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Top 5 Medical Stocks For 2021

Summit Therapeutics PLC (NASDAQ: SMMT) shares made a solid gain early on Thursday after the firm announced that it was awarded an additional $12 million under its contract with the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA), a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Keep in mind that this is a sizable chunk of change for Summit, as the stock closed Wednesday with a market cap of $35 million.

Ultimately, these funds will support the Phase 3 development program for ridinilazole, the companys precision new mechanism antibiotic for the treatment of C. difficile infection (CDI).

For some quick background: CDI is caused by an infection of the colon by the bacterium C. difficile, which produces toxins that cause inflammation and severe diarrhea, and in the most serious cases can be fatal.

This award represents the first of three optional awards to be exercised under the BARDA contract. It brings the total committed BARDA funding to $44 million, which includes the base package of $32 million announced in September 2017. If BARDA exercises its remaining options in full, the total funding under the contract would increase to $62 million.

Top 5 Medical Stocks For 2021: Care.com, Inc.(CRCM)

Care.com, Inc. operates an online marketplace for finding and managing family care in the United States and internationally. The company helps families to address their lifecycle of care needs, including child care, senior care, and special needs care, as well as other non-medical family care needs, such as pet care, tutoring, and housekeeping; and enables caregivers to find full-time and part-time employment opportunities. Its consumer matching solutions provide families access to job posting features, search features, caregiver profiles, and content; and consumer payments solutions allows families to pay a caregiver through Care.com HomePay product. The company offers its services to families, caregivers, and employers, as well as care-related businesses, such as day care centers, nanny agencies, and home care agencies. Care.com, Inc. was founded in 2006 and is headquartered in Waltham, Massachusetts.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    Wall Street was in a celebratory mood on Monday, with market participants being particularly pleased about signs that the domestic economy could find ways to grow even amid a broader global slowdown. The Dow Jones Industrial Average overcame an opening drop of nearly 250 points to finish higher by 200 points, and other major benchmarks were up by as much as 2%. Yet even with a broad-based rally, some stocks weren’t able to participate. Care.com (NYSE:CRCM), AngloGold Ashanti (NYSE:AU), and Spirit AeroSystems Holdings (NYSE:SPR) were among the worst performers. Here’s why they did so poorly.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Care.com Inc (NYSE:CRCM) fell 5.7% during mid-day trading on Thursday . The company traded as low as $21.00 and last traded at $22.80. 699,239 shares were traded during trading, an increase of 54% from the average session volume of 454,439 shares. The stock had previously closed at $24.17.

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    Shares of General Electric Co. (NYSE: GE) continue to slump. The stock was off another 1%, a day after falling another eight percentage points. The downturn came after its CEO announced its industrial division will be cash-flow negative in 2019. Shares of PepsiCo Inc. (NYSE: PEP) were off 1% this morning after the stock received a downgrade from Credit Suisse Group AG (NYSE: CS). While the Swiss bank called PepsiCo a “high quality” business, it raised concerns about its need to heavily invest over several years into struggling business lines and snack products. It also raised concerns about the ongoing competitive threats in the industry. CS set a price target for Pepsi at $100 per share, which is well below yesterday’s trading price of $116. Look for other earnings reports from American Outdoor Brands Corp.(NASDAQ: AOBC), Burlington Stores Inc.(NASDAQ: BURL), Care.com Inc.(NASDAQ: CRCM), Chuy’s Holdings Inc.(NASDAQ: CHUY), El Pollo Loco Holdings Inc.(NASDAQ: LOCO), GNC Holdings Inc.(NYSE: GNC), H&R Block Inc.(NYSE: HRB), Hovnanian Enterprises Inc.(NYSE: HOV), Plug Power Inc.(NASDAQ: PLUG), andUMH Properties SH(NYSE: UMH).

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Top 5 Medical Stocks For 2021: New Oriental Education & Technology Group, Inc.(EDU)

New Oriental Education & Technology Group Inc., incorporated on January 25, 2006, is a provider of private educational services in the People’s Republic of China (the PRC). The Company offers a range of educational programs, services and products, consisting primarily of English and other foreign language training, test preparation courses for admissions and assessment tests in the United States, the PRC and Commonwealth countries, primary and secondary school education, development and distribution of educational content, software and other technology, and online education. The Company operates through six segments: language training and test preparation, primary and secondary school education, online education, content development and distribution, post-secondary education and overseas study consulting services. All of the Company’s schools, learning centers and bookstores operate under its New Oriental brand.

As of May 31, 2015, the Company delivers its educational programs, services and products to students through a physical network of 60 schools, 664 learning centers and 28 bookstores operated by it, over 5,000 third-party bookstores and approximately 17,200 teachers, as well as through its online network, which had approximately 10.8 million registered users. In addition, the Company has a network of students and alumni. The Company’s program, service and product offerings are divided into seven areas: test preparation; K-12 after-school tutoring; language training; primary and secondary schools; educational content, software and other technology development and distribution; online education, and other services and products.

Test Preparation Courses

The Company offers test preparation courses to students taking language and entrance exams used by educational institutions in the United States, the PRC and Commonwealth countries. For the year ended May 31, 2015, the Company had approximately 650,000 student enrollments in its test preparation courses, of wh! ich approximately 315,000 were in overseas test preparation courses and 335,000 were in the PRC test preparation courses. The Company offers test preparation courses for the overseas exams: Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), SAT College Entrance Test (SAT), American College Test (ACT), International English Language Testing System (IELTS), Graduate Record Examination (GRE), Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT), Law School Admission Test (LSAT), Business English Certificate (BEC) and Test of English for International Communication (TOEIC). In addition, the Company offers test preparation classes for the PRC admissions tests: College English Test Level 4 (CET 4), College English Test Level 6 (CET 6), National Tests for Entrance into Master’s Degree Programs, Professional Title English Test and Public English Test System (PETS). Its students enroll in a 50- to 160-hour program with classes meeting 1 to 6 times per week for approximately 1 to 3 hours per class. The Company also offers intensive and condensed versions of its courses, which are compacted into shorter time periods.

K-12 After-School Tutoring Courses

The Company offers after-school tutoring courses for middle school and high school students. Its after-school tutoring courses for middle school and high school students are designed to supplement students’ regular school curricula and help students achieve scores on entrance exams for admission into high schools or higher education institutions. The Company provides tutoring services to students who seek to retake the gaokao through Tongwen Gaokao School, a private school based in Changchun. The Company’s U-Can All Subjects after-school tutoring courses for middle school and high school students last for 8 to 16 weeks with classroom instruction 1 to 4 times per week for 1.5 to 4 hours per visit. It also offers intensive and condensed versions of its courses, in particular during the summer months when many academic institutions are on summer break. The si! zes of th! ese courses range from 6 to approximately 100 students per class. For the year ended May 31, 2015, the Company had approximately 1,131,000 student enrollments in its after-school tutoring courses for middle school and high school students. The Company offers after-school tutoring courses for children. Its Pop Kids All Subjects training program offers after-school tutoring courses in English, math, Chinese, writing, music and arts for children in kindergarten and elementary schools. The Company’s after-school tutoring courses for children are divided into classes of 6 to approximately 25 students per class. Students attend class 1 to 4 times per week for 1.5 to 3 hours per class. For the year ended May 31, 2015, the Company had approximately 799,000 student enrollments in its Pop Kids All Subjects after-school tutoring courses.

Language Training Courses for Adults

The Company provides various types of English language training courses, as well as training courses for other foreign languages, including German, Japanese, French, Korean, Italian and Spanish. Its English for adults program offers courses designed to teach and improve students’ English writing, reading, listening and speaking skills. Its schools and learning centers also have language labs at which its students can listen to and recite spoken passages on compact discs (CDs) and audio tapes to improve their listening and speaking skills. A course lasts for 6 to 12 weeks with classroom instruction 1 to 4 times per week for 1.5 to 4 hours per visit. It also offers intensive and condensed versions of its courses, in particular during the summer months when many academic institutions are on summer break. The sizes of its English courses for adults range from 6 to approximately 100 students per class. For the year ended May 31, 2015, the Company had approximately 125,000 student enrollments in its English courses for adults.

Primary and Secondary Schools

The Company’s private primary and secondary! school i! s located in Yangzhou. It is a private boarding school for students in grades 1 to 12 seeking a full curriculum taught in both Chinese and English, with an emphasis on English language training. The Yangzhou private school has a capacity of up to 4,000 students. As of May 31, 2015, there were over 3,800 students at the Yangzhou school. The Company started an international high school program within the Yangzhou school. The Company’s international high school provides students with a full curriculum of high school education while preparing them for admission into foreign universities.

Educational Content, Software and other Technology Development and Distribution

The Company develops and edits educational materials for language training and test preparation, such as books, software, CD-read-only-memory (ROMs), magazines and other periodicals. It distributes these materials through various distribution channels, consisting of its classrooms and bookstores, as well as third-party distributors. In the fiscal year ended May 31, 2015, the Company developed and edited about 182 titles and distributed approximately 12.3 million books authored or licensed by it in China.

Online Education

The Company offers online education programs on its Website www.koolearn.com and www.koo.cn. As of May 31, 2015, approximately 10.8 million users had registered accounts with it, with access to free informational content on its Website. In the fiscal year ended May 31, 2015, the Company had approximately 288,000 users that paid for additional access to its specialized education programs. These users purchase pre-paid cards that give them the right to use its paid content for a specific period of time or for specific courses. The Company offers approximately 4,400 online courses, including language training courses, test preparation courses, professional certification courses, and business knowledge and skills training courses in the areas of accounting, legal, management and ot! hers. It ! has live interactive online courses, as well as courses that allow students to view replays of pre-recorded lectures. As a supplement to its online courses, the Company also offers online study services, including course planning, testing, composition correcting and one-on-one tutoring. Partially through its Koolearn.com Website, the Company also offers enterprise clients customized training services.

Other Services

The Company’s consultants help students through the application and admission process for overseas educational institutions and provide college, graduate and career counseling advice to help students make informed decisions. The Company also counsels students with the immigration process for overseas studies, such as obtaining visas and housing. The Company has kindergarten in Beijing, Nanjing and Yangzhou. As of May 31, 2015, there were approximately 570 students at these three kindergartens. The Company has a kindergarten chain in the city of Qingdao with three schools, which had approximately 740 students as of May 31, 2015. The Company permits third parties in cities to offer its Pop Kids English program under a brand name cooperation model. As of May 31, 2015, there were a total of 18 brand cooperation schools offering its Pop Kids English program.

The Company competes with Global IELTS School, TAL Education Group and Xueda Education Group.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    This company is way under the radar, but it had an earnings bonanza for shareholders. New Oriental Education & Technology Group Inc. (NYSE: EDU) is the largest private education service provider in China, with exposure to overseas test preparation, domestic test preparation, K-12 tutoring, language training, online education and more.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

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  • [By Shane Hupp]

    EduCoin (CURRENCY:EDU) traded 1.8% lower against the U.S. dollar during the 1 day period ending at 19:00 PM E.T. on October 6th. EduCoin has a total market cap of $0.00 and $1.09 million worth of EduCoin was traded on exchanges in the last day. During the last seven days, EduCoin has traded 5.9% lower against the U.S. dollar. One EduCoin token can currently be bought for approximately $0.0004 or 0.00000007 BTC on exchanges.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    FDx Advisors Inc. lowered its stake in shares of New Oriental Education & Tech Grp (NYSE:EDU) by 66.0% during the 2nd quarter, according to the company in its most recent filing with the SEC. The fund owned 3,172 shares of the company’s stock after selling 6,163 shares during the quarter. FDx Advisors Inc.’s holdings in New Oriental Education & Tech Grp were worth $300,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

Top 5 Medical Stocks For 2021: Fitbit, Inc.(FIT)

Fitbit, Inc. provides wearable health and fitness tracking devices. It offers various products, including Fitbit Zip, an entry-level wireless tracker that allows users to track daily activity statistics, such as steps, distance, calories burned, and active minutes; Fitbit One, a clippable wireless tracker, which tracks floors climbed and sleep, as well as daily steps, distance, calories burned, and active minutes; Fitbit Flex, a wristband-style tracker that tracks steps, distance, calories burned, active minutes, and sleep; and Fitbit Charge, an activity and sleep wristband, which tracks steps, distance, calories burned, active minutes, floors climbed, and sleep. The company also provides Fitbit Alta, a customizable wristband that offers call, text, and calendar notifications when paired with the users phone and SmartTrack automatic exercise recognition; and Fitbit Charge HR, a wireless heart rate and activity wristband. In addition, it offers Fitbit Blaze, a smart fitness watch that provides multi-sport functionality, tracks outdoor cycling activity, and provides run cues; Fitbit Surge, a fitness watch that features a GPS watch, heart rate tracker, activity tracker, and smartwatch; Aria, a Wi-Fi connected scale that tracks weight, body fat percentage, and body mass index; and Fitbit accessories that include bands and frames for Fitbit Blaze, bands for Fitbit Alta, colored bands for Fitbit Flex, colored clips for Fitbit One and Fitbit Zip, device charging cables, wireless sync dongles, band clasps, sleep bands, and Fitbit apparel. The company offers its products through consumer electronics and specialty retailers, e-Commerce retailers, sporting goods and outdoors retailers, and wireless carriers; and corporate wellness channels, as well as directly worldwide. The company was formerly known as Healthy Metrics Research, Inc. and changed its name to Fitbit, Inc. in October 2007. Fitbit, Inc. was founded in 2007 and is headquartered in San Francisco, California.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Evan Niu, CFA]

    Google has so far struggled in making a name for itself in wearables and smartwatches, as Wear OS (initially named Android Wear) failed to gain any meaningful traction and many prominent hardware partners ditched the platform. Apple and Fitbit (NYSE:FIT) currently lead the way in smartwatches, but Google hopes to take another swing with its forthcoming Pixel Watch. As part of those efforts, Google recently bought smartwatch tech and acqui-hired employees from Fossil for $40 million.

  • [By Daniel Sparks]

    Three stories in tech stood out this week.

    Fitbit (NYSE:FIT) showed off new devices with an emphasis on affordability. Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) CEO Mark Zuckerberg shared the company’s plans to beef up messaging and stories on its platforms. Eventbrite’s (NYSE:EB) stock took a big hit after its quarterly results came out.

    Here’s a closer look.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Press coverage about Fitbit (NYSE:FIT) has trended somewhat positive recently, according to InfoTrie. The research group ranks the sentiment of press coverage by reviewing more than 6,000 blog and news sources. The firm ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative five to positive five, with scores nearest to five being the most favorable. Fitbit earned a coverage optimism score of 2.00 on their scale. InfoTrie also gave news coverage about the scientific and technical instruments company an news buzz score of 4 out of 10, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the next several days.

