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Hot Undervalued Stocks To Invest In 2019

Last week’s earnings announcement by Total SA (NYSE:TOT) served notice to the markets that the company will be on the offensive going forward.

The company beat earnings on the top and bottom lines by a wide margin, earning $.96 a share on Revenues of $42.3B, beating street estimates by 8%. It also increased its dividend to 0.62 euros.

As I study the energy space, it appears to me that the best bang for the buck for Total SA may be buying Chesapeake Energy (NYSE:CHK) at a discount.

I recently wrote an article about BP plc (NYSE:BP) (which I believe is making a yearly low today) buying Chesapeake, but after more research, it seems Total SA would be even better served by buying this undervalued company.

One of the knocks against Total SA is its lack of US shale presence. In my view, buying up Chesapeake would instantly give Total SA the world class US shale acreage that would otherwise take years to accumulate.

Chesapeake CEO Mr. Doug Lawler recently gave a presentation at the Credit Suisse Energy Summit where he shared some valuable information about the company and its future. I encourage interested investors to click on the link above for detailed information.

Hot Undervalued Stocks To Invest In 2019: Cumberland Pharmaceuticals Inc.(CPIX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

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Hot Undervalued Stocks To Invest In 2019: Core Laboratories N.V.(CLB)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Mar Vista Investment Partners LLC decreased its holdings in shares of Core Laboratories (NYSE:CLB) by 4.4% during the 1st quarter, HoldingsChannel.com reports. The firm owned 368,372 shares of the oil and gas company’s stock after selling 16,913 shares during the period. Core Laboratories makes up approximately 1.6% of Mar Vista Investment Partners LLC’s investment portfolio, making the stock its 28th largest holding. Mar Vista Investment Partners LLC’s holdings in Core Laboratories were worth $39,865,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    That trend was one of the central themes on the first-quarter conference call of oil-field technology company Core Labs (NYSE:CLB), where CEO David Demshur provided his take for why things are different in the oil market this time around.

  • [By Maxx Chatsko]

    Shares of oilfield services company Core Laboratories (NYSE:CLB) have pinballed around in the last three years to yield a total return of 0.9% in that span. That’s not exactly the type of consistency investors are after.

  • [By Taylor Muckerman]

    Muckerman: I can go. That’ll work. One company I’m paying close attention to is Core Labs (NYSE:CLB). They’re based out of the Netherlands, but they have their U.S., maybe global, headquarters in Houston. This is a premier company that’s involved in reservoir description and enhancement services. So, when you’re looking at a well, they can basically recreate the well in their lab and tell you exactly what kind of fluid, what kind of proppants, what kind of chemicals, what kind of pressure. They can tell you exactly how to get the most bang for your buck. It’s not cheap, but it’s worth it in the long run. And this company is just continually buying back shares with their money. They generate tons of free cash flow.

Hot Undervalued Stocks To Invest In 2019: Aurinia Pharmaceuticals Inc(AUPH)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Isotechnika Pharma Inc. (NASDAQ:AUPH) (TSE:AUP) shares rose 6.7% during trading on Friday . The stock traded as high as $5.68 and last traded at $5.59. Approximately 54,590 shares traded hands during mid-day trading, a decline of 87% from the average daily volume of 429,596 shares. The stock had previously closed at $5.24.

  • [By Keith Speights]

    That statement comes to mind when I think about Aurinia Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:AUPH). The potential for the clinical-stage biotech appears to be so great that getting greedy with the stock is tempting.

  • [By Cory Renauer]

    Shares of Aurinia Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ:AUPH),a clinical-stage biotech, are on the rise following the company’s first-quarter earnings report. Plans to expand voclosporin, the company’s lupus candidate, to a much larger indication inspired investors to push the shares 10.2% higher as of 1:03 p.m. Monday.

Hot Undervalued Stocks To Invest In 2019: Altisource Residential Corporation(RESI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Front Yard Residential (NYSE:RESI) issued its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday. The real estate investment trust reported ($0.51) EPS for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of ($0.49) by ($0.02), Morningstar.com reports. Front Yard Residential had a negative return on equity of 25.77% and a negative net margin of 196.93%.

Hot Undervalued Stocks To Invest In 2019: Silicon Laboratories Inc.(SLAB)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Stephens Investment Management Group LLC purchased a new stake in Silicon Labs (NASDAQ:SLAB) during the 1st quarter, according to the company in its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The fund purchased 314,950 shares of the semiconductor company’s stock, valued at approximately $28,314,000. Stephens Investment Management Group LLC owned 0.73% of Silicon Labs at the end of the most recent reporting period.

  • [By Steve Symington]

    Silicon Laboratories(NASDAQ:SLAB)announced better-than-expected first-quarter 2018 results Wednesday morning. Revenue set another high mark this quarter on the strength of its Internet of Things (IoT) products and its burgeoning internet infrastructure business.Silicon labs also recently closed on a key acquisition, and issued encouraging guidance.

Top 10 Bank Stocks For 2018

Shares sold short in Sprint Corp. (NYSE: S) rose 15 million to 112 million for the period that ended on January 12. Sprint was the 10th most shorted stock among those traded on the New York Stock Exchange.

The increase in Sprint short interest is likely based on its poor performance and its struggle to gain sales from AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile in a stagnant U.S. market.Sprint’s share price has fallen 44% in the past year to $5.26. The S&P 500 is up 22% over the same period.

Sprint is controlled by Japanese company Softbank, which has tried several times to set a merger, most likely with T-Mobile. The combination would allow the two companies to more readily compete with the much larger AT&T and Verizon. Softbank owns nearly 85% of Sprint’s shares.

Among Sprint’s moves to become more competitive, it has set a partnership with cable company Cox Communications. The arrangement is meant to help Sprint improve the performance of its network.

Top 10 Bank Stocks For 2018: Live Nation Entertainment, Inc.(LYV)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Anders Bylund]

    Shares of Live Nation Entertainment (NYSE:LYV) closed 12.5% higher on Friday, following the release of strong first-quarter results. Earlier in the day, share prices jumped as much as 14.9% higher.

  • [By Anders Bylund]

    World-leading event organizer and ticker seller Live Nation Entertainment Inc. (NYSE:LYV) reported first-quarter results on Thursday. The company posted 19% top-line growth and 76% higher cash flows, and management is leaning on rock festivals and amphitheater shows to fuel further growth.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Massey Quick Simon & CO. LLC boosted its holdings in shares of Live Nation (NYSE:LYV) by 76.0% in the 1st quarter, according to its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The firm owned 7,656 shares of the company’s stock after buying an additional 3,305 shares during the quarter. Massey Quick Simon & CO. LLC’s holdings in Live Nation were worth $323,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

Top 10 Bank Stocks For 2018: Altisource Residential Corporation(RESI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Front Yard Residential (NYSE:RESI) issued its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday. The real estate investment trust reported ($0.51) EPS for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of ($0.49) by ($0.02), Morningstar.com reports. Front Yard Residential had a negative return on equity of 25.77% and a negative net margin of 196.93%.

