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Top 10 New Companies To Buy Right Now

Transocean (RIG) beat earnings forecasts and probably has enough cash but Jefferies analyst Eduardo Royes and team still consider its stock to be a bigger risk when compared to its peers (I’m guessing they mean Diamond Offshore Drilling (DO), Noble (NE) and Ensco (ESV), among others). They explain why:

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We tweak estimates and raise our PT on lower opex in normalized (as with peers). Liquidity doesn’t look to be an issue in the next few years, but the overhang forTransocean is unchangedwith 16 mostly older UDW floaters uncontracted today and our inability to see enough of an activity ramp to absorb re-entry of these rigs through 2018, downside risk is outsized versus peers. Normalized valuation feels reasonable, but it might give too much credit to UDW activity.

Tough to see the market growing enough to absorb uncontracted rigs. We commendTransocean for figuring out how to materially lower its stacking costs on UDW rigs, and are willing to giveTransocean the benefit of the doubt that reactivation costs for some of these assets may not be significant today. That said, with the floater rigcount likely on pace to fall through YE16 (into the 150-160 range from 190 today), and given the seemingly low likelihood that floater activity in 2017 can do better than stabilize, oversupply conditions simply feel too great to allow for these rigs to come back for years to come (thus calling into question their longer-term economic viability). Although we do not believe there is a material technical disadvantage to Transocean’s older floaters, we suspect the first rigs to secure UDW work as (if) demand starts to emerge will be the currently committed 2013+ deliveries (“6th Gen V 2.0″ rigs), of which many roll off contract in 2017. What’s more, we suspect that more sister units to these 6G V 2.0 rigs will also come into contention for work as (1) better capitalized drillers will likely be willing to take delivery for poor economics initially in order to get work and/or (2) if industry chatter regarding a ramping up in asset transactions does transpire, assets currently not in the hands of financially capable owners will be able to enter the competitive mix.

Top 10 New Companies To Buy Right Now: Huaneng Power International, Inc.(HNP)

 

Huaneng Power International, Inc., an independent power producer, generates and sells electricity and heat to the regional or provincial grid companies in the Peoples Republic of China and Singapore. It is involved in the development, construction, operation, and management of power plants and related projects; and generation, wholesale, and retail of power and other relating utilities. The company generates power from coal, wind, gas, oil, and hydro resources. In addition, it provides cargo transportation services in coastal areas; warehousing, loading, and conveying services; port management, cargo loading, and water transport material supply; utility services; environment engineering services; consultancy in waste recycling; real estate agency services. Further, the company engages in aquaculture and agriculture irrigation activities; developing and leasing real estate; production and sale of mineral water; port developme nt and construction, coal mixture, and machinery leasing and repair activities; industrial waste management and recycling activities; and the supply of water carriage materials. As of September 1, 2015, it had controlled generating capacity of 81,132 megawatts and a total generating capacity of 72,375 megawatts. The company was founded in 1994 and is headquartered in Beijing, the Peoples Republic of China.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Friday, utilities shares rose by just 0.5 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included TransAlta Corporation (USA) (NYSE: TAC), down 1 percent, and Huaneng Power International Inc (ADR) (NYSE: HNP), down 1 percent.

Top 10 New Companies To Buy Right Now: Sohu.com Inc.(SOHU)

 

Sohu.com Inc. provides online media, search, and game services on personal computers (PCs), mobile devices, and tablets in the Peoples Republic of China. It operates brand advertising business that offers advertisements on its Websites to companies; sohu.com, which provides online news and information; m.sohu.com mobile portal and Sohu News APP, a mobile phone application; tv.sohu.com, which offers online video service; and focus.cn that provides online real estate information. The companys search and search-related business provides Sogou Input Method software to input Chinese characters on PCs and mobile devices; Sogou browser; Sogou Web Directory, a Web directory navigation site for PCs; Sogou Search, a proprietary search engine; and Sogou Browser for PCs and mobile devices, as well as offers pay-for-click services and online marketing services for advertisers. In addition, its online game business offers interactive on line games, mobile games, and Web games for game players. Further, the companys platform channel business owns and operates various Web properties and software applications, including 17173.com, an information portal for game players; RaidCall, which provides online music and entertainment services; and the Dolphin Browser, a gateway to a host of user activities on mobile devices. Additionally, it provides mobile-related services and mobile products; Internet value-added services; and cinema advertising services. The company was formerly known as Internet Technologies China Incorporated and changed its name to Sohu.com Inc. in September 1999. Sohu.com Inc. was founded in 1996 and is headquartered in Beijing, the Peoples Republic of China.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Belinda Cao]

    Sohu.com Inc. (SOHU), which sold a stake in its search unit to Tencent Holdings Ltd. (700), advanced 11 percent for the week to $72.06. It retreated 5.9 percent Sept. 20. Tencent, Chinas biggest Internet company by market value, paid $448 million for a 36.5 percent stake in Sohus Sogou unit last week and merge its own search service with Sogou.

10 Best Semiconductor Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Myriad Genetics, Inc.(MYGN)

Myriad Genetics, Inc. (Myriad), incorporated on November 6, 1992, is a molecular diagnostic company. The Company is engaged in the discovery, development and marketing of transformative molecular diagnostic tests. The Company operates through two segments: diagnostics and other. The diagnostics segment provides testing and collaborative development of testing that is designed to assess an individual’s risk for developing disease later in life, identify a patient’s likelihood of responding to drug therapy and guide a patient’s dosing to enable optimal treatment, or assess a patient’s risk of disease progression and disease recurrence. The other segment provides testing products and services to the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical research industries, research and development, and clinical services for patients, and also includes corporate services, such as finance, human resources, legal and information technology. Myriad offers diagnostic tests for a range of dise ases, such as Myriad myRisk Hereditary Cancer test for hereditary breast cancer, hereditary ovarian cancer, hereditary pancreatic cancer, hereditary uterine (endometrial) cancer and hereditary colon cancer; Myriad myPlan Lung Cancer test for lung cancer; Myriad myPath Melanoma test for melanoma; Prolaris test for prostate cancer, and Vectra DA for rheumatoid arthritis (RA).

Molecular Diagnostic Testing

The Company’s molecular diagnostic tests are designed to analyze genes, their expression levels and corresponding proteins. Myriad’s primary molecular diagnostic tests include myRisk Hereditary Cancer, a deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) sequencing test for assessing the risks for hereditary cancers, such as breast cancer, ovarian cancer, colon cancer, uterine cancer, melanoma, pancreatic cancer, prostate cancer and gastric cancer; BRACAnalysis, a DNA sequencing test for assessing the risk of developing breast and ovarian cancer; BART, a DNA sequencing test for hereditary breast and ovarian cancer; BRACAnalysis CDx ! , a DNA sequencing test for use as a companion diagnostic with the poly (ADP-ribose) polymerase (PARP) inhibitor LynparzaTM (olaparib); Tumor BRACAnalysis CDx, a DNA sequencing test designed to be utilized to predict response to DNA damaging agents, such as platinum-based chemotherapy agents and PARP inhibitors; COLARIS, a DNA sequencing test for assessing the risk of colorectal and uterine cancer; COLARIS AP, a DNA sequencing test for assessing the risk of colorectal cancer; Vectra DA, a protein detection test for assessing the disease activity of rheumatoid arthritis; Prolaris, a ribonucleic acid (RNA) expression test for assessing the aggressiveness of prostate cancer; EndoPredict, an RNA expression test for assessing the aggressiveness of breast cancer; myPath Melanoma, an RNA expression test for diagnosing melanoma, and myPlan Lung Cancer, an RNA expression test for assessing the aggressiveness of lung cancer.

Pharmaceutical and Clinical Services

The Company provides a range of pharmaceutical and clinical services. Through its subsidiary, Myriad RBM, Inc., Myriad provides biomarker discovery and pharmaceutical and clinical services to the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical research industries utilizing its multiplexed immunoassay technology. The Company also owns Privatklinik Dr. Robert Schindlbeck GmbH & Co. KG, located approximately 15 miles from the Company’s European laboratories in Munich, Germany. The Company’s technology enables it to screen sets of well-characterized clinical samples from both diseased and non-diseased populations against its menu of biomarkers.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    We took in Walt Disney (DIS) earnings, Argus’ downgrade of Noble (NE), and Myriad Genetics’ (MYGN) freefall.

    We looked at the speculation that International Paper (IP) could be a takeover target, and the progress made at Ralph Lauren (RL), and the slowing same-store sales at Shake Shack (SHAK).

Top 10 New Companies To Buy Right Now: Continental Resources, Inc.(CLR)

Continental Resources, Inc., incorporated on November 16, 1967, is an independent crude oil and natural gas exploration and production company with properties in the North, South and East regions of the United States. The North region consists of properties north of Kansas and west of the Mississippi River and includes North Dakota Bakken, Montana Bakken and the Red River units. The South region includes Kansas and all properties south of Kansas and west of the Mississippi River, including various plays in the South Central Oklahoma Oil Province (SCOOP), Sooner Trend Anadarko Canadian Kingfisher (STACK), Northwest Cana and Arkoma Woodford areas of Oklahoma. The East region includes undeveloped leasehold acreage east of the Mississippi River. The Company’s estimated proved reserves are approximately 1,230 million barrels of crude oil equivalent (MMBoe) with estimated proved developed reserves of over 520 MMBoe. Its crude oil production is sold to crude oil refining companie s at market centers.

North Region

The Company’s principal producing properties in the North region are in the Bakken field and the Red River units. Its average daily production from such properties is approximately 148,910 Boe per day. The Bakken field of North Dakota and Montana is a crude oil resource play in the United States. The Company is a producer, leasehold owner and operator in the Bakken. Its total Bakken production is over 136,350 Boe per day. It has completed approximately 650 gross wells in the Bakken. Its total proved Bakken field reserves is over 660 MMBoe. It operates approximately eight rigs in the Bakken, all in North Dakota.

The Company’s Red River units consists of over nine units located along the Cedar Creek Anticline in North Dakota, South Dakota and Montana that produce crude oil and natural gas from the Red River B formation. The Company’s principal producing properties in the Red River units include the Cedar Hills units in North Dakota and Montana, the Medicine Pole H! ills units in North Dakota and the Buffalo Red River units in South Dakota. Its properties in the Red River units comprise a portion of the Cedar Hills field.

South Region

The Company’s principal producing properties in the South region are located in the SCOOP, Northwest Cana and STACK areas of Oklahoma. Its average daily production from such properties is approximately 76,020 Boe per day. The Company’s SCOOP play extends across Garvin, Grady, Stephens, Carter, McClain and Love counties in Oklahoma, and contains crude oil and condensate-rich fairways as delineated by various industry wells. It is a producer, leasehold owner and operator in the SCOOP play. It has completed over 200 gross wells in SCOOP. The Company’s Northwest Cana properties are located in northwestern Oklahoma in Blaine, Dewey and Custer Counties of Oklahoma and target the Woodford formation. It has approximately five operated rigs drilling in Northwest Cana. It has over four oper ated rigs drilling in STACK. It has completed a combined of approximately 30 gross wells in Northwest Cana and STACK. It has proved reserves of approximately 80 MMBoe.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    The large cap E&Ps we cover raised ~ $6.5 billion of equity in 2015 and are likely to consider additional issuance in 2016. Pioneer Natural Resources (PXD) raised $1.3 billion on January 5th and Hess Corp. (HES) raised $1.5 billion of equity/equity-linked earlier this month. We think highly leveraged companies such as Devon Energy,Encana andRange Resources (RRC) and companies with a large deficit (before asset sales), such asAnadarko Petroleum and Devon Energy, are most likely to consider raising equity. Additionally, we believe companies such as WPX Energy (WPX), Southwestern Energy (SWN), Marathon Oil, Continental Resources (CLR),Noble Energy and Newfield Exploration (NFX) could issue equity while several levered companies may be unwilling or unable to access equity markets. We do not think Apache, Canadian Natural Resource, EOG Resources (EOG), Occidental Petroleum orPioneer Natural Resources are likely to issue equity this year.

Top 10 New Companies To Buy Right Now: Mercury Systems Inc(MRCY)

Mercury Systems, Inc., incorporated on July 14, 1981, is a commercial provider of secure processing subsystems designed and made in the United States. The Company’s solutions support a range of defense and intelligence programs. The Company’s technologies include embedded processing modules and subsystems, radio frequency (RF) and microwave multi-function assemblies, as well as subsystems, and RF and microwave components. In addition, the Company designs and builds RF and microwave components and subsystems to meet the needs of the electronic warfare (EW), signals intelligence (SIGINT) and other high bandwidth communications requirements and applications.

The Company’s programs include Aegis, Patriot, Surface Electronic Warfare Improvement Program (SEWIP), Gorgon Stare, Predator, F-35 and Reaper. The Company provides solutions relating to pre-integrated, open, affordable EW, electronic attack (EA) and electronic counter measure (ECM) subsystems, SIGINT and ele ctro-optical/infrared (EO/IR) processing technologies, and radar environment test and simulation systems. The Company deploys these solutions on behalf of the Department of Defense (DoD). The Company designs and builds integrated sensor processing subsystems, including classified application-specific software and intellectual property (IP) for the command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (C4ISR), EW and ECM markets.

The Company offers analyst services and systems engineering support, consulting, maintenance and other support, testing and installation. The Company designs, markets and sells software and middleware environments for the development and execution of signal and image processing applications on a range of heterogeneous and multi-computing platforms. The Company’s software suite is based on open standards and includes heterogeneous processor support. The Company’s software and middleware provides custom er application-level algorithm portability across a range of! hardware processor types with math and input/output (I/O) interfaces. Its multi-computer software packages are marketed and licensed under the MultiCore Plus brand.

The Company offers products designed to meet a range of requirements in compute-intensive, signal processing and image-processing applications, multi-computer interconnect fabrics, sensor interfaces and command and control functions. The Company offers hardware products into the categories, such as signal and image processing, multi-computer and sensor interfaces, including embedded processing boards, switch fabric boards, digital receiver boards, high-density memory modules, secure solid-state drives, secure global positioning system (GPS) receiver modules, and chassis-based systems using air, conduction, and cooling technologies; RF and microwave assemblies, including tuners, converters, transceivers, and switch filters, and RF and microwave components, including power amplifiers and limiters, swi tches, oscillators, and equalizers. Its open architecture is carried throughout its entire Ensemble product line. In the defense market, its hardware products include anti-tamper and information assurance products, such as EnforcIT, WhiteboxCRYPTO and CodeSEAL. In the commercial market, its hardware products include its CANGuard product, which provides security for the electronic communications and control architectures on a range of automotive vehicles.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Mercury Systems Inc (NASDAQ: MRCY) shares shot up 15 percent to $18.94 after the company agreed to acquire the embedded security, RF and Microwave and custom microelectronics businesses of Microsemi Corporation (NASDAQ: MSCC).

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Mercury Systems Inc (NASDAQ: MRCY) shares shot up 15 percent to $19.00 after the company agreed to acquire the embedded security, RF and Microwave and custom microelectronics businesses of Microsemi Corporation (NASDAQ: MSCC).

Top 10 New Companies To Buy Right Now: Heartware International, Inc.(HTWR)

Heartware International, Inc., incorporated on June 29, 2008, is a medical device company. The Company develops and manufactures miniaturized implantable heart pumps or ventricular assist devices to treat patients suffering from advanced heart failure. The Company operates in the segment of design and manufacture of medical devices. The HeartWare Ventricular Assist System (HVAD System), which includes a ventricular assist device (VAD) or blood pump, patient accessories and surgical tools, provides circulatory support for patients in the advanced stage of heart failure. The HVAD System is designed to be implanted adjacent to the heart, avoiding abdominal surgery. The HVAD System features the centrifugal pump designed to be implanted in the chest, directly adjacent to the heart.

The HeartWare HVAD System

The HVAD System consists of HVAD pump, a permanently implantable VAD, patient accessories and surgical tools. The HVAD pump is capable of generatin g over 10 liters of blood flow per minute. With a displaced volume of approximately 50 cubic centimeters and a mass of over 140 grams, the HVAD pump is implantable in the pericardial space, directly adjacent to the heart. The pump’s inflow cannula is integrated with the device itself, providing proximity between the heart and the pumping mechanism, facilitating ease of implant and helping to ensure optimal blood flow characteristics. The use of a wide-bladed impeller and the clear flow paths through the pump are designed to help reduce the risk of pump-induced damage to blood cells.

The HeartWare MVAD System

The MVAD System consists of similar components, surgical tools and peripherals, as the HVAD System, but is differentiated by the MVAD pump. The MVAD pump is a miniaturized blood pump intended for patients with chronic heart failure. The device is a full-output axial-flow pump with a fully suspended rotor and a displacement volume of less than on e-half of that of the HVAD pump.

The CircuLite ! System

The CircuLite Surgical System is designed to be implanted through a right, mini-thoracotomy procedure and does not require a sternotomy or cardiopulmonary bypass. The CircuLite Circulatory Support System offers interventional options to earlier-stage heart failure patients.

The Company competes with St. Jude Medical, Inc., Jarvik Heart, Inc., ReliantHeart Inc., Berlin Heart GmbH and Sunshine Heart, Inc.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Spencer Israel]

    4. HeartWare International Inc (NASDAQ: HTWR) – The heart device maker agreed to be acquired by Medtronic for $58 per share in cash two weeks ago. Prior to that the stock had been trading just above $30. 

Top 10 New Companies To Buy Right Now: Canadian National Railway Company(CNI)

Canadian National Railway Company, together with its subsidiaries, engages in the rail and related transportation business in North America. It provides transportation for various goods, including petroleum and chemicals, grain and fertilizers, coal, metals and minerals, forest products, and intermodal and automotive products. The company operates a network of approximately 20,600 route miles of track that spans Canada and mid-America, from the Atlantic and Pacific oceans to the Gulf of Mexico. It serves the ports of Vancouver, Prince Rupert (British Columbia), Montreal, Halifax, New Orleans, and Mobile (Alabama), as well as metropolitan areas of Toronto, Buffalo, Chicago, Detroit, Duluth (Minnesota)/Superior (Wisconsin), Green Bay (Wisconsin), Minneapolis/St. Paul, Memphis, and Jackson (Mississippi), with connections to various points in North America. The company was founded in 1922 and is headquartered in Montreal, Canada.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Canadian National Railway (USA) (NYSE: CNI) is estimated to post its quarterly earnings at $0.92 per share on revenue of $3.08 billion.

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

Top 10 New Companies To Buy Right Now: AVG Technologies N.V.(AVG)

AVG Technologies N.V., incorporated on March 3, 2011, provides software and online services. The Company operates through two segments: Consumer and small and medium sized business (SMB). The Consumer segment reflects all direct (subscription) and indirect (platform) revenues targeted at the Consumer segment and including the Location Labs business, and Privax entity. The SMB segment reflects all direct (subscription) revenue targeted at the SMB segment and includes the revenue from the Norman Safeground AS. Its product portfolio includes AVG Anti-Virus FREE, AVG Anti-Virus, AVG Internet Security, AVG Protection FREE suite, AVG Protection PRO suite, AVG Performance suite, AVG Ultimate suite, Anti-Virus Security-FREE, AVG Zen, Mobile Anti-Virus Security-PRO, AVG CleanerMobile Booster & Battery Saver, Gallery, Gallery Doctor, AVG Anti-Virus for Mac, TuneUp Utilities and AVG PC Tuneup, AVG Cleaner for Mac, AVG Driver Updater, AVG Web TuneUp, Alarm Clock Xtreme FREE + Timer , AVG Cleaner-Xperia and HideMyPhone, among others. Its location labs mobile solutions include AT&T FamilyMap, AT&T Smart Limits, Sprint Family Locator, Sprint Mobile Controls, Sprint Drive First, T-Mobile FamilyWhere, Verizon FamilyBase, Safely Go and Aqui Estoy.

The Company’s SMB security platform, AVG CloudCare, enables information technology (IT) management by allowing cloud services and devices to be remotely managed from any Web browser or Android and iPhone operating system (iOS) mobile device applications. IT providers can manage multiple customers from a single cloud dashboard, activate services with a single click, generate a variety of reports, view real-time alerts to problems, and drag and drop documents to create centralized policies. Its AVG CloudCare Products include AVG Remote IT, AVG Anti-Virus, AVG Content Filtering, AVG Cloud Backup and AVG Email Security. Its Norman solutions include Norman Antivirus, Norman Security Suite, Norman Security S uite PRO, Norman Endpoint Protection, Norman Email Protectio! n, Norman Security Portal, Norman SecureMail and Norman SecureSurf. Its product portfolio targets the consumer and SMB markets across multiple devices and operating systems and includes Internet security, personal computer (PC) performance optimization, online backup, identity protection, family safety, mobile control and location services, dynamic secure search, remote control, network auditing, monitoring and alerting software. Its product portfolio also includes virtual private network services.

The Company’s solutions, encompassing software and online services, include security, PC optimization, online privacy, cloud-based desktop management, mobile security, management and location services, content filtering, remote monitoring and other products on various desktop and mobile operating systems. Its software products are available in various languages; used in multiple countries across the world, and sold under software license agreements. They are generally sold and downloaded over the Internet or sold as packaged products through multi-tiered distribution channels. The Company offers AVG Zen, a connected solution across both mobile and PC platforms in order to support expansion into mobile. Through its AVG Business Solutions, the Company offers both security and cloud-based remote monitoring and IT management, and the Company offers both license subscription-based and software-as-a-service (SaaS)-based (monthly) billing. The Company also distributes through resellers and distributors, which the Company refers to as its reseller network.

The Company competes with Avast!, Avira, Symantec, Carbonite, Dropbox, Intel Corporation, Trend Micro, Eset, Kaspersky Labs, Panda Software, Sophos, Bit Defender, Rising, Kingsoft, Check Point, Qihoo, F-Secure, Private Internet Access, Anchor Free, Tunnelbear, UniBlue, Piriform, Kaseya, Solarwinds, Cheetah Mobile, NQ Mobile, Lookout, CM security, Microsoft, Google, Apple, Tencent, Facebook, Lifelock and Life 360.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Igor Novgorodtsev]

    InterActiveCorp (IACI) bought Ask.com for $1.85 billion in 2005. The new Perion will be worth only about 40% of that. After the merger, Perion will leapfrog its much larger rivals: Babylon and AVG (AVG). Finally, Perion should be able to increase its operating margins as it can spread its SG&A costs over a much larger base (Conduit EBITDA margin is 32% vs. Perion’s 23%). Perion will keep its senior management team intact: Josef Mandelbaum will remain its CEO and Yacov Kaufman its CFO. Perion has successfully orchestrated a roll-up acquisitions of privately-held Sweetpacks and Smilebox, so I have high confidence that they know how to integrate a new business.

Top 10 New Companies To Buy Right Now: Progenics Pharmaceuticals Inc.(PGNX)

Progenics Pharmaceuticals, Inc., incorporated on December 1, 1986, is engaged in developing medicines and other products for targeting and treating cancer. The Company’s products in development include therapeutic agents designed to target cancer and imaging agents, which focuses on enabling clinicians and patients to accurately visualize and manage their diseases. The Company’s EXINI Bone BSI is an analytical tool that employs an artificial intelligence-based approach to apply techniques of statistical analysis and pattern recognition to quantify the information produced by bone scintigraphy (bone scan) images used to view cancer present in the skeleton. The EXINI Bone BSI tool reads bone scans and produces a standard, automated Bone Scan Index quantification. The Company’s clinical-stage products include AZEDRA, 1404 (trofolastat), PyL ((18F) DCFPyL), 1095 and PSMA ADC. The Company’s partnered products include Relistor- Subcutaneous injection, Relistor- Oral Tablets and PRO 140.

Azedra

Azedra is a radiotherapeutic product candidate in development as a treatment for malignant and/or recurrent pheochromocytoma and paraganglioma, rare tumors found in the adrenal glands and outside of the adrenal glands. The Company has completed enrollment in pivotal Phase IIb clinical trial under Special Protocol Assessment (SPA).

1404 (trofolastat)

The Company’s 1404 (trofolastat) is a technetium-99m labeled small molecule, which binds prostate specific membrane antigen (PSMA) and is used as an imaging agent to diagnose and detect localized prostate cancer, as well as soft tissue and bone metastases. The Company has completed a global multi-centered Phase II study assessing the diagnostic accuracy of 1404 imaging in men with high-risk prostate cancer and initiated a multi-center, open-label Phase III trial to determine the sensitivity and specificity of 1404 to correctly identify whether or not patients hav e clinically prostate cancer

PyL ((18F) DCFPyL)!

The Company’s PyL is a clinical-stage, fluorinated PSMA-targeted Positron Emission Topography (PET) imaging agent for prostate cancer that was discovered and developed at the Center for Translational Molecular Imaging at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. The Company’s studies show the uptake of PyL is high in sites of putative metastatic lesions and primary tumors, suggesting the potential for high sensitivity in detecting prostate cancer.

1095

The Company’s 1095 is a PSMA-targeted Iodine-131 labeled small radiopharmaceutical molecule, which is designed to deliver a dose of radiation directly to prostate cancer cells with minimal impact on the surrounding healthy tissues. The Company focuses on initiating a Phase I clinical study.

PSMA ADC

PSMA ADC is a human monoclonal antibody-drug conjugate designed to deliver a chemotherapeutic agent to cancer. The Company’s Phase II, multicenter clinical tr ial to assess the safety, tolerability and anti-tumor activity of PSMA ADC, has been completed in both the chemotherapy refractory and chemotherapy naive patients with metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer (mCRPC).

Relistor

The Company’s Relistor is used as a treatment for Opioid-Induced Constipation (OIC), which decreases the constipating side effects induced by opioid pain medications, such as morphine and codeine without diminishing their ability to relieve pain. Relistor-Subcutaneous injection is engaged in the treatment of OIC in patients with non-cancer pain, and is marketed in the United States. Relistor-Oral has completed Phase III clinical trials.

