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Best Value Stocks To Buy Right Now

FDx Advisors Inc. increased its stake in Costco Wholesale Co. (NASDAQ:COST) by 82.6% during the fourth quarter, according to its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The firm owned 9,285 shares of the retailer’s stock after purchasing an additional 4,199 shares during the quarter. FDx Advisors Inc.’s holdings in Costco Wholesale were worth $1,891,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

Other large investors also recently bought and sold shares of the company. Steginsky Capital LLC raised its holdings in Costco Wholesale by 0.8% during the 4th quarter. Steginsky Capital LLC now owns 120,922 shares of the retailer’s stock valued at $24,633,000 after acquiring an additional 938 shares during the period. Eaton Vance Management raised its holdings in Costco Wholesale by 8.2% during the 4th quarter. Eaton Vance Management now owns 1,119,181 shares of the retailer’s stock valued at $227,988,000 after acquiring an additional 84,699 shares during the period. Investment Management of Virginia LLC raised its holdings in Costco Wholesale by 1.8% during the 4th quarter. Investment Management of Virginia LLC now owns 8,286 shares of the retailer’s stock valued at $1,688,000 after acquiring an additional 146 shares during the period. Prudential Financial Inc. raised its holdings in Costco Wholesale by 10.1% during the 4th quarter. Prudential Financial Inc. now owns 534,356 shares of the retailer’s stock valued at $108,850,000 after acquiring an additional 49,227 shares during the period. Finally, Synovus Financial Corp raised its holdings in Costco Wholesale by 8.8% during the 4th quarter. Synovus Financial Corp now owns 28,813 shares of the retailer’s stock valued at $5,858,000 after acquiring an additional 2,328 shares during the period. 71.20% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors.

Best Value Stocks To Buy Right Now: Xenia Hotels & Resorts, Inc.(XHR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Penn National Gaming (NASDAQ:PENN) and Xenia Hotels & Resorts (NYSE:XHR) are both mid-cap consumer discretionary companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, risk, analyst recommendations, dividends, institutional ownership, valuation and profitability.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) and Xenia Hotels & Resorts (NYSE:XHR) are both consumer discretionary companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, dividends, analyst recommendations, earnings, risk, profitability and valuation.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    LSV Asset Management lifted its stake in Xenia Hotels & Resorts (NYSE:XHR) by 18.0% during the first quarter, according to its most recent disclosure with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The fund owned 4,446,848 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock after acquiring an additional 679,100 shares during the quarter. LSV Asset Management owned approximately 4.16% of Xenia Hotels & Resorts worth $87,691,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Xenia Hotels & Resorts (NYSE:XHR) – Jefferies Group issued their Q2 2018 earnings per share (EPS) estimates for Xenia Hotels & Resorts in a note issued to investors on Thursday, May 31st. Jefferies Group analyst D. Katz forecasts that the real estate investment trust will post earnings per share of $0.62 for the quarter. Jefferies Group has a “Buy” rating and a $29.00 price objective on the stock. Jefferies Group also issued estimates for Xenia Hotels & Resorts’ Q3 2018 earnings at $0.48 EPS, Q4 2018 earnings at $0.46 EPS and FY2018 earnings at $2.06 EPS.

Best Value Stocks To Buy Right Now: TD Ameritrade Holding Corporation(AMTD)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Garrett Baldwin]

    TD Ameritrade Holding Corp. (Nasdaq: AMTD) hopes that cryptocurrencies (since they’re not risky at all, right?) will be the key to pushing younger investors into the stock market.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Amundi Pioneer Asset Management Inc. trimmed its holdings in shares of TD Ameritrade (NASDAQ:AMTD) by 19.9% in the 1st quarter, according to the company in its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The fund owned 710,593 shares of the financial services provider’s stock after selling 176,424 shares during the quarter. Amundi Pioneer Asset Management Inc. owned 0.13% of TD Ameritrade worth $42,088,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

  • [By Dustin Blitchok]

    That's in contrast to fellow panelists TD Ameritrade (NASDAQ: AMTD) and Interactive Brokers, both of which made bitcoin futures available as soon as they went live.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    TD Ameritrade (NASDAQ:AMTD) announced a quarterly dividend on Monday, April 23rd, RTT News reports. Shareholders of record on Tuesday, May 8th will be paid a dividend of 0.21 per share by the financial services provider on Tuesday, May 22nd. This represents a $0.84 annualized dividend and a yield of 1.42%. The ex-dividend date is Monday, May 7th.

  • [By Garrett Baldwin]

    Southwest Airlines Inc. (NYSE: LUV) canceled flights across the country in order to inspect the engines of 40 different airplanes. The inspections come a week after a mid-air engine explosion caused the first U.S. air fatality since 2009. Money Morning Executive Editor Bill Patalon breaks down the aftermath of the accident, and explains what it means for both Southwest and Boeing Co. (NYSE: BA).
    The price of Bitcoin pushed back toward $9,000 as the post-tax season breakout continues for the cryptocurrency markets. The total value of the global cryptocurrency market topped $400 billion this morning, a significant recovery from the massive downturn that occurred in the first quarter. As we explained on Saturday, now may be the best time to buy Bitcoin since July 2013. That month was when Money Morning Defense and Tech Specialist Michael A. Robinson went on live television with a bold prediction for Bitcoin (BTC), which would be followed by 25,351% gains at the peak of the cryptocurrency’s run. Find out where Bitcoin is heading next, right here.
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    Alphabet Inc. (Nasdaq: GOOGL) leads another busy day of earnings reports on Monday. Wall Street anticipates that the online media giant will report earnings per share (EPS) of $9.21 on top of $24.29 billion in revenue.
    Hasbro Inc. (NYSE: HAS) slumped more than 7.6% in pre-market hours after the company reported earnings. The toymaker reported adjusted EPS of $0.10, well short of the $0.33 expected on Wall Street. The firm also reported weaker-than-expected revenue for the quarter. The firm named Toys ‘R Us as a central reason for poor showing – the company recently liquidated its stores, impacting Hasbro Inc.’s (Nasdaq: HAS) bottom lines.
    Look for earnings reports from Halliburton Co. (NYSE: HAL), Alaska Air Group Inc. (NYSE: ALK), Whirlpool Corp. (NYSE: WHR), TD Ameritrade Holding Corp. (Nasdaq: AMTD), Kimberley-Clark Corp. (NYSE: KMB), Cadence Design Syst

Best Value Stocks To Buy Right Now: Virtu Financial, Inc.(VIRT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Virtu Financial (NASDAQ:VIRT) was downgraded by stock analysts at BidaskClub from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report issued on Thursday.

  • [By Lisa Levin] Companies Reporting Before The Bell
    Celgene Corporation (NASDAQ: CELG) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $1.96 per share on revenue of $3.46 billion.
    Aon plc (NYSE: AON) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $2.8 per share on revenue of $2.93 billion.
    American Axle & Manufacturing Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: AXL) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $0.81 per share on revenue of $1.75 billion.
    Alibaba Group Holding Limited (NYSE: BABA) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.88 per share on revenue of $9.27 billion.
    LifePoint Health, Inc. (NASDAQ: LPNT) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $1.13 per share on revenue of $1.62 billion.
    V.F. Corporation (NYSE: VFC) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $0.65 per share on revenue of $2.90 billion.
    Newell Brands Inc. (NYSE: NWL) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.26 per share on revenue of $3.05 billion.
    Titan International, Inc. (NYSE: TWI) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.04 per share on revenue of $407.27 million.
    Boise Cascade Company (NYSE: BCC) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.45 per share on revenue of $1.09 billion.
    Cheniere Energy, Inc. (NYSE: LNG) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $0.39 per share on revenue of $1.59 billion.
    Cboe Global Markets, Inc. (NASDAQ: CBOE) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $1.24 per share on revenue of $308.05 million.
    ITT Inc. (NYSE: ITT) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $0.73 per share on revenue of $683.96 million.
    Fred's, Inc. (NASDAQ: FRED) is expected to report quarterly loss at $0.19 per share on revenue of $551.00 million.
    Virtu Financial, Inc. (NASDAQ: VIRT) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.52 per share on revenue of $288.31 million.
    Cheniere Energy Partners, L.P. (NYSE: CQP) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.57 per share on revenue of $1.38 billion.
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  • [By Jon C. Ogg]

    Virtu Financial Inc. (NASDAQ: VIRT) was started as Buy and assigned a $37 price target (versus a $29.10 close) at Jefferies. It has a consensus analyst target of almost $36 and a 52-week trading range of $13.10 to $37.85.

Best Value Stocks To Buy Right Now: Baidu Inc.(BIDU)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Billy Duberstein]

    There are three clear leaders riding this wave, all of which have ties to the “big three” of China, or the “BAT”: Baidu (NASDAQ:BIDU), Alibaba (NYSE:BABA), and Tencent (NASDAQOTH:TCEHY). For investors interested in riding the Chinese streaming video trend, the following are definitely the stocks to own.

  • [By Leo Sun]

    Baidu (NASDAQ:BIDU) owns China’s top search engine and a sprawling network of portals, apps, and cloud services. The company is widely considered the 800-pound gorilla of the Chinese internet advertising market, and a major investor in next-gen AI and driverless technologies.

  • [By Motley Fool Staff]

    From the Fools’ point of view, it’s a combination of factors plaguing Alibaba (NYSE:BABA), Baidu (NASDAQ:BIDU) and JD.com (NASDAQ:JD), among others: the trade war, decelerating economic growth in China, and large institutions cashing out of Chinese stocks. But the key question for Foolish investors is this: Is this a buying opportunity, or are further declines coming?

Best Value Stocks To Buy Right Now: Kimball Electronics, Inc.(KE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    BidaskClub lowered shares of Kimball Electronics (NASDAQ:KE) from a hold rating to a sell rating in a research note released on Thursday.

    Separately, TheStreet lowered Kimball Electronics from a b rating to a c+ rating in a research note on Wednesday, November 7th.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    First Trust Advisors LP lifted its position in Kimball Electronics Inc (NASDAQ:KE) by 18.0% in the 2nd quarter, according to the company in its most recent 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The firm owned 30,252 shares of the electronics maker’s stock after purchasing an additional 4,611 shares during the period. First Trust Advisors LP owned about 0.11% of Kimball Electronics worth $554,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

Top 5 Stocks To Buy For 2019

Media coverage about Pareteum (NASDAQ:TEUM) has been trending somewhat positive this week, Accern reports. The research group scores the sentiment of news coverage by monitoring 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. Pareteum earned a coverage optimism score of 0.18 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave headlines about the company an impact score of 47.7443114638008 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the next few days.

Shares of NASDAQ:TEUM traded down $0.08 during trading on Thursday, reaching $2.78. The company had a trading volume of 1,937,500 shares, compared to its average volume of 2,353,299. Pareteum has a 12 month low of $0.54 and a 12 month high of $3.59.

Top 5 Stocks To Buy For 2019: MercadoLibre Inc.(MELI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Danny Vena]

    MercadoLibre, Inc. (NASDAQ:MELI) had a banner year in 2017, and things were looking up to start off 2018. When the company released its fourth-quarter financial results in February, it reported revenue of $437 million, up 70% year over year in U.S. dollars and almost doubling in local-currency terms. It also announced that it would be deconsolidating the results of its Venezuelan subsidiary, which had long been a drag on its financials due to persistent currency devaluations and spiraling hyperinflation. After doubling last year, MercadoLibre’s stock had gained over 30% again by early March.

  • [By Danny Vena]

    For investors in MercadoLibre (NASDAQ:MELI), the leading e-commerce platform in Latin America, it was difficult to decipher the results for its just completed first quarter. The company’s reported net revenue of $321 million, an increase of just 19% year over year, was below analysts’ expectations and significantly lower than the stellar growth rates investors have come to expect. Bottom-line results were even worse, with a loss per share of $0.29, compared to gain of $1.10 in the prior-year quarter.

