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Top 10 Value Stocks To Watch For 2019

There still isn’t a set Snapchat IPO date, but we know one important thing: Snapchat shareholders won’t have voting rights.

This is unprecedented, as Snapchat could be the first company to sell non-voting stock in an IPO on a U.S. stock exchange.

According to Fortune, Snapchat shareholders won’t have the right to:

Nominate, elect, or replace board membersSubmit shareholder proposalsPlace pressure on the board to fire the CEO or anyone in managementApprove or block a merger or takeover offerKnow when a large investor has purchased more than 5% of Snapchat stock

In Snap’s IPO filing, it says this structure is designed to discourage tactics that can be used in proxy fights.

For instance, activist investors will not be able to buy a large position in the company and place pressure on management to increase shareholder value.

Top 10 Value Stocks To Watch For 2019: Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Inc.(GMCR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By David Sterman]

    But for short sellers in Green Mountain Coffee Roasters (Nasdaq: GMCR), there's another outcome: They've been badly burned as shares have surged, but they insist they've been right all along, and it's only a matter of time before the stock crashes and burns.

  • [By Jonas Elmerraji]

    As badly as short sellers want to hate on Green Mountain Coffee Roasters (GMCR), betting against the multiyear rally in this $12.7 billion beverage stock has been about as wise as eating from a box with a skull and crossbones on it. And as a bull market continues to lift all ships, Green Mountain’s ship is going to keep floating above the others.

    Green Mountain owns Keurig, the brand of beverage brewers that use self-contained K-Cups to make coffee, teas, and other drinks. While Keurig’s “fad” status has certainly helped tip the deck against GMCR, the fact remains that the firm has done most of the hard work in getting Keurig machines accepted by consumers. With brewers essentially ubiquitous at this point, the firm is able to make money on its cash cow: the K-Cups.

    Keurig’s individual-serving cups have big margins and a big installed base. With huge convenience and the relatively large sunk cost that consumers have put into their Keurig machines, it’s a sticky business with big switching costs. Consumers who buy a Keurig are much less likely to spend the money on a competing brand of proprietary coffee pods.

    I’ve said before that GMCR is far from cheap right now. But its momentum trajectory is showing few signs of fizzling out, especially as direct competitors such as Starbucks (SBUX) continue to sell K-Cups of their own. Don’t bet against GMCR in September – buy this Rocket Stock instead.

  • [By Canadian Value]

    So Im going to stick my next out and share my views on four battleground stocks that are among my favorite shorts: World Acceptance (WRLD), Green Mountain (GMCR), Herbalife (HLF), and InterOil (IOC). And next week at the Value Investing Congress I will present another short, my largest.

Top 10 Value Stocks To Watch For 2019: Plains Group Holdings, L.P.(PAGP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Here are some of the news articles that may have impacted Accern’s rankings:

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    Plains GP (PAGP) Posts Quarterly Earnings Results, Misses Expectations By $0.08 EPS (americanbankingnews.com) Plains GP (PAGP) Upgraded by TheStreet to C- (americanbankingnews.com) Plains GP (PAGP) Downgraded by Stifel Nicolaus (americanbankingnews.com) Plains GP Holdings (PAGP) Tops Q1 EPS by 5c, Beats on Revenues (streetinsider.com) Plains All American Pipeline, L.P. and Plains GP Holdings Report First-Quarter 2018 Results (finance.yahoo.com)

    Several research firms have commented on PAGP. TheStreet upgraded shares of Plains GP from a “d+” rating to a “c-” rating in a research report on Monday. Stifel Nicolaus cut shares of Plains GP from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating and set a $24.00 target price for the company. in a research report on Wednesday. Jefferies Group cut shares of Plains GP from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Wednesday, April 25th. Wolfe Research cut shares of Plains GP from a “market perform” rating to an “underperform” rating in a research report on Tuesday, April 24th. Finally, Deutsche Bank began coverage on shares of Plains GP in a research report on Thursday, April 19th. They issued a “buy” rating and a $29.00 target price for the company. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eight have issued a hold rating, ten have assigned a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the stock. The stock currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $25.65.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    TheStreet upgraded shares of Plains GP (NYSE:PAGP) from a d+ rating to a c- rating in a research report released on Monday morning.

    Several other analysts have also recently issued reports on the company. Stifel Nicolaus cut Plains GP from a buy rating to a hold rating and set a $24.00 price objective on the stock. in a report on Wednesday. Jefferies Group cut Plains GP from a buy rating to a hold rating in a report on Wednesday, April 25th. Wolfe Research cut Plains GP from a market perform rating to an underperform rating in a report on Tuesday, April 24th. Deutsche Bank began coverage on Plains GP in a report on Thursday, April 19th. They set a buy rating and a $29.00 price objective on the stock. Finally, SunTrust Banks raised Plains GP from a hold rating to a buy rating and set a $27.00 price objective on the stock in a report on Monday, April 9th. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eight have given a hold rating, ten have assigned a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the company. The company presently has an average rating of Hold and a consensus price target of $25.65.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

     

    Companies Reporting After The Bell
    Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is projected to post quarterly earnings at $1.22 per share on revenue of $5.72 billion.
    Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: EA) is estimated to post quarterly earnings at $1.04 per share on revenue of $5.68 billion.
    The Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS) is projected to post quarterly earnings at $1.68 per share on revenue of $14.05 billion.
    Papa John's International, Inc. (NASDAQ: PZZA) is expected to post quarterly earnings at $0.62 per share on revenue of $441.73 million.
    Jazz Pharmaceuticals plc (NASDAQ: JAZZ) is projected to post quarterly earnings at $2.77 per share on revenue of $434.87 million.
    Sun Life Financial Inc. (NYSE: SLF) is estimated to post quarterly earnings at $0.89 per share on revenue of $6.38 billion.
    LATAM Airlines Group S.A. (NYSE: LTM) is expected to post quarterly earnings at $0.16 per share on revenue of $2.70 billion.
    Liberty Global plc (NASDAQ: LBTYA) is projected to post quarterly earnings at $0.02 per share on revenue of $4.05 billion.
    TripAdvisor, Inc. (NASDAQ: TRIP) is expected to post quarterly earnings at $0.16 per share on revenue of $362.11 million.
    The Wendy's Company (NASDAQ: WEN) is projected to post quarterly earnings at $0.1 per share on revenue of $379.98 million.
    A-Mark Precious Metals, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMRK) is expected to post quarterly earnings at $0.06 per share on revenue of $1.69 billion.
    Monster Beverage Corporation (NASDAQ: MNST) is estimated to post quarterly earnings at $0.4 per share on revenue of $849.38 million.
    Convergys Corporation (NYSE: CVG) is expected to post quarterly earnings at $0.4 per share on revenue of $670.10 million.
    ScanSource, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCSC) is projected to post quarterly earnings at $0.7 per share on revenue of $875.91 million.
    KAR Auction Services, Inc. (NYSE: KAR) is expected to post quarterly earnings at $0.76 per share on revenue of $923.13

Top 10 Value Stocks To Watch For 2019: Rex Energy Corporation(REXX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Our peer group is up an average of 46% over the past 4 weeks in response to a 30% rebound in the 12-month strip NYMEX oil price. Some of the largest gainers include Hold and Sell rated stocks that we would not chase such asDenbury Resources (Sell, +138%), Halcon Resources (HK) (Sell, +147%), Jones Energy (JONE) (Hold, +166%), Rex Energy (REXX) (Sell, +60%), Sanchez Energy (SN) (Hold, +93%), Ultra Petroleum (UPL) (Sell, +61%), andWhiting Petroleum (Hold, +103%), which have outperformed the E&P Index (+32%) over the same time period. Balance sheets and/or well level returns remain challenged for these companies despite improved oil prices. While we believe oil markets should re-balance over the next 12 to 15 months, the recent recovery to $40 could reverse during 2Q16 as bloated inventories continue to rise, new volumes from Iran pressure an oversupplied market, and a highly anticipated decline in non-OPEC supply (especially in the U.S.), is not as steep as expected. The risk of an oil price retracement, which would significantly pressure the recent out-performers, outweighs the upside in these stocks, in our view. However, we are raising our target prices on Buy ratedAnadarko Petroleum ($54 from $48), Concho Resources (CXO) ($120 from $109), Matador Resources (MTDR) ($22 from $21),Noble Energy (NBL) ($40 from $34), SM Energy (SM) ($22 from $15), Rice Energy ($14 from $12), Pioneer Natural Resources (PXD) ($155 from $135),Continental Resources ($32 from $28), and Parsley Energy (PE) ($24 from $23). We believe our Buy-rated stocks are better positioned to weather challenging oil markets.