PRO 140

The Company’s PRO 140 is a humanized IgG4 monoclonal antibody directed against C-C chemokine receptor type 5 (CCR5), a molecular portal that human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) uses to enter T-cells. PRO 140 blocks the predominant HIV subtype (R5) entry i nto T-cells by masking this required co-receptor, CCR5. PRO ! 140 has b! een the subject of over seven clinical trials, each demonstrating efficacy by significantly reducing or controlling HIV viral load in human test subjects.

The Company competes with Merck & Co., Inc., Sucampo Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Shionogi & Co., Theravance, Inc., Johnson & Johnson, Medivation, Inc., Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals Inc. and Aytu Bioscience Inc.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Progenics Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: PGNX) shares shot up 29 percent to $6.37 after announcing the FDA approval of RELISTOR tablets for the treatment of opioid-induced constipation in adults with chronic non-cancer pain.

Top 10 New Companies To Buy Right Now: Extra Space Storage Inc(EXR)

 

Extra Space Storage, Inc. operates as a real estate investment trust (REIT) in the United States. It engages in property management and development activities that include acquiring, managing, developing, and selling, as well as the rental of self-storage facilities. As of December 31, 2006, Extra Space Storage owned interests in 567 properties located in 32 states and Washington, D.C., as well as managed 74 properties owned by franchisees or third parties. As a REIT, the company would not be subject to federal corporate income taxes if it distributes at least 90% of its taxable income to its stockholders. The company was founded in 1977 and is based in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shauna O’Brien]

    On Tuesday, Goldman Sachs announced that it has removed Extra Space Storage, Inc. (EXR) from its Conviction Buy List.

    The firm has maintained a “Buy” rating on EXR, and has lowered the company’s price target from $51 to $50. This price target suggests a 12% upside from the stock’s current price of $43.94.

    Analyst Andrew Rosivach commented: “We think the stock is inexpensive on forward 2018E AFFO, but the higher 2014E multiple may require the stock to consolidate.”

    Extra Space Storage shares were down 21 cents, or 0.47%, during Tuesday morning trading. The stock is up 21% YTD.

Top 10 Computer Hardware Companies To Watch For 2017

Stocks surged higher today as weaker-than-expected economic data make a September rate hike unlikely.

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The S&P 500 gained 1% to 2,147.26 today, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 177.71 points, or 1%, to 18,212.48. The Nasdaq Composite climbed 1.5% to 5,249.69.

RBC Capital Markets economists Tom Porcelli andJacob Oubina explain why today’s disappointing retail-sales data are “yet another blow to the hawks’ mantra”:

The soft retail sales numbers headlined an overall very dovish data day in the US. The key retail control metric (ex. autos, gasoline, building materials) sank -0.1% (vs. consensus of a 0.4% gain) and this came with a back-month downward revision to boot (July is now -0.1% from flat prior). If that is not enough of a reflection of just how weak this report was, note that overall breadth was also quite ugly. The share of retail sales components rising on the month came in at a paltry 38% and up modestly from an already dismal 31% in July. In fact this now goes down as the weakest 2-month string for breadth since Q2 2012real PCE printed a paltry 0.7% back then. Overall, the weaker August print and the downward revision to July takes out tracking for Q3 real consumer spending to 2.7% from 3.0% (services, which is not part of the retail sales report, is really carrying this number). Overall GDP goes to 3.3% from 3.5% but we would note that the inventory swing is adding near ly a full percentage point here.

Top 10 Computer Hardware Companies To Watch For 2017: Mead Johnson Nutrition Company(MJN)

Mead Johnson Nutrition Company (Mead Johnson), incorporated on December 17, 2008, is a pediatric nutrition company. The Company manufactures, distributes and sells infant formulas, children’s nutrition and other nutritional products. The Company operates through three segments: Asia, North America/Europe and Latin America. Its product portfolio includes routine and specialty infant formulas, children’s milks and milk modifiers, dietary supplements for pregnant and breastfeeding mothers, pediatric vitamins, and products for pediatric metabolic disorders. The Company’s Enfa family of brands, including Enfamil infant formula, is a brand franchise in pediatric nutrition. Its product portfolio addresses a range of nutritional needs for infants, children and expectant and nursing mothers. The Company markets its portfolio of approximately 70 products to mothers, healthcare professionals and retailers in over 50 countries in Asia, North America, Latin America and Europe.

The Company’s product portfolio, which addresses a range of pediatric nutritional needs, consists of two principal product categories: infant formula and children’s nutrition. The product categories are categorized into approximately five product types: routine infant, solutions, specialty, children’s nutrition and other. Its routine infant formula is intended for healthy consumers while its solutions and specialty products are offered for infants with special nutritional needs. The Company’s children’s’ nutrition products are designed to meet the nutritional needs of children at different stages of development. Its other products include vitamins and supplements.

Routine Infant Formula

The Company designs routine infant formula as a breast milk substitute for full-term infants without special nutritional needs both for the use as the infant’s source of nutrition and as a supplement to breastfeeding. Each product is referred to as a formula, as it is formulated for the specific nutritional needs of an i! nfant at a given age. Its routine infant formulas has over four components: protein from cow’s milk that is processed to have a profile similar to human milk; a blend of vegetable fats, including docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and arachidonic acid (ARA), to replace bovine milk fat in order to resemble the composition of human milk; a carbohydrate, generally lactose from cow’s milk, and a vitamin and mineral micronutrient pre-mix that is blended into the product to meet the specific needs of the infant at a given age. The Company’s routine infant formula products include Enfamil Premium, Enfapro Premium, Enfamil A+ and Enfalac A+.

Solutions Products

The Company designs several solutions formulas to address common feeding tolerance problems, including spit-up, fussiness, gas and lactose intolerance. Its solutions products include Enfamil Gentlease (for fussiness and gas), Enfamil A.R. (to reduce spit-up), Enfamil ProSobee (a soy-based formula) and Enfamil LactoFree (for lactose intolerance).

Specialty Products

The Company designs specialty formulas to address certain conditions or special medical needs, including Nutramigen (for cow’s milk protein allergies) and Puramino (an amino acid formula for severe cow’s milk protein allergies or multiple other food allergies). The Company designs products, such as Enfamil Premature to meet the needs of premature and low birth weight infants under the supervision of a doctor, most often in the hospital, and EnfaCare, a hypercaloric formula for premature babies at home. It also produces medical foods, or foods for special medical purposes, for nutritional management of individuals with rare, inborn errors of metabolism, such as maple syrup urine disease (Mead Johnson BCAD) and phenylketonuria (Mead Johnson Phenyl-Free). Certain of these products are intended for infants and young children while others are suitable for children and adults.

Children’ s Nutrition Products

The Company designs its ch! ildren’s ! products to meet the nutritional needs of children at different stages of development (such as toddlers and older children). Its children’s nutrition products include Enfagrow, Sustagen and Lactum. These products are not breast milk substitutes and are not designed as a sole source of nutrition but instead are designed to be a part of a child’s diet. The Company also offers milk modifiers (ChocoMilk and Cal-C-Tose).

Other Products

The Company also produces a range of other products, including pre-natal and post-natal nutritional supplements for expectant and nursing mothers, including Expecta and EnfaMama. Its pediatric vitamin products sold in a few geographies, such as Enfamil Poly-Vi-Sol, provide a range of benefits for infants, including multivitamins and iron supplements.

The Company competes with Abbott Laboratories, Danone and Nestle.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Michael Flannelly]

    On Tuesday, JP Morgan analysts upgraded children’s nutrition company Mead Johnson Nutrition (MJN), as they believe the company’s top line growth should be valued more highly than the possible cost headwinds and further Chinese regulations.

    The analysts upgraded MJN from “Neutral” to “Overweight” and see shares reaching $88. This price target suggests a 16% upside to the stock’s Monday closing price of $76.11.

    Mead Johnson Nutrition shares were up 85 cents, or 1.12%, during morning trading on Tuesday. The stock is up 16.71% year-to-date.

Top 10 Computer Hardware Companies To Watch For 2017: Tarena International, Inc.(TEDU)

 

Tarena International, Inc., through its subsidiaries, primarily provides information technology (IT) professional education services through part-time and full-time classes in the Peoples Republic of China. It offers education courses in 11 IT subjects, such as Java, .NET, C++, software testing, PHP, embedded, Android, iOS, Big Data, Web front-end development, and Linux and network engineering; and 3 non-IT subjects comprising digital art, online sales and marketing, and accounting through live distance instruction, classroom-based tutoring, and online learning modules. The company also provides two kid education programs, including Tongcheng and Tongmei. Tarena International, Inc. was founded in 2002 and is headquartered in Beijing, the Peoples Republic of China.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [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 Value Companies To Watch In Right Now: EPR Properties(EPR)

EPR Properties (EPR), incorporated on August 22, 1997, is a self-administered real estate investment trust (REIT). The Company’s investment portfolio includes entertainment, education and recreation properties. The Company’s properties are located in approximately 40 states, the District of Columbia and in the Canadian province of Ontario. The Company operates in four segments: Entertainment, Education, Recreation and Other.

Entertainment

The Company’s Entertainment segment consists of investments in megaplex theatres, entertainment retail centers, family entertainment centers and other retail parcels. The Company’s entertainment properties include approximately 130 megaplex theatre properties located in over 30 states and Ontario, Canada; approximately nine entertainment retail centers (which include over eight additional megaplex theatre properties and approximately one live performance venue) located in Westminster in Colorado, New Rochelle in New York, Burbank in California, Suffolk in Virginia, Charlotte in North Carolina and Ontario in Canada; over seven family entertainment centers located in Illinois, Indiana and Florida; land parcels leased to restaurant and retail operators adjacent to several of the Company’s theatre properties; construction in progress for real estate development for over two megaplex theatres and redevelopment of over two of its existing megaplex theatres, as well as approximately eight other retail redevelopment projects, and undeveloped land inventory.

The Company’s owned real estate portfolio of megaplex theatre properties consists of approximately 10 million square feet and is approximately 100% leased. The Company’s remaining owned entertainment real estate portfolio consists of over 1.8 million square feet and is approximately 87% leased. The combined owned entertainment real estate portfolio consists of over 11.8 million square feet and is approximately 98% leased. It s owned theatre properties are leased to over 15 different t! heatre operators. The Company’s family entertainment center operators offer various entertainment options, including live performance, bowling and bocce ball, as well as an observation deck on the 94th floor of the John Hancock building in downtown Chicago, Illinois.

Education

The Company’s Education segment consists of investments in public charter schools, early education centers and K-12 private schools. The Company’s interests include over 70 public charter school properties located in approximately 20 states and the District of Columbia; approximately 20 early education centers located in over six states; approximately two K-12 private school located in New York and approximately one 5-12 private school located in California, and an interest in construction for real estate development or expansion of over 10 public charter schools, approximately 10 early education centers and over one K-12 private school. The Company’s owned education real esta te portfolio consists of approximately 4.2 million square feet and is approximately 100% leased. The Company has approximately 40 different operators for its owned public charter schools.

Recreation

The Company’s Recreation segment consists of investments in metro ski parks, resorts, waterparks and golf entertainment complexes. Its interests include approximately 10 metro ski parks located in Ohio, Maryland and Pennsylvania, Vermont and Virginia; over five waterparks located in Kansas, Texas and Pennsylvania; approximately 20 golf entertainment complexes in over nine states, and golf entertainment complexes and the development of an indoor waterpark hotel at the Adelaar casino and resort project located in Sullivan County, New York. The Company’s owned recreation real estate portfolio is approximately 100% leased. The Company’s daily attendance ski park model provides outdoor entertainment during the winter. All of the ski parks, as well as its over three owned properties, offers snowmaking capabilities and ! provides ! various terrains and vertical drop options. The Company’s ski parks offer skiing and snowboarding options.

Other

The Company’s other segment consists of construction in progress and land held for development of the casino, golf course, entertainment village and infrastructure related to the Adelaar casino and resort project in Sullivan County, New York. It also includes undeveloped land inventory at its Adelaar casino and resort project in Sullivan County, New York, and mortgage financing related to approximately one sold winery property.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lawrence Meyers]

    I also jumped on the 9% Preferred Series E of an interesting REIT called EPR Properties (EPR), a $2.38 billion trust that owns 114 megaplex movie theaters; nine entertainment retail centers; seven family entertainment centers where one can bowl, enjoy nightlife, or sit atop observational towers; 13 metro ski parks; three water parks; four golf complexes, and 48 public charter schools.

Top 10 Computer Hardware Companies To Watch For 2017: Reinsurance Group of America, Incorporated(RGA)

 

Reinsurance Group of America, Incorporated engages in reinsurance business. It offers individual and group life and health insurance products, including term life, credit life, universal life, whole life, group life and health, joint and last survivor insurance, critical illness, disability, and longevity products, as well as asset-intensive and financial reinsurance products. The company also provides reinsurance for mortality, morbidity, and lapse risk associated with products; and reinsurance for investment-related risks, as well as develops and markets technology solutions for the insurance industry. It serves life insurance companies in the United States, Latin America, Canada, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and the Asia Pacific. Reinsurance Group of America, Incorporated was founded in 1973 and is headquartered in Chesterfield, Missouri.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By David Sterman]

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

  • [By Benzinga News Desk]

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

Top 10 Computer Hardware Companies To Watch For 2017: Coach, Inc.(COH)

 

Coach, Inc. provides luxury accessories and lifestyle collections in the United States. The company offers handbags, rings, charms, small leather goods, and novelty accessories for women; and business cases, computer bags, messenger-style bags, totes, wallets, card cases, belts, and time management and electronic accessories for men. It also provides footwear products; seasonal lifestyle apparel collections, including outerwear, ready-to-wear, and cold weather accessories, such as gloves, scarves, and hats; jewelries comprising bracelets, necklaces, rings, and earrings made with sterling silver, leather, and non-precious metals; sunglasses; watches; and fragrances consisting of eau de perfume sprays, eau de toilette sprays, purse sprays, and body lotions. In addition, the company offers weekend and travel accessories, travel bags, and other lifestyle products. Further, it holds licensing rights to market and distribute footwea r, eyewear, watches, and fragrances under the Coach brand name. The company markets its products to consumers through a network of company-operated stores comprising Internet in North America; and Coach-operated stores and concession shop-in-shops in Japan, Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, Singapore, Taiwan, Malaysia, South Korea, the United Kingdom, France, Ireland, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Italy, Belgium, and the Netherlands. It also sells its products to wholesale customers and distributors in approximately 45 countries. As of June 27, 2015, the company operated 258 Coach retail and 204 Coach outlet leased stores located in North America; 503 Coach-operated concession shop-in-shops within department, retail, and outlet stores internationally; and 54 Stuart Weitzman stores. Coach, Inc. was founded in 1941 and is based in New York, New York.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Shares of Michael Kors gained 3.7% to $49.62 today, and the funny part is that there was no new news on the apparel & accessories retailer today. Nothing at all. I checked Dow Jones Newswires. I checked Google News. I checked Briefing.com. Nothing. Nada. Zilch. Bloomberg says Jefferies had a positive note, but the analyst tells me he didn’t write one. FactSet says Piper Jaffray wrote a note on Kors, which seems plausible since Piper’sErinn Murphy wrote a positive one onCoach (COH), another maker of handbags and other accessories, today, but I’ve yet to receive confirmation.

  • [By Teresa Rivas]

    Coach (COH) is climbing Tuesday, following its upbeat third-quarter report.

    Bloomberg News

    The handbag maker said it earned 44 cents a share on revenue of $1.03 billion. Analysts were looking for earnings of 41 cents on revenue of $1.02 billion.

    The company also reiterated its full-year guidance, as it expects low-single-digit revenue growth.

    Bulls include Cowen & Co.s Oliver Chen, who reiterated an Outperform rating and $46 price target on the stock:

    For Coach brand, N. America sales were $499mm vs. Cowen’s $484mm & Street’s $481mm. Total Coach brand N. America comps were flat y/y vs. Cowen’s -1% in-line with Street. As expected , at POS, sales in N. America department stores declined at a -MSD rate vs. LY given the lack of clearance inventory, while net sales into department stores rose slightly. International sales were $448mm (+7% C/C) vs. Cowen’s $456mm & Street’s $452mm. China sales were -2% (+2% C/C) with +DD growth and positive comp store sales on the Mainland offset in part by continued weakness in Hong Kong & Macau. In Japan, sales rose +7% C/C, despite a decrease in square footage, while dollar sales rose +8%, reflecting the stronger yen. Sales for the remaining directly operated businesses in Asia posted solid growth in C/C but rose slightly in dollars, while Europe remained very strong, growing at a +DD pace driven by both comp store sales and distribution increases .

    Wells Fargos Ike Boruchow reiterated an Outperform rating and raised his valuation range from $45 to $47, from $43 to $45:

    With expectations creeping up into its Q3 print, COH delivered better North American (NA) comps (0% vs. Streets -1.5%) and EPS ($0.44 vs. Streets $0.41) which keeps the bull case firmly on the table as management continues to gain traction on its turnaround efforts. Digging deeper into the improving domestic performance, some key details coming out of th

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Now that the Olympics are underway, we’ll have a chance to see athletes try to leap ever higher bars. Today, we got to watch Coach (COH), which reported better than forecast earnings, fail to make the jump. RBC’sBrian Tunick and Bilun Boyner explain:

Top 10 Computer Hardware Companies To Watch For 2017: Allison Transmission Holdings, Inc.(ALSN)

Allison Transmission Holdings, Inc., incorporated on June 22, 2007, and its subsidiaries design and manufacture commercial and defense fully-automatic transmissions. The Company manufactures fully-automatic transmissions for medium- and heavy-duty commercial vehicles and medium-and heavy-tactical the United States defense vehicles. The Company operates through manufacture and distribution of fully-automatic transmissions segment. The Company’s transmissions are used in a range of applications, including on-highway trucks (distribution, refuse, construction, fire and emergency), buses (primarily school, transit and hybrid-transit), motorhomes, off-highway vehicles and equipment (energy, mining and construction) and defense vehicles (wheeled and tracked). The Company’s transmissions are sold under the Allison Transmission brand name and remanufactured transmissions are sold under the ReTran brand name. The Company has developed over 100 different models that are used in over 2,500 different vehicle configurations and are compatible with over 500 combinations of engine brands, models and ratings, including diesel, gasoline, natural gas and other alternative fuels.

The Company is a manufacturer of fully-automatic transmissions for the on-highway medium- and heavy-duty commercial vehicle market in North America. Its North American on-highway market includes Class 4-5, Class 6-7 and Class 8 straight trucks, conventional transit, shuttle and coach buses, school buses and motorhomes. Class 8 trucks are subdivided into two markets: straight and tractor. The Company sells its transmissions in the North American on-highway market to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). These OEMs, in turn, install the Company’s transmissions in vehicles in which its transmission is either the exclusive transmission available or is specifically requested by end users who are choosing between a manual transmission, an automated manual transmissions (AMT) or a fully-automatic transmission. Off-highway energy applic! ations include hydraulic fracturing equipment, well-stimulation equipment, pumping equipment and well-servicing rigs, which often use a fully-automatic transmission to propel the vehicle and drive auxiliary equipment. It also provides heavy-duty transmissions used in mining trucks, specialty vehicles and construction vehicles. The Company is a manufacturer of fully-automatic transmissions for the commercial vehicle market outside of North America. Within Europe, it serves Western European developed markets, as well as Russian and Eastern European markets, in the refuse, emergency, bus, coach, distribution and utility markets. Off-highway markets in Asia are shared by energy, mining and construction applications.

The Company sells transmissions for medium-and heavy-tactical wheeled vehicle platforms, including the Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles, Armored Security Vehicles, Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Trucks, Heavy Equipment Transporters, Palletized Loadin g Systems, M915 Series Trucks, Medium Tactical Vehicle Replacements and the Logistic Vehicle System Replacement. Additionally, the Company supplies transmissions for the Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) Vehicles and the MRAP All-Terrain Vehicle and for the Joint Light Tactical Vehicles, which is the replacement vehicle for Humvee personnel transport. It also supplies tracked vehicle platforms, the Abrams tank and the M113 family of vehicles, which are sold directly to the United States Department of Defense (DOD). Additionally, it sells parts kits to licensees for the production of transmissions for tracked vehicles manufactured outside North America. The Company has network of approximately 1,400 independent distributor and dealer locations to sell, service and support its transmissions.

The Company competes with Ford Motor Company, ZF Friedrichshafen AG, Voith GmbH, BAE Systems plc, Caterpillar, Inc., Twin Disc, Inc., Komatsu, Ltd., Volvo, Danyang Winsta r Auto Parts Co., L-3 Communications Corporation and Renk AG! .

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    With a neutral sector rating, we are working on evaluating risks to negative calls, and identifying potential value opportunities. Last week we noted more work might be worthwhile on Wabco Holdings (WBC), Terex, Manitowoc (MTW), and Caterpillar, two of those names have rallied for other reasons but the attractive price made the upside/downside skew up. We remain positive (OW) on Allison Transmission Holdings (ALSN) & United Rentals. Our and consensus 2017Allison Transmission Holdings estimates have fallen by 2% vs. ~15% for the group, while the shares are down 10% since launch. We continue to see United Rentals as the best value in our group…

Top 10 Computer Hardware Companies To Watch For 2017: Helmerich & Payne, Inc.(HP)

 

Helmerich & Payne, Inc. engages in the contract drilling of oil and gas wells. It provides drilling rigs, equipment, personnel, and camps on a contract basis to explore for and develop oil and gas from onshore areas and from fixed platforms, tension-leg platforms, and spars in offshore areas. The company operates through three segments: U.S. Land, Offshore, and International Land. The U.S. Land segment drills primarily in Oklahoma, California, Texas, Wyoming, Colorado, Louisiana, Mississippi, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Utah, New Mexico, Montana, North Dakota, West Virginia, and Nevada. The Offshore segment has drilling operations in the Gulf of Mexico and Equatorial Guinea. The International Land segment conducts drilling operations in Ecuador, Colombia, Argentina, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, and Mozambique. As of November 12, 2015, the company operated a fleet of 344 land rigs in the United States; 38 international land rigs; and 9 offshore platform rigs. The company also owns, develops, and operates commercial real estate properties; and researches and develops rotary steerable technology. Its real estate investments include a shopping center comprising approximately 441,000 leasable square feet; multi-tenant industrial warehouse properties covering approximately one million leasable square feet; and approximately 210 acres of undeveloped real estate located in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Helmerich & Payne, Inc. was founded in 1920 and is headquartered in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Richard Moroney, Editor, Dow Theory Forecasts]

    Helmerich & Payne (HP) has paid a dividend without interruption since 1959 and raised the distribution in 40 straight years.

    Following a pair of hikes in less than 12 months, Helmerich’s quarterly dividend stands at $0.50 per share, compared to $0.07 per share a year ago.

Top 10 Computer Hardware Companies To Watch For 2017: Wynn Resorts, Limited(WYNN)

 

Wynn Resorts, Limited, together with its subsidiaries, develops, owns, and operates destination casino resorts. It operates in two segments, Macau Operations and Las Vegas Operations. The company operates Wynn Macau and Encore at Wynn Macau resort located in the Peoples Republic of China. As of February 13, 2015, its Macau resorts feature had approximately 284,000 square feet of casino space, which offered 24-hour gaming and a range of games with 498 table games and 625 slot machines, private gaming salons, sky casinos, and a poker; 2 luxury hotel towers with a total of 1,008 guest rooms and suites; casual and fine dining in 8 restaurants; approximately 57,000 square feet of retail shopping, including stores and boutiques; approximately 31,000 square feet of space for lounges and meeting facilities; recreation and leisure facilities, including two health clubs, spas, a salon, and a pool; and the Rotunda show. The company als o owned and operated Wynn Las Vegas and Encore at Wynn Las Vegas resort with a total of 4,748 hotel rooms, suites, and villas; 232 table games; 1,849 slot machines; a race and sports book and poker room in approximately 186,000 square feet of casino gaming space, including a sky casino and private gaming salons; 34 food and beverage outlets; 2 spas and salons; lounges; and approximately 99,000 square feet of retail shopping space. Its Las Vegas resorts also offer 3 nightclubs and a beach club; a Ferrari and Maserati automobile dealership; wedding chapels; an 18-hole golf course; approximately 290,000 square feet of meeting and convention space; a theater; and two showrooms, as well as a water-based theatrical production and entertainment production. Wynn Resorts, Limited was founded in 2002 and is based in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    We’ve noted before that for all the attention Macau gets, the real action for casinos these days is in Las Vegas. In a report issued today, Gabelli’s Adam Trivison touts the importance of Nevada for Boyd Gaming (BYD) and MGM Resorts International (MGM), which have large Nevada footprints, and for Wynn Resorts (WYNN) and Las Vegas Sands (LVS), which don’t:

  • [By Javier Hasse]

    The top gainers in the index were:

    Wynn Resorts, Limited (NASDAQ: WYNN), up 15.83 percent Freeport-McMoRan Inc (NYSE: FCX), up 13.09 percent

    The top losers in the index were:

Top 10 Computer Hardware Companies To Watch For 2017: NetApp Inc.(NTAP)

NetApp, Inc. engages in the design, manufacturing, marketing, and technical support of networked storage solutions. It supplies enterprise storage and data management software, and hardware products and services. The company offers Data ONTAP, an operating system that supports storage area network (SAN) and network-attached storage (NAS) environments; storage efficiency technologies, including FlexVol, FlexClone, and Deduplication technologies; storage management and application integration software, such as OnCommand management software; fabric-attached storage unified storage systems, which support a range of data for users on various platforms; and virtual storage tier; V-Series network-based virtualization solutions that provide SAN and NAS access to the data stored in heterogeneous storage arrays. It also provides data protection software products, including Snapshot, SnapRestore, SnapVault, and Open Systems SnapVault techologies; MetroCluster products; and SnapMirror data replication solution. In addition, the company offers data retention and archive products, and Flash Cache modules; and storage security products for data security and key management in IP SAN, NAS, and tape backup environments; StorageGRID that enables intelligent data management and secure content retention; and professional services, global support solutions, and customer education and training. It serves energy, financial services, government, high technology, Internet, life sciences and healthcare services, manufacturing, media, entertainment, animation and video postproduction, and telecommunications industries. It offers its products in the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, the Asia Pacific, and Japan. The company was formerly known as Network Appliance, Inc. and changed its name to NetApp, Inc. in March 2008. NetApp, Inc. was founded in 1992 and is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Analysts expect NetApp Inc. (NASDAQ: NTAP) to post its quarterly earnings at $0.58 per share on revenue of $1.40 billion. NetApp shares rose 0.36 percent to $25.30 in after-hours trading.

