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The Jobs Report, Some Earnings News, and a Chat With Fiverr's CEO

The stock market hits a record high on a stronger-than-expected jobs report. Square (NYSE:SQ) announces plans to buy Australian fintech company Afterpay for $29 billion in stock. Etsy (NASDAQ:ETSY) reports earnings and Weber Grill (NYSE:WEBR) makes its public market debut. In this episode of Motley Fool Money, Motley Fool analysts Ron Gross and Jason Moser discuss those stories and weigh in on the latest from Cloudflare (NYSE:NET). They also share the stocks on their radar. Plus, we revisit our July interview with Fiverr International (NYSE:FVRR) CEO Micha Kaufman and talk about the future of work.

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This video was recorded on Aug. 6, 2021.

Chris Hill: We’ve got the latest headlines from Wall Street. We’ve got a conversation with Fiverr CEO Micha Kaufman. As always, we’ve got a couple of stocks on our radar. But we begin this week with the big macro. The U.S. economy added 943,000 new jobs in July. The reports for May and June were revised to add an additional 119,000 jobs and the unemployment rate fell from 5.9% to 5.4%. That is a big drop for a single month.

Ron Gross: Not too shabby, two strong months in a row. I think this is really positive. Job gains, perhaps not surprisingly, were strongest in leisure and hospitality. As people get back to work, added 380,000 positions, 253,000 of those came in bars and restaurants. Again, people coming back to work where they’re badly needed. Those industries have been really labor constrained for a while. Next was government jobs, then professional and business services. The wider unemployment metric that we sometimes talk about known as U-6, that fell pretty sharply to 9.2% from 9.8. The Fed is targeting 4.5% for the general unemployment rate. As you said, we’re at 5.4% now. I think the Fed believes we’re on target for something in the mid-fours next year. That would be pretty exciting and approaching full employment. I think it’s likely the Fed will start to taper their bond buying program later this year, if things stay on course. Ten-year interest rates ticked up on this news, the tech-heavy Nasdaq was down on Friday probably as a result of a concern over higher interest rates. I’ll just add that the stock market’s a funny thing. Everyone wants a stronger economy, but strong economic data will cause the Fed to ease up on its stimulus policies and that will hurt stocks and people don’t like that. It’s hard to know what people are actually rooting for. I hope it’s a strong economy.

Hill: Yeah. There absolutely is that situation where people are like, “Oh, we want the economy to come back,” and then you get news like this and stocks are, it’s like, “No, not like that, not when it affects my stocks.”

Gross: Exactly. Delta obviously is the wildcard here. I am concerned, but not panicked. I think our economy is going to get through that.

Hill: The war on cash just got more interesting. Square is buying Afterpay, the Australian payments company, for $29 billion in stock. Despite that dilution, Jason, shares of Square are up 12% this week. That’s a nice big jump considering how much they paid for Afterpay.

Jason Moser: Yeah. You said the D-word there, dilution. It is something that’s going to impact that share count by close to 25%. I think the skeptic probably looks at this deal and thinks that Square is overpaying for what really just amounts to a feature. The optimist, the glass-half-full investor probably looks at this and says, “Well, sometimes it’s easier to buy it as opposed to building it.” Maybe in this case, that makes more sense for Square. I think for Square, this is a combination of buying it being easier than building it and ultimately, time being of the essence. I feel like they felt like they needed to get this deal done sooner rather than later. Hence, the inflated offer — $29 billion, that puts Afterpay around 60 times gross profit. That obviously is not a cheap multiple. But I will say, at least the business is showing signs of success. This is a business that’s grown revenue from $189 million in 2019 to $693 million in 2021. Gross merchandise volume went from $3.7 billion to $15.8 billion in the same period. Very similar cultures, very similar purposes. Yes, I think you would succeed in arguing that maybe Square overpaid for this. But by the same token, I think it’s understandable why they did. Ultimately, I think this could be a nice added feature to the Cash App. Then that’s ultimately what this really is all about, is building out that Cash App capability so that consumers and merchants alike have as many decisions and options as possible.

Hill: Somewhat overlooked in all this news is that Square also came out with their second-quarter report. Anything in particular stands out to you?

Moser: Nothing in particular. It does feel like it’s just steady as she goes here with this business and that’s a good thing. It is really all about sellers and the Cash App. But if you look at numbers, total net revenue was $4.68 billion. That was up 143% from a year ago. Now, clearly we’re coming from a tough time a year ago. There is a rebound factor there. If you exclude Bitcoin, which I think we always should do in this case with Square, net revenue for the quarter was $1.96 billion. That was still up 87% from a year ago. Cash App continues to deliver strong growth. It generated $3.33 billion of revenue and $546 million of gross profit. Gross payment volume for Square this quarter rose 88% to $42.8 billion, nearly 4.5 million customers. This was an interesting stat I saw. Nearly 4.5 million customers held a stock or an ETF in the second quarter alone via the Cash App. That was up more than three times from a year ago. Again, going back to the capability that they are introducing, that Cash App, which is now reaching over 40 million monthly transacting customers. There are just a lot of things going on with this business. But they all really come back to building out the capability and the functionality of that Cash App. Again, merchants and consumers have as many options as possible.

Hill: Shares of Etsy fell 10% after its second-quarter report showed profits higher than expected, and revenue growth of 23%. There’s a lot going right for Etsy, Ron, but this is another one of those times when the guidance outweighed the results.

Gross: Yes, agreed. They definitely beat expectations, but investors are focused on the less than expected number of active buyers and what may be on the horizon in the future. I think it’s essential to remember that Etsy benefited from a huge pull forward of buyers during the pandemic. In 2020, they acquired 38 million new buyers. That’s nearly two times the number of new buyers acquired in 2019. I don’t think it should be a surprise to investors that these numbers are slowing down. Overall, it was a solid quarter, consolidated gross merchandise sales, GMS, up 13%. If we remove the impact of lower demand for masks, the Etsy stand-alone business actually grew 31% year over year, on a two-year basis 153%. These are strong numbers. Consolidated revenue up 23%. As I said, new buyer growth slowed post-pandemic, but they did add 8 million new buyers. Again, I think investors wanted to see more than 8 million there. Net income up fractionally, up about 2%. But as you said, the guidance is a little bit troubling. The management said the comps get tougher as they progress through 2021. Again, I don’t think that necessarily should be a surprise, especially considering the anniversary of strong pandemic results, including the absence of really strong demand for masks and stimulus checks, which helped the business. But they’re doing what they need to do. They’re focusing on improving customer service, buying experiences. They made two strategic acquisitions in July. I think the business is on track and investors just need to make sure their expectations fit with reality.

Hill: Cloudflare hit an all-time high this week, but second-quarter results for the cybersecurity company had the stock falling a bit on Friday. Jason, Cloudflare is not profitable yet, but CEO Matthew Prince appears to be doing a nice job of making it clear to Wall Street analysts that he is taking a long-term approach to profitability.

Moser: You are absolutely right and to that point — to me, this company feels more like a must-own, given leadership’s drive and focus on innovation and creation. It’s a very Amazon-esque approach in that regard when it comes to profitability. The CEO, Matthew Prince, interestingly, he can be very critical of Amazon and its strategies when it comes to Amazon Web Services. But all in all, he still takes that very long-term approach and I think that’s going to work out very well for this business and investors. In regard to the numbers, revenue up 53% from a year ago to just over $152 million. Dollar-based net retention, 124%. That was up 900 basis points. Again, that tells us that not only are they keeping their customers, but they’re growing the services that they’re selling those customers. Speaking of customers, they continue to bring more of them through the door. They added roughly 140 large customers for the quarter, bringing that total to 1,088. Remember, those are customers who spend at least $100,000 or more with the business. It accounts for more than half of total revenue now. They are important. But even more interesting is their $1 million large customer cohort remains the fastest growing of those large customer cohorts. Again, speaking to growing those customer relationships over time, margins continue to improve. They’re seeing operating leverage playing out of the business there.

They landed a pretty sweet deal with the federal government, which is going to use Cloudflare Zero Trust solutions. Just back to your point in regard to patience and profitability, CEO and founder Matthew Prince said on the call that they have a long-term operating margin of 20%. When they get to that break-even status next year, they set that expectation this quarter that they are going to continue to reinvest in this business. They are not focused on just getting as profitable as quickly as possible. They have a lot of ideas and things they want to continue to build. This is going to be a business where they continue to use those profits to reinvest and grow. We’ve seen plenty of examples out there through the years where that works pretty well.

Hill: Shares of CVS Health basically flat this week despite the fact that second-quarter profits were higher than expected, and they raised guidance for the full fiscal year. Jason, CVS is planning to increase wages and invest more in their stores and digital platforms, and let’s face it, in the short term, that’s the kind of thing that can weigh a stock down a little bit.

Moser: Yeah, there’s no doubt about it. This hasn’t been the greatest investment over the past several years, but it is a business that’s been somewhat in transition, so we have to give them a little bit of credit there. They made a big acquisition, obviously, recently with that. I do feel like there are a couple of catalysts on the horizon that could help them. I think there will be some goodwill and some brand equity that comes from their role during the pandemic, and they’ve certainly been seen as a part of the solution in that regard. Further, I do think your point about the investments in digital, I think those are going to continue to pay off. Just to put a little context around that, management noted in the call that the digital retail customer spent 2.5 times more in their store, and also managed one-and-a-half times more prescriptions than non-digital, and they remain customers longer than non-digital patients. I think that we’re seeing a tangible impact of those investments in digital, which should work well for them further out. But yeah, to your point, they will be raising the minimum wage. That is something that will impact their cost structure. $600 million is the estimated labor costs over the next three years. All and all, it was a good quarter, revenue was up 11.1% versus the prior year, strength in all three major business segments, but the retail business segment grew the most, 14.2% growth there, driven primarily by prescription volume and COVID testing. It’s a bit of a sleeper there, but I feel like they’re making the right investments. There could be some better days ahead for CVS.

Hill: Big week for MercadoLibre, the leading e-commerce and fintech platform in Latin America. Second-quarter profits and revenue came in higher than expected, and Ron, the stock is still down from its high for the year, but up 12% this week.

Gross: Yeah, the stock was a little bit lackluster; two years up over 150%, so really strong there. They beat expectations on the top and the bottom lines. Unique active users grew by 47%, reaching almost 76 million. Gross merchandise volume up 46%, total payment volume up 50%, and total payment transactions increased 80%. These are obviously very strong numbers. The logistics business shipped 231 million items during the second quarter, that’s up 46%. This all translated into net revenue growth of 103% on a currency-neutral basis, that’s really strong results. The three main areas all put in pretty good results. Brazil, the weakest at 37% growth, Argentina, the best at 110%, and then Mexico at 96%. Gross margins took a bit of a hit, down 4.3% due to some costs associated with the expansion of logistics fulfillment centers, which is a good way to spend money. I think that’s necessary. They did improve sequentially. That’s great. Operating expenses, well controlled. This all boils down to a 67% increase in operating income. Very strong results, the stock’s reacting appropriately.

Hill: Wayfair’s second-quarter profits came in higher than expected. Shares of the online home furnishings retailer rose nearly 10% this week. Jason, Wayfair got a lot of people trying them for the first time during the pandemic, and you look at this quarter, it seems like they’ve done a nice job of keeping those new customers.

Moser: Amen to that. They’ve got a long track record now of doing just that, and it feels like this quarter, it was really a statement quarter. Whether the economy opened, the economy closed, pandemic, whatever is going on, this business should keep on doing well, and I think that’s what this quarter really proved. Management’s quite convinced that even with some short-term normalization regarding brick-and-mortar retail, as the economy reopens and people get back out, e-commerce share is doing nothing but gaining steam, and I think based on the numbers they lobbed up here this quarter, that’s proving out. CEO Niraj Shah noted on the call, consumer balance sheets are strong, interest in the home is not going away, even if there is some of the shorter-term normalization toward bricks and mortar. To those numbers, net revenue, $3.9 billion. It was actually down 10.4% from a year ago. But it’s worth noting, too, this is the toughest comp they’ve ever faced, based on what happened a year ago. Those sales numbers were dragged down a little bit by the U.S. There, those sales numbers in the U.S. were down 15.2% from a year ago. But it’s worth noting that revenue was up 11% sequentially. Gross margin, very strong, 29.3%. That’s versus 30.7% a year ago, and management’s longer-term target is still in the 27-28% range. But when you look at just the customer numbers, the retention numbers, active customers reached 31.1 million, that’s up 19.6% from a year-ago.

Trailing-12-month revenue per active customer, $478, that was up 8.6% from a year ago. That repeat customer business. Now repeat customers place 75.6% of total orders in the quarter versus 67.4% a year ago. Those are customers they don’t have to keep paying to acquire. It really has a big impact on this company’s financials as we’re seeing. It’s really interesting to see them in this new stage. They’re actually buying back stock. Maybe we’re seeing this company entering a new stage of its life cycle so to speak, where they have a little bit more confidence in how they invest those incremental dollars.

Hill: Shares of DraftKings up a bit this week after second-quarter profits and revenue for the sports betting company came in higher than expected. DraftKings also raised guidance for the full fiscal year. Maybe not a surprise, Ron, when you consider we’re just a month away from the start of the NFL season?

Gross: Yeah, everyone is excited for football season. Go Bucs. This is going to be a great season for sure. Strong quarter, beat expectations. Still not profitable, they’re building something here. As you said, they did raise revenue guidance. Some volatility in the stock. Investors may be wondering why. On Friday, they disclosed an investigation by the SEC concerning allegations over, ”Black market gaming and money laundering made by short-seller Hindenburg Research.” Again, short-seller, so take that with a grain of salt. We need to learn a little bit more as the SEC investigates. But the quarter was very strong, revenue up almost 300%, positively impacted by the return to a more normal sports schedule. They’re migrating to their proprietary in-house online sports betting technology. They expanded ties with Major League Baseball, with the NFL. They joined rival FanDuel and Caesars recently to become an official sports-betting partner of the NFL. They’re live in 12 states that collectively represent about 25% of the U.S. population. I expect that will increase over time as will this business and the results they put forth.

Hill: Feeling good about the Bucs repeating?

Gross: They’re in top 2.

Hill: For people starting a small business, finding reliable freelance help has been a longtime challenge, one that Micha Kaufman wanted to solve when he helped start Fiverr, an online marketplace for freelance services. Founded in Israel in 2010, Fiverr now operates in over 160 countries around the world. In addition to co-founder, Kaufman is also the CEO and chairman of the board. Motley Fool Chief Investment Officer Andy Cross talked with Kaufman recently about Fiverr’s platform, the company’s culture, and the aim of starting the business in the first place.

Micha Kaufman: The idea behind the company was really to make the experience of buying a digital service as easy as buying on Amazon. We really wanted to create an e-commerce experience. Now it’s easier said than done, because when you think about digital services, they’re very nuanced. There is no SKU system for digital services. We needed to create a technology that allows freelancers and agencies to productize their services so that they can be offered in a simple manner. The experience would be going to a catalog, you either browse by categories or you do a search. You see everything, you see who’s offering the service and what’s their rating and their customer reviews. You see exactly what they’re offering, you know exactly when it’s going to be delivered, and you know the exact price. We don’t do hourly rates, it’s the exact price. So whatever prices you see on Fiverr are the prices you should expect to get the service for. All you have to do is just click “Order” and you’re done. This is a huge revolution for both sides of the transaction because before Fiverr, the average time that it took for anyone to find and engage with freelancers was about 30 days. It takes a lot of time. It’s really very similar to dating, and it’s very hard to do this matching. The average time that it takes a visitor that lands on fiverr.com to take their credit card and place an order is 15 minutes, and it’s going down. Once you replace 30 days by 15 minutes, you’re not going back. That’s the beauty, that’s the magic that comes with it. It really removes the majority of the friction and the inefficiency that existed in the freelancing space.

Andy Cross: Micha, there’s lots of different freelancing around the world. It’s a massive market. There’s just lots of different kinds of freelance projects. Describe a little bit about who are the buyers, who are the sellers on Fiverr in general, and what types of projects are posted or required or asked for on the Fiverr platform.

Kaufman: Sure. Many years ago when we started the company, we decided that the go-to-market strategy for us is going to start at the very bottom of the market and allow freelancers to offer microservices, and focus on micro-businesses, the solopreneurs, the start-ups that are just starting. Over the years, we have gone upmarket, so it’s the horizontal market. It started with about six categories, which are now well over 500 categories in nine large verticals. So you can basically find any digital service you can imagine and a few you can’t imagine. Over the years, we took the company public starting more than two years ago. Ever since then, every quarter we report the addition of about 30 new categories every quarter. So it’s a fast-growing catalog and the number of SKUs are just infinite.

Cross: Give us some examples of some of the digitals. I know there are so many and so many different categories, but maybe some examples for some.

Kaufman: It could be from the basic services of someone helping you find a name for your business, and then maybe helping you design a logo for your business, and then maybe creating a website for you, and maybe writing the content for that website. Maybe developing an app for your service. Or maybe that could be a spokesman service to present your product. Or that could be video editing, or that could be search engine optimization, or that could be someone providing a voiceover for something you produce. From very basic services to very advanced services. Actually some of the services are being offered, as I’ve said, not just by individual freelancers, but by agencies and studios that can actually tackle much more complex types of product, but keep the simplicity for the customer. If you need an app and that app requires scripting and content and design and the actual development and then to promote that app, you can find all of that as one service in the convenience of our marketplace. From the customer side it really provides a tremendous amount of access for small businesses, but also for multinational companies that require more advanced services. This is why we’ve created the Fiverr business to allow teams and groups within companies to interact on the marketplace together and define projects, define budgets, and have convenient management for all of that.

Cross: If I’m hearing you right, it started serving lots of small and medium-size businesses and still that’s still a big part of your […].

Kaufman: SMBs are 99.9% business in the U.S. It’s a huge market.

Cross: U.S. is your largest market that you serve, although your global companies serve lots of different providers over the world. SMBs are such a key component, but you’re also moving upscale a little bit. You mentioned Fiverr business, we can get in a little bit to that. You talked about solutions and milestones, some other news as you continue to offer and enhance your offerings, and also building a subscription business, which I want to talk more about. But talk a little bit about how the platform works. Let’s say I’m looking for a service and Micha Kaufman’s out there and has a great service, and he and I connect through the Fiverr platform. Let’s just say the fee is $100, for example. I know you’ve talked about this in some of your presentations. Can you just walk through how the process works for you to actually get paid by me?

Kaufman: Absolutely. The magic here for freelancers is the fact that Fiverr is probably the first platform since the beginning of freelancing, whenever that was, that doesn’t require freelancers to do anything to win a project. This is huge for them. Remember, before Fiverr, if you were just starting as a freelancer, you spend exactly 100% of your time chasing customers because you have none. Your business is to be your own marketeer. Over time that decreases, but we found, by speaking to freelancers, that it doesn’t matter how successful they are, they continue investing about 30-40% of their time trying to find the next customer for the next week or month or quarter. On Fiverr, they don’t need to do any of that, they just show up. They create a profile, they use our technology to productize their offerings, and then they sit back and relax. Next time they’re going to hear from us is, “Hey Andy, you have a new customer. They already paid. Get to it. Just do the things that you love doing, which is not being a marketeer.” Maybe you’re a graphic designer, maybe you’re a content writer. The way the fee is structured is very simple.

The transactional portion of our business is 25.5%. Twenty percent comes out of the seller. But they know that, so they can price whatever they want to get on a net basis, so 20%. Then there’s a transactional fee of 5.5% that comes from the buyer. That is it, it’s as simple as that. Convenience. Again, since they don’t need to spend so much time marketing themselves, 20% is actually not very high. This is why we’re not getting pushback from our community. Fiverr doesn’t just connect people, it is a platform on top of which the transactions are being conducted. We don’t just solve access to talent, we solve all the secondary issues like contracting, invoicing, NDAs, secure communications, secure exchange of files, and storage of files, and obviously all of our rating system and so forth. By having the transaction happen on our platform, that provides us with a tremendous amount of data points that allow us to improve the service. We’re always a partner to every transaction. If the system thinks that the freelancer might be late to deliver an order, the system automatically would ping that seller and remind them that they have their delivery date due. These are very rare cases, they don’t meet that. The system could replace that freelancer with the consent of the customer while keeping everything streamlined so he thinks everything is simple. Beyond that, it provides us with those data points that allow us to understand how to do liquidity management in a smart way, and we have our own rating and reputation system that allows us to track hundreds of different data points. Every transaction is being used, that data is being fed to machine learning and AI to make sure that the next match is even better. Since we have tens of millions of transactions in our history, the system keeps improving itself.