  • [By Danny Vena]

    Until recently, it seemed MercadoLibre (NASDAQ:MELI) could do no wrong. The company was reporting enviable financial and operational metrics, and the stock was hitting all-time highs. Then, something happened on the way to the online sale.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Here are some of the news articles that may have effected Accern’s rankings:

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    Insider Buying: Mercadolibre Inc (MELI) Director Acquires 1,708 Shares of Stock (americanbankingnews.com) MercadoLibre’s Recent Financials Mask Operational Growth (seekingalpha.com) Mercadolibre Inc (MELI) Receives Consensus Recommendation of “Hold” from Analysts (americanbankingnews.com) If Its Growth Is So Fabulous, Why Is MercadoLibre Stock Falling? (fool.com) The “Amazon” of Latin America (fool.com)

    Shares of Mercadolibre stock traded down $0.23 on Friday, reaching $314.70. The stock had a trading volume of 1,539,558 shares, compared to its average volume of 725,705. The company has a quick ratio of 1.18, a current ratio of 1.18 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.25. Mercadolibre has a 1 year low of $217.06 and a 1 year high of $417.91. The company has a market cap of $13.46 billion, a P/E ratio of 124.39 and a beta of 2.08.

  • [By Motley Fool Staff]

    As this episode drops, we are three years into that very first sampler, which he dubbed simply “Five Stocks for the Next Five Years.” The picks were Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ:ATVI), Casey’s General Stores (NASDAQ:CASY), FireEye (NASDAQ:FEYE), MercadoLibre (NASDAQ:MELI), and Middleby (NASDAQ:MIDD) — and we’ll tell you up front that at this stage, David’s far from batting a thousand on the set.

Top 5 Stocks To Buy For 2019: ING Group, N.V.(ISP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Jefferies Financial Group set a €2.05 ($2.38) target price on Intesa Sanpaolo (BIT:ISP) in a report published on Tuesday. The brokerage currently has a neutral rating on the stock.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Goldman Sachs Group set a €2.90 ($3.37) price target on Intesa Sanpaolo (BIT:ISP) in a report published on Wednesday. The firm currently has a neutral rating on the stock.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Intesa Sanpaolo (BIT:ISP) received a €3.00 ($3.53) price target from stock analysts at HSBC in a research report issued to clients and investors on Thursday. The brokerage presently has a “buy” rating on the stock. HSBC’s target price points to a potential downside of 2.60% from the stock’s current price.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Intesa Sanpaolo (BIT:ISP) received a €2.90 ($3.37) price target from research analysts at Deutsche Bank in a research note issued to investors on Wednesday. The firm presently has a “buy” rating on the stock.

Top 5 Stocks To Buy For 2019: TD Ameritrade Holding Corporation(AMTD)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    TD Ameritrade (NASDAQ:AMTD) announced a quarterly dividend on Monday, April 23rd, RTT News reports. Shareholders of record on Tuesday, May 8th will be paid a dividend of 0.21 per share by the financial services provider on Tuesday, May 22nd. This represents a $0.84 annualized dividend and a yield of 1.42%. The ex-dividend date is Monday, May 7th.

  • [By Jordan Wathen]

    The discount broker now has its sights set on a larger demographic of investors who use exchange-traded funds (ETFs) to invest. Firstrade rolled out commission-free trades on more than 700 ETFs, including some popular ETFs from issuers like Vanguard, which are hard to find in fee-free form after they were culled from TD Ameritrade’s (NASDAQ:AMTD) list of commission-free ETFs last year.

  • [By ]

    Darn hard to not like the numbers out of Action Alerts PLUS holding JPMorgan & Chase (JPM) . Profits up nicely in all segments vs. the fourth quarter. Big year-over-year spikes in return on assets and equity from a year ago. Trading revenue up thanks to the return of volatility in the first quarter (can’t wait to see the blowout quarters from TD Ameritrade (AMTD) and Schwab (SCHW) ). Good card revenue growth from the fourth-quarter bodes well for retailer’s first-quarter results.

Top 5 Stocks To Buy For 2019: Applied Genetic Technologies Corporation(AGTC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By ]

    1. Applied Genetic Technologies (Nasdaq: AGTC)
    Over the last week, this stock just exploded higher with massive upside momentum. Hitting resistance at $7.00 per share, my play on this one is to enter longs on a break out above $7.00 per share.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    News headlines about Applied Genetic Technologies (NASDAQ:AGTC) have been trending somewhat positive recently, Accern Sentiment reports. Accern identifies positive and negative news coverage by reviewing more than twenty million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Applied Genetic Technologies earned a daily sentiment score of 0.07 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news coverage about the biotechnology company an impact score of 46.4149815454551 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the immediate future.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    News articles about Applied Genetic Technologies (NASDAQ:AGTC) have been trending somewhat positive on Tuesday, Accern Sentiment reports. The research group scores the sentiment of press coverage by monitoring more than 20 million news and blog 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. Applied Genetic Technologies earned a news impact score of 0.20 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media headlines about the biotechnology company an impact score of 45.8761095143233 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the immediate future.

Top 5 Stocks To Buy For 2019: Aerojet Rocketdyne Holdings, Inc. (AJRD)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Rich Smith]

    Aerojet Rocketdyne (NYSE:AJRD) stock lost 12% of its value in the two days after the company reported earnings  for the first quarter of 2018 — a miss, and its third such miss in a row, according to data from Yahoo! Finance . Since that report and subsequent drop, however, Aerojet Rocketdyne has come roaring back, recovering all of its losses, and even adding a bit more.

  • [By Rich Smith]

    On the one hand, faced with the prospect of American companies inventing a new rocket engine to power United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rockets, Russia’s space agency has thrown shade on America’s space industry. American engines are overpriced, says Mr. Komarov. And they’re of worse quality than rocket engines made in Russia — the implication being that ULA should buy Russian RD-180 engines instead of new engines from Blue Origin or Aerojet Rocketdyne (NYSE:AJRD).

  • [By Max Byerly]

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  • [By Rich Smith]

    In fact, Boeing and Lockheed Martin look to be two-time winners, as the second largest bump in funding is going to help pay for deep space missions, and to NASA’s Orion crew vehicle and Space Launch System (SLS), which are designed to carry them. Orbital ATK (soon to be absorbed into Northrop Grumman) and Aerojet Rocketdyne (NYSE:AJRD) are other key players on the SLS project. Congress wants to pour an additional $294 million into this program, funding it with $5.1 billion next year.

  • [By Rich Smith]

    One logical choice to build this replacement engine was engine-maker Aerojet Rocketdyne (NYSE:AJRD), which builds the engines for ULA’s larger Delta IV rockets. But in an effort to cut costs, ULA also invited Blue Origin to bid on the project, introducing some price competition and innovative thinking into the engine competition.

Best Growth Stocks For 2018

Former White House chief economic advisor Gary Cohn believes the U.S. economy is strong.

“I’m pretty bullish on where the economy is right now,” Cohn said on CNBC’s “Squawk on the Street” Tuesday. “Everything we thought would be happening, is happening.”

Cohn, formerly the No. 2 executive at Goldman Sachs, cited the positive jobs numbers and the benefits from corporate tax reform. He also noted “slow” wage growth will likely make the Federal Reserve less aggressive with its rate hikes.

“We’re just starting to see taxes affect corporate earnings,” he said. “When I look at the economy, I’m pretty excited about where we are in the economic cycle.”

In terms of potential risks to economic growth, Cohn said he is worried about tariffs and inflation.

Best Growth Stocks For 2018: Cheniere Energy Partners LP Holdings, LLC(CQH)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Reuben Gregg Brewer]

    I wouldn’t personally buy Cheniere Energy — it has a complex corporate structure that includes not just Cheniere Energy Partners, L.P. but also Cheniere Energy Partners LP Holdings LLC (NYSE: CQH),where the only asset is an ownership stake in Cheniere Energy Partners, L.P. Cheniere Energy is attempting to resolve this issue by acquiring Cheniere Energy Partners LP Holdings. Until that process is complete, however, that’s just too much corporate complexity for my taste.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Shares of Cheniere Energy Partners (NYSEAMERICAN:CQH) have received an average rating of “Hold” from the seven ratings firms that are currently covering the company, Marketbeat reports. Five analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and two have given a buy rating to the company. The average 12-month price objective among brokers that have issued a report on the stock in the last year is $30.88.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Cheniere Energy Inc. (NYSEAMERICAN: LNG) announced Thursday morning that it is acquiring the approximately 8.1% of subsidiary Cheniere Energy Partners Holdings LLC (NYSEAMERICAN: CQH) that it does not already own in an all-stock deal valued at $28.24 per share of Cheniere Partners Holdings.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Cheniere Energy Partners (NYSEAMERICAN:CQH) – Equities research analysts at US Capital Advisors boosted their Q2 2018 EPS estimates for shares of Cheniere Energy Partners in a research report issued to clients and investors on Monday, May 14th. US Capital Advisors analyst J. Carreker now expects that the energy company will post earnings of $0.57 per share for the quarter, up from their prior estimate of $0.54. US Capital Advisors also issued estimates for Cheniere Energy Partners’ Q3 2018 earnings at $0.57 EPS and Q4 2018 earnings at $0.57 EPS.

Best Growth Stocks For 2018: TD Ameritrade Holding Corporation(AMTD)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By ]

    Darn hard to not like the numbers out of Action Alerts PLUS holding JPMorgan & Chase (JPM) . Profits up nicely in all segments vs. the fourth quarter. Big year-over-year spikes in return on assets and equity from a year ago. Trading revenue up thanks to the return of volatility in the first quarter (can’t wait to see the blowout quarters from TD Ameritrade (AMTD) and Schwab (SCHW) ). Good card revenue growth from the fourth-quarter bodes well for retailer’s first-quarter results.

  • [By Jordan Wathen]

    The discount broker now has its sights set on a larger demographic of investors who use exchange-traded funds (ETFs) to invest. Firstrade rolled out commission-free trades on more than 700 ETFs, including some popular ETFs from issuers like Vanguard, which are hard to find in fee-free form after they were culled from TD Ameritrade’s (NASDAQ:AMTD)list ofcommission-free ETFs last year.

  • [By Wayne Duggan]

    The cryptocurrency market lacks a company that combines currency mining and currency exchange, Dede said. No companies are creating ties between digital currency exchanges and mainstream consumer-focused brokerages, such as TD Ameritrade Holding Corp. (NASDAQ: AMTD) and E*TRADE Financial Corp (NASDAQ: ETFC), he said. 

  • [By Garrett Baldwin]

    TD Ameritrade Holding Corp. (Nasdaq: AMTD) hopes that cryptocurrencies (since they’re not risky at all, right?) will be the key to pushing younger investors into the stock market.

Best Growth Stocks For 2018: Packaging Corporation of America(PKG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

    DekaBank Deutsche Girozentrale raised its holdings in shares of Packaging Co. of America (NYSE:PKG) by 17.3% in the 1st quarter, according to the company in its most recent disclosure with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The institutional investor owned 419,993 shares of the industrial products company’s stock after buying an additional 61,803 shares during the quarter. DekaBank Deutsche Girozentrale owned about 0.45% of Packaging Co. of America worth $46,756,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Mackay Shields LLC purchased a new position in shares of Packaging Co. of America (NYSE:PKG) in the 1st quarter, HoldingsChannel.com reports. The firm purchased 15,881 shares of the industrial products company’s stock, valued at approximately $1,790,000.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Packaging Co. of America (NYSE: PKG) and Sonoco (NYSE:SON) are both industrial products companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, profitability, dividends, analyst recommendations, earnings, institutional ownership and valuation.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Swiss National Bank lowered its stake in Packaging Co. of America (NYSE:PKG) by 13.1% in the first quarter, Holdings Channel reports. The institutional investor owned 301,500 shares of the industrial products company’s stock after selling 45,500 shares during the period. Swiss National Bank’s holdings in Packaging Co. of America were worth $33,979,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Sonoco (NYSE: SON) and Packaging Co. of America (NYSE:PKG) are both industrial products companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, earnings, profitability, risk, dividends, institutional ownership and valuation.

