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Top 10 Clean Energy Stocks For 2019

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Top 10 Clean Energy Stocks For 2019: Kingstone Companies, Inc(KINS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    AXIS Capital (NYSE: AXS) and Kingstone Companies (NASDAQ:KINS) are both finance companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, risk, analyst recommendations, earnings, dividends, institutional ownership and profitability.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

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  • [By Max Byerly]

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Top 10 Clean Energy Stocks For 2019: MGM Resorts International(MGM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Reuben Gregg Brewer, Travis Hoium, and Chuck Saletta]

    It’s nice to see a stock where the price has gone up 100%, doubling in value. But that’s a backward-looking examination. The real question is: Can a company double in value from the price it’s at today? That’s impossible to answer without a crystal ball. However, Motley Fool contributors have picked three stocks that look like they have the foundations for such an advance soundly in place: Kinder Morgan, Inc. (NYSE:KMI), MGM Resorts International (NYSE:MGM), and A.O. Smith Corporation (NYSE:AOS).

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    Take MGM Resorts (MGM) , a stock that’s soared 58% since Cramer got behind the company nearly two years ago. Shares of MGM rallied from the low $20s to a high of $38 in January, before getting slammed after the company reported earnings last Thursday.

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

  • [By Travis Hoium]

    Rumors began swirling late last week that MGM Resorts (NYSE:MGM)was interested in buying the embattled Wynn Resorts (NASDAQ:WYNN)in a dealthat would be the biggest ever for the gaming industry. It makes sense that competitors are viewing Wynn as a target afterfounder Steve Wynn stepped down as CEO and sold his shares in the company, but there may be reasons Wynn Resorts should want to sell to the right company.

Top 10 Clean Energy Stocks For 2019: Nomura Holdings Inc ADR(NMR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Numeraire (CURRENCY:NMR) traded up 0.2% against the U.S. dollar during the 1-day period ending at 19:00 PM E.T. on May 26th. Numeraire has a total market capitalization of $13.61 million and approximately $33,240.00 worth of Numeraire was traded on exchanges in the last 24 hours. During the last week, Numeraire has traded 17.6% lower against the U.S. dollar. One Numeraire token can now be bought for approximately $10.09 or 0.00137627 BTC on popular cryptocurrency exchanges including DDEX, Bittrex and Upbit.

  • [By Money Morning News Team]

    Nomura Holdings Inc. (NYSE: NMR) is a Japanese financial services company that provides a variety of financial services to corporations, governments, institutions, and individuals around the world.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Credit Suisse Group (NYSE: CS) and Nomura (NYSE:NMR) are both large-cap finance companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, earnings, valuation, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, dividends and risk.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Virtu Financial (NASDAQ: VIRT) and Nomura (NYSE:NMR) are both finance companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, earnings, risk, valuation, institutional ownership, dividends and analyst recommendations.

Top 10 Clean Energy Stocks For 2019: Media General, Inc.(MEG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    MEG Energy (TSE:MEG) Director William Robert Klesse sold 4,783 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Friday, June 1st. The stock was sold at an average price of C$8.78, for a total transaction of C$41,994.74.

Top 10 Clean Energy Stocks For 2019: PAREXEL International Corporation(PRXL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    News headlines about PAREXEL International (NASDAQ:PRXL) have trended somewhat positive on Tuesday, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. Accern identifies positive and negative media 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 -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. PAREXEL International earned a news impact score of 0.18 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave press coverage about the medical research company an impact score of 49.4978250148766 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the next several days.

Top 10 Clean Energy Stocks For 2019: Reinsurance Group of America, Incorporated(RGA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Here are some of the media stories that may have effected Accern Sentiment’s rankings:

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    Reinsurance Group of America (RGA) versus Its Peers Financial Contrast (americanbankingnews.com) Comparing Reinsurance Group of America (RGA) and The Competition (americanbankingnews.com) Head to Head Analysis: Reinsurance Group of America (RGA) versus Its Competitors (americanbankingnews.com) Reinsurance Group of America (RGA) versus The Competition Financial Survey (americanbankingnews.com) Reinsurance Group of America (RGA) EVP Timothy T. Matson Buys 300 Shares (americanbankingnews.com)

    RGA has been the subject of a number of analyst reports. Wells Fargo restated a “market perform” rating and issued a $160.00 price target (up previously from $150.00) on shares of Reinsurance Group of America in a research report on Tuesday, January 9th. UBS initiated coverage on Reinsurance Group of America in a research report on Friday, March 2nd. They issued a “neutral” rating and a $168.00 price target for the company. Zacks Investment Research cut Reinsurance Group of America from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Monday, March 12th. Morgan Stanley reduced their price target on Reinsurance Group of America from $138.00 to $135.00 and set an “underweight” rating for the company in a research report on Thursday, April 5th. Finally, Credit Suisse Group initiated coverage on Reinsurance Group of America in a research report on Wednesday, April 25th. They issued a “neutral” rating and a $164.00 price target for the company. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, six have issued a hold rating and two have issued a buy rating to the stock. The company has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $159.78.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Reinsurance Group of America Inc (NYSE:RGA) has been given a consensus rating of “Hold” by the nine brokerages that are currently covering the company, MarketBeat Ratings reports. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, six have given a hold rating and two have 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 $158.63.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Get a free copy of the Zacks research report on Reinsurance Group of America (RGA)

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  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Westpac Banking Corp grew its holdings in shares of Reinsurance Group of America (NYSE:RGA) by 96.7% in the 1st quarter, according to the company in its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The institutional investor owned 9,188 shares of the insurance provider’s stock after purchasing an additional 4,516 shares during the period. Westpac Banking Corp’s holdings in Reinsurance Group of America were worth $1,415,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Quadrature Capital Ltd reduced its stake in shares of Reinsurance Group of America Inc (NYSE:RGA) by 41.0% during the first quarter, according to its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The fund owned 1,876 shares of the insurance provider’s stock after selling 1,303 shares during the quarter. Quadrature Capital Ltd’s holdings in Reinsurance Group of America were worth $289,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Prudential (NYSE: PUK) and Reinsurance Group of America (NYSE:RGA) are both finance companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, earnings, valuation, dividends, risk, profitability and institutional ownership.

Top 10 Clean Energy Stocks For 2019: HubSpot, Inc.(HUBS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Brian Feroldi]

    So where am I going to invest my capital? While I’m still refining my list, here are seven stocks that I currently own that I’m strongly considering adding to:

    Hubspot (NYSE: HUBS) — A software-as-a-service provider that is pioneering the shift toward “inbound” marketing. HealthEquity (NASDAQ: HQY) — A fast-growing company focused on Health Savings Accounts that boasts three sources of recurring revenue. Axon Enterprise (NASDAQ: AAXN) — The leading provider ofTaser stun guns, law enforcement body cameras, and evidence-management software. Paycom Software (NYSE: PAYC) — A founder-ledpayroll-processor company that is gobbling up market share. Adobe Systems (NASDAQ: ADBE)– The company’s push to the cloud is drivingdouble-digitgains in revenue and profits. AppFolio (NASDAQ: APPF) — Asoftware-as-a-service provider focused on servicing business owners in severalniche markets. BlackLine (NASDAQ: BL) — A software company that is attempting to bring the accounting process into the 21st century.

    All seven of these businesses are poised to deliver double-digit organic revenue and profit growth over the next five years. That’s a prospect I find quite enticing, and I think the odds are very favorable that they’ll outperform Apple as a group from here.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    HubSpot, Inc. (NYSE:HUBS) has earned a consensus rating of “Buy” from the eighteen brokerages that are covering the company, MarketBeat Ratings reports. Seven analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, seven have issued a buy rating and two have assigned a strong buy rating to the company. The average 12 month price objective among brokerages that have updated their coverage on the stock in the last year is $113.27.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    HubSpot, Inc. (NYSE:HUBS) insider Dharmesh Shah sold 23,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Tuesday, May 15th. The stock was sold at an average price of $108.19, for a total value of $2,488,370.00. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which can be accessed through this hyperlink.

  • [By Demitrios Kalogeropoulos]

    Sales and marketing platform HubSpot (NYSE:HUBS) beat the market last month by gaining 14%, according to data provided by S&P Global Market Intelligence, compared to a 2% increase in the S&P 500.

Top 10 Clean Energy Stocks For 2019: Truett-Hurst, Inc.(THST)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Media coverage about Truett-Hurst (NASDAQ:THST) has been trending somewhat positive this week, Accern Sentiment reports. The research firm ranks the sentiment of news coverage by analyzing more than twenty million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Truett-Hurst earned a daily sentiment score of 0.00 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news headlines about the company an impact score of 44.6844029134937 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the next few days.

Top 10 Clean Energy Stocks For 2019: Nuveen Preferred Income Opportunites Fund(JPC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    News headlines about Nuveen Preferred & Income Oprtnts Fnd (NYSE:JPC) have trended positive this week, according to Accern Sentiment. The research group rates the sentiment of press coverage by analyzing more than 20 million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Nuveen Preferred & Income Oprtnts Fnd earned a media sentiment score of 0.42 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news coverage about the financial services provider an impact score of 48.1302177844966 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the next few days.

Top 10 Clean Energy Stocks For 2019: SEACOR Holdings, Inc.(CKH)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Headlines about Seacor (NYSE:CKH) have been trending somewhat positive this week, Accern Sentiment reports. The research group scores the sentiment of press coverage by monitoring more than twenty million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Seacor earned a media sentiment score of 0.10 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media headlines about the oil and gas company an impact score of 45.3315874804175 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the near term.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    State of Tennessee Treasury Department reduced its stake in shares of Seacor Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:CKH) by 9.5% during the 1st quarter, according to its most recent filing with the SEC. The firm owned 11,943 shares of the oil and gas company’s stock after selling 1,254 shares during the period. State of Tennessee Treasury Department owned approximately 0.07% of Seacor worth $610,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

Hot Heal Care Stocks To Watch For 2019

The market has been tough on companies that didn’t quite meet expectations this earnings season, and Friday provided further examples. It’s not necessarily that firms aren’t doing well, but the bar has been raised and if you’re a company that doesn’t climb over that bar, you’re likely to get punched.

Deere & Company (NYSE: DE) on Friday became the latest big name to run into that particular buzz saw, missing Wall Street analysts’ average projection for earnings per share with a tally of $3.14 and seeing its shares fall in pre-market futures trading before jumping higher once the market actually opened. Analysts had expected $3.33, according to third-party consensus estimates. In a way, however, DE was a victim of high expectations, because its earnings were up a lot year-over-year but down vs. the Street’s consensus.

DE said in its release that the company is experiencing higher raw material and freight costs. This could point to the impact of rising energy prices on big industrial firms, and is something to keep in mind when the next earnings season rolls around in July. What DE didn’t say also stood out after its competitor Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE: CAT) earlier this earnings season said the Q1 represented a “high water mark.” DE didn’t repeat that sort of language in its release, and had a lot of nice things to say about a quarter that saw equipment net sales rise 34 percent based on what DE called “strength in key markets.”

Hot Heal Care Stocks To Watch For 2019: Reinsurance Group of America, Incorporated(RGA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Get a free copy of the Zacks research report on Reinsurance Group of America (RGA)

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  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Prudential (NYSE: PUK) and Reinsurance Group of America (NYSE:RGA) are both finance companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, earnings, valuation, dividends, risk, profitability and institutional ownership.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Westpac Banking Corp grew its holdings in shares of Reinsurance Group of America (NYSE:RGA) by 96.7% in the 1st quarter, according to the company in its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The institutional investor owned 9,188 shares of the insurance provider’s stock after purchasing an additional 4,516 shares during the period. Westpac Banking Corp’s holdings in Reinsurance Group of America were worth $1,415,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Quadrature Capital Ltd reduced its stake in shares of Reinsurance Group of America Inc (NYSE:RGA) by 41.0% during the first quarter, according to its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The fund owned 1,876 shares of the insurance provider’s stock after selling 1,303 shares during the quarter. Quadrature Capital Ltd’s holdings in Reinsurance Group of America were worth $289,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

Hot Heal Care Stocks To Watch For 2019: Nortek Inc.(NTK)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    News coverage about Nortek (NASDAQ:NTK) has been trending somewhat positive recently, Accern Sentiment reports. The research firm identifies negative and positive news coverage by analyzing more than 20 million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Nortek earned a daily sentiment score of 0.15 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media coverage about the construction company an impact score of 47.1103071190091 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the next several days.

Hot Heal Care Stocks To Watch For 2019: LivePerson Inc.(LPSN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Rick Munarriz]

    Double-digit growth is back at LivePerson (NASDAQ:LPSN). The provider of high-tech customer support reported fresh financials after Thursday’s market close, delivering its best period of year-over-year revenue growth in nearly three years.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    LivePerson (NASDAQ:LPSN) updated its FY18 earnings guidance on Thursday. The company provided earnings per share (EPS) guidance of $0.11-0.15 for the period, compared to the Thomson Reuters consensus estimate of $0.09. The company issued revenue guidance of $239-243 million, compared to the consensus revenue estimate of $239.45 million.LivePerson also updated its Q2 guidance to $0.00-0.01 EPS.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    LivePerson (NASDAQ:LPSN) released its quarterly earnings results on Thursday. The technology company reported $0.01 EPS for the quarter, Bloomberg Earnings reports. LivePerson had a negative return on equity of 2.93% and a negative net margin of 6.95%. The company had revenue of $58.24 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $57.22 million. During the same period in the prior year, the firm earned $0.01 earnings per share. The firm’s revenue was up 14.4% compared to the same quarter last year. LivePerson updated its Q2 guidance to $0.00-0.01 EPS and its FY18 guidance to $0.11-0.15 EPS.

