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Top 10 Low Price Stocks For 2019

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Warren Buffett&s;s portfolio of stocks at Berkshire Hathaway has always contained a good number of insurance stocks. He likes them, always has.

Omaha&s;s most-famous investor started with his purchase of National Indemnity Company way back in 1967 and has continued since then with famous old names like GEICO and General Re, among many others.

If we imitate his methods, could we find success?

There&s;s no telling, but… one of the first steps in finding value is to see if the stock is trading at a low price/earnings ratio and if it can be purchased at a discount to book value.

Here are four insurance stocks that may fit as the type of value situation sought under the Buffett-like criteria he learned from Benjamin Graham:

&l;strong&g;AEGON N.V.&l;/strong&g; is a life insurance company based in the Netherlands and which trades on the New York Stock Exchange. With a price/earnings ratio of 5.4 and now priced at half its book value, it definitely looks like a value stock. The concern would be debt: There&s;s more of that than equity.

Top 10 Low Price Stocks For 2019: PS Business Parks Inc.(PSB)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

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

  • [By Shane Hupp]

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Top 10 Low Price Stocks For 2019: iShares MSCI Emerging Markets (EEM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jim Crumly]

    Emerging markets stocks had a strong showing, with the iShares MSCI Emerging Markets ETF (NYSEMKT:EEM) moving up 1.4%. Retail stocks retreated; the SPDR S&P Retail ETF (NYSEMKT:XRT) lost 1.1%.

  • [By Jim Crumly]

    Materials stocks rebounded from a fall yesterday, with the SPDR S&P Metals and Mining ETF (NYSEMKT:XME) closing up 2%. Emerging markets also bounced back, thanks in part to a weakening dollar; the iShares MSCI Emerging Markets ETF (NYSEMKT:EEM) rose 1.9%.

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    The MSCI Emerging Market Index is positing an incredible run. It’s on its longest-ever streak without a 10% decline, Bloomberg notes. That’s helping power the iShares MSCI Emerging Markets ETF (NYSE:EEM) well ahead of the S&P 500 to start the year.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Stevens Capital Management LP boosted its holdings in iShares MSCI Emerging Markets ETF (NYSEARCA:EEM) by 21.0% in the second quarter, according to its most recent 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The institutional investor owned 36,024 shares of the exchange traded fund’s stock after buying an additional 6,261 shares during the period. Stevens Capital Management LP’s holdings in iShares MSCI Emerging Markets ETF were worth $1,561,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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    As we mentioned earlier, the S&P 500 is up 20% this year. Meanwhile, the iShares MSCI Emerging Markets ETF (NYSE:EEM) has rocketed to gains of nearly 35% year-to-date. This performance puts all the U.S. major indexes to shame – even the red-hot Nasdaq Composite.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Factory Mutual Insurance Co. purchased a new stake in shares of iShares MSCI Emerging Markets ETF (NYSEARCA:EEM) during the third quarter, HoldingsChannel.com reports. The firm purchased 335,000 shares of the exchange traded fund’s stock, valued at approximately $14,378,000.

Top 10 Low Price Stocks For 2019: Enduro Royalty Trust(NDRO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

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  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Check out these big penny stock gainers and losers

    Losers
    Jounce Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: JNCE) fell 32.5 percent to $11.92 in pre-market trading. Jounce Therapeutics reported that data from ongoing ICONIC trial of JTX-2011 will be presented at the ASCO.
    Acxiom Corporation (NASDAQ: ACXM) fell 10.7 percent to $24.60 in pre-market trading. Acxiom reported stronger-than-expected results for its fourth quarter, but issued weak FY19 guidance.
    American Public Education, Inc. (NASDAQ: APEI) shares fell 10.7 percent to $35 in pre-market trading.
    Enduro Royalty Trust (NYSE: NDRO) shares fell 8.5 percent to $3.25 in pre-market trading after tumbling 10.76 percent on Wednesday.
    NetEase, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTES) fell 8.3 percent to $244.00 in pre-market trading after reporting Q1 results.
    Aircastle Limited (NYSE: AYR) fell 7.2 percent to $21.30 in pre-market trading after announcing 7.9 million secondary offering of common shares.
    Boxlight Corporation (NASDAQ: BOXL) shares fell 5.6 percent to $9.29 in pre-market trading after rising 2.29percent on Wednesday.
    Brainstorm Cell Therapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ: BCLI) shares fell 5.3 percent to $3.93 in pre-market trading after rising 5.60 percent on Wednesday.
    Cisco Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CSCO) fell 4 percent to $43.40 in pre-market trading. Cisco reported better-than-expected results for its third quarter. The company sees fourth quarter earnings in the range of 68 cents-70 cents with sales growth of 4-6 percent.
    Jack in the Box Inc. (NASDAQ: JACK) fell 3.2 percent to $88.45 in pre-market trading after the company reported downbeat results for its second quarter. Comps were down 0.1 percent in the quarter. The company sees third-quarter comps coming in flat to up 1 percent.
    Children's Place, Inc. (

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

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Top 10 Low Price Stocks For 2019: Netflix, Inc.(NFLX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Rick Munarriz]

    It’s fashionable to be bearish on Netflix (NASDAQ:NFLX) these days, giving one of the stock’s biggest bears a rare opportunity to gloat. Wedbush analyst Michael Pachter is out with a new note, reiterating his bearish underperform rating and $125 price target. 

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    Netflix Inc. (NFLX) shares surged in pre-market trading Tuesday after the online media streaming group posted stronger-than-expected first quarter earnings and the biggest jump in subscriber growth in sixteen years. Netflix shares were marked 7.22% higher in pre-market trading in New York, indicating an opening bell price of $330 each, a move that would take its year-to-date gain to an astonishing 70% and value the company at more than $142 billion — just $10 billion shy of rival Walt Disney Co. DIS.

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    … Take Netflix (Nasdaq: NFLX). One analyst has a strong buy on the stock and believes it will reach $420 per share. Meanwhile, another has a target price of just $125 and is advising clients to sell.

  • [By Anders Bylund]

    Netflix (NASDAQ:NFLX) had a rough Wednesday. Share prices slid as much as 7.4% lower due to reports of growing competition in the streaming-video space. As of 3:30 p.m. EDT, Netflix’s stock was trading 6.7% below Tuesday’s closing prices.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Natixis decreased its position in shares of Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ:NFLX) by 49.4% in the 2nd quarter, according to the company in its most recent 13F filing with the SEC. The fund owned 34,574 shares of the Internet television network’s stock after selling 33,816 shares during the quarter. Natixis’ holdings in Netflix were worth $13,534,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

Top 10 Low Price Stocks For 2019: Braskem S.A.(BAK)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Aemetis (NASDAQ: AMTX) and Braskem (NYSE:BAK) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, institutional ownership, dividends, risk, valuation, profitability and analyst recommendations.

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    The stock market eased lower on Friday, but major benchmarks managed to come back considerably from their worst levels of the day. At its lows, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was down more than 200 points following news that the U.S. would indeed move forward with tariffs against China. Yet even though China announced plans to retaliate in kind, market participants seemed willing to give trade policy the benefit of the doubt given the current strength of the U.S. economy. Some stocks saw nice gains in response to the news, as well as to company-specific events. Schnitzer Steel Industries (NASDAQ:SCHN), Braskem (NYSE:BAK), and Pivotal Software (NYSE:PVTL) were among the best performers on the day. Here’s why they did so well.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Millennium Management LLC cut its holdings in shares of Braskem SA (NYSE:BAK) by 40.9% in the 1st quarter, Holdings Channel reports. The firm owned 538,986 shares of the energy company’s stock after selling 372,581 shares during the period. Millennium Management LLC’s holdings in Braskem were worth $15,625,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

Top 10 Low Price Stocks For 2019: Liquidity Services Inc.(LQDT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Press coverage about Liquidity Services (NASDAQ:LQDT) has been trending somewhat positive recently, according to Accern. The research group rates the sentiment of news coverage by reviewing more than 20 million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Liquidity Services earned a daily sentiment score of 0.14 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news coverage about the business services provider an impact score of 46.5172522637305 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the near term.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Liquidity Services (NASDAQ:LQDT) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, May 3rd. The business services provider reported ($0.12) earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of ($0.14) by $0.02. Liquidity Services had a negative net margin of 12.72% and a negative return on equity of 19.31%. The company had revenue of $43.10 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $60.16 million. equities analysts forecast that Liquidity Services, Inc. will post -0.71 earnings per share for the current year.

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    Relying too much on a single customer is always a risk for a company, and surplus retailer Liquidity Services (NASDAQ:LQDT) is learning just how difficult it can be to make a successful transition toward a more diversified, balanced business. With the completion of its surplus contract with the U.S. Department of Defense, Liquidity Services has struggled to find other avenues for growth to make up for the lost revenue from that key source of business.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

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  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Eagle Boston Investment Management Inc. grew its stake in Liquidity Services, Inc. (NASDAQ:LQDT) by 4.4% during the 2nd quarter, according to the company in its most recent disclosure with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The firm owned 307,736 shares of the business services provider’s stock after purchasing an additional 12,917 shares during the quarter. Eagle Boston Investment Management Inc. owned approximately 0.96% of Liquidity Services worth $2,015,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

  • [By Motley Fool Transcribing]

    Liquidity Services (NASDAQ:LQDT) Q1 2019 Earnings Conference CallFeb. 7, 2019 10:30 a.m. ET

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Top 10 Low Price Stocks For 2019: Globalstar Inc.(GSAT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Globalstar (NYSEAMERICAN:GSAT) saw a significant growth in short interest in April. As of April 13th, there was short interest totalling 86,799,863 shares, a growth of 6.9% from the March 30th total of 81,207,186 shares. Based on an average daily volume of 6,541,037 shares, the short-interest ratio is currently 13.3 days. Approximately 14.4% of the shares of the stock are short sold.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Globalstar Inc. (NASDAQ: GSAT) fell by about 3.6% Thursday to post a new 52-week low of $0.53 after closing at $0.55 on Wednesday. The 52-week high is $2.59. Volume of about 5.2 million was around 30% above the daily average. The company had no specific news and shares are on now track to post a gain of around 3% for the day.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Globalstar Inc. (NYSEAMERICAN: GSAT) traded down about 12.5% Tuesday and posted a new 52-week low of $0.77 after closing Monday at $0.88. The stock’s 52-week high is $2.59. Volume was about 70% above the daily average of around 3.7 million shares. The had no specific news.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Thursday morning, the telecommunication services shares rose 1.06 percent. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included Globalstar, Inc. (NYSE: GSAT), up 5 percent, and Partner Communications Company Ltd. (NASDAQ: PTNR) up 4 percent.

Top 10 Low Price Stocks For 2019: Summit Hotel Properties, Inc.(INN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

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  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Municipal Employees Retirement System of Michigan trimmed its stake in shares of Summit Hotel Properties Inc (NYSE:INN) by 29.1% during the second quarter, HoldingsChannel reports. The firm owned 29,520 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock after selling 12,110 shares during the period. Municipal Employees Retirement System of Michigan’s holdings in Summit Hotel Properties were worth $422,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

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  • [By Shane Hupp]

    New York State Common Retirement Fund reduced its position in Summit Hotel Properties Inc (NYSE:INN) by 3.5% during the 1st quarter, according to the company in its most recent disclosure with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The institutional investor owned 186,900 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock after selling 6,700 shares during the period. New York State Common Retirement Fund owned about 0.18% of Summit Hotel Properties worth $2,544,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Innova (INN) is a proof-of-work (PoW) coin that uses the NeoScrypt hashing algorithm. It was first traded on October 19th, 2017. Innova’s total supply is 4,032,857 coins and its circulating supply is 3,282,857 coins. Innova’s official website is innovacoin.info. Innova’s official Twitter account is @InnovaCoin.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Innova (CURRENCY:INN) traded 3.2% lower against the dollar during the 24 hour period ending at 15:00 PM E.T. on February 16th. One Innova coin can now be bought for approximately $0.0145 or 0.00000399 BTC on exchanges. Innova has a total market capitalization of $73,312.00 and approximately $50.00 worth of Innova was traded on exchanges in the last 24 hours. Over the last week, Innova has traded down 19.6% against the dollar.

