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Top 10 Medical Stocks To Invest In 2019

CEO of Apollo Endosurgery Inc (NASDAQ:APEN) Todd Newton bought 72,727 shares of APEN on 06/20/2018 at an average price of $5.5 a share. The total cost of this purchase was $399,998.

Apollo Endosurgery Inc is a developer of medical devices in the United States. The company’s major focus area is obesity and gastrointestinal diseases. Apollo Endosurgery Inc has a market cap of $113.820 million; its shares were traded at around $6.50 with and P/S ratio of 1.43. Apollo Endosurgery Inc had annual average EBITDA growth of 44.30% over the past five years.

CEO Recent Trades:

CEO Todd Newton bought 72,727 shares of APEN stock on 06/20/2018 at the average price of $5.5. The price of the stock has increased by 18.18% since.

CFO Recent Trades:

CFO, Treasurer, Secretary Stefanie L. Cavanaugh bought 4,545 shares of APEN stock on 06/20/2018 at the average price of $5.5. The price of the stock has increased by 18.18% since.

Directors and Officers Recent Trades:

Director, 10% Owner Matthew S Crawford bought 363,500 shares of APEN stock on 06/20/2018 at the average price of $5.5. The price of the stock has increased by 18.18% since.

For the complete insider trading history of APEN, click here

Top 10 Medical Stocks To Invest In 2019: Sanofi(SNY)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

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  • [By Todd Campbell]

    A population of 741 million people makes Europe a huge market for drugmakers, yet most investors avoid European healthcare stocks in their portfolios. Is that a mistake? It could be, especially when it comes to Sanofi SA (NYSE:SNY), a French biopharma giant that’s trading at a reasonable valuation and offers a market-trouncing dividend yield.

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    If that’s not enough excitement for you, French drug maker Sanofi SA (NYSE:SNY) announced it’s buying Bioverativ (NASDAQ:BIVV) for $11.6 billion. The deal pushed BIVV shares up more than 60% by the closing bell.

  • [By Cory Renauer]

    The ability to pick winners extends beyond MS. In 2017, Biogen spun off its rare bleeding disorder segment into a separate company that Sanofi (NYSE:SNY) acquired for a whopping $11.6 billion in cash earlier this year. Biogen also reported a rare disease drug that launched at the beginning of 2017, called Spinraza, that achieved a $1.5 billion annualized run rate during its fifth quarter since earning an FDA approval.

  • [By Keith Speights]

    Alnylam’s partner, Sanofi (NYSE:SNY), is taking the lead on a phase 3 study of another experimental RNAi therapeutic, fitusiran, in treating hemophilia A and B. Sanofi now has global rights to the drug as a result of a restructuring of the two companies’ rare disease collaboration agreement signed in 2014. Alnylam stands to receive royalties between 15% and 30% of any future sales for fitusiran. 

Top 10 Medical Stocks To Invest In 2019: Williams-Sonoma Inc.(WSM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Garrett Baldwin]

    And with just a few smart plays in today’s classic stock picker’s market, you can pull in triple-digit gains with just a small investment.

    Three Stocks to Watch Today: TGT, LOW, NAVG
    Target Corp. (NYSE: TGT) leads a busy day of earnings reports. The retail giant reported adjusted earnings per share of $1.47, a figure that topped expectations by 7 cents. The company beat revenue expectations, reported stronger same-store sales, and hiked its full-year forecast. Shares of TGT jumped 6.4% before the bell. Home improvement retail might be cooling off as higher interest rates put a dent into new-home sales. This morning, shares of Lowe’s Companies Inc. (NYSE: LOW) dropped 0.7% after the company reported earnings. The firm reported adjusted earnings per share of $2.07, a figure that beat expectations by 5 cents. Despite topping revenue expectations, the firm reported weaker-than-expected same-store sales and slashed its full-year outlook. In deal news, shares of Navigators Group (Nasdaq: NAVG) popped nearly 9%. The firm agreed to be purchased by Hartford Financial Services Group Inc. (NYSE: HIG) for $2.1 billion in cash. Look for additional earnings reports from L Brands Inc. (NYSE: LB), Williams-Sonoma Inc. (NYSE: WSM), Photronics Inc. (Nasdaq: PLAB), and Analog Devices Inc. (Nasdaq: ADI).

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  • [By Leo Sun]

    This move expands Walmart’s home furnishing business into the backyard of specialty home furnishing companies like Williams-Sonoma (NYSE:WSM), which also owns Pottery Barn and West Elm. It also widens Walmart’s moat against Amazon, which is aggressively expanding into private-label products like consumer goods, apparel, and mattresses.

  • [By Leo Sun]

    Shares of Williams-Sonoma (NYSE:WSM) recently rallied to a fresh 52-week high after the retailer’s second quarter numbers topped analyst estimates. 

  • [By Jim Crumly]

    Retail companies are making news with earnings reports this week. Today, Best Buy (NYSE:BBY) and Williams-Sonoma (NYSE:WSM) both announced strong sales gains.

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Comstock Holding Companies, Inc. (NASDAQ: CHCI) shares surged 115.8 percent to $4.3591. Comstock reported conversion of the majority of its unsecured, short-term debt into non-convertible preferred equity.
    Stellar Biotechnologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: SBOT) jumped 38.2 percent to $3.0251 after the company disclosed that it achieved robust viral clearance for its manufacturing process.
    Universal Corporation (NYSE: UVV) surged 26.7 percent to $61.40 after reporting fiscal Q4 results.
    Hudson Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ: HDSN) rose 18.9 percent to $2.58.
    Evolus, Inc. (NASDAQ: EOLS) shares gained 17.8 percent to $22.8009.
    The Cato Corporation (NYSE: CATO) shares gained 17.5 percent to $21.07 after the company posted better-than-expected first-quarter results.
    Tyme Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: TYME) rose 15.9 percent to $3.3613.
    Destination Maternity Corporation (NASDAQ: DEST) shares gained 15.5 percent to $3.35 after the board announced late Wednesday the election of four activist-backed director nominees. Three women and one man comprise the selected group championed by NGM Capital’s Nathan Miller and Kenosis Capital’s Peter O’Malley. Destination Maternity had advocated for another slate of three men and interim CEO Melissa Payner-Gregor. The new directors are Holly Alden, Marla Ryan, Anne-Charlotte Windal and Christopher Morgan.
    AXT, Inc. (NASDAQ: AXTI) rose 15 percent to $7.65.
    nLIGHT, Inc. (NASDAQ: LASR) gained 14.5 percent to $34.27 following Q1 results.
    Achieve Life Sciences, Inc. (NASDAQ: ACHV) rose 14.3 percent to $11.4303.
    Bilibili Inc.. (NASDAQ: BILI) shares climbed 13.9 percent to $14.16 after announcing Q1 results.
    Babcock & Wilcox Enterprises, Inc. (NYSE: BW) gained 13.2 percent to $2.91 after an amended 13D filing from Steel Partners Holdings shows a raised stake in the company from 6.99 million shares to 29.98 million shares, or a 17.8 percent stake.
    HUYA Inc. (NYSE: HUYA) gained 13.1
  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Breaking news

    Best Buy Co., Inc. (NYSE: BBY) reported better-than-expected earnings for its first quarter.
    Sanderson Farms, Inc. (NASDAQ: SAFM) reported weaker-than-expected results for its second quarter.
    Medtronic plc (NYSE: MDT) reported upbeat earnings for its fourth quarter on Thursday.
    Williams-Sonoma, Inc. (NYSE: WSM) reported stronger-than-expected results for its first quarter. The company also raised its FY18 earnings and sales guidance.

