea

Top Clean Energy Stocks For 2019: Teladoc, Inc.(TDOC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Todd Campbell]

    Technology stocks are staples in growth portfolios because of their eye-popping revenue growth, but technology isn’t the only sector of the stock market that boasts fast-growing companies. For example, many healthcare stocks are growing at rates that Silicon Valley would envy. In fact, Foundation Medicine (NASDAQ:FMI), Exelixis Corp (NASDAQ:EXEL), and Teladoc (NYSE:TDOC) all reported year-over-year sales growth north of 100% in first-quarter 2018.

  • [By Simon Erickson]

    Teladoc’s (NYSE:TDOC) first-quarter results kicked off a good start to 2018. Their now fully integrated acquisition of Best Doctors helped revenue more than double for the second straight quarter and U.S. membership reach more than 20 million people.

  • [By Chris Hill]

    In today’s episode of MarketFoolery, host Chris Hill and Motley Fool analyst Jason Moser go through some of the messy metrics from this quarter and explain which areas long-term investors should focus on to track how the company is doing. Also, Texas Roadhouse(NASDAQ:TXRH) clocked in another good quarter, but how can the restaurant grow from here? Virtual healthcare provider Teladoc (NYSE:TDOC)reports earnings later today, and long-term investors should watch for progress in these key metrics. Tune in to find out more.

  • [By Keith Speights]

    CVS Health isn’t starting from scratch in developing its virtual care services, though. Merlo stated that the company is partnering with telehealth leaderTeladoc (NYSE:TDOC). He said CVS will use Teladoc as the engine to provides telehealth services through CVS Health’s app. The services will be provided by the company’s MinuteClinic as well as other providers. Merlo added that Teladoc is basically “private labeling our telehealth program.”

  • [By Steve Symington, Rich Smith, and Keith Speights]

    But from an investor’s perspective, that raises the question: Are there other stocks that could offer similar returns?So we asked three top Motley Fool contributors to each pick a stock they believe hasNVIDIA-like return potential. Read on to see why they chose CalAmp (NASDAQ:CAMP), Kratos Defense & Security (NASDAQ:KTOS), and Teladoc (NYSE:TDOC).

Top Clean Energy Stocks For 2019: Accenture plc.(ACN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Laurie Kulikowski]

    Recently, TheStreet Ratings objectively rated this stock according to its "risk-adjusted" total return prospect over a 12-month investment horizon. Not based on the news in any given day, the rating may differ from Jim Cramer’s view or that of this articles’s author. TheStreet Ratings has this to say about the recommendation:

     

    We rate ACCENTURE PLC as a Buy with a ratings score of A+. This is based on the convergence of positive investment measures, which should help this stock outperform the majority of stocks that we rate. The company’s strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share and increase in net income. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. 

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Thursday, industrial shares fell by 0.08 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Accenture Plc (NYSE: ACN), down 4 percent, and Manitex International Inc (NASDAQ: MNTX), down 4 percent.

  • [By Laurie Kulikowski]

    With a dividend payout ratio of 44% and dividend yield of 2%, we consider Accenture our favorite income oriented security, recognizing valuation is near peak multiples. Fundamentally, we believe its mix of business should result in above-average revenue growth, and mix allows for modest margin expansion (rare in IT Services), that should result in steady and attractive double-digit total returns to shareholders. 

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The S&P 500 stock posting the largest daily percentage loss ahead of the close Thursday was Accenture PLC (NYSE: ACN) which traded down nearly 4% at $122.34. The stocks 52-week range is $108.66 to $128.47. Volume was over 8.3 million versus the daily average of 2.3 million shares.

