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Kimberly-Clark Corp. (NYSE:KMB) has provided investors with reliable income increases for decades.

In fact, the company is one of the 51 Dividend Aristocrats, which can all be seen here.

Kimberly-Clark pays one of the safest dividends in the market, yields close to 3%, offers mid-single-digit payout growth and sells recession-resistant products.

All of these investment qualities are appealing for retired investors living on dividends.

Like many other large consumer brand multinationals however, Kimberly-Clark is battling foreign currency headwinds, slower growth in developed markets and an evolving competitive landscape.

Let’s take a closer look at Kimberly-Clark to see why it deserves to be a core position in our Top 20 Dividend Stocks portfolio.

Business overview

Kimberly-Clark has been in business since 1928 and has grown into one of the largest global manufacturers of various tissue and hygiene products.

Top 5 Safest Stocks To Invest In Right Now: ICON plc(ICLR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Icon Plc (NASDAQ:ICLR) has been given an average recommendation of “Buy” by the thirteen analysts that are presently covering the stock, Marketbeat.com reports. Three investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold recommendation, nine have given a buy recommendation and one has assigned a strong buy recommendation to the company. The average 1 year price target among brokers that have updated their coverage on the stock in the last year is $127.20.

  • [By Lee Jackson]

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    Based in Ireland, this top company is offering investors a nice entry point. Icon PLC (NASDAQ: ICLR) is a global contract research organization (CRO) providing clinical development services to pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device industries.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Senomyx (NASDAQ: SNMX) and ICON (NASDAQ:ICLR) are both consumer staples companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, dividends, profitability, earnings and risk.

Top 5 Safest Stocks To Invest In Right Now: CareTrust REIT, Inc.(CTRE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jason Hall]

    This is especially true if you follow some simple rules: Only invest money in stocks if you can hold them for the long term. Don’t expose yourself too heavily to any single stock for income you have to have. Invest in high-quality companies with a substantial margin of safety in their ability to pay the dividend. Three that check all three boxes areTerraForm Power Inc.(NASDAQ:TERP),CareTrust REIT Inc.(NASDAQ:CTRE), andStarbucks Corporation(NASDAQ:SBUX).

  • [By Jason Hall, Chuck Saletta, and Reuben Gregg Brewer]

    But that doesn’t mean you need to make risky bets to capture solid returns, either, and buying solid companies at reasonable prices can help create a margin of safety and improve your returns, while also decreasing your risk of permanent losses. Three stocks that meet these criteria are small healthcare real-estate specialistCaretrust REIT Inc(NASDAQ:CTRE), financial services giantPrudential Financial Inc(NYSE:PRU), and energy behemothExxonMobil Corporation(NYSE:XOM).

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Eversept Partners LLC lessened its position in shares of Caretrust REIT Inc (NASDAQ:CTRE) by 21.7% during the first quarter, according to its most recent filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The fund owned 108,264 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock after selling 30,000 shares during the quarter. Caretrust REIT comprises 0.7% of Eversept Partners LLC’s investment portfolio, making the stock its 29th biggest holding. Eversept Partners LLC owned about 0.14% of Caretrust REIT worth $1,473,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

  • [By Jason Hall, Neha Chamaria, and Rich Duprey]

    Owning stocks that pay a dividend can make it much easier to hold on to them, particularly if they have the ability to steadily increase the payout and solid prospects to grow the business. To help find the best long-term dividend stocks out there, we asked three of our Motley Fool investors for a little help. They came back withGaming and Leisure Properties Inc(NASDAQ:GLPI),AES Corp(NYSE:AES), andCaretrust REIT Inc(NASDAQ:CTRE).

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Brixmor Property Group (NYSE: BRX) and Caretrust REIT (NASDAQ:CTRE) are both finance companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, earnings, dividends, analyst recommendations, valuation, risk and profitability.

