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Top 10 Casino Stocks To Invest In Right Now

Century Casinos (NASDAQ: CNTY) is one of 31 public companies in the “Hotels & motels” industry, but how does it compare to its competitors? We will compare Century Casinos to similar companies based on the strength of its analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, valuation, earnings, risk, profitability and dividends.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

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77.0% of Century Casinos shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 68.9% of shares of all “Hotels & motels” companies are owned by institutional investors. 14.5% of Century Casinos shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 17.0% of shares of all “Hotels & motels” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

Top 10 Casino Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Enphase Energy, Inc.(ENPH)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [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.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Enphase Energy (NASDAQ:ENPH) was upgraded by research analysts at BidaskClub from a “buy” rating to a “strong-buy” rating in a research report issued on Saturday.

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    Shares of small cap solar tech stock Enphase Energy (NASDAQ: ENPH) have been up over the past several months albeit some are betting they will make more money shorting rather than investing in shares as the stock currently has elevated short interest of 33.18% (according to HighShortInterest.com) heading into earnings next week.

Top 10 Casino Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Newell Rubbermaid Inc.(NWL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Newell Brands Inc. (NYSE: NWL) traded down more than 1.5% Thursday and posted a new 52-week low of $23.41 after closing Wednesday at $24.78. The stock’s 52-week high is $55.08. Volume totaled around 8.2 million, approaching 15% above the daily average of around 1.1 million. The company had no specific news.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Boothe Investment Group Inc. purchased a new stake in shares of Newell Brands Inc (NYSE:NWL) in the second quarter, HoldingsChannel.com reports. The fund purchased 98,665 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $2,545,000. Newell Brands accounts for approximately 2.4% of Boothe Investment Group Inc.’s portfolio, making the stock its 12th largest holding.

  • [By ]

    Not every battle is worth fighting, Cramer told viewers. That’s especially true if you own shares of Newell Brands (NWL) , which is embroiled in a bitter proxy fight between activists Starboard Capital and Carl Icahn.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    When Newell Brands Inc. (NASDAQ: NWL) released its fourth-quarter financial results before the markets opened on Friday, the firm said that it had $0.71 in earnings per share (EPS) and $2.3 billion in revenue. This compares to consensus estimates from Thomson Reuters that called for $0.67 in EPS and $2.43 billion in revenue, as well as the $0.68 per share and $3.74 billion posted in last year’s fourth quarter.

  • [By ]

    Not every battle is worth fighting, Cramer told viewers. That’s especially true if you own shares of Newell Brands (NWL) , which is embroiled in a bitter proxy fight between activists Starboard Capital and Carl Icahn.

Top 10 Casino Stocks To Invest In Right Now: General Motors Company(GM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By John Rosevear]

    Here are the June sales results for the six largest-selling automakers in the U.S. market. The overall U.S. light-vehicle market rose 5.2% in June, according to figures from Automotive News, meaning that Ford’s gain lagged the market’s growth. 

    Automaker June 2018 U.S. Sales Change vs. June 2017
    General Motors (NYSE:GM) 256,976 5.7%
    Ford  230,635 1.2%
    Toyota 209,602 3.6%
    Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (NYSE:FCAU) 202,264 8%
    Honda 146,563 4.8%
    Nissan 145,096 1.2%

    Data sources: The automakers, Automotive News. Figures for General Motors are Automotive News estimates, as GM no longer reports its U.S. sales on a monthly basis. 

  • [By Rich Duprey, Daniel Miller, and Dan Caplinger]

    ExxonMobil (NYSE:XOM), General Motors (NYSE:GM), and GEO Group (NYSE:GEO) have been identified by three Motley Fool contributors as meeting those criteria. Read on to see why you may want to buy one, two, or all three of them for your own portfolio.

  • [By Daniel Miller]

    Some investors are still surprised when they find out that the financial divisions of Ford Motor Co. (NYSE:F) and General Motors (NYSE:GM) are among the most profitable parts of the automakers’ operations.

  • [By Timothy Green]

    My two favorite dividend stocks, both of which I own, are International Business Machines (NYSE:IBM) and General Motors (NYSE:GM). These stocks have been knocked down by pessimism, pushing the dividend yields above 4% in each case. And those high-yield dividends are well covered by earnings, meaning that the chance of a dividend cut is slim. Here’s why dividend investors should consider adding IBM and GM to their portfolios.

  • [By Anders Bylund, Timothy Green, and Dan Caplinger]

    So we asked a few of your fellow investors here at The Motley Fool to share some of their top growth-stock ideas right now. They came back with a deep look into the far future, recommending that you take a closer look at Red Hat (NYSE:RHT), General Motors (NYSE:GM), and Varonis Systems (NASDAQ:VRNS).

  • [By Daniel Miller]

    General Motors (NYSE:GM), along with many automakers, is in an unusual position to hit two birds with one stone as the automotive industry evolves toward the future of driverless vehicles. That’s because it believes electric vehicles are the foundation for autonomous vehicles, and it’s rapidly developing technology for both. So far, a large hurdle to overcome is how to profitably make and sell EVs. On Thursday, GM, along with software company Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ:ADSK), gave us a glimpse at one small idea that could help do just that.

Top 10 Casino Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Hatteras Financial Corp(HTS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    News articles about Hatteras Financial (NYSE:HTS) have trended positive on Sunday, Accern reports. The research firm identifies positive and negative media coverage by reviewing more than twenty million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Hatteras Financial earned a media sentiment score of 0.31 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news headlines about the real estate investment trust an impact score of 46.6332645118122 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the next several days.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Media headlines about Hatteras Financial (NYSE:HTS) have trended positive on Wednesday, according to Accern Sentiment. Accern rates the sentiment of news coverage by reviewing more than twenty million blog and news 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. Hatteras Financial earned a news sentiment score of 0.26 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave headlines about the real estate investment trust an impact score of 45.8883073191268 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the next several days.

Top 10 Casino Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Hollysys Automation Technologies Ltd.(HOLI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Hollysys Automation Technologies (NASDAQ:HOLI) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report issued on Tuesday.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Ideal Power (NASDAQ: IPWR) and Hollysys Automation Technologies (NASDAQ:HOLI) are both small-cap industrial products companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, institutional ownership, dividends, analyst recommendations, profitability, risk and earnings.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Hollysys Automation Technologies Ltd. (NASDAQ: HOLI) shares were also up, gaining 24 percent to $27.3947 following Q3 results.

    Equities Trading DOWN

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Hollysys Automation Technologies (NASDAQ:HOLI) was downgraded by analysts at ValuEngine from a buy rating to a hold rating.

    HTG Molecular Diagnostics (NASDAQ:HTGM) was downgraded by analysts at ValuEngine from a buy rating to a hold rating.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

     

    Companies Reporting After The Bell
    Agilent Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: A) is estimated to post quarterly earnings at $0.64 per share on revenue of $1.21 billion.
    Vipshop Holdings Limited (NYSE: VIPS) is expected to post quarterly earnings at $0.18 per share on revenue of $3.10 billion.
    Rexnord Corporation (NYSE: RXN) is projected to post quarterly earnings at $0.39 per share on revenue of $551.94 million.
    Invitation Homes Inc. (NYSE: INVH) is estimated to post quarterly earnings at $0.03 per share on revenue of $423.13 million.
    Switch, Inc. (NYSE: SWCH) is expected to post quarterly earnings at $0.05 per share on revenue of $99.83 million.
    Itron, Inc. (NASDAQ: ITRI) is projected to post quarterly earnings at $0.13 per share on revenue of $579.85 million.
    Hollysys Automation Technologies Ltd. (NASDAQ: HOLI) is expected to post quarterly earnings at $0.44 per share on revenue of $119.06 million.
    Amyris, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMRS) is estimated to post quarterly earnings at $0.07 per share on revenue of $68.14 million.
    Dicerna Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: DRNA) is projected to post quarterly loss at $0.38 per share on revenue of $1.87 million.
    VOXX International Corporation (NASDAQ: VOXX) is expected to post quarterly earnings at $0.05 per share on revenue of $130.00 million.
    Phoenix New Media Limited (NYSE: FENG) is estimated to post quarterly loss at $0.12 per share on revenue of $45.38 million.
    Restoration Robotics, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAIR) is projected to post quarterly loss at $0.17 per share on revenue of $5.93 million.
    YogaWorks, Inc. (NASDAQ: YOGA) is estimated to post quarterly loss at $0.22 per share on revenue of

Top 10 Casino Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Applied Optoelectronics, Inc.(AAOI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Applied Optoelectronics (NASDAQ:AAOI) was upgraded by investment analysts at ValuEngine from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report issued on Saturday.

  • [By Steve Symington]

    Shares of Applied Optoelectronics Inc. (NASDAQ:AAOI) were down 11.2% as of 3:15 p.m. EDT Tuesday after an analyst downgraded two of the communications equipment specialist’s peers. 

  • [By Nicholas Rossolillo]

    After doubling in price several times in 2017, shares of optical networking supplier Applied Optoelectronics (NASDAQ:AAOI) reversed course and nearly erased all of those gains through spring 2018. The stock has been showing signs of life as of late, though, notching a nearly 50% gain in May. Investors may be tempted to chase those kinds of returns, but it’s important to know a few facts first.

  • [By Anders Bylund]

    Applied Optoelectronics (NASDAQ:AAOI) had a volatile first half of 2018, according to data from S&P Global Market Intelligence. Share prices fell as much as 40% before bouncing back, and the maker of optoelectronic components for fiber-optic networking systems locked in an 18.7% year-to-date gain at the end of June.

  • [By Anders Bylund]

    Notably, Applied Optoelectronics (NASDAQ:AAOI) was held up as a likely takeover target before the ink had dried on the Oclaro/Lumentum deal, but the stock started to fall a couple of weeks later as no such bids materialized. Applied Optoelectronics shares fell 10.3% lower in March, but the damage was repaired in early April when analyst firm Rosenblatt said that the company’s largest data center customers are ramping up their computing infrastructures very quickly at the moment.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Check out these big penny stock gainers and losers

    Losers
    Extreme Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: EXTR) fell 26 percent to $8.70 in pre-market trading after the company reported downbeat earnings for its third quarter and issued weak Q4 guidance.
    Caesarstone Ltd. (NASDAQ: CSTE) shares fell 12.5 percent to $16.15 in pre-market trading after the company reported downbeat Q1 results and lowered its FY18 sales forecast.
    MINDBODY, Inc. (NASDAQ: MB) fell 11.7 percent to $38.65 in pre-market trading following mixed Q1 results.
    Vivint Solar, Inc. (NYSE: VSLR) fell 10 percent to $3.60 in pre-market trading after reporting Q1 miss.
    Applied Optoelectronics, Inc. (NASDAQ: AAOI) shares fell 10 percent to $31.63 in pre-market trading after reporting a Q1 earnings miss at 28 cents per share, 5 cents below estimates.
    Monster Beverage Corporation (NASDAQ: MNST) fell 7.7 percent to $49.00 in pre-market trading after reporting downbeat quarterly earnings.
    MaxLinear, Inc. (NYSE: MXL) fell 6.1 percent to $22.39 in pre-market trading following Q1 earnings.
    Virtu Financial, Inc. (NASDAQ: VIRT) fell 5.3 percent to $31.1604 in pre-market trading after announcing a 15 million share common stock secondary offering.
    Papa John's International, Inc. (NASDAQ: PZZA) shares fell 4.7 percent to $56 in pre-market trading after reporting downbeat Q1 earnings

Top 10 Casino Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Hudson Global, Inc.(HSON)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    JBF Capital Inc. purchased a new position in Hudson Global Inc (NASDAQ:HSON) in the second quarter, Holdings Channel reports. The fund purchased 157,917 shares of the business services provider’s stock, valued at approximately $256,000.

Top 10 Casino Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Sanderson Farms Inc.(SAFM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Motley Fool Transcribers]

    Sanderson Farms Inc (NASDAQ:SAFM)Q3 2018 Earnings Conference CallAug. 23, 2018, 11:00 a.m. ET

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

    Operator

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Sanderson Farms, Inc. (NASDAQ:SAFM) announced a quarterly dividend on Friday, September 21st, Wall Street Journal reports. Stockholders of record on Tuesday, October 2nd will be given a dividend of 0.32 per share on Tuesday, October 16th. This represents a $1.28 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 1.29%. The ex-dividend date is Monday, October 1st.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Get a free copy of the Zacks research report on Sanderson Farms (SAFM)

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  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Tuesday morning, the consumer staples shares surged 0.17 percent. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included CV Sciences, Inc. (OTC: CVSI), up 6 percent, and Sanderson Farms, Inc. (NASDAQ: SAFM) up 5 percent.

Top 10 Casino Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Zogenix, Inc.(ZGNX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Zogenix, Inc. (NASDAQ:ZGNX) was the recipient of some unusual options trading activity on Wednesday. Traders acquired 3,109 call options on the stock. This represents an increase of approximately 1,064% compared to the typical daily volume of 267 call options.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Stock analysts at B. Riley assumed coverage on shares of Zogenix (NASDAQ:ZGNX) in a research note issued on Friday. The firm set a “buy” rating and a $116.00 price target on the stock. B. Riley’s price objective points to a potential upside of 154.11% from the stock’s current price.

