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Top 10 Warren Buffett Stocks To Invest In 2021

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Top 10 Warren Buffett Stocks To Invest In 2021: Agree Realty Corporation(ADC)

Agree Realty Corporation, a real estate investment trust (REIT), engages in the ownership, development, acquisition, and management of retail properties, which are primarily leased to national and regional retail companies in the United States. As of December 31, 2009, its portfolio consisted of 73 properties, including 61 freestanding net leased properties and 12 community shopping centers located in 16 states containing approximately 3.5 million square feet of gross leasable area. The company has elected to be treated as a REIT under the Internal Revenue Code. As a REIT, the company is not subject to federal income tax to the extent that it distributes at least 90% of its taxable income to its stockholders. Agree Realty Corporation was founded in 1971 and is headquartered in Farmington Hills, Michigan.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Motley Fool Transcribing]

    Agree Realty (NYSE:ADC) Q4 2018 Earnings Conference CallFeb. 22, 2019 9:00 a.m. ET

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  • [By Stephan Byrd]

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Top 10 Warren Buffett Stocks To Invest In 2021: 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.

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  • [By Motley Fool Staff]

    Generally speaking, when a retailer decides not to accept a certain type of credit card because of high interchange fees, American Express (NYSE:AXP) or Discover (NYSE:DFS) are the most likely to go. However, in a surprise move, some Kroger-owned(NYSE:KR)stores are no longer accepting Visa (NYSE:V) for that exact reason.

  • [By Matthew Frankel, CFP]

    In this week’s episode of Industry Focus: Financials, host Jason Moser and Motley Fool contributor Matt Frankel look over the biggest news in the sector this week. Grocery giant Kroger (NYSE:KR)put some pressure on Visa (NYSE:V)to lower its fees in much the same way that so many retailers used to refuse AmEx (NYSE:AXP)cards. What does this mean for the future of fintech companies like Visa, Discover(NYSE:DFS), and MasterCard(NYSE:MA)? Green Dot(NYSE:GDOT) and Square (NYSE:SQ)reported earnings, and the market seems to be missing the bright long-term future for both. MercadoLibre (NASDAQ:MELI)saw new highs as its changing business model delivers even more potential. And, as always, the hosts share some stocks on their radar.

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    The credit card industry has come a long way over the long run, and both Mastercard (NYSE:MA) and Discover Financial Services (NYSE:DFS) have survived to become major players in the payments space. Mastercard’s payment network spans the globe, with billions of cards issued and the company participating fully in international growth. Discover has a more limited audience, but it also profits from the interest and fees it collects by offering its own cards — even though that also introduces an additional risk to its business model.

  • [By Matthew Cochrane]

    The past year was a rough one for Discover Financial Services (NYSE:DFS) shareholders. In 2018, Discover’s stock price fell 23% and, though it has made up some of those losses this year, it is still well off its all-time high set early last year. Most frustrating for Discover shareholders, perhaps, is that the company performed fairly well throughout this period, even as its stock suffered. When Discover released its 2018 fourth-quarter earnings late last month, investors might have breathed a sigh of relief just because its shares didn’t immediately drop afterward.

Top 10 Warren Buffett Stocks To Invest In 2021: Navios Maritime Partners LP(NMM)

Navios Maritime Partners L.P. owns and operates dry cargo vessels in Europe, Asia, North America, and Australia. It provides seaborne transportation services for a range of drybulk commodities that include iron ore, coal, grain, and fertilizers, as well as charters its vessels under medium to long-term charters. The companys fleet comprises 12 Panamax vessels, 8 Capesize vessels, 3 Ultra-Handymax vessels, and 8 container vessels. Navios GP L.L.C. serves as the general partner of Navios Maritime Partners L.P. The company was founded in 2007 and is based in Monte Carlo, Monaco.

Advisors’ Opinion:

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Top 10 Warren Buffett Stocks To Invest In 2021: Navistar International Corporation(NAV)

Navistar International Corporation manufactures and sells commercial and military trucks, diesel engines, and school and commercial buses; and provides service parts for trucks and diesel engines worldwide. It operates through four segments: Truck, Parts, Global Operations, and Financial Services. The company manufactures and distributes Class 4 through 8 trucks and buses in the common carrier, private carrier, government, leasing, construction, energy/petroleum, military vehicle, and student and commercial transportation markets under the International and IC brands; and designs, engineers, and produces sheet metal components, including truck cabs and engines. It also provides customers with proprietary products needed to support the International commercial and military truck, IC bus, and Maxxforce engine lines, as well as other product lines; and a selection of other standard truck, trailer, and engine aftermarket parts. In addition, the company designs and manufactures mid-range diesel engines, as well as provides customers with additional engine offerings in the agriculture, marine, and light truck markets; sells engines to original equipment manufacturers (OEM) for various on-and-off-road applications; and offers contract manufacturing services under the MWM brand to OEMs for the assembly of their engines. Further, it provides retail, wholesale, and lease financing of products sold by the Truck and Parts segments and their dealers, as well as financing for wholesale accounts and retail accounts receivable. The company markets its commercial products through an independent dealer network, as well as through distribution and service network retail outlets; and its reconditioned used trucks to owner-operators and fleet buyers through its network of used truck dealers. As of October 31, 2015, it had approximately 745 outlets in the United States and Canada, and 91 outlets in Mexico. The company was founded in 1902 and is headquartered in Lisle, Illinois.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Asit Sharma]

    Commercial truck and parts giant Navistar International (NYSE:NAV) continued to sport market share gains courtesy of soaring truck volumes within its heaviest weight classes in its fiscal first quarter of 2019. The company’s earnings report, issued March 8, also marked Navistar’s first quarter of reduced exposure to the defense manufacturing market. We’ll delve into these details and more after a review of headline numbers directly below. Note that all comparative numbers in this article are presented against the prior-year quarter (the fiscal first quarter of 2018).

  • [By Motley Fool Transcribers]

    Navistar International Corp (NYSE:NAV)Q12019 Earnings Conference CallMarch 08, 2019, 9:00 a.m. ET

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  • [By Garrett Baldwin]

    Just Revealed: The Secret to Potentially Growing Incredibly Wealthy Buying Straight-Up Stocks

    Shares of Navistar International Corp. (NYSE: NAV) popped more than 3.7% after the trucking firm topped Wall Street revenue expectations. Navistar reported earnings per share of $0.11 on top of a 28% jump in quarterly revenue. Wall Street had expected EPS of $0.16 but dismissed the shortfall due to one-time charges. The firm said it was the best quarter it has experienced since 2010. Caesars Entertainment Corp.(NASDAQ: CZR) added 2.5% on news that hedge fund titan Carl Icahn has boosted his stake in the firm from 9.78% to 15.53%. According to an SEC filing, Icahn not only increased his stake in the firm, but he also reached an agreement to add three of his own nominees to the gaming giant’s board of directors. On Friday, look for earnings reports from Vail Resorts Inc. (NYSE: MTN) and Big Lots Inc. (NYSE: BIG).

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    NavCoin (NAV) is a PoW/PoS coin that uses the X13 hashing algorithm. Its launch date was June 6th, 2014. NavCoin’s total supply is 64,436,541 coins. The official website for NavCoin is www.navcoin.org. NavCoin’s official Twitter account is @NavCoin. NavCoin’s official message board is medium.com/nav-coin. The Reddit community for NavCoin is /r/NavCoin and the currency’s Github account can be viewed here.

Top 10 Warren Buffett Stocks To Invest In 2021: The Kraft Heinz Company(KHC)

Kraft Heinz is one of the largest food and beverage companies in the world, with sales in more than 190 countries and territories. We manufacture and market food and beverage products, including condiments and sauces, cheese and dairy, meals, meats, refreshment beverages, coffee, and other grocery products, throughout the world, under a host of iconic brands including Heinz, Kraft, Oscar Mayer, Planters, Philadelphia, Velveeta, Lunchables, Maxwell House, Capri Sun, and Ore-Ida. A globally recognized producer of delicious foods, we provide products for all occasions whether at home, in restaurants or on the go. As of January 3, 2016, we had assets of $123 billion. Our common stock is listed on The NASDAQ Global Select Market (“NASDAQ”) under the ticker symbol “KHC”. On July 2, 2015 (the “2015 Merger Date”), through a series of transactions, we consummated the merger of Kraft Foods Group, Inc. (“Kraft”) with and into a wholly-owned subsidiary of H.J.   Advisors’ Opinion:

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    Think of the patience that Warren Buffett has. Over his lifetime, the Oracle of Omaha has seen his fair share of market plunges and losses. When Kraft-Heinz (Nasdaq: KHC) tanked in late February, for example, his company, Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE: BRK), lost about $4.3 billion… in a single day. Yet, Buffett remains steadfast in his investments. He knows that when he purchases a wonderful company, he can hold onto it “forever.” He’s clearly laid out his investment philosophy in his shareholder letters… buy great companies at fair prices and let compounding (and American ingenuity) go to work for you.

