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Top 5 Safest Stocks To Own Right Now: Univest Corporation of Pennsylvania(UVSP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Univest Co. of Pennsylvania (NASDAQ:UVSP) has earned an average rating of “Hold” from the six brokerages that are presently covering the company, Marketbeat.com reports. Five analysts have rated the stock with a hold recommendation and one has given a buy recommendation to the company. The average 12-month price target among brokerages that have issued ratings on the stock in the last year is $33.33.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company raised its position in shares of Univest Co. of Pennsylvania (NASDAQ:UVSP) by 65.2% in the 1st quarter, according to the company in its most recent disclosure with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The firm owned 353,718 shares of the financial services provider’s stock after buying an additional 139,590 shares during the period. The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company’s holdings in Univest Co. of Pennsylvania were worth $9,799,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Univest Co. of Pennsylvania (NASDAQ:UVSP) was downgraded by equities research analysts at BidaskClub from a “sell” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a report released on Wednesday.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    BidaskClub upgraded shares of Univest Co. of Pennsylvania (NASDAQ:UVSP) from a strong sell rating to a sell rating in a research note released on Saturday.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Univest Co. of Pennsylvania (NASDAQ:UVSP) hit a new 52-week low during mid-day trading on Wednesday . The company traded as low as $26.35 and last traded at $26.45, with a volume of 107884 shares traded. The stock had previously closed at $26.90.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

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Top 5 Safest Stocks To Own Right Now: Ascent Capital Group, Inc.(ASCMA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

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  • [By Money Morning Staff Reports]

    After looking at last week’s top performing penny stocks, we’ll show you a small-cap stock with real growth potential that just popped up on our radar…

    Penny Stock Current Share Price Last Week’s Gain
    New Age Beverage Corp. (NADAQ: NBEV) $3.94 286.79%
    India Globalization Capital Inc. (NYSE: IGC) $2.18 181.55%
    Ascent Capital Group Inc. (NASDAQ: ASCMA) $2.16 103.85%
    Netlist Inc. (NASDAQ: NLST) $0.73 80.56%
    Oragenics Inc. (NYSE: OGEN) $0.92 71.63%
    Astrotech Corp. (NASDAQ: ASTC) $3.44 68.37%
    Command Security Corp. (NYSE: MOC) $2.77 51.09%
    Oasmia Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: OASM) $3.57 50.66%
    NovaBay Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NYSE: NBY) $2.10 48.15%
    Navidea Biopharmaceuticals Inc. (NYSE: NAVB) $0.25 45.72%

    While the gains these stocks made are exciting, they also highlight the danger of investing in penny stocks.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

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  • [By Stephan Byrd]

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Top 5 Safest Stocks To Own Right Now: Central Valley Community Bancorp(CVCY)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

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

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    Central Valley Community Bancorp (CVCY) Announces Dividend Increase – $0.08 Per Share (americanbankingnews.com) Is Central Valley Community Bancorp (CVCY) Outperforming Other Finance Stocks This Year? (finance.yahoo.com) Central Valley Community Bancorp announces stock repurchase plan (seekingalpha.com) Central Valley Community Bancorp Increases Quarterly Cash Dividend and Announces Stock Repurchase Plan (finance.yahoo.com) FY2018 EPS Estimates for Central Valley Community Bancorp Increased by Analyst (CVCY) (americanbankingnews.com)

    A number of equities analysts have recently commented on CVCY shares. Sandler O’Neill set a $24.00 price target on Central Valley Community Bancorp and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Thursday, March 29th. ValuEngine lowered Central Valley Community Bancorp from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Monday, April 2nd. Zacks Investment Research downgraded Central Valley Community Bancorp from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Friday, April 20th. Finally, BidaskClub downgraded Central Valley Community Bancorp from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Monday, May 14th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, two have given a hold rating and two have given a buy rating to the stock. The stock currently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $24.00.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Press coverage about Central Valley Community Bancorp (NASDAQ:CVCY) has trended somewhat negative on Monday, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. Accern ranks the sentiment of press coverage by analyzing more than twenty million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Central Valley Community Bancorp earned a daily sentiment score of -0.07 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media coverage about the financial services provider an impact score of 47.2059216377978 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the near future.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    BidaskClub downgraded shares of Central Valley Community Bancorp (NASDAQ:CVCY) from a sell rating to a strong sell rating in a report issued on Tuesday morning.

Top 5 Safest Stocks To Own Right Now: Greif Bros. Corporation(GEF.B)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Greif, Inc. Class B (NYSE:GEF.B) declared a quarterly dividend on Tuesday, June 5th, Zacks reports. Stockholders of record on Monday, June 18th will be given a dividend of 0.63 per share by the industrial products company on Sunday, July 1st. This represents a $2.52 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 4.18%. The ex-dividend date is Friday, June 15th.

Top 5 Safest Stocks To Own Right Now: McGrath RentCorp(MGRC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    McGrath RentCorp (NASDAQ: MGRC) and Triton International (NYSE:TRTN) are both finance companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, analyst recommendations, dividends, risk, earnings, valuation and institutional ownership.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

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  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    McGrath RentCorp (NASDAQ:MGRC) VP Kay Dashner sold 1,993 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Friday, June 1st. The shares were sold at an average price of $65.30, for a total transaction of $130,142.90. Following the sale, the vice president now directly owns 4,891 shares in the company, valued at approximately $319,382.30. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this hyperlink.

  • [By Motley Fool Transcribing]

    McGrath RentCorp (NASDAQ:MGRC) Q4 2018 Earnings Conference CallFeb. 26, 2019 5:00 p.m. ET

    Contents:
    Prepared Remarks Questions and Answers Call Participants
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    Operator

Best Insurance Stocks To Buy Right Now

Chairman & CEO of Arch Capital Group Ltd (NASDAQ:ACGL) Constantine Iordanou sold 62,832 shares of ACGL on 05/31/2017 at an average price of $95.02 a share. The total sale was $6 million.

Arch Capital Group Ltd provides insurance, reinsurance & mortgage insurance through its wholly owned subsidiaries. It provides property, casualty & mortgage insurance & reinsurance lines, and focus on writing specialty lines of insurance and reinsurance. Arch Capital Group Ltd has a market cap of $12.07 billion; its shares were traded at around $98.04 with a P/E ratio of 16.77 and P/S ratio of 2.67. Arch Capital Group Ltd had annual average EBITDA growth of 8.40% over the past ten years. GuruFocus rated Arch Capital Group Ltd the business predictability rank of 3.5-star.

CEO Recent Trades:

Chairman & CEO Constantine Iordanou sold 62,832 shares of ACGL stock on 05/31/2017 at the average price of $95.02. The price of the stock has increased by 3.18% since.Chairman & CEO Constantine Iordanou sold 37,168 shares of ACGL stock on 05/22/2017 at the average price of $95.52. The price of the stock has increased by 2.64% since.CEO of Arch Reinsurance Group Nicolas Papadopoulo sold 20,000 shares of ACGL stock on 05/18/2017 at the average price of $95.39. The price of the stock has increased by 2.78% since.CEO of Arch Reinsurance Group Nicolas Papadopoulo sold 15,500 shares of ACGL stock on 05/03/2017 at the average price of $96.67. The price of the stock has increased by 1.42% since.

Directors and Officers Recent Trades:

Best Insurance Stocks To Buy Right Now: South Jersey Industries Inc.(SJI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    South Jersey Industries (NYSE: SJI) and Engie (OTCMKTS:ENGIY) are both utilities companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, risk, analyst recommendations, earnings, dividends, institutional ownership and profitability.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Get a free copy of the Zacks research report on South Jersey Industries (SJI)

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  • [By Shane Hupp]

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  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Shares of South Jersey Industries Inc (NYSE:SJI) have received an average recommendation of “Hold” from the twelve ratings firms that are currently covering the company, Marketbeat Ratings reports. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, eight have issued a hold rating and two have assigned a buy rating to the company. The average 12 month price objective among brokers that have issued ratings on the stock in the last year is $34.00.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    South Jersey Industries (NYSE:SJI) was upgraded by equities researchers at ValuEngine from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report issued on Wednesday.

Best Insurance Stocks To Buy Right Now: BioDelivery Sciences International Inc.(BDSI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    BioDelivery Sciences International, Inc. (NASDAQ: BDSI) shares were also up, gaining 19 percent to $2.3272 after the company announced board restructuring plan and $50m equity financing deal led by Broadfin to "significantly strengthen" financial position.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Media headlines about BioDelivery Sciences International (NASDAQ:BDSI) have been trending somewhat positive recently, according to Accern Sentiment. The research firm identifies positive and negative media coverage by reviewing more than 20 million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. BioDelivery Sciences International earned a news sentiment score of 0.16 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media headlines about the specialty pharmaceutical company an impact score of 46.960149735727 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the next few days.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    BioDelivery Sciences International (NASDAQ:BDSI) had its target price reduced by research analysts at HC Wainwright from $4.00 to $3.50 in a research report issued to clients and investors on Wednesday. The brokerage currently has a “buy” rating on the specialty pharmaceutical company’s stock. HC Wainwright’s price objective points to a potential upside of 40.00% from the company’s current price.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    BioDelivery Sciences International, Inc. (NASDAQ:BDSI) Director Francis E. Odonnell, Jr. sold 8,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Friday, February 1st. The stock was sold at an average price of $4.60, for a total value of $36,800.00. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through this hyperlink.

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Comstock Holding Companies, Inc. (NASDAQ: CHCI) shares climbed 154.95 percent to close at $5.15 on Thursday. Comstock reported conversion of the majority of its unsecured, short-term debt into non-convertible preferred equity.
    Tyme Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: TYME) jumped 33.45 percent to close at $3.87.
    Universal Corporation (NYSE: UVV) gained 29.72 percent to close at $62.85 after reporting fiscal Q4 results.
    Evolus, Inc. (NASDAQ: EOLS) shares rose 22.93 percent to close at $23.80.
    nLIGHT, Inc. (NASDAQ: LASR) jumped 21.52 percent to close at $36.37 following Q1 results.
    Hudson Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ: HDSN) gained 20.28 percent to close at $2.61.
    The Cato Corporation (NYSE: CATO) shares rose 19.57 percent to close at $21.45 after the company posted better-than-expected first-quarter results.
    AXT, Inc. (NASDAQ: AXTI) gained 18.8 percent to close at $7.90.
    Catasys, Inc. (NASDAQ: CATS) rose 16.33 percent to close at $6.41.
    HUYA Inc. (NYSE: HUYA) rose 15.68 percent to close at $23.09 on Thursday.
    Marinus Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: MRNS) climbed 15.11 percent to close at $6.02 on Thursday after gaining 6.30 percent on Wednesday. Baird initiated coverage on Marinus Pharmaceuticals with an Outperform rating.
    Destination Maternity Corporation (NASDAQ: DEST) shares rose 14.48 percent to close at $3.32 after the board announced late Wednesday the election of four activist-backed director nominees. Three women and one man comprise the selected group championed by NGM Capital’s Nathan Miller and Kenosis Capital’s Peter O’Malley. Destination Maternity had advocated for another slate of three men and interim CEO Melissa Payner-Gregor. The new directors are Holly Alden, Marla Ryan, Anne-Charlotte Windal and Christopher Morgan.
    China Rapid Finance Limited (NYSE: XRF) gained 11.53 percent to close at $3.29 after announcing preliminary Q1 results.
    Bilibili Inc.. (NASDAQ: BILI) shares rose 11.33 pe

Best Insurance Stocks To Buy Right Now: Ascent Capital Group, Inc.(ASCMA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

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  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Ascent Capital Group (NASDAQ: ASCMA) and Applied DNA Sciences (NASDAQ:APDN) are both small-cap industrial products companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, valuation, dividends, risk, profitability, earnings and institutional ownership.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Get a free copy of the Zacks research report on Ascent Capital Group Inc Series A (ASCMA)

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  • [By Shane Hupp]

    News stories about Ascent Capital Group Inc Series A (NASDAQ:ASCMA) have trended somewhat negative on Wednesday, Accern Sentiment Analysis 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 closest to one being the most favorable. Ascent Capital Group Inc Series A earned a news sentiment score of -0.02 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news coverage about the industrial products company an impact score of 46.5362897974896 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the next several days.

Top 10 Stocks To Buy Right Now

Analysts expect Jack Henry & Associates, Inc. (NASDAQ:JKHY) to report sales of $406.18 million for the current quarter, Zacks Investment Research reports. Three analysts have provided estimates for Jack Henry & Associates’ earnings. The highest sales estimate is $406.80 million and the lowest is $405.00 million. Jack Henry & Associates posted sales of $383.77 million in the same quarter last year, which suggests a positive year-over-year growth rate of 5.8%. The business is expected to issue its next quarterly earnings report on Tuesday, August 21st.

According to Zacks, analysts expect that Jack Henry & Associates will report full-year sales of $1.52 billion for the current fiscal year, with estimates ranging from $1.52 billion to $1.53 billion. For the next year, analysts anticipate that the firm will post sales of $1.62 billion per share, with estimates ranging from $1.61 billion to $1.62 billion. Zacks Investment Research’s sales calculations are an average based on a survey of sell-side research firms that that provide coverage for Jack Henry & Associates.

Top 10 Stocks To Buy Right Now: Autohome Inc.(ATHM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

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

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

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

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

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

  • [By Leo Sun]

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

Top 10 Stocks To Buy Right Now: CyberArk Software Ltd.(CYBR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joe Tenebruso]

    Nearly 90%of security professionals believe that an enterprise’s IT infrastructure is not fully protected unless its privileged accounts are secured, according to a survey by CyberArk Software Ltd.(NASDAQ:CYBR). This global demand for cybersecurity solutions that safeguard an organization’s most sensitive data is helping to fuel CyberArk’s growth, as evidenced by its strong first-quarterresults.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Short interest at CyberArk Software Ltd. (NASDAQ: CYBR) decreased to 827,000 shares from the previous level of 1.04 million. Shares were trading at $63.21, within a 52-week range of $39.34 to $67.65.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The short interest at CyberArk Software Ltd. (NASDAQ: CYBR) increased to 1.10 million shares from the previous level of 861,800. Shares were trading at $53.34, within a 52-week range of $39.34 to $55.63.

