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Make way for some waves. CVS Health (CVS) and Express Scripts (ESRX) have released their formulary exclusion list for 2017, which details which prescription drugs will not be covered by health plans.

Why do we care? Commercial payors have been showing signs of pushing back against high drugs costs, which is a huge concern for drug companies and their investors. The coverage list determines whether millions of privately insured individuals can easily use an insurance co-payment to buy their prescriptions. If a drug is excluded, it can dramatically hobble sales.

Thus, the formulary exclusion lists can be used as a tool by insurers and PBMs – leverage you might say – to negotiate with drug makers for better prices. It’s also a double edged sword that can cost a PBM customers.

Express Scripts says it will save customers $1.8 billion in 2017 by excluding a list of 85 drugs from its formulary in 2017. It added a handful of new names to the list, including Bristol-Myers Squibb‘s (BMY) arthritis medication Orencia, Eli Lilly‘s (LLY) new psoriasis medication and Valeant’s (VRX) Zyclara, an actinic keratosis skin cream, while also removing several names, including Pfizer‘s (PFE) arthritis drugs Xeljanz (it is now a preferred alternative follow price negotiations with Express Scripts).

Best Low Price Stocks To Own Right Now: American Express Company(AXP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Douglas A. McIntyre]

    It is a simple offer. Make an order from Amazon Prime Now, its food and restaurant service, pay with an American Express Card and get $20 off. The same deal does not apply to those who use a Visa or MasterCard piece of plastic. Through some financial partnership the consumer cannot see, Amazon.com Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN), the largest online retailer, is helping American Express Co. (NYSE: AXP), which, based on recent earnings, needs the business.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    American Express Co. (NYSE: AXP) is scheduled to release its most recent quarterly results after the markets close on Wednesday. The consensus estimates from Thomson Reuters are $1.82 in earnings per share (EPS) on $10.05 billion in revenue. The second quarter of last year reportedly had EPS of $1.47 and $8.31 billion in revenue.

  • [By Mac Greer]

    eBay (NASDAQ:EBAY) had a rough quarter and blames it on a strengthening U.S. dollar … but come on! Come on! American Express (NYSE:AXP) is down on concerns over revenue and its market is getting tougher and tougher. Also, Matt and Jason talk about some fascinating companies they just pitched at The Motley Fool’s quarterly board meeting.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

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  • [By Paul Ausick]

    GE’s shares lost about 3% last week and shares are down more than 10% since the beginning of the year. The second-worst Dow stock so far this year is Procter & Gamble Co. (NYSE: PG), down 8.3%, followed by Chevron Corp. (NYSE: CVX) which is down about 5.3%. Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) is down about 5.2%, and American Express Co. (NYSE: AXP) is down about 2.7%.

Best Low Price Stocks To Own Right Now: Alexco Resource Corp(AXU)

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  • [By Stephan Byrd]

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Best Low Price Stocks To Own Right Now: NetSol Technologies Inc.(NTWK)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    TheStreet upgraded shares of NetSol Technologies (NASDAQ:NTWK) from a d+ rating to a c- rating in a research note published on Tuesday morning.

    Separately, ValuEngine raised shares of NetSol Technologies from a hold rating to a buy rating in a research report on Thursday, May 17th.

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Precipio, Inc. (NASDAQ: PRPO) jumped 43.3 percent to $0.5447 after the micro-cap specialty diagnostics company reported preliminary first-quarter results. The company said its first quarter revenue rose 286 percent from the same quarter a year ago to $712,000.
    Galectin Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: GALT) gained 34.5 percent to $4.52 after the company announced it would proceed with Phase 3 development of GR-MD-02 for NASH Cirrhosis following the FDA meeting.
    Boxlight Corporation (NASDAQ: BOXL) shares rose 21.9 percent to $8.1063.
    Evolus, Inc. (NASDAQ: EOLS) shares surged 16 percent to $15.65.
    Myomo, Inc. (NYSE: MYO) shares jumped 15.5 percent to $3.6263 after the company disclosed that its application for Medicare codes received favorable preliminary decision.
    Tandem Diabetes Care, Inc. (NASDAQ: TNDM) rose 13.7 percent to $10.12.
    ProPhase Labs, Inc. (NASDAQ: PRPH) gained 13.7 percent to $4.6743.
    Acacia Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: ACIA) shares gained 12.2 percent to $35.34 as optical sector is seeing strength following President Trump's announcement that he would work with China related to ZTE Corp.
    Tailored Brands, Inc. (NYSE: TLRD) shares rose 11.3 percent to $35.17. Jefferies upgraded Tailored Brands from Hold to Buy.
    Kona Grill, Inc. (NASDAQ: KONA) jumped 10.6 percent to $2.875.
    Federated National Holding Company (NASDAQ: FNHC) shares rose 10.6 percent to $20.29. Raymond James upgraded Federated National Holding from Outperform to Strong Buy.
    Renewable Energy Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: REGI) climbed 10.2 percent to $15.15. Renewable Energy will replace Synchronoss Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ: SNCR) in the S&P SmallCap 600 on Tuesday, May 15.
    Stein Mart, Inc. (NASDAQ: SMRT) shares climbed 10.1 percent to $3.16. Stein Mart is expected to release Q1 earnings on May 23.
    NXP Semiconductors N.V. (NASDAQ: NXPI) rose 9.7 percent to $108.60 after Bloomberg reported that the China’s Commerce Ministry has restar
  • [By Ethan Ryder]

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

Top 10 Performing Stocks To Invest In 2019

General Electric Co. (NYSE: GE) stock posted a gain of about 0.7% last week, much better than the 4.5% loss of the prior week, but still not good enough to shake the company’s ranking as the worst performing Dow Jones industrial average stock for the year to date.

GE shares have lost about 13.8% of their value in 2018 and have fallen just over 50% during the past 12 months. The second-worst Dow stock so far this year is Chevron Corp. (NYSE: CVX), down about 10.4%. That is followed by Procter & Gamble Co. (NYSE: PG), down 10.1%; Exxon Mobil Corp. (NYSE: XOM), down 8.5%; and McDonald’s Corp. (NYSE: MCD), down about 8.3%.

The index added 1,028 points over the course of the last week, nearly recovering all the 1,330 points it lost the week before. The Dow closed the week at 25,219.38, a gain of about 4.1%.

Unless we count more asset sales, the industrial giant did not provide much in the way of good news for the week. Reports indicated that GE might sell its stake in oilfield services firm Baker Hughes to raise around $19 billion it could use to pay down debt — and presumably share with stockholders.

Top 10 Performing Stocks To Invest In 2019: Pinnacle Foods, Inc.(PF)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jim Crumly]

    As for individual stocks, Conagra Brands (NYSE:CAG) announced it is acquiring Pinnacle Foods (NYSE:PF), and Cara Therapeutics (NASDAQ:CARA) reported positive clinical trial results for its lead drug.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Synovus Financial Corp acquired a new stake in shares of Pinnacle Foods (NYSE:PF) in the first quarter, HoldingsChannel reports. The fund acquired 2,094 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $113,000.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Pinnacle Foods (NYSE:PF) last posted its earnings results on Thursday, May 3rd. The company reported $0.57 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.56 by $0.01. Pinnacle Foods had a net margin of 17.93% and a return on equity of 14.39%. The firm had revenue of $778.83 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $767.94 million. During the same period in the previous year, the firm posted $0.50 EPS. The company’s revenue for the quarter was up 1.7% compared to the same quarter last year. equities research analysts predict that Pinnacle Foods will post 2.89 EPS for the current year.

  • [By Dustin Parrett]

    Conagra Brands Inc. (NYSE: CAG) is about to announce a takeover of Pinnacle Foods Inc. (NYSE: PF), and it’s laying the groundwork for the company’s lucrative modernization plan…

  • [By Shane Hupp]

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  • [By Shane Hupp]

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

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    Targa Resources: Poised For Strong Performance Due To Permian Growth (seekingalpha.com) Why Targa Resources (TRGP) Could Be Positioned for a Surge (finance.yahoo.com) Intraday Basic Materials Mover: Targa Resources Corp. (TRGP) (stockdigest.info) QI & Technicals in View For Targa Resources Corp. (NYSE:TRGP), Vivint Solar, Inc. (NYSE:VSLR) (vassarnews.com) Stocks Review- Pinnacle Foods Inc. (NYSE:PF), Targa Resources Corp. (NYSE:TRGP), Pinnacle West Capital … (journalfinance.net)

    Several equities analysts have commented on TRGP shares. Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of Targa Resources from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Friday, August 24th. ValuEngine raised shares of Targa Resources from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Saturday, July 14th. UBS Group increased their target price on shares of Targa Resources from $60.00 to $61.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research report on Friday, August 10th. Seaport Global Securities downgraded shares of Targa Resources from a “buy” rating to a “neutral” rating and increased their target price for the stock from $53.00 to $55.00 in a research report on Friday, July 27th. Finally, Stifel Nicolaus set a $53.00 target price on shares of Targa Resources and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research report on Friday, May 4th. Twelve equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and nine have given a buy rating to the company. The stock has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $56.00.

Top 10 Performing Stocks To Invest In 2019: Applied DNA Sciences Inc(APDN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

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

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    Applied DNA Sciences’ (APDN) CEO James Hayward on Q2 2018 Results – Earnings Call Transcript (seekingalpha.com) Edited Transcript of APDN earnings conference call or presentation 3-May-18 8:30pm GMT (finance.yahoo.com) Applied DNA Sciences: Fiscal 2Q Earnings Snapshot (finance.yahoo.com) Applied DNA Sciences (APDN) Stock Rating Upgraded by ValuEngine (americanbankingnews.com) Applied DNA Reports Fiscal Second Quarter 2018 Financial Results (finance.yahoo.com)

    A number of research analysts have issued reports on the stock. Maxim Group set a $5.00 price target on shares of Applied DNA Sciences and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Friday, April 6th. ValuEngine raised shares of Applied DNA Sciences from a “strong sell” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Friday, February 2nd.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Media coverage about Applied DNA Sciences (NASDAQ:APDN) has trended somewhat positive on Monday, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. The research firm rates the sentiment of press coverage by analyzing more than 20 million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Applied DNA Sciences earned a daily sentiment score of 0.04 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned press coverage about the technology company an impact score of 47.7961768116482 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the next several days.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    NV5 Global (NASDAQ: NVEE) and Applied DNA Sciences (NASDAQ:APDN) are both small-cap business services companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, profitability, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, risk, valuation and dividends.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Applied DNA Sciences Inc (NASDAQ:APDN) shares rose 5.3% during mid-day trading on Wednesday . The company traded as high as $1.84 and last traded at $1.60. Approximately 2,707 shares were traded during mid-day trading, a decline of 98% from the average daily volume of 165,954 shares. The stock had previously closed at $1.52.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    NV5 Global (NASDAQ: NVEE) and Applied DNA Sciences (NASDAQ:APDN) are both small-cap business services companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, earnings, analyst recommendations, valuation, institutional ownership, dividends and risk.

  • [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 10 Performing Stocks To Invest In 2019: TGC Industries Inc.(TGE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    Tallgrass Energy (NYSE:TGE) is one of several pipeline companies that emerged from the rubble of the oil market downturn very different from how they entered it. Like many of its peers, Tallgrass recently consolidated its corporate structure by acquiring its master limited partnership (MLP). That transaction strengthened its financial profile. And that positions the company to deliver a sustainable income stream with significant upside potential from expansion projects coming down the pipeline, making it a much more appealing option for income seekers.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Boardwalk Pipeline Partners (NYSE: TGE) and Tallgrass Energy (NYSE:TGE) are both mid-cap oils/energy companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, profitability, valuation, institutional ownership, risk, earnings and analyst recommendations.

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    Tallgrass Energy (NYSE:TGE) is a relative unknown in the energy sector. While the company operates one of the more important natural gas pipelines in the country, investors have yet to catch on to its story. Because of that, shares of the pipeline company are cheap, which positions investors to potentially capture meaningful gains if the discount between its peers narrows. Add in a monster dividend and significant upside from some expansion projects it has in development, and Tallgrass Energy could deliver attention-grabbing returns in the coming years.

  • [By Matthew DiLallo, Travis Hoium, and Todd Campbell]

    Three stocks that aren’t even on Wall Street’s radar yet are Tallgrass Energy (NYSE:TGE), Invitae Corporation (NYSE:NVTA), and MGM Resorts (NYSE:MGM). Here’s why these three Motley Fool contributors think these stocks could open up the door for investors who are looking where others aren’t to potentially earn some outsized gains. 

Top 10 Performing Stocks To Invest In 2019: BioScrip, Inc.(BIOS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    BiosCrypto (CURRENCY:BIOS) traded flat against the US dollar during the one day period ending at 19:00 PM Eastern on September 2nd. In the last week, BiosCrypto has traded down 13.4% against the US dollar. One BiosCrypto coin can currently be bought for approximately $0.0013 or 0.00000017 BTC on exchanges. BiosCrypto has a total market capitalization of $26,890.00 and approximately $0.00 worth of BiosCrypto was traded on exchanges in the last 24 hours.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

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  • [By Max Byerly]

    BiosCrypto (CURRENCY:BIOS) traded flat against the dollar during the 24-hour period ending at 15:00 PM ET on September 23rd. One BiosCrypto coin can currently be purchased for approximately $0.0013 or 0.00000017 BTC on cryptocurrency exchanges. In the last seven days, BiosCrypto has traded 13.4% lower against the dollar. BiosCrypto has a total market cap of $26,890.00 and $0.00 worth of BiosCrypto was traded on exchanges in the last 24 hours.

  • [By Max Byerly]

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  • [By Shane Hupp]

    BiosCrypto (CURRENCY:BIOS) traded flat against the US dollar during the 24 hour period ending at 22:00 PM E.T. on June 14th. BiosCrypto has a total market cap of $26,890.00 and $0.00 worth of BiosCrypto was traded on exchanges in the last day. One BiosCrypto coin can now be bought for approximately $0.0013 or 0.00000017 BTC on major exchanges. In the last week, BiosCrypto has traded down 13.4% against the US dollar.

Top 10 Performing Stocks To Invest In 2019: StarTek, Inc.(SRT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Cross Country Healthcare (NASDAQ: CCRN) and StarTek (NYSE:SRT) are both small-cap business services companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, profitability, valuation, institutional ownership, risk, earnings and analyst recommendations.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Shares of StarTek, Inc. (NYSE:SRT) have been assigned a consensus rating of “Hold” from the six analysts that are covering the stock, MarketBeat Ratings reports. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, three have issued a hold rating and one has given a buy rating to the company. The average 1-year target price among brokerages that have issued ratings on the stock in the last year is $12.67.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

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

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    Startek’s (SRT) CEO Chad Carlson on Q1 2018 Results – Earnings Call Transcript (seekingalpha.com) -$0.01 Earnings Per Share Expected for StarTek (SRT) This Quarter (americanbankingnews.com) StarTek (SRT) Downgraded by ValuEngine to Sell (americanbankingnews.com) Zacks: StarTek (SRT) Given $13.50 Consensus Price Target by Analysts (americanbankingnews.com) Edited Transcript of SRT earnings conference call or presentation 8-May-18 8:30pm GMT (finance.yahoo.com)

    StarTek traded down $0.03, hitting $6.98, during trading hours on Friday, according to MarketBeat. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 199,000 shares, compared to its average volume of 114,323. StarTek has a 12 month low of $6.57 and a 12 month high of $14.78. The company has a market capitalization of $108.16 million, a price-to-earnings ratio of -87.25 and a beta of 0.20. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.70, a quick ratio of 2.24 and a current ratio of 2.41.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    ManpowerGroup (NYSE: MAN) and StarTek (NYSE:SRT) are both business services companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their risk, analyst recommendations, profitability, valuation, dividends, institutional ownership and earnings.

Top 10 Performing Stocks To Invest In 2019: Weingarten Realty Investors(WRI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    State of Alaska Department of Revenue trimmed its position in Weingarten Realty Investors (NYSE:WRI) by 7.8% during the second quarter, according to the company in its most recent disclosure with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The institutional investor owned 70,653 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock after selling 6,007 shares during the period. State of Alaska Department of Revenue’s holdings in Weingarten Realty Investors were worth $2,175,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

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  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Weingarten Realty Investors (NYSE:WRI) has been given an average recommendation of “Hold” by the fourteen ratings firms that are covering the stock, MarketBeat reports. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, eight have given a hold rating and four have issued a buy rating on the company. The average 12 month target price among brokers that have issued ratings on the stock in the last year is $32.14.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Weingarten Realty Investors (NYSE:WRI) was upgraded by equities research analysts at ValuEngine from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report released on Thursday.