Top 10 Bank Stocks For 2018: Monotype Imaging Holdings Inc.(TYPE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Monotype Imaging (NASDAQ:TYPE) was downgraded by stock analysts at BidaskClub from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a note issued to investors on Saturday.

Top 10 Bank Stocks For 2018: Ormat Technologies, Inc.(ORA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Check out these big penny stock gainers and losers

    Losers
    Nevro Corp. (NASDAQ: NVRO) fell 11.6 percent to $81.58 in pre-market trading after reporting wider-than-expected Q1 loss.
    Hertz Global Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: HTZ) shares fell 8.3 percent to $20.33 in pre-market trading after the company reported a wider-than-expected loss for its first quarter.
    Zillow Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: Z) fell 7.5 percent to $51.74 in pre-market trading. Zillow reported upbeat earnings for its first quarter, but issued weak sales guidance for the second quarter.
    Sanchez Energy Corporation (NYSE: SN) fell 7.2 percent to $3.11 in pre-market trading after reporting wider-than-expected Q1 loss.
    Atossa Genetics Inc. (NASDAQ: ATOS) shares fell 5.5 percent to $4.14 in pre-market trading after rising 11.17 percent on Monday.
    Albemarle Corporation (NYSE: ALB) fell 5.1 percent to $95.00 in pre-market trading. Albemarle declared a quarterly dividend of $0.335 per share.
    Tata Motors Limited (NYSE: TTM) fell 4.8 percent to $23.80 in pre-market trading.
    Ormat Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: ORA) fell 4.5 percent to $57.14 in pre-market trading after reporting Q1 results.
    Kitov Pharma Ltd (NASDAQ: KTOV) shares fell 4.3 percent to $2.25 in pre-market trading after gaining 1.73 percent on Monday.
    51job, Inc. (NASDAQ: JOBS) shares fell 4.2 percent to $93 in pre-market trading after rising 3.55 percent on Monday

  • [By Scott Levine]

    When talk around the water cooler turns to energy investments, it’s oil and gas companies that represent the usual suspects. Renewable energy companies like Vestas Wind Systems (NASDAQOTH:VWDRY), First Solar (NASDAQ:FSLR), and Ormat Technologies (NYSE:ORA) — companies whose names are far less recognizable than those like ExxonMobil and Chevron — may not be on most investors’ radars. However, there are certainly reasons to believe that they should be.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Orange (EPA:ORA) has been assigned a €20.00 ($24.69) price target by equities researchers at Barclays in a research report issued to clients and investors on Monday. The firm currently has a “buy” rating on the stock. Barclays’ price target indicates a potential upside of 42.55% from the company’s previous close.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Get a free copy of the Zacks research report on Ormat Technologies (ORA)

    For more information about research offerings from Zacks Investment Research, visit Zacks.com

Top 10 Bank Stocks For 2018: Mallinckrodt plc(MNK)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Integrated Media Technology Limited (NASDAQ: IMTE) rose 30.8 percent to $22.00 in pre-market trading after declining 18.63 percent on Monday.
    Nevsun Resources Ltd. (NYSE: NSU) rose 14.5 percent to $3.40 in pre-market trading after Lundin Mining Corporation and Euro Sun Mining Inc. proposed to acquire Nevsun Resources for around C$1.5 billion.
    Sharing Economy International Inc. (NASDAQ: SEII) rose 15.2 percent to $4.25 in pre-market trading after the company disclosed that it entered into a license agreement with Ecrent Capital Holdings Limited.
    Veeco Instruments Inc. (NASDAQ: VECO) shares rose 14.1 percent to $19.50 in pre-market trading after reporting stronger-than-expected earnings for its first quarter.
    Impinj, Inc. (NASDAQ: PI) rose 13.4 percent to $15.40 in pre-market trading after reporting Q1 results.
    SandRidge Energy, Inc. (NYSE: SD) shares rose 13.2 percent to $16.45 in pre-market trading following Q1 results.
    Blink Charging Co. (NASDAQ: BLNK) rose 12.6 percent to $4.55 in pre-market trading after jumping 171.14 percent on Monday.
    Crocs, Inc. (NASDAQ: CROX) shares rose 10 percent to $16.66 in pre-market trading after the company reported better-than-expected earnings for its first quarter and issued strong sales forecast for the second quarter.
    Pareteum Corporation (NASDAQ: TEUM) rose 9.7 percent to $3.05 in pre-market trading after announcing Q1 results.
    Dean Foods Company (NYSE: DF) rose 8 percent to $9.00 in pre-market trading after reporting upbeat Q1 earnings.
    Fiesta Restaurant Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: FRGI) rose 7.3 percent to $23.45 in pre-market trading following Q1 results.
    IAMGOLD Corporation (NYSE: IAG) rose 7.1 percent to $6.09 in pre-market trading after reporting upbeat Q1 earnings.
    TC PipeLines, LP (NYSE: TCP) rose 6.4 percent to $27 in pre-market trading after gaining 2.08 percent on Monday.
    Carrols Restaurant Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: TAST) rose 6.3 percent to $11.75 in pre-market trading fol
  • [By ]

    Cramer was bearish on Melco Resorts (MLCO) , Tallgrass Energy Partners (TEP) , Mallinckrodt (MNK) , Roku (ROKU) and Scotts Miracle-Gro (SMG) .

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  • [By ]

    Mallinckrodt (MNK) : “They had a better-than-expected quarter, but I am worried and I’m staying away.”

    Roku (ROKU) : “I thought they had a good quarter, but I’m concerned with Amazon (AMZN) coming in.”

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Mallinckrodt PLC (NYSE: MNK) traded down about 3.5% Friday to post a new 52-week low of $11.65 after closing Thursday at $12.07. The stock’s 52-week high is $49.12. Volume was about 10% below the daily average of around 3.9 million shares. The company had no specific news.