  • [By Motley Fool Transcribers]

    Zogenix Inc  (NASDAQ:ZGNX)Q4 2018 Earnings Conference CallFeb. 28, 2019, 4:30 p.m. ET

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

    Operator

Top 10 Casino Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Euronav NV(EURN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Seanergy Maritime (NASDAQ: SHIP) and Euronav (NYSE:EURN) are both small-cap transportation companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their risk, valuation, institutional ownership, earnings, dividends, profitability and analyst recommendations.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Check out these big penny stock gainers and losers

    Losers
    Teradyne, Inc. (NYSE: TER) fell 10.8 percent to $37.02 in pre-market trading after the company issued downbeat Q2 guidance.
    Edwards Lifesciences Corporation (NYSE: EW) fell 9.2 percent to $122.29 in pre-market trading. Edwards Lifesciences reported better-than-expected results for its first quarter, but issued weak earnings guidance for the second quarter.
    New Gold Inc. (NYSE: NGD) fell 8.8 percent to $2.30 in pre-market trading after rising 4.13 percent on Tuesday.
    Gold Fields Limited (ADR) (NYSE: GFI) fell 8.6 percent to $3.61 in pre-market trading.
    Natus Medical Incorporated (NASDAQ: BABY) fell 8.2 percent to $32.95 in pre-market trading after the company issued weak forecast for the second quarter.
    Atossa Genetics Inc. (NASDAQ: ATOS) shares fell 7.9 percent to $3.50 in pre-market trading after climbing 27.09 percent on Tuesday.
    Bright Scholar Education Holdings Limited (NYSE: BEDU) shares fell 6.7 percent to $13.58 in pre-market trading after reporting Q1 results.
    Sangamo Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: SGMO) fell 5.9 percent to $16.75 in pre-market trading following announcement of a $200 million common stock offering.
    Foresight Autonomous Holdings Ltd (NASDAQ: FRSX) shares fell 5.7 percent to $3.29 in pre-market trading after declining 3.32 percent on Tuesday.
    Euronav NV (NYSE: EURN) fell 4.8 percent to $8.40 in pre-market trading.
    Limelight Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: LLNW) shares fell 4.3 percent to $4.69 in pre-market trading.
    Gaming and Leisure Properties Inc (NASDAQ: GLPI) shares fell 4.1 percent to $32.92 in pre-market trading after the company issued downbeat quarterly results and reported the retirement of CFO William Clifford

Best Small Cap Stocks To Watch Right Now

With the market up 22% up over the course of the past year, led by giants like Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) and Facebook, Inc. (NASDAQ:FB), investors might fear that a pullback is just around the corner. And maybe one is.

If we do finally get that overdue correction, however, not every stock necessarily has to make the trip lower. There are plenty of off-the-radar, highly compelling names from the small-cap realm that may well shrug off a market downturn and do their own thing.

Which stocks, you ask?

There are several out there, but they might be difficult to find because of their diminutive size. If you’d rather not start that search one your own, here’s a look at ten small-cap stocks to buy. These small caps are not sure things, but they bring as much reward potential to the table as risk.

As with all risky investments, these small-cap stocks to buy have to be kept on a short leash and require plenty of monitoring. But their potential, they could be well worth the time and effort.

Best Small Cap Stocks To Watch Right Now: Grifols, S.A.(GRFS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Grifols (NASDAQ:GRFS) was upgraded by equities researchers at BidaskClub from a “strong sell” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report issued to clients and investors on Wednesday.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Financial Gravity Companies Inc. raised its stake in shares of Grifols (NASDAQ:GRFS) by 264.0% during the 1st quarter, according to the company in its most recent filing with the SEC. The firm owned 13,862 shares of the biotechnology company’s stock after purchasing an additional 10,054 shares during the quarter. Financial Gravity Companies Inc.’s holdings in Grifols were worth $282,000 as of its most recent filing with the SEC.

Best Small Cap Stocks To Watch Right Now: Lazard Global Total Return and Income Fund(LGI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Headlines about Lazard Global Total Return & Income Fund common stock (NYSE:LGI) have been trending somewhat negative recently, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. Accern ranks the sentiment of media coverage by monitoring more than 20 million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Lazard Global Total Return & Income Fund common stock earned a news sentiment score of -0.13 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media coverage about the company an impact score of 47.0546102091578 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the next several days.

Best Small Cap Stocks To Watch Right Now: General Motors Company(GM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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    That’s decent news for Mother Earth, but potentially challenging news for automakers such as Ford (F) and General Motors (GM) given the high R&D expenses needs to support electric car roll-outs.

  • [By Rich Duprey]

    Surprisingly, however, Ford is valued at a slight premium to Toyota, General Motors (NYSE:GM), and Fiat Chrysler (NYSE:FCAU). Where the U.S. carmaker goes for nine times trailing earnings, Toyota and Chrysler are valued at seven times earnings, and GM goes for six times its profits over the last 12 months. On a forward basis, they’re all pretty much in the same spot.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    In another recall announced yesterday, General Motors Co. (NYSE: GM) said it is recalling about 53,500 model year 2014 through 2016 Cadillac CTS sedans to repair a flawed front seat heater. The cars were built between June 10, 2013, and July 1, 2016. Newer models use a new heating system.

  • [By John Rosevear]

    But if you’re an investor in General Motors (NYSE:GM) or Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F), you might be surprised by how the Detroit automakers performed.

  • [By John Rosevear]

    Earlier this month, The Wall Street Journal reported (subscription required) that General Motors (NYSE:GM) will soon discontinue production of the small Chevrolet Sonic hatchback, and that it’s considering ending production of its big Chevrolet Impala sedan as well.

  • [By John Rosevear]

    Priestley: Recently, we’ve seen a lot of headlines around Ford. A couple of my favorites: “Ford Is Basically Giving Up on The U.S. Car Business, and GM (NYSE:GM) Is Not Far Behind.” Second favorite: “Ford to Kill Fusion, Taurus and Fiesta Cars to Make Way for More SUVs.” We’ve seen a huge amount of attention on Ford’s plan to reduce its passenger car lineup and refocus on its larger vehicles, which is all part of this trend toward SUVs, pickups, and crossovers that we’ve seen in the U.S. and we’ve actually talked about on this show before. 

Top Stocks To Own For 2019

TransDigm Group Incorporated (NYSE:TDG) hit a new 52-week high on Monday . The stock traded as high as $397.28 and last traded at $397.20, with a volume of 5695 shares traded. The stock had previously closed at $393.23.

Several equities research analysts have recently weighed in on TDG shares. SunTrust Banks upped their target price on TransDigm Group to $436.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research report on Thursday, October 11th. Robert W. Baird downgraded TransDigm Group from an “outperform” rating to a “neutral” rating and set a $365.00 target price for the company. in a research report on Thursday, October 11th. Finally, Jefferies Financial Group reaffirmed a “hold” rating and issued a $355.00 target price on shares of TransDigm Group in a research report on Tuesday, January 8th. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, six have assigned a hold rating and ten have assigned a buy rating to the stock. TransDigm Group presently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $377.07.

Top Stocks To Own For 2019: Lantronix, Inc.(LTRX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Lantronix (NASDAQ:LTRX) shares hit a new 52-week high and low during mid-day trading on Thursday . The stock traded as low as $3.24 and last traded at $3.20, with a volume of 2090 shares traded. The stock had previously closed at $3.21.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Lantronix Inc (NASDAQ:LTRX)’s share price reached a new 52-week high during trading on Monday . The stock traded as high as $4.03 and last traded at $3.90, with a volume of 768 shares trading hands. The stock had previously closed at $3.85.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Lantronix (NASDAQ:LTRX) was upgraded by equities research analysts at ValuEngine from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note issued to investors on Thursday.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

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

Top Stocks To Own For 2019: iShares Core S&P Total US Stock Mkt (ITOT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Traders purchased shares of iShares S&P 1500 Index Fund (BMV:ITOT) on weakness during trading hours on Wednesday. $50.39 million flowed into the stock on the tick-up and $29.44 million flowed out of the stock on the tick-down, for a money net flow of $20.95 million into the stock. Of all equities tracked, iShares S&P 1500 Index Fund had the 33rd highest net in-flow for the day. iShares S&P 1500 Index Fund traded down ($0.14) for the day and closed at $62.27

  • [By Todd Shriber, ETF Professor]

    Hundreds of exchange traded funds offer investors broad market exposure and many do so with nominal fees. Among the least expensive is the iShares Core S&P Total U.S. Stock Market ETF (NYSE: ITOT).

Top Stocks To Own For 2019: General Motors Company(GM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Adam Levine-Weinberg]

    Late last month, General Motors (NYSE:GM) reported solid first-quarter earnings. Adjusted earnings per share declined on a year-over-year basis (from $1.75 to $1.43) but still surpassed the average analyst estimate of $1.24. Moreover, management confirmed that earnings trends are set to improve later this year and into 2019.

  • [By Jeremy Bowman, Rich Smith, and John Bromels]

    Luckily, our contributors have three dividend payers in mind that will help you build your nest egg. Keep reading to see why they recommend Royal Dutch Shell (NYSE:RDS-A) (NYSE:RDS-B), Rio Tinto (NYSE:RIO), and General Motors (NYSE:GM).

  • [By ]

    Amidst all the attention on Tesla’s (TSLA) struggles and insanely volatile stock this year, the share price under-performance of profitable automaker General Motors (GM) has gone overlooked.

  • [By Garrett Baldwin]

    The administration said it was considering an auto import tariff of up to 25%. This comes on the heels of an international dispute over American steel tariffs that has shaken markets for most of 2018. The announcement sent Ford Motor Co. (NYSE: F) and General Motors Co. (NYSE: GM) higher in pre-market trading.

Top Stocks To Own For 2019: Ingles Markets Incorporated(IMKTA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    News articles about Ingles Markets (NASDAQ:IMKTA) have been trending somewhat positive recently, Accern Sentiment reports. Accern identifies negative and positive news coverage by monitoring more than twenty million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Ingles Markets earned a news impact score of 0.20 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media headlines about the company an impact score of 46.3498595843486 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the next few days.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Get a free copy of the Zacks research report on Ingles Markets (IMKTA)

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  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Ingles Markets, Incorporated (NASDAQ:IMKTA) declared a quarterly dividend on Tuesday, July 3rd, Wall Street Journal reports. Investors of record on Thursday, July 12th will be given a dividend of 0.165 per share on Thursday, July 19th. This represents a $0.66 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 2.04%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Wednesday, July 11th.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    BidaskClub upgraded shares of Ingles Markets (NASDAQ:IMKTA) from a buy rating to a strong-buy rating in a research report report published on Wednesday.

Top Stocks To Own For 2019: Carriage Services, Inc.(CSV)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Carriage Services (NYSE: CSV) and Regis (NYSE:RGS) are both small-cap consumer staples companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, risk, profitability, dividends, earnings, valuation and institutional ownership.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Get a free copy of the Zacks research report on Carriage Services (CSV)

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  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Get a free copy of the Zacks research report on Carriage Services (CSV)

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  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Carriage Services, Inc. (NYSE:CSV) insider Shawn R. Phillips sold 6,500 shares of Carriage Services stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, September 27th. The shares were sold at an average price of $21.65, for a total transaction of $140,725.00. Following the transaction, the insider now owns 106,946 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $2,315,380.90. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this hyperlink.

Top 10 High Tech Stocks To Watch For 2019

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

Reuters

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

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

Top 10 High Tech Stocks To Watch For 2019: S&P Smallcap 600(PH)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

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  • [By Neha Chamaria]

    In terms of dividend growth, only four of the above stocks — 3M, Colgate-Palmolive, Coca-Cola, and Procter & Gamble — feature among the 10 fastest dividend-growth kings. In other words, there are six other stocks from the dividend kings list that have grown their dividends at a faster pace than most stocks in the above table in the past decade, some even at double-digits.