Online Trading In 2018: Brokerage Execs Talk Mobile Apps, Cryptocurrency And Regulation

Brokerage expert Theresa Carey took the temperature of top executives from the sector at the 2018 Benzinga Global Fintech Awards on emerging trends in a sector that’s rapidly shifting to mobile platforms and intersecting with new instruments such as cryptocurrencies.

European Data Rules Kick In 

The European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation takes effect May 25, and Steve Sanders, the executive vice president of marketing and product development at Interactive Brokers (NASDAQ: IBKR), described it as the “bane of my existence.” Compliance with the regulations is taking resources from other products at the online brokerage, he said.

A similar legislation of data privacy is likely in the U.S., but might be “not as harsh,” Sanders told Carey during the panel discussion.

“Personally, I think everyone should just have an opt-out [or] unsubscribe at the end of the email.”

Differing Cryptocurrency Approaches

After CBOE Global Markets Inc (NASDAQ: CBOE) launched bitcoin futures in December, Charles Schwab Corporation (NYSE: SCHW) didn't immediately make the product available to clients, said Barry Metzger, the brokerage’s senior vice president of global, trading and advice.

That's in contrast to fellow panelists TD Ameritrade (NASDAQ: AMTD) and Interactive Brokers, both of which made bitcoin futures available as soon as they went live.

Schwab tests the liquidity and volatility of new issues before releasing them to clients, Metzger said.

“We want to make sure clients aren’t going to blow themselves up.”

Some of the “sizzle” of cryptocurrencies has come and gone, Metzger said, noting that Schwab will take the same measured approach with new products in the future.

Mobile Apps: A Fundamental Change In Trading

TD Ameritrade clients have quickly adopted mobile trading, with 40 percent of clients logging in daily on a mobile platform, said Steve Quirk, the executive vice president of the brokerage’s trading group.

Mobile trading has led to a “smoothing out” of trading volume, Quirk said: rather than almost all trading taking place at the market open and close, clients are interacting with the market throughout the day as news develops.

“It’s critical here,” Quirk said of the U.S. market. “In Asia, it’s amazing. They don’t even build anything on a web-based browser anymore.”

Roboadvising And Brokerages

TradeStation has had automated trading capabilities since the company was founded in 2001, said President John Bartleman.

A quant team is developing models for the company for a “hedge fund-type system” with artificial intelligence and machine learning technology, he said.

Quirk said the use of roboadvising technology is “less about the robo in and of itself” and more pertinent due to the way the technology will seep into other trader transactions.

Interactive Brokers purchased the company Covestor and has adopted robo technology for its adviser clientele, Sanders said.

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Top Gold Stocks To Watch Right Now

Paramount Gold (NYSEMKT:PZG) owns a 100% interest in the Grassy Mountain Gold Project in eastern Oregon and a 100% interest in the Sleeper Gold Project in northern Nevada. Over the past few months some subscribers have asked my opinion on the Paramount Gold. I owned the old Paramount Gold & Silver several years before Coeur Mining acquired it in December 2014 for $146 million in stock. As part of that deal, Paramount’s non-Mexican assets were spun-off to management. Coeur seeded the new company with $10 million and retained 4.9% of the shares. I had a chance to participate in a recent conference call with management to hear their story.

Grassy Mountain Gold Project – PZG acquired Grassy Mountain (GM) in July 2016 via the acquisition of Calico Resources for $15 million in PZG shares. GM has a total resource of 1.65 million oz. of gold (mostly measured) and 4.96 million oz. of silver. Of this, 504k oz. of the gold is underground with a grade of 5.32 g/tonne. The rest is 1.15 million oz. of low-grade, open pit resource.

Top Gold Stocks To Watch Right Now: NEW GOLD INC.(NGD)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    ARMO BioSciences, Inc. (NASDAQ: ARMO) shares rose 67.5 percent to $49.96 in pre-market trading after Eli Lilly and Company (NYSE: LLY) announced plans to acquire ARMO BioSciences for $50 per share.
    Turtle Beach Corporation (NASDAQ: HEAR) rose 62.8 percent to $11.30 in pre-market trading after the company reported Q1 results and raised its FY18 outlook.
    vTv Therapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ: VTVT) rose 23.4 percent to $2.11 in pre-market trading following announcement that the company will pre-specify new subgroup with the FDA and report Phase 3 Part B results in June.
    Resonant Inc. (NASDAQ: RESN) rose 19.1 percent to $5.00 in pre-market trading after reporting Q1 results.
    RXi Pharmaceuticals Corporation (NASDAQ: RXII) rose 17.7 percent to $2.39 in pre-market trading following Q1 results.
    Clean Energy Fuels Corp. (NASDAQ: CLNE) rose 15.2 percent to $2.20 in pre-market trading after French company Total announced plans to acquire 25 percent stake in Clean Energy Fuels for $83.4 million.
    Everspin Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: MRAM) rose 14.6 percent to $8.50 in pre-market trading after the company reported strong results for its first quarter.
    Carvana Co. (NYSE: CVNA) shares rose 11 percent to $27.50 in pre-market trading after reporting upbeat Q1 sales.
    Sunrun Inc. (NASDAQ: RUN) rose 8.9 percent to $10.70 in pre-market trading following upbeat quarterly earnings.
    MediciNova, Inc. (NASDAQ: MNOV) rose 8.1 percent to $11.35 in pre-market trading after the company announced opening of Investigational New Drug Application for MN-166 (ibudilast) in glioblastoma.
    New Gold Inc. (NYSE: NGD) shares rose 7.7 percent to $2.65 in pre-market trading after the company reported that its President and CEO Hannes Portmann left the company. The company named Raymond Threlkeld as successor.
    Otter Tail Corporation (NASDAQ: OTTR) shares rose 7.4 percent to $46.60 in the pre-market trading session.
    Himax Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: HIMX) shares rose
  • [By Paul Ausick]

    New Gold Inc. (NYSEAMERICAN: NGD) dropped about 3.8% Thursday to post a new 52-week low of $2.28. Shares closed at $2.37 on Wednesday and the stock’s 52-week high is $4.25. Volume was about 15% below the daily average of around 5.9 million shares. The company had no specific news.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Check out these big penny stock gainers and losers

    Losers
    Teradyne, Inc. (NYSE: TER) fell 10.8 percent to $37.02 in pre-market trading after the company issued downbeat Q2 guidance.
    Edwards Lifesciences Corporation (NYSE: EW) fell 9.2 percent to $122.29 in pre-market trading. Edwards Lifesciences reported better-than-expected results for its first quarter, but issued weak earnings guidance for the second quarter.
    New Gold Inc. (NYSE: NGD) fell 8.8 percent to $2.30 in pre-market trading after rising 4.13 percent on Tuesday.
    Gold Fields Limited (ADR) (NYSE: GFI) fell 8.6 percent to $3.61 in pre-market trading.
    Natus Medical Incorporated (NASDAQ: BABY) fell 8.2 percent to $32.95 in pre-market trading after the company issued weak forecast for the second quarter.
    Atossa Genetics Inc. (NASDAQ: ATOS) shares fell 7.9 percent to $3.50 in pre-market trading after climbing 27.09 percent on Tuesday.
    Bright Scholar Education Holdings Limited (NYSE: BEDU) shares fell 6.7 percent to $13.58 in pre-market trading after reporting Q1 results.
    Sangamo Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: SGMO) fell 5.9 percent to $16.75 in pre-market trading following announcement of a $200 million common stock offering.
    Foresight Autonomous Holdings Ltd (NASDAQ: FRSX) shares fell 5.7 percent to $3.29 in pre-market trading after declining 3.32 percent on Tuesday.
    Euronav NV (NYSE: EURN) fell 4.8 percent to $8.40 in pre-market trading.
    Limelight Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: LLNW) shares fell 4.3 percent to $4.69 in pre-market trading.
    Gaming and Leisure Properties Inc (NASDAQ: GLPI) shares fell 4.1 percent to $32.92 in pre-market trading after the company issued downbeat quarterly results and reported the retirement of CFO William Clifford

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    New Gold Inc. (NYSEAMERICAN: NGD) dropped about 2.9% Monday to post a new 52-week low of $2.35. Shares closed at $2.42 on Friday and the stock’s 52-week high is $4.25. Volume was about 10% below the daily average of around 5.8 million shares. The gold mining company had no news.

Top Gold Stocks To Watch Right Now: BlackRock, Inc.(BLK)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By ]

    BlackRock Inc. (BLK) , the largest U.S. money manager with more than $6 trillion of customer assets, said earlier this year that it wants publicly-traded companies to have at least two female directors on every board. State Street Corp. (STT) , which oversees $2.7 trillion of fund assets, says it voted against the re-election of directors at 400 companies last year because they failed to take meaningful action to increase board diversity.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    BlackRock Inc. (NYSE: BLK) will report its most recent quarterly results on Thursday. The consensus estimates call for $6.41 in EPS and $3.34 billion in revenue. Shares were last seen trading at $519.92, in a 52-week range of $375.52 to $594.52. The consensus price target is $615.85.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    BlackRock Inc. (NYSE: BLK), which owns a stake of nearly 17% in Ruger, has taken steps to require more accountability on gun sales from firms it invests in and last month announced the creation of several funds that do not include either gunmakers or large retailers who sell guns.

  • [By Garrett Baldwin]

    The price of Bitcoin surged more than 17% to top $8,000 in a rapid move that surprised many investors this morning. The sudden rally appears to be the result of a short squeeze, according to CNBC contributor Brian Kelly. This means that investors who had been betting on a decline in the price of the world’s largest cryptocurrency had been forced to jump back and buy the currency again. A lot of people have been betting on a decline in the price of Bitcoin heading toward the April 17 tax deadline. The expectation is that many people will need to sell their Bitcoin in order to raise cash to meet tax obligations. Here’s our latest daily insight on why the Bitcoin bear market may end very soon.
    Markets gains have been capped by concerns about the latest news out of the Federal Reserve. On Wednesday, minutes from the Fed’s most recent meeting indicated that policy makers are prepared to raise interest rates several more times in the coming months in order to stave off concerns about inflation.
    Four Stocks to Watch Today: BLK, FB, DAL
    Shares of BlackRock Inc. (NYSE: BLK) are on the move after the company reported earnings before the bell. The firm reported earnings per share (EPS) of $6.70. Analysts projected the firm would report EPS of $6.45 on top of $3.28 billion in revenue. The firm topped revenue expectations. The firm noted that an increase in its consulting fees and the recent tax reform bill helped bolster its profitability by 27%.
    The stock of Facebook Inc. (Nasdaq: FB) has climbed more than 6% since Tuesday. Investors cheered the testimony of CEO Mark Zuckerberg, who appeared before Congress for two days to discuss his company’s privacy policies. The CEO and his firm have been under intense scrutiny since news broke that 87 million user accounts had been accessed without permission by consulting firm Cambridge Analytica during the 2016 election season. The firm had ties to President Trump’s campaign.
    Delta Air Lines Inc. (NYSE: DAL) reported ea

Top Gold Stocks To Watch Right Now: TD Ameritrade Holding Corporation(AMTD)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By ]

    TD Ameritrade Holding Corp. (AMTD) has made crypto history as the first firm ever to place an advertisement on the blockchain. “Through a series of transactions we became the first brand to place an ad in the blockchain. Why? Well, we love finding new ways to use emerging technology. So we decided to have a little fun and plant our flag,” TD wrote on its website, where it included a photo of the ad embedded right into the blockchain code. The process took 68 transactions and TD used the OP_Return feature in bitcoin’s protocol to insert characters as one might write a memo on a check. The resulting transactions were invalid, but they remain preserved on the blockchain ledger for as long as it exists.

  • [By ]

    TD Ameritrade (AMTD) is linking up with Apple (AAPL)  for its new beta business chat, allowing customers to message directly with the brokerage firm.

  • [By Jordan Wathen]

    The discount broker now has its sights set on a larger demographic of investors who use exchange-traded funds (ETFs) to invest. Firstrade rolled out commission-free trades on more than 700 ETFs, including some popular ETFs from issuers like Vanguard, which are hard to find in fee-free form after they were culled from TD Ameritrade’s (NASDAQ:AMTD)list ofcommission-free ETFs last year.