Top 10 Performing Stocks To Invest In 2019: Ultra Clean Holdings, Inc.(UCTT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Here are some of the media headlines that may have impacted Accern Sentiment’s analysis:

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    Comparing Rubicon Technology (RBCN) & Ultra Clean (UCTT) (americanbankingnews.com) Ultra Clean Holdings Inc (UCTT) Receives Average Rating of “Hold” from Analysts (americanbankingnews.com) Spiffy Stocks: Daktronics, Inc. (NASDAQ:DAKT), Ultra Clean Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:UCTT), Galectin Therapeutics, Inc … (thestreetpoint.com) Ultra Clean Holdings, Inc. — Moody’s assigns B1 CFR to Ultra Clean Holdings; outlook stable (finance.yahoo.com)

    Several analysts recently weighed in on UCTT shares. Zacks Investment Research cut Ultra Clean from a “hold” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a report on Friday, August 3rd. BidaskClub raised Ultra Clean from a “strong sell” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Wednesday, May 30th. Stifel Nicolaus lifted their price target on Ultra Clean from $27.00 to $30.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Monday, June 18th. Standpoint Research raised Ultra Clean from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Tuesday, August 28th. Finally, ValuEngine cut Ultra Clean from a “sell” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a report on Friday, May 18th. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, two have given a hold rating and four have assigned a buy rating to the company. Ultra Clean presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $28.20.

  • [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 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 reported first-quarter earnings. Its bottom-line profit easily topped analyst expectations.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Ultra Clean Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:UCTT) shares rose 5.1% during trading on Wednesday . The stock traded as high as $14.15 and last traded at $14.10. Approximately 964,765 shares changed hands during mid-day trading, a decline of 20% from the average daily volume of 1,204,804 shares. The stock had previously closed at $13.42.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Employees Retirement System of Texas reduced its stake in shares of Ultra Clean Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:UCTT) by 24.4% in the 2nd quarter, according to its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The institutional investor owned 177,000 shares of the semiconductor company’s stock after selling 57,000 shares during the quarter. Employees Retirement System of Texas owned 0.46% of Ultra Clean worth $2,938,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Ultra Clean Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:UCTT) has been assigned a consensus recommendation of “Hold” from the eight research firms that are presently covering the stock, MarketBeat reports. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell recommendation, two have issued a hold recommendation and four have issued a buy recommendation on the company. The average twelve-month price target among brokers that have covered the stock in the last year is $31.00.

Top 10 Performing Stocks To Invest In 2019: American Express Company(AXP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Steve Symington]

    But several individual stocks pulled back harder than most, including Scholastic (NASDAQ:SCHL), American Express (NYSE:AXP), and Philip Morris (NYSE:PM). Here’s why they did so poorly.

  • [By Matthew Cochrane]

    Both American Express Company (NYSE:AXP) and Visa Inc (NYSE:V) are well-recognized, ubiquitous brands, and most people would probably think that because their logos are emblazoned on the plastic rectangles residing in our wallets, the two companies run similar businesses. While there are obviously some similarities, investors might be surprised to learn that the two companies feature some striking differences in their business models as well. Let’s take a closer look at these two companies’ business models, what they are doing to grow their business, and their valuations to determine which one might make a better investment today.

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    Technology has changed every facet of daily living, and the financial industry has seen some of the biggest transformations as a result of technological advances. PayPal Holdings (NASDAQ:PYPL) originally started out as a simple way to help online marketplace customers pay for the purchases they made, but it has since evolved into a massive player in facilitating electronic payments and mobile transactions. Meanwhile, established players like American Express (NYSE:AXP) have had to scurry to find ways to preserve their competitive advantages after decades of dominance.

  • [By Garrett Baldwin]

    WTI crude oil prices added 1.2% to hit $69.31 per barrel, while Brent crude added 1.4% to hit $74.50. The uptick came after Saudi Arabia hinted that it would like to see oil prices hit the top end of the $80 to $100 range. The key oil supplier has been working with other OPEC producers and Russia to support crude prices to reduce excessive global production. The nations’ agreement is expected to extend well into 2019 and potentially beyond that time frame.
    This morning, as it topped earnings expectations, Procter & Gamble Co. (NYSE: PG) announced it will purchase the consumer health business of German pharma giant Merck KGaA (OTCMKTS: MKGAF) for nearly $4.2 billion. The deal will expand on P&G’s vitamins and health supplement business. This is the first deal made by P&G since activist investor Nelson Peltz won a board seat last year.
    Four Stocks to Watch Today: PM, AXP, AMZN, COST
    Shares of Phillip Morris International Inc. (NYSE: PM) dropped 3.6% in pre-market hours after the company fell short of revenue expectations. Despite reporting earnings per share (EPS) of $1.00, a figure that topped estimates by $0.12, the firm fell short of the $7.02 billion in revenue forecasted by analysts.
    American Express Co. (NYSE: AXP) popped nearly 4% after the company easily topped Wall Street earnings after the bell Wednesday. The firm’s strategy to spend $2.35 billion on customer rewards promotions wooed a large amount of accounts and upgrades during the first three months of 2018. AXP reported EPS of $1.86 on top of $9.72 billion in revenue. Wall Street forecasted $1.71 per share on $9.20 billion.
    Amazon.com Inc. (Nasdaq: AMZN) is in focus after two stunning revelations emerged from the company on Wednesday. CEO Jeff Bezos announced that the company has more subscribers to its Prime service than Costco Corp. (Nasdaq: COST), while the average Amazon employee earned under $30,000 in 2017.
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Top 10 Performing Stocks To Invest In 2019: Daktronics, Inc.(DAKT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Daktronics, Inc. (NASDAQ: DAKT) were down 17 percent to $8.30 after reporting weaker-than-expected quarterly results.

    Michael Kors Holdings Limited (NYSE: KORS) was down, falling around 12 percent to $59.9675. Michael Kors reported better-than-expected earnings for its fiscal fourth quarter and issued strong first-quarter guidance. However, the company issued cautious profit guidance for the full year.

  • [By Motley Fool Transcribers]

    Daktronics Inc (NASDAQ:DAKT)Q1 2019 Earnings Conference CallAug. 21, 2018, 11:00 a.m. ET

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  • [By Max Byerly]

    SG Americas Securities LLC bought a new stake in shares of Daktronics, Inc. (NASDAQ:DAKT) in the 1st quarter, according to its most recent filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The firm bought 12,035 shares of the technology company’s stock, valued at approximately $106,000.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Media stories about Daktronics (NASDAQ:DAKT) have trended somewhat positive this week, according to Accern Sentiment. Accern identifies negative and positive media coverage by analyzing more than 20 million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Daktronics earned a daily sentiment score of 0.11 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news articles about the technology company an impact score of 47.3861611544164 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the near future.

Top 10 Performing Stocks To Invest In 2019: Jones Soda Co.(JSDA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Jones Soda Co. ( USA ) (OTCMKTS:JSDA) released its quarterly earnings results on Thursday. The company reported ($0.01) EPS for the quarter, Bloomberg Earnings reports. The firm had revenue of $3.93 million for the quarter. Jones Soda Co. ( USA ) had a negative return on equity of 112.17% and a negative net margin of 11.33%.

Best Clean Energy Stocks To Invest In 2019

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Emerging markets dominated investment in clean energy in the first quarter of 2018, with more than 40% of funding going to projects in China, while there were notable developments in Mexico, Morocco, Indonesia and Vietnam.

Total investment for the first three months of the year was $61.1 billion, 10% lower than the same period in 2017, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF). Using slightly different criteria, Clean Energy Pipeline said that the figure was $62.1 billion.

One reason for the fall in investment was a 19% drop in solar funding, partly as a result of a 7% fall in the price of photovoltaic equipment over the past year, and partly because of weaker activity in some markets.

Best Clean Energy Stocks To Invest In 2019: Approach Resources Inc.(AREX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

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  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Shares of Approach Resources Inc. (NASDAQ:AREX) have received an average recommendation of “Hold” from the six ratings firms that are presently covering the stock, Marketbeat.com reports. Five equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold recommendation and one has given a buy recommendation to the company. The average 12-month target price among analysts that have updated their coverage on the stock in the last year is $2.75.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

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Best Clean Energy Stocks To Invest In 2019: Collectors Universe, Inc.(CLCT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Press coverage about Collectors Universe (NASDAQ:CLCT) has trended somewhat positive on Saturday, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. Accern ranks the sentiment of news coverage by monitoring more than 20 million news and blog 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. Collectors Universe earned a media sentiment score of 0.05 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news coverage about the business services provider an impact score of 45.3889072712147 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the immediate future.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Media headlines about Collectors Universe (NASDAQ:CLCT) have been trending somewhat positive recently, Accern reports. The research group identifies positive and negative news coverage by monitoring more than 20 million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Collectors Universe earned a media sentiment score of 0.02 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media headlines about the business services provider an impact score of 46.6176420788428 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the next few days.

Best Clean Energy Stocks To Invest In 2019: Electro Scientific Industries, Inc.(ESIO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Russell Investments Group Ltd. trimmed its position in shares of Electro Scientific Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ:ESIO) by 64.3% during the 2nd quarter, according to its most recent 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The institutional investor owned 34,087 shares of the semiconductor company’s stock after selling 61,452 shares during the period. Russell Investments Group Ltd. owned approximately 0.10% of Electro Scientific Industries worth $542,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    ValuEngine downgraded shares of Electro Scientific Industries (NASDAQ:ESIO) from a buy rating to a hold rating in a report issued on Friday morning.

  • [By Timothy Green]

    Shares of Electro Scientific Industries (NASDAQ:ESIO) soared on Thursday after the provider of laser-based manufacturing solutions reported solid first-quarter results. ESI beat analyst estimates for both revenue and earnings, and it provided guidance that was ahead of analyst expectations. As of 12:10 p.m. EDT, the stock was up about 20.8%.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

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Best Clean Energy Stocks To Invest In 2019: Franklin Financial Network, Inc.(FSB)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Franklin Financial Network Inc (NYSE:FSB) was the target of a significant growth in short interest in June. As of June 15th, there was short interest totalling 836,831 shares, a growth of 66.9% from the May 31st total of 501,425 shares. Approximately 6.4% of the shares of the company are sold short. Based on an average daily volume of 392,524 shares, the short-interest ratio is presently 2.1 days.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Franklin Financial Network Inc (NYSE:FSB) – Stock analysts at Piper Jaffray Companies raised their Q3 2018 EPS estimates for shares of Franklin Financial Network in a note issued to investors on Monday, July 30th. Piper Jaffray Companies analyst W. Curtiss now expects that the financial services provider will post earnings of $0.68 per share for the quarter, up from their previous estimate of $0.66. Piper Jaffray Companies currently has a “Hold” rating and a $39.00 price target on the stock.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

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  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    ValuEngine lowered shares of Franklin Financial Network (NYSE:FSB) from a hold rating to a sell rating in a research report sent to investors on Monday.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

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  • [By Max Byerly]

    Franklin Financial Network (NYSE:FSB) was downgraded by research analysts at Compass Point from a “neutral” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note issued on Tuesday, The Fly reports.

Best Clean Energy Stocks To Invest In 2019: American Express Company(AXP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Chris Lange]

    American Express Co. (NYSE: AXP) is scheduled to release its most recent quarterly results after the markets close on Wednesday. The consensus estimates from Thomson Reuters are $1.71 in earnings per share (EPS) on $9.05 billion in revenue. The same period of last year reportedly had EPS of $1.34 and $7.89 billion in revenue.

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    Schulman became president of PayPal in 2014 and has been CEO since 2015. Previously, he served as group president of enterprise growth at American Express Company (AXP) .

  • [By Jason Hall, George Budwell, and Daniel Miller]

    We asked three Motley Fool contributors to take it a step further and dig into Berkshire’s current portfolio of stocks, looking for “buy-now” candidates. They came back with solid cases for General Motors Company (NYSE:GM), Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd (ADR) (NYSE:TEVA), and American Express Company (NYSE:AXP). 

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    American Express (NYSE:AXP) – Equities research analysts at Jefferies Financial Group decreased their Q2 2018 earnings per share estimates for shares of American Express in a research report issued to clients and investors on Wednesday, July 11th. Jefferies Financial Group analyst J. Hecht now forecasts that the payment services company will earn $1.79 per share for the quarter, down from their prior estimate of $1.80. Jefferies Financial Group also issued estimates for American Express’ FY2018 earnings at $7.26 EPS, Q2 2019 earnings at $2.01 EPS, Q3 2019 earnings at $2.02 EPS and FY2019 earnings at $8.21 EPS.

  • [By Tyler Crowe, Matthew Frankel, CFP, and Neha Chamaria]

    For one thing, although Synchrony’s charge-off rate of nearly 6% is quite high in relation to other credit card issuers like American Express (NYSE: AXP) and Capital One (NYSE: COF), the high-APR nature of the products more than makes up for it. In fact, Synchrony’s net interest margin is 15.3% after accounting for charge-offs and interest expenses. The bank’s return on assets (ROA) is roughly three times the industry’s 1% benchmark, and its 31% efficiency ratio is impressive even for a branchless bank.

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    This stock has bounced back nicely from the intense selling early this year and offers good upside. American Express Co. (NYSE: AXP) provides charge and credit payment card products and travel-related services to consumers and businesses worldwide.

Best Stocks To Invest In 2019

The very public discussion between sleep guru Arianna Huffington and Tesla CEO Elon Musk about the merits of rest is about much more than getting enough Zs. It speaks to the broader struggle in Silicon Valley — and beyond — of achieving a healthy life-work balance.

To recap their conversation, Musk, in an emotional interview with the New York Times last week, called the past 12 months “the most difficult and painful year” of his career. He admitted that he has great difficulty refueling and recharging, doesn’t spend enough time with his family, and takes Ambien to help him sleep.

Huffington, who runs wellness startup Thrive Global, published an open letter urging him to ease up on the 120-hour weeks and to quit sleeping at the Tesla factory. In the wee hours Sunday, Musk tweeted back, “You think this is an option. It is not.”

She refused to let him off the hook. In a statement, she said the nation’s work culture deludes people into believing burning out is the price of success. “As all the recent scientific findings show, the opposite is true,” she wrote.

Best Stocks To Invest In 2019: Apollo Gold Corporation(BRD)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Bread (CURRENCY:BRD) traded 20.4% lower against the US dollar during the 1 day period ending at 22:00 PM ET on September 5th. Bread has a total market cap of $25.52 million and $314,664.00 worth of Bread was traded on exchanges in the last day. During the last week, Bread has traded down 19.7% against the US dollar. One Bread token can currently be purchased for about $0.29 or 0.00004486 BTC on cryptocurrency exchanges including Tokenomy, Kucoin, OKEx and Cobinhood.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Bread (CURRENCY:BRD) traded 2.1% lower against the U.S. dollar during the 24-hour period ending at 21:00 PM Eastern on May 27th. One Bread token can currently be bought for $0.46 or 0.00006320 BTC on popular cryptocurrency exchanges including Cobinhood, Binance and OKEx. Bread has a market capitalization of $40.78 million and $4.40 million worth of Bread was traded on exchanges in the last day. During the last seven days, Bread has traded down 28.2% against the U.S. dollar.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Bread (CURRENCY:BRD) traded up 0.8% against the US dollar during the twenty-four hour period ending at 22:00 PM Eastern on September 1st. Over the last week, Bread has traded 3.1% higher against the US dollar. Bread has a market cap of $32.33 million and $367,357.00 worth of Bread was traded on exchanges in the last day. One Bread token can currently be purchased for about $0.36 or 0.00005097 BTC on major cryptocurrency exchanges including Kucoin, Cobinhood, Binance and OKEx.

Best Stocks To Invest In 2019: Rite Aid Corporation(RAD)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Rite Aid
    The reported number of Rite Aid Corp. (NYSE: RAD) shares sold short grew from more than 147.44 million to over 155.35 million as of the most recent settlement date, a rise of about 5.4% since May 15. The latest figure was 14.7% of the company’s total float. The number of days to cover fell from 23 to 19. Shares closed Monday at $1.74, within a 52-week range of $1.38 to $4.21.