Top 5 Safest Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Enersis S A(ENI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    HSBC set a €18.20 ($21.16) price objective on ENI (ETR:ENI) in a research note published on Monday morning. The brokerage currently has a buy rating on the stock.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Deutsche Bank set a €18.50 ($21.51) price target on ENI (ETR:ENI) in a report released on Thursday. The brokerage currently has a buy rating on the stock.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Headlines about Enel Americas (NYSE:ENI) have trended somewhat positive this week, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. The research firm identifies negative and positive press coverage by analyzing more than twenty million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Enel Americas earned a news sentiment score of 0.04 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned press coverage about the company an impact score of 44.8569330191595 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the next few days.

Top 5 Safest Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Genfit SA (GNFTF)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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    In a recent article, we discussed what makes Genfits (OTCPK:GNFTF) Elafibranor one of the most promising candidates in the NASH treatment development space. Given the unmet need (no approved therapies), Elafibranors 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 Elafibranors success in clinical stages and Genfits valuation based on the potential of its lead product candidate. We will briefly also discuss the risks to the investment thesis.

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    Heres what we wrote: With GR-MD-02, Galectin is also targeting a different spectrum of NASH. The companys 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.

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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.

Top 5 Safest Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Innodata Inc.(INOD)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

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

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

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Luzich Partners LLC lifted its stake in shares of Innodata Inc (NASDAQ:INOD) by 4.9% during the 1st quarter, according to the company in its most recent filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The firm owned 1,316,550 shares of the technology company’s stock after acquiring an additional 61,944 shares during the period. Innodata accounts for approximately 1.5% of Luzich Partners LLC’s portfolio, making the stock its 12th biggest position. Luzich Partners LLC owned about 5.09% of Innodata worth $1,514,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Media coverage about Innodata (NASDAQ:INOD) has trended somewhat positive this week, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. The research firm scores the sentiment of press coverage by analyzing more than twenty million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Innodata earned a media sentiment score of 0.10 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news articles about the technology company an impact score of 47.3485759085159 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the near future.

Top 5 Performing Stocks To Invest In Right Now

L Brands (LB) soared to the top of the S&P 500 today after the parent company of Victoria’s Secret reported a 10% drop in same-store sales.

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L Brands surged 11% to $47.85 today, while the S&P 500 rose 0.2% to2,357.49. And while L Brands was the best performer, retailers made up half of the 10 best performing stocks in the benchmark today: Nordstrom (JWN) advanced 2.9% to $44.71, Gap (GPS) jumped 5.1% to $24.06, Kohl’s (KSS) climbed 5.6% to $39.60, andBed Bath & Beyond (BBBY), which reported earnings last night, gained 3.4% to $39.08.

RBC analystsBrian Tunick andKate Fitzsimons attributed L Brand’s big move to a short squeeze. They explain:

Bottom line, with the stock recently hitting a 52 week low yesterday, the 10% squeeze were seeing in the shares is likely reflective of the better-than-feared trade rather than long-only buyers stepping in. The reality is that LBs fundamentals are still challenged (down 10% comps are nothing to throw a party for), with the overhang on LB shares related to how much of the damage is self-inflicted (7% category exit headwind called out this month) vs. a tough mall traffic environment. Net/net, we remain neutral on LB shares given the lack of top line visibility as LB executes these category exits, with April and 2Q17s merch margin commentary ones to watch for signals that weve rounded the bottom.

Top 5 Performing Stocks To Invest In Right Now: ICON plc(ICLR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Senomyx (NASDAQ: SNMX) and ICON (NASDAQ:ICLR) are both consumer staples companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, dividends, profitability, earnings and risk.

Top 5 Performing Stocks To Invest In Right Now: China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation(SNP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

    News headlines about Sinopec (NYSE:SNP) have been trending somewhat positive on Saturday, Accern reports. Accern identifies positive and negative media coverage by reviewing more than twenty million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Sinopec earned a coverage optimism score of 0.23 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave headlines about the oil and gas company an impact score of 45.9265677546286 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the near term.