Top 10 Value Stocks To Watch For 2019: Apollo Global Management, LLC(APO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    The Q1 2017 earnings report for small cap for-profit education stock Apollo Education Group Inc (NASDAQ: APOL) is scheduled for after the market closes on Monday (January 9th). Last February, Apollo Education Groupannounced a definitive agreement to be acquired by a consortium of investors including The Vistria Group, LLC, funds affiliated with Apollo Global Management, LLC (NYSE: APO), and Najafi Companies for $9.50 per share in cash for both Class A and B shares. However, the for-profit education sector along with certain aspects of the Apollo deal have been targeted by the Obama administration and it remains to be seen how the Trump administration will treat the sector and the deal.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Reuters reported last week that the company is considering selling its 2,500 service stations in Italy for a tidy 500 million (about $538 million). The rumored buyer is private equity giant Apollo Global Management LLC (NYSE: APO), also rumored to be interested in buying 2,600 Italian service stations from a joint venture between Italy’s Eni SpA (NYSE: E) and Total SA (NYSE: TOT).

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of Netflix close to all time highsgoing into earnings while potential performance peer or competitor Amazon.com, Inc (NASDAQ: AMZN) has continueda more steadyrise and small cap Outerwall Inc (NASDAQ: OUTR), which owned the Redbox business,got swallowed up Apollo Global Management, LLC (NYSE: APO) late last year:

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Apollo Global Management (NYSE:APO) – Equities researchers at Jefferies Group dropped their Q2 2018 earnings estimates for Apollo Global Management in a research report issued to clients and investors on Monday, May 7th. Jefferies Group analyst G. O’hara now forecasts that the financial services provider will post earnings of $0.69 per share for the quarter, down from their previous estimate of $0.70. Jefferies Group also issued estimates for Apollo Global Management’s Q3 2018 earnings at $0.75 EPS and Q4 2018 earnings at $0.80 EPS.

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    Private equity giant Apollo Global Management LLC (NYSE: APO) had a huge hedge fund buying shares last week. Tiger Global Management picked up361,800 shares at prices that ranged from $23.65 to $24.57 apiece. The total for the purchase was reported at $9 million. The stock closed onFriday at $25.30. The 52-week range is $14.25 to $25.80, and the consensus price target is $25.81.

Top 10 Value Stocks To Watch For 2019: Nuance Communications Inc.(NUAN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Nuance Communications Inc. (NASDAQ: NUAN) got a boost, shooting up 10 percent to $17.05 after the company posted better-than-expected Q4 earnings. Raymond James upgraded Nuance Communications from Outperform to Strong Buy.

  • [By Craig Jones]

    On CNBC's Fast Money Halftime Report, Jon Najarian spoke about high options activity in Nuance Communications Inc. (NASDAQ: NUAN). Traders were buying the June 19 calls for $1. The trade breaks even at $20 or 2.20 percent above the closing price on Wednesday. Najarian followed the trade and he is going to hold the position for two weeks.

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Marathon Patent Group Inc (NASDAQ: MARA) shares surged 30.2 percent to $5.01 after dropping 40.86 percent on Tuesday. Marathon Patent Group filed for sale of 1.85 million shares of common stock by selling stockholders.
    Capricor Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: CAPR) shares jumped 17.2 percent to $2.25 after the company reported the FDA clearance of Investigational New Drug application for CAP-1002.
    Rite Aid Corporation (NYSE: RAD) gained 13.2 percent to $2.15 following 16.5 percent rally on Tuesday.
    Photronics, Inc. (NASDAQ: PLAB) shares climbed 11.8 percent to $10.45 after the company reported stronger-than-expected earnings for its fourth quarter.
    China Distance Education Hldgs Ltd (ADR) (NYSE: DL) shares surged 11.3 percent to $8.67. China Distance Education reported Q4 profit of $5.9 million on revenue of $41.7 million.
    Cytokinetics, Inc. (NASDAQ: CYTK) shares gained 11 percent to $8.05 after falling 7.05 percent on Tuesday.
    Ooma Inc (NYSE: OOMA) shares surged 8.5 percent to $10.85 as the company posted strong Q3 results.
    Nuance Communications Inc. (NASDAQ: NUAN) climbed 8 percent to $17.12 after the company reported stronger-than-expected results for its fourth quarter on Tuesday.
    American Superconductor Corporation (NASDAQ: AMSC) surged 7.8 percent to $3.59 after the company reported $8 million in D-VAR system orders.
    Thermon Group Holdings Inc (NYSE: THR) rose 6.3 percent to $24.17. William Blair upgraded Thermon Group from Market Perform to Outperform.
    Domino's Pizza, Inc. (NYSE: DPZ) surged 6.1 percent to $182.88. Nomura upgraded Domino's from Neutral to Buy.
    Xencor Inc (NASDAQ: XNCR) rose 5.9 percent to $21.17. Cantor Fitzgerald initiated coverage on Xencor with an Overweight rating.
    Idera Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: IDRA) gained 5.1 percent to $2.28 after the company disclosed that it has been granted FDA Fast Track designation for IMO-2125.
    Regal Entertainment Group (NYSE: RGC) gained 5.1 percent to
  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    One key part of the rush toward artificial intelligence is making sure that automated systems can communicate easily and effectively with their human users. Nuance Communications (NASDAQ:NUAN) has a huge head start in voice recognition technology, and despite its successes in areas like medical transcription, the tech company knows that in order to sustain its competitive advantage, it needs to use its lead to push forward with groundbreaking technological innovations.

Top 10 Value Stocks To Watch For 2019: Antares Pharma, Inc.(ATRS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Antares Pharma, Inc. (NASDAQ:ATRS) Director Jacques Gonella sold 300,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, May 9th. The stock was sold at an average price of $2.47, for a total value of $741,000.00. Following the completion of the sale, the director now directly owns 11,936,413 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $29,482,940.11. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this link.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Friday, healthcare shares fell 0.32 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Antares Pharma Inc (NASDAQ: ATRS), down 38 percent, and Infinity Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ: INFI) down 16 percent.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    BidaskClub upgraded shares of Antares Pharma (NASDAQ:ATRS) from a buy rating to a strong-buy rating in a research note issued to investors on Tuesday morning.

Top 10 Value Stocks To Watch For 2019: CVR Energy Inc.(CVI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    CVR Energy Inc. (NYSE:CVI) shares hit a new 52-week high and low during mid-day trading on Monday . The stock traded as low as $39.74 and last traded at $39.69, with a volume of 566335 shares traded. The stock had previously closed at $36.81.