  • [By Max Byerly]

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    Can Rite Aid Stock Bounce Back After Last Week’s 14% Drop? (fool.com) Can Rite Aid Stock Bounce Back After Last Week's 14% Drop? (finance.yahoo.com) Rite Aid Co. (RAD) Given Consensus Recommendation of “Hold” by Analysts (americanbankingnews.com) Rite Aid Co. (RAD) Expected to Announce Quarterly Sales of $5.35 Billion (americanbankingnews.com) Overnight Markets: Tech, financial stocks lift Wall Street (citywire.co.uk)

    NYSE RAD traded up $0.02 on Wednesday, hitting $1.70. 5,429,808 shares of the stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 20,022,604. Rite Aid has a 52-week low of $1.38 and a 52-week high of $2.80. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.75, a quick ratio of 0.85 and a current ratio of 1.49. The stock has a market cap of $1.79 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of -85.00 and a beta of 1.69.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

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  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Rite Aid Corp. (NYSE: RAD) traded down nearly 11%, at $1.76 in a 52-week range of $1.38 to $3.12. The company’s market cap dropped by about $180 million.

Best Stocks To Invest In 2019: American Express Company(AXP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Willis Investment Counsel boosted its position in shares of American Express (NYSE:AXP) by 0.7% in the first quarter, according to the company in its most recent disclosure with the SEC. The firm owned 72,760 shares of the payment services company’s stock after purchasing an additional 495 shares during the quarter. Willis Investment Counsel’s holdings in American Express were worth $6,787,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Investors sold shares of American Express (NYSE:AXP) on strength during trading hours on Thursday. $32.46 million flowed into the stock on the tick-up and $96.16 million flowed out of the stock on the tick-down, for a money net flow of $63.70 million out of the stock. Of all companies tracked, American Express had the 5th highest net out-flow for the day. American Express traded up $0.63 for the day and closed at $101.22

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Tdam USA Inc. reduced its position in American Express (NYSE:AXP) by 13.3% in the first quarter, according to the company in its most recent filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The fund owned 27,447 shares of the payment services company’s stock after selling 4,195 shares during the period. Tdam USA Inc.’s holdings in American Express were worth $2,560,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

  • [By Shah Gilani]

    In a determined effort to stay ahead of competing mobile messaging services, Facebook has been hard at work trying to transform Messenger into a unique customer service and commerce hub. For example:

    Messenger already has a partnership with American Express Co. (NYSE: AXP) that Facebookers can use to contact the high-end card company’s representatives. A year ago, Facebook cut a deal with PayPal Holdings Inc. (Nasdaq: PYPL) that allows users to send money through Messenger. And for some time now, Mastercard Inc. (NYSE: MA) cardholders have been able to place online orders with some merchants through Messenger using the card company’s Masterpass digital wallet.

    For Facebook, the magic elixir is getting all kinds of customers transacting through one of its commerce portals, which to date is primarily Messenger.

  • [By Matthew Frankel, Jordan Wathen, and Dan Caplinger]

    With that in mind, here’s why three of our Motley Fool contributors think would-be cryptocurrency investors are better off considering American Express (NYSE:AXP), Discover Financial Services (NYSE:DFS), or Mastercard (NYSE:MA) instead.

Best Stocks To Invest In 2019: FRP Holdings, Inc.(FRPH)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    FRP (NASDAQ:FRPH) was downgraded by equities researchers at BidaskClub from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating in a report issued on Saturday.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    FRP Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:FRPH) VP John D. Milton, Jr. sold 3,000 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, June 14th. The stock was sold at an average price of $59.07, for a total value of $177,210.00. Following the transaction, the vice president now owns 632 shares in the company, valued at approximately $37,332.24. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this link.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    FRP (NASDAQ:FRPH) was downgraded by equities researchers at BidaskClub from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note issued on Friday.

Best Stocks To Invest In 2019: Synchronoss Technologies Inc.(SNCR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    The stock market had a generally solid performance on Monday, with large-cap indexes posting modest gains even as benchmarks that track the changes of smaller stocks underperformed. The big news of the day came on the trade front, where the White House intervened to reverse previous policy with respect to Chinese smartphone giant ZTE in an apparent effort to gain favor with the world’s most populous nation and second-largest economic power. Investors looked for potential winners from the thawing of relations with China, but not all stocks were able to avoid significant losses. Viacom (NASDAQ:VIAB), Synchronoss Technologies (NASDAQ:SNCR), and DHX Media (NASDAQ:DHXM) were among the worst performers on the day. Here’s why they did so poorly.

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

    International Flavors & Fragrances Inc. (NYSE: IFF) reported upbeat earnings for its first quarter and agreed to acquire Frutarom for $7.1 billion.
    Mondelez International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MDLZ) announced plans to acquire Tate's Bake Shop for $500 million.
    ynchronoss Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: SNCR) reported a deal to buy honeybee.
    DENTSPLY SIRONA Inc (NASDAQ: XRAY) reported Q1 adjusted earnings of $0.45 per share on sales of $956.1 million. The company updated its 2018 adjusted earnings guidance to $2.55 to 2.65 per share.

Best Stocks To Invest In 2019: China Mobile (Hong Kong) Ltd.(CHL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Leo Sun]

    Baidu (NASDAQ:BIDU) and China Mobile (NYSE:CHL) recently signed a sweeping strategic partnership that pools their resources in “frontier areas” including AI, big data, 5G networks, and driverless cars. China Mobile, the largest wireless carrier in China, will also offer exclusive discounted data plans for 13 Baidu products, including Baidu’s core app, its iQiyi video streaming platform, and its Reddit-like PostBar social media network.

  • [By Leo Sun]

    The Trump Administration recently blocked China Mobile (NYSE:CHL), China’s top wireless carrier, from obtaining a FCC license to expand its operations into the United States. The company applied for the license in 2011, but its approval was stuck in limbo due to security concerns.

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    China Mobile Limited (NYSE: CHL) is the world’s largest wireless operator with 894 million customers and 62% of the Chinese wireless market. As the government is the company’s largest shareholder, it’s expected to receive significant protection against foreign and even some domestic competitors.

  • [By Leo Sun]

    China Mobile (NYSE:CHL) is generally considered a conservative play on the Chinese market. However, shares of the country’s top wireless carrier tumbled more than 30% over the past three years due to ongoing concerns about the saturation of the smartphone market, rising expenses, and trade tensions with the US.

  • [By Douglas A. McIntyre]

    The Trump administration cut off China Mobile Ltd. (NYSE: CHL) for related reasons. The National Telecommunications and Information Administration issued a statement: “After significant engagement with China Mobile, concerns about increased risks to U.S. law enforcement and national security interests were unable to be resolved.”

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April 24, 2018: Markets opened higher again Tuesday but soon sank to losses and just kept falling throughout the trading session. The yield on 10-year Treasury bonds finally topped 3% early this morning and combined with lackluster earnings and cautious guidance from some blue chippers, stocks never had a chance to fly higher. Home prices rose sharply again and sales of new homes also posted a solid gain.

WTI crude oil for June delivery settled at $67.70 a barrel, down 1.4% for the day. June gold added about 0.7% on the day to settle at $1,333.00. Equities were headed for a lower close about 10 minutes before the bell as the Dow traded down 2.03% for the day, the S&P 500 traded down 1.66%, and the Nasdaq Composite traded down 2.04%.

Bitcoin futures (XBTK8) for May delivery traded at $9,410, up about 6% on the CBOE after opening at $8,970 this morning. The digital currency’s trading range for the day was $8,940 to $9,450.

The Dow stock posting the largest daily percentage loss ahead of the close Tuesday was 3M Company (NYSE: MMM) which traded down 6.99% at $200.78. The stock’s 52-week range is $192.36 to $259.77. Volume was about four times the daily average of around 2.7 million shares. The company reported so-so results this morning and lowered earnings guidance.

Top 5 Blue Chip Stocks To Watch Right Now: Myriad Genetics, Inc.(MYGN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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    Myriad Genetics (MYGN) : “This is an early stage company. Good spec, bad chart.”

    Skechers USA (SKX) : “I think they’re doing well. I think it’s really good and they’ve done a good job.”

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    In the Lightning Round, Cramer was bullish on Dropbox (DBX) , Spotify (SPOT) , Myriad Genetics (MYGN) , Skechers USA (SKX) , Enterprise Products Partners (EPD) and American Water Works (AWK) .

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Vermillion (NASDAQ: VRML) and Myriad Genetics (NASDAQ:MYGN) are both medical companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, profitability, risk, analyst recommendations, valuation, earnings and institutional ownership.

Top 5 Blue Chip Stocks To Watch Right Now: American Express Company(AXP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Garrett Baldwin]

    WTI crude oil prices added 1.2% to hit $69.31 per barrel, while Brent crude added 1.4% to hit $74.50. The uptick came after Saudi Arabia hinted that it would like to see oil prices hit the top end of the $80 to $100 range. The key oil supplier has been working with other OPEC producers and Russia to support crude prices to reduce excessive global production. The nations’ agreement is expected to extend well into 2019 and potentially beyond that time frame.
    This morning, as it topped earnings expectations, Procter & Gamble Co. (NYSE: PG) announced it will purchase the consumer health business of German pharma giant Merck KGaA (OTCMKTS: MKGAF) for nearly $4.2 billion. The deal will expand on P&G’s vitamins and health supplement business. This is the first deal made by P&G since activist investor Nelson Peltz won a board seat last year.
    Four Stocks to Watch Today: PM, AXP, AMZN, COST
    Shares of Phillip Morris International Inc.(NYSE: PM) dropped 3.6% in pre-market hours after the company fell short of revenue expectations. Despite reporting earnings per share (EPS) of $1.00, a figure that topped estimates by $0.12, the firm fell short of the $7.02 billion in revenue forecasted by analysts.
    American Express Co.(NYSE: AXP) popped nearly 4% after the company easily topped Wall Street earnings after the bell Wednesday. The firm’s strategy to spend $2.35 billion on customer rewards promotions wooed a large amount of accounts and upgrades during the first three months of 2018. AXP reported EPS of $1.86 on top of $9.72 billion in revenue. Wall Street forecasted $1.71 per share on $9.20 billion.
    Amazon.com Inc.(Nasdaq: AMZN) is in focus after two stunning revelations emerged from the company on Wednesday. CEO Jeff Bezos announced that the company has more subscribers to its Prime service than Costco Corp.(Nasdaq: COST), while the average Amazon employee earned under $30,000 in 2017.
    Look for additional earnings reports from Skechers USA In

  • [By Douglas A. McIntyre]

    It is a simple offer. Make an order from Amazon Prime Now, its food and restaurant service, pay with an American Express Card and get $20 off. The same deal does not apply to those who use a Visa or MasterCard piece of plastic. Through some financial partnership the consumer cannot see, Amazon.com Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN), the largest online retailer, is helping American Express Co. (NYSE: AXP), which, based on recent earnings, needs the business.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    American Express Co. (NYSE: AXP) reported its most recent quarterly results after markets closed Thursday. The company said that it had $1.58 in earnings per share (EPS) and $8.84 billion in revenue, compared with consensus estimates from Thomson Reuters that called for $1.54 in EPS and $8.72 billion in revenue. The fourth quarter from last year had $0.88 in EPS and $8.02 billion in revenue.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    American Express Co. (NYSE: AXP) is scheduled to release its most recent quarterly results after the markets close on Wednesday. The consensus estimates from Thomson Reuters are $1.71 in earnings per share (EPS) on $9.05 billion in revenue. The same period of last year reportedly had EPS of $1.34 and $7.89 billion in revenue.

Top 5 Blue Chip Stocks To Watch Right Now: Expeditors International of Washington, Inc.(EXPD)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    Tuesday saw an up-and-down session on Wall Street, with major benchmarks trading on either side of the unchanged mark before finishing the day flat. Many investors kept most of their attention on Washington, where the White House announced that the U.S. would withdraw from the deal that the previous administration made with Iran concerning nuclear development. The withdrawal was largely expected, and although crude oil and other commodities were volatile leading up to the final decision, most other financial markets seemed prepared for the announcement. Even on a lackluster day, some companies had good news that lifted their shares substantially. Expeditors International of Washington (NASDAQ:EXPD), Valeant Pharmaceuticals International (NYSE:VRX), and SeaWorld Entertainment (NYSE:SEAS) were among the best performers on the day. Here’s why they did so well.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    News articles about Expeditors International of Washington (NASDAQ:EXPD) have been trending somewhat positive this week, Accern reports. The research group identifies positive and negative press coverage by reviewing more than 20 million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Expeditors International of Washington earned a media sentiment score of 0.15 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media headlines about the transportation company an impact score of 46.7570916317495 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the near term.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company boosted its stake in shares of Expeditors International of Washington (NASDAQ:EXPD) by 22.7% during the first quarter, according to the company in its most recent disclosure with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The firm owned 240,918 shares of the transportation company’s stock after purchasing an additional 44,645 shares during the period. The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company owned approximately 0.14% of Expeditors International of Washington worth $15,249,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Adviser Investments LLC trimmed its holdings in Expeditors International of Washington (NASDAQ:EXPD) by 78.8% in the first quarter, HoldingsChannel.com reports. The fund owned 2,550 shares of the transportation company’s stock after selling 9,500 shares during the period. Adviser Investments LLC’s holdings in Expeditors International of Washington were worth $161,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

  • [By Lisa Levin] Companies Reporting Before The Bell
    Dean Foods Company (NYSE: DF) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.11 per share on revenue of $1.85 billion.
    Discovery, Inc. (NASDAQ: DISCA) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.44 per share on revenue of $1.99 billion.
    Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. (NYSE: JEC) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $0.89 per share on revenue of $3.63 billion.
    Henry Schein, Inc. (NASDAQ: HSIC) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.92 per share on revenue of $3.17 billion.
    Gartner, Inc. (NYSE: IT) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.57 per share on revenue of $926.18 million.
    The AES Corporation (NYSE: AES) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $0.24 per share on revenue of $2.98 billion.
    Expeditors International of Washington, Inc. (NASDAQ: EXPD) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.64 per share on revenue of $1.71 billion.
    US Foods Holding Corp. (NYSE: USFD) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.32 per share on revenue of $5.98 billion.
    DISH Network Corporation (NASDAQ: DISH) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.7 per share on revenue of $3.50 billion.
    Zebra Technologies Corporation (NASDAQ: ZBRA) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $2.06 per share on revenue of $936.98 million.
    Camping World Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: CWH) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.42 per share on revenue of $1.06 billion.
    Perrigo Company plc (NYSE: PRGO) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $1.14 per share on revenue of $1.21 billion.
    Petróleo Brasileiro S.A. – Petrobras (NYSE: PBR) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $0.28 per share on revenue of $23.80 billion.
    JD.com, Inc. (NYSE: JD) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.18 per share on revenue of $15.65 billion.
    Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc. (NYSE: VRX) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.6 per share o
  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Expeditors International of Washington (NASDAQ:EXPD) has been assigned a consensus recommendation of “Hold” from the eleven research firms that are covering the company, Marketbeat reports. Three analysts have rated the stock with a sell recommendation, five have given a hold recommendation and three have issued a buy recommendation on the company. The average 12-month price target among brokers that have updated their coverage on the stock in the last year is $65.63.

Top 5 Blue Chip Stocks To Watch Right Now: Citigroup Inc.(BLW)

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  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    First Foundation Advisors reduced its position in shares of Blackrock Limited Duration (NYSE:BLW) by 8.4% in the 1st quarter, according to its most recent disclosure with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The institutional investor owned 322,389 shares of the investment management company’s stock after selling 29,591 shares during the period. First Foundation Advisors owned approximately 0.87% of Blackrock Limited Duration worth $4,862,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

Top 5 Blue Chip Stocks To Watch Right Now: Zumiez Inc.(ZUMZ)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Zumiez (NASDAQ:ZUMZ) CEO Richard Miles Brooks sold 3,957 shares of Zumiez stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, June 6th. The shares were sold at an average price of $27.00, for a total transaction of $106,839.00. Following the completion of the sale, the chief executive officer now owns 3,709,067 shares in the company, valued at approximately $100,144,809. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through the SEC website.