Top 5 Performing Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Federal Agricultural Mortgage Corporation(AGM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Acacia Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: ACIA) shares rose 18.3 percent to $37.25 in pre-market trading after gaining 1.74 percent on Friday.
    Kitov Pharma Ltd (NASDAQ: KTOV) rose 12.1 percent to $2.69 in pre-market trading after surging 4.80 percent on Friday.
    NXP Semiconductors N.V. (NASDAQ: NXPI) rose 10.9 percent to $109.75 in pre-market trading after Bloomberg reported that the China’s Commerce Ministry has restarted its review of QUALCOMM Incorporated’s (NASDAQ: QCOM) proposed takeover of NXP Semiconductors.
    Renewable Energy Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: REGI) rose 10.6 percent to $15.20 in pre-market trading. Renewable Energy will replace Synchronoss Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ: SNCR) in the S&P SmallCap 600 on Tuesday, May 15.
    NeoPhotonics Corporation (NYSE: NPTN) rose 10 percent to $6.40 in pre-market trading.
    Vaxart, Inc. (NASDAQ: VXRT) shares rose 8 percent to $5.54 in pre-market trading after gaining 2.19 percent on Friday.
    Profire Energy, Inc. (NASDAQ: PFIE) rose 7.3 percent to $4.58 in pre-market trading after gaining 6.22 percent on Friday.
    Marvell Technology Group Ltd. (NASDAQ: MRVL) rose 7 percent to $22.49 in pre-market trading after falling 1.96 percent on Friday.
    Oclaro, Inc. (NASDAQ: OCLR) shares rose 6.9 percent to $9.16 in pre-market trading.
    TransEnterix, Inc. (NYSE: TRXC) rose 5.7 percent to $2.24 in pre-market trading after gaining 3.92 percent on Friday.
    CVR Refining, LP (NYSE: CVRR) rose 5.4 percent to $19.70 in pre-market trading.
    Federal Agricultural Mortgage Corporation (NYSE: AGM) rose 5.2 percent to $92.95 in pre-market trading.
    International Game Technology PLC (NYSE: IGT) rose 5.2 percent to $29.94 in pre-market trading.
    Lumentum Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: LITE) shares rose 5.1 percent to $66.30 in the pre-market trading session.
    Net 1 UEPS Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: UEPS) shares rose 5 percent to $10.70 in pre-market trading after climbing 15.66 percent on Friday.
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  • [By Stephan Byrd]

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

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    Zacks: Federal Agricultural Mortgage Co. (AGM) Given Average Rating of “Strong Buy” by Analysts (americanbankingnews.com) Federal Agricultural Mortgage Co. (AGM) Announces $0.58 Quarterly Dividend (americanbankingnews.com) Federal Agricultural Mortgage Corporation: Farmer Mac Declares Dividends and Announces Conference Call for First Quarter 2018 Results (twst.com) Federal Agricultural Mortgage (AGM) Set to Announce Earnings on Tuesday (americanbankingnews.com)

    Federal Agricultural Mortgage stock opened at $87.14 on Monday. The company has a market capitalization of $925.08, a PE ratio of 14.17 and a beta of 1.18. Federal Agricultural Mortgage has a twelve month low of $54.51 and a twelve month high of $92.57. The company has a quick ratio of 0.37, a current ratio of 0.37 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 2.87.

Top 5 Performing Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Tupperware Brands Corporation(TUP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    Tuesday was another good day on Wall Street, thanks largely to diminished concerns about trade disputes between the U.S. and China. Chinese leaders made conciliatory comments that suggested that there could be a measured resolution to tensions between the two countries, and market participants took that as an all-clear sign to bid shares higher. Yet some stocks suffered from negative news. Tupperware Brands (NYSE:TUP), SBA Communications (NASDAQ:SBAC), and American Airlines Group (NASDAQ:AAL) were among the worst performers on the day. Here’s why they did so poorly.