Top Clean Energy Stocks For 2019: Sykes Enterprises, Incorporated(SYKE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

     

    Companies Reporting After The Bell
    Hertz Global Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: HTZ) is projected to post quarterly loss at $1.31 per share on revenue of $1.97 billion.
    International Flavors & Fragrances Inc. (NYSE: IFF) is estimated to post quarterly earnings at $1.59 per share on revenue of $909.36 million.
    Zillow Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: ZG) is expected to post quarterly earnings at $0.06 per share on revenue of $294.79 million.
    General Cable Corporation (NYSE: BGC) is estimated to post quarterly earnings at $0.15 per share on revenue of $980.61 million.
    Central Garden & Pet Company (NASDAQ: CENT) is expected to post quarterly earnings at $0.84 per share on revenue of $598.45 million.
    Cabot Corporation (NYSE: CBT) is estimated to post quarterly earnings at $1 per share on revenue of $746.42 million.
    Fabrinet (NYSE: FN) is expected to post quarterly earnings at $0.71 per share on revenue of $319.71 million.
    National General Holdings Corp. (NASDAQ: NGHC) is projected to post quarterly earnings at $0.55 per share on revenue of $1.08 billion.
    The Navigators Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: NAVG) is estimated to post quarterly earnings at $0.75 per share on revenue of $320.92 million.
    Diplomat Pharmacy, Inc. (NYSE: DPLO) is expected to post quarterly earnings at $0.22 per share on revenue of $1.29 billion.
    Trex Company, Inc. (NYSE: TREX) is projected to post quarterly earnings at $1.19 per share on revenue of $172.22 million.
    AMC Entertainment Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: AMC) is expected to post quarterly earnings at $0.09 per share on revenue of $1.35 billion.
    Envision Healthcare Corporation (NYSE: EVHC) is projected to post quarterly earnings at $0.64 per share on revenue of $2.02 billion.
    Regal Beloit Corporation (NYSE: RBC) is estimated to post quarterly earnings at $1.23 per share on revenue of $869.64 million.
    Amedisys, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMED) is projected to post quarterly earnings at $0.67 per share on revenue of $39

Top Clean Energy Stocks For 2019: LivePerson Inc.(LPSN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Danny Vena]

    A recent survey of 5,000 consumers conducted by LivePerson, Inc. (NASDAQ:LPSN), a leading provider of mobile and online messaging solutions, found that 55% of consumers would prefer a bot over a human, but only in situations where the bot is just as accurate as a human representative. Just over 56%, though, would rather talk to a human, as many still believe that a human will understand what they need better than a bot. A full 89% of consumers globally have a neutral or positive perception of bots in general.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    LivePerson (NASDAQ:LPSN) updated its FY18 earnings guidance on Thursday. The company provided earnings per share (EPS) guidance of $0.11-0.15 for the period, compared to the Thomson Reuters consensus estimate of $0.09. The company issued revenue guidance of $239-243 million, compared to the consensus revenue estimate of $239.45 million.LivePerson also updated its Q2 guidance to $0.00-0.01 EPS.

  • [By Timothy Green]

    Shares of LivePerson Inc. (NASDAQ:LPSN) jumped on Friday following the cloud-based chat software company’s first-quarter report. LivePerson beat out analyst estimates across the board, registering its best revenue growth in years. The stock was up about 9.6% at 3:45 p.m. EDT Friday.

Top 10 Stocks To Watch For 2019

If you’ve overestimated the daily demand for chia seed and homemade granola pots, or dripping, do you just throw the food out, or try and sell it quickly on the cheap?

Fifty eateries in London, including Aubaine, Hummus Bros, The Quality Chop House, and Michelin-starred Aquavit, can now opt for the latter through a mobile app, Karma, which launched in the city Thursday after an initial rollout across 35 cities in Sweden.

“The problem of food waste is very big here, so it’s a huge market for us,” said Karma co-founder Elsa Bernadotte. “London has an established food culture, a high degree of digitization, and is getting increasingly environmentally conscious.”

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations estimates that about a third of food produced for human consumption — about 1.3 billion tonnes globally — is lost or wasted each year. One study estimates British restaurants, bars and hotels to waste about 600,000 tonnes a year, worth about 17 billion pounds ($23.9 billion), with restaurants accounting for the largest single share.

Top 10 Stocks To Watch For 2019: American Financial Group, Inc.(AFG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    Aco-chief executive officer of American Financial Group Inc. (NYSE: AFG), Carl Linder, sold a total of 200,000 shares of the property and casualty insurance products provider at prices that ranged from $90.63 to $91.62. The total for the sale was set at $18 million. The shares closed Friday at $91.55, in a52-week range of $65.38 to $92.38. The consensus price target is $95.50.

