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Top Financial Stocks To Invest In 2019

Each year, Americans pour billions of dollars into a curious financial product that, as it’s sometimes advertised,seems too good to be true.

Some companies tout returns of up to 50 percent over five years, with the claim that consumers won’t lose their original investment even if the stock market crashes.

The products, known as “fixed-indexed annuities” or FIAs, function like life insurance in reverse: The purchaser sets aside a safe nest egg, accruing interest, and after a waiting period collects regular payments until death.

It’s a pitch that appeals to retirees.

Yet Anil Vazirani, a Scottsdale, Arizona, financial adviser who has taken an intense interest in FIAs, says the advertising often misleads consumers. And the contracts they sign are so full of jargon, caveats and options, they are impossible to fathom without legal training or a finance degree.

Top Financial Stocks To Invest In 2019: Gap, Inc. (GPS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By JJ Kinahan]

    On a different note, Gap Inc. (NYSE: GPS) shares slid 8 percent in pre-market trading. Same-store sales climbed a little less than analysts had expected, and earnings per share came in below Wall Street’s consensus estimate. Old Navy has been a driver for GPS, but same-store sales there rose 3 percent, down from 8 percent a year earlier.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Citigroup upgraded shares of GAP (NYSE:GPS) from a sell rating to a neutral rating in a research report report published on Monday, Marketbeat reports. They currently have $28.00 price objective on the apparel retailer’s stock. The analysts noted that the move was a valuation call.

  • [By Jeremy Bowman]

    Shares of Gap Inc (NYSE:GPS) were hit hard today after the apparel retailer posted a lower-than-expected profit in its first-quarter earnings report, as inventory issues continued to plague the company. As a result, the stock was down 14% as of 2:54 p.m. EDT.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The Gap Inc. (NYSE: GPS) fiscal second-quarter report is scheduled for Thursday after the markets close. The consensus forecast is $0.72 in EPS on $4.01 billion in revenue. Shares ended the week trading at $31.28 apiece. The consensus price target is $32.90, and the 52-week range is $21.84 to $35.68.

Top Financial Stocks To Invest In 2019: UTStarcom Holdings Corp(UTSI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

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

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    ADVA Optical Networking (OTCMKTS: ADVOF) and UTStarcom (NASDAQ:UTSI) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, profitability, risk, earnings, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership and valuation.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    ADVA Optical Networking (OTCMKTS: ADVOF) and UTStarcom (NASDAQ:UTSI) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, earnings, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, profitability, dividends and risk.

Top Financial Stocks To Invest In 2019: Genfit SA (GNFTF)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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    This phase 2 data for Madrigal was phenomenal, which is why I think it will do well in a phase 3 trial. The other side of the trade is that Intercept Pharmaceuticals (ICPT) and Genfit (OTCPK:GNFTF) are further along with phase 3 trials, which are expected to read out NASH results by 2019/2020. Intercept has a good drug with Ocaliva, however, it suffers from toxicity issues when Doctors prescribe higher than necessary dosing. On the flip side, Ocaliva has shown a greater difference in fibrosis reduction for NASH in its phase 2 FLINT trial compared to MGL-3196. What do I mean by that? Well, as you can see above MGL-3196 obtained a fibrosis reduction in NASH patients of 29% compared to 23% for those on placebo creating a difference of only 6%. If you look at Ocaliva from the FLINT trial, from Intercept Pharmaceuticals, it had a fibrosis reduction of 35% compared to 19% of those NASH patients on placebo. It is just something to keep in mind. I still believe that MGL-3196 will eventually be approved. The question that should be asked is how well will it do compared to other competitors in the same space with better fibrosis reductions? That will be key, because NASH causes fibrosis (scarring) of the liver. Fibrosis eventually turns into cirrhosis of the liver, which can eventually lead to liver failure. That’s why, in my opinion, a drug that will have the most impact on NASH will be one that shows a major reduction in fibrosis. The good news is that the NASH market is expected to reach between $20 to $30 billion in the coming years. It is a large market for plenty of players in this space. The other endpoints are important as well, but in a competitive market such as NASH, fibrosis reduction will make the difference in terms of more sales. This is just an important factor to keep in mind.

  • [By SEEKINGALPHA.COM]

    In a recent article, we discussed what makes Genfit’s (OTCPK:GNFTF) Elafibranor one of the most promising candidates in the NASH treatment development space. Given the unmet need (no approved therapies), Elafibranor’s mechanism of action and the potential it has shown in clinical stages, we see a strong chance of approval if the pivotal Phase 3 study succeeds. In this article, we will briefly discuss the chances of Elafibranor’s success in clinical stages and Genfit’s valuation based on the potential of its lead product candidate. We will briefly also discuss the risks to the investment thesis.

  • [By Keith Speights]

    French drugmaker Genfit (NASDAQOTH:GNFTF) expects to report interim results from a phase 3 study of elafibranor in treating NASH later in 2019. The company could be set to file for regulatory approval in the NASH indication by late 2020 or early 2021. Elafibranor could potentially be viewed as more effective and safer than Ocaliva based on earlier clinical results. Genfit is also evaluating elafibranor in treating PBC, with positive phase 2 results announced in December 2018.

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    Here’s what we wrote: “With GR-MD-02, Galectin is also targeting a different spectrum of NASH. The company’s programs with GR-MD-02 are focusing on NASH treatment in individuals with advanced fibrosis and cirrhosis. As we mentioned before, Genfit (OTCPK:GNFTF) and Intercept (ICPT) are targeting what can be termed as the “sweet spot” of the NASH spectrum. Galecctin is one of the few companies targeting advanced stage of the disease. This makes it both an interesting and at the same time risky bet in the NASH space.”

Top 10 Undervalued Stocks To Watch Right Now

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Top 10 Undervalued Stocks To Watch Right Now: Gap, Inc. (GPS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    GAP (NYSE:GPS) had its target price reduced by Credit Suisse Group from $35.00 to $33.00 in a report released on Friday morning. They currently have a neutral rating on the apparel retailer’s stock.

  • [By ]

    Some reasons for my bearishness on retail stocks:

    Higher Energy Prices. Oil prices have rallied dramatically and back to 2014 levels, rising from about $35 a barrel in early 2016 to around $67 Thursday. That’s bad news for U.S. retailers, as rising oil prices historically squeeze consumer disposable incomes. That’s one reason why I’ve been consistently raising my short exposure to retail and plan to continue doing so. Shaky Same-Store Sales Growth. Recent improvements to same-store sales at Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF) , Urban Outfitters (URBN) , Dillard’s (DDS) , Gap Inc. (GPS) and Macy’s (M) come against downgraded expectations, and might not be sustainable anyway. No Deal for Nordstrom (JWN) . The Nordstrom family has apparently abandoned plans to take its namesake company private. I had expressed concerns that this would happen. Higher Interest Rates. A rise in the London Inter-Bank Offered Rate (LIBOR) has recently accelerated. That’s bad news for retailers, as many variable-rate consumer debts (particularly mortgages) key off of the LIBOR. This will likely put a damper on mortgage refinancings — something that many see as an important ingredient for personal-consumption expenditures.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    BSM Technologies Inc (TSE:GPS) shares reached a new 52-week high during mid-day trading on Wednesday . The company traded as high as C$1.34 and last traded at C$1.34, with a volume of 22100 shares changing hands. The stock had previously closed at C$1.31.

  • [By JJ Kinahan]

    It was a different story for Gap Inc. (NYSE: GPS). The company’s stock fell more than 14.5 percent after it reported same-store sales climbed a little less than analysts had expected and earnings per share came in below expectations. Old Navy has been a driver for GPS, but same-store sales there rose 3 percent, down from 8 percent a year earlier.

  • [By Jim Crumly]

    As for individual stocks, retail earnings reports continue to produce winners and losers in the market, with Foot Locker (NYSE:FL) rising higher on its profit outlook and TheGap, Inc. (NYSE:GPS) stumbling due to softening in its core brand.

  • [By JJ Kinahan]

    We’ll see how other retailers’ results come in. If they’re also better than expected, that could point to a robust U.S. consumer sentiment. Target Corporation (NYSE: TGT), Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (NYSE: LOW), Gap Inc. (NYSE: GPS), Foot Locker, Inc. (NYSE: FL), and Tiffany & Co. (NYSE: TIF) are among the big names scheduled to report this week. Last week saw mixed signals from retailers, with Macy’s Inc. (NYSE: M) and Walmart Inc. (NYSE: WMT) both delivering impressive results while J.C. Penney Company Inc. (NYSE: JCP) and Nordstrom, Inc. (JWN) received poor reviews from the Street.

Top 10 Undervalued Stocks To Watch Right Now: Duke Energy Corporation(DUK)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Reuben Gregg Brewer]

    When it comes to investing, including some boring, defensive stocks in your portfolio is a good thing. This is because investors often forget that markets go both up and down. The market is in a positive mood lately, which is exactly why you will want to consider this trio of boring utility stocks. Here’s why American Water Works, Inc. (NYSE:AWK), Duke Energy Corporation (NYSE:DUK), and Dominion Energy, Inc. (NYSE:D) are all defensive stocks you might want to consider adding to your portfolio today.

  • [By ]

    Another interesting trend is big energy companies like Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK) offering their own rebate programs to spark sales of rooftop solar installations — a trend that would certainly help SEDG.

  • [By Reuben Gregg Brewer, Rich Smith, and Sean Williams]

    If you’ve entered your retirement years, then your investment goals have likely shifted from wealth accumulation to living off the wealth you have created. That, in turn, likely means you’re looking for a mix of dividend income and safety. Here are these Motley Fool investors’ choices of three high-yield stocks that offer just that, by providing customers with services they simply can’t live without: AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T), NextEra Energy Inc. (NYSE:NEE), and Duke Energy Corporation (NYSE:DUK).