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Daré Bioscience, Inc. (NASDAQ: DARE) shares climbed 54.2 percent to $1.25 on news that the company entered into worldwide license agreement for Juniper Pharmaceuticals' intravaginal ring technology platform.
    Travelzoo (NASDAQ: TZOO) climbed 21.3 percent to $9.40 following strong Q1 results.
    Intrepid Potash, Inc. (NYSE: IPI) gained 16.5 percent to $4.60.
    K12 Inc. (NYSE: LRN) shares rose 11.2 percent to $15.4206 following Q3 results.
    Chicago Bridge & Iron Company N.V. (NYSE: CBI) shares rose 11 percent to $15.3289. McDermott issued a release reiterating rejection of Subsea 7's offer.
    Six Flags Entertainment Corporation (NYSE: SIX) shares gained 9.2 percent to $64.61 as the company posted a narrower-than-expected loss for its first quarter.
    Tupperware Brands Corporation (NYSE: TUP) surged 8.5 percent to $46.00 as the company posted in-line quarterly earnings.
    Carlisle Companies Incorporated (NYSE: CSL) climbed 7.5 percent to $107.22 after reporting Q1 results.
    Allena Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: ALNA) rose 6.1 percent to $14.78. B. Riley initiated coverage on Allena Pharmaceuticals with a Buy rating.
    Texas Instruments Incorporated (NASDAQ: TXN) rose 4.6 percent to $102.90 after the company reported stronger-than-expected earnings for its first quarter on Tuesday.
    Credit Suisse Group AG (NYSE: CS) rose 4.5 percent to $17.03 following strong Q1 results.
    STMicroelectronics N.V. (NYSE: STM) rose 4.2 percent to $22.20 after reporting Q1 results.

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  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Tupperware Brands Corp. (NYSE: TUP) fell by more than 12% Tuesday to post a new 52-week low of $41.60 after closing at $47.34 on Monday. The 52-week high is $74.36. Volume of about 3.6 million was more than four times the daily average. The company lowered its first-quarter guidance this morning.

  • [By Lisa Levin] Companies Reporting Before The Bell
    Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. (NYSE: TMO) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $2.4 per share on revenue of $5.63 billion.
    Ford Motor Company (NYSE: F) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.41 per share on revenue of $37.16 billion.
    Twitter, Inc. (NYSE: TWTR) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.11 per share on revenue of $605.26 million.
    Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ: CMCSA) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.59 per share on revenue of $22.75 billion.
    General Dynamics Corporation (NYSE: GD) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $2.52 per share on revenue of $7.6 billion.
    The Boeing Company (NYSE: BA) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $2.58 per share on revenue of $22.24 billion.
    Anthem, Inc. (NYSE: ANTM) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $4.91 per share on revenue of $22.52 billion.
    Viacom, Inc. (NASDAQ: VIAB) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.79 per share on revenue of $3.04 billion.
    Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $3.61 per share on revenue of $6.61 billion.
    Rockwell Automation Inc. (NYSE: ROK) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $1.81 per share on revenue of $1.66 billion.
    Wipro Limited (NYSE: WIT) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.07 per share on revenue of $2.15 billion.
    The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company (NASDAQ: GT) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.46 per share on revenue of $3.82 billion.
    Owens Corning (NYSE: OC) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.97 per share on revenue of $1.62 billion.
    T. Rowe Price Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: TROW) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $1.71 per share on revenue of $1.29 billion.
    Dr Pepper Snapple Group, Inc. (NYSE: DPS) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $1.04 per share on revenue of $1.57 billion.
    Sirius XM Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: SI