Top 5 Medical Stocks For 2021: vTv Therapeutics Inc.(VTVT)

vTv Therapeutics Inc., a biopharmaceutical company, discovers, develops, and sells orally administered small molecule drug candidates worldwide. The companys drug candidate for the treatment of Alzheimers disease comprise azeliragon (TTP488), an orally administered, small molecule antagonist targeting the receptor for advanced glycation endproducts, which is in Phase III clinical trials. Its type 2 diabetes drug candidates include TTP399, an orally administered, liver-selective glucokinase activator that has been completed Phase IIb clinical trials; and TTP273, an orally administered, non-peptide agonist that targets the glucagon-like peptide-1 receptor, which is in Phase II clinical trials. The company has a license and research agreement with Calithera Biosciences, Inc. to develop, and commercialize its hexokinase II inhibitors for therapeutics, prophylactic, preventative, or diagnostic use. vTv Therapeutics Inc. was founded in 2015 and is headquartered in High Point, North Carolina.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Money Morning Staff Reports]

    On Tuesday (Oct. 2), shares of vTv Therapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ: VTVT) surged 149% on reports that the commercial therapy firm received a sizable investment from the MacAndrews & Forbes Group, one of the world’s leading investment firms.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Millennium Management LLC grew its stake in shares of vTv Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ:VTVT) by 51.6% during the first quarter, according to its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The institutional investor owned 95,031 shares of the biotechnology company’s stock after buying an additional 32,362 shares during the quarter. Millennium Management LLC owned about 0.29% of vTv Therapeutics worth $387,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

  • [By Money Morning News Team]

    vTv Therapeutics Inc. (Nasdaq: VTVT) is a North Carolina-based biopharmaceutical company.

    vTv concentrates on developing orally administered, small-molecule drugs to treat a variety of issues such as diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease.

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Turtle Beach Corporation (NASDAQ: HEAR) surged 87.1 percent to $12.98 after the company reported Q1 results and raised its FY18 outlook.
    ARMO BioSciences, Inc. (NASDAQ: ARMO) shares jumped 66.8 percent to $49.735 after Eli Lilly and Company (NYSE: LLY) announced plans to acquire ARMO BioSciences for $50 per share.
    vTv Therapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ: VTVT) gained 34 percent to $2.2920 following announcement that the company will pre-specify new subgroup with the FDA and report Phase 3 Part B results in June.
    Prestige Brands Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: PBH) climbed 22.3 percent to $34.84 after the company posted upbeat Q4 earnings.
    Depomed, Inc. (NASDAQ: DEPO) shares jumped 22.2 percent to $7.28 following better-than-expected Q1 earnings.
    Everspin Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: MRAM) gained 19.8 percent to $8.89 after the company reported strong results for its first quarter.
    Luxfer Holdings PLC (NYSE: LXFR) surged 19.8 percent to $17.10 following Q1 results.
    Clean Energy Fuels Corp. (NASDAQ: CLNE) rose 18.3 percent to $2.26 after French company Total announced plans to acquire 25 percent stake in Clean Energy Fuels for $83.4 million.
    Intelligent Systems Corporation (NYSE: INS) gained 17 percent to $7.116.
    Green Dot Corporation (NYSE: GDOT) surged 15.3 percent to $73.00 after reporting upbeat Q1 earnings.
    The Chefs' Warehouse, Inc. (NASDAQ: CHEF) climbed 15 percent to $28.85. Chefs' Warehouse posted Q1 earnings of $0.03 per share on sales of $318.6 million.
    Westport Fuel Systems Inc. (NASDAQ: WPRT) rose 14.2 percent to $2.9701.
    Wright Medical Group N.V. (NASDAQ: WMGI) jumped 13.8 percent to $23.87 after reporting upbeat quarterly earnings.
    Diplomat Pharmacy, Inc. (NYSE: DPLO) gained 13.4 percent to $22.70. Diplomat named Brian Griffin as Chairman and CEO.
    Carvana Co. (NYSE: CVNA) shares rose 13 percent to $27.97 after reporting upbeat Q1 sales.
    Prothena Corporation plc (NASDAQ: PRTA) gained 12 percent to $15.19

Top 5 Medical Stocks For 2021: Profire Energy, Inc.(PFIE)

Profire Energy, Inc. designs, assembles, installs, sells, and services oilfield combustion management technologies for the oil and gas industry. Its products and services aid oil and gas producers in the production and transportation of oil and natural gas. The company offers burner-management systems that monitor and manage burners, as well as related products, such as flare stack igniter and nozzles, valves and fuel train components, secondary air plates, valve actuators, and solar packages. It also provides chemical-management systems to monitor and manage chemical-injection process to ensure that optimal levels of chemicals are injected. Profire Energy, Inc. sells and installs its systems in Western Canada, the United States, France, Italy, Russia, Ukraine, India, Nigeria, the Middle East, Australia, and Brazil. The company is headquartered in Lindon, Utah. Profire Energy, Inc. is a subsidiary of The Flooring Zone, Inc.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Acadian Asset Management LLC lessened its stake in shares of Profire Energy, Inc. (NASDAQ:PFIE) by 13.4% during the 4th quarter, according to its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The institutional investor owned 226,579 shares of the oil and gas company’s stock after selling 34,956 shares during the quarter. Acadian Asset Management LLC owned approximately 0.47% of Profire Energy worth $328,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Profire Energy (NASDAQ:PFIE)’s stock had its “buy” rating restated by equities researchers at Maxim Group in a research report issued to clients and investors on Friday. They currently have a $7.00 price target on the oil and gas company’s stock. Maxim Group’s price target would suggest a potential upside of 114.07% from the stock’s previous close.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Profire Energy, Inc. (NASDAQ:PFIE) was the recipient of a large growth in short interest in June. As of June 29th, there was short interest totalling 3,602,194 shares, a growth of 696.7% from the June 15th total of 452,167 shares. Based on an average daily trading volume, of 1,769,785 shares, the short-interest ratio is presently 2.0 days. Currently, 10.9% of the shares of the stock are sold short.

Hot Tech Stocks To Watch For 2019

Investors following NVIDIA Corporation (NASDAQ:NVDA) already know that the company is a clear leader in the graphics processing unit (GPU) space as it holds more than 70% of the discrete desktop GPU market share right now. 

NVIDIA earns about 62% of its total revenue from sales of GPUs in its gaming segment, but the company isn’t satisfied with just kicking up its feet and reaping the benefits of that. Instead, NVIDIA is using its GPU knowledge to begin dominating two future markets: self-driving technology and data centers.

Image source: Getty Images.

Hitting the gas on self-driving technology 

It’s hard to write about NVIDIA’s future without talking about semi-autonmous driving. That’s because autos are a clear area of focus for the company and because NVIDIA has already taken an early lead. 

Hot Tech Stocks To Watch For 2019: Renesola Ltd.(SOL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Sola Token (CURRENCY:SOL) traded up 26.7% against the US dollar during the 24 hour period ending at 22:00 PM E.T. on September 28th. One Sola Token token can currently be bought for $0.0085 or 0.00000131 BTC on popular exchanges including Tidex and OpenLedger DEX. Sola Token has a market capitalization of $0.00 and approximately $3,239.00 worth of Sola Token was traded on exchanges in the last 24 hours. During the last week, Sola Token has traded flat against the US dollar.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

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  • [By Joseph Griffin]

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

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    ReneSola Sells North Carolina Solar Project To Greenbacker (solarindustrymag.com) ReneSola (SOL) Rating Increased to Neutral at Roth Capital (americanbankingnews.com) ReneSola (SOL) Q1 Earnings in Line, Revenues Top Estimates (zacks.com) ReneSola’s (SOL) CEO Xianshou Li on Q1 2018 Results – Earnings Call Transcript (seekingalpha.com) ReneSola (SOL) Releases Earnings Results (americanbankingnews.com)

    Shares of ReneSola traded up $0.08, hitting $2.76, during trading on Friday, Marketbeat.com reports. The stock had a trading volume of 124,969 shares, compared to its average volume of 108,565. The firm has a market capitalization of $102.11 million, a PE ratio of 21.23 and a beta of 2.05. The company has a current ratio of 1.17, a quick ratio of 1.17 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.36. ReneSola has a 12 month low of $2.12 and a 12 month high of $3.79.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Sola Token (CURRENCY:SOL) traded 17.9% lower against the dollar during the 1-day period ending at 16:00 PM E.T. on October 11th. One Sola Token token can now be bought for about $0.0054 or 0.00000087 BTC on cryptocurrency exchanges including Tidex and OpenLedger DEX. Sola Token has a total market cap of $153,306.00 and $1,856.00 worth of Sola Token was traded on exchanges in the last 24 hours. In the last seven days, Sola Token has traded down 12.2% against the dollar.

Hot Tech Stocks To Watch For 2019: Enphase Energy, Inc.(ENPH)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jason Hall, Travis Hoium, and Matthew DiLallo]

    But that’s set to change in February, with most of the biggest names in solar set to report earnings and give investors an update on the state of the industry. Three top solar stocks investors should be paying attention to this month, according to three Motley Fool contributors, are solar-panel-making giant First Solar Inc. (NASDAQ:FSLR), wind and solar energy producer Pattern Energy Group Inc. (NASDAQ:PEGI), and solar panel power management component maker Enphase Energy Inc. (NASDAQ:ENPH).

  • [By Travis Hoium]

    Solar stocks took a beating Monday after China cut its national incentives to install solar projects. Shares of solar panel manufacturers Canadian Solar Inc. (NASDAQ:CSIQ) fell as much as 14.5%, JinkoSolar Holding Co. (NYSE:JKS) dropped as much as 17%, and Daqo New Energy Corp (NYSE:DQ) fell as much as 31.3% while inverter manufacturer Enphase Energy Inc (NASDAQ:ENPH) fell up to 13.5%. By early afternoon, most major stocks in the solar industry were down double digits.

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Blink Charging Co. (NASDAQ: BLNK) shares climbed 31.68 percent to close at $7.19 on Wednesday. Blink Charging reported Q1 net income of $2.2 million, versus a year-ago net loss of $3.1 million.
    Eleven Biotherapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: EBIO) shares gained 24.15 percent to close at $3.29. Eleven Biotherapeutics posted a Q1 loss of $0.11 per share.
    21Vianet Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: VNET) shares surged 24 percent to close at $6.82.
    Check-Cap Ltd. (NASDAQ: CHEK) gained 20.25 percent to close at $4.87.
    HUYA Inc. (NYSE: HUYA) shares surged 18.42 percent to close at $22.50
    Abaxis, Inc. (NASDAQ: ABAX) rose 16.15 percent to close at $83.34. Zoetis Inc. (NYSE: ZTS) announced plans to acquire Abaxis for $83 per share in cash.
    Pain Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: PTIE) shares jumped 16.07 percent to close at $10.62.
    Bilibili Inc. (NASDAQ: BILI) rose 16.04 percent to close at $14.11.
    Gemphire Therapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ: GEMP) gained 14.88 percent to close at $6.33.
    Phoenix New Media Limited (NYSE: FENG) rose 13.96 percent to close at $5.55.
    Daqo New Energy Corp. (NYSE: DQ) jumped 13.88 percent to close at $67.27 on Wednesday.
    Sea Limited (NYSE: SE) jumped 12.59 percent to close at $11.98 after reporting Q1 results.
    Viking Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: VKTX) rose 12.01 percent to close at $5.13.
    Ascena Retail Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: ASNA) gained 11.93 percent to close at $3.19.
    Boot Barn Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: BOOT) climbed 11.66 percent to close at $24.52 on Wednesday after the company reported upbeat results for its fourth quarter and issued strong first-quarter earnings guidance.
    Macy's, Inc. (NYSE: M) rose 10.83 percent to close at $33.17 after the company reported stronger-than-expected results for its first quarter and lifted guidance.
    ChemoCentryx, Inc. (NASDAQ: CCXI) gained 9.36 percent to close at $12.50. Canaccord Genuity initiated coverage on ChemoCentryx with a Buy rating.
    Biolinerx Ltd/S ADR (NASDAQ: BLRX)
  • [By Maxx Chatsko]

    Shares of Enphase Energy (NASDAQ:ENPH) jumped nearly 53% last month, according to data provided by S&P Global Market Intelligence. The provider of microinverters and energy storage products didn’t gain on any specific day for any specific reason, but rather recovered from a poor finish in 2018. While many stocks sank in December, investors suffered through a more prolonged slump with Enphase Energy. The company’s shares slid 30% in the second half of last year.

Hot Tech Stocks To Watch For 2019: CYREN Ltd.(CYRN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [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 Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Regional Health Properties, Inc. (NYSE: RHE) shares surged 56 percent to $0.3980.
    Precipio, Inc. (NASDAQ: PRPO) shares jumped 34 percent to $0.5632 after the nano-cap specialty diagnostics company said it saw an acceleration of sales in its Pathology services in April. The company now expects to see a sequential double digit quarterly sales growth.
    SenesTech, Inc. (NASDAQ: SNES) rose 16 percent to $1.45 after trading higher at one point Monday by nearly 300 percent. The nano-cap developer of pest control said the California state government approved the company's ContraPest for user in the state.
    America's Car-Mart, Inc. (NASDAQ: CRMT) gained 13.3 percent to $61.975 after reporting upbeat Q4 results.
    Check-Cap Ltd. (NASDAQ: CHEK) shares gained 9.8 percent to $4.92 as the company announced the publication of CE Mark multicenter clinical study results on C-Scan® in Gut.
    Arcimoto, Inc. (NASDAQ: FUV) rose 8.3 percent to $3.41.
    Ferroglobe PLC (NYSE: GSM) gained 7 percent to $12.13 following stronger-than-expected quarterly earnings.
    Photronics, Inc. (NASDAQ: PLAB) shares climbed 6.5 percent to $9.00 after the company reported upbeat Q2 results.
    Micron Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: MU) rose 6.2 percent to $58.94 after reporting a $10 billion buyback plan.
    Blink Charging Co. (NASDAQ: BLNK) gained 6.2 percent to $7.53. Blink Charging disclosed that its vehicle charging network exceeds 125,000 members.
    The Container Store Group, Inc. (NYSE: TCS) gained 5.4 percent to $7.97. Container Store is expected to release quarterly earnings after the closing bell.
    Cyren Ltd (NASDAQ: CYRN) shares rose 5.4 percent to $2.95 after reporting Q1 results.

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  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Pacific Biosciences of California, Inc. (NASDAQ: PACB) rose 11.4 percent to $2.93 in pre-market trading.
    Check-Cap Ltd. (NASDAQ: CHEK) shares rose 6.3 percent to $4.76 in pre-market trading as the company announced the publication of CE Mark multicenter clinical study results on C-Scan® in Gut.
    Acacia Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: ACIA) rose 6 percent to $ 35.20 in pre-market trading.
    Cellect Biotechnology Ltd. (NASDAQ: APOP) rose 6 percent to $7.60 in pre-market trading.
    Hexindai Inc. (NASDAQ: HX) rose 5.7 percent to $12.70 in pre-market trading.
    MoSys, Inc. (NASDAQ: MOSY) shares rose 5.3 percent to $2.07 in pre-market trading.
    Micron Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: MU) rose 5 percent to $58.20 in pre-market trading after reporting a $10 billion buyback plan.
    Golden Ocean Group Limited (NASDAQ: GOGL) rose 4.1 percent to $8.63 in pre-market trading.
    MorphoSys AG (NASDAQ: MOR) rose 3.5 percent to $26.99 in pre-market trading.
    Cyren Ltd (NASDAQ: CYRN) shares rose 3.4 percent to $2.90 in pre-market trading. after reporting Q1 results.
    Box, Inc. (NYSE: BOX) rose 3.4 percent to $28.76 in pre-market trading.
    Kohl's Corporation (NYSE: KSS) shares rose 3.3 percent to $67.60 in the pre-market trading session after the company reported upbeat quarterly earnings.
    Micro Focus International plc (NYSE: MFGP) shares rose 3.1 percent to $18.40 in pre-market trading.

