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7 Reddit Penny Stocks That Are Lighting Up the Internet and the Market

In the years leading up to the novel coronavirus pandemic, financial advisors bemoaned that younger people weren’t investing in their future as did prior generations. However, the lockdowns and government stimulus checks helped spark a day trading revolution, which is positive in some regards. Still, when it comes to buying penny stocks popular on Reddit, I don’t think this is exactly what those advisors had in mind.

Now, before we roll into this discussion, I must lay out the groundwork. This is not financial advice. I am not an advisor. Merely, the purpose of this article is to relay information about the phenomenon of penny stocks on various social media platforms. You may want to participate in these highly risky, highly speculative opportunities or you may want to pass. Frankly, you probably should pass given this sector’s extreme volatility.

One of the obvious reasons why penny stocks are so dangerous is because of their unpredictability. Typically, you have two classes of this “investment” sector. First, some companies floundered for whatever reason and their shares are trading at a discount relative to their prior highs. Second, many entities don’t have the resources to list on major exchanges and so have little choice but to have their shares traded in the over-the-counter (OTC) market.

For those that are unfamiliar with OTC penny stocks versus exchange-listed securities, it’s the difference between buying a used car at CarMax (NYSE:KMX) as opposed to buying secondhand private party through Craigslist. With CarMax, the company has a reputation to protect and will offer you myriad services, including extended warranties. On the flipside, if you go through Craigslist, you might get a better deal or you might get a money pit.

Of course, whether you go dealership or private party, you’re not guaranteed to get a satisfactory vehicle. However, you have a greater chance of success with a reputable dealership, because they automatically filter out the truly undesirable cars (though you pay more for this filtering). Penny stocks are no different. Understand the fundamental and structural risks of these wagers and you’ll be better prepared for what may lie ahead.

If you think I sound skeptical or even negative, it’s for a reason. The last thing you want to do with penny stocks is to go in with high optimism. Instead, be sober-minded and skeptical. After your rigorous due diligence, if you find that one of these ideas works for you, then be my guest. I just might not be home, that’s all.

With all that in mind, here are seven Reddit penny stocks to keep an eye on:

Senseonics (NYSEAMERICAN:SENS) Atossa Therapeutics (NASDAQ:ATOS) Ever-Glory International (NASDAQ:EVK) Cinedigm (NASDAQ:CIDM) Liberty Defense Holdings (OTCMKTS:LDDFF) Razer (OTCMKTS:RAZFF) Petroteq Energy (OTCMKTS:PQEFF)

Reddit Penny Stocks to Watch: Senseonics (SENS)
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For the last few months, Senseonics, a medical equipment manufacturer that specializes in continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) devices for diabetes patients, has been responsible for multiple social media posts egging SENS stock higher. For full disclosure, I’m on the skeptical side of the fence, but that’s for a different day. Here, I’m just providing information.

Recently, shares skyrocketed as institutional money has been pouring into SENS. From a report by InvestorPlace contributor Chris MacDonald, institutional buying data shows that “BlackRock, among other investors, have loaded up on SENS stock. For retail investors, this is a big vote of confidence. Accordingly, social media is blowing up today covering these reports.” That’s not all, as MacDonald wrote the following:

“Additionally, investors appear to be pricing in some sort of announcement on the horizon for Senseonics’s Eversense monitor. The company announced its submission to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for this continuous glucose-monitoring system in October. Retail investors appear to be factoring in some sort of movement on this front.”

While this gives Senseonics true fundamental weight compared to other random penny stocks, you should be aware that the market has a tendency of buying the rumor and selling the news. Therefore, approach SENS with extreme vigilance.

Atossa Therapeutics (ATOS)
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Though one of the popular Reddit penny stocks, Atossa Therapeutics doesn’t have the same level of consensus as other wagers discussed on social media. In fact, I saw posts gleefully discussing profiting off their put options — what!? I thought this was a bulls only club!

In all seriousness, supporters of ATOS stock will point to its institutional ownership. At time of writing, Fintel shows that there are 112 total institutional owners, with 99 holding long positions only. Therefore, the thesis is that the shorts, having profited handsomely already, will cover their positions. That would potentially entail a robust upside pathway for ATOS.

Maybe. Anything is possible with penny stocks, so you never want to discount a certain scenario playing out until it’s a mathematical impossibility. Nevertheless, prospective buyers will want to look at ATOS’ chart, where it printed a bearish head-and-shoulders pattern between late May and late July of this year. Those who are a little bit more cautious about their risk-taking endeavors may want to wait for a better entry point.

Reddit Penny Stocks to Watch: Ever-Glory International (EVK)
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Hardly a household name on this side of the hemisphere, Ever-Glory International is steadily gaining popularity in its home market of China. Billed as a “retailer of branded fashion apparel and a leading global apparel supply chain solution provider,” Ever-Glory states on its website that it’s the first Chinese apparel company listed on the exchange formerly known as the American Stock Exchange.

Fundamentally — and completely avoiding its peers of risky penny stocks — Ever-Glory offers an intriguing bullish argument. According to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the Han make up the largest ethnic group in China at over 92% of the nation. Therefore, because of the strongly homogenous society, it’s easier for companies to market retail products that satisfy the bulk of consumers as opposed to targeting a diverse international audience.

That said, the apparel industry is a tough industry no matter what market you’re in. As well, it’s very important for companies to realize that their consumers are not monolithic thanks to the internet making the world much smaller than it used to be.

However, the biggest risk factor is the unpredictable nature of EVK’s price action. It’s great if you’re ahead of the news cycle, but you better be ready to sell when it’s time.

Cinedigm (CIDM)
A magnifying glass is focused on the logo for Cinedigm on the company's website.A magnifying glass is focused on the logo for Cinedigm on the company's website.

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While the coronavirus pandemic afforded a lucky few sectors extraordinary relevance, the same couldn’t be said for large swathes of the traditional entertainment complex. Unfortunately, Cinedigm suffered badly when the pandemic first breached our borders, going from one of the dark horse speculative plays to swimming with junk penny stocks.

However, the story doesn’t end there. Indeed, CIDM may well be a case of when life gives you lemons, make lemonade. True, investors at first didn’t like Cinedigm’s exposure to the box office business. But quickly, management shifted focus on its other divisions, such as streaming channels, content marketing and distribution.

While I’ve generally been skeptical about CIDM in the face of extraordinary headwinds, let’s give credit where it’s due. In its quarter ended March 31, the company reported revenue of $8.3 million, with streaming revenue up 197% from the year-ago level. More importantly, the investment community appreciates Cinedigm’s comeback effort, with shares gaining a whopping 160% year-to-date.

Moving forward, speculators will want to be cognizant about competing entertainment options as society reopens. Then again, a worsening delta variant threat could make CIDM dramatically relevant due to its streaming business. As always with penny stocks, approach carefully.

Reddit Penny Stocks to Watch: Liberty Defense Holdings (LDDFF)
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For the last few penny stocks on this list, I’m going to dive into the extremely exotic stuff. Remember what I said about volatility and unpredictability, especially in the OTC market? That message will come in very handy for these ideas.

First up is Liberty Defense Holdings, which currently trades hands at 51 cents per share. Ordinarily, that would frighten blue-chip investors but to be fair, there might be something here. A concealed weapons and threat detection solutions company, Liberty Defense finds itself enormously relevant, albeit for tragic reasons.

As the Washington Post stated, even with fewer mass shootings, “2020 was the deadliest gun violence year in decades.” Alarmingly, the Post reported in June of this year that so far, 2021 is worse. To say the very least, it’s awfully troubling but also understandable in some respects. With the unprecedented social and economic challenges that the pandemic imposed, people have simply lost their bearings.

Though no simple solution exists, the best action we can take is to protect innocent people. That’s where Liberty Defense comes into the picture with its artificial-intelligence-based threat detection technology. While incredibly speculative, LDDFF may be worth considering based on present criminality trends.

Razer (RAZFF)
A Razer laptop is placed on top of a tabletop next to two potted plants.A Razer laptop is placed on top of a tabletop next to two potted plants.

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When you’re buying equity securities that are priced below what it would take to place a domestic phone call back in the analog days, you know you’re dealing with a binary situation. Razer is one of those penny stocks that can either make you incredibly rich or incredibly upset that you wasted so much money chasing a fleeting dream.

At the same time, Razer isn’t a completely speculative venture. As a popular lifestyle brand for video gamers, you couldn’t ask for a more relevant underlying business. After all, video games are no longer a niche hobby but have blown up into a multi-billion-dollar industry. Better yet, insiders believe that the sector could exceed a valuation of over $200 billion at the end of 2023.

If that wasn’t enough, Razer is making the best of its opportunities. In 2020, the company generated revenue of $1.2 billion, up 48% from its 2019 revenue. As well, Razer posted net income of $6 million, the first time it did so since 2014.

Plus, I’m not going to leave out strength in the balance sheet; Razer has virtually no debt relative to its massive cash and cash equivalent line item of $622 million per the quarter ended Dec. 31, 2020. For speculative penny stocks, this is certainly one to respect.

Reddit Penny Stocks to Watch: Petroteq Energy (PQEFF)
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Although public sentiment has strongly shifted toward investments in clean energy infrastructures, the reality is that fossil fuels will likely be in demand for years if not decades to come because of their energy density. However, Petroteq Energy could change this narrative. Billed as an “oil ‎company focused on the development and implementation of its proprietary oil-‎extraction ‎technologies,” Petroteq is what I would term a transitional investment among penny stocks.

According to the company’s website, Petroteq is busy developing an efficient technology to produce heavy oil at a rate lower than $20 barrels per day. While that’s impressive, the real kicker is that Petroteq produces oil “without any significant waste, emissions or water use,” thereby giving the oil firm environmental, social, governance (ESG) cred.

When have you heard that about a hydrocarbon specialist?

To be completely blunt, by the time you read this, PQEFF stock could be heading to the moon, at least on a percentage-basis comparison. With Petroteq being a news-and-rumor sensitive play, anything can happen. Thus, you’ll hear people on Reddit continue to support the longer-term bullish thesis.

Should you join in on the fun? Personally, the technology is intriguing, but this is also an organization with a long history — and one that’s not the most encouraging. Yeah, I’m a broken record, but approach cautiously.

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Top Heal Care Stocks To Invest In 2019

Sumit Bilgaiyan

Sheela Foam reported very good set of nos. Overall revenue increased 15% YoY on the back of increase in selling price. India revenue was up 15% YoY. Australia Revenue was up 12% YoY. Volume growth stood in the range of 2-3%. We are expecting strong profit growth in the future led by better volumes and margins which will be backed by strong sales volume recovery.

The TDI prices are also expected to cool-off after the new plant in Saudi Arabia is operational. The earnings will get boost from pan India launch of mass market brand ‘Starlite’ and mid-market brand ‘Feather Foam’ and

EBITDA margin recovery led by softening raw material prices.

Key demand drivers for Sheela Foam’s products are rising population, urbanization, rising number of nuclear families, changing lifestyles and rising income levels. Looking at the revenue drivers and company’s ability to generate FCF we are recommending a buy.