Top 5 Performing Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Ultra Clean Holdings, Inc.(UCTT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Genprex, Inc. (NASDAQ: GNPX) shares gained 86.76 percent to close at $11.00 on Thursday.
    Comstock Resources, Inc. (NYSE: CRK) shares climbed 47.06 percent to close at $7.00 after the company disclosed a deal with Arkoma Drilling L.P. and Williston Drilling, L.P. to buy oil & gas properties in North Dakota. Comstock announced withdrawal of tender offers for outstanding secured notes.
    Ceridian HCM Holding Inc. (NASDAQ: CDAY) gained 41.86 percent to close at $31.21.
    MarineMax, Inc. (NYSE: HZO) shares rose 26.5 percent to close at $22.20 as the company posted upbeat Q2 results and raised its FY18 outlook.
    Concord Medical Services Holdings Limited (NYSE: CCM) jumped 24.92 percent to close at $4.06.
    Mattersight Corporation (NASDAQ: MATR) shares climbed 23.26 percent to close at $2.65 after the company agreed to be purchased by NICE Ltd.
    Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. (NYSE: CMG) rose 24.44 percent to close at $422.50 as the company reported stronger-than-expected results for its first quarter on Wednesday.
    Ultra Clean Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: UCTT) gained 17.75 percent to close at $18.64 following upbeat Q1 earnings.
    PCM, Inc. (NASDAQ: PCMI) rose 16.59 percent to close at $12.30 following Q1 results.
    Zymeworks Inc. (NASDAQ: ZYME) rose 16.06 percent to close at $15.25.
    Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: ALXN) shares climbed 14.5 percent to close at $121.42 as the company posted reported Q1 beat And raised FY18 outlook.
    Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMD) shares gained 13.7 percent to close at $11.04 as the company reported upbeat results for its first quarter.
    Axsome Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: AXSM) rose 13.21 percent to close at $3.00 after the company disclosed a positive outcome of the interim analysis of STRIDE-1 Phase 3 trial of AXS-05 in treatment resistant depression.
    O'Reilly Automotive, Inc. (NASDAQ: ORLY) jumped 13.06 percent to close at $257.40 following upbeat Q1 profit.
    BioTelemetry,
  • [By Evan Niu, CFA]

    Shares of Ultra Clean Holdings (NASDAQ:UCTT) have skyrocketed today, up by 17% as of 12 p.m. EDT, after the company reportedfirst-quarter earnings. Its bottom-line profit easily toppedanalyst expectations.

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Comstock Resources, Inc. (NYSE: CRK) shares shot up 52 percent to $7.235 after the company disclosed a deal with Arkoma Drilling L.P. and Williston Drilling, L.P. to buy oil & gas properties in North Dakota. Comstock announced withdrawal of tender offers for outstanding secured notes.
    MarineMax, Inc. (NYSE: HZO) shares gained 24.2 percent to $21.80 as the company posted upbeat Q2 results and raised its FY18 outlook.
    Mattersight Corporation (NASDAQ: MATR) shares rose 22 percent to $2.625 after the company agreed to be purchased by NICE Ltd.
    Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. (NYSE: CMG) jumped 21.3 percent to $411.871 as the company reported stronger-than-expected results for its first quarter on Wednesday.
    Axsome Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: AXSM) rose 17 percent to $3.10 after the company disclosed a positive outcome of the interim analysis of STRIDE-1 Phase 3 trial of AXS-05 in treatment resistant depression.
    Ultra Clean Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: UCTT) rose 15.9 percent to $18.34 following upbeat Q1 earnings.
    PCM, Inc. (NASDAQ: PCMI) gained 15.6 percent to $12.20 following Q1 results.
    O'Reilly Automotive, Inc. (NASDAQ: ORLY) surged 14.4 percent to $260.3901 following upbeat Q1 profit.
    Concord Medical Services Holdings Limited (NYSE: CCM) gained 13.8 percent to $3.70.
    Penn National Gaming, Inc. (NASDAQ: PENN) rose 13.5 percent to $29.815 after reporting strong Q1 results.
    BioTelemetry, Inc. (NASDAQ: BEAT) rose 13.5 percent to $38.30 as the company reported stronger-than-expected earnings for its first quarter.
    Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMD) shares rose 13.1 percent to $10.985 as the company reported upbeat results for its first quarter.
    SJW Group (NYSE: SJW) shares gained 11.8 percent to $63.59 following Q1 results. California Water Service Group made an offer for SJW.
    Churchill Downs Incorporated (NASDAQ: CHDN) climbed 9.8 percent to $278.40 following Q1 results.
    CYS Investments, Inc. (NYSE: CYS)

Head to Head Analysis: Senomyx (SNMX) vs. ICON (ICLR)

Senomyx (NASDAQ: SNMX) and ICON (NASDAQ:ICLR) are both consumer staples companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, dividends, profitability, earnings and risk.