  • [By Timothy Green]

    Shares of LivePerson Inc. (NASDAQ:LPSN) jumped on Friday following the cloud-based chat software company’s first-quarter report. LivePerson beat out analyst estimates across the board, registering its best revenue growth in years. The stock was up about 9.6% at 3:45 p.m. EDT Friday.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    LivePerson, Inc. (NASDAQ:LPSN) Director Peter Block sold 35,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Monday, June 4th. The stock was sold at an average price of $20.52, for a total transaction of $718,200.00. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through the SEC website.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Mobileye (OTCMKTS: MBBYF) and LivePerson (NASDAQ:LPSN) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, profitability, dividends, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, earnings and risk.

Top 5 Bank Stocks To Watch For 2018

Argentine President Mauricio Macri said he will reduce the nation’s fiscal deficit at a faster pace as part of an agreement with the IMF, while acknowledging that inflation targeting had been too ambitious.

An eventual deal with the International Monetary Fund will restore confidence and ensure long-term economic growth, Macri told reporters on Wednesday, following a 23 percent slump in the peso this year. The government will call governors, senators and labor unions to discuss the next steps, he said.

“We have overcome the currency volatility,” Macri said. “Our main objective is reducing the fiscal deficit, which is a fundamental problem. This is something that makes us vulnerable because we depend so much on lending.”

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The slump in the peso this year has dragged down credit and equity markets as economists questioned the government’s ability to tame inflation and its commitment to reducing the fiscal deficit. The central bank has raised interest rates to the highest in the world with three surprise hikes that did little to stem the selloff. Last week, Macri sent his Treasury Minister Nicolas Dujovne to start talks with the IMF for a standby arrangement of about $30 billion.

Top 5 Bank Stocks To Watch For 2018: Biogen Idec Inc(BIIB)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Biogen Inc. (NASDAQ: BIIB) is expected to report its first-quarter results early on Tuesday. The consensus forecast calls for $5.92 in earnings per share (EPS) and revenue of $3.15 billion. Shares of Biogen ended last week at $263.02. The consensus analyst price target is all the way up at $371.97. The 52-week trading range is $244.28 to $370.57.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The S&P 500 stock posting the largest daily percentage loss ahead of the close Monday was Biogen Inc. (NASDAQ: BIIB) which traded down nearly 4% at $329.58. The stocks 52-week range is $244.28 to $348.84. Volume was 1.2 million matching the daily average of 1.2 million shares.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Biogen (NASDAQ:BIIB) last released its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, April 24th. The biotechnology company reported $6.05 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $5.93 by $0.12. The firm had revenue of $3.13 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $3.15 billion. Biogen had a net margin of 23.54% and a return on equity of 37.64%. Biogen’s quarterly revenue was up 11.4% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter in the prior year, the business earned $5.20 earnings per share. research analysts anticipate that Biogen will post 23.94 earnings per share for the current year.

Top 5 Bank Stocks To Watch For 2018: Electronics for Imaging Inc.(EFII)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

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

Top 5 Bank Stocks To Watch For 2018: Reinsurance Group of America, Incorporated(RGA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Prudential (NYSE: PUK) and Reinsurance Group of America (NYSE:RGA) are both finance companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, earnings, valuation, dividends, risk, profitability and institutional ownership.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Westpac Banking Corp grew its holdings in shares of Reinsurance Group of America (NYSE:RGA) by 96.7% in the 1st quarter, according to the company in its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The institutional investor owned 9,188 shares of the insurance provider’s stock after purchasing an additional 4,516 shares during the period. Westpac Banking Corp’s holdings in Reinsurance Group of America were worth $1,415,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Reinsurance Group of America Inc (NYSE:RGA) has been given a consensus rating of “Hold” by the nine brokerages that are currently covering the company, MarketBeat Ratings reports. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, six have given a hold rating and two have 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 $158.63.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Here are some of the media stories that may have effected Accern Sentiment’s rankings:

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    Reinsurance Group of America (RGA) versus Its Peers Financial Contrast (americanbankingnews.com) Comparing Reinsurance Group of America (RGA) and The Competition (americanbankingnews.com) Head to Head Analysis: Reinsurance Group of America (RGA) versus Its Competitors (americanbankingnews.com) Reinsurance Group of America (RGA) versus The Competition Financial Survey (americanbankingnews.com) Reinsurance Group of America (RGA) EVP Timothy T. Matson Buys 300 Shares (americanbankingnews.com)

    RGA has been the subject of a number of analyst reports. Wells Fargo restated a “market perform” rating and issued a $160.00 price target (up previously from $150.00) on shares of Reinsurance Group of America in a research report on Tuesday, January 9th. UBS initiated coverage on Reinsurance Group of America in a research report on Friday, March 2nd. They issued a “neutral” rating and a $168.00 price target for the company. Zacks Investment Research cut Reinsurance Group of America from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Monday, March 12th. Morgan Stanley reduced their price target on Reinsurance Group of America from $138.00 to $135.00 and set an “underweight” rating for the company in a research report on Thursday, April 5th. Finally, Credit Suisse Group initiated coverage on Reinsurance Group of America in a research report on Wednesday, April 25th. They issued a “neutral” rating and a $164.00 price target for the company. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, six have issued a hold rating and two have issued a buy rating to the stock. The company has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $159.78.

Top 5 Bank Stocks To Watch For 2018: Semtech Corporation(SMTC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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Top 5 Bank Stocks To Watch For 2018: Blackhawk Network Holdings, Inc.(HAWK)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Shares of Blackhawk Network Holdings (NASDAQ:HAWK) have been given a consensus rating of “Hold” by the eighteen ratings firms that are presently covering the firm, MarketBeat.com reports. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell recommendation, fourteen have assigned a hold recommendation and two have given a buy recommendation to the company. The average twelve-month target price among brokers that have covered the stock in the last year is $44.75.

Top High Tech Stocks To Own Right Now

Canadian home sales fell to the lowest in more than five years in April, as tougher mortgage qualification rules deterred buyers.

The number of homes sold last month declined 2.9 percent from March, the Canadian Real Estate Association said Tuesday from Ottawa. Declines were recorded in about 60 percent of cities tracked including Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto and Montreal.

It was a disappointing start to the busy spring selling season for realtors that suggests markets are still struggling with tougher rules that require borrowers to prove they can afford to cope with higher interest rates. Policy makers made the changes along with other steps, such as foreign buyers taxes, to put the brakes on a surge in price gains last year that some fear could be a danger to the financial system.

The drop in April is the third monthly decline this year, with sales down over 20 percent since December. The new mortgage qualification rules kicked on Jan. 1.

Top High Tech Stocks To Own Right Now: Treehouse Foods, Inc.(THS)

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

    Treehouse Foods Inc. (NYSE: THS) fell about 15.5% Thursday to post a new 52-week low of $36.35 after closing at $43.01 on Wednesday. The 52-week high is $90.42. Volume of about 4.8 million was more than four times the daily average. The food processing company posted poor results this morning and announced that it is closing one of its plants.

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

    Peel Hunt reaffirmed their buy rating on shares of Tharisa (LON:THS) in a research report released on Tuesday morning. They currently have a GBX 230 ($3.12) price target on the stock.

Top High Tech Stocks To Own Right Now: Reinsurance Group of America, Incorporated(RGA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Westpac Banking Corp grew its holdings in shares of Reinsurance Group of America (NYSE:RGA) by 96.7% in the 1st quarter, according to the company in its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The institutional investor owned 9,188 shares of the insurance provider’s stock after purchasing an additional 4,516 shares during the period. Westpac Banking Corp’s holdings in Reinsurance Group of America were worth $1,415,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Here are some of the media stories that may have effected Accern Sentiment’s rankings:

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    Reinsurance Group of America (RGA) versus Its Peers Financial Contrast (americanbankingnews.com) Comparing Reinsurance Group of America (RGA) and The Competition (americanbankingnews.com) Head to Head Analysis: Reinsurance Group of America (RGA) versus Its Competitors (americanbankingnews.com) Reinsurance Group of America (RGA) versus The Competition Financial Survey (americanbankingnews.com) Reinsurance Group of America (RGA) EVP Timothy T. Matson Buys 300 Shares (americanbankingnews.com)

    RGA has been the subject of a number of analyst reports. Wells Fargo restated a “market perform” rating and issued a $160.00 price target (up previously from $150.00) on shares of Reinsurance Group of America in a research report on Tuesday, January 9th. UBS initiated coverage on Reinsurance Group of America in a research report on Friday, March 2nd. They issued a “neutral” rating and a $168.00 price target for the company. Zacks Investment Research cut Reinsurance Group of America from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Monday, March 12th. Morgan Stanley reduced their price target on Reinsurance Group of America from $138.00 to $135.00 and set an “underweight” rating for the company in a research report on Thursday, April 5th. Finally, Credit Suisse Group initiated coverage on Reinsurance Group of America in a research report on Wednesday, April 25th. They issued a “neutral” rating and a $164.00 price target for the company. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, six have issued a hold rating and two have issued a buy rating to the stock. The company has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $159.78.

Top High Tech Stocks To Own Right Now: Tata Motors Ltd(TTM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Nicholas Rossolillo]

    Alphabet’s (NASDAQ:GOOG) (NASDAQ:GOOGL) autonomous car division, Waymo, recently signed a contract to add Jaguar’s first all-electric car to its fleet of self-driving vehicles. For the Google parent company, the deal will be a blip on its pathto driving automation, albeit an exciting one. For shareholders of Jaguar parent Tata Motors (NYSE:TTM), it’s an early sign the new vehicle will be a winner for the automaker.

  • [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 Paul Ausick]

    Tata Motors Ltd. (NYSE: TTM) fell by about 2% Monday to post a new 52-week low of $23.82 after closing at $24.30 on Friday. The 52-week high is $37.62. Volume of about 3.6 million was more more than double the daily average of about 1.5 million. The company had no specific news.

Top 5 High Tech Stocks To Invest In Right Now

The Miami Marlins are in baseball’s spotlight at an awkward time.

Marlins Park hosts the All-Star Game on Tuesday night at a time when Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria is trying to sell the team, attendance is bleak and ticket prices for regular-season games are among the lowest in the league.

Resale tickets for the All-Star Game, which will feature only two Marlins, are cheaper than usual: The average price is $388, and the cheapest ticket to get into the ballpark is $147, according to TicketIQ, which tracks ticket data.

Since the company began keeping track seven years ago, there has only been one year when it was cheaper to get in with a secondhand ticket — 2011, when the Arizona Diamondbacks hosted the game and the average price was $351.

“Miami is always a low-demand MLB city,” said TicketIQ founder Jesse Lawrence.

The outlook for Marlins regular season games isn’t much better. Of the 30 teams in the league, the Marlins have the seventh-cheapest resale tickets, at an average of $76 per game, according to TicketIQ.

Top 5 High Tech Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Rice Midstream Partners LP(RMP)

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  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    These are some of the media headlines that may have effected Accern’s scoring:

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    RMP stock opened at $17.88 on Friday. The stock has a market capitalization of $1,871.10, a P/E ratio of 10.63, a P/E/G ratio of 0.74 and a beta of 1.17. Rice Midstream Partners has a 52 week low of $16.87 and a 52 week high of $26.00. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.13, a current ratio of 2.91 and a quick ratio of 2.91.

Top 5 High Tech Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Lydall, Inc.(LDL)

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  • [By Logan Wallace]

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Top 5 High Tech Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Sibanye Gold Limited(SBGL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    vTv Therapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ: VTVT) shares surged 115 percent to $2.56.
    Seadrill Limited (NYSE: SDRL) gained 77 percent to $0.3935. On Tuesday, a U.S. court approved the company's plan to exit Chapter 11 bankruptcy that includes raising around $1 billion in new debt and equity through a rights offering which will be led by its biggest shareholder.
    DropCar, Inc. (NASDAQ: DCAR) shares climbed 21.4 percent to $2.3301 after the company issued a preliminary Q1 update on its enterprise automotive business. The company disclosed that Q1 B2B automotive volumes rose 163 percent year-over-year.
    Teligent, Inc. (NASDAQ: TLGT) shares jumped 19.7 percent to $3.615 following the FDA approval of Clobetasol Propionate Cream USP, 0.05%.
    IZEA, Inc. (NASDAQ: IZEA) surged 19.1 percent to $2.62. IZEA posted a Q4 net loss of $743,000 on sales of $6.8 million.
    SunPower Corporation (NASDAQ: SPWR) shares gained 15.2 percent to $9.6180. SunPower announced plans to acquire SolarWorld Americas.
    LexinFintech Holdings Ltd. (NASDAQ: LX) climbed 10.2 percent to $15.20.
    CounterPath Corporation (NASDAQ: CPAH) shares rose 8.8 percent to $3.0033.
    Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation (NYSE: SMI) gained 8.2 percent to $6.685 after falling 0.80 percent on Tuesday.
    Energy XXI Gulf Coast, Inc. (NASDAQ: EGC) shares climbed 7.2 percent to $5.93.
    Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) shares rose 6.7 percent to $63.96 after the company reported stronger-than-expected earnings for its first quarter.
    Sibanye Gold Limited (NYSE: SBGL) gained 6.5 percent to $3.59 after dropping 4.53 percent on Tuesday.
    Calithera Biosciences, Inc. (NASDAQ: CALA) rose 6.3 percent to $6.75 after the company disclosed that the FDA has granted Fast Track designation to CB-839 in combination with cabozantinib for treatment of patients with advanced renal cell carcinoma.
    CSX Corporation (NASDAQ: CSX) gained 6.1 percent to $60.01 after reporting upbeat quarterly earnings
  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Sibanye Gold Ltd. (NYSE: SBGL) traded down about 1.6% Thursday and posted a new 52-week low of $3.75 after closing Wednesday at $3.81. The stock’s 52-week high is $10.60. Volume totaled around 3 million, about 15% below the daily average. The company had no specific news. Another stock that has turned it around today and looks to close about 1% higher.