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Duke Energy Corp.’s (NYSE: DUK) fourth-quarter results are scheduled for Tuesday. The consensus estimates are calling for $0.92 in earnings per share (EPS) on $6.17 billion in revenue. The shares traded on Friday’s close at $76.70. The consensus price target is $85.67, and the 52-week trading range is $72.93 to $91.80.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Investors purchased shares of Duke Energy (NYSE:DUK) on weakness during trading hours on Wednesday following insider selling activity. $62.54 million flowed into the stock on the tick-up and $49.30 million flowed out of the stock on the tick-down, for a money net flow of $13.24 million into the stock. Of all stocks tracked, Duke Energy had the 30th highest net in-flow for the day. Duke Energy traded down ($0.90) for the day and closed at $76.03Specifically, Director E Marie Mckee sold 2,006 shares of the stock in a transaction on Monday, May 14th. The stock was sold at an average price of $77.49, for a total value of $155,444.94. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available through this link. Corporate insiders own 0.08% of the company’s stock.

Top 10 Undervalued Stocks To Watch Right Now: OpenTable Inc.(OPEN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Open Platform (CURRENCY:OPEN) traded down 8.2% against the dollar during the 24 hour period ending at 9:00 AM ET on June 25th. Open Platform has a total market capitalization of $0.00 and $1.10 million worth of Open Platform was traded on exchanges in the last 24 hours. Over the last week, Open Platform has traded 33.4% lower against the dollar. One Open Platform token can currently be purchased for approximately $0.0923 or 0.00001514 BTC on popular exchanges.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Open Platform (CURRENCY:OPEN) traded 2.5% higher against the US dollar during the one day period ending at 20:00 PM Eastern on June 30th. Open Platform has a total market cap of $0.00 and $189,463.00 worth of Open Platform was traded on exchanges in the last day. One Open Platform token can now be bought for approximately $0.0789 or 0.00001235 BTC on popular cryptocurrency exchanges. During the last seven days, Open Platform has traded down 28.6% against the US dollar.

Top 10 Undervalued Stocks To Watch Right Now: Facebook, Inc.(FB)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Evan Niu, CFA]

    There have been whispers and rumors about a paid Facebook (NASDAQ:FB)option for years, but after this week, it seems more conceivable than ever — CEO Mark Zuckerberg and COO Sheryl Sandberg have both made comments that seem to hint that, at the very least, Facebook is considering it.

  • [By Evan Niu, CFA]

    Ad Agereports today on some fresh details regarding the shift in Snap ad pricing. Snap ad pricing used to be extremely expensive, with the company charging anywhere from $300,000 to $500,000 for Sponsored Lenses, the augmented reality (AR) video filters that users can apply to selfies. As Sponsored Lenses begin transitioning to the self-serve ad platform, prices have been roughly cut in half in some cases, according to the report. Snap ad pricing is now much cheaper than competing social media platforms, most notably Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) and its Instagram service.

  • [By ]

    Facebook (NYSE: FB) is fighting daily headlines of privacy concerns for users. CEO Mark Zuckerberg had to issue an apology after a marketing firm was able to access personal information from millions of user profiles. President Trump has repeatedly tweeted against Amazon’s (Nasdaq: AMZN) use of the Postal Service, and the European Union has questioned control of data by several tech companies.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Facebook, Inc. (NASDAQ: FB) reported better-than-expected earnings for its first quarter on Wednesday.

    The social media company reported Q1 EPS of $1.69 vs. $1.35 estimates and sales of $11.97 billion vs. $11.41 billion estimates. Q1 MAUs came in just ahead of estimates at 2.2 billion.

  • [By Chris Neiger]

    Since its $3 billion purchase of Oculus four years ago,Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) has been pouring more resources into its effort to get virtual reality to go mainstream. Clearly, those efforts haven’t paid off quite yet, but at its F8 conference last week, Facebook showed that it’s committed as ever to VR.

  • [By ]

    (FANG being Cramer’s acronym for Facebook (FB) , Apple (AAPL) , Netflix (NFLX) and Alphabet/Google (GOOGL) .)

    Tech has simply become too good to ignore, especially with stocks like Micron Technology (MU) up 24% for the year and New Relic (NEWR) soaring 14% today on great earnings.

Top 10 Undervalued Stocks To Watch Right Now: Utah Medical Products, Inc.(UTMD)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Utah Medical Products, Inc. (NASDAQ:UTMD) CEO Kevin L. Cornwell sold 8,080 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Friday, June 15th. The stock was sold at an average price of $107.07, for a total value of $865,125.60. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this link.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Utah Medical Products (NASDAQ:UTMD) was upgraded by investment analysts at BidaskClub from a “buy” rating to a “strong-buy” rating in a research report issued to clients and investors on Monday.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Utah Medical Products, Inc. (NASDAQ:UTMD) Director Ernst G. Hoyer sold 1,614 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, May 9th. The stock was sold at an average price of $104.41, for a total value of $168,517.74. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through the SEC website.

Top 10 Undervalued Stocks To Watch Right Now: BlackRock Science and Technology Trust(BST)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Stifel Financial Corp increased its position in shares of BlackRock Science & Technology Trust (NYSE:BST) by 8.4% during the 1st quarter, Holdings Channel reports. The fund owned 108,307 shares of the company’s stock after acquiring an additional 8,402 shares during the quarter. Stifel Financial Corp’s holdings in BlackRock Science & Technology Trust were worth $3,256,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

Top 10 Undervalued Stocks To Watch Right Now: OMNOVA Solutions Inc.(OMN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Motley Fool Staff]

    OMNOVA Solutions (NYSE:OMN) Q2 2018 Earnings Conference CallJun. 28, 2018 11:00 a.m. ET

    Contents:
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Top 10 Undervalued Stocks To Watch Right Now: L-3 Communications Holdings, Inc.(LLL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

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  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Prudential Financial Inc. decreased its stake in L3 Technologies (NYSE:LLL) by 20.0% in the first quarter, according to the company in its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The institutional investor owned 87,847 shares of the aerospace company’s stock after selling 21,981 shares during the quarter. Prudential Financial Inc. owned approximately 0.11% of L3 Technologies worth $18,272,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Shares of L3 Technologies (NYSE:LLL) have received a consensus recommendation of “Buy” from the fourteen analysts that are presently covering the stock, MarketBeat Ratings reports. Three investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, ten have issued a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating on the company. The average 12 month price target among brokerages that have issued a report on the stock in the last year is $223.00.

Top 10 Undervalued Stocks To Watch Right Now: InfraREIT, Inc.(HIFR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Reaves W H & Co. Inc. trimmed its holdings in InfraREIT (NYSE:HIFR) by 18.4% in the 1st quarter, according to its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The firm owned 1,342,026 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock after selling 303,392 shares during the quarter. Reaves W H & Co. Inc. owned approximately 3.05% of InfraREIT worth $26,076,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Get a free copy of the Zacks research report on InfraREIT (HIFR)

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Top 10 Undervalued Stocks To Watch Right Now: MYR Group Inc.(MYRG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

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  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Euro Tech Holdings Company Limited (NASDAQ: CLWT) shares jumped 155.56 percent to close at $5.75 on Thursday.
    Inspire Medical Systems, Inc. (NYSE: INSP) shares gained 56.12 percent to close at $24.98. Inspire Medical went public Thursday on the New York Stock Exchange. The company issued 6.75 million shares priced at $16 each.
    Presbia PLC (NASDAQ: LENS) shares rose 53.02 percent to close at $3.55.
    Integrated Media Technology Limited (NASDAQ: IMTE) shares rose 46.29 percent to close at $32.11. The nano-cap low-float stock skyrocketed over 1,300 percent on Wednesday on no company specific news which would support the surge. The move higher is consistent with what was seen in other low-float stocks over the past few months.
    Technical Communications Corporation (NASDAQ: TCCO) climbed 27.78 percent to close at $5.75.
    STAAR Surgical Company (NASDAQ: STAA) shares gained 26.27 percent to close at $21.15 after reporting upbeat Q1 results.
    Sharing Economy International Inc. (NASDAQ: SEII) shares jumped 22.16 percent to close at $4.30 on Thursday after gaining 9.32 percent on Wednesday.
    China Advanced Construction Materials Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: CADC) rose 20.45 percent to close at $2.65 on Thursday.
    YRC Worldwide Inc. (NASDAQ: YRCW) surged 18.36 percent to close at $9.99 following upbeat quarterly earnings.
    MYR Group Inc. (NASDAQ: MYRG) jumped 17.68 percent to close at $35.74 after the company posted strong Q1 earnings.
    Xspand Products Lab Inc (NASDAQ: XSPL) jumped 17.4 percent to close at $5.87. Xspand Products priced its IPO at $5 per share.
    Coherus BioSciences, Inc. (NASDAQ: CHRS) shares rose 17.32 percent to close at $14.90. Coherus BioSciences reported resubmission of BLA for CHS-1701.
    Rudolph Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: RTEC) shares gained 17.17 percent to close at $31.05 following upbeat quarterly earnings.
    The Meet Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: MEET) gained 16.02 percent to close at $2.68 following Q1 earnings.
    Ca
  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    MYR Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:MYRG) Director William A. Koertner sold 11,768 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, May 16th. The shares were sold at an average price of $39.15, for a total transaction of $460,717.20. Following the transaction, the director now directly owns 315,012 shares in the company, valued at $12,332,719.80. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this link.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    News headlines about MYR Group (NASDAQ:MYRG) have been trending somewhat positive on Thursday, Accern reports. Accern scores the sentiment of press coverage by monitoring more than twenty million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. MYR Group earned a media sentiment score of 0.05 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media coverage about the utilities provider an impact score of 46.210188030524 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the near future.