  • [By Wayne Duggan]

    The cryptocurrency market lacks a company that combines currency mining and currency exchange, Dede said. No companies are creating ties between digital currency exchanges and mainstream consumer-focused brokerages, such as TD Ameritrade Holding Corp. (NASDAQ: AMTD) and E*TRADE Financial Corp (NASDAQ: ETFC), he said. 

  • [By Garrett Baldwin]

    Southwest Airlines Inc. (NYSE: LUV) canceled flights across the country in order to inspect the engines of 40 different airplanes. The inspections come a week after a mid-air engine explosion caused the first U.S. air fatality since 2009. Money Morning Executive Editor Bill Patalon breaks down the aftermath of the accident, and explains what it means for both Southwest and Boeing Co. (NYSE: BA).
    The price of Bitcoin pushed back toward $9,000 as the post-tax season breakout continues for the cryptocurrency markets. The total value of the global cryptocurrency market topped $400 billion this morning, a significant recovery from the massive downturn that occurred in the first quarter. As we explained on Saturday, now may be the best time to buy Bitcoin since July 2013. That month was when Money MorningDefense and Tech Specialist Michael A. Robinson went on live television with a bold prediction forBitcoin (BTC), which would be followed by 25,351% gains at the peak of the cryptocurrency’s run. Find out where Bitcoin is heading next, right here.
    Three Stocks to Watch Today: GOOGL, LUV, HAS
    Alphabet Inc. (Nasdaq: GOOGL) leads another busy day of earnings reports on Monday. Wall Street anticipates that the online media giant will report earnings per share (EPS) of $9.21 on top of $24.29 billion in revenue.
    Hasbro Inc. (NYSE: HAS) slumped more than 7.6% in pre-market hours after the company reported earnings. The toymaker reported adjusted EPS of $0.10, well short of the $0.33 expected on Wall Street. The firm also reported weaker-than-expected revenue for the quarter. The firm named Toys ‘R Us as a central reason for poor showing – the company recently liquidated its stores, impacting Hasbro Inc.’s (Nasdaq: HAS) bottom lines.
    Look for earnings reports from Halliburton Co.(NYSE: HAL), Alaska Air Group Inc.(NYSE: ALK), Whirlpool Corp. (NYSE: WHR), TD Ameritrade Holding Corp. (Nasdaq: AMTD), Kimberley-Clark Corp. (NYSE: KMB), Cadence Design Syst

Top Gold Stocks To Watch Right Now: TCP Capital Corp.(TCPC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    TCP Capital (NASDAQ:TCPC)‘s stock had its “buy” rating restated by equities research analysts at National Securities in a research report issued to clients and investors on Monday. They presently have a $17.00 price objective on the investment management company’s stock. National Securities’ price target indicates a potential upside of 17.24% from the stock’s previous close.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    TCP Capital (NASDAQ:TCPC) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a note issued to investors on Saturday.

Top 5 Warren Buffett Stocks To Watch Right Now

Huge public companies still prospered this past year despite wild swings between market uncertainty and volatility, punctuated by unexpected political outcomes.

The 2017 Global 2000 is bigger and more valuable in the aggregate than last year’s list, with higher sales, profits, assets and market values. The list as a whole is significantly more valuable from the year prior, with aggregate market capitalization up 10%. Here’s how we crunched the numbers.

Despite slowing GDP figures, China and the U.S., whose companies make up more than 40% of the list, continue to dominate the top 10 list with financial giants including #1 Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC) and #4 JPMorgan Chase. China’s two-year stronghold of the top 3 spots was disrupted this year with Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway snagging the third spot, another signal that U.S. companies didn’t suffer terribly from market uncertainty that defined the year, as Berkshire owns many other American staple stocks.

Top 5 Warren Buffett Stocks To Watch Right Now: TD Ameritrade Holding Corporation(AMTD)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By ]

    TD Ameritrade Holding Corp. (AMTD) has made crypto history as the first firm ever to place an advertisement on the blockchain. “Through a series of transactions we became the first brand to place an ad in the blockchain. Why? Well, we love finding new ways to use emerging technology. So we decided to have a little fun and plant our flag,” TD wrote on its website, where it included a photo of the ad embedded right into the blockchain code. The process took 68 transactions and TD used the OP_Return feature in bitcoin’s protocol to insert characters as one might write a memo on a check. The resulting transactions were invalid, but they remain preserved on the blockchain ledger for as long as it exists.

  • [By Spencer Israel]

    Panel moderator John Hart, Director of Trading at TD Ameritrade (NASDAQ: AMTD), asked what the future of public and private blockchains are. He wondered whether we will live in a world where there are a few public chains that everybody uses, or will you just pick a chain off a shelf like an Amazon.com (NASDAQ: AMZN) server?

  • [By Garrett Baldwin]

    Southwest Airlines Inc. (NYSE: LUV) canceled flights across the country in order to inspect the engines of 40 different airplanes. The inspections come a week after a mid-air engine explosion caused the first U.S. air fatality since 2009. Money Morning Executive Editor Bill Patalon breaks down the aftermath of the accident, and explains what it means for both Southwest and Boeing Co. (NYSE: BA).
    The price of Bitcoin pushed back toward $9,000 as the post-tax season breakout continues for the cryptocurrency markets. The total value of the global cryptocurrency market topped $400 billion this morning, a significant recovery from the massive downturn that occurred in the first quarter. As we explained on Saturday, now may be the best time to buy Bitcoin since July 2013. That month was when Money MorningDefense and Tech Specialist Michael A. Robinson went on live television with a bold prediction forBitcoin (BTC), which would be followed by 25,351% gains at the peak of the cryptocurrency’s run. Find out where Bitcoin is heading next, right here.
    Three Stocks to Watch Today: GOOGL, LUV, HAS
    Alphabet Inc. (Nasdaq: GOOGL) leads another busy day of earnings reports on Monday. Wall Street anticipates that the online media giant will report earnings per share (EPS) of $9.21 on top of $24.29 billion in revenue.
    Hasbro Inc. (NYSE: HAS) slumped more than 7.6% in pre-market hours after the company reported earnings. The toymaker reported adjusted EPS of $0.10, well short of the $0.33 expected on Wall Street. The firm also reported weaker-than-expected revenue for the quarter. The firm named Toys ‘R Us as a central reason for poor showing – the company recently liquidated its stores, impacting Hasbro Inc.’s (Nasdaq: HAS) bottom lines.
    Look for earnings reports from Halliburton Co.(NYSE: HAL), Alaska Air Group Inc.(NYSE: ALK), Whirlpool Corp. (NYSE: WHR), TD Ameritrade Holding Corp. (Nasdaq: AMTD), Kimberley-Clark Corp. (NYSE: KMB), Cadence Design Syst

  • [By ]

    TD Ameritrade (AMTD) is linking up with Apple (AAPL)  for its new beta business chat, allowing customers to message directly with the brokerage firm.

  • [By Wayne Duggan]

    The cryptocurrency market lacks a company that combines currency mining and currency exchange, Dede said. No companies are creating ties between digital currency exchanges and mainstream consumer-focused brokerages, such as TD Ameritrade Holding Corp. (NASDAQ: AMTD) and E*TRADE Financial Corp (NASDAQ: ETFC), he said. 

Top 5 Warren Buffett Stocks To Watch Right Now: Applied Materials, Inc.(AMAT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Applied Materials Inc. (NASDAQ: AMAT) is set to release its most recent quarterly results Wednesday. The consensus forecast is $0.98 in EPS and $4.12 billion in revenue. Shares ended the week at $48.08. The consensus price target is $68.50, and the 52-week range is $34.58 to $60.89.

  • [By ]

    My Maximum Profit subscribers and I have done well in this industry. Using our proprietary system designed to maximize gains and minimize losses, we booked gains of 67% from Applied Materials (Nasdaq: AMAT) in 15 months, roughly 98% from STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM) in a little over 12 months, and 110% from Tower Semiconductors (Nasdaq: TSEM) in 15 months, to name a few.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

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

    Wall Street expects Walmart Inc. (NYSE: WMT) to report quarterly earnings at $1.13 per share on revenue of $120.51 billion before the opening bell. Walmart shares gained 1 percent to $86.99 in after-hours trading.
    Analysts expect Applied Materials, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMAT) to post quarterly earnings at $1.14 per share on revenue of $4.45 billion after the closing bell. Applied Materials shares rose 0.15 percent to $55.25 in after-hours trading.
    Jack in the Box Inc. (NASDAQ: JACK) reported downbeat results for its second quarter. Comps were down 0.1 percent in the quarter. The company sees third-quarter comps coming in flat to up 1 percent. Jack in the Box shares dropped 3.03 percent to $88.60 in the after-hours trading session.
    Before the opening bell, Dillard's, Inc. (NYSE: DDS) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $2.77 per share on revenue of $1.46 billion. Dillard's shares rose 0.14 percent to $72.10 in after-hours trading.
    Analysts are expecting Childrens Place Inc (NASDAQ: PLCE) to have earned $2.21 per share on revenue of $444.14 million in the latest quarter. Childrens Place will release earnings before the markets open. Childrens Place shares gained 0.29 percent to $138.40 in after-hours trading.

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  • [By Chris Lange]

    Applied Materials Inc. (NASDAQ: AMAT) is poised to post its most recent quarterly results Thursday. The consensus forecast is $1.14 in EPS and $4.45 billion in revenue. Shares closed at $54.84 apiece. The consensus price target is $70.14, and the 52-week range is $40.79 to $62.40.

  • [By Jayson Derrick]

    Taiwan Semiconductor's poor outlook is notable enough to impact many mega-cap names in the telecom and technology sector. Here is a summary of some of the stocks seeing a notable impact ahead of Thursday's market open.

    Apple down 1.4 percent.
    Nvidia down 2 percent.
    Taiwan Semiconductor is down 4.9 percent.
    Skyworks Solutions Inc (NASDAQ: SWKS) down 2.8 percent.
    NXP Semiconductors NV (NASDAQ: NXPI) down 2.6 percent.
    QUALCOMM, Inc. (NASDAQ: QCOM) down 2.4 percent.
    Micron Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: MU) down 1.8 percent.
    Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMD) down 1.7 percent.
    Applied Materials, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMAT) down 1.7 percent.

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Top 5 Warren Buffett Stocks To Watch Right Now: NiSource, Inc(NI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Wedbush Securities Inc. raised its holdings in NiSource (NYSE:NI) by 25.3% during the 1st quarter, according to the company in its most recent filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The institutional investor owned 13,858 shares of the utilities provider’s stock after acquiring an additional 2,800 shares during the period. Wedbush Securities Inc.’s holdings in NiSource were worth $331,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

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

    Wall Street expects Agilent Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: A) to post quarterly earnings at $0.64 per share on revenue of $1.21 billion after the closing bell. Agilent shares rose 0.86 percent to close at $69.45 on Friday.
    Analysts expect Hanwha Q CELLS Co., Ltd. (NASDAQ: HQCL) to report quarterly earnings at $0.14 per share on revenue of $438.40 million before the opening bell. Hanwha Q CELLS shares fell 0.29 percent to close at $6.92 on Friday.
    NiSource Inc. (NYSE: NI) disclosed a 24.96 million share common stock offering via selling holders. NiSource shares rose 0.08 percent to close at $24.93 on Friday.
    Analysts are expecting Vipshop Holdings Limited (NYSE: VIPS) to have earned $0.18 per share on revenue of $3.10 billion in the latest quarter. Vipshop will release earnings after the markets close. Vipshop shares rose 0.20 percent to $15.14 in after-hours trading.

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  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Breaking news

    Amphastar Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMPH) disclosed that it received the FDA approval for Calcium Chloride injection.
    Rapid7, Inc. (NASDAQ: RPD) reported a proposed offering of 3 million shares.
    Yuma Energy Inc (NYSE: YUMA) reported a Q1 loss of $0.16 per share on sales of $5.646 million. The company also disclosed that it is actively seeking strategic alternatives.
    NiSource Inc. (NYSE: NI) disclosed a 24.96 million share common stock offering via selling holders.