  • [By Lisa Levin] Companies Reporting Before The Bell
    Dean Foods Company (NYSE: DF) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.11 per share on revenue of $1.85 billion.
    Discovery, Inc. (NASDAQ: DISCA) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.44 per share on revenue of $1.99 billion.
    Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. (NYSE: JEC) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $0.89 per share on revenue of $3.63 billion.
    Henry Schein, Inc. (NASDAQ: HSIC) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.92 per share on revenue of $3.17 billion.
    Gartner, Inc. (NYSE: IT) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.57 per share on revenue of $926.18 million.
    The AES Corporation (NYSE: AES) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $0.24 per share on revenue of $2.98 billion.
    Expeditors International of Washington, Inc. (NASDAQ: EXPD) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.64 per share on revenue of $1.71 billion.
    US Foods Holding Corp. (NYSE: USFD) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.32 per share on revenue of $5.98 billion.
    DISH Network Corporation (NASDAQ: DISH) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.7 per share on revenue of $3.50 billion.
    Zebra Technologies Corporation (NASDAQ: ZBRA) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $2.06 per share on revenue of $936.98 million.
    Camping World Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: CWH) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.42 per share on revenue of $1.06 billion.
    Perrigo Company plc (NYSE: PRGO) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $1.14 per share on revenue of $1.21 billion.
    Petróleo Brasileiro S.A. – Petrobras (NYSE: PBR) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $0.28 per share on revenue of $23.80 billion.
    JD.com, Inc. (NYSE: JD) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.18 per share on revenue of $15.65 billion.
    Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc. (NYSE: VRX) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.6 per share o
  • [By ]

    It may be unhealthy to trade drug stocks Friday. The word on Wall Street is to not expect too much from President Trump’s speech on drug prices. That means expect the unexpected, and prepare for a volatility spike in key healthcare names such as Express Scripts (ESRX) , CVS Health (CVS) , Endo International (ENDP) , Mallinckrodt (MNK) , McKesson (MCK) and Cardinal Health (CAH) .

    Reports TheStreet’s Bill Meagher: “Evercore ISI may be an outlier as its analysts anticipate that recent speeches by officials from the Food and Drug Administration, Health and Human Services and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services may have telegraphed the Trump administration’s willingness to move beyond loud talk and tweets into policy discussions. In those tweets and in talks with his cabinet, Trump has been critical of the pharmaceutical sector and its pricing of prescription drugs, famously saying on at least two occasions that companies are “getting away with murder.”

Top 10 Bank Stocks For 2018: IF Bancorp, Inc.(IROQ)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

    News stories about IF Bancorp (NASDAQ:IROQ) have been trending somewhat positive this week, Accern reports. The research firm rates the sentiment of press coverage by reviewing more than twenty million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. IF Bancorp earned a news sentiment score of 0.16 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news coverage about the savings and loans company an impact score of 47.5310825195986 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the near future.

Top 10 Bank Stocks For 2018: Ideal Power Inc.(IPWR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

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

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  • [By Logan Wallace]

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

  • [By Logan Wallace]

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

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

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

Top 10 Bank Stocks For 2018: Del Frisco's Restaurant Group, Inc.(DFRG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

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  • [By Benzinga News Desk]

    Wall Street’s favorite regulator is on his way out: Link

    ECONOMIC DATA
    US April NFIB small business optimism index 104.8 vs 104.5 expected
    Redbook Reports US Retail Sales During First Week Of May Up 0.8% MoM, Up 3.3% YoY
    The Labor Department's JOLTS report for March is schedule for release at 10:00 a.m. ET.
    The Treasury is set to auction 4-week bills at 11:30 a.m. ET.
    The Treasury will auction 3-year notes at 1:00 p.m. ET.
    ANALYST RATINGS
    Canaccord upgraded Impinj (NASDAQ: PI) from Hold to Buy
    Argus upgraded Viavi (NASDAQ: VIAV) from Hold to Buy
    RBC downgraded Zillow (NASDAQ: ZG) from Outperform to Sector Perform
    Raymond James downgraded Del Frisco (NASDAQ: DFRG) from Outperform to Market Perform

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

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Del Frisco's Restaurant Group Inc (NASDAQ: DFRG) was down, falling around 13 percent to $14.70 after the company reported downbeat quarterly earnings and announced plans to acquire Barteca Restaurant Group for $325 million in cash.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Del Frisco's Restaurant Group Inc (NASDAQ: DFRG) was down, falling around 14 percent to $14.58 after the company reported downbeat quarterly earnings and announced plans to acquire Barteca Restaurant Group for $325 million in cash.

Top 10 Bank Stocks For 2018: CompX International Inc.(CIX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    CI Financial (TSE:CIX) will issue its quarterly earnings data before the market opens on Thursday, May 10th. Analysts expect the company to announce earnings of C$0.63 per share for the quarter.

Top 10 Bank Stocks For 2018: Natus Medical Incorporated(BABY)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Brian Orelli]

    Natus Medical (NASDAQ:BABY) is gearing up for a strong second half of the year, but the medical device maker’s investments in growth and integration of acquisitions have made for a weak start to the year.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Natus Medical (NASDAQ: BABY) and EnteroMedics (NASDAQ:RSLS) are both small-cap medical companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, valuation, dividends, risk, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations and profitability.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Check out these big penny stock gainers and losers

    Losers
    Teradyne, Inc. (NYSE: TER) fell 10.8 percent to $37.02 in pre-market trading after the company issued downbeat Q2 guidance.
    Edwards Lifesciences Corporation (NYSE: EW) fell 9.2 percent to $122.29 in pre-market trading. Edwards Lifesciences reported better-than-expected results for its first quarter, but issued weak earnings guidance for the second quarter.
    New Gold Inc. (NYSE: NGD) fell 8.8 percent to $2.30 in pre-market trading after rising 4.13 percent on Tuesday.
    Gold Fields Limited (ADR) (NYSE: GFI) fell 8.6 percent to $3.61 in pre-market trading.
    Natus Medical Incorporated (NASDAQ: BABY) fell 8.2 percent to $32.95 in pre-market trading after the company issued weak forecast for the second quarter.
    Atossa Genetics Inc. (NASDAQ: ATOS) shares fell 7.9 percent to $3.50 in pre-market trading after climbing 27.09 percent on Tuesday.
    Bright Scholar Education Holdings Limited (NYSE: BEDU) shares fell 6.7 percent to $13.58 in pre-market trading after reporting Q1 results.
    Sangamo Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: SGMO) fell 5.9 percent to $16.75 in pre-market trading following announcement of a $200 million common stock offering.
    Foresight Autonomous Holdings Ltd (NASDAQ: FRSX) shares fell 5.7 percent to $3.29 in pre-market trading after declining 3.32 percent on Tuesday.
    Euronav NV (NYSE: EURN) fell 4.8 percent to $8.40 in pre-market trading.
    Limelight Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: LLNW) shares fell 4.3 percent to $4.69 in pre-market trading.
    Gaming and Leisure Properties Inc (NASDAQ: GLPI) shares fell 4.1 percent to $32.92 in pre-market trading after the company issued downbeat quarterly results and reported the retirement of CFO William Clifford

Top Stocks For 2018

Investors who have waited for a good entry point in Exxon Mobil Corporation (NYSE:XOM) now have their chance, given that shares of the Texas-based integrated oil giant has fallen almost 10% year to date, trailing the 7% decline in the Energy Select Sector SPDR ETF (NYSEARCA:XLE).