Top 10 Medical Stocks To Invest In 2019: ServiceMaster Global Holdings, Inc.(SERV)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Rich Smith]

    ServiceMaster (NYSE:SERV) stock is up a good 15.1% as of 11:35 a.m. EST after the company reported earnings below estimates for fiscal fourth-quarter 2018 but surpassed expectations for revenue.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    ServiceMaster (NYSE:SERV) insider Timothy M. Haynes sold 55,363 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, May 3rd. The shares were sold at an average price of $53.18, for a total transaction of $2,944,204.34. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this link.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Servicemaster Global Holdings Inc (NYSE:SERV) hit a new 52-week high and low during trading on Thursday . The company traded as low as $59.70 and last traded at $59.03, with a volume of 15886 shares trading hands. The stock had previously closed at $59.62.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    ServiceMaster (NYSE:SERV)’s share price reached a new 52-week high and low during trading on Tuesday . The company traded as low as $55.63 and last traded at $54.76, with a volume of 207508 shares traded. The stock had previously closed at $55.35.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Xact Kapitalforvaltning AB raised its stake in Servicemaster Global Holdings Inc (NYSE:SERV) by 33.0% in the 1st quarter, according to its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The institutional investor owned 15,711 shares of the business services provider’s stock after acquiring an additional 3,900 shares during the period. Xact Kapitalforvaltning AB’s holdings in Servicemaster Global were worth $799,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

Top 10 Medical Stocks To Invest In 2019: Farmer Brothers Company(FARM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Farmer Bros Co (NASDAQ:FARM) CEO Michael H. Keown sold 23,333 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, September 10th. The shares were sold at an average price of $28.03, for a total transaction of $654,023.99. Following the completion of the transaction, the chief executive officer now directly owns 68,405 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $1,917,392.15. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this hyperlink.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    BidaskClub upgraded shares of Farmer Brothers (NASDAQ:FARM) from a strong sell rating to a sell rating in a research note released on Friday morning.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Shares of Farmer Brothers (NASDAQ:FARM) reached a new 52-week high and low during mid-day trading on Tuesday . The stock traded as low as $23.60 and last traded at $24.15, with a volume of 728 shares changing hands. The stock had previously closed at $23.70.

  • [By Motley Fool Transcribing]

    Farmer Brothers (NASDAQ:FARM) Q4 2018 Earnings Conference CallSep. 11, 2018 5:00 p.m. ET

    Contents:
    Prepared Remarks Questions and Answers Call Participants
    Prepared Remarks:

    Operator

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Loxo Oncology, Inc. (NASDAQ: LOXO) rose 17.1 percent to $163.30 in pre-market trading as the company disclosed that LOXO-292 Phase 1 trial abstract was selected for 'Best of ASCO'.
    CytomX Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: CTMX) rose 11.5 percent to $27.15 in pre-market trading after the company announced presentations at the 2018 ASCO Annual Meeting.
    Check-Cap Ltd. (NASDAQ: CHEK) rose 12.3 percent to $5.47 in pre-market trading after reporting narrower-than-expected Q1 loss.
    Flotek Industries, Inc. (NYSE: FTK) shares rose 7.1 percent to $3.62 in the pre-market trading session.
    Baozun Inc. (NASDAQ: BZUN) shares rose 5.8 percent to $47.65 in pre-market trading after reporting Q1 results.
    World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: WWE) rose 5.5 percent to $46.00 in pre-market trading.
    Williams Partners L.P. (NYSE: WPZ) rose 5.3 percent to $40.50 in pre-market trading after The Williams Companies, Inc. (NYSE: WMB) announced agreement to acquire all public equity of Williams Partners in a $10.5 billion deal.
    Koss Corporation (NASDAQ: KOSS) shares rose 4.6 percent to $2.72 in pre-market trading after surging 12.55 percent on Wednesday.
    Enphase Energy, Inc. (NASDAQ: ENPH) rose 4.5 percent to $5.85 in pre-market trading after gaining 5.66 percent on Wednesday.
    Farmer Bros. Co. (NASDAQ: FARM) rose 4.1 percent to $27 in pre-market trading after climbing 7.90 percent on Wednesday.
    Kosmos Energy Ltd. (NYSE: KOS) rose 4 percent to $7.70 in pre-market trading.

     

  • [By Trey Thoelcke]

    If Coca-Cola intends to stay focused on coffee for the time being, perhaps Farmer Bros. Co. (NASDAQ: FARM) could be a potential target. This distributor of coffee and other beverage and food products sports a market cap near $500 million.

Top 10 Medical Stocks To Invest In 2019: PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. (PNC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Wesbanco Bank Inc. grew its position in shares of PNC Financial Services Group Inc (NYSE:PNC) by 12.3% in the 1st quarter, according to the company in its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The fund owned 80,250 shares of the financial services provider’s stock after buying an additional 8,777 shares during the quarter. Wesbanco Bank Inc.’s holdings in PNC Financial Services Group were worth $12,137,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

  • [By Shah Gilani]

    It doesn’t matter that other banks like JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM), Bank of America Corp. (NYSE: BAC), and The PNC Financial Services Group Inc. (NYSE: PNC) don’t force-place insurance on their auto loan customers.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    PNC Financial Services Group Inc. (NYSE: PNC) is set to report its third-quarter results before the opening bell on Friday. The analysts’ consensus estimates call for EPS of $2.73 and $4.35 billion in revenue. Shares were changing hands at $138.52 on Friday’s close. The consensus price target is $158.91, and the stock has a 52-week range of $130.46 to $163.59.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The S&P 500 stock posting the largest daily percentage loss ahead of the close Friday was The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. (NYSE: PNC) which traded down about 4% at $145.63. The stock’s 52-week range is $115.45 to $163.59. Volume was over 4 million compared to the daily average volume of 2.3 million.