    Six top dividend kings by dividend growth

    Dividend King 10-Year Dividend CAGR Current Dividend Yield Payout Ratio (TTM)
    Lowe’s Companies 18.5% 2% 34.5%
    Hormel Foods 16.3% 2.1% 39.2%
    Parker-Hannifin Corp(NYSE:PH) 14% 1.7% 35.2%
    Nordson Corporation 12.2% 0.9% 13.3%
    Dover Corp (NYSE:DOV) 9% 2% 37.4%
    American States Water(NYSE:AWR) 7.6% 1.9% 54.8%

    TTM: Trailing 12 months. Data sources: YCharts and Yahoo! Finance. Table by author.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Barings LLC decreased its holdings in Parker Hannifin (NYSE:PH) by 36.4% in the first quarter, HoldingsChannel reports. The firm owned 26,064 shares of the industrial products company’s stock after selling 14,937 shares during the period. Barings LLC’s holdings in Parker Hannifin were worth $4,458,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Barings LLC decreased its holdings in Parker Hannifin (NYSE:PH) by 36.4% in the first quarter, HoldingsChannel reports. The firm owned 26,064 shares of the industrial products company’s stock after selling 14,937 shares during the period. Barings LLC’s holdings in Parker Hannifin were worth $4,458,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    State Board of Administration of Florida Retirement System reduced its position in Parker Hannifin (NYSE:PH) by 3.7% during the 1st quarter, according to its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The institutional investor owned 172,950 shares of the industrial products company’s stock after selling 6,667 shares during the period. State Board of Administration of Florida Retirement System owned approximately 0.13% of Parker Hannifin worth $29,580,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

Top 10 High Tech Stocks To Watch For 2019: CNH Industrial N.V.(CNHI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    CNH Industrial NV (NYSE: CNHI) dropped about 3.5% Tuesday to post a new 52-week low of $10.87. Shares closed at $11.27 on Monday and the stock’s 52-week high is $15.65. Volume was more than double the daily average of around 1.76 million. The company had no specific news.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    CNH Industrial (NYSE:CNHI) was downgraded by analysts at ValuEngine from a “sell” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a report released on Monday.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Check out these big penny stock gainers and losers

    Losers
    Petróleo Brasileiro S.A. – Petrobras (NYSE: PBR) fell 13.2 percent to $10.95 in pre-market trading after dropping 1.33 percent on Friday.
    Banco Santander, S.A. (NYSE: SAN) shares fell 8.7 percent to $5.33 in pre-market trading after declining 2.83 percent on Friday.
    Synchrony Financial (NYSE: SYF) fell 8 percent to $32.75 in the pre-market trading session.
    AerCap Holdings N.V. (NYSE: AER) shares fell 7.4 percent to $51.17 in pre-market trading.
    Inovio Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: INO) fell 7.4 percent to $4.54 in pre-market trading.
    Tailored Brands, Inc. (NYSE: TLRD) fell 7 percent to $31.83 in pre-market trading.
    California Resources Corporation (NYSE: CRC) shares fell 6.5 percent to $30.29 in pre-market trading after dropping 10.60 percent on Friday.
    Manhattan Bridge Capital, Inc. (NASDAQ: LOAN) fell 6.2 percent to $6.85 in pre-market trading.
    RedHill Biopharma Ltd. (NASDAQ: RDHL) fell 6 percent to $6.67 in pre-market trading.
    QEP Resources, Inc. (NYSE: QEP) shares fell 5.8 percent to $11.45 in pre-market trading after dropping 6.75 percent on Friday.
    Noah Holdings Limited (NYSE: NOAH) fell 5.5 percent to $61.53 in pre-market trading.
    CNH Industrial N.V. (NYSE: CNHI) shares fell 5.2 percent to $11.70 in pre-market trading

Top 10 High Tech Stocks To Watch For 2019: General Motors Company(GM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Madrigal Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: MDGL) jumped 124.8 percent to $243.725 in reaction to an encouraging Phase 2 clinical trial update. The clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company said its liver-directed, thyroid hormone receptor called MGL-3196 showed a statistical significance in the primary endpoint of lowering liver fat at 12 weeks and also 36 weeks.
    Viking Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: VKTX) gained 63.4 percent to $8.12 after falling 4.42 percent on Wednesday.
    Takung Art Co., Ltd. (NYSE: TKAT) rose 43.3 percent to $2.9094
    vTv Therapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ: VTVT) shares climbed 29.7 percent to $2.16 after the company reported a licensing deal with Newsoara Biopharma to rights for vTv's PDE4 Inhibitor in China and other Pacific Rim territories.
    Akers Biosciences, Inc. (NASDAQ: AKER) gained 26.2 percent to $0.4109. The developer of rapid health information technologies said Wednesday afternoon it was granted a 180-day extension from the Nasdaq Stock Market to meet the requirement of a minimum $1.00 per share closing bid price for 10 straight days.
    Genprex, Inc. (NASDAQ: GNPX) rose 22.2 percent to $11.6254. Genprex reported engagement of WIRB-Copernicus Group to provide clinical trial services to support Oncoprex clinical trial program.
    J.Jill, Inc. (NYSE: JILL) gained 21 percent to $7.506 after the company posted upbeat quarterly earnings.
    Urban One, Inc. (NASDAQ: UONE) gained 19.7 percent to $3.95 after rising 78.38 percent on Wednesday.
    TapImmune, Inc. (NASDAQ: TPIV) shares gained 18.5 percent to $6.03 after climbing 24.15 percent on Wednesday.
    Kirkland's, Inc. (NASDAQ: KIRK) rose 17.3 percent to $12.95 after reporting upbeat Q1 results.
    CymaBay Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: CBAY) shares gained 15.1 percent to $13.210.
    The Brink's Company (NYSE: BCO) climbed 14.2 percent to $77.875 as the company announced plans to acquire Dunbar Armored for $520 million in cash.
    Keysight Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: KEY
  • [By Paul Ausick]

    General Motors Co. (NYSE: GM) sold about 26,000 of its all-electric Chevy Bolt sedan last year, the first full year of the car’s availability. In the first quarter of this year GM sold 4,375 units, an increase of 41.5% over the first quarter of 2017 when the car still had only limited availability.

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    The ecommerce titan and Action Alerts PLUS holding recently announced a deal with General Motors Co. (GM) in which Amazon packages can be delivered to as many as 7 million connected GM vehicles in the U.S. According to analysts at Morgan Stanley in a Wednesday note, the deal is a “natural fit between the online retailing giant and the [original equipment manufacturers (OEMs)].”

  • [By Adam Levine-Weinberg]

    A massive fire that devastated an auto supplier plant in Michigan earlier this month is starting to snarl production for Ford Motor (NYSE:F), General Motors (NYSE:GM), and Fiat Chrysler (NYSE:FCAU). All three U.S. automakers are currently racing to mitigate the impact of parts shortages on their output.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    General Motors Co. (NYSE: GM) on Tuesday posted U.S. second-quarter sales of 758,376 vehicles, an increase of 4.6% compared with the second quarter of 2017. Fleet deliveries amounted to 22% of quarterly sales.

Top 10 High Tech Stocks To Watch For 2019: Alimera Sciences, Inc.(ALIM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

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  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Shares of Alimera Sciences (NASDAQ:ALIM) reached a new 52-week high and low during mid-day trading on Tuesday . The stock traded as low as $0.76 and last traded at $0.82, with a volume of 10900 shares. The stock had previously closed at $0.83.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

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  • [By Max Byerly]

    Shares of Alimera Sciences (NASDAQ:ALIM) reached a new 52-week high and low during mid-day trading on Monday . The company traded as low as $0.79 and last traded at $0.87, with a volume of 5800 shares. The stock had previously closed at $0.82.

Top 10 High Tech Stocks To Watch For 2019: Curis, Inc.(CRIS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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

    Here are some of the news stories that may have effected Accern Sentiment Analysis’s analysis:

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    $2.41 Million in Sales Expected for Curis, Inc. (CRIS) This Quarter (americanbankingnews.com) Curis Stock Scheduled to Reverse Split on Wednesday, May 30th (CRIS) (americanbankingnews.com) Zacks: Analysts Expect Curis, Inc. (CRIS) to Post -$0.09 Earnings Per Share (americanbankingnews.com) Curis Expands Senior Management Expertise with Appointment of Robert Martell, M.D., Ph.D., as Head of Research and Development (finance.yahoo.com) Is Curis, Inc. (CRIS) In Search of Footing? (nmsunews.com)

    Shares of Curis stock traded up $0.01 on Monday, hitting $0.45. The company had a trading volume of 1,290,968 shares, compared to its average volume of 1,462,753. The stock has a market capitalization of $74.57 million, a PE ratio of -1.25 and a beta of 1.29. Curis has a twelve month low of $0.41 and a twelve month high of $2.27. The company has a quick ratio of 3.60, a current ratio of 3.60 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 2.24.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

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  • [By Brian Feroldi]

    Curis, Inc. (NASDAQ:CRIS), a beaten up clinical-stage biopharma focused on cancer, jumped 23% as of 2:43 p.m. EDT on Thursday in response to announcing that one of its key compounds has received Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Fast Track designation.

Top 10 High Tech Stocks To Watch For 2019: Critical Elements Corporation (CRECF)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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    The following 6 companies are on the bench for the index:

    Advantage Lithium (OTCQX:AVLIF) Argosy Minerals (OTCPK:ARYMF) Bacanora Minerals (OTC:BCRMF) Critical Elements (OTCQX:CRECF) NEO Lithium (OTCQX:NTTHF) Wealth Minerals (OTCQX:WMLLF)

    “Bench” is a sports analogy meaning that one or more of them could be added in the future if one of the above companies becomes a producer, is acquired, or the market capitalization (“cap”) of one or more of the index holdings falls significantly below that of one or more companies on the bench.

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    Other juniors include: Advantage Lithium (OTCQB:AVLIF) [TSXV:AAL], AIS Resources [TSXV:AIS] (OTCQB:AISSF), American Lithium Corp. [TSX-V: LI] (OTCQB:LIACF), Argentina Lithium and Energy Corp. [TSXV:LIT] (OTCQB:PNXLF), Argosy Minerals [ASX:AGY] (OTC:ARYMF), AVZ Minerals [ASX:AVZ] (OTC:AZZVF), Bacanora Minerals [TSXV:BCN] [AIM:BCN] [GR:1BQ] (OTC:BCRMF), Birimian Ltd [ASX:BGS] (OTC:EEYMF), Critical Elements [TSXV:CRE] [GR:F12] (OTCQX:CRECF), Dajin Resources [TSXV:DJI] (OTCPK:DJIFF), Enigri (private), Eramet (EN Paris:ERA) (OTCPK:ERMAY), European Metals Holdings [ASX:EMH] [AIM:EMH] [GR:E861] (OTC:ERPNF), Far Resources [CSE:FAT] (OTCPK:FRRSF), Force Commodities [ASX:4CE], Kidman Resources [ASX:KDR] [GR:6KR], Latin Resources Ltd [ASX: LRS] (OTC:LAXXF), Lithium Australia [ASX:LIT] (OTC:LMMFF), Lithium Power International [ASX:LPI] (OTC:LTHHF), LSC Lithium [TSXV:LSC] (OTC:LSSCF), MetalsTech [ASX:MTC], MGX Minerals [CSE:XMG] (OTC:MGXMF), Millennial Lithium Corp. [TSXV:ML] (OTCQB:MLNLF), Neo Lithium [TSXV:NLC] (OTC:NTTHF), NRG Metals Inc. [TSXV:NGZ] (OTCQB:NRGMF), Nemaska Lithium [TSX:NMX] [GR:NOT] (OTCQX:NMKEF), North American Lithium (private), Piedmont Lithium [ASX:PLL] (OTC:PLLLY), Prospect Resources [ASX:PSC], Sayona Mining [ASX:SYA] (OTCPK:DMNXF), Savannah Resources [LSE:SAV], Standard Lithium [TSXV:SLL] (OTC:STLHF), and Wealth Minerals [TSXV:WML] (OTCQB:WMLLF).

Top 10 High Tech Stocks To Watch For 2019: Omega Healthcare Investors, Inc.(OHI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    MML Investors Services LLC trimmed its holdings in Omega Healthcare Investors Inc (NYSE:OHI) by 33.9% during the first quarter, according to its most recent 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The institutional investor owned 50,429 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock after selling 25,862 shares during the quarter. MML Investors Services LLC’s holdings in Omega Healthcare Investors were worth $1,364,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Mckinley Capital Management LLC Delaware purchased a new stake in Omega Healthcare (NYSE:OHI) in the 1st quarter, according to the company in its most recent filing with the SEC. The institutional investor purchased 26,527 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock, valued at approximately $717,000.

  • [By Cory Renauer]

    Reinvesting dividends from quality stocks takes just a few clicks, but selecting businesses poised to produce steady profits shouldn’t be taken lightly. These three healthcare-relatedreal-estate investment trusts (REITs) fit the bill in large part because baby boomers are beginning to pour into the buildings they own.

    Real-Estate Investment Trust Dividend Yield Trailing Funds From Operations Per Share Annualized Dividend Payout
    Omega Healthcare Investors Inc.(NYSE:OHI) 9.2% $1.80 $2.64
    Physicians Realty Trust (NYSE:DOC) 6.3% $1.03 $0.92
    Welltower Inc. (NYSE:WELL) 6.3% $3.30 $3.48

    Data source: YCharts.

Top 10 High Tech Stocks To Watch For 2019: MiMedx Group, Inc(MDXG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

    MiMedx Group (NASDAQ: MDXG) and Mazor Robotics (NASDAQ:MZOR) are both small-cap medical companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, dividends, analyst recommendations, profitability, risk, valuation and earnings.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    MiMedx Group Inc. (NASDAQ: MDXG) dropped about 9.9% Tuesday to post a new 52-week low of $3.01. Shares closed at $3.34 on Monday and the stock’s 52-week high is $18.25. Volume totaled about 30% above the daily average of around 3 million. The company had no specific news.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    MiMedx Group Inc. (NASDAQ: MDXG) fell about 7.7% Friday to post a new 52-week low of $3.47. Shares closed at $3.76 on Thursday. The 52-week high is $18.25. Volume of around 3.5 million was about 15% above the daily average. The company had no specific news.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    MiMedX Group Inc. (NASDAQ: MDXG) dropped about 29% Thursday to post a new 52-week low of $5.80. Shares closed at $8.21 on Wednesday and the stock’s 52-week high is $18.25. The biomedical company will restate financial reports filed for more than the last five years. The company’s CFO and its controller and treasurer were both fired Wednesday.