Top Heal Care Stocks To Invest In 2019: Midland States Bancorp, Inc. (MSBI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Midland States Bancorp Inc (NASDAQ:MSBI) Director John M. Schultz sold 2,000 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, September 17th. The shares were sold at an average price of $33.70, for a total transaction of $67,400.00. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available at this hyperlink.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    News headlines about Midland States Bancorp (NASDAQ:MSBI) have been trending somewhat positive on Saturday, Accern Sentiment reports. The research group rates the sentiment of press coverage by reviewing more than 20 million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Midland States Bancorp earned a daily sentiment score of 0.16 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news coverage about the financial services provider an impact score of 44.8228508822808 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the next few days.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Get a free copy of the Zacks research report on Midland States Bancorp (MSBI)

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Top Heal Care Stocks To Invest In 2019: Smart(SFS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

     

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

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    ValuEngine lowered shares of Smart & Final Stores (NYSE:SFS) from a sell rating to a strong sell rating in a research report released on Wednesday.

  • [By Brian Stoffel]

    But over the past five years, the industry has been turned upside down by changes in business models, a focus on delivery, and mass consolidation. While the dust is far from settled, here are 10 of the largest publicly traded grocers you can buy stock in.

    Company Market Cap Stores Regions Chains
    Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) $780 billion 500 USA Whole Foods
    Walmart (NYSE:WMT) $250 billion 11,700 Worldwide Walmart
    Costco (NASDAQ:COST) $86 billion 750 USA Costco
    Kroger (NYSE:KR) $21 billion 2,800 USA Kroger, Roundy’s, Ralph’s, Food 4 Less
    Sprouts (NASDAQ: SFM) $3 billion 300 Western and Southern U.S. Sprouts Farmer’s Market
    Weis Market (NYSE: WMK) $1.3 billion 200 Mid-Atlantic U.S. Weis Market
    SUPERVALU (NYSE: SVU) $630 million 100 Midwestern U.S. Cub Foods, Shopper’s Food, Hornbacher
    Ingles Market (NASDAQ: IMKTA) $580 million 200 Southeastern U.S. Ingles Market, Sav-Mor
    Smart & Final (NYSE: SFS) $360 million 350 Western U.S. Smart & Final, Cash & Carry
    Natural Grocers (NYSE: NGVC) $230 million 150 Western U.S. Natural Grocers

    Data source: Yahoo! Finance, company websites.

  • [By Motley Fool Transcribers]

    Smart & Final Stores (NYSE:SFS)Q4 2018 Earnings Conference CallMarch 13, 2019, 5:00 p.m. ET

    Contents:
    Prepared Remarks Questions and Answers Call Participants
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Top Heal Care Stocks To Invest In 2019: Keryx Biopharmaceuticals, Inc.(KERX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Maxx Chatsko]

    Shares of Keryx Biopharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:KERX) dropped nearly 20% last month, according to data from S&P Global Market Intelligence. The pharma company announced second-quarter and first-half 2018 results that included disappointing sales revenue for its only drug, Auryxia. As a result, sales lagged behind consensus estimates despite delivering strong year-over-year growth.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    ILLEGAL ACTIVITY WARNING: “Bank of New York Mellon Corp Sells 69,607 Shares of Keryx Biopharmaceuticals (KERX)” was originally published by Ticker Report and is owned by of Ticker Report. If you are accessing this piece of content on another publication, it was stolen and republished in violation of US and international copyright and trademark laws. The correct version of this piece of content can be read at https://www.tickerreport.com/banking-finance/4158332/bank-of-new-york-mellon-corp-sells-69607-shares-of-keryx-biopharmaceuticals-kerx.html.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Keryx Biopharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:KERX)‘s stock had its “buy” rating reaffirmed by equities researchers at HC Wainwright in a report issued on Thursday. They currently have a $9.00 price objective on the biopharmaceutical company’s stock. HC Wainwright’s price objective would indicate a potential upside of 174.39% from the stock’s current price.

  • [By Brian Feroldi]

    In response to the companies signing a merger agreement, shares of Akebia Therapeutics (NASDAQ:AKBA) and Keryx Biopharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:KERX) fell 18% and 12%, respectively, as of 10:47 a.m. EDT on Thursday. 

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Keryx Biopharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ: KERX) traded down about 26% Thursday and posted a new 52-week low of $3.30 after closing Wednesday at $4.48. The stock’s 52-week high is $8.38. Volume totaled about 9 million, roughly nine times the daily average. The company announced a merger this morning with Akebia Therapeutics.

Top Heal Care Stocks To Invest In 2019: Synopsys, Inc.(SNPS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The S&P 500 stock posting the largest daily percentage gain ahead of the close was Synopsys, Inc. (NASDAQ: SNPS) which traded up over 6% at $100.70. The stock’s 52-week range is $77.91 to $101.76. Volume was about 4 million compared to the daily average volume of nearly 1 million.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Champlain Investment Partners LLC boosted its position in Synopsys, Inc. (NASDAQ:SNPS) by 3.9% in the 1st quarter, according to its most recent filing with the SEC. The fund owned 686,287 shares of the semiconductor company’s stock after purchasing an additional 25,685 shares during the period. Champlain Investment Partners LLC owned about 0.46% of Synopsys worth $57,127,000 as of its most recent filing with the SEC.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Glenmede Trust Co. NA reduced its stake in Synopsys, Inc. (NASDAQ:SNPS) by 52.0% in the 2nd quarter, according to its most recent filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The fund owned 216,557 shares of the semiconductor company’s stock after selling 234,854 shares during the quarter. Glenmede Trust Co. NA owned about 0.15% of Synopsys worth $18,531,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

Top Heal Care Stocks To Invest In 2019: CarMax Inc(KMX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Garrett Baldwin]

    Investors still remain cautious about ongoing trade tensions between the United States and China. This morning, Chinese media outlets said that the Trump administration had “a symptom of paranoid delusions” when it came to its protectionism. Trump is currently threatening another round of tariffs on up to $200 billion in Chinese goods. With yet another round of tariffs on the way, the United States is close to implementing the most significant trade protectionist policies since the 1930s. Shares of Amazon.com Inc. (Nasdaq: AMZN) are generating a lot of buzz after the Supreme Court said it will allow states to collect more sales tax from online retailers. Shares of Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (NYSE: WMT) and Target Corp. (NYSE: TGT) both ticked higher. Despite the small downturn in AMZN stock, Boris Schlossberg, of BK Asset Management, said Wednesday afternoon that the e-commerce giant could soon been worth more than $2,000 per share before we see another pullback from the Nasdaq. AMZN is up 50% in 2018 and has hit 34 new records so far this year. The U.S. Federal Reserve announced that 35 U.S. banks passed their latest round of stress tests, which are designed to determine if a financial institution has enough money in the event of a serious economic downturn or other event. Expect a lot of chatter today about what this means for firms like Bank of America Corp. (NYSE: BAC), Citigroup Inc. (NYSE: C), JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM), and Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (NYSE: GS).
    Three Stocks to Watch Today: BB, INTC, TSLA
    Shares of Intel Corp. (NYSE: INTC) are in focus after the company’s CEO, Brian Krzanich, was forced out of his role after admitting to a “consensual relationship” with an employee. INTC stock clawed back about 1% Friday morning after sliding more than 2.3% during Thursday’s trading session. The downsizing of Tesla Inc. (Nasdaq: TSLA) will continue. The company announced last night that it will shutter 12 solar facilities across nine states. T

  • [By Daniel Miller]

    Carvana’s operations are innovative, but investors need more than that to buy in. And that’s where Carvana must consistently show progress on gross profit per unit (GPU). We know Carvana is going to grow its top line as it enters into a slew of new U.S. markets; in fact, Carvana’s 44 markets at the end of the fourth quarter of 2017 are expected to explode to as many as 84 by the end of 2018. But it also needs to narrow the gap with its competitors on GPU. Let’s use CarMax (NYSE:KMX), a competitor that logged an excellent 2018 first quarter, as an example. 

  • [By Jon C. Ogg]

    According to the Merrill Lynch views on the rise in older car models, this is expected to benefit dealers such as CarMax Inc. (NYSE: KMX) and America’s Car-Mart Inc. (NASDAQ: CRMT), as well as auctioneer KAR Auction Services Inc. (NYSE: KAR).

Top 5 Blue Chip Stocks To Invest In 2019

If you're like most investors, you've been led to believe that it's impossible to earn large amounts of investment income without taking big risks.   This idea – which you'll hear from many financial advisors and brokers – is simply wrong.   It is possible to earn double-digit annual yields on your money – safely – by selling options.   So why doesn't everyone use this strategy to earn consistent income streams? Below, you'll find the five common objections I've heard from readers or that I've found on the Internet… and my responses to them.   REASON NO. 1: Option-selling strategies like covered calls are too risky. You'll earn 5% in premiums, but if the stock falls 25%, you're still down big!   This objection is 100% valid. The way most people approach covered calls is risky. (If you're unfamiliar with covered calls, I encourage you to read this essay.) These folks buy risky stocks because risky, volatile stocks typically offer larger cash premiums than safe, stable blue chips. But most people end up losing on risky covered-call positions because their stocks fall in value.

Top 5 Blue Chip Stocks To Invest In 2019: Long Island Iced Tea Corp. (LTEA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By ]

    5. Blockchain-Related Stocks
    Shorting blockchain-related stocks is an ideal way to not only short bitcoin but also short the entire cryptocurrency craze. Many such stocks exist, such as Riot Blockchain (Nasdaq: RIOT), Long Blockchain (Nasdaq: LTEA), and Longfin (Nasdaq: LFIN). Choose the one that you think is most overhyped and short away!

  • [By ]

    Long Island Ice Tea changed its name to Long Blockchain (Nasdaq: LTEA), sending shares 200% higher. It remains to be seen how a beverage maker will create shareholder value from blockchain technology — not that its investors care. 

  • [By Garrett Baldwin]

    William may be right about a sell-off in stocks… in the cryptocurrency space. Over the last week, companies that have billed themselves as blockchain-focused saw their stocks surge. One firm – Long Island Iced Tea changed its name to Long Island Blockchain and watched its stock surge more than triple digits. But today, firms with this exposure are cratering. MGT Capital Investments Inc. (OTCMKTS: MGTI), Long Island Iced Tea Corp. (Nasdaq: LTEA), Riot Blockchain Inc. (Nasdaq: RIOT), and Siebert Financial Corp. (Nasdaq: SIEB) all fell by more than 12% Friday.

Top 5 Blue Chip Stocks To Invest In 2019: Cass Information Systems, Inc(CASS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Press coverage about Cass Information Systems (NASDAQ:CASS) has been trending somewhat positive this week, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. The research group identifies negative and positive media coverage by analyzing more than 20 million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Cass Information Systems earned a coverage optimism score of 0.18 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media stories about the business services provider an impact score of 44.0125451243393 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the immediate future.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Bessemer Group Inc. bought a new position in shares of Cass Information Systems (NASDAQ:CASS) during the 2nd quarter, according to the company in its most recent filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The institutional investor bought 12,600 shares of the business services provider’s stock, valued at approximately $867,000. Bessemer Group Inc. owned approximately 0.10% of Cass Information Systems as of its most recent filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission.