Profitability

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This table compares Senomyx and ICON’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Senomyx -5.66% -10.75% -7.06%
ICON 14.80% 27.09% 14.86%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for Senomyx and ICON, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Senomyx 0 0 0 0 N/A
ICON 0 2 7 1 2.90

ICON has a consensus target price of $125.40, suggesting a potential downside of 0.61%. Given ICON’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe ICON is more favorable than Senomyx.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

29.3% of Senomyx shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 91.0% of ICON shares are held by institutional investors. 13.0% of Senomyx shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 44.0% of ICON shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Volatility and Risk

Senomyx has a beta of 1.42, indicating that its share price is 42% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, ICON has a beta of 0.43, indicating that its share price is 57% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Senomyx and ICON’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Senomyx $29.32 million 2.24 -$1.26 million ($0.03) -45.33
ICON $1.76 billion 3.88 $281.48 million $5.39 23.41

ICON has higher revenue and earnings than Senomyx. Senomyx is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than ICON, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Summary

ICON beats Senomyx on 13 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Senomyx

Senomyx, Inc. discovers, develops, and commercializes flavor ingredients and natural high intensity sweeteners primarily for the packaged food, beverage, and ingredient supply industries in the United States. The company develops and/or commercializes sweet, savory and salt flavor ingredients, bitter blockers and cooling agents. It sells various flavor ingredients directly to flavor companies. The company has collaboration agreements with Ajinomoto Co., Inc.; Firmenich SA; and PepsiCo, Inc. Senomyx, Inc. was founded in 1998 and is headquartered in San Diego, California.

About ICON

ICON Public Limited Company, a clinical research organization, provides outsourced development services to the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and medical device industries in Ireland, rest of Europe, the United States, and internationally. It specializes in the strategic development, management, and analysis of programs that support various stages of the clinical development process from compound selection to Phase I-IV clinical studies. The company's clinical development services include product development planning, strategic consulting, study protocol preparation, clinical pharmacology, pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic analysis, clinical research center, investigator site, patient recruitment, study monitoring and data collection, case report form preparation, statistical analysis, patient safety and risk-based monitoring, clinical data management, strategic analysis and data operation, regulatory consulting, and medical reporting and pharmacovigilance services. Its clinical development services also comprise interactive response technologies, electronic endpoint adjudication, medical imaging, adaptive trial design and execution, medical device and biosimilar trial, functional, strategic resourcing, sample analyses, safety testing, microbiology, custom flow cytometry, biomarker development, bioanalysis, immunoassay development, patient registries, outcomes research, health economics, market access and commercialization, drug price consulting, and healthcare and scientific communication services, as well as research trials for the U.S. government agencies, electronic transmission of test results, and electronic patient reported outcomes. The company was founded in 1990 and is headquartered in Dublin, Ireland.

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Source: ThinkstockMay 22, 2017: The S&P 500 closed higher on the day, up 0.5% at 2,393.91. Separately the DJIA closed up 0.4% as well at 20,894.90. The Nasdaq closed up 0.8% at 6,133.62.

The broad markets kicked off the week with solid gains on Monday. Practically all of the sectors and industries were showing gains on the day, with an emphasis on the tech sector. Some of the mid- and small-cap oil & gas stocks were lower on the day despite crude oil moving above the $50 mark for the first time in over a month. Following the Saudi arms deal, aerospace and defense stocks were incredibly positive on the day too.

Crude oil broke the $50 level and was last trading higher on the day up 1% at $50.81.

