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Top 10 Safest Stocks To Invest In 2021

“I believe the future of communication will increasingly shift to private, encrypted services where people can be confident what they say to each other stays secure and their messages and content won’t stick around forever,” Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) CEO Mark Zuckerberg wrote in a lengthy blog postlast week detailing where he sees the social networking giant’s “privacy-focused” future. The missive comes after Facebook has grappled with countless privacy and data use scandals over the past few years, and at face value represents a massive shift in direction for the company.

It also means that Facebook will be competing with Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) like never before.

iMessage is a huge threat to Facebook. Image source: Apple.

iMessage is Facebook’s “biggest competitor by far”

As Facebook’s growth has slowed in recent quarters, the company is turning to messaging as its next frontier. “Today we already see that private messaging, ephemeral stories, and small groups are by far the fastest growing areas of online communication,” Zuckerberg wrote. Facebook had already made a massive bet on messaging with its 2014 acquisition of WhatsApp, its largest to date. But Facebook has struggled to ramp up WhatsApp monetization, which it needs to do in order to justify the exorbitant premium it paid.

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Invest In 2021: Werner Enterprises, Inc.(WERN)

Werner Enterprises, Inc., incorporated on September 14, 1982, is a transportation and logistics company. The Company is engaged in transporting truckload shipments of general commodities in both interstate and intrastate commerce. The Company operates through two segments: Truckload Transportation Services (Truckload) and Value Added Services (VAS). The Company also provides logistics services through its VAS division. The Company has a fleet of approximately 7,450 trucks, of which over 6,640 are Company-operated and over 810 are owned and operated by independent contractors. Its VAS division operates over 60 additional intermodal drayage trucks.

Truckload Transportation Services

Truckload segment comprises the One-Way Truckload and Specialized Services units. Its One-Way Truckload unit’s operating fleet includes the regional short-haul (Regional) fleet, which transports a variety of consumer non-durable products and other commodities in truckload quantities within geographic regions across the United States using dry van trailers; the medium-to-long-haul van (Van) fleet, which provides comparable truckload van service over irregular routes, and the expedited (Expedited) fleet, which provides time-sensitive truckload services utilizing driver teams. Its Specialized Services unit provides truckload services for a retail distribution center or manufacturing facility, including services for products requiring specialized trailers, such as flatbed or temperature-controlled trailers.

The Company’s Truckload fleets operate across over 40 contiguous United States’ states pursuant to operating authority, both common and contract, granted by the United States Department of Transportation (DOT) and pursuant to intrastate authority granted by various United States’ states. It also operates in several provinces of Canada and provides through-trailer service into and out of Mexico. The principal types of freight it transports include retail store merchandise, consumer product! s, grocery products and manufactured products.

VAS segment

The Company’s VAS segment is a non-asset-based transportation and logistics provider. VAS comprises operating units that provide non-trucking services to its customers, which include truck brokerage (Brokerage) that uses contracted carriers to complete customer shipments; freight management (Freight Management), which offers a range of single-source logistics management services and solutions; the intermodal (Intermodal) unit, which offers rail transportation through alliances with rail and drayage providers as an alternative to truck transportation, and Werner Global Logistics international (WGL), which provides complete management of global shipments from origin to destination using a combination of air, ocean, truck and rail transportation modes. Its Brokerage unit has transportation services contracts with approximately 12,920 carriers.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    BidaskClub downgraded shares of Werner Enterprises (NASDAQ:WERN) from a hold rating to a sell rating in a research note issued to investors on Tuesday morning.

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  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Municipal Employees Retirement System of Michigan lessened its holdings in Werner Enterprises, Inc. (NASDAQ:WERN) by 22.4% in the 2nd quarter, according to the company in its most recent 13F filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The institutional investor owned 10,510 shares of the transportation company’s stock after selling 3,040 shares during the period. Municipal Employees Retirement System of Michigan’s holdings in Werner Enterprises were worth $395,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Werner Enterprises (NASDAQ: WERN) and Universal Logistics (NASDAQ:ULH) are both transportation companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, profitability, analyst recommendations, dividends, valuation, earnings and risk.

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Invest In 2021: Infinity Property and Casualty Corporation(IPCC)

Infinity Property and Casualty Corporation, through its subsidiaries, provides personal automobile insurance with a concentration on nonstandard auto insurance in the United States. The company offers personal automobile insurance to individuals; mono-line commercial vehicle insurance to businesses; and classic collector insurance, which provides protection for classic collectible automobiles. It products provide coverage to individuals for liability to others for bodily injury and property damage, and for physical damage to an insured?s own vehicle from collision and various other perils. Infinity distributes its products primarily through a network of independent agencies and brokers. The company was founded in 2002 and is headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama.

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  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Infinity Property and Casualty (NASDAQ:IPCC) and Hartford Financial Services Group (NYSE:HIG) are both finance companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, profitability, earnings, dividends, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations and valuation.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Berkshire Hathaway Inc. Class B (NYSE: BRK.B) and Infinity Property and Casualty (NASDAQ:IPCC) are both finance companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, valuation, analyst recommendations, profitability, earnings, dividends and risk.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    ValuEngine lowered shares of Infinity Property and Casualty (NASDAQ:IPCC) from a strong-buy rating to a buy rating in a research report released on Saturday morning.

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Invest In 2021: United States Steel Corporation(X)

United States Steel Corporation produces and sells flat-rolled and tubular steel products in North America and Europe. It operates through three segments: Flat-Rolled Products (Flat-Rolled), U. S. Steel Europe (USSE), and Tubular Products (Tubular). The Flat-Rolled segment offers slabs, rounds, strip mill plates, sheets, and tin mill products. This segment serves customers in the automotive, consumer and the combined industrial, service center, and mining commercial markets. The USSE segment provides slabs, sheets, strip mill plates, tin mill products, and spiral welded pipes, as well as heating radiators and refractory ceramic materials. This segment serves customers in the construction, service center, conversion, container, transportation, appliance and electrical, oil, gas, and petrochemical markets. The Tubular segment offers seamless and electric resistance welded steel casing and tubing; and standard and line pipe and mechanical tubing products primarily to customers in the oil, gas, and petrochemical markets. The company also provides railroad services; and owns, develops, and manages various real estate assets. United States Steel Corporation was founded in 1901 and is headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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  • [By Max Byerly]

    United States Steel Co. (NYSE:X) – Equities researchers at KeyCorp raised their FY2018 EPS estimates for shares of United States Steel in a research note issued to investors on Sunday, September 9th. KeyCorp analyst P. Gibbs now forecasts that the basic materials company will earn $6.27 per share for the year, up from their prior forecast of $5.98.

  • [By Neha Chamaria]

    Shares of United States Steel (NYSE:X) plunged 18.5% in August, according to data fromS&P Global Market Intelligence. The steelmaker announced its second-quarter earnings on the first day of the month, but there’s more to the stock’s drop than just the numbers.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Shares of TMX Group Ltd (TSE:X) have been assigned a consensus rating of “Buy” from the six ratings firms that are currently covering the firm, MarketBeat reports. Two analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and two have given a buy rating to the company. The average 1 year price target among analysts that have issued a report on the stock in the last year is C$90.33.

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Invest In 2021: SPDR Dow Jones Industrial Average ETF (DIA)

SPDR Dow Jones Industrial Average ETF Trust (the Trust) is a unit investment, which issues securities called trust units or units. The Trust seeks to provide investment results that, before expenses, generally correspond to the price and yields performance of the Dow Jones Industrial Average. The Dow Jones Industrial Average is an Index of 30 blue chip United States stocks.
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  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Traders bought shares of SPDR Dow Jones Industrial Average ETF Trust (NYSEARCA:DIA) on weakness during trading hours on Thursday. $242.64 million flowed into the stock on the tick-up and $212.95 million flowed out of the stock on the tick-down, for a money net flow of $29.69 million into the stock. Of all companies tracked, SPDR Dow Jones Industrial Average ETF Trust had the 29th highest net in-flow for the day. SPDR Dow Jones Industrial Average ETF Trust traded down ($0.64) for the day and closed at $255.16

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Invest In 2021: Kronos Worldwide Inc(KRO)

Kronos Worldwide, Inc. produces and markets titanium dioxide pigments (TiO2) worldwide. It produces TiO2 in two crystalline forms, rutile and anatase to impart whiteness, brightness, opacity, and durability for products, paints, coatings, plastics, paper, fibers, and ceramics, as well as for various specialty products, such as inks, food, and cosmetics. The company also provides ilmenite, a raw material used directly as a feedstock by sulfate-process TiO2 plants; iron-based chemicals, which are co-products and processed co-products of the sulfate and chloride process TiO2 pigment production used as treatment and conditioning agents for industrial effluents and municipal wastewater, as well as in the manufacture of iron pigments, cement, and agricultural products; and titanium oxychloride and titanyl sulfate that are side-stream specialty products from the production of TiO2 under the Kronos brand name. The companys titanium oxychloride is used in the formulation of pearlescent pigments and production of electroceramic capacitors for cell phones and other electronic devices; and titanyl sulfate is used in pearlescent pigments, natural gas pipe, and other specialty applications. In addition, it sells and provides technical services for its products. The company sells its products through distributors and agents to paint, plastics, decorative laminate, and paper manufacturers. The company is headquartered in Dallas, Texas. Kronos Worldwide, Inc. is a subsidiary of Valhi, Inc.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Kronos Worldwide (NYSE:KRO) issued its earnings results on Monday. The specialty chemicals company reported $0.21 earnings per share for the quarter, missing the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.22 by ($0.01), Fidelity Earnings reports. Kronos Worldwide had a return on equity of 33.77% and a net margin of 12.94%. The company had revenue of $349.40 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $378.00 million.

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    No matter your investing style, stocks that no one is paying attention to are often the best deals. Unpopular or lightly followed dividend stocks can become depressed in price, pushing up the yields and creating bargains for eagle-eyed investors. Three of our Motley Fool contributors think Vodafone (NASDAQ:VOD), Hanesbrands (NYSE:HBI), and Kronos Worldwide (NYSE:KRO) aren’t getting the attention they deserve. Here’s why these dividend stocks would make a great addition to your portfolio.

  • [By Maxx Chatsko]

    Despite continued strength globally for the material, many titanium dioxide producers have seen their share prices drop by double digits since the beginning of the year. For instance, Kronos Worldwide (NYSE:KRO) stock has dropped by 19% in 2018 even though the business is cruising along right now. That has pushed its dividend yield to 3.4% — much higher than most peers.

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Invest In 2021: Lam Research Corporation(LRCX)

Lam Research Corporation designs, manufactures, markets, refurbishes, and services semiconductor processing systems used in the fabrication of integrated circuits. It provides thin film deposition products, including SABRE electrochemical deposition products for copper damascene manufacturing; ALTUS systems to deposit conformal atomic layer films for tungsten metallization applications; VECTOR plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition and atomic layer deposition systems to deposit oxides, nitrides, carbides, multiple patterning films, anti-reflective layers, multi-layer stack films, and diffusion barriers; SPEED high-density plasma-chemical vapor deposition products for applications in shallow trench isolation, pre-metal dielectrics, inter-layer dielectrics, inter-metal dielectrics, and passivation layers; and SOLA ultraviolet thermal processing products for the treatment of back-end-of-line low-k dielectric films and front-end-of-line silicon nitride strained films. The company also offers plasma etch products, such as Kiyo products that provide solutions for conductor etch applications; Flex products, which offer technologies and application-focused capabilities for dielectric etch applications; and Syndion products that provide solutions to address various through-silicon via etch applications. In addition, it provides single-wafer clean products, including EOS, Da Vinci, DV-Prime, and SP series products for wet etch and clean applications in wafer-level packaging , including silicon substrate thinning, wafer stress relief, underbump metallization etch, and photoresist removal; and Coronus plasma-based bevel clean products to enhance die yield by removing particles, residues, and unwanted films from the wafers edge, as well as legacy products. The company offers its products in the United States, Europe, Taiwan, Korea, Japan, China, and Southeast Asia. Lam Research Corporation was founded in 1980 and is headquartered in Fremont, California.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Lourd Capital LLC acquired a new position in shares of Lam Research Co. (NASDAQ:LRCX) during the 3rd quarter, according to the company in its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The firm acquired 1,909 shares of the semiconductor company’s stock, valued at approximately $290,000.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Bank of Stockton bought a new stake in Lam Research Co. (NASDAQ:LRCX) in the 3rd quarter, according to the company in its most recent disclosure with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The institutional investor bought 1,520 shares of the semiconductor company’s stock, valued at approximately $230,000.

  • [By Trey Thoelcke]

    And Lam Research Corp. (NASDAQ: LRCX) EPS are expected to grow 21.4% in the next five years, putting on the brakes after more than 90% growth in the prior five years. The stock has been a laggard despite the bull market. The share price is more than 21% lower than at the beginning of the year. The company is scheduled to release its fiscal first-quarter results on October 16.

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Invest In 2021: Prudential Public Limited Company(PUK)

Prudential plc provides retail financial products and services, and asset management services to individuals and businesses in Asia, the United States, and the United Kingdom. It offers savings, protection, investment, and unit-linked products; manages investments across a range of asset classes for internal, retail, and institutional clients; manages onshore mutual funds; and provides retirement planning, consumer and Islamic finance, and health solutions. The company also provides retirement savings and income solutions; variable annuities; fixed and fixed index annuities; term life, universal life, and variable universal life insurance; permanent individual life insurance; and institutional products, such as guaranteed investment contracts, funding agreements, and medium term note funding agreements. In addition, it offers pensions and annuities; investment plans; and car, health, home, travel, and protection insurance policies. Further, Prudential plc provides fund man agement services for individual and institutional clients. The company was founded in 1848 and is based in London, the United Kingdom.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Prudential Public Limited (NYSE:PUK) has earned a consensus recommendation of “Hold” from the six analysts that are covering the stock, MarketBeat.com reports. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell recommendation, four have assigned a hold recommendation and one has issued a buy recommendation on the company.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Prudential (NYSE: PUK) and Reinsurance Group of America (NYSE:RGA) are both finance companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, earnings, valuation, dividends, risk, profitability and institutional ownership.