Top 5 Warren Buffett Stocks To Watch Right Now: Dermira, Inc.(DERM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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    For the details of Novo A’s stock buys and sells, go to http://www.gurufocus.com/StockBuy.php?GuruName=Novo+A

    These are the top 5 holdings of Novo AInogen Inc (INGN) – 3,549,320 shares, 59.83% of the total portfolio. Acceleron Pharma Inc (XLRN) – 1,553,937 shares, 9.34% of the total portfolio. Dermira Inc (DERM) – 1,984,364 shares, 7.81% of the total portfolio. Shares added by 3.27%Corvus Pharmaceuticals Inc (CRVS) – 3,244,046 shares, 4.76% of the total portfolio. Akebia Therapeutics Inc (AKBA) – 2,225,000 shares, 4

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Dermira Inc. (NASDAQ: DERM) watched its shares absolutely collapse early on Monday after the firm reported disappointing results from its late-stage trials in patients with acne vulgaris. Essentially, Dermiras Phase 3 trials of the investigational treatment olumacostat glasaretil (formerly DRM01) did not meet the co-primary endpoints.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Dermira Inc. (NASDAQ: DERM) traded down about 64% Monday and posted a new 52-week low of $8.95 after closing Friday at $25.16. The stock’s 52-week high is $38.39. Volume was about 40 times the daily average of around 615,000 shares. The company’s trial of a new acne treatment failed to meet the designated endpoints.

Top 5 Warren Buffett Stocks To Watch Right Now: First Majestic Silver Corp.(AG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Sean Williams]

    Though I don’t directly own First Majestic Silver (NYSE:AG), I soon will, by default. I’m a shareholder in the aforementioned Primero Mining, and First Majestic Silver is in the process of acquiring Primero and its San Dimas mine, with the deal expected to close by the end of April. When it does, my Primero shares will be exchanged for shares of First Majestic, giving me ownership in the mining company that’s most levered to silver — about 70% of its sales are a result of silver production.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Get a free copy of the Zacks research report on First Majestic Silver (AG)

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Top 5 Warren Buffett Stocks To Own Right Now

In a CNBC interview this week, Warren Buffett was asked if he would still consider investing in gun companies after the school shooting in Florida and calls for corporate America to stop supporting the NRA and gun manufacturers.

This was his response:

“I think what the kids are doing there is very admirable, but I don’t think that Berkshire should say, ‘We’re not going to do business with people that hold guns. That would be ridiculous.

A few more interview excerpts on the same topic

“I don’t believe in imposing my views on 370,000 employees and a million shareholders. I’m not their nanny on that.”

“I think you should be pretty careful before a company takes a big political opinion.”

Its a mistake to start getting personal views and trying to impose them on an organization. You have to be pretty careful if youre saying youre not going to fly on this airline because of that or were not going to use this railroad because of that.

Top 5 Warren Buffett Stocks To Own Right Now: News Corporation(NWS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    New Media Inv Group (NYSE: NEWM) and News (NASDAQ:NWS) are both consumer staples companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, analyst recommendations, earnings, profitability, valuation, risk and institutional ownership.

Top 5 Warren Buffett Stocks To Own Right Now: TD Ameritrade Holding Corporation(AMTD)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Matthew Frankel]

    Online brokerage TD Ameritrade (NASDAQ:AMTD) just reported first-quarter results that showed an impressive uptick in new client assets, trading activity, and total revenue. The numbers certainly look great overall, but what about the future?

  • [By ]

    Darn hard to not like the numbers out of Action Alerts PLUS holding JPMorgan & Chase (JPM) . Profits up nicely in all segments vs. the fourth quarter. Big year-over-year spikes in return on assets and equity from a year ago. Trading revenue up thanks to the return of volatility in the first quarter (can’t wait to see the blowout quarters from TD Ameritrade (AMTD) and Schwab (SCHW) ). Good card revenue growth from the fourth-quarter bodes well for retailer’s first-quarter results.

  • [By ]

    TD Ameritrade (AMTD) is linking up with Apple (AAPL)  for its new beta business chat, allowing customers to message directly with the brokerage firm.

  • [By Garrett Baldwin]

    Southwest Airlines Inc. (NYSE: LUV) canceled flights across the country in order to inspect the engines of 40 different airplanes. The inspections come a week after a mid-air engine explosion caused the first U.S. air fatality since 2009. Money Morning Executive Editor Bill Patalon breaks down the aftermath of the accident, and explains what it means for both Southwest and Boeing Co. (NYSE: BA).
    The price of Bitcoin pushed back toward $9,000 as the post-tax season breakout continues for the cryptocurrency markets. The total value of the global cryptocurrency market topped $400 billion this morning, a significant recovery from the massive downturn that occurred in the first quarter. As we explained on Saturday, now may be the best time to buy Bitcoin since July 2013. That month was when Money MorningDefense and Tech Specialist Michael A. Robinson went on live television with a bold prediction forBitcoin (BTC), which would be followed by 25,351% gains at the peak of the cryptocurrency’s run. Find out where Bitcoin is heading next, right here.
    Three Stocks to Watch Today: GOOGL, LUV, HAS
    Alphabet Inc. (Nasdaq: GOOGL) leads another busy day of earnings reports on Monday. Wall Street anticipates that the online media giant will report earnings per share (EPS) of $9.21 on top of $24.29 billion in revenue.
    Hasbro Inc. (NYSE: HAS) slumped more than 7.6% in pre-market hours after the company reported earnings. The toymaker reported adjusted EPS of $0.10, well short of the $0.33 expected on Wall Street. The firm also reported weaker-than-expected revenue for the quarter. The firm named Toys ‘R Us as a central reason for poor showing – the company recently liquidated its stores, impacting Hasbro Inc.’s (Nasdaq: HAS) bottom lines.
    Look for earnings reports from Halliburton Co.(NYSE: HAL), Alaska Air Group Inc.(NYSE: ALK), Whirlpool Corp. (NYSE: WHR), TD Ameritrade Holding Corp. (Nasdaq: AMTD), Kimberley-Clark Corp. (NYSE: KMB), Cadence Design Syst

Top 5 Warren Buffett Stocks To Own Right Now: Computer Task Group, Incorporated(CTG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    These are some of the headlines that may have effected Accern’s scoring:

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    $88.05 Million in Sales Expected for Computer Task Group (CTG) This Quarter (americanbankingnews.com) CTG to Present at B. Riley Institutional Investor Conference on May 23 (finance.yahoo.com) Computer Task Group (CTG) Expected to Announce Earnings of $0.08 Per Share (americanbankingnews.com) ValuEngine Lowers Computer Task Group (CTG) to Hold (americanbankingnews.com)

    A number of brokerages recently commented on CTG. Zacks Investment Research lowered Computer Task Group from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Friday, March 30th. ValuEngine lowered Computer Task Group from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Wednesday, March 7th. Finally, Barrington Research reiterated a “hold” rating on shares of Computer Task Group in a research report on Friday, April 20th. Three research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and one has assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $9.13.

Top 5 Warren Buffett Stocks To Own Right Now: Arcadia Biosciences, Inc.(RKDA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Arcadia Biosciences (NASDAQ: RKDA) is one of 22 public companies in the “Agricultural chemicals” industry, but how does it compare to its rivals? We will compare Arcadia Biosciences to similar businesses based on the strength of its institutional ownership, risk, earnings, dividends, profitability, valuation and analyst recommendations.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Check out these big penny stock gainers and losers

    Losers
    Natural Health Trends Corp (NASDAQ: NHTC) fell 7.8 percent to $19.80 in pre-market trading after rising 1.46 percent on Friday.
    Endocyte, Inc. (NASDAQ: ECYT) shares fell 6.6 percent to $11.41 in pre-market trading after climbing 4.18 percent on Friday.
    Quorum Health Corporation (NYSE: QHC) shares fell 6.2 percent to $5.15 in pre-market trading after tumbling 11.45 percent on Friday.
    Arcadia Biosciences, Inc. (NASDAQ: RKDA) fell 6.1 percent to $7.31 in pre-market trading after declining 3.35 percent on Friday.
    Boston Scientific Corporation (NYSE: BSX) fell 5.6 percent to $28.30 in pre-market trading.
    Evofem Biosciences, Inc. (NASDAQ: EVFM) fell 5.3 percent to $6.06 in pre-market trading after gaining 2.73 percent on Friday.
    Xerox Corporation (NYSE: XRX) shares fell 5.2 percent to $28.60 in pre-market trading. Xerox terminated its transaction agreement with Fujifilm and entered into a new agreement with Carl Icahn and Darwin Deason. JP Morgan downgraded Xerox from Overweight to Neutral.
    Cellcom Israel Ltd. (NYSE: CEL) fell 5.2 percent to $7.02 in pre-market trading. Cellcom is expected to release Q1 results on May 30, 2018.
    Perrigo Company plc (NYSE: PRGO) fell 4.5 percent to $74 in pre-market trading.
    Nabriva Therapeutics plc (NASDAQ: NBRV) shares fell 4 percent to $4.66 in pre-market trading

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Euro Tech Holdings Company Limited (NASDAQ: CLWT) shares climbed 70.3 percent to $5.45 after reporting 2017 year-end results.
    MEDIGUS Ltd/S ADR (NASDAQ: MDGS) surged 39.8 percent to $1.58 in reaction to its Monday announcement of a distribution agreement. The medical device company said it reached an agreement to distribute its minimally invasive medical devices in Turkey, Azerbaijan and Georgia.
    Arcadia Biosciences, Inc. (NASDAQ: RKDA) gained 25.6 percent to $11.50. Arcadia Biosciences reported that Albert D. Bolles, Ph.D. has joined its board of directors.
    Aytu Bioscience Inc (NASDAQ: AYTU) shares jumped 21.8 percent to $0.4798 after the company late Monday reported lighter-than-expected Q1 loss.
    Hollysys Automation Technologies Ltd. (NASDAQ: HOLI) shares gained 21.1 percent to $26.77 following Q3 results.
    Pfenex Inc. (NYSE: PFNX) rose 16.8 percent to $7.1271 after the company announced the positive top-line PF708 study results in Osteoporosis patients that showed no imbalances in severity or incidence of adverse events.
    MEI Pharma, Inc. (NASDAQ: MEIP) rose 13.8 percent to $2.88.
    Red Violet, Inc. (NASDAQ: RDVT) jumped 13.1 percent to $6.41 after reporting Q1 results.
    SORL Auto Parts, Inc. (NASDAQ: SORL) shares gained 12 percent to $5.87 after reporting upbeat Q1 results.
    Bovie Medical Corporation (NYSE: BVX) gained 8.4 percent to $3.96 after reporting a first-quarter sales beat.
    Rosehill Resources Inc. (NASDAQ: ROSE) surged 8.4 percent to $7.90 after announcing Q1 results.
    LiqTech International, Inc. (NASDAQ: LIQT) rose 8.1 percent to $0.5171 following Q1 results.
    ProPhase Labs, Inc. (NASDAQ: PRPH) rose 7.7 percent to $5.6103 following Q1 results.
    Nine Energy Service, Inc. (NYSE: NINE) shares climbed 7.4 percent to $35.90.
    Xenon Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ: XENE) rose 6.7 percent to $6.40 after the company presented XEN901 Phase 1 clinical update and XEN1101 TMS pharmacodynamic Phase 1 data.
    MYnd
  • [By Chris Lange]

    Arcadia Biosciences, Inc. (NASDAQ: RKDA) watched its shares absolutely explode on Wednesday after the firm announced that it reached a couple key milestones. Specifically, the firm said that it achieved two technology milestones in its High Fiber Resistant Starch (RS) Wheat program.

Top 5 Warren Buffett Stocks To Own Right Now: Pacific Ethanol Inc.(PEIX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Pacific Ethanol (NASDAQ:PEIX) posted its quarterly earnings data on Monday. The oil and gas company reported ($0.19) earnings per share for the quarter, missing the Zacks’ consensus estimate of ($0.09) by ($0.10), Bloomberg Earnings reports. Pacific Ethanol had a negative return on equity of 8.84% and a negative net margin of 2.14%.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Get a free copy of the Zacks research report on Pacific Ethanol (PEIX)

    For more information about research offerings from Zacks Investment Research, visit Zacks.com

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Pacific Ethanol Inc. (NASDAQ: PEIX) saw short interest rise by 4.5% in the two weeks to 2.27 million shares, about 5.3% of the company’s float. Days to cover remained at five. The stock price rose by about 1.2% in the period. Shares closed at $3.40 on Wednesday, up nearly 8% on the day, in a 52-week range of $2.75 to $7.50.