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    Think of the patience that Warren Buffett has. Over his lifetime, the Oracle of Omaha has seen his fair share of market plunges and losses. When Kraft-Heinz (Nasdaq: KHC) tanked in late February, for example, his company, Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE: BRK), lost about $4.3 billion… in a single day. Yet, Buffett remains steadfast in his investments. He knows that when he purchases a wonderful company, he can hold onto it “forever.” He’s clearly laid out his investment philosophy in his shareholder letters… buy great companies at fair prices and let compounding (and American ingenuity) go to work for you.

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    Case in point: Kraft Heinz (Nasdaq: KHC). This consumer-staple company has turned out to be anything but safe and steady.

    You’ve likely heard by now that shares of the world’s fifth-largest food-and-drinks company lost 27% in a single session on Friday, February 22. And Kraft halved its dividend, too. A whopping $15.4 billion write-down of its acquisitions of Kraft and Oscar Mayer was just part of the bad news; the company also disclosed a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) investigation of its procurement accounting practices.

Top 10 Warren Buffett Stocks To Invest In 2021: American Woodmark Corporation(AMWD)

American Woodmark Corporation (“American Woodmark” or the “Company”) manufactures and distributes kitchen cabinets and vanities for the remodeling and new home construction markets. American Woodmark was incorporated in 1980 by the four principal managers of the Boise Cascade Cabinet Division through a leveraged buyout of that division. American Woodmark was operated privately until 1986 when it became a public company through a registered public offering of its common stock. American Woodmark currently offers framed stock cabinets in approximately 500 different cabinet lines, ranging in price from relatively inexpensive to medium-priced styles. Styles vary by design and color from natural wood finishes to low-pressure laminate surfaces. The product offering of stock cabinets includes 85 door designs in 21 colors.   Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Motley Fool Transcribing]

    American Woodmark (NASDAQ:AMWD) Q3 2019 Earnings Conference CallFeb. 26, 2019 11:00 a.m. ET

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    American Woodmark (NASDAQ:AMWD) Q1 2019 Earnings Conference CallAug. 27, 2018 11:00 a.m. ET

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  • [By Garrett Baldwin]

    You see, seasonality and sector rotation are in play right now. That means Q3 is not often very kind to the bulls. That’s why you need to pay close attention to one of the most important indicators in the market right now. Chris explains what it is and what to buy right here.

    Three Stocks to Watch Today: TSLA, PFE, AAPL
    Tesla Inc. (Nasdaq: TSLA) will likely generate a lot of buzz on Monday. Three days ago, company CEO Elon Musk announced that Tesla would remain a publicly traded firm. The statement comes just weeks after Musk tweeted that he had secured investment to take the company private at $420 per share. That tweet spurred an investigation by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and a lawsuit by short sellers of Tesla stock. TSLA shares were off 3% this morning. All eyes today are on Pfizer Inc. (NYSE: PFE) stock. The drug giant is poised to release the results of its phase 3 study for its drug Tafamidis. The specialty drug targets a heart disease known as transthyretin cardiomyopathy. Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) hit a historic milestone on Aug. 2. The tech giant’s market capitalization topped $1 trillion, making it the first firm to ever hit that value. The company continues to churn profits as more firms tap into its product pipeline. AAPL stock predictionsare a dime a dozen, but the fact is that this stock remains a bargain because of its price/earnings ratio. We explain why AAPL stock is still a bargain. Look for earnings reports from HEICO Corp. (NYSE: HEI) and American Wordmark Corp.(Nasdaq: AMWD).

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Top 10 Warren Buffett Stocks To Invest In 2021: Helen of Troy Limited(HELE)

Helen of Troy Limited, together with its subsidiaries, engages in the design, development, import, marketing, and distribution of brand-name consumer products primarily in the United States and Canada, as well as in Europe, Asia, and Latin America. It operates in three segments: Personal Care, Housewares, and Healthcare/Home Environment. The Personal Care segment offers hair dryers, straighteners, curling irons, hair setters, shavers, mirrors, hot air brushes, home hair clippers and trimmers, paraffin baths, massage cushions, footbaths, body massagers, brushes, combs, hair accessories, liquid and aerosol hair styling products, men?s fragrances, men?s and women?s antiperspirants and deodorants, liquid and bar soaps, shampoos, conditioners, hair treatments, foot powder, body powder, and skin care products. The Housewares segment provides kitchen tools, cutlery, bar and wine accessories, household cleaning tools, food storage containers, tea kettles, trash cans, storage an d organization products, hand tools, gardening tools, kitchen mitts and trivets, barbeque tools, and rechargeable lighting products, as well as baby and toddler care products, including convertible high chair. The Healthcare/Home Environment segment offers humidifiers, de-humidifiers, vaporizers, thermometers, air purifiers, fans, portable heaters, heating pads, and electronic mosquito traps. The company sells its products primarily through mass merchandisers, drugstore chains, warehouse clubs, home improvement stores, catalogs, grocery stores, specialty stores, beauty supply retailers, e-commerce retailers, wholesalers, and various types of distributors, as well as directly online to end user consumers. Helen of Troy Limited was founded in 1968 and is based in Hamilton, Bermuda.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

    BidaskClub lowered shares of Helen of Troy (NASDAQ:HELE) from a buy rating to a hold rating in a research report sent to investors on Wednesday.

    HELE has been the topic of several other research reports. Zacks Investment Research downgraded Helen of Troy from a hold rating to a sell rating in a research note on Monday, January 21st. Bank of America set a $151.00 target price on Helen of Troy and gave the company a buy rating in a research note on Monday, November 19th. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and three have issued a buy rating to the company. The company presently has an average rating of Buy and a consensus target price of $141.67.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Raymond James & Associates lowered its stake in Helen of Troy Limited (NASDAQ:HELE) by 2.0% during the fourth quarter, Holdings Channel reports. The institutional investor owned 37,874 shares of the company’s stock after selling 780 shares during the quarter. Raymond James & Associates’ holdings in Helen of Troy were worth $4,968,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

Top 10 Warren Buffett Stocks To Invest In 2021: United Insurance Holdings Corp.(UIHC)

United Insurance Holdings Corp., incorporated on May 22, 2007, is a property and casualty insurance holding company that sources, writes and services residential property and casualty insurance policies using a network of agents and a group of insurance subsidiaries. The Company’s insurance subsidiary is United Property & Casualty Insurance Company. Its other subsidiaries include United Insurance Management, L.C., the managing general agent that manages substantially all aspects of United Property & Casualty Insurance Company’s business; Skyway Claims Services, LLC, which provides services to its insurance affiliate; UPC Re, which provides a portion of the reinsurance protection purchased by its insurance affiliate, and Family Security Holdings, LLC (FSH).

The Company’s principal product is homeowners’ insurance, which it offers in Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Massachusetts, New Jersey, North Carolina, Rhode Island, South Carolina and Texas. The Company is also licensed to write property and casualty insurance in Alabama, Delaware, Maryland, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New York and Virginia. The Company offers various insurance products, which include at-risk offerings, such as homeowners, dwelling fire, renters, condo owners and commercial residential, and not at-risk offerings, federal flood, equipment breakdown and identity theft. The Company offers policies for a range of exposures, and its policies include coverage options for standard single-family homeowners, renters and condominium unit owners. Its homeowners product, UPC 1.0, uses a granular approach to pricing for catastrophe perils.

The Company competes with State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance, Allstate Corp., Liberty Mutual, USAA Insurance Group, Travelers Companies Inc., Nationwide Mutual Group, Farmers Insurance Group, Chubb Corp., Citizens Property Insurance Corp., Universal Insurance Holdings, Tower Hill Group, American International Group, MetLife, Inc., Amica Mutual Insurance, Hartfor! d Financial Services, Erie Insurance Group, Federated National Insurance Co., American Family Mutual and HCI Group, Inc.

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  • [By Motley Fool Transcribers]

    United Insurance Holdings Corp (NASDAQ:UIHC)Q42018 Earnings Conference CallFeb. 19, 2019, 5:00 p.m. ET

    Contents:
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  • [By Joseph Griffin]

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Top 10 Warren Buffett Stocks To Invest In 2021: Nektar Therapeutics(NKTR)

Nektar Therapeutics, incorporated on June 3, 1998, is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company. The Company is developing a pipeline of drug candidates that utilizes its PEGylation and advanced polymer conjugate technology platforms, which are designed to enable the development of molecular entities that targets known mechanisms of action. Its pipeline is comprised of drug candidates across a number of therapeutic areas including oncology, pain, anti-infectives and immunology. The Companys research and development activities involve small molecule drugs, peptides and other biologic drug candidates.

Naloxegol and Naloxegol Fixed-Dose Combination Products (formerly NKTR-118 and NKTR-119), License Agreement with AstraZeneca AB

Naloxegol is an orally-available peripherally-acting mu-opioid antagonist being investigated for the treatment of opioid-induced constipation (OIC) which is a common side effect of prescription opioid medications. AstraZeneca has completed a Phase III clinical program for naloxegol AstraZeneca calls the KODIAC studies. The KODIAC studies (KODIAC-04, KODIAC-05, KODIAC-07 and KODIAC-08) naloxegol for treating OIC in patients with non-cancer pain. The KODIAC study includes two 12-week. KODIAC-08 is an open-label, randomized, 52-week, long-term safety trial of naloxegol versus usual care (UC) in patients with non-cancer related pain and OIC.