Top 10 Gold Stocks To Invest In 2019

Now more than ever, it’s time to consider our pick for the best gold stock to buy right now.

You see, Money Morning Resource Specialist Peter Krauth expects gold prices to gain 15.4% from their current $1,213 level to $1,400 an ounce this year. This rise will lead to an even bigger rally for gold stocks. Since the beginning of 2017, gold prices are up 5.1%. But the gains in gold stocks like Agnico Eagle Mines Ltd. (NYSE:AEM) and Compania de Minas Buenaventura SAA (NYSE ADR: BVN) have doubled and quadrupled the year-to-date gold price return.

But there’s an even better gold stock to buy right now. While other gold stocks have seen short-term rallies in just the first month of 2017, our recommendation is poised for long-term gains. This gold stock – courtesy of Money Morning Executive Editor Bill Patalon – has already climbed nearly 17% in 2017 and will continue outpacing gold throughout the year. That’s because this company stands to benefit from increasing its already massive gold output.

Top 10 Gold Stocks To Invest In 2019: Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory Inc.(RMCF)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory (NASDAQ: RMCF) and Tootsie Roll Industries (NYSE:TR) are both small-cap retail/wholesale companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, risk, earnings, institutional ownership, profitability, dividends and analyst recommendations.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory (NASDAQ: RMCF) and Tootsie Roll Industries (NYSE:TR) are both small-cap retail/wholesale companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their risk, valuation, dividends, analyst recommendations, earnings, profitability and institutional ownership.

Top 10 Gold Stocks To Invest In 2019: MGIC Investment Corporation(MTG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    MGIC Investment Corp. (NYSE: MTG) traded down about 6.5% Wednesday to post a new 52-week low of $10.07 after closing Tuesday at $10.77. The stock’s 52-week high is $16.21. Volume was more than double the daily average of around 4.2 million shares. The company reported uninspiring first-quarter results this morning.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    MGIC Investment Corp. (NYSE: MTG) traded down about 5.2% Tuesday to post a new 52-week low of $10.07 after closing Monday at $10.62. The stock’s 52-week high is $16.21. Volume was more than three times the daily average of around 3.6 million shares. The company had no specific news Tuesday. About half an hour before the closing bell the stock traded up about 2% for the day.

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    Monday was a positive day on Wall Street, as major benchmarks jumped following an uneventful weekend, tapering their gains as the session came to a close. Some had feared that China might retaliate once again after the U.S. issued a second round of tariffs against the nation with the world’s second-largest economy, but the expected fireworks didn’t come, putting market participants more at ease. The beginning of earnings season in the next week will also distract investors from geopolitical issues, perhaps allowing indexes to climb further. Yet some individual stocks had difficulties that sent their shares lower. Yandex (NASDAQ:YNDX), Menlo Therapeutics (NASDAQ:MNLO), and MGIC Investment (NYSE:MTG) were among the worst performers on the day. Here’s why they did so poorly.

Top 10 Gold Stocks To Invest In 2019: Credicorp Ltd.(BAP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Credicorp (NYSE: BAP) and Opus Bank (NASDAQ:OPB) are both finance companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, valuation, profitability, dividends, institutional ownership, risk and earnings.

Top 10 Gold Stocks To Invest In 2019: Aon Corporation(AON)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin] Companies Reporting Before The Bell
    Celgene Corporation (NASDAQ: CELG) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $1.96 per share on revenue of $3.46 billion.
    Aon plc (NYSE: AON) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $2.8 per share on revenue of $2.93 billion.
    American Axle & Manufacturing Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: AXL) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $0.81 per share on revenue of $1.75 billion.
    Alibaba Group Holding Limited (NYSE: BABA) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.88 per share on revenue of $9.27 billion.
    LifePoint Health, Inc. (NASDAQ: LPNT) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $1.13 per share on revenue of $1.62 billion.
    V.F. Corporation (NYSE: VFC) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $0.65 per share on revenue of $2.90 billion.
    Newell Brands Inc. (NYSE: NWL) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.26 per share on revenue of $3.05 billion.
    Titan International, Inc. (NYSE: TWI) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.04 per share on revenue of $407.27 million.
    Boise Cascade Company (NYSE: BCC) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.45 per share on revenue of $1.09 billion.
    Cheniere Energy, Inc. (NYSE: LNG) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $0.39 per share on revenue of $1.59 billion.
    Cboe Global Markets, Inc. (NASDAQ: CBOE) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $1.24 per share on revenue of $308.05 million.
    ITT Inc. (NYSE: ITT) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $0.73 per share on revenue of $683.96 million.
    Fred's, Inc. (NASDAQ: FRED) is expected to report quarterly loss at $0.19 per share on revenue of $551.00 million.
    Virtu Financial, Inc. (NASDAQ: VIRT) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.52 per share on revenue of $288.31 million.
    Cheniere Energy Partners, L.P. (NYSE: CQP) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.57 per share on revenue of $1.38 billion.
    Genesis Energy, L.P
  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    AON (NYSE:AON) had its price target hoisted by Citigroup from $160.00 to $165.00 in a report issued on Tuesday morning. They currently have a buy rating on the financial services provider’s stock.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

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  • [By Max Byerly]

    State of Wisconsin Investment Board decreased its holdings in shares of Aon (NYSE:AON) by 9.2% in the 1st quarter, Holdings Channel reports. The fund owned 384,127 shares of the financial services provider’s stock after selling 38,942 shares during the quarter. State of Wisconsin Investment Board’s holdings in AON were worth $53,905,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

Top 10 Gold Stocks To Invest In 2019: InfuSystems Holdings, Inc.(INFU)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Infusystem Holdings Inc (NYSEAMERICAN:INFU) major shareholder Meridian Ohc Partners, Lp purchased 40,548 shares of Infusystem stock in a transaction dated Monday, May 14th. The shares were acquired at an average cost of $2.76 per share, for a total transaction of $111,912.48. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available through this link. Large shareholders that own at least 10% of a company’s shares are required to disclose their transactions with the SEC.

Top 10 Gold Stocks To Invest In 2019: New Mountain Finance Corporation(NMFC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    These are some of the news headlines that may have effected Accern Sentiment’s scoring:

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    New Mountain Finance (NMFC) Expected to Post Quarterly Sales of $50.86 Million (americanbankingnews.com) Zacks: Analysts Anticipate New Mountain Finance (NMFC) Will Post Earnings of $0.34 Per Share (americanbankingnews.com) New Mountain Finance (NMFC) Stock Rating Lowered by Zacks Investment Research (americanbankingnews.com) Is this stock is more Volatile? New Mountain Finance Corporation (NMFC) (stockquote.review) New Mountain Finance Corporation (NMFC): Stock Have a Latest Story: (mosttradedstocks.com)

    A number of equities analysts have recently weighed in on NMFC shares. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of New Mountain Finance from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $15.00 price target on the stock in a research note on Wednesday, March 21st. TheStreet downgraded shares of New Mountain Finance from a “b” rating to a “c+” rating in a research note on Wednesday, April 11th. ValuEngine downgraded shares of New Mountain Finance from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Monday, April 2nd. Finally, Keefe, Bruyette & Woods set a $15.00 price target on shares of New Mountain Finance and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a research note on Thursday, March 1st. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating and three have assigned a hold rating to the company’s stock. The stock has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $15.00.

Top 10 Gold Stocks To Invest In 2019: Camden Property Trust(CPT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

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

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    Camden Property Trust to Post Q3 2018 Earnings of $1.19 Per Share, DA Davidson Forecasts (CPT) (americanbankingnews.com) Camden Property Trust Forecasted to Earn FY2019 Earnings of $4.99 Per Share (CPT) (americanbankingnews.com) Camden Property Trust’s (CPT) CEO Ric Campo on Q1 2018 Results – Earnings Call Transcript (seekingalpha.com) Edited Transcript of CPT earnings conference call or presentation 4-May-18 3:00pm GMT (finance.yahoo.com) Camden: 1Q Earnings Snapshot (finance.yahoo.com)

    Several research firms have commented on CPT. BTIG Research increased their price target on shares of Camden Property Trust to $93.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research report on Thursday, March 15th. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Camden Property Trust from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Tuesday, March 20th. TheStreet lowered shares of Camden Property Trust from a “b” rating to a “c+” rating in a research report on Thursday, January 18th. Sandler O’Neill set a $97.00 price target on shares of Camden Property Trust and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research report on Tuesday, February 6th. Finally, BMO Capital Markets set a $94.00 price target on shares of Camden Property Trust and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research report on Monday, February 12th. Eight equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and eight have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock presently has an average rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $90.64.

Top 10 Gold Stocks To Invest In 2019: Covenant Transportation Group, Inc.(CVTI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Old Dominion Freight Line (NASDAQ: ODFL) and Covenant Transport (NASDAQ:CVTI) are both transportation companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, profitability, earnings, dividends, valuation, risk and institutional ownership.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    ValuEngine upgraded shares of Covenant Transport (NASDAQ:CVTI) from a buy rating to a strong-buy rating in a research report sent to investors on Saturday morning.

Top 10 Gold Stocks To Invest In 2019: Equus Total Return, Inc.(EQS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Anders Melin]

    Taking that a step further, you can run searches on the Equity Screening (EQS) function using the new pay metrics or data on say-on-pay, which refers to shareholders’ right to vote on management remuneration. To see Russell 1000 companies with the lowest support on pay, for example, go to {EQS <GO>}. In the Add Criteria field, enter RIY and click on the Russell 1000 Index match. Next, enter Say on Pay, click on the Say on Pay Support Level item, and press <GO>. Click on the See Results | WATC button for a list of companies in the benchmark that you can sort by the percentage of shareholders supporting management on pay.