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    NetApp Inc. (NASDAQ: NTAP) is the only hardware stock to be a top pick. The company commands a 14.9% market share in terms of revenue in the total data storage market, and it derives around 60% of its total revenue from its network attached storage segment. The virtual storage market is a pot of gold valued at $10 billion currently, with NetApp being one of the known players in this market. Deutsche Bank has placed a $50 target on the stock. The consensus stands at $45. Investors are paid a 1.4% dividend.

Top 10 Computer Hardware Companies To Watch For 2017: L.B. Foster Company(FSTR)

 

L.B. Foster Company manufactures, fabricates, and distributes products and services for the rail, construction, energy, and utility markets worldwide. Its Rail Products and Services segment offers new rail primarily for passenger and shortline freight railroads, industrial companies, and rail contractors; used rail; rail accessories, such as bolts, angle bars, and other products; power rail, direct fixation fasteners, coverboards, and special accessories; and trackwork products, as well as engineers and fabricates insulated rail joints and related accessories. This segment also provides friction management products and application systems, railroad condition monitoring equipment, wheel impact load detection, railroad condition monitoring systems, rail anchors and spikes, and wayside data collection and management systems; and concrete railroad ties. In addition, this segment offers telecommunications and security systems; and application engineering solutions. The companys Construction segment sells and rents steel sheet piling, H-bearing pile, and other piling products; manufactures and sells fabricated steel and aluminum products primarily for the highway, bridge, and transit industries; and produces precast concrete buildings, and pre-stressed and precast concrete products. Its Tubular and Energy Services segment supplies pipe coatings for natural gas pipelines and utilities; provides blending, injection, and metering equipment for the oil and gas market; offers upstream test and inspection services; provides precision measurement systems, and tubular management services for the oil and gas market; and produces threaded pipe products for the oil and gas, and industrial water well and irrigation markets. The company markets its products directly, as well as through a network of agents. L.B. Foster Company was founded in 1902 and is headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    On Friday, basic materials shares gained by 2.57 percent. Top gainers in the sector included Huntsman Corporation (NYSE: HUN) and L.B. Foster Co (NASDAQ: FSTR).

Top 5 High Tech Stocks To Buy Right Now

By Prakash Loungani and Zidong An

Forecasts of real GDP growth attract a lot of media attention. But what matters more to the person on the street is how growth translates into jobs. Unfortunately, the mediocre growth outlook of recent years may lead to a disturbing outlook for jobs, particularly among fuel-exporting countries and in the Latin America and Caribbean region.

The global picture

Chart 1 provides a measure of the global unemployment rate based on data for 116 countries, of which 37 countries are classified as “advanced” (a term used in the IMF’s World Economic Outlook to refer to high-income countries) and the remaining 79 are emerging and developing economies (for brevity, we refer to the group as “emerging economies”).

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Top 5 High Tech Stocks To Buy Right Now: Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.(HOT)

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc., incorporated on March 27, 1980, is a hotel and leisure company. The Company’s hotel business is focused on the global operation of hotels and resorts primarily in the luxury and upper upscale segments of the lodging industry. The Company manages and operates its hotel business in three hotel segments: the Americas; Europe, Africa and the Middle East (EAME), and Asia Pacific. Its vacation ownership and residential business is a separate segment. The Company conducts its hotel and leisure business both directly and through its subsidiaries. The Company owns Starwood Vacation Ownership, Inc., a provider of vacation experiences through villa-style resorts and access to Starwood brands. The Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) program is the Company’s traveler, customer loyalty and multi-brand marketing program. This program allows members to earn and redeem points for room stays, room upgrades and airline flights, with no blackout dates. Th e SPG program is rewarding loyalty program in the hospitality industry. The Company also develops, owns and operates vacation ownership resorts, markets and sells the vacation ownership Interests (VOIs) in the resorts and, in many cases, provides financing to customers who purchase such ownership interests.

The Company has approximately 1,297 properties providing over 370,000 rooms in approximately 100 countries. The Company’s hotel business include approximately 1,282 owned, managed or franchised hotels with over 362,300 rooms, comprising 30 hotels that it owns or leases or in which the Company has a majority equity interest, over 610 hotels managed by the Company on behalf of third-party owners and approximately 640 hotels for which it receives franchise fees. The Company’s approximately 30 hotels include The St. Regis, San Francisco; The St. Regis, New York; W New York-Times Square; The Westin Peachtree Plaza, Atlanta; The Westin Maui Resort & Spa, Ka’anapali ; Sheraton Kauai Resort; Sheraton Steamboat Resort; The Trem! ont Chicago Hotel at Magnificent Mile; Park Tower, Buenos Aires; Hotel Goldener Hirsch, Salzburg; The Westin Resort & Spa, Puerto Vallarta; The Westin Resort & Spa, Los Cabos; Sheraton Buenos Aires Hotel & Convention Center; Sheraton Gateway Hotel in Toronto International Airport, and Sheraton Paris Airport Hotel & Conference Centre, among others. In addition, the Company’s vacation ownership and residential business includes approximately 15 stand-alone vacation ownership resorts and residential properties.

The Company’s brands include St. Regis, The Luxury Collection, W, Westin, Le Meridien, Sheraton, Four Points, Aloft, Element and Tribute Portfolio. All brands (other than the Four Points by Sheraton, the Aloft and Element brands) represent full-service properties that range in amenities from luxury hotels to priced hotels. Its Four Points by Sheraton, Aloft and Element brands are select-service properties that cater to consumers.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    On Monday, cyclical consumer goods & services shares gained by 0.41 percent. Top gainers in the sector included Kandi Technologies Group Inc (NASDAQ: KNDI), Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc (NYSE: HOT), and Lifetime Brands Inc (NASDAQ: LCUT).

Top 5 High Tech Stocks To Buy Right Now: Raytheon Company(RTN)

Raytheon Company, together with its subsidiaries, provides electronics, mission systems integration, and other capabilities in the areas of sensing, effects, and command, control, communications, and intelligence systems, as well as mission support services in the United States and internationally. It operates in six segments: Integrated Defense Systems, Intelligence and Information Systems, Missile Systems, Network Centric Systems, Space and Airborne Systems, and Technical Services. The Integrated Defense Systems segment provides integrated naval, air, and missile defense and civil security response solutions. The Intelligence and Information Systems segment offers intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, advanced cyber solutions, weather and environmental solutions, and information-based solutions for law enforcement and homeland security. The Missile Systems segment develops and produces weapon systems, including missiles, smart munitions, close-in weapon systems, projectiles, kinetic kill vehicles, and directed energy effectors for the armed forces of the U.S. and other allied nations. The Network Centric Systems segment provides net-centric mission solutions, including integrated communications systems, command and control systems, combat systems, and operations and precision components for the U.S. federal, state, and local government customers, as well as civil customers. The Space and Airborne Systems segment designs and develops integrated systems and solutions for missions, including intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance; precision engagement; unmanned aerial operations; and space. The Technical Services segment provides training, logistics, engineering, product support, and operational support services for the mission support, homeland security, space, civil aviation, counterproliferation, and counterterrorism markets. Raytheon Company was founded in 1922 and is based in Waltham, Massachusetts.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Chad Tracy]

     

    Raytheon (NYSE: RTN)  Raytheon is currently trading at a slightly higher cost, with a P/E ratio of 12 and a P/B ratio of 3. With a yield of 2.7%, the company has an impressive history of raising dividends over the past five years. During the same period, it has reduced its outstanding share count by almost 100 million shares since 2008, to 329 million.

    Raytheon's primary strength lies in its international sales. Customers include the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, Turkey, Oman, Kuwait and India. Overseas sales, which make up about a quarter of total revenue, should help the company lock in profits should domestic spending continue to decline.

Best Paper Stocks To Own Right Now: Discover Financial Services(DFS)

Discover Financial Services, a bank holding company, offers direct banking and payment services in the United States. It operates in two segments, Direct Banking and Payment Services. The Direct Banking segment offers Discover card-branded credit cards to individuals and small businesses that are accepted on the Discover Network. This segment also provides other consumer banking products and services, including personal loans, student loans, and prepaid cards, as well as other consumer lending and deposit products, such as certificates of deposit, money market accounts, online savings accounts, and individual retirement account. The Payment Services segment operates the PULSE network, an automated teller machine, debit, and electronic funds transfer network; the Diners Club International network, a global payments network; and third-party issuing business, which includes credit, debit, and prepaid cards issued on the Discover Network by third parties. The company was found ed in 1986 and is based in Riverwoods, Illinois.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Spencer White]

    The analyst believes AmEx has a “less competitive edge” in the volume game, and concluded with a warning to avoid the stock. He recommended that investors looking for transaction or card loan exposure should look to Visa Inc (NYSE: V) and Discover Financial Services (NYSE: DFS), respectively.

  • [By Javier Hasse]

    The S&P 500 Index closed up 0.08 percent, with Discover Financial Services (NYSE: DFS), up 8.14 percent on its earnings, and Chesapeake Energy Corporation (NYSE: CHK), up 4.82 percent on rising oil prices, having posted the largest gains.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Synchrony Financial (SYF) tumbled 13% yesterday after the credit-card issuer said it was seeing more bad loans, an announcement that also rocked Discover Financial Services (DFS), Capital One Financial (COF) and American Express (AXP). Jefferies analyst John Hecht and team call the plunge in Synchrony Financial “an attractive entry point”:

Top 5 High Tech Stocks To Buy Right Now: H&R Block, Inc.(HRB)

 

H&R Block, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides tax preparation, banking, and other services to the general public primarily in the United States, Canada, and Australia. The company offers assisted income tax return preparation and related services through a system of retail offices operated directly by the company or by franchisees; and online tax services, such as tax advice, professional and do-it-yourself (DIY) tax return preparation, and electronic filing services through its Website hrblock.com. It also develops and markets DIY desktop income tax preparation software; and develops and provides applications for mobile devices, which offer tax and related services. In addition, the company provides refund anticipation checks, H&R Block Emerald Advance lines of credit and Prepaid MasterCard, and Peace of Mind Extended Service Plan, Tax Identity Shield, and Cash Back refund discount programs. Further, it offers tradition al retail banking services primarily to its assisted and DIY tax clients. The company was founded in 1946 and is headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Shares of H & R Block Inc (NYSE: HRB) surged over 12 percent on Friday as the company reported better-than-expected results for its fourth quarter and lifted its quarterly dividend to $0.22 per share. H & R Block shares gained 0.29 percent to $24.30 in the after-hours trading session.

Top 5 High Tech Stocks To Buy Right Now: Huntsman Corporation(HUN)

 

Huntsman Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, manufactures and sells differentiated organic and inorganic chemical products worldwide. The company operates in five segments: Polyurethanes, Performance Products, Advanced Materials, Textile Effects, and Pigments and Additives. The Polyurethanes segment offers polyurethane chemicals, including methyl diphenyl diisocyanate, propylene oxide, polyols, propylene glycol, thermoplastic polyurethane, aniline, and methyl tertiary-butyl ether products, which are used to produce rigid and flexible foams, as well as coatings, adhesives, sealants, and elastomers. The Performance Products segment provides amines, carbonates, surfactants, linear alkyl benzene, maleic anhydride, other performance chemicals, ethylene glycol, olefins, and technology licenses. The Advanced Materials segment offers basic liquid and solid epoxy resins; specialty resin compounds; cross-linking, matting, and c uring agents; and epoxy, acrylic, and polyurethane-based formulations. The Textile Effects segment provides textile chemicals, dyes, and inks. The Pigments and Additives segment offers titanium dioxide, functional additives, color pigments, timber treatment, and water treatment chemicals. The companys products are used in various applications, including adhesives, aerospace, automotive, construction products, personal care and hygiene, durable and non-durable consumer products, electronics, medical, packaging, paints and coatings, power generation, refining, synthetic fiber, textile chemicals, and dye industries. Huntsman Corporation was founded in 1970 and is headquartered in The Woodlands, Texas.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Huntsman (NYSE: HUN) surged 8.05% to $20.68 in the pre-market session after the company announced its plans to buy Rockwood Holdings’ (NYSE: ROC) Performance Additives and Titanium Dioxide businesses for $1.1 billion in cash.

  • [By Michael Flannelly]

    Due to a number of tailwinds that should benefit Huntsman Corporation (HUN) over the next two years, analysts at Jefferies upgraded the chemical products manufacturer on Monday.

    The analysts upgraded HUN from “Hold” to “Buy” and now see shares reaching $26, up from the previous target of $20. This new price target suggests a 35% upside to the stock’s Friday closing price of $19.27.

    “Tailwinds into 2014-2015 (butane, new PO/MTBE JV, productivity, better FCF profile, EU footprint), recent relative performance and relative valuation support outperformance into 1H14 even with a neutral resolution on TiO2,” Jefferies analyst Laurence Alexander noted regarding Huntsman Corp.’s future performance.

    Huntsman Corporation shares were up 48 cents, or 2.49%, during pre-market trading on Monday. The stock is up 21.19% year-to-date.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Huntsman (HUN) has gained 2.5% to $19.75 after the chemical company’s shares were raised to Buy from Hold at Jefferies.

    Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMY) has advanced 1.9% to $44.37 after the pharmaceutical company’s shares were upgraded to Overweight from Neutral by JPMorgan.

5 Best Industrial Disributor Stocks To Invest In Right Now

Intel’s freeD and Curie technologies are changing how we watch sports. Did he score or not? Was she in or out of bounds?

Despite multiple cameras covering major events, we still miss a lot of stuff when watching sports. We’re still not sure if the player was down before he fumbled. We missed the awesome pass, because the big guy was blocking our view of it.

Intel is helping to change our view of sports with the introduction of two new technologies: Curie and freeD.

If you were watching Super Bowl 50 earlier this month, then you’ve seen freeD in action. When the offense scored a touchdown (all two of them!) CBS showed a 360-degree shot of the play, letting you see the TD from virtually any angle.

FreeD will also be on display during Sunday’s NBA All-Star Game. TNT, owned by CNNMoney parent company Turner, will place 28 cameras around the Air Canada Centre in Toronto.

5 Best Industrial Disributor Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Bridgford Foods Corporation(BRID)

 

Bridgford Foods Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, manufactures, markets, and distributes frozen and snack food products in the United States. The companys food products primarily include biscuits, bread dough items, roll dough items, dry sausage products, and beef jerky. It offers approximately 160 frozen food products to retail outlets, restaurants, and institutions through wholesalers, cooperatives, and distributors; and approximately 90 snack food items to supermarkets, and mass merchandise and convenience retail stores through customer owned distribution centers, as well as a direct store delivery network. The company was founded in 1932 and is based in Anaheim, California.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Friday, non-cyclical consumer goods & services shares rose by just 0.3 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Medifast Inc (NYSE: MED), down 5 percent, and Bridgford Foods Corporation (NASDAQ: BRID), down 6 percent.

5 Best Industrial Disributor Stocks To Invest In Right Now: The Hain Celestial Group, Inc.(HAIN)

 

The Hain Celestial Group, Inc. manufactures, markets, distributes, and sells organic and natural products in the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, and Europe. Its grocery products include infant formula; infant, toddler, and kids foods; diapers and wipes; rice and grain-based products; flour and baking mixes; breads, hot and cold cereals, pasta, condiments, cooking and culinary oils, granolas, granola bars, and cereal bars; canned, chilled fresh, aseptic, and instant soups; Greek-style yogurt; chilies and packaged grains; and chocolates and nut butters, as well as plant-based beverages and frozen desserts, such as soy, rice, almond, and coconut. The companys grocery products also comprise juices, hot-eating, chilled and frozen desserts, cookies, crackers, gluten-free frozen entrees and bars, frozen pastas and ethnic meals, frozen fruits and vegetables, cut fresh fruits, refrigerated and frozen soy protein meat-alter native products, tofu, seitan and tempeh products, jams, fruit spreads and jelly, honey, marmalade, and other food products. In addition, it provides snack products, such as potato, root vegetable, and other vegetable chips, as well as straws, tortilla chips, whole grain chips, pita chips, puffs, and popcorn; specialty teas, including herbal, green, black, wellness, rooibos, and chai tea lattes; ready-to-drink beverages comprising organic kombucha and chai tea lattes; personal care products consisting of skin, hair and oral care, deodorants, baby care items, acne treatment, body washes, and sunscreens; and poultry and protein products, such as turkey and chicken products. The company sells its products through specialty and natural food distributors, supermarkets, natural food stores, mass-market and e-commerce retailers, food service channels and club, and drug and convenience stores in approximately 70 countries worldwide. The Hain Celestial Group, Inc. was founded in 1993 and is headquartered in Lake Success, New York.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    JPMorgan’s Ken Goldman and Joshua Levine explain why they’re refusing to follow at least six of their fellow analysts and cut their rating on Hain Celestial Group (HAIN) after the natural-products company said it had to delay the release of its earnings due to accounting irregularities:

  • [By Motif Investing]

    The motif also has received some help from component Hain Celestial Group Inc (NASDAQ: HAIN), which has seen its stock rise 3.2 percent in the past month following the company’s earnings report last month, which underperformed profit expectations but no doubt helped prompt the company to announce a renewed focus on the bottom line.

Top 10 Undervalued Stocks For 2017: MercadoLibre Inc.(MELI)

MercadoLibre, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, hosts online commerce and payments platforms in Latin America. Its services are designed to provide its users with mechanisms to buy, sell, pay for, and collect on e-commerce transactions. The company principally offers MercadoLibre marketplace, an automated online commerce service, which permits businesses and individuals to list items and conduct their sales and purchases online in a fixed-price or auction-based format. Its MercadoLibre marketplace enables registered users to list and purchase motor vehicles, vessels, aircraft, real estate, and other services through online classified listings; and Internet users to browse through various products and services that are listed on its Website and to register with MercadoLibre to list, bid for, and purchase items and services. The company also provides MercadoPago, an integrated online payments solution to facilitate transactions on and off the MercadoLibre marketplace by providing a mechanism that allows its users to send and receive payments online. In addition, it offers MercadoClics advertising program that allows businesses to promote their products and services on the Internet. This program enables users and advertisers to place, display, and/or text advertisements on its Web pages to promote their brands and offerings. Further, the company provides MercadoShops on-line stores solution, a software-as-a-service, which allows users to set-up, manage, and promote their own on-line Webstores. As of December 31, 2010, the company operated online commerce platforms directed towards Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Uruguay, and Venezuela; online payments solutions directed towards Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, Venezuela, Chile, and Colombia; and a real estate classified platform that covers various areas in Florida. The company was founded in 1999 and is headquartered in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Scott Rubin]

    Stock gainers included Mercadolibre Inc (NASDAQ: MELI), up almost 14 percent, and Nu Skin Enterprises, Inc. (NYSE: NUS), which added 12 percent. The positive gains in both stocks were due to strong earnings reports. Shares of Liberty Interactive Group (NASDAQ: QVCA) plunged almost 22 percent on Friday due to disappointing sales growth in its fiscal second quarter. Pharmaceutical giant Bristol-Myers Squibb Co (NYSE: BMY) lost 16 percent after a disappointing study involving its Opdivo drug.

  • [By Roberto Pedone]

    Mercadolibre (MELI) operates an online trading site for the Latin American markets. This stock closed up 7.1% at $128.50 in Monday’s trading session.

    Monday’s Volume: 814,000

    Three-Month Average Volume: 479,008

    Volume % Change: 69%

     

    From a technical perspective, MELI ripped higher here right above its 50-day moving average of $117.07 with above-average volume. This move pushed shares of MELI into breakout territory, since the stock took out some near-term overhead resistance at $125.30. Shares of MELI are now quickly moving within range of triggering another big breakout trade. That trade will hit if MELI manages to take out some more near-term overhead resistance at $130.74 with high volume.

    Traders should now look for long-biased trades in MELI as long as it’s trending above $125 or $124 and then once it sustains a move or close above $130.74 with volume that’s near or above 479,008 shares. If that breakout triggers soon, then MELI will set up to re-test or possibly take out its 52-week high at $136.52.

5 Best Industrial Disributor Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Gladstone Land Corporation(LAND)

 

Gladstone Land Corporation, an externally-managed agricultural real estate investment trust, owns and leases farmland for independent and corporate farming operations in the United States. It owns 46 farms covering an area of 23,000 acres in 7 states across the United States. The company also leases a parcel on its property to an oil company. Gladstone Land Corporation was founded in 1997 and is based in McLean, Virginia.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Cameron Swinehart]

    Gladstone Land Corp (LAND) –

    A U.S. based farmland investment company that currently offers a plus 9% annual distribution. It owns and leases farmland in Florida, California, Michigan and Oregon with appraised land value of $79 million. The distribution is paid monthly which should attract income investors.

5 Best Industrial Disributor Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Transocean Inc.(RIG)

Transocean Ltd. provides offshore contract drilling services for oil and gas wells worldwide. It offers deepwater and harsh environment drilling, oil and gas drilling management, and drilling engineering and drilling project management services. The company also offers well and logistics services. In addition, it engages in oil and gas exploration, development, and production activities primarily in the United States offshore Louisiana and Texas, and in the United Kingdom sector of the North Sea. As of February 10, 2011, the company owned, had partial ownership interests in, and operated 138 mobile offshore drilling units, including 47 high-specification floaters, 25 midwater floaters, 9 high-specification jackups, 54 standard jackups, and 3 other rigs, as well as 1 ultra-deepwater floater and 3 high-specification jackups under construction. Transocean Ltd. was founded in 1953 and is based in Zug, Switzerland.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Shares of Transocean (RIG) are getting hit today but not nearly as hard as other offshore drillers, including Ensco (ESV), Diamond Offshore Drilling (DO), Atwood Oceanics (ATW) and Noble (NE). The reason: Transocean announced the results of a tender offer to buy back debt. RBC’sKurt Hallead andBenjamin Owens explain:

    Transocean’s Sedco 714 offshore platform in dry dock Bloomberg News

    : RIG announced it has received valid tender offers from investors to repurchase ~$943mn of face value debt for $845mn, or a 90% weighted average discount. We view the move as a positive as it enhances the company’s liquidity and flexibility…

    Nearer-term debt maturities look manageable:Transocean has ~$2.8bn in debt maturing between now and YE18: $1bn in 2016, $0.6bn in 2017, and $1.2bn in 2018…

    With cash on hand of $2.6bn, $0.2bn in excess proceeds from the note offering, our forecast is for aggregate 2016/17 FCF of $0.6bn, and an undrawn $3.0bn revolver we thinkTransocean has ample liquidity (>$6.5bn) to manage through these debt maturities…

    Still not interested in raising equity at this time:Transocean has essentially ruled out doing an equity offering at this time, indicating it feels confident with the capital structure.

    Transocean said it would explore other financing options such as secured borrowing against its new drillships with 10-year contracts, if necessary, before doing an equity offering.

    Jefferies analyst Eduardo Royes and team argue that Atwood Oceanics and Diamond Offshore drilling “intrigue, but for conflicting reasons.” They explain:

    Atwoodscreens attractive on both a normalized multiple and DCF (heavily driven by normalized) basis, suggesting it could be a good play for recovery. An improving offshore sentiment and catalyst potential (e.g., term contract on the Osprey) could benefitAtwood as well. However, shares are very expensive in the tro

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Oil stocks responded immediately to Opec–Murphy Oil (MUR) was our Hot Stock on Wednesday when the deal was reached, while Transocean (RIG) was our Hot Stock on Monday even before an announcement was made–Southwestern is only now catching a bid, a bid that pushed its market capitalization up to $6.5 billion.

  • [By Teresa Rivas]

    Chevron and Transocean (RIG) were named in the $20 billion lawsuit over a 2011 oil spill off the southeast coast of the country, and both parties are expected to sign off on the deal today, reports The Wall Street Journal. Criminal charges against executives have already been dropped.

Top Healthcare Equipment Companies To Invest In Right Now

A guy walks into a financial adviser’s office and says, “I’ve saved $250,000 and I’d like to retire next week and generate $100,000 a year from my portfolio for the rest of my life. Oh, and I want to buy a $50,000 boat.”

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Without missing a beat, the adviser replies, “That will only work if you live no longer than two years.”

The real punchline? It’s not a joke. This is a true story. And it highlights a fundamental truth about retirement planning: Many advisers are very good at their jobs, but we’re not magicians.

Top Retirement Concerns

When families first walk into my office to talk about planning for retirement, I usually hear these concerns:

“We’re concerned about running out of money even with our modest lifestyle.” “We’re concerned what we’re currently doing to prepare for retirement won’t work, but we’re scared that doing something else will be worse.” “We’re concerned about the volatility of the stock market, inflation, low interest rates, unexpected health care costs.” “Mostly, we’re concerned about living without a paycheck.”

Here are five time-tested steps that I’ve used hundreds of times to help people like you on their path to retire with confidence.

Top Healthcare Equipment Companies To Invest In Right Now: Bed Bath & Beyond Inc.(BBBY)

Bed Bath & Beyond Inc., incorporated on October 5, 1971, is a retailer, which operates under the names Bed Bath & Beyond (BBB), Christmas Tree Shops, Christmas Tree Shops andThat! or andThat! (collectively, CTS), Harmon or Harmon Face Values (collectively, Harmon), buybuy BABY (Baby) and World Market, Cost Plus World Market or Cost Plus (collectively, Cost Plus World Market). The Company operates in two segments: North American Retail and Institutional Sales.

The Company’s customers can purchase products from the Company either in-store, online, with a mobile device or through a contact center. The Company also operates Linen Holdings, a provider of a range of textile products, amenities and other goods to institutional customers in the hospitality, cruise line, healthcare and other industries. Additionally, the Company is a partner in a joint venture, which operates approximately seven retail stores in Mexico under the name Bed Bath & Beyond.