Top 10 Stocks To Watch For 2019: TripAdvisor, Inc.(TRIP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The stock posting the largest daily percentage gain in the S&P 500 ahead of the close Tuesday was TripAdvisor, Inc. (NASDAQ: TRIP) which rose over 4% to $44.55. The stocks 52-week range is $35.34 to $66.13. Volume was 2.8 million compared to its average volume of 2.9 million.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    TripAdvisor Inc. (NASDAQ: TRIP) dropped about 1.9% Monday, to post a new 52-week low of $41.81 after closing at $42.62 on Friday. The stock’s 52-week high is $71.69. Volume was about 50% above the daily average of around 2.5 million shares. The company had no specific news.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    TripAdvisor (TRIP) tumbled to the bottom of the S&P 500 today after reporting earnings that came in well below the Street consensus.

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    TripAdvisordropped 11% to $46.92 today, while the S&P 500 dipped 0.1% to2,347.22.

    Susquehanna’s Shyam Patil and team write that TripAdvisor’s “challenges persist.” They explain why:

    4Q highlights another challenging quarter. Total revenue was $316m (up 2% y/y), 1% below our estimate of $320m and 3% below consensus of $327m. EBITDA of $58m (18.4% margins) was ~25% below our and the consensus estimate of $77m, caused by the revenue miss and higher opex (specifically S&M and G&A) vs. our model…

    While we like TRIPs leading audience reach (on both mobile and desktop) and breadth of travel content, we believe the traffic mix shift to mobile combined with the transition to instant book (IB) will continue to weigh on monetization and cause near-term volatility in the numbers. TRIP is prioritizing revenue growth over profits this year, and management expects to drive double-digit revenue growth but at the expense of significant margin deleverage and absolute EBITDA declines. Additionally, EBITDA could decline further, if TRIP decides to do TV advertising, which is currently not in our estimates or managements outlook. Given these issues, forecasting remains challenging and we continue to have little confidence in estimates.

    TripAdvisor’s market capitalization fell to $6.8 billion today from $7.6 billion yesterday.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    TripAdvisor Inc. (NASDAQ: TRIP) dropped about 4.5% Thursday, to post a new 52-week low of $43.48 after closing at $45.55 on Wednesday. The stock’s 52-week high is $71.69. Volume was about 60% above the daily average of around 2.4 million shares. The company had no specific news today.

Top 10 Stocks To Watch For 2019: Laboratory Corporation of America Holdings(LH)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Laboratory Corp. of America Holdings (NYSE: LH) is estimated to report its quarterly earnings at $1.96 per share on revenue of $2.19 billion.

    Roper Technologies Inc (NYSE: ROP) is projected to report its quarterly earnings at $1.46 per share on revenue of $895.87 million.

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Analysts expect Laboratory Corp. of America Holdings (NYSE: LH) to report its quarterly earnings at $1.96 per share on revenue of $2.19 billion. Laboratory Corp shares rose 0.64 percent to close at $121.77 on Friday.

Top 10 Stocks To Watch For 2019: NO Name(ACI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Robert Weinstein]

    Lawsuit after lawsuit, a billion dollars in cost overruns, taxpayer subsidies and the most expensive coal plant to operate causing electric rates to skyrocket, if this becomes the norm. The new project is called Plant Ratcliffe by Southern Co.
    Plant Ratcliffe is quite the boondoggle, but proponents say it always costs more to build the first one and costs will come down as the technology improves. More plants are in the planning stages and may bring a needed shot in the arm to mining stocks.
    Alpha Natural Resources (ANR), Walter Energy (WLT), Arch Coal (ACI), Cliffs Natural Resources (CLF), Peabody Energy (BTU), and James River Coal (JRCC) are companies that may benefit from increased demand for coal.
    Not all coal or coal companies are equal, so it’s crucial to discriminate based on your investment time-horizon goals. With that said, the announcement should have been followed by a deep sell-off in coal and utility related stocks. But something happened.
    Or, rather, didn’t happen.
    The above coal stocks didn’t sell off tremendously and are largely moving along with the rest of the market today. This is noteworthy because stocks don’t bottom on good news, they reach a bottom on awful news. Let me explain: When a stock chart continues trending lower, what you’re witnessing is investors throwing in the towel and moving on.
    Leaving aside bankruptcies for a moment, almost all stocks have a core group of investors that are commonly known as the “strong hands.” A stock is at the bottom when the weak hands are gone. At some point, distressing news (like an unfavorable EPA announcement regarding coal) hits the wire and the related stock or stocks react with little or no movement. This is what we are witnessing right now in coal-related companies.