     

Hot Tech Stocks To Watch For 2019: Xplore Technologies Corp(XPLR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Xplore Technologies Corp. (NASDAQ: XPLR) shares spiked on Thursday after it was announced that the company would be acquired by Zebra Technologies Corp. (NASDAQ: ZBRA). The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions and is expected to close in the third quarter of 2018.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Xplore Technologies (NASDAQ: XPLR) and Echelon (NASDAQ:ELON) 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 earnings, profitability, risk, analyst recommendations, dividends, institutional ownership and valuation.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Xplore Technologies (NASDAQ: XPLR) is one of 25 publicly-traded companies in the “Computer & office equipment” industry, but how does it compare to its peers? We will compare Xplore Technologies to related businesses based on the strength of its dividends, profitability, earnings, risk, valuation, analyst recommendations and institutional ownership.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Get a free copy of the Zacks research report on Xplore Technologies (XPLR)

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

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    A10 Networks (NYSE: ATEN) and Xplore Technologies (NASDAQ:XPLR) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, risk, earnings, dividends and valuation.

Hot Tech Stocks To Watch For 2019: Fitbit, Inc.(FIT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Rick Munarriz]

    Sirius XM Holdings (NASDAQ:SIRI), Glu Mobile (NASDAQ:GLUU), Fitbit (NYSE:FIT), GoPro (NASDAQ:GPRO), Zynga (NASDAQ:ZNGA), Rite Aid (NYSE:RAD), and Groupon (NASDAQ:GRPN) are some of the big names with low prices that I’m watching these days. Let’s take a closer look at these seven stocks trading for $7 or less. 

  • [By Ashraf Eassa]

    To that end, here are three tech stocks that might be tempting for investors but are ultimately bad businesses that investors should avoid: GoPro (NASDAQ:GPRO), Fitbit (NYSE:FIT), and Snapchat (NYSE:SNAP). 

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Fitbit Inc. (NYSE: FIT) traded down nearly 16% Tuesday and posted a new 52-week low of $4.67 after closing Monday at $5.54. The stock’s 52-week high is $7.32. Volume was more than six times the daily average of 5.4 million shares. The company reported poor results last night and offered up weak guidance as a side dish. https://247wallst.com/consumer-electronics/2018/02/26/fitbit-whiffs-big-on-earnings-and-even-bigger-on-guidance/

  • [By Brian Withers]

    Fitbit (NYSE:FIT) has had a tough go of it lately. The fitness tracker wearables manufacturer posted negative revenue growth in Q1-2018 of 17%, widening losses, and declared its transition year has been extended into a multi-year transformational effort. It would not be a surprise if even die-hard investors were getting impatient with the stock down over 80% since its IPO in June 2015.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Fitbit (NYSE:FIT) Director Steven Joseph Murray sold 500,000 shares of the stock in a transaction on Monday, May 7th. The shares were sold at an average price of $4.97, for a total transaction of $2,485,000.00. Following the transaction, the director now owns 11,442 shares in the company, valued at $56,866.74. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available through this hyperlink.

Hot Tech Stocks To Watch For 2019: Match Group, Inc.(MTCH)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joe Tenebruso]

    Match Group (NASDAQ:MTCH) reported fourth-quarter results on Feb. 6. The dating app company is enjoying solid growth in revenue and earnings, driven by the surging popularity of Tinder.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Light Street Capital Management LLC cut its holdings in Match Group Inc (NASDAQ:MTCH) by 59.0% in the second quarter, Holdings Channel reports. The institutional investor owned 850,000 shares of the technology company’s stock after selling 1,225,000 shares during the quarter. Match Group makes up about 2.3% of Light Street Capital Management LLC’s holdings, making the stock its 15th largest holding. Light Street Capital Management LLC’s holdings in Match Group were worth $32,929,000 as of its most recent filing with the SEC.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Tripadvisor Inc Common Stock (NASDAQ: TRIP) and Match Group (NASDAQ:MTCH) are both retail/wholesale companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, analyst recommendations, risk, dividends, earnings, institutional ownership and profitability.

  • [By Leo Sun]

    Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) recently unveiled a new dating function for its mobile app at its annual F8 conference. Shares of Match Group (NASDAQ:MTCH) — which owns Tinder, Okcupid, and other dating platforms — tumbled more than 25% after the announcement, indicating that investors believe that Facebook has a shot at rendering its dating apps obsolete.

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Invest In 2019

The flare-up in market volatility has left investors scratching their heads when it comes to the relative outperformance of the safest segment of the corporate bond universe over its riskiest.

With stocks coming under pressure this year, with the Dow
DJIA, -0.68%
  and the S&P 500
SPX, -0.86%
  struggling to reclaim their February all-time highs, bond buyers would be expected to turn their noses at high-yield issuers with burdensome debt loads and take shelter in the bonds of investment-grade firms, which carry more robust balance sheets. But instead, the two ends of the corporate debt market appear to have reversed their traditional roles, with investment-grade bonds struggling and high-yield debt, or ‘junk’, remaining at their lofty valuations.

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Invest In 2019: Sandstorm Gold Ltd(SAND )

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Boston Partners purchased a new stake in Sandstorm Gold (NYSEAMERICAN:SAND) during the first quarter, according to the company in its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The institutional investor purchased 463,325 shares of the mining company’s stock, valued at approximately $2,205,000. Boston Partners owned about 0.25% of Sandstorm Gold as of its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Sandstorm Gold (NYSEAMERICAN:SAND) had its target price raised by analysts at Raymond James from $5.75 to $6.00 in a research report issued to clients and investors on Thursday. The brokerage currently has an “outperform” rating on the mining company’s stock. Raymond James’ price target points to a potential upside of 4.35% from the stock’s current price.

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Invest In 2019: Paylocity Holding Corporation(PCTY)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Paylocity (NASDAQ:PCTY) and Workiva (NYSE:WK) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, risk, analyst recommendations, dividends, profitability, valuation and earnings.

  • [By Motley Fool Transcribers]

    Paylocity Holding Corp  (NASDAQ:PCTY)Q2 2019 Earnings Conference CallFeb. 06, 2019, 5:00 p.m. ET

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

    Operator

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    The curtain could come down any day on MoviePass’ bumpy run as an independent company: Link

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    The Treasury is set to auction 3-and 6-month bills at 11:30 a.m. ET.
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    Deutsche Bank upgraded Michael Kors (NYSE: KORS) from Hold to Buy
    RBC downgraded Paylocity (NASDAQ: PCTY) from Outperform to Sector Perform
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  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Paylocity (NASDAQ:PCTY)‘s stock had its “buy” rating reiterated by Robert W. Baird in a research report issued to clients and investors on Friday. They currently have a $68.00 price objective on the software maker’s stock. Robert W. Baird’s price objective would suggest a potential upside of 6.17% from the stock’s current price.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    State Board of Administration of Florida Retirement System lifted its stake in shares of Paylocity Holding Corp (NASDAQ:PCTY) by 22.8% in the 2nd quarter, according to the company in its most recent 13F filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The institutional investor owned 15,188 shares of the software maker’s stock after acquiring an additional 2,820 shares during the quarter. State Board of Administration of Florida Retirement System’s holdings in Paylocity were worth $894,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Invest In 2019: Fitbit, Inc.(FIT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Chris Hill]

    Fitbit (NYSE:FIT) dropped a bit on its earnings and the future doesn’t look any brighter than usual for the wearables maker. Square, on the other hand, continues to get it done, and Jack Dorsey somehow nails running two public companies at once. Tune in to find out more.

  • [By Motley Fool Staff]

    In this segment from the Market Foolery podcast, host Chris Hill and David Kretzmann of Motley Fool Rule Breakers and Supernova weigh in on the latest numbers and guidance from Fitbit (NYSE:FIT): The wearables leader beat expectations — but still lost money — in the first quarter. And with revenue and device sales down by double-digit percentages, there are real questions about how long its fitness bands can hold consumers’ interest.

  • [By Motley Fool Staff]

    Gardner: Alright, company No. 5. Looking back over our first four, they’ve all been pretty good stock picks of ours, companies that a lot of Fools own and have done well with. This is one of my very worst picks, I’m sorry to say. Maybe a little bit of a hint, because it’s probably not that good a number or big a number these days. Matt, do you ever want a Fitbit (NYSE:FIT)?

  • [By Daniel Sparks]

    Even as smartwatches continue to gain traction and take market share from basic fitness wristbands like Fitbit’s (NYSE:FIT) Charge, Alta, and Flex devices, Fitbit is investing aggressively in the category. Today, Fitbit unveiled Charge 3, a new version of its highest-end fitness wristband.

  • [By Rick Munarriz]

    Fitbit (NYSE:FIT) has been a meandering mess of an investment over the past two years, but it found a way to be among the market’s biggest winners last week. The leading maker of fitness wristbands saw its shares move 11.48% higher for the week. There was no particularly bullish news out on Fitbit to explain the uptick. The shares are likely just bouncing back after hitting all-time lows a week earlier following a Wall Street downgrade. 

  • [By Leo Sun]

    Fitbit (NYSE:FIT) was once the world’s top wearables maker, but it lost that title to Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) during the fourth quarter of 2017, according to market intelligence provider IDC, due to rising sales of the Apple Watch. Fitbit then slid to third place behind Xiaomi (NASDAQOTH:XIACY) during the first quarter of 2018.

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Invest In 2019: Aspen Insurance Holdings Limited(AHL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    ValuEngine upgraded shares of Aspen Insurance (NYSE:AHL) from a sell rating to a hold rating in a research report released on Thursday morning.

    Separately, Zacks Investment Research cut shares of Aspen Insurance from a hold rating to a strong sell rating in a research report on Thursday, April 19th. Four investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and one has assigned a buy rating to the company. The company presently has an average rating of Hold and a consensus price target of $43.50.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Aspen Insurance (NYSE: AHL) and Tokio Marine Holdings, Inc. Sponsored ADR common stock (OTCMKTS:TKOMY) are both finance companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, profitability, valuation, risk, dividends, analyst recommendations and institutional ownership.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Get a free copy of the Zacks research report on Aspen Insurance (AHL)

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

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Invest In 2019: iShares Core S&P Mid-Cap (IJH)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Chicago Partners Investment Group LLC lowered its position in iShares Core S&P Mid-Cap ETF (NYSEARCA:IJH) by 0.5% in the 2nd quarter, HoldingsChannel reports. The institutional investor owned 110,000 shares of the company’s stock after selling 519 shares during the period. iShares Core S&P Mid-Cap ETF comprises approximately 3.3% of Chicago Partners Investment Group LLC’s investment portfolio, making the stock its 4th largest position. Chicago Partners Investment Group LLC’s holdings in iShares Core S&P Mid-Cap ETF were worth $21,426,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Trilogy Capital Inc. raised its stake in shares of iShares Core S&P Mid-Cap ETF (NYSEARCA:IJH) by 4.8% in the second quarter, according to the company in its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The fund owned 139,337 shares of the company’s stock after buying an additional 6,421 shares during the period. iShares Core S&P Mid-Cap ETF comprises approximately 3.7% of Trilogy Capital Inc.’s holdings, making the stock its 8th largest position. Trilogy Capital Inc. owned approximately 0.06% of iShares Core S&P Mid-Cap ETF worth $27,140,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    FCA Corp TX cut its position in iShares Core S&P Mid-Cap ETF (NYSEARCA:IJH) by 1.2% in the 2nd quarter, according to its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The institutional investor owned 21,413 shares of the company’s stock after selling 254 shares during the quarter. iShares Core S&P Mid-Cap ETF comprises approximately 1.7% of FCA Corp TX’s holdings, making the stock its 16th biggest position. FCA Corp TX’s holdings in iShares Core S&P Mid-Cap ETF were worth $4,171,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Invest In 2019: Star Gas Partners, L.P.(SGU)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Canton Hathaway LLC bought a new stake in Star Group LP (NYSE:SGU) in the fourth quarter, according to its most recent disclosure with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The firm bought 19,000 shares of the pipeline company’s stock, valued at approximately $177,000.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Headlines about Star Group (NYSE:SGU) have been trending positive recently, according to Accern. Accern identifies negative and positive press coverage by monitoring more than twenty million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Star Group earned a coverage optimism score of 0.47 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media coverage about the pipeline company an impact score of 45.7696057597891 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the near future.

  • [By Tim Melvin]

    Star Group LP (NYSE: SGU) is definitely in a really boring business: They sell heating oil and propane to customers in the United States.

    Most of their operation is in the Northeastern United States, but they also serve Michigan, Tennessee, the Carolinas, and Georgia. In all, they have 455,000 retail and commercial customers under contract and another 74,000 using on-demand delivery.

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Invest In 2019: Tejon Ranch Co(TRC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Terracoin (CURRENCY:TRC) traded down 14.6% against the dollar during the 24 hour period ending at 23:00 PM ET on May 17th. In the last week, Terracoin has traded 20.7% higher against the dollar. Terracoin has a market cap of $4.06 million and $4,377.00 worth of Terracoin was traded on exchanges in the last 24 hours. One Terracoin coin can now be bought for about $0.18 or 0.00002218 BTC on popular exchanges including CoinExchange, Trade Satoshi, C-CEX and Cryptopia.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Terracoin (CURRENCY:TRC) traded up 10% against the dollar during the twenty-four hour period ending at 11:00 AM E.T. on October 8th. Terracoin has a total market cap of $2.09 million and approximately $4,720.00 worth of Terracoin was traded on exchanges in the last day. In the last seven days, Terracoin has traded down 15.3% against the dollar. One Terracoin coin can currently be bought for approximately $0.0910 or 0.00001375 BTC on popular exchanges including Trade Satoshi, CoinExchange, Cryptopia and C-CEX.

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Invest In 2019: Nuveen Select Maturities Municipal Fund(NIM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Nimiq (CURRENCY:NIM) traded up 1.7% against the dollar during the 24 hour period ending at 15:00 PM E.T. on September 12th. During the last seven days, Nimiq has traded 21.7% lower against the dollar. Nimiq has a total market capitalization of $2.62 million and approximately $100,713.00 worth of Nimiq was traded on exchanges in the last 24 hours. One Nimiq coin can now be purchased for about $0.0012 or 0.00000019 BTC on popular exchanges including BTC-Alpha, HitBTC, LATOKEN and Trade Satoshi.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Nimiq (CURRENCY:NIM) traded down 7.5% against the U.S. dollar during the 24 hour period ending at 23:00 PM E.T. on September 24th. One Nimiq coin can currently be bought for $0.0014 or 0.00000022 BTC on popular cryptocurrency exchanges including LATOKEN, HitBTC, Trade Satoshi and BTC-Alpha. Nimiq has a market capitalization of $3.08 million and approximately $215,397.00 worth of Nimiq was traded on exchanges in the last day. During the last seven days, Nimiq has traded 15.9% higher against the U.S. dollar.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Nimiq (CURRENCY:NIM) traded 1.1% lower against the dollar during the 1-day period ending at 21:00 PM E.T. on September 16th. Nimiq has a total market cap of $2.74 million and $210,302.00 worth of Nimiq was traded on exchanges in the last 24 hours. One Nimiq coin can currently be bought for about $0.0013 or 0.00000019 BTC on popular cryptocurrency exchanges including HitBTC, Trade Satoshi, LATOKEN and BTC-Alpha. During the last week, Nimiq has traded 9% lower against the dollar.