Top 10 Stocks To Buy Right Now: Revlon, Inc.(REV)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin] Companies Reporting Before The Bell
    Nomad Foods Limited (NYSE: NOMD) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $0.36 per share on revenue of $656.43 million.
    AMC Networks Inc. (NASDAQ: AMCX) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $2.2 per share on revenue of $720.14 million.
    Magna International Inc. (NYSE: MGA) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $1.7 per share on revenue of $10.11 billion.
    Univar Inc. (NYSE: UNVR) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $0.36 per share on revenue of $2.12 billion.
    Duke Energy Corporation (NYSE: DUK) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $1.14 per share on revenue of $5.78 billion.
    Owens & Minor, Inc. (NYSE: OMI) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.47 per share on revenue of $2.40 billion.
    Prestige Brands Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: PBH) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.61 per share on revenue of $255.60 million.
    Tribune Media Company (NYSE: TRCO) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.06 per share on revenue of $457.67 million.
    ArcBest Corporation (NASDAQ: ARCB) is estimated to report quarterly loss at $0.07 per share on revenue of $691.18 million.
    Genesis Healthcare, Inc. (NYSE: GEN) is projected to report quarterly loss at $0.34 per share on revenue of $1.32 billion.
    Enbridge Inc. (NYSE: ENB) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.55 per share on revenue of $10.14 billion.
    Kelly Services, Inc. (NASDAQ: KELYA) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $0.42 per share on revenue of $1.34 billion.
    NICE Ltd. (NASDAQ: NICE) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $1.01 per share on revenue of $332.93 million.
    World Acceptance Corporation (NASDAQ: WRLD) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $3.94 per share on revenue of $147.32 million.
    MAXIMUS, Inc. (NYSE: MMS) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.84 per share on revenue of $616.04 million.
    Choice Hotels International, Inc. (NYSE: CH
  • [By Douglas A. McIntyre]

    Debra G. Perelman was named president and chief executiveofficer of troubled cosmetics company Revlon Inc. (NYSE: REV). Her father, Ronald O. Perelman owns, via holding company MacAndrews & Forbes, 84.7% of Revlon’s shares and has controlled the company since 1985. It would seem, across the entire industry, there must be better-qualified candidates.

Top 10 Stocks To Buy Right Now: Yuma Energy, Inc.(YUMA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Yuma Energy, Inc. (NYSE: YUMA) were down 60 percent to $0.4520 after the company late Friday reported it was not in compliance with its debt to EBITDAX covenant and announced limited liquidity levels. The company also reported Q1 earnings down year-over-year and disclosed that it is exploring strategic alternatives.

  • [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 10 Stocks To Buy Right Now: Euro FX(P)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Anders Bylund]

    Shares of Pandora Media (NYSE:P) gained 28.7% in May of 2018, according to data from S&P Global Market Intelligence. First-quarter results reported in the first week of the month turned out to crush both the company’s own guidance and analyst estimates, triggering a 21% share-price jump the next day.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Pandora Media, Inc. (NYSE: P) released first quarter financial results after markets closed Thursday. The company reported a net loss of $0.27 per share on $319.2 million in revenue compared with consensus estimates from Thomson Reuters that called for a net loss of $0.38 per share on $304.3 million in revenue. The same period from last year had a net loss of $0.24 per share on $316 million in revenue.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Friday afternoon, the information technology shares rose 1.9 percent. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included Pandora Media, Inc. (NYSE: P), up 23 percent, and Super Micro Computer, Inc. (NASDAQ: SMCI) up 16 percent.

Top 10 Stocks To Buy Right Now: Minerals Technologies Inc.(MTX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

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  • [By Shane Hupp]

    LSB Industries (NYSE: LXU) and Minerals Technologies (NYSE:MTX) are both multi-sector conglomerates companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, valuation, earnings, dividends, risk, analyst recommendations and institutional ownership.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Minerals Technologies (NYSE: MTX) and LSB Industries (NYSE:LXU) are both basic materials companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, valuation, institutional ownership, risk, earnings, dividends and profitability.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Minerals Technologies (NYSE: MTX) and Lsb Industries (NYSE:LXU) are both basic materials companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, institutional ownership, risk, dividends, earnings, profitability and analyst recommendations.

Top 10 Stocks To Buy Right Now: The Hain Celestial Group, Inc.(HAIN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Hain Celestial Group (NASDAQ:HAIN) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, May 8th. The company reported $0.37 EPS for the quarter, missing the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.47 by ($0.10). Hain Celestial Group had a net margin of 2.81% and a return on equity of 8.32%. The company had revenue of $632.72 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $746.48 million. During the same quarter last year, the company posted $0.35 EPS. The firm’s quarterly revenue was up 7.5% on a year-over-year basis. equities analysts expect that Hain Celestial Group Inc will post 1.16 earnings per share for the current year.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Cubist Systematic Strategies LLC raised its stake in Hain Celestial Group Inc (NASDAQ:HAIN) by 80.5% during the first quarter, HoldingsChannel reports. The institutional investor owned 18,018 shares of the company’s stock after buying an additional 8,036 shares during the period. Cubist Systematic Strategies LLC’s holdings in Hain Celestial Group were worth $578,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

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  • [By Brian Stoffel]

    Here are the 10 stocks that I think are in the most trouble. Below, I’ll get into how each of them stacks up against these three metrics.

    Company Ticker Main Brands
    Procter & Gamble (NYSE:PG) Tide, Pampers, Old Spice, Gillette
    PepsiCo (NASDAQ:PEP) Pepsi, Tostitos, Aquafina, Quaker Oats
    Coca-Cola (NYSE:KO) Coke, Sprite, Dasani, Minute Maid
    Tyson Foods (NYSE:TSN) Tyson, Jimmy Dean, Hillshire, Sara Lee
    Mondelez (NASDAQ:MDLZ) Oreo, Nabsico, Triscuit, Ritz, Cadbury
    General Mills (NYSE:GIS) Cheerios, Betty Crocker, Pillsbury
    Colgate-Palmolive (NYSE:CL) Colgate, Speedstick, Palmolive, Softsoap
    Kellogg (NYSE:K) Mini-Wheats, Pop-Tarts, Eggos
    Dean Foods (NYSE:DF) Dean, LandOLakes, Organic Valley
    Hain Celestial (NASDAQ:HAIN) Celestial Teas, Arrowhead Mills

    Data source: Company websites.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Hain Celestial Group (NASDAQ:HAIN)’s share price reached a new 52-week high and low during mid-day trading on Thursday . The company traded as low as $25.67 and last traded at $26.09, with a volume of 40483 shares. The stock had previously closed at $25.97.

Top 10 Stocks To Buy Right Now: Estee Lauder Companies, Inc. (EL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Est茅e Lauder Companies (NYSE:EL)‘s stock had its “buy” rating reiterated by Wells Fargo in a note issued to investors on Monday. They currently have a $168.00 price objective on the stock. Wells Fargo’s target price points to a potential upside of 13.61% from the company’s previous close.

  • [By Motley Fool Staff]

    The Industry Focusteam concludes its discussion ofUlta Beauty (NASDAQ:ULTA)with a look at the company’s tight margin structure — from the cost of running physical stores — and how that stacks up against profitability at fellow skincare and cosmetics leader Est茅e Lauder(NYSE:EL).

  • [By Motley Fool Staff]

    The cast reaches for the mailbag in this segment fromIndustry Focus: Consumer Goods. Listener Joseph wants to know whyEst茅e Lauder (NYSE:EL)andUlta Beauty (NASDAQ:ULTA), both leading names in the skincare and cosmetics industry, have seen their stocks move in opposite directions over the past year.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Estee Lauder Companies Inc (NYSE:EL) shares gapped down before the market opened on Monday . The stock had previously closed at $156.97, but opened at $152.93. Estee Lauder Companies shares last traded at $145.62, with a volume of 2849125 shares trading hands.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Est茅e Lauder Companies (NYSE:EL) had its target price cut by Stifel Nicolaus from $160.00 to $150.00 in a report released on Thursday morning. They currently have a buy rating on the stock.

  • [By Jon C. Ogg]

    Estee Lauder Companies Inc. (NYSE: EL) was started as Outperform with a $170 price target (versus a $147.88 close) at Evercore ISI.

    Intuit Inc. (NASDAQ: INTU) was downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight with a $160 price target (versus a $190.54 close) at First Analysis. Credit Suisse maintained its Outperform rating but raised its target price to $215 from $195.

Top 10 Stocks To Buy Right Now: Ascent Capital Group, Inc.(ASCMA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Get a free copy of the Zacks research report on Ascent Capital Group Inc Series A (ASCMA)

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  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Get a free copy of the Zacks research report on Ascent Capital Group Inc Series A (ASCMA)

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

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    News stories about Ascent Capital Group Inc Series A (NASDAQ:ASCMA) have trended somewhat negative on Wednesday, Accern Sentiment Analysis 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 closest to one being the most favorable. Ascent Capital Group Inc Series A earned a news sentiment score of -0.02 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news coverage about the industrial products company an impact score of 46.5362897974896 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the next several days.

  • [By Alexander Bird]

    Here are the top performers from last week…

    Penny Stock Current Share Price Last Week’s Gain
    Aegean Marine Petroleum Network Inc. (NYSE: ANW) $1.83 165.71%
    Radisys Corp. (Nasdaq: RSYS) $1.55 115.68%
    Ascent Capital Group Inc. (Nasdaq: ASCMA) $3.71 43.12%
    Adamis Pharmaceuticals Corp. (Nasdaq: ADMP) $4.36 40.63%
    Tintri Inc. (Nasdaq: TNTR) $0.18 40.49%
    Prana Biotechnology Ltd. (Nasdaq: PRAN) $2.35 39.96%
    Micronet Enertec Technologies Inc. (Nasdaq: MICT) $1.60 39.40%
    Corindus Vascular Robotics (NYSE: CVRS) $1.17 34.40%
    ParkerVision Inc. (Nasdaq: PRKR) $0.70 30.65%
    SuperCom Ltd. (Nasdaq: SPCB) $0.24 30.10%

    While these gains are exciting, they pale in comparison to the profit potential of our top penny stock to buy this week.

Top 10 Stocks To Buy Right Now: Bankwell Financial Group, Inc.(BWFG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Get a free copy of the Zacks research report on Bankwell Financial Gr (BWFG)

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  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Research analysts at Boenning Scattergood started coverage on shares of Bankwell Financial Group (NASDAQ:BWFG) in a report issued on Thursday, The Fly reports. The firm set an “outperform” rating on the bank’s stock.

financial trading

Shares of social media icon Twitter Inc (NYSE:TWTR) are under pressure Thursday, reversing early gains to move into negative territory on heavy volume in the twelfth hour. The losses are modest at this point, with TWTR stock down about 1.1% as of this writing.

What’s dangerous about the situation, however, is that the move is testing the March 22 intraday low, which continues a downtrend pattern that’s been in place since December. This sets up a critical test of support from the May/June lows of 2016.

If the bulls cannot or will not step up right here, right now, we could be on the verge of a breakdown to a fresh post-IPO low for TWTR stock as the company continues to battle uneven leadership, tepid user growth metrics and an ongoing struggle to define and improve its user experience.

financial trading: Live Nation Entertainment, Inc.(LYV)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Motley Fool Staff]

    Stock No. 5: That leads us to our “L” stock, and L is Live Nation (NYSE:LYV). This is the company that was formed by a merger of Live Nation, the concert venue and rock-star-promoting business that it is. So many musicians, today, of course, make most of their money on tours, since the sale of CDs, you might have noticed, has dropped off a cliff in recent years. Live Nation, then, bought a merger with Ticketmaster, so this is the company that sells you the tickets to come into its venues to watch the entertainment that it’s promoting. It’s a tremendously powerful model.

  • [By Motley Fool Staff]

    Right now, it’s time for that yearly review of the ones he picked to honor the month, and also the briefly famous pregnant giraffe: five companies, and the first letters of their tickers spelled out A-P-R-I-L. They were Axon Enterprise(NASDAQ:AAXN), Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacific(NYSE:PAC), ResMed(NYSE:RMD), Intuitive Surgical (NASDAQ:ISRG), and Live Nation(NYSE:LYV).

  • [By Anders Bylund]

    World-leading event organizer and ticker seller Live Nation Entertainment Inc. (NYSE:LYV) reported first-quarter results on Thursday. The company posted 19% top-line growth and 76% higher cash flows, and management is leaning on rock festivals and amphitheater shows to fuel further growth.

  • [By Anders Bylund]

    Shares of Live Nation Entertainment (NYSE:LYV) closed 12.5% higher on Friday, following the release of strong first-quarter results. Earlier in the day, share prices jumped as much as 14.9% higher.

financial trading: Jazz Pharmaceuticals Inc.(JAZZ)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Swiss National Bank trimmed its holdings in shares of Jazz Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:JAZZ) by 13.2% during the 1st quarter, according to its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The institutional investor owned 192,000 shares of the specialty pharmaceutical company’s stock after selling 29,100 shares during the quarter. Swiss National Bank owned 0.32% of Jazz Pharmaceuticals worth $28,990,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    This top company is a favorite across Wall Street.Jazz Pharmaceuticals PLC (NASDAQ: JAZZ) is a biopharmaceutical company that identifies, develops and commercializes pharmaceutical products for various medical needs in the United States, Europe and elsewhere. The company has a portfolio of products and product candidates with a focus in the areas of sleep and hematology/oncology.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

     

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

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Jazz Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:JAZZ) was downgraded by equities research analysts at BidaskClub from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report issued on Friday.

financial trading: Inter Parfums, Inc.(IPAR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    ILLEGAL ACTIVITY NOTICE: “Inter Parfums (IPAR) Reaches New 12-Month High and Low at $49.35” was posted by Ticker Report and is owned by of Ticker Report. If you are reading this news story on another domain, it was stolen and republished in violation of U.S. & international trademark & copyright law. The original version of this news story can be read at https://www.tickerreport.com/banking-finance/3365494/inter-parfums-ipar-reaches-new-12-month-high-and-low-at-49-35.html.

financial trading: Sims Metal Management Limited(SMS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Speed Mining Service (CURRENCY:SMS) traded 4.2% higher against the dollar during the 24 hour period ending at 0:00 AM E.T. on May 20th. One Speed Mining Service token can now be purchased for $16.33 or 0.00192074 BTC on cryptocurrency exchanges including CoinExchange and HitBTC. Speed Mining Service has a market capitalization of $1.71 million and $413.00 worth of Speed Mining Service was traded on exchanges in the last 24 hours. Over the last seven days, Speed Mining Service has traded 4.2% lower against the dollar.

financial trading: The Navigators Group, Inc.(NAVG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

     

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

financial trading: Ascent Capital Group, Inc.(ASCMA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Ascent Capital Group (NASDAQ: ASCMA) and Applied DNA Sciences (NASDAQ:APDN) are both small-cap industrial products companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, valuation, dividends, risk, profitability, earnings and institutional ownership.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Get a free copy of the Zacks research report on Ascent Capital Group (ASCMA)

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Top 5 Heal Care Stocks To Own For 2018

What a difference a day makes! Yesterday the talk of the town was OPEC was not going to come to an agreement on production cuts. Oil was trading off up to 4% as both CNBC and Bloomberg had analyst come on set renewing bearish calls with some saying oil would trade back into the $20s.

Oil stocks sold off trapping emboldened shorts, twelve hours later and an agreement to cut 1.2M barrels a day. While the agreement means next to nothing, it has a psychological effect that is powerful.

Investors woke up this morning to oil trading up 7% from down nearly 4% yesterday. That is an 11% swing and a boon to US shale drillers. Chesapeake Energy (NYSE:CHK) is my favorite beta play as I now believe the stock will see the $10 range if this trend continues.