Source: Mike Mozart via Flickr (Modified)

XOM stock, now the worst-performing equity in the Dow Jones Industrial Average, closed Friday at $81.61, losing about 1% last week and down more than 10% in three months. And if you’ve held XOM stock over the past year, you’ve lost about 1%, compared to 12% rise in the XLE.

Top Stocks For 2018: Inovio Pharmaceuticals, Inc.(INO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    On Tuesday, small capInovio Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: INO) surged 22.63% after announcingthat its synthetic vaccine approach using a collection of synthetic DNA antigens generated broad protective antibody responses against all major deadly strains of H1 influenza viruses from the last 100 years. This includesthe virus that caused Spanish Flu in 1918. The study involvedmultiple animal models, including mice, guinea pigs and non-human primates. Given how bad flu season is this year, the announcement got plenty of attention asthe following technical chart shows:

Top Stocks For 2018: US Foods Holding Corp. (USFD)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin] Companies Reporting Before The Bell
    Dean Foods Company (NYSE: DF) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.11 per share on revenue of $1.85 billion.
    Discovery, Inc. (NASDAQ: DISCA) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.44 per share on revenue of $1.99 billion.
    Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. (NYSE: JEC) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $0.89 per share on revenue of $3.63 billion.
    Henry Schein, Inc. (NASDAQ: HSIC) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.92 per share on revenue of $3.17 billion.
    Gartner, Inc. (NYSE: IT) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.57 per share on revenue of $926.18 million.
    The AES Corporation (NYSE: AES) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $0.24 per share on revenue of $2.98 billion.
    Expeditors International of Washington, Inc. (NASDAQ: EXPD) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.64 per share on revenue of $1.71 billion.
    US Foods Holding Corp. (NYSE: USFD) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.32 per share on revenue of $5.98 billion.
    DISH Network Corporation (NASDAQ: DISH) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.7 per share on revenue of $3.50 billion.
    Zebra Technologies Corporation (NASDAQ: ZBRA) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $2.06 per share on revenue of $936.98 million.
    Camping World Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: CWH) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.42 per share on revenue of $1.06 billion.
    Perrigo Company plc (NYSE: PRGO) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $1.14 per share on revenue of $1.21 billion.
    Petróleo Brasileiro S.A. – Petrobras (NYSE: PBR) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $0.28 per share on revenue of $23.80 billion.
    JD.com, Inc. (NYSE: JD) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.18 per share on revenue of $15.65 billion.
    Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc. (NYSE: VRX) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.6 per share o
  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Some of the stocks that may grab investor focus today are:

    Wall Street expects Discovery, Inc. (NASDAQ: DISCA) to report quarterly earnings at $0.44 per share on revenue of $1.99 billion before the opening bell. Discovery shares rose 0.47 percent to $23.50 in pre-market trading.
    Analysts expect Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) to post quarterly earnings at $1.22 per share on revenue of $5.72 billion after the closing bell. Marriott shares gained 0.08 percent to $136.75 in pre-market trading.
    Veeco Instruments Inc. (NASDAQ: VECO) reported stronger-than-expected earnings for its first quarter. Veeco Instruments shares surged 14.04 percent to $19.50 in the after-hours trading session.
    Before the markets open, DISH Network Corporation (NASDAQ: DISH) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.7 per share on revenue of $3.50 billion. DISH shares gained 1.53 percent to close at $33.90 on Monday.
    Analysts are expecting US Foods Holding Corp. (NYSE: USFD) to have earned $0.32 per share on revenue of $5.98 billion in the latest quarter. US Foods will release earnings before the markets open. US Foods shares rose 0.57 percent to close at $33.72 on Monday.
    Snap Inc (NYSE: SNAP) disclosed that its CFO Andrew Vollero will leave the company and Amazon.com's VP Of Finance Tim Sloan will assume the role. Snap shares gained 1.3 percent to $10.88 in pre-market trading.

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Top Stocks For 2018: Altisource Residential Corporation(RESI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Front Yard Residential (NYSE:RESI) issued its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday. The real estate investment trust reported ($0.51) EPS for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of ($0.49) by ($0.02), Morningstar.com reports. Front Yard Residential had a negative return on equity of 25.77% and a negative net margin of 196.93%.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Watch For 2018

It isnt every day that traders cut one of the FTSE 100s blue chips in half.

That plunge in Micro Focus Internationals shares
MCRO, +4.85%
during the past week made Facebooks
FB, -3.34%
selloff look mild. The Micro Focus bullsthey still existview the dive as overdone. They snort that the British business-software company boasts several stable revenue streams and a healthy balance sheet.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Watch For 2018: Altisource Residential Corporation(RESI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Mark Holder]

    Altisource Residential (NYSE: RESI  ) (NYSE: RESI  ) (NYSE: RESI  ) purchases distressed mortgage loan portfolios with a strategy to work with borrowers to modify and refinance loans to either keep them in their homes or convert the unmodified loans into renovated rental properties.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Watch For 2018: Exa Corporation(EXA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin] Related CRMD Mid-Day Market Update: U.S. Stocks Turn Negative; AveXis Shares Spike Higher 12 Biggest Mid-Day Gainers For Tuesday CorMedix's (CRMD) CEO Khoso Baluch on Q4 2016 Results – Earnings Call Transcript (Seeking Alpha)
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    CorMedix Inc. (NYSE: CRMD) shares fell 27.5 percent to $1.50 after the company reported Q4 results and issued a business update.
    Bioamber Inc (NYSE: BIOA) shares tumbled 23.6 percent to $2.40. BioAmber reported FY16 adjusted loss of $1.07 per share on revenue of $8.3 million.
    The Medicines Company (NASDAQ: MDCO) shares dipped 20.9 percent to $41.62.
    Innocoll Holdings PLC (NASDAQ: INNL) shares fell 20.3 percent to $1.49. Innocoll posted a narrower-than-expected quarter loss, but revenue missed estimates. Stifel Nicolaus downgraded Innocoll from Buy to Hold.
    Rosetta Genomics Ltd. (USA) (NASDAQ: ROSG) shares declined 20.3 percent to $3.83. On Thursday, Rosetta Genomics disclosed a 1-for-12 reverse stock split.
    Esperion Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: ESPR) shares dropped 19.9 percent to $23.76. Esperion Therapeutics shares have jumped 106.19 percent over the past 52 weeks, while the S&P 500 index has gained 16.70 percent in the same period.
    AmTrust Financial Services Inc (NASDAQ: AFSI) tumbled 18.3 percent to $17.65. AmTrust Financial disclosed that it will delay its annual report filing for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2016.
    Qualstar Corporation (NASDAQ: QBAK) slipped 17.7 percent to $6.85. Qualstar reported a Q4 loss of $0.20 per share on revenue of $2.2 milli
  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Exa Corp (NASDAQ: EXA) is projected to post a quarterly loss at $0.08 per share on revenue of $16.68 million.