  • [By Motley Fool Staff]

    Zumiez (NASDAQ:ZUMZ) Q1 2018 Earnings Conference CallJun. 7, 2018 5:00 p.m. ET

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  • [By Garrett Baldwin]

    Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (NYSE: GS) chief economist Jan Hatzius has a message for the markets. Hatzius said in a research note on Monday that U.S. GDP has likely peaked. “The current pace is probably as good as it gets because we expect the impulse from financial conditions to gradually turn more negative,” Hatzius said.
    The European Union slapped America with roughly $3.3 billion in tariffs on U.S. goods. The tariffs, which are in retaliation to the Trump administration’s recent steel and aluminum tariffs on the EU, will go into effect in July. They specifically target products like cigarettes, whiskey, denim, and orange juice.
    Stocks to Watch Today: AVGO, AGN, GOOGL, TSLA
    Broadcom Ltd.(Nasdaq: AVGO) leads a busy day of earnings reports. Wall Street anticipates the firm will report earnings per share of $4.77 on top of $5.00 billion in revenue. Uncertainty still remains on whether the company will be able to purchase industry rival Qualcomm Inc.(Nasdaq: QCOM) in a deal that would be the largest technology merger in the history of the markets.
    Shares of Alphabet Inc. (Nasdaq: GOOGL) are under pressure due to more regulatory scrutiny by the European Union. Shares were off slightly this morning as investors digested a report from The Financial Times indicating the EU will hit the firm with a antitrust fine.
    Tesla Inc. (Nasdaq: TSLA) stock popped nearly 10% Wednesday, crushing short sellers of the stock. Investors betting against the stock lost a collective $1 billion on paper yesterday, according to S3 Partners. This week, founder Elon Musk won a battle to maintain his roles as both CEO and chair. He also provided a boost of optimism to TSLA stock over production expectations for the Model 3 vehicle.
    Allergan Inc. (NYSE: AGN) shares are up 2.4% thanks to its latest activist investor. Billionaire investor Carl Icahn purchased a small stake in the drug maker at a time when other activist investors are pushing for strategic changes by the company.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Zumiez Inc. (NASDAQ:ZUMZ) shares were down 10% during mid-day trading on Thursday . The stock traded as low as $20.50 and last traded at $21.25. Approximately 1,646,558 shares changed hands during mid-day trading, an increase of 258% from the average daily volume of 459,709 shares. The stock had previously closed at $23.60.

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It pays to listen to Warren Buffett in all his appearances over the Berkshire Hathaway stockholder weekend. On this morning&a;rsquo;s CNBC television appearance, Buffett made it succinctly clear he expected Wells Fargo stock to be worth a great deal more in the next 10 years than it does today when growth of the bank is restricted due to a long list of regulatory missteps and grievances.

Wells Fargo is limited by the Federal Reserve to its current $1.95 trillion assets until it cleans up activities that have endangered bank customers. Wells Fargo will only be allowed to grow again when &a;ldquo;robust and comprehensive reforms will be put in place to make certain the abuses do not occur again,&a;rdquo; the Fed has ruled. During this period, Well Fargo stock has been trading in a range close to $52 a share, while other large bank shares like JPMorgan Chase have considerably advanced. The current price-earnings ratio of WFC is only 12.5 times, far cheaper than the general market. Berkshire currently owns 497.7 million shares of WFC, or 9.65% of the bank.

Best Warren Buffett Stocks For 2019: Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Inc.(CBRL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Waratah Capital Advisors Ltd. decreased its position in Cracker Barrel (NASDAQ:CBRL) by 94.4% in the 1st quarter, according to the company in its most recent 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The institutional investor owned 2,675 shares of the restaurant operator’s stock after selling 45,017 shares during the quarter. Waratah Capital Advisors Ltd.’s holdings in Cracker Barrel were worth $426,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

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  • [By Lisa Levin] Companies Reporting Before The Bell
    Advance Auto Parts, Inc. (NYSE: AAP) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $1.97 per share on revenue of $2.91 billion.
    Kohl's Corporation (NYSE: KSS) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.5 per share on revenue of $3.95 billion.
    The TJX Companies, Inc. (NYSE: TJX) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $1.02 per share on revenue of $8.47 billion.
    AutoZone, Inc. (NYSE: AZO) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $13.01 per share on revenue of $2.72 billion.
    Dycom Industries, Inc. (NYSE: DY) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.7 per share on revenue of $734.86 million.
    Eaton Vance Corp. (NYSE: EV) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $0.79 per share on revenue of $425.42 million.
    Photronics, Inc. (NASDAQ: PLAB) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.07 per share on revenue of $124.17 million.
    Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. (NASDAQ: CBRL) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $1.93 per share on revenue of $715.15 million.
    Radcom Ltd. (NASDAQ: RDCM) is expected to post quarterly earnings at $1.96 per share on revenue of $718.59 million.
    Clear Channel Outdoor Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: CCO) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.04 per share on revenue of $718.96 million.
    CYREN Ltd. (NASDAQ: CYRN) is estimated to report quarterly loss at $0.08 per share on revenue of $7.72 million.
    Ferroglobe PLC (NYSE: GSM) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.16 per share on revenue of $559.15 million.
    Dr. Reddy's Laboratories Limited (NYSE: RDY) is estimated to report earnings for its fourth quarter.
    BioLineRx Ltd. (NASDAQ: BLRX) is expected to report quarterly loss at $0.07 per share.
    Toll Brothers, Inc. (NYSE: TOL) is estimated to post quarterly earnings at $0.76 per share on revenue of $1.58 billion.

     

Best Warren Buffett Stocks For 2019: American Express Company(AXP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    American Express Co. (NYSE: AXP) traded up 2.59% at $101.36. The stock’s 52-week range is $75.51 to $102.39. Volume was about 20% below the daily average of around 3.9 million shares. A case involving the company’s rules for merchants was heard before the U.S. Supreme Court today.

  • [By Jordan Wathen]

    American Express (NYSE:AXP) has always been the card company for spenders, but its first-quarter results suggest it can be a card company for borrowers, too.

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Bio-Path Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: BPTH) shares rose 29.5 percent to $2.15 in pre-market trading after reporting pre-clinical data demonstrating potential of Prexigebersen presented at the annual American Association for Cancer Research meeting in Chicago.
    Sientra, Inc. (NASDAQ: SIEN) rose 16.7 percent to $12.90 in pre-market trading following the announcement of FDA approval for PMA supplement.
    Aqua Metals, Inc. (NASDAQ: AQMS) rose 13.5 percent to $2.95 in pre-market trading after climbing 14.04 percent on Wednesday.
    Harmony Gold Mining Company Limited (NYSE: HMY) rose 5.6 percent to $2.09 in pre-market trading.
    Alcoa Corporation (NYSE: AA) shares rose 5 percent to $62.32 in pre-market trading after the company reported better-than-expected earnings for its first quarter and raised its FY18 adjusted EBITDA outlook.
    Gold Fields Limited (ADR) (NYSE: GFI) shares rose 4.9 percent to $4.11 in pre-market trading after gaining 1.03 percent on Wednesday.
    ABB Ltd (NYSE: ABB) shares rose 4.3 percent to $24.47 in pre-market trading after reporting Q1 results.
    WPP plc (NYSE: WPP) rose 4.2 percent to $82.99 in pre-market trading.
    American Express Company (NYSE: AXP) rose 4 percent to $98.95 in pre-market trading after the company reported stronger-than-expected profit for its first quarter.
    HSBC Holdings plc (NYSE: HSEA) rose 3.4 percent to $27.30 in pre-market trading.
    Shire plc (NASDAQ: SHPG) rose 3.4 percent to $167.95 in pre-market trading. Takada offered to buy Shire at £46.50 per share, Reuters reported.
    Vipshop Holdings Limited (NYSE: VIPS) rose 3.1 percent to $16.43 in pre-market trading.
    iRobot Corporation (NASDAQ: IRBT) shares rose 3 percent to $63.66 in the pre-market trading session.

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  • [By Logan Wallace]

    American Express (NYSE: AXP) and CURO Group (NYSE:CURO) are both finance companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, analyst recommendations, earnings, institutional ownership, valuation, profitability and risk.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Excluding the company’s stake in Kraft Heinz Co. (NYSE: KHC), its top five holdings at the end of last year were as follows:

    American Express Co. (NYSE: AXP): a 17.6% stake valued at $15 billion with a cost basis of $1.3 billion Phillips 66 Co. (NYSE: PSX): a 14.9% stake valued at $7.5 billion and a cost basis of $5.8 billion Moody’s Corp. (NYSE: MCO): a 12.9% stake valued at $3.6 billion with a cost basis of $248 million Wells Fargo & Co. (NYSE: WFC): a 9.9% stake valued at $29.3 billion and a cost basis of $11.8 billion Coca-Cola Co. (NYSE: KO): a 9.4% stake valued at $18.4 billion with a cost basis of $1.2 billion

    The following are a few of Buffett’s comments from the letter.

Best Warren Buffett Stocks For 2019: Abeona Therapeutics Inc.(ABEO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Brian Orelli]

    Shares of gene therapy expert Abeona Therapeutics (NASDAQ:ABEO) closed down 12% on Friday after the company reportedupdated data from a phase 1/2 trial testing ABO-102, a treatment for a rare genetic disease called Sanfilippo syndrome type A, at the 21st annual meeting of the American Society for Gene and Cell Therapy.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Abeona Therapeutics (NASDAQ:ABEO) issued its quarterly earnings results on Monday. The biopharmaceutical company reported ($0.18) earnings per share for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of ($0.19) by $0.01, Bloomberg Earnings reports. Abeona Therapeutics had a negative return on equity of 23.57% and a negative net margin of 939.83%. The business had revenue of $2.60 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $0.27 million.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Abeona Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ:ABEO) shares fell 0% on Friday . The stock traded as low as $15.90 and last traded at $18.88. 3,849,722 shares changed hands during mid-day trading, an increase of 257% from the average session volume of 1,077,610 shares. The stock had previously closed at $18.88.

Traders Sell American Express (AXP) on Strength (AXP)

Investors sold shares of American Express (NYSE:AXP) on strength during trading hours on Thursday. $32.46 million flowed into the stock on the tick-up and $96.16 million flowed out of the stock on the tick-down, for a money net flow of $63.70 million out of the stock. Of all companies tracked, American Express had the 5th highest net out-flow for the day. American Express traded up $0.63 for the day and closed at $101.22

Several research analysts have recently commented on the stock. TheStreet raised shares of American Express from a “c+” rating to a “b+” rating in a report on Wednesday, April 18th. Oppenheimer set a $117.00 price target on shares of American Express and gave the company a “buy” rating in a report on Tuesday, March 13th. Sanford C. Bernstein reaffirmed an “outperform” rating and issued a $120.00 price target (up from $115.00) on shares of American Express in a report on Thursday, April 19th. Sandler O’Neill set a $109.00 price target on shares of American Express and gave the company a “buy” rating in a report on Thursday, March 15th. Finally, Royal Bank of Canada lifted their price target on shares of American Express to $86.00 and gave the company an “underperform” rating in a report on Thursday, April 19th. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, sixteen have assigned a hold rating and twelve have issued a buy rating to the company. American Express currently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $107.45.

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The company has a market capitalization of $86.67 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 17.24, a P/E/G ratio of 1.36 and a beta of 1.13. The company has a current ratio of 1.90, a quick ratio of 1.90 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 2.67.

American Express (NYSE:AXP) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, April 18th. The payment services company reported $1.86 earnings per share for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $1.71 by $0.15. The company had revenue of $9.72 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $9.49 billion. American Express had a net margin of 8.79% and a return on equity of 28.41%. The business’s revenue for the quarter was up 11.6% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period in the prior year, the business posted $1.34 EPS. research analysts predict that American Express will post 7.23 EPS for the current year.

The business also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, August 10th. Stockholders of record on Friday, July 6th will be paid a $0.35 dividend. This represents a $1.40 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 1.38%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, July 5th. American Express’s dividend payout ratio is currently 23.85%.

In other news, insider L Kevin Cox sold 33,777 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, April 19th. The shares were sold at an average price of $100.54, for a total value of $3,395,939.58. Following the completion of the sale, the insider now directly owns 19,249 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $1,935,294.46. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available at this hyperlink. Also, CFO Jeffrey C. Campbell sold 9,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, May 1st. The stock was sold at an average price of $98.05, for a total transaction of $882,450.00. Following the completion of the sale, the chief financial officer now directly owns 79,978 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $7,841,842.90. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last ninety days, insiders sold 58,252 shares of company stock valued at $5,800,027. Company insiders own 0.20% of the company’s stock.

Several hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in AXP. Boston Partners raised its holdings in shares of American Express by 447.8% in the 1st quarter. Boston Partners now owns 4,807,964 shares of the payment services company’s stock worth $448,487,000 after purchasing an additional 3,930,338 shares in the last quarter. UBS Asset Management Americas Inc. raised its holdings in shares of American Express by 59.0% during the fourth quarter. UBS Asset Management Americas Inc. now owns 5,305,396 shares of the payment services company’s stock valued at $526,879,000 after acquiring an additional 1,968,718 shares during the period. Millennium Management LLC raised its holdings in shares of American Express by 847.9% during the fourth quarter. Millennium Management LLC now owns 1,480,273 shares of the payment services company’s stock valued at $147,006,000 after acquiring an additional 1,324,105 shares during the period. Swedbank acquired a new stake in shares of American Express during the fourth quarter valued at approximately $98,751,000. Finally, Veritas Asset Management LLP raised its holdings in shares of American Express by 9.0% during the first quarter. Veritas Asset Management LLP now owns 11,996,953 shares of the payment services company’s stock valued at $1,119,076,000 after acquiring an additional 992,800 shares during the period. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 85.03% of the company’s stock.

About American Express

American Express Company, together with its subsidiaries, provides charge and credit payment card products and travel-related services to consumers and businesses worldwide. It operates through four segments: U.S. Consumer Services, International Consumer and Network Services, Global Commercial Services, and Global Merchant Services.

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The cowboy is retiring.

Chris Sacca, an investor known for his early bets on Uber and Twitter (TWTR, Tech30) — and his penchant for cowboy shirts — announced Wednesday that he is going to stop investing in startups.

In a blog post, the billionaire investor also said he would stop appearing on Shark Tank, which he has been a part of for the past two seasons.

“I’ve been trying to tiptoe into this phase for years,” he told CNNTech in an email. “But it became obvious about a year ago that it would only work if I truly left the business.”

Sacca, 41, said it was impossible to give his investments the time and energy they needed — and also try different things.

In the post titled “Hanging up my Spurs,” Sacca said his second act would include a foray into entertainment. He plans to launch a podcast — although he was tight-lipped on any details — and play himself in a pilot about startups that’s being developed by Zach Braff.

“TV stuff can be a hoot and I learn so much by interacting with audiences outside of my bubble,” he wrote. “Even the quirkiest opportunities, like my upcoming appearance on Celebrity Family Feud, have taught me something and brought me a lot of laughs.”

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    Park-Ohio (NASDAQ: PKOH) and Materion (NYSE:MTRN) are both small-cap industrial products companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, institutional ownership, dividends, risk, analyst recommendations, earnings and valuation.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Park-Ohio (NASDAQ:PKOH) is set to post its quarterly earnings results before the market opens on Wednesday, May 9th. Analysts expect Park-Ohio to post earnings of $0.80 per share for the quarter.

Best Energy Stocks To Invest In Right Now: ZIOPHARM Oncology Inc(ZIOP)

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  • [By Todd Campbell]

    It garnered a lot of attention in 2015 when Ziopharm (NASDAQ:ZIOP) announced it would use its “sleeping beauty” technology to improve upon chimeric antigen receptor T-cell therapies that it was developing. Then, its mosquitoes that are engineered so that they can’t reproduce and spread disease won investor interest during the Zika virus outbreak in 2015 and 2016.

  • [By Keith Speights]

    Over the last 12 months, bluebird bio (NASDAQ:BLUE) stock has more than doubled. During the same period, Ziopharm Oncology’s (NASDAQ:ZIOP) share price has tumbled over 30%. That’s the past, though. Which of these two clinical-stage biotech stocks is the better pick for investors now?