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    S&w Seed (NASDAQ:SANW) – Equities researchers at B. Riley decreased their Q3 2019 earnings per share (EPS) estimates for S&w Seed in a research note issued to investors on Thursday, May 10th. B. Riley analyst S. Sherbetchyan now anticipates that the company will post earnings of $0.00 per share for the quarter, down from their previous forecast of $0.01. B. Riley has a “Buy” rating and a $5.50 price objective on the stock.

good penny stocks: Principal Financial Group Inc(PFG)

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    Principal Financial Group (PFG) Approves New $300M Buyback (streetinsider.com) Principal Financial Group (PFG) Announces Share Repurchase Plan (americanbankingnews.com) Is Principal Large Cap Growth I Institutional (PLGIX) a Strong Mutual Fund Pick Right Now? (finance.yahoo.com) Principal Financial Group is Oversold (nasdaq.com) Principal Names New Chief Human Resources Officer (finance.yahoo.com)

    Several equities analysts have recently commented on PFG shares. Morgan Stanley decreased their target price on Principal Financial Group from $79.00 to $77.00 and set an “equal weight” rating on the stock in a research report on Thursday, April 5th. Wells Fargo reaffirmed a “market perform” rating and issued a $76.00 target price on shares of Principal Financial Group in a research report on Monday, January 8th. Credit Suisse Group started coverage on Principal Financial Group in a research report on Wednesday, April 25th. They issued a “neutral” rating and a $62.00 target price on the stock. Bank of America started coverage on Principal Financial Group in a research report on Monday, March 26th. They issued a “neutral” rating and a $65.00 target price on the stock. Finally, UBS started coverage on Principal Financial Group in a research report on Friday, March 2nd. They issued a “neutral” rating and a $69.00 target price on the stock. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have given a hold rating and three have issued a buy rating to the company. Principal Financial Group currently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $71.18.

good penny stocks: Paylocity Holding Corporation(PCTY)

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    Paylocity (NASDAQ:PCTY) is looking to change all of that. The company’s cloud-based platform was built from the ground up to provide users with an easy-to-use, mobile-focused solution. Paylocity has been grabbing market share away from the industry giants ever since.

good penny stocks: MSA Safety Incorporporated(MSA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Mine Safety Appliances (NYSE: MSA) is one of 26 publicly-traded companies in the “Surgical appliances & supplies” industry, but how does it compare to its competitors? We will compare Mine Safety Appliances to similar companies based on the strength of its risk, earnings, institutional ownership, valuation, dividends, analyst recommendations and profitability.

good penny stocks: ICON plc(ICLR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Senomyx (NASDAQ: SNMX) and ICON (NASDAQ:ICLR) are both consumer staples companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, dividends, profitability, earnings and risk.

good penny stocks: Lannett Co Inc(LCI)

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  • [By Peter Graham]

    Small cap generic pharmaceutical stock Lannett Company, Inc (NYSE: LCI) is thesecond most shorted stock on the NYSE with short interest of 55.65% according toHighshortinterest.com. Lannett Company was founded in 1942 anddevelops, manufactures, packages, markets and distributes generic pharmaceutical products for a wide range of medical indications and therapeutic areas. The Company believes its ability to select viable products for development, efficiently develop such products (including obtaining any applicable regulatory approvals), vertically integrateitself into certain specialty markets and achieving economies in production are all critical for its success in the generic pharmaceutical industry in which it operates.

  • [By Garrett Baldwin]

    Oil prices are at levels we haven’t seen in years. U.S. crude topped $70 for the first since 2014, as U.S. President Donald Trump appeared increasingly likely to pull out of the Iran nuclear deal and reinforce sanctions on Tehran. In addition, OPEC has announced plans to bolster prices and cap production. For oil investors, Money MorningGlobal Energy Strategist Dr. Kent Moors says it’s time to buckle up. According to Moors, revoking the Iran deal would cause “price chaos” around the globe. And that’s right as driving season starts in the United States. Here’s more on the coming chaos for oil. In deal news, Blackstone Group (NYSE: BX) announced it will purchase Gramercy Property Trust (NYSE: GPT) for $7.6 billion in cash. Grammercy manages commercial real estate. While this may seem like a boring deal, Blackstone is buying a business that churns out cold hard cash for its investors. We want to keep this deal on your radar, because there are many other deals like this coming down the pipeline. We’re going to be discussing one of the best real estate opportunities available very soon – so keep an eye out for updates.
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