    Thermon Group Holdings Inc (NYSE: THR) is estimated to report its quarterly earnings at $0.19 per share on revenue of $65.24 million.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Watch For 2018: American Express Company(AXP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    American Express Co. (NYSE: AXP) traded down 1.05% at $95.28. The stock’s 52-week range is $66.31 to $96.88 and the high was posted just after the opening bell. Volume was about 40% below the daily average of around 3.2 million shares. The credit card issuer had no specific news.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    American Express Co. (NYSE: AXP) traded down 4.38%% at $89.51. The stock’s 52-week range is $75.51 to $102.39. Volume was around 3.8 million shares, about 10% more than the daily average of about 3.6 million. The company had no specific news Thursday.

  • [By Garrett Baldwin]

    The Ripple coin topped $0.23 after a 10% surge during Thursday trading. The price surged after credit card giant American Express Co. (NYSE: AXP) announced it has established a payments corridor between the United States and the United Kingdom using Ripple’s technology.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Watch For 2018: HHGregg, Inc.(HGG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    hhgregg, Inc. (NYSE: HGG) shares dropped 37 percent to $0.820. hhgregg reported preliminary Q3 revenue of $453 million.

    Shares of Vince Holding Corp (NYSE: VNCE) were down around 15 percent to $3.67. Vince Holding projects full-year sales and EPS to come in at or below the low end of its earlier issued outlook.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of Best Buy Co all over the place,Aaron’s, Inc (NYSE: AAN) coming in flat for investorsandhhgregg, Inc (NYSE: HGG)severely underperforming:

  • [By Daniel B. Kline]

    Regional electronics chain hhgregg (NYSE:HGG) has decided to close 88 stores and three distribution centers as part of its just-filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection plans. The company expects to emerge from bankruptcy in about 60 days and has received funding for the reorganization process from a non-disclosed source.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of Aaron’s, Inc performing better with Best Buy Co Inc (NYSE: BBY) being the big winner whilesmall caps hhgregg, Inc (NYSE: HGG) and Rent-A-Center Inc (NASDAQ: RCII) haveunderperformed, butare showing signs of improvement:

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Watch For 2018: Panhandle Royalty Company(PHX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    These companies also reported insider buying last week: Cidara Therapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ: CDTX), Ducommun Inc. (NYSE: DCO), HealthEquity Inc. (NASDAQ: HQY), Panhandle Oil and Gas Inc. (NYSE: PHX) and PolarityTE Inc. (NASDAQ: COOL).

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Energy sector was the top gainer in the US market on Friday. Top gainers in the sector included Superior Energy Services, Inc. (NYSE: SPN), Panhandle Oil and Gas Inc. (NYSE: PHX), and SM Energy Co (NYSE: SM).

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Watch For 2018: Neptune Technologies & Bioresources Inc(NEPT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    Yesterday, our Under the Radar Movers newsletter suggested small cap functional ingredient stock Neptune Technologies & Bioressources (NASDAQ: NEPT) as a long/bullish trade:

  • [By William Romov]

    …or take a chance at 207% returns in just 49 days with penny stocks like Neptune Technologies & Bioressources Inc. (Nasdaq: NEPT)…

    …these online discount brokers will allow you to do both.

  • [By William Romov]

    …or take a chance at 207% returns in just 49 days with penny stocks like Neptune Technologies & Bioressources Inc. (Nasdaq: NEPT)…

    …by the end of this step-by-step guide, you’ll know exactly how to do either on Ally’s discount online brokerage platform.

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Neptune Technologies & Bioressources (NASDAQ: NEPT) is projected to post a quarterly loss at $0.01 per share on revenue of $9.70 million.

    Apigee Corp (NASDAQ: APIC) is expected to post a quarterly loss at $0.27 per share on revenue of $23.17 million.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Watch For 2018: Tarena International, Inc.(TEDU)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Tarena International Inc(ADR) (NASDAQ: TEDU) shares dropped 23 percent to $14.24. Tarena International reported Q2 earnings of RMB$1.00 per share on sales of RMB$455.83 million. Nomura downgraded Tarena from Buy to Neutral.

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Tarena International Inc(ADR) (NASDAQ: TEDU) is estimated to post a quarterly loss at $0.03 per share on revenue of $39.35 million.

    Ituran Location and Control Ltd. (US) (NASDAQ: ITRN) is projected to post earnings for the recent quarter.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Watch For 2018: Meta Financial Group Inc.(CASH)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Cash Poker Pro (CURRENCY:CASH) traded flat against the U.S. dollar during the 24 hour period ending at 19:00 PM Eastern on April 15th. Over the last week, Cash Poker Pro has traded flat against the U.S. dollar. One Cash Poker Pro token can currently be bought for approximately $0.0543 or 0.00000604 BTC on major cryptocurrency exchanges. Cash Poker Pro has a total market cap of $0.00 and approximately $0.00 worth of Cash Poker Pro was traded on exchanges in the last day.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    COPYRIGHT VIOLATION WARNING: “$4.13 EPS Expected for Meta Financial Group Inc. (CASH) This Quarter” was originally reported by Ticker Report and is the sole property of of Ticker Report. If you are viewing this article on another website, it was illegally stolen and republished in violation of U.S. & international copyright legislation. The legal version of this article can be accessed at https://www.tickerreport.com/banking-finance/3365508/4-13-eps-expected-for-meta-financial-group-inc-cash-this-quarter.html.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Watch For 2018: Gaming and Leisure Properties, Inc.(GLPI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Gaming and Leisure Properties Inc (NASDAQ: GLPI) shares fell 3.25 percent to $31.90 in pre-market trading. Gaming and Leisure Properties priced offering of 10.53 million shares of common stock for gross proceeds of $333 million.

  • [By Seth McNew]

    One way Penn has been able to unlock extra value is by spinning off a portion of operations as a real estate investment trust (REIT) as a way to split up the physical property from the gaming operations. Following that 2013 creation of Gaming and Leisure Properties Inc(NASDAQ:GLPI),Penn essentially pays leasing fees to the REIT so it can focus on operations with a leaner balance sheet. Here’s a more in-depth analysis of the upside of Penn’s REIT model.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Watch For 2018: Inter Parfums, Inc.(IPAR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    ILLEGAL ACTIVITY NOTICE: “Inter Parfums (IPAR) Reaches New 12-Month High and Low at $49.35” was posted by Ticker Report and is owned by of Ticker Report. If you are reading this news story on another domain, it was stolen and republished in violation of U.S. & international trademark & copyright law. The original version of this news story can be read at https://www.tickerreport.com/banking-finance/3365494/inter-parfums-ipar-reaches-new-12-month-high-and-low-at-49-35.html.