Is today a sell the news event?

That is the billion dollar question that all investors want to know. My simple answer is it depends on the stock. In the case of Chesapeake Energy, I say no. Yesterday’s open was a good time to buy in the low $6 range as that may have marked the bottom of the next leg up in the rally.

Top 5 Heal Care Stocks To Own For 2018: Ascent Capital Group, Inc.(ASCMA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Ascent Capital Group (NASDAQ: ASCMA) and Applied DNA Sciences (NASDAQ:APDN) are both small-cap industrial products companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, valuation, dividends, risk, profitability, earnings and institutional ownership.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Get a free copy of the Zacks research report on Ascent Capital Group (ASCMA)

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

Top 5 Heal Care Stocks To Own For 2018: Helen of Troy Limited(HELE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Deer Consumer Products (OTCMKTS: DEER) and Helen of Troy (NASDAQ:HELE) are both consumer discretionary companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, profitability, valuation, analyst recommendations, dividends, earnings and risk.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Helen of Troy (NASDAQ:HELE) was downgraded by equities researchers at BidaskClub from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report released on Saturday.

Top 5 Heal Care Stocks To Own For 2018: Apple Hospitality REIT, Inc.(APLE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    Apple Hospitality REIT Inc. (NYSE: APLE) owns one of the largest portfolios of upscale, select-service hotels in the United States.Investors are paid a generous 6.67% yield. The shares traded at $17.95 early Thursday, in a 52-week range of $16.72 to $21.90.The consensus price objective is $19.25.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Get a free copy of the Zacks research report on Apple Hospitality REIT (APLE)

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

Top 5 Heal Care Stocks To Own For 2018: Immunomedics, Inc.(IMMU)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Teachers Advisors LLC increased its position in shares of Immunomedics (NASDAQ:IMMU) by 14.9% in the 4th quarter, HoldingsChannel reports. The firm owned 211,706 shares of the biopharmaceutical company’s stock after purchasing an additional 27,385 shares during the period. Teachers Advisors LLC’s holdings in Immunomedics were worth $3,421,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

Top 5 Heal Care Stocks To Own For 2018: Patrick Industries, Inc.(PATK)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Genprex, Inc. (NASDAQ: GNPX) shares gained 86.76 percent to close at $11.00 on Thursday.
    Comstock Resources, Inc. (NYSE: CRK) shares climbed 47.06 percent to close at $7.00 after the company disclosed a deal with Arkoma Drilling L.P. and Williston Drilling, L.P. to buy oil & gas properties in North Dakota. Comstock announced withdrawal of tender offers for outstanding secured notes.
    Ceridian HCM Holding Inc. (NASDAQ: CDAY) gained 41.86 percent to close at $31.21.
    MarineMax, Inc. (NYSE: HZO) shares rose 26.5 percent to close at $22.20 as the company posted upbeat Q2 results and raised its FY18 outlook.
    Concord Medical Services Holdings Limited (NYSE: CCM) jumped 24.92 percent to close at $4.06.
    Mattersight Corporation (NASDAQ: MATR) shares climbed 23.26 percent to close at $2.65 after the company agreed to be purchased by NICE Ltd.
    Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. (NYSE: CMG) rose 24.44 percent to close at $422.50 as the company reported stronger-than-expected results for its first quarter on Wednesday.
    Ultra Clean Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: UCTT) gained 17.75 percent to close at $18.64 following upbeat Q1 earnings.
    PCM, Inc. (NASDAQ: PCMI) rose 16.59 percent to close at $12.30 following Q1 results.
    Zymeworks Inc. (NASDAQ: ZYME) rose 16.06 percent to close at $15.25.
    Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: ALXN) shares climbed 14.5 percent to close at $121.42 as the company posted reported Q1 beat And raised FY18 outlook.
    Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMD) shares gained 13.7 percent to close at $11.04 as the company reported upbeat results for its first quarter.
    Axsome Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: AXSM) rose 13.21 percent to close at $3.00 after the company disclosed a positive outcome of the interim analysis of STRIDE-1 Phase 3 trial of AXS-05 in treatment resistant depression.
    O'Reilly Automotive, Inc. (NASDAQ: ORLY) jumped 13.06 percent to close at $257.40 following upbeat Q1 profit.
    BioTelemetry,
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    LCI Industries (LCII) fell 5% on the day. Patrick Industries Inc. (PATK) dropped 4.24%. Thor Industries Inc. (THO) tanked 9.83%. Winnebago Industries Inc. (WGO) fell 8.85%. 

  • [By Max Byerly]

    News stories about Patrick Industries (NASDAQ:PATK) have trended positive recently, according to Accern Sentiment. The research group identifies positive and negative media coverage by monitoring more than twenty million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Patrick Industries earned a news sentiment score of 0.36 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news articles about the construction company an impact score of 48.3121750669942 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the next several days.

Best China Stocks To Own For 2018

As the year comes to a close, it’s fitting that the week in solar was dominated by the kind of large, macro trends that seem to move and shake the solar industry every few months. But unlike 2015, when we had Nevada upend net metering in the final hours of the year, most of the news from the solar industry is positive at the end of 2016. There are still some challenges looking forward, but policy seems to be favoring solar energy in the long term.

Image source: Getty Images.

China resets renewable energy prices

One of the biggest drivers of solar growth in 2016 was China’s feed-in tariff rates. A feed-in tariff drove an estimated 13 GW of solar installations in the first half of the year before being reset in the second half. Now feed-in tariff rates will fall another 19% for 2017, and China has lowered its 2020 installation target from 150 GW to a minimum of 105 GW.

Best China Stocks To Own For 2018: Denison Mine Corp(DNN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    Last Thursday, small cap uranium mining stock Denison Mines Corp (NYSEAMERICAN: DNN), which is alsofocused on the Athabasca Basin of Saskatchewan, reported 2017 earnings and gave its outlook for 2018 with the outlook coming with extensive commentary about the uranium market and Athabasca. David Cates, the President and CEO of Denison Mines Corp,gave the following commentary:

Best China Stocks To Own For 2018: Ascent Capital Group, Inc.(ASCMA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Get a free copy of the Zacks research report on Ascent Capital Group (ASCMA)

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

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Ascent Capital Group (NASDAQ: ASCMA) and Applied DNA Sciences (NASDAQ:APDN) are both small-cap industrial products companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, valuation, dividends, risk, profitability, earnings and institutional ownership.

Best China Stocks To Own For 2018: Horizon Global Corporation(HZN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Horizon Global (NYSE:HZN) has earned an average rating of “Hold” from the ten research firms that are presently covering the stock, Marketbeat Ratings reports. Three equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, three have issued a hold rating and three have given a buy rating to the company. The average 1-year price target among brokerages that have issued ratings on the stock in the last year is $15.08.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

     

    Losers
    Heat Biologics, Inc. (NASDAQ: HTBX) shares tumbled 48.59 percent to close at $1.275 on Thursday after the company priced its $18,000,000 public offering.
    InVivo Therapeutics Holdings Corp. (NASDAQ: NVIV) fell 38.77 percent to close at $8.26 on Thursday.
    Check-Cap Ltd. (NASDAQ: CHEK) shares tumbled 27.43 percent to close at $8.81.
    Achaogen, Inc. (NASDAQ: AKAO) dropped 24.76 percent to close at $11.06 in reaction to a disappointing update from an FDA AdCom panel. The FDA panel voted favorably for the company's Plazcomicin for treatment of adults with complicated urinary tract infections, but also voted against the therapy to be used as a treatment for bloodstream infections.
    Anika Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: ANIK) shares declined 24.68 percent to close at $34.80 after the company posted downbeat quarterly results.
    LSC Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: LKSD) shares fell 24.22 percent to close at $12.64 following wider-than-expected Q1 loss.
    Cardinal Health, Inc. (NYSE: CAH) fell 21.42 percent to close at $50.80 following downbeat quarterly profit.
    Horizon Global Corporation (NYSE: HZN) dropped 20.42 percent to close at $6.00 following downbeat quarterly earnings.
    Hornbeck Offshore Services, Inc. (NYSE: HOS) slipped 20.11 percent to close at $2.90 following wider-than-expected Q1 loss.
    Esperion Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: ESPR) fell 19.28 percent to close at $36.93. Esperion Therapeutics stock lost roughly a third of its value Wednesday after the company reported mixed Phase III results for its leading drug candidate, bempedoic acid. JP Morgan downgraded Esperion Therapeutics from Neutral to Underweight.
    Laredo Petroleum, Inc. (NYSE: LPI) declined 17.77 percent to close at $8.98 after the company reported weaker-than-expected Q1 earnings.
    The Habit Restaurants, Inc. (NASDAQ: HABT) dipped 16.1 percent to close at $8.60 after the company reported downbeat quarterly results.
    Arcadia Biosciences, Inc. (N

  • [By Brian Feroldi]

    Horizon Global(NYSE:HZN)reported its first-quarter results on May 3. The provider ofbranded towing and trailering equipment had already warned investors that it was going through tough times but promised that it would take action to fix its problems.Let’s dig into the company’s results to see if those actions are starting to pay off.

Top Undervalued Stocks To Own For 2019

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Welcome to The Salary Chronicles, where we’re bringing transparency to negotiation and salaries, one story at a time. We ask women to share their experiences negotiating their salary and what their advice is for others doing the same. We share these stories anonymously so they feel comfortable speaking as openly and as freely as possible.

This week we’re speaking with a woman who was in a career rut and felt undervalued. Instead of staying stuck, she worked on improving her whole self, and as a result was offered a job that exceeded the ambitious income goal she had set for herself. 

Title: Management Consultant

Location: Denver, CO

Original Salary: $45k

Negotiated Salary: $80k

What was the situation?

I had been working as a consultant for 4 years and by the end I hated it. The hours were long, I wasn’t making a lot of money, and I didn’t want to move up any further with my company. On the outside, it looked like I had a great career, but deep down I knew it wasn’t a fit.

Top Undervalued Stocks To Own For 2019: UGI Corporation(UGI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Rhumbline Advisers trimmed its stake in shares of UGI Co. (NYSE:UGI) by 2.6% during the first quarter, according to its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The firm owned 299,796 shares of the utilities provider’s stock after selling 7,970 shares during the quarter. Rhumbline Advisers owned about 0.17% of UGI worth $13,317,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Mountain Pacific Investment Advisers Inc. ID reduced its holdings in UGI Co. (NYSE:UGI) by 0.9% during the 1st quarter, HoldingsChannel reports. The fund owned 313,995 shares of the utilities provider’s stock after selling 2,800 shares during the quarter. Mountain Pacific Investment Advisers Inc. ID’s holdings in UGI were worth $13,948,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

Top Undervalued Stocks To Own For 2019: Ascent Capital Group, Inc.(ASCMA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Get a free copy of the Zacks research report on Ascent Capital Group (ASCMA)

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

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Ascent Capital Group (NASDAQ: ASCMA) and Applied DNA Sciences (NASDAQ:APDN) are both small-cap industrial products companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, valuation, dividends, risk, profitability, earnings and institutional ownership.

Top Undervalued Stocks To Own For 2019: Ultra Clean Holdings, Inc.(UCTT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Genprex, Inc. (NASDAQ: GNPX) shares gained 86.76 percent to close at $11.00 on Thursday.
    Comstock Resources, Inc. (NYSE: CRK) shares climbed 47.06 percent to close at $7.00 after the company disclosed a deal with Arkoma Drilling L.P. and Williston Drilling, L.P. to buy oil & gas properties in North Dakota. Comstock announced withdrawal of tender offers for outstanding secured notes.
    Ceridian HCM Holding Inc. (NASDAQ: CDAY) gained 41.86 percent to close at $31.21.
    MarineMax, Inc. (NYSE: HZO) shares rose 26.5 percent to close at $22.20 as the company posted upbeat Q2 results and raised its FY18 outlook.
    Concord Medical Services Holdings Limited (NYSE: CCM) jumped 24.92 percent to close at $4.06.
    Mattersight Corporation (NASDAQ: MATR) shares climbed 23.26 percent to close at $2.65 after the company agreed to be purchased by NICE Ltd.
    Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. (NYSE: CMG) rose 24.44 percent to close at $422.50 as the company reported stronger-than-expected results for its first quarter on Wednesday.
    Ultra Clean Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: UCTT) gained 17.75 percent to close at $18.64 following upbeat Q1 earnings.
    PCM, Inc. (NASDAQ: PCMI) rose 16.59 percent to close at $12.30 following Q1 results.
    Zymeworks Inc. (NASDAQ: ZYME) rose 16.06 percent to close at $15.25.
    Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: ALXN) shares climbed 14.5 percent to close at $121.42 as the company posted reported Q1 beat And raised FY18 outlook.
    Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMD) shares gained 13.7 percent to close at $11.04 as the company reported upbeat results for its first quarter.
    Axsome Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: AXSM) rose 13.21 percent to close at $3.00 after the company disclosed a positive outcome of the interim analysis of STRIDE-1 Phase 3 trial of AXS-05 in treatment resistant depression.
    O'Reilly Automotive, Inc. (NASDAQ: ORLY) jumped 13.06 percent to close at $257.40 following upbeat Q1 profit.
    BioTelemetry,
  • [By Evan Niu, CFA]

    Shares of Ultra Clean Holdings (NASDAQ:UCTT) have skyrocketed today, up by 17% as of 12 p.m. EDT, after the company reportedfirst-quarter earnings. Its bottom-line profit easily toppedanalyst expectations.

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Comstock Resources, Inc. (NYSE: CRK) shares shot up 52 percent to $7.235 after the company disclosed a deal with Arkoma Drilling L.P. and Williston Drilling, L.P. to buy oil & gas properties in North Dakota. Comstock announced withdrawal of tender offers for outstanding secured notes.
    MarineMax, Inc. (NYSE: HZO) shares gained 24.2 percent to $21.80 as the company posted upbeat Q2 results and raised its FY18 outlook.
    Mattersight Corporation (NASDAQ: MATR) shares rose 22 percent to $2.625 after the company agreed to be purchased by NICE Ltd.
    Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. (NYSE: CMG) jumped 21.3 percent to $411.871 as the company reported stronger-than-expected results for its first quarter on Wednesday.
    Axsome Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: AXSM) rose 17 percent to $3.10 after the company disclosed a positive outcome of the interim analysis of STRIDE-1 Phase 3 trial of AXS-05 in treatment resistant depression.
    Ultra Clean Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: UCTT) rose 15.9 percent to $18.34 following upbeat Q1 earnings.
    PCM, Inc. (NASDAQ: PCMI) gained 15.6 percent to $12.20 following Q1 results.
    O'Reilly Automotive, Inc. (NASDAQ: ORLY) surged 14.4 percent to $260.3901 following upbeat Q1 profit.
    Concord Medical Services Holdings Limited (NYSE: CCM) gained 13.8 percent to $3.70.
    Penn National Gaming, Inc. (NASDAQ: PENN) rose 13.5 percent to $29.815 after reporting strong Q1 results.
    BioTelemetry, Inc. (NASDAQ: BEAT) rose 13.5 percent to $38.30 as the company reported stronger-than-expected earnings for its first quarter.
    Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMD) shares rose 13.1 percent to $10.985 as the company reported upbeat results for its first quarter.
    SJW Group (NYSE: SJW) shares gained 11.8 percent to $63.59 following Q1 results. California Water Service Group made an offer for SJW.
    Churchill Downs Incorporated (NASDAQ: CHDN) climbed 9.8 percent to $278.40 following Q1 results.
    CYS Investments, Inc. (NYSE: CYS)

Top Undervalued Stocks To Own For 2019: MarineMax, Inc.(HZO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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

    MarineMax, Inc. (NYSE:HZO) EVP Charles A. Cashman sold 25,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Monday, May 7th. The stock was sold at an average price of $22.92, for a total value of $573,000.00. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through the SEC website.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    MarineMax, Inc. (NYSE: HZO) shares were also up, gaining 24 percent to $21.80 as the company posted upbeat Q2 results and raised its FY18 outlook.