Top 5 Blue Chip Stocks To Invest In 2019: The Kraft Heinz Company(KHC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By ]

    4. Kraft Heinz (NYSE: KHC)
    The highest payout ratio on the list at 69% and a 36% loss over the last year may make you wonder why its included on the list of perfect dividend stocks.

  • [By ]

    Rounding out Buffett’s top five are Kraft Heinz (KHC) and Coca-Cola (KO) , two stocks which Buffett has shown a lot of patience with. 

    Lightning Round

    In the Lightning Round, Cramer was bullish on PayPal (PYPL) , Wyndham Worldwide (WYN) , Churchill Downs (CHDN) , Devon Energy (DVN) , Discovery Communications (DISCA) and Cypress Semiconductor (CY) .

  • [By Garrett Baldwin]

    Airline stocks are falling as Wall Street analysts warn about a potential decline in market performance. Deutsche Bank (NYSE: DB) downgraded several airline stocks Tuesday. The German investment bank noted that these companies typically underperform during times of heightened geopolitical risk similar to the ongoing trade disputes. Shares of American Airlines (Nasdaq: AAL), Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL) and United Continental (NYSE: UAL) all declined after the research firm’s downgrade.
    It’s starting to feel like 2006 all over again. A report from CoreLogic indicates that U.S. home prices increased by a staggering 7.1% year-over-year in May. Home prices have been surging thanks to a sharp decline in available inventory across the country. However, there could be a snag in the housing market in the coming months. The same report indicated that fewer Americans would look to buy should interest rates continue to rise. It’s a seller’s market right now.
    Three Stocks to Watch Today: CPB, AMZN, EBAY
    Shares of Campbell Soup Company (NYSE: CPB) are up 4.2% in premarket hours. According to a report in the New York Post, activist hedge fund Third Point is pushing the company to explore a sale. The news comes a month after the same newspaper reported that Kraft Heinz (NYSE: KHC) has explored the idea of purchasing the company behind the iconic soup brand.
    Amazon.com (Nasdaq: AMZN) announced that its annual “Prime Day” will kick off on July 16. The event will now last 36 hours, a 20% increase from last year. The event could provide a boost to AMZN stock at a moment that most investors are increasingly worried about the impact of a trade war between the United States and China.
    eBay Inc. (Nasdaq: EBAY) announced that it will maintain its alternative shopping event to Amazon Prime Day on July 17. Although the company never mentions Amazon by name, the company’s press release takes a shot at its rival by stating that customers won’t need to pay for a membership in or

  • [By Money Morning Staff Reports]

    Finally, J.M. Smucker Co. (NYSE: SJM) has hiked its dividend from $0.78 to $0.85 per share. That’s a 9% bump and represents the 17th year in a row that the company has hiked its dividend. The company is also starting to look like a potential takeover target for firms like Kraft-Heinz Co. (NYSE: KHC). SJM is also in our “Buy Zone.”

  • [By Jim Crumly]

    As for individual stocks, it wasn’t a good day for Kraft Heinz (NASDAQ:KHC), but Roku (NASDAQ:ROKU) impressed investors with its fourth-quarter results.

Top 5 Blue Chip Stocks To Invest In 2019: CarMax Inc(KMX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    CarMax, Inc (NYSE:KMX) has earned a consensus recommendation of “Buy” from the twenty-four research firms that are covering the stock, Marketbeat reports. Nine research analysts have rated the stock with a hold recommendation and fourteen have assigned a buy recommendation to the company. The average 12-month price objective among analysts that have updated their coverage on the stock in the last year is $83.25.

  • [By Demitrios Kalogeropoulos]

    Nike (NYSE:NKE), McCormick (NYSE:MKC), and CarMax (NYSE:KMX) step into the spotlight with earnings reports set to publish over the next few days. Below, we’ll look at the trends that investors will be watching for in these upcoming earnings announcements. 

  • [By Garrett Baldwin]

    Investors still remain cautious about ongoing trade tensions between the United States and China. This morning, Chinese media outlets said that the Trump administration had “a symptom of paranoid delusions” when it came to its protectionism. Trump is currently threatening another round of tariffs on up to $200 billion in Chinese goods. With yet another round of tariffs on the way, the United States is close to implementing the most significant trade protectionist policies since the 1930s. Shares of Amazon.com Inc. (Nasdaq: AMZN) are generating a lot of buzz after the Supreme Court said it will allow states to collect more sales tax from online retailers. Shares of Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (NYSE: WMT) and Target Corp. (NYSE: TGT) both ticked higher. Despite the small downturn in AMZN stock, Boris Schlossberg, of BK Asset Management, said Wednesday afternoon that the e-commerce giant could soon been worth more than $2,000 per share before we see another pullback from the Nasdaq. AMZN is up 50% in 2018 and has hit 34 new records so far this year. The U.S. Federal Reserve announced that 35 U.S. banks passed their latest round of stress tests, which are designed to determine if a financial institution has enough money in the event of a serious economic downturn or other event. Expect a lot of chatter today about what this means for firms like Bank of America Corp. (NYSE: BAC), Citigroup Inc. (NYSE: C), JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM), and Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (NYSE: GS).
    Three Stocks to Watch Today: BB, INTC, TSLA
    Shares of Intel Corp. (NYSE: INTC) are in focus after the company’s CEO, Brian Krzanich, was forced out of his role after admitting to a “consensual relationship” with an employee. INTC stock clawed back about 1% Friday morning after sliding more than 2.3% during Thursday’s trading session. The downsizing of Tesla Inc. (Nasdaq: TSLA) will continue. The company announced last night that it will shutter 12 solar facilities across nine states. T

  • [By Andy Pai]

    CarMax, Inc (NYSE: KMX) is the second most undervalued stock in the portfolio. The company's blended upside of 17.8 percent is very intriguing.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    FDx Advisors Inc. trimmed its position in CarMax, Inc (NYSE:KMX) by 58.0% during the second quarter, according to the company in its most recent disclosure with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The institutional investor owned 22,449 shares of the company’s stock after selling 30,966 shares during the period. FDx Advisors Inc.’s holdings in CarMax were worth $1,636,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

Top 5 Blue Chip Stocks To Invest In 2019: Black Hills Corporation(BKH)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Shares of Black Hills Corp (NYSE:BKH) have earned a consensus rating of “Hold” from the eight ratings firms that are covering the company, MarketBeat reports. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a sell recommendation, four have issued a hold recommendation and two have assigned a buy recommendation to the company. The average 12-month price objective among brokers that have covered the stock in the last year is $59.50.

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  • [By Logan Wallace]

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The social network unveiled on Wednesday a security feature that lets you see a list of recent emails sent by Facebook.

Hackers often send emails disguised as messages from companies like Facebook to trick users into giving them login and password information. The tactic, called phishing, is common among cybercriminals.

Now, if you receive an email from an address that appears to be Facebook (FB) — but don’t recognize the activity or the alert — a tool in its Security and Login section in Settings will tell you if it’s legit.

If the email claiming to be from Facebook isn’t listed there, you’ll know it’s fraudulent.

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Top 10 Stocks To Own Right Now: Internet Gold Golden Lines Ltd.(IGLD)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Media stories about Internet Gold Golden Lines (NASDAQ:IGLD) have trended somewhat positive on Sunday, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. The research group identifies positive and negative media coverage by monitoring more than twenty million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Internet Gold Golden Lines earned a media sentiment score of 0.13 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media coverage about the technology company an impact score of 47.7616640405736 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the next several days.

Top 10 Stocks To Own Right Now: Blue Nile Inc.(NILE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    News headlines about Blue Nile (NASDAQ:NILE) have trended somewhat positive this week, Accern Sentiment reports. Accern ranks the sentiment of media coverage by analyzing more than 20 million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Blue Nile earned a news sentiment score of 0.04 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media coverage about the company an impact score of 44.0484134103501 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the next few days.

Top 10 Stocks To Own Right Now: Aehr Test Systems(AEHR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Aehr Test Systems (NASDAQ:AEHR) insider David S. Hendrickson sold 5,000 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, May 22nd. The shares were sold at an average price of $2.37, for a total transaction of $11,850.00. Following the completion of the sale, the insider now owns 25,351 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $60,081.87. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this hyperlink.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

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  • [By Max Byerly]

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

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    Critical Comparison: Data I/O (DAIO) & Aehr Test Systems (AEHR) (americanbankingnews.com) Form 4 AEHR TEST SYSTEMS For: May 08 Filed by: HENDRICKSON DAVID S (streetinsider.com) Aehr Test Systems (AEHR) CTO David S. Hendrickson Sells 5,000 Shares (americanbankingnews.com) Teradyne (TER) versus Aehr Test Systems (AEHR) Head to Head Review (americanbankingnews.com) Insider Selling: Aehr Test Systems (AEHR) Insider Sells 20,000 Shares of Stock (americanbankingnews.com)

    AEHR remained flat at $$2.28 during trading hours on Monday. The company had a trading volume of 64,100 shares, compared to its average volume of 136,351. Aehr Test Systems has a 52 week low of $2.26 and a 52 week high of $2.28. The stock has a market cap of $50.06 million, a price-to-earnings ratio of -7.86 and a beta of 0.82. The company has a current ratio of 4.62, a quick ratio of 3.20 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.33.

Top 10 Stocks To Own Right Now: Discovery Communications, Inc.(DISCB)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Discovery (NASDAQ:DISCB) announced its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday. The company reported $0.53 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $0.40 by $0.13, Morningstar.com reports. Discovery had a negative net margin of 7.40% and a positive return on equity of 19.34%. The company had revenue of $2.31 billion for the quarter.

  • [By Billy Duberstein]

    Discovery, Inc. (NASDAQ:DISCA) (NASDAQ:DISCB) (NASDAQ:DISCK) has traded very cheaply over the past few years. As more and more U.S. consumers “cut the cord” on the traditional cable bundle, Discovery’s channels (which now include all Scripps Networks Interactive channels) have seen their subscriber counts decline. That, combined with the high debt load incurred for the company’s 2017 acquisition of Scripps Networks Interactive, sent investors running for the hills last year. In 2017, the company’s three share classes dropped from roughly 10% to roughly 21%.

  • [By Billy Duberstein]

    You might think Discovery Inc.’s (NASDAQ:DISCA) (NASDAQ:DISCK) (NASDAQ:DISCB) stations primarily feature nature videos and celebrity cooks, but did you know it’s actually becoming a player on the international sports scene? While known for its namesake Discovery Channel and documentary brands such as The Learning Channel, HGTV, and the Food Network, Discovery has actually been in the sports business since 2012, when it first acquired a minority stake in European sports channel Eurosport. Discovery was apparently pleased enough with the channel’s progress to buy 100% of Eurosport in July 2015, and that year, Eurosport won the exclusive rights to broadcast the Olympics in Europe from 2018-2022.

