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Hippo Is Ready to Recover From a Chaotic Start

The story of Hippo Holdings (NYSE:HIPO) stock had an inauspicious beginning. The homeowners insurance provider emerged from a special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) deal that soured in the eleventh hour. Now, investors are wondering if HIPO stock is worth a buy.

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InvestorPlace’s own Robert Lakin did an excellent job of detailing the less-than-stellar initial public offering (IPO) early last month. It’s a great primer for what happened to the company, which had the backing of the founders of Microsoft’s (NASDAQ:MSFT) LinkedIn and Zynga (NASDAQ:ZNGA) through a SPAC.

Not only did Hippo Holdings have big names behind it, but it also came from the same Tel Aviv startup incubator as Lemonade (NYSE:LMND). Initially, it looked like the new company would challenge Lemonade in the insurance technology revolution, given its pedigree. 

HIPO Stock Got Off on the Wrong Foot 

Ultimately though, Hippo would lose $192 million in funding. That money was returned to investors after Reinvent Technology Partners withdrew 83% of its capital from the project. 

Hippo was expected to receive $550 million in institutional private investment in public equity (PIPE) funding and $230 million in SPAC proceeds. This triggered a drastic fall in HIPO stock prices. 

A recent article outlining the fiasco offers a possible explanation for what caused the chaos: 

“Withdrawing part of the capital raised for the SPAC is a possible scenario in these mergers as the investors in the SPAC are the so-called ‘weak hands,’ who buy the SPAC shares even before the identity of the company that will be merged into it is known. To make it more attractive, investors in such a round receive two incentives. An option to sell the shares for their original $10 price, as well as an option to later acquire the public company’s shares.”

It seems that trepidation leading up to the IPO caused “weak hands” to err on the side of caution as the SPAC deal came under greater scrutiny. But even after that patchy start, there is hope for HIPO stock.

Is HIPO Stock Staging a Comeback?

Hippo did receive $550 million from the IPO, even though the SPAC proceeds failed to materialize as expected. That still left the insurance tech company with a reasonable shot at success. 

Part of that hope for a turnaround lies in the idea that Hippo could have been excessively punished or oversold by the market. If it truly has the capacity to challenge Lemonade, then current prices indicate real upside. 

But how can investors judge the upside potential of HIPO stock, or what to expect of it in terms of price? Well, it’s difficult to say.

There is no analyst coverage of the company currently, so there’s no help there. But HIPO shares have shown resilience this month, rising to nearly $7 on Sept. 9. 

That increase is likely attributable to the widespread desire to disrupt the centuries-old insurance industry. 

Big Names Are Interested in Hippo

Despite its unfortunate start, institutional investors are still keen to understand what Hippo Holdings has in store.

The company’s CEO Assaf Wand and CFO Stewart Ellis met with investors at a financial technology conference held by Goldman Sachs (NYSE:GS) on Sept. 9 and Sept. 10. There’s very clear potential for Hippo Holdings to impress financial institutions, despite the chaos surrounding its IPO. 

Hippo also formed a relationship with Ally Financial (NYSE:ALLY) just after going public. That deal was said to double its underwriting capacity, a surefire path toward increased revenues. 

The company didn’t have a stellar earnings report, but that might not matter. The bull thesis here is that Hippo could very well end up a phoenix rising from the ashes. All it needs is the right names behind it, and its poor start won’t matter.

The bigger picture is that insurance tech will remain an investment target, and Hippo Holdings could strengthen on that potential. 

On the date of publication, Alex Sirois did not have (either directly or indirectly) any positions in the securities mentioned in this article. The opinions expressed in this article are those of the writer, subject to the InvestorPlace.com Publishing Guidelines.

Alex Sirois is a freelance contributor to InvestorPlace whose personal stock investing style is focused on long-term, buy-and-hold, wealth-building stock picks. Having worked in several industries from e-commerce to translation to education and utilizing his MBA from George Washington University, he brings a diverse set of skills through which he filters his writing.

Procore CEO Tooey Courtemanche on Making Construction Work Better

Procore Technologies (NYSE:PCOR), a leading provider of construction management software, went public in May. In this episode of Industry Focus: Energy, Procore founder and CEO Tooey Courtemanche joins the show to share how Procore is bringing construction into the 21st century.

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This video was recorded on Aug. 12, 2021.

Nick Sciple: Welcome to Industry Focus. I am your host Nick Sciple and I’m joined today by Motley Fool contributor Luis Sanchez. Today we’re excited to welcome our special guest Tooey Courtemanche, the founder and CEO of Procore, a leading provider of construction management software. Procore came public back in May and just reported its first results as a public company last week. Tooey, thank you for joining us.

Tooey Courtemanche: Thank you so much, Nick, I appreciate it. Nice to see both of you.

Sciple: Great to have you here. Great to be talking to you today. First off, for folks who haven’t heard of Procore, what is construction management software? What does your company do? What problems do you solve for your customers?

Courtemanche: It’s a great question and yes, most people don’t quite understand this. However, I will say that 7% of the global population actually works in construction, so I’m probably speaking to a certain subset of your audience right now. But in general, construction, it doesn’t matter if you’re talking about a nuclear power plant or remodeling your bathroom is highly complex and you have lots of different stakeholders that are coming together to deliver a project on time, on budget safely. But the challenge is that the projects of prototype never to be built again, the projects are always generally just not the same again. You have a bunch of team members that have never worked together before. They all work for different companies, they all have competing interests, but they all actually share the project risk. Coordinating how communication, collaboration, and the overall information gets shared is critical in order to make construction performant, and I’ll just give you one stat that might ring true for your audiences that there’s $500 billion worth of waste, that’s a half $1 trillion. Just the waste that goes into construction, because people are working off the wrong set of information, they’re installing the wrong things, they’re doing things out of order, they’re not at the right job site at the right time. It’s a highly inefficient industry and Procore’s platform brings everyone together and connects them to drive efficiencies into the industry.

Sciple: Right. This is like the plumber can be on the same page with the electrician can be on the same page with the person overseeing the overall project and be on the same page with the owner. All of these people are trying to figure out how to build something we’ve never built before, and may not be able to build again?

Courtemanche: Never build together, which is really important, and they don’t work for the same company, so yes, it’s really complex and it’s very up front with challenges when people are working in isolation.

Sciple: Absolutely, so Procore helps solve that problem with its project management software. Can you talk about what that software does and how it makes things easier for all these operators?

Courtemanche: Absolutely. Again, we are a platform and first and foremost, so it allows all project stakeholders to come together and work off of the same set of information, the right information, and not old stale information. We don’t only do project management. When you think about the problems that Procore solves, we start by solving problems in the preconstruction phase of construction, which is where all of the coordination happens before you actually put a shovel in the ground. If you think about that phase of construction, if you get something wrong there, it amplifies, it gets way worse over time and so what we do is we have tools that allow people to make sure that they are estimating and their budgeting and their bidding, and their design coordination all happens before the shovel hits the ground to mitigate problems before the construction starts.

Then we have our project management flagship product, which is also on our platform, which allows for just managing the course of construction, all that complex communication that happens between that plumber and that electrician and that project manager and the owner, architect, engineer, you name it. During the course of construction, and then while you’re doing construction, you also manage your financials. We have a really amazing product, our project financials, which allows you to manage your budget, your time, material, everything that goes into the job in one place and then we have resource management, which is everybody that works and construction tends to have people that work for them. You need to manage their time card, giving them the right job at the right time.

All of those tools on our platform enables our customers to manage more effectively their challenges of construction and then the last piece and I’ll stop rambling is the, we have 300 partners that build on that platform, but solve for all of the discrete business cases that Procore doesn’t solve for today. Collectively, our customers have a solution set that allows them to run more efficiently and really just as transformative, the industry is generally run on pen and paper, believe it or not, 50% of the people that we talk to every day are managing these complex projects using pen, paper, and Outlook email. It’s not efficient and Procore brings those efficiencies.

Luis Sanchez: Just to dive more into the pen-and-paper comment. You guys highlighted in your S-1, that McKinsey study that shows that construction, hunting, and fishing, three of the industries where there’s the lowest software adoption, and I’d just be interested in hearing more about like what are some of the barriers to increasing technology adoption in the industry that you’ve had to fight against?

Courtemanche: It’s a great question, Luis. It’s so fundamental, that’s going to make you smile. The McKinsey study showed the major industries in America and the adoption of technology and construction is second from the bottom, above agriculture and hunting, which as you can imagine, maybe the next business I start will be solving problems for those industries. But the construction could not adopt technology until the internet made it to the job site, and so really that didn’t happen until the iPhone came out in 2007, but really in 2011 when the iPad became ubiquitous. Finally, folks that actually are working in the field, which is where construction happens, had access to the information that they needed in order to be successful. Though we started in 2002, we really didn’t hit our stride till around 2012. But that allowed for folks to start adopting technology.

First and foremost, they couldn’t adopt it because they didn’t have the technology in their hands to be able to do so, and secondly, there were a lot of solutions that got built. People could download a photo management tool or a document control tool from the App Store. But then you had a bunch of folks on different job sites. It was siloed information that executives at the company couldn’t do anything with because you just have people with apps and so the evolution to the Procore platform enables us this 360-degree view for all party members into the complexity and the information they need to run the job. It’s not that they were late, it’s just technology was late to come to them and now it’s people are rushing to these solutions like Procore because we provide so much value.

Sanchez: Yeah. That implies that to a degree, you are teaching or reaching construction discussion on how they can get their jobs done. How important is education or training as part of your business and your go to market?

Courtemanche: Luis, that’s awesome, I love that you asked that question. Procore provides our solution to 85% of the construction management universities in America. It doesn’t matter whatever school you are at, wherever they have construction management, we provide it for free, and one of the most interesting things that we’ve learned is there was another product that we have displaced in that space, and the professors all come to Procore and they say, “We used to have to teach our students how to use the software, and by the end of the semester, they knew how to use the software, but they didn’t know how to build, and with Procore, it’s so easy to use that they actually can start on day one, teaching the students how to be builders,” which is probably one of the best compliments we could get. Their education is very important, we also provide a lot of continuing education for free to the industry. Prior to Procore, there were a lot of continued education programs that you’d have to pay for to get recertified for safety, quality, and or if you’re going to operate machinery or whatever, Procore provides a whole bunch of technology training for free to the entire industry, not just our paying customers that allows them to keep current and their skill set, as well as having or not having a shell out dollars of their own to do so. It’s all part of our vision to improve the lives of everyone in construction, and it’s just one aspect of how we give back to the industry.

Sciple: One of the things you’ve talked about is the need to keep everybody on the same page across the board from the general contractor all the way through specialty contractors, owners, all those things that comes into your revenue model, the way you price your software. Can you talk about that and why that’s such an important part of your go-to-market strategy?

Courtemanche: Absolutely. The fundamental essence of Procore’s mission is to connect everyone in construction on a platform. When I founded Procore in 2002, the first thing I had to decide was how was I going to monetize the business model. I noticed at the time the only real monetization strategy out there was a per-seat license model. Now, there’s no way I could ensure that we would get everybody on a job to buy a seat at Procore, and the challenge in construction is, when you have all these complex workflows that have to get done, and it’s not like inside the walls of The Motley Fool, where you have a workflow that has to get approved for an expense or something, these workflows in construction jump companies. It goes to subcontractors, GC, architect, owner, and so these complex workflows require every single participant on the job to have access to the technology in order to be successful. If we had done a per-seat license model, those workflows would fall apart and they just break simply, so that wasn’t going to work. So, we created an unlimited user model for our customers. If you’re a general contractor, you can bring on all your sub-contractors, material and equipment suppliers, your owner, everybody, your insurance providers, your bankers, everybody onto the platform, and no additional costs. So now you can actually complete those workflows.

One of the benefits to that is that we now have over 1.5 million users on our platform sharing information, generating a whole bunch of valuable data on the platform that we can now reflect back to our customers so they can run better businesses and be more performant, which is really exciting when you have this much data. Yes, it’s very revolutionary, but it does actually allow for us to be able to complete these complex workflows where other business models just simply fall down.

Sciple: When you talk about this unlimited seat licensed model, I think it sounds to me like it’s a land and expand; you form a relationship, one particular party in this chain, they spread out to other people. When you’re thinking about going out and selling your software, going to make that landing, who are the customers that you’re talking to, working with to get that type of traction and how do you go about doing that?

Courtemanche: Nick, in the beginning, Procore was a general contractor. You can just think of Procore, back in the day, as a mid-market U.S. general contractor solution. Over time with our business model allowing our general contractors to bring everyone else on including their owners and specialty contractors, we have now expanded, so we’re now, and by the way, if we get back to our mission of connecting everyone, ultimately, everybody that’s involved in the construction process belongs on the Procore platform. We now have a very large business that sells to the owners of the projects, as well as the specialty contractors and it’s very tempting for our user, we call him a collaborator; a non-paying user who’s in a project, to look at the value that Procore provides to the project team in general and say, I need this to run my business. You can create this flywheel effect if you build awareness, the adoption increases, they get more engaged, they see the value, and then they become customers. It’s a virtuous circle that works very well for us. That’s, I think, one of the reasons why we’ve scaled so quickly.

Sanchez: Yeah, that’s really interesting when you talk about the different stakeholders and now you guys are also serving owners. If you could maybe expand on that a little bit, when it comes to the owners, are there different types of features that they’re looking for just given that they have a different perspective on the project?