Etirinotecan pegol (NKTR-102, next generation, long-acting topoisomerase I inhibitor

The Company is developing etirinotecan pegol (also known as NKTR-102), a next generation topoisomerase I (topo I) inhibitor which was designed using its PEGylation technology. Etirinotecan pegol is a macromolecular chemotherapeutic designed to enhance the anti-cancer effects of topo I inhibition while minimizing its toxicities. Etirinotecan pegol is being evaluated as a single-agent therapy (145 mg/m2 every 21 days) in a Phase III open-label, randomized, multicenter clinical study in patients with metastatic ! breast cancer.

BAY41-6551 (Amikacin Inhale, formerly NKTR-061), Agreement with Bayer Healthcare LLC

The Company is developing specially-formulated Amikacin (BAY41-6551, Amikacin Inhale, formerly called NKTR-061) for the treatment of gram negative pneumonias. It is engaged in the third party contract manufacturers to perform its device manufacturing obligations for this program. Bayer initiated enrollment in a global Phase III clinical study, which it calls INHALE, to evaluate the efficacy and safety of Amikacin Inhale versus aerosolized placebo in the treatment of intubated and mechanically ventilated patients with Gram-negative pneumonia receiving standard of care intravenous antibiotics.

NKTR-181 (mu-opioid analgesic molecule for chronic pain

NKTR-181 is an orally-available mu-opioid drug candidate in development as a long-acting analgesic to treat chronic pain. NKTR-181 is designed with the objective to address the abuse liability and serious central nervous system (CNS) side effects associated with current opioid therapies. NKTR-181 is a mu-opioid analgesic molecule created using Nektars proprietary polymer conjugate technology, which provides it with a long-acting profile and slows its entry into the CNS. The Company completed two separate Phase I clinical studies of NKTR-181.

NKTR-171 (neuropathic pain

NKTR-171 is an orally-available sodium channel blocker and is being developed as a treatment for neuropathic pain. NKTR-171 is a molecular entity that is designed to treat neuropathic pain by blocking hyperactive neuronal sodium channels associated with damaged nerves in the peripheral nervous system. NKTR-171 is designed to be a peripherally-restricted molecule which selectively blocks hyper-excitable sodium channels without causing the CNS side effects that limit usage of existing therapies.

NKTR-192 (mu-opioid analgesic molecule for acute pain

NKTR-192 is a mu-opioid analgesic molecule in pr! eclinical! development that is intended to be a short-acting analgesic to treat acute pain. NKTR-192 is also designed to address the abuse liability and serious CNS side effects associated with current opioid therapies. NKTR-192 is also designed to have slow entry into the CNS. The Company is exploring an injectable formulation of NKTR-192 in preclinical development for the treatment of migraine and cancer pain.

NKTR-214 (cytokine immunostimulatory therapy

NKTR-214 is an engineered immunostimulatory cytokine and is being developed for the treatment of solid tumors. NKTR-214 is engineered to selectively activate IL-2 receptors on cytotoxic T cells that kill tumor cells, with relatively low affinity for IL-2 receptors on regulatory T cells that dampen the immune response to tumors. The product candidate is in Investigational New Drug application (IND)-enabling studies in preparation for clinical studies in cancer patients.

The Company competes with Biogen Idec Inc., Savient Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Dr. Reddys Laboratories, Ltd., Enzon Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Mountain View Pharmaceuticals, Inc., SunBio Corporation, NOF Corporation, Novo Nordisk A/S, Progenics Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Salix Pharmaceuticals, Ltd., Cubist Pharmaceuticals, Inc., GlaxoSmithKline plc, Mundipharma Int. Limited, Theravance, Inc., Develco Pharma, Sucampo Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited., Acura Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Collegium Pharmaceutical, Inc., Egalet Ltd, Elite Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Endo Health Solutions Inc., KemPharm, Inc., Pfizer, Inc., Purdue Pharma L.P., and Signature Therapeutics, Inc.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Keith Speights]

    Since analysts’ opinions often carry so much weight, which stocks are they most bullish about? Three stocksthat Wall Street especially loves right now are Editas Medicine (NASDAQ:EDIT), Nektar Therapeutics (NASDAQ:NKTR), and Viking Therapeutics (NASDAQ:VKTX). Here’s why analysts think these three stocks could double your money within the next 12 months.

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    Nektar Therapeutics (NASDAQ:NKTR) Q4 2018 Earnings Conference CallFeb. 28, 2019 5:00 p.m. ET

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  • [By Keith Speights]

    There are 21 drug stocks in the S&P 500 index, representing the biggestdrugmakers in the U.S. The three most profitable companies in this group based on profit margin are Vertex Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:VRTX), Nektar Therapeutics (NASDAQ:NKTR), and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:REGN). But are these highly profitable drug stocks good picks for investors to buy now?

Top 10 Warren Buffett Stocks To Invest In 2021: NCI Building Systems, Inc.(NCS)

NCI Building Systems, Inc., incorporated on December 23, 1991, is a manufacturer and marketer of metal products for the nonresidential construction industry. The Company provides metal coil coating services for commercial and construction applications, servicing customers. The Company design, engineers, manufactures and markets metal components and engineered building systems in the industry. The Company operates in three segments, including metal coil coating, metal components and engineered building systems. The metal coil coating segment consists of cleaning, treating, painting and slitting continuous steel coils before the steel is fabricated for use by construction and industrial users. The metal components segment products include metal roof and wall panels, doors, metal partitions, metal trim, insulated panels and other related accessories. The engineered building systems segment includes the manufacturing of main frames, Long-Bay Systems and value-added engineering and drafting. The Company consists of a family of companies operating 38 manufacturing facilities spanning the United States and Mexico.

Metal Coil Coating

The Companys Metal coil coating segment consists of cleaning, treating and painting various flat-rolled metals, in coil form, as well as slitting and embossing the metal, before the metal is fabricated for use by various industrial users. The Company cleans, treats and coats both heavy gauge (hot-rolled) and light gauge metal coils for its other operating segments and for third party customers, who utilize them in applications, including construction products, heating and air conditioning systems, water heaters, lighting fixtures, ceiling grids, office furniture, appliances and other products. The Company provides toll coating services under which the customer provides the metal coil and provides only the coil coating process.

The Company operates six metal coil coating facilities located in six United States. Two of its facilities coat h! ot-rolled, heavy gauge metal coils and four of its facilities coat light gauge metal coils. The Company process metal coils to supply substantially all the coating requirements of its own metal components and engineered building systems operating segments. The Company also process metal coils to supply customers in different industries.

The Company sells its products and processes to Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) customers who utilize pre-painted metal, including other manufacturers of engineered building systems and metal components. The Companys customer base also includes steel mills, metal service centers and painted coil distributors who in-turn supply manufacturers of engineered building systems, metal components, lighting fixtures, ceiling grids, water heaters, appliances and other manufactured products.

Metal Components

The Metal components segment include metal roof and wall systems, metal partitions, metal trim, doors and other related accessories. These products are used in new construction and in repair and retrofit applications for industrial, commercial, institutional, agricultural and rural uses. Metal components are used in construction applications, including purlins and girts, roofing, standing seam roofing, walls, doors, trim and other parts of traditional buildings, as well as in architectural applications and engineered building systems. The Companys metal components consist of individual components, including secondary structural framing, metal roof and wall systems and associated metal trims. The Company sells directly to contractors or end users for use in the building industry, including the construction of metal buildings. Specific component products the Company manufactures include metal roof and wall systems, purlins, girts, partitions, header panels and related trim and screws. The Company is focused on developing and marketing new products, such as its Insulated Panel Systems (IPS), Eco-ficientTM panel systems, SoundwallT! M, Nu-Roo! fTM system and Energy Star cool roofing.

Engineered Building Systems

The Companys engineered building systems consist of engineered structural members and panels that are fabricated and roll-formed in a factory. These systems consist of structural framing, secondary structural members (purlins and girts) and metal roof and wall systems or conventional wall materials manufactured by others, such as masonry and concrete tilt-up panels. Engineered building systems consist of three systems: Primary structural framing, Secondary structural framing and Metal roof and wall systems.

Primary structural framing, fabricated from heavy-gauge plate steel, supports the secondary structural framing, roof, walls and all externally applied loads. Through the primary framing, the force of all applied loads is structurally transferred to the foundation. Secondary structural framing is designed to the primary structural framing and transfer applied loads from the roof and walls to the primary structural framing. Secondary structural framing consists of gauge, roll-formed steel components called purlins and girts. Metal roof and wall systems not only lock out the weather but may also contribute to the structural integrity of the overall building system. Roof and wall panels are fabricated from light-gauge, roll-formed steel in many architectural configurations. Accessory components complete the engineered building system. These components include doors, windows, specialty trims, gutters and interior partitions. The Company operates eight facilities for manufacturing and distributing engineered building systems throughout the United States and Monterrey, Mexico.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Shares of NCI Building Systems Inc (NYSE:NCS) have earned an average recommendation of “Hold” from the eight analysts that are covering the company, MarketBeat.com reports. Five equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and one has issued a buy rating on the company. The average 1-year target price among brokerages that have issued a report on the stock in the last year is $19.40.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

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Introduction

Several articles appeared in SA noting that Commerzbank AG (OTCPK:CRZBY, the ADR) could be an interesting M&A candidate. We agree with such thesis. The bank is being dramatically undervalued by the market. It is trading at half of its book value per share. In addition, its cash per share is more than ten times its current share price.