The Company sells a range of domestics merchandise and home furnishings. Domestics merchandise includes categories, such as bed linens and related items, bath items and kitchen textiles. Home furnishings include categories, such as kitchen and tabletop items, fine tabletop, basic housewares, general home furnishings, consumables and juvenile products.

The Company operates approximately 1,530 stores plus its various Websites, other interactive platforms and distribution facilities. The Company’s over 1,530 stores operate in approximately 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Canada, including over 1,020 BBB stores, approximately 280 Cost Plus World Market stores, over 100 Baby stores, approximately 80 CTS stores and over 50 Harmon stores. The Company’s stores range in size from approximately 5,000 to 100,000 square feet. The Company has distribution facilities, which ship merchandise to stores and customers, totaling approximately 6.1 million square f eet consisting of over three owned and approximately 10 leas! ed facilities. The Company has approximately 813,000 square feet within over 20 leased and owned facilities for procurement and corporate office functions. In addition, the Company has over seven locations, totaling approximately 14,000 square feet, which are utilized primarily for institutional sales related functions.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. (NASDAQ: BBBY) reported stronger-than-expected earnings for its fourth quarter and declared its first-ever quarterly dividend of $0.125 per share. Bed Bath & Beyond shares surged 4.49 percent to $51.00 in the after-hours trading session.

Top Healthcare Equipment Companies To Invest In Right Now: Nam Tai Electronics Inc.(NTE)

Nam Tai Electronics, Inc. provides electronics manufacturing and design services to the original equipment manufacturers of telecommunication and consumer electronic products. The company?s Consumer Electronic and Communication Products segment manufactures mobile phone accessories, such as headsets containing Bluetooth wireless technology, and phone cradles, as well as snap-on portable music speaker, FM radio adaptors, and GPS adaptors; entertainment devices, including USB Web cam for interactive games, USB microphone and converter box Karaoke, and buzzer devices for quiz games; educational products consisting of digital pens, calculators, and electronic dictionaries; and optical devices comprising CMOS imaging sensor modules for notebook computers, portable media players, and recording cameras for the automotive industry. Its Telecommunication Component Assembly segment offers subassemblies and components, such as color and monochrome LCD modules for PDA phones, smart p hones, mobile phones, and telephone systems; RF modules for integration into mobile phones; DAB modules for digital radio products, including home tuners, kitchen radios, in-car receivers, CD players, clock radios, boom boxes, midi-systems, and handheld portable devices; FPC subassemblies for LCD modules and electronic devices; FPC boards for mobile phones, PDAs, office automation, and laptop computers; front and back light panels for handheld video game devices; and high-frequency cordless telephones and home feature phones. The company?s LCD Products segment manufactures LCD panels for watches and medical instruments, white goods and industrial applications, automotive parts and appliances, car audio systems, hand held products, VoIP phones, and office automation applications. It sells its products to customers in Hong Kong, North America, Europe, Japan, the People?s Republic of China, and Korea. The company was founded in 1975 and is headquartered in Shenzhen, the Peopl e ?s Republic of China.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Roberto Pedone]

    Another stock that’s starting to move within range of triggering a big breakout trade is Nam Tai Electronics (NTE), which is an electronics manufacturing and design services provider to a select group of the world’s leading OEMs of telecommunications and consumer electronic products. This stock has been destroyed by the sellers so far in 2013, with shares off sharply by 41%.

    If you look at the chart for Nam Tai Electronics, you’ll notice that this stock has been uptrending for the last month and change, with shares moving higher from its low of $6.05 to its recent high of $8.38 a share. During that uptrend, shares of NTE have been making mostly higher lows and higher highs, which is bullish technical price action. That move has now pushed shares of NTE within range of triggering a big breakout trade.

    Traders should now look for long-biased trades in NTE if it manages to break out above some key near-term overhead resistance levels at $8.38 to $8.79 a share with high volume. Look for a sustained move or close above those levels with volume that hits near or above its three-month average action of 647,483 shares. If that breakout triggers soon, then NTE will set up to re-fill some of its previous gap down zone from April that started near $11.50 a share. If this stock gets into that gap with volume, then the upside is tremendous and we could easily see NTE hit $11 to $12 a share.

    Traders can look to buy NTE off any weakness to anticipate that breakout and simply use a stop that sits right below its 50-day at $7.42 a share, or below more key support at $7.22 a share. One can also buy NTE off strength once it takes out that breakout levels with volume and then simply use a stop that sits a comfortable percentage from your entry point.

Hot Insurance Companies For 2017: Whiting Petroleum Corporation(WLL)

Whiting Petroleum Corporation engages in the acquisition, development, exploitation, exploration, and production of oil and gas primarily in the Permian Basin, Rocky Mountains, Mid-Continent, Gulf Coast, and Michigan regions of the United States. As of December 31, 2010, its estimated proved reserves were 304.9 million barrels equivalent of oil; and had interests in 9,698 gross productive wells covering approximately 1,115,000 gross developed acres. The company sells its oil and gas to end users, marketers, and other purchasers. Whiting Petroleum Corporation was founded in 1983 and is Denver, Colorado.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Andrew Efimoff]

    WTI crude oil plunged 3.11 percent on Friday to $48.99 a barrel. Below are the biggest energy losers for the day:

    California Resources Corporation (NYSE: CRC): -19.22% Dynamic Materials (NASDAQ: BOOM): -12.39% Clayton Williams Energy (NYSE: CWEI): -11.45% Dynergy (NYSE: DYN): -11.91% EP Energy Corporation (NYSE: EPE): -11.20% Mexco Energy (NYSE: MXC) -10.90% Whiting Petroleum (NYSE: WLL) -10.79% Southwestern Energy Company (NYSE: SWN) -10.79% SM Energy Company (NYSE: SM) -10.38% Real Goods Solar (NASDAQ: RGSE) -10.34%

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  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Shares of energy stocks, including ExxonMobil (XOM), Chevron (CVX), Whiting Petroleum (WLL), and Devon Energy (DVN), are surging on reports that OPEC has agreed to to limit the amount of oil its members produce. Bloomberg’s Nayla Razzouk,Grant Smith, and Angelina Rascouetreport:

Top Healthcare Equipment Companies To Invest In Right Now: AbbVie Inc.(ABBV)

 

AbbVie Inc. discovers, develops, manufactures, and sells pharmaceutical products worldwide. The company offers HUMIRA, a biologic therapy administered as a subcutaneous injection to treat autoimmune diseases; IMBRUVICA an oral therapy for the treatment of chronic lymphocytic leukemia; and VIEKIRA PAK, an interferon-free therapy, with or without ribavirin, for adults with genotype 1 chronic hepatitis, including those with compensated cirrhosis. It also provides Kaletra, an anti-HIV-1 medicine used with other anti-HIV-1 medications as a treatment that maintains viral suppression in HIV-1 patients; Norvir, a protease inhibitor indicated in combination with other antiretroviral agents to treat HIV-1; and Synagis to prevent respiratory syncytial virus infection in high risk infants. In addition, the company offers AndroGel, a testosterone replacement therapy for males diagnosed with symptomatic low testosterone; Creon, a pancreatic enzyme therapy for exocrine pancreatic insufficiency; Synthroid to treat hypothyroidism; and Lupron, a product for the palliative treatment of prostate cancer, and endometriosis and central precocious puberty, as well as for the treatment of patients with anemia. Further, it provides Duopa and Duodopa, a levodopa-carbidopa intestinal gel to treat Parkinsons disease; Sevoflurane, an anesthesia product for human use; TriCor, Trilipix, and Niaspan treat metabolic conditions characterized by high cholesterol and/or high triglycerides; and Zemplar to treat secondary hyperparathyroidism. The company sells its products to wholesalers, distributors, government agencies, health care facilities, specialty pharmacies, and independent retailers from its distribution centers and public warehouses. AbbVie Inc. has strategic collaboration with C2N Diagnostics, Calico Life Sciences LLC, Infinity Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Ablynx NV, Galapagos NV, and Alvine Pharmaceuticals, Inc. The company was incorporated in 2012 and is based in North Chicago, Illi! nois.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    The main conclusions we draw from the abstracts (lacking information about late breakers) is that Gileads dominance of HCV seems secure for the immediate future, with sof/vel (sofosbuvir/velpatasvir) showing impressive efficacy in difficult-to-treat patient subsets. Competitors have early data for their new HCV development efforts (Merck (MRK) [MP], Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) [OP], AbbVie (ABBV)) but will not present new clinical data at this meeting.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    After surveying doctors on the preferred hepatitis-C treatments, Baird’s Brian Skorney and Neena Bitritto-Garg contend that Gilead Sciences (GILD) is likely to maintain its dominance over AbbVie (ABBV), Merck (MRK) and Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) but in what appears to be a shrinking market. They explain:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    The 20 stocks meeting those requirements are: Ralph Lauren (RL), Time Warner(TWX), Twenty-First Century Fox(FOXA), PepsiCo(PEP), Estee Lauder(EL), Tesoro(TSO), XL(XL), Ameriprise Financial,(AMP), Unum(UNM), Merck(MRK), AbbVie(ABBV), Gilead Sciences(GILD), General Dynamics(GD), Alaska Air(ALK), United Continental(UAL), Delta Air Lines(DAL), Oracle(ORCL), eBay(EBAY), Apple(AAPL), and Centurylink(CTL).

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Raymond James analyst Christopher Raymond and team sayAbbVie (ABBV) is “not your father’s biotech company” as they initiate coverage with an Outperform rating:

    Kevin Hagen for The Wall Street Journal

    Initiating coverage of ABBV shares with an Outperform rating and an $82 price target as we think uncertainty over Humira’s intellectual property (IP) creates an opportunity to own this name at a significant discount to its peers before the full extent of the drug’s revenue tail becomes reflected in the stock. Coupling that with a rapidly diversifying portfolio, numerous upcoming value-enhancing catalysts, and a decent dividend yield, we think shares can continue to work higher over the next several quarters.

    Not your father’s biotech company. Having spun out of Abbott Laboratories (ABT) in 2013, and based in North Chicago, IL, AbbVie comes with a decidedly different pedigree than most biotechs. Indeed, most investors we speak with tend to lump the company in with large pharma – simply by virtue of this legacy. However, with a growth profile, product offering, and pipeline that is every bit that of a biotech company, we think this name should increasingly be viewed through such a lens…

    We think the stock can continue to work from here. While Humira still accounts for ~60% of revenue, AbbVie has made great strides toward diversification (with some seen as smart deals, others – the jury is still out), all of which poise the company for significant catalyst flow, in our view. Coupling that with current mid-teens EPS growth, a dividend yield of ~3.5%, and current P/E of ~13x 2016E EPS, we like the set up here.

    Shares of AbbVie are little changed at $64.06 at 3:01 p.m. today, while Abbott Laboratories has declined 0.5% to $42.07.

Top Healthcare Equipment Companies To Invest In Right Now: Protective Life Corporation(PL)

Protective Life Corporation and its subsidiaries engage in the production, distribution, and administration of insurance and investment products in the United States. Its Life Marketing segment markets universal life, variable universal life, level premium term insurance, and bank-owned life insurance products primarily through a network of independent insurance agents and brokers, stockbrokers, and independent marketing organizations. The company?s Acquisitions segment focuses on acquiring, converting, and servicing life insurance policies and annuity products sold to individuals, which are acquired from other companies. Its Annuities segment markets variable annuity products that offer the policyholder the opportunity to invest in various investment accounts; and fixed annuity products, such as modified guaranteed annuities, single premium deferred annuities, single premium immediate annuities, and equity indexed annuities primarily through broker-dealers, financial ins titutions, and independent agents and brokers. The company?s Stable Value Products segment offers guaranteed funding agreements to special purpose entities; fixed and floating rate funding agreements directly to the trustees of municipal bond proceeds, institutional investors, bank trust departments, and money market funds; and guaranteed investment contracts to qualified retirement savings plans. Its Asset Protection segment primarily markets extended service contracts, and credit life and disability insurance to protect consumers? investments in automobiles, watercraft, and recreational vehicles; and markets a guaranteed asset protection product primarily through a national network of approximately 3,750 automobile, marine, and recreational vehicle dealers. The company was founded in 1907 and is headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By David Sterman]

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

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Remember when companies used to split their stock to keep individual shares affordable? No longer. Credit Suisse strategistsAna Avramovic andVictor Lin note that Church & Dwight (CHD) upcoming stock split will be just the fourth by an S&P 500 stock this year:

路 Stock splits have nearly dried up, at least among large-cap companies.

路 The split of CHD on Friday will be only the 4th of the year, which is the lowest in at least 20 years, excepting the nadir of the crisis in 2009.

路 The consequence of a lack of stock splits is that share prices have risen to all-time highs. The average price of an S&P stock is now about $87. And rising share prices generally mean wider spreads in cents, less posted liquidity, lower volume, and higher odd lot rates.

路 Generally, we recommend that traders should be more aggressive with higher-priced stocks since the midpoint will likely be more volatile and being passive will incur additional risk.

Shares of Church & Dwight have risen 0.8% to $99.85 at 3 p.m. today, while the S&P 500 has gained 0.6% to 2,181.33.

Hot Logistics Stocks To Watch Right Now: Sonoco Products Company(SON)

Sonoco Products Company (Sonoco), incorporated on May 10, 1899, is a manufacturer of industrial and consumer packaging products and a provider of packaging services. The Company operates in four segments: Consumer Packaging, Paper and Industrial Converted Products, Display and Packaging, and Protective Solutions. The Company has approximately 330 locations in over 30 countries.

Consumer Packaging

The Company’s Consumer Packaging segment’s operations consist of approximately 90 plants across the world. The segment’s products and services include round composite cans; shaped rigid paperboard containers; fiber caulk/adhesive tubes; aluminum, steel and peelable membrane easy-open closures for composite and metal cans; plastic bottles, jars, jugs, cups and trays, and printed flexible packaging, rotogravure cylinder engraving and global brand management. Its products are catered to various markets, such as snacks, nuts, cookies, crackers, hard-baked goo ds, desserts, candy, gum, frozen concentrate, powdered and liquid beverages, non-carbonated beverages, ready-to-drink products, powdered infant formula, coffee, refrigerated dough, frozen entrees, processed food, vegetables, fruit, seafood, poultry, soup, pasta, dairy, sauces, dips, fresh-cut produce, pet food, home and personal care, and adhesives.

Display and Packaging

The Company’s Display and Packaging segment’s products and services include point-of-purchase displays; custom packaging; retail packaging, including printed backer cards, thermoformed blisters and heat sealing equipment; fulfillment; primary package filling; supply chain management, and paperboard specialties. The operations in this segment consists of approximately 30 plants around the world including the United States, Poland, Mexico and Brazil. The segment’s products are used in automotive, beverages, candy, electronics, personal care, baby care, food, cosmetics, fragrances, hos iery, office supplies, toys, home and garden, medical, over-! the-counter drugs, sporting goods, hospitality industry and advertising.

Paper and Industrial Converted Products

The Company’s Paper and Industrial Converted Products segment provides the primary raw material for the Company’s fiber-based packaging. The segment’s products and services include recycled paperboard, chipboard, tubeboard, lightweight corestock, boxboard, linerboard, corrugating medium and specialty grades; paperboard tubes and cores; molded plugs; reels, and collection, processing and recycling of old corrugated containers, paper, plastics, metal, glass and other recyclable materials. The segment’s products are used in converted paperboard products, spiral winders, beverage insulators, construction, film, flowable products, metal, paper mills, shipping and storage, tape and label, textiles, wire and cable, municipal, residential, customers’ manufacturing and distribution facilities.

Protective Solutions

The Pro tective Solutions segment’s products and services include custom-engineered, paperboard-based and expanded foam protective packaging and components, and temperature-assured packaging. The segment’s products are used in consumer electronics, automotive, appliances, medical devices, temperature-sensitive pharmaceuticals and food, heating and air conditioning, office furnishings, fitness equipment, promotional and palletized distribution.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Deutsche Bank’s Debbie Jones and team contend that Sonoco’s (SON) sale of its plastic-container business to Australia’s Amcor is a sign that M&A is in the offing. They explain why:

    Sonoco announced (9/1) that it is selling its Rigid Plastics Blow Molding operations to Amcor (AMC.AU) for $280M. The transaction price represents a multiple of ~8.0x LTM EBITDA. The business had annual sales of ~$210M and consisted of six production sites in the US and one in Canada. Blow molding operations represented ~10% of Sonocos Consumer Packaging segment sales and EBITDA. The transaction is expected to close in Q4. We expect the proceeds to be used to for M&A focused in flexible packaging, thermoforming and temperature-assured packaging.

    We dont believe Sonoco considered its blow molding operations essential to its growth strategy. This standalone business is also more capital intensive compared to some of its other plastic packaging businesses and SON held a small position in the overall market. Ultimately, the company decided it wants to focus its capital in higher growth platforms. We do not expect the divestment to reduce resin buying scale for Sonoco’s remaining assets given different resin buying. Note that with the divestiture of blow molding and the Canton closures plant (divested in Feb. 2015), this makes the ~$100M reels business the last standalone business in the portfolio, but we do not expect this to be divested in the near-term unless cash is needed for much larger M&A.

    Shares of Sonoco have gained 1.3% to $52.49 at 2:12 p.m. today.

     

Hot Logistics Stocks To Watch Right Now: Cummins Inc.(CMI)

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

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Michael Flannelly]

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

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

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

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

  • [By Michael Flannelly]

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

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

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

10 Best US Stocks To Watch Right Now: Gladstone Land Corporation(LAND)

 

Gladstone Land Corporation, an externally-managed agricultural real estate investment trust, owns and leases farmland for independent and corporate farming operations in the United States. It owns 46 farms covering an area of 23,000 acres in 7 states across the United States. The company also leases a parcel on its property to an oil company. Gladstone Land Corporation was founded in 1997 and is based in McLean, Virginia.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Cameron Swinehart]

    Gladstone Land Corp (LAND) –

    A U.S. based farmland investment company that currently offers a plus 9% annual distribution. It owns and leases farmland in Florida, California, Michigan and Oregon with appraised land value of $79 million. The distribution is paid monthly which should attract income investors.

Hot Blue Chip Companies For 2016

Stocks looked to be headed for a sixth straight drop–and then decided not to fall after all.

Associated Press

The S&P 500 rose 0.3% to 2,077.99 today, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 92.93 points, or 0.5%, to 17,733.10. The Nasdaq Composite advanced 0.2% today to 4,844.91.

RBC’s Robert Sluymer and Chris Tevere say “US stocks appears to working through a normal sideways consolidation after a strong surge.” They explain:

Could Brexit prove to be the polar event that shortcircuits the equity bull market that started in February? Possibly, but at this time we do not see meaningful technical evidence to support the bearish case. From our perspective, offensive and defensive themes have effectively been in zigzag consolidations since April, which we continue to view as a healthy consolidation following the strong 15+% surge from the February bull market lows…

Hot Blue Chip Companies For 2016: Ashford Hospitality Trust Inc(AHT)

 

Ashford Hospitality Trust, Inc. is a publicly owned real estate investment trust. The firm engages in investment and management of properties in the hospitality industry. It invests in the real estate markets of the United States. The firm primarily invests in hotels with a focus on the ownership of upper-upscale and upscale full-service and select service hotels in primary, secondary and resort markets. It also invests in mid-scale and luxury hotels. The firm invests across all segments and at all levels of the capital structure, including direct hotel investments, first mortgages, mezzanine loans, construction loans, and sale-leaseback transactions. It primarily concentrates among Marriott, Hilton, Hyatt, and Starwood brands. Ashford Hospitality Trust, Inc. was founded in 1968 and is based in Dallas, Texas.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin] Related AHT 25 Biggest Mid-Day Gainers For Friday Mid-Day Market Update: Hortonworks Drops Following Weak Results; Freshpet Shares Spike Higher Ashford Hospitality Trust's (AHT) CEO Montgomery Bennet on Q2 2016 Results – Earnings Call Transcript (Seeking Alpha) Related NEWS Mid-Morning Market Update: Markets Open Higher; Micron To Lower Jobs Mid-Morning Market Update: Markets Open Lower; Broadcom Profit Beats Expectations NewStar Financial's (NEWS) CEO Tim Conway on Q2 2016 Results – Earnings Call Transcript (Seeking Alpha)

     

Hot Blue Chip Companies For 2016: Rovi Corporation(ROVI)

Rovi Corporation provides digital entertainment technology solutions for the discovery and management of entertainment content. It offers interactive program guides; embedded licensing technologies, such as recommendations and search capability; media recognition technologies; licensing of the company?s database of descriptive information about television, movie, music, books, and game content; and analog content protection technologies and services. The company?s interactive program guides technology is an interactive listing of television or video program information that enables viewers to navigate through, sort, select, and schedule video programming for viewing and recording. The company also provides video delivery solutions, such as compression-decompression technology (codec) to enable distribution of content across the Internet and through recordable media in physical or streamed forms; and media manager, a personal computer application enabling consumers to man a ge personal media files, including music, photos, and video files. In addition, it offers digital copy solution for consumer electronics devices and PC software applications; the Rovi Entertainment Store video delivery solutions; content authoring solutions; and advertising solutions. Rovi Corporation primarily serves companies in the consumer electronics, cable and satellite, entertainment, and online distribution markets. The company was formerly known as Macrovision Solutions Corporation and changed its name to Rovi Corporation in July 2009. Rovi Corporation was founded in 1983 and is headquartered in Santa Clara, California.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    TiVo Inc. (NASDAQ: TIVO) shares were also up, gaining 21 percent to $9.30. The New York Times, citing sources familiar with the issue, said Rovi Corporation (NASDAQ: ROVI) is in advanced negotiations to acquire TiVo. TiVo shareholders would reportedly receive both cash and stock; however, the price tag is yet to be determined.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    TiVo Inc. (NASDAQ: TIVO) shares were also up, gaining 20 percent to $9.22. The New York Times reported that Tivo and Rovi Corporation (NASDAQ: ROVI) are in merger talks.

Hot Net Payout Yield Stocks To Own Right Now: Coeur d’Alene Mines Corporation(CDE)

Coeur d’Alene Mines Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, engages in the ownership, operation, exploration, and development of silver and gold mining properties located primarily in South America, Mexico, the United States, and Australia. The company also explores for lead and zinc ores. Its properties include the Palmarejo mine located in the state of Chihuahua, northern Mexico; San Bartolome mine located near Potosi, Bolivia; Kensington mine located north-northwest of Juneau, Alaska; Rochester mine located in northwestern Nevada; Martha mine located in Santa Cruz, Argentina; and the Endeavor mine in New South Wales, Australia, as well as Joaquin, Tornado, and Satelite properties in Santa Cruz, Argentina. The company was founded in 1928 and is based in Coeur d?Alene, Idaho.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Given revised commodity deck forecasts (particularly for Steel and Gold) and improved Balance Sheet health (Steels, Precious and Industrials Metals) we are upgrading our ratings on several stocks in our coverage. We generally favor companies that have already initiated specific self-help, have low-cost assets and are less exposed to China supply and demand dynamics. In Steels, we have increased our rating from Hold to Buy on Nucor (NUE) and from Sell to Hold on US Steel. We have also upgraded Kinross Gold (KGC) to a Hold on valuation…On higher-than-peer valuations, we reiterate Sell-rated Coeur Mining (CDE), Franco-Nevada (FNV), Goldcorp (GG), Teck Resources (TCK) and highly leveraged AK Steel given preference to issue further equity if possible.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Deutsche Bank’s Jorge Beristain and Chris Terry released their earnings preview for the gold miners–including Barrick Gold (ABX), Goldcorp (GG), Franco-Nevada (FNV), and Coeur Mining (CDE)–and conclude that only one gold miner deserves a Buy rating: Newmont Mining (NEM). They explain why:

Hot Blue Chip Companies For 2016: Affimed N.V.(AFMD)

 

Affimed N.V., a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company, focuses on discovering and developing cancer immunotherapies. Its lead candidate is AFM13, a natural killer cell TandAb designed for the treatment of CD30-positive (CD30+) B- and T-cell malignancies, including Hodgkin lymphoma. The companys product candidates also include AFM11, a T-cell TandAb, which is in Phase I clinical trial for the treatment of various CD19+ B-cell malignancies, including non-Hodgkin Lymphoma, acute lymphocytic leukemia, and chronic lymphocytic leukemia; and AFM21, a TandAb program in preclinical development that binds epidermal growth factor receptor variant III for solid tumors, as well as for patients with glioblastoma, hormone refractory prostate cancer, and head and neck cancer. Its AFM21 product also binds CD3, directing T-cells to destroy tumor cells that carry EGFRvIII. Affimed N.V. has license agreements with Amphivena Therapeutics, Inc . and Xoma Ireland Limited; research funding agreement with The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society; and clinical research collaboration with Merck & Co Inc. The company was formerly known as Affimed Therapeutics B.V. and changed its name to Affimed N.V. in October 2014. Affimed N.V. was founded in 2000 and is headquartered in Heidelberg, Germany.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Affimed NV (NASDAQ: AFMD) is projected to post a quarterly loss at $0.18 per share on revenue of $1.71 million.

    Azure Midstream Partners, LP (NYSE: AZUR) is estimated to post its quarterly earnings at $0.10 per share on revenue of $21.26 million.

Top 10 Services Stocks For 2016

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Toward the end of trading Thursday, the Dow traded up 0.05 percent to 17,918.07 while the NASDAQ declined 0.08 percent to 4,943.37. The S&P also rose, gaining 0.01 percent to 2,082.67.

Leading and Lagging Sectors

On Thursday, telecommunications services shares gained by 0.42 percent. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included 8×8, Inc. (NASDAQ: EGHT), up 4 percent, and NQ Mobile Inc (ADR) (NYSE: NQ), up 2 percent.

In trading on Thursday, basic materials shares fell by 0.45 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Companhia Siderurgica Nacional (ADR) (NYSE: SID), down 13 percent, and Dominion Diamond Corp (NYSE: DDC), down 9 percent.