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Top 5 High Tech Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Reinsurance Group of America, Incorporated(RGA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Westpac Banking Corp grew its holdings in shares of Reinsurance Group of America (NYSE:RGA) by 96.7% in the 1st quarter, according to the company in its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The institutional investor owned 9,188 shares of the insurance provider’s stock after purchasing an additional 4,516 shares during the period. Westpac Banking Corp’s holdings in Reinsurance Group of America were worth $1,415,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

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    RGA has been the subject of a number of analyst reports. Wells Fargo restated a “market perform” rating and issued a $160.00 price target (up previously from $150.00) on shares of Reinsurance Group of America in a research report on Tuesday, January 9th. UBS initiated coverage on Reinsurance Group of America in a research report on Friday, March 2nd. They issued a “neutral” rating and a $168.00 price target for the company. Zacks Investment Research cut Reinsurance Group of America from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Monday, March 12th. Morgan Stanley reduced their price target on Reinsurance Group of America from $138.00 to $135.00 and set an “underweight” rating for the company in a research report on Thursday, April 5th. Finally, Credit Suisse Group initiated coverage on Reinsurance Group of America in a research report on Wednesday, April 25th. They issued a “neutral” rating and a $164.00 price target for the company. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, six have issued a hold rating and two have issued a buy rating to the stock. The company has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $159.78.

Top 5 High Tech Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Legacy Reserves LP(LGCY)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Shares of Legacy Reserves LP (NASDAQ:LGCY) traded up 2.6% during mid-day trading on Thursday . The company traded as high as $7.45 and last traded at $7.75. 42,406 shares traded hands during mid-day trading, a decline of 92% from the average session volume of 501,679 shares. The stock had previously closed at $7.55.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Legacy Reserves LP (NASDAQ:LGCY)’s share price reached a new 52-week high and low on Tuesday . The stock traded as low as $6.49 and last traded at $6.49, with a volume of 508680 shares. The stock had previously closed at $6.25.

  • [By Money Morning News Team]

    And after taking a look at our 10 top penny stocks to watch, we’ll show you a small-cap stock that just signed a deal with Facebook Inc. (Nasdaq:FB)…

    Penny Stock Current Share Price Law Week’s Gain
    Blink Charging Co. (Nasdaq: BLNK) $6.00 288.51%
    Enterprise GP Holdings LP (NYSE: EPE) $2.94 44.00%
    Opko Health Inc. (Nasdaq: OPK) $4.79 43.49%
    MYnd Analytics Inc. (Nasdaq: MYND) $3.15 38.84%
    Arrowhead Pharmaceuticals Inc. (Nasdaq: ARWR) $0.52 37.80%
    Mid-Con Energy Partners LP (Nasdaq: MCEP) $2.08 36.81%
    VAALCO Energy (NYSE: EGY) $1.49 36.04%
    Cel-Sci Corp. (NYSE: CVM) $3.16 35.04%
    WideOpenWest Inc. (NYSE: WOW) $8.41 34.52%
    Legacy Reserves LP (Nasdaq: LGCY) $8.43 33.61%

    While these gains are certainly exciting, it’s important to recognize that investing in penny stocks is also a risky investment strategy.

Top Undervalued Stocks To Invest In 2018

Famed investor andBerkshire Hathaway(NYSE: BRK-A) (NYSE: BRK-B) CEO Warren Buffett is known for preferring value stocks and dividend stocks. He has seen success with both by investing in undervalued companies and by buying dividend-paying stocks that help fill his coffers, funding acquisitions and further stock purchases.

There is a clear overlap between the value stock and dividend stock categories, but dovalue stocks make the bestdividend stocks? It’s a common question among investors. In the article below, I’ll first clarify how I define value stocks and dividend stocks, then examine the connections between the two categories, and look at both sides of the argument. Finally, I’ll share my thoughts about whether or not value stocks actually do make the bestdividend stocks.

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What is a value stock?

Value, like beauty, is often in the eye of the beholder, and in investing, value can be subjective. Generally value stocks can be described as companies that are currently valued below their peers despite having a solid core business and financial fundamentals, determined through certain valuation metrics.

Top Undervalued Stocks To Invest In 2018: JinkoSolar Holding Company Limited(JKS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Dustin Parrett]

    One of the best ways to play it is by owning the top Chinese solar stock, Jinko Solar Holding Company Ltd. (NYSE: JKS).

    It’s already the world’s third-largest supplier of photovoltaic cells – an essential component of solar panels. Plus, it’s plugged right into China’s skyrocketing solar industry.

Top Undervalued Stocks To Invest In 2018: Citigroup Inc.(C)

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    Take Spice VC, a venture-capital fund that looked to raise $100 million and said it secured commitments for $40 million of that in a token pre-sale. It followed the terms of Rule 506c of the SEC’S Regulation D, which spells out conditions under which offers of securities are exempt from normal registration rules, and Section 3(c)(1) of the Investment Company Act of 1940, which allows private funds to avoid SEC rules. That meant, in Spice VC’s case, offering sales documents to a maximum of 99 prospective investors, who had to register on its website, certify that they are accredited (read: wealthy), provide proof of identification and respect applicable lock-up periods before selling their tokens. Issuers using the exemptions must check that buyers aren’t laundering funds and disclose operational information to the public on a regular basis after the sale.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Citigroup Inc. (NYSE: C) short interest increased slightly to 27.66 million from the previous level of 27.35 million. Shares were trading at $75.05, in a 52-week range of $56.55 to $80.70.

  • [By Garrett Baldwin]

    President Trump will announce today if he will pull the United States out of the Obama-era nuclear deal. Trump wants European members of the treaty to amend certain issues regarding Iran’s uranium enrichment capacity. Energy stocks and oil prices had been rising on speculation that Trump would slap Iran again with economic sanctions, disrupting the region’s oil production. Comcast Corp.(Nasdaq: CMCSA) is currently working to obtain enough capital to purchase certain assets of Twenty-First Century Fox Inc.(NYSE: FOXA). The ability to raise capital would allow Comcast to replace Disney’s $52 billion bid for the many of Fox’s key businesses. Markets are reacting to a speech made this morning by U.S. Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell. During a speech in Zurich, Switzerland, Powell said that rising U.S. interest rates would not have a significant impact on emerging markets and foreign stock markets. This has long been a concern for other nations as the U.S. dollar rises and American bonds become more attractive to international investors.
    Four Stocks to Watch Today: DIS, C, SNAP
    The Walt DisneyCo.(NYSE: DIS) will lead another busy day of earnings reports today. Investors will be exploring the impact of recent price hikes at the company’s theme parks, as well as the ongoing concerns about cable cutting and how this trend affects ESPN. Markets anticipate that the company will report earnings per share of $1.68 on top of $14.23 billion in revenue. Shares of Citigroup Inc. (NYSE: C) are on the move. The uptick came after activist investor ValueAct announced a $1.2 billion stake in the investment bank. Citigroup shares were up 1.2% in pre-market hours. Shares of Snap Inc. (NYSE: SNAP) gained 1% in pre-market hours. The owner of social media giant Snapchat said that its CFO Drew Vollero will step down next week. The executive will be replaced by a financial executive at Amazon.com Inc. (Nasdaq: AMZN). Snap continues to face incredible pressures after the f

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Top Undervalued Stocks To Invest In 2018: Reinsurance Group of America, Incorporated(RGA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Here are some of the media stories that may have effected Accern Sentiment’s rankings:

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    RGA has been the subject of a number of analyst reports. Wells Fargo restated a “market perform” rating and issued a $160.00 price target (up previously from $150.00) on shares of Reinsurance Group of America in a research report on Tuesday, January 9th. UBS initiated coverage on Reinsurance Group of America in a research report on Friday, March 2nd. They issued a “neutral” rating and a $168.00 price target for the company. Zacks Investment Research cut Reinsurance Group of America from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Monday, March 12th. Morgan Stanley reduced their price target on Reinsurance Group of America from $138.00 to $135.00 and set an “underweight” rating for the company in a research report on Thursday, April 5th. Finally, Credit Suisse Group initiated coverage on Reinsurance Group of America in a research report on Wednesday, April 25th. They issued a “neutral” rating and a $164.00 price target for the company. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, six have issued a hold rating and two have issued a buy rating to the stock. The company has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $159.78.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Westpac Banking Corp grew its holdings in shares of Reinsurance Group of America (NYSE:RGA) by 96.7% in the 1st quarter, according to the company in its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The institutional investor owned 9,188 shares of the insurance provider’s stock after purchasing an additional 4,516 shares during the period. Westpac Banking Corp’s holdings in Reinsurance Group of America were worth $1,415,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Top Undervalued Stocks To Invest In 2018: Central Valley Community Bancorp(CVCY)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

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Westpac Banking Corp Boosts Stake in Reinsurance Group of America (RGA)

Westpac Banking Corp grew its holdings in shares of Reinsurance Group of America (NYSE:RGA) by 96.7% in the 1st quarter, according to the company in its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The institutional investor owned 9,188 shares of the insurance provider’s stock after purchasing an additional 4,516 shares during the period. Westpac Banking Corp’s holdings in Reinsurance Group of America were worth $1,415,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Other large investors have also bought and sold shares of the company. Sumitomo Mitsui Asset Management Company LTD boosted its position in shares of Reinsurance Group of America by 103.3% during the 4th quarter. Sumitomo Mitsui Asset Management Company LTD now owns 35,441 shares of the insurance provider’s stock valued at $5,526,000 after purchasing an additional 18,008 shares in the last quarter. Investec Asset Management LTD boosted its position in shares of Reinsurance Group of America by 130.2% during the 4th quarter. Investec Asset Management LTD now owns 154,701 shares of the insurance provider’s stock valued at $24,123,000 after purchasing an additional 87,495 shares in the last quarter. Commerce Bank boosted its holdings in shares of Reinsurance Group of America by 7.0% in the fourth quarter. Commerce Bank now owns 15,187 shares of the insurance provider’s stock worth $2,368,000 after buying an additional 1,000 shares during the period. MML Investors Services LLC boosted its holdings in shares of Reinsurance Group of America by 115.7% in the fourth quarter. MML Investors Services LLC now owns 3,249 shares of the insurance provider’s stock worth $507,000 after buying an additional 1,743 shares during the period. Finally, UBS Asset Management Americas Inc. boosted its holdings in shares of Reinsurance Group of America by 15.1% in the fourth quarter. UBS Asset Management Americas Inc. now owns 384,736 shares of the insurance provider’s stock worth $59,992,000 after buying an additional 50,371 shares during the period. Institutional investors own 93.49% of the company’s stock.

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RGA stock opened at $150.55 on Friday. The company has a current ratio of 0.12, a quick ratio of 0.11 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.31. The company has a market cap of $9.92 billion, a P/E ratio of 13.89, a P/E/G ratio of 1.48 and a beta of 0.75.

Reinsurance Group of America (NYSE:RGA) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, April 26th. The insurance provider reported $1.61 EPS for the quarter, missing the consensus estimate of $2.48 by ($0.87). The company had revenue of $3.17 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $3.08 billion. Reinsurance Group of America had a return on equity of 8.04% and a net margin of 14.01%. The business’s revenue for the quarter was up 5.5% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter in the prior year, the business posted $1.86 earnings per share. analysts anticipate that Reinsurance Group of America will post 11.56 EPS for the current year.

The business also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Tuesday, May 29th. Investors of record on Tuesday, May 8th will be issued a dividend of $0.50 per share. This represents a $2.00 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 1.33%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Monday, May 7th. Reinsurance Group of America’s dividend payout ratio is currently 18.45%.

Several brokerages have commented on RGA. Credit Suisse Group began coverage on shares of Reinsurance Group of America in a report on Wednesday, April 25th. They issued a “neutral” rating and a $164.00 target price for the company. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Reinsurance Group of America from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $179.00 target price for the company in a report on Monday, March 19th. Wells Fargo set a $165.00 target price on shares of Reinsurance Group of America and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a report on Thursday, April 26th. Morgan Stanley decreased their target price on shares of Reinsurance Group of America from $138.00 to $135.00 and set an “underweight” rating for the company in a report on Thursday, April 5th. Finally, UBS began coverage on shares of Reinsurance Group of America in a report on Friday, March 2nd. They issued a “neutral” rating and a $168.00 target price for the company. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, six have issued a hold rating and two have assigned a buy rating to the stock. The stock currently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $159.78.

In related news, Director Arnoud W.A. Boot sold 400 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, February 16th. The shares were sold at an average price of $155.26, for a total transaction of $62,104.00. Following the completion of the sale, the director now directly owns 6,357 shares in the company, valued at $986,987.82. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is accessible through the SEC website. Also, EVP Timothy T. Matson purchased 300 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, May 1st. The shares were bought at an average price of $149.15 per share, with a total value of $44,745.00. Following the completion of the acquisition, the executive vice president now owns 2,095 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $312,469.25. The disclosure for this purchase can be found here. Company insiders own 0.69% of the company’s stock.

About Reinsurance Group of America

Reinsurance Group of America, Incorporated engages in reinsurance business. It offers individual and group life and health insurance products, including term life, credit life, universal life, whole life, group life and health, joint and last survivor insurance, critical illness, disability, and longevity products, as well as asset-intensive and financial reinsurance products.