Top 10 Gold Stocks To Invest In 2019: Gap, Inc. (GPS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By ]

    For an “Executive Decision” segment, Cramer sat down with Art Peck, president and CEO of Gap Inc. (GPS) , the bricks-and-mortar retailer that saw its shares rise over 50% last year, only to slip this year, down 9%.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Gap Inc. (NYSE: GPS) shuffled the deck of its executive leadership in an announcement early on Tuesday. Specifically, the retailer said that its president and chief executive of the Gap brand, Jeff Kirwan, will be leaving the company.

  • [By Billy Duberstein]

    To many, Gap, Inc. (NYSE:GPS)may seem like a twentieth-century brand past its prime. Traffic to malls is on the rapid decline, and the recent rise of off-price retailers, athleisure, and e-commerce have really hurt the full-priced, apparel brands (like The Gap) that were so popular in the 90s.

Top Bank Stocks To Buy For 2019

Bank of Hawaii acquired a new stake in FedEx (NYSE:FDX) during the first quarter, according to the company in its most recent disclosure with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The fund acquired 1,030 shares of the shipping service provider’s stock, valued at approximately $247,000.

A number of other institutional investors and hedge funds have also made changes to their positions in FDX. Ingalls & Snyder LLC lifted its position in shares of FedEx by 2.4% during the 4th quarter. Ingalls & Snyder LLC now owns 8,119 shares of the shipping service provider’s stock valued at $2,026,000 after acquiring an additional 193 shares during the period. Bremer Trust National Association lifted its position in shares of FedEx by 2.6% during the 4th quarter. Bremer Trust National Association now owns 7,822 shares of the shipping service provider’s stock valued at $1,952,000 after acquiring an additional 197 shares during the period. Central Bank & Trust Co. lifted its position in shares of FedEx by 2.2% during the 4th quarter. Central Bank & Trust Co. now owns 9,345 shares of the shipping service provider’s stock valued at $2,332,000 after acquiring an additional 201 shares during the period. Cobiz Wealth LLC lifted its position in shares of FedEx by 0.8% during the 4th quarter. Cobiz Wealth LLC now owns 25,472 shares of the shipping service provider’s stock valued at $6,356,000 after acquiring an additional 202 shares during the period. Finally, MAI Capital Management lifted its position in shares of FedEx by 14.1% during the 4th quarter. MAI Capital Management now owns 1,632 shares of the shipping service provider’s stock valued at $407,000 after acquiring an additional 202 shares during the period. 75.04% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors.

Top Bank Stocks To Buy For 2019: Pacific Gas & Electric Co.(PCG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The S&P 500 stock posting the largest daily percentage loss ahead of the close Thursday was PG&E Corp. (NYSE: PCG) which traded down about 13% at $44.43. The stocks 52-week range is $41.61 to $71.57. Volume was 52 million versus the daily average of 6 million shares.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The stock posting the largest daily percentage gain in the S&P 500 ahead of the close Tuesday was PG&E Corp. (NYSE: PCG) which rose about 6% to $45.08. The stocks 52-week range is $37.30 to $71.57. Volume was nearly 13 million compared to the daily average volume of 6.8 million.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Pacific Gas and Electric (NYSE: PCG) and Unitil (NYSE:UTL) are both utilities companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, dividends, earnings, risk, analyst recommendations, valuation and institutional ownership.

  • [By Jon C. Ogg]

    PG&E Corp. (NYSE: PCG), the parent of Pacific Gas & Electric, has been the focus of many regulatory actions in California over time. And power lines have been targeted, and PG&E shares dropped after the 2017 wildfires in the state.

Top Bank Stocks To Buy For 2019: Iridium Communications Inc(IRDM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    Ground-based wireless communications networks have transformed the way that billions of people across the globe communicate. For the locations where traditional wireless networks either haven’t yet reached or have decided aren’t feasible for ground-based stations, Iridium Communications (NASDAQ:IRDM) hopes that its extensive and growing satellite communications network will be the go-to solution for users who need reliable coverage under challenging circumstances.

  • [By Nicholas Rossolillo]

    Investors in satellite telecom Iridium Communications (NASDAQ:IRDM) reacted positively after the company reported good results to kick off 2018. Iridium’s new satellite constellation is nearing completion, but the company is already reaping benefits.

Top Bank Stocks To Buy For 2019: Carrizo Oil & Gas, Inc.(CRZO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

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  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    Shares of Carrizo Oil & Gas Inc (NASDAQ:CRZO) jumped nearly 13% by 1:45 p.m. EDT on Tuesday after the company reported stronger-than-expected first-quarter results.

  • [By Jon C. Ogg]

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

    CBS Corp. (NYSE: CBS) was reiterated as Buy with a $79 price target (versus a $52.42 close) at Argus. The firm was very positive about its individual prospects but was still very concerned about a possible re-merger with Viacom.

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    That bullish inventory number, along with the potential for even higher oil prices, sent oil stocks soaring, with several smaller producers spiking more than 10% today. Among that group was EP Energy (NYSE:EPE), Sanchez Energy (NYSE:SN), Denbury Resources (NYSE:DNR), HighPoint Resources (NYSE:HPR), and Carrizo Oil & Gas (NASDAQ:CRZO).

Top Bank Stocks To Buy For 2019: Rent-A-Center Inc.(RCII)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Rent-A-Center (NASDAQ:RCII) gapped down before the market opened on Wednesday . The stock had previously closed at $9.36, but opened at $9.43. Rent-A-Center shares last traded at $9.54, with a volume of 375675 shares changing hands.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    COPYRIGHT VIOLATION NOTICE: “Q1 2018 EPS Estimates for Rent-A-Center Increased by KeyCorp (RCII)” was first reported by Ticker Report and is the sole property of of Ticker Report. If you are viewing this article on another publication, it was illegally stolen and reposted in violation of United States and international trademark & copyright laws. The legal version of this article can be read at https://www.tickerreport.com/banking-finance/3350595/q1-2018-eps-estimates-for-rent-a-center-increased-by-keycorp-rcii.html.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    AerCap (NYSE: AER) and Rent-A-Center (NASDAQ:RCII) are both finance companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, dividends, institutional ownership, earnings, risk, analyst recommendations and valuation.

Top Bank Stocks To Buy For 2019: DXP Enterprises Inc.(DXPE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

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Top Bank Stocks To Buy For 2019: Gap, Inc. (GPS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Gap Inc. (NYSE: GPS) shuffled the deck of its executive leadership in an announcement early on Tuesday. Specifically, the retailer said that its president and chief executive of the Gap brand, Jeff Kirwan, will be leaving the company.

  • [By ]

    For his “Executive Decision” segment, Cramer sat down with Art Peck, president and CEO of Gap Inc.  (GPS) , the bricks-and-mortar retailer that saw its shares rise over 50% last year, only to slip this year, down 9%.

  • [By Leo Sun]

    Over time, several of these secondary brands have become core growth drivers for their parent companies, offsetting the weaker results of the rest of the business. Let’s look at three rising stars that fit that description — American Eagles’ (NYSE:AEO) Aerie, Abercrombie & Fitch’s (NYSE:ANF) Hollister, and Gap’s (NYSE:GPS) Athleta.

  • [By ]

    For an “Executive Decision” segment, Cramer sat down with Art Peck, president and CEO of Gap Inc. (GPS) , the bricks-and-mortar retailer that saw its shares rise over 50% last year, only to slip this year, down 9%.

  • [By ]

    Some reasons for my bearishness on retail stocks:

    Higher Energy Prices. Oil prices have rallied dramatically and back to 2014 levels, rising from about $35 a barrel in early 2016 to around $67 Thursday. That’s bad news for U.S. retailers, as rising oil prices historically squeeze consumer disposable incomes. That’s one reason why I’ve been consistently raising my short exposure to retail and plan to continue doing so. Shaky Same-Store Sales Growth. Recent improvements to same-store sales at Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF) , Urban Outfitters (URBN) , Dillard’s (DDS) , Gap Inc. (GPS) and Macy’s (M) come against downgraded expectations, and might not be sustainable anyway. No Deal for Nordstrom (JWN) . The Nordstrom family has apparently abandoned plans to take its namesake company private. I had expressed concerns that this would happen. Higher Interest Rates. A rise in the London Inter-Bank Offered Rate (LIBOR) has recently accelerated. That’s bad news for retailers, as many variable-rate consumer debts (particularly mortgages) key off of the LIBOR. This will likely put a damper on mortgage refinancings — something that many see as an important ingredient for personal-consumption expenditures.

  • [By Billy Duberstein]

    To many, Gap, Inc. (NYSE:GPS)may seem like a twentieth-century brand past its prime. Traffic to malls is on the rapid decline, and the recent rise of off-price retailers, athleisure, and e-commerce have really hurt the full-priced, apparel brands (like The Gap) that were so popular in the 90s.

Top 5 Gold Stocks To Own For 2018

We first brought attention to this firm in our special report Selling Shovels in a Gold Rush: Buy This Sector to Profit From the Internet of Things. In this report, we pointed out that this company broke the trend of rising profits and ROIC, but still garnered a premium valuation to its peers. This disconnect between fundamentals and valuation, coupled with a weak competitive position and misaligned executive incentives, makes PDF Solutions (PDFS) this weeks Danger Zone pick.

Slight Revenue Growth While Profits Tank

Since 2013, PDFS revenue has grown 2% compounded annually. Over the same time, its after-tax profit (NOPAT) has fallen 26% compounded annually to $9 million in 2016 and $3 million over the last twelve months, per Figure 1. The disconnect between revenue and profits comes from rapidly declining margins. The companys NOPAT margin fell from 22% in 2013 to 3% TTM.