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    Shares of PUK stock traded down $0.02 during trading on Tuesday, hitting $51.56. 141,455 shares of the stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 198,097. The firm has a market cap of $66.49 billion, a PE ratio of 13.79, a PEG ratio of 1.34 and a beta of 1.55. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.39, a quick ratio of 0.03 and a current ratio of 0.03. Prudential has a 52-week low of $44.49 and a 52-week high of $55.36.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    ValuEngine lowered shares of Prudential (NYSE:PUK) from a buy rating to a hold rating in a research note issued to investors on Wednesday morning.

    Several other analysts have also recently issued reports on the stock. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Prudential from a hold rating to a buy rating and set a $57.00 target price on the stock in a research note on Tuesday, March 27th. Berenberg Bank cut shares of Prudential from a hold rating to a sell rating in a research note on Thursday, March 29th. Finally, Citigroup cut shares of Prudential from a buy rating to a neutral rating in a research note on Wednesday, April 25th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, three have issued a hold rating and two have given a buy rating to the company. The stock currently has an average rating of Hold and an average price target of $57.00.

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Invest In 2021: Actuant Corporation(ATU)

Actuant Corporation, incorporated on October 26, 1910, designs, manufactures and distributes a range of industrial products and systems to various end markets. The Company operates through three segments: Industrial, Energy and Engineered Solutions. The Company’s Industrial segment is primarily involved in the design, manufacture and distribution of branded hydraulic and mechanical tools to the maintenance, industrial, infrastructure and production automation markets. The Company’s Energy segment provides joint integrity products and services, customized offshore vessel mooring solutions, as well as rope and cable solutions to the global oil and gas, power generation and other energy markets. The Company’s Engineered Solutions segment provides engineered position and motion control systems to original equipment manufacturers (OEM) in various on and off-highway vehicle markets, as well as various other products to the industrial and agricultural markets.

Industrial

The Company’s Industrial segment is a global supplier of hydraulic and mechanical tools to a range of end markets, including general maintenance and repair, industrial, oil and gas, mining, infrastructure and production automation. The Company’s primary products include high-force hydraulic tools, engineered heavy lifting solutions, workholding (production automation) solutions, and concrete stressing components and systems. Its high-force hydraulic and mechanical tools, including cylinders, pumps, valves, specialty tools and presses are designed to allow users to apply controlled force and motion. The hydraulic tools operate at high pressures of approximately 5,000 to 12,000 pounds per square inch and are generally sold by industrial and specialty fluid power distributors to customers in the infrastructure, mining, steel mill, cement, rail, oil and gas, power generation and general maintenance industries. In addition to providing a line of industrial tools, the segment also provides high-force hydraulic systems (in! tegrated solutions).

The Company’s integrated solutions standard product offering also includes hydraulic gantries, strand jacks and synchronous lift systems. The Industrial segment offers a range of workholding products (work supports, swing cylinders and system components) that are marketed through distributors to the automotive, machine tool and fixture design markets. In addition, the Industrial segment designs, manufactures and distributes concrete tensioning products (chucks and wedges, stressing jacks and anchors), which are used by concrete tensioning system designers, fabricators and installers for the residential and commercial construction, bridge, infrastructure and mining markets.

Energy

The Company’s Energy segment provides products and services to the global energy markets. The Company’s products include joint integrity tools and connectors for oil and gas and power generation installations and high performance ropes, cables and umbilicals. In addition to these products, the Energy segment also provides mooring systems and joint integrity tools under rental arrangements, as well as technical manpower solutions. The products and services of the Energy segment are distributed and marketed under various brand names (principally Hydratight, Cortland and Viking SeaTech) to OEMs, maintenance and service organizations and energy producers in emerging and developed countries. Its joint integrity products include hydraulic torque wrenches, bolt tensioners, portable machining equipment and subsea connectors, which are either sold or rented to asset owners, service providers and end users. These products are used in the maintenance of bolted joints on oil rigs and platforms, wind turbines, refineries and pipelines, petrochemical installations, as well as fossil fuel and nuclear power plants. Its Hydratight business provides manpower services where its trained technicians perform bolting, machining and joint integrity work for customers. The Company delivers pro! ducts and! services through a localized infrastructure of rental and maintenance depots.

The Company’s Energy segment develops highly-engineered rope, umbilical and cable solutions to various markets, including oil and gas, heavy marine, subsea, remote operating vehicle (ROV) and seismic. With its global design and manufacturing capabilities, the Cortland business provides customized synthetic ropes, heavy lift slings, specialized mooring, rigging and towing systems, electro-optical-mechanical cables and umbilicals. These products are utilized in applications, often deployed in harsh operating conditions (subsea oil and gas production, maintenance and exploration). In addition, the Energy segment provides customers with a range of marine mooring equipment and associated services (survey, inspection, design and installation). Its Viking business delivers mooring solutions in the harshest environments to customers involved in offshore oil and gas exploration, offshore construction and renewable energy projects.

Engineered Solutions

The Company’s Engineered Solutions segment designs and assembles customized position and motion control systems and other industrial products to various vehicle and other markets. The Engineered Solutions segment focuses on providing technical and highly engineered products, including actuation systems, mechanical power transmission products, engine air flow management systems, human to machine interface (HMI) solutions and other rugged electronic instrumentation. Products in the Engineered Solutions segment are primarily marketed directly to OEMs through a technical sales organization. The Company’s diesel engine air flow solutions, such as exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) systems and air flow actuators, are used by diesel engine and turbocharger manufacturers. It also sells actuation systems to a range of specialty vehicle customers, principally in the defense and off-highway markets. Its products include severe-duty electronic instrumentation, suc! h as disp! lays and clusters, machine controls and sensors, and HMI solutions and power transmission products, such as drive shafts, torque limiters, gearboxes, torsional dampers and flexible shafts. These products are sold to a range of markets, including agricultural implement, lawn and turf, construction, forestry, industrial, aerospace, material handling and security.

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Top 10 Safest Stocks To Invest In 2021: Aethlon Medical, Inc.(AEMD)

Aethlon Medical, Inc., incorporated on April 17, 1991, is a medical device company, which creates medical devices to address unmet therapeutic needs in infectious disease, cancer and other life-threatening conditions. The Company’s lead product is the Aethlon Hemopurifier, which is a device that selectively targets the elimination of circulating viruses and tumor-secreted exosomes that promote cancer progression. The Aethlon Hemopurifier sheds glycoproteins to treat infectious viral pathogens. In oncology indications, the Hemopurifier targets the removal of circulating exosomes, which are secreted by tumors to prevent the immune system from rejecting the tumors. Through its majority-owned subsidiary, Exosome Sciences, Inc. (Exosome), the Company is also developing exosome-based products to diagnose and monitor neurological disorders and cancer.

In addition, the Company operates under a Department of Defense contract through the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), related to the development of a sepsis treatment device. The Company also operates under a second Department of Defense contract as a subcontractor. Under these contracts, the Company’s tasks include the development of a dialysis-like device to prevent sepsis, a fatal bloodstream infection. The Company is also studying the use of its Hemopurifier as a therapeutic solution against viral pathogens that are not treatable with antiviral drugs, as well as viral pathogens that have evolved to become drug resistant.

The Aethlon Hemopurifier addresses antiviral drug-resistance in Hepatitis C virus and Human Immunodeficiency Virus-infected individuals and serves as a countermeasure against viral pathogens not addressed by drug or vaccine therapies. In the Company’s clinical studies that are conducted in India, safety and efficacy observations of Hemopurifier therapy have been observed in both Hepatitis C virus and Human Immunodeficiency Virus-infected individuals. Delivery of Hemopurifier therapy can occur thro! ugh the infrastructure of continuous renal replacement therapy and dialysis instruments routinely found in hospitals and clinics. The Hemopurifier is designed to provide a spectrum mechanism to inhibit the presence of certain cancer and infectious disease related particles. Treatment with the Hempurifier lasts from three to six and one half hours in duration. The Company has conducted Hepatitis C virus treatment studies for Aethlon Hemopurifier.

In addition to treating Hepatitis C virus-infected individuals, the Company has conducted a single proof-of-principle treatment study related to the treatment of Human Immunodeficiency Virus. In the study, Hemopurifier therapy reduced viral load by around 93% in a Human Immunodeficiency Virus-Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome-infected individual without the administration of antiviral drug therapy.

The Company competes with Asahi Kasei Kurary Medical.

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    Aethlon Medical (NASDAQ: AEMD) is one of 23 publicly-traded companies in the “Analytical instruments” industry, but how does it contrast to its competitors? We will compare Aethlon Medical to related businesses based on the strength of its valuation, analyst recommendations, earnings, dividends, profitability, risk and institutional ownership.

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Invest In 2021: Tata Motors Ltd(TTM)

Tata Motors Limited, incorporated on September 1, 1945, is an automobile company. The Company is engaged mainly in the business of automobile products consisting of all types of commercial and passenger vehicles, including financing of the vehicles sold by the Company. The Company’s operating segments include automotive operations and all other operations. The Company’s automotive operations are further subdivided into Tata and other brand vehicles (including vehicle financing) and Jaguar Land Rover. The Company operates in over 175 countries. The Company’s commercial and passenger vehicles are marketed in several countries in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, South East Asia, South Asia, South America, Australia, Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) and Russia. It has franchisee/joint venture assembly operations in Bangladesh, Ukraine and Senegal.

Automotive Operations

The Company’s automotive segment operations include all activities relating to the development, design, manufacture, assembly and sale of vehicles, including vehicle financing, as well as sale of related parts and accessories. The Company offers premium cars in markets, such as the United Kingdom, the United States and Europe, as well as in emerging markets, such as China, Russia and Brazil through its Jaguar Land Rover business. In the automotive segment, the Company manufactures and sells passenger cars, utility vehicles, light commercial vehicles (LCVs), and medium and heavy commercial vehicles. The Company further divides these categories based on the size, weight, design and price of the vehicle. The Company’s subcategories vary between and within Tata, and other brand vehicles and Jaguar Land Rover businesses.

The Company’s range of Tata-branded passenger cars include the Nano (micro), the Indica, the Vista and the Bolt (compact), the Indigo eCS, the Manza and the Zest (mid-sized) in the sedan category. The Company has expanded its passenger car range with several variants and fuel option! s. The Company’s Jaguar Land Rover operations have its presence in the premium passenger car category under the Jaguar brand name. There are four car lines under the Jaguar brand name, including the F-TYPE two seater sports car coupe and convertible (including all-wheel drive derivatives) the XF sedan (including the Sportbrake and all-wheel drive derivatives), the XJ saloon and the new XE sports saloon.

The Company manufactures a range of Tata-branded utility vehicles, including the Sumo and the Safari (sports utility vehicles), the Xenon XT (lifestyle pickup), the Tata Aria (crossover) and the Venture (multipurpose utility vehicle). Under the Safari brand, the Company offers two variants: the Dicor and the Safari Storme. Under the Sumo brand, the Company offers the Sumo Gold. There are six car lines under the brands of Range Rover and Land Rover in the premium all-terrain vehicles categories, including the Range Rover, Range Rover Sport, Range Rover Evoque, Land Rover Discovery, Discovery Sport and the Defender.

The Company manufactures a range of light commercial vehicles, including pickup trucks and small commercial vehicles. This also includes the Tata Ace, which is a mini-truck with a 0.75 ton payload with different fuel options; the Super Ace, with a one ton payload; the Ace Zip, with a 0.6 ton payload; the Magic and Magic Iris, both of which are passenger variants for commercial transportation developed on the Tata Ace platform and the Winger. In addition, the Company introduced a new generation of Ultra LCV trucks. The Company’s offerings in the LCV bus segment include the Cityride and Starbus range of buses.

The Company manufactures a range of medium and heavy commercial vehicles, which include trucks, tractors, buses, tippers and multi-axled vehicles, with gross vehicle weights (GVWs, including payload) of between 8 tons and 49 tons. In addition, through Tata Daewoo Commercial Vehicles (TDCV), the Company manufactures an array of trucks ranging from 215 h! orsepower! to 560 horsepower, including dump trucks, tractor-trailers, mixers and cargo vehicles. The Company also offers a range of buses, which includes the Divo Coach, the Semi Deluxe Starbus Ultra Contract Bus and the new Starbus Ultra. The Company’s range of buses is intended for a range of uses, including as intercity coaches (with both air-conditioned and non-air-conditioned luxury variants) as school transportation and as ambulances.

All Other Operations

The Company’s all other operations segment includes information technology (IT) services, and machine tools and factory automation solutions. As of March 31, 2015, the Company owned a 72.32% equity interest in its subsidiary, Tata Technologies Limited (TTL). TTL specializes in providing engineering services out-sourcing, product development IT services solutions for product lifecycle management (PLM) and Enterprise Resource Management (ERM) to the automotive, aerospace and consumer durables manufacturers and their suppliers. TTL’s services also include product design, analysis and production engineering, engineering and customer relationship management systems. TTL also distributes, implements and supports PLM products from solution providers, such as Dassault Systems and Autodesk across the world.

The Company competes with Audi, BMW, Mercedes Benz, Infiniti, Lexus, Porsche, Volkswagen, Isuzu, Nissan and Toyota.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    U.S. stocks have enjoyed years of strong gains, but the situation hasn’t been as rosy for many companies that do business across the globe. India’s Tata Motors (NYSE:TTM), which owns key car brands such as Jaguar and Land Rover, gave investors an extremely tough financial report that led to two days’ worth of severe share-price declines. Yet closer to home, Motorola Solutions (NYSE:MSI) has made a name for itself with its services to enterprise and government customers.

  • [By Jon C. Ogg]

    Tata Motors Ltd. (NYSE: TTM) was down almost 10% at $11.40 on Thursday and down another 6.5% at $10.65 for its American depositary shares after posting a loss. Tata was downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Merrill Lynch, and Nomura/Instinet downgraded it to Neutral as well. The52-week trading range is $10.49 to $29.39.

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Caesars Entertainment Co. Common Stock (NASDAQ:CZR) was upgraded by Zacks Investment Research from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report released on Tuesday.

According to Zacks, “Caesars Entertainment Corporation is a gaming company engaged in providing casino entertainment services. The Company operates casino resorts on multiple continents and its casino entertainment facilities include land-based casinos, riverboat or dockside casinos, managed casinos, combination greyhound racetrack and casino, combination thoroughbred racetrack and casino, and harness racetrack and casino, hotel and convention space, restaurants, and non-gaming entertainment facilities. Its resorts operate primarily under the Harrah’s(TM), Caesars(TM) and Horseshoe(TM) brand names. Caesars Entertainment Corporation is based in Las Vegas, Nevada. “

Top 5 Casino Stocks To Watch Right Now: Lam Research Corporation(LRCX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Shares of Lam Research Co. (NASDAQ:LRCX) hit a new 52-week low during trading on Tuesday . The company traded as low as $153.19 and last traded at $155.21, with a volume of 131385 shares traded. The stock had previously closed at $155.62.