Cross: Let’s talk about the Fiverr culture. I know it’s something you all spend a lot of time on thinking through different factors that go into culture. What makes the Fiverr culture unique?

Kaufman: The first thing maybe is the diversity of our team in our thinking. Fiverr is a company, it’s called Fiverr International. The reason is that we didn’t want to make this a specific country company. We really want to enjoy the fact that talent is global and so should our team be. We think that diversity that comes from different backgrounds, ethnicity and countries and languages add so much color into everything we do. It creates a lot of innovative ideas in the company. I think that this is one of the drivers. The second is the fact that people are extremely passionate about the mission. I’ve been an entrepreneur for almost 20 years. The likelihood of creating a successful company is some small number after the decimal point, but the likelihood of creating a successful company that is actually doing good, is almost zero. It’s so slim. We’ve been so fortunate to be in a position where we change the lives of millions of people in a great way. This is a huge driver. We never forget who we work for, it’s in our DNA. It’s probably the largest freelancing community in the world, and this is how we treat it.

Maybe you remember this, when we took the company public, the people that were up there ringing the bell were our community members, not us. This is how we think and this is how our team thinks. Then there are things that are within our operating principles and I’ve mentioned some which are thinking about simplifying everything. How to create simple, beautiful-to-use products that compress tremendous amounts of friction and inefficiency into something that would be super simple to use. Again it’s easier said than done. It’s the toughest thing ever, but you have a team that obsesses about that and it obsesses about the customer experience. I think that these are just some of the attributes that you have within the team which makes the culture really amazing. I think you sensed this and people tell me this. When they come to one of our offices or they hang up with us on Zoom, there’s a sense of something really unique in the air. I love this thing. It’s just incredible people.

Hill: You guys, we got another hot IPO. Weber Grill went public on Thursday and yes, technically the stock was flat on its first trading day, so the IPO itself was not the thing that was up, but the grills themselves Ron, I mean we’re fans of the Weber Grill products, aren’t we?

Gross: A lifelong customer and I will remain one for a very long time. Love my Weber.

Hill: Although we were talking during the break, Jason, it sounds like it for Ron, it’s definitely for me, more of a fan of the business than the stock at this point anyway.

Moser: Yeah. I feel like that’s a safe assumption there. Based on the S-1, it does feel like the use of proceeds, it was really just a bit of cash out there and an organizational structure. It looks like you’re three minutes into a Tetris game. Chris, it just doesn’t quite make sense, but I guess as time goes on, we’ll figure more out about this business, but no question, a very, very high-quality product.

Hill: Ron, I think that’s the problem. I have a Weber Grill, it’s 15 years old. If they want repeat customers, they have to start making these things not quite as good.

Gross: They last for a while. I do replace my grates and my flavorizer bars from time to time, so there’s a little bit of accessories here to purchase, a $9 billion market cap for this company. The IPO itself wasn’t that in high demand, but they priced it right because of that and now you have the stock up a bit, so the bankers did well.

Moser: I’m pretty sure that’s the first-time flavorizer has ever been used on this show, Ron. We talk a lot of grillers […].

Gross: I’m not even sure it’s the right word.

Hill: Let’s go to the stocks on our radar. Our man behind the glass Dan Boyd is going to hit you with a question. Jason Moser, you’re up first. What are you looking at this week?

Moser: Taking a look at Synaptics, the ticker is SYNA. Synaptics makes its hay selling its technology to large original equipment manufacturers, companies that make mobile products, PCs, other voice and video items. This technology covers a broad spectrum: chips, firmware, software, artificial intelligence, touch sensing, image, voice. Synaptics has a role in a lot of this stuff. Last year, we talked about this. It was a business in transition. Company that is really focused now on the opportunity in the Internet of Things. Management made a conscious decision to focus more on getting that profitability back. I’ll tell you what. This week, the company announced results that show it’s working. Revenue grew 18%. Earnings were up 75% as they continue to pursue that IoT opportunity which is now the largest part of the business. Stock had a terrific week. This is one that I’ve recommended in both services that I run here, which has been a tremendous performance so far. I’m looking for that to continue.

Hill: Dan, question about Synaptics?

Dan Boyd: Absolutely, Chris. Now, Jason, there are a lot of companies in this space, can you say anything about Synaptics’ market share?

Moser: Yeah. Well, Synaptics’ market share, it’s one of the leaders in this space. It’s got customers like Alphabet (NASDAQ:GOOG) (NASDAQ:GOOGL), Samsung, Sony (NYSE:SONY), Lenovo, to mention a few. While this is a very crowded space with a lot of options, Synaptics certainly does a good job of maintaining their share, because once you get into these devices and establish these long-lasting relationships with your big providers, they tend to want to keep you around.

Hill: Ron gross, what are you looking at this week?

Gross: I’m looking at 10x Genomics (NASDAQ:TXG), TXG, to see if I should add it to my personal biotech basket. 10x Genomics products allow scientists to look at the expression of genes inside individual cells. Dan, you will have to take my word for it that that is new and exciting, but I do absolutely need to learn more about it. Their flagship franchise called Chromium uses a razor-and-blade model that provides recurring revenue from consumables used to run experiments. Their Visium platform allows researchers to look at expressions throughout a tissue sample. These are important things for genomics. 10x has also moved beyond research into clinical diagnostics with two acquisitions earlier this year. Management is guiding for about $500 million in revenue. They also think this is a $15 billion industry, so leaves substantial room for them to grow from the $500 million where they are today.

Hill: 10x Genomics; Dan, you got a question?

Boyd: Yeah. Ron, 10x is in the name. Are we going to see 10X on the stock price too?

Gross: Well, that remains to be seen. That’s a tall order, but this is the space to do it. If you are a biotech company or anywhere in the sector and you hit it, you’ve got the potential to grow significantly. We’ll have to wait and see. Only time will tell.

Moser: Would you consider Weber to be a 10X opportunity, Ron?

Gross: I would not.

Moser: No. OK. I just wanted to confirm.

Hill: What do you want to add to your watch list, Dan?

Boyd: As much as I want it to be Weber I think I’m going to go with Synaptics on this one, because Jason convinced me.

Moser: Oh, we love to hear that, Dan.

Hill: Jason Moser and Ron Gross, guys, thanks for being here.

Gross: Thanks, Chris.

Moser: Thank you.

Hill: That’s going to do it for this week’s show. It’s mixed by Dan Boyd, produced by Mac Greer. I’m Chris Hill, we’ll see you next week.

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Why Apple Stock Dropped Today

What happened

Shares of Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) fell 3.3% on Friday after a federal judge made a decision that could have wide-ranging implications for the tech industry.

So what

U.S. District Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers issued an injunction that will prohibit Apple from denying developers the ability to direct users to other payment methods outside its App Store.

“The Court concludes that Apple’s anti-steering provisions hide critical information from consumers and illegally stifle consumer choice,” Rogers said. “When coupled with Apple’s incipient antitrust violations, these anti-steering provisions are anticompetitive and a nationwide remedy to eliminate those provisions is warranted.”

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The ruling could dent Apple’s fees, which can reach as high as 30% of in-app purchases. These fees are a major part of Apple’s booming services business, which generated $17.5 billion in revenue in the third quarter alone. Apple’s services segment also enjoys a high gross margin of roughly 70% and, therefore, produces a relatively outsize portion of the company’s profits.

Now what

The decision was handed down as part of Epic Games’ lawsuit against Apple. The maker of the popular video game Fortnite claimed that the tech titan was a monopoly and sought to loosen Apple’s App Store restrictions.

Although Rogers found that Apple was not an antitrust monopolist, her decision to give developers the freedom to steer users away from Apple’s App Store could also impact other major platforms, such as those operated by Alphabet’s (NASDAQ: GOOG)(NASDAQ: GOOGL) Google and Facebook. Investors will thus need to factor this increased regulatory risk into their outlooks for these tech giants.

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3 Things I'm Looking For in Snowflake's Earnings

At this point, everyone knows there are a lot of stocks trading at a premium valuation. And not all of them will be able to keep it up. It’s why investors get nervous when they see the Nasdaq Composite Index trading for a price-to-sales (P/S) ratio double what it was when the market peaked in 2007.

But just because a stock is expensive doesn’t mean it isn’t justified. Take Snowflake (NYSE:SNOW), for instance. It trades at almost 100 times sales. The company’s cloud-native data platform allows customers to consolidate their data into a single source, dumping the inefficiencies associated with traditional silos. And customers can’t get enough. As it prepares to report its fiscal second-quarter earnings this week, here are three things I’m eager to find out.

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1. Can growth keep up with expectations?

CEO Frank Slootman is no stranger to success. He has previously taken two companies public. The first was Data Domain, where he served as CEO for six years before being bought by EMC. The second — and more publicized — was ServiceNow. He delivered 273% gains to those shareholders during his six-year tenure after it went public.

Snowflake was valued at $4 billion when he took over in April 2019 and currently sports a market cap of $82 billion. That’s due to a combination of the stock market’s love affair with fast-growing cloud companies and its own incredible performance.

Snowflake has the growth in spades. It put up better than 100% year-over-year growth in each of the three quarters it has reported. To top it off, remaining performance obligations — the amount of contracted revenue yet to be recognized — has increased faster. That means in addition to current revenue growing, the backlog of future revenue is expanding even more.

Quarter Revenue YoY Revenue Growth RPO YoY RPO Growth
Q1 2022 $213.8 million 110% $1.4 billion 206%
Q4 2021 $190.5 million 117% $1.3 billion 116%
Q3 2021 $148.5 million 115% $928 million 240%

Data source: Snowflake; yoy=year-over-year.

Management has guided for between 88% and 92% revenue growth for the upcoming quarter and 84% to 87% for the full year. Even at the high end, that implies year-over-year growth of 81% and 64% in the third and fourth quarter respectively. It’s impressive growth, but Wall Street will be quick to factor in the deceleration.

Slootman likely needs to beat the high end of his guidance and adjust the full-year numbers to keep Wall Street sanguine. In the first quarter, he did just that, posting almost $214 million in revenue after guiding for between $195 million and $200 million.

For stocks like Snowflake, those phenomenal results quickly turn into expectations. I’m eager to see if the company can post a similar surprise this quarter. Especially after a research note last week cited increasing competition from Alphabet’s (NASDAQ:GOOG)(NASDAQ:GOOGL) BigQuery cloud data warehouse.

2. Do the underlying metrics indicate more to come?

Similar to revenue and RPO, the metrics that foretell that top line growth have been astounding. Snowflake’s ability to delight customers and derive more and more dollars from each of them, while adding new ones, has been something to behold. It’s a growth engine with serious momentum.

In the May quarter, the company continued its trend of insanely high revenue retention. It’s a complicated calculation. But it boils down to the revenue contributed in the most recent year by customers who were present in the previous year. If a customer doubles spending, its net revenue retention is 200%. If a customer churns, the net revenue retention for that customer would be 0%. Customers are spending a lot more each year.

Period Net Revenue Retention
Q1 2022 168%
FY 2021 168%
FY 2020 169%
FY 2019 180%

Data source: Snowflake.

Another way to see this is the number of customers that have spent more than $1 million in the past 12 months. Like all of Snowflake’s other numbers, performance is awesome. These metrics show just how strong the overall momentum is in the business.

Period Customers With > $1 Million TTM Spend YoY Increase
Q1 2022 104 Not Available
FY 2021 77 88%
FY 2020 41 193%
FY 2019 14 NA

Data source: Snowflake; ttm=trailing twelve months; yoy=year-over-year.

3. Can the company control spending?

Ultimately, all of that growth needs to translate into cash flow. A company with an unsound business model might still be able to pump enough money into sales and marketing to grow the top line. At least as long as investors are willing to keep buying newly issued shares. But eventually that willingness fades. Snowflake still needs to prove it can do this consistently. But it’s getting there.

The company generated $21.9 million in operating cash flow last quarter. That was a good sign after its operations consumed cash in each of the prior three years. In fact, it consumed a slightly higher percentage of revenue in fiscal 2021 than it did in fiscal 2020. That was driven by exceptionally high sales and marketing expenses.

Period Sales and Marketing Expense as % of Revenue
Q1 2022 73%
FY 2021 81%
FY 2020 111%
FY 2019 130%

Data source: Snowflake.

The spending makes sense as Snowflake tries to expand its offering to as large a customer base as possible. Once a customer signs up for its service, it’s likely to maintain the relationship for years, if not decades. I’ll still want to see if Slootman can get that spending under control as the company grows larger. If Snowflake keeps growing like it has been, it should take care of itself. In the meantime, it’s really the only thing to worry about.

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Top 5 Tech Stocks To Invest In 2019: j2 Global, Inc.(JCOM)

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  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    OppenheimerFunds Inc. grew its stake in J2 Global Inc (NASDAQ:JCOM) by 2.7% during the second quarter, HoldingsChannel.com reports. The fund owned 417,643 shares of the technology company’s stock after acquiring an additional 11,122 shares during the quarter. OppenheimerFunds Inc.’s holdings in J2 Global were worth $36,173,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Royce & Associates LP increased its stake in J2 Global Inc (NASDAQ:JCOM) by 1.2% in the 2nd quarter, HoldingsChannel reports. The firm owned 313,387 shares of the technology company’s stock after buying an additional 3,600 shares during the quarter. Royce & Associates LP’s holdings in J2 Global were worth $27,142,000 as of its most recent filing with the SEC.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Shares of J2 Global Inc (NASDAQ:JCOM) rose 8.9% during trading on Wednesday following a better than expected earnings announcement. The stock traded as high as $83.40 and last traded at $81.88. Approximately 1,543,553 shares traded hands during trading, an increase of 320% from the average daily volume of 367,818 shares. The stock had previously closed at $75.19.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

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Top 5 Tech Stocks To Invest In 2019: Graham Corporation(GHM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Boston Partners cut its position in shares of Graham Co. (NYSE:GHM) by 13.8% in the 1st quarter, according to the company in its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The firm owned 113,865 shares of the industrial products company’s stock after selling 18,215 shares during the quarter. Boston Partners owned about 1.17% of Graham worth $2,439,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Shares of Graham Co. (NYSE:GHM) reached a new 52-week high during mid-day trading on Friday . The stock traded as high as $27.51 and last traded at $27.41, with a volume of 80000 shares. The stock had previously closed at $26.10.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Media headlines about Graham (NYSE:GHM) have been trending somewhat positive this week, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. The research group identifies positive and negative news coverage by monitoring more than twenty million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Graham earned a coverage optimism score of 0.05 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news articles about the industrial products company an impact score of 46.6594660277076 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the next several days.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    TheStreet cut shares of Graham (NYSE:GHM) from a b- rating to a c rating in a research note issued to investors on Friday.

    Separately, ValuEngine raised Graham from a hold rating to a buy rating in a research note on Saturday, June 2nd.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Graham Co. (NYSE:GHM) declared a quarterly dividend on Wednesday, May 30th, RTT News reports. Investors of record on Wednesday, June 13th will be given a dividend of 0.09 per share by the industrial products company on Wednesday, June 27th. This represents a $0.36 annualized dividend and a yield of 1.38%.

Top 5 Tech Stocks To Invest In 2019: P.T. Telekomunikasi Indonesia Tbk.(TLK)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Anders Bylund]

    Telekomunikasi Indonesia (NYSE:TLK), the largest telecommunications company in Indonesia, reported second-quarter results on July 31st. The company is losing cellphone subscribers to lower-priced rivals, but management insists that charging higher prices for a higher-quality service is the right way to go.

  • [By Anders Bylund]

    Telekomunikasi Indonesia (NYSE:TLK), the largest telecommunications company in Indonesia, reported first-quarter results on Tuesday, May 2. Top-line sales rose modestly in the first quarter thanks to higher wireless subscriber counts and a healthy broadband business, but those upsides had to overcome a substantial headwind from a mass exodus of old-school wireline subscribers.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Tuesday afternoon, the telecommunication services shares climbed 1.18 percent. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included Intelsat S.A. (NYSE: I), up 7 percent, and Telekomnks Indn Prsr Tbk Prshn Prsrn-ADR (NYSE: TLK), up 3 percent.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Several analysts have recently issued reports on TLK shares. TheStreet upgraded shares of Telekomnks Indn Prsr Tbk Prshn Prsrn from a “c+” rating to a “b-” rating in a research report on Tuesday, November 6th. ValuEngine upgraded shares of Telekomnks Indn Prsr Tbk Prshn Prsrn from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Wednesday, October 17th. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and two have assigned a buy rating to the stock. The stock currently has an average rating of “Buy”.

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Top 5 Tech Stocks To Invest In 2019: ChinaCache International Holdings Ltd.(CCIH)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Intersections (NASDAQ:INTX) and ChinaCache International (NASDAQ:CCIH) are both business services companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, profitability, valuation, analyst recommendations, earnings, risk and dividends.

Top 5 Tech Stocks To Invest In 2019: Google Inc.(GOOG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Chris Johnson]

    Earlier this week, I wrote about the spotlight-hogging FAANG stocks – Facebook Inc. (Nasdaq: FB), Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL), Amazon.com Inc. (Nasdaq: AMZN), Netflix Inc. (Nasdaq: NFLX), and the “new Google”: Alphabet Inc. (Nasdaq: GOOG) – which comprise more than a third of the Invesco QQQ Trust, the tracking ETF for the Nasdaq 100.

  • [By Evan Niu, CFA]

    Market researcher Park Associates has released a study today that shows 97% of smart speaker households have just one brand of smart speaker, suggesting that consumers are very loyal to brands and generally stick to the platform they initially invest in. Amazon.com (NASDAQ:AMZN) and Alphabet (NASDAQ:GOOG) (NASDAQ:GOOGL) subsidiary Google have already established strong footholds in the market, thanks in large part to the affordable Echo Dot and Google Home Mini, both of which cost around $50.

  • [By Daniel Sparks]

    Alphabet’s (NASDAQ:GOOGL) (NASDAQ:GOOG) trend of strong growth continued in the company’s first quarter, with revenue rising 26% year over year, faster than the online search company’s 24% growth in its third and fourth quarters of 2017. “Our ongoing strong revenue growth reflects our momentum globally,” said Alphabet CFO Ruth Porat about the results.

  • [By Evan Niu, CFA]

    It’s that time of year, when tech giants announce new hardware lineups ahead of the busy holiday shopping season. Apple, Amazon, and Microsoft have all already hosted their fall product events (though Apple might have another in store for this month). Now it’s Alphabet (NASDAQ:GOOG) (NASDAQ:GOOGL) subsidiary Google’s turn. The search giant just showed off a handful of devices this morning, expectedly headlined by a new smartphone.

Top 10 High Tech Stocks To Buy For 2019

First Foundation Advisors bought a new stake in Gramercy Property Trust (NYSE:GPT) during the first quarter, according to the company in its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The fund bought 2,039,224 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock, valued at approximately $44,312,000. Gramercy Property Trust comprises 2.5% of First Foundation Advisors’ portfolio, making the stock its 9th largest position.

A number of other institutional investors have also added to or reduced their stakes in the business. BlackRock Inc. grew its position in Gramercy Property Trust by 0.3% in the first quarter. BlackRock Inc. now owns 14,439,809 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $313,778,000 after acquiring an additional 41,861 shares during the last quarter. Principal Financial Group Inc. grew its position in Gramercy Property Trust by 37.9% in the first quarter. Principal Financial Group Inc. now owns 5,969,108 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $129,710,000 after acquiring an additional 1,641,496 shares during the last quarter. Brookfield Asset Management Inc. grew its position in Gramercy Property Trust by 3.4% in the fourth quarter. Brookfield Asset Management Inc. now owns 4,172,980 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $111,252,000 after acquiring an additional 136,657 shares during the last quarter. Massachusetts Financial Services Co. MA grew its position in Gramercy Property Trust by 9.7% in the first quarter. Massachusetts Financial Services Co. MA now owns 3,195,495 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $69,438,000 after acquiring an additional 283,311 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Northern Trust Corp grew its position in Gramercy Property Trust by 4.6% in the first quarter. Northern Trust Corp now owns 2,888,261 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $62,762,000 after acquiring an additional 127,801 shares during the last quarter. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 87.74% of the company’s stock.