Courtemanche: Yeah, Luis, they definitely. If you zoom out on any project, every team member cares about time and money, schedule and budget. Doesn’t matter if you’re the owner, the GC, the subcontractor, the lender really cares about that, too, as well as the insurers and everyone else. The two pillars that everyone cares most about is the schedule and the budget, time and money. Those are fundamental. Now owners care a lot about some of the detail underneath that, which is, what are driving cost increases, why is the budget going from X to Y? They care about that. They care about progress photos. They care about being able to understand the time of when the project is going to get done. Owners can start monetizing the facility that they’re having built. They have those vantage points. Specialty contractors have it really rough because they work on a ton of projects with a ton of different general contractors, and their getting the right people to the right job at the right time with the right material and equipment is critical to their success. If they get that mix wrong, they send the crew to the wrong job site with the wrong equipment, they still have to pay those hourly time-sheets, but they don’t get reimbursed from the job. Then, of course, the general contractor is trying to coordinate all the complexity on the job across all the stakeholders and they care about basically everything that can go into construction, and if you’ve ever built anything before, I should have asked you this in the beginning, have either one of you ever remodeled a bathroom or built a mansion or a high rise or nuclear power plant?

Sciple: Unfortunately, no. I aspire to do the mansion part in the future for sure.

Courtemanche: Luis?

Sanchez: I haven’t, especially not a nuclear power plant.

Courtemanche: Well, all kidding aside, generally, when I have this part of the conversation, people get it. They understand that bringing all these folks together, everyone has their own unique needs. But the risks are so high on projects to blow the schedule or to blow the budget, or frankly around safety, which is another area that we’re really passionate about, that having a solution like Procore helps mitigate all of that uncertainty, and if you think about it, it doesn’t matter if you’re a large multinational corporation or you’re Nick building a guest house. These are big capital investments that owners have, and they really care about the outcomes if they’re spending all that capital on. Everyone just has a unique vantage point and everyone has a need to make sure that it’s done effectively. Again, I just think that’s where we come in.

Sanchez: For sure. Given that you guys are establishing relationships with the owners, do you guys see an opportunity to maintain that relationship post-construction?

Courtemanche: We do. Right now Procore’s focus is on, as I mentioned, pre-construction to closeout. Closeout is really when the general contractor hands the keys to the owner and says here’s your building. What’s beautiful about having everybody working off the same set of information, is you end up having, not what was designed in the beginning of the job, which never is actually what gets built, at the end of the job you have what’s called your ad builds. Basically, it’s the, here’s what you actually bought Mr. or Mrs. Owner. This is where the plumbing actually is, this is where the electrical systems actually are. This is everything that you need to know to manage the building. There are a lot of folks that take the data from Procore once the job is done and import that into their facilities management solution. I would say ultimately, though our focus has always been on where we are today, given the fact that we have all this information and we can provide so much value to owners, there could be an opportunity somewhere over the horizon in the distant future where facilities management looks good to us. Now, Procore’s success is also predicated on the fact that we’re very disciplined and we’re very focused, and we’re trying to deliver as much value as possible where we can, and so we’re very disciplined about taking on these new opportunities. But as you’re alluding to just the construction industry global is a $14 trillion industry, and that’s just for building stuff. You can actually imagine how big the opportunity could be if you get into the actual operation and maintenance of buildings all the way through decommissioning those buildings. There’s a bright future ahead of Procore, but for now, we’re staying focused.

Sciple: You mentioned these future opportunities available to the company, that’s a $14 trillion total addressable market, it’s certainly lots of room to grow into. Today what share of that market would you say that you’re addressing? How much of that do you think is accessible to you here in the relatively near future?

Courtemanche: Well here’s the beauty of a $14 trillion TAM is it doesn’t really matter. The reality is that we operate in nine countries. We just opened up our offices in the UAE and in Singapore. The U.S. market, as you probably are aware, is like a $1.5 trillion portion of that $14 trillion. Some of the estimates we look at the markets that we’re serving today just those other eight markets other than the U.S. represents a two, three times larger opportunity than the U.S. But again, the numbers are so big in terms of TAM that it’s really more about how we service the industry and do it in a way that, we’re not moving too fast and not getting distracted. But we’re actually providing a tremendous amount of value to our customers. Again, yeah, the TAM has never been Procore’s challenge. It’s always been, how do we get the word out about the solutions we provide? Then how do we get more people on the platform?

Sciple: One of the things I wanted to ask about, so you have the Procore marketplace, your app store that fits into your strategy. What other part of that that I think is interesting is you’ve used that, you’ve made a couple of acquisitions in the past year, both of which being from companies that were partners in your marketplace, how do you think about where that marketplace fits into the business and the opportunities that gives you up to bring more companies in and broaden your offering?

Courtemanche: I look at the app marketplace as being, in my mind, there’s no daylight between them and Procore’s. It’s an American situation. We provide collectively a tremendous amount of value to our customers that are on our platform. Given that Procore has a very unique vantage point that we can actually see the adoption and engagement of the products that are built on our platform, and we partner with the app marketplace partners differently and I would argue substantially better than most, because what we do is we actually provide a lot of non-technical services to them. For instance, one of the founders of one of the companies that we bought Honest Buildings, the founder, Riggs Kubiak, spends a lot of time with the CEOs, founders, and the leadership teams of our app marketplace partners trying to help them develop better businesses, trying to understand how to build mission and vision and values into their organizations, how that prep them for scale.

What we try to do is we want to be the best partner they have so when it comes time for a possible acquisition, we know exactly what we’re working with and we also have developed their skills and their ability through cultural engagement and everything else to a point where it’s very accretive to the business. So yeah, it’s a very nice opportunity for us to see engagement, adoption rates. Then if the culture’s right and the customers are demanding it, there’s always an opportunity for us to be acquisitive, and it starts where we’ve been looking and, you saw those past acquisitions and we will continue to foster those relationships.

Sciple: Awesome. One of the questions I have for anybody that’s leading a newly public company, as we in the public markets are trying to figure out how to make sense of your business, what are the numbers that you track internally to see that you’re achieving your goals, and what are the things that you would recommend to us as public investors to follow if we’re keeping track of your business?

Courtemanche: It’s pretty simple. I would keep it as simple as possible with Procore, because we are a pricing model, remember, we don’t use the seat license model. We don’t have a seat license model. So we base our pricing off of both the construction volume that the company is running, as well as the products that they buy from Procore. We have 13 products, so there’s a mix in there. You can get clever with RPO and everything else, but what we ask everybody to look at, is just look at our revenue and our revenue forecast and just track that, because we think that that’s the most stable metric that’s out there. Because we build off of construction volume, as construction increases in overall market share, it gets bigger and bigger. Procore gets a good early warning sign as to what’s coming ahead. Because look at the infrastructure bill that the Senate just passed. That $1 trillion investment that the U.S. government is going to make into infrastructure will eventually lead into backlog for our customers somewhere down the road when those jobs become shovel-ready, and that backlog will turn into construction volume for Procore, which is then you will see the increase in our revenue over time. Again, I would just focus specifically on revenue at this point.

Sciple: Excellent. That’s what we should be paying attention to, specific to Procore’s business. As we zoom out, you mentioned the infrastructure bill, lots going on when it comes to the new construction, we want to get more green energy, that sort of thing. What trends are you seeing in the industry today that are going to be playing out here over the next few years?

Courtemanche: Yeah. By the way, I’m still struggling to get through the 2,702-page document, which is the bill. But I got a fair way through it yesterday. There’s a lot in there, and there’s a lot in there that benefits the construction industry. One of the things I think it’s just so important to tell people is you don’t have to be a construction specialist to understand our infrastructure is failing in the U.S. You have to just look at a bridge and anywhere in the United States, you’ll see the crumbling concrete, and the fact that roads need to be widened, and traffic’s bad everywhere. There’s a lot of opportunity once we start making those investments. That our customers, which are the contractors and the owners and especially contractors, are going to benefit from actually building over the long run. It’s a very broad and diverse bill. There’s a lot of things in there from harbors to 5G, to roads and bridges. There’s stuff around just a varied number of different investments. In general, I think it’s going to be an uplifting opportunity for the overall industry, and it’s a great investment in America.

Sanchez: One of the things I think about when we’re talking about the construction industry is that the construction companies themselves tend to operate with fairly low profit margins, like, below 5%. I’d love to hear about how you guys think about affordability when selling to your customer base and any other comments you have on ecosystem health today.

Courtemanche: If you mean affordability of our products, is that the question?

Sanchez: Affordability of not just your product, but just software in general.

Courtemanche: Historically, the IT spend that the construction industry has done as a percent of revenue has been very low, some of the lowest. But our contention has always been, it’s not because they didn’t want to spend the money, it’s because they didn’t have anything worthwhile to spend the money on. No. 1, No. 2 is, our platform provides so much value to our customers. I think that’s one of the reasons why we’ve scaled so much, which is the industry is so fundamentally broken that unfortunately, you’re right. The average construction firm is bringing home gross margins less than 5%, in some cases, 2%. That is a direct correlation to how inefficient and how much lack of transparency there is in the industry, which goes back to the $500 billion worth of waste. That has to come out of someone’s pocket, and that comes out of the pocket of the general contractor. Procore’s mission is to connect everyone, and when we’re successful on that, it actually will allow contractors and subcontractors owners to drive a higher-margin return because we eliminate all of that waste, and it just drives more efficiency into an industry that’s really been struggling, and you can’t really get lower gross margins than that. The opportunities are really big.

Sanchez: Great. What are some of the opportunities that you’re still seeing in terms of new products or even existing products that don’t have a lot of uptake that you think can help your customers the most going forward?

Courtemanche: Again, we have 13 products on our platform and then the 300 partners. There’s a lot of solutions out there, but the interpretation I would hope everyone takes away from this is that the jobs of construction are very complicated, and they require a whole bunch of different solutions brought together on a single platform in order to enable people to do their job effectively. We started out with project management, which was our flagship product. If you think about coordinating project team members, everybody from all the subcontractors to material and equipment suppliers, project management is really core to that. We’ve built out our 13 products to solve those challenges. One area that I’d like to really point out though, is our project financials. That product line alone is a industry-defining new solution, and that solution allows for project teams to not have to go into a VPN, into their corporate office’s ERP system, and then try to take data out of that and merge it together with the spreadsheets of what’s going on on their project. Our connectors from our project financials tool allows our project teams to have full visibility in real time into how their projects are doing, and it’s very much transformative. I think we defined a new product category and the adoption rate has been very positive, and we’re excited to get more and more customers onto that product line.

Sanchez: Now, it’s really cool to hear about how innovation is impacting the industry and where it’s going from here. Something I find really interesting about the Procore story and about your story as a founder is, you started the company from basically day one. You are the founder, and now your company has scaled and it’s become this very sizable public company. Running a small private company and running a large public company are two different skill sets. What have you been able to learn along the way that has prepared you to be the CEO of a publicly traded company today?

Courtemanche: Well, I’ll tell you, I love when people ask me that question because if I didn’t have a growth mindset and I wasn’t focused on constantly learning, I wouldn’t have been able to scale this business to where it is today. A friend of mine, Tobi L眉tke, who is the founder and CEO of Shopify (NYSE:SHOP), likes to tell me all the time that, if your business is growing to 100% a year, your skill set has to be growing at least 100% a year in order for you to just keeping up with your business. I spend a lot of time working with mentors and people that have running public companies at a larger scale. Just trying to learn what I can from folks that have been there before me, and I’ve done that the whole path from when I was just a one-person company up till the day that we’re a public company. Frankly, I’m grateful for that, and one thing that’s really an interesting tidbit of information is, I’m able to talk to some of the most notable CEOs on the planet, and they give me their time. I do the same for folks that are coming up in their careers, and I’ve found that the whole way, which is, there’s a camaraderie of founders in particular that want to help each other out. I’ve been digging a lot into that, and I’m very grateful for it.

Sciple: I’m glad you brought up that camaraderie of founders and Tobi, we’re big fans of him at the Fool. Shopify has been part of a Fool recommendation for a long time. I like to ask this to all the CEOs we have on, so you already mentioned Shopify, so maybe we take that one off the list, but what’s the company that you really admire and why?

Courtemanche: I’m going to be a little bit disingenuous here because I’m going to call out my mentors, because I chose the mentors because I love their company. First, I think Snowflake(NYSE:SNOW), and Frank Slootman is an amazing leader. Just on every vector has been an amazing inspiration to me as a person. He’s a great leader in terms of seeing things very clearly. You can imagine from the complexity of a business, we have about 2,400 employees or so. There’s so much nuance and gray area, and to be able to lean on Frank and ask him how he looks at things. It provides a lot of solace, and I think that Snowflake obviously is reflected in their numbers, the performance under Frank.

The other one, which might be a little surprising to you, but I will tell you is that Satya Nadella is a mentor of mine at Microsoft(NASDAQ:MSFT), and to see what Satya has been able to do in the last seven years or so, to transform a business into arguably one of the best technology companies again in the world, with one of the best cultures is no small feat. I just rely on him a lot to just help me understand scale, how to look at the world, and frankly, how to create some frameworks that I can use in order to manage the complexity of construction. I would say Microsoft and Snowflake are two, there are a lot more. By the way, I should give a big shout out to Tobi. He has really embraced me over the years and given me a whole bunch of feedback and a lot of advice, and I’m very grateful for him as well.

Sciple: Well, Tooey, thank you so much. This has been a great conversation and maybe last question for you, as we’ve talked about here. For half an hour, lots of conversation about the Procore, about your company. If you wanted to leave a potential investor with one thought, one thing to keep in their mind as they go away from this conversation, what would it be?

Courtemanche: Thank you. I would say don’t think of Procore just as a platform. Think of Procore as a partner to the construction industry. The reason we win all the time hands-down is not just because we have great tech, which we do. It’s because this is the way we partner with the industry, and so because of such early days and Procore’s penetration in this $14 trillion TAM, I would just keep an eye on how we continue to progress. Because I do believe the best partners in the industry, the people who put their customers first, will win every single time. That’s where our focus has been and will continue to be as we scale into this massive opportunity.

Sciple: Awesome. Thank you so much for joining us. Hope we can talk to you again sometime soon.

Courtemanche: You got it. Nick, Luis, great to see both of you.

Sciple: Awesome. As always, people on the program may own companies discussed on the show, and The Motley Fool may have formal recommendations for or against the stocks discussed, so don’t buy or sell anything based solely on what you hear. Thanks to Annie Franks for help mixing the show. For Luis Sanchez and Tooey Courtemanche, I’m Nick Sciple. Thanks for listening, and Fool on.

