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Top 5 Safest Stocks To Buy Right Now

Whenever the stock market marches higher, it pushes the prices of many companies higher along with it. But as investors bid up good and bad businesses alike, that can make it hard to discern which companies are the best dividend growth stocks for long-term investors.

That’s especially true in the world of dividend stocks, where income-starved investors face great temptation to reach for high-dividend stocks that offer juicy yields.

Fortunately, Simply Safe Dividends identified the 10 best dividend growth stocks that investors can rely on for secure, fast-growing income.

These companies all have very healthy Dividend Safety Scores, which measure a firm’s most important financial metrics to gauge how likely it is to cut its dividend in the future.

Let’s take a look at 10 of the safest dividend growth stocks in the market. These companies generate excellent free cash flow, maintain safe payout ratios, are committed to rewarding shareholders with healthy dividend increases and have bright long-term outlooks.

Top 5 Safest Stocks To Buy Right Now: Medley Capital Corporation(MCC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Shares of Medley Capital Corp (NYSE:MCC) have been given a consensus rating of “Hold” by the six analysts that are presently covering the firm, MarketBeat reports. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating and four have issued a hold rating on the company. The average twelve-month price target among brokers that have updated their coverage on the stock in the last year is $4.67.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Shares of Medley Capital Corp (NYSE:MCC) have earned an average recommendation of “Hold” from the six research firms that are presently covering the stock, Marketbeat reports. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell recommendation and four have assigned a hold recommendation to the company. The average 1-year target price among brokers that have issued a report on the stock in the last year is $4.67.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Moving Cloud Coin (CURRENCY:MCC) traded down 11% against the U.S. dollar during the one day period ending at 20:00 PM E.T. on September 10th. Moving Cloud Coin has a market capitalization of $0.00 and $1.70 million worth of Moving Cloud Coin was traded on exchanges in the last 24 hours. Over the last seven days, Moving Cloud Coin has traded 18% lower against the U.S. dollar. One Moving Cloud Coin coin can now be bought for $0.0189 or 0.00000300 BTC on popular cryptocurrency exchanges including DOBI trade, BCEX and CoinEgg.

Top 5 Safest Stocks To Buy Right Now: CASI Pharmaceuticals, Inc.(CASI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Maxx Chatsko]

    Shares of CASI Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:CASI) jumped nearly 32% today after the small-cap pharma announced a new contract drug-manufacturing pact in China. The company now will rely on Yiling Wanzhou International Pharmaceuticals for manufacturing two drugs: entecavir and cilostazol. 

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    BidaskClub downgraded shares of CASI Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:CASI) from a strong-buy rating to a buy rating in a report released on Saturday morning.

Top 5 Safest Stocks To Buy Right Now: Pinnacle Entertainment Inc.(PNK)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Travis Hoium]

    If the acquisition of Pinnacle Entertainment (NASDAQ:PNK) closes as planned later this year, the company will be set up to further consolidate its power in the regional gaming market. Here’s how it became the market-beating stock it is today and why that performance could continue long-term. 

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Pinnacle Entertainment (NASDAQ:PNK)’s share price hit a new 52-week high and low during trading on Thursday . The company traded as low as $34.32 and last traded at $34.40, with a volume of 26039 shares changing hands. The stock had previously closed at $33.85.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Xenia Hotels & Resorts (NASDAQ: PNK) and Pinnacle Entertainment (NASDAQ:PNK) are both finance companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, profitability, valuation, risk, institutional ownership, earnings and analyst recommendations.

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

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Top 5 Safest Stocks To Buy Right Now: Energy Focus, Inc.(EFOI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Shares of Energy Focus Inc (NASDAQ:EFOI) have been assigned an average recommendation of “Hold” from the six brokerages that are currently covering the company, MarketBeat Ratings reports. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, three have issued a hold rating and one has issued a buy rating on the company. The average 1-year price objective among analysts that have updated their coverage on the stock in the last year is $4.00.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Get a free copy of the Zacks research report on Energy Focus (EFOI)

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Top 5 Safest Stocks To Buy Right Now: LKQ Corporation(LKQ)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The S&P 500 stock posting the largest daily percentage loss ahead of the close Thursday was LKQ Corp. (NASDAQ: LKQ) which traded down about 19% at $30.43. The stock’s 52-week range is $29.60 to $43.86. Volume was 15 million compared to the daily average volume of 1.8 million.

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    LKQ (NASDAQ:LKQ) has found itself an extremely profitable niche in the auto parts and accessories business. By concentrating largely on the specialty and alternative market, LKQ aims to capture higher-margin business that many other parts manufacturers choose not to pursue. That’s generally been a winning formula for the company over the long run.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Amundi Pioneer Asset Management Inc. increased its position in shares of LKQ Co. (NASDAQ:LKQ) by 11.1% in the first quarter, according to the company in its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The firm owned 590,729 shares of the auto parts company’s stock after purchasing an additional 59,069 shares during the period. Amundi Pioneer Asset Management Inc. owned approximately 0.19% of LKQ worth $22,418,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

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

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Top 10 Bank Stocks To Buy For 2018

Congratulations, America. The economy is finally back to normal.

That’s what John Williams, the head of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, declared Wednesday.

“The data have spoken, and the message is clear: We’ve largely attained the hard-sought recovery we’ve been after for the past nine years,” Williams told the Forecasters Club, a gathering of economists, in New York. He dubbed it a “Goldilocks economy.”

Unemployment peaked at 10% after the Great Recession. Today it’s just 4.7%, a level Williams said constitutes “full employment” because there will always be some job seekers, even in a healthy economy. Inflation is also “nearing” the Fed’s goal of 2%, he said.

The Fed raised interest rates this month for only the third time since the financial crisis. The central bank is expected to raise rates two more times this year, but Williams hinted again that three more hikes might be appropriate in 2017.

He said Wednesday that the Fed is as close “as we’ve ever been” to achieving its goals of full employment and stable inflation.

Top 10 Bank Stocks To Buy For 2018: The ExOne Company(XONE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Short interest in The ExOne Co. (NASDAQ: XONE) fell by 1.7% to 1.86 million shares. About 19.8% of the company’s shares were short. ExOne’s share price jumped by about 14.2% in the period. The stock’s 52-week range is $6.72 to $14.43, and shares closed at $10.39 on Wednesday, up about 1.6% for the day. Days to cover rose from eight to 11.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Short interest in The ExOne Co. (NASDAQ: XONE) rose by 4.9% to 2.38 million shares. About 24.4% of the company’s shares were short. ExOne’s share price fell by about 3.4% in the period ending April 30. The stock’s 52-week range is $6.72 to $14.43, and shares closed at $7.19 on Wednesday, up about 2.7% for the day. Days to cover rose from 22 to 23.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Ex One (NASDAQ: XONE) and Voxeljet (NYSE:VJET) are both small-cap industrial products companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, earnings, valuation, analyst recommendations, dividends, risk and institutional ownership.

Top 10 Bank Stocks To Buy For 2018: National Grid Transco, PLC(NGG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Reaves W H & Co. Inc. lessened its holdings in National Grid plc (NYSE:NGG) by 15.3% during the 1st quarter, according to the company in its most recent 13F filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The fund owned 275,481 shares of the utilities provider’s stock after selling 49,687 shares during the period. Reaves W H & Co. Inc.’s holdings in National Grid were worth $15,546,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission.