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Invest In 2019: KB Financial Group Inc(KB)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Matthew Frankel, CFP®, Sean Williams, and Jordan Wathen]

    However, there may still be some bargains to be found. Here’s why three of our contributors think it may be time to take a look at Synchrony Financial (NYSE:SYF), KB Financial Group (NYSE:KB), and Discover Financial Services (NYSE:DFS).

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    KB Financial Group, Inc. (NYSE:KB) saw a large decrease in short interest in August. As of August 15th, there was short interest totalling 324,037 shares, a decrease of 40.6% from the July 31st total of 545,627 shares. Based on an average daily volume of 128,119 shares, the short-interest ratio is presently 2.5 days.

  • [By Money Morning Staff Reports]

    As a result, we’ve been able to identify deeply undervalued companies while no one is looking – such as KB Financial Group Inc. (NYSE: KB), a wealth management firm based in Seoul.

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Invest In 2019: ARMOUR Residential REIT, Inc.(ARR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    ARMOUR Residential REIT (NYSE:ARR) was the target of some unusual options trading activity on Thursday. Stock traders acquired 657 call options on the stock. This represents an increase of approximately 1,163% compared to the typical volume of 52 call options.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Wells Fargo & Company MN decreased its position in shares of ARMOUR Residential REIT, Inc. (NYSE:ARR) by 19.9% in the 1st quarter, according to the company in its most recent disclosure with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The institutional investor owned 201,989 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock after selling 50,292 shares during the period. Wells Fargo & Company MN owned about 0.48% of ARMOUR Residential REIT worth $4,703,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Teacher Retirement System of Texas lowered its stake in ARMOUR Residential REIT, Inc. (NYSE:ARR) by 35.0% in the first quarter, according to the company in its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The fund owned 9,270 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock after selling 4,991 shares during the period. Teacher Retirement System of Texas’ holdings in ARMOUR Residential REIT were worth $216,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    IndexIQ Advisors LLC trimmed its stake in ARMOUR Residential REIT, Inc. (NYSE:ARR) by 6.1% during the 2nd quarter, according to the company in its most recent disclosure with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The fund owned 37,484 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock after selling 2,444 shares during the period. IndexIQ Advisors LLC owned approximately 0.09% of ARMOUR Residential REIT worth $855,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

  • [By Motley Fool Transcribing]

    ARMOUR Residential REIT (NYSE:ARR) Q4 2018 Earnings Conference CallFeb. 15, 2019 8:30 a.m. ET

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

    Operator

Hot Tech Stocks To Own Right Now

Nutanix Stock Rallies Hard Driven By A Host Of Factors

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Shares of San Jose, California-based Nutanix Inc (NSDQ:NTNX) gained by a massive 13.29% on Thursday. A host of reasons seem to have triggered the spike, backed by higher than average volumes. For starters, there has been a lot of positive news flow, including a slew of extremely bullish reports. In fact, NTNX stock is still trading below the consensus price target, even after Thursday’s rally.

The spike also coincides with the formation of some bullish trends if you go by technical indicators, and it’s possible that traders might have used the opportunity to initiate long positions in the stock. Last but not the least, given the spike in short interest lately, it seems very likely that the stock rose, at least in part, due to short unwinding. We’ll look at each of these factors in detail, starting with the recent news flow.

Hot Tech Stocks To Own Right Now: Open Text Corporation(OTEX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephen Mack]

    It also includes a number of companies we’ve recommended in the past and that will surely be a benefit to your portfolio. To name just a few of these…

    VMware Inc. (NYSE: VMW) is a top provider of cloud computing and networking solutions to a wide range of industries. Its healthcare software, for example, allows practitioners to stay mobile and access patient information and other relevant analytics on their smartphones – without compromising the security of that data. Cisco Systems Inc. (NASDAQ: CSCO) is a Silicon Valley tech giant that’s been around for over three decades. Its founders were pioneers in connecting PCs via local area networks (LANs). More recently, it’s developed a hybrid cloud solution for Google Cloud customers, creating stiff competition for Amazon Web Services. Open Text Corp. (NASDAQ: OTEX) confirms Michael Robinson’s mantra that every company is a tech company. It provides cloud-based information analytics for just about every facet of institutions large and small, enabling them to increase efficiency, cut costs, and generate bigger profits.

    The final category of SKYY’s holdings is non-pure-play cloud computing companies. These seven companies provide products and services that support cloud technology indirectly.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Get a free copy of the Zacks research report on Open Text (OTEX)

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

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Open Text Corp (NASDAQ:OTEX) (TSE:OTC) has earned a consensus rating of “Buy” from the thirteen brokerages that are presently covering the firm, MarketBeat Ratings reports. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a hold rating and ten have issued a buy rating on the company. The average 1-year price objective among brokerages that have issued a report on the stock in the last year is $44.89.

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    In the cloud computing industry, it’s important not to get left behind, but the rapid pace of innovation makes it hard to keep up. Open Text (NASDAQ:OTEX) has understood the threat of letting its competitors build up a lead in what it sees as the greatest opportunity it has for growth, and it wants to defend its turf and work at surpassing the competition through a combination of organic growth and smart strategic combinations.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Wells Fargo & Company MN increased its holdings in shares of Open Text Corp (NASDAQ:OTEX) (TSE:OTC) by 4.2% during the 1st quarter, Holdings Channel reports. The institutional investor owned 99,321 shares of the software maker’s stock after purchasing an additional 4,003 shares during the period. Wells Fargo & Company MN’s holdings in Open Text were worth $3,456,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

Hot Tech Stocks To Own Right Now: Advanced Semiconductor Engineering, Inc.(ASX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    LDK Solar (OTCMKTS:LDKYQ) and ASE Technology (NYSE:ASX) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, earnings, dividends, profitability, risk and valuation.

Hot Tech Stocks To Own Right Now: Skyworks Solutions, Inc.(SWKS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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  • [By Brian Feroldi]

    Skyworks Solutions (NASDAQ:SWKS) reported its fiscal second-quarter results on May 3. The specialty semiconductor chip manufacturer reported top-line growth of 7% during the period, which was better than management had projected. A much lower tax rate and stock buybacks helped translate the modest top-line gains into double-digit growth on the bottom line.

  • [By ]

    After ams reported the shortfall, the SOX index dipped to about 1% above its 200-day moving average. Among the worst performers on the index are Micron Technology Inc. (MU) , down 3.16% Monday, Skyworks Solutions Inc. (SWKS) , down 2.79%, and Analog Devices Inc. (ADI) , down 1.97%.

  • [By Matthew Cochrane]

    Let’s take a closer look at Corning Incorporated (NYSE:GLW), Mastercard Inc. (NYSE:MA), and Skyworks Solutions Inc. (NASDAQ:SWKS) so I can explain why I personally own all three and why, if you’re also in your 40s, you might want to consider them for your own portfolio.

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    Baird analysts also favor this one as they see them as a smartphone content and infrastructure provider as well. Skyworks Solutions Inc. (NASDAQ: SWKS) is the market leader in power amplifiers, front-end modules and other radio frequency (RF) components for mobile devices (handsets, smartphones, tablets) and communications infrastructure.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The S&P 500 stock posting the largest daily percentage loss ahead of the close was Skyworks Solutions, Inc. (NASDAQ: SWKS) which traded down over 2% at $99.79. The stock’s 52-week range is $86.13 to $117.65. Volume was over 2.5 million compared to the daily average volume of 2.1 million.

Hot Tech Stocks To Own Right Now: Fitbit, Inc.(FIT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Chris Hill]

    Fitbit (NYSE:FIT) dropped a bit on its earnings and the future doesn’t look any brighter than usual for the wearables maker. Square, on the other hand, continues to get it done, and Jack Dorsey somehow nails running two public companies at once. Tune in to find out more.

  • [By Demitrios Kalogeropoulos]

    Wearable tech specialist Fitbit (NYSE:FIT) underperformed the market last month by shedding 11%, compared with a 0.4% increase in the S&P 500, according to data provided by S&P Global Market Intelligence.

  • [By Evan Niu, CFA]

    That seems to have worked for Fitbit (NYSE:FIT) in recent months, as the company has just announced that Versa unit sales have topped 1 million. Versa was introduced earlier this year as Fitbit’s “mass-appeal” smartwatch, priced at $200 and sporting a more approachable design (which just so happens to resemble its biggest competitor). The product became broadly available in mid-April, meaning Fitbit has been able to move 1 million units in just under two months.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Fitness tracker maker Fitbit Inc. (NYSE: FIT) introduced its latest Charge 3 tracker Monday morning and the stock got a boost of nearly 5% to around $6 on the announcement. The company is going to need that kind of improvement every day for the next several months to get back even with the $32.50 closing price on its IPO date in June 2015. It’s even further behind its all-time high of nearly $48 a share.

  • [By Leo Sun]

    Shares of Fitbit (NYSE:FIT) plunged 12% to an all-time low after the wearables maker posted its first quarter numbers. The company beat Wall Street’s low expectations, but its guidance for the current quarter calls for steeper revenue declines and wider losses.

  • [By Chris Hill]

    In this MarketFoolery podcast, host Chris Hill and David Kretzmann of Motley Fool Rule Breakers and Supernova discuss Tesla’s (NASDAQ:TSLA) first quarter — yes, Model 3 production is still lagging — and Elon Musk’s odd behavior on the company’s conference call; Spotify’s (NYSE:SPOT) first post-IPO quarterly report, which was a reminder of how hard it can be in tech to transition into the harsh glare of the public markets; and the future of struggling wearables icon Fitbit (NYSE:FIT). 

Top 10 Medical Stocks To Watch For 2019

Dynatronics (NASDAQ: DYNT) and Rockwell Medical (NASDAQ:RMTI) are both small-cap medical companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, risk, valuation, profitability, dividends and earnings.

Profitability

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This table compares Dynatronics and Rockwell Medical’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Dynatronics -3.05% -21.94% -4.47%
Rockwell Medical -48.06% -76.49% -45.06%

Risk & Volatility

Dynatronics has a beta of -0.6, suggesting that its stock price is 160% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Rockwell Medical has a beta of 2.18, suggesting that its stock price is 118% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Top 10 Medical Stocks To Watch For 2019: Fitbit, Inc.(FIT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Evan Niu, CFA]

    Shares of Fitbit (NYSE:FIT) fell 7% yesterday following Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) unveiling of the Apple Watch Series 4. The Mac maker’s popular smartwatch sports a redesign as well as the ability to take electrocardiograms (ECGs), a major health feature that differentiates Apple Watch from any other health-oriented wearable device. Series 4 also includes other features that help users monitor their hearts.

  • [By Daniel Sparks]

    Even as smartwatches continue to gain traction and take market share from basic fitness wristbands like Fitbit’s (NYSE:FIT) Charge, Alta, and Flex devices, Fitbit is investing aggressively in the category. Today, Fitbit unveiled Charge 3, a new version of its highest-end fitness wristband.

  • [By Demitrios Kalogeropoulos]

    A 20% spike in the fitness wearables niche was particularly good news, considering rival Fitbit (NYSE:FIT) saw its unit volume plunge during the period. Like Fitbit, Garmin has noticed a dramatic shift in consumer demand toward more premium trackers like smartwatches. Yet Garmin’s bigger product line scratched that itch for fitness fans thanks to popular new releases like the Forerunner and Edge franchises. Its lineup allowed fitness sales to rise 20% even as Fitbit’s revenue fell 18%.

  • [By Evan Niu, CFA]

    Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) and Fitbit (NYSE:FIT) have emerged as the two clear market leaders in smartwatches, with Apple Watch leading the way but Fitbit’s growing portfolio of smartwatches helping it secure the No. 2 spot while simultaneously driving a turnaround for the smaller company. Meanwhile, Alphabet (NASDAQ:GOOG) (NASDAQ:GOOGL) subsidiary Google has ceded share, although the search giant is expected to jump in directly with a first-party Pixel Watch in the near future. Rumors of the company’s foray into the market were only fueled by recent news that Google acquired smartwatch tech from Fossil and is hiring for wearables design and engineering execs.

  • [By Chris Neiger]

    Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) became the world’s top maker of wearable tech just a few quarters ago, when it outpaced Fitbit (NYSE: FIT) for the first time. Apple Watch sales are still a small portion of its total revenues (the company doesn’t break out Watch sales in its reports), but the growth rate of the consumer IoT device market indicates that there’s still plenty of room for Apple to expand its wearable business.

  • [By Timothy Green]

    The pieces of Fitbit’s (NYSE:FIT) turnaround are falling into place. The wearables company has found success with its inexpensive Versa smartwatch, selling more than 1 million units within two months of launch. And its recently announced Charge 3 fitness tracker brings enough improvements to the table to potentially return that part of the business to growth.

Top 10 Medical Stocks To Watch For 2019: Ultra Petroleum Corp.(UPL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Ultra Petroleum Co. (NASDAQ: UPL) traded down about 15% Thursday to post a new 52-week low of $2.08 after closing Wednesday at $2.45. The stock’s 52-week high is $12.39. Volume was about 30% above the daily average of around 4 million shares. The company reported results last night that were less than expected.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    An issue of Ultra Petroleum Corp. (NASDAQ:UPL) bonds rose 3.4% against their face value during trading on Wednesday. The debt issue has a 7.125% coupon and will mature on April 15, 2025. The bonds in the issue are now trading at $64.00 and were trading at $65.58 one week ago. Price moves in a company’s bonds in credit markets sometimes anticipate parallel moves in its share price.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Ultra Petroleum Corp (NASDAQ:UPL) shares were up 8.8% on Monday . The company traded as high as $1.25 and last traded at $1.23. Approximately 2,806,031 shares traded hands during mid-day trading, a decline of 31% from the average daily volume of 4,076,427 shares. The stock had previously closed at $1.13.

  • [By Reuben Gregg Brewer]

    Ultra Petroleum Corp.’s (NASDAQ:UPL) shares fell 14.5% in September, according to data provided by S&P Global Market Intelligence. But that drop just seemed normal for this oil and natural gas driller, which saw its stock decline more than 87% through the first nine months of 2018. That said, there was news in the month that showed just how bad things are here.

  • [By Tyler Crowe, Jason Hall, and Matthew DiLallo]

    There are loads of management teams out there that aren’t great for shareholders, but Matt, Jason, and I (Tyler here) have a few in particular that get under our skin for their poor performance. Here’s why we think those running Chesapeake Energy (NYSE:CHK), Ultra Petroleum (NASDAQ:UPL), and Buckeye Partners (NYSE:BPL) should be shown the door. 

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Ultra Petroleum Corp. (NASDAQ: UPL) traded down about 36% Thursday to post a new 52-week low of $1.08 after closing Wednesday at $1.69. The stock’s 52-week high is $10.18. Volume was more than triple the daily average of about 4.3 million shares. The company missed both top and bottom line estimates this morning.