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Wynn Resorts’ (NASDAQ:WYNN) first quarterly report without founder Steve Wynn as CEO — or even owning any shares of the casino resort operator — went about as well as it could have. The sexual misconduct allegations against Steve Wynn don’t seem to have caused any disruption to the business in the U.S., and Wynn Resorts continued to take market share from competitors in Macau.

While a cloud still hangs over the fate of Wynn’s $2.5 billion Boston Harbor project, a good quarter is a nice distraction for investors. Here’s a look at the highlights, and some analysis of why revenue and earnings may only get better.

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Wynn was the star of the show

In Macau, the benchmark one must compare earnings to is the 19.1% growth of gaming revenue overall in the region. That’s the rising tide lifting all boats (or casinos) in the Chinese territory.

Best Casino Stocks To Watch For 2018: Ascent Capital Group, Inc.(ASCMA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Get a free copy of the Zacks research report on Ascent Capital Group (ASCMA)

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  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Ascent Capital Group (NASDAQ: ASCMA) and Applied DNA Sciences (NASDAQ:APDN) are both small-cap industrial products companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, valuation, dividends, risk, profitability, earnings and institutional ownership.

Best Casino Stocks To Watch For 2018: THL Credit, Inc.(TCRD)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

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

Best Casino Stocks To Watch For 2018: Celyad SA(CYAD)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Genprex, Inc. (NASDAQ: GNPX) jumped 46.7 percent to $16.1331. The low-float small-cap clinical stage gene therapy company saw its stock rally nearly 150 percent from Monday through Thursday. Formal news hasn't been announced this week that would support a triple-digit percentage rally (including more than 200 percent at one point on Thursday) but the quiet period following its initial public offering will expire on May 8.
    Celyad SA (NASDAQ: CYAD) shares gained 24.7 percent to $36.17. Celyad reported the publication of THINK study case report of CYAD-01 Induced Complete Remission in relapsed/refractory AML patient in haematologica.
    DMC Global Inc. (NASDAQ: BOOM) shares jumped 23.2 percent to $39.00 after the company reported upbeat Q1 results and issued upbeat Q2 guidance.
    eHealth, Inc. (NASDAQ: EHTH) gained 21.8 percent to $19.58 as the company posted upbeat Q1 results.
    Enova International, Inc. (NYSE: ENVA) climbed 20.4 percent to $27.20 following Q1 results.
    SVB Financial Group (NASDAQ: SIVB) shares jumped 18.2 percent to $304.135 following strong quarterly results.
    Knowles Corporation (NYSE: KN) gained 13.9 percent to $12.70 as the company reported Q1 results.
    Zymeworks Inc. (NYSE: ZYME) gained 13.8 percent to $17.36.
    Cocrystal Pharma, Inc. (NASDAQ: COCP) rose 11.8 percent to $2.336 after declining 25.09 percent on Thursday.
    ImmunoGen, Inc. (NASDAQ: IMGN) shares surged 11.7 percent to $11.75 after the company announced 'successful completion of interim analysis' for FORWARD I Phase 3 mirvetuximab soravtansine trial.
    Eloxx Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: ELOX) gained 9.5 percent to $12.70.
    Expedia Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: EXPE) shares rose 8.5 percent to $115.3801 after the company reported stronger-than-expected earnings for its first quarter on Thursday.
    Sprint Corporation (NYSE: S) shares rose 8.3 percent to $6.50. The stock moved higher after a Reuters report suggested ongoing merger talks with T-M

Best Casino Stocks To Watch For 2018: Dover Corporation(DOV)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Dover Co. (NYSE:DOV) shares fell 0.4% during trading on Thursday . The stock traded as low as $75.74 and last traded at $76.69. 47,494 shares changed hands during trading, a decline of 97% from the average session volume of 1,892,556 shares. The stock had previously closed at $77.02.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The stock posting the largest daily percentage gain in the S&P 500 ahead of the close Tuesday was Dover Corp. (NYSE: DOV) which rose about 4% to $103.82. The stocks 52-week range is $76.23 to $109.06. Volume was 4.7 million compared to the daily average volume of 1.1 million.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The S&P 500 stock posting the largest daily percentage loss ahead of the close Wednesday was Dover Corp. (NYSE: DOV) which traded down about 18% at $76.68. The stocks 52-week range is $75.88 to $109.06. Volume was 3.7 million compared to the daily average volume of 1.6 million.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Pzena Investment Management LLC decreased its stake in shares of Dover Co. (NYSE:DOV) by 3.2% in the first quarter, according to the company in its most recent Form 13F filing with the SEC. The fund owned 5,753,153 shares of the industrial products company’s stock after selling 189,522 shares during the quarter. Dover comprises about 2.9% of Pzena Investment Management LLC’s portfolio, making the stock its 4th largest holding. Pzena Investment Management LLC owned approximately 3.72% of Dover worth $565,075,000 as of its most recent filing with the SEC.

  • [By Daniel Miller]

    Depending on what numbers or charts you’re viewing, it might appear that Dover Corporation (NYSE:DOV), an industrial conglomerate operating in multiple business segments, has shed roughly 18% of its value overnight. But fear not, Dover merely completed the spinoff of Apergy (UNKNOWN:UNKNOWN).

Top 10 High Tech Stocks For 2018

Universal Health Services (UHS) tumbled to the bottom of the S&P 500 today after BuzzFeed published an investigative story alleging that the company’s psychiatric hospitals put profits ahead of people.

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Shares of Universal Health Services dropped 12% to$111.30 today, while the S&P 500 rose 1.3% to 2,241.35, a record high.

Universal Health Services’ stock had been minding its business for most of the day–it was up 1.1% at $127.76 at 3:10 p.m. today–when the story by BuzzFeed’s Rosalind Adams went live. Here’s the gist:

Millwood Hospital is part of Americas largest psychiatric hospital chain, Universal Health Services, or UHS. Its more than 200 psychiatric facilities across the country admitted nearly 450,000 patients last year. The result was almost $7.5 billion in revenues from inpatient care last year and profit margins of around 30%. More than a third of the companys overall revenue from both medical hospitals and psychiatric facilities comes from taxpayers through Medicare and Medicaid.

Top 10 High Tech Stocks For 2018: Fortress Investment Group LLC(FIG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    The stock market continued to climb sharply on Wednesday, sending major market benchmarks to record highs yet again and propelling the Dow Jones Industrials up more than 100 points. Economic data continued to support the notion that the U.S. economy remains strong, and rising inflation levels led many to conclude that the Federal Reserve is more likely than ever to follow through on its promise to keep lifting short-term interest rates in 2017. Rising bond yields reflected investors’ reluctance to hold onto fixed-income investments in anticipation of higher rates, prompting some to shift assets into the stock market. Several companies also reported, andFortress Investment Group (NYSE:FIG), Editas Medicine (NASDAQ:EDIT), and Hertz Global Holdings (NYSE:HTZ) were among the top performers on the day. Below, we’ll look more closely at these stocks to tell you why they did so well.

Top 10 High Tech Stocks For 2018: USG Corporation(USG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    ValuEngine upgraded shares of USG (NYSE:USG) from a buy rating to a strong-buy rating in a report published on Tuesday.

    A number of other research analysts have also recently weighed in on the stock. Credit Suisse Group upgraded shares of USG from an underperform rating to a neutral rating and dropped their target price for the company from $35.00 to $24.00 in a research note on Friday, April 27th. Jefferies Group reiterated a hold rating and issued a $40.00 target price on shares of USG in a research note on Monday, April 23rd. SunTrust Banks boosted their target price on shares of USG from $42.00 to $44.00 and gave the company a hold rating in a research note on Tuesday, April 17th. Buckingham Research boosted their target price on shares of USG from $34.00 to $42.00 and gave the company a neutral rating in a research note on Monday, April 16th. Finally, Nomura boosted their target price on shares of USG from $39.00 to $44.00 and gave the company a neutral rating in a research note on Tuesday, March 27th. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, ten have issued a hold rating, four have assigned a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the stock. The stock currently has a consensus rating of Hold and an average price target of $39.00.

  • [By Jon C. Ogg]

    USG Corp. (NYSE: USG) was reiterated as Hold but the price target was raised to $35 from $29 (versus a $34.23 close) at Jefferies.

    Thursday’s top analyst upgrades and downgradesincluded Biogen, Goldcorp, GoPro, Oracle, Sirius XM, Tyson Foods, Ciena and many more.

  • [By Jordan Wathen]

    As USG Corporation (NYSE:USG) drags its feet on an offer to sell the company for $42 per share, Berkshire intends to use its 30.8% ownership stake to motivate its top brass to make a deal. Berkshire told Bloomberg it intends to vote its shares against USG’s board members who are up for re-election at this year’s annual meeting, a clear message that Buffett is ready to cash in, even if USG’s management and board are not.

  • [By The Ticker Tape]

    Homebuilders like Lennar, PulteGroup, Inc. (NYSE: PHM), and D.R. Horton, Inc. (NYSE: DHI) could benefit from a strengthening housing recovery. If you’re bullish on housing, you might want to take a step back and think about other companies in that space. Home improvement stores like Home Depot Inc (NYSE: HD) and Lowe's Companies, Inc. (NYSE: LOW) could get a boost as well as companies that supply products for new homes like Whirlpool Corporation (NYSE: WHR) and USG Corporation(NYSE: USG).

Top 10 High Tech Stocks For 2018: TESARO, Inc.(TSRO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Todd Campbell]

    The PARP battle is on. Following news that AstraZeneca’s (NYSE:AZN) PARP-inhibiting cancer drug Lynparza delivered a big win in phase 3 studies, all eyes now shift to how a potential Food and Drug Administration approval for Lynparza will reshape the commercial opportunity for competitor Tesaro Inc. (NASDAQ:TSRO).

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Shares of Tesaro (TSRO) are soaring today after the biotech company reported positive data for its treatment of ovarian cancer over the weekend. Credit Suisse analyst Alethia Young and team contend that “M&A remains in focus” for Tesaro following the data:

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    We are increasing our target price to $122 from $90 as we move to an M&A DCF valuation. We were at ESMO this weekend, and we believe the big takeaway on Tesaro data is that it works broadly in all 2L ovarian populations and safety looks solid. We also think the robustness of this data bodes well from PRIMA and QUADRA but are maintaining our POS here. We have looked at our model and also adjusted durations in first-line. We think Tesaro remains one of the most attractive and de-risked cancer assets in our landscape and the company has been cited in major press sources as a takeout target (Bloomberg, Investor Business Daily).

    We think M&A remains in focus for Tesaro. Our M&A DCF valuations range from $122 to $157 by our model. We have also built models for other cancers like NSCLC, SCLC, prostate, and others where PARP might be impactful. We assume 0% POS for now but we conservatively see at least another $1B in sales from PARP expansion. Tesaro has been cited in the press as a potential M&A target and is a company we frequently hear mentioned as a target from our conversations. We think the demand for late stage oncology assets is high, especially in the PARP space given the potential for activity across a range of tumors. For a large Pharma player who already has an oncology salesforce and large R&D infrastructure we could see SG&A synergies of 50-75% and R&D synergies of 15-30%. In our base case TSRO P&L we model a tax rate of 30% so there could be synergies here as well. Two additional key swing factors which might be included in a CVR are how much expansion from PARP in other cancers and immuno-oncology…

    Ex M&A,

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Guggenheim’s Tony Butler and Kaitlin Sandor argue that Gilead Sciences (GILD) should buy Syndax Pharmaceuticals (SNDX), Corvus Pharmaceuticals (CRVS), and Tesaro (TSRO) to solve its problem of slowing sales:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Tesaro Inc. (NASDAQ: TSRO) traded down about 10% Tuesday and posted a new 52-week low of $74.57 after Friday at $82.87. The 52-week high is $192.94. Volume was about 2 million, more than double the daily average of around 870,000 million shares. The maker of cancer therapeutics had no specific news.

  • [By George Budwell]

    Unfortunately for Clovis and its shareholders, though, Astra’s Lynparza is currently underpriority review with the FDA as a maintenance therapy in ovarian cancer, andTesaro’s (NASDAQ:TSRO)rival PARP inhibitor Zejula gained an early approval– along with afar broader label than Rubraca — just this week.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Look out below! Shares of Tesaro (TSRO) have dropped more than 10% this afternoon after AstraZeneca (AZN) released stronger-than-expected Phase 3 trial data on a its ovarian cancer treatment.

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    The Street’sAdam Feuerstein has the details on AstraZeneca’s strong data and its impact on Tesaro:

    AstraZeneca’s (AZN) PARP inhibitor Lynparza delayed the recurrence of ovarian cancer by more than two years compared to a placebo, according to results from a phase III study presented Tuesday.

    The strong benefit observed with Lynparza as ovarian cancer maintenance therapy exceeded investor expectations and bolsters AstraZeneca against a competing PARP inhibitor from Tesaro (TSRO).

    Feuerstein also notes that AstraZeneca’s data could be good newsClovis Oncology (CLVS), which also had a PARP inhibitor approved recently, if it means that its drug could work as well as Astra’s.

    In February, Leerink cut Tesaro, arguing that the rally in its shares due to a potential takeover had run too far. Will it still be a takeover target?

    Shares of Tesaro have dropped 14% to $148.01 at 3:28 p.m. today, while AstraZeneca has gained 1.1% to $30.41, and Clovis Oncology has jumped 9.8% to$66.55.