Obviously, the political conditions in Europe and the interest rates in the Eurozone are not helping the bank. Additionally, we believe that the EU may not be much interested in seeing mergers between banks. As compared to the US, the financial sector is highly consolidated.

In this article, we will provide all the good and bad reasons for executing a corporate transaction. Furthermore, we will develop several case scenarios. We will also explain how will they affect the share price.

Financial Valuations and Bank Reaction

Before we proceed further, have a look at the most significant financial stats of Commerzbank (source):

Hot Undervalued Stocks To Invest In 2019: Discover Financial Services(DFS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Motley Fool Staff]

    Generally speaking, when a retailer decides not to accept a certain type of credit card because of high interchange fees, American Express (NYSE:AXP) or Discover (NYSE:DFS) are the most likely to go. However, in a surprise move, some Kroger-owned (NYSE:KR) stores are no longer accepting Visa (NYSE:V) for that exact reason.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

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Hot Undervalued Stocks To Invest In 2019: SemiLEDS Corporation(LEDS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    SemiLEDs Corporation (NASDAQ: LEDS) shares rose 35.8 percent to $4.55.
    EVINE Live Inc. (NASDAQ: EVLV) gained 28.8 percent to $1.04. The pay-TV home shopping company was named as a potential acquisition target by TechCrunch. According to the publication, Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) is exploring ways of marketing its products and services to consumers beyond the internet.
    Sanmina Corp (NASDAQ: SANM) shares surged 19.1 percent to $33.00 as the company reported stronger-than-expected earnings for its second quarter on Monday.
    Heidrick & Struggles International, Inc. (NASDAQ: HSII) gained 14.9 percent to $37.22 as the company posted upbeat results for its first quarter.
    Santander Consumer USA Holdings Inc. (NYSE: SC) shares climbed 14 percent to $17.90 following upbeat quarterly earnings.
    Helix Energy Solutions Group, Inc. (NYSE: HLX) climbed 14 percent to $7.12 following strong quarterly results.
    Check-Cap Ltd. (NASDAQ: CHEK) gained 13.6 percent to $8.25.
    Atossa Genetics Inc. (NASDAQ: ATOS) rose 11.8 percent to $3.34. Atossa Genetics disclosed that it has Received positive interim review from the Independent Safety Committee in Phase 1 Topical endoxifen dose escalation study in men.
    Cadence Design Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CDNS) gained 11.6 percent to $40.99 after the company posted upbeat Q1 results and issued a strong Q2 forecast.
    Genprex, Inc. (NASDAQ: GNPX) climbed 11.2 percent to $4.9363.
    Mitel Networks Corporation (NASDAQ: MITL) rose 10.5 percent to $11.23 after the company agreed to be acquired by affiliates of Searchlight Capital Partners for $2.0 billion.
    Systemax Inc. (NYSE: SYX) rose 10.2 percent to $30.86. Sidoti & Co. upgraded Systemax from Neutral to Buy.
    Orchids Paper Products Company (NYSE: TIS) surged 9.2 percent to $7.13. Orchids Paper Products is expected to report its Q1 financial results on Wednesday, April 25, 2018.
    New Oriental Education & Technology Group Inc. (NYSE: EDU) rose
  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Check-Cap Ltd. (NASDAQ: CHEK) shares jumped 104.82 percent to close at $14.87 on Tuesday.
    EVINE Live Inc. (NASDAQ: EVLV) rose 31.25 percent to close at $1.06. The pay-TV home shopping company was named as a potential acquisition target by TechCrunch. According to the publication, Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) is exploring ways of marketing its products and services to consumers beyond the internet.
    SemiLEDs Corporation (NASDAQ: LEDS) shares climbed 27.16 percent to close at $4.26 on Tuesday.
    Atossa Genetics Inc. (NASDAQ: ATOS) gained 27.09 percent to close at $3.80. Atossa Genetics disclosed that it has Received positive interim review from the Independent Safety Committee in Phase 1 Topical endoxifen dose escalation study in men.
    Heidrick & Struggles International, Inc. (NASDAQ: HSII) surged 17.13 percent to close at $37.95 as the company posted upbeat results for its first quarter.
    Santander Consumer USA Holdings Inc. (NYSE: SC) shares gained 15.91 percent to close at $18.21 following upbeat quarterly earnings.
    Riot Blockchain, Inc. (NASDAQ: RIOT) shares jumped 15.73 percent to close at $7.58 on Tuesday after declining 1.50 percent on Monday.
    Sanmina Corp (NASDAQ: SANM) shares gained 14.62 percent to close at $31.75 as the company reported stronger-than-expected earnings for its second quarter on Monday.
    Orchids Paper Products Company (NYSE: TIS) jumped 12.86 percent to close at $7.37. Orchids Paper Products is expected to report its Q1 financial results on Wednesday, April 25, 2018.
    Helix Energy Solutions Group, Inc. (NYSE: HLX) rose 12.8 percent to close at $7.05 following strong quarterly results.
    Avid Bioservices, Inc. (NASDAQ: CDMO) rose 12.72 percent to close at $3.81.
    Genprex, Inc. (NASDAQ: GNPX) gained 12.61 percent to close at $5.00.
    Obalon Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: OBLN) rose 12.39 percent to close at $3.72.
    NextDecade Corporation (NASDAQ: NEXT) shares climbed 11.88 percent to close at $7
  • [By Logan Wallace]

    QuickLogic (NASDAQ: QUIK) and SemiLEDs (NASDAQ:LEDS) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, earnings, institutional ownership, risk, dividends, analyst recommendations and profitability.

Hot Undervalued Stocks To Invest In 2019: EV Energy Partners, L.P.(EVEP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Money Morning Staff Reports]

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    My Size Inc. (Nasdaq: MYSZ) $1.66 152.28%
    Cytori Therapeutics Inc. (Nasdaq: CYTX) $0.47 89.52%
    DelMar Pharmaceuticals Inc. (Nasdaq: DMPI) $1.675 58.02%
    CAS Medical Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CASM) $1.09 55.71%
    China HGS Real Estate Inc. (Nasdaq: HGSH) $1.83 47.58%
    Aethlon Medical Inc. (Nasdaq: AEMD) $1.56 43.12%
    Midatech Pharma Plc. (Nasdaq: MTP) $1.23 43.01%
    Comstock Holding Cos. Inc. (Nasdaq: CHCI) $1.87 36.5%
    Cenveo Inc. (Nasdaq: CVO) $1.20 31.82%
    EV Energy Partners LP (Nasdaq: EVEP) $0.6844 31.62%

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Hot Undervalued Stocks To Invest In 2019: WildHorse Resource Development Corporation (WRD)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Wildhorse Resource Development Corp (NYSE:WRD) shares dropped 5.3% on Monday . The stock traded as low as $18.40 and last traded at $18.66. Approximately 1,428,160 shares changed hands during mid-day trading, an increase of 28% from the average daily volume of 1,115,212 shares. The stock had previously closed at $19.71.

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    Shares of WildHorse Resource Development Corp. (NYSE:WRD) fell more than 13% by 11 a.m. EDT on Wednesday after the Eagle Ford shale driller posted disappointing second-quarter results.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Wildhorse Resource Development Corp (NYSE:WRD) – Equities research analysts at Capital One Financial lowered their FY2018 earnings per share estimates for Wildhorse Resource Development in a research note issued to investors on Monday, August 20th. Capital One Financial analyst B. Velie now forecasts that the oil and natural gas company will post earnings of $1.59 per share for the year, down from their previous estimate of $1.87. Capital One Financial also issued estimates for Wildhorse Resource Development’s Q4 2018 earnings at $0.39 EPS and FY2019 earnings at $2.07 EPS.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Wildhorse Resource Development Corp (NYSE:WRD) was the recipient of a significant increase in short interest in the month of January. As of January 31st, there was short interest totalling 8,792,897 shares, an increase of 48.7% from the January 15th total of 5,914,702 shares. Approximately 8.7% of the company’s shares are short sold. Based on an average trading volume of 2,529,196 shares, the short-interest ratio is presently 3.5 days.

Hot Undervalued Stocks To Invest In 2019: Forward Air Corporation(FWRD)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Forward Air Co. (NASDAQ:FWRD) – Equities researchers at Seaport Global Securities increased their Q3 2018 earnings per share estimates for Forward Air in a research report issued on Tuesday, July 31st. Seaport Global Securities analyst K. Sterling now anticipates that the transportation company will post earnings of $0.80 per share for the quarter, up from their prior estimate of $0.76. Seaport Global Securities also issued estimates for Forward Air’s Q4 2018 earnings at $0.90 EPS, FY2018 earnings at $3.12 EPS, Q1 2019 earnings at $0.69 EPS, Q2 2019 earnings at $0.91 EPS, Q3 2019 earnings at $0.88 EPS, Q4 2019 earnings at $0.98 EPS and FY2019 earnings at $3.46 EPS.