Top 10 High Tech Stocks To Buy For 2019: Google Inc.(GOOG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Chris Neiger]

    The further we get into 2018, the more we’re starting to see Alphabet’s (NASDAQ:GOOG) (NASDAQ:GOOGL) Waymo driverless vehicle business taking shape. Since the beginning of this year, the company has announced deals to buy up to tens of thousands of vehicles for its upcoming public ride-hailing service, created a partnership with Avis Budget Group to have its self-driving fleet managed by the rental car company, and even launched a pilot self-driving trucking service for long-haul trucks. 

  • [By Evan Niu, CFA]

    Earlier this month at its I/O developer conference, Alphabet (NASDAQ:GOOG) (NASDAQ:GOOGL) subsidiary Google wowed everyone by demonstrating a new conversational artificial intelligence (AI) technology called Google Duplex, a system that will become part of Google Assistant and will allow the virtual assistant to make phone calls on a user’s behalf. The demonstration was striking because it sounded uncannily human, which has raised all sorts of ethical questions.

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    Other large-cap stocks that have had similar levels of extreme shorting include Jim Cramer’s Action Alerts PLUS Charitable Trust Portfolio holding Alphabet Inc. (GOOG) (GOOGL) (then Google) back in late 2004 – shares rallied 112.5% in the year that followed.

  • [By Danny Vena]

    Waymo, the self-driving subsidiary of Google-parent Alphabet (NASDAQ:GOOGL) (NASDAQ:GOOG), took its first delivery of 100 Chrysler Pacifica minivans supplied by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (NYSE:FCAU) in December of 2016, adding an additional 500 to its corral in April 2017. Earlier this year, the companies announced that Waymo would be adding “thousands” more minivans to its fleet, though it didn’t specify how many. 

  • [By Evan Niu, CFA]

    Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) is revamping one of its most controversial services, Apple Maps. The initial rollout of Apple Maps in 2012 was nothing short of a disaster, leading to years of jokes about how bad it was and even contributing to the ouster of former software chief Scott Forstall, who had refused to apologize about the botched launch. CEO Tim Cook had to pen the apology instead. The Mac maker had sparred with Alphabet (NASDAQ:GOOG) (NASDAQ:GOOGL) subsidiary Google at the time over turn-by-turn directions, and Google’s decision to withhold that differentiating feature was the driver of Apple’s decision to make its own mapping service.

Top 10 High Tech Stocks To Buy For 2019: AbbVie Inc.(ABBV)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Neuberger Berman Group LLC lessened its stake in shares of AbbVie Inc (NYSE:ABBV) by 18.7% in the 1st quarter, according to its most recent disclosure with the SEC. The firm owned 602,168 shares of the company’s stock after selling 138,433 shares during the period. Neuberger Berman Group LLC’s holdings in AbbVie were worth $57,053,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

  • [By Todd Campbell]

    Let’s turn over to my top pick. My top pick is actually a company called Neurocrine Biosciences, ticker NBIX. The reason why this is my top pick, and it’s really one of my favorite stocks, primarily because I’ve actually been holding on to it for about three years now. I got in early, before Ingrezza got approved. Was really impressed with some of the late stage data. And two, they had a really solid cash position, even at the end of 2015. Then, they also had the backing and credibility of a well-funded partner, which was AbbVie (NYSE:ABBV) at the time, too. That’s still their partner. So, for me, it checked a lot of the boxes. 

  • [By Michael A. Robinson]

    In our chat on Feb. 27, I noted that AbbVie Inc. (NYSE: ABBV) just boosted its dividend by 35%. And I promised I would follow up with a list of more big winners.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The number of shares short in AbbVie Inc. (NYSE: ABBV) decreased to 38.44 million, up from the previous 43.50 million. The stock was trading at $92.81, and its 52-week range is $69.38 to $125.86.

Top 10 High Tech Stocks To Buy For 2019: Norwood Financial Corp.(NWFL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Media headlines about Norwood Financial (NASDAQ:NWFL) have trended somewhat negative this week, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. Accern identifies negative and positive news coverage by reviewing more than twenty million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Norwood Financial earned a coverage optimism score of -0.01 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news coverage about the financial services provider an impact score of 46.6420547965898 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the immediate future.

Top 10 High Tech Stocks To Buy For 2019: Computer Sciences Corporation(CSC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    CasinoCoin (CURRENCY:CSC) traded 26.1% lower against the U.S. dollar during the 24-hour period ending at 23:00 PM E.T. on June 10th. One CasinoCoin coin can currently be bought for about $0.0004 or 0.00000006 BTC on popular exchanges including cfinex and BitFlip. During the last seven days, CasinoCoin has traded 29.9% lower against the U.S. dollar. CasinoCoin has a market capitalization of $15.21 million and $5,864.00 worth of CasinoCoin was traded on exchanges in the last 24 hours.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    CasinoCoin (CURRENCY:CSC) traded 11.7% lower against the U.S. dollar during the 24 hour period ending at 21:00 PM ET on May 27th. In the last week, CasinoCoin has traded down 44.1% against the U.S. dollar. One CasinoCoin coin can currently be purchased for $0.0005 or 0.00000007 BTC on popular exchanges including cfinex and BitFlip. CasinoCoin has a market cap of $18.55 million and approximately $27,292.00 worth of CasinoCoin was traded on exchanges in the last day.

Top 10 High Tech Stocks To Buy For 2019: Bryn Mawr Bank Corporation(BMTC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Bryn Mawr Bank Corp. (NASDAQ:BMTC) reached a new 52-week high and low during trading on Wednesday . The company traded as low as $48.00 and last traded at $48.20, with a volume of 762 shares trading hands. The stock had previously closed at $47.85.

  • [By Max Byerly]

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  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Bryn Mawr Bank Corp. (NASDAQ:BMTC) has been assigned a consensus rating of “Buy” from the six analysts that are currently covering the firm, MarketBeat.com reports. Three investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and three have issued a buy rating on the company. The average 12-month target price among brokerages that have issued ratings on the stock in the last year is $53.67.

Top 10 High Tech Stocks To Buy For 2019: SI Financial Group Inc.(SIFI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    News coverage about SI Financial Group (NASDAQ:SIFI) has been trending somewhat negative recently, according to Accern. The research firm rates the sentiment of press coverage by analyzing 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 nearest to one being the most favorable. SI Financial Group earned a media sentiment score of 0.00 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news articles about the savings and loans company an impact score of 44.7479870139738 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the near term.

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    There are 30 banks that qualify as systemically important financial institutions (SIFI), according to the Financial Stability Board’s most recent list. Half have seen their stocks fall at least 20 percent from the most recent peaks, according to a Bloomberg analysis. Notably, no large U.S.-based banks make the list.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Press coverage about SI Financial Group (NASDAQ:SIFI) has trended somewhat positive this week, according to Accern Sentiment. The research firm identifies negative and positive news coverage by analyzing more than twenty million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. SI Financial Group earned a news sentiment score of 0.02 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news stories about the savings and loans company an impact score of 45.140703535879 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the immediate future.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Teton Advisors Inc. acquired a new position in shares of SI Financial Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:SIFI) in the second quarter, according to its most recent 13F filing with the SEC. The institutional investor acquired 10,342 shares of the savings and loans company’s stock, valued at approximately $153,000. Teton Advisors Inc. owned about 0.08% of SI Financial Group as of its most recent SEC filing.

Top 10 High Tech Stocks To Buy For 2019: American River Bankshares(AMRB)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

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  • [By Max Byerly]

    Media coverage about American River Bankshares (NASDAQ:AMRB) has been trending somewhat positive on Monday, Accern Sentiment reports. The research firm rates the sentiment of press coverage by monitoring more than twenty million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. American River Bankshares earned a news sentiment score of 0.02 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave press coverage about the financial services provider an impact score of 45.2596868001921 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the immediate future.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

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  • [By Max Byerly]

    American River Bankshares (NASDAQ:AMRB) was downgraded by investment analysts at ValuEngine from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note issued to investors on Tuesday.

Top 10 High Tech Stocks To Buy For 2019: Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Inc.(CBRL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

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

  • [By Logan Wallace]

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

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    PNC Financial Services Group Inc. lifted its holdings in shares of Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. (NASDAQ:CBRL) by 8.9% in the second quarter, according to the company in its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The institutional investor owned 4,548 shares of the restaurant operator’s stock after purchasing an additional 371 shares during the period. PNC Financial Services Group Inc.’s holdings in Cracker Barrel Old Country Store were worth $711,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

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  • [By Demitrios Kalogeropoulos]

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

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Marshall Wace LLP boosted its stake in shares of Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. (NASDAQ:CBRL) by 10,673.7% during the 2nd quarter, according to its most recent 13F filing with the SEC. The firm owned 258,569 shares of the restaurant operator’s stock after buying an additional 256,169 shares during the period. Marshall Wace LLP owned approximately 1.08% of Cracker Barrel Old Country Store worth $40,391,000 as of its most recent filing with the SEC.

Top 10 High Tech Stocks To Buy For 2019: ServiceNow, Inc.(NOW)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    ServiceNow (NYSE:NOW) has been given a $210.00 price objective by investment analysts at Macquarie in a research report issued on Friday. The firm currently has a “buy” rating on the information technology services provider’s stock. Macquarie’s price objective suggests a potential upside of 13.85% from the stock’s current price.

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    This red-hot momentum stock has had an outstanding year. ServiceNow Inc. (NYSE: NOW) develops and sells a hosted, subscription-based suite of services designed to automate various IT department functions, such as help desk, operations management and change/release management.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Shares of ServiceNow Inc (NYSE:NOW) reached a new 52-week high on Tuesday . The stock traded as high as $202.72 and last traded at $199.87, with a volume of 63715 shares trading hands. The stock had previously closed at $198.23.

  • [By ]

    In the Lightning Round, Cramer was bullish on Opko Health (OPK) , Zendesk (ZEN) , ServiceNow (NOW) , Box (BOX) and Constellation Brands (STZ) .

    Cramer was bearish on Thor Industries (THO) and Hain Celestial Group (HAIN) .

  • [By ]

    Zendesk (ZEN) : “Companies love working with them. I like ServiceNow (NOW) but this could be one of our cloud kings too.”

    Box (BOX) : “I still believe in them and that stock goes higher.”

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

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Sigma Labs, Inc. (NASDAQ: SGLB) shares rose 90.9 percent to $2.52. Sigma Labs demonstrated proof of concept for closed loop quality control during metal additive manufacturing.
    Oragenics, Inc. (NYSE: OGEN) shares surged 58.4 percent to $1.9005 after the company’s AG013 for oral mucositis in head and neck cancer patients showed favorable safety profile in mid-stage OM study.
    Dick's Sporting Goods, Inc. (NYSE: DKS) shares climbed 23.2 percent to $37.5370 after the company reported upbeat Q1 earnings and raised FY18 earnings outlook.
    Summer Infant, Inc. (NASDAQ: SUMR) rose 21.9 percent to $1.17 after announcing commitment for $60 million credit facility from Bank of America and $17.5 million term loan from Pathlight Capital.
    TapImmune, Inc. (NASDAQ: TPIV) jumped 18.8 percent to $4.87. WBB Securities upgraded TapImmune from Speculative Buy to Buy.
    Movado Group, Inc. (NYSE: MOV) gained 17.2 percent to $49.45 after the company reported better-than-expected Q1 results and raised its guidance.
    ASLAN Pharmaceuticals Limited (NASDAQ: ASLN) jumped 16.2 percent to $7.96. BTIG Research initiated coverage on ASLAN Pharmaceuticals with a Buy rating.
    Legacy Reserves LP (NASDAQ: LGCY) rose 15.5 percent to $5.6011.
    InspireMD, Inc. (NYSE: NSPR) gained 13.3 percent to $1.36 following PR announcing sustained benefit of CGuard EPS.
    Immutep Limited (NASDAQ: IMMP) shares climbed 13.2 percent to $2.7724 after the company reported new data from its ongoing TACTI-mel Phase I trial, which evaluated the combination of eftilagimod alpha, its lead compound, with Merck & Co., Inc. (NYSE: MRK)'s Keytruda in unresectable or metastatic melanoma patients, who have had a suboptimal response or had disease progression with keytruda monotherapy..
    SpartanNash Co (NASDAQ: SPTN) rose 12.2 percent to $21.20 after the company reported upbeat earnings for its first quarter on Tuesday.
    Amtech Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: ASYS) rose 12.1 percent to
  • [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 Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Madrigal Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: MDGL) shares surged 144.96 percent to close at $265.61 on Thursday in reaction to an encouraging Phase 2 clinical trial update. The clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company said its liver-directed, thyroid hormone receptor called MGL-3196 showed a statistical significance in the primary endpoint of lowering liver fat at 12 weeks and also 36 weeks.
    Viking Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: VKTX) shares rose 101.01 percent to close at $9.99 on Thursday after falling 4.42 percent on Wednesday.
    Akers Biosciences, Inc. (NASDAQ: AKER) jumped 45.58 percent to close at $0.474. The developer of rapid health information technologies said Wednesday afternoon it was granted a 180-day extension from the Nasdaq Stock Market to meet the requirement of a minimum $1.00 per share closing bid price for 10 straight days.
    Kitov Pharma Ltd (NASDAQ: KTOV) gained 40.93 percent to close at $3.03 after the FDA approved Kitov's Consensi for the treatment of osteoarthritis pain and hypertension.
    China Customer Relations Centers, Inc. (NASDAQ: CCRC) rose 28.21 percent to close at $19.86.
    J.Jill, Inc. (NYSE: JILL) climbed 26.45 percent to close at $7.84 after the company posted upbeat quarterly earnings.
    Curis, Inc. (NASDAQ: CRIS) shares climbed 21.93 percent to close at $2.78 in reaction to an encouraging FDA update. The biotechnology company that focuses on therapies for the treatment of cancer said the FDA granted a Fast Track designation for fimepinostat (CUDC-907) in patients with relapsed or refractory.
    Boxlight Corporation (NASDAQ: BOXL) gained 21.23 percent to close at $7.48.
    Kirkland's, Inc. (NASDAQ: KIRK) rose 16.21 percent to close at $12.83 after reporting upbeat Q1 results.
    The Brink's Company (NYSE: BCO) jumped 16.2 percent to close at $79.25 as the company announced plans to acquire Dunbar Armored for $520 million in cash.
    Applied Optoelectronics, Inc. (NASDAQ: AAOI) rose 15.14 percent to c
  • [By Lisa Levin] 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 Logan Wallace]

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Top 10 Tech Stocks To Invest In Right Now

Shares of Caterpillar (CAT ) opened slightly higher on Monday, just one day before the construction and mining equipment giant is scheduled to report its first quarter earnings. This might signal that investors are confident about Caterpillar ahead of the release of its Q1 financial results. Let’s dive into some of the details to see if they should be.

Caterpillar is considered a bellwether for the global economy, maybe even more so than the likes of tech titans such as Amazon (AMZN ) , Netflix (NFLX ) , or Facebook (FB ) . Therefore, investors will want to pay close attention to the company’s Q1 results.

CAT stock is up over 4% in the last four weeks amid an overall market downturn. But concerns about a possible Trump tariff related setback could perhaps show up in the near-term.

With that said, investors will want to know if Caterpillar’s current estimates and fundamentals make it look like an enticing stock to consider buying ahead of its Q1 report.

Top 10 Tech Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Infinera Corporation(INFN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Benzinga News Desk]

    Maybe AT&T’s (NYSE: T) $85 billion merger with Time Warner (NYSE: TWX) is in trouble, after all: Link

    ECONOMIC DATA
    USA S&P/CS HPI Composite – 20 n.s.a. (YoY) for Mar 6.80% vs 6.40% Est; Prior 6.80%
    The Conference Board’s consumer confidence index for May will be released at 10:00 a.m. ET.
    The Dallas Fed manufacturing index for May is schedule for release at 10:30 a.m. ET.
    The Treasury is set to auction 3-and 6-month bills at 11:30 a.m. ET.
    The Treasury will auction 4-week bills at 1:00 p.m. ET.
    ANALYST RATINGS
    Morgan Stanley upgrades Roku (NASDAQ: ROKU) from Underweight to Equal-Weight
    KBW upgrades Federated Investors (NYSE: FII) from Underperform to Market Perform
    HSBC downgrades Novartis (NYSE: NVS) from Buy to Hold
    Jefferies downgrades Infinera (NASDAQ: INFN) from Hold to Underperform

    This is a tool used by the Benzinga News Desk each trading day — it's a look at everything happening in the market, in five minutes. To get the full version of this note every morning, click here.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

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  • [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

  • [By Brian Feroldi]

    In response to receiving an analyst downgrade, shares of Infinera (NASDAQ:INFN), a maker of equipment used in telecommunications, fell 10% as of 3:45 p.m. EDT on Tuesday.

Top 10 Tech Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Google Inc.(GOOG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Evan Niu, CFA]

    Alphabet (NASDAQ:GOOG) (NASDAQ:GOOGL) subsidiary Google has just announcedthat it plans to acquire Israel-based Velostrata, a start-up that specializes in helping enterprises migrate to the cloud. The cloud infrastructure market is booming, as newer companies increasingly realize they can utilize third-party infrastructure in the early days to great benefit, while more mature companies often supplement first-party infrastructure with third-party offerings to bolster performance and reliability.

  • [By Billy Duberstein]

    Box was an early mover in the content and file management space in enterprise markets. In its annual report, the company highlights Alphabet(Nasdaq: GOOG), Microsoft,Dropbox, and Canadian software giant Open Text Corporation (Nasdaq: OTEX) as competitors. Those may seem like daunting foes, but Box’s cloud-neutral platform (unlike Alphabet and Microsoft) has allowed it to succeed, and it also has an edge in the high-touch enterprise over the more consumer and SMB-focused Dropbox. These factors, combined with excellent execution, has allowed Box to win nearly 70% of the Fortune 500 as customers, and generate very low churn of only around 4%, showing the “stickiness” of Box’s software.

  • [By Rick Munarriz]

    Endless Summer will star teen model Summer Mckeen,a beauty and fashion vlogger that has built up a huge following on Alphabet(NASDAQ:GOOG) (NASDAQ:GOOGL)subsidiary Google’s YouTube. Mckeen now has more than 1.4 million subscribers to her YouTube channel. Hitching one’s post to a young YouTuber on the rise seems like a no-brainer. The built-in audience is there, and the salary demands are modest relative to actual movie and TV celebrities. However, Google itself has stumbled in plucking its most magnetic YouTube stars in its own push for original content. Snap is hoping to avoid failing as well.

  • [By Leo Sun]

    In 2015, Alphabet’s (NASDAQ:GOOG) (NASDAQ:GOOGL) Google launched YouTube Red, a paid ad-free subscription service aimed at challenging Netflix (NASDAQ:NFLX). However, YouTube Red never gained much ground against its entrenched rival.

  • [By Evan Niu, CFA]

    One such link refers to Fitbit’s recently announced collaboration with Alphabet(NASDAQ:GOOG) (NASDAQ:GOOGL)subsidiary Google, which is undoubtedly a step in the right direction for Fitbit’s cloud-based digital health platform (not to mention Google Cloud’s business). Despite Street analysts’ purported inability to conduct research, Citron cites a JP Morgan reportdiscussing how medical technology for diabetes is progressing at an incredible pace.

Top 10 Tech Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd.(GILT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Gilat Satellite Networks (NASDAQ: GILT) and Ceragon Networks (NASDAQ:CRNT) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, analyst recommendations, earnings, dividends, valuation, profitability and institutional ownership.

Top 10 Tech Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Autohome Inc.(ATHM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

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

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    Dow Jones Falls Before Trump’s Iran Decision; These 2 IBD 50 Stocks Jump (investors.com) Autohome Quarterly Earnings Beat Estimates, Guides Higher (finance.yahoo.com) Autohome (ATHM) Posts Earnings Results, Beats Expectations By $0.11 EPS (americanbankingnews.com) Earnings Reaction History: Autohome Inc., 44.4% Follow-Through Indicator, 4.6% Sensitive (nasdaq.com) BRIEF-Autohome Reports Qtrly Earnings Per Share Of RMB 4.05 (reuters.com)

    Several analysts have recently commented on the stock. ValuEngine raised shares of Autohome from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Wednesday, April 11th. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Autohome from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $99.00 price objective for the company in a research report on Monday, March 12th. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating and eight have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $73.97.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Autohome (NYSE: ATHM) and Pegasystems (NASDAQ:PEGA) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, risk, dividends, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, profitability and earnings.