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    Stellar Biotechnologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: SBOT) fell 42 percent to $2.25 in pre-market trading after dropping 31.45 percent on Thursday. Stellar Biotechnologies priced 2.075 million units at price of $2.65 per unit.
    Symantec Corporation (NASDAQ: SYMC) shares fell 25.2 percent to $21.82 in pre-market trading. Symantec reported better-than-expected earnings for its fourth quarter, but issued weak second-quarter guidance.
    AGM Group Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: AGMH) shares fell 9.5 percent to $10 in pre-market trading after surging 7.79 percent on Thursday.
    ZIOPHARM Oncology, Inc. (NASDAQ: ZIOP) fell 8.9 percent to $4.11 in pre-market trading after the company posted wider-than-expected Q1 loss.
    Redfin Corporation (NASDAQ: RDFN) fell 8.6 percent to $21.00 in pre-market trading after reporting Q1 results.
    Geron Corporation (NASDAQ: GERN) fell 8.3 percent to $3.33 in pre-market trading. Geron posted a Q1 loss of $0.04 per share.
    Talend S.A. (NASDAQ: TLND) shares fell 6 percent to $56 in pre-market trading after reporting Q1 results.
    Flotek Industries, Inc. (NYSE: FTK) fell 5.4 percent to $3.54 in pre-market trading after dropping 2.35 percent on Thursday.
    Halozyme Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: HALO) fell 5.1 percent to $18.95 in pre-market trading after reporting Q1 results.
    Yelp Inc. (NYSE: YELP) shares fell 4.9 percent to $45.40 in pre-market trading. Yelp reported stronger-than-expected results for its first quarter on Thursday.
    Aldeyra Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: ALDX) shares fell 3.3 percent to $7.50 in pre-market trading after dropping 4.32 percent on Thursday

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  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Ziopharm Oncology Inc. (NASDAQ: ZIOP) dropped more than 10% Tuesday to post a 52-week low of $3.77 after closing at $4.20 on Monday. The 52-week high is $7.88. Volume was around 3.7 million, more than double the daily average. The company reported Tuesday on progress of two platforms it is developing and investors did not like what they heard.

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    “We’ve got over 100 banks using this,” said Ripple’s chief market strategist Cory Johnson, in an interview with TheStreet. “We’ve got companies like Bank of Santander, Standard Chartered and American Express (AXP)  – banks all of the world are very active in using Ripple’s software to move money across borders.” 

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    American Express Co. (NYSE: AXP) traded down 2.56% at $95.17. The stock’s 52-week range is $75.51 to $102.39. Volume was about equal to the daily average of about 3.9 million. The company had no specific news today.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    American Express Co. (NYSE: AXP) traded up 1.41% at $99.36. The stock’s 52-week range is $75.51 to $102.39. Volume was about 10% above the daily average of around 3.4 million shares. The company had no news Wednesday.

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American Express (NYSE: AXP) and CURO Group (NYSE:CURO) are both finance companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, analyst recommendations, earnings, institutional ownership, valuation, profitability and risk.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

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84.5% of American Express shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 44.3% of CURO Group shares are held by institutional investors. 0.2% of American Express shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 48.4% of CURO Group shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for American Express and CURO Group, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
American Express 1 13 12 0 2.42
CURO Group 0 0 5 0 3.00

American Express currently has a consensus target price of $107.22, indicating a potential upside of 7.50%. CURO Group has a consensus target price of $21.75, indicating a potential downside of 9.94%. Given American Express’ higher probable upside, equities analysts clearly believe American Express is more favorable than CURO Group.

Dividends

American Express pays an annual dividend of $1.40 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.4%. CURO Group does not pay a dividend. American Express pays out 23.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. American Express has increased its dividend for 6 consecutive years.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares American Express and CURO Group’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
American Express $33.47 billion 2.56 $2.74 billion $5.87 16.99
CURO Group $963.63 million 1.12 $49.15 million $1.84 13.13

American Express has higher revenue and earnings than CURO Group. CURO Group is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than American Express, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Profitability

This table compares American Express and CURO Group’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
American Express 8.79% 28.41% 3.27%
CURO Group N/A N/A N/A

Summary

American Express beats CURO Group on 13 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

American Express Company Profile

American Express Company, together with its subsidiaries, provides charge and credit payment card products and travel-related services to consumers and businesses worldwide. It operates through four segments: U.S. Consumer Services, International Consumer and Network Services, Global Commercial Services, and Global Merchant Services. The company's products and services include charge and credit card products, as well as other payment and financing products; network services; expense management products and services; travel-related services; and stored value/prepaid products. Its products and services also comprise merchant acquisition and processing, servicing and settlement, merchant financing, point-of-sale marketing, and information products and services for merchants; and fraud prevention services, as well as the design and operation of customer loyalty programs. The company sells its products and services to consumers, small businesses, mid-sized companies, and large corporations through online applications, direct mail, in-house teams, third-party vendors, and direct response advertising. American Express Company was founded in 1850 and is headquartered in New York, New York.

CURO Group Company Profile

CURO Group Holdings Corp., a diversified consumer finance company, provides consumer finance to a range of underbanked consumers in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. It offers unsecured installment loans, secured installment loans, open-end loans, and single-pay loans, as well as ancillary financial products, including check cashing, proprietary reloadable prepaid debit cards, credit protection insurance, gold buying, retail installment sales, and money transfer services. The company operates under the Speedy Cash, Rapid Cash, Cash Money, Av铆o Credit, and Opt+ brands; and online as Wage Day Advance and Juo Loans, as well as offers installment loans online under the LendDirect brand. The company was formerly known as Speedy Group Holdings Corp. and changed its name to CURO Group Holdings Corp. in May 2016. CURO Group Holdings Corp. was founded in 1997 and is based in Wichita, Kansas.

Hot Stocks To Buy For 2018

WASHINGTON The IRS strikes back: The tax agency reports that the number of identity theft victims plummeted last year after agents struggled for years to combat what has become a multibillion-dollar industry.

The number of victims dropped by 46 percent, to 376,000, the IRS said. These taxpayers had their identities stolen by criminals who used their Social Security numbers and birthdates to obtain fraudulent tax refunds.

The IRS stopped nearly 1 million fraudulent refunds from being issued last year. They totaled almost $6.6 billion, the agency said.

“It’s a much more challenging time for the cybercrooks,” said Mark Ciaramitaro, vice president for retail tax products and services at H&R Block. “All of the easy paths have been closed.”

Identity theft exploded from 2010 to 2012, and “for a time overwhelmed law enforcement and the IRS,” said John Dalrymple, deputy IRS commissioner for services and enforcement.

Hot Stocks To Buy For 2018: CASI Pharmaceuticals, Inc.(CASI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    CASI Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: CASI) shares shot up 62 percent to $3.61 following disclosure company Director He Wei-Wu purchased 200,000 shares on October 5 and 6. The stock rallied 15 percent on no news during Tuesday's intraday session.

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    US based but China focused small cap biopharmaceutical stockCASI Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: CASI) is up around 78% over the last three trading days on no apparent news on the newswires as the following chart illustrates:

Hot Stocks To Buy For 2018: American Express Company(AXP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By ]

    2. Low Debt Levels
    By looking through his previous success stories like Coca-Cola (NYSE: KO), American Express (NYSE: AXP), and Wells Fargo (NYSE: WFC), it is clear that Buffett carefully examines a company’s balance sheet, and prefers to invest in those with relatively modest debt burdens.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    GE shares have lost about 14.4% of their value in 2018 and have fallen almost 50% over the past 12 months. The second-worst Dow stock so far this year is Procter & Gamble Co. (NYSE: PG), down 13%, followed by Exxon Mobil Corp. (NYSE: XOM), down about 9.4%, then Chevron Corp. (NYSE: CVX), down about 9.3%, and American Express Co. (NYSE: AXP), down about 7.6%.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    American Express Co. (NYSE: AXP) traded down 1.28% at $79.31. The stock’s 52-week range is $57.15 to $82.00. Volume was just above the daily average of around 4 million shares. The credit card issuer had no specific news.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    American Express Co. (NYSE: AXP) traded down 1.32% at $75.25. The stock’s 52-week range is $50.27 to $76.55. Volume was about 40% below the daily average of around 4.7 million shares. The company traded had no specific news Thursday.

  • [By Demitrios Kalogeropoulos]

    As for individual stocks, American Express (NYSE:AXP) and CSX (NASDAQ:CSX)both beat the market following quarterly earnings news.

    Image source: Getty Images.

Hot Stocks To Buy For 2018: Identiv, Inc.(INVE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    The industries that are driving the market today are:

    Cement: This industry gained 3.4 percent by 2:30 pm. The top stock within the industry was Cemex SAB de CV (ADR) (NYSE: CX), which gained 4.7 percent. Cemex’s PEG ratio is 0.16.
    Computer Peripherals: This industry rose 2.6 percent by 2:30 pm ET. The top performer in this industry was Identiv Inc (NASDAQ: INVE), which gained 13.5 percent. Identiv shares have climbed 44.83 percent over the past 52 weeks, while the S&P 500 index has increased 8.61 percent in the same period.
    Internet Service Providers: The industry gained 2 percent by 2:30 pm. The top performer in this industry was TrueCar Inc (NASDAQ: TRUE) which gained 3.4 percent. TrueCar shares have jumped 60.90 percent over the past 52 weeks, while the S&P 500 index has increased 8.61 percent in the same period.
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Hot Stocks To Buy For 2018: Great Basin Scientific, Inc.(GBSN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Great Basin Scientific Inc (NASDAQ: GBSN) shares dropped 18 percent to $0.92 on Q1 results. Great Basin Scientific posted Q1 net income of $21,503,600, versus a year-ago net loss of $33,652,500.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Great Basin Scientific Inc. (NASDAQ: GBSN) dropped about 15% on Thursday to post a new 52-week low of $2.90 after closing at $3.42 on Wednesday. The stock’s 52-week high is $45,024.00. Volume was more than 3 times the daily average of around 150,000 shares. The medical diagnostics company had no specific news Thursday. Since mid-March the company has split the stock twice: the first was a 1-for-35 split and the second a 1-for-80 split.

Hot Stocks To Buy For 2018: PPL Corporation(PPL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    PPL Corp. (NYSE: PPL) posted a 52-week low of $32.48 after closing Monday at $33.97. The 52-week high is $40.20. Volume was about 5.9 million, nearly a third higher than the daily average of around 3.9 million shares. The electric utility company had no specific news.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    PPL Corp. (NYSE: PPL) posted a 52-week low of $31.53 after closing Tuesday at $32.42. The 52-week high is $40.20. Volume was about 15.5 million, more than three times the daily average of around 4 million shares. The electric utility company took a downgrade on Tuesday and the fallout continues to drop.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    PPL Corp. (NYSE: PPL) posted a 52-week low of $30.81 after closing Friday at $31.13. The 52-week high is $40.20. Volume was about 3.5 million, about 25% below the daily average of around 4.5 million shares. The electric utility company had no specific news.

Hot Stocks To Buy For 2018: The NeutriSci International (NU)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Matthew Briar]

    What do you get when you cross a science that drastically improves the absorption of cannabidiol (the healthy component of cannabis) with pterostilbene (an antioxidant) tablet? It’s not a joke in search of a punch line. It’s going to be the health supplement millions of consumers have been waiting for, brought to them by a joint venture between NeutriSci International Inc (CVE:NU) and Lexaria Bioscience Corp (OTCMKTS:LXRP). The two companies announced this morning they were entering a joint venture that would utilize Lexaria Bioscience’s proprietary infusion platform and tap into NeutriSci International’s existing distribution network to create and market a whole new supplement product line.

    Lexaria has developed and patented a technology that makes valuable molecules taste better and absorb better in the digestive tract. This platform could be applied to a variety of nutritional and health-oriented favorites, but Lexaria is starting with hemp as it’s the most underserved market and arguably the biggest growth opportunity.

    Just to be clear, hemp and marijuana are not the same thing. Hemp doesn’t have any tetrahydrocannabinol (or THC) in it, which is the key driver of its psychoactive — the ‘high’ — response. Hemp, and hemp oil to be exact, does have cannabidiol in it though, and for those who’ve been following the saga of medical marijuana and cannabis, they’ll know cannabidiol can provide a lot of various medical benefits like the reduction of nausea, control of seizures, anti-cancer activity, anti-inflammation effects, and more.

    NeutriSci International is Canadian corporation that specializes in the marketing, development and distribution of proprietary nutraceuticals. It’s got a rather wide array of products in its portfolio, but the one of immediate interest is its pterostilbene, as it fits best with the hemp-absorption technology Lexaria Bioscience brings to the table.

    Pterostilbene (found in blueberries, by the way) is o

  • [By Matthew Briar]

    Indeed, it’s also garnered interest from business partners. In November, Lexaria Bioscience and NeutriSci International Inc (CVE:NU) jointly announced they were entering a joint venture that would utilize Lexaria Bioscience’s proprietary infusion platform and tap into NeutriSci International’s existing distribution network to create and market a whole new supplement product line. In January, the duo announced it had finalized new supplement that is done testing and will soon be available for consumers. The tablet (a ‘melt’, technically) is a combination of pterostilbene and cannabidiol, offering a double-barreled benefit to the health-conscious.

  • [By Bryan Murphy]

    In the grand scheme of things it shouldn’t be surprising, though odds are good at least a few people are surprised at how quickly it happened. That is, health supplement and healthy-foods brand name NeutriSci International Inc (CVE:NU) and the developer of a cannabis-infusion technology — a means of packing more CBD into hemp oil — called Lexaria Bioscience Corp (OTCMKTS:LXRP) have finalized new supplement that is done testing and will soon be available for consumers. The tablet (a ‘melt’, technically) is a combination of pterostilbene and cannabidiol, offering a double-barreled benefit to the health-conscious.

    The benefits of cannabidiol, found in hemp and marijuana, are relatively well understood by the market at this point. Cannabidiol can do a human body a lot of good, like the reduction of nausea, control of seizures, anti-cancer activity, anti-inflammation effects, and more. Pterostilbene is the lesser-known of the two components of the new tablet, but no less impressive and no less beneficial. Pterostilbene is known to combat high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and oxidative stress. Combining the two is a real one-two punch for the health-conscious.

    That’s what made November’s news so exciting… NeutriSci International has an established name and marketing channel, while Lexaria Bioscience has the science that makes hemp oil far more functional. Indeed, to fully appreciate the upside for LXRP, one has to embrace Lexaria’s science and why it matters.

    The bulk of the vitamins, anti-oxidants, minerals, amino acids and all the other desirable components of the pills you take and foods you eat don’t actually get absorbed into your body. Sometimes as much as 96% of the ingredient in question isn’t extracted, and instead passes right through. Not only is it a waste of time and money, it’s a bit of a hassle to swallow a big capsule — or several capsules — for little to no benefit.

    Lexaria Bioscience changes this. In short,

  • [By Matthew Briar]

    Last week — to the day, in fact — Lexaria Bioscience Corp (OTCMKTS:LXRP) announced it was teaming up with neutraceutical company NeutriSci International Inc (CVE:NU) to create a new kind of health supplement that gave consumers the ability to tap into the benefits of hemp. We hailed it as the shape of things to come. What we didn’t know, however, was how quickly those things would take shape. Just this morning the company told LXRP shareholders it was already forging another such symbiotic relationship…. this one with Hempco Food and Fiber Inc (CVE:HEMP).

    Simply put, Lexaria Bioscience is focused on improving the bioavailability of the healthy stuff found in food, supplements, vitamins, and yes, even in cannabis and hemp.

    It’s not widely recognized, but the bulk of the vitamins, anti-oxidants, minerals, amino acids and all the other desirable components of the pills you take and foods you eat don’t actually get absorbed into your body. Sometimes as much as 96% of the ingredient in question isn’t extracted, and instead passes right through. Not only is it a waste of time and money, it’s a bit of a hassle to swallow a big capsule — or several capsules — for little to no benefit.

    Lexaria Bioscience changes this. In short, Lexaria has developed and patented a proprietary technology that makes valuable molecules taste better and absorb better in the digestive tract. This platform could be applied to a variety of nutritional and health-oriented favorites, but Lexaria is starting with hemp as it’s the most underserved market and arguably the biggest growth opportunity. Hemp, and hemp oil to be exact, can provide a lot of various medical benefits like the reduction of nausea, control of seizures, anti-cancer activity, anti-inflammation effects, and more.