Top 10 Bank Stocks To Buy For 2018: Amarin Corporation PLC(AMRN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    BidaskClub upgraded shares of Amarin (NASDAQ:AMRN) from a strong sell rating to a sell rating in a report released on Friday morning.

    A number of other equities research analysts have also weighed in on AMRN. ValuEngine upgraded shares of Amarin from a sell rating to a hold rating in a report on Wednesday. Cantor Fitzgerald set a $10.00 price objective on shares of Amarin and gave the stock a buy rating in a report on Wednesday. HC Wainwright reiterated a buy rating on shares of Amarin in a report on Thursday, March 1st. Finally, Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of Amarin from a hold rating to a sell rating in a report on Friday, March 2nd. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, one has given a hold rating and three have issued a buy rating to the company. Amarin currently has a consensus rating of Hold and a consensus target price of $7.75.

Top 10 Bank Stocks To Buy For 2018: Porter Bancorp Inc.(PBIB)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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    These are the top 5 holdings of PATRIOT FINANCIAL PARTNERS GP, LPBanc of California Inc (BANC) – 2,850,564 shares, 32.49% of the total portfolio. Meta Financial Group Inc (CASH) – 397,069 shares, 25.6% of the total portfolio. Guaranty Bancorp (GBNK) – 1,391,767 shares, 23.3% of the total portfolio. MBT Financial Corp (MBTF) – 2,060,302 shares, 13.08% of the total portfolio. Sterling Bancorp (STL) – 323,980 shares, 4.31% of the total portfolio.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Media stories about Porter Bancorp (NASDAQ:PBIB) have trended somewhat positive this week, Accern Sentiment reports. Accern identifies negative and positive news coverage by analyzing more than twenty million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Porter Bancorp earned a media sentiment score of 0.07 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news coverage about the financial services provider an impact score of 44.3359026173577 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the near future.

Top 10 Bank Stocks To Buy For 2018: Nuveen Select Tax Free Income Portfolio(NXP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Vivaldi Capital Management LLC increased its stake in Nuveen Select Tax-Free Income (NYSE:NXP) by 64.5% in the 1st quarter, according to the company in its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The institutional investor owned 32,927 shares of the financial services provider’s stock after acquiring an additional 12,906 shares during the period. Vivaldi Capital Management LLC owned approximately 0.20% of Nuveen Select Tax-Free Income worth $462,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

Top 10 Bank Stocks To Buy For 2018: CIM Commercial Trust Corporation(CMCT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Crowd Machine (CURRENCY:CMCT) traded 9.6% lower against the US dollar during the 24-hour period ending at 0:00 AM ET on May 14th. Over the last week, Crowd Machine has traded down 49% against the US dollar. One Crowd Machine token can now be bought for approximately $0.0436 or 0.00000499 BTC on exchanges including Coinhub, BitForex and HitBTC. Crowd Machine has a market capitalization of $0.00 and $233,116.00 worth of Crowd Machine was traded on exchanges in the last 24 hours.

  • [By Jack Delaney]

    CIM Commercial Trust Corp. (NYSE: CMCT) acquires, owns, and operates office properties in the United States.

    It has a portfolio of more than 100 buildings that is valued at a combined $25 billion, according to BizJournals.com.

Top 10 Bank Stocks To Buy For 2018: Pinnacle Entertainment Inc.(PNK)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Pinnacle Entertainment (NASDAQ:PNK)’s share price hit a new 52-week high and low during trading on Thursday . The company traded as low as $34.32 and last traded at $34.40, with a volume of 26039 shares changing hands. The stock had previously closed at $33.85.

  • [By Travis Hoium]

    If the acquisition of Pinnacle Entertainment (NASDAQ:PNK) closes as planned later this year, the company will be set up to further consolidate its power in the regional gaming market. Here’s how it became the market-beating stock it is today and why that performance could continue long-term.

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

Top 10 Bank Stocks To Buy For 2018: M.D.C. Holdings, Inc.(MDC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    MDC (NYSE:MDC)‘s stock had its “buy” rating reiterated by equities research analysts at Raymond James in a report released on Tuesday, MarketBeat reports. They presently have a $39.00 target price on the construction company’s stock, up from their previous target price of $35.00. Raymond James’ target price indicates a potential upside of 26.09% from the company’s current price.

Top 10 Bank Stocks To Buy For 2018: Colliers International Group Inc. (CIGI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    BidaskClub lowered shares of Colliers International Gr (NASDAQ:CIGI) (TSE:CIGI) from a buy rating to a hold rating in a research report released on Wednesday morning.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    A number of hedge funds have recently made changes to their positions in the business. Beutel Goodman & Co Ltd. acquired a new position in Colliers International Gr during the fourth quarter valued at approximately $117,633,000. Renaissance Technologies LLC lifted its position in Colliers International Gr by 4.5% during the fourth quarter. Renaissance Technologies LLC now owns 859,200 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $51,856,000 after buying an additional 36,800 shares in the last quarter. Mackenzie Financial Corp lifted its position in Colliers International Gr by 305.1% during the fourth quarter. Mackenzie Financial Corp now owns 305,329 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $18,427,000 after buying an additional 229,960 shares in the last quarter. The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company lifted its position in Colliers International Gr by 31.6% during the fourth quarter. The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company now owns 261,450 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $15,779,000 after buying an additional 62,834 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Deutsche Bank AG lifted its position in Colliers International Gr by 25.2% during the fourth quarter. Deutsche Bank AG now owns 234,768 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $14,168,000 after buying an additional 47,253 shares in the last quarter. 72.69% of the stock is currently owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

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Top 10 Bank Stocks To Buy For 2018: Strayer Education, Inc.(STRA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

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

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    Form 4 STRAYER EDUCATION INC For: May 01 Filed by: MILANO TODD A (streetinsider.com) Q2 2018 Earnings Forecast for Strayer Education (STRA) Issued By Piper Jaffray (americanbankingnews.com) Strayer Education (STRA) Price Target Raised to $118.00 (americanbankingnews.com) Strayer Education (STRA) Q1 Earnings Beat, Enrollments Up (msn.com) Edited Transcript of STRA earnings conference call or presentation 2-May-18 2:00pm GMT (finance.yahoo.com)

    A number of brokerages recently weighed in on STRA. BidaskClub upgraded shares of Strayer Education from a “buy” rating to a “strong-buy” rating in a report on Wednesday, April 18th. BMO Capital Markets restated a “buy” rating and set a $107.00 target price on shares of Strayer Education in a report on Wednesday, April 11th. Piper Jaffray upgraded shares of Strayer Education from a “neutral” rating to an “overweight” rating in a report on Monday, March 5th. TheStreet cut shares of Strayer Education from a “b” rating to a “c+” rating in a report on Tuesday, March 13th. Finally, First Analysis upgraded shares of Strayer Education from an “equal weight” rating to an “overweight” rating and raised their target price for the stock from $105.00 to $112.00 in a report on Sunday, March 4th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a hold rating and five have issued a buy rating to the company. Strayer Education presently has an average rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $106.50.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Strayer Education (NASDAQ:STRA) CEO Raymond Karl Mcdonnell sold 13,100 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Thursday, May 3rd. The shares were sold at an average price of $108.55, for a total value of $1,422,005.00. Following the transaction, the chief executive officer now owns 178,903 shares in the company, valued at approximately $19,419,920.65. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at the SEC website.