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    The third caller had Boeing (BA) , Helmerich & Payne (HP) , Fiat Chrysler (FCAU) , LAM Research (LRCX) and Steel Dynamics (STLD)  as her top five stocks.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Bank of Stockton bought a new stake in Lam Research Co. (NASDAQ:LRCX) in the 3rd quarter, according to the company in its most recent disclosure with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The institutional investor bought 1,520 shares of the semiconductor company’s stock, valued at approximately $230,000.

  • [By Motley Fool Staff]

    Their picks: semiconductor-making machine maker Lam Research (NASDAQ:LRCX), social media player Snap Inc. (NYSE:SNAP), and transport major Delta Air Lines (NYSE:DAL). But as was the case last week, too, not all of these stocks to watch are necessarily ones they view as stocks to buy.

  • [By Jon C. Ogg]

    Lam Research Corp. (NASDAQ: LRCX) was considered a market darling earlier in 2018, but the 5.6% drop to $162.40 on Thursday is down from a 52-week high of $234.88. The 52-week low is $156.83, and the consensus target price that is still somehow all the way up at about $239. Lam Research also has a $25 billion market cap.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Lourd Capital LLC acquired a new position in shares of Lam Research Co. (NASDAQ:LRCX) during the 3rd quarter, according to the company in its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The firm acquired 1,909 shares of the semiconductor company’s stock, valued at approximately $290,000.

Top 5 Casino Stocks To Watch Right Now: AXT Inc(AXTI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

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  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Comstock Holding Companies, Inc. (NASDAQ: CHCI) shares surged 115.8 percent to $4.3591. Comstock reported conversion of the majority of its unsecured, short-term debt into non-convertible preferred equity.
    Stellar Biotechnologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: SBOT) jumped 38.2 percent to $3.0251 after the company disclosed that it achieved robust viral clearance for its manufacturing process.
    Universal Corporation (NYSE: UVV) surged 26.7 percent to $61.40 after reporting fiscal Q4 results.
    Hudson Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ: HDSN) rose 18.9 percent to $2.58.
    Evolus, Inc. (NASDAQ: EOLS) shares gained 17.8 percent to $22.8009.
    The Cato Corporation (NYSE: CATO) shares gained 17.5 percent to $21.07 after the company posted better-than-expected first-quarter results.
    Tyme Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: TYME) rose 15.9 percent to $3.3613.
    Destination Maternity Corporation (NASDAQ: DEST) shares gained 15.5 percent to $3.35 after the board announced late Wednesday the election of four activist-backed director nominees. Three women and one man comprise the selected group championed by NGM Capital’s Nathan Miller and Kenosis Capital’s Peter O’Malley. Destination Maternity had advocated for another slate of three men and interim CEO Melissa Payner-Gregor. The new directors are Holly Alden, Marla Ryan, Anne-Charlotte Windal and Christopher Morgan.
    AXT, Inc. (NASDAQ: AXTI) rose 15 percent to $7.65.
    nLIGHT, Inc. (NASDAQ: LASR) gained 14.5 percent to $34.27 following Q1 results.
    Achieve Life Sciences, Inc. (NASDAQ: ACHV) rose 14.3 percent to $11.4303.
    Bilibili Inc.. (NASDAQ: BILI) shares climbed 13.9 percent to $14.16 after announcing Q1 results.
    Babcock & Wilcox Enterprises, Inc. (NYSE: BW) gained 13.2 percent to $2.91 after an amended 13D filing from Steel Partners Holdings shows a raised stake in the company from 6.99 million shares to 29.98 million shares, or a 17.8 percent stake.
    HUYA Inc. (NYSE: HUYA) gained 13.1
  • [By Ethan Ryder]

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  • [By Max Byerly]

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

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    Gallium Arsenide Global Market Players by 2023- Sumitomo Electric, AXT and China Crystal Technologies (newspharmaceuticals.com) TheStreet Downgrades AXT (AXTI) to C+ (americanbankingnews.com) Is this stock is Overbought? AXT, Inc. (AXTI) (stockquote.review) What Investors Should Know? AXT, Inc. (AXTI) (mostvolatilestocks.com) Community rallies around valley high school, putting on its first musical in 20 years (yourcentralvalley.com)

    Several analysts have recently issued reports on AXTI shares. BidaskClub upgraded AXT from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Wednesday, February 14th. Dougherty & Co reiterated a “buy” rating on shares of AXT in a research note on Thursday, February 22nd. B. Riley decreased their price target on AXT from $8.75 to $8.25 and set a “neutral” rating for the company in a research note on Thursday, February 22nd. Zacks Investment Research downgraded AXT from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Monday, January 1st. Finally, BWS Financial restated a “buy” rating on shares of AXT in a research note on Tuesday, April 17th. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, one has assigned a hold rating and four have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock currently has an average rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $10.44.

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Comstock Holding Companies, Inc. (NASDAQ: CHCI) shares climbed 154.95 percent to close at $5.15 on Thursday. Comstock reported conversion of the majority of its unsecured, short-term debt into non-convertible preferred equity.
    Tyme Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: TYME) jumped 33.45 percent to close at $3.87.
    Universal Corporation (NYSE: UVV) gained 29.72 percent to close at $62.85 after reporting fiscal Q4 results.
    Evolus, Inc. (NASDAQ: EOLS) shares rose 22.93 percent to close at $23.80.
    nLIGHT, Inc. (NASDAQ: LASR) jumped 21.52 percent to close at $36.37 following Q1 results.
    Hudson Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ: HDSN) gained 20.28 percent to close at $2.61.
    The Cato Corporation (NYSE: CATO) shares rose 19.57 percent to close at $21.45 after the company posted better-than-expected first-quarter results.
    AXT, Inc. (NASDAQ: AXTI) gained 18.8 percent to close at $7.90.
    Catasys, Inc. (NASDAQ: CATS) rose 16.33 percent to close at $6.41.
    HUYA Inc. (NYSE: HUYA) rose 15.68 percent to close at $23.09 on Thursday.
    Marinus Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: MRNS) climbed 15.11 percent to close at $6.02 on Thursday after gaining 6.30 percent on Wednesday. Baird initiated coverage on Marinus Pharmaceuticals with an Outperform rating.
    Destination Maternity Corporation (NASDAQ: DEST) shares rose 14.48 percent to close at $3.32 after the board announced late Wednesday the election of four activist-backed director nominees. Three women and one man comprise the selected group championed by NGM Capital’s Nathan Miller and Kenosis Capital’s Peter O’Malley. Destination Maternity had advocated for another slate of three men and interim CEO Melissa Payner-Gregor. The new directors are Holly Alden, Marla Ryan, Anne-Charlotte Windal and Christopher Morgan.
    China Rapid Finance Limited (NYSE: XRF) gained 11.53 percent to close at $3.29 after announcing preliminary Q1 results.
    Bilibili Inc.. (NASDAQ: BILI) shares rose 11.33 pe
  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Texas Instruments (NASDAQ: TXN) and AXT (NASDAQ:AXTI) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, earnings, institutional ownership, profitability, valuation, dividends and risk.

Top 5 Casino Stocks To Watch Right Now: Fortive Corporation (FTV)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Great West Life Assurance Co. Can cut its position in Fortive Corp (NYSE:FTV) by 1.3% in the 2nd quarter, Holdings Channel reports. The firm owned 221,421 shares of the technology company’s stock after selling 2,863 shares during the period. Great West Life Assurance Co. Can’s holdings in Fortive were worth $17,077,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

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  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Geneva Partners LLC lowered its position in Fortive Corp (NYSE:FTV) by 71.2% in the second quarter, according to its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The firm owned 10,270 shares of the technology company’s stock after selling 25,357 shares during the quarter. Geneva Partners LLC’s holdings in Fortive were worth $792,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Maple Capital Management Inc. purchased a new stake in shares of Fortive Corp (NYSE:FTV) during the 1st quarter, according to the company in its most recent filing with the SEC. The fund purchased 2,755 shares of the technology company’s stock, valued at approximately $214,000.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Marathon Trading Investment Management LLC bought a new position in shares of Fortive (NYSE:FTV) during the first quarter, according to the company in its most recent disclosure with the SEC. The firm bought 3,000 shares of the technology company’s stock, valued at approximately $233,000.

  • [By Lee Samaha]

    You don’t have to take my word for it — let’s look at the trading history of the company. Or rather, at the parts of Danaher that existed before the spinoff of Fortive Corporation (NYSE:FTV). In a nutshell, the Fortive separation took out most of the cyclical parts of Danaher and left the remaining company with four segments, namely life sciences, diagnostics, dental, and environmental & applied solutions.

Top 5 Casino Stocks To Watch Right Now: Carnival Corporation(CCL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Carnival Corp. (NYSE: CCL) traded down about 2% Monday and posted a new 52-week low of $56.55 after closing Friday at $57.31. The stock’s 52-week high is $72.70. Volume totaled about 4 million, roughly 5% below the daily average. The company had no specific news.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Candriam Luxembourg S.C.A. boosted its holdings in Carnival Cruise Line (NYSE:CCL) by 6.2% during the 1st quarter, according to the company in its most recent disclosure with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The fund owned 29,679 shares of the company’s stock after purchasing an additional 1,738 shares during the period. Candriam Luxembourg S.C.A.’s holdings in Carnival Cruise Line were worth $1,946,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

  • [By Demitrios Kalogeropoulos]

    Below, we’ll highlight a few companies that offer investors a healthy mix of these important characteristics. Read on to see why the stocks of Procter & Gamble (NYSE:PG), Garmin (NASDAQ:GRMN), and Carnival (NYSE:CCL) belong on your income investing watch list.

  • [By Demitrios Kalogeropoulos]

    There’s no sign of rough seas ahead in the cruise ship industry. Instead, Carnival (NYSE:CCL) just announced fiscal second-quarter earnings results that sailed past management’s guidance for the second straight quarter.

  • [By Asit Sharma]

    Stock in Carnival Corporation (NYSE:CCL) took a slight hit earlier this week when the cruise titan unveiled its fiscal second-quarter 2018 earnings. Shares retreated nearly 8% during the trading session following the June 25 report, as a revised outlook for fiscal 2018 earnings per share (EPS) resulted in a bout of consternation from shareholders.

Top 5 Casino Stocks To Watch Right Now: Spok Holdings, Inc.(SPOK)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Spok (NASDAQ: SPOK) and Mobil’nye Telesistemy PAO (NYSE:MBT) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, analyst recommendations, earnings, dividends, profitability, risk and institutional ownership.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    News stories about Spok (NASDAQ:SPOK) have trended somewhat positive recently, Accern Sentiment reports. The research group rates the sentiment of news coverage by analyzing more than 20 million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Spok earned a coverage optimism score of 0.07 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news articles about the Wireless communications provider an impact score of 46.0015198315013 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the next few days.

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I’m in my early 60s and have about $400,000 in savings. I tend to stick to bank money-market accounts and CDs, as I was scammed in the past. What’s the safest way for me to invest this money?–Maria

Your urge to play it safe is perfectly understandable. You already know from bitter experience that there are people out there who prey on inexperienced (or even experienced) investors by conning them outright or putting them into investments that may be inappropriate for their situation, and expensive to boot.

Such conduct aside, the financial markets in and of themselves can be scary, even when you’re limiting yourself to perfectly legitimate investments. Even though the stock market’s been going gangbusters since rebounding from the financial crisis some eight and a half years ago and has been hitting new records of late, at some point stock prices will tumble big time, as they have many times in the past.

Bonds aren’t as volatile as stocks, but they too are somewhat vulnerable in that bond prices go down when interest rates go up (although as with stock setbacks, no one knows for sure when or how much bond yields will rise).

Top 10 Safest Stocks For 2019: E*TRADE Financial Corporation(ETFC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    E-Trade (NASDAQ:ETFC) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, April 19th. The financial services provider reported $0.88 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.79 by $0.09. E-Trade had a net margin of 28.40% and a return on equity of 11.64%. The firm had revenue of $708.00 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $686.31 million. During the same quarter in the prior year, the firm posted $0.48 earnings per share. E-Trade’s quarterly revenue was up 28.0% on a year-over-year basis. equities research analysts predict that E-Trade will post 3.62 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Here are some of the media stories that may have effected Accern’s rankings:

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    Financial Contrast: Northrim BanCorp (NRIM) & E-Trade (ETFC) (americanbankingnews.com) Zacks: Analysts Expect E-Trade (ETFC) Will Post Earnings of $0.88 Per Share (americanbankingnews.com) E-Trade (ETFC) Receives Average Recommendation of “Buy” from Analysts (americanbankingnews.com) Venture Capital Deals Of The Week: E-Trade Competitor Hits $5.6B Valuation (seekingalpha.com) Splunk Leads This Trio, All In Buy Ranges: Tests Of Chart-Reading Skills (investors.com)

    Shares of E-Trade traded up $0.29, hitting $64.39, during trading hours on Friday, according to Marketbeat Ratings. The company had a trading volume of 1,951,368 shares, compared to its average volume of 2,786,867. The firm has a market cap of $16.89 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 29.40, a PEG ratio of 1.06 and a beta of 1.29. The company has a current ratio of 0.27, a quick ratio of 0.27 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.31. E-Trade has a one year low of $33.06 and a one year high of $65.14.

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    On Thursday, Cramer said he’ll be listening what PPG (PPG) has to say about commodity price inflation, while E-Trade Financial (ETFC) will provide insight into the state of the individual investor.

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  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    New York State Teachers Retirement System cut its position in shares of E-Trade (NASDAQ:ETFC) by 1.0% during the 1st quarter, according to its most recent disclosure with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The institutional investor owned 501,653 shares of the financial services provider’s stock after selling 4,970 shares during the quarter. New York State Teachers Retirement System owned about 0.19% of E-Trade worth $27,797,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission.

  • [By Wayne Duggan]

    The cryptocurrency market lacks a company that combines currency mining and currency exchange, Dede said. No companies are creating ties between digital currency exchanges and mainstream consumer-focused brokerages, such as TD Ameritrade Holding Corp. (NASDAQ: AMTD) and E*TRADE Financial Corp (NASDAQ: ETFC), he said. 