Top 10 Stocks To Watch For 2019: RetailMeNot, Inc.(SALE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of RetailMeNot Inc (NASDAQ: SALE) got a boost, shooting up 12 percent to $8.42. RetailMeNot announced after Thursday’s close it has entered into an agreement to acquire GiftCard Zen, a secondary marketplace for gift cards. The company reported preliminary Q1 revenue of $54 million to $54.5 million and FY16 revenue of $228 million to $241 million.

  • [By Demitrios Kalogeropoulos]

    As for individual stocks, RetailMeNot (NASDAQ:SALE) and SUPERVALU (NYSE:SVU) attracted heavy investor interest following merger and acquisition news.

Top 10 Stocks To Watch For 2019: Accenture plc.(ACN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Some of the stocks that may grab investor focus today are:

    Wall Street expects Accenture Plc (NYSE: ACN) to report quarterly earnings at $1.3 per share on revenue of $8.34 billion before the opening bell. Accenture shares gained 0.41 percent to $127.00 in after-hours trading.
    Analysts expect Micron Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: MU) to post quarterly earnings at $0.85 per share on revenue of $4.64 billion after the closing bell. Micron shares gained 0.88 percent to $26.29 in after-hours trading.
    Five Below Inc (NASDAQ: FIVE) reported better-than-expected earnings for its fourth quarter on Wednesday. Five Below shares climbed 8.23 percent to $41.27 in the after-hours trading session.
    Before the markets open, Conagra Brands Inc (NYSE: CAG) is projected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.44 per share on revenue of $1.98 billion. Conagra shares rose 1.73 percent to $41.18 in after-hours trading.
    PVH Corp (NYSE: PVH) posted upbeat earnings for its fourth quarter and issued a strong earnings forecast. PVH shares surged 7.15 percent to $97.35 in the after-hours trading session.

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  • [By Laurie Kulikowski]

    With a dividend payout ratio of 44% and dividend yield of 2%, we consider Accenture our favorite income oriented security, recognizing valuation is near peak multiples. Fundamentally, we believe its mix of business should result in above-average revenue growth, and mix allows for modest margin expansion (rare in IT Services), that should result in steady and attractive double-digit total returns to shareholders. 

  • [By Laurie Kulikowski]

    Investors have apparently begun to recognize positive factors similar to those we have mentioned in this report, including earnings growth. This has helped drive up the company’s shares by a sharp 28.50% over the past year, a rise that has exceeded that of the S&P 500 Index. Regarding the stock’s future course, although almost any stock can fall in a broad market decline, ACN should continue to move higher despite the fact that it has already enjoyed a very nice gain in the past year.

     

  • [By Laurie Kulikowski]

    ACCENTURE PLC has improved earnings per share by 6.5% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. The company has demonstrated a pattern of positive earnings per share growth over the past year. We feel that this trend should continue. During the past fiscal year, ACCENTURE PLC increased its bottom line by earning $4.76 versus $4.52 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($5.20 versus $4.76).

     

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    Even more impressive and promising are the companies and entities backing Ripple. Investors include Seagate Technology (Nasdaq: STX) and Accenture (NYSE: ACN), as well as influential venture capital firms Andreessen Horowitz (Twitter, Skype, Airbnb) and Lightspeed Venture Partners (Snapchat).