  • [By Leo Sun]

    Tencent’s and JD’s investments inBitauto, which date back over three years, allow the two companies to expand their ecosystems into the online automotive market. By tethering itself to Tencent’s WeChat and JD’s online marketplace, Bitauto widens its moat against Autohome (NYSE:ATHM), its primary rival.

Top 10 Tech Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Apple Inc.(AAPL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Evan Niu, CFA]

    Famed investor Warren Buffett loves Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) stock. The Oracle of Omaha has been steadily increasingBerkshire Hathaway’s (NYSE:BRK-A) (NYSE:BRK-B)stake over the past couple of years, and it sounds like Buffett has no intention of putting the brakes on buying Apple shares. Berkshire hosted its annual meeting over the weekend, and as usual Buffett offered up some sage adviceto investors looking to emulate his returns.

  • [By ]

    Who would have thought just 10 years ago most of us would have tiny computers in our pocket or purse at nearly every waking moment — devices capable of accessing virtually all of the world’s knowledge? Needless to say, early investors in Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL) came out alright on that game-changer.

  • [By Chris Neiger, Ashraf Eassa, and Reuben Gregg Brewer]

    Ashraf Eassa (Cirrus Logic):Instead of buying a risky penny stock, you might want to check out shares ofaudio-chip maker Cirrus Logic. Cirrus Logic generates most of its revenue from selling audio chips to Apple(NASDAQ:AAPL) in support of the iPhone, iPad, and other devices, so it’s a stock that carries with it some very real concentration risk.

  • [By Mac Greer]

    Alphabet (NASDAQ:GOOGL) (NASDAQ:GOOG) invested some $550 million into Chinese e-commerce giant JD.com (NASDAQ:JD), which should allow for plenty of long-term tech investment. Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) is teaming up with Oprah to produce some exclusive content, but this deal doesn’t look half as exciting as Oprah’s jaw-dropping spell with Weight Watchers (NYSE:WTW). And Perry Ellis (NASDAQ:PERY) is ending its career on the public markets as founder George Feldenkreis takes the retailer private. Click Play to find out more.

  • [By Douglas A. McIntyre]

    Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ: MSFT) has passed Alphabet Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOGL) in market cap and could move into second place behind Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL). According to CNNMoney:

  • [By Douglas A. McIntyre]

    Oprah Winfrey, perhaps the most famous one-person entertainment company in the world, has signed a deal with Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) to create “original” shows. Apple is so far behind Netflix Inc. (NASDAQ: NFLX) and Amazon.com Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN), the arrangement is Oprah versus the rest of the entertainment world.

Top 10 Tech Stocks To Invest In Right Now: OSI Systems, Inc.(OSIS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Millennium Management LLC lessened its stake in shares of OSI Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:OSIS) by 40.1% during the first quarter, according to its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The institutional investor owned 255,483 shares of the technology company’s stock after selling 170,680 shares during the quarter. Millennium Management LLC owned about 1.41% of OSI Systems worth $16,675,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

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  • [By Shane Hupp]

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

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    OSI Systems (OSIS) Rating Increased to Buy at Zacks Investment Research (americanbankingnews.com) OSI Systems (OSIS) Downgraded by BidaskClub (americanbankingnews.com) OSI Systems (OSIS) Downgraded by Zacks Investment Research to Hold (americanbankingnews.com) $274.42 Million in Sales Expected for OSI Systems, Inc. (OSIS) This Quarter (americanbankingnews.com) Zacks: Analysts Expect OSI Systems, Inc. (OSIS) Will Post Earnings of $0.94 Per Share (americanbankingnews.com)

    OSIS has been the subject of several research reports. Sidoti initiated coverage on OSI Systems in a research note on Wednesday, February 21st. They issued a “buy” rating for the company. Zacks Investment Research raised OSI Systems from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $69.00 price objective for the company in a research note on Wednesday, April 4th. ValuEngine lowered OSI Systems from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Wednesday, May 2nd. Jefferies Group lowered OSI Systems from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating and dropped their price objective for the company from $79.00 to $70.00 in a research note on Friday, February 2nd. They noted that the move was a valuation call. Finally, BidaskClub lowered OSI Systems from a “sell” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a research note on Saturday, January 20th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, two have issued a hold rating and four have given a buy rating to the stock. The company presently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $86.20.

Top 10 Tech Stocks To Invest In Right Now: American Superconductor Corporation(AMSC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

    News stories about American Superconductor (NASDAQ:AMSC) have been trending somewhat positive this week, Accern reports. Accern scores the sentiment of news coverage by reviewing more than 20 million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. American Superconductor earned a news impact score of 0.18 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media headlines about the technology company an impact score of 46.824635153043 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]

    American Superconductor (NASDAQ:AMSC) had its price target upped by investment analysts at B. Riley from $6.00 to $7.00 in a research note issued on Monday. The firm presently has a “neutral” rating on the technology company’s stock. B. Riley’s price objective suggests a potential upside of 10.06% from the company’s current price.

  • [By Money Morning News Team]

    American Superconductor Corp.(Nasdaq: AMSC), based in Massachusetts, manufactures two-megawatt wind turbines and supplies for the construction of electrical power grids.

Top 10 Tech Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Microsoft Corporation(MSFT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Douglas A. McIntyre]

    After International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE: IBM) posted a 3.7% rise in revenue for the second quarter, its shares rose modestly. The company’s extremely slow growth shows it is still not in the league with Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ: MSFT) and other tech giants that have posted strong revenue improvements in areas where IBM management says its future lies.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    The second-best performer among the Dow Jones industrials so far this year is Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ: MSFT), which is up 15.28%. That is followed by Visa Inc. (NYSE: V), up 18.3%, UnitedHealthGroup Inc. (NYSE: UNH), up 13.7%, and Boeing Co. (NYSE: BA), up 13.5%. Of the 30 Dow stocks, only 11 have managed to post a gain to date in 2018.

  • [By David Zeiler]

    But unlike many of the companies most often mentioned as top cloud computing stocks – Amazon.com Inc. (Nasdaq: AMZN), Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO), Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) – Athenahealth is a pure play.

  • [By Anders Bylund]

    MongoDB’s innovative NoSQL databases provide a flexible framework for modern businesses in the cloud, and some of the company’s most obvious rivals are actually acting more like business partners at the moment. For example, Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) not only supports MongoDB on its Azure cloud platformbut has also launched a co-selling program to highlight the business value of that combination.

  • [By ]

    Just a few months ago, Apple (AAPL) , an Action Alerts PLUS holding, was the early favorite and it looked like the company had no challengers. But amid reports of slowing iPhone sales, Apple’s momentum is slowing, leaving an opening for Alphabet (GOOGL) , Microsoft (MSFT) and Amazon (AMZN) .

Top 10 Tech Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Internap Network Services Corporation(INAP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Internap (NASDAQ:INAP) issued its quarterly earnings data on Thursday. The information technology services provider reported ($0.70) earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of ($0.57) by ($0.13), MarketWatch Earnings reports. The business had revenue of $74.20 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $73.99 million. Internap had a negative return on equity of 271.76% and a negative net margin of 16.15%. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was up 2.9% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period in the previous year, the business posted ($0.02) earnings per share.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

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  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Internap Corp (NASDAQ:INAP) has received an average rating of “Buy” from the six analysts that are currently covering the firm, MarketBeat reports. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, one has issued a hold rating, one has issued a buy rating and two have given a strong buy rating to the company. The average 12-month price objective among brokerages that have covered the stock in the last year is $28.00.

Top 10 Tech Stocks To Invest In Right Now: GlobalSCAPE, Inc.(GSB)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Check out these big penny stock gainers and losers

    Losers
    Akorn, Inc. (NASDAQ: AKRX) fell 32.7 percent to $13.25 in pre-market trading after Fresenius terminated its merger deal with Akorn.
    Chicago Bridge & Iron Company N.V. (NYSE: CBI) fell 15.7 percent to $12.30 in pre-market trading. Subsea 7 confirmed a $7.00 per share proposal to acquire Mcdermott, pending termination of merger agreement with CB&I.
    Myomo, Inc. (NYSE: MYO) fell 9 percent to $3.65 in pre-market trading after rising 11.39 percent on Friday.
    Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS) fell 8 percent to $88.36 in pre-market trading after the company reported weaker-than-expected results for its first quarter on Monday.
    SunPower Corporation (NASDAQ: SPWR) fell 7.1 percent to $9.00 in pre-market trading.
    Endeavour Silver Corp. (NYSE: EXK) shares fell 5.9 percent to $2.88 in pre-market trading after declining 3.16 percent on Friday.
    Mattel, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAT) shares fell 5.5 percent to $12.25 in pre-market trading.
    Valeritas Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: VLRX) shares fell 5.1 percent to $2.96 in pre-market trading after rising 76.27 percent on Friday.
    GlobalSCAPE, Inc. (NYSE: GSB) fell 5.1 percent to $3.57 in pre-market trading.
    Fresenius Medical Care AG & Co. KGaA (NYSE: FMS) shares fell 4.1 percent to $49.93 in pre-market trading.
    Oasis Petroleum Inc. (NYSE: OAS) fell 4.1 percent to $9.75 in pre-market trading. SunTrust Robinson Humphrey downgraded Oasis Petroleum from Hold to Sell

Top 5 Blue Chip Stocks To Own For 2019

Timing the market is easily one of the most difficult parts of trading. In particular, calling the market bottom and knowing when to get in is usually something investors only know way after the fact. 24/7 Wall St. is looking back to when the S&P 500 bottomed back in March 2009 to see how some of the major blue chips have fared since then.

Back on March 6, 2009, the S&P 500 bottomed out at 666.79, and from there began perhaps the biggest bull market of the modern era. At the most recent close, the S&P 500 was at 2,779.60, more than quadrupling its bottom nearly nine years ago.

So how does this measure up against AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T)?

On an adjusted close basis, AT&T closed March 6, 2009, at $13.82 a share, or at $22.58 on an unadjusted basis. AT&T most recently closed at $36.87 on an adjusted basis.

Looking at the numbers, we can see that AT&Ts growth over this nine-year period was outpaced by the S&P 500 and the broad markets in general. This is one of the few instances where the market beat a blue chip in this period. Specifically, the telecom giant saw its shares gain just over 165%.

Top 5 Blue Chip Stocks To Own For 2019: Schweitzer-Mauduit International Inc.(SWM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

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Top 5 Blue Chip Stocks To Own For 2019: Google Inc.(GOOG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Rich Duprey]

    And to do that, Fitbit just announced an important partnership with Alphabet’s (NASDAQ:GOOG)(NASDAQ:GOOGL) Google Cloud Healthcare API. It’s also HIPAA-compliant and gives the device maker a place where it can store data to connect with the electronic medical records systems used by health providers — and do so at scale.

  • [By Wayne Duggan]

    Here’s a rundown of some major Coinbase announcements crypto traders may have missed:

    Back on Jan. 17, Coinbase acquired the engineering team from Memo.AI. The move was seen as an effort by Coinbase to help the company cope with the technical requirements of the cryptocurrency boom.
    In March, Coinbase announced it hired former LinkedIn head of mergers and acquisitions Emilie Choi to serve as VP of corporate and business development. Up to this point, Coinbase has generated the majority of its growth without major acquisitions, but the addition of Choi to the management team suggests Coinbase could be looking for sources of outside growth in the future.
    On April 8, The Wall Street Journal reported that Coinbase contacted the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to inquire about the possibility of becoming a licensed brokerage firm. The move would improve Coinbase’s credibility among traders, many of whom are leery of cryptocurrency investing after a series of cryptocurrency frauds and thefts have cost traders hundreds of millions of dollars.
    Investor safety was the primary driver behind Alphabet, Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG) (NASDAQ: GOOGL), Facebook, Inc. (NASDAQ: FB) and Twitter, Inc. (NYSE: TWTR) banning all cryptocurrency-related advertisements from their platforms earlier this year.
    Coinbase took a major step in countering cryptocurrency’s risky reputation April 9 when the company announced the hiring of Rachel Horwitz, formerly director of technology communications at Facebook. Horwitz will serve as Coinbase’s first-ever VP of communications and will face the tough task of polishing cryptocurrency’s tarnished reputation as a safe investment.
    On April 13, Coinbase made another sizable acquisition when it announced a buyout of Ethereum wallet Cipher Browser. The terms of the deal were not disclosed, but Coinbase said it plans to merge many of the features of Cipher’s Web 3 decentralized app browser

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    Waymo, the self-driving business unit from Alphabet Inc. (GOOG) (GOOGL) , a holding in Jim Cramer’s Action Alerts PLUS Charitable Trust Portfolio, is aiming for Level 5 driving, as is General Motors Co (GM) , with its plans for a fleet of self-driving taxis. While this sci-fi concept seems a long ways off, some argue that GM could have its robo-taxis on the road as early as 2019.

  • [By Evan Niu, CFA]

    Remember whenAlphabet(NASDAQ:GOOG) (NASDAQ:GOOGL) subsidiary Google’s then-CEO Eric Schmidt said that Amazon.com (NASDAQ:AMZN) was the search giant’s biggest competitor? That sounded counterintuitive, since Google was aggressively competing with Apple at the time in the smartphone market, but Schmidt was referring to the fact that many of Google’s most lucrative ads come from online shoppers looking for a specific product. If those users know that said product is available on Amazon, they’ll simply head directly there, bypassing Google altogether.

  • [By JJ Kinahan]

    More proof that one negative metric can hold back a big company’s stock surfaced with Alphabet Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG) (NASDAQ: GOOGL) Tuesday. Though the company reported a powerful quarter, the stock got stuffed as investors and analysts seemed focused more on higher-than-expected capital expenditures.

  • [By Leo Sun]

    In 2015, Alphabet’s (NASDAQ:GOOG) (NASDAQ:GOOGL) Google launched YouTube Red, a paid ad-free subscription service aimed at challenging Netflix (NASDAQ:NFLX). However, YouTube Red never gained much ground against its entrenched rival.

Top 5 Blue Chip Stocks To Own For 2019: Israel Chemicals Shs(ICL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Israel Chemicals (NYSE:ICL) – Equities researchers at Jefferies Group issued their Q2 2018 earnings per share estimates for shares of Israel Chemicals in a research note issued on Monday, May 14th. Jefferies Group analyst L. Alexander forecasts that the basic materials company will post earnings of $0.09 per share for the quarter. Jefferies Group also issued estimates for Israel Chemicals’ Q3 2018 earnings at $0.11 EPS and Q4 2018 earnings at $0.10 EPS.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Israel Chemicals (NYSE: ICL) and Evogene (NASDAQ:EVGN) are both basic materials companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, valuation, risk, profitability, dividends, earnings and analyst recommendations.

Top 5 Blue Chip Stocks To Own For 2019: Care.com, Inc.(CRCM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    ProPhase Labs, Inc. (NASDAQ: PRPH) gained 50.7 percent to $4.34 after the company announced a special $1.00 per share cash dividend.
    Impinj, Inc. (NASDAQ: PI) surged 28.4 percent to $17.44 after reporting Q1 results.
    Cardlytics, Inc. (NASDAQ: CDLX) gained 22 percent to $17.945.
    Care.com, Inc. (NYSE: CRCM) shares rose 19.3 percent to $18.92 following Q1 earnings.
    Sharing Economy International Inc. (NASDAQ: SEII) jumped 19.1 percent to $4.3934 after the company disclosed that it entered into a license agreement with Ecrent Capital Holdings Limited.
    Blink Charging Co. (NASDAQ: BLNK) rose 18.6 percent to $4.79 after jumping 171.14 percent on Monday.
    IntriCon Corporation (NASDAQ: IIN) climbed 17.4 percent to $29.30 after reporting Q1 results.
    Nevsun Resources Ltd. (NYSE: NSU) rose 16.2 percent to $3.45 after Lundin Mining Corporation and Euro Sun Mining Inc. proposed to acquire Nevsun Resources for around C$1.5 billion.
    Tactile Systems Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: TCMD) gained 15.4 percent to $42.61 following Q1 results.
    eGain Corporation (NASDAQ: EGAN) gained 15.3 percent to $10.55 following Q3 earnings.
    Dean Foods Company (NYSE: DF) rose 13.8 percent to $9.48 after reporting upbeat Q1 earnings.
    Sterling Construction Company, Inc. (NASDAQ: STRL) shares surged 13.1 percent to $13.42 after reporting Q1 results.
    USA Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: USAT) climbed 11.9 percent to $10.85 following better-than-expected Q3 earnings.
    scPharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ: SCPH) gained 11.2 percent to $14.45 following Q1 results.
    Fiesta Restaurant Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: FRGI) rose 10.2 percent to $24.08 following Q1 results.
    Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc. (NYSE: VRX) shares rose 7.9 percent to $19.60 as the company posted upbeat Q1 results and raised its outlook.
    Carrols Restaurant Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: TAST) rose 7.7 percent to $11.90 following upbeat Q1 results.
    Pareteum Corporation (NASDAQ: TEUM) rose 6.8 perc
  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Care.com, Inc. (NYSE: CRCM) shares shot up 19 percent to $18.8426 following Q1 earnings.

    Shares of ProPhase Labs, Inc. (NASDAQ: PRPH) got a boost, shooting up 54 percent to $4.4302 after the company announced a special $1.00 per share cash dividend.

Top 5 Blue Chip Stocks To Own For 2019: Endeavour Silver Corporation(EXK)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Check out these big penny stock gainers and losers

    Losers
    Akorn, Inc. (NASDAQ: AKRX) fell 32.7 percent to $13.25 in pre-market trading after Fresenius terminated its merger deal with Akorn.
    Chicago Bridge & Iron Company N.V. (NYSE: CBI) fell 15.7 percent to $12.30 in pre-market trading. Subsea 7 confirmed a $7.00 per share proposal to acquire Mcdermott, pending termination of merger agreement with CB&I.
    Myomo, Inc. (NYSE: MYO) fell 9 percent to $3.65 in pre-market trading after rising 11.39 percent on Friday.
    Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS) fell 8 percent to $88.36 in pre-market trading after the company reported weaker-than-expected results for its first quarter on Monday.
    SunPower Corporation (NASDAQ: SPWR) fell 7.1 percent to $9.00 in pre-market trading.
    Endeavour Silver Corp. (NYSE: EXK) shares fell 5.9 percent to $2.88 in pre-market trading after declining 3.16 percent on Friday.
    Mattel, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAT) shares fell 5.5 percent to $12.25 in pre-market trading.
    Valeritas Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: VLRX) shares fell 5.1 percent to $2.96 in pre-market trading after rising 76.27 percent on Friday.
    GlobalSCAPE, Inc. (NYSE: GSB) fell 5.1 percent to $3.57 in pre-market trading.
    Fresenius Medical Care AG & Co. KGaA (NYSE: FMS) shares fell 4.1 percent to $49.93 in pre-market trading.
    Oasis Petroleum Inc. (NYSE: OAS) fell 4.1 percent to $9.75 in pre-market trading. SunTrust Robinson Humphrey downgraded Oasis Petroleum from Hold to Sell

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Endeavour Silver (NYSE: EXK) is one of 41 publicly-traded companies in the “Gold & silver ores” industry, but how does it compare to its competitors? We will compare Endeavour Silver to related businesses based on the strength of its earnings, valuation, dividends, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, profitability and risk.

Top 5 Bank Stocks To Own Right Now

Vietnam Orient Commercial Joint Stock Bank expects its market capitalization to rise to $1 billion after its planned listing on the country’s benchmark bourse during the second half of the year, according to Chairman Trinh Van Tuan.

The 22-year-old bank, also known as OCB, plans to list 750 million shares on the Ho Chi Minh City Stock Exchange late third quarter or early fourth quarter, said Tuan, who would not disclose the planned initial price.

The bank plans to sell 800 billion dong ($35 million) of shares to investors via private placement in the third quarter after issuing 14.2 percent of dividend shares and 20.5 percent of shares to existing shareholders, Tuan said in his Ho Chi Minh City office Friday. OCB expects to boost its registered capital by 50 percent to 7.5 trillion dong through the share issuances before its planned listing, the chairman said.

The lender also plans to offer as much as 25 percent of its shares to foreign investors before the listing, according to Tuan.