Top 10 Services Stocks For 2016: Williams-Sonoma Inc.(WSM)

Williams-Sonoma, Inc. operates as a specialty retailer of home products. It offers culinary and serving equipment, including cookware, cookbooks, cutlery, informal dinnerware, glassware, table linens, specialty foods, and cooking ingredients; and bridal and gift items under the Williams-Sonoma brand name. The company also provides home furnishing categories, including furniture, textiles, decorative accessories, lighting, and tabletop items under the West Elm brand name; bed and bath products under the Pottery Barn brand name; and children?s furnishings and accessories under the Pottery Barn Kids brand name. Williams-Sonoma, Inc. sells its home products through four retail store concepts, which include Williams-Sonoma, Pottery Barn, Pottery Barn Kids, and West Elm; six direct-mail catalogs that comprise Williams-Sonoma, Pottery Barn, Pottery Barn Kids, Pottery Barn Bed and Bath, PBteen, and West Elm; and six e-commerce Websites, which consist of williams-sonoma.com, potte rybarn.com, potterybarnkids.com, pbteen.com, westelm.com, and wshome.com. As of January 30, 2011, it operated 592 stores, including 260 Williams-Sonoma, 193 Pottery Barn, 85 Pottery Barn Kids, 36 West Elm, and 18 outlet stores located in 44 states of the United States; Washington, D.C.; Canada; and Puerto Rico. The company was founded in 1956 and is headquartered in San Francisco, California.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Williams-Sonoma, Inc. (NYSE: WSM) is estimated to post its quarterly earnings at $0.50 per share on revenue of $1.08 billion. Williams-Sonoma shares gained 1.50 percent to close at $50.88 on Tuesday.

Top 10 Services Stocks For 2016: Outerwall Inc.(OUTR)

 

Outerwall Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides automated retail solutions primarily in the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, Ireland, and the United Kingdom. Its Redbox segment owns and operates approximately 40,480 Redbox kiosks in 33,060 locations that enable consumers to rent or purchase movies and video games. The companys Coinstar segment owns and operates approximately 20,930 coin-counting kiosks in 19,660 locations, which enable consumers to convert their coin to cash, convert coins and paper bills to stored value products, and exchange gift cards for cash. The companys ecoATM segment owns and operates approximately 2,250 kiosks in 2,020 locations that enable consumers to purchase and sell electronic devices for cash at self-service kiosks. Its ecoATM segment also operates gazelle.com, a direct-to-consumer online solution for the purchase and sale of certain electronic devices for cash. The companys other co ncepts and investments include identifying, evaluating, building, acquiring, and developing self-service concepts in the automated retail space. The company was formerly known as Coinstar, Inc. and changed its name to Outerwall Inc. in June 2013. Outerwall Inc. was founded in 1991 and is headquartered in Bellevue, Washington.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Shares of Outerwall Inc (NASDAQ: OUTR) surged over 8 percent in Monday’s after-hours trading session following news for investors the company has begun the process of exploring strategic and financial alternatives. Outerwall’s Board also announced the raising of the company’s quarterly dividend from $0.30 to $0.60 per share. Outerwall shares jumped 8.11 percent to $37.18 in the after-hours trading session.

Top Gas Utility Stocks To Watch For 2016: MEDIFAST INC(MED)

Medifast, Inc., through its subsidiaries, engages in the production, distribution, and sale of weight management and disease management products, and other consumable health and diet products in the United States. The company?s product lines include weight and disease management, meal replacement, and vitamins. It also operates weight control centers that offer Medifast programs for weight loss and maintenance, customized patient counseling, and inbody composition analysis. The company markets its products under the Medifast and Essential brand names, including shakes, appetite suppression shakes, women?s health shakes, diabetics shakes, joint health shakes, coronary health shakes, calorie burn drinks, calorie burn flavor infusers, antioxidant shakes, antioxidant flavor infusers, bars, crunch bars, soups, chili, oatmeal, pudding, scrambled eggs, hot cocoa, cappuccino, chai latte, iced teas, fruit drinks, pretzels, puffs, brownie, pancakes, soy crisps, crackers, and omega 3 and digestive health products. Medifast Inc. sells its products through various channels of distribution comprising Web, call center, independent health advisors, medical professionals, weight loss clinics, and direct consumer marketing supported via the phone and the Web; Take Shape for Life, a physician led network of independent health coaches; and weight control centers. The company was founded in 1980 and is headquartered in Owings Mills, Maryland.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Friday, non-cyclical consumer goods & services shares rose by just 0.3 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Medifast Inc (NYSE: MED), down 5 percent, and Bridgford Foods Corporation (NASDAQ: BRID), down 6 percent.

Top 10 Services Stocks For 2016: Starbucks Corporation(SBUX)

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

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Reuters]

    Brent Lewin/Bloomberg via Getty Images Coffee chain Starbucks has asked U.S. customers to leave their guns at home after being dragged into an increasingly fractious debate over U.S. gun rights in the wake of multiple mass shootings. While many U.S. restaurant chains and retailers don’t allow firearms on their properties, Starbucks’ policy had been to default to local gun laws, including “open carry” regulations in many U.S. states that allow people to bring guns into stores. In August, this led gun-rights advocates to hold a national “Starbucks Appreciation Day” to thank the firm for its stance, pulling the company deeper into the fierce political fight. Locations for Starbucks Appreciation Day events included Newtown, Conn., where 20 children and six adults were shot dead in an elementary school in December. Starbucks (SBUX) closed that shop before the event was scheduled to begin. Chief executive Howard Schultz said in an open letter to customers late Tuesday that Starbucks Appreciation Day events “disingenuously portray Starbucks as a champion of ‘open carry.’ To be clear: we do not want these events in our stores.” The coffee chain didn’t, however, issue an outright ban on guns in its nearly 7,000 company-owned cafes, saying this would potentially require staff to confront armed customers. The Seattle-based company hoped to give “responsible gun owners a chance to respect its request,” Schultz said. The CEO told Reuters the policy change wasn’t the result of the Newtown Starbucks Appreciation Day event, which prompted the Newtown Action Alliance to call on the company to ban guns at all of its U.S. stores. Nor was it in response to the mass shootings this week at the Washington Navy Yard. “We’ve seen the ‘open carry’ debate become increasingly uncivil and, in some cases, even threatening,” Schultz wrote, noting that “some anti-gun activists have also played a role in ratcheting up the rhetoric and friction,” at times soliciting and confronting empl

  • [By Victor Mora]

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

Top 10 Services Stocks For 2016: Stage Stores, Inc.(SSI)

 

Stage Stores, Inc. operates as a specialty department store retailer in small and mid-sized towns and communities in the United States. Its merchandise portfolio comprises moderately priced brand name and private label apparel, accessories, cosmetics, footwear, and home goods. The company also offers merchandise direct-to-consumer through its e-commerce Website and send program. As of January 30, 2016, it operated 834 specialty department stores in 39 states and a direct-to-consumer channel under the BEALLS, GOODY’S, PALAIS ROYAL, PEEBLES, and STAGE nameplates. The company was founded in 1988 and is headquartered in Houston, Texas.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Stage Stores Inc (NYSE: SSI) shares fell 15.11 percent to $5.00 in pre-market trading after the company reported weaker-than-expected Q1 results and lowered its full-year outlook.

Top 10 Services Stocks For 2016: Liberty Interactive Corporation(QVCA)

Liberty Interactive Corporation, incorporated on February 28, 2006, owns interests in subsidiaries and other companies, which are primarily engaged in the video and online commerce industries. Through its subsidiaries and affiliates, the Company operates in North America, Europe and Asia. The Company’s principal businesses and assets include its subsidiaries QVC, Inc. (QVC), zulily, llc (zulily), Bodybuilding.com, LLC (Bodybuilding) and CommerceHub and Evite, Inc. (Evite). The Company’s segments include QVC, zulily, and Corporate and other.

Bodybuilding is an e-retailer of nutritional and dietary supplements. Bodybuilding also hosts an online health and fitness publication, offering free daily fitness content, workouts, video-based training plans, recipes, health advice and motivational stories. The online e-retail model combines detailed product information and real-time user reviews on approximately 15,000 health and fitness supplements and accessories.

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CommerceHub provides a cloud-based e-commerce fulfillment and marketing software platform of integrated supply, demand and delivery solutions for large retailers, online marketplaces and digital marketing channels, as well as consumer brands, manufacturers, distributors and other market participants. CommerceHub’s software platform acts as a hub that allows trading partners to conduct omni-channel commercial relationships in consumer and business-to-business e-commerce markets. Approximately 9,500 trading partners have access to CommerceHub’s platform daily to exchange critical information with each other, including orders, invoices, product information and other electronic documents. Evite is an online invitation and social event planning service on the Web. In addition to invitations, Evite also offers party ideas, planning checklists and other tools.

QVC

QVC markets and sells a range of consumer products primarily through live merchandis e-focused televised shopping programs distributed to approxi! mately 360 million households each day and through its Websites, including QVC.com, and other interactive media, such as mobile applications. In the United States, QVC distributes its programming live 24 hours per day, 364 days per year and presents on over 770 products every week. Internationally, QVC distributes live programming 8 to 24 hours per day, depending on the market. QVC classifies its products into over six groups: home, beauty, apparel, jewelry, accessories and electronics. QVC’s televised shopping programs reached approximately 140 million television households outside of the United States, primarily in Germany, Austria, Japan, the United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland, Italy and France. In addition, QVC’s joint venture in China reached approximately 110 million homes. Internationally, QVC-International also broadcasts pre-recorded shows on additional channels that offer viewers access to a range of QVC programming options. These channels include QVC Beauty & Style and QVC Plus in Germany and QVC Beauty, QVC Extra, QVC Style and QVC +1 in the United Kingdom.

QVC distributes its television programs, through satellite and optical fiber, to cable television and direct-to-home satellite system operators for retransmission to their subscribers in the United States, Germany, Japan, the United Kingdom, France and neighboring countries. In the United States, QVC uplinks its analog and digital programming transmissions using a third-party service. QVC’s Web and mobile platforms are integrated with its televised programming and product distribution capabilities.

Zulily

Zulily is an online retailer. Zulily’s merchandise includes women’s, children’s and men’s apparel, children’s merchandise and other products, such as kitchen accessories and home decor. Zulily launches a range of flash sales events. These events feature thousands of product styles from different vendors and typically last for over 70 h ours. Zulily acquires new e-mail subscribers through a set o! f paid an! d unpaid marketing channels, including affiliate channels and partners, customer referrals, direct navigation, display advertising, key word search campaigns, search engine optimization, social media and television ads. Zulily acquires customers once through paid and unpaid sources, and then drives engagement and repeat purchases from those customers over a long period of time through the sending of daily e-mails and mobile push communications.

The Company competes with Amazon, Travelocity, Priceline, American Express and Navigant International.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Scott Rubin]

    Stock gainers included Mercadolibre Inc (NASDAQ: MELI), up almost 14 percent, and Nu Skin Enterprises, Inc. (NYSE: NUS), which added 12 percent. The positive gains in both stocks were due to strong earnings reports. Shares of Liberty Interactive Group (NASDAQ: QVCA) plunged almost 22 percent on Friday due to disappointing sales growth in its fiscal second quarter. Pharmaceutical giant Bristol-Myers Squibb Co (NYSE: BMY) lost 16 percent after a disappointing study involving its Opdivo drug.

Top 10 Services Stocks For 2016: Annaly Capital Management Inc(NLY)

 

Annaly Capital Management, Inc. owns a portfolio of real estate related investments in the United States. It invests in various types of agency mortgage-backed securities and related derivatives to hedge these investments; and residential credit investments, such as credit risk transfer securities and non-agency mortgage-backed securities. The company also acquires, finances, and manages commercial loans and other commercial real estate debt, commercial mortgage-backed securities, and other commercial real estate-related assets. In addition, it engages in corporate middle market lending transactions; and operates as a broker-dealer. The company has elected to be taxed as a real estate investment trust (REIT). As a REIT, it is not subject to federal income tax to the extent that it distributes its taxable income to its shareholders. Annaly Capital Management, Inc. was founded in 1997 and is based in New York, New York.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Amanda Alix]

    It was just about one year ago that QE3 made its debut, and mortgage REITs, particularly agency-only players like Annaly Capital (NYSE: NLY  ) , Armour Residential (NYSE: ARR  ) , and American Capital Agency (NASDAQ: AGNC  ) began moaning about the increased competition for mortgage-backed securities guaranteed by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

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

  • [By Boniface Murigu]

    It’s no secret that mREITs such as American Capital Agency (NASDAQ: AGNC  ) (NASDAQ: AGNC  ) (NASDAQ: AGNC  ) , Annaly Capital Management (NYSE: NLY  ) (NYSE: NLY  ) (NYSE: NLY  ) ,and CYS Investmentshave gone through a very turbulent trading period, with all major players losing a sizable share of market value.

Top 10 Services Stocks For 2016: Home Depot, Inc. (The)(HD)

 

The Home Depot, Inc. operates as a home improvement retailer. It operates The Home Depot stores that sell various building materials, home improvement products, and lawn and garden products, as well as provide installation, home maintenance, and professional service programs to do-it-yourself, do-it-for-me (DIFM), and professional customers. The company offers installation programs that include flooring, cabinets, countertops, water heaters, and sheds; and professional installation in various categories sold through its in-home sales programs, such as roofing, siding, windows, cabinet refacing, furnaces, and central air systems, as well as acts as a contractor to provide installation services to its DIFM customers through third-party installers. It primarily serves home owners; and renovators/remodelers, general contractors, repairmen, installers, small business owners, and tradesmen. The company also sells its products throug h online. As of December 31, 2015, it had 2,274 stores, including 1,977 in the United States, 182 in Canada, and 115 in Mexico. The Home Depot, Inc. was founded in 1978 and is based in Atlanta, Georgia.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Credit Suisse analystSeth Sigman and team see slowing growth for Home Depot (HD) and Lowe’s (LOW) when they release their earnings but also believe that should remain a bright spot in retail:

    Michael Nagle/Bloomberg News

    We see limited/less upside for HD and LOW in Q2relative to prior quarters, and expect sequentially lower growth, as iswell documented by now. But, we expect Q2 results to outshine whatseems to be a weakening broader retail landscape, and we believeresults improved throughout the quarter as data today confirmed.Further, these stocks have underperformed the market by ~300 bpssince reporting Q1. As such, if one wants retail exposure, HD/LOWshould remain a good place to be.

    Shares of Home Depot have fallen 0.6% to $136.16 at 2:14 p.m. today, while Lowe’s has dipped 0.1% to $81.53.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Credit Suisse analysts Seth Sigman and Kieran McGrath argue that both Home Depot (HD) and Lowe’s (LOW) will beat first -quarter earnings forecasts, but Home Depot is a “better way to play” earnings. They explain why:

    Michael Nagle/Bloomberg News

    Home Depot/Lowe’s are positioned to deliver upside to Q1 expectations. With that relatively well known, our incremental analysis revisits the differences in housing trends and demand drivers inHome Depot vs.Lowe’s markets down to the store-level, helping explain the recent comps gap, as well as assess the sales and margin upside or recoverability inLowe’s case, as that remains a key consideration for investors and valuation.

    The call: We believeHome Depot is the better way to play Q1 (even as these stocks move together on a longer term basis), as its markets have still outperformed Lowe’s, and its Pro oriented categories likely benefited more from weather. For Lowe’s, based on its market differences and more challenging seasonal trends in April, we assume the gap remains wide and similar to 4Q15. That said, our analysis supports thatLowe’s has opportunities to narrow the gap as the year goes on. And its EPS outlook on its own supports upside to its stock.

    Shares of Home Depot have gained 0.5% to $136.37 at 3:25 p.m. today, while Lowe’s has risen 0.6% to $75.98.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    We wondered if Advance Auto Parts (AAP) just had a bad quarter or something more serious, whether there was beauty in being boring for Home Depot (HD), and just how risky Ford Motors’ (F) autonomous driving plan might be.

  • [By Jonas Elmerraji]

    Home Depot (HD) is enjoying some strong performance in 2013. Shares of the world’s largest home improvement retailer have rallied more than 22% since the calendar flipped over to January, besting the broad market’s impressive climb higher over the same period. More recently, HD has been tracking sideways, but that doesn’t mean that the upside is over in this home improvement stock. Here’s how to trade it.

    HD is currently forming a rectangle pattern, a setup that’s formed by a horizontal resistance level above shares at $80 and horizontal support below shares at $72. The setup gets its name because those two lines effectively “box in” shares of Home Depot right now. That makes it an “if/then trade.”

    An if/then trade is a contingent trade that doesn’t have directional bias — in other words, the ultimate direction of the trade is determined by the direction that HD breaks out of its channel. So, if HD breaks above resistance at $80, then it’s time to buy shares. If they slide below $72 support, then it’s time to short. There’s no trade until one of those conditions is met.

Top 10 Services Stocks For 2016: H&R Block, Inc.(HRB)

 

H&R Block, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides tax preparation, banking, and other services to the general public primarily in the United States, Canada, and Australia. The company offers assisted income tax return preparation and related services through a system of retail offices operated directly by the company or by franchisees; and online tax services, such as tax advice, professional and do-it-yourself (DIY) tax return preparation, and electronic filing services through its Website hrblock.com. It also develops and markets DIY desktop income tax preparation software; and develops and provides applications for mobile devices, which offer tax and related services. In addition, the company provides refund anticipation checks, H&R Block Emerald Advance lines of credit and Prepaid MasterCard, and Peace of Mind Extended Service Plan, Tax Identity Shield, and Cash Back refund discount programs. Further, it offers tradition al retail banking services primarily to its assisted and DIY tax clients. The company was founded in 1946 and is headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Shares of H & R Block Inc (NYSE: HRB) surged over 12 percent on Friday as the company reported better-than-expected results for its fourth quarter and lifted its quarterly dividend to $0.22 per share. H & R Block shares gained 0.29 percent to $24.30 in the after-hours trading session.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    H&R Block (HRB) has climbed 3.1% to $22.20 after beating earnings forecasts by a penny and hiking its dividend.

    Cliffs Natural Resources (CLF) has gained 1.2% to $5.16 after getting upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Macquarie.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    H & R Block Inc (NYSE: HRB) was down, falling around 14 percent to $20.42 as the company reported a disappointing tax season. The company announced plans to lower 13 percent of its workforce. Oppenheimer downgraded H&R Block from Outperform to Perform.

Top 10 Services Stocks For 2016: Wendy’s/Arby’s Group Inc.(WEN)

The Wendy’s Company operates as a quick-service hamburger company in the United States. The company, through its subsidiary, Wendy’s International, Inc., operates as a franchisor of the Wendy’s restaurant system. As of December 26, 2011, the Wendy’s system comprised approximately 6,500 franchise and company restaurants in the United States and the United States territories, as well as in 26 other countries worldwide. The company was formerly known as Wendy’s/Arby’s Group, Inc. and changed its name to The Wendy’s Company in July 2011. The Wendy’s Company was founded in 1884 and is headquartered in Dublin, Ohio.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Analysts expect Wendys Co (NASDAQ: WEN) to report its quarterly earnings at $0.06 per share on revenue of $352.08 million. Wendys shares rose 1.79 percent to $11.38 in after-hours trading.

Top 10 Promising Stocks To Watch Right Now

Wells Fargo’s Bonnie Herzog and team argue that Starbucks’ (SBUX) partnership withAnheuser-Busch InBev (BUD) to bottle and sell tea will “transform the tea market much like Starbucks did with coffee.” They explain:

Zuma Press

StarbucksTo Enter Fast Growing, Premium Ready-to-Drink (RTD) Category withAnheuser Busch Inbev Partnership Starbucks announced late yesterday that it expects to finalize a definitive agreement with Anheuser-Busch by 2H16 to jointly produce, bottle, distribute and market the first RTD version of Teavana in the U.S. with an initial launch expected in the 1H17. We view this as a significant opportunity forStarbucks to extend its reach into one of the fastest growing RTD segments, the premium RTD tea category, which while a small part of the $125B global tea industry, is growing in the mid-teens with annual sales at $1.1B. GivenStarbucks’ expertise in teas and the sheer reach of Anheuser-Buschs distribution network, we estimateStarbucks could take ~25-30% share of the RTD premium tea segment within the first full year (FY18E), driving an incremental $200-250M in revenue and approximately $0.03-0.04 of EPS, or ~1-2% of incremental growth. Bottom line We believeAnheuser-Busch will make an exceptional DSD partner that will expand a valuable route-to-market forStarbucks and transform the tea market much likeStarbucks did with coffee.

Top 10 Promising Stocks To Watch 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 10 Promising Stocks To Watch Right Now: Newfield Exploration Company(NFX)

 

Newfield Exploration Company, an independent energy company, engages in the exploration, development, and production of crude oil, natural gas, and natural gas liquids in the United States. Its principal areas of operation include the Anadarko and Arkoma basins of Oklahoma, the Williston Basin of North Dakota, the Uinta Basin of Utah, and the Maverick and Gulf Coast basins of Texas. The company also holds offshore oil developments in China. As of December 31, 2015, it had proved reserves of approximately 509 million barrels of oil equivalent. The company was founded in 1988 and is headquartered in The Woodlands, Texas.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    The large cap E&Ps we cover raised ~ $6.5 billion of equity in 2015 and are likely to consider additional issuance in 2016. Pioneer Natural Resources (PXD) raised $1.3 billion on January 5th and Hess Corp. (HES) raised $1.5 billion of equity/equity-linked earlier this month. We think highly leveraged companies such as Devon Energy,Encana andRange Resources (RRC) and companies with a large deficit (before asset sales), such asAnadarko Petroleum and Devon Energy, are most likely to consider raising equity. Additionally, we believe companies such as WPX Energy (WPX), Southwestern Energy (SWN), Marathon Oil, Continental Resources (CLR),Noble Energy and Newfield Exploration (NFX) could issue equity while several levered companies may be unwilling or unable to access equity markets. We do not think Apache, Canadian Natural Resource, EOG Resources (EOG), Occidental Petroleum orPioneer Natural Resources are likely to issue equity this year.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Lear also sees strong “upside potential” forConcho Resources (CXO), Pioneer Natural Resources (PXD) and Newfield Exploration (NFX) as well performance improves in the Permian/STACK, and also writes positively on Devon Energy (DVN).

Top Paper Stocks To Buy For 2016: American Tower Corporation (REIT)(AMT)

 

American Tower Corporation is a real estate investment trust. It invests in the real estate markets across the globe. The firm engages in leasing of space on multi-tenant communications sites to wireless service providers, radio and television broadcast companies, wireless data and data providers, government agencies and municipalities and tenants in a number of other industries. American Tower Corporation was founded in 1995 and is headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Matthew Smith]

    The two names which come to mind as potential buyers are American Tower (AMT) and Crown Castle International (CCI) as the assets would be natural for them to purchase. It would be a large transaction though which would be about 1/6th the current market cap of American Tower and 1/4th the size of Crown Castle’s market cap. Another possible buyer could be a hedge fund, and although there are few names out there specializing in this industry, at the end of the day it is a real estate game and all about the leverage and cash flows. Readers should watch this story because if AT&T does in fact sell its towers, it might be set to make a move on the chess board.

  • [By Michael Flannelly]

    Before the bell on Monday, analysts at Nomura Securities upgraded telecommunication tower site operator American Tower Corp (AMT) due to an industry wide upgrade of telecom tower operators, including the non-dividend paying companies SAB Comm (SBAC) and Crown Castle (CCI).

    The analysts upgraded AMT from “Neutral” to “Buy” and now see shares reaching $90, up from the previous price target of $85. This new price target suggests a 22% upside to the stock’s Friday closing price of $73.71.

    “Tower industry revenue grew over 20% in 1H13, helped by strong carrier network spending and tower acquisitions,” Nomura analyst Adam Ilkowitz noted. “On an organic basis, we believe site rental revenue growth of ~11% for the tower operators is a sign of the health of the U.S. wireless industry and elevated capital spending. After 30% portfolio growth in 2012 across the three tower operators, profitability is recovering from diluted levels. Despite a still-tepid global economy, carriers are investing in their networks to respond to consumer demands and traffic growth. With our positive outlook and upwardly revised estimates, we are increasing our target prices for AMT and SBAC both from $85 to $90 and raising AMT to a Buy. We are raising our 2014 AFFO estimates for all three operators given strong activity levels and announced acquisitions.”

    Furthermore, the analysts at Nomura lowered AMT’s fiscal 2013 adjusted funds from operations (AFFO) estimates from $3.69 to $3.65, but raised its fiscal 2014 AFFO estimates from $4.25 to $4.50.

    American Tower Corp shares were inactive during pre-market trading on Monday. The stock is up 22.83% year-to-date.

Top 10 Promising Stocks To Watch Right Now: Nuance Communications Inc.(NUAN)

Nuance Communications, Inc. provides voice and language solutions for businesses and consumers worldwide. It offers dictation and transcription solutions and services, which automate the input and management of medical information; and speech recognition solutions for radiology, cardiology, pathology, and related specialties that help healthcare providers dictate, edit, and sign reports without manual transcription. The company also offers mobile and consumer solutions and services comprising an integrated suite of voice control and text-to-speech solutions, desktop and portable computer dictation applications, predictive text technologies, mobile messaging services, and emerging services, such as dictation, Web search, and voicemail-to-text for manufacturers and suppliers of mobile phones, automotive products, personal navigation devices, computers, and other consumer electronics. In addition, it provides customer service business intelligence and authentication solutions for enterprises in the telecommunications, financial services, travel, entertainment, and government sectors to support, understand, and communicate with their customers. Further, the company offers document imaging, print management, and PDF solutions to multifunction printer manufacturers, home offices, small businesses, and enterprise customers; software development toolkits for independent software vendors; and licenses its software to multifunction printer manufacturers. Nuance Communications, Inc. markets and sells its products through direct sales force; its e-commerce Web site; and a network of resellers, including system integrators, independent software vendors, value-added resellers, hardware vendors, telecommunications carriers, and distributors. The company was formerly known as ScanSoft, Inc. and changed its name to Nuance Communications, Inc. in November 2005. Nuance Communications, Inc. was founded in 1992 and is headquartered in Burlington, Massachusetts. Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    Nuance Communications Inc. (NASDAQ: NUAN) is the company that brought you the Siri application that you can talk to on your iPhone. The stock also got crushed after an earnings miss this year. Mega-investor Carl Icahn has accumulated a 16.9% share of the company and may be looking for more. The consensus target for the stock sits at $22.