    UPDATE:Piper Jaffray’sSteven Breazzano andJoshua Schimmer note that the AstraZeneca data shows that PARPs are “more similar than different.” They explain:

    This afternoon AstraZeneca (covered by PJC analyst Richard Purkiss) reported the detailed results from the SOLO-2 maintenance study of Lynparza in 2L+ ovarian cancer. The detailed data highlights a PFS benefit of 14 months (investigator assessed, and primary endpoint) and 25 months (blinded central review) over placebo, and favorable hazard ratio of 0.30 and 0.25, respectively, confirming our view that the PARP’s are more similar than different. As such, we believe this provides a favorable readth

Top 10 High Tech Stocks For 2018: Strayer Education, Inc.(STRA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

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

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    Form 4 STRAYER EDUCATION INC For: May 01 Filed by: MILANO TODD A (streetinsider.com) Q2 2018 Earnings Forecast for Strayer Education (STRA) Issued By Piper Jaffray (americanbankingnews.com) Strayer Education (STRA) Price Target Raised to $118.00 (americanbankingnews.com) Strayer Education (STRA) Q1 Earnings Beat, Enrollments Up (msn.com) Edited Transcript of STRA earnings conference call or presentation 2-May-18 2:00pm GMT (finance.yahoo.com)

    A number of brokerages recently weighed in on STRA. BidaskClub upgraded shares of Strayer Education from a “buy” rating to a “strong-buy” rating in a report on Wednesday, April 18th. BMO Capital Markets restated a “buy” rating and set a $107.00 target price on shares of Strayer Education in a report on Wednesday, April 11th. Piper Jaffray upgraded shares of Strayer Education from a “neutral” rating to an “overweight” rating in a report on Monday, March 5th. TheStreet cut shares of Strayer Education from a “b” rating to a “c+” rating in a report on Tuesday, March 13th. Finally, First Analysis upgraded shares of Strayer Education from an “equal weight” rating to an “overweight” rating and raised their target price for the stock from $105.00 to $112.00 in a report on Sunday, March 4th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a hold rating and five have issued a buy rating to the company. Strayer Education presently has an average rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $106.50.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Capella Education Company (NASDAQ: CPLA) got a boost, shooting up 32 percent to $86.60. Strayer Education Inc (NASDAQ: STRA) and Capella Education agreed to an all-stock merger. Capella Education also posted upbeat quarterly earnings.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Thursday, non-cyclical consumer goods & services shares fell by 1.21 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Strayer Education Inc (NASDAQ: STRA), down 13 percent, and MGP Ingredients Inc (NASDAQ: MGPI), down 6 percent.

Top 10 High Tech Stocks For 2018: Ascent Capital Group, Inc.(ASCMA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ian Wyatt, Publisher & Chief Investment Strategist, Wyatt Investment Research]

    Both of these stocks are overlooked, undervalued, and cash flow machines. The companies are Ascent Capital Group (ASCMA) and Covanta Holdings (CVA).

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Tuesday afternoon, the industrial sector proved to be a source of strength for the market. Leading the sector was strength from NL Industries Inc (NYSE: NL) and Ascent Capital Group Inc (NASDAQ: ASCMA).

Top 10 High Tech Stocks For 2018: Euronav NV(EURN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [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

Top 10 High Tech Stocks For 2018: Citrix Systems Inc.(CTXS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Wynn Resortsgained 4.8% to $104.30 today, while the S&P 500 finished little changed at2,373.47. At 2:45, Wynn was easily the top performing stock in the S&P 500, only to be surpassed by Citrix’s (CTXS) late day surge.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The stock posting the largest daily percentage gain in the S&P 500 ahead of the close Monday was Citrix Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CTXS) which jumped 6.8% to $84.93. The stocks 52-week range is $59.72 to $87.99. Volume was 5.19 million which is well above the daily average of around 2.09 million shares.

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    At the beginning of the month, LogMeIn announced the completion of its merger with Citrix Systems, Inc (NASDAQ: CTXS) GetGo, Inc subsidiary.

    In late October, LogMeIn reported 22% third quarter revenue growth to $85.1 million and GAAP net loss was $0.7 million compared to a GAAP net income of $5.6 million. LogMeIn will report its fourth quarter and fiscal year 2016 financial results for the period ended December 31, 2016 following the close of market on February 28.

Top 10 High Tech Stocks For 2018: National Steel Corporation(SID)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Basic materials shares climbed by 1.52 percent in trading on Friday. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included Companhia Siderurgica Nacional (ADR) (NYSE: SID), and Core Molding Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: CMT).

Top 10 High Tech Stocks For 2018: Exelon Corporation(EXC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Analysts are expecting Exelon Corporation (NYSE: EXC) to have earned $0.68 per share on revenue of $7.52 billion in the latest quarter. Exelon shares rose 0.34 percent to close at $35.38 on Thursday.

  • [By Horizon Investments]

    For the past year, Exelon Corp. (EXC) has had a roller coaster ride, with the stock having plummeted 15% since September 2012 – the company had announced a dividend cut of 41%, which led to a drop in the share price. Separately, the recent weak PJM auction prices did not bode well for the company. However, I believe the worst is priced in the stock price, and the company’s management is committed to improving its financial flexibility and cost structure in order to strengthen its financial performance. Also, the company is planning to incur capital expenditure (CAPEX) in the upcoming years, which will result in rate base growth for Exelon.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Utilities shares climbed by 0.64 percent in trading on Friday. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included Exelon Corporation (NYSE: EXC), and FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE: FE).

Top 10 High Tech Stocks For 2018: WD-40 Company(WDFC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    WD-40 Company (NASDAQ: WDFC) is projected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.86 per share on revenue of $99.10 million.

    Hooker Furniture Corporation (NASDAQ: HOFT) is estimated to report its quarterly earnings at $0.40 per share on revenue of $62.20 million.

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    WD-40 Company (NASDAQ: WDFC) reported better-than-expected earnings for its second quarter, but the company missed analysts’ sales estimates. WD-40 shares fell 0.97 percent to $106.00 in the after-hours trading session.

Hot Performing Stocks To Watch For 2019

Source: ThinkstockNovember 17, 2017: The S&P 500 closed down 0.3% at 2,578.79. The DJIA closed down 0.4% at 23,358.21. Separately, the Nasdaq was down 0.2% at 6,782.79.

Friday was a down day for the three major U.S. exchanges after posting an incredible Thursday. Thursdays massive win was propelled by the House passing its tax bill, but it seems that wasnt enough to end Friday positively. Crude oil was positive on the day. The S&P 500 sectors were mostly negative with a few exceptions. The best performing sectors were energy and consumer discretionary, both up 0.5%. The worst performing sectors were utilities and technology, down 0.7% and 0.6%, respectively.

Crude oil was up 2.8% at $56.66.

Hot Performing Stocks To Watch For 2019: Arena Pharmaceuticals, Inc.(ARNA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Arena Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ: ARNA) posted a new 52-week low of $1.20 on Tuesday, down about 19% compared with Monday’s closing price of $1.48. The stock’s 52-week high is $2.16. Volume was about 10% below the daily average of around 3.8 million shares. The company priced a secondary offering of 60 million shares at $1.15 per share, a path guaranteed to enrage existing investors.

  • [By Keith Speights]

    Eisai partnered with Arena Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:ARNA) several years ago on obesity drug Belviq. The drug won U.S. regulatory approval in 2012, but sales have been underwhelming. As a result, Arena sold Belviq to Eisai earlier this year.

  • [By ]

    In the Lightning Round, Cramer was bullish on Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA) , Arena Pharmaceuticals (ARNA) , Dominion Energy (D) , Idexx Laboratories (IDXX) , GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) , Baidu.com (BIDU) , Baozun (BZUN) and Alibaba (BABA) .

  • [By ]

    Arena Pharmaceuticals (Nasdaq: ARNA) has completed Phase 2 evaluation of its Ralinepag program for pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). The drug was granted orphan status by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 2014 which brings faster case review and increased patent protection.

  • [By ]

    Arena Pharmaceuticals (ARNA) : “I like specialty pharma. This is a good one, too.”

    Dominion Energy (D) : “You have to buy it. It’s time to think long-term.”

Hot Performing Stocks To Watch For 2019: Gener8 Maritime, Inc.(GNRT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shanthi Rexaline]

    Frontline might be evaluating a new tanker company target such as Gener8 Maritime Inc (NYSE: GNRT), away from DHT Holdings Inc (NYSE: DHT), Lewis said. This was substantiated by the fact that Frontline sold 1.7 million shares of DHT in March, followed by 2.4 million shares in April and May. Though Frontline holds about 6.8 million shares of DHT, the Credit Suisse analyst said a deal is unlikely.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

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Hot Performing Stocks To Watch For 2019: Cotiviti Holdings, Inc. (COTV)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Scott Rubin]

    Big gainers on the day included Intersil Corp (NASDAQ: ISIL), which jumped 20 percent on news of a buyout, and Medivation (NASDAQ: MDVN), which added 20 percent on a deal with Pfizer (NYSE: PFE) related to its cancer drug. Cotiviti Holdings Inc (NYSE: COTV) lost around 9 percent in the wake of a mid-day sell-off and Marathon Oil Corporation (NYSE: MRO) fell 7 percent in the wake of a management shakeup.

Hot Performing Stocks To Watch For 2019: Ascent Capital Group, Inc.(ASCMA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Tuesday afternoon, the industrial sector proved to be a source of strength for the market. Leading the sector was strength from NL Industries Inc (NYSE: NL) and Ascent Capital Group Inc (NASDAQ: ASCMA).

  • [By Ian Wyatt, Publisher & Chief Investment Strategist, Wyatt Investment Research]

    Both of these stocks are overlooked, undervalued, and cash flow machines. The companies are Ascent Capital Group (ASCMA) and Covanta Holdings (CVA).

Hot Performing Stocks To Watch For 2019: Two Harbors Investments Corp(TWO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Comstock Resources, Inc. (NYSE: CRK) shares shot up 52 percent to $7.235 after the company disclosed a deal with Arkoma Drilling L.P. and Williston Drilling, L.P. to buy oil & gas properties in North Dakota. Comstock announced withdrawal of tender offers for outstanding secured notes.
    MarineMax, Inc. (NYSE: HZO) shares gained 24.2 percent to $21.80 as the company posted upbeat Q2 results and raised its FY18 outlook.
    Mattersight Corporation (NASDAQ: MATR) shares rose 22 percent to $2.625 after the company agreed to be purchased by NICE Ltd.
    Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. (NYSE: CMG) jumped 21.3 percent to $411.871 as the company reported stronger-than-expected results for its first quarter on Wednesday.
    Axsome Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: AXSM) rose 17 percent to $3.10 after the company disclosed a positive outcome of the interim analysis of STRIDE-1 Phase 3 trial of AXS-05 in treatment resistant depression.
    Ultra Clean Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: UCTT) rose 15.9 percent to $18.34 following upbeat Q1 earnings.
    PCM, Inc. (NASDAQ: PCMI) gained 15.6 percent to $12.20 following Q1 results.
    O'Reilly Automotive, Inc. (NASDAQ: ORLY) surged 14.4 percent to $260.3901 following upbeat Q1 profit.
    Concord Medical Services Holdings Limited (NYSE: CCM) gained 13.8 percent to $3.70.
    Penn National Gaming, Inc. (NASDAQ: PENN) rose 13.5 percent to $29.815 after reporting strong Q1 results.
    BioTelemetry, Inc. (NASDAQ: BEAT) rose 13.5 percent to $38.30 as the company reported stronger-than-expected earnings for its first quarter.
    Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMD) shares rose 13.1 percent to $10.985 as the company reported upbeat results for its first quarter.
    SJW Group (NYSE: SJW) shares gained 11.8 percent to $63.59 following Q1 results. California Water Service Group made an offer for SJW.
    Churchill Downs Incorporated (NASDAQ: CHDN) climbed 9.8 percent to $278.40 following Q1 results.
    CYS Investments, Inc. (NYSE: CYS)
  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Axsome Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: AXSM) rose 22.6 percent to $3.25 in pre-market trading after the company disclosed a positive outcome of the interim analysis of STRIDE-1 Phase 3 trial of AXS-05 in treatment resistant depression.
    Mattersight Corporation (NASDAQ: MATR) shares rose 23.2 percent to $2.65 in pre-market trading after the company agreed to be purchased by NICE Ltd.
    Comstock Resources, Inc. (NYSE: CRK) rose 21.2 percent to $5.77 in pre-market trading after the company disclosed a deal to buy oil & gas properties in North Dakota from Arkoma, Williston Drilling for about $620 million. The company also announced withdrawal of tender offers for outstanding secured notes.
    Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. (NYSE: CMG) rose 13.7 percent to $386.00 in pre-market trading as the company reported stronger-than-expected results for its first quarter on Wednesday.
    Quantenna Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: QTNA) shares rose 12.6 percent to $14.70 in pre-market trading. Quantenna is expected to release Q1 results on April 30..
    BioTelemetry, Inc. (NASDAQ: BEAT) rose 11.1 percent to $37.50 in pre-market trading as the company reported stronger-than-expected earnings for its first quarter.
    Penn National Gaming, Inc. (NASDAQ: PENN) rose 10.4 percent to $29.00 in pre-market trading after reporting strong Q1 results.
    O'Reilly Automotive, Inc. (NASDAQ: ORLY) rose 9.8 percent to $250.00 in pre-market trading following upbeat Q1 profit.
    Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMD) shares rose 9.4 percent to $10.62 in pre-market trading as the company reported upbeat results for its first quarter.
    CYS Investments, Inc. (NYSE: CYS) rose 9.1 percent to $7.22 in pre-market trading after the company agreed to be acquired by Two Harbors Investment Corp (NYSE: TWO).
    GNC Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: GNC) rose 8.3 percent to $4.18 in pre-market trading after reporting Q1 results.
    Domino's Pizza, Inc. (NYSE: DPZ) shares rose 7.6 percent to $251.2
  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Genprex, Inc. (NASDAQ: GNPX) shares gained 86.76 percent to close at $11.00 on Thursday.
    Comstock Resources, Inc. (NYSE: CRK) shares climbed 47.06 percent to close at $7.00 after the company disclosed a deal with Arkoma Drilling L.P. and Williston Drilling, L.P. to buy oil & gas properties in North Dakota. Comstock announced withdrawal of tender offers for outstanding secured notes.
    Ceridian HCM Holding Inc. (NASDAQ: CDAY) gained 41.86 percent to close at $31.21.
    MarineMax, Inc. (NYSE: HZO) shares rose 26.5 percent to close at $22.20 as the company posted upbeat Q2 results and raised its FY18 outlook.
    Concord Medical Services Holdings Limited (NYSE: CCM) jumped 24.92 percent to close at $4.06.
    Mattersight Corporation (NASDAQ: MATR) shares climbed 23.26 percent to close at $2.65 after the company agreed to be purchased by NICE Ltd.
    Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. (NYSE: CMG) rose 24.44 percent to close at $422.50 as the company reported stronger-than-expected results for its first quarter on Wednesday.
    Ultra Clean Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: UCTT) gained 17.75 percent to close at $18.64 following upbeat Q1 earnings.
    PCM, Inc. (NASDAQ: PCMI) rose 16.59 percent to close at $12.30 following Q1 results.
    Zymeworks Inc. (NASDAQ: ZYME) rose 16.06 percent to close at $15.25.
    Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: ALXN) shares climbed 14.5 percent to close at $121.42 as the company posted reported Q1 beat And raised FY18 outlook.
    Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMD) shares gained 13.7 percent to close at $11.04 as the company reported upbeat results for its first quarter.
    Axsome Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: AXSM) rose 13.21 percent to close at $3.00 after the company disclosed a positive outcome of the interim analysis of STRIDE-1 Phase 3 trial of AXS-05 in treatment resistant depression.
    O'Reilly Automotive, Inc. (NASDAQ: ORLY) jumped 13.06 percent to close at $257.40 following upbeat Q1 profit.
    BioTelemetry,

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The most striking car revealed at the Tokyo Motor Show didn’t come from Honda or Toyota but from an Italian automaker you may never have heard of.