Despite Riot Blockchain's Risks, HC Wainwright Emerges As A Bull

After a huge year in 2017, the cryptocurrency market has cooled off so far in 2018. One analyst sees the sell-off in Riot Blockchain Inc (NASDAQ: RIOT) as a buying opportunity.

The Analyst

H.C. Wainwright analyst Kevin Dede initiated coverage of Riot with a Buy rating and $9 price target.

The Thesis

The potential long-term reward outweighs the many risks associated with Riot’s business at the moment, Dede said in a Friday note.

Potential new regulation, SEC investigations, class action lawsuits, negative news reports, volatile swings in bitcoin prices, "seemingly nefarious” relationships and unclear financial metrics all make Riot stock a major risk for investors, the analyst said. (See Dede's track record here.)  

Riot will address many of the investor concerns when it files audited financial reports, he said. 

The cryptocurrency market lacks a company that combines currency mining and currency exchange, Dede said. No companies are creating ties between digital currency exchanges and mainstream consumer-focused brokerages, such as TD Ameritrade Holding Corp. (NASDAQ: AMTD) and E*TRADE Financial Corp (NASDAQ: ETFC), he said. 

“Riot's plan is to attack both, and this combination serves as the company's most attractive attribute, in our view,” the analyst said. 

Riot expects to have 8,000 bitcoin mining machines running by the end of May that Dede said are serving to produce bitcoin inventory for potential trading liquidity and provide high-margin capital of between $40,000 and $50,000 per day for Riot. Dede estimates Riot’s bitcoin mining operation is operating at gross margins between 70-80 percent, given the attractive energy pricing in Oklahoma City.

Price Action

Riot shares were up 2.11 percent in Friday morning trading at $7.38 but are down 74.3 percent year-to-date.

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Photo courtesy of Riot Blockchain. 

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Top 10 High Tech Stocks To Own Right Now: Tidewater Inc.(TDW)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Friday, energy shares slipped by 0.20 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Northern Oil & Gas, Inc. (NYSE: NOG), down 9 percent, and Tidewater Inc. (NYSE: TDW), down 8 percent.

Top 10 High Tech Stocks To Own Right Now: Nuance Communications Inc.(NUAN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Nuance Communications Inc. (NASDAQ: NUAN) got a boost, shooting up 10 percent to $17.05 after the company posted better-than-expected Q4 earnings. Raymond James upgraded Nuance Communications from Outperform to Strong Buy.

  • [By Craig Jones]

    On CNBC's "Fast Money Halftime Report", Pete Najarian spoke about unusually high options activity in Nuance Communications Inc. (NASDAQ: NUAN).

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Marathon Patent Group Inc (NASDAQ: MARA) shares surged 30.2 percent to $5.01 after dropping 40.86 percent on Tuesday. Marathon Patent Group filed for sale of 1.85 million shares of common stock by selling stockholders.
    Capricor Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: CAPR) shares jumped 17.2 percent to $2.25 after the company reported the FDA clearance of Investigational New Drug application for CAP-1002.
    Rite Aid Corporation (NYSE: RAD) gained 13.2 percent to $2.15 following 16.5 percent rally on Tuesday.
    Photronics, Inc. (NASDAQ: PLAB) shares climbed 11.8 percent to $10.45 after the company reported stronger-than-expected earnings for its fourth quarter.
    China Distance Education Hldgs Ltd (ADR) (NYSE: DL) shares surged 11.3 percent to $8.67. China Distance Education reported Q4 profit of $5.9 million on revenue of $41.7 million.
    Cytokinetics, Inc. (NASDAQ: CYTK) shares gained 11 percent to $8.05 after falling 7.05 percent on Tuesday.
    Ooma Inc (NYSE: OOMA) shares surged 8.5 percent to $10.85 as the company posted strong Q3 results.
    Nuance Communications Inc. (NASDAQ: NUAN) climbed 8 percent to $17.12 after the company reported stronger-than-expected results for its fourth quarter on Tuesday.
    American Superconductor Corporation (NASDAQ: AMSC) surged 7.8 percent to $3.59 after the company reported $8 million in D-VAR system orders.
    Thermon Group Holdings Inc (NYSE: THR) rose 6.3 percent to $24.17. William Blair upgraded Thermon Group from Market Perform to Outperform.
    Domino's Pizza, Inc. (NYSE: DPZ) surged 6.1 percent to $182.88. Nomura upgraded Domino's from Neutral to Buy.
    Xencor Inc (NASDAQ: XNCR) rose 5.9 percent to $21.17. Cantor Fitzgerald initiated coverage on Xencor with an Overweight rating.
    Idera Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: IDRA) gained 5.1 percent to $2.28 after the company disclosed that it has been granted FDA Fast Track designation for IMO-2125.
    Regal Entertainment Group (NYSE: RGC) gained 5.1 percent to
  • [By Craig Jones]

    On CNBC's Fast Money Halftime Report, Jon Najarian spoke about high options activity in Nuance Communications Inc. (NASDAQ: NUAN). Traders were buying the June 19 calls for $1. The trade breaks even at $20 or 2.20 percent above the closing price on Wednesday. Najarian followed the trade and he is going to hold the position for two weeks.

Top 10 High Tech Stocks To Own Right Now: NXP Semiconductors N.V.(NXPI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Trey Thoelcke]

    NXP Semiconductors N.V. (NASDAQ: NXPI) will report its most recent quarterly results after the close on Wednesday. The consensus estimates call for $1.68 in EPS and $2.35 billion in revenue. Shares were last seen trading at $105.40, in a 52-week range of $100.23 to $125.93. The consensus price target is $119.65.

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    Intel Is Getting Serious About Self-Driving Cars, But It’s Not All Smooth Roads Ahead
    The chip giant’s (INTC) deals with Delphi and BMW are proof it’s taking the autonomous driving market seriously. But Nvidia (NVDA) and Qualcomm (QCOM) /NXP (NXPI) present stiff competition. Full story

  • [By Leo Sun]

    Qualcomm’s long-delayed takeover of NXP Semiconductors (NASDAQ:NXPI) remains in limbo as China’s Ministry of Commerce takes its time with its decision. Qualcomm tried to curry the favor of the Chinese government by working with Chinese companies to develop new chips for connected cars, Internet ofThings (IoT) devices, and5G technologies. Unfortunately, President Trump then proposed tough tariffs against China, turning Qualcomm into a potential target for retaliation from Chinese regulators.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    NXP Semiconductor NV (NASDAQ: NXPI) fell by about 3.7% Friday to post a new 52-week low of $103.19 after closing at $107.17 on Thursday. The 52-week high is $125.93. Volume of about 11.3 million was nearly triple the daily average of about 4.5 million. The company’s proposed merger with Qualcomm has hit a roadblock with Chinese regulators.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    The offer has two caveats. First, Qualcomm’s bid for NXP Semiconductor N.V. (NASDAQ: NXPI) must either be completed at that price or rejected. Second, Qualcomm may not delay or cancel its scheduled annual meeting set for March 6.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    It’s pretty difficult to see the latest development in the proposed acquisition by Qualcomm Inc. (NASDAQ: QCOM) of NXP Semiconductors N.V. (NASDAQ: NXPI) as anything other than a tit-for-tat from the Chinese government. China’s Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) requested that the two firms withdraw and refile the notice of their proposed merger and the two companies did as they were asked.

Top 10 High Tech Stocks To Own Right Now: Pacific Ethanol Inc.(PEIX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Get a free copy of the Zacks research report on Pacific Ethanol (PEIX)

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  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Pacific Ethanol Inc (NASDAQ: PEIX) got a boost, shooting up 30 percent to $5.47 after the company reported stronger-than-expected earnings for its fourth quarter.

Top 10 High Tech Stocks To Own Right Now: SPDR Blmbg Barclays Em Mkts Lcl Bd ETF (EBND)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Todd Shriber, ETF Professor]

    DWFI also holds the SPDR Barclays Emerging Markets Local Bond ETF (NYSE: EBND), SPDR Barclays International Treasury Bond ETF (NYSE: BWX) and the SPDR Barclays Intermediate Term Corporate Bond ETF (NYSE: ITR).

Top 10 High Tech Stocks To Own Right Now: International Tower Hill Mines Ltd(THM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Money Morning News Team]

    While a 209% gain is exciting, FunctionX’s gains are in the past. After looking at the 10 top penny stocks to watch this week, we’ll show you a small-cap stock with serious profit potential ahead of it…

    Penny Stock Current Share Price Law Week’s Gain
    FunctionX Inc. (OTCMKTS: FNCX) $0.03 209%
    Turtle Beach Corp. (Nasdaq: HEAR) $4.48 52.73%
    DPW Holdings Inc. (NYSE: DPW) $1.16 51.31%
    Energy XXI Gulf Coast Inc. (Nasdaq: EGC) $5.62 49.33%
    MYnd Analytics Inc. (Nasdaq: MYND) $1.91 49.21%
    Kingtone Wirelessinfo Solutions Holding Ltd. (Nasdaq: KONE) $6.43 48.42%
    Rennova Health Inc. (OTCMKTS: RNVA) $0.02 44.30%
    International Tower Hill Mines Ltd. (NYSE: THM) $0.72 41.64%
    Blonder Tongue Labs Inc. (NYSE: BDR) $1.13 41.14%
    Bellicum Pharmaceuticals Inc. (Nasdaq: BLCM) $8.87 40.53%

    As the gains above suggest, penny stocks can provides tremendous returns for investors very quickly. However, it’s important to note that investing in penny stocks is also inherently risky.

Top 10 High Tech Stocks To Own Right Now: Coffee Holding Co., Inc.(JVA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart for Farmer Brothers Co shows an outstanding outperformance while large capStarbucks Corporation has been flat for more than a year and both iPath Bloomberg Coffee Subindex Total Return SM Index ETN and small cap Coffee Holding Co, Inc (NASDAQ: JVA) have underperformed:

Top 10 High Tech Stocks To Own Right Now: Nabors Industries Ltd.(NBR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Wayne Duggan]

    While Loop maintains a Buy rating on all of the stocks mentioned above, Guggenheim analyst Michael LaMotte isn’t quite so bullish on the sector. Earlier this week, LaMotte downgraded the following oil services stocks from Buy to Neutral:

    Baker Hughes Incorporated (NYSE: BHI)
    Fairmount Santrol Holdings Inc (NYSE: FMSA)
    Helmerich & Payne, Inc. (NYSE: HP)
    Nabors Industries Ltd. (NYSE: NBR)
    Schlumberger Limited. (NYSE: SLB)
    Halliburton
    Superior Energy Services

    Guggenheim also cut its 2017 oil price forecast from $55 to $48/bbl.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Last night, Weatherford International (WFT) reported a smaller than expected loss and announcing an alliance with Nabors Industries (NBR)–and the news was celebrated by the market.

  • [By Jon C. Ogg]

    Nabors Industries Ltd. (NYSE: NBR) rose by 22.3% to $16.11 on Wednesday. Its volume of 17.4 million shares was about 2.5 times normal trading volume. Nabors has a consensus analyst price target of $15.04 and a 52-week trading range of $4.93 to $16.50. The company has a total market cap of $4.6 billion.

  • [By Craig Jones]

    On CNBC's "Fast Money Halftime Report", Jon Najarian spoke about Nabors Industries Ltd. (NYSE: NBR). He said that somebody bought 6,500 contracts of the July 11 calls for $0.50 in the first half of the session. The trade breaks even at $11.50 or 16.28 percent above the current market price. Jon Najarian has a long position in the name and he is planning to hold it for a month.