  • [By Garrett Baldwin]

    Earnings season will kick into high gear today with the release of multiple reports from three of the nation’s top financial institutions. JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM), Wells Fargo & Co. (NYSE: WFC), and Citigroup Inc. (NYSE: C) will all be in the spotlight today. U.S. President Donald Trump could be shaking up trade policy. However, it isn’t NAFTA or tariffs with China that are headlining the story. According to reports, Trump has requested his advisors explore American reentry into the Transpacific Partnership (TPP). President Trump pulled the United States out of TPP shortly following his inauguration. The recommendation comes after lawmakers from ag-producing states discussed the impact of leaving the deal with the administration. The decision to reenter the TPP would be very valuable to states that produce the bulk of U.S. wheat given that it would allow exporters to avoid tariffs of $65 per tonne to Japan, which is the largest export market for American wheat. Leading nations of the pact, such as Japan and Australia, reacted coolly to the president’s pivot but did not rule out the possibility of American reentry. Facebook Inc. (Nasdaq: FB) is still in focus across the financial world. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg appeared before Congress two times this week to address his firm’s ongoing data scandal involving consulting firm Cambridge Analytica. Congress’ failure to understand how the Internet works and Facebook’s business model was on full display, but Zuckerberg was able to maintain his composure as he answered questions over the two-day period.
    Stocks to Watch Today: JPM, WFC, C
    Shares of JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM) are in focus as the bank prepares to report Q1 earnings before the bell. JPM stock added 1.1% despite falling short of profit expectations. Wall Street anticipated that the firm would report earnings per share (EPS) of $2.28 on top of $27.53 billion in revenue. The firm reported EPS of $2.26; however, it reported

Top 10 Medical Stocks To Invest In 2019: La-Z-Boy Incorporated(LZB)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Garrett Baldwin]

    According to Money Morning Capital Wave Strategist Shah Gilani, we shouldn’t be surprised. Here’s what you need to know to stay out ahead of the next major crash.

    Three Stocks to Watch Today: ORCL, FDX, GME
    Oracle Corp. (NYSE: ORCL) will lead a slim roster of earnings reports on Tuesday. Wall Street anticipates that the cloud computing giant will report earnings per share (EPS) of $0.94 on top of $11.20 billion in revenue. FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) will report earnings after the bell. Wall Street anticipates that the shipping giant will report EPS of $5.71 on top of $17.19 billion in revenue. But forget the earnings report. As we noted this week, a major standoff is about to push FDX stock through the roof. Learn more about this huge profit potential. Shares of GameStop Corp. (NYSE: GME) will look to continue their momentum thanks to buyout interest. Multiple media outlets report that private equity companies are exploring potential deals that would take the video game retailer private in the near future. Shares of the Texas-based firm gained nearly 9% yesterday. According to Reuters, Sycamore Partners is one of the firms interested in a potential takeover. Look for an additional earnings report from La-Z-Boy Inc. (NYSE: LZB). The average analyst projection calls for EPS of $0.64 on top of $426.75 million in revenue.

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  • [By Steve Symington]

    Shares of La-Z-Boy Incorporated (NYSE:LZB) were up 12.6% as of 1:30 p.m. EDT on Wednesday after the furniture producer announced strong fiscal first-quarter 2019 results.

  • [By Garrett Baldwin]

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    Stocks to Watch Today: HSBC, NAVI, LUV
    Shares of HSBC Holdings Plc. (NYSE: HSBC) fell more than 2% in pre-market hours. The slide came after the bank announced that it anticipated “a weaker global economic outlook.” The bank also issued a warning about the upcoming Brexit and said that many of its customers in the United Kingdom are “understandably cautious about the immediate future.” The firm also issued a weaker earnings report than expected. The company to watch today is Navient Corp. (NASDAQ: NAVI), which is the largest student loan servicer in the country. Sallie Mae spun off the company in 2013. It has 12 million customers and services about $300 billion in loans. While no one likes student loans, a few key metrics show this stock is a raging buy right now. Here’s what you need to know to get your trading week started. Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE: LUV) is under scrutiny from the Federal Aviation Administration. According to reports, a probe is underway on whether the company has failed to calculate checked baggage loads on flights correctly. The Wall Street Journal reports that several planes carried 1,000 pounds of cargo more than what was listed on flight paperwork. Look for earnings reports from Advance Auto Parts Inc. (NYSE: AAP), Ecolab Inc. (NYSE: ECL), La-Z-Boy Inc. (NYSE: LZB), LendingClub Corp. (NYSE: LC), and Texas Roadhouse Inc. (NASDAQ: TXRH).

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Top 10 Medical Stocks To Invest In 2019: Dupont Fabros Technology, Inc.(DFT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    DigiFinexToken (CURRENCY:DFT) traded 0.6% lower against the U.S. dollar during the twenty-four hour period ending at 19:00 PM Eastern on March 8th. One DigiFinexToken token can currently be purchased for about $0.17 or 0.00004327 BTC on exchanges. During the last week, DigiFinexToken has traded 12.7% higher against the U.S. dollar. DigiFinexToken has a total market capitalization of $0.00 and $984,872.00 worth of DigiFinexToken was traded on exchanges in the last 24 hours.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    DigiFinexToken (CURRENCY:DFT) traded down 9.8% against the dollar during the 1-day period ending at 0:00 AM Eastern on September 19th. One DigiFinexToken token can now be purchased for about $0.20 or 0.00003197 BTC on cryptocurrency exchanges. During the last seven days, DigiFinexToken has traded 30.7% lower against the dollar. DigiFinexToken has a market cap of $0.00 and $858,232.00 worth of DigiFinexToken was traded on exchanges in the last day.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    DraftCoin (CURRENCY:DFT) traded up 4.5% against the US dollar during the 24-hour period ending at 20:00 PM E.T. on September 1st. DraftCoin has a total market capitalization of $623,381.00 and approximately $26,777.00 worth of DraftCoin was traded on exchanges in the last day. One DraftCoin coin can now be bought for $0.0779 or 0.00001084 BTC on major cryptocurrency exchanges including CoinExchange and YoBit. Over the last week, DraftCoin has traded 3.1% lower against the US dollar.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    DraftCoin (CURRENCY:DFT) traded 1.5% lower against the U.S. dollar during the 1 day period ending at 9:00 AM Eastern on October 9th. During the last seven days, DraftCoin has traded 0.7% lower against the U.S. dollar. DraftCoin has a total market cap of $185,310.00 and approximately $3,088.00 worth of DraftCoin was traded on exchanges in the last 24 hours. One DraftCoin coin can now be bought for about $0.0231 or 0.00000351 BTC on exchanges including CoinExchange, YoBit and Coindeal.