Top 10 Medical Stocks To Watch For 2019: Blueknight Energy Partners L.P., L.L.C.(BKEP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Shares of Blueknight Energy Partners LP Common Stock (NASDAQ:BKEP) have earned an average recommendation of “Hold” from the seven analysts that are currently covering the firm, MarketBeat Ratings reports. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, three have issued a hold rating and two have issued a buy rating on the company. The average 12 month target price among brokers that have covered the stock in the last year is $4.00.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Blueknight Energy Partners LP (NASDAQ:BKEP) hit a new 52-week low on Tuesday . The company traded as low as $2.30 and last traded at $2.37, with a volume of 12716 shares traded. The stock had previously closed at $2.35.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Phillips 66 Partners (NYSE:PSXP) and Blueknight Energy Partners (NASDAQ:BKEP) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, valuation, earnings, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, risk and profitability.

Top 10 Medical Stocks To Watch For 2019: Nuveen Preferred Income Opportunites Fund(JPC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Hollencrest Capital Management decreased its stake in Nuveen Preferred & Income Oprtnts Fnd (NYSE:JPC) by 30.9% in the 3rd quarter, according to its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The firm owned 21,587 shares of the financial services provider’s stock after selling 9,649 shares during the period. Hollencrest Capital Management’s holdings in Nuveen Preferred & Income Oprtnts Fnd were worth $200,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    News headlines about Nuveen Preferred & Income Oprtnts Fnd (NYSE:JPC) have trended positive this week, according to Accern Sentiment. The research group rates the sentiment of press coverage by analyzing more than 20 million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Nuveen Preferred & Income Oprtnts Fnd earned a media sentiment score of 0.42 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news coverage about the financial services provider an impact score of 48.1302177844966 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the next few days.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Nuveen Preferred & Income Oprtnts Fnd (NYSE:JPC) announced a monthly dividend on Wednesday, August 1st, NASDAQ reports. Shareholders of record on Wednesday, August 15th will be given a dividend of 0.061 per share by the financial services provider on Tuesday, September 4th. This represents a $0.73 annualized dividend and a yield of 7.75%. The ex-dividend date is Tuesday, August 14th.

Top 10 Medical Stocks To Watch For 2019: Western Asset Municipal Partners Fund, Inc.(MNP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Fiera Capital Corp grew its holdings in shares of Western Asset Municipal Partners Fnd Inc (NYSE:MNP) by 46.8% during the 2nd quarter, according to the company in its most recent 13F filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The fund owned 196,895 shares of the financial services provider’s stock after purchasing an additional 62,761 shares during the quarter. Fiera Capital Corp’s holdings in Western Asset Municipal Partners Fnd were worth $2,780,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Media stories about Western Asset Municipal Partners Fnd (NYSE:MNP) have been trending positive this week, according to Accern Sentiment. Accern identifies positive and negative news coverage by reviewing more than twenty million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Western Asset Municipal Partners Fnd earned a media sentiment score of 0.38 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media headlines about the financial services provider an impact score of 46.9266470312802 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the immediate future.

Top 10 Medical Stocks To Watch For 2019: Beazer Homes USA, Inc.(BZH)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Tyler Crowe]

    There have been some macroeconomic signs that America’s housing boom is starting to show signs of fatigue, but those figures haven’t really shown up in the earnings reports of most homebuilders. The one exception is Beazer Homes USA (NYSE:BZH). While most companies are still showing strong home sales and growing net orders, Beazer’s fiscal third-quarter results showed some cracks in its growth trajectory.

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  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Beazer Homes USA (NYSE: BZH) and M.D.C. (NYSE:MDC) are both small-cap construction companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their risk, institutional ownership, profitability, earnings, dividends, valuation and analyst recommendations.

Top 10 Medical Stocks To Watch For 2019: MercadoLibre Inc.(MELI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

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  • [By Danny Vena]

    Until recently, it seemed MercadoLibre (NASDAQ:MELI) could do no wrong. The company was reporting enviable financial and operational metrics, and the stock was hitting all-time highs. Then, something happened on the way to the online sale.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    MercadoLibre (NASDAQ:MELI) – Piper Jaffray reduced their Q2 2019 earnings per share estimates for MercadoLibre in a research note issued on Thursday, May 10th. Piper Jaffray analyst M. Olson now expects that the company will post earnings of $0.93 per share for the quarter, down from their prior forecast of $0.95. Piper Jaffray currently has a “Overweight” rating and a $350.00 price target on the stock. Piper Jaffray also issued estimates for MercadoLibre’s Q3 2019 earnings at $1.44 EPS and Q4 2019 earnings at $1.57 EPS.

  • [By Brian Stoffel]

    We’ll cover each of those below for these five growth stocks.

    Company What it does…
    Mercadolibre (NASDAQ:MELI) Leading e-commerce player in Latin America
    Axon Enterprises (NASDAQ:AAXN) Develops products for police forces: TASERs, body cameras, and a database to store and analyze footage
    Shopify (NYSE:SHOP) Helps merchants create an e-commerce presence
    Ellie Mae (NYSE:ELLI)  Offers platform to help streamline mortgage origination and refinancing business
    Paycom Solutions (NYSE:PAYC) Maintains and develops cloud solutions for HR departments

    Chart by author. 

  • [By Lisa Levin]

     

    Companies Reporting After The Bell
    Booking Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: BKNG) is projected to post quarterly earnings at $10.67 per share on revenue of $2.87 billion.
    CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE: CTL) is expected to post quarterly earnings at $0.19 per share on revenue of $6.00 billion.
    Albemarle Corporation (NYSE: ALB) is projected to post quarterly earnings at $1.21 per share on revenue of $803.36 million.
    Spectra Energy Partners, LP (NYSE: SEP) is estimated to post quarterly earnings at $0.81 per share on revenue of $751.57 million.
    IAC/InterActiveCorp (NASDAQ: IAC) is expected to post quarterly earnings at $0.8 per share on revenue of $923.80 million.
    Open Text Corporation (NASDAQ: OTEX) is projected to post quarterly earnings at $0.62 per share on revenue of $691.75 million.
    Tutor Perini Corporation (NYSE: TPC) is expected to post quarterly earnings at $0.29 per share on revenue of $1.09 billion.
    Twenty-First Century Fox, Inc. (NASDAQ: FOXA) is projected to post quarterly earnings at $0.54 per share on revenue of $7.41 billion.
    ICU Medical, Inc. (NASDAQ: ICUI) is estimated to post quarterly earnings at $1.84 per share on revenue of $346.28 million.
    TechnipFMC plc (NYSE: FTI) is expected to post quarterly earnings at $0.33 per share on revenue of $3.13 billion.
    Synaptics Incorporated (NASDAQ: SYNA) is projected to post quarterly earnings at $0.91 per share on revenue of $401.76 million.
    The Dun & Bradstreet Corporation (NYSE: DNB) is expected to post quarterly earnings at $1.07 per share on revenue of $386.91 million.
    Matrix Service Company (NASDAQ: MTRX) is estimated to post quarterly earnings at $0.07 per share on revenue of $285.16 million.
    Maiden Holdings, Ltd. (NASDAQ: MHLD) is projected to post quarterly earnings at $0.21 per share on revenue of $739.31 million.
    tronc, Inc. (NASDAQ: TRNC) is expected to post quarterly earnings at $0.65 per share on revenue of $428.25 million.
    Copa Holdings,

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    Latin American e-commerce giant MercadoLibre (NASDAQ:MELI) has capitalized on fundamental growth prospects for years. Sometimes, however, often-overlooked factors can hold back a stock. One trend that isn’t sexy but has played a major yet often misunderstood role throughout first-quarter earnings season has been the newest accounting method from the Financial Accounting Standards Board with respect to revenue recognition, and MercadoLibre found itself in the crosshairs of the new standard’s potential negative impact.

Top 10 Medical Stocks To Watch For 2019: Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Inc.(CBRL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    JPMorgan Chase & Co. boosted its holdings in shares of Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. (NASDAQ:CBRL) by 26.2% in the first quarter, according to the company in its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The fund owned 69,786 shares of the restaurant operator’s stock after acquiring an additional 14,472 shares during the period. JPMorgan Chase & Co. owned about 0.29% of Cracker Barrel Old Country Store worth $11,109,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

  • [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 Stephan Byrd]

    Get a free copy of the Zacks research report on Cracker Barrel Old Country Store (CBRL)

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  • [By Demitrios Kalogeropoulos]

    Cracker Barrel (NASDAQ:CBRL) has a customer traffic problem. The restaurant chain recently posted a significant sales volume slump in the fiscal fourth quarter, which pushed revenue lower for the period. The decline caught management by surprise and contributed to a weak operating outlook for the new fiscal year, with Cracker Barrel projecting revenue at existing locations to be roughly flat in 2019.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

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

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Get a free copy of the Zacks research report on Cracker Barrel Old Country Store (CBRL)

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Top 10 Medical Stocks To Watch For 2019: Buenaventura Mining Company Inc.(BVN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Employees Retirement System of Texas bought a new position in shares of Compania de Minas Buenaventura SAA (NYSE:BVN) in the 2nd quarter, HoldingsChannel.com reports. The institutional investor bought 231,000 shares of the mining company’s stock, valued at approximately $3,149,000.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Compania de Minas Buenaventura SAA (NYSE:BVN) was downgraded by equities research analysts at ValuEngine from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note issued to investors on Monday.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    ClariVest Asset Management LLC raised its position in shares of Compania de Minas Buenaventura SAA (NYSE:BVN) by 22.8% in the 2nd quarter, according to the company in its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The institutional investor owned 347,900 shares of the mining company’s stock after purchasing an additional 64,500 shares during the period. ClariVest Asset Management LLC owned approximately 0.14% of Compania de Minas Buenaventura SAA worth $4,742,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

Top 10 Medical Stocks To Watch For 2019: AirMedia Group Inc(AMCN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    AirMedia Group Inc. (NASDAQ: AMCN) posted a 52-week low of $1.04 after closing down 23% on Wednesday at $1.35. The 52-week high is $3.30. Volume was about 4 million, nearly 20 times the daily average of around 230,000 million shares. The Chinese outdoor advertising company said yesterday that it is terminating a potential go-private transaction.

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Today in Brexit: With Italy dominating the headlines, a prominent anti-Brexit voice has a warning for the EU.

Less than two years after the Brexit vote, a new crisis is brewing in Europe.

Political turmoil in Italy rocked global markets yesterday, sparked by the prospect of anti-Europe, nationalist parties turning an election into a de facto referendum on Italy’s membership of the euro. Bond yields soared and the single currency fell. The British pound didn’t escape the selloff, falling to a six-month low against the dollar as investors sought the safest assets.

The turbulence, greeted with glee by some pro-Leave campaigners in Britain, recalls the chaos of the region’s debt crisis earlier this decade. It also serves as a timely reminder that the U.K.’s rocky process toward the exit isn’t quelling anti-EU movements across the continent, and that Europe’s problems do not stop at Brexit.

Top 5 Safest Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Northwest Biotherapeutics, Inc.(NWBO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By ]

    The last time we left Northwest Biotherapeutics (OTC:NWBO), I stated in a fairly cautious article that there are persistent risks associated with an investment in this company. Back in November, I did not feel that the benefits outweighed the risks for this small cap equity.

  • [By ]

    Northwest Biotherapeutics (OTC:NWBO) presented underwhelming preliminary data from a late-stage study of DCVax-L in brain cancer.

    Community Health Systems (NYSE:CYH) amended to extend the “Early Tender Deadline” and the “Expiration Date” for each Exchange Offer announced earlier.

Top 5 Safest Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Fitbit, Inc.(FIT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Brian Withers]

    Just when Fitbit (NYSE:FIT) investors were hoping for a glimmer of good news in the company’s fourth quarter earnings report, it seems this wearable device maker’s turnaround has stalled.

  • [By Brian Withers]

    Fitbit (NYSE:FIT) has had a tough go of it lately. The fitness tracker wearables manufacturer posted negative revenue growth in Q1-2018 of 17%, widening losses, and declared its transition year has been extended into a multi-year transformational effort. It would not be a surprise if even die-hard investors were getting impatient with the stock down over 80% since its IPO in June 2015.

  • [By Demitrios Kalogeropoulos]

    The consumer shift away from cheaper activity trackers is having a much smaller impact on Garmin’s business than it is for peer Fitbit (NYSE:FIT). Investors can credit its wider portfolio of advanced wearable products for that success.

  • [By Douglas A. McIntyre]

    Fitbit Inc. (NYSE: FIT) had a bit of good news recently as sales of its Versa product rose. However, the news, which helped the share price, was not enough to counterbalance a horrible financial performance and shares that have plummeted 55% in the past two years. Chief Financial Officer William Zerella has jumped ship for another job. Shareholders would be fortunate if Chief Executive Officer James Park followed him.

  • [By Timothy Green]

    Fitness-tracker and smartwatch company Fitbit (NYSE:FIT) reported its second-quarter results after the market closed on Aug. 1. Revenue continued to slump as fitness-tracker sales tumbled, but smartwatch sales are booming thanks to the mass-market Versa.

Top 5 Safest Stocks To Invest In Right Now: CASI Pharmaceuticals, Inc.(CASI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    BidaskClub downgraded shares of CASI Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:CASI) from a strong-buy rating to a buy rating in a report released on Saturday morning.

  • [By Maxx Chatsko]

    Shares of CASI Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:CASI) jumped nearly 32% today after the small-cap pharma announced a new contract drug-manufacturing pact in China. The company now will rely on Yiling Wanzhou International Pharmaceuticals for manufacturing two drugs: entecavir and cilostazol. 

Top 5 Safest Stocks To Invest In Right Now: MakeMyTrip Limited(MMYT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Motley Fool Transcribing]

    MakeMyTrip (NASDAQ:MMYT) Q1 2019 Earnings Conference CallAug. 14, 2018 7:30 a.m. ET

    Contents:
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  • [By Logan Wallace]

    MakeMyTrip Limited (NASDAQ:MMYT) hit a new 52-week high and low during trading on Tuesday . The stock traded as low as $41.70 and last traded at $40.35, with a volume of 24850 shares trading hands. The stock had previously closed at $39.10.

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    MakeMyTrip Limited (NASDAQ: MMYT) was downgraded to neutral from buy at Goldman Sachs. The stock’s price over a 52-week range has been $22.40 to $41.30. The consensus price target is set at $37.59. With the shares closing at $41.05, this could be a valuation call.

Top 5 Safest Stocks To Invest In Right Now: eHealth Inc.(EHTH)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of eHealth, Inc. (NASDAQ: EHTH) got a boost, shooting up 16 percent to $18.64 as the company posted upbeat Q1 results.

    Enova International, Inc. (NYSE: ENVA) shares were also up, gaining 25 percent to $28.35 following Q1 results.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Los Angeles Capital Management & Equity Research Inc. boosted its stake in eHealth, Inc. (NASDAQ:EHTH) by 61.5% in the second quarter, according to the company in its most recent disclosure with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The fund owned 22,655 shares of the financial services provider’s stock after acquiring an additional 8,630 shares during the period. Los Angeles Capital Management & Equity Research Inc. owned about 0.12% of eHealth worth $501,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

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

    Shares of eHealth, Inc. (NASDAQ: EHTH) got a boost, shooting up 19 percent to $19.04 as the company posted upbeat Q1 results.