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Institutional Ownership by Quarter for Reinsurance Group of America (NYSE:RGA)

Westpac Banking Corp Boosts Stake in Reinsurance Group of America (RGA)

Westpac Banking Corp grew its holdings in shares of Reinsurance Group of America (NYSE:RGA) by 96.7% in the 1st quarter, according to the company in its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The institutional investor owned 9,188 shares of the insurance provider’s stock after purchasing an additional 4,516 shares during the period. Westpac Banking Corp’s holdings in Reinsurance Group of America were worth $1,415,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Other large investors have also bought and sold shares of the company. Sumitomo Mitsui Asset Management Company LTD boosted its position in shares of Reinsurance Group of America by 103.3% during the 4th quarter. Sumitomo Mitsui Asset Management Company LTD now owns 35,441 shares of the insurance provider’s stock valued at $5,526,000 after purchasing an additional 18,008 shares in the last quarter. Investec Asset Management LTD boosted its position in shares of Reinsurance Group of America by 130.2% during the 4th quarter. Investec Asset Management LTD now owns 154,701 shares of the insurance provider’s stock valued at $24,123,000 after purchasing an additional 87,495 shares in the last quarter. Commerce Bank boosted its holdings in shares of Reinsurance Group of America by 7.0% in the fourth quarter. Commerce Bank now owns 15,187 shares of the insurance provider’s stock worth $2,368,000 after buying an additional 1,000 shares during the period. MML Investors Services LLC boosted its holdings in shares of Reinsurance Group of America by 115.7% in the fourth quarter. MML Investors Services LLC now owns 3,249 shares of the insurance provider’s stock worth $507,000 after buying an additional 1,743 shares during the period. Finally, UBS Asset Management Americas Inc. boosted its holdings in shares of Reinsurance Group of America by 15.1% in the fourth quarter. UBS Asset Management Americas Inc. now owns 384,736 shares of the insurance provider’s stock worth $59,992,000 after buying an additional 50,371 shares during the period. Institutional investors own 93.49% of the company’s stock.

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RGA stock opened at $150.55 on Friday. The company has a current ratio of 0.12, a quick ratio of 0.11 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.31. The company has a market cap of $9.92 billion, a P/E ratio of 13.89, a P/E/G ratio of 1.48 and a beta of 0.75.

Reinsurance Group of America (NYSE:RGA) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, April 26th. The insurance provider reported $1.61 EPS for the quarter, missing the consensus estimate of $2.48 by ($0.87). The company had revenue of $3.17 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $3.08 billion. Reinsurance Group of America had a return on equity of 8.04% and a net margin of 14.01%. The business’s revenue for the quarter was up 5.5% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter in the prior year, the business posted $1.86 earnings per share. analysts anticipate that Reinsurance Group of America will post 11.56 EPS for the current year.

The business also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Tuesday, May 29th. Investors of record on Tuesday, May 8th will be issued a dividend of $0.50 per share. This represents a $2.00 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 1.33%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Monday, May 7th. Reinsurance Group of America’s dividend payout ratio is currently 18.45%.

Several brokerages have commented on RGA. Credit Suisse Group began coverage on shares of Reinsurance Group of America in a report on Wednesday, April 25th. They issued a “neutral” rating and a $164.00 target price for the company. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Reinsurance Group of America from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $179.00 target price for the company in a report on Monday, March 19th. Wells Fargo set a $165.00 target price on shares of Reinsurance Group of America and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a report on Thursday, April 26th. Morgan Stanley decreased their target price on shares of Reinsurance Group of America from $138.00 to $135.00 and set an “underweight” rating for the company in a report on Thursday, April 5th. Finally, UBS began coverage on shares of Reinsurance Group of America in a report on Friday, March 2nd. They issued a “neutral” rating and a $168.00 target price for the company. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, six have issued a hold rating and two have assigned a buy rating to the stock. The stock currently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $159.78.

In related news, Director Arnoud W.A. Boot sold 400 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, February 16th. The shares were sold at an average price of $155.26, for a total transaction of $62,104.00. Following the completion of the sale, the director now directly owns 6,357 shares in the company, valued at $986,987.82. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is accessible through the SEC website. Also, EVP Timothy T. Matson purchased 300 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, May 1st. The shares were bought at an average price of $149.15 per share, with a total value of $44,745.00. Following the completion of the acquisition, the executive vice president now owns 2,095 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $312,469.25. The disclosure for this purchase can be found here. Company insiders own 0.69% of the company’s stock.

About Reinsurance Group of America

Reinsurance Group of America, Incorporated engages in reinsurance business. It offers individual and group life and health insurance products, including term life, credit life, universal life, whole life, group life and health, joint and last survivor insurance, critical illness, disability, and longevity products, as well as asset-intensive and financial reinsurance products.

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    RGA has been the subject of a number of analyst reports. Wells Fargo restated a “market perform” rating and issued a $160.00 price target (up previously from $150.00) on shares of Reinsurance Group of America in a research report on Tuesday, January 9th. UBS initiated coverage on Reinsurance Group of America in a research report on Friday, March 2nd. They issued a “neutral” rating and a $168.00 price target for the company. Zacks Investment Research cut Reinsurance Group of America from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Monday, March 12th. Morgan Stanley reduced their price target on Reinsurance Group of America from $138.00 to $135.00 and set an “underweight” rating for the company in a research report on Thursday, April 5th. Finally, Credit Suisse Group initiated coverage on Reinsurance Group of America in a research report on Wednesday, April 25th. They issued a “neutral” rating and a $164.00 price target for the company. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, six have issued a hold rating and two have issued a buy rating to the stock. The company has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $159.78.

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The company, Iso Rivolta, made very handsome coupes with Corvette engines during the 1950s and ’60s, an era that saw the creation of many of Italy’s most famous automobiles.

The concept car from the now-revived Iso Rivolta looks edgier than the brand’s rather understated classics but it sticks to tradition in terms of power. It has a 997-horsepower modified Corvette V8 engine and a 10-speed transmission.

Designed by the Italian auto design firm Zagato, the Iso Rivolta Vision Gran Turismo will be available to drive in the video game Gran Turismo Sport on the Sony PlayStation 4. As many as five of these cars will be produced in real life for actual customers. There is no word yet on how much each one will cost. But it will, no doubt, be far cheaper to drive one in the video game.

Among more familiar automakers, Toyota (TM) revealed the Fine Comfort Ride concept. Yes. That’s its actual name. The van-shaped vehicle envisions a hydrogen fuel cell-powered luxury car with an emphasis on roominess over slick styling. The car’s body tapers slightly toward the rear for better aerodynamics while maximizing passenger space. Like all fuel cell vehicles, it emits only water vapor as exhaust.

Top Stocks To Buy Right Now: Mitek Systems, Inc.(MITK)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By U.S. News]

    In at least one Texas bank and one Ohio credit union, 3D video banking is currently undergoing testing, according to TheFinancialBrand.com, a website for bank and credit union marketing executives. Three-dimensional video banking is similar to a consumer video conference with a bank representative –- only in this case, the executive looks like a living, breathing person sitting across from you. Thanks to theater surround sound, the representative also sounds as if they’re in the same room. And since the consumer is interacting with a real person and not an automated hologram, the experience apparently isn’t much different than the real thing.
    Banking and managing money isn’t what it used to be. The 1970s and 1980s brought us the rise of the ATM. Consumers became acquainted with online banking during the 1990s and the first decade of the 2000s. The 2010s are shaping up as the era of mobile banking.
    That was underscored Sept. 10-11 in New York City when Mitek Systems Inc. (MITK), a San Diego-based technology company, debuted its Mobile Photo Account Opening product at Finovate, a trade show where banking tech products are often unveiled. The product allows consumers to open a bank account within 60 seconds. If you have your bank’s app, you can use your smartphone’s camera to take a photo of the front and back of your driver’s license, and presto, your new checking, savings or credit card account is open.
    Here’s a look at other financial products and services personal financial experts think we’ll be using in the future.
    Within 10 years. “The economic payments system will begin to ‘know us,’ either through biometrics, optical sensor or facial recognition,” says Joshua Siegel, managing principal of StoneCastle Partners, a New York-based asset management firm that invests in banks.
    That’s already happening to some extent with smartphones –- the new Apple (AAPL) iPhone 5S, for example, uses fingerprint scanning to unlock the phone. Meanwhile, some fi

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    Mitek Systems (MITK) : “This one is too speculative for me. I’d buy NVIDIA (NVDA) .”

    AK Steel Holding (AKS) : “They’re not the lo- cost producer. That’s Nucor (NUE) and that’s the way you want to go.”

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Thursday, technology shares fell by 0.32 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Mitek Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: MITK), down 13 percent, and Formula Systems (1985) Ltd. (ADR) (NASDAQ: FORTY), down 8 percent.

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    Cramer was bearish on Geron (GERN) , Mitek Systems (MITK) , AK Steel Holding (AKS) , Sage Therapeutics (SAGE) and AbbVie (ABBV) .

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Top Stocks To Buy Right Now: Mosaic Company (The)(MOS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The S&P 500 stock posting the largest daily percentage loss ahead of the close Monday was The Mosaic Co. (NYSE: MOS) which traded down 2.4% at $23.09. The stocks 52-week range is $22.43 to $34.36. Volume was 4.2 million versus the daily average of 5.1 million shares.

  • [By Shanthi Rexaline]

    Agri-Input Companies — Seeds/ Fertilizers/Pesticides Manufacturers

    Monsanto Company (NYSE: MON): +68.82 percent since 2011. Syngenta AG (ADR) (NYSE: SYT): +56.26 percent since 2011. Mosaic Co (NYSE: MOS): -63.1 percent since 2011. Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan (USA) (NYSE: POT): -67.8 percent since 2011. CF Industries Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: CF): +5.04 percent since 2011. Agrium Inc. (USA) (NYSE: AGU): +1.10 percent since 2011.

    Agri-Finance Companies

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    We also want to reiterate our bullish view on the agricultural commodities and the ag-related stocks (e.g., CF Industries Holdings (CF), Mosaic (MOS), Potash Corp. of Saskatchewan (POT), FMC (FMC), AGCO, Deere). Following sharp multi-year declines, trends continue to improve.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Mosaic (MOS) tumbled to the bottom of the S&P 500 today after announcing that it would buy Vale’s (VALE) fertilizer unit.

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    Mosaicdropped 1.1% to $27.77 today, while the S&P 500 advanced 0.2% to 2,262.53.

    Barron’s Dimitra DeFotis covered the deal over at Emerging Markets Daily:

    Global agricultural chemicals giant Mosaic (MOS) is buying most of the fertilizer chemicals business of Brazilian mining giant Vale (VALE) in a cash-and-stock deal valued at $2.5 billion, but Wall Street doesnt seem to like the deal…

    Vale will maintain an 11% stake with ownership nitrogen and phosphate fertilizing assets in the city of Cubat茫o, Reuters reports. Mosaic adds Canada and Peru mines to its empire as part of the deal, according to the Mosaic acquisition press release…

    Mosaic’s market capitalization fell to $9.7 billion today from $10.4 billion yesterday. It reported net income of $1 billion on sales of $8.9 billion in 2015.

Top Stocks To Buy Right Now: Reinsurance Group of America, Incorporated(RGA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By David Sterman]

    My favorite insurers: AIG (NYSE: AIG) (which I discussed a few months ago), Protective Life (NYSE: PL) and Reinsurance Group of America (NYSE: RGA).

  • [By Benzinga News Desk]

    Morgan Stanley downgraded Chipotle (NYSE: CMG) to Equal-Weight.
    UBS downgraded AMC Networks (NASDAQ: AMCX) to Sell.
    Citi upgraded Sealed Air (NYSE: SEE) to Buy.
    Goldman Sachs upgraded Reinsurance Group (NYSE: RGA) to Buy.

Top Stocks To Buy Right Now: Gentex Corporation(GNTX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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    Rockwell Collins, Inc. (NYSE: COL) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $1.31 per share on revenue of $1.33 billion.
    General Electric Company (NYSE: GE) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.17 per share on revenue of $26.46 billion.
    Honeywell International Inc. (NYSE: HON) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $1.60 per share on revenue of $9.32 billion.
    Interpublic Group of Companies Inc (NYSE: IPG) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.03 per share on revenue of $1.76 billion.
    Schlumberger Limited. (NYSE: SLB) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $0.26 per share on revenue of $7.02 billion.
    SunTrust Banks, Inc. (NYSE: STI) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.83 per share on revenue of $2.21 billion.
    ManpowerGroup Inc. (NYSE: MAN) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $1.11 per share on revenue of $4.68 billion.
    Kansas City Southern (NYSE: KSU) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $1.15 per share on revenue of $593.82 million.
    Stanley Black & Decker, Inc. (NYSE: SWK) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $1.19 per share on revenue of $2.74 billion.
    WABCO Holdings Inc. (NYSE: WBC) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $1.44 per share on revenue of $721.89 million.

Top Stocks To Buy Right Now: Ascent Capital Group, Inc.(ASCMA)

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).

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Tuesday afternoon, the industrial sector proved to be a source of strength for the market. Leading the sector was strength from NL Industries Inc (NYSE: NL) and Ascent Capital Group Inc (NASDAQ: ASCMA).

Top 5 Stocks To Invest In 2018

While all your friends are posting on Facebook about what they plan to do with their tax returns, you’re scrambling to figure out how you’e going to drum up the money you owe in taxes.

Payingtaxescan be a bummer, especially if you are short on cash or unprepared. Here’s what you can do to plan accordinglyfor next year.

Make sure you are withholding the correct amountfrom your W-4

Check yourW-4 form or your withholding exemption form to make sure you are withholding the correct amount,according to Paul F. McGee, CPA and professor in the Accounting and Finance Department at Salem State University.

While the form may look like another language, you don’t need to worry about reading it too closely, just make sure you are withholding 0 instead of 1 or another number, according to McGee.

Top 5 Stocks To Invest In 2018: AVG Technologies N.V.(AVG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Igor Novgorodtsev]

    InterActiveCorp (IACI) bought Ask.com for $1.85 billion in 2005. The new Perion will be worth only about 40% of that. After the merger, Perion will leapfrog its much larger rivals: Babylon and AVG (AVG). Finally, Perion should be able to increase its operating margins as it can spread its SG&A costs over a much larger base (Conduit EBITDA margin is 32% vs. Perion’s 23%). Perion will keep its senior management team intact: Josef Mandelbaum will remain its CEO and Yacov Kaufman its CFO. Perion has successfully orchestrated a roll-up acquisitions of privately-held Sweetpacks and Smilebox, so I have high confidence that they know how to integrate a new business.