Top 10 Stocks To Own Right Now: Xcerra Corporation(XCRA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Garrett Baldwin]

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    Shares of Tilray Inc. (NYSE: TLRY) surged more than 50% in pre-market hours. The stock popped after the company’s CEO Brendan Kennedy told CNBC that partnerships between marijuana companies and alcohol companies and pharmaceutical giants may be on the way. Kennedy said that he believes alcohol firms should enter the cannabis sector in order to hedge against the growth of cannabis. Tesla Inc. (NASDAQ: TSLA) is under scrutiny this morning. The electric car manufacturer said that the Justice Department has requested documents around the recent batch of tweets sent by CEO Elon Musk about plans to take his company private. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has also sent subpoenas to Goldman Sachs and Silver Lake, which have acted as advisers to and evaluated Tesla’s goal of going private. Musk’s announcement on Twitter in August sent shares of TSLA soaring. However, his statement may have violated federal regulations because Musk failed to file an 8-K notification form with the SEC before the announcement. Shares of Netflix Inc. (NASDAQ: NFLX) were on the move after the stock received an upgrade from Guggenheim Securities. The investment firm hiked its price target from $360 to $420 per share and said that the company’s local content strategy will bolster demand in India. The stock maintained its “Buy” rating. Look for additional earnings reports from Red Hat Inc. (NYSE: RHT), Copart Inc. (NASDAQ: CPRT), Herman Miller Inc. (NASDAQ: MLHR), and Xcerra Corp. (NASDAQ: XCRA).

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  • [By Rich Smith]

    “Robust industry trends” in the semiconductor industry, argues Davidson, give this “leading provider of semiconductor test handlers and … emerging player in the associated contactor and vision inspection markets” an “ample runway for growth.” Cohu’s also in the process of acquiring one of its top competitors, Xcerra Corporation (NASDAQ:XCRA), in a deal slated to close next quarter, which will add scale to Cohu’s business even as it removes a source of price competition.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    LTX-Credence Co. common stock (NASDAQ:XCRA) – Analysts at B. Riley increased their FY2018 earnings per share estimates for LTX-Credence Co. common stock in a research note issued on Tuesday, May 29th. B. Riley analyst C. Ellis now forecasts that the semiconductor company will post earnings of $1.03 per share for the year, up from their prior estimate of $0.99. B. Riley has a “Neutral” rating and a $14.00 price objective on the stock. B. Riley also issued estimates for LTX-Credence Co. common stock’s Q4 2018 earnings at $0.27 EPS, Q1 2019 earnings at $0.27 EPS, Q2 2019 earnings at $0.23 EPS, Q3 2019 earnings at $0.28 EPS, Q4 2019 earnings at $0.32 EPS, FY2019 earnings at $1.09 EPS and FY2020 earnings at $1.30 EPS.

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    Three Stocks to Watch Today: LC, GE, GS
    General Electric Co. (NYSE: GE) has ousted its CEO John Flannery. Shares are up more than 10% as investors celebrated the news. GE has been mired in a slump, particularly its turbine business. The firm’s new CEO is H. Lawrence Culp, Jr., the former CEO of the industrial firm Danaher. Shares of LendingClub Corp. (NYSE: LC) are under pressure after the SEC charged one of the firm’s divisions with mishandling client money. This weekend, the firm reached a settlement with regulators on charges that the firm inflated its revenue and made changes to products to make the firm look healthier than it is. As a result, the firm’s board of directors forced CEO Renaud Laplanche to resign. Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (NYSE: GS) has replaced CEO Lloyd Blankfein, who has stepped down after more than a decade at the helm at one of Wall Street’s most iconic banks. David Solomon – who has previously served as the firm’s president and COO – will now bet the new CEO. His tenure begins at a tough time for Goldman as the bank struggles with lower trading desk revenues. Look for earnings reports today from Cal-Maine Foods Inc. (NASDAQ: CALM) and Xcerra Corp. (NASDAQ: XCRA).

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  • [By Ethan Ryder]

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

    Get LTX-Credence Co. common stock alerts:

    LTX-Credence Co. common stock (XCRA) Receives Consensus Recommendation of “Hold” from Brokerages (americanbankingnews.com) Why Xcerra (XCRA) Could Beat Earnings Estimates Again (finance.yahoo.com) Cohu, Inc. — Moody’s rates Cohu’s CFR at B1; new Senior Secured Term Loan B at B1; outlook stable (finance.yahoo.com) Brokerages Expect LTX-Credence Co. common stock (XCRA) Will Announce Earnings of $0.28 Per Share (americanbankingnews.com)

    XCRA traded down $0.13 during midday trading on Friday, reaching $14.00. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 315,922 shares, compared to its average volume of 270,685. The firm has a market capitalization of $768.81 million, a P/E ratio of 28.57, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.06 and a beta of 1.46. The company has a quick ratio of 3.35, a current ratio of 4.40 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.01. LTX-Credence Co. common stock has a twelve month low of $9.50 and a twelve month high of $14.87.

  • [By Garrett Baldwin]

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    Darden Restaurants Inc. (NYSE: DRI) leads a fairly busy day of earnings reports. The restaurant management giant easily topped Wall Street profit numbers by reporting earnings per share of $1.34. The average Wall Street estimate was $1.23. The firm also easily topped revenue expectations. DRI shares were up 4.5% this morning. The problems continue to mount for General Electric Co. (NYSE: GE). This morning, JPMorgan Securities slashed its price target for the U.S. conglomerate from $11 to $10 per share. The investment firm cited ongoing challenges to the company’s turbine business. General Electric has been under pressure since the financial crisis, and it was the worst performing stock on the Dow in 2017 before it was ultimately replaced on the index. Shares of Under Armour Inc. (NYSE: UAA) added 3.4% this morning, but the driver wasn’t necessarily positive for the global apparel giant. According to reports, the Baltimore-based sports apparel giant is cutting 3% of its international workforce. That equates to roughly 400 jobs. The company did raise its fiscal 2018 earnings forecast, and issued a revised update of severance costs. Look for earnings reports from Micron Technology Inc. (NASDAQ: MU), Thor Industries Inc. (NYSE: THO), United Natural Foods Inc. (NASDAQ: UNFI), Steelcase Inc. (NYSE: SCS), Scholastic Corp. (NASDAQ: SCHL), and Xcerra Corp. (NASDAQ: XCRA).

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Top 10 Stocks To Own Right Now: Tenneco Inc.(TEN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Los Angeles Capital Management & Equity Research Inc. bought a new stake in Tenneco Inc (NYSE:TEN) in the 2nd quarter, HoldingsChannel reports. The institutional investor bought 9,540 shares of the auto parts company’s stock, valued at approximately $419,000.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Tokenomy (CURRENCY:TEN) traded 0.7% lower against the dollar during the one day period ending at 23:00 PM ET on May 13th. In the last seven days, Tokenomy has traded down 18.2% against the dollar. One Tokenomy token can now be purchased for approximately $0.26 or 0.00003099 BTC on major cryptocurrency exchanges. Tokenomy has a market capitalization of $32.49 million and approximately $411,692.00 worth of Tokenomy was traded on exchanges in the last day.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Tokenomy (CURRENCY:TEN) traded up 4.8% against the dollar during the 1-day period ending at 13:00 PM Eastern on August 24th. Over the last week, Tokenomy has traded 3% lower against the dollar. Tokenomy has a market cap of $30.97 million and $1.23 million worth of Tokenomy was traded on exchanges in the last 24 hours. One Tokenomy token can now be bought for approximately $0.15 or 0.00002348 BTC on major exchanges including LATOKEN, LBank, Indodax and Tokenomy.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Tenneco Inc (NYSE:TEN) was up 5.1% during trading on Thursday . The stock traded as high as $46.51 and last traded at $46.32. Approximately 559,060 shares changed hands during trading, a decline of 0% from the average daily volume of 560,710 shares. The stock had previously closed at $44.06.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Tokenomy (CURRENCY:TEN) traded up 1.7% against the dollar during the twenty-four hour period ending at 10:00 AM ET on August 10th. Tokenomy has a market capitalization of $36.73 million and approximately $881,640.00 worth of Tokenomy was traded on exchanges in the last day. One Tokenomy token can currently be purchased for approximately $0.18 or 0.00002849 BTC on major exchanges including Indodax, CoinBene, Tokenomy and LATOKEN. Over the last week, Tokenomy has traded 7.1% lower against the dollar.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Tenneco (NYSE: TEN) and China Automotive Systems (NASDAQ:CAAS) are both auto/tires/trucks companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, earnings, risk, profitability, analyst recommendations, dividends and valuation.

Top 10 Stocks To Own Right Now: Qwest Corporation(CTX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    CarTaxi Token (CURRENCY:CTX) traded up 16.3% against the dollar during the 1 day period ending at 12:00 PM Eastern on May 21st. During the last seven days, CarTaxi Token has traded 23.4% higher against the dollar. CarTaxi Token has a market capitalization of $361,050.00 and $28,505.00 worth of CarTaxi Token was traded on exchanges in the last day. One CarTaxi Token token can now be purchased for approximately $0.0090 or 0.00000107 BTC on cryptocurrency exchanges.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    CarTaxi Token (CURRENCY:CTX) traded 18.6% higher against the U.S. dollar during the twenty-four hour period ending at 19:00 PM ET on May 16th. One CarTaxi Token token can now be bought for approximately $0.0097 or 0.00000117 BTC on major cryptocurrency exchanges. CarTaxi Token has a market cap of $385,677.00 and approximately $55,231.00 worth of CarTaxi Token was traded on exchanges in the last 24 hours. During the last week, CarTaxi Token has traded 58% higher against the U.S. dollar.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    CarTaxi Token (CURRENCY:CTX) traded up 1.3% against the US dollar during the 1-day period ending at 20:00 PM Eastern on September 15th. One CarTaxi Token token can now be bought for approximately $0.0026 or 0.00000040 BTC on major exchanges. CarTaxi Token has a market cap of $103,729.00 and $30.00 worth of CarTaxi Token was traded on exchanges in the last 24 hours. In the last week, CarTaxi Token has traded up 8.3% against the US dollar.

Top 10 Stocks To Own Right Now: PS Business Parks Inc.(PSB)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    PS Business Parks (NYSE: PSB) and Apollo Commercial Real Est. Finance (NYSE:ARI) are both mid-cap finance companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, valuation, dividends, institutional ownership, profitability, earnings and risk.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

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Top 10 Stocks To Own Right Now: CarMax Inc(KMX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    Millions of Americans buy cars each year, and many of them look for good used vehicles that are less expensive than new cars but can still offer reliable transportation for years. CarMax (NYSE:KMX) has sought to tap into that market with its national network of dealerships concentrating on used cars. That’s a massive undertaking that comes with a variety of logistical challenges, but CarMax has done a good job of producing long-term success even as it’s had to navigate occasional tough conditions along the way.