    SVB Financial Group (NASDAQ: SIVB) shares were also up, gaining 17 percent to $301.12 following strong quarterly results.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

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  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    ValuEngine lowered shares of eHealth (NASDAQ:EHTH) from a buy rating to a hold rating in a research report report published on Tuesday.

    EHTH has been the topic of several other reports. Cantor Fitzgerald boosted their price target on shares of eHealth to $22.00 and gave the stock an overweight rating in a report on Friday, May 18th. Chardan Capital initiated coverage on shares of eHealth in a report on Thursday, August 16th. They set a buy rating and a $40.00 price target on the stock. BidaskClub upgraded shares of eHealth from a buy rating to a strong-buy rating in a report on Thursday, August 16th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research cut shares of eHealth from a hold rating to a sell rating in a report on Wednesday, August 1st. Four equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, four have given a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the stock. The stock presently has a consensus rating of Buy and a consensus target price of $26.86.

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Gene-based therapy is one of the waves of medical innovation that is growing stronger by the day. In our Specialty Report, we featured two highly promising approaches to gene editing for the management of various diseases. The most popular way that is featured in the Hollywood film (Jurassic Park) is via CRISPR/Cas9: it is utilized by bacteria for million of years as a defense mechanism against viral invasion, and is the basis of gene-modification for Crispr Therapeutics (NASDAQ:CRSP). The other less-mentioned method that is just as effective is Zinc Finger Nuclease. And, Sangamo Therapeutics (NASDAQ:SGMO) is leveraging on this latter method to innovate its pipeline. That being said, we initiated our coverage of Sangamo through a three parts research (I, II, III). In this report, we’ll present an earnings update on Sangamo and analyze a novel catalyst that has the substantial unlocked value.

Hot Medical Stocks To Watch For 2019: Glaukos Corporation(GKOS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Glaukos Corp (NYSE:GKOS) – Equities research analysts at Piper Jaffray lowered their Q3 2019 EPS estimates for Glaukos in a report released on Wednesday, May 9th. Piper Jaffray analyst M. O’brien now anticipates that the medical instruments supplier will earn $0.02 per share for the quarter, down from their previous forecast of $0.03. Piper Jaffray also issued estimates for Glaukos’ Q4 2019 earnings at $0.02 EPS.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Glaukos Corp (NYSE:GKOS) – Equities research analysts at Piper Jaffray lowered their Q3 2019 EPS estimates for Glaukos in a report released on Wednesday, May 9th. Piper Jaffray analyst M. O’brien now anticipates that the medical instruments supplier will earn $0.02 per share for the quarter, down from their previous forecast of $0.03. Piper Jaffray also issued estimates for Glaukos’ Q4 2019 earnings at $0.02 EPS.

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    Wednesday carried the stock market further into record territory, as investors celebrated favorable readings on U.S. gross domestic product, which rose an estimated 4.2% during the second quarter. The Nasdaq Composite led the way higher with gains of 1%, but a solid advance for the S&P 500 pointed to the broad-based nature of the late summer rally. Adding to the positive sentiment among investors was good news from several prominent companies. Square (NYSE:SQ), Glaukos (NYSE:GKOS), and Ballard Power Systems (NASDAQ:BLDP) were among the best performers on the day. Here’s why they did so well.

Hot Medical Stocks To Watch For 2019: Fitbit, Inc.(FIT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Harsh Chauhan]

    Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) recently unveiled its latest and greatest smartwatch, the Apple Watch Series 4, and Fitbit (NYSE:FIT) shares dropped in what seemed like a reflex action. At first look, this isn’t surprising, as Cupertino is currently leading the wearables space and its latest offering is a clear indication that it will keep pushing the envelope to retain the crown.

  • [By Douglas A. McIntyre]

    Fitbit Inc. (NYSE: FIT) had a bit of good news recently as sales of its Versa product rose. However, the news, which helped the share price, was not enough to counterbalance a horrible financial performance and shares that have plummeted 55% in the past two years. Chief Financial Officer William Zerella has jumped ship for another job. Shareholders would be fortunate if Chief Executive Officer James Park followed him.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Fitbit Inc. (NYSE: FIT) shares made a handy gain to start off the week after the company announced that it shipped more than a million Fitbit Versa devices since general availability began on April 16. Overall, this is a sizable number for the firm, demonstrating strong consumer demand for the product.

  • [By Evan Niu, CFA]

    Fitbit (NYSE:FIT) has been on the ropes for several quarters now, as smartwatches broadly cannibalize the basic fitness tracker category that has long been the core of Fitbit’s business. The good news is that Fitbit recognized the market’s pending transition years ago, and started acquiring defunct companies that contained the technological pieces that could underpin its own smartwatch ambitions. While the first product that came from those efforts (the Ionic) flopped, the second (the Versa) is performing significantly better in the marketplace for wearables.

Hot Medical Stocks To Watch For 2019: THL Credit, Inc.(TCRD)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    THL Credit, Inc. (NASDAQ:TCRD) CFO Terrence W. Olson acquired 8,036 shares of the stock in a transaction on Monday, June 4th. The shares were acquired at an average cost of $7.92 per share, for a total transaction of $63,645.12. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this hyperlink.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    THL Credit, Inc. (NASDAQ:TCRD) CFO Terrence W. Olson purchased 11,511 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Friday, May 11th. The stock was bought at an average price of $7.86 per share, for a total transaction of $90,476.46. The acquisition was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is accessible through the SEC website.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    THL Credit (NASDAQ: TCRD) and Safeguard Scientifics (NYSE:SFE) are both small-cap finance companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, earnings, institutional ownership, valuation, risk, analyst recommendations and dividends.

Hot Medical Stocks To Watch For 2019: First Financial Corporation Indiana(THFF)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

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  • [By Max Byerly]

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  • [By Logan Wallace]

    BidaskClub downgraded shares of First Financial Co. Indiana (NASDAQ:THFF) from a hold rating to a sell rating in a report issued on Wednesday morning.

Hot Medical Stocks To Watch For 2019: Juniper Pharmaceuticals, Inc.(JNP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Juniper Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ: JNP) shares rallied early on Tuesday after the company announced that it would be acquired by Catalent. The transaction is expected to close in the third quarter of 2018.

Hot Medical Stocks To Watch For 2019: Clear Channel Outdoor Holdings, Inc.(CCO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Ccore (CURRENCY:CCO) traded up 77.5% against the dollar during the 24-hour period ending at 13:00 PM ET on October 1st. Ccore has a total market cap of $131,576.00 and approximately $9.00 worth of Ccore was traded on exchanges in the last day. Over the last week, Ccore has traded 53.5% lower against the dollar. One Ccore token can currently be purchased for about $0.0774 or 0.00001179 BTC on major cryptocurrency exchanges including IDEX and Mercatox.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Cameco (NYSE:CCJ) (TSE:CCO) was upgraded by Zacks Investment Research from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a note issued to investors on Tuesday.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Cameco (NYSE:CCJ) (TSE:CCO) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a sell rating to a hold rating. According to Zacks, “Cameco Corporation is one of the world’s largest uranium producers, a significant supplier of conversion services and one of two CANDU fuel manufacturers in Canada. Their competitive position is based on their controlling ownership of the world’s largest high-grade reserves and low-cost operations. Their uranium products are used to generate clean electricity in nuclear power plants around the world. They also explore for uranium in the Americas, Australia and Asia. Their shares trade on the Toronto and New York stock exchanges. Their head office is in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. “

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Despite feeling stressed about their debt load, graduate-school students are the most receptive to receiving advice about complex investing and retirement planning techniques, which could boost participation in university financial education programs, according to a recent study by the Council of Graduate Schools and TIAA.

According to TIAA and CGS research, “Financial Education: Developing High Impact Programs for Graduate and Undergraduate Students,” available at studentfinancialsuccess.org, 60% of master’s students and 55% of doctoral students report feeling stressed about their finances.

While most students were able to make ends meet, 38% of master’s students and 36% of doctoral students worry about meeting their monthly expenses, the majority of the students surveyed said they’ve had no exposure to financial education, and less than one-third are aware of any financial education programs available at their institution.

Top Tech Stocks To Buy For 2019: Jabil Circuit Inc.(JBL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Nevertheless, a long term performance chart shows Sanmina Corp previously being an outperformer, but now falling off whilepotential large cap peer Flextronics International Ltd (NASDAQ: FLEX) has given a steady performance over the last two years and small capCelestica Inc (NYSE: CLS) and mid capJabil Circuit, Inc (NYSE: JBL) have similar unaspiring charts:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Mackay Shields LLC acquired a new stake in Jabil (NYSE:JBL) during the 1st quarter, according to its most recent filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The fund acquired 743,100 shares of the technology company’s stock, valued at approximately $21,349,000.

  • [By Rich Duprey]

    And the licensing deal with Jabil (NYSE: JBL), which makes GoPro cameras, to have the camera tech added into third-party devices, expands the window of opportunity further.

Top Tech Stocks To Buy For 2019: Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc.(TTWO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Tiverton Asset Management LLC bought a new stake in Take-Two Interactive (NASDAQ:TTWO) in the 1st quarter, according to its most recent 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The fund bought 1,568 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $153,000.

  • [By John Ballard]

    At the same time, 2018 is shaping up to be a landmark year for the esports efforts of some of the biggest video game companies out there, includingActivision Blizzard (NASDAQ:ATVI), Electronic Arts (NASDAQ:EA), and Take-Two Interactive(NASDAQ:TTWO).

  • [By ]

    Take-Two Interactive (TTWO) : “The whole video game group is in turmoil. I want to see the earnings.”

    Dunkin Brands (DNKN) : “I’m a holder of Dunkin. Below $60 I’d be a buyer.”

Top Tech Stocks To Buy For 2019: Fitbit, Inc.(FIT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Harsh Chauhan]

    Fitbit (NYSE:FIT) has been paying a big price for being late to the smartwatch game. The company missed the shift in consumer preferences and surrendered its lead in the wearables market to a big shark like Apple, which didn’t waste much time in stamping its authority on this still-growing space.

  • [By Brian Withers]

    Just when Fitbit (NYSE:FIT) investors were hoping for a glimmer of good news in the company’s fourth quarter earnings report, it seems this wearable device maker’s turnaround has stalled.

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    Cramer was bearish on 3M (MMM) , Fitbit (FIT) and Granite Construction (GVA) .

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Top Tech Stocks To Buy For 2019: Acxiom Corporation(ACXM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Acxiom Corporation (NASDAQ: ACXM) is projected to post quarterly earnings at $0.21 per share on revenue of $239.88 million.

    PetIQ, Inc. (NASDAQ: PETQ) is estimated to post quarterly earnings at $0.12 per share on revenue of $108.58 million.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Acxiom Corporation (NASDAQ: ACXM) is estimated to post quarterly earnings at $0.21 per share on revenue of $239.88 million.

    Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. (NASDAQ: TTWO) is projected to post quarterly earnings at $0.64 per share on revenue of $449.88 million.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Check out these big penny stock gainers and losers

    Losers
    Jounce Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: JNCE) fell 32.5 percent to $11.92 in pre-market trading. Jounce Therapeutics reported that data from ongoing ICONIC trial of JTX-2011 will be presented at the ASCO.
    Acxiom Corporation (NASDAQ: ACXM) fell 10.7 percent to $24.60 in pre-market trading. Acxiom reported stronger-than-expected results for its fourth quarter, but issued weak FY19 guidance.
    American Public Education, Inc. (NASDAQ: APEI) shares fell 10.7 percent to $35 in pre-market trading.
    Enduro Royalty Trust (NYSE: NDRO) shares fell 8.5 percent to $3.25 in pre-market trading after tumbling 10.76 percent on Wednesday.
    NetEase, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTES) fell 8.3 percent to $244.00 in pre-market trading after reporting Q1 results.
    Aircastle Limited (NYSE: AYR) fell 7.2 percent to $21.30 in pre-market trading after announcing 7.9 million secondary offering of common shares.
    Boxlight Corporation (NASDAQ: BOXL) shares fell 5.6 percent to $9.29 in pre-market trading after rising 2.29percent on Wednesday.
    Brainstorm Cell Therapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ: BCLI) shares fell 5.3 percent to $3.93 in pre-market trading after rising 5.60 percent on Wednesday.
    Cisco Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CSCO) fell 4 percent to $43.40 in pre-market trading. Cisco reported better-than-expected results for its third quarter. The company sees fourth quarter earnings in the range of 68 cents-70 cents with sales growth of 4-6 percent.
    Jack in the Box Inc. (NASDAQ: JACK) fell 3.2 percent to $88.45 in pre-market trading after the company reported downbeat results for its second quarter. Comps were down 0.1 percent in the quarter. The company sees third-quarter comps coming in flat to up 1 percent.
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  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Acxiom Corp. (NASDAQ: ACXM) traded down more than 33% Thursday and posted a new 52-week low of $18.60 after closing Wednesday at $28.05. The stock’s 52-week high is $32.93. Volume was about 25 times the daily average of around 600,000 shares. The company is being hammered after social media giant Facebook said it would change its relationship with data brokers.

Top Tech Stocks To Buy For 2019: GRAVITY Co. Ltd.(GRVY)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

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  • [By Cooper Creagan]

    For example, if you had taken five minutes to set up a Night Trade on Gravity Co. (Nasdaq: GRVY) in October, you could’ve tripled your money, and then some.

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AFP/Getty Images Nvidia is leading the tech sectors charge on Friday.

U.S. stock benchmarks finished in the green on Friday, posting sharp weekly gains, with a big assist from rallying telecommunication and bank shares as Wall Street shook off North Koreas latest missile launch.

Top 5 Heal Care Stocks To Own Right Now: Citigroup Inc.(C)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By ]

    Citigroup Inc.’s (C) trading revenue probably rose by an estimated 8.2%, while JPMorgan’s climbed 7.8% and Bank of America Corp. (BAC) and Morgan Stanley (MS) each saw growth of 7.7%, KBW estimated in an April 4 report.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Citigroup Inc. (NYSE: C) short interest decreased to 21.23 million from the previous level of 25.14 million. Shares were trading at $69.95, in a 52-week range of $56.55 to $80.70.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    A number of institutional investors and hedge funds have recently modified their holdings of the business. Principal Financial Group Inc. boosted its position in shares of Citigroup by 17.3% during the 3rd quarter. Principal Financial Group Inc. now owns 4,869,619 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $354,216,000 after purchasing an additional 717,320 shares in the last quarter. Prudential Financial Inc. boosted its position in shares of Citigroup by 17.0% during the 3rd quarter. Prudential Financial Inc. now owns 7,514,341 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $546,594,000 after purchasing an additional 1,092,980 shares in the last quarter. C WorldWide Group Holding A S boosted its position in shares of Citigroup by 13.1% during the 3rd quarter. C WorldWide Group Holding A S now owns 6,603,267 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $480,322,000 after purchasing an additional 764,249 shares in the last quarter. Macquarie Group Ltd. boosted its position in shares of Citigroup by 3.7% during the 3rd quarter. Macquarie Group Ltd. now owns 363,594 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $26,448,000 after purchasing an additional 13,019 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Harvey Capital Management Inc. boosted its position in shares of Citigroup by 47.6% during the 3rd quarter. Harvey Capital Management Inc. now owns 124,635 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $9,065,000 after purchasing an additional 40,195 shares in the last quarter. 80.13% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

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  • [By Chris Lange]

    The Citigroup Inc. (NYSE: C) fourth-quarter report is scheduled for Friday. The consensus forecast is $1.61 in EPS on $18.8 billion in revenue. Shares closed at $68.60 apiece. The consensus price target is $83.41, and the 52-week range is $56.55 to $80.70.