This article represents the opinion of the writer, who may disagree with the official recommendation position of a Motley Fool premium advisory service. Were motley! Questioning an investing thesis — even one of our own — helps us all think critically about investing and make decisions that help us become smarter, happier, and richer.

Hot Tech Stocks For 2021

Cineworld Group plc (LON:CINE) has been given a consensus recommendation of “Buy” by the eleven research firms that are covering the stock, Marketbeat.com reports. One research analyst has rated the stock with a hold rating and ten have assigned a buy rating to the company. The average 1-year price target among brokers that have issued a report on the stock in the last year is GBX 781.67 ($10.08).

CINE has been the topic of a number of analyst reports. Deutsche Bank reiterated a “buy” rating on shares of Cineworld Group in a research note on Tuesday, May 15th. Canaccord Genuity reiterated a “buy” rating on shares of Cineworld Group in a research note on Thursday, August 9th. Barclays reiterated an “overweight” rating on shares of Cineworld Group in a research note on Wednesday, July 11th. Peel Hunt lowered Cineworld Group to an “add” rating in a research note on Wednesday, May 16th. Finally, Numis Securities restated a “buy” rating on shares of Cineworld Group in a research note on Wednesday, May 16th.

Hot Tech Stocks For 2021: Skyworks Solutions, Inc.(SWKS)

Skyworks Solutions, Inc., together with its consolidated subsidiaries (“Skyworks” or the “Company”), is empowering the wireless networking revolution. Our highly innovative analog semiconductors are connecting people, places, and things, spanning a number of new and previously unimagined applications within the automotive, broadband, cellular infrastructure, connected home, industrial, medical, military, smartphone, tablet and wearable markets.
Our key customers include Arris, Bose, Cisco, Dell, Foxconn, Fujitsu, General Electric, Google, Honeywell, HTC, Huawei, Landis & Gyr, Lenovo, LG Electronics, Microsoft, Nest, Netgear, Northrop Grumman, OPPO, Rockwell Collins, Samsung, Sonos, VIVO, and ZTE. Our competitors include Analog Devices, Broadcom, Maxim Integrated Products, Murata Manufacturing, NXP Semiconductors, QUALCOMM and Qorvo.
We are a Delaware corporation that was formed in 1962. We changed our corporate name from Alpha Industries, Inc.   Advisors’ Opinion:

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Hot Tech Stocks For 2021: StarTek, Inc.(SRT)

StarTek, Inc. provides business process outsourcing services in the United States, the Philippines, Canada, and Honduras. It operates in three segments: Domestic, Asia Pacific, and Latin America. The company’s service offerings include customer care, sales support, inbound sales, complex order processing, accounts receivable management, technical and product support, up-sell and cross-sell opportunities, and other industry-specific processes. It offers technical and product support services through telephone, e-mail, chat, facsimile, and Internet; and sales support services comprising lead generation, direct sales, account management and retention programs, and marketing analysis and modeling. The company’s provisioning and order processing services comprise order management and technical sales support for wire-line, wireless, data, and customer premise equipment; order fallout from its clients’ automated systems; and direct-to-consumer services, such as provisioning, order processing, and transfer of accounts between client service providers. StarTek, Inc.’s receivables management services consist of first and third party collections services for clients in the telecommunication, cable and media, and healthcare industries; healthcare services include customer care, sales support, accounts receivable management, remote patient care, and medical triage to providers, payers, pharmaceutical, and device manufacturer businesses; and industry-specific processes comprise training curriculum development, workforce management, customer analytics, quality monitoring services, call center in a box technology platform, and dispositions. The company was founded in 1987 and is headquartered in Greenwood Village, Colorado.

Advisors’ Opinion:

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  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Shares of StarTek, Inc. (NYSE:SRT) have been assigned a consensus rating of “Hold” from the six analysts that are covering the stock, MarketBeat Ratings reports. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, three have issued a hold rating and one has given a buy rating to the company. The average 1-year target price among brokerages that have issued ratings on the stock in the last year is $12.67.

Hot Tech Stocks For 2021: Baidu Inc.(BIDU)

Baidu, Inc. provides Chinese and Japanese language Internet search services. Its search services enable users to find relevant information online, including Web pages, news, images, multimedia files, and blogs through the links provided on its Websites. The company also offers online community-based products and entertainment platforms; an instant messaging service; and a consumer-oriented e-commerce platform. In addition, it designs and delivers online marketing services and auction-based P4P services that enable its customers to reach users who search for information related to their products or services. The company serves online marketing customers consisting of small and medium sized enterprises, large domestic corporations, and Chinese divisions or subsidiaries of multinational corporations primarily operating in the medical, machinery, education, franchising, electronic products, e-commerce, ticketing, tourism, information technology, consumer products, real estate, entertainment, and financial services industries. It sells its online marketing services directly, as well as through its distribution network. The company was formerly known as Baidu.com, Inc. and changed its name to Baidu, Inc. in December 2008. Baidu, Inc. was founded in 2000 and is headquartered in Beijing, the People?s Republic of China.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Danny Vena]

    After spending the first half of 2018 in investors’ good graces, Baidu (NASDAQ:BIDU) has fallen out of favor yet again. As late as May of last year, China’s internet search leader was clocking all-time highs but had lost more than 40% of its value going into its latest earnings report. What caused this perilous fall from grace? Two quarters of decelerating growth, fears regarding China’s slowing economy, and the ongoing trade conflict between Washington, D.C. and Beijing conspired to knock Baidu back down to size.

  • [By George Budwell, Keith Noonan, and Jeremy Bowman]

    We thus asked three of our Motley Fool contributors which momentum stocks they think are worth buying right now. They picked Horizon Pharma (NASDAQ:HZNP), Baidu (NASDAQ:BIDU), and Okta (NASDAQ:OKTA). Here’s why.  

  • [By Keith Noonan, Rich Smith, and Demitrios Kalogeropoulos]

    With that in mind, we put together three Motley Fool contributors with an eye for growth investing and asked each panelist to profile one top pick. Read on to see why they think Boeing (NYSE:BA), Netflix (NASDAQ:NFLX), and Baidu (NASDAQ:BIDU) are stocks primed for incredible growth over the next half-century. 

Hot Tech Stocks For 2021: Microsoft Corporation(MSFT)

Microsoft Corporation develops, licenses, and supports a range of software products and services for various computing devices worldwide. The company?s Windows & Windows Live Division segment offers PC operating system that primarily includes Windows 7 and Windows Vista operating systems; Windows live suite of applications and Web services; and Microsoft PC hardware products. Its Microsoft?s Server and Tools segment provides Windows Server operating systems, Windows Azure, Microsoft SQL Server, SQL Azure, Windows Intune, Windows Embedded, Visual Studio, Silverlight, system center products, Microsoft consulting services, and product support services. This segment also offers enterprise consulting services; and training and certification to developers and information technology professionals, as well as builds standalone and software development lifecycle tools for software architects, developers, testers, and project managers. The company?s Online Services Division segment provides online information and content through Bing, MSN portals, and adCenter, as well as Atlas online tools for advertisers. Its Microsoft Business Division segment offers Microsoft office; Microsoft Exchange; Microsoft SharePoint; Microsoft Lync; Microsoft Dynamics ERP and CRM; and Microsoft Office Web Apps, as well as office 365, an online service, offering Microsoft Office, Exchange, SharePoint, and Lync. The company?s Entertainment and Devices Division segment provides Xbox 360 entertainment platform, which includes the Xbox 360 gaming and entertainment console, Kinect for Xbox 360, Xbox 360 video games, Xbox LIVE, and Xbox 360 accessories; Mediaroom, an Internet protocol television software; and Windows Phone that provide Microsoft Office and Xbox LIVE functionality. It markets and distributes its products and services through original equipment manufacturers, distributors, and resellers, as well as through online. Microsoft was founded in 1975 and is headquartered i n Redmond, Washington.

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Top 5 Tech Stocks To Own For 2019

Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) and Fitbit (NYSE:FIT) aren’t the only players in the smartwatch game. In this episode of MarketFoolery, host Chris Hill and analyst David Kretzmann dive into Garmin (NASDAQ:GRMN), the technology company that you might remember getting completely crushed by GPS-enabled smartphones a few years ago. Things are looking up for Garmin, and long-term investors might want to take a closer look at the company today.

Also, the two discuss Microsoft’s (NASDAQ:MSFT) acquisition of GitHub, which is set for a tidy $7.5 billion in stock, and why Microsoft’s buyback plan is such a head-scratcher in light of it. And, if you missed this year’s FoolFest, Chris and David talk about some of the most exciting highlights. Tune in to find out more.

A full transcript follows the video.

This video was recorded on June 4, 2018.

Chris Hill: It’s Monday, June 4th. Welcome to Market Foolery! I’m Chris Hill. Joining me in studio, it’s David Kretzmann, fresh from the weekend, and fresh from FoolFest.

Top 5 Tech Stocks To Own For 2019: Rudolph Technologies Inc.(RTEC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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

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  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Euro Tech Holdings Company Limited (NASDAQ: CLWT) surged 73.3 percent to $3.90.
    Integrated Media Technology Limited (NASDAQ: IMTE) shares gained 51 percent to $33.1365. The nano-cap low-float stock skyrocketed over 1,300 percent on Wednesday on no company specific news which would support the surge. The move higher is consistent with what was seen in other low-float stocks over the past few months.
    Monaker Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: MKGI) shares jumped 34 percent to $3.00.
    Sharing Economy International Inc. (NASDAQ: SEII) shares rose 28.2 percent to $4.51 after gaining 9.32 percent on Wednesday.
    STAAR Surgical Company (NASDAQ: STAA) shares jumped 27.8 percent to $21.40 after reporting upbeat Q1 results.
    Boxlight Corporation (NASDAQ: BOXL) rose 20.5 percent to $8.920 after climbing 107.87 percent on Wednesday.
    Xspand Products Lab Inc (NASDAQ: XSPL) gained 19.5 percent to $ 5.97. Xspand Products priced its IPO at $5 per share.
    YRC Worldwide Inc. (NASDAQ: YRCW) rose 18.9 percent to $10.035 following upbeat quarterly earnings.
    ENDRA Life Sciences Inc. (NASDAQ: NDRA) gained 18.3 percent to $3.0177. ENDRA Life Sciences is expected to report Q1 results on May 15.
    MYR Group Inc. (NASDAQ: MYRG) rose 18.1 percent to $35.85 after the company posted strong Q1 earnings.
    Rudolph Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: RTEC) shares jumped 16 percent to $30.75 following upbeat quarterly earnings.
    TTM Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: TTMI) gained 13.7 percent to $16.53 after reporting Q1 results.
    Insight Enterprises, Inc. (NASDAQ: NSIT) shares surged 12 percent to $40.06 following better-than-expected Q1 earnings.
    TreeHouse Foods, Inc. (NYSE: THS) rose 11.8 percent to $40.93 following Q1 results.
    Engility Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: EGL) surged 11.2 percent to $27.36. Engility reported upbeat quarterly earnings.
    Synalloy Corporation (NASDAQ: SYNL) rose 10.7 percent to $19.10 following Q1 results.
    Logitech International S.A. (NASDAQ: LOGI)
  • [By Shane Hupp]

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Top 5 Tech Stocks To Own For 2019: Qorvo, Inc.(QRVO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Jafra Capital Management LP acquired a new position in Qorvo Inc (NASDAQ:QRVO) during the 2nd quarter, according to the company in its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The fund acquired 30,000 shares of the semiconductor company’s stock, valued at approximately $2,405,000.

  • [By Ezra Schwarzbaum]

    Several other optics stocks stand to gain. In a Monday note, Bank of America Merrill Lynch analyst Vivek Arya also highlighlited the semiconductor space as one that could benefit from the news. Other stocks to watch include:

    Lumentum Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: LITE)
    Ciena Corporation (NYSE: CIEN)
    Coherent, Inc. (NASDAQ: COHR)
    II-VI, Inc. (NASDAQ: IIVI)
    Inphi Corporation (NYSE: IPHI)
    Skyworks Solutions Inc (NASDAQ: SWKS)
    Integrated Device Technology Inc (NASDAQ: IDTI)
    Qorvo Inc (NASDAQ: QRVO)
    Xilinx, Inc. (NASDAQ: XLNX)
    Broadcom Inc (NASDAQ: AVGO)

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  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Qorvo (NASDAQ:QRVO) was downgraded by investment analysts at ValuEngine from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note issued on Saturday.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Advisors Asset Management Inc. boosted its position in shares of Qorvo Inc (NASDAQ:QRVO) by 4,338.5% during the 2nd quarter, HoldingsChannel.com reports. The institutional investor owned 682,949 shares of the semiconductor company’s stock after acquiring an additional 667,562 shares during the period. Advisors Asset Management Inc.’s holdings in Qorvo were worth $1,282,000 as of its most recent filing with the SEC.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Get a free copy of the Zacks research report on Qorvo (QRVO)

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  • [By Harsh Chauhan]

    It wasn’t very long ago that the chips were down for Qorvo (NASDAQ:QRVO). The smartphone slowdown and cutthroat competition among chipmakers had knocked the wind out of the company’s bread-and-butter mobile business. Qorvo was desperately searching for alternative revenue sources, but it needed mobile to click once again.

Top 5 Tech Stocks To Own For 2019: Loral Space and Communications Inc.(LORL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Loral Space & Communications (NASDAQ:LORL) was downgraded by equities researchers at ValuEngine from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report issued to clients and investors on Wednesday.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Loral Space & Communications Ltd. (NASDAQ: LORL) and Maxar Technologies (NYSE:MAXR) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, profitability, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, earnings, valuation and risk.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    GABELLI & Co INVESTMENT ADVISERS INC. lifted its position in Loral Space & Communications Ltd. (NASDAQ:LORL) by 10.4% in the 2nd quarter, according to the company in its most recent disclosure with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The fund owned 146,468 shares of the communications equipment provider’s stock after purchasing an additional 13,800 shares during the quarter. GABELLI & Co INVESTMENT ADVISERS INC. owned about 0.47% of Loral Space & Communications Ltd. worth $5,507,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Loral Space & Communications Ltd. (NASDAQ:LORL) was upgraded by BidaskClub from a “strong sell” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report issued on Tuesday.