Top 10 Medical Stocks To Invest In 2019: B2Gold Corp(BTG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

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  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    CIBC World Markets Inc. reduced its holdings in B2Gold Corp. (NYSEAMERICAN:BTG) (TSE:BTO) by 10.2% during the 1st quarter, according to its most recent disclosure with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The firm owned 572,525 shares of the basic materials company’s stock after selling 64,714 shares during the period. CIBC World Markets Inc. owned approximately 0.06% of B2Gold worth $1,563,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    A number of research firms have changed their ratings and price targets for BTG (LON: BTG):

    9/7/2018 – BTG had its “buy” rating reaffirmed by analysts at Numis Securities Ltd. 9/7/2018 – BTG had its “buy” rating reaffirmed by analysts at Shore Capital. 9/4/2018 – BTG had its “hold” rating reaffirmed by analysts at Peel Hunt. 9/4/2018 – BTG had its “hold” rating reaffirmed by analysts at Deutsche Bank AG. They now have a GBX 645 ($8.40) price target on the stock. 8/21/2018 – BTG had its “neutral” rating reaffirmed by analysts at JPMorgan Chase & Co.. They now have a GBX 650 ($8.47) price target on the stock. 8/9/2018 – BTG had its “hold” rating reaffirmed by analysts at Peel Hunt. They now have a GBX 640 ($8.34) price target on the stock. 8/9/2018 – BTG had its “buy” rating reaffirmed by analysts at Shore Capital. 8/1/2018 – BTG had its “hold” rating reaffirmed by analysts at Peel Hunt. 7/19/2018 – BTG had its “hold” rating reaffirmed by analysts at Deutsche Bank AG.

    Shares of BTG stock opened at GBX 558.50 ($7.27) on Monday. BTG plc has a one year low of GBX 559.82 ($7.29) and a one year high of GBX 784 ($10.21).

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    B2Gold Corp. (TSE:BTO) (NYSE:BTG) – Research analysts at National Bank Financial issued their Q3 2018 earnings per share estimates for shares of B2Gold in a report released on Wednesday, August 15th. National Bank Financial analyst D. Demarco anticipates that the company will post earnings per share of $0.05 for the quarter. National Bank Financial currently has a “Outperform” rating and a $6.50 target price on the stock. National Bank Financial also issued estimates for B2Gold’s FY2020 earnings at $0.30 EPS.

Top 10 Medical Stocks To Invest In 2019: Bank of the Ozarks(OZRK)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company lessened its stake in shares of Bank Of The Ozarks Inc (NASDAQ:OZRK) by 3.2% in the first quarter, HoldingsChannel.com reports. The firm owned 196,473 shares of the financial services provider’s stock after selling 6,499 shares during the quarter. The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company’s holdings in Bank Of The Ozarks were worth $9,484,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

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  • [By Stephen Mack]

    Bank of the Ozarks Inc. (Nasdaq: OZRK) began in 1903 with a community bank in Jasper, Ark. Now headquartered in Little Rock, the company operates more than 255 locations in the southeast, as well as in California, Texas, and New York.

  • [By Motley Fool Staff]

    Bank of the Ozarks (NASDAQ: OZRK)Q2 2018 Bank Of The Ozarks Earnings CallJul. 12, 2018, 3:00 pm ET

    Contents:
    Prepared Remarks Questions and Answers Call Participants
    Prepared Remarks:

    Operator

Top 10 Medical Stocks To Invest In 2019: Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories Ltd(RDY)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Keith Speights]

    The third reason behind Celgene’s low valuation is a potential threat to the biotech’s top drug Revlimid. Celgene is fighting a patent challenge over Revlimid from Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories (NYSE:RDY). The hematology drug currently generates 63% of Celgene’s total revenue. 

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Dr.Reddy’s Laboratories (NYSE:RDY) was upgraded by analysts at ValuEngine from a sell rating to a hold rating.

    Regenxbio (NASDAQ:RGNX) was upgraded by analysts at ValuEngine from a buy rating to a strong-buy rating.

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

     

  • [By Keith Speights]

    Investors’ biggest worry about Celgene is that it might not have as much time as hoped to replace the revenue that Revlimid generates: Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories (NYSE:RDY) is challenging Celgene’s patents for Revlimid.

Top Performing Stocks To Watch Right Now

In a bid to gain further momentum in the kids and students section, Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) has unveiled Prime Book Box. Notably, this is a subscription service which is currently available to the U.S. Prime members.

The service offers a box of children story books selected by the company’s editors and comes with subscription plans ranging from one, two and three months. Moreover, it provides the flexibility of skipping a box anytime.

With the recent launch, the company strives to serve the purpose of “love for reading” for the children till the age of 12 years.

The latest move is in sync with Amazon’s aggressive stance in retail.  Notably, the company has already disrupted the retail sector with its robust Prime and vast e-commerce platform.

Coming to the price performance, shares of Amazon have returned 65.3% on a year-to-date basis, outperforming the industry’s rally of 33%.

Top Performing Stocks To Watch Right Now: AeroCentury Corp.(ACY)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    TheStreet downgraded shares of AeroCentury (NYSEAMERICAN:ACY) from a b rating to a c rating in a report issued on Wednesday morning.

    Separately, Zacks Investment Research raised shares of AeroCentury from a sell rating to a hold rating in a research note on Monday, February 12th.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    AeroCentury (NYSEAMERICAN:ACY) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a sell rating to a hold rating. According to Zacks, “AeroCentury Corp. was formed to acquire JetFleet Aircraft, L.P. and JetFleet Aircraft II, L.P., in a statutory merger. The company is an operating lessor and finance company which specializes in leasing used turboprop aircraft and engines. The company’s aircraft and engines are on lease to regional airlines and commercial users in the U.S., Canada, the U.K., South America and Europe. (PRESS RELEASE) “

Top Performing Stocks To Watch Right Now: Roper Technologies, Inc.(ROP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Motley Fool Staff]

    Roper Technologies (NYSE:ROP) Q1 2018 Earnings Conference CallApril 20, 2018 8:30 a.m. ET

    Contents:
    Prepared Remarks Questions and Answers Call Participants
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  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Teacher Retirement System of Texas lifted its position in Roper Technologies Inc (NYSE:ROP) by 57.1% in the 2nd quarter, HoldingsChannel reports. The institutional investor owned 61,777 shares of the industrial products company’s stock after buying an additional 22,444 shares during the quarter. Teacher Retirement System of Texas’ holdings in Roper Technologies were worth $17,045,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