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Nuance Communications Inc. (NASDAQ: NUAN) is projected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.35 per share on revenue of $491.14 million.

    Zebra Technologies Corp. (NASDAQ: ZBRA) is estimated to report its quarterly earnings at $1.22 per share on revenue of $878.67 million.

Top 10 Promising Stocks To Watch Right Now: Mastercard Incorporated(MA)

MasterCard Incorporated, together with its subsidiaries, provides transaction processing and related services to customers principally in support of their credit, deposit access, electronic cash and automated teller machine payment card programs, and travelers? cheque programs. Its payment solutions include payment programs, marketing, product development, technology, processing, and consulting and information services. The company provides transaction processing services comprising transaction switching, which include authorization, clearing, and settlement; connectivity services, such as network access, equipment, and the transmission of authorization and settlement messages; and other payment-related services consisting of products used to prevent or detect fraudulent transactions, cardholder services, professional consulting and research services, compliance and penalty, account and transaction enhancement services, holograms, and publication services. MasterCard Incor porated manages and licenses payment card brands, including MasterCard, MasterCard Electronic, Maestro, and Cirrus. The company?s payment programs, which are facilitated through its brands, include consumer credit, debit and prepaid programs, commercial payment solutions, and contactless payment solutions. It serves approximately 22,000 financial institutions. The company was founded in 1966 and is headquartered in Purchase, New York.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Alex Planes]

    It was from these humble beginnings that Visa (NYSE: V  ) was born. BankAmericard became an independent corporation in 1970 and later changed its name to Visa in 1976 as a way to broaden its appeal internationally. By this point the Master Charge had been established as a competing credit card network, and it had actually grown larger than the former BankAmericard: In the first quarter of 1976, BankAmericard/Visa claimed 31.8 million cardholders and $2.3 billion in sales volume, while the Master Charge had 37.4 million cardholders and processed $2.9 billion in sales. Master Charge, of course, is the forerunner to MasterCard (NYSE: MA  ) , but it hasn’t maintained its early lead over Visa. In 2012, Visa’s total U.S. purchase volume clocked in at $981 billion compared to $534 billion for MasterCard, and Visa’s 278 million American cardholders far outweigh MasterCard’s 180 million American cardholders.

Top 10 Promising Stocks To Watch Right Now: Nabors Industries Ltd.(NBR)

 

Nabors Industries Ltd., together with its subsidiaries, provides drilling and rig services. It offers equipment manufacturing, rig instrumentation, optimization software, and directional drilling services; and patented steering systems and rig instrumentation software systems, including ROCKIT directional drilling system that provides data collection services to oil and gas exploration and service companies, and RIGWATCH software, which monitors a rigs real-time performance and daily reporting for drilling operations. The company also manufactures and sells top drives, catwalks, wrenches, draw works, and other drilling related equipment; and offers well-site services, such as engineering, transportation and disposal, construction, maintenance, well logging, directional drilling, data collection, and other support services. As of December 31, 2015, it marketed approximately 430 rigs for land-based drilling operations in the U nited States, Canada, and approximately 20 other countries worldwide; and 42 rigs for offshore drilling operations in the United States and internationally; and 6 jackup units. The company was founded in 1968 and is headquartered in Hamilton, Bermuda.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Nabors Industries Ltd. (NYSE: NBR) is expected to post a quarterly loss at $0.33 per share on revenue of $630.85 million.

    Sohu.com Inc (NASDAQ: SOHU) is projected to report a quarterly loss at $0.57 per share on revenue of $406.50 million.

Top 10 Promising Stocks To Watch Right Now: TSR Inc.(TSRI)

TSR, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides contract computer programming services to commercial customers, and state and local government agencies in the metropolitan New York area, New England, and the mid-Atlantic region. It offers technical computer personnel to supplement in-house information technology capabilities. The company provides its staffing services in the areas of mainframe and mid-range computer operations, personal computers and client-server support, Internet and e-commerce operations, voice and data communications, and help desk support capabilities. TSR, Inc. was founded in 1969 and is based in Hauppauge, New York.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    TSR Inc (NASDAQ: TSRI) shares shot up 35 percent to $5.15 following Q4 results. TSR reported Q4 earnings of $0.09 per share on revenue of $15.5 million.

Top 10 Promising Stocks To Watch Right Now: Safeway Inc.(SWY)

Safeway Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates as a food and drug retailer in North America. The company operates stores that provide an array of grocery items, food, and general merchandise, as well as features specialty departments, such as bakery, delicatessen, floral, and pharmacy, as well as coffee shops and fuel centers. It also offers SELECT line of products that include baked goods, sparkling ciders and lemonades, salsas, whole bean coffees, frozen pizzas and entrees, and fresh and dry pastas and sauces, as well as an array of ice creams, hors d’oeuvres, and desserts; O ORGANICS line, which comprises milk, chicken, salads, juices, and entrees; Lucerne line of dairy products; Eating Right line of better-for-you products; Bright Green line of home care products; Total Pet Care line of pet foods and pet care products; and Value Red line of value-priced paper goods. As of December 31, 2009, Safeway operated approximately 1,725 stores in California, Oregon, Wash ington, Alaska, Colorado, Arizona, Texas, the Chicago metropolitan area, and the Mid-Atlantic region, as well as British Columbia, Alberta and Manitoba/Saskatchewan. In addition, the company owns and operates GroceryWorks.com Operating Company, LLC, an online grocery channel, doing business under the names Safeway.com, Vons.com, and Genuardis.com; and Blackhawk Network Holdings, Inc., which provides third-party gift cards, prepaid cards, telecom cards, and sports and entertainment cards to North American retailers for sale to retail customers. Additionally, it engages in gift card businesses in the United Kingdom, France, Mexico, and Australia. Further, the company, through a 49% ownership interest in Casa Ley, S.A. de C.V. operates 156 food and general merchandise stores in Western Mexico. The company was formerly known as Safeway Stores, Incorporated and changed its name to Safeway Inc. in February 1990. Safeway was founded in 1915 and is based in Pleasanton, California. Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shauna O’Brien]

    On Friday, Credit Suisse announced that it has upgraded food and drug retailer Safeway Inc. (SWY).

    The firm has raised its rating on SWY from “Underperform” to “Outperform” due a a valuation call. Analysts currently have a $34 price target on SWY, which suggests a 17% increase from the stock’s current price of $28.20.

    Safeway shares were up $1.65, or 6.21%, during Friday morning trading. The stock is up 56% YTD.

  • [By Lu Wang]

    Safeway Inc. (SWY) advanced 6.1 percent after Credit Suisse Group AG raised its recommendation for the shares. Intel Corp. gained 3.6 percent after Jefferies Group LLC upgraded the stock. GameStop Corp. surged 6.1 percent as U.S. video-game sales saw the first monthly rise 2011, a research group said. Peabody Energy Corp. dropped 3.2 percent as the Environmental Protection Agency revises proposed rules for new power plants.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Stocks on the move: Galena Biopharma Inc. (NASDAQ: GALE) is down 15.4% at $1.93 after pricing a secondary offering of 17.5 million units at $2.00. Safeway Inc. (NYSE: SWY) is up 6.1% at $28.21, after an analysts upgrade which sent shares to a new 52-week high of $28.88 earlier. Avanir Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ: AVNR) is down 18.2% at $4.08.

  • [By Vanina Egea]

    Low customer confidence due to an adverse economic environment has affected supermarket operators, and tighter market competition over pricing has further eroded margins. However, as the economy slowly recovers, grocery stores are presented with an opportunity to improve performance and deliver profits. Let us look at the Safeway (SWY) and Kroger (KR), two supermarket operators, in order to discern which one offers better investment prospects.

Top 10 Promising Stocks To Watch Right Now: Markel Corporation(MKL)

 

Markel Corporation markets and underwrites specialty insurance products in the United States and internationally. It operates through three segments: U.S. Insurance, International Insurance, and Reinsurance. The U.S. Insurance segment writes general liability, professional liability, property, personal line, program, workers’ compensation, and other insurance product lines. The International Insurance segment provides professional liability, marine and energy, general liability, property, and other insurance product lines, such as accident and health coverage insurance. The Reinsurance segment offers various treaty reinsurance products, such as property, casualty, auto, and others. Markel Corporation was founded in 1930 and is headquartered in Glen Allen, Virginia.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Michael Hooper]

    When compared with similar companies, Berkshire Hathaway carries a premium over Markel (NYSE: MKL  ) , valued at 1.15 times book value and a 20 forward P/E ratio; and Leucadia National (NYSE: LUK  ) , valued at 1.10 times book value and a 7.16 trailing P/E.

Top 10 Promising Stocks To Watch Right Now: Time Warner Inc.(TWX)

 

Time Warner Inc. operates as a media and entertainment company in the United States and internationally. It operates through three segments: Turner, Home Box Office, and Warner Bros. The Turner segment owns and operates a portfolio of cable television networks and related properties that offer entertainment, sports, kids, and news programming on television and digital platforms for consumers. It operates approximately 165 channels in 200 countries. The Turner networks and related properties include TNT, TBS, Adult Swim, truTV, Turner Classic Movies, Turner Sports, Cartoon Network, Boomerang, CNN, and HLN. This segment also manages and operates various digital media properties primarily consisting of bleacherreport.com, cartoonnetwork.com, CNN Go, CNN.com, CNNMoney.com, NBA.com, NBA Digital, and NCAA.com; and licenses original programming to subscription-video-on-demand (SVOD) services, and its brands and characters for consume r products. This segment serves cable system operators, satellite service distributors, telephone companies, and other distributors. The Home Box Office segment provides premium pay and basic tier television services comprising HBO and Cinemax; and sells its original programming through DVDs, Blu-ray discs, and electronic sell-through, as well as licenses home entertainment and content to international television networks and SVOD services. As of December 31, 2014, this segment had approximately 46 million subscribers worldwide. The Warner Bros. segment produces, distributes, and licenses television programming and feature films; distributes digital and physical home entertainment products; and produces and distributes videogames, as well as licenses consumer products and brands. The company was formerly known as AOL Time Warner, Inc. and changed its name to Time Warner Inc. in 2003. Time Warner Inc. was founded in 1985 and is headquartered in New York, New York.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Drexel Hamilton’sTony Wible contends that Walt Disney (DIS) and Time Warner (TWX) are oversold on fears of cord cutting. They explain why:

    We believe cord cutting is more probable in single occupant home as the diversity of viewing needs in larger homes favors the economies of scale seen in larger traditional MVPD bundles. By exploring the affiliate fees and ratings across eight diverse MVPD and VMVPD packages, we conclude that 3% to 15% of pre-tax earnings is exposed. However, a gradual loss of subs and recapture of revenue on VMVPDs may allow TV networks to offset headwinds and minimize a vicious cycle. Disney and Time Warner(both Buy rated) have the least exposure and appear to be oversold on the fears.

Top Integrated Utility Stocks To Buy For 2016

Biotech stocks have climbed steadily higher over the past few weeks. Still, the iShares Nasdaq Biotechnology ETF (IBB) has remained range bound between $240 and $290 for much of 2016.

So with major stock indices hitting new record highs, can biotech stocks break free? Perhaps, says Michael Yee, the industry analyst for RBC Capital Markets. But first, the market wants the political rhetoric surrounding drug prices to calm down, new positive clinical data and, finally, M&A activity.

Weve said a HC rotation from well owned and big outperforming defensive lower risk yield stocks like med tech should eventually shift a bit into underperforming biotech but generalists feel no rush to do that and think we need visibility on an election and whether the political rhetoric on drug pricing will calm down after the general election is won. As PMs position for 2017, defensive outperformers in 2016 may not be the big winners from a risk/reward standpoint vs underperformers like biotech as we enter and think about 2017 so a rotation is possible.

Top Integrated Utility Stocks To Buy For 2016: J & J Snack Foods Corp.(JJSF)

J & J Snack Foods Corp. (J & J), incorporated in 1971, manufactures nutritional snack foods and distributes frozen beverages. The Company operates in three business segments: Food Service, Retail Supermarkets and Frozen Beverages. It is a manufacturer of soft pretzels in the United States, Mexico and Canada. The Company sells other products, including soft drinks, funnel cakes under the FUNNEL CAKE FACTORY brand name and smaller amounts of various other food products. The Company markets its products across the nation to the food service and retail supermarket industries.

The Company sells its soft pretzels under the brand names, such as PRETZEL FILLERS, PRETZELFILS, GOURMET TWISTS, MR. TWISTER, SOFT PRETZEL BITES, SOFTSTIX, SOFT PRETZEL BUNS, TEXAS TWIST,BAVARIAN BAKERY,SUPERPRETZEL BAVARIAN, NEW YORK PRETZEL, KIM & SCOTT’S GOURMET PRETZELS and SERIOUSLY TWISTED!. The Company’s frozen juice treats and desserts are marketed primarily under the LUIGI’S, WHOLE F RUIT, PHILLY SWIRL, ICEE and MINUTE MAID brand names. The Company’s churros are sold primarily under the TIO PEPE’S, CALIFORNIA CHURROS and OREO brand names. The Company’s dough enrobed handheld products are marketed under the PATIO, SUPREME STUFFERS and SWEET STUFFERS brand names, and under private labels. The Company’s bakery products are marketed under the MRS. GOODCOOKIE, READI-BAKE, COUNTRY HOME, MARY B’S and DADDY RAY’S brand names, and under private labels. Its bakery products include primarily biscuits, fig and fruit bars, cookies, breads, rolls, crumb, muffins and donuts.

Food Service

The Company’s food service segment is engaged in selling primary products, such as soft pretzels, frozen juice treats and desserts, churros, dough enrobed handheld products and baked goods. Its customers in the food service segment include snack bars and food stands in chain, department and discount stores; malls and shopping centers; casual dining restaurants ; fast food outlets; stadiums and sports arenas; leisure and! theme parks; convenience stores; movie theatres; warehouse club stores, and schools, colleges and other institutions. Within the food service industry, its products are purchased by the consumer primarily for consumption at the point-of-sale.

Retail Supermarkets

The primary products sold to the retail supermarket channel are soft pretzel products, including SUPERPRETZEL, frozen juice treats and desserts, including LUIGI’S Real Italian Ice, MINUTE MAID Juice Bars and Soft Frozen Lemonade, WHOLE FRUIT frozen fruit bars and sorbet, PHILLY SWIRL cups and sticks, ICEE Squeeze-Up Tubes, and dough enrobed handheld products, including PATIO burritos. Within the retail supermarket channel, its frozen and prepackaged products are purchased by the consumer for consumption at home.

Frozen Beverages

The Company sells frozen beverages to the food service industry primarily under the names ICEE, SLUSH PUPPIE and PARROT ICE in the United States, Mexico and Canada. It also provides repair and maintenance service to customers for customers’ owned equipment.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

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

    Nabors Industries Ltd. (NYSE: NBR) is expected to post a quarterly loss at $0.33 per share on revenue of $630.85 million.

Top Integrated Utility Stocks To Buy For 2016: Capstead Mortgage Corporation(CMO)

 

Capstead Mortgage Corporation operates as real estate investment trust (REIT) in the United States. It invests in a portfolio of residential mortgage pass-through securities primarily consisting of short-duration adjustable-rate mortgage securities issued and guaranteed by government-sponsored enterprises, or by an agency of the federal government. The company qualifies as a REIT for federal income tax purposes. It generally would not be subject to federal corporate income taxes if it distributes at least 90% of its taxable income to its stockholders. The company was founded in 1985 and is headquartered in Dallas, Texas.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Amanda Alix]

    As the spread between short-term and long-terminterest rates began to contract, strangling profits, competition for MBSes also caused prices to rise. Other agency mREITs were nervous, too. CYS Investments (NYSE: CYS  ) noted at the time that QE3 turned the Federal Reserve into the sector’s biggest rival for mortgage bonds, and as spreads began to shrink, so did dividends. By December of last year, Annaly, Armour, and Capstead Mortgage (NYSE: CMO  ) had all trimmed their payouts.

Best Quality Companies To Own For 2016: Pound/Rand(PX)

Praxair, Inc. engages in the production, distribution, and sale atmospheric and process gases, as well as surface coatings in North America, Europe, South America, and Asia. The company offers atmospheric gases, such as oxygen, nitrogen, argon, and rare gases; and process gases comprising carbon dioxide, helium, hydrogen, electronic gases, specialty gases, and acetylene. It also designs, engineers, and builds equipment that produces industrial gases; and manufactures precious metal and ceramic sputtering targets used primarily in the production of semiconductors. In addition, the company supplies surface coatings consisting of wear-resistant and high-temperature corrosion-resistant metallic and ceramic coatings and powders to the aircraft, energy, printing, textile, plastics, primary metals, petrochemical, and other industries. Further, it provides electric arc, plasma, and oxygen fuel spray equipment, as well as arc and flame wire equipment used for the application of wea r-resistant coatings; and distributes welding equipment purchased from independent manufacturers. The company sells its products primarily through independent distributors. It serves various industries, such as healthcare, petroleum refining, computer-chip manufacturing, beverage carbonation, fiber-optics, steel making, aerospace, chemicals, and water treatment industries. The company was founded in 1907 and is headquartered in Danbury, Connecticut.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    The last twelve months haven’t been kind to Praxair (PX) and Air Products & Chemicals (APD), but UBS analyst John Roberts and team argue that’s about to change, as they upgrade their shares to Buy from Neutral arguing that their earnings can withstand a slowing global economy:

    In our view, the two stocks are more alike than different. NTM P/Es are within ~0.5 pts of each other. Both stocks have declined ~20% from their historical highs the largest corrections in 20+ years aside from the financial crisis…

    Industrial gas stocks have normally grown through changes in FX, oil & China demand within normal historical ranges. And investor concerns around China forAir Products & Chemicals may still prove much bigger than reality. Nevertheless, the combination of FX & oil sector impacts on Praxair, and FX & China issues for Air Products & Chemicals, have been much larger than previously seen. With oil already down, the dollar already appreciated, & China concerns already heightened we believe forward basis would appear to carry only normal risks (& lower if FX & oil are mean-reverting, which some theories support).

    Normal high single digit EPS growth projected for both in 2017 vs 2016: Four large firms serve 70%+ of the global merchant gas market, and price normally contributes ~2% to growth. Customer older captive units being outsourced contributes another 2%. Secular drivers for oxygen include energy savings (i.e. O2 burns more efficiently than air), life sciences (healthcare & microbial processes) nitrogen secular drivers include increasing purity requirements (food freezing & semiconductors). Topline growth ~2x global GDP more normal, with EPS growth ~2x sales growth due to high fixed costs (key variable costs are inexpensive air & power).

    Financial crisis demand drop was only a few %, in line with global GDP drop Most chemicals volumes dropped 10%+ (some 40%

Top Integrated Utility Stocks To Buy For 2016: Flextronics International Ltd.(FLEX)

Flextronics International Ltd. provides design and electronics manufacturing services to original equipment manufacturers. The company offers its services to a range of products in the infrastructure, mobile communication devices, computing, consumer digital devices, industrial, semiconductor capital equipment, clean technology, aerospace and defense, white goods, automotive and marine, and medical devices markets. Its services include design and engineering services, such as contract design, joint development manufacturing, and original design and manufacturing services in a range of technical competencies that include system architecture, user interface and industrial design, mechanical engineering, enclosure systems, thermal and tooling design, electronic system design, reliability and failure analysis, and component level development engineering; and systems assembly and manufacturing services, including enclosures, testing, and materials procurement and inventory mana gement services. The company also offers various component product solutions comprising rigid and flexible printed circuit board fabrication, display and touch solutions, optomechatronics, and power supplies; after market supply chain logistics services; and reverse logistics and repair services, such as returns management, exchange programs, complex repair, asset recovery, recycling, and e-waste management services for consumer and midrange products, printers, PDA’s, mobile phones, consumer medical devices, notebooks, PC’s, set-top boxes, game consoles, and infrastructure products. It has operations in Asia, the Americas, and Europe. Flextronics International Ltd. was founded in 1990 and is headquartered in Singapore.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Amber Hestla, Michael J. Carr]

    Among its suppliers is Flextronics International (Nasdaq: FLEX), which offers a variety of engineering services and provides supply chain management. Other Flextronics customers include Hewlett-Packard (NYSE: HPQ), LG and Google's (Nasdaq: GOOG) Motorola Mobility. 

10 Best Chemical Stocks To Buy For 2016

Susquehannas Pablo Zuanic takes a look at consumer food companies in the wake of Brexit, and writes that Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE), Mondelez (MDLZ) and SodaStream (SODA) have the most exposure to the British pound and euro, which are falling today.

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For bargain hunters, he recommends Mondelez over CCE, given soda taxes and the fact that Cokes (KO) 48% stake means it wont be acquired. But overall he says that M&A in Europe is not more likely, as companies with plenty of U.S. dollar assets will have fertile hunting ground for acquisitions.

In general, he writes that consumers have to be selective, with an eye toward how this vote could impact the U.S. election:

Self-help and NA exposure now even more attractive. We think our guiding thesis of buying self-help stories with mainly NA exposure becomes even more relevant in this new context. Our top picks are, not coincidentally, Kraft Heinz (KHC), Treehouse Foods (THS), and Molson Coors (TAP). Re our other Positive-rated stock BUD, we remind investors after the SAB deal NA is less than 30% of EBITDA pro forma. Even taking the aggressive guidance of 16% synergies and cost savings (of target company revenues) the EPS accretion may be in the mid/high teens.

10 Best Chemical Stocks To Buy For 2016: Roper Technologies, Inc.(ROP)

 

Roper Technologies, Inc., a diversified technology company, designs and develops license and software-as-a-service software, and engineered products and solutions. The companys Medical and Scientific Imaging segment offers diagnostic and laboratory software solutions; patient positioning devices and related software, 3-D measurement technology, and diagnostic and therapeutic disposable products; non-invasive instruments and video laryngoscopes; and a cloud-based financial analytics and performance software platform. This segment also provides electron filters; charged couple device; and complementary metal oxide semiconductor cameras, detectors, and related software. Its RF Technology segment offers radio frequency identification communication technology and software solutions that are used primarily in toll and traffic systems, security and access controls, campus card systems, card readers, software-as-a-service in the fre ight matching and food industries, and metering and remote monitoring applications, as well as management software for legal and construction firms. The companys Industrial Technology segment offers fluid handling pumps, materials analysis equipment and consumables, leak testing equipment, flow measurement and metering equipment, and water meter and automatic meter reading products and systems. Its Energy Systems and Controls segment provides control systems, fluid properties testing equipment, industrial valves and controls, vibration sensors and controls, and non-destructive inspection and measurement products and solutions. Roper Technologies, Inc. serves healthcare, transportation, food, energy, water, education, and academic research markets in the United States, Canada, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and internationally. The company was formerly known as Roper Industries, Inc. and changed its name to Roper Technologies, Inc. in April 2015. Roper Technologies, Inc. wa s founded in 1981 and is based in Sarasota, Florida.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Aside from Outperform-rated Roper Technologies (ROP) SaaS platforms, which account for over +50% of earnings today, GEs Digital business strategy is the most ambitious ramp within the industrials sector. GE has made a bold bet on its game-changing Predix operating system for the Industrial IoT, which was launched in Feb-2016

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Analysts are expecting Roper Technologies Inc (NYSE: ROP) to have earned $1.46 per share on revenue of $895.87 million in the latest quarter. Roper Technologies shares declined 0.05 percent to close at $178.63 on Friday.

10 Best Chemical Stocks To Buy For 2016: Reinsurance Group of America, Incorporated(RGA)

 

Reinsurance Group of America, Incorporated engages in reinsurance business. It offers individual and group life and health insurance products, including term life, credit life, universal life, whole life, group life and health, joint and last survivor insurance, critical illness, disability, and longevity products, as well as asset-intensive and financial reinsurance products. The company also provides reinsurance for mortality, morbidity, and lapse risk associated with products; and reinsurance for investment-related risks, as well as develops and markets technology solutions for the insurance industry. It serves life insurance companies in the United States, Latin America, Canada, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and the Asia Pacific. Reinsurance Group of America, Incorporated was founded in 1973 and is headquartered in Chesterfield, Missouri.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By David Sterman]

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

  • [By Benzinga News Desk]

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

Best Safest Companies For 2016: L Brands, Inc.(LB)

 

L Brands, Inc. operates as a specialty retailer of womens intimate and other apparel, beauty and personal care products, and accessories. The company operates in three segments: Victorias Secret, Bath & Body Works, and Victoria’s Secret and Bath & Body Works International. Its products include loungewear, bras, panties, swimwear, athletic attire, fragrances, shower gels and lotions, aromatherapy, soaps and sanitizers, home fragrances, handbags, jewelry, and personal care accessories. The company offers its products under the Victorias Secret, Pink, Bath & Body Works, La Senza, Henri Bendel, C.O. Bigelow, White Barn Candle Company, and other brand names. L Brands, Inc. sells its merchandise through company-owned specialty retail stores in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom, which are primarily mall-based; through its Websites; and through franchises, licenses, and wholesale partners. As of January 31, 2016, the company operated 2,721 retail stores in the United States; 270 retail stores in Canada; and 14 retail stores in the United Kingdom. It also operated 221 La Senza stores in 29 countries; 125 Bath & Body Works stores in 30 countries; 19 Victoria’s Secret stores in 7 Middle Eastern countries; and 373 Victorias Secret Beauty and Accessories stores, and various small-format locations in approximately 75 countries. The company was formerly known as Limited Brands, Inc. and changed its name to L Brands, Inc. in March 2013. L Brands, Inc. was founded in 1963 and is headquartered in Columbus, Ohio.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    L Brands Inc (NYSE: LB) shares fell 5.02 percent to $60.53 in pre-market trading. L Brands reported upbeat quarterly earnings, but missed analysts' sales estimates. The company also lowered its full-year earnings guidance.