Top 10 Safest Stocks For 2019: New York Community Bancorp, Inc.(NYCB)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Shares of New York Community Bank (NYSE:NYCB) reached a new 52-week high and low during mid-day trading on Monday . The company traded as low as $11.65 and last traded at $11.73, with a volume of 2440855 shares. The stock had previously closed at $12.02.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Shares of NYSE:NYCB traded down $0.21 during midday trading on Tuesday, hitting $12.48. 4,058,407 shares of the company’s stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 4,950,782. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 2.05, a current ratio of 1.40 and a quick ratio of 1.40. The company has a market cap of $6,215.92, a PE ratio of 15.41, a PEG ratio of 1.48 and a beta of 0.65. New York Community Bank has a 12 month low of $11.67 and a 12 month high of $14.53.

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    New York Community Bank Company Profile

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Boston Advisors LLC grew its stake in shares of New York Community Bancorp, Inc. (NYSE:NYCB) by 48.2% in the second quarter, HoldingsChannel reports. The firm owned 383,480 shares of the financial services provider’s stock after purchasing an additional 124,757 shares during the period. Boston Advisors LLC’s holdings in New York Community Bancorp were worth $4,234,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    New York Community Bancorp Inc. (NYSE: NYCB) dropped about 1.7% Thursday to post a new 52-week low of $10.80. Shares closed at $11.07 on Tuesday, and the stock’s 52-week high is $14.53. Volume totaled around 6 million shares, about 25% above the daily average. The company had no specific news. The stock is on track to post a gain of less than 1% on the day.

Top 10 Safest Stocks For 2019: PIMCO 25+ Year Zero Coupon US Trs ETF (ZROZ)

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    My preferred fund here is Vanguard Extended Duration Treasury ETF (NYSE: EDV), which owns a basket of long-term, zero-coupon bonds. It’s better-known, larger, and, most important, cheaper than its competitor PIMCO 25+ Year Zero Coupon U.S. Treasury Index Exchange-Traded Fund (NYSE: ZROZ). Both are poised to rally if deflation hits and the stock market falls. But EDV is cheaper, at only 0.07% expense ratio, compared with ZROZ’s 0.15%, and so it’s the one that makes the cut.

Top 10 Safest Stocks For 2019: First Mid-Illinois Bancshares, Inc.(FMBH)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

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  • [By Shane Hupp]

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  • [By Max Byerly]

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  • [By Joseph Griffin]

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Top 10 Safest Stocks For 2019: PAREXEL International Corporation(PRXL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    News headlines about PAREXEL International (NASDAQ:PRXL) have trended somewhat positive on Tuesday, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. Accern identifies positive and negative media coverage by reviewing more than twenty million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. PAREXEL International earned a news impact score of 0.18 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave press coverage about the medical research company an impact score of 49.4978250148766 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the next several days.

Top 10 Safest Stocks For 2019: NCI Building Systems, Inc.(NCS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    NCI Building Systems (NYSE:NCS) was the target of a large growth in short interest during the month of April. As of April 30th, there was short interest totalling 800,076 shares, a growth of 50.7% from the April 13th total of 531,044 shares. Currently, 1.9% of the company’s shares are short sold. Based on an average daily trading volume, of 323,193 shares, the short-interest ratio is presently 2.5 days.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    NCI Building Systems Inc (NYSE:NCS) – Analysts at Seaport Global Securities upped their Q3 2018 earnings estimates for NCI Building Systems in a report issued on Wednesday, June 6th. Seaport Global Securities analyst M. Mccall now forecasts that the construction company will post earnings per share of $0.50 for the quarter, up from their prior estimate of $0.44. Seaport Global Securities also issued estimates for NCI Building Systems’ FY2018 earnings at $1.45 EPS.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Several equities research analysts have issued reports on the stock. ValuEngine cut shares of NCI Building Systems from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Thursday. Stephens reaffirmed a “hold” rating and set a $20.00 price target on shares of NCI Building Systems in a research note on Thursday, March 15th. Barclays reaffirmed an “overweight” rating on shares of NCI Building Systems in a research note on Thursday, March 8th. Royal Bank of Canada reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $20.00 price target on shares of NCI Building Systems in a research note on Thursday, March 8th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research cut shares of NCI Building Systems from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Wednesday, February 7th. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, five have assigned a hold rating and two have assigned a buy rating to the stock. The stock has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $20.00.

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Top 10 Safest Stocks For 2019: Bank of the Ozarks(OZRK)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Get a free copy of the Zacks research report on Bank Of The Ozarks (OZRK)

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  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Bank Of The Ozarks Inc (NASDAQ:OZRK) declared a quarterly dividend on Tuesday, July 3rd, Wall Street Journal reports. Investors of record on Friday, July 13th will be given a dividend of 0.20 per share by the financial services provider on Friday, July 20th. This represents a $0.80 annualized dividend and a yield of 1.76%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, July 12th. This is an increase from Bank Of The Ozarks’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.20.

  • [By Motley Fool Staff]

    Bank of the Ozarks (NASDAQ: OZRK)Q2 2018 Bank Of The Ozarks Earnings CallJul. 12, 2018, 3:00 pm ET

    Contents:
    Prepared Remarks Questions and Answers Call Participants
    Prepared Remarks:

    Operator

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company lessened its stake in shares of Bank Of The Ozarks Inc (NASDAQ:OZRK) by 3.2% in the first quarter, HoldingsChannel.com reports. The firm owned 196,473 shares of the financial services provider’s stock after selling 6,499 shares during the quarter. The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company’s holdings in Bank Of The Ozarks were worth $9,484,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

Top 10 Safest Stocks For 2019: WD-40 Company(WDFC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Maxx Chatsko]

    Investors that have taken a long-term, buy-and-hold approach to wealth-building might not dispute that claim. Owning a stock for years — or decades — makes future dividend yields higher, future share growth more powerful, and provides peace of mind compared to the more frenzied buying and selling that seems to dominate investing today. Even better, there’s never a bad time to start. Those looking for top stocks of the next decade might want to take a closer look at oil driller EOG Resources (NYSE:EOG), maintenance products specialist WD-40 Company (NASDAQ:WDFC), and home water technology leader A.O. Smith Corp (NYSE:AOS).

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Principal Financial Group Inc. boosted its holdings in shares of WD-40 (NASDAQ:WDFC) by 2.8% during the 1st quarter, according to the company in its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The firm owned 112,123 shares of the specialty chemicals company’s stock after buying an additional 3,074 shares during the quarter. Principal Financial Group Inc. owned approximately 0.81% of WD-40 worth $14,767,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

  • [By Tyler Crowe]

    The message you get when you read through an investor presentation deck for the WD-40 Company (NASDAQ:WDFC) is growth. The North Star for management is to grow its revenue to $700 million annually by 2025 while maintaining its current margins. So when looking at the company’s earnings reports, the first thing that any investor is going to look at is the revenue growth rate.

  • [By Tyler Crowe, Rich Smith, and Daniel Miller]

    In the spirit of Lynch’s investment principles, we asked three of our Motley Fool investors to each highlight a stock Wall Street isn’t paying much attention to, but could be a great investment. Here’s a brief look at their selections: WD-40 Company (NASDAQ:WDFC), Control4 (NASDAQ:CTRL), and VSE Corporation (NASDAQ:VSEC).

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    WD-40 (NASDAQ:WDFC) Director Daniel E. Pittard bought 530 shares of WD-40 stock in a transaction on Thursday, May 10th. The shares were purchased at an average cost of $132.65 per share, for a total transaction of $70,304.50. The purchase was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available at the SEC website.

Top 10 Safest Stocks For 2019: Lam Research Corporation(LRCX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By ]

    Kulicke and Soffa Industries (NASDAQ:KLIC) is not a well-known company. The semiconductor packaging equipment specialist is valued at just $1.65 billion, and it recorded just $809 million of revenue last year. That’s a much smaller number than those posted by semiconductor equipment giants like Applied Materials (NASDAQ:AMAT), KLA-Tencor (NASDAQ:KLAC), and Lam Research (NASDAQ:LRCX).

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

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

    ACM Research Shares Could Fall When IPO Lockup Expires (seekingalpha.com) Applied Materials and Lam Research Fell on April 19 (finance.yahoo.com) The Zacks Analyst Blog Highlights: IBM, McDonald's, Gilead, Phillips 66 and Lam Research (finance.yahoo.com) FY2019 Earnings Estimate for Lam Research Issued By KeyCorp (LRCX) (americanbankingnews.com) Q4 2018 Earnings Forecast for Lam Research (LRCX) Issued By B. Riley (americanbankingnews.com)

    Shares of LRCX stock traded up $1.52 during trading hours on Friday, hitting $191.91. 4,980,703 shares of the company’s stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 3,910,779. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.26, a quick ratio of 2.09 and a current ratio of 2.64. The stock has a market capitalization of $33,204.83, a PE ratio of 19.23, a PEG ratio of 0.67 and a beta of 1.41. Lam Research has a 52 week low of $137.55 and a 52 week high of $234.88.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The stock posting the largest daily percentage gain in the S&P 500 ahead of the close Wednesday was Lam Research Corp. (NASDAQ: LRCX) which rose over 7% to $204.79. The stocks 52-week range is $109.33 to $219.70. Volume was over 6 million compared to its average volume of 2.7 million.

  • [By Garrett Baldwin]

    Market fears of an escalating Middle Eastern conflict abated thanks to last week’s military strikes against the Syrian government. On Friday, April 13, U.S. forces joined the United Kingdom and France in retaliation for a chemical gas attack carried out by the Syrian government. The military exercise came at a time that tensions are also rising in the Middle East between Saudi Arabia and Iran.
    Today, several members of the U.S. Federal Reserve will be speaking at events around the globe, including San Francisco Fed President John Williams and Chicago Fed Bank President Charles Evans. But no one will be more watched today than Fed Gov. Randal Quarles, who will testify before the U.S. House Financial Services Commission. Quarles will provide testimony on the central bank’s plans to regulate and oversee the financial system. Expect a wealth of questions about the Fed’s plans to raise interest rates and manage its massive balance sheet. Money MorningLiquidity SpecialistLee Adler offers you advice on how to play the Fed’s problems, right here.
    Four Stocks to Watch Today: GS, NFLX, TSLA, and ROKU
    Shares of Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (NYSE: GS) added 0.6% after the Wall Street bank easily topped Q1 earnings and revenue estimates. The firm reportedearnings per share (EPS) of $6.95 on top of more than $10 billion in revenue. Analysts projected EPS of $5.67 on top of $8.89 billion. The investment bank hiked its quarterly dividend and said that revenue from equity trading rallied thanks to an uptick in recent market volatility.
    Shares of Tesla Inc. (Nasdaq: TSLA) are flat on the news that the firm will suspend production of its Model 3 vehicles. The firm said the temporary halt in production will aim to “improve automation” and address ongoing bottlenecks in its production process.
    Shares of Roku Inc. (Nasdaq: ROKU) popped more than 8.2% on news that Steven Cohen’s family office has taken a passive 5.1% stake in the company. The streaming device manufactur

  • [By ]

    Real Money columnist James DePorre says, “The rotational action is the main theme today. We have weakness in semiconductors after a good bounce Tuesday, in large part due to a poor reaction to quarterly results from Lam Research (LRCX) . Financials are still struggling although Morgan Stanley (MS)  is helping the group.

  • [By Billy Duberstein]

    Like the semiconductor and memory industries, the semiconductor equipment industry has consolidated, to a handful of key global players. Two of the largest are U.S. companies Lam Research (NASDAQ:LRCX) and Applied Materials (NASDAQ:AMAT).

Top 10 Safest Stocks For 2019: AMERISAFE, Inc.(AMSF)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

    ILLEGAL ACTIVITY NOTICE: “$0.73 Earnings Per Share Expected for Amerisafe, Inc. (AMSF) This Quarter” was first posted by Ticker Report and is the property of of Ticker Report. If you are viewing this story on another site, it was illegally stolen and reposted in violation of international copyright and trademark legislation. The original version of this story can be viewed at https://www.tickerreport.com/banking-finance/3362844/0-73-earnings-per-share-expected-for-amerisafe-inc-amsf-this-quarter.html.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Headlines about Amerisafe (NASDAQ:AMSF) have been trending somewhat positive on Monday, Accern reports. Accern identifies negative and positive press coverage by monitoring more than twenty million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Amerisafe earned a news sentiment score of 0.13 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news coverage about the insurance provider an impact score of 46.1502674511953 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the near future.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Amerisafe, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMSF) EVP Vincent J. Gagliano sold 249 shares of Amerisafe stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, May 22nd. The shares were sold at an average price of $60.15, for a total value of $14,977.35. Following the transaction, the executive vice president now owns 17,178 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $1,033,256.70. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this link.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Shares of Amerisafe, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMSF) have been given a consensus rating of “Hold” by the nine ratings firms that are presently covering the stock, Marketbeat.com reports. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell recommendation, three have given a hold recommendation and four have assigned a buy recommendation to the company. The average 1-year target price among brokerages that have covered the stock in the last year is $61.50.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    BidaskClub lowered shares of AMERISAFE (NASDAQ:AMSF) from a hold rating to a sell rating in a report released on Friday.

    Other research analysts have also issued reports about the stock. TheStreet raised shares of AMERISAFE from a c+ rating to a b rating in a report on Thursday, April 26th. ValuEngine raised shares of AMERISAFE from a hold rating to a buy rating in a report on Thursday, March 1st. Boenning Scattergood reaffirmed a hold rating on shares of AMERISAFE in a report on Tuesday, February 27th. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods initiated coverage on shares of AMERISAFE in a report on Thursday, April 5th. They issued a market perform rating and a $54.00 price target for the company. Finally, Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of AMERISAFE from a hold rating to a strong sell rating in a report on Tuesday, March 6th. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, two have assigned a hold rating and four have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. AMERISAFE currently has a consensus rating of Hold and a consensus target price of $63.00.

Top 10 Low Price Stocks To Buy Right Now

Canadian plane maker Bombardier (BDRAF) scored a huge win in its ongoing trade dispute with Boeing.

The U.S. International Trade Commission voted unanimously Friday that Boeing (BA)was not harmed by Bombardier and its all-new C Series jet.

The vote effectively shelves two tariffs, totaling nearly 300%, that the U.S. Commerce Department wanted to impose on Bombardier.