Top 5 Tech Stocks To Own For 2019: Sina Corporation(SINA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Leo Sun]

    Shares of SINA (NASDAQ:SINA) fell 7% on Aug. 8 after the Chinese internet company reported its second quarter earnings. Yet the decline, which brought SINA to a 52-week low, seemed unjustified, as the company easily beat analyst estimates.

  • [By Garrett Baldwin]

    And with just a few smart plays in today’s classic stock picker’s market, you can pull in triple-digit gains with just a small investment.

    The Top Stock Market Stories for Wednesday
    The Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS) was off nearly 1% after the entertainment giant fell short of profit expectations. The firm reported a sharp rise in programming costs to complement a big uptick in technology investment. The company reported earnings per share of $1.87, a figure that was $0.08 short of the Wall Street consensus. ESPN, the company’s largest network, reported a big jump in programming costs – tied heavily to broadcasting rights – and a decline in subscribers. The company still reported a 20% jump in studio revenue year over year. Oil prices were falling Wednesday over concerns about Chinese demand. The downturn comes as markets monitor the impact of renewed U.S. sanctions on Iran. The Trump administration enacted the first batch of sanctions Tuesday morning; however, these sanctions did not immediately impact the nation’s ability to export oil. Should the sanctions affect crude supplies, it is possible that speculators could push prices higher due to supply concerns. Finally, let’s take a look at the growing $10 billion legal cannabis market in North America. Not everyone needs to grow a plant to make money. There are hundreds of companies making money without growing marijuana. From what inside sources told Money Morning editor Jack Delaney, luxury cannabis products are going to be the next big thing. Let’s show you how to tap into this niche trend in the years ahead, right here.
    Three Stocks to Watch Today: CVS, TSLA, SNAP
    CVS Health Corp. (NYSE: CVS) leads a busy day of earnings reports. The firm’s stock added 1.3% after CVS reported an adjusted EPS of $1.69 and $46.7 billion in revenue. Wall Street expected the firm would report an EPS of $1.61 on top of $46.45 billion. The company announced it is taking on Amazon.com (Nasdaq: AMZN) with a st

  • [By Leo Sun]

    JD.com (NASDAQ:JD) recently partnered with SINA (NASDAQ:SINA), one of China’s top portal sites, to pool the two companies’ user data and resources together. JD.com will help SINA optimize its algorithms to match its readers with more relevant content — which could help its portal sites lock in more users.

  • [By Lisa Levin] Companies Reporting Before The Bell
    Anheuser-Busch InBev SA/NV (NYSE: BUD) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $0.89 per share on revenue of $13.06 billion.
    SINA Corporation (NASDAQ: SINA) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.42 per share on revenue of $433.32 million.
    Weibo Corporation (NASDAQ: WB) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.47 per share on revenue of $342.39 million.
    Ameren Corporation (NYSE: AEE) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $0.57 per share on revenue of $1.55 billion.
    Mylan N.V. (NASDAQ: MYL) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.98 per share on revenue of $2.75 billion.
    Cinemark Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: CNK) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $1.31 per share on revenue of $1.51 billion.
    ADT Inc. (NYSE: ADT) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.24 per share on revenue of $1.11 billion.
    Coty Inc. (NYSE: COTY) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.13 per share on revenue of $2.18 billion.
    Pinnacle Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: PNK) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $0.31 per share on revenue of $644.94 million.
    Conduent Incorporated (NYSE: CNDT) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $0.21 per share on revenue of $1.44 billion.
    Delphi Technologies PLC (NYSE: DLPH) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $1.16 per share on revenue of $1.25 billion.
    Office Depot, Inc. (NASDAQ: ODP) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.08 per share on revenue of $2.72 billion.
    Global Partners LP (NYSE: GLP) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $0.13 per share on revenue of $2.33 billion.
    Wolverine World Wide, Inc. (NYSE: WWW) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.37 per share on revenue of $530.99 million.
    Performance Food Group Company (NYSE: PFGC) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.32 per share on revenue of $4.46 billion.
    Groupon, Inc. (NASDAQ: GRPN) is projected to report

Top 5 Tech Stocks To Own For 2019: Microsoft Corporation(MSFT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jamal Carnette, CFA, Anders Bylund, and Leo Sun]

    The opportunity is massive: Accounting firm PwC expects AI will add 14% to global gross domestic product (GDP) output by 2030, equal to $15.7 trillion of economic impact. With that in mind, we asked three Motley Fool contributors which AI stocks they believe have the most potential. Read on to find out why NVIDIA (NASDAQ:NVDA), Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT), and IBM (NYSE:IBM) made the cut.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    The second-best performer among the Dow 30 so far this year is Intel Corp. (NASDAQ: INTC), which is up about 14.3%. That is followed by Boeing Co. (NYSE: BA), up 13.4%, Nike Inc. (NYSE: NKE), up 12.4%, and Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ: MSFT), up 11.3%. Of the 30 stocks comprising the Dow Jones industrial average index, only 11 have posted year-to-date gains as of Friday’s close.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ: MSFT) is scheduled to release its fiscal fourth-quarter financial results after the markets close on Thursday. The consensus estimates call for $1.08 in earnings per share (EPS) and $29.21 billion in revenue. In the same period of last year, the company posted EPS of $1.06 and $24.7 billion in revenue.

  • [By John Ballard]

    The file-sharing market is quite crowded, with tech heavyweights like Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL), Alphabet (NASDAQ:GOOG) (NASDAQ:GOOGL), and Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) fighting against fast-growing small companies like Dropbox (NASDAQ:DBX) for a piece of a $50 billion file-sharing market. This isn’t an easy market to compete in, especially when Apple’s iCloud and Microsoft’s OneDrive are integrated with those companies’ respective operating systems.

  • [By Leo Sun]

    Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) could be developing a new portable Surface device, according to an internal document obtained by The Verge. The document reportedly describes the project — which was dubbed “Andromeda” in previous patent filings and reports — as a “new and disruptive” device that could blur the lines between PCs and smartphones later this year.

Top 10 Tech Stocks To Invest In Right Now

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

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

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

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

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

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Benzinga News Desk]

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

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

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

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

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  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Check out these big penny stock gainers and losers

    Losers
    MDC Partners Inc. (NASDAQ: MDCA) fell 23.4 percent to $5.25 in pre-market trading after a first-quarter earnings miss.
    Hudson Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ: HDSN) shares fell 15.1 percent to $3.48 in pre-market trading after the company reported downbeat Q1 earnings.
    Nuance Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: NUAN) fell 14 percent to $13.15 in pre-market trading after the company posted downbeat Q2 earnings and lowered FY18 organic growth guidance.
    Myomo, Inc. (NYSE: MYO) fell 13.2 percent to $3.10 in pre-market trading after reporting downbeat quarterly results.
    Rowan Companies plc (NYSE: RDC) shares fell 10.7 percent to $14.13 in pre-market trading after climbing 8.50 percent on Wednesday.
    BT Group plc (NYSE: BT) fell 9 percent to $14.80 in pre-market trading after the company reported Q4 results and announced plans to cut 13,000 jobs over the next three years.
    Exelixis, Inc. (NASDAQ: EXEL) fell 8.3 percent to $19.90 in pre-market trading after the company disclosed that IMblaze370 Phase 3 pivotal trial of atezolizumab and cobimetinib in patients with heavily pretreated locally advanced or metastatic colorectal cancer did not meet primary endpoint.
    Infinera Corporation (NASDAQ: INFN) fell 8.2 percent to $10.80 in pre-market trading after reporting Q1 results.
    Synaptics, Incorporated (NASDAQ: SYNA) shares fell 7.4 percent to $43.00 in pre-market trading. Synaptics reported better-than-expected earnings for its third quarter, while sales missed estimates.
    Randgold Resources Limited (NASDAQ: GOLD) shares fell 7.4 percent to $76.23 in pre-market trading after reporting Q1 earnings.
    Integra LifeSciences Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ: IART) shares fell 7 percent to $59.36 in pre-market trading. Integra LifeSciences priced its 5.25 million share public offering of common stock at $58.50 per share.
    Array BioPharma Inc. (NASDAQ: ARRY) shares fell 6.9 percent to $12.75 in pre-m

  • [By Brian Feroldi]

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

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

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Evan Niu, CFA]

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

  • [By Billy Duberstein]

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

  • [By Rick Munarriz]

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

  • [By Leo Sun]

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

  • [By Evan Niu, CFA]

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

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

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

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

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

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

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

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

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

  • [By Max Byerly]

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

  • [By Leo Sun]

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

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

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Evan Niu, CFA]

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

  • [By ]

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

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

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

  • [By Mac Greer]

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

  • [By Douglas A. McIntyre]

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

  • [By Douglas A. McIntyre]

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

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

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

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

  • [By Shane Hupp]

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  • [By Shane Hupp]

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

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

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

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

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

    News stories about American Superconductor (NASDAQ:AMSC) have been trending somewhat positive this week, Accern reports. Accern scores the sentiment of news coverage by reviewing more than 20 million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. American Superconductor earned a news impact score of 0.18 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media headlines about the technology company an impact score of 46.824635153043 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the next few days.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

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

  • [By Money Morning News Team]

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

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

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Douglas A. McIntyre]

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

  • [By Paul Ausick]

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

  • [By David Zeiler]

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

  • [By Anders Bylund]

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

  • [By ]

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

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

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

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

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

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  • [By Stephan Byrd]

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

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

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Check out these big penny stock gainers and losers

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

Top 10 Warren Buffett Stocks To Watch Right Now

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Please skip the intro if you have read my previous articles.

It’s far better to buy a wonderful company at a fair price than a fair company at a wonderful price.”

– Warren Buffett

What is a wonderful company, and what is ‘quality’ from an investing standpoint? The most constructive definition to address this question is Warren Buffett’s concept of ‘economic moat’, i.e. a long-lasting competitive advantage that allows a given company to harvest above-average returns on its capital, even when faced with economic downturns or powerful competitors.

Top 10 Warren Buffett Stocks To Watch Right Now: Telecom Argentina Stet – France Telecom S.A.(TEO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Get a free copy of the Zacks research report on Telecom Argentina (TEO)

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  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Telecom Argentina (NYSE:TEO) has been assigned an average recommendation of “Hold” from the nine research firms that are presently covering the stock, Marketbeat Ratings reports. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, two have issued a hold rating, three have assigned a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating on the company. The average 12-month target price among brokerages that have updated their coverage on the stock in the last year is $38.00.

  • [By Steve Symington]

    But several individual companies couldn’t keep up. Read on to learn why Under Armour (NYSE:UA) (NYSE:UAA), Telecom Argentina (NYSE:TEO), and Synnex (NYSE:SNX) underperformed the market today.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Friday morning, the telecommunication services shares rose 0.75 percent. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included Telecom Argentina S.A. (NYSE: TEO), up 6 percent, and pdvWireless, Inc. (NASDAQ: PDVW) up 4 percent.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Shares of Telecom Argentina SA (NYSE:TEO) hit a new 52-week low on Wednesday . The company traded as low as $19.62 and last traded at $19.86, with a volume of 47276 shares. The stock had previously closed at $20.61.

Top 10 Warren Buffett Stocks To Watch Right Now: Penumbra, Inc.(PEN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Penumbra (NYSE:PEN) released its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday. The company reported $0.06 EPS for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of ($0.02) by $0.08, Fidelity Earnings reports. Penumbra had a return on equity of 1.15% and a net margin of 3.65%. The business had revenue of $102.70 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $90.98 million. During the same quarter in the previous year, the firm posted ($0.10) earnings per share. The company’s revenue was up 40.3% compared to the same quarter last year.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Penumbra (NYSE:PEN) Director Bridget O’rourke purchased 700 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, May 25th. The stock was bought at an average cost of $156.40 per share, for a total transaction of $109,480.00. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available at the SEC website.

Top 10 Warren Buffett Stocks To Watch Right Now: Microsoft Corporation(MSFT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By ]

    Whether it was a self-fulfilling prophecy or simply really strong momentum (or both), the year-end Bloomberg analysis showed that the FAANGs (or a slight modification on that acronym) were instrumental in 2017’s record-setting market performance. In fact, taken together, Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) and Google (or Alphabet, as Google is known now) accounted for 25% of the S&P 500’s rally.

  • [By Daniel B. Kline]

    Lewis:To give a sense of where we were and where we are now, Dan,I’m going to run through the largest market-cap companies in 1993, and the largest market-cap companies now.I think you’re going to notice a little bit of a trend here. In1993, you have GM (NYSE: GM),ExxonMobil (NYSE: XOM), Ford Motor (NYSE: F), IBM (NYSE: IBM), General Electric (NYSE: GE). Fast-forward to 2018, you have Apple, Amazon, Alphabet,Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT), Facebook. Tech goes from being one of the five to being the entire list, which really speaks to how much this space has taken over the economy and the broad market in general.

  • [By Money Morning Staff Reports]

    Several weeks ago, he recommended Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) for its use of blockchain technology as a key part of its Azure cloud computing platform. It was a great software play on cryptocurrencies in the grand tradition of the pick-and-shovel method of investing. Own the tools that others use to mine their fortunes. MSFT stock alone is up nearly 43% in the last year.

  • [By ]

    Bitcoin has been gaining ground and breaking into the world of tech this year, which highlights its growing relevance. Since tech buffs are usually more acclimatized to change than older financial institutions, it’s not surprising that leading global technology giants like Microsoft (MSFT) are now using the Bitcoin platform for certain transactions. PayPal (PYPL) has also jumped on the Bitcoin bandwagon and is accepting BTC as a payment method.