  • [By Motley Fool Staff]

    In this segment from Motley Fool Money, host Chris Hill and analysts Jason Moser, David Kretzmann, and Ron Gross first dig into the latest quarterly numbers from auto dealership operator CarMax (NYSE:KMX), which turned in an earnings beat last week. But when you look under the hood, it’s clear there are parts of this business that could use a bit of a tuneup. Used vehicle unit sales were only up 1.6% and comparable-store unit sales were down 2.3%.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The S&P 500 stock posting the largest daily percentage gain ahead of the close CarMax, Inc. (NYSE: KMX) which traded up about 13% at $80.19. The stock’s 52-week range is $57.05 to $81.67. Volume was nearly 12 million compared to the daily average volume of 1.8 million.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    CarMax Inc. (NYSE: KMX) released its fiscal first-quarter financial results before the markets opened on Friday. The company posted $1.33 in earnings per share (EPS) and $4.79 billion in revenue. Consensus estimates had called for $1.24 in EPS and revenue of $4.61 billion. The same period of last year reportedly had EPS of $1.13 and $4.54 billion in revenue.

Top 10 Stocks To Own Right Now: Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.(HOT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Hydro Protocol (CURRENCY:HOT) traded up 3.5% against the dollar during the 24-hour period ending at 22:00 PM E.T. on June 14th. During the last seven days, Hydro Protocol has traded down 28.5% against the dollar. One Hydro Protocol token can currently be bought for approximately $0.0392 or 0.00000594 BTC on popular cryptocurrency exchanges including BigONE, DDEX and OKEx. Hydro Protocol has a total market cap of $27.49 million and $967,051.00 worth of Hydro Protocol was traded on exchanges in the last 24 hours.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Holo (CURRENCY:HOT) traded 0.8% lower against the US dollar during the 24 hour period ending at 20:00 PM E.T. on September 22nd. Holo has a market cap of $148.52 million and approximately $5.90 million worth of Holo was traded on exchanges in the last 24 hours. One Holo token can currently be purchased for approximately $0.0011 or 0.00000017 BTC on major exchanges including IDEX, LATOKEN, Binance and Hotbit. In the last seven days, Holo has traded up 0.1% against the US dollar.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Holo (CURRENCY:HOT) traded 1.6% lower against the US dollar during the one day period ending at 18:00 PM ET on August 18th. Holo has a market capitalization of $82.13 million and approximately $2.55 million worth of Holo was traded on exchanges in the last 24 hours. One Holo token can currently be bought for $0.0006 or 0.00000010 BTC on cryptocurrency exchanges including Hotbit, Binance, Fatbtc and Radar Relay. Over the last seven days, Holo has traded 5.3% lower against the US dollar.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Hydro Protocol (CURRENCY:HOT) traded 0.2% higher against the U.S. dollar during the one day period ending at 0:00 AM ET on October 5th. Over the last seven days, Hydro Protocol has traded 2.8% lower against the U.S. dollar. Hydro Protocol has a total market cap of $7.33 million and $54,859.00 worth of Hydro Protocol was traded on exchanges in the last 24 hours. One Hydro Protocol token can now be purchased for approximately $0.0104 or 0.00000158 BTC on major exchanges including DDEX, Bancor Network, HADAX and Ethfinex.

Best Safest Stocks To Watch For 2019

Conventional wisdom suggests that investors should find safe stocks to buy. Penny stocks and potential “triple-baggers” might be more exciting and a big win might provide a better story, but experts will tell you the smart play is to benefit from compounding returns in safe, stable stocks.

That general strategy is similar to that followed by Warren Buffett with Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (NYSE:BRK.A, NYSE:BRK.B), for instance. Buffett looks for “forever stocks,” with a portfolio that ranges from key parts of the industrial supply chain to consumer brands like The Coca-Cola Co (NYSE:KO) and Dairy Queen. Investors following that type of strategy — again, so the conventional wisdom goes — should benefit from lower volatility and larger returns over time.

Of course, there are a couple of problems with this advice.

The first is that choosing safe stocks to buy is much harder than Buffett himself has made it look. General Motors Company (NYSE:GM) was considered a “widows and orphans” stock for decades — and it went bankrupt in 2008. Investors in 1985 could have argued Dow Jones component companies Eastman Kodak Company (NYSE:KODK), GM, and Sears Holdings Corp (NASDAQ:SHLD) were among the safest plays in the market.

Best Safest Stocks To Watch For 2019: CarMax Inc(KMX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The S&P 500 stock posting the largest daily percentage gain ahead of the close CarMax, Inc. (NYSE: KMX) which traded up about 13% at $80.19. The stock’s 52-week range is $57.05 to $81.67. Volume was nearly 12 million compared to the daily average volume of 1.8 million.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Media coverage about CarMax (NYSE:KMX) has been trending somewhat positive on Saturday, Accern Sentiment reports. The research group identifies negative and positive media coverage by monitoring more than 20 million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. CarMax earned a media sentiment score of 0.23 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media coverage about the company an impact score of 45.9476088816755 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the immediate future.

  • [By Rich Smith]

    CarMax (NYSE:KMX) stock is trading near its highs of the day, up 14.2% as of 2:45 p.m. EDT, after the used car specialist reported fiscal Q1 2018 earnings results this morning.

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    The Top Stock Market Stories for Wednesday
    The U.S. markets are preparing for the eighth interest rate hike since 2015, and the Federal Reserve may not be done yet. Markets are weighing the possibility that the Fed may raise rates one more time this year (in December). The hikes come as the Fed is attempting to shrink its $4.5 trillion balance sheet. When Powell speaks this afternoon, expect a few questions about the impact of the trade war between the United States and China. Reporters will also likely want to know about geopolitical risks to the U.S. economy and how they might affect growth in a higher-interest-rate environment. Yesterday, U.S. President Donald Trump gave a speech before the United Nations General Assembly. During his talk, Trump praised the U.S. economy and defended his administration’s actions this year on trade. Trump said that the United States will no longer endure “abuse” from other trade partners. The U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer also said Tuesday that the U.S. is prepared to proceed on a new trade deal with Mexico without the participation of Canada. Oil prices are in focus after President Trump called out OPEC members before the U.N. on Tuesday. During his talk, Trump accused OPEC and non-OPEC participants in collusion efforts on production and prices of ripping off the rest of the world.
    Three Stocks to Watch Today: NKE, SVMK, DB
    Shares of Nike Inc. (NYSE: NKE) fell 3.5% after the sports apparel giant reported earnings after the bell. The company topped earnings expectations and reported profit growth of 15%. However, investors took some profits off the table. Shares of Nike stock are up more than 35% on the year. SVMK, the parent company of SurveyMonkey, has priced its upcoming IPO at $12 per share. That figure is above analysts’ initial range expectation of $9 to $11 per share. The firm expects to reach a market capitalization of $1.46 bil

  • [By Trey Thoelcke]

    CarMax Inc. (NYSE: KMX) is set to release its most recent quarterly results first thing on Wednesday. The consensus forecast calls for $0.88 in EPS and $4.21 billion in revenue for the fiscal fourth quarter. Shares traded on Thursday’s close at $61.94. The consensus price target is $77.71, and the 52-week range is $54.29 to $77.64.

Best Safest Stocks To Watch For 2019: Hovnanian Enterprises Inc(HOVNP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    News stories about HOVNAN 1000 DS REP 1 SRS A PRF (NASDAQ:HOVNP) have trended positive on Thursday, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. Accern identifies negative and positive media coverage by reviewing more than twenty million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. HOVNAN 1000 DS REP 1 SRS A PRF earned a media sentiment score of 0.28 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned headlines about the company an impact score of 46.0490974987129 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the near future.

Best Safest Stocks To Watch For 2019: Aquinox Pharmaceuticals, Inc.(AQXP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Steve Symington]

    Still, some individual companies fared worse than most. Read on to learn why Sonic Corporation (NASDAQ:SONC), National Beverage (NASDAQ:FIZZ), and Aquinox Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:AQXP) plunged today.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Aquinox Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ: AQXP) dropped about nearly 85% Wednesday to post a new 52-week low of $2.25. Shares closed at $15.31 on Tuesday and the stock’s 52-week high is $16.90. Volume totaled 13.5 million shares compared to a daily average of less than 200,000. The company’s bladder pain drug failed a trial and the company is stopping development.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Shares of Aquinox Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ:AQXP) have received an average recommendation of “Buy” from the seven research firms that are covering the firm, MarketBeat reports. Three analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and four have issued a buy rating on the company. The average 1 year target price among brokers that have covered the stock in the last year is $25.25.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Aquinox Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ: AQXP) saw its shares crash on Wednesday after the firm gave a disappointing update for a late-stage trial. Unfortunately, the firm’s Phase 3 LEADERSHIP 301 clinical trial evaluating rosiptor (AQX-1125) for the treatment of interstitial cystitis/bladder pain syndrome failed to meet its primary endpoint.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Cantor Fitzgerald reiterated their neutral rating on shares of Aquinox Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:AQXP) in a research report report published on Wednesday, MarketBeat.com reports.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Aquinox Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:AQXP) was downgraded by stock analysts at ValuEngine from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report released on Monday.

Best Safest Stocks To Watch For 2019: 58.com Inc.(WUBA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    58.com Inc (NYSE:WUBA) has been assigned an average rating of “Buy” from the ten research firms that are presently covering the firm, MarketBeat.com reports. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell recommendation, one has assigned a hold recommendation and seven have issued a buy recommendation on the company. The average twelve-month price target among brokerages that have issued a report on the stock in the last year is $78.20.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Shares of 58.com Inc (NYSE:WUBA) have been assigned a consensus rating of “Buy” from the seven brokerages that are presently covering the company, Marketbeat reports. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and four have given a buy rating to the company. The average 12-month target price among analysts that have issued ratings on the stock in the last year is $92.00.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    58.com (NYSE:WUBA) was downgraded by TheStreet from a “b-” rating to a “c+” rating in a research report issued on Thursday.

Best Safest Stocks To Watch For 2019: Blackrock Capital and Income Strategies Fund Inc(CII)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    News headlines about BlackRock Enhanced Capital and Income Fd (NYSE:CII) have trended positive this week, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. The research firm identifies positive and negative media coverage by reviewing more than twenty million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. BlackRock Enhanced Capital and Income Fd earned a news sentiment score of 0.31 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media headlines about the real estate investment trust an impact score of 47.3179811195894 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the immediate future.

Hot Value Stocks To Buy For 2019

BNP Paribas Arbitrage SA reduced its stake in shares of Willis Towers Watson (NASDAQ:WLTW) by 10.9% during the 1st quarter, according to its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The institutional investor owned 52,453 shares of the financial services provider’s stock after selling 6,401 shares during the quarter. BNP Paribas Arbitrage SA’s holdings in Willis Towers Watson were worth $7,983,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

A number of other large investors also recently made changes to their positions in the stock. Calton & Associates Inc. acquired a new position in Willis Towers Watson in the fourth quarter valued at $192,000. Dean Capital Investments Management LLC acquired a new position in Willis Towers Watson in the fourth quarter valued at $201,000. BancorpSouth Bank acquired a new position in Willis Towers Watson in the fourth quarter valued at $266,000. Edgestream Partners L.P. acquired a new position in Willis Towers Watson in the fourth quarter valued at $267,000. Finally, Brown Advisory Securities LLC acquired a new position in Willis Towers Watson in the fourth quarter valued at $279,000. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 92.76% of the company’s stock.