Boeing, the American aerospace giant, claims Canada’s Bombardier unfairly benefited from government bailout subsidies. Boeing says those funds allowed Bombardier to sell its new C Series airliner to Delta Air Lines (DAL) at “absurdly low prices” in violation of U.S. trade rules.

Delta in 2016 ordered up to 125 of the 110-seat C Series jets. Deliveries were expected to begin in spring 2018, but those plans are in question pending the outcome of the case.

While Boeing’s claims of harm come as the Trump administration strikes an aggressive posture on trade, the ITC’s appointees were all chosen by either Presidents Barack Obama or George W. Bush.

Top 10 Low Price Stocks To Buy Right Now: Aegion Corp(AEGN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Aegion (NASDAQ:AEGN) was upgraded by stock analysts at BidaskClub from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report issued on Wednesday.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    LSV Asset Management decreased its position in Aegion Corp (NASDAQ:AEGN) by 5.7% in the 1st quarter, HoldingsChannel reports. The fund owned 108,700 shares of the construction company’s stock after selling 6,600 shares during the period. LSV Asset Management’s holdings in Aegion were worth $2,490,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Get a free copy of the Zacks research report on Aegion (AEGN)

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Top 10 Low Price Stocks To Buy Right Now: lululemon athletica inc.(LULU)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Demitrios Kalogeropoulos]

    Today, I’m taking a look at three of the biggest outperformers in the period –Sherwin Williams (NYSE:SHW), lululemon atheletica(NASDAQ:LULU), and MercadoLibre(NASDAQ:MELI)– which each grew by at least 700% over the past decade.

  • [By Garrett Baldwin]

    The Italian stock market has bounced back after a big day of losses. The global markets remain concerned about the nation’s debt problems, even though the worst fears about the near-term future have subsided. EU officials are reportedly concerned that “Euroskeptics” could rise in the bloc’s third-largest economy and promote political hostility toward the European Union. Shares of Sears Holding Corp. (Nasdaq: SHLD) plunged nearly 10% after the retail giant reported a big miss on quarterly earnings. Same-store sales fell by roughly 12%, fueling a report that the firm will close another 72 Sears and Kmart locations.
    Four Stocks to Watch Today: DG, AMZN, BRK.A, MSFT
    Dollar General Corp.(NYSE: DG) slumped more than 7% after the discount retailer fell short of earnings expectations before the bell. The firm reported earnings per share of $1.36 per share, slightly below the average forecast of $1.40. Revenue and same-store sales were also below expectations. Amazon.com Inc. (Nasdaq: AMZN) has expanded Prime discount benefits to 121 Whole Foods Market stores and all of its Whole Foods Market 365 stores. The expansion brings locations in California, Arkansas, and Oklahoma into the fold. Amazon stock is up more than 38% since the beginning of the year. According to various reports, Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE: BRK.A) is considering a proposal to invest in Uber, the world’s largest ride-share company. Warren Buffett has said that he admires Uber CEO Dara Khasrowshahi, and the firm is debating the size of a possible stake. Bloomberg has reported that Berkshire had offered Uber a $3 billion investment deal in early 2018. Microsoft Corp.(Nasdaq: MSFT) is on the verge of cracking $100 per share. With this news, the software and cloud computing giant has also surpassed rival Alphabet Inc. (Nasdaq: GOOGL) in market capitalization. Markets now are speculating on whether Microsoft will beat Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) in the race to a $1 trillion valuation. Look for addition

  • [By Demitrios Kalogeropoulos]

    Investors have seen mounting evidence over the past few quarters that lululemon athletica’s (NASDAQ:LULU) business was gaining serious momentum. Sales spiked in the holiday quarter, for example, and the athletic apparel retailer raced past its profitability targets.

Top 10 Low Price Stocks To Buy Right Now: Lam Research Corporation(LRCX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The stock posting the largest daily percentage gain in the S&P 500 ahead of the close Friday was Lam Research Corp. (NASDAQ: LRCX) which rose about 6% to $224.87. The stocks 52-week range is $118.37 to $226.08. Volume was over 6 million compared to the daily average volume of 3.6 million.

  • [By ]

    While top-3 chip equipment maker Lam Research (LRCX) sold off post-earnings on Wednesday — the company’s measured commentary on 2018 shipments appears to be the culprit — memory giant Micron (MU) clocked a 3.4% gain. Lam’s comments about 2018 DRAM capacity additions, which follow recent worries that capacity adds could end the DRAM boom cycle that started in late 2016, likely had something to do with that.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The stock posting the largest daily percentage gain in the S&P 500 ahead of the close Wednesday was Lam Research Corp. (NASDAQ: LRCX) which rose over 7% to $204.79. The stocks 52-week range is $109.33 to $219.70. Volume was over 6 million compared to its average volume of 2.7 million.

  • [By Garrett Baldwin]

    Market fears of an escalating Middle Eastern conflict abated thanks to last week’s military strikes against the Syrian government. On Friday, April 13, U.S. forces joined the United Kingdom and France in retaliation for a chemical gas attack carried out by the Syrian government. The military exercise came at a time that tensions are also rising in the Middle East between Saudi Arabia and Iran.
    Today, several members of the U.S. Federal Reserve will be speaking at events around the globe, including San Francisco Fed President John Williams and Chicago Fed Bank President Charles Evans. But no one will be more watched today than Fed Gov. Randal Quarles, who will testify before the U.S. House Financial Services Commission. Quarles will provide testimony on the central bank’s plans to regulate and oversee the financial system. Expect a wealth of questions about the Fed’s plans to raise interest rates and manage its massive balance sheet. Money MorningLiquidity SpecialistLee Adler offers you advice on how to play the Fed’s problems, right here.
    Four Stocks to Watch Today: GS, NFLX, TSLA, and ROKU
    Shares of Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (NYSE: GS) added 0.6% after the Wall Street bank easily topped Q1 earnings and revenue estimates. The firm reportedearnings per share (EPS) of $6.95 on top of more than $10 billion in revenue. Analysts projected EPS of $5.67 on top of $8.89 billion. The investment bank hiked its quarterly dividend and said that revenue from equity trading rallied thanks to an uptick in recent market volatility.
    Shares of Tesla Inc. (Nasdaq: TSLA) are flat on the news that the firm will suspend production of its Model 3 vehicles. The firm said the temporary halt in production will aim to “improve automation” and address ongoing bottlenecks in its production process.
    Shares of Roku Inc. (Nasdaq: ROKU) popped more than 8.2% on news that Steven Cohen’s family office has taken a passive 5.1% stake in the company. The streaming device manufactur

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Lam Research (NASDAQ:LRCX) was downgraded by investment analysts at BidaskClub from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report released on Friday.

  • [By ]

    The third caller had Boeing (BA) , Helmerich & Payne (HP) , Fiat Chrysler (FCAU) , LAM Research (LRCX) and Steel Dynamics (STLD)  as her top five stocks.

Top 10 Low Price Stocks To Buy Right Now: Lands' End, Inc.(LE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Motley Fool Staff]

    Lands End (NASDAQ:LE) Q1 2018 Earnings Conference CallJun. 12, 2018 8:30 a.m. ET

    Contents:
    Prepared Remarks Questions and Answers Call Participants
    Prepared Remarks:

    Operator

  • [By Garrett Baldwin]

    Today, Bill offers our readers a few of his favorites as Trump meets with Kim Jong Un.Here’s how to cash in regardless of how this summit turns out in the long run.

    The Top Stock Market Stories for Tuesday
    Last night, President Trump met North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore. This was the first meeting between a sitting American president and a North Korean leader. Following the agreement, analysts noted that the document signed by both parties included no concrete details for achieving denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula. Trump responded to criticism by saying he is fully confident that the Korean dictatorship will follow through. A U.S. district court will rule on whether to approve an $85 billion merger between AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) and Time Warner Inc. (NYSE: TWX). The decision comes after about six weeks of debate in a courtroom. The ruling will likely have a significant impact on the proposed bid by The Walt Disney Co. (NYSE: DIS) for media giant Twenty-First Century Fox Inc.(NYSE: FOXA). The Fed Open Market Committee kicks off its June meeting today. The U.S. central bank is expected to raise interest rates for the second time in 2018. On Wednesday, U.S. Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell will likely announce a hike of 0.25% to the benchmark rate to 2%. This would also mark the seventh hike since December 2015. Markets will be looking for clues during Powell’s conference to determine how many additional times the Fed plans to raise interest rates during the final six months of the year.
    Three Stocks to Watch Today: RH, TSLA, GE
    Restoration Hardware Holdings Inc. (NYSE: RH) stock popped more than 20% in pre-market hours after the company reported very strong profits for the quarter. The retailer reported earnings per share of $1.33, well above the $1.02 anticipated by analysts. The company also reported a strong second-quarter outlook, news that reduced concerns about it falling short of revenue expectations. Tesla Inc. (Nasdaq: TS

  • [By Jeremy Bowman]

    Shares ofLands’ End(NASDAQ:LE) soared today after the apparel and outdoor retailer delivered a narrower loss than expected in its first-quarter earnings report and said it would move further away fromformer parentSears Holdings(NASDAQ:SHLD), which appears to be failing. As a result, the stock closed the day up 27.2%.

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    Tuesday saw a mixed session on Wall Street, with various market benchmarks moving in different directions. Investors seemed reasonably neutral about events in Singapore, where leaders from the U.S. and North Korea met and came to some minor agreements that viewed in the most favorable light could provide a road map for future negotiations. Yet investors seem more concerned about what the Federal Reserve’s interest rate setting board might do later in the week, with a two-day meeting starting today to consider whether further rate increases are warranted. Even with the relatively flat performance from the market, some companies had good news that sent their shares sharply higher. Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA), Sage Therapeutics (NASDAQ:SAGE), and Lands’ End (NASDAQ:LE) were among the best performers on the day. Here’s why they did so well.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Lands’ End (NASDAQ:LE) CMO Gill Brown Hong bought 1,525 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Friday, April 13th. The shares were bought at an average price of $22.20 per share, with a total value of $33,855.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the chief marketing officer now owns 3,425 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $76,035. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available through this hyperlink.

Top 10 Low Price Stocks To Buy Right Now: Newell Rubbermaid Inc.(NWL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Newell Brands (NYSE:NWL) had its target price increased by Bank of America from $28.00 to $30.00 in a research report sent to investors on Monday morning. They currently have a neutral rating on the stock.

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Portola Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: PTLA) rose 34.7 percent to $45.50 in pre-market trading following news that the FDA has approved Andexxa for the reversal of factor Xa inhibitors.
    Euro Tech Holdings Company Limited (NASDAQ: CLWT) rose 15.7 percent to $6.65 in pre-market trading after climbing 155.56 percent on Thursday.
    China Recycling Energy Corporation (NASDAQ: CREG) rose 14.7 percent to $2.75 in pre-market trading after climbing 57.89 percent on Thursday.
    Pandora Media, Inc. (NYSE: P) rose 11 percent to $6.40 in pre-market trading after reporting strong quarterly results.
    Fred's, Inc. (NASDAQ: FRED) rose 9.2 percent to $1.90 in pre-market trading following Q4 results.
    Shake Shack Inc (NYSE: SHAK) rose 9.1 percent to $51.70 in pre-market trading after the company reported upbeat results for its first quarter and raised its FY18 guidance.
    Allscripts Healthcare Solutions, Inc. (NASDAQ: MDRX) rose 9 percent to $12.55 in pre-market trading after the company posted Q1 results and agreed to acquire HealthGrid.
    Weight Watchers International, Inc. (NYSE: WTW) rose 7.6 percent to $75 in pre-market trading after the company reported stronger-than-expected results for its first quarter. The company also raised its FY18 earnings outlook from $2.40-$2.70 to $3-$3.20.
    Viavi Solutions Inc. (NASDAQ: VIAV) rose 7.5 percent to $10.15 in pre-market trading following Q3 results.
    Pearson plc (NYSE: PSO) rose 4.5 percent to $11.83 in pre-market trading after reporting strong quarterly earnings.
    Alibaba Group Holding Ltd (NYSE: BABA) shares rose 4.4 percent to $190.50 in the pre-market trading session as the company posted upbeat Q4 results.
    Aqua Metals, Inc. (NASDAQ: AQMS) shares rose 3.9 percent to $4.30 in pre-market trading after gaining 6.98 percent on Thursday.
    Newell Brands Inc (NYSE: NWL) shares rose 3.6 percent to $27.65 in pre-market trading after reporting upbeat quarterly earnings.
    HMS Holdings Corp (NASDAQ: H
  • [By ]

    When the facts change, you need to change your mind, Cramer reminded viewers. That’s why Cramer said he’s changed his mind on Newell Brands (NWL) after the company came to an agreement with activist investors Starboard Capital, ending a proxy fight Cramer featured on “Mad Money” just last week.

Top 10 Low Price Stocks To Buy Right Now: Phillips 66 Partners LP(PSXP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Reuben Gregg Brewer]

    Investing in midstream master limited partnerships is generally all about the distributions, which the tax-efficient corporate structure is designed to provide to unitholders. However, that doesn’t always mean a high distribution yield is the goal, which is the key to determining if Holly Energy Partners, LP(NYSE:HEP) or Phillips 66 Partners LP (NYSE:PSXP) is the better buy. Here’s what you need to know to make an informed decision between these stocks.

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    The Sweeny Hub expansion is a “key part of our midstream growth strategy,” said Garland, as it “further optimizes our integrated NGL value chain.” That chain starts with a link to fast-growing production basins to the West via pipelines co-owned by DCP Midstream and the company’s other MLP,Phillips 66 Partners (NYSE:PSXP). Last month, those companies announced that they would connect their Southern Hills NGL pipeline to the DJ Basin, which would bring more NGL volumes toward Phillips 66’s Sweeny Hub. Meanwhile, the companies are also expanding their Sand Hills NGL Pipeline to move volumes from the Permian Basin toward Sweeny.

  • [By John Bromels]

    Phillips 66 was the midstream (transportation and storage) and downstream (refining and marketing) arms of oil and gas giantConocoPhillips, which spun the company off in 2012.The company’s midstream operations include income from its master limited partnershipsPhillips 66 Partners(NYSE:PSXP) andDCP Midstream(NYSE:DCP), which it co-owns withEnbridge.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    TRADEMARK VIOLATION WARNING: “Phillips 66 Partners LP (PSXP) Expected to Announce Quarterly Sales of $321.18 Million” was first reported by Ticker Report and is the property of of Ticker Report. If you are viewing this report on another publication, it was illegally copied and republished in violation of US and international copyright & trademark law. The correct version of this report can be accessed at https://www.tickerreport.com/banking-finance/3355129/phillips-66-partners-lp-psxp-expected-to-announce-quarterly-sales-of-321-18-million.html.