Top 10 Warren Buffett Stocks To Watch Right Now: CatchMark Timber Trust, Inc.(CTT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Matarin Capital Management LLC acquired a new stake in shares of CatchMark Timber Trust (NYSE:CTT) in the 1st quarter, HoldingsChannel reports. The fund acquired 241,339 shares of the financial services provider’s stock, valued at approximately $3,009,000.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Schwab Charles Investment Management Inc. raised its stake in Catchmark Timber Trust Inc (NYSE:CTT) by 11.9% during the 1st quarter, according to the company in its most recent disclosure with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The fund owned 91,276 shares of the financial services provider’s stock after purchasing an additional 9,700 shares during the period. Schwab Charles Investment Management Inc. owned 0.19% of Catchmark Timber Trust worth $1,139,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Russell Investments Group Ltd. cut its holdings in Catchmark Timber Trust Inc (NYSE:CTT) by 48.5% in the 1st quarter, HoldingsChannel.com reports. The firm owned 409,480 shares of the financial services provider’s stock after selling 386,276 shares during the quarter. Russell Investments Group Ltd.’s holdings in Catchmark Timber Trust were worth $5,106,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

Top 10 Warren Buffett Stocks To Watch Right Now: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Company(HMHC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Get a free copy of the Zacks research report on Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMHC)

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  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Get a free copy of the Zacks research report on Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMHC)

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  • [By Max Byerly]

    Shares of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Co (NASDAQ:HMHC) have been assigned an average rating of “Hold” from the nine research firms that are currently covering the stock, Marketbeat Ratings reports. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a sell recommendation, six have assigned a hold recommendation and one has issued a buy recommendation on the company. The average 12-month target price among analysts that have updated their coverage on the stock in the last year is $9.92.

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

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

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

  • [By Max Byerly]

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

  • [By Max Byerly]

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

Top 10 Warren Buffett Stocks To Watch Right Now: Civeo Corporation(CVEO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Check out these big penny stock gainers and losers

    Losers
    World Fuel Services Corporation (NYSE: INT) tumbled 18 percent to $22.90 following Q1 results.
    Biglari Holdings Inc. (NYSE: BH) fell 17.4 percent to $349.52. Washington Prime Group will replace Biglari Holdings in the S&P SmallCap 600 on Tuesday, May 1.
    Flex Ltd. (NASDAQ: FLEX) dipped 15.7 percent to $14.03 after a mixed fourth quarter report.
    FormFactor, Inc. (NASDAQ: FORM) fell 15.3 percent to $11.65. FormFactor is expected to release Q1 results on May 2.
    Data I/O Corporation (NASDAQ: DAIO) dropped 14.3 percent to $6.24 following Q1 results.
    National Instruments Corporation (NASDAQ: NATI) fell 14.3 percent to $ 42.34 after reporting Q1 results.
    United States Steel Corporation (NYSE: X) dipped 14.2 percent to $32.37 following Q1 results.
    Civeo Corporation (NYSE: CVEO) dropped 13.5 percent to $3.33. Civeo posted a Q1 loss of $0.42 per share on sales of $101.504 million.
    athenahealth, Inc. (NASDAQ: ATHN) fell 12.4 percent to $125.310 after reporting Q1 results.
    Charter Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: CHTR) shares tumbled 12.1 percent to $262.06 as the company posted Q1 results.
    Value Line, Inc. (NASDAQ: VALU) fell 11.3 percent to $19.10.
    Federated Investors, Inc. (NYSE: FII) shares dropped 11.2 percent to $27.605 after the company posted downbeat quarterly earnings.
    AV Homes, Inc. (NASDAQ: AVHI) declined 10.7 percent to $17.20 following Q1 results.
    CalAmp Corp. (NASDAQ: CAMP) dropped 9.4 percent to $21.01 after reporting Q4 results.
    Tandem Diabetes Care, Inc. (NASDAQ: TNDM) shares fell 8.9 percent to $7.280 following mixed Q1 results.
    Sony Corporation (NYSE: SNE) shares fell 8.4 percent to $45.97 after reporting Q4 results.
    LogMeIn Inc (NASDAQ: LOGM) fell 8.2 percent to $109.825. LogMeIn reported upbeat earnings for its first quarter, but issued weak second quarter and FY18 earning guidance.
    Eleven Biotherapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: EBIO

  • [By Steve Symington]

    Still, several individual companies easily outran the broader market. Read on to learn why shares of ManTech International (NASDAQ:MANT), Civeo (NYSE:CVEO), and Deutsche Bank (NYSE:DB)each climbed higher today.

Top 10 Warren Buffett Stocks To Watch Right Now: Celadon Group, Inc.(CGI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Russell Investments Group Ltd. boosted its position in shares of Celadon Group, Inc. (NYSE:CGI) by 26.7% in the 1st quarter, according to its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The fund owned 1,347,089 shares of the transportation company’s stock after purchasing an additional 283,476 shares during the quarter. Russell Investments Group Ltd. owned about 4.76% of Celadon Group worth $4,983,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Scopus Asset Management L.P. reduced its holdings in shares of Celadon Group, Inc. (NYSE:CGI) by 57.5% in the 1st quarter, according to the company in its most recent 13F filing with the SEC. The institutional investor owned 900,000 shares of the transportation company’s stock after selling 1,218,285 shares during the quarter. Scopus Asset Management L.P. owned approximately 3.18% of Celadon Group worth $3,330,000 as of its most recent filing with the SEC.

Top 10 Warren Buffett Stocks To Watch Right Now: Natural Gas(NG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Money Morning Staff Reports]

    Canadian gold mining company NovaGold Resources Inc. (NYSE: NG) shows an even starker change in sentiment. In the last 12 months, the volume of short bets on the stock declined 79%, to 522,400.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    JPMorgan Chase set a GBX 870 ($11.80) target price on National Grid (LON:NG) in a research note released on Monday. The brokerage currently has a buy rating on the stock.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Wells Fargo & Company MN lowered its stake in shares of NovaGold Resources Inc. (NYSEAMERICAN:NG) (TSE:NG) by 5.1% in the first quarter, HoldingsChannel.com reports. The institutional investor owned 1,071,600 shares of the mining company’s stock after selling 57,571 shares during the period. Wells Fargo & Company MN’s holdings in NovaGold Resources were worth $4,640,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

Top 10 Warren Buffett Stocks To Watch Right Now: THL Credit, Inc.(TCRD)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

    THL Credit, Inc. (NASDAQ:TCRD) CFO Terrence W. Olson acquired 10,200 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Wednesday, May 9th. The stock was acquired at an average price of $7.80 per share, for a total transaction of $79,560.00. The acquisition was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available at this link.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Thl Credit (NASDAQ: TCRD) and Tian Ge Interactiv (OTCMKTS:TGRVF) are both small-cap finance companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, dividends, analyst recommendations, profitability, risk, institutional ownership and valuation.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    THL Credit, Inc. (NASDAQ:TCRD) CFO Terrence W. Olson acquired 8,036 shares of the stock in a transaction on Monday, June 4th. The shares were acquired at an average cost of $7.92 per share, for a total transaction of $63,645.12. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this hyperlink.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    THL Credit, Inc. (NASDAQ:TCRD) CFO Terrence W. Olson purchased 11,511 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Friday, May 11th. The stock was bought at an average price of $7.86 per share, for a total transaction of $90,476.46. The acquisition was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is accessible through the SEC website.

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Is the bitcoin boom about to turn into one of history’s biggest busts?

The digital currency’s massive surge this year — it’s up more than 1,400% — has all the hallmarks of a huge speculative bubble, according to people such as Warren Buffett.

And if it bursts, the results are likely to be spectacular.

“In terms of how it ends, bubble history suggests it will be with a bang, rather than a whimper,” said Sharon Zoller, an economist at ANZ. “I can’t think of any reason why this time would be different.”

To better understand what may lie ahead, here’s the lowdown on four famous financial bubbles in history:

Tulip mania

In the early 17th century, speculation helped drive the value of tulip bulbs in the Netherlands to previously unheard of prices. Newly imported from Turkey, tulips were a big novelty at the time.

Hard data from those days is scarce, so it’s difficult to gauge exactly how much prices soared. But people were putting up their homes as collateral, according to the Rijksmuseum — the Museum of the Netherlands — in Amsterdam.

Best Warren Buffett Stocks To Buy Right Now: Amtech Systems Inc.(ASYS)

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

    ValuEngine cut shares of Amtech Systems (NASDAQ:ASYS) from a hold rating to a sell rating in a research note published on Wednesday morning.

    Separately, Zacks Investment Research raised Amtech Systems from a sell rating to a hold rating in a research report on Monday, April 16th. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, one has issued a hold rating and three have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company has a consensus rating of Hold and an average target price of $14.88.

Best Warren Buffett Stocks To Buy Right Now: Century Casinos, Inc.(CNTY)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Century Casinos (NASDAQ: CNTY) is one of 31 public companies in the “Hotels & motels” industry, but how does it compare to its competitors? We will compare Century Casinos to similar companies based on the strength of its analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, valuation, earnings, risk, profitability and dividends.

Best Warren Buffett Stocks To Buy Right Now: MGM Resorts International(MGM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Travis Hoium]

    Caesars isn’t the only company taking its gaming brands worldwide into non-gaming markets. MGM Resorts (NYSE:MGM) has launched MGM Hospitality, a hotel development and management business that mirrors what Caesars is building in Dubai. The company’s first major property will be MGM- and Bellagio-branded hotels in Dubai in which MGM will advise on the building process and manage the hotels. Wasl Hospitality will be the owner of the property, which is expected to be completed in 2021.

  • [By Rich Duprey]

    The future of Wynn Resorts (NASDAQ:WYNN) could be in doubt as The New York Post reported MGM Resorts (NYSE:MGM) may be interested in buying its rival. Although MGM CEO Jim Murren previously said his resort was unlikely to make a play, the resignation of founder Steve Wynn and the sale of all of his stock in the casino giant now makes a takeover bid more palatable.

  • [By Lisa Levin] Companies Reporting Before The Bell
    General Motors Company (NYSE: GM) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $1.24 per share on revenue of $34.66 billion.
    Bristol-Myers Squibb Company (NYSE: BMY) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $0.85 per share on revenue of $5.24 billion.
    United Parcel Service, Inc. (NYSE: UPS) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $1.55 per share on revenue of $16.44 billion.
    Time Warner Inc. (NYSE: TWX) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $1.74 per share on revenue of $7.91 billion.
    ConocoPhillips (NYSE: COP) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.74 per share on revenue of $8.81 billion.
    PepsiCo, Inc. (NYSE: PEP) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.93 per share on revenue of $12.4 billion.
    American Airlines Group Inc. (NASDAQ: AAL) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $0.72 per share on revenue of $10.42 billion.
    Southwest Airlines Co (NYSE: LUV) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.74 per share on revenue of $5.01 billion.
    Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. (NYSE: FCAU) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $0.8 per share on revenue of $34.52 billion.
    Union Pacific Corporation (NYSE: UNP) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $1.66 per share on revenue of $5.38 billion.
    D.R. Horton, Inc. (NYSE: DHI) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.85 per share on revenue of $3.76 billion.
    The Hershey Company (NYSE: HSY) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $1.4 per share on revenue of $1.94 billion.
    Praxair, Inc. (NYSE: PX) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $1.56 per share on revenue of $2.94 billion.
    Altria Group, Inc. (NYSE: MO) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.92 per share on revenue of $4.63 billion.
    Shire plc (NASDAQ: SHPG) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $3.54 per share on revenue of $3.72 billion.
    Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE: OSK) is projected to report quarter

Best Warren Buffett Stocks To Buy Right Now: Lydall, Inc.(LDL)

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  • [By Logan Wallace]

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Best Warren Buffett Stocks To Buy Right Now: Microsoft Corporation(MSFT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Alexander Bird]

    Already, Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) has reported a 15% jump in the sale of the Xbox console in just the last year. And this grow isn’t slowing down anytime soon. In 2018 alone, e-sports is expected to grow by 38% and break $1 billion in revenue by 2019.

  • [By JJ Kinahan]

    Momentum from Facebook.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: FB) stronger-than-expected earnings, reported after the market closed yesterday, helped equities futures, which were pointing to a higher open for all three of the main U.S. indices. Investors seemed to cheer as the tech giant beat expectations despite the data handling issue. Eyes will turn to the Seattle area later today as Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) and Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ: MSFT) report earnings after the bell.

  • [By JJ Kinahan]

    In addition to reports from T and VZ, these are some of the other major companies reporting earnings this week:

    Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE: CAT) and Eli Lilly and Co. (NYSE: LLY) report before market open on Tuesday, Apr. 24
    Boeing Co (NYSE: BA) reports before the open on Wednesday, Apr. 25
    Twitter Inc. (NYSE: TWTR) reports before the open Wednesday, Apr. 25 and Facebook, Inc. (NASDAQ: FB) reports after the close the same day
    Ford Motor Company (NYSE: F) reports after market close Wednesday, Apr. 25 and General Motors Company (NYSE: GM) reports before the open Thursday, Apr. 26
    Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN), Intel Corporation (NASDAQ: INTC) and Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ: MSFT) all report after market close Thursday, Apr. 26
    Chevron Corporation (NYSE: CVX) and Exxon Mobil Corporation (NYSE: XOM) report before the open Friday, Apr. 27

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Best Warren Buffett Stocks To Buy Right Now: StoneMor Partners L.P.(STON)

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3 Wearable Stocks to Buy That Arent Apple Stock

Wearable technology is having a moment in the sun right now as more and more consumers opt to add smartwatches to their collection of gadgets. While tech behemoth Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) and its Apple Watch have been touted as the top of the class in the wearable technology sector, it’s not the only good investment within the industry.

Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT), Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ:GRMN) and QUALCOMM, Inc. (NASDAQ:QCOM) are three wearable stocks that investors should have on their radar as their own offerings look likely to propel the stocks into the future.

Apple is certainly not a bad pick, but it’s definitely not your only choice when it comes to investing in the future of wearable technology. 