Top 5 Stocks To Invest In 2018: Reinsurance Group of America, Incorporated(RGA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Benzinga News Desk]

    Morgan Stanley downgraded Chipotle (NYSE: CMG) to Equal-Weight.
    UBS downgraded AMC Networks (NASDAQ: AMCX) to Sell.
    Citi upgraded Sealed Air (NYSE: SEE) to Buy.
    Goldman Sachs upgraded Reinsurance Group (NYSE: RGA) to Buy.

  • [By David Sterman]

    My favorite insurers: AIG (NYSE: AIG) (which I discussed a few months ago), Protective Life (NYSE: PL) and Reinsurance Group of America (NYSE: RGA).

Top 5 Stocks To Invest In 2018: Sirius XM Radio Inc.(SIRI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows Pandora Mediapeaking in 2014 before heading back to where it started while other streaming media stocks such as large cap satellite radio stockSirius XM Radio Inc (NASDAQ: SIRI) has performed better and InternetTV stock Netflix, Inc (NASDAQ: NFLX) has been a homerun:

  • [By Rick Munarriz]

    There are a lot of people betting against Sirius XM Radio (NASDAQ:SIRI)these days, even as the stock is hitting 10-year highs. There were 280.1 million shares of Sirius XM sold short at the end of 2016, just below the late-November peak of 285.1 million shares but nearly double the short interest that we were seeing a year ago.

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    However, several Buffett stocks chalked up nice gains during the first quarter. The three top performers in Berkshire’s portfolio were Sirius XM Holdings (NASDAQ:SIRI), Mastercard (NYSE:MA), and Moody’s (NYSE:MCO). Here’s what drove these stocks higher — and what their prospects are for the rest of 2018.

  • [By Ashley Moore]

    But before we get to the stock pick, here’s a list of the 10 top-performing Warren Buffett stocks so far this year…

    Company YTD Gains
    Moody’s Corp. (NYSE: MCO) 34.25%
    Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) 30.24%
    Verisign Inc. (Nasdaq: VRSN) 29.88%
    Restaurant Brands Inc. (NYSE: QSR) 29.16%
    WABCO Holdings Inc. (NYSE: WBC) 28.97%
    Visa Inc. (NYSE: V) 26.20%
    Liberty Sirius XM Group Class C (Nasdaq: LSXMK) 24.54%
    MasterCard Inc. (NYSE: MA) 24.35%
    Liberty Sirius XM Group Class A (Nasdaq: LSXMA) 22.89%
    Sirius XM Holdings Inc. (Nasdaq: SIRI) 22.81%

    Again, we don’t recommend all of the stocks above for retail investors. After all, Warren Buffett is one of the most wealthy and legendary investors in history. He has a completely different set of goals from us.

  • [By Jon C. Ogg]

    The long saga regarding Pandora Media Inc. (NYSE: P) has finally come to a head. Well, maybe. Rather than KKR & Co. L.P. (NYSE: KKR) investing $150 million, Sirius XM Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: SIRI) will be investing up to $480 million in the streaming music rival. With its ticketing unit sale taking place as well, it might seem that Pandora is getting a great deal and helping to bolster its books.

Top 5 Stocks To Invest In 2018: Omega Healthcare Investors, Inc.(OHI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.MONEYSHOW.COM]

    Or, consider Omega Healthcare Investors (OHI). The Maryland-based company invests heavily in hospital properties and health care facilities, with a special emphasis on nursing facilities.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Omega Healthcare Investors Inc. (NYSE: OHI) dropped about 2.6% Monday to post a new 52-week low of $26.43 after closing at $27.14 on Friday. The 52-week high is $35.14. Volume was around 5.3 million, more than double the daily average of around 2.3 million. The healthcare REIT had now specific news.

Top 5 Stocks To Invest In 2018: Sinovac Biotech Ltd.(SVA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Sinovac Biotech Ltd. (NASDAQ: SVA) is expected to post its quarterly earnings.

    Supercom Ltd (NASDAQ: SPCB) is estimated to post its quarterly earnings at $0.15 per share on revenue of $9.03 million.

Top Low Price Stocks To Buy For 2018

Peyto (OTCPK:PEYUF) is a Canadian E&P company whose production profile is dominated by dry gas (92%). With the low price of natural gas, it has been a tough couple of years for Peyto’s shareholders. That said, the company has maintained its dividend payout through the commodity price downturn. Recently natural gas prices have recovered from their lows, but Peyto’s stock has not kept pace. In fact, it’s gone the other direction:

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As the chart above show, the stock is down ~13% over the past three months as natural gas – as measure by both the Henry Hub and AECO indexes – has rallied sharply with significant winter withdrawals and forecasts that additional cold weather is on the way:

Top Low Price Stocks To Buy For 2018: Oclaro, Inc.(OCLR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Small cap fiber-optic networking product Applied Optoelectronics (NASDAQ: AAOI), a potential peer of EMCORE Corporation (NASDAQ: EMKR), Finisar Corporation (NASDAQ: FNSR) and Oclaro Inc (NASDAQ: OCLR), is thefifth mostshorted stock on theNASDAQ with short interest of 47.69% according to Highshortnterest.com.

  • [By Evan Niu, CFA]

    Shares of optical component companies have dropped today, includingOclaro (NASDAQ:OCLR), Acacia (NASDAQ:ACIA), Lumentum (NASDAQ:LITE), and Finisar (NASDAQ:FNSR), whose shares were down 11%, 11%, 6%, and 3%, respectively, as of 3:30 p.m. EDT, after the U.S. broadened its investigation regarding compliance with sanctions programs.

  • [By Arie Goren]

    Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.(NSDQ:AMD)had been by far the best performer in 2016 among all the 413 Russell 3000 tech stocks. Its stock price appreciation of 295.1% in 2016 was significantly higher than the second ranked tech stock NVIDIA Corporation (NVIDIA (NSDQ:NVDA)which gained 223.8% and the third-ranked stock Oclaro Inc. (NSDQ:OCLR)which was up 157.2% in 2016.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Small cap fiber-optic networking product Applied Optoelectronics (NASDAQ: AAOI), a potential peer of EMCORE Corporation (NASDAQ: EMKR), Finisar Corporation (NASDAQ: FNSR) and Oclaro Inc (NASDAQ: OCLR), is themostshorted stock on theNASDAQ with short interest of 62.65% according to Highshortnterest.com.

Top Low Price Stocks To Buy For 2018: Cardiome Pharma Corporation(CRME)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of CARDIOME PHARMA CORP (NASDAQ: CRME) were down 30 percent to $2.72 after the company issued U.S. regulatory update for BRINAVESS. The FDA advised Cardiome that the data package proposed is not sufficient to support re-submission of the BRINAVESS NDA.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of CARDIOME PHARMA CORP (NASDAQ: CRME) were down 43 percent to $3.01. Cardiome priced 10 million shares at $3 per share.

    Seadrill Partners LLC (NYSE: SDLP) was down, falling around 30 percent to $4.09 as the company announced plans to reduce the quarterly cash distribution to $0.10 per unit from $0.25 per unit.

Top Low Price Stocks To Buy For 2018: Reinsurance Group of America, Incorporated(RGA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Benzinga News Desk]

    Morgan Stanley downgraded Chipotle (NYSE: CMG) to Equal-Weight.
    UBS downgraded AMC Networks (NASDAQ: AMCX) to Sell.
    Citi upgraded Sealed Air (NYSE: SEE) to Buy.
    Goldman Sachs upgraded Reinsurance Group (NYSE: RGA) to Buy.

  • [By David Sterman]

    My favorite insurers: AIG (NYSE: AIG) (which I discussed a few months ago), Protective Life (NYSE: PL) and Reinsurance Group of America (NYSE: RGA).

Top 10 Computer Hardware Companies To Watch For 2017

Stocks surged higher today as weaker-than-expected economic data make a September rate hike unlikely.

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The S&P 500 gained 1% to 2,147.26 today, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 177.71 points, or 1%, to 18,212.48. The Nasdaq Composite climbed 1.5% to 5,249.69.

RBC Capital Markets economists Tom Porcelli andJacob Oubina explain why today’s disappointing retail-sales data are “yet another blow to the hawks’ mantra”:

The soft retail sales numbers headlined an overall very dovish data day in the US. The key retail control metric (ex. autos, gasoline, building materials) sank -0.1% (vs. consensus of a 0.4% gain) and this came with a back-month downward revision to boot (July is now -0.1% from flat prior). If that is not enough of a reflection of just how weak this report was, note that overall breadth was also quite ugly. The share of retail sales components rising on the month came in at a paltry 38% and up modestly from an already dismal 31% in July. In fact this now goes down as the weakest 2-month string for breadth since Q2 2012real PCE printed a paltry 0.7% back then. Overall, the weaker August print and the downward revision to July takes out tracking for Q3 real consumer spending to 2.7% from 3.0% (services, which is not part of the retail sales report, is really carrying this number). Overall GDP goes to 3.3% from 3.5% but we would note that the inventory swing is adding near ly a full percentage point here.

Top 10 Computer Hardware Companies To Watch For 2017: Mead Johnson Nutrition Company(MJN)

Mead Johnson Nutrition Company (Mead Johnson), incorporated on December 17, 2008, is a pediatric nutrition company. The Company manufactures, distributes and sells infant formulas, children’s nutrition and other nutritional products. The Company operates through three segments: Asia, North America/Europe and Latin America. Its product portfolio includes routine and specialty infant formulas, children’s milks and milk modifiers, dietary supplements for pregnant and breastfeeding mothers, pediatric vitamins, and products for pediatric metabolic disorders. The Company’s Enfa family of brands, including Enfamil infant formula, is a brand franchise in pediatric nutrition. Its product portfolio addresses a range of nutritional needs for infants, children and expectant and nursing mothers. The Company markets its portfolio of approximately 70 products to mothers, healthcare professionals and retailers in over 50 countries in Asia, North America, Latin America and Europe.

The Company’s product portfolio, which addresses a range of pediatric nutritional needs, consists of two principal product categories: infant formula and children’s nutrition. The product categories are categorized into approximately five product types: routine infant, solutions, specialty, children’s nutrition and other. Its routine infant formula is intended for healthy consumers while its solutions and specialty products are offered for infants with special nutritional needs. The Company’s children’s’ nutrition products are designed to meet the nutritional needs of children at different stages of development. Its other products include vitamins and supplements.

Routine Infant Formula

The Company designs routine infant formula as a breast milk substitute for full-term infants without special nutritional needs both for the use as the infant’s source of nutrition and as a supplement to breastfeeding. Each product is referred to as a formula, as it is formulated for the specific nutritional needs of an i! nfant at a given age. Its routine infant formulas has over four components: protein from cow’s milk that is processed to have a profile similar to human milk; a blend of vegetable fats, including docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and arachidonic acid (ARA), to replace bovine milk fat in order to resemble the composition of human milk; a carbohydrate, generally lactose from cow’s milk, and a vitamin and mineral micronutrient pre-mix that is blended into the product to meet the specific needs of the infant at a given age. The Company’s routine infant formula products include Enfamil Premium, Enfapro Premium, Enfamil A+ and Enfalac A+.

Solutions Products

The Company designs several solutions formulas to address common feeding tolerance problems, including spit-up, fussiness, gas and lactose intolerance. Its solutions products include Enfamil Gentlease (for fussiness and gas), Enfamil A.R. (to reduce spit-up), Enfamil ProSobee (a soy-based formula) and Enfamil LactoFree (for lactose intolerance).

Specialty Products

The Company designs specialty formulas to address certain conditions or special medical needs, including Nutramigen (for cow’s milk protein allergies) and Puramino (an amino acid formula for severe cow’s milk protein allergies or multiple other food allergies). The Company designs products, such as Enfamil Premature to meet the needs of premature and low birth weight infants under the supervision of a doctor, most often in the hospital, and EnfaCare, a hypercaloric formula for premature babies at home. It also produces medical foods, or foods for special medical purposes, for nutritional management of individuals with rare, inborn errors of metabolism, such as maple syrup urine disease (Mead Johnson BCAD) and phenylketonuria (Mead Johnson Phenyl-Free). Certain of these products are intended for infants and young children while others are suitable for children and adults.

Children’ s Nutrition Products

The Company designs its ch! ildren’s ! products to meet the nutritional needs of children at different stages of development (such as toddlers and older children). Its children’s nutrition products include Enfagrow, Sustagen and Lactum. These products are not breast milk substitutes and are not designed as a sole source of nutrition but instead are designed to be a part of a child’s diet. The Company also offers milk modifiers (ChocoMilk and Cal-C-Tose).

Other Products

The Company also produces a range of other products, including pre-natal and post-natal nutritional supplements for expectant and nursing mothers, including Expecta and EnfaMama. Its pediatric vitamin products sold in a few geographies, such as Enfamil Poly-Vi-Sol, provide a range of benefits for infants, including multivitamins and iron supplements.

The Company competes with Abbott Laboratories, Danone and Nestle.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Michael Flannelly]

    On Tuesday, JP Morgan analysts upgraded children’s nutrition company Mead Johnson Nutrition (MJN), as they believe the company’s top line growth should be valued more highly than the possible cost headwinds and further Chinese regulations.

    The analysts upgraded MJN from “Neutral” to “Overweight” and see shares reaching $88. This price target suggests a 16% upside to the stock’s Monday closing price of $76.11.

    Mead Johnson Nutrition shares were up 85 cents, or 1.12%, during morning trading on Tuesday. The stock is up 16.71% year-to-date.