  • [By Craig Jones]

    Pete Najarian was watching Nabors Industries Ltd. (NYSE: NBR). He said that the stock has been trading in a range between $8 and $18 over the last 52 weeks and although it spiked 2.82 percent on Wednesday, it's still close to the lower end of the range. Anticipating a move higher, traders were buying the June 11 calls for $0.30. Around 6,000 contracts were bought in the first half of the session. The trade breaks even at $11.30 or 10.78 percent above the current market price. Pete Najarian decided to buy the calls and he is going to hold them for 4-5 weeks.

Top 10 High Tech Stocks To Own Right Now: Intec Pharma Ltd.(NTEC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Intec Pharma (NASDAQ:NTEC) has been assigned a $15.00 target price by Oppenheimer in a research note issued to investors on Wednesday. The firm presently has a “buy” rating on the biotechnology company’s stock. Oppenheimer’s price objective would indicate a potential upside of 185.71% from the company’s current price.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Intec Pharma Ltd (NASDAQ: NTEC) shares were also up, gaining 14 percent to $5.53. Intec Pharma priced 10.6 million share offering at $4.70 per share.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Intec Pharma Ltd (NASDAQ: NTEC) shares dropped 25 percent to $5.57. Intec Pharma reported a Q3 loss of $0.29 per share.

    Shares of Diplomat Pharmacy Inc (NYSE: DPLO) were down 23 percent to $14.71. Diplomat Pharmacy agreed to buy LDI Integrated Pharmacy Services. Baird downgraded Diplomat Pharmacy from Outperform to Neutral.

Top 10 High Tech Stocks To Own Right Now: TD Ameritrade Holding Corporation(AMTD)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Chris Dier-Scalise]

    That's the goal of TD Ameritrade Holding Corp.'s (NASDAQ: AMTD) Investor Movement Index, or IMX. The index tracks the activity of TD Ameritrade investors to measures how they are positioned in the markets.

  • [By Jayson Derrick]

    Looking for a list of the most common stocks sold by retail investors? Well, TD Ameritrade Holding Corp, (NASDAQ: AMTD) recently ranked as the top retail broker, releases on a monthly basis a few interesting tidbits that gauge the trading activity of its clients.

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    TD Ameritrade Holding Corp. (AMTD) has made crypto history as the first firm ever to place an advertisement on the blockchain. “Through a series of transactions we became the first brand to place an ad in the blockchain. Why? Well, we love finding new ways to use emerging technology. So we decided to have a little fun and plant our flag,” TD wrote on its website, where it included a photo of the ad embedded right into the blockchain code. The process took 68 transactions and TD used the OP_Return feature in bitcoin’s protocol to insert characters as one might write a memo on a check. The resulting transactions were invalid, but they remain preserved on the blockchain ledger for as long as it exists.

10 Best Valued Stocks To Invest In 2016

Ask any political junkie, and they’ll tell you that the 2016 presidential campaign has been one of the strangest they’ve ever experienced. The rise of billionaire/reality TV star Donald Trump and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, the wild and woolly TV debates, and how wrong the pundits have been at predicting anything has been unprecedented.

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But if we set aside the drama, we may discover that the most important thing we can learn from this election has nothing to do with the candidates. Instead, the most important takeaways are how the two mega-forces of globalization and demographics have changed our country and the influence they will have for years to come. Investors would be wise to pay attention.

We’re Living In A Global Village

First let’s look at globalization. We’ve heard a lot of talk about trade, trade agreements and jobs from the candidates, but unless you’ve been personally affected, much of it seems more abstract than real. So let’s make it real.

10 Best Valued Stocks To Invest In 2016: Territorial Bancorp Inc.(TBNK)

Territorial Bancorp Inc. operates as the bank holding company for Territorial Savings Bank, a federally-chartered savings bank that provides a range of financial services to individuals, families, and businesses in Hawaii. It involves in accepting deposits from the general public and investing those deposits together with funds generated from operations and borrowings in loans and investment securities. The company?s deposit products include passbook and statement savings accounts, certificates of deposits, money market accounts, commercial and regular checking accounts, and NOW accounts. Its loan products include one-to-four-family residential mortgage loans; home equity loans and lines of credit; construction, commercial, and other non-residential real estate loans; consumer loans; and multi-family mortgage loans. The company, through its subsidiary, Territorial Financial Services, Inc., also engages in insurance agency activities. In addition, it provides various non-d eposit investments, including annuities and mutual funds through a third-party broker-dealer. As of December 31, 2010, the company operated 26 full-service branch offices in Hawaii. The company was founded in 1921 and is headquartered in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Territorial Bancorp (NASDAQ: TBNK) shares touched a new 52-week low of $21.31. Territorial Bancorp shares have dropped 9.43% over the past 52 weeks, while the S&P 500 index has gained 16.18% in the same period.

10 Best Valued Stocks To Invest In 2016: Plains All American Pipeline L.P.(PAA)

Plains All American Pipeline, L.P., through its subsidiaries, engages in the transportation, storage, terminalling, and marketing of crude oil, refined products, and liquid petroleum gas (LPG) products in the United States and Canada. The company operates in three segments: Transportation, Facilities, and Supply and Logistics. The Transportation segment transports crude oil and refined products on pipelines, gathering systems, trucks, and barges. As of December 31, 2011, this segment owned and leased 16,000 miles of active crude oil and refined products pipelines and gathering systems; 23 million barrels of above-ground tank capacity used primarily to facilitate pipeline throughput; 67 trucks and 382 trailers; and 82 transport and storage barges, and 44 transport tugs. The Facilities segment provides storage, terminalling, and throughput services for crude oil, refined products, and LPG and natural gas, as well as offers LPG fractionation and isomerization, and natural gas processing services. The Supply and Logistics segment purchases crude oil at the wellhead, and pipeline and terminal facilities; waterborne cargoes at their load port and various other locations in transit; and LPG from producers, refiners, and other marketers. This segment also resells or exchanges crude oil and LPG; and transports oil and LPG on trucks, barges, railcars, pipelines, and ocean-going vessels to various delivery points. It has 622 trucks and 731 trailers, and 2,453 railcars. The company also owns and operates natural gas storage facilities. Plains All American Pipeline, L.P. was founded in 1998 and is headquartered in Houston, Texas.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Callum Turcan]

    All American crude
    Plains All American Pipeline (NYSE: PAA  ) is also investing in Texas, and it recently snatched up some of Chesapeake’sassets in the Eagle Ford for $125 million . Plains bought 40 miles of pipelines, 15,000 barrels of existing storage capacity, 300,000 barrels of storage under construction and a truck unloadingterminal.

5 Best Healthcare Equipment Stocks To Own Right Now: TD Ameritrade Holding Corporation(AMTD)

 

TD Ameritrade Holding Corporation provides securities brokerage services and related technology-based financial services to retail investors, traders, and independent registered investment advisors (RIAs) in the United States. Its products and services include tdameritrade.com Web Platform for self-directed retail investors; Trade Architect, a Web-based platform that enables active investors and traders identify opportunities and stay informed; thinkorswim, a desktop platform for traders; and TD Ameritrade Mobile, which allows on-the-go investors and traders to trade and monitor accounts from Web-enabled mobile devices. The company also offers TD Ameritrade Institutional that provides brokerage and custody services to approximately 5,000 independent RIAs and their clients; TD Ameritrade Apex, which offers various services to retail clients; Investools, a suite of investor education products and services for stock, option, fore ign exchange, futures, mutual fund, and fixed-income investors; Amerivest, an advisory service that develops portfolios of exchange-traded funds (ETFs) and mutual funds; AdvisorDirect, a national referral service for investors, who wish to engage the services of an independent RIA; and TD Ameritrade Corporate Services that provide self-directed brokerage services to employees of corporations. In addition, it offers various retail brokerage products and services, such as common and preferred stocks; ETFs; options; futures; foreign exchange; mutual funds; fixed income products; primary and secondary offerings of fixed income securities, closed-end funds, and preferred stocks; margin lending; cash management services; and annuities. The company provides its services primarily through the Internet, a network of retail branches, mobile trading applications, interactive voice response, and registered representatives through telephone. TD Ameritrade Holding Corporation was founded in 1971 and is headquartered in Omaha, Nebraska. TD Ameritra! de Holding Corporation operates as a subsidiary of The Toronto-Dominion Bank.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Matthew Smith]

    Although we were not surprised by the move yesterday we did not take an overly aggressive stance in positioning the portfolio to benefit from the Fed not tapering. We were long, but we did not initiate any trades solely for the purpose to benefit from the announcement. We are more interested in the long-term wealth building of portfolios right now and as such believe that readers should look to our recent winners that had pullbacks yesterday as buying opportunities. Specifically, we like Ameritrade (AMTD), Charles Schwab (SCHW) and MetLife (MET) which all saw pullbacks ranging from 2.5% to a bit over 5.5% in yesterday’s session. We highlighted the discount brokers as a sector to watch right before the latest takeoff and our belief is that although rates remain unchanged the brokerage business will continue to perform strongly. The next big move up will be as rates rise, but even if one has to wait for this move it will be well worth it for one’s portfolio.

10 Best Valued Stocks To Invest In 2016: Cummins Inc.(CMI)

Cummins Inc. designs, manufactures, distributes, and services diesel and natural gas engines, electric power generation systems, and engine-related component products worldwide. It operates in four segments: Engine, Power Generation, Components, and Distribution. The Engine segment offers a range of diesel and natural gas powered engines under the Cummins and other customer brand names for the heavy-and medium-duty truck, bus, recreational vehicle, light-duty automotive, agricultural, construction, mining, marine, oil and gas, rail, and governmental equipment markets. This segment also provides new parts and service, as well as remanufactured parts and engines. The Power Generation segment offers power generation systems, components, and services, including diesel, natural gas, gasoline, and alternative-fuel electrical generator sets for use in recreational vehicles, commercial vehicles, recreational marine applications, and home stand-by or residential applications. This segment also provides components that make up power generation systems, such as engines, controls, alternators, transfer switches, and switchgears. The Components segment supplies filtration products, turbochargers, aftertreatment systems, intake and exhaust systems, and fuel systems for commercial diesel applications. This segment offers filtration and exhaust systems for on-and off-highway heavy-duty and mid-range equipment, as well as supplies filtration products for industrial and passenger car applications. This segment also develops after treatment and exhaust systems to help customers meet emissions standards and fuel systems. The Distribution segment provides parts and services, as well as service solutions, including maintenance contracts, engineering services, and integrated products. The company sells its products to original equipment manufacturers, distributors, and other customers. Cummins Inc. was founded in 1919 and is headquartered in Columbus, Indiana.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Michael Flannelly]

    Early on Wednesday, analysts at both UBS and BMO Capital raised their price targets and earnings estimates on diesel engines manufacturer Cummins Inc. (CMI).

    The analysts at UBS raised the numbers on CMI to reflect better growth from market positions and new products. As such, they now see shares of CMI reaching $146, which suggests a 10.6% upside to the stock’s Tuesday closing price of $131.96.

    At BMO Capital, the analysts raised CMI’s earnings estimates through 2015 as distribution acquisitions should add to earnings. Furthermore, the analysts rate CMI as “Outperform” and see shares reaching $146 as well.

    Cummins shares were down 20 cents, or 0.15%, during pre-market trading on Wednesday. The stock is up 21.79% year-to-date.

  • [By Michael Flannelly]

    Diesel Engines maker Cummins Inc. (CMI) had its price target and earnings estimates raised by analysts at Jefferies on Thursday, following a positive analyst day.

    The analysts rate CMI as “Hold” and now see shares reaching $130, which suggests a slight downside to the stock’s Wednesday closing price of $133.72.

    Cummins shares were up 46 cents, or 0.34%, during morning trading on Thursday. The stock is up 23.51% year-to-date.