Top 5 Bank Stocks To Own Right Now: Smart(SFS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Smart & Final (NYSE: SFS) and Kroger (NYSE:KR) are both consumer staples companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, institutional ownership, profitability, earnings, analyst recommendations, valuation and risk.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

     

    Losers
    Heat Biologics, Inc. (NASDAQ: HTBX) shares tumbled 48.59 percent to close at $1.275 on Thursday after the company priced its $18,000,000 public offering.
    InVivo Therapeutics Holdings Corp. (NASDAQ: NVIV) fell 38.77 percent to close at $8.26 on Thursday.
    Check-Cap Ltd. (NASDAQ: CHEK) shares tumbled 27.43 percent to close at $8.81.
    Achaogen, Inc. (NASDAQ: AKAO) dropped 24.76 percent to close at $11.06 in reaction to a disappointing update from an FDA AdCom panel. The FDA panel voted favorably for the company's Plazcomicin for treatment of adults with complicated urinary tract infections, but also voted against the therapy to be used as a treatment for bloodstream infections.
    Anika Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: ANIK) shares declined 24.68 percent to close at $34.80 after the company posted downbeat quarterly results.
    LSC Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: LKSD) shares fell 24.22 percent to close at $12.64 following wider-than-expected Q1 loss.
    Cardinal Health, Inc. (NYSE: CAH) fell 21.42 percent to close at $50.80 following downbeat quarterly profit.
    Horizon Global Corporation (NYSE: HZN) dropped 20.42 percent to close at $6.00 following downbeat quarterly earnings.
    Hornbeck Offshore Services, Inc. (NYSE: HOS) slipped 20.11 percent to close at $2.90 following wider-than-expected Q1 loss.
    Esperion Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: ESPR) fell 19.28 percent to close at $36.93. Esperion Therapeutics stock lost roughly a third of its value Wednesday after the company reported mixed Phase III results for its leading drug candidate, bempedoic acid. JP Morgan downgraded Esperion Therapeutics from Neutral to Underweight.
    Laredo Petroleum, Inc. (NYSE: LPI) declined 17.77 percent to close at $8.98 after the company reported weaker-than-expected Q1 earnings.
    The Habit Restaurants, Inc. (NASDAQ: HABT) dipped 16.1 percent to close at $8.60 after the company reported downbeat quarterly results.
    Arcadia Biosciences, Inc. (N

Top 5 Bank Stocks To Own Right Now: Google Inc.(GOOG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By ]

    That’s how companies like Alphabet (Nasdaq: GOOG), Amazon (Nasdaq: AMZN), Tencent (OTC: TCEHY), and Facebook (Nasdaq: FB) have grown so big. More importantly, it’s the reason Yahoo! died and Twitter (NYSE: TWTR) is running out of time.

  • [By ]

    Other large-cap stocks that have had similar levels of extreme shorting include Jim Cramer’s Action Alerts PLUS Charitable Trust Portfolio holding Alphabet Inc. (GOOG) (GOOGL) (then Google) back in late 2004 – shares rallied 112.5% in the year that followed.

  • [By JJ Kinahan]

    The key earnings report today comes from Alphabet Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG) (NASDAQ: GOOGL) after the close. For Q1, GOOGL is expected to report adjusted EPS of $9.21, up from $7.73 in the prior-year quarter, on revenue of $24.29 billion, according to third-party consensus estimates (revenue estimates are on a net basis excluding traffic acquisition costs). Revenue is projected to grow 20.7 percent year over year, while coming in shy of Q4 2017’s $25.9 billion, which is typically the company’s busiest quarter.

  • [By ]

    Waymo, the self-driving business unit from Alphabet Inc. (GOOG) (GOOGL) , a holding in Jim Cramer’s Action Alerts PLUS Charitable Trust Portfolio, is aiming for Level 5 driving, as is General Motors Co (GM) , with its plans for a fleet of self-driving taxis. While this sci-fi concept seems a long ways off, some argue that GM could have its robo-taxis on the road as early as 2019.

  • [By Keith Speights]

    However, I think the response passengerstake on an airplane that’s about to encounter a rough patch is the right approach for investors: Fasten your seat belts, sit back, and wait. That’s exactly what I plan to do, especially with three of my favorite growth stocks — Align Technology (NASDAQ:ALGN), Alphabet (NASDAQ:GOOG) (NASDAQ:GOOGL), and NVIDIA (NASDAQ:NVDA). Here’s why I’m holding onto these stocks no matter how bumpy the market gets.

Top 5 Bank Stocks To Own Right Now: ImmunoGen, Inc.(IMGN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    ImmunoGen (NASDAQ:IMGN) was downgraded by BidaskClub from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report issued on Wednesday.

  • [By George Budwell]

    Shares of the clinical-stage biotech ImmunoGen (NASDAQ:IMGN) rose by as much as 13.8% on heavy volume in early-morning trading today. The catalyst?

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

    Trexquant Investment LP raised its stake in shares of ImmunoGen (NASDAQ:IMGN) by 190.6% in the 1st quarter, according to its most recent 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The firm owned 331,215 shares of the biotechnology company’s stock after buying an additional 217,244 shares during the quarter. Trexquant Investment LP owned about 0.25% of ImmunoGen worth $3,484,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

  • [By Brian Orelli]

    ImmunoGen (NASDAQ:IMGN) is in waiting mode with its lead drug, mirvetuximab, being tested in the phase 3 Forward I trial in patients with ovarian cancer, making for a relatively quiet first-quarter earnings release.

Top 5 Bank Stocks To Own Right Now: Citrix Systems Inc.(CTXS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    CIBC Asset Management Inc lowered its stake in shares of Citrix Systems (NASDAQ:CTXS) by 5.0% in the first quarter, according to the company in its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The firm owned 19,564 shares of the cloud computing company’s stock after selling 1,023 shares during the period. CIBC Asset Management Inc’s holdings in Citrix Systems were worth $1,816,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission.

  • [By VantagePoint]

    Citrix Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CTXS) had a very clear crossover to the upside on April 11, and since that day's close the stock is up 15 percent. This one is interesting also because the two moving averages have also recently diverged even further, indicating that the uptrend has only gotten stronger since the company posted an excellent Q1 earnings and Q2 guidance report that came in well above Wall Street's expectations. 

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

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

  • [By Asit Sharma]

    Stock in digital workspace systems providerCitrix Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:CTXS) rose 10.8% inApril, according to data fromS&P Global Market Intelligence.

  • [By Max Byerly]

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

    Get Citrix Systems alerts:

    Citrix Systems (CTXS) VP Jessica Soisson Sells 3,281 Shares (americanbankingnews.com) Glancy Prongay & Murray LLP Continues Investigation on Behalf of Citrix Systems, Inc. (CTXS) Investors (bizjournals.com) Glancy Prongay & Murray LLP Continues Investigation on Behalf of Citrix Systems, Inc.(CTXS) Investors (markets.financialcontent.com) Citrix Michael Lewis Day 3 Highlights from Synergy 2018 (dabcc.com) Citrix Certification Guide: Overview and Career Paths (businessnewsdaily.com)

    A number of brokerages have commented on CTXS. Mizuho reaffirmed a “buy” rating on shares of Citrix Systems in a report on Wednesday, May 9th. Zacks Investment Research raised Citrix Systems from a “hold” rating to a “strong-buy” rating and set a $118.00 price objective on the stock in a report on Tuesday, May 1st. Goldman Sachs raised Citrix Systems from a “buy” rating to a “conviction-buy” rating in a report on Tuesday, May 1st. Royal Bank of Canada upped their price objective on Citrix Systems to $104.00 and gave the company a “market perform” rating in a report on Thursday, April 26th. Finally, Barclays upped their price objective on Citrix Systems from $90.00 to $100.00 and gave the company an “equal weight” rating in a report on Thursday, April 26th. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, nine have assigned a hold rating, six have given a buy rating and three have given a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. The company has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $102.31.

Top 5 Bank Stocks To Own Right Now: Sonoco Products Company(SON)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Packaging Co. of America (NYSE: PKG) and Sonoco (NYSE:SON) are both industrial products companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, profitability, dividends, analyst recommendations, earnings, institutional ownership and valuation.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Sonoco (NYSE: SON) and Packaging Co. of America (NYSE:PKG) are both industrial products companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, earnings, profitability, risk, dividends, institutional ownership and valuation.

3 Brand-Name Stocks Billionaires Dumped in the First Quarter

It’s that time of the year again, folks: the quarterly release of 13F filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Each and every quarter, money managers with more than $100 million in assets under management are required to disclose their investment holdings within 45 days of the closing of the previous quarter (March 31, June 30, September 30, and December 31).

Though the primary purpose of 13F filings, according to the SEC, is to “increase investor confidence in the integrity of the United States securities markets,” the real lure of these filings is that it gives Wall Street and retail investors an inside look at what the brightest minds on Wall Street have been up to during the most recently completed quarter.While 13F filings aren’t perfect — they’re 45 days old, after all, and may not reflect trading activity undertaken since the latest quarter ended — they do provide another piece of the puzzle that helps investors get a good feel for what trends and/or stocks are in and out of favor.

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Three household stocks that fell out of favor in Q1

This past quarter, as with other quarters, billionaire money managers were quite active. In particular, plenty of brand-name companies found themselves to be the object of money managers’ affection. For example, despite Facebook’s late-quarter data scandal, a number of prominent money managers increased their positions in the company. Likewise, in spite of drawing President Trump’s ire, Amazonwas a commonly added stock in the first quarter by big-name money managers.

But not all brand-name companies were welcomed with open arms. A few were shown the door by billionaire money managers. Here are three household tech juggernauts that were on the outside looking in when the quarter ended.

Apple

You might be surprised to see that Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL), the world’s largest publicly traded company and a stock that the Oracle of Omaha, Warren Buffett, has come to fancy, was among the leading household names shown the door in Q1. David Tepper’s Appaloosa Management, which initially bought its first stake in Apple back in the third quarter of 2016, sold its entire position of nearly 4.59 million shares. Meanwhile, Larry Robbins’ Glenview Capital Management sold the entirely of its 1.26 million-share stake in Apple during Q1, which it had also held since the third quarter of 2016. As a whole, according to data from Bloomberg, large institutional investors sold 153 million Apple shares in the first quarter.

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Why no love for the king of all tech and consumer stocks? Investors’ angst primarily centers around the belief that Apple’s iPhone sales growth can’t possibly continue at the same torrid pace it’s been on for years. Though iPhone revenue jumped a healthy 14% on a year-over-year basis, to $38 billion in Q1 2018, total units sold rose by a mere 3%, to 52.2 million iPhones. The $1,000 price tag of the newly introduced iPhone X certainly helped push sales higher, but the slow crawl of physical-unit sales is a clear concern among Wall Street pundits.

Apple’s saving grace has been its incredible shareholder-return policy, which includes the biggest dividend in the world (in terms of total annual payout), and mammoth share buybacks. In fact, the company repurchased $23.5 billion worth of its own stock last quarter, all on the open market, and its board authorized the repurchase of an additional $100 billion worth of stock. These repurchases reduce the company’s existing share count, aiding earnings-per-share (EPS) growth and (presumably) making the company look more attractive from a valuation basis.

Given that Apple recently raised its dividend by 16% and is valued at only 14 times next year’s EPS, I believe pessimists will be proven wrong over the long run.

IBM

Perhaps a bit less surprising is the lack of love tech stalwart IBM (NYSE:IBM) continues to be shown by the investment community. According to data from WhaleWisdom, institutional money managers dumped more than 20 million shares of IBM in the latest quarter. Sellers of “Big Blue” included Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway, which dumped all of its remaining 2.05 million shares, as well as Point72 Asset Management’s Steven Cohen, who sold his entire 548,666 share stake in IBM.

Two hands, one holding a pen and the other punching figures into a calculator, hover over an accounting sheet.

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The issue for IBM continues to be a lack of catalysts. Even though the company has seen its cloud revenue grow steadily on an organic basis and as a percentage of total sales, its late push into cloud computing left it far too reliant on legacy products, which have gone nowhere for years. IBM did recently break a streak that saw its sales decline for 22 consecutive quarters over the prior-year period, but that’s not saying a lot.

As noted, the positive here is that organic cloud revenue is up 20% (on a constant-currency basis), to $17.7 billion over the past 12 months, which provides some momentum moving forward.What IBM really needs, though, is for blockchain technology to take off.

IBM has been investing heavily in currency- and non-currency-based blockchain applications, which have the potential to put it on the leading edge of this technological game changer. IBM Is already testing cross-border payments at a dozen banks in the South Pacific using Stella’s Lumens coin as an intermediary currency, and it formed a joint venture with shipping giant Maersk earlier this year to develop blockchain-based shipping solutions.

Of course, investors also should understand that blockchain still is a nascent technology that has some growing up to do. Translation: IBM’s blockchain division is unlikely to be a major contributor anytime soon.

Personally, I appreciate IBM’s relative value at roughly 10 times next year’s EPS, as well as its 4.4% yield. However, without any top-line growth at the company, I’d suggest adding IBM to your watchlist or waiting for an even more attractive entry point (i.e., a lower share price).

Alphabet

Also finding itself on the short end of the stick is online search and advertising kingpin Alphabet (NASDAQ:GOOG)(NASDAQ:GOOGL), the parent of Google and YouTube. Specifically, the company’s class A shares (GOOGL) were completely axed at Jim Simons’ Renaissance Technologies, where 112,148 shares were sold, and Louis Bacon’s Moore Capital Management, which sold 71,300 shares. As a whole, WhaleWisdom shows money managers dumping about 10 million net shares of Alphabet’s Class A shares in the first quarter.

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Whereas the concerns with Apple and IBM are readily apparent, pessimism surrounding Alphabet isn’t as plain as day. Chances are that money managers headed to the exits for two specific reasons.

To begin with, the first quarter featured the first correction in the stock market in two years. Since advertising is dependent on a strong economy, and Google’s search platform is dependent on advertising, there were probably some worries raised about how a potentially slowing economy and volatile market might impact ad spending. The second issue I’d attribute to rising traffic-acquisition costs (TAC) for mobile search, which have the potential to weigh on margins.

However, institutional selling doesn’t make a lot of sense if you dig beyond higher TAC and look at the bigger picture with Alphabet and its assets. Google properties, which includes search and YouTube, saw revenue increase by 59% year over year, to nearly $22 billion. Meanwhile, its cloud businesses, which includes hardware sales, jumped to $4.3 billion in Q1 2018 sales, up from $3.2 billion in the year-ago quarter. A good chunk of this jump was a result of including smart-home thermostat Nest in this segment, but organic growth remains strongly in the double-digit-percentage range.

Trading at approximately 23 times forward earnings, Alphabet might not appear exactly “cheap.” But if you take into account the company’s dominant search and mobile ad market share along with its ability to grow sales at roughly 15% per year through 2021, I believe that sellers will regret jettisoning Alphabet in the first quarter.

Apple's HomePod Makes a Small Dent in Smart Speaker Market During Debut Quarter

Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) officially jumped into the smart speaker market in the first quarter with the HomePod, and analysts believe that sales thus far are “underwhelming.” Siri remains less capable than its competing counterparts, HomePod only supports Apple Music for full functionality, and the $350 price tag positions it at a significant premium. With HomePod being included in the company’s catch-all “Other Products” segment, investors aren’t likely to get much official data from Apple anytime soon.

That’s where third-party estimates come in.

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Apple shipped 600,000 HomePods in the first quarter

Market researcher Strategy Analyticsis out with its estimates on the smart speaker market for the first quarter, estimating that Apple shipped approximately 600,000 units after HomePod launched in February. Amazon.com (NASDAQ:AMZN) is maintaining its strong grip on the market, although its share did drop quite a bit. But the overall market is simply growing so quickly that the e-commerce giant still doubled unit shipments of Echo devices. Alphabet (NASDAQ:GOOG) (NASDAQ:GOOGL) subsidiary Google continues to make headway as well.

Vendor

Q1 2017 Units

Q1 2017 Market Share

Q1 2018 Units

Q1 2018 Market Share

Amazon

2 million

81.8%

4 million

43.6%

Google

0.3 million

12.4%

2.4 million

26.5%

Alibaba

0

0%

0.7 million

7.6%

Apple

0

0%

0.6 million

6%

Xiaomi

0

0%

0.2 million

2.4%

Others

0.1 million

5.8%

1.3 million

13.9%

Total

2.4 million

100%

9.2 million

100%

Data source: Strategy Analytics. Figures rounded.

The Chinese market for smart speakers continues to grow, with local vendors like Alibaba and Xiaomi (which is preparingto go public soon) stepping up to meet the demand, according to Strategy Analytics. Amazon, Google, and Apple do not currently ship smart speakers into the Middle Kingdom. On the earnings callearlier this month, CEO Tim Cook noted that HomePod is only available in the U.S., U.K., and Australia right now, with availability in more markets coming soon.

While Apple generally does not place much value in unit share, it’s clear that Amazon and Google are enjoying unit growth thanks to broader portfolios of devices offered at lower price points. That’s why the “HomePod Mini” that Apple is rumored to have in the pipeline has a lot of potential, as it would make the idea of buying multiple devices a more tenable proposition for consumers.

Of course, HomePod was only available for about half of the quarter, so its performance isn’t all that representative quite yet.Let’s see how the Mac maker fares in the quarters ahead.

25 Unstoppable Stocks to Buy No Matter What

There is a lot of noise in the stock market. Every day, discrete events send stocks up and down. These discrete events can be company-specific, like earnings reports, murmurs about mergers and acquisitions, analyst upgrades and downgrades, or investor presentations. Those discrete events can also be macro-related, including economic data or geopolitical news.

Nonetheless, every day, multiple events happen, causing the stock market volatility that we’ve been seeing from day to day.

Day traders would be wise to continue paying attention to each and every crackle of noise in this market. Long-term investors, however, will find it in their best interest to ignore that noise.

With that in mind, here is a list of 25 stocks that should, regardless of near-term noise, head significantly higher over the next several years due to secular growth tailwinds. 

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Unstoppable Stocks to Buy No Matter What: Apple Inc. (AAPL) apple stockSource: Yuanbin Du Via Flickr

It is only fitting that this list starts with the biggest publicly traded company in the world, Apple Inc (NASDAQ:AAPL).

Apple got to this point ($930 billion market cap) by selling the world a ton of iPhones, iPads and Mac computers. But that business is drying up. Everyone who wants an iPhone, iPad or Mac already has one, so there aren’t really any new buyers in the market. Instead, Apple just gets the upgrade buyers every year.

Bears think this is a problem. But it’s not. Apple is shifting from consumer technology company to software technology company. Through various software services like iCloud, Apple Music, Apple Pay and the App Store, Apple is starting to monetize its massive iOS ecosystem. These software revenues are higher margin than the hardware revenues, and they are also more predictable (most of the money comes from subscriptions), so Apple is actually turning into a company with higher margins and more predictable revenue streams.

As this transformation plays out over the next several years, AAPL stock will head higher. The stock is pretty cheap on its face, trading at just 16-times forward earnings, and there is a bunch of cash on the balance sheet that will be weaponized over the next several years in the form of dividends, buybacks and acquisitions.

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Unstoppable Stocks to Buy No Matter What: Axon Enterprise Inc (AAXN) Source: Axon

Although it is lesser known than Apple, Axon Enterprise Inc (NASDAQ:AAXN) is undergoing a similar transition from largely a hardware company to a software and hardware company.

Axon was formerly known as Taser International, and the business used to be selling tasers and other smart weapons to law enforcement agencies around the world. While selling all those tasers, the company also developed body cameras and accompanying cloud solutions to help store and analyze law enforcement data.

Because the company saw the writing on the wall that this body camera and cloud business was the future, they rebranded as Axon last year, and decided to give away a body camera for free to every police officer in the U.S. in an attempt to win over body camera and cloud contracts.

That plan has worked out beautifully. Now, essentially everyone who took part in the free trial, is a paying customer of Axon.

This growth story is still in its early stages. Law enforcement agencies globally are outdated. They desperately need a technology makeover. They also desperately need to reduce police shootings and misbehavior, two hot topics which have eroded the public’s trust in police. Axon provides the best-in-class solutions to fix both of those problems.

As such, AAXN stock, which is already up 110% this year, should continue to head higher over the next several years.

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Unstoppable Stocks to Buy No Matter What: Adobe Systems Incorporated (ADBE) ADBE Stock Has the Right Stuff to Keep the Momentum GoingSource: Shutterstock

One of my favorite cloud companies is Adobe Systems Incorporated (NASDAQ:ADBE).

ADBE dominates a niche part of the cloud that is dedicated to creative solutions. A few years back, the company shifted its business model from selling hardware to selling software, and shifted its core Adobe solutions to the cloud. In doing so, Adobe made its solutions subscription-based, so now consumers would have to pay repeatedly for a product that they used to only pay once for.