Figure 1: PDFS NOPAT & Revenue Since 2013

Sources: New Constructs, LLC and company filings

Top 5 Gold Stocks To Own For 2018: Ion Geophysical Corporation(IO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Ion Geophysical Corp (NYSE:IO) was the recipient of unusually large options trading on Thursday. Traders bought 1,224 call options on the company. This represents an increase of approximately 1,230% compared to the typical volume of 92 call options.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    ION Geophysical (NYSE: IO) and Glencore (OTCMKTS:GLNCY) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, valuation, dividends, profitability, institutional ownership, earnings and analyst recommendations.

Top 5 Gold Stocks To Own For 2018: Landstar System, Inc.(LSTR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Get a free copy of the Zacks research report on Landstar System (LSTR)

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Top 5 Gold Stocks To Own For 2018: United Bankshares Inc.(UBSI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By ]

    In the Lightning Round, Cramer was bullish on Salesforce.com (CRM) , American Airlines (AAL) , Align Technology (ALGN) , Procter & Gamble (PG) , United Bankshares (UBSI) , Valeant Pharmaceuticals (VRX) and Dominion Energy (D) .

Top 5 Gold Stocks To Own For 2018: Magyar Bancorp Inc.(MGYR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Media headlines about Magyar Bancorp (NASDAQ:MGYR) have been trending somewhat positive on Friday, according to Accern. Accern rates the sentiment of news coverage by analyzing more than 20 million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Magyar Bancorp earned a media sentiment score of 0.16 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media headlines about the bank an impact score of 48.0770691063571 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the immediate future.

Top 5 Gold Stocks To Own For 2018: Gap, Inc. (GPS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Billy Duberstein]

    To many, Gap, Inc. (NYSE:GPS)may seem like a twentieth-century brand past its prime. Traffic to malls is on the rapid decline, and the recent rise of off-price retailers, athleisure, and e-commerce have really hurt the full-priced, apparel brands (like The Gap) that were so popular in the 90s.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Gap Inc. (NYSE: GPS) shuffled the deck of its executive leadership in an announcement early on Tuesday. Specifically, the retailer said that its president and chief executive of the Gap brand, Jeff Kirwan, will be leaving the company.

  • [By ]

    For his “Executive Decision” segment, Cramer sat down with Art Peck, president and CEO of Gap Inc.  (GPS) , the bricks-and-mortar retailer that saw its shares rise over 50% last year, only to slip this year, down 9%.

Best Warren Buffett Stocks To Buy For 2019

If you’re an investor in consumer goods giant Unilever (NYSE:UN), odds are you followed the takeover bid from Kraft Heinz(NASDAQ: KHC) closely in 2017. Ultimately, it fell through, with Unilever’s management rebutting that it was better off on its own. There was some mustard left on the face of Kraft Heinz, but major shareholder Warren Buffett claimed there was potentially a misunderstanding of the nature of the offer. It was not intended to be a hostile takeover, he said, but it could have been perceived that way by Unilever.

Nearly a year has passed, and there are no signs of reconciling differences. However, for Unilever shareholders, reflecting on the motives of the deal provides valuable insight into the company. Warren Buffett and Kraft Heinz no doubt had a list of reasons to pursue Unilever. But I expect there’s one metric above all else that caught their eye.

It boils down to this

Over the years, Buffett has made it clear he loves name-brand companies, simple-to-understand businesses, and clear visibility into the future of the businesses he buys. But there’s one thing that he appreciates more than all of those, and that’s high returns on invested capital.

Best Warren Buffett Stocks To Buy For 2019: National Grid Transco, PLC(NGG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Travis Hoium]

    National Grid (NYSE:NGG) came out with some interesting information last week, saying 2.4 GW of distributed solar was added in the U.K. between February 2016 and February 2017 and another 1.5 GW is expected in the next year. The U.K. isn’t exactly a hotbed for solar activity, but it’s growing as an important market.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Tuesday afternoon, the utilities sector proved to be a source of strength for the market. Leading the sector was strength from National Grid plc (ADR) (NYSE: NGG) and Dominion Resources, Inc. (NYSE: D).

  • [By WWW.MONEYSHOW.COM]

    Among utilities, National Grid (NGG) is my best pick for 2017, as it’s an almost perfect hedge against uncertainty. It’s insulated from changes in government interest rates. It can be both an inflation hedge and a play on a strong dollar.

  • [By Tyler Crowe, Dan Caplinger, and Neha Chamaria]

    We asked three of our contributors to highlight a stock they see as a dividend stock to buy in February. They responded with automaker Ford Motors (NYSE:F), oil and gas logistics company Enterprise Products Partners (NYSE:EPD), and electricity transmission specialist National Grid (NYSE:NGG). Here’s a quick run-down as to why investors should take a look at these high-yield stocks.

Best Warren Buffett Stocks To Buy For 2019: EchoStar Corporation(SATS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Echostar Holding Corp (NASDAQ:SATS) reached a new 52-week high and low during mid-day trading on Friday . The company traded as low as $51.33 and last traded at $52.44, with a volume of 104714 shares trading hands. The stock had previously closed at $51.79.

  • [By Shanthi Rexaline]

    Incidentally, Facebook has secured shareholder approval for issuing Class C share at its shareholder meeting in June 2016, although it is yet to issue the shares.

    Other Companies With Dual-class Voting Shares
    Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (NYSE: BRK-A) and (NYSE: BRK-A), with Class A shares having 1/10th interest in the company but only 1/200th of voting power. Echostar Corporation (NASDAQ: SATS)’s CEO Charlie Ergen owns a 43.4 percent stake in the company through his holding of Class B shares but has 63.6 percent of the voting rights. Ford Motor Company (NYSE: F) uses the dual-class structure to give its founding family more voting power.

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  • [By Max Byerly]

    Teachers Advisors LLC grew its stake in shares of Echostar Co. (NASDAQ:SATS) by 9.2% in the fourth quarter, Holdings Channel reports. The fund owned 59,929 shares of the communications equipment provider’s stock after buying an additional 5,059 shares during the quarter. Teachers Advisors LLC’s holdings in Echostar were worth $3,590,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

Best Warren Buffett Stocks To Buy For 2019: AmTrust Financial Services, Inc.(AFSI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of AmTrust Financial Services Inc (NASDAQ: AFSI) were down around 18 percent to $22.79 after the company posted downbeat Q4 earnings.

    Shutterstock Inc (NYSE: SSTK) was down, falling around 19 percent to $42.04 after the company reported downbeat Q4 results and issued a weak outlook.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    AmTrust Financial Services Inc. (NASDAQ: AFSI) dropped about 28% Tuesday to post a new 52-week low of $13.51 after closing Monday at $18.87. The stock’s 52-week high is $28.48. Volume of about 19 million shares was about 9 times the daily average of around 2.1 million. A whistleblower report has resulted in an SEC probe into the company’s accounting practices.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Friday, financial shares fell 0.24 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included AmTrust Financial Services Inc (NASDAQ: AFSI), down 18 percent, and GSV Capital Corp (NASDAQ: GSVC), down 9 percent.

Best Warren Buffett Stocks To Buy For 2019: Gap, Inc. (GPS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By ]

    Some reasons for my bearishness on retail stocks:

    Higher Energy Prices. Oil prices have rallied dramatically and back to 2014 levels, rising from about $35 a barrel in early 2016 to around $67 Thursday. That’s bad news for U.S. retailers, as rising oil prices historically squeeze consumer disposable incomes. That’s one reason why I’ve been consistently raising my short exposure to retail and plan to continue doing so. Shaky Same-Store Sales Growth. Recent improvements to same-store sales at Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF) , Urban Outfitters (URBN) , Dillard’s (DDS) , Gap Inc. (GPS) and Macy’s (M) come against downgraded expectations, and might not be sustainable anyway. No Deal for Nordstrom (JWN) . The Nordstrom family has apparently abandoned plans to take its namesake company private. I had expressed concerns that this would happen. Higher Interest Rates. A rise in the London Inter-Bank Offered Rate (LIBOR) has recently accelerated. That’s bad news for retailers, as many variable-rate consumer debts (particularly mortgages) key off of the LIBOR. This will likely put a damper on mortgage refinancings — something that many see as an important ingredient for personal-consumption expenditures.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows mid cap Urban Outfitters along with The Gap Incs (NYSE: GPS) now below break even levels for long term investors whilewhile small capsAbercrombie & Fitch Co (NYSE: ANF) and Guess?, Inc (NYSE: GES) havebeen more severelyunderperforming:

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The Gap, Inc. (NYSE: GPS) reported fiscal fourth-quarter financial results after markets closed on Thursday. The company posted $0.51 in earnings per share (EPS) and $4.43 billion in revenue, versus consensus estimates that called for $0.51 in EPS and $4.39 billion in revenue. The same period from last year had $0.57 in EPS and $4.38 billion in revenue.

Top 10 Warren Buffett Stocks To Watch For 2019

BALTIMORE ( Stockpickr) — Which stocks should I buy? It’s the eternal question that most investors spend most of their time wondering. But is it the wrong question?

Must Read: Warren Buffett’s Top 10 Dividend Stocks

More so than any other year since 2008’s market crash, 2014 has been a year for stock pickers. That’s because, as the end of the calendar year creeps closer, one in three S&P 500 components is actually down since January. And considering the fact that the big index is up more than 10% year-to-date, those underperformers are missing the mark by a big margin. In a big way, knowing which stocks not to buy has almost been more important for your ability to book gains in 2014 than knowing which ones you should.

That’s why we’re taking a closer technical look at five “toxic stocks” to sell this week.

Just to be clear, the companies I’m talking about today aren’t exactly junk. By that, I mean they’re not next up in line at bankruptcy court. But that’s frankly irrelevant; from a technical analysis standpoint, sellers are shoving around these toxic stocks right now. For that reason, fundamental investors need to decide how long they’re willing to take the pain if they want to hold onto these firms in the weeks and months ahead. And for investors looking to buy one of these positions, it makes sense to wait for more favorable technical conditions (and a lower share price) before piling in.