  • [By ]

    Wells Fargo Securities analyst Mike Mayo is wondering who will replace Citigroup (C) Chairman Michael O’Neill, who is set for mandatory retirement at the end of 2018.

Top 5 Heal Care Stocks To Own Right Now: Omnicom Group Inc.(OMC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Shares of Omnicom Group (NYSE:OMC) have been given an average rating of “Hold” by the eighteen analysts that are covering the company, Marketbeat.com reports. Three analysts have rated the stock with a sell recommendation, eleven have assigned a hold recommendation and three have issued a buy recommendation on the company. The average 1-year price objective among brokerages that have issued a report on the stock in the last year is $81.30.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Coho Partners Ltd. lessened its stake in Omnicom Group (NYSE:OMC) by 2.8% during the 1st quarter, Holdings Channel reports. The firm owned 1,836,605 shares of the business services provider’s stock after selling 52,194 shares during the quarter. Omnicom Group accounts for 3.5% of Coho Partners Ltd.’s investment portfolio, making the stock its 15th biggest holding. Coho Partners Ltd.’s holdings in Omnicom Group were worth $133,466,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

Top 5 Heal Care Stocks To Own Right Now: Camping World Holdings, Inc. (CWH)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    The popularity of recreational vehicles has been rising, and Camping World Holdings (NYSE:CWH) has been maneuvering itself toward the front of the pack to take advantage of the trend. Although competition in the RV business is fierce, the space is quite segmented, and Camping World has a golden opportunity to build out its national presence, and begin to unify its retail face under a single corporate roof — even as it branches out in new directions in an attempt to become an even broader, all-outdoors giant.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Metropolitan Life Insurance Co. NY trimmed its position in Camping World (NYSE:CWH) by 37.8% during the fourth quarter, according to its most recent disclosure with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The fund owned 10,006 shares of the company’s stock after selling 6,077 shares during the quarter. Metropolitan Life Insurance Co. NY’s holdings in Camping World were worth $448,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Camping World (NYSE:CWH) insider Marcus Lemonis acquired 8,000 shares of Camping World stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, May 16th. The stock was acquired at an average price of $22.11 per share, with a total value of $176,880.00. The purchase was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this link.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Camping World (NYSE:CWH) had its price target reduced by KeyCorp from $52.00 to $38.00 in a research report sent to investors on Wednesday. They currently have an overweight rating on the stock. KeyCorp also issued estimates for Camping World’s Q2 2018 earnings at $0.96 EPS, Q3 2018 earnings at $0.94 EPS, Q4 2018 earnings at $0.54 EPS, Q1 2019 earnings at $0.53 EPS and Q3 2019 earnings at $1.01 EPS.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Camping World (NYSE:CWH) was downgraded by research analysts at TheStreet from a “c-” rating to a “d+” rating in a note issued to investors on Tuesday.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Camping World Holdings Inc. (NYSE: CWH) reported its first-quarter financial results before the markets opened on Tuesday. The company said that it had $0.41 in earnings per share (EPS) on $1.06 billion in revenue. Consensus estimates from Thomson Reuters had called for $0.42 in EPS on revenue of $1.05 billion, and the same period of last year reportedly had EPS of $0.38 and $883.82 million in revenue.

Top 5 Heal Care Stocks To Own Right Now: Fitbit, Inc.(FIT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Harsh Chauhan]

    Fitbit (NYSE:FIT) has been paying a big price for being late to the smartwatch game. The company missed the shift in consumer preferences and surrendered its lead in the wearables market to a big shark like Apple, which didn’t waste much time in stamping its authority on this still-growing space.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    NICE Systems (NASDAQ: NICE) and Fitbit (NYSE:FIT) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their risk, earnings, profitability, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, valuation and dividends.

  • [By Trey Thoelcke]

    Fitbit Inc. (NYSE: FIT) is set to release its first-quarter results after the closing bell on Wednesday. The consensus forecast calls for a net loss of $0.20 per share and $247.56 million in revenue. Shares traded on Fridays close at $5.30. The consensus price target is $6.13, and the 52-week range is $4.51 to $7.32.

  • [By Brian Withers]

    Just when Fitbit (NYSE:FIT) investors were hoping for a glimmer of good news in the company’s fourth quarter earnings report, it seems this wearable device maker’s turnaround has stalled.

Top 5 Heal Care Stocks To Own Right Now: Innodata Inc.(INOD)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Innodata (NASDAQ:INOD) will be releasing its Q1 2018 earnings data before the market opens on Tuesday, May 8th.

    Innodata (NASDAQ:INOD) last announced its earnings results on Thursday, March 8th. The technology company reported ($0.02) earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter. The business had revenue of $15.66 million for the quarter. Innodata had a negative return on equity of 10.94% and a negative net margin of 8.30%.

3 Wearable Stocks to Buy That Arent Apple Stock

Wearable technology is having a moment in the sun right now as more and more consumers opt to add smartwatches to their collection of gadgets. While tech behemoth Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) and its Apple Watch have been touted as the top of the class in the wearable technology sector, it’s not the only good investment within the industry.

Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT), Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ:GRMN) and QUALCOMM, Inc. (NASDAQ:QCOM) are three wearable stocks that investors should have on their radar as their own offerings look likely to propel the stocks into the future.

Apple is certainly not a bad pick, but it’s definitely not your only choice when it comes to investing in the future of wearable technology. 

Microsoft Corporation Is Heating Up in the Wearable Space Microsoft Replacing Surface Pro 4s in “Flickergate” Resolution Source: Mike Mozart Via Flickr

Microsoft stock is probably not the first investment you think of when it comes to playing the wearables trend. The company was unsuccessful with its own fitness tracker and eventually discontinued the Microsoft Band and admitted defeat.

However, it’s important to note that the smart watches seen on the streets today are only just the beginning and focusing solely on that one aspect of wearables would be extremely shortsighted.

As wearable tech gets more and more advanced, it’s application will stretch beyond just another cool gadget and Microsoft is looking to focus on that part of the wearable space.

The firm partnered with Trekstor to develop commercial wearables that will use cloud connectivity to increase productivity and streamline business activities. Microsoft says the devices could transform everything from inventory management to healthcare by replacing hand-held devices. 

So far we haven’t heard much about this project, but in the year to come I’d expect to see Microsoft capitalize on its strong position in the cloud computing space by offering a line of wearables that links on to Azure and further automate operations. 

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Garmin Isn’t Going Away Just Yet Source: Garmin

Garmin stock should be following the likes of Fitbit Inc. (NYSE:FIT) and GoPro Inc. (NASDAQ:GPRO) to the bottom of the barrel, but instead the company has emerged as close second to Apple when it comes to wearables.

Garmin has already weathered one storm, the decline of dedicated navigation systems and now the company has proven that it can stand up to competitors in the smartwatch space.

Garmin’s ability to keep focused on what consumers know and love about the company- GPS. When Garmin first came on the scene with consumer GPS devices, it was touted as innovative and bold, but now the company has paired back its innovation and instead makes useful devices for a niche group that are loyal to the brand.

That strategy has kept the company competitive in the wearables space and made the stock a good long-term bet, especially for income investors.

GRMN offers an impressive 3.58% dividend yield and boasts a relatively safe 65.38% payout ratio. That means investors can be confident that they’re going to see an income from their Garmin investment while also taking comfort in the fact that the firm knows what it takes to remain resilient in an ever-changing tech industry.

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Qualcomm Versus Apple Again Source: Qualcomm

Wearable tech makers aren’t the only ones with a horse in this race- it’s important to also consider chip makers like QCOM stock, whose processors power a significant chunk of the wearable market.

Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Wear processors can be found in all corners of the wearables market but most notably the company provides the chips for the majority of Android’s smartwatches. 

Not only is QCOM stock a good play in the wearables space, but the company is also trading relatively cheap at the moment because of worries about a trade war with China.

However, some of that pressure appears to be lifting, which has lead many to predict that QCOM has a pop coming in its future. 

Qualcomm was due to take over NXP Semiconductors (NASDAQ:NXPI), but Chinese regulators put their review of the deal on hold as trade tension with the US escalated. However, the review appears to be getting back underway. While that doesn’t guarantee that the deal will go ahead, it is a definite step in the right direction.

Over the next year QCOM stock is likely to see some turbulence as news about the NXP takeover plays out, but investors will be comforted by the company’s 4.46% dividend yield that should make up for some of that unease. 

As of this writing, Laura Hoy was long AAPL.

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Most people are aware that gold doesn’t tarnish, corrode or rust. That applies to pure gold because it does not easily combine with oxygen. The pure metal is also too soft to be used in jewelry, so it is mixed with other metals. Unfortunately, writing articles that recommend gold mining companies, even as a speculative play, can tarnish the author’s reputation and be corrosive to one’s portfolio.

Just over a month ago I recommended one such company, Golden Star Resources (NYSEMKT:GSS). The company would be reporting Q1 results in just over a week, and I was expecting a positive report. The stock had closed that day at $0.7125 and I wrote:

Will Golden Star be able to deliver on its projections? Probably, and I would not be surprised to see the company exceed its guidance on production and costs. But even if management delivers, the unknown for investors is the future price of gold. …

…I would be happy to see [the price of gold] remain where it is, and if that occurs, an investment in Golden Star could easily double in the next two years.

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  • [By Shane Hupp]

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  • [By Chris Lange]

    Fitbit, Inc. (NYSE: FIT) reported its most recent quarterly results after markets closed Monday. The company said that it had a net loss of $0.02 per share on $571 million in revenue, compared with consensus estimates from Thomson Reuters that called for breakeven earnings on $588.89 million in revenue. The fourth quarter from last year had a net loss of $0.56 per share on $573.77 million in revenue.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

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Netflix’s recent price hike isn’t denting its subscriber numbers.

Netflix (NFLX) said Monday it added more than 8 million net subscribers in the fourth quarter of 2017, marking the strongest quarterly subscription gains in its history.

The company credited the “stronger than expected” gains in new customers in part to its “original content slate.” That likely includes “Stranger Things,” Netflix’s breakout show, which returned for a second season during the quarter.

The vast majority of new subscribers continue to come from overseas, as Netflix has expanded into new international markets. Netflix added 2 million users in the U.S. and 6.36 million users abroad.

The company’s stock popped over 8% in after hours trading Monday following the earnings report. If those gains hold, Netflix would open Tuesday at a new all-time high and top a $100 billion market cap for the first time.

Shares of Netflix soared more than 50% in 2017, and have continued to rise in the first weeks of 2018 on optimism about its leading position in the streaming market.

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Best Stocks To Invest In 2018: Dell Technologies Inc. (DVMT)

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Best Stocks To Invest In 2018: Fitbit, Inc.(FIT)

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  • [By Harsh Chauhan]

    Fitbit (NYSE:FIT) has been paying a big price for being late to the smartwatch game. The company missed the shift in consumer preferences and surrendered its lead in the wearables market to a big shark like Apple, which didn’t waste much time in stamping its authority on this still-growing space.

Fossil: Now Is The Time To Add

In 2017, Fossil (NASDAQ:FOSL) laid out an aggressive five-year strategic plan called “New World Fossil”, looking to transform the business to adjust to the changing dynamics of the traditional and connected watch business. The story was grim – Fossil was at risk of obsolescence, traditional watches sales fell off for many quarters, and the company’s ancillary products (leather and jewellery) suffered even more. The stock declined to $6 at one point.

A year later, Fossil has a new breath of life as smartwatches come to the fore, and showed that it is flexible and can transform into the new market! The stock is now $19.

This shows how emotional and short-term the market can be. The continuous slide of the share price spread the fear and affirmed investors that Fossil was deemed for failure. Chatter such as How many watches does a man need? Or Fossil is fossilising really showed how sceptical the market was with respect to the company. And madness is what it was with the share price. In the middle of this, we came out with a bold move at the beginning of the year and shared our opinion to buy in the stock. Now, at $19, we are adding more. The market likes stories, and the new story of Fossil is just starting to spread among investors.

The latest two earnings reports showed that the companys transformation plan – New World Fossil – is manifesting into tangible results. This quarters headline improvements were abundant and reflected in a huge change of sentiment in the market. So much so that even institutions are buying in.

And yes, we need to remind ourselves of the fact that as investors, we tend to seek affirmation from the market to confirm our findings. The share price reversion from $6 to now $19 tells investors that the New World Fossil strategic change is working thus far, but we are cognizant that it remains premature to judge precisely where this is going. However, Fossil is executing on the first leg of its turnaround.

Q1 Results

In the last conference call, the management laid out very conservative guidance, coupled with clear strategic goals. As a result, we factor in our reading that Fossil is attempting to underpromise and over-deliver. Regardless of how the company was before, we like this way forward.

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Smartwatches shined again, posting growth of 97% yoy

We had the benefit of reading Fitbits (NYSE:FIT) earnings call a week before, and we would be lying if we didnt expect a good performance by smartwatches. Fitbits results and outlook on smartwatches were very assuring. Its smartwatches sales doubled on a sequential basis. Moreover, the company foresees an excellent product mix coming from its newly introduced smartwatches, and the health and wellness market is expanding rapidly.

Unsurprisingly to us, Fossils smartwatches performed well. The company delivered $80 million in sales for the quarter, 97% higher when compared to the first quarter of last year. The absolute sales percentage, 18% of total watches sales, is still small, but it was big enough to make yoy sales of watches to stabilise. Remember the double-digit declines just a few quarters before? 97% growth makes that seems so far back in the past!

Geographically, things are working better in Europe and Asia as opposed to the Americas.

(Source: Fossil’s 1Q18 8-K)

We are excited, and the analysts at the conference call were too. Nearly all questions were about the future of smartwatches.

Better yet, Fossil predicts the most dramatic improvement is going to be on fitness and health and wellness features that were already featured in a couple of SKUs last year in Q4. It is a step ahead of time. Additionally, it is always positive to learn that Google (GOOG, GOOGL) and Qualcomm (NASDAQ:QCOM) are significantly stepping up their investment in the category and the support of the ecosystem. Lastly, wearables last year was an $18 billion business, growing to $33 billion in three years. Fitbit is the number one in this category, but it is yet to produce positive FCF. Fossil has the scale and is still winning big contracts such as PUMA. Extrapolating the 5-6% of its traditional watch market share to smartwatches is an exciting prospect.