The company, Iso Rivolta, made very handsome coupes with Corvette engines during the 1950s and ’60s, an era that saw the creation of many of Italy’s most famous automobiles.

The concept car from the now-revived Iso Rivolta looks edgier than the brand’s rather understated classics but it sticks to tradition in terms of power. It has a 997-horsepower modified Corvette V8 engine and a 10-speed transmission.

Designed by the Italian auto design firm Zagato, the Iso Rivolta Vision Gran Turismo will be available to drive in the video game Gran Turismo Sport on the Sony PlayStation 4. As many as five of these cars will be produced in real life for actual customers. There is no word yet on how much each one will cost. But it will, no doubt, be far cheaper to drive one in the video game.

Among more familiar automakers, Toyota (TM) revealed the Fine Comfort Ride concept. Yes. That’s its actual name. The van-shaped vehicle envisions a hydrogen fuel cell-powered luxury car with an emphasis on roominess over slick styling. The car’s body tapers slightly toward the rear for better aerodynamics while maximizing passenger space. Like all fuel cell vehicles, it emits only water vapor as exhaust.

Top Stocks To Buy Right Now: Mitek Systems, Inc.(MITK)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By U.S. News]

    In at least one Texas bank and one Ohio credit union, 3D video banking is currently undergoing testing, according to TheFinancialBrand.com, a website for bank and credit union marketing executives. Three-dimensional video banking is similar to a consumer video conference with a bank representative –- only in this case, the executive looks like a living, breathing person sitting across from you. Thanks to theater surround sound, the representative also sounds as if they’re in the same room. And since the consumer is interacting with a real person and not an automated hologram, the experience apparently isn’t much different than the real thing.
    Banking and managing money isn’t what it used to be. The 1970s and 1980s brought us the rise of the ATM. Consumers became acquainted with online banking during the 1990s and the first decade of the 2000s. The 2010s are shaping up as the era of mobile banking.
    That was underscored Sept. 10-11 in New York City when Mitek Systems Inc. (MITK), a San Diego-based technology company, debuted its Mobile Photo Account Opening product at Finovate, a trade show where banking tech products are often unveiled. The product allows consumers to open a bank account within 60 seconds. If you have your bank’s app, you can use your smartphone’s camera to take a photo of the front and back of your driver’s license, and presto, your new checking, savings or credit card account is open.
    Here’s a look at other financial products and services personal financial experts think we’ll be using in the future.
    Within 10 years. “The economic payments system will begin to ‘know us,’ either through biometrics, optical sensor or facial recognition,” says Joshua Siegel, managing principal of StoneCastle Partners, a New York-based asset management firm that invests in banks.
    That’s already happening to some extent with smartphones –- the new Apple (AAPL) iPhone 5S, for example, uses fingerprint scanning to unlock the phone. Meanwhile, some fi

  • [By ]

    Mitek Systems (MITK) : “This one is too speculative for me. I’d buy NVIDIA (NVDA) .”

    AK Steel Holding (AKS) : “They’re not the lo- cost producer. That’s Nucor (NUE) and that’s the way you want to go.”

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Thursday, technology shares fell by 0.32 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Mitek Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: MITK), down 13 percent, and Formula Systems (1985) Ltd. (ADR) (NASDAQ: FORTY), down 8 percent.

  • [By ]

    Cramer was bearish on Geron (GERN) , Mitek Systems (MITK) , AK Steel Holding (AKS) , Sage Therapeutics (SAGE) and AbbVie (ABBV) .

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Top Stocks To Buy Right Now: Mosaic Company (The)(MOS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The S&P 500 stock posting the largest daily percentage loss ahead of the close Monday was The Mosaic Co. (NYSE: MOS) which traded down 2.4% at $23.09. The stocks 52-week range is $22.43 to $34.36. Volume was 4.2 million versus the daily average of 5.1 million shares.

  • [By Shanthi Rexaline]

    Agri-Input Companies — Seeds/ Fertilizers/Pesticides Manufacturers

    Monsanto Company (NYSE: MON): +68.82 percent since 2011. Syngenta AG (ADR) (NYSE: SYT): +56.26 percent since 2011. Mosaic Co (NYSE: MOS): -63.1 percent since 2011. Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan (USA) (NYSE: POT): -67.8 percent since 2011. CF Industries Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: CF): +5.04 percent since 2011. Agrium Inc. (USA) (NYSE: AGU): +1.10 percent since 2011.

    Agri-Finance Companies

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    We also want to reiterate our bullish view on the agricultural commodities and the ag-related stocks (e.g., CF Industries Holdings (CF), Mosaic (MOS), Potash Corp. of Saskatchewan (POT), FMC (FMC), AGCO, Deere). Following sharp multi-year declines, trends continue to improve.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Mosaic (MOS) tumbled to the bottom of the S&P 500 today after announcing that it would buy Vale’s (VALE) fertilizer unit.

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    Mosaicdropped 1.1% to $27.77 today, while the S&P 500 advanced 0.2% to 2,262.53.

    Barron’s Dimitra DeFotis covered the deal over at Emerging Markets Daily:

    Global agricultural chemicals giant Mosaic (MOS) is buying most of the fertilizer chemicals business of Brazilian mining giant Vale (VALE) in a cash-and-stock deal valued at $2.5 billion, but Wall Street doesnt seem to like the deal…

    Vale will maintain an 11% stake with ownership nitrogen and phosphate fertilizing assets in the city of Cubat茫o, Reuters reports. Mosaic adds Canada and Peru mines to its empire as part of the deal, according to the Mosaic acquisition press release…

    Mosaic’s market capitalization fell to $9.7 billion today from $10.4 billion yesterday. It reported net income of $1 billion on sales of $8.9 billion in 2015.

Top Stocks To Buy Right Now: Reinsurance Group of America, Incorporated(RGA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By David Sterman]

    My favorite insurers: AIG (NYSE: AIG) (which I discussed a few months ago), Protective Life (NYSE: PL) and Reinsurance Group of America (NYSE: RGA).

  • [By Benzinga News Desk]

    Morgan Stanley downgraded Chipotle (NYSE: CMG) to Equal-Weight.
    UBS downgraded AMC Networks (NASDAQ: AMCX) to Sell.
    Citi upgraded Sealed Air (NYSE: SEE) to Buy.
    Goldman Sachs upgraded Reinsurance Group (NYSE: RGA) to Buy.

Top Stocks To Buy Right Now: Gentex Corporation(GNTX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin] Related TRST Earnings Scheduled For October 21, 2016 Major Accounting Changes Are Coming To The Financial Industry
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    Rockwell Collins, Inc. (NYSE: COL) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $1.31 per share on revenue of $1.33 billion.
    General Electric Company (NYSE: GE) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.17 per share on revenue of $26.46 billion.
    Honeywell International Inc. (NYSE: HON) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $1.60 per share on revenue of $9.32 billion.
    Interpublic Group of Companies Inc (NYSE: IPG) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.03 per share on revenue of $1.76 billion.
    Schlumberger Limited. (NYSE: SLB) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $0.26 per share on revenue of $7.02 billion.
    SunTrust Banks, Inc. (NYSE: STI) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.83 per share on revenue of $2.21 billion.
    ManpowerGroup Inc. (NYSE: MAN) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $1.11 per share on revenue of $4.68 billion.
    Kansas City Southern (NYSE: KSU) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $1.15 per share on revenue of $593.82 million.
    Stanley Black & Decker, Inc. (NYSE: SWK) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $1.19 per share on revenue of $2.74 billion.
    WABCO Holdings Inc. (NYSE: WBC) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $1.44 per share on revenue of $721.89 million.

Top Stocks To Buy Right Now: Ascent Capital Group, Inc.(ASCMA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ian Wyatt, Publisher & Chief Investment Strategist, Wyatt Investment Research]

    Both of these stocks are overlooked, undervalued, and cash flow machines. The companies are Ascent Capital Group (ASCMA) and Covanta Holdings (CVA).

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Tuesday afternoon, the industrial sector proved to be a source of strength for the market. Leading the sector was strength from NL Industries Inc (NYSE: NL) and Ascent Capital Group Inc (NASDAQ: ASCMA).

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Top 10 Safest Stocks To Buy For 2019: Empire State Realty Trust, Inc.(ESRT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By ]

    Empire State Realty Trust (ESRT) : “The yield on this one is too low.”

    DowDuPont (DWDP) : “I’m not running away, I’m sticking with them.”

  • [By ]

    For example, nobody is going to come along and build another Empire State Building. In fact, you can actually invest in this building through the Empire State Realty Trust (NYSE: ESRT).

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Buy For 2019: Ascent Capital Group, Inc.(ASCMA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ian Wyatt, Publisher & Chief Investment Strategist, Wyatt Investment Research]

    Both of these stocks are overlooked, undervalued, and cash flow machines. The companies are Ascent Capital Group (ASCMA) and Covanta Holdings (CVA).

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Tuesday afternoon, the industrial sector proved to be a source of strength for the market. Leading the sector was strength from NL Industries Inc (NYSE: NL) and Ascent Capital Group Inc (NASDAQ: ASCMA).

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Buy For 2019: Virtus Investment Partners Inc.(VRTS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Virtus Investment Partners Inc (NASDAQ: VRTS) got a boost, shooting up 19 percent to $111.05 following Q3 results. Virtus Investment posted Q3 earnings of $1.64 per share on revenue of $82.3 million.

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Buy For 2019: Sears Holdings Corporation(SHLD)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stark Merrifield]

    Sears Holdings Corp. (Nasdaq: SHLD), a company that has been around for more than 130 years, was at one time the largest mail-order retailer to rural America. In 1931 it accounted for more than 53.4% of total mail-order sales. It survived through not only one but two world wars and the Great Depression.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Sears Holdings Corp. (NASDAQ: SHLD).Between Sears and Kmart stores, the company plans 142 store closings, with more likely.

    Sports Authority.Another bankruptcy, with 140 stores closing.

  • [By Money Morning Staff Reports]

    Shah is keeping his eye on companies like Macy’s Inc. (NYSE: M), JCPenney Co. Inc. (NYSE: JCP), and Sears Holdings Corp. (Nasdaq: SHLD). Though these dead cats may bounce from time to time, their trajectory is decidedly downward.

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Buy For 2019: Live Nation Entertainment, Inc.(LYV)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    For his “Executive Decision” segment, Cramer checked in with Michael Rapino, president and CEO of Live Nation Entertainment (LYV) , a stock that’s up 44% since Cramer last spoke with him a little more than a year ago but also one that fell 3% in today’s session on what appeared to be solid quarterly results.

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Buy For 2019: U S Concrete, Inc.(USCR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Friday, basic materials shares fell 0.36 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included US Concrete Inc (NASDAQ: USCR), down 10 percent, and Commercial Metals Company (NYSE: CMC), down 4 percent.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Friday, basic materials shares fell 0.73 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included US Concrete Inc (NASDAQ: USCR), down 8 percent, and Seabridge Gold, Inc. (USA) (NYSE: SA), down 5 percent.

  • [By ]

    Sterling Construction Co. Inc (STRL) : “I’m going to stick with U.S. Concrete (USCR) .”

    B&G Foods (BGS) : “No, we’re going to stay away. This group is a snake pit.”

  • [By ]

    In the Lightning Round, Cramer was bullish on Goldman Sachs (GS) , Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.B) , Ecolab (ECL) , PTC (PTC) , Arista Networks (ANET) , U.S. Concrete (USCR) and Masco (MAS) .

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Coming up in tonight’s episode of Mad Money: Cramer interviews Bill Sandbrook, CEO of U.S. Concrete (USCR)  and focuses on opportunities for Xilinx (XLNX) .  Plus, don’t miss the Lightning Round. Which stocks is Cramer bullish on?

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Buy For 2019: Student Transportation Inc(STB)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

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  • [By Jim Robertson]

    On Friday, our Under the Radar Moversnewsletter suggested shorting small cap school bus transportation services stockStudent Transportation (NASDAQ: STB):

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Student Transportation Inc (NASDAQ: STB) is estimated to post its quarterly earnings at $0.04 per share on revenue of $167.40 million.

    Exar Corporation (NYSE: EXAR) is projected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.09 per share on revenue of $38.38 million.

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Buy For 2019: Seadrill Limited(SDRL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    SeaDrill Ltd. (NYSE: SDRL) dropped nearly 11% Friday to post a new 52-week low of $0.41 after closing at $0.46 on Thursday. The stock’s 52-week high is $4.59. Volume of nearly about 9.4 million was less than 10% above the daily average. The company had no specific news.

  • [By Lisa Levin] Related NVCN 18 Biggest Mid-Day Losers For Wednesday Legal Overhangs Keep Ladenburg Neutral On Neovasc Despite Positive Tiara Clinical Data Boston Scientific closes Neovasc transaction (Seeking Alpha)
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    Neovasc Inc (US) (NASDAQ: NVCN) rose 17.3 percent to $2.65 in pre-market trading after the company reported the close of its $75 million transaction with Boston Scientific Corporation (NYSE: BSX).
    aTyr Pharma Inc (NASDAQ: LIFE) shares rose 12.3 percent to $4.10 in pre-market trading after the company disclosed 'promising' signals in myopathies with Resolaris in exploratory trials.
    Globus Maritime Ltd (NASDAQ: GLBS) shares rose 10.1 percent to $6.90 in pre-market trading after climbing 5.03 percent on Monday.
    Aurinia Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: AUPH) shares rose 9.9 percent to $3.00 in pre-market trading. Aurinia Pharmaceuticals appointed Lorin Jeffry “Jeff” Randall to its board and Chairman of the Audit Committee.
    Ocean Rig UDW Inc. (NASDAQ: ORIG) shares rose 8.7 percent to $2.89 in pre-market trading after surging 19.82 percent on Monday.
    Full House Resorts, Inc. (NASDAQ: FLL) shares rose 5.1 percent to $2.08 in pre-market trading after declining 1.98 percent on Monday.
    Seadrill Ltd (NYSE: SDRL) rose 5.1 percent to $4.13 in pre-market trading after surging 3.15 percent on Monday.
    Noble Corporation (NYSE: NE) rose 5.1 percent to $7.60 in pre-market trading after declining 5.37 percent on Monday.
    Arbutus Biopharma Corp (NASDAQ: ABUS) rose 5.1 percent to $3.10 in pre-market trading. Arbutus issued additional data from its ARB-1467 Phase II
  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Shares of Seadrill (SDRL) were gaining by 12.46% to 91 cents in pre-market trading on Tuesday morning, after the offshore drilling contract provider said its subsidiary, North Atlantic Drilling, has secured a new 10 year contract.