Hot Value Stocks To Buy For 2019: Noodles & Company(NDLS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Noodles & Co (NASDAQ:NDLS) saw unusually large options trading on Tuesday. Stock investors acquired 1,113 put options on the stock. This is an increase of 1,084% compared to the average volume of 94 put options.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Noodles & Company (NASDAQ:NDLS) is scheduled to be posting its quarterly earnings results after the market closes on Thursday, May 10th. Analysts expect Noodles & Company to post earnings of ($0.03) per share for the quarter. Noodles & Company has set its FY18 guidance at $(0.01)-0.03 EPS.

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    The Trade Desk, Inc. (NASDAQ: TTD) jumped 36.2 percent to $71.82 after the company reported upbeat results for its first quarter. The company also issued strong second-quarter and FY18 sales guidance.
    WideOpenWest, Inc. (NYSE: WOW) jumped 30.4 percent to $8.80 after the company reported Q1 results.
    MoSys, Inc. (NASDAQ: MOSY) shares surged 28.6 percent to $1.9541 after the company reported better-than-expected Q1 results and issued strong Q2 forecast.
    Boxlight Corporation (NASDAQ: BOXL) gained 24 percent to $6.39.
    Akcea Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: AKCA) shares gained 19.1 percent to $24.60. Akcea Therapeutics, an affiliate of Ionis Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: IONS) announced that the Endocrinologic and Metabolic Drugs Advisory Committee, which met to discuss the safety and efficacy of subcutaneously injected volanesoren solution for patients with familial chylomicronemia syndrome, voted 12-8 to support its approval.
    Net 1 UEPS Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: UEPS) shares rose 17 percent to $10.31 after reporting Q3 results.
    ArcBest Corporation (NASDAQ: ARCB) gained 16.8 percent to $43.1457 after reporting upbeat quarterly earnings.
    Amtech Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: ASYS) rose 16.2 percent to $8.60. Amtech posted Q2 earnings of $0.19 per share on sales of $32.783 million.
    Identiv, Inc (NASDAQ: INVE) surged 14.4 percent to $3.8450 following Q1 results.
    Omeros Corporation (NASDAQ: OMER) shares rose 14.3 percent to $18.43 following Q1 results.
    VivoPower International PLC (NASDAQ: VVPR) gained 11.5 percent to $2.71.
    Intersections Inc. (NASDAQ: INTX) gained 11.4 percent to $2.55 after reporting Q1 results.
    Noodles & Company (NASDAQ: NDLS) shares rose 10.9 percent to $8.65 following Q1 results.
    Voyager Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: VYGR) climbed 10.6 percent to $18.54 following Q1 results.
    Blink Charging Co. (NASDAQ: BLNK) rose 10.4 percent to $5.739.
    Immersion Corporation (NASDAQ: IMMR) gained 9.6 percent to $12.69
  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    The stock market finished mixed on Friday, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average gaining ground even as some broader benchmarks finished closer to unchanged for the day. In the absence of major news, investors seemed content to let positive trends from earlier in the week continue to play out, anticipating a favorable end to the first-quarter earnings season and hoping for more progress on the macroeconomic and geopolitical fronts to defuse potential controversies. Some good reports from several corners of the market also helped lift sentiment. The Trade Desk (NASDAQ:TTD), Noodles & Co. (NASDAQ:NDLS), and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:REGN) were among the best performers on the day. Here’s why they did so well.

  • [By Demitrios Kalogeropoulos]

    It might seem odd that the industry’s biggest winner so far this year isn’t growing. In fact, Noodles & Co. (NASDAQ:NDLS) recently posted a quarterly net loss while revenue decreased 5%. But that result still shot past investors’ expectations by showing surprising progress in the casual-dining chain’s recovery efforts. Noodles & Co. has lots of work ahead of it before it can snap out of its four-year stretch of annual net losses. Yet, with shares having fallen by over 80% since 2013, even modestly good news proved to be enough to spark at least a short-term rally in the stock.

Hot Value Stocks To Buy For 2019: EQT Corporation(EQT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The stock posting the largest daily percentage gain in the S&P 500 ahead of the close Thursday was EQT Corp. (NYSE: EQT) which rose about 10% to $53.35. The stocks 52-week range is $43.70 to $67.84. Volume was nearly 11 million compared to the daily average volume of 3.6 million.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Stifel Financial Corp lessened its stake in EQT Co. (NYSE:EQT) by 10.2% in the first quarter, HoldingsChannel reports. The institutional investor owned 175,489 shares of the oil and gas producer’s stock after selling 19,992 shares during the quarter. Stifel Financial Corp’s holdings in EQT were worth $8,353,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The S&P 500 stock posting the largest daily percentage loss ahead of the close Thursday was EQT Corp. (NYSE: EQT) which traded down over 5% at $49.72. The stocks 52-week range is $43.70 to $67.84. Volume was 7.6 million compared to the daily average volume of nearly 4 million.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    DekaBank Deutsche Girozentrale raised its stake in shares of EQT (NYSE:EQT) by 85.4% during the first quarter, according to the company in its most recent 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The firm owned 67,281 shares of the oil and gas producer’s stock after purchasing an additional 31,000 shares during the quarter. DekaBank Deutsche Girozentrale’s holdings in EQT were worth $3,219,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    EquiTrader (CURRENCY:EQT) traded up 6.5% against the U.S. dollar during the one day period ending at 23:00 PM ET on June 3rd. One EquiTrader coin can now be purchased for $0.13 or 0.00001662 BTC on popular cryptocurrency exchanges including CryptoBridge, Cryptopia and CoinExchange. EquiTrader has a market cap of $1.37 million and approximately $1,213.00 worth of EquiTrader was traded on exchanges in the last 24 hours. During the last seven days, EquiTrader has traded 8.8% higher against the U.S. dollar.

Hot Value Stocks To Buy For 2019: CarMax Inc(KMX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Chris Lange]

    CarMax Inc. (NYSE: KMX) released its fiscal first-quarter financial results before the markets opened on Friday. The company posted $1.33 in earnings per share (EPS) and $4.79 billion in revenue. Consensus estimates had called for $1.24 in EPS and revenue of $4.61 billion. The same period of last year reportedly had EPS of $1.13 and $4.54 billion in revenue.

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    Winners will collect specialized data, and their customers will understand why they are providing data. Among the companies that are already doing this is CarMax (NYSE: KMX).

  • [By Demitrios Kalogeropoulos]

    CarMax(NYSE:KMX) is making solid progress toward its broader goal of building scale in the huge, but fragmented, market for used cars sales. The country’s largest pre-owned automotive retailer has been busy expanding its physical sales base while also building out its digital shopping tools as people move more of their car shopping process online.

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Top 5 Blue Chip Stocks To Watch For 2018: Cheniere Energy, Inc.(LNG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jon C. Ogg]

    Cheniere Energy Inc. (NYSEARCA: LNG) was reiterated as Buy and the price objective was raised to $69 from $63 (versus a $62.49 close) at Merrill Lynch. After a strong LNG marketing aspect, the firm ramped up expectations on excess volumes through 2020.

  • [By Reuben Gregg Brewer]

    Cheniere Energy, Inc. (NYSE: LNG) is leading the United States toward a future that includes material liquified natural gas exports. The company’s controlled partnership,Cheniere Energy Partners, L.P. (NYSE: CQP), already has the Sabine Pass LNG export facility up and running, rewarding investors with hefty distributions. Cheniere Energy is still building another facility in Corpus Christi that’s kept the red ink flowing; however, if the impact of Sabine Pass is any indication, Cheniere Energy could be worth a deep dive.

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    The earlier proposed deals — Williams Cos. for the remaining stake in Williams Partners LP and Enbridge Inc. for all outstanding securities in its units — were prompted in part by U.S. regulators ruling in March that MLPs can no longer receive a credit for income taxes they don’t pay, which sent certain stocks on a downward spiral. Liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal and pipeline operator Cheniere Energy Inc. also proposed a deal for the remaining stake in a company it already controls.

Top 5 Blue Chip Stocks To Watch For 2018: Del Frisco's Restaurant Group, Inc.(DFRG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Del Frisco's Restaurant Group Inc (NASDAQ: DFRG) was down, falling around 13 percent to $14.70 after the company reported downbeat quarterly earnings and announced plans to acquire Barteca Restaurant Group for $325 million in cash.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

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Top 5 Blue Chip Stocks To Watch For 2018: Merit Medical Systems Inc.(MMSI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Eagle Boston Investment Management Inc. increased its stake in shares of Merit Medical Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:MMSI) by 5.2% in the first quarter, according to the company in its most recent 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The fund owned 412,344 shares of the medical instruments supplier’s stock after buying an additional 20,334 shares during the quarter. Merit Medical Systems comprises approximately 1.9% of Eagle Boston Investment Management Inc.’s holdings, making the stock its 4th largest position. Eagle Boston Investment Management Inc. owned 0.82% of Merit Medical Systems worth $18,699,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

Top 5 Blue Chip Stocks To Watch For 2018: Granite Construction Incorporated(GVA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    DekaBank Deutsche Girozentrale bought a new position in shares of Granite Construction Inc. (NYSE:GVA) in the first quarter, HoldingsChannel reports. The firm bought 2,570 shares of the construction company’s stock, valued at approximately $137,000.

Top 5 Blue Chip Stocks To Watch For 2018: CarMax Inc(KMX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Trey Thoelcke]

    CarMax Inc. (NYSE: KMX) is set to release its most recent quarterly results first thing on Wednesday. The consensus forecast calls for $0.88 in EPS and $4.21 billion in revenue for the fiscal fourth quarter. Shares traded on Thursdays close at $61.94. The consensus price target is $77.71, and the 52-week range is $54.29 to $77.64.

  • [By Demitrios Kalogeropoulos]

    CarMax (NYSE:KMX) recently posted quarterly earnings results that were marked by a slowdown in sales growth. The used-car retailer endured a painful drop in customer traffic, which led sales to inch higher by less than 1% despite an aggressive expansion in its store base.

  • [By ]

    Winners will collect specialized data, and their customers will understand why they are providing data. Among the companies that are already doing this is CarMax (NYSE: KMX).

  • [By Andy Pai]

    CarMax, Inc (NYSE: KMX) is the second most undervalued stock in the portfolio. The company's blended upside of 17.8 percent is very intriguing.

Top 5 Medical Stocks To Buy Right Now

The U.S. investment space has been fraught with uncertainties of late. The healthcare industry, in particular, has been facing multiple issues, with the Obamacare-repeal saga dominating the headlines. However, President Trump’s proposed policies to abolish the infamous 2.3% medical device sales tax, a key part of the Affordable Care Act, have kindled hope in the MedTech space. Notably, this tax has been suspended for two years and is supposed to be put into effect again on Jan 1, 2018.