Top 10 Computer Hardware Companies To Watch For 2017: Tarena International, Inc.(TEDU)

 

Tarena International, Inc., through its subsidiaries, primarily provides information technology (IT) professional education services through part-time and full-time classes in the Peoples Republic of China. It offers education courses in 11 IT subjects, such as Java, .NET, C++, software testing, PHP, embedded, Android, iOS, Big Data, Web front-end development, and Linux and network engineering; and 3 non-IT subjects comprising digital art, online sales and marketing, and accounting through live distance instruction, classroom-based tutoring, and online learning modules. The company also provides two kid education programs, including Tongcheng and Tongmei. Tarena International, Inc. was founded in 2002 and is headquartered in Beijing, the Peoples Republic of China.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [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 Value Companies To Watch In Right Now: EPR Properties(EPR)

EPR Properties (EPR), incorporated on August 22, 1997, is a self-administered real estate investment trust (REIT). The Company’s investment portfolio includes entertainment, education and recreation properties. The Company’s properties are located in approximately 40 states, the District of Columbia and in the Canadian province of Ontario. The Company operates in four segments: Entertainment, Education, Recreation and Other.

Entertainment

The Company’s Entertainment segment consists of investments in megaplex theatres, entertainment retail centers, family entertainment centers and other retail parcels. The Company’s entertainment properties include approximately 130 megaplex theatre properties located in over 30 states and Ontario, Canada; approximately nine entertainment retail centers (which include over eight additional megaplex theatre properties and approximately one live performance venue) located in Westminster in Colorado, New Rochelle in New York, Burbank in California, Suffolk in Virginia, Charlotte in North Carolina and Ontario in Canada; over seven family entertainment centers located in Illinois, Indiana and Florida; land parcels leased to restaurant and retail operators adjacent to several of the Company’s theatre properties; construction in progress for real estate development for over two megaplex theatres and redevelopment of over two of its existing megaplex theatres, as well as approximately eight other retail redevelopment projects, and undeveloped land inventory.

The Company’s owned real estate portfolio of megaplex theatre properties consists of approximately 10 million square feet and is approximately 100% leased. The Company’s remaining owned entertainment real estate portfolio consists of over 1.8 million square feet and is approximately 87% leased. The combined owned entertainment real estate portfolio consists of over 11.8 million square feet and is approximately 98% leased. It s owned theatre properties are leased to over 15 different t! heatre operators. The Company’s family entertainment center operators offer various entertainment options, including live performance, bowling and bocce ball, as well as an observation deck on the 94th floor of the John Hancock building in downtown Chicago, Illinois.

Education

The Company’s Education segment consists of investments in public charter schools, early education centers and K-12 private schools. The Company’s interests include over 70 public charter school properties located in approximately 20 states and the District of Columbia; approximately 20 early education centers located in over six states; approximately two K-12 private school located in New York and approximately one 5-12 private school located in California, and an interest in construction for real estate development or expansion of over 10 public charter schools, approximately 10 early education centers and over one K-12 private school. The Company’s owned education real esta te portfolio consists of approximately 4.2 million square feet and is approximately 100% leased. The Company has approximately 40 different operators for its owned public charter schools.

Recreation

The Company’s Recreation segment consists of investments in metro ski parks, resorts, waterparks and golf entertainment complexes. Its interests include approximately 10 metro ski parks located in Ohio, Maryland and Pennsylvania, Vermont and Virginia; over five waterparks located in Kansas, Texas and Pennsylvania; approximately 20 golf entertainment complexes in over nine states, and golf entertainment complexes and the development of an indoor waterpark hotel at the Adelaar casino and resort project located in Sullivan County, New York. The Company’s owned recreation real estate portfolio is approximately 100% leased. The Company’s daily attendance ski park model provides outdoor entertainment during the winter. All of the ski parks, as well as its over three owned properties, offers snowmaking capabilities and ! provides ! various terrains and vertical drop options. The Company’s ski parks offer skiing and snowboarding options.

Other

The Company’s other segment consists of construction in progress and land held for development of the casino, golf course, entertainment village and infrastructure related to the Adelaar casino and resort project in Sullivan County, New York. It also includes undeveloped land inventory at its Adelaar casino and resort project in Sullivan County, New York, and mortgage financing related to approximately one sold winery property.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lawrence Meyers]

    I also jumped on the 9% Preferred Series E of an interesting REIT called EPR Properties (EPR), a $2.38 billion trust that owns 114 megaplex movie theaters; nine entertainment retail centers; seven family entertainment centers where one can bowl, enjoy nightlife, or sit atop observational towers; 13 metro ski parks; three water parks; four golf complexes, and 48 public charter schools.

Top 10 Computer Hardware Companies To Watch For 2017: Reinsurance Group of America, Incorporated(RGA)

 

Reinsurance Group of America, Incorporated engages in reinsurance business. It offers individual and group life and health insurance products, including term life, credit life, universal life, whole life, group life and health, joint and last survivor insurance, critical illness, disability, and longevity products, as well as asset-intensive and financial reinsurance products. The company also provides reinsurance for mortality, morbidity, and lapse risk associated with products; and reinsurance for investment-related risks, as well as develops and markets technology solutions for the insurance industry. It serves life insurance companies in the United States, Latin America, Canada, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and the Asia Pacific. Reinsurance Group of America, Incorporated was founded in 1973 and is headquartered in Chesterfield, Missouri.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By David Sterman]

    My favorite insurers: AIG (NYSE: AIG) (which I discussed a few months ago), Protective Life (NYSE: PL) and Reinsurance Group of America (NYSE: RGA).

  • [By Benzinga News Desk]

    Morgan Stanley downgraded Chipotle (NYSE: CMG) to Equal-Weight.
    UBS downgraded AMC Networks (NASDAQ: AMCX) to Sell.
    Citi upgraded Sealed Air (NYSE: SEE) to Buy.
    Goldman Sachs upgraded Reinsurance Group (NYSE: RGA) to Buy.

Top 10 Computer Hardware Companies To Watch For 2017: Coach, Inc.(COH)

 

Coach, Inc. provides luxury accessories and lifestyle collections in the United States. The company offers handbags, rings, charms, small leather goods, and novelty accessories for women; and business cases, computer bags, messenger-style bags, totes, wallets, card cases, belts, and time management and electronic accessories for men. It also provides footwear products; seasonal lifestyle apparel collections, including outerwear, ready-to-wear, and cold weather accessories, such as gloves, scarves, and hats; jewelries comprising bracelets, necklaces, rings, and earrings made with sterling silver, leather, and non-precious metals; sunglasses; watches; and fragrances consisting of eau de perfume sprays, eau de toilette sprays, purse sprays, and body lotions. In addition, the company offers weekend and travel accessories, travel bags, and other lifestyle products. Further, it holds licensing rights to market and distribute footwea r, eyewear, watches, and fragrances under the Coach brand name. The company markets its products to consumers through a network of company-operated stores comprising Internet in North America; and Coach-operated stores and concession shop-in-shops in Japan, Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, Singapore, Taiwan, Malaysia, South Korea, the United Kingdom, France, Ireland, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Italy, Belgium, and the Netherlands. It also sells its products to wholesale customers and distributors in approximately 45 countries. As of June 27, 2015, the company operated 258 Coach retail and 204 Coach outlet leased stores located in North America; 503 Coach-operated concession shop-in-shops within department, retail, and outlet stores internationally; and 54 Stuart Weitzman stores. Coach, Inc. was founded in 1941 and is based in New York, New York.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Shares of Michael Kors gained 3.7% to $49.62 today, and the funny part is that there was no new news on the apparel & accessories retailer today. Nothing at all. I checked Dow Jones Newswires. I checked Google News. I checked Briefing.com. Nothing. Nada. Zilch. Bloomberg says Jefferies had a positive note, but the analyst tells me he didn’t write one. FactSet says Piper Jaffray wrote a note on Kors, which seems plausible since Piper’sErinn Murphy wrote a positive one onCoach (COH), another maker of handbags and other accessories, today, but I’ve yet to receive confirmation.

  • [By Teresa Rivas]

    Coach (COH) is climbing Tuesday, following its upbeat third-quarter report.

    Bloomberg News

    The handbag maker said it earned 44 cents a share on revenue of $1.03 billion. Analysts were looking for earnings of 41 cents on revenue of $1.02 billion.

    The company also reiterated its full-year guidance, as it expects low-single-digit revenue growth.

    Bulls include Cowen & Co.s Oliver Chen, who reiterated an Outperform rating and $46 price target on the stock:

    For Coach brand, N. America sales were $499mm vs. Cowen’s $484mm & Street’s $481mm. Total Coach brand N. America comps were flat y/y vs. Cowen’s -1% in-line with Street. As expected , at POS, sales in N. America department stores declined at a -MSD rate vs. LY given the lack of clearance inventory, while net sales into department stores rose slightly. International sales were $448mm (+7% C/C) vs. Cowen’s $456mm & Street’s $452mm. China sales were -2% (+2% C/C) with +DD growth and positive comp store sales on the Mainland offset in part by continued weakness in Hong Kong & Macau. In Japan, sales rose +7% C/C, despite a decrease in square footage, while dollar sales rose +8%, reflecting the stronger yen. Sales for the remaining directly operated businesses in Asia posted solid growth in C/C but rose slightly in dollars, while Europe remained very strong, growing at a +DD pace driven by both comp store sales and distribution increases .

    Wells Fargos Ike Boruchow reiterated an Outperform rating and raised his valuation range from $45 to $47, from $43 to $45:

    With expectations creeping up into its Q3 print, COH delivered better North American (NA) comps (0% vs. Streets -1.5%) and EPS ($0.44 vs. Streets $0.41) which keeps the bull case firmly on the table as management continues to gain traction on its turnaround efforts. Digging deeper into the improving domestic performance, some key details coming out of th

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Now that the Olympics are underway, we’ll have a chance to see athletes try to leap ever higher bars. Today, we got to watch Coach (COH), which reported better than forecast earnings, fail to make the jump. RBC’sBrian Tunick and Bilun Boyner explain:

Top 10 Computer Hardware Companies To Watch For 2017: Allison Transmission Holdings, Inc.(ALSN)

Allison Transmission Holdings, Inc., incorporated on June 22, 2007, and its subsidiaries design and manufacture commercial and defense fully-automatic transmissions. The Company manufactures fully-automatic transmissions for medium- and heavy-duty commercial vehicles and medium-and heavy-tactical the United States defense vehicles. The Company operates through manufacture and distribution of fully-automatic transmissions segment. The Company’s transmissions are used in a range of applications, including on-highway trucks (distribution, refuse, construction, fire and emergency), buses (primarily school, transit and hybrid-transit), motorhomes, off-highway vehicles and equipment (energy, mining and construction) and defense vehicles (wheeled and tracked). The Company’s transmissions are sold under the Allison Transmission brand name and remanufactured transmissions are sold under the ReTran brand name. The Company has developed over 100 different models that are used in over 2,500 different vehicle configurations and are compatible with over 500 combinations of engine brands, models and ratings, including diesel, gasoline, natural gas and other alternative fuels.

The Company is a manufacturer of fully-automatic transmissions for the on-highway medium- and heavy-duty commercial vehicle market in North America. Its North American on-highway market includes Class 4-5, Class 6-7 and Class 8 straight trucks, conventional transit, shuttle and coach buses, school buses and motorhomes. Class 8 trucks are subdivided into two markets: straight and tractor. The Company sells its transmissions in the North American on-highway market to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). These OEMs, in turn, install the Company’s transmissions in vehicles in which its transmission is either the exclusive transmission available or is specifically requested by end users who are choosing between a manual transmission, an automated manual transmissions (AMT) or a fully-automatic transmission. Off-highway energy applic! ations include hydraulic fracturing equipment, well-stimulation equipment, pumping equipment and well-servicing rigs, which often use a fully-automatic transmission to propel the vehicle and drive auxiliary equipment. It also provides heavy-duty transmissions used in mining trucks, specialty vehicles and construction vehicles. The Company is a manufacturer of fully-automatic transmissions for the commercial vehicle market outside of North America. Within Europe, it serves Western European developed markets, as well as Russian and Eastern European markets, in the refuse, emergency, bus, coach, distribution and utility markets. Off-highway markets in Asia are shared by energy, mining and construction applications.

The Company sells transmissions for medium-and heavy-tactical wheeled vehicle platforms, including the Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles, Armored Security Vehicles, Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Trucks, Heavy Equipment Transporters, Palletized Loadin g Systems, M915 Series Trucks, Medium Tactical Vehicle Replacements and the Logistic Vehicle System Replacement. Additionally, the Company supplies transmissions for the Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) Vehicles and the MRAP All-Terrain Vehicle and for the Joint Light Tactical Vehicles, which is the replacement vehicle for Humvee personnel transport. It also supplies tracked vehicle platforms, the Abrams tank and the M113 family of vehicles, which are sold directly to the United States Department of Defense (DOD). Additionally, it sells parts kits to licensees for the production of transmissions for tracked vehicles manufactured outside North America. The Company has network of approximately 1,400 independent distributor and dealer locations to sell, service and support its transmissions.

The Company competes with Ford Motor Company, ZF Friedrichshafen AG, Voith GmbH, BAE Systems plc, Caterpillar, Inc., Twin Disc, Inc., Komatsu, Ltd., Volvo, Danyang Winsta r Auto Parts Co., L-3 Communications Corporation and Renk AG! .