  • [By Robert Rapier]

    CVR Partners’ fertilizer plant is located in Coffeyville, Kansas, adjacent to the refinery owned by CVR Refining (NYSE: CVRR). CVR Energy (NYSE: CVI), majority-owned by Carl Icahn via Icahn Enterprises (NYSE: IEP), is the general partner and owns most of the units for both CVR Partners and CVR Refining.

  • [By elliottwave]

    CVR Energy, Inc. (NYSE: CVI) is currently correcting the bullish 5 waves cycle from November 2016 low as a triple three structure reaching equal legs area $20.48 – $19.56 . The move can extend lower toward the 50-61.8 percent Fibonacci area ( $18.98 – $17.34 ) as a double three but will remain supported as the stock is still looking for a move higher toward at least $31 to finish 3 waves correcting 2014 cycle. If the stock fails to make new highs after bouncing from the current inflection area , then the pullback can extend lower against $12.03 low which should hold to allow CVI to the resume higher later on

Top 10 Value Stocks To Watch For 2019: Sify Technologies Limited(SIFY)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Friday afternoon, the telecommunication services shares rose 2.1 percent. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included Intelsat S.A. (NYSE: I), up 11 percent, and Sify Technologies Limited (NASDAQ: SIFY) up 4 percent.

Top 10 Value Stocks To Watch For 2019: AquaVenture Holdings Limited (WAAS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    There were six IPOs scheduled for this week (five yesterday and one today) with small cap Aquaventure Holdings LLC (NYSE: WAAS) appearing set to end the week with shares above their IPO debut price. AquaVenture Holdings is a global leader in water purification solutions and a pioneer in providing Water-as-a-Service (WAAS), generating recurring revenue from the deployment of advanced water filtration, sanitization, purification and desalination technologies. Through its subsidiaries,the Companyserves over 40,000 customers and delivers seven billion gallons of clean water each year.

Top 10 Value Stocks To Watch For 2019: Tallgrass Energy Partners, LP(TEP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By ]

    Cramer was bearish on Melco Resorts (MLCO) , Tallgrass Energy Partners (TEP) , Mallinckrodt (MNK) , Roku (ROKU) and Scotts Miracle-Gro (SMG) .

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  • [By ]

    Tallgrass Energy Partners (TEP) : “That dividend is a red flag. That group has become a house of pain and I’m not going there.”

    Mallinckrodt (MNK) : “They had a better-than-expected quarter, but I am worried and I’m staying away.”

  • [By Garrett Cook]

    Citi remains Buy rated on Dominion Midstream Partners (NYSE: DM), Tallgrass Energy (NYSE: TEP), and Tallgrass Energy GP (NYSE: TEGP), saying the companies are positioned to capitalize on natural gas demand growth.

Top Casino Stocks To Buy For 2019

Shares of Wynn Resorts plunged more than 10% Friday after a Wall Street Journal story detailing numerous allegations against founder and CEO Steve Wynn.

Wynn denied the charges in the Journal story.

“The idea that I ever assaulted any woman is preposterous,” he said in a statement that the company sent to CNN. “We find ourselves in a world where people can make allegations, regardless of the truth, and a person is left with the choice of weathering insulting publicity or engaging in multi-year lawsuits. It is deplorable for anyone to find themselves in this situation.”

But the Journal said it had spoken to more than 150 current and former employees as part of its reporting.

Steve Wynn allegations: Here’s his response

The Journal story says that one married manicurist received a $7.5 million settlement from Wynn after she complained in 2005 that she had been ordered by Wynn to have sex, even though she told him she was married and did not want to have sex. The story said her supervisor told the paper that after the incident she filed a detailed report to the casino’s human-resources department recounting the episode.

Top Casino Stocks To Buy For 2019: BYD Company Limited (BYDDY)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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    BYD is currently ranked the number 2 globally with 9% global market share, and is ranked number 1 in China with 24% market share.

  • [By SEEKINGALPHA.COM]

    In this video I analyze BYD ltd. (OTCPK:BYDDY) (OTCPK:BYDDF) to see whether it is a great long-term investment opportunity given it is probable that China switches completely to electric vehicles by 2030. I discuss the fundamentals, the margins and where those stand in comparison to Daimler (OTCPK: DDAIF).

  • [By SEEKINGALPHA.COM]

    Some already had their autonomous car bets made with positions in both Tesla and Nvidia (NASDAQ:NVDA) surmising those will be the big winners. They have good company. Trip Chowdhry of Global Equities Research summed up his thesis for autonomous transportation and transportation in general going forward as Winners: Tesla, Nvidia; and Losers: Mobileye (NYSE:MBLY) and all traditional automakers. All traditional automakers? That’s basically every automaker on the planet besides Tesla and maybe Fisker and BYD (OTCPK:BYDDY), that’s a lot of losers. Trip is a talented analyst. I’ve followed him for many years (see his ranking on TipRanks here). Even for him, that’s a pretty bold statement. It got me thinking, is Tesla’s lead in the race for autonomous cars so great that the race is effectively over? I wanted to find out if I was using traditional methodologies too much, overthinking my picks and missing out on the bigger winner, Tesla.

Top Casino Stocks To Buy For 2019: Westport Innovations Inc(WPRT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Wednesday afternoon, the industrial sector proved to be a source of strength for the market. Leading the sector was strength from Westport Fuel Systems Inc (NASDAQ: WPRT) and RPX Corp (NASDAQ: RPXC).

  • [By Jason Hall]

    Furthermore, having a strong financial partner in Total to help it drive adoption of heavy-duty natural gas vehicles at this time could be a huge win. Prices of oil (and therefore diesel) have been steadily climbing over the past year, and the highly anticipated near-zero-emissions natural gas engine fromCummins(NYSE:CMI) andWestport Fuel Systems(NASDAQ:WPRT) is now being shipped to customers.

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

    Westport Fuel Systems Inc (USA) (NASDAQ: WPRT) shares were also up, gaining 16 percent to $3.48 on upbeat Q3 results.

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Top Casino Stocks To Buy For 2019: Digital Realty Trust Inc.(DLR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

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

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Top Casino Stocks To Buy For 2019: Carbonite, Inc.(CARB)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Carbonite (NASDAQ:CARB) was upgraded by equities researchers at BidaskClub from a “buy” rating to a “strong-buy” rating in a note issued to investors on Thursday.

  • [By Jon C. Ogg]

    Carbonite Inc. (NASDAQ: CARB) was reiterated as Outperform and the price target was raised to $35 from $30 at Oppenheimer.

    Carrizo Oil & Gas Inc. (NASDAQ: CRZO) was maintained as Buy but the price target was cut to $44 from $45 at Stifel.

Top Casino Stocks To Buy For 2019: Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Inc.(GMCR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By David Sterman]

    But for short sellers in Green Mountain Coffee Roasters (Nasdaq: GMCR), there's another outcome: They've been badly burned as shares have surged, but they insist they've been right all along, and it's only a matter of time before the stock crashes and burns.

  • [By Canadian Value]

    So Im going to stick my next out and share my views on four battleground stocks that are among my favorite shorts: World Acceptance (WRLD), Green Mountain (GMCR), Herbalife (HLF), and InterOil (IOC). And next week at the Value Investing Congress I will present another short, my largest.

  • [By Jonas Elmerraji]

    As badly as short sellers want to hate on Green Mountain Coffee Roasters (GMCR), betting against the multiyear rally in this $12.7 billion beverage stock has been about as wise as eating from a box with a skull and crossbones on it. And as a bull market continues to lift all ships, Green Mountain’s ship is going to keep floating above the others.