Naturally, Adobe users were upset. But that didn’t stop them from paying. They paid the subscription fee because there is essentially no other player in this market that is even close to offering solutions on-par with Adobe.

Consequently, Adobe has marched its way to unrivaled dominance in the creative solutions cloud market. This market is only growing, and Adobe is only growing with it. As such, ADBE stock, which is up more than 70% over the past year, will continue to be an out-performer over the next several years.

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Unstoppable Stocks to Buy No Matter What: Amazon.com, Inc. (AMZN) Source: Shutterstock

This list would, of course, be incomplete without including perhaps the biggest secular growth giant of them all, Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN).

The bears pound on the table about valuation regarding AMZN stock. But those bears must have sore hands, because they’ve been pounding on the table about valuation ever since AMZN was a $300 stock five years ago. Now, Amazon is near $1,600, and its current valuation (200-times trailing earnings) is actually cheaper than its valuation 5 years ago (~1000-times trailing earnings).

That is the beauty of the Amazon growth story. Amazon spends a bunch of money to grow market share in very important secular growth markets, like e-commerce and cloud services. The near-term result is super-charged revenue growth on anemic profitability, and that makes the valuation look absurd.

But then Amazon dominates a secular growth market, peels back those investments, and profitability ramps on what has become a massive revenue base. The long-term result, then, is super-charged revenue growth with super-charged profit growth. That makes the valuation look more reasonable.

Thus, as Amazon continues to grow as a company, AMZN stock will continue to grow into its valuation. Until something major knocks this secular growth company off its winning course, this is a stock to own for the next several years.

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25 Unstoppable Stocks to Buy No Matter What: Alibaba Group Holding Ltd (BABA) The Safer Way to Play Alibaba StockSource: Shutterstock

Any discussion about Amazon would incomplete without talking about its China counterpart, Alibaba Group Holding Ltd (NYSE:BABA).

For all intents and purposes, Alibaba is the China Amazon. The company dominates the digital commerce scene in China and most of Southeast Asia. They also operate a rapidly growing cloud business. Alibaba is also making huge pushes into offline retail, grocery, smart home, and artificial intelligence. Essentially, anything that Amazon is doing in the U.S., Alibaba is doing on the other side of the Pacific Ocean.

That makes Alibaba an equally big growth company as Amazon. In fact, Alibaba is actually growing more quickly than Amazon because China’s consumer class is booming right now. This boom should persist, and carry over to other parts of Southeast Asia over the next several years. Therefore, BABA should continue to be a big growth story over the next several years.

Also, Alibaba actually has really high margins considering its big-growth nature (adjusted EBITDA margins in core commerce were 43% last quarter). That means that this big revenue growth story already has big profit growth. That is the type of set-up that leads to a winning stock in a multi-year window.

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25 Unstoppable Stocks to Buy No Matter What: Baidu Inc (BIDU) Baidu Inc stock bidu stockSource: Shutterstock

Another hyper-growth China internet company that should out-perform over the next several years is Baidu Inc (ADR) (NASDAQ:BIDU).

Just like Alibaba is the China Amazon, Baidu is the China Google. And as the China Google, Baidu has become part of the underlying fabric of the internet in China and Southeast Asia. Thus, as internet usage continues to expand in those still developing and urbanizing markets, Baidu will benefit from higher usage and deeper engagement.

Moreover, digital advertising, which is Baidu’s core business, is booming in China. Roughly 5 years ago, less than 20% of total ad dollars in China went to digital channels. Now, nearly 60% of all ad dollars go to digital sites. Plus, the overall ad market is growing at a high single-digit pace, implying huge growth for the digital advertising segment.

Baidu is a key player in that red-hot digital advertising market in China, and as such, should be set-up for long-term success. The company also has tangential growth drivers through cloud and smart home, neither of which are priced into BIDU stock at current levels (the stock trades at just 25-times forward earnings).

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25 Unstoppable Stocks to Buy No Matter What: Walt Disney Co (DIS) Walt Disney Co Stock Is Due for a Magical Run HigherSource: Shutterstock

Most of the stocks on this list have a history of success over the past several years, but not Walt Disney Co (NYSE:DIS). Owning largely to cord-cutting headwinds and persistent pain at the company’s ESPN segment, DIS stock is actually down 5% over the past three years.

The good news is that these headwinds are starting to move into the rear-view mirror. Disney is making an all-out push into the streaming world. Part 1 happened just a few weeks ago with the launch of ESPN+, which is essentially an on-demand, streaming version of ESPN with exclusive content. Part 2 will happen next year, when Disney launches its own Netflix-like service with Disney content.

Because Disney owns the best content in the world (think Stars Wars, Marvel, Pixar, Disney originals, and potentially even assets from Fox), Disney’s streaming service will be met with very high demand. At that point in time, Disney’s cord-cutting pain will take a backseat to what will be red-hot subscriber growth through Disney’s streaming service. DIS stock, which trades at just 14-times forward earnings, could explode higher on a positive sentiment shift.

Moreover, sports gambling is legal now. ESPN will certainly become a big player in what will be a large and growing sports betting market in the U.S. As that market grows, ESPN will find a way to grow with it.

All in all, despite its under-performance over the past several years, DIS stock will be a big winner over the next several years as certain tailwinds gain traction and offset current headwinds.

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25 Unstoppable Stocks to Buy No Matter What: Facebook Inc (FB) fb stock facebookSource: Shutterstock

If you want the long and detailed explanation about why to buy Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB), read here. Otherwise, here’s the short of it.

Facebook shook off what was its worst PR incident in company history with the Cambridge Analytica scandal and proceeded to report arguably its best quarter ever. That is a testament to not only how good management handled the situation, but also how powerful the Facebook machine has become.

This power comes in many forms. Everyone has a Facebook account (essentially 2 out of every 3 people in the world who can have a Facebook account, do have a Facebook account). That number could move closer towards 3 out of 3 considering that Facebook’s user growth remains very strong in geographies with low internet penetration.

Moreover, because of this massive size, Facebook can replicate essentially any internet-based business and successfully operate it at scale (think Instagram Stories and WhatsApp Status, or even think Messenger, which is just a messaging component the company added to Facebook). Also because of its massive size, Facebook’s advertiser demand is sky-high, and that demand will only grow once Messenger and WhatsApp get started on monetization.

Then there is everything else happening at Facebook outside of the core social networking apps. There is Facebook Watch, which could be huge in the streaming space, and Facebook Workplace, which could be huge in the enterprise social networking market. There is also Facebook Marketplace and the build-out of native payments capability, both of which could quickly turn Facebook into an e-commerce marketplace.

All together, there are many, many reasons why FB stock is a must-own for the next several years. Considering the still cheap valuation (less than 25-times forward earnings), FB stock could be a big winner in a multi-year window.

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25 Unstoppable Stocks to Buy No Matter What: Fortinet Inc (FTNT) Source: Dennis van Zuijlekom via Flickr

One of the best markets to gain exposure to over the next several years is cybersecurity. As everything goes online, including both important and valuable data, that data will need to be secured and protected. Thus, demand for cybersecurity solutions will only soar over the next several years.

One of the best investments in this space is Fortinet Inc (NASDAQ:FTNT). Fortinet is a really big, really strong cybersecurity company. Revenue growth over the past five years at Fortinet has run in the 20%-plus range, a sign that demand for the company’s solutions is both strong and stable. Most recently, the company reported 17% revenue growth, yet another sign that demand isn’t slowing by all that much despite increasing scale.

FTNT stock is a bit pricey at nearly 40-times forward earnings. But considering the secular growth prospects of the company and its strong track record of robust revenue growth, a 40-times forward multiple seems reasonable.

Thus, while FTNT stock might run up against some valuation friction in the near-term, this stock is a long-term winner due to its leadership positioning in a secular growth market with increasing necessity.

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25 Unstoppable Stocks to Buy No Matter What: Alphabet Inc (GOOG) google stockSource: Shutterstock

Of all the FANG names, Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) is currently the weakest. Digital advertising revenue growth remains robust, but the shift to mobile is hurting margins because Google search wasn’t designed for mobile, so click-through rates are lower. Moreover, margins are being dragged down even further by Google’s big investments into cloud, smart home, and AI.

The near-term result is that while revenue growth remains robust, profit growth is weak. That has left GOOG stock range-bound in the $1,000 to $1,200 range for the past several months.

Longer-term, though, this stock will head considerably higher.

Revenue growth will never be a problem for this company. Google search is part of the underlying fabric of the internet, so as long as internet usage continues to increase, Google’s ad business will grow at a robust rate. Meanwhile, Google Cloud and smart home are still ramping. Plus, Waymo is getting ready to launch a self-driving car service, and this could be the beginning of Waymo generating billions of dollars in revenues.

Margin growth will also come back into the picture soon. Google’s core ad margins will remain pressured by the mobile shift. But eventually, those big investments into cloud, AI, and self-driving will peel back, and be replaced by super-charged revenue growth. That will lead to margin expansion and super-charged profit growth.

Thus, while GOOG stock is seemingly stuck in neutral right now, this won’t last forever. Eventually, margin compression will end, and GOOG stock will break higher.

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25 Unstoppable Stocks to Buy No Matter What: GrubHub Inc (GRUB) 3 Reasons to Be Cautious About GRUB StockSource: Shutterstock

The at-home economy has arrived.

Whereas we used to go shopping at the mall, we are now more frequently shopping at home through Amazon. Whereas we used to go to the movie theater, we are now more frequently watching movies at home through Netflix.

Along these same lines, whereas we used to go out and eat, we are now more frequently ordering food online and having it delivered to our doorstep through apps like GrubHub Inc (NYSE:GRUB).

Because of this parallel, GRUB is somewhat on the same growth trajectory as NFLX and AMZN. Indeed, revenue growth at GRUB is currently bigger than revenue growth at NFLX and AMZN, and GRUB stock has outperformed both NFLX and AMZN stock over the past year.

GRUB won’t ever get a hundred billion-plus valuation like NFLX and AMZN because it is attacking a much smaller market, and that market has a lot more competition. But the company is in the right space of online food ordering and delivery, and is powered by the right growth drivers as at-home economy adoption only accelerates over the next several years.

As such, GRUB stock should be a big winner over the next 3-5 years.

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25 Unstoppable Stocks to Buy No Matter What: Home Depot Inc (HD) How Home Depot Is Winning With MillennialsSource: Mike Mozart via Flickr (Modified)

Home improvement retailer Home Depot Inc (NYSE:HD) is one of the more stable and secure investments in the market.

The company is often seen as the heartbeat of the U.S. economy. So long as the U.S. economy is healthy, HD will report good numbers and the stock will head higher. Considering that the U.S. economic growth outlook is only improving and that HD continues to report robust numbers, it looks like HD stock will continue to be a winner for at least the next 2-3 years.

Beyond that, of course, HD stock is susceptible to a big pullback if the U.S. economy goes sour. But even back in 2008, the stock’s peak-to-trough decline wasn’t worse than the market’s peak-to-trough decline (both fell about 50%).

Thus, in a worst-case scenario, I see HD stock as market-performer over the next several years. In a best-case (and more likely) scenario, HD stock should be able to continue to deliver out-sized returns to shareholders.

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25 Unstoppable Stocks to Buy No Matter What: iRobot Corporation (IRBT) Why the Rebound in IRBT Stock Will ContinueSource: Shutterstock

The robots are coming, and there isn’t a better way to play this robot revolution on the consumer front than iRobot Corporation (NASDAQ:IRBT).

iRobot is the company behind the ultra-popular Roomba robotic vacuum. Adoption of the Roomba has soared over the past several years as adoption rates of robotic vacuums in the U.S. have gone from zero up to roughly 10%. That is why IRBT’s revenue growth has remained resiliently above 20% despite increasing scale.

But adoption rates are still only at 10%. Because robotic vacuums are simply automation (they take a simple human task and delegate it to a robot), adoption rates of these machines will continue to march higher over the next several years. As such, IRBT should be able to keep growing revenues at a 20%-plus clip.

The only risk here is competition. Competition, though, has been a risk for IRBT for several quarters now, and it has yet to show up in the numbers. Instead, as competition has supposedly increased, IRBT’s revenue growth trajectory has actually improved while gross margins have headed considerably higher.

All in all, IRBT stock will head higher over the next several years as consumer robotics adoption goes mainstream.

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25 Unstoppable Stocks to Buy No Matter What: JD.Com Inc (JD) JD Stock Is Sitting at Make-or-Break SupportSource: Daniel Cukier via Flickr

China e-retail giant JD.Com Inc(ADR) (NASDAQ:JD) has fallen on tough times recently, with the stock dropping nearly 30% off its early 2018 highs.

But the near-term concerns seem unnecessarily short-sighted. Margins are in retreat in the near-term because the company is investing big in order to grow its business. Namely, JD wants to expand its e-retail operations globally, make a big push into offline retail, automate its warehouses, and become a big player in the AI space.

Those are good investments that should yield positive long-term results. Thus, bears freaking out over near-term margin compression as a result of good investments seem to be missing the big picture.

In the big picture, JD is following in the footsteps of Amazon, which is big revenue growth on anemic profits, followed by big revenue growth accompanied by big profit growth. Eventually, JD’s big investment era will end, and margins will ramp higher on a considerably larger revenue base. At that point in time, earnings will roar higher and power a long-term upward trajectory in JD stock.

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25 Unstoppable Stocks to Buy No Matter What: McDonald’s Corporation (MCD) Mcdonald's stockSource: Shutterstock

When it comes to the fast casual food sector, nobody does it better than McDonald’s Corporation (NYSE:MCD).

It seems every other QSR chain, from Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. (NYSE:CMG) to Subway to Taco Bell to all those poke and super-food shops, lives and dies by the trend. When the QSR trend is in their favor, they do well. And when it’s not, they don’t do well.

MCD is exempt from this because its biggest value props (price and convenience) don’t trend. Consumers always want price and convenience. McDonald’s dominates on price and convenience. Therefore, consumers continue to go to McDonald’s in great frequency.

It also helps when MCD is on trend. And recently, the company has gotten on-trend by revamping its menu to include healthier, fresher options that are more in-line with today’s health-conscious consumer.

Overall, due to its unparalleled value prop in price and convenience, MCD will continue to dominate the QSR space, and MCD stock will keep heading higher.

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25 Unstoppable Stocks to Buy No Matter What: Momo Inc (MOMO) The Rally in Momo Stock Has More Runway AheadSource: Shutterstock

What is the internet without online dating?

Momo Inc (ADR) (NASDAQ:MOMO), China’s big online dating platform, would argue that it isn’t much. And they’d be right. Although only 1 in every 10 U.S. adults had used online dating as of 2016, that number was nearly 25% for teenagers in 2015 (and is presumably way higher today). Clearly, the youth are using online dating, and that means that online dating is indeed a big part of the future internet.

That is good news for Momo. The company is behind the dominant online dating platform in China. Therefore, as China internet usage surges and the Chinese internet landscape starts to look and act like the U.S. internet landscape, online dating in China will turn into a big growth industry.

Indeed, this is already happening. Momo reported revenue growth of nearly 60% last quarter.

These big growth prospects, however, are being materially undervalued by the market. MOMO stock trades at just 16-times forward earnings, a multiple which doesn’t match up with its 60% revenue growth.

As such, MOMO stock is a case of big growth converging on a discounted valuation, a pairing which should propel significant share price out-performance over the next several years.

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Long-Term Buy 17: Netflix, Inc. (NFLX) netflix stockSource: Shutterstock

By now, it should be clear that Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ:NFLX) is marching towards world domination of the entertainment industry.

Back in 2011, Netflix split apart its DVD and streaming businesses. Everyone cried wolf, and subscribers quit platform en masse. But a year later, cable television viewership in the U.S. peaked. And seven years later, Netflix has 56 million streaming subscribers in the U.S. and 125 million globally.

Clearly, Netflix is doing something right.

That something right is delivering a whole bunch of quality content to consumers in an on-demand, multiple-screen fashion, and doing so at a very a low price point. In this sense, Netflix’s streaming services enhance the two most important things to consumers, price and convenience.

Because of its enhanced price and convenience value prop, Netflix will continue to grow its subscriber base at a robust rate until a majority of TV households around the world have a Netflix subscription. Moreover, because Netflix so so cheap, the company has a lot of wiggle room to raise prices, thereby boosting revenues and margins.

All in all, Netflix has two huge growth drivers over the next several years through global adoption and price hikes. The combination of those two growth drivers will propel NFLX stock higher in a multi-year window.

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25 Unstoppable Stocks to Buy No Matter What: Nike Inc (NKE) Despite the Markets Seeing Red, NKE Stock Could Rally 20%Source: Shutterstock

Nike Inc (NYSE:NKE) has long reigned as the king of the athletic retail industry.

The company’s dominance has been threatened time and time again over the past several decades, most recently by adidas, but each threat proves to be fleeting. The end result is that Nike continues to remain king of athletic retail.

This will continue over the next several years. Not only does Nike have a robust athlete portfolio in the critical big-growth basketball and soccer markets, but the company is also pivoting towards becoming more of a lifestyle brand with universal appeal, not just a performance brand with athlete appeal. This transition will only expand Nike’s market leadership position, and make the brand more appealing to more consumers.

Granted, NKE stock has had a run-up recently, and is pushing up against some valuation barriers (30-times forward earnings is a pretty big multiple for this stock). But near-term valuation friction aside, NKE stock should out-perform in a multi-year window due to its unparalleled leadership position in a big-growth and big-demand athletic retail market.

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25 Unstoppable Stocks to Buy No Matter What: Nvidia Corporation (NVDA) NVIDIA Stock (NVDA) Won't Stay Down Long After Shocking AnalystsSource: Shutterstock

The company with perhaps the broadest exposure to multiple nascent secular growth markets over the next several years is Nvidia Corporation (NASDAQ:NVDA).

NVIDIA makes the chips which power tomorrow’s world. These chips are used in everything from artificial intelligence to cloud data-centers to automation to high-end gaming to high-performance computing. Because of this, NVDA has exposure to multiple markets that have big growth potential over the next 5-10 years. That gives NVDA stock a big and diverse multi-year growth trajectory.

NVDA stock does, however, trade as if that is the case. The stock features a greater than 30-times forward earnings multiple, which is pretty big. But in the context of the company’s exposure to multiple high-growth markets, that 30-times forward multiple doesn’t seem so big.

All in all, over the next several years, NVDA stock will continue to be a winner as investment into AI, data-centers, and automation accelerates.

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25 Unstoppable Stocks to Buy No Matter What: Palo Alto Networks (PANW)

One of my favorite sayings in the market these days is, “Another day, another hack, another reason to buy a cybersecurity stock” .

But that saying could just as easily read, “Another day, another hack, another reason to buy Palo Alto Networks Inc (NYSE:PANW)”.

In other words, Palo Alto Networks is so big and so good at what they do that the company may as well be a substitute for the entire cybersecurity space. The company not only dominates the cybersecurity space, but that dominance comes with a consistent track record of 20%-plus revenue growth and healthy operating margin expansion.

This growth will continue. PANW’s customer base continues to grow at an absurd rate, while revenue growth continues to run at a 20%-plus rate. Sustained sizable growth in both user base and revenues illustrates that PANW is fully reaping the secular tailwinds pushing forth cybersecurity solution adoption globally.

Over the next several years, this strong growth will lead to PANW stock heading materially higher.

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25 Unstoppable Stocks to Buy No Matter What: Proofpoint Inc (PFPT)

Cybersecurity company Proofpoint Inc (NASDAQ:PFPT) isn’t as big as the other cybersecurity giants on this list. But what Proofpoint lacks in size, it makes up for in growth.

Proofpoint isn’t like the Palo Alto Networks of today. It isn’t big, nor does it operate at 20% operating margins, nor is it the poster-child for the entire cybersecurity space.But Proofpoint is like the Palo Alto Networks of yesterday. The smaller version that was growing at 50% per year and expanding margins from 7% to 20%.

Last quarter, Proofpoint reported revenue growth of 40%. That is a big number. It is also bigger than the revenue growth the company reported the quarter before that (36%).This year, Proofpoint expects revenues to grow by 37%. That is the same growth rate as last year. It is also the same growth rate the company has maintained for the past five years.

In other words, this massive 30-40% revenue growth story isn’t slowing down at all. Meanwhile, operating margins are also ramping higher, and are expected to reach 14% by 2020.

In totality, PFPT has PANW written all over it. PANW stock has gone from $40 to $200 over the past 5 years. A similar rally could be in store for PFPT stock over the next 5 years.