  • [By Motley Fool Transcribers]

    Forward Air Corp  (NASDAQ:FWRD)Q4 2018 Earnings Conference CallFeb. 08, 2019, 9:00 a.m. ET

    Contents:
    Prepared Remarks Questions and Answers Call Participants
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    Operator

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Voya Investment Management LLC decreased its holdings in Forward Air Co. (NASDAQ:FWRD) by 10.0% in the second quarter, HoldingsChannel reports. The firm owned 11,947 shares of the transportation company’s stock after selling 1,324 shares during the period. Voya Investment Management LLC’s holdings in Forward Air were worth $706,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Forward Air Co. (NASDAQ:FWRD) has been given a consensus rating of “Hold” by the eight analysts that are presently covering the stock, Marketbeat Ratings reports. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, four have issued a hold rating and three have issued a buy rating on the company. The average 1 year price objective among analysts that have updated their coverage on the stock in the last year is $64.00.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

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  • [By Max Byerly]

    GSA Capital Partners LLP lifted its stake in Forward Air Co. (NASDAQ:FWRD) by 65.9% in the 1st quarter, according to its most recent filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The fund owned 9,061 shares of the transportation company’s stock after purchasing an additional 3,600 shares during the quarter. GSA Capital Partners LLP’s holdings in Forward Air were worth $479,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Watch For 2019

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Top 10 Safest Stocks To Watch For 2019: Northfield Bancorp Inc.(NFBK)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

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

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    Shares of Northfield Bancorp opened at $15.96 on Thursday, MarketBeat reports. The company has a current ratio of 1.08, a quick ratio of 1.08 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.71. Northfield Bancorp has a twelve month low of $15.88 and a twelve month high of $15.92. The firm has a market capitalization of $777.27 million, a P/E ratio of 21.86, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 2.37 and a beta of 0.35.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Northfield Bancorp (NASDAQ: NFBK) is one of 90 publicly-traded companies in the “Federal savings institutions” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its peers? We will compare Northfield Bancorp to related companies based on the strength of its dividends, profitability, risk, institutional ownership, valuation, analyst recommendations and earnings.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Northfield Bancorp Inc. (NASDAQ:NFBK) EVP Kenneth J. Doherty sold 2,449 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Thursday, May 10th. The stock was sold at an average price of $16.19, for a total value of $39,649.31. Following the completion of the transaction, the executive vice president now owns 198,742 shares in the company, valued at $3,217,632.98. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which can be accessed through this hyperlink.

  • [By Max Byerly]

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Top 10 Safest Stocks To Watch For 2019: Edge Therapeutics, Inc.(EDGE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Media headlines about Edge Therapeutics (NASDAQ:EDGE) have been trending somewhat positive on Sunday, according to Accern. Accern rates the sentiment of news coverage by analyzing more than 20 million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Edge Therapeutics earned a media sentiment score of 0.02 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media headlines about the biotechnology company an impact score of 42.6657723226264 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the immediate future.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Edge Therapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ: EDGE) dropped 14.5% Thursday to post a new 52-week low of $1.12. Shares closed at $1.31 on Wednesday and the stock’s 52-week high is $17.77. Volume was nearly 20 times the daily average of around 700,000 shares. The company on Wednesday ended a trial after reporting poor results andshares fell more than 90% on the news.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Edge Therapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ: EDGE) dropped 92.6% Wednesday to post a new 52-week low of $1.15. Shares closed at $15.59 on Tuesday and the stock’s 52-week high is $17.77. Volume was nearly 300 times the daily average of around 160,000 shares. The company ended a trial after reporting poor results.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Edge Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ:EDGE) shares were down 6.8% on Tuesday . The stock traded as low as $1.07 and last traded at $1.10. Approximately 1,087,000 shares changed hands during mid-day trading, a decline of 7% from the average daily volume of 1,164,140 shares. The stock had previously closed at $1.18.

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Watch For 2019: Harmonic Inc.(HLIT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Harmonic Inc. (NASDAQ:HLIT) Director William F. Reddersen acquired 5,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, May 21st. The stock was purchased at an average cost of $3.99 per share, with a total value of $19,950.00. Following the acquisition, the director now directly owns 199,574 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $796,300.26. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which can be accessed through this link.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Harmonic Inc. (NASDAQ:HLIT) has been assigned an average recommendation of “Hold” from the eight research firms that are covering the stock, MarketBeat Ratings reports. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, four have given a hold rating and two have given a buy rating to the company. The average twelve-month price objective among analysts that have issued a report on the stock in the last year is $5.33.

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Top 10 Safest Stocks To Watch For 2019: Columbia Sportswear Company(COLM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Columbia Sportswear (NASDAQ:COLM) hit a new 52-week high and low during mid-day trading on Tuesday . The stock traded as low as $88.86 and last traded at $88.27, with a volume of 4020 shares traded. The stock had previously closed at $87.29.

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  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Brasada Capital Management LP grew its stake in shares of Columbia Sportswear (NASDAQ:COLM) by 25.4% in the 1st quarter, according to its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The fund owned 5,669 shares of the textile maker’s stock after purchasing an additional 1,148 shares during the quarter. Brasada Capital Management LP’s holdings in Columbia Sportswear were worth $433,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Watch For 2019: VivoPower International PLC (VVPR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Twin Disc, Incorporated (NASDAQ: TWIN) shares surged 24.34 percent to close at $28.86 following Q3 earnings.
    Bioblast Pharma Ltd. (NASDAQ: ORPN) rose 21.89 percent to close at $2.45.
    Evolus, Inc. (NASDAQ: EOLS) gained 20.19 percent to close at $8.75. Evolus named David Moatazedi as new CEO.
    VivoPower International PLC (NASDAQ: VVPR) rose 18.56 percent to close at $3.13 on Monday after falling 39.86 percent on Friday.
    CEL-SCI Corporation (NYSE: CVM) gained 17.09 percent to close at $2.74.
    athenahealth, Inc. (NASDAQ: ATHN) shares jumped 16.39 percent to close at $146.75 on Monday after Elliott Management confirmed a $160 per share cash offer for athenahealth.
    Gramercy Property Trust (NYSE: GPT) rose 15.45 percent to close at $27.50 after the company agreed to be acquired by Blackstone Group L.P. (NYSE: BX) for $27.50 per share.
    National CineMedia, Inc. (NASDAQ: NCMI) surged 15.23 percent to close at $6.43 after the company posted upbeat quarterly profit.
    Turtle Beach Corporation (NASDAQ: HEAR) rose 14.53 percent to close at $7.33
    CohBar, Inc. (NASDAQ: CWBR) gained 14.36 percent to close at $6.29.
    Tetraphase Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: TTPH) gained 12.69 percent to close at $3.64.
    Gannett Co., Inc. (NYSE: GCI) gained 12.27 percent to close at $10.89 following Q1 results.
    CVR Refining, LP (NYSE: CVRR) shares climbed 9.8 percent to close at $19.05.
    Illumina, Inc. (NASDAQ: ILMN) rose 4.93 percent to close at $256.89. Barclays upgraded Illumina from Equal-Weight to Overweight.
    Cloudera, Inc. (NYSE: CLDR) surged 3.92 percent to close at $15.63. Craig-Hallum initiated coverage on Cloudera with a Buy rating.

     

  • [By Ross Cameron – Warrior Trading]

    This is why I have a quicker sell trigger when I trade names like LM Funding America (NASDAQ: LMFA), which lept from $0.60 to just under a dollar earlier this week, or even VivoPower International PLC (NASDAQ: VVPR), which I traded for a $200 loss on Monday when it spiked up 225 percent.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Check out these big penny stock gainers and losers

    Losers
    Check-Cap Ltd. (NASDAQ: CHEK) shares dipped 47.8 percent to $4.60. Check-Cap priced its upsized underwritten offering of public units at $5.50 per unit.
    VivoPower International PLC (NASDAQ: VVPR) shares fell 41.5 percent to $2.57.
    Universal Electronics Inc. (NASDAQ: UEIC) dropped 35.1 percent to $29.50 after the company posted downbeat quarterly results.
    Euro Tech Holdings Company Limited (NASDAQ: CLWT) dropped 34.8 percent to $3.75 after climbing 155.56 percent on Thursday.
    Integrated Media Technology Limited (NASDAQ: IMTE) fell 25.2 percent to $24.01 after surging 46.29 percent on Thursday.
    Fluor Corporation (NYSE: FLR) dropped 22.5 percent to $45.73 after the company reported downbeat earnings for its first quarter and lowered its profit outlook for the year.
    AMN Healthcare Services, Inc (NYSE: AMN) shares fell 19.6 percent to $52.075 following Q1 earnings.
    Adverum Biotechnologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADVM) shares declined 18.1 percent to $5.20. Adverum Biotech disclosed that its CEO Amber Salzman is stepping down.
    Newater Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: NEWA) dropped 17.2 percent to $12.83.
    Basic Energy Services, Inc. (NYSE: BAS) fell 17.2 percent to $13.65 following Q1 results.
    Xperi Corporation (NASDAQ: XPER) declined 15.8 percent to $19.40 after announcing Q1 results.
    Sharing Economy International Inc. (NASDAQ: SEII) shares fell 15.1 percent to $3.649 after climbing 22.16 percent on Thursday.
    Performant Financial Corporation (NASDAQ: PFMT) dropped 14.2 percent to $2.65.
    Gogo Inc. (NASDAQ: GOGO) shares fell 13.2 percent to $8.32 after the company reported Q1 results and disclosed that it is withdrawing its FY18 outlook for adjusted EBITDA, airborne cash capex, airborne equipment inventory purchases and free cash flow.
    Technical Communications Corporation (NASDAQ: TCCO) dropped 12.2 percent to $5.05.
    Web.com Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: WEB) fell 9.7 percent