    Green Mountain owns Keurig, the brand of beverage brewers that use self-contained K-Cups to make coffee, teas, and other drinks. While Keurig’s “fad” status has certainly helped tip the deck against GMCR, the fact remains that the firm has done most of the hard work in getting Keurig machines accepted by consumers. With brewers essentially ubiquitous at this point, the firm is able to make money on its cash cow: the K-Cups.

    Keurig’s individual-serving cups have big margins and a big installed base. With huge convenience and the relatively large sunk cost that consumers have put into their Keurig machines, it’s a sticky business with big switching costs. Consumers who buy a Keurig are much less likely to spend the money on a competing brand of proprietary coffee pods.

    I’ve said before that GMCR is far from cheap right now. But its momentum trajectory is showing few signs of fizzling out, especially as direct competitors such as Starbucks (SBUX) continue to sell K-Cups of their own. Don’t bet against GMCR in September – buy this Rocket Stock instead.

Top Casino Stocks To Buy For 2019: MDU Resources Group, Inc.(MDU)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Monday, utilities shares fell by 1.08 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included South Jersey Industries Inc (NYSE: SJI), down 4 percent, and MDU Resources Group Inc (NYSE: MDU), down 4 percent.

Top Small Cap Stocks To Own For 2019

Small cap prepaid payment network and card stock Blackhawk Network Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: HAWK) reported Q2 2017 earnings after the market closed Wednesday with results beating Wall Street expectations. Operating revenues increased 18% to $463.1 million due to an 8% increase in commissions and fees driven primarily by international growth, including the addition of Grass Roots which was acquired during the fourth quarter of 2016, and higher U.S. retail TDV; a 60% increase in program and other fees primarily due to international growth including the acquisition of Grass Roots, higher U.S. retail TDV and growth in the incentives segment; a 20% increase in marketing revenues primarily due to international growth; and a 19% increase in product sales due to higher incentives and rewards sales, partially offset by declines at Cardpool. The net losswas $6.4 million versus a net loss of $11.3 million driven primarily by growth in the incentives and international segments and lower non-cash acquisition-related expenses, partially offset by increased interest expense. The CEO commented:

Top Small Cap Stocks To Own For 2019: Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Inc.(GMCR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jonas Elmerraji]

    As badly as short sellers want to hate on Green Mountain Coffee Roasters (GMCR), betting against the multiyear rally in this $12.7 billion beverage stock has been about as wise as eating from a box with a skull and crossbones on it. And as a bull market continues to lift all ships, Green Mountain’s ship is going to keep floating above the others.

    Green Mountain owns Keurig, the brand of beverage brewers that use self-contained K-Cups to make coffee, teas, and other drinks. While Keurig’s “fad” status has certainly helped tip the deck against GMCR, the fact remains that the firm has done most of the hard work in getting Keurig machines accepted by consumers. With brewers essentially ubiquitous at this point, the firm is able to make money on its cash cow: the K-Cups.

    Keurig’s individual-serving cups have big margins and a big installed base. With huge convenience and the relatively large sunk cost that consumers have put into their Keurig machines, it’s a sticky business with big switching costs. Consumers who buy a Keurig are much less likely to spend the money on a competing brand of proprietary coffee pods.

    I’ve said before that GMCR is far from cheap right now. But its momentum trajectory is showing few signs of fizzling out, especially as direct competitors such as Starbucks (SBUX) continue to sell K-Cups of their own. Don’t bet against GMCR in September – buy this Rocket Stock instead.

  • [By David Sterman]

    But for short sellers in Green Mountain Coffee Roasters (Nasdaq: GMCR), there's another outcome: They've been badly burned as shares have surged, but they insist they've been right all along, and it's only a matter of time before the stock crashes and burns.

  • [By Canadian Value]

    So Im going to stick my next out and share my views on four battleground stocks that are among my favorite shorts: World Acceptance (WRLD), Green Mountain (GMCR), Herbalife (HLF), and InterOil (IOC). And next week at the Value Investing Congress I will present another short, my largest.

Top Small Cap Stocks To Own For 2019: L-3 Communications Holdings, Inc.(LLL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Chris Lange]

    L3 Technologies Inc. (NYSE: LLL) just hosted its investor day and projected that it wants to be considered among the top defense firms. Multiple analysts have raised their target prices. RBC raised its rating to Outperform from Sector Perform and its target price to $239 from $202. Other price target hikes were seen as follows: Cowen to $210 from $200, Jefferies to $201 from $188 and JPMorgan to $220 from $205.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows ViaSat, Inc plus mid to large cap communications stockslikeHarris Corporation (NYSE: HRS) and L-3 Communications Holdings, Inc (NYSE: LLL)had been moving in tandem until last yearwhile small cap Gogo Inc has underperformed:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Five teams are expected to compete for the contract: Boeing Co. (NYSE: BA) has joined with Saab to offer a clean-sheet design; Northrop Grumman Corp. (NYSE: NOC) has teamed up with BAE Systems and L-3 Communications Holdings Inc. (NYSE: LLL) on another clean-sheet design; Lockheed Martin Corp. (NYSE: LMT) and Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) are going with a modified KAI T-50; Raytheon Corp. (NYSE: RTN) has joined with Italy’s Leonardo and Canada’s CAE Inc. (NYSE: CAE) on a version of Leonardo’s M-346 trainer that it calls the T-100; and privately held Sierra Nevada has partnered with Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) on another clean-sheet design.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Headquartered in New York City, large cap L3 Technologies Inc (NYSE: LLL) employs approximately 38,000 people worldwide and is a leading provider of a broad range of communication, electronic and sensor systems used on military, homeland security and commercial platforms. L3 is also a prime contractor in aerospace systems, security and detection systems, and pilot training. The Company reported 2016 sales of $10.5 billion.

Top Small Cap Stocks To Own For 2019: Endologix, Inc.(ELGX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Endologix, Inc. (NASDAQ: ELGX) shares dropped 23 percent to $7.59 as the company issued an update on Nellix PMA process. Endologix disclosed that the FDA has requested the company to provide a two-year patient follow-up data from the EVAS-FORWARD IDE study of Nellix System.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Endologix Inc. (NASDAQ: ELGX) dropped about 9.3% on Wednesday to post a new 52-week low of $4.78 against a 52-week high of $14.50 and a Tuesday close of $5.27. Volume of about 6 million was more than 3 times the daily average of around 1.7 million. The company on Tuesday announced a temporary shipping hold on its best-selling heart device, saying there was a manufacturing issue.

Top 5 Medical Stocks To Watch For 2018

SAN FRANCISCO A new tech start-up wants to be the Uber of health care.

Concierge Key Health is building an app that would let consumers schedule access, on-demand, to general practitioners and top-tier physicians in specialized fields such as orthopedics, cardiology and brain surgery.

When the app launches in the fall, patients in a dozen cities including New York, Los Angeles, Dallas, Miami and Washington, D.C. will have the ability to book appointments from a pool of 1,500 specialists for urgent care and hospital concierge clinics.

“We want to create an Uber-like service nationwide,” says Concierge Key Health CEO Robert Grant, an entrepreneur who has extensive experience in the medical field. “One of the biggest challenges in health care is no one thinks of the patient experience and yet we pay as much for health care as anything else.”

Top 5 Medical Stocks To Watch For 2018: Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Inc.(GMCR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jonas Elmerraji]

    As badly as short sellers want to hate on Green Mountain Coffee Roasters (GMCR), betting against the multiyear rally in this $12.7 billion beverage stock has been about as wise as eating from a box with a skull and crossbones on it. And as a bull market continues to lift all ships, Green Mountain’s ship is going to keep floating above the others.