Top 5 Medical Stocks To Buy Right Now: American Eagle Outfitters, Inc.(AEO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Leo Sun]

    Piper Jaffray recently released its 35th semiannual “Taking Stock with Teens” survey of 6,000 teen shoppers across the U.S. In the clothing category, teens favored five brands:Nike (NYSE:NKE), American Eagle Outfitters (NYSE:AEO), Adidas (NASDAQOTH:ADDYY), Forever 21, and Urban Outfitters.

  • [By Leo Sun]

    In the fall 2017 survey, Hollister was listed as the fifth favorite brand for upper income teens. But in the spring 2018 survey, Hollister had dropped off the list — which was led by Nike (NYSE:NKE), American Eagle Outfitters (NYSE:AEO), and Adidas, in that order.

  • [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.

Top 5 Medical Stocks To Buy Right Now: Global Eagle Entertainment Inc.(ENT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Garrett Baldwin]

    Retail stocks are in focus after the U.S. Census Bureau released monthly sales figures before the bell Tuesday. The bureau said that retail sales increased by 0.3% in April, a figure that matched trade expectations. Markets had expected consumer spending to increase, however home improvement sales were not the major factor that most expected. This was evident from The Home Depot’s earnings report. Markets are increasingly optimistic over U.S. trade negotiations with China. Chinese President Xi Jinping’s No. 1 economic advisor will visit the United States this week to continue the nation’s dialogue with America. In addition, roughly 100 companies and trade associations will be sounding off to the Trump administration about the potential impact of tariffs in the Chinese markets.
    Stocks to Watch Today: TSLA, AMZN, GS
    Amazon.com Inc. (Nasdaq: AMZN) is in focus thanks to tax policy in Seattle. On Monday, the Seattle’s City Council passed a bill that will tax Amazon and 131 other companies $275 per employee each year in order to create a fund to address homelessness in the Seattle. The tax is half what was originally proposed and remains a contentious issue for Amazon, which is the city’s biggest employer. Goldman Sachs Group (NYSE: GS) is sounding the alarm about the state of the markets. The company warned that the U.S. budget deficit is increasing while America’s unemployment rate is falling. This hasn’t occurred since the World War II. The bank believes that the combination of the two could cause the Fed to spike interest rates in the near future. This comes at a time when the Fed has already lost control of interest rates. Look for additional earnings reports from Eagle Materials Inc. (NYSE: EXP), Bitauto Holding Ltd.(Nasdaq: BITA), Virtusa Corp. (Nasdaq: VRTU), Global Eagle Entertainment Inc.(Nasdaq: ENT), and Kamada Ltd. (Nasdaq: KMDA).

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Top 5 Medical Stocks To Buy Right Now: CarMax Inc(KMX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By ]

    Winners will collect specialized data, and their customers will understand why they are providing data. Among the companies that are already doing this is CarMax (NYSE: KMX).

  • [By Andy Pai]

    CarMax, Inc (NYSE: KMX) is the second most undervalued stock in the portfolio. The company's blended upside of 17.8 percent is very intriguing.

  • [By Trey Thoelcke]

    CarMax Inc. (NYSE: KMX) is set to release its most recent quarterly results first thing on Wednesday. The consensus forecast calls for $0.88 in EPS and $4.21 billion in revenue for the fiscal fourth quarter. Shares traded on Thursdays close at $61.94. The consensus price target is $77.71, and the 52-week range is $54.29 to $77.64.

  • [By Demitrios Kalogeropoulos]

    CarMax (NYSE:KMX) recently posted quarterly earnings results that were marked by a slowdown in sales growth. The used-car retailer endured a painful drop in customer traffic, which led sales to inch higher by less than 1% despite an aggressive expansion in its store base.

Top 5 Medical Stocks To Buy Right Now: SigmaTron International, Inc.(SGMA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Media coverage about SigmaTron International (NASDAQ:SGMA) has been trending somewhat positive this week, according to Accern. Accern rates the sentiment of news coverage by analyzing more than 20 million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. SigmaTron International earned a coverage optimism score of 0.25 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news coverage about the technology company an impact score of 47.5987310031013 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the near term.

Top 5 Medical Stocks To Buy Right Now: EPAM Systems, Inc.(EPAM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    Constant advances in technology require companies of all sizes to make efforts to keep up and take maximum advantage of new capabilities before competitors do. That puts companies like EPAM Systems (NYSE:EPAM) in a great position, because the resulting demand for IT services is constant and growing. EPAM did a good job of fulfilling its potential for strong growth in 2017, and the IT services specialist has high hopes that 2018 will bring even more gains.

Top Gold Stocks To Invest In Right Now

There are several reasons why investors may want to add gold to their portfolio. Not only can gold rise in value over time, but it can be a hedge against inflation and can add diversification.

Having said that, gold doesn’t fit in to Warren Buffett’s investing philosophy. The central investing principle that has allowed Buffett to build Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE:BRK-A) (NYSE:BRK-B) into the massive conglomerate it is today excludes gold and most other assets that are considered to be stores of value.

Here’s a brief overview of Warren Buffett’s investment style, as well as his opinion on gold in particular, which should help paint a clear picture of why you shouldn’t expect to see gold bullion in Berkshire’s investment portfolio anytime soon.

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The short answer

Warren Buffett doesn’t invest in gold. There are three main things Warren Buffett does invest in, both with Berkshire Hathaway’s capital and his own money: entire companies, stocks of public companies, and cash equivalents that are waiting to be invested in those two. If you take a look at Berkshire’s investment portfolio, you’ll find plenty of subsidiary companies and stock investments, but gold is nowhere to be found.

Top Gold Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Eli Lilly and Company(LLY)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Keith Speights]

    One comparison tells a lot about the current situations for AbbVie Inc. (NYSE:ABBV) and Eli Lilly (NYSE:LLY). AbbVie stock has fallen more than 20% over the last month — and it’s still outperforming Lilly over the past 12 months and so far in 2018.

  • [By ]

    Pharmaceutical stocks joined the party Wednesday after Trump dredged up drug pricing concerns during his State of the Union address. Every major drug manufacturer retreated yesterday. Eli Lilly & Co. (NYSE:LLY) led the way lower with a decline of more than 5%. Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ) and AbbVie (NYSE:ABBV) werent far behind with losses of 3%.

  • [By ]

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    Cramer and the AAP team weigh in on Eli Lilly’s (LLY) deal to buy ARMO BioSciences (ARMO) . Find out what they’re telling their investment club members and get in on the conversation with a free trial subscription to Action Alerts PLUS.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    When Eli Lilly and Co. (NYSE: LLY) released its most recent quarterly earnings report before the markets opened on Tuesday, the company said that it had $1.34 in earnings per share (EPS) on $5.7 billion in revenue. The consensus estimates had called for $1.14 in EPS on revenue of $5.49 billion. In the same period of last year, the drugmaker said it had EPS of $0.98 and $5.23 billion in revenue.

Top Gold Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Bruker Corporation(BRKR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Get a free copy of the Zacks research report on Bruker (BRKR)

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Top Gold Stocks To Invest In Right Now: CarMax Inc(KMX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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    Winners will collect specialized data, and their customers will understand why they are providing data. Among the companies that are already doing this is CarMax (NYSE: KMX).

  • [By Andy Pai]

    CarMax, Inc (NYSE: KMX) is the second most undervalued stock in the portfolio. The company's blended upside of 17.8 percent is very intriguing.

  • [By Trey Thoelcke]

    CarMax Inc. (NYSE: KMX) is set to release its most recent quarterly results first thing on Wednesday. The consensus forecast calls for $0.88 in EPS and $4.21 billion in revenue for the fiscal fourth quarter. Shares traded on Thursdays close at $61.94. The consensus price target is $77.71, and the 52-week range is $54.29 to $77.64.

  • [By Demitrios Kalogeropoulos]

    CarMax (NYSE:KMX) recently posted quarterly earnings results that were marked by a slowdown in sales growth. The used-car retailer endured a painful drop in customer traffic, which led sales to inch higher by less than 1% despite an aggressive expansion in its store base.

Top Gold Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Scorpio Tankers Inc.(STNG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Get a free copy of the Zacks research report on Scorpio Tankers (STNG)

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  • [By Rich Smith]

    Stocks don’t always make sense — a factinvestors should be happy about afterScorpio Tankers (NYSE:STNG) posted a quarterly loss and an earnings miss this morning and then rocketed 15% in early trading.

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Daré Bioscience, Inc. (NASDAQ: DARE) shares jumped 56.69 percent to close at $1.27 on Wednesday on news that the company entered into worldwide license agreement for Juniper Pharmaceuticals' intravaginal ring technology platform.
    Vicor Corporation (NASDAQ: VICR) rose 26.84 percent to close at $37.10. Vicor posted Q1 earnings of $0.10 per share on sales of $65.2 million.
    AGM Group Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: AGMH) climbed 25.56 percent to close at $10.61.
    Travelzoo (NASDAQ: TZOO) gained 24.7 percent to close at $9.75 following strong Q1 results.
    Intrepid Potash, Inc. (NYSE: IPI) shares climbed 19.24 percent to close at $4.71.
    China Customer Relations Centers, Inc. (NASDAQ: CCRC) rose 18.73 percent to close at $18.64.
    Genprex, Inc. (NASDAQ: GNPX) climbed 18.28 percent to close at $5.89. Genprex expanded its operations to Cambridge, Mass.
    Scorpio Tankers Inc. (NYSE: STNG) rose 13.92 percent to close at $2.70 following Q1 results.
    Rocky Brands, Inc. (NASDAQ: RCKY) shares surged 13.57 percent to close at $23.85 after reporting Q1 results.
    Resonant Inc. (NASDAQ: RESN) shares rose 12.5 percent to close at $4.14 on Wednesday.
    USANA Health Sciences, Inc. (NYSE: USNA) jumped 11.24 percent to close at $106.85 following Q1 results.
    SUPERVALU Inc. (NYSE: SVU) rose 11.16 percent to close at $16.24 after the company reported Q4 results and agreed to sell and leaseback eight distribution centers for an aggregate purchase price of $483 million.
    K12 Inc. (NYSE: LRN) shares gained 10.74 percent to close at $15.36 following Q3 results.
    Tupperware Brands Corporation (NYSE: TUP) rose 9.15 percent to close at $46.28 as the company posted in-line quarterly earnings.
    Six Flags Entertainment Corporation (NYSE: SIX) shares climbed 8.49 percent to close at $64.18 as the company posted a narrower-than-expected loss for its first quarter.
    Carlisle Companies Incorporated (NYSE: CSL) gained 8.2 percent to close at $107.94 af
  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Wednesday afternoon, the energy shares gained 0.74 percent. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included Pengrowth Energy Corporation (NYSE: PGH), up 12 percent, and Scorpio Tankers Inc. (NYSE: STNG), up 12 percent.