Top 5 China Stocks To Own For 2018

NXP Semiconductors NV (NASDAQ:NXPI) stock was flying high Monday on news of possible relaxing trade restrictions between the U.S and China.

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The increase to NXPI stock comes after President Donald Trump made a statement about getting smartphone maker ZTE up and running again. There is a ban on trades with the company due to violations.

Trade talks between the two countries are expected to proceed and may result in a better relationship. This includes opening the way for NXP Semiconductors to be acquired by Qualcomm, Inc. (NASDAQ:QCOM).

Qualcomm, Inc. and NXP Semiconductors NV first entered into an agreement back in 2016 for QCOM to acquire all outstanding shares of NXPI stock. However, Chinese regulators stepped in to stop the deal. Now China is looking into the matter again.

Top 5 China Stocks To Own For 2018: Pinnacle Entertainment Inc.(PNK)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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

    Pinnacle Entertainment (NASDAQ:PNK)’s share price hit a new 52-week high and low during trading on Thursday . The company traded as low as $34.32 and last traded at $34.40, with a volume of 26039 shares changing hands. The stock had previously closed at $33.85.

  • [By Travis Hoium]

    If the acquisition of Pinnacle Entertainment (NASDAQ:PNK) closes as planned later this year, the company will be set up to further consolidate its power in the regional gaming market. Here’s how it became the market-beating stock it is today and why that performance could continue long-term.

Top 5 China Stocks To Own For 2018: Vanda Pharmaceuticals Inc.(VNDA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Shares of Vanda Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ:VNDA) have been assigned an average recommendation of “Buy” from the eight ratings firms that are covering the stock, Marketbeat reports. One research analyst has rated the stock with a hold recommendation and seven have issued a buy recommendation on the company. The average 1-year price target among brokerages that have covered the stock in the last year is $22.40.

Top 5 China Stocks To Own For 2018: SINOPEC Shangai Petrochemical Company Ltd.(SHI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Shanghai Petrochemical (NYSE: SHI) and Eastman Chemical (NYSE:EMN) are both basic materials companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, earnings, dividends, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, valuation and profitability.

Top 5 China Stocks To Own For 2018: Advantage Lithium Corp. (AVLIF)

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    Advantage Lithium (OTCQX:AVLIF) is a strategic advanced junior lithium exploration company that operates between Lithium Americas and Orocobre in the Cauchari-Olaroz basin. Orocobre is the largest shareholder in the company with a 30% equity stake, coupled with a 25% interest in the project. Over the past few months, the company has been moving towards completing the second stage of its drilling campaign, which will be completed in May 2018 and will then be followed on with an updated Natural Resource Estimate Study. This will allow the company to move into phase three of its drilling efforts, which will utilize larger drills to further define the resource, with a Feasibility Study expected to be completed in the first part of 2019.

Top 5 China Stocks To Own For 2018: News Corporation(NWS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    New Media Inv Group (NYSE: NEWM) and News (NASDAQ:NWS) are both consumer staples companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, analyst recommendations, earnings, profitability, valuation, risk and institutional ownership.

Pinnacle Entertainment (PNK) Sets New 1-Year High and Low at $34.32

Pinnacle Entertainment (NASDAQ:PNK)’s share price hit a new 52-week high and low during trading on Thursday . The company traded as low as $34.32 and last traded at $34.40, with a volume of 26039 shares changing hands. The stock had previously closed at $33.85.

A number of equities analysts have recently commented on the stock. BidaskClub cut shares of Pinnacle Entertainment from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Wednesday, January 31st. ValuEngine upgraded shares of Pinnacle Entertainment from a “buy” rating to a “strong-buy” rating in a research report on Wednesday, May 2nd. SunTrust Banks restated an “average” rating and set a $35.00 target price on shares of Pinnacle Entertainment in a research report on Monday, February 5th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research raised Pinnacle Entertainment from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Thursday, March 1st. Seven investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, four have assigned a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the stock. The stock has an average rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $30.14.

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The company has a quick ratio of 0.85, a current ratio of 0.89 and a debt-to-equity ratio of -12.88. The stock has a market cap of $1.96 billion, a PE ratio of 33.62 and a beta of 1.40.

Pinnacle Entertainment (NASDAQ:PNK) last released its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, May 9th. The company reported $0.35 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.30 by $0.05. Pinnacle Entertainment had a negative return on equity of 20.78% and a net margin of 2.66%. The company had revenue of $628.40 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $638.64 million. During the same quarter in the prior year, the business posted $0.28 earnings per share. The company’s revenue for the quarter was down 1.8% compared to the same quarter last year. research analysts anticipate that Pinnacle Entertainment will post 1.23 EPS for the current year.

Several large investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the stock. Cubist Systematic Strategies LLC acquired a new position in shares of Pinnacle Entertainment in the 1st quarter valued at $328,000. Point72 Asset Management L.P. purchased a new stake in shares of Pinnacle Entertainment during the 1st quarter worth about $295,000. Guggenheim Capital LLC raised its stake in shares of Pinnacle Entertainment by 445.1% during the 1st quarter. Guggenheim Capital LLC now owns 37,104 shares of the company’s stock worth $1,117,000 after purchasing an additional 30,297 shares in the last quarter. Bluefin Trading LLC purchased a new stake in shares of Pinnacle Entertainment during the 1st quarter worth about $3,124,000. Finally, Jane Street Group LLC bought a new position in shares of Pinnacle Entertainment in the 1st quarter valued at approximately $441,000. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 84.33% of the company’s stock.

Pinnacle Entertainment Company Profile

Pinnacle Entertainment, Inc owns, develops, and operates casinos and related hospitality and entertainment facilities in the United States. It operates through Midwest, South, and West segments. As of February 28, 2018, the company owned and operated 16 gaming entertainment businesses located in Colorado, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, Ohio, and Pennsylvania.

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Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Travis Hoium]

    If the acquisition of Pinnacle Entertainment (NASDAQ:PNK) closes as planned later this year, the company will be set up to further consolidate its power in the regional gaming market. Here’s how it became the market-beating stock it is today and why that performance could continue long-term.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Pinnacle Entertainment (NASDAQ:PNK)’s share price hit a new 52-week high and low during trading on Thursday . The company traded as low as $34.32 and last traded at $34.40, with a volume of 26039 shares changing hands. The stock had previously closed at $33.85.

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Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

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Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

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    Santarelli also revisited Las Vegas Sands and there too, he likes what he sees. He writes:

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    As for WYNN, we believe near-term estimates continue to take a back seat to capital return

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MGC Diagnostics Corporation designs, markets, and sells non-invasive cardiorespiratory diagnostic products under the MGC Diagnostics, MedGraphics, and Medisoft names in the United States and internationally. Its pulmonary function products comprise the Medical Graphics CPF S/D USB, and Medisoft Micro 5000 and Micro 6000 spirometers; Medical Graphics Ultima PF Series, Medisoft SpiroAir, and Medisoft HypAir; Medical Graphics Platinum Elite and Medisoft BodyBox Series; and Medisoft FeNO, FeNO+, and HypAir Muscle Study Systems. These products include applications that enable the early detection of lung disease; evaluate the effect of medication; monitor patients with chronic disease; diagnose lung diseases; manage treatment; assess the surgical risk of lung transplant and lung reduction candidates; and evaluate the impact of diseases, such as neuromuscular disease on breathing. The companys gas exchange testing products comprise the Ultima CPX metabolic stress testing system, Ultima CardiO2 gas exchange analysis system, CCM Express indirect calorimeter, VO2000 metabolic measurement system, Ergocard Clinical, Ergocard Professional gas exchange analysis system, and Ergocard ECG. These products applications consist of screening for early signs of cardiac and pulmonary dysfunction through diagnosis, establishing exercise prescriptions and training programs, evaluating the efficacy of prescribed therapy, and determining appropriate nutritional support requirements. MGC Diagnostics Corporation sells its products through direct sales force and distributors to hospitals, university-based medical centers, medical clinics, physician offices, pharmaceutical companies, medical device manufacturers, and clinical research organizations. The company was formerly known as Angeion Corporation and changed its name to MGC Diagnostics Corporation in August 2012. MGC Diagnostics Corporation was founded in 1986 and is h eadquartered in Saint Paul, Minnesota.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