    Green Mountain owns Keurig, the brand of beverage brewers that use self-contained K-Cups to make coffee, teas, and other drinks. While Keurig’s “fad” status has certainly helped tip the deck against GMCR, the fact remains that the firm has done most of the hard work in getting Keurig machines accepted by consumers. With brewers essentially ubiquitous at this point, the firm is able to make money on its cash cow: the K-Cups.

    Keurig’s individual-serving cups have big margins and a big installed base. With huge convenience and the relatively large sunk cost that consumers have put into their Keurig machines, it’s a sticky business with big switching costs. Consumers who buy a Keurig are much less likely to spend the money on a competing brand of proprietary coffee pods.

    I’ve said before that GMCR is far from cheap right now. But its momentum trajectory is showing few signs of fizzling out, especially as direct competitors such as Starbucks (SBUX) continue to sell K-Cups of their own. Don’t bet against GMCR in September – buy this Rocket Stock instead.

  • [By David Sterman]

    But for short sellers in Green Mountain Coffee Roasters (Nasdaq: GMCR), there's another outcome: They've been badly burned as shares have surged, but they insist they've been right all along, and it's only a matter of time before the stock crashes and burns.

  • [By Canadian Value]

    So Im going to stick my next out and share my views on four battleground stocks that are among my favorite shorts: World Acceptance (WRLD), Green Mountain (GMCR), Herbalife (HLF), and InterOil (IOC). And next week at the Value Investing Congress I will present another short, my largest.

Top 5 Medical Stocks To Watch For 2018: Sherwin-Williams Company (The)(SHW)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    But then there was good news from rail transport company CSX (CSX ) , which saw growth in every one of its business lines. Foot Locker (FL) also surprised to the upside, sending shares up a quick 5.3%. Cramer fave and Action Alerts PLUS holding KeyCorp (KEY) also delivered, as did paint maker Sherwin-Williams (SHW) .

  • [By George Budwell, Rich Smith, and Neha Chamaria]

    Keeping with this theme, our Foolish contributors think that Pfizer (NYSE:PFE),Sherwin-Williams (NYSE:SHW), andTupperware Brands (NYSE:TUP)are three large-cap dividend stocks that prove beyond a doubt that boring is beautiful when it comes to creating wealth.

Top 5 Medical Stocks To Watch For 2018: Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (BRK-B)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Matthew Argersinger]

    My take: With none other than Warren Buffett of Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE: BRK-B) also investing in airlines and singing their praises as of late, Gerstner stuck the landing with his United pitch. There’s a definite case to be made that industry conditions have changed for the better, much like they did for the railroads starting more than a decade ago. United may not be the best of the bunch, but you’d do well to take a very close look at the industry. If Gerstner is right, there are multi-bagger opportunities looking down at you from up above.

  • [By Shanthi Rexaline]

    Buffett was quoted as saying, without empowering women, America would be effectively playing with one hand tied behind its back. Being true to his word, Buffett said Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (NYSE: BRK-A) (NYSE: BRK-B) then had three members on its board.

  • [By Matthew Frankel]

    Warren Buffett-led Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE:BRK-A) (NYSE:BRK-B), in addition to its dozens of businesses, also owns a portfolio of 47 different common stocks, many of which were hand-selected by Buffett himself. And, many of these stocks pay dividends. In fact, from all of the stocks in Berkshire’s portfolio, the company is generating more than $6,700 in dividend income every minute.

  • [By Matthew Frankel]

    I won’t keep you in suspense — Warren Buffett-led Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE:BRK-A) (NYSE:BRK-B) owns 400,000,000 shares of Coca-Cola (NYSE:KO), worth a total of $16.7 billion as of this writing. This translates to a 9.4% stake in the beverage giant, and makes Coca-Cola Buffett’s third-largest stock investment.

  • [By John Maxfield]

    Since the beginning of 2016, Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE:BRK-A) (NYSE:BRK-B) has seen the value of the seven bank stocks in its investment portfolio increase by $5.6 billion, or 10.8%.

  • [By Matthew Frankel]

    Warren Buffett has a long and successful history in the insurance industry, and it has been a cornerstone of Berkshire Hathaway’s (NYSE:BRK-A) (NYSE:BRK-B) growth strategy since the 1967 acquisition of National Indemnity. In fact, Buffett specifically referred to the insurance industry as Berkshire’s “most important sector” in his latest letter to shareholders. Here’s a rundown of Berkshire’s insurance operations, and why Buffett loves the insurance business so much.

Top 5 Medical Stocks To Watch For 2018: Oak Valley Bancorp (CA)(OVLY)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Tuesday, financial shares fell 0.32 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Oak Valley Bancorp (NASDAQ: OVLY), down 7 percent, and AmTrust Financial Services Inc (NASDAQ: AFSI) down 5 percent.

Top 5 Medical Stocks To Watch For 2018: Vanguard FTSE Europe ETF (VGK)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Todd Shriber, ETF Professor]

    Still, there are instances of limited appetite for diversified Europe ETFs, particularly those with significant U.K. exposure. The Vanguard FTSE Europe ETF (NYSE: VGK) hasn't added (or lost) any capital since June 20. That ETF devotes 31.4 percent of its weight to U.K. stocks.

  • [By Todd Shriber, ETF Professor]

    Here is a dichotomy. Global small-caps are performing admirably. The WisdomTree Europe SmallCap Dividend Fund (NYSE: DFE) is an example of a Europe ETF that is defying some unfavorable trends. DFE is down 3.5 percent year-to-date. That sounds bad, but it is far better than what investors have been treated to with diversified, large-cap Europe ETFs. The Vanguard Europe ETF (NYSE: VGK) and the iShares Europe ETF (NYSE: IEV) are down an average of 5.3 percent this year.

  • [By Tom Aspray, Senior Editor, MoneyShow.com]

    The US stock market is still leading with the Spyder Trust (SPY) up 18.6%, while the European markets (VGK) are now up close to 10% for the year, as they have gotten a nice boost in the past three weeks.

  • [By Todd Shriber, ETF Professor]

    Perhaps the largest ETF dedicated to tracking French stocks should be getting more attention. In a year in which ETFs tracking the PIIGS economies are struggling, EWQ has been solid. The France ETF's 2.7 percent year-to-date gain is slightly ahead of the comparable Germany ETF and more than twice as good as the Vanguard FTSE Europe ETF (NYSE: VGK).

Top 10 Beverage Companies To Invest In 2016

Erin Andrews sues hotel over stalker videos “On the one hand she’s living the dream, her dream. On the other hand she’s living with a nightmare.”

That’s what Erin Andrews’ attorney told a Nashville jury Friday during closing arguments in her $75 million lawsuit over a nude video that was recorded and posted online without her consent.

Andrews’ attorney, Bruce Broillet, urged the 12 jurors — seven women and five men — to see themselves as potential hotel guests.

“We turn ourselves over to hotels and their protection,” he said. “Hotels need to meet reasonable expectations of security.”

He argued that in Andrews’ case there was negligence and these expectations were not met.