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    The Trade Desk, Inc. (NASDAQ: TTD) jumped 36.2 percent to $71.82 after the company reported upbeat results for its first quarter. The company also issued strong second-quarter and FY18 sales guidance.
    WideOpenWest, Inc. (NYSE: WOW) jumped 30.4 percent to $8.80 after the company reported Q1 results.
    MoSys, Inc. (NASDAQ: MOSY) shares surged 28.6 percent to $1.9541 after the company reported better-than-expected Q1 results and issued strong Q2 forecast.
    Boxlight Corporation (NASDAQ: BOXL) gained 24 percent to $6.39.
    Akcea Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: AKCA) shares gained 19.1 percent to $24.60. Akcea Therapeutics, an affiliate of Ionis Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: IONS) announced that the Endocrinologic and Metabolic Drugs Advisory Committee, which met to discuss the safety and efficacy of subcutaneously injected volanesoren solution for patients with familial chylomicronemia syndrome, voted 12-8 to support its approval.
    Net 1 UEPS Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: UEPS) shares rose 17 percent to $10.31 after reporting Q3 results.
    ArcBest Corporation (NASDAQ: ARCB) gained 16.8 percent to $43.1457 after reporting upbeat quarterly earnings.
    Amtech Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: ASYS) rose 16.2 percent to $8.60. Amtech posted Q2 earnings of $0.19 per share on sales of $32.783 million.
    Identiv, Inc (NASDAQ: INVE) surged 14.4 percent to $3.8450 following Q1 results.
    Omeros Corporation (NASDAQ: OMER) shares rose 14.3 percent to $18.43 following Q1 results.
    VivoPower International PLC (NASDAQ: VVPR) gained 11.5 percent to $2.71.
    Intersections Inc. (NASDAQ: INTX) gained 11.4 percent to $2.55 after reporting Q1 results.
    Noodles & Company (NASDAQ: NDLS) shares rose 10.9 percent to $8.65 following Q1 results.
    Voyager Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: VYGR) climbed 10.6 percent to $18.54 following Q1 results.
    Blink Charging Co. (NASDAQ: BLNK) rose 10.4 percent to $5.739.
    Immersion Corporation (NASDAQ: IMMR) gained 9.6 percent to $12.69

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Watch For 2019: Discover Financial Services(DFS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Matthew Cochrane]

    Over the past several quarters, Discover Financial Services (NYSE:DFS) has struggled to strike the proper balance between growing its loan portfolios and keeping its credit default risks in check. At least, that’s what Wall Street would have you believe. Discover’s management, however, maintains credit risk concerns are overblown. Meanwhile, the company continues to grow its loan portfolios at steady clips.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Discover Financial Services (NYSE:DFS) EVP Carlos Minetti sold 3,750 shares of Discover Financial Services stock in a transaction on Monday, July 2nd. The shares were sold at an average price of $69.90, for a total value of $262,125.00. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available at this hyperlink.

  • [By Matthew Cochrane]

    For years, the major credit card companies — American Express Company (NYSE:AXP), Discover Financial Services (NYSE:DFS), Mastercard Inc (NYSE:MA), and Visa Inc (NYSE:V) — have supported their own digital wallets with varying degrees of success. The problem is, none of them meaningfully appealed to the average consumer. After all, in my own physical wallet, I have one American Express card, one Mastercard, and one Visa. I have no desire to opt into three individual digital wallets to conveniently use the three cards when making online purchases, especially when PayPal’s platform allows me to enter all of my credit cards, across banks and brands, into its own platform.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

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  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    DFSCoin (CURRENCY:DFS) traded flat against the U.S. dollar during the one day period ending at 7:00 AM Eastern on May 18th. During the last seven days, DFSCoin has traded 3.6% lower against the U.S. dollar. DFSCoin has a total market capitalization of $1.28 million and approximately $0.00 worth of DFSCoin was traded on exchanges in the last day. One DFSCoin coin can currently be bought for approximately $0.0722 or 0.00000810 BTC on cryptocurrency exchanges.

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Watch For 2019: Kitov Pharamceuticals Holdings Ltd.(KTOV)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Madrigal Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: MDGL) shares surged 144.96 percent to close at $265.61 on Thursday in reaction to an encouraging Phase 2 clinical trial update. The clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company said its liver-directed, thyroid hormone receptor called MGL-3196 showed a statistical significance in the primary endpoint of lowering liver fat at 12 weeks and also 36 weeks.
    Viking Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: VKTX) shares rose 101.01 percent to close at $9.99 on Thursday after falling 4.42 percent on Wednesday.
    Akers Biosciences, Inc. (NASDAQ: AKER) jumped 45.58 percent to close at $0.474. The developer of rapid health information technologies said Wednesday afternoon it was granted a 180-day extension from the Nasdaq Stock Market to meet the requirement of a minimum $1.00 per share closing bid price for 10 straight days.
    Kitov Pharma Ltd (NASDAQ: KTOV) gained 40.93 percent to close at $3.03 after the FDA approved Kitov's Consensi for the treatment of osteoarthritis pain and hypertension.
    China Customer Relations Centers, Inc. (NASDAQ: CCRC) rose 28.21 percent to close at $19.86.
    J.Jill, Inc. (NYSE: JILL) climbed 26.45 percent to close at $7.84 after the company posted upbeat quarterly earnings.
    Curis, Inc. (NASDAQ: CRIS) shares climbed 21.93 percent to close at $2.78 in reaction to an encouraging FDA update. The biotechnology company that focuses on therapies for the treatment of cancer said the FDA granted a Fast Track designation for fimepinostat (CUDC-907) in patients with relapsed or refractory.
    Boxlight Corporation (NASDAQ: BOXL) gained 21.23 percent to close at $7.48.
    Kirkland's, Inc. (NASDAQ: KIRK) rose 16.21 percent to close at $12.83 after reporting upbeat Q1 results.
    The Brink's Company (NYSE: BCO) jumped 16.2 percent to close at $79.25 as the company announced plans to acquire Dunbar Armored for $520 million in cash.
    Applied Optoelectronics, Inc. (NASDAQ: AAOI) rose 15.14 percent to c
  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Kitov Pharma Ltd (NASDAQ: KTOV) shares dropped 14 percent to $2.6000. Kitov Pharma priced its 3.26 million ADS offering at $2.50 per ADS.

    Shares of Ambow Education Holding Ltd. (NASDAQ: AMBO) were down 25 percent to $4.26.

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Madrigal Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: MDGL) rose 65.5 percent to $179.50 in pre-market trading. Madrigal Pharma disclosed that MGL-3196 achieved liver biopsy endpoints in patients with NASH at 36 weeks in Phase 2 trial.
    Viking Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: VKTX) rose 34.8 percent to $6.70 in pre-market trading after falling 4.42 percent on Wednesday.
    vTv Therapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ: VTVT) shares rose 31.5 percent to $2.19 in pre-market trading after the company reported a licensing deal with Newsoara Biopharma to rights for vTv's PDE4 Inhibitor in China and other Pacific Rim territories.
    Curis, Inc. (NASDAQ: CRIS) shares rose 27.2 percent to $2.90 in pre-market trading after the company reported FDA Fast Track designation for CUDC-907 development in patients with relapse, refractory diffuse large B-cell lymphoma.
    Kitov Pharma Ltd (NASDAQ: KTOV) rose 16.7 percent to $2.51 in pre-market trading.
    Tilly's, Inc. (NYSE: TLYS) rose 14.7 percent to $14.00 in pre-market trading as the company reported better-than-expected earnings for its first quarter and issued a strong Q2 outlook.
    Express, Inc. (NYSE: EXPR) rose 14.3 percent to $10.49 in pre-market trading after the company reported better-than-expected results for its first quarter.
    NGL Energy Partners LP (NYSE: NGL) rose 12.8 percent to $12.10 in pre-market trading after reporting Q4 earnings beat.
    J.Jill, Inc. (NYSE: JILL) rose 11.3 percent to $6.90 in pre-market trading after the company posted upbeat quarterly earnings.
    TapImmune, Inc. (NASDAQ: TPIV) shares rose 10 percent to $5.60 in pre-market trading after climbing 24.15 percent on Wednesday.
    Frontline Ltd. (NYSE: FRO) rose 9.8 percent to $5.74 in pre-market trading after Q1 results beat estimates.
    Tech Data Corporation (NASDAQ: TECD) rose 8.8 percent to $89.65 in pre-market trading following better-than-expected Q1 earnings.
    TransEnterix, Inc. (NYSE: TRXC) shares rose 7.1 percent to $3.65 in pre-market tra
  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Ardelyx (NASDAQ: ARDX) and KITOV PHARMA LT/S (NASDAQ:KTOV) are both small-cap medical companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their risk, analyst recommendations, valuation, profitability, earnings, institutional ownership and dividends.