Top 10 Low Price Stocks To Buy Right Now: Luna Innovations Incorporated(LUNA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Get a free copy of the Zacks research report on Luna Innovations (LUNA)

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  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Luna Innovations (NASDAQ:LUNA) major shareholder Clinic Carilion sold 6,100 shares of Luna Innovations stock in a transaction on Friday, May 25th. The shares were sold at an average price of $3.41, for a total transaction of $20,801.00. Following the completion of the sale, the insider now owns 2,054,385 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $7,005,452.85. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through this link. Large shareholders that own at least 10% of a company’s shares are required to disclose their sales and purchases with the SEC.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    PRA Health Sciences (NASDAQ: PRAH) and Luna Innovations (NASDAQ:LUNA) are both medical companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, valuation, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, profitability, risk and earnings.

Top 10 Low Price Stocks To Buy Right Now: Applied Industrial Technologies, Inc.(AIT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    AICHAIN (CURRENCY:AIT) traded up 5.1% against the U.S. dollar during the 24 hour period ending at 0:00 AM ET on May 29th. AICHAIN has a total market cap of $13.40 million and approximately $1.60 million worth of AICHAIN was traded on exchanges in the last 24 hours. During the last week, AICHAIN has traded 13.4% lower against the U.S. dollar. One AICHAIN token can now be bought for approximately $0.0250 or 0.00000335 BTC on cryptocurrency exchanges including CoinEgg, BCEX, Allcoin and BigONE.

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  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Applied Industrial Technologies (NYSE:AIT)’s share price reached a new 52-week high during mid-day trading on Friday . The company traded as high as $76.38 and last traded at $76.35, with a volume of 2108 shares traded. The stock had previously closed at $75.50.

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Top 10 Low Price Stocks To Buy Right Now: Citigroup Inc.(C)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Traders sold shares of Citigroup (NYSE:C) on strength during trading hours on Friday. $105.93 million flowed into the stock on the tick-up and $172.89 million flowed out of the stock on the tick-down, for a money net flow of $66.96 million out of the stock. Of all companies tracked, Citigroup had the 0th highest net out-flow for the day. Citigroup traded up $0.29 for the day and closed at $72.86

  • [By Max Byerly]

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  • [By Lee Jackson]

    This top bank has traded down over 15% from highs posted in January. Citigroup Inc. (NYSE: C) has approximately 200 million customer accounts and does business in more than 160 countries and jurisdictions. Citi provides consumers, corporations, governments and institutions with a broad range of financial products and services, including consumer banking and credit, corporate and investment banking, securities brokerage, transaction services, and wealth management.

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    That said, I never completely abandoned the space. I remain long Citigroup (C) , I am flat KeyCorp (KEY) , having managed to maximize that trade earlier this year. Recently, your pal even reloaded his Goldman Sachs (GS) long after having trimmed that position appropriately. That, friends, is based on my belief that volatility will allow this legendary firm to reclaim its reputation. This one, I’ll watch with great anticipation. They report on Tuesday, April 17. My trigger finger itches now.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Citigroup (NYSE:C) had its price target cut by stock analysts at Morgan Stanley from $88.00 to $84.00 in a note issued to investors on Monday. The brokerage currently has an “overweight” rating on the financial services provider’s stock. Morgan Stanley’s price objective suggests a potential upside of 21.12% from the company’s current price.

  • [By Matthew Frankel]

    On a busy day for bank earnings, Citigroup (NYSE:C) was one of three big U.S. banks to report results, and despite an earnings beat, the report wasn’t great. While the bank’s efficiency was strong and loans and deposits grew, the bank missed expectations in several key areas, including trading revenue. Here’s a rundown of the numbers and how Citigroup’s earnings compare with the other big banks.

Top 10 Low Price Stocks To Buy Right Now: PAR Technology Corporation(PAR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

    News articles about PAR Technology (NYSE:PAR) have trended somewhat positive recently, according to Accern Sentiment. The research firm identifies positive and negative press coverage by monitoring more than twenty million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. PAR Technology earned a media sentiment score of 0.16 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news articles about the software maker an impact score of 46.8901065500531 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the near future.

Applied Material Brings Havoc to Semiconductor Capital Equipment Space

Applied Materials Inc. (NASDAQ: AMAT) typically has beaten its earnings and sales expectations. Apparently, the top U.S. player for semiconductor capital equipment is finding out that 29% in quarterly revenue growth (to $4.57 billion) and a 54% jump in operating income (to $1.22 per share) from a year ago aren’t enough in the face of expectations ahead.

The results were bad enough that Goldman Sachs even downgraded Applied Materials to Neutral from Buy with a new price target of $58.

The company generated $611 million in cash from operations and returned $2.6 billion to shareholders through $2.5 billion in share repurchases and dividends of $105 million. Again, it’s the outlook from Applied Materials that is spooking investors.

For its third quarter of fiscal 2018, the company expects net sales to be in the range of $4.33 billion to $4.53 billion, and the midpoint would imply an increase of approximately 18% year over year. Its comparable operating earnings are expected to be in the range of $1.13 to $1.21 per share, with the midpoint of the range being up approximately 36% year over year. Thomson Reuters has expectations at $1.16 EPS and $4.53 billion in revenues for the fiscal third quarter.

In addition to that Goldman Sachs downgrade,other analysts spoke up as well:

Craig-Hallum lowered its price target for Applied Materials to $65 from $76. Credit Suisse maintained its Outperform rating but lowered its target from $75 to $73. Deutsche Bank lowered its target price to $65 from $70 but still has a Buy rating. Instinet lowered its price target to $65 from $70. Morgan Stanley still has an Overweight rating but lowered its target by a dollar to $60.

While Friday morning’s 9.4% drop in Applied Materials to $48.90 looks extreme, the fallout around the semiconductor capital equipment space was rather wide.

ASML Holding N.V. (NASDAQ: ASML) was down 2.6% to $197.02 on Friday morning. The stock has a 52-week trading range of $126.03 to $216.00 and a consensus analyst target price of $196.81.

Lam Research Corp. (NASDAQ: LRCX) was last seen down 3.9% at $19.41, compared with a 52-week high of $234.88 and a consensus target price of $266.55.

Shares of KLA-Tencor Corp. (NASDAQ: KLAC) were down 3.5% at $109.33, in a 52-week range of $87.93 to $123.96. It also has a consensus price target of $132.31.

Teradyne Inc. (NYSE: TER) was down almost 2% to $37.00. The 52-week high is $50.68.

Kulicke and Soffa Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ: KLIC) was down 2.5% to $22.04, but it only has a $1.57 billion market cap.

Applied Materials has a $51 billion market cap, even after the big slide. Its 52-week range is $40.79 to $62.40, and its consensus analyst target was last seen at $70.24, before factoring in the new target price cuts.

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“Real estate is an imperishable asset ever increasing in value. It is the most solid security that human ingenuity has devised.” — Russell Sage

Walt Disney (1901-66), the singular visionary genius who — more than anyone — transformed the business of entertainment in the 20th century, had legions of admirers over the decades. Among them is Steve Wynn, founder, CEO and guiding mastermind of his eponymous casino empire. In both public and private statements, Wynn has pointed to Disney’s core insight into the fine art of delighting consumers as what drives the management culture of his company until this day.

But for all his prescient brilliance, Disney did not fully apprehend the shower of millions his Disneyland theme park would have on the properties surrounding the Anaheim project. Neither did the very savvy Harrison Price of the Stamford Research Institute, who Disney commissioned to pick out the best possible location for his first theme park.

He acquired 160 acres of orange groves and walnut trees in the then-sleepy Orange County suburb of Anaheim, believing it would provide a huge enough footprint upon which to build his dream. And it did. What he didn’t really grasp was that the nearby land could still be picked up cheap if you were either a speculator or a motel company foreseeing more than day-trippers visiting the park. As a result, no sooner than Disneyland opened in July 1955 was the area blotted with construction projects for motels, hotels, restaurants and shopping centers whose primary claim to financial viability sprung from their proximity to Disneyland. Walt watched the parasite property owners grow rich and vowed never to repeat the mistake. And he didn’t.

Hot Casino Stocks To Buy Right Now: Anadarko Petroleum Corporation(APC)

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

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    For the details of Packer & Co Ltd’s stock buys and sells, go to http://www.gurufocus.com/StockBuy.php?GuruName=Packer+%26+Co+Ltd

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  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    As things stand right now, analysts anticipate that at least some Iranian oil will come off the market as a result of the sanctions. That lost output would further tighten an oil market that suddenly has little margin for error thanks to red-hot demand and tame supply growth. That’s the recipe for higher oil prices and could make top-tier U.S. oil stocks Anadarko Petroleum (NYSE:APC), Devon Energy (NYSE:DVN), and ConocoPhillips (NYSE:COP) big winners in the coming years.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    AlpaCoin (CURRENCY:APC) traded flat against the U.S. dollar during the 1-day period ending at 22:00 PM E.T. on May 13th. AlpaCoin has a market cap of $0.00 and $0.00 worth of AlpaCoin was traded on exchanges in the last 24 hours. During the last seven days, AlpaCoin has traded 71.5% lower against the U.S. dollar. One AlpaCoin coin can currently be bought for about $0.0003 or 0.00000004 BTC on popular cryptocurrency exchanges.

Hot Casino Stocks To Buy Right Now: Genomic Health, Inc.(GHDX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Brian Orelli]

    Cancer-test maker Genomic Health (NASDAQ:GHDX) started the year on a high note, posting double-digit revenue growth, and would have turned a profit if not for an $8.5 millionone-time charge for stopping development of the Oncotype SEQ Liquid Select test, which was announced on the last quarterly call.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Genomic Health (NASDAQ:GHDX) – Equities researchers at Piper Jaffray issued their Q2 2018 earnings per share (EPS) estimates for shares of Genomic Health in a research report issued on Wednesday, May 2nd. Piper Jaffray analyst W. Quirk expects that the medical research company will post earnings of $0.06 per share for the quarter. Piper Jaffray has a “Hold” rating and a $33.00 price target on the stock. Piper Jaffray also issued estimates for Genomic Health’s Q3 2018 earnings at $0.11 EPS, Q4 2018 earnings at $0.14 EPS, FY2018 earnings at $0.44 EPS, Q1 2019 earnings at $0.16 EPS, Q2 2019 earnings at $0.18 EPS, Q3 2019 earnings at $0.12 EPS, Q4 2019 earnings at $0.15 EPS and FY2019 earnings at $0.62 EPS.

Hot Casino Stocks To Buy Right Now: Marten Transport, Ltd.(MRTN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Marten Transport (NASDAQ: MRTN) and YRC Worldwide (NASDAQ:YRCW) are both small-cap transportation companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, risk, dividends, earnings, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations and valuation.

Hot Casino Stocks To Buy Right Now: Lam Research Corporation(LRCX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The stock posting the largest daily percentage gain in the S&P 500 ahead of the close Friday was Lam Research Corp. (NASDAQ: LRCX) which rose about 6% to $224.87. The stocks 52-week range is $118.37 to $226.08. Volume was over 6 million compared to the daily average volume of 3.6 million.

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    Real Money columnist James DePorre says, “The rotational action is the main theme today. We have weakness in semiconductors after a good bounce Tuesday, in large part due to a poor reaction to quarterly results from Lam Research (LRCX) . Financials are still struggling although Morgan Stanley (MS)  is helping the group.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

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

    ACM Research Shares Could Fall When IPO Lockup Expires (seekingalpha.com) Applied Materials and Lam Research Fell on April 19 (finance.yahoo.com) The Zacks Analyst Blog Highlights: IBM, McDonald's, Gilead, Phillips 66 and Lam Research (finance.yahoo.com) FY2019 Earnings Estimate for Lam Research Issued By KeyCorp (LRCX) (americanbankingnews.com) Q4 2018 Earnings Forecast for Lam Research (LRCX) Issued By B. Riley (americanbankingnews.com)

    Shares of LRCX stock traded up $1.52 during trading hours on Friday, hitting $191.91. 4,980,703 shares of the company’s stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 3,910,779. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.26, a quick ratio of 2.09 and a current ratio of 2.64. The stock has a market capitalization of $33,204.83, a PE ratio of 19.23, a PEG ratio of 0.67 and a beta of 1.41. Lam Research has a 52 week low of $137.55 and a 52 week high of $234.88.

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    While top-3 chip equipment maker Lam Research (LRCX) sold off post-earnings on Wednesday — the company’s measured commentary on 2018 shipments appears to be the culprit — memory giant Micron (MU) clocked a 3.4% gain. Lam’s comments about 2018 DRAM capacity additions, which follow recent worries that capacity adds could end the DRAM boom cycle that started in late 2016, likely had something to do with that.

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    The third caller had Boeing (BA) , Helmerich & Payne (HP) , Fiat Chrysler (FCAU) , LAM Research (LRCX) and Steel Dynamics (STLD)  as her top five stocks.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The stock posting the largest daily percentage gain in the S&P 500 ahead of the close Tuesday was Lam Research Corp. (NASDAQ: LRCX) which rose 5% to $208.03. The stocks 52-week range is $116.94 to $219.70. Volume was 6.4 million compared to the daily average volume of 3.4 million.

Hot Casino Stocks To Buy Right Now: Concert Pharmaceuticals, Inc.(CNCE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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    Teachers Advisors LLC boosted its position in Concert Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:CNCE) by 293.9% during the fourth quarter, Holdings Channel reports. The fund owned 135,399 shares of the biotechnology company’s stock after purchasing an additional 101,026 shares during the quarter. Teachers Advisors LLC’s holdings in Concert Pharmaceuticals were worth $3,503,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

Hot Casino Stocks To Buy Right Now: Superior Drilling Products, Inc.(SDPI)

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    Superior Drilling Products Inc.(NYSE: SDPI) is based in Utah and manufactures equipment used in drilling for the natural gas and oil mining sectors.

Could Micron Technology, Inc. Almost Double to $100?