Top 10 Beverage Companies To Invest In 2016: Portola Pharmaceuticals, Inc.(PTLA)

 

Portola Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company, develops and commercializes therapeutics for patients in the areas of thrombosis, other hematologic disorders, and inflammation. Its lead compound, Betrixaban, is an oral, once-daily Factor Xa inhibitor in Phase III clinical trial for venous thromboembolism prophylaxis in acute medically ill patients in-hospital and post discharge. The companys other lead development candidate, Andexanet alfa, a recombinant protein that is in Phase III registration studies designed to reverse the anticoagulant activity in patients treated with a Factor Xa inhibitor who suffer an uncontrolled bleeding episode or undergo emergency surgery. It has collaboration agreements with Biogen Idec Inc.; Bristol-Myers Squibb Company; Pfizer Inc.; Bayer Pharma, AG; Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; Daiichi Sankyo, Inc.; and Lees Pharmaceutical (HK) Ltd. The company is also developing Cerdulatinib, which is in Phase I/IIa proof-of-concept study, an orally available kinase inhibitor that inhibits spleen tyrosine kinase and janus kinases enzymes, which regulate signaling pathways, as well as for hematologic, or blood, cancers, and inflammatory disorders. In addition, it is involved in the development of PRT2607, a selective Syk inhibitor. Portola Pharmaceuticals, Inc. has a collaboration with Bristol-Myers Squibb and Pfizer Inc. to develop and commercialize apixaban, an oral anticoagulant. The company was founded in 2003 and is headquartered in South San Francisco, California.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Portola Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: PTLA) shares dropped 30 percent to $20.08 after announcing Phase III Betrixaban results.

    Shares of Spark Energy Inc (NASDAQ: SPKE) were down 14 percent to $20.96. Spark Energy reported Q4 GAAP EPS of $(0.01) and adjusted EBITDA of $16.3 million.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Portola Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: PTLA) shares dropped 23 percent to $21.92 after announcing Phase III Betrixaban results.

    Shares of Spark Energy Inc (NASDAQ: SPKE) were down 16 percent to $20.43. Spark Energy reported Q4 GAAP EPS of $(0.01) and adjusted EBITDA of $16.3 million.

Top 10 Beverage Companies To Invest In 2016: AAON Inc.(AAON)

AAON, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, engages in the manufacture and sale of air conditioning and heating equipment primarily in the United States and Canada. The company offers rooftop units, chillers, air-handling units, make-up air units, heat recovery units, condensing units, commercial self contained units, and coils. It serves the commercial and industrial new construction and replacement markets. AAON, Inc. sells its products through manufacturers representatives and internal sales force. The company was founded in 1987 and is based in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jonas Elmerraji]

    We’re seeing the exact same setup in shares of small-cap HVAC firm Aaon (AAON). The biggest difference is that in AAON’s case, the ascending triangle pattern is coming in at the top of this stock’s recent price action, not at the bottom. That makes this a more textbook trade for September.

    Another important difference is the fact that AAON hasn’t triggered yet. Shares have been coiling below $26 resistance since the middle of the summer; a breakout above that $26 level is the indicator that it’s time to buy. Whenever you’re looking at any technical price pattern, it’s critical to think in terms of buyers and sellers. Triangles and other price pattern names are a good quick way to explain what’s going on in this stock, but they’re not the reason it’s tradable. Instead, it all comes down to supply and demand for shares.

    That resistance line at $26 is a price where there’s an excess of supply of shares; in other words, it’s a place where sellers have been more eager to take recent gains and sell their shares than buyers have been to buy. That’s what makes the move above it so significant — a breakout indicates that buyers are finally strong enough to absorb all of the excess supply above that price level.

    Wait for that to happen before you put your money on this trade.

Top 5 Cheap Companies To Invest In Right Now: Transocean Inc.(RIG)

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

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Goldman Sachs analystWaqar Syed and team see “green shoots [appearing] in the distance” for oil-field-services sector…just not offshore drillers. They explain why they cut Atwood Oceanics (ATW) and Noble (NE) to sell, where they join Transocean (RIG):

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

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

    Matthew Lloyd/Bloomberg News

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

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

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Following a November 2011 leak of about 3,600 barrels of oil from a rig offshore of Brazil, Chevron Corp. (NYSE: CVX) and driller Transocean Ltd. (NYSE: RIG) were slapped with a penalty of $17.5 billion by the governments public prosecutors office. That payment reportedly hasbeen reduced to less than $42 million as the company and the government have agreed on a settlement.

Top 10 Beverage Companies To Invest In 2016: Paychex Inc.(PAYX)

Paychex Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides payroll, human resource, and benefits outsourcing solutions for small-to medium-sized businesses in the United States and Germany. It offers payroll processing services, including calculation, preparation, and delivery of employee payroll checks; production of internal accounting records and management reports; preparation of federal, state, and local payroll tax returns; and collection and remittance of clients? payroll obligations. The company also provides payroll tax administration services; employee payment services; and regulatory compliance services, such as new-hire reporting and garnishment processing. Its human resource outsourcing services include payroll, employer compliance, human resource and employee benefits administration, risk management outsourcing, and the on-site availability of a professionally trained human resource representative, as well as provides employee handbooks, management manuals, and r equired regulatory forms. In addition, the company offers retirement services administration; workers? compensation; business-owner policies; commercial auto; and health and benefits coverage, including health, dental, vision, and life. Further, it provides online human resource administration software products for employee benefits management and administration, and time and attendance solutions. As of May 31, 2010, the company served approximately 536,000 clients in the United States; and 1,700 clients in Germany. Paychex, Inc. was founded in 1971 and is headquartered in Rochester, New York.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Paychex, Inc. (NASDAQ: PAYX) is projected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.50 per share on revenue of $751.20 million.

    UniFirst Corp (NYSE: UNF) is estimated to report its quarterly earnings at $1.26 per share on revenue of $362.62 million.

Top 10 Beverage Companies To Invest In 2016: Pinnacle Entertainment Inc.(PNK)

Pinnacle Entertainment, Inc. owns, develops, and operates casinos, and related hospitality and entertainment facilities in the United States. It operates casinos, such as L’Auberge du Lac in Lake Charles, Louisiana; River City Casino and Lumiere Place in St. Louis, Missouri; Boomtown New Orleans in New Orleans, Louisiana; Belterra Casino Resort in Vevay, Indiana; Boomtown Bossier City in Bossier City, Louisiana; and Boomtown Reno in Reno, Nevada. The company also operates River Downs racetrack in southeast Cincinnati, Ohio. As of May 26, 2011, it operated seven casinos and one racetrack. The company was formerly known as Hollywood Park, Inc. and changed its name to Pinnacle Entertainment, Inc. in February 2000. Pinnacle Entertainment, Inc. was founded in 1935 and is based in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Pinnacle Entertainment (PNK) has gained 56% this year; Las Vegas Sands (LVS) has climbed 38%. And Deutsche Bank has nice things to say about both today.

    Bloomberg

    First Pinnacle. Deutsche Bank’s Carlo Santarelli ponders the stock’s big move and comes away still seeing value in its shares. He writes:

    When we upgraded PNK in April, our thesis centered on the FCF strength of the combined entities [Pinnacle completed its acquisition of Ameristar Casinos on Aug. 14], a handful of favorable catalysts, easing regional gaming comps, & an inexpensive relative valuation. Given the shares’ sizeable move since then, we believe it is worth revisiting the investment case. Post the announcement of several asset sales and the closing of the transaction, we are adjusting our estimates, raising our PT to $30 from $24, and maintaining our bullish view at current levels given what we still believe to be an attractive free cash flow valuation, meaningful potential synergy realization beyond the $40 mm of announced benefits, and a free option on a lagging regional recovery.

    Santarelli also revisited Las Vegas Sands and there too, he likes what he sees. He writes:

    With…LVS at [a share price level] that have been challenging to break from over the last year plus, we believe this time is different and hence we see continued upward momentum…In the case of LVS, we see; 1) meaningful mass market strength continuing through year end, setting the stage for upward company and market estimate revisions for 2014, 2) continued cash flow appreciation and capital returns serving as downside protection and positive catalysts, and 3) continued shared gains, largely driven by table optimization and mass market strength, driving both estimates and sentiment.