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Watch For 2019: MetLife, Inc.(MET)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Freestone Capital Holdings LLC grew its stake in shares of Metlife Inc (NYSE:MET) by 6.8% in the first quarter, according to its most recent filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The firm owned 25,824 shares of the financial services provider’s stock after acquiring an additional 1,648 shares during the period. Freestone Capital Holdings LLC’s holdings in Metlife were worth $1,185,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    State Treasurer State of Michigan lessened its stake in shares of MetLife (NYSE:MET) by 1.1% in the 1st quarter, according to its most recent disclosure with the SEC. The firm owned 305,185 shares of the financial services provider’s stock after selling 3,300 shares during the period. State Treasurer State of Michigan’s holdings in MetLife were worth $14,005,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Flippin Bruce & Porter Inc. grew its position in MetLife (NYSE:MET) by 1.4% in the 1st quarter, according to its most recent 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The firm owned 191,498 shares of the financial services provider’s stock after buying an additional 2,568 shares during the quarter. MetLife accounts for 1.9% of Flippin Bruce & Porter Inc.’s holdings, making the stock its 20th largest holding. Flippin Bruce & Porter Inc.’s holdings in MetLife were worth $8,788,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    MetLife Inc. (NYSE: MET) traded down about 1.1% Friday and posted a new 52-week low of $43.09 after closing Thursday at $43.56. The stock’s 52-week high is $55.91. Volume totaled around 2.4 million, less than half the daily average. The company had no specific news.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The S&P 500 stock posting the largest daily percentage loss ahead of the close Tuesday was MetLife, Inc. (NYSE: MET) which traded down roughly 9% at $49.74. The stocks 52-week range is $44.18 to $55.91. Volume was 28.5 million compared to the daily average volume of 4.6 million.

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Watch For 2019: Porsche Automobil Holding SE (POAHY)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By ]

    The Model X also experienced extremely high demand, with 12,000 vehicles sold in Europe, outselling such popular Models as BMWs X6. According to research the Model X was purchased about as often as the extremely popular Porsche (OTCPK:POAHY) Cayenne vehicle in Europe last year.

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Watch For 2019: Gencor Industries Inc.(GENC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Gencor Industries, Inc. (DE) (NASDAQ:GENC) major shareholder Sherry Houtkin sold 1,892 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, July 2nd. The stock was sold at an average price of $16.17, for a total transaction of $30,593.64. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which can be accessed through the SEC website. Major shareholders that own at least 10% of a company’s shares are required to disclose their transactions with the SEC.

Mohnish Pabrai Published 4 New Cannibals

Mohnish Pabrai published another iteration of his Cannibal Portfolio. The Cannibals are a number of stocks selected by an algorithm that are eating themselves, aka buying back their own stock. It is a bit of a misnomer, I believe introduced by Charlie Munger, seeing as eating yourself would be “autocannibalism” or “autosarcophagy.” But who cares as long as it makes money!

Academics back up that notion, as per Uekoeter and Evgeniou 2015:

A portfolio of the first type of companies, in which we hold stocks for one month after buyback announcement, shows annual “abnormal” returns relative to the IWM market index of 16.3%

First, let’s see how this strategy did last year. There were five:

Lowes (NYSE:LOW) NVR (NYSE:NVR) The Hackett Group (NASDAQ:HCKT) Select Comfort (SCSS) Willis Lease Finance (NASDAQ:WLFC)

I compared their performance from the date of my previous write-up highlighting Pabrai’s strategy to today:

Chart
LOW Total Return Price data by YCharts

They killed it.

Just so you know how much attention you should pay to my opinion as to which one to buy, last year I said:

Some of the points made by Nicolas Carreras would have me think twice before loading up on this one:

Sleep Number, formerly known as Select Comfort, ended up returning 42.71% over 2017.

I also said:

Gun to my head, I’d go with The Hackett Group today.

The Hackett Group went -15.4% for the worst performance in the entire group. The only selection that actually lost money.

This year’s top five:

Sleep Number Corp. (NASDAQ:SNBR) Corning Inc. (NYSE:GLW) PulteGroup (NYSE:PHM) Discover Financial Services (NYSE:DFS) Lear Corp. (NYSE:LEA)

No matter the brutal performance of the picks I liked best last year, I’ve again put together two tables with interesting data points on the 2018 Uber Cannibals:

Company Name

Symbol

Num of Analyst Following

EV-to-EBIT

PE Ratio

PB Ratio

EV-to-Revenue

Earnings Yield %

Price-to-Free-Cash-Flow

Lear Corp

LEA

6

8.1

10.03

3.04

0.63

10.17

10.84

Discover Financial Services

DFS

9

11.03

13.27

2.49

3.94

7.54

5.35

PulteGroup Inc

PHM

6

15.56

20.48

2.04

1.71

4.88

13.99

Corning Inc

GLW

5

14.82

0

1.79

2.66

-2.55

114.73

Sleep Number Corp

SNBR

1

14.91

22.66

15.28

0.96

4.6

13.42

Four out of five companies are followed by a fair number of analysts. I’m most interested in companies with little or no coverage. On all the EV/x, the PE ratio and the PB ratio the companies don’t appear to be exciting investments. However on a price to free cash flow basis Discover Financial Services looks super interesting and Lear Corp looks compelling as well.

Company Name Symbol Debt-to-EBITDA Debt-to-Asset Tax Rate % 10-Year Book Growth Rate 10-Year FCF Growth Rate

Dividend Yield % (10y High)

Lear Corp LEA 0.96 0.16 12.94 29.1 0 1.46
Discover Financial Services DFS 6.7 0.26 40.66 10.9 6.8 4.85
PulteGroup Inc PHM 6.52 0.67 52.36 4.1 0 2.25
Corning Inc GLW 1.73 0.19 129.99 8.5 7.3 2.85
Sleep Number Corp SNBR 0.16 0.05 28.52 0 0 D0

On a debt-to-ebitda basis Discover and PulteGroup look scary. Discover at least has a more reasonable debt to asset ratio which is reassuring. On tax rates all are compelling except Lear. You would think there’s room for improvement here. Lear, Discover and Corning all have interesting 10-year book value growth rates. Just Discover and Corning have interesting FCF growth rates.

I like this year’s group better. I like PulteGroup least and I like all four of the others a lot. If forced to pick a favorite I’d go with Discover Financial Services.

Disclosure: I/we have no positions in any stocks mentioned, and no plans to initiate any positions within the next 72 hours.

I wrote this article myself, and it expresses my own opinions. I am not receiving compensation for it (other than from Seeking Alpha). I have no business relationship with any company whose stock is mentioned in this article.

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.

Best Forestry Companies To Own For 2016

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

Best Forestry Companies To Own For 2016: Allegheny Technologies Incorporated(ATI)

 

Allegheny Technologies Incorporated produces and sells specialty materials and components worldwide. The company operates through two segments, High Performance Materials and Components; and Flat-Rolled Products. The High Performance Materials and Components segment provides various high performance materials, including titanium and titanium-based alloys; nickel-and cobalt-based alloys and superalloys; zirconium and related alloys, such as hafnium and niobium, advanced powder alloys, and other specialty materials, in long product forms of ingots, billets, bars, rods, wires, shapes and rectangles, and seamless tubes, plus precision forgings, castings, components, and machined parts. This segment serves aerospace and defense, oil and gas, chemical process industry, electrical energy, and medical markets. The Flat-Rolled Products segment offers stainless steel, nickel-based alloys, specialty alloys, and titanium and titanium-base d alloys in various product forms comprising plates, sheets, engineered strips, and precision rolled strip products, as well as grain-oriented electrical steel sheets. This segment serves oil and gas, chemical process industry, electrical energy, automotive, food processing equipment and appliances, construction and mining, electronics, communication equipment and computers, and aerospace and defense markets. The company sells its products through direct sales and independent representatives. Allegheny Technologies Incorporated was founded in 1960 and is headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    Allegheny Technologies Inc. (NYSE: ATI) is the top steel and alloy play from Merrill Lynch. The company is one of the world’s largest producers of specialty metals. Its diverse product mix includes titanium, nickel alloys, precision strip and exotic alloys. Although Allegany produces some commodity items such as stainless steel products, its focus and a significant portion of its profits are generated from innovative, specialty alloys that only a few companies in the world are able to produce. Merrill Lynch has a $20 price target. The Thomson/First Call target is $30. Investors are paid a 2.6% dividend

Best Forestry Companies To Own For 2016: CIENA Corporation(CIEN)

Ciena Corporation provides equipment, software, and service solutions that support the transport, switching, aggregation, and management of voice, video, and data traffic on communications networks worldwide. Its product portfolio consists of packet-optical transport that includes optical transport solutions to increase network capacity and enable delivery of a broader mix of high-bandwidth services; and packet-optical switching, which comprise optical switching platforms incorporating multiservice and multi-protocol switching systems that enable automated optical infrastructures for the delivery of various enterprise and consumer-oriented network services. The company also offers carrier Ethernet solutions, including service delivery switches and service aggregation switches to support the access and aggregation tiers of communications networks, as well as to support wireless backhaul infrastructures and business data services; and software solutions to track individual s ervices across multiple product suites, facilitating planned network maintenance, outage detection, and identification of customers or services affected by network troubles. In addition, Ciena Corporation provides consulting and support services, such as project management, deployment, maintenance support, consulting, and training services, as well as network analysis, planning, design, optimization, and tuning. Its packet-optical transport, packet-optical switching, and carrier Ethernet solutions products are used individually or as part of an integrated solution in communications networks operated by communications service providers, cable operators, governments, enterprises, and other network operators. The company sells its communications networking solutions directly, as well as through strategic channel relationships. Ciena Corporation was founded in 1992 and is headquartered in Linthicum, Maryland.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    Ciena Corp. (NASDAQ: CIEN) is seeing a huge improvement in its U.S and European business from the carriers for its 100G transport, OTN and packet networking portfolio. The Deutsche Bank price target is $27, and the Thomson/First Call estimate is also $27.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Ciena (NASDAQ: CIEN) shares gained 2.02% to create a new 52-week high of $25.82. Ciena shares have jumped 77.37% over the past 52 weeks, while the S&P 500 index has gained 16.18% in the same period.