Top 10 Low Price Stocks For 2019: JinkoSolar Holding Company Limited(JKS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jason Hall]

    What a difference one year — and some major government policies — can make. In 2017, shares of SunPower (NASDAQ:SPWR), Canadian Solar Inc. (NASDAQ:CSIQ), JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd. (NYSE:JKS), and First Solar, Inc. (NASDAQ:FSLR) investors enjoyed solid gains of 28%, 38%, 58% and 110% respectively. 

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    Tariffs
    Governmental action from the White House has added itself to the mix. In January, President Trump announced steep tariffs on imported solar panels. This did two things: It immediately made U.S.-produced solar panels a little more competitive than low-cost alternatives from China or South Korea. And, two, it has led to a solar manufacturing boom. Foreign companies are simply building factories here, changing the ZIP code on their shipping address and dodging Trump’s import duties without changing a single angle on the engineering specs. Since Mr. Trump announced his tariffs, China’s JinkoSolar (NYSE: JKS) has bought a plant in Jacksonville, Fla., First Solar (Nasdaq: FSLR) added to its manufacturing base in Ohio and SunPower (Nasdaq: SPWR) bought struggling SolarWorld Americas, which had petitioned the president for the tariffs, according to The Wall Street Journal.

  • [By Travis Hoium]

    Solar stocks took a beating Monday after China cut its national incentives to install solar projects. Shares of solar panel manufacturers Canadian Solar Inc. (NASDAQ:CSIQ) fell as much as 14.5%, JinkoSolar Holding Co. (NYSE:JKS) dropped as much as 17%, and Daqo New Energy Corp (NYSE:DQ) fell as much as 31.3% while inverter manufacturer Enphase Energy Inc (NASDAQ:ENPH) fell up to 13.5%. By early afternoon, most major stocks in the solar industry were down double digits.

  • [By Motley Fool Transcribing]

    JinkoSolar Holding Company (NYSE:JKS) Q2 2018 Earnings Conference CallAug. 13, 2018 8:00 a.m. ET

    Contents:
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  • [By Garrett Baldwin]

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    The Top Stock Market Stories for Monday
    The Turkish lira is off 11% this morning, compounding the 20% slide that it faced last week. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his team have failed to reassure investors that they know how to manage their economy. The president has refused calls to raise interest rates in order to stabilize the currency. Instead, he blamed the United States on Sunday, arguing in a speech, “We will not give in. If you come at us with your dollars then we will find other ways to do business.” Elon Musk is facing a big lawsuit from investors who claim that he fraudulently schemed to hammer short sellers last week. The lawsuit comes just days after the head of Tesla Inc. (Nasdaq: TSLA) sent out a tweet that claimed he was looking to take the company private and that funding at $420 per share had “been secured.” Musk failed to file an 8-K with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission before making the announcement, which pushed shares up significantly. Reuters also reported that Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund has not shown any interest in helping to take Tesla private. Finally, shares of German chemical giant Bayer AG (OTC MKTS: BAYRY) slumped more than 11% after a U.S. jury awarded a groundskeeper $289 million in a ruling that the weed killer Roundup was responsible for his cancer. The chemical is produced by Monsanto, an agricultural giant that Bayer purchased last year. The ruling could set a precedent for thousands of other cases in the international court system that have made similar claims that Roundup causes non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
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    Sysco Corp. (NYSE: SYY) reported earnings before the bell Monday. The food-distribution giant was expected to report earnings per share of $0.93 on top of $15.45 billion in revenue. Shares popped 4.8% i

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Media coverage about JinkoSolar (NYSE:JKS) has been trending somewhat positive recently, Accern Sentiment reports. The research firm rates the sentiment of media coverage by reviewing more than 20 million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. JinkoSolar earned a media sentiment score of 0.11 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news coverage about the semiconductor company an impact score of 47.1693702212663 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the near future.

Top 10 Low Price Stocks For 2019: LivaNova PLC(LIVN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

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  • [By Maxx Chatsko]

    Shares of medical device developer LivaNova (NASDAQ:LIVN) jumped 13% today after the company commented on the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) reconsideration of whether or not to cover the technology provider’s Vagus Nerve Stimulation Therapy (VNS Therapy) for treatment-resistant depression (TRD).

  • [By Max Byerly]

    LivaNova (NASDAQ: LIVN) and Aradigm (NASDAQ:ARDM) are both medical companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, earnings, dividends, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, risk and profitability.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    LivaNova PLC (NASDAQ:LIVN) has received an average rating of “Buy” from the nine brokerages that are currently covering the company, MarketBeat reports. Three research analysts have rated the stock with a hold recommendation, five have issued a buy recommendation and one has assigned a strong buy recommendation to the company. The average 1 year price target among brokers that have issued ratings on the stock in the last year is $118.20.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    LivaNova (NASDAQ:LIVN) and Masimo (NASDAQ:MASI) are both mid-cap medical companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, earnings, dividends, analyst recommendations, valuation, risk and profitability.

Best Value Stocks To Invest In Right Now

Australian hospital operator Healthscope Ltd. said two competing takeover bids both undervalue the company and it won’t open its books to either suitor.

Instead, Healthscope said Tuesday it was exploring whether to sell and lease back any of its 29 freehold properties, which have a book value of about A$1.3 billion ($986 million).

Canada’s Brookfield Asset Management Inc. last week offered A$4.35 billion, or A$2.50 a share, in cash for Healthscope, topping a bid from private equity firm BGH Capital. Shares in the Melbourne-based company tumbled 5.3 percent to A$2.33 at 10:23 a.m. in Sydney.

For more details on Healthscope’s announcement, click here

In a separate statement Tuesday, Healthscope said it now expected hospital operating Ebitda in the 2018 financial year to be between A$340 million and A$345 million. The company had previously expected it to be in line with last year’s A$359.4 million.

Best Value Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Laboratory Corporation of America Holdings(LH)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    These are some of the headlines that may have impacted Accern’s analysis:

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    $2.92 Earnings Per Share Expected for LabCorp (LH) This Quarter (americanbankingnews.com) Global Contract Research Organization Market 2018 Pioneers by 2023: Parexel, LabCorp (Covance), PRA, PPD … (theexpertconsulting.com) OmniSeq and LabCorp Launch OmniSeq Advance? Assay (nasdaq.com) LabCorp’s latest collaboration aims to accelerate personalized, genomic medicine (bizjournals.com) Can Laboratory Corporation of America Holdings (NYSE:LH) Continue To Outperform Its Industry? (finance.yahoo.com)

    LH has been the topic of several analyst reports. Barclays lifted their target price on shares of LabCorp from $195.00 to $210.00 and gave the stock an “overweight” rating in a research note on Monday, February 26th. They noted that the move was a valuation call. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of LabCorp from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $190.00 target price on the stock in a research note on Friday, February 9th. Jefferies Group reaffirmed a “hold” rating and issued a $176.00 target price on shares of LabCorp in a research note on Tuesday, March 6th. ValuEngine raised shares of LabCorp from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Friday, February 2nd. Finally, Morgan Stanley lifted their target price on shares of LabCorp from $182.00 to $192.00 and gave the stock an “overweight” rating in a research note on Wednesday, February 28th. Five research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, twelve have given a buy rating and two have assigned a strong buy rating to the stock. LabCorp has an average rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $191.06.

  • [By Keith Speights, Chuck Saletta, and Brian Feroldi]

    We posed that question to three Motley Fool contributors. Here’s why they picked Abiomed (NASDAQ:ABMD), Laboratory Corporation of America (NYSE:LH), and Vertex Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:VRTX) as top healthcare stocks to buy in September.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Envestnet Asset Management Inc. reduced its position in shares of LabCorp (NYSE:LH) by 45.1% during the first quarter, HoldingsChannel.com reports. The fund owned 19,179 shares of the medical research company’s stock after selling 15,727 shares during the quarter. Envestnet Asset Management Inc.’s holdings in LabCorp were worth $3,116,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Renaissance Technologies LLC trimmed its position in Laboratory Corp. of America Holdings (NYSE:LH) by 39.0% during the second quarter, according to its most recent 13F filing with the SEC. The fund owned 556,105 shares of the medical research company’s stock after selling 355,300 shares during the period. Renaissance Technologies LLC owned about 0.55% of Laboratory Corp. of America worth $99,838,000 as of its most recent filing with the SEC.

Best Value Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Foamix Pharmaceuticals Ltd.(FOMX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Foamix Pharmaceuticals Ltd. (NASDAQ: FOMX) shares were last seen up early on Wednesday after the company announced a solid performance in its late-stage trial for moderate-to-severe acne.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    News headlines about Foamix Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:FOMX) have trended somewhat positive recently, Accern reports. Accern rates the sentiment of media coverage by analyzing more than twenty million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Foamix Pharmaceuticals earned a news impact score of 0.15 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned press coverage about the specialty pharmaceutical company an impact score of 48.1562748121044 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the near term.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Foamix Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:FOMX)‘s stock had its “buy” rating reiterated by HC Wainwright in a report issued on Wednesday, MarketBeat reports. They currently have a $14.00 price objective on the specialty pharmaceutical company’s stock, up from their prior price objective of $12.00. HC Wainwright’s price objective would indicate a potential upside of 122.22% from the stock’s current price.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Press coverage about Foamix Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:FOMX) has trended somewhat positive this week, according to Accern Sentiment. Accern identifies positive and negative media coverage by reviewing more than 20 million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Foamix Pharmaceuticals earned a news impact score of 0.14 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned press coverage about the specialty pharmaceutical company an impact score of 45.4298608245084 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the near term.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    HC Wainwright set a $11.00 price target on Foamix Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:FOMX) in a research note released on Tuesday. The firm currently has a buy rating on the specialty pharmaceutical company’s stock.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Headlines about Foamix Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:FOMX) have been trending somewhat positive recently, according to Accern. The research group rates the sentiment of press coverage by analyzing more than 20 million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Foamix Pharmaceuticals earned a media sentiment score of 0.15 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news headlines about the specialty pharmaceutical company an impact score of 47.5479155329096 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the immediate future.

Best Value Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Nordson Corporation(NDSN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Steve Symington]

    Nordson Corporation (NASDAQ:NDSN) announced solid fiscal second-quarter 2018 results on Monday after the market closed, including an expected decline in organic volume that was more than offset by acquisitive growth.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Here are some of the news stories that may have effected Accern’s analysis:

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Best Value Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Netflix, Inc.(NFLX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Chris Hill]

    Hill: It’s interesting, I saw a couple of comments from the executives, I believe this was from the call. One of the things that AMC, and networks in its category, is trying to do to stem the tide of Netflix (NASDAQ:NFLX) is to talk up not only the quality of their programming, but also their ability to promote those shows. And I think there’s a little something to that. I don’t know, from an investor’s standpoint … I think that matters more on the content creator side of thing as opposed to investors. If you’re an investor and you’re looking at Netflix and AMC and just look at the past few years, it’s kind of easy to figure out which one has been the better investment. 

  • [By Rick Munarriz]

    It’s been a notable week, with Netflix (NASDAQ:NFLX) picking up the pace in the market cap race. The world’s leading premium streaming service surpassed Comcast (NASDAQ:CMCSA) in terms of market capitalization on Wednesday. A day later it was muscling ahead of Disney (NYSE:DIS) to command the largest market cap among media companies. 

  • [By Garrett Baldwin]

    We’re about to reveal a little wealth secret that could unlock the trade of a lifetime. Money Morning Special Situation Strategist Tim Melvin takes you inside what could easily be a 10-bagger for investors in the weeks ahead. Read more right here.