  • [By Garrett Baldwin]

    The price of Bitcoin surged more than 17% to top $8,000 in a rapid move that surprised many investors this morning. The sudden rally appears to be the result of a short squeeze, according to CNBC contributor Brian Kelly. This means that investors who had been betting on a decline in the price of the world’s largest cryptocurrency had been forced to jump back and buy the currency again. A lot of people have been betting on a decline in the price of Bitcoin heading toward the April 17 tax deadline. The expectation is that many people will need to sell their Bitcoin in order to raise cash to meet tax obligations. Here’s our latest daily insight on why the Bitcoin bear market may end very soon.
    Markets gains have been capped by concerns about the latest news out of the Federal Reserve. On Wednesday, minutes from the Fed’s most recent meeting indicated that policy makers are prepared to raise interest rates several more times in the coming months in order to stave off concerns about inflation.
    Four Stocks to Watch Today: BLK, FB, DAL
    Shares of BlackRock Inc. (NYSE: BLK) are on the move after the company reported earnings before the bell. The firm reported earnings per share (EPS) of $6.70. Analysts projected the firm would report EPS of $6.45 on top of $3.28 billion in revenue. The firm topped revenue expectations. The firm noted that an increase in its consulting fees and the recent tax reform bill helped bolster its profitability by 27%.
    The stock of Facebook Inc. (Nasdaq: FB) has climbed more than 6% since Tuesday. Investors cheered the testimony of CEO Mark Zuckerberg, who appeared before Congress for two days to discuss his company’s privacy policies. The CEO and his firm have been under intense scrutiny since news broke that 87 million user accounts had been accessed without permission by consulting firm Cambridge Analytica during the 2016 election season. The firm had ties to President Trump’s campaign.
    Delta Air Lines Inc. (NYSE: DAL) reported ea

  • [By Todd Campbell]

    There wasn’t any news specific to MiMedx Group(NASDAQ:MDXG) today, but shares have fallen sharply this year due to an internal investigation into its accounting and external news, including the indictment of former speakers on medical fraud charges.

Top 10 High Tech Stocks To Watch For 2019: American Capital Agency Corp.(AGNC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Sean Williams]

    In particular, agency-only mortgage REITs tend to be a considerably safer bet during a rising interest rate environment. This would include Annaly Capital Management, which had $90.6 billion of its $101.8 billion in total assets invested in agency mortgage-backed securities (MBS) as of Dec. 31, 2017, as well as AGNC Investment Corp. (NASDAQ:AGNC), which had $54.8 billion of its $69.3 billion investment portfolio tied up in agency MBSs. Though agency MBSs pay less given that they’re protected from default, it allows Annaly Capital Management and AGNC Investment Corp. to lean on leverage to generate income. As of their most recent quarters, Annaly and AGNC sported respective leverage of 6.6-to-1 and 8.2-to-1.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    AGNC Investment Corp. (NASDAQ:AGNC) saw a significant increase in short interest in May. As of May 15th, there was short interest totalling 18,357,054 shares, an increase of 9.6% from the April 30th total of 16,753,064 shares. Approximately 4.7% of the company’s shares are short sold. Based on an average trading volume of 3,090,628 shares, the short-interest ratio is currently 5.9 days.

Top 10 High Tech Stocks To Watch For 2019: Malibu Boats, Inc.(MBUU)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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    The latter will put Polaris in competition with leading powerboat manufacturer Malibu Boats (NASDAQ:MBUU), which last year bought Cobalt Boats, the top maker of 24- to 29-foot sterndrive boats.

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An Investment Overview On Alliance Data Systems

Alliance Data Systems Corporation (ADS) has traded much lower through 2018. Market-wide worries about rate increases pulled back valuation premiums overall.

The company’s market is particularly exposed to interest rate risks. This situation justifies a pullback, but I believe that the dramatic selloff it’s currently experiencing is unwarranted and overdone.

Source: Finviz, Quote ADS.

Business

ADS is a marketing consulting firm that utilizes data analytics to provide its clients with market insights and other services. It’s also exposed to the financial sector through unsecured credit, which is dependent on consumer spending on associated stores.

Their market mainly consists of big corporations and business that require consulting services. Bank of America (NYSE:BAC), General Motors (NYSE:GM), FedEx (NYSE:FDX), Kellogg (NYSE:K), and Marriott (NYSE:MAR) are among their clients. ADS provides them with customer loyalty programs from data captured in client interactions. With this data, it can run algorithms and extract insights that are valuable for clients.

Source: Alliance’s logos.

Naturally, ADS has longstanding client relations, which makes it a relatively predictable entity. Business wise, they operate in the following segments: LoyaltyOne, Epsilon, and Card Services.

LoyaltyOne: This segment consists of the popular AIR MILES reward program. It also offers other short-term loyalty programs and loyalty services like consulting, analytics, and mobile applications. Epsilon: Provides clients with marketing services like CRM, agency services, data, and affiliate marketing. Card Services: This section of the business operates from receivables financing, processing services, and marketing services. This segment behaves very similarly to a credit card company.

Source: Alliance Data Systems 2017 annual report and author’s elaboration.

Segment Breakdown

Out of the three segments, Card Services is the most prominent component of the company. In 2017, it reported total revenues of $4.17 billion. The same year the other two segments, LoyaltyOne and Epsilon, reached $3.58 billion together. The card services business is the most important for Alliance Data Systems.

Source: Alliance Data Systems 2017 annual report and author’s elaboration.

Going more in-depth into this segment, I found that the credit they give to their clients is unsecured. Because of this, they have to go to underwriters to securitize the debt and be able to sell it more efficiently. For this reason, ADS behaves similarly to a credit card company, where it has to run its big data algorithms to select the amount of exposure to each client and account approvals.

Source: Alliance Data Systems 2017 annual report.

This process of selection with big data analytics helps ADS keep its client delinquencies down. Last year, that figure sat at roughly 5%, but it’s slowly rising year over year. This massive exposure to the Card Services market and their high levels of debt makes the company particularly sensitive to interest rate fluctuations.

Interest Rate Risk

Management recognizes that higher interest rates will reduce their FCF. Furthermore, it could derail any potential acquisitions or delay capital expenditures. Just for 2017, their interest expense was a whopping $564.4 million (7.3% of total revenues).

In other words, almost 35% of their operating expenses are paying off interest and other costs on their debt. This expense covers securitization funding costs, interest on deposits, and interest on long-term debt.

From their balance sheet, we can see that deposits (36%), their debt (20%), and other borrowings (29%) fund 84% of the company’s assets. These percentages indicate that ADS is a highly leveraged company, although these figures are somewhat acceptable for businesses within the credit market.



Source: Alliance Data Systems 2017 annual report.

However, as interest rates rise, this could pose a severe problem for ADS. A mere 1% increase or decrease in rates could have a change in interest rate expense of $112 million. I expect interest rates to continue to rise this year. The ten-year could reach even 4% by EOY 2018. This market risk is material for ADS. Although, management expects to be able to hedge for this risk through derivatives and other interest rate securities.

I think that it’s probably for this reason that ADS has traded lower this year. The crack in the bull market happened last February. It’s always hard to pinpoint a specific cause for the pullback, but many agree it had something to do with rates rising. The 10-year treasury bond cracked 3% and that influences market prices.

The problem is that ADS stock has additional interest rate risk for the reasons I previously pointed out. On top of that, it’s exposed to the credit card market, which is experiencing an increasing delinquency rate. As the Fed continues to tighten, ADS should see its costs and delinquencies rise, which could have a negative impact on results. As an added worry, the LIBOR is also increasing, which should drag results even further.

On The Other Hand

President Trump has brought with him a new age of deregulation and lower taxes for corporations. These should benefit particularly to ADS. Firstly, because Alliance Data previously paid one of the highest tax rates among Fortune 500 companies, hence, because of the tax cuts signed in 2017, it’ll add $100 million in FCF for 2018.

Moreover, on the regulatory side of the business, the company’s Card Service segment is subject to the Dodd-Frank regulations. These rules will most likely be reversed or eliminated soon. Hence, Alliance’s business should benefit because of deregulation.

Source: Statista – Management consulting market size.

Also, the other two segments of ADS should be ok in my opinion. The marketing and management consulting market is expected to keep growing at a reasonable pace for the next few years. Secular growth should occur even despite the rise of ad blockers, cookie blockers, and tracking protection lists (TPLs). Nevertheless, those unlikely risks could render the company’s marketing services obsolete.

Furthermore, other systemic risks shouldn’t affect the company. For example, management claims that inflation is unlikely to hit their results for the time being.

Also, the AIR MILES and BrandLoyalty programs will benefit from the 2018 FIFA World Cup. This event should increase consumer spending with ADS and help generate double-digit growth in both of these segments.

Buybacks and Dividends

ADS is a very shareholder-friendly company. It has a stock repurchase program and recently announced quarterly dividends payable to shareholders. Their stock repurchases were done at the 225-240 range. These transactions give us an idea of where we’re likely to find buying pressure.

Source: Alliance Data Systems 2017 annual report.

During 2017, ADS bought back 2.3 shares of its stock to the tune of $553.7 million. It still has left $446 million in dry powder to keep repurchasing its shares. Have in mind that it previously bought its shares at the 225-240 price range. Because of this, I’d imagine that management should find the current share price very attractive.

Source: Alliance Data Systems 2017 annual report.

Conclusion

ADS is a good value option. It’s a stable business that’s growing reasonable overall. At its currently low multiples, it looks like an attractive candidate for a value portfolio. ADS sports a meager PE ratio of 15.72, and its forward PE sits at 8.20.

It’s also a company that has shown interest in its shares at higher levels than its current price tag and has enough free cash flow to buy back more shares. Also, its recent dividend announcement adds another shareholder-friendly aspect to the stock.

Nevertheless, investors should take caution with ADS because it’s particularly exposed to interest rate risks. The firm’s management has shown prudence and skill so far in this area. Moreover, they’re aware of such systemic risks, and they’re hedging their business through derivatives and other interest rate securities. Still, further rate increases should slow down Alliance’s secular growth.

All in all, ADS presents risks that justify a slight pullback. However, after such a massive selloff, it currently offers an attractive value proposition for investors.

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

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

European Auto Sales Rise 10% in April; Ford Adds to Share

The European Automobile Manufacturers Association (ACEA) reported Thursday that new vehicle registrations in the European Union (EU) jumped 9.6% in April compared with new registrations in April of 2017. New registrations for the month totaled 1.31 million units.

New registrations dropped by 5.3% year over year in March after rising 4.3% in February and 7.1% in January. For the first four months of the year, sales are up 2.7%.

Of the Detroit Three, Ford Motor Co. (NYSE: F) sold 86,252 units in April, up 14% year over year for the month. The company’s April market share rang in at 6.6%, up 0.2 percentage points compared with last year.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. (NYSE: FCAU) saw its market share in the EU dip from 7.4% in April 2017 to 6.8% this year. Unit sales totaled 89,461, up 2% year over year. Sales of the Fiat brand dropped 4.7%, while Jeep sales jumped 74.8%.

General Motors Co. (NYSE: GM) has left the EU market and had sales of just 49 units in April. Last year, before the company sold its European subsidiary to PSA, GM sold nearly 70,000 units in the month.

The top-selling maker in the EU is Volkswagen, which sold 335,518 vehicles in April, up 13.8% year over year for the month. VW’s market share for the month totaled 25.7%, up from 24.7% in April 2017.

PSA Group, makers of Peugeot and Citroen among other brands, posted an April sales increase of 70% to 212,534 units. The company’s market share rose from 10.5% to 16.3%. The increase includes sales in the Opel/Vauxhall group the company acquired from GM last year. PSA sold 71,446 Opel/Vauxhall units in April.

Renault Group posted a volume increase of 9.7% to 140,562 units in April, while its year-over-year share was unchanged at 10.8% in the month.

BMW Group’s market share dipped in April from 6.4% a year ago to 5.8%. The company sold 75,181 units last month, down 1.4% compared with year-ago April sales of 76,274.

Daimler posted a market share decline as well, dropping from 6.5% in April 2017 to 6.3% last month with sales totaling 82,288 units. On a volume basis, sales rose 6.5%.

Toyota Motor Corp. (NYSE: TM) posted a market share of 4.7% in April, up from 4.3% a year ago. Sales volume jumped by 21.2% to 61,832 units.

For the month of April, Germany was the volume leader with more than 314,000 units sold (up 8.0% year over year for the month), followed by France with sales of more than 187,000 (also up 8.0%), Italy with over 171,000 sales (up 6.5%), and the United Kingdom, up by nearly 168,000 vehicles sold (up 10.4%).

EU sales totaled 15.14 million units in 2017, compared with 2016 sales for the 27 EU members of 14.64 million, up 3.4% compared with 2016 unit sales.

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Kellogg Discontinues Operations In Crisis-Hit Venezuela; 'Absolutely Unconstitutional,' Sa

Kellogg Company (NYSE: K) has closed its operations in Venezuela in the face of tumultuous economic conditions. Poor access to raw materials due to economic barriers, supply chain disruptions and the limited access to dollars to import goods due to currency controls have disrupted operations of the company's Venezuelan subsidiary.

The Venezuelan division produced 75% of the breakfast cereals for the country, per the company's website and employed around 400 workers. Post the news of discontinuation of operations in Venezuela, Kellogg's manufacturing plant has been captured by the leftist government, under the leadership of President Nicolas Maduro. 

Importantly, Kellogg deconsolidated and changed to the cost method of accounting for the Venezuelan subsidiary in December 2016.

What Exactly Is Happening In Venezuela?

The oil-rich country of Venezuela is now reeling under hyperinflation and strict price controls. The country is divided between the followers of the United Socialist Party (PSUV), earlier led by Hugo Chávez and currently fronted by Nicolas Maduro, and those who want an end to the more than 15-years of rule of the party.

Venezuela, having one of the largest oil reserves in the world, heavily depended on revenues from oil imports for sustenance. During the presidency of Hugo Chavez in early 2000s, oil prices were booming. The leader used this money to fund various social programs and was successful in addressing illiteracy, healthcare and poverty issues. Also, the price of key items, food and medicines were fixed at a rate below the cost of production to make it affordable. Chavez also restricted the conversion of national currency into dollars and fixed the rate.

When oil prices began to fall the economy went haywire. The government failed to support the projects, paralyzing the country with poverty and inflation. Moreover, the government also stopped companies from raising prices to keep up with hyperinflation.