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Key Tronic Corporation, doing business as KeyTronicEMS Co., together with its subsidiaries, provides electronic manufacturing services (EMS) to original equipment manufacturers primarily in the United States, Mexico, and China. Its EMS services include product design, surface mount technologies for printed circuit board assembly, tool making, precision plastic molding, liquid injection molding, automated tape winding, prototype design, and full product builds. The company also manufactures keyboards and other input devices for personal computers. Key Tronic markets its products and services primarily through its direct sales department aided by field sales people and distributors. The company was founded in 1968 and is headquartered in Spokane Valley, Washington.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Computer Peripherals: This industry rose 2.21% by 10:15 am ET. The top performer in this industry was Key Tronic (NASDAQ: KTCC), which gained 0.3%. Key Tronic’s trailing-twelve-month ROE is 14.57%.

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Intrexon Corporation, a biotechnology company, operates in the synthetic biology field in the United States. The company, through a suite of proprietary and complementary technologies, designs, builds, and regulates gene programs, which are DNA sequences that consist of key genetic components. Its technologies include UltraVector gene design and fabrication platform, and its associated library of modular DNA components; cell systems informatics; RheoSwitch inducible gene switch; AttSite Recombinases; protein engineering; mAbLogix; and laser-enabled analysis and processing. Intrexon Corporation has collaboration agreements with ZIOPHARM Oncology, Inc.; Synthetic Biologics, Inc.; Oragenics, Inc.; Fibrocell Science, Inc.; Genopaver, LLC; AquaBounty Technologies, Inc.; S & I Ophthalmic, LLC; Biological & Popular Culture, Inc.; OvaXon, LLC; Intrexon Energy Partners, LLC; Persea Bio, LLC; Janssen Pharmaceutica NV; and strategic coll aboration and licensing agreement with Merck Serono S.A. The company was formerly known as Genomatix Ltd. and changed its name to Intrexon Corporation in 2005. Intrexon Corporation was founded in 1998 and is based in Germantown, Maryland.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

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Top 10 Media Stocks To Own For 2016: Advance Auto Parts Inc(AAP)

 

Advance Auto Parts, Inc., through its subsidiaries, engages in the automotive replacement parts, accessories, batteries, and maintenance items for domestic and imported cars, vans, sport utility vehicles, and light and heavy duty trucks. It offers automotive parts, including alternators, batteries, belts and hoses, brakes and brake pads, chassis parts, climate control parts, clutches, driveshafts, engines and engine parts, ignition parts, lighting, radiators, starters, spark plugs and wires, steering and alignment parts, transmissions, water pumps, and windshield wiper blades; and accessories, such as air fresheners, automotive paints, anti-theft devices, emergency road kits, floor mats, ice scrapers, mirrors, seat and steering wheel covers, and vent shades. The company also provides chemicals comprising antifreeze, brake and power steering fluid, car washes and waxes, freon, fuel additives, and windshield washer fluid; oils, transmission fluids, and other automotive petroleum products; and battery and wiper installation, battery charging, check engine light reading, electrical system testing, video clinics, and oil and battery recycling services, as well as loaner tool programs. In addition, it sells products online through AdvanceAutoParts.com and Worldpac.com. The company serves do-it-for-me, or Commercial, and do-it-yourselfcustomers, as well as independently-owned operators. As of January 2, 2016, it operated a total of 5,171 stores and 122 branches; and served approximately 1,300 independently-owned Carquest stores in the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Advance Auto Parts, Inc. was founded in 1929 and is headquartered in Roanoke, Virginia.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Advance Auto Parts, Inc. (NYSE: AAP) shares 11.02 percent to $128.21 in pre-market trading. Advance Auto Parts reported weaker-than-expected quarterly results and announced the resignation of CFO Mike Norona.

Top 10 Media Stocks To Own For 2016: Baker Hughes Incorporated(BHI)

 

Baker Hughes Incorporated supplies oilfield services, products, technology, and systems to the oil and natural gas industry worldwide. The company offers drilling and evaluation products and services, which include drill bits for performance drilling, hole enlargement, and coring; conventional and rotary steerable systems used to drill wells; measurement-while-drilling and logging-while-drilling systems to perform reservoir navigation services; drilling optimization services; tools for coil tubing drilling and wellbore re-entry systems; coring drilling systems; surface logging; emulsion and water-based drilling fluids systems; reservoir drill-in fluids; and fluids environmental services. Its drilling and evaluation products and services also comprise wire line services, such as tools for open hole and cased hole well logging to gather data to perform petro physical and geophysical analysis; reservoir evaluation coring; casing perforation; fluid characterization; production logging; well integrity testing; pipe recovery; and seismic and micro seismic services. In addition, the company provides completion and production products and services consisting of completion systems used to control the flow of hydrocarbons within a wellbore; wellbore intervention products and services to enhance the performance of existing wellbores; intelligent production system products and services to monitor and control the production from individual wells or fields; artificial lifts, such as electric submersible pump systems, progressing cavity pump systems, gas lift systems, and surface horizontal pumping systems to lift oil and water; chemicals and chemical application systems; and cementing, stimulation, and coil tubing services. Further, it offers industrial products and services to the downstream chemicals, and process and pipeline industries. The company was founded in 1972 and is headquartered in Houston, Texas.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Javier Hasse]

    Like every Friday for the past 70 years, Baker Hughes Incorporated (NYSE: BHI) issued its rotary rig counts. As of April 15, the United States had 440 active rigs, down from 443 last Friday and from 954 a year ago. Canada also saw a (2.4 percent) decrease in active rigs this week, to 40. A year ago, the count ascended to 80.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    FBR’s Thomas Curran and Mark Kelley contend that Halliburton (HAL) and Baker Hughes (BHI) will need General Electric’s (GE) help if their merger–blocked yesterday by the Department of Justice–is to succeed:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    On a great day for theVanEck Vectors Oil Services ETF (OIH) and big holdings like Schlumberger (SLB), Halliburton (HAL), and Baker Hughes (BHI), Weatherford International (WFT) is doing better than most. One reason: Barclays analystsJ. David Anderson andWilliam Thompson upgraded Weatherford to Overweight from Equal Weight. They explain why:

Top 10 Media Stocks To Own For 2016: Extra Space Storage Inc(EXR)

 

Extra Space Storage, Inc. operates as a real estate investment trust (REIT) in the United States. It engages in property management and development activities that include acquiring, managing, developing, and selling, as well as the rental of self-storage facilities. As of December 31, 2006, Extra Space Storage owned interests in 567 properties located in 32 states and Washington, D.C., as well as managed 74 properties owned by franchisees or third parties. As a REIT, the company would not be subject to federal corporate income taxes if it distributes at least 90% of its taxable income to its stockholders. The company was founded in 1977 and is based in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shauna O’Brien]

    On Tuesday, Goldman Sachs announced that it has removed Extra Space Storage, Inc. (EXR) from its Conviction Buy List.