Hot Media Companies To Buy Right Now: Panera Bread Company(PNRA)

Panera Bread Company, together with its subsidiaries, owns, operates, and franchises retail bakery-cafes in the United States and Canada. Its bakery-cafes offer fresh baked goods, sandwiches, soups, salads, custom roasted coffees, and other complementary products, as well as provide catering services. The company also manufactures and supplies dough and other products to company-owned and franchise-operated bakery-cafes. As of March 29, 2011, it owned and franchised 1,467 bakery-cafes under the Panera Bread, Saint Louis Bread Co., and Paradise Bakery & Cafe names. The company was founded in 1981 and is based in St. Louis, Missouri.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Matt Brownell]

    Michael L Abramson/Getty Images For the next week, Ron Shaich will live well below his means: The Panera Bread (PNRA) CEO embarked on a quest Saturday to spend a week living on food stamps. “As part of Hunger Action Month, I decided to take the SNAP Challenge,” Shaich announced on LinkedIn last week. “For one week, beginning Saturday, September 14, 2013, I will live on just $4.50 a day, the average daily benefit per person provided by the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP; formerly known as Food Stamps).” A number of liberal politicians, including Newark Mayor Cory Booker have taken the SNAP Challenge, publicly documenting their quest to eat on less than $5 a day (the weekly allowance is $31.50). The challenge has become a popular way to see how the other half lives, call attention to hunger issues and protest budget cuts.

  • [By William White]

    Ron Shaich, CEO of Panera Bread (PNRA), will live on a food-stamp budget of $4.50 a day for food for one week.

    Shaich is living on the food-stamp budget as part of the SNAP challenge. SNAP is the system that replaced food stamps. Shaich started the challenge on Saturday and is documenting his challenge on LinkedIn (LNKD). Shaich took his $31.50, the average weekly budget for someone on SNAP, to a grocery store and boughtcereal, pasta, lentils, chickpeas and some vegetables. He noted that it was a barren shopping cart and that he didn’t know if he would be able to sustain himself on the budget. Shiach spent$25.95 on the food he bought that day, which leaves him with $5.55 to buy food with for the rest of the week, reports Daily Finance.

Hot Mid Cap Companies To Own For 2016

Cowen’s Oliver Chen and team cut their rating on Tiffany (TIF) to Market Perform from Outperform, citing “uncontrollable risks,” and stating a preference forSignet Jewelers (SIG). They explain:

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We lower our rating on Tiffany to Market Perform and reduce our price target to $70 (from $75), assuming a lower P/E multiple of ~18x FY16 of $3.78E. We note Tiffany’s valuation does appears inexpensive at a current P/E of ~16x vs. sector avg. of ~17x. While we acknowledge a potential M&A/take-private could be a possibility if Tiffany’s valuation remains depressed, we prefer not to build our thesis on potential M&A interest protecting downside. Instead, we monitor near-term challenges and wait to gain better visibility on positive catalysts for revenue & earnings growth.

Hot Mid Cap Companies To Own For 2016: 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.

Hot Mid Cap Companies To Own 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 Jim Jubak, Senior Markets Editor, MoneyShow.com]

    It’s hard for any company to raise prices in the current non-inflationary environment. But it’s especially hard right now for operators of fast food restaurants, given the intense price competition in a very crowded marketplace. McDonald’s sales growth in recent quarters has been driven by the success of its Dollar Menu, so raising prices in that segment are a big deal for the company. In addition, pushback from franchisees who say they can’t afford to refurbish their stores, given higher charges from McDonald’s hits at one of McDonald’s key advantages in its market—it’s ability to refresh stores more frequently than competitors. A McDonald’s refresh at $600,000 on average, according to the company, costs substantially more than a remodel at Burger King (BKW) at $300,000 or Wendy’s (WEN) at $375,000 for the least expensive version. McDonald’s restaurants average $2.5 million in annual sales.

Top 10 Companies To Watch In Right Now: CarMax Inc(KMX)

CarMax, Inc., through its subsidiaries, operates as a retailer of used vehicles in the United States. It also sells vehicles that do not meet its retail standards to licensed dealers through on-site wholesale auctions, as well as sells new vehicles under franchise agreements. In addition, the company provides customers financing alternatives through its finance operation, CarMax Auto Finance, as well as through its third-party financing providers. Further, it offers a range of other related products and services, including the sale of extended service plans, guaranteed asset protection, and accessories; the appraisal and purchase of vehicles directly from consumers; and vehicle repair services. As of December 21, 2011, the company operated 107 used car superstores in 52 markets. CarMax, Inc. was founded in 1993 and is headquartered in Richmond, Virginia.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul R. La Monica]

    The two companies he’s targeting in this sector are user car dealer CarMax (KMX) and motorcycle king Harley-Davidson (HOG). He said both have been very aggressive.

  • [By Rich Bieglmeier]

    On Tuesday, September 24, CarMax Inc. (KMX) will release sales and earnings for the second quarter ended August 31, 2013 and will host a conference call for investors at 9:00 a.m. ET.

Hot Mid Cap Companies 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.

Hot Mid Cap Companies To Own For 2016: 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 Holdings have soared 24% to $49.99 at 3:23 p.m. today, while Kate Spade (KATE) has risen 1.9% to $18.19, and Coach (COH) has dropped 0.5% to $37.02.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    But in the what-have-you-done-for-me-lately world of the stock market, that was the past, and the present and future, well they don’t look so hot. For the third quarter, the Vera Bradley, which competes against Coach (COH) and Michael Kors (KORS), among others, now expects sales between$128 million to $130 million, below forecasts for about $147 million, and a profit of 30 cents to 35 cents, below forecasts for a 48-cent profit. In 2014, Vera Bradley expects sales of$535 million to $540 million, below forecasts for $575, while its earnings should come in between$1.47 and $1.52, below expectations of $1.72.And did I mention that its margins are expected to decline too?

Hot Mid Cap Companies To Own For 2016: International Business Machines Corporation(IBM)

International Business Machines Corporation (IBM) provides information technology (IT) products and services worldwide. Its Global Technology Services segment provides IT infrastructure and business process services, including strategic outsourcing, process, integrated technology, and maintenance services, as well as technology-based support services. The company?s Global Business Services segment offers consulting and systems integration, and application management services. Its Software segment offers middleware and operating systems software, such as WebSphere software to integrate and manage business processes; information management software for database and enterprise content management, information integration, data warehousing, business analytics and intelligence, performance management, and predictive analytics; Tivoli software for identity management, data security, storage management, and datacenter automation; Lotus software for collaboration, messaging, and so cial networking; rational software to support software development for IT and embedded systems; business intelligence software, which provides querying and forecasting tools; SPSS predictive analytics software to predict outcomes and act on that insight; and operating systems software. Its Systems and Technology segment provides computing and storage solutions, including servers, disk and tape storage systems and software, point-of-sale retail systems, and microelectronics. The company?s Global Financing segment provides lease and loan financing to end users and internal clients; commercial financing to dealers and remarketers of IT products; and remanufacturing and remarketing services. It serves financial services, public, industrial, distribution, communications, and general business sectors. The company was formerly known as Computing-Tabulating-Recording Co. and changed its name to International Business Machines Corporation in 1924. IBM was founded in 1910 and is base d in Armonk, New York.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Abramowicz]

    International Business Machines Corp. (IBM), the largest computer-services provider, sold $1.25 billion of seven-year notes in May at a record low coupon of 1.625 percent. That compares with a 5.7 percent rate on 10-year debt issued in 2007 by the Armonk, New York-based company.

  • [By Jon C. Ogg]

    Visa Inc. (NYSE: V) is about to become the most important DJIA stock of them all, as it is battling International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE: IBM) as the highest stock price in the index. You just need to recall that the DJIA is price weighted, based on a stock’s nominal share price rather than on its market capitalization or economic contribution.