10 Best Chemical Stocks To Buy For 2016: National Steel Corporation(SID)

Companhia Siderurgica Nacional primarily operates as an integrated steel producer in Brazil and Latin America. The company principally produces carbon steel and various steel products. Its products include slabs, which are semi-finished products used for processing hot-rolled, cold-rolled, or coated coils and sheet products; hot-rolled products that comprise heavy-gauge hot-rolled coils and sheets, and light-gauge hot-rolled coils and sheets; cold-rolled products, including cold-rolled coils and sheets; and galvanized products consisting of flat-rolled steel coated with zinc or a zinc-based alloy. The company also offers tin mill products, which consist of flat-rolled low-carbon steel coils or sheets, such as tin plate, tin free steel,low tin coated steel, and black plate products. In addition, it engages in mining business by owning iron ore, limestone, dolomite, and tin mines comprising the Namisa property, Casa de Pedra mine, Arcos mine, and Santa Barbara mine; and invo lves in logistics business that includes railway and port facilities. Further, the company produces and sells cement; and engages in the generation of power plants. It sells its steel products as a raw material for various manufacturing industries, including the automotive, home appliance, packaging, construction, and steel processing industries. The company offers its products to customers directly through its sales force, as well as through distributors for subsequent resale. It also exports its products to Europe, Latin America, Asia, and North America. Companhia Siderurgica Nacional was founded in 1941 and is headquartered in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Thursday, basic materials shares fell by 0.45 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Companhia Siderurgica Nacional (ADR) (NYSE: SID), down 13 percent, and Dominion Diamond Corp (NYSE: DDC), down 9 percent.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    On Thursday, basic materials shares rose by 3.08 percent. Top gainers in the sector included Cliffs Natural Resources Inc (NYSE: CLF), Companhia Siderurgica Nacional (ADR) (NYSE: SID), and Teck Resources Ltd (USA) (NYSE: TCK).

10 Best Chemical Stocks To Buy For 2016: Prestige Brand Holdings Inc.(PBH)

Prestige Brands Holdings, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, engages in marketing, selling, and distributing over-the-counter healthcare and household cleaning products primarily in North America. The company?s Over-The-Counter Healthcare segment offers a portfolio of OTC products under nine core OTC brands, including Chloraseptic sore throat remedies, Clear Eyes eye drops, Compound W wart removers, Dramamine motion sickness products, Efferdent and Effergrip denture products, Little Remedies pediatric healthcare products, Luden’s cough drops, PediaCare pediatric healthcare products, and The Doctor?s brand of oral care products. This segment also provides other significant brands that include Dermoplast first-aid products, Murine eye and ear care products, NasalCrom allergy relief product, New-Skin liquid bandage, and Wartner wart removers. Its Household Cleaning segment markets household cleaning products, such as abrasive and non-abrasive tub and tile cleaner, scrubb i ng pads and sponges, dilutables, anti-bacterial hard surface spray for counter tops, and glass cleaners under the Comet, Chore Boy, and Spic and Span brands. Prestige Brands Holdings distributes its products through various retail channels, including drug, food, dollar, and club stores, as well as supermarkets and mass merchandisers. The company was founded in 1996 and is headquartered in Irvington, New York.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Castor believes the cash has disappeared into working capital, which has grown from 23% to more than 50% since 2008. Comparable company PrestigeBrand (PBH) uses 11%; Unilever(UL) and Colgate-Palmolive(CL) far less.

10 Best Chemical Stocks To Buy For 2016: Sun Life Financial Inc.(SLF)

 

Sun Life Financial Inc., a financial services organization, provides protection and wealth products and services to individuals and corporate customers worldwide. It operates through five segments: Sun Life Financial Canada, Sun Life Financial United States, Sun Life Financial Asset Management, Sun Life Financial Asia, and Corporate. The company offers life and health, long-term and short-term disability, medical stop-loss and dental, and accidental death insurance services; long-term care, medical coverage, and guaranteed income and death reinsurance services; and investment funds, as well as third-party mutual funds. It also provides life, dental, drug, extended health care, disability, and critical illness benefits programs; and voluntary benefits solutions directly to individual plan members, including post-employment life and health plans to plan members. In addition, the company offers group retirement products and servi ces, including investment-only segregated funds and fixed rate annuities, stock plans, group life annuities, and pensioner payroll services, as well as solutions for de-risking defined benefit pension plans. Further, it provides asset management services for retail and institutional investors through mutual and commingled funds, separately managed accounts, institutional products, and retirement strategies; and customized fixed income solutions, including liability-driven investment products, as well as alternative asset classes, such as private fixed income, real estate, and commercial mortgages. The company markets and distributes its products through independent insurance and mutual fund licensed brokers, broker-dealers, benefits consultants, and sales representatives. Sun Life Financial Inc. was founded in 1999 and is headquartered in Toronto, Canada.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Sun Life Financial Inc (NYSE: SLF) is expected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.91 per share on revenue of $4.56 billion.

    ScanSource, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCSC) is projected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.65 per share on revenue of $871.06 million.

10 Best Chemical Stocks To Buy For 2016: Starz(STRZA)

 

Starz, through its subsidiaries, operates as a media and entertainment company. It operates through Starz Networks, Starz Distribution, and Starz Animation segments. The Starz Networks segment provides premium subscription video programming to U.S. multichannel video programming distributors (MVPDs), including cable operators, satellite television providers, and telecommunications companies. Its networks include Starz and Encore, which air film content, as well as original series and specials without advertisements; and MoviePlex that offers various art house, independent films, and classic movie library content. This segment also provides online access to the content that air on their linear networks through STARZ PLAY, ENCORE PLAY, and MOVIEPLEX PLAY. The Starz Distribution segment sells or rents DVDs under the ANCHOR BAY brand; and acquires and licenses various titles from third parties and also develops and produces certai n of its content. This segment also distributes content on pay-per-view, video-on-demand, subscription video-on-demand, electronic sell-through, and other digital formats to MVPDs, online/mobile distributors, game developers/publishers, and consumer electronics companies; and distributes movies, television series, documentaries, childrens programming, and other video content. The Starz Animation segment develops and produces two-dimensional animated content for various third party entertainment companies. Starz was incorporated in 2007 and is headquartered in Englewood, Colorado.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Starz (STRZA) has jumped 14% to$32.16 after agreeing to be purchased by Lions Gate Entertainment (LGF) in a deal that values Starz at about $4.4 billion. Lions Gate has climbed 9.4% to $22.90.

10 Best Chemical Stocks To Buy For 2016: The Michaels Companies, Inc.(MIK)

 

The Michaels Companies, Inc. owns and operates a chain of arts and crafts specialty retail stores under the Michaels and Aaron Brothers names in North America. Its Michaels stores offer approximately 35,000 stock-keeping units in crafts, home d茅cor and seasonal, framing, and paper crafting. The companys Aaron Brothers stores offer approximately 6,000 stock-keeping units, including photo frames, a line of ready-made frames, art prints, framed art, art supplies, and custom framing. It also provides private brands, including Recollections, Studio Decor, Bead Landing, Creatology, Ashland, Celebrate It, Art Minds, Artists Loft, Craft Smart, and Loops & Threads. In addition, the company manufactures custom and specialty framing merchandise; and distributes gifts and decor products. As of March 17, 2016, it operated approximately 1,340 stores under the Michaels, Aaron Brothers, and Pat Catans brands in 49 states and Canada. Th e company was founded in 2013 and is headquartered in Irving, Texas.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Michaels Companies Inc (NASDAQ: MIK) reported better-than-expected results for its fiscal fourth quarter.

    Michaels Companies posted quarterly earnings of $183.7 million, or $0.87 per share, compared to $146.4 million, or $0.75 per share, in the year-ago period.

10 Best Chemical Stocks To Buy For 2016: American Capital, Ltd.(ACAS)

 

American Capital, Ltd. is a business development company specializing in management and employee buyouts, subordinated debt, leveraged finance, mezzanine, acquisition, recapitalization, middle market, early venture, mature, industry consolidation, and growth capital investments. The firm seeks to invest in senior debt mezzanine, unitranche, and equity financing for buyouts of private equity firms and direct in private and public companies. It also invests in special situations and in government. In special situations, the firm invests in troubled situations and in distressed situations. The firm also considers smaller investments as add-on acquisitions for existing portfolio companies. In this area, it invests in acquisitions of true turnarounds, 363 auctions, portfolio add-on acquisitions, operationally challenged companies; financings in exit, ABL loans, second lien refinance, and direct lending to distressed companies. The firm invests in manufacturing, services, and distribution companies with a special focus on energy sector. The firm also invests in infrastructure and structured products. The firm also invests in business services, consumer products and services, industrial, healthcare and food companies. The firm prefers to invest in Information Technology focusing on Custom information technology solutions, Technology and software enabling headcount reduction, and Technology and software enabling cost reductions in conducting transactions with or within government. The firm also invests in digital media and entertainment, internet and consumer related, communications, mobile and wireless, security and data center infrastructure, software and services, semiconductor, and other innovative technologies. The firm also invests in a variety of industry sectors, including life science services, medical device, medical tools and equipment, and healthcare services, among others. In energy producti on sector, the firm invests in lower risk oil and gas explor! ation, production and development; natural gas liquids; coal mining and coal-fired generation; uranium mining and nuclear-fired generation; wind-powered generation; and solar-powered generation. In energy transmission sector, the firm invests in oil and gas pipelines; LNG tankers and regasification facilities; and power transmission. In energy distribution sector, it targets propane distribution; gas distribution; electricity distribution. In energy services sector, the firm invests in oil and gas services and utility services. The firm also targets investments in companies that provide services or products to federal, state or local governments. It seeks to invest in human resources/benefit administration, outsourcing, transaction processing, engineering and construction, logistics, original equipment manufacturers homeland security and component, aftermarket parts and supplies, and technology. It also invests in real estate and insurance. It invests as lead or participa tive investor and also makes equity co-investments. The firm seeks to invest globally focusing on Middle East, North Africa, South Asia, Mid-Atlantic, New England, North East Unites States, Canada, Central America & Mexico, and Caribbean. The firm and its affiliates invest between $10 million to $750 million per company in North America and 10 ($13.34 million) to 400 million ($533.99 million) per company in Europe. The firms investment range is between $5 million and $25 million and higher depending on the opportunity. The firm targets new investments with at least $10 million in EBITDA and enterprise values of typical transaction from $20 million and $500 million. The firm invests senior debt, subordinated debt and equity allows us to provide one-stop financing up to $500 million. The firm also has the resources to deploy over $100 million into high growth later stage companies. In special situations group, the firm invests between $20 million and $750 million per tra nsaction in a variety of investments, including: buyouts ope! rational ! turnarounds, corporate orphans and carve-outs, complex management buyouts, financings dip financings, exit financings, and mezzanine financings for sponsored buyouts. In buyouts, the firm invests in companies having Enterprise Value of up to $1600 million. In federal, state and local government, the firm invests between $10 million and $500 million in a single transaction. The firm prefers to be a majority or minority investor and makes direct minority investments of subordinated debt, senior debt and equity in middle market private and public companies. The firm prefers to take minority ownership position of up to 49%. American Capital, Ltd., formerly known as American Capital Strategies, Ltd., was founded in 1986 and is based in Bethesda, Maryland with additional offices in United States, Europe, Africa, and Asia.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    American Capital Ltd. (NASDAQ: ACAS) shares rose 5.63 percent to $16.50 in the pre-market trading session as Ares Capital Corporation (NASDAQ: ARCC) reported the purchase of American Capital at $3.4 billion in cash and stock.

10 Best Chemical Stocks To Buy For 2016: GTx Inc.(GTXI)

GTx, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company, engages in the discovery, development, and commercialization of small molecules for the treatment of cancer, cancer supportive care, and other serious medical conditions. The company markets FARESTON (toremifene citrate) 60 mg tablets for the treatment of metastatic breast cancer in postmenopausal women primarily through wholesale drug distributors in the United States. It is developing selective androgen receptor modulators (SARMs), including Ostarine (GTx-024), which has completed Phase II clinical trial for the prevention and treatment of muscle wasting in patients with non-small cell lung cancer; and CapesarisTM (GTx-758), a selective estrogen receptor alpha agonist that has completed Phase IIa clinical trial for the first line treatment of advanced prostate cancer. In addition, the company is developing estrogen receptor beta agonists and other novel compounds that are in preclinical development stage for the treatment of metabo lic diseases, ophthalmic diseases, cancer, psoriasis, and/or pain. The company was founded in 1997 and is headquartered Memphis, Tennessee.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Roberto Pedone]

    One biopharmaceutical player that’s rapidly moving within range of triggering a major breakout trade is GTx (GTXI), which is dedicated to the discovery, development and commercialization of small molecules that selectively target hormone pathways to treat cancer, osteoporosis and bone loss, muscle loss and other serious medical condition. This stock has been hammered by the bears so far in 2013, with shares off sharply by 53%.

    If you look at the chart for GTx, you’ll notice that this stock recently gapped down sharply from over $4 to below $1.50 a share with heavy downside volume. Following that gap down, shares of GTXI have rebounded sharply and started to uptrend, with the stock moving higher from its low of $1.31 to its recent high of $1.96 a share. During that move, shares of GTXI have been consistently making higher lows and higher highs, which is bullish technical price action. That move has now pushed shares of GTXI within range of triggering a major breakout trade.

    Traders should now look for long-biased trades in GTXI if it manages to break out above some near-term overhead resistance at $1.96 a share with high volume. Look for a sustained move or close above that level with volume that hits near or above its three-month average action of 1.35 million shares. If that breakout triggers soon, then GTXI will set up to re-fill some of its previous gap down zone from August that started just above $4 a share. Some possible upside targets if GTXI gets into that gap with volume are $2.50 to $3 a share, or possibly even $3.50 a share.

    Traders can look to buy GTXI off any weakness to anticipate that breakout and simply use a stop that sits right below some key near-term support at $1.50 a share. One can also buy GTXI off strength once it takes out $1.96 a share with volume and then simply use a stop that sits a comfortable percentage from your entry point.

5 Best Small Cap Stocks To Own For 2016

That’s how Citigroup’s Paul Lejuez and team described Tiffany’s (TIF) fourth-quarter earnings and 2016 guidance in a note this morning:

Reuters

Adj EPS of $1.46 vs cons and our $1.40. Comps -5% worldwide (constant Fx, in line with Holiday results), with the Americas -8% (in line with Holiday), Europe -3% (Holiday -2%), Japan +10% (in line with Holiday), and Asia-Pac -8% (Holiday -9%). Adj op margin +85bps (cons flat) to 24.6%, with GM +220bps (vs cons +60bps) due to favorable product input costs and price increases. and 135bps of SG&A deleverage (ex items; cons 60 bps of deleverage), with dollars -2% (benefiting from Fx and lower marketing and variable labor costs).

F16 EPS flat to -MSDs (implying ~$3.64-$3.83) vs guidance of “minimal sales and earnings growth” provided with Holiday sales, cons $3.86 and our $3.76E, based on flat sales (+LSDs in cc), and lower op margin (with stronger GM offset by SG&A deleverage). Guidance is based on weak sales trends to-date in most regions, followed by an expected improvement in 2H. 1Q EPS guidance -15-20%, implying $0.65-$0.69 (vs cons $0.76 and our $0.69E). 2Q EPS guidance -5-10%, implying $0.78-$0.82 (vs cons $0.81 and our $0.75). 2H expected to return to EPS growth. F16 FCF guidance of at least $400M…

5 Best Small Cap Stocks To Own For 2016: 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]

    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]

    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]

    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.

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5 Best Small Cap Stocks To Own For 2016: Wynn Resorts, Limited(WYNN)

 

Wynn Resorts, Limited, together with its subsidiaries, develops, owns, and operates destination casino resorts. It operates in two segments, Macau Operations and Las Vegas Operations. The company operates Wynn Macau and Encore at Wynn Macau resort located in the Peoples Republic of China. As of February 13, 2015, its Macau resorts feature had approximately 284,000 square feet of casino space, which offered 24-hour gaming and a range of games with 498 table games and 625 slot machines, private gaming salons, sky casinos, and a poker; 2 luxury hotel towers with a total of 1,008 guest rooms and suites; casual and fine dining in 8 restaurants; approximately 57,000 square feet of retail shopping, including stores and boutiques; approximately 31,000 square feet of space for lounges and meeting facilities; recreation and leisure facilities, including two health clubs, spas, a salon, and a pool; and the Rotunda show. The company als o owned and operated Wynn Las Vegas and Encore at Wynn Las Vegas resort with a total of 4,748 hotel rooms, suites, and villas; 232 table games; 1,849 slot machines; a race and sports book and poker room in approximately 186,000 square feet of casino gaming space, including a sky casino and private gaming salons; 34 food and beverage outlets; 2 spas and salons; lounges; and approximately 99,000 square feet of retail shopping space. Its Las Vegas resorts also offer 3 nightclubs and a beach club; a Ferrari and Maserati automobile dealership; wedding chapels; an 18-hole golf course; approximately 290,000 square feet of meeting and convention space; a theater; and two showrooms, as well as a water-based theatrical production and entertainment production. Wynn Resorts, Limited was founded in 2002 and is based in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    He also likes Wynn Resorts (WYNN), despite its 34% gain.Santarelli writes:

    As for WYNN, we believe near-term estimates continue to take a back seat to capital returns and the discounting of Cotai, though we do find near term numbers to be beatable in Macau given QTD trends, most notably on the VIP side. Net-net, we find WYNN to be the most compelling longer-term story in our coverage universe and given the scope of the Cotai development and its impact on valuation, we anticipate value attribution for the project will come well in advance of the historical rule of thumb for new openings in the space, which has generally been about one year.

  • [By Javier Hasse]

    The top gainers in the index were:

    Wynn Resorts, Limited (NASDAQ: WYNN), up 15.83 percent Freeport-McMoRan Inc (NYSE: FCX), up 13.09 percent

    The top losers in the index were:

Best Gold Stocks For 2016: Francesca's Holdings Corporation(FRAN)

 

Francesca’s Holdings Corporation, through its subsidiaries, operates a chain of retail boutiques. It offers fashion apparel, jewelry, accessories, and gifts primarily for women between the ages of 18 and 35. The companys apparel products comprise dresses, fashion tops, sweaters, cardigans and wraps, bottoms, outerwear and jackets, tees and tanks, and intimates; and jewelry includes necklaces, earrings, bracelets, and rings. Its accessories consist of handbags, clutches, wallets, shoes, belts, hats, scarves, sunglasses, watches, and hair accessories; and gifts include fragrances, candles, bath and body, home accessories, books, wall art, nail polish, and miscellaneous items. As of March 23, 2016, the company operated 626 boutiques in 48 states and the District of Columbia. The company also sells its products through its Website at francescas.com. Francesca’s Holdings Corporation was founded in 1999 and is headquartered in Hou ston, Texas.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Francesca’s Holdings (FRAN) has jumped 5.4% to $11.00 after beating earnings forecasts.

    Restoration Hardware (RH) has tumbled 20% to $28.92 after slashing its full-year guidance. Restoration Hardware was also cut to Market Perform from Outperform at Telsey Advisory Group.

5 Best Small Cap Stocks To Own For 2016: Daktronics, Inc.(DAKT)

 

Daktronics, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, designs, manufactures, and sells various electronic display systems and related products worldwide. It operates through five segments: Commercial, Live Events, High School Park and Recreation, Transportation, and International. The company offers video display systems, such as displays to show various levels of video, graphics, and animation, as well as controllers; LED ribbon board displays; mobile and modular display systems; freeform LED displays, which include architectural lighting and display products; indoor and outdoor scoreboards for various sports, digit displays, scoring and timing controllers, statistics software, and other related products; and timing systems for sports events, primarily aquatics and track competitions, as well as swimming touchpads, race start systems, and relay take-off platforms. It also provides message displays; ITS dynamic message signs, incl uding LED displays for road management, mass transit, and aviation applications; and digit and directional displays for use in parking facilities; audio systems for outdoor sports venues. In addition, the company offers static and digital billboards used to display static images which change at regular intervals for the out-of-home (OOH) advertising industry; Visiconn system, a software application for controlling content and playback loops for digital billboard applications; and street furniture comprising advertising light boxes for static, scrolling, and digital OOH campaigns. Further, it provides digit and price displays, such as outdoor time and temperature displays, as well as Fuelight digit displays for the petroleum industry; and maintenance and professional services related to its products. The company sells its products through direct sales and resellers. Daktronics, Inc. was founded in 1968 and is based in Brookings, South Dakota.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Daktronics, Inc. (NASDAQ: DAKT) is estimated to report its quarterly earnings at $0.08 per share on revenue of $156.17 million. Daktronics shares slipped 0.13 percent to close at $7.97 on Tuesday.

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Daktronics, Inc. (NASDAQ: DAKT) is projected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.08 per share on revenue of $156.17 million.

    Guidewire Software Inc (NYSE: GWRE) is estimated to post its quarterly earnings at $0.06 per share on revenue of $92.43 million.

5 Best Small Cap Stocks To Own For 2016: RXI Pharmaceuticals Corporation(RXII)

 

RXi Pharmaceuticals Corporation, a biotechnology company, focuses on discovering and developing therapies primarily in the areas of dermatology and ophthalmology. The company develops therapies based on siRNA technology and immunotherapy agents. Its clinical development programs include RXI-109, a self-delivering RNAi compound, which is in Phase IIa clinical trial that is used to prevent or reduce dermal scarring following surgery or trauma, as well as for the management of hypertrophic scars and keloids; and Samcyprone, an immunomodulation agent, which is in Phase IIa clinical trial for the treatment of various disorders, such as alopecia areata, warts, and cutaneous metastases of melanoma. The companys preclinical program includes the development of products for ocular indications with RXI-109, including retinal and corneal scarring. Its discovery stage development programs include a dermatology franchise for the discovery of collagenase and tyrosinase targets for its RNAi platform; and ophthalmology franchise, a program for the discovery of sd-rxRNA compounds for oncology indications, including retinoblastoma. The company was incorporated in 2011 and is headquartered in Marlborough, Massachusetts.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    RXi Pharmaceuticals Corp (NASDAQ: RXII) is expected to post a quarterly loss at $0.05 per share.

    InterOil Corporation (USA) (NYSE: IOC) is estimated to report a quarterly loss at $0.25 per share on revenue of $1.10 million.

Top 5 Performing Companies To Watch In Right Now

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Top 5 Performing Companies To Watch In Right Now: PulteGroup, Inc.(PHM)

 

PulteGroup, Inc., through its subsidiaries, engages primarily in the homebuilding business in the United States. The company is involved in the acquisition and development of land primarily for residential purposes; and the construction of housing on land. It offers various home designs, including single-family detached houses, townhouses, condominiums, and duplexes under the Pulte Homes, Del Webb, Centex, DiVosta Homes, John Wieland Homes, and Neighborhoods brand names. As of December 31, 2015, the company controlled 138,079 lots, which included 95,919 company owned lots and 42,160 lots under land option agreements. It also arranges financing through the origination of mortgage loans, principally for homebuyers; sells the servicing rights for the originated loans; and provides title insurance policies, and examination and closing services to homebuyers. The company was formerly known as Pulte Homes, Inc. and changed its name to PulteGroup, Inc. in March 2010. PulteGroup, Inc. was founded in 1950 and is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Eileen Rojas]

    PulteGroup has high growth expectations
    PulteGroup (NYSE: PHM  ) reported $36 million, or $0.09 per share, of net income for its second quarter ended June 30. Net income included charges for several events that took place in the quarter. In the prior year’s quarter, the company reported net income of $42 million, or $0.11 per share. CEO Richard J. Dugas Jr. believes the housing market is on track to a long-term recovery. He finds that consumers see good value in the market, despite a limited supply of housing inventory, rising prices, and higher interest rates.

  • [By Morgan Housel]

    2. Homebuilders adding to supply. Homebuilders recently discovered something that’s been elusive for years: the ability to raise prices. The balance they now need to strike is how much to ramp up supply versus holding back supply to maximize prices. PulteGroup (NYSE: PHM  ) CEO Richard Dugas said earlier this year: “In a number of communities across the country, demand has been so strong that we have taken action to slow the overall pace of sales.”

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Lee offers 22 stocks that could benefit from the correlation trade: Western Digital (WDC), Xerox (XRX), First Solar, Ford Motor, Best Buy (BBY), PulteGroup (PHM), AutoNation (AN), Textron (TXT), Jacobs Engineering Group (JEC), Mosaic, BB&T (BBT), Fifth Third Bancorp (FITB),Loews (L), Regions Financial (RF), KeyCorp (KEY), Comerica (CMA), Leucadia National (LUK), Zions Bancorp (ZION), Valero Energy (VLO), Marathon Oil, Cardinal Health (CAH), and Pepco Holdings (POM).

  • [By CNNMoney Staff]

    Housing stocks were among the biggest winners, with shares of Pulte Group (PHM), DR Horton (DHI), and Lennar (LEN) all up sharply.

    Traders on StockTwits said investors may be betting on the group as Summers’ decision to drop out from the Fed chief race could be good for the housing market. With Treasury yields falling, the hope is that mortgages rates might do the same.

Top 5 Performing Companies To Watch In Right Now: Newmont Mining Corporation(NEM)

 

Newmont Mining Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, operates in the mining industry. It primarily acquires, develops, explores for, and produces gold, silver, and copper. The companys operations and/or assets are located in the United States, Australia, Peru, Indonesia, Ghana, and Suriname. As of December 31, 2015, it had proven and probable gold reserves of 73.7 million ounces and an aggregate land position of approximately 20,000 square miles. The company was founded in 1916 and is headquartered in Greenwood Village, Colorado.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Profit Confidential]

    In its second-quarter corporate earnings report, Newmont Mining Corporation (NYSE: NEM), another massive gold producer, said the company reduced its exploration spending by $362 million from the same period in 2012. (Source: Newmont Mining Corporation, July 25, 2013.)

  • [By John Divine]

    Whenever the world looks like it’s not about to crash and burn, the price of gold seems to face headwinds. The precious metal, seen as a safe-haven in uncertain times, often gains in the face of disaster, and with the drums of war ebbing today, so did gold. That means tougher times for gold miners like Newmont Mining (NYSE: NEM  ) , which lost 3.9% Tuesday as gold fell 1.6% to $1,364 an ounce.