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    Tuesday was another down day for the Dow Jones Industrials, which fell more than 100 points to drop further below the 20,000 level. But broader market measures were mixed, and the Nasdaq Composite even managed to gain ground. Continued uncertainty about the impact of new policies from the U.S. federal government have kept markets a bit turbulent, and the beginning of a two-day meeting of the Federal Reserve’s Open Market Committee could set the tone for monetary policy in 2017. Some stocks had bad news that sent them lower today, and among the worst performers were Seadrill (NYSE:SDRL), Roadrunner Transportation Systems (NYSE:RRTS), and Tempur Sealy International (NYSE:TPX). Below, we’ll look more closely at these stocks to tell you why they did so poorly.

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Buy For 2019: Education Realty Trust Inc.(EDR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By ]

    Education Realty Trust (NYSE: EDR) is a U.S.-based REIT that specializes in owning and managing collegiate housing facilities near universities. With a market cap of $2.8 billion, this is also one of the larger REITs in the United States. EDR made four dividend payments in 2017 totaling $1.54. That gives shares a current yield of 4.3%, more than a 100% premium to the S&P 500’s 2.0%. EDR also has an impressive history of dividend hikes. Since bottoming out at $0.15 in 2008 after the financial crisis, EDR’s dividend payment has jumped 160%.

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Buy For 2019: Atara Biotherapeutics, Inc.(ATRA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Atara Biotherapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ: ATRA) shares surged on Friday after the firm announced that it received clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to initiate two Phase 3 clinical studies. Specifically these mid-stage studies deal with tabelecleucel in patients with rituximab-refractory Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) associated post-transplant lymphoproliferative disorder (EBV+PTLD).

Top Services Companies To Watch For 2016

By Rahul Anand, Kalpana Kochhar, and Saurabh Mishra

The expansion of India’s exports of services between 1990 and 2013 has been nothing short of spectacular, putting India on a par with the world’s high-income economies in terms of service-product sophistication and as a share of total exports. This has created unique opportunities for continued growth. By contrast, when it comes to exports of manufactured goods, India has lagged behind its emerging-markets peers, both in quality and as a percentage of the total export basket, leaving substantial room for improvement.

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While trade leads to structural transformation and diversification of economies, the types of goods and services tradedand trading partnersmake all the difference. India should capitalize further on its comparative advantage in exports of high-value services. At the same time, it should also increase the quality, sophistication, and diversification of manufacturing. That way, India can expand its total exports, while improving the sophistication of goods and services, and diversifying into higher value-added activities that generate better jobs for Indians.

Top Services Companies To Watch For 2016: Ascent Capital Group, Inc.(ASCMA)

 

Ascent Capital Group, Inc., through its subsidiary, Monitronics International, Inc., provides security alarm monitoring and related services to residential and business subscribers in the United States and Canada. The company monitors signals arising from burglaries, fires, medical alerts, and other events through security systems at subscribers premises. It offers a range of residential security services, including hands-free two-way interactive voice communication with the monitoring center, cellular options, and an interactive service option, which allows the customer to control their security system remotely using a computer or mobile device. The company also provides third party contract monitoring services to other security alarm companies for monitoring their accounts on a wholesale basis. It markets and sells its products through a network of authorized dealers. The company was formerly known as Ascent Media Corporat ion and changed its name to Ascent Capital Group, Inc. in July 2011. Ascent Capital Group, Inc. was incorporated in 2008 and is based in Greenwood Village, Colorado.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ian Wyatt, Publisher & Chief Investment Strategist, Wyatt Investment Research]

    Both of these stocks are overlooked, undervalued, and cash flow machines. The companies are Ascent Capital Group (ASCMA) and Covanta Holdings (CVA).

Top Services Companies To Watch For 2016: Hatteras Financial Corp(HTS)

 

Hatteras Financial Corp. operates as an externally-managed mortgage real estate investment trust (REIT) in the United States. It invests primarily in single-family residential mortgage real estate assets, such as mortgage-backed securities (MBS), mortgage servicing rights (MSR), residential mortgage loans, and other financial assets. The companys MBS are pass-through securities comprising a pool of mortgage loans, which issued or guaranteed by the United States Government agency or by the United States Government-sponsored enterprise. It also acquires, invests in, securitizes, and manages non-agency mortgage loans; and operates as a broker-dealer. The company has elected to be taxed as a REIT under the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, and would not be subject to Federal income tax to the extent that it distributes 100% of its taxable income. Hatteras Financial Corp. was incorporated in 2007 and is based in Winston Salem, North Carolina.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Hatteras Financial (HTS) has jumped 9.4% to $15.60 after agreeing to be purchased byAnnaly Capital Management (NLY) for $1.5 billion.Annaly Capital Management has dropped 1.1% to $$10.30.

Top International Stocks To Watch Right Now: Tidewater Inc.(TDW)

Tidewater Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides offshore service vessels and marine support services to the offshore energy industry through the operation of a fleet of marine service vessels. It provides services in support of offshore exploration, field development, and production, including towing of and anchor handling for mobile offshore drilling units; transporting supplies and personnel necessary to sustain drilling, workover, and production activities; offshore construction and seismic support; and various specialized services, such as pipe and cable laying. The company?s vessels include platform supply vessels, and anchor handling towing supply vessels that are used in transporting supplies and equipment from shore bases to deepwater and intermediate water depth offshore drilling rigs, platforms, and other installations; towing-supply and supply vessels used in intermediate and shallow waters; and crewboats and utility vessels that are chartered for transporti ng personnel and supplies from shore bases to offshore drilling rigs, platforms, and other installations. It also operates offshore tugs used for towing floating drilling rigs; assisting in the docking of tankers; towing barges; assisting in pipe laying, cable laying, and construction barges; and commercial towing operations, including towing barges carrying various bulk cargoes and containerized cargo. In addition, the company operates inshore tugs; production, line-handling, and various other special purpose vessels. Further, it operates two shipyards, which construct, modify, and repair vessels. As of March 31, 2011, the company had 378 vessels serving the global offshore energy industry. The company has operations in the United States, Gulf of Mexico, the Persian/Arabian Gulf, and areas offshore Australia, Brazil, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mexico, Trinidad, Venezuela, and West Africa. Tidewater Inc. was founded in 1956 and is headquartered in New Orleans, Louisi ana.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Thursday, energy shares dipped by 0.98 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Tidewater Inc. (NYSE: TDW), down 14 percent, and BP Prudhoe Bay Royalty Trust (NYSE: BPT), down 17 percent.

Top Services Companies To Watch For 2016: Starbucks Corporation(SBUX)

Starbucks Corporation purchases and roasts whole bean coffees. It operates approximately 16,858 stores, including 8,833 company-operated stores and 8,025 licensed stores. The company offers approximately 30 blends and single-origin premium arabica coffees. It also provides handcrafted beverages, such as fresh-brewed coffee, hot and iced espresso beverages, coffee and non-coffee blended beverages, Vivanno smoothies, and Tazo teas; and merchandise products, including home espresso machines, coffee brewers and grinders, coffee mugs and accessories, packaged goods, music, books, and gift items. In addition, it offers fresh food items, which comprise baked pastries, sandwiches, salads, oatmeal, yogurt parfaits, and fruit cups. Further, it also provides VIA ready brew coffee, bottled frappuccino beverages, discoveries chilled cup coffee, doubleshot espresso drinks, iced coffee, whole bean coffee, and ice creams. The company?s brand portfolio includes Tazo tea, Ethos water, Seatt le?s Best Coffee, and Torrefazione Italia Coffee. Starbucks Corporation sells its products in approximately 50 countries worldwide. Starbucks Corporation was founded in 1971 and is based in Seattle, Washington.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Fusion Research]

    Monotype Imaging has a number of global brands that are customers including Tommy Hilfiger, Ray-Ban, Clorox, Blue Man Group, Starbucks (SBUX), Nike (NKE), and Hilton among others. The recent customers in its portfolio include Disney (DIS), DreamWorks (DWA), Maserati, Mongoose, IOP, and a few others. Monotype Imaging reported revenue of $51.75 million in the creative professional segment in 2012. Looking at the opportunities that exist for the company going forward, we believe that it remains on track to achieve its revenue guidance of $60 million in 2013 from the creative professional segment, having already delivered half of that in the first half of 2013.

  • [By Victor Mora]

    Starbucks provides in-demand coffee and tea products and services to consumers around the world. The company is reportedly ready to expand to Colombia, where it sources most of its beans. The stock has been flying higher in recent years and is now trading at all-time high prices. Over the past four quarters, earnings and revenues have been rising, which have led to upbeat investors in the company. Relative to its peers and sector, Starbucks has been a year-to-date performance leader. Look for Starbucks to continue to OUTPERFORM.

Top Services Companies To Watch For 2016: Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Inc.(CBRL)

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc., through its subsidiaries, engages in the development and operation of the Cracker Barrel Old Country Store restaurant and retail concept in the United States. Its restaurants provide breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The company?s gift shops offer various decorative and functional items, such as rocking chairs, holiday and seasonal gifts, apparel, toys, music CD?s, cookware, old-fashioned-looking ceramics, figurines, a book-on-audio sale-and-exchange program, and various other gift items, as well as candies, preserves, pies, cornbread mixes, coffee, syrups, pancake mixes, and other food items. As of November 22, 2011, it operated 608 company-owned locations in 42 states. The company was formerly known as CBRL Group, Inc. and changed its name to Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. in December 2008. Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. was founded in 1969 and is headquartered in Lebanon, Tennessee.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shauna O’Brien]

    Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. (CBRL) shares dropped over 4% on Wednesday morning after the company reported lower fourth quarter earnings and a weak outlook for its first quarter.

    The Lebanon, TN-based company reported fourth quarter earnings of $34.3 million, or $1.43 per share, down slightly from $34.7 million, or $1.47 per share, a year ago. On average, analysts expected to see earnings of $1.35 per share.

    Total revenue fell to $646.1 million from $700.01 million last year. Analysts expected to see revenue of $668.68 million.

    Cracker Barrel President and CEO Sandra Cochran commented: “The fourth quarter of fiscal 2013 represents the seventh consecutive quarter of year-over-year improvement in comparable store traffic, restaurant sales, and retail sales. The financial results of the fourth quarter and full year reflect the effective execution of our strategic plan. As we begin our 2014 fiscal year, we are poised to capitalize on the achievements of fiscal 2013.”

    For FY2013, CBRL’s earnings rose 14% to $117.27 million, while EPS rose to $4.90 per share. On an adjusted basis, earnings were $4.97 per share, up 15% from the year prior. Total revenue for the year was $2.64 billion, up 3% from a year ago.

    Looking forward, the company expects to see first quarter earnings between $1.05 and $1.15 per share. This estimate would fall significantly below the average analyst estimate of $1.32 per share.

    For FY2014, the company expects EPS in the range of $5.60 to $5.80 and revenue between $2.7 billion and $2.75 billion. Analysts expect to see earnings of $5.69 per share and $2.74 billion in revenue.

    Cracker Barrel shares were down $4.70, or 4.39%, during Wednesday morning trading. The stock is up 59% YTD.

Top Services Companies To Watch For 2016: Container Store (The)(TCS)

 

The Container Store Group, Inc. engages in the retailing of storage and organization products in the United States. It operates in two segments, TCS and Elfa. The companys retail stores provide various lifestyle products, including bath, box, closets, collections, containers, food storage, gift packaging, hooks, kitchen, laundry, office, shelving, storage, trash, and travel, as well as elfa branded products. It also designs, manufactures, and sells component-based shelving and drawer systems that are customizable for any area of the home, such as closets, kitchens, offices, and garages, as well as made-to-measure sliding doors. As of July 7, 2015, the company operated 72 store locations with an average of 25,000 square feet each. It also offers its products directly to customers through its Website and call center, as well as sells to various retailers and distributors, and on a wholesale basis. The company was founded in 19 78 and is headquartered in Coppell, Texas.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Container Store Group Inc (NYSE: TCS) is expected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.21 per share on revenue of $230.53 million.

    J & J Snack Foods Corp (NASDAQ: JJSF) is estimated to post its quarterly earnings at $0.78 per share on revenue of $231.58 million.

10 Best Defensive Stocks To Buy For 2016

Related LEA The Market In 5 Minutes: The Madness Continues 'Compelling Buying Opportunity' In Auto Parts, UBS Claims

Auto-parts supplier Lear Corporation (NYSE: LEA) is urging United Auto Workers to agree to lower wages for bringing jobs from Mexico back to Detroit, according to a Wall Street Journal report.

“If a deal is struck, about 1,000 jobs initially could be filled at Motown parts facilities owned by a variety of suppliers, not just Lear,” the WSJ quoted Lear CEO Matt Simoncini having said in an interview.

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According to the report, since 2010, Lear’s Mexican total hourly workforce has jumped 70 percent, and now sits at 46,600.

10 Best Defensive Stocks To Buy For 2016: Flowserve Corporation(FLS)

 

Flowserve Corporation designs, manufactures, distributes, and services industrial flow management equipment worldwide. The company operates through three segments: Engineered Product Division (EPD), Industrial Product Division (IPD), and Flow Control Division (FCD). The EPD segment offers custom and other engineered pumps and pump systems, mechanical seals, auxiliary systems, replacement parts, and related equipment and services, as well as manufactures gas-lubricated mechanical seals used in high-speed compressors. The IPD segment designs, manufactures, distributes, and services pre-configured engineered pumps and pump systems, including submersible motors for industrial markets. The FCD segment provides industrial valve and automation solutions comprising isolation and control valves, actuation, controls, and related equipment; and energy management products, such as steam traps, boiler controls and condensate, and energy re covery systems. Its products are used to control, direct, and manage the flow of liquids and gases. The company also offers aftermarket equipment services consisting of installation, advanced diagnostics, repair, and retrofitting. It primarily serves oil and gas, chemical, power generation, and water management markets, as well as general industries that include mining and ore processing, pharmaceuticals, pulp and paper, food and beverage, and other smaller applications. The company distributes its products through direct sales, distributors, and sales representatives. Flowserve Corporation was founded in 1912 and is headquartered in Irving, Texas.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Damon Churchwell]

    Increasing sales and margins
    A second, even larger, flow technology company to consider is Flowserve (NYSE: FLS  ) . The company’s flow control systems are utilized by a wide range of industries, led by oil & gas, chemicals, and power generation.