    The firm has maintained a “Buy” rating on EXR, and has lowered the company’s price target from $51 to $50. This price target suggests a 12% upside from the stock’s current price of $43.94.

    Analyst Andrew Rosivach commented: “We think the stock is inexpensive on forward 2018E AFFO, but the higher 2014E multiple may require the stock to consolidate.”

    Extra Space Storage shares were down 21 cents, or 0.47%, during Tuesday morning trading. The stock is up 21% YTD.

Top 10 Media Stocks To Own For 2016: Outerwall Inc.(OUTR)

 

Outerwall Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides automated retail solutions primarily in the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, Ireland, and the United Kingdom. Its Redbox segment owns and operates approximately 40,480 Redbox kiosks in 33,060 locations that enable consumers to rent or purchase movies and video games. The companys Coinstar segment owns and operates approximately 20,930 coin-counting kiosks in 19,660 locations, which enable consumers to convert their coin to cash, convert coins and paper bills to stored value products, and exchange gift cards for cash. The companys ecoATM segment owns and operates approximately 2,250 kiosks in 2,020 locations that enable consumers to purchase and sell electronic devices for cash at self-service kiosks. Its ecoATM segment also operates gazelle.com, a direct-to-consumer online solution for the purchase and sale of certain electronic devices for cash. The companys other co ncepts and investments include identifying, evaluating, building, acquiring, and developing self-service concepts in the automated retail space. The company was formerly known as Coinstar, Inc. and changed its name to Outerwall Inc. in June 2013. Outerwall Inc. was founded in 1991 and is headquartered in Bellevue, Washington.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Outerwall (NASDAQ: OUTR) lowered its forecast for the third quarter and full year. Outerwall shares dipped 19.96% to $44.80 in after-hours trading.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Outerwall (NASDAQ: OUTR) plummeted 12.08% to $49.21 after the company lowered its forecast for the third quarter and full year.

    JinkoSolar Holding Co (NYSE: JKS) dropped 9.88% to $16.87 after the company announced the offering of 3,500,000 American Depositary Shares.

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Shares of Outerwall Inc (NASDAQ: OUTR) surged over 8 percent in Monday’s after-hours trading session following news for investors the company has begun the process of exploring strategic and financial alternatives. Outerwall’s Board also announced the raising of the company’s quarterly dividend from $0.30 to $0.60 per share. Outerwall shares jumped 8.11 percent to $37.18 in the after-hours trading session.

  • [By Jake L’Ecuyer]

    Equities Trading DOWN
    Shares of Outerwall (NASDAQ: OUTR) were down 16.03 percent to $47.00 after the company lowered its forecast for the third quarter and full year. Werner Enterprises (NASDAQ: WERN) shares tumbled 4.71 percent to $23.26 after the company issued a weak third-quarter profit forecast. Bank of America downgraded the stock from Buy to Neutral. Pandora Media (NYSE: P) down, falling 1.71 percent to $23.58 as the company announced its plans to sell 14 million shares of common stock, including 4 million shares from current stockholders.

Top 10 Beverage Companies To Invest In 2016

Erin Andrews sues hotel over stalker videos “On the one hand she’s living the dream, her dream. On the other hand she’s living with a nightmare.”

That’s what Erin Andrews’ attorney told a Nashville jury Friday during closing arguments in her $75 million lawsuit over a nude video that was recorded and posted online without her consent.

Andrews’ attorney, Bruce Broillet, urged the 12 jurors — seven women and five men — to see themselves as potential hotel guests.

“We turn ourselves over to hotels and their protection,” he said. “Hotels need to meet reasonable expectations of security.”

He argued that in Andrews’ case there was negligence and these expectations were not met.

Top 10 Beverage Companies To Invest In 2016: Portola Pharmaceuticals, Inc.(PTLA)

 

Portola Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company, develops and commercializes therapeutics for patients in the areas of thrombosis, other hematologic disorders, and inflammation. Its lead compound, Betrixaban, is an oral, once-daily Factor Xa inhibitor in Phase III clinical trial for venous thromboembolism prophylaxis in acute medically ill patients in-hospital and post discharge. The companys other lead development candidate, Andexanet alfa, a recombinant protein that is in Phase III registration studies designed to reverse the anticoagulant activity in patients treated with a Factor Xa inhibitor who suffer an uncontrolled bleeding episode or undergo emergency surgery. It has collaboration agreements with Biogen Idec Inc.; Bristol-Myers Squibb Company; Pfizer Inc.; Bayer Pharma, AG; Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; Daiichi Sankyo, Inc.; and Lees Pharmaceutical (HK) Ltd. The company is also developing Cerdulatinib, which is in Phase I/IIa proof-of-concept study, an orally available kinase inhibitor that inhibits spleen tyrosine kinase and janus kinases enzymes, which regulate signaling pathways, as well as for hematologic, or blood, cancers, and inflammatory disorders. In addition, it is involved in the development of PRT2607, a selective Syk inhibitor. Portola Pharmaceuticals, Inc. has a collaboration with Bristol-Myers Squibb and Pfizer Inc. to develop and commercialize apixaban, an oral anticoagulant. The company was founded in 2003 and is headquartered in South San Francisco, California.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Portola Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: PTLA) shares dropped 30 percent to $20.08 after announcing Phase III Betrixaban results.

    Shares of Spark Energy Inc (NASDAQ: SPKE) were down 14 percent to $20.96. Spark Energy reported Q4 GAAP EPS of $(0.01) and adjusted EBITDA of $16.3 million.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Portola Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: PTLA) shares dropped 23 percent to $21.92 after announcing Phase III Betrixaban results.

    Shares of Spark Energy Inc (NASDAQ: SPKE) were down 16 percent to $20.43. Spark Energy reported Q4 GAAP EPS of $(0.01) and adjusted EBITDA of $16.3 million.

Top 10 Beverage Companies To Invest In 2016: AAON Inc.(AAON)

AAON, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, engages in the manufacture and sale of air conditioning and heating equipment primarily in the United States and Canada. The company offers rooftop units, chillers, air-handling units, make-up air units, heat recovery units, condensing units, commercial self contained units, and coils. It serves the commercial and industrial new construction and replacement markets. AAON, Inc. sells its products through manufacturers representatives and internal sales force. The company was founded in 1987 and is based in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jonas Elmerraji]

    We’re seeing the exact same setup in shares of small-cap HVAC firm Aaon (AAON). The biggest difference is that in AAON’s case, the ascending triangle pattern is coming in at the top of this stock’s recent price action, not at the bottom. That makes this a more textbook trade for September.

    Another important difference is the fact that AAON hasn’t triggered yet. Shares have been coiling below $26 resistance since the middle of the summer; a breakout above that $26 level is the indicator that it’s time to buy. Whenever you’re looking at any technical price pattern, it’s critical to think in terms of buyers and sellers. Triangles and other price pattern names are a good quick way to explain what’s going on in this stock, but they’re not the reason it’s tradable. Instead, it all comes down to supply and demand for shares.

    That resistance line at $26 is a price where there’s an excess of supply of shares; in other words, it’s a place where sellers have been more eager to take recent gains and sell their shares than buyers have been to buy. That’s what makes the move above it so significant — a breakout indicates that buyers are finally strong enough to absorb all of the excess supply above that price level.