Venezuelan President Reacts

The enraged president Maduro decided to hand the company over to the workers so that they can continue production. He believes that Kellogg's exit is unconstitutional and has begun judicial proceedings against management.

In retaliation, Kellogg said that the company is not responsible for the unauthorized use of the commercial names as well as brands and will exercise legal actions if needed.

Importantly, Kellogg is not the first company to exit the country. Other companies include Clorox (NYSE: CLX), Kimberly-Clark (NYSE: KMB), General Mills (NYSE: GIS) and General Motors (NYSE: GM). Though Kellogg stated that it looks forward to resume operations once conditions improve, we believe that chances are dim considering the dismal economic situation.

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European Auto Sales Rise 10% in April; Ford Adds to Share

The European Automobile Manufacturers Association (ACEA) reported Thursday that new vehicle registrations in the European Union (EU) jumped 9.6% in April compared with new registrations in April of 2017. New registrations for the month totaled 1.31 million units.

New registrations dropped by 5.3% year over year in March after rising 4.3% in February and 7.1% in January. For the first four months of the year, sales are up 2.7%.

Of the Detroit Three, Ford Motor Co. (NYSE: F) sold 86,252 units in April, up 14% year over year for the month. The company’s April market share rang in at 6.6%, up 0.2 percentage points compared with last year.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. (NYSE: FCAU) saw its market share in the EU dip from 7.4% in April 2017 to 6.8% this year. Unit sales totaled 89,461, up 2% year over year. Sales of the Fiat brand dropped 4.7%, while Jeep sales jumped 74.8%.

General Motors Co. (NYSE: GM) has left the EU market and had sales of just 49 units in April. Last year, before the company sold its European subsidiary to PSA, GM sold nearly 70,000 units in the month.

The top-selling maker in the EU is Volkswagen, which sold 335,518 vehicles in April, up 13.8% year over year for the month. VW’s market share for the month totaled 25.7%, up from 24.7% in April 2017.

PSA Group, makers of Peugeot and Citroen among other brands, posted an April sales increase of 70% to 212,534 units. The company’s market share rose from 10.5% to 16.3%. The increase includes sales in the Opel/Vauxhall group the company acquired from GM last year. PSA sold 71,446 Opel/Vauxhall units in April.

Renault Group posted a volume increase of 9.7% to 140,562 units in April, while its year-over-year share was unchanged at 10.8% in the month.

BMW Group’s market share dipped in April from 6.4% a year ago to 5.8%. The company sold 75,181 units last month, down 1.4% compared with year-ago April sales of 76,274.

Daimler posted a market share decline as well, dropping from 6.5% in April 2017 to 6.3% last month with sales totaling 82,288 units. On a volume basis, sales rose 6.5%.

Toyota Motor Corp. (NYSE: TM) posted a market share of 4.7% in April, up from 4.3% a year ago. Sales volume jumped by 21.2% to 61,832 units.

For the month of April, Germany was the volume leader with more than 314,000 units sold (up 8.0% year over year for the month), followed by France with sales of more than 187,000 (also up 8.0%), Italy with over 171,000 sales (up 6.5%), and the United Kingdom, up by nearly 168,000 vehicles sold (up 10.4%).

EU sales totaled 15.14 million units in 2017, compared with 2016 sales for the 27 EU members of 14.64 million, up 3.4% compared with 2016 unit sales.

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Top 10 Low Price Stocks To Own Right Now

Stocks finished the week lower as oil prices fell and the Federal Reserve looks set to raise interest rates next week.

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The S&P 500 fell 0.4% this week after rising 0.3% to2,372.60 today, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 0.5% this week after advancing44.79 points, or 0.2%, to20,902.98 today. The Nasdaq Composite dipped 0.2% this week after gaining 0.4% to5,861.73 today.

The S&P 500 and the Nasdaq Composite snapped six-week winning streaks, while the Dow ended a four-week winning streak.

Wellington Shields’ Frank Gretz notes that the “market is supposed to be anticipatory.” He explains:

Opinions follow price memories do as well. If higher prices alone were not enough, the news always seems to improve as prices move higher. After all, the media always needs to explain the higher prices, and the good therefore becomes the emphasis. For example, theres little talk of the all-but-certain pending rate hike. Since the election the market has had a remarkable run, one built more on policy hope than policy reality. This complaint is met with the retort that it has only been 50 days, or whatever. Fair enough, but the point remains. Then, too, the market is supposed to do this, its supposed to be anticipatory. Investors are getting this, and hence, what has been persistent strength. Interestingly, investors will begin to believe they always got it no one was really worried about a possible trade war, and so on. The psychologist Baruch Fischhoff called this creeping determinism, the idea that unexpected events turn into the expected. In other words, we will remember being more bullish in November than we were.

Top 10 Low Price Stocks To Own Right Now: Fogo de Chao, Inc.(FOGO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Dustin Parrett]

    But with a VQScore of 4, our top score, this company is one of the best stocks you can buy right now, which means the Raymond James rating might be too conservative. Not only are you getting a company with growth potential, you’re getting it at an excellent price.

    Restaurant Stocks to Buy, No. 2: Fogo de Chao Inc. (Nasdaq: FOGO)

    Fogo de Chao Inc. (Nasdaq: FOGO) is upscale Brazilian steakhouse, originally opened in Brazil in 1979. Fogo de Chao currently has 47 restaurants across the world.

Top 10 Low Price Stocks To Own Right Now: ENERGY TRANSFER PARTNERS(ETP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By ]

    Plenty Of Upside
    After the scale of the tax threat (or lack thereof) was made clear, buyers began to cautiously tiptoe back in. But there is still more upside in this sector than I have seen in the past few years. Take MMP, which is trading around $60 per share. Analysts have a consensus price target of $77 which would imply appreciation of more than 28%. Energy Transfer Partners (NYSE: ETP) is looking at upside of more than 50%.

  • [By ]

    The market has pummeled master limited partnerships (MLPs) over the past few years due to the impact the oil market downturn had on their operations and business model. Among the hardest-hit have been oil pipeline MLP Plains All American Pipeline (NYSE:PAA) and gas pipeline giant Energy Transfer Partners (NYSE:ETP), both of which have lost more than half their value over the last three years. That persistent slump comes even though their turnaround strategies are beginning to gain steam. While these companies still have some work to do before they’re back on solid ground, both could deliver significant returns as they complete their plans and the oil market continues rebounding over the next few years. That upside potential makes them compelling options for investors with a higher tolerance for risk.

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    While ONEOK is one of the largest energy infrastructure companies in the country, one thing others have that it lacks is an export terminal. An analyst on the call pointed this out and asked how aggressively the company was pursuing exports given that rivals Enterprise Products Partners (NYSE:EPD) and Energy Transfer Partners (NYSE:ETP) recently signed joint ventures (JVs) to build new export terminals. In Enterprise’s case, it signed a JV to construct an ethylene export facility to move the key petrochemical to market centers. Meanwhile, Energy Transfer secured a JV to build an ethane export facility. Both projects should start up in 2020 and supply thesecompanies with steady cash flow for years via long-term, fee-based contracts.

  • [By Steve Symington, John Bromels, and Keith Noonan]

    So we asked three Motley Fool contributors exactly that. Read on to learn why they like Retail Opportunity Investments (NASDAQ:ROIC), Energy Transfer Partners (NYSE:ETP), and GameStop (NYSE:GME).

  • [By ]

    That, by itself, doesn’t mean their dividends are on solid ground. However, Energy Transfer Partners (NYSE: ETP) deserves a closer look. Like many master limited partnerships (MLPs), it has pulled back over the past week because of a new ruling from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), which regulates tariffs on interstate pipelines.

Top 10 Low Price Stocks To Own Right Now: Lockheed Martin Corporation(LMT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By ]

    Raytheon Co. (RTN) is well positioned to capitalize on missile orders given it has the highest exposure to missile defense and tactical missile sales to the Middle East, Bernstein said. Lockheed Martin Corp. (LMT) also stands to benefit in this light. 

  • [By ]

    Next Cramer and Moreno examined Lockheed Martin’s (LMT) daily chart. As with Boeing, Lockheed saw a big rally that peaked earlier this year. Shares sold off before forming another rounded bottom. Lockheed’s floor of support here is its 6-month uptrend line, while its ceiling of resistance is just above the 50-day moving average.

  • [By ]

    Lockheed Martin Corp. (LMT)  fell Tuesday, April 24, after the defense contractor didn’t raise its free cash flow forecast even as the Trump administration spends more on defense.

  • [By A.J. Bursick]

    And if relations between the United States and North Korea devolve to where they were just six short months ago, then the United States will need the likes of Boeing and Lockheed Martin Corp. (NYSE: LMT) to maintain our missile defense systems and to upgrade our outdated Minutemen ICBMs cache, which we only just started retesting thanks, no less, to North Korea’s ongoing threats.

Top 10 Low Price Stocks To Own Right Now: Activision Blizzard, Inc(ATVI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Motley Fool Staff]

    In this segment of the Motley Fool Money podcast, host Chris Hill is joined by Fool analysts Jason Moser, Andy Cross and Ron Gross to queue up the results for video game giant Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ:ATVI), which took in almost $2 billion in revenue — up 14% — in the first quarter.

  • [By Keith Noonan]

    Activision Blizzard’s (NASDAQ:ATVI)Call of Duty(CoD) is one of the world’s most popular video-game franchises and an incredibly reliable source of revenue for the publisher. However, fans of the game could be in for a big change.Reports suggest that the series’ next installment,Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, will not feature a single-player campaign mode and instead it will include only multiplayer experiences.

  • [By Keith Noonan, Daniel Miller, and Maxx Chatsko]

    Having even a few of these companies working in your favor over the long term can be a life-changing event. To help put readers on to some high-growth stocks that still have big potential, we asked three Motley Fool investors to profile a top growth investment. Read on to see why they identified Codexis(NASDAQ:CDXS), ActivisionBlizzard (NASDAQ:ATVI), and Control4 Corporation (NASDAQ:CTRL) as top stocks for growth-seeking investors.

Top 10 Low Price Stocks To Own Right Now: General Motors Company(GM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    General Motors Co. (NYSE: GM) reported fourth-quarter and full-year 2017 results before markets opened Tuesday. For the quarter, the automaker posted adjusted diluted earnings per share (EPS) of $1.65 on revenues of $37.72 billion. In the same period a year ago, the company reported EPS of $1.36 on revenues of $39.9 billion. Fourth-quarter results also compare to the consensus estimates for EPS of $1.38 and $36.55 billion in revenues.

  • [By Adam Levine-Weinberg]

    South Korea has been General Motors’ (NYSE:GM) Achilles’ heel recently. GM Korea is one of the few pieces of the U.S. auto giant that is still losing money year after year; by early 2018, it was nearly bankrupt.

  • [By Douglas A. McIntyre]

    Cadillac’s results in the United States are so horrible that it cost the luxury brand’s longtime President Johan de Nysschen his job. Since the brand has little cachet in America and its ability to compete with the successful luxury brands is so weak, the General Motors Co. (NYSE: GM) unit’s only solution short term is to slash prices.

  • [By ]

    Automakers such as General Motors (NYSE: GM) aren’t enthusiastic supporters either. Aluminum and steel account for roughly 65% of the weight of an average vehicle. Goldman Sachs calculates that tariff-related price increases for these key building blocks could wipe out up to $1 billion from the company’s annual profits.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Princeton Capital Management LLC grew its position in General Motors (NYSE:GM) (TSE:GMM.U) by 25.2% during the first quarter, according to the company in its most recent disclosure with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The institutional investor owned 7,652 shares of the auto manufacturer’s stock after purchasing an additional 1,540 shares during the period. Princeton Capital Management LLC’s holdings in General Motors were worth $278,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

Top 10 Low Price Stocks To Own Right Now: Westar Energy, Inc.(WR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Westar Energy (NYSE:WR) issued its earnings results on Wednesday. The utilities provider reported $0.42 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.51 by ($0.09), Fidelity Earnings reports. Westar Energy had a return on equity of 8.40% and a net margin of 12.60%. During the same period in the previous year, the business posted $0.52 earnings per share.

Top 10 Low Price Stocks To Own Right Now: FMC Corporation(FMC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    FMC Co. (NYSE:FMC) – Investment analysts at Jefferies Group raised their Q2 2018 earnings estimates for FMC in a research report issued on Thursday, May 3rd. Jefferies Group analyst L. Alexander now expects that the basic materials company will earn $1.74 per share for the quarter, up from their prior forecast of $1.48. Jefferies Group also issued estimates for FMC’s Q3 2018 earnings at $1.31 EPS, Q4 2018 earnings at $1.11 EPS, FY2018 earnings at $6.00 EPS, FY2019 earnings at $6.60 EPS, FY2020 earnings at $7.10 EPS, FY2021 earnings at $8.00 EPS and FY2022 earnings at $8.45 EPS.

  • [By Beth McKenna]

    FMC Corp. (NYSE:FMC) is planning to separate its lithium segment from its core agricultural chemicals segment soeach business can have its respective top management’s full attention. This move by the Philadelphia-based specialty chemical maker will provide an opportunity for investors toinvest in a pure-play lithium stock that trades on a major U.S. stock exchange.

  • [By Beth McKenna]

    FMC Corp. (NYSE:FMC) stock spiked 8.1% in the two days following its release on Wednesday afternoon of strong first-quarter 2018 financial results. Shares have returned 23.6% for the one-year period through Friday, versus the S&P 500’s 13.8% return.

  • [By ]

    Albemarle (ALB) : “I prefer FMC Corp (FMC) . That’s my favorite.”