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Top Performing Stocks To Watch Right Now: Abengoa Yield plc(ABY)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    ArtByte (CURRENCY:ABY) traded up 10.8% against the dollar during the 1-day period ending at 20:00 PM ET on June 14th. ArtByte has a market capitalization of $3.84 million and approximately $13,004.00 worth of ArtByte was traded on exchanges in the last 24 hours. One ArtByte coin can currently be purchased for $0.0048 or 0.00000073 BTC on popular cryptocurrency exchanges including Bittrex, Cryptopia and LiteBit.eu. Over the last week, ArtByte has traded 16.9% lower against the dollar.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    ArtByte (ABY) is a proof-of-work (PoW) coin that uses the Scrypt hashing algorithm. It was first traded on May 1st, 2014. ArtByte’s total supply is 792,537,250 coins. ArtByte’s official website is www.artbyte.me. ArtByte’s official Twitter account is @artbyteme and its Facebook page is accessible here. The Reddit community for ArtByte is /r/ArtByte and the currency’s Github account can be viewed here.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    ArtByte (CURRENCY:ABY) traded down 8% against the dollar during the 1 day period ending at 17:00 PM Eastern on September 6th. During the last week, ArtByte has traded 11.3% higher against the dollar. One ArtByte coin can currently be purchased for about $0.0029 or 0.00000045 BTC on popular cryptocurrency exchanges including LiteBit.eu, Bittrex and Cryptopia. ArtByte has a total market cap of $2.31 million and approximately $4,225.00 worth of ArtByte was traded on exchanges in the last day.

Top Performing Stocks To Watch Right Now: Union Pacific Corporation(UNP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin] Companies Reporting Before The Bell
    General Motors Company (NYSE: GM) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $1.24 per share on revenue of $34.66 billion.
    Bristol-Myers Squibb Company (NYSE: BMY) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $0.85 per share on revenue of $5.24 billion.
    United Parcel Service, Inc. (NYSE: UPS) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $1.55 per share on revenue of $16.44 billion.
    Time Warner Inc. (NYSE: TWX) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $1.74 per share on revenue of $7.91 billion.
    ConocoPhillips (NYSE: COP) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.74 per share on revenue of $8.81 billion.
    PepsiCo, Inc. (NYSE: PEP) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.93 per share on revenue of $12.4 billion.
    American Airlines Group Inc. (NASDAQ: AAL) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $0.72 per share on revenue of $10.42 billion.
    Southwest Airlines Co (NYSE: LUV) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.74 per share on revenue of $5.01 billion.
    Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. (NYSE: FCAU) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $0.8 per share on revenue of $34.52 billion.
    Union Pacific Corporation (NYSE: UNP) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $1.66 per share on revenue of $5.38 billion.
    D.R. Horton, Inc. (NYSE: DHI) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.85 per share on revenue of $3.76 billion.
    The Hershey Company (NYSE: HSY) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $1.4 per share on revenue of $1.94 billion.
    Praxair, Inc. (NYSE: PX) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $1.56 per share on revenue of $2.94 billion.
    Altria Group, Inc. (NYSE: MO) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.92 per share on revenue of $4.63 billion.
    Shire plc (NASDAQ: SHPG) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $3.54 per share on revenue of $3.72 billion.
    Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE: OSK) is projected to report quarter
  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Gemmer Asset Management LLC increased its stake in shares of Union Pacific Co. (NYSE:UNP) by 200.0% during the 3rd quarter, according to its most recent filing with the SEC. The institutional investor owned 1,950 shares of the railroad operator’s stock after acquiring an additional 1,300 shares during the period. Gemmer Asset Management LLC’s holdings in Union Pacific were worth $318,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Flagship Harbor Advisors LLC acquired a new position in Union Pacific Co. (NYSE:UNP) during the second quarter, according to the company in its most recent 13F filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The institutional investor acquired 1,821 shares of the railroad operator’s stock, valued at approximately $258,000.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Nomura Asset Management Co. Ltd. increased its stake in Union Pacific Co. (NYSE:UNP) by 5.7% in the second quarter, HoldingsChannel reports. The institutional investor owned 189,656 shares of the railroad operator’s stock after acquiring an additional 10,194 shares during the period. Nomura Asset Management Co. Ltd.’s holdings in Union Pacific were worth $26,870,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Traders sold shares of Union Pacific Co. (NYSE:UNP) on strength during trading on Friday. $66.23 million flowed into the stock on the tick-up and $145.73 million flowed out of the stock on the tick-down, for a money net flow of $79.50 million out of the stock. Of all equities tracked, Union Pacific had the 27th highest net out-flow for the day. Union Pacific traded up $0.97 for the day and closed at $141.68

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    KCS Wealth Advisory grew its holdings in Union Pacific Co. (NYSE:UNP) by 12.8% during the first quarter, according to its most recent 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The firm owned 3,729 shares of the railroad operator’s stock after purchasing an additional 422 shares during the quarter. KCS Wealth Advisory’s holdings in Union Pacific were worth $501,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

Top Performing Stocks To Watch Right Now: Microvision Inc.(MVIS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

    IMPINJ (NASDAQ: PI) and MicroVision (NASDAQ:MVIS) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, profitability, risk, valuation, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations and earnings.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Get a free copy of the Zacks research report on Microvision (MVIS)

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  • [By Ethan Ryder]

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Top Performing Stocks To Watch Right Now: Dupont Fabros Technology, Inc.(DFT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    DigiFinexToken (CURRENCY:DFT) traded down 9.8% against the dollar during the 1-day period ending at 0:00 AM Eastern on September 19th. One DigiFinexToken token can now be purchased for about $0.20 or 0.00003197 BTC on cryptocurrency exchanges. During the last seven days, DigiFinexToken has traded 30.7% lower against the dollar. DigiFinexToken has a market cap of $0.00 and $858,232.00 worth of DigiFinexToken was traded on exchanges in the last day.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    DraftCoin (CURRENCY:DFT) traded up 4.5% against the US dollar during the 24-hour period ending at 20:00 PM E.T. on September 1st. DraftCoin has a total market capitalization of $623,381.00 and approximately $26,777.00 worth of DraftCoin was traded on exchanges in the last day. One DraftCoin coin can now be bought for $0.0779 or 0.00001084 BTC on major cryptocurrency exchanges including CoinExchange and YoBit. Over the last week, DraftCoin has traded 3.1% lower against the US dollar.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    DraftCoin (CURRENCY:DFT) traded 1.5% lower against the U.S. dollar during the 1 day period ending at 9:00 AM Eastern on October 9th. During the last seven days, DraftCoin has traded 0.7% lower against the U.S. dollar. DraftCoin has a total market cap of $185,310.00 and approximately $3,088.00 worth of DraftCoin was traded on exchanges in the last 24 hours. One DraftCoin coin can now be bought for about $0.0231 or 0.00000351 BTC on exchanges including CoinExchange, YoBit and Coindeal.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    DigiFinexToken (CURRENCY:DFT) traded 0.6% lower against the U.S. dollar during the twenty-four hour period ending at 19:00 PM Eastern on March 8th. One DigiFinexToken token can currently be purchased for about $0.17 or 0.00004327 BTC on exchanges. During the last week, DigiFinexToken has traded 12.7% higher against the U.S. dollar. DigiFinexToken has a total market capitalization of $0.00 and $984,872.00 worth of DigiFinexToken was traded on exchanges in the last 24 hours.