    The future for Lexaria Bioscience is partnerships… licensing its science and know-how to companies with existing product lines and distribution networks that can easily inject hemp

Mid-Morning Market Update: Markets Mostly Lower; Philip Morris Shares Fall Following Q1 Results

Following the market opening Thursday, the Dow traded up 0.04 percent to 24,758.25 while the NASDAQ declined 0.33 percent to 7,271.07. The S&P also fell, dropping 0.23 percent to 2,702.53.

Leading and Lagging Sectors

Thursday morning, the financial shares climbed 0.81 percent. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included American Express Company (NYSE: AXP), up 6 percent, and Texas Capital Bancshares, Inc. (NASDAQ: TCBI), up 7 percent.

In trading on Thursday, consumer staples shares fell 2.78 percent.

Top Headline

Philip Morris International Inc. (NYSE: PM) shares fell around 15 percent after the company reported better-than-expected profit for its first quarter, while revenue missed estimates.

The company said it earned $1 per share in the first quarter on revenue of $6.9 billion versus expectations of $0.90 per share on revenue of $6.99 billion.

Philip Morris raised its FY18 earnings outlook from $5.20-$5.35 per share to $5.25-$5.40 per share.

Equities Trading UP

OpGen, Inc. (NASDAQ: OPGN) shares shot up 15 percent to $2.41. OpGen completed rapid testing clinical trial in Colombia and expanded international operations.

Shares of Tile Shop Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: TTS) got a boost, shooting up 9 percent to $6.20 after the company posted upbeat quarterly earnings.

Sientra, Inc. (NASDAQ: SIEN) shares were also up, gaining 9 percent to $12.03 following the announcement of FDA approval for PMA supplement.

Equities Trading DOWN

Aceto Corporation (NYSE: ACET) shares dropped 60 percent to $2.985 following announcement of financial challenges. The company has suspended further guidance and is evaluating strategic alternatives. Aceto also expects reduction in dividend moving forward. Canaccord Genuity downgraded Aceto from Buy to Sell.

Shares of Helios and Matheson Analytics Inc. (NASDAQ: HMNY) were down 40 percent to $2.29 after pricing public share offering.

Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores, Inc. (NASDAQ: SHOS) was down, falling around 29 percent to $2.30. Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores reported a Q4 loss of $1.46 per share on revenue of $395.77 million.

Commodities

In commodity news, oil traded up 0.16 percent to $68.58 while gold traded down 0.21 percent to $1,350.70.

Silver traded up 0.42 percent Thursday to $17.32, while copper fell 1.10 percent to $3.1465.

Eurozone

European shares were mostly lower today. The eurozone’s STOXX 600 fell 0.05 percent, the Spanish Ibex Index rose 0.01 percent, while Italy’s FTSE MIB Index declined 0.14 percent. Meanwhile the German DAX fell 0.30 percent, and the French CAC 40 gained 0.04 percent while U.K. shares fell 0.10 percent.

Economics

Initial jobless claims declined 1,000 to 232,000 for the latest week.

The Philadelphia Fed’s manufacturing index rose 1 point to a reading of 23.2 for April.

The index of leading economic indicators rose 0.3 percent for March.

The Energy Information Administration’s weekly report on natural gas stocks in underground storage is schedule for release at 10:30 a.m. ET.

Data on money supply for the recent week will be released at 4:30 p.m. ET.

Cleveland Federal Reserve Bank President Loretta Mester is set to speak in Pittsburgh at 6:45 p.m. ET.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Watch For 2018

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Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Watch For 2018: Altisource Residential Corporation(RESI)

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.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Watch For 2018: Exa Corporation(EXA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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    Innocoll Holdings PLC (NASDAQ: INNL) shares fell 20.3 percent to $1.49. Innocoll posted a narrower-than-expected quarter loss, but revenue missed estimates. Stifel Nicolaus downgraded Innocoll from Buy to Hold.
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    Esperion Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: ESPR) shares dropped 19.9 percent to $23.76. Esperion Therapeutics shares have jumped 106.19 percent over the past 52 weeks, while the S&P 500 index has gained 16.70 percent in the same period.
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    Qualstar Corporation (NASDAQ: QBAK) slipped 17.7 percent to $6.85. Qualstar reported a Q4 loss of $0.20 per share on revenue of $2.2 milli
  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Exa Corp (NASDAQ: EXA) is projected to post a quarterly loss at $0.08 per share on revenue of $16.68 million.

    Thermon Group Holdings Inc (NYSE: THR) is estimated to report its quarterly earnings at $0.19 per share on revenue of $65.24 million.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Watch For 2018: American Express Company(AXP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    American Express Co. (NYSE: AXP) traded down 1.05% at $95.28. The stock’s 52-week range is $66.31 to $96.88 and the high was posted just after the opening bell. Volume was about 40% below the daily average of around 3.2 million shares. The credit card issuer had no specific news.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    American Express Co. (NYSE: AXP) traded down 4.38%% at $89.51. The stock’s 52-week range is $75.51 to $102.39. Volume was around 3.8 million shares, about 10% more than the daily average of about 3.6 million. The company had no specific news Thursday.

  • [By Garrett Baldwin]

    The Ripple coin topped $0.23 after a 10% surge during Thursday trading. The price surged after credit card giant American Express Co. (NYSE: AXP) announced it has established a payments corridor between the United States and the United Kingdom using Ripple’s technology.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Watch For 2018: HHGregg, Inc.(HGG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    hhgregg, Inc. (NYSE: HGG) shares dropped 37 percent to $0.820. hhgregg reported preliminary Q3 revenue of $453 million.

    Shares of Vince Holding Corp (NYSE: VNCE) were down around 15 percent to $3.67. Vince Holding projects full-year sales and EPS to come in at or below the low end of its earlier issued outlook.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of Best Buy Co all over the place,Aaron’s, Inc (NYSE: AAN) coming in flat for investorsandhhgregg, Inc (NYSE: HGG)severely underperforming:

  • [By Daniel B. Kline]

    Regional electronics chain hhgregg (NYSE:HGG) has decided to close 88 stores and three distribution centers as part of its just-filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection plans. The company expects to emerge from bankruptcy in about 60 days and has received funding for the reorganization process from a non-disclosed source.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of Aaron’s, Inc performing better with Best Buy Co Inc (NYSE: BBY) being the big winner whilesmall caps hhgregg, Inc (NYSE: HGG) and Rent-A-Center Inc (NASDAQ: RCII) haveunderperformed, butare showing signs of improvement:

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Watch For 2018: Panhandle Royalty Company(PHX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    These companies also reported insider buying last week: Cidara Therapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ: CDTX), Ducommun Inc. (NYSE: DCO), HealthEquity Inc. (NASDAQ: HQY), Panhandle Oil and Gas Inc. (NYSE: PHX) and PolarityTE Inc. (NASDAQ: COOL).

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Energy sector was the top gainer in the US market on Friday. Top gainers in the sector included Superior Energy Services, Inc. (NYSE: SPN), Panhandle Oil and Gas Inc. (NYSE: PHX), and SM Energy Co (NYSE: SM).

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Watch For 2018: Neptune Technologies & Bioresources Inc(NEPT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    Yesterday, our Under the Radar Movers newsletter suggested small cap functional ingredient stock Neptune Technologies & Bioressources (NASDAQ: NEPT) as a long/bullish trade:

  • [By William Romov]

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  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Neptune Technologies & Bioressources (NASDAQ: NEPT) is projected to post a quarterly loss at $0.01 per share on revenue of $9.70 million.

    Apigee Corp (NASDAQ: APIC) is expected to post a quarterly loss at $0.27 per share on revenue of $23.17 million.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Watch For 2018: Tarena International, Inc.(TEDU)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Tarena International Inc(ADR) (NASDAQ: TEDU) shares dropped 23 percent to $14.24. Tarena International reported Q2 earnings of RMB$1.00 per share on sales of RMB$455.83 million. Nomura downgraded Tarena from Buy to Neutral.

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Tarena International Inc(ADR) (NASDAQ: TEDU) is estimated to post a quarterly loss at $0.03 per share on revenue of $39.35 million.

    Ituran Location and Control Ltd. (US) (NASDAQ: ITRN) is projected to post earnings for the recent quarter.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Watch For 2018: Meta Financial Group Inc.(CASH)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Cash Poker Pro (CURRENCY:CASH) traded flat against the U.S. dollar during the 24 hour period ending at 19:00 PM Eastern on April 15th. Over the last week, Cash Poker Pro has traded flat against the U.S. dollar. One Cash Poker Pro token can currently be bought for approximately $0.0543 or 0.00000604 BTC on major cryptocurrency exchanges. Cash Poker Pro has a total market cap of $0.00 and approximately $0.00 worth of Cash Poker Pro was traded on exchanges in the last day.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    COPYRIGHT VIOLATION WARNING: “$4.13 EPS Expected for Meta Financial Group Inc. (CASH) This Quarter” was originally reported by Ticker Report and is the sole property of of Ticker Report. If you are viewing this article on another website, it was illegally stolen and republished in violation of U.S. & international copyright legislation. The legal version of this article can be accessed at https://www.tickerreport.com/banking-finance/3365508/4-13-eps-expected-for-meta-financial-group-inc-cash-this-quarter.html.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Watch For 2018: Gaming and Leisure Properties, Inc.(GLPI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Gaming and Leisure Properties Inc (NASDAQ: GLPI) shares fell 3.25 percent to $31.90 in pre-market trading. Gaming and Leisure Properties priced offering of 10.53 million shares of common stock for gross proceeds of $333 million.

  • [By Seth McNew]

    One way Penn has been able to unlock extra value is by spinning off a portion of operations as a real estate investment trust (REIT) as a way to split up the physical property from the gaming operations. Following that 2013 creation of Gaming and Leisure Properties Inc(NASDAQ:GLPI),Penn essentially pays leasing fees to the REIT so it can focus on operations with a leaner balance sheet. Here’s a more in-depth analysis of the upside of Penn’s REIT model.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Watch For 2018: 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.

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Inter Parfums, Inc. (NASDAQ: IPAR) is estimated to post its quarterly earnings at $0.31 per share on revenue of $110.58 million.

    Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd (NASDAQ: NCLH) is expected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.37 per share on revenue of $1.10 billion.

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Whether youre traveling for business or for pleasure, youre probably spending a lot. So why not get a little extra something for yourself at no cost? Many hotel freebies can be found in plain sight in your room. Others you might have to ask for, but theyre there for the taking. A smile and a polite request can be all thats needed to enjoy them.

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Just dont go overboard. Johnny Jet, a frequent traveler who runs travel website JohnnyJet.com, says certain items are fine for guests to take home think logo pens and tiny bottles of shampoo but other items are off-limits.

Anything that is clearly hotel property and would be considered stealing are things including lamps, artwork, TVs, radios, blankets, sheets, hangers, towels, etc., are definitely no-nos, says Jet. If its not common sense to you, then ask the front desk what is appropriate to take.

5 Best Undervalued Stocks To Invest In Right Now: NRG Energy Inc.(NRG)

NRG Energy, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates as a wholesale power generation company. The company engages in the ownership, development, construction, and operation of power generation facilities. It also involves in the transacting in and trading of fuel and transportation services; the trading of energy, capacity, and related products in the United States and internationally; and the supply of electricity, energy services, and cleaner energy and carbon offset products to retail electricity customers in deregulated markets. The company operates natural gas- fired, coal- fired, oil-fired, nuclear, solar, and wind power plants. As of December 31, 2010, it had power generation portfolio of 193 operating fossil fuel and nuclear generation units with an aggregate generation capacity of approximately 24,570 megawatt (MW), as well as ownership interests in renewable facilities with an aggregate generation capacity of 470 MW. The company portfolio also includes appr oximately 24,035 MW generation capacity in the United States, and 1,005 MW generation capacity in Australia and Germany. In addition, it has a district energy business with steam and chilled water capacity of approximately 1,140 megawatts thermal equivalent. NRG Energy, Inc. was founded in 1989 and is headquartered in Princeton, New Jersey.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    On Thursday, utilities shares rose by 0.02 percent. Top gainers in the sector included Westar Energy Inc (NYSE: WR), Westar Energy Inc (NYSE: AT), and NRG Energy Inc (NYSE: NRG).

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Friday, utilities shares rose by just 0.1 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included NRG Energy Inc (NYSE: NRG), down 4 percent, and Calpine Corporation (NYSE: CPN), down 7 percent.

  • [By Stoyan Bojinov]

    Deutsche Bank announced on Monday that is was maintaining a “Hold” rating on the New Jersey-based electric utility company NRG Energy Inc. (NRG), but went on to lower its price target for the company.

    Greg Poole, an analyst with the firm, commented, “NRG has several diverse businesses – generation, retail, solar, clean energy technologies, and now a separate MLP-like income vehicle for contracted assets. This helps to diversify away from the seemingly perennially challenged merchant generation business, but it also results in an increasingly complex story that may pose a challenge for investors and valuation.” As such, Deutsche Bank announced it was lowering its price target from $27 to $26 a share.

    NRG Energy Inc. shares crept higher, gaining 1.11% on the day. The stock is up almost 15% YTD.

5 Best Undervalued Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Transcananda Pipelines Ltd.(TRP)

Transcanada Corporation operates as an energy infrastructure company in North America. The company operates in three segments: Natural Gas Pipelines, Oil Pipelines, and Energy. The Natural Gas Pipelines segment develops and operates energy infrastructure, including natural gas pipelines and regulated gas storage facilities. Its network of natural gas pipelines extends approximately 60,000 km tapping into gas supply basins in North America. The Oil Pipelines segment operates Keystone crude oil pipeline system, which includes completed 3,467 km Wood River/Patoka and Cushing Extension phases, and the proposed 2,673 km U.S. Gulf Coast Expansion. The Energy segment engages in the acquisition, development, construction, ownership, and operation of electrical power generation plants; the purchase and marketing of electricity; the provision of electricity account services to energy and industrial customers; and the development, construction, ownership, and operation of non-regulat ed natural gas storage in Alberta. The company was founded in 1951 and is headquartered in Calgary, Canada.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Chad Tracy]

    The most obvious is TransCanada (NYSE: TRP), the company that has submitted the proposal for the expansion. 

    TransCanada's cash flow is derived from natural gas (62%), oil/liquids (16%), and energy (22%), which includes natural gas storage.

Top Gold Stocks To Own Right Now: URS Corporation(URS)

URS Corporation provides engineering, construction, and technical services to the power, infrastructure, federal, and industrial and commercial market sectors in the United States and internationally. Its services for power sector include planning, designing, engineering, constructing, retrofitting, and maintaining a range of power-generating facilities; and the systems that transmit and distribute electricity, as well as the development and installation of clean air technologies that reduce emissions at fossil fuel power plants. The company?s services for infrastructure sector comprise program management, planning, architect, engineering, general contracting, construction, and construction management for surface, air, and rail transportation networks; ports and harbors; and water supply, and treatment and conveyance systems. Its services for federal sector consist of program management; planning, design, and engineering; systems engineering and technical assistance to con struction and construction management; operations and maintenance; and decommissioning and closure primarily for the United States federal government and national governments of other countries. URS Corporation?s services for industrial and commercial sector include front-end studies, engineering and process design, procurement, construction and construction management, facility management, and operations and maintenance, as well as due diligence, permitting, compliance, environmental management, pollution control, health and safety, waste management, and hazardous waste remediation. The company was formerly known as Broadview Research Corporation and changed its name to URS Corporation in 1976. URS Corporation was founded in 1904 and is headquartered in San Francisco, California.

Advisors’ Opinion:

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

    Fund manager John Mirshekari, of the Fidelity Low-Priced Stock Fund, recommended shares of URS (URS), an engineering and construction contractor.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Fidelty’s John Mirshekaritook a look at URS(URS) today at the Value Investing Congress.His takeaway: The stock could double in two years.

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    His analysis started with URS’s use of its free cash. During the past, it hasn’t been pretty. They spent 6.3 billion on eight acquisitions, they’ve bought companies at valuations higher than own stock and return-on-equity has dropped from high teens to just 6%.