Looking for high growth and a dirt-cheap valuation? Plenty of companies fit the former or the latter, many don’t fit either and a rare few can claim both descriptions. Micron Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ:MU) is one of the latter. Despite this, however, MU stock hasn’t been as much of a no-brainer trade as some investors may think.

Put simply, Micron operates in a boom-bust industry selling DRAM and NAND memory. Meaning that when times are good and the supply/demand situation is in Micron’s favor, business is booming. When the industry becomes saturated in supply, though, companies like Micron suffer. So do those who produce equipment for companies like Micron, such as Applied Materials, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMAT) and Lam Research Corporation (NASDAQ:LRCX).

In this particular case, industry insiders and DRAM/NAND buyers expected pricing to fall in the second half of 2017. Here we are entering the second half of 2018 and pricing for DRAM is still holding up.

Admittedly, NAND has seen some pressure, but because demand for memory continues to climb, companies aren’t taking their foot off the gas — they keep buying NAND and DRAM left and right to keep up with enterprise and consumer demand. Likewise, Micron, Samsung Electronics Co (OTCMKTS:SSNLF) and other producers are staying disciplined and not allowing a glut of supply to form.

So Why Don’t People Like MU Stock?

Trading at a paltry 4.9 times this year’s earnings, it’s clear investors are still skeptical. They still think the “bust” part of the cycle is coming. Eventually, they’ll be right and MU stock will suffer. But it’s not happening right now and it will depend on how well Micron can handle 2019.

For this year, analysts expect revenue to grow 44% to $29.3 billion. On the earnings front, they are looking for growth of 121%.

In February, expectations “only” called for 40% sales growth and 102% earnings growth.  A month before that, analysts were looking for 36% sales growth and sub-100% earnings growth. Finally, in December, analysts were only expect earnings growth of 60%. See how much they keep doubting Micron?

And remember, we’re talking about a stock trading at sub-5 times earnings.

Estimates for 2019 are on the rise as well. Sales growth is now expected to be positive, rather than negative, albeit with just 3.7% growth from 2018. On the earnings front, analysts still expect profit to fall about 10% next year, but keep in mind estimates for 2019 have gone from $8.51 per share 90 days ago to $9.85 per share at present. Who’s to say those aren’t too low as well?

MU can be volatile, but the point is all the same. Until there’s a breakdown in NAND and DRAM prices, we shouldn’t bet against MU stock at this valuation. The analysts are falling in line, too. The other day, Stifel Nicolaus analysts hit MU with a $101 price target, implying more than 80% upside. The average target sits all the way up at $74, implying more than 32% upside. In all, there are four targets of $100 or more.

So a run to triple digits isn’t as crazy as it seems.

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Trading Micron Stock

Not long ago, we took a look around the market to see what executives were saying about pricing. Here’s just two excerpts that we found:

“We continue to see some nominal increases in DRAM…So we factor in our plans the elevated DRAM for the remainder of the year.” — Antonio Neri CEO at Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co (NYSE:HPE).

“We saw industry-wide increases in component costs again in Q1, driven primarily by DRAM, which continued to put pressure on margins. We now expect to see increased component costs throughout FY 2018.” — Catherine A. Lesjak, CFO at HP Inc (NYSE:HPQ).

That bodes quite well for MU stock and it’s one reason that I’ve stayed bullish on it all through 2017 and so far into 2018. In March, things were looking up, as Micron stock exploded through the $50 mark and quickly ran over $60 per share.

chart of MU stock breakout
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This proved to be too far too fast, though, and shares promptly pulled back to $46 earlier this month. If MU stock can stay above $55, it can set up shares to retest the highs. It helps that momentum via the MACD favors the bulls and that the stock isn’t overbought via the RSI (both shown on the chart with orange circles).

Short-term bulls may want to use the 50-day moving average or even $55 as their stop-loss. Long-term bulls should consider buying Micron stock on pullbacks to the 150-day moving average. I seldom use this average, but it seems to work for MU.

Bret Kenwell is the manager and author of Future Blue Chips and is on Twitter @BretKenwell. As of this writing, Bret Kenwell did not hold a position in any of the aforemen

5 Top ROE Stocks to Buy as U.S.-China Trade Concerns Subside

The equity markets continued to breathe easy as the U.S.-China trade concerns abated with President Trump pledging support for the beleaguered Chinese telecom firm, ZTE, and the Qualcomm-NXP merger review process getting a roll-on with urgency from the top administration of China. Although apprehensions related to the U.S. pullout from the Iran nuclear deal remained a subtle threat, overall markets appeared to be headed for a smooth sail.

5 Top ROE Stocks to Buy as U.S.-China Trade Concerns SubsideSource: Shutterstock

As investors employ a wait-and-see approach in a classic example of “backing and filling” in the market, they could benefit from ‘cash cow’ stocks that garner higher returns.

However, singling out cash-rich stocks alone does not make for a solid investment proposition unless they are backed by attractive efficiency ratios like return on equity (ROE). A high ROE ensures that the company is reinvesting its cash at a high rate of return.

ROE: A Key Metric

ROE = Net Income/Shareholders’ Equity

ROE helps investors distinguish profit-generating companies from profit burners and is useful in determining the financial health of a company. In other words, this financial metric enables investors to identify stocks that diligently deploy cash for higher returns.

Moreover, ROE is often used to compare the profitability of a company with other firms in the industry — the higher, the better. It measures how well a company is multiplying its profits without investing new equity capital and portrays management’s efficiency in rewarding shareholders with attractive risk-adjusted returns.

Parameters Used for Screening

In order to shortlist stocks that are cash rich with high ROE, we have added Cash Flow greater than $1 billion and ROE more than X-Industry as our primary screening parameters. In addition, we have taken a few other criteria into consideration to arrive at a winning strategy.

Price/Cash Flow less than X-Industry: This metric measures how much investors pay for one dollar of free cash flow. A lower ratio indicates that investors need to pay less for a better cash flow generating stock.

Return on Assets (ROA) greater than X-Industry: This metric determines how much profit a company earns for every dollar of asset, which includes cash, accounts receivable, property, equipment, inventory and furniture. The higher the ROA, the better it is for the company.

5-Year EPS Historical Growth greater than X-Industry: This criterion indicates that continued earnings momentum has translated into solid cash strength.

Zacks Rank less than or equal to 2: Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) or 2 (Buy) stocks are known to outperform irrespective of the market environment.

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Here are five of the 17 stocks that qualified the screen:

General Motors Company (NYSE:GM): Founded in 1908, Detroit, MI-based General Motors is a leading global automotive firm. The company is engaged in designing, building and selling cars, trucks, crossovers and automobile parts worldwide. The company has a trailing four-quarter average positive earnings surprise of 18.4% and long-term earnings growth expectation of 5.5%. General Motors currently carries a Zacks Rank #2.

Boston Scientific Corporation (NYSE:BSX): Headquartered in Natick, MA and founded in 1979, Boston Scientific manufactures medical devices and products used in various interventional medical specialties worldwide. The company currently has a Zacks Rank #2. It has a trailing four-quarter average positive earnings surprise of 2.4% and long-term earnings growth expectation of 10.1%.

Lam Research Corporation (NASDAQ:LRCX): Established in 1980 and headquartered in Fremont, CA, Lam Research supplies wafer fabrication equipment and services to the semiconductor industry. Its products are used by semiconductor manufacturers in front-end and WLP processes, creating memory, microprocessors and other logic integrated circuits for a broad range of electronic devices. The company has a trailing four-quarter average positive earnings surprise of 9.1% and long-term earnings growth expectation of 17.7%. Lam Research currently sports a Zacks Rank #1.

NRG Energy Inc (NYSE:NRG): NRG Energy is engaged in the production, sale and delivery of energy and energy products and services to residential, industrial and commercial consumers in major competitive power markets in the United States. It has financial and commercial headquarters in Princeton, NJ and operational headquarters in Houston, TX. This Zacks Rank #1 stock has a stellar trailing four-quarter average positive earnings surprise of 507.9%.

Celanese Corporation (NYSE:CE): Texas-based Celanese is a global hybrid chemical company with diverse products that rank either first or second in their respective markets, based on market share. This Zacks Rank #1 stock has a trailing four-quarter average positive earnings surprise of 7% and long-term earnings growth projection of 8.9%.

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Top 5 Tech Stocks To Buy For 2019

The Indian equity marketcontinuedtrading on a positive note on Friday afternoon, with the Nifty up 21 points at10,479 and the Sensex up 90 points, or0.27 percent, at 34,202.

The CNX IT index was up0.64 percent, led by gains in Tech Mahindra and Wipro, which gained over 2 percent each. Mindtreeand KPIT Tech were up 1 percent each.

CNX Metal gained 0.7 percent, led by gains in Steel Authority of India, which jumped 3 percent, while Jindal Steel and Power, NMDC and Welspun Corp were the other gainers.

Ahead of its Q4 results, due later in the day, Infosys was trading in the green and was up by around 1 percent in afternoon trade.

related news Technical View: Nifty forms Doji type of pattern; next target seen around 10,600 Infosys sees FY19 constant currency revenue growth at 6-8% but cuts margin guidance Salil Parekh announces 4 pillars of his strategy for Infosys, to hive off 3 units

The top gainers on the Nifty were Adani Ports, which gained 2 percent, Hindalco Industries,Wipro, Tech Mahindra and Eicher Motors.

Top 5 Tech Stocks To Buy For 2019: Cellcom Israel Ltd.(CEL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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    That’s why Cramer said he’ll be listening for news coming from Celgene (CEL) , Amgen (AMGN) , Allergan (AGN) , an Action Alerts PLUS holding, and Regenron (REGN) , all of which are set to present. Of the four, Cramer said he’s sticking with Allergan and Amgen.

Top 5 Tech Stocks To Buy For 2019: Equinix Inc.(EQIX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    This is one of the larger capitalization companies in the data center industry. Equinix Inc. (NASDAQ: EQIX)provides data center services to protect and connect the information assets for the enterprises, financial services companies, and content and network providers primarily in the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and the Asia-Pacific.

  • [By Craig Jones]

    Kevin Kelly spoke on Bloomberg Markets about a bullish options trade in Equinix Inc (NASDAQ: EQIX).

    He wants to buy the September 400/450 call spread in the name for $15.50. The trade breaks even at $415.50 or 5.41 percent above the current market price. It can maximally make a profit of $34.50. The payoff ratio is roughly 2.5 to 1, explained Kelly. He sees this as a derivative play on Microsoft Corporation's (NASDAQ: MSFT) cloud computing.

  • [By Beth McKenna]

    Equinix (NASDAQ:EQIX) reported robust first-quarter 2018 financial results after the market close on Wednesday.

    Shares closed down 6.1% on Thursday, which we can probably attribute to the company revising slightly downward its full-year 2018 adjusted funds from operations (AFFO) outlook, as we’ll get to in a moment. (AFFO is aclosely watched metric for companies organized as real estate investment trusts, or REITs. It’s akin to “earnings” for REITs.)

Top 5 Tech Stocks To Buy For 2019: Qualys, Inc.(QLYS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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    In the Lightning Round, Cramer was bullish on Align Technology (ALGN) , Regions Financial (RF) , Edwards Lifesciences (EW) , Qualys (QLYS) and HEICO (HEI) .

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    Qualys (QLYS) : “I think this is a good company, but everything is coming down, so let’s wait to buy some more.”

    HEICO (HEI) : “We’re not buying anything at a 52-week high — but on a pullback, you bet.”

Top 5 Tech Stocks To Buy For 2019: Check Point Software Technologies Ltd.(CHKP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Check Point Software Technologies Ltd.s (NASDAQ: CHKP) short interest decreased to 8.24 million shares from the previous reading of 8.45 million. Shares were trading at $102.91, in a 52-week range of $95.03 to $119.20.

  • [By Jayson Derrick]

    It is unclear which company or companies will benefit from this executive order. But that isn’t stopping investors from placing their bets as most cybersecurity stocks were trading higher during Friday’s trading session; at the same time, the Dow Jones Industrial Average and S&P 500 index were trading in the red.

    Shares of Barracuda Networks Inc (NYSE: CUDA) were trading higher by 2.98 percent at $21.77. Shares of Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. (NASDAQ: CHKP) were trading higher by 1.21 percent at $107.00. Shares of FireEye Inc (NASDAQ: FEYE) were trading higher by 0.70 percent at $14.55. Shares of Palo Alto Networks Inc (NYSE: PANW) were trading higher by 0.62 percent at $115.86.

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  • [By Nicholas Rossolillo]

    For investors looking for a cybersecurity stock, I think a bigger security company like Palo Alto Networks or Check Point Software Technologies (NASDAQ:CHKP) would be a better option. At this juncture, I think FireEye’s high expenditures and sluggish revenue growth outweigh the potential benefits of buying the stock.

Top 5 Tech Stocks To Buy For 2019: Lam Research Corporation(LRCX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Zacks]

    In the video that accompanies this article, I show charts of the NDX and the Philly Semiconductor Index (SOX) to point out their bullish structure with higher highs and higher lows. Even trade war fears couldn't put a lasting dent in semis like NVIDIA (NASDAQ: NVDA) and Lam Research (NASDAQ: LRCX) in March.

  • [By Garrett Baldwin]

    Market fears of an escalating Middle Eastern conflict abated thanks to last week’s military strikes against the Syrian government. On Friday, April 13, U.S. forces joined the United Kingdom and France in retaliation for a chemical gas attack carried out by the Syrian government. The military exercise came at a time that tensions are also rising in the Middle East between Saudi Arabia and Iran.
    Today, several members of the U.S. Federal Reserve will be speaking at events around the globe, including San Francisco Fed President John Williams and Chicago Fed Bank President Charles Evans. But no one will be more watched today than Fed Gov. Randal Quarles, who will testify before the U.S. House Financial Services Commission. Quarles will provide testimony on the central bank’s plans to regulate and oversee the financial system. Expect a wealth of questions about the Fed’s plans to raise interest rates and manage its massive balance sheet. Money MorningLiquidity SpecialistLee Adler offers you advice on how to play the Fed’s problems, right here.
    Four Stocks to Watch Today: GS, NFLX, TSLA, and ROKU
    Shares of Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (NYSE: GS) added 0.6% after the Wall Street bank easily topped Q1 earnings and revenue estimates. The firm reportedearnings per share (EPS) of $6.95 on top of more than $10 billion in revenue. Analysts projected EPS of $5.67 on top of $8.89 billion. The investment bank hiked its quarterly dividend and said that revenue from equity trading rallied thanks to an uptick in recent market volatility.
    Shares of Tesla Inc. (Nasdaq: TSLA) are flat on the news that the firm will suspend production of its Model 3 vehicles. The firm said the temporary halt in production will aim to “improve automation” and address ongoing bottlenecks in its production process.
    Shares of Roku Inc. (Nasdaq: ROKU) popped more than 8.2% on news that Steven Cohen’s family office has taken a passive 5.1% stake in the company. The streaming device manufactur

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Lam Research (LRCX) soared to the top of the S&P 500 today after beating earnings forecasts and raising its fourth-quarter guidance.