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February28, 2017: Markets opened lower again Tuesday but neither the Nasdaq Composite nor the S&P 500 index could climb out of the slough of despond. The blue chips did rise into positive territory briefly, but couldn’t hold onto the gains. Among the 11 S&P sectors, only utilities and consumer staples traded above the breakeven line while the losers were consumer discretionary sotcks and materials. WTI crude oil for April delivery settled at $54.01 a barrel, down 4 cents on the day, but up about 2.3% in the month of February. April gold dropped 0.4% on the day to settle at $1,253.90, but posted a gain of about 3.5% for the month. Equities were headed for a lower close shortly before the bell as the DJIA traded down 0.18% for the day, the S&P 500 traded down 0.35%, and the Nasdaq Composite traded down 0.70%.

The DJIA stock posting the largest daily percentage loss ahead of the close Tuesday was Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (NYSE: WMT) which traded down 1.58% at $70.61. The stock’s 52-week range is $62.72 to $75.19. Volume was about 30% above the daily average of around 9 million shares. The company had no specific news, but the carnage following Target’s earnings report this morning was not localized to just Target’s stock.

Hot Blue Chip Stocks To Invest In 2018: Avid Technology Inc.(AVID)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Avid Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: AVID) shares were also up, gaining 24 percent to $5.01 following Q3 results. Avid Technology reported Q3 earnings of $0.00 per share on revenue of $105.26 million.

  • [By Anders Bylund]

    Shares of Avid Technology(NASDAQ:AVID) rose 20.3% in April 2017, according to data from S&P Global Market Intelligence.

    So what

    Last month’s share price surge rested on Avid’s release of a coherent cloud-based media production suite. The new version of Avid’s MediaCentral platform takes advantage of the cloud, central storage, and back-end data processing in a way older versions never attempted, modernizing the media production tool in a big way.

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Avid Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: AVID) is estimated to post its quarterly earnings at $0.36 per share on revenue of $144.02 million.

    Consolidated Water Co. Ltd. (NASDAQ: CWCO) is expected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.11 per share on revenue of $15.15 million.

Hot Blue Chip Stocks To Invest In 2018: TransUnion(TRU)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    AGM Group Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: AGMH) shares climbed 30.3 percent to $11.05 after climbing 34.60 percent on Thursday.
    Limelight Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: LLNW) jumped 21.2 percent to $4.9699 following a first-quarter earnings beat. The company also raised its fiscal 2018 estimates.
    Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) shares climbed 18.8 percent to $7.89 after reporting strong Q1 earnings.
    Farmers Capital Bank Corp (NASDAQ: FFKT) gained 15.4 percent to $48.75. WesBanco Inc (NASDAQ: WSBC) announced an agreement and plan of merger with Farmers Capital Bank Corporation.
    TransUnion (NYSE: TRU) climbed 10.2 percent to $66.76 after the company posted upbeat Q1 results and issued a strong forecast for the second quarter. TransUnion announced plans to acquire Callcredit.
    Myomo, Inc. (NYSE: MYO) shares gained 9.2 percent to $3.9299 after rising 8.11 percent on Thursday.
    Pinnacle Foods Inc (NYSE: PF) gained 8.8 percent to $60.04 after a 13-D filing from Jana Partners showed an increased stake in the comapny, from 1.42 million shares at the end of last quarter to 10.83 million shares, or a 9.3-percent stake.
    Associated Banc-Corp (NYSE: ASB) shares climbed 8.8 percent to $26.70 following upbeat Q1 earnings.
    OFG Bancorp (NYSE: OFG) gained 8.5 percent to $12.80 after reporting Q1 results.
    Cleveland-Cliffs Inc. (NYSE: CLF) climbed 7.5 percent to $7.73 following Q1 results.
    Seaspan Corporation (NYSE: SSW) shares climbed 6.7 percent to $7.50. Deutsche Bank upgraded Seaspan from Hold to Buy.
    General Electric Company (NYSE: GE) shares rose 4.6 percent to $14.63 after the company reported better-than-expected earnings for its first quarter.
    Ionis Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: IONS) rose 4.3 percent to $47.80. Biogen and Ionis have expanded their strategic collaboration to develop drug candidates for a broad range of neurological diseases.

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  • [By JJ Kinahan]

    Ready To Shop? A highlight this coming week is Black Friday, and recent data hint that shoppers might be ready. A record 195.9 million consumers now have access to revolving credit such as bank-issued and private label credit cards, TransUnion (NYSE: TRU) said in a recent press release. This is the highest level of revolving credit access since TRU began measuring the variable and is greater than the 192.6 million consumers who had access to such credit products in Q3 2016. “The third quarter of 2017 exhibited a lending market that continued to operate in a stable manner, with consumers continuing to gain access to credit and take advantage of that access,” said Ezra Becker, senior vice president and head of research and consulting for TransUnion, in the press release. “However, we are beginning to see a slowdown in originations, which may be a signal of saturation in the lower-risk credit tiers and some pull-back in lender risk appetite in the higher-risk tiers.” Still, Becker predicted a “robust holiday shopping season.”

Hot Blue Chip Stocks To Invest In 2018: Bank of the Ozarks(OZRK)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Bank Of The Ozarks Inc (NASDAQ: OZRK) reported better-than-expected earnings for its second quarter on Monday.

    Bank of the Ozarks disclosed net income of $54.5 million for the second quarter compared to $44.8 million representing an increase of 21.7 percent. On a per share basis, earnings grew 17.6 percent to $0.60 from $0.51 in the year-ago quarter. This was higher by a penny from the Street analysts' expectations.

  • [By Stephen Mack]

    Bank of the Ozarks Inc. (Nasdaq: OZRK) began in 1903 with a community bank in Jasper, Ark. Now headquartered in Little Rock, the company operates more than 255 locations in the southeast, as well as in California, Texas, and New York.

Hot Blue Chip Stocks To Invest In 2018: Achillion Pharmaceuticals Inc.(ACHN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    We updated our annual U.S. Hep C survey in early July, in order to gauge the future for Gilead, AbbVie/Enanta Pharmaceuticals (ENTA), Merck, and J&J/Achillion Pharmaceuticals (ACHN). In conjunction with script trends, physicians indicate that the market for treatment-eligible, easily accessible Hep C patients is shrinking, but that Gilead’s share of the shrinking pie is continuing to grow. With no end to script declines in sight, we are left wondering where the Hep C will bottom…

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Achillion Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ: ACHN) dropped about 6.9% Friday to post a new 52-week low of $2.69 after closing at $2.89 on Thursday. The 52-week high is $5.66. Volume was around 6.2 million, more than three times the daily average of around 1.9 million. The company had no specific news.