    The problem hasn’t been its business: Its return on tangible capital is 17%. Instead, the problem is that its management hasn’t maximized value through capital allocation. URS has lowest valuation: 9x 2013 cash earnings in its industry.

    Part of the problem: Management incentives are based on net income. This year, however, relative total shareholder return was added., something Mirshekari calls”a step in the right direction.” In May, URS filed an amended proxy which says it will look to change incentives from net income to return on equity and earnings per share. More importantly, it said acquisitions would end.

    If all goes right, URS could double in two years,Mirshekari says, comparing it to AECOM Technology (ACM).

    Looks a lot like AECOMM, which did something similar and rallied.

5 Best Undervalued Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Syngenta AG(SYT)

Syngenta AG, an agribusiness company, engages in the discovery, development, manufacture, and marketing of a range of products designed to enhance crop yields and food quality worldwide. The company operates in three segments: Crop Protection, Seeds, and Business Development. The Crop Protection segment offers herbicides for corn, cereals, soybean, and rice; fungicides for corn, cereals, fruits, grapes, rice, soybean, and vegetables; insecticides for fruits, vegetables, and field crops; seed care for corn, soybean, cereals, and cotton; and professional products, such as products for public health, and turf and ornamentals. This segment markets its products through independent distributors and dealers, agricultural consultants, and growers. The Seeds segment develops, produces, and markets seeds and plants based on advanced genetics and related technologies. This segment provides approximately 200 product lines and approximately 6,800 varieties of proprietary genetics, incl uding vegetables, flowers, corn, soybean, sugar beet, and sunflower primarily under the NK, Golden Harvest, Garst, HILLESHG, S&G, Rogers, Zeraim Gedera, and Fischer brand names. The Business Development segment engages in the development of enzymes and traits to enhance agronomic, nutritional, and biofuel properties of plants. The company was founded in 1999 and is headquartered in Basel, Switzerland.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Vanina Egea]

    The battle on the field continues. Monsanto (MON) and Syngenta (SYT) are expected to enter the seed business with a strong bid. Both companies stand at the top of the agricultural inputs industry, and continue to look for ways to improve performance. Let us see what some gurus think about their future prospects, and if they see them fit for a long term investment.

5 Best Undervalued Stocks To Invest In Right Now: American Express Company(AXP)

American Express Company, together with its subsidiaries, provides charge and credit payment card products, and travel-related services worldwide. The company?s product portfolio consists of charge and credit card products; expense management products and services; consumer and business travel services; stored value cards, including travelers cheques and other prepaid products; network services; merchant acquisition and processing, point-of-sale, servicing and settlement, and marketing and information products and services for merchants; and fee services comprising market and trend analyses and related consulting services, fraud prevention services, and the design of customer loyalty and rewards programs. In addition, it publishes luxury lifestyle magazines; business and travel resources; general interest, cooking, travel, wine, cocktail, financial, and time management books; and international and electronic editions. The company sells its products and services to consumer s, small businesses, mid-sized companies, and large corporations through direct mail, on-line applications, targeted direct and third-party sales forces, and direct response advertising worldwide. American Express Company was founded in 1850 and is headquartered in New York, New York.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Alex Planes]

    Visa’s long wait to go public — its IPO took place in 2008 — meant that it would not be the first credit card issuer added to the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJINDICES: ^DJI  ) . That honor went to American Express (NYSE: AXP  ) , which earned its spot in 1982 by owning the “premium” credit card market — its 52.5 million card members spent far more in 2012 per card ($8,100 on average!) than either Visa’s ($3,500) or MasterCard’s ($3,000) card members. However, there was a certain irony in the fact that Visa, on its induction to the Dow in 2013, became one of the few companies ever added to directly replace the company that first spun it off.

  • [By Javier Hasse]

    American Express Company (NYSE: AXP) delivered earnings of $1.45 per share, $0.09 above the Street’s consensus. Revenue of $8.008 billion was in line with expectations for $8.004 billion. Shares were up 3.4 percent.

  • [By Spencer White]

    American Express Company (NYSE: AXP) held its annual Investor’s Day event Thursday, hoping to reassure investors spooked by the company’s loss of the Costco Wholesale Corporation (NASDAQ: COST) co-brand account, and its announcement of $1 billion in cost reductions last month. The credit card market has squeezed AmEx, as its higher swipe fees face intense competitive pressure.

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10 Best Healthcare Equipment Stocks To Buy Right Now: Credit Suisse Group(CS)

Credit Suisse Group AG, together with its subsidiaries, operates as a financial services company. The company operates in three segments: Private Banking, Investment Banking, and Asset Management. The Private Banking segment offers advisory services and a range of wealth management solutions, including pension planning, life insurance products, tax planning, and wealth and inheritance advice for the high-net-worth and ultra-high-net-worth individuals. This segment also supplies banking products and services to affluent, high-net-worth and ultra-high-net-worth clients, and corporates and institutions. The Investment Banking segment provides investment banking and securities products and services to corporations, governments, pension funds, and institutions. Its products and services include debt and equity underwriting, sales and trading, mergers and acquisitions advice, divestitures, corporate sales, restructuring, and investment research. The Asset Management segment offe rs integrated investment solutions and services to institutions, governments, foundations and endowments, corporations, and individuals. It provides access to a range of investment classes across alternative investment, asset allocation, and traditional investment strategies. The company operates in Switzerland, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, the Americas, and the Asia Pacific. Credit Suisse Group AG was founded in 1856 and is headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul R. La Monica]

    European banks worse off than 2008? Lamensdorf is concerned about the exposure to bad loans (especially energy company debt) held by big banks such as Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS), Credit Suisse (CS) and Deutsche Bank (DB). He’s shorting all three.

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    The latest credit default swap (CDS) data from BMO Capital Markets indicate a number of investors are growing increasingly concerned about the one-year outlook for capital markets. In a new report, analyst Mark Steele discussed the recent surge in one-year CDS activity, and what it means for the market.

10 Best Healthcare Equipment Stocks To Buy Right Now: Netease.com Inc.(NTES)

NetEase.com, Inc., an Internet technology company, engages in the development of applications, services, and other technologies for the Internet in China. It provides online game services to Internet users through the in-house development or licensing of massively multi-player online role-playing games, including Fantasy Westward Journey, Westward Journey Online II, Westward Journey Online III, Tianxia II, Heroes of Tang Dynasty, and Datang, as well as the licensed game, Blizzard Entertainment’s World of Warcraft. The company also offers online advertising on its Web sites. In addition, NetEase has paid listings on its search engine and Web directory, and classified advertising services, as well as an online mall, which provides opportunities for e-commerce and traditional businesses to establish their own storefront on the Internet. Further, it provides wireless value-added services, such as news and information content, matchmaking services, music, and photos from the We b over SMS, MMS, WAP, IVR, and Color Ring-back Tone technologies. Additionally, the company offers community services, including instant messaging, online personal advertisements, matchmaking, alumni clubs, and community forums; and aggregates news content on world events, sports, science and technology, and financial markets, as well as entertainment content, such as cartoons, games, astrology, and jokes from over 100 international and domestic content providers. NetEase.com, Inc. was founded in 1997 and is based in Beijing, the People?s Republic of China.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    NetEase Inc (ADR) (NASDAQ: NTES) is estimated to post its quarterly earnings at $14.92 per share on revenue of $7.85 billion.

    Neenah Paper, Inc. (NYSE: NP) is projected to post its quarterly earnings at $1.09 per share on revenue of $244.90 million.

Top Industrial Disributor Stocks For 2016: Urban Outfitters Inc.(URBN)

Urban Outfitters Inc. operates lifestyle specialty retail stores under the Urban Outfitters, Anthropologie, Free People, Terrain, and BHLDN brand names in the United States, Canada, and Europe. Its Urban Outfitters stores sell women?s and men?s fashion apparel, footwear, accessories, and gifts, as well as apartment wares, such as rugs, pillows, shower curtains, books, candles, and novelties to young adults aged 18 to 28; and Anthropologie stores provide women?s casual apparel and accessories, shoes, gifts, and decorative items, as well as home furnishings, including furniture, rugs, lighting, antiques, table top items, and bedding to women aged 28 to 45. The company?s Free People stores primarily offer Free People branded merchandise mix of casual women?s apparel, intimates, shoes, accessories, and gifts to young contemporary women aged 25 to 30; Terrain store provides lifestyle home and garden products, antiques, live plants, flowers, wellness products, and accessori es, as well as landscape and design service solutions; and BHLDN store offers a range of weeding collections consisting of wedding gowns, bridesmaid frocks, party dresses, assorted jewelry, headpieces, footwear, lingerie, and decorations. As of January 31, 2012, it operated 197 Urban Outfitters stores, 168 Anthropologie stores, 62 Free People stores, 1 Terrain garden center, and 1 BHLDN store. The company also operates a wholesale business under the Free People brand name that distributes apparel to other retailers and department stores in the United States. In addition, it markets its brands directly to consumers through its e-commerce Websites, including urbanoutfitters.com, anthropologie.com, freepeople.com, urbanoutfitters.co.uk, urbanoutfitters.de, urbanoutfitters.fr, anthropologie.eu, shopterrain.com, and bhldn.com, as well as through its Urban Outfitters, Anthropologie, and Free People catalogs. The company was founded in 1970 and is based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvani a.< /p> Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Dan Moskowitz]

    Urban Outfitters (NASDAQ: URBN  ) is another similar player. However, it targets a wider array of consumers through its various brand stores, including Urban Outfitters (18-28 demographic), Free People (25-30), and Anthropologie (28-45). Like Express, Urban Outfitters is slowly expanding its store base. Also like Express, Urban Outfitters saw an impressive earnings improvement in the second quarter. In this case, EPS increased 21% to $0.51 thanks to optimized inventory and lower merchandise markdowns.

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Urban Outfitters, Inc. (NASDAQ: URBN) shares rose 8.17 percent to $26.60 in the pre-market trading session. Urban Outfitters reported in-line earnings for its first quarter, but the company exceeded analysts’ sales estimates. Its total comparable sales increased 1 percent for the quarter.

10 Best Healthcare Equipment Stocks To Buy Right Now: Medivation Inc.(MDVN)

Medivation, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company, focuses on the development of small molecule drugs for the treatment of castration-resistant prostate cancer, Alzheimer?s disease, and Huntington disease. The company?s product candidates under clinical development include MDV3100, which is in Phase 3 development for the treatment of castration-resistant prostate cancer; and dimebon, which is in Phase 3 clinical trial for the treatment of Alzheimer?s disease and Huntington disease. It has collaboration agreements with Pfizer Inc. to develop and commercialize dimebon; and Astellas Pharma Inc. to develop and commercialize MDV3100. The company was founded in 2003 and is based in San Francisco, California.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Last night, Bloomberg reported that Sanofi (SNY) had made a bid for Medivation (MDVN) but had been rebuffed, while noting that other companies–perhaps Gilead Sciences (GILD), Amgen (AMGN) or AstraZeneca (AZN)?–were also on the prowl. SunTrust Robinson Humphrey’s Peter Lawson explains why Medivation might be biotech’s most wanted:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Medivation Inc (NASDAQ: MDVN) is said to have spurned recent takeover approach from France’s Sanofi SA (ADR) (NYSE: SNY), according to sources as reported by Bloomberg on Tuesday. Sanofi wants Medivation’s treatments for hard-to-cure cancers, the sources said. Medivation shares surged 8.46 percent to $49.60 in the after-hours trading session, while Sanofi shares fell 0.59 percent to $42.02 in after-hours trading.

10 Best Healthcare Equipment Stocks To Buy Right Now: 3M Company(MMM)

3M Company, together with subsidiaries, operates as a diversified technology company worldwide. The company?s Industrial and Transportation segment offers tapes, coated and non-woven abrasives, adhesives, specialty materials, filtration products, energy control products, closure systems for personal hygiene products, acoustic systems products, and components and products that are used in the manufacture, repair, and maintenance of automotive, marine, aircraft, and specialty vehicles. Its Health Care segment provides medical and surgical supplies, skin health and infection prevention products, inhalation and transdermal drug delivery systems, dental and orthodontic products, health information systems, and food safety products. The company?s Display and Graphics offers optical film solutions for LCD electronic displays; computer screen filters; reflective sheeting for transportation safety; commercial graphics sheeting and systems; and mobile interactive solutions, includin g mobile display technology, visual systems products, and computer privacy filters. The company?s Consumer and Office segment provides office supply products, stationery products, construction and home improvement products, home care products, protective material products, certain consumer retail personal safety products, and consumer health care products. Its Safety, Security and Protection Services segment offers personal protection products, safety and security products, cleaning and protection products for commercial establishments, track and trace solutions, and roofing granules for asphalt shingles. The company?s Electro and Communications segment provides packaging and interconnection devices; fluids that are used in the manufacture of computer chips, and for cooling electronics and lubricating computer hard disk drives; high-temperature and display tapes; insulating materials, including tapes and resins; and related items. The company was founded in 1902 and is base d in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Oppenheimer’s Ari Wald compare the current market to 1983, and recommend owning top-performing economically sensitive stocks like 3M (MMM), Microsoft (MSFT), and Honeywell International (HON) before the S&P 500 breaks out:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    3M (MMM) has gained 1.8% to $150.50 after announcing that it would keep and reinvest in its health information systems unit. 3M also said it would increase its dividend.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Industrial companies like Dover (DOV), Emerson Electric (EMR), Eaton (ETN), 3M (MMM) and Rockwell Automation (ROK) are calling for earnings growth to get better during the second half of the year. Bernstein’s Steven Winoker and team aren’t feeling as confident:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    While the direct revenue exposure to the UK is relatively small across our coverage (aside fromTyco and Idex), the potential impact from Brexit is much more widespread across the continent and the world. The impact should be most negative for our companies with larger industrial exposure to Europe, just as we have begun to hear incrementally positive commentary regarding Europe.Idex andTyco have some of the highest direct exposures to UK and Europe but Tyco’s business should be relatively more stable and in any case theJohnson Controls (JCI) synergies loom large. Eaton (ETN) and Emerson Electric, though with slightly smaller exposure, are more involved with industrial spending.Danaher andHoneywell have high revenue exposure, but we believe that their more benign end market exposure should mitigate some of the negative consequences they face. We rate Allegion (ALLE), Danaher, Dover (DOV), Fortive (FTV), Honeywell, Ingersoll-Rand (IR), Pentair (PNR) andTy co Outperform; Emerson Electric, Eaton, General Electric (GE),Idex and 3M (MMM) Market-Perform; Rockwell Automation (ROK) Underperform.

10 Best Healthcare Equipment Stocks To Buy Right Now: Principal Financial Group Inc(PFG)

Principal Financial Group, Inc. provides retirement savings, investment, and insurance products and services worldwide. The company?s Retirement and Investor Services segment provides retirement savings and related investment products and services, including a portfolio of asset accumulation products and services primarily to small and medium-sized businesses and individuals in the United States. This segment offers products and services to businesses for defined contribution pension plans, including 401(k) and 403(b) plans, defined benefit pension plans, nonqualified executive benefit plans, and employee stock ownership plan consulting services; and annuities, mutual funds, and bank products and services to the employees of its business customers and other individuals. Principal Financial Group?s Principal Global Investors segment offers a range of equity, fixed income, and real estate investments, as well as specialized overlay and advisory services to institutional inve stors. The company?s Principal International segment offers retirement products and services, annuities, mutual funds, institutional asset management, and life insurance accumulation products in Brazil, Chile, China, Hong Kong SAR, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mexico, Singapore, and Thailand. Principal Financial Group?s U.S. Insurance Solutions segment offers individual life insurance, as well as specialty benefits in the United States. Its individual life insurance products include universal and variable universal life insurance and traditional life insurance; and specialty benefit products comprise group dental and vision insurance, individual and group disability insurance, and group life insurance, as well as fee-for-service claims administration and wellness services. The company was founded in 1879 and is based in Des Moines, Iowa.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    The twenty stocks in Worth’s basket are: Ameriprise Financial (AMP) Bank of America, Banner (BANR), Citigroup, Citizens Financial Group (CFG), East West Bancorp (EWBC), First NBC Bank Holding (FNBC), HFF (HF), KeyCorp(KEY), Legacy Texas Financial Group (LTXB), Lincoln National (LNC), Morgan Stanley, Old National Bancorp (ONB), PacWest Bancorp (PACW), PNC Financial Services Group (PNC), Principal Financial Group (PFG), Stifel Financial (SF), SVB Financial Group (SIVB), TCF Financial (TCB), and Wells Fargo.