    Wait for that to happen before you put your money on this trade.

Top 5 Cheap Companies To Invest In Right Now: Transocean Inc.(RIG)

Transocean Ltd. provides offshore contract drilling services for oil and gas wells worldwide. It offers deepwater and harsh environment drilling, oil and gas drilling management, and drilling engineering and drilling project management services. The company also offers well and logistics services. In addition, it engages in oil and gas exploration, development, and production activities primarily in the United States offshore Louisiana and Texas, and in the United Kingdom sector of the North Sea. As of February 10, 2011, the company owned, had partial ownership interests in, and operated 138 mobile offshore drilling units, including 47 high-specification floaters, 25 midwater floaters, 9 high-specification jackups, 54 standard jackups, and 3 other rigs, as well as 1 ultra-deepwater floater and 3 high-specification jackups under construction. Transocean Ltd. was founded in 1953 and is based in Zug, Switzerland.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Goldman Sachs analystWaqar Syed and team see “green shoots [appearing] in the distance” for oil-field-services sector…just not offshore drillers. They explain why they cut Atwood Oceanics (ATW) and Noble (NE) to sell, where they join Transocean (RIG):

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Transocean (RIG) beat earnings forecasts and probably has enough cash but Jefferies analyst Eduardo Royes and team still consider its stock to be a bigger risk when compared to its peers (I’m guessing they mean Diamond Offshore Drilling (DO), Noble (NE) and Ensco (ESV), among others). They explain why:

    Matthew Lloyd/Bloomberg News

    We tweak estimates and raise our PT on lower opex in normalized (as with peers). Liquidity doesn’t look to be an issue in the next few years, but the overhang forTransocean is unchangedwith 16 mostly older UDW floaters uncontracted today and our inability to see enough of an activity ramp to absorb re-entry of these rigs through 2018, downside risk is outsized versus peers. Normalized valuation feels reasonable, but it might give too much credit to UDW activity.

    Tough to see the market growing enough to absorb uncontracted rigs. We commendTransocean for figuring out how to materially lower its stacking costs on UDW rigs, and are willing to giveTransocean the benefit of the doubt that reactivation costs for some of these assets may not be significant today. That said, with the floater rigcount likely on pace to fall through YE16 (into the 150-160 range from 190 today), and given the seemingly low likelihood that floater activity in 2017 can do better than stabilize, oversupply conditions simply feel too great to allow for these rigs to come back for years to come (thus calling into question their longer-term economic viability). Although we do not believe there is a material technical disadvantage to Transocean’s older floaters, we suspect the first rigs to secure UDW work as (if) demand starts to emerge will be the currently committed 2013+ deliveries (“6th Gen V 2.0″ rigs), of which many roll off contract in 2017. What’s more, we suspect that more sister units to these 6G V 2.0 rigs will also come into contention for work as (1) better capitalized drillers will likely be w

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Following a November 2011 leak of about 3,600 barrels of oil from a rig offshore of Brazil, Chevron Corp. (NYSE: CVX) and driller Transocean Ltd. (NYSE: RIG) were slapped with a penalty of $17.5 billion by the governments public prosecutors office. That payment reportedly hasbeen reduced to less than $42 million as the company and the government have agreed on a settlement.

Top 10 Beverage Companies To Invest In 2016: Paychex Inc.(PAYX)

Paychex Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides payroll, human resource, and benefits outsourcing solutions for small-to medium-sized businesses in the United States and Germany. It offers payroll processing services, including calculation, preparation, and delivery of employee payroll checks; production of internal accounting records and management reports; preparation of federal, state, and local payroll tax returns; and collection and remittance of clients? payroll obligations. The company also provides payroll tax administration services; employee payment services; and regulatory compliance services, such as new-hire reporting and garnishment processing. Its human resource outsourcing services include payroll, employer compliance, human resource and employee benefits administration, risk management outsourcing, and the on-site availability of a professionally trained human resource representative, as well as provides employee handbooks, management manuals, and r equired regulatory forms. In addition, the company offers retirement services administration; workers? compensation; business-owner policies; commercial auto; and health and benefits coverage, including health, dental, vision, and life. Further, it provides online human resource administration software products for employee benefits management and administration, and time and attendance solutions. As of May 31, 2010, the company served approximately 536,000 clients in the United States; and 1,700 clients in Germany. Paychex, Inc. was founded in 1971 and is headquartered in Rochester, New York.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Paychex, Inc. (NASDAQ: PAYX) is projected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.50 per share on revenue of $751.20 million.

    UniFirst Corp (NYSE: UNF) is estimated to report its quarterly earnings at $1.26 per share on revenue of $362.62 million.

Top 10 Beverage Companies To Invest In 2016: Pinnacle Entertainment Inc.(PNK)

Pinnacle Entertainment, Inc. owns, develops, and operates casinos, and related hospitality and entertainment facilities in the United States. It operates casinos, such as L’Auberge du Lac in Lake Charles, Louisiana; River City Casino and Lumiere Place in St. Louis, Missouri; Boomtown New Orleans in New Orleans, Louisiana; Belterra Casino Resort in Vevay, Indiana; Boomtown Bossier City in Bossier City, Louisiana; and Boomtown Reno in Reno, Nevada. The company also operates River Downs racetrack in southeast Cincinnati, Ohio. As of May 26, 2011, it operated seven casinos and one racetrack. The company was formerly known as Hollywood Park, Inc. and changed its name to Pinnacle Entertainment, Inc. in February 2000. Pinnacle Entertainment, Inc. was founded in 1935 and is based in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Pinnacle Entertainment (PNK) has gained 56% this year; Las Vegas Sands (LVS) has climbed 38%. And Deutsche Bank has nice things to say about both today.

    Bloomberg

    First Pinnacle. Deutsche Bank’s Carlo Santarelli ponders the stock’s big move and comes away still seeing value in its shares. He writes:

    When we upgraded PNK in April, our thesis centered on the FCF strength of the combined entities [Pinnacle completed its acquisition of Ameristar Casinos on Aug. 14], a handful of favorable catalysts, easing regional gaming comps, & an inexpensive relative valuation. Given the shares’ sizeable move since then, we believe it is worth revisiting the investment case. Post the announcement of several asset sales and the closing of the transaction, we are adjusting our estimates, raising our PT to $30 from $24, and maintaining our bullish view at current levels given what we still believe to be an attractive free cash flow valuation, meaningful potential synergy realization beyond the $40 mm of announced benefits, and a free option on a lagging regional recovery.

    Santarelli also revisited Las Vegas Sands and there too, he likes what he sees. He writes:

    With…LVS at [a share price level] that have been challenging to break from over the last year plus, we believe this time is different and hence we see continued upward momentum…In the case of LVS, we see; 1) meaningful mass market strength continuing through year end, setting the stage for upward company and market estimate revisions for 2014, 2) continued cash flow appreciation and capital returns serving as downside protection and positive catalysts, and 3) continued shared gains, largely driven by table optimization and mass market strength, driving both estimates and sentiment.