10 Best Defensive Stocks To Buy For 2016: Microchip Technology Incorporated(MCHP)

Microchip Technology Incorporated, together with its subsidiaries, develops, manufactures, and sells semiconductor products for various embedded control applications. It offers a family of microcontroller products that include 8-bit, 16-bit, and 32-bit PIC microcontrollers; and 16-bit dsPIC digital signal controllers, which feature on-board flash memory technology. The company also provides a set of application development tools that enable system designers to program a PIC microcontroller and dsPIC DSC for specific applications. In addition, it offers analog and interface products, which consist of various families with approximately 600 power management, linear, mixed-signal, thermal management, safety and security, and interface products. Further, the company provides memory products comprising serial electrically erasable programmable read-only memory. Its products are used in various applications in automotive, communications, computing, consumer, and industrial contr ol markets. Microchip Technology Incorporated markets its products primarily through a network of direct sales personnel and distributors in the Americas, Europe, and Asia. The company was founded in 1989 and is based in Chandler, Arizona.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Beth Piskora]

    They are listed below:

    Altera (ALTR)yielding 1.7%

    Apple (AAPL)yielding 2.5%

    Applied Materials (AMAT)yielding 2.6%

    Cisco (CSCO)yielding 2.9%

    EMC Corp. (EMC)yielding 1.5%

    International Business Machines (IBM)yielding 2.0%

    KLA-Tencor (KLAC)yielding 3.2%

    Microchip Technology (MCHP)yielding 3.6%

    Oracle (ORCL)yielding 1.5%

    Qualcomm (QCOM)yielding 2.1%

    Texas Instruments (TXN)yielding 2.9%

    Xilinx (XLNX)yielding 2.3%

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Top Casino Companies To Invest In 2016: Petroleo Brasileiro S.A.- Petrobras(PBR)

Petroleo Brasileiro S.A. primarily engages in oil and natural gas exploration and production, refining, trade, and transportation businesses. The company?s Exploration and Production segment involves in the exploration, production, development, and production of oil, liquefied natural gas (LNG), and natural gas in Brazil. This segment supplies its products to the refineries in Brazil, as well as sells surplus petroleum and byproducts in domestic and foreign markets. Its Supply segment engages in the refining, logistics, transportation, and trade of oil and oil products; export of ethanol; and extraction and processing of schist, as well as holds interests in companies of the petrochemical sector in Brazil. The Gas and Energy segment involves in the transportation and trade of natural gas produced in or imported into Brazil; transportation and trade of LNG; and generation and trade of electric power. In addition, the segment has interests in natural gas transportation and d istribution companies; and thermoelectric power stations in Brazil, as well engages in fertilizer business. The Distribution segment distributes oil products, ethanol, and compressed natural gas in Brazil. The International segment involves in the exploration and production of oil and gas, as well as in supplying, gas and energy, and distribution operations in the Americas, Africa, Europe, and Asia. Further, the company involves in biofuel production business. Petroleo Brasileiro was founded in 1953 and is based in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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.

10 Best Defensive Stocks To Buy For 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 Defensive Stocks To Buy For 2016: Ascent Capital Group, Inc.(ASCMA)

 

Ascent Capital Group, Inc., through its subsidiary, Monitronics International, Inc., provides security alarm monitoring and related services to residential and business subscribers in the United States and Canada. The company monitors signals arising from burglaries, fires, medical alerts, and other events through security systems at subscribers premises. It offers a range of residential security services, including hands-free two-way interactive voice communication with the monitoring center, cellular options, and an interactive service option, which allows the customer to control their security system remotely using a computer or mobile device. The company also provides third party contract monitoring services to other security alarm companies for monitoring their accounts on a wholesale basis. It markets and sells its products through a network of authorized dealers. The company was formerly known as Ascent Media Corporat ion and changed its name to Ascent Capital Group, Inc. in July 2011. Ascent Capital Group, Inc. was incorporated in 2008 and is based in Greenwood Village, Colorado.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ian Wyatt, Publisher & Chief Investment Strategist, Wyatt Investment Research]

    Both of these stocks are overlooked, undervalued, and cash flow machines. The companies are Ascent Capital Group (ASCMA) and Covanta Holdings (CVA).

10 Best Defensive Stocks To Buy For 2016: Canterbury Park Holding Corporation(CPHC)

Canterbury Park Holding Corporation conducts pari-mutuel wagering operations and hosts unbanked card games at its Canterbury Park racetrack and card room facility in Shakopee, Minnesota. The company operates in three segments: Horse Racing, Card Room, and Concessions. The Horse Racing segment operates year-round pari-mutuel wagering on simulcast horse races, and live thoroughbred and quarter horse races held on a seasonal basis. The Card Room segment offers unbanked card games, which include poker and casino games. The Concessions segment provides food and beverage services for simulcast and live racing, and the card room, as well as for the special events. The company also offers facilities for special events, such as snowmobile races, arts and crafts shows, trade shows, concerts, fundraisers, automobile shows and competitions, vehicle and boat storage, and private parties. In addition, it provides advertising signage space; leases excess parking lot space for various aut omotive activities and vehicle storage; and sells various daily pari-mutuel publications. Canterbury Park Holding Corporation was founded in 1994 and is based in Shakopee, Minnesota.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Sally Jones]

    Canterbury Park Holding Corporation (CPHC) Market Cap $46.35 Million

    Canterbury Park Holding Corporation is up 2% over 12 months. The company has a market cap of $46.35 million; its trades around $11.16 with a P/E ratio of 59.30 and a P/B of 1.70.

10 Best Defensive Stocks To Buy For 2016: Nordstrom Inc.(JWN)

Nordstrom, Inc., a fashion specialty retailer, offers apparel, shoes, cosmetics, and accessories for women, men, and children in the United States. It offers a selection of brand name and private label merchandise. The company sells its products through various channels, including Nordstrom full-line stores, off-price Nordstrom Rack stores, Jeffrey? boutiques, treasure & bond, and Last Chance clearance stores; and its online store, nordstrom.com, as well as through catalog. Nordstrom also provides a private label card, two Nordstrom VISA credit cards, and a debit card for Nordstrom purchases. The company?s credit and debit cards feature a shopping-based loyalty program. As of September 30, 2011, it operated 222 stores, including 117 full-line stores, 101 Nordstrom Racks, 2 Jeffrey boutiques, 1 treasure & bond store, and 1 clearance store in 30 states. The company was founded in 1901 and is based in Seattle, Washington.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Nordstrom, Inc. (NYSE: JWN) was down, falling around 7 percent to $49.15 after the company reported weaker-than-expected results for its fourth quarter on Thursday.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    While all retailers with an e-commerce business are exposed to these secular changes to some degree, those with a higher e-commerce penetration are more exposed, sooner. On the brick & mortar operations side, those retailers with the lowest wage rates are likely to be most impact by the essentially industry-wide wage increases brought on by Wal-Mart Stores (WMT); these retailers may see more incremental growth in their SG&A dollars from increased wage pressure. While Macy’s (M) appears to be in the worst challenged position, earlier this year the company announced initiatives to decrease their cost base by $400 mn, along with their longer term goal of reducing expenses by $500 mn by ’18. Even Nordstrom (JWN) appears to have begun to react with a major layoff recently in their technology team. Dillard’s (DDS) is likely least impacted, as it has a low e-commerce penetration as well as fairly competitive average wages.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Shares of Kohl’s have tumbled 16% to $43.04 at 11:28 a.m. today, while Macy’s (M) has dropped 2.6% to $40.56, and Nordstrom (JWN) has fallen 5.7% to $47.64.

  • [By Kristen Scholer]

    Nordstrom Inc.(JWN) shares are on saleagain.

    Shares of the department store are down as much as 12% to $46.65Friday after Nordstrom reported holiday-quarter earnings and sales that missed expectations and gave a downbeat outlook for the full year. The stock is set for its worst intraday drop since it last reported earnings in November, when shares fell as much as 21% after the retailer posted disappointing results and cut its profit and sales forecasts.

10 Best Defensive Stocks To Buy For 2016: Halliburton Company(HAL)

Halliburton Company provides various products and services to the energy industry for the exploration, development, and production of oil and natural gas worldwide. It operates in two segments, Completion and Production, and Drilling and Evaluation. The Completion and Production segment offers production enhancement services, completion tools and services, cementing services, and Boots & Coots. Its production enhancement services include stimulation and sand control services; completion tools and services comprise subsurface safety valves and flow control equipment, surface safety systems, packers and specialty completion equipment, intelligent completion systems, expandable liner hanger systems, sand control systems, well servicing tools, and reservoir performance services; cementing services consist of bonding the well and well casing, while isolating fluid zones and maximizing wellbore stability, and casing equipment; and Boots & Coots include well intervention services , pressure control, equipment rental tools and services, and pipeline and process services. The Drilling and Evaluation segment provides field and reservoir modeling, drilling, evaluation, and wellbore placement solutions that enable customers to model, measure, and optimize their well construction activities. Its services comprise fluid services, drilling services, drill bits, wireline and perforating services, testing and subsea services, software and asset solutions, and integrated project management and consulting services. The company serves independent, integrated, and national oil companies. Halliburton Company was founded in 1919 and is headquartered in Houston, Texas.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    FBR’s Thomas Curran and Mark Kelley contend that Halliburton (HAL) and Baker Hughes (BHI) will need General Electric’s (GE) help if their merger–blocked yesterday by the Department of Justice–is to succeed:

    Associated Press

    Confirming the past week’s media reports, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced yesterday, April 6, that it will sue to block the Halliburton-Baker Hughes merger. Based on our initial take, the crux of the DOJ’s objection is that Halliburton’s proposal does not create an adequate replacement for Baker Hughes. In an immediate press release,Halliburton replied that the two companies will “vigorously contest” the DOJ’s case; and, as both stocks rose in an oil price surgefueled group rally, the spread actually narrowed modestly. We suspect the spread’s move from $18.17 (implied gross return of 46.2%) to $16.98 (39.7%) reflected surprise by some thatHalliburton believes it still has a case. Cognizant of the now much lower odds of closing, we still like BHI’s risk/reward here: Should the deal fail, it will benefit from the $3.5B breakup fee, with the ability to fully implement restructuring initiatives that have bee n constrained by the merger agreement ($100M in 4Q15, or 300 bps of margin) and a spreading perception that it is back in play; should the deal succeed, the stock will deliver a 40% return, all else constant, within three to four months…

    Any “Hail Mary” solution still likely relies on GE Oil & Gas (GE). Based on the trail of evidence to date, we presume the “prospective buyer” that Halliburton has had “lengthy discussions” with is General Electric. We have long held that, should the deal succeed, it will be because General Electric agrees to buy most, if not all, of the assets; we believe the DOJ’s complaint reinforces this view.

    Shares of Halliburton have dropped 1.2% to $36

  • [By Tony Daltorio]

    The biggest oilfield service companies should get a big lift from the boom, Moors said. That includes Schlumberger Ltd. (NYSE: SLB), Halliburton Co. (NYSE: HAL), Weatherford International Ltd. (NYSE: WFT), and Baker Hughes Inc. (NYSE: BHI).

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Shares of Halliburton (HAL) and Baker Hughes (BHI) are soaring after they announced that they’d challenge the U.S. Department of Justice’s decision to block their merger. RBC’s Kurt Hallead has the details:

    Associated Press

    Shares of both companies rose ~5% following the joint press release indicating they would challenge the DoJ’s decision to oppose the pending merger.

    Following numerous media reports this week that the DoJ would move to block the pending Halliburton-Baker Hughes merger, the companies today issued a joint press release vowing to contest the DoJ’s effort to stop the deal.

    This confirms that the DoJ is, in fact, planning to sue to halt the pending merger. While it is extremely difficult to handicap potential outcomes at this point, it appears likely that a resolution will be delayed further. The next critical date is April 30, after which either party can choose to walk away if regulatory approval has not been obtained.

    Wells Fargo’s Judson Bailey and Christopher Voie explain why they’re still bullish on Baker Hughes:

    With the DOJ announcing it will block the Halliburton-Baker Hughes transaction, we believe the recent increase inHalliburton shares makes sense but believe that the risk/reward forBaker Hughes as a stand-alone entity may be more compelling with what we view as an exceptionally strong balance sheet and operational upside potential off of a depressed base.

    Potential Deal Still Up In The Air. Although the DOJ is blocking the Halliburton-Baker Hughes merger, the final outcome is still uncertain as there is a decent probability, in our view, that Halliburton will contest the decision and go to court over the issue. However, even ifHalliburton pursues this course, it is also a distinct probability thatBaker Hughes elects to exercise its rights under the merger agreement to terminate the merger after April 30 and collect the $3.5B break-up fee.<

  • [By Matt Egan]

    Pink slips are flying in the oil patch: Profits at energy giants Chevron and Exxon Mobil fell over 50% around the middle of last year. No wonder many American oil companies, including Halliburton (HAL) and ConocoPhillips (COP) have aggressively slashed expenses to counter lower earnings. Government statistics indicate the energy industry slashed 130,000 jobs in 2015. Actual job losses that include oil-related businesses are likely higher.

10 Best Defensive Stocks To Buy For 2016: Intuitive Surgical Inc.(ISRG)

Intuitive Surgical, Inc. designs, manufactures, and markets da Vinci surgical systems for various surgical procedures, including urologic, gynecologic, cardiothoracic, general, and head and neck surgeries. Its da Vinci surgical system consists of a surgeon?s console or consoles, a patient-side cart, a 3-D vision system, and proprietary ?wristed? instruments. The company?s da Vinci surgical system translates the surgeon?s natural hand movements on instrument controls at the console into corresponding micro-movements of instruments positioned inside the patient through small puncture incisions, or ports. It also manufactures a range of EndoWrist instruments, which incorporate wrist joints for natural dexterity for various surgical procedures. Its EndoWrist instruments consist of forceps, scissors, electrocautery, scalpels, and other surgical tools. In addition, it sells various vision and accessory products for use in conjunction with the da Vinci Surgical System as surgical procedures are performed. The company?s accessory products include sterile drapes used to ensure a sterile field during surgery; vision products, such as replacement 3-D stereo endoscopes, camera heads, light guides, and other items. It markets its products through sales representatives in the United States, and through sales representatives and distributors in international markets. The company was founded in 1995 and is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Hogue]

    Enter Intuitive Surgical (Nasdaq: ISRG) and Da Vinci, a robotic arm that allows surgeons to operate with just a single incision less than an inch in size.

10 Best Defensive Stocks To Buy For 2016: Altisource Residential Corporation(RESI)

 

Altisource Residential Corporation, through its subsidiary, Altisource Residential, L.P., focuses on acquiring, owning, and managing single-family rental properties in the United States. It acquires its single-family rental properties primarily through the acquisition of sub-performing and non-performing loan portfolios. The company is qualified as a real estate investment trust (REIT) under the Internal Revenue Code. As a REIT, its net income would be exempt from federal taxation to the extent that it is distributed as dividends to shareholders. Altisource Residential Corporation was founded in 2012 and is based in Christiansted, Virgin Islands.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Mark Holder]

    Altisource Residential (NYSE: RESI  ) (NYSE: RESI  ) (NYSE: RESI  ) purchases distressed mortgage loan portfolios with a strategy to work with borrowers to modify and refinance loans to either keep them in their homes or convert the unmodified loans into renovated rental properties.