Marketing and sales channel wise, e-commerce outperformed wholesales

Ok, so it was impressive that Fossil achieved 5% improvement in SSS. However, it wasnt strictly “same stores sales”. This growth was mainly thanks to the companys inclusion of the direct e颅-commerce sales in its comp sales calculation – this channel alone increased almost 50% for the quarter. Nevertheless, it was very encouraging to read that direct sales channel (in-store) also performed well. In contrary, the wholesale segment in the US and Europe suffered due to the phasing out of the Adidas (OTCQX:ADDYY) and Burberry (OTCPK:BURBY) contract and the decline in sales in Skagen. The remaining brands: Michael Kors (NYSE:KORS), Emporio Armani, Armani Exchange, and Diesel were relatively flat. Thus, the decision to exit the wholesale business in the Europe leather segment was a welcoming move.

Digital marketing was the second strategic change that Fossil wanted to focus on, and we will be watching this closely. So far, it is executing exceptionally well.

Margins improved

Gross margin improved to 50.5%, highest in the past five quarters (4Q17: 48.66%, 3Q17: 46.45%, 2Q17: 50.49%, 1Q17: 49.76%). Q1 benefited from nearly $20 million of the New World Fossil cost tightening effort, which is projected to drive $200 million in gross margin and efficiency benefits through 2019.

The company had lower expenses in the first quarter resulting from corporate and regional infrastructure reductions, as well as lower store expenses, given 81 stores were closed since last year (the total now is 512 stores). Unfortunately, store closures will continue to hurt total direct channels sales; last quarter, this negatively impacted up to 300 basis points. All in all, we are encouraged, for as more unprofitable stores are closed, Fossil will become smaller but leaner.

Lastly, restructuring costs will continue to affect EPS. However, it will decrease as fewer stores are required to shut down.

Our reported loss of $0.99 per share included $0.35 of New World Fossil restructuring charges. Excluding these items, our adjusted EPS loss was $0.64. Last year, our first quarter EPS loss was $1 and included $0.35 impact from restructuring charges. EPS was relatively flat this year compared to last year despite the lower sales volume as we continue to deliver on our New World Fossil initiatives with improved gross margins and lower operating expenses.

– Source: Fossil 1Q18 Earnings Call

EBITDA and FCF

For 2018, Fossil expects adjusted EBITDA in the range of $175-225 million and will invest approximately $25 million in capital expenditures. Coupled with interest expense of $50 million, Fossils FCF will range from $100 million to $150 million. These are fantastic numbers for a company that was supposedly struggling just a few quarters earlier.

Company management expects to see better years ahead:

As we said in our last call, our longer颅-term view is that after top颅line contraction in 2018, our initiatives should begin to stabilize sales levels in 2019 with sales growth returning in 2020 and continuing to grow annually thereafter. And with our New World Fossil transformation initiatives, we are targeting a double-颅digit operating margin over the long term.

– Source: Fossil 1Q18 Earnings Call

Financial Health

Fossils debt is at $463 million, reduced from $616 million a year ago. Cash is at $230 million, compared to $320 million last year. However, interest payment is higher by $2 million yoy due to the recent refinancing.

Overall, with trailing 12颅-month adjusted EBITDA of $204 million. Fossils first-quarter leverage ratio was 2.3 times, well within its 4.5 times bank leverage ratio covenant limits. The company is in no hurry to pay off its debts, but given the $230 million pile of cash and conservatively $100 million FCF, all debts could be paid off within two years.

Takeaway

Fossil’s 1Q18 results were very progressive in the essential areas, though dampened with a few misses in the wholesales channel, the American market and further restructuring costs expected. However, it was enough to change the sentiment of the market from the demise of traditional watches to the growth of wearables! The current product mix of 18% is expected to rise to 25%, 30% and then 35%.

With forward EBITDA of $175-225 million and FCF in the $100-150 million range, managements convincing story is well-supported! The strategic transformation to shift the company from owning 5-6% of the world’s traditional watches to owning the same percentage in the hybrid and smartwatches segments is well underway.

Fossil is a still buy from here.

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If Fossil is not for you, we cover value stocks, so maybe try a diversified rail stock (L.B. Foster (NASDAQ:FSTR)), a beaten-down health retailer (GNC Holdings (NYSE:GNC)), or a pure online car parts play (U.S. Auto Parts Network (NASDAQ:PRTS)).

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Fossil: Now Is The Time To Add

In 2017, Fossil (NASDAQ:FOSL) laid out an aggressive five-year strategic plan called “New World Fossil”, looking to transform the business to adjust to the changing dynamics of the traditional and connected watch business. The story was grim – Fossil was at risk of obsolescence, traditional watches sales fell off for many quarters, and the company’s ancillary products (leather and jewellery) suffered even more. The stock declined to $6 at one point.

A year later, Fossil has a new breath of life as smartwatches come to the fore, and showed that it is flexible and can transform into the new market! The stock is now $19.

This shows how emotional and short-term the market can be. The continuous slide of the share price spread the fear and affirmed investors that Fossil was deemed for failure. Chatter such as How many watches does a man need? Or Fossil is fossilising really showed how sceptical the market was with respect to the company. And madness is what it was with the share price. In the middle of this, we came out with a bold move at the beginning of the year and shared our opinion to buy in the stock. Now, at $19, we are adding more. The market likes stories, and the new story of Fossil is just starting to spread among investors.

The latest two earnings reports showed that the companys transformation plan – New World Fossil – is manifesting into tangible results. This quarters headline improvements were abundant and reflected in a huge change of sentiment in the market. So much so that even institutions are buying in.

And yes, we need to remind ourselves of the fact that as investors, we tend to seek affirmation from the market to confirm our findings. The share price reversion from $6 to now $19 tells investors that the New World Fossil strategic change is working thus far, but we are cognizant that it remains premature to judge precisely where this is going. However, Fossil is executing on the first leg of its turnaround.

Q1 Results

In the last conference call, the management laid out very conservative guidance, coupled with clear strategic goals. As a result, we factor in our reading that Fossil is attempting to underpromise and over-deliver. Regardless of how the company was before, we like this way forward.

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Smartwatches shined again, posting growth of 97% yoy

We had the benefit of reading Fitbits (NYSE:FIT) earnings call a week before, and we would be lying if we didnt expect a good performance by smartwatches. Fitbits results and outlook on smartwatches were very assuring. Its smartwatches sales doubled on a sequential basis. Moreover, the company foresees an excellent product mix coming from its newly introduced smartwatches, and the health and wellness market is expanding rapidly.

Unsurprisingly to us, Fossils smartwatches performed well. The company delivered $80 million in sales for the quarter, 97% higher when compared to the first quarter of last year. The absolute sales percentage, 18% of total watches sales, is still small, but it was big enough to make yoy sales of watches to stabilise. Remember the double-digit declines just a few quarters before? 97% growth makes that seems so far back in the past!

Geographically, things are working better in Europe and Asia as opposed to the Americas.

(Source: Fossil’s 1Q18 8-K)

We are excited, and the analysts at the conference call were too. Nearly all questions were about the future of smartwatches.

Better yet, Fossil predicts the most dramatic improvement is going to be on fitness and health and wellness features that were already featured in a couple of SKUs last year in Q4. It is a step ahead of time. Additionally, it is always positive to learn that Google (GOOG, GOOGL) and Qualcomm (NASDAQ:QCOM) are significantly stepping up their investment in the category and the support of the ecosystem. Lastly, wearables last year was an $18 billion business, growing to $33 billion in three years. Fitbit is the number one in this category, but it is yet to produce positive FCF. Fossil has the scale and is still winning big contracts such as PUMA. Extrapolating the 5-6% of its traditional watch market share to smartwatches is an exciting prospect.

Marketing and sales channel wise, e-commerce outperformed wholesales

Ok, so it was impressive that Fossil achieved 5% improvement in SSS. However, it wasnt strictly “same stores sales”. This growth was mainly thanks to the companys inclusion of the direct e颅-commerce sales in its comp sales calculation – this channel alone increased almost 50% for the quarter. Nevertheless, it was very encouraging to read that direct sales channel (in-store) also performed well. In contrary, the wholesale segment in the US and Europe suffered due to the phasing out of the Adidas (OTCQX:ADDYY) and Burberry (OTCPK:BURBY) contract and the decline in sales in Skagen. The remaining brands: Michael Kors (NYSE:KORS), Emporio Armani, Armani Exchange, and Diesel were relatively flat. Thus, the decision to exit the wholesale business in the Europe leather segment was a welcoming move.

Digital marketing was the second strategic change that Fossil wanted to focus on, and we will be watching this closely. So far, it is executing exceptionally well.

Margins improved

Gross margin improved to 50.5%, highest in the past five quarters (4Q17: 48.66%, 3Q17: 46.45%, 2Q17: 50.49%, 1Q17: 49.76%). Q1 benefited from nearly $20 million of the New World Fossil cost tightening effort, which is projected to drive $200 million in gross margin and efficiency benefits through 2019.

The company had lower expenses in the first quarter resulting from corporate and regional infrastructure reductions, as well as lower store expenses, given 81 stores were closed since last year (the total now is 512 stores). Unfortunately, store closures will continue to hurt total direct channels sales; last quarter, this negatively impacted up to 300 basis points. All in all, we are encouraged, for as more unprofitable stores are closed, Fossil will become smaller but leaner.

Lastly, restructuring costs will continue to affect EPS. However, it will decrease as fewer stores are required to shut down.

Our reported loss of $0.99 per share included $0.35 of New World Fossil restructuring charges. Excluding these items, our adjusted EPS loss was $0.64. Last year, our first quarter EPS loss was $1 and included $0.35 impact from restructuring charges. EPS was relatively flat this year compared to last year despite the lower sales volume as we continue to deliver on our New World Fossil initiatives with improved gross margins and lower operating expenses.

– Source: Fossil 1Q18 Earnings Call

EBITDA and FCF

For 2018, Fossil expects adjusted EBITDA in the range of $175-225 million and will invest approximately $25 million in capital expenditures. Coupled with interest expense of $50 million, Fossils FCF will range from $100 million to $150 million. These are fantastic numbers for a company that was supposedly struggling just a few quarters earlier.

Company management expects to see better years ahead:

As we said in our last call, our longer颅-term view is that after top颅line contraction in 2018, our initiatives should begin to stabilize sales levels in 2019 with sales growth returning in 2020 and continuing to grow annually thereafter. And with our New World Fossil transformation initiatives, we are targeting a double-颅digit operating margin over the long term.

– Source: Fossil 1Q18 Earnings Call

Financial Health

Fossils debt is at $463 million, reduced from $616 million a year ago. Cash is at $230 million, compared to $320 million last year. However, interest payment is higher by $2 million yoy due to the recent refinancing.

Overall, with trailing 12颅-month adjusted EBITDA of $204 million. Fossils first-quarter leverage ratio was 2.3 times, well within its 4.5 times bank leverage ratio covenant limits. The company is in no hurry to pay off its debts, but given the $230 million pile of cash and conservatively $100 million FCF, all debts could be paid off within two years.

Takeaway

Fossil’s 1Q18 results were very progressive in the essential areas, though dampened with a few misses in the wholesales channel, the American market and further restructuring costs expected. However, it was enough to change the sentiment of the market from the demise of traditional watches to the growth of wearables! The current product mix of 18% is expected to rise to 25%, 30% and then 35%.

With forward EBITDA of $175-225 million and FCF in the $100-150 million range, managements convincing story is well-supported! The strategic transformation to shift the company from owning 5-6% of the world’s traditional watches to owning the same percentage in the hybrid and smartwatches segments is well underway.

Fossil is a still buy from here.

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NICE Systems (NICE) versus Fitbit (FIT) HeadHead Comparison

NICE Systems (NASDAQ: NICE) and Fitbit (NYSE:FIT) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their risk, earnings, profitability, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, valuation and dividends.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

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44.5% of NICE Systems shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 59.5% of Fitbit shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.0% of NICE Systems shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 19.8% of Fitbit shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares NICE Systems and Fitbit’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
NICE Systems 10.98% 8.71% 5.27%
Fitbit -19.05% -19.17% -10.92%

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and price targets for NICE Systems and Fitbit, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
NICE Systems 0 5 3 0 2.38
Fitbit 3 9 4 0 2.06

NICE Systems presently has a consensus target price of $95.29, suggesting a potential downside of 6.83%. Fitbit has a consensus target price of $5.80, suggesting a potential upside of 10.27%. Given Fitbit’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Fitbit is more favorable than NICE Systems.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares NICE Systems and Fitbit’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
NICE Systems $1.33 billion 4.61 $143.29 million $2.31 44.27
Fitbit $1.62 billion 0.68 -$277.19 million ($0.65) -8.09

NICE Systems has higher earnings, but lower revenue than Fitbit. Fitbit is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than NICE Systems, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Risk and Volatility

NICE Systems has a beta of 0.73, meaning that its stock price is 27% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Fitbit has a beta of 1.89, meaning that its stock price is 89% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

NICE Systems beats Fitbit on 8 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

NICE Systems Company Profile

NICE Ltd. provides enterprise software solutions worldwide. It operates in two segments, Customer Engagement and Financial Crime and Compliance. The Customer Engagement segment offers platform and solutions that empower businesses to deliver consistent and personalized experience across the customer journey, and delivered in the cloud, as well as on premise. Its solutions also optimize business performance and ensure compliance. This segment serves contact centers, back office operations, and retail branches in various industries, including banking, telecommunications, insurance, healthcare, business process outsourcing, government, utilities, travel, entertainment, and e-commerce. The Financial Crime and Compliance segment provides real time and cross-channel fraud prevention, anti-money laundering, brokerage compliance, and enterprise-wide case management services for financial institutions and regulatory authorities. The company also offers professional and support services covering various stages of the technology lifecycle. It sells its solutions and products directly to customers, as well as indirectly through selected partners. NICE Ltd. has strategic alliances with Accenture, Bain, Boston Consulting Group, Cisco, Cognizant, ConvergeOne, Deloitte, Fuze, IBM, Infosys, IPC, Motorola, PWC, RingCentral, Salesforce.com, Servion, Tata Consulting Services, and Verizon. The company was formerly known as NICE-Systems Ltd. and changed its name to NICE Ltd. in June 2016. NICE Ltd. was founded in 1986 and is headquartered in Ra'anana, Israel.

Fitbit Company Profile

Fitbit, Inc., a technology company, provides health solutions in the United States and internationally. The company offers a line of devices, including Fitbit Surge, Fitbit Blaze, Fitbit Charge 2, Alta HR, Alta, Fitbit Flex 2, Fitbit One, and Fitbit Zip activity trackers; Fitbit Ionic smartwatches; Fitbit Aria 2 Wi-Fi smart scales; and a range of accessories, such as bands and frames for its devices, as well as Fitbit Flyer, a wireless headphone designed for fitness. It also offers Fitbit online dashboard and mobile apps that sync automatically with and display real-time data from its wearable devices; and Fitbit Coach that offers exercise programs through personal trainer and yoga apps. The company sells its products through consumer electronics and specialty, e-commerce, mass merchant, department store, club, and sporting goods and outdoors retailers; wireless carriers; distributors; and Fitbit.com, an online store, as well as directly to consumers. The company was formerly known as Healthy Metrics Research, Inc. and changed its name to Fitbit, Inc. in October 2007. Fitbit, Inc. was founded in 2007 and is headquartered in San Francisco, California.