Hot Mid Cap Companies To Own For 2016

Cowen’s Oliver Chen and team cut their rating on Tiffany (TIF) to Market Perform from Outperform, citing “uncontrollable risks,” and stating a preference forSignet Jewelers (SIG). They explain:

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We lower our rating on Tiffany to Market Perform and reduce our price target to $70 (from $75), assuming a lower P/E multiple of ~18x FY16 of $3.78E. We note Tiffany’s valuation does appears inexpensive at a current P/E of ~16x vs. sector avg. of ~17x. While we acknowledge a potential M&A/take-private could be a possibility if Tiffany’s valuation remains depressed, we prefer not to build our thesis on potential M&A interest protecting downside. Instead, we monitor near-term challenges and wait to gain better visibility on positive catalysts for revenue & earnings growth.

Hot Mid Cap Companies To Own For 2016: Discover Financial Services(DFS)

Discover Financial Services, a bank holding company, offers direct banking and payment services in the United States. It operates in two segments, Direct Banking and Payment Services. The Direct Banking segment offers Discover card-branded credit cards to individuals and small businesses that are accepted on the Discover Network. This segment also provides other consumer banking products and services, including personal loans, student loans, and prepaid cards, as well as other consumer lending and deposit products, such as certificates of deposit, money market accounts, online savings accounts, and individual retirement account. The Payment Services segment operates the PULSE network, an automated teller machine, debit, and electronic funds transfer network; the Diners Club International network, a global payments network; and third-party issuing business, which includes credit, debit, and prepaid cards issued on the Discover Network by third parties. The company was found ed in 1986 and is based in Riverwoods, Illinois.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Spencer White]

    The analyst believes AmEx has a “less competitive edge” in the volume game, and concluded with a warning to avoid the stock. He recommended that investors looking for transaction or card loan exposure should look to Visa Inc (NYSE: V) and Discover Financial Services (NYSE: DFS), respectively.

Hot Mid Cap Companies To Own For 2016: Wendy’s/Arby’s Group Inc.(WEN)

The Wendy’s Company operates as a quick-service hamburger company in the United States. The company, through its subsidiary, Wendy’s International, Inc., operates as a franchisor of the Wendy’s restaurant system. As of December 26, 2011, the Wendy’s system comprised approximately 6,500 franchise and company restaurants in the United States and the United States territories, as well as in 26 other countries worldwide. The company was formerly known as Wendy’s/Arby’s Group, Inc. and changed its name to The Wendy’s Company in July 2011. The Wendy’s Company was founded in 1884 and is headquartered in Dublin, Ohio.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jim Jubak, Senior Markets Editor, MoneyShow.com]

    It’s hard for any company to raise prices in the current non-inflationary environment. But it’s especially hard right now for operators of fast food restaurants, given the intense price competition in a very crowded marketplace. McDonald’s sales growth in recent quarters has been driven by the success of its Dollar Menu, so raising prices in that segment are a big deal for the company. In addition, pushback from franchisees who say they can’t afford to refurbish their stores, given higher charges from McDonald’s hits at one of McDonald’s key advantages in its market—it’s ability to refresh stores more frequently than competitors. A McDonald’s refresh at $600,000 on average, according to the company, costs substantially more than a remodel at Burger King (BKW) at $300,000 or Wendy’s (WEN) at $375,000 for the least expensive version. McDonald’s restaurants average $2.5 million in annual sales.

Top 10 Companies To Watch In Right Now: CarMax Inc(KMX)

CarMax, Inc., through its subsidiaries, operates as a retailer of used vehicles in the United States. It also sells vehicles that do not meet its retail standards to licensed dealers through on-site wholesale auctions, as well as sells new vehicles under franchise agreements. In addition, the company provides customers financing alternatives through its finance operation, CarMax Auto Finance, as well as through its third-party financing providers. Further, it offers a range of other related products and services, including the sale of extended service plans, guaranteed asset protection, and accessories; the appraisal and purchase of vehicles directly from consumers; and vehicle repair services. As of December 21, 2011, the company operated 107 used car superstores in 52 markets. CarMax, Inc. was founded in 1993 and is headquartered in Richmond, Virginia.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul R. La Monica]

    The two companies he’s targeting in this sector are user car dealer CarMax (KMX) and motorcycle king Harley-Davidson (HOG). He said both have been very aggressive.

  • [By Rich Bieglmeier]

    On Tuesday, September 24, CarMax Inc. (KMX) will release sales and earnings for the second quarter ended August 31, 2013 and will host a conference call for investors at 9:00 a.m. ET.

Hot Mid Cap Companies To Own For 2016: International Game Technology(IGT)

 

International Game Technology PLC operates and provides a range of services and technology products across lotteries, machine gaming, sports betting, and interactive gaming markets in North America, Asia, and Europe. It provides online lottery transaction processing systems; a suite of lottery-enabled point-of-sale terminals; supplies instant ticket games; and provides printing services, instant ticket marketing plans, graphic design, programming, production, packaging, and shipping and delivery services. The company also provides video lottery terminals (VLT), VLT central systems, and VLT games to government customers; video and traditional mechanical reel slot machines and casino systems to casino operators; and amusement with prize machines and games to licensed operators, as well as designs, develops, manufactures, and provides cabinets, games, systems, and software. In addition, it is involved in the provision of sports b etting platform that offers betting on sporting events, motor sports, and non-sporting events, such as entertainment, music, culture, and current affairs; transaction processing of commercial transactions, such as prepaid cellular telephone recharges, prepaid mobile data, prepaid electricity and other utility bill payments, credit card transactions, social security contributions and payments, and prepaid cards; and collection, processing, and network services on behalf of third parties, as well as in the issuing of electronic money through immediate conversion of funds. Further, the company provides interactive games, such as poker, casino games, bingo, iLottery, sports betting, horseracing, and skill-based games. The company was formerly known as GTECH S.p.A. and changed its name to International Game Technology PLC in April 2015. The company was incorporated in 2014 and is headquartered in London, the United Kingdom.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Michael Flannelly]

    Analysts at Sterne Agee noted on Monday that International Game Technology’s (IGT) fiscal 2014 growth is stronger than it appears. As such, the analysts raised the price target on the casino gaming equipment manufacturer.

    The analysts maintain a “Buy” rating on IGT and now see shares reaching $25, up from the previous target of $23. This new price target suggests a 23% upside to the stock’s Friday closing price of $20.32.

    “Excluding FY13 Canadian VLT sales, which do not recur in FY14, consensus FY14 EPS growth is ~14% versus ‘in-print’ consensus EPS growth of ~4%,” Sterne Agee analyst David Bain said. “We believe IGT’s peer-low stock valuation is partly driven by a misinterpretation of forward growth using ‘in-print’ FY14 EPS projections.”

    Futhermore, the firm raised IGT’s fourth quarter EPS estimates from 33 cents to 34 cents.

    IGT shares were inactive during pre-market trading on Monday. The stock is up 43.4% year-to-date.

Hot Mid Cap Companies To Own For 2016: Coach, Inc.(COH)

 

Coach, Inc. provides luxury accessories and lifestyle collections in the United States. The company offers handbags, rings, charms, small leather goods, and novelty accessories for women; and business cases, computer bags, messenger-style bags, totes, wallets, card cases, belts, and time management and electronic accessories for men. It also provides footwear products; seasonal lifestyle apparel collections, including outerwear, ready-to-wear, and cold weather accessories, such as gloves, scarves, and hats; jewelries comprising bracelets, necklaces, rings, and earrings made with sterling silver, leather, and non-precious metals; sunglasses; watches; and fragrances consisting of eau de perfume sprays, eau de toilette sprays, purse sprays, and body lotions. In addition, the company offers weekend and travel accessories, travel bags, and other lifestyle products. Further, it holds licensing rights to market and distribute footwea r, eyewear, watches, and fragrances under the Coach brand name. The company markets its products to consumers through a network of company-operated stores comprising Internet in North America; and Coach-operated stores and concession shop-in-shops in Japan, Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, Singapore, Taiwan, Malaysia, South Korea, the United Kingdom, France, Ireland, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Italy, Belgium, and the Netherlands. It also sells its products to wholesale customers and distributors in approximately 45 countries. As of June 27, 2015, the company operated 258 Coach retail and 204 Coach outlet leased stores located in North America; 503 Coach-operated concession shop-in-shops within department, retail, and outlet stores internationally; and 54 Stuart Weitzman stores. Coach, Inc. was founded in 1941 and is based in New York, New York.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Shares of Michael Kors Holdings have soared 24% to $49.99 at 3:23 p.m. today, while Kate Spade (KATE) has risen 1.9% to $18.19, and Coach (COH) has dropped 0.5% to $37.02.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    But in the what-have-you-done-for-me-lately world of the stock market, that was the past, and the present and future, well they don’t look so hot. For the third quarter, the Vera Bradley, which competes against Coach (COH) and Michael Kors (KORS), among others, now expects sales between$128 million to $130 million, below forecasts for about $147 million, and a profit of 30 cents to 35 cents, below forecasts for a 48-cent profit. In 2014, Vera Bradley expects sales of$535 million to $540 million, below forecasts for $575, while its earnings should come in between$1.47 and $1.52, below expectations of $1.72.And did I mention that its margins are expected to decline too?

Hot Mid Cap Companies To Own For 2016: International Business Machines Corporation(IBM)

International Business Machines Corporation (IBM) provides information technology (IT) products and services worldwide. Its Global Technology Services segment provides IT infrastructure and business process services, including strategic outsourcing, process, integrated technology, and maintenance services, as well as technology-based support services. The company?s Global Business Services segment offers consulting and systems integration, and application management services. Its Software segment offers middleware and operating systems software, such as WebSphere software to integrate and manage business processes; information management software for database and enterprise content management, information integration, data warehousing, business analytics and intelligence, performance management, and predictive analytics; Tivoli software for identity management, data security, storage management, and datacenter automation; Lotus software for collaboration, messaging, and so cial networking; rational software to support software development for IT and embedded systems; business intelligence software, which provides querying and forecasting tools; SPSS predictive analytics software to predict outcomes and act on that insight; and operating systems software. Its Systems and Technology segment provides computing and storage solutions, including servers, disk and tape storage systems and software, point-of-sale retail systems, and microelectronics. The company?s Global Financing segment provides lease and loan financing to end users and internal clients; commercial financing to dealers and remarketers of IT products; and remanufacturing and remarketing services. It serves financial services, public, industrial, distribution, communications, and general business sectors. The company was formerly known as Computing-Tabulating-Recording Co. and changed its name to International Business Machines Corporation in 1924. IBM was founded in 1910 and is base d in Armonk, New York.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Abramowicz]

    International Business Machines Corp. (IBM), the largest computer-services provider, sold $1.25 billion of seven-year notes in May at a record low coupon of 1.625 percent. That compares with a 5.7 percent rate on 10-year debt issued in 2007 by the Armonk, New York-based company.

  • [By Jon C. Ogg]

    Visa Inc. (NYSE: V) is about to become the most important DJIA stock of them all, as it is battling International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE: IBM) as the highest stock price in the index. You just need to recall that the DJIA is price weighted, based on a stock’s nominal share price rather than on its market capitalization or economic contribution.