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Inter Parfums, Inc. (NASDAQ: IPAR) is estimated to post its quarterly earnings at $0.31 per share on revenue of $110.58 million.

    Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd (NASDAQ: NCLH) is expected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.37 per share on revenue of $1.10 billion.

10 Best Defensive Stocks To Buy For 2016

Related LEA The Market In 5 Minutes: The Madness Continues 'Compelling Buying Opportunity' In Auto Parts, UBS Claims

Auto-parts supplier Lear Corporation (NYSE: LEA) is urging United Auto Workers to agree to lower wages for bringing jobs from Mexico back to Detroit, according to a Wall Street Journal report.

“If a deal is struck, about 1,000 jobs initially could be filled at Motown parts facilities owned by a variety of suppliers, not just Lear,” the WSJ quoted Lear CEO Matt Simoncini having said in an interview.

Related Link: “Compelling Buying Opportunity” In Auto Parts, UBS Claims

According to the report, since 2010, Lear’s Mexican total hourly workforce has jumped 70 percent, and now sits at 46,600.

10 Best Defensive Stocks To Buy For 2016: Flowserve Corporation(FLS)

 

Flowserve Corporation designs, manufactures, distributes, and services industrial flow management equipment worldwide. The company operates through three segments: Engineered Product Division (EPD), Industrial Product Division (IPD), and Flow Control Division (FCD). The EPD segment offers custom and other engineered pumps and pump systems, mechanical seals, auxiliary systems, replacement parts, and related equipment and services, as well as manufactures gas-lubricated mechanical seals used in high-speed compressors. The IPD segment designs, manufactures, distributes, and services pre-configured engineered pumps and pump systems, including submersible motors for industrial markets. The FCD segment provides industrial valve and automation solutions comprising isolation and control valves, actuation, controls, and related equipment; and energy management products, such as steam traps, boiler controls and condensate, and energy re covery systems. Its products are used to control, direct, and manage the flow of liquids and gases. The company also offers aftermarket equipment services consisting of installation, advanced diagnostics, repair, and retrofitting. It primarily serves oil and gas, chemical, power generation, and water management markets, as well as general industries that include mining and ore processing, pharmaceuticals, pulp and paper, food and beverage, and other smaller applications. The company distributes its products through direct sales, distributors, and sales representatives. Flowserve Corporation was founded in 1912 and is headquartered in Irving, Texas.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Damon Churchwell]

    Increasing sales and margins
    A second, even larger, flow technology company to consider is Flowserve (NYSE: FLS  ) . The company’s flow control systems are utilized by a wide range of industries, led by oil & gas, chemicals, and power generation.

10 Best Defensive Stocks To Buy For 2016: Microchip Technology Incorporated(MCHP)

Microchip Technology Incorporated, together with its subsidiaries, develops, manufactures, and sells semiconductor products for various embedded control applications. It offers a family of microcontroller products that include 8-bit, 16-bit, and 32-bit PIC microcontrollers; and 16-bit dsPIC digital signal controllers, which feature on-board flash memory technology. The company also provides a set of application development tools that enable system designers to program a PIC microcontroller and dsPIC DSC for specific applications. In addition, it offers analog and interface products, which consist of various families with approximately 600 power management, linear, mixed-signal, thermal management, safety and security, and interface products. Further, the company provides memory products comprising serial electrically erasable programmable read-only memory. Its products are used in various applications in automotive, communications, computing, consumer, and industrial contr ol markets. Microchip Technology Incorporated markets its products primarily through a network of direct sales personnel and distributors in the Americas, Europe, and Asia. The company was founded in 1989 and is based in Chandler, Arizona.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Beth Piskora]

    They are listed below:

    Altera (ALTR)yielding 1.7%

    Apple (AAPL)yielding 2.5%

    Applied Materials (AMAT)yielding 2.6%

    Cisco (CSCO)yielding 2.9%

    EMC Corp. (EMC)yielding 1.5%

    International Business Machines (IBM)yielding 2.0%

    KLA-Tencor (KLAC)yielding 3.2%

    Microchip Technology (MCHP)yielding 3.6%

    Oracle (ORCL)yielding 1.5%

    Qualcomm (QCOM)yielding 2.1%

    Texas Instruments (TXN)yielding 2.9%

    Xilinx (XLNX)yielding 2.3%

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Top Casino Companies To Invest In 2016: Petroleo Brasileiro S.A.- Petrobras(PBR)

Petroleo Brasileiro S.A. primarily engages in oil and natural gas exploration and production, refining, trade, and transportation businesses. The company?s Exploration and Production segment involves in the exploration, production, development, and production of oil, liquefied natural gas (LNG), and natural gas in Brazil. This segment supplies its products to the refineries in Brazil, as well as sells surplus petroleum and byproducts in domestic and foreign markets. Its Supply segment engages in the refining, logistics, transportation, and trade of oil and oil products; export of ethanol; and extraction and processing of schist, as well as holds interests in companies of the petrochemical sector in Brazil. The Gas and Energy segment involves in the transportation and trade of natural gas produced in or imported into Brazil; transportation and trade of LNG; and generation and trade of electric power. In addition, the segment has interests in natural gas transportation and d istribution companies; and thermoelectric power stations in Brazil, as well engages in fertilizer business. The Distribution segment distributes oil products, ethanol, and compressed natural gas in Brazil. The International segment involves in the exploration and production of oil and gas, as well as in supplying, gas and energy, and distribution operations in the Americas, Africa, Europe, and Asia. Further, the company involves in biofuel production business. Petroleo Brasileiro was founded in 1953 and is based in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