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Top 10 Low Price Stocks To Own Right Now: Rowan Companies Inc.(RDC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Check out these big penny stock gainers and losers

    Losers
    MDC Partners Inc. (NASDAQ: MDCA) fell 23.4 percent to $5.25 in pre-market trading after a first-quarter earnings miss.
    Hudson Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ: HDSN) shares fell 15.1 percent to $3.48 in pre-market trading after the company reported downbeat Q1 earnings.
    Nuance Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: NUAN) fell 14 percent to $13.15 in pre-market trading after the company posted downbeat Q2 earnings and lowered FY18 organic growth guidance.
    Myomo, Inc. (NYSE: MYO) fell 13.2 percent to $3.10 in pre-market trading after reporting downbeat quarterly results.
    Rowan Companies plc (NYSE: RDC) shares fell 10.7 percent to $14.13 in pre-market trading after climbing 8.50 percent on Wednesday.
    BT Group plc (NYSE: BT) fell 9 percent to $14.80 in pre-market trading after the company reported Q4 results and announced plans to cut 13,000 jobs over the next three years.
    Exelixis, Inc. (NASDAQ: EXEL) fell 8.3 percent to $19.90 in pre-market trading after the company disclosed that IMblaze370 Phase 3 pivotal trial of atezolizumab and cobimetinib in patients with heavily pretreated locally advanced or metastatic colorectal cancer did not meet primary endpoint.
    Infinera Corporation (NASDAQ: INFN) fell 8.2 percent to $10.80 in pre-market trading after reporting Q1 results.
    Synaptics, Incorporated (NASDAQ: SYNA) shares fell 7.4 percent to $43.00 in pre-market trading. Synaptics reported better-than-expected earnings for its third quarter, while sales missed estimates.
    Randgold Resources Limited (NASDAQ: GOLD) shares fell 7.4 percent to $76.23 in pre-market trading after reporting Q1 earnings.
    Integra LifeSciences Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ: IART) shares fell 7 percent to $59.36 in pre-market trading. Integra LifeSciences priced its 5.25 million share public offering of common stock at $58.50 per share.
    Array BioPharma Inc. (NASDAQ: ARRY) shares fell 6.9 percent to $12.75 in pre-m

Top 10 Low Price Stocks To Own Right Now: Meritage Corporation(MTH)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jason Hall]

    WhenMeritage Homes Corp.(NYSE:MTH) Chairman and CEO Steve Hilton said the company was going to change its strategy and focus on lower-cost starter homes a few years ago, many industry followers probably thought it was a mistake. At the time — and to some extent this has continued — the most successful homebuilders were focusing upmarket on more high-end communities.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Get a free copy of the Zacks research report on Meritage Homes (MTH)

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  • [By Jason Hall]

    Hall:Right, yeah. And, a lot of these areas, there’s actually an interesting thing. One of the companies we’re going to talk about, Meritage Homes (NYSE:MTH), on their latest earnings call and in their latest release, it’s not just first-time buyers,it’s not just millennials. That’s a huge secular trend, millennials moving into the home-buying market. It’s the largestsegment of the population. They’re going to be driving housing salesfor the next 20 years, potentially. But Meritage Homes also said that they’re seeing a lot of demand in their entry-level communities from retiring baby boomers who are downsizing. So,it’s creating dual demand from two opposite ends of the age demographic.

  • [By JJ Kinahan]

    Next week is big for housing numbers. March existing home sales figures are scheduled for  Monday and new home sales for March along with the February S&P Case-Shiller Home Price Index on Tuesday. As for homebuilders, Pulte Group, Inc. (NYSE: PHM) is scheduled to report  Q1 results Tuesday, and D.R. Horton Inc (NYSE: DHI) is scheduled to report fiscal Q2 numbers on Thursday. The industry already has seen strong Q1 results from Lennar Corporation (NYSE: LEN), and housing starts and building permits in March rose more than expected. These results, as well as those and the economic data from next week could provide clues for the industry going forward. After NVR, Inc. (NYSE: NVR) reports results this morning, Meritage Homes Corp. (NYSE: MTH) releases its Q1 results April 25. We’ll have to wait until next month for some of the other homebuilders, as well as from home improvement companies Home Depot, Inc. (NYSE: HD) and Lowe’s Companies Inc (NYSE: LOW), before we get a more complete snapshot of the housing market.

Top 10 Low Price Stocks To Own Right Now: Pegasystems Inc.(PEGA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Motley Fool Staff]

    Pegasystems (NASDAQ:PEGA) Q1 2018 Earnings Conference CallMay. 10, 2018 5:00 p.m. ET

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

    Operator

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Get a free copy of the Zacks research report on Pegasystems (PEGA)

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  • [By Demitrios Kalogeropoulos]

    Pegasystems(NASDAQ:PEGA) announced first-quarter results this week that paired a significant slowdown in sales growth with plummeting earnings. The declines were driven by a shift toward cloud-based revenue that had a more pronounced impact on the books because of the implementation of new accounting rules.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

     

    Companies Reporting After The Bell
    NVIDIA Corporation (NASDAQ: NVDA) is estimated to post quarterly earnings at $1.45 per share on revenue of $2.89 billion.
    News Corporation (NASDAQ: NWSA) is projected to post quarterly earnings at $0.07 per share on revenue of $1.99 billion.
    Symantec Corporation (NASDAQ: SYMC) is estimated to post quarterly earnings at $0.39 per share on revenue of $1.19 billion.
    Pilgrim's Pride Corporation (NASDAQ: PPC) is projected to post quarterly earnings at $0.54 per share on revenue of $2.65 billion.
    Hawaiian Electric Industries, Inc. (NYSE: HE) is expected to post quarterly earnings at $0.38 per share on revenue of $556.81 million.
    Air Lease Corporation (NYSE: AL) is estimated to post quarterly earnings at $1.01 per share on revenue of $383.37 million.
    Flowserve Corporation (NYSE: FLS) is expected to post quarterly earnings at $0.27 per share on revenue of $880.89 million.
    Civitas Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: CIVI) is projected to post quarterly earnings at $0.12 per share on revenue of $396.25 million.
    The Trade Desk, Inc. (NASDAQ: TTD) is estimated to post quarterly earnings at $0.1 per share on revenue of $73.23 million.
    Amdocs Limited (NYSE: DOX) is projected to post quarterly earnings at $0.95 per share on revenue of $980.50 million.
    Yelp Inc. (NYSE: YELP) is estimated to post quarterly loss at $0.04 per share on revenue of $220.14 million.
    Kulicke and Soffa Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ: KLIC) is expected to post quarterly earnings at $0.43 per share on revenue of $210.01 million.
    TiVo Corporation (NASDAQ: TIVO) is projected to post quarterly earnings at $0.37 per share on revenue of $198.62 million.
    Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers Incorporated (NYSE: RBA) is expected to post quarterly earnings at $0.17 per share on revenue of $153.87 million.
    Uniti Group Inc. (NASDAQ: UNIT) is estimated to post quarterly earnings at $0.01 per share on revenue of $247.16 million.
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5 Top ROE Stocks to Buy as U.S.-China Trade Concerns Subside

The equity markets continued to breathe easy as the U.S.-China trade concerns abated with President Trump pledging support for the beleaguered Chinese telecom firm, ZTE, and the Qualcomm-NXP merger review process getting a roll-on with urgency from the top administration of China. Although apprehensions related to the U.S. pullout from the Iran nuclear deal remained a subtle threat, overall markets appeared to be headed for a smooth sail.

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As investors employ a wait-and-see approach in a classic example of “backing and filling” in the market, they could benefit from ‘cash cow’ stocks that garner higher returns.

However, singling out cash-rich stocks alone does not make for a solid investment proposition unless they are backed by attractive efficiency ratios like return on equity (ROE). A high ROE ensures that the company is reinvesting its cash at a high rate of return.

ROE: A Key Metric

ROE = Net Income/Shareholders’ Equity

ROE helps investors distinguish profit-generating companies from profit burners and is useful in determining the financial health of a company. In other words, this financial metric enables investors to identify stocks that diligently deploy cash for higher returns.

Moreover, ROE is often used to compare the profitability of a company with other firms in the industry — the higher, the better. It measures how well a company is multiplying its profits without investing new equity capital and portrays management’s efficiency in rewarding shareholders with attractive risk-adjusted returns.

Parameters Used for Screening

In order to shortlist stocks that are cash rich with high ROE, we have added Cash Flow greater than $1 billion and ROE more than X-Industry as our primary screening parameters. In addition, we have taken a few other criteria into consideration to arrive at a winning strategy.

Price/Cash Flow less than X-Industry: This metric measures how much investors pay for one dollar of free cash flow. A lower ratio indicates that investors need to pay less for a better cash flow generating stock.

Return on Assets (ROA) greater than X-Industry: This metric determines how much profit a company earns for every dollar of asset, which includes cash, accounts receivable, property, equipment, inventory and furniture. The higher the ROA, the better it is for the company.

5-Year EPS Historical Growth greater than X-Industry: This criterion indicates that continued earnings momentum has translated into solid cash strength.

Zacks Rank less than or equal to 2: Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) or 2 (Buy) stocks are known to outperform irrespective of the market environment.

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Here are five of the 17 stocks that qualified the screen:

General Motors Company (NYSE:GM): Founded in 1908, Detroit, MI-based General Motors is a leading global automotive firm. The company is engaged in designing, building and selling cars, trucks, crossovers and automobile parts worldwide. The company has a trailing four-quarter average positive earnings surprise of 18.4% and long-term earnings growth expectation of 5.5%. General Motors currently carries a Zacks Rank #2.

Boston Scientific Corporation (NYSE:BSX): Headquartered in Natick, MA and founded in 1979, Boston Scientific manufactures medical devices and products used in various interventional medical specialties worldwide. The company currently has a Zacks Rank #2. It has a trailing four-quarter average positive earnings surprise of 2.4% and long-term earnings growth expectation of 10.1%.

Lam Research Corporation (NASDAQ:LRCX): Established in 1980 and headquartered in Fremont, CA, Lam Research supplies wafer fabrication equipment and services to the semiconductor industry. Its products are used by semiconductor manufacturers in front-end and WLP processes, creating memory, microprocessors and other logic integrated circuits for a broad range of electronic devices. The company has a trailing four-quarter average positive earnings surprise of 9.1% and long-term earnings growth expectation of 17.7%. Lam Research currently sports a Zacks Rank #1.

NRG Energy Inc (NYSE:NRG): NRG Energy is engaged in the production, sale and delivery of energy and energy products and services to residential, industrial and commercial consumers in major competitive power markets in the United States. It has financial and commercial headquarters in Princeton, NJ and operational headquarters in Houston, TX. This Zacks Rank #1 stock has a stellar trailing four-quarter average positive earnings surprise of 507.9%.

Celanese Corporation (NYSE:CE): Texas-based Celanese is a global hybrid chemical company with diverse products that rank either first or second in their respective markets, based on market share. This Zacks Rank #1 stock has a trailing four-quarter average positive earnings surprise of 7% and long-term earnings growth projection of 8.9%.

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Break out those rally hats.

With an impressive first quarter earnings season just about done, investors appear to have liked what they saw after initially being unimpressed. Dow Jones Industrial Average futures popped 90 points on Monday, S&P 500 futures gained 6 points, and Nasdaq Composite futures rose 21 points. The action points to sustained momentum in the week ahead following the major indices gaining a bullish bias last week. 

Here’s what the market will soon have on its plate. 

Tesla’s Talent Exodus Continues

The grueling path toward profitability and an unpredictable CEO in Elon Musk might be taking their collective toll on some Tesla (TSLA) execs.

Matthew Schwall, who had been the director of field performance engineering at Tesla, has left the company to join rival Waymo according to The Wall Street Journal. A Tesla spokesman didn’t confirm nor deny Schwall’s departure via an email exchange with TheStreet.

Top High Tech Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Kelly Services Inc.(KELYA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin] Companies Reporting Before The Bell
    Nomad Foods Limited (NYSE: NOMD) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $0.36 per share on revenue of $656.43 million.
    AMC Networks Inc. (NASDAQ: AMCX) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $2.2 per share on revenue of $720.14 million.
    Magna International Inc. (NYSE: MGA) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $1.7 per share on revenue of $10.11 billion.
    Univar Inc. (NYSE: UNVR) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $0.36 per share on revenue of $2.12 billion.
    Duke Energy Corporation (NYSE: DUK) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $1.14 per share on revenue of $5.78 billion.
    Owens & Minor, Inc. (NYSE: OMI) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.47 per share on revenue of $2.40 billion.
    Prestige Brands Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: PBH) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.61 per share on revenue of $255.60 million.
    Tribune Media Company (NYSE: TRCO) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.06 per share on revenue of $457.67 million.
    ArcBest Corporation (NASDAQ: ARCB) is estimated to report quarterly loss at $0.07 per share on revenue of $691.18 million.
    Genesis Healthcare, Inc. (NYSE: GEN) is projected to report quarterly loss at $0.34 per share on revenue of $1.32 billion.
    Enbridge Inc. (NYSE: ENB) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.55 per share on revenue of $10.14 billion.
    Kelly Services, Inc. (NASDAQ: KELYA) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $0.42 per share on revenue of $1.34 billion.
    NICE Ltd. (NASDAQ: NICE) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $1.01 per share on revenue of $332.93 million.
    World Acceptance Corporation (NASDAQ: WRLD) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $3.94 per share on revenue of $147.32 million.
    MAXIMUS, Inc. (NYSE: MMS) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.84 per share on revenue of $616.04 million.
    Choice Hotels International, Inc. (NYSE: CH

Top High Tech Stocks To Invest In Right Now: General Motors Company(GM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Daniel Miller]

    General Motors (NYSE:GM) has proven its global retail prowess, and nowhere is that more evident than in the world’s largest automotive market: China. General Motors was early to seize the Chinese market, compared to crosstown rivals such as Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F)and Fiat Chrysler, and its results in March were again solid. Let’s take a look at last month’s highlights and what recent trade tensions between the U.S. and China could mean for GM and its investors.