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

    As for WYNN, we believe near-term estimates continue to take a back seat to capital return

Top 10 Beverage Companies To Invest In 2016: Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Inc.(GMCR)

Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. engages in the specialty coffee and coffee maker business. The company sources, produces, and sells approximately 200 varieties of coffee, cocoa, teas, and other beverages in K-Cup portion packs and coffee in traditional packaging, including whole bean and ground coffee selections in bags and ground coffee in fractional packs for use in at-home (AH) and away-from-home (AFH). It sells its products primarily in North America through supermarkets, club stores, and convenience stores; in restaurants and hospitality; and to office coffee distributors, as well as directly to consumers through its Website. The company also manufactures gourmet single-cup brewing systems and brewing equipment. In addition, it sells AH single-cup brewers; accessories; and coffee, tea, hot cocoa, and other beverages in K-Cup portion packs, as well as offers other licensed roasters to retailers, department stores, and mass merchandisers. Further, the company sells AFH single-cup brewers to distributors for use in offices. It provides its products under the Van Houtte, Brlerie St. Denis, Brlerie Mont-Royal, and Orient Express brands, as well as licensed Bigelow and Wolfgang Puck brands. The company was founded in 1981 and is based in Waterbury, Vermont.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jonas Elmerraji]

    As badly as short sellers want to hate on Green Mountain Coffee Roasters (GMCR), betting against the multiyear rally in this $12.7 billion beverage stock has been about as wise as eating from a box with a skull and crossbones on it. And as a bull market continues to lift all ships, Green Mountain’s ship is going to keep floating above the others.

    Green Mountain owns Keurig, the brand of beverage brewers that use self-contained K-Cups to make coffee, teas, and other drinks. While Keurig’s “fad” status has certainly helped tip the deck against GMCR, the fact remains that the firm has done most of the hard work in getting Keurig machines accepted by consumers. With brewers essentially ubiquitous at this point, the firm is able to make money on its cash cow: the K-Cups.

    Keurig’s individual-serving cups have big margins and a big installed base. With huge convenience and the relatively large sunk cost that consumers have put into their Keurig machines, it’s a sticky business with big switching costs. Consumers who buy a Keurig are much less likely to spend the money on a competing brand of proprietary coffee pods.

    I’ve said before that GMCR is far from cheap right now. But its momentum trajectory is showing few signs of fizzling out, especially as direct competitors such as Starbucks (SBUX) continue to sell K-Cups of their own. Don’t bet against GMCR in September – buy this Rocket Stock instead.

  • [By Canadian Value]

    So Im going to stick my next out and share my views on four battleground stocks that are among my favorite shorts: World Acceptance (WRLD), Green Mountain (GMCR), Herbalife (HLF), and InterOil (IOC). And next week at the Value Investing Congress I will present another short, my largest.

  • [By David Sterman]

    But for short sellers in Green Mountain Coffee Roasters (Nasdaq: GMCR), there's another outcome: They've been badly burned as shares have surged, but they insist they've been right all along, and it's only a matter of time before the stock crashes and burns.

Top 10 Beverage Companies To Invest In 2016: Clarke(t)

T.Clarke plc, a building services contractor, provides electrical and mechanical installation services and supplies associated equipment. The company offers information communications technology (ICT) services in the areas of structured cabling and connectivity, network infrastructure and security, networked energy management, data centre infrastructure, and managed and support services; facilities management services, such as preventative, reactive, and planned maintenance solutions; and green technologies services, which comprise photovoltaics, rainwater harvesting, biomass boilers, ground source heating, air source heating, wind turbines, lighting, and carbon reduction audit services. It also provides massive reading station redevelopment, cross rail, border rail link, and underground power upgrade services for the rail sector; lifecycle building services combining mechanical and electrical works with ICT for utilities and technologies sectors; lifecycle services for ho tel and residential sectors, which include electrical, ICT, and mechanical systems design, installation, commissioning, and maintenance; and mechanical and electrical contracting services for education, healthcare, government/local authority, retail and leisure, stadiums, transport, towers, media, and residential sectors. In addition, the company manufactures and prefabricates elements of an installation, as well as engineering components. T.Clarke plc was founded in 1889 and is headquartered in London, the United Kingdom.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Philip Mause]

    It is, of course, impossible to develop a universal corporate borrowing rate. I have conservatively used six per cent as a rate at which many of the large corporations can borrow money for 10 years. Readers should be aware that many, many large corporations can borrow at much, much lower rates. For example, Apple (AAPL) has 10 year bonds priced to yield 3.64%, Verizon (VZ) 3.55%, Bank of America (BAC) 4.06%, and AT&T (T) 4.15%. In this regard, the S&P 500 Index is weighted by market cap and so the impact of large companies with low borrowing costs – such as AAPL, Exxon (XOM), Microsoft (MSFT) and Verizon – is very large. Thus, the 6 per cent borrowing cost I am using for companies in the Index is very, very conservative. At any rate, I have assumed a 35% corporate tax rate and I have calculated the after tax borrowing cost, the PE, and the Index price which would correspond to various corporate interest rates using this Model.

  • [By Matt Thalman]

    Earlier this week, news broke that Sprint (NYSE: S  ) was going to offer an option for customers to upgrade their phones on a yearly basis, as opposed to the standard two-year cycle. Today, shares of AT&T (NYSE: T  ) and Verizon (NYSE: VZ  ) moved lower by 1.42% and 1.5%, respectively. One reason is that Sprint officially announced the change today, and made a point to indicate that the service plan that will accompany the early upgrade option will be much cheaper than comparable plans that AT&T and Verizon currently offer.

  • [By Matthew Smith]

    The news we found most interesting yesterday was the story regarding AT&T (T) that broke during the session that they were looking to offload their tower assets. The deal could fetch as much as $5 billion and many are looking at this as a precursor to a much larger deal where AT&T would look to expand overseas via a large acquisition.

  • [By Jon C. Ogg]

    24/7 Wall St. believes that AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T), General Electric Co. (NYSE: GE), Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (NYSE: GS), J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM), Nike Inc. (NYSE: NKE) and Walt Disney Co. (NYSE: DIS) will all make dividend hike announcements before the end of 2013.

Top 10 Beverage Companies To Invest In 2016: Jabil Circuit Inc.(JBL)

Jabil Circuit, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides electronic manufacturing services and solutions worldwide. The company offers electronics and mechanical design, production, product management, and after-market services to companies in the aerospace, automotive, computing, consumer, defense, industrial, instrumentation, medical, networking, peripherals, solar, storage, and telecommunications industries. Its services comprise integrated design and engineering; component selection, sourcing, and procurement; automated assembly; design and implementation of product testing; parallel global production; enclosure services; and systems assembly, direct-order fulfillment, and configure-to-order services. The company also provides set-top boxes, mobility products, and display products, as well as peripheral products, such as printers and point of sale terminals; and aftermarket services consisting of warranty and repair services. Jabil Circuit, Inc. was founded in 196 6 and is headquartered in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Amber Hestla, Michael J. Carr]

    Another Apple supplier to consider is Jabil Circuit (NYSE: JBL), a company that offers a number of manufacturing services to customers in the technology sector.