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

10 Best Defensive Stocks To Buy For 2016: SK TELECOM ADR EACH REP 1/9 KRW500(CIT)

SK Telecom Co., Ltd. provides wireless telecommunications services using code division multiple access (CDMA) and wide-band CDMA technologies. It offers cellular voice services, such as wireless voice transmission services; and wireless global roaming services. The company also provides wireless data transmission services, such as wireless Internet access services, which allow subscribers to access online digital contents and services, as well as to send and receive text and multimedia messages. In addition, it offers broadband Internet and fixed-line telephone services, such as video-on-demand and IP TV services; and local, domestic, and international long-distance fixed-line telephone services to residential and commercial subscribers. Further, the company provides wireless entertainment-related contents and services, wireless finance-related contents and m-commerce services, and wireless news and search services; and international calling services, such as direct-dial, pre and post paid card calling services, bundled services for corporate customers, voice services using Internet protocol, Web-to-phone services, and data services. Additionally, it offers satellite digital media broadcasting services; telematics services; and fixed-line and online community portal services. The company also operates 11th Street, an online shopping mall; and T Store, an online open marketplace for mobile applications. As of March 31, 2011, SK Telecom Co. had 26 million wireless subscribers. It has strategic alliances with Bridge Alliance; Orange SA; Telecom Italia Mobile S.p.A.; T-Mobile International AG & Co; and Teliasonera Mobile Networks AB. The company was formerly known as Korea Mobile Telecommunications Co., Ltd. and changed its name to SK Telecom Co., Ltd. in March 1997. SK Telecom Co., Ltd. was founded in 1984 and is based in Seoul, South Korea.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Abramowicz]

    There was this maturity wall that people were terrified of, said Neil Wessan, the group head of New York-based CIT Group Inc. (CIT)s capital markets unit. Thats been spread out over a much broader period of time.

10 Best Defensive Stocks To Buy For 2016: Ascent Capital Group, Inc.(ASCMA)

 

Ascent Capital Group, Inc., through its subsidiary, Monitronics International, Inc., provides security alarm monitoring and related services to residential and business subscribers in the United States and Canada. The company monitors signals arising from burglaries, fires, medical alerts, and other events through security systems at subscribers premises. It offers a range of residential security services, including hands-free two-way interactive voice communication with the monitoring center, cellular options, and an interactive service option, which allows the customer to control their security system remotely using a computer or mobile device. The company also provides third party contract monitoring services to other security alarm companies for monitoring their accounts on a wholesale basis. It markets and sells its products through a network of authorized dealers. The company was formerly known as Ascent Media Corporat ion and changed its name to Ascent Capital Group, Inc. in July 2011. Ascent Capital Group, Inc. was incorporated in 2008 and is based in Greenwood Village, Colorado.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ian Wyatt, Publisher & Chief Investment Strategist, Wyatt Investment Research]

    Both of these stocks are overlooked, undervalued, and cash flow machines. The companies are Ascent Capital Group (ASCMA) and Covanta Holdings (CVA).

10 Best Defensive Stocks To Buy For 2016: Canterbury Park Holding Corporation(CPHC)

Canterbury Park Holding Corporation conducts pari-mutuel wagering operations and hosts unbanked card games at its Canterbury Park racetrack and card room facility in Shakopee, Minnesota. The company operates in three segments: Horse Racing, Card Room, and Concessions. The Horse Racing segment operates year-round pari-mutuel wagering on simulcast horse races, and live thoroughbred and quarter horse races held on a seasonal basis. The Card Room segment offers unbanked card games, which include poker and casino games. The Concessions segment provides food and beverage services for simulcast and live racing, and the card room, as well as for the special events. The company also offers facilities for special events, such as snowmobile races, arts and crafts shows, trade shows, concerts, fundraisers, automobile shows and competitions, vehicle and boat storage, and private parties. In addition, it provides advertising signage space; leases excess parking lot space for various aut omotive activities and vehicle storage; and sells various daily pari-mutuel publications. Canterbury Park Holding Corporation was founded in 1994 and is based in Shakopee, Minnesota.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Sally Jones]

    Canterbury Park Holding Corporation (CPHC) Market Cap $46.35 Million

    Canterbury Park Holding Corporation is up 2% over 12 months. The company has a market cap of $46.35 million; its trades around $11.16 with a P/E ratio of 59.30 and a P/B of 1.70.

10 Best Defensive Stocks To Buy For 2016: Nordstrom Inc.(JWN)

Nordstrom, Inc., a fashion specialty retailer, offers apparel, shoes, cosmetics, and accessories for women, men, and children in the United States. It offers a selection of brand name and private label merchandise. The company sells its products through various channels, including Nordstrom full-line stores, off-price Nordstrom Rack stores, Jeffrey? boutiques, treasure & bond, and Last Chance clearance stores; and its online store, nordstrom.com, as well as through catalog. Nordstrom also provides a private label card, two Nordstrom VISA credit cards, and a debit card for Nordstrom purchases. The company?s credit and debit cards feature a shopping-based loyalty program. As of September 30, 2011, it operated 222 stores, including 117 full-line stores, 101 Nordstrom Racks, 2 Jeffrey boutiques, 1 treasure & bond store, and 1 clearance store in 30 states. The company was founded in 1901 and is based in Seattle, Washington.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Nordstrom, Inc. (NYSE: JWN) was down, falling around 7 percent to $49.15 after the company reported weaker-than-expected results for its fourth quarter on Thursday.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    While all retailers with an e-commerce business are exposed to these secular changes to some degree, those with a higher e-commerce penetration are more exposed, sooner. On the brick & mortar operations side, those retailers with the lowest wage rates are likely to be most impact by the essentially industry-wide wage increases brought on by Wal-Mart Stores (WMT); these retailers may see more incremental growth in their SG&A dollars from increased wage pressure. While Macy’s (M) appears to be in the worst challenged position, earlier this year the company announced initiatives to decrease their cost base by $400 mn, along with their longer term goal of reducing expenses by $500 mn by ’18. Even Nordstrom (JWN) appears to have begun to react with a major layoff recently in their technology team. Dillard’s (DDS) is likely least impacted, as it has a low e-commerce penetration as well as fairly competitive average wages.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Shares of Kohl’s have tumbled 16% to $43.04 at 11:28 a.m. today, while Macy’s (M) has dropped 2.6% to $40.56, and Nordstrom (JWN) has fallen 5.7% to $47.64.

  • [By Kristen Scholer]

    Nordstrom Inc.(JWN) shares are on saleagain.

    Shares of the department store are down as much as 12% to $46.65Friday after Nordstrom reported holiday-quarter earnings and sales that missed expectations and gave a downbeat outlook for the full year. The stock is set for its worst intraday drop since it last reported earnings in November, when shares fell as much as 21% after the retailer posted disappointing results and cut its profit and sales forecasts.