  • [By Steve Symington]

    The stock market was mostly flat today ahead of a key House vote on the passage of the Republicans’ healthcare bill, which was delayed until Friday after GOP lawmakers failed to gather the necessary support. TheDow Jones Industrial Averagelost just 5 points, or 0.02%, while other broader market indexes saw similar small declines. But several individual stocks saw much more severe drops, including Zillow Group (NASDAQ:Z) (NASDAQ:ZG), Proofpoint (NASDAQ:PFPT), and Accenture (NYSE:ACN). Read on to see what drove these unusual moves.

Top 10 Stocks To Watch For 2019: U.S. Auto Parts Network, Inc.(PRTS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Monday, cyclical consumer goods & services shares rose by just 0.1 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included U.S. Auto Parts Network, Inc. (NASDAQ: PRTS), down 22 percent, and Sears Holdings Corp (NASDAQ: SHLD), down 13 percent.

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    On Friday, our Under the Radar Moversnewsletter suggestedshorting small cap online aftermarket auto parts stock U.S. Auto Parts Network, Inc (NASDAQ: PRTS):

Top 10 Stocks To Watch For 2019: Kate Spade & Company(KATE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Kate Spade & Co (NASDAQ: KATE) was down, falling around 14 percent to $19.60 after it was reported the company would spend more time to negotiate the Coach Inc (NYSE: COH) offer.

  • [By Steve Symington]

    Shares of Kate Spade & Company (NYSE:KATE) fell 25.1% in the month of April,according to data provided byS&P Global Market Intelligence, after reports that the luxury lifestyle-products specialist wanted more time to consider a buyout offer, then announced disappointing first-quarter 2017 results.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Kate Spade (KATE) caught a bounce on Wednesday when the Wall Street Journalreported that it was actively seeking a buyer. Since then, we’ve learned that the fashion accessories retailer looks set to auction itself off to the highest bidder, with the process potentially beginning next month, with bidders potentially including Coach (COH) and Michael Kors (KORS). In a note today, SunTrust Robinson Humphrey analystPamela Quintiliano and team contend that Kate Spade could fetch as much as $23 a share:

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    Looking at recent historical deals, we arrive at a $18-$23 potential deal range. We analyzed transactions that have been announced over the past four years and involved companies catering to a higher income customer. These deals include Southern Tide (acquired by Oxford Industries (OXM)), Joe’s Jeans (acquired by Sequential Brands Group (SQBG)), prAna (acquired by Columbia Sportswear (COLM)), The Jones Group (acquired by Sycamore Partners [private] and Juicy Couture (acquired by Authentic Brands Group [private]). The average EV/EBITDA multiple of these transactions are 12.9x (in line with KATE’s 5-year historical average of 12.1x) and implies a potential deal range of $22-$23. When taking the average of recent (F13-16) deals implies an ~10.5x EV/EBITDA multiple. When applying the ~10.5x multiples to KATE’s trailing EBITDA, we arrive at an $18- $19 potential share price.

    Shares of Kate Spade have gained 1.1% to $18.70 at 2:08 p.m. today, while Coach has declined 0.2% to $34.95, Michael Kors is little changed at $42.86, Oxford Industries has fallen 0.7% to $60.38, Columbia Sportswear has climbed 1.4% to $58.60, and Sequential Brands Group has jumped 3.7% to $4.77.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Coach (COH) rose to the top of the S&P 500 today after reports that Kate Spade (KATE) had put itself up for sale caused shares of fashion-accessory retailers to rise.

Top 10 Stocks To Watch For 2019: B Communications Ltd.(BCOM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Monday, telecommunications services shares rose by just 0.2 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included B Communications Ltd (NASDAQ: BCOM), down 4 percent, and Partner Communications Company Ltd (ADR) (NASDAQ: PTNR), down 2 percent.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Monday, telecommunications services shares fell by 0.77 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included United States Cellular Corp (NYSE: USM), down 5 percent, and B Communications Ltd (NASDAQ: BCOM), down 5 percent.

Top 10 Stocks To Watch For 2019: DAVIDsTEA Inc.(DTEA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    DavidsTea Inc (NASDAQ: DTEA) is expected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.43 per share on revenue of $71.74 million.

    SemiLEDs Corporation (NASDAQ: LEDS) is estimated to post its quarterly earnings.