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Best Medical Stocks To Watch Right Now

Wall Street’s long campaign to chip away at the toughest trading restriction imposed on banks after financial crisis is finally paying off under President Donald Trump.

The Federal Reserve Board, now led by Trump appointees, will meet Wednesday to start rolling back the Volcker Rule, a regulation that was key to Washington’s efforts to make the industry safer following the 2008 meltdown.

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Volcker is meant to prevent banks with federally-backed deposit insurance from suffering outsized losses by prohibiting them from making speculative market bets with their own capital. But firms contend the rule is unnecessarily complex and almost impossible to adhere to, arguments their armies of lobbyists have aggressively made since it took effect in 2014.

Regulators have shown a greater willingness to listen to such grievances, and are expected to propose a revamp that would give banks more leeway to presume their trades comply with the rule, people familiar with the matter have said. That would be an important shift from the current situation, in which firms face a tough burden to prove trades are permissible.

Best Medical Stocks To Watch Right Now: Hibbett Sports Inc.(HIBB)

Hibbett Sports, Inc. operates sporting goods stores in small to mid-sized markets primarily in the southeast, southwest, Mid-Atlantic, and Midwest regions of the United States. Its stores offer an assortment of merchandise, including athletic footwear, team sports equipment, athletic and fashion apparel, and related accessories. The company also provides its merchandise directly to educational institutions and youth associations. As of January 28, 2012, it operated 832 stores consisting of 812 Hibbett Sports stores, 19 smaller-format Sports Additions athletic shoe stores, and 1 larger-format Sports & Co. superstore in 26 states. The company was formerly known as Hibbett Sporting Goods, Inc. and changed its name to Hibbett Sports, Inc. in January 2007. Hibbett Sports, Inc. was founded in 1945 and is headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama.

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  • [By Stephan Byrd]

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  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Laurion Capital Management LP grew its holdings in Hibbett Sports, Inc. (NASDAQ:HIBB) by 136.8% during the second quarter, HoldingsChannel.com reports. The firm owned 28,417 shares of the company’s stock after buying an additional 16,417 shares during the period. Laurion Capital Management LP’s holdings in Hibbett Sports were worth $651,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Hibbett Sports, Inc. (NASDAQ:HIBB) has been assigned an average recommendation of “Hold” from the twenty research firms that are covering the firm, Marketbeat Ratings reports. Four equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, ten have issued a hold rating, four have issued a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating on the company. The average 12-month price target among brokerages that have covered the stock in the last year is $21.62.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Canaccord Genuity downgraded shares of Hibbett Sports (NASDAQ:HIBB) from a buy rating to a hold rating in a research report released on Monday, MarketBeat.com reports. The firm currently has $21.00 target price on the stock, down from their prior target price of $31.00.

Best Medical Stocks To Watch Right Now: HCP, Inc.(HCP)

HCP, Inc. is an independent hybrid real estate investment trust. The fund invests in real estate markets of the United States. It primarily invests in properties serving the healthcare industry including sectors of healthcare such as senior housing, life science, medical office, hospital and skilled nursing. The fund also invests in mezzanine loans and other debt instruments. It engages in acquisition, development, leasing, selling and managing of healthcare real estate and provides mortgage and other financing to healthcare providers. The fund benchmarks the performance of its portfolio against the S&P 500 Index, Berkshire Hathaway Index, and MSCI REIT Index. HCP, Inc. was formed in 1985 and is based in Irvine, California with additional office in Nashville and San Francisco.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    HCP, Inc. (NYSE:HCP) – Equities researchers at Capital One Financial increased their Q1 2019 earnings estimates for HCP in a research report issued to clients and investors on Tuesday, March 12th. Capital One Financial analyst D. Bernstein now expects that the real estate investment trust will post earnings per share of $0.43 for the quarter, up from their previous estimate of $0.42. Capital One Financial also issued estimates for HCP’s Q2 2019 earnings at $0.42 EPS, Q3 2019 earnings at $0.42 EPS, FY2019 earnings at $1.70 EPS, Q1 2020 earnings at $0.44 EPS, Q2 2020 earnings at $0.45 EPS, Q3 2020 earnings at $0.44 EPS, Q4 2020 earnings at $0.44 EPS and FY2020 earnings at $1.77 EPS.