10 Best Defensive Stocks To Buy For 2016: Halliburton Company(HAL)

Halliburton Company provides various products and services to the energy industry for the exploration, development, and production of oil and natural gas worldwide. It operates in two segments, Completion and Production, and Drilling and Evaluation. The Completion and Production segment offers production enhancement services, completion tools and services, cementing services, and Boots & Coots. Its production enhancement services include stimulation and sand control services; completion tools and services comprise subsurface safety valves and flow control equipment, surface safety systems, packers and specialty completion equipment, intelligent completion systems, expandable liner hanger systems, sand control systems, well servicing tools, and reservoir performance services; cementing services consist of bonding the well and well casing, while isolating fluid zones and maximizing wellbore stability, and casing equipment; and Boots & Coots include well intervention services , pressure control, equipment rental tools and services, and pipeline and process services. The Drilling and Evaluation segment provides field and reservoir modeling, drilling, evaluation, and wellbore placement solutions that enable customers to model, measure, and optimize their well construction activities. Its services comprise fluid services, drilling services, drill bits, wireline and perforating services, testing and subsea services, software and asset solutions, and integrated project management and consulting services. The company serves independent, integrated, and national oil companies. Halliburton Company was founded in 1919 and is headquartered in Houston, Texas.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [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:

    Associated Press

    Confirming the past week’s media reports, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced yesterday, April 6, that it will sue to block the Halliburton-Baker Hughes merger. Based on our initial take, the crux of the DOJ’s objection is that Halliburton’s proposal does not create an adequate replacement for Baker Hughes. In an immediate press release,Halliburton replied that the two companies will “vigorously contest” the DOJ’s case; and, as both stocks rose in an oil price surgefueled group rally, the spread actually narrowed modestly. We suspect the spread’s move from $18.17 (implied gross return of 46.2%) to $16.98 (39.7%) reflected surprise by some thatHalliburton believes it still has a case. Cognizant of the now much lower odds of closing, we still like BHI’s risk/reward here: Should the deal fail, it will benefit from the $3.5B breakup fee, with the ability to fully implement restructuring initiatives that have bee n constrained by the merger agreement ($100M in 4Q15, or 300 bps of margin) and a spreading perception that it is back in play; should the deal succeed, the stock will deliver a 40% return, all else constant, within three to four months…

    Any “Hail Mary” solution still likely relies on GE Oil & Gas (GE). Based on the trail of evidence to date, we presume the “prospective buyer” that Halliburton has had “lengthy discussions” with is General Electric. We have long held that, should the deal succeed, it will be because General Electric agrees to buy most, if not all, of the assets; we believe the DOJ’s complaint reinforces this view.

    Shares of Halliburton have dropped 1.2% to $36

  • [By Tony Daltorio]

    The biggest oilfield service companies should get a big lift from the boom, Moors said. That includes Schlumberger Ltd. (NYSE: SLB), Halliburton Co. (NYSE: HAL), Weatherford International Ltd. (NYSE: WFT), and Baker Hughes Inc. (NYSE: BHI).

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Shares of Halliburton (HAL) and Baker Hughes (BHI) are soaring after they announced that they’d challenge the U.S. Department of Justice’s decision to block their merger. RBC’s Kurt Hallead has the details:

    Associated Press

    Shares of both companies rose ~5% following the joint press release indicating they would challenge the DoJ’s decision to oppose the pending merger.

    Following numerous media reports this week that the DoJ would move to block the pending Halliburton-Baker Hughes merger, the companies today issued a joint press release vowing to contest the DoJ’s effort to stop the deal.

    This confirms that the DoJ is, in fact, planning to sue to halt the pending merger. While it is extremely difficult to handicap potential outcomes at this point, it appears likely that a resolution will be delayed further. The next critical date is April 30, after which either party can choose to walk away if regulatory approval has not been obtained.

    Wells Fargo’s Judson Bailey and Christopher Voie explain why they’re still bullish on Baker Hughes:

    With the DOJ announcing it will block the Halliburton-Baker Hughes transaction, we believe the recent increase inHalliburton shares makes sense but believe that the risk/reward forBaker Hughes as a stand-alone entity may be more compelling with what we view as an exceptionally strong balance sheet and operational upside potential off of a depressed base.

    Potential Deal Still Up In The Air. Although the DOJ is blocking the Halliburton-Baker Hughes merger, the final outcome is still uncertain as there is a decent probability, in our view, that Halliburton will contest the decision and go to court over the issue. However, even ifHalliburton pursues this course, it is also a distinct probability thatBaker Hughes elects to exercise its rights under the merger agreement to terminate the merger after April 30 and collect the $3.5B break-up fee.<

  • [By Matt Egan]

    Pink slips are flying in the oil patch: Profits at energy giants Chevron and Exxon Mobil fell over 50% around the middle of last year. No wonder many American oil companies, including Halliburton (HAL) and ConocoPhillips (COP) have aggressively slashed expenses to counter lower earnings. Government statistics indicate the energy industry slashed 130,000 jobs in 2015. Actual job losses that include oil-related businesses are likely higher.

10 Best Defensive Stocks To Buy For 2016: Intuitive Surgical Inc.(ISRG)

Intuitive Surgical, Inc. designs, manufactures, and markets da Vinci surgical systems for various surgical procedures, including urologic, gynecologic, cardiothoracic, general, and head and neck surgeries. Its da Vinci surgical system consists of a surgeon?s console or consoles, a patient-side cart, a 3-D vision system, and proprietary ?wristed? instruments. The company?s da Vinci surgical system translates the surgeon?s natural hand movements on instrument controls at the console into corresponding micro-movements of instruments positioned inside the patient through small puncture incisions, or ports. It also manufactures a range of EndoWrist instruments, which incorporate wrist joints for natural dexterity for various surgical procedures. Its EndoWrist instruments consist of forceps, scissors, electrocautery, scalpels, and other surgical tools. In addition, it sells various vision and accessory products for use in conjunction with the da Vinci Surgical System as surgical procedures are performed. The company?s accessory products include sterile drapes used to ensure a sterile field during surgery; vision products, such as replacement 3-D stereo endoscopes, camera heads, light guides, and other items. It markets its products through sales representatives in the United States, and through sales representatives and distributors in international markets. The company was founded in 1995 and is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Hogue]

    Enter Intuitive Surgical (Nasdaq: ISRG) and Da Vinci, a robotic arm that allows surgeons to operate with just a single incision less than an inch in size.

10 Best Defensive Stocks To Buy For 2016: Altisource Residential Corporation(RESI)

 

Altisource Residential Corporation, through its subsidiary, Altisource Residential, L.P., focuses on acquiring, owning, and managing single-family rental properties in the United States. It acquires its single-family rental properties primarily through the acquisition of sub-performing and non-performing loan portfolios. The company is qualified as a real estate investment trust (REIT) under the Internal Revenue Code. As a REIT, its net income would be exempt from federal taxation to the extent that it is distributed as dividends to shareholders. Altisource Residential Corporation was founded in 2012 and is based in Christiansted, Virgin Islands.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Mark Holder]

    Altisource Residential (NYSE: RESI  ) (NYSE: RESI  ) (NYSE: RESI  ) purchases distressed mortgage loan portfolios with a strategy to work with borrowers to modify and refinance loans to either keep them in their homes or convert the unmodified loans into renovated rental properties.