Top 10 Warren Buffett Stocks To Watch For 2019: Coupa Software Incorporated (COUP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Taylor Cox]

    Analyst/Investor Days

    Coupa Software Incorporated (NASDAQ: COUP)
    Equifax Inc (NYSE: EFX) in New York

    Annual Shareholder Meetings

    1-800-Flowers.com, Inc (NASDAQ: FLWS)
    Cicso Systems, Inc (NASDAQ: CSCO)

    Tuesday

Top 10 Warren Buffett Stocks To Watch For 2019: Boardwalk Pipeline Partners L.P.(BWP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    On Friday, our Under the Radar Moversnewsletter suggested mid cap natural gas pipeline stock Boardwalk Pipeline Partners, LP (NYSE: BWP) as a bullish/long trade:

  • [By Tyler Crowe]

    Investors have been waiting for years for Boardwalk Pipeline Partners (NYSE:BWP) to fix the issues of debt and profitability that forced management to cut its payout. The path to repair these issues has been agonizingly slow, however, as Boardwalk posted another quarter of results that don’t suggest a return to a higher payout anytime soon.

Top 10 Warren Buffett Stocks To Watch For 2019: Vascular Biogenics Ltd.(VBLT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Vascular Biogenics Ltd (NASDAQ: VBLT) were down 17 percent to $7.43. VBL Therapeutics reported pricing of 2.5 million share common stock offering for $18.75 million.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Vascular Biogenics Ltd (NASDAQ: VBLT) were down 20 percent to $7.22. VBL Therapeutics reported pricing of 2.5 million share common stock offering for $18.75 million.

Top 10 Warren Buffett Stocks To Watch For 2019: PrimeEnergy Corporation(PNRG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Monday, energy shares fell 1.03 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included PrimeEnergy Corporation (NASDAQ: PNRG), down 4 percent, and Carrizo Oil & Gas Inc (NASDAQ: CRZO) down 7 percent.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Thursday, energy shares were relative laggards, down on the day by about 0.18 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included PrimeEnergy Corporation (NASDAQ: PNRG), down 8 percent, and Aegean Marine Petroleum Network Inc. (NYSE: ANW) down 3 percent.

Top 10 Warren Buffett Stocks To Watch For 2019: Vical Incorporated(VICL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Vical Incorporated (NASDAQ: VICL) shares dropped 22 percent to $3.01 after the company disclosed that its Phase 2 trial did not meet primary endpoint.

Top 10 Warren Buffett Stocks To Watch For 2019: Pilbara Minerals Limited (PILBF)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By SEEKINGALPHA.COM]

    The question now is more about speed of EV implementation. On the supply side, it has been great to see LAC, Pilbara Minerals (OTCPK:PILBF) and Altura Mining (OTCPK:ALTAF) get funding, but the continued issues with Albemarle’s (NYSE:ALB) LaNegra II expansion and Orocobre (OTCPK:OROCF) ramping up to Phase 1 capacity of 17,500 tonnes/year of lithium carbonate are further evidence that lithium projects take time and have considerable execution risk.

  • [By SEEKINGALPHA.COM]

    The other producing lithium miners, and soon to be producers. I have discussed these previously in detail here, here and here. Needless to say, the top 3 producers are non-pure plays (SQM (NYSE:SQM), Albemarle (NYSE:ALB), and FMC Corp. (NYSE:FMC)). The top pure play currently producing miners are Orocobre (ASX:ORE) (OTCPK:OROCF), Tianqi Lithium (SHE:002466), Jiangxi Ganfeng Lithium, Galaxy Resources, Mineral Resources [ASX:MIN] (OTC:MALRF), and Neometals [ASX:NMT] (OTC:RRSSF). The near-term producers include Altura Mining [ASX:AJM] (OTCPK:ALTAF), Pilbara Minerals (ASX:PLS) (OTC:PILBF), Kidman Resources (ASX:KDR), Critical Elements, Nemaska Lithium (OTCQX:NMKEF) [TSX:NMX], Lithium Americas (OTCQX:LACDF) [TSX:LAC], Lithium X (OTCQX:LIXXF) (TSXV:LIX), Neo Lithium, and Bacanora Minerals (OTC:BCRMF) [TSXV:BCN], Advantage Lithium (OTCQB:AVLIF) [AAL], European Metals (OTCPK:MNTCF, ASX:EMH, AIM:EMH) and Pure Energy (OTCQB:PEMIF) [PE].

Top 10 Warren Buffett Stocks To Watch For 2019: Cerus Corporation(CERS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Cerus Corp. (NASDAQ: CERS) dropped about 27% Tuesday to post a new 52-week low of $2.19 after closing at $3.00 on Monday. The stock’s 52-week high is $7.64. Volume was about 5 times the daily average of around 1.6 million shares. The company had no specific news.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Friday afternoon, healthcare shares gained by 0.99 percent. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included Cerus Corporation (NASDAQ: CERS), and Air Methods Corp (NASDAQ: AIRM).

Top 10 Warren Buffett Stocks To Watch For 2019: Gap, Inc. (GPS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows mid cap Urban Outfitters along with The Gap Incs (NYSE: GPS) now below break even levels for long term investors whilewhile small capsAbercrombie & Fitch Co (NYSE: ANF) and Guess?, Inc (NYSE: GES) havebeen more severelyunderperforming:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows Abercrombie & Fitch Cobouncing lower since 2013whilesmall capUrban Outfitters, Inc (NASDAQ: URBN)andmid capThe Gap Inc (NYSE: GPS) began bouncing lower in 2015:

  • [By Leo Sun]

    Gap (NYSE:GPS), the parent company of Old Navy, Gap, and Banana Republic, trades at 14 times earnings. It pays a forward yield of 3.9%, which is supported by a payout ratio of 55%. The company has hiked that dividend annually for seven straight years.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The stock posting the largest daily percentage gain in the S&P 500 ahead of the close Wednesday was The Gap, Inc. (NYSE: GPS) which rose 7.5% to $25.83. The stocks 52-week range is $21.02 to $30.74. Volume was over 12 million compared to its average volume of 6.0 million.

Top 10 Warren Buffett Stocks To Watch For 2019: Express Scripts Holding Company(ESRX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Schaper Benz & Wise Investment Counsel Inc. WI cut its holdings in shares of Express Scripts (NASDAQ:ESRX) by 2.0% during the 1st quarter, HoldingsChannel.com reports. The institutional investor owned 85,515 shares of the company’s stock after selling 1,770 shares during the quarter. Schaper Benz & Wise Investment Counsel Inc. WI’s holdings in Express Scripts were worth $5,907,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

  • [By ]

    Larry Robbins and his Glenview Capital Management LLC said he is supportive of health insurance titan Cigna Corp.’s (CI) acquisition of Express Scripts Holdings Co. (ESRX) , the country’s largest benefits management group, in a deal announced in March worth $67 billion.

  • [By WWW.GURUFOCUS.COM]

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

    These are the top 5 holdings of Jeff UbbenTwenty-First Century Fox Inc (FOX) – 53,326,334 shares, 18.41% of the total portfolio. Alliance Data Systems Corp (ADS) – 5,877,400 shares, 15.07% of the total portfolio. CBRE Group Inc (CBG) – 24,916,923 shares, 10.92% of the total portfolio. Shares reduced by 13.72%KKR & Co LP (KKR) – 47,750,000 shares, 10.18% of the total portfolio. Shares added by 4.82%Morgan Stanley (MS) – 17,959,620 shares,

  • [By Alexander Bird]

    Both CVS Health Corp. (NYSE: CVS) and Cigna Corp. (NYSE: CI) sank 5% while Express Scripts Holding Co. (NASDAQ: ESRX), one of the primary providers of pharmacy benefits, dropped 9.7% in response to the disruptive impact the announced partnership could have on the industry. Altogether, the healthcare sector lost a combined $30 billion in market share in the first two hours of trading today.

  • [By ]

    The space that could come under the most pressure are the pharmacy benefit management players, an industry that thrives on the rebate system. Stocks to watch include: CVS Health (CVS) (owns PBM Caremark) and Express Scripts (ESRX) (and by extension Cigna (CI) , which is trying to acquire Express Scripts).

  • [By ]

    Express Scripts Holding (Nasdaq: ESRX) has already stated publicly that it would be open to an acquisition. The company is the largest PBM in the United States, with more than 1.4 billion adjusted claims processed annually as well as a strong home delivery pharmaceuticals service.

Top 10 Warren Buffett Stocks To Watch For 2019: Profire Energy, Inc.(PFIE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Profire Energy, Inc. (NASDAQ: PFIE) is estimated to post its quarterly earnings at $0.00 per share on revenue of $6.74 million.

    Posted-In: Earnings scheduleEarnings News Pre-Market Outlook Markets

Best High Dividend Stocks To Invest In Right Now

Related KORS Keep an Eye on These 10 Stocks for June 1, 2016 Earnings Scheduled For June 1, 2016 Notable earnings before Wednesday's open (Seeking Alpha)

On CNBC's Options Action, Dan Nathan spoke about unusually high options activity in Michael Kors Holdings Ltd (NYSE: KORS) ahead of earnings results. The company is going to report earnings on Wednesday and the options market is implying a 10 percent move. In the last four earnings events, the stock moved 16 percent on average.

The options volume was 6 times higher than the average daily options volume and there was one trade that caught Nathan's attention. A trader bought 15,000 contracts of the June 46 calls for $1.05. The trade breaks even at $47.05 or 10 percent higher from the closing price on Tuesday. Nathan explained that Michael Kors traded sharply lower recently and he sees the trade as a contrarian way to play into the earnings results.