10 Best Valued Stocks To Invest In 2016: HD Supply Holdings, Inc.(HDS)

 

HD Supply Holdings, Inc. operates as an industrial distributor in North America. The companys Facilities Maintenance segment offers electrical and lighting items, plumbing, appliances, janitorial supplies, hardware, kitchen and bath cabinets, window coverings, textiles and guest amenities, healthcare maintenance, and water and wastewater treatment products, as well as heating, ventilating, and air conditioning products. Its Waterworks segment provides pipes, fittings, valves, hydrants, and meters for use in the construction, maintenance, and repair of water and waste-water systems, as well as fire-protection systems; and smart meters, fusible piping solutions, and engineered treatment plant products and services. The companys Power Solutions segment distributes electrical transmission and distribution products, and power plant maintenance, repair, and operations supplies and smart-grid products; and arranges materials mana gement and procurement outsourcing for the power generation and distribution industries. Its Construction & IndustrialWhite Cap segment offers tilt-up brace systems, forming and shoring systems, concrete chemicals, hand and power tools, rebar, ladders, safety and fall arrest equipment, screws and fasteners, sealants and adhesives, drainage pipes, geo-synthetics, erosion and sediment control equipment, and other engineered materials. The company also provides floorings, cabinets, countertops, and window coverings, as well as design center services; and light remodeling and construction supplies, kitchen and bath cabinets, windows, plumbing materials, electrical equipment, and other products. It serves contractors, maintenance professionals, home builders, industrial businesses, and government entities. The company was formerly known as HDS Investment Holding, Inc. and changed its name to HD Supply Holdings, Inc. in April 2013. HD Supply Holdings, Inc. is headquartered in At lanta, Georgia.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    HD Supply Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: HDS) is projected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.24 per share on revenue of $1.63 billion.

    JA Solar Holdings Co., Ltd. (ADR) (NASDAQ: JASO) is estimated to report its quarterly earnings at $0.68 per share on revenue of $683.29 million.

10 Best Valued Stocks To Invest In 2016: Marathon Oil Corporation(MRO)

Marathon Oil Corporation, through its subsidiaries, operates as an international energy company with operations in the United States, Canada, Africa, the Middle East, and Europe. It operates through three segments: Exploration and Production, Oil Sands Mining, and Integrated Gas. The Exploration and Production segment explores for, produces, and markets liquid hydrocarbons and natural gas. The Oil Sands Mining segment mines, extracts, and transports bitumen from oil sands deposits in Alberta, Canada; and upgrades the bitumen to produce and market synthetic crude oil and vacuum gas oil. The Integrated Gas segment markets and transports products manufactured from natural gas, such as liquified natural gas and methanol. The company was formerly known as USX Corporation and changed its name to Marathon Oil Corporation in July 2001. Marathon Oil Corporation was founded in 1887 and is based in Houston, Texas.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Matt Egan]

    Before Tuesday, Big Oil’s credit ratings had been left largely intact by S&P. But with oil sinking back to $30 a barrel, the ratings firm took action by downgrading Chevron (CVX), EOG Resources (EOG), Apache (APA), Devon Energy (DVN), Hess (HES), Marathon Oil (MRO), Murphy Oil (MUR), Continental Resources (CLR) and Southwestern Energy (SWN).

10 Best Valued Stocks To Invest In 2016: Pinnacle West Capital Corporation(PNW)

Pinnacle West Capital Corporation, through its subsidiaries, provides retail and wholesale electric services primarily in the State of Arizona. The company involves in the generation, transmission, and distribution of electricity through coal, nuclear, gas and oil, and solar resources. It also offers energy-related products and services, such as energy master planning, energy use consultation and facility audits, cogeneration analysis and installation, and project management with a focus on energy efficiency and renewable energy to commercial and industrial retail customers in the western United States. In addition, the company owns minority interests in various energy-related investments and Arizona community-based ventures; and develops residential, commercial, and industrial real estate projects in Arizona, Idaho, New Mexico, and Utah. As of December 31, 2010, it owned or leased approximately 6,290 mega watts of regulated generation capacity; and serviced approximately 1.1 million customers. Pinnacle West Capital Corporation was founded in 1920 and is based in Phoenix, Arizona.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Iron Mountain has gained 2.6% to $26.55 at 3:05 p.m., making it the fourth-best performer in the S&P 500, ahead of WPX Energy (WPX), which has gained 2.4% to $19.94, Pinnacle West Capital (PNW), which has gained 2.3% to $53.55 and Dominion Resources (D), which has risen 2.1% to $59.85.

10 Best Valued Stocks To Invest In 2016: Ctrip.com International, Ltd.(CTRP)

 

Ctrip.com International, Ltd., together with its subsidiaries, provides travel services for hotel accommodations, transportation ticketing services, packaged tours, and corporate travel management in the Peoples Republic of China. It also offers independent leisure travelers bundled packaged-tour products, including group tours, semi-group tours, and private tours or packaged tours with various transportation arrangements, such as cruise, bus, or self-driving. In addition, the company provides integrated transportation and accommodation services; various value-added services, including transportation at destinations and tickets, insurance, visa services, and tour guides; supplier management and customer relationship management services; and car rental services. Further, it offers Internet-related advertising, aviation and train insurance selling, air-ticket delivery, online check-in, and online seat selection and flight dyna mics services; and sells Property Management System, a hotel information software, as well as provides related maintenance services. Ctrip.com International, Ltd. was founded in 1999 and is headquartered in Shanghai, the Peoples Republic of China.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Ctrip.com International, Ltd. (ADR) (NASDAQ: CTRP) is estimated to post a quarterly loss at $0.09 per share on revenue of $2.81 billion.

    Cheetah Mobile Inc (ADR) (NYSE: CMCM) is expected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.87 per share on revenue of $1.14 billion.

10 Best Valued Stocks To Invest In 2016: SK TELECOM ADR EACH REP 1/9 KRW500(CIT)

SK Telecom Co., Ltd. provides wireless telecommunications services using code division multiple access (CDMA) and wide-band CDMA technologies. It offers cellular voice services, such as wireless voice transmission services; and wireless global roaming services. The company also provides wireless data transmission services, such as wireless Internet access services, which allow subscribers to access online digital contents and services, as well as to send and receive text and multimedia messages. In addition, it offers broadband Internet and fixed-line telephone services, such as video-on-demand and IP TV services; and local, domestic, and international long-distance fixed-line telephone services to residential and commercial subscribers. Further, the company provides wireless entertainment-related contents and services, wireless finance-related contents and m-commerce services, and wireless news and search services; and international calling services, such as direct-dial, pre and post paid card calling services, bundled services for corporate customers, voice services using Internet protocol, Web-to-phone services, and data services. Additionally, it offers satellite digital media broadcasting services; telematics services; and fixed-line and online community portal services. The company also operates 11th Street, an online shopping mall; and T Store, an online open marketplace for mobile applications. As of March 31, 2011, SK Telecom Co. had 26 million wireless subscribers. It has strategic alliances with Bridge Alliance; Orange SA; Telecom Italia Mobile S.p.A.; T-Mobile International AG & Co; and Teliasonera Mobile Networks AB. The company was formerly known as Korea Mobile Telecommunications Co., Ltd. and changed its name to SK Telecom Co., Ltd. in March 1997. SK Telecom Co., Ltd. was founded in 1984 and is based in Seoul, South Korea.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Abramowicz]

    There was this maturity wall that people were terrified of, said Neil Wessan, the group head of New York-based CIT Group Inc. (CIT)s capital markets unit. Thats been spread out over a much broader period of time.

10 Best Valued Stocks To Invest In 2016: Statoil ASA(STO)

 

Statoil ASA, an energy company, explores for, produces, transports, refines, and markets petroleum and petroleum-derived products, and other forms of energy in Norway and internationally. The company operates through Development and Production Norway; Development and Production International; Marketing, Midstream and Processing; and Other segments. It owns exploration licenses in Norway, North America, South America and sub-Saharan Africa, North Africa, Europe and Asia, and the Oceania. The company also transports, processes, manufactures, markets, and trades oil and gas commodities, such as crude, condensate, gas liquids, products, natural gas, and liquefied natural gas (LNG); markets and trades electricity and emission rights; and operates refineries, gas processing plants, LNG plant, methanol plant, and crude oil terminals. In addition, the company develops offshore wind, and carbon capture and storage projects, as well as offers other renewable energy and low-carbon energy solutions. As of December 31, 2015, it had proved reserves of 5,060 million barrels of oil equivalent. The company was formerly known as StatoilHydro ASA and changed its name to Statoil ASA in November 2009. Statoil ASA was founded in 1972 and is headquartered in Stavanger, Norway.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Should oil prices recover, we believe that deepwater drilling activity growth should lag growth in US shale activity, as project economics is generally better in US shales, and E&Ps involved in US shales are generally quicker to react. Deepwater activity is largely comprises a handful of companies (Petrobras (PBR), Statoil (STO), Total (TOT), Shell (RDS.A), BP (BP), ONGC, ExxonMobil (XOM) and Chevron (CVX)) and it is unlikely that these companies can meaningfully increase their rig demand in a short period of time to absorb the current oversupply. Thus, should oil prices rise in 2018, rig demand may increase, but likely not enough to tighten the market, given that supply equaling 43% of current working rig count is stacked and new supply equaling 25% of working rig count is under-construction and should be entering the market in the coming years. As a result, while we expect some improvement in rig utilization owing to rig retirements, it will unlikely be strong enough to meaningfully improve rates in 2018 above spot levels. Any demand increase in the interim could slow rig retirements materially, and be self-defeating. We thus are Sell rated on Transocean, Atwood and Noble.

  • [By Cameron Swinehart]

    Going forward I will be looking to add investments on my watchlist and trim other positions. It will be interesting to see how an overweight commodity portfolio will perform relative to the rest of the market.

     Cost Basis# SharesCurrent Price% of PortfolioCurrent ValueReturnMetal/Miners      Sprott Physical Gold Trust (PHYS)$12.4985$11.043.75%$938.40-13.13%Sprott Physical Silver Trust (PSLV)$7.95125$8.744.37%$1,092.509.04%FreePort-McMoran (FCX)$31.6731$33.874.20%$1,049.976.50%Ishares MSCI Global Gold Miners ETF (RING)$13.0695$10.644.04%$1,010.80-22.74%Energy      Statoil ASA(STO)$21.7940$22.683.63%$907.203.92%Vanguard Natural Resources LLC (VNR)$27.5636$27.874.01%$1,003.321.11%ConocoPhillips (COP)$63.6822.43$71.006.37%$1,592.5310.31%Agriculture      CVR Partner LP (UAN)$26.3630.9$18.932.34%$584.94-39.25%Adecoagro$6.78125$7.443.72%$930.008.87%Archer-Daniels Midland (ADM)$34.80 30$37.244.47%$1,117.206.55%Mixed Commodity      Powershares DB Commodity Index (DBC)$26.3540$25.954.15%$1,038.00-1.54%Sprott Resource Corp$3.34400$2.714.34%$1,084.00-23.25%    Total % of portfolio49.40%               Cost Basis12,666.00      Current Value12,348.86      Return-2.50%  Source: Investing For The Future Surge In Commodity Prices

    Disclosure: I am long ADM, FCX, UAN, AGRO, RING, VNR, SCPZF.PK, COP, DBC, PHYS, PSLV. I wrote this article myself, and it expresses my own opinions. I am not receiving compensation for it (other than from Seeking Alpha). I have no business relationship with any company whose stock is mentioned in this article. (More…)

  • [By Todd Shriber, ETF Professor]

    NORW reflects Norway's oil exposure. The ETF allocates nearly 28.8 percent of its weight to the energy, 870 basis points more than it devotes to its second-largest sector exposure, financial services. State-run Statoil ASA(ADR) (NYSE: STO) is NORW's largest individual holding at a weight of 15.3 percent, or 560 basis points more than NORW allocates to its second-largest holding.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    We believe that the equity market has neutralised much of its underweight energy positioning in 4Q/1Q, but was caught by the sharp rally in crude from end-January. Our base-case sees oil prices still higher by end-2016 (we see >$50/bbl), albeit with a choppy 2Q likely ahead. In this scenario a modest, rather than fully-fledged price-recovery we continue to place a lot of importance on self-help in driving ROE expansion (as opposed to relying simply on oil-leverage). Value-adjusted, we like the self-help stories around Total, Chevron, Statoil (STO), Royal Dutch Shell and Eni (E) in the group. Total is on the Citi European Focus list.