  • [By Aubrey Pringle]

    Barrick Gold Corp. dropped 5.5 percent as the precious metal slumped the most since July. Newmont Mining Corp. (NEM), the largest U.S. gold producer, lost 4.2 percent. Lululemon Athletica Inc. (LULU) tumbled 5.4 percent after cutting its earnings forecast. Walt Disney Co. rallied 2.4 percent after saying it would buy back as much as $8 billion in shares. Pandora Media Inc. jumped 12 percent to a record after naming digital-advertising veteran Brian McAndrews as its new chief executive officer.

  • [By Nelson Hem]

    Wall Street doesn't seem too hopeful, judging by the consensus earnings estimates for Barrick Gold Corporation (NYSE: ABX) and Newmont Mining Corp (NYSE: NEM), both of which are expected to post quarterly results this week.

Top 10 Industrial Conglomerate Stocks To Own For 2016: International Game Technology(IGT)

 

International Game Technology PLC operates and provides a range of services and technology products across lotteries, machine gaming, sports betting, and interactive gaming markets in North America, Asia, and Europe. It provides online lottery transaction processing systems; a suite of lottery-enabled point-of-sale terminals; supplies instant ticket games; and provides printing services, instant ticket marketing plans, graphic design, programming, production, packaging, and shipping and delivery services. The company also provides video lottery terminals (VLT), VLT central systems, and VLT games to government customers; video and traditional mechanical reel slot machines and casino systems to casino operators; and amusement with prize machines and games to licensed operators, as well as designs, develops, manufactures, and provides cabinets, games, systems, and software. In addition, it is involved in the provision of sports b etting platform that offers betting on sporting events, motor sports, and non-sporting events, such as entertainment, music, culture, and current affairs; transaction processing of commercial transactions, such as prepaid cellular telephone recharges, prepaid mobile data, prepaid electricity and other utility bill payments, credit card transactions, social security contributions and payments, and prepaid cards; and collection, processing, and network services on behalf of third parties, as well as in the issuing of electronic money through immediate conversion of funds. Further, the company provides interactive games, such as poker, casino games, bingo, iLottery, sports betting, horseracing, and skill-based games. The company was formerly known as GTECH S.p.A. and changed its name to International Game Technology PLC in April 2015. The company was incorporated in 2014 and is headquartered in London, the United Kingdom.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Michael Flannelly]

    Analysts at Sterne Agee noted on Monday that International Game Technology’s (IGT) fiscal 2014 growth is stronger than it appears. As such, the analysts raised the price target on the casino gaming equipment manufacturer.

    The analysts maintain a “Buy” rating on IGT and now see shares reaching $25, up from the previous target of $23. This new price target suggests a 23% upside to the stock’s Friday closing price of $20.32.

    “Excluding FY13 Canadian VLT sales, which do not recur in FY14, consensus FY14 EPS growth is ~14% versus ‘in-print’ consensus EPS growth of ~4%,” Sterne Agee analyst David Bain said. “We believe IGT’s peer-low stock valuation is partly driven by a misinterpretation of forward growth using ‘in-print’ FY14 EPS projections.”

    Futhermore, the firm raised IGT’s fourth quarter EPS estimates from 33 cents to 34 cents.

    IGT shares were inactive during pre-market trading on Monday. The stock is up 43.4% year-to-date.

Top 5 Performing Companies To Watch In Right Now: McEwen Mining Inc.(MUX)

 

McEwen Mining Inc. explores for, develops, produces, and sells precious and base metals in Argentina, Mexico, and the United States. It primarily explores for gold, silver, and copper. The companys principal assets consist of a 49% interest in the San Jos茅 Mine in Santa Cruz, Argentina; the El Gallo 1 mine and El Gallo 2 project in Sinaloa, Mexico; the Gold Bar project in Nevada, the United States; and the Los Azules copper project in San Juan, Argentina It covers an area of approximately 730 square miles and comprises 146 mining concessions consisting of 71 approved mining claims; 54 claims that are in the application process for mining claim status; and 21 claims, principally that are for exploration only. The company was formerly known as US Gold Corporation and changed its name to McEwen Mining Inc. in January 2012. McEwen Mining Inc. was founded in 1979 and is headquartered in Toronto, Canada.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Friday, basic materials shares dropped by 0.51 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Cliffs Natural Resources Inc (NYSE: CLF), down 6 percent, and McEwen Mining Inc (NYSE: MUX), down 6 percent.

Top 5 Performing Companies To Watch In Right Now: Clean Diesel Technologies Inc.(CDTI)

Clean Diesel Technologies, Inc. engages in the manufacture and distribution of emissions control systems and products for heavy duty diesel and light duty vehicle markets. The company operates in two divisions, Heavy Duty Diesel Systems and Catalyst. The Heavy Duty Diesel Systems division designs and manufactures verified exhaust emissions control solutions that are used to reduce exhaust emissions created by on-road, off-road, and stationary diesel and alternative fuel engines, including propane and natural gas. Its products include closed crankcase ventilation systems, diesel oxidation catalysts, diesel particulate filters, Platinum Plus fuel-borne catalysts, ARIS selective catalytic reduction reagents, catalyzed wire mesh diesel particulate filters, alternative fuel products, and exhaust accessories. This division offers its products for original equipment manufacturers of heavy duty diesel equipment, such as mining equipment, vehicles, generator sets, and construction equipment, as well as retrofit customers consisting of school districts, municipalities, and other fleet operators. The Catalyst division produces catalyst formulations using its proprietary MPC technology for gasoline, diesel, and natural gas induced emissions. Its products comprise catalysts for gasoline engines, diesel engines, and energy applications. This division supplies its catalysts to automotive manufacturers and large heavy duty diesel engine manufacturers. The company sells its products through a network of distributors and dealers, and its direct sales force worldwide. Clean Diesel Technologies, Inc. is based in Ventura, California.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Clean Diesel Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: CDTI) is projected to post a quarterly loss at $0.18 per share on revenue of $10.25 million.

    Sphere 3D Corp. (NASDAQ: ANY) is estimated to post a quarterly loss at $0.11 per share on revenue of $22.10 million.

Top 5 Shipping Stocks For 2016

Recent economic data for the US suggests that the stock market’s hissy fit this year has been a false signal for anticipating a new recession. That’s not surprisingthe short-term noise in equity prices is a constant challenge for business-cycle analysis and so it’s not uncommon that market volatility will lead us astray at times. That’s always been the case and nothing’s changed. Looking to markets in isolation of hard economic numbers is a dangerous game if real money is at stake. The challenge is finding a happy medium. The good news is that there are several choices for relatively reliable signals.

If you could only look at one measure of economic activity for monitoring recession risk the single-best indicator is the Chicago Fed’s National Indexthe three-month moving average (CFNAI-MA3) in particular. In the grand scheme of macro benchmarks that are publicly available for free from institutional sources, CFNAI-MA3 is a tough act to beat.

Top 5 Shipping Stocks For 2016: Inter Parfums, Inc.(IPAR)

 

Inter Parfums, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, manufactures, markets, and distributes a range of fragrances and fragrance related products worldwide. It offers its fragrance and cosmetic products under the Balmain, Boucheron, Jimmy Choo, Karl Lagerfeld, Lanvin, Montblanc, Paul Smith, S.T. Dupont, Repetto, Van Cleef & Arpels, Abercrombie & Fitch, Agent Provocateur, Rochas, Anna Sui, Banana Republic, bebe, Coach, Dunhill, French Connection, Gap, Hollister, Oscar de la Renta, and Shanghai Tang brands. It markets and sells its products to department stores, perfumeries, specialty retailers, mass market retailers, supermarkets, domestic and international wholesalers, and distributors. The company was formerly known as Jean Philippe Fragrances, Inc. and changed its name to Inter Parfums, Inc. in July 1999. Inter Parfums, Inc. was founded in 1985 and is headquartered in New York, New York.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [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.

Top 5 Shipping Stocks For 2016: Cal-Maine Foods, Inc.(CALM)

 

Cal-Maine Foods, Inc. produces, grades, packages, markets, and distributes shell eggs. It offers specialty shell eggs, such as nutritionally enhanced, cage free, organic, and brown eggs under the Egg-Lands Best, Land O Lake, Farmhouse, and 4-Grain brand names, as well as under private labels. The company sells its products to various customers, including national and regional grocery store chains, club stores, foodservice distributors, and egg product consumers primarily in the southeastern, southwestern, mid-western, and mid-Atlantic regions of the United States. Cal-Maine Foods, Inc. was founded in 1969 and is based in Jackson, Mississippi.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Manikandan Raman]

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Top Electric Utility Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Leading Brands Inc(LBIX)

Leading Brands, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, engages in the development, production, marketing, and distribution of beverages in Canada, the western United States, and Asia. It also involves in beverage bottling, as well as in the sale, merchandising, brand development, brand licensing, and brand management of beverage products. The company?s principal product lines comprise juices and waters. It sells its products under TrueBlue, LiteBlue, and PureBlue brand names, as well as under licensed brand Stewart?s Fountain Classics. The company sells beverage products through its sales force, as well as through outside brokers and agents to retail, wholesale, and distribution outlets. The company was formerly known as Brio Industries Inc. and changed its name to Leading Brands, Inc. in October 1999. Leading Brands, Inc. was founded in 1986 and is headquartered in Vancouver, Canada.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Leading Brands, Inc (USA) (NASDAQ: LBIX) shares shot up 66 percent to $2.49 following Q1 results. Leading Brands reported Q1 earnings of $0.10 per share on revenue of $3.033 million.

Top 5 Shipping Stocks For 2016: Time Warner Inc.(TWX)

 

Time Warner Inc. operates as a media and entertainment company in the United States and internationally. It operates through three segments: Turner, Home Box Office, and Warner Bros. The Turner segment owns and operates a portfolio of cable television networks and related properties that offer entertainment, sports, kids, and news programming on television and digital platforms for consumers. It operates approximately 165 channels in 200 countries. The Turner networks and related properties include TNT, TBS, Adult Swim, truTV, Turner Classic Movies, Turner Sports, Cartoon Network, Boomerang, CNN, and HLN. This segment also manages and operates various digital media properties primarily consisting of bleacherreport.com, cartoonnetwork.com, CNN Go, CNN.com, CNNMoney.com, NBA.com, NBA Digital, and NCAA.com; and licenses original programming to subscription-video-on-demand (SVOD) services, and its brands and characters for consume r products. This segment serves cable system operators, satellite service distributors, telephone companies, and other distributors. The Home Box Office segment provides premium pay and basic tier television services comprising HBO and Cinemax; and sells its original programming through DVDs, Blu-ray discs, and electronic sell-through, as well as licenses home entertainment and content to international television networks and SVOD services. As of December 31, 2014, this segment had approximately 46 million subscribers worldwide. The Warner Bros. segment produces, distributes, and licenses television programming and feature films; distributes digital and physical home entertainment products; and produces and distributes videogames, as well as licenses consumer products and brands. The company was formerly known as AOL Time Warner, Inc. and changed its name to Time Warner Inc. in 2003. Time Warner Inc. was founded in 1985 and is headquartered in New York, New York.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Eisen var popups = $(“.socialByline .popC”); ]

    Some of the stocks rebounded on Thursday, but most are down sharply this week amid a 2.7% drop in the S&P 500 Index. Time Warner Inc.(TWX)slid 9.9% this week. Walt Disney Co.(DIS)dropped 3.8% after closing onWednesday at itslowest level since October 2014. Itsshares are now off 22% during the past three months.

  • [By Nelson Hem]

    “Move Over, FANGs: Value Investing Is Rebounding” by Andrew Bary suggests that value investing could be on the verge of a multi-year comeback. That would be good news for the likes of Boeing Co (NYSE: BA), Citigroup Inc (NYSE: C) and Time Warner Inc (NYSE: TWX), but bad news for former high fliers like Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN), Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ: NFLX) and Starbucks Corporation (NASDAQ: SBUX). The article offers 16 ways to play a rebound.

  • [By Michael Flannelly]

    Morgan Stanley analysts upgraded Time Warner Inc (TWX) early on Thursday as they believe the entertainment and media company’s publishing spin-off should help highlight a business that is leveraged to a healthy and growing TV environment.

    The analysts upgraded TWX from “Equal-Weight” to “Overweight” and see shares reaching $72. This price target suggests a 14% upside to the stock’s Wednesday closing price of $63.34.

    Time Warner shares were up 66 cents, or 1.03%, during morning trading on Thursday. The stock is up 34.06% year-to-date.

Top 5 Shipping Stocks For 2016: Express Scripts Holding Company(ESRX)

 

Express Scripts Holding Company operates as a pharmacy benefit management (PBM) company in the United States, Canada, and Europe. The company operates through two segments, PBM and Other Business Operations. The companys PBM segments products and services include clinical solutions to enhance health outcomes; specialized pharmacy care; home delivery pharmacy; specialty pharmacy, including the distribution of fertility pharmaceuticals that require special handling or packaging; and retail network pharmacy administration. It also provides benefit design consultation; drug utilization review; drug formulary management; an array of Medicare, Medicaid, and health insurance marketplace; administration of a group purchasing organization; and consumer health and drug information services. In addition, the company distributes specialty pharmaceuticals and medical supplies to providers, clinics, and hospitals; and offers consulting services, including design, implementation, and project management for pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and device manufacturers to collect scientific evidence to guide the use of medicines. It serves managed care organizations, health insurers, third-party administrators, employers, union-sponsored benefit plans, workers compensation plans, government health programs, providers, clinics, hospitals, and others. As of December 31, 2015, the company operated four automated dispensing home delivery pharmacies; one non-automated dispensing home delivery pharmacy; and one non-dispensing home delivery pharmacy maintained for business continuity purpose, as well as several non-dispensing order processing centers, patient contact centers, specialty drug pharmacies, and fertility pharmacies. The company was formerly known as Aristotle Holding, Inc. and changed its name to Express Scripts Holding Company in April 2012. Express Scripts Holding Company was founded in 1986 and is headqua rtered in St. Louis, Missouri.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Express Scripts Holding Company (NASDAQ: ESRX) is expected to post its quarterly earnings at $1.22 per share on revenue of $25.20 billion.

    Xerox Corp (NYSE: XRX) is estimated to report its quarterly earnings at $0.23 per share on revenue of $4.24 billion.

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Wall Street expects Express Scripts Holding Company (NASDAQ: ESRX) to post its quarterly earnings at $1.22 per share on revenue of $25.20 billion. Express Scripts shares rose 0.30 percent to close at $73.55 on Friday.

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Related KORS Keep an Eye on These 10 Stocks for June 1, 2016 Earnings Scheduled For June 1, 2016 Notable earnings before Wednesday's open (Seeking Alpha)

On CNBC's Options Action, Dan Nathan spoke about unusually high options activity in Michael Kors Holdings Ltd (NYSE: KORS) ahead of earnings results. The company is going to report earnings on Wednesday and the options market is implying a 10 percent move. In the last four earnings events, the stock moved 16 percent on average.

The options volume was 6 times higher than the average daily options volume and there was one trade that caught Nathan's attention. A trader bought 15,000 contracts of the June 46 calls for $1.05. The trade breaks even at $47.05 or 10 percent higher from the closing price on Tuesday. Nathan explained that Michael Kors traded sharply lower recently and he sees the trade as a contrarian way to play into the earnings results.

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Best High Dividend Stocks To Invest In Right Now: MEDIFAST INC(MED)

Medifast, Inc., through its subsidiaries, engages in the production, distribution, and sale of weight management and disease management products, and other consumable health and diet products in the United States. The company?s product lines include weight and disease management, meal replacement, and vitamins. It also operates weight control centers that offer Medifast programs for weight loss and maintenance, customized patient counseling, and inbody composition analysis. The company markets its products under the Medifast and Essential brand names, including shakes, appetite suppression shakes, women?s health shakes, diabetics shakes, joint health shakes, coronary health shakes, calorie burn drinks, calorie burn flavor infusers, antioxidant shakes, antioxidant flavor infusers, bars, crunch bars, soups, chili, oatmeal, pudding, scrambled eggs, hot cocoa, cappuccino, chai latte, iced teas, fruit drinks, pretzels, puffs, brownie, pancakes, soy crisps, crackers, and omega 3 and digestive health products. Medifast Inc. sells its products through various channels of distribution comprising Web, call center, independent health advisors, medical professionals, weight loss clinics, and direct consumer marketing supported via the phone and the Web; Take Shape for Life, a physician led network of independent health coaches; and weight control centers. The company was founded in 1980 and is headquartered in Owings Mills, Maryland.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Friday, non-cyclical consumer goods & services shares rose by just 0.3 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Medifast Inc (NYSE: MED), down 5 percent, and Bridgford Foods Corporation (NASDAQ: BRID), down 6 percent.

Best High Dividend Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Gap, Inc. (The)(GPS)

 

The Gap, Inc. operates as an apparel retail company worldwide. It offers apparel, accessories, and personal care products for men, women, and children under the Gap, Banana Republic, Old Navy, Athleta, and Intermix brands. The company provides apparel, eyewear, jewelry, shoes, handbags, and fragrances; and performance and lifestyle apparel for use in yoga, strength training, and running, as well as seasonal sports, including skiing and tennis. The Gap, Inc. offers its products through company-operated stores, franchise stores, Websites, e-commerce and social media sites, and catalogs. The company has franchise agreements with unaffiliated franchisees to operate Gap, Banana Republic, and Old Navy stores in Asia, Australia, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, and Africa. As of January 30, 2016, it operated, 3,721 company-operated and franchise store locations. The company was founded in 1969 and is headquartered in San Franc isco, California.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shauna O’Brien]

    Nomura Securities announced on Monday that it has started coverage on apparel retailer The Gap Inc. (GPS).

    The firm has initiated coverage on GPS with a “Neutral” rating and $42 price target. This price target suggests a 4% increase from Friday’s closing price of $40.39.

    Analyst Simeon Siegel commented: “With top- and bottom-line resurgence, there is no question this has been the year (and-a-half) to own The Gap (GPS). But interestingly, FY12 total sales were still below FY04 levels, suggesting that through improvedproduct, the new global focus on the top line, and views on an omni-channel perspective on inventory; GPS has room to drive the company to new heights. Valuation keeps us sidelined. We are projecting FY13/FY14 EPS estimates of $2.69/$3.00 versus the Street at $2.77/$3.06. Our $42 target price is based on 14x our FY14 estimate versus the peer group average 14x multiple and the companys historical average of 14.5x.”

    The Gap shares were mostly flat during pre-market trading Monday. The stock is up 30% YTD.

  • [By Mike Deane]

    On Thursday, The Gap Inc. (GPS) released its sales figures for August, posting an increase in monthly net sales from last year’s period ending August 25th.

    The San Francisco, CA-based clothing company announced sales of $1.23 billion for the four-week period ending August 31, which was up from last year’s figure of $1.2 billion.

    There were 53 weeks in Gap’s fiscal 2012, and due to this the comparable sales for August 2013 are compared to the period ending September 1, 2012. Though comparable sales were up 2% for this August, this is far below last year’s August comps, which boasted a 9% increase.

    Gap’s shares were down 16 cents, or .39%, at market close today. YTD, the company’s stock is up more than 30%.

  • [By ANUP SINGH]

    The Gap (NYSE: GPS  ) is yet another apparel & accessories retailer that’s doing well and bucking the trend in the retail sector. On the back of solid top-line growth and improved margins, the company reported earnings of $0.64 a share for the second quarter of fiscal 2013. This was 30.6% more than the same quarter a year ago.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Gap Inc (NYSE: GPS) was down, falling around 13 percent to $24.09 after the company reported a 6 percent drop in its same-store sales for March 2016, versus to a 2 percent gain during the same period last year. The company saw net sales for the five-week period ended April 2 fall around 6.5 percent on a year-over-year basis to $1.43 billion.

Hot Cheapest Stocks For 2016: McEwen Mining Inc.(MUX)

 

McEwen Mining Inc. explores for, develops, produces, and sells precious and base metals in Argentina, Mexico, and the United States. It primarily explores for gold, silver, and copper. The companys principal assets consist of a 49% interest in the San Jos茅 Mine in Santa Cruz, Argentina; the El Gallo 1 mine and El Gallo 2 project in Sinaloa, Mexico; the Gold Bar project in Nevada, the United States; and the Los Azules copper project in San Juan, Argentina It covers an area of approximately 730 square miles and comprises 146 mining concessions consisting of 71 approved mining claims; 54 claims that are in the application process for mining claim status; and 21 claims, principally that are for exploration only. The company was formerly known as US Gold Corporation and changed its name to McEwen Mining Inc. in January 2012. McEwen Mining Inc. was founded in 1979 and is headquartered in Toronto, Canada.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Wednesday, basic materials shares fell by 1.27 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included McEwen Mining Inc (NYSE: MUX), down 12 percent, and DRDGOLD Ltd. (ADR) (NYSE: DRD), down 7 percent.

Best High Dividend Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Medidata Solutions, Inc.(MDSO)

 

Medidata Solutions, Inc. provides cloud-based clinical development solutions for life sciences in the United States and internationally. The company offers applications and data analytics for clinical development. It offers Medidata Rave, a platform for capturing, managing, and reporting clinical data; Medidata CTMS, a clinical trial management solution that streamlines operational workflows; Medidata Designer, which enhances the efficiency of clinical trial start-up; Medidata Insights, a clinical business analytics platform; and Medidata Balance, a randomization and trial supply management solution. The company also provides Medidata Patient Cloud application for electronic patient-reported outcome; Medidata Grants Manager, which enables to develop and manage trial budgets; Medidata contract research organization (CRO) Contractor, an analytical tool for CRO outsourcing, budgeting, and negotiation; and Medidata SQM, a set of c loud-based site quality management dashboards. In addition, it offers Medidata Coder that provides medical coding and synonym management solutions; Medidata Safety Gateway, which offers a solution for collecting and transmitting adverse events and related data from the EDC system; and Medidata Targeted SDV that provides auditable and scalable solutions, as well as offers hosting, support, and professional services. Medidata Solutions, Inc. markets and sells its cloud-based solutions through direct sales force, as well as through relationships with CROs and other strategic partners. The company serves pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical device, and diagnostics companies; and academic institutions, contract research organizations, and other entities engaged in clinical trials. Medidata Solutions, Inc. was founded in 1999 and is headquartered in New York, New York.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    On Wednesday, technology shares climbed by 0.94 percent. Top gainers in the sector included Marvell Technology Group Ltd. (NASDAQ: MRVL) and Medidata Solutions Inc (NASDAQ: MDSO).

Best High Dividend Stocks To Invest In Right Now: InterCloud Systems, Inc(ICLD)

 

InterCloud Systems, Inc. provides end-to-end IT and network solutions to the telecommunications service provider and corporate enterprise markets through cloud platforms and professional services in the United States and internationally. It operates through three segments: Applications and Infrastructure, Professional Services, and Cloud and Managed Services. The company offers cloud-based services, including platform as a service, infrastructure as a service, database as a service, and software as a service; and managed services, such as network management, 24x7x365 monitoring, security monitoring, and storage and backup services. It also provides a range of applications and services, such as unified communications, interactive voice response, and session initiation protocol based call centers, as well as offers structured cabling and other field installations. In addition, the company designs, engineers, installs, and mainta ins various types of Wi-Fi and wide-area, distributed antenna system, and small cell distribution networks for incumbent local exchange carriers, telecommunications original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), cable broadband multiple system operators, and enterprise customers, as well as designs, installs, and maintains hardware solutions for the OEMs that support voice, data, and optical networks. Further, it provides consulting and professional staffing solutions to the service-provider and enterprise market in support of IT and next-generation networks facets comprising project management, network implementation, network installation, network upgrades, rebuilds, maintenance, and consulting services. Additionally, the companys engineering, design, installation, and maintenance services support the build-out and operation of enterprise, fiber optic, Ethernet, and wireless networks. InterCloud Systems, Inc. was founded in 2006 and is headquartered in Shrewsbury, New Jersey.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    InterCloud Systems Inc (NASDAQ: ICLD) is expected to post a quarterly loss at $0.14 per share on revenue of $24.00 million.

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Best High Dividend Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Zions Bancorporation(ZION)

 

Zions Bancorporation, a financial holding company, provides a range of banking and related services in Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming. The company offers community banking services, such as small and medium-sized business and corporate banking; commercial and residential development, construction, and term lending; retail banking; treasury cash management and related products and services; and residential mortgage servicing and lending. It also provides trust and wealth management services; capital markets services, including municipal finance advisory and underwriting; and investment services. In addition, the company offers personal banking services to individuals, including home mortgages, bankcards, other installment loans, home equity lines of credit, checking accounts, savings accounts, certificates of deposit of various types and maturities, safe de posit facilities, direct deposits, and Internet and mobile banking services. Further, it provides online and traditional brokerage services; small business administration and secondary market agricultural real estate mortgage loans; and bond transfer, stock transfer, and escrow services for corporate customers. As of December 31, 2015, the company operated 450 domestic branches. Zions Bancorporation was founded in 1873 and is headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Who will have the most incremental capital return? We would highlight Zions Bancorporation (ZION), Citigroup, Bank of America, and M&T Bank (MTB) as the CCAR banks that we expect to post the most material year-to-year increase in capital return in CCAR 2016.

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Zions Bancorporation (NASDAQ: ZION) is projected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.39 per share on revenue of $576.49 million.

    Crane Co. (NYSE: CR) is expected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.86 per share on revenue of $644.60 million.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Lee offers 22 stocks that could benefit from the correlation trade: Western Digital (WDC), Xerox (XRX), First Solar, Ford Motor, Best Buy (BBY), PulteGroup (PHM), AutoNation (AN), Textron (TXT), Jacobs Engineering Group (JEC), Mosaic, BB&T (BBT), Fifth Third Bancorp (FITB),Loews (L), Regions Financial (RF), KeyCorp (KEY), Comerica (CMA), Leucadia National (LUK), Zions Bancorp (ZION), Valero Energy (VLO), Marathon Oil, Cardinal Health (CAH), and Pepco Holdings (POM).