Top 10 Beverage Companies To Invest In 2016: Seadrill Limited(SDRL)

 

Seadrill Limited, an offshore drilling contractor, provides offshore drilling services to the oil and gas industry worldwide. The company operates through Floaters and Jack-up Rigs segments. The Floaters segment provides drilling, completion, and maintenance services for offshore exploration and production wells. Its drilling contracts relating to semi-submersible rigs and drillships for harsh and benign environments in mid, deep, and ultra-deep waters. The Jack-up Rigs segment offers services, such as drilling, completion, and maintenance of offshore exploration and production wells. This segments drilling contracts relate to jack-up rigs for operations in harsh and benign environment. As of March 20, 2015, the company had a fleet of 899 units, including 118 drillships, 198 semi-submersible rigs, 544 jack-up rigs, and 39 tender rigs. It serves oil and gas exploration and production companies comprising integrated oil compan ies, independent oil and gas producers, and government-owned oil and gas companies. Seadrill Limited was founded in 2005 and is headquartered in Hamilton, Bermuda.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Shares of Noble have gained 4.2% to $7.26 at 1:53 p.m., while Transocean has dipped 0.5% to $8.57, Diamond Offshore Drilling (DO) has dropped 2.5% to $16.80, and Seadrill (SDRL) has advanced 1.2% to $1.65.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Credit Suisse analyst Gregory Lewis and team highlight seven factors that will help sway how investors react to earnings from offshore drillers like Transocean (RIG), Noble (NE),Diamond Offshore Drilling (DO), Seadrill (SDRL), and Ensco (ESV):

Top 10 Beverage Companies To Invest In 2016: Broadcom Corporation(BRCM)

Broadcom Corporation (Broadcom), incorporated in August 16, 1991, provides semiconductor solutions for wired and wireless communications. The Company offers a portfolio of system-on-a-chip solutions (SoCs) that deliver voice, video, data and multimedia connectivity in the home, office and mobile environments. The Company operates in two segments: Broadband and Connectivity, and Infrastructure and Networking. The Companys solutions are used globally by manufacturers and are embedded in an array of communications products.

Broadband and Connectivity

The Companys Broadband and Connectivity segment includes set-top box solutions, broadband modem solutions, connectivity solutions and a range of other technologies. The Companys products include set-top boxes (STBs), central office broadband access equipment, residential gateways, stand-alone broadband access modems and a range of consumer devices, including smartphones and tablets, wearable dev ices, personal computers (PCs), laptops and access points, among others. Set-top box solutions include transcoding, digital video recording functionality, networking capabilities, and tuners to enable channel change and simultaneous recordings. The Company offers platform solutions for cable, satellite, Internet Protocol and terrestrial STBs. The Company also offers platform solutions for digital subscriber line (DSL), cable and fiber for both central office deployments and consumer premise equipment (CPE).

Broadcoms connectivity solutions include integrated and discrete Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and near field communication (NFC) solutions. The Company offers its wireless connectivity solutions to devices, such as smartphones; tablets; laptops and related peripherals; wireless home routers and gateways; printers; handheld media devices; home gaming systems; smart TVs and connected STBs, as well as a range of wearable and connected devices, including watches and glass es, smoke alarms and thermostats. The Company also offers hi! gh performance, low power Wi-Fi chipsets. The Company supports a range of value added features on top of its Wi-Fi solutions, including WiFi Direct, WiFi Display and Miracast.

The Company offers Bluetooth silicon and software solutions. The Companys other broadband and connectivity technologies include small cell/femtocell solutions, location (GPS) and touch controllers. It offers third generation (3G) or fourth generation (4G) platform solutions for femtocells and small and residential cells. The Company also offers a family of GPS, assisted GPS (A-GPS) and GNSS semiconductor products, software and data services. Its location-based services technology delivers data to its GNSS devices. In addition, the Company offers touch controllers to one customer, which are integrated circuits designed to process signals from touch screens on mobile devices.

Infrastructure and Networking

The Companys Infrastructure and Networking segment incl udes Ethernet switches and PHYs, which includes switches and fabrics; copper and optical transceivers; backplane and optical front-end physical layer devices; processors, including multicore processors. It offers other Infrastructure and Networking technologies, including knowledge-based processors, voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) solutions, microwave backhaul solutions and radio head digital front ends. The Company also offers a family of Ethernet controllers. The Companys products include service provider metro equipment; edge and core routers, wireless infrastructure and wireless access points; switches and routers; servers and workstations; network interface cards; local area network (LAN) on motherboard applications; optical networks and dense wave division multiplexing applications; security appliances; storage controllers; microwave links for wireless backhaul; cellular remote radio heads; automobile Ethernet networks; point-of-sale equipment, and other embedde d system-on-a-chip (SoC) subsystems.

The Compan! y offers ! a set of Ethernet switching products that are optimized for service provider networks, data center implementations, and enterprise and small-and-medium businesses. The Companys service provider switch portfolio enables carrier or service provider networks to support a number of services in the wireless backhaul, access, aggregation and core of their networks. For enterprise applications, the Company offers product families that combine multi-layer switching capabilities and wire-speed Gigabit, 10, 40 and 100 gigabits per second (Gbps) Ethernet switching performance for unified wired and wireless enterprise business networks. Its ethernet copper transceivers are used for high-speed network connections and support energy efficient Ethernet, data encryption and time synchronization at one or 10 Gbps.

Broadcoms BroadR-Reach automotive solutions allow multiple in-vehicle systems, such as infotainment, on-board diagnostics and automated driver assistance to simu ltaneously access information over unshielded single twisted pair cable. Its automotive Ethernet product portfolio consists of five devices, including three integrated switches with embedded PHYs and two stand-alone PHY solutions. The Company offers a portfolio of 10G and 40G Ethernet transceivers, 100 Gbps gear boxes, forward error correction solutions, and chips for backplanes and optical interconnect to address data traffic both in data centers and service provider networks.

The Company provides multicore processors, integrated processors and networking solutions. The Company offers Ethernet controllers for servers, workstations and desktop and notebook computers, supporting multiple generations of Ethernet technology. It also supplies application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC) controllers through a relationship with QLogic Corporation. Broadcoms knowledge-based processors enable decision-making for packet processing in a variety of devices in the ente rprise, metro, access, edge and core networking spaces. The ! Company! s family of microwave and millimeter modems and radio frequency (RF) chip sets allows its customers to build wireless backhaul and LAN extension products for service providers. Its family of VoIP solutions allows its customers to build VoIP-enabled telephony products for the enterprise environment. The Company offers a family of remote radio head digital front-end processors (DFE) products that can be found in wireless infrastructure deployments. In addition, the Company offers customers a range of custom ASIC products.

The Company competes with Intel Corporation, Marvell Technology Group Ltd., Mediatek Inc., Qualcomm Incorporation, STMicroelectronics NV, Cavium, Inc., Freescale Semiconductor,Ltd. and Mellanox.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shauna O’Brien]

    Susquehanna reported on Tuesday that it has raised its rating on Broadcom Corporation (BRCM).

    The firm has upgraded BRCM from “Neutral” to “Positive,” and has lifted the company’s price target from $33 to $35. This price target suggests a 23% upside from the stock’s current price of $26.91.

    Analyst Chris Caso commented: “Our downgrade of BRCM in May was predicated on already high Street expectations on handsets and no notable improvement in networking to drive upside. We think expectations and the stock price have now been sufficiently reset ahead of what we expect to be catalysts in 2014 including the iPhone 6 product cycle, potential improvement in networking and the impact from the recent Renesas acquisition. In addition, after several years of overspending on their handset initiatives, we think we are now closer to the point where the company either captures a return on that investment or is forced to moderate spending either of which benefit profitability. We see the upcoming December analyst meeting as a potential intermediate catalyst.”

    Broadcom shares were up 38 cents, or 1.41%, during pre-market trading Tuesday. The stock is down 19% YTD.