Posted-In: Dan Nathan Options ActionCNBC Options Markets Media

Best High Dividend Stocks To Invest In Right Now: MEDIFAST INC(MED)

Medifast, Inc., through its subsidiaries, engages in the production, distribution, and sale of weight management and disease management products, and other consumable health and diet products in the United States. The company?s product lines include weight and disease management, meal replacement, and vitamins. It also operates weight control centers that offer Medifast programs for weight loss and maintenance, customized patient counseling, and inbody composition analysis. The company markets its products under the Medifast and Essential brand names, including shakes, appetite suppression shakes, women?s health shakes, diabetics shakes, joint health shakes, coronary health shakes, calorie burn drinks, calorie burn flavor infusers, antioxidant shakes, antioxidant flavor infusers, bars, crunch bars, soups, chili, oatmeal, pudding, scrambled eggs, hot cocoa, cappuccino, chai latte, iced teas, fruit drinks, pretzels, puffs, brownie, pancakes, soy crisps, crackers, and omega 3 and digestive health products. Medifast Inc. sells its products through various channels of distribution comprising Web, call center, independent health advisors, medical professionals, weight loss clinics, and direct consumer marketing supported via the phone and the Web; Take Shape for Life, a physician led network of independent health coaches; and weight control centers. The company was founded in 1980 and is headquartered in Owings Mills, Maryland.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Friday, non-cyclical consumer goods & services shares rose by just 0.3 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Medifast Inc (NYSE: MED), down 5 percent, and Bridgford Foods Corporation (NASDAQ: BRID), down 6 percent.

Best High Dividend Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Gap, Inc. (The)(GPS)

 

The Gap, Inc. operates as an apparel retail company worldwide. It offers apparel, accessories, and personal care products for men, women, and children under the Gap, Banana Republic, Old Navy, Athleta, and Intermix brands. The company provides apparel, eyewear, jewelry, shoes, handbags, and fragrances; and performance and lifestyle apparel for use in yoga, strength training, and running, as well as seasonal sports, including skiing and tennis. The Gap, Inc. offers its products through company-operated stores, franchise stores, Websites, e-commerce and social media sites, and catalogs. The company has franchise agreements with unaffiliated franchisees to operate Gap, Banana Republic, and Old Navy stores in Asia, Australia, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, and Africa. As of January 30, 2016, it operated, 3,721 company-operated and franchise store locations. The company was founded in 1969 and is headquartered in San Franc isco, California.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shauna O’Brien]

    Nomura Securities announced on Monday that it has started coverage on apparel retailer The Gap Inc. (GPS).

    The firm has initiated coverage on GPS with a “Neutral” rating and $42 price target. This price target suggests a 4% increase from Friday’s closing price of $40.39.

    Analyst Simeon Siegel commented: “With top- and bottom-line resurgence, there is no question this has been the year (and-a-half) to own The Gap (GPS). But interestingly, FY12 total sales were still below FY04 levels, suggesting that through improvedproduct, the new global focus on the top line, and views on an omni-channel perspective on inventory; GPS has room to drive the company to new heights. Valuation keeps us sidelined. We are projecting FY13/FY14 EPS estimates of $2.69/$3.00 versus the Street at $2.77/$3.06. Our $42 target price is based on 14x our FY14 estimate versus the peer group average 14x multiple and the companys historical average of 14.5x.”

    The Gap shares were mostly flat during pre-market trading Monday. The stock is up 30% YTD.

  • [By Mike Deane]

    On Thursday, The Gap Inc. (GPS) released its sales figures for August, posting an increase in monthly net sales from last year’s period ending August 25th.

    The San Francisco, CA-based clothing company announced sales of $1.23 billion for the four-week period ending August 31, which was up from last year’s figure of $1.2 billion.

    There were 53 weeks in Gap’s fiscal 2012, and due to this the comparable sales for August 2013 are compared to the period ending September 1, 2012. Though comparable sales were up 2% for this August, this is far below last year’s August comps, which boasted a 9% increase.

    Gap’s shares were down 16 cents, or .39%, at market close today. YTD, the company’s stock is up more than 30%.

  • [By ANUP SINGH]

    The Gap (NYSE: GPS  ) is yet another apparel & accessories retailer that’s doing well and bucking the trend in the retail sector. On the back of solid top-line growth and improved margins, the company reported earnings of $0.64 a share for the second quarter of fiscal 2013. This was 30.6% more than the same quarter a year ago.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Gap Inc (NYSE: GPS) was down, falling around 13 percent to $24.09 after the company reported a 6 percent drop in its same-store sales for March 2016, versus to a 2 percent gain during the same period last year. The company saw net sales for the five-week period ended April 2 fall around 6.5 percent on a year-over-year basis to $1.43 billion.

Hot Cheapest Stocks For 2016: McEwen Mining Inc.(MUX)

 

McEwen Mining Inc. explores for, develops, produces, and sells precious and base metals in Argentina, Mexico, and the United States. It primarily explores for gold, silver, and copper. The companys principal assets consist of a 49% interest in the San Jos茅 Mine in Santa Cruz, Argentina; the El Gallo 1 mine and El Gallo 2 project in Sinaloa, Mexico; the Gold Bar project in Nevada, the United States; and the Los Azules copper project in San Juan, Argentina It covers an area of approximately 730 square miles and comprises 146 mining concessions consisting of 71 approved mining claims; 54 claims that are in the application process for mining claim status; and 21 claims, principally that are for exploration only. The company was formerly known as US Gold Corporation and changed its name to McEwen Mining Inc. in January 2012. McEwen Mining Inc. was founded in 1979 and is headquartered in Toronto, Canada.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Wednesday, basic materials shares fell by 1.27 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included McEwen Mining Inc (NYSE: MUX), down 12 percent, and DRDGOLD Ltd. (ADR) (NYSE: DRD), down 7 percent.

Best High Dividend Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Medidata Solutions, Inc.(MDSO)

 

Medidata Solutions, Inc. provides cloud-based clinical development solutions for life sciences in the United States and internationally. The company offers applications and data analytics for clinical development. It offers Medidata Rave, a platform for capturing, managing, and reporting clinical data; Medidata CTMS, a clinical trial management solution that streamlines operational workflows; Medidata Designer, which enhances the efficiency of clinical trial start-up; Medidata Insights, a clinical business analytics platform; and Medidata Balance, a randomization and trial supply management solution. The company also provides Medidata Patient Cloud application for electronic patient-reported outcome; Medidata Grants Manager, which enables to develop and manage trial budgets; Medidata contract research organization (CRO) Contractor, an analytical tool for CRO outsourcing, budgeting, and negotiation; and Medidata SQM, a set of c loud-based site quality management dashboards. In addition, it offers Medidata Coder that provides medical coding and synonym management solutions; Medidata Safety Gateway, which offers a solution for collecting and transmitting adverse events and related data from the EDC system; and Medidata Targeted SDV that provides auditable and scalable solutions, as well as offers hosting, support, and professional services. Medidata Solutions, Inc. markets and sells its cloud-based solutions through direct sales force, as well as through relationships with CROs and other strategic partners. The company serves pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical device, and diagnostics companies; and academic institutions, contract research organizations, and other entities engaged in clinical trials. Medidata Solutions, Inc. was founded in 1999 and is headquartered in New York, New York.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    On Wednesday, technology shares climbed by 0.94 percent. Top gainers in the sector included Marvell Technology Group Ltd. (NASDAQ: MRVL) and Medidata Solutions Inc (NASDAQ: MDSO).

Best High Dividend Stocks To Invest In Right Now: InterCloud Systems, Inc(ICLD)

 

InterCloud Systems, Inc. provides end-to-end IT and network solutions to the telecommunications service provider and corporate enterprise markets through cloud platforms and professional services in the United States and internationally. It operates through three segments: Applications and Infrastructure, Professional Services, and Cloud and Managed Services. The company offers cloud-based services, including platform as a service, infrastructure as a service, database as a service, and software as a service; and managed services, such as network management, 24x7x365 monitoring, security monitoring, and storage and backup services. It also provides a range of applications and services, such as unified communications, interactive voice response, and session initiation protocol based call centers, as well as offers structured cabling and other field installations. In addition, the company designs, engineers, installs, and mainta ins various types of Wi-Fi and wide-area, distributed antenna system, and small cell distribution networks for incumbent local exchange carriers, telecommunications original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), cable broadband multiple system operators, and enterprise customers, as well as designs, installs, and maintains hardware solutions for the OEMs that support voice, data, and optical networks. Further, it provides consulting and professional staffing solutions to the service-provider and enterprise market in support of IT and next-generation networks facets comprising project management, network implementation, network installation, network upgrades, rebuilds, maintenance, and consulting services. Additionally, the companys engineering, design, installation, and maintenance services support the build-out and operation of enterprise, fiber optic, Ethernet, and wireless networks. InterCloud Systems, Inc. was founded in 2006 and is headquartered in Shrewsbury, New Jersey.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    InterCloud Systems Inc (NASDAQ: ICLD) is expected to post a quarterly loss at $0.14 per share on revenue of $24.00 million.

    Posted-In: Earnings scheduleEarnings News Pre-Market Outlook Markets

Best High Dividend Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Zions Bancorporation(ZION)

 

Zions Bancorporation, a financial holding company, provides a range of banking and related services in Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming. The company offers community banking services, such as small and medium-sized business and corporate banking; commercial and residential development, construction, and term lending; retail banking; treasury cash management and related products and services; and residential mortgage servicing and lending. It also provides trust and wealth management services; capital markets services, including municipal finance advisory and underwriting; and investment services. In addition, the company offers personal banking services to individuals, including home mortgages, bankcards, other installment loans, home equity lines of credit, checking accounts, savings accounts, certificates of deposit of various types and maturities, safe de posit facilities, direct deposits, and Internet and mobile banking services. Further, it provides online and traditional brokerage services; small business administration and secondary market agricultural real estate mortgage loans; and bond transfer, stock transfer, and escrow services for corporate customers. As of December 31, 2015, the company operated 450 domestic branches. Zions Bancorporation was founded in 1873 and is headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Who will have the most incremental capital return? We would highlight Zions Bancorporation (ZION), Citigroup, Bank of America, and M&T Bank (MTB) as the CCAR banks that we expect to post the most material year-to-year increase in capital return in CCAR 2016.