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    With a neutral sector rating, we are working on evaluating risks to negative calls, and identifying potential value opportunities. Last week we noted more work might be worthwhile on Wabco Holdings (WBC), Terex, Manitowoc (MTW), and Caterpillar, two of those names have rallied for other reasons but the attractive price made the upside/downside skew up. We remain positive (OW) on Allison Transmission Holdings (ALSN) & United Rentals. Our and consensus 2017Allison Transmission Holdings estimates have fallen by 2% vs. ~15% for the group, while the shares are down 10% since launch. We continue to see United Rentals as the best value in our group…

Top 10 Computer Hardware Companies To Watch For 2017: Helmerich & Payne, Inc.(HP)

 

Helmerich & Payne, Inc. engages in the contract drilling of oil and gas wells. It provides drilling rigs, equipment, personnel, and camps on a contract basis to explore for and develop oil and gas from onshore areas and from fixed platforms, tension-leg platforms, and spars in offshore areas. The company operates through three segments: U.S. Land, Offshore, and International Land. The U.S. Land segment drills primarily in Oklahoma, California, Texas, Wyoming, Colorado, Louisiana, Mississippi, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Utah, New Mexico, Montana, North Dakota, West Virginia, and Nevada. The Offshore segment has drilling operations in the Gulf of Mexico and Equatorial Guinea. The International Land segment conducts drilling operations in Ecuador, Colombia, Argentina, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, and Mozambique. As of November 12, 2015, the company operated a fleet of 344 land rigs in the United States; 38 international land rigs; and 9 offshore platform rigs. The company also owns, develops, and operates commercial real estate properties; and researches and develops rotary steerable technology. Its real estate investments include a shopping center comprising approximately 441,000 leasable square feet; multi-tenant industrial warehouse properties covering approximately one million leasable square feet; and approximately 210 acres of undeveloped real estate located in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Helmerich & Payne, Inc. was founded in 1920 and is headquartered in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Richard Moroney, Editor, Dow Theory Forecasts]

    Helmerich & Payne (HP) has paid a dividend without interruption since 1959 and raised the distribution in 40 straight years.

    Following a pair of hikes in less than 12 months, Helmerich’s quarterly dividend stands at $0.50 per share, compared to $0.07 per share a year ago.

Top 10 Computer Hardware Companies To Watch For 2017: Wynn Resorts, Limited(WYNN)

 

Wynn Resorts, Limited, together with its subsidiaries, develops, owns, and operates destination casino resorts. It operates in two segments, Macau Operations and Las Vegas Operations. The company operates Wynn Macau and Encore at Wynn Macau resort located in the Peoples Republic of China. As of February 13, 2015, its Macau resorts feature had approximately 284,000 square feet of casino space, which offered 24-hour gaming and a range of games with 498 table games and 625 slot machines, private gaming salons, sky casinos, and a poker; 2 luxury hotel towers with a total of 1,008 guest rooms and suites; casual and fine dining in 8 restaurants; approximately 57,000 square feet of retail shopping, including stores and boutiques; approximately 31,000 square feet of space for lounges and meeting facilities; recreation and leisure facilities, including two health clubs, spas, a salon, and a pool; and the Rotunda show. The company als o owned and operated Wynn Las Vegas and Encore at Wynn Las Vegas resort with a total of 4,748 hotel rooms, suites, and villas; 232 table games; 1,849 slot machines; a race and sports book and poker room in approximately 186,000 square feet of casino gaming space, including a sky casino and private gaming salons; 34 food and beverage outlets; 2 spas and salons; lounges; and approximately 99,000 square feet of retail shopping space. Its Las Vegas resorts also offer 3 nightclubs and a beach club; a Ferrari and Maserati automobile dealership; wedding chapels; an 18-hole golf course; approximately 290,000 square feet of meeting and convention space; a theater; and two showrooms, as well as a water-based theatrical production and entertainment production. Wynn Resorts, Limited was founded in 2002 and is based in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    We’ve noted before that for all the attention Macau gets, the real action for casinos these days is in Las Vegas. In a report issued today, Gabelli’s Adam Trivison touts the importance of Nevada for Boyd Gaming (BYD) and MGM Resorts International (MGM), which have large Nevada footprints, and for Wynn Resorts (WYNN) and Las Vegas Sands (LVS), which don’t:

  • [By Javier Hasse]

    The top gainers in the index were:

    Wynn Resorts, Limited (NASDAQ: WYNN), up 15.83 percent Freeport-McMoRan Inc (NYSE: FCX), up 13.09 percent

    The top losers in the index were:

Top 10 Computer Hardware Companies To Watch For 2017: NetApp Inc.(NTAP)

NetApp, Inc. engages in the design, manufacturing, marketing, and technical support of networked storage solutions. It supplies enterprise storage and data management software, and hardware products and services. The company offers Data ONTAP, an operating system that supports storage area network (SAN) and network-attached storage (NAS) environments; storage efficiency technologies, including FlexVol, FlexClone, and Deduplication technologies; storage management and application integration software, such as OnCommand management software; fabric-attached storage unified storage systems, which support a range of data for users on various platforms; and virtual storage tier; V-Series network-based virtualization solutions that provide SAN and NAS access to the data stored in heterogeneous storage arrays. It also provides data protection software products, including Snapshot, SnapRestore, SnapVault, and Open Systems SnapVault techologies; MetroCluster products; and SnapMirror data replication solution. In addition, the company offers data retention and archive products, and Flash Cache modules; and storage security products for data security and key management in IP SAN, NAS, and tape backup environments; StorageGRID that enables intelligent data management and secure content retention; and professional services, global support solutions, and customer education and training. It serves energy, financial services, government, high technology, Internet, life sciences and healthcare services, manufacturing, media, entertainment, animation and video postproduction, and telecommunications industries. It offers its products in the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, the Asia Pacific, and Japan. The company was formerly known as Network Appliance, Inc. and changed its name to NetApp, Inc. in March 2008. NetApp, Inc. was founded in 1992 and is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Analysts expect NetApp Inc. (NASDAQ: NTAP) to post its quarterly earnings at $0.58 per share on revenue of $1.40 billion. NetApp shares rose 0.36 percent to $25.30 in after-hours trading.

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    NetApp Inc. (NASDAQ: NTAP) is the only hardware stock to be a top pick. The company commands a 14.9% market share in terms of revenue in the total data storage market, and it derives around 60% of its total revenue from its network attached storage segment. The virtual storage market is a pot of gold valued at $10 billion currently, with NetApp being one of the known players in this market. Deutsche Bank has placed a $50 target on the stock. The consensus stands at $45. Investors are paid a 1.4% dividend.

Top 10 Computer Hardware Companies To Watch For 2017: L.B. Foster Company(FSTR)

 

L.B. Foster Company manufactures, fabricates, and distributes products and services for the rail, construction, energy, and utility markets worldwide. Its Rail Products and Services segment offers new rail primarily for passenger and shortline freight railroads, industrial companies, and rail contractors; used rail; rail accessories, such as bolts, angle bars, and other products; power rail, direct fixation fasteners, coverboards, and special accessories; and trackwork products, as well as engineers and fabricates insulated rail joints and related accessories. This segment also provides friction management products and application systems, railroad condition monitoring equipment, wheel impact load detection, railroad condition monitoring systems, rail anchors and spikes, and wayside data collection and management systems; and concrete railroad ties. In addition, this segment offers telecommunications and security systems; and application engineering solutions. The companys Construction segment sells and rents steel sheet piling, H-bearing pile, and other piling products; manufactures and sells fabricated steel and aluminum products primarily for the highway, bridge, and transit industries; and produces precast concrete buildings, and pre-stressed and precast concrete products. Its Tubular and Energy Services segment supplies pipe coatings for natural gas pipelines and utilities; provides blending, injection, and metering equipment for the oil and gas market; offers upstream test and inspection services; provides precision measurement systems, and tubular management services for the oil and gas market; and produces threaded pipe products for the oil and gas, and industrial water well and irrigation markets. The company markets its products directly, as well as through a network of agents. L.B. Foster Company was founded in 1902 and is headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    On Friday, basic materials shares gained by 2.57 percent. Top gainers in the sector included Huntsman Corporation (NYSE: HUN) and L.B. Foster Co (NASDAQ: FSTR).

10 Best Chemical Stocks To Buy For 2016

Susquehannas Pablo Zuanic takes a look at consumer food companies in the wake of Brexit, and writes that Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE), Mondelez (MDLZ) and SodaStream (SODA) have the most exposure to the British pound and euro, which are falling today.

Daniel Acker/Bloomberg

For bargain hunters, he recommends Mondelez over CCE, given soda taxes and the fact that Cokes (KO) 48% stake means it wont be acquired. But overall he says that M&A in Europe is not more likely, as companies with plenty of U.S. dollar assets will have fertile hunting ground for acquisitions.

In general, he writes that consumers have to be selective, with an eye toward how this vote could impact the U.S. election:

Self-help and NA exposure now even more attractive. We think our guiding thesis of buying self-help stories with mainly NA exposure becomes even more relevant in this new context. Our top picks are, not coincidentally, Kraft Heinz (KHC), Treehouse Foods (THS), and Molson Coors (TAP). Re our other Positive-rated stock BUD, we remind investors after the SAB deal NA is less than 30% of EBITDA pro forma. Even taking the aggressive guidance of 16% synergies and cost savings (of target company revenues) the EPS accretion may be in the mid/high teens.

10 Best Chemical Stocks To Buy For 2016: Roper Technologies, Inc.(ROP)

 

Roper Technologies, Inc., a diversified technology company, designs and develops license and software-as-a-service software, and engineered products and solutions. The companys Medical and Scientific Imaging segment offers diagnostic and laboratory software solutions; patient positioning devices and related software, 3-D measurement technology, and diagnostic and therapeutic disposable products; non-invasive instruments and video laryngoscopes; and a cloud-based financial analytics and performance software platform. This segment also provides electron filters; charged couple device; and complementary metal oxide semiconductor cameras, detectors, and related software. Its RF Technology segment offers radio frequency identification communication technology and software solutions that are used primarily in toll and traffic systems, security and access controls, campus card systems, card readers, software-as-a-service in the fre ight matching and food industries, and metering and remote monitoring applications, as well as management software for legal and construction firms. The companys Industrial Technology segment offers fluid handling pumps, materials analysis equipment and consumables, leak testing equipment, flow measurement and metering equipment, and water meter and automatic meter reading products and systems. Its Energy Systems and Controls segment provides control systems, fluid properties testing equipment, industrial valves and controls, vibration sensors and controls, and non-destructive inspection and measurement products and solutions. Roper Technologies, Inc. serves healthcare, transportation, food, energy, water, education, and academic research markets in the United States, Canada, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and internationally. The company was formerly known as Roper Industries, Inc. and changed its name to Roper Technologies, Inc. in April 2015. Roper Technologies, Inc. wa s founded in 1981 and is based in Sarasota, Florida.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Aside from Outperform-rated Roper Technologies (ROP) SaaS platforms, which account for over +50% of earnings today, GEs Digital business strategy is the most ambitious ramp within the industrials sector. GE has made a bold bet on its game-changing Predix operating system for the Industrial IoT, which was launched in Feb-2016

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Analysts are expecting Roper Technologies Inc (NYSE: ROP) to have earned $1.46 per share on revenue of $895.87 million in the latest quarter. Roper Technologies shares declined 0.05 percent to close at $178.63 on Friday.

10 Best Chemical Stocks To Buy For 2016: Reinsurance Group of America, Incorporated(RGA)

 

Reinsurance Group of America, Incorporated engages in reinsurance business. It offers individual and group life and health insurance products, including term life, credit life, universal life, whole life, group life and health, joint and last survivor insurance, critical illness, disability, and longevity products, as well as asset-intensive and financial reinsurance products. The company also provides reinsurance for mortality, morbidity, and lapse risk associated with products; and reinsurance for investment-related risks, as well as develops and markets technology solutions for the insurance industry. It serves life insurance companies in the United States, Latin America, Canada, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and the Asia Pacific. Reinsurance Group of America, Incorporated was founded in 1973 and is headquartered in Chesterfield, Missouri.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By David Sterman]

    My favorite insurers: AIG (NYSE: AIG) (which I discussed a few months ago), Protective Life (NYSE: PL) and Reinsurance Group of America (NYSE: RGA).

  • [By Benzinga News Desk]

    Morgan Stanley downgraded Chipotle (NYSE: CMG) to Equal-Weight.
    UBS downgraded AMC Networks (NASDAQ: AMCX) to Sell.
    Citi upgraded Sealed Air (NYSE: SEE) to Buy.
    Goldman Sachs upgraded Reinsurance Group (NYSE: RGA) to Buy.

Best Safest Companies For 2016: L Brands, Inc.(LB)

 

L Brands, Inc. operates as a specialty retailer of womens intimate and other apparel, beauty and personal care products, and accessories. The company operates in three segments: Victorias Secret, Bath & Body Works, and Victoria’s Secret and Bath & Body Works International. Its products include loungewear, bras, panties, swimwear, athletic attire, fragrances, shower gels and lotions, aromatherapy, soaps and sanitizers, home fragrances, handbags, jewelry, and personal care accessories. The company offers its products under the Victorias Secret, Pink, Bath & Body Works, La Senza, Henri Bendel, C.O. Bigelow, White Barn Candle Company, and other brand names. L Brands, Inc. sells its merchandise through company-owned specialty retail stores in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom, which are primarily mall-based; through its Websites; and through franchises, licenses, and wholesale partners. As of January 31, 2016, the company operated 2,721 retail stores in the United States; 270 retail stores in Canada; and 14 retail stores in the United Kingdom. It also operated 221 La Senza stores in 29 countries; 125 Bath & Body Works stores in 30 countries; 19 Victoria’s Secret stores in 7 Middle Eastern countries; and 373 Victorias Secret Beauty and Accessories stores, and various small-format locations in approximately 75 countries. The company was formerly known as Limited Brands, Inc. and changed its name to L Brands, Inc. in March 2013. L Brands, Inc. was founded in 1963 and is headquartered in Columbus, Ohio.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    L Brands Inc (NYSE: LB) shares fell 5.02 percent to $60.53 in pre-market trading. L Brands reported upbeat quarterly earnings, but missed analysts' sales estimates. The company also lowered its full-year earnings guidance.