Microsoft Corporation Is Heating Up in the Wearable Space Microsoft Replacing Surface Pro 4s in “Flickergate” Resolution Source: Mike Mozart Via Flickr

Microsoft stock is probably not the first investment you think of when it comes to playing the wearables trend. The company was unsuccessful with its own fitness tracker and eventually discontinued the Microsoft Band and admitted defeat.

However, it’s important to note that the smart watches seen on the streets today are only just the beginning and focusing solely on that one aspect of wearables would be extremely shortsighted.

As wearable tech gets more and more advanced, it’s application will stretch beyond just another cool gadget and Microsoft is looking to focus on that part of the wearable space.

The firm partnered with Trekstor to develop commercial wearables that will use cloud connectivity to increase productivity and streamline business activities. Microsoft says the devices could transform everything from inventory management to healthcare by replacing hand-held devices. 

So far we haven’t heard much about this project, but in the year to come I’d expect to see Microsoft capitalize on its strong position in the cloud computing space by offering a line of wearables that links on to Azure and further automate operations. 

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Garmin Isn’t Going Away Just Yet Source: Garmin

Garmin stock should be following the likes of Fitbit Inc. (NYSE:FIT) and GoPro Inc. (NASDAQ:GPRO) to the bottom of the barrel, but instead the company has emerged as close second to Apple when it comes to wearables.

Garmin has already weathered one storm, the decline of dedicated navigation systems and now the company has proven that it can stand up to competitors in the smartwatch space.

Garmin’s ability to keep focused on what consumers know and love about the company- GPS. When Garmin first came on the scene with consumer GPS devices, it was touted as innovative and bold, but now the company has paired back its innovation and instead makes useful devices for a niche group that are loyal to the brand.

That strategy has kept the company competitive in the wearables space and made the stock a good long-term bet, especially for income investors.

GRMN offers an impressive 3.58% dividend yield and boasts a relatively safe 65.38% payout ratio. That means investors can be confident that they’re going to see an income from their Garmin investment while also taking comfort in the fact that the firm knows what it takes to remain resilient in an ever-changing tech industry.

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Qualcomm Versus Apple Again Source: Qualcomm

Wearable tech makers aren’t the only ones with a horse in this race- it’s important to also consider chip makers like QCOM stock, whose processors power a significant chunk of the wearable market.

Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Wear processors can be found in all corners of the wearables market but most notably the company provides the chips for the majority of Android’s smartwatches. 

Not only is QCOM stock a good play in the wearables space, but the company is also trading relatively cheap at the moment because of worries about a trade war with China.

However, some of that pressure appears to be lifting, which has lead many to predict that QCOM has a pop coming in its future. 

Qualcomm was due to take over NXP Semiconductors (NASDAQ:NXPI), but Chinese regulators put their review of the deal on hold as trade tension with the US escalated. However, the review appears to be getting back underway. While that doesn’t guarantee that the deal will go ahead, it is a definite step in the right direction.

Over the next year QCOM stock is likely to see some turbulence as news about the NXP takeover plays out, but investors will be comforted by the company’s 4.46% dividend yield that should make up for some of that unease. 

As of this writing, Laura Hoy was long AAPL.

Evercore ISI Increases Microsoft (MSFT) Price Target to $118.00

Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) had its price target raised by Evercore ISI from $115.00 to $118.00 in a research report issued on Tuesday, Marketbeat Ratings reports. The brokerage presently has an “outperform” rating on the software giant’s stock. Evercore ISI’s price objective would suggest a potential upside of 21.46% from the stock’s previous close.

Several other equities research analysts also recently commented on MSFT. MED reiterated a “buy” rating on shares of Microsoft in a research report on Tuesday, May 8th. Credit Suisse Group set a $115.00 target price on shares of Microsoft and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research report on Monday, April 30th. DZ Bank reiterated a “buy” rating on shares of Microsoft in a research report on Thursday, May 3rd. Macquarie reiterated a “neutral” rating and set a $100.00 target price on shares of Microsoft in a research report on Monday, April 30th. Finally, Morningstar set a $117.00 target price on shares of Microsoft and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research report on Wednesday, May 2nd. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, six have assigned a hold rating and thirty-three have given a buy rating to the stock. The company currently has an average rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $103.13.

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NASDAQ:MSFT opened at $97.15 on Tuesday. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.00, a quick ratio of 3.35 and a current ratio of 3.40. Microsoft has a one year low of $96.62 and a one year high of $97.37. The company has a market cap of $749.34 billion, a P/E ratio of 26.09, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 2.14 and a beta of 1.04.

Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) last posted its earnings results on Thursday, April 26th. The software giant reported $0.95 EPS for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $0.85 by $0.10. Microsoft had a net margin of 13.72% and a return on equity of 36.49%. The business had revenue of $26.82 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $25.78 billion. During the same period last year, the company earned $0.73 EPS. The firm’s revenue was up 15.5% compared to the same quarter last year. analysts expect that Microsoft will post 3.8 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

In other Microsoft news, CMO Christopher C. Capossela sold 3,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Friday, February 16th. The shares were sold at an average price of $93.30, for a total transaction of $279,900.00. Following the completion of the sale, the chief marketing officer now owns 178,278 shares in the company, valued at approximately $16,633,337.40. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through the SEC website. Also, EVP Christopher C. Capossela sold 3,500 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Tuesday, February 20th. The shares were sold at an average price of $93.00, for a total transaction of $325,500.00. Following the sale, the executive vice president now owns 174,778 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $16,254,354. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold a total of 10,000 shares of company stock valued at $930,900 in the last quarter. 1.49% of the stock is currently owned by company insiders.

Hedge funds have recently made changes to their positions in the business. Kohmann Bosshard Financial Services LLC bought a new stake in Microsoft during the 4th quarter valued at $103,000. Cerebellum GP LLC bought a new stake in Microsoft during the 4th quarter valued at $134,000. Spectrum Financial Alliance Ltd LLC purchased a new position in Microsoft during the 1st quarter worth $147,000. Ballew Advisors Inc purchased a new position in Microsoft during the 1st quarter worth $164,000. Finally, Family Capital Trust Co purchased a new position in Microsoft during the 4th quarter worth $188,000. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 73.64% of the company’s stock.

Microsoft Company Profile

Microsoft Corporation develops, licenses, and supports software products, services, and devices worldwide. The company's Productivity and Business Processes segment offers Office 365 commercial products and services for businesses, including Office, Exchange, SharePoint, Skype for Business, and related Client Access Licenses (CALs); Office 365 consumer services, such as Skype, Outlook.com, and OneDrive; Dynamics business solutions, such as financial management, enterprise resource planning, customer relationship management, supply chain management, and analytics applications for small and mid-size businesses, large organizations, and divisions of enterprises; and LinkedIn online professional network.

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The theme of Google’s (GOOG) (GOOGL) I/O conference was AI. The technologies presented will improve almost every source of revenue Google has, and it put Google in a strategic place to start new sources of revenue.

AI will be the most significant technological disruption since the internet, and Google is leading the way. The progress shown at the conference was nothing short of spectacular, and it provided hints of Google’s plan to dominate AI.

The conference Implications

Google Duplex was the big reveal of the conference. The demo displayed the Google assistant making calls to book a restaurant and a hair appointment with human-like precision.

The obvious application for this technology is the improvement of Google’s Assistant, but Duplex could also be used to grab the Telemarketing and Telephone Switchboard Business and call centers. A natural path toward this goal would be to incorporate Duplex into the telephone food ordering service, as Google is already working with them. Starbucks (SBUX), Domino’s (DPZ), Applebees (DIN), Seven Eleven, Doordash, Just Eat, Panera, Dunkin’ Donuts (DNKN), with more brands to follow.

Top Tech Stocks To Watch Right Now: Microsoft Corporation(MSFT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Sean Williams]

    More than 1 billion people worldwide face identity challenges. Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) is looking to change that. It’s creating digital IDs within its Authenticator app– currently used by millions of people — which would give users a way to control their digital identities. This would allow folks in impoverished regions to get access to financial services, or start their own business, as an example. Of course, Microsoft’s attempts to create a decentralized digital ID are still in the early stages.

  • [By Money Morning News Team]

    In just the first six months of 2017, there were 230% more data breaches in the United States than the prior year. Some of the major U.S. companies that experienced breaches include Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ), Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT), and Equifax Inc. (NYSE: EFX).

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Breaking news

    Intel Corporation (NASDAQ: INTC) reported better-than-expected results for its first quarter and also raised its FY18 sales outlook.
    Colgate-Palmolive Company (NYSE: CL) reported upbeat earnings for its first quarter.
    Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) posted upbeat results for its first quarter. The company sees second quarter operating income of $1.1 billion – $1.9 billion and sales of $51 billion – $54 billion.
    Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ: MSFT) reported better-than-expected earnings for its third quarter on Thursday.

Top Tech Stocks To Watch Right Now: ChannelAdvisor Corporation(ECOM )

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  • [By Shane Hupp]

    ChannelAdvisor (NYSE: ECOM) and Tyler Technologies (NYSE:TYL) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, analyst recommendations, valuation, risk, dividends, institutional ownership and profitability.

Top Tech Stocks To Watch Right Now: Electronics for Imaging Inc.(EFII)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Metropolitan Life Insurance Co. NY lessened its holdings in shares of Electronics For Imaging, Inc. (NASDAQ:EFII) by 53.3% in the 4th quarter, according to its most recent filing with the SEC. The fund owned 14,882 shares of the technology company’s stock after selling 17,018 shares during the period. Metropolitan Life Insurance Co. NY’s holdings in Electronics For Imaging were worth $439,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

Top Tech Stocks To Watch Right Now: PDF Solutions Inc.(PDFS)

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Top Tech Stocks To Watch Right Now: Salesforce.com Inc(CRM)

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    “I don’t like it when no one knows what’s causing certain stocks to go down. That’s how I felt about the cascading stocks of the ‘cloud kings’ Monday, including salesforce.com (CRM) , Adobe Systems (ADBE) , Splunk (SPLK)  , Red Hat (RHT)  and VMware (VMW) . I have developed enough sources at these companies to know that they fell because they were hitting 52-week highs and that they became intra-day sources of funds for lower-multiple semiconductor stocks,” says TheStreet’s Jim Cramer.

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    In the Lightning Round, Cramer was bullish on Bank of Internet (BOFI) , MGM Resorts (MGM) , Verizon (VZ) , Chipotle Mexican Grill (CMG) , Oracle (ORCL) , Salesforce.com (CRM) , PayPal (PYPL) , Raytheon (RTN) and McDonald’s (MCD) .

  • [By Anders Bylund]

    Finally, the stock enjoyed a quick adrenaline kick when salesforce.com (NYSE:CRM) announced an acquisition of MuleSoft (NYSE:MULE), another mid-cap company with tight connections to the cloud computing market. The deal sparked speculation that other companies in that category could see software giants kicking their tires soon enough, and that would presumably include MongoDB.

Top Tech Stocks To Watch Right Now: EchoStar Corporation(SATS)

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  • [By Max Byerly]

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

  • [By Shane Hupp]

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

  • [By Lisa Levin] Companies Reporting Before The Bell
    Nomad Foods Limited (NYSE: NOMD) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $0.36 per share on revenue of $656.43 million.
    AMC Networks Inc. (NASDAQ: AMCX) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $2.2 per share on revenue of $720.14 million.
    Magna International Inc. (NYSE: MGA) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $1.7 per share on revenue of $10.11 billion.
    Univar Inc. (NYSE: UNVR) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $0.36 per share on revenue of $2.12 billion.
    Duke Energy Corporation (NYSE: DUK) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $1.14 per share on revenue of $5.78 billion.
    Owens & Minor, Inc. (NYSE: OMI) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.47 per share on revenue of $2.40 billion.
    Prestige Brands Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: PBH) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.61 per share on revenue of $255.60 million.
    Tribune Media Company (NYSE: TRCO) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.06 per share on revenue of $457.67 million.
    ArcBest Corporation (NASDAQ: ARCB) is estimated to report quarterly loss at $0.07 per share on revenue of $691.18 million.
    Genesis Healthcare, Inc. (NYSE: GEN) is projected to report quarterly loss at $0.34 per share on revenue of $1.32 billion.
    Enbridge Inc. (NYSE: ENB) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.55 per share on revenue of $10.14 billion.
    Kelly Services, Inc. (NASDAQ: KELYA) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $0.42 per share on revenue of $1.34 billion.
    NICE Ltd. (NASDAQ: NICE) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $1.01 per share on revenue of $332.93 million.
    World Acceptance Corporation (NASDAQ: WRLD) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $3.94 per share on revenue of $147.32 million.
    MAXIMUS, Inc. (NYSE: MMS) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.84 per share on revenue of $616.04 million.
    Choice Hotels International, Inc. (NYSE: CH

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The U.S. dollar was once again under pressure on Friday, as the boost from comments by President Donald Trump on a stronger and stronger dollar faded. Fourth quarter GDP data, which fell short of the consensus but nevertheless confirmed a continued U.S. economic expansion led the buck to modestly extend its losses.

What are currencies doing?

The ICE U.S. Dollar Index
DXY, -0.53%
which measures the greenback against six rival currencies, was last down 0.3% at 89.160, setting it on track for a 1.6% weekly slide. That would be its biggest loss in one week since September last year, according to FactSet data.

best stock buys: eHealth Inc.(EHTH)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of eHealth, Inc. (NASDAQ: EHTH) got a boost, shooting up 19 percent to $19.04 as the company posted upbeat Q1 results.

    SVB Financial Group (NASDAQ: SIVB) shares were also up, gaining 17 percent to $301.12 following strong quarterly results.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of eHealth, Inc. (NASDAQ: EHTH) got a boost, shooting up 16 percent to $18.64 as the company posted upbeat Q1 results.

    Enova International, Inc. (NYSE: ENVA) shares were also up, gaining 25 percent to $28.35 following Q1 results.