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Zions Bancorporation (NASDAQ: ZION) is projected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.39 per share on revenue of $576.49 million.

    Crane Co. (NYSE: CR) is expected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.86 per share on revenue of $644.60 million.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Lee offers 22 stocks that could benefit from the correlation trade: Western Digital (WDC), Xerox (XRX), First Solar, Ford Motor, Best Buy (BBY), PulteGroup (PHM), AutoNation (AN), Textron (TXT), Jacobs Engineering Group (JEC), Mosaic, BB&T (BBT), Fifth Third Bancorp (FITB),Loews (L), Regions Financial (RF), KeyCorp (KEY), Comerica (CMA), Leucadia National (LUK), Zions Bancorp (ZION), Valero Energy (VLO), Marathon Oil, Cardinal Health (CAH), and Pepco Holdings (POM).

Top 5 Healthcare Technology Stocks For 2016

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Some of the stocks that may grab investor focus today are:

Top 5 Healthcare Technology Stocks For 2016: Reynolds American Inc(RAI)

Reynolds American Inc. (RAI), through its subsidiaries, manufactures and sells cigarette and other tobacco products in the United States. It offers cigarettes under the brand names of CAMEL, PALL MALL, WINSTON, KOOL, DORAL, SALEM, MISTY, and CAPRI; and cigarettes and other tobacco products under the NATURAL AMERICAN SPIRIT brand name, as well as manages various licensed brands, including DUNHILL and STATE EXPRESS 555. The company also provides smokeless tobacco products, including moist snuff under GRIZZLY and KODIAK brand names; pasteurized tobacco under CAMEL Snus brand name; milled tobacco under the brand name of CAMEL Dissolvables; other tobacco products, such as little cigars under WINCHESTER and CAPTAIN BLACK brand names; and roll-your-own tobacco under the brand name of BUGLER. RAI sells its products primarily through distributors, wholesalers, and other direct customers, including retail chains, as well as distributes its cigarettes to public warehouses. The compan y was founded in 1875 and is headquartered in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Cigarette seller Altria (MO) is supposed to be a nice, safe consumer staple stock. So why is it down more than 3% today when the stock market is rallying? And why are other tobacco companies like Reynolds American (RAI) and Phillip Morris International (PM) also getting hammered? Wells Fargo’s Bonnie Herzog has an idea:

  • [By Shauna O’Brien]

    On Friday, tobacco company Reynolds American, Inc. (RAI) reported a public offering of $1.1 billion aggregate principal amount of senior notes.

    The notes include $500 million aggregate principal amount of 4.850% Senior Notes due 2023 and $550 million aggregate principal amount of 6.150% Senior Notes due 2043.

    RAI plans to use the funds obtained from the notes to buy back $200 million of the outstanding principal amount of its 7.300% notes due in 2015 and the $775 million outstanding principal amount of notes due in 2016.

    Reynolds American shares were mostly flat during pre-market trading Friday. The stock is up 16% YTD.

Top 5 Healthcare Technology Stocks For 2016: Tuesday Morning Corp.(TUES)

Tuesday Morning Corporation engages in the retail sale of decorative home accessories, housewares, and gifts in the United States. The company?s merchandise primarily consists of lamps, rugs, furniture, kitchen accessories, small electronics, gourmet housewares, linens, luggage, bedroom and bathroom accessories, toys, stationary, and silk plants, as well as crystal, collectibles, and silver serving pieces. It also offers apparel and accessories. In addition, the company provides brand name merchandise, including cookware, appliances, linens, bath towels, luggage, flatware, tabletop, crystal, collectibles, dolls, china and giftware, and rugs. As of September 21, 2011, it operated 861 discount retail stores in 43 states. The company was founded in 1974 and is headquartered in Dallas, Texas.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Tuesday Morning (NASDAQ: TUES) shares gained 4.87% to create a new 52-week high of $14.63. Tuesday Morning shares have jumped 110.09% over the past 52 weeks, while the S&P 500 index has gained 18.17% in the same period.

Top 5 China Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Outerwall Inc.(OUTR)

 

Outerwall Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides automated retail solutions primarily in the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, Ireland, and the United Kingdom. Its Redbox segment owns and operates approximately 40,480 Redbox kiosks in 33,060 locations that enable consumers to rent or purchase movies and video games. The companys Coinstar segment owns and operates approximately 20,930 coin-counting kiosks in 19,660 locations, which enable consumers to convert their coin to cash, convert coins and paper bills to stored value products, and exchange gift cards for cash. The companys ecoATM segment owns and operates approximately 2,250 kiosks in 2,020 locations that enable consumers to purchase and sell electronic devices for cash at self-service kiosks. Its ecoATM segment also operates gazelle.com, a direct-to-consumer online solution for the purchase and sale of certain electronic devices for cash. The companys other co ncepts and investments include identifying, evaluating, building, acquiring, and developing self-service concepts in the automated retail space. The company was formerly known as Coinstar, Inc. and changed its name to Outerwall Inc. in June 2013. Outerwall Inc. was founded in 1991 and is headquartered in Bellevue, Washington.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jake L’Ecuyer]

    Equities Trading DOWN
    Shares of Outerwall (NASDAQ: OUTR) were down 16.03 percent to $47.00 after the company lowered its forecast for the third quarter and full year. Werner Enterprises (NASDAQ: WERN) shares tumbled 4.71 percent to $23.26 after the company issued a weak third-quarter profit forecast. Bank of America downgraded the stock from Buy to Neutral. Pandora Media (NYSE: P) down, falling 1.71 percent to $23.58 as the company announced its plans to sell 14 million shares of common stock, including 4 million shares from current stockholders.

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Outerwall (NASDAQ: OUTR) dipped 19.33% to $45.15 in the pre-market session after the company lowered its forecast for the third quarter and full year.

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Shares of Outerwall Inc (NASDAQ: OUTR) surged over 8 percent in Monday’s after-hours trading session following news for investors the company has begun the process of exploring strategic and financial alternatives. Outerwall’s Board also announced the raising of the company’s quarterly dividend from $0.30 to $0.60 per share. Outerwall shares jumped 8.11 percent to $37.18 in the after-hours trading session.

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Outerwall (NASDAQ: OUTR) lowered its forecast for the third quarter and full year. Outerwall shares dipped 19.96% to $44.80 in after-hours trading.

Top 5 Healthcare Technology Stocks For 2016: Nu Skin Enterprises Inc.(NUS)

Nu Skin Enterprises, Inc. develops and distributes anti-aging personal care products and nutritional supplements worldwide. The company sells its personal care products under the Nu Skin brand; and nutritional supplements under the Pharmanex brand. Its personal care product line includes core systems, targeted treatments, total care, cosmetic, and Epoch, a product formulated with botanical ingredients. The company?s nutritional supplements product line comprises micronutrient supplements, targeted solution supplements, and weight management products. It also sells Vitameal, which are nutritious meal products for starving children or purchased for personal food storage. In addition, the company offers other products and services consisting of digital content storage, water purifiers, and other household products. It sells its products primarily through a network of independent distributors in north Asia, the Americas, Greater China, Europe, and the south Asia/Pacific. The c ompany also operates retail stores to sell its products in China. As of December 31, 2010, Nu Skin Enterprises operated 40 stores throughout China. The company was founded in 1984 and is headquartered in Provo, Utah.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Roberto Pedone]

    Nu Skin Enterprises (NUS) is a direct selling company, which develops and distributes personal care products and nutritional supplements that are sold under the Nu Skin and Pharmanex brands. This stock closed up 5.4% at $92.96 in Monday’s trading session.

    Monday’s Volume: 2 million

    Three-Month Average Volume: 900,802

    Volume % Change: 85%

    From a technical perspective, NUS ripped higher here right above some near-term support at $85 with heavy upside volume. This move pushed shares of NUS into breakout and new 52-week-high territory, since the stock took out some near-term overhead resistance levels at $88.20 to $89.69. This move also pushed shares of NUS above the upper-end of its recent range that saw the stock trend between $82 to just above $89.

    Traders should now look for long-biased trades in NUS as long as it’s trending above support at $85 and then once it sustains a move or close above Monday’s high of $93.33 with volume that this near or above 900,802 shares. If we get that move soon, then NUS will set up to enter new 52-week-high territory, which is bullish technical price action. Some possible upside targets off that move are $100 to $105.

Top 5 Healthcare Technology Stocks For 2016: MPLX LP(MPLX)

 

MPLX LP owns, operates, develops, and acquires pipelines and other midstream assets related to the transportation and storage of crude oil, refined product, and other hydrocarbon-based products in the United States. As of December 31, 2014, the company owned a 99.5% interest in an entity, which in turn collectively owned and operated a network of pipeline systems that include approximately 1,004 miles of common carrier crude oil pipelines; and approximately 1,902 miles of common carrier product pipelines in 9 states. It also holds a 100% interest in butane cavern located in Neal, West Virginia with approximately 1 million barrels of storage capacity. In addition, the company operates crude oil and product pipelines owned by third parties. MPLX GP LLC acts as the general partner of MPLX LP. The company was founded in 2012 and is headquartered in Findlay, Ohio. MPLX LP is a subsidiary of Marathon Petroleum Corporation.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    JPMorgan analyst Phil Gresh and team explain what they got wrong about Marathon Petroleum (MPC), as they cut its rating to Neutral from Overweight following yesterday’s disastrous financial results from MPLX (MPLX):