10 Best Chemical Stocks To Buy For 2016: National Steel Corporation(SID)

Companhia Siderurgica Nacional primarily operates as an integrated steel producer in Brazil and Latin America. The company principally produces carbon steel and various steel products. Its products include slabs, which are semi-finished products used for processing hot-rolled, cold-rolled, or coated coils and sheet products; hot-rolled products that comprise heavy-gauge hot-rolled coils and sheets, and light-gauge hot-rolled coils and sheets; cold-rolled products, including cold-rolled coils and sheets; and galvanized products consisting of flat-rolled steel coated with zinc or a zinc-based alloy. The company also offers tin mill products, which consist of flat-rolled low-carbon steel coils or sheets, such as tin plate, tin free steel,low tin coated steel, and black plate products. In addition, it engages in mining business by owning iron ore, limestone, dolomite, and tin mines comprising the Namisa property, Casa de Pedra mine, Arcos mine, and Santa Barbara mine; and invo lves in logistics business that includes railway and port facilities. Further, the company produces and sells cement; and engages in the generation of power plants. It sells its steel products as a raw material for various manufacturing industries, including the automotive, home appliance, packaging, construction, and steel processing industries. The company offers its products to customers directly through its sales force, as well as through distributors for subsequent resale. It also exports its products to Europe, Latin America, Asia, and North America. Companhia Siderurgica Nacional was founded in 1941 and is headquartered in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Thursday, basic materials shares fell by 0.45 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Companhia Siderurgica Nacional (ADR) (NYSE: SID), down 13 percent, and Dominion Diamond Corp (NYSE: DDC), down 9 percent.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    On Thursday, basic materials shares rose by 3.08 percent. Top gainers in the sector included Cliffs Natural Resources Inc (NYSE: CLF), Companhia Siderurgica Nacional (ADR) (NYSE: SID), and Teck Resources Ltd (USA) (NYSE: TCK).

10 Best Chemical Stocks To Buy For 2016: Prestige Brand Holdings Inc.(PBH)

Prestige Brands Holdings, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, engages in marketing, selling, and distributing over-the-counter healthcare and household cleaning products primarily in North America. The company?s Over-The-Counter Healthcare segment offers a portfolio of OTC products under nine core OTC brands, including Chloraseptic sore throat remedies, Clear Eyes eye drops, Compound W wart removers, Dramamine motion sickness products, Efferdent and Effergrip denture products, Little Remedies pediatric healthcare products, Luden’s cough drops, PediaCare pediatric healthcare products, and The Doctor?s brand of oral care products. This segment also provides other significant brands that include Dermoplast first-aid products, Murine eye and ear care products, NasalCrom allergy relief product, New-Skin liquid bandage, and Wartner wart removers. Its Household Cleaning segment markets household cleaning products, such as abrasive and non-abrasive tub and tile cleaner, scrubb i ng pads and sponges, dilutables, anti-bacterial hard surface spray for counter tops, and glass cleaners under the Comet, Chore Boy, and Spic and Span brands. Prestige Brands Holdings distributes its products through various retail channels, including drug, food, dollar, and club stores, as well as supermarkets and mass merchandisers. The company was founded in 1996 and is headquartered in Irvington, New York.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Castor believes the cash has disappeared into working capital, which has grown from 23% to more than 50% since 2008. Comparable company PrestigeBrand (PBH) uses 11%; Unilever(UL) and Colgate-Palmolive(CL) far less.

10 Best Chemical Stocks To Buy For 2016: Sun Life Financial Inc.(SLF)

 

Sun Life Financial Inc., a financial services organization, provides protection and wealth products and services to individuals and corporate customers worldwide. It operates through five segments: Sun Life Financial Canada, Sun Life Financial United States, Sun Life Financial Asset Management, Sun Life Financial Asia, and Corporate. The company offers life and health, long-term and short-term disability, medical stop-loss and dental, and accidental death insurance services; long-term care, medical coverage, and guaranteed income and death reinsurance services; and investment funds, as well as third-party mutual funds. It also provides life, dental, drug, extended health care, disability, and critical illness benefits programs; and voluntary benefits solutions directly to individual plan members, including post-employment life and health plans to plan members. In addition, the company offers group retirement products and servi ces, including investment-only segregated funds and fixed rate annuities, stock plans, group life annuities, and pensioner payroll services, as well as solutions for de-risking defined benefit pension plans. Further, it provides asset management services for retail and institutional investors through mutual and commingled funds, separately managed accounts, institutional products, and retirement strategies; and customized fixed income solutions, including liability-driven investment products, as well as alternative asset classes, such as private fixed income, real estate, and commercial mortgages. The company markets and distributes its products through independent insurance and mutual fund licensed brokers, broker-dealers, benefits consultants, and sales representatives. Sun Life Financial Inc. was founded in 1999 and is headquartered in Toronto, Canada.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Sun Life Financial Inc (NYSE: SLF) is expected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.91 per share on revenue of $4.56 billion.

    ScanSource, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCSC) is projected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.65 per share on revenue of $871.06 million.

10 Best Chemical Stocks To Buy For 2016: Starz(STRZA)

 

Starz, through its subsidiaries, operates as a media and entertainment company. It operates through Starz Networks, Starz Distribution, and Starz Animation segments. The Starz Networks segment provides premium subscription video programming to U.S. multichannel video programming distributors (MVPDs), including cable operators, satellite television providers, and telecommunications companies. Its networks include Starz and Encore, which air film content, as well as original series and specials without advertisements; and MoviePlex that offers various art house, independent films, and classic movie library content. This segment also provides online access to the content that air on their linear networks through STARZ PLAY, ENCORE PLAY, and MOVIEPLEX PLAY. The Starz Distribution segment sells or rents DVDs under the ANCHOR BAY brand; and acquires and licenses various titles from third parties and also develops and produces certai n of its content. This segment also distributes content on pay-per-view, video-on-demand, subscription video-on-demand, electronic sell-through, and other digital formats to MVPDs, online/mobile distributors, game developers/publishers, and consumer electronics companies; and distributes movies, television series, documentaries, childrens programming, and other video content. The Starz Animation segment develops and produces two-dimensional animated content for various third party entertainment companies. Starz was incorporated in 2007 and is headquartered in Englewood, Colorado.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

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

10 Best Chemical Stocks To Buy For 2016: The Michaels Companies, Inc.(MIK)

 

The Michaels Companies, Inc. owns and operates a chain of arts and crafts specialty retail stores under the Michaels and Aaron Brothers names in North America. Its Michaels stores offer approximately 35,000 stock-keeping units in crafts, home d茅cor and seasonal, framing, and paper crafting. The companys Aaron Brothers stores offer approximately 6,000 stock-keeping units, including photo frames, a line of ready-made frames, art prints, framed art, art supplies, and custom framing. It also provides private brands, including Recollections, Studio Decor, Bead Landing, Creatology, Ashland, Celebrate It, Art Minds, Artists Loft, Craft Smart, and Loops & Threads. In addition, the company manufactures custom and specialty framing merchandise; and distributes gifts and decor products. As of March 17, 2016, it operated approximately 1,340 stores under the Michaels, Aaron Brothers, and Pat Catans brands in 49 states and Canada. Th e company was founded in 2013 and is headquartered in Irving, Texas.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Michaels Companies Inc (NASDAQ: MIK) reported better-than-expected results for its fiscal fourth quarter.

    Michaels Companies posted quarterly earnings of $183.7 million, or $0.87 per share, compared to $146.4 million, or $0.75 per share, in the year-ago period.

10 Best Chemical Stocks To Buy For 2016: American Capital, Ltd.(ACAS)

 

American Capital, Ltd. is a business development company specializing in management and employee buyouts, subordinated debt, leveraged finance, mezzanine, acquisition, recapitalization, middle market, early venture, mature, industry consolidation, and growth capital investments. The firm seeks to invest in senior debt mezzanine, unitranche, and equity financing for buyouts of private equity firms and direct in private and public companies. It also invests in special situations and in government. In special situations, the firm invests in troubled situations and in distressed situations. The firm also considers smaller investments as add-on acquisitions for existing portfolio companies. In this area, it invests in acquisitions of true turnarounds, 363 auctions, portfolio add-on acquisitions, operationally challenged companies; financings in exit, ABL loans, second lien refinance, and direct lending to distressed companies. The firm invests in manufacturing, services, and distribution companies with a special focus on energy sector. The firm also invests in infrastructure and structured products. The firm also invests in business services, consumer products and services, industrial, healthcare and food companies. The firm prefers to invest in Information Technology focusing on Custom information technology solutions, Technology and software enabling headcount reduction, and Technology and software enabling cost reductions in conducting transactions with or within government. The firm also invests in digital media and entertainment, internet and consumer related, communications, mobile and wireless, security and data center infrastructure, software and services, semiconductor, and other innovative technologies. The firm also invests in a variety of industry sectors, including life science services, medical device, medical tools and equipment, and healthcare services, among others. In energy producti on sector, the firm invests in lower risk oil and gas explor! ation, production and development; natural gas liquids; coal mining and coal-fired generation; uranium mining and nuclear-fired generation; wind-powered generation; and solar-powered generation. In energy transmission sector, the firm invests in oil and gas pipelines; LNG tankers and regasification facilities; and power transmission. In energy distribution sector, it targets propane distribution; gas distribution; electricity distribution. In energy services sector, the firm invests in oil and gas services and utility services. The firm also targets investments in companies that provide services or products to federal, state or local governments. It seeks to invest in human resources/benefit administration, outsourcing, transaction processing, engineering and construction, logistics, original equipment manufacturers homeland security and component, aftermarket parts and supplies, and technology. It also invests in real estate and insurance. It invests as lead or participa tive investor and also makes equity co-investments. The firm seeks to invest globally focusing on Middle East, North Africa, South Asia, Mid-Atlantic, New England, North East Unites States, Canada, Central America & Mexico, and Caribbean. The firm and its affiliates invest between $10 million to $750 million per company in North America and 10 ($13.34 million) to 400 million ($533.99 million) per company in Europe. The firms investment range is between $5 million and $25 million and higher depending on the opportunity. The firm targets new investments with at least $10 million in EBITDA and enterprise values of typical transaction from $20 million and $500 million. The firm invests senior debt, subordinated debt and equity allows us to provide one-stop financing up to $500 million. The firm also has the resources to deploy over $100 million into high growth later stage companies. In special situations group, the firm invests between $20 million and $750 million per tra nsaction in a variety of investments, including: buyouts ope! rational ! turnarounds, corporate orphans and carve-outs, complex management buyouts, financings dip financings, exit financings, and mezzanine financings for sponsored buyouts. In buyouts, the firm invests in companies having Enterprise Value of up to $1600 million. In federal, state and local government, the firm invests between $10 million and $500 million in a single transaction. The firm prefers to be a majority or minority investor and makes direct minority investments of subordinated debt, senior debt and equity in middle market private and public companies. The firm prefers to take minority ownership position of up to 49%. American Capital, Ltd., formerly known as American Capital Strategies, Ltd., was founded in 1986 and is based in Bethesda, Maryland with additional offices in United States, Europe, Africa, and Asia.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    American Capital Ltd. (NASDAQ: ACAS) shares rose 5.63 percent to $16.50 in the pre-market trading session as Ares Capital Corporation (NASDAQ: ARCC) reported the purchase of American Capital at $3.4 billion in cash and stock.

10 Best Chemical Stocks To Buy For 2016: GTx Inc.(GTXI)

GTx, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company, engages in the discovery, development, and commercialization of small molecules for the treatment of cancer, cancer supportive care, and other serious medical conditions. The company markets FARESTON (toremifene citrate) 60 mg tablets for the treatment of metastatic breast cancer in postmenopausal women primarily through wholesale drug distributors in the United States. It is developing selective androgen receptor modulators (SARMs), including Ostarine (GTx-024), which has completed Phase II clinical trial for the prevention and treatment of muscle wasting in patients with non-small cell lung cancer; and CapesarisTM (GTx-758), a selective estrogen receptor alpha agonist that has completed Phase IIa clinical trial for the first line treatment of advanced prostate cancer. In addition, the company is developing estrogen receptor beta agonists and other novel compounds that are in preclinical development stage for the treatment of metabo lic diseases, ophthalmic diseases, cancer, psoriasis, and/or pain. The company was founded in 1997 and is headquartered Memphis, Tennessee.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Roberto Pedone]

    One biopharmaceutical player that’s rapidly moving within range of triggering a major breakout trade is GTx (GTXI), which is dedicated to the discovery, development and commercialization of small molecules that selectively target hormone pathways to treat cancer, osteoporosis and bone loss, muscle loss and other serious medical condition. This stock has been hammered by the bears so far in 2013, with shares off sharply by 53%.

    If you look at the chart for GTx, you’ll notice that this stock recently gapped down sharply from over $4 to below $1.50 a share with heavy downside volume. Following that gap down, shares of GTXI have rebounded sharply and started to uptrend, with the stock moving higher from its low of $1.31 to its recent high of $1.96 a share. During that move, shares of GTXI have been consistently making higher lows and higher highs, which is bullish technical price action. That move has now pushed shares of GTXI within range of triggering a major breakout trade.

    Traders should now look for long-biased trades in GTXI if it manages to break out above some near-term overhead resistance at $1.96 a share with high volume. Look for a sustained move or close above that level with volume that hits near or above its three-month average action of 1.35 million shares. If that breakout triggers soon, then GTXI will set up to re-fill some of its previous gap down zone from August that started just above $4 a share. Some possible upside targets if GTXI gets into that gap with volume are $2.50 to $3 a share, or possibly even $3.50 a share.

    Traders can look to buy GTXI off any weakness to anticipate that breakout and simply use a stop that sits right below some key near-term support at $1.50 a share. One can also buy GTXI off strength once it takes out $1.96 a share with volume and then simply use a stop that sits a comfortable percentage from your entry point.