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

best stock buys: Microsoft Corporation(MSFT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By ]

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

  • [By The Ticker Tape]

    Among the new developments and gadgets announced were:

    Facedate. Facebook’s contribution to the social dating scene;
    Instagram Video Chat and Anti-Bullying. A visual enhancement to direct messaging with protective “anti-bullying” features;
    Oculus Go. A standalone virtual reality (VR) headset requiring no third-party components and designed as a direct competitor to Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ: MSFT) HoloLens and Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) coming AR/VR headset;
    VR Memories and 3D Photos. An app to turn 2-dimensional photos into a 3-D space, transforming old photos into a digitally inhabitable architecture; and
    Enhanced security features. From a Clear History function to more stringent app review processes, the company is rolling out new enhancements designed to protect personal data. 
    A Competitive Tech Environment

    The new Facebook features introduced at F8 could pose challenges for competitors, though of course, Facebook could itself get “disrupted” by other companies as the social media musical chairs game continues.

  • [By Motley Fool Staff]

    Technology is a wide-ranging term: It has expanded far beyond what would have once been considered the typical tech stocks, including computer companies likeApple (NASDAQ:AAPL), Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT), IBM (NYSE:IBM), and others. It’s not even fair to call any of these three brands computer companies anymore. They operate in a variety of other segments that are all part of the technology market, including but not limited to:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Current stakeholders in Flipkart that will retain their positions include co-founder Binny Bansal, Tencent Holdings, Tiger Global Management and Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ: MSFT). Softbank Group is selling its 20% stake in Flipkart for about $4 billion. Softbank paid $2.5 billion for its share of Flipkart.

  • [By ]

    “Companies ranging from Action Alerts PLUS holding Microsoft (MSFT)  to heavy-truck maker Paccar (PCAR)  have over the years declared so-called ‘special dividends’ — one-time extra payments to shareholders. With the new U.S. tax law granting corporations a limited window to repatriate overseas profits at low tax rates, many companies might use the extra cash for special dividends. Let’s discuss how this impacts income investors,” writes Real Money Pro columnist Christopher Versace.

  • [By ]

    With his latest gains, Bezos, who founded Amazon as on online bookseller in 1994, is starting to leave his previous rivals for the title of world’s richest in the dust, according to Bloomberg’s billionaire’s index. As of Thursday, Microsoft (MSFT) co-founder Bill Gates occupied the No. 2 spot with an estimated net worth of $91.1 billion, while investing legend Warren Buffett held the No. 3 spot at $84.6 billion. 

best stock buys: DNB Financial Corp(DNBF)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Media headlines about DNB Financial (NASDAQ:DNBF) have trended somewhat positive on Sunday, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. Accern scores the sentiment of media coverage by monitoring more than 20 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. DNB Financial earned a coverage optimism score of 0.01 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave headlines about the financial services provider an impact score of 47.919917781005 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the near term.

best stock buys: Career Education Corporation(CECO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Career Education Co. (NASDAQ:CECO) – Equities researchers at Piper Jaffray reduced their Q2 2018 earnings per share estimates for shares of Career Education in a note issued to investors on Thursday, May 3rd. Piper Jaffray analyst P. Appert now expects that the company will post earnings per share of $0.19 for the quarter, down from their previous forecast of $0.24. Piper Jaffray also issued estimates for Career Education’s Q3 2018 earnings at $0.23 EPS, Q4 2018 earnings at $0.29 EPS, FY2018 earnings at $0.95 EPS, Q1 2019 earnings at $0.28 EPS, Q2 2019 earnings at $0.25 EPS, Q3 2019 earnings at $0.29 EPS, Q4 2019 earnings at $0.34 EPS, FY2019 earnings at $1.16 EPS and FY2020 earnings at $1.26 EPS.

best stock buys: AtriCure Inc.(ATRC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    ValuEngine upgraded shares of AtriCure (NASDAQ:ATRC) from a hold rating to a buy rating in a research report report published on Saturday.

    A number of other research firms have also weighed in on ATRC. Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of AtriCure from a buy rating to a hold rating in a report on Wednesday, May 2nd. BidaskClub raised shares of AtriCure from a hold rating to a buy rating in a report on Saturday, March 17th. Stifel Nicolaus raised their target price on shares of AtriCure from $22.00 to $23.00 and gave the company a buy rating in a report on Friday, April 27th. Needham & Company LLC raised their target price on shares of AtriCure from $23.00 to $26.00 and gave the company a buy rating in a report on Friday, April 27th. Finally, TheStreet raised shares of AtriCure from a d+ rating to a c- rating in a report on Friday, March 16th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a hold rating and seven have assigned a buy rating to the stock. The company has a consensus rating of Buy and an average target price of $25.00.

best stock buys: SL Green Realty Corporation(SLG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Get a free copy of the Zacks research report on SL Green Realty (SLG)

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Cisco Systems Remains Top-Performing Dow Stock

Cisco Systems Inc. (NASDAQ: CSCO) continues to be the best-performing Dow Jones industrial average stock year to date, with a 1.4% share price gain last week. For the year to date, Cisco’s stock is up 19.9%.

The second-best performer among the Dow 30 so far this year is Intel Corp. (NASDAQ: INTC), which is up about 18.4%. That is followed by Boeing Co. (NYSE: BA), up 16.1%, Visa Inc. (NYSE: V), up 15.6%, and Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ: MSFT), up 14.2%. Of the 30 stocks comprising the Dow index, only 13 have posted year-to-date gains as of Friday’s close.

The Dow added 568.66 points over the course of the last week to close at 24,24,831.17, up 2.3% for the week. For the year to date, the tech sector has added 11%, the best among the 10 market sectors.

Cisco closed its fiscal third quarter at the end of April and is scheduled to report results after markets close next Thursday. Analysts are looking for earnings per share (EPS) of $0.65 and revenues of $12.44 billion. That would be a 12% year-over-year boost to EPS and more than 4% to revenues.

After a mostly quiet week, Cisco announced in a Wednesday blog post that it had “temporarily paused” its advertising on YouTube “due to instances where third-party partners did not meet our guidelines.” The company later took down the post and replaced it with a more generic statement from Chief Marketing Officer Karen Walker: “We are working closely with all of our media partners to ensure that Ciscos online advertising meets our stringent standards.”

The two posts are the result of a CNN investigation that found the ads from Cisco and other major brands ran on YouTube channels promoting white nationalism, Nazis, pedophilia, conspiracy theories and North Korean propaganda.

Cisco’s shares closed down about 0.8% Friday, at $45.93 in a 52-week range of $30.36 to $46.37. The consensus 12-month price target on the stock is $49.71, up nine cents from the previous week, and the forward price-earnings ratio is 16.06.

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Cisco Systems Remains Top-Performing Dow Stock

Cisco Systems Inc. (NASDAQ: CSCO) continues to be the best-performing Dow Jones industrial average stock year to date, with a 1.4% share price gain last week. For the year to date, Cisco’s stock is up 19.9%.

The second-best performer among the Dow 30 so far this year is Intel Corp. (NASDAQ: INTC), which is up about 18.4%. That is followed by Boeing Co. (NYSE: BA), up 16.1%, Visa Inc. (NYSE: V), up 15.6%, and Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ: MSFT), up 14.2%. Of the 30 stocks comprising the Dow index, only 13 have posted year-to-date gains as of Friday’s close.

The Dow added 568.66 points over the course of the last week to close at 24,24,831.17, up 2.3% for the week. For the year to date, the tech sector has added 11%, the best among the 10 market sectors.

Cisco closed its fiscal third quarter at the end of April and is scheduled to report results after markets close next Thursday. Analysts are looking for earnings per share (EPS) of $0.65 and revenues of $12.44 billion. That would be a 12% year-over-year boost to EPS and more than 4% to revenues.

After a mostly quiet week, Cisco announced in a Wednesday blog post that it had “temporarily paused” its advertising on YouTube “due to instances where third-party partners did not meet our guidelines.” The company later took down the post and replaced it with a more generic statement from Chief Marketing Officer Karen Walker: “We are working closely with all of our media partners to ensure that Ciscos online advertising meets our stringent standards.”

The two posts are the result of a CNN investigation that found the ads from Cisco and other major brands ran on YouTube channels promoting white nationalism, Nazis, pedophilia, conspiracy theories and North Korean propaganda.

Cisco’s shares closed down about 0.8% Friday, at $45.93 in a 52-week range of $30.36 to $46.37. The consensus 12-month price target on the stock is $49.71, up nine cents from the previous week, and the forward price-earnings ratio is 16.06.

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Shares of Wynn Resorts (WYNN ) experienced marginal gains on Monday, just one day before the company is scheduled to report its first quarter financial results. This climb is part of a larger 9% surge over the last four weeks, which might suggest that investors are expecting big things from the resort and casino giant in Q1.

Wynn looks like it could be set for even more changes on top after Elaine Wynn recently demanded that the company make changes to the board. She asked that one of Wynn’s directors overseeing the internal investigation into sexual misconduct allegations against Steve Wynn be removed, noting he is too closely allied to Mr. Wynn.

This move could go a long way in further distancing Wynn from its embattled former CEO. But beyond a positive public relations move, investors will want to understand what to expect from Wynn’s first quarter to see if the stock might be worth buying before the company reports its Q1 results on Tuesday afternoon.

Top 10 Casino Stocks To Watch Right Now: Sagent Pharmaceuticals Inc.(SGNT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Sagent Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: SGNT) got a boost, shooting up 40 percent to $21.65 as the company agreed to be acquired by Nichi-Iko Pharmaceutical for $21.75 per share. RBC Capital downgraded Sagent Pharmaceuticals from Outperform to Sector Perform.

Top 10 Casino Stocks To Watch Right Now: CVR Partners LP(UAN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Robert Rapier]

    Enter CVR Partners LP (NYSE: UAN), the only company in the US to produce fertilizer from petroleum coke (petcoke). Petcoke is a byproduct of petroleum refining, and prices are usually set off coal prices, since these two products compete in the same niche. Thus the same dynamics that currently threaten the distributions of Rentech Nitrogen Partners and Terra Nitrogen Company play in CVR Partners’ favor.

  • [By Cameron Swinehart]

    Going forward I will be looking to add investments on my watchlist and trim other positions. It will be interesting to see how an overweight commodity portfolio will perform relative to the rest of the market.

     Cost Basis# SharesCurrent Price% of PortfolioCurrent ValueReturnMetal/Miners      Sprott Physical Gold Trust (PHYS)$12.4985$11.043.75%$938.40-13.13%Sprott Physical Silver Trust (PSLV)$7.95125$8.744.37%$1,092.509.04%FreePort-McMoran (FCX)$31.6731$33.874.20%$1,049.976.50%Ishares MSCI Global Gold Miners ETF (RING)$13.0695$10.644.04%$1,010.80-22.74%Energy      Statoil ASA(STO)$21.7940$22.683.63%$907.203.92%Vanguard Natural Resources LLC (VNR)$27.5636$27.874.01%$1,003.321.11%ConocoPhillips (COP)$63.6822.43$71.006.37%$1,592.5310.31%Agriculture      CVR Partner LP (UAN)$26.3630.9$18.932.34%$584.94-39.25%Adecoagro$6.78125$7.443.72%$930.008.87%Archer-Daniels Midland (ADM)$34.8030$37.244.47%$1,117.206.55%Mixed Commodity      Powershares DB Commodity Index (DBC)$26.3540$25.954.15%$1,038.00-1.54%Sprott Resource Corp$3.34400$2.714.34%$1,084.00-23.25%    Total % of portfolio49.40%               Cost Basis12,666.00      Current Value12,348.86      Return-2.50%  Source: Investing For The Future Surge In Commodity Prices

    Disclosure: I am long ADM, FCX, UAN, AGRO, RING, VNR, SCPZF.PK, COP, DBC, PHYS, PSLV. I wrote this article myself, and it expresses my own opinions. I am not receiving compensation for it (other than from Seeking Alpha). I have no business relationship with any company whose stock is mentioned in this article. (More…)

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Tuesday, basic materials shares declined by 1.82 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included CVR Partners LP (NYSE: UAN), down 10 percent, and Resolute Forest Products Inc (NYSE: RFP), down 9 percent.

Top 10 Casino Stocks To Watch Right Now: Cowen Group, Inc.(COWN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Cowen Group Inc (NASDAQ: COWN) shares were also up, gaining 17 percent to $15.80 after the company posted upbeat Q1 earnings.

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  • [By Sean Williams]

    According to a new note published this past week by investment firm Cowen (NASDAQ:COWN), the total cannabis market could generate as much as $75 billion in gross annual sales by 2030, up from a previous forecast of $50 billion by 2026.

  • [By Tim Melvin]

    Another I’ve been eyeing up is Cowen Inc. (Nasdaq: COWN), which you should consider making a long-term investment in.

    Cowen jumped headfirst into the cannabis industry, holding its first “Cannabis Colloquium” for institutional investors in January. The firm worked with Canada’s leading marijuana provider, Canopy Growth Corp. (OTCMKTS: TWMJF) as an advisor for its equity offering last year.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    MetLife Investment Advisors LLC bought a new stake in Cowen Group (NASDAQ:COWN) in the fourth quarter, HoldingsChannel.com reports. The fund bought 13,196 shares of the financial services provider’s stock, valued at approximately $180,000.

Top 10 Casino Stocks To Watch Right Now: Care.com, Inc.(CRCM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Care.com Inc (NYSE: CRCM) got a boost, shooting up 16 percent to $11.01 after the company reported upbeat quarterly results.

    MaxPoint Interactive Inc (NASDAQ: MXPT) shares were also up, gaining 19 percent to $5.44. MaxPoint Interactive reported Q4 earnings of $0.59 per share on revenue of $46.3 million.

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

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

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

Top 10 Casino Stocks To Watch Right Now: W&T Offshore Inc.(WTI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    On Wednesday, the energy sector proved to be a source of strength for the market. Leading the sector was strength from SM Energy Co (NYSE: SM) and W&T Offshore, Inc. (NYSE: WTI).