10 Best Healthcare Equipment Stocks To Buy Right Now: Air Industries Group(AIRI)

 

Air Industries Group, an aerospace and defense company, designs and manufactures structural parts and assemblies that focus on flight safety. The company operates through three segments: Complex Machining, Aerostructures and Electronics, and Turbine Engine Components. It offers landing gear, arresting gear, engine mounts, flight controls, throttle quadrants, jet engines, and other components; sheet metal fabrication of aero structures; and tube bending and welding services. The companys products are deployed on a range of military and commercial aircraft, including Sikorsky’s UH-60 Blackhawk and CH-47 Chinook helicopters, Lockheed Martin’s F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, Northrop Grumman’s E2D Hawkeye, Boeing’s 777, Airbus’ 380 commercial airliners, and the U.S. Navy F-18 and USAF F-16 fighter aircraft. It also produces electromechanical systems, and harness and cable assemblies; and fabricates electronic equipment and printed ci rcuit boards, as well as engages in machining of turbine engine components and the assembly of packages. In addition, the company manufactures welded and brazed chassis structures housing electronics; and military packaging and supplies. It serves aircraft manufacturers, subcontractors, and original equipment manufacturers. Air Industries Group was incorporated in 2006 and is based in Hauppauge, New York.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Dividends4Life]

    Air Industries Group Inc. (AIRI), an aerospace and defense company, designs and manufactures structural parts and assemblies that focus on flight safety. Sept. 17, the company increased its quarterly dividend 100% to $0.125 per share. The dividend is is payable Oct. 15, 2013 to shareholders of record as of the close of business on Sept. 30, 2013. The yield based on the new payout is 6.9%.

10 Best Healthcare Equipment Stocks To Buy Right Now: Nucor Corporation(NUE)

Nucor Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, engages in the manufacture and sale of steel and steel products in North America and internationally. It operates through three segments: Steel Mills, Steel Products, and Raw Materials. The Steel Mills segment produces hot and cold-rolled sheet steel; plate steel; structural steel comprising wide-flange beams, beam blanks, and sheet piling; and bar steel, such as blooms, billets, concrete reinforcing bar, merchant bar, and special bar quality products. The Steel Products segment offers steel joists and joist girders, steel deck, fabricated concrete reinforcing steel, cold finished steel, steel fasteners, metal building systems, light gauge steel framing, steel grating and expanded metal, and wire and wire mesh products. The Raw Materials segment produces direct reduced iron (DRI); brokers ferrous and nonferrous metals, pig iron, hot briquetted iron, and DRI; supplies ferro-alloys; and processes ferrous and nonferrous scrap metal products. The company?s operations also include various international trading companies that buy and sell steel and steel products. It sells its hot-rolled steel and cold-rolled steel to steel service centers, fabricators, and manufacturers; steel joists and joist girders, and steel deck to general contractors and fabricators; and cold finished steel and steel fasteners to distributors and manufacturers. The company?s products are used by contractors in constructing highways, bridges, reservoirs, utilities, hospitals, schools, airports, stadiums, and high-rise buildings. Nucor Corporation was founded in 1940 and is based in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Wayne Duggan]

    JPMorgan names United States Steel Corporation (NYSE: X), AK Steel Holding Corporation (NYSE: AKS), Steel Dynamics, Inc. (NASDAQ: STLD) and Nucor Corporation (NYSE: NUE) as its top steel stock picks.

10 Best Healthcare Equipment Stocks To Buy Right Now: American Express Company(AXP)

American Express Company, together with its subsidiaries, provides charge and credit payment card products, and travel-related services worldwide. The company?s product portfolio consists of charge and credit card products; expense management products and services; consumer and business travel services; stored value cards, including travelers cheques and other prepaid products; network services; merchant acquisition and processing, point-of-sale, servicing and settlement, and marketing and information products and services for merchants; and fee services comprising market and trend analyses and related consulting services, fraud prevention services, and the design of customer loyalty and rewards programs. In addition, it publishes luxury lifestyle magazines; business and travel resources; general interest, cooking, travel, wine, cocktail, financial, and time management books; and international and electronic editions. The company sells its products and services to consumer s, small businesses, mid-sized companies, and large corporations through direct mail, on-line applications, targeted direct and third-party sales forces, and direct response advertising worldwide. American Express Company was founded in 1850 and is headquartered in New York, New York.

Advisors’ Opinion:

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    2016 has been quite volatile for the Dow. So, a few questions arise. Where will the index go next? Will it continue to surge? Or, will it fall once again? And, is there a way to bet on its performance over the short term without being exposed to high risks and collateral?

10 Best Healthcare Equipment Stocks To Buy Right Now: Timken Company (The)(TKR)

 

The Timken Company engineers, manufactures, and markets bearings, transmissions, gearboxes, and chain and related products worldwide. It operates in two segments: Mobile Industries and Process Industries. The Mobile Industries segment offers a portfolio of bearings, seals, lubrication devices, and systems, as well as power transmission components, engineered chain, augers, and related products and maintenance services to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) of off-highway equipment for the agricultural, construction, and mining markets. It also provides parts to on-highway vehicles, including passenger cars, light trucks, and medium- and heavy-duty trucks, as well as rail cars and locomotives; power transmission systems and flight-critical components for civil and military aircraft, which comprise bearings, helicopter transmission systems, rotor-head assemblies, turbine engine components, gears, and housings; and offers aft ermarket products and services, including complete engine overhaul, aerospace bearing repair, component reconditioning, and replacement parts. This segment sells it parts through a network of authorized automotive and heavy-truck distributors to individual end users, equipment owners, operators, and maintenance shops. The Process Industries segment supplies industrial bearings and assemblies; power transmission components, including gears and gearboxes; and couplings, seals, lubricants, chains, and related products and services to OEMs and end-users in various industries. It also supports aftermarket sales and service needs through its network of authorized industrial distributors; and offers repair and service for bearings and gearboxes, as well as electric motor rewind, repair, and services to end users. In addition, this segment manufactures precision bearings, complex assemblies, and sensors for manufacturers of health and critical motion control equipment. The Timken Co mpany was founded in 1899 and is headquartered in North Cant! on, Ohio.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shauna O’Brien]

    Jefferies announced on Monday that it has raised its price target on The Timken Company (TKR).

    The firm has increased its price target on TKR from $65 to $73. This new price target suggests a 16% upside from the stock’s current price of $61.55.

    Analyst Stephen Volkmann noted: “We are increasing our estimates and price target based on the anticipation of a more aggressive share repurchase program over the next year.”

    “With strong cash flow generation, untapped balance sheet liquidity and potential upside from a cyclical recovery we believe there is additional value for shareholders that has yet to be recognized,” added the analyst.

    Looking ahead, the firm has raised its outlook for the third quarter from 90 cents to 92 cents per share. For FY2013, earnings estimates have been increased from $3.70 to $3.75 per share. FY2014 estimates have been raised from $4.30 to $4.60 per share.

    Timken shares were mostly flat during Monday morning trading. The stock is up 29% YTD.

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Hot Valued Stocks To Watch Right Now: Gerdau S.A.(GGB)

 

Gerdau S.A. produces and commercializes steel products worldwide. It operates through Brazil, North America, Latin America, Special Steel, and Iron Ore segments. The company provides semi-finished products, which include billets that are bars from square sections of long steel that serve as inputs for the production of wire rod, rebars, and merchant bars; blooms for use in the manufacture of springs, forged parts, heavy structural shapes and seamless tubes; and slabs, which are used in the steel industry for the rolling of various flat rolled products, as well as to produce hot and cold rolled coils, heavy slabs, and profiles. It also offers long rolled products comprising rebars, merchant bars, and profiles, which are primarily used in the construction and manufacturing industries; and drawn products, such as barbed and barbless fence wires, galvanized wires, fences, concrete reinforcing wire mesh, nails, and clamps for manuf acturing, construction, and agricultural industries. In addition, the company offers special and stainless steel products used in tools and machinery, chains, fasteners, railroad spikes, and special coil steel, as well as special sections comprising grader blades, smelter bars, light rails, super light I-beams, elevator guide rails, and other products. Further, it provides flat products, including hot-and cold-rolled steel coils, heavy plates, and profiles; and resells flat steel products. The company was founded in 1901 and is based in Porto Alegre, Brazil. Gerdau S.A. is a subsidiary of Metal煤rgica Gerdau S.A.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Manikandan Raman]

    On the news, Freeport-McMoRan surged 12 percent to $10.20 and Lundin Mining climbed 12 percent to $3.33. Gerdau SA (ADR) (NYSE: GGB) rose 19 percent to $1.23, Vale SA (ADR) (NYSE: VALE) advanced 18 percent to $4.85 and Banco Bradesco SA (ADR) (NYSE: BBD) gained 11 percent to $7.15.

Hot Valued Stocks To Watch Right Now: American Express Company(AXP)

American Express Company, together with its subsidiaries, provides charge and credit payment card products, and travel-related services worldwide. The company?s product portfolio consists of charge and credit card products; expense management products and services; consumer and business travel services; stored value cards, including travelers cheques and other prepaid products; network services; merchant acquisition and processing, point-of-sale, servicing and settlement, and marketing and information products and services for merchants; and fee services comprising market and trend analyses and related consulting services, fraud prevention services, and the design of customer loyalty and rewards programs. In addition, it publishes luxury lifestyle magazines; business and travel resources; general interest, cooking, travel, wine, cocktail, financial, and time management books; and international and electronic editions. The company sells its products and services to consumer s, small businesses, mid-sized companies, and large corporations through direct mail, on-line applications, targeted direct and third-party sales forces, and direct response advertising worldwide. American Express Company was founded in 1850 and is headquartered in New York, New York.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Shares of American Express (AXP) opened up 3% this morning after reporting a big earnings beat but have since given back a big chunk of those gains. Credit Suisse analyst Moshe Orenbuch and Serena Hong explain why its earnings weren’t necessarily as good as they looked:

    Reuters

    American Expressreported 1Q16 EPS of $1.45 ($1.50 excluding restructuring charge), beating our forecast of $1.27 and consensus estimates of $1.33…

    Billed business growth accelerated on an FX adjusted basis, we believe, as a result of the extra day in the quarter as well as faster new account growth since mid-2015. However, the company indicated that a significant percentage of the ~2 million excess new accounts were converted Costco cardmembers who could switch to the Citi Costco card which carries higher rewards when those cards are mailed in June.

    Revenues and expenses helped: Revenues were up 2% y/y and up 4% y/y on an FX adjusted basis and was helped by the leap year as well as spending from new accounts. Expenses were up 5% y/y, including the $84MM of restructuring charges, and the $127mm JetBlue sale gain. Management noted that there would be less “excess spending” than previously guided and 2Q operating expenses are expected to be down significantly as Amex books its gain from the US Costco sale. Long-term, revenue growth will still be negatively impacted by discount rate pressure, and credit costs will be rising.

    Shares of American Express have gained 1% to $65.69 at $11:37 a.m. today, while Costco Wholesale (COST) has dropped 0.9% to $151.40, and JetBlue Airways (JBLU) is off 2.4% at $20.48.

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    2016 has been quite volatile for the Dow. So, a few questions arise. Where will the index go next? Will it continue to surge? Or, will it fall once again? And, is there a way to bet on its performance over the short term without being exposed to high risks and collateral?

  • [By Alex Planes]

    Visa’s long wait to go public — its IPO took place in 2008 — meant that it would not be the first credit card issuer added to the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJINDICES: ^DJI  ) . That honor went to American Express (NYSE: AXP  ) , which earned its spot in 1982 by owning the “premium” credit card market — its 52.5 million card members spent far more in 2012 per card ($8,100 on average!) than either Visa’s ($3,500) or MasterCard’s ($3,000) card members. However, there was a certain irony in the fact that Visa, on its induction to the Dow in 2013, became one of the few companies ever added to directly replace the company that first spun it off.

Best Valued Companies To Buy For 2016: Laboratory Corporation of America Holdings(LH)

Laboratory Corporation of America Holdings operates as an independent clinical laboratory company in the United States. The company offers a range of testing services used by the medical profession in routine testing, patient diagnosis, and in the monitoring and treatment of disease, as well as specialty testing services. Its routine tests include blood chemistry analyses, urinalyses, blood cell counts, thyroid tests, Pap tests, HIV tests, microbiology cultures and procedures, and alcohol and other substance-abuse tests. The company?s specialty tests and related services comprise viral load measurements, genotyping and phenotyping, and host genetic factors for managing and treating HIV infections; cytogenetic, molecular cytogenetic, biochemical, and molecular genetic tests for diagnostic genetics; oncology tests for diagnosing and monitoring certain cancers and treatments; clinical trials testing for pharmaceutical companies, which conducts clinical research trials on diag nostic assays; forensic identity testing used in criminal proceedings and parentage evaluation services, as well as testing services in reconstruction cases; allergy testing; and occupational testing for the detection of drug and alcohol abuse. Its customers include independent physicians and physician groups, hospitals, managed care organizations, governmental agencies, employers, pharmaceutical companies, and other independent clinical laboratories. The company operates a network of 51 primary laboratories and approximately 1,700 patient service centers. In addition, it delivers a co-branded electronic health records Lite solution for physician practices. The company works with university, hospital, and academic institutions, such as Duke University, The Johns Hopkins University, the University of Minnesota, and Yale University to license and commercialize new diagnostic tests. Laboratory Corporation of America Holdings was founded in 1971 and is headquartered in Burlingt o n, North Carolina.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

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

  • [By Monica Gerson]

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

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

Hot Valued Stocks To Watch Right Now: Liquidity Services Inc.(LQDT)

Liquidity Services, Inc. operates various online auction marketplaces for surplus and salvage assets in the United States. Its auction marketplaces include liquidation.com, which enables corporations and selected government agencies located in the United States to sell surplus and salvage consumer goods and capital assets; govliquidation.com that enables government agencies to sell surplus and scrap assets; govdeals.com, which enables local and state government entities, including city, county, and state agencies, as well as school boards and public utilities located in the United States to sell surplus and salvage assets. The company also operates secondipity.com that provides consumers a source of products and a socially conscious online experience through donating a portion of the proceeds of every sale to charity; and truckcenter.com, a marketplace for the sale of idle, surplus, and used fleet and transportation equipment. Its marketplaces provide professional buyers a ccess to supply of surplus and salvage assets presented with customer focused information, including digital images and other relevant product information along with services to complete the transaction; and enable corporate and government sellers to enhance their financial return on excess assets by providing liquid marketplaces and value-added services that integrate sales and marketing, logistics, and transaction settlement. The company offers approximately 500 products organized into various categories, including consumer electronics, general merchandise, apparel, scientific equipment, aerospace parts and equipment, technology hardware, energy equipment, industrial capital assets, fleet and transportation equipment, and specialty equipment. Liquidity Services, Inc. was founded in 1999 and is headquartered in Washington, District of Columbia.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jon C. Ogg]

    Liquidity Services Inc. (NASDAQ: LQDT) was raised to Buy from Underperform, and the price target was raised up to $45 from $28.50, at Merrill Lynch.

  • [By Roberto Pedone]

    Liquidity Service (LQDT) is an online auction marketplace for surplus and salvage assets. This stock closed up 14.9% at $34.44 in Monday’s trading session.

    Monday’s Volume: 1.60 million

    Three-Month Average Volume: 402,622

    Volume % Change: 336%

    From a technical perspective, LQDT skyrocketed higher here right off its 50-day moving average of $30.94 with strong upside volume. This move briefly saw shares of LQDT trend back above its 200-day moving average at $34.60, before it closed just below that level at $34.44. Shares of LQDT are now quickly moving within range of triggering a big breakout trade. That trade will hit if LQDT manages to take out Monday’s intraday high of $35.21 and then once it clears some more near-term overhead resistance at $35.71 with high volume.

    Traders should now look for long-biased trades in LQDT as long as it’s trending above $32.67 or above $31.60 and then once it sustains a move or close above those breakout levels with volume that hits near or above 402,622 shares. If we get that breakout soon, then LQDT will set up to re-test or possibly take out its next major overhead resistance levels at $38 to $40.90.