  • [By Douglas A. McIntyre]

    Cadillac’s results in the United States are so horrible that it cost the luxury brand’s longtime President Johan de Nysschen his job. Since the brand has little cachet in America and its ability to compete with the successful luxury brands is so weak, the General Motors Co. (NYSE: GM) unit’s only solution short term is to slash prices.

  • [By Adam Levine-Weinberg]

    Late last month, General Motors (NYSE:GM) reported solid first-quarter earnings. Adjusted earnings per share declined on a year-over-year basis (from $1.75 to $1.43) but still surpassed the average analyst estimate of $1.24. Moreover, management confirmed that earnings trends are set to improve later this year and into 2019.

  • [By Rich Duprey]

    Following the start of the in-home delivery service called Amazon Key, the online retail giant is launching a service that will deliver packages to your car, whether the trunk or other cargo space. If your car is parked at home, work, or another publicly accessible area, and you have a 2015 or newer General Motors (NYSE:GM) or Volvo vehicle equipped with OnStar or On Call, respectively, you can get packages delivered using this method.

Top High Tech Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Caesars Entertainment Corporation(CZR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Travis Hoium]

    In Caesars Entertainment’s (NASDAQ:CZR) first full quarter of operations since it reorganized its business, the company showed some promising results. It generated $518 million in adjusted EBITDAR (a proxy for cash flow from resorts), and also announced some non-gaming projects that will expand its reach around the world.

  • [By Travis Hoium]

    Earnings season begins this week, withWynn Resorts, Limited (NASDAQ:WYNN) reporting on Tuesday, April 24, Las Vegas Sands Corp. (NYSE:LVS)on Wednesday, and MGM Resorts International (NYSE:MGM)on Thursday. Caesars Entertainment (NASDAQ:CZR) will report on May 2 with Melco Resorts (NASDAQ:MLCO) to follow later in May.

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    This well-known old-school gaming company offers solid upside. Caesars Entertainment Corp. (NASDAQ: CZR) provides casino-entertainment and hospitality services. Its segments include Caesars Entertainment Resort Properties, Caesars Growth Partners, and Other. The company’s resorts operate primarily under the Harrah’s, Caesars and Horseshoe brand names.

  • [By Travis Hoium]

    Gambling isn’t legal in Dubai, but that isn’t stopping Caesars Entertainment (NASDAQ:CZR) from putting its Caesars brand on a new hotel there. The company recently announced a deal with Meraas Holdings LLC to manage two luxury hotels and a beach club at Meraas’ Bluewaters Island development.

  • [By Rich Duprey]

    The other two casinos in the state, Bally’s and Harrah’s, are Caesars Entertainment (NASDAQ:CZR) properties, and only Bally’s does not have a branded online site.

Top 5 High Tech Stocks To Own Right Now

The top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee really wants Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to start talking on Capitol Hill.

“Mr. Zuckerberg needs to come and testify before Congress,” Senator Mark Warner said Sunday on CBS’s “Face the Nation.”

“He said he would if he was the right guy. He is the right guy. He can’t send a staff,” Warner added.

Zuckerberg has faced a groundswell of angry voices since news broke that political data firm Cambridge Analytica, which worked on President Donald Trump’s campaign, was able to harvest data for about 50 million Facebook users.

The Facebook CEO took out full-page ads in several British and American newspapers Sunday to apologize for a “breach of trust.”

Warner told “Face the Nation” that Facebook must do more than print apologies in newspapers.

Zuckerberg needs to explain how Facebook is “going to work with us to both protect privacy … and make sure it never happens again in terms of weaponization of these social media platforms,” Warner said.

Top 5 High Tech Stocks To Own Right Now: Pacira Pharmaceuticals, Inc.(PCRX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jon C. Ogg]

    Pacira Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: PCRX) has found itself in the middle of a great opportunity but not being able to make the last mile of the race. Unfortunately, pain management in a non-opioid treatment has become an elusive target. And it’s too bad when you consider how many people have become addicted to opioids in America.

Top 5 High Tech Stocks To Own Right Now: Alnylam Pharmaceuticals Inc.(ALNY)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Brian Orelli]

    The delay in an FDA decision for Tegsedi puts it behind competitor Alnylam Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:ALNY), which expects to hear from the FDA by Aug. 11 for its hATTR drug patisiran. But Sarah Boyce, the president at Akcea Therapeutics, doesn’t think a few months will really matter: “We don’t really feel that’s going to have any impact and the drugs will be close enough together from a launch perspective. So not really [going] to make any adjustments, and we’re very well prepared to be ready to launch following approval.”

  • [By Brian Orelli]

    Alnylam Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:ALNY) released first-quarter results last week, but all eyes were looking forward as the company waits for a potential approval of its hereditary TTR amyloidosis (ATTR) drug, patisiran.

Top 5 High Tech Stocks To Own Right Now: MB Financial Inc.(MBFI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    MB Financial (NASDAQ: MBFI) and Nicolet Bankshares (NASDAQ:NCBS) are both finance companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, earnings, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, dividends, valuation and risk.

Top 5 High Tech Stocks To Own Right Now: General Motors Company(GM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Elizabeth Balboa]

    The correlation is meaningful to companies like General Motors Company (NYSE: GM) and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV (NYSE: FCAU), both of which have long shifted investment from passenger cars toward higher-margin and better-selling trucks and SUVs.

  • [By Daniel Miller]

    Bad news for investors: Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F) said production of its bread-and-butter F-150 and Super Duty pickups will be halted due to a fire at a supplier. Ford investors aren’t alone in this pain as General Motors (NYSE:GM) and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (NYSE:FCAU) also said some production would be disrupted. Not only do investors have to deal with plateauing sales in the North American market, but developments such as this or perhaps an unforeseen recall deter investors from owning automakers. But just how much could this cost Ford?

  • [By Chris Lange]

    BMW, Ford Motor Co. (NYSE: F), Renault and General Motors Co. (NYSE: GM) are among the 30 companies in the MOBI. The goal of MOBI is to accelerate the adoption of blockchain and to ensure the industry is on the same page, with use cases ranging from autonomous payments to ride-sharing.

  • [By Keith Noonan]

    There are times when having an intensely negative outlook on a company’s future is more than justified. However, scooping up stocks that have fallen out of favor can also create huge upside over the long term — provided you’re picking the right ones. Read on to see why AT&T (NYSE:T), PepsiCo (NASDAQ:PEP), and General Motors (NYSE:GM)are beaten-down dividend stocks that are worth adding to your portfolio.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    General Motors Co. (NYSE: GM) will report its most recent quarterly results on Tuesday. The consensus analyst estimates are $1.38 in EPS and revenue of $36.55 billion. Shares of GM were at $41.00 on Fridays close. The consensus price target is $47.30, and the 52-week range is $31.92 to $46.76.

  • [By ]

    Amidst all the attention on Tesla’s (TSLA) struggles and insanely volatile stock this year, the share price under-performance of profitable automaker General Motors (GM) has gone overlooked.

Top 5 High Tech Stocks To Own Right Now: Ohr Pharmaceuticals, Inc.(OHRP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Ohr Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ: OHRP) traded down about 3% Wednesday and posted a new 52-week low of $0.31 after closing Tuesday at $0.32. The 52-week high is $2.18. Volume was over 10 million, more than 4 times the daily average of around 2.4 million shares. The company had no specific news.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Ohr Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ: OHRP) dropped nearly 13% Tuesday to post a new 52-week low of $0.24. Shares closed at $0.27 on Friday and the stock’s 52-week high is $2.18. Volume was around 1 million, about a third of the daily average of about 3.3 million. The company had no specific news Tuesday.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Ohr Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ: OHRP) dropped nearly 83% Friday to post a new 52-week low of $0.35 after closing at $2.02 on Thursday. The stock’s 52-week hig is $2.18. Volume was around 32.6 million, more than 30 times the daily average of around 1.2 million. The company reported that topline data from a clinical study failed to meet its primary endpoint.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Ohr Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ: OHRP) dropped more than 11% Thursday to post a new 52-week low of $0.31 after closing at $0.35 on Wednesday. The stock’s 52-week high is $2.18. Volume was around 5.5 million, more than double the daily average of around 2.3 million. The company had no specific news.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Ohr Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ: OHRP) dropped more than 10% Tuesday to post a new 52-week low of $0.35 after closing at $0.39 on Monday. The stock’s 52-week high is $2.18. Volume was around 7.55 million, nearly 4 times the daily average of around 2.1 million. The company had no specific news.

3 Hated Dividend Stocks to Buy Now

There are times when having an intensely negative outlook on a company’s future is more than justified. However, scooping up stocks that have fallen out of favor can also create huge upside over the long term — provided you’re picking the right ones. Read on to see why AT&T (NYSE:T), PepsiCo (NASDAQ:PEP), and General Motors (NYSE:GM)are beaten-down dividend stocks that are worth adding to your portfolio.

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1. AT&T

Telecom giant AT&T reported first-quarter earnings on April 26, and the market was none too pleased with the results. Sales for the period dipped 3.6% year over year to come in at $38.04 billion, missing the average analyst estimate of $39.37 billion. Earnings per share of $0.85 also fell short of the estimate target of $0.87, and the top- and bottom-line misses prompted the company’s biggest intraday share price decline in nearly a decade. By market close, the stock had dipped roughly 7%.

AT&T also reported that it lost 187,000 pay-television subscribers despite growth for its DirecTV Now skinny-bundle service. The company faces pressure amid changes in the television and mobile industries, but opportunities like the expansion of 5G networks and thepending merger with Time Warnergive it avenues via which to growth that I expect will come to fruition. I purchased AT&T shares following the post-earnings sell-off and plan to hold the stock for the long term.

The company now trades at just 10 times this year’s expected earnings and packs a roughly 6% dividend yield. Shareholders can look for AT&T’s payout to continue growing. The telecom leader has a 33-year history of delivering annual dividend raises, and the business’s strong cash flow puts it in good position to deliver slow, but steady payout growth down the line. Even though the company distributed roughly $13 billion in dividend payouts over the last year, its $18 billion in free cash flow over that stretch had it in a good position to keep that streak alive.

With a great yield backed by a solid business and enticing earnings multiples, AT&T is an underappreciated dividend stock that deserves your attention.

2. PepsiCo

PepsiCo has long been a go-to for income-focused investors, so it’s notable that the stock has recently been falling out of favor. Calling it a “hated” stock might seem a bit strange, but a roughly 16% year-to-date decline for the company’s share price suggests it’s not currently held in high esteem.

The shift in sentiment isn’t without cause. Volume for the company’s North American beverages segment fell 3% year over year, and operating income for the unit dipped 22%. It looks like that softness will continue in the near term.While waning domestic soda demand is hurting growth and dampening investor enthusiasm, I think some of the company’s recent struggles have also resulted in the chance to purchase a rock-solid dividend stock at a good price.

The stock trades at roughly 18 times forward earnings estimates and offers a best-in-class dividend pedigree.Shares yield 3.2% at current prices, and the company has a 45-year history of consecutive annual payout growth. With the cost of distributing its payout coming in at a reasonable 64% of trailing free cash flow and dividend growth seemingly baked into the stock’s DNA, shareholders can reasonably expect that next year’s payout will be bigger than the one before.

The company also isn’t standing still in light of recent challenges. To combat its declining soda sales, Pepsi is preparing a sustained advertising push and weighing the possibility of spinning off its bottling operations. Increased advertising may or may not end up being the answer to the soda question, but Pepsi is actually pretty well diversified, and it’s still tinkering to find the right balance across its product lines.

Growth for the company’s Frito Lay division and momentum in emerging markets actually pushed the company to a 2.2% year-over-year organic sales increase in the March-ended quarter despite weakness in domestic beverages. Pepsi appears to be under leadership that understands the issues, and the business is backed by infrastructure advantages and a history of innovation and execution that make me bullish on the long-term outlook.

3. General Motors

Concerns that the North American automobile industry is at the early stages of a downturn and threats of long-term disruption posed by emerging technologies are weighing on General Motors. Shares are down 10% year to date compared to a 1% dip for the S&P 500 index.

Electric vehicles, ride-sharing services, and self-driving cars all present variables for the business, but it seems like General Motors’ innovation initiatives and manufacturing advantages aren’t getting their due. While the market seems to be taking a more cautious outlook onTesla, that reappraisal doesn’t appear to have resulted in increased confidence in GM’s future.

The auto giant has made a lot of smart moves to prepare for new trends in its industry and improve the business since the disastrous impact of the last recession. The company is currently the leader in electric car production and expects to launch 20 new electric vehicles through 2023. It’s also an early leader in the self-driving-technology space and has a significant stake in the ride-sharing market thanks to its roughly 9% ownership stake in Lyft and partnership with Uber.

The cyclical nature of the automotive industry means GM’s profits will see a significant declines if the broader auto market continues to move through a down cycle, but shares look attractively price even with that possibility in mind. The stocktrades at less than six times forward earnings estimates andpacks a roughly 4.1% dividend yield. With the cost of distributing its current payout representing just 24% of trailing earnings, GM looks to be in a good position to continue returning cash to shareholders.