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    W&T Offshore Inc. (NYSE: WTI) had a big buy hit the tape last week. CEO Tracy Krohn picked up a massive 1,180,888 shares of the independent oil and natural gas producer at $1.94 per share. The total for the trade came in right at the $2 million level.The company engages in the acquisition, exploration and development of oil and natural gas properties in the Gulf of Mexico. The stock closed Friday at $2.67, so outstanding timing, indeed.

  • [By John Bromels]

    Shares of oil and gas drillerW&T Offshore(NYSE:WTI) fell throughout April, finishing the month at $2.04 per share, down 26.4%.

    W&T is a small company primarily focused on natural gas liquids production in the Gulf of Mexico. In April, its market cap dropped about $100 million to $280 million. Huge swings like that aren’t uncommon for small companies, but what was unusual was the apparent lack of rationale for the drop.

Top 10 Casino Stocks To Watch Right Now: Axsome Therapeutics, Inc.(AXSM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Axsome Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: AXSM) shares dropped 18 percent to $3.62. Axsome Therapeutics priced 3.74 million shares at $3.74 per share.

    Shares of Canadian Solar Inc. (NASDAQ: CSIQ) were down around 11 percent to $12.10 after the company posted downbeat quarterly earnings and issued a weak forecast.

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

    Currently trading at $4.85, Manhattan-based Axsome Therapeutics Inc. (Nasdaq: AXSM) makes drugs to treat depression, Alzheimer’s disease, and chronic pain.

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    On Tuesday, ourUnder the Radar Moversnewsletter suggested shorting small cap clinical-stage biopharmaceutical stock Axsome Therapeutics (NASDAQ: AXSM):

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Axsome Therapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ: AXSM) traded down about 43% Tuesday and posted a new 52-week low of $3.20 after closing Monday at $5.55. The 52-week high is $6.45. Volume was about 3.8 million, about 19 times the daily average of around 220,000 shares. The company will stop a “futile” portion of a trial of its treatment for knee osteoarthritis.

Top 10 Casino Stocks To Watch Right Now: Armada Hoffler Properties, Inc.(AHH)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    Armada Hoffler Properties Inc. (NYSE: AHH) is a vertically integrated, self-managed REIT developing, building, acquiring and managing high-quality, institutional-grade office, retail and multifamily properties. Investors receive a 5.78% yield. The shares have traded in a 52-week range of $12.66 to $16.01 and were recently seen at $13.85. The consensus price target is set at $15.17.

Top 10 Casino Stocks To Watch Right Now: Microsoft Corporation(MSFT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Sean Williams]

    In mid-February, software giant Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) announced, via a blog post, its intention to use blockchain to develop decentralized IDs within its Authenticator app, which is already being used by millions of people. (An authenticator is simply a token or code that’s used as an additional layer of security for a returning user or device.)

  • [By Michael A. Robinson]

    Tech Wealth Gem No. 1
    The iShares North American Tech ETF (NYSE Arca: IGM) covers the big leaders in tech. Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL), Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT), Amazon.com Inc. (Nasdaq: AMZN), and Facebook Inc. (Nasdaq: FB) anchor this fund, making up 30% of its portfolio. IGM has a great track record. It rose 16.6% in 2016, and over the past five years it has clocked 17.4% yearly gains. Plus, it’s up 8.3% since I brought it to you back on Jan. 6. IGM trades at roughly $136.50, with a 0.48% expense ratio.

  • [By David Zeiler]

    Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) tops the list of these companies, with roughly $200 billion in cash stashed overseas. Other “tax haven” companies include Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) with about $110 billion, General Electric Co. (NYSE: GE) with about $100 billion, and Pfizer Inc. (NYSE: PFE) with about $80 billion.

Top 10 Casino Stocks To Watch Right Now: Statoil ASA(STO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Tyler Crowe]

    Anyone that has watched oil prices tick up recently has probably expected oil producers to report some impressive earnings results this past quarter, and Statoil (NYSE:STO) did just that with a 21% boost to the bottom line. At the same time, management is using all of its additional cash to do some wheeling and dealing that should help boost its growth possibilities in the nearer term.

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    Another highlight in April was that Shell gave the green light to the Vito project, which is a joint venture with Statoil (NYSE:STO) in the Gulf of Mexico. Shell and Statoil were able to cut that project’s cost estimate by 70% from the original design so that it’s now profitable at $35 a barrel. The partners expect the project to produce 100,000 BOE/D of low-cost oil and gas when it comes online in 2021.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Norway’s Statoil ASA (NYSE: STO) announced this morning that it has acquired stakes in two North Sea projects from France’s Total S.A. (NYSE: TOT). The transaction, valued at $1.45 billion, includes a 51% equity stake in the Martin Linge field and a 40% stake in the Garantiana discovery, both located on Norway’s continental shelf.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Should oil prices recover, we believe that deepwater drilling activity growth should lag growth in US shale activity, as project economics is generally better in US shales, and E&Ps involved in US shales are generally quicker to react. Deepwater activity is largely comprises a handful of companies (Petrobras (PBR), Statoil (STO), Total (TOT), Shell (RDS.A), BP (BP), ONGC, ExxonMobil (XOM) and Chevron (CVX)) and it is unlikely that these companies can meaningfully increase their rig demand in a short period of time to absorb the current oversupply. Thus, should oil prices rise in 2018, rig demand may increase, but likely not enough to tighten the market, given that supply equaling 43% of current working rig count is stacked and new supply equaling 25% of working rig count is under-construction and should be entering the market in the coming years. As a result, while we expect some improvement in rig utilization owing to rig retirements, it will unlikely be strong enough to meaningfully improve rates in 2018 above spot levels. Any demand increase in the interim could slow rig retirements materially, and be self-defeating. We thus are Sell rated on Transocean, Atwood and Noble.

  • [By Cameron Swinehart]

    Going forward I will be looking to add investments on my watchlist and trim other positions. It will be interesting to see how an overweight commodity portfolio will perform relative to the rest of the market.

     Cost Basis# SharesCurrent Price% of PortfolioCurrent ValueReturnMetal/Miners      Sprott Physical Gold Trust (PHYS)$12.4985$11.043.75%$938.40-13.13%Sprott Physical Silver Trust (PSLV)$7.95125$8.744.37%$1,092.509.04%FreePort-McMoran (FCX)$31.6731$33.874.20%$1,049.976.50%Ishares MSCI Global Gold Miners ETF (RING)$13.0695$10.644.04%$1,010.80-22.74%Energy      Statoil ASA(STO)$21.7940$22.683.63%$907.203.92%Vanguard Natural Resources LLC (VNR)$27.5636$27.874.01%$1,003.321.11%ConocoPhillips (COP)$63.6822.43$71.006.37%$1,592.5310.31%Agriculture      CVR Partner LP (UAN)$26.3630.9$18.932.34%$584.94-39.25%Adecoagro$6.78125$7.443.72%$930.008.87%Archer-Daniels Midland (ADM)$34.8030$37.244.47%$1,117.206.55%Mixed Commodity      Powershares DB Commodity Index (DBC)$26.3540$25.954.15%$1,038.00-1.54%Sprott Resource Corp$3.34400$2.714.34%$1,084.00-23.25%    Total % of portfolio49.40%               Cost Basis12,666.00      Current Value12,348.86      Return-2.50%  Source: Investing For The Future Surge In Commodity Prices

    Disclosure: I am long ADM, FCX, UAN, AGRO, RING, VNR, SCPZF.PK, COP, DBC, PHYS, PSLV. I wrote this article myself, and it expresses my own opinions. I am not receiving compensation for it (other than from Seeking Alpha). I have no business relationship with any company whose stock is mentioned in this article. (More…)

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    We believe that the equity market has neutralised much of its underweight energy positioning in 4Q/1Q, but was caught by the sharp rally in crude from end-January. Our base-case sees oil prices still higher by end-2016 (we see >$50/bbl), albeit with a choppy 2Q likely ahead. In this scenario a modest, rather than fully-fledged price-recovery we continue to place a lot of importance on self-help in driving ROE expansion (as opposed to relying simply on oil-leverage). Value-adjusted, we like the self-help stories around Total, Chevron, Statoil (STO), Royal Dutch Shell and Eni (E) in the group. Total is on the Citi European Focus list.

Top 10 Casino Stocks To Watch Right Now: Akebia Therapeutics, Inc.(AKBA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Akebia Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: AKBA) got a boost, shooting up 39 percent to $13.04. Akebia Therapeutics and Otsuka disclosed that they have expanded relationship with collaboration to develop and commercialize Vadadustat in Europe, China and other territories.

  • [By Todd Campbell]

    After inking an expanded deal withOtsuka Pharmaceutical on its midstage anemia drug, shares ofAkebia Therapeutics (NASDAQ:AKBA)skyrocketed 33.4% today.

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    These are the top 5 holdings of Novo AInogen Inc (INGN) – 3,549,320 shares, 59.83% of the total portfolio. Acceleron Pharma Inc (XLRN) – 1,553,937 shares, 9.34% of the total portfolio. Dermira Inc (DERM) – 1,984,364 shares, 7.81% of the total portfolio. Shares added by 3.27%Corvus Pharmaceuticals Inc (CRVS) – 3,244,046 shares, 4.76% of the total portfolio. Akebia Therapeutics Inc (AKBA) – 2,225,000 shares, 4

3 Dividend Stocks That Should Pay You for the Rest of Your Life

To find the best dividend stocks, investors need to pick companies that offer reliable yields, with regular payout increases, and choose stable companies that they can bet on over the long term.

Unfortunately, not all dividend stocks are created equal. For example, some may offer sky-high yields, but lack the financial stability and endurance to become wealth-generating investments. To help you navigate the world of dividend stock investing, and find a few companies that should pay you dividends for the rest of your life, we asked these Motley Fool investors for some ideas. Here’s why they think Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL), Visa (NYSE:V), and Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) could end up being dividend stocks to pay you for years to come.

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A dividend play Buffett’s betting on

Danny Vena (Apple): Until recently, there was a lot of fear and doubt surrounding Apple. Rumors regarding weak results produced by the company’s suppliers, slowing demand last quarter for the latest version of its flagship iPhone, and concerns about the company’s growth prospects all weighed on the stock.

Three things turned the tide on Apple shares. The company announced impressive earnings results, increasing its revenue to $61.1 billion, up 16% year over year, while earnings per share grew 30% to $2.73. That beat analysts’ consensus estimates for revenue of $60.9 billion and earnings of $2.64.

Apple also revealed its annual capital return program, approving an additional $100 billion share buyback, saying its stock was undervalued. The company also raised its dividend for the sixth time in as many years, increasing its quarterly payout by nearly 16%. Even though the company has nearly doubled its dividend since 2012, it still pays less than 25% of its profits to support the payout, so these annual increases will likely continue unabated.

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Finally, legendary investor and Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE:BRK-A) (NYSE:BRK-B) CEO Warren Buffett revealed that his company had purchased a massive 75 million Apple shares last quarter, adding to its already impressive haul of 165 million shares — bringing its ownership of Apple to about 5%.

Buffett said that trying to determine how many iPhones Apple will sell in a given quarter “misses the point.” In giving insight into his recent purchases, he reminded investors that they should be thinking longer term. “Nobody buys a farm based on whether they think it’s going to rain next year or not,” Buffett said. “They buy it because they think it’s a good investment over 10 or 20 years.”

Take it from the Oracle of Omaha. Buy Apple — it should be paying you for the rest of your life.

A dividend with double-digit growth potential

Jordan Wathen (Visa): The payments industry strikes me as an excellent place for long-term dividend investors to find dividend-paying stocks that will grow their dividends at an above-average rate for decades. Visa is the best of the payments companies today, offering a current yield that can grow far faster than the stock market average.

Though Visa is a household brand that dates back to the 1950s, it still has ample room to grow, as evidenced by the fast way that net operating revenue jumped 13% in the most-recent quarter, helped by increased debit and credit card spending. As transaction volume shifts from cash to card, Visa is one of the best positioned to benefit from increased electronic payments.

I consider Visa to be a royalty on the global economy, as it collects a small fee for every transaction that moves over its network. In the United States, e-commerce is a tailwind for payments growth, as nearly half of personal consumption payments flow over its network. In emerging markets like India, Visa has a head start, as an executive noted on the company’s conference call that the company had more than a50% share of debit and credit card spending in the world’s second most-populous nation.

Visa is a company that can capably increase its dividend at a double-digit pace for years on end, powered by an increasing dividend payout ratio and high-single-digit increase in earnings for as far as the eye can see.

The Windows makers won’t let you down

Chris Neiger (Microsoft): Microsoft has been reinventing itself for the past few years, and so far the results have been substantial. In the full-year fiscal 2017, Microsoft’s sales were up 5% from the year-ago quarter, net income jumped by 26%, and diluted earnings per share popped 29% year over year.

Microsoft is thriving under the leadership of Satya Nadella, and his vision for the company has led to new growth markets like cloud computing. In the third-quarter fiscal 2018, Microsoft’s Intelligent Cloud segment — which includes sales of its server products and cloud services — increased 17% year over year and contributed 29% of the company’s total revenue in the quarter.

The cloud is essential to Microsoft’s future because the public cloud-computing space will be worth $411 billion by 2020. Microsoft is already a leader in this space, and only Amazon.com’s AWS has a more substantial portion of the cloud computing market right now.

Investors should be pleased to see Microsoft’s current growth in the cloud and know that there’s likely more ahead for the company. But they can also bank on Microsoft’s commitment to its shareholders as well.

In the third quarter, Microsoft returned $6.3 billion to shareholders through dividends and share repurchases, which was a 37% increase from the year-ago quarter. It’s worth pointing out that these moves come on top of 14 consecutive years of Microsoft increasing its dividend.

The tech giant pays a respectable 1.8% yield right now, which isn’t as high as you could get with some other dividend plays, but not all companies offer the same stability and long-term growth potential as Microsoft.The company has shown that it can move into new growth markets like cloud computing while maintaining its core businesses, which is a great combination for investors looking for a dividend stock to pay them for many years to come.