    He also likes Wynn Resorts (WYNN), despite its 34% gain.Santarelli writes:

    As for WYNN, we believe near-term estimates continue to take a back seat to capital return

Top 10 Beverage Companies To Invest In 2016: Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Inc.(GMCR)

Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. engages in the specialty coffee and coffee maker business. The company sources, produces, and sells approximately 200 varieties of coffee, cocoa, teas, and other beverages in K-Cup portion packs and coffee in traditional packaging, including whole bean and ground coffee selections in bags and ground coffee in fractional packs for use in at-home (AH) and away-from-home (AFH). It sells its products primarily in North America through supermarkets, club stores, and convenience stores; in restaurants and hospitality; and to office coffee distributors, as well as directly to consumers through its Website. The company also manufactures gourmet single-cup brewing systems and brewing equipment. In addition, it sells AH single-cup brewers; accessories; and coffee, tea, hot cocoa, and other beverages in K-Cup portion packs, as well as offers other licensed roasters to retailers, department stores, and mass merchandisers. Further, the company sells AFH single-cup brewers to distributors for use in offices. It provides its products under the Van Houtte, Brlerie St. Denis, Brlerie Mont-Royal, and Orient Express brands, as well as licensed Bigelow and Wolfgang Puck brands. The company was founded in 1981 and is based in Waterbury, Vermont.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jonas Elmerraji]

    As badly as short sellers want to hate on Green Mountain Coffee Roasters (GMCR), betting against the multiyear rally in this $12.7 billion beverage stock has been about as wise as eating from a box with a skull and crossbones on it. And as a bull market continues to lift all ships, Green Mountain’s ship is going to keep floating above the others.

    Green Mountain owns Keurig, the brand of beverage brewers that use self-contained K-Cups to make coffee, teas, and other drinks. While Keurig’s “fad” status has certainly helped tip the deck against GMCR, the fact remains that the firm has done most of the hard work in getting Keurig machines accepted by consumers. With brewers essentially ubiquitous at this point, the firm is able to make money on its cash cow: the K-Cups.

    Keurig’s individual-serving cups have big margins and a big installed base. With huge convenience and the relatively large sunk cost that consumers have put into their Keurig machines, it’s a sticky business with big switching costs. Consumers who buy a Keurig are much less likely to spend the money on a competing brand of proprietary coffee pods.

    I’ve said before that GMCR is far from cheap right now. But its momentum trajectory is showing few signs of fizzling out, especially as direct competitors such as Starbucks (SBUX) continue to sell K-Cups of their own. Don’t bet against GMCR in September – buy this Rocket Stock instead.

  • [By Canadian Value]

    So Im going to stick my next out and share my views on four battleground stocks that are among my favorite shorts: World Acceptance (WRLD), Green Mountain (GMCR), Herbalife (HLF), and InterOil (IOC). And next week at the Value Investing Congress I will present another short, my largest.

  • [By David Sterman]

    But for short sellers in Green Mountain Coffee Roasters (Nasdaq: GMCR), there's another outcome: They've been badly burned as shares have surged, but they insist they've been right all along, and it's only a matter of time before the stock crashes and burns.

Top 10 Beverage Companies To Invest In 2016: Clarke(t)

T.Clarke plc, a building services contractor, provides electrical and mechanical installation services and supplies associated equipment. The company offers information communications technology (ICT) services in the areas of structured cabling and connectivity, network infrastructure and security, networked energy management, data centre infrastructure, and managed and support services; facilities management services, such as preventative, reactive, and planned maintenance solutions; and green technologies services, which comprise photovoltaics, rainwater harvesting, biomass boilers, ground source heating, air source heating, wind turbines, lighting, and carbon reduction audit services. It also provides massive reading station redevelopment, cross rail, border rail link, and underground power upgrade services for the rail sector; lifecycle building services combining mechanical and electrical works with ICT for utilities and technologies sectors; lifecycle services for ho tel and residential sectors, which include electrical, ICT, and mechanical systems design, installation, commissioning, and maintenance; and mechanical and electrical contracting services for education, healthcare, government/local authority, retail and leisure, stadiums, transport, towers, media, and residential sectors. In addition, the company manufactures and prefabricates elements of an installation, as well as engineering components. T.Clarke plc was founded in 1889 and is headquartered in London, the United Kingdom.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Philip Mause]

    It is, of course, impossible to develop a universal corporate borrowing rate. I have conservatively used six per cent as a rate at which many of the large corporations can borrow money for 10 years. Readers should be aware that many, many large corporations can borrow at much, much lower rates. For example, Apple (AAPL) has 10 year bonds priced to yield 3.64%, Verizon (VZ) 3.55%, Bank of America (BAC) 4.06%, and AT&T (T) 4.15%. In this regard, the S&P 500 Index is weighted by market cap and so the impact of large companies with low borrowing costs – such as AAPL, Exxon (XOM), Microsoft (MSFT) and Verizon – is very large. Thus, the 6 per cent borrowing cost I am using for companies in the Index is very, very conservative. At any rate, I have assumed a 35% corporate tax rate and I have calculated the after tax borrowing cost, the PE, and the Index price which would correspond to various corporate interest rates using this Model.

  • [By Matt Thalman]

    Earlier this week, news broke that Sprint (NYSE: S  ) was going to offer an option for customers to upgrade their phones on a yearly basis, as opposed to the standard two-year cycle. Today, shares of AT&T (NYSE: T  ) and Verizon (NYSE: VZ  ) moved lower by 1.42% and 1.5%, respectively. One reason is that Sprint officially announced the change today, and made a point to indicate that the service plan that will accompany the early upgrade option will be much cheaper than comparable plans that AT&T and Verizon currently offer.

  • [By Matthew Smith]

    The news we found most interesting yesterday was the story regarding AT&T (T) that broke during the session that they were looking to offload their tower assets. The deal could fetch as much as $5 billion and many are looking at this as a precursor to a much larger deal where AT&T would look to expand overseas via a large acquisition.

  • [By Jon C. Ogg]

    24/7 Wall St. believes that AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T), General Electric Co. (NYSE: GE), Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (NYSE: GS), J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM), Nike Inc. (NYSE: NKE) and Walt Disney Co. (NYSE: DIS) will all make dividend hike announcements before the end of 2013.

Top 10 Beverage Companies To Invest In 2016: Jabil Circuit Inc.(JBL)

Jabil Circuit, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides electronic manufacturing services and solutions worldwide. The company offers electronics and mechanical design, production, product management, and after-market services to companies in the aerospace, automotive, computing, consumer, defense, industrial, instrumentation, medical, networking, peripherals, solar, storage, and telecommunications industries. Its services comprise integrated design and engineering; component selection, sourcing, and procurement; automated assembly; design and implementation of product testing; parallel global production; enclosure services; and systems assembly, direct-order fulfillment, and configure-to-order services. The company also provides set-top boxes, mobility products, and display products, as well as peripheral products, such as printers and point of sale terminals; and aftermarket services consisting of warranty and repair services. Jabil Circuit, Inc. was founded in 196 6 and is headquartered in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Amber Hestla, Michael J. Carr]

    Another Apple supplier to consider is Jabil Circuit (NYSE: JBL), a company that offers a number of manufacturing services to customers in the technology sector.