Top 10 Heal Care Stocks To Invest In Right Now

You must value the business in order for you to value the stock. – Charlie Munger

Trading Analytics

Welcome to this edition of Integrated BioSci Rounds Report for May 02, 2018. As usual, well elucidate notable trading analytics for the day, recent insider transactions, and interesting market developments. Without further ado, lets take an overall assessment of the bioscience space. As follows, the iShares of NASDAQ Biotechnology Index (NASDAQ:IBB) traded down $1.37 (-1.32%) at $102.68. Moreover, the SPDR S&P Biotech (NYSE:XBI) exchanged hands $0.46 lower at $87.45 (for 0.52% losses). Its likely that investors were trading with the negative sentiment for the day. Regardless of the daily inclination, there are substantial prospects in the bioscience sector: one that delivers hope for patients while rewarding supporters with substantial wealth in the long haul.

Top 10 Heal Care Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Knight Transportation, Inc.(KNX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By ]

    Knight-Swift Transportation Holdings (NYSE: KNX) completed its merger of Knight Transportation and Swift Transportation in September last year to create one of the largest operators in the FTL segment. Drivers as a percentage of total employment is among the highest in the industry, but could come down as the merged company consolidates the business.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    COPYRIGHT VIOLATION NOTICE: “Zacks: Brokerages Anticipate Knight-Swift (KNX) Will Announce Quarterly Sales of $1.32 Billion” was published by Ticker Report and is the property of of Ticker Report. If you are accessing this story on another website, it was illegally stolen and republished in violation of US & international copyright and trademark law. The correct version of this story can be read at https://www.tickerreport.com/banking-finance/3346524/zacks-brokerages-anticipate-knight-swift-knx-will-announce-quarterly-sales-of-1-32-billion.html.

  • [By Rich Smith]

    Knight Transportation (NYSE:KNX) is merging with Swift Transportation (NYSE:SWFT) to build a $5 billion trucking behemoth — and Wall Street thinks that’s a good thing.

Top 10 Heal Care Stocks To Invest In Right Now: General Motors Company(GM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By John Rosevear]

    FCA has struggled for several years to generate EBIT margins comparable to those of its old Detroit rivals. Both Ford Motor Company(NYSE:F) and General Motors (NYSE:GM) have made hay over the last few years, thanks to strong sales of pickups and SUVs. Both categories have long been FCA strengths, but the Italian-American company has had to do a lot of work to make the most of its Jeeps and Rams.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Benzinga's newsdesk monitors options activity to notice unusual patterns. These large volume (and often out of the money) trades were initially published intraday in Benzinga Professional . These trades were placed during Thursday's regular session.

  • [By Danny Vena, Timothy Green, and Reuben Gregg Brewer]

    With that in mind, we asked three Motley Fool investors to choose companies they believed would help baby boomers reach their goals. They offered convincing arguments for Magellan Midstream Partners, L.P. (NYSE:MMP), General Motors Company (NYSE:GM), and Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN).

Top 10 Heal Care Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Peoples Bancorp Inc.(PEBO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    BidaskClub downgraded shares of Peoples Bancorp (NASDAQ:PEBO) from a strong-buy rating to a buy rating in a report released on Friday.

    Several other equities analysts have also recently issued reports on PEBO. Boenning Scattergood reissued a hold rating on shares of Peoples Bancorp in a research note on Wednesday, April 25th. Hovde Group set a $39.00 price objective on shares of Peoples Bancorp and gave the company a hold rating in a research note on Tuesday, April 24th. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Peoples Bancorp from a hold rating to a buy rating and set a $37.00 price objective on the stock in a research note on Wednesday, January 10th. ValuEngine raised shares of Peoples Bancorp from a hold rating to a buy rating in a research note on Tuesday, April 24th. Finally, Sandler O’Neill reissued a hold rating and issued a $37.00 price objective on shares of Peoples Bancorp in a research note on Tuesday, January 23rd. Five investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and two have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. Peoples Bancorp has a consensus rating of Hold and a consensus target price of $38.00.

Top 10 Heal Care Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Seanergy Maritime Holdings Corp(SHIP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Elizabeth Balboa]

    Meanwhile, Safe Bulkers, Inc. (NYSE: SB) rose $0.73 throughout the 2016, Seanergy Maritime Holdings Corp. (NASDAQ: SHIP) fell $1.69 and Navios Maritime Partners L.P. (NYSE: NMM) dropped $0.93.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

     

    Losers
    DBV Technologies SA – ADR (NASDAQ: DBVT) shares tumbled 50.6 percent to $23.73 after the company disclosed that its peanut allergy trial failed to meet primary endpoint.
    Connecture Inc (NASDAQ: CNXR) shares declined 40.8 percent to $0.290. Connecture reported that it will voluntarily delist from the NASDAQ for OTCQX Market.
    Walter Investment Management Corp (NYSE: WAC) slipped 19.2 percent to $0.410. On Friday, Walter Investment Management disclosed that it has reached an agreement with term lenders and senior noteholders on financial restructuring.
    Eldorado Gold Corp (USA) (NYSE: EGO) shares dropped 15.9 percent to $1.83. Eldorado Gold lowered its production guidance for its Kisladag operation.
    Seanergy Maritime Holdings Corp. (NASDAQ: SHIP) shares fell 15.4 percent to $1.04.
    Future Fintech Group Inc (NASDAQ: FTFT) dropped 13.6 percent to $1.53. Future FinTech reported filing of proxy statement, including proposal for corporate restructuring.
    Concordia International Corp (NASDAQ: CXRX) shares fell 12.3 percent to $0.500 after dipping 38.71 percent on Friday.
    Aemetis Inc (NASDAQ: AMTX) shares declined 11.3 percent to $0.550
    OncoSec Medical Inc (NASDAQ: ONCS) dipped 10.5 percent to $1.12. OncoSec reported a $7.1 million registered direct at-the-market offering at a price of $1.34375 per share.
    Evoke Pharma Inc (NASDAQ: EVOK) shares fell 10.35 percent to $3.08 after the company disclosed 'positive' topline results from comparative exposure pharmacokinetic study for Gimoti.
    Eiger Biopharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: EIGR) shares dropped 9.4 percent to $11.60 as the company disclosed Phase 2 interim 24-week data with pegylated interferon lambda in Hepatitis Delta Virus infection at the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases Meeting.
    Viking Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: VKTX) shares slipped 6.6 percent to $2.80. Viking Therapeutics presented results from proof-of-concept study of VK0214 in in vivo

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Seanergy Maritime Holdings Corp. (NASDAQ: SHIP) dropped 50% on Thursday to post a new 52-week low of $1.10 after closing at $2.20 on Wednesday. The stock’s 52-week high is $8.65. Volume approaching 13 million shares was nearly 15 times the daily average of 850,000. The dry bulk carrier company priced a secondary offering of 10 million shares and warrants at $1.50 per share this morning.

Top 10 Heal Care Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Voyager Therapeutics, Inc.(VYGR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Voyager Therapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ: VYGR) will be presenting at the American Society of Gene and Cell Therapy annual meeting taking place May 16 to 19, 2018, in Chicago. The firm will be releasing data from its lead clinical program for Parkinsons disease, its preclinical programs targeting a monogenic form of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) called SOD1, Huntingtons disease and Friedreichs ataxia, and its gene therapy vector platform including novel adeno-associated virus capsid optimization efforts and manufacturing capabilities.

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  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Voyager Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: VYGR) got a boost, shooting up 20 percent to $13.10 after the company announced 'positive' results from ongoing Phase 1b trial of VY-AADC01 for advanced Parkinson's disease.

Top 10 Heal Care Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Superior Drilling Products, Inc.(SDPI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Money Morning News Team]

    Superior Drilling Products Inc.(NYSE: SDPI) is based in Utah and manufactures equipment used in drilling for the natural gas and oil mining sectors.

Top 10 Heal Care Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Equus Total Return, Inc.(EQS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Anders Melin]

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Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Global oil prices nudged higher Monday even amid reports that Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A) is re-starting a key Houston refinery that was shuttered by Hurricane Harvey three weeks ago.

  • [By Money Morning News Team]

    A $2 trillion valuation makes the company worth more than Chevron Corp. (NYSE:CVX), BP Plc. (NYSE ADR:BP), Exxon Mobil Corp. (NYSE: XOM), and Royal Dutch Shell Plc. (NYSE: RDS.A) – combined.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    A number of oil and gas companies have backed the accord as well, including Chevron (CVX) , Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A) and BP (BP) . Exxon (XOM) in March sent a letter to the White House urging it to stay in the Paris agreement, and CEO Darren Woods penned a personal letter to the president addressing the matter, the Financial Times reported last week.

  • [By Dustin Parrett]

    Big Oil stocks are the seven “oil supermajors” that do everything from oil drilling to refining to retail sales. This is a list of the Big Oil companies:

    Big Oil CompanyShare PriceYTDMarket CapExxon Mobil Corp. (NYSE: XOM)$83.44-7.58%$353.13BChevron Co. (NYSE: CVX)$113.56-3.5%$217.62BConocoPhillips Co. (NYSE: COP)$48.21-3.78%$61.42BRoyal Dutch Shell Plc. (NYSE ADR: RDS.A)$52.35-3.82%$221.08BBP Plc. (NYSE ADR: BP)$34.12-8.71%$112.69BTotal SA (NYSE: TOT)$50.26-1.35%$124.6BEni SpA (NYSE: E)$31.51-2.3%$58.69B

    Despite being huge global oil companies, shares of Big Oil stocks are all in the red this year. Those losses have all happened even as the Dow is smashing record highs and trading up 6.4% year to date.

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Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Non-cyclical consumer goods & services sector was the top gainer in the US market on Tuesday. Top gainers in the sector included Nature's Sunshine Prod. (NASDAQ: NATR), Bridgford Foods Corporation (NASDAQ: BRID), and SunOpta, Inc. (USA) (NASDAQ: STKL).

Amazon Wants the Keys to All Your Stuff

Not content to have only the keys to your front door, Amazon.com (NASDAQ:AMZN)also wants the keys to your car.

Following the start of the in-home delivery service called Amazon Key, the online retail giant is launching a service that will deliver packages to your car, whether the trunk or other cargo space. If your car is parked at home, work, or another publicly accessible area, and you have a 2015 or newer General Motors (NYSE:GM) or Volvo vehicle equipped with OnStar or On Call, respectively, you can get packages delivered using this method.

An ad for Amazon Key car delivery service showing a cell phone and a delivery guy with a package waiting by a car.

Image source: Amazon.com.

Keying in on convenience

For people comfortable with giving strangers access to some of their most private spaces, the Key service continues to make Amazon the most efficient, convenient, and perhaps fastest delivery option available. And Amazon insists the new service is safe, so you don’t have to worry about the delivery driver making off with your ride.

Before requesting vehicle access, Amazon Key verifies the delivery driver, the car, the driver’s location, and that the package being delivered is the one you ordered. Amazon Key only obtains your vehicle’s location on the day of delivery, and because the driver never gets an access code or the key to your car, there’s no need to worry he can come back at a later time to take it.

Moreover, the Key service confirms that your car is locked before the driver leaves, and in the event it isn’t locked, the service automatically activates the locks.

A daunting level of trust is needed

There are obviously benefits to these delivery services. So-called “porch pirates” stealing unattended packages has become a very real phenomenon, which in-home delivery helps to thwart. It also gives Amazon more access into your life — and more data it can collect about you — while creating a greater bond of trust between you and the retailer. And it all comes under the cover of convenience.

Of course, letting a stranger into your house when you’re not home — or even if you are there — takes a great leap of faith.A survey of 2,201 consumers by Morning Consult found that 68% of people were uncomfortable with letting delivery drivers into their homes and 53% were “very uncomfortable” with it. Although those 18 to 29 years of age were twice as likely to be comfortable with it than those 55 to 64 years old, more than half of even that younger cohort was still uncomfortable with the idea.

Giving access to your car’s cargo space likely reduces the stress level for many people, because you can make sure there are no valuables there. But short of removing everything important from your car, it’s not completely secure, either. Not every car is a sedan — hatchbacks, SUVs, minivans, etc. give full access to the interior when the rear hatch is opened. Many cars have folding rear seats that are accessible from the trunk, so storing your valuables in the passenger compartment won’t make them safer either. (It’s probably not a good idea to do that anyway.)

Although the chances of an Amazon driver rummaging through your personal effects is probably low — or that he will hot wire your car to steal it — there remains the increased risk of vandalism to a vehicle by having a package delivered to it.

Delivery may not actually be the point

Amazon Key seems like a solution in search of a problem. If we’re at home or at work, are we really so much farther away from our car that we can’t just have the package delivered to us? And if we’re out at the mall, do we really need Amazon delivering packages to our car?

It’s true people seem far too willing to give up their privacy to social media networks in the service of staying connected with family and friends, but that doesn’t mean we need to extend it to the businesses we shop from.

The universe of Prime members this service is available to is already strictly limited due to the fact it’s currently only available in 37 states and you have to have a specific brand of car equipped with a remote vehicle service to be eligible. For those reasons it’s not going to be widely adopted. Although other car manufacturers like Fordthat come equipped with Sync could be included, Amazon doesn’t even need it to be a huge hit.

What the in-home and in-car Key service really shows consumers is that Amazon is willing to do what it takes to be the most innovative, quickest, most convenient package delivery service around. Whether someone avails themselves of the opportunity is immaterial, as Amazon still drives home the point that you need and want its services — and that may be the most important benefit of all for the company.