    The Top Stock Market Stories for Friday
    Meanwhile, the United States will continue to meet with China to discuss ways to accelerate a deal between the two nations on trade. U.S. Commerce head Wilbur Ross will be visiting the nation next month to lead the next round of talks. Last weekend, the two nations agreed in principle to avoid a trade war. Here’s the thing… the U.S. government doesn’t want you to know the full story of what is happening. Here’s a look at the backroom details…. U.S. crude oil prices slumped below $70 per barrel Friday thanks to reports out of Russia on its plans to hike production. Russia says it may increase production as part of a plan to ease portions of its deal with OPEC to cap excessive global output. Oil traders have long suspected that Russia would be one of the first countries to turn away from the ongoing deal with Saudi Arabia and the rest of the global oil cartel as soon as prices and inventory levels stabilized. This could be a blow to predictions among OPEC nations, as well as some traders who were hoping that oil could push back toward $100 per barrel.
    Three Stocks to Watch Today: FL, NFLX, AMZN
    Foot Locker Inc. (NYSE: FL) leads a light day of earnings reports. Shares of the shoe retailer popped 13% after the firm reported earnings per share (EPS) of $1.45. Wall Street had anticipated EPS of just $1.24. The retailer benefited from stronger same-store sales and higher revenue, which also beat Wall Street expectations. On Thursday, Netflix Inc. (Nasdaq: NFLX) surpassed The Walt Disney Co. (NYSE: DIS) in market capitalization to become the most valuable media property on the planet. It’s worth noting, however, that Netflix’s market capitalization of $163 billion

Best Value Stocks To Invest In Right Now: First Bancorp(FBNC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    First Bancorp (NASDAQ:FBNC) has been assigned a consensus recommendation of “Buy” from the seven brokerages that are covering the company, Marketbeat Ratings reports. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and five have issued a buy rating on the company. The average 1-year price objective among brokerages that have issued ratings on the stock in the last year is $41.50.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    First Bancorp (NASDAQ:FBNC) was upgraded by equities researchers at BidaskClub from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note issued to investors on Thursday.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    First Bancorp (NASDAQ:FBNC)‘s stock had its “buy” rating reaffirmed by analysts at Brean Capital in a note issued to investors on Monday.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    First Bancorp (NASDAQ:FBNC) CEO Richard H. Moore purchased 1,250 shares of First Bancorp stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, September 19th. The shares were purchased at an average cost of $39.79 per share, with a total value of $49,737.50. Following the acquisition, the chief executive officer now owns 139,935 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $5,568,013.65. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through the SEC website.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Get a free copy of the Zacks research report on First Bancorp (FBNC)

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  • [By Max Byerly]

    First Bancorp (NASDAQ:FBNC) was downgraded by stock analysts at ValuEngine from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a note issued to investors on Monday.

Best Value Stocks To Invest In Right Now: ChannelAdvisor Corporation(ECOM )

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Get a free copy of the Zacks research report on ChannelAdvisor (ECOM)

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  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Omnitude (CURRENCY:ECOM) traded up 2.1% against the U.S. dollar during the 24 hour period ending at 15:00 PM ET on September 14th. One Omnitude token can now be purchased for about $0.0736 or 0.00001135 BTC on cryptocurrency exchanges including IDEX and BitForex. During the last seven days, Omnitude has traded down 17.1% against the U.S. dollar. Omnitude has a market cap of $3.57 million and approximately $208,719.00 worth of Omnitude was traded on exchanges in the last 24 hours.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Omnitude (CURRENCY:ECOM) traded 4.3% higher against the US dollar during the twenty-four hour period ending at 20:00 PM ET on September 20th. Over the last seven days, Omnitude has traded 2.6% lower against the US dollar. Omnitude has a total market cap of $3.44 million and $203,696.00 worth of Omnitude was traded on exchanges in the last 24 hours. One Omnitude token can currently be bought for $0.0708 or 0.00001088 BTC on popular cryptocurrency exchanges including BitForex and IDEX.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Omnitude (CURRENCY:ECOM) traded 7.4% lower against the US dollar during the 24-hour period ending at 19:00 PM E.T. on September 16th. During the last seven days, Omnitude has traded down 19.9% against the US dollar. Omnitude has a total market capitalization of $3.26 million and $257,091.00 worth of Omnitude was traded on exchanges in the last day. One Omnitude token can now be bought for about $0.0672 or 0.00001032 BTC on cryptocurrency exchanges including IDEX and BitForex.

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Iran has cut its reliance on the dollar by selling oil for euros and other currencies, but that doesn’t offer much protection after Donald Trump pulled the U.S. from the nuclear deal.

The U.S. president announced his decision this week, the culmination of years of criticism during which Trump derided the 2015 Obama-era agreement as “a disgrace” and “insane.” Once the withdrawal takes effect, U.S. financial penalties on buyers of Iran’s crude oil will be reimposed.

In a bid to protect its economy from currency turmoil in the run-up to the decision, Iran sought to curb its dollar usage. But most of the early steps were symbolic. However, it now receives payment for most oil sales in euros, with some shipments to China and South Korea being paid for in those countries’ currencies, said Hossein Zamaninia, Iran’s deputy oil minister for international and commercial affairs.

But since Trump went after Iran’s oil sales, “the type of currency Iran receives can’t save its export volumes,” said Sara Vakhshouri, head of Washington-based consultancy SVB Energy. “Receiving payments in euros only partially immunizes Iran’s oil exports from U.S. sanctions.”

Top 5 China Stocks For 2019: Blue Nile Inc.(NILE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

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

Top 5 China Stocks For 2019: Alder BioPharmaceuticals, Inc.(ALDR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Cory Renauer]

    Migraines affect perhaps a billion people the world over, and it’s been three decades since they had a new preventative treatment option. That means there could be enough demand to driveblockbuster sales for a new class of treatments making their way to consumers right now, one of which could come fromlittle Alder Biopharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ:ALDR).

Top 5 China Stocks For 2019: Retail Properties of America, Inc.(RPAI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    Retail Properties of America Inc. (NYSE: RPAI) investors receive a 5.7% yield. The stock was last seen trading at $11.45 a share. The 52-week range is $10.94 to $14.70, and the consensus price target is $15.44.

Top 5 China Stocks For 2019: Netflix, Inc.(NFLX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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    (1) 57% of companies have beaten earnings estimates and 48% of firms have topped sales estimates so far this reporting season. Investors have chosen to focus on the sustainability of the results rather than eye-popping beats alone. Sicty-five percent of the financial stocks reported beats (namely Goldman Sachs (GS) , JPMorgan & Chase (JPM) , Bank of America (BAC) , Citigroup (C) ), but the median stock trailed the S&P 500 by 21 basis points amid fears about loan growth and trading activity. On the other hand, Netflix (NFLX) posted in-line earnings results but above-consensus subscriber additions, suggesting strong continued organic growth opportunities. Netflix outperformed the market by 812 basis points the day after reporting, leading to a broader rally in FANG stocks (Facebook (FB) , Amazon (AMZN) , Netflix and Alphabet (GOOGL) ).

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    “Market players have been feeling better about the market after the strong earnings news from Netflix (NFLX)  helped to push the S&P 500 out of its recent trading range and over its 50-day simple moving average. The Fed has been a non-issue lately and the emotional reaction to the potential of a trade war had cooled off,” says Real Money columnist James DePorre. “All of this helped to create some optimism about a positive reaction to earnings season.”

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    Grant even hypothesizes that Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) should buy Netflix  (NFLX) . Crazy, right? Well, maybe not.

    Would Apple Inc. (AAPL)  purchasing Tesla reduce the amount of times that Elon Musk is in the news? A girl can dream.

  • [By Rick Munarriz]

    Earnings season is here, and Netflix (NASDAQ:NFLX)is one of the first growth stock bellwethers to report. The world’s leading premium video service reports after the market close on Monday, and expectations are running high.

Top 5 China Stocks For 2019: Highwoods Properties, Inc.(HIW)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Daiwa Securities Group Inc. trimmed its holdings in Highwoods Properties, Inc. (NYSE:HIW) by 98.9% in the 1st quarter, according to its most recent disclosure with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The institutional investor owned 21,100 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock after selling 1,987,006 shares during the period. Daiwa Securities Group Inc.’s holdings in Highwoods Properties were worth $925,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

Strong Quarter Affirms the Bull Thesis for Tencent Holdings Stock

Chinese internet giant Tencent Holdings/ADR (OTCMKTS:TCEHY) just reported first quarter numbers, and they were much better than expected. Revenue growth remained robust, while earnings came in well above expectations, easing concerns surrounding persistent margin-compression headwinds. As a result, Tencent stock traded more than 6% higher to just over $53.

But Tecent earnings are more than just a near-term catalyst for a jump in TCEHY stock. Tencent earnings affirm the bull thesis that Tencent stock is worth a lot more than just $50 and change.

Indeed, given the company’s exposure to multiple nascent hyper-growth markets, I think Tencent stock is worth at least $60. As such, I think this post-earnings rally in Tencent has a lot of firepower left.

Here’s a deeper look:

Tencent Is a Big Growth Company

Tencent is often labeled as China’s Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) because of its massive WeChat and Weixin user base, which crossed the billion user mark for the first time ever this past quarter (up 11% year-over-year).

That is a reasonable and flattering comp, as Facebook is a big growth company with a powerful advertising business. Tencent, too, has a really strong advertising business that is growing at a comparable rate (both Facebook and Tencent reported roughly 50% ad revenue growth this past quarter).

On that basis alone — that Tencent is China’s Facebook with a huge and growing advertising business — Tencent is a big growth company.

But Tencent is also much more than just China’s Facebook. In many senses, it is also China’s YouTube, China’s Spotify Technology SA (NYSE:SPOT) and China’s Paypal Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:PYPL). Plus, Tencent operates a red-hot online gaming business and an equally hot cloud business.

Those businesses are also growing at robust rates. Value-added-services revenue, which is mostly from online gaming and music and video subscriptions, rose 34% last quarter. Meanwhile, other revenues, which is mostly cloud and payment revenues, more than doubled last quarter.

Clearly, this is a very big growth company with multiple growth drivers and broad-based exposure to the Chinese consumer.

Because of this broad-based exposure, Tencent stock really is just a pure play on the continued boom in China consumerism. Considering per capita spending in China is 15% as big as per capita spending in the U.S., the most likely path forward for China consumerism is upward and outward.

Tencent Stock Is Materially Undervalued

Tencent stock bears want to pound on the table about margin compression headwinds. While it is true that margins are in retreat, this is simply a near-term and naturally occurring phenomena of a hyper-growth company.

In order to dominate a market (or multiple markets), you need to invest big, run on lower margins, and win over customers quickly. Then, once you’ve dominated the market, you curtail spending and ramp up margins. Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) and Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ:NFLX) executed this exact strategy, and it is working out really well for both of them.

In other words, margins will be depressed here and now, but not forever. And when they ramp back up, they will ramp back up on a much larger revenue base, implying huge profit growth.

Consequently, I think earnings growth will be quite robust in a 5-year forward window. With revenues growing at a 50% and only marginally slowing rate, I think it is fairly likely that TCEHY grows revenues by at least 30% per year over the next 5 years. Meanwhile, net profit margins, which currently hover around 26%, may compress further, but should stabilize around 25% in the long-term, as big investments moderate.

That combination of 30% revenue growth and 25% net profit margins leads me to believe that TCEHY can net about $3.75 in earnings per share in 5 years. A Facebook-like forward multiple of 25 on those $3.75 earnings implies a four-year forward price target of nearly $94. Discounted back by 10% per year, that equates to a present value in the low to mid $60’s.

Bottom Line on TCEHY Stock

Near-term, this is a big revenue growth company with margin issues. Long-term, those margin issues will be resolved, and this will turn into a big revenue growth company with big earnings growth.

Tencent stock still isn’t priced appropriately considering its significant growth prospects. Consequently, this stock should continue to outperform over the next several quarters.

As of this writing, Luke Lango was long TCEHY, FB, AMZN, and PYPL. 

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How Netflix, Inc. Uses Big Data to Grow Sales and Shareholder Value

Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ:NFLX) stock has doubled in the last 12 months, climbing steadily from $160 per share to $328.19 per share as of Wednesday’s close. In recent years, the company has been spending more and more money on content development — a reality that’s left NFLX with over $15 million in liabilities in 2017 compared to a third of that total in 2014.

That trend is expected to continue. Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos recently said that 85 percent of the company’s spending is going to new shows and movies. But, with Netflix, the new movie process is a bit different than you might imagine. Let’s take a closer look at how Netflix uses Big Data.

How Netflix Uses Big Data to Make Movies

The most obvious Big Data application by Netflix, which has over 100 million subscribers, is its recommendation engine. Just as Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) uses consumer data to suggest new purchases, Netflix uses data to decide what programs might be of interest to you based on what you’ve viewed previously. According to InsideBigData, the company estimates that its algorithms save $1 billion a year in the form of customer retention.

But Big Data is also used before the company makes a big-time bet on its next show. As the aforementioned liabilities suggest, making original content is anything but cheap. But it’s become a core part of the Netflix strategy, so the company needs to do it in a smart way. Netflix needs to understand the risk or probable success rate of each piece of content it invests in.

As the Kissmetrics blog points out, traditional TV networks don’t have the same depth of data. They have rough estimates of the numbers of viewers, but far less detail on their behaviors. Netflix, on the other hand, knows when people watch content, when they pause or rewind it, what ratings they give that content, what they search for, and so on. It’s a little bit of Google (NASDAQ:GOOG, NASDAQ:GOOGL), a little bit of Amazon, and a little bit of Disney (NYSE:DIS). Not a bad combo, right?

So, when Netflix spent $100 million on House of Cards (yes, you read that right), it wasn’t some spontaneous gamble. As Steve Swasey, the company’s vice president of corporate communications, told Gigaom, Netflix had a high degree of confidence in the show because it had Big Data on its side.

“We can look at consumer data and see what the appeal is for the director, for the stars and for similar dramas,” he said.

Then, as we already mentioned, it can use that data to also market the show it spent so much cash on.

The Effect of Big Data on Netflix Stock

That’s the good news. The bad news, perhaps, is that investors seem pretty tuned into the fact that Netflix knows what it’s doing, even if they can’t explain Big Data for the life of them. The 63% sales growth on tap for the next five years might do enough of the talking.

In turn, the stock is currently sporting a trailing 12-month price-to-earnings ration of 260.

It’s up to you to decide if the data is big enough for that big of a pricetag.

As of this writing, Rob Martin did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities.

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Eros International: An Undervalued Stock Primed For Growth

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Eros International (NYSE:EROS) is a leading global company in the Indian film entertainment industry, which co-produces, acquires and distributes Indian language films in multiple formats worldwide. Founded in 1977 by Arjun Lulla, Eros built its reputation for making high-quality content for past 40 years. EROS generates its revenue through its multi-platform business model that comprises Theatrical, Television Syndication, and Digital channels. In this article, I will present my case of why EROS is an undervalued at the current price.

Strong Film business

EROS has long-standing relationships with leading Bollywood directors and actors, allowing them to produce high-quality content seamlessly. Indian media industry is a close-knit group (not unlike Indian family culture) where it is difficult for a newcomer to create movies with leading actors, compared to companies like EROS with deep relationships. Being in the industry for 40 years, EROS has helped in identifying and launching the careers of several stars which will in turn help EROS grow.

Source: Eros Deutsche Bank Conference Slides

EROS movie business is robust with a strong films slate that generates revenue as shown below.

Source: Created by the author using data from Eros annual reports

The above chart demonstrates that EROS has strong revenue generation ability through its business. In November 2016, Indian prime minister Narendra Modi announced demonetization that hurt business due to a cash crunch among consumers. EROS took a hit in revenues due to reduced film slate that had an impact in 2017 revenues. However, it seemed to recover well and soon resumed its growth fueled by a low budget/high quality film slate and EROS Now earnings. The demonetization effect on Indian business is real, and you can read more about it here.

The last seven quarters of EROS revenue and adj. EBITDA, despite demonetization in Q4 2016, shows the strength of their business.

Source: Created by the author using data from quarterly filings

Rapidly Growing Indian Entertainment Industry

Indian entertainment industry grew 11.6% between 2011 and 2016, is projected to grow at 13.9% to reach $62B valuation by 2025. EROS is well positioned with their experience and technology in a fast-growing industry that will help in doubling the revenue in five years. Operating in a market that has a population of 1.3 billion that spends more time and money on entertainment due to ever-increasing earning power provides an excellent opportunity for EROS. A research article from Mckinsey identifies the Indian middle class as the next big spenders who will help Eros’ cause.

EROS exploiting Huge China Opportunity for Indian Films

The Chinese movie market is estimated to be around $9B in 2017 and expected to grow at a healthy 13% in 2018, already surpassing North American box office collection. Followed by the success of Indian superstar Aamir Khan who starred in Dangal ($190+M) and Secret Super Star ($100+M) in China, Bajrangi Bhaijan from EROS crossed a whopping $45M in the box office. EROS realized the potential of the Chinese market three years ago and started taking steps to expand their distribution and production in China. In Q1 2016, CEO Jyoti Deshpande said the following about their expansion to an international market:

Thirdly, we will target new markets such as China, Japan, South Korea, South America, through co-productions and other collaborations, not only to tap into the box office potential and the television licensing market, but also to create consumer demand for a curated version ErosNow by partnering with local synergy partners.

EROS already has two scripts approved for production in China with a Chinese partner. During the Q4 2017 conference call, Jyoti said:

The good news is that for the two projects that we have going the Indo-China co-productions we have got interest from some really compelling cast to be part of those films. So, it will be fiscal 2019, but it will be meaningful.

During the same call, EROS group CFO Prem Parameshwaran added the following that explains EROS understand the Chinese film market and being proactive in making sure they capture a good market share of Bollywood films in China:

You see in the Indo-China co-production the major hurdle is that script has to be approved by [indiscernible] which is the ministry in China. We have got both scripts approved. That is the first step that can take one or two years sometimes to get the approval of the script.

So we have got the scripts approved. We have got the director on board, we have got the Indian start-ups on board now. We have a Chinese co-production and we have the options of the big start-ups in China. So therefore we have already gone into preproduction which should be done. So in fiscal 2019 you will see an upside on that.

So far, I have talked about why EROS has a strong business in filmmaking and distribution that positions it to thrive for years to come. Now I will go through one of the most significant opportunities for EROS, that it is well positioned to capitalize on digitalization of Indian media market.

EROS Now: India’s leading OTT entertainment platform

Eros Now is a leading on-demand South Asian entertainment network accessible anytime, anywhere, on most Internet-connected screens including mobile, web, and TV. Eros Now boasts enormous OTT library by a platform that has 1,000 Indian films, of which Eros owns the rights of 5,000 movies in perpetuity. Through its own production house and collaboration with others, EROS can add around 45-65 films every year, which will further strengthen their media library.

Eros produces original content

Following the footsteps of Netflix (NASDAQ:NFLX), EROS also understands the importance of creating original content for their OTT library and plans to invest more than $50M in originals for EROS Now. As per the Q1 2018 earnings call:

For the full fiscal year 2018, we are maintaining our guidance on content spend of $200 million to $225 million, which we feel will be more adequate to continue to invest in our future slate and fund Eros Now growth. Around 70% of that spend will be for the core film business and about 30% for Eros Now, including catalog and other originals.

Source: Eros Deutsche Bank Conference Slides

Eros has already shown rapid subscription growth

Eros Now did a soft launch in 2012 with 1,000 movies, over 6,500 music videos, over 6,000 TV episodes available and over 80,000 audio tracks. As of now, Eros Now has full content library owned by EROS and kept adding new movies and original content. Such extensive library has helped Eros Now grew their paying subscribers and registered subscribers to reach their guidance without any hassle. On May 9, 2018, EROS announced that it has 7.9M paying subscribers and has reached over 100M registered users.

The following chart shows the growth of paying subscribers and registered users for past eight quarters:

Source: Created by the author using data from EROS earnings transcripts

Strong growth in Eros Now helped EROS to expand the EBITDA expansion that hit an all-time high of 36% in Q3 2018. Meeting Eros Now projections as forecast, management has shown their excellence in understanding the opportunity presents in Indian digital media business. As of now, EROS reiterates its guidance to double-paying subscribers to 16M by the end of FY 2019. Increasing internet and smartphone penetration will help EROS reach its subscription goals.

Indian OTT entertainment space competition

Any market that has a massive opportunity for growth will have multiple players trying to exploit market share. Indian OTT entertainment industry is ripe for inflection point due to increase in earnings power and digitization of India. Amazon Prime (AMZN), Netflix, and Hotstar are among the few significant players EROS that has to deal with, from a competition perspective.

EROS understand the Indian market very well and has two-tier subscription model combined with free subscription. Eros Now offers competitive basic subscription costs around 75垄 per month compared to Netflix’s $7.50, HotStar’s $3.50, only to be beaten by Amazon’s 65垄 a month. To put it into perspective, an average movie ticket in India costs from somewhere between $1 and $5 in India depending on the quality of theater. Being able to provide high-quality movies and original content to Indian homes, Eros Now will have a great deal of stickiness from their paying subscribers due to the value it offers.

EROS also outpaces its competition by the sheer volume of their movie library, as shown below.

Source: Eros plc Deutsche Bank Conference Slides

Eros Now partners with major companies

EROS partners with major Indian telecom companies such as Reliance Jio, Vodafone (NASDAQ:VOD), Airtel and Idea that constitutes around 85% of wireless subscribers in India. Partnering with telecom companies will help EROS penetrate a large number of mobile users under these networks and entice them with free content to earn more subscribers.

EROS is available on Roku TV (ROKU), LG, Amazon Channels, Samsung (KRX: 005930), Apple TV (AAPL), and Android and iOS platforms.

Trading at a competitive valuation

EROS trades at competitive valuation compared to its peers. Even though Netflix and Amazon are giants, EROS is well positioned to take a significant market share in Indian OTT entertainment industry. Combined with strong film slate business that has a spectacular track record of making high grossing movies in India, I believe EROS is worth a look.

Source: Created by the author using data from Eros plc Citi 2008 Conference Slides

EROS has 64M outstanding shares and trading around $11.4. Combined with net debt of $150M reported last quarter, EROS has an enterprise value of under $1B. EROS should be worth at least $15 in a year with an upside potential of 30% or more if management continues to execute the promises.

Scope to use Artificial Intelligence

EROS management is highly capable and has valuable experience and deep roots in Indian entertainment industry. Mr. Kishore Lulla, current CEO of EROS, proved to be a visionary in establishing Eros Now leveraging their rich media library. If there is one thing that I have not seen EROS management talking about in their conference calls, it is using AI to power their business.

With over 100M registered users in Eros Now platform, they can collect a vast amount of user watching history and identify the type of content that is popular and use that information to direct the investments in their new movies and original content for Eros Now.

Some well-known risks

EROS has a complex dual share structure that gives the majority of voting rights to management. Such rights will allow the management to take decisions without requiring any quorum from common shareholders. However, the fact that management own 43.4% of the company, I believe they will work for the benefit of the company.

High receivables have been brought into question by some authors. EROS has addressed this in their prior conference calls. Also, it is not abnormal for companies in India movie industry to have higher receivables due to the nature of collecting revenues from distributors and other entities after the release of a movie.

Lastly, Eros’ stock price may be volatile due to low float and short attacks. I would use covered calls to reduce my cost basis.

Conclusion

I believe EROS offers a unique opportunity for investors to take advantage of fast growing Indian media industry powered by digitalization. I started buying EROS at $9.5 in December 2017 when I realized Eros Now is growing better than expected. I used covered calls to reduce my cost basis. At this price, I would initiate a one-third position at the current stock price and adjust my position based on upcoming quarters with more information.

Mukesh Ambani agrees with me

In February 2018, Reliance owner Mukesh Ambani, the 19th richest man in the world and second richest in Asia, acquired a 5% stake in EROS for the price of $15$ a share, which represents an 18% premium to the stock price. EROS also announced a joint venture with Reliance industries for $150M to produce and acquire movies with 50-50 partnership. This will help EROS double the content with the same invest that will also derisk some of their investments and help grow their OTT media library faster than before. After this investment, Ms. Jyoti Desphande stepped down from EROS and started a new role at Reliance as President of Media and Entertainment business. Mr. Kishore Lulla succeeded as CEO of EROS after Jyoti’s departure. Being one of the well-known and highly respected companies, Reliance would have done their due diligence and their investment in EROS strengthens my thesis.

Interested readers can listen to EROS CFO Mr. Prem Parameswaran in an interview about future prospects here.

Disclosure: I am/we are long EROS.

I wrote this article myself, and it expresses my own opinions. I am not receiving compensation for it. I have no business relationship with any company whose stock is mentioned in this article.

So Soon After Its IPO, Is iQiyi a Buy?

On this episode of Industry Focus: Tech, host Dylan Lewis is joined by Fool.com contributor Danny Vena to discuss how iQiyi’s(NASDAQ:IQ) connection to Baidu(NASDAQ:BIDU) may give investors an advantage compared to a traditional start-up.

A full transcript follows the video.

This video was recorded on May 11, 2018.

Dylan Lewis: I have gone on the record in the past in talking about how I do not like buying into recent IPOs. I think, even in the Never Will I Ever week, I said that I’d never buy shares of anything that hadn’t been trading for at least six months, just because I like seeing that extended period of results and a longer track record, let some of the hype die down a little bit.

I think this might be one that I asterisk, Danny. [laughs] I did say never will I ever, but I think there’s a lot of really interesting stuff going on here, and I think there are some things that make this somewhat outside of the standard IPO for me. This is something that has been spun out of a large and successful business. If you’re a Peter Lynch follower at all and you enjoy his investing philosophy, he loves the idea of a company being spun out, because you allow that company to have their growth and their value realized in a way that maybe it wouldn’t be when it’s umbrella-ed under a larger business. I also look at that IPO slightly differently than I would a standard one because it’s not as much of a cash-out for early investors. You look at Baidu, and they’re still maintaining a very large stake in this company, and they’re maintaining the controlling interest in this company.

Danny Vena: Right. Baidu is still the majority shareholder. I looked at some numbers yesterday, and if memory serves, they’re still somewhere around a 60% owner of iQiyi, and they’re also still mentoring them, they’re still providing them with the artificial intelligence that they need to decide what their subscribers want to watch. There’s a lot to be said about a smaller company having a really large, successful business — I mean, there’s really not many businesses in China that are more successful than Baidu — but, having that company as a mentor, as a guide, supporting them, providing them data, I think that’s a lot different than a company that’s just a start-up that’s gone out to an IPO.

Lewis: Yeah. They get particularly attractive to me, too, because as it stands, they’re roughly a $14-15 billion business. You look at Netflix(NASDAQ:NFLX) as a $150 billion business, and it’s easy to extrapolate that out. You have to do some puts and takes there, because this is a company that only operates in China, whereas Netflix is in 190 countries at this point. I think it just demonstrates that there’s a lot of growth in this space. And, as someone that’s kind of a pure-play, it’s a super interesting company, certainly one that’s on my short-term watch list. A couple of the other names that we talked about today, Tencent in particular is another company that I’m watching. But, the streaming video space in China just seems so poised for growth right now.

Vena: It’s crazy. I think the consumers in China are a few years behind us in terms of, Netflix started their streaming video back in 2007. iQiyi started their business in about 2010. And the modeling of Netflix only started in mid-2015. So, they’re several years behind, I think there’s still a lot of growth there.

The runway is pretty incredible. It’s never going to reach the scale of a Netflix. China has about 1.3 billion people, compared to the seven billion in the world that Netflix has as potential customers. Obviously, there are going to be some places where you’re not going to have the availability of fixed broadband, where data rates on cellphones are not going to be conducive to streaming video. But, when you take those out, you take out the consumers that really couldn’t afford a service like that, the poverty-level consumers, you still have a really huge runway.

I’ve read some estimates that said that potential for the streaming market in China right now is somewhere in the neighborhood of 600 to 700 million. And, it’s climbing, as you have a growing middle class in China, you have more urban millennials who are tech-savvy and who are making enough money to afford these services. So, I think the runway is pretty large.

Lewis: That’s all to say, there are a lot of megatrends that are pushing this company. It’s something that I’m probably going to look to opportunistically start a small position in and maybe add to over the next couple of months. Danny, is this something that you’re interested in as a stock to own?

Vena: It’s a company that … again, my inclination at first is to not go at a fresh IPO, having been burned in the past. But looking at this company, there are a lot of outlying factors. There are a lot of asterisks, as you put it. I was actually looking to make an investment in this company in the last week or two. I think that’s firmed up in my mind a little bit. I’ll probably be doing the same thing as you some time in the coming weeks or months, I’ll be looking to establish a position.

Lewis: Credit where credit is due on this-like I said, Matt Argersinger put this company on our radar, so thanks to him for tipping us off. And thanks to you, Danny, for hopping on the show and talking about it with me.

So Soon After Its IPO, Is iQiyi a Buy?

On this episode of Industry Focus: Tech, host Dylan Lewis is joined by Fool.com contributor Danny Vena to discuss how iQiyi’s(NASDAQ:IQ) connection to Baidu(NASDAQ:BIDU) may give investors an advantage compared to a traditional start-up.

A full transcript follows the video.

This video was recorded on May 11, 2018.

Dylan Lewis: I have gone on the record in the past in talking about how I do not like buying into recent IPOs. I think, even in the Never Will I Ever week, I said that I’d never buy shares of anything that hadn’t been trading for at least six months, just because I like seeing that extended period of results and a longer track record, let some of the hype die down a little bit.

I think this might be one that I asterisk, Danny. [laughs] I did say never will I ever, but I think there’s a lot of really interesting stuff going on here, and I think there are some things that make this somewhat outside of the standard IPO for me. This is something that has been spun out of a large and successful business. If you’re a Peter Lynch follower at all and you enjoy his investing philosophy, he loves the idea of a company being spun out, because you allow that company to have their growth and their value realized in a way that maybe it wouldn’t be when it’s umbrella-ed under a larger business. I also look at that IPO slightly differently than I would a standard one because it’s not as much of a cash-out for early investors. You look at Baidu, and they’re still maintaining a very large stake in this company, and they’re maintaining the controlling interest in this company.

Danny Vena: Right. Baidu is still the majority shareholder. I looked at some numbers yesterday, and if memory serves, they’re still somewhere around a 60% owner of iQiyi, and they’re also still mentoring them, they’re still providing them with the artificial intelligence that they need to decide what their subscribers want to watch. There’s a lot to be said about a smaller company having a really large, successful business — I mean, there’s really not many businesses in China that are more successful than Baidu — but, having that company as a mentor, as a guide, supporting them, providing them data, I think that’s a lot different than a company that’s just a start-up that’s gone out to an IPO.

Lewis: Yeah. They get particularly attractive to me, too, because as it stands, they’re roughly a $14-15 billion business. You look at Netflix(NASDAQ:NFLX) as a $150 billion business, and it’s easy to extrapolate that out. You have to do some puts and takes there, because this is a company that only operates in China, whereas Netflix is in 190 countries at this point. I think it just demonstrates that there’s a lot of growth in this space. And, as someone that’s kind of a pure-play, it’s a super interesting company, certainly one that’s on my short-term watch list. A couple of the other names that we talked about today, Tencent in particular is another company that I’m watching. But, the streaming video space in China just seems so poised for growth right now.

Vena: It’s crazy. I think the consumers in China are a few years behind us in terms of, Netflix started their streaming video back in 2007. iQiyi started their business in about 2010. And the modeling of Netflix only started in mid-2015. So, they’re several years behind, I think there’s still a lot of growth there.

The runway is pretty incredible. It’s never going to reach the scale of a Netflix. China has about 1.3 billion people, compared to the seven billion in the world that Netflix has as potential customers. Obviously, there are going to be some places where you’re not going to have the availability of fixed broadband, where data rates on cellphones are not going to be conducive to streaming video. But, when you take those out, you take out the consumers that really couldn’t afford a service like that, the poverty-level consumers, you still have a really huge runway.

I’ve read some estimates that said that potential for the streaming market in China right now is somewhere in the neighborhood of 600 to 700 million. And, it’s climbing, as you have a growing middle class in China, you have more urban millennials who are tech-savvy and who are making enough money to afford these services. So, I think the runway is pretty large.

Lewis: That’s all to say, there are a lot of megatrends that are pushing this company. It’s something that I’m probably going to look to opportunistically start a small position in and maybe add to over the next couple of months. Danny, is this something that you’re interested in as a stock to own?

Vena: It’s a company that … again, my inclination at first is to not go at a fresh IPO, having been burned in the past. But looking at this company, there are a lot of outlying factors. There are a lot of asterisks, as you put it. I was actually looking to make an investment in this company in the last week or two. I think that’s firmed up in my mind a little bit. I’ll probably be doing the same thing as you some time in the coming weeks or months, I’ll be looking to establish a position.

Lewis: Credit where credit is due on this-like I said, Matt Argersinger put this company on our radar, so thanks to him for tipping us off. And thanks to you, Danny, for hopping on the show and talking about it with me.

If Netflix Can Raise Prices, So Can Amazon Prime

Consumers never like to pay more, so it wasn’t surprising thatAmazon(NASDAQ:AMZN) Prime’s price increase, from $99/year to $119/year, was greeted with a collective groan. Some critics accused the company of backing away from its historical promise to keep prices low for consumers, while surveys showed Prime users balking at the price increase.

One poll fromDealnews found that 49% of respondents said they wouldn’t pay the higher price. However, such cancellation threats are often overrepresented.

Investors wondering how consumers will react toAmazonPrime’s upcoming price increase are in luck. One of Amazon’s closet peers,Netflix(NASDAQ:NFLX), just implemented a price increase of its own. Let’s take a closer look.

A smiling man holds a credit card and looks at his computer while a boy looks on smiling.

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That was easy

Last October, Netflix announced it would raise prices for its standard package for U.S. subscribers from $10/month to $11/month. Wall Street applauded the move, sending the stock up 7% over the next two days, and that response has been validated.

Netflix subscribers have barely flinched at the price increase, as domestic subscribers jumped 1.96 million in the first quarter, a significant improvement from the 1.42 million members it added in the quarter the year before. Meanwhile, overall revenue growth accelerated to 40%, its fastest pace since 2011, and that figure is expected to increase again in the second quarter as the streamer’s results continue to benefit from higher prices. Clearly, Netflix subscribers were unbothered by the price hike.

The stickiness factor

Amazon Prime and Netflix have become two of the most popular subscription services of the internet era, drawing more than 100 million subscribers globally — and for good reason: They offer tremendous value. Netflix increases its content budget every year and is expected to spend $7.5 billion to $8 billion this year on original and licensed movies and television, which include 700 original TV series — much more than a traditional network could ever carry.

Compared to the traditional cable model, Netflix still is an incredible bargain, as the average cable package is around $100/month. Even other streaming services like HBO Now ($15/month) and ad-free Hulu ($12/month) are more expensive.

Amazon Prime and its smorgasbord of benefits similarly offer subscribers a great value for the price. In addition to free two-day shipping on millions of items, Prime subscribers get access to Amazon Video and Music streaming, cloud storage, the Kindle Lending Library, and other perks. Following its acquisition of Whole Foods, Amazon is rolling its Prime benefits into the supermarket chain and is planning free two-hour delivery from all Whole Foods locations by the end of the year.

Costs gonna cost

For both Netflix and Amazon, there’s a direct line between the costs of the product and recent price hikes. Netflix is increasing content spending from an estimated $6.3 billion last year to $7.5 billion to $8 billion this year, and the streamer even is taking on billions in debt to fund the expansion, as its free cash flow is expected to reach negative $3 billion to negative $4 billion this year. In other words, the product is getting better, so it only seems fair for prices to creep up.

Similarly, Amazon continues to stuff Prime with more benefits. It’s making more products available for two-day delivery and for Prime Now, which brings orders to customers in select metropolitan areas in two hours. The company’s plan to include all Whole Foods stores within Prime Now is going to be expensive, so the price hike is understandable.

Over the last year, Amazon’s shipping costs have increased 38%, to $23.4 billion, while sales from its online stores, which still make up the majority of its revenue, only increased 18% during that time.Amazon no longer reports shipping revenue or the income it generates from fees and Prime memberships that go to fund shipping, but when it did, revenue regularly fell billions of dollars short of costs.

Prime and its free-shipping promise are a loss leader for Amazon, and raising prices is an attempt to keep the gap between shipping and revenue reasonable, especially as it ramps up Whole Foods delivery. As with Netflix, Prime customers seem to understand that the service is continually getting better and are willing to pay more for it. The company increased the price for Prime from $79 per year to $99 per year in 2014 with little pushback.

For both companies, the price hikes essentially amount to pocket change. Netflix is asking subscribers to shell out an additional $0.23 per week, while the increase for Amazon Prime of $20 per year increases the amount to $0.38 per week.

Neither company discloses churn or the number of subscribers who leave the service each year, but we can assume that the figure is low or even negligible. For Prime, renewal rates are estimated to be around 95% for second-year subscribers. In other words, once consumers have had the service for a while, they’re hooked.

Don’t be fooled by surveys that say otherwise. The price hike worked for Netflix; it will work for Amazon Prime, too.

Top 5 Warren Buffett Stocks To Invest In Right Now

Warren Buffett is taking a big bite of Apple. Very big.

The CEO of Berkshire Hathaway (BRKA) told CNBC on Friday that his company bought about 75 million shares of Apple (AAPL) stock during the first three months of the year. That adds to 165 million shares that Berkshire had at the end of last year.

Buffett called Apple an “unbelievable company,” and pointed out that it makes far more profit than any other American corporation.

“It’s an amazing business,” he said. “You can put all their products on a dining room table. That’s not the way it used to be in this country. It’s incredible to me.”

Buffett was relatively late to investing in Apple and tech stocks overall.

He didn’t report his first purchase of Apple shares until two years ago, when he bought 9.8 million shares of the company’s stock. He has added to those holdings since. Apple is now one of Berkshire’s largest holdings.

The latest purchase will increase Berkshire’s holding by 45%. It will be formally disclosed when the company releases its quarterly earnings filing, scheduled for release at its annual meeting on Saturday.

Top 5 Warren Buffett Stocks To Invest In Right Now: PRA Group, Inc.(PRAA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    Like many businesses, debt collection is a cyclical industry, and as a major player in that industry, PRA Group (NASDAQ:PRAA) is subject to the ups and downs of the economy. During good times, there aren’t as many nonperforming loans for PRA Group to collect on. Only when times get tough do default rates move higher, spurring many creditors to turn their collections over to PRA.

Top 5 Warren Buffett Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Netflix, Inc.(NFLX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Leo Sun]

    Netflix (NASDAQ:NFLX), which is partnered with iQiyi in China, launched a VR viewing app for Google’s Daydream-supported devices two years ago — but theapp was poorly received, with a two-star rating on Google Play. A common complaint about Netflix’s app — and VR videos in general — is that the experience is simply too cumbersome compared to regular viewing on TVs or other devices.

  • [By ]

    Markets continued their move higher on Monday, as investors turned their focus to corporate earnings, and tensions over the Syrian conflict eased for now. Bank of America (BAC) reported early, beating estimates, while Netflix (NFLX) is set to report after the close.

  • [By Danny Vena, John Bromels, and Demitrios Kalogeropoulos]

    With that in mind, we asked three Motley Fool investors to choose top companies that they believe are set to benefit from significant changes in consumer and business markets. They offered convincing arguments for iRobot Corporation (NASDAQ:IRBT), Netflix (NASDAQ:NFLX), and Cintas Corporation (NASDAQ:CTAS).

  • [By Chris Neiger]

    The stock market has been a bit volatile this year, but there are some sectors that are still experiencing significant share price gains. For example, the Nasdaq 100 Technology Sectoris up about 22% over the past 12 months.Those gains are pretty impressive, but a handful of tech stocks, including Square (NYSE:SQ) and Netflix(NASDAQ:NFLX), have seen their share price jump about five times as much.

Top 5 Warren Buffett Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Aphria Inc. (APHQF)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Javier Hasse]

    Here are some of the top marijuana stocks in U.S. exchanges and how the performed this week:

    22nd Century Group Inc (NYSE: XXII): up 9.4 percent
    Aphria Inc (OTC: APHQF): up 0.6 percent
    Aurora Cannabis Inc (OTC: ACBFF): up 4.6 percent
    Cannabis Sativa Inc (OTC: CBDS): up 1.7 percent
    CannTrust Holdings Inc (OTC: CNTTF): up 22.8 percent
    Canopy Growth Corp (OTC: TWMJF): up 7.6 percent
    Cronos Group Inc. (NASDAQ: CRON): down 13.5 percent
    GW Pharmaceuticals PLC- ADR (NASDAQ: GWPH): up 3.8 percent
    Hiku Brands Company Ltd(OTC: DJACF): down 4.3 percent
    India Globalization Capital, Inc. (NYSE: IGC): up 5 percent
    MassRoots Inc (OTC: MSRT): up 12.1 percent
    MedReleaf Corp(OTC: MEDFF): up 16.8 percent
    Scotts Miracle-Gro Co (NYSE: SMG): down 3.3 percent
    THC Biomed Intl Ltd (OTC: THCBF): down 3.8 percent
    Zynerba Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: ZYNE): down 1.4 percent
    In The News

    A consortium of cannabis-related media professionals are conducting a Cannabis Media Survey at this link. 

  • [By SEEKINGALPHA.COM]

    Aphria (OTCQB:APHQF) just did something very unusual and frankly caught us by surprise. The company announced that it is amending its previously announced transaction with Nuuvera (OTC:NUUVF) by which the cash portion of the consideration will be lowered from $1.00 to $0.60. The announcement surprised us as our past experience suggested that lowering purchase price post-deal announcement is extremely uncommon, especially in the absence of major negative developments at the target. Simultaneously, Nuuvera announced that it is acquiring the remaining 49% minority interest in Avanti Rx Analytics from a minority shareholder for $43 million. Avanti is a subsidiary of Nuuvera that provides research and testing services for cannabis companies. Nuuvera claimed that the reduced cash offer helps fund its acquisition, which makes no sense for us.

  • [By Keith Speights]

    Should Aurora actually buy MedReleaf, there could be considerable pressure on Canopy to make an acquisition of its own. One obvious target to buy would be Aphria (NASDAQOTH:APHQF), which has roughly the same market cap as MedReleaf. But would this acquisition make sense for Canopy Growth? I think it could.

  • [By Sean Williams]

    Right now, Cronos Group commands a market cap that’s just north of $1 billion. By comparison, Aphria (NASDAQOTH:APHQF) has 230,000 kilograms of fully funded capacity under construction, and it’s only valued at $1.6 billion. Aphria One and Aphria Diamond (the company’s joint venture with Double Diamond Farms) both dwarf Peace Naturals with respective annual yields of 100,000 kilograms and 120,000 kilograms. This is noteworthy since the cannabis industry often benefits from economies of scale. In other words, an increase in production usually leads to a decrease in costs, at least on a per-gram basis.

Top 5 Warren Buffett Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Ideal Power Inc.(IPWR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Ideal Power (NASDAQ: IPWR) and Hollysys Automation Technologies (NASDAQ:HOLI) are both small-cap industrial products companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, institutional ownership, dividends, analyst recommendations, profitability, risk and earnings.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Get a free copy of the Zacks research report on Ideal Power (IPWR)

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  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Here are some of the news headlines that may have effected Accern Sentiment’s rankings:

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    Ideal Power (IPWR) Expected to Announce Quarterly Sales of $390,000.00 (americanbankingnews.com) -$0.15 EPS Expected for Ideal Power (IPWR) This Quarter (americanbankingnews.com) Ideal Power Receives 1.1 Megawatt Purchase Order for its SunDial Plus Inverters (investingnews.com) Ideal Power Receives 1.1 Megawatt Purchase Order for its SunDial Plus Inverters from NEXTracker for One of the Largest Solar-and-Storage Installations in Iowa (finance.yahoo.com)

    A number of equities analysts have commented on the stock. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Ideal Power from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $1.50 price target for the company in a research note on Wednesday, January 10th. HC Wainwright reissued a “buy” rating and issued a $4.00 price target on shares of Ideal Power in a research note on Wednesday, March 7th. Roth Capital reissued a “hold” rating and issued a $1.00 price target on shares of Ideal Power in a research note on Wednesday, March 7th. Finally, B. Riley cut shares of Ideal Power from a “buy” rating to a “neutral” rating and cut their price target for the stock from $5.00 to $2.50 in a research note on Wednesday, March 7th. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, three have issued a hold rating and two have assigned a buy rating to the stock. Ideal Power currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $3.00.

Top 5 Warren Buffett Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Nuance Communications Inc.(NUAN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Nuance Communications Inc. (NASDAQ: NUAN) dropped about 20% Thursday to post a new 52-week low of $12.19. Shares closed at $15.28 on Wednesday and the stock’s 52-week high is $19.49. Volume of around 19 million shares was about nine times the daily average. The company reported indifferent results Wednesday night but cut its outlook for revenue growth.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Nuance Communications (NASDAQ:NUAN) had its price objective cut by Stifel Nicolaus from $18.00 to $15.00 in a report issued on Thursday. The brokerage currently has a “hold” rating on the software maker’s stock. Stifel Nicolaus’ target price indicates a potential upside of 15.03% from the company’s current price.

  • [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 Dan Caplinger]

    One key part of the rush toward artificial intelligence is making sure that automated systems can communicate easily and effectively with their human users. Nuance Communications (NASDAQ:NUAN) has a huge head start in voice recognition technology, and despite its successes in areas like medical transcription, the tech company knows that in order to sustain its competitive advantage, it needs to use its lead to push forward with groundbreaking technological innovations.

2 Tech Stocks Up 100% Over The Past Year

The stock market has been a bit volatile this year, but there are some sectors that are still experiencing significant share price gains. For example, the Nasdaq 100 Technology Sector is up about 22% over the past 12 months. Those gains are pretty impressive, but a handful of tech stocks, including Square (NYSE:SQ) and Netflix (NASDAQ:NFLX), have seen their share prices jump about five times as much.

With company returns as high as 100% over the past year, it’s worth taking a closer look at what Square and Netflix are doing so well, if they can keep the momentum going, and one hurdle each of them faces that investors should be on the lookout for.

Square: Up 176% Over The Past 12 months
Square supplies point-of-sale (POS) terminals to merchants, offers mobile payment services, has a popular peer-to-peer payment app called Square Cash, provides small business loans through Square Capital, and has its own online food ordering business, called Caviar.

Square’s share price has seen astronomical gains over the past 12 months as the company has grown its sales and client base. Net revenue was up 36% year over year in the fourth quarter, and the company’s gross payment volume (the total amount processed through its payment systems) grew by 31% to $17.9 billion. Investors have also been impressed with the company’s ability to increase its EBITDA, which jumped 38% in Q4 to $41 million and 33% year over year to $36 million in Q1.

Square makes the vast majority of its revenue from payment transactions on its platform, but the company’s other businesses offer additional opportunities as well. For example, its mobile payment Cash app now has 7 million monthly active users. Square is also growing its subscription and services revenue, which was up 95% in 2017; the segment now accounts for 11% of Square’s total sales (up from just 8% in 2016).

So can Square keep the momentum going? The company has a few things working in its favor, including the fact that it’s adding larger customers on its platform. Companies selling $125,000 or less per year accounted for 53% of the company’s gross payment volume (GPV) in the fourth quarter of 2017. Customers spending $500,000 or more annually make up 20% of GPV, up from 13% two years ago. Square is also doing a good job building out a payment ecosystem by selling everything from the hardware (payment terminals) to point-of-sale software, its mobile Cash app, lending services, and even its food delivery business.

But Square isn’t without its risks, of course. Investors should keep a close eye on what some of the company’s competitors are doing with mobile payments and point-of-sale services. Both Intuit and PayPal offer similar services. Square is building a strong brand right now, but it doesn’t have an economic moat around its business yet. For many merchants, especially smaller ones, the switching costs are pretty low for them to jump to another payment processor. That’s not to say Square’s a bad investment, but investors should know that the company still faces lots of competition in this growing market.

Netflix: Up 111% Over The Past 12 Months
Netflix has built itself into a video-streaming powerhouse and now boasts more than 125 million members. The company is experiencing substantial user growth as it expands into international markets. Netflix’s non-U.S. streaming subscribers now account for 54% of the company’s paid subscribers, and in the first quarter of 2018 the company increased paid international subscribers by 42% year over year.

Investors have also been happy to see the company’s sales and earnings continue to spike. Revenue was up more than 40% in the most recent quarter to $3.7 billion, and diluted earnings per share of $0.64 were up 60% from the year-ago quarter, which far outpaced any of the company’s quarterly earnings in 2017. Net income also increased about 63% year over year to $290 million.

Netflix is facing an increase in competition on several fronts, most recently from Disney’s (NYSE:DIS) announcement that it will bring its own content streaming service to market sometime this year. Disney has a war chest of old movies and shows, along with owning massive content franchises like Star Wars and Marvel, which could make Disney’s service a strong contender for people’s money.

But Netflix will likely be able to fend off Disney, and other players including Amazon and Hulu, because of its treasure trove of user data. For years, Netflix has been collecting users’ viewing habits (everything from what we watch and when we watch it) so it can create original content and purchase programming it knows its members will love. Tapping into this data allows Netflix to create a network effect that keeps its users watching more Netflix content, and thus supplying it with more viewing data.

Netflix is spending a lot of money — between $7.5 billion and $8 billion in 2018 — on content, and that’s up from $6 billion last year. Some of this spending comes from Netflix shelling out cash to create shows that will appeal to viewers in local international markets. The company’s subscriber growth shows that spending all of this cash is paying off, but investors should keep an eye on these expenses to see if they continue to climb. At some point, the company should be able to curb spending a bit, or at least let it stabilize, once it’s built up enough original content. But Netflix’s current collection of original content, and its ability to know what its users want to watch, should help it continue dominating the content streaming space for years to come.

Keep This In Mind
Investors should remember that just because Netflix and Square have performed well over the past year doesn’t mean they’ll do well in the future. If you’re interested in investing in these two companies, make sure you’re not doing it just because these stocks are on a tear right now.

This article originally appeared on The Motley Fool.

If Netflix Can Raise Prices, So Can Amazon Prime

Consumers never like to pay more, so it wasn’t surprising thatAmazon(NASDAQ:AMZN) Prime’s price increase, from $99/year to $119/year, was greeted with a collective groan. Some critics accused the company of backing away from its historical promise to keep prices low for consumers, while surveys showed Prime users balking at the price increase.

One poll fromDealnews found that 49% of respondents said they wouldn’t pay the higher price. However, such cancellation threats are often overrepresented.

Investors wondering how consumers will react toAmazonPrime’s upcoming price increase are in luck. One of Amazon’s closet peers,Netflix(NASDAQ:NFLX), just implemented a price increase of its own. Let’s take a closer look.

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That was easy

Last October, Netflix announced it would raise prices for its standard package for U.S. subscribers from $10/month to $11/month. Wall Street applauded the move, sending the stock up 7% over the next two days, and that response has been validated.

Netflix subscribers have barely flinched at the price increase, as domestic subscribers jumped 1.96 million in the first quarter, a significant improvement from the 1.42 million members it added in the quarter the year before. Meanwhile, overall revenue growth accelerated to 40%, its fastest pace since 2011, and that figure is expected to increase again in the second quarter as the streamer’s results continue to benefit from higher prices. Clearly, Netflix subscribers were unbothered by the price hike.

The stickiness factor

Amazon Prime and Netflix have become two of the most popular subscription services of the internet era, drawing more than 100 million subscribers globally — and for good reason: They offer tremendous value. Netflix increases its content budget every year and is expected to spend $7.5 billion to $8 billion this year on original and licensed movies and television, which include 700 original TV series — much more than a traditional network could ever carry.

Compared to the traditional cable model, Netflix still is an incredible bargain, as the average cable package is around $100/month. Even other streaming services like HBO Now ($15/month) and ad-free Hulu ($12/month) are more expensive.

Amazon Prime and its smorgasbord of benefits similarly offer subscribers a great value for the price. In addition to free two-day shipping on millions of items, Prime subscribers get access to Amazon Video and Music streaming, cloud storage, the Kindle Lending Library, and other perks. Following its acquisition of Whole Foods, Amazon is rolling its Prime benefits into the supermarket chain and is planning free two-hour delivery from all Whole Foods locations by the end of the year.

Costs gonna cost

For both Netflix and Amazon, there’s a direct line between the costs of the product and recent price hikes. Netflix is increasing content spending from an estimated $6.3 billion last year to $7.5 billion to $8 billion this year, and the streamer even is taking on billions in debt to fund the expansion, as its free cash flow is expected to reach negative $3 billion to negative $4 billion this year. In other words, the product is getting better, so it only seems fair for prices to creep up.

Similarly, Amazon continues to stuff Prime with more benefits. It’s making more products available for two-day delivery and for Prime Now, which brings orders to customers in select metropolitan areas in two hours. The company’s plan to include all Whole Foods stores within Prime Now is going to be expensive, so the price hike is understandable.

Over the last year, Amazon’s shipping costs have increased 38%, to $23.4 billion, while sales from its online stores, which still make up the majority of its revenue, only increased 18% during that time.Amazon no longer reports shipping revenue or the income it generates from fees and Prime memberships that go to fund shipping, but when it did, revenue regularly fell billions of dollars short of costs.

Prime and its free-shipping promise are a loss leader for Amazon, and raising prices is an attempt to keep the gap between shipping and revenue reasonable, especially as it ramps up Whole Foods delivery. As with Netflix, Prime customers seem to understand that the service is continually getting better and are willing to pay more for it. The company increased the price for Prime from $79 per year to $99 per year in 2014 with little pushback.

For both companies, the price hikes essentially amount to pocket change. Netflix is asking subscribers to shell out an additional $0.23 per week, while the increase for Amazon Prime of $20 per year increases the amount to $0.38 per week.

Neither company discloses churn or the number of subscribers who leave the service each year, but we can assume that the figure is low or even negligible. For Prime, renewal rates are estimated to be around 95% for second-year subscribers. In other words, once consumers have had the service for a while, they’re hooked.

Don’t be fooled by surveys that say otherwise. The price hike worked for Netflix; it will work for Amazon Prime, too.

3 Vital Earnings Reports to Watch This Week

A few weeks back, Wall Street was talking about how a robust earnings season was going to save the market. The theory was that really strong quarterly earnings would offset the macro headwinds which have weighed on stocks, and that the market would head higher as a result.

Earnings season is now here. The numbers have been very good, as expected. First-quarter earnings growth has run at 24% thus far, the best growth rate since the third quarter of 2010. Nearly 80% of companies are reporting earnings above Street expectations, the highest “beat rate” on record (dating back to 2008).

And yet, despite those strong numbers, stocks haven’t made much of a move. Over the past month, the S&P 500 is up just 2%. While that is positive, it isn’t the type of big rebound a lot of investors were looking for.

Nonetheless, earnings are good and stocks are heading higher. Thus, this week will be critical to see if the last leg of the earnings season can be as good as the first few legs.

With that in mind, here are three earnings reports to watch this week.

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Earnings Reports to Watch: Disney (DIS) Earnings Reports to Watch: Disney (DIS)Source: Robert Ziegler via Flickr (Modified)

Entertainment giant Walt Disney Co (NYSE:DIS) is due to report earnings after the bell on Tuesday. This could be one of the more highly anticipated earnings reports from Disney in recent memory for several reasons.

First, this is the first time we will hear from management about how the company’s new ESPN Plus product is faring in the streaming market. Remember, ESPN Plus is essentially part one of this company’s major pivot into streaming, which is supposed to help offset cord-cutting headwinds. If ESPN Plus is doing well, that bodes well for this company’s streaming plans. If it’s doing poorly, then investors could lose faith.

Second, this is also the first time we will hear numbers against the backdrop of maybe the company’s most promising movie line-up ever. “Avengers: Infinity War” is breaking box office records left and right — some which were just recently set by the studio’s movie “Black Panther” — and the high consumer and critic reviews have only increased anticipation for next year’s second Infinity War movie. There is also a new Star Wars movie set to release this month, and another one set to release later this year.

It will be interesting to see management’s commentary surrounding this powerful movie line-up. In particular, management is prepping a Disney streaming service for launch in late 2019. This movie line-up will presumably be featured on that streaming service, so commentary surrounding these movies is especially important in this quarter’s call.

Third, pay-TV providers continue to throw up duds in terms of subscriber losses. Disney’s numbers will likely reflect this. But on the flip-side, NBA playoff TV ratings (which are mostly aired on Disney-owned EPSN and ABC) are at multiyear highs. It will be interesting to see if ESPN starts to separate itself from the pack in the cord-cutting crisis.

For these reasons, DIS is a stock to watch this week.

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Earnings Reports to Watch: Roku (ROKU) Earnings Reports to Watch: Roku (ROKU)Source: Roku

Shares of streaming platform maker Roku Inc (NASDAQ:ROKU) are almost guaranteed to have some big swings after the company reports its quarterly earnings after the bell on Wednesday.

ROKU was this red-hot IPO that took off like a rocket ship after the company reported its first earnings report as a public company. The numbers surpassed expectations, and everyone hopped on the bandwagon, thinking that this stock was destined to follow in the streaming footsteps of Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ:NFLX).

ROKU stock went from $20 to nearly $60.

But that all came crumbling apart after the company gave a weak first-quarter guide in its next earnings report. The stock dropped — big time. It now sits in the lower $30’s.

This coming report is huge for the company’s long-term growth narrative. There are really two outcomes from this report.

One, the numbers are outstanding. Bulls buy back into the theory that this is a company with Netflix-like growth potential, and the stock takes off like a rocket ship.

Two, the numbers are just good. Bears point out that the numbers are much weaker than the numbers Netflix reported, and thus, the Netflix parallel gets thrown out the window. ROKU stock drops like a rock.

I’m not sure which of these outcomes is more likely at this point. Roku is a content-neutral provider of streaming service capabilities, and that does seem to have long-term value in the steaming market. But competition is fierce, and Roku has the least amount of resources when it comes to players in this space.

Thus, this is a high-risk, high-reward earnings report that could fundamentally change the company’s long-term growth narrative.

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Earnings Reports to Watch: Nvidia (NVDA) Earnings Reports to Watch: Nvidia (NVDA)Source: Shutterstock

Secular growth technology giant Nvidia Corporation (NASDAQ:NVDA) is set to report earnings after the bell on Thursday. Considering how big the company is ($150 billion market cap) and how influential the markets it’s exposed to are (data-centers, autonomous driving, artificial driving, and cryptocurrencies, so on and so forth), NVDA’s numbers could have a broad impact on numerous stocks.

Fortunately, it looks like the numbers will be quite good.

A few weeks back, Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC) and Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMD) both reported really good quarterly numbers. The theme across both of the reports was still-robust demand from cloud data-centers. Meanwhile, it appears that these companies are largely shielded from erosion in the cryptocurrency mining tailwind.

That is good news for NVDA.

Nvidia is the leader in the cloud data-center space. If AMD and INTC reported good numbers there, chances are that NVDA will report great numbers. Also, bears have been worried about the lack of a cryptocurrency boost. But AMD, which was seen as having a bigger crypto reliance, reported great numbers. Thus, Nvidia likely shook off crypto headwinds this past quarter, too.

NVDA stock, however, has already rallied more than 15% since AMD and INTC reported. Clearly, investors are buying in anticipation of good numbers.

Therefore, it will be interesting to see how the stock reacts to good numbers. If it goes up, then that is a good sign for valuations in the hyper-growth sector. If it does down, then that is a bad sign for valuations in the hyper-growth sector.

It is that simple. As such, this will be a report that investors will want to watch closely.

As of this writing, Luke Lango was long DIS, IN

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Invest In Right Now

In a junior sector that has become quite a stock-picker’s market over the past nine months, I find some of the safest and lowest risk opportunities come when a company is undergoing a major change. Atlantic Gold (OTCPK:SPVEF) was one such idea I highlighted last year, as the company was set to transform itself into Canada’s newest junior gold producer. The stock has since moved from US$0.60 to US$1.40 and the re-rating I expect has nearly come to fruition. A company with a similar profile that I’ve had my eye on was Harte Gold (OTCPK:HRTFF), but the stock got well ahead of itself earlier this year and I exited my position. Since that time the stock has spent the last six months consolidating and finally looks it may be ready to resume the new uptrend it began earlier this year.

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Invest In Right Now: DXP Enterprises Inc.(DXPE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of DXP Enterprises Inc (NASDAQ: DXPE) got a boost, shooting up 22 percent to $40.27 after the company posted upbeat quarterly results.

    Nature's Sunshine Prod. (NASDAQ: NATR) shares were also up, gaining 28 percent to $11.35 as the company disclosed that it has received its direct selling license in China.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of DXP Enterprises Inc (NASDAQ: DXPE) were down 17 percent to $24.00. DXP Enterprises reported preliminary revenue of $228 million to $231 million for the third quarter.

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Health Insurance Innovations, Inc.(HIIQ)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Health Insurance Innovations (NASDAQ: HIIQ) and Crawford & Company (NYSE:CRD.B) are both small-cap finance companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, dividends, risk, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, earnings and profitability.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Health Insurance Innovations (NASDAQ:HIIQ) saw unusually-high trading volume on Thursday after the company announced better than expected quarterly earnings. Approximately 2,255,517 shares were traded during mid-day trading, an increase of 457% from the previous session’s volume of 404,884 shares.The stock last traded at $28.70 and had previously closed at $27.65.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Health Insurance Innovations (NASDAQ:HIIQ) was upgraded by investment analysts at ValuEngine from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a note issued to investors on Wednesday.

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Invest In Right Now: United States Cellular Corporation(USM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Monday, telecommunications services shares fell by 0.77 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included United States Cellular Corp (NYSE: USM), down 5 percent, and B Communications Ltd (NASDAQ: BCOM), down 5 percent.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    U.S. Cellular (NYSE: USM) and Hutchison Telecommunications Hong Kong (OTCMKTS:HTHKY) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, dividends, valuation, risk, analyst recommendations, earnings and profitability.

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    United States Cellular Corp (NYSE: USM) is projected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.26 per share on revenue of $975.54 million.

    Koppers Holdings Inc. (NYSE: KOP) is estimated to report its quarterly earnings at $0.09 per share on revenue of $364.50 million.

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Invest In Right Now: comScore Inc.(SCOR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    comScore Inc. (NASDAQ: SCOR) dropped more than 10% on Tuesday to record a new 52-week low of $20.81. The stock closed at $23.22 on Monday. Volume was about 9 times the daily average of around 470,000 shares. The company’s stock will be de-listed from Nasdaq effective February 8 unless the company receives a stay from the exchange.

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Lannett Co Inc(LCI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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    With luck, we’ll one day be able to add these stocks to our long list of home runs. Over the past three years, my subscribers and I have seen gains like 181% on Lannett (NYSE: LCI), 135% on Westmoreland Coal (Nasdaq: WLB), and a striking 242% on Bitauto (NYSE: BITA). Each time, the Maximum Profit system has told us exactly when to buy and when to sell, while we just sit back and count the returns.

  • [By Peter Graham]

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

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Breaking news

    Edwards Lifesciences Corp (NYSE: EW) announced plans to buy Valtech Cardio for $340 million in cash and stock. The company also announced a $1 billion buyback plan.
    Epizyme Inc (NASDAQ: EPZM) disclosed that it has received Fast Track designation for tazemetostat.
    Athene Holding Ltd. (NYSE: ATH) reported that it has priced its 23.8 million share IPO between $38 per share and $42 per share.
    Lannett Company, Inc. (NYSE: LCI) reported the approval for its Metaxalone Tablets USP, 800 mg.

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Ternium S.A.(TX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    Shares of Ternium SA (NYSE:TX) jumped on Wednesday: up more than 10% by 2:30 p.m. EST. While the steelmaker reported weaker-than-expected earnings after the closing bell yesterday, it provided optimistic guidance and announced a compelling acquisition.

  • [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.
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Top 10 Safest Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Plantronics Inc.(PLT)

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  • [By Joseph Griffin]

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  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Plantronics Inc (NYSE: PLT) were down 25 percent to $33.36. Plantronics reported better-than-expected third-quarter earnings, but the company’s revenue missed analysts’ expectations. The company announced a new 1 million share buyback plan and issued a weak earnings forecast for the fourth quarter.

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Starz(STRZA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Here we think names trading in the mid-single digit multiple range such as AMC Networks (AMCX) should benefit the most as should Lions Gate Entertainment (LGF) / Starz (STRZA), Viacom (VIAB), Viacom (VIA) and Scripps Networks Interactive (SNI).

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Starz (STRZA) has jumped 14% to$32.16 after agreeing to be purchased by Lions Gate Entertainment (LGF) in a deal that values Starz at about $4.4 billion. Lions Gate has climbed 9.4% to $22.90.

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Noble Midstream Partners LP (NBLX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    Noble Midstream Partners (NYSE:NBLX) operates more traditional energy assets such as oil and gas pipelines and related infrastructure. Long-term contracts also underpin Noble Midstream’s assets, providing it with a predictable cash flow stream. That money currently supports the company’s 4.4% yielding distribution.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Magellan Midstream Partners (NYSE: MMP) and Noble Midstream Partners (NYSE:NBLX) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their risk, dividends, profitability, valuation, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations and earnings.

Top 10 Safest Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Netflix, Inc.(NFLX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Demitrios Kalogeropoulos]

    Earnings season kicks into high gear over the next few trading days, with highly anticipated reports on tap fromNetflix (NASDAQ:NFLX),Johnson & Johnson(NYSE:JNJ), and Procter & Gamble (NYSE:PG). Here are a few trends for investors to watch in these announcements.

  • [By Jon C. Ogg]

    Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ: NFLX) was down over 6.6% at $299.00 late on Tuesday, but that’s now down 10% from the recent all-time high of $333.98. People definitely aren’t giving up on Netflix, but when leaders sell-off it’s hard to have a forward P/E of 120 times current year expected earnings.

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    (1) 57% of companies have beaten earnings estimates and 48% of firms have topped sales estimates so far this reporting season. Investors have chosen to focus on the sustainability of the results rather than eye-popping beats alone. Sicty-five percent of the financial stocks reported beats (namely Goldman Sachs (GS) , JPMorgan & Chase (JPM) , Bank of America (BAC) , Citigroup (C) ), but the median stock trailed the S&P 500 by 21 basis points amid fears about loan growth and trading activity. On the other hand, Netflix (NFLX) posted in-line earnings results but above-consensus subscriber additions, suggesting strong continued organic growth opportunities. Netflix outperformed the market by 812 basis points the day after reporting, leading to a broader rally in FANG stocks (Facebook (FB) , Amazon (AMZN) , Netflix and Alphabet (GOOGL) ).

  • [By Laura Brodbeck]

    Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ: NFLX) has changed the way people watch TV over the past year. The company’s streaming service has been massively popular, especially among young people, and the shift in consumer preferences has threatened to put traditional broadcasters out of business.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    In his “No-Huddle Offense” segment, Cramer said there was no blaming the macro picture during the conference call of Salesforce.com (CRM) , nor Nvidia (NDVA) or Netflix (NFLX) , or even Children’s Place.

  • [By Adam Levy]

    But what’s really driving Amazon’s stock price higher is its more profitable operating segment, Amazon Web Services. AWS is Amazon’s cloud computing service, which supports all sorts of web applications, from basic websites to huge data-consuming apps such asNetflix (NASDAQ:NFLX). AWS sales increased 55% last year to $12.2 billion. More importantly, the segment’s operating profit of $3.1 billion is about three times as much as Amazon’s retail business.

3 Reasons YouTube Red Still Cant Compete With Netflix

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.

In a recent interview withIndieWire, Susanne Daniels, YouTube’s chief of original content, admitted that Netflix was “too far ahead” and that YouTube Red’s development remained “in an early stage.”

A woman watches a streaming video.

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The numbers clearly support that bleak view. YouTube claims tohave over one billion users worldwide, but YouTube Red had just 1.5 million paid subscribers in2016 according to The Verge. Last year, Billboard claimed that YouTube Red and Google Play Music hada combined subscriber base of 7 million. For comparison,Netflix finished 2016 with 89.1 million paid subscribers, andthat figure hit 118.9 million in the first quarter of 2018.

YouTube’s failure to convert its free users to paid ones is a frustrating one, and probably can’t be solved easily for three simple reasons.

1. YouTube’s dependence on social media celebrities

YouTube believed that giving its most popular YouTubers original programs, then offering that content as YouTube Red “exclusives”, could convince free viewers to pay $10 per month. YouTube also produced its own original films, like The Thinning, which starred top YouTubers like Logan Paul.

That strategy backfired when some top YouTubers tarnished their own reputations with increasingly outrageous videos aimed atgrowing their followings. Logan Paul mocked a dead body in Japan’s infamous “suicide forest”, Sam Pepper faked a kidnapping and a murder, PewDiePie made numerous racist jokes, and GloZell Green filmed herself eating Tide Pods — which caused other attention-seeking YouTubers to do the same.

YouTube disciplined some of those troublesome YouTubers by suspending their YouTube Red projects and dropping some from its Google Preferred ad platform. Nonetheless, these problems highlight YouTube Red’s toxic dependence on social media celebrities, and why it remains well behind Netflix in terms of quality original content.

2. A lack of investment in A-list projects

YouTube then started chasing Netflix with original scripted shows like the sci-fi series Lifeline, the dance drama Step Up: High Water, and the Karate Kid sequel series Cobra Kai.

However, the vast majority of its programs still star YouTube celebrities instead of Hollywood talent. That makes YouTube Red look amateurish compared to Netflix’s expanding lineup of original programs, which feature a wide range of established Hollywood writers, directors, and actors.

YouTube also seems to be investing more money in original content for free YouTube users than YouTube Red subscribers. For example, YouTube recently added seven new series — including shows from Kevin Hart, Ellen DeGeneres andDemi Lovato — to its free site.

That decision seems odd, until you consider that YouTube Red users probably account for less than 1% of YouTube’s worldwide user base. Therefore, free YouTube Originals probably generate a higher ROI through ads than YouTube Red subscriptions.

Therein lies the problem: YouTube needs to invest more heavily in YouTube Red’s original content to attract viewers, but that money would be better spent on launching new original content for ad-supported users. Meanwhile, Netflix plans to invest $8 billion in original content this year.

3. The confusing YouTube ecosystem

To make matters worse, Google keeps shuffling the pieces of the YouTube ecosystem. Many users are still confused about how YouTube Music, Google Play Music, YouTube Red, and the upcoming YouTube Remix even fit together.

YouTube Music.

YouTube Music. Image source: Google Play.

Back in 2011, Google launched Google Play Music, a free service that lets users store their own digital tracks in the cloud andbuy digital songs. Google eventually added curated streaming radio stations to the platform, then launched a $10 per month subscription that gave users on-demand ad-free streams, unlimited skips, and offline music playback.

In 2015 Google launched YouTube Music, a free ad-supported app that plays the audio streams of music videos on YouTube. It then bundled a premium ad-free version of YouTube Music with YouTube Red subscriptions for $10 per month.

Recent rumors now suggest that YouTube will bundle together Google Play Music, YouTube Music, and YouTube Red intoa single platform — which will presumably also cost $10 per month. That sounds like a great way to challenge Netflix and Spotify simultaneously, but I suspect that YouTube will botch that launch and confuse users of all three services.

The bottom line

Daniels believes that YouTube Red can eventually “compete with Hulu and Amazon and certainly Apple.” However, YouTube’s aforementioned problems could prevent it from beating those rivals at capturing paid subscribers — even though it remains the largest video streaming site in the world.