Hot Blue Chip Stocks To Invest In 2018: Mead Johnson Nutrition Company(MJN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    The group agreed to sell its food business to McCormick & Company Inc. (MKC)  last week for $4.2 billion. Reckitt said it would use the sale proceeds to reduce debt, which grew by $21 billion through a pair of financing transactions in March led by Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Deutsche Bank and HSBC in order to fund its $18 billion acquisition of infant nutrition group Mead Johnson (MJN) earlier this year.

  • [By Michael Flannelly]

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

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

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

Hot Blue Chip Stocks To Invest In 2018: Dupont Fabros Technology, Inc.(DFT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    DuPont Fabros Technology, Inc. (NYSE: DFT) shares shot up 10 percent to $61.07. Digital Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE: DLR) announced plans to merge with DuPont Fabros.

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Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Dupont Fabros Technology, Inc.(DFT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    DuPont Fabros Technology, Inc. (NYSE: DFT) shares shot up 10 percent to $61.07. Digital Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE: DLR) announced plans to merge with DuPont Fabros.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Tofutti Brands Inc.(TOF)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart for Dean Foods Co shows a decent long term return as small caps Lifeway Foods, Inc (NASDAQ: LWAY) and non-dairy desert stock Tofutti Brands Inc (NYSEMKT: TOF) have come up even for investors while mid cap dairy and organics stock WhiteWave Foods Co (NYSE: WWAV) has been an outperformer (Note: Wehad WhiteWave Foods Coin our SmallCap Network Elite Opportunity (SCN EO) portfolio back in October 2014 when our SCN EO newslettersaid that the stock could be an excellent acquisition candidate for a competing mega cap food producer to acquire):

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart for Dean Foods Co shows a positive but not spectacular long term return as small cap Lifeway Foods, Inc (NASDAQ: LWAY) has been more volatile and non-dairy desert stock Tofutti Brands Inc (NYSEMKT: TOF) has given a moderately positive performance:

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Inogen, Inc(INGN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Michael A. Robinson]

    I put these rules in action for you in March 2015 when I recommendedInogen Inc.(Nasdaq: INGN)here in these pages.

    Inogen is pioneering the use of portable oxygen concentrators (POCs). And theGoleta, Calif.-based firm boasts breakthrough technology that has disrupted its entire sector.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Invest In Right Now: (SHF)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Money Morning Staff Reports]

    In March 2012, Schiff Nutrition International Inc. (NYSE: SHF) acquired the company for $150 million in cash.

    The product is still on the market today, found at most local drug stores. It is advertised now, however, as a nutritional supplement that does not, if taken alone, ward off viruses.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Minerva Neurosciences, Inc(NERV)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Minerva Neurosciences Inc (NASDAQ: NERV) shares shot up 194 percent to $10.39 after the company revealed positive top line results from a prospective Phase IIb, 12-week, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled parallel clinical study evaluating the efficacy, safety and tolerability of MIN-101 in patients with negative symptoms of schizophrenia.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Invest In Right Now: iShares Core S&P Mid-Cap (IJH)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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    These are the top 5 holdings of Lubar & Co., IncEnLink Midstream LLC (ENLC) – 1,882,007 shares, 37.97% of the total portfolio. Shares added by 0.40%Hallador Energy Co (HNRG) – 2,788,685 shares, 23.23% of the total portfolio. Vanguard Value ETF – DNQ (VTV) – 77,126 shares, 7.65% of the total portfolio. iShares Core S&P Mid-Cap (IJH) – 38,400 shares, 6.84% of the total portfolio. New PositionVanguard Mid-Cap Value ETF – DNQ (VOE) – 61,550 shares, 6.52% of the tota

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Invest In Right Now: TAL International Group Inc.(TAL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Craig Jones]

    Instead of buying TAL Education Group (ADR) (NYSE: TAL), Cramer would buy Alibaba Group Holding Ltd (NYSE: BABA).

    Cramer thinks Burlington Stores Inc (NYSE: BURL) is going to have a good quarter, because Ross Stores, Inc. (NASDAQ: ROST) posted a good one, and they have similar business models.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Invest In Right Now: EQT Corporation(EQT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The S&P 500 stock posting the largest daily percentage loss ahead of the close Thursday was EQT Corp. (NYSE: EQT) which traded down over 5% at $49.72. The stocks 52-week range is $43.70 to $67.84. Volume was 7.6 million compared to the daily average volume of nearly 4 million.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    EQT Corp. (NYSE: EQT) is rated Hold and the price target was lowered to $69. The 2017 EPS estimate was also lowered, from $1.54 to $0.68, and the 2018 estimate was raised from $1.26 to $1.65. Shares closed at $59.29 on Friday, in a 52-week range of $56.38 to $80.61. The consensus 12-month price target is $83.00.

  • [By elliottwave]

    EQT Corporation (NYSE: EQT) failed to make new highs and it’s now doing a double three correction from June 2016 peak which already reached the extreme area at $85.17 with enough number of swings to end that cycle. However in the short term, the stock can still extend toward the equal legs area $50.67 from December 2016 peak before buyers show up to resume the rally or bounce in 3 waves at least while holding above $47.10 low

    Exxon Mobil Corporation (NYSE: XOM) is still correcting an older cycle from August 2015 doing a flat structure from July 2016 peak and currently at the last leg of wave (C) that could ideally reach the equal legs area $79.88 – $76.72 before the stock start bouncing in 3 waves at least. The flat structure is tricky because it can always extend but XOM needs to hold above $66.55 to continue its multi-year bullish trend.

    Recap :

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The S&P 500 stock posting the largest daily percentage loss ahead of the close Monday was EQT Corp. (NYSE: EQT) which traded down about 9% at $53.50. The stocks 52-week range is $52.67 to $80.61. Volume was over 21.5 million versus the daily average of 2.2 million shares.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The stock posting the largest daily percentage gain in the S&P 500 ahead of the close Thursday was EQT Corp. (NYSE: EQT) which rose about 10% to $53.35. The stocks 52-week range is $43.70 to $67.84. Volume was nearly 11 million compared to the daily average volume of 3.6 million.

  • [By Elizabeth Balboa]

    Traders circulated chatter that activist firm Jana Partners took a 5-percent stake in EQT Corporation (NYSE: EQT) with the intention of tanking its pending, $6.7 billion purchase of Rice Energy Inc (NYSE: RICE).