Top 10 Beverage Companies To Invest In 2016: Seadrill Limited(SDRL)

 

Seadrill Limited, an offshore drilling contractor, provides offshore drilling services to the oil and gas industry worldwide. The company operates through Floaters and Jack-up Rigs segments. The Floaters segment provides drilling, completion, and maintenance services for offshore exploration and production wells. Its drilling contracts relating to semi-submersible rigs and drillships for harsh and benign environments in mid, deep, and ultra-deep waters. The Jack-up Rigs segment offers services, such as drilling, completion, and maintenance of offshore exploration and production wells. This segments drilling contracts relate to jack-up rigs for operations in harsh and benign environment. As of March 20, 2015, the company had a fleet of 899 units, including 118 drillships, 198 semi-submersible rigs, 544 jack-up rigs, and 39 tender rigs. It serves oil and gas exploration and production companies comprising integrated oil compan ies, independent oil and gas producers, and government-owned oil and gas companies. Seadrill Limited was founded in 2005 and is headquartered in Hamilton, Bermuda.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Shares of Noble have gained 4.2% to $7.26 at 1:53 p.m., while Transocean has dipped 0.5% to $8.57, Diamond Offshore Drilling (DO) has dropped 2.5% to $16.80, and Seadrill (SDRL) has advanced 1.2% to $1.65.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Credit Suisse analyst Gregory Lewis and team highlight seven factors that will help sway how investors react to earnings from offshore drillers like Transocean (RIG), Noble (NE),Diamond Offshore Drilling (DO), Seadrill (SDRL), and Ensco (ESV):

Top 10 Beverage Companies To Invest In 2016: Broadcom Corporation(BRCM)

Broadcom Corporation (Broadcom), incorporated in August 16, 1991, provides semiconductor solutions for wired and wireless communications. The Company offers a portfolio of system-on-a-chip solutions (SoCs) that deliver voice, video, data and multimedia connectivity in the home, office and mobile environments. The Company operates in two segments: Broadband and Connectivity, and Infrastructure and Networking. The Companys solutions are used globally by manufacturers and are embedded in an array of communications products.

Broadband and Connectivity

The Companys Broadband and Connectivity segment includes set-top box solutions, broadband modem solutions, connectivity solutions and a range of other technologies. The Companys products include set-top boxes (STBs), central office broadband access equipment, residential gateways, stand-alone broadband access modems and a range of consumer devices, including smartphones and tablets, wearable dev ices, personal computers (PCs), laptops and access points, among others. Set-top box solutions include transcoding, digital video recording functionality, networking capabilities, and tuners to enable channel change and simultaneous recordings. The Company offers platform solutions for cable, satellite, Internet Protocol and terrestrial STBs. The Company also offers platform solutions for digital subscriber line (DSL), cable and fiber for both central office deployments and consumer premise equipment (CPE).

Broadcoms connectivity solutions include integrated and discrete Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and near field communication (NFC) solutions. The Company offers its wireless connectivity solutions to devices, such as smartphones; tablets; laptops and related peripherals; wireless home routers and gateways; printers; handheld media devices; home gaming systems; smart TVs and connected STBs, as well as a range of wearable and connected devices, including watches and glass es, smoke alarms and thermostats. The Company also offers hi! gh performance, low power Wi-Fi chipsets. The Company supports a range of value added features on top of its Wi-Fi solutions, including WiFi Direct, WiFi Display and Miracast.

The Company offers Bluetooth silicon and software solutions. The Companys other broadband and connectivity technologies include small cell/femtocell solutions, location (GPS) and touch controllers. It offers third generation (3G) or fourth generation (4G) platform solutions for femtocells and small and residential cells. The Company also offers a family of GPS, assisted GPS (A-GPS) and GNSS semiconductor products, software and data services. Its location-based services technology delivers data to its GNSS devices. In addition, the Company offers touch controllers to one customer, which are integrated circuits designed to process signals from touch screens on mobile devices.

Infrastructure and Networking

The Companys Infrastructure and Networking segment incl udes Ethernet switches and PHYs, which includes switches and fabrics; copper and optical transceivers; backplane and optical front-end physical layer devices; processors, including multicore processors. It offers other Infrastructure and Networking technologies, including knowledge-based processors, voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) solutions, microwave backhaul solutions and radio head digital front ends. The Company also offers a family of Ethernet controllers. The Companys products include service provider metro equipment; edge and core routers, wireless infrastructure and wireless access points; switches and routers; servers and workstations; network interface cards; local area network (LAN) on motherboard applications; optical networks and dense wave division multiplexing applications; security appliances; storage controllers; microwave links for wireless backhaul; cellular remote radio heads; automobile Ethernet networks; point-of-sale equipment, and other embedde d system-on-a-chip (SoC) subsystems.

The Compan! y offers ! a set of Ethernet switching products that are optimized for service provider networks, data center implementations, and enterprise and small-and-medium businesses. The Companys service provider switch portfolio enables carrier or service provider networks to support a number of services in the wireless backhaul, access, aggregation and core of their networks. For enterprise applications, the Company offers product families that combine multi-layer switching capabilities and wire-speed Gigabit, 10, 40 and 100 gigabits per second (Gbps) Ethernet switching performance for unified wired and wireless enterprise business networks. Its ethernet copper transceivers are used for high-speed network connections and support energy efficient Ethernet, data encryption and time synchronization at one or 10 Gbps.

Broadcoms BroadR-Reach automotive solutions allow multiple in-vehicle systems, such as infotainment, on-board diagnostics and automated driver assistance to simu ltaneously access information over unshielded single twisted pair cable. Its automotive Ethernet product portfolio consists of five devices, including three integrated switches with embedded PHYs and two stand-alone PHY solutions. The Company offers a portfolio of 10G and 40G Ethernet transceivers, 100 Gbps gear boxes, forward error correction solutions, and chips for backplanes and optical interconnect to address data traffic both in data centers and service provider networks.

The Company provides multicore processors, integrated processors and networking solutions. The Company offers Ethernet controllers for servers, workstations and desktop and notebook computers, supporting multiple generations of Ethernet technology. It also supplies application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC) controllers through a relationship with QLogic Corporation. Broadcoms knowledge-based processors enable decision-making for packet processing in a variety of devices in the ente rprise, metro, access, edge and core networking spaces. The ! Company! s family of microwave and millimeter modems and radio frequency (RF) chip sets allows its customers to build wireless backhaul and LAN extension products for service providers. Its family of VoIP solutions allows its customers to build VoIP-enabled telephony products for the enterprise environment. The Company offers a family of remote radio head digital front-end processors (DFE) products that can be found in wireless infrastructure deployments. In addition, the Company offers customers a range of custom ASIC products.

The Company competes with Intel Corporation, Marvell Technology Group Ltd., Mediatek Inc., Qualcomm Incorporation, STMicroelectronics NV, Cavium, Inc., Freescale Semiconductor,Ltd. and Mellanox.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shauna O’Brien]

    Susquehanna reported on Tuesday that it has raised its rating on Broadcom Corporation (BRCM).

    The firm has upgraded BRCM from “Neutral” to “Positive,” and has lifted the company’s price target from $33 to $35. This price target suggests a 23% upside from the stock’s current price of $26.91.

    Analyst Chris Caso commented: “Our downgrade of BRCM in May was predicated on already high Street expectations on handsets and no notable improvement in networking to drive upside. We think expectations and the stock price have now been sufficiently reset ahead of what we expect to be catalysts in 2014 including the iPhone 6 product cycle, potential improvement in networking and the impact from the recent Renesas acquisition. In addition, after several years of overspending on their handset initiatives, we think we are now closer to the point where the company either captures a return on that investment or is forced to moderate spending either of which benefit profitability. We see the upcoming December analyst meeting as a potential intermediate catalyst.”

    Broadcom shares were up 38 cents, or 1.41%, during pre-market trading Tuesday. The stock is down 19% YTD.