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25 Unstoppable Stocks to Buy No Matter What: Shopify Inc (SHOP) 3 Reasons Shopify Stock Can Rally Almost 20% to $170Source: Shopify via Flickr

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Few stocks in the market are supported by as powerful of a growth narrative as e-commerce solutions provider Shopify Inc (NYSE:SHOP).

The whole world is moving towards decentralization. Technology companies are taking power from the few, giving it to the many, and creating systems that optimally pair supply with demand. And its working.

Uber did this in the transportation industry. Airbnb did this in the accommodations space. YouTube has done in this in the entertainment world, while Netflix has done this in the content production realm. Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat… all of those have done that in the information world.

Now, Shopify is decentralizing the digital commerce space. The company provides digital commerce tools which allow anyone to sell anything online. In the same way that Uber said anyone can drive and make money and that Airbnb said that anyone can rent out living space and make money, Shopify is saying that anyone can run a e-commerce shop and make money.

This is the future of e-commerce. And Shopify is spearheading it. As such, SHOP stock should be a big winner over the next several years.

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Long-Term Buy 23: Tencent Holding (TCEHY) Insider Selling Concerns Just Created a Buying Opportunity in TCEHY StockSource: Shutterstock

The China internet growth narrative it still in its infancy relative to the U.S. internet growth narrative. Quite simply, U.S. internet adoption rates are right around 90%, while China internet adoption rates are still below 40%.

That means there is still a ton of growth left until China’s internet landscape is fully saturated like the U.S. internet landscape.

With that in mind, why wouldn’t you want to invest in China’s Facebook? TENCENT HOLDING/ADR (OTCMKTS:TCEHY), often labeled as China’s Facebook due to its billion user WeChat/Weixin app, is a hyper-growth company with broad exposure to China’s booming internet landscape.

That wast most evident in the company’s recent quarterly results, wherein revenues increased by 48% year-over-year, operating profits increased by 59% year-over-year, and net profits increased by 65% year-over-year.

Because of the still low internet penetration rates in China, this big growth supporting TCEHY is here to stay. Consequently, TCEHY stock will remain a big winner over the next several years.

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Long-Term Buy 24: Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc (TTWO) 'Fortnite' Isn't a Threat to TTWO StockSource: Shutterstock

The video game is red-hot right now for two reasons.

First, video game publishers are figuring out how to optimally squeeze more money out of each video game buyer. Before, video game publishers used to make money on the physical video game sale. Now, video game publishers are making money on the physical video game sale, as well as through embedded micro-transactions. Thus, average revenue per each video game player is actually increasing by a lot right now.

Second, the video game industry is being injected with some cool next-gen technology. The most obvious example of this is the Nintendo Switch, which caused an unprecedented rise in video game demand last year.

Both of these tailwinds will persist. Micro-transactions will only grow in popularity over the next several years, while next-gen technology like VR/AR have yet to fully hit the video game world. Plus, the whole eSports category provides a strong tailwind. Because of this, video game stocks remain top investments over the next several years.

In this world, my top pick is Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc (NASDAQ:TTWO). The company has an exceptionally robust product portfolio that includes games like Grand Theft Auto which have enduring demand. TTWO is also the king of micro-transactions, and makes a bunch of its money through in-game purchases.

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Long-Term Buy 25: Weibo Corp (WB) Digital Ad Growth Should Push WB Stock to $200Source: Shutterstock

A lot of people call Weibo Corp (ADR) (NASDAQ:WB) the Chinese Twitter Inc (NYSE:TWTR), but Weibo would probably be offended by the comparison. After all, Weibo has nearly 25% more users than Twitter.

But Twitter has a bigger market cap.

That doesn’t make much sense. Twitter’s larger market cap is simply a result of bigger revenues. But those bigger revenues are the result of higher ARPU, which is the result of the U.S. digital ad market being bigger and more complete than the China digital ad market.

Eventually, China’s digital ad market will be significantly bigger and just as complete as the U.S. digital ad market. At that point in time, Weibo’s ARPU should be on-par with, if not greater than, Twitter’s ARPU. Considering Weibo’s user base is 25% larger, that should translate to at least 25% higher revenues and a 25% bigger valuation.

Because of this, WB stock should remain a big winner over the next several years.

As of this writing, Luke Lango was long AAPL, ADBE, AMZN, BABA, BIDU, DIS, FB, GOOG, HD, IRBT, JD, MCD, MOMO, PANW, S

How Netflix, Inc. Uses Big Data to Grow Sales and Shareholder Value

Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ:NFLX) stock has doubled in the last 12 months, climbing steadily from $160 per share to $328.19 per share as of Wednesday’s close. In recent years, the company has been spending more and more money on content development — a reality that’s left NFLX with over $15 million in liabilities in 2017 compared to a third of that total in 2014.

That trend is expected to continue. Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos recently said that 85 percent of the company’s spending is going to new shows and movies. But, with Netflix, the new movie process is a bit different than you might imagine. Let’s take a closer look at how Netflix uses Big Data.

How Netflix Uses Big Data to Make Movies

The most obvious Big Data application by Netflix, which has over 100 million subscribers, is its recommendation engine. Just as Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) uses consumer data to suggest new purchases, Netflix uses data to decide what programs might be of interest to you based on what you’ve viewed previously. According to InsideBigData, the company estimates that its algorithms save $1 billion a year in the form of customer retention.

But Big Data is also used before the company makes a big-time bet on its next show. As the aforementioned liabilities suggest, making original content is anything but cheap. But it’s become a core part of the Netflix strategy, so the company needs to do it in a smart way. Netflix needs to understand the risk or probable success rate of each piece of content it invests in.

As the Kissmetrics blog points out, traditional TV networks don’t have the same depth of data. They have rough estimates of the numbers of viewers, but far less detail on their behaviors. Netflix, on the other hand, knows when people watch content, when they pause or rewind it, what ratings they give that content, what they search for, and so on. It’s a little bit of Google (NASDAQ:GOOG, NASDAQ:GOOGL), a little bit of Amazon, and a little bit of Disney (NYSE:DIS). Not a bad combo, right?

So, when Netflix spent $100 million on House of Cards (yes, you read that right), it wasn’t some spontaneous gamble. As Steve Swasey, the company’s vice president of corporate communications, told Gigaom, Netflix had a high degree of confidence in the show because it had Big Data on its side.

“We can look at consumer data and see what the appeal is for the director, for the stars and for similar dramas,” he said.

Then, as we already mentioned, it can use that data to also market the show it spent so much cash on.

The Effect of Big Data on Netflix Stock

That’s the good news. The bad news, perhaps, is that investors seem pretty tuned into the fact that Netflix knows what it’s doing, even if they can’t explain Big Data for the life of them. The 63% sales growth on tap for the next five years might do enough of the talking.

In turn, the stock is currently sporting a trailing 12-month price-to-earnings ration of 260.

It’s up to you to decide if the data is big enough for that big of a pricetag.

As of this writing, Rob Martin did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities.

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Best Tech Stocks To Watch For 2019: Monotype Imaging Holdings Inc.(TYPE)

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  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Monotype Imaging (NASDAQ:TYPE) was downgraded by stock analysts at BidaskClub from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a note issued to investors on Saturday.

Best Tech Stocks To Watch For 2019: Biogen Idec Inc(BIIB)

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  • [By Garrett Baldwin]

    Markets are keeping a close eye on the 10-year bond, which is hovering near 3% – an important psychological level that is likely to influence future price movements. On Monday, Fox Business Network’s “Varney & Co.” asked Money Morning Chief Investment Strategist Keith Fitz-Gerald if investors should be worried. Here’s what Keith had to say about the 10-year Treasury yield… and how it will affect your stocks and bonds in the future.
    The price of Brent crude oil topped $75.00 and hit its highest level since November 2014. Oil traders were eyeing the ongoing efforts of OPEC and Russia to reduce excessive production around the globe, rising demand ahead of peak driving season, and the possibility that the Trump administration will slap Iran with a new round of sanctions.
    Three Stocks to Watch Today: KO, GOOGL, SLM
    Shares of The Coca-Cola Co.(NYSE: KO) added 1.2% after the firm easily beat earnings and revenue expectations. The firm cited strong demand for its new flavors of Diet Coke and its Coke Zero Sugar. Demand was so strong for the quarter that the firm reported organic sales growth of 5%. The company reported earnings per share of $0.47, topping estimates by a penny. Revenue of $7.6 billion easily beat Wall Street estimates.
    Shares of Alphabet Inc. (Nasdaq: GOOGL) seesawed in pre-market hours. The online search giant topped Wall Street earnings and revenue expectations after the bell Monday. However, shares were off 0.5% after executives announced that its business costs were on the rise. The firm’s real estate and computer purchases tripled in one year, to $7.3 billion. About one-third of that total came from its $2.4 billion purchase of the Chelsea Market building in New York City.
    Good news for SLM Corp.(NYSE: SLM) investors, but bad news for indebted college students and graduates. The firm – also known as Sallie Mae – topped Wall Street earnings expectations on Monday. The firm said that it increased its loan o

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The S&P 500 stock posting the largest daily percentage loss ahead of the close Monday was Biogen Inc. (NASDAQ: BIIB) which traded down nearly 4% at $329.58. The stocks 52-week range is $244.28 to $348.84. Volume was 1.2 million matching the daily average of 1.2 million shares.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Biogen (NASDAQ:BIIB) last released its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, April 24th. The biotechnology company reported $6.05 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $5.93 by $0.12. The firm had revenue of $3.13 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $3.15 billion. Biogen had a net margin of 23.54% and a return on equity of 37.64%. Biogen’s quarterly revenue was up 11.4% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter in the prior year, the business earned $5.20 earnings per share. research analysts anticipate that Biogen will post 23.94 earnings per share for the current year.

  • [By Lisa Levin] Companies Reporting Before The Bell
    United Technologies Corporation (NYSE: UTX) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $1.51 per share on revenue of $14.62 billion.
    The Coca-Cola Company (NYSE: KO) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.46 per share on revenue of $7.31 billion.
    Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE: CAT) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $2.07 per share on revenue of $11.93 billion.
    Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $1.11 per share on revenue of $31.22 billion.
    Lockheed Martin Corporation (NYSE: LMT) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $3.42 per share on revenue of $11.28 billion.
    The Sherwin-Williams Company (NYSE: SHW) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $3.15 per share on revenue of $3.94 billion.
    Biogen Inc. (NASDAQ: BIIB) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $5.92 per share on revenue of $3.15 billion.
    3M Company (NYSE: MMM) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $2.52 per share on revenue of $8.26 billion.
    JetBlue Airways Corporation (NASDAQ: JBLU) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.2 per share on revenue of $1.75 billion.
    Eli Lilly and Company (NYSE: LLY) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $1.13 per share on revenue of $5.49 billion.
    Harley-Davidson, Inc. (NYSE: HOG) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $0.88 per share on revenue of $1.25 billion.
    Corning Incorporated (NYSE: GLW) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.3 per share on revenue of $2.50 billion.
    Centene Corporation (NYSE: CNC) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $1.88 per share on revenue of $13.28 billion.
    The Travelers Companies, Inc. (NYSE: TRV) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $2.77 per share on revenue of $6.75 billion.
    Wipro Limited (NYSE: WIT) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.07 per share on revenue of $2.16 billion.
    PACCAR Inc (NASDAQ: PCAR) is projected to

Best Tech Stocks To Watch For 2019: General Employment Enterprises, Inc.(JOB)

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  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Check-Cap Ltd. (NASDAQ: CHEK) shares rose 78.82 percent to close at $7.26 on Monday.
    GEE Group, Inc. (NYSE: JOB) shares jumped 18 percent to close at $2.36.
    McDermott International, Inc. (NYSE: MDR) climbed 15.7 percent to close at $7.00 after the UK-based offshore oil service company Subsea 7 made an unsolicited bid to buy McDermott for $7 per share. However, the acquisition offer is contingent on McDermot terminating its pending merger with Chicago Bridge & Iron Company.
    Foresight Autonomous Holdings Ltd (NASDAQ: FRSX) gained 17.21 percent to close at $3.61.
    Stars Group Inc. (NASDAQ: TSG) rose 14.16 percent to close at $33.45. Stars Group Inc (NASDAQ: TSG) announced plans to acquire Sky Betting & Gaming for $4.7 billion.
    China Internet Nationwide Financial Services Inc. (NASDAQ: CIFS) shares jumped 12.79 percent to close at $25.58.
    Nautilus, Inc. (NYSE: NLS) shares gained 11.52 percent to close at $15.00. Nautilus is expected to release Q1 results on May 7, 2018. Craig-Hallum initiated coverage on Nautilus with a Buy rating and a $19.00 price target.
    Box, Inc. (NYSE: BOX) rose 10.94 percent to close at $22.91.
    Insmed Incorporated (NASDAQ: INSM) shares rose 10.76 percent to close at $26.05. Credit Suisse upgraded Insmed from Neutral to Outperform.
    NextDecade Corporation (NASDAQ: NEXT) shares rose 10.02 percent to close at $6.48.
    Helios and Matheson Analytics Inc. (NASDAQ: HMNY) shares gained 8.37 percent to close at $2.46 on Monday after falling 10.98 percent on Friday.
    Cambium Learning Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: ABCD) shares gained 7.81 percent to close at $11.11.
    Vectren Corporation (NYSE: VVC) shares rose 7.26 percent to close at $70.31. CenterPoint Energy, Inc. (NYSE: CNP) announced plans to acquire Vectren for $72 per share in cash.
    Tennant Company (NYSE: TNC) rose 6.66 percent to close at $74.45 after the company posted upbeat Q1 results and raised its FY18 earnings outlook.
    Hanesbrands Inc.
  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Valeritas Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: VLRX) shares jumped 17 percent to $3.65.
    Cambium Learning Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: ABCD) shares rose 13.5 percent to $11.70.
    McDermott International, Inc. (NYSE: MDR) gained 11.6 percent to $6.75 after the UK-based offshore oil service company Subsea 7 made an unsolicited bid to buy McDermott for $7 per share. However, the acquisition offer is contingent on McDermot terminating its pending merger with Chicago Bridge & Iron Company.
    Nautilus, Inc. (NYSE: NLS) shares jumped 11.2 percent to $14.95. Nautilus is expected to release Q1 results on May 7, 2018. Craig-Hallum initiated coverage on Nautilus with a Buy rating and a $19.00 price target.
    GEE Group, Inc. (NYSE: JOB) shares gained 11 percent to $2.2199.
    Check-Cap Ltd. (NASDAQ: CHEK) surged 10.8 percent to $4.50.
    Foresight Autonomous Holdings Ltd (NASDAQ: FRSX) rose 10.1 percent to $3.39.
    Stars Group Inc. (NASDAQ: TSG) climbed 9.6 percent to $32.10. Stars Group Inc (NASDAQ: TSG) announced plans to acquire Sky Betting & Gaming for $4.7 billion.
    Insmed Incorporated (NASDAQ: INSM) shares jumped 9.1 percent to $25.66. Credit Suisse upgraded Insmed from Neutral to Outperform.
    Tennant Company (NYSE: TNC) rose 8.4 percent to $75.65 after the company posted upbeat Q1 results and raised its FY18 earnings outlook.
    Command Security Corporation (NYSE: MOC) shares gained 6.4 percent to $3.0960 after the company disclosed a $23 million five-year contract with LaGuardia Gateway Partners for LaGuardia Airport New Central Terminal Building.
    Helios and Matheson Analytics Inc. (NASDAQ: HMNY) rose 6.2 percent to $2.41 after falling 10.98 percent on Friday.
    Vectren Corporation (NYSE: VVC) shares rose 5.7 percent to $69.31. CenterPoint Energy, Inc. (NYSE: CNP) announced plans to acquire Vectren for $72 per share in cash.
    Hanesbrands Inc. (NYSE: HBI) gained 4.9 percent to $18.035. Stifel Nicolaus upgraded Hanesbrands from Hold to Buy.
    M
  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Blink Charging Co. (NASDAQ: BLNK) shares jumped 26.5 percent to $6.9042. Blink Charging reported Q1 net income of $2.2 million, versus a year-ago net loss of $3.1 million.
    Eleven Biotherapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: EBIO) shares climbed 17.4 percent to $3.11. Eleven Biotherapeutics posted a Q1 loss of $0.11 per share.
    Flanigan's Enterprises, Inc. (NYSE: BDL) shares jumped 17 percent to $27.97 following Q2 results. Flanigan's Enterprises posted Q2 earnings of $0.75 per share on sales of $29.456 million.
    Borqs Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: BRQS) rose 15.8 percent to $8.05 after reporting Q1 results.
    Abaxis, Inc. (NASDAQ: ABAX) jumped 15.3 percent to $82.75. Zoetis Inc. (NYSE: ZTS) announced plans to acquire Abaxis for $83 per share in cash.
    21Vianet Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: VNET) gained 15.1 percent to $6.33.
    Gemphire Therapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ: GEMP) rose 13.8 percent to $6.27.
    Enphase Energy, Inc. (NASDAQ: ENPH) gained 12.8 percent to $5.98. H.C. Wainwright initiated coverage on Enphase Energy with a Buy rating.
    PetIQ Inc (NASDAQ: PETQ) shares surged 12.1 percent to $21.68 after reporting a first-quarter sales beat.
    NF Energy Saving Corporation (NASDAQ: NFEC) climbed 11.6 percent to $2.399.
    Allied Healthcare Products, Inc. (NASDAQ: AHPI) surged 11.4 percent to $3.0643.
    Boot Barn Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: BOOT) gained 11.1 percent to $24.40 after the company reported upbeat results for its fourth quarter and issued strong first-quarter earnings guidance.
    Ascena Retail Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: ASNA) rose 10.9 percent to $3.16.
    Sea Limited (NYSE: SE) gained 10.1 percent to $11.71 after reporting Q1 results.
    GEE Group, Inc. (NYSE: JOB) climbed 7.9 percent to $2.61 following Q2 results.
    The ONE Group Hospitality, Inc. (NASDAQ: STKS) gained 7.6 percent to $2.41 after reporting Q1 results.
    Biolinerx Ltd/S ADR (NASDAQ: BLRX) rose 7.3 percent to $0.8798 after the company was granted a patent approval. The clinical-st

Best Tech Stocks To Watch For 2019: Google Inc.(GOOG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Adam Levy]

    Google may dominate digital advertising, but there’s still a $70 billion market for television ads in the United States that the Alphabet (NASDAQ:GOOG) (NASDAQ:GOOGL) subsidiary has been pretty much locked out of.

  • [By Javier Hasse]

    Censorship of cannabis-focused channels continues in Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ: GOOG)’s YouTube. Over the past few months, the video streaming platform has been closing many of these accounts with little or no explanation.

  • [By Adam Levy]

    Investors got a big shock when Alphabet (NASDAQ:GOOG) (NASDAQ:GOOGL) reported its first-quarter earnings. The Google parent company is spending a lot more than expected.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

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  • [By Steve Symington]

    Google parent Alphabet (NASDAQ:GOOG)(NASDAQ:GOOGL) is set to release first-quarter 2018 results on Monday after the market close. With shares of the internet search behemoth down around 8% since it last reported in early February, now’s a great time to take a closer look at what we should expect.

  • [By Nicholas Rossolillo]

    Alphabet’s (NASDAQ:GOOG) (NASDAQ:GOOGL) autonomous car division, Waymo, recently signed a contract to add Jaguar’s first all-electric car to its fleet of self-driving vehicles. For the Google parent company, the deal will be a blip on its pathto driving automation, albeit an exciting one. For shareholders of Jaguar parent Tata Motors (NYSE:TTM), it’s an early sign the new vehicle will be a winner for the automaker.

Best Tech Stocks To Watch For 2019: Mitek Systems, Inc.(MITK)

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    Cramer was bearish on Geron (GERN) , Mitek Systems (MITK) , AK Steel Holding (AKS) , Sage Therapeutics (SAGE) and AbbVie (ABBV) .

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    Mitek Systems (MITK) : “This one is too speculative for me. I’d buy NVIDIA (NVDA) .”

    AK Steel Holding (AKS) : “They’re not the lo- cost producer. That’s Nucor (NUE) and that’s the way you want to go.”

  • [By Brian Feroldi, Leo Sun, and Demitrios Kalogeropoulos]

    So, which stocks are potential hidden winners that can be safely purchased today? We asked a team of investors to weigh in, and they pickedSogou (NYSE:SOGO), TJX Companies (NYSE:TJX), and Mitek Systems (NASDAQ:MITK).