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Care.com, Inc.(CRCM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Care.com Inc (NYSE: CRCM) got a boost, shooting up 16 percent to $11.01 after the company reported upbeat quarterly results.

    MaxPoint Interactive Inc (NASDAQ: MXPT) shares were also up, gaining 19 percent to $5.44. MaxPoint Interactive reported Q4 earnings of $0.59 per share on revenue of $46.3 million.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Athene Holding Ltd. (ATH)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Breaking news

    Edwards Lifesciences Corp (NYSE: EW) announced plans to buy Valtech Cardio for $340 million in cash and stock. The company also announced a $1 billion buyback plan.
    Epizyme Inc (NASDAQ: EPZM) disclosed that it has received Fast Track designation for tazemetostat.
    Athene Holding Ltd. (NYSE: ATH) reported that it has priced its 23.8 million share IPO between $38 per share and $42 per share.
    Lannett Company, Inc. (NYSE: LCI) reported the approval for its Metaxalone Tablets USP, 800 mg.

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Community West Bancshares (NASDAQ:CWBC) files its latest 10-K with SEC for the fiscal year ended on December 31, 2017. Community West Bancshares is a bank holding company in the United States. It earns revenue through the interest income derived from the provision of lending products. Community West Bancshares has a market cap of $92.170 million; its shares were traded at around $11.25 with a P/E ratio of 19.75 and P/S ratio of 2.77. The dividend yield of Community West Bancshares stocks is 1.42%.

For the last quarter Community West Bancshares reported a revenue of $9.37 million, compared with the revenue of $8.30 million during the same period a year ago. For the latest fiscal year the company reported a revenue of $35.6 million, an increase of 13.6% from last year. For the last five years Community West Bancshares had an average revenue growth rate of 4.5% a year.

The reported diluted earnings per share was 57 cents for the year, a decline of 8.1% from the previous year. Over the last five years Community West Bancshares had an EPS growth rate of 2.2% a year. The Community West Bancshares enjoyed an operating margin of 29.38%, compared with the operating margin of 28.21% a year before. The 10-year historical median operating margin of Community West Bancshares is 13.69%. The profitability rank of the company is 3 (out of 10).

Best Bank Stocks To Invest In 2018: Qualstar Corporation(QBAK)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    On Thursday, our Under the Radar Moversnewsletter suggestedpreemptively shorting small cap data storage systems stockQualstar Corporation (NASDAQ: QBAK):

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    On Tuesday, our Under the Radar Moversnewsletter suggestedshorting small cap data storage systems stock Qualstar Corporation (NASDAQ: QBAK):

    Quelstar is essentially a mirror image of Pixelworks. That is, it’s not just the bearish undertow we want to tap into here. It’s the failure of QBAK to follow-through on today’s effort to break above the 100-day moving average line with today’s early effort. The market dared the bulls to play their hand, and as it turns out, they were bluffing. The sheer scope of the reversal bar in the meantime today confirms the downtrend.

  • [By Lisa Levin] Related CRMD Mid-Day Market Update: U.S. Stocks Turn Negative; AveXis Shares Spike Higher 12 Biggest Mid-Day Gainers For Tuesday CorMedix's (CRMD) CEO Khoso Baluch on Q4 2016 Results – Earnings Call Transcript (Seeking Alpha)
    Related BIOA Mid-Day Market Update: U.S. Stocks Turn Negative; AveXis Shares Spike Higher Mid-Morning Market Update: Markets Edge Higher; Tiffany Earnings Top Estimates BioAmber (BIOA) Q4 2016 Results – Earnings Call Transcript (Seeking Alpha)
    CorMedix Inc. (NYSE: CRMD) shares fell 27.5 percent to $1.50 after the company reported Q4 results and issued a business update.
    Bioamber Inc (NYSE: BIOA) shares tumbled 23.6 percent to $2.40. BioAmber reported FY16 adjusted loss of $1.07 per share on revenue of $8.3 million.
    The Medicines Company (NASDAQ: MDCO) shares dipped 20.9 percent to $41.62.
    Innocoll Holdings PLC (NASDAQ: INNL) shares fell 20.3 percent to $1.49. Innocoll posted a narrower-than-expected quarter loss, but revenue missed estimates. Stifel Nicolaus downgraded Innocoll from Buy to Hold.
    Rosetta Genomics Ltd. (USA) (NASDAQ: ROSG) shares declined 20.3 percent to $3.83. On Thursday, Rosetta Genomics disclosed a 1-for-12 reverse stock split.
    Esperion Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: ESPR) shares dropped 19.9 percent to $23.76. Esperion Therapeutics shares have jumped 106.19 percent over the past 52 weeks, while the S&P 500 index has gained 16.70 percent in the same period.
    AmTrust Financial Services Inc (NASDAQ: AFSI) tumbled 18.3 percent to $17.65. AmTrust Financial disclosed that it will delay its annual report filing for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2016.
    Qualstar Corporation (NASDAQ: QBAK) slipped 17.7 percent to $6.85. Qualstar reported a Q4 loss of $0.20 per share on revenue of $2.2 milli
  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Qualstar Corporation (NASDAQ: QBAK) was down, falling around 16 percent to $6.99. Qualstar reported a Q4 loss of $0.20 per share on revenue of $2.2 million.

Best Bank Stocks To Invest In 2018: Zions Bancorporation(ZION)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By ]

    This Utah-based bank is out with its results on April 23. And ahead of this all-important date, top Vining Sparks analyst Marty Mosby has upgraded Zions (ZION) from ‘Buy’ to ‘Strong Buy.’ He writes” “We believe that Zions should be able to generate stronger revenue per share growth than the market currently anticipates, as it should benefit from both rising interest rates and their respective strategic initiatives.”

  • [By Nelson Hem]

    See what Barron's feels the prospects are for Energy Transfer Partners LP (NYSE: ETP) if it cuts its distribution and dumps its general partner, and salesforce.com, inc. (NYSE: CRM) with its generous potential upside. Also whether regional banks like Zions Bancorp (NASDAQ: ZION) could see a boost from a proposed regulatory change, and the sweetheart deal the Koch brothers got with Meredith Corporation (NYSE: MDP).

  • [By Jon C. Ogg]

    In the super-regional banks that are not money center banks, Regions Financial Corp. (NYSE: RF) was up 6.3% at $13.22, and Zions Bancorporation (NASDAQ: ZION) was last seen up 3.8% at $38.30. They would both do better with lower regulatory costs and be able to better compete against larger banks when their stress test results had not been as strong.

Best Bank Stocks To Invest In 2018: Dupont Fabros Technology, Inc.(DFT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    DuPont Fabros Technology, Inc. (NYSE: DFT) shares shot up 10 percent to $61.07. Digital Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE: DLR) announced plans to merge with DuPont Fabros.