    Getty Images

    Lam Researchgained 6.9% to $136.17 today, while the S&P 500 declined 0.2% to 2,338.17.

    Credit Suisse analysts Farhan Ahmad and John Pitzer and argues that Lam Research’s “new trough is higher than [its] old peak.” They explain:

    We expect that bears will continue to argue that CY17 is a “Peak” year; however we think that investors are missing that it now costs >2x more to get incremental bit growth than three years ago. It is noteworthy that despite ~$17bn of memory WFE in 2016 both NAND and DRAM markets went from oversupply to undersupply – implying that new trough for memory investments is even higher than old peak (2010 memory peak had WFE of $12.6bn). We view Semi Growth, rising capital intensity, and growing China CapEx as secular multiyear themes, which could continue to provide growth in coming years. In addition, in case of tax reform there could be potential to return >$50 per share to shareholders by 2020…Increase TP to $160 (from $143), based on 12x of CY18 EPS plus net cash adj for taxes.

    Lam Research’s market capitalization rose to $22.2 billion today from $20.8 billion yesterday.

Why AMD Will Not Fall Below $11

As a company in a turnaround situation, Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) would traditionally get pulled lower as markets teeter with a downward bias. At the time of writing, the S&P 500 and the Dow Jones are trading lower by 0.5 1 percent daily. The volatility gives bears, who collectively raised their bearish bet against the stock, an excuse to find doubt in AMDs recovery. Unfortunately, the chip company reported too good a quarter and raised its guidance, lessening any doubt that the company will achieve higher sales and profits in 2018 and beyond.

Cryptocurrency a Non-Issue

AMD is well aware that its loyal fans of PC gamers will give Vega a chance over Nvidias (NVDA) GTX graphics cards. The cryptocurrency miners, specifically for Ethereum but tracked through the ETF (OTCQX:GBTC), are more than willing to pay twice or three times over MSRP for Vega GPUs. Since AMD does not benefit from the higher prices, and crypto miners will slow GPU purchases as mining becomes less profitable, the company looks out for its community of enthusiasts. On the conference call, AMD said:

Our first priority when we look at (the) allocation of graphics cards is to gamers. And so that’s through OEMs, that’s through system integrators, that’s also working with key e-tailers to make sure that they are prioritizing the gamers segment and we’re going to continue to do that. And so, that’s one piece that we know well. We also work directly with the commercial miners, and so, we see kind of what their forecasts are and they work with us and so that we have good visibility on.

Source: SA Transcript

AMD Vega
Crypto miners account for only 10 percent of GPU revenue. While they have disrupted pricing for GPUs, memory, and other PC parts, AMD will continue supporting their needs. Its just that it will put a higher priority to the gamer market. Last month, prices of GPUs started falling by around 25 percent. ASICs designed to mine Ethereum put a negative pressure on GPU prices. So as mining using Vega cards fall, the market could get a potential flood of AMD and Nvidia GPUs. Since the resale value of such cards is lower and the demand less desirable, it should not compete with sales of AMDs GPUs at the retail stores.

Ryzen Momentum Accelerating

ASPs for CPUs rose during the quarter and will go up again throughout the year. Ryzen accounted for 60 percent of client processor revenue, up around 20 percent sequentially. More desktop and notebooks are getting Ryzen chips, giving ASPs a lift. The launch of second-generation Ryzen desktops, based on the 12 nanometer Zen+ architecture, should not only keep ASPs from falling but may even give a boost. With more retailers like Dell and HP Inc. (HPQ) offering Ryzen-powered computers, AMD may need to raise its revenue forecast later this year.


In the current second quarter, Ryzen mobile launch will not add to results in the near term but will give profit margin a lift later this year. Already, Dell has 2-in-1 notebooks, while Acer, HP, and Lenovo all experienced strong sales last quarter. Investors may confidently forecast higher mobile revenue and profits in Q3 and Q4 this year, above managements forecast.

AMD is not stopping at Zen+. It is building on the 7 nm capability, in-line with the product roadmap for Ryzen:

I think as we look forward, and I think this is important, we believe that the 7-nanometer capability of the foundry ecosystem is very good, and that puts us in a good competitive spot from a manufacturing standpoint. And then, on the design side, obviously, we have things that we’re planning. And so, I see the competitive environment as one that is as good and we’re going to work very hard to make sure that it gets better over time. Obviously, we take the competition very seriously.

Source: SA Transcript

Conversely, Intel is delaying its 10 nm Cannon Lake because it can. To compete effectively against AMD’s Ryzen, Intel need only cut prices for its chips.

Deep-Learning Platform

Just as Nvidia (NVDA) stock trades at P/Es in the 40 50 range thanks to its deep-learning and super-computing offering, especially in the ADAS (self-driving) market, the same may happen for AMD stock. Still, investors must have patience before AMD trades at Nvidia-like multiples. Radeon Instinct 125 is getting validated and tested at this time. AMD just launched ROCm, or Radeon Open Compute ecosystem, a platform for GPU-Enabled HPC and Ultrascale Computing.

Speaking of supercomputers, AMD announced a deal with Cray (CRAY) whereby Crays supercomputers will use EPYC chips.

ROCm is in the early innings and is something that offers power-hungry users an alternative to Nvidias offerings.

Semi-Custom Sales Fall

Investors should not be surprised that revenue from the embedded and semi-custom segment dropped in the first quarter. AMD did not collect any big royalty payments in the period. The console refresh cycle has yet to restart. Until Sony (SNE) and Microsoft (MSFT) ask for more powerful APUs, the Jaguar architecture is good enough for current-generation consoles.

Valuation and Takeaway

At $11 a share, AMD may trade above its peers from an EBITDA multiples comparison. The forward growth is under-stated in light of the pace of Ryzen and Vega sales the company demonstrated in its first quarter. Sure, Micron (NASDAQ:MU) and Lam Research (NASDAQ:LRCX) are valued at lower forward P/Es, but if its growth is slowing and AMD’s is accelerating, the disparity in the valuation is justified.

AMD
Source: finbox.io

And while Wall Street has an average price target of $13.84 on AMD stock, conservative investors may choose Qualcomm (QCOM), Micron Technology, Nvidia, and Intel (NASDAQ:INTC) as better comparisons. In that scenario, AMDs relative premium is justified because of the 40 percent revenue growth in the last quarter. Even after assuming revenue growth slows to the single digits within the next 10 years, AMD stock has a fair value in the teens.

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Top 5 Tech Stocks To Invest In Right Now

On Friday, small cap Forward Industries (NASDAQ: FORD), a global designer and distributor of custom carry and protective solutions, surged 137.90% after announcing the acquisition ofIntelligent Product Solutions(IPS), an industry leading product design and development company for a material consideration comprising of cash, equity and contingent earn outs. IPS clients include leading brands in consumer electronics, medical devices, enterprise and security solution providers and Internet of Things connected solutions (including Google, Physio Control, PepsiCo, Motorola, ABInBev, Zebra and Charity Water).The CEO of Forward Industries stated:

“I am delighted and excited with the acquisition of IPS. The company is an excellent strategic fit for Forward Industries. Its expertise and strong track record in designing connected/IOT products and developing products such as the AdhereTech `smart` pill bottle will significantly strengthen and contribute to Forward Industries. As a Group, we are now able to offer a complete design, development, manufacturing and distribution service. We face exciting times ahead.”

Top 5 Tech Stocks To Invest In Right Now: EPAM Systems, Inc.(EPAM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Anders Bylund, Chuck Saletta, and Brian Feroldi]

    Read on to see why they pickedAllstate(NYSE:ALL),EPAM Systems(NYSE:EPAM), andUniversal Display(NASDAQ:OLED).

    Image source: Getty Images.

Top 5 Tech Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Sharp Corp (SHCAF)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By SEEKINGALPHA.COM]

    The company is partnering with Chinese company OXi Technology (in which it also made a strategic investment) for developing fingerprint sensor under glass and in the bezel of smartphones. Its fingerprint sensor business received a boost from the Samsung (OTC:SSNLF) S8 and S8+ design wins (as well as Sharp’s (OTCPK:SHCAF) Aquos R and ZTE ZMax Pro).

Top 5 Tech Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Lam Research Corporation(LRCX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Lam Research (LRCX) soared to the top of the S&P 500 today after beating earnings forecasts and raising its fourth-quarter guidance.

    Getty Images

    Lam Researchgained 6.9% to $136.17 today, while the S&P 500 declined 0.2% to 2,338.17.

    Credit Suisse analysts Farhan Ahmad and John Pitzer and argues that Lam Research’s “new trough is higher than [its] old peak.” They explain:

    We expect that bears will continue to argue that CY17 is a “Peak” year; however we think that investors are missing that it now costs >2x more to get incremental bit growth than three years ago. It is noteworthy that despite ~$17bn of memory WFE in 2016 both NAND and DRAM markets went from oversupply to undersupply – implying that new trough for memory investments is even higher than old peak (2010 memory peak had WFE of $12.6bn). We view Semi Growth, rising capital intensity, and growing China CapEx as secular multiyear themes, which could continue to provide growth in coming years. In addition, in case of tax reform there could be potential to return >$50 per share to shareholders by 2020…Increase TP to $160 (from $143), based on 12x of CY18 EPS plus net cash adj for taxes.

    Lam Research’s market capitalization rose to $22.2 billion today from $20.8 billion yesterday.

  • [By WWW.MONEYSHOW.COM]

    Lam Research (LRCX) has consistently outgrown the overall semiconductor-equipment market due to its high exposure to 3D NAND flash memory.

    Demand for wafer-fabrication equipment is notoriously volatile. However, over the last 90 days, the consensus profit estimate for this year jumped 17%, with 95% of analysts raising their targets.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The stock posting the largest daily percentage gain in the S&P 500 ahead of the close Friday was Lam Research Corp. (NASDAQ: LRCX) which rose about 6% to $224.87. The stocks 52-week range is $118.37 to $226.08. Volume was over 6 million compared to the daily average volume of 3.6 million.

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    The third caller had Boeing (BA) , Helmerich & Payne (HP) , Fiat Chrysler (FCAU) , LAM Research (LRCX) and Steel Dynamics (STLD)  as her top five stocks.

Top 5 Tech Stocks To Invest In Right Now: NQ Mobile Inc.(NQ)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    On Thursday, telecommunications services shares gained by 0.42 percent. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included 8×8, Inc. (NASDAQ: EGHT), up 4 percent, and NQ Mobile Inc (ADR) (NYSE: NQ), up 2 percent.

  • [By Belinda Cao]

    Oberweis China Opportunities Fund (OBCHX), the best-performing U.S.-based fund investing in Chinese stocks, said Internet companies from NQ Mobile Inc. (NQ) to Qihoo 360 Technology Co. (QIHU) will extend a rally after jumping more than three-fold this year.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    NQ Mobile Inc (ADR) (NYSE: NQ) shares dropped 16 percent to $3.88 after the company issued an update on the FL Mobile divestment. NQ Mobile is expected to report Q4 financial results on March 21, 2016.

Top 5 Tech Stocks To Invest In Right Now: JA Solar Holdings, Co., Ltd.(JASO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Wednesday, energy shares were relative laggards, down on the day by about 0.71 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included JA Solar Holdings Co., Ltd. (ADR) (NASDAQ: JASO), down 13 percent, and Daqo New Energy Corp (NYSE: DQ) down 8 percent.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Wednesday afternoon, the energy shares surged 1.23 percent. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included Frontline Ltd. (NYSE: FRO), up 5 percent, and JA Solar Holdings Co., Ltd. (ADR) (NASDAQ: JASO), up 6 percent.

  • [By Garrett Baldwin]

    This morning, President Trump suggested that the United States is considering strong military action in response to recent chemical attacks carried out on civilians by the Syrian government. The president promised to send “nice and new and ‘smart'” missiles to Syria and accused the Russian government of partnering with a “Gas Killing Animal who kills his people and enjoys it!” The president’s remarks are a significant departure from comments made last week, which suggested that the United States would be pulling out of Syria in the coming months. Trump’s threat of war over a recent chemical attack in Syria drove crude oil and gold prices higher. Geopolitical worries often offer a boost to commodity prices due to concerns about supply. Trump’s threat comes at a time that markets are already concerned about a significant military conflict in the Middle East between Saudi Arabia and Iran. WTI crude prices added 0.9% to hit $66.10 per barrel. Brent crude pushed to $71.10 per barrel. Gold price topped $1,350 per ounce and are poised for bigger gains. According to Axios, U.S. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) has privately told friends that he will not seek reelection in the fall. The news comes at a perilous time for Republicans, who are expected to lose the House of Representatives and potentially the Senate. Axios was the first to report the news. The story is also notable because Ryan recently achieved his long-time goal of passing tax reform in late 2017.
    Four Stocks to Watch Today: FB, FOXA, CBS
    Shares of Twenty-First Century Fox Inc.(NYSE: FOXA) fell in pre-market hours on news that investigators from the European Commission raided the firm’s London office yesterday. Reports indicate that investigators are trying to keep their goals confidential. However, there has been a lot of scrutiny over Rupert Murdoch’s goal to purchase rival Sky in recent months. British authorities have argued that this deal would not be in the public’s best interest. Accor

  • [By Elizabeth Balboa]

    First Solar, Inc (NASDAQ: FSLR) was trading down 3.7 percent Monday, while JA Solar Holdings Co., Ltd. (ADR) (NASDAQ: JASO) was down 0.8 percent, SunPower Corporation (NASDAQ: SPWR) 4.4 percent, Canadian Solar Inc. (NASDAQ: CSIQ) 5.2 percent and JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd. (NYSE: JKS) 4.4 percent.

  • [By Travis Hoium]

    Earnings season is about over for the solar industry, and after JA Solar (NASDAQ:JASO) and Vivint Solar (NYSE:VSLR) reported this week, there were a few major takeaways from the end of 2016 and early 2017.