  • [By Max Byerly]

    ValuEngine downgraded shares of Mitek Systems (NASDAQ:MITK) from a buy rating to a hold rating in a report published on Friday.

    A number of other research analysts have also recently issued reports on MITK. BidaskClub upgraded Mitek Systems from a sell rating to a hold rating in a research report on Thursday, May 3rd. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Mitek Systems from a sell rating to a hold rating in a research report on Thursday, March 29th. Finally, National Securities assumed coverage on Mitek Systems in a research report on Friday, March 9th. They issued a buy rating and a $14.00 target price on the stock. Three investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and four have issued a buy rating to the company. The stock has an average rating of Buy and an average target price of $12.00.

Best Tech Stocks To Watch For 2019: Intuit Inc.(INTU)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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    This has major financial institutions issuing warnings ahead of one of the biggest technological shifts in the history of the world.

    The Top Cryptocurrency Stories for Wednesday
    Yesterday, one of Bitcoin’s biggest proponents once again released an extremely bullish outlook on the cryptocurrency. Billionaire investor Tim Draper said Tuesday that “Bitcoin is bigger than the Internet,” and he also said its influence will be even bigger than the Industrial Revolution, the Renaissance, and the Iron Age. The statement comes after he released a recent price target of $250,000 by 2022. Not everyone is buying into Bitcoin’s post-tax season rally. Bill Harris, the former CEO of PayPal Holdings Inc. (Nasdaq: PYPL) and Intuit Inc. (Nasdaq: INTU), sounded off Tuesday in an op-ed piece titled “Bitcoin Is the Greatest Scam in History.” Harris called the cryptocurrency a “colossal pump-and-dump scheme” that has no precedent on the world stage. Bitcoin proponents immediately took to social media and online blogs to refute Harris’ arguments. Forbes contributor Kyle Torpey vented that Harris’ focus was misguided and took special issue with his claim that “Bitcoin has no value.” The crypto world has identified JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM) CEO Jamie Dimon as public enemy No. 1. Computer security pioneer and cryptocurrency guruJohn McAfeecalled out Dimon for attempting – and failing – to “end crypto.” McAfee lobbed a slew of accusations at the big banker via Twitter Inc. (NYSE: TWTR). Finally, it wouldn’t be another day in the cryptocurrency markets without another unprovoked threat to Bitcoin. The latest comes from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). In a recent issue of the MIT Technology Review, writers presented three scenarios that could “destroy Bitcoin.” The scenarios include a “government takeover” of the cryptocurrency, the “tokenization of everything” that involves a massive influx of tokens and makes Bitcoin less valuable, and a mas

  • [By Wayne Duggan]

    With bitcoin prices now at their highest levels since March at above $9,200, former Intuit Inc. (NASDAQ: INTU) and Paypal Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: PYPL) CEO Bill Harris wrote an op-ed piece for Recode in which he called bitcoin “the greatest scam in history.” Harris said cryptocurrencies are massive pump-and-dump schemes and fraud artists are taking advantage of cryptocurrency investors naivety and greed. He added that bitcoin has no intrinsic value, isn't an effective store of value and isn't accepted by the vast majority of businesses, making it virtually useless as a means of payment.

  • [By Brian Stoffel]

    However, my stock pick in the high-switching-costs category is not a bank, though it’s involved in financial services. I believeIntuit(NASDAQ:INTU) offers particularly “sticky” services. If the name doesn’t ring a bell, perhaps its two biggest products do: TurboTax and QuickBooks.

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Top 10 Safest Stocks To Own Right Now: Brunswick Corporation(BC)

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  • [By Stephan Byrd]

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Top 10 Safest Stocks To Own Right Now: Bel Fuse Inc.(BELFB)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    ValuEngine cut shares of Bel Fuse (NASDAQ:BELFB) from a buy rating to a hold rating in a research note published on Wednesday.

    Separately, BidaskClub lowered shares of Bel Fuse from a sell rating to a strong sell rating in a research note on Saturday, January 6th.

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Own Right Now: ATRION Corporation(ATRI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    ATRION (NASDAQ: ATRI) and Obalon Therapeutics (NASDAQ:OBLN) are both small-cap medical companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, profitability, valuation, earnings, risk and dividends.

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Own Right Now: Freeport-McMoran, Inc.(FCX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The S&P 500 stock posting the largest daily percentage loss ahead of the close Friday was Freeport McMoran Inc. (NYSE: FCX) which traded down over 7% at $17.97. The stocks 52-week range is $11.05 to $20.25. Volume was over 24 million compared to the daily average volume of 18 million.

  • [By Lisa Levin] Companies Reporting Before The Bell
    United Technologies Corporation (NYSE: UTX) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $1.51 per share on revenue of $14.62 billion.
    The Coca-Cola Company (NYSE: KO) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.46 per share on revenue of $7.31 billion.
    Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE: CAT) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $2.07 per share on revenue of $11.93 billion.
    Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $1.11 per share on revenue of $31.22 billion.
    Lockheed Martin Corporation (NYSE: LMT) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $3.42 per share on revenue of $11.28 billion.
    The Sherwin-Williams Company (NYSE: SHW) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $3.15 per share on revenue of $3.94 billion.
    Biogen Inc. (NASDAQ: BIIB) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $5.92 per share on revenue of $3.15 billion.
    3M Company (NYSE: MMM) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $2.52 per share on revenue of $8.26 billion.
    JetBlue Airways Corporation (NASDAQ: JBLU) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.2 per share on revenue of $1.75 billion.
    Eli Lilly and Company (NYSE: LLY) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $1.13 per share on revenue of $5.49 billion.
    Harley-Davidson, Inc. (NYSE: HOG) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $0.88 per share on revenue of $1.25 billion.
    Corning Incorporated (NYSE: GLW) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.3 per share on revenue of $2.50 billion.
    Centene Corporation (NYSE: CNC) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $1.88 per share on revenue of $13.28 billion.
    The Travelers Companies, Inc. (NYSE: TRV) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $2.77 per share on revenue of $6.75 billion.
    Wipro Limited (NYSE: WIT) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.07 per share on revenue of $2.16 billion.
    PACCAR Inc (NASDAQ: PCAR) is projected to
  • [By Neha Chamaria]

    April was a roller-coaster ride for investors in Freeport-McMoRan Inc.(NYSE:FCX). The copper and gold miner kicked off the month on a strong note, only to give up all of its gains and more in the fourth week of April. By the end of April, Freeport-McMoRan stock registered its worst month so far this year, ending 13.4% lower according to data provided byS&P Global Market Intelligence.

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Own Right Now: Whiting Petroleum Corporation(WLL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.GURUFOCUS.COM]

    For the details of DFT Energy LP’s stock buys and sells, go to http://www.gurufocus.com/StockBuy.php?GuruName=DFT+Energy+LP

    These are the top 5 holdings of DFT Energy LPWhiting Petroleum Corp (WLL) – 400,000 shares, 18.19% of the total portfolio. Shares added by 2.56%Hess Corp (HES) – 170,000 shares, 11.57% of the total portfolio. Shares added by 30.77%Noble Energy Inc (NBL) – 200,000 shares, 8.15% of the total portfolio. Southwestern Energy Co (SWN) – 1,360,000 shares, 7.92% of the total portfolio. Shares added by 4.62%Anadarko Petroleum Corp (APC)

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Sheaff Brock Investment Advisors LLC purchased a new position in Whiting Petroleum Co. (NYSE:WLL) in the first quarter, according to the company in its most recent disclosure with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The firm purchased 14,439 shares of the oil and gas exploration company’s stock, valued at approximately $489,000.

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Own Right Now: Premier, Inc.(PINC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

     

    Companies Reporting After The Bell
    Hertz Global Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: HTZ) is projected to post quarterly loss at $1.31 per share on revenue of $1.97 billion.
    International Flavors & Fragrances Inc. (NYSE: IFF) is estimated to post quarterly earnings at $1.59 per share on revenue of $909.36 million.
    Zillow Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: ZG) is expected to post quarterly earnings at $0.06 per share on revenue of $294.79 million.
    General Cable Corporation (NYSE: BGC) is estimated to post quarterly earnings at $0.15 per share on revenue of $980.61 million.
    Central Garden & Pet Company (NASDAQ: CENT) is expected to post quarterly earnings at $0.84 per share on revenue of $598.45 million.
    Cabot Corporation (NYSE: CBT) is estimated to post quarterly earnings at $1 per share on revenue of $746.42 million.
    Fabrinet (NYSE: FN) is expected to post quarterly earnings at $0.71 per share on revenue of $319.71 million.
    National General Holdings Corp. (NASDAQ: NGHC) is projected to post quarterly earnings at $0.55 per share on revenue of $1.08 billion.
    The Navigators Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: NAVG) is estimated to post quarterly earnings at $0.75 per share on revenue of $320.92 million.
    Diplomat Pharmacy, Inc. (NYSE: DPLO) is expected to post quarterly earnings at $0.22 per share on revenue of $1.29 billion.
    Trex Company, Inc. (NYSE: TREX) is projected to post quarterly earnings at $1.19 per share on revenue of $172.22 million.
    AMC Entertainment Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: AMC) is expected to post quarterly earnings at $0.09 per share on revenue of $1.35 billion.
    Envision Healthcare Corporation (NYSE: EVHC) is projected to post quarterly earnings at $0.64 per share on revenue of $2.02 billion.
    Regal Beloit Corporation (NYSE: RBC) is estimated to post quarterly earnings at $1.23 per share on revenue of $869.64 million.
    Amedisys, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMED) is projected to post quarterly earnings at $0.67 per share on revenue of $39

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

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Top 10 Safest Stocks To Own Right Now: Estee Lauder Companies, Inc. (EL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Motley Fool Staff]

    On The Motley Fool’s Industry Focus: Consumer Goodspodcast, we continue our 2018 theme of covering tickers that don’t get the attention they deserve. In the following excerpt from a recent episode, we introduce prestige beauty house Estee Lauder(NYSE:EL), whose shares are up over 80% in the last 12 months. Click below to get acquainted with this intriguing play on the multibillion-dollar beauty industry.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Est茅e Lauder Companies (NYSE:EL) had its price objective cut by Credit Suisse Group from $162.00 to $156.00 in a report issued on Thursday morning. They currently have an outperform rating on the stock.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Est茅e Lauder Companies (NYSE:EL) – Investment analysts at Piper Jaffray lifted their FY2018 earnings estimates for shares of Est茅e Lauder Companies in a research report issued on Wednesday, May 2nd. Piper Jaffray analyst E. Murphy now forecasts that the company will post earnings per share of $4.43 for the year, up from their previous forecast of $4.38. Piper Jaffray has a “Buy” rating and a $152.00 price target on the stock. Piper Jaffray also issued estimates for Est茅e Lauder Companies’ Q4 2018 earnings at $0.52 EPS, Q3 2019 earnings at $1.35 EPS, Q4 2019 earnings at $0.53 EPS, Q1 2020 earnings at $1.46 EPS, Q2 2020 earnings at $1.96 EPS, Q3 2020 earnings at $1.52 EPS and FY2020 earnings at $5.58 EPS.

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    “I was mulling over just this concept,” Cramer continues, “until we got quarterly earnings last week from Est茅e Lauder Cos. (EL)  . The company’s results seemed like a throwback to the good old days, where you got genuine growth through innovation, share take and emerging markets.”

  • [By Motley Fool Staff]

    The cast reaches for the mailbag in this segment fromIndustry Focus: Consumer Goods. Listener Joseph wants to know whyEst茅e Lauder (NYSE:EL)andUlta Beauty (NASDAQ:ULTA), both leading names in the skincare and cosmetics industry, have seen their stocks move in opposite directions over the past year.

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Own Right Now: SM Energy Company(SM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

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Top 10 Safest Stocks To Own Right Now: HP Inc.(HPQ)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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    In the Lightning Round, Cramer was bullish on FMC Corp (FMC) , Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust  (PEI) , Cisco Systems (CSCO) , HP (HPQ) , BB&T Bank (BBT) and HCA Holdings (HCA) .

  • [By Chris Lange]

    HP Inc. (NYSE: HPQ) and Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co. (NYSE: HPE) reported their most recent quarterly results after the markets closed on Thursday. Each report was fairly positive, and these split companies both appear to be on the right track.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    And HP Inc. (NYSE: HPQ) will share its latest quarterly results on Thursday as well. The consensus estimates are $0.42 in EPS and $13.48 billion in revenue. Shares closed trading at $21.40 on Friday, in a 52-week range of $15.72 to $24.10. The consensus price target is $24.53.

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Own Right Now: Google Inc.(GOOG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Evan Niu, CFA]

    Alphabet (NASDAQ:GOOG) (NASDAQ:GOOGL) reported fiscal first-quarter earnings last night, which also included its first official disclosure of how much revenue Nest was generating. The smart-home subsidiary, which is now part of Google again after being shuffled out of Alphabet’s “Other Bets” segment, brought in $726 million in revenue last year. That translated into an operating loss of $621 million for 2017.

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    For the details of STEGINSKY CAPITAL LLC’s stock buys and sells, go to http://www.gurufocus.com/StockBuy.php?GuruName=STEGINSKY+CAPITAL+LLC

    These are the top 5 holdings of STEGINSKY CAPITAL LLCCostco Wholesale Corp (COST) – 120,270 shares, 20.4% of the total portfolio. Shares reduced by 0.86%Itau Unibanco Holding SA (ITUB) – 1,372,461 shares, 19.27% of the total portfolio. Shares reduced by 1.2%Alphabet Inc (GOOG) – 15,831 shares, 14.7% of the total portfolio. Shares added by 2.13% (MKL) – 12,430 shares, 13.09% of the total portfolio. Shares reduced by 0.02%Berkshire Hathaway Inc (BRK.B) – 69,429 shares, 12.47% of the total portfolio. Sha

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    That’s how companies like Alphabet (Nasdaq: GOOG), Amazon (Nasdaq: AMZN), Tencent (OTC: TCEHY), and Facebook (Nasdaq: FB) have grown so big. More importantly, it’s the reason Yahoo! died and Twitter (NYSE: TWTR) is running out of time.

  • [By Javier Hasse]

    The so-called #PotPurge, a generalized censorship of cannabis-focused channels, continues in Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ: GOOG)’s YouTube. Over the past few months, the video streaming platform has been closing many of these accounts with little or no explanation. This week, the channel of leading education platform Green Flower was closed, deleting hundreds of educational videos.

  • [By JJ Kinahan]

    The key earnings report today comes from Alphabet Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG) (NASDAQ: GOOGL) after the close. For Q1, GOOGL is expected to report adjusted EPS of $9.21, up from $7.73 in the prior-year quarter, on revenue of $24.29 billion, according to third-party consensus estimates (revenue estimates are on a net basis excluding traffic acquisition costs). Revenue is projected to grow 20.7 percent year over year, while coming in shy of Q4 2017’s $25.9 billion, which is typically the company’s busiest quarter.

2018’s Biggest Stock Market Winners so Far

After a nearly perfect 2017 that saw big gains happen alongside mitigated volatility, the stock market hasn’t been able to replicate that success in early 2018.

Year-to-date, the S&P 500 is essentially flat. More than that, at one point in late January, the S&P 500 was up nearly 8% on the year. By the beginning of February, it was down 1% on the year.

In other words, the stock market of 2018 has looked very little like the stock market of 2017. Big gains have been replaced with sideways trading. And volatility has once again reared its ugly head.

But the broad market’s struggles don’t apply to every stock.

Thus far in 2018, the stock market has had some pretty big winners. And by big, I mean big. The market’s best-performing stocks have staged huge rallies of 50% and up thus far in 2018.

With that in mind, here are a few of the stock market’s biggest winners so far in 2018.

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Best-Performing Stocks #1: Netflix (NFLX) Netflix NFLX stock Source: via Netflix

Nothing seems to knock secular growth giant Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ:NFLX) off its horse.

The other FANG names have struggled some in 2018. Facebook, Inc. (NASDAQ:FB) has been hit with data leak and personal privacy concerns. Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) is struggling to keep its margins up during a big investment period. Even Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) has felt pressure recently due to regulatory threats.

But Netflix has faced zero meaningful threats so far in 2018. Meanwhile, the company continues to report strong beat-and-raise quarters that blow out expectations on every key metric from revenue to margins to earnings to subscribers.

That is why NFLX stock is up 70% year-to-date.

At this point, it seems that Netflix has reached escape velocity and is marching towards becoming the world’s biggest entertainment company. The Netflix streaming service just has such a powerful value prop (only $10-$15 per month for a seemingly unlimited library of exclusive content) relative to alternative entertainment options that global adoption at this point seem likes a question of when, not if.

That said, buyers should beware of valuation on Netflix stock at current levels.

I know that sounds silly for a stock that has done nothing but soar over the past several years, but even under bullish modeling assumptions of global domination and huge margin ramp, I still think the stock is only worth about $290.

Thus, at $320, it feels like the stock price has sprinted ahead of fundamentals in the near-term. In other words, if you want to buy this top-performing stock, it won’t hurt to wait for a meaningful pullback. 

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Best-Performing Stocks #2: Fossil Group Inc (FOSL) Fossil Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:FOSL) Source: Joe King via Flickr (Modified)

Not many people would guess this, but struggling traditional watch giant Fossil Group Inc (NASDAQ:FOSL) has actually outperformed streaming TV giant Netflix so far in 2018.

And its not because Netflix has struggled. Netflix stock is up 70% year-to-date. Fossil stock? It’s up 90%.

What is happening under the hood? Fossil is morphing into one of Wall Street’s most powerful turnaround stories.

For several quarters, Fossil fell victim to the smartwatch trend which destroyed the traditional watch market. Fossil’s core watch business tumbled. Sales got sliced. Margins were crushed. Net profits turned into net losses. And Fossil stock dropped from $130 to $5.

Yes, that is right. Fossil stock went from $130 to $5.

Seem overdone? It was.

Fossil wasn’t just laying idle as the smartwatch market killed its traditional watch business. They invested big into developing hybrid smartwatches, which are essentially the result of traditional watch fashion converging with smartwatch technology. Last quarter, FOSL gave the market signs that these hybrid smartwatches are starting to gain serious traction.

This momentum should persist.

Apple Watch won’t entirely dominate the smartwatch market. Instead, there will be multiple players in the smartwatch market, and one of the bigger players will be the company that most successfully integrates traditional watch fashion with smartwatch technology. Right now, Fossil is doing that best. Considering Fossil is the traditional watch giant, it is also pretty likely that Fossil continues to be the best at this for several years to come.

Meanwhile, Fossil stock is still at just $19. Again, this used to be a $130 stock. Therefore, it is pretty easy to conclude that if the smartwatch business continues to scale, Fossil stock still has a lot of room to run higher.

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Best-Performing Stocks #3: Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. (CMG) cmg stock Source: Shutterstock

The comeback in Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. (NYSE:CMG) has finally arrived. After the company hired a new CEO (who they stole from Taco Bell) and reported pretty good first quarter numbers, CMG stock has taken off and not looked back.

Year-to-date, CMG stock is up nearly 50%. And that includes a big drop in mid-February on bad Q4 numbers. Since then, CMG stock is up nearly 70%.

I was a vocal bear turned vocal bull on CMG stock. I hated the stock on the way down because it felt like health food trends had moved on from CMG and towards poke and superfood bowls. But then the tide started turning. Chipotle stores started filling up again, and the new CEO gave me faith that a Taco Bell-like turnaround was coming to Chipotle (that means targeted advertising, store redesigns, and menu innovations).

That said, after this blistering 70% rally off its 2018 low, CMG stock looks maxed out. The company faces a lot of competition in the quick casual restaurant space. Poke and superfood bowls are still very popular. Meanwhile, McDonald’s Corporation (NYSE:MCD) is actually reinventing themselves to be somewhat healthy with fresh beef patties and “Better Chicken” offerings (maybe not entirely healthy, but at least healthier than before).

Plus, margins will remain under pressure into the foreseeable future thanks to wage hikes.

Overall, then, if you put the current turnaround euphoria in context with the broader picture of a rebounding food chain in an only increasingly competitive QSR space, it is easy to see that CMG stock may have sprinted ahead of fundamentals in the near-term. Indeed, by my numbers, any price tag over $400 seems a little overdone here and now.

As such, while Chipotle has been one of the best-performing stocks so far in 2018, I expect gains from here through the rest of the year to be largely muted.

As of this writing, Luke Lango was long FB, GOOG, AMZ