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    HCP, Inc. (NYSE:HCP)Q4 2018 Earnings Conference CallFeb. 14, 2019, 12:00 p.m. ET

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  • [By Reuben Gregg Brewer]

    HCP (NYSE:HCP) and Physicians Realty Trust (NYSE:DOC) both advanced roughly 13%, while Omega Healthcare Investors (NYSE:OHI) jumped a little over 14%. Ventas (NYSE:VTR) and Welltower (NYSE:WELL) joined the party, too, up 10% and 11%, respectively.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    JPMorgan Chase & Co. lowered shares of HCP (NYSE:HCP) from an overweight rating to a neutral rating in a research report report published on Friday, Marketbeat.com reports.

Best Medical Stocks To Watch Right Now: Rand Capital Corporation(RAND)

Rand Capital Corporation is a business development company specializing in venture capital and private equity investments. The firm prefers to make investments in early venture, expansion stage, and in small to medium-sized privately held companies. The firm does not prefer to invest in real estate sector. It invests in companies that are engaged in the exploitation of new or unique products or services. It seeks to invest in companies based in the Western and Upstate New York region and its surrounding states with focus on Buffalo and Niagara region. The firm may invest in region within three to five hour drives from Western New York including Canada. It typically invests between $500,000 and $1.5 million and the total investment in rounds is between $1 million and $5 million. The firm seeks to invest up to maximum of $3 million total per company as part of follow-on investments. The firm seeks to be a lead investor in companies within its geographical area and participates in syndicate with other investors outside it. It prefers to invest in businesses that are unique or possess proprietary right. The firm prefers to be a minority investor and seeks to take a Board seat in its portfolio companies. It typically holds its investments for a period of five to seven years. Rand Capital Corporation was founded in 1969 and is based in Buffalo, New York.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    TheStreet upgraded shares of Rand Capital (NASDAQ:RAND) from a d+ rating to a c rating in a research note released on Wednesday morning.

    RAND traded up $0.02 during trading on Wednesday, reaching $2.99. The company had a trading volume of 252 shares, compared to its average volume of 122,866. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.26, a quick ratio of 315.33 and a current ratio of 315.33. Rand Capital has a 12 month low of $2.05 and a 12 month high of $3.60. The firm has a market cap of $18.88 million, a P/E ratio of 100.00 and a beta of 0.05.

Best Medical Stocks To Watch Right Now: Corrections Corporation of America(CXW)

Corrections Corporation of America, together with its subsidiaries, owns and operates privatized correctional and detention facilities in the United States. It owns, operates, and manages prisons and other correctional facilities; and provides inmate residential and prisoner transportation services for governmental agencies. The company also offers various rehabilitation and educational programs, including basic education, religious services, life skills and employment training, and substance abuse treatment, as well as food services, work and recreational programs, and healthcare services, such as medical, dental, and mental health services. In addition, it leases its facilities to third-party operators. The company serves federal, state, and local correctional and detention authorities. As of December 31, 2012, the company owned and managed 47 correctional and detention facilities; and managed 20 correctional and detention facilities, which it did not own. Corrections Corporation of America was founded in 1983 and is based in Nashville, Tennessee.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Sapience Investments LLC lessened its stake in shares of Corecivic Inc (NYSE:CXW) by 3.3% in the 4th quarter, according to its most recent 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The fund owned 340,070 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock after selling 11,450 shares during the quarter. Sapience Investments LLC owned about 0.29% of Corecivic worth $6,063,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Daiwa Securities Group Inc. increased its position in Corecivic Inc (NYSE:CXW) by 4.5% in the 4th quarter, HoldingsChannel.com reports. The fund owned 18,535 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock after acquiring an additional 800 shares during the quarter. Daiwa Securities Group Inc.’s holdings in Corecivic were worth $330,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Corecivic (NYSE:CXW) issued an update on its FY 2019 earnings guidance on Tuesday morning. The company provided EPS guidance of $2.36-2.44 for the period. Corecivic also updated its Q1 2019 guidance to $0.58-0.60 EPS.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Corecivic (NYSE:CXW) and Acadia Realty Trust (NYSE:AKR) are both mid-cap finance companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, valuation, risk, profitability, analyst recommendations, earnings and institutional ownership.

Best Medical Stocks To Watch Right Now: Kyocera Corporation(KYO)

Kyocera Corporation develops, produces, and distributes ceramic, semiconductor, and electronic products for the information and communications markets, and environment and energy markets worldwide. The company offers thin ceramic based substrates; thin-film ceramic/alumina tape substrates; sapphire substrates; automobiles engine components; mechanical seals; and thread guides for yarn texturing machines; rings for fishing rods and nozzles; and papermaking machinery parts. It also provides various ceramic packages and components and LSI ceramic packages. In addition, the company offers solar energy products, cutting tools, medical and dental implants, and jewelry products and applied ceramic related products. Further, it provides miniature ceramic capacitors, tantalum capacitors, RF modules, and miniature timing devices; and connectors primarily for digital consumer equipment; thin-film products comprising thermal printheads, amorphous silicon photoreceptor drums, and LCDs for office automation equipment and industrial equipment; organic flip-chip packages for application specific integrated circuits; and system in a package substrates for mobile phone handsets. Additionally, the company offers base stations, terminals, and PHS mobile phone handsets; page printers, copying machines, and peripherals; electronic insulation materials and molded products; data center services for mobile phone content distribution services; and management consulting services, as well as involves in the telecommunications engineering business ranging from system development to design, construction, and maintenance services; and IT solutions business, that comprises network and system integration solutions. It distributes its products through its sales personnel and independent distributors. The company was formerly known as Kyoto Ceramic Kabushiki Kaisha and changed its name to Kyocera Corporation in 1982. Kyocera Corporation was founded in 1959 and is headquartered in Kyoto, Japan.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Taiwan Semiconductor Mfg. (NYSE:TSM) and Kyocera (NYSE:KYO) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, valuation, earnings, institutional ownership, risk, analyst recommendations and profitability.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Media stories about Kyocera (NYSE:KYO) have trended somewhat positive this week, according to Accern. The research firm ranks the sentiment of press coverage by analyzing more than 20 million blog and news 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. Kyocera earned a news sentiment score of 0.11 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave press coverage about the electronics maker an impact score of 44.7168933477613 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the next few days.

Best Medical Stocks To Watch Right Now: Tortoise MLP Fund, Inc.(NTG)

Tortoise MLP Fund, Inc. is a non-diversified, closed-end management investment fund. The Fund’s primary investment objective is to seek a high level of total return with an emphasis on current distributions. It invests primarily in master limited partnerships (MLPs) and their affiliates that own and operate a network of pipeline and energy-related logistical infrastructure assets. Under normal circumstances, it invests approximately 80% of its total assets (including assets obtained through leverage) in equity securities of MLPs in energy infrastructure sector, with approximately 50% of its total assets in equity securities of natural gas infrastructure MLPs. The Fund may also invest approximately 50% of its total assets in restricted securities. Its portfolio includes in natural gas/natural gas liquids pipelines, gathering and processing, crude oil pipelines, refined product pipelines, and oil and gas production. Tortoise Capital Advisors, L.L.C. is the investment adviser to the Fund. Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Shares of Northgate plc (LON:NTG) have received an average rating of “Buy” from the six brokerages that are currently covering the firm, MarketBeat.com reports. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a hold rating and five have assigned a buy rating to the company. The average 1 year price target among analysts that have updated their coverage on the stock in the last year is GBX 523.25 ($6.67).

Hot Medical Stocks To Buy Right Now

Zacks Investment Research cut shares of Cross Country Healthcare (NASDAQ:CCRN) from a hold rating to a sell rating in a research note published on Tuesday.

According to Zacks, “Cross Country Healthcare, Inc. is a national leader in providing innovative healthcare workforce solutions and staffing services. Their diverse client base includes both clinical and nonclinical settings, servicing acute care hospitals, physician practice groups, outpatient and ambulatory-care centers, nursing facilities, both public schools and charter schools, rehabilitation and sports medicine clinics, government facilities, and homecare. They are able to place clinicians on travel and per diem assignments, local short-term contracts and permanent positions. They are a market leader in providing flexible workforce management solutions, which include managed services programs (MSP), internal resource pool consulting and development, electronic medical record (EMR) transition staffing, recruitment process outsourcing, predictive modeling and other outsourcing and consultative services. “

Hot Medical Stocks To Buy Right Now: AltaGas Ltd. (ATGFF)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Reuben Gregg Brewer]

    If you are looking for high-yield stocks, it’s very likely that Ferrellgas Partners, L.P. (NYSE:FGP) and AltaGas Ltd. (NASDAQOTH:ATGFF) will be of interest to you, sporting impressive yields of 12% and 8.3%, respectively. Often a higher yield is a good thing, but in this situation, you are probably better off going with the lower, though still robust, yield offered by AltaGas. Here’s why.

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    AltaGas (OTCPK:ATGFF) agreed to acquire WGL (WGL) in January 2017, and the acquisition is still pending regulatory approval in DC, which is expected mid-2018. WGL operates Washington Gas, the gas utility in the region. The interesting play here I think is AltaGas. It offers a fairly well covered 8.5%+ dividend but has been beaten down as a result of concerns over the price paid for the WGL acquisition and the debt it will be required to take on in the deal. If the WGL acquisition does not receive regulatory approval, it’s very possible that AltaGas goes up. And if WGL is approved, it’s obviously a much better acquisition if Amazon picks anywhere in the DC area, as that should fuel a significant population increase for the gas utility business (some estimates of up to 1 million over 10 to 15 years). The projected growth in the gas utility business can serve as the foundation for AltaGas’s broader operations and allow them to finance debt at more attractive levels going forward. A mere re-rating to a market AFFO multiple would lead to substantial gains from the current 10-20% discount to market AFFO multiples, and a premium driven by the growth in Washington Gas could warrant a 10-20% premium to market AFFO multiples.

  • [By Reuben Gregg Brewer]

    Quarterly dividends are the norm in the United States, and if you’re leaning on dividend income, quarterly budgeting is different from monthly budgeting. However, there’s another option if you look hard enough, with Canadian energy companies Vermilion Energy Inc. (NYSE:VET) and AltaGas Ltd. (NASDAQOTH:ATGFF) offering both monthly dividends and sizable yields.

Hot Medical Stocks To Buy Right Now: Jones Soda Co.(JSDA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Jones Soda Co. ( USA ) (OTCMKTS:JSDA) released its quarterly earnings results on Thursday. The company reported ($0.01) EPS for the quarter, Bloomberg Earnings reports. The firm had revenue of $3.93 million for the quarter. Jones Soda Co. ( USA ) had a negative return on equity of 112.17% and a negative net margin of 11.33%.

Hot Medical Stocks To Buy Right Now: Invesco Value Municipal Income Trust(IIM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    6 Meridian bought a new position in Invesco Value Municipal Income Trust (NYSE:IIM) during the second quarter, according to its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The institutional investor bought 62,491 shares of the investment management company’s stock, valued at approximately $883,000. 6 Meridian owned about 0.13% of Invesco Value Municipal Income Trust at the end of the most recent quarter.

Hot Medical Stocks To Buy Right Now: ADDvantage Technologies Group, Inc.(AEY)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Media coverage about ADDvantage Technologies Group (NASDAQ:AEY) has trended positive on Saturday, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. The research firm scores the sentiment of news coverage by analyzing more than twenty million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. ADDvantage Technologies Group earned a media sentiment score of 0.47 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media coverage about the technology company an impact score of 47.0561890892472 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the next several days.

Hot Medical Stocks To Buy Right Now: Tortoise MLP Fund, Inc.(NTG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Shares of Northgate plc (LON:NTG) have received an average rating of “Buy” from the six brokerages that are currently covering the firm, MarketBeat.com reports. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a hold rating and five have assigned a buy rating to the company. The average 1 year price target among analysts that have updated their coverage on the stock